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FF2011: Kevin Sorbo Picks 'Julia X'
The former Hercules slashes up 3D
DAILY Screens  September 30, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...KS: I think, also, the last half, I'm basically sitting in a chair, tied up with barbed wire, and it puts them into such a power position. It makes me physically a victim in a sort of way, and it reverses people's perception..."

Austin Opera Takes Aim at the Election With Its Adaptation of The Manchurian Candidate
Composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell shoot to thrill in their opera based on Richard Condon's Cold War classic
Arts Story  September 15, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...In this most unconventional of election years, why not have an unconventional opera, one that speaks directly to American politics and also to the fear and paranoia that have become common tools in garnering votes and power? Believe it or not, The Manchurian Candidate – yes, that Cold War thriller about conspiracies, brainwashing, and a murderous coup d'etat on the campaign trail – has been adapted into operatic form by librettist Mark Campbell and composer Kevin Puts (former teacher of composition at the Butler School of Music), and it arrives in our politically minded city seven weeks before U.S. citizens choose their next president, courtesy of Austin Opera...."

'How Wild the Sea'
Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts brings waves into the concert hall with new symphonic work
Arts Story  November 29, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...A man on a rooftop, helpless as his home is surrounded by water and pulled out to sea. This image, caught on video during the tsunami that followed the 2011 Tohoku earthquake off Japan's east coast, deeply affected Kevin Puts..."

Conspirare
New CD of Kevin Puts' music allows the company of voices to be a 'Swan' and 'Touch the Sky' once more
Arts Story  September 6, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...If you missed Conspirare's stunning debuts of "If I Were a Swan" and To Touch the Sky last season, you're in luck. The two choral works, commissioned from Pulitzer Prize for Music winner and former University of Texas composition instructor Kevin Puts by the professional vocal ensemble and the Thelma Hunter Fund of the American Composers Forum, were recorded for a new CD on Harmonia Mundi USA..."

Austin Opera to Mount Manchurian Candidate
Kevin Puts' take on political thriller opens 2016-17 season
DAILY Arts  January 27, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Forgive the cliche, but how better to break the news about Austin Opera's 30th season than to say it opens with a bang? I mean, the company's first production will be that thriller about political assassination The Manchurian Candidate, newly adapted for opera by Pulitzer-winning composer and former Austinite Kevin Puts...."

Austin Symphony: Everything Old Is New Again
The Austin Symphony's local premiere of Kevin Puts' 'Symphony No. 2': 'Island of Innocence,' evokes the cultural shift after 9/11 in a dramatic score
Arts Story  October 21, 2005, by Barry Pineo
"...This weekend, the Austin Symphony will present the Austin premiere of Kevin Puts' Symphony No. 2, subtitled "Island of Innocence." Puts is on an extended leave of absence from his position as UT assistant professor of composition, living and writing full-time in New York..."

Losing Chase
For a “small” film, Losing Chase has received a large amount of attention lately. Having premiered on cable television late last year, actor Kevin Bacon’s directorial debut received an auspicious...
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Film Review  February 7, 1997, by Alison Macor
"...After a particularly public and frightening “scene” atop a lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard where the Philips have a summer home, Chase’s husband Richard (Bridges) enlists the services of Elizabeth Cole (Sedgwick, Bacon’s real-life partner), a young woman hired as a mother’s helper for little Richard (Yarmush) and his younger brother Jason (Denton). At first hostile to the attractive and overly solicitous Elizabeth, Chase puts her through a series of “tests” that serve to humiliate Elizabeth and further distance Chase from her family..."

27 Dresses
We predict a happy union between 27 Dresses and cable TV, forever rerunning with commercial breaks tailor-made for laundry-loading and sandwich-making.
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Film Review  January 18, 2008, by Kimberley Jones
"...It’s a better fit for this run-of-the-mill romantic comedy about Jane (Knocked Up’s Heigl), always a bridesmaid, never a … well, you know the drill. Those 27 dresses mark the time Jane has spent, as one character puts it, in the taffeta ghetto of bridesmaidery..."

Point and Shoot
Without looking Matt knows the deer is dead.
Features Story  September 29, 2000, by Bonnie West
"...He would open and close his mouth and the click sound would be louder and softer like his heart was singing a song. Mom took the picture." Kevin puts it down, then scoops them together like a deck of cards...."

