Highlights: August 19-25

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Andrew Lloyd Webber presents The Phantom of the Opera in a fully-staged, lavish production on Great Performances Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall Sunday at 1:30 pm. Followed immediately by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding follow-up Love Never Dies at 5 pm.

A celebration of 50 years of small-screen historical drama, The Story of the Costume Drama on Sunday at 8pm features a wide-ranging look at the genre, covering love and war, birth and death, the rich and the poor.

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Dr. Wayne Dyer Sunday at 9pm offers viewers a detailed explanation of how to manifest that which is most important to you.

Ed Sullivan’s Top Performers 1966-1969 features an amazing line-up of original 60s performers singing their biggest hits on Monday at 7 pm, Friday at 9pm and Saturday at 7 pm.

On Happiness Advantage with Shawn Achor at 9 pm Monday Achor reveals that happiness is a choice and we can actually reprogram our brains to become more positive – transforming not just our own lives, but having a positive ripple effect on the lives of all of those around us.

The Doo Wop Love Songs concert on Monday at 8:30pm features a moving tribute segment to the beloved Johnny Maestro, original lead singer of The Crests and The Brooklyn Bridge.

How smart are dogs, and what makes them such ideal companions? Find out on NOVA: Dogs Decoded on Tuesday at 7:00pm.

Superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli takes on one of the biggest stages of his career for a concert in New York City’s famed Central Park with the New York Philharmonic for Great Performances on Tuesday at 8:30 pm.

Dr. Fuhrman’s Immunity Solution! on Wednesday at 7 pm shows us how we can become almost totally resistant to colds, influenza, and other infections.

Michaela Strachan and Steve Leonard follow the lives of orphaned and rescued orangutans at a refuge centre in Borneo on Orangutan Diary on Wednesday at 8:30pm.

With beautiful images from space set to music inspired by the cosmos, Quest: Beyond the Stars on Wednesday at 10pm features stunning images from the Hubble telescope used as a backdrop to classical pieces and songs performed by Quest, an instrumental orchestra ensemble from Europe.

On Thursday at 8:30pm and Saturday at 9 pm, We Walk the Line! Celebrating the Music of Johnny Cash features Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Lucinda Williams, Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, and Shelby Lynne amongst others as play tribute to the Man in Black.

On Saturday at 9 pm, Chris Isaak performs his hits as well as songs from his latest release  from the ACL Live stage in Austin, Texas on Chris Isaak: Beyond the Sun.

Leonard Cohen Live in London on Saturday at 10:30pm features one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a figure whose body of work achieves greater depths of mystery and meaning as time goes on.

What if you helped KLRU raise $240,000 this August?

This August we’re asking the question, What If…? What if children never had the opportunity to laugh and learn with Mister Rogers, Elmo, and Curious George? What if NOVA and Nature weren’t available to inspire future generations of scientists and explorers? What if KLRU, Austin’s only locally owned and operated television station, didn’t exist?

Without KLRU you wouldn’t be able to find quality, commercial-free programming that inspires, educates, and informs everyone. And it is viewers like you who make it possible for us to provide incredible programming to every child, every parent, every teacher, every student,everyone for free. Your gift of support ensures that KLRU will continue to inspire you… and everyone around you for generations to come.

This August, KLRU needs to raise $240,000 to be able to continue providing the programming you watch every day online and on-air. What if everyone who watched KLRU or attended a KLRU event or helped KLRU celebrate its 50th birthday gave a gift of support today? We would love to see that happen! Give a gift in support of what you love about KLRU right now and help us reach our important goal this month. We promise to turn your dollars into ideas, exploration, adventure, drama, and music for everyone in ways that only public television can.

Support KLRU during August and choose from some great thank you gifts for your donation! See some of the special selections below!

Tie-Dye never goes out of style – and neither does KLRU!

