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How to Hear a Poem
Admit it. You don't read enough poetry. Sure, sometimes it's hard to find the time, but would it help if it was read aloud to you? No eyestrain involved. What if we told you it was really good poetry? Sold yet? You should be. Tonight, three poets – Oregon natives and Michener graduates, all of 'em – share the mic tonight at BookPeople. You might recognize twins Matthew and Michael Dickman as the precogs from Minority Report, but even more impressive is their poetry: They've both been published in The New Yorker in recent months, and both have titles out from Copper Canyon Press. Michael McGriff, a childhood friend of the twins (and an old drinking buddy of ours), has a whole host of accolades under his belt, including the Stegner Fellowship and Ruth Lilly Prize; Library Journal called his recent book, Dismantling the Hills, “a powerful first collection of narratives with spark and intelligence.” All three read tonight at BookPeople at 7pm.

1:07PM Wed. Mar. 25, 2009, Kimberley Jones Read More | Comment »

Kubrick is Coming to Your Bookshelf
Look for Stanley Kubrick's original vision of A.I. and his unrealized Napoleon project to come out in book form this year, the late director's longtime executive producer and brother-in-law Jan Harlan said during a SXSW Film panel Sunday. The A.I. book will include 25 original drawings from Kubrick's earlier vision for the film, prior to him passing the project on to Steven Spielberg. "In Stanley's hands it would have been so dark," Harlan said, adding that Kubrick saw the story really as a "fairy tale" more suited to Spielberg's talents.

4:11PM Sun. Mar. 15, 2009, Joe O'Connell Read More | Comment »

Peter Ferry at BookPeople Tonight
The Chicago Tribune calls Peter Ferry's debut novel, Travel Writing, "an absolute pleasure to read ... ensnaring, funny, suspenseful, smart and poignant." Anyone in the mood for ensnaring, funny, suspenseful, smart, and poignant would do well to hit BookPeople tonight – that's where Ferry will be, at least, as part of the monthly Utter Reading Series. Ferry goes on at 7pm.

5:09PM Tue. Mar. 3, 2009, Kimberley Jones Read More | Comment »

What You See Is What You Hear
Wednesday, March 11. 7pm. Get your calendar. Mark it down. I’ll wait. Oh, and if you have something on for then, reschedule. This is sweeter. What it is is the broadcast premiere of A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert on KLRU. If you are already a fan of Conspirare, you don’t need me to explain why this is a significant event. But if you still haven’t heard Austin’s beloved – and increasingly world renowned – vocal ensemble and are wondering what all the fuss is with the multiple Grammy nominations two years in a row and widespread critical raves and invitations to perform at choral assemblies across the planet and what all, this program, which will be shown nationally on PBS, will make it clear to you. The members of this choir and its leader, Craig Hella Johnson, are vocal alchemists who can transmute any scrap of music into aural gold. Now, don’t let the word “choir” throw you. If you’re imagining a horde of black-robed figures belting out endless runs of 16th notes and unintelligible German text that was dusty and tired when Bach was in knee pants, think again.

6:35PM Fri. Feb. 27, 2009, Robert Faires Read More | Comment »

Recycled Reads Bookstore to Open This Weekend
We've never understood Austin's inability to sustain more than a handful of general interest used bookstores. We came of age in secondhand shops in North Carolina (well, and coffeehouse open mic poetry nights – thankfully those wannabe-Beat days are long, long behind us). There's nothing quite like the pleasure of trolling dusty stacks and picking up cheap reads that have already been lovingly dogeared, enscribed, underlined by countless others. Which is all to say that it's very exciting business indeed that the Austin Public Library's Recycled Reads Bookstore (5335 Burnet Rd.) will be open for business this weekend. According to APL, "Recycled Reads gives books a second chance and will be an active participant in the City’s Zero Waste Plan by ensuring obsolete materials are handled in an environmentally responsible way by keeping these materials out of landfills." The store's grand opening happens Saturday, Feb. 28 from noon to 4pm, featuring food, drink, and live music from the likes of Jon Dee Graham and Jesse Sublett. Not sold yet? There will be balloons. Go here to find out more, including the store's hours of operation.

12:00PM Thu. Feb. 26, 2009, Kimberley Jones Read More | Comment »

And Then He Wrote
Texas music chronicler Joe Nick Patoski will receive the 2009 TCU Texas Book Award for his biography Willie Nelson: An Epic Life. He'll be fêted at a March 19 dinner on the TCU campus, which will be open to the public (provided you pony up $30 for the pleasure of attending). Reservations can be made by calling Barbara Standlee (817/257-6109). Dan Oko chronicled Patoski in these pages back in April. You can also read an excerpt from his biography here.

11:38AM Thu. Feb. 26, 2009, Kimberley Jones Read More | Comment »

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Latinitas Goes to Print Feb. 26
Austin-based Latinitas, the first digital magazine for young Latinas, hits the streets in an unusual move in this digital age. Instead of going from print to digital, like most publications, they are expanding their online publication to a hands-on paper copy. The print version of Latinitas will be carried as an insert inside El Mundo Newspaper, the Hispanic Newspaper for Austin and Central Texas.

5:24PM Wed. Feb. 25, 2009, Belinda Acosta Read More | Comment »

The Frame's the Thing
Artistic duo Samuel Boutruche and Benjamin Moreau, who go under the alias Kolkoz, have created a group of new works composed entirely of concentric frames. The gilded edge is the content. A craft project for Brandeis after they've sold off all their art? Hmmm?

3:00PM Mon. Feb. 23, 2009, Andy Campbell Read More | Comment »

Bass Concert Hall: Park, Pee and Leave (or not)
No one likes to bitch - But no one likes to pay $10 for parking, either. I've been going to see musicals with my fabulous mother since I was five years old. If it has toured the country, chances are we've seen it. So both of us were excited when it was revealed that the Bass Concert Hall would finally be reopening with a wonderful 2009 season: Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Rent, Avenue Q and Wicked. Hot Damn! It was with great anticipation that we drove on Sunday to see Legally Blonde together. The musical? It was cute, energetic, and fine. Camp and class. But it was difficult to concentrate on the show, see, because everything else about the UTPAC experience was difficult and depressing.

6:15PM Fri. Feb. 20, 2009, Andy Campbell Read More | Comment »

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