Q Night at the Movies for August

KLRU Q Night at the Movies now spotlights a classic film each Saturday night at 8 p.m. This month our feature films will be:
August 6 The Dirty Dozen
A U.S. Army major selects and trains 12 hard-core criminals for a daring raid on an impregnable Nazi chateau.

August 13 How I Won The War
A British officer (Michael Crawford) recalls his absurd leadership of other World War II misfits (John Lennon, Roy Kinnear). Cast: Michael Crawford, John Lennon, Roy Kinnear.

August 20 Razor’s Edge
An idealistic war veteran embarks on a quest for the meaning of life. Based on a tale by W. Somerset Maugham.

August 27 All About Eve
A Broadway star (Bette Davis) takes a young and seemingly naive aspiring actress (Anne Baxter) under her wing.

KLRU Create: Spend Every Saturday in August Traveling the World

Starting at 10 am each Saturday, KLRU Create offers viewers themed programming to get you started on various projects. KLRU Create is on channel 18.2 over the air.

August 6  Global Rhythm
Put your dancing shoes on as we travel the world to join in on the Global Rhythm! Dance is at the center of all cultures, Rudy Maxa gets up close and personal with Flamenco dancers in Madrid. Rick Steves kicks up his feet in Ireland and Jacob Edgar takes a spin in Columbia’s Capital of Salsa. You don’t want to miss a booming beat of this marathon. 

August 13  Be Cool
The heat wave is on and we’re ready to cool down. Pack your winter gear; we’re going on a jaunt to some of the coldest regions of the world. Burt Wolf, Joseph Rosendo and Art Wolfe will take us on an unforgettable journey through Canada and Switzerland. Chef Tina Nordstrom enjoys ice fishing, reindeer races and more exciting activities in Sweden. This marathon will be chocked with enough fun, it will put you on ice until winter. 

August 20  South American Adventures
From the Amazon to the Andes, South America is a land of natural wonders, intense flavors, and vibrant people. Intrepid tour guides Darley Newman, Rudy Maxa and Art Wolfe will take us on an unforgettable tour of uruguay, Argentina and Brazil while Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson also known as the Grannies on Safari make their way through Lima, Peru. This quick jaunt to the Southern Hemisphere will have you humming “The Girl From Ipanema.”

August 27  Born in the USA
A tour back and forth across the United States with travel expert and historian Burt Wolf will no doubt be a whirlwind of exciting sights and sounds- including stops in Napa Valley, Chicago, Naples, Florida, Boston and Richmond, Virginia. Whether the destination is serene or a burgeoning metropolis, you’ll enjoy the journey. And don’t miss Burt Wolf’s stops in the Alaska and the Big Apple to bring the tour of the USA full-circle. 

Highlights 7/31 to 8/6

What does an honest cop do when his bosses are on the side of the lawbreakers? Outwitting prosecutors, politicians, mobsters and run-of-the-mill kidnappers and killers, Detective Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell) brings justice to modern-day Italy on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Abraham and Mary Lincoln: Blind with Weeping at 9 p.m. Monday. This episode tells the story of the last 16 months of the Civil War – from Gettysburg to the surrender at Appomattox to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.

Live from Lincoln Center joins the Mostly Mozart Festival and conductor Louis Langree for the opening night of their 2011 season at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

POV: Steam of Life at 9 p.m. Tuesday presents a moody, comic and moving study of Finnish men, as framed by the national obsession with the sauna. There, they come together to sweat out not only the grime of contemporary life, but also their grief, hopes, joys and memories.

Local filmmakers behind Office Space, Lonesome Dove, and El Mariachi discuss working within the studio system during this episode of On Story: Austin Film Festival at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The creative minds behind The Usual Suspects, The Silence of the Lambs, The Big Easy, and Lethal Weapon discuss suspenseful storytelling during this episode of On Story: Austin Film Festival at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The black mamba is one of Africa’s most dangerous and feared snakes. A team of herpetologists hopes their six-week study will change public perception of what they feel is the world’s most misunderstood snake on Nature: Black Mamba at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Every half-century an explosion in the rat population devastates crops and induces a crippling famine throughout the remote Indian state of Mizoram. NOVA follows this gripping tale of nature’s capacity to engender human suffering on Nova: Rat Attack at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Songwriting genius Elvis Costello returns to Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday to showcase songs from his latest, Americana-influenced record Secret, Profane and Sugarcane. Austin’s rootsy songwriting collective the Band of Heathens follows.

Join Evan Smith as he chats with John Mackey, Founder and CEO of Whole Foods, on Overheard at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Discover the facts and legends behind the wildflowers that captivate us every spring on Wildflowers: Seeds of History at 7:30 Thursday.

Chet explores Austin south of the Colorado River including trailer parks, Barton Springs, and country two-steppin‚ on this episode of The Daytripper at 8:30 p.m Thursday.

Recorded on the grounds of the spectacular Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, Great Performances: Jackie Evancho: Dream with Me in Concert at 8:30 p.m. Friday marks the solo concert debut of the 10-year-old girl with the extraordinary soprano voice.

