Life & Arts

Life & Arts
1:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

From East L.A. to Austin, Las Cafeteras Stomps Out Racism With a Beat

Las Cafeteras perform at the University of Texas.
Lynn Romero for KUT News

Los Angeles band Las Cafeteras came to UT-Austin yesterday to spread an anti-racism message of understanding.

After leading a group of students in a workshop called “Racism, Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That,” the band played to a crowd of around 100 students, staff and community members.

The group of young musicians pairs socially conscious lyrics with a melodic fusion of hip hop and Son Jarocho, a type of folk music born from a blend of cultures in Veracruz, Mexico. Band members played traditional instruments like the jarana jarocha, a small-guitar like instrument; the quijada, a donkey jaw-bone; and the marimbol, a plucked key box bass. 

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Views and Brews
11:50 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Cowboy Poetry Set to Music

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If you missed thi sepisode of Views and Brews it is definitely one to listen back to: KUT’s Rebecca McInroy hosts graphic designer DJ Stout and Austin-based composer and pianist Graham Reynolds to talk about a collaboration that illustrates the power of regionalism and the beauty of home on a global stage.

Stout of Pentagram, the world's largest independent design consultancy, discussed his latest publication featuring cowboy poets from West Texas, while Reynolds performed a live score along with the presentation. It was a version of the performance they gave at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town, South Africa, in February 2014.

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Views and Brews
3:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Great War and Its Legacy, 100 Years Later

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In partnership with the Harry Ransom Center, Views and Brews discussed the recent exhibition "The World at War, 1914–1918." The exhibit marks the centenary of the start of World War I, and seeks to recover the deeply personal experience of the war.

Listen back as Rabbi Neil Blumofe and Ransom Center curators Elizabeth Garver and Jean Cannon join KUT’s Rebecca McInroy to explore the layered causes, complicated effects and penetrating propaganda of a war that forever changed our relationship to grief, industry, faith and one another.

War and Poetry
12:37 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

With Poetic Intensity, Kevin Powers Tackles The Terror Of War

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Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 6:03 am

"I am home and whole, so to speak," writes Kevin Powers in his debut poetry collection. "But I can't remember / how to be alive." At its most striking, Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting finds Powers — an Iraq veteran and the author of the acclaimed war novel The Yellow Birds — contending with conflicts endemic to the home front, struggling to "remember how to be alive" after having known so much death.

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Poetry Month
12:16 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Yesterday

Read by Kathy Valentine.

Yesterday I looked out my window and saw only myself
face to face with me, myself and I
I looked away, embarrassed
I couldn’t face her just yet
not after all I’ve done to her,

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Poetry Month
12:13 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Shark Bait

Read by Burton Fitzsimmons.

I’m treading through the water,
trying to keep my head up,
trying to ignore the danger I’m in.

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Poetry Month
12:12 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Pouting Lizards

Read by Dana Wheeler-Nicholson.

pouting lizards want to pout,
most definitely, without a doubt,
pouting lizards, want to pout.

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Poetry Month
12:11 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Powerful

Read by Burton Fitzsimmons.

I am not the president, I am not a king
I am not the v.p., I am not the queen
I am neither poor nor rich
I do not make laws and I don’t fight them
I am just one soul in this big planet

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Poetry Month
12:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Possibilities

Read by Catherine Robb.

Possibilities - so many
Run to New York, swim the Pacific Ocean,
Invent a super time machine, travel to another world.
No wishing - try something
Have a pet elephant, set a world record.
Imagine Possible.

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Poetry Month
12:08 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Passion

Read by John Aielli.

This is my passion,
This is my love.

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Poetry Month
11:29 am
Wed April 2, 2014

The Father

Read by Steve Wertheimer.

I am a father.
Yet secretly inside I am a boy of a young age.
Being a provider is hard, but
Keeping her happy is even harder –
She needs clothes, food and milk which I struggle to buy

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Poetry Month
11:21 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Eternal Drums

Read by Catherine Robb.

No one else can hear it.
The drums.
What does it mean?
It must be a sickness.
A cancer.
And it can’t be cured.
Thump, Thump, Thump.

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Poetry Month
11:16 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Cursive in Danger

Read by Kathy Valentine.

A flashing red light,
Something is going on in the news,
What is happening?

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Poetry Month
11:11 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Annabob

Read by Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

The boys on the black top
The girls by the bars
I went to the hoops
While the rest just stayed far

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Poetry Month
11:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Autumn

Read by John Aielli

Grass sways,
Trees bend.
As the leaves swirl,
In the autumn wind.

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Arts Eclectic
7:19 am
Wed April 2, 2014

ACC Names Balcones Poetry and Fiction Prize Winners

'We Sinners'

Every year, Austin Community College gives out two national writing prizes, one for poetry and one for fiction. Both prizes are open to any English language book, with a panel of judges awarding a $1500 prize to the winning author. 

This year's award winners were both selected for their first books and will both be in Austin on April 9 to read from their prize-winning works. Hanna Pylainen was awarded the Balcones Fiction Prize for her debut novel We Sinners, which explores the obscure Finnish religious sect in which Paylainen herself was raised in Michigan.

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In Black America Podcast
6:33 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Interview: Dr. Quincy T. Mills on Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Quincy T. Mills, Associate Professor of History at Vassar College and author of "Cutting Along the Color Line
: Black Barbers and Barber Shops in America."

Today, black-owned barber shops play a central role in African American public life. The intimacy of commercial grooming encourages both confidentiality and camaraderie, which make the barber shop an important gathering place for African American men to talk freely.

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Arts Eclectic
2:33 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Mother Falcon's Music Laboratory

For the past few years, the band Mother Falcon has been operating a summer camp for young musicians. The many members of the band are still pretty young themselves, but when they were even younger, they spend their summers at various music camps, so the idea of starting their own seemed like a natural.

They aim to encourage creative musical thinking, guided by their camp motto, "Musicality over Technicality." During each week-long session, the students are divided up into bands with diverse instrumentation, where they'll hopefully encourage one another to experiment and broaden their creative horizons. Each sessions ends with a showcase concert by the kids, during which they'll play original songs, covers, and do a little jamming. 

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Life & Arts
8:38 am
Fri March 28, 2014

App Teams Up with César Chávez Film to Tap Into Huge Hispanic Market

Pantelion Films

Update:

A version of the story below by KUT's Veronica Zaragovia aired on WBUR's Here & Now today. Listen to the story here.

Original story:

An English-language film about civil rights activist César Chávez is out in theaters today. It’s out at the same time as a smartphone app that translates the movie into Spanish in real time.

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In Black America Podcast
6:25 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Grammy Award Nominated Singer/Songwriter, Attorney and Cancer Survivor Tracy Randall

Tracy Randall

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Tracy Randall, Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter, attorney and cancer survivor.

Randall isn¹t supposed to be here. In 2006, he was diagnosed with leukemia and after aggressive rounds of Chemo and radiation therapy, his doctors gave up and in February 2007 told him to go home and prepare to die. Through pure will, a positive attitude, his faith and alternative medical treatments, he’s still here and still singing.

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