Life & Arts

Podcast
5:50 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

On Story: Matthew Weiner & Vince Gilligan

In this episode, hosted by Brian Ramos, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner talks about the genesis of the hit AMC show and its upcoming final episodes. Then Vince Gilligan talks about cutting his teeth writing for X-Files and the crazy origin of Breaking Bad.

StoryCorps
5:30 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Esther Garza and Patrick Brickley on Finding Strength

Esther Garza and her fiance Patrick Brickley had a conversation recently in the StoryCorps mobile booth. They talked about topics including their family histories and the coincidences they've experienced over the years. They also talked about Esther's health. Nine years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer and is now classified as N.E.D., or No Evidence of Disease. In this section of their conversation, she shares a story of finding the strength she needed to deal with the disease.

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Arts Eclectic
12:44 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Martha Louise Hunter and 'Painting Juliana'

Austin author Martha Louise Hunter recently published her debut novel, Painting Juliana. The book has elements of magical realism, but it was inspired by actual events in Hunter’s life.

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StoryCorps
5:30 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Patrick and Marjorie Flanagan on Leaving New Orleans

Marjorie and Patrick Flanagan in the StoryCorps mobile booth.

Patrick and Marjorie Flanagan recently had a conversation in the StoryCorps mobile booth. Ten years ago, Marjorie was living in New Orleans and working as an art teacher at a public high school. After Hurricane Katrina, she relocated to Texas.

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Life & Arts
11:34 pm
Sat February 14, 2015

How Music Kept a Love Strong for 70 Years

This is the bass fiddle Roland Johnson's father bought for him back in 1943. It was a time of scarcity, so, it has no metallic adornments. He loves the instrument, hence the heart carving.
Credit Filipa Rodrigues/KUT News

Octogenarian Roland Johnson plays the bass fiddle.

Tonight he played for his Valentine at a concert in their retirement community in North East Austin.

Johnson and his wife Elizabeth have been married for 65 years. They say music is one of the things that helped keep their marriage strong. Their love for music is so powerful that some of their children and even grandchildren turned out to be musicians too.

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Life & Arts
3:14 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Amplify Austin Launches Art Initiative

Double Trouble, the American blues/rock band fronted by Stevie Ray Vaughan, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 18, 2015.
Filipa Rodrigues/KUT

Austin's annual day of giving, Amplify Austin, announced today a new "Art by Amplify" initiative that organizers hope will increase participation in this year's event.

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Life & Arts
8:52 am
Thu February 12, 2015

The Tiny Desk Concert Contest Winner Is ...

Fantastic Negrito is the winner of the first-ever Tiny Desk Concert Contest.
Brian Gibel Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 13, 2015 10:22 am

Today we're thrilled to announce that the winner of the Tiny Desk Concert Contest is Fantastic Negrito.

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In Black America Podcast
3:03 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

The Legacy of John Saunders Chase

John S. Chase, seen in 1998, was the first licensed African American architect in Texas and a political power broker
Credit Houston Chronicle photo library

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late John Saunders Chase, the first African American graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and the first African American President of The Texas Exes.

Chase was a pioneering architect who broke barriers in Texas and elsewhere. He served as CEO of John S. Chase Architect Inc., a firm he founded in 1952 after graduating from UT-Austin as its first African American architecture student. He also was the first African American architect to be licensed in the state of Texas and the first to be admitted to the Texas Society of Architects and the American Institute of Architects’ Houston (TX) chapter. His architectural imprint can be seen globally. He was commissioned to design the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, Tunisia.

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StoryCorps
5:30 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Naomi and Suzette Hanser on WWII's Black Curtain

Naomi and Suzette Hanser at the StoryCorps mobile booth

Naomi Hanser recently interviewed her mother Suzette in the StoryCorps mobile booth, and Suzette shared many stories about her family. Her Polish father and French mother fell in love in Paris 100 years ago; he came to America in 1915 and she followed in 1916. By the early days of World War II, when Suzette was a child, they were living in New York and hoping to hear from their family members still in France.

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Arts Eclectic
1:55 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Experience '100 Heartbreaks' at the Sahara Lounge

Joanna Garner as Charlane Tucker

100 Heartbreaks was originally performed as a one-woman show in Seattle some eight years ago. After that run, writer and performer Joanna Garner found herself, like her heroine Chalane Tucker, longing to play with a real-deal band. 

Following a move to Austin and some tinkering with the script, Garner's now starring in a new-and-improved, expanded version of the show. No longer a solo project, 100 Heartbreaks now features a full cast and band, under the direction of Jess Hutchison and musical direction of Peter Stopchinski.

