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Food
5:33 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

A Permanent Farmers Market, and 5 Other Ways Austin Can Become A Foodie Capital

City of Austin officials visited Pike Place Market in Seattle to see how a permanent farmer's market might operate.
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Interview with Margaret Shaw of the City of Austin's Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office

The City of Austin is thinking about helping to create a permanent farmers' market that would operate seven days a week. It was the first recommendation in a recent report produced for the city by Texas Perspectives, a local economic analysis and consulting firm. 

"Permanent food markets and food hubs could well speak to all the major findings of this report," TXP wrote, "as they offer the possibility of enhancing the Austin food sector in a way that appeals to both tourists and locals." 

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Food
6:35 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Bake Sales to Help West This Weekend

Austinites baking for Japanese tsunami relief in 2011. A similar effort is happening Saturday to help victims of the explosion in West.
Mary Helen Leonard at http://www.flickr.com/photos/drstrangeglove/5588916543/

The recovery effort continues in West, where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people last month and destroyed dozens of homes.

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Arts and Culture
7:35 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Rapper Chris Kelly, Half Of Duo Kris Kross, Dies

Chris Kelly, left, and Chris Smith in 1992's "Jump" video, which was a hit for their rap duo Kris Kross.
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Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 7:11 am

  • LISTEN: A clip from "Jump"

Update at 8:10 a.m. ET, May 3. A New Post:

Cocaine & Heroin May Have Played Role In Chris Kelly's Death

Our original post:

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12:00 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of American Song

Ella Fitzgerald found solace in music and song. Discovered at age 17 in a talent competition, she went on to become the world's top female jazz singer for the next 50 years.

Fitzgerald's distinctive vocals and her ability to personally hear and feel the emotion in her songs made her an inspiration for female vocalists such as Aretha Franklin, Vannesa Williams, and Janis Ian.

Join us for this segment of Liner Notes discussing the impact of Ella Fitzgerald’s life and music.  

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Arts and Culture
5:37 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Austin 'Citygram' App Hopes to Launch This Spring

Citygram is a monthly digital magazine made by Austin writers, artists and designers.
kickstarter.com/projects/1133107296/citygram-magazine

A group of local writers and designers are hatching Citygram, Austin’s latest digital lifestyle mag. Their vision? A free, fully interactive Apple App Store publication.

Once, a full-time electrical engineer and a part-time contributor to Apartment Therapy, Founding Editor Chris Perez abandoned his day job to create this Austin showcase. He and nine contributors – including AustinEavesdropper Tolly Moseley – are dedicated to the cause.

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FOOD
6:50 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Eat Like You’re At the Austin Food and Wine Fest – Without Going

A bacon wrapped sausage at Foreign and Dometic, one of several local restaurants whose chefs are featured at the Austin Food and Wine Fest
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Interview with Austin American-Statesman food critic Matthew Odam

Celebrity chefs will descend on the city this weekend for the second annual Austin Food and Wine Festival. People will shell out at least $250 for the opportunity to taste the food of famous cooks such as Marcus Samuelson, Jonathan Waxman and Graham Elliot

But if the ticket price is too high for your budget, you can still enjoy some of the featured food without having to buy a badge. That's because many of the chefs have restaurants right here in Austin. Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam stopped by KUT to tell us about some of the local chefs at the Austin Food and Wine Fest. Listen to our conversation by clicking the player above. 

Arts and Culture
6:39 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Moontower Comedy Festival Gets Under Way

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Austin’s Moontower Comedy Festival starts today and runs through Saturday, bringing some big names to town, including Bill Hader, Dana Carvey, Michael Ian Black, Judah Friedlander. But there are a lot of lesser-known standup comedians as well, and they have to work even harder to build an audience and make you laugh. We spoke about it with local comic Matt Bearden. Click the player above to listen. 

They’re trying to bring a festival like, say, the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal back to the states; there used to be the festival in Aspen that HBO ran, and there are a lot of other comedy festivals, but I think they’re trying to bring one that’s a real premier marquee-style festival.

FOOD
4:54 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Five Highly-Anticipated Restaurants Opening Soon

Paul Qui's restaurant on E. 6th St. is scheduled to open in May.
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Austin’s restaurant scene is constantly growing and evolving, and Jessica Dupuy, food editor at CultureMap.com, has her eye on five openings expected between now and the summer. Click the player above to hear our conversation and read her article at CultureMap.

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12:00 am
Sun April 21, 2013

Dizzy Gillespie: A Relentless Innovator

With his revolutionary harmonics and driving tempos, Dizzy Gillespie was an architect of modern sound.  His virtuosity and creativity helped to define a whole new approach to improvisation and self-expression. An entertainer as well as an accomplished artist, Dizzy brought intelligence and wit to his playing – an example of confidently showcasing what is possible.

In this short feature Rabbi Neil Blumofe explores how Gillespie’s legacy can teach us about living in accordance with an authentic self, while acknowledging the masks we wear.

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Arts and Culture
6:40 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Cine Las Americas Film Fest Readies 16th Year In Austin

Jean Anne Lauer and Eugenio del Bosque with the Cine Las Americas International Film Festival.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Listen to the story as it aired on KUT 90.5.

