Miró Quartet with Jorge Caballero in concert

Can’t get enough classical music in your life?

KLRU will be rebroadcasting Arts In Context: Jorge Caballero on August 2 at 7 pm. The episode features Peruvian classical guitarist Caballero, along with the Miró Quartet and the Classical Guitar Orchestra, performing their Modest Mussorgsky’s masterpiece suite “Pictures At An Exhibition” entitled “Austin Pictures.”

Caballero is the youngest musician and only guitarist to win the Naumberg International Competition, an award comparable to the Pulitzer, but for musicians. The Miró Quartet are currently the Faculty String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Texas at Austin and one of America’s most important chamber music groups. The episode is an incredible showcase of impressive talent and musicianship and is not to be missed.

Jorge Caballero and the Miró Quartet will be performing perform live on Saturday, August 4th, at Dell Hall at The Long Center for the Performing Arts. They will reunite to perform a program of Mozart, Paganini, Bach, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Not only will you be captivated by the music, but the Alamo Drafthouse’s Beverage Manager, Bill Norris, will be concocting splendid cocktails – one for each member of the performing ensemble – in the Kodosky Lounge, beginning at 6 pm. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets and more information can be found at the Austin Classical Guitar’s web site.

Summer Arts Festival presents Barnes Collection 8/3

Watch Preview: The Barnes Collection on PBS. See more from WHYY Specials.

KLRU expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television with a special presentation of Homecoming: Kansas City Symphony as part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival. Barnes Collection follows Dr. Albert Barnes’ remarkable rise from Philadelphia’s working-class neighborhood to the top of the modern art world. This unique tale bounces back and forth through time as the late Dr. Barnes travels the world to collect works of art by some of history’s most famous artists — Picasso, Cezanne, Matisse, Renoir and many others. The film digs deep into the intricacies of each painting, offering a rare look at the priceless collection and the new Philadelphia museum that houses it.

Barnes Collection is part of the PSB Summer Arts Festival and each week KLRU will present a local story to accompany the PBS program. Stay tuned after Barnes Collection for a look at Ben Rubin’s installation And That’s the Way It Is. The installation projects an interwoven grid of text from televised news broadcasts, translating the spoken language of televised evening news into written fragments.

The PBS 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.

Highlights: July 29 – August 4

On Queen and Country at 7 pm on Sunday, the queen visits some of the 16 realms that make up the Commonwealth.

When babysitter Jessica Lake is discovered dead, Lewis and Hathaway are drawn into diverse new worlds beyond the usual Oxford colleges — squats and swinging suburbia, monkey labs and fetish photography on Masterpiece Mystery at 8 pm Sunday.

When controversial American academic, Paul Yelland, is invited to speak at Oxford’s Department of Criminology, it stirs up a lot of deep-seated emotions. And when he is found strangled in his room later that night, Lewis and Hathaway have several suspects who fall into the frame on Masterpiece Mystery! at 9:30 pm Sunday.

At 7 pm Monday, host Mark L. Walberg wraps up Antiques Roadshow visit to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with a stop at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he’s joined by appraiser Alasdair Nichol.

On Market Warriors at 8 pm on Monday pickers encounter some southern hospitality at the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market just outside Atlanta to find vintage advertising.

At 9 pm Monday, host Mark L. Walberg meets appraiser Kathleen Bailey at Denver’s Kirkland Art Museum to view its collection of wild-looking Art Deco glassware known as Ruba Rombic Antiques Roadshow.

Travel around the country with host Yul Kwon to understand its intricacies, its vulnerabilities and the remarkable ingenuity required to keep the electricity on, every day of the year on America Revealed at 10 pm Monday.

History Detectives explores the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects at 7 pm at Tuesday.

Ken Burns’ The War, a seven-part series focusing on the many ways in which the Second World War impacted American towns and families, continues this week with episodes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8 pm.

On Story takes a look at the creative process of filmmaking through the eyes of some of the entertainment industry’s most prolific writers, directors and producers at Tuesday at 10:30 pm.

On Wednesday at 7 pm Nature looks into the precarious fortunes of the wolves, falcons, snowy owls, musk oxen, lemmings, and Arctic foxes.

M. Ward graduates from guest spots to his own headline Austin City Limits performance and Austin indie rock favorite Okkervil River follows on Wednesday and Friday at 10pm.

World-renowned classical guitarist Jorge Caballero performs the classic work Pictures At An Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky on Arts In Context at 7 pm Thursday. Additional performances by Miro Quartet and Classical Guitar Orchestra.

The Barnes Collection offers an exclusive look  at thousands of magnificent works of art by Picasso, Cezanne, Renoir and Matisse on Friday at 9pm.

