What’s happening on the Porch?


IMG_2323The Next Series: Veterans’ Voices on the Porch

Join us on two successive Friday evenings in mid-May for the first installment of an ongoing conversation with returning veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans’ Voices on the Porch will feature playwrights, authors, songwriters, chaplains, psychologists, and others who have been front and center in our nation’s decade-long conflict. May 10 and 17; 7pm – 9pm; All Saints’ Sanctuary and Kinsolving Hall.

Passing Strange

We are also collaborating with Half n Half Productions, to facilitate the “talk-back” for performances of Passing Strange, a rock musical about art, music and family–May 4 and 11th, at Highland Mall at 8pm.

Building Up

Please join us in thanking the following folks who currently serve and lead The Front Porch: Rev. Mike Adams, rector at All Saints’; Betsy Gerdeman, SVP @ KLRU; Martin and Heather Kohout, proprietors of Madrono Ranch and Art Center; David Saenz, superintendent with Bannister Homes; John Burnett, NPR; Mark Winter, CFO/EVP at DHI Mortgage; Larry Speck, principal at PageSoutherlandPage and former dean of UT School of Architecture; Rabbi Neil Blumhofe, senior rabbi at Agudas Achim; Dean Lofton, founder of DeanLoftonPR; Julie Wright, former theatre director at McCallum Fine Arts Academy and co-founder of Half n Half productions. We are also in the process of developing an Advisory Board.

Coming soon!

  • Celebrity Pulpit: When we had Rupert Isaakson here talking to us about The Horse Boy, an idea emerged to give local Austin “celebrities” the chance to give once-a-month TED-like talks from the pulpit at historic All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Friday or Saturday nights–with follow-up Front Porch conversations over food and wine in Kinsolving Hall.
  • Music for the Masses: All of the musicians who have played at All Saints’ love playing in the sanctuary—the sense of the sublime, coupled with uncanny acoustics, calls forth depth and meaning in their music. So we are planning monthly concerts and conversations with some of Austin’s finest musical artists.
  • Jazz Church:  Code name for bi-weekly Sunday afternoons of music, talk, dance, call and response, and meaning-making—all merged with the jazz virtuosity of Austin’s jazz tribe and co-hosted with Rabbi Neil Blumofe and others in the Vuka Coop.


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