Q Night at the Movies 2/28

This week on Q Night at the Movies:

Variety Studio – Actors On Actors at 6:30 pm
Some of the busiest actors today discuss their recent work. Featuring Jennifer Aniston “Cake” and Emily Blunt “Into the Woods”, Christoph Waltz “Big Eyes” and Ralph Fiennes “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, Marion Cotillard “Two Days, One Night” and Timothy Spall “Mr. Turner”, Chadwick Boseman “Get on Up” and Logan Lerman “Fury”.

On Story at 7:30 pm
Brian Helgeland, the creative force behind 42, LA Confidential, Mystic River, and A Knight’s Tale, shares his experience as a screenwriter, director and producer, along with the ups, downs and left turns of the filmmaking industry. Accompanied by the short film Hector Is Gonna Kill Nate, from Ari Issler about a basketball student that rolls into his High School gym looking for revenge.

Feature Film: Casablanca at 8 pm
Cafe owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) helps an old flame (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband (Paul Henreid) escape from Nazis in Morocco.

Aint It Cool with Harrry Knowles at 9:45 pm
Part 2 of our special with House of Cards Creator Beau Willimon, further explores the genius of one of Hollywood’s brightest new filmmakers. Beau offers Harry and viewers insight into the rest of the A-List Hollywood players behind the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning show like David Fincher, Joel Schumacher and Jodie Foster.

Film School Shorts at 10:15 pm
A Doctor’s Job (UCLA) and Teleglobal Dreamin’ (Tisch Asia): Dr. Ramon Moran is an ER physician and cab driver. Set in Peru, Ramon picks up a fare that will radically change his day. Written, directed by Julio O. Ramos. Rosa is a Filipina telemarketer with a crush on Dale, a corporate-trainer from Hollywood. After learning he’s an actor, Rosa presses to be his guide around town. Word about Dale’s ‘fame’ spreads quickly, until an unexpected turn of events changes things dramatically. Directed, written by Eric Flanagan.

March 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In March 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 pm: Earthflight, NATURE Presentation “Flying High”
A behind-the-scenes look at how Earthflight was made features drones and camera-carrying birds.  To fly like a bird, Earthflight not only captures remarkable images of wild flocks but also relies on some extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Filmed over four years on 6 continents and in more than 40 countries, the Earthflight team uses many extraordinary techniques.
Wednesday, March 18 at 8:00 pm: To Catch A Comet
On November 11, billions of kilometers from Earth, a spacecraft orbiter and lander will do what no other has dared to attempt: land on the volatile surface of a comet as it zooms around the sun at 67, 000 km/hr. If successful, it could help peer into our past and unlock secrets of our origins.
Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Ireland’s Wild River”
The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river. It is both a barrier and highway — a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes; where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else.

In the Studio: Salman Khan tapes Overheard 3/12

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Salman Khan on March 12 at 10 am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 9:30am. This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW

unnamed (3)Salman Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a non-profit providing online instruction to people all over the world. Sal founded Khan Academy in 2008. He began by tutoring his cousins remotely by video. The videos attracted a large YouTube following. Today, Khan Academy is an online learning platform which includes practice exercises, instructional videos, analytics and teacher tools. It has over 15 million registered users in over 190 countries and is available in around 28 languages. Sal Khan is the closing speaker at SXSWedu 2015.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fifth 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 Salman Khan. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Contemporary Austin’s Five x Seven event 2/26

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Our friends at The Contemporary Austin are hosting the annual Five x Seven event on Feb. 26th at Brazos Hall. Purchase tickets and get more details on The Contemporary Austin’s website

The Contemporary Austin’s Five x Seven art sale, featuring over 600 original works of art by Texas artists, all hung anonymously and all within the dimensions of 5×7 inches. The event features live music, bites and beverages from Austin’s favorite establishments, exciting new artwork, and great conversations. The Five x Seven Silent Auction features works by past and current Contemporary Austin exhibiting artists Orly GengerTom SachsDo Ho Suh and more.

Tickets are $150 for the event and afterparty or $50 for the after party only. Purchase tickets now

In the Studio: Kim Gordon tapes Overheard 2/28

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Kim Gordon on Saturday, February 28 at 10:30am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10am. This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW

unnamed (1)Kim Gordon is a founding member of Sonic Youth and author of the memoir Girl in a Band, which hits book sellers tomorrow. The memoir, which is already topping a number of must-read lists, chronicles her childhood in California, her time in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and the rise of Sonic Youth. In addition to being a musician and author, Gordon is a fashion designer, actress and artist. She is in Austin to sign books and discuss Girl in a Band with Austin City Limits’ Terry Lickona at BookPeople on Friday, February 27. BookPeople will be selling any remaining autographed copies of the book at our taping.

Save the Date to Amplify Austin!

