February 2012: NATURE "Raccoon Nation"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program is: NATURE: Raccoon Nation where we learn that we might actually be making racoons smarter.

Nature’s “Raccoon Nation”
Wednesday, February 8, 7pm

repeating:
Friday, February 10, 4-5am
Sunday, February 12, 2-3am & 5-6pm

Are we, in an effort to outwit raccoons, actually making them smarter and unwittingly contributing to their evolutionary success? Are the ever more complex obstacles that our fast-paced urban world throws at them actually pushing the development of raccoon brains? In this film, scientists from around the world share their thoughts and work to help explore this scientific theory. Attempting to do something that has never been done before, they closely follow a family of urban raccoons as they navigate the complex world of a big city.

2012 KLRU Antique Appraisal Fair a success!

Thanks to all of our donors who contributed during our August and December pledge drives to attend the 2nd KLRU Antiques Appraisal Fair on January 21, 2012. We had a great turn out and everyone really enjoyed getting to know a little more about their prized possessions.

A special thanks also to our incredible volunteer appraisers – many of whom saw close to 50 items throughout the day. We couldn’t have this event without their generosity and expertise! For more information on all the appraisers who were with us that day, please visit the Appraisal Fair website.

Watch a highlight reel of the day here – thanks again for everyone’s support and enthusiasm!

Giveaway: Max Raabe 2/26

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners! All winners have been contacted by email

KLRU will air Max Raabe and The Palast Orchester: Tonight or Never Sunday, Feb. 19, at 5 pm. Raabe will perform live in Austin on Sunday, February 26, at 7 pm at the Bass Concert Hall. Our friends at Texas Performing Arts have given KLRU tickets to this show to share with our members and fans. Post a comment on this blog post by Feb. 20th and we’ll choose winners to receive two tickets each.

Berlin Nocturne
Sunday, February 26, at 7 pm
at the Bass Concert Hall
Buy tickets now

Step into the streets of nocturnal Berlin with charismatic German cabaret crooner Max Raabe and his 12-piece big band ensemble Palast Orchester. Since 1986, Raabe and Palast Orchester have transported audiences to Berlin’s Weimar-era cabaret scene of the 1920s and early ’30s with nostalgic renditions of Cole Porter and George Gershwin—and cabaret-style parodies of Britney Spears and Tom Jones. The evening is filled with romantic melodies such as “Leben ohne Liebe kannst du nicht” ( “You Can’t Live Without Love”), big band arrangements of standards like “Amapola”, and a variety of classics like “Sie Sind mir so sympathisch” (“I Find You So Sympatico”). Slick, nostalgic, and unmistakably modern, their performances are executed with uncanny precision, drama, and humor.

Max Raabe and The Palast Orchester: Tonight or Never
Sunday, Feb. 19, at 5 pm on KLRU

The music of Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester speaks for itself. For the most part, the songs were written during the en dof the Weimar Republic, and during this experimental and contradictory time composers such as Friedrich Hollaender, Kurt Weill, Walter Jurmann and many others penned their melodies.

Giveaway: Clifford at The Long Center

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners! They have been notified by email.

Our friends at the Long Center for Performing Arts present Clifford, The Big Red Dog Live! on Sunday, March 4th.  You can buy tickets now on their site, but they have also give KLRU a few passes to give out since  they know our viewers are Clifford’s biggest fans!

Post a comment below about why you and your family watch KLRU. We’ll pick five winners who will each get two tickets to the show. Comments must be posted by Feb. 22.

CLIFFORD, THE BIG RED DOG – LIVE!
SUNDAY, MARCH 4 AT 3PM
Tickets thelongcenter.org
It only takes a little to BE BIG!™ In conjunction with the beloved BIG dog’s 50th anniversary, celebrate the timeless values of Clifford’s BIG Ideas – Share, Play Fair, Have Respect, Work Together, Be Responsible, Be Truthful, Be Kind, Believe In Yourself, Be A Good Friend and Help Others. These sentiments have never been more fun as Clifford and his friends from Birdwell Island – Emily Elizabeth, Cleo and T-Bone – embark on new adventures. With memorable songs and choreography – there will be even more of him to love in this ALL NEW musical – sure to delight the entire family!

