Arts In Context Shorts: 6 Pianos

Nathan Felix made his mark in the Austin music scene by composing classical-style music and putting on a show in his North Austin home. But his long term goal is something much bigger.

The idea of Felix’s at home show, Classical Music Kegger, came to him when he saw an opera performance in a train station when he lived in Los Angeles. Felix decided to compose a show with only pianos. Despite the fact that he had never composed a piano piece, nor did he know how to play piano, when Felix returned to his hometown of Austin, he somehow snagged six free pianos off of Craigslist and got to work.

However, Felix wants to give his community more than just the music itself. That’s why he donated the pianos to the youth.

“Part of my way of giving back is donating the pianos to some of the schools or community centers,” Felix said.”I want to start grooming and growing the next crop of young, talented kids.”

Nathan Felix by Ashley Bradley

Emperor Science Award Winner Mathilda Nicot-Cartsonis from Austin

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KLRU is thrilled to announce that Mathilda Nicot-Cartsonis, a LASA High School (Austin ISD) junior, has been named a winner of the national Emperor Science Award, a joint initiative by Stand Up to Cancer and PBS LearningMedia.

In addition to receiving a cash award and a Dell Chromebook, Nicot-Cartsonis will be working this summer with Dr. Jenny Chang, Director of the Methodist Hospital Cancer Center in Houston, TX.  Chang’s primary work investigates how to target then eradicate chemotherapy-resistant, tumor-initiating cells.

Nicot-Cartsonis, a self-professed fanatic of viruses since the age of 11, has an additional motivation for this quest. Her longtime ballet instructor and mentor, Alexandra Nadal, a co-founder of the Slavin Nadal School of Ballet and 2009 inductee into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, died in 2015 of a type of cancer being researched by Dr. Chang. Nicot-Cartsonis plans to keep her dual scientist/dancer roles in her university studies.

The Emperor Science Award contest received almost 1,200 applications from 10th and 11th grade students from 40 states. Nicot-Cartsonis is one of 100 inaugural winners.

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Update: Mathilda’s socks

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Save the Date: Amplify Austin March 8-9!

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Interested in becoming a fundraiser? Learn more about how to help KLRU Amplify ATX!

Amplify Austin is just around the corner, March 8-9, and your support is vital for KLRU to be able to engage with and share our impact with the Central Texas community while raising $40,000 in just 24 hours. Your voice as one of our dedicated members is needed and I am asking for your help!

Consider becoming a personal fundraiser during Amplify Austin. It’s really easy… all it takes is just a little bit of time and your enthusiasm for KLRU and your favorite PBS programs! So, you may be asking yourself: What’s in it for me and why should I help fundraise for KLRU and Amplify Austin?! Well, for one, engaging your friends and family during Amplify helps raise awareness of the impact that KLRU serves right here in Central Texas through quality public television and vital community services. We also have some pretty sweet prizes to offer our fundraisers…

– UT Press Book / first 4 to receive 5 donations

– Clay Pit Gift Certificate / first 2 to raise $200

– (2) ACL Taping Passes / first 2 to receive 10 donations

– (2) Hall of Fame Passes / first 2 to raise $350

– (1) ACL Weekend Pass / first to receive 20 donations

You can win multiple times! Sign-up is easy, plus we created a toolkit to guide you through the personal fundraising process, just sign-up to receive! Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go to KLRU’s Amplify page — AmplifyATX.org/klru
  1. Once on our page, click “Create a Fundraising Campaign” button on the right hand side, adjacent to scrolling photos.
  1. 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.
  1. Then click the tab “My Fundraisers” upon entering newly created account. From this tab, click ”Create a Fundraiser” to start campaign profile.
  1. Upload all information needed for a complete Fundraiser Profile. Once all information is uploaded, click “Submit Fundraiser for Approval.”
  1. Profile(s) must be approved by KLRU for it to be active and public facing and ready-to-share.
  1. Allie Kandell will approve as they come in, you can always email her directly to expedite the approval! akandell@klru.org
  1. 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 WILL move once pledges have been made! So get them scheduled so that you are in the lead on the first day.

Your voice truly matters, thank you for your continued support!

Highlights Feb. 7-13

KLRU Highlights

Thomas makes Andy a generous offer on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 5 at 7 p.m. Sunday. Spratt rescues Denker. A powerful politician comes to dinner. Robert upsets the family. Mary gets suspicious.

The hospital war reaches a climax andViolet goes on the warpath on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 6 at 8 pm Sunday. Daisy tries to foil a romance. Prospects are looking up for Mary and Edith.

During a Union ball at their house, the Green girls and Frank initiate a daring plan to help him escape on Mercy Street at 9 pm Sunday.

Explore the rise of Misty Copeland, who made history as the first African-American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theater on Independent Lens “A Ballerina’s Tale” at 9 pm Monday.