Austin Critics Table Awards 2013
Arts writers raise their glasses to outstanding art in list of nominees
Arts Story  May 24, 2013, by Robert Faires
"..."If I Were a Swan," Kevin Puts..."

Faces of America: The Light
The Miró Quartet examines our national character and finds some of America's lights still shine brightly
Arts Review  December 7, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...By contrast, the work that followed was written from a place of deep skepticism about the state of the union. As cellist Josh Gindele explained before the performance of Credo, composer Kevin Puts was so troubled by the present wars abroad and violence at home that he feared he could not find anything "light" in our country to write about..."

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2002-2003
The full list of nominations for the 2002-2003 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
Arts Story  May 9, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...Puts: Symphony No. 1, UT Symphony..."

Robert Faires' Top 10 Classical Music / Dance Treasures of 2016
The richest work in dance and classical music this year ran the gamut from a dance in a backyard pool to an opera about Cold War brainwashing
Arts Story  December 29, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...1) THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (Austin Opera) The gamble of mounting a new opera based on a tale of Cold War paranoia paid off richly when this thriller proved gripping from the first note. Every element, every moment worked – Kevin Puts' moody score; Richard Buckley's intense conducting; Alison Moritz's taut staging; Greg Emetaz's projections; all the performers – heightening the tension 'til my shoulders were hunched around my ears...."

Texas Performing Arts
A major grant lets UT's arts presenter boost the profile of classical music
Arts Story  July 1, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Two or three works have been identified for each of the next three years, ranging from theatre-baroque opera mash-up The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer, starring John Malkovich, on next season's schedule, to the music theatre work Rappahannock County, co-commissioned from Ricky Ian Gordon and Mark Campbell by Texas Performing Arts, to the newly commissioned opera for solo percussion and electronically processed sound, Ilimaq, by John Luther Adams, to a music/text/multimedia collaboration by the Kronos Quartet and Laurie Anderson. Roughly a quarter of the grant will support new commissions, including Ilimaq; a double string quartet by UT faculty composer Dan Welcher for the Miró Quartet (to be premiered with the Shanghai Quartet); a work for string quartet and chamber orchestra by former UT composer Kevin Puts, also for Miró (co-commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Schubert Club); and a new work that might combine a choir of voices and a choir of guitars involving the Austin Classical Guitar Society and Conspirare..."

512 + 1
Non-native filmmaker Kevin Ford got here as fast as he could
Screens Story  May 9, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...All prejudices aside, though, Ford and McKee quickly realized a shared passion for film and video in the tiny Northern California town of Mokelumne Hill, population 500-plus. McKee ended up at University of Southern California's film department, and eventually Ford followed, not enrolling but instead auditing his friend's cinema classes and becoming, as he puts it, "kind of adopted by Lucky's film friends as the orphan from up the street..."

An American Carol
Michael Moore and left-leaning Hollywood are the subjects of this spoof that's missing only one thing: comedy.

Film Review  October 10, 2008, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...This movie is seriously unfunny, and it's not just my admittedly left-wing politics that are in the way of my getting the joke. There's no question that documentarian Moore deserves some ribbing, but this movie couldn't find Moore's ribs (or funny bone) through all the blubber and hotheadedness it puts in the way..."

A Midnight Clear
Set in the Ardennes Forest during Christmas 1944, A Midnight Clear is one of those films that starts out so strong that you almost want to weep when it begins...
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Film Review  June 5, 1992, by Marc Savlov
"...Based on an actual occurrence, the film places a battle-weary squad of young GIs in the surreal, snowbound French-German border. They're tired and sick to death of all the killing they've seen; as squad leader Hawke puts it, even the beautiful Ardennes remains unnoticed by the men, fatigued as they are..."

Table Banquet
The nominees for the 2013-2014 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 8, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...Puts: How Wild the Sea, UT Symphony Orchestra with Miró Quartet..."

Carona's Costly Compromises
Senate Transportation chair guards local option funding bill from death by a thousand opt-outs
DAILY News  April 9, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, called it a "disaster" that, with so many exemptions added, puts the whole new tax burden on "my two favorite people, the police officer married to the school teacher."..."

A Young Man on Death Row
Juvenile offender Randy Arroyo's case puts Texas's execution factory on trial.
News Story  January 10, 2003, by Brant Bingamon


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