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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.