Dinosaur Train "Weather Week"

Four new episodes of DINOSAUR TRAIN blow into the schedule for “Weather Week,” Feb. 6-10th.

Buddy and his family learn all about how earthquakes, forest fires, droughts and hurricanes affect animals and the environment.

Don’t panic! Mom, Dad and the Conductor have excellent advice on how to stay safe during a variety of different weather events!

Episodes:

THE EARTHQUAKE/NURSERY CAR
Monday, Feb. 6 & Friday Feb. 10 at 9:30am
Mom takes the kids on a playdate with Tank Triceratops to the desert, where they meet a distant relative of Tank’s, an early Ceratopsian named Penelope Protoceratops. The Conductor points out that Penelope lives in a part of the world that gets a lot of earthquakes, and sure enough, the kids experience their first quake with Penelope. Mom and the Conductor have prepared the kids with excellent advice about what to do in an earthquake, so everyone does fine. When the family rides the Dinosaur Train, they learn that a new car has been added – a Nursery Car, with dozens of eggs in little, padded nests, attended by their expectant moms and dads. The kids watch the eggs hatch, and try to guess which hatchling goes with which dinosaur parent.

THE FOREST FIRE/THE LOST BIRD
Tuesday, Feb.7 at 9:30am
When a forest fire comes to woods not far from the family nest at Pteranodon Terrace, the family takes the Dinosaur Train to visit a nearby area where a fire has already been, and the Conductor leads the kids on a Nature Tracker hike through the woods to see how new life is growing back – even after the forest fire’s devastation. Buddy and Tiny ride the Dinosaur Train for a playdate with their old friend Petey Peteinosaurus, and learn that the train has added a new Aviary Car, for their various flying passengers. Suddenly, they are joined by a lost bird named Judy Jehelornis, who was displaced by the recent forest fires, and can’t remember where her home is. Buddy, Tiny, and Petey act as detectives to figure out from clues where Judy’s home is, and the Conductor makes sure she’s brought safely home on the train.

DRY TIMES AT PTERANODON TERRACE/BIG MISTY SEA
Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 9:30am
When the weather has been extremely dry for several weeks, all the water holes at Pteranodon Terrace dry up. The Lambeosaurus family decides to move away in search of water, which upsets the kids. Dad and Mom decide to take the kids to the Big Pond on a camping trip, where they will wait out the drought and return home when it rains again. Don doesn’t want to leave his home, even temporarily, and decides to perfect a “rain dance” that will make the rain return. Dad learns that he’s been chosen to compete in the big annual Fishing Contest at the Big Misty Sea, and is one of three contestants. The whole family rides there on the Dinosaur Train to cheer Dad on. They learn that the contestants are Dad, the Old Spinosaurus, and Dad’s childhood friend and rival, a huge raptor named Marco Megaraptor. The three all end up fighting over Chester, the legendary biggest fish in the Big Misty Sea.

HURRICANE AT PTERANODON TERRACE/RAFTING THE CRETAC
Thursday, Feb. 9 & Monday, Feb. 13 at 9:30am
The long-awaited rains finally return to Pteranodon Terrace, but grow into a huge rainstorm that grows even bigger – into a hurricane! Dad hasn’t seen it blow like this since he was a kid. They seek shelter, and Don discovers an entrance to a cave below their nest, where not only the Pteranodons, but also their other neighbors, the Lambeorsaurus family and Cindy Cimolestes, all take shelter for the night. In the morning, the storm has passed, but everyone must pitch in to rebuild their various nests. The family is cleaning up the mess left over from the hurricane, and discover that a raft of logs has washed up two refugees from across the Western Interior Sea – a turtle named Aidan Adocus, and a small mammal named Tommy Ptilodus. Our family learns of their adventure, crossing the sea in the storm, and washing up at Pteranodon Terrace. They decide to take their new friends to the Dinosaur Train, and ride back with them to their home in Appalachia.

