Q Night at the Movies 8/29

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week’s Q Night at the Movies brings you around the world! After On Story teaches you about the modern day Neo Noir, The Third Man takes you on a mysterious adventure through Vienna and Spies Beneath Berlin transports you to the Soviet sector of Berlin’s past. Finally, The Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint looks back at a classic American club.

On Story Neo Noir: The Modern Day Film Noir at 7:30 pm
Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) and Brian Helgeland (LA Confidential) discuss the modern day Neo Noir—a genre-bending response to the Film Noirs of the 1940s and 50s —and dissect the basic styles, impulses, themes and tones that embrace this form of storytelling.

Corinth Film Collection The Third Man at 8 pm
Pulp novelist Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime (Orson Welles).

Spies Beneath Berlin at 9:35 pm
This film tells the extraordinary true story of the top-secret mission to build a spy tunnel into the Soviet sector of one of the most heavily guarded cities in history. CIA Chief Alan Dulles would later describe the tunnel as “one of the most valuable and daring operations ever undertaken.”

The Bayou: DC’s Killer Joint at 10:29 pm
This film chronicles the 45-year history of a Washington, D.C., landmark and takes viewers on a journey from Dixieland to Dave Matthews, from strippers and bikers to hippies and punks. The kind of club that’s all but vanished from the American scene, The Bayou featured jazz legends in the 1950s; rock ‘n roll and student riots in the ’60s; the debuts of Kiss, the Runaways, Dire Straits, Foreigner and U2 in the ’70s and ’80s; and the last performance by international star Eva Cassidy in the ’90s.

KLRU-Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Highlights August 30 to September 5

KLRU Highlights

Her Majesty’s Secret Service, or MI6 as it is known, is the world’s most legendary spy agency, thanks to the James Bond stories. Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service at 7 pm on Sunday lifts the veil on the shadowy world of spying, going back in time and behind the scenes to look at some the world’s most calculated and delicately executed operations.

In what may be the climatic case of his career, Sherlock faces Moriarty’s diabolical plot to “get Sherlock,” which begins innocently enough when the criminal mastermind breaks into the Crown Jewels on Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall at 8 pm on Sunday and 9 pm on Saturday.

On Vicious Sister at 9:30 pm on Sunday, Violet panics when her wealthy sister Lillian, whom she hasn’t seen in years, announces a visit. Then, at 10 pm on Sunday, feeling unfit, Freddie and Stuart join Ash at his gym, where a young fitness instructor persuades the pair to sign up for an expensive membership on Vicious Gym.

When an ungodly man is murdered at the unveiling of a new church clock, Father Brown must find the killer before an innocent woman is sent to the gallows on Father Brown The Hammer of God at 10:30 pm on Sunday and 8 pm on Saturday.

PBS Previews – The Best of Fall 2015 brings you a look at PBS’ fall 2015 programs, including Walt Disney: American Experience, Indian Summers on Masterpiece, Gorongosa Park, American Epic, Earth’s Natural Wonders, NOVA, Nature, I’ll Have What Phil’s Having and the PBS Arts Fall Festival.

Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in a live TV broadcast to view the rejuvenation of the once endangered ecosystem of Monterey Bay, California, where marine creatures convene in a once-a-year confluence of fins, fur and fangs in the three-episode live series, Big Blue Live. Episode one airs on Monday at 7 pm, episode two airs on Tuesday at 7 pm and episode three airs on Wednesday at 7 pm.

In the latest Roadshow’s Most Wanted segment at 8 pm on Monday, Antiques Roadshow Myrtle Beach Hour 2 investigates a story about stolen art from South Carolina’s Hobcaw Barony estate with appraiser Debra Force and a former FBI agent.

POV Point and Shoot at 9 pm on Monday lets you ride shotgun with Matt VanDyke, who films his self-transformation from a timid 26-year-old to a motorcycle-driving rebel, fighting in the Libyan revolution. Two-time Oscar nominee Marshall Curry tells his amazing story.

Follow Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life, from her youth to her uncle’s abdication, her father’s coronation as King George VI, her experience during World War II, her sudden ascension to the throne and her eventful reign of more than 60 years on In Their Own Words Queen Elizabeth II at 8 pm on Tuesday.

Frontline Putin’s Way at 9 pm on Tuesday investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin’s reign in Russia. Tracing his career back over two decades, Putin’s Way reveals how the accumulation of wealth and power has led to autocratic rule and the specter of a new Cold War.