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Life & Arts
11:01 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Austin Choral Group Wins Its First Grammy

Austin choral group Conspirare won a Grammy last night for Best Choral Performance for its recording The Sacred Spirit of Russia. The group, which formed in 1991, has been nominated five times in previous years, but last night marked its first win.

The winning record includes the group covering Russian composers such as Sergei Rachmaninoff and Alexander Gretchaninov. The album was recorded in Austin in 2013 at St. Martin's Lutheran Church.

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StoryCorps
5:30 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Steven Webb and Jeremy Stubbs on Getting Married

Steven Webb and Jeremy Stubbs at the StoryCorps mobile booth

Steven Webb and his husband Jeremy Stubbs recently had a conversation in the StoryCorps mobile booth. They talked about their lives growing up, their experiences coming out to their families, and their time together, including their recent wedding.  

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Events
5:01 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad In Conversation on Creativity, Risk & Gut Churn

March 2, 7 p.m. @ Paramount Theatre

Jad Abumrad, host of WNYC’s Radiolab, knows something about creative struggle. He’ll be telling the story of Radiolab and how he found his voice, with attention paid to all the horrible feelings involved in making something new.

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Life & Arts
3:52 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

UT Museum Acquires Original Work by Artist Ellsworth Kelly

A rendering of the exterior of the building.
Courtesy of Blanton Museum

UT-Austin's Blanton Museum of Art has acquired and will construct an original work by artist Ellsworth Kelly. The price tag for the construction is $15 million, but the work is more than a sculpture or an installation – it's a 2,715-square-foot building.

Kelly designed the piece, now titled "Austin," in 1986, and he hoped that it would one day be built in a public space. The work will feature a redwood totem sculpture, black and white marble panels and colored stained glass windows.

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In Black America
1:08 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Remembering Joseph Leslie 'Joe' Sample

Joseph Leslie "Joe" Sample was a pianist, keyboard player, and composer. He was one of the founding members of the Jazz Crusaders, the band which became simply the Crusaders in 1971, and remained a part of the group until its final album in 1991.

On this edition of In Black America, producer & host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Joe Sample.

Sample was a pianist, keyboard player and composer, who became a jazz star in the 1960s with the Jazz Crusaders and an even bigger star a decade later when he began playing electric keyboards and the group simplified its name to the Crusaders.

The Jazz Crusaders, who played the muscular, bluesy variation on bebop known as hard bop, had their roots in Houston, where Sample, the tenor saxophonist Wilton Felder and the drummer Nesbert ‘Stix’ Hooper began performing together as the Swingsters while in high school.

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StoryCorps
5:30 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Nathan and Molly Wiebe on Inspiring Each Other

Nathan and Molly Wiebe at the StoryCorps mobile booth

Nathan and Molly Wiebe met as teenagers, dated for several years, and have now been married for a decade. They recently sat down together in the StoryCorps mobile booth to talk about their life together, and the fact that Nathan has been living with the genetic disease cystic fibrosis since childhood.

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Life & Arts
3:23 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

George Gershwin and The Art of America

Credit www.classicfm.com

“..true music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. My people are Americans and my time is today.” -George Gershwin

But what does it mean to be American? How did being a first generation American inform Gershwin's perspective? Was he always on the outside looking in? How does he, and the work he produced, embody the American dream? 

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StoryCorps
5:30 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Jennifer Connor & Joyce Culbertson on Growing Up With Deaf Parents

Jennifer Connor and Joyce Culbertson at the StoryCorps mobile booth

Sisters Jennifer Connor and Joyce Culbertson recently sat down together in the StoryCorps mobile booth. They talked about a lot of things, and shared some memories of growing up with their mom and dad, both of whom are deaf.

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Get Involved
5:00 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Get Involved Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas

From Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texasthis month’s Get Involved spotlight non-profit:

Mission:

The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Vision:

The Big Brothers Big Sisters vision is that all children achieve success in life.

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Life & Arts
12:17 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Austinite Plans City's First 'Cat Cafe'

A cat lies in the sun in a cat cafe in Kyoto.
Credit totororo/flickr

Cat lovers may soon have a new Austin hangout: Plans are underway for the city's first cat café.

The idea for what Rebecca Gray is calling the Blue Cat Café is still in the early planning stages. She hasn't secured a location yet, but Gray envisions a space where people can play with adoptable cats while grabbing coffee or a bite to eat. She hopes to open sometime this year.

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