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

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From Texas Standard:

Despite a war, changes to the Constitution and to state and federal laws, slavery continues to be very much a part of the American story. We've seen it echoed in the controversies around the use of police power and the consistent iconography of the confederacy.

But much of what we know about the first-hand experiences of slaves themselves comes from written accounts – transcribed interviews done in the 1930s using stereotyped misspellings.

Nat & Veronica (Nat Kusinitz and Veronica Hunsinger-Loe) are theater artists from New Orleans, and they're currently partnering with Austin's Rude Mechs to bring their show She Was Born to local audiences.

The Daily Buzz at TIFF, Episode 6

Sep 21, 2015

Daily Buzz catches up with director Salvador Del Solar and actor Christian Meier (Magallanes) in the lobby of the Hotel Intercontinental while they are in Toronto promoting their film.

The Daily Buzz at TIFF, Episode 5

Sep 19, 2015

Daily Buzz Host John Wildman speaks with Patricio Guzman, director of The Pearl Button, mid-festival at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival.

Texas 'Rambler' Joe Ely Can't Be Pinned Down

Sep 18, 2015
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From Texas Standard:

The argument could be made that what Larry McMurtry is to Texas letters, Joe Ely is to Texas music.

The characters that live in his songs run the gambit from lowlifes to the larger-than-life. Over the years, Ely has worked with the Clash to Linda Ronstadt to Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Tweedy, Lyle Lovett – truth be known, countless others.

Fans of the Texan pop star Selena Quintanilla-Pérez got a treat this week. 

Twenty years after her shooting death, and after years of requests from fans, the singer's family released an early demo of the previously unheard song, "Oh No (I'll Never Fall in Love Again)."

The Daily Buzz at TIFF, Episode 4

Sep 17, 2015

Daily Buzz Host John Wildman chats with Oscar-nominated actor Geoffrey Rush (Shakespeare in Love, Shine, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) and newcomer Odessa Young about working with Australian theater and film director Simon Stone on his newest film, The Daughter.

The Daily Buzz at TIFF, Episode 3

Sep 17, 2015

Daily Buzz Host John Wildman meets up with actor Dominic Flores (Our Brand is Crisis, The Meddler) at the 40th Edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the Honorable Ron Kirk, former U.S. Trade Ambassador and former Mayor of Dallas, TX.

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The results of Austin’s annual SXSW economic impact study are in, and according to the findings, the festival once again served as an economic boon to the city.

The Daily Buzz at TIFF, Episode 2

Sep 15, 2015

Daily Buzz Host John Wildman speaks with Norwegian director Roar Uthaug inside the LUMA restaurant on the second floor of the Lightbox Theater opening weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. Uthaug’s film The Wave is the first-ever Scandinavian disaster movie and is described as a catastrophic rock slide-tsunami thriller.

Hands Up Hoodies Down was originally staged in March of this year at the Vortex, but its origins go back to 2012, when the killing of Trayvon Martin affected Miller, in his words, "not only as an artist, but also as a dad."

In the years since, he continued to read more and more news stories about the violent deaths of black Americans, often at the hands of police officers. "It just got to the point, for me as an artist," Miller says, "I felt like I needed to say something." 

The Daily Buzz at TIFF, Episode 1

Sep 14, 2015

The Daily Buzz returns to Toronto for the 40th anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and kicks off this edition of the show with a lively conversation with one of Australia's best directors, Gillian Armstrong. Her film Women He's Undressed is a featured documentary at TIFF, and she chats with Daily Buzz host John Wildman about Orry-Kelly, a Hollywood legend whose costume designs were adored by some of Hollywood's greatest leading ladies. 

Hole in the Wall Could Close, or Not

Sep 11, 2015
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Hole in the Wall, a 41-year-old bar and music venue on The Drag that’s provided a stage for local performers for decades, may be the next venue in Austin to shut its doors forever, according to the Hole in the Wall’s manager Will Tanner.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Congressman George Thomas “Mickey” Leland.

Quiet Company

Shows in Austin this weekend include performances by a local rock band with dancers, some booty shaking brass music, a Canadian electronica act and a master of the Hammond B3 organ. Listen to our chat with KUTX program director Matt Reilly to learn more.

In the 78704, a Latin-inspired restaurant serving oysters, ceviche and other seafood in a casual setting opened this year. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review of Alcomar.

Disclosure: Alcomar is an underwriter of KUT.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Robert C. Maynard, journalist, newspaper publisher, editor and former owner of the Oakland Tribune newspaper.

Maynard was a charismatic leader who changed the face of American journalism, built a four-decade career on the cornerstones of editorial integrity, community involvement, improved education and the importance of the family.

The Warriors: A Love Story, from ARCOS Dance, isn't an easy show to sum up, even for its creators. It's a multimedia piece, using all the arrows in the ARCOS quiver: film, interactive video projections, live and recorded music, dance, theatrical elements, text, and narration. They've worked to make all those elements work together, though, "in a way that doesn't feel like there are multiple media; we try to make it feel like as immersive an experience as possible for the audience," says co-director Eliot Gray Fisher. "You can't just call it theater or dance...we've been struggling with what to call it. We're calling it 'multimedia performance' because that's kind of broad."

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In the U.S. entertainment industry, there’s LA, there’s New York, and then there’s Texas — at least that’s what a lot of us have gotten used to hearing. But how far away is Texas from actually being that “third coast” in the biz? And what do new reductions in film incentives to do that image?