StoryTime at the Cactus Cafe: April
Wednesday, April 11 marked the first StoryTime at the Cactus Cafe. Featured StoryTellers for the evening were journalist and author Belinda Acosta, Media Coordinator and improvisor Ryan Hill and KUT’s very own Laurie Gallardo.
Open Mic portion of the evening. Some stories may contain strong language.
By day, Ryan Hill is a Media Coordinator with The Institute for Public School Initiatives. Outside the office, one can find Hill performing in improv shows around the city–a few of which are the Hideout Theatre’s Maestro, The Threefer, The Fancy-Pants Mashup and Gnap Theater’s The Derby at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. Hill is also a teaching assistant at the Hideout Theatre and a member of the In Our Prime, The Seven Eight Sevens and Apocalypse improv troupes.
Journalist and author, Belinda Acosta has written reviews and features on books, film and the arts, in addition to a weekly column (“TV Eye”) for the Austin Chronicle. Her work has appeared inPoets & Writers and Latino USA, AlterNet and other publications. A Michener Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, she received her MFA in Writing in 1997. Her second novel, Sisters, Strangers and Starting Over was published in 2010.
As KUT’s “raven-haired music maven,” Laurie Gallardo knows good music. Gallardo’s a long-time local music supporter and her dailyAustin Music Minute only scratches the surface on what you probably should be listening to right now. Gallardo is part of KUT’s Texas Music Matters and has produced series such as Before the Break andLaurie’s Town. She’s also a voice-actor and is of the most recognized voices on KUT. Her current project is The Good Music Club, a collaboration with Richard Wymark of API Productions.