Life & Arts

Entertainment, live performance, food, cuisine, dining, theater, film, television, art, broadcasting, SXSW, and other arts and culture news in and around Austin and the Central Texas counties of Travis, Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop and Williamson

Learning to Read

Apr 23, 2015

A blur

of lines and shapes

whirled together

The Easily Forgotten

Apr 23, 2015

I am from a ragdoll,

from “act like a girl” and a rundown

neighborhood park,

Don't Stop Believing

Apr 22, 2015

Read by Rebecca McInroy

Into Zilch

Apr 22, 2015

Read by Rebecca McInroy

Think, catechists.

Watch, oracles.

The vanishing sky is suppressing you.

The pathetic lake is flooding you.

Yet you dress elaborately,

so you can contemplate time,

but you say it eroded

into zilch.


Apr 22, 2015

Read by Rebecca McInroy

We Hold On

Apr 22, 2015

Read by Laurie Viault


Apr 22, 2015

Read by Shawna Butler

Austin Film Festival

In this episode of On Story, hosted by Brian Ramos, directors take center stage. In the first half of the show, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson narrates a conversation with director Jonathan Demme, whose credits include Silence of the Lambs.

Then, film and TV icon Ron Howard talks about how all of his works are, at heart, suspense pieces.

In this episode of On Story, hosted by Brian Ramos, we hear from Beau Willimon, the show-runner for the runaway Netflix hit House of Cards. Willimon is also an acclaimed screenwriter and playwright.

Then John Ridley talks about writing the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave. Ridley was also the screenwriter of 3 Kings.

Yoko Ono celebrated her 80th birthday on February 18, 2013. To mark the occasion, two of her friends (famed rock photographer Bob Gruen and KUTX's own Jody Denberg) put together a photo book of Yoko's life as a present for her. After receiving the gift, Jody says Yoko "kind of demanded, or at least requested, that we publish the book."

It started when Jody Denberg met up with Bob Gruen during 2012's SXSW. Though not close friends, the two had met on occasion through Yoko. For many years, Bob was the official photographer for Yoko and John Lennon, and has continued a friendship (and continued taking photographs) with Yoko in the years since John's death. Jody has also known Yoko for many years, and has conducted several interviews with her in that time. He hit upon the idea of putting together a book using Bob's photos and excerpts from his interviews with Yoko, and soon enough the gift was taking shape. "It's really a family scrapbook in some ways, this book" says Jody of the finished product.

A Night at Comic-con

Apr 16, 2015

Read by Da'Shade Moonbeam

The Categories of Human

Apr 16, 2015

Read by Spike Gillespie

Ideal Ideas

Apr 16, 2015

Read by Ebony Stewart

The National Football League

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the 2014 NFL season and Super Bowl XLIX. Featured on today’s program are Jarrett Bell, USA Today Sports NFL columnist, Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner, and Newy Scruggs, Sports Director with KXAS-TV.

Theatre en Bloc is currently staging the world premier production of Jacob's Ladder by local playwrights Dennis Bailey and David Mixner. Set in 1944 Washington, it's the story of a young Jewish staff member in the FDR White House who discovers that there is much he does not know about the war effort and what's really happening in Europe at the time.

The Little Voice Inside

Apr 15, 2015

Read by Jodi Egerton

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

Austin is becoming known for a lot more than just barbecue and Tex-Mex these days, but what were people in this city feasting on 125 years ago? The first cookbook published in Austin is helping to answer that question. 

The cookbook was compiled in 1891 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which still exists. Mike Miller, director of the Austin History Center, dug it out of the archives and researched some of the people behind it for his new book, Austin’s First Cookbook: Our Home Recipes, Remedies and Rules of Thumb

"Cookbooks at that time, they weren't the recipes of everyday food," Miller says. "Most of the women who did that knew the recipes, and they were passed down orally from mother to daughter."

"These [recipes] are for special occasions," he says. Listen to our interview with Miller and read on to see some of the recipes. 


Apr 14, 2015

Read by Rabbi Neil Blumofe


Apr 14, 2015

Read by  Shawna Butler

What is Love?

Apr 14, 2015

Read by Spike Gillespie