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.
Arts In Context Shorts introduces us to a group working to change lives. Teaching students to embrace their own cultures, Roots & Rhythms is an after-school drumming program founded in 2008 by Sevylla del Mazo. With drums created from recycled buckets, the bilingual students of Roots & Rhythms collaborate, create, and have some fun while learning the basics of percussion. Thanks to a grant from the City of Austin’s Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division, this program continues to foster ties in surrounding communities and inspires hope for local children.
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.
In anticipation of January’s premiere of season 5, PBS is hosting a live Q&A where fans can ask their most burning questions to the Downton Abbey cast members. The event takes place at the Hudson Theater in New York, NY, December 9th at 7:30 pm Central Time. You can watch here:
Combining 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.
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.
Episode 17 – The One Thing I Didn’t Tell You
Sure, our heroes have destroyed the Ultra Hive, but at a terrible cost. And they’re not done with the Zygonians yet. Even so, Ben had been withholding a key lead from Molly and it’s a doozy.
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Episode 16: The Alabaster Enchantress
Having discovered the secret to the Ultra Hive, our heroes enter a dangerous labyrinth of shocking psychic energy. But to defeat the hive requires the ultimate sacrifice…
Episode 15 – Inner Demons
With the appearance of both Jean-Pierre and Timmy Mendez, Molly and Ben find themselves freed from certain doom, only to witness an old enemy’s doom, and then to face possible more doom! Good thing the Ultra Hive is organized by the Eigenvalue Protocol…
Episode 14 – Zygon Gamma
The planet Zygon has seven city-states. Zygon Gamma is the largest. Its penal colony is located four miles beneath the surface. And that’s where we find Ben and Molly …