Make a $50 gift in support of KLRU’s 50th Anniversary and we’ll send you this stylish tie-dye t-shirt to show your KLRU pride all over the city. Our Sr. VP of Community Engagement, Maury Sullivan, looks great in tie-dye – and we’d love to see you at one of our upcoming events – like the next Civic Summit on the arts in Austin or our Women and Girls Lead event celebrating Austin women who are changing the world – wearing your KLRU tee!

Sundays are for drama on KLRU

We know you rely on great British drama on Sunday nights, so we are excited to present a great Downton Abbey: Behind-the-Scenes program on August 12 at 8pm and a really entertaining retrospective on the history of Costume Dramas on August 19 at 8pm. Make a gift to support all the great drama on KLRU and you can get your own copies of Downton AbbeyUpstairs Downstairs, and more!

Happy 100th Birthday, Julia!

This month we’re celebrating Julia Child’s birthday and on Wednesday, August 15 at 7pm we’ll be joined live in studio by some of the best chefs in Austin with a special presentation ofBon Appetit: Julia Child Memories. Show your support for the mulititude of cooking shows on KLRU and receive a copy ofThe French Chef cookbook or entire series on DVD as a thank you gift!

Highlights: August 12-18

The Doo Wop Love Songs concert on Sunday at 6pm features a moving tribute segment to the beloved Johnny Maestro, original lead singer of The Crests and The Brooklyn Bridge.

Go behind the scenes of Downton Abbey in a one-hour Masterpiece special on Sunday at 8pm.

Just when you thought Antiques Roadshow couldn’t possibly have more great discoveries to share, comes a special edition on Monday at 7pm.

Dr. Wayne Dyer Monday at 8pm offers viewers a detailed explanation of how to manifest that which is most important to you.

Hosted by Ed Sullivan and Jay Thomas, Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics and features an amazing line-up of original 60s performers singing their biggest hits from 1966 – 1969 on Tuesday at 7pm and Thursday 9pm.

On Tuesday at 9pm, Tony Bennett: Duets II teams Bennett with a diverse roster of contemporary stars including Queen Latifah, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Andrea Bocelli, and Michael Buble.

Julia Child Memories: Bon Appetit!, retrospective that includes some of the most memorable episodes from Child’s classic cooking series, is on Wednesday at 7pm.

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On Wednesday at 9pm, Big Band Vocalists showcases the greatest “crooners” and “canaries” of the 1940s, featuring the greatest vocalists of the period when they started their careers performing with orchestras and dance bands.

My Music travels on location to London and around the UK to the place where the British Beat was born on Sunday at 9pm and Thursday at 7pm.

Suze Orman’s Money Class on Friday at 9pm reveals Suze’s expert take on what actions people need to take in light of the new economy.

Known for her amazing voice and skilled piano playing, Norah Jones plays her most beloved songs on Austin City Limits on Saturday at 7pm.

Soul Diva Patti LaBelle hosts Superstars of the Seventies on Saturday at 10:30pm, a special gathering of the legends of 1970’s Motown, R&B, Soul and Disco artists.

Giveaway: Yanni 8/17 at Bass Concert Hall

UPDATE: Giveaway is now over. Congratulations to our winners

KLRU will air Yanni Live at El Moro Thursday, August 9th, at 9 pm. Yanni will perform live in Austin on Friday, August 17, at 8 pm at the Bass Concert Hall. Our friends at Texas Performing Arts have given KLRU tickets to this show to share with our members and fans. Post a comment on this blog post by August 14th and we’ll choose winners to receive two tickets each.

