Lt. Gov. Debate Livestream 9/29

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We’re livestreaming the only lieutenant governor debate of the 2014 general election between state Sens. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio. Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey will moderate. Livestream takes place starting at 7 pm on Sept. 29.

Special thanks to Texas Association of Broadcasters and Univision Austin.

Arts In Context Shorts: At The Drive-in

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: Wilderness Lake

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.