Give a gift…Get an experience with KLRU

We are halfway towards of goal of $240,000! In 7 days, you’ve helped raise $122,630 and we sincerely appreciate the outpouring of generosity and commitment to the mission of KLRU-TV. If you’ve given your gift this pledge drive, thank you! If you’re still waiting, this might just be the time to act because we have some great ways to thank you this weekend!

  • Tonight, we’ll be live in the KLRU studios during the public affairs line up, with the PBS Newshour at 6pm, Washington Week at 7pm, and Need to Know at 7:30pm. To thank you for your gift at the $250 level, you’ll get two (2) tickets to the next three (3) Spark at the Moody speaker series events in 2012 which include the incredibly compelling and engaging topics of women in politics, citizenship, and children’s education. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for you to support quality public affairs and news programs and be a participant in our intriguing and dynamic speaker series!
  • This weekend is the premier presentation of Straight No Chaser: Songs of the Decade: Holiday Edition and if you make a gift of $250, you’ll receive two (2) tickets to their April 4, 2012 concert at the Long Center (you’ll also get the CD & DVD of their holiday performance!). We have the best seats in the house reserved for KLRU donors and tickets are limited, so make your donation today!
  • We still have seats left on the KLRU Drink Up tour, but they’re going fast! If you donate $150, you will receive two (2) tickets to the tour of local breweries and distilleries. This year, we’ll head out on a bus to Live Oak Brewery, Tito’s Vodka Distillery, Treaty Oak Rum Distillery, and BlackStar Brewery Co-op. We’ll tour the facilities, taste the product, and finish off the afternoon with food and drink at BlackStar.

We hope you’ll use these opportunities to support KLRU-TV and join in some of the fun and unique experiences we have to offer!

Thanks for your support and enjoy a great weekend of KLRU programming!

Highlights: December 11-17

Everyone’s favorite “Hitman” David Foster joins GP superstar Andrea Bocelli for a new Christmas concert of holiday classics as they share the stage to present an elegant collection of seasonal favorites on Great Performances at 6 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The heart-warming new Celtic Thunder Show features holiday standards such as “It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas,” “Let It Snow,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Silent Night” as well as a few specially-written originals on Celtic Thunder Christmas at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Buddy Holly: Listen To Me at 9:30 p.m. Sunday presents an intimate, fun, and unforgettable celebration of Buddy Holly’s music and legacy at the Music Box in Los Angeles.

Great Performances at 7 p.m. Monday presents “Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me In Concert”, the solo concert debut of the 10-year-old girl with the extraordinary soprano voice.

Financial Fitness After 50! with Paul Merriman at 8:30 p.m. Monday is a straight-forward, easy-to-follow program that teaches five life-changing choices to help boomers grow and manage their money in retirement.

Eat & Cook Healthy! with Dr. John LaPuma at 10 p.m. Monday is a program that teaches viewers to experience food they can’t wait to make, and grab the energy and good health to reclaim their lives.

My Music: 60’s Pop, Rock & Soul at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 8 p.m. Friday 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.

Folk legend John Sebastian reflects and remembers the very best of The Folk Years in John Sebastian Presents: Folk Rewind at 9 p.m. Tuesday, which remembers archival folk (traditional, pop and folk rock)era classics from the vault which culminates into a crescendo of excitement with a new live reunion of folk singers.

Back by popular demand, a cappella phenomenon Straight No Chaser presents Songs of the Decade: Holiday at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Singer/songwriter Patty Griffin and her musical friends sing original and classic gospel numbers on Austin City Limits at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session at 7 p.m. Thursday presents the legendary live jam session by two of the greatest musicians ever to have played the blues on electric guitar.

“An American Family: Anniversary Edition” at 8:30 p.m. Thursday is a compilation of the original 12-hour public television series that made TV history.

3 Steps To Incredible Health! with Joel Fuhrman, MD at 10 p.m. Friday is a sixty-minute pledge program that directly addresses the crisis of obesity and chronic disease plaguing America.