Meet Spinosaurus—the lost killer of the Cretaceous and the world’s largest carnivorous dinosaur ever on NOVA Bigger Than T. Rex at 8 pm on Wednesday.

Austin City Limits showcases modern Americana with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek. The Avett Brothers perform tunes from their LP Magpie and the Dandelion, while Nickel Creek highlights their comeback album, A Dotted Line at 9 pm on Wednesday and 9:30 pm on Friday. Then, the best contemporary rock hits the ACL stage with the Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business at 7 pm on Saturday.

A dozen years ago, Andy Roddick was the number one men’s tennis player in the world – the last American male to hold that title, and the last to win a Grand Slam singles event. Overheard with Evan Smith Andy Roddick, Former Professional Tennis Player on Thursday at 7 pm features the TV sports commentator and philanthropist whose namesake foundation is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary.

Specializing in large-scale productions in non-traditional public environments – such as federal buildings, power plants, or scaffolding at the shores of Lady Bird Lake – Blue Lapis Light’s aerial dance creates what founder Sally Jacques describes as “prayers for the planet” on Arts In Context Here and Beyond at 7:30 pm on Thursday.

Aaron takes us to a Texas BBQ joint where they cook their chicken in a unique way and then teaches us how to make sauce from scratch on BBQ with Franklin Poultry & Sauce at 8 pm on Thursday.

Chet heads north of Houston to explore a town built along the railroad—Tomball, Texas. He visits its many historic sites and takes a flight on a WW2 B-17 “flying fortress” bomber on The Daytripper Tomball, TX at 8:30 pm on Thursday.

The best of Austin musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on All ATX: A Celebration of Austin Musicians at 9 pm on Thursday. Featuring Christopher Cross, Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton, Eric Johnson, Charlie and Will Sexton, Marcia Ball, Van Wilks and Malford Milligan, Carolyn Wonderland and Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shake Russell, Quiet Company, Suzanna Choffel and the All ATX band.

Discover the story of Althea Gibson, who emerged as the unlikely queen of the segregated tennis world of the 1950s on American Masters Althea at 8 pm on Friday. She was the first African American to play and win Wimbledon and the U.S. Nationals. Features Billie Jean King and David Dinkins.

Give It All Away: Newman’s Own Recipe for Success at 10:30 pm on Friday traces Paul Newman’s legacy of giving. The half-hour documentary chronicles the path of the Newman’s Own Foundation food company—the brainchild of Newman and writer A.E. Hotchner—as it evolved and funded a variety of charities across the nation.

Get the color palette to attract butterflies and visit a City Hall where plants for drought and wildlife replace grass on Central Texas Gardener Gardening by Color for Butterflies at noon on Saturday.

Science Night September 2

This week’s Science Night brings you larger than life specials featuring some of the most fascinating creatures to walk—or swim—the earth. In the third episode of a live three-part special, Big Blue Live transports you to California to witness marine life in its natural habitat. Then, in partnership with National Geographic, NOVA shows you how archaeologists are piecing together one of the great mysteries of the dinosaur world.

Big Blue Live Episode Three at 7 pm
Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in the third and final episode of a three-part live TV broadcast to view the rejuvenation of the once endangered ecosystem of Monterey Bay, California, where marine creatures convene in a once-a-year confluence of fins, fur and fangs.

Episode One: Monday, August 31 at 7 pm
Episode Two: Tuesday, September 1 at 7 pm

NOVA Bigger Than T.Rex at 8 pm
Meet Spinosaurus—the lost killer of the Cretaceous and the world’s largest carnivorous dinosaur ever. Can a new discovery resurrect the earth’s largest predator?

In the Studio: Mary Lynn Rajskub tapes Overheard 8/28

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Mary Lynn Rajskub on August 28 at 3:45pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 3:15pm.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW.

Mary Lynn Rajskub (1)Mary Lynn Rajskub is a comedian and actress, best known for playing Chloe on Fox’s super-popular series 24. She has also appeared on 2 Broke Girls, Californication, Arrested Development, Mr. Show, and as a regular panelist on Chelsea Lately. Rajskub has also been seen in movies, including Safety Not Guaranteed and The Kings of Summer. She’s currently on tour and is in Austin to perform stand-up for 3 nights at Cap City Comedy.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a sixth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Mary Lynn Rajskub. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

 

Hispanic Heritage Month 2015

KLRU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a range of special programs and events that celebrate the Latino experience. Year round, KLRU provides content and events that give a diverse perspective on our community.

