Rigel Thurston says he lives by a simple motto: “Beauty will save the world.” The 33-year-old realtor is now painting that sentiment — taken from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel “The Idiot” — on fences along Lamar Boulevard in north Austin, Texas, to build community and help transform a troubled neighborhood. Continue reading
Within the next three years, it is expected that nearly 65 million homes in the U.S. will have wireless smart meters. But some California environmentalists, liberals, Tea Party supporters and other activists are not enthused by this. At the heart of the debate is whether smart meters can cause illness. Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading
A Texas state bill supported by Republican lawmakers to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and require new standards for abortion providers was derailed by a marathon filibuster led by Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis. Gwen Ifill recaps the dramatic night in the Texas State Senate with Evan Smith of The Texas Tribune. Continue reading
At the 2011 SXSW Interactive Festival, two presenters decided to reevaluate their work in interactive design by way of a metaphor that taps the festival’s 25-year-old roots: music.
The “Cathedral of Junk” is, by nearly every measure, irregular. It’s equal parts art work and urban jungle gym; improvised wedding chapel and theater venue; an Austin, Tex., landmark and the life’s work of a man named Vincent Hannemann. In March, Austin’s Code Compliance Department told Hannemann that he either had to obtain a building permit and a certificate of occupancy, or tear down the 33-foot-tall, 60-ton sculpture.
Jeffrey Brown reports on the 35th anniversary of “Austin City Limits,” the longest-running music series in television history. Continue reading