Celebrate New Year’s Eve with KLRU

Live from Lincoln Center New York Philharmonic New Year’s Eve: La Vie Parisienne
Thursday, Dec. 31 at 7 pm & 10 pm
Friday, Jan. 1, at 1 am
Continuing an annual tradition — and broadcasting highlight — Live from Lincoln Center presents the New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve celebration concert, this year ringing in 2016 with a Parisian theme.Accompanying the Philharmonic, led by Music Director Alan Gilbert, are mezzo-soprano Susan Graham and pianists Inon Barnatan and Makoto Ozone in music by Ravel, Offenbach and more, as well as Saint-Saëns’s playful Carnival of the Animals.

Michael Feinstein New Year’s Eve At The Rainbow Room
Thursday, Dec. 31, at 9 pm
Friday, Jan. 1, at midnight
Ring in the New Year with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein with celebrity performances including Darren Criss, star of the hit show Glee, Aaron Tveit from the new series Graceland, Leslie Odom from Smash, Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, nightclub legend Marilyn Maye, 2-time Tony Winner Christine Ebersole, Michael’s newest discovery, 17-year-old Julia Goodwin, and many more brilliant, entertaining moments! The show is written and directed by Desperate Housewives creator and writer Marc Cherry. This performance celebrates the legendary New York nightclub, the Rainbow Room, where stars were born and legends perform.

New Data on National Graduation Rates Point to Need for Community-based Solutions to Dropout Crisis

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New data on high school graduation rates released today by the U.S. Department of Education underscore the continued need for innovative, community-based solutions highlighted by American Graduate, a local/national public media initiative focused on improving high school graduation rates.

The Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics today showed that the graduation rate for the nation’s class of 2014 reached a record high 82 percent, an increase of 1 percentage point from the class of 2013’s graduation rate.

Graduation rates for several student demographics rose as well from the class of 2013 to the class of 2014, except for American Indian and Alaskan Native students, for whom rates remained virtually flat. But significant gaps remain, particularly between white students and their black and Hispanic counterparts, and economically disadvantaged students.TX-Austin-Round Rock_2015

American Graduate, public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to improving high school graduation rates, funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, has been showcasing ways in which communities can prepare more youth for success in the 21st century workplace since 2009. Learn more about KLRU’s American Graduate work including sharing stories of local educational champions making a difference in our community at klru.org/americangraduate.

In the Studio 12/10: Civic Summit taping focuses on increasing graduation rates

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

This week, KLRU’s Civic Summit tapes Stop the Drop: Engaging Students in Their Futures. This interactive discussion about why students in Central Texas drop out of high school will air on Dec. 17th. Youth, educators and advocates will come together to offer multiple perspectives about the issues that lead to drop out. Local area high school students will be in attendance to share their challenges, opinions and be active participants in this very special taping.

Stop the DropDATE: Thursday, December 10
TIME: 5:30pm Doors | 6pm Start
LOCATION: KLRU Studio 6A | Map/Directions
RSVP: This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Using real-time polling, youth-produced videos, and frank discussion, KLRU aims to discover the real reason behind our community’s dropout crisis – and find out how we can keep more students on the path to high school graduation and successful futures.

Stop the Drop: Engaging Students in Their Futures will air on KLRU on December 17 at 9pm. This Civic Summit is part of KLRU’s American Graduate Initiative, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

KLRU Receives $1 Million Capital Grant from The Moody Foundation

Grant Supports Infrastructure for Local Production and Programming

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, has received a capital grant of $1 million from The Moody Foundation. The funding will allow KLRU to modernize the technology and equipment used to produce and broadcast original content.

“This grant is an investment in the basic building blocks of KLRU’s identity as a local community resource and a national ambassador for Austin,” said Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO and General Manager.

KLRU has long been a leader in locally-produced content: while best known for growing Austin City Limits into the longest-running music series in television history, KLRU is also home to award-winning programs like Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Overheard with Evan Smith, and BBQ with Franklin.  These series are all produced by KLRU and distributed nationally to PBS stations across the country.

But as KLRU leadership worked to develop a new strategic plan last year, it became clear that existing infrastructure was limiting the station’s ability to produce such content and program a localized broadcast schedule—in other words, the core activities at the very heart of KLRU’s mission and service.

Now, with this significant gift from The Moody Foundation, KLRU will begin replacing outdated editing technology and field production equipment, and will also implement modern systems for archiving and broadcast automation.

In addition to boosting efficiency at the station, the gift ensures that thousands of hours of content will be properly preserved, and presents exciting possibilities for additional field-based projects out in the community.

About the Moody Foundation
The Moody Foundation was established in 1942 and is a charitable organization that makes grants primarily in Austin, Galveston and Dallas, with an emphasis on education, social services, children’s needs and community development.  The Moody Foundation was created by Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Moody Jr. to benefit, in perpetuity, present and future generations of Texans. and, today, is governed by three trustees: Robert Moody, Ross R. Moody and Frances Moody-Dahlberg.

About KLRU
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.

Arts In Context Shorts: Body Shift

Creating “ECHO,” an improvisational, site-specific dance, the dancers of this Body Shift Performance Workshop have honed the skill of open awareness.  Each individual explores improvisational dance by tuning into his or her own body and choosing a movement that will benefit the design of the whole dance.  This allows the dancers freedom to do the dance that only they “know how to do” with the accidental moments of improvisation shining through like hidden gems.

Body Shift is a collaboration of Forklift Danceworks and VSA Texas and offers classes and workshops which empower people of all abilities to embrace dancing in their own unique way.

7 Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot

Thanks to our partners at The Texas Tribune for this brief on the upcoming election.

From highway funding to protecting hunting and fishing, Texas voters will have a say in whether the state Constitution should be amended in seven very different ways. Alana Rocha, with our reporting partner The Texas Tribune, breaks down what you’ll see on the ballot. Early voting ends Friday. Election day is Tuesday, November 3rd.

Free College Course Lowers Barriers to Education for Adults

Free Minds, a program of Foundation Communities, is a free, 6 credit college humanities course, for mostly low-income adults. The program is unique because most adults who return to school take skill-based courses, rather than humanities courses. To lower common barriers to education, Free Minds also provides a warm dinner before every evening class, and free childcare.

In the Studio: Overheard taping with Ron Kirk 10/14

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Ambassador Ron Kirk on October 14 at 3pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 2:30pm.

RSVP NOW
The event is free but an RSVP is required. Entrance is based upon capacity.

Ambassador Ron Kirk served as the 16th U.S. Trade Representative and served inPresident Obama’s Cabinet. He negotiated trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, and Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization. Kirk was also the first African-American Mayor of Dallas from 1995-2001, and was appointed Texas Secretary of State by Governor Ann Richards. Ambassador Kirk is in Austin to receive the 2015 Texas Legacy Award from the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

The Overheard taping is co-presented with The Texas Tribune and will be livestreamed at texastribune.org/livestream

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a 6th 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 Ambassador Ron Kirk. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

KLRU is proud to partner with the Texas Tribune Festival 2015! Registration is now open for the fifth annual event at UT Austin October 16-18. Get more information at texastribune.org/festival.