Life & Arts

Life & Arts
7:16 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Public Art Program Seeking Artists For Hire

"Your Essential Magnificence" is a sculpture created by James Edward Talbot at 2204 S. Congress Ave. It was a project of the city's Art in Public Places program, which is hoping to recruit artists to its pool of pre-qualified talent.
Photo by Philip Rogers philiprogersphotography.com

If you are a visual artist or know of any who want to get paid for their work, the City of Austin is looking for people to add to a pool of artists they call upon to create works of public art. We were curious about this, so we called the city's Art in Public Places program administrator Meghan Wells to ask some questions about it.

KUT: What kind of artists are you looking for exactly?

Meghan Wells: We're looking for qualifications from artists who are interested in being commissioned for public art projects through the program in a streamlined way. In essence, we're looking for a way to create a pool of artists we can pull from to expedite the selection project for various public art projects that are coming along.

KUT: How much money could an artist expect to earn? 

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In Black America Podcast
1:53 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

In Black America Podcast: 'Only By Grace' Author Dr. Edward D. Irons

Dr. Edward D. Irons

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Edward D. Irons, noted educator, financial and business executive, and author of “Only By Grace.”

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Get Involved
6:00 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Get Involved Spotlight: Hill Country Conservancy

From Hill Country Conservancythis month’s Get Involved spotlight non-profit:

Hill Country Conservancy (HCC) is an accredited regional nonprofit land trust that works every day to preserve open space in the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer region and the Colorado River Basin of the Texas Hill Country. Since 1999, HCC has preserved large strategic natural areas that conserve critical water features and wildlife habitat, provide outdoor recreation opportunities and help maintain the Hill Country’s character and unique quality of life for all to enjoy and cherish.

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MUSIC
6:53 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Cactus Cafe Celebrates 35 Years

Dale Watson performing with his band at the Cactus Cafe in 2011
KUT

A legendary Austin music venue, the Cactus Café, celebrated its 35th anniversary this year. For the past few years, the Cactus has been operated by KUT. But the famous listening room at the University of Texas at Austin got its start in February 1979.

In the beginning, the venue mostly hosted student bands playing a lot of cover songs. But over the years, the Cactus Café became known as a place where you could hear some of the biggest names in Texas music such as Townes van Zandt, Guy Clark and Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

"It became sort of the premier place for the singer-songwriter," Gilmore says. 

But everyone I spoke to for this story says the Cactus was only able to gain its status because of the die-hard Texas music fan who started booking bands there in the 1980s: Griff Luneburg.

Listen to the full story here: 

In Black America Podcast
1:24 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

In Black America Podcast: The Life and Legacy of Dr. John Hope Franklin

The late Dr. John Hope Franklin
Tim Dillon, USA TODAY

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

Franklin was born in Rentiesville, Oklahoma, in 1915, only fifty years after slavery had been abolished. His father practiced law, and his mother taught elementary school, and from an early age he learned the power of words and ideas. Following his father’s lead, Franklin spent every evening reading or writing. From his parents he also learned how to survive and thrive in a time when the color line was indelibly drawn.

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Arts Eclectic
8:00 am
Fri December 26, 2014

Meet 'One Red Thread' Author Ernie Wood

Austin author Ernie Wood has spent years writing non-fiction books, magazine articles, and documentary film scripts. And now, he's published his first novel, One Red Thread.

It's the story of an architect, Eddy McBride, who discovers that he's able to travel through time. Using this ability, he reexamines his own family history, discovering more than he might have intended.

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Life & Arts
4:00 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

The 2014 Words of the Year

The heart shaped emoji is the 2014 word of the year.

The Central Texas based Global Language Monitor is out with its top words for 2014.

The 15 year-old ranking doesn't just pick the most popular words based on what one segment of the English speaking world is doing. A bunch of hits on YouTube, or a single event won't usually give something "word of the year" status.

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In Black America Podcast
8:52 am
Tue December 23, 2014

In Black America Podcast: ‘Burning Down The House’ Makes The Case to Eliminate Juvenile Prisons

Nell Bernstein

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Nell Bernstein, award-winning journalist and author of “Burning Down The House:  The End of Juvenile Prisons.”

Today, youths in juvenile prisons are disproportionately children of color from poor neighborhoods, and Bernstein says they’re more likely to have been victims of violence than to have committed it. And African American teens are locked up at five times the rate of whites.

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Arts Eclectic
8:54 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Celebrate the Holidays at the Hideout

For the past year or so, the talented performers at the Hideout have been staging a weekly Big Bash, and all-star improv show that happens every Friday night at the downtown theater. In each show, a rotating cast of Hideout regulars  present a handful of games and sketches, followed by a longer-form improvised "movie" in the second half of the show.

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In Black America Podcast
8:02 am
Wed December 17, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Remembering Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee

Rudy Dee and Ossie Davis

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.

