Life & Arts

food
2:33 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Torchy’s Tacos Opening In Houston

Torchy's fried avacado taco
Photo by stetted http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunlitrain/

Soon Houstonites will be able to eat a green chile pork or fried chicken taco without having to drive down I-10. That’s because Torchy’s Tacos, which started as a food truck and expanded to nine locations in Austin, is now heading to H-Town.

“Houston, we have a store opening!” Torchy’s wrote on its website. “We've made a deal with the devil and the doors are set to open in December.”

Torchy’s was founded by chef Mike Rypka in 2006. He has already expanded to Dallas and has thought about opening locations outside Texas.

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music
3:39 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Fun Fun Fun Fest in Four Minutes

Couldn't make it to Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores this year? Festival promoters just released this video recapping the weekend-long celebration of underground and alternative music. Not surprising to see a video, considering how last year's recap became a viral hit. 

video
1:16 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

The Redneck Hippie

As part of Austin’s ongoing quest to define who and what it is, we wanted to point your attention to this interesting short video about one of the region’s archetypes: the redneck hippie.

Filmmaker Philip Bloom interviewed Jeff Pierce, a self-declared redneck hippie who lives about 60 minutes outside the city. Pierce likes to ride BMX bikes and he loves to shoot guns.

“I got the best of both worlds going on here,” Pierce says in the video. “The coexistence of rednecks and hippies, man, that’s what a Willie Nelson show’s all about.”

Check it out and let us know what you think. 

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Arts and Culture
4:43 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

East Austin Studio Tour Starts This Weekend

A piece of art from the 2010 East Austin Studio Tour
Photo by Robert Banh http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertbanh/

Art studios in East Austin will be open to the public this weekend as part of the East Austin Studio Tour (also known as E.A.S.T.). It starts Saturday and has various events and exhibits running for nine days. The entire event is free and open to the public.

The official preview party is not free. It's Thursday night and tickets start at $55.

Here’s how organizers describe it:  

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Arts and Culture
3:45 pm
Sat November 5, 2011

Andy Rooney's Papers In Austin

film
4:52 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

Austin Film Festival Reveals Fan Favorites

Image courtesy the Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival has announced the winners of its Audience Awards for the festival that wrapped up last week. 

“There is no greater reward for a filmmaker than an Audience Award, which confirms their ability to tell a good story," AFF programmers Stephen Jannise and Stephen Belyeu in a press release. "Every filmmaker is a storyteller at heart, and you can’t receive better validation than the approval of your audience."

Austin-based writer/director Jeremiah Jones won the Audience Award in the narrative feature competition. KUT News interviewed Jones before the festival. You can hear that interview below.

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Arts and Culture
2:14 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

AMOA Merges With Arthouse

An historic villa on AMOA's 12-acre property at Laguna Gloria
Photo by manue_aka_crazeecrafteez http://www.flickr.com/photos/manueb/

They’ve been seeing each other for a few months now. A photo exhibit here. Some intimate conversations there.

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parks and recreation
12:22 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Trail of Lights Cancelled Again In 2011

The Trail of Lights back in its heyday in 2006.
Photo by satosphere http://www.flickr.com/photos/sathishcj/

For the third year in a row, Austin's Trail of Lights won't happen this holiday season.

Organizers had set a fundraising milestone of $250,000 by today in order to reach the $1 million necessary to host what used to be an annual Austin tradition: a mile long trail through Zilker Park, surrounded with holiday light displays. But they didn’t meet that goal.

“It’s just deeply, deeply disappointing that we weren’t able to raise the revenue that we needed ahead of time,” said Amy Vercruysse with BrightBlue Marketing, the company that had been contracted by the city to organize the event.

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holidays
3:50 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Zilker Tree Lights Are Strung But Won't Turn On Till December

The Zilker Tree was strung today. It will not be switched on until December 4th, 2011.
Photo courtesy of maddcow http://www.flickr.com/photos/maddcovv/

An Austin Energy tradition going on 45 years continued today as the power company hung Christmas lights around the park's moonlight tower. The Zilker Tree will not be lit, however, until December 4. 

Meanwhile, the Trail of Lights is back this year was cancelled again this year. Check out the story here.   

music
3:42 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

First Round of Band Announcements for SXSW 2012

VHS or Beta is one of the bands that will be performing at SXSW 2012.
Photo by John Tonne http://www.flickr.com/photos/juantonne/

Which bands are coming to South by? Five months before the annual music and technology conference even starts, we already have an idea. South by Southwest released this list today of bands it has programmed for the 2012 event. 

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Arts and Culture
3:57 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

In Pictures: Día de los Muertos Celebration in Austin

Advertisers may be wondering if Day of the Dead is the next great American holiday marketing opportunity, but here in Austin, it’s still just another reason to go have some fun with the kids.

KUT business manager Robert Joseph Cross snapped these pictures Saturday night at the Mexican American Culture Center.

music
3:30 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Fun Fun Fun Fest To Be Streamed Online

If you can’t afford Fun Fun Fun Fest, or simply don’t want to brave the dust that will be kicked up by 20,000 people partying along Auditorium Shores, promoters have announced the entire music festival will be streamed online for free.

