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Arts and Culture
10:06 am
Mon June 27, 2011

Austin Man Buys Michael Jackson “Thriller” Jacket For $1.8 Million

Local entrepreneur Milton Verret bought the jacket worn by Michael Jackson in the iconic video for "Thriller" (above) at auction yesterday for $1.8 million, Reuters reports. Verret plans to put the black and red calf leather jacket on display at Dell Children’s Medical Center and then send it around the world for charity events.

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film
12:54 pm
Fri June 24, 2011

Slacker 2011 Trailer Released

Last month we reported on a group of filmmakers creating a remake of Richard Linklater's 1991 cult classic Slacker. Now the trailer is out, and the movie is set to make its debut in August.

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music
2:32 pm
Thu June 23, 2011

Fun Fun Fun Fest Gets Third Day at Auditorium Shores

Crystal Castles performing at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2009.
Photo by sailingseas http://www.flickr.com/photos/sailingseas/

Austin City Council gave the green light today for Fun Fun Fun Fest to continue through Sunday when it opens the festival gates this November at Auditorium Shores. The resolution directs city staff to do three things:

  • Give Fun Fun Fun Fest organizers an extra day
  • Find a way to accommodate other events displaced by the closure of Waterloo Park
  • Develop a policy for charging a “mitigation fee” to events for park maintenance and upkeep
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Arts and Culture
11:21 am
Thu June 23, 2011

Has UT Finally Tracked Down Missing Farrah Fawcett Portrait?

This Farrah Fawcett portrait was captured by Andy Warhol in 1979.

A portrait of Farrah Fawcett painted by Andy Warhol and valued at $30 million was spotted on actor Ryan O’Neal’s new reality show on Sunday, and now the University of Texas wants it. Fawcett bequeathed it to the university in her last will and testament. According to Star Magazine, a celebrity gossip publication, UT hired a private investigator to track down the 1979 portrait.

The Blanton Museum said it had no comment on the missing portrait or any private investigation. However, a spokesperson said the museum already has one of the two originals, which is currently on display.

When O’Neal’s show debuted on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network this Sunday, the artwork was spotted on the wall of Fawcett’s former partner.

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Arts and Culture
5:27 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

Effort to Help East Austin Artists Bring Studios Up To Code

An artist silk screens a t-shirt during the East Austin Studio tour, during which the public is invited to see artists at work in their spaces.
Photo by Robert Banh http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertbanh/

There are plenty of art studios in East Austin, but not all of them comply with city, state or federal building codes. A local non-profit, the Austin Creative Alliance, says is launching a resource center and low-interest loan program to help artists on the East Austin Studio Tour (E.A.S.T.) bring their workspace up to code in time for the tour in November.

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Arts and Culture
4:20 pm
Wed June 22, 2011

ACL's Summer Tapings To Include Arcade Fire, Randy Newman

Austin City Limits announced today that is has scheduled six tapings over August and September at the Moody Theater on Second St. In a post on its blog, ACL released these dates:

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Arts and Culture
12:31 pm
Mon June 20, 2011

Texas Memorial Museum Closes for Repairs

Texas Memorial Museum staffers prepare to move into temporary offices, while the museum's air handling system is fixed. The museum will reopen in October.
Photo by Daniel Reese for KUT News

The Texas Memorial Museum will be closed for about 4 months starting today. The air handling system needs to be repaired.

Margaret Fischer, the director of museum operations, told KUT that replacing the system was strongly recommended by the University of Texas’ facilities management staff to avoid unplanned closures in the future.

During the maintenance, the air conditioning will be turned off on all but one floor where the employees will continue normal hours. They will move their offices to a higher floor to avoid the heat.

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FOOD
5:32 pm
Thu June 16, 2011

World Famous BBQ Joints Fine With Franklin's Bon Appetit Win

Franklin BBQ was named "Best BBQ Restaurant in America" by Bon Appetit Magazine, and other world famous BBQ joints are just fine with that.
Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

Austin's Franklin Barbeque has been named the best BBQ in America by Bon Appetit Magazine.  If you haven't been there, just look for the long lines in front of a small blue building on East 11th Street about a block east of I-35.

We thought it might be fun to call pit masters at some of America's most famous barbecue joints and rub it in (pun intended). Turns out, most of them are pretty humble about their world famous 'que.

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film
10:53 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Austin Documentary Wins Special Jury Award at Seattle Film Festival

A film that explores the global popularity of sushi and its devastating effect on the Bluefin tuna population won a special jury award at the Seattle International Film Festival. “Sushi: The Global Catch” premiered at the festival last week.

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Arts and Culture
5:21 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Alamo Drafthouse Founder Responds To "Don't Text" Viral Video

Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League was apparently shocked by how much attention he got from a "Don't Text During the Movie" PSA that used a voicemail from an ejected patron to make its point. The video was quickly picked up by the national media after its release. CNN's Anderson Cooper joked that League deserves the Nobel Prize. The story was also posted to Yahoo! News and was mentioned by the ladies on The View.

Someone even started selling "Magnited We Stand" t-shirts online, a reference to a mispronunciation of "United States of America" during the voice mail. Proceeds from the shirts will go to an "Austin-based education charity."

League says he's pleased the video sparked national discussion about appropriate behavior in movie theaters, but he thinks some people crossed the line by attacking the person who left the voicemail.

