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A Canadian R&B vocalist, a one-man-band playing swampy blues rock, a dreamy shoe gaze band and an electronic music producer from France are among the many artists performing in Austin this weekend. Hear what they sound like in our chat with KUTX program director Matt Reilly!

Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman

A Vietnamese-influenced Cajun seafood restaurant from Houston has opened a location in Austin. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review of La Crawfish.


In celebration of Black History month, In Black America presents an encore presentation of "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music," an extended interview with her that originally aired in March 1983.

From Art from the Streets, this month's Get Involved spotlight non-profit:

Through its 23 year history, Art From the Streets has helped hundreds of homeless individuals improve their circumstances - literally and figuratively - by providing them the means to make art. We believe that anyone can make art and that making art is good for everyone. 

Ralph Barrera, Austin American-Statesman

A lot of Italian restaurants have opened in Austin lately, but this one might be the best yet, according to Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks him about his latest review.


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Funk soul legends, new psychedelic rock, a young blues master and more are performing music in Austin this weekend. Hear about it in our chat with KUTX program director Matt Reilly. 

Deep Eddy Vodka

Dripping Springs-based Deep Eddy Vodka, recently acquired by Kentucky’s Heaven Hill Brands, has released a new flavored vodka. KUT's Nathan Bernier learns more from Texas Monthly drinks columnist Jessica Dupuy.

Granite sculptor Jesús Moroles was a large figure in the Texas arts community, well known for both his enormous  artworks and his enormous energy and generosity. Among his many awards, he received a United States National Medal of Arts in 2008. His untimely death in an automobile accident last year was a shock and a large blow to his friends at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Valerie Mitchell Johnston, Deputy General Counsel, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Johnston was previously Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for HIT Entertainment, a children's entertainment production company owned by Mattel. She comes to Lincoln Center with over 20 years of industry and law firm experience in development, production and distribution of content across various media in domestic and global markets.

In her new position, she is responsible for assisting the General Counsel in managing all legal aspects of the nonprofit organization’s programmatic, educational, fundraising and administrative activities, particularly its strategic initiatives in digital media.

Kirk Lynn

On this edition of The Write Up we chat with novelist, playwright, and professor Kirk Lynn about the craft of writing, the adventure of theater, and the deep desire to abandon society and escape into the wild. We also discuss his debut novel Rules for Werewolves.

Lynn began writing prose in college, but found the companionship of his desk and typewriter not so satisfying. So he took a chance on theatre. It was on the stage that he found his passion for the human voice. Along with six friends, Lynn founded Austin’s Rude Mechanicals , now called the Rude Mechs. For nearly twenty years this growing company has produced some of the more daring and critically acclaimed plays to come out of Texas, a number of them penned by Lynn, including Stop Hitting Yourself and Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century.

Moving Panoramas

A record label showcase, a legendary jazz rock group performance and some young music students covering Led Zeppelin are among the many live music performances in Austin this weekend. KUT's Nathan Bernier hears more from KUTX program Matt Reilly.

Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman

An Indian restaurant on Far West Boulevard brings Nepalese influence to its menu. KUTs' Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam why he's calling Saffron his new favorite Indian restaurant in the city.


On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Robert L. Reece, doctoral candidate at Duke University and Heather A. O’Connell, postdoctoral fellow at Rice’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, co-authors of a Rice University study, “How the Legacy of Slavery and Racial Composition Shape Public School Enrollment in the American South.”

This weekend, the Institution Theater will unveil the sixth installment in their "Jukebox Musical Project," which combines a historical period or event with the music of a popular entertainer with no apparent connection to that event.

The Institution's Asaf Ronen was inspired to create the project after seeing a youtube video created by actress Rachel Bloom using the music of Sugar Ray. "As is my wont," he remembers, "when I see someone else do something, I want to do something like it."

FronteraFest Turns 23

Jan 16, 2016

FronteraFest has a been a staple of the Austin theater community for nearly a quarter of a century. As perhaps the premier fringe theater festival in the southwest USA, FronteraFest has given hundreds of artists an opportunity to present their works to an accepting audience.

St. Edward's University

The 2016 Pritzker Prize, often called the Nobel Prize for architects, was awarded this week to Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena. Known for his “incremental" — partially unfinished — building designs, Aravena has only one creation standing in the U.S., and it happens to be in Austin.

Remembering The Dreamer

Jan 13, 2016

In honor of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., In Black America presents a tribute to the slain civil rights leader. During the less than thirteen years of King’s leadership of the modern Civil Rights Movement, from December 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in this country than the previous 350 years had produced. King is widely regarded as America’s pre-eminent advocate of nonviolence and one of the greatest nonviolent leaders in world history.

Austin musicians, take note: NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series has returned for its second year, and you have from today until Feb. 2 to submit your video. 

Image courtesy of Richard Lord

David Bowie’s passing has stirred many memories. For most of us, we’re left with how his music made us feel. But for one Austinite, Bowie left a different impression — one shaped like boxing gloves.


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A busy week of live music as Austin's "Free Week" wraps up. KUT's Nathan Bernier gets a rundown from KUTX program director Matt Reilly.

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