|Austin High School Class of 1962
Stephen F. Austin High School, Austin, Texas
Known as the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin has everything from rock to classical music, live theatre, ballet
The Long Center for the Performing Arts is located on the site of the former Municipal Auditorium, where our
graduation exercises were held. Remember the green domed roof? Parts of it were recycled and used in
construction of the new center. Visit the grounds and stroll across the plaza, enjoying the beautiful view of the lake
and downtown, and just imagine that you might be standing where you stood at graduation!
The Long Center is home to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Lyric Opera, and Ballet Austin. In
addition, theatre, cinema, and other productions are showcased here.
The Sixth Street Entertainment District has live music seven days a week. Printed schedules are available in the
free Austin Chronicle and in the "XLent" section of the Austin American Statesman on Thursday.
One of the most entertaining and popular shows on Sixth Street is Esther's Follies. Part theatre, part musical, part
magic, nothing is sacred. With a year of elections and politicians, there's plenty to laugh at. And, maybe, our
classmate Crazy Carl Hickerson will be part of the fun.
Go across Congress Ave. and experience the Warehouse District, bounded roughly by 2nd Street to 6th Street.
Restaurants, bars, and music venues cater to an older crowd than that of Sixth Street. Prices may be a bit pricier,
Stubbs Bar-B-Q at 801 Red River has live music in addition to great barbecue. Sundays feature the Gospel
Brunch; be sure to make reservations ahead of time.
Zach Theatre, located at 1510 Toomey Road, has several stages that have lively and professional theatre
productions. The recently opened Topfer Theatre doubles the previous capacity while still maintaining the intimate
atmosphere Zach is know for.
The Broken Spoke at 3201 South Lamar features the best in Texas honky-tonk music, in addition to serving
chicken fried steak. Line dancing lessons every night from 8 pm - 9 pm make for a fun evening.
The Continental Club, at 1315 S. Congress Ave., has been around as long as we have. It has been a lively
music scene since 1957.
If classical music is your forte, check the events calendar at Austin's long running classical music station, KMFA,
89.5 on your FM dial and online at www.kmfa.org.