Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Diana M. Lott

 

Soprano Ava Pine has won accolades around the world for her operatic performances, but she still calls Texas home. She grew up on 50 acres of land in Fredericksburg, where she says she enjoyed singing country music with her father.

Pine’s first exposure to classical music came through singing in a choir; her love of the theatrical experience was sparked by musicals at the Majestic Theatre, and watching people who felt “so strongly about things that they just had to sing!”

Mary Does That Thing She Does At Unofficial SXSW Show

Mar 18, 2015
From www.maryjblige.com

AUSTIN — Mary J. Blige performed for a feverish crowd Tuesday night at the Samsung Supper Club, in an event not sponsored by South by Southwest, another sign of unofficial concerts rivaling the festival when it comes to pulling big-name acts.

Blige is no dancer, but the performer moved energetically at the show, even imitating Michael Jackson’s dance moves during her funky hit, Just Fine. She kicked off her set with Enough Cryin’ — which features her rapping as her alter ego Brook-Lynn — and she continued with the up-tempo anthem, The One. She moved like a pro, though there was water dripping from the covered ceiling on the venue’s rooftop. She managed to maneuver in heels and an ab-revealing crop top.

From Texas Standard:

The SXSW Film Conference marks a sort of homecoming for MacArthur genius and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer.

Oppenheimer’s 2012 film, The Act of Killing, looks at how the perpetrators of Indonesia’s military coup cope with their past. His new documentary, The Look of Silence, follows victims of the coup and how they continue to live alongside the people who killed their family members.

Jack Morgan

An exhibit at the Southwest School of Art has a decidedly odd twist to it. When you first see its contents,  you wonder exactly what you’re seeing. The Southwest’s Barbara Hill explains.

“This is an exhibition called 'The Crochet Coral Reef' by Margaret Wertheim and her sister Christine.”

That title eliminates the mystery—the large objects do have that coral look. The pieces contain lots of crochet, and other unexpected items.

Thirty Years On, ‘The Breakfast Club’ Lives On At SXSW

Mar 16, 2015

AUSTIN — Ensuring film-lovers won't forget about them, actresses Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy reminisced about making The Breakfast Club at a screening of the fully restored 1985 film on Monday.

To kick-off the South by Southwest film festival screening, which commemorated the film’s 30th anniversary, the Barton Hills Choir serenaded attendees with their own rendition of the movie’s theme song, the Simple Minds’ Don't You (Forget About Me).

The audience at the Paramount Theatre — which was greeted with a table stacked with glazed doughnuts — sang along with the children’s choir, and then enthusiastically welcomed Ringwald and Sheedy to the stage for a question-and-answer session.

Sheedy, who now volunteers as a teacher at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, said the movie’s message was a loving one. “You do matter, we are interested in you, and we’re going to tell your story,” she said, adding that she was a bit lonely after production wrapped.

The film chronicles five teens subjected to spend Saturday in detention at the fictional Shermer High School in Illinois.

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