In an email, Fun Fun Fun Fest said it will be partnering with PitchFork.com to bring four separate streams to a web browser near you.

Here’s how they explain it:

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nightlife
2:18 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Police Ready For Saturday Night Halloween Crowds

Photo by MarkScottAustinTX http://www.flickr.com/photos/elchupacabra/

The Saturday before Halloween is one of those nights in Austin when 6th Street is even crazier than usual, which is saying a lot because 6th Street is usually pretty crazy.

The Austin Police Department says it will be closing 6th Street at 6 p.m. on Saturday instead of 11 p.m. APD might also shut access ramps onto and off of I-35 between 8th and 3rd streets.

Police also plan to close 6th Street on the actual Halloween, Monday, October 31. The timing of the closures will depend on how big the crowds are.

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food
4:26 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Top Chef Texas Starts Next Wednesday

The newest season of the Bravo competitive cooking series, Top Chef, hits your TV in exactly one week. The show includes not one, but two Austin chefs, according to Eater Austin, and several of the scenes were shot right here in the Live Music Capitol of the World.

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Events
4:21 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Will the Gypsy Picnic Redeem Itself This Year?

It's time again for the Gypsy Picnic Trailer Food Festival, which takes off this Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm at Auditorium Shores.

Last year's picnic was anything but. Long lines (up to an hour for a donut), nightmare parking, vendors running out of food, and massive crowds soured many attendants.

The festival received a two-star rating on Yelp!, and led John Kelso of the Austin American-Statesman to quip: "If you wanted something to eat, it would have been quicker to sit on the corner with a tin cup, collect change and grab a tuna sandwich at a convenience store. Or bag a possum and build a fire."

This year promises to be different, according to Festival Marketing Manager Lindsay Hoffman of C3 Presents, which is producing the festival.

"Last year was the first year of the festival, so everything was unknown. We couldn't even anticipate those kind of numbers," she told KUT News.

"This year we're working with those kind of [anticipated] numbers, so it's a lot easier to work with the food vendors and prepare them to get their menu out faster," Hoffman said. "We've taken in all the feedback from last year."

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film
10:33 am
Fri October 14, 2011

'Texas Killing Fields': Deadly Tales, Darkly Told

Wild Child: Neglected by a mother who is busy turning tricks, Little Anne (Chloe Grace Moretz) becomes a target for a killer in Texas Killing Fields.

Anchor Bay Films

Originally published on Thu October 13, 2011 9:34 pm

Between 1983 and 1991, the bodies of four girls were found in an abandoned oil field along the Interstate 45 corridor in League City, Texas, southeast of Houston. All four had been sexually assaulted, two victims have not been identified, and none of the cases has been solved. The locals refer to this muddy dumping ground as the "killing fields," and nearly two-dozen women have gone missing or been murdered in the area since the early '70s.

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media
11:12 am
Tue October 4, 2011

NPR Comes To Google TV

Originally published on Tue October 4, 2011 10:38 am

NPR has launched a new app for the Google TV platform. The app — featured in the Google TV Spotlight Gallery (video only works in Chrome) — makes it easy for users to watch NPR's best video and multimedia slideshows on a big screen.

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Arts and Culture
12:18 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Drought Plagues Dallas State Fair

Photo by Scutter http://www.flickr.com/photos/scutter/

People can expect to see thinner animals at the Texas State Fair in Dallas this weekend. The fair's Vice President of the Agriculture and Livestock, Daryl Real, says that this year's extreme drought has made it harder for ranchers to feed their cattle. 

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Arts and Culture
10:40 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Wildfire Benefit Concert

Lyle Lovett, shown performing with John Hiatt at the KUT studios, will be one headliners at a benefit concert for victims of the Bastrop County wildfires.
Photo by KUT

Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, the Dixie Chicks will headline a benefit concert for Central Texas wildfire victims. Emmy winner Kyle Chandler of the TV show "Friday Night Lights" will host. "Fire Relief: the Concert for Central Texas" is set for October 17 at the Frank Erwin Center. Organizers say every dollar of a single $25 ticket will go to relief efforts. Tickets will be available for purchase at texasboxoffice.com tomorrow at noon.

austin city limits
3:34 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

ACL Smoking Ban May Be Loosely Enforced

ACL concert goers in 2010
Photo by Sean Murphy

The city really, really doesn’t want you to smoke if you plan to attend the Austin City Limits music festival. Austin Parks and Recreation director Sara Hensley even said “please” during a news conference this morning. But there will be no parks rangers at the festival, and ACL organizers’ private security guards may not be actively hunting down those who do light up.

“We’re not going after the smokers,” Austin Parks and Recreation spokesman Victor Ovalle clarified on the telephone this afternoon. “We’re asking them to please help comply with the smoking and the fire ban in the park.”

“We’re really not trying to ruin anyone’s experience,” he said.

Because the smoking ban in parks is not a city ordinance, people can’t be fined for lighting up. But they can be asked to leave the park. If the smoker refuses, he or she could be issued a criminal trespass notice and be banned from city parks for a year.  

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