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Arts and Culture
4:56 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Aquarium Coming to Austin in November

flickr.com/Lollyknit

A 22,000-square-foot aquarium will come to North Austin near U.S. 183 and Anderson Mill Road, in what was once a Lack's Furniture store. It is expected to open later this year, in November.

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Arts and Culture
1:26 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Seeing The Psychotropic, Photographing The Phantasmagoric

Holly Wilmeth

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 5:46 pm

I'm sitting in my neighborhood bakery, the Upper Crust in Austin, Texas, trying to read my newspaper and enjoy an oatmeal muffin, but I can't stop staring at the photographs on the wall. A native man, his face painted weirdly, holds a great scowling iguana on his head; a boy lies on palm fronds with a colony of giant silk moth caterpillars ornamenting his neck; small brown hands hold a luminous blue morpho butterfly up to the camera. Put down your Danish rolls, people! How can anyone finish breakfast under the spell of these bizarre tropical photos? Who is this photographer anyway?

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FOOD
4:53 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Long Live Tequila!

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Mexican culture is celebrated all over Austin, but none of it perhaps quite as exuberantly as tequila. To learn more about the popular spirit, we talked to Austin food writer Lucinda Hutson, whose new book ¡Viva Tequila! hit book stores this month. 

NPR
6:52 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Visit The NPR DC Headquarters; Daily Tours Begin In June

Stephen Voss NPR

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 6:39 pm

Just in time for your summer vacation, NPR is opening its doors to the public for daily tours of our new Washington, D.C. headquarters. Each weekday at 11 a.m., a one-hour, free guided tour will take you through the NPR Newsroom and studios, and tell you about our history, mission and give you a glimpse of daily life here.

Earlier this year, the NPR headquarters moved a few blocks to the Washington, D.C., neighborhood of NoMa (or north of Massachusetts Ave). We've now settled in and are ready for visitors. Public tours will start on Monday, June 3.

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FOOD
4:46 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Up-and-Coming Chefs Face Off

Citywide 86'd is down to four kitchen competitors for the June 17 finals.
courtesy Citywide 86'd

There has been a cooking competition going on right under our noses in Austin, with some of the city’s best line cooks and sous-chefs.

We spoke with CultureMap food editor Jessica Dupuy about the culinary elimination event Citywide 86’d.

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Life & Arts
12:36 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Watch: Haunting Time-Lapse Video of Austin at Night

A still of Downtown Austin from "Sleepwalking Austin."
YouTube

There are many ways to experience Austin.

For Andrew Takano, a UT aerospace engineering grad student, it was to capture what Austin looks like at night. Some 170 hours of shooting and editing later, Takano’s video, “Sleepwalking Austin,” is racking up views on YouTube.

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Music
10:48 am
Wed May 29, 2013

What It Means When 'Hip' Albums Top The Charts

Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories sold 339,000 copies in its first week in stores, the second highest total for any new album in 2013.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 5:50 pm

This past week, the No. 1 album in America was by a polo-shirted New York band that has never had a hit single. Even alt-rock radio doesn't play them much.

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ANIMALS
7:49 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Rare Twin Giraffes Born in New Braunfels

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Twin giraffes were born this month at a 400-acre wildlife refuge in New Braunfels. The Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch says Wasswa and Nakato are the second set of living twin giraffes in the United States.

Because twin giraffes are rare, the male calf is being fed by hand to ensure his mother has enough milk for the female twin. 

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Arts and Culture
8:08 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town

Hostess Twinkies are offered for sale in Chicago, part of the last shipment of Hostess products the company made in 2012.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 27, 2013 4:17 am

The news of Hostess' return to Emporia, Kan., sparked an ecstatic response in this beleaguered town — even though there will be only half as many jobs.

The new company, formed when investors bought Hostess' snack cake business, has hired longtime snack cake production veterans Pat Chambers and her husband, Bob, to help get the bakery here running again. Pat lost her job at the Hostess plant when it closed last November. Now, she sits beaming on her front porch, wearing a dirty Hostess work shirt.

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Arts and Culture
3:15 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Interview: Leonard Maltin on Capra, Classic Films and Movies That Prove 'Life Can Be Beautiful'

Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

Film critic Leonard Maltin on movies, past and present.

It’s Memorial Day weekend – the first big weekend of the summer season and plenty of movies are battling at the box office.

Burt alongside the latest “Star Trek” and “Hangover” sequels is another movie: The 1933 Frank Capra film “Lady for a Day.” Film Critic Leonard Maltin is in Austin for its showing tonight at the Paramount Theater, as part of its summer film series.

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food
5:01 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Neighborhood Restaurants Bring Dining Close to Home

Épicerie recently opened in the Rosedale neighborhood off Burnet Road.
Ashley Landis, Austin American-Statesman

Neighborhood restaurants, those located in residential areas, are often welcome members of a community. Sometimes they trigger concern over issues such as traffic, as was the case with Épicerie Cafe & Grocery in the Rosedale neighborhood. 

