Brand new Suze Orman! MONEY CLASS Tuesday at 7pm

Thanks to all of you who donated this weekend, either by phone, mail or the web and helping to raise $64,782 – that makes us 27% to our goal of $240,000 and 18% through the drive. We’d love to hear what your favorites were from the weekend! Leave a comment or email to let us know how the drive is going!

You won’t want to miss what we have in store for you tomorrow: The national premier of Suze Orman’s new financial master class: MONEY CLASS!

In SUZE ORMAN’S MONEY CLASS, financial powerhouse Suze Orman delivers her expert take on what actions everyone needs to consider to secure a hopeful and sustainable financial future in light of the new economic reality. “I am calling on you to re-educate yourself, to discover — perhaps for the very first time — what truly constitutes your new American Dream,” Orman says. “You will learn what it means to stand tall in your truth today, so that you can realize your vision for tomorrow.”

Throughout this financial master class, Orman equips viewers with timely, powerful and often surprising advice for getting a grip on the most important financial fundamentals: understanding the opportunities and pitfalls of the real estate market, raising financially aware children, borrowing for college and paying off student loans, building a career, saving and investing, planning for retirement and more.

Watch a Preview of Suze Orman MONEY CLASS here!

SUZE ORMAN’S MONEY CLASS premieres Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 7pm

Saturday Night at the Movies Coming to KLRU-Q

Austin is the live music capital of the world, and for 37 years KLRU has contributed to that reputation with Austin City Limits. But increasingly, our city is gaining a reputation as an important center for the film world. That’s why starting in April, KLRU-Q will launch Saturday Night at the Movies, a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an Austin spin. On KLRU-Q you’ll be able to watch your favorite movies like When Harry Met Sally, Thelma and Louise, OnceUnforgiven and Dr. Zhivago.

Saturday Night at the Movies will explore the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. From Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop and Audrey Hepburn in The Nun’s Story to Sigourney Weaver in Aliens and Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, viewers will have the chance to enjoy an exciting array of noteworthy performances.

We’re excited about this and other programming changes coming to KLRU-Q this year, but those changes depend on your support.  Your support throughout the year allows KLRU to reach beyond PBS to bring you exciting new Q program offerings like Saturday Night at the Movies, The Aviators, Wood Songs and Life on Mars.

Why Do You Value KLRU?

Perhaps you value the fact that KLRU offers you a front row seat to arts and cultural programs at home and around the world, like Great Performances, Masterpiece, or locally created arts programs like Austin City Limits, InContext, and KLRU Collective.

Or you appreciate that KLRU and PBS are America’s largest classroom, providing educational media that helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age-appropriate way.

KLRU also strives to treat you as a citizen, not a customer, with news programs you depend on, like PBS Newshour, Frontline, Washington Week, and Overheard with Evan Smith. In fact, the Roper Poll declares PBS #1 in public trust, and TV’s most trusted news source, year after year. And beginning tonight, you can double your support for KLRU public affairs programming because every gift will be matched by a generous grant from the BNSF Foundation.

There are many reasons you value KLRU-TV, Austin’s PBS, and your support during our March fundraising drive is what’s truly important – Give today and help us reach our pledge goal of $240,000 in the next 17 days.

PS. You asked, we listened! KLRU has decided to reduce pledge by 7 days in March. Show your support for uninterrupted programs by giving a gift now.

Highlights March 6-12

“Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2” at 6 p.m. Sunday celebrates the 25th anniversary of the legendary musical with an extraordinary one-off concert at the O2 Arena in London featuring a company of over 300 distinguished actors and musicians.

Join hosts Moira Brooker and Philip Bretherton from acclaimed television show As Time Goes By as they take you inside the hearts and minds of the writers, producers and actors that have brought you many of your favorite British comedies on “Behind The Britcom: From Script To Screen” at 10 p.m. Sunday.

Rock and pop legends Jon “Bowzer” Bauman and Ronnie Spector bring back the best songs from the late 1950s and early 1960’s rock, pop and doo wop era in the all new My Music concert event “Rock, Pop and Doo Wop” at 8 p.m. Monday, 9 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday.

Rick Steves brings European art and history to life while keeping viewers up-to-speed on breaking developments in Europe’s ethnic diversity and investment in its infrastructure on “Rick Steves’ European Insights” at 10 p.m. Monday.

Rick Steves highlights the quintessential experiences of European travel as he journeys through Scandinavia, Spain, and Bosnia on “Rick Steves’ Europe with Abandon!” at 10:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday.

