Ticket Giveaway: Sesame Street Live

*** Giveaway is over. Congratulations to our winners!****

KLRU has partnered with the Frank Erwin Center to offer three of our viewers two tickets each to “Elmo’s Healthy Heroes” playing 2/17 to 2/20. Post a comment below and we will randomly choose winners on Wednesday, 2/16. Winners must be able to come to KLRU to get pick up their tickets.

Sesame Street Live
“Elmo’s Healthy Heroes”
Austin, TX; The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center
Thursday, February 17 – Sunday, February 20, 2011
Tickets are on sale at TexasBoxOffice.com

When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero! Never fear, Elmo and his team of Healthy Heroes are here. Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene – all in a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover. It’s Elmo’s Healthy Heroes to the rescue!

Performance Schedule
Thursday, February 17: 7pm
Friday, February 18: 10 am & 7 pm
Saturday, February 19:10:30 am, 2pm & 5:30 pm
Sunday, February 20: 1 pm & 4:30 pm

KLRU has partnered with the Frank Erwin Center to offer three of our viewers two tickets each to “Elmo’s Healthy Heroes”. Post a comment below and we will randomly choose winners on Wednesday, 2/16. Winners must be able to come to KLRU to get pick up their tickets.

Sesame Street Live
“Elmo’s Healthy Heroes”
Austin, TX; The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center
Thursday, February 17 – Sunday, February 20, 2011
Tickets are on sale at TexasBoxOffice.com

When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero! Never fear, Elmo and his team of Healthy Heroes are here. Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene – all in a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover. It’s Elmo’s Healthy Heroes to the rescue!

Performance Schedule
Thursday, February 17: 7pm
Friday, February 18: 10 am & 7 pm
Saturday, February 19:10:30 am, 2pm & 5:30 pm
Sunday, February 20: 1 pm & 4:30 pm

KLRU Appraisal Fair

At the first KLRU Appraisal Fair, over 500 fans and supporters of public television braved the stormy weather to come to the KLRU-TV studios to have their treasured antiques and collectibles appraised by volunteer appraisers and antiques dealers from Austin.

For a gift of $120 to the station, donors could bring up to three items to be appraised – items included jewelry, furniture, paintings, clocks, glassware, dolls, quilts, and much more. There were a lot of surprises throughout the day and we captured some truly special items on video.

We want to share our videos and photos from the event with you all, so for the next couple of Mondays we’ll post something new from the day. We also want to thank everyone who donated to participate in the event and all of the appraisers who volunteered their time!

Visit www.klrusupport.org/appraisalfair for a complete listing of the appraisers who made the day possible.

The KLRU Appraisal Fair will return for its second year in 2012, so stay tuned to KLRU for your chance to attend!

Valentines Day with Cyberchase

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Even though KLRU no longer broadcasts Cyberchase you can still bring some math to your Valentine’s Day fun with these Cyberchase resources:  

  • ACTIVITY: In Sweet Hearts for Digit, kids tally up the multi-colored candy that Digit has collected for Valentine’s
  • CARDS: Make your own Cyberchase valentines
  • COLOR: Enjoy this special Valentine’s Day coloring page from “Hugs and Witches”
  • WATCH: Tune in to watch “Hugs and Witches!”  In this episode Hacker locks Dr. Marbles and Lady Ada Byron Lovelace (voice of Jane Curtin) in a time machine. The kids must decipher Lady Ada’s poems to be able to free the couple. Click here to check local times

Grownups can check out tips for making math part of kids’ Valentines Day celebration, plus find more math fun online at pbskids.org/Cyberchase!

Public media funding in jeopardy

There are several bills pending in Congress that would eliminate all federal funding for public broadcasting. Debate and a vote in the House of Representatives are likely to occur next week.

KLRU and stations all across the country rely on this funding to ensure that public media will continue to enhance the quality of life of our local communities through its offerings of children’s programming, news and public affairs, local cultural programming, non-commercial educational programs.

We hope you will call your Members of Congress – their contact info is listed below – and tell them what you think of public broadcasting and the proposed cuts. It is important that your elected representatives hear directly from you about whether or not funding for public broadcasting should be continued.

You can also show your support by visiting 170millionamericans.org and sign up to receive updates. KLRU has joined the efforts of this grass-roots campaign, a collaboration of public radio and television stations, listeners and viewer’s throughout the country.

Our viewing area covers many districts, find your representative here.

