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

Texas Monthly and the Witliff Collections at Texas State University-San Marcos will celebrate the career of Gary Cartwright on Thursday. The longtime contributor retired from the magazine over the summer.

Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia notebook
Image courtesy Harry Ransom Center

Writer and performance artist Spalding Gray's archives will be available to researchers at the University of Texas' Harry Ransom Center, the museum announced yesterday.  Gray died of an apparent suicide in 2004. He was 62.

The Ransom Center says the collection includes more than 90 handwritten performance notebooks and 100 private journals.

SXSW 2010 Geeks band
Photo courtesy JTImages http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmtimages/

South by Southwest's 2010 conference injected $113 million dollars into the city's economy, mainly from people who traveled to Austin to attend. That's according to a new economic report from GreyHill Advisors, whom SXSW commissioned to conduct the study.

You can read a five page executive summary of the report on GreyHill's website. Here are some highlights:

Lyle Lovett and Terry Lickona
Photo by David Brown for KUT News

Austin City Limits, the legendary live music TV show, has taped in the same building as KUT for the past 36 years, on the sixth floor of Building B in the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center at the University of Texas.

Meryl Streep has been nominated for more Academy Awards than any other actor in the history of the Oscars.  Her roles ranged from the drama of "Silkwood" to the romance of "The Bridges of Madison County" to the musical comedy of "Mamma Mia."  But Friday she took on the role of mentor in a question-and-answer session with some Master's acting students at U-T.  She spoke with KUT's Ian Crawford before the session.

A new batch of Saint Arnold's Divine Reserve is hitting store shelves today. The Divine Reserve is a limited edition brew occasionally released by The Houston-based brewer. Some Austin beer enthusiasts are even taking the day off work to ensure they can grab cases of the barley wine.

Texas inspection sticker compared with David Langford photograph "Day's End 2"
Images provided by David K. Langford and Texas DPS.

A photographer from Boerne, a town of 10,000 about 90 miles southwest of Austin, is suing the Texas Department of Public Safety over the art used on more than 4 million inspection stickers.  David K.

Federal Communications Commission agents descended on Austin pirate radio station KAOS FM last week. You can watch a video of the bust on KAOS's website.

In the video, FCC agent Stephen Lee tells the operator of KAOS that he would be let off with a warning if he complies with the request to shut down the pirate radio station.

Still image from The Strange Demise of Jim Crow documentary
Screen capture from The Strange Demise of Jim Crow

Texas' shameful, racist past might seem like ancient history to some people, but it was only a generation ago that it was illegal for a white person to marry an African-American.

two guys in Halloween costumes on 6th Street
Image courtesy Chris Blackmor http://www.flickr.com/photos/cblackmor/

Two days left until kids will be knocking at your door requesting candy in exchange for not "tricking" your house with toilet paper. But the parties aren't waiting till Sunday. They start tonight and last all weekend.

Foundation pour on Belo Building in Austin
Photo by Brian Urban for KUT

If you've driven past Dean Keaton and Guadalupe Streets recently, you may have noticed a new building going up in the northeast corner, on top of what used to be a parking lot.

That building will eventually house KUT, along with classrooms, labs and offices for the University of Texas College of Communication.  The photo-op ground breaking was held back in March, and progress appears to have been steady ever since.

The Mockingbird of Mexia

Oct 26, 2010
Cindy Walker
Photo Courtesy of Texas Country Music Hall of Fame

Cindy Walker may be the biggest name in country music you’ve never heard. As a teenager in the 1930s, her songs were recorded by some of the most popular artists in the genre, including Bob Wills.  Cindy wrote one of Wills’ many hits, “Dusty Skies”, when she was just 12 years old.

KUT photo intern Chris Kosho made this cool time lapse video of Lady Bird Lake, but he is certainly not the first person to highlight Austin's beauty using the videographic technique. Here are five cool time lapse videos of the ATX worth checking out.

Austin Music Meets Film

Oct 26, 2010
Echotone
Austin filmmakers shoot on location in downtown during the making of Echotone, a film playing at this year's Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival has taken over the Austin movie scene for the past week and a half.  Back in 1994, the event dubbed itself the first festival of its kind –specifically dedicated to writing for film.  17 years later, the festival attracts screenwriters, directors, editors, producers and actors from across the globe to participate in panels, premiers and script readings.  But in the ‘Live Music Capital of the World,’ where does music assert its place among filmmakers? 

Central Texas’ historic Club 21 Dancehall is no more.  It burned down in a fire over the weekend. 

Club 21 was a popular spot off Highway 21 in Uhland, east of Kyle.  The owners claim it was the “oldest continuously operated country dance hall in Texas.”  KUT News spoke to Gary Hartman about the history of Club 21.  Hartman is the Director of the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University.

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