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Arts Eclectic
2:39 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

City Theatre Presents a 'Reckless' Holiday

This holiday season, the folks at City Theatre are presenting Reckless, a non-traditional holiday-based dark comedy that the New York Times called "a bittersweet Christmas fable for our time."

On Christmas Eve, Rachel Fitzsimmons learns that her idyllic life is not so idyllic after all when her husband takes out a contract on her life. As things continue to unravel, she encounters killers, game show hosts, insane therapists and more. City Theatre artistic director Andy Berkovsky calls it "the perfect little holiday play."

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Life & Arts
8:31 am
Tue December 16, 2014

2015 Rock Hall Of Fame Class Includes Lou Reed, Joan Jett, Green Day

Billie Joe Armstrong (left) and Mike Dirnt of Green Day play the Reading Festival. Green Day and five other acts will join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year.
Yui Mok PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Tue December 16, 2014 7:49 am

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Arts Eclectic
2:12 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Jason Phelps and Company Create "Feast of My Heart"

"Feast of My Heart" is a solo performance piece, but it's far from a one-person artistic effort. The show will be performed by Jason Phelps, who has called upon two dozen of his fellow artists to help create the vision.

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In Black America Podcast
9:08 am
Tue December 9, 2014

In Black America Podcast: Author Joe Henry on the 'Furious Cool' of Richard Pryor

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Joe Henry, co-author of "Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and The World That Made Him."

Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century, and was the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic during his life, Pryor’s performances opened up a whole new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in new, unthinkable ways . Now, Henry's groundbreaking book brings him to life again both as a man and as an artist, providing an in-depth exploration of his talent, his lasting influence and an insightful examination of the world he lived in and the myriad influences that shaped both his persona and his art.

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Austin Film Scene
2:22 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

There's Something Strange About Austin's Newest Film Festival: It's All About Sci-Fi

Zack Imbrogno and Maxxe Sternbaum in APT 3D, an Endocrine Entertainment production.
Photo courtesy of Endocrine Entertainment.

Austin has a brand-new film festival and it’s all about science fiction. The first-ever Other Worlds Austin Sci-Fi Film Festival is happening this weekend.

I know what you’re thinking – just what Austin needs – another film festival. But that’s exactly what Other Worlds Austin Director of Programming Bears Fonté thought.

“I had a science fiction film a couple years ago that wound up playing about 40 film festivals. So as I was going around the country with the film, I just saw so many great science fiction films and I was like, this isn’t playing Austin and I want to do that, I want to bring those films to Austin and give those filmmakers a chance to play in front of an audience that’s going to be really receptive," Fonté says.

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Music
3:55 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Music Legend Ian McLagan Dead at 69

KUTX

Music legend Ian McLagan has died of complications related to a stroke. He was discovered in his home in Manor last night after he failed to show up for a band rehearsal. He was 69.

McLagan was rushed to University Medical Center Brackenridge and placed on life support. He passed away this afternoon at 2:39. 

"He was a beloved friend to so many people and a true rock n roll spirit," McLagan's manager Ken Kushnick said in an e-mail. "His persona and gift of song impacted the music across oceans and generations."

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Life & Arts
1:41 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

This Is Your Brain on Art: Artist Picks His Own Gray Matter for Blanton Exhibit

Courtesy of James Drake

James Drake had a simple goal. He wanted to show the world what goes on in an artist's brain.

In his exhibit “The Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash)," the Santa Fe-based artist displays two years of daily drawings of human anatomy, animals, scientific formulas, original poetry and thousands of illustrations.  He also took his goal of peeking into an artist's brain to heart by incorporating MRI images of his own brain into the floor-to-ceiling exhibit.

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In Black America Podcast
6:57 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

In Black America Podcast: 'The Woman Code' Author Sophia A. Nelson

Sophia A. Nelson, Esq.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Sophia A. Nelson, Esq., author of ‘The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life.”

Nelson is an award-winning author and journalist. She is also a highly sought-after corporate leadership trainer and motivational speaker. Nelson has a national platform that is making strides to help women lead more fulfilling and powerful lives in and out of the workplace.

In her latest book, "The Woman Code," Nelson asks women to examine their spiritual, professional and personal daily habits in an effort to guide them to purposeful and successful lives.

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Get Involved
5:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Get Involved Spotlight: Capital Area Food Bank of Texas

From Capital Area Food Bank of Texasthis month’s Get Involved spotlight non-profit:

Mission:

To nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger.

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The Write Up
1:32 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Why Carrie Fountain Always Remains a Beginner

Credit Matt Valentine

Talking with Carrie Fountain is like grabbing a coffee with a dear friend you who leaves you feeling thrilled and more awake to the world around you.

The conversation with the award-winning poet in this episode of The Write Up spins to wonderfully surprising places, exploring parenting, mysticism, craft and her extraordinary new poetry collection Instant Winner.

But, whether it’s writing her next poem or facing a new parenting challenge, Fountain says she consistently strives to “always remain a beginner.”

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