Summer Arts Festival presents Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World 7/6

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The Summer Arts Festival line-up, part of PBS’ ongoing commitment to arts content on-air and online, features films that celebrate the contributions of independent filmmakers including a behind-the-scenes profile of actor/playwright John Leguizamo, a film that chronicles a year in the life of talented teenage Mariachi musicians, a look at priceless museum collections and a concert documentary profiling a world-renowned mezzo-soprano. The Festival explores international arts, including a historic concert by four Cuban music greats and a journey into Islamic art narrated by acclaimed actress Susan Sarandon. Slated to run for seven weeks, an additional program will be announced at a later date.

Islamic Art is part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival and each week KLRU will present a local story to accompany the PBS program. Stay tuned after Islamic Art for The King James Bible: History and Influence at The Harry Ransom Center in Austin, TX. This exhibition traces the history of the King James translation of the Bible including the influence of earlier Bibles and the committee of scholars who spent over six years poring over the text word by word.

KLRU expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television with a special presentation of Islamic Art as part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival. Travel to nine countries and across 1,400 years of cultural history to explore the astonishing artistic and architectural riches of Islam. With the insights and commentary of leading art scholars from around the world, the film delves into the art of religious life in Islamic culture and into the secret world inside the palaces of the elite. From the extraordinary array of metalwork, textiles, paintings and architecture that illuminate the culture, filmmaker Rob Gardner sheds light on the shared histories of western and Islamic societies, revealing more continuity than division. Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon narrates.

Next Avenue Growing Bolder: July episodes

As your PBS station, it is KLRU’s mission to bring people together around important issues. KLRU does this through various educational and outreach initiatives.  Our newest effort is a national collaboration called Next Avenue that features resources and an online discussion of issues facing those 50+. As part of that project we are also airing, Growing Bolder Sundays at 10:30 am on KLRU. Growing Bolder delivers empowering stories that inspire audiences of all ages to believe that it’s never too late to achieve their dreams. It features stories of masters athletes, cancer survivors, musicians, health experts, entrepreneurs and more.

Upcoming episodes:

7/1: Born to Dance
In this week’s episode, we show you how men and women are leaping, twirling and inventing their way into happy lives; featuring a pole vault champion and a visit to the National Funeral Directors Convention. Plus, author Barbara Hannah Grufferman takes on the anti-aging industry in this week’s Growing Bolder With… and we feature the legendary Dennis McCoy of BMX fame in How Are You Growing Bolder?

7/8: Taking Second Chances
In this episode we honor those who never give up, despite setbacks and obstacles; featuring Oprah Winfrey’s personal makeup artist and a Paralympic athlete. Plus, we talk to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Roger McGuinn about the stories behind the Byrds in Growing Bolder With…, and we feature Bungee Jill’s amazing birthday celebration in How Are You Growing Bolder?

7/15: Famous Footsteps
In this episode, we celebrate celebrity look-alikes, people who survived despite incredible odds, and prove that taking big chances can lead to big rewards; featuring a Beatle’s mega-fan and visit to FL for Biketoberfest.

7/22: Living in Harmony
In this episode, we explore exquisite creativity, magic through music and the power of a little horse to make a big difference; featuring artists Bob Rafkin, Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson, and a trip to FX International convention.

7/29: Unforgettable and Inspirational
In this episode, we explore beauty in the odd; and odd people who make the world more beautiful; featuring a Tour de France cycling star and the Orlando Magic Silver Stars.

Highlights: July 1-7

On Queen and Country at 7 pm Sunday presenter Trevor McDonald as he reports on the tradition of Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace and visits Horseguards to meet the man who is in charge of the troops who guard the queen.

Before Inspector Lewis, there was Inspector Morse, and before Inspector Morse, there was the rookie Constable Morse, fed up with police work and ready to nip his career in the bud by handing in his resignation. That is, until a murder turned up that only he could solve on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 pm Sunday.

Mysterious Lost State of Franklin at 9:30 pm Sunday looks at the end of the American Revolution as frontier settlers beyond the Appalachian mountains broke away from North Carolina to form their own government.

Monarchy: The Royal Family at Work at 9 pm on Monday tells the story of four party guests as they savor each moment of a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace

Manifest Destiny at 10 pm on Monday focuses on the Spanish-American War of 1898 when the United States under President William McKinley and Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.

On Michael Wood’s Story of England at 7 pm Tuesday historians recover the lost history of the first thousand years of Kibworth, featuring a Roman villa, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, and evidence of life after the Norman Conquest. Michael Wood’s Story of England at 8 pm Tuesday charts events in the village leading to the people’s involvement in the Civil War of Simon de Montfort and follow the story of Kibworth as it reaches the catastrophic 14th century.