New programs for this September & October include the documentary On Two Fronts:  Latinos & Vietnam.This program, airing on Tuesday, September 22 at 9 pm, examines the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on working class youth. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings, Everett and Delia Alvarez, who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one as a POW and the other protesting at home.

Other programs airing on KLRU for Hispanic Heritage Month:


American Masters Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey
Friday, September 18 at 8 pm
This film captures the life and work of Pedro Guerrero, a Mexican American photographer born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who goes on to an international career as photographer of master American artists of the 20th century. Using Guerrero’s words, the film gives the viewer an insider’s look into three of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century: Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson, as well as important images of modernist architecture.

Arts In Context Shorts Barrio Writers
online Friday, September 18
By empowering teens through creative writing, higher education and creative arts, the Barrio Writers are reinstating the term “Barrio” to its original meaning – community, and embracing it.  This writing community began with small workshops atEl Centro Cultural de Mexico in Santa Ana, California and have now evolved into week long, intensive programs on university campuses. At the end of the week, the Barrio Writers transform their stereotypes into a place of positivity and become empowered in their own words.


POV Don’t Tell Anyone
Monday, September 21 at 9 pm
In a community where silence is seen as necessary for survival, immigrant activist Angy Rivera joins a generation of dreamers ready to push for change in the only home she’s ever known — the United States. Hers is the quintessential America​n success​ story: Rivera is the author of the country’s first and only advice column for undocumented youth, and her YouTube channel boasts over 27,000 views as she comes out of the shadows to inspire her peers.

Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic of Words
Monday, September 21 at 10:30 pm
Rudolfo Anaya was the first Hispanic American writer to achieve major publishing success with his landmark novel, Bless Me, Ultima, in print since 1972. Recipient of the National Medal for the Arts, Anaya has demonstrated a lifelong determination to persevere – through poverty, catastrophic injury and an almost insurmountable artistic struggle to publish – and in the end, succeed. Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic Of Words is a vital reference to the authentic culture of Hispanic New Mexico. And while the wellspring of Anaya’s stories is New Mexico, his insight is invaluable to understand the quest by all Hispanic Americans for cultural identity, recognition and respect.

Arts in Context “Tardeadas”
Thursday,October 1 at 7:30 pm
Through music and community, the band Los Pinkys is keeping the Conjunto musical tradition alive. Los Pinkys are a traditional-style conjunto formed in 1993 and have been performing around the United States ever since. The band is one of the few who continues the long tradition of the Sunday afternoon performance (Tardeadas). Elderly Mexican-American couples share the dance floor with a new crowd of revelers often experiencing their first sounds of conjunto music.


El Taller
Thursday,October 1 at 9 pm and repeats on Sunday, October 4 at 1 pm.
Proyecto Teatro aims to make the arts accessible to the entire community, regardless of income levels, and to reduce social and cultural differences of society. For actor and director Luis Ordaz maintaining a space that leads to human development through the arts is his main reason to keep Talleres Infantiles alive. Talleres Infantiles is a year round Spanish language art program for mostly low income students. We follow Luis Ordaz and a group of theater students and volunteers as they work together to improve their community while keeping their culture alive.

Annual Imagen Awards
Friday, October 2 at 8 pm and repeats on Sunday, October 4 at 2 pm
The 30th  Imagen Awards recognizes and rewards positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media, as well as encourages and recognizes the achievements of Latino celebrities and Latino-focused projects, including programs that have aired on PBS.  This year’s nominees include America by the Numbers with Maria Hinojosa, the Children of Giant documentary by Hector Galan, Voces, Palmetto Scene: East coast Migrant Head Start, from South Carolina Educational Television and an on-air spot, Jessica Suarez PSA, out of Vegas PBS.


Voces on PBS “Children of Giant”
Monday, October 5 at 10:00 pm
In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice.  Film by Hector Galan.

Unity – The Latin Tribute to Michael Jackson
Friday, October 9 at 8 pm
The PBS Arts Fall Festival is hosted by international superstar and Grammy-winner Gloria Estefan. The Festival begins October 9 and showcases such titles as Unity, which features 16 songs that inspired musicians from all over Latin America to come together to celebrate and re-imagine hits such as “Smooth Criminal,” “I Want You Back” and “Billie Jean.”

