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All content by Kritika Pramod Kulshrestha

UT playwrights take on 60-second challenge

August 29, 2014

Katie Bender, UT Master of Fine Arts graduate and actor-turned-playwright, loves a challenge. In 2003, Bender discovered writing was more challenging for her than acting and moved from acting to writing...

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UT musical theatre students perform medley of songs

May 1, 2014

Musical theatre sophomore Devin Medley said that, even though musical theatre may be a difficult lifestyle choice, there’s something truly fulfilling about being in front of an audience that really...

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Local nonprofit delivers fusion of language and food

April 25, 2014

Daniel Heron has no interest in being a commercial cook. The UT alum and Austin-based entrepreneur believes that food goes beyond the industry — it is a platform for different cultures to connect...

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Austin Dragon Boat Festival celebrates ancient Chinese culture

April 24, 2014

Lady Bird Lake is usually filled with paddle boards and canoes on Saturday afternoons. But this Saturday, 40-foot-long boats shaped and painted like dragons will fill the lake for the 16th annual Austin...

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Formerly imprisoned women seek change through theater

April 18, 2014

Lauren Johnson, an Austin native, has tried hard to escape from the shadows surrounding her past. According to her, she continues to change her life and others’ each day by reaching out to the community...

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UT opera singers stage free, live performance

April 15, 2014

A trip to the SFC Farmers’ Market East last Tuesday would have allowed shoppers to witness a free live opera performance by UT students.  UT’s Butler Opera Center, in collaboration...

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UT alumni band Moonlight Social to perform at The Domain

April 10, 2014

Songwriting is personal, but it also has to be a conversation with people, according to UT alum Jeremy Burchard, who is one half of the two-member band Moonlight Social. Burchard and fellow UT graduate...

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With controversy in the past, UT students to perform ‘In the Heights’

April 8, 2014

For theatre and dance freshman Max Torrez, the more he is able to find the personal connection within a script, the better he is able to convey the emotions to the audience. Torrez stars as Sonny in UT’s...

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Comedian hosts Triple Threat Comedy Challenge

April 4, 2014

Comedy is not for everyone. It takes years of work, critical thinking and a clever understanding of what’s funny and what’s funny in the moment, said Chris Sebilia, an Austin-based comedian,...

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Photo brief: Holi 2014 — Unity in celebration

March 31, 2014

The LBJ Library lawn saw a crowd students dressed in white Sunday, covered in assorted colored powders ranging from blue and red to yellow and pink. The beautiful weather was the perfect companion to the...

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Local musical improv artist Sarah Marie Curry stars in musical

March 28, 2014

Sarah Marie Curry’s childlike excitement, energy and fierceness is reflected in her voice, her personality and her performances. An Austin-based musical improvisation artist and actor,...

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Documentary highlights environmentally aware design

March 26, 2014

Environmentally conscious interior design could influence the way human beings connect to nature while seated at a desk, according to design experts Bill Finnegan and Stephen Kellert.  With...

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Local musical theater performer presents one-man cabaret show

March 21, 2014

The challenge of portraying dark, complicated and seductive characters is what Josh Wechsler craves in every stage show. He is interested in scripts that embrace the elements of magic, mystery, love and...

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Local theater revives Tony award-winning Broadway play ‘The Odd Couple’

March 19, 2014

Originally staged on Broadway in 1965, “The Odd Couple” has been turned into both a film and a television show, and now Neil Simon’s Tony-award-winning play is coming to Austin this...

Singer-songwriter Andrew Belle returns to SXSW for music, friends and fun

March 7, 2014

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Andrew Belle returns to South By Southwest this year as part of his tour with Ten out of Tenn, a group of 10 singer-songwriters from Nashville, Tenn. Belle will perform...

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UT Dance students premiere new works at annual spring concert

March 5, 2014

For UT dance students and friends Erica Saucedo and Kelsey Oliver, dance is a mental, physical and emotional experience. Saucedo and Oliver, both part of UT’s ensemble Dance Repertory Theatre,...

