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Balancing academics, artistic endeavors creates internal conflict for students
August 30, 2017
Many UT undergrads share a dual identity as students and artists, but the burning question is how to strike a balance without letting day-to-day challenges consume them and their art.
UPrep creates UT student mentors at local high school
August 6, 2017
UPrep, a student organization started in fall 2015 by recent UT graduate Christina Breitbeil, helps high school students at LBJ High School get ready for college by training volunteers to guide students through the FAFSA process and to study for exams like the SAT and ACT
Mayor’s office takes new action to reduce homelessness
August 6, 2017
As downtown Austin’s waistline expands beyond the belt of I-35 — a symptom of the city’s exponential growth — the issue of homelessness has been ever-growing.
After-school unicycle program gains traction across Texas schools
July 23, 2017
After challenging himself to become a unicyclist, a local schoolteacher kept a one-track mind and used this skill to teach students to balance self-confidence and team building.
Mosaic artist brings Austinites into the larger picture of her work
July 23, 2017
Stefanie Distefano invites locals to contribute to her work in order to better represent the community at-large.
Aaron’s Rock and Roll keeps a steady beat going despite changing times
July 20, 2017
From the psychedelic era of the '60s to the craziness of today’s current bar scene on East Sixth, Aaron's Rock and Roll works hard to uphold its legacy as a landmark of Austin’s rock music scene.
Red Yarn takes a hand at writing children’s music with puppets
July 16, 2017
In 2012, Andy Furgeson created Red Yarn, an alter-ego that allowed him to mesh folk music with puppetry and entertain young children.
Rancho Alegre Radio puts unsung heroes of Tejano back into the limelight
July 9, 2017
The legacy of Tejano music is defined by two music styles — the Tejano that rose with Selena and then fizzled out, and then conjunto. W
The Exchange Artists pull their audiences into a new theatre experience
July 3, 2017
While most audiences walk into a large theatre and expect ushers to direct them to their row before a performance, The Exchange Artists move beyond the stage and literally sweep audiences off their feet to engage them on all levels.
Classic American cuisine gets an Austin twist for Fourth of July
July 2, 2017
Hot dogs and burgers are as traditional as fireworks on Fourth of July, but in Austin even these classics don’t get away without slight changes and adaptations.
Austin Eastciders blends its unique brand with local music scene
June 20, 2017
Cider was once the most popular alcoholic beverage in America. Almost 90 years after Prohibition, a local cider company in East Austin uses ferments from Europe to preserve that original flavor while also branding itself as a uniquely Austin staple.
Local charity gets in tune with foster kids on a musical level
June 11, 2017
Kids In A New Groove teaches foster kids to grow past their insecurities through musical performance.
Star Wars podcaster voices why diversity is our only hope
May 4, 2017
Even in a fictional galaxy, proper representation is a concept that is still far, far away. However, with the help of her podcast community, one Austinite is fighting for more diversity in the Star Wars universe.
UT students plot out the first ever Austin Bookstore Crawl
April 27, 2017
Austin’s eclectic variety of bookstores cater to the niche audiences they serve, but their limited exposure inspired two UT students to show Austinites what the local literary scene has to offer.
Austin glass blowers go full blown with largest water pipe
April 20, 2017
When creating glass pipes and other smoking devices, GRAV Labs usually aims for practicality. But they took the plunge to step out of their comfort zone when they forged Goliath, the world’s largest water pipe.
Doodle Dudes draw out Austinites who want to get creative
April 13, 2017
Every Saturday night, the Doodle Dudes sit down to tables cluttered with pencils and drawing pads at Dominican Joe’s.
UT students continue to play their hand at Yu-Gi-Oh! tournaments
April 6, 2017
For some, the days of dueling with Yu-Gi-Oh! cards are stuck in the early 2000s, but for these UT students and Austinites, the game has not been lost in the shuffle.
UT student embraces cultural heritage and individuality
March 30, 2017
Growing up in Weslaco, Texas, in the Valley, biomedical engineering junior Gabby Tan thought she was just like all of her other Chicano friends.
Hawgfly’s practical effects bleed into the realm of digital film making
March 30, 2017
Hawgfly Productions, founded in 2004 by former freelance make-up artists Meredith Johns and Carolyn O’Hara, is devoted to the art of practical effects.
Austin Community Steelband brings harmony to low-income youths
March 23, 2017
A steel drum orchestra relies on each musician’s ability to hit their notes, stay on tempo and put in the effort to create a spectacular experience for audiences. A small school in Austin today is carrying out that same mission to teach young students the art of steel band music and how to work together.
Nasha spices up Austin with Its Indian-Mexican cuisine
March 21, 2017
Nasha’s Indian-Mexican is two scientists’ long-term experiment with cultural food fusion that has resulted in one of Austin’s most unique food spots.
Sandra Adair creates a canvas for Lance Letscher’s life and art in a new doc
March 9, 2017
Portraying the life of an artist and his abstract world in a runtime of 90 minutes can be a challenging task, yet one Austin filmmaker pulls it off with her directorial debut, “The Secret Life of Lance Letscher.”
Blue Starlite drive-In projects its legacy onto a new location
March 9, 2017
One romantic evening at an alley in East Austin, a young man set up a projector in his car to watch Grease alongside his future wife when a burning question came to mind: Why aren’t there anymore drive-in theaters? That was the night Blue Starlite was born.
Mariachi Amor shares the love of Hispanic musical tradition
February 27, 2017
At a quinceañera, as the birthday girl sits centerstage surrounded by her friends, the cheering crowd shouts for their favorite songs to be played.
'Double Toasted' offers an unconventional and raunchy take on movie reviews
February 16, 2017
“Better than Sex” isn’t a rating most critics tend to give out to movies, but when it comes to their reviews, the “Double Toasted” crew has a style all of their own.