arts eclectic http://kut.org en Be a Part of the Latest Version of 'The Intergalactic Nemesis' http://kut.org/post/be-part-latest-version-intergalactic-nemesis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There have been many incarnations of </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Intergalactic Nemesis </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">over the years. The </span>1930s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> era science fiction story started life as a live radio serial staged in a coffee shop, then became an actual radio serial that ran right here on </span>KUT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> many years ago. Then there was a revised version of the stage show, then&nbsp;a comic book series, and finally a live action graphic novel, which combines all the previous elements into a large-scale show that has toured the world.</span></p><p>But it’s never been captured for the screen until now. This Saturday at the old <em>Austin City Limits</em> Studio, <em>The Intergalactic Nemesis</em> will tape its newest incarnation before a live audience. The show will go back to its radio serial roots in a way, as it becomes a series of short web videos produced by KLRU and PBS. It'll also be available as a TV broadcast and a DVD.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144851027&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:52:16 +0000 Mike Lee 10223 at http://kut.org Be a Part of the Latest Version of 'The Intergalactic Nemesis' Soubrette Productions Presents 'Assassins' http://kut.org/post/soubrette-productions-presents-assassins <p>For only their second outing, young theater company Soubrette Productions is taking on a challenging show: Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s <em>Assassins</em>, a musical that examines the motivations behind the actions of attempted and successful assassins of American presidents. It's long been a controversial work, as it examines the history of and parallels between the men and women who were convinced that their violent actions were justified or even necessary.</p><p>The subject matter isn't the only difficult aspect of <em>Assassins</em>. It's also a pretty elaborate production, with a large principal cast and detailed costuming, sets, and props. All of this makes the production a challenge for the folks of Soubrette, but a challenge they were eager to undertake.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144689338&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:35:27 +0000 Mike Lee 10219 at http://kut.org Soubrette Productions Presents 'Assassins' Fusebox Festival Celebrates Tenth Anniversary http://kut.org/post/fusebox-festival-celebrates-tenth-anniversary <p>Producer Ron Berry created the&nbsp;Fusebox&nbsp;Festival a decade ago as a way to foster communication between Austin's arts scene and the national and international artistic community. The conversation he started way back then is still going strong; Fusebox has grown every year and this year celebrates its tenth anniversary.</p><p>As has usually been the case, this year's festival will feature hundreds of artists and performers, with roughly a third of them hailing from Austin, a third from the rest of the USA, and a third from other countries. What is different about this year's festival is that all events will be free to the public (although for some shows, reservations are required).</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144689323&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:29:39 +0000 Mike Lee 10210 at http://kut.org Fusebox Festival Celebrates Tenth Anniversary Mother Falcon's Music Laboratory http://kut.org/post/mother-falcons-music-laboratory <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past few years, the band Mother Falcon has been operating a summer camp for young musicians. The many members of the band are still pretty young themselves, but when they were even younger, they spend their summers at various music camps, so the idea of starting their own seemed like a natural.</span></p><p>They aim to encourage creative musical thinking, guided by their camp motto, "Musicality over Technicality." During each&nbsp;week-long session, the students are divided up into bands with diverse instrumentation, where they'll hopefully encourage one another to experiment and broaden their creative horizons.&nbsp;Each sessions&nbsp;ends with a showcase concert by the kids, during which they'll play original songs, covers, and do a little jamming.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141909385&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:33:17 +0000 Mike Lee 10057 at http://kut.org Mother Falcon's Music Laboratory 'The Drawer Boy' Returns to Hyde Park Theatre http://kut.org/post/drawer-boy-returns-hyde-park-theatre <p></p><p>Ten years ago, Hyde Park Theatre produced <em>The Drawer Boy</em> to great acclaim. Michael Stuart, one third of the three-person cast,&nbsp;took home a Critic's Table Award for best actor; Ken Webster won the B. Iden&nbsp;Payne best director award. It was also named Outstanding Drama by one group and Outstanding Comedy by the other. "It's that kind of script," Webster says.