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All content by Megan Kallus

Theater troupe performs historically accurate Elizabethan dramas

Megan Kallus October 8, 2015

As the sun sets on the shores of Lake Austin, torchlights flicker on at the Curtain Theater. Actors in full Elizabethan dress step onto the stage, and stories written hundreds of years ago come to life...


Dog Beard and Moustache Competition supports Austin Animal Center

Megan Kallus September 28, 2015

Before the AFHC Dog Beard and Moustache Competition on Saturday, Siberian Huskies and corgis wearing bandanas waited side by side in line next to the Mohawk’s stage. The competition, hosted by...


Austin Facial Hair Club hosts dog facial hair competition

Megan Kallus September 25, 2015

When Tamara Cao first found her dog Remington Steele at an animal shelter, his coat was so matted that he developed eye and ear infections. Five years and many haircuts later, Remington will strut down...


Q&A: UT alumna Amy Gentry discusses sexual violence in fiction

Megan Kallus September 16, 2015

UT alumna Amy Gentry, a book reviewer at the Chicago Tribune and freelance writer who contibutes to Texas Monthly, is currently working on a thriller novel that tackles sexual violence and the idea...

UT professor, grad students release book about Austin’s ‘Invisible’

Megan Kallus September 2, 2015

The title of each chapter in the book “Invisible in Austin” begins with a name. Although the names are pseudonyms, the stories that follow chronicle the lives of real Austinites. The book...


UT students produce student film “Summer Night” on $12 budget

Megan Kallus August 26, 2015

Three months ago, UT students Kent Juliff and Shannon Cloud began working on their film “Summer Night,” using only $12, borrowed equipment, donated pizza and a crew of unpaid volunteers. Released...


Alumni couple brings authentic Sichuan cuisine to Houston food scene

Megan Kallus April 28, 2015

On a typical night at  Mala Sichuan Bistro, customers dab their watering eyes over dishes of live tilapia or rabbit meat soaked in flaming red chili oil. The restaurant, located in Houston’s...


Alumni couple brings authentic Sichuan cuisine to Houston food scene

Megan Kallus April 27, 2015

On a typical night at  Mala Sichuan Bistro, customers dab their watering eyes over dishes of live tilapia or rabbit meat soaked in flaming red chili oil. The restaurant, in Houston’s Chinatown,...


UT freshman and fourth-generation pilot flies airplanes as a hobby

Megan Kallus April 21, 2015

When exams are over, most college students head downtown to dance, drink and forget about schoolwork. But when biomedical engineering freshman Ryan Dube wants to get away from school, he takes to...

Matt and Kim fall flat with bland, repetitive new album, ‘New Glow’

Megan Kallus April 15, 2015

Matt and Kim, a Brooklyn-based indie-pop duo, released their latest album, New Glow, on April 7. In their fifth LP, the pair experiments with additional EDM and hip-hop elements that add to their signature...


Murder, revolution, and clones: 5 TV premieres to look check out in April

Megan Kallus April 8, 2015

Autumn might be the traditional premiere season for the major networks shows, but television programmers are increasingly springing to April to debut new series. Although the premieres for critical darlings...


Q&A: Comedian Rasika Mathur discusses childhood, inspiration

Megan Kallus April 6, 2015

UT alumna Rasika Mathur  works as an actor, comedian and writer. Mathur will perform Tuesday at the Union. Mathur spoke with the Texan for a Q&A. The Daily Texan: How did you get into comedy and...


Alumna to discuss work creating socially intelligent robots

Megan Kallus March 31, 2015

Alumna Andrea Thomaz spends most of her work days watching a robot set the table or stack blocks. Thomaz researches artificial intelligence and robotics. She directs the Socially Intelligent Machines...


Seven booths to visit at the SXSW Interactive Trade Show

Megan Kallus March 13, 2015

South By Southwest might be famous for its music and film offerings, but the festival is a well-known hot spot for the tech crowd as well. SXSW Interactive gives festival-goers the chance to get up close...

Q&A with Australian indie band Ball Park Music

Megan Kallus March 13, 2015

Editor’s note: Some answers were edited for length and clarity. Australian indie pop-rock band Ball Park Music is composed of frontman Sam Cromack, bassist Jennifer Boyce, keyboardist Paul Furness,...


UT School of Information to host feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Megan Kallus March 4, 2015

When the activists behind the national Art+Feminism campaign browsed through art categories on Wikipedia, they found thousands of detailed pages dedicated to male artists. As they continued reading, they...

Austin punk band uses music to address modern-day inequality

Megan Kallus February 23, 2015

Austin punk band BLXPLTN plays music for reasons beyond entertainment and personal expression — through its music, BLXPLTN aims to tackle questions of inequality head-on.  BLXPLTN...


Q&A: “Breaking Bad” star RJ Mitte discusses Walter White, cerebral palsy, and working with disability

Megan Kallus February 20, 2015

RJ Mitte, the 22-year-old actor best known for playing Walter White’s son, Walt Jr., on AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” spoke on campus Thursday night as part of the Campus Events + Entertainment...


“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” exhibition brings life to 150-year-old children’s story

Megan Kallus February 6, 2015

Human-sized playing cards cover the walls of the Harry Ransom Center and fully-decorated tea tables with pullout chairs prompt visitors to engage in games of make-believe. For children and adults alike,...


UT alumna addresses gender gap in science and technology fields

Megan Kallus December 3, 2014

UT alumna Kelly Reilley fondly recounts a humid summer she spent working alongside local businesses in the Chinese province Guizhou. Since Reilley had no experience speaking Mandarin, local students acted...


Science fiction inspires grad student playwright for new work

Megan Kallus December 3, 2014

When writing graduate student Eva Suter steps into a darkened theater, she sees more than a stage and rows of seats; she sees a place where a kind of magic happens. “Theater is the home of...


Plan II sophomore founds fashion philanthropy

Megan Kallus November 19, 2014

Flowing maxi dresses, screen-printed shirts and delicate jewelry fill the pages of Clothing for Causes’ online catalog. The organization’s trendy website represents a purpose that goes beyond...


18th annual Austin Celtic Festival intertwines past and present traditions

Megan Kallus October 17, 2014

On the shores of Lady Bird Lake, Celtic history and culture come to life. Rows of Highland dancers in bright kilts take to the stage while vendors along the path sell everything from pastries to Scotch...


Local illustrator Monica Knighton displays art at Austin Comic Con

Megan Kallus October 6, 2014

Monica Knighton’s booth, filled with whimsical watercolors and nature-inspired jewelry pieces, appeared misplaced among the rows of booths dedicated to superhero comic art at Austin Comic Con over...

Wizard World’s Comic Con comes to Austin

Megan Kallus October 1, 2014

Every year, scores of comic, movie, game and television fans pack into crowded convention halls dressed in elaborate costumes and makeup imitating their favorite characters and personalities. Some simply...


SoundSpace: Sound Construction exhibit at Blanton Museum opens to public

Megan Kallus September 26, 2014

The halls of the Blanton Museum of Art reverberate with deep bass notes, acoustic echoes and the fuzzy undertone of white noise. These elements combined create what is called a “sound construction.” On...

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