Ticket giveaway: Texas Tribune Tribcast 9/14

Join KLRU in the studio for a live recording of The Texas Tribune’s weekly state politics podcast called the TribCast. The event takes place on September 14 from 6 to 8 pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Enter here for your chance to get two tickets to this event. Enter by noon on Friday .

Timely talk with distinctly Texas flavor, the weekly political podcast features Tribune CEO Evan Smith, Managing Editor Ross Ramsey and political reporter Elise Hu as well as KUT-FM’s Ben Philpott. It’s a provocative weekly skirmish over the latest in Texas politics, policy and pop culture.

The event will feature light refreshments provided by FRANK and drinks by Live Oak Brewery. The recording of the TribCast will be followed by a 30 minute audience q&a.

Ticket giveaway: Jean Piche 9/9

*** UPDATE: Giveaway is over. Congratulations to Autumn! ***

Texas Performing Arts and KLRU invite you to push the envelope of new music with pioneering composer and video artist Jean Piché on Thursday, September 9, at 8 pm at McCullough Theatre. You can buy tickets online or enter to win two passes to the event HERE. Submit your name and email address before noon on Wednesday. Winner will be notified by email.

Since the early 1970s, Jean Piché was one of the first composers to employ emerging digital audio technologies in a cycle of fixed media works acknowledged as seminal to the form. His works cross every genre of electro-acoustics but now center on video-music in which electronic visuals become an extension of musical discourse. His work aims for poetic expression beyond any avowed formalism, while alternately described as confounding, colorful and virtuosic.

“Like pure musique-concrète in which all the sounds emerge from recordings of the real world, Piché‘s stunning visual images are derived from the rich movement and color from his unique video recordings. The three screen projections synchronized with his very original musical style are stunning and totally captivating. I believe that his video-music is indeed a new and very powerful genre,” wrote Bruce Pennycook, UT Butler School of Music professor in Composition

Austin City Limits: 35 Years in Photographs

Although Austin City Limits: 35 Years in Photographs isn’t officially released until September 14th, you may have seen it popping up at various places around Austin (including for sale at recent ACL tapings!). This substantial coffee-table book features hundreds of stunning photographs by long-time ACL photographer Scott Newton. Edited by Newton and Executive Producer Terry Lickona, the photographs have been carefully curated and presented with memories and quotes about ACL from the artists who have performed on the show. The book is currently available for sale through KLRU’s website as well as most major booksellers. More information about the book itself:

Austin City Limits is the best of the best: the best moments from some of the most brilliant, mesmerizing, quirky, esoteric, and unforgettable performances on the longest-running popular music series in American television history.

Austin City Limits

35 Years in Photographs

Photographs by Scott Newton

Edited by Terry Lickona and Scott Newton

Foreword by John Mayer

September 2010

$40.00 hardcover, ISBN 978-0-292-72311-5

10.5 x 11 inches, 204 pages, 294 color and b&w photos

Brad and Michele Moore Roots Music Series

Honored as a “historic rock and roll landmark” by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Austin City Limits is the longest-running popular music series in American television history. Austin City Limits began in 1974 by featuring original Texas music that ran the gamut from western swing and Texas blues to Tejano, progressive country, and rock and roll. By the time the show celebrated its thirty-fifth anniversary in 2009, its coverage encompassed unique regional, national, and even international performers in an eclectic, ever-expanding range of genres. Austin City Limits has also broadened its live audience beyond its iconic studio on the University of Texas campus with the annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, a three-day extravaganza that spotlights some 150 bands and attracts more than 200,000 fans.

Austin City Limits captures the excitement and energy of the show in photographs by Austin City Limit’s longtime still photographer, Scott Newton. The images span Austin City Limit’s first thirty-five years, with special emphasis on legendary artists such as Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Leonard Cohen, and Willie Nelson, and the most compelling contemporary performers and bands from the past ten to fifteen years, including Coldplay, John Mayer, Elvis Costello, Pearl Jam, David Byrne, The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, and Norah Jones. Proving that he has few peers among photographers of live music, Newton’s images deliver amazing glimpses into the intimate, revealing, and powerful moments in each artist’s performance. They also depict the direct and potent connection between performer and audience that has always been a hallmark of Austin City Limits.

SCOTT NEWTON has been the house photographer for Austin City Limits since 1979. His work has been published on numerous album covers and in many magazines and books, including three books illustrated entirely by his work: two about Austin City Limits (the most recent being Austin City Limits: 25 Years of American Music) and The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock: New Edition.

TERRY LICKONA has been the producer of Austin City Limits since 1978. He served as chairman of the board of trustees of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences from 2005–2007 and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Americana Music Association in 2009.

For more information from University of Texas Press please contact Andrea Prestridge at 512.232.7633 or aprestridge@utpress.utexas.edu.

Highlights 9/5 to 9/11

Summer of Birds at 6 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Tuesday details a relatively unknown chapter in the life of renowned naturalist painter, ornithologist and literary figure John James Audubon.

The discovery of a body on an Oxford bus leads Lewis and Hathaway to a sprawling Oxford estate where Hathaway spent much of his childhood on Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis at 8 p.m. Sunday.

A document seems connected to an early controversial religion — the first religion founded by an American-born woman – on History Detectives at 8 p.m. Monday.

