Q Night at the Movies for December

KLRU Q Night at the Movies spotlights a classic film each Saturday night at 8 p.m. This month our feature films will be:

December 3: The Train
A railroad boss (Burt Lancaster) helps the Resistance stop a Nazi colonel (Paul Scofield) from smuggling French art. Cast: Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau.

December 17 (at 7:30 PM): The Nun’s Story
The daughter of a Belgian surgeon (Audrey Hepburn) enters a convent in hopes of serving God as a nursing nun in the Congo. Cast: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans.

December 24: Annie Get Your Gun
Sharpshooter Annie Oakley (Betty Hutton) joins Buffalo Bill’s (Louis Calhern) Wild West Show and aims to win her man (Howard Keel). Cast: Betty Hutton, Howard Keel, Louis Calhern.

PBS Arts Festival: Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park 12/2

Discover even more unique art from the nation’s emerging artists as the PBS Arts Fall Festival continues its nine-week celebration of the arts. Tune in each week for new full-length performances, artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and mini-films about the art scenes in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Chicago, Cleveland, and more.

On Friday, December 2, Fall Arts Fall Festival opens with the broadcast premiere of Andrea Bocelli’s free concert in Central Park on PBS Arts from New York: Great Performances “Andrea Bocelli Live in Central Park” at 8 p.m. and features his best-known and best-loved songs, along with an array of surprise guests. Bocelli will be accompanied by the New York Philharmonic, under the direction of music director Alan Gilbert, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir, conducted by Joe Miller.

It’s followed by Smitten at 10:30 pm. In this film, Rene di Rosa is smitten by art. For more than 50 years, the renowned Napa Valley-based collector and California art patron has been seeking out unknown and emerging artists, adding their work to his ever-growing and vast collection. Di Rosa and his collected works, which have become the world’s largest and most notable collection of Northern California art, are the centerpiece of this film.

In the Studio: Nick Lowe tapes Overheard 12/1

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Nick Lowe
DATE: December 1
TIME: 2:00 p.m. (Doors open at 1:30)
LOCATION: in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Nick Lowe has been writing, performing and producing music for four decades, exploring folk, pop, rockabilly and punk.  He produced the song known as Britain’s first punk single.  But he’s far better known for his own music – performed by Lowe himself, and by a long list of well-known musicians who count themselves among Lowe’s fans.  If you who think you don’t know Lowe, you most certainly know his songs.  Among his best known are “Cruel to Be Kind” and “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding” – a huge hit for Elvis Costello.  If you’re a Nick Lowe fan, join us for what you know will be a great conversation.  If you only know his songs, let us introduce you to the artist.

Join us as part of  Overheard with Evan Smith’s second season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor.  The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS stations from California to Florida. Overheard airs on KLRU at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Episodes are also available online at klru.org/overheard

Spark: Can Women Change Politics? 1/31

Can Women Change Politics? The Life and Politics of Ann Richards

January 31 at 6:30 pm @ The Moody
Buy tickets at klru.org/spark

Texas Governor, mother and larger-than-life personality, Ann Richards had a lasting impact on the nation’s political landscape. Only the second woman to be elected governor in Texas, she possessed a strong will, and a determined spirit. Actress Holland Taylor, University of Texas Documentarian Paul Stekler, and Dallas Morning News Reporter Wayne Slater share their experiences portraying, documenting and covering Ann Richards throughout her life.

Holland Taylor, an Emmy-winning actress, has enjoyed a long and varied career, with respected roles on stage, in movies and on television. Fans will recognize her work from The Practice, The Truman Show, Romancing the Stone, Two and a Half Men and The L Word. Her play, Ann, about Governor Ann Richards, had its launch in May 2010 at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston and was also performed at Austin’s Paramount Theatre.

Paul Stekler’s documentaries about American politics have won numerous national honors including multiple Emmys, Peabodys and du-Pont-Columbia Journalism awards. His documentary work inncludes George Wallace: Settin’ the Woods on Fire, Vote for Me: Politics in America, Last Man Standing: Politics Texas Style and Frontline’s The Choice 2008. He is currently the Chair of the Radio-Television-Film Department at The University of Texas. He’s currently working on a film about New Orleans five years after Katrina, Getting Back to Abnormal.

Wayne Slater, Senior Political Writer for The Dallas Morning News, previously served as Austin bureau chief for The News covering national and state politics. He is a Fellow at the LBJ School’s Center for Politics and Governance at the University of Texas. He is a frequent guest on numerous network television shows and is co-author of two books Bush’s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential and The Architect: Karl Rove and the Dream Absolute Power.

Be sure to join us on January 31st, for an insightful discussion about the role of women in politics as Holland Taylor, Paul Stekler, and Wayne Slater share their ideas on how women can play a valuable and influential part in the political world.

