In the Studio: Overheard tapes Dean Baquet 3/12

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Dean Baquet on March 12 at 3 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 2:30 p.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Dean Baquet Overheard Dean Baquet is the executive editor of The New York Times. He is the first African-American to hold the position. In 1988 Baquet won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of city council corruption in Chicago. During his nearly 40-year career, Baquet has worked for The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 p.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 2:30 p.m.
RSVP
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 Dean Baquet. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

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6th Annual Bloody Mary Morning during SXSW 3/16

Join Austin City Limits and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS at the 6th Annual Bloody Mary Morning during SXSW on Thursday, March 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m in the  GSDM courtyard. The event is free but you must RSVP to attend.

This year’s lineup is our biggest yet and in keeping with Austin City Limits tradition of bringing audiences “Great Music. No Limits,” includes some of music’s most buzzed about artists from across the globe and stateside: blues revivalist duo Little Hurricane, Canadian country standout Colter Wall, U.K. rockers Sundara Karma, Third Man recording artist Lillie Mae, Minneapolis breakout rapper/singer Lizzo, Australian indie-folk up-and-comer Slow Dancer and veteran indie music outliers R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner.

Even better, you can listen to music while enjoying free (while supplies last!) Bloody Marys from Tito’s Vodka, beer from Shiner Beer and breakfast tacos from Tacodeli. Bloody Mary Morning is brought to you by our friends The Guild, NetApp and YETI. So make it a Bloody Mary Morning like Willie would want you to!

You don’t need to be a SXSW badgeholder to attend – Bloody Mary Morning is free and open to the public. You can RSVP here. Please join us!

Decibel amplifies stories and issues important to Austin

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, is proud to announce our first television special from Decibel, our new News & Public Affairs initiative, premiering on-air and online on Feb. 25 at 6:30pm and re-airing on March 2 at 7:30pm.

Immigration reform is a top priority from the White House to the Texas Capitol. As a sanctuary city, Austin is at the center of the dispute. Decibel amplifies the human stories behind the heated immigration debate and brings you a close look at who might get caught in the red tape.

This 30-minute news magazine begins with an in-depth look at the experiences of an undocumented student at the University of Texas at Austin who is part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Decibel follows him through current events – from the Inauguration to recent protests and testifying at the Senate Bill 4 hearing.

Decibel also examines how the travel ban impacted people in Central Texas; those who were born here and those who immigrated. This segment includes how Austin’s Muslim community is reacting to the current policy changes and how future measures could affect them.

About Decibel:
Decibel amplifies stories and issues important to Austin by listening to the community and encouraging dynamic discussions. It is the new News & Public Affairs initiative from KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, taking an in-depth look at the stories that impact our community and welcoming engagement from everyone. Participate at facebook.com/decibelatx, where we’ll share our stories, our interviews and our diverse community conversations.

About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique—whether music, arts or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at KLRU.org.

 

Immigrant families help shape Austin through the generations

Austin Revealed is an oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past and present to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. In this series Pioneers From the East, KLRU profiles three of the first families of Chinese origin to settle in the Austin area – the Lung family, the Sing family and the Wong family. Each family has been in Austin for multiple generations.

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. In this documentary, Joe and his sister Meiling Lung tell stories of their grandfather, Joe Lung, and their father, Sam P. Lung — beloved restaurateurs 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. In this documentary, 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 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.

 

Tim Tsai

We sat down with filmmaker Tim Tsai, who partnered with KLRU on the project, to talk about his passion for Asian American history, why it’s important to Austin and why he got involved with this project. Read the interview

In the Studio: Blackademics Television tapings on 2/21 & 2/22

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Please join KLRU for this year’s Blackademics Television tapings on Tuesday, February 21 and Wednesday, February 22 in KLRU’s legendary Studio 6A (map). Doors open both nights at 6:30 p.m.Please complete the forms below to RSVP.

Past seasons have featured presenters from a range of academic, entrepreneurial and creative backgrounds. This season is no exception!

Austin-based Jackie Venson will present for S5 of Blackademics + musical performance!

Tuesday, February 21 at 7 p.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 6:30 p.m.

RSVP for 2/21 featuring:

Jackie Venson, Austin-based singer, songwriter and musician, is best known for her vocals and blues guitar. Along with presenting, catch a musical performance from Venson on the original Austin City Limits stage.

Courtney Santana has been working in the nonprofit sector for more than a decade and is the executive director of her own project-based charity JONAH. A survivor of domestic violence, she recently started the survivor support initiative Survive2Thrive Foundation.

Dr. Daina Berry is an Associate Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies and the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Fellow of History at the The University of Texas at Austin. An author, award-winning editor, and an advocate for public history, she also served as one of the technical advisors for the remake of ROOTS (A+E).

Rolf Straubhaar is an Assistant Research Scientist at the Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education at the University of Georgia. Some of his most recent work explores the views held by the officials who imported U.S.-based educational reforms to Brazil, and the resistance expressed by Afro-Brazilian students and community members.

