Arts and Culture http://kut.org en Listen: What a Record-Breaking Symphony of Singing Bowls Sounds Like http://kut.org/post/listen-what-record-breaking-symphony-singing-bowls-sounds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly 300 people sat cross-legged in the Texas Capitol extension’s open-air rotunda, tracing wooden sticks around crystal, brass and iron bowls. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They were there to celebrate the Dalai Lama's birthday and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">–</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with the utmost tranquility&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">–</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;become the largest group to ever play <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing_bowl">Tibetan singing bowls</a>, according to the </span><a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Guinness Book of World Records</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:38:00 +0000 Audrey McGlinchy 10781 at http://kut.org Listen: What a Record-Breaking Symphony of Singing Bowls Sounds Like Enjoy Literature and Booze at One Page Salon http://kut.org/post/enjoy-literature-and-booze-one-page-salon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A couple of years ago, enthralled with the idea of salons where writers could meet, drink, and discuss their work,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://owenegerton.com" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Owen and Jodi Egerton&nbsp;</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">decided to start one of their own. At first they'd invite other writers to their home, but quickly realized that this was an event that needed sharing.</span></p><p>Now, Owen hosts the monthly One Page Salon at the Whip In. The first Tuesday of every month, he invites a handful of fellow artists — fiction writers, screenwriters, songwriters, even photographers and improvisers — to join him onstage and share one page of a work in progress.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156324243&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:01:09 +0000 Mike Lee 10695 at http://kut.org Enjoy Literature and Booze at One Page Salon Gone to Ghana: Answering Your Questions http://kut.org/post/gone-ghana-answering-your-questions <p>My two-week visit to Ghana has come to an end. I was in the West African country with a program through the U.S. State Department and the International Center for Journalists.</p><p>The exchange program brought journalists <a href="http://kut.org/post/ghana-austin-african-journalist-acl-floods-more" target="_blank">from Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya to the U.S.</a> Then, a group of American journalists is visited those African countries. I'm grateful <a href="http://kut.org/post/gone-ghana-kuts-laura-rice-heads-west-africa-journalism-program" target="_blank">I was chosen to visit Ghana</a> and in my short time there <a href="http://kut.org/post/gone-ghana-stories-worth-exploring" target="_blank">I learned much about the people and culture</a>.</p><p>Along the way, I invited you to send me questions about things you'd like to know about Ghana. Here are the answers to a few of your questions:</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Laura Rice 9727 at http://kut.org Gone to Ghana: Answering Your Questions Austin Film Festival 20th Anniversary Lineup Features More Premieres Than Ever http://kut.org/post/austin-film-festival-20th-anniversary-lineup-features-more-premieres-ever <p>The <a href="http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/" target="_blank">Austin Film Festival</a> has released the full lineup of films slated for this year's event. AFF says this 20th anniversary lineup features more world and U.S. premieres than ever before in the festival's history.</p><p>At the top of the lineup is "<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2042568/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">Inside Llewyn Davis</a>." The new film by Joel and Ethan Coen won the Grand Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It stars Oscar Isaac as the title character. Isaac will be in Austin for the festival. Academy and Grammy Award-winning music producer T-Bone Burnett will also be in attendance.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:06:27 +0000 Laura Rice 8725 at http://kut.org Austin Film Festival 20th Anniversary Lineup Features More Premieres Than Ever Gone Tomorrow: Don't Mess With Texas Wildflowers http://kut.org/post/gone-tomorrow-dont-mess-texas-wildflowers For variegated reasons – urban sprawl, large-scale farming, invasive plants and human thoughtlessness – wildflowers in America are vanishing.<p>Which is a shame.<p>In Texas, for instance, bloomspotting in the vast expanse of the Lone Starscape can be like birdwatching. Amid the dun and dust of desert and field, flora can surprise, delight, astonish.