Arts In Context seeks community input

Arts In Context

Austin is constantly changing. Whether that be its music, food or art scene there is always something trendy around the corner. Which is why Arts In Context is seeking applicants for artists to feature on the award-winning series.

With Arts In Context, KLRU aims to pique curiosity and inspire individuals by spotlighting visual arts, dance, music and culture. Each episode is compelling and character driven.

If you have a story that anyone can be inspired by or can relate to, make sure to apply today. Apply here

Arts In Context Shorts: Stitched Together

While traveling across Europe, Mychal Mitchell thought she would be inspired by the architecture of the cities she visited but after having her journal stolen in a train station she soon discovered a bookbinding studio in Venice and fell in love with the old-world-style of handmade leather journals.

Handtorn paper“I discovered bookbinding kind of my accident,” Mitchell said. “About a week later, I was kind of flirting with this very handsome street artist and he ended up taking me to his friend’s little bookbinding studio and I ended up being blown away by what he was doing.”
Now, more than 20 years later, Mitchell continues to use the techniques she learned on her European trip and shares her beautiful handcrafted journals and photo albums with others in her East Austin Studio.

Cutting leather“It’s really inspiring to see the way that people use them,” she said. “Especially when people bring them back to me and they are all filled up…they’re gorgeous.”

 

 

Q Night At The Movies 4/30: Charade & More

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Q Night at the Movies celebrates two iconic movie stars this week: Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. First on back-to-back episodes of Hollywood Idols the legacies of the two actors are told, respectively. Then On Story hears from two female writers, Nicole Perlman and Angela Kang, who discuss how they handle working in a realm of male-dominated comic book adaptations. We end the night back with Grant and Hepburn who star in Charade, a film about a woman (Hepburn) who several men (including Grant) pursue to get to her murdered husband’s fortune.

Hollywood Idols Cary Grant: The Leading Man at 6:30 p.m.
With a winning combination of comic style and leading-man charisma, Cary Grant was the essence of a star. But the suave exterior concealed a complex individual. Family photos, archival footage and film clips vividly convey Grant’s journey from lonely, working-class beginnings to the peak of Hollywood royalty. This profile includes the story of his discovery by Mae West.

Hollywood Idols Audrey Hepburn Remembered at 7 p.m.
Audrey Hepburn was one of movies’ best-loved stars. She was blessed with beauty, talent, an elegant sophistication, and an enduring aura of youthful innocence. As Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF she spoke for the world’s suffering children and families, earning affection and admiration from around the globe. Clips capture her commenting on her career, and the family and friendships that were her priority.

On Story Zombies & Groot – Bringing Comics To Life at 7:30 p.m.
Nicole Perlman (Guardian of the Galaxy) and Angela Kang (The Walking Dead) explore navigating a male-dominated industry as female genre writers. The women discuss tackling comic book adaptations, the importance of character development, and the fine line between staying true to the spirit of the source material while also breathing new life into preexisting storylines.

Corinth Films Collection Charade at 8 p.m.
Romance and suspense in Paris, as a woman (Audrey Hepburn) is pursued by several men (including Cary Grant) who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust?

Arts In Context Shorts: Beto Martinez balances family and art

Arts In Context Shorts: Studio Life tells the story of how Beto Martinez balances his career as a working musician and his family life.

“There’s always been a struggle to find that balance,” Martinez said. He went on to say it’s easier to handle now because he has a studio at home.

Martinez still works with Grupo Fantasma, a Grammy Award-winning funk orchestra from Austin, but he is also venturing into letting fellow local musicians use his studio to record their music.

The flexibility of being able to record from home and play local shows has allowed Martinez to lead a more balanced life.

“It could have been three hours before that I was out there, and I felt like a rockstar,” Martinez said. “But then I gotta come home and wake up and see what the kids want for breakfast.”