Shakespeare touring company returns to UT for annual production

March 3, 2014

While traditional stage productions usually keep the performers and the audience separated, the American Shakespeare Center’s productions take pride in including audience members in every performance. The...

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UT Michener Center playwright brings new play to annual showcase

February 28, 2014

Abe Koogler’s quiet persona masks the swirling ideas that are the driving force behind the theater experiences he tries to create, combining music, language and dance. He pauses during the conversation...

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Singer-songwriter Clay McClinton to hold album release show at the Cactus Cafe

February 20, 2014

Clay McClinton has never tried to get away from the music lineage of his father and Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Delbert McClinton, but he is trying to carve out his own path in Americana music,...

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Texas native tells stories with latest series of short plays

February 19, 2014

Michael Floyd believes the true reward of his work is in listening to the audience and not to the critics. He wants people to feel something after a performance. An Austin-based actor, director and...

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Local actor adds award-winning play to his repertoire

February 13, 2014

Film and theater actor Andrew Bosworth believes he hasn’t done enough to satiate his curiosity as an artist. In his newest stage role, Bosworth performs as Caleb in The City Theatre Company’s...

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Sounds Under Radio’s Lang Freeman celebrates new single with solo acoustic shows at Cactus Cafe

February 10, 2014

UT alumnus Lang Freeman, lead singer and guitarist of Austin-based alternative rock band Sounds Under Radio, recently released his brand new single “A Hundred Good Reasons” on iTunes. In celebration...

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Local dancer teaches classical Indian dance at the Devi School of Dance

February 7, 2014

Preya Mangalat Patel began dancing at the age of four. Now, as artistic director and choreographer at the Devi School of Dance in Austin, Patel teaches a small group of young students Bharatanatyam —...

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Dancer brings soundpainting, mixed media performance to Austin

January 29, 2014

Like many young girls, Andrea Ariel was introduced to dance when her mother encouraged her to take classes. Ariel learned everything from ballet and tap dance to acrobatics and jazz. Now, she is the artistic...

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UT Guitar Studio talents set to play at Cactus Cafe

January 22, 2014

Stephen Krishnan was 4 years old when he first began playing the classical guitar. Krishnan — now a UT senior pursuing his Bachelor of Music in guitar performance — met classical guitarist...

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Toni Tipton-Martin unveils the relationship of African-American cuisine

January 17, 2014

Author, activist, culinary historian and food journalist Toni Tipton-Martin’s contributions to culinary traditions in America explore the breadth and depth of African-American cuisine.  A...

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It’s meatballs with a chance of gravy at the inaugural Austin Meatball Festival

November 22, 2013

Jenn Walley grew up savoring her mother’s salty-sweet Christmas Eve Swedish meatballs infused with grape jelly. Now she gets to flaunt her fondness for meatballs as chairperson of the first Austin...

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Dance professor Holly Williams infuses creativity, curiosity into her work

November 14, 2013

For dancer and choreographer Holly Williams, dance is a lifelong process of exploring creativity and continuing perseverance. Williams, a professor of dance at UT since 1995 and the associate dean of...

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Classical guitarist blends music and memories

November 6, 2013

For Joseph V. Williams II — a classical guitarist, composer and UT alumnus — music has always been “an expression of the human experience.” As the 2013-2014 Composer in Residence...

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Book revisits Austin’s favorite food landmarks, heritage

October 31, 2013

Scholz Garten may be the oldest restaurant in Austin, nicknamed the “grandfather of Austin restaurants,” but Scholz’s history is also deeply intertwined with a singing society formed...

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Austin chefs create art inspired culinary bites

October 10, 2013

This Thursday evening is the only time posting photos of food to Instagram is acceptable.  In a marriage of art and Austin’s culinary scene, 10 top local chefs are recreating masterpieces...

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Conservation meets celebration at Austin City Limits festival

October 3, 2013

From West Texas to the Rio Grande Valley and from the High Plains to the vast expanses of East Texas, The Nature Conservancy has left an indelible mark on Texas.  The conservancy, a solution-oriented,...