Dr. Sharell Luckett is an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at Muhlenberg College. She is also lead editor of Black Acting Methods: Critical Approaches. Her forthcoming book, YoungGiftedandFat: Size, Sexuality & Privilege, engages with her life as an actress who experienced extreme weight loss.

Jeremy Hills, founder of The Factory

Jeremy Hills founded The Factory in 2015 to pursue his dream of training the best athletes in the nation and having them at their peak performance year in and year out.

Jeanine Staples is an Associate Professor of Literacy and Language, African American Studies, and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Penn State. Her new literacies scholarship, teaching, and coaching push forward anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-ableist education through an ideological concept called Supreme Love.

Dr. Jennifer Adair is an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Her work focuses on the connection between agency and discrimination in the early learning experiences of children of immigrants.

Entrance is based upon capacity. 

 

Fatima Mann, cofounder of the Austin Justice Coalition


Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m.

KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 6:30 p.m.

RSVP for 2/22 featuring:

Letsie Khabele is a co-founder of Headwaters School, formerly known as Khabele School, an independent school in Austin serving students from early childhood through grade 12 that begins with a Montessori foundation and progresses to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

Tshepo Chéry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. Her research specialities include African History, Social Movements, Religious Activism & Religious Fundamentalism, Education Policy in Africa, and Global Health & International Aid.

Tequia Hicks was the Senior Advisor for Congressional Engagement and Legislative Relations in The White House Office of Legislative Affairs during the Obama Administration. Her team managed all interactions between the White House and Members of Congress.

Dr. Omi Tinsley is an Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the The University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches “Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” each spring. Her research focuses on queer and feminist, Caribbean and African American performance and literature. She is currently at work on a new book project, Finding Beyoncé: A Black Femme-inist Journey through Popular Music, Eroticism, and Activism in the U.S. South.

Fatima Mann cofounded the Austin Justice Coalition. She is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Counter Balance: ATX and is currently studying law at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Dr. LaGarret King is an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research interests include Black history education, critical theories of race, social studies, and curriculum history.

Yewande Austin has gone from M.T.V. and B.E.T. to the historic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her socially charged music has taken center stage with the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5 and India Arie. However, she is most proud of her work as an award-winning lecturer, activist and honorary U. S. Cultural Ambassador.

Bavu Blakes

Bavu Blakes, Scholar Emcee

Bavu Blakes walking through the intersection of Hip Hop, education, and spirituality. The scholar emcee is a 7th grade humanities teacher, graduate student, servant-leader, and award-winning musician whose studio collaborators include Grammy winners Adrian Quesada, Symbolyc One, and Gary Clark, Jr., as well as people’s champ Paul Wall.

Entrance is based upon capacity. 

 

Blackademics Television is back for its fifth season of top Black Studies scholars, activists and community leaders sharing projects and research focused on education, performance and youth empowerment. Please join us and be part of the studio audience for these tapings. And don’t forget, you can watch past episodes anytime online!

Blackademics Television is a presentation of The Institute for Community, University & School Partnerships (ICUSP) in combination with KLRU-TV, Austin PBS.

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Programs like PBS NewsHour explore key issues from as many viewpoints as possible, so that you can see and understand the bigger picture. Programs like Frontline have challenged conventional thinking, investigating issues before reaching national attention. KLRU news and public affairs programming covers a full spectrum of local and national issues. These programs — that serve as a constant, reliable source of trustworthy news for all Central Texans — are more essential now than ever before.

Your support is also more essential than ever before! Your investment is our commitment to superior, balanced journalism that you can trust. Your gift today will keep local public television thriving and bring you more quality, straight-forward reporting for years to come.

Overheard tapes John Doe 2/14

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with John Doe on February 14 at 11:15 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:45 a.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP. 

John Doe John Doe is an actor and musician who co-founded the Los Angeles punk band X. He has appeared in over 50 films and television productions including Great Balls of Fire!, Roadside Prophets, Roswell and more. His latest book, Under the Big Black Sun, explores the LA punk rock movement and its evolution.

Tuesday, February 14 at 11:15 a.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 10:45 a.m.
RSVP
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 John Doe. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

In the Studio: Katharine Hayhoe tapes Overheard 2/04

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Katharine Hayhoe on February 4 at 8:45 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 8:15 a.m. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Katharine Hayhoe Overheard Katharine Hayhoe is an atmospheric scientist who studies climate change. In 2014 Time Magazine recognized her as one of the top 100 Most Influential People in the world.

Dr. Hayhoe is currently a professor and directs the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She also hosts the PBS Digital Studios web series Global Weirding.

 

Saturday, February 4 at 8:45 a.m.
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 8:15 a.m.
RSVP
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 Katharine Hayhoe. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

KLRU brings Conspirare’s Considering Matthew Shepard to TV

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, in collaboration with Conspirare, is bringing Considering Matthew Shepard to television. KLRU has assembled an award-winning team to help adapt the three-part oratorio into a unique theatrical experience for the small screen. The Considering Matthew Shepard television adaptation will be formatted for a 90-minute broadcast and distributed nationally to PBS stations in 2018 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Shepard’s death. The performance will be recorded live in front of an invitation-only audience February 1 at 7:30 pm at ACL LIve at The Moody Theater.  Watch a trailer here.

