Life & Arts http://kut.org en On the Bard's Birthday, Who Wrote It: Shakespeare or a Rapper? http://kut.org/post/bards-birthday-who-wrote-it-shakespeare-or-rapper <p>It's happened to all of us: just when you're ready to deliver the perfect rebuttal, &nbsp;last word or final point, your tongue trips up and you slaughter your English.</p><p>Don't fret about it, says author Ammon Shea. The man who&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/02/arts/02iht-idbriefs2C.14946374.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">spent a year reading the Oxford English Dictionary</a>&nbsp;is taking on grammarians and nitpickers alike.</p><p>Shea's new book "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Bad-English-History-Linguistic-Aggravation/dp/0399165576">Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation</a>" (out this June) is an eye-opening look at how language mistakes have become accepted as correct usage.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146123452&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:22:37 +0000 David Brown & Emily Donahue 10286 at http://kut.org On the Bard's Birthday, Who Wrote It: Shakespeare or a Rapper? ACL Fest Organizers on What's In Store for 2014 http://kut.org/post/acl-fest-organizers-whats-store-2014 <p>In Austin, many see live music not just as an opportunity, but as a way of life.</p><p>Every day brings the possibility to see a variety of talents – both from music’s biggest and brightest, to up-and-coming acts in Austin’s live music scene.</p><p>For many outside Central Texas, Austin’s “Live Music Capital of the World” status is summed up by two of the city’s biggest music festivals:&nbsp;South by Southwest&nbsp;and the Austin City Limits Music Festival.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latter, now in its </span>13th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> year, carries the brand of the historic Austin City Limits television show, which has a rich and storied history all its own.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:43:26 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10281 at http://kut.org ACL Fest Organizers on What's In Store for 2014 See 100 Comedians at the Moontower Festival http://kut.org/post/see-100-comedians-moontower-festival <p></p><p>Now in its third year, the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival is quickly becoming one of the largest comedy festivals in America. For this year's fest, around 100 comedians will come together from Austin and around the world to perform dozens of shows, including sketch, improv, and lots of standup comedey.</p><p>Headliners include The Kids in The Hall, Hannibal Buress, Mike Birbiglia, Maria Bamford and more. They'll perform at the Paramount Theatre, while several smaller venues host shows nearby.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:23:19 +0000 Mike Lee 10269 at http://kut.org See 100 Comedians at the Moontower Festival Eminem, Outkast, Pearl Jam and Lorde Top 2014 ACL Music Festival Lineup http://kut.org/post/eminem-outkast-pearl-jam-and-lorde-top-2014-acl-music-festival-lineup <p>Calling it one of their most energetic lineups to date, the <a href="http://www.aclfestival.com/">13<sup>th</sup> annual Austin City Limits Music Festival</a> also includes a blast of nostalgia.</p><p><a href="http://pearljam.com/" target="_self">Pearl Jam</a> is headlining and <a href="http://thereplacementsofficial.com/pages/home" target="_self">The Replacements</a> are top billed. Major hip-hop acts of the 2000s, <a href="http://www.outkast.com/" target="_self">Outkast</a> and <a href="http://shadyrecords.com/artist/eminem-2/">Eminem</a> are also headliners. The festival also sees a significant number of electronic music acts with <a href="http://www.calvinharris.co.uk/" target="_top">Calvin Harris</a> and <a href="http://alientalk.skrillex.com/" target="_self">Skrillex</a> headlining – and groups such as <a href="http://majorlazer.com/" target="_self">Major Lazer</a>, <a href="http://www.zedd.net/">Zedd</a>, <a href="http://www.phantogram.com/" target="_self">Phantogram</a>, <a href="http://chromeo.net/" target="_self">Chromeo</a> and <a href="http://chvrch.es/" target="_self">CHVRCHES</a> in the big font. <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/02/24/280248837/becks-long-balancing-act" target="_self">Beck</a> rounds out the list of this year’s headliners.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year’s festival <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/05/24/no_women_allowed_summer_music_festivals_are_dudefests_again/" target="_self">drew some criticism </a>for a lack of female performers. However, this year’s top billing includes international superstars, <a href="http://lanadelrey.com/" target="_top">Lana Del Rey</a> and </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlcIKh6sBtc" target="_top">Lorde</a> (<span style="line-height: 1.5;">though the latter will be for the second weekend only). Female acts such as <a href="http://ilovestvincent.com/">St. Vincent</a>, </span><a href="http://iggyazalea.com/" target="_self">Iggy</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://iggyazalea.com/" target="_self"> Azalea</a>, <a href="http://www.jennylewis.com/home" target="_self">Jenny Lewis</a>, <a href="http://www.nikkilane.com/" target="_self">Nikki Lane</a>, </span><a href="http://tune-yards.com/" target="_self">tUnE<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>-yArDs</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and <a href="http://www.mybrightestdiamond.com/" target="_self">My Brightest Diamond</a> also made the cut.</span> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10271 at http://kut.org Eminem, Outkast, Pearl Jam and Lorde Top 2014 ACL Music Festival Lineup Black Stats: How African-Americans Measure Up in the 21st Century, Part II http://kut.org/post/black-stats-how-african-americans-measure-21st-century-part-ii <p>On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Monique W. Morris, Ed.D. Co-founder/President of <a href="http://blackwomensjustice.org">The National Black Women’s Justice Institute</a>, and author of "Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-first Century."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145860667&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 03:05:52 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 10260 at http://kut.org Black Stats: How African-Americans Measure Up in the 21st Century, Part II Coleman Hawkins and The Art of Failure http://kut.org/post/coleman-hawkins-and-art-failure <p>Saxophone great Coleman Hawkins helped to establish jazz as a stand-alone art form, separate from the popular swing music of the day.</p><p>With his originality, lyricism, and a keen sense for the latest trends, Hawkins' work was the foundation for bebop and the most expressive jazz ballads.</p><p>And yet, what is the price for a creative who expresses his art?