</p><p>Now they’re restaging the play, which centers on a young theater student who comes to study and work with two middle aged Canadian farmers. Stuart is returning to his role as Angus, a decade older and closer to actual age of the character. Webster is directing again, and this time also acting, as the curmudgeonly farmer Morgan.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140732379&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:06:46 +0000 Mike Lee 10016 at http://kut.org 'The Drawer Boy' Returns to Hyde Park Theatre Josh Wechsler Brings Cabaret to City Theatre http://kut.org/post/josh-wechsler-brings-cabaret-city-theatre <p>Josh Wechsler has appeared onstage in numerous musicals and straight plays, but he really loves old-school cabaret,where a performer sings songs and chats with an intimate audience. That’s the vibe he’s going for with his new show, "Here With You! Unexpected Songs from Sondheim to Zeppelin."</p><p>When going through his repertoire to prepare for this show, Wechsler discovered a common theme in many of the songs he'd chosen -- that of community and shared experience. That theme works nicely with an intimate, cabaret-style show, and "Here With You!" came into being.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139569057&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:17:39 +0000 Mike Lee 9966 at http://kut.org Josh Wechsler Brings Cabaret to City Theatre Women of the World Poetry Slam Comes to Austin http://kut.org/post/women-world-poetry-slam-comes-austin <p></p><p>The Women of the World Poetry Slam is a yearly festival that brings together 72 of the world’s best female poets for workshops, open mics, parties, and of course a multi-day slam poetry competition. This year, for the first time,&nbsp;it’s happening in Austin.</p><p>Things will kick off at the Spiderhouse on Wednesday, March 19, with the Last Chance Slam, where poets who are not yet registered for Women of the World can vie for a slot in the competition. Bouts will continue at the Spiderhouse and Love Goat on Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21; workshops and other events will also happen on those days. The festival will conclude with a championship bout at the Paramount Theater on Saturday, March 22.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138910589&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:57:52 +0000 Mike Lee 9932 at http://kut.org Women of the World Poetry Slam Comes to Austin See 'The Whale' at Hyde Park Theatre http://kut.org/post/see-whale-hyde-park-theatre <p>The tragicomedy <em>The Whale</em> won plenty of awards following its world premier in Denver in 2012. The play, by Samuel D. Hunter, centers around Charlie, who has been steadily eating himself into an early grave since the death of his boyfriend years earlier. Now close to 600 pounds and unwilling to seek medical help, Charlie looks for reconciliation with his long-lost daughter Ellie and understanding from his only friend, Liz.</p><p>It's a departure of sorts for &nbsp;A Chick and A Dude, who are known for heavily-male casts, often featuring hitmen or other testosterone-heavy character types. This time out, director Melissa Livingston-Weaver actually has a cast with more women than men, which she admits makes a nice change of pace.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137077644&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:26:24 +0000 Mike Lee 9865 at http://kut.org See 'The Whale' at Hyde Park Theatre See 'Charley's Aunt' in the Hill Country http://kut.org/post/see-charleys-aunt-hill-country <p>The British farce <em>Charley’s Aunt </em>is currently onstage at Wimberley Playhouse. Originally performed in Suffolk, England in 1892, the play is a classic comedy, with mistaken identities, men in drag, and the sort of fast-paced action you expect from a good farce.&nbsp;</p><p>By far the most enduring work by playwright Brandon Thomas, <em>Charley's Aunt</em> quickly became a classic, enjoying countless productions worldwide in the 122 since its birth.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="60" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136848696&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:34:11 +0000 Mike Lee 9850 at http://kut.org See 'Charley's Aunt' in the Hill Country The Menuhin Competition Comes to Austin http://kut.org/post/menuhin-competition-comes-austin <p>The Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists is kind of a big deal. It's been called "the Olympics of violin," which is apt, as it's a worldwide competition that brings together the best young talent in its field.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:27:36 +0000 Mike Lee 9827 at http://kut.org The Menuhin Competition Comes to Austin Jaston Williams Asks, 'Is There Life After Lubbock?' http://kut.org/post/jaston-williams-asks-there-life-after-lubbock <p>Believe it or not, musicians Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Jo Carol Pierce, and Kimmie Rhodes are all from the same Texas town, Lubbock. And actor and storyteller Jaston Williams, while not born in Lubbock, spent much of his formative years there, and still visits often. As he says, "I've got Lubbock in the blood. We've tried to do something about it, but once you've got it, you've got it."