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Amplify Austin, Austin’s 24-hour giving day, is right around the corner. Here’s how you can help KLRU continue to tell the stories that entertain, inspire and change lives!

Give: Donate online starting at 6pm on March 5th until 6pm on March 6th at amplifyatx.org/klru. Can’t participate on March 5th or 6th? Schedule your donation to KLRU now!

Engage: Join KLRU at Frank, 407 Colorado St 78701 at 6pm on March 5th! Celebrate philanthropy in Austin and watch as your donation makes an impact. Hosted by Next, KLRU’s young professionals group.

Amplify: Your Amplify Austin gift to KLRU will make your PBS station eligible for bonus donations thanks to incentive donations from the day’s sponsors.

Interested in becoming a fundraiser? We have some pretty great prizes to sweeten the deal if you do! Here’s how:

1. Go to KLRU’s Amplify page — AmplifyATX.org/klru
2. Once on our page, click “Create a Fundraising Campaign” button on the right hand side, adjacent to scrolling photos.
3. Create a donor/fundraiser account for ease of tracking your donations and managing your fundraising pages. Please provide name, email, and password in order to submit information.
4. Then click the tab “My Fundraisers” upon entering newly created account. From this tab, click ”Create a Fundraiser” to start campaign profile.
5. Upload all information needed for a complete Fundraiser Profile. Once all information is uploaded, click “Submit Fundraiser for Approval.”
6. Profile(s) must be approved by KLRU for it to be active and public facing and ready-to-share.
7. KLRU will approve as they come in.

Fundraising Page Fun Facts:

  • Fundraisers receive a confirmation email when a gift has been made during the giving day on their fundraising page. The donor to their page receives a tax receipt when their gift has been processed.
  • Fundraisers also have backend access to basic donor information on donors that have contributed on their page. This is important for personal thank you notes and tracking. KLRU also has access to all of that donation information and donor data as it relates to individual fundraiser pages.
  • Fundraisers’ goal thermometer on their page will not move until the day-of when actual transactions are being processed and run. Scheduled donations are merely scheduled, not run yet, and will not reflect on the fundraiser page until the giving day begins. If you have a fundraiser whose thermometer goal has moved prior to Amplify Austin Day, it is because they received a real-time live donation that is not part of Amplify Austin Day.

Incentives for our Personal Fundraisers:

  • KLRU T-Shirts to the 1st 3 to raise $240
  • Roku | Streaming TV & Media Player to the 1st 3 to raise $400
  • ACL Anniversary Book to the 1st 3 to raise $500
  • ACL Taping, of your choice, to the 1st 2 to raise $1000*
  • Benefit Concert tickets to the 1st to raise $3000

Thanks for helping KLRU Amplify Austin!

American Graduate: Dual Language Students Celebrate Tet New Year

The Austin ISD school board voted to expand its Spanish dual language program to two middle schools starting next school year. But Spanish isn’t the only language in the district’s dual language classrooms – Summitt Elementary is the district’s only Vietnamese dual language program. On Saturday during PBS NewsHour Weekend our KLRU News Brief goes inside that program, as students celebrate Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, and the Year of the Goat.

Olivia Hernandez, AISD’s Director of Bilingual Education says learning a second language fosters “academic and cognitive development” and that the goal for these students is for them to graduate “bilingual, bicultural and biliterate.”

Two teachers are assigned to each classroom. One is ESL certified and will teach the children language arts and social sciences in English.  She’s paired with a teacher who is bilingually certified in Vietnamese and will teach math and science in Vietnamese.

“We’re adding a second language, and we’re not eradicating their native language,” said Hernandez. “Language is the most important item or piece in identity of a person. If you lose your native language, you’re losing part of your identity.”

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour weekend, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30. This story is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness around the dropout crisis in Central Texas. Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx. 

KLRU News Brief: Huston-Tillotson Clinic to Increase Access to Mental Health Care in East Austin

On Sunday during PBS NewsHour Weekend our KLRU News Brief takes a look at a partnership between The University of Texas’ Dell Medical School and Huston-Tillotson University which aims to expand mental health care to under-served residents in East Austin.

A clinic inside the Sandra Joy Anderson Community Health and Wellness Center at Huston-Tillotson, which was funded by a major gift from Austin Civil Rights pioneer Ada Anderson, will open this summer. It will also offer an opportunity for medical student training. Austin Travis County Integral Care will act as the health provider for mental and behavioral health services. CommUnity Care will operate the facility.

There is currently a shortage in mental health care providers and funding for mental health services in East Austin. Partners involved in the clinic also talk about a stigma surrounding mental health in Austin’s under-served communities.

“I think that there are certain cultural issues related to even acknowledging that issues exist. And part of our effort here is to break down that barrier,” said Dr. Larry L. Earvin, President and CEO of Huston-Tillotson University.

