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10:15 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Alamo Drafthouse To Open At Slaughter and MoPac In 2012

Photo by tibbygirl http://www.flickr.com/photos/tibbygirl/

Austin’s homegrown food and film chain, the Alamo Drafthouse, is opening a new location early next year in deep South Austin, at the corner of Slaughter Lane and MoPac. The eight-screen theater will have seating for 800 people. The Drafthouse says each screening room will include 3D projection equipment.

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Arts and Culture
2:01 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Public Memorial Friday for Cactus Pryor

Photo courtesy of LBJ Library & Museum

Legendary Austin broadcaster Richard “Cactus” Pryor will be celebrated at Riverbend Centre this Friday at 2 pm. Riverbend Centre is a 2,500 capacity theater near the 360 Bridge over Lake Austin

Pryor died Tuesday at the age of 88. He had been battling Alzheimer’s disease and recently broke his leg during a fall at an assisted living facility.

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Arts and Culture
4:48 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Austin Broadcaster Cactus Pryor Dies

Cactus Pryor and his wife Peggy in 2009

Richard “Cactus” Pryor, a longtime Austin radio and TV broadcaster, has died at the age of 88.

Pryor was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and broke his leg earlier this month after a fall.

He was a longtime fixture on KLBJ-AM and also appeared on Austin TV station KTBC.  

In 2009, Pryor was interviewed by his wife Peggy for KUT’s StoryCorps Memory Project. You can hear that interview here.

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Arts and Culture
1:52 pm
Tue August 23, 2011

Austin Film Festival Announces Early 2011 Lineup

An audience at Austin's Paramount Theater in 2010.
Photo by KUT News.

The first ten movies confirmed for the 2011 Austin film festival were made public Tuesday.

The offerings run the gamut from thrillers, to comedies, to documentaries. They include big names like Glenn Close (in the cross-dressing period piece "Albert Nobbs") and Antonio Banderas (in the animated feature "Puss in Boots")  as well as local-boys-made-good the Duplass brothers,  the writer/directors of "Jeff Who Lives at Home."

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Arts and Culture
12:54 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

New Mural Shows History of Deep Eddy Pool

Andrea Bean sits and cracks tile in to smaller, tiny pieces. She stops and looks up at the massive tile mural in front of her and hunts for the small gaps between the larger tile pieces that need to be filled.

“It’s very tedious. It could never end and at some point you have to say ‘okay that’s enough,” she said.

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food
12:34 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Austin's Food Truck Market Saturated?

There’s no question that Austin’s food truck scene has grown over the past five years. Travis County had fewer than 700 mobile food vending permits in December 2006. Today, the official count is above 1,300.

But a closer look at county data obtained by KUT News through an Open Records Request shows the number of mobile food vending permits has remained relatively stagnant since mid-2009. While that number doesn’t tell the whole story, it may raise questions over whether the city’s food truck market is approaching saturation.

The county changed how it counts mobile food permits in September 2010 to include delinquent permits. Those are permits that have expired in the last six months. It makes comparing 2006 to 2011 difficult.

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Arts and Culture
12:40 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

3-D Video Projection on UT Tower Tuesday and Wednesday Nights

Photo by KUT News

The University of Texas Tower will serve as a canvas for some innovative three-dimensional video art this week as part of a promotion being filmed for ESPN’s Longhorn Network. 

This isn’t 3-D video in the sense that you need glasses to observe it. Rather, the video is “mapped” to fit the dimensions of the building upon which it is being projected.

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music
3:01 pm
Mon August 1, 2011

Fun Fun Fun Lineup Released

This year's Fun Fun Fun Fest will include thrash metal legends Slayer.
Photo by Suelen Pessoa http://www.flickr.com/photos/suelenpessoa/

Fun Fun Fun Fest released its 2011 lineup today. Organizers expect to sell more than 15,000 tickets and have added an extra day to the festival. This year it will be held at Auditorium Shores because it outgrew its previous venue of Waterloo Park. 

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Arts and Culture
10:10 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Helping Minority Women Break Into Film, TV, and Theater

Photo courtesy of Carla Jackson

Many African-American and Hispanic women interesting stories to tell, but don’t always have the platform to do it. As in many professions, minority women are underrepresented in film, theater, and television.

Austin film producer Carla Jackson is trying to do something about that. She’s hosting a free producing and writing forum for minority women next Thursday at Austin Community College’s Eastview Campus.  

The workshop is called Women Doing it For Themselves, and it brings successful local women into the same room as their aspiring colleagues to share information and to help fresh talent get off the ground.

We called Jackson to ask about it.

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Arts and Culture
5:07 pm
Thu July 28, 2011

Polly Platt's Austin Film Festival Connection

Polly Platt was one of the original board members of the Austin Film Festival.
Photo courtesy of Austin Film Festival

Members of the Austin Film Festival community are mourning the loss of Oscar nominated production designer Polly Platt this week. She was 72.

Platt was known for her writing, producing and set design among many other things in the film industry. Some of her most notable works include the art direction for Terms of Endearment, which she was nominated for an Academy Award in 1983. She also worked on the set designs for movies like "The Last Picture Show," and "Paper Moon" as well as producing the films "Say Anything" and "Bottle Rocket."

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music
1:33 pm
Tue July 26, 2011

ACL After Shows Announced

Deer Tick play an ACL aftershow at Emo's in 2009
Photo by Leah Miller http://www.flickr.com/photos/leahmiller/

You want to take in some of the artists in town for Austin City Limits Music Festival but don’t want to sweat it out in Zilker Park?  The ACL after shows let you watch musicians perform from the comfort of a downtown night club without the inflated drink prices.

Here’s the list of official after shows, released this morning by ACL.

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food
2:51 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Help Drought Stricken Farmers: Eat Their Food

courtesy flickr.com/photos/46523905@N00/

Three-quarters of Texas is experiencing “exceptional drought”, the worst category used by the US Drought Monitor. The effect on farmers and ranchers has been profound. But a state program launching today aims to give city folk a way to help farmers and ranchers by enjoying the fruits – and meats – of their labor.

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Arts and Culture
4:24 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Artist Revisits Iconic Mural on the Drag

 

The former Tower Records building on The Drag is undergoing a renovation to house three new eateries, and owners are preserving the building's artwork, which has become a landmark for University of Texas students and Austinites.

Local artist Federico Archuleta created his first set of murals in 2003, at the intersection of 24th and Guadalupe. He used stencils and spray paint to portray iconic artists such as Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash.

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Arts and Culture
10:16 am
Fri July 22, 2011

Austin's Mike Judge Revives "Beavis and Butthead"

 

Video courtesy of MTV

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Arts and Culture
5:14 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Gone With the Wind Dresses Being Restored at Harry Ransom Center

One of the three dresses currently being restored at the Harry Ransom Center. The dresses are part of the Selznick film collection.
Photo by Dan Reese for KUT News

Conservation work is underway on three of the dresses worn by Vivien Leigh in the movie, "Gone with the Wind." The work at UT's Harry Ransom Center comes after the institution raised $30,000 for the restoration.

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