KLRU Create is changing 6/1

KLRU Create’s scheduling blocks will change starting June 1st. Here’s a quick FAQ from the folks at Create TV to explain the changes.

What is happening?
Ratings information from a national sample of Create stations across the country shows that the most popular Create genres for viewers are (in priority): cooking, travel and home improvement. To meet the interests and demands of viewers, we are shifting the blocks to provide what viewers want most at the times when they tune in.

What if my favorite genres aren’t listed above?
Don’t worry! The programming you like will still be on Create. We’re just shifting some times around to make sure the majority of viewers are finding the programs they want. If you are a gardening or arts and crafts fan, your programs will still be on Create: no content will be dropped from the schedule! Your favorites will still be rotated through as they are now.

So why is this happening?
Based on the research, we are changing the design of the programming block to accommodate viewers’ interests at different times of the day. This means that primetime viewing will feature cooking, travel and home improvement. Daytime schedules will remain largely intact, with only a few tweaks. For instance, there will be some cooking and travel included in daytime, as well as Arts & Crafts and Gardening programs. On weekends, we will still offer themed Marathons (twice on Saturdays), and we’ve added a third run of those Marathons to Sunday afternoon. The Saturday afternoon schedule will feature the primetime programming from the prior Monday.
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KLRU Create Marathons for June

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.

June 2
Ice Cream Saturdae

Summertime is the right time for some ice cream! No one can resist the rich flavor on a hot day. Chris Kimball and the America’s Test Kitchen crew will show you how to make homemade ice cream. Take a walk on the wild side and try some Coconut and Avocado ice cream with Pati Jinich or try Ming Tsai’s Sake Pineapple Upside down cake with Black Pepper ice cream. Take your ice cream licking international with Rick Steves. He’s looking for the best of the cold stuff in Rome. Enjoy your Saturdae with a yummy Sundae!

June 9
Richard Bangs’ Adventureland

You’re sure to rack up frequent flyer miles with globe trotter Richard Bangs. Richard will take you rollin’ on the River Nile, rocking on the Kasbah and exploring the rainforest. This trip promises to be an unforgettable adventure!

June 16
I Do!

The month of June was made for weddings. Go ahead and take the plunge! Create’s Lifestyle experts will be there to guide you every step of the way. Julia Child, the Grand Dame of cooking will show you how to make the perfect three-tiered wedding cake. Who needs a wedding planner when you have Katie Brown to help you plan a simple, yet elegant wedding? Let Create’s globe trekkers Burt Wolf, Rudy Maxa and Rick Steves show you the most romantic getaways fora honeymoon. Say “I do!” on Saturday, June 16th.

June 23
Travel with Kids

Jeremy and Carrie travel the globe with their two sons, Nathan and Seamus. With the world as their classroom, the boys have a front row seat to different cultures, amazing sites and adventures that they will never forget. See what to do with your kids in Peru, New York, Paris, Costa Rica and beyond. You’ll have the best time with this intrepid foursome!

June 30
Living in America

Celebrate our nation’s birthday with a tour of America on Create. Travel with Burt Wolf, from sea to shining sea and every place in between. Burt will show you how to celebrate the 4th of July when you are Living in America!

Science Night 6/6

Nature Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air at 7 pm
Hummingbirds represent one of nature’s most interesting paradoxes — they are the tiniest of birds, yet they qualify as some of the toughest and most energetic creatures on the planet. New knowledge gained from scientists currently making great breakthroughs in hummingbird biology makes this a perfect time to focus on these shimmering, flashing jewels of the natural world. Stunningly beautiful high-definition, high speed footage of hummingbirds in the wild combined with high-tech presentations of their remarkable abilities help us to understand the world of hummingbirds as we never have before.

Lonesome George and The Battle for the Galapagos Islands at 8:30 pm
George, as he is affectionately known, is a national hero and an emblem of the ongoing struggle to preserve the unique nature of the Galapagos Islands. This special film tells George’s story against the backdrop of the bigger conservation issues faced by these beautiful islands. George’s loneliness is all part of a far bigger picture. The Pinta tortoise has been heavily hunted, and the islands have long been invaded by non-native species which push out the local wildlife. Even tourists, who come here partly to see the famous George, have added to the problems. There is an enormous struggle going on to restore the islands’ unique biodiversity, but not everyone loves George: local fishermen who want to protect their rights to fish in Galapagos’ protected waters have seized on him as a focus for their frustrations.

Into the Wild: Edison, Ford & Friends at 9:30 pm
Between 1914 and 1924, a group of famous friends – prolific inventor Thomas Edison, pioneering auto-maker Henry Ford, best-selling nature writer John Burroughs, and later, tire manufacturer Harvey Firestone – traveled to the remote reaches of Florida’s Everglades in search of a rustic camping adventure far from the pressures of work and the press. Freed from the demands of daily life, the friends and their entourage enjoyed the serendipity of life on the road, stopping to help farmers in the field, examining streams for hydroelectric possibilities or engaging in an impromptu tree-chopping contest. Into the Wild: Edison, Ford & Friends features excerpts from the journals and letters of Burroughs and Firestone as well as interviews with historians and biographers. Combined with historic family photographs, vintage press footage and period music, this half-hour documentary offers insight into the famous friends and a rare glimpse of the men behind their public personas.

