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The website Women Painting Women was launched several years ago by artists Alia El-Bermani, Diane Feissel and Sadie Valeri. The mission of the site was (and remains) fairly simple: to create an online space for female artists to share works which feature women as subject matter.

Carlo Nasisse for KUT News

On Friday evening, downtown Austin rumbled with the sounds of thousands of motorcyclists converging on Congress Avenue for the annual Republic of Texas Biker Rally.

For 20 years, Austin has hosted the ROT Biker Rally, one of the largest and most highly anticipated events of its kind for bikers and bike enthusiasts. With glossy bikes and unique apparel on full display, the rally, particularly the Friday night parade, offered a showcase of biker culture in all its diversity.

The Republic of Texas biker rally brings rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd to town, along with members of Creedence Clearwater Revival. But there are also shows by Houston rap godfathers the Geto Boys and the San Antonio Smiths-influenced band Girl in a Coma.


KUT’s Nathan Bernier speaks to KUTX program director Matt Reilly about what’s happening on live music stages this weekend.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, Senior Vice President of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement for Nielsen. Nielsen is a leading global provider of information and insights that measure what consumers watch and buy in more than 100 countries around the world.

For a show that was born out of very real pain, 'Fragile Rock' is a lot of fun. While dealing with a divorce and the depression that comes along with such a life-changing event, Brently Heilbron found himself wanting to give in to the urge to write depressing, self-pitying songs. And since he's a comedian at heart, he saw the humor in that urge. The image of an all-puppet emo rock band singing sad songs stuck in his head, and before he knew it, 'Fragile Rock' was born.

Since he had no background in puppetry, Heilbron sought the help of puppet maker Shaun Branigan and the felt cast of 'Fragile Rock' began to come to life. More songs were written, a story began to take shape, and the show came to life. 


From Texas Standard:

There are at least three things every Texan knows about Austin. 1) It's the state capitol. 2) It calls itself the live music capitol of the world. And 3) It seems like there's a festival nearly every weekend.

One of those festivals is all about television – a segment of the entertainment industry that used to have a Rodney Dangerfield complex – it "never gets no respect."

But as the Texas Standard's Laura Rice found out at this year's ATX Fest, the real story here is how much that's changed.

Daily Buzz at Cannes Episode 18

Jun 6, 2015

Wrapping up this edition of the Daily Buzz at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Daily Buzz Producer catches up with Scott Foundas (Variety), Maggie Lee (Variety) and Aaron Hillis (VICE) at the Grey Goose Rotunda poolside of the Hotel Majestic Barriere during the final weekend of the 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Tune in as these three industry experts discuss what stood out at this year's fest, including the greater number of female directors in competition, their festival favorites and disappointments, festival award predictions and the most memorable parties.

Daily Buzz at Cannes Episode 17

Jun 6, 2015

Daily Buzz Co-Host John Wildman talks with Cannes Directors' Fortnight (Quizaine) winner, Turkish/French writer/director about her film, MUSTANG, Deniz Gamze Ergüven and actress, Güneş Nezihe Şensoy poolside at the Clarion Suites Hotel mid-week prior to winning at the 68th Edition of the Cannes Film Festival. First time filmmaker, Ergüven describes her inspiration for making the movie and why she wanted to tell the story of what it means to be a girl in Turkey today. Having spent time in various countries, she felt a restraint in Turkey she didn't experience elsewhere.

Daily Buzz at Cannes Episode 16

Jun 6, 2015

Daily Buzz Producer, Irene Cho chats with Gerald Duchassoy from the Cannes Classics program on the 4th floor of the Palais Du Festival at the 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Often referred to as the cinephile portion of the festival, Cannes Classics was created in 2004 by Thierry Frémaux, the director of the Institut Lumière and of the Cannes Film Festival as part of the transition of 35mm to digital.

Daily Buzz at Cannes Episode 15

Jun 6, 2015

Daily Buzz Co-Host, Anderson Le speaks with Korean writer/director Shin Su Won, about her film, MADONNA. The final of 4 Korean films at Cannes this year, other titles include THE SHAMELESS, OFFICE, and COIN LOCKER GIRL. Han Jun hee's COIN LOCKER GIRL was selected to be part of Semaine de la Critique (CRITICS WEEK) while Hong Won Chan's OFFICE played in the Midnight Screening section. Oh Seung Uk's THE SHAMELESS and Shin Su Won's MADONNA were invited to screen in Un Certain Regard.

