Life & Arts

Fashion
7:26 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

40 Years Of Disco Duds Prove A Teacher Can Be Awesome, Too

Dale Irby in 1973 (left) when his streak began, and in 2012, when the last of his 40 wonderful school photos was taken.
Courtesy of Dale Irby and The Dallas Morning News

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 2:44 pm

One word came to mind this week when we saw the stories about Texas physical education teacher Dale Irby and how he had worn the same "groovy shirt and sweater vest" for every school photo in the past 40 years:

Awesome.

Before we explore his awesomeness, though, here's some background.

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Arts and Culture
11:07 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Here She Is: Statue Of Liberty Reopens On Independence Day

She's open for visitors again.
Reena Rose Sibayan The Jersey Journal/Landov

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 9:37 am

It's an even more notable July 4th this year on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, where the Statue of Liberty is open for the first time since Superstorm Sandy pummeled the Mid-Atlantic region last fall.

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liner notes
12:00 am
Sun June 30, 2013

Lena Horne: A Disarming Revolutionary

Jazz singer, actress, dancer and activist Lena Horne began performing at the Cotton Club in her teens before moving to Hollywood where she worked as an actress - and was blacklisted during the Red Scare. Over a long career spanning the mid-1930s to 2000, she enchanted audiences yet never budged from her principles and beliefs.

In this short feature, Rabbi Neil Blumofe talks about the revolutionary life and work of Lena Horne.  

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Arts and Culture
3:16 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

What Does UT Smell Like? Longhorns Launching Fragrance Line

Eau de Bevo? UT is working on its own fragrance.
flickr.com/publicenergy

University of Texas students, alumni and fans already bleed orange. But soon, they will also be able to smell like it.

University of Texas Creative Services says UT will be partnering with Masik Collegiate Fragrances to launch a scent exclusive to the Longhorns. The fragrance representatives will meet with students and have them determine the final scent. A release date for the fragrance has not been set.

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liner notes
12:00 am
Sun June 23, 2013

Rembering 'The Judge,' Milt Hinton

Milt Hinton, known as “The Judge”, was the most recorded jazz musician in history.

Over his extensive career he played on more than 1,100 sessions as a bassist. He was also a very accomplished photographer whose images captured intimate moments shared between some of the greatest jazz legends in history.

In this short feature Rabbi Neil Blumofe discusses the significance of Hinton’s life, his work and his perspective, and offers a view of what his legacy can teach us today.  

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Arts and Culture
4:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Photos: The Three & a Half-Ton Stained Glass 'Austin Wall'

A view of 'The Austin Wall' from inside the U.S. Federal Courthouse lobby.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Clifford Ross’ passion for art has led him down an unusual path. Painting, sculpting, photography and camera-design have all led him to today, the day that his latest piece is displayed to the community.

His three and a half ton stained glass mural adorns the lobby of the new United States Federal Courthouse in Downtown Austin. Ross was approached to execute the project six years ago. His original vision of it did not include a mural, let alone one of such stature.

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Liner Notes
12:00 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Horace Silver: Jazz on a World Stage

Horace Silver’s powerful and transcendent music pushed him beyond the label of jazz pianist. The composing and instrumentation of his quintet created a unique sound that combined rhythm-and blues and gospel music with the jazz known as “Hard Bop.”

It’s this style of composing that helped him respond to the social and cultural upheavals of the 1960′s and 70′s with records like “United States of Mind” and “The Music of the Spheres.” 

Listen for a moment as Rabbi Neil discusses what lies behind the meaningful simplicity of Silver’s music.

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Arts and Culture
4:46 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

A Preview of Top Chef Paul Qui's New Restaurant in East Austin

Qui Restaurant at 1600 E. Sixth will open next week.
courtesy Qui Restaurant/Parallel Architecture

It’s been more than a year since Austinite Paul Qui cooked up a win on Bravo TV’s Top Chef. It was especially sweet because the season was shot in Texas, including here in Austin. Paul Qui took home $125,000, and he could have followed the path of some of his predecessors by opening a restaurant in New York City or something like that, but instead he doubled down on his East Side King food stands in Austin. 

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Arts and Culture
1:20 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

UT's Briscoe Center Aquires Letter From George Washington

The letter brings light to Washington's feelings about Native Americans.
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

The Dolph Briscoe Center at the University of Texas at Austin recently acquired a letter written by George Washington.

The letter was written to John Armstrong in 1769 – before the Revolutionary War. In it, Washington talks about his views of an incident resulting in the deaths of three Native Americans. Washington describes the killings as murders and calls them "villainy" and "mischief.”

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booze
7:18 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

A Tipsy Texan Watches Austin's Bar Scene Come of Age

Expert bartender David Alan was born and raised in Austin and remembers the years when bar patrons were perfectly comfortable with their margaritas and Lone Stars. Alan watched the city's drinking scene flourish over the past few years as craft cocktail bars opened and new distilleries took root.

Now, he's got a book to document the best of the best. Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails from the Lone Star State hit bookshelves Tuesday, and Alan came to KUT to talk about spirits of the Capitol City.

Arts and Culture
6:18 am
Mon June 10, 2013

UT Grad Wins Student Academy Award for Father-Son Film (Update)

Brian Schwarz wrote, directed and edited the award-winning film.
facebook.com/oldaddyfilm

Update: Actor Jason Schwartzman presented UT RTF graduate Brian Schwarz with the gold Student Academy Award medal Saturday night.

He's only the second UT student to win 'gold' at the Student Academy Awards.

In his acceptance speech, Schwarz did take time to thank the RTF department. He called it a department with "great faculty" and "an enthusiastic student body." He also went on to talk about Austin's supportive film scene.

Comedian Bob Saget hosted the awards.

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TV
5:50 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Television Festival Aims to Unite Stars and Fans

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It's year two of the ATX Television Festival, which is happening in Austin this weekend with panel discussions, premiere screenings and even some free public events. We spoke with one of the co-founders, who told us she started the festival because there was no venue to unite TV fans with the actors and producers behind their favorite programs. 

FOOD
5:06 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

After SoCo Food Park Closes, No Shortage of Alternatives

A pastrami sandwich at Melvin’s Deli Comfort.
Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman

The food trailer park on South Congress just closed down, and a lot of people were upset about it. But there is still a big food-truck scene here in Austin with a wide range of cuisines; you just have to know where to look.

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

Aquarium Coming to Austin in November

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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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