Life & Arts

Arts Eclectic
11:38 am
Tue October 29, 2013

This Show Isn't 'This American Life' - It's 'Not This American Life'

Michael Ferstenfeld as Not Ira Glass

The folks at the Institution Theater often stage shows based on existing pop culture franchises (they've done Firefly: The Musical, live episodes of South Park, and they'll be performing live improvised Dr. Who shows in November), so they’re no strangers to the cease and desist letter.

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Austin Film Festival Interview
11:11 am
Tue October 29, 2013

MacGruber No More? Will Forte Takes Dramatic Turn in 'Nebraska'

Forte on the red carpet for the Texas Premiere of "Nebraska" at the Austin Film Festival.
Jorge Corona for KUT News

Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.

Will Forte of Saturday Night Live fame is probably best known for his character and film "MacGruber" – a mullet-sporting, inept version of MacGyver.

But the comedian takes on a serious role in “Nebraska” – a black and white film from director Alexander Payne about a father-son road trip. Forte is David Grant – a stereo salesman from Montana with a lackluster love life and a rocky relationship with his family.

Forte’s Grant is not only the straight-man through much of the movie but, in many scenes, seems to be the only sane-man.

KUT's Laura Rice talked with Forte before the movie's Texas Premiere at the Austin Film Festival.

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Texas Book Festival
3:41 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

An African Journalist's Take on the 2013 Texas Book Festival

KUT’s visiting journalist takes in books for sale at the Texas Book Festival this weekend.
KUT News

Lorrencia Nkrumah is a visiting journalist from Ghana, West Africa. As part of an international exchange program, she is in the KUT newsroom in Austin, Texas. This weekend, she took in the 2013 Texas Book Festival. “From my point of view it was phenomenal,” she says. “It has been two fun days of great books and wonderful authors amid good songs and nice cuisine.”

Thousands of people thronged this year’s Texas Book Festival at the State Capitol the last weekend of October. The annual event honors and celebrates authors for their contributions to literature and ideas in the state of Texas.

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Arts Eclectic
10:55 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Crank Collective Presents a Texas History Operetta

The cast of "Alamo Aftermath: A Texas Revolution Operetta"

Arts Eclectic feature on "Alamo Aftermath"

This November, Crank Collective will debut the second of three Texas history musicals. "Alamo Aftermath: A Texas Revolution Operetta" tells the story of Jose Antonio Menchaca in the time between the Alamo and the battle of San Jacinto.

Before people started mispronouncing his name when referring to a street in south Austin, Menchaca was a soldier in the Texas Revolution, a mayor pro tem of San Antonio, and a crusader for the rights of Tejano veterans.

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Music
9:55 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Arcade Fire On Its Brand-New Beat

Arcade Fire's new album, Reflektor, comes out Tuesday.
JF Lalonde Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 4:22 pm

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Obituary
8:26 am
Mon October 28, 2013

What Lou Reed Taught Me

Lou Reed onstage in Amsterdam in 1975.
Gijsbert Hanekroot Redferns

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 9:57 am

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Austin Film Festival
7:24 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Interview: Susan Sarandon on Her Career, Family and New Phase of Life

Sarandon shared a picture of herself at Austin's Mexic-Arte Museum.
@SusanSarandon

Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon has a storied career of longer than four decades. She was in Austin this weekend to receive yet another accolade.

The Austin Film Festival honored Sarandon for her “extraordinary contribution to filmmaking.”

KUT’s Laura Rice talked with Sarandon shortly after she accepted her award.

On Being Honored for Her Overall Achievements:

"I would like it to be a mid-life achievement award because I get nervous getting on a plane after a life achievement award."

