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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

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Author and TV host Anthony Bourdain was found dead today from an apparent suicide in his hotel room in France. He was 61.

Bourdain visited Austin frequently – speaking at the Paramount Theater and BookPeople. He even filmed a No Reservations episode about the "strangely un-Texan capital" during South by Southwest.

The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, June 8, 2018

Jun 8, 2018
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The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Each Friday, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.  

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Mike Haynes, a Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback and prostate cancer survivor. Haynes is a spokesperson for the Know Your Stats campaign.

Hayes talks about the day he discovered he had prostate cancer, the need for a prostate screening and the Urology Care Foundation.

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin in January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air on Monday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

The founding members of the Puro Chingón Art Collective  — Claudia Aparicio-Gamundi, James Huizar, and Claudia Zapata — all sat down together in the mobile booth when it was here. Since 2012, Puro Chingón has created events, publications, designer toys, and murals, all championing Latinx art. In this conversation, they remembered the early days of Puro Chingón, which began with a self-published art journal called Chingozine.

The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, June 1, 2018

Jun 1, 2018
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The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Each Friday, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.  

From Bike Austin, this month's Get Involved spotlight organization:

Bike Austin is the largest membership-based bicycle advocacy and education organization in central Texas. We are working to help transform the transportation landscape into a space that is safe and hospitable to people of all ages and abilities to move freely. Our aim is to see the number of people choosing to ride bicycles increase, especially for short trips, and it become a normal aspect of daily living for residents of Austin and the surrounding communities.

Best-selling poet, writer and slam performer Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz reads her poem "The First Check-Up After My Mother Died" from her book How To Love The Empty Air, and talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about the possibility models for her as a poet, what it means to grieve with an audience, and the importance of the work of Kevin Young in her life.


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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with the Honorable Greg Mathis, former Superior Court judge for Michigan's 36th District and host of Judge Mathis.

Mathis talks about manhood, his election as the youngest judge in Michigan's history and the 19th season of his court-based reality show.

Artist Alfonso Huerta did not set out to become a printmaker. In fact, he resisted the idea as long as he could. He studied art in his native Mexico in the late 1990s, and focused on painting. But his focus eventually changed after he moved to Austin.

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin in January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air on Monday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Lucy Kellison visited the StoryCorps mobile booth with her mother, Sally Furgeson. Sally shared some memories of her own mother, Mary Alyene Hardwick Furgeson, who was born in the small town of Calvin, Oklahoma.

The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, May 25, 2018

May 25, 2018
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The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Each Friday, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.  

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. concludes his conversation with Joseph Rosenbloom, author of Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr’s Last 31 Hours.

Rosenbloom was an intern at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis when King died in 1968. He talks with In Black America about the Lorraine Hotel, King's "From The Mountain" speech, the Poor People’s Campaign, and the historical momentum that was lost on April 4, 1968.

Austin dance company Performa/Dance will present its fourth full-length show, Artist and Muse., on June 1 and 2. The program will feature four dances, including two longform works and two shorter pieces.

"We're doing two works about female choreographers who are talking about female artists," says Performa/Dance artistic director Jennifer Hart. "I have choreographed a piece called Camille: A Story of Art and Love, and it's about Camille Claudel. She was a sculptor in the earlier 20th century, artist and muse of Auguste Rodin."

Poet Emmy Pérez reads her poem "Green Light Go" and talks with poet and novelist Carrie Fountain about living on the border as an act of resistance, the beauty of writing from anger, the healing power of the natural world and much more.


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Austin will be the setting for the release of the first-ever scratch-and-sniff stamps from the U.S. Postal Service. The stamps depict a variety of frozen treats and, when scratched, have what the Postal Service describes as “the sweet scent of summer.”

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin in January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air on Monday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

Reeve Hamilton sat down in the StoryCorps booth with 91-year-old Ian Pearce, whom he refers to as his "surrogate grandfather." For almost 30 years, Ian was a constant companion to Reeve’s grandmother, Margaretta Bolding.

The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, May 18, 2018

May 18, 2018
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The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Each Friday, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.  

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Shows in Austin this weekend include a headlining performance by the first rapper to win the Pulitzer Prize, a two-night stand by a legendary country singer-songwriter and a cumbia music festival. Hear some of the music in our chat with KUTX program director Matt Reilly.


"Where the Sidewalk Ends and A Light in the Attic were two staples of my nighttime reading," says Stephanie Carll of her childhood love of Shel Silverstein's popular books of kids' poetry. "As a kid, I tended toward... the darker humor, the more macabre. And so Shel's tone and really unique style stuck with me. And when I found out that he had adult stuff..."

Shel Silverstein is likely best remembered for his work for children, but he was also a well-known songwriter (he won a Grammy for writing Johnny Cash's hit "A Boy Named Sue") and a prolific writer of more adult material. That's the Shel Silverstein that's on display in the aptly titled An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein, a vaudeville-style collection of Silverstein's R-rated poems, songs, and skits that's currently being produced by Carll for Present Company.

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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Joseph Rosenbloom, author of Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr’s Last 31 Hours.

Rosenbloom was an intern at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis when King died in 1968. He talks with In Black America about the last two days of King's life, why his aides didn’t want him to go to Memphis, why James Earl Ray was in the city, and how a lapse in police security may have contributed to King's death. 

"I saw the play with my best friend, and by the time it was over we were just clinging to each other, so emotionally rocked we didn't even know what had happened," says Cry It Out director Lily Wolff, recalling the first time she saw the play performed. "Every since that experience with it, I knew I wanted to do it and I knew I wanted to do it here."

Wolff asked Theatre en Bloc artistic director Jenny Lavery to read the script, and Lavery was quickly on board with the idea of producing (and acting in) Cry It Out

Poet Marie Howe reads and discusses her poem "One Day" with host poet and novelist Carrie Fountain. They talk about poetry as a spiritual practice, their time together at UT Austin's Michener Center, and 's poem, "The American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act."

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin in January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air on Monday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

A little over twenty-eight years ago, when she was thirty, Elena Furman and her eight-year-old daughter Miriam immigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union, arriving in American on November 9, 1989, the day the Berlin Wall fell. Elena and Miriam recently sat down in the StoryCorps mobile booth with Miriam’s husband, Andrew, who is a Texas native.

The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, May 11, 2018

May 11, 2018
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The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Each Friday, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.  

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Take two pieces of bread, slap some food between them, and you've got yourself a sandwich. A minute to learn. A lifetime to master. Austin American-Statesman restaurant critic has eaten his way through many of the city's sandwiches and has compiled a list of his 27 favorites.


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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Dr. Haile T. Debas, director emeritus at the University of California Global Health Institute; the Maurice Galante Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Emeritus; dean emeritus at the University of California, School of Medicine; and former UCSF chancellor.

Dr. Debas talks about being a physician, researcher, teacher and academic leader. He also discusses reinventing himself after retirement and the formation of UCSF Global Health Sciences.

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Austin in January, and we’re bringing you some of the stories that were recorded there. Locally recorded stories will air on Monday mornings during Morning Edition and archived here.

The Best Songs Ever ... This Week, May 4, 2018

May 4, 2018
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The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Each Friday, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition

Loud stoner rock, the Pecan Street Festival and a Conjunto music extravaganza are among the live music events in Austin this weekend. Hear some of the music in our weekly chat with KUTX program director Matt Reilly.


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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Loren Walton, a young African-American ballet dancer living in Austin.

Walton talks about being a dancer, his experience with the PNB School and obstacles he's had to overcome. 

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