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Gentrification: Erasing East Austin

James Rodriguez, Elena Mejia, and Megan Hix May 2, 2016

Each day this week, the Life & Arts department will focus on a different topic. Today's page covers gentrification in East Austin and some of the communities and businesses it has affected....


Defend Our Hoodz fights power imbalance in East Austin

James Rodriguez May 2, 2016

To read more stories about the history of gentrification in East Austin, click here. Editor’s note: Some of the names in this story have been changed to protect the sources’ identities. Bertha...


Barrio Writers provides writing workshops for underprivileged teenagers

James Rodriguez April 27, 2016

Local high school senior CJ Noonsab flips through the pages of the journals he kept as a sophomore and feels as if he is reading someone else’s words. Back then, his life was defined by depression...


Indie Meme Film Festival showcases South Asian talent from Austin and abroad

James Rodriguez April 22, 2016

Midway through the opening night party for the Indie Meme Film Festival, founder and co-organizer Alka Bhanot attempts to make her way through the crowd. Swarmed by congratulatory friends, family and festival-goers,...


Annual burlesque festival draws together community of dancers

James Rodriguez April 21, 2016

Surrounded by feather boas, pasties and walls lined with sex toys, UT alumna Lynn Raridon reclines in her chair, as if to signal that she is at home. Forbidden Fruit, the sex shop she owns and runs, is...


Former punk rocker forges new career as self-taught composer

James Rodriguez April 13, 2016

Nathan Felix, a punk rocker who spent his first three post-grad years touring with his band, could feel himself getting antsy. So he did what any other person in his position would do: He decided to compose...


Experimental musician combines bat sounds, human music in latest endeavor

James Rodriguez April 7, 2016

When local musician Steve Parker first witnessed 1.5 million bats emerge from underneath the Congress Avenue Bridge, he listened intently. What he heard led him on a journey to investigate bat calls and...


Show Goat brings hand-painted murals to local businesses

James Rodriguez April 1, 2016

The north Austin offices of George P. Johnson marketing firm are nearly indistinguishable from the rest of the drab, gray buildings that dot the area. But inside, employees work amid expansive murals that...


Composer, playwright team up to reimagine Greek myth

James Rodriguez March 25, 2016

Local playwright Mick D’Arcy spent the past 15 years living with a Greek goddess. He has written and rewritten countless pages about her, crafted song lyrics and sought out musical collaborators,...

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Artists reimagine Linklater movie posters in newest Mondo Gallery show

James Rodriguez March 11, 2016

Richard Linklater films are known for generating countless enduring images, from a mustachioed Matthew McConaughey in “Dazed and Confused” to a young bohemian peddling Madonna’s alleged...


Pink Elephant Festival creates space for LGBTQ artists

James Rodriguez March 9, 2016

When it comes to the hip-hop industry, Houston rapper JAPAN is accustomed to being the elephant in the room.  As a queer hip-hop artist, JAPAN, aka Pierre Hill, is part of a burgeoning scene...


Graffiti artist Sloke One brings the streets indoors with latest art show

James Rodriguez March 2, 2016

Nathan Nordstrom remembers peering over the shoulders of fellow middle school students, anxious to see the graffiti writing etched into their sketchbooks. He was an outsider, a skateboarder from Austin’s...


Musicians forge new relationships at improvised music festival

James Rodriguez February 24, 2016

On a spring night last year, Ignaz Schick, a turntablist from Berlin, and Michael Zerang, a percussionist from Chicago, took to the stage in one of the hippest boroughs of Germany’s capital. Before...


UT alumna takes to the air as part of local dance company

James Rodriguez February 16, 2016

Nicole Whiteside often wonders what it would be like to dance atop the buildings she sees on a daily basis. More often than not, she has a good guess. Whiteside, a UT alumna and aerial dancer, is...


