Community Cinema: Reel Injun screening 10/5

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free Community Cinema screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr,). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films. This month’s film is Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian.

Cree filmmaker Neil Diamond takes a look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through a century of cinema. Traveling through the heartland of America, and into the Canadian North, Diamond looks at how the myth of “the Injun” has influenced the world’s understanding — and misunderstanding — of Natives.

Reel Injun traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of Native people from the silent film era to today, with clips from hundreds of classic and recent Hollywood movies, and candid interviews with celebrated Native and non-Native film celebrities, activists, film critics, and historians.

Generous support received for KLRU

KLRU is very grateful to have received several recent commitments towards its ACL Studio Fund. Bettye & Bill Nowlin have made a generous contribution of $250,000 through the Austin Community Foundation. Pledges have been made by The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, ($100,000) and the Still Water Foundation ($50,000).

We are thrilled that the Moody Foundation has pledged $50,000 toward our Grand Opening Street Party for the Moody Theater in February 2011. This gift will allow approximately 2,000 members of the general public to attend a free unveiling of the new Austin City Limits Stage and to enjoy festivities around the W Austin Hotel downtown, including a live, outdoor projection of the evening’s highlights from inside the venue.

We are so fortunate to have enlisted the support of these partners — and we look forward to sharing the outcomes with Central Texas and beyond!

Review: Ken Burns newest documentary

Ken Burns’ The Tenth Inning
Part 1: Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. (encore at 9 p.m.)
Part 2: Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. (encore at 9 p.m.)

What the HELL is Ken Burns thinking! With about a week to go in the Major League baseball season – with division and wild card races at a fever pitch – Mr. Burns has decided to release “The 10th Inning” addition to his ridiculously successful series “Baseball.” After watching the just the first two hours(Top of the 10th) on a weekend when my own beloved Atlanta Braves were in the processes of sweeping the New York Mets to remain in the thick of the NL Wildcard race — I was left with such a baseball adrenaline rush that I felt the need to canvas the neighborhood to see if anyone wanted to play a little catch or maybe find a vacant lot to get a game going.

No I’m not kidding. This series needs a warning label. WARNING: Watching “The 10th Inning” could leave you lightheaded and in need peanuts and crackerjacks.

I think one reason for the strong emotion that washed over me as I watched this 4-hour addendum — came in part from the fact that I was reliving some of the most important baseball memories in my life. While Burns’ “9th Inning” from the 1994 documentary relived my formative baseball years (Steve Carlton, Fernando Mania, the wizard of OZ…etc ) “The 10th Inning” is packed with some of my most loved players, teams and moments. It also feels the least like a history. I need innings 1 through 8 to learn about the greats that came and went before I was born. The 9th and new 10th innings instead provide a key to unlock my own baseball memories. I often found myself watching a key game and saying, “…I remember what I was doing then.”

Now the show isn’t all fun and games as it lays out the game from 1994 to 2009. It also has the arduous task of tackling major league baseball’s steroid era. It shows the abuse and overuse of performance enhancers in a very balanced way…almost to the point of sugar coating how it all began. There is also plenty of blame spread around — from the players union, to the owners, to the players and even the fans – who labeled Barry Bonds a cheater while at the same packing every stadium he played in to see if he’d hit another home run. When talking about steroids — there are thousands of opinions to choose from — and “The 10th Inning” gives each a voice.

Overall “The 10th Inning” does a fabulous job of retelling the stories that are freshest in our baseball minds. With its content coming from the most recent events — in an age of ESPN — the show could have felt like a rehash that didn’t provide any new information. But Burns easily overcomes this obstacle. As each story is laid out — there is at the very least a single nugget of new information that makes hearing the story again worthwhile. But most of the time — the interviews, still pictures and game footage provide enough raw emotion and great storytelling to satisfy the fan in all of us for years.

About the reviewer: Ben Philpott covers state politics and policy for KUT News and the Texas Tribune and has been an Atlanta Braves fan since 1989. When he’s not at the Capitol, Ben can be found at home teaching his two girls the finer points of baseball and wondering why the younger one has decided to become an Astros fan

Review: Tenth Inning

Ken Burns’ The Tenth Inning
Part 1: Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. (encore at 9 p.m.)
Part 2: Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. (encore at 9 p.m.)

From the opening notes of the pounding soundtrack of Ken Burns’ Baseball: The 10th Inning, we realize that the game of baseball has moved on. We aren’t watching a quaint documentary about the history of America’s game, rather we’re embarking on a new, sometimes dark, chapter in the story of the game.

