Life & Arts

Arts Eclectic
1:27 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

The Menuhin Competition Comes to Austin

The Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists is kind of a big deal. It's been called "the Olympics of violin," which is apt, as it's a worldwide competition that brings together the best young talent in its field.

The biennial event was founded by famed violinist Yehudi Menuhin in 1983, and in the three decades since,  it’s been held all over the world but never before in America. That changes this week, however, as the 2014 Menuhin Competition gets underway right here in Austin, hosted by UT’s Butler School of Music.

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Arts Eclectic
9:19 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Jaston Williams Asks, 'Is There Life After Lubbock?'

Believe it or not, musicians Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, Jo Carol Pierce, and Kimmie Rhodes are all from the same Texas town, Lubbock. And actor and storyteller Jaston Williams, while not born in Lubbock, spent much of his formative years there, and still visits often. As he says, "I've got Lubbock in the blood. We've tried to do something about it, but once you've got it, you've got it."

That shared connection is the basis of the new show "Is There Life After Lubbock?", a free-form, loosely structured evening of humor, stories, and music taking the stage of the Stateside at the Paramount Theater this weekend. 

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Arts Eclectic
11:40 am
Tue February 18, 2014

'Lewd Asian Women' Take Over Salvage Vanguard Theater

L.A.W. Lewd Asian Women, a new play from Lucky Chaos Theater Projects, opens on Febuary 28 at Salvage Vangaurd Theater. It's written and performed by Christine Hoang, Alice Liu Cook, Lilan Ren, and Leng Wong, who, with the exception of Wong, are all working lawyers in our community.

It’s based in part on the lives of Wong, Cook, and Hoang, three Asian women living in Austin today (Ren portrays the Voice of the Law), and inspired by an 1875 court case involving 22 Chinese immigrants. That case, Chy Lung v Freeman, began when 22 Chinese women were barred from entering San Francisco harbor after being declared "lewd and debauched" by the California commissioner of immigration. The evidence for their lewdness included the fact that they traveled without husbands or children and their flowery garments.

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In Black America Podcast
5:13 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Four Who Made A Difference

Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

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

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Life & Arts
2:28 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

South Lamar Alamo Drafthouse Gets New Opening Date

The South Lamar Drafthouse could open as soon as this summer.
Afsheen Nomai

The Alamo Drafthouse announced today its delayed South Lamar location will open sometime this summer. The theater was closed in January of last year for major renovations, while the strip mall around it was demolished to make way for a new mixed-use development. 

The theater was initially slated to open in September of last year, but by October only the parking garage foundation had been completed. And even this new opening date isn't very specific.

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Arts Eclectic
10:23 am
Tue February 11, 2014

'Little Red Chunari' is a New Take on a Classic Tale

Little Red Chunari is a new play from Scottish Rite Community and Children’s Theater. It’s a family friendly Bollywood-style adaptation of the classic tale “Little Red Riding Hood,” written by Prentice Riddle and Susan Gayle Todd.

The story originated years ago, when Riddle was in the habit of telling his children (who are of Indian descent) stories to pass the time on car trips. He'd usually pick an existing story and change it up a little to give it more of an Indian flavor; that's why Little Red wears a chunari (a multi-purpose scarf worn in much of South Asia) rather than a riding hood.

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Arts Eclectic
1:40 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Marc Pouhé Returns to the Stage as Othello

Sara Cormier and Marc Pouhé in 'Othello'

Othello is the latest production by Austin Shakespeare. This version of the classic play is directed by artistic director Ann Ciccolella and stars veteran actor Marc Pouhé in the title role.

It's Pouhé's second time playing Othello in an Austin Shakespeare production. He first played the role in 2005; since then, he's gone through some life changes, not the least of which was a battle with kidney failure. He's healthy now, but the illness kept him off the stage for a few years. Now ready to continue his acting career, Pouhé is playing Othello again, a little older and with a different outlook on life.

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In Black America Podcast
2:47 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Roots: The Saga of an American Family

Alex Haley

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Alexander Murray Palmer Haley. Haley’s quest to learn more about his family history resulted in his writing the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Roots: The Sage of an American Family."

