Q Night at the Movies features Officer and a Gentleman 5/26

Q Night at the Movies presents the swoon-worthy and Academy Award winning romance Officer and a Gentleman. Before the film, learn more about the inspiration for giant animals on screen, including the beloved character Pete’s Dragon. Stick around after the movie to hear directly from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars about their acting process. It all starts at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.

Science Goes to the Movies Real Dragons at 7 p.m.
American Natural History curator Mark Norell explains the origins of some fantastic beasts and shows us the paleontological underpinning of giants and cyclopes – not to mention the startling discovery that many dinosaurs were covered in bright colored feathers!

On Story Script to Screen: Pete’s Dragon at 7:30 p.m.
In this episode, Pete’s Dragon director and co-writer David Lowery and co-writer Toby Halbrooks take us behind the scenes of their reinvention of the classic story and discuss writing fairy tales, balancing tragedy with wonder and the difference between making indie films and a big budget Disney movie.

Feature Film Officer and a Gentleman at 8 p.m.
A hardened loner (Richard Gere) shapes up for a military drill instructor (Louis Gossett Jr.) and a factory girl (Debra Winger) from town.

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors at 10:30 p.m.
Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) with Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) with Hugh Jackman (Logan), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) with Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya) with Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).

Highlights May 20 to May 26

KLRU Highlights

The March family fears the worst when Mr. March falls ill. As circumstances change for Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, the family must come together to face their most difficult challenge yet on Little Women at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Examine the literary double life of this celebrated author, who wrote scandalous works under a pseudonym on American Masters Louisa May Alcott at 9 p.m. Sunday.

With Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne as neighbors, Orchard House inspired Louisa May Alcott to write on Orchard House: Home of Little Women at 10:30 p.m Sunday.

Explore the battle to take down ACORN, a controversial community-organizing group on Independent Lens ACORN and The Firestorm at 9 p.m. Monday.

Two high profile men, a former All Black rugby player and a Hollywood actor, reveal their unforgettable account of bullying with unprecedented honesty on Pacific Heartbeat Making Good Men at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Examine the joy of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved books chosen by the public on The Great American Read Launch at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

With allegations going back years, the film investigates the elaborate ways the mogul and others tried to silence his accusers on Frontline Weinstein at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Meet the only Tongan luger who qualified in an very short amount of time for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi on Pacific Heartbeat Being Bruno Banani at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Join conservationist Maria Diekmann in the crusade to save highly desired pangolins on Nature The World’s Most Wanted Animal at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Discover the breakthroughs in genetic engineering enabling scientists to create and manipulate DNA on NOVA Wonders Can We Make Life? at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Every animal has some kind of weapon, whether claws or horns, fangs or stings. Discover why are some armaments are huge and beyond practical need on NOVA Extreme Animal Weapons at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Savor the Southern country rock of Zac Brown Band. The Atlanta octet performs songs from their record Welcome Home on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday & 9 p.m. Friday.

Go through the career of this award-winning producer, from assisting the legendary Roger Corman to working with James Cameron on On Story A Conversation with Gale Anne Hurd at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

White House Correspondent for PBS NewsHour and political contributor for NBC News MSNBC Yamiche Alcindor is on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday.

San Antonio School of Science and Technology has created a system that engages students with projects that are impactful to their community on SciTech Now at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

There is a big difference between Texas and the Texas Hill Country, and Samantha finds this out when she takes to the road in search of bluebonnets on Samantha Brown’s Places to Love Thursday at 8 p.m & Saturday at 6 p.m.

Chet heads west toward pristine cave art in Seminole Canyon, TX on The Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Henry Hodgson is the Constable whose landscapes have become the focus of attention from art collectors the world over, but some works are not what they seem on Midsomer Murders The Black Book at 9 p.m. Thursday & 9:55 p.m. Saturday.

Father Brown senses something sinister afoot when a villager dies in her sleep on Father Brown The Angel of Mercy at 10:45 p.m. Thursday.

The story of Phil and Don Everly, two of the most important and influential early rock n’ roll stars of the ’50s and ’60s on Everly Brothers – Harmonies from Heaven at 8 p.m. Friday.

Songwriting with Soldiers offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers on Arts in Context In Their Own Words at 10 p.m. Friday.