</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145347756&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:06:20 +0000 Rebecca McInroy 10255 at http://kut.org Coleman Hawkins and The Art of Failure A Dream http://kut.org/post/dream <p>Read by Michael Lee<br /><br />Thirty minutes left<br />I scavenge through my house<br />Grabbing my karaoke machine<br />All my things<br />I don’t want them to get wet or float away<br /><br />Twenty-five minutes left<br />A messed up pipe<br />My house will become a swimming pool<br />Then a memorial site to my family<br />And a pile of dead rubble<br />The walls breathe in water<br /><br />Twenty minutes left<br />I put on my jacket<br />The one that I wore when we bought this house<br />And stuff my pockets with everything<br />I want to remember living here Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:28:20 +0000 Adelynn 10243 at http://kut.org Sticks & Stones & Thunder Storms http://kut.org/post/sticks-stones-thunder-storms <p>Read by Laurie Viault<br /><br />Your name means Night; mine is Song<br />Together we used to fit like a puzzle<br />Once upon a time we grew up happy; you the stars, I the starlight<br />But I don’t know what happened to make that change<br /><br />Suddenly the starlight--blotted out like a cloudy moon<br />All that replaced it was a stormcloud<br />That flashed with light, yes, but not the same light<br />It’s now cold and angry--why?<br /><br />Once upon a time we fit together<br />Now it seems we’re best living apart<br />Everything I say now aggravates you Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:15:42 +0000 Emma A. G. 10238 at http://kut.org Video: Austin Notables Read Poetry by Kealing Middle School Students http://kut.org/post/video-austin-notables-read-poetry-kealing-middle-school-students <p>To commemorate National Poetry Month, we've been airing poems by the students of <a href="http://www.kealinghornets.org/">Kealing Middle School'</a>s Blank Page writing program every day this April.</p><p>We're pretty proud of the lineup of talented Austinites we got to read those poems, including Patty Griffin, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Kathy Valentine, KUT's own John Aielli, and even Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell. Check out a video of our distinguished poetry readers below.</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/MPqFwTCAqDs?feature=player_detailpage" width="560"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:39:06 +0000 Mike Lee 10235 at http://kut.org Video: Austin Notables Read Poetry by Kealing Middle School Students Novelist Elizabeth Strout Talks About 'The Burgess Boys' http://kut.org/post/novelist-elizabeth-strout-talks-about-burgess-boys <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The novel</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"</em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Burgess-Boys-Elizabeth-Strout-ebook/dp/B009MYAWIA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594376&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Burgess+Boys" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Burgess Boys</a>"<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took the nation by storm last year. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">This month, the novel is available in paperback.</span></span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The follow-up to </span><a href="http://www.elizabethstrout.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Elizabeth Strout’s</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2009/0420/olive-kitteridge-takes-2009-pulitzer-prize-for-fiction" style="line-height: 1.5;">Pulitzer Prize winning novel</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;"<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Olive-Kitteridge-Stories-ELIZABETH-STROUT-ebook/dp/B0013TRR80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594395&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Olive+Kitteridge" style="line-height: 1.5;">Olive </a></span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Olive-Kitteridge-Stories-ELIZABETH-STROUT-ebook/dp/B0013TRR80/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1397594395&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=Olive+Kitteridge" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kitteridge</a>"<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;spent weeks atop the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller list and months making the rounds of book-circles. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Elizabeth </span>Strout<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> visited with the&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Standard's&nbsp;</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Emily Donahue&nbsp;to talk about her book. Listen to their conversation in the audio player below.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144868719&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:49:53 +0000 Emily Donahue 10225 at http://kut.org Novelist Elizabeth Strout Talks About 'The Burgess Boys' 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' The World http://kut.org/post/world <p>Read by Jennifer Stayton.<br /><br />The world is crying out for help -- wailing, sobbing<br />Innocence dulled, eyes still open but ruined by<br />The smoke<br />The lies<br />The bodies<br />I'm a poor girl, no money to spare for donations<br />I'm a magnet student run ragged by my school no time to spare<br />But here,<br />Here I am.<br />Can you hear<br />Me?<br />This isn't my voice but hear my words, screaming.<br />Only lived in this wretched place for 14 years.<br />But I see the homeless families,<br />with nowhere to go when it's bitter cold, Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:45:18 +0000 Caroline D. 10221 at http://kut.org 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' Austin Author's New Thriller Links Love, Mystery and World War I http://kut.org/post/austin-authors-new-thriller-links-love-mystery-and-world-war-i <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A young man about to go to war meets a young woman. They fall in love. A reckless, passionate affair follows. It lasts just a week, but it reverberates through six lifetimes.</span></p><p>That's just one layer of the narrative in a new novel by Austin author Justin Go. “<a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Steady-Running-Hour-Novel/dp/1476704589">The Steady Running of the Hour</a>” includes a race against time and crosses two centuries and multiple continents – from the drawing rooms of London to the horror of <a href="http://www.ww1battlefields.co.uk/">World War I battlefields</a> – through Europe, Asia and the U.S.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144672187&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 10209 at http://kut.org Austin Author's New Thriller Links Love, Mystery and World War I 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