Based on her upcoming new book that will be released concurrently with the show premiere, “Suze Orman’s Money Class” at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 9:30 p.m. Saturday will reveal Suze’s expert take on what actions people need to take in light of the new economy.

“Aretha Franklin Presents: Soul Rewind” at 9 p.m. Tuesday is comprehensive collection of rare performances by legendary R&B performers of the classic 1960s-70s soul era presented by the Queen of Soul herself.

Great Performances at 7 p.m. Wednesday presents an all-star celebration from the Mandalay Bay arena in Las Vegas featuring chart-topping stars and music from14-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter David Foster’s extensive career catalog on “Hitman Returns: David Foster and Friends”.

The world of research, neuroscience and neurology is explored as we study the impact of virtual reality in changing memories and dealing with pain on “Brain Fitness Frontiers” at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Travel the back roads and highways spilling wildflower wonder for the secret stories behind the seeds of history that forecast the seeds for the future on “Wildflowers: Seeds of History” at 7 p.m. Thursday. KLRU’s newest documentary from “Central Texas Gardener” producer Linda Lehmusvirta.

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 Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

“National Geographic Magazine’s Top 10 Photos of 2010” at 10 p.m. Thursday highlights some of photography’s greatest moments from the past year, lifted directly from the pages of National Geographic Magazine.

Lawrence Lessig, director of Safra Center, discusses his career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan in Session at 8 p.m. Saturday presents the legendary live jam session by two of the arguably greatest musicians ever to have played the blues on electric guitar.

In the uplifting and entertaining documentary “ADD and Loving It” at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, actor Patrick McKenna is after the truth: “Everything you think you know about ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is wrong.”

KLRU Receives $5000 Grant from BNSF Foundation

KLRU has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the BNSF Foundation – and the timing couldn’t be better.  They have agreed to match $5,000 in viewer contributions during this pledge drive, which runs through March 20th.  BNSF has a strong interest in supporting public affairs programming, which is why you’ll be hearing about this exciting partnership during episodes of NewsHour, Washington Week, Need to Know and Overheard with Evan Smith.  We hope you’ll show your support so that, together, we can leverage BNSF’s generosity to support our station.

Community Cinema: Bhutto 4/5

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. The next screening will be Bhutto on April 5th.

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.

KLRU Brings You the Arts with Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert This Sunday

We take pride in providing Central Texas with a front-row seat to great arts and cultural programs, that you’ll only find on KLRU. We are extra excited to be able to bring you the LES MISÉRABLES 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT THE O2, which will be seen on KLRU for the first time on Sunday, March 6, 2011, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

No one could have guessed on October 8, 1985, when Les Misérables opened in London at the Barbican Theatre that it would become a worldwide phenomenon, but audiences embraced it from the start, creating a “people’s musical” that has played in 42 countries and has been seen by nearly 60 million people. In 2010, the legendary musical celebrated its 25th birthday, and to mark the occasion, producer Cameron Mackintosh staged an extraordinary concert at the O2 Arena in London.

Alfie Boe, Colm Wilkinson, Ramin Karimloo and Nick Jonas in the curtain call of the LES MISÉRABLES 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT THE O2

This epic production will feature Nick Jonas, one third of the phenomenally successful pop music artists the Jonas Brothers, who played the part of Gavroche for the final nine months of the show’s original Broadway run. Watch a preview here!

Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert Sunday, March 6, at 6 pm Featuring members of the original cast and hundreds of other actors and musicians, the legendary musical celebrates 25 years of production. Support this and other arts programs now.

March 2011: Nature “Outback Pelicans”

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

Nature “Outback Pelicans”
Sunday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m.

The Australian outback is the driest place on the driest inhabited continent on the planet. It is a place you might expect to see kangaroos but certainly not waterbirds. Yet once every 10 years, rains flood into dried-up river beds and head inland to create the largest lake in Australia, and 100,000 pelicans — a third of all the pelicans in Australia — arrive for the event. Leaving their homes on coasts and harbors, they come to feed on fish washed in on the floods and on billions of brine shrimp and other crustaceans which hatch and grow to adulthood in a few days in water twice as salty as the Dead Sea. The pelicans have come home to court and raise as many families as possible before the water and the food disappear once more.

Monday, March 28, 2-3 a.m.

Community Cinema: Pushing the Elephant 3/1

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. The next screening will be Pushing the Elephant on March 1st.

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.