Considering Matthew Shepard is a Grammy-nominated three-part oratorio composed by Craig Hella Johnson. The work is an evocative and compassionate musical response to the murder of Matthew Shepard. On October 6, 1998, University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten, and left to die, in what became an infamous act of brutality, and one of America’s most notorious anti-gay hate crimes. Shepard’s murder ultimately led to the creation of the Matthew Shepard Foundation and provided a catalyst for legislation that expanded the definition of a hate crime to include sexual orientation. In 2009, Congress passed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Composer Craig Hella Johnson had a profoundly personal reaction to both the murder and its resonance. The Shepard family and Foundation engaged with Johnson in the creation of the work, and allowed the use of fragments from Shepard’s personal diary.

“We are honored to be partnering with Conspirare to bring this important and meaningful work to a national audience,” said Sara Robertson, KLRU’s VP for Production and Technology. “Considering Matthew Shepard is a powerful piece that connects with you on different emotional levels. We feel public television is the perfect medium to share this message and encourage community conversations around the themes of acceptance and human rights.”

Considering Matthew Shepard isn’t strictly a biographical work but rather a reflection of our society and our collective experience told through the lens of one individual story. One of the most remarkable elements of Shepard’s continuing legacy is the powerful inspiration his life and death have provided to artists of every genre. Considering Matthew Shepard joins the ranks of many significant artistic responses to Matthew Shepard’s legacy. Most noteworthy is The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufman and the Members of the Tectonic Theater Project, which has been seen by more than 30 million people. Jason Marsden, Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation calls Considering Matthew Shepard “by far the most intricate, beautiful and unyielding artistic response to this notorious anti-gay hate crime.”

Watch KLRU’s Arts In Context documentary about Considering Matthew Shepard

Produced by KLRU and directed by Peabody Award winning Broadcaster and Producer Elliott Forrest, the music’s storytelling will be supported by visuals explicitly designed to appeal to the television viewing audience. The backdrop of the stage with be a large screen for projections and will augment the storyline and libretto through color, video and text.

The recording of Considering Matthew Shepard on the harmonia mundi / [PIAS] label debuted at #4 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart in mid-September, 2016.  The Chicago Tribune called it  “one of the best classical albums of 2016.”

“This exciting collaboration with KLRU, feels for us like the opportunity of a lifetime, said Craig Hella Johnson, Founder and Artistic Director Conspirare.  “The musicians and I are deeply committed to sharing the light and power in the story of Matthew Shepard.  We feel that this television production will bring both his story and Conspirare’s music to a much broader national audience. I am inspired by the level of talent, imagination, and dedication that I experience in our KLRU colleagues. Perhaps best of all, this has that great feeling of being an Austin-based creation and partnership.  I feel so grateful that KLRU is bringing their distinctive brand and love to this project.”

The film will be accompanied by outreach and engagement programs, providing opportunities – facilitated by public television stations- for communities to participate in a national conversation about acceptance, compassion and bullying.  Considering Matthew Shepard is a co-production of KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and Conspirare.

About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS:
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique – whether music, arts or public issues – by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at KLRU.org.

About Conspirare:
Established in Austin, Texas in 1991, Conspirare is a Grammy-winning and internationally recognized choir with a reputation for “expanding the boundaries of choral performance” (Wall Street Journal). Conspirare, which translates from Latin as “to breathe together,” is led by founder and Artistic Director Craig Hella Johnson, and is comprised of soloists from around the country. Conspirare’s extensive discography includes 11 releases on the harmonia mundi / [PIAS] label. The 2014 album The Sacred Spirit of Russia won the Grammy for Best Choral Performance. Conspirare’s ambitious mission is to engage the power of music to change lives. Through its artistic excellence, creative programming, commissioning, and educational endeavors, the organization has established itself as an agent of change and a bedrock of the Texas arts community and beyond.

Taste of Black Austin 1/31

KLRU is a proud supporter of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce and its mission to promote the development of African American businesses in Central Texas. Join KLRU and Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce for the Taste of Black Austin on Jan. 31st at the Peaches Social House. Purchase tickets now

Screen Shot 2017-01-13 at 10.52.22 AMTaste of Black Austin is a culinary event that explores the narrative of economic development through the historical context of food. The event will open with an intimate reception on January 31, 2017 at Peached Social House featuring savory hors d’oeuvres prepared by nine of Austin’s favorite Black chefs and a curated photo exhibition showcasing Austin’s unique food history dating back to 1870.

Event tickets are available for $65 and community sponsor tickets are available for $120 and include a VIP cooking demonstration preceding the reception. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Urban Roots. In 2008, Urban Roots began as a program of another youth development nonprofit to empower and develop Austin youth and promote healthy lifestyle choices.

Taste of Black Austin allows guests the opportunity to taste various hors d’oeuvres that have been recreated to chronicle Black food history in Central Texas from 1870 to present. The menu will feature bite sized portions of dishes found in archived recipe books and historic menu selections.