Life & Arts

Entertainment, live performance, food, cuisine, dining, theater, film, television, art, broadcasting, SXSW, and other arts and culture news in and around Austin and the Central Texas counties of Travis, Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop and Williamson

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with A. Mechele Dickerson, Law professor at the University of Texas School of Law, and author of ‘Homeownership and America's Financial Underclass: Flawed Premises, Broken Promises, New Prescriptions.

From Sustainable Food Center, this month’s Get Involved spotlight non-profit:

 

Sustainable Food Center cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food.  SFC envisions a food secure community where all children and adults grow, share and prepare healthy, local food.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Jabari Asim, associate professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College, executive editor of The Crisis Magazine and author of ‘Only The Strong,’

The Daily Buzz at Cannes: Episode 10, Hot Topics

May 26, 2015

Join Daily Buzz Co-Host John Wildman in this lively discussion as he chats with Jada Yuan of NY Magazine and Greg Ellwood of HITFIX at the Grey Goose Rotunda poolside of the Hotel Majestic Barriere mid-festival. Tune in as Yuan and Ellwood share their Cannes festival award predictions, discuss how festival juries are political, differences between audience screenings and press screenings at festivals, the Cannes red carpet flat shoe v. high heels controversy, and the number of female directors at the 68th Edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Daily Buzz Co-Host Anderson Le chats with S. Korean director Han Jun Hee mid-festival at the Terrace du Festival/Camera D'Or inside the Palais during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Premiering in the Int'l Critics Week section of the festival, this directorial debut from Han, Coin Locker Girl (Korean title: Chinatown), has already opened in S. Korea to great response. He confesses to the Daily Buzz that he didn't think his film would get into the prestigious festival because he sent a rough cut of the film with no post.

In this edition of the Daily Buzz at Cannes 2015, Daily Buzz Co-Host Anderson Le interviews first-time S. Korean director Hong Won Chang at the Terrace du Audio Visual inside the Palais. While overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France, we spend part of our afternoon with Hong as he makes his directorial debut during the 68th Edition of the Cannes Film Festival. His film The Office (O-Pi-Seu) stars Ko Ah Sung (The Host, Snowpiercer) and screens in the Midnight Projections section.

Daily Buzz Co-Host John Wildman speaks with An Open Secret subject, Evan Henzi and Producer, Matthew Valentinas at the post-screening reception on Bagatelle Beach at the Grand Hotel Plage 45 located on the Croisette during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. An Open Secret, directed by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Amy Berg (West of Memphis, Deliver Us From Evil, Prophet's Prey) premiered at the 2015 Cannes Market.

Daily Buzz Co-Host John Wildman speaks with Col Needham, Founder and CEO of IMDB, at the Grey Goose Rotunda on the lawn of the Hotel Majestic on Le Croisette. Needham talks with Daily Buzz about the evolution of IMDB, what films he likes at Cannes this year and what he would pick if he were on the official Cannes jury. He's seen 15 films so far and shares some of the highlights both good and bad, including what he thinks of Gus Van Sant's Sea of Trees, on this sunny afternoon in the French Riveria.

The Daily Buzz at Cannes: Episode 5

May 25, 2015

Daily Buzz Co-Host Anderson Le speaks with Hong Kong Int'l Film Society Executive Director Roger Garcia on another picture-perfect day in the South of France. We're at the Hotel Majestic on the Croisette during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for an episode of Hot Topics and speaking with Roger Garcia, the man behind the scenes and responsible for the Hong Kong Int'l Film Festival (HKIFF), HK Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) and the Asia Film Awards (AFA).   Garcia talks about his experience at Cannes over the years with the market side of the festival.

The Daily Buzz at Cannes: Episode 4

May 25, 2015

Daily Buzz Co-Host John Wildman interviews Jonas Carpignano, Director of Mediterranea, at the Nespresso Beach Cafe sitting on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea in the South of France, located across from the JW Marriott Hotel on Le Croisette.

For many years, musician and painter Ethan Azarian staged an annual show of his works in his own home; his "In-House Galleries" became a well-known holiday event in Austin. These days, the home-based shows are no more, and Ethan has started putting together a quadrennial solo show at what he calls "a real gallery," by which he means a gallery space that's not also his own living room.

Courtesy Pixar Animation Studios

From Texas Standard.

Pixar has produced hit after award-winning hit. Films including the “Toy Story” series, “Cars” and many others. The company has arguably set the standard for computer-generated animation.

Jim Murphy has been at Pixar since 1996. He’s been an animator for Academy Award-winning films including “Finding Nemo “ and “The Incredibles."

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For fifty years, Fred Willard has been entertaining America. He is one of the more prolific working actors of our time. He’ll be in town tonight for a taping of the public radio show, “Wits.” Spanning genres from ground-breaking comedies to tween sitcoms to animation voice work, he has more than 275 film and TV credits as an actor and more than 130 appearing as himself. Willard could be the embodiment of the improv comedy "Yes, and..." credo.

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Wits, the live public radio show that brings comedians, actors and musicians to the stage, is coming to Austin's Paramount Theater this week.

Host John Moe has managed to combine two of his interests – acting on stage and creating public radio — into what has become a pretty good gig. He talked with KUT’s Jimmy Maas this week about how it all began while he was still the host of “Marketplace Tech” based in Minneapolis.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. conclude his conversation with Richard Paul, an award-winning independent public radio documentary producer, and Steven Moss, Associate Professor of English at Texas State Technical College, co-authors of ‘We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program.’

The Daily Buzz at Cannes: Episode 3

May 20, 2015

Daily Buzz co-host John Wildman spoke with Shameless Writer/Director Oh Seung Uk and the film's male lead, Kim Nam Gil, inside the Korean Film Council's beach pavilion over the weekend.

The film also stars Korean actress Jeon Do Yeon, who flew into town just for the premiere. She returned to Cannes for the 3rd time. Last year, Jeon was a member of the competition jury and has also won the Best Actress at Cannes for the film Secret Sunshine in 2007.

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Have you ever been to a Whole Foods or maybe a co-op and seen labels that say things like, "gluten-free", "non-gmo," "no antibiotics," "free-roaming," "BPA-free," and wondered to yourself, "What does this all mean?" Well, you're not alone. It's a complex, cloudy world when it comes to food these days, and sometimes it's hard to know what's good, what's bad and what you can afford (both ethically and financially) .

In this episode of In Perspective, we'll try to gain a better understanding of food and the food industry, and also explore why things are so complicated when it comes to what we eat.

Steve Parker truly enjoys staging large-scale and unusual musical pieces. Among other projects, he's organized performances for 100 marching tubas, he's staged an outdoor performance for a dozen trombonists arranged around the perimeter of a lake, and he's created multiple sound installations as part of the Blanton Museum's SoundSpace series.

The Daily Buzz at Cannes: Episode 2

May 18, 2015

It’s the 68th Edition of the Annual Cannes Film Festival, and it’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The Daily Buzz is at the Nespresso Café located across from the JW Marriott Hotel on Le Croisette in the South of France with this year’s edition of The Daily Buzz at Cannes 2015.

The Daily Buzz at Cannes: Episode 1

May 18, 2015

We’re back with another edition of The Daily Buzz at Cannes for the 68th Edition of the Annual Cannes Film Festival.

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