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The voice of country singer-songwriter Blaze Foley sounds familiar, even if you've never heard it. It has a timbre, an ache that doesn't slow a song — as if to say, "Look how sad I am" — but drives it.

Foley was one of those artists who, however unruly his life, could center himself in his writing and playing long enough to sit in judgment on himself. That's what the director Ethan Hawke and the star Ben Dickey capture in the new film Blaze — and whatever else they miss it's more than enough.

Courtesy The Criterion Collection

Actor and director Edward James Olmos, best known for his roles including patriarch Abraham Quintanilla Jr. in the film “Selena,” his Oscar-nominated roles as teacher Jaime Escalante in “Stand and Deliver,” and Detective Gaff in “Blade Runner” and “Blade Runner 2049,” joins us to discuss the new Criterion Collection release of “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez.”


Chris Castillo

Updated 5:50 p.m.  

One of the city's major art institutions has appointed a new director.

Riley Robinson has been named to the top position, but he’s hardly new to Artpace — his time there dates back nearly a quarter century.

 

 


Courtesy Photo / Austin Baroque Orchestra

Billy Traylor of the Austin Baroque Orchestra said there's one thing in particular that makes the group stand out.

 


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