William Welch selects the Southern heirloom plants that match today’s waterwise concerns. On tour, visit an heirloom garden on this week‚s episode of Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Clips from the The Ed Sullivan Show at 6 p.m. Saturday focusing on comedy including Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, Joan Rivers, Alan King, Jack Paar, Jackie Gleason, Victor Borge and many more.

Actors from As Time Goes By go behind-the-scenes of the best British comedies to show you the writers, directors and cast at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Science Night: deadly animals 8/3

Wednesday Science Night takes a look at different species of deadly animals such as the venomous Black Mamba, and crop crippling rats that are found in various geographic locations around the world today.

Nature Black Mamba 7 pm
The black mamba is one of Africa’s most dangerous and feared snakes, known for being very aggressive when disturbed. Rearing up with its head four feet above the ground, it strikes with deadly precision, delivering venom that is packed with three different kinds of toxins and is ten times more deadly than needed to kill an adult human. Without treatment the mortality rate is 100%, the highest among all venomous snakes in the world. Until now, little has been known about the black mamba’s natural behavior in the wild because in Africa most people kill a black mamba on sight and feel lucky to have done so. But in the tiny country of Swaziland in southern Africa, a team of herpetologists has an entirely different “take” on these creatures and hopes their six-week study will change public perception of what they feel is the world’s most misunderstood snake.

NOVA Rat Attack 8 pm
Every 48 years, the inhabitants of the remote Indian state of Mizoram suffer a horrendous ordeal known locally as mautam. An indigenous species of bamboo, blanketing 30 percent of Mizoram’s 8,100 square miles, blooms once every half-century, spurring an explosion in the rat population which feeds off the bamboo’s fruit. The rats run amok, destroying crops and precipitating a crippling famine throughout Mizoram. NOVA follows this gripping tale of nature’s capacity to engender human suffering, and investigates the botanical mystery that happens with clockwork precision every half century.

Killer Stress: A National Geographic Special 9 pm
Stress. It’s always been there to save our lives. It’s what made us run from predators and enabled us to take down prey. But today, humans are turning on that same stress response to deal with 30-year mortgages, difficult bosses, teenagers and traffic jams. Some of us are wallowing in corrosive hormones; for the first time, scientists can reveal just how measurable and dangerous that exposure can be. MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient and Stanford University neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky and National Geographic search for answers to why stress seems to be killing us.

Highlights 7/24 to 7/30

Veteran filmmaker Simon King takes on the role of mother to two cheetah cubs, Toki and Sambu, orphaned when their mother was killed by a lion on Nature The Cheetah Orphans at 7 p.m. Sunday.

What does an honest cop do when his bosses are on the side of the lawbreakers? Outwitting prosecutors, politicians, mobsters and run-of-the-mill kidnappers and killers, Detective Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell) brings justice to modern-day Italy, whether the authorities want it or not on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m.

History Detectives trace an unusual wooden telescope to its Revolution era ancestor, investigate whether the Japanese characters carved into a cane unlock the mystery of a family’s past in a World War II relocation camp, and determine whether a drawing of huge gold nuggets is genuine or just another example of Gold Rush hype at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Frontline 8 p.m. Tuesday investigates the country’s oldest, largest, and most wide-open marijuana market in California on “The Pot Republic.”

With their acute intelligence, Monitor Lizards are a very different kind of reptile, blurring the line between reptiles and mammals. Nova: Lizard Kings at 7 p.m. Wednesday looks at what makes these tongued reptiles so similar to mammals and what has allowed them to become such unique survivors.

A unique field expedition, covered exclusively by Nova, will set out for Alaska’s North Slope to defrost a jackpot of new fossil clues that could help to explain how dinosaurs managed to survive and even thrive in the frigid polar regions. With Alaska’s spectacular wilderness as a backdrop, Arctic Dinosaurs at 8 p.m. Wednesday will reveal a prehistoric lost world for the first time on television.

Dinosaur Wars: American Experience at 9 p.m. Wednesday chronicles the life and work of rival paleontologists Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, who uncovered the remains of dozens of prehistoric animals and provided ample evidence to prove Charles Darwin’s hotly disputed theory of evolution.

Steve Earle pays tribute to his mentor, legendary Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt and Kris Kristofferson follows with tunes from his latest album on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday.

Evan Smith chats with Bill Paxton about his current projects, including the hit HBO series Big Love and the Steven Soderbergh movie Haywire on Overheard at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Explore the remote Texas city of Marfa which attracts visitors including those interested in literary pursuits, fine arts and the metaphysical on Arts in Context at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Known for its mysterious lights, colorful characters, ranching roots and tourism, Marfa is fast becoming a thriving and eclectic creative community.

Chet heads to Mineral Wells to sample the “Crazy Water” that made it famous and rock climb at its unique state park on The Daytripper at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Find out how to conquer the new insects infecting agaves, cactus, and other succulents on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, see how to design a deer-resistant succulent garden.

