Austin Monthly Magazine

The city’s hometown magazine, Austin Monthly is a print and online publications that explores everything the capital of Texas has to offer. From stories on affordable housing and gentrification and culture columns to personal essays and event listings, this mag has it all.

A Tale of Two Murals at 12th & Chicon

September 1, 2018

The feature story for Austin Monthly’s September issue, this piece explores how tensions spurred by the city's rapidly-gentrifying east side and its painful racial history came to a head last May when a beloved mural was abruptly covered in thick, white paint. Rather than focusing solely on the protests and conflict that ensued, I had a chance to sit down with community leaders and people at the center of this emotionally-charged issue to get their perspective on the importance of culture, representation, and historical preservation— and how fleeting they can be for those on the margins.

The Next Step for Sekrit Theater

December 1, 2018

For years, Beau Reichert’s Sekrit Theater—a creative refuge known for its wild mix of art installations, experimental architecture, and a massive backyard movie theater—has been a staple in the Austin art community and a gathering spot for tourists. But as new development (and new people) moved into lots adjacent to the theater, the urban event space became a lightning rod for criticism and zoning complaints. It was more than Reichert, who created the space as a therapeutic outlet for his Asperger’s Syndrome, could handle. I sat down with the artist to discuss his lengthy battle with the city and his neighbors and his recent decision to switch things up and make Sekrit Theater ground zero for a sustainable community unlike any other.