KLRU brings students and developers together to create new educational games

National contest challenges students and professionals

Austin, TX — KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, is one of 12 stations nationwide chosen to participate in the National STEM Video Game Challenge grant. KLRU will bring local middle school and high school students together with game developer mentors and education experts to create new games to compete in this national contest.

Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama’s initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition whose goal is to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games.

In early 2012, KLRU will bring mentors from Austin’s vibrant gaming community together with youth from one area middle school and one high school. The teams of students will work to create games to be entered into the national contest. KLRU will also document the creative process on the station’s blog. Game developers who would like to participate in the mentoring project should contact KLRU at 471-4811.

The National STEM Video Game Challenge has four categories — Middle School, High School, Collegiate, Educators — and is open to any U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident  To participate in the challenge as an individual or a non-KLRU team, please see the rules and guidelines for each level on the competition’s website at Deadline to enter is March 12.

About KLRU:
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, presents quality multimedia content that engages people in the thoughtful exchange of ideas, the expression of the arts, and enjoyable lifelong learning opportunities, resulting in a more vibrant community and a higher quality of life. In addition to providing locally produced and quality national television programming, KLRU is also a non-profit organization helping to build a stronger community through educational workshops, community engagement projects and public events. Known as the producing station of the longest-running live music television show AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, KLRU has also worked on several other national productions including OVERHEAD WITH EVAN SMITH and documentaries like CITIZEN ARCHITECT and LAST BEST HOPE. Get more information about KLRU at

Get your tickets for the KLRU Drink Up! #whyKLRU

Thanks to everyone who has made a gift to KLRU during our drive so far! We’re at $107,000 as of this morning and getting closer to our goal of $240,000.  If you haven’t made your gift yet, then tonight is the night for you: we’ll be live in the studio with an encore presentation of Ken Burns’ Prohibition and we’ll be offering tickets to the first ever KLRU Drink Up, a tour of local distilleries and breweries for KLRU donors!

The tour is a great representation of what Austin has to offer! We’ll board a bus at KLRU then head out for tours (and tastings!) at Live Oak Brewery, Tito’s Vodka, Treaty Oak Rum, and wrap up the afternoon with food and drink at BlackStar Co-op – a great selection of local business, innovation, and delicious beverages. The Drink Up is Saturday, February 4.

For your gift of $150, you’ll receive two (2) tickets to the Drink Up (which includes the price of the tastings and food), plus the Prohibition DVD set and the book, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent. The Drink Up would make a fantastic gift or a great outing for a group of friends – be sure to tune in tonight at 7pm for all the details.

Bonus: We’ll also have the Tipsy Texan, David Alan, live in the KLRU Studios tonight mixing up the best holiday cocktails and giving away tickets to tomorrow night’s Drink Local Austin event! Tell your friends and be sure to watch!

The Jacob and Terese Hershsey Foundation renewing support of Central Texas Gardener

The Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation has just renewed its support of Central Texas Gardener (CTG), KLRU’s educational horticulture series, with a $3,000 grant.  We are delighted that they have chosen to continue partnering in informing our community how to be good stewards of our natural resources.

CTG brings viewers the latest information about gardening the Austin way:  creating gardens that are fun, beautiful, manageable, and kind to our environment and wildlife.  Central Texas Gardener champions the use of xeric and native plants, urging viewers to eliminate or reduce their use of harmful chemicals, and show them how to reduce the demand for our most precious resource:  water.

This gift will help us demonstrate viable alternatives to “chemically-dependent gardening” that help to transform attitudes and behaviors in Austin and beyond.  Thank you!

Community Cinema: Lioness wrapup

Thanks to everyone who attended the December Community Cinema screening at the Windsor Park Branch Library. A special thanks to our guests from the Texas Veterans Commission and Operation Outreach for sharing their thoughts on the film.  If you missed the screening, Lioness will air on KLRU December 27th at 10 pm. You can watch a preview on PBS’ Independent Lens website.

The Austin Public Library has many books and dvds related to this subject. Be sure to check them out!

A few good women : America’s military women from World War I to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan / Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee

Band of sisters : American women at war in Iraq / Holmstedt, Kirsten A.

Battle cries and lullabies : women in war from prehistory to the present / De Pauw, Linda Grant.

