We’ve Got a Problem: In the Artist’s Thrall: In This Week’s Issue, Darla Teagarden’s Otherworldly Paintings – Chronicles

Darla’s tea garden (Photo by Jana Birchum)

In this week’s cover, Richard Whittaker talks to Darla Teagarden, a multidisciplinary artist. Often his own subject, Teagarden merges performance art and self-portraiture into otherworldly tableaux that spark the imagination. I asked Richard what first attracted him to Teagarden’s work.

“Honestly, I can’t remember when I first saw his work,” he told me. “She’s just been such a ubiquitous presence in the gothic and fine art photography scenes here that it’s hard to think of either without her name and images springing to mind. She’s how his photos are both mean and formal, that’s what makes his portfolio so captivating.”

Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Adventure

Captivating so is the word for it. Check out the interview on page 22 – and perhaps take an extra moment to admire photographer Jana Birchum’s gorgeous cover photo and art director Zeke Barbaro’s artful treatment.


I am writing this a day before an arctic cold front descends, well, just as this article goes to press. All week, my inbox has been filled with warnings about insulating pipes and collecting emergency kits; there is a feeling that the city is collectively holding its breath. Hoping this cold front passes quickly and safely for everyone.


Online this week

SXSW Film Lineup: The 2022 SXSW Film Festival has unveiled its 2022 lineup, including world premieres like Richard Linklater’s new coming of age image Apollo 10 1/2: A Childhood in the Space Age and the long-awaited return of the FX series Atlanta.

Matcha latte at Monkey Nest Coffee (Photo by Dina Barrish)

Not-so-sweet news: Sweet Ritual owner Amelia Raley announced she was suspending operations at her popular vegan ice cream shop due to the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically citing supply chain issues and related inflation, low sales and the exit of a partner.

From stage to page to screen: Culture editor Richard Whittaker chats with Pulitzer winner Tony Kushner about the adaptation West Side Story.

Go Green (Tea): Dina Barrish recommends nine places for quality matcha in Austin.

Call for Blood: Blood donations are down 10% nationwide since the start of the pandemic. Need a helping hand to roll up your sleeve? We have advice for new donors.

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