Performing Arts Organization
Readers’ choice: Casa Mañana
Critic’s choice: Arts Fifth Avenue, 1628 5th Av, FW
You’d have to be a real Scrooge or true snob not to love this organization, which since 1992 has provided a home for artists who paint, dance, act, sing, play music, and do comedy (or even magic acts). In one relatively small building, A5A, as it’s lovingly called, offers classes in tap, tango, and many other artistic disciplines; gallery space; and live performances of everything from jazz to Shakespeare, plus the delightful machinations of Fort Worth company SceneShop. The Near Southside venue also is home to the LaFeet Tap Ensemble and Hardsoles dance company, as well as the 5th Avenue Hi-Notes vocal chorus. There’s a Django Reinhardt festival each year plus a Dia de los Muertos celebration. A5A even organizes a fine-arts program for home-schooled kids. And when Christmas rolls around and you’re about to strangle the next mall caroler who approaches you, get yourself to A5A for SceneShop’s annual holidays-themed production, an antidote to seasonal sappiness.