Camouflage isn’t only for combat : gender, sexuality and women in the military / Herbert, Melissa S.

Camp all-American, Hanoi Jane, and the high-and-tight : gender, folklore, and changing military culture / Carol Burke

Co-ed combat : the new evidence that women shouldn’t fight the nation’s wars / Browne, Kingsley

Count on us : American women in the military / Nathan, Amy.

Fly girls [videorecording]

Ground zero : the gender wars in the military / Francke, Linda Bird.

Hell hath no fury : true stories of women at war from antiquity to Iraq / Miles, Rosalind

I am a soldier, too : the Jessica Lynch story / Bragg, Rick

I’m still standing : from captive U.S. soldier to free citizen– my journey home / Johnson, Shoshana

Love my rifle more than you : young and female in the U.S. Army / Williams, Kayla

Masquerade : the life and times of Deborah Sampson, Continental soldier / Alfred F. Young

Officer, nurse, woman : the Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War / Vuic, Kara Dixon

Side-by-side : a photographic history of American women in war / Lewis, Vickie

Tailspin : women at war in the wake of Tailhook / Zimmerman, Jean

The Iraq war [videorecording]

The kinder, gentler military : can America’s gender-neutral fighting force still win wars? / Stephanie Gutmann

The lonely soldier : the private war of women serving in Iraq / Benedict, Helen

The mysterious Private Thompson : the double life of Sarah Emma Edmonds, Civil War soldier / Laura Leedy Gansler

The nightingale of Mosul : a nurse’s journey of service, struggle, and war / Luz, Susan

The virgin warrior : the life and death of Joan of Arc / Taylor, Larissa

The warrior queens / Fraser, Antonia

Tough as nails : one woman’s journey through West Point / Dwyer, Gail O’Sullivan

Women doctors in war / Bellafaire, Judith

Women in America’s wars / Sheafer, Silvia Anne

Women in combat : civic duty or military liability? / Fenner, Lorry M.

Women in the military : an unfinished revolution / Holm, Jeanne

Women veterans : America’s forgotten heroines / Willenz, June A

WWII they also served [videorecording]

When Janey comes marching home : portraits of women combat veterans / Browder, Laura

East Austin Studio Tour 2012 Wrap-Up

E.A.S.T. is a self-guided tour and celebration of east Austin’s creative culture. The tour allows members of the community to explore the work of more than 300 artists at 150 studios, 28 exhibition spaces and a number of art events. Each year the tour is a behind-the-scenes look at working artists’ spaces and processes where people can learn more about an artist’s specific tools and techniques, watch demonstrations and talk directly to artists. In 2010, KLRU Collective started a collaboration with E.A.S.T. to capture the spirit and creativity of the artists and participants with a series of short videos. We have added to our collection this year with more than 60 videos of artists whose work was showcased during the 2012 festival. Here is a preview of who captured our attention this year:

Faith Schexnayder –

Faith Schexnayder from KLRU Collective on Vimeo.

Jean Rather –

Jean Rather from KLRU Collective on Vimeo.

Hatch Workshop

Hatch Workshop from KLRU Collective on Vimeo.

For more EAST videos and content related to PBS’ focus on the arts, visit KLRU Collective.

It's perfect weather for #whyKLRU

Did you enjoy the rainy day yesterday by staying inside and turning on KLRU? If so, you would have caught the incredible Andrea Bocelli all-star concert in Central Park and the encore presentation of the first episode of Downton Abbey – you can always count on KLRU for quality programming, enriching our lives with the finest in arts and culture.

Your on-air KLRU personalities during Downton Abbey: Linda, Jesse and Betsy

We heard from so many of you this weekend and thanks to you we raised $75,995 towards our goal of $240,000 – if you gave a gift this weekend, THANK YOU!

If you’ve been waiting to make your gift this pledge drive, you might be interested in what we have coming up tonight on KLRU – we’ll be live in the studio during Antiques Roadshow with the final opportunity to get your tickets to the 2012 KLRU Antiques Appraisal Fair! If you haven’t secured your place yet at this fun event, you can donate now or call in tonight to do so!

