Today's side turns recycled waste into sacred vessels for the gods of rock. For $21, you get a ticket for a balcony-level seat at the Tuesday, May 4, performance of STOMP (a $48.50 value), plus a parking pass (a $6 value) for horseless-carriage stabling at the Paramount Theatre. The show starts at 8 p.m., and doors open at 7 p.m. Pick up your tickets and parking pass from the box office after noon on the day of the performance.
One of the most inventive performances of the '90s, STOMP hurls itself into the new decade with reckless, shirtless, sexy abandon. See broom-wielding kung-fu janitors, half-machine garbage men with trash-can feet, and other creatures of the urban deep thrash, bash, drum, and dance their way through primal, mesmerizing rhythms. After just 10 seconds of STOMP, you'll be inspired anew to take your Friday-evening pasta-colander jam band on tour around the world.
Designed by legendary movie-house architect John Eberson and opened to the public as a vaudeville palace in 1915, the venue enjoyed performances by the likes of Harry Blackstone and Katharine Hepburn in its heyday. But things fell into decline during the 1960s as televisions became commonplace, more people migrated to the suburbs, and the stage’s trapdoor spontaneously grew fangs. The Paramount’s multi-tiered seating and historic ceiling murals languished in the theater’s years to follow as a tragically underused B-movie cinema.
In 1973, three men—John M. Bernardoni, Charles Eckerman, and Stephen L. Scott—formed a corporation with the ultimate goal of rescuing the Paramount, by that time slated for destruction. Soon, live performers were regularly supplementing a classed-up movie schedule, and the stage was graced by such artists as Dave Brubeck and Debbie Allen. The theater’s star rose ever higher in the ‘80s and ‘90s as the curtains introduced the world to such lasting works as The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and the Greater Tuna series. Today, the lovingly built and rebuilt artifact is a constant reminder of Austin’s long history of arts appreciation.
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