<p>Texas is a gargantuan state that highlights its hugeness, and smallness can get lost in spaciousness. But occasionally largeness can lead to largess. And protectiveness. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:01:12 +0000 Linton Weeks, NPR 8591 at http://kut.org Gone Tomorrow: Don't Mess With Texas Wildflowers Five Things You Should Know About Brain-Altering Software http://kut.org/post/five-things-you-should-know-about-brain-altering-software <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F108501258" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Technology is improving – and fast. The next frontier for some software designers is the human brain.</p><p>William Hurley, or “whurley," is the co-founder of Austin-based mobile studio company Chaotic Moon.</p><p><strong>1. Brain-Altering Software Already Exists:</strong></p><p>"Currently there are things that are considered brain-altering software. <a href="http://www.lumosity.com/" target="_blank">Sites like Lumosity</a> and things like that where you do brain training and different activities." Tue, 03 Sep 2013 10:33:35 +0000 Laura Rice 8577 at http://kut.org Five Things You Should Know About Brain-Altering Software Photos: Inside the University of Texas Mariachi Camp http://kut.org/post/photos-inside-university-texas-mariachi-camp <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F100783911" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Minza Khan 8350 at http://kut.org Photos: Inside the University of Texas Mariachi Camp Heard of Tugg? Austin Startup Changes How People Go to Movies http://kut.org/post/heard-tugg-austin-startup-changes-how-people-go-movies <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F100434487" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>There’s a <a href="http://www.tugg.com/events/4535" target="_blank">screening tonight in Austin</a> for a movie you probably haven’t heard of.</p><p>It’s not part of a film festival or a private event. It's happening in prime time at the Alamo Drafthouse on Research Boulevard.</p><p>"’GrowthBusters' is an independent documentary film that brings attention to the fact that we’ve outgrown the planet and it’s time to embrace the end of growth," Director Dave Gardner said.</p><p>"<a href="http://www.growthbusters.org/" target="_blank">GrowthBusters</a>" is Gardner's first big documentary. As a small fish in the big pond of the movie industry, he has limited options for getting it on movie screens. So he turned to <a href="http://www.tugg.com/" target="_blank">an Austin-based startup: Tugg</a>. Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:35:00 +0000 Laura Rice 8319 at http://kut.org Heard of Tugg? Austin Startup Changes How People Go to Movies What Does UT Smell Like? Longhorns Launching Fragrance Line http://kut.org/post/what-does-ut-smell-longhorns-launching-fragrance-line <p></p><p>University of Texas students, alumni and fans already bleed orange. But soon, they will also be able to smell like it.</p><p><a href="http://www.utexas.edu/creative">University of Texas Creative Services</a>&nbsp;says UT will be partnering with&nbsp;<a href="https://masik.com/universities/">Masik Collegiate Fragrances</a>&nbsp;to launch a scent exclusive to the Longhorns. The fragrance representatives will meet with students and have them determine the final scent. A release date for the fragrance has not been set.</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:16:15 +0000 Mone Miller 8216 at http://kut.org What Does UT Smell Like? Longhorns Launching Fragrance Line Photos: The Three & a Half-Ton Stained Glass 'Austin Wall' http://kut.org/post/photos-three-half-ton-stained-glass-austin-wall <p></p><p>Clifford Ross’ passion for art has led him down an unusual path. Painting, sculpting, photography and camera-design have all led him to today, the day that his latest piece is displayed to the community.</p><p>His three and a half ton stained glass mural adorns the lobby of the new United States Federal Courthouse in Downtown Austin. Ross was approached to execute the project six years ago. His original vision of it did not include a mural, let alone one of such stature. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Hector Perez 8149 at http://kut.org Photos: The Three & a Half-Ton Stained Glass 'Austin Wall' UT's Briscoe Center Aquires Letter From George Washington http://kut.org/post/uts-briscoe-center-aquires-letter-george-washington <p>The <a href="http://www.cah.utexas.edu/" target="_blank">Dolph Briscoe Center</a> at the University of Texas at Austin recently acquired a <a href="http://www.cah.utexas.edu/news/press_release.php?press=press_washington_letter" target="_blank">letter written by George Washington</a>.</p><p>The letter was written to John Armstrong in 1769 – before the Revolutionary War. In it, Washington talks about his views of an incident resulting in the deaths of three Native Americans. Washington describes the killings as murders and calls them "villainy" and "mischief.”