In an encore presentation from the acclaimed series “Money, Power and Wall Street,” Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday explores how an “epidemic of greed” spread from financial institutions in the United States to Europe and back.’

On Story at 10 pm Tuesday features Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack and NYPD Blue and Deadwood creator David Milch discuss the inspiration behind creating classic film and television characters.

A Capitol Fourth at 7 pm and 8:30 pm on Wednesday features live musical performances by some of the country’s best known and award-winning musicians in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Songwriting legend Randy Newman takes the ACL stage with a selection of his greatest tunes on Austin City Limits at 9 pm Wednesday and 10:30 pm Friday.

Evan Smith talks with writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor Eliezer “Elie” Wiesel on Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm.

Trouble Puppet Theater takes Arts In Context on Thursday at 7:30 pm on a journey into the art of puppetry as the company produces one of their unique plays led by creative director and master puppeteer Connor Hopkins

At 8 pm on Thursday documentary Operation Appreciation features the volunteers as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at the Army base.

Follow The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday as he heads to South Padre Island to build sandcastles, snorkel the bay, and bungee jump.

Filmmaker Ian Cheney embarks on a journey to America’s brightest and darkest corners on POV at 9 pm Thursday.

At 7 pm Friday Gwen Ifill hosts PBS’ longest-running public affairs series, Washington Week , features Washington’s top journalists analyzing the week’s top news stories and their effect on the lives of all Americans.

Need to Know on Friday at 7:30 pm features an integrated broadcast and online current affairs project, uniting broadcast and web in an innovative approach to newsgathering and reporting.

Join host Bill Moyers and a range of guests for in-depth conversations about life and the state of American democracy on Moyers and Company at 8 pm Friday.

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World celebrates the artistic legacy of the Muslim world at 9 pm on Friday.

Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday presents songwriting genius Elvis Costello returns to ACL to showcase songs from his latest, Americana-influenced record Secret, Profane and Sugarcane. Austin’s rootsy songwriting collective the Band of Heathens follows.

Sir Charles Cartwright hosts a cocktail party at his home where a local Reverend chokes to death. Murder seems impossible, but when a second guest dies under similar circumstances, the Belgian sleuth investigates further on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 pm Saturday.

On Doc Martin at 9 pm on Saturday Dr. Ellingham asks Louisa to move into his house so he can help to raise their child.

Overheard with Evan Smith: Michael Morton and Leonard Pitts Tapings

We had two tapings for Overheard with Evan Smith on Tuesday, June 26th. Despite the 106-degree heat outside, Smith talked to one of the most cool, calm, and even-keeled guests to date: Michael Morton. Morton was released from prison last year after it was discovered he was innocent of his wife’s murder. He’d spent 25 years behind bars. Smith asked Morton about the challenges of serving time, the murder of his wife, and his eventual release from prison. Throughout the interview, Morton reiterated his disinterest in revenge but expressed a desire to make public officials accountable. Audience members asked Morton about his renewed faith, hopes for the future, threats of violence behind bars, and coping with the death of his wife.  The show will air on July 19th and will be available for viewing online and on the PBS App after that date. Watch the entire audience q&a now:

Michael Morton: Q & A with the Audience from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.

Next, Smith interviewed Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Leonard Pitts. According to Pitts, he has both the best (writing novels) and second best (writing columns) jobs in American Literature today. He discussed his latest novel, Freeman. This work of historical fiction follows a former slave and Union soldier in the months following the Civil War. Beyond historical fiction, Pitts writes columns for the Miami Herald where he challenges readers to think critically about race in America. Smith asked Pitts about the challenges of writing historical fiction, the public’s reaction to the killing of Trayvon Martin, racism in the age of Obama, and the newspaper business. The show will air on July 12th and will be available for viewing online and on the PBS App after that date. Watch the entire audience q&a now:

Leonard Pitts: Q & A with the Audience from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.

About the blogger: Rhiannon Goad is LBJ Public Affairs and Gender Studies graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. She’s spending her summer interning for KLRU, cooking out, and anticipating Shirley Maclaine’s debut on Downton Abbey.

Women and Girls Lead celebrates Title IX

On June 23, 1972, Title IX became law in the United States, prohibiting discrimination based on gender in educational programs and activities. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this historic legislation, Women and Girls Lead looks at an area where Title IX had its greatest impact: sports.