Explore the intimate bond between Military Working Dogs and combat soldiers handlers on Canine Soldiers: The Militarization of Love at 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Enjoy “Life of Sin” and other tunes from Sturgill Simpson’s acclaimed LP Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, as well as Western swing classics from Asleep at the Wheel on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Relax into your weekend with three and a half hours of delightful British drama and mystery starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Don’t miss all the Great American Read events taking place in Central Texas this summer!

KLRU is working with libraries throughout Central Texas to encourage reading this summer as part of The Great American Read.  Watch the kickoff program on May 22nd at 7 pm on KLRU and attend any or all of the events taking place this summer. Those include:

Leander Public Library Great American Read kickoff
May 19th from 7-9 pm
Leander Public Library
Watch the first episode of The Great American Read before it airs on KLRU. There will be refreshments and activities for the kids and much more!

Smithville Public Library Great American Read kickoff
June 5th from 6 – 8 p.m.
Smithville Public Library
Screening of Great American Read and discussion. Get your book lists and vote for your favorite book.

Austin Public Library Adult Story Hour: What we do for Love
June 14th at 7- 9 pm
Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd.
Adults (17 and up) only. Registration recommended, here
Tell a five minute story. Truth, fiction, funny, serious – read, memorized, or remembered – listen to and share stories about life, fantasy or yourself. Enjoy a new theme at each event! This month’s theme is What We Do for Love in partnership with PBS and The Great American Read television series.

Smithville Public Library Teen Night
June 26th from 6 – 8 p.m.
Smithville Public Library
Discuss the premiere program as well as upcoming theme-related programs. Teens will discuss how their favorite books fit into which themes and vote for their favorites. Plus plan future TeenNews programs where participants will create live video interviews, asking their peers about their favorite books.

Austin Public Library Adult Story Hour: Being American
July 12th from 7 – 9 pm
Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. Fifth St.
Adults (17 and up) only. Registration recommended. Register here
Tell a five minute story. Truth, fiction, funny, serious – read, memorized, or remembered – listen to and share stories about life, fantasy or yourself. Enjoy a new theme at each event! This month’s theme is Being American in partnership with PBS and The Great American Read television series.

Smithville Public Library Great American Read at the Summer Reading Club Finale
July 18th from 10 am to 1 pm
Riverbend Park
Smithville Public Library will share the Great American Read with families attending the library’s Summer Reading Club Finale. SPL will give away 25 free books (through a ticket drawing) to promote home reading.

Austin Public Library Adult Story Hour: Heroes and Villains
Aug. 9th from 7 – 9 pm
Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Dr.
Adults (17 and up) only. Registration recommended. Register here
Tell a five minute story. Truth, fiction, funny, serious – read, memorized, or remembered – listen to and share stories about life, fantasy or yourself. Enjoy a new theme at each event! This month’s theme is Heroes and Villains in partnership with PBS and The Great American Read television series.

Thanks to our partners at the Smithville Public Library, Leander Public Library and Austin Public Library.

Join KLRU at the new Austin Central Library for our annual KLRU KIDS Writers Contest Celebration

The KLRU KIDS Writers Contest is a local contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade were encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to KLRU. We had over 550 entries this year! You can read them all online now at klru.org/writerscontest

We invite you to our celebration to be there and cheer on our 2018 winners as they read their stories. The event is Saturday, May 19, 11:30 am – 1 pm at Austin Central Library, 710 W. César Chávez Street. Please RSVP to rsvp@klru.org

Q Night at the Movies features The Big Sleep 5/19

Q Night at the Movies presents the Howard Hawks film noir, The Big Sleep. We’ll also have back-to-back episodes of On Story with professionals who have been in the industry for decades, working with some of Hollywood’s most notable characters. It all starts at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.

On Story A Conversation with Gale Anne Hurd at 7 p.m.
An award-winning producer, Hurd has spent decades navigating high-stakes situations, both on and off the page. In this episode, she takes audiences through her career, beginning as an assistant for the legendary Roger Corman to working with James Cameron to producing the sci-fi classics The Terminator, The Walking Dead, Aliens and many others.

On Story A Conversation with Brian Helgeland at 7:30 p.m.
The creative force behind L.A. 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.