</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:20:37 +0000 Gefei Liu 8091 at http://kut.org UT's Briscoe Center Aquires Letter From George Washington UT Grad Wins Student Academy Award for Father-Son Film (Update) http://kut.org/post/ut-grad-wins-student-academy-award-father-son-film-update <p><strong>Update:</strong> Actor Jason Schwartzman presented UT RTF graduate Brian Schwarz with the gold Student Academy Award medal Saturday night.</p><p>He's only the <a href="http://www.oscars.org/awards/saa/winners/winners.pdf" target="_blank">second UT student</a> to win 'gold' at the Student Academy Awards.</p><p><a href="http://www.oscars.org/awards/saa/2013/schwarz.html" target="_blank">In his acceptance speech</a>, Schwarz did take time to thank the RTF department. He called it a department with "great faculty" and "an enthusiastic student body." He also went on to talk about Austin's supportive film scene.</p><p>Comedian Bob Saget hosted the awards. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:18:25 +0000 Laura Rice 8022 at http://kut.org UT Grad Wins Student Academy Award for Father-Son Film (Update) Seeing The Psychotropic, Photographing The Phantasmagoric http://kut.org/post/look-psychotropic-photos-document-ceremonial-icons I'm sitting in my neighborhood bakery, the Upper Crust in Austin, Texas, trying to read my newspaper and enjoy an oatmeal muffin, but I can't stop staring at the photographs on the wall. A native man, his face painted weirdly, holds a great scowling iguana on his head; a boy lies on palm fronds with a colony of giant silk moth caterpillars ornamenting his neck; small brown hands hold a luminous blue morpho butterfly up to the camera. Put down your Danish rolls, people! How can anyone finish breakfast under the spell of these bizarre tropical photos? Mon, 03 Jun 2013 18:26:54 +0000 John Burnett, NPR 7971 at http://kut.org Seeing The Psychotropic, Photographing The Phantasmagoric Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town http://kut.org/post/twinkies-return-mostly-sweet-news-kansas-town The news of Hostess' return to Emporia, Kan., sparked an ecstatic response in this beleaguered town — even though there will be only half as many jobs.<p>The new company, formed when investors bought Hostess' snack cake business, has hired longtime snack cake production veterans Pat Chambers and her husband, Bob, to help get the bakery here running again. Pat lost her job at the Hostess plant when it closed last November. Now, she sits beaming on her front porch, wearing a dirty Hostess work shirt.<p>"We worked today! It's like going home," she says. "I'm so excited. Mon, 27 May 2013 13:08:26 +0000 Frank Morris 7883 at http://kut.org Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town 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? Interview: Leonard Maltin on Capra, Classic Films and Movies That Prove 'Life Can Be Beautiful' http://kut.org/post/interview-leonard-maltin-capra-classic-films-and-movies-prove-life-can-be-beautiful <p></p><p>It’s Memorial Day weekend – the first big weekend of the summer season and plenty of movies are battling at the box office.</p><p>Burt alongside the latest “Star Trek” and “Hangover” sequels is another movie: The 1933 Frank Capra film “<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024240/">Lady for a Day</a>.” Film Critic Leonard Maltin is in Austin for its showing tonight at the Paramount Theater, as part of its <a href="http://www.austintheatre.org/site/News2/1957894022?page=NewsArticle&amp;id=7986&amp;news_iv_ctrl=-1">summer film series</a>.</p><p> Fri, 24 May 2013 20:15:33 +0000 Emily Donahue 7872 at http://kut.org Interview: Leonard Maltin on Capra, Classic Films and Movies That Prove 'Life Can Be Beautiful' '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 May the 4th Be With You, Austin: Star Wars & Free Comics Collide http://kut.org/post/may-4th-be-you-austin-star-wars-free-comics-collide <p></p><p>Obi-Wan Kenobi lied.</p><p>When the Jedi Master said <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hFWz145aJc">“The Force will be with you, always,” </a>he wasn’t exactly correct. Around the country, the force get its own special day: May the 4th.</p><p>Yep, that’s right, young Padawans. Tomorrow is <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Day">National Star Wars Day</a>. And this year it falls on the first Saturday of May, which – as any devotee of pulp yarns will tell you – is another storied celebration in the pantheon of nerddom: <a href="http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/992">Free Comic Book Day</a>.</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 17:52:33 +0000 Andrew Weber 7610 at http://kut.org May the 4th Be With You, Austin: Star Wars & Free Comics Collide Rapper Chris Kelly, Half Of Duo Kris Kross, Dies http://kut.org/post/rapper-chris-kelly-dies-jump-was-hit-duo-kris-kross <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=010KyIQjkTk</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 12:35:24 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7584 at http://kut.org Rapper Chris Kelly, Half Of Duo Kris Kross, Dies