Highlights: February 5-11

Masterpiece Classic at 7 pm Sunday presents part four of Downton Abbey, Series II. In the climactic battle of the war, Matthew and William go over the top to an uncertain fate. Vera plays a cruel endgame with Bates and Anna, and Daisy faces the severest test of her life.

Masterpiece Classic at 8 pm Sunday and 8 pm Saturday presents part five of Downton Abbey, Series II. As the war nears its end, Downton’s aristocrats and servants put their lives back together. Mary and Sir Richard go estate hunting, while a mysterious wounded officer makes a shocking revelation.

When two murders share a link with their own Doctor Hobson, Lewis and Hathaway try to clear her name by unraveling the truth from a tangle of complicated events on Masterpiece Mystery!: Inspector Lewis, Series III at 9 pm Sunday.

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story at 9 pm Monday details one of the most important yet unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad along with the accounts of black abolitionists, who had everything at stake as they helped fugitives follow the North Star to Canada.

Up From the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream at 10 pm Monday tells the story of the massive migration of African Americans from the rural south to the prosperous north during the World War II years and beyond.

Freedom Riders: American Experience at 7 pm Tuesday chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth as an integrated band of college students risk their lives to battle segregation in the 1960s.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday cuts through the fog of war to reveal the untold story of what happened in Haditha, Iraq, where 24 of the town’s residents were killed by U.S. forces in what many in the media branded “Iraq’s My Lai.”

On Nature at 7 pm Wednesday, scientists from around the world share their thoughts and work to help explore the scientific theory that in an effort to outwit raccoons, we are actually making them smarter and unwittingly contributing to their evolutionary success.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday takes a glimpse into the lives of Trishna and Krishna, twin girls born joined at the head who are ready for a series of delicate operations that will prepare them for the ultimate challenge: a marathon separation surgery that will allow them to live truly separate lives.

On Inside Nature’s Giants: Big Cats at 9 pm Wednesday, experts dissect a lion and a tiger and make distinctions between the two species.

Writer Russell Banks discusses his career on Overheard With Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

World-renowned classical guitarist Jorge Caballero performs the classic work Pictures At An Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to Huntsville to explore the history of Texas Founder Sam Houston, visit the Texas Prison Museum, and go SCUBA diving in the piney woods on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm

Independent Lens at 9 pm Thursday presents The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, a cinematic and musical journey into the black communities of America.

Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook at 9 pm Friday reveals Feinstein’s discovery of an undocumented, unknown song by one of the giants of American popular music and follows his quest to verify its authenticity.

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff performs his greatest hits and songs from his LP Existence on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Q Night at the Movies for February

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

2/4 – One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Adapted from a novel by Ken Kesey, mental patients rise up and follow social-misfit hero Randle P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson).

2/11 – People Will Talk
A doctor’s (Cary Grant) unconventional theories of medicine and his relationship with a young student (Jeanne Crain) place his reputation in jeopardy.

2/18 – Run Silent, Run Deep
A U.S. sub commander (Clark Gable) obsessed with sinking a Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer (Burt Lancaster) and crew.

2/25 – Witness For The Prosecution
An aging barrister (Charles Laughton) defends a man (Tyrone Power) for murder despite damaging testimony from the accused’s wife (Marlene Dietrich).

KLRU Create Marathons for February

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.

