KLRU Q Holiday Programming

KLRUQ offers a month of holiday themed programming
Wednesday, Dec. 7
Taped in part at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown New Orleans, the special spotlights a concert celebrating the city’s vast and unique musical influences.
Sunday, Dec. 11
10:30 pm  European Christmas Markets
Join us on our discovery of Europe’s Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights.
Wednesday, Dec. 14
11:00 pm  Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
n celebration of the release of his 2013 album, Musical Gifts, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell welcomed cameras into his elegant Manhattan residence for a rare and intimate concert.
Saturday, Dec. 17
6:00 pm   Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience – The Spirit Of The Season
Emmy-winning tenor Shaun Johnson – a founding member of the popular a cappella quartet Tonic Sol-Fa – goes solo in a spirited holiday special.
Monday, Dec. 19
Austin’s own Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis perform a unique blend of country and Christmas tunes at The Paramount Theater.
Tuesday, Dec. 20
10:00 am   European Christmas Markets
10:30 am   Christmas on the Danube
A companion to European Christmas Market documentary.It is true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well.
1:00 pm    European Christmas Markets
1:30 pm    Christmas on the Danube
Saturday, Dec. 24
5:00 am   Jordan Smith ’tis The Season
Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s The Voice (and biggest selling The Voice artist to date), stars in his very first one-hour concert program.
6:00 pm   Jordan Smith ’tis The Season
Sunday, Dec. 25
5:00 pm   Jordan Smith ’tis The Season
5:55 pm   Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine marathon, episodes #101-106 — ends at 11:40 pm
Charts Christianity’s evolution from a small movement to the largest religion in the world, with more than two billion followers

2016 Austin City Limits / KLRU Holiday Gift Fair 12/6


Get yourself or your loved ones a special Austin City Limits holiday ornament, limited edition poster, t-shirt or one of the many other items available for purchase at our annual Holiday Sale, free and open to the public from 5:30-8pm!

Free beverages from Shiner, Texas Coffee Traders and more! Enjoy live music from Ama and a solo performance by Lauren Burton of Lola Tried.

This special event will feature a silent auction of one of the retired audio boards from legendary Studio 6A. This Yamaha PM3500M was used as the monitor board for most Austin City Limits tapings from 2006-2010 and for all other music events in the studio from 2006-2016. We will also auction a few more classic 80s and 90s amplifiers from our backline. Take a piece of Austin music history home with you!

5:30pm doors open
5:40pm Lauren Burton
6:35pm Ama (solo)
7:10pm Ama (full band)

Lauren Burton:
Lauren Burton currently leads four-piece rock n’ roll band Lola Tried, who will soon release a new EP.  Their song, “Blue and Green,” was a KUTX Song of the Day earlier this year. You may have seen this singer/songwriter perform solo or in her former project, Wicker.

Ama is a rock ‘n’ roll band from Austin that Blair Robbins started with the help of her friends as a vehicle for her songwriting. With a live lineup featuring Ray Garza on bass, Evan Kaspar on drums, and Alex Peterson on guitar, Ama achieves new nuance and dynamic, moving between doubt/certainty, tension/release, and melody/ambience.

In the studio: Thomas Haden Church tapes Overheard 11/17


Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Thomas Haden Church on November 17 at 1:45pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 12:45pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Thomas Haden Church is an actor who first gained attention for six seasons on NBC’s sitcom Wings, followed by two seasons starring opposite Debra Messing on Fox’s Ned & Stacey.

Other film and television rolls have included parts in Spider-Man 3, Easy A and most recently the HBO TV series Divorce.

Church won an Academy Award for his role in Alexander Payne’s 2004 film Sideways.

