December 2010: Great Peformances: “Dance in America: San Francisco’s Ballet’s Nutcracker”

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is:

San Francisco Ballet's The NutcrackerDance in America: San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker
Thursday, December 16th at 8 p.m.

San Francisco Ballet makes the beloved Nutcracker its own, resetting it during the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition and introducing Dance in America viewers to the dazzling Maria Kochetkova and Davit Karapetyan. Recorded in December 2007 by KQED Public Television to help commemorate the company’s 75th anniversary, the work is choreographed by Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson and features sets and costumes by, respectively, Michael Yeargan and Martin Pakledinaz, both repeat Tony Award-winning designers. “Striking, elegant and beautiful,” assessed The New York Times.

Introduced by Olympic champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, a native of the Bay Area and winner of 2008’s Dancing with the Stars, the production encores in high definition and 5.1 surround sound. San Francisco Ballet Music Director and Principal Conductor Martin West conducts Tchaikovsky’s sprightly score.

Repeats:
Friday, December 17, 1-3 & 3-5 a.m.
Sunday, December 19, 3-5 a.m. & 2-4 p.m.
Monday, December 20, 1-3 a.m.

KLRU Community Screening & Discussion "Fixing the Future"

Thanks to everyone who attended the KLRU Community Screening with David Brancaccio and Ellen Spiro on their documentary Fixing The Future.

In Fixing the Future: NOW on PBS, David Brancaccio visits communities across America,  including Austin, using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity. After the economic meltdown of 2008, the nation stands in urgent need of economic growth that’s not based on risky financial bets placed by Wall Street. Brancaccio talks to working Americans who are re-engineering the future, built on American values of commonwealth, shared prosperity, fairness, wellness, sustainability and creativity. Here are ways to get involved.

Special thanks to our sponsors Austin Community College, Live Oak Brewing and Texas Coffee Traders.

Highlights 12/5 to 12/11

David Foster joins superstar Andrea Bocelli for a new Christmas concert of holiday classics as they share the stage to present an elegant collection of seasonal favorites on Great Performances at 6 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Eclectic Irish ensemble Celtic Thunder presents a holiday celebration for the family as they recreate treasured holiday favorites and perform a few specially-written originals for an audience in Poughkeepsie, NY, on Celtic Thunder Christmas at 10 p.m. Sunday and 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Experience a captivating blend of circus art and street entertainment as Cirque du Soleil creates a garden of delights that has transformed the very nature of entertainment in the desert oasis of Las Vegas on Cirque du Soleil: Flowers in the Desert at 11:30 p.m. Sunday.

Pat Boone, Phyllis McGuire and Nick Clooney present the happiest hits from the 1950s through concert performances and archival clips on Magic Moments – The Best of 50s Pop at 7 p.m. Monday.

Experience the New York Philharmonic’s gala all-star salute to a true Broadway legend, Stephen Sondheim, on his 80th birthday on Great Performances at 9 p.m. Monday.

The world of research, neuroscience and neurology is explored through studies that reveal how our brain reacts to changes, environments and situations as well as how the brain can and does transform and specialize on Brain Fitness: Peak Performance at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Classics were recreated and relived as iconic singer-songwriters Carole King and James Taylor reunited in 2007 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Los Angeles club The Troubador on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m.

The climactic and inspiring life and times of first generation Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Roy Orbison is presented along with a collection of his classic tracks in the one-hour documentary film Roy Orbison: In Dreams at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Riverdance Live from Beijing captures the complexity and vivacity of the show’s 15th anniversary performance in China in high definition at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Opera diva Frederica von Stade narrates The Singing Life at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, a moving look at the phenomenon of singing through the eyes and voices of Chanticleer, the internationally known male choral ensemble, and teenagers in a small town high school choir.

From the Beatles’ American television debut to the Doors’ infamous one-time-only appearance, Ed Sullivan’s Rock N’ Roll Classics at 7 p.m. Thursday presents enchanting full-length performances from great musical acts of the 1960s.

Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan in Session at 9 p.m. Thursday presents the legendary live jam session by two of the greatest musicians ever to have played the blues on electric guitar.

Author Ian Frazier discusses his career and assorted mix of humorous works on Overheard with Evan Smith at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

RSVP: Michael Pollan tapes Overheard 12/11

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with author and activist Michael Pollan on Saturday, December 11 at 10:30 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10 a.m.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP here

For millions of fans and followers, Pollan has served as educator, agitator and guide through the act of buying and consuming food.  His most recent books delve deep into where our food comes from, what meaning that food has in our culture and what he believes consumers should know each time they sit down to a meal.

Overheard with Evan Smith updates the successful formula of our award-winning series Texas Monthly Talks – great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The new show brings you the same mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and is available to PBS stations nationwide.  We hope you’ll be there for our first season of this exciting new program, which airs on KLRU at 7 p.m. every Thursday. Watch episodes online now at klru.org/overheard

RSVP for Bill Bradley on Overheard 12/9

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with former Senator Bill Bradley on Thursday, December 9, at 10 am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 9:30 am The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete this form to RSVP.

Bill Bradley’s biography includes three terms as a U.S. Senator, a run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2000, an NBA hall of fame basketball career and two years in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He’s also the author of six books, the host of a weekly radio show and a partner in a New York investment bank. Join us to hear his take on politics and the economy.

Overheard with Evan Smith updates the successful formula of our award-winning series Texas Monthly Talks – great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The new show brings you the same mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and is available to PBS stations nationwide. We hope you’ll be there for our first season of this exciting new program, which airs on KLRU at 7 pm every Thursday. Watch episodes online now at klru.org/overheard

Wednesday live in the studio

Wednesday night, Austin viewers were lucky to be serenaded by the beautiful voices of the Conspirare Children’s Choir. The Children’s Choir was created as an extension of Austin-based Conspirare, a professional ensemble of adult choral singers featured in the evening’s broadcast of “A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert,” which is a production of KLRU and has been shared with a nationwide audience. Please take time to support this program and local productions at KLRU. Conspirare will be performing their Christmas concert this Monday at the Long Center. They put on an amazing show and their Christmas concert is an annual tradition for many Austinites.

Everyone in the studio was very impressed by the discipline and talent of the singers who gave a very moving performance. Posted below are some pictures from the evening and clips from the Children’s Choir singing two holiday songs.

“Nativity Carol”

“Wassail Song”

Tuesday live in the studio

Last night KLRU broadcast live from studio 6B during the PBS documentary Botany of Desire. We choose this program because Tuesdays are our traditional science night and also because Michael Pollan will be in Austin next week. As an extra special thank you gift we are offering tickets to his lecture at Bass Concert Hall as well as his book and a DVD or Blu-Ray of the program. We only have a limited number so secure your spot soon! One lucky person will have their tickets upgraded to a VIP reception with Michael Pollan himself.

Another thing that made last night special was the support of the garden community. Central Texas Gardener has many fabulous fans and some of them came to help us answer phones. Many of them have their own blogs or community programs so check their sites listed below if you’re looking for inspiration.

Tonight we will be live in the studio during “A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert.” Our special guests will be the Conspirare Youth Choir who will be performing throughout the evening. The fun begins at 7p!

thanks to these folks who helped us answer phones:
Denise Delaney
Grow Green Coordinator, City of Austin

Elaine Dill
Master Gardener

Ellie Hanlon
Mostly Weeds

Caroline Homer
Shovel Ready Garden

Glee Ingram
Growing Designs Landscape designer

Eleanor Pratt
Garden of E

Roxane Smith
Master Gardener