Mike Lee

Senior Producer: Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, Sonic IDs

Mike is a features producer at KUT, where he’s been working since his days as an English major at the University of Texas. He produces Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, and the Sonic ID project, and also produces videos and cartoons for kut.org. When pressed to do so, he’ll write short paragraphs about himself in the third person, but usually prefers not to.

Several years ago, he featured a young dancer on his Arts Eclectic program, and she was so impressed by his interviewing skills that she up and married him. Now they enjoy traveling, following their creative whims, and spending time with their dogs.

The literary magazine American Short Fiction has been published for over twenty-five years. In that time, it's featured works by authors such as Joyce Carol Oates, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Louise Erdrich; it's been nominated for national awards, and its works have been published in The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. 

The greater Austin area is home to myriad art galleries and museums, and on one day every year, dozens of those institutions open their doors, free of charge, to anybody who'd like to pop in and soak up a little culture. It happens on the third Sunday in September, also known as Austin Museum Day, which this year falls on this coming Sunday.

"This is our 20th year of hosting Austin Museum Day," says Austin Museum Partnership co-chair Lani Gonzalez. "That's a very exciting milestone."

"The show's themes dealt with what, at that point in my life, I had seen as kind of  a recurring cycle in America," says writer/performer Adrian Villegas of his solo comedy show Barrio Daze. He originally wrote the work in the 1990s, and has revisited it several times over the past couple of decades.

  

From Foundation Communities, this month's Get Involved spotlight non-profit:

Mission: Creating housing where families succeed.

The political variety show Over the Lege is returning to the Institution Theater for a second season this September. It's the creation of Stephanie Chiarello Noppenberg, who pulled from her two diverse areas of expertise to develop the show.

"I have worked at the legistlature for six sessions now... in both the House and the Senate," she says. "And you stay up really late at night watching these committee hearings, and you're like, Did they just say that... or do that?' And the answer is 'Yes, and people aren't paying attention.'"

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