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Texas Women's History Month (Week One)

Mar 1, 2016
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This month, KUT is partnering with the Ruthe Winegarten Foundation to celebrate Women's History Month. Every day, we'll bring you a short feature spotlighting a historic woman, movement, or group of women in Texas. In our first week, we'll look at the African-American women's suffrage movement in Texas; activist Jane Y. McCallum; Mollie Bailey, the "Circus Queen of the Southwest;" Ruthe Winegarten herself, and more.

From Drive a Senior , this month's Get Involved spotlight non-profit: Meeting the Needs of our Community For most of us, car keys represent freedom and independence. Staying connected is essential to healthy aging, but without transportation, many seniors feel stuck and alone. Public transportation may not be available in their area, or they are surviving on a restricted income. For thousands of senior citizens in our community, not having transportation may mean they are no longer able to stay in their own homes.

Express Yourself, the new show from ColdTowne Theater, began life as a parody of a specific genre of film: movies like Dangerous Minds , Finding Forester , and Freedom Writers , or what co-director Frank Netscher calls "white savior public school movies." Co-director Ryan Darbonne further explains the familiar plotlines of the movies that inspired the show thusly: "this idea of a white savior coming into an urban school and trying to save these students who may or may not need saving." As...

Deborah Cannon, Austin American-Statesman

A restaurant in the Rainey Street District is shining a spotlight on heritage grains and seasonal produce. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his new review of Emmer and Rye .

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with retired renowned television journalist Bernard Shaw. Shaw covered many monumental 20th century events, from the Jonestown tragedy to Tienanmen Square, and he helped launch news network CNN as its chief anchor. While serving in the Marine Corps, from 1959 to 1963, Shaw introduced himself to CBS News correspondent Walter Cronkite , declaring his intention to join Cronkite at CBS in the future. The respected...

Over the years, Justin Sherburn has composed new music for old movies, new movies, stage shows, puppet shows, and all sorts of other things. His latest work, Monolith , was written for Central Texas' favorite ancient dome of granite, Enchanted Rock . Like many in the area, Sherburn has long been fascinated by Enchanted Rock. "It was one of the first things I knew about Austin," he says, "that there was this sort of mystical place outside Austin called Enchanted Rock." His interest in the place led him to not only compose music for it, but to start asking others about their connections to Enchanted Rock as well, "recording people's interviews and conversations about their experiences at Enchanted Rock."

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Mahisha Dellinger, CEO and Founder of CURLS Inc ., and author of ‘Against All Odds: From the Projects to the Penthouse.’ Dellinger , life in the rough streets of Sacramento, California was paving the way for a lifetime of poverty, despair and dysfunction. But while criminals ran rampant, gangs took over, and her own relatives chose drugs over dreams, Dellinger knew she was destined for something greater. Rewriting her story Determined to write a different ending to her story, Dellinger set out to alter her destiny, through college and hard work. But her dreams were bigger than just a 9-5 job and she worked tirelessly to pursue her passion of owning her own hair care business.

Comedian Brian Gaar has been performing standup in Austin and around the country for years now, and as of a few months ago, he's also a late night TV host. His show, ATX Uncensored(ish) , has been airing since the end of September on the CW in Austin. What's the like? "After four months, I think we're still trying to figure that out," he laughs. "It's a late night comedy show, so it's very topical, and it's very focused on Austin."

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the late Alex Haley. Pulitzer-prize winning author Alex Haley was best known for his historical work, including the widely acclaimed Roots . Born in Ithaca, New York on August 11, 1921. He soon moved with his mother to Henning, Tennessee while his father finished his degree at Cornell University. While in Tennessee, Haley’s future work would be greatly influence by his grandmother, who often recited the family...

This month, Austin will host the second annual OUTsider Festival. The fest, which will last five days, aims to celebrate the diverse nature of the LBGTQI creative community. Before founding OUTsider, artistic director Curran Nault spent many years working on various film fests and found someting missing in the festival world. He "felt like there wasn't something that really kind of connected queer artists across disciplines, and connection's really kind of the key idea, the sort of genesis...

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A Canadian R&B vocalist, a one-man-band playing swampy blues rock, a dreamy shoe gaze band and an electronic music producer from France are among the many artists performing in Austin this weekend. Hear what they sound like in our chat with KUTX program director Matt Reilly!

Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman

A Vietnamese-influenced Cajun seafood restaurant from Houston has opened a location in Austin. KUT's Nathan Bernier asks Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam about his review of La Crawfish .

In celebration of Black History month, In Black America presents an encore presentation of "Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music," an extended interview with her that originally aired in March 1983. Born on June 30, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York, Lena Horne became one of the most popular African American performers of the 1940s and 1950s. At the age of sixteen she was hired as a dancer in the chorus of Harlem’s famous Cotton Club. There she was introduced to the growing community of jazz...

From Art from the Streets , this month's Get Involved spotlight non-profit: Through its 23 year history, Art From the Streets has helped hundreds of homeless individuals improve their circumstances - literally and figuratively - by providing them the means to make art. We believe that anyone can make art and that making art is good for everyone.

Ralph Barrera, Austin American-Statesman

A lot of Italian restaurants have opened in Austin lately, but this one might be the best yet, according to Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam . KUT's Nathan Bernier asks him about his latest review .

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Funk soul legends, new psychedelic rock, a young blues master and more are performing music in Austin this weekend. Hear about it in our chat with KUTX program director Matt Reilly.

Deep Eddy Vodka

Dripping Springs-based Deep Eddy Vodka , recently acquired by Kentucky’s Heaven Hill Brands, has released a new flavored vodka. KUT's Nathan Bernier learns more from Texas Monthly drinks columnist Jessica Dupuy .

Granite sculptor Jesús Moroles was a large figure in the Texas arts community, well known for both his enormous artworks and his enormous energy and generosity. Among his many awards, he received a United States National Medal of Arts in 2008. His untimely death in an automobile accident last year was a shock and a large blow to his friends at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. Since November, they've been hosting a tribute to Moroles, displaying many of his works. The exhibit, simply titled Jesús Moroles: A Tribute , was put together by two of Moroles' closest associates, his sister Suzanna and her husband Kurt Kangas, who was Moroles' right hand man. They've tried to put together a showing that would make the artist proud. "I think he would be pleased," Kangas says, adding "You know, doing this without him is difficult. It's very bittersweet, it is. But it's an honor also."

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Valerie Mitchell Johnston, Deputy General Counsel, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts . Johnston was previously Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for HIT Entertainment , a children's entertainment production company owned by Mattel. She comes to Lincoln Center with over 20 years of industry and law firm experience in development, production and distribution of content across various media in domestic and global markets. In her new position, she is responsible for assisting the General Counsel in managing all legal aspects of the nonprofit organization’s programmatic, educational, fundraising and administrative activities, particularly its strategic initiatives in digital media.

Kirk Lynn

On this edition of The Write Up we chat with novelist, playwright, and professor Kirk Lynn about the craft of writing, the adventure of theater, and the deep desire to abandon society and escape into the wild. We also discuss his debut novel Rules for Werewolves. Lynn began writing prose in college, but found the companionship of his desk and typewriter not so satisfying. So he took a chance on theatre. It was on the stage that he found his passion for the human voice. Along with six friends, Lynn founded Austin’s Rude Mechanicals , now called the Rude Mechs. For nearly twenty years this growing company has produced some of the more daring and critically acclaimed plays to come out of Texas, a number of them penned by Lynn, including Stop Hitting Yourself and Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20 th Century .

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