February 4
Big Game Snack Attack

With Super Bowl Sunday just one day away, it’s time to plan a giant “snack attack” for your fellow sports fans. Whether its burgers, chicken wings or bratwurst that are your favorites, our Create chefs will show you the secrets for throwing a victorious sports night party. Steven Raichlen, John Shields and Katie Brown with guest chef Chris Paullk will provide inspiration for fun-filled afternoon with friends and family. We may not know who will win the big game, but we do know that your menu will be filled with tasty treats!

February 11
So In Love

It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air! Lifestyle experts Katie Brown, Martha Stewart, Julia Child and Christine Pirello will show you how to take romance to the next level. With heart-shaped cakes, a quiet dinner for two, an engagement party or a wedding, February 14th will be an unforgettable day for you and your sweetie.

February 18
Let The Good Times Roll

In honor of the biggest party on the bayou, “Laissez Les Bons Temps Roule” – Let the Good Times Roll! We’re celebrating Mardi Gras with Create chefs Steve Raichlen, Burt Wolf, John Besh, John Shields, Nick Stellino and John Folse. They will be preparing the finest seafood and Cajun dishes just in time for Fat Tuesday.

February 25
African Roots

Come with world travelers Megan McCormick, Art Wolfe and Joseph Rosendo to the vast continent of Africa. From the northern countries to the most southern tip and everything in between, you’ll spend your Saturday morning on a fantastic voyage! You’ll scale to the top of the pyramids in Egypt, go wine tasting in South Africa and safari through Kenya. Then go into the kitchen with Chef John Folse and culture expert Burt Wolf to learn about the African influences in American recipes. African roots stretch far and wide!

Science Night 2/8

7:00 PM Nature – “Raccoon Nation”
Are we, in an effort to outwit raccoons, actually making them smarter and unwittingly contributing to their evolutionary success? Are the ever more complex obstacles that our fast-paced urban world throws at them actually pushing the development of raccoon brains? In this film, scientists from around the world share their thoughts and work to help explore this scientific theory. Attempting to do something that has never been done before, they closely follow a family of urban raccoons as they navigate the complex world of a big city.

8:00 PM NOVA – “Separating Twins”
This is the incredible story of Trishna and Krishna, twin girls born joined at the head. Abandoned shortly after birth at an orphanage in Bangladesh, they had little chance of survival, until they were saved and taken to Australia by an aid worker. After two years battling for life, the twins are ready for a series of delicate operations, which will prepare them for the ultimate challenge: a marathon separation surgery that will allow them to live truly separate lives. Surgeons knew there was no guarantee of survival for either of the girls — but without surgery there was no hope at all. With exclusive access, our cameras have been with Trishna and Krishna and their caregivers throughout their journey.

9:00 PM Inside Nature’s Giants – “Big Cats”
The experts dissect a lion and a tiger. From the outside, the two look very different, but once their skins are removed, even the experts find it hard to tell them apart. Biologist Simon Watt comes face to face with a liger – a cross between a lion and a tiger – proof of the two species’ similarity. One of the most characteristic features of these magnificent animals – something that distinguishes them from the small cats – is their ability to roar. The team delves into the lion’s throat to find the voicebox and makes a discovery that helps explain the way the vocal apparatus works. Richard Dawkins explains the evolutionary arms race between predators and their prey in the struggle to survive. Finally, the experts try to find out why male lions have a distinctive mane.

Downton Abbey finale screening 2/19

THIS JUST IN: Master Pancake (with riffers John Erler, Kerri Lendo, and Martha Kelly) will perform a special tribute before the 8 pm screening! Be sure to arrive by 7:30 for this special pre-finale entertainment.

Join KLRU and other Downton Abbey fans as we watch the season finale of this beloved Masterpiece Classic series.

The screening will be February 19th in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors open at 7 pm and the Downton Abbey finale will  start promptly at 8 pm.  We’ll have preshow entertainment, light snacks, giveaways and more.

The screening is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

This event is cosponsored by Austin Eavesdropper

If you can’t attend this event, please watch at home … the Downton Abbey finale airs at 8 pm on 2/19 on KLRU