1:47 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

WATCH: The Late Texas Writer John Graves, On The Hard Scrabble Life

Writer John Graves in a 2001 KERA documentary.
Rob Tranchin KERA

Writer John Graves has died in his home, Hard Scrabble, southwest of Dallas-Fort Worth near Glen Rose.

The Austin American Statesman writes: “Details were not immediately available, but W.K. “Kip” Stratton, president of the Texas Institute of Letters, sent an email to members on Wednesday morning, announcing Graves’ death.”

Twelve years ago, then-KERA staffer Rob Tranchin made this documentary about Graves:

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4:56 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Texas Poets Find The Heart Of The State On The Road

Writer and photographer Diane Durant and two former Texas poets laureate capture the Lone Star state as natives and passers-through - which, for Texas, is kind of the same thing.

For all the Houston versus Dallas bickering today, the two cities do have something in common. We drive. A lot. Last night at UT Dallas’ CentralTrak gallery space, three Texas poets defined the Lone Star State by the journeys it requires.

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5:39 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

The Man Who Lived In A Water Tank

Lead in text: 
Art&Seek contributor Audra Schroeder chronicles the wacky life of Tachowa Covington -- a sword-wielding, rollerblading "superhero" who spent eight years in an abandoned California water tank, until the superstar artist Banksy turned his home into a work of art. Strap in: It's a wild ride.
Five years ago, two Dallas photographers ran into a man on a Southern California beach. He invited them up the Pacific Coast Highway to see where he lived - inside an elevated water tank. They developed an unlikely friendship, and made a movie in the process.
Pop Music
3:41 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Guy Clark, Music's Master Craftsman, On Making Songs Last

Tools line the walls of Guy Clark's basement workshop at his home in Nashville, where he still builds guitars.
Jinae West NPR

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 5:16 pm

If you want to learn how to write a song — one that's built to last, with vivid characters and images that plant you squarely inside a scene — listen to Guy Clark.

Songwriters who revere Clark will tell you he crafts songs with the same precision and attention to detail he uses when he builds guitars. But Clark has a simpler, blunter explanation, as he told me with a glint in his eye when I visited him recently at his home in Nashville, Tenn.

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2:12 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Cameras And Combat: You Can't Look Away

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A stunning new exhibit of war photography that was born at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston spurred this heartfelt essay by Kainaz Amaria on NPR's blog The Picture Show. "For me it's about the impact of war as it relates on a very basic human everyday life," says New York-based photographer Nina Berman, who took the photo below, of a Marine sergeant wounded in Iraq and his bride.
War/Photography is a genre-defining exhibition currently on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington. And also the last place I wanted to find myself on a sunny midweek morning. As a photojournalist and picture editor, I've consumed my fair share of conflict photography, essays and films. How could this exhibition possibly be any different from all the other shows I've seen in this vein?
Code Switch
3:52 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

New Series 'The Bridge' Seeks An Audience In Two Languages

Mexican homicide detective Marco Ruiz (played by Demián Bichir) must work with his American counterpart, Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger), to solve a murder on the U.S.-Mexico border in FX's new series The Bridge.
FX Network

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 7:53 pm

The U.S.-Mexico border plays a starring role in the new FX series The Bridge.

Characters in the television crime drama, which premieres Wednesday night, regularly cross back and forth through the border between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. The show's dialogue also frequently switches between English and Spanish, setting a new standard for bilingual drama on American television.

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5:21 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Country Singer Randy Travis Hospitalized In Critical Condition

Country Singer Randy Travis, who's in the hospital listed in critical condition with cardiomyopathy, a heart muscle disease.
Webster and Associates

Travis was admitted to a Texas hospital Sunday and is listed in critical condition, says his publicity agent.  The Grammy winner is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy.  

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7:08 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Playing For Keeps: Jazz Legend Hands Out Trumpets And Responsibility

Freddie Jones plays some impromptu jazz outside a coffee shop on Addison Circle.
Willow Blythe KERA News

A lot of non-profits preach music education for kids, but a local jazz legend is keeping his simple.

Every year, Freddie Jones hands out about a dozen trumpets to young people with a little talent and a lot of drive. But once the instrument changes hands, the work’s just starting.

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12:15 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Cliburn's Big Winners: A Ukranian, An Italian And The First American Since '97

Yadym Kholodenko, right, won top honors at the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Runners-up were Beatrice Rana of Italy and Californian Sean Chen.
Ralph Lauer The Cliburn

Vadym Kholodenko, a 26-year-old Ukranian, won the top prize Sunday night at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth. A 20-year-old Italian, Beatrice Rana, was named runner-up, and third place went to Sean Chen, 24, the first American to reach the Cliburn finals in 16 years.

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6:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

For North Texas High Schoolers, There's No Business Like Show Business

Students perform the final number at the DSM High School Theatre Awards Show in May
DSM Facebook

The curtain goes up on the Tony Awards Sunday evening, but back in North Texas, high-schoolers just wrapped their own season of musical theater honors.

Teens dubbed best-of-the-best will head to New York this summer to battle for a national theater title. But for these aspiring pros, that’s just a warm-up.

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