Extending through the Olympic games, Women and Girls Lead will spotlight films about female athletes who defy stereotypes on and off the field. This includes the Women and Girls Lead: Austin story on University of Texas at Austin track coach Beverly Kearney.

Watch all the films on the Women and Girls Lead Title IX page

In addition to short films, the site includes four feature-length films from public television: Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority by Kimberlee Bassford, Girl Wrestler by Austin’s Diane Zander Mason, Strong! by Julie Wyman, and Shadya by Danny Hakim, Udi Kalinsky, and Roy Westler.

Summer Arts Festival featuring Mariachi High 6/29

Watch Summer Arts Festival Preview: Mariachi High on PBS. See more from PBS Arts.

KLRU expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television with a special presentation of Mariachi High as part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival. This documentary showcases a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in South Texas. As they compete and perform with astonishing musical virtuosity, these teens, and the music they make, will inspire, surprise, and bring you to your feet. This documentary airs at 9 pm June 29 and 3 pm July 1 on KLRU (broadcast 18, cable 9).

Mariachi High is part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival and each week KLRU will present a local story to accompany the PBS program. Stay tuned after Mariachi High for Austin High’s Ballet Folklórico project. Austin High’s Ballet Folklórico is a for-credit dance program. While it  may be just a class to some students, this dance program allows its participants to grow academically and socially through collaboration and leadership opportunities. These students proudly representing their art, culture and school in dozens of performances throughout the community each year. Here’s just a little teaser about Ballet Folklórico

So You Think You Can Dance… Ballet Folklórico from KLRU Collective on Vimeo.

The Summer Arts Festival line-up, part of PBS’ ongoing commitment to arts content on-air and online, features films that celebrate the contributions of independent filmmakers including a behind-the-scenes profile of actor/playwright John Leguizamo, a film that chronicles a year in the life of talented teenage Mariachi musicians, a look at priceless museum collections and a concert documentary profiling a world-renowned mezzo-soprano. The Festival explores international arts, including a historic concert by four Cuban music greats and a journey into Islamic art narrated by acclaimed actress Susan Sarandon. Slated to run for seven weeks, an additional program will be announced at a later date.

KLRU 2012 Summer Learning Challenge

Now that it’s REALLY HOT outside, not just HOT, we know kids will be spending more time indoors and screen time will go up. To make sure that kids have access to quality content and quality activities, along with our friends at the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, we’ve started the KRLU Summer Challenge.  To get started, read and download the materials below!

PBS highlights one show each week during the summertime. KLRU starts from here and asks kids to do the following:

WATCH - Here are the shows for each week, and the times they air

June 4-8: Wild Kratts, Zach Attack Week 4:00 pm
June 11-15: WordGirl, Tobey's Robot Summer 3:30 pm
June 18-22: Arthur, Baby Kate Adventure Week 3:00 pm
June 25-29: Curious George, Monkey Business Week 8:00 am
July 2-6: Super Why! Royal Reading Week 9:00 am
July 9-13: The Electric Company Prankster Planet Week 4:30 pm
July 16-20: Dinosaur Train Gone Fishing Week 9:30 am
July 23-27: Martha Speaks Dog Daze Week 2:30 pm
July 30-August 3: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That Creepy Crawley Week 8:30 am
August 6-10: Sid the Science Kid Get Up and Move Week 10:00 am

READ – We want kids to read at least 15 minutes a day, or 75 minutes a week. To track progress you can download a chart here or download Scholastic’s Reading Timer for iPhone, iPad, or Android devices.

DO - Whether your kids are completing pages in the packet or playing PBS games online or on mobile devices, they are learning!

Click here to download an activity packet for ages 4-7.

Click here to download an activity packet for ages 6-10.

Click here to download a Reading Progress Chart.

For online games, go to:

PBS Kids (ages 2-5)
PBS Kids Go! (ages 4-8)
PBS Kids It's My Life (ages 8-12)
PBS Kids Mobile for all mobile downloads (all ages)

PLAY - Not just video games! Get off the couch and go swimming, ride a bike, and run around. Kids should be active at least one hour a day, 365 days a year.

And when you’ve done all of these things, after August 13th you will be able to download a certificate that you can complete and show to your child’s teacher in the new school year.

Women and Girls Lead: Nessa Higgins & Andrea Day Boykin

Nessa and Andrea met when their two children attended the same kindergarten class. They quickly found they shared some things in common: they were both foodies, they both wanted to own their own business, and neither wanted to risk making a big investment on a restaurant. They talked to us about their food trailer, Flip Happy Crepes, for our Women and Girl’s Lead: Austin project.