Songwriting genius Elvis Costello returns to Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday to showcase songs from his latest, Americana-influenced record Secret, Profane and Sugarcane. Austin’s rootsy songwriting collective the Band of Heathens follows.

Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That "Cool Cat Week"

Cat in the Hat wearing a flower in "Flower Power."

The Fun-loving Cat and company travel and learn about cold places in four episodes of THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT airing Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 28, with an encore presentation of “Flower Power” on Friday, July 29th on KLRU.

“Flower Power”/“Snowman’s Land” – Monday, July 25, 2011

“Flight of the Penguin”/“Let’s Go Fly a Kite” – Tuesday, July 26, 2011

“A Long Winter’s Nap”/“The Tree Doctor” – Wednesday, July 27, 2011

“Reindeer Games”/“Along Came a Spider” – Thursday, July 28, 2011

* ENCORE PRESENTATION: “Flower Power”/“Snowman’s Land” – Friday, July 29, 2011

KLRU Collective: Toy Joy Art Show

From the beloved classics to the edgy-cool things that are beyond description, KLRU Collective is all about the arts. Our goal is to present some of the unique, interesting and creative things taking place in Austin. We will never be able to showcase all of them as this is one of the most creativity rich communities in the world. But we will give you a glimpse – a quick peek – at what is being envisioned here. Visit the site at klru.org/collective

Science Night: Conquest 7/20

Wednesday Science Night investigates the early conquests into territories all over the world from the Amazon to Peru, and uncovers all new facts that could change the records of history. 

Secrets of the Dead Lost in the Amazon 7 pm
This program is a modern day quest to find the truth behind one of exploration’s greatest mysteries: what happened to famed adventurer Col. Percy Fawcett, who went looking for a city of gold — the Lost City of “Z” — in the Amazon in 1925 and disappeared in the jungles of Brazil forever. The program unravels the truth of what really happened to Fawcett and shares surprising finds that are causing experts to re-think the image of a pristine uninhabited Amazon rainforest. Trekking along the paths that Fawcett followed, the search for clues ends at a Xinguano-Kuikuro village in the heart of the Mato Grosso: where a new archaeological discovery may reveal the true location of the Lost City of Z.

NOVA The Great Inca Rebellion 8 pm
In an impoverished suburb of Lima, in an ancient cemetery crammed with more than 1,000 pre-Columbian mummies, Peruvian archaeologist Guillermo Cock makes a startling find. He discovers dozens of corpses that differ from all the rest: they were hastily buried and disfigured by appalling wounds and fractures inflicted by steel blades and crude bullets. The battle turns out to be a decisive turning point that helps explain a long-standing mystery about the Spanish conquest of Peru. With the help of this new evidence from the Lima cemetery, NOVA reveals the untold final chapter of the conquest: not the Spanish walkover familiar from popular accounts, but rather a protracted and complex war of astonishing brutality that almost led to the Spanish losing their precarious foothold in the Andes.

Secrets of the Dead Aztec Massacre at 9 pm
Throughout recent times, historians have believed that when the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in Aztec territory in the 15th century, they were welcomed as returning light-skinned gods by the Aztecs, who put up little resistance to their conquest. But now, a new find outside of Mexico City is turning history on its head. The discovery: more than 400 bodies, many of which show signs of having been mutilated and even eaten. More important, more than 40 of the bodies appear to be European, indicating that the Aztecs not only resisted the invaders, they sacrificed them to their gods, pulling their still-beating hearts from chests and stringing their heads (along with the heads of their horses) on wooden skull racks for public display. This program paints a new picture of the violent relations between the Aztecs and the Conquistadors and rewrites much of what we thought we knew about the Aztec civilization.

Reel Rarities: Willie Nelson screening 7/25 & 8/1

Rarely seen Austin City Limits footage will be shown in a special screening series at Alamo Drafthouse theaters this summer! KLRU and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema have teamed up for a series of screenings of classic ACL performances beginning Monday, July 25th.

The first screening of the Reel Rarities: Handpicked Gems from the ACL Vault series will be the Austin City Limits pilot episode featuring Willie Nelson, followed by highlights from the ACL archives. The performance that started it all was taped in 1974 and includes hits such as “Whiskey River” and more. Monday, July 25th at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz and Monday, August 1st at the Alamo Drafthouse Village.

The Alamo Drafthouse wrote: Is there anyone on earth who doesn’t love Willie Nelson? He is one of those Texans we can all look at and say, “Yep, that’s our guy.” And he was the only fitting choice to kick off a little TV show that originated here to showcase the best of Texas and other roots music to the whole world through long-form live concerts. Alamo Drafhouse will screen the full pilot episode of ACL as well as selected clips of other great performances from the show.

Tickets to attend Reel Rarities: Handpicked Gems from the ACL Vault screenings are $5 each and all proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Learn more about HAAM here: myhaam.org Tickets can be purchased at: drafthouse.com.