Arts & Culture

TPR Cinema
12:12 pm
Mon May 10, 2010

Richard Linklater On His Dreamy "Waking Life"

© 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Are we wake-walking through our dreams, or sleep-walking through life? Or is it the reverse?

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Arts & Culture
9:48 am
Wed April 21, 2010

Girl In A Coma "On The Record" About Their Influences

Phanie Diaz, Nina Diaz, and Jenn Alva.
Josh Huskin

Onstage at the South By Southwest festival in Austin last month, Girl in a Coma played to a packed house at a club on Sixth Street with a special guest, Cherie Currie, co-founder with Joan Jett of the iconic late seventies all-female band, The Runaways.  Girl in a Coma’s bassist Jenn Alva says it was a real “rock star” moment for her.

“I guess we really never think about ‘Oh, we’re so cool,’ but when we were the backup band for her, we just felt like, ‘YEAH!,” says Alva. 

Drummer Phanie Diaz, laughing, pipes in, “Yeah, Jenn’s lips naturally snarled!”

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Movie Interviews
2:39 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

SXSW 2010: "Citizen Architect" Documents Rural Design Program

L to R: Sara Ann Mockbee, Jack “Jay” Sanders, and Sam Wainwright Douglas, the filmmakers behind Citizen Architect.
Nathan Cone

   

In the mid-1990s, Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee, founded the Rural Studio, a radical educational design/build program in poverty-stricken Hale County, Alabama. 

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SXSW
1:06 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

SXSW 2010: Paul Gordon, "The Happy Poet"

Bill (Paul Gordon) frets over the prices of healthy ingredients.
St. Chris Productions/Cinema Libre Studio

A sweet comedy about a sad sack poet trying to open a “mostly vegetarian” food stand, writer/director/actor Paul Gordon says "The Happy Poet" is also about "kindness and generosity versus looking out for yourself and doing what you need to do to get by." In the film, Bill (Gordon) finds trying to stay true to his convictions and make ends meet to be tougher than he expected.  

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SXSW
12:06 pm
Wed March 17, 2010

Opera Singer Who Faced Discrimination at UT-Austin in 1957 Profiled in Documentary, "When I Rise"

L to R: Rochelle Small, a student of Ms. Conrad’s, Barbara Smith Conrad, Michelle Thomas of AT&T. AT&T helped finance the production of "When I Rise."
Nathan Cone

In 1957, Barbara Smith Conrad was studying music at the University of Texas in Austin. She was cast as Dido in a student production of Henry Purcell’s opera "Dido and Aeneas." 

Two weeks before the curtain, Conrad learned that she would not be singing the role of Dido, because a state congressman had objected to an African-American woman being cast opposite a white leading man in a romantic role.  

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TPR Cinema
4:37 pm
Wed December 2, 2009

DVD Review: Santa Buddies

© Disney. All Rights Reserved

Editor’s Note: When I received a review copy of the new direct-to-video movie Santa Buddies in the mail, I knew exactly who to call. My own buddy Ryan, whom I’ve known since college, tolerates excruciatingly bad movies well, for what reason I cannot tell. I figured that reading his review of the movie would be much more fun than sitting through 88 minutes of CGI-assisted talking dogs. I wasn’t disappointed. Without further ado, here’s the longest analysis of Santa Buddies you’re likely to read on the Internet. Now, I dare you to watch the movie. –Nathan Cone 

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Arts & Culture
12:47 am
Fri September 18, 2009

Texas Film Brings New Perspective On Autism

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. 

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Movies
10:09 am
Fri June 12, 2009

"The Alamo" Is Deteriorating

A frame of one of the only 70mm prints is faded and worn.
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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Arts & Culture
7:00 pm
Sun May 24, 2009

Girl In A Coma: San Antonio Band Hits Nationally

Phanie Diaz, Nina Diaz, and Jenn Alva.
Courtesy Photo

 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.

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Arts & Culture
12:30 pm
Fri April 17, 2009

History On Record: Athens v. Sparta

L to R: Charlie Roadman, Kevin Higginbotham, Creston Funk, Jamie Roadman, Cliff Brown.
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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