Women and Girls Lead: Austin showcases extraordinary women and girls in Austin who are changing our community. Combining independent documentary film, television, new media, and global outreach partnerships, Women and Girls Lead amplifies the voices of women and girls acting as leaders, expands understanding of gender equity, and engages an international network of citizens and organizations to act locally and reach out globally.

Do you know a woman or girl who is making a difference in your world? Someone who embodies the characteritics of leadership or empowerment? She could be a teacher, doctor, student or mother. Nominate a Leader today!

Highlights: June 24-30

On Nature at 6 pm Sunday, Emmy award-winning filmmaker and biologist Rick Rosenthal brings incredible sea creatures to the screen as he observes tiny billfish nurseries in the wild, dives deep into secret undersea canyons and films incredible color-changing behavior in Superfish.

Finding Your Roots at 7 pm Sunday reveals Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick’s anti-slavery ancestral backgrounds while we learn quite a bit about slavery in the North in the process.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Presents: Zen at 8 pm Sunday, Detective Aurelio Zen (Rufus Sewell) brings justice to modern-day Italy, whether the authorities want it or not. In this episode, a wealthy industrialist and political party funder is kidnapped and Zen is asked to get the hostage back alive at any cost.

Michael Graves: The Warehouse at 9:30 pm Sunday provides a window into the creative life of one of the United States’ most recognized architects and designers.

Monarchy: The Royal Family At Work at 9 pm Monday leads viewers through the elaborate state opening of Parliament.

On Queen Victoria’s Empire at 7 pm Tuesday, Britain is becoming the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth amidst the colonization of Africa in “The Moral Crusade”, but the empire is soon on the verge of its darkest hour and heading towards end of an extraordinary era in “The Scramble for Africa.”

American Experience “Stonewall Uprising” at 10 pm Tuesday chronicles the dramatic event that launched the worldwide gay rights movement.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday presents returning saga of Cloud, the wild, white stallion who rules the Arrowhead Mountains of Montana, gathering mares and expanding his reign in “Cloud: Challenge of the Stallions”.

In the miniseries “Hunting The Edge of Space”, NOVA at 8 pm Wednesday examines how a simple instrument, the telescope, has fundamentally changed our understanding of our place in the universe.

Mark Evans and Joy Reidenberg brave the baking desert to dissect a camel on Inside Nature’s Giants at 9 pm Wednesday.

Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday brings it home with Texan songwriters Lyle Lovett and Bob Schneider. ACL veteran Lovett plays tracks from his Natural Forces LP, as well as classics. Schneider surveys his decade-long eclectic solo career.

The Dallas gospel group The Relatives perform for Arts in Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to Killeen, TX on The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

POV at 9 pm Thursday presents “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator”. The documentary tells the story of how a film, aiding a new generation of human rights activists, became a granito — a tiny grain of sand — that helped tip the scales of justice.

Mariachi High at 9 pm Friday presents a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in South Texas.

Songwriting legend Randy Newman takes the stage with a selection of his greatest tunes on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

On Masterpiece Mystery! Presents: Poirot X at 8 pm Saturday, David Suchet (Henry VIII, The Way We Live Now) stars as suave Belgian super sleuth Hercule Poirot in this mystery based on the novels by Agatha Christie. In this episode, Poirot finds himself drawn into a murder investigation located at an archaeological site on the brink of making a major discovery.

Screening: Operation Appreciation 7/3

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 Operation Appreciation on July 3rd. These events are free and open to the public. The filmmaker will be in attendance at this screening.

Each week, retirees from Georgetown, TX, give heartfelt thank yous to soldiers reporting for duty at Fort Hood as well as those injured in combat. This documentary, accentuated by stunning imagery of America s largest military base, follows the volunteers as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at the Army base. The retirees travel more than 50 miles with cars filled to the brim with treats to hand the treats to hundreds of soldiers getting processed at Fort Hood every Thursday. Not only do these volunteers walk the lines giving treats and saying thanks to the incoming troops, but they also bring food to the Wounded Warriors buildings, where severely injured soldiers are recovering, and to the Fisher House, which gives a home to military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. Many of the volunteers are veterans themselves, and have incredible stories of their own survival in war. Their reasons for giving back are both moving and remarkable. Along the way, the viewers will also hear from the troops that receive the treats, and find out how the kindness of strangers affects them.

Operation Appreciation airs on Thursday, July 5th at 8 pm and Sunday, July 8th at 9:30 pm