It has often been written that the game of baseball is a metaphor for life. The 10th Inning proves this metaphor to be true. Burns’ interwoven storytelling mixes together the highs and lows, the dark and light, the championships and the bitter defeats in such a way that we realize we cannot have one without the other.

Much of the documentary tracks the effects of two key events in recent baseball history, the fallout of the 1994 baseball work stoppage, and the rise in the use of steroids to enhance player performance. Burns not only documents the obvious negative aspects of both events, but also carefully shows how baseball owners, players, and fans grew the game, and created some of baseball’s most memorable moments by reacting strongly to the strike and ignoring the use of performance enhancing drugs.

Ken Burns’ Baseball: The 10th Inning is not just a documentary for hardcore baseball fans. Rather, this masterful film does for all of us what baseball has always done. Through its simplicity, it forces us to question what is truly important to us, regardless of how complicated our lives have become.

About the reviewer: Shane Guiter is the Director of Development for KLRU. He’s worked at the station since 2005. When he’s not raising money for KLRU, Shane blogs about technology and new media, while listing to Radiohead.

Highlights 9/26 to 10/2

Discover the rich landscape and mysterious species inhabiting the island of Cuba as well as the danger this diverse ecosystem faces in the midst of war and tourism on Cuba: The Accidental Eden at 7 p.m. Sunday.

When two murders share a link with their own Doctor Hobson, Lewis and Hathaway try to clear her name by unraveling the truth from a tangle of complicated events on Masterpiece Mystery at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The encounter between the New and Old World lead to the birth of an entirely new culture in the early Americas in Carl Byker’s documentary When Worlds Collide at 8 p.m. Monday.

2501 Migrants: A Journey at 9:30 p.m. Monday documents global migration and the artistic inspiration dwelling within the personal account of Alejandro Santiago, a Mexican artist returning to his hometown after a decade of exploration to find his once familiar surroundings completely abandoned in the midst of resettlement.

An update to the 1994 series Baseball, part one of Ken Burns’ two-part series The Tenth Inning at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday focuses on the beginning of a new era of America’s favorite pastime in the last decade of the 20th century with the infusion of new players, dominating stadiums, and an innovative mindset to shatter historic records and rebuild the sport after crisis.

The second half of the two-part series The Tenth Inning at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday explores the ongoing popularity and relevance of baseball within the past ten years through the examination of frenzied rivalries, restored comfort in the wake of 9/11, and the darker implications of the steroid era.

Clips of memorable episodes and behind the scenes stories of each are recollected on the Best of Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The diverse essence of metropolitan Austin is captured through a view of downtown living and the concept of urban density on the Best of “Downtown” Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

In Context “Classical Guitar” at 8 p.m. Thursday features performances from the Guitar Foundation of America’s annual convention and competition, the largest gathering of the classical guitar industry in the world.

Three prolific bands defy the boundaries of Classic Rock and pulsating modern grunge with the inception of progressive supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. The ensemble features their critically acclaimed self-titled debut as they take the Austin City Limits stage at 10 p.m. Friday.

Rasta revolutionary Jimmy Cliff wows the Austin City Limits crowd as he performs his greatest hits and songs from his LP Existence and includes a surprise guest on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 p.m.

KLRU's SuperWhy at CASA Superhero run

KLRU Team posing at the CASA Super Hero Run

KLRU has partnered with CASA of Travis County for their Superhero Run on Sunday, Sept. 19, at The Domain. KLRU will have children’s activities plus SuperWhy will be there to congratulate participants in the Kids 1K.

There will be a superhero costume contest including super kid and super pet categories, a moonwalk obstacle course, create your own superhero mask, a photo booth and much more.

Check out the photos from fun event.

Curious George Live! ticket giveaway

Curious George, the irrepressible little monkey who has captured children’s hearts for generations, jumps into action when he takes the stage in the inaugural tour of Curious George Live! Curious George swings onto the stage at The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center from Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10. Tickets for all five performances are on sale now.

The Erwin Center has given KLRU a limited number of tickets to give to our fans. The tickets are for the 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, performance. Winners will receive two tickets to the show. Enter here by October 3 and we will randomly choose ticket winners on Oct. 4.

Friday, October 8 7PM
Saturday, October 9 11AM & 3PM
Sunday , October 10 1PM & 5P