The book has been published in 37 languages, and was made into the first week-long television miniseries, viewed by an estimated 130 million people. "Roots" also generated widespread interest in genealogy.

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SXSW
5:28 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Too Many SXSW Events? City Stops Accepting Permit Applications Before Deadline

A SXSW event in 2013.
Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

For the first time ever, the City has stopped accepting permit applications for the week of South by Southwest before the actual application deadline.

The application cut-off announced this morning applies to all temporary use, temporary change of use, and music permits. 

Multi-day permit applications have a deadline of one month before the event, so the city’s early cut-off only shortened that application window by one day.

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Author Interviews
11:57 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Best-Selling Author Jen Lancaster Kicks Off 'Twisted' Book Tour in Austin

"I’ve always written characters, protagonists who are more likely to explode," Jen Lancaster says. In her new book "Twisted Sisters," "the character Reagan is someone who is imploding."
Jeremy Lawson for Penguin Books

I caught up with Jen Lancaster as she was heading to the airport. In the background, her dogs were barking a welcome to the guy who cleans up their “messes” from the back yard. “The best 11 dollars I ever spent in my life,” Lancaster says. “I don’t know what he does with it but that is not my concern [though]; I hope it’s going to a farmer somewhere to be used as fertilizer.”

In her new novel, “Twisted Sisters,”  Jen Lancaster has written a story of sibling rivalry run amok. A story of three sisters – one of which is deeply unhappy in her life but doesn’t realize it – and who transforms her relationships with her sisters in a highly unorthodox way.

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Author Interviews
5:00 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Renowned Texas Journalist Shares Family History in 'The Harness Maker's Dream'

"The Harness Maker's Dream" tells the story of the Kallison family.
Credit facebook.com/HarnessMakersDream

The Kallison family name has resonated amongst Texans for generations.

It's the name of the department store in San Antonio crowned by a cowboy carrying a saddle on his right shoulder. It's also the of the Kallison Ranch, the place that brought Texas ranching into the 20th century.

"The Harness Maker’s Dream" recounts the story of Nathan Kallison, the Jewish Russian who escaped persecution and later became a successful rancher in Texas.

 

In Black America Podcast
10:44 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

A Tribute to the Late Lena Horne

Lena Horne

In celebration of Black History month, In Black America presents an encore presentation of "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music" an extended interview with her that originally aired in March 1983.

Born on June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, Lena Horne became one of the most popular African American performers of the 1940's and 1950's. At the age of sixteen she was hired as a dancer in the chorus of Harlem’s famous Cotton Club. There she was introduced to the growing community of jazz performers, including Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, and Duke Ellington. She also met Harold Arlen, who would write her biggest hit, “Stormy Weather.” For the next five years she performed in New York nightclubs, on Broadway, and touring with the Charlie Barnet Orchestra. 

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Music
5:56 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

'Pay-to-Play' Booking Inside the Austin Hip Hop Scene

flickr.com/nickstone333

If you were an emerging hip hop artist making beats in your bedroom and rapping with friends, would you pay $400 for a chance to perform on a stage before a nationally recognized rapper like Z-Ro? If you were a hip hop fan, would you feel ripped off if you bought tickets to a show and had to sit through hours of inexperienced rappers whose only qualification was having enough cash to get on stage? 

Those are questions confronting Austin's hip hop scene with the rise of pay-to-play, writes Morgan Davis for the local music blog Ovrld.com. The issue became particularly acute this past weekend when several people who claimed to have paid to perform at a Waka Flocka Flame show saw it get canceled

We invited Davis into KUT to talk about the issue of pay-to-play, which is scheduled to be discussed by the Austin Music Commission tonight

Life & Arts
4:58 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Umlauf's 'Three Muses' Moved to Make Way for Medical School

A crew from Vault Fine Art Services dismantle and move Charles Umlauf’s Three Muses (1963) from Centennial Park to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum.
Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon KUT News

A crew of contractors from Vault Fine Art Services dismantled and transported Charles Umlauf’s “Three Muses” from Centennial Park to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum on Monday.

The bronze sculptures relocated as part of a temporary loan while the Dell Medical School is under construction.

