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9:29 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Could 'Respect' Instead of 'Like' Lead to More Civil Discourse Online?

Natalie Stroud of the Engaging News Project. A part of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, the ENP researches new ways to engage online audiences.
Engaging News Project

When it comes to news, what do you like?

We all tend to gravitate toward the things we like and avoid the things we don’t but, according to UT Professor Natalie Stroud, that’s bad news for democracy. As director of the Engaging News Project, Stroud has come up with an intriguing proposition: What if we replace the ‘like’ button with a ‘respect’ button?

Stroud spoke with KUT’s David Brown on the Engaging News Project’s recent experiment.

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In Black America Podcast
5:34 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Meet Earnest Pugh, Gospel Music's New Leading Man

Earnest Pugh, Gospel singer, writer and producer

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with gospel recording artist Earnest Pugh.

Pugh has experienced success he only dreamed of just a few short years ago. With the release of the project, "Rain On Us," and its title tune, Earnest Pugh was heard on Gospel radio stations nationwide and was catapulted to super stardom in the Gospel music industry. His smash hit single “Rain On Us” escalated to the #1 position on Billboard’s Top Gospel Singles Radio Chart and became the sixth most popular song of 2010.

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Photography
5:20 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

A Narrated Look at the Magnum Photos Archive

“Death of a Loyalist Militiaman,” by Magnum co-founder Robert Capa is “one of the great icons of war photography,” Hoelscher says.
Magnum Photos/Harry Ransom Center

Magnum Photos was founded in 1947 as a photographer’s co-op. Created by photojournalists with the memory of World War II fresh in their minds, Magnum’s cooperative format allowed for an artistic, unvarnished look at photography.

Since 2009, the 200,000 photos in the Magnum Archive has resided at UT’s Harry Ransom Center. And, thanks to a recent donation, the archive will stay there.

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Arts Eclectic
11:21 am
Thu October 17, 2013

The Serie Project Turns Twenty

In 1993, artist Sam Coronado founded the non-profit Serie Project to teach and promote fine art serigraphy (or screenprinting) and to bring more attention to Latino artists in Central Texas. In the two decades since, Serie has fostered hundreds of artists, some of them veterans of serigraphy and many of them new to the art form.

For their twentieth anniversary this year, the Serie Project is presenting Serie XX, an exhibition of work by this year's group of artists along with material by project founder Sam Coronado.

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Austin City Limits Fest
2:53 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

How Austin City Limits Food Vendors Responded to Rain and Flood Damage

A VIP area at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, flooded after heavy rains this weekend.
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When Sunday of this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival was canceled, concert promoters were widely congratulated for finding alternate venues for many of the day’s headliners.

But what about another collection of festival talent: the food vendors that kept crowds fed?

While Sunday headliners Atoms for Peace rocked a capacity crowd after a last-minute rescheduling – and Lionel Richie played for a lucky, select few – there were no rebookings for the nearly 40 food vendors at ACL’s Austin Eats food court. Instead, vendors were left to rely on their wits alone to salvage such a potentially devastating blow.

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In Black America Podcast
3:09 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Life Is Sweet for 'Chocolate Heals' Author Marcia L. Williams

Marcia L. Williams, author of “Chocolate Heals: Life Is Sweet.”

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Marcia L. Williams, author of “Chocolate Heals: Life is Sweet.”   

After being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, Williams decided to help others who may be experiencing tough times. Her love for baking was the perfect vehicle to get her message of hope out to those in need. Determined to provide inspiration to others after her diagnosis, she has pledged to impact the people in her own backyard – other cancer survivors and their families and friends.

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Austin City Limits Fest
8:14 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Austin City Limits 2013: Road Closures, Transportation, Public Safety & More (Update)

Festival-goers get oriented during the opening hours of Austin City Limits fest. ACL is expected to bring 75,000 visitors to Zilker Park each day.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

Update: The final Sunday of ACL's second weekend has been canceled due to weather.