Feature Film The Big Sleep at 8 p.m.
Author Raymond Chandler’s private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) follows two wealthy sisters (Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers) through a maze. This classic has been described as a film all about the “process of a criminal investigation, not its results.”

Arts In Context Shorts explores memory & loss with Teruko Nimura: Ghosts

Artist Teruko Nimura does her part to add to our society’s collective memory while at the same time becoming more in touch with her cultural roots. In her exhibition “Residual,” Nimura explores several ghosts that continue to haunt her including a miniature replica of the Japanese internment camp her father, Taku Frank Nimura, was forced to live in.

The Chinese Exclusion Act premieres as part of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month on KLRU

A variety of special documentaries celebrating Pacific and Asian culture around the world and around Austin will air on KLRU this May. We are dedicated to showcasing programming and hosting events year round that provide a diverse perspective on our Central Texas community. This year includes the premiere of the powerful American Experience documentary The Chinese Exclusion Act by co-directors/producers Li-Shin Yu and Ric Burns.

Here is a complete list of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month programming on KLRU.

Pacific Heartbeat Making Good Men Monday, May 21 at 10:30 p.m.
What would you say if you came face to face with your childhood bully as an adult? Or were you the bully? In this moving and remarkably told story, two high profile men, a former All Black rugby player and a Hollywood actor, reveal their unforgettable account of bullying with unprecedented honesty. It’s also about how the cycle of abuse, which is all too often seen in New Zealand families, can and must be broken. This is not a story of blame or humiliation, but a path to forgiveness, redemption and reconciliation.

Pacific Heartbeat Being Bruno Banani Tuesday, May 22 at 10 p.m.
Being Bruno Banani tells the unique story of the first and only Tongan luger who managed to qualify in an amazingly short amount of time for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Through his name he also acted as the first “living brand” using a completely new and disputed way to get around the strict IOC’s Olympic advertising regulations.

American Experience The Chinese Exclusion Act Tuesday May 29 at 7 p.m.
Examine the origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens. The first in a long line of acts targeting the Chinese for exclusion, it remained in force for more than 60 years. Go behind the scenes as co-directors/producers Li-Shin Yu and Ric Burns share their insights on The Chinese Exclusion Act.

Online Content from KLRU’s Austin Revealed

In this four-part series of Austin RevealedPioneers From the East, we profile three of the first families of Chinese origin to settle in the Austin area—the Sing familythe Wong family and the Lung family—along with a look inside Austin’s Asian American Resource Center.

The Wong Family
Growing up as part of one of the first families of Chinese descent in Austin, Dr. Mitchel Wong “wasn’t looking for prejudice, wasn’t looking for any animosity and didn’t see any animosity.” In this documentary, Wong recounts his family’s immigrant history as a member of the “Pershing Chinese” and his personal journey from grocery boy to ophthalmologist.

The Lung Family
As an employee at the Texas Capitol Gift Shop, Joe Michael Lung meets visitors from around the globe. But for him, none of those places compare to Texas. Joe and his sister Meiling Lung tell stories of their grandfather, Joe Lung, and their father, Sam P. Lung—beloved restauranteurs in the community and members of one of the first families of Chinese descent in Austin.

The Sing Family
Mary Frances Aguallo and her grandson Raul Aguallo Hernandez always knew they were of Chinese descent, but the fragments of their history finally began to come together with the discovery of a lost box in an attic. The two explore their dual identity as Mexican American and Chinese American as part of the Sing family, one of the first families of Chinese origin to settle in Austin.

The Austin Asian American Resource Center
Austin’s Asian American Resource Center, or AARC, truly embraces Austin’s unique community of Asian people from all over the world. Acting as a bridge between the Asian American community and Austin, the center is one of the most utilized in the city. The AARC provides programs for senior citizens, activities for families, cultural and art exhibits and much more.