Uncover a long history of military service in the families of Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore and John McCain, and how this has instilled in each of them an enduring spirit of strength and integrity on Finding Your Roots at 7 pm Tuesday.

Re-examine the shocking story of Leopold and Loeb, two wealthy college students who murdered a 14-year-old boy in 1924 to prove they were smart enough to get away with it on Perfect Crime: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

See an investigation with the New York Times into fantasy sports and online sports betting on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

Get the results of the New Hampshire Primary on a PBS Newshour Special Report at  10 pm Tuesday.

Celebrate the anniversary of Arlo Guthrie’s iconic song on Alice’s Restaurant 50th Anniversary Concert at 9 pm Wednesday.

Robert Reich, a leading expert on work and the economy, talks politics on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Chet goes fishing on Lake Fork, one of the most-famous big bass lakes in Texas on his trip to Sulphur Springs on The Daytripper at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Live from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, PBS Newshour co-anchors and managing editors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will moderate the DNC-sanctioned debate on Thursday at 8 pm.

Explore B.B. King’s challenging life and career at 8 pm Thursday through candid interviews with the “King of the Blues,” filmed shortly before his death, and fellow music stars, including Bono, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and Ringo Starr.

See how to make lots of hummingbird friends and visit a tiny garden that wildlife call home on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

The Grammy Award-winning group featuring Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and an ensemble of musicians showcases their latest record, Let Me Get By, on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Science Night 2/10

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We’ve got a lot in store for Science Night this week! At 7, you’ll get an up close and personal look at the relationship between a mother and calf moose in the calf’s first year of life. Following that at 8, learn about how researchers are using mind control implants.

Nature Moose: Life Of A Twig Eater at 7 p.m.

Populations of moose across many parts of North America are in steep decline and scientists believe one of the reasons is that fewer moose calves are surviving their first year. This stunningly intimate nature documentary, filmed over 13 months in the spectacular wilds of Jasper National Park, takes viewers deep inside the world of moose to experience a mother’s love and a calf’s first year of life up close and personal.

 

NOVA Memory Hackers at 8 p.m.

Discover how researchers on the cutting edge of mind-control can implant, change and even erase memories. On this thought-provoking journey into the mind, NOVA investigates the mysterious nature of how we remember.

Night At The Movies 2/6

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We’ve got a political Night At The Movies for a political year! The night opens up with Jenelle Riley speaking one-on-one with actors about their work. Then, House of Cards creator and The West Wing writer debate politically-driven narratives and all the dynamics they create. Following that is The Manchurian Candidate, a political thriller set during the Korean War. Finally, we end the night with a documentary about African American kung fu artists and their role in film and society.

Variety Studio Episode #201 at 6:30 p.m.
Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Julia Louis Dreyfus (Veep) with Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), Queen Latifah (Bessie) with Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), with Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Liev Schrieber (Ray Donovan) with Maggie Gyllenhaal (An Honorable Woman), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) with Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul).

On Story The Left And Write: Politically Driven Narratives at 7:30 p.m.
Beau Willimon (creator House of Cards) and Eli Attie (writer The West Wing) debate politically-driven narratives, power struggles, and dramatizing the truths and fictions that comprise ideologically-charged stories. Accompanied by Topher Field’s short film, The Hustle, offering a glimpse inside a swindler’s artful technique and deception.

All-star Film Collection The Manchurian Candidate at 7:59 p.m.
A Korean War hero’s (Laurence Harvey) commanding officer (Frank Sinatra) discovers he and his platoon were brainwashed.

Black Kungfu Experience  at 10:07 p.m.
The Black Kungfu Experience introduces kungfu’s African-American pioneers, men who challenged convention and overturned preconceived notions while mastering the ancient art.The four martial artists profiled include Ron Van Clief, an ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran who starred in more than 40 kungfu films.Their compelling stories illustrate how kungfu began as – and remains – a unique crucible of the black experience.

Blackademics 2016 tapings 2/9 & 2/10

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Blackademics Television is a presentation of The Institute for Community, University & School Partnerships (ICUSP) in combination with KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. This project uses television & social media to share top Black Studies scholarship with broad popular audiences.

We invite you to join us live in KLRU’s Studio 6A on Feb. 9th & 10th to watch this year’s presenters tape their talks. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the taping starts promptly at 7 pm.

Presenters include:
Joshua & Jeremiah West
Dr. Tifani Jones Blakes
Jordan & Mia Smith
Ben Gilbarg
Shaan Shah
Dr. Kevin Michael Foster
Leander Brieon Thompson
Artist Tyson
Mikaila Ulmer
Kelley Glover

Watch Blackademics talks from pervious years now

PBS LearningMedia launches ELECTION CENTRAL

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As part of the overarching PBS Election 2016 initiative, today PBS LearningMedia announced additional details about ELECTION CENTRAL, an online destination for educators to teach students about the political process.