Don’t forget to comment on any of our blog, Facebook or Twitter posts for a chance to win a KLRU t-shirt prize package! Comment often! #whyKLRU

Highlights Dec. 4 to 10

PBS Arts From New York at 6 p.m. Sunday 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.

Created by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes, Masterpiece Classic “Downton Abbey”at 8:30 p.m. Sunday depicts the lives of the noble Crawley family and the staff who serve them, set at their Edwardian country house in 1912.

My Music: 60s Pop, Rock & Soul at 8:30 p.m. Monday 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.

Victor Borge: Comedy in Music! At 10:30 p.m. Monday features Borge’s recently re-discovered funniest and most memorable skits – a truly unparalleled collection not to be missed.

3 Steps To Incredible Health! with Joel Fuhrman, MD at 7 p.m. Tuesday is a sixty-minute pledge program that directly addresses the crisis of obesity and chronic disease plaguing America.

Paul Simon: Live at Webster Hall at 9 p.m. Tuesday features the culmination of a sold out two-month US tour as Paul Simon and his eight-piece band filled the stage at the historic New York City club in June 2011.

Directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, documentary film series Prohibition at 7 p.m. Wednesday tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the era it encompassed.

Aretha Franklin Presents: Soul Rewind at 9 p.m. Wednesday presents a comprehensive collection of rare performances by legendary R&B performers of the classic 1960s-70s soul era, offers an abundance of long-lost archival material that has been recovered from film vaults across the United States, England, Germany and France.

Internationally renowned for alluring stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, Celtic Woman: Believe at 7 p.m. Thursday and 9 p.m. Friday reveals a new chapter of musical enchantment by the group of expert singers.

Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Thursday presents “Troop 1500”, the story of a unique Girl Scout troop unites daughters with mothers who have been convicted of serious crimes.

Buddy Holly: Listen To Me at 10 p.m. Thursday presents an intimate, fun, and unforgettable celebration of Buddy Holly’s music and legacy at the Music Box in Los Angeles.

Great Performances at 8 p.m. Friday presents “Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me In Concert”, the solo concert debut of the 10-year-old girl with the extraordinary soprano voice.

In Younger Next Year: The New Science of Aging at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Author Dr. Henry Lodge focusess on the philosophy, science and advice espoused in the Younger Next Year books, as well as new research on the brain.

Folk legend John Sebastian reflects and remembers the very best of The Folk Years at 7 p.m. Saturday with archival footage and new performances by folk legends.

Give the gift of KLRU this holiday season!

The December pledge drive is here and as we approach the end of the year, KLRU needs to raise $240,000 to continue the kind of quality programming and community engagement that Central Texas has come to expect for almost 50 years!

Whether you can donate $1 or $100, your support matters – we have so many ways to thank you for your donation and are excited to present some truly special programs over the next few weeks for your enjoyment!

  • Through out the pledge drive, we are going to be giving away t-shirts to folks who comment on our #whyKLRU blog, Facebook and Twitter posts. Everyday, we’ll give away a prize package that includes 5 t-shirts featuring KLRU Q, Central Texas Gardner, Austin City Limits, PBS Newshour, and KLRU-TV – all you have to do is share a comment, a story, a question and you’ll be entered to win! We’ll pick winners everyday, so comment often!

All these could be yours, just let us know #whyKLRU!

  • Tonight is the PBS Arts Festival premier of Andrea Bocelli: One Night in Central Park – a beautiful concert made even more special by the exclusive offer for KLRU viewers to see Andrea Bocelli in concert when he comes to Austin in February. Tune in tonight at 8pm (or catch the repeat, Sunday evening at 6pm) to find out how you can receive tickets to the show!
  • On Sunday evening at 8:30pm, we are going to be live in the KLRU studios with the first episode of Downton Abbey! Whether you’ve seen it before or have been dying to see what everyone’s been talking about, you won’t want to miss this evening. We’ll have special thank you gifts, with the opportunity to see an advanced screening of Downton Abbey Season 2 which starts in January 2012.

Don’t Resist! Watch the preview of Downton Abbey, Season 2