Make No Little Plans at 9 p.m. Monday explores how the ideas of architect/planner Daniel Hudson Burnham shaped our nation’s future and how his ideas continue the debate today about what urban planning means in a democratic society.

Nova presents a comprehensive three-part, three-hour special – investigating explosive new discoveries that are transforming the picture of how we became human. Part two, “Birth of Humanity” at 7 p.m. Tuesday tackles the mysteries of how our ancestors managed to survive in a savannah teeming with vicious predators, and when and why we first left our African cradle to colonize every corner of the earth.

POV at 9 p.m. Tuesday features “Off and Running,” the story of Brooklyn teenager Avery as she struggles over her “true” identity and the circumstances of her adoption.

Through A Dog’s Eyes at 7 p.m. Wednesday focuses on dog trainer Jennifer Arnold, the service dogs she trains and the families whose lives they have changed.

Two episodes of the groundbreaking documentary Latin Music USA air back-to-back starting at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Part one traces the rise of Latin Jazz and the explosion of the Mambo and the Cha Cha Cha as they sweep the US from East to West. Part two features Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York as they reinvent the Cuban Son and the Puerto Rican Plena, adding elements from Soul and Jazz to create Salsa, which becomes a defining rhythm for Latinos the world over.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings burn up the stage with their modern take on classic soul and funk on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday. Texas treasure Carolyn Wonderland follows with her incendiary blend of rock, blues and soul.

Journalist Morley Safer discusses his career on Texas Monthly Talks at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Host Marco Werman travels deep into the heart of international music for Sound Tracks at 8 p.m. Thursday. Meet the living legacy of superstar Afrobeat creator Fela, examine the raging popularity of Vladimir Putin’s sexy propaganda song and other stories on international music.

Kentucky’s indie rock heroes My Morning Jacket return to the Austin City Limits stage at 7 p.m. Saturday to showcase their acclaimed album Evil Urges.

KLRU working with newspapers for debate

KLRU is working in partnership with the Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express-News, Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Dallas Morning News to present a debate among the leading candidates for governor.

Candidates who register at least 10 percent support in a September poll conducted by the newspapers will be invited to attend this debate.

We appreciate our viewers’ concerns about having all candidates invited to participate in the debate. If you would like to voice your concerns please do so in the comments section of this post and we will pass comments along to the news organizations with whom we are working.

September 2010: Through A Dog's Eyes

Aiden and NalaThrough A Dog’s Eyes

7-8 p.m., Wednesday, September 8

Through a Dog’s Eyes will change the way you feel about your own dog. The documentary follows a handful of people as they journey through the heartwarming and often challenging process of receiving their service dogs.

Jennifer Arnold, founder of Canine Assistants, discusses her teaching methods and the life-changing impact these dogs have on the recipients and their families. She gives us a glimpse of puppy-rearing and training, and takes us inside the intense and sometimes nerve-wracking experience of matching people with their dogs. Ádám Miklósi, Ph.D., one of the world’s foremost experts in dog cognition, also discusses the science behind Jennifer’s training philosophy.

You’ll also follow the families home and watch their relationships with their dogs unfold. Sometimes what began as love at first sight deepens. Occasionally the initial chemistry doesn’t last. Overall, it’s a bonding process that, as with any relationship, takes work and time.

These hopeful stories provide unique insights into the ways canine assistants improve people’s lives. What’s more, you’ll see your own dog in a whole new light.

6-7 p.m., Sunday, September 12

KLRU and Windsor Park Branch Library present Community Cinema

A free monthly screening series, Community Cinema features films from the PBS series Independent Lens. In over 65 cities nationwide, organizations and public television stations encourage dialogue and action around important and timely social issues.

In Austin, screenings will be 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.

October 5
Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian

Reel Injun is an exciting, insightful and entertaining feature length documentary about the evolution of the image of North American Native people (“The Indians”) in famous Hollywood movies, from the silent era to today.

November 2
Deep Down

Beverly May and Terry Ratliff grew up on opposite sides of a mountain ridge in eastern Kentucky, where coal is king. When a mountaintop removal coal mine encroaches on their community, the two find themselves on opposing sides of a debate dividing their community.

December 7
The Calling

A behind-the-scenes look at young Americans — Christian, Jewish, Catholic, and Muslim — preparing to become America’s next generation of religious leaders.

January 4
For Once In My Life

The story of an inspiring group of people and their dream to make music. This film follows the members of the Spirit of Goodwill Band, twenty-eight musicians and singers who all have severe mental and/or physical disabilities.

February 1
Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story

Follows the sad and startling story of Cyntoia Brown, who is serving a life sentence for murder at the age of 16.

March 1
Pushing the Elephant

Pushing The Elephant chronicles the story of Rose Mapendo and how she escaped from the ethnic violence of the Democratic Republic of Congo to become a vital voice to help mend her divided country.

April 5

As the first woman to lead an Islamic nation, Benazir Bhutto led a life of Shakespearean dimensions. Her untimely death sent shock waves throughout the world, transforming Bhutto from political messiah to a martyr in the hearts of her people.

May 3
Welcome To Shelbyville

Set in the heart of America’s Bible Belt, Welcome to Shelbyville focuses on a small Southern town as they grapple with rapid demographic change and issues of immigrant integration.

June 7
Two Spirits

Filmmaker Lydia Nibley explores the cultural context behind the tragic and senseless murder of Fred Martinez, a Navajo youth slain at the age of 16.