SXSW Flashback airs Thursday, 8/19

Featuring a wide variety of interviews ranging from the already-made-its to the up-and-comers of the entertainment world, SXSW Flashback takes viewers back to March 2010 for one hour of SXSW excitement. This one-hour special airs at 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 19 on KLRU. Highlights include Bill Murray, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Ed Norton, and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead discussing their latest movies and music as well as their experiences here visiting Central Texas and SXSW.

WordGirl's Season Premiere

Word Girl and her sidekick HuggyA STUPENDOUS new season of WordGirl kicks off with the back-to-school special episode “Bummertime/The Home Run King,” premiering Monday, August 23rd at 3:30pm on KLRU.
(repeats: Tuesday, September 7 at 3:30pm)

Becky just wants to read a book on the last day of summer but Tobey and his latest robot creation are AGGRAVATING her. Can WordGirl figure out how to stop crime and PROLONG her last day of vacation?

Then, when TJ foils a crime during his baseball game with an EXTRAORDINARY home run, he becomes “the Home Run King,” the city’s latest superhero. FORTUNATELY, WordGirl steps in to save the day when he gets in over his head fighting real crimes.

Six new episodes will broadcast throughout the fall beginning September 13th.

New Britcom starts Saturday

KLRU adds After You’ve Gone to our Britcom lineup Saturday, August 13. For this special evening author and comedian Owen Egerton will be joining KLRU staff in the studio.

Jack-of-all-trades Jimmy Venables is probably the only man in Britain who gets divorced and ends up with his mother-in-law. That’s not how he planned it, but since when does life go according to plan? When his ex-wife volunteers to go to East Africa to help the victims of a natural disaster, weekend-dad Jimmy agrees to take care of their two teenage kids full-time in an attempt to win her back. Unfortunately, his posh mother-in-law Diana sees Jimmy as the true natural disaster and virtually moves in herself to keep order, keep an eye on things and undermine Jimmy whenever possible. Starring Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools and Horses, Goodnight Sweetheart), Celia Imrie (Nanny McPhee, Mr Harvey Lights a Candle) .

Highlights 8/15 to 8/21

During a career that spanned three decades, Augustus Saint-Gaudens created nearly 150 works of art, including a number of major public monuments to heroes of the Civil War. The story of his personal life is woven around in-depth studies of five of his major works of art on Augustus Saint-Gaudens at 9 p.m. Monday.

Armed with sharp teeth, tearing claws and a whip-like tail, monitor lizards are fearsome creatures that are not only powerful, they’re also smart. Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday chronicles the lives of these cunning hunters.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday peers inside the world of this cyber-savvy generation through the eyes of teens and their parents, who often find themselves on opposite sides of a new digital divide.

Award-winning photographer Murray Fredericks began making annual solo camping trips to remote Lake Eyre and its salt flats in South Australia. POV at 9 p.m. Tuesday chronicles these trips that have yielded remarkable photos of a boundless, desolate yet beautiful environment.

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic tale of love and prejudice, “South Pacific”, revived in its original glory by Lincoln Center Theater, comes to the television screen courtesy of Live From Lincoln Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Songwriting genius Elvis Costello returns to Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday to showcase songs from his latest, Americana-influenced record Secret, Profane and Sugarcane. Austin’s rootsy songwriting collective the Band of Heathens follows.

Director Richard Linklater talks about his works from Slacker to Me and Orson Welles on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

SXSW Flashback at 8 p.m. Thrusday takes viewers back to March 2010 for one hour of SXSW excitement. Highlights include Bill Murray, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Ed Norton, and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead.

Steve Earle pays tribute to his mentor, legendary Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday. Kris Kristofferson follows with tunes from his latest album.

Sarah Jaffe featured on ACL Presents Satellite Sets

Denton’s Sarah Jaffe is the debut performer for the online music series ACL Presents Satellite Sets. Produced by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, the station responsible for the iconic PBS series Austin City Limits, ACL Presents Satellite Sets features intimate performances by bands from all genres.

The show can be watched at klru.org/satellitesets

With her “stunningly deep and dexterous voice” (Austin Chronicle), Texas singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe is poised to be a major talent on the music scene. Jaffe and her band perform five songs including the infectious “Clementine.” Also included are “Black Hoax Lie,” “L.U.V.,” “Watch Me Fall Apart” and “Ever Born Again.” NPR picked Sarah Jaffe’s song “Ever Born Again” as its song of the day saying she has an ability to relate to listeners’ daily lives and the wisdom to express emotions in new and powerful ways.”

