Ticketgiveaway: Black Watch 2/17

*giveaway is now over*

KLRU has a commitment to presenting the arts to Austin. As part of this commitment we team up with local arts organizations to bring you television programs like In Context and online arts features on KLRU Collective. We also bring you the best of performance art from PBS with Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center.

Today, we’re teaming up with Texas Performing Arts to bring you tickets to a live performance of Black Watch. Post a comment on this blog post for your chance to get a pair of tickets to the Feb. 17 show at 8 pm. The winner will be chosen at random on Feb. 15. Black Watch runs from Feb 16-20 at the Bass Concert Hall. Tickets can be purchased at texasperformingarts.org

PLEASE NOTE: Black Watch contains strong language, loud explosions, and strobe lighting. Not recommended for audiences under 16.

Presented in partnership with Fusebox Festival and the Department of Theatre and Dance, Black Watch is written by Gregory Burke and directed by John Tiffany.

This rare tour of Black Watch by the National Theatre of Scotland stops in Austin following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, performances around the globe, and unanimous critical and popular acclaim. For this groundbreaking presentation, Texas Performing Arts is putting the audience on the Bass Concert Hall stage in a rare and intimate seating configuration.

Black Watch is a stirring play based on interviews conducted by Scottish playwright Gregory Burke with veteran soldiers who served in Iraq. Viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, Black Watch reveals what it means to be part of the legendary Scottish regiment, what it means to be part of the war on terror — and what it means to make the journey home again.

Hailed as a cultural landmark of the 21st century, John Tiffany’s production makes powerful and inventive use of movement, music, and song, all to create a visceral, complex, and urgent piece of theatre — compounded by your seat on stage, next to the action.

PLEASE NOTE: Black Watch contains strong language, loud explosions, and strobe lighting. Not recommended for audiences under 16.

Overheard: Matthew Dowd rescheduled for 2/10

Please join KLRU as Evan Smith and political strategist Matthew Dowd tape an episode of Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 9:30 am in KLRU Studio 6A (map ). The taping is free. Please RSVP here This taping had to be rescheduled because of weather conditions last week.

Dowd has worked behind the scenes and at the heart of American politics for more than twenty-five years, shaping strategies for both Democrats and Republicans.  After helping George W. Bush win the Presidency twice, Dowd broke publicly with that administration over many of its policies. He’s remained involved in the public debate as an author, consultant and commentator.  And now, it’s widely reported that Dowd has been called to advise President Barack Obama, offering guidance after the mid-term elections.

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 being offered to PBS stations nationwide.  Thanks for helping us launch this exciting new program.

Highlights 2/6 to 2/12

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday explores how and what monkeys around the world teach their young as they rely on their knowledge to adapt to the remarkable variety of environments they now call home on “Clever Monkeys”.

Masterpiece Special at 8 p.m. Sunday presents “The Unseen Alistair Cooke”, a documentary depicting the story of one of the most celebrated broadcasters of the 20th century through contributions from friends and family as well as newly-found home video footage dating back to 1933.

Nancy Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime at 9 p.m. Sunday and 10 p.m. Monday takes an intimate look at the First Lady as historians, White House staffers and advisors, family and friends share their recollections of one of the most influential and controversial first ladies in American history.

Part one 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 “Local Kids‘ TV”, an exploration of programs shaped the childhoods of millions of American children.

Governor Rick Perry will address an audience of both houses of the legislature for his customary State of the State Address at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Independent Lens presents the story of Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student, who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera in “When I Rise” at 9 p.m. Tuesday and 8 p.m. Thursday.

“Last Best Hope: A True Story of Escape, Evasion, and Remembrance” at 10 p.m. Tuesday tells a little-known, yet riveting story of the Belgian Resistance in World War II.

Nova ScienceNow at 7 p.m. Wednesday explores the possibilities affiliated with the question: How smart are animals?

Go behind the scenes and explore how materials changed history and are shaping the future as New York Times’ technology correspondent and best-selling author David Pogue brings his trademark goofball humor and techie zeal to this exploration of the future of “stuff” on Nova: Making Stuff Smarter at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Nova at 9 p.m. Wednesday presents “Artificial Intelligence”, an exclusive inside story taking viewers inside an IBM lab where a crack team has been working for nearly three years to perfect a machine that can answer any question.

Rock superstars the Dave Matthews Band take the stage on Austin City Limits with hits and songs from their latest album Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Haunted Texas: Peyton Colony at 7:30 p.m. Thursday 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.

Legends and Lyrics presents exclusive performance from Charlie Daniels, Phil Vassar, and Jimmy Webb- three performers paying tribute to the Americana genre at 9 p.m. Thursday.

Alternative rockers Pearl Jam perform tracks from their latest album, Backspacer, as well as classic favorites on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m.

Barbara Conrad documentary 2/8, 2/10

Independent Lens presents the story of Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student, who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera in “When I Rise” at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, and 8 p.m. Thursday, 2/10.

Last year, KLRU hosted a special screening of this powerful film. Here are highlights of the post screening discussion with the filmmakers and a University of Texas student featured in the film.

John Mackey tapes Overheard 2/11

Please join KLRU as Evan Smith and John Mackey tape an episode of Overheard with Evan Smith on Friday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors open at 1 pm. The taping is free. Please RSVP here to ensure admission.

Meet John Mackey, version 1.0: a meat-eating former philosophy major in his early 20s who moves into a vegetarian cooperative to meet women. Fast forward to 2011, and you’ll meet an updated version: co-founder and CEO of a huge natural and organic grocery company with stores in three countries, advocate for a “company with a conscience” and a major force behind the growth of the local and organic food movement in the US.

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 being offered to PBS stations nationwide.  Thanks for helping us launch this exciting new program.

Matthew Dowd tapes Overheard 2/4

Please join KLRU as Evan Smith and political strategist Matthew Dowd tape an episode of Overheard with Evan Smith on Friday, Feb. 4, at 9:30 am in KLRU Studio 6A (map). The taping is free. Please RSVP here TIME CHANGE the taping is now at 9:30 am instead of 10 am. Doors open at 9 am

Dowd has worked behind the scenes and at the heart of American politics for more than twenty-five years, shaping strategies for both Democrats and Republicans. After helping George W. Bush win the Presidency twice, Dowd broke publicly with that administration over many of its policies. He’s remained involved in the public debate as an author, consultant and commentator. And now, it’s widely reported that Dowd has been called to advise President Barack Obama, offering guidance after the mid-term elections.

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 being offered to PBS stations nationwide.  Thanks for helping us launch this exciting new program.