May 6, 2009 - U.T. Performing Arts Center 2009/10 Season Preview Party
     Kathy Panoff is a hoot.  The newly-hired director of the UT Performing Arts Center introduced the upcoming season of events and shows to a very appreciative crowd on Tuesday night.  As we all sat on the Bass Concert Hall stage, Kathy regaled us with personal stories and funny asides that revealed a woman who understands the University of Texas, possesses great artistic skill and knowledge, and - most importantly - understands the
gregarious culture of our city.
    The 2009/10 season for UTPAC is very eclectic, without the usual “headline” acts that it has sported in the past - with the exception of opera tenor Jose Carreras.  There will be new compositions from Pulitzer Prize winner Steve Reich and Dj Spooky, graphic comic grandmasters Art Spiegelman and Robert Crumb, and international performance groups including the all-male New Zealand dance troupe Black Grace and South Africa’s Soweto Gospel Choir.
     I think Panoff will be a good fit for the Performing Arts Center.  Her personality and background is perfect for Austin, and she can help UTPAC develop an identify that will make it unique among Austin’s growing arts presenters.
    The party was marvelous, with a delicious - and abundant - buffet by Elmer Prambs of the Four Seasons Hotel.  We made new friends, caught up with old acquaintances, and generally enjoyed the evening.

(Image: Bass Concert Hall; photo by Park Street)