Four Texans Weigh In On How President Donald Trump Handled Charlottesville

From Texas Standard: President Donald Trump staged one of the most memorable press conferences in U.S. history Tuesday afternoon: a combative exchange about last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Va. It was an opportunity to reinforce his heavily scripted message from Monday, condemning neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Instead, he went off script, reiterating talking points of the self-described “alt-right.”

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Director Wes Anderson has worked on a lot of film projects, but with his latest picture, Fantastic Mr. Fox, he ventured into new territory. It's the first time Anderson has made an animated feature.

Based on the Roald Dahl children's book of the same name, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the story of a slick, well-bred fellow (voiced by George Clooney) who swears off stealing from three rich farmers after becoming a parent — but who can't entirely control his sticky fingers.

Zeitgeist Films

Seven-year-old Rowan Isaacson is like many kids his age.  He enjoys playing with toys, reading books, and spending time with friends and family.  But as the new documentary and book "The Horse Boy" illustrates, as little as two years ago, Rowan’s life was very different. 

Alfred A. Knopf, publisher

In December 2007, the "Mitchell Report," detailing the use of performance enhancing drugs by dozens of Major League Baseball players, was released. Roger Clemens was among the players listed in that report. The new book "American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime" lays bare the corruption that has plagued baseball for years, and chronicles the downfall of Katy, Texas-native Clemens. 

Next week, Kelly Blair, a former gym owner from Pasadena, Texas, will testify before a federal grand jury that is believed to be investigating Clemens for perjury. Clemens testified under oath before a congressional committee in February, 2008 that he had never used steroids or human growth hormone. Nathaniel Vinton is one of four investigative writers from the New York Daily News that has been following this story.

MGM

Remember "The Alamo?" Fifty years ago, actor John Wayne and crew set up shop outside of Bracketville, Texas, to film an ambitious re-telling of the epic story of the Battle for Texas Independence.  "The Alamo" was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture.  It won one award for its impressive sound design.   Although there have been subsequent films of the Alamo story, many people still hold John Wayne’s version close to their hearts.

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The first thing you notice when meeting the San Antonio trio Girl in a Coma in person is how tiny singer Nina Diaz seems. Walking down a hallway in the studios of Texas Public Radio, carrying an acoustic guitar sans case, she looks for all the world like a singer of wispy, confessional coffeehouse folk songs — a light green sweater covers the kaleidoscope of tattoos coloring both of her arms.

Terry And Gyan Riley: Together IN C

May 12, 2009

Legend has it that composer Terry Riley was sitting on a bus in San Francisco when the idea came to him for one of the most important and influential pieces of music of the last half of the 20th century.

Nathan Cone

Musicians find inspiration in the darndest places.  Take Charlie Roadman, of the Austin-based group F for Fake.  Ancient Greek conflicts are generally not high up on the list of things that songwriters write about, but Roadman, an admitted history buff, has been thinking about the Peloponnesian War for some time, ever since he first encountered Thucydides’ account of the war as an undergraduate at San Antonio’s Trinity University.  Now Roadman has a new musical project with his F for Fake band mates.

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Despite an increase in awareness and services, the number of homeless veterans across the country remains high. While many programs try to give these vets a new life off the streets, some never make it back to stability. An effort by the military community strives to ensure the sacrifices these men have made will never be forgotten.

“I have spent more than 35 years of my professional life trying to find out who we are,” says filmmaker Ken Burns. His documentary, “The National Parks,” is a six-part series that traces the history and development of the National Parks System, from the moment the first white settlers laid eyes on Yosemite, to the acts of congress that created the parks. The film also tells the stories of those officials and citizens that help preserve the parks for future generations.

Nathan Cone

 Director/Producer Geralyn Pezanoski spent three years following the stories of families that lost pets in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. After the storm hit, hundreds of pets were rescued and adopted by families across the country. Some of them were reunited with their families and owners, others were not. Pezanoski’s film, “Mine” won an audience award as Best Doucmentary at the 2009 South By Southwest film festival. Jesse Pullins is one of the film’s subjects.

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Kino Lorber

In 1928, the stock market crash was still a year away, and director William Wellman, coming off the success of World War I epic “Wings,” turned to the downtrodden for his next feature, “Beggars of Life.” Adapting his autobiography into a fictional story of lovers on the lam, Jim Tully provided Wellman with a grim look at America that was ahead of its time.

Griffith Observatory

Monday’s North American solar eclipse is enthralling skywatchers nationwide. It’s the first eclipse to span the country coast-to-coast since 1918.  People are traveling from all over the world to the sites of totality.  But, centuries ago, a solar eclipse was seen as a bad omen in cultures around the world.

Josue Vazquez

An international evening of dance, music and literature is planned for Wednesday night. Sponsored by Alianza Latinoamericana, the evening starts off with dance--specifically, the Tango. Don't know how to Tango? Josue Vazquez says not a problem.

"We will have a tango lesson--Argentine Tango lesson. My friend Manuel Lobo will be teaching the lesson. We have a large selection of tangos. It will be basic tango for people who never done it. If somebody is there has done it before, we can accommodate them, too."

Hotel Emma

It's a series of gatherings for those who treasure the spoken and written word.  Sherry Kafka Wagner created the gatherings, and they grew out of her love for literature. Because of that, she spent a lifetime buying and reading books. Recently, she gave them all away. 


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