Explore Central Texas 6/5

KLRU presents back-to-back local documentaries on June 5th.

Wine Roads of Texas 7 pm
Narrated by the multiple Grammy Award winning recording artist, Ray Benson, lead singer of Asleep at the Wheel, Wine Roads of Texas is a video travel guide for those interested in meeting the individuals responsible for creating the award-winning Texas wine industry and exploring the wine producing regions of Texas. Texas is one of the fastest growing wine producing regions in the nation and in the past thirty years, Texas wines have been turning heads at some of the world’s most prestigious blind tasting competitions, winning double gold (or unanimous) medals in Paris, France, San Francisco and beyond. Shot in high-definition, Wine Roads of Texas features breathtaking video of Texas’s most scenic regions, and a beautiful musical soundtrack. The program takes its viewers to wineries, vineyards, and restaurants where viewers will hear personal anecdotes and see taste-tempting images. For those interested in sampling Lone Star wines at home, Wes Marshall, author of the travel book, Wine Roads of Texas , offers tips on selecting Texas’s best varietals in each episode.

Painted Churches of Texas at 8:30
From the outside, they look like many American country churches built around the turn of the last century — arched Gothic Revival windows, facades clad in white frame siding or in stone, lone steeples rising up into the Texas sky. Cross the threshold of these particular Texas churches and you’ll encounter not a simple wooden interior but an unexpected profusion of color. Nearly every surface is covered with bright painting: exuberant murals radiate from the apse, elaborate foliage trails the walls, wooden columns and baseboards shine like polished marble in shades of green and gray. These are the Painted Churches of Texas. Built by 19th century immigrants to this rough but promising territory, these churches transport the visitor back to a different era, a different way of life. Inscriptions on the walls read not in English, but in the mother tongue of those who built them: German and Czech. The story of these buildings is the story of a people striving to succeed in a new country and still preserve the values and culture of their homelands. In 1984, 15 of these churches, with their unique style of art, were listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Once taken for granted, the painted churches of Texas, and the people who built them, are now capturing the interest of designers, historians and ordinary tourists, both in Texas and out of state.

Las Misiones: Missions of Texas at 9:30 pm
Las Misiones: Missions of Texas features more than 10 mission churches from across Texas. The documentary is a visual celebration of the structures as historic monuments, religious symbols, and important centers of community and fellowship. Produced by Tom Spencer, who also brought viewers The Painted Churches of Texas, Las Misiones shows the architectural beauty and historical significance of missions in San Antonio, El Paso, and Goliad. The missions featured are almost without exception living parishes and some of them have never stopped being churches in their 300-year history. They serve as the center of the community – living symbols of faith and family.

Q Night at the Movies for June

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

6/9 Love in the Afternoon
A middle-aged playboy (Gary Cooper) is fascinated by the daughter (Audrey Hepburn) of a private detective (Maurice Chevalier) who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.

6/16 Gaslight
A Scotland Yard detective (Joseph Cotten) figures out why a schizoid Victorian (Charles Boyer) is trying to drive his wife (Ingrid Bergman) mad.

6/30 Bullitt
A San Francisco police detective (Steve McQueen) gets hold of a mob-witness/corruption case and won’t let go.

Answer phones for KLRU next week – spots still available!

Volunteering for KLRU is a great way to show your support for Austin’s only locally owned and operated TV station.  Join us in studio next week during live presentations of PBS Newshour, Wine Roads of Texas, Nature, Being Elmo, Austin City Limits and Sherlock – great programming for a great cause! We’d love to see you, so sign up now!

Tues, June 5 | 5:30 – 8:30pm

PBS Newshour +  Wine Roads of Texas.
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Wed, June 6 | 5:30 – 8:30pm

PBS Newshour + Nature: Hummingbirds
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Thurs, June 7 | 5:30 – 9:00pm

PBS Newshour + Being Elmo
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Sat, June 9 | 6:30 – 8:30pm

Austin City Limits
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Sun, June 10 | 7:30 – 10:30pm

Masterpiece Sherlock
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Thank you if you’ve already signed up to volunteer for an evening – feel free to sign up for a different evening if your schedule allows, or pass along to a friend who might be interested!

On Story season 2 begins 5/26

On Story  gives viewers anecdotal backstories into the making of some of the most popular and beloved films and television shows ever made.  The second season will premiere on KLRU-Q on Saturday, May 26th at 7:30 pm.

The season will bring you 12 all new episodes featuring interviews and discussions from the 2011 Austin Film Festival & Conference. Audiences will have the chance to hear from 2011 AFF Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Awardee John Lasseter (Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios), 2011 AFF Distinguished Screenwriter Awardee Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Addams Family), 2011 AFF Outstanding Television Awardee Hart Hanson (Bones), and many more.