Thursday, November 17 at 1:45pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 12:45pm
Entrance is based upon capacity

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues its seventh 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 Thomas HadenChurch. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Highlights Nov. 13-19

KLRU Highlights

Louisa’s aunt arrives from England to a string of mishaps on Durrells In Corfu On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

George is on the brink of success and the copper mine yields a glimpse of hope on Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

With treason charges pending, Aafrin faces a dire fate and Alice’s prospects are no less grim on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Explore the role of the music producer tasked with turning an artist’s vision into a hit and view the contrasting styles of some of the most accomplished producers on the multi-part series Soundbreaking. Monday at 9 pm showcases The Recording Artists with George Martin, Sam Phillips, Tom Petty, Dr. Dre and more.  Tuesday at 9 pm learn how the recording studio itself became an instrument on Painting With Sound. Wednesday at 9 pm celebrate the most essential part of a song and the most challenging to capture–the vocal track on The Human Instrument. Thursday at 9 pm, from the electric guitar to synthesized music, learn how innovators used electricity to unleash new sounds Going Electric. Friday at 9 pm, chart the progression of the beat from drum and bass to beat box and beyond on Four On The Floor.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a personal journey through the last 50 years of African American history, charting the incredible progress made – as well as the obstacles that remain on Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise – Out Of The Shadows / Move On Up at 7 pm Tuesday. Features conversations with Jesse Jackson, Nas and Donna Brazile.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Mike Love, singer/songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boy.

Olivia and Isaí Chacón were trained by the masters of flamenco in Spain. With a deep knowledge and appreciation for the art form, they formed A’lante Flamenco back in America. Learn about them on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet goes to Taylor and Boerne on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Experience what The New York Times called “an emotional firestorm” as the award-winning television and Broadway star brings down the house with his acclaimed cabaret show on Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs at 8 pm Friday.

Brighten up winter indoors with fragrant and deliciously diverse orchids on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy the best performances from the 2016 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards ceremony. Featured artists include Bonnie Raitt, Dwight Yoakam, George Strait, Billy Bragg and more.

East Austin Studio Tour 11/12-13 & 11/19-20

Big Medium’s East Austin Studio Tour (East) is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning across two weekends in November. East provides opportunities for the public to meet the local artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.

This year, we celebrate the 15th edition of East! With 534 participants the 2016 East Austin Studio Tour is the most robust in our history. The majority of East events takes place November 12-13 & 19-20, 2016 from 11am-6pm.

Get a complete list of artists and locations participating in this year’s events at eastaustinstudiotour.org

KLRU is a media sponsor for the 2016 East Austin Studio Tour.

Due East 11/10

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Due East is the official kick-off party and fundraiser for the East Austin Studio Tour and takes place Nov. 11th. Guests of this event receive a 2016 East catalog and are first to experience the opening of the East Group Exhibition, presenting the work of nearly 300 East artists. This year’s event takes place at 916 Springdale Rd. You can purchase tickets now

Entertainment is provided by performance artist Katelena Hernandez Cowles, Austin Phonograph Company, and Austin Maker Faire.

On the menu for Due East 2016 are some of Austin’s best restaurants, including La Condesa, Sway, Salt & Time, Hillside Farmacy, Weather Up, and Gelateria Gemelli. Drinks from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Austin Beerworks, The Austin Shaker, Austin Eastciders, Topo Chico, JuiceLand, Wunder-Pilz Kombucha, and Chameleon Cold-Brew are also featured.

KLRU is a media sponsor of the East Austin Studio Tour.

Highlights Nov 6-12

KLRU Highlights

Leslie gets thrown out of the house and ends up in court with Theo and Spiros as his attorneys on Durrells In Corfu On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

xamine the ways the USO has lifted the spirits of American service personnel for more than 75 years on USO – For The Troops at 7 pm Monday.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the most polarizing presidential candidates in modern history. Frontline The Choice at 8 pm Monday goes beyond the headlines to investigate what has shaped these two candidates, where they came from, how they lead and why they want one of the most difficult jobs imaginable.

Under the starlit, intimate setting of Rain Lily Farm, En Route Productions presents Shakespeare on the Farm. By bringing theatre off of the stage and farming into the city, the two groups take their respective passions to the masses on Arts In Context Shakespeare On The Farm at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Watch live coverage of election results with co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff and Mark Shields, David Brooks, Amy Walter and Andra Gillespie on PBS Newshour starting at 7 pm.

