This week, Arts In Context Shorts presents the art of thinking fast. Founded as a platform for hip-hop artists, the Austin Mic Exchange works tirelessly to create a community of aspiring and independent emcees. Their weekly open mic nights are a haven for artists seeking stage time, a forum for the city’s best emcees to connect with their peers, and an invaluable opportunity to hone their craft. Freestylers electrify the crowd as they perform their highwire act – improvising frenetically and letting the flow take over them. Part showcase, part community event, and all love, these open mics cultivate the small but fiercely active hip-hop community in Austin.
This week Arts In Context Shorts explores the beauty of Waller Creek. On November 13, 2014, a small stretch of Waller Creek in downtown Austin, Texas was lit up with modern light installations created by five local architects and landscape designers. These light pieces were designed to showcase the space’s potential, since soon a series of parks and connected trails will be developed in the location. Organized by the Waller Creek Conservancy and featuring live local music, the event drew strolling crowds to the walkways and various creekside businesses.
This week, Arts In Context Shorts takes you to the drive-in movie theater. Located on the sprawling tarmac of the old Austin airport is the Blue Starlite Drive-in. A few nights a week, up to fifty cars and a handful of walk-in moviegoers gradually fill the lot. While some people drop tailgates and inflate air mattresses in truck beds, others arrange sofa cushions in hatchbacks or unfold lawn chairs around coolers. As the sun sets behind the city skyline and the stars come out, people tune their radios into the theater’s own station attach one of many vintage speakers and settle in for the movie. In this short, we see why the Blue Starlite has become a worthy member of Austin’s unique collection of independent cinemas.
Arts In Context Shorts features an innovative project using art to empower. Through education and training, Arc of the Arts makes professional artists out of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program gives new skills to artists both in making art and in marketing and selling their works, providing a viable career path for a population with limited options. With a strong identity, a boost of confidence, self expression and platform for exposure, these artists meet new goals for refining their craft and for practicing social skills to use in their new career.
A shortened version of this story will air during PBS NewsHour Weekend on Saturday, September 13 at 6:30pm.
KLRU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a range of special programs and events that celebrate the Latino experience. Year round, KLRU provides content and events that give a diverse perspective on our community. This September & October, Austin’s PBS station focuses on local programs and events including a screening of El Taller: An Arts In Context Special.
KLRU and The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center will host a preview screening of El Taller on Sept. 4th at 7 pm. Arts In Context director Mario Troncoso will be in attendance to answer questions about the film. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now
This documentary follows a group of students and volunteers at Talleres Infantiles for a year as they work together to improve their community while maintaining their culture.Talleres Infantiles is a year round Spanish language art program for mostly low income students. El Taller will air on Thursday, September 25 at 9:00 pm.
Other programs airing on KLRU for Hispanic Heritage Month:
Central Texas Gardener “Spanish Melting Pot Garden Design”
Saturday, September 13 at 12 noon and repeats at 4:00 pm.
It is also presented on Sunday, September 14 at 9:00 am.
Who influenced your garden design? See how our Spanish and Mexican melting pot impacts us today. Visit an historic home where a walled Mission-style garden features a central aqueduct.
Independent Lens “The Graduates”
Part 1 of 2 airs on Monday, September 22 at 10:30 pm
Part 2 of 2 airs on Tuesday, September 23 at 10:30 pm
This mini-series is a journey into the heart of American education. More than a survey of contemporary policy challenges, it is an intimate and honest exploration of how students, their families and teachers are faring in a stressed public education system, during a politically complex climate, and during an unforgiving global economy.This is a story about how Latino students are faring in our nation’s public education system, but it is also a story about the American future.
Latino Americans on the South Plains
Tuesday, September 23 at 10:00 pm and Thursday, September 25 at 8:00 pm. A celebration of culture, music, and artistic expression by Latinos in West Texas through specific stories of larger significance.
Annual Imagen Awards 2014
Saturday, September 27 at 5:00 pm.
The 29th Imagen Awards recognizes and rewards positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media.
Independent Lens “Las Marthas”
Monday, September 29 at 10:00 pm
The annual debutante ball in Laredo, Texas is unlike any other in the country — its 94 percent Latino debutantes and their attendants all dress as Martha Washington or other patriotic figures from America’s colonial period.
Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go To The Dance)
Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 pm
Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Joel Guzman with Sarah Fox plus special guest take the stage.
Arts In Context “Tardeadas”
Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 pm
A profile of Conjunto Los Pinkys, which also tells the story of Austin’s changing East side.
Arts in Context “Peligrosa”
Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 pm
Established in 2007,Peligrosa is a collective of DJs, producers, and visual artists re-energizing the sights and sounds of Latin America.
Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle: A Voces Special Presentation
Thursday, October 9 at 9:00 pm
This documentary provides insights and answers to one of the most bizarre, disturbing and controversial fatal shootings of the mid-20th century. Part political expose, part narrative deconstruction, part poetic meditation, the film is an independent and thorough investigation of the life and death of Ruben Salazar, a prominent Civil Rights era journalist.
V-me (broadcast channel 18.4)
Fridays starting September 20th at 9:00 pm
Latino Americanos, is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S. The changing and yet repeating context of American history provides a backdrop for the drama of individual lives. It is a story of immigration and redemption, of anguish and celebration, of the gradual construction of a new American identity that connects and empowers millions of people today.
V-me presenta Latino Americanos
Latino Americanos, el primer gran documental televisivo que presenta una crónica de las ricas y variadas historias y experiencias de los latinos de Estados Unidos que han ayudado a darle forma a América del Norte durante más de 500 años y que se han convertido, al ser más de 50 millones de personas, en el grupo minoritario más grande de Estados Unidos El contexto cambiante e incluso repetitivo de la historia americana ofrece un telón de fondo para el drama de la vida de los individuos. Es una historia acerca de la inmigración y de la redención, de la angustia y de la celebración, de la formación gradual de una nueva identidad americana que enlaza y empodera a millones de personas hoy en día.
This week, Arts In Context Shorts features a project that combines haunting music with nature.
Set against the stunning backdrop of Laguna Gloria, R. Murray Schafer’s Music for Wilderness Lake is a contemplative experience that combines a natural soundscape with haunting music. Organized by Director Steve Parker, twelve trombonists position themselves around the lagoon to play the experimental piece at dawn and at dusk, while a conductor sits in a canoe in the middle of the lagoon, signaling the trombonists with flags. Taking advantage of the unique air patterns and natural sounds during these times of day, Schafer invites the audience to listen to their natural surroundings along with the piece itself. While both observing and absorbing the landscape around them, listeners of Music for Wilderness Lake find themselves transported to a meditative state of being.
Music for Wilderness Lake was performed at Laguna Gloria at the Contemporary Austin on June 27th and 28th, 2014.
Arts In Context Shorts focuses on community collaboration in this week’s story. In it’s tenth year as a grassroots, national festival, Combating Latent Inequality Together (C.L.I.T.) Fest comes to life in Austin for the first time. The DIY, punk and feminist communities come together bringing awareness to sexism, trans-phobia, gender inequalities and other forms of discrimination through workshops, bands and artist collaboration. Benefiting SAFEPLACE, a resource that provides safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence, C.L.I.T. Fest reminds others that punk music is a vehicle for activism.
On the busy Austin street stretching through the heart of the city, North Austinites decided to beautify their neighborhood by painting the unassuming fences that line the congestion of cars on Lamar Blvd. The artists and residents did not just have visual decorations in mind, but a message for Austin to receive: “Beauty will save the world.” They painted this phrase very creatively in several different languages along the fences, along with drawings in between. Watch the 5 minute Arts In Context short, Beautiful Fences online now!
This week, Arts In Context Shorts presents the fun side of art. In the sequel of “More Awkward Than Heavy,” Ink Tank Lab‘s artists focus on collaborating, having fun and letting their imaginations go wild. “MATH2” is an installation that explores going to art shows as a social event and pokes fun at museum and gallery stereotypes. Ink Tank’s artists want the attendees to participate, touch and help create the “awkward” experience. While some work in academic or museum settings and all have different aesthetics, working together as Ink Tank Lab allows these artists to lose the restraints put on when creating ‘serious’ artwork.
Clothing can inspire memories of the past or can be symbols of plans for the future. This week Arts In Context Shorts features artist Johnny Walker as he explores the relationship between people and their clothing in his public art installation Clothes Stories. KLRU commissioned Walker to create this public art project and brought on Goodwill Industries of Central Texas as a community-partner to help create this unique installation.
Attendees at the Arts In Context party at the 2013 East Austin Studio Tour were asked to participate in selecting from thousands of garments donated by Goodwill, writing their stories, and hanging them for display at Big Medium’s Canopy studios. Some attendees even brought their own special pieces to donate. Whether fact or fiction, these personal stories range from family histories and poems to revealing hopes and dreams. The installation was temporary, but the clothes’ stories didn’t end at the event. Walker has cataloged and tagged the clothes for online reference. The tagged garments were then returned to Goodwill to find new owners. As the pieces of clothing are purchased, the tag will lead the new owners to details about the item’s real or imagined past life at clothesstories.com