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Arts and Culture
4:48 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

El Paso's Mysterious Link To The South Asian Kingdom of Bhutan

El Paso, Texas might be the last place you'd expect to find a heavy South Asian cultural influence, but the architecture at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) was actually inspired by the ancient architecture of Bhutan, a small landlocked country nestled between India and China.

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Arts and Culture
12:16 pm
Thu April 28, 2011

Fun Fun Fun Fest Outgrows Waterloo Park, Moves To Auditorium Shores

Crowds watching Foot Patrol perform at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2009 in Waterloo Park. The festival will move to Auditorium Shores this year as it grows and as Waterloo Park temporarily shrinks for a public works project.
Photo by Miss Barbara http://www.flickr.com/photos/honeycombs/

After five years in Waterloo Park, Fun Fun Fun Fest is moving to Auditorium Shores. The annual music festival, which takes place in early November, features independent and underground rock, hip hop and electronic music artists. Check out this recap from last year.

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KUT
10:38 am
Fri April 22, 2011

KUT News Wins Six Regional Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association announced yesterday that KUT News won six Regional Murrow awards. It's the largest number of Regional Murrows ever bestowed upon our newsroom. Here's some background on the awards from RTDNA:

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Arts and Culture
2:26 pm
Thu April 21, 2011

Jersey Shore-Style Reality TV Show Planned For Austin?

Jersey Shore cast member Pauly D makes a public appearance. A website purports that an executive producer of that show wants to produce a reality tv series in Austin.
Photo by thatguygil http://www.flickr.com/photos/thatguygil/

This curious website has been raising some eyebrows in Austin. It purports to be a casting call for a reality TV program that is “rounding up the biggest and baddest personalities to live it up in the ultimate Austin pad.”

The website says the show is being produced by “one of the Executive Producers behind ‘Jersey Shore’ in conjunction with Badaddy Productions.” A Google search for Badaddy Productions yielded no results.

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Arts and Culture
2:12 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Composer Daniel Catán Dies In Austin

Mexican composer Daniel Catán passed away in his Austin apartment at the age of 62.
Photo by Elizabeth Beristain http://www.elizabethberistain.com Used with permission.

Mexican composer Daniel Catán died unexpectedly at his apartment in Austin on Sunday, according to a statement from his publisher. Catán was 62. The cause of death is under investigation.

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Arts and Culture
1:23 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Alamo Drafthouse Promises To Clamp Down On No-Talking Policy

After recent complaints, the Alamo Drafthouse says it is revising its no-talking policy.
Photo by markonf1re http://www.flickr.com/photos/markonf1re/

The local food and film chain, the Alamo Drafthouse, says it is revising its famously strict no-talking-during-movies policy after a loud group of patrons ruined a screening of Rubber at the downtown Alamo Drafthouse Ritz last Friday.

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Arts and Culture
10:47 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Tibetan Monks Make Sand Art At Austin City Hall

Tibetan monks at work on their sand mandala in Austin City Hall.
Photo provided by the office of City Council Member Laura Morrison

A group of Tibetan monks is creating a work of religious art in Austin City Hall this week. They started on their sacred sand mandala on Monday and will continue through Friday.

On Friday at 5:30, the monks will dismantle the sand mandala and the public is invited to participate. Here's what that ceremony looked like when they did it in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Arts and Culture
3:45 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Free Movies In Republic Square Park For Next Four Wednesdays

People watching Napoleon Dynamite in Republic Square Park in 2005
Photo by Austin Parks and Recreation Department

If you like to watch movies al fresco, but don't have the coin for Austin's newest drive in theater, you can join families in Republic Square Park for free films over four weeks in the spring.

Films begin at dusk. Vendors will sell food. A temporary playground will be set up for kids. Your dog is welcome if it's on a leash.

Here are the dates and titles.

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Arts and Culture
7:37 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Watch Reagan High School Band Peforming with Kanye West

This morning's Austin American-Statesman reports on what was likely a dream come true for kids in the Reagan High School band: performing with Kanye West at the Seaholm Power Plant during SXSW.

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sxsw 2011
12:30 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

Austin Chronicle April Fools Joke Pokes Fun At SXSW Concerns

The Austin Chronicle April Fool's joke makes light of public handwringing over the growth of SXSW.

The city's alternative weekly, the Austin Chronicle, hit news stands today with the shocking front page story that South by Southwest was planning construction of a nine story dome in Bastrop to host the annual music, internet, film, and education conference outside Austin city limits.

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sxsw 2011
9:56 am
Wed March 30, 2011

SXSW 2011 In Five Minutes

Maybe you couldn't make it out to South by Southwest, or maybe you developed warm, nostalgic feelings for the party in the 10 days since it ended. At any rate, here's an amazing look at official and unofficial events during SXSW Music through the eyes of KUT videographer Paulo Martins.

Arts and Culture
1:09 pm
Fri March 25, 2011

Local Arrowheads Poke Holes in History of Man in the Americas

Some of the artifacts discovered at the Buttermilk Creek site.
Image Courtesy of Texas A&M University and Michael R. Waters

It's a find that gives new meaning to the expression, "I'm not from Texas, but I got here as fast as I could."