Highlights 11/27 to 12/3

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday presents “American Eagle”, an intimate portrait of America’s most recognizable aerial predator as photographed by three-time Emmy-winning cinematographer Neil Rettig.

A reserved curator responsible for the safe and secret storage of priceless paintings in London’s National Gallery soon finds it difficult to keep his low profile, as well as his secret, from the local villagers in ”Framed” on Masterpiece Contemporary at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Britain’s Royal Weddings at 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday tells the intimate stories of Britain’s royal weddings, from the Queen Mother through to Princess Margaret, told from the point of view of people who were there.

Secrets of the Dead: Slave Ship Mutiny at 7 p.m. Tuesday tracks the efforts of archaeologists, historians and slave descendents to discover the full story of what happened when the Meermin set sail from Madagascar en route to South Africa.

Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday investigates the crash of Continental 3407 in Buffalo, NY, and discovers a dramatically changed airline industry, where regional carriers now account for half of the nation’s daily departures.

Long Distance Warrior at 9 p.m. Tuesday is a compelling film that presents a gripping case study of the kind of vision, determination, and calculated risk-taking it takes to spark real progress. It shows us how we got to the present by taking us back to the past, so we can follow the path of a man who saw the future, and then made it happen. It is, in essence, a classic American success story.

On Unforgettable: The Korean War at 10 p.m. Tuesday, veterans recount their memories of America in the late 1940s and early 1950s, when young men from all over the country were being shipped off to defend South Korea against the advancing Red Army in the north.

Nature at 7 p.m. Wednesday follows an in-depth investigation into the great divide between dogs and cats and just what draws us to these two polarizing pets on “Why We Love Cats and Dogs?”

Fly along with the monarchs butterflies, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way as Nova at 8 p.m. Wednesday explores their inspiring struggle for survival in “The Incredible Journey of Butterflies”.

Through A Dog’s Eyes at 9 p.m. Wednesday tells the story of dog trainer Jennifer Arnold, the service dogs she trains and the families whose lives they have changed.

Indie rock supergroup Monsters of Folk. performs songs from its self-titled debut album on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Jim Lehrer joins Evan Smith to talk about his career and his new book: Tension City: Inside the Presidential Debates, from Kennedy-Nixon to Obama-McCain on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The newest episodes of The Daytripper air back-to-back starting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with trips to Fort Worth, Huntsville, Goliad, Bastrop and Spicewood.

PBS Arts From New York at 8 p.m. Friday presents superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli as he takes on one of the biggest stages of his career for a concert in New York City’s famed Central Park with the New York Philharmonic.

Get ideas for plants that make it through both drought and hard freezes on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a down-sized garden that packs a big punch.

My Music: 60s Pop, Rock & Soul at 7 p.m. Saturday includes pop sounds from Frat Rock to Surf Pop, the British Beats to the Breakthrough Bands, Motown, Soul and Pop classics — with many artists and groups appearing for the first time on the “My Music” stage.

Science Night 11/30

Wednesday Science Night for November 30th presents:

Nature: Why We Love Cats and Dogs? 7 pm
Ask anyone and they immediately know — they’re either a dog person or a cat person. What is this all about? Follow an in-depth investigation into the great divide between dogs and cats and just what draws us to these two polarizing pets. Animal behaviorists, psychologists, trainers and devoted owners all weigh in. Dogs, we discover, are geniuses at reading what we want and the complex cat-human bond can be as fickle or as deep as a marriage. Funny, touching and provocative, we ask how well we really know our best friends and why we love them so much.

NOVA: The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies 8 pm
Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. These beautiful creatures fly 2,000 miles to reach their remote destination: a tiny area high in the mountains of Mexico. Yet scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance – and how, year after year, the monarchs navigate with such hair’s-breadth precision. NOVA flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way. As this program reveals, the monarch is a scientific marvel locked in an inspiring struggle for survival.

Through A Dog’s Eyes 9 pm
This program is about dog trainer Jennifer Arnold, the service dogs she trains and the families whose lives they have changed. Arnold’s non-profit organization, Canine Assistants, trains dogs to assist people with a variety of disabilities. Based in part on Arnold’s forthcoming book of the same name, the film also presents the science that explains the amazing dog/human bond and what makes Arnold’s training techniques so effective for anyone with a canine in the family.