The new site, created in collaboration between PBS LearningMedia and PBS NewsHour, will help teachers engage students in the political process, provide virtual field trip ideas and share a collection of election-themed resources to support history, civics and English curricula throughout the election year.

Among the main features of ELECTION CENTRAL will be an interactive map of the United States, providing educators with opportunities to engage students in various aspects of the political process. The map will also display important historical facts about the candidates, laws and process.

Content in ELECTION CENTRAL will be refreshed on a weekly basis and when timely events occur — for example, after debates or after primary elections. Features include:

  • Tracking the campaign trail of candidates, including current and previous candidates
  • Fun facts – general and state-specific
  • The history behind the vote
  • An explanation of the nominating process
  • Candidate views on key issues
  • Election-specific news stories curated from PBS NewsHour
  • Build your ideal presidential candidate interactive
  • Access to hundreds of related resources through PBS LearningMedia

Additional student-focused projects will be announced throughout the election year, including the Meet Me in DC contest, for which K-12 students design an election poster focusing on issues that are important in their local communities. Two grand prize winners (one K-5 and one K-6) will win a trip for two to Washington, DC, to tour the White House, explore the National Archives, watch Congress in session and visit the set of PBS NewsHour. Another contest, 50 for 50 , encourages students to write open letters to the 2016 presidential candidates with ideas on what needs to change in government. PBS will provide Social Studies teachers in grades 6-12 with a toolkit with resources to host in-class debates and give students the opportunity to discuss important issues with their peers.

For more information and educational resources, visit PBS LearningMedia’s website.

In the Studio: KLRU & Texas Tribune host GOP Railroad Commission Candidate Forum

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Join us in studio to hear from six of the Republicans running for an open seat on the Texas Railroad Commission. The Texas Railroad Commission is the primary regulator of oil and gas production and drilling in the state. These candidates are seeking their party’s nomination in the March primary for the open seat on the three-member commission.

During this hourlong forum, the candidates and moderator Evan Smith of the The Texas Tribune will discuss their ideas about the industry, regulation, the state economy, and other issues that will confront the commission in the years ahead. This forum will air on KLRU Feb. 15th at 7 pm.

Monday, February 8th
6PM-7PM, doors at 5:30PM
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Please RSVP

Lance Christian has worked as a geoscientist for the Texas Railroad Commission since 2013. Previously, he served as a geoscientist for the Texas Water Development Board.

Wayne Christian served in the Texas House, representing District 9, from 1997 to 2013. During his time in the Legislature, he served as vice chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee and president of the Texas Conservative Coalition. Christian is also a member of the SunAmerica President’s Club and owns his own financial consulting business, Wayne Christian Financial.

Gary Gates serves as CEO and owner of Gatesco, Inc., a real estate investment company in the Texas Gulf Coast region. He has also served as a delegate for the State Party Convention since 2002 and is a lifetime member of the Fort Bend County Fair Association. Previously, Gates served as board member for the Fort Bend Pregnancy Resource Center.

John Greytok is an attorney based in Austin and has worked as a briefing attorney to the chief justice of the Austin Court of Appeals. Previously, Greytok served as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Texas, and he has worked as a precinct chair, election judge, campaign treasurer, convention delegate and member of the county resolutions committee.

Ron Hale serves as CEO for Duboise Industries LLC and as director of operations for the private security company NZ Control Specialists, which specializes in anti-terrorism consulting for the oil and gas industry. Hale previously ran for the District 15 seat in the Texas Senate.

Doug Jeffrey manages his family’s cattle farm and ranch business in Vernon, Texas. He is also an investor in the oil and gas industry. Jeffrey was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Weston Martinez is an oil and gas business development and government affairs strategist and works as a political commentator. He was appointed in 2011 by then-Gov. Rick Perry to serve as a public member of the Texas Real Estate Commission. Previously, Martinez worked in the regulated telecommunications industry.

This production is a partnership with The Texas Tribune and will be livestreamed on TexasTribune.orgSupport for the livestream is provided in part by the Texas Oil & Gas Association, CenterPoint Energy, and Texas Pipeline Association. Photo copyright Jerod Foster. 

 

February 2016 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. For February 2016, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Mysterious Monkeys of Shangri-La”
The true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. This is a unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas.

Monday, February 8 at 9:00 pm (repeats on Sunday, February 14 at 3:00 pm): Independent Lens “A Ballerina’s Tale”
Few dancers make it to the highest levels of classical ballet; of that already small number only a fraction of them are black women. Misty Copeland pulled herself up the ladder at American Ballet Theater from studio company to principal dancer, becoming arguably the biggest star in dance today.

Wednesday, February 17 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Raising the Dinosaur Giant”
Have scientists discovered the biggest animal to have ever walked the planet? Deep in a South American desert, a giant is being awakened after 101 million years of sleep. Sir David Attenborough guides us through the journey of waking the giant as it happens.