Life & Arts

In Black America Podcast
3:00 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Gospel Singer Tracy Randall Talks Faith, Music and Not Taking Life for Granted

Tracy Randall, Founder, President and CEO of Original Man Entertainment Group, Inc.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Tracy Randall, Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter, attorney and cancer survivor.

Randall isn't supposed to be here. In 2006, he was diagnosed with leukemia and after aggressive rounds of chemo and radiation therapy, his doctors gave up and in February 2007 told him to go home and prepare to die. Through pure will, a positive attitude, his faith and alternative medical treatments, he’s still here and still singing.

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Texas Standard
12:03 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Texas Gospel Group Shines in New Film at SXSW

The Jones Family Singers is made up in part of five sisters, two brothers and their father. The gospel music band is based in Bay City, Texas – outside of Houston.

For the last several decades, the Jones Family Singers have been touring churches and winning singing competitions. But it wasn’t until recently that the group started getting some real attention.

That’s thanks in major part to music critic Michael Corcoran. Austin-based Arts and Labor produced an album last year. And now, their story is being told in a film getting its world premiere at South by Southwest: The Jones Family Will Make a Way.

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SXSW 2015
3:22 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

SXSW Film: Day Five from The Daily Buzz

Still from the film Landfill Harmonic.
Courtesy of the film

It was drizzling this morning in Texas on Day Five of The Daily Buzz at SXSW Film. If you were walking by our broadcasting studio on N. Congress Ave. earlier today, you may have heard violin and cello strings being tuned as we talked with Christine Vachon from Killer Films, award-winning producer of Boys Don't Cry, Far From Heaven and, most recently, Still Alice.

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Texas Standard
2:35 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Interview: Texan’s Powerful Films on Lasting Effects of Indonesia’s Genocide

Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer came back to Texas for SXSW Film.
Cody Rea for Texas Standard.

From Texas Standard:

The SXSW Film Conference marks a sort of homecoming for MacArthur genius and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer.

Oppenheimer’s 2012 film, The Act of Killing, looks at how the perpetrators of Indonesia’s military coup cope with their past. His new documentary, The Look of Silence, follows victims of the coup and how they continue to live alongside the people who killed their family members.

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Texas Standard
9:07 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Inside Texas Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez’s SXSW-Exclusive Downtown Art Museum

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez shows off art at his pop-up museum.
Cody Rea for Texas Standard

From Texas Standard:

Robert Rodriguez is one of Texas’ most high-profile contemporary filmmakers — best known for Sin City, Spy Kids and From Dusk Till Dawn among other films. So, why has he set up a temporary art museum in Austin?

Rodriguez has taken over a space near the Capitol and has lined the exposed brick walls with framed work by fantasy artist Frank Frazetta.

Rodriguez says when he was a kid growing up in San Antonio, he devoured Frazetta’s work – which showed up on the covers of comic books and paperbacks including "Conan the Barbarian," "Tarzan" and "The Death Dealer." Some of the art in the downtown space once even hung on his bedroom wall.

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SXSW 2015
3:28 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

SXSW Film: Day Four from The Daily Buzz

A still from the film Bounce: How the Ball Taught the World to Play.
Courtesy of the film

It’s Day Four of The Daily Buzz at the Historic Stateside Theatre, and there's excitement brewing at the Paramount in anticipation of the 30th anniversary screening of John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club.

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Texas Women's History
2:30 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Texas Women's History Month (Week Three)

Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton

This month, KUT is partnering with the Ruthe Winegarten Foundation to celebrate Women's History Month. Every day, we'll bring you a short feature spotlighting a historic woman, movement, or group of women in Texas. 

In our third week, we'll look at union organizer and educator Emma Tenayuca, groundbreaking singer Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, the Texas Women's History Project, and more.

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SXSW 2015
3:26 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

SXSW Film: Day Three from The Daily Buzz

Tomi Fujiyama, subject of the documentary Made in Japan.

Episode Three of The Daily Buzz assembles a motley crew of experts: SXSW Producer and Senior Programmer Jarod Neese; General Manager of SXSW Music Fest James Minor; SXSW Music Fest Programmer Stacey Wilhelm; and the show's co-hosts, Joe Leydon (Variety) and Kim Voynar with special guests Jeff Yang (Wall Street Journal) and Justin Chang (Variety). 

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SXSW 2015
4:39 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

SXSW: Day Two from The Daily Buzz

Claressa Shields stars in the film T-Rex, showing this year at SXSW.
Courtesy of T-Rex the film.

Today's episode of the Daily Buzz features interviews with directors Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski and subject Curtis Duffy (For Grace); Directors Alexandria Bombach and Mo Scarpelli (Frame by Frame); Directors Zackery Canepari and Drea Cooper and Claressa "T-Rex" Shields (T-Rex); Directors Lewis Bennett and Calum MacLeod and subject Benjamin Taft (Sandwich Nazi); and Director Ben Powell (Barge).

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SXSW 2015
3:30 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

SXSW Film: Day One from The Daily Buzz

Liam Aiken plays Ned Rifle in the film by the same name, directed by Hal Hartley. The film is showing at SXSW, and Daily Buzz has an interview with the director on its Day One roundup.
Courtesy of Possible Films

SXSW Film began today, and festival podcast the Daily Buzz is out gathering interviews, previews and reviews with some of the filmmakers, writers and actors appearing at this year's fest, which features more films this year than ever before.