For more, including information on refunds see: Heavy Rains Soak Austin, Central Texas; ACL Festival Cancels Final Day  

Update (Oct. 11): Traffic could be a bigger problem in the Austin area for weekend two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Road closures around Zilker Park and Republic Square Park will be in place just like last weekend (see below). But the highways may also be packed.

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Austin City Limits Fest
4:33 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

At ACL, Austin Sign Language Interpreters Deliver Music to the Deaf

Lucy Brotherton is one of six interpreters for performances at ACL this year.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

If you’ve been to Austin City Limits Music Fest, you’ve seen them. And while they’re not the band, they are on stage and they are very talented, in their own way.

They've worked with everyone from Wu-Tang Clan to Green Day, from Black Sabbath to Jack White. They even braved the harsh cold of President Obama’s 2012 inauguration this past January.

They’re the sign language interpreters of LotuSIGN, and you can find them emphatically interpreting bands' lyrics and sounds at performances across the country. And while there’s plenty of air guitar and air piano, LotuSIGN means business.

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Music
6:41 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Mala Rodriguez And The Women Of Latin Hip-Hop

Mala Rodriguez on stage at the Mulafest Festival in Madrid in June.
Pedro Armestre AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 6:39 am

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Music
6:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Dogs, Trains and a Piano: How Austin Sounds Inspired a New Album

Ben Johnson in his studio. Johnson originally came to Austin to attend The University of Texas at Austin.
Ben Johnson

Many people the world over are inspired by the 'Austin sound.' But Dallas native and composer Ben Johnson found his inspiration in the sounds of Austin. Literally.

In fact, "The Sounds of Austin, Texas" is the title of his new album – a collection of impressionistic pieces inspired by his adopted hometown, where he studied music in college. Johnson considers his latest album a collection of love songs to Austin. 

Johnson mixes field audio recordings from sites all over the Austin area with his own custom piano compositions, each dedicated to a particular place.  

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Austin City Limits Fest
11:59 am
Wed October 9, 2013

The Austin City Limits Ticket Crash of 2013

Day One of 2012's Austin City Limits fest. With the festival's expansion, hundreds of tickets for ACL's second weekend are available on the secondary market.
KUT

Update: Austin City Limits Music Festival organizers just announced tickets are officially sold out for their second weekend. But tickets are still available on the secondary market, although they're selling fast there too.

Reseller StubHub currently has tickets left. Tickets for ACL’s second showing are also still for sale on Craigslist, with most passes going for well under the festival’s $225 face value. Austin City Limits Music Fest kicks back off this Friday.

Original story (Oct. 4): Don’t have tickets for the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival? Surprisingly, you’re in luck.

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Austin Film Festival
10:30 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Austin Film Fest: Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan Teams with Will Ferrell

“Breaking Bad” showrunner Vince Gilligan is bringing an unproduced script of his to the Austin Film Festival.
flickr.com/tomdog

Where has “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan chosen to take a post-finale victory lap? Here in Austin – resurrecting his feature-length screenplay “2 FACE” with none other than Will Ferrell reading the lead role.

In honor of its 20th anniversary this year, the Austin Film Festival has pulled out all the stops. Besides the staged reading of Gilligan’s “2 FACE,” the eight-day festival also recently announced feature appearances by director Jonathan Demme, “Freaks and Geeks” and “Mad Men” actor Linda Cardellini, and this year’s Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Actor awardee, Susan Sarandon

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Music
1:03 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

How Austin's Anderson High School Got Phoenix to Play Their Gym

Phoenix performing in the Anderson High School gym last night.
Jenna Macaroni http://instagram.com/p/fMOLxAjT29/

When you were in high school, wouldn’t you have loved to have a cool band play in your gym? I remember trying to get the band Karp to play my high school in the 1990s, but the teacher who sponsored the student council balked once he heard what they sound like. Instead, they spent the money on a Top 40 video dance party with fog machines. 

But last night, Anderson High School in Austin ISD did what my high school could never do: They hosted a secret show for the French dance-rockers Phoenix. (While considerably more accessible than any post-hardcore band, it's a remarkable achievement nonetheless.)