In The Studio: Jeff Tweedy tapes Overheard 11/30

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Jeff Tweedy
DATE: November 30
TIME: 11:30 a.m. (Doors open at 11)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Singer and songwriter Jeff Tweedy has been collecting fans and critical praise for more than 20 years.  R.E.M.’s Peter Buck described Tweedy as “one of the best songwriters of his generation,” and there’s a long list of groundbreaking records to back that claim up.  With his current band, the Grammy-winning Wilco, Tweedy has created music that mixes a long list of musical genres into a diverse and ever-evolving sound.  Before Wilco, Tweedy was a major force in the band Uncle Tupelo, which helped to create and popularize alt-country music.  Wilco’s eighth album, The Whole Love, was released in September.

Join us as part of  Overheard with Evan Smith’s second season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor.  The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS stations from California to Florida. Overheard airs on KLRU at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Episodes are also available online at klru.org/overheard

Austin High School students meet Jim Lehrer at Overheard taping

Jim Lehrer from PBS NewsHour with Austin High School students

Guest blog by Laura Laufer
senior
media arts student at Austin High School

Having been involved with the PBS Student Reporting Labs for the last year as a junior, it was a real treat to be able to tour the KLRU studio and view one of the tapings for Overheard with Evan Smith with Jim Lehrer as the guest. It was only a year ago when my teacher was showing me a video clip of Mr. Lehrer addressing me and my classmates about the journey we were about to take working with the PBS NewsHour Extra website. Having only seen a high school media studio it was mind blowing to walk around the maze of KLRU’s office to see studios the size of our classroom and a control board that looked like something off of a spaceship. It was not only the size that was impressive, but the staff of KLRU is truly amazing; being able to watch them in their element was enjoyable and enlightening. (See photos from this taping on KLRU’s Flickr page)

The taping was my favorite part, listening to Jim Lehrer crack jokes about all of the politicians he’s interviewed was the highlight of my day. My parents were also jealous that I got to sit in on such an influential political figurehead which made the gloating that much more enjoyable. It was a learning experience as well. Being the youngest crowd there Overheard gave insight to the class about the inner workings of political interviews, a process that had never been explained to us. more

PBS Arts Festival: LA Opera 11/25

Bask in the beautiful voice of world-renowned tenor Plácido Domingo on PBS Arts from Los Angeles: Great Performances “Il Postino From LA Opera” with Plácido Domingo as he performs this romantic new opera on Friday, November 25, at 8 p.m. Adapted from the Oscar-winning Italian film, Il Postino recounts the fictionalized story of a fisherman-turned-postman on a Mediterranean island whose life is transformed by the arrival of exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Due to the length of this broadcast, there will not be a corresponding mini documentary.

Get a glimpse of opera through the eyes of the youth on Opera Camp, as you follow 23 of Austin Lyric Opera’s young campers as they write, produce, direct and perform their original work, “Quarantine.”

In a special Austin City Limits program, see highlights from the annual Americana Music Awards ceremony taped at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, as well as performances by Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman and Robert Plant at 10:30 p.m.

Science Night 11/23

Wednesday Science Night for November 23rd presents:

NOVA: The Fabric of the Cosmos: “Universe or Multiverse?” 8 pm
Accompany physicist and acclaimed author Brian Greene on a mind-bending reality check and journey to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time and the universe. Hard as it is to swallow, cutting-edge theories are suggesting that our universe may not be the only universe. Instead, it may be just one of an infinite number of worlds that make up the multiverse. Brian Greene takes us on a tour of this brave new theory at the frontier of physics, explaining why scientists believe it’s true and showing what some of these alternate realities might be like. Some universes may be almost indistinguishable from our own; others may contain variations of all of us, where we exist but with different families, careers and life stories. In still others, reality may be so radically different from ours as to be unrecognizable. Greene reveals why this radical new picture of the cosmos is getting serious attention from scientists. It won’t be easy to prove, but if it’s right, our understanding of space, time and our place in the universe will never be the same.

Capital of Innovation at 9 pm
Three entrepreneurs offer a glimpse of why Austin is being hailed as the best place in the country to launch a business. Josh Kerr tells how he hit the jackpot creating one of the first successful apps for the iPhone. Chris Richter shares his triumphant struggle to create and launch the first healthy, low-calorie drink mixer that also prevents hangovers. And Ruth Glendenning explains why her idea to turn an abandoned big-box store into a micro incubator for small businesses is attracting national attention.

NOVA: The Elegant Universe: “Welcome To The 11th Dimension” 9:30 pm
The third and final episode of “The Elegant Univserse” shows how in 1995 Edward Witten of Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, aided by others, revolutionized string theory by successfully uniting the five different versions into a single theory that is cryptically named “M-theory,” a development that required a total of 11 dimensions. Ten… 11… who’s counting? But the new 11th dimension is different from all the others, since it implies that strings can come in higher dimensional shapes called membranes, or “branes” for short. These possess truly science-fiction-like qualities, since in principle they can be as large as the universe. A brane can even be a universe – a parallel universe – and we may be living in one right now.