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Get Involved
6:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Get Involved Spotlight: Friends of Barton Springs Pool

Early in 2006, a few regular Barton Springs Pool swimmers were frustrated by the declining water quality and condition of the pool and decided to do something about it.  They formed Friends of Barton Springs Pool, a group dedicated to returning the pool to its rightful glory by working to restore, improve and maintain the pool and surrounding grounds through organizing, advocacy, volunteer work, education and fun.

Friends of Barton Springs Pool (FBSP) works to inspire an appreciation of the rich history of Barton Springs Pool and pride in this natural treasure.  To honor the pool’s sensitive environment and work to preserve and protect it so that generations long after ours can continue to enjoy the cool, clean spring waters, FBSP organizes monthly volunteer pool cleaning events that bring scores of swimmers and friends of Barton Springs to work beside the staff to support and enhance City Staff efforts to clean and maintain Barton Springs Pool.  These cleaning events include the annual “Council Cleans the Pool Day” where elected city and state officials join volunteers and city staff to clean algae and silt from Barton Springs Pool. 

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Music
2:35 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Learning Secrets: An Austin Dance Party Celebrates 10 Years

A contemplative moment for the DJs behind Learning Secrets, Jeramy Neugent and Ian Orth.
facebook.com/LearningSecrets

When you think of Austin’s "Live Music Capital of the World" status, what kind of music do you think of? Lots of genres may come to mind, but possibly not its thriving underground electronic and dance music scene. Tonight Learning Secrets – one of Austin’s longest running dance parties – celebrates their 10-year anniversary.

OK. But what is Learning Secrets?
 

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Life & Arts
6:05 am
Fri January 31, 2014

'The Obedient Assassin' Tells the Story of Trotsky's Killer

John P. Davidson at the KUT Studio
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Imagine – you have it all – a life of luxury, famous friends, a beautiful lover. You are a good, supportive friend – happy and content. And it’s all a lie.

The truth keeps you up at night, tortures you during the day. But you can’t change who you are.

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Food
7:50 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

New Food Truck Court to Open on Barton Springs Rd.

An artist's rendering of the Picnic, coming in March to Barton Springs Rd.
Ronnie Brooks

A new food trailer court is slated to open on Barton Springs Road in March, creating a new home for well-known mobile food vendors such as The Mighty Cone, Turf N Surf Po’Boy and Ms. P’s Electric Cock.

The Picnic, as it's to be named, will occupy one-third of a three acre site between Chuy's and Baby Acapulco where the Manor Mobile RV Park used to be. The other two thirds of the site is being developed as the Coldwater Luxury Apartments.

Unlike some food trailer courts that are located on undeveloped sites while landlords rent space to offset property tax until they can build something on the lot, the Picnic aims to be a long-term facility.

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Movies
2:29 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Paramount Theatre Marks 100th Anniversary With Massive Film Series

"Paramount 100" condenses a century worth of film into a year-plus film series.
Teresa Vieira for KUT News

If you ever missed out on taking a film history course in school, you might just be in luck.

To celebrate its 100th birthday, the Paramount Theatre will be kicking off a year-and-a-half-long film series. “Paramount 100: A Century of Cinema” begins tonight with an exploration of the silent films of the 1900s through the 1920s. It’s a new undertaking for the theater, which is well known for its summertime repertory film series.

“Doing a series like this is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, I just never really had a good reason to do it,” says Paramount film programmer Stephen Jannise. “Right after last year’s summer classics series, I started to realize that we have Paramount’s 100th birthday coming up in 2015, so I thought it would be a great reason for me to sort of jump start this Paramount100 series and do a chronological trip through film history.”

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Arts Eclectic
8:53 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Experience the Largest Indoor Brazilian Carnaval on Earth

Austin's Carnaval celebration began in the mid-70s as a relatively small event held at a Unitarian church. The party-goers that year must have had a good time, because Carnaval quickly became an annual ocurance; it's now in its 37th year and is the second-oldest ongoing annual event in Austin.

The party has moved to different and larger venues several times, and is now taking place at the Palmer Events Center. It's the largest indoor Brazilian Carnaval in the world, and this year will feature music, dancing, food, a parade float, and, as always, elaborate and often revealing costumes.

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