Track the story of cats into the Americas, from battles with the rival Canids, to the rise of domestic cats Nature The Story Of Cats: Into The Americas at 7 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Shawn Colvin, a multi-Grammy-winning singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas.

Chet heads to Big Bend in back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Great Performances at 8 pm Friday presents Imelda Staunton as the indomitable Momma Rose in London’s hit revival of Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical Gypsy, about stripper Gypsy Rose Lee’s rise to fame.

Squirrels, raccoons and mice like our comfy quarters, too. See how to keep them out of your house on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Dig the best in modern rock with artists My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Highlights Oct. 30 – Nov 5

KLRU Highlights

Gerry’s new soulmate has a surprising background on Durrells On Masterpiece at  7pm Sunday.

George maneuvers Poldark toward checkmate and the law hunts down free traders. Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Three rivals vie for Sooni and the Maharajah tests Ralph and Madeline on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Go inside the very first girls’ school in a small Afghan village on POV  What Tomorrow Brings at 9 pm Monday.

The House of Songs connects international & U.S. songwriters to bridge cultures & spark creativity on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Examine the campaign strategies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, candidates at opposite ends of the political spectrum on Contenders – 16 For ’16 at 7 pm Tuesday.

Revisit this pivotal 1950 Korean War battle through the eyewitness accounts of participants on Battle Of Chosin: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa on Nature The Story Of Cats: Asia To Africa at 7 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Kelly McEvers, host of NPR’s Embedded and co-host of All Things Considered.

Chet visits Conroe and Boerne on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Join Lincoln Center at the Movies at 8 pm Friday as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre showcases its spectacular range, diversity and artistry in this special presentation, which includes the company’s signature work, Revelations, along with three other pieces.

Plant a permanent tree to celebrate your garden all year long on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy the contemporary Latin sounds of Natalia Lafourcade and Grupo Fantasma on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

New Halloween specials air this week on KLRU

This fall, kids are in for a delightfully spooky treat on KLRU Kids. On October 28, PBS KIDS will premiere The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween! on television and streaming devices. The new movie follows Nick and Sally as the Cat in the Hat takes them on an exciting Halloween ride. Additionally, PBS KIDS will premiere new Halloween-themed episodes from Dinosaur Train, Nature Cat, Ready Jet Go!

KLRU airs The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Halloween special at 7 am and noon on the 28th; 7 am on Oct. 29th; 7 am on Oct. 30th; 8 am, noon and 2 pm on Oct. 31st!

Dinosaur Train Spooky Tree / Spinosaurus Super Model airs at 10 am on Oct. 28 and Haunted Roundhouse / Big Pond Pumpkin Patch airs at 10 am on Oct. 31st.

Nature Cat Runaway Pumpkin / Lady Bug Tough airs Oct. 27 at 7 am and 2:30 pm and Oct. 28 at 2:30 pm.

Ready Jet Go! Jet’s First Halloween airs on KLRU Oct. 28 at 6:30 am and 3 pm; Oct. 30 at 8 am and Oct. 21 at 6:30 am and 3 pm.

The treats keep coming in October when PBS KIDS will offer a variety of Halloween-themed games for kids to play on the free PBS KIDS Games App and pbskids.org, including the Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Cat in the Hat Camp Time, Nature Cat Park Builder and Peg + Cat Parade. A new Spooky Street and set of rewards will be launching on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world Kart Kingdom as well. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters, are available on PBS Parents.

This fall, PBS will also offer PreK-12 teachers an easy way to integrate Halloween themes into their instruction with a range of curriculum-aligned videos, lesson plans and games. Teachers can use these resources to enhance homework assignments or kick-start classroom discussions. These free resources are available to teachers nationwide on pbslearningmedia.org. Examples include Peg + Cat’s Tiger Trick or Treat, PBS LearningMedia’s All About the Holidays: Halloween, PBS Digital Studios’ Frankenstein, M.D. and more.