</p><p>That shared connection is the basis of the new show "Is There Life After Lubbock?", a free-form, loosely structured evening of humor, stories, and music taking the stage of the Stateside at the Paramount Theater this weekend.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135999996&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:19:26 +0000 Mike Lee 9825 at http://kut.org Jaston Williams Asks, 'Is There Life After Lubbock?' 'Lewd Asian Women' Take Over Salvage Vanguard Theater http://kut.org/post/lewd-asian-women-take-over-salvage-vanguard-theater <p></p><p><em>L.A.W. Lewd Asian Women</em>, a new play from Lucky Chaos Theater Projects, opens on Febuary 28 at Salvage Vangaurd Theater. It's written and performed by Christine Hoang, Alice Liu Cook,&nbsp;Lilan&nbsp;Ren, and&nbsp;Leng&nbsp;Wong, who, with the exception of Wong, are all working lawyers in our community.</p><p>It’s based in part on the lives of Wong, Cook, and Hoang, three Asian women living in Austin today (Ren&nbsp;portrays the Voice of the Law), and inspired by an 1875 court case involving 22 Chinese immigrants. That case, Chy Lung v Freeman, began when 22 Chinese women were barred from entering San Francisco harbor after being declared "lewd and debauched" by the California commissioner of immigration. The evidence for their lewdness included the fact that they traveled without husbands or children and their flowery garments.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135484523&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:40:53 +0000 Mike Lee 9800 at http://kut.org 'Lewd Asian Women' Take Over Salvage Vanguard Theater 'Little Red Chunari' is a New Take on a Classic Tale http://kut.org/post/little-red-chunari-new-take-classic-tale <p></p><p><em>Little Red Chunari</em> is a new play from Scottish Rite Community and Children’s Theater. It’s a family friendly Bollywood-style adaptation of the classic tale “Little Red Riding Hood,” written by Prentice Riddle and Susan Gayle Todd.</p><p>The story originated years ago, when Riddle was in the habit of telling his children (who are of Indian descent) stories to pass the time on car trips. He'd usually pick an existing story and change it up a little to give it more of an Indian flavor; that's why Little Red wears a chunari (a multi-purpose scarf worn in much of South Asia) rather than a riding hood.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/134069794&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:23:33 +0000 Mike Lee 9760 at http://kut.org 'Little Red Chunari' is a New Take on a Classic Tale Marc Pouhé Returns to the Stage as Othello http://kut.org/post/marc-pouh-returns-stage-othello <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Interstate, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'Lucida Sans', Garuda, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px; "><em>Othello</em> is the latest production by Austin Shakespeare. This version of the classic play is directed by artistic director Ann Ciccolella and stars veteran actor Marc Pouhé in the title role.</span></p><p><br style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Interstate, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'Lucida Sans', Garuda, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px; " /><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Interstate, 'Lucida Grande', 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'Lucida Sans', Garuda, Verdana, Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 22px; ">It's Pouhé's second time playing Othello in an Austin Shakespeare production. He first played the role in 2005; since then, he's gone through some life changes, not the least of which was a battle with kidney failure. He's healthy now, but the illness kept him off the stage for a few years. Now&nbsp;ready to continue his acting career, Pouhé is playing Othello again, a little older and with a different outlook on life.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/134069317&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:40:31 +0000 Mike Lee 9751 at http://kut.org Marc Pouhé Returns to the Stage as Othello Experience the Largest Indoor Brazilian Carnaval on Earth http://kut.org/post/experience-largest-indoor-brazilian-carnaval-earth <p>Austin's Carnaval&nbsp;celebration began in the mid-70s as a relatively small event held at a Unitarian church. The party-goers that year must have had a good time, because Carnaval&nbsp;quickly became an annual ocurance; it's now in its 37th year and is the second-oldest ongoing annual event in Austin.</p><p>The party has moved to different and larger venues several times, and is now taking place at the Palmer Events Center. It's the largest indoor Brazilian Carnaval in the world, and this year will feature music, dancing, food, a parade float, and, as always, elaborate and often revealing costumes.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131691602&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:53:57 +0000 Mike Lee 9666 at http://kut.org Experience the Largest Indoor Brazilian Carnaval on Earth