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Arts and Culture
3:18 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Alamo Drafthouse Uses Angry Voicemail For 'Don't Talk, Don't Text' Warning

If you’ve ever watched a film at the Alamo Drafthouse, a local chain of food and booze-serving movie theaters, you have surely seen the large, loud, extended warnings before each screening telling people not to place calls, or text and Tweet during the film.

Apparently, one patron missed the message, and wound up being ejected from the theater without a refund after receiving two warnings from staff. The angry customer called and left an explicative-laden voicemail protesting her eviction.

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food
12:00 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Austin Food Trucks Get Politically Organized

Photo by Nathan Bernier for KUT News

The number of food trucks and trailers in Austin continues to expand rapidly. Now a new organization has popped up aiming to organize the hundreds of mobile food vendors in the city to confront issues ranging from permitting issues to what to do with used grease. 

The Food Trailer Alliance is largely organized by Tony Yamanaka, a marketing guy at Austin's Better Business Bureau. We called him up to find out more about his organization.

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Arts and Culture
1:17 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Alamo Drafthouse Founder “Furious” Napoleon Dynamite Canceled

Tim League is founder and CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse
Photo by Chris Jackson http://www.flickr.com/photos/26547909@N07/

A move by the City of Austin to cancel a free outdoor screening of Napoleon Dynamite earlier this month has incensed Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League. The Drafthouse sponsored the free screenings in Republic Square Park and used its equipment to display the movies.

“That kind of stuff drives me bananas,” League told KUT News. "I was furious about this."

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Arts and Culture
11:06 am
Fri May 20, 2011

Updated: Man Finds Couple Whose Engagement He Photographed

Local photographer Michael Cummings captured this snapshot on May 4, and wanted to give the couple a copy of the picture.
Photo by Michael Cummings. Used with permission. http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelcummings/5691016216/lightbox/

Updated at Friday, May 20: A local photographer who was trying to identify the couple he photographed in this picture has successfully tracked down the couple.

In a post on his website, Michael Cummings explains how he happened upon the couple shortly after their romantic engagement on Mount Bonnell, and took a breathtaking photograph.

We found them. The power of social is amazing, and this is just one small example of something that probably would not have been possible otherwise.

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Arts and Culture
3:38 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Billboard Warns Austin Of Judgment Day May 21

This billboard near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport declares May 21 to be Judgment Day. It is one of many scattered across Texas.
Photo by Mose Buchele for KUT News

You may have seen billboards like the one above on Highway 71 near the airport. You may have read the various Tweets, or the numerous stories in print and on-air.  The May 21 meme is ostensibly the product of Harold Camping, the 89-year-old founder of Family Radio, who says he calculated the exact date of the Rapture to be this Saturday. His organization and its supporters paid to install Judgment Day billboards across the country.

A caravan of three recreational vehicles drove through Austin in February to deliver the warning and hand out fliers at the University of Texas and outside a Longhorns basketball game, according to a travel log entry on the Family Radio website.

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Arts and Culture
4:18 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Pun Competition Set For Saturday

Pun champions from a previous competition.
Photo by PflugerPfotos http://www.flickr.com/photos/pflugerphotos/

Are you that person in the office who has your coworkers constantly laughing – or more likely, groaning – over your attempts at humorous wordsmithing? You may be delighted to know about this group of like-minded people who won’t go after you with pitchforks for the one about the cross-eyed teacher who couldn’t control his pupils.

The O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships have been running for 33 years straight. It’s hard to believe their legs aren’t tired! Sorry. 

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music
2:22 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Austin City Limits Music Festival Announces Line-up

The crowd at Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2008
Photo by Whittlz http://www.flickr.com/photos/whittlz/

Austin City Limits released the bands that will be performing at the tenth edition of the outdoor festival, which will come in September this year rather than October.

Updated at 2:57 pm: Friday and Saturday one-day tickets are already sold out after going on sale at 10 am today. Three day passes sold out earlier this month.

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FOOD
1:48 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

P. Terry's Opens New Stand on Ben White at S. Congress

Photo by Joey Parsons http://www.flickr.com/photos/joeyparsons/

Austin is a city for burger lovers, and one famous local brand just opened a new location in South Austin.  P. Terry's began selling burgers last week on the northwest corner of the intersection at Ben White Blvd. and S. Congress Ave, right behind the Shell gas station.

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Arts and Culture
1:29 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

IMAX Adding Additional Screen in Austin

A second IMAX screen is coming to Austin
Graphic courtesy IMAX

Austin will soon have a second IMAX movie screen. The AMC Barton Creek Square 14 theater will add one of the ultra-large screens later this year. The change comes about a year after IMAX and AMC announced a new partnership to add between 15 and 25 new IMAX style screens around the country.

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Food
10:49 am
Tue May 3, 2011

Trader Joes Coming To Texas

A Trader Joe's in South San Francisco, Calfiornia
Photo by BrokenSphere http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:BrokenSphere

First it was In-N-Out Burger. Then it was H&M clothing chain. Now you can add Trader Joe's to the list of popular consumer brands looking to open their first Texas location in Dallas this year.  Dallas Morning News business reporter Maria Halkias says the grocer may even expand to the State Capitol.

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