Cathy Byrd http://kut.org en What Are Beehives Doing on a Downtown Austin Hotel Rooftop? http://kut.org/post/what-are-beehives-doing-downtown-austin-hotel-rooftop <p>Sorry bats, there’s been a new wildlife sighting in downtown Austin: a colony of honeybees is now living atop a high-rise boutique hotel.</p><p>In a small clearing between the network of pipes, condensers, fans and ducts that runs across the roof of the W Austin Hotel, ten bright beehives are humming. To create this buzz, the W partnered with <a href="http://honeybeekind.com/#https://www.facebook.com/centraltexasbeerescue?fref=ts">Central&nbsp;Texas Bee Rescue</a>, a local nonprofit on a mission to save the endangered honeybee.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 11:35:00 +0000 Cathy Byrd 7874 at http://kut.org What Are Beehives Doing on a Downtown Austin Hotel Rooftop? 'New Age Noir' Comic Book Stepping Out of the Shadows http://kut.org/post/new-age-noir-comic-book-stepping-out-shadows <p>A new kind of comic book launches today in Austin.</p><p>Scripted by Austinites Karen Davidson and Morgan Coy, with Polish artist Chris Chalik,&nbsp;“<a href="http://issuu.com/monofonus/docs/shadow_healer__1_preview">Shadow Healer</a>” is the first segment of a graphic novel in four parts</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 14:55:00 +0000 Cathy Byrd 7729 at http://kut.org 'New Age Noir' Comic Book Stepping Out of the Shadows Artists, Sculptors Raise Canopy Studios in East Austin http://kut.org/post/artists-sculptors-raise-canopy-studios-east-austin <p></p><p>East Austin’s newest creative community, <a href="http://canopystudios.wordpress.com/">Canopy</a>, has scheduled its first open studio tour this Saturday and Sunday.&nbsp;</p><p>A little background: <a href="http://www.hsuoffice.com/">Michael&nbsp;Hsu&nbsp;Office of Architecture</a>&nbsp;reconfigured a former East Austin warehouse into artist studios, creative office spaces, art galleries and a&nbsp;café,&nbsp;connected by communal courtyards and breezeways. The space opened in early 2013.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 20:05:12 +0000 Cathy Byrd 7700 at http://kut.org Artists, Sculptors Raise Canopy Studios in East Austin Austin 'Citygram' App Hopes to Launch This Spring http://kut.org/post/austin-citygram-app-hopes-launch-spring <p>A group of local writers and designers are hatching <a href="http://citygrammag.com">Citygram</a>, Austin’s latest digital lifestyle mag. Their vision? A free, fully interactive Apple App Store publication.</p><p>Once, a full-time electrical engineer and a part-time contributor to <a href="http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/" target="_blank">Apartment Therapy</a>, Founding Editor Chris Perez abandoned his day job to create this Austin showcase. He and nine contributors – including <a href="http://www.austineavesdropper.com">AustinEavesdropper</a> Tolly Moseley – are dedicated to the cause. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:37:01 +0000 Cathy Byrd 7263 at http://kut.org Austin 'Citygram' App Hopes to Launch This Spring At Fusebox Fest, 'Night Gardener' Shines Light on Neglected Spaces http://kut.org/post/fusebox-fest-night-gardener-shines-light-neglected-spaces <p>Artist <a href="http://www.johnnywalkerart.com/JohnnyWalkerArt/home.html">Johnny Walker</a> has become <a href="http://www.johnnywalkerart.com/JohnnyWalkerArt/gardener.html">The Night Gardener</a> for Fusebox Festival, Austin’s integrative, contemporary art fest.&nbsp;</p><p>Walker’s experiential art involves transforming neglected spaces. For example, one Night Gardener project has Walker chalking flower petals around dark globs of gum on the sidewalk – turning an invisible part of the landscape into a whimsical escape.</p><p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:01:00 +0000 Cathy Byrd 7390 at http://kut.org At Fusebox Fest, 'Night Gardener' Shines Light on Neglected Spaces Cine Las Americas Film Fest Readies 16th Year In Austin http://kut.org/post/cine-las-americas-film-fest-readies-16th-year-austin <p>The film world is changing. That’s according to the principals behind the 16<sup>th</sup> annual <a href="http://cinelasamericas.org">Cine Las Americas International Film Festival</a>, running April 16-21 here in Austin, Texas.