Discover the Arts with KLRU on 5/18

Discover even more unique art from the nation’s emerging artists as your PBS station celebrates the arts. Tune in on Fridays for full-length performances (both new and old), artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and more.

May 18th at 9 pm, John Portman: A Life of Building examines the work and legacy of one of the world’s most daring and influential architects. Over the last 45 years, John Portman’s iconic urban structures and eye-popping interiors steadily rose in 60 cities across four continents, helping redefine cityscapes in the United States and skylines in Asia. Once considered a maverick because he eschewed long-accepted industry standards, critics and leading architecture schools now fully embrace Portman’s design approach, which emphasizes function, purpose and sensory experience. John Portman: A Life of Building showcases Portman’s buildings using dramatic time-lapse footage. The film also features interviews with Portman, architecture critic Paul Goldberg (The New Yorker), Harvard professors Mack Scogin and Michael Hays, business associates Mickey Steinberg and A.J. Robinson, architect Jacque Robertson, art critic Robert Craig and Portman’s children.

Following at 10PM, The Decemberists and Gillian Welch showcase the best in contemporary songwriting on Austin City Limits. The Decemberists highlight songs from their release The King Is Dead. Welch and her partner David Rawlings follow up with songs from her album The Harrow & the Harvest.