Designed as a companion to the award-winning long-running music series Austin City Limits, ACL Presents Satellite Sets features both Austin and national bands. The online series will soon feature song from Brazos on 8/20; Leatherbag on 8/27; Lost in the Trees on 9/3 and The Quiet Company on 9/10.  More bands will be announced as tapings take place. The web series will also feature interviews by the performers about their songs and creative inspiration.

Dinosaur Train Under the Sea

Dinosaur Train Under the SeaClimb aboard for a 1-hour Underwater Adventure special!

Premieres Friday, August 20th,  9:30-10:30am

Climb aboard as Buddy and the entire Pteranodon family board the DINOSAUR TRAIN to embark on their first underwater adventure in the new one-hour special “Dinosaur Train Under the Sea,” airing Friday, August 20 on KLRU. The Pteranodon family learns about new aquatic creatures when they ride the train through a glass-encased time tunnel that dives down under the sea to explore the Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic oceans. The train also features the new Aquacar, and open car filled with sea water for carrying their new friends.

Meet Our New Underwater Friends!

Elmer Elasmosaurus: The Dinosaur Train’s new Aquacar gets its first passenger when the Pteranodon family helps transport Elmer back to his home in the ocean.  This long-necked, giant marine reptile is a deep-sea diver with a special talent for holding his breath.

Carla Cretoxyrhina: On their underwater excursion, the Pteranodon family meets up with a young shark named Carla Cretoxyrhina, who turns out to be much nicer than her reputation suggests.

The Amazing Michelinoceras Brothers: Buddy and his family continue their underwater adventure by traveling deep underwater on the Dinosaur Train to view two backwards-bounding brothers named Max and Mitch Michelinoceras.

Paulie Pliosaurus: The Pteranodon family wrap up  their  Dinosaur Train underwater exploration with a visit to a marine reptile called  Paulie Pliosaurus, a creature known as the “T. rex of the Ocean.”

There’s great reproducible activity sheet for children and a step-by-step instruction sheet for parents and caregivers on conducting a watery science learning activity with kids. Dinosaur Train colorful hypothesis

Preview SXSW Flashback 2010

Featuring a wide variety of interviews ranging from the already-made-its to the up-and-comers of the entertainment world, SXSW Flashback takes viewers back to March 2010 for one hour of SXSW excitement.  Highlights include Bill Murray, Paul Wall, Chamillionaire, Ed Norton, and Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead discussing their latest movies and music as well as their experiences here visiting Central Texas and SXSW.

SWSW Flashback will air on KLRU on Thursday, August 19, at 8 p.m. but you can watch it now online.

Watch the full episode. See more KLRU Presents.

McCallum Fine Arts Academy's Evita in Costa Rica

In June KLRU was proud to bring you a live performance of the McCallum Fine Arts Academy’s interpretation of Evita. Shortly after appearing on KLRU airwaves the company took the show to Costa Rica.

Live on KLRU 6/9/10

After what sounds like a whirlwind trip the group is back! M. Scott Tatum, Head of Theatre at McCallum High School, sums up their expedition:

I rarely brag on my own program…but the work these students and parents did to get this $120,000 trip together with 43 students, 5 McCallum adults, 5 performances at the National Auditorium, workshops through the US Embassy, homestays where the students and adults learned Spanish from native speakers, travels across the country visiting beaches and volcanos, zip-lining through the rainforest, and shared the excited and power of our theatrical art of storytelling…..it’s simply amazing. There are few programs in the State of Texas that can and will do these type of large scope, grand ambition type events. I hope you take a chance to thank these students and parents who brought and continue to bring state, national and international attention to McCallum High School and Fine Arts Academy, Austin ISD, and the City of Austin. I’m very lucky to have been able to be a part of it.

More coverage of their trip:
The US Embassy posted a blurb about one of the workshops they hosted

News 7 covered the story using clips from the Austin performances, as well explaining their work with Tierra Nuestra, a Costa Rican clean beaches effort

La Nacion (comparable to the NYTimes) ran an article with picture

More information about the McCallum Fine Arts Academy