Arts In Context Shorts: Nathan Felix makes his mark with 6 Pianos

Nathan Felix made his mark in the Austin music scene by composing classical-style music and putting on a show in his North Austin home. But his long term goal is something much bigger.

The idea of Felix’s at home show, Classical Music Kegger, came to him when he saw an opera performance in a train station when he lived in Los Angeles. Felix decided to compose a show with only pianos. Despite the fact that he had never composed a piano piece, nor did he know how to play piano, when Felix returned to his hometown of Austin, he somehow snagged six free pianos off of Craigslist and got to work.

However, Felix wants to give his community more than just the music itself. That’s why he donated the pianos to the youth.

“Part of my way of giving back is donating the pianos to some of the schools or community centers,” Felix said. “I want to start grooming and growing the next crop of young, talented kids.”

Nathan Felix by Ashley Bradley

Arts In Context Shorts: Curating Cosmic Vida

With “Cosmic Vida,” an exhibition at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, curator Raul Valdez gave visitors a glimpse into the cosmos.

“Cosmic Vida” is the first show Valdez curated in more than a decade. An artist himself, he curated the collection after he realized he could not produce enough work to fill up the space himself. The exhibition, which is no longer on display, juxtaposed dynamic and subdued pieces. With artworks of various mediums, colors, sizes and imagery, he explored the literal and symbolic meaning of the exhibit’s title.

Valdez hoped the audience was inspired to make their own interpretations on the universal experiences of La Raza, the human race.

“You can see the chicano in it, but you can also see the universal part,” Valdez said

Arts In Context Shorts: A Strange Pilgrimage

This week’s episode of Arts In Context Shorts features “Strange Pilgrims” at The Contemporary Austin. This experiential art exhibition, takes its name from Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel García Márquez’s 1993 book of short stories, wherein Márquez characteristically loops together strange, magical, hallucinatory stories. With its newest exhibition, the Contemporary takes spectators on another kind of magical pilgrimage through time, place, imagination and perception.

Curated by senior curator Heather Pesanti, “Strange Pilgrims” is the Contemporary’s first large-scale, thematic exhibition, spanning three locations – the Jones Center, the Laguna Gloria and the Visual Arts Center in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas – and an extensive, 14-artist lineup. The exhibition is broken up into three thematic sections: Environment and Place, Performance and Process and Technology and Information.

The exhibition features a combination of newly commissioned works, site-specific refabrications, and existing works from an international lineup of artists, including Ayşe Erkmen, Sofía Táboas, Yoko Ono, the Lakes Were Rivers collective and Charles Atlas.

From giant vats that pump out large quantities of foam to indigo stained sculptures, Strange Pilgrims covers a wide variety of mediums and ideas. Sometimes challenging, often interactive, and always fascinating, The Contemporary Austin has elevated experiential art to a new level.

Strange Pilgrims is on view until January 24, 2016.

Arts In Context Shorts: Body Shift

Creating “ECHO,” an improvisational, site-specific dance, the dancers of this Body Shift Performance Workshop have honed the skill of open awareness.  Each individual explores improvisational dance by tuning into his or her own body and choosing a movement that will benefit the design of the whole dance.  This allows the dancers freedom to do the dance that only they “know how to do” with the accidental moments of improvisation shining through like hidden gems.

Body Shift is a collaboration of Forklift Danceworks and VSA Texas and offers classes and workshops which empower people of all abilities to embrace dancing in their own unique way.

Arts In Context: Bike Zoo

Take a walk – er, ride on the wild side.

Giant rattlesnakes, bats, and butterflies parade down the streets thanks to the Austin Bike Zoo. This mechanical menagerie is the brainchild of Jeremy Rosen, a UT grad with a degree in mechanical engineering. Rosen began the project with a simple goal of creating whimsical ways to play with bikes and ended up with a collection of intricately engineered animals. Part puppetry, part engineering, and all fun, the Austin Bike Zoo inspires wonder and delight everywhere they go.

“We have our own style and our own way of doing things,” Rosen said. “It really is original.”