District 10- Michael T. McCaul
Phone: (202) 225-2401
Fax: (202) 225-5955

District 11- Michael Conaway
Phone: (202) 225-3605
Fax: (202) 225-1783

District 20- Charles A. Gonzalez
Phone (202) 225-3236
Fax (202) 225-1915

District 21- Lamar Smith
Phone (202) 225-4236
Fax: (202) 225-8628

District 25- Lloyd Doggett
Phone: (202) 225-4865
Fax: (202) 225-3073

District 28- Henry Cuellar
Phone (202) 225-1640
Fax (202) 225-1641

District 31- John Carter
Phone: (202) 225-3864
Fax: (202) 225-5886

If you would like to write your representative, click here.

Highlights 2/13 to 2/19

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday explores the diversity of wildlife and habitats of the Himalayas starring the mysterious snow leopard.

Based on William Boyd’s bestselling novel, Masterpiece Classic at 8 p.m. Sunday presents part one of “Any Human Heart”, a three-part series depicting the eventful life of a footloose writer in the tumultuous 20th century.

Part two of “Reagan: American Experience” at 8 p.m. Monday portrays the story of one of the most popular and controversial presidents of the century whose passionate ideologue preached a simple gospel of lower taxes, less government and anti-communism.

Pioneers of Television at 7 p.m. Tuesday presents “Late Night”, an exploration of the formative years of late-night television headlined by the stories of Steve Allen, Jack Paar and Johnny Carson.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday presents “A Daughter’s Death”, an investigation of the circumstances around the stunning death of soldier LaVena Johnson, uncovering hard truths about how the Army handled the death of one of its own.

“Simon Schama’s Rough Crossings” at 9 p.m. Tuesday chronicles the abolition of slavery from the plantations of Georgia through the Revolutionary War to Nova Scotia, Canada.

Haunted Texas: Peyton Colony at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday gives half hour visual exploration into the history of Peyton Colony, Texas in the Texas Hill Country that traces back the mysterious nature of certain events occurring today to the possibility of spirits remaining behind.

Nova ScienceNow at 7 p.m. Wednesday explores the possibilities affiliated with the question: Where did we come from?

Nova at 8 p.m. Wednesday provides a forensic view of crucial events seen from all angles to pieces together the events leading up to what really happened on Flight 447 that disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean without a trace.

Nova at 9 p.m. Wednesday investigates the collision of two Boeing 747 airliners on the runway at a tiny airport in the Canary Islands and pieces together the clues that led to a fatal take-off.

Alternative rockers Pearl Jam perform tracks from their latest album, Backspacer, as well as classic favorites on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

John Mackey, founder and CEO of Whole Foods, discusses his career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Paseo Del Arte: Expanding The Riverwalk at 7:30 p.m. Thursday takes a look at the newest development to the Riverwalk – an expansion featuring art installations from local artists, a lock and dam system and flows right past the renovated Pearl Brewery and San Antonio Museum of Art.

Galveston Island at 8:30 p.m. Thursday relates the city’s history, culture and resiliency after Hurricane Ike.

Austin City Limits veterans and country music legends Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel join forces onstage in celebration of their collaborative LP, Willie and the Wheel at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Schedule Change: Gov. Perry's State of the State to air on 2/13/11 at 1 p.m.

KLRU will air a re-broadcast Governor Perry’s State of the State address on Sunday, February 13 at 1 p.m. on 18.1

Earlier this week, Governor Perry addressed an audience of both houses of the Texas Legislature for his customary State of the State address. The Governor provided guidance to legislators as they begin to work on the state budget and face an estimated $27 billion deficit.

KLRU is grateful to KVUE-TV, a subsidiary of Belo Corporation for providing this content.

In Memoriam- Robert F. Schenkkan

In Memoriam
Robert F. Schenkkan
1917-2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert F. Schenkkan. Schenkkan was the founder of both KLRU and KUT, and a true pioneer in public broadcasting. He was also a good friend and advisor.

Here’s a touching tribute to him, his career and his family from 2007.

The Austin American Statesman had this tribute this morning and KUT filed this report.

February 2011: NOVA Science Now

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

How Smart Are Animals?
Wednesday, February 9, 7-8 p.m.

These brainy marine mammals can "read," plan ahead, and communicate in astounding ways.How well can we understand what’s going on in the brains of non-human animals? Do our pets – like dogs – have the same feelings we do? How smart are animals really?

Watch a preview. Visit the site.

Repeats:
Thursday, Feb. 10, 3-4 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 11, 2-3 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 13, 4-5 a.m.

HEY YOU GUYS!

Marcus, Keith, Jessica and Hector of the Electric CompanySeason 3 launches THIS WEEK with 4 all-new episodes! Here’s your chance to take a peek at The Electric Company’s newest cast members, animations, recurring segments, music videos, and social media content.

  • Marcus Gets His Power!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_3QqYPnUIU