Highlights May 13 to May 19

KLRU Highlights

With their father away at war, the March sisters come to terms with their new life, alongside their mother. And the girls make friends with the new boy next door on Little Women at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tessa, Sara, Colin and Marion each have a motive, but also an alibi on Unforgotten Season 2 On Masterpiece Episode 3 at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Caroline gets to the heart of the reason Gillian is reluctant to go through with the wedding on Last Tango In Halifax at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

“I cannot dance upon my Toes” Emily Dickinson writes, yet she makes the white page of the poem her performance space on Poetry In America at 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Learn more about Prince Henry and Meghan Markle and what it takes to be a royal bride in training on Royal Wedding Watch A Wedding is Announced at 9 p.m. Monday.

Lucy Worsley reveals that our obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new on Tales from the Royal Bedchamber at 10 p.m. Monday.

With Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne as neighbors, Orchard House inspired Louisa May Alcott to write on Orchard House: Home of Little Women at 11 p.m. Monday & 10:50 p.m. Thursday.

Travel east and west to explore the connections and rivalries between Renaissance Italy and the Islamic empires on Civilizations at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Rather than imposing order through war or religion, the Indus Valley relied on the free flow of trade on First Civilizations at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Follow historian Lucy Worsley into the archives to see dresses chosen by previous royal brides on Royal Wedding Watch What to Wear at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Learn why monarchs have carefully chosen their apparel and why not doing so can be calamitous on Tales from the Royal Wardrobe at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Hear how Dan Gilroy finally got Nightcrawler to the screen and what it’s like working with Denzel Washington on On Story at 11 p.m. Tuesday.

High speed camerawork and breakthrough new science allow us to enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds on Nature Super Hummingbirds at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A.I. can interpret emotions, play games, even act as personal companions. Discover how does it actually works on NOVA at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Examine the ceremony and traditions at the heart of a royal wedding, which even a modern couple must follow on Royal Wedding Watch Ceremony at 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Rock out with British sensation Florence + The Machine and get inspired with Andra Day’s soulful set on on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday & 10:30 p.m. Friday.

Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan discusses his impressive resume, including Manchester by the Sea and You Can Count on Me on On Story at 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday features New York Times reporter and MSNBC contributor Michael Schmidt.

SciTech Now captures the latest breakthroughs in science, technology and innovation. An innovative program at the University of Texas Health School of Nursing in Houston enables caregivers to experience the symptoms of dementia at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Chet explores the Red River Valley on The Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Learn how the royal family celebrates a marriage, from the carriage procession to the cake. Anita Rani reports from Windsor Castle, where preparations are in full swing on Royal Wedding Watch How to Celebrate at 9 p.m. Thursday

Father Brown must stop a much-loved institution from going off the rails on Father Brown at 10 p.m. Thursday

Discover the story of the most beautiful woman in the world, who was also an ingenious inventor of modern tech on American Masters Hedy Lamarr at 8 p.m. Friday & 11 p.m. Saturday.

Anita Rani reports from Windsor, where crowds gather for the celebration of Meghan and Harry on Royal Wedding Watch Happily Ever After at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Explore the challenges artists and musicians face trying to stay in Austin, plus a look at how VR is teaching people about the dangers of human trafficking on Decibel at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Savor the Southern country rock of Zac Brown Band. The Atlanta octet performs songs from their record Welcome Home on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Relax into your weekend with three hours of delightful British drama and mystery starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Doc Days focuses on non-fiction films May 10-13

KLRU has partnered with the Austin Film Society for the upcoming Doc Days festival May 10-13. The Austin Film Society presents a celebration of new non-fiction films and filmmakers, Doc Days, a long weekend festival of brand-new documentary films with visiting filmmakers from the US and abroad. In addition to screening our favorite new documentaries from the festival circuit, the weekend will include events, parties, discussions, and moderated Q&As by Austin’s documentary film community. Scheduled with no overlapping screenings, it’s possible to see every film selected for the festival. Both a series pass and individual film tickets are available. See the complete list of film and buy tickets now austinfilm.org/series/doc-days

All films will be shown at the AFS Cinema, 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752.

Served Like A Girl Screening 5/22

Join KLRU and the Austin Film Society for our Indie Lens Pop Up screening of Served Like a Girl. This free screening takes place May 22nd at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) at the AFS Cinema at 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752.

Served Like a Girl provides a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse, and other traumas. By entering into the “Ms. Veteran America” competition, these amazing ladies unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope.

The film, by Lysa Heslov, airs on KLRU on Memorial Day, May 28th, at 9 pm.