Views and Brews

Twice a month the Cactus Cafe hosts KUT’s Views and Brews.

Views and Brews is a free space where we invite the community in to explore a wide range of subjects and ideas. Already we’ve talked about Jazz and the Spiritual Journey through the music of John Coltrane, Drugs and the Olympics, Texas Politics, the History of Radio, Women in the Jazz Conversation, Texas high school football, and the life of Tennessee Williams. All that and we’ve only just begun!

Our goal is to engage with the community to share thoughts, inspire new perspectives, and develop compelling multimedia content all while involving Austin in the discussion.

Tuesday July 15, 2014 @7pm

Remember The Armadillo with our Views and Brews at the Cactus Cafe this Tuesday July 15 @ 7:00pm, as Jody Denberg of KUTX hosts Eddie Wilson, Jim Franklin, Micael Priest, Danny Garrett and Joe Nick Patoski to dispel the myth, “If you remember the Armadillo, you weren’t there”. 

See posters that helped style a generation of Austin music and hear stories about the days at the Dillo that made music history world wide.

Views and Brews is free and open to the public, we hope you can join us as we add another chapter to the Armadillo Oral History Project this Tuesday at 7.

Eddie Wilson, a legend, co-founder, owner of the Armadillo (1970 until left in 1976 yet Dillo lasted until end of 1980), owner of Threadgill's North and South.  Was a rep for the brewing association in town when assumed the role of manager of Shiva's Headband.  Spencer Perskins of Shiva's asked Eddie to find a place for the band to perform....now, that's a funny story...taking a leak out back of a bar and saw the warehouse that came to be the Armadillo with other investors.  Gary Cartwright, in his Texas Monthly article, called him Austin's pluperfect hustler.

Jim Franklin, a legend, poster artist and first master of ceremonies (you should see his giant armadillo hat he would wear...did performance art on stage to introduce bands)...he is considered the father and mother of all poster artists (says Micael Priest) who established the armadillo mammal as the symbol for the underground in Austin at the time.  He also owned/operated the psychedelic club Vulcan Gas Company until its demise right before the birth of the Armadillo.  Resident artist at the Dillo.

Micael Priest, poster artist most known for his Willie Nelson poster, became mc after Franklin took off to other parts.  Micael is the heart and soul of the Oral History Project.  Never has there been a more entertaining raconteur who weaves long stories with detail and context...13 minute tale about the Russians who came to the Capitol and the Dillo edited down for David's doc...pure magical storytelling!!!  Micael is why I pitched this idea at the Cactus.

Danny Garrett, poster artist for Dillo, Antone's, Castle Creek, etc.  Good friend of Micael's.

Joe Nick Patoski, former senior editor of TX Mo., music reporter at the AA Statesman, book on Willie and Stevie, etc....in pre or production of Doug Sahm doc.

Views and Brews
2:06 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Coleman Hawkins and The Art of Failure

Saxophone great Coleman Hawkins helped to establish jazz as a stand-alone art form, separate from the popular swing music of the day.

With his originality, lyricism, and a keen sense for the latest trends, Hawkins' work was the foundation for bebop and the most expressive jazz ballads.

And yet, what is the price for a creative who expresses his art?

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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.

Views and Brews
11:37 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Steven Weinberg: A Life in Science

Credit photo by Matt Valentine

Tuesday’s Views and Brews discussion on "The Elegance of Physics with Dr. Steven Weinberg" was a standing room only event. Some patient fans of the Nobel Prize winning physicist were turned away because the event was at capacity despite of the chilly and wet night.

Professor Steven Weinberg is a Nobel laureate in physics, a theoretical physicist and  an outspoken thinker on topics ranging from nuclear weapons to atheism. But this night was about Weinberg’s life, career and development – not just as a thinker, but as an artist in his field.

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Views and Brews
1:04 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

All About The Groove

Nov. 18 marked the 14th anniversary of Doug Sahm's passing. And KUT marked the day with a special look back on the life and legacy of Doug Sahm at a Views and Brews.

Listen back as KUTX’s Jody Denberg hosts, author and historian Joe Nick Patoski and musical guests Marcia Ball, Speedy Sparks and Ernie Durawa  for a night of stories and music from the life of Doug Sahm.