Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Students all over Texas dream of having their compositions performed by the Austin Symphony Orchestra in the Texas Young Composers Concert at the Long Center, a special concert presenting new orchestral works composed by Texas students age 18 and younger. Arts In Context takes you through the selection process and accompanies the chosen students as they travel to Austin on this once in a lifetime journey.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
All My Friends Are Vampires
What started as a niche festival, Fantastic Fest has grown to be a giant influencer in the film world. Every year, the festival presents horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from around the world and has catapulted movies like The Human Centipede, Monsters, Timecrimes, and Trollhunter into international hits. Follow the behind-the-scenes efforts of producing North America's largest genre film festival and why risk-taking is as an important of a mission as entertainment.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Out of Your Head
The Improv scene is facing a revival but not without growing pains. In the late 1990s, improv was booming. Around Austin, the venues and troupes were lively, cutting edge, and widely popular. Big Stinkin' Improv and Sketch Comedy Festival got bigger and stinkier by the year, bringing in top talent from stage, television, and film. But the beginning of the new century brought perilous times for the Austin Improv scene. In the past few years, the stars have aligned and sparked a renaissance in Austin improv. Most of the old troupes are dead and gone, but thanks to new faces and performances places the improv scene is experiencing a revival.