Researchers have discovered artifacts that could push back the arrival of man in the Lone Star State by over 2,000 years.  The arrowheads, from the Buttermilk Creek excavation site 40 miles north of Austin, are different from the type associated with the Clovis people, once thought to be Texas' earliest human inhabitants.

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Arts and Culture
4:48 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Pinetop Perkins Funeral Arrangements Announced

A funeral for blues legend Pinetop Perkins will be held Monday in Austin. He'll be buried April 1 in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Photo by Carl Lender http://www.flickr.com/photos/43547797@N00

A public funeral for Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins, the 97-year-old Grammy winning blues pianist who passed away in Austin on Monday from cardiac arrest, will be held on Monday, March 28 at Cook-Walden Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.  It will be followed by a celebration of life at Antone's Blues Club beginning at 8 p.m.

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Arts and Culture
2:21 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Five Pinetop Perkins Videos Worth Watching

Austin's living blues legend passed away yesterday of a cardiac arrest, and tonight, several blues players will pay tribute to him at Antone's nightclub. In case you can't make it, here are some interesting videos of Pinetop Perkins we came across on YouTube.

Pinetop accepting a Grammy this year for Best Traditional Blues Album

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Arts and Culture
1:28 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Playing For Pinetop: Blues Legend To Be Remembered Tonight At Antone's

Pinetop Perkins, who passed away yesterday, will be remembered by his colleagues tonight during a live performance at Antone's.
Photo by Jack O'Diamonds http://www.flickr.com/photos/mississippi/

Legendary bluesman Pinetop Perkins, who passed away in Austin yesterday at the age of 97, will be remembered in a tribute concert tonight at Antone's. Perkins would often play Tuesday nights at Antone's before his death Monday of cardiac arrest, according to club owner Susan Antone.

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Arts and Culture
4:57 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

Blues Legend Pinetop Perkins Dies In His Austin Home

Pinetop Perkins, born Joe Willie Perkins, died in his Austin home today, according to AP reports.
Photo by kurtz http://www.flickr.com/photos/kurtz433/with/2304330751/

From the Associated Press:

Grammy-winner Pinetop Perkins, one of the last old-school bluesmen, has died at his home in Austin,Texas. His manager said woke up with chest pains and died of cardiac arrest at the age of 97.  Perkins was a fixture of Austin blues clubs, playing regular gigs up to last month. He played the piano with an aggressive style and sand with a distinctive gravelly voice.

Pinetop Perkins performed live at KUT's studio 1A in 2007.  You can listen to that interview and performance here.

sxsw 2011
4:40 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

Volunteers Needed Next Month To Help Clean Up The City

Some of the trash that made it into the can (barely) during SXSW 2010. Keep Austin Beautiful wants people to help them pick up the rest in early April.
Photo by Dean Terry http://www.flickr.com/photos/therefore/

Record breaking numbers of music fans swarmed the city for South by Southwest over the last few days, leaving behind a trail of beer cans and empty potato chip bags.  Keep Austin Beautiful is now trying to convince 4,000 people to help clean up anything still on the ground by Saturday, April 9.

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SXSW 2011
1:21 pm
Mon March 21, 2011

After Biggest SXSW Ever, City Official Suggests We "Dial It Back"

A sign outside the bar Shangri-La on E. 6th St. yesterday thanked SXSW attendees for visiting and urged them to leave.
Photo by Nathan Bernier

The epic ten-day party that crashed down on Austin last week has grown to the point where it needs to be scaled back, according to City of Austin Music Programs Manager, Don Pitts.  "We need to curtail it, and I think dial it back some," Pitts said in a phone interview with KUT News.

"Some tougher standards should take place, and a lot of the events that we saw, the promoters or event producers were pretty inexperienced in handling those sizes of crowds," Pitts told KUT News.

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sxsw 2011
11:33 am
Wed March 16, 2011

Crews Fixing Brocca Gallery After Fire Disrupted SXSW Partying

Yellow tape restricts access to Fast Folks bike shop and Brocca art gallery after a fire last night.
Photo by Nathan Bernier

Work crews arrived this morning to 1103 E. 6th St. after a fire disrupted a South by Southwest party at Brocca Gallery on Tuesday. The Austin Fire Department says the blaze caused an estimated $100,000 in damage and was started by malfunctioning electrical equipment. The cause has been ruled accidental.

The fire also closed Fast Folks Cyclery next door. The owners posted on their Twitter account last night that their shop is okay.

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sxsw 2011
9:52 am
Tue March 15, 2011

Is Free Beer Enough To Win On the SXSW Trade Show Floor?

The trade show floor at SXSW is filled with companies competing for attention, but once they reel you in, are they delivering the message?
Photo by Nathan Bernier

Tech companies, ranging from independent iPhone app developers to multinational wireless providers, are competing for the attention of South by Southwest Interactive attendees who wander onto the trade show floor at the Austin Convention Center. Free beer and cotton candy are among the enticements, but once that traffic is built, is the message getting across?

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