The film world is changing. That’s according to the principals behind the 16th annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, running April 16-21 here in Austin, Texas.

With more films coming out of Latin America and indigenous America, Austin audiences will have a range of films to choose from this year. Cine Las Americas includes features and shorts, documentaries and narratives, and works from emerging talents. All the films are subtitled in English.

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FOOD
1:55 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

The South Congress Food Trailers Have to Leave by May 25

The SoCo food trailer park, photographed last month.
Marissa Barnett for KUT News

It was perhaps the most well-known food trailer park in Austin, but now the mobile food vendors on the 1600 block of South Congress have been given a date by when they’ll have to leave: May 25.

SOCO ATX Development notified vendors last week. The company plans to build a three-story hotel on the lot, according to documents filed with the city. The building will include space for retail and a two-story underground parking garage. 

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Music
1:21 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Study Names Austin’s Most Popular Music Genre

The demographics of Austin's music scene got examined in a study from the University of Toronto.
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A study from Canada has reaffirmed Austin's reputation as a scene for aspiring musicians. But they should be sure to play an acoustic guitar.

The study, which was released early this month from researchers at The Martin Prosperity Institute in the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Canada, used data garnered from Myspace to create music profiles of different cities across the United States. Austin was one of the fifteen cities examined in the study. 

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12:00 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Clifford Brown: A Beacon Of Hope

Jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown is known for his precise and captivatingly smooth technique. He recorded most notably with drummer Max Roach and saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and his compositions Joy Spring and Daahoud are jazz standards to this day. His lasting impact on the jazz cannon is profound.

In this short feature, Rabbi Neil Blumofe discusses what Brown’s legacy teaches us about the strength and importance of following one's own path, in spite of contradictory expectations.

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Food
3:29 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Restaurant Review: Sway Brings Gourmet Thai to South Austin

Sway was designed by Austin architect Michael Hsu and includes large, wood communal tables.
Alberto Martinez, Austin American-Statesman

Interview with Austin American-Statesman food critic Matthew Odam

Sway is one of the most talked about new restaurants in South Austin, but it’s not exactly on the lower end of the price scale. A couple people could easily rack up a $60 tab before ordering any drinks. So is it worth it?

To help answer that question we spoke with Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.

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Arts and Culture
7:38 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Whose MP3s Are They, Anyway?

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 2:50 pm

If you have a CD or book you don't want anymore, you can sell it. The law says that's perfectly legal. But what about an MP3 or an e-book? Can you legally resell your digital goods?

This was the question before a judge in the case of Capitol Records v. ReDigi Inc.

Launched in 2011, ReDigi is basically a digital version of a used-record store. You can sell the company your old MP3s, and you can buy "used" MP3s that other people have sold.

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Arts and Culture
1:01 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Harry Ransom Center Names New Director

Stephen Enniss will be the seventh director of the Harry Ransom Center.
Julie Ainsworthulie Ainsworth Folger Shakespeare Library

The University of Texas announced Stephen Enniss, the current head librarian of the Folger Shakespeare Library, has been named the new director of the Harry Ransom Center.

“The Ransom Center is among the finest research libraries in the country with unparalleled holdings and a storied past,” Enniss said in a statement.  "I am honored to join my new colleagues there in helping to extend further its important and ongoing cultural work.”

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Arts and Culture
12:39 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Annette Funicello, 'America's Sweet Heart', Has Died

Headshot portrait of American actor and singer Annette Funicello.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 5:23 pm

Annette Funicello, who was one of the first child stars to emerge out of The Mickey Mouse Club, has died, the official Disney Fan Club reports.

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Arts and Culture
10:09 am
Mon April 8, 2013

AMOA's Louis Grachos Brings New Art Vision to Austin

AMOA-Arthouse's new Director, Louis Grachos, wants to create a new contemporary art program that promotes education and community.
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Cathy Byrd speaks with AMOA's Louis Grachos about becoming AMOA-Arthouse's new director.

Austin Museum of Art-ArtHouse (known as AMOA-ArtHouse), a hybrid art institution situated at the edge of Lake Austin and in Downtown Austin, has a new leader. Louis Grachos was selected to direct AMOA-ArtHouse after a 7-month international search. Grachos, who directed the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, for the past decade, talks about his ideas for contemporary art programming and his aim to raise the national profile of Austin’s art scene.

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12:00 am
Sun April 7, 2013

Billie Holiday: To Touch The Sun

Billie Holiday once said, “No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.” 

As we look back on her life and legacy, we gain a deep appreciation for Holiday's unique voice and the authenticity and openness of her approach to music. Even as she struggled with drugs, alcohol, abusive relationships and racism, she maintained a raw understanding of her perspective.

Listen to our contemplation of Billie Holiday's life and works below.

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Arts and Culture
8:49 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Changing the Face of Austin – Starting With Congress Ave.

Congress Avenue might become the creative core of Austin.
Art Alliance Austin

Will Congress Avenue become the creative core of Austin? Some art and business leaders think so, and they're trying to make it happen.

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