“It only makes sense to treat the whole person, and not have the community mental health center be on one side of town, and have the clinic services operating in another location,” Austin Travis County Integral Care CEO David Evans said. “We’re working diligently with the medical school to make sure that the providers will be able to relate to the community.”

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

Q Night at the Movies February 21

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors  at 6:30 pm
The actors responsible for the most exciting performances of the year talk about their work and more. Featuring Reese Witherspoon “Wild” and Michael Keaton “Birdman”, Keira Knightley “The Imitation Game” and Ethan Hawke “Boyhood”, David Oyelowo “Selma” and Jack O’Connell “Unbroken”, Jenny Slate “Obvious Child” and Felicity Jones “The Theory of Everything”.

On Story at 7 pm
Screenwriters Abby Kohn, Geoff LaTulippe, Dana Stevens, Marc Silverstein and Marcie Mayhorn-Moderator behind “Never Been Kissed,” “Safe Haven,” “Going the Distance” and “He’s Just Not That Into You” contemplate the important balance of relationship, conflict and originality when creating romantic comedies.

Feature film Four Weddings and a Funeral at 8 pm
A reserved Englishman meets attractive American Carrie at a wedding and falls in love with her, but his inability to express his feelings seems to forestall any possibility of relationship – until they meet again and again.

Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles at 10 pm
On this first of a two part special with House of Cards Creator Beau Willimon, Harry explores the cinematic world of politics.

Film School Shorts at 10:30 pm
Fireworks (Columbia) – Against a Fourth of July backdrop in Los Angeles, two boys with firecrackers go on a quest to impress a group of girls. Directed by Victor Hugo Duran
Pearl Was Here (Cal Arts) – A scraggly girl slips away from her mother to hide among stuffed animals in the safe and sealed environment of a claw machine. Written and directed by Kate Marks
Spark (Univ. of Texas) –  Ricky is left outside while his dad visits a lady friend. Suddenly, he’s confronted by her daughter, Callie. Written and directed by Annie Silverstein.

Science Night Feb. 25

The Feb. 25 Science Night features wild orangutans, the iconic Hagia Sophia, and Earth’s most important resource — water.

Nature The Last Orangutan Eden at 7 p.m.

Ecologist Chris Morgan (Bears of the Last Frontier) travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the work being done to save its population of wild orangutans, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation. Morgan spends time with orphaned orangs at rehabilitation centers observing the process of teaching them the survival skills they’ll need to be released back into the wild. But to truly understand the complexity of a wild orangutan society and the skills the orangs would have learned from their mothers in the wild, Morgan travels to a remote patch of forest also in Northern Sumatra, a peat swamp forest known as Suaq Balimbing. Suaq is in a protected area and part of a World Heritage Site. Working with a team of experienced researchers, he becomes completely immersed in this unique social band of wild orangs who use tools, share food, forage together, and create their own distinct culture. For the first time, advanced cameras are used to follow the orangs throughout the canopy to provide an intimate, clear picture of how these arboreal apes spend their days and nights and interact with one another.

NOVA Hagia Sophia – Istanbul’s Ancient Mystery at 8 p.m.

The soaring dome of Hagia Sophia dominates Istanbul’s skyline. Whether serving as Christian church, Islamic mosque, or secular museum, this magnificent building has inspired reverence and awe. For eight hundred years, it was the largest enclosed building in the world; the Statue of Liberty can fit beneath its dome with room to spare. How has it survived its location on one of the world’s most active seismic faults, which has inflicted a dozen devastating earthquakes since it was built in 537 AD? As Istanbul braces for the next big quake, a team of architects and engineers is urgently investigating Hagia Sophia’s seismic secrets. NOVA follows the team’s discoveries as they examine the building’s unique structure and other ingenious design strategies that have insured the dome’s survival. At the climax to the show, the engineers build a massive 8-ton model of the building’s core structure, place it on a motorized shake table and hit it with a series of simulated quakes, pushing it collapse -a fate that the team is determined to avoid in the real world. The Unshakeable Hagia Sophia is a detective story that reveals how this architectural wonder has proven so resilient for so long, and how it came to serve as a proud expression for the great civilizations that adopted it as a symbol.

Earth A New Wild Water at 9 p.m.

Sanjayan explores humankind’s relationship with the Earth’s most important resource: water. Unraveling dramatic connections between fresh water and the health of the planet, he uncovers spectacular wildlife stories that center on managing the natural pulse of the planet’s water. The episode includes a kayak journey that follows the Colorado River to the sea; the elephants and people at the singing wells of Kenya; the surprising connection between AIDS and a small fish in Lake Malawi; and a look at how hunters in America saved one of the greatest gatherings of birds on the continent.