Life & Arts

Arts Eclectic
12:44 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

ColdTowne Presents 'Austin Translation'

Austin Translation is the new mainstage show at ColdTowne Theater. Produced and directed by Second City alum Dave Buckman, the show was created using the Second City method; over the past couple of months, Austin Translation cast members brought in ideas, worked on them together through improvisation, and then chose the best of the best to craft into scripted sketches.

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Life & Arts
3:13 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Chickens and Chaos: Why Austin Comedy is Sort of Like a Moon Tower

Austin, Texas is the only city in the world known still to have moonlight towers.
Jeremy Fuksa/flickr

Four years ago, non-native Austinite Jim Ritts thought it was time the Live Music Capital of the World had its own comedy festival.

“It’s a phenomenal festival town,” he says, and he figured that Austin could make room for a fest devoted solely to comedy. What with the recent “comedy renaissance” and the strong local comedy scene in Austin, he felt like the timing was perfect to launch the Moontower Comedy & Oddity Festival, which is taking place now through Saturday around town.

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In Black America Podcast
10:10 am
Thu April 23, 2015

In Black America Podcast: A Talk With Janet Cheatman Bell

Janet Cheatman Bell
Kevin O. Moone

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Janet Cheatham Bell, author, editor and publishing consultant.

After graduating from Indiana University in 1964, Bell began her professional career as a high school librarian in Saginaw, Michigan. In early 1968 she accepted a position at the Ohio University Library in Athens. A few months later, in the wake of student responses to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, the university recruited her to teach freshman composition and African American literature.

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Poetry Month
9:19 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Learning to Read

A blur

of lines and shapes

whirled together

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Poetry Month
9:18 am
Thu April 23, 2015

The Easily Forgotten

I am from a ragdoll,

from “act like a girl” and a rundown

neighborhood park,

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Poetry Month
4:32 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Don't Stop Believing

Read by Rebecca McInroy

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Poetry Month
4:29 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Into Zilch

Read by Rebecca McInroy

Think, catechists.

Watch, oracles.

The vanishing sky is suppressing you.

The pathetic lake is flooding you.

Yet you dress elaborately,

so you can contemplate time,

but you say it eroded

into zilch.

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Poetry Month
4:26 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

kiko

Read by Rebecca McInroy

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Poetry Month
8:01 am
Wed April 22, 2015

We Hold On

Read by Laurie Viault

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Poetry Month
7:59 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Letters

Read by Shawna Butler

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Life & Arts
4:03 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

On Story: Paul Thomas Anderson, Jonathan Demme, and Ron Howard

Jonathan Demme in conversation with Paul Thomas Anderson.
Austin Film Festival

In this episode of On Story, hosted by Brian Ramos, directors take center stage. In the first half of the show, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson narrates a conversation with director Jonathan Demme, whose credits include Silence of the Lambs.

Then, film and TV icon Ron Howard talks about how all of his works are, at heart, suspense pieces.

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Life & Arts
3:15 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

On Story: House of Cards' Beau Willimon, Screenwriter John Ridley

Kevin Spacey in 'House of Cards.'
screenrant.com

In this episode of On Story, hosted by Brian Ramos, we hear from Beau Willimon, the show-runner for the runaway Netflix hit House of Cards. Willimon is also an acclaimed screenwriter and playwright.

Then John Ridley talks about writing the Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave. Ridley was also the screenwriter of 3 Kings.

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Arts Eclectic
10:17 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Jody Denberg on 'See Hear Yoko'

Yoko Ono celebrated her 80th birthday on February 18, 2013. To mark the occasion, two of her friends (famed rock photographer Bob Gruen and KUTX's own Jody Denberg) put together a photo book of Yoko's life as a present for her. After receiving the gift, Jody says Yoko "kind of demanded, or at least requested, that we publish the book."

It started when Jody Denberg met up with Bob Gruen during 2012's SXSW. Though not close friends, the two had met on occasion through Yoko. For many years, Bob was the official photographer for Yoko and John Lennon, and has continued a friendship (and continued taking photographs) with Yoko in the years since John's death. Jody has also known Yoko for many years, and has conducted several interviews with her in that time. He hit upon the idea of putting together a book using Bob's photos and excerpts from his interviews with Yoko, and soon enough the gift was taking shape. "It's really a family scrapbook in some ways, this book" says Jody of the finished product.

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Poetry Month
2:59 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

A Night at Comic-con

Read by Da'Shade Moonbeam

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Poetry Month
2:56 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

The Categories of Human

Read by Spike Gillespie

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Poetry Month
2:44 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Ideal Ideas

Read by Ebony Stewart

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In Black America Podcast
12:31 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

The 2014 NFL Season and Super Bowl XLIX

Credit The National Football League

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the 2014 NFL season and Super Bowl XLIX. Featured on today’s program are Jarrett Bell, USA Today Sports NFL columnist, Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner, and Newy Scruggs, Sports Director with KXAS-TV.

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Arts Eclectic
4:08 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

See 'Jacob's Ladder' at the Boyd Vance Theatre

Theatre en Bloc is currently staging the world premier production of Jacob's Ladder by local playwrights Dennis Bailey and David Mixner. Set in 1944 Washington, it's the story of a young Jewish staff member in the FDR White House who discovers that there is much he does not know about the war effort and what's really happening in Europe at the time.

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Poetry Month
10:36 am
Wed April 15, 2015

The Little Voice Inside

Read by Jodi Egerton

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Food
7:31 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

What Were Austinites Eating in 1890?

A bird's eye illustration of Austin in 1890, the year before the city's first cookbook was published
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection

Austin is becoming known for a lot more than just barbecue and Tex-Mex these days, but what were people in this city feasting on 125 years ago? The first cookbook published in Austin is helping to answer that question. 

The cookbook was compiled in 1891 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which still exists. Mike Miller, director of the Austin History Center, dug it out of the archives and researched some of the people behind it for his new book, Austin’s First Cookbook: Our Home Recipes, Remedies and Rules of Thumb

"Cookbooks at that time, they weren't the recipes of everyday food," Miller says. "Most of the women who did that knew the recipes, and they were passed down orally from mother to daughter."

"These [recipes] are for special occasions," he says. Listen to our interview with Miller and read on to see some of the recipes. 

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