</p><p>With more films coming out of Latin America and indigenous America, Austin audiences will have a range of films to choose from this year. Cine Las Americas includes features and shorts, documentaries and narratives, and works from emerging talents. All the films are subtitled in English.</p><p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 11:40:00 +0000 Cathy Byrd 7347 at http://kut.org Cine Las Americas Film Fest Readies 16th Year In Austin AMOA's Louis Grachos Brings New Art Vision to Austin http://kut.org/post/amoas-louis-grachos-brings-new-art-vision-austin <p><a href="http://amoa-arthouse.org/">Austin Museum of Art-ArtHouse</a> (known as AMOA-ArtHouse), a hybrid art institution situated at the edge of Lake Austin and in Downtown Austin, has a new leader. <a href="http://amoa-arthouse.org/2013/museum-without-walls/">Louis Grachos</a> was selected to direct AMOA-ArtHouse after a 7-month international search. Grachos, who directed the <a href="http://www.albrightknox.org">Albright-Knox Art Gallery</a> in Buffalo, New York, for the past decade, talks about his ideas for contemporary art programming and his aim to raise the national profile of Austin’s art scene. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:09:16 +0000 Cathy Byrd 7257 at http://kut.org AMOA's Louis Grachos Brings New Art Vision to Austin Changing the Face of Austin – Starting With Congress Ave. http://kut.org/post/changing-face-austin-starting-congress-ave <p> Will Congress Avenue become the creative core of Austin? Some art and business leaders think so, and they're trying to make it happen.</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:49:36 +0000 Cathy Byrd 7240 at http://kut.org Changing the Face of Austin – Starting With Congress Ave. Austin Architects, Ecologists Create Site-Sensitive Edgeland House http://kut.org/post/austin-architects-ecologist-create-site-sensitive-edgeland-house <p>In Austin, a group of architects and ecologists have created a house and landscape design that celebrates the unique climate, living species, and cultural traditions of Central Texas.</p><p>It’s perched on an east Austin bluff overlooking the Colorado River, on a reclaimed industrial site.&nbsp;KUT’s Cathy Byrd toured the home, called&nbsp;<a href="http://bcarc.com/Project/edgeland-house">Edgeland House</a>, with architect Thomas Bercy, of <a href="http://bcarc.com/">Bercy Chen Studio</a>, and ecologist Mark Simmons, director of the Ecosystem Design Group for the <a href="http://www.wildflower.org/">Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center</a><em>.</em></p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:27:00 +0000 Cathy Byrd 7135 at http://kut.org Austin Architects, Ecologists Create Site-Sensitive Edgeland House SXSW: Documentary Traces Russian Feminist Punks' Trials http://kut.org/post/sxsw-documentary-traces-russian-feminist-punks-trials <p>After winning an award at the Sundance Film Festival this January,&nbsp;“<a href="http://www.facebook.com/PyssyRiotTheDocumentary">Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer</a>” has wowed audiences at South by Southwest.</p><p>The documentary tells the incredible story of three young performance artists: Nadia,&nbsp;Masha&nbsp;and&nbsp;Katia, members of Russian feminist art collective Pussy Riot.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:35:11 +0000 Cathy Byrd 6954 at http://kut.org SXSW: Documentary Traces Russian Feminist Punks' Trials SXSW Interactive: 99% Invisible's Roman Mars on Podcasting http://kut.org/post/sxsw-interactive-99-invisibles-roman-mars-podcasting <p>Roman Mars, the host and producer of&nbsp;<a href="http://99percentinvisible.org/">99% Invisible</a>, is a superhero in the field of contemporary&nbsp;podcasting. That’s according to his co-panelists at&nbsp;<a href="http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_IAP2769">a South by Southwest Interactive panel</a>:&nbsp;<a href="http://answermethis.wordpress.com/">Answer Me This</a>&nbsp;host Helen&nbsp;Zaltzman, and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pri.org/bullseye.html">Bullseye</a>&nbsp;host and producer Jesse Thorn.