Friday, August 17, 2012, 8:00 pm
Bass Concert Hall
His concerts are legendary. His live shows have amazed millions on every continent in the world. After an extensive World Tour, Yanni returns to the USA and Canada with an all new show. Yanni as you know him best, performing his instrumental hits from the shows that have become famous around the world. Fans will witness Yanni and his world class musicians as they take the stage to perform his greatest instrumental hits made famous in his shows from The Acropolis in Greece, The Taj Mahal in India, The Forbidden City in China and The Royal Albert Hall in England.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Gary Johnson 8/17

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Governor Gary Johnson
DATE: August 17
TIME: noon (Doors open at 11:30 am)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Johnson is the Libertarian candidate for President, and he’ll be in Austin as part of his campaign. Johnson served as Governor of New Mexico from 1995-2003, running as a Republican after building one of the largest construction companies in the state. During two terms in office, he earned a reputation as a consistent fiscal conservative and a fan of the veto power. Johnson differs from many Republicans on issues including abortion, immigration, the war in Afghanistan and marijuana. He’s also known for being an avid outdoor adventurer who climbs mountains and participates in intense triathlons, mountain bike races and runs. Join us to learn more about his views and his campaign.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith launches our third season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The show features in- depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the taping, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview. Be sure to watch past episodes and audience Q&As online at klru.org/overheard

In the Studio: Civic Summit arts impact 8/22

Join KLRU and other arts organizations as we explore the economic and cultural importance of the arts in Austin. Civic Summit: Arts in Context examines the economic impact of Austin’s creative sector, what it takes to live and work as an artist, and the future of arts in Austin.

Date: Wednesday, August 22
Time: 7 pm (doors at 6:30 pm)
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: event is free but RSVP is required. Please RSVP now

Leaders and art professionals representing a diverse range of Austin organizations will discuss the state of the arts in Austin. Hear perspectives from groups like Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and The Long Center for the Performing Arts, City of Austin  and learn about resources available for artists and plans for the future.

This Civic Summit taping will be broadcast on KLRU Thursday, August 23, at 7:30 pm. It will be available online after this date at klru.org/civicsummit

This is a co-production with Austin Creative Alliance.

#CookForJulia: Ooh, La, La! Watch classic episodes of The French Chef online

Presented in honor of Julia Child’s 100th birthday, PBS has released full episodes of Julia’s first PBS show, The French Chef – originally broadcast in the 1960s. Today’s episodes feature French Tarts, Quiche Lorraine, and French Onion Soup. Watch them now then re-create a recipe (or two!) and share with us to celebrate Julia Child’s legacy and memory on PBS!

Summer Arts Festival presents Great Performances: Tanglewood 8/10

KLRU expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television with a special presentation of Great Performances: Tanglewood as part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival. Located in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, Tanglewood is one of the world’s most beloved music festivals. The performance will feature appearances by the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), the Boston Pops, the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra — led by conductors John Williams, Keith Lockhart and Andris Nelsons — and iconic Tanglewood artists Emanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Peter Serkin and James Taylor. The wide-ranging program, which will be taped on July 14, will include Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”; Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town; selections from the Great American Songbook; Franz Joseph Haydn’s Piano Concerto in D, 2nd and 3rd movements; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Andante cantabile for cello and strings; Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, for violin and orchestra; Maurice Ravel’s “La Valse”; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.

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.

#CookForJulia – The Most Important Thing is Having Fun

Austin’s own chef extraordinaire Paul Qui shares his tribute of Julia Child with PBS Food:

Julia Child pioneered food culture in the United States and opened the door for Chef’s like me. I’ve learned to be fearless and determined in the kitchen and that the biggest hurdle is the fear of failure. But the most important thing is that cooking is about having fun.

About Paul Qui

Paul Qui has quickly made a name for himself as one of the next best chefs in the country. He began his culinary career in Austin, Texas at Uchi, a Japanese farmhouse dining and sushi restaurant, in 2003. He progressed to become Executive Chef at Uchiko and also founded East Side King, a series award-winning of food trucks. In 2012, Paul won Top Chef Season 9, the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest. Chef Paul is currently working on his latest concept, soon to be announced.

Celebrate Julia Child’s 100th Birthday by sharing your favorite Julia Child memories and recipes here, on Facebook, or Twitter using the #CookForJulia hashtag!