Get fire-wise tips for plants around your house on Central Texas Gardener Saturday at noon. Visit a native plant garden that restored wildlife in a wildfire-sensitive design.

Fresh and seasoned indie rock hits the Austin City Limits stage on Saturday at 7pm with the Seattle’s the Head and the Heart and British veterans Gomez.

Julia McKenzie is back as Agatha Christie’s detective with a gentle smile and probing mind in Masterpiece Mystery: The Pale Horse on Saturday at 8pm.

Summer Arts Festival presents Havana, Havana! 7/27

Watch Summer Arts Festival Preview: Havana, Havana! 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. Feel the soul and energy of African-Cuban drummers, guajira guitarists and the pulsing melodies of celebrated Cuban musician Raul Paz, who brings together fellow musical stars Descemer Bueno, Kelvis Ochoa and David Torrens for a concert in Havana. All of them left Cuba years ago; their decision to return has injected a new spirit into Cuban music. Mirroring Cuba’s growing relationship with the world, HAVANA, HAVANA! highlights the evolution of the country’s musical expression in the 21st century.

HAVANA, HAVANA! 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 HAVANA, HAVANA! for The Austin Samba School. The Austin Samba School brings the music, dance, and culture of Carnival in Rio to Austin. Each year, the Samba School develops a theme and builds a show to present at Austin’s annual Carnival Brasileiro.

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.

Women and Girls Lead: Suzanne Santos

Suzanne Santos works to promote local food systems, something she’s been doing for the past 15 years. We talked to Suzanne about her work connecting local farmers with urban markets for our Women and Girls 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!

KLRU Summer Learning Activities now in 5 H-E-B stores!

KLRU has set up displays in five Austin-area H-E-B stores where families can pick up free materials to participate in PBS Kids Summer Learning Activities:

  • Rundberg and Lamar
  • IH-35 and William Cannon
  • E. 7th St. and Pleasant Valley
  • E. Riverside
  • Ed Bluestein Blvd. and Manor Rd.

The PBS Kids Summer Learning Initative connects watching of PBS Kids programs with reading and other activities. Kids who participate can return to the HEB after August 17 to pick up a certificate that they can show to their new teachers!

Highlights: July 22-28

Suze Orman’s Money Class Sunday at 6 pm features Suze’s expert take on what actions people need to take in light of the new economy.

In celebration of the opera’s 25th anniversary, Great Performances Phantom of the Opera on Sunday at 8 pm presents a fully-staged, lavish production.

At 7 pm Monday Antiques Roadshow finds a bracelet in Pittsburg whose value has shined up from $6,000 to a current $10,000 to $12,000.

On Market Warriors at 8 pm Monday pickers are in the City of Brotherly Love, working in close quarters at the 60-vendor Phila Flea Market to find costume jewelry.

In Madison, Antiques Roadshow at 9 pm on Monday visits a one-of-a-kind Wisconsin wonder with appraiser Noel Barrett: The House on the Rock, built on and around a chimney rock and filled to the rafters by its eccentric owner with antiques and collectibles.

Accompany host Yul Kwon as he journeys across the continent by air, road and rail, venturing behind the scenes with the workers who get us where we need to go on America Revealed at 10 pm on Monday.

On History Detectives at 7 pm on Tuesday Wes Cowan hunts for the identity of a man whose name is engraved on a rare matched set of Civil War-era pistols, still in the original case.

Host Elyse Luray floors country music singer Clint Black with the information she uncovers about his turn-of-the-20th-century book of wanted posters on History Detectives at 8 pm on Tuesday.

Frontline at 9 pm on Tuesday travels to Alaska to probe the fault lines of a growing battle between those who depend on this extraordinary fishery for a living, the mining companies who are pushing for Pebble and the political framework that will ultimately decide the outcome.

TV megahit Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal discusses the (not so) universal language of comedy in his documentary Exporting Raymond with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang writer/director Shane Black for On Story at 10 pm Tuesday.

The challenges of making true life stories compelling on the screen are discussed by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Scott Silver, Academy Award-nominated scribe Nicholas Kazan, Pamela Gray, Academy Award-winner Ron Howard for On Story at 10:30 Tuesday.

Chris Morgan travels to the far north of Alaska, the tiny North Slope town of Kaktovik, to see polar bears on Nature at 7 pm Wednesday.

Accompany physicist and acclaimed author Brian Greene on Nova at 8 pm and 9 pm on Wednesday for a mind-bending reality check and journey to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time and the universe.

On Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday veterans and country music legends Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel join forces onstage in celebration of their collaborative LP, Willie and the Wheel.

Evan talks with Chris Isaak about acting, music and more on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday.