</p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:56:19 +0000 Cathy Byrd 6944 at http://kut.org SXSW Interactive: 99% Invisible's Roman Mars on Podcasting After Cat Video Film Fest, Art World Asks: Is This The End? http://kut.org/post/after-cat-video-film-fest-art-world-asks-end <p><font color="#232323" style="line-height: 0.22in;"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">Scott&nbsp;</font></font></font><font color="#000000" style="line-height: 0.22in;"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="background: transparent">Stullen</span></font></font></font><font color="#232323" style="line-height: 0.22in;"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">&nbsp;and Katie Hill, co-curators of the now legendary&nbsp;</font></font></font><a href="http://www.walkerart.org/openfield/programs/internet-cat-video-film-festival/" style="line-height: 0.22in;"><font color="#053df5"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><u>Internet Cat Video Festival</u></font></font></font></a><font color="#232323" style="line-height: 0.22in;"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">&nbsp;of 2012 spoke to a room full of cat lovers at&nbsp;</font></font></font><font color="#000000" style="line-height: 0.22in;"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><span style="background: transparent">SXSW</span></font></font></font><font color="#232323" style="line-height: 0.22in;"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">&nbsp;Interactive. Their session featured…adorable cat videos!&nbsp;The questions the project raised were inevitable:&nbsp;</font></font></font><font color="#232323" style="line-height: 0.22in;"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i>Why cats?</i></font></font></font><font color="#232323" style="line-height: 0.22in;"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</font></font></font><font color="#232323" style="line-height: 0.22in;"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><i>Is this art?</i></font></font></font></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in; line-height: 0.22in;"><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><font color="#232323">What made the event significant was not only that it was the first, but also that the event took place at the highly renowned <a href="http://www.walkerart.org/">Walker Art Center</a>.&nbsp;The cat video festival was a new translation of the center’s formal experimental program.&nbsp;</font>This particular experiment was a runaway success.</font></font></p><p> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 17:30:37 +0000 Cathy Byrd 6898 at http://kut.org After Cat Video Film Fest, Art World Asks: Is This The End? Interview: Greater Tuna's Jaston Williams on Art and Activism http://kut.org/post/interview-greater-tunas-jaston-williams-art-and-activism <div class="wysiwyg-asset-audio-wrapper"><div class="wysiwyg-asset-audio" contenteditable="false" description="Interview: Greater Tuna star Jaston Williams " fid="8094" uri="public://201303/Q&amp;A Byrd Williams on Texas Arts MIX.mp3"><div class="audio-player-wrapper"><div class="pi_assets-audio">&nbsp;</div><div class="pi_assets-audio-text">&nbsp;</div></div>|</div></div><p>The Texas Cultural Trust hosts the <a href="http://www.txculturaltrust.org/tmaa/">Texas Medal of Arts Awards </a>March 4-5 in Austin.&nbsp; Since 2001, the awards have spotlighted highly creative Texans and generous patrons of the arts.</p><p>KUT News spoke with Jaston Williams, one of this year’s honorees. Williams and his collaborator Joe Sears are being recognized for writing and starring in the legendary satiric play series "<a href="https://greatertuna.com/index.cfm">Greater Tuna</a>."</p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 22:53:47 +0000 Cathy Byrd 6818 at http://kut.org Interview: Greater Tuna's Jaston Williams on Art and Activism