Daily Buzz at Cannes Episode 14

Jun 6, 2015

Daily Buzz Co-host, John Wildman catches up with international sales agent, Josh Braun, Co-President of Submarine at the Hotel Majestic Bar mid-week during the 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Join us for this Festival Insider conversation as we check in with this festival expert post Submarine's Cannes Market debut screening of Tara Subkoff's directorial debut, #HORROR starring Chlöe Sevigny, Natasha Lyonne and Taryn Manning and the documentary film, HAROLD AND LILLIAN, A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY screening in the Cannes Classics section of the festival.

Daily Buzz at Cannes Episode 13

Jun 6, 2015

Join an impromptu Hot Topics conversation as Daily Buzz producer, Irene Cho befriends two international journalists, France's Emmanuelle Spadacenta (Cinemateaser) and Spain's Alberto Villarino (El Antepenultimo Mohicano) while waiting in line at the JW Marriott Theater Croisette at the international premiere of DOPE. DOPE, a coming of age comedy/drama for the hip hop generation, directed by Rick Famuyiwa debuted earlier this year at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and screened in the Directors Fortnight (Quinzaine) section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Daily Buzz at Cannes Episode 12

Jun 6, 2015

It's a beautiful sunny day in the South of France and Daily Buzz Co-Host Anderson Le speaks with director Chloe Zhao, SONGS MY BROTHER TAUGHT ME and the two leads in the film, John Reddy and Jashaun St. John at the Majestic Beach across from the Hotel Majestic during the 68th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. The film debuted at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in January and returns to the festival circuit as it makes it's international premiere in the Quinzaine (Directors' Fortnight) section at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Daily Buzz at Cannes Episode 11

Jun 5, 2015

Daily Buzz Co-Host, John Wildman speaks with Pierre-Louis Renou, General Manager of Hotel Majestic Barriere on this gorgeous afternoon mid-festival at the Hotel Majestic Beach during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The Hotel Majestic Barriere, just adjacent to the Palais des Festivals on Le Croisette, is located in the center of all activity during the festival and Marche du Festival.

On Story: Alec Berg & Paul Feig

Jun 3, 2015

From Austin Film Festival, On Story gives a look inside the creative process with today’s leading writers and directors.

On today’s episode, Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm writer Alec Berg. And later in our program, film and television director Paul Feig.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with A. Mechele Dickerson, Law professor at the University of Texas School of Law, and author of ‘Homeownership and America's Financial Underclass: Flawed Premises, Broken Promises, New Prescriptions.

From Sustainable Food Center, this month’s Get Involved spotlight non-profit:


Sustainable Food Center cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food.  SFC envisions a food secure community where all children and adults grow, share and prepare healthy, local food.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Jabari Asim, associate professor of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College, executive editor of The Crisis Magazine and author of ‘Only The Strong,’

The Daily Buzz at Cannes: Episode 10, Hot Topics

May 26, 2015

Join Daily Buzz Co-Host John Wildman in this lively discussion as he chats with Jada Yuan of NY Magazine and Greg Ellwood of HITFIX at the Grey Goose Rotunda poolside of the Hotel Majestic Barriere mid-festival. Tune in as Yuan and Ellwood share their Cannes festival award predictions, discuss how festival juries are political, differences between audience screenings and press screenings at festivals, the Cannes red carpet flat shoe v. high heels controversy, and the number of female directors at the 68th Edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Daily Buzz Co-Host Anderson Le chats with S. Korean director Han Jun Hee mid-festival at the Terrace du Festival/Camera D'Or inside the Palais during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Premiering in the Int'l Critics Week section of the festival, this directorial debut from Han, Coin Locker Girl (Korean title: Chinatown), has already opened in S. Korea to great response. He confesses to the Daily Buzz that he didn't think his film would get into the prestigious festival because he sent a rough cut of the film with no post.