Comedian creates comedy showcase to fundraise for LGBT youth center

James Rodriguez February 10, 2016

Albert Sanchez is restless.  A relative newcomer to Austin’s comedy scene — he began performing at open-mics just over a year ago — Sanchez had spent nearly every night perfecting...


Startup provides healthy meal kits for Austin food-lovers

James Rodriguez February 1, 2016

In the early days of managing her prepackaged meal company, Gourmet By Numbers, Heather Amalaha’s life was a series of transitions from one kitchen to another. After dropping her kids off at school...


UT alumni foster creativity, healing at Art Therapy Austin

James Rodriguez January 29, 2016

A churning river of turquoise and indigo flows along the far wall of UT alumna Deanna Miesch’s office, linking together an elaborate scene of trees and wild animals. The felt tapestry, which Miesch...


Twin brothers highlight Texas businesses in online video series

James Rodriguez January 27, 2016

Pulsing synth beats, sleek animations and black and white aerial shots of Austin provide the backdrop for the opening sequence of “The Texas Edge,” a new online video series produced by UT...


“Shit-faced” actors bring new life to Shakespeare

James Rodriguez January 22, 2016

The first time Daniel Berger-Jones performed in a Shakespeare play while drunk, he initiated a yoga competition onstage and managed to pull his leg behind his head in a whiskey-fueled feat of athleticism.  Such...


Voices of Diversity

Click here to read about the complicated relationship between race and genetics.


International students share struggle to make connections with peers

James Rodriguez and Marisa Charpentier December 3, 2015

Editor's note: This article is part of a package about diversity on campus. Click here to read the other stories. When mechanical engineering senior Emeka Ugwu first stepped foot on campus in 2011,...


Homeless artists showcase work in Art from the Streets’ annual show

James Rodriguez November 25, 2015

Penny Hunt arrived in Austin in 2004 with a mountain bike, two backpacks and what little remained of her salary from a job at a failed circus. Her surroundings were unfamiliar, but her situation was not....


Tat-Tuesday: People on campus share stories behind ink

James Rodriguez November 24, 2015

Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features people around campus and their tattoos. Photos by Graeme Hamilton | Daily Texan Staff Frank Mann The molecular bonds tattooed...


Pastelegram offers insight into artistic process through magazine, yard sale

James Rodriguez November 20, 2015

Failed artwork, sketches and used tools are most often found in the dusty corners of art studios. But this weekend, customers at the Mobile Artists’ Yard Sale will have the opportunity to purchase...


UT alumna pens memoir on life in the fast lane

James Rodriguez November 18, 2015

Just days after the burial of her husband, UT alumna Mica Mosbacher stood in the pits at the racetrack in Daytona wondering what was next. The loss of Robert “Bob” Mosbacher, a former U.S....


Drawing Lines distinguishes new districts through public art

James Rodriguez November 5, 2015

UT alumna Lynn Osgood had an idea that she could not shake. Austin was in the midst of a political shift, as the city prepared to abandon its system of electing city council members at-large. Instead,...


UT alumnus sheds new light on East Texas scandal through latest film

James Rodriguez October 30, 2015

In the spring of 2009, a sordid tale emerged from the small East Texas town of Mineola. Seven adults were sentenced to life in prison for allegedly running a “sex kindergarten” for children...


UT senior authors book on how to use goats to fight poverty

James Rodriguez October 23, 2015

Business honors senior Samuel Garcia fell in love with goats at the age of eight when his father, a prominent lawyer in the Rio Grande Valley, accepted a small herd as payment for his legal services. Over...


Guest Artist in Print creates exhibition with help of students

James Rodriguez October 9, 2015

Throughout her career, Australian-born artist Elizabeth Corkery has found inspiration in the streets of Madrid, the ornate walls of the Palace of Versailles and the countryside of Glasgow, Scotland. But...


UT’s Gigglepants to open for NY comedy troupe

James Rodriguez October 1, 2015

After spending the past four years plucking ideas from thin air onstage, theater senior and improviser Hope Carew has learned to thrive on the unexpected. As captain of Gigglepants, UT’s only...