The Hispanic Heritage Awards
Friday, October 9 at 9 pm
Join host Rita Moreno for a celebration of the country’s highest tribute to Latinos by Latinos. The program includes performances and appearances by celebrated Hispanic artists.

Central Texas Gardener
Saturday, October 17 at noon
Meet effervescent Velia Sanchez who designed and maintains a front yard garden complete with colorful meditative nicho. Every month of the year, neighbors stroll through to gather serenity and wonder, along with handfuls of fresh herbs and flowers. Not only only does Velia teach young and old about the wildlife that visit, she also passes along knowledge of Mexican herbal remedies for health and good taste.

What’s happening this weekend: Aug. 21-23

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Can you believe summer is almost over, and students go back to school next week?! If you’re looking to enjoy one last sweet, summer weekend with the family, here are our recommendations.

GirlStart Back To School STEM Saturday

GirlStart is hosting a free back-to-school party to celebrate all things STEM! The event will feature hands-on activities, mini planetarium star shows and more.

Learn more about the effort to get more girls and women involved in science, technology, engineering and math fields in Immense Possibilities — The STEM Girls: Melting the Barriers. Millions of girls are raised to believe they have no aptitude and little chance for success in the STEM disciplines, but their thinking is changing, thanks to the professional role models and volunteers determined to encourage them to dream big and then make their dreams real.

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to noon. Admission: Free. Details here.

Blow bubbles at the library

Austin Public Library’s Twin Oaks Branch is celebrating its fifth anniversary in its new location this August, and the theme of the birthday bash is bubbles! Watch a puppet show from Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre, bubble games, cake and a special talk entitled “Libraries: Humanity’s Greatest Achievement (Besides Whiskey and Chocolate),” from Owen Egerton, a local screenwriter, novelist, performer and host of the monthly KUT podcast, The Write Up. Speaking of reading, school starts Monday – how are your kids doing in the Austin Public Library and KLRU’s Summer Reading Program?

PBSKids_300x250_Anytime[1]Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission: Free. Details here.

Sweat it out at the Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

We know it’s the middle of August, and the Austin Chronicle’s 25th Hot Sauce Festival may make you just a little hotter, but it’s worth your while. Dress light, pack a water bottle (you’ll need a refresher after sampling some of those spicy, spicy sauces) and head on down to Fiesta Gardens Sunday to sweat it out with food trucks, live music and more.

Get in the mood and watch Dale Watson perform “I Lie When I Drink” during his Austin City Limits taping. Watson and his Lonestars are performing Sunday afternoon at the Hot Sauce Festival.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $5 or three healthy, nonperishable food items. Details here.

Celebrate Austin’s arts scene at the Long Center

On Sunday, 14 of Austin’s arts organizations are hosting the Austin Arts Block Party celebrating more than 138 shows, concerts, exhibits and events through the 2015-2016 season! Learn more about some of Austin’s best arts organizations and experience art, dance, music and more for free. KLRU has worked with the Long Center on many arts projects — including featuring the first live-action graphic novel, The Intergalactic Nemesis, Book One: Target Earth, on Arts In Context. Created by an original comic-book story projected panel-by-panel on a video screen while three actors voiced the characters, one performer created sound-effects, and a keyboardist performed the score. Watch the documentary below!

Hours: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: Free. Details here.

News Briefs: Texas Tribune Report on New Laws Hitting the Books Sept. 1

Many of the laws passed during the recent legislative session go into effect September 1st. This weekend during PBS NewsHour, our partners at The Texas Tribune look at two of those new laws. The stories, reported by Multimedia Reporter Alana Rocha, are part of the Tribune’s 31 Days, 31 Ways series.

You may not have known that up until the passage of House Bill 104 it was illegal for professional hair stylists to do their work “on location,” outside of a traditional salon. The clients who usually ask for that type of service are brides on their wedding day.

“Some [wedding venues] have gone to the extreme, they’ve got great lit mirrors and multi-plugs every so many feet. That makes it easier for me to come and service their brides,” Lecia Harkins of Beauty on the Go says.

But even with all of those accommodations, Harkins and other beauticians and cosmetologists were actually breaking the law. House Bill 104, a bill by state Rep. James White, spells out in statute the ability for those professionals to beautify bridal parties wherever is convenient for them and work other special events.

Another new law is meant to prevent patients with health insurance from suffering sticker shock when the bill comes from a hospital visit. Senate Bill 481 minimizes the impact of so-called “balance billing” on policyholders.

