Summer Arts Festival presents John Leguizamo's Tales from a Ghetto Klown, 7/13

Watch John Leguizamo’s Tales from a Ghetto Klown on PBS. See more from PBS Arts.

KLRU expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television with a special presentation of John Leguizamo’s Tales from a Ghetto Klown as part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival. Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the industry’s most versatile actors: John Leguizamo. This profile of the actor/playwright looks at his unorthodox rise to success while capturing his struggles to mount his latest one-man show. From his Colombian and “NuyoRican” roots to his high-profile career in Hollywood, Leguizamo bares his soul.

John Leguizamo’s Tales from a Ghetto Klown 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 John Leguizamo’s Tales from a Ghetto Klown for a look at Fusebox, an Austin arts festival that encourages artists and audiences to take risks, ask questions, explore ideas, break rules, and blur boundaries.

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.

Women and Girls Lead: Jen Grogono

Women are tremendously underrepresented in tech industries, making female tech CEOs incredibly rare. This makes Jen Grogono an anomaly in her field. Jen talked with about her life as a CEO and mom 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!

Science Night – 7/11

Watch Bears of the Last Frontier: City of Bears – Preview on PBS. See more from Nature.

Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier, 7pm
Bear biologist Chris Morgan sets up camp at a remote spot in the heart of Alaskan wilderness, alongside the largest concentration of grizzlies in the world. It is June in the Alaska Peninsula. The sun sets well into night and bears are taking advantage of the long days to feed, mate and raise new cubs. Morgan tracks their progress as they feast on the riches of the season and re-establish the complex hierarchal social dynamics of bear society. Along the way, he experiences close encounters with bears, observing brutal battles among males during mating season as well as tender moments between a grizzly mom and her cubs.

Create Marathons for July

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.

July 7 Very Berry
Summer time is the right time to enjoy the flavor of sweet berries – strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. Our talented Create chefs, Julia Child, John Besh and Tina Nordstrom will show you how to incorporate berries into your favorite recipes. P. Allen Smith will show you how to decorate with berries. This will be a very berry marathon.

July 14 Exotic Sweets
Adding juicy fruits to your dishes will bring a new taste sensation to your mouth. Chefs Ming Tsai, Mary Ann Esposito and Jacques Pepin demonstrate with mango, kiwi fruit and lychee how sweet your food can be.

July 21 Take it Outside
There’s more room out than in… So take the fun outside! The Victory Garden crew is ready to dazzle you with an outdoor cocktail party. Then enjoy the beauty of the garden with Katie Brown or go on a clambake with John Shields. It’s summertime, and why should you stay cooped up in the house? Laugh and enjoy yourself with family and friends this summer with Create!

July 28 London Calling
Commemorate the start of the summer Olympics in London, England with Create! Get a taste of England from Chris Kimball and the America’s Test Kitchen gang as they prepare Bread Pudding. Pascal Aussignac and the Galvin Brothers (Jeff and Chris) will take us on a food trip to London’s finest restaurants. See all the sights that London has to offer with Rudy Maxa and Rick Steves. Let the games

Highlights: July 8-14

On Queen and Country: Royal Visit at 7 pm Sunday the Queen attends the Braemar Gathering and visits to Liverpool.

Botanist Liv Nash accidentally digs up the body of the recently buried Murray Hawes on Masterpiece Mystery! Inspector Lewis: Series V at 8 pm Sunday.

At 8:30 pm Sunday documentary Operation Appreciation features Sun City volunteers as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at Fort Hood.

On Antique Roadshow: Vintage Atlanta at 7 pm Monday 1998 marks the 16th running of the Athens to Atlanta Road Skate and Antique Roadshow’s first visit to Hotlanta.

Then on Antique Roadshow at 8 pm Monday includes a detour with appraiser Wes Cowan to the Wisconsin Dells to discuss the late 19th-century stereoscopic photography of H.H. Bennett that made the Dells famous.

On Monarchy: the Royal Family at Work at 9 pm Monday the Queen’s children talk frankly about the roles they were born into and the challenges of royal life.

Manifest Destiny: Making the World Safe for Democracy at 10pm Monday considers the consequences – intended and otherwise – of Woodrow Wilson’s call for a world shaped by American style democracy.

On Michael Wood’s Story of England: The Seeds of Reform at 7 pm Tuesday Kibworth moves on to dramatic battles of conscience in the time of the Hundred Years’ War.

Frontline: AIDS in Black America Tuesday at 8 pm is an exploration of one of the country’s most urgent, preventable health crises.

On Story at 10 pm Tuesday features Curb Your Enthusiasm and Seinfeld writer/producer Alec Berg and Bridesmaids director and Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday bear biologist Chris Morgan sets up camp at a remote spot in the heart of Alaskan wilderness, alongside the largest concentration of grizzlies in the world.

3 Steps to Incredible Health with Joel Fuhrman MD at 8 pm Wednesday is a sixty-minute pledge program that directly addresses the crisis of obesity and chronic disease plaguing America.

Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and Friday 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.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features writer Leonard Pitts talks about his novel, Freeman, which follows a former slave in the months after the Civil War’s end as he leaves Philadelphia to find his wife in the South.

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

The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday heads to Jefferson to explore its port-city history, visit a haunted house, and take a guided tour of Caddo Lake.

Every four seconds a romance novel published by Harlequin or its British counterpart, Mills & Boon, is sold somewhere in the world. POV at 9 pm Thursday takes a look at this global phenomenon.

John Leguizamo: Tells From a Ghetto Clown at 9pm on Friday profiles actor/playwright John Leguizamo and his unorthodox rise to success, while capturing his struggles to mount his latest one-man show on Broadway.

As one of Country music’s premier singer/songwriters, Kenny Chesney has reigned as a chart-topper and award-winning favorite for music lovers and critics alike. The four-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year graces the stage on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday with his classic hits from “Greatest Hits: Vol 2.”

On Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 pm Saturday Poirot is asked to assist in a murder investigation to determine if a young woman is responsible for the crime. But mounting complications in the case, including multiple frozen clocks, lead the detective to suspect an international political cover-up.

Create Technical Dificulties

Damaging storms on the East Coast have affected the national Create broadcast feed.  We are seeking a solution and will provide updates as soon as they become available.

Due to severe thunderstorms in the New York/DC area this past weekend leading to the fiber lines being down, an emergency loop feed is being used in place of regular programming on Create.  The issue started  on June 30th and has yet to be resolved.

All parties are working very hard to restore the feed. We will keep you updated on any further information we receive.

Women and Girls Lead: Taryn Davis

Taryn is the founder and director the American Widow Project where she provides resources for miltary widows. She talked with us about her own experience as a military widow 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.

July 2012: P.O.V. "Up Heartbreak Hill"

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program, UP HEARTBREAK HILL, explores the lives of Native American teens.

P.O.V. “Up Heartbreak Hill
Sunday, July 29, 5-6 p.m.

Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharf’s “Up Heartbreak Hill” is a look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.