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🎶 All about that bass
A man and a woman sitting on a red couch, facing each other and smiling. The man is holding a violin in his lap.
Geoffrey Herd and Anna Petrova founded ATX Chamber Music and Jazz and now act as co-artistic directors for the organization. | Photo provided by ATX Chamber Music and Jazz
Picture a jazz show. Now, imagine a party. Combine the two, and you’ve got ATX Chamber Music and Jazz’s new lineup.

The new organization is about to launch its inaugural season with a slate of internationally known musicians, premium events, and a dedication to making jazz and classical music fun.

“Our goal as a series is to create these socially exciting concert events,” said Caroline Lazar, the group’s administrative coordinator. “People usually think of classical and jazz shows as really, honestly boring… we’re trying to get rid of that stigma and get some different audiences excited about coming out to experience the best classical and jazz musicians.”

ATX Chamber Music and Jazz was founded by Anna Petrova and Geoffrey Herd, Lazar said, after a particularly successful house party concert. They decided to repeat the experience and bring a series of engaging, public, fun-loving events to Austin.

The trio of Time for Three, holding instruments in front of a brown background.

Grammy Award-winning Time for Three will perform at ATX Chamber Music and Jazz’s first two shows, on Friday, Oct. 6 and Saturday, Oct. 7.


Photo provided by ATX Chamber Music and Jazz

The group, now composed of Petrova, Herd, and Lazar — all musicians themselves — will kick off its season next month with back-to-back performances by Grammy Award-winning Time For Three. See the group at Stateside at the Paramount on Friday, Oct. 6 or at The Pershing on Saturday, Oct. 7.

The series also includes premium experiences, like “A Trip to Burgundy with Jean-Yves Thibaudet” on Saturday, Dec. 2, where the performance will be preceded by a special tasting of top shelf Burgundy wine.

Another priority for ATX Chamber Music and Jazz, Lazar said, is partnering with locals. The group also plans to put on concerts for community members, and has two in the works for a local school and hospital.

“We really do want to give back to this community that’s welcoming us,” Lazar said. “While we are bringing in these world class musicians, we know what a special music scene Austin already has. And we want to just add on to that.”
Tuesday, Sept. 19
  • HAAM Day | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 6 a.m.-11:40 p.m. | Multiple locations, Austin | Free | Catch 200+ live musical acts around the city at this free annual event benefiting the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
  • Mi Familia — Latine Heritage | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 4-6 p.m. | Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave., Austin | Free | Head to this event for music, dancing, art, and community resources.
Wednesday, Sept. 20
  • Applied Intelligence Live! | Wednesday, Sept. 20-Thursday, Sept. 21 | Times vary | Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., Austin | $49-$2,499 | Dig into all things artificial intelligence at this conference featuring an expo, panels, and networking.
  • An Evening with Jake Tapper | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | LBJ Presidential Library, 2313 Red River St., Austin | Free-$20 | The CNN anchor will discuss his work in media and his new book, “All the Demons are Here.”
  • Momix: “Alice” | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 7 p.m. | Bass Concert Hall, 2350 Robert Dedman Dr., Austin | $10-$99 | The Lewis Carroll-inspired dance features all of your favorite characters from “Alice in Wonderland.”
Thursday, Sept. 21
  • Texas Tribune Festival | Thursday, Sept. 21-Saturday, Sept. 23 | Times vary | Multiple locations, Austin | $350-$2,500 | This multi-day fest brings together big names in politics, news, and culture for panel discussions, book signings, and more.
  • Jim Gaffigan: Barely Alive Tour | Thursday, Sept. 21 + Friday, Sept. 22 | Times vary | ACL Live, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin | $50-$80 | The awarded comedian will release his 10th comedy special this year.
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News Notes
  • UT Austin was listed as the No. 9 best public school in the country in the most recent U.S. News & World Report ranking. The university also ranked at No. 32 among all colleges, six spots higher than its place last year. (Austin American-Statesman)
  • Eagles drummer Don Henley and Austin-born actor Ethan Hawke will induct the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame’s two newest members — Trisha Yearwood and John Prine — next month. Tickets are still available for the celebration on Thursday, Oct. 26. (Austin American-Statesman)
  • The minimum distance between tall buildings and single-family homes may soon be reduced to 75 ft, based on new city recommendations aimed at creating space for more housing stock. This would significantly cut down on the previous buffer of several hundred feet and add space for ~71,000 new homes. (Austin Monitor)
  • Texas football’s recent move up to No. 3 in the AP Top 25 marks the team’s highest ranking since 2009. The Longhorns — currently ranked behind No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 Michigan — will play Baylor this Saturday, Sept. 23. (KXAN)
  • Huston-Tillotson University is partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas to launch a doula, midwife, and lactation consultant training program. The effort — called Boldly B.L.U.E. — is aimed at improving outcomes for Texas moms and babies, particularly those of color. (KUT)
  • AI — what can’t it do? North Austin’s Violet Crown City Church hosted a church service created entirely with artificial intelligence tool ChatGPT. Pastor Jay Cooper’s report: “a human element is still needed.” (KXAN)
  • Looking for new ways to volunteer? Become an Academy 4 mentor. Mentors provide valuable one-on-one attention to their mentee (for 90 minutes, once a month), and are part of a community supporting the whole school. Academy 4 aims to serve nine schools in and around the Austin area this year. Learn more + sign up to mentor.*
  • Looking to learn cutting-edge health hacks from world-class speakers? Enter: the 2024 Hack Your Health Conference, happening Friday, May 31-Sunday, June 2, 2024. Interested in attending? Use code ATX50 to grab $50 off a General Attendee, VIP, or Sunday Expo Hall Pass.*
❤️ Art from the heart
A large sculpture with speech bubbles popping off of it reading things like "The" "love" and "truth".
Hank Willis Thomas’ 15-ft sculpture titled “The Truth Is I Love You” will be unveiled at the Austin Central Library this November. | Photo by James Ewing, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY
The truth is… Austin will be getting a new piece of public artwork.

A 15-ft sculpture by Brooklyn-based artist Hank Willis Thomas will be unveiled near the east entrance of the Austin Central Library in November.

The piece, titled “The Truth Is I Love You,” fills a space overlooking Shoal Creek that was designed for large-scale art, but has been empty since the library opened six years ago.

This piece is meant to symbolize how others’ truths can vary from our own, and is structured to create a variety of phrases and questions, depending on the viewpoint.

Attend the public unveiling — and a talk from art historian Cherise Smith — on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

In other public art news, Pease Park may be getting a giant Danish troll, and South Congress utility boxes have been transformed into murals.
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