Arts In Context Shorts: Light Night

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.

Arts In Context Shorts Lost: Flamenco Sephardit

AIC Lost: Flamenco SepharditCombining the rich traditions of Ladino music with the rhythms of Flamenco, Flamenco Sephardit brings together Judaeo-Spanish culture and Spanish folk music in a musical experience that captivates and entrances audiences. Produced by Maestro Jeffrey Eckstein, musicians from varying disciplines collaborate to fuse Ladino pieces with Flamenco music in a bold display of skill, grace, and passion. The language of Ladino has changed considerably since its exodus from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition, changing and evolving over centuries as Sephardic Jews who fled the country spoke it in secret. With opera singers, guitarists, and string instruments, Maestro Eckstein marries the music of Ladino with Flamenco in a showcase of rich Spanish cultures and harmonies. Drawing audiences with its intensity, Flamenco Sephardit puts a dramatic twist on an art form so historical that some consider it to be lost.

Arts In Context Shorts I Am Who I Am

This month, Arts In Context Shorts profiles a musician who is creating her own style. Gina Chavez is exactly who she is supposed to be.  This award-winning Austin musician uses her multi-ethnic roots to create her own sound. Influenced by the music she heard and the people she met while traveling through Central and South America, Chavez delves into cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton and folk. Singing in both English and Spanish, her contagious love of life shines through in her unique fusion of musical styles.

Arts In Context Shorts: With Panache

This week, Arts In Context Shorts gets you moving! More than a dance, tango is a connection between two people – and the teachers and students of Esquina Tango know that to dance it well, you must be tuned into the other person’s body and movement.  More than a dance studio, Esquina Tango offers a variety of classes and is a cultural center that uses dance as a tool to bring people together, with tango at the heart of it.  With patient instructors and classes for all ages and incomes, this non-profit dance studio has tuned in to the needs of its East Austin community and continues to grow with panache.

 

Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle screening 10/7

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, KLRU presents an online screening and discussion of Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle on Tuesday, Oct. 7th, at 9 pm. Participate in the online screening on the OVEE website

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.

Be sure to watch KLRU on Thursday, October 9th, for the following programs:

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