Life & Arts http://kut.org en 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 Black Stats: How African-Americans Measure Up in the 21st Century http://kut.org/post/black-stats-how-african-americans-measure-21st-century <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><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Black Stats"&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is a comprehensive guide filled with contemporary facts and figures on African Americans.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144560643&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 22:42:35 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 10206 at http://kut.org Black Stats: How African-Americans Measure Up in the 21st Century Movies Unplugged: Fest Brings Live Music to Silent Film for One Night in Austin http://kut.org/post/movies-unplugged-fest-brings-live-music-silent-film-one-night-austin <p>Seth Boustead started the <a href="https://acmusic.org/attend/concerts/sound-silent-film-anthology-film-archives" target="_blank">Sound of Silent Film Festival</a> in Chicago almost 10 years ago. It features newly composed music performed live to modern silent films.</p><p>Think about that: <em>newly </em>composed music to <em>modern</em> <em>silent</em> films.</p><p>Boustead is in<a href="https://www.austinfilm.org/film-sound-of-silent" target="_blank"> Austin for a one-day event</a> featuring this concept. He sat down with KUT to explain what it's all about.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144067841&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:01:49 +0000 Laura Rice 10192 at http://kut.org Movies Unplugged: Fest Brings Live Music to Silent Film for One Night in Austin Human Rights http://kut.org/post/human-rights <p>Read by Shawna Butler<br /><br />I am a human,<br />I have human rights as well,<br />No ignoring me,<br />There is nothing wrong,<br />With me being nothing but me,<br />I am special,<br />I have the knowledge,<br />Of who I was, am, and will be,<br />No one will hurt me,<br />I can do anything,<br />I am indestructible,<br />I’m a fire burning,<br />I make my own paths,<br />Push myself to the limit,<br />Do my best always,<br />Please look at me,<br />Notice me for who I am,<br />I am unique,<br />I am one of a kind,<br />For I am me, only me,<br />A girl with a story.<br /><br /> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:08:29 +0000 Sumin 10170 at http://kut.org Bored http://kut.org/post/bored <p>Read by Shawna Butler.<br /><br />Time, time,<br />Passes by.<br />Trying to make this poem rhyme,<br />Same old empty, boring life.<br /><br />Another simple, starry night:<br />Crying, laughing, being kind.<br />I am tired of faking smiles.<br /><br />Time, time<br />Passes by.<br />Tapping dance shoes<br />In the night,<br />Still living the empty, boring life.<br /><br />There are no details,<br />Nothing of the sort.<br />Just a girl,<br />That same old dork.<br /><br />Time, time,<br />Passes by.<br />Trying to make this poem rhyme,<br />Same old empty boring life.<br /><br /> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:04:59 +0000 Allison 10169 at http://kut.org WATER http://kut.org/post/water <p>Read by Jason Neulander.<br /><br />The hydrater-<br />Refreshing, cool or warm<br />Wonderful, powerful<br />Hear it rushing or trickling past you<br />splash, ripple or tap<br />Clear and mysterious<br /><br />Stillness.<br />Rising<br />Falling<br />Freezing<br />Melting<br />Repeating, again and again-<br />An adventurous way to live<br /><br />You can swim, ski or skate<br />Frozen or not, Cold or not<br />Memories of the beach or mountain<br /><br />Floats through sky, drifting or waiting<br />Waiting to fall- Brave and strong<br /> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:13:39 +0000 Caroline M. 10162 at http://kut.org