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Arts Eclectic
1:29 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Jesse Sublett and the World of '1960s Austin Gangsters'

When one thinks about Austin in the 1960s, organized crime isn't the first thing that springs to mind. But during that decade, the Timmy Overton gang did everything it could to take over the Capital City.

That chapter of Austin's history is now largely forgotten; author Jesse Sublett, despite being a history buff and a fan of the noir, knew nothing of the story until stumbling across a newspaper article while researching an unrelated book.

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Texas Standard
11:19 am
Fri March 13, 2015

SXSW Film: Poor and Pregnant in San Antonio

'Petting Zoo' makes its North American premiere at SXSW.

Filmmaker Micah Magee has been all over the world – but just wanted to capture the Lone Star State in her SXSW Film "Petting Zoo."

Micah Magee directed "Petting Zoo." It's making its North American premiere at SXSW.

"When I was in film school in Berlin I’d go like sit in the cactus section at the biological gardens because I missed the way it smelled so much and you can’t really get smells to be in a film," Magee says. "So I had to find the ways to have that feeling of really being there that I really missed so much. I wanted to like transport that to everywhere else in the world where the film could and, hopefully, would go."

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Texas Standard
4:20 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

SXSW 2015 Features More Films Than Ever Before

"BRAND: A Second Coming" is the opening night film of SXSW.

South by Southwest is the biggest conference of its kind in Texas. It draws in tens of thousands of people and has an economic impact of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Janet Pierson heads up SXSW Film, which is screening 150 films this year – the most ever.

“We actually really wanted to show fewer films. The last couple of years we had settled on about 130-133 features – down from 140 – and we wanted to actually pull it down to about 125, and then there was just too much work that was interesting,” Pierson says.

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In Black America Podcast
3:18 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

The Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at The University of Texas at Austin

Daron K. Roberts, founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at The University of Texas at Austin.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Daron K. Roberts, founding director of the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation at The University of Texas at Austin. He also serves as a lecturer in the Liberal Arts Honors program.

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Arts Eclectic
1:41 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Enjoy Some 'Simple Sundries' at Salvage Vangaurd Theater

The folks at Glass Half Full Theatre like to combine elements in their show. The combination of live performance and puppetry is a trademark of Glass Half Full, and they also tend to mix a little social commentary in with their comedy.

The new work 'Simple Sundries' uses all those elements. Using an earlier short play about a woman and a pigeon as their basis, writers Caroline Wreck and Parker Dority crafted a full-length show that includes puppetry and physical comedy and also has something to say about the changing face of Austin's East Side.

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Texas Women's History
10:01 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Texas Women's History Month (Week Two)

This month, KUT is partnering with the Ruthe Winegarten Foundation to celebrate Women's History Month. Every day, we'll bring you a short feature spotlighting a historic woman, movement, or group of women in Texas. 

In our second week, we'll look at former First Lady and environmentalist Lady Bird Johnson, rancher and philanthropist Petra Kenedy, legendary singer Janis Joplin, and more.   

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The Write Up
10:03 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Amanda Eyre Ward on Gratitude, Compassion and 'The Same Sky'

Credit http://www.amandaward.com/

Amanda Eyre Ward is not afraid.

In researching her first novel Sleep Toward Heaven, Amanda sat down with convicted murderers waiting on death row to explore their regrets and hopes. While writing her novel Forgive Me, Amanda traveled to South Africa to experience the ethnic tensions of Johannesburg first-hand

In this episode of The Write Up, we discuss her latest novel The Same Sky her penchant for telling stories of the voiceless and powerless, the importance of looking past political divides to tell the stories of real people and how exploring the lives of others has impacted her own own.

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MUSIC
6:39 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Live Music in Austin for the Weekend of March 6-8

The Happen-Ins are among the bands playing in Austin this weekend.
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This weekend's shows includes an album release by a local 70s-influenced rock band, a chamber music experiment by the drummer of the Police and a concert by singer-songwriter John Mellencamp.

KUT’s Nathan Bernier listens to quick clips of who’s playing with KUTX program director Matt Reilly.

In Perspective
3:31 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Race In America: What Do We Need To Talk About?

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This episode of In Perspective recognizes Black History Month by bringing together several scholars for a discussion of race in contemporary America. As we look back on 2014, we celebrate the achievements of African-Americans, but we also find racial inequality and abuses of power and privilege that continue to endanger and oppress non-white Americans.

We must also ask ourselves: Where are we, as a nation, in our ongoing debates regarding race? Among other inquiries, host Rebecca McInroy asks these In Perspective discussants which conversations about race are most productive to pursue.

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In Black America Podcast
1:34 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Beyond-This-Place: The Visual History of African American Fraternities and Sororities

Jarrad Henderson

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Jarrad Henderson, producer of ‘Beyond-This-Place: The Visual History of African American Fraternities and Sororities.’

African American Fraternities and Sororities have played an important role in the development of African American identity for over one hundred years. Beyond-This-Place is an independent documentary project that examines the rich culture of African American Greek Letter Organizations.

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