Part documentary, part performance, Arts in Context at 7:30 pm features Texas music legend Bill Carter. Carter and his wife Ruth Ellsworth write songs, lots of songs, an incredible amount of songs, including some of the biggest hits by The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

On The Daytripper at 8 pm on Thursday Chet heads to Marfa to tour its famous art galleries, go for a ride on a glider, and see the Marfa lights.

Independent Lens at 8:30 pm follows the 300-pound U.S. Olympic weightlifter Cheryl Haworth as she prepares for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, she struggles with injury, confidence and her place in a world where larger women are not readily accepted.

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 news gathering 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.

Havana Havana at 9 pm on Friday is music-documentary that looks at the soul and energy of African-Cuban drummers, guajira guitarists and the pulsing melodies of celebrated Cuban musician Raul Paz to highlight how the country’s musical expression is evolving in the 21st century.

On Austin City Limits at 10 pm Friday country music legends Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel join forces onstage in celebration of their collaborative LP, Willie and the Wheel.

Go for drought tough succulent splendor with plants that can take both heat and freeze on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. See how a San Antonio gardener exchanged lawn for a captivating succulent design.

On Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday M. Ward graduates from guest spots to his own headline performance, highlighting his latest LP, Hold Time. Followed by Austin indie rock favorite Okkervil River perform.

Ariadne Oliver returns to join forces with Poirot to investigate a drowning at a Halloween Party. As they look further, they uncover a series of mysterious deaths in the village that could be connected on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 pm on Saturday.

On Doc Martin at 10 pm Saturday P.C. Joe Penhale has an unexpected visitor – his ex-wife Maggie.

Science Night – 7/25

Watch Bears of the Last Frontier: Arctic Wanderers on PBS. See more from Nature.

Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier, 7pm
It’s early November and winter is coming on. But each year, the polar bears struggle for extended periods on dwindling fat reserves, waiting for the opportunity to hunt on sea ice that takes longer to freeze. In early spring, Chris Morgan joins local hunters in Barrow, the northernmost city in Alaska, as they go out on their own hunts, facing some of the same challenges as the bears. In late spring, Morgan travels to the North Slope of the Brooks Range, where countless thousands of caribou cover the ground for miles. The grizzlies are waiting for them, as they have for thousands of years.

Nova: The Fabric of the Universe “Quantum Leap”, 8pm
Join Brian Greene on a wild ride into the weird realm of quantum physics, which governs the universe on the tiniest of scales. Greene brings quantum mechanics to life in a nightclub like no other, where objects pop in and out of existence, and things over here can affect others over there, instantaneously and without anything crossing the space between them. A century ago, during the initial shots in the quantum revolution, the best minds of a generation—including Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr—squared off in a battle for the soul of physics. How could the rules of the quantum world, which work so well to describe the behavior of individual atoms and their components, conflict so dramatically with the everyday rules that govern people, planets, and galaxies?

Nova: The Fabric of the Universe “Universe or Multiverse? “, 9pm
Hard as it is to swallow, cutting-edge theories are suggesting that our universe may not be the only universe. Instead, it may be just one of an infinite number of worlds that make up the multiverse. Brian Greene takes us on a tour of this brave new theory at the frontier of physics, explaining why scientists believe it’s true and showing what some of these alternate realities might be like. Some universes may be almost indistinguishable from our own; others may contain variations of all of us, where we exist but with different families, careers and life stories. In still others, reality may be so radically different from ours as to be unrecognizable.

Texas music history explored on Arts In Context 7/26

Texas music legends, including Will Sexton, Denny Freeman, Jimmie Vaughan and Billy F. Gibbons, talk about songwriter Bill Carter on KLRU’s Arts In Context.

Bill Carter and his wife Ruth Ellsworth have written some of the biggest hits by The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In addition to writing songs, Bill Carter & The Blame is a Texas supergroup with a rotating all-star lineup that has been performing Bill and Ruth’s songs for decades. Arts In Context combines Bill Carter & The Blame footage from a 2012 live performance in KLRU’s legendary Studio 6A with interviews of Bill, Ruth and a wide selection of the musicians and people they have worked with over the years.

Airing on KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, July 26 at 7:30 pm and July 29 at 1 pm, this episode features interviews with or appearances by Will Sexton, Denny Freeman, Dony Wynn, Johnny Depp, Jimmie Vaughan, Billy F. Gibbons, Chris Layton, Charlie Sexton, Cindy Cashdollar, Glover Gill, Andy Salmon, David Holt, Susan Antone, Wayne Nagel and Andy Langer.

The complete show will be available for viewing online at klru.org/artsincontext and through the PBS App after July 26th.