Electro-pop band Night Drive to take ACL-goers on sci-fi journey

James Rodriguez October 1, 2015

Brought together by a mix of tragedy and serendipity, Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon blend sci-fi elements with catchy synth beats in their electro-pop band, Night Drive. The two first met when a girl...


UT sophomore amasses collection of bucket hats

James Rodriguez September 25, 2015

Every day for the past year, undergraduate studies sophomore Joshua Sherden has sported a bucket hat. He picks from his collection of more than 70 that surround his dorm room in stacks of plaid, camouflage...

Weekend recaps: Rowing, track and field

James Rodriguez and Bradley Maddox May 4, 2015

Rowing Texas rowing completed its regular season in dominant fashion Saturday, winning all three of its dual races against the University of San Diego.  A crowd of fans lined up along the footbridge...


Rhodes Scholar looks to end time on rowing team on a high note

James Rodriguez April 29, 2015

When New Zealand Governor-General Jerry Mateparae announced architecture senior Jessica Glennie as one of the recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship last November, Glennie almost didn’t...


Weekend recaps: Men’s tennis, track and field, women’s golf, women’s rowing

Men's tennis No. 10 Texas fell just short of taking down No. 1 Oklahoma in the semifinals of the Big 12 Men’s Tennis Championship on Saturday, ultimately losing to the Sooners, 4–3.  In...


Texas rowing team looks to improve in Indiana

James Rodriguez April 24, 2015

This weekend, Texas will take to the water in Bloomington, Indiana, to compete in the Dale England Cup. The Longhorns will race against Indiana, Notre Dame and Columbia in a series of dual races, in...


Weekend recaps: Men’s golf, men’s tennis, track and field, volleyball, women’s rowing

Men's golf The No. 2 men’s golf team earned a split Saturday at the Red Raider Shootout in Lubbock. The Longhorns first faced No. 23 New Mexico, which they defeated in a tiebreaker. Redshirt...


Despite no prior experience, walk-on Rachel Fleming strives on rowing team

James Rodriguez April 14, 2015

From an early age, Latin American studies freshman Rachel Fleming knew she would be attending the The University of Texas. The daughter of two Texas graduates, she applied to only one school her senior...


Rowing team prepares for first spring season regatta

James Rodriguez March 27, 2015

Seven years after she began rowing in high school, Texas rowing senior captain Casey Redman still wrestles with the self-doubt that creeps into her mind before each race.  Although 2000m races...

Texas rowing dedicate two new boats to influential Longhorn women

James Rodriguez March 26, 2015

When the Longhorns hit the water for the San Diego Crew Classic this weekend, they will have two new boats. This week, before the start of its first regatta, Texas rowing dedicated two of its new boats...

Weekend previews

James Rodriguez and Evan Berkowitz October 31, 2014

Men's cross country The Longhorns will make their way to Lawrence, Kansas, this weekend for the Big 12 Cross Country Championships. The Texas men took third at the race last year, falling behind...

Weekend recaps

Men's swimming and diving In a quad meet characterized by electric times and tight finishes — including one touch separated by one one-hundredth of a second — the men’s swimming...

Weekend previews

Women’s swimming and diving preview This weekend, the women’s swimming and diving team will fly to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to swim at the Canham Natatorium in its first intercollegiate competition...


New rowing head coach brings winning tradition to Texas

James Rodriguez October 23, 2014

When the women’s rowing team takes to Lady Bird Lake on Saturday to compete in the Head of the Colorado regatta, it will mark the first race in the program’s history without former head coach...


Patterson discusses Longhorns’ future as global brand

James Rodriguez September 30, 2014

In the latest edition of the Texas Monthly Talks interview series, Texas Men’s Athletic Director Steve Patterson sat down with Texas Monthly Editor-in-Chief Brian Sweany at the AT&T Executive...

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