“Seriously how the hell does Anderson book Phoenix to play a gig at their school and Pflugerville gets Granger Smith #injustice,” tweeted one envious teen.

“Phoenix at Anderson? Lucky bastards,” said another.

Indeed. So, how did it happen?

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Music Industry
2:18 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Interview: Can Working Musicians Still Lead a 'Sustainable' Life?

Gary Powell is a musician, producer and Senior Lecturer at UT’s Butler School of Music.
Ludwig sterling fotography

A little about Gary Powell: the Austin musician and producer has produced 147 albums, which have sold 45 million copies in 69 countries. That's a lot of numbers for a music guy. But Gary Powell is not apologetic about numbers in his profession. As a matter of fact, he says "money is good." And he is committed to helping his students at the University of Texas' Butler School of Music find their way in the rapidly-changing music business.

A Grammy-winner who’s produced albums for Walt Disney Records and children's artist Joe Scruggs, Powell says musicians need to learn how to create a "sustainable" career: one that provides food, shelter, health care, transportation, and some funding for retirement.

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In Black America Podcast
11:42 am
Mon October 7, 2013

'The Butler:' A Witness to Presidential History

Washington Post reporter and author Wil Haygood.
Credit University of Charleston

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Wil Haygood, Washington Post reporter and author of “The Butler: A Witness to History.” 

Before he died on March 31, 2010. Eugene Allen was one of few men to have had personal interaction with the last twelve presidents of the United States. He was at the White House for 34 years and served eight presidents.

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Get Involved
9:17 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Get Involved Spotlight: Alzheimer's Association

Learn more about the Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter.

The Alzheimer’s Association Capital of Texas Chapter is dedicated to enhancing care and support services for individuals and their families while providing leadership to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research. 

The Capital of Texas Chapter strives to improve the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s, their families and caregivers, and increase community awareness and knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.  

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Arts Eclectic
8:47 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Neil LaBute's Comedy 'Fat Pig' is at the Off Center

This month, Theatre en Bloc is presenting Neil LaBute’s play “Fat Pig” at the Off Center. It’s a unique love story; one that takes a hard look at our cultural attitudes toward weight and beauty. The comedy centers around young professional Tom, who meets and falls in love with Helen, the rare ingenue role written for a plus-sized actress. As written by LaBute, the play makes the audience laugh and then forces them to question why they’re laughing; it’s a romantic comedy that asks its audience to think about the issue at hand.

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Arts Eclectic
2:32 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Paradox Players Present the Historical Drama 'New Jerusalem'

Rick Felkins, Carl Guthie, and Craig Kanee in "New Jerusalem"
Credit JoAnna Johnson

Arts Eclectic feature on "New Jerusalem"

In 1656, Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza was the subject of an intense interrogation in his family’s adopted hometown of Amsterdam. At the time, the Inquisition was at full power in Spain and Portugal; the Dutch considered themselves a more tolerant people, and allowed Jews to live in the city, albeit with certain constraints: they weren’t considered citizens but resident aliens, and they were allowed to practice their faith but not to discuss it with Christians.

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Video
2:18 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

WATCH: An Amazing Six-Minute, Stop-Motion Tour of Austin

A screenshot from "Spectral Austin," the latest video from UT student Andrew Takano.
Vimeo

Remember this haunting time-lapse video of Austin at night? Well, University of Texas grad student Andrew Takano is back with a sequel of sorts to “Sleepwalking Austin.”

His new video? “Spectral Austin,” which applies Takano’s smooth stop motion technique to Austin during day and night.

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Fantastic Fest
11:08 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Why Fantastic Fest is Championing Movies That Haven’t Been Made Yet

Tim League, CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse and co-founder of Fantastic Fest, says his festival can address growing Latin American audiences.
Jenny Dubin for KUT News

For fans of horror, sci-fi, fantasy and oddball films from around the globe, it doesn’t get much better than Fantastic Fest. The nation’s largest film festival devoted to so-called genre films is wrapping up this week in Austin.

The annual eight-day event has been described as the “Geek Telluride” – drawing a fanatical audience.

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