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

U.S. Postal Service

Austin will be the setting for the release of the first-ever scratch-and-sniff stamps from the U.S. Postal Service. The stamps depict a variety of frozen treats and, when scratched, have what the Postal Service describes as “the sweet scent of summer.”

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin in January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air on Monday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Reeve Hamilton sat down in the StoryCorps booth with 91-year-old Ian Pearce, whom he refers to as his "surrogate grandfather." For almost 30 years, Ian was a constant companion to Reeve’s grandmother, Margaretta Bolding.

The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018
Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUTX

The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Each Friday, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.  

Kendrick Lamar

Shows in Austin this weekend include a headlining performance by the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize, a two-night stand by a legendary country singer-songwriter and a cumbia music festival. Hear some of the music in our chat with KUTX program director Matt Reilly.


"Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic were two staples of my nighttime reading," says Stephanie Carll of her childhood love of Shel Silverstein's popular books of kids' poetry. "As a kid, I tended toward... the darker humor, the more macabre. And so Shel's tone and really unique style stuck with me. And when I found out that he had adult stuff..."

Shel Silverstein is likely best remembered for his work for children, but he was also a well-known songwriter (he won a Grammy for writing Johnny Cash's hit "A Boy Named Sue") and a prolific writer of more adult material. That's the Shel Silverstein that's on display in the aptly titled An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein, a vaudeville-style collection of Silverstein's R-rated poems, songs, and skits that's currently being produced by Carll for Present Company.

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