Arts In Context Shorts: Bridging the Gap

Arts In Context Shorts features an innovative project using art to empower. Through education and training, Arc of the Arts makes professional artists out of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The program gives new skills to artists both in making art and in marketing and selling their works, providing a viable career path for a population with limited options.  With a strong identity, a boost of confidence, self expression and platform for exposure, these artists meet new goals for refining their craft and for practicing social skills to use in their new career.

A shortened version of this story will air during PBS NewsHour Weekend on Saturday, September 13 at 6:30pm. 

Community Cinema begins Oct. 7 with Makers screening

KLRU featured event

Independent Television Service and KLRU announce this year’s Community Cinema films. For the 2014-15 season screenings will be held in Austin at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). All screenings will start at 7 pm, are free and open to the public.

Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from Independent Lens on location in 100 cities and online. Between September and June, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

Oct 7: Makers
Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Makers is a six-part PBS series profiling the impact women have had over the past 50 years.

Nov. 4: Evolution of a Criminal
In this gripping blend of documentary, true crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey since that act.

Jan 6: A Path Appears from the creators of Half the Sky
A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky:Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Feb. 3: American Denial
Using the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.

March 3: The Homestretch
Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.

May 5: Limited Partnership
Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.

Vision + Voice Celebration 9/19

The Austin ISD Office of Academics, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Division at Austin Community College, would like to invite the community to the Vision + Voice reception from 6–8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the new ACC Highland Campus, 6101 Airport Blvd.

The reception follows the successful launch of the Vision + Voice poetry contest. AISD students submitted more than 800 poems. One winning poem was selected per grade level and was paired with an ACC student art piece. KLRU will feature students reading their poems on klru.tv at starting later this month.

The event will feature student poetry readings and the poster gallery of the winning poems. Please RSVP here. Check out the winning poems and honorable mentions here. If you have any questions, please contact Asha Dane’el at (512) 414-1522 or at asha.daneel@austinisd.org.

In the Studio: Lizz Winstead tapes Overheard 9/16

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Lizz Winstead on September 16 at 11am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:30am. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

lizz winsteadLizz Winstead is co-creator, a former writer and a former correspondent for The Daily Show. She also co-founded Air America Radio. Winstead is now well known as one of the country’s top political satirists. Her writing can be found in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post and in her 2012 book, Lizz Free or Die. Winstead is in Austin to keynote Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ 2014 Austin Annual Dinner.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins 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 Lizz Winstead. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Basetrack discount

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Our friends at Texas Performing Arts are pleased to present the world premiere engagement of BASETRACK, a gripping theatrical production that confronts the complex truths and ambiguities of the modern military experience. The event takes place September 11-13 at 8 pm at the McCullough Theatre. Live music, film and a cascade of images from independent photojournalists in Afghanistan punctuate a performance drawn from genuine social media exchanges and interviews, immersing audiences in the experiences of contemporary military service personnel and their families. KLRU Members receive 15% OFF on Friday and Saturday night tickets! Visit bit.ly/BASETRACK and enter the code MARINES for the discount.

In the Studio: Mark Bittman & Lawrence Wright tape Overheard 9/12

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for interviews with Mark Bittman & Lawrence Wright on September 12 in KLRU’s Studio 6A. One RSVP will grant you admission to both tapings. RSVP now

4:45 pm Mark Bittman (doors at 4:15pm)
5:45 pm Lawrence Wright (doors as soon as Bittman interview is complete)
Audience members are welcome to stay in their seats after the Bittman taping if they plan to attend the taping with Lawrence Wright. 

BittmanCreditSallySteinMark Bittman is an opinion columnist and lead food writer for The New York Times. His “Minimalist” column ran in the Times’ Dining section for more than 13 years. He’s written two books, the best-selling How to Cook Everything and the groundbreaking VB6: Eat Vegan Before6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health…for Good, which introduced Americans to the Flexitarian diet. His newest book, How to Cook Everything Fast, is out October 7. Bittman is in Austin to speak at the Food + Health 2014 conference.

LW credit Kenny BraunLawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and staff writer for The New Yorker. His newest book, out September 16, is Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, a day-by-day account of the 1978 Camp David Accords. Wright won the Pulitzer in 2007 for his book Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. He last taped Overheard in January 2013 to discuss his best-seller, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins 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 theses tapings with Mark Bittman and Lawrence Wright. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Q Night at the Movies 9/6

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Stay in and snuggle up this Saturday with our weekly movie night only on KLRU Q!

First, the Hollywood review show Just Seen It airs at 7 p.m. Watch the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story, Austin Film Festival’s original series, investigates the challenges of recreating a real story on film with the episode Explosive Action! The writers behind Wanted, The Bourne Ultimatum, Con Air and Snitch discuss how they use action scenes to further the plot, convey tension, and build toward a satisfying climax.

The action continues with our feature film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot at 8! A young drifter (Jeff Bridges) joins a Montana preacher (Clint Eastwood) in a repeat of another robbery.

Don’t miss our night at the movies only on KLRU Q!
KLRU Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Science Night 9/10

Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation at 7 pm
Cranes and geese rise over Venice, Dover, Edinburgh and the monkey-guarded Rock of Gibraltar. In Rome, the Loire Valley, Holland and Hungary, birds gather by the millions to breed and two by two to raise their families.

Nova Vaccines: Calling The Shots at 8 pm
Diseases that were largely eradicated 40 years ago are returning. How do parents decide whether to vaccinate or not, and what are the risks to the child and to society? Featuring research scientists, pediatricians, psychologists, anthropologists, and parents, this program travels the globe to look at the science behind vaccinations, track epidemics, and investigate the serious human costs of opting out.

Operation Maneter Crocodile at 9 pm
Mark Evans travels to Namibia’s Chobe River, a place that’s known as the croc attack capital of the world. To find a way to keep both people and crocodiles safe, Mark joins leading croc experts Rom Whitaker and Dr Patrick Aust to carry out a radical new experiment.

 

Highlights Sept. 7-13

KLRU Highlights

From the outside, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben are the classic London scene, the emblems of British democracy and history. Learn the stories behind these icons on Secrets of Westminster at 7 pm Sunday.

POV at 9 pm Monday presents an emotionally complex story about one family’s struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer’s disease on The Genius of Marian.

From the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak, Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday follows health officials tracking the deadly disease and trying to stop its rampant spread.

SXSW Flashback 2014 at 10:30 pm Tuesday presents highlights from SXSW including Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, Diego Luna, and more. Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear.

Cranes and geese rise over Venice, Dover, Edinburgh and the monkey-guarded Rock of Gibraltar on Earthflight, a Nature Special at 7 pm Wednesday. In Rome, the Loire Valley, Holland and Hungary, birds gather by the millions to breed and two by two to raise their families.

Diseases that were largely eradicated 40 years ago are returning. Nova at 8 pm Wednesday travels the globe to look at the science behind vaccinations, track epidemics, and investigate the serious human costs of opting out.

Country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell return to Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday, playing favorites and songs from their joint LP Old Yellow Moon.

Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann talks about her career in music on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles an Austin group that uses puppetry and physical theater to address the impact of climate change on traditional farming societies around the world on Tiny Puppets.

Chet heads to Orange to explore the swamps and waterways of this town on the Louisiana border on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty at 8 pm Friday examines the life and career of the man best known for the painting ”Whistler’s Mother.”

Who influenced your garden design? See how our Spanish and Mexican melting pot impacts us today on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Visit an historic home where a walled Mission-style garden features a central aqueduct.

Great Performances at 7pm Saturday presents a star-studded celebration of the 200th anniversary of the penning of the country’s national anthem.