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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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Arts and Culture
10:46 am
Thu July 14, 2011

Review Roundup: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

The gritty adventures of Harry Potter conclude with the final movie to be released tonight at midnight.
Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

The mission of KUT News is to bring you news about the issues important to people living in Austin. But we also know that news just can't always compete with everyone's favorite bespectacled wizard. The last Harry Potter film opens at midnight tonight. KUT News brings you a roundup of reviews for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

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Arts and Culture
12:11 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Academy to Archive Alamo Drafthouse Posters

The Alamo Drafthouse's poster company, MONDO, created posters for the Rolling Roadshow series, including one based on "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." The company's posters will soon join the archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
By Jeff Proctor, courtesy MONDO/Alamo Drafthouse

The Alamo Drafthouse’s poster company, MONDO, is partnering with the archiving arm of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

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1:35 pm
Mon July 11, 2011

Actor Jesse Eisenberg Serves Free Pizza at Home Slice

Photo by WEBN_TV

Jesse Eisenberg, an actor who recently portrayed Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network", served free pizza to Home Slice customers this afternoon. The promotion was intended to draw attention to his new movie, "30 Minutes or Less." Can you guess what the movie's about?

Eisenberg has been doing this in several other markets with his co-star Aziz Ansari, including at Goat Hill Pizza in San Francisco and Lincoln Road Pizza Rustica in Miami. 

Here is some of the response on Twitter and Facebook from Austin fans who lined up today to have a famous guy hand them their slice of cheese and pepperoni.

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Arts and Culture
6:19 pm
Tue July 5, 2011

Judge Rejects Willie Nelson’s $780 Plea Deal on Pot Bust

Photo by Andy Uhler for KUT

A West Texas judge says she will not accept a plea deal between the Hudspeth County prosecutor and Willie Nelson’s lawyers because she says it’s not harsh enough. The deal would have required Nelson to pay a $500 fine and $280 in court fees for possessing marijuana.

Judge Becky Dean-Walker told the New York Times that county attorney Kit Bramblett let Nelson off easy because Bramblett is a huge fan.

“He’s supposed to file the charge he feels is appropriate,” Judge Dean-Walker said of Mr. Bramblett in a telephone interview. “Not what he feels he should do for his favorite singer. It is up to the judge to agree or not.”

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Arts and Culture
11:41 am
Wed June 29, 2011

W Hotel Glass Problems Cancel Wine Down Wednesdays

Photo by Mose Buchele for KUT News

Correction: The original version of this article mistakenly placed the Violet Crown Cinema inside the W Hotel Building. It is, in fact, a block away at 434 W. 2nd St. We regret the error.

Earlier: With the W Hotel closed indefinitely after glass  from the high rise crashed to the ground below yesterday for the third time in just over two weeks, ACL Live is now having to cancel today’s edition of Wine Down Wednesdays. However, the future dates set in July are still on schedule.

Meanwhile, other businesses in the Second Street District, such as the Violet Crown Cinema, a block away on Second Street, remain open for business.

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Arts and Culture
3:52 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

San Marcos Cancels Fourth of July Fireworks Over Crowd Concerns

With cities and towns across Central Texas canceling Independence Day fireworks because of tinderbox conditions created by the drought, San Marcos has decided to call off its patriotic pyrotechnics show.

But it's not because of fire concerns; it's a crowd control issue. San Marcos Fire Marshal Ken Bell feared too many people would show up to the show, creating a logistical nightmare. 

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Arts and Culture
12:45 pm
Mon June 27, 2011

Kyle Will Have A Fourth of July Fireworks Display

Photo by KUT

City officials in Kyle were expecting they would have no choice but to ban their Fourth of July fireworks display, thanks to the ongoing drought. But after talking about it with firefighters and the county, the show is moving ahead after all.

“We thought for a long time it would be [canceled],” City of Kyle spokesman Jerry Hendrix told KUT News. “We have a very safe location. We have clearances from all the fire jurisdictions here in our area. We have contingency plans in place to prevent fires and address them quickly should they start.”

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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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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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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

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

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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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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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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