Life & Arts

Arts Eclectic
11:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Celebrate the Art of Printmaking with PrintAustin 2014

PrintAustin is a brand-new, month-long event designed to celebrate the art of printmaking and print collecting in Austin. For an inaugural event, PrintAustin is pretty ambitious; it lasts a full month and features dozens of partnering galleries, art spaces, and museums.

There will be exhibitions, demonstrations, artists talks, a print fair and much more over the next few weeks, in locations all over town. Two of the biggest events are The Contemporary Print, a juried exhibition of prints by local artists that will be on display through February 15, and the Flatbed Contemporary Print Fair, featuring local art and demonstrations of the printmaking process.

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Arts Eclectic
8:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

See All Kinds of Stuff During FronteraFest

Twenty-one years ago, when Austin's FronteraFest was new, it was a small fringe theater festival consisting of a mere forty short-form performance pieces. Now, it features twice that many short pieces during its Short Fringe component, and nearly a dozen long-form shows during the Long Fringe.

The Short Fringe is a nightly occurence, with five short pieces every night, a weekly best-of-the-week show on Saturdays, and then a final best-of-the-fest series of shows.

That's close to a hundred performances by dozens of new and veteran artists just in the Short and Long Fringes alone, not counting the Bring Your Own Venue and Mi Casa Es Su Teatro parts of the festival.

The Long Fringe takes place at Salvage Vanguard Theater between January 20 and February 2; the Short Fringe is at Hyde Park Theatre now through February 15; BYOV and Mi Casa shows are at various locations throughout town over the next couple of weeks. For a complete schedule of events, head to the FronteraFest website.

Life & Arts
4:39 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Gilligan's 'The Professor' Has Died; Russell Johnson Was 89

Actor Russell Johnson, the Professor on Gilligan's Island, has died at age 89. He's seen here at far left seated next to Bob Denver, along with fellow cast members from left, Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Tina Louise, Alan Hale Jr., and Dawn Wells.
CBS /Landov

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 7:09 pm

Russell Johnson, the actor whose job it was to be the voice of reason and calm on an island of shipwrecked ninnies, has died at age 89, according to reports. Johnson's role as the Professor on the 1960s comedy Gilligan's Island endeared him to audiences who watched him build radios and generators from things like coconuts and palm branches.

Johnson reportedly died of natural causes today at his home in Bainbridge Island, Wash.

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Film
1:59 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Academy Awards, Sundance Film Fest Feature Plenty of Austin Auteurs

“Dallas Buyers Club” earned six Oscar nominations this morning, including Matthew McConaughey's first nomination for actor in a leading role.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The 2014 awards season marks another great year for the Austin film community on the festival circuit. 

The 86th Academy Award nominations, announced this morning, featured plenty of Texas talent. And the Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off in Park City, Utah today, also features a few Austin auteurs in this year's lineup.

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Movies
11:09 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Oscar Nominees For Best Picture Include 'Captain Phillips,' 'Gravity'

Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips.
Hopper Stone, SMPSP

Originally published on Thu January 16, 2014 10:22 am

Let the arguments begin over who and which film should have been nominated but weren't.

This year's nominees for Oscars from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were just announced and they include:

Best Picture

-- American Hustle

-- Captain Phillips

-- Dallas Buyers Club

-- Gravity

-- Her

-- Nebraska

-- Philomena

-- 12 Years a Slave

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Life & Arts
2:05 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

"Shoe Burnin'" Collects Stories of Southern Soles

'Shoe Burnin'' collects stories from over a dozen authors.
facebook.com/theshoeburnin

It started one night with a box of shoes. 

Some Alabama artists ran out of firewood and, they surmised, a box of shoes seemed an appropriate enough substitute for traditional kindling. So began the first shoe burning — a well-kept Southern literary tradition of telling stories for each sole burned.  

In Shoe Burnin': Stories of Southern Soul over a dozen authors and songwriters collected their tales in a combination of musical and literary sojourns.

Arts Eclectic
2:06 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

See Improvised Spy Comedy at Coldtowne Theater

It's been almost a decade since Coldtowne Theater relocated from New Orleans to Austin, and in the years they've been here, they've become one of our city's premiere sources for improvised entertainment. 

Their latest show is Beware of Female Spies, which takes its inspiration not just from the spy genre at large, but from a particular recurring trope within many spy shows and movies, that trope being the highly competent female spy who manages to save the day while her semi-clueless male partner stumbles through the case.

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Arts Eclectic
2:48 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

See "Venus in Fur" at Austin Playhouse

When it was published in 1870, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's novel Venus in Furs was pretty scandalous, but it has remained an enduring part of popular culture in the years since. There have been a handful of film adaptations, a stage play, a Velvet Underground song, and the recently Tony-nominated play Venus in Fur, which is not an adaptation but a new work inspired by the novel.

Written by David Ives, Venus in Fur is a two-actor play about a young writer/director searching for the lead for his play based on the 19th-century erotic novel. When a young actress arrives hours late and unprepared for her audition, he's initially dismissive. But as he gets to know her, she becomes more mysterious and their relationship starts to parallel the themes of the novel.

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In Black America Podcast
1:09 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

A Tribute to the Late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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 13 years of King’s leadership of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, from December 1955 until April 4, 1968, African Americans achieved more genuine progress toward racial equality in America 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.

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Life & Arts
6:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Interview: Redhead Looking For Love And Confronting Past Bullying in New Film

Scott Harris discussing his romantic pursuits in a still shot from his film "Being Ginger."
Scott Harris

A film is holding its U.S. Premiere in Austin Monday night. It’s a documentary called “Being Ginger” and it’s all about what it’s like to be a redhead – or as they say across the pond – a “ginger.” Texas Ex – and redhead – Scott Harris directed, produced and stars in the film.