“Accessibility has always been one of the touchstones of our mission. I’m thrilled we can now bring the gems of wisdom  from the writers and filmmakers who speak at the Festival to an even greater audience,” says Austin Film Festival’s Executive Director, Barbara Morgan. The show now airs on 98 stations in 58 markets, including New York,
Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Dallas, New Orleans, Detroit, Tampa, Denver, and more.

Season one is available to watch online and season two episodes will be added each week.

Highlights: May 27-June 2

At 7 pm Sunday, The National Memorial Day Concert honors the service and sacrifice of the men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The program repeats immediately after at 8:30pm.

Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday presents “Hell And Back Again.” In this program, two overlapping narratives are intercut — the life of a Marine at war on the front and the life of the same Marine in recovery at home — creating both a dreamlike quality and a strikingly realistic depiction of how Marines experience this war.

Historian Niall Ferguson explores philosophical and political developments that have enabled the Western hemisphere to dominate the globe for the past 500 years on Civilization: The West and the Rest part 2 at 7 pm Tuesday.

On Story: The Austin Film Festival Presents: Script to Screen at 10 pm Tuesday features a discussion on creating a film from script to screen between the writer/directors behind Slumdog Millionaire, Up In The Air, and The Brothers McMullen. Following at 10:30pm, working within the studio system is discussed by the local filmmakers behind Office Space, Lonesome Dove, and El Mariachi.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday explores the Black Mamba, one of Africa’s most dangerous and feared snakes known for being very aggressive when disturbed. Little has been known about the Black Mamba’s natural behavior in the wild, but a team of herpetologists attempt a six-week study that will change public perception of what they feel is the world’s most misunderstood snake.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday reveals how venom causes the body to shut down, arteries to bleed uncontrollably and limbs to go black and die. But nature’s most destructive and extreme poisons could contain the building blocks for a new generation of advanced drugs that could treat heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity and cancer.

Contemporary folk rock takes the Austin City Limits stage with Mumford & Sons and Flogging Molly at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday.

Award-winning writer Russell Banks discusses his career and newest novel, Lost Memory of Skin, on Overheard With Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

At 7:30 pm Thursday, Austin Deco takes Arts In Context on a journey through time as we tour some of the city’s most iconic Art Deco buildings. While many of Austin’s Art Deco buildings have been torn down, Austin Deco shows us that the city still boasts an impressive collection of this unique style.

Arts in Context at 8 pm Thursday explores the making of Generous Art, an online gallery dedicated to raising money for nonprofits and artists, while going behind-the-scenes with the group’s founder and some of the showcased artists.

Chet takes a trip to Marfa, Texas in this week’s episode of The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Tea & Justice at 9 pm chronicles the experiences of three women who joined the New York Police Department during the 1980s-the first Asian women to become members of a force that was largely white and predominantly male.

Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony at 9 pm Friday features the Tony Award winning Broadway, television, and recording artist with an orchestra masterfully led by legendary composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch from The Royal Conservatory’s beautiful Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday welcomes the cream of underground rock with The National and Band of Horses. The National plays songs from its acclaimed record High Violet, while Band of Horses highlights its latest LP Infinite Arms.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Presents: Miss Marple VI at 8 pm Saturday, Julia McKenzie is back as Agatha Christie’s detective with a gentle smile and probing mind in “The Pale Horse.” Miss Marple’s old friend is found murdered and, when she receives a list of names sent by the victim before his death, Miss Marple seeks justice.

Science Night 5/30

Nature “Black Mamba” at 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 “Venom: Nature’s Killer” at 8 pm
Venom scientists are in a race against time. Inside the bodies of many creatures, evolution has produced extreme toxic cocktails, all designed for one reason: to kill. It took millions of years to perfect these ultimate brews of proteins and peptides and we have only just begun to discover their potential. Now, the race is on to collect and study them before the animals that produce them disappear. But how does venom do its deadly work? NOVA reveals how venom causes the body to shut down, arteries to bleed uncontrollably and limbs to go black and die. But nature’s most destructive and extreme poisons could contain the building blocks for a new generation of advanced drugs that could treat heart attack, stroke, diabetes, obesity and cancer. VENOM follows scientists on their expeditions to track down and capture the planet’s most deadly creatures, risking life and limb just to tease out milligrams of venom and get it back to the lab. Find out how nature’s deadliest cocktails could be medicine’s brightest new hope.

Screening: In the Life Becoming Me 6/5

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free 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 In the Life “Becoming Me” on June 5th. These events are free and open to the public.

In the Life “Becoming Me”
Is it a boy or a girl? Many parents learn the answer before their baby is born, and most expect their children to develop a gender identity that mirrors biological sex within their first few years. But for transgender and gender nonconforming children, gender identity unfolds throughout childhood, adolescence and into early adulthood. Eight families with transgender and gender non-conforming children ranging in ages from 5 to 25 share their stories. With the healthy development of their children at stake, parents must confront binary perceptions of gender, widespread transphobia and controversial parenting decisions.