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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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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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