The premise of “Being Ginger” is a redhead – Harris – looking for love. Harris says he wanted to make the documentary because of some of the strange, even disturbing experiences he's had that were based solely on his hair color.

On Some of His Strange "Ginger" Experiences:

"I was walking down the street one night... and these two, random drunk girls come out of a club and they start calling me 'ginger' and sort of harass me – it's playful harassment – but it was a little harassment and I ignored it and I kept walking. And eventually they caught up to me and one of them eventually says, 'You're quite sexy for a ginger.' And I was standing there thinking, 'Is that even a compliment, what do you mean for a ginger?' And then while I was thinking about it she said, 'Do you wait to kiss me?' And I was like, yeah, sure so we kissed for about two or three seconds in the street and then she walked off with her friend going, 'I kissed a ginger, I kissed a ginger.'"

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Get Involved
9:26 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Get Involved Spotlight: Foundation for the Homeless

Foundation for the Homeless (FFH) is a nonprofit organization that works with low-income children and adults who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness. FFH provides a range of prevention, emergency basic needs services and case management to prevent, end or reduce the suffering of homelessness. 

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In Black America Podcast
12:52 pm
Sun January 5, 2014

In Black America Podcast: T. J. Ford

T. J. Ford
playmakeronline.com

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with T. J. Ford. Terrance Jerod “T. J.” Ford was born on March 24, 1983 in Baytown, Texas. From a young age, Ford dreamed of being a basketball player.

Before long, Ford experienced championship success for himself when he led Willowridge High School to the Class 5A Texas State Basketball Championship. His team was so dominant during that period, with teammates Daniel Ewing and Ivan McFarland, that they posted a 62 game winning streak. After high school, he decided to stay close to home and play basketball at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Books
10:31 am
Tue December 31, 2013

In 'Midnight in Mexico,' Alfredo Corchado Searches for Home

Alfredo Corchado recently spoke with KUT about his memoir, "Midnight in Mexico."
Veronica Zaragovia, KUT News

Dallas Morning News correspondent Alfredo Corchado has been reporting in Mexico over the past 20 years.

He left the U.S. for Mexico in 1994 – a decision that’s long frustrated his mother. She and his father had moved his family to the U.S. to work as migrant farmers decades earlier.

Corchado writes about his troubled relationship with his birth country in his memoir, “Midnight in Mexico.” A movie is in the works. He recently spoke to KUT about his experiences. 

Music
8:26 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Here Are 68 Of 2013's Biggest Songs In 5 1/2 Minutes

YouTube

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 7:10 am

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Arts Eclectic
9:57 am
Mon December 30, 2013

See "The Mutt-cracker" at the Vortex

For the past several years, the people and animals of Circus Chickendog have presented our fair city with their own unique take on Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. In their version, the story is told not through ballet but through animal acts and circus performances. 

In addition to the six starring dogs performers (and a scarlet macaw in the title role), The Mutt-cracker (Sweet!) features a number of human performers, including jugglers, unicyclists, musicians and much more.

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In Black America Podcast
12:51 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

The Life and Legacy of Dr. John Hope Franklin

Dr. John Hope Franklin
John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with late Dr. John Hope Franklin, Ph.D.

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In Black America Podcast
2:14 pm
Sun December 22, 2013

Workforce Diversity and Discrimination in Higher Education

Professor Jerlando F. L. Jackson
University of Wisconsin-Madison

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Professor Jerlando F.L. Jackson.

Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His early career achievements – including becoming the first African-American to be hired, tenured, promoted to full professor, and bestowed a named professorship in his department – have put him in an extremely elite category for professional achievement. 

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Food
7:45 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Flying This Holiday? Here Are A Few Tips To Survive Airline Food

Dan Pashman of The Sporkful podcast suggests saucy pastas over meat: "They tend to hold up better to the chilling and reheating process."
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 8:56 am

When you think about a scrumptious meal, airline food does not come to mind.

There are plenty of challenges to tasty airline meals, like the fact that many airlines now charge you for anything more than a tiny bag of chips and a plastic cup of non-alcoholic drink, at least on domestic flights. Plus, you can't cook on an airplane, so anything you're served has probably been chilled, then reheated. And flight delays certainly don't help with the freshness factor.

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Arts Eclectic
1:06 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

See 'A Christmas Story' at Zach Theater

Like many people of his generation, actor Chris Gibson grew up with the film "A Christmas Story," and in his younger days, he identified with Ralphie, the BB gun coveting protagonist of the movie. Now, with a few decades of life lessons under his belt, he can see eye-to-eye with The Old Man (Ralphie's dad) a little better.

That works out well for Zach Theater's new stage production of "A Christmas Story," in which Gibson plays The Old Man, alongside veteran actress Meredith McCall as his wife and young Keaton Brandt as Ralphie. In preparing for the role, Gibson avoided any additional viewings of the movie version, in an effort to create an interpretation of The Old Man that's separate and distinct from Darren McGavin's performance.

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Arts Eclectic
3:20 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Blue Genie Art Bazaar Marks its 13th Year

At this point, the yearly Blue Genie Art Bazaar is an Austin holiday shopping tradition. But it hasn't always been this way. The first bazaar was held thirteen years ago, when an employee remarked that they should try a Christmas show. The folks at Blue Genie decided to give it a try, sold some stuff, and a tradition was born.

Now, the bazaar features works by well over 100 artists and lasts for nearly a month. Open from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm every day through Christmas Eve, the Blue Genie Art Bazaar aims to create an Austin-style holiday shopping experience. All merchandise is handmade by local artists, and in addition to the handmade arts and crafts for sale, there's a bar, occasional live music, and artist talks. 

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