But now that the has restaurant been open for several months, Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam has had a chance to taste the menu, which is the subject of his latest review.  Odam joined me to talk about Épicerie and share some of his other favorite neighborhood restaurants. Listen to our conversation by clicking the player above. 

Arts and Culture
4:47 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

A Tour of Texas Barbecue Joints

Daniel Vaughn's new book is on Anthony Bourdain's new publishing imprint.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News.

If you’re ever looking to take a barbecue road trip through Texas, you’d have trouble finding a better book to guide you than The Prophets of Smoked Meat: A Journey Through Texas Barbecue by Daniel Vaughn. It’s the first book published on Anthony Bourdain’s new HarperCollins imprint, Ecco. KUT’s Nathan Bernier talked with Vaughn about what goes into good brisket and how to find the good out-of-the-way spots.

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Arts and Culture
1:49 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

'Octopus Alone:' Children's Book Says Alone Doesn't Mean Lonely

'Octopus Alone' is the second children's book from Austin illustrator Divya Srinivasan.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The children's book, Octopus Alone, by Austin writer/illustrator Divya Srinivasan is released today. It's already being called a remarkable story that teaches children that it's OK to be by yourself in a safe and quite place.

Octopus is shy. She lives on a reef where there’s always a lot going on. Sometimes it’s more than she can take. One day, she finds herself in a new place far from home, all alone.

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Arts and Culture
5:05 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Survival and Identity in 'The 5th Wave'

Rick Yancey's new young-adult novel combines science fiction and existential questions.
Filipa Rodrigues, KUT News

Imagine: The world as you know it has ended. People are gone. Food is scarce. Vicious animal roam freely. You are alone, fighting an enemy so devious, so powerful, so undetectable, you question your own sanity. You are 16.

That is the premise of Rick Yancey’s new young-adult novel, The 5th Wave. KUT’s Emily Donahue spoke with Yancey about the existential questions the characters grapple with along the way.

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Arts and Culture
9:55 am
Wed May 15, 2013

'New Age Noir' Comic Book Stepping Out of the Shadows

Shadow Healer #1, cell
Monofonus Press

Karen Davidson and Morgan Coy on “Shadow Healer”

A new kind of comic book launches today in Austin.

Scripted by Austinites Karen Davidson and Morgan Coy, with Polish artist Chris Chalik, “Shadow Healer” is the first segment of a graphic novel in four parts

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liner notes
12:00 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Cab Calloway: The Media And Sense of Cool

Singer, dancer, and bandleader Cab Calloway is often referred to as the “hi-di-hi-di-ho” man. His nonsensical sounds and improvised melodies made him one of the fathers of scat. He was also a commercial success as a performer on stage and in film. In the 1979 movie “The Blues Brothers, ”he donned his trademark white tie and tails to perform “Minnie the Moocher.”

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FOOD
3:52 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Where Else Could Pres. Obama Have Eaten BBQ in Austin?

The President could have enjoyed these slabs of brisket at John Mueller BBQ.
flickr.com/lidocaineus

Interview with Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam

President Obama visited Austin yesterday and had lunch at Stubb's BBQ, a choice that some food nerds found surprising, given the growing list of choices on offer in Austin.

So where else could the President have dined on brisket and pork? To help answer that question, we asked Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.

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Arts and Culture
3:05 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Artists, Sculptors Raise Canopy Studios in East Austin

The shared artists studios at Canopy are having an open house this weekend.
hsuoffice.com

East Austin’s newest creative community, Canopy, has scheduled its first open studio tour this Saturday and Sunday. 

A little background: Michael Hsu Office of Architecture reconfigured a former East Austin warehouse into artist studios, creative office spaces, art galleries and a café, connected by communal courtyards and breezeways. The space opened in early 2013. 

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FOOD
5:13 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

The Artisan Tradition of Barbecue

"Barbecue Crossroads" looks beyond the brisket.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

We love our barbecue in Texas, and one Texan who knows a lot about it is Robb Walsh, a James Beard Award-winning writer from Houston. He has a new book out, Barbecue Crossroads, and for the book he traveled across the South, documenting various barbecue styles, not just the food but the history behind the food and the restaurants that he ate at. We spoke with Beard about the real appeal of barbecue.

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Movies
2:50 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Ray Harryhausen, Master Of Stop-Motion Animation, Dies

American film animator and special effects creator Ray Harryhausen with one of his creations in 1965.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 7, 2013 12:51 pm

Ray Harryhausen, who brought sword-fighting skeletons to the 1963 movie Jason and the Argonauts and was known as the master of stop-motion animation for his work on that and other films such as Clash of the Titans and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, has died.

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