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In Black America Podcast
6:59 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Media CEO Paula Madison on Diversity in Television

Paula Williams Madison, Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Paula Williams Madison, Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC and Williams Group Holding LLC. It's a Chicago-based, family-owned company with significant investment in media – The African Channel

Madison has moved from award-winning journalist to history-making top executive at NBCUniversal. Today, she is the chairman and CEO of the LA Sparks, and a member of the WNBA Board of Governors. Also she recently was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Photojournalism
11:23 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Magnum Photos: Upholding Standards, Adapting to Technology

"Nicaragua. Matagalpa. Muchachos await the counterattack by the National Guard."
Susan Meiselas/Magnum Photos ©1978

Some of the most iconic images of the past decade – from the photos taken of prisoners at Abu Ghraib to the passengers standing on the wing of US Airways Flight 1549 after a miraculous landing on New York’s Hudson River – have been taken not by professional photographers, but by amateurs.

We are sharing more photos per second than ever before in our history, primarily thanks to  Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. With all those images available at our fingertips – and with a camera on every smartphone – how do professional photographers stay relevant (and stay employed)? 

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Arts Eclectic
10:24 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Experience James Turrell's Latest 'Skyspace' at UT

James Turrell, Interior of The Color Inside
Florian Holzherr

Over the past quarter century or so, renowned artist James Turrell has created dozens of experiential artworks known as Skyspaces around the world. They're rooms designed to give viewers an uncorrupted view of the sky -- just the sky, with no horizons, buildings, or trees visible to get between viewer and sky.

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Food
12:17 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Coffee Coming Up, Nice And Hot ... And Prepared By A Robot

Briggo's Coffee Haus takes up about 50 square feet of space, has a nice exterior wood design, and accepts orders either on-site or via a website.
Courtesy Briggo

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 4:19 pm

A new trend is brewing in the coffee world: coffee prepared by a robot, able to be preordered via cellphone and picked up at an unmanned kiosk, perfectly adjusted to your taste and ready to go.

To some, this might seem lamentable: the beginning of the end of coffee shops as we know them. No more huddling around warm cups of coffee with friends or sipping a refreshing iced latte while reading.

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Arts Eclectic
9:38 am
Thu October 24, 2013

See 'Innocent When You Dream' at Salvage Vanguard Theater

Zeb West in "Innocent When You Dream"

Innocent When You Dream is a one-man show featuring puppets, masks, physical comedy and song which tells the epic but intimate story of one man stuck in a place he never wanted to be. It was written by and stars Zeb West, who was inspired by the characters of Captain  Ahab and Don Quixote. 

He uses those two characters, both larger-than-life and delusional in their own ways, to explore the idea of self honesty and the overcoming of personal despair.

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Austin Film Festival
7:35 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Hundreds of Volunteers Take a Starring Role at the Austin Film Festival

Adolfo Bernal puts his computer skills to work in registration for the Austin Film Festival.
Laura Rice, KUT News

Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.

Actors, writers and directors will be making their way to Central Texas over the next week for the Austin Film Festival.

The 20th annual festival will screen more than 180 films and feature more than 80 panels with industry pros.

About a dozen staffers work year-round to make it all happen. But the Austin Film Festival also relies on hundreds of volunteers. A contingent of those volunteers have been doing this for years – and donate countless hours to the fest.

Sara Ricke has been volunteering with the Austin Film Festival for the past seven years. And it’s safe to say, she loves it.

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Television & Film
9:59 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Robert Rodriguez Moves to TV Screens With El Rey Network

Austin auteur Robert Rodriguez will launch his own network, El Rey, in December.
Photo by KUT News

Director Robert Rodriguez is probably best known for movies like “El Mariachi,” the “Spy Kids” franchise and, most recently "Machete Kills." But later this year, the successful filmmaker is making a big move to the small screen, launching his very own television channel called the El Rey Network with the intent of attracting a modern, English-speaking Latino audience.

It’s a growing community that Rodriguez believes has been underserved by Hollywood and the broadcast networks.

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Austin Film Festival
10:34 am
Tue October 22, 2013

AFF Celebrates 20 Years in the Austin Film Community

Image courtesy the Austin Film Festival

Disclosure: KUT is a media sponsor of the Austin Film Festival.

The Austin Film Festival will kick off tomorrow tomorrow night. And, while this year's festival will screen some of the year's most talked-about films, such as the Coen Brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave' and the star-studded 'August: Osage County,' the festival had humble beginnings. 

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