Currently, if the balance bill patients get stuck with is below $1,000, they have to cover the cost. In most cases if a bill is over that amount doctors and insurers will negotiate a deal, if patients request mediation. Starting September 1st, that threshold will be lowered to $500.

The Texas Association of Business supported the new law, and the group hopes to eliminate balance billing all together next session.

“We think that for those who have insurance, the insurance company should be able to go to bat and negotiate a rate for the entire difference between the contracted rate and what the doctors are billing them for,” says Bill Hammond, President and CEO of the Texas Association of Business.

Doctors’ groups worry that eliminating balance billing will force them to spend more time in mediation with insurers and less time with patients.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend, every Saturday and Sunday evening at 6:30pm. 

Who Cares About Kelsey?

KLRU presents Who Cares About Kelsey?, a documentary featuring Kelsey Carroll, a student who has one goal: to graduate from high school.

However, there are plenty of reasons why she shouldn’t. She attends a school with one of the highest dropout rates in New Hampshire and has dealt with homelessness, sexual abuse and ADHD. As a freshman, she didn’t earn a single academic credit, but she did get suspended for dealing drugs.

Who Cares About Kelsey? is the story of Kelsey’s transformation from a defiant and disruptive “problem student” to a motivated and self-confident young woman. Along the way, critical figures in her personal and educational life shape her coming of age and play important roles in an education revolution that’s about empowering – not overpowering – youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.

The documentary premieres August 27 at 9 pm on KLRU. For more information, visit the program’s website.

Who Cares About Kelsey? is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The American Graduate initiative seeks to establish a clearer understanding about why students drop out of high school and how drop out impacts our economy and society.

Thanks to YOU, KLRU will end the fund drive 3 days early!

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Did you know, because of YOU, KLRU raised over $250,000.00 in just 14 days? And did you know, because of your support, we are able to end the August fund drive three days early?

That’s right! Over 1,300 Central Texans generously invested in their only community supported public television station, in support of their favorite KLRU and PBS programs. And because of YOU, we were able to meet and exceed our $220,000 goal in a shorter amount of time, all while airing your regular primetime schedule each night of the drive!

You also helped us turn $100,000 into $200,000 thanks to the generous matching gift challenge from Luci Baines Johnson & Ian Turpin. We’re pleased to announce that the challenge was met with the help of your enthusiastic and immediate response. 

Best of all, your support continues to help us transform and innovate the way we fundraise on-air in order to bring you more of your favorite programs. We really couldn’t do this without YOU!

Thank you for investing in YOUR KLRU!

Q Night at the Movies 8/22

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week’s Q Night at the Movies brings you a night of comedy and music. After an episode of On Story and the classic movie Annie Hall provide some laughs, Lindsey Stirling Live From London and Gloria Estefan: The Standards bring you into live performances of electronic violin and Latin Pop. Finally, we wrap up the night with more humor on an episode of Artist Toolbox featuring comedic actor Jason Alexander.

On Story Bringing Comedy to the Big Screen at 7:30 pm
Comedy in film is discussed by the creative minds behind To Die For, The 40 Year Old Virgin, National Lampoon’s Vacation and The Hangover. Featuring Harold Ramis, Judd Apatow, Buck Henry and Jon Lucas.

All-Star Film Collection Annie Hall at 8 pm
A New York comedian (Woody Allen) recalls his lost love, a kooky singer (Diane Keaton) with a style all her own.

Lindsey Stirling Live From London at 9:35 pm
In this special, electronic violinist and dancer Lindsey Stirling brings her incredibly creative music production to the big stage. Filmed at London’s Forum Theater in 2014, the dynamic program showcases a new music world where the infectious energy of dance and electronic music meet modern classical.

Gloria Estefan: The Standards at 11:05 pm
Over the course of her illustrious career, the seven-time Grammy-Award winning international superstar, Gloria Estefan, has recorded many classics from the American Songbook and collaborated with countless musical icons. Now, on this PBS special, Gloria Estefan performs songs live from her new album, The Standards.

Artist Toolbox Jason Alexander at 12:05 am
Join host John Jacobsen as he attempts to crack up classic funny-man Jason Alexander, perhaps best known as George Costanza from the classic sitcom, Seinfeld. While having such a successful show often typecasts actors for the rest of their careers, Alexander talks about breaking the mold and forging a career based on craft, training and ambition.

KLRU-Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.