This week, Arts In Context Shorts presents the art of thinking fast. Founded as a platform for hip-hop artists, the Austin Mic Exchange works tirelessly to create a community of aspiring and independent emcees. Their weekly open mic nights are a haven for artists seeking stage time, a forum for the city’s best emcees to connect with their peers, and an invaluable opportunity to hone their craft. Freestylers electrify the crowd as they perform their highwire act – improvising frenetically and letting the flow take over them. Part showcase, part community event, and all love, these open mics cultivate the small but fiercely active hip-hop community in Austin.
KLRU Kids presents several Valentine’s Day specials starting Feb. 9th!
Curious George Happy Valentine’s Day, George!
Monday, February 9th at 8 am
Tuesday, February 10th at 8:30 am and 2:30 pm
Wednesday, February 11th at 8 am
Thursday, February 12th at 8:30 am and 2:30 pm
Friday, February 13th at 8 am
George wants to make his friends the best Valentine’s Day card ever, but even with four paws, it takes a long time to create homemade cards for everyone. With a little help from sponge shapes, red paint, and a waffle iron, George creates the first ever monkey Valentine’s Printing Press!
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood It’s Love Day! / Daniel’s Love Day Surprise
Monday, February 9th at 9 am
Tuesday, February 10th at 9:30 am
Wednesday, February 11th at 9 am
Thursday, February 12th at 9:30 am
Friday, February 13th at 9 am
Thursday, March 12th at 9:30 am
It’s Love Day! – Ugga Mugga! It’s Love Day in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Daniel and all of his friends come up with their own special ways to show their love and care for one another. The kids dance, sing, and tell jokes to say “I love you.” Daniel’s Love Day Surprise – It’s Love Day and Grandpere is coming to visit! How can Daniel find a way to show how much he loves Grandpere? With a treasure hunt, that’s how! Daniel hides little hearts all over the house for Grandpere to find… that is, unless little Margaret finds them first! Strategy: Find your own way to say “I love you.”
WordGirl Cherish Is the Word
Wednesday, February 11th at 6:30
It’s Valentines Day! All of the kids at school are making special valentines to share with their special friends. But when Victoria Best runs off with all of the cards, will she ruin Valentine’s Day for everyone? It’s up to WordGirl to swoop in and save the day.
Clifford the Big Red Dog Big Hearted T-Bone & Cleo’s Valentine Surprise
Sunday, February 15th at 8 am
Clifford’s Big Idea: Be Responsible T-Bone generously offers to watch Cleo’s niece KiKi so Cleo can get some rest. But his honorable intentions are challenged when his female canine friend Mimi comes to town. Clifford’s Big Idea: Help Others Cleo, with some help from K.C., prepares a special gift for Clifford and T-Bone and expects a BIG gift in return.
Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with S. C. Gwynne! DATE: February 10
TIME: 10:30am (Doors open at 10 am)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP NOW
S. C. Gwynne is a best-selling author and journalist, whose most recent book Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson is a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award. His 2010 book, Empire of the Summer Moon, was a New York Times best-seller and a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. It won the Texas Book Award and the Oklahoma Book Award. His other titles are Selling Money andOutlaw Bank. For the last 14 years Gwynne has written for Texas Monthly magazine.
We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues 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 S.C. Gwynne. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.
Q Night at the Movies adds two new shows to the lineup this week! Go inside the biggest Hollywood films of the past year through candid conversations with today’s hottest actors on Variety Studio: Actors on Actors. Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles is a spinoff of host Knowles’ hugely popular website, aintitcool.com, an inventive and visual romp-through of some of the favorite films and genres.
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors at 6:30 pm
Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch “The Imitation Game” and Edward Norton “Birdman”, Jake Gyllenhaal “Nightcrawler” and Patricia Arquette “Boyhood”, Hilary Swank “The Homesman” and Tilda Swinton “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, Oscar Isaac “A Most Violent Year” and Gugu Mbatha-Raw “Belle”.
On Story at 7 pm
Frank Darabont, writer and director of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist, discusses adapting works by Stephen King and keeping his characters at the core of the story.
Feature Film Casablanca at 8 pm
Cafe owner Rick (Humphrey Bogart) helps an old flame (Ingrid Bergman) and her husband (Paul Henreid) escape from Nazis in Morocco.
Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles at 9:45 pm
Revered Writer/Director Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire/127 Hours/Trainspotting and Harry discuss auteurs. The theory that some filmmakers have so much personal influence and artistic control over a movie that they become regarded as the author of the movie is also explored as Harry chats with “Boiler” about the late William Wyler’s films.
Film School Shorts at 10:15 pm
The Fighting Kind (Chapman Univ.) and Northeast Front (Univ. of Texas) : Davin, estranged from his family for years, returns home in desperate need of financial help. He learns that his sister may be the sibling who’s truly in need. Written, directed by Nils Taylor. Based on a true story, Esperanza’s love for her children knows no bounds, but her limits are pushed when she is forced to save her son from Mexico’s dangerous cartels. Written and directed by Angela Camarena Torres.
The remaining bakers now face three European cakes on Great British Baking Show at 7 pm Sunday.
An old woman tells Sidney that someone wants her dead on Masterpiece Theater Granchester part 3 Sunday at 9 pm.
Hour two of Antiques Roadshow in Austin Monday at 7 pm travels to the Texas State Library and Archives to learn about fraudulent and authentic Texas Declaration of Independence documents.
A Path Appears part two at 9 pm Monday joins New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof, Jennifer Garner, Eva Longoria and Alfre Woodard as they meet activists fighting for women’s rights in West Virginia, Colombia and Haiti.
A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories at the New Orleans Board of Trade on Genealogy Roadshow at 7 pm Tuesday.
In the Summer of 1910, the largest fire in American history had profound consequences. Learn how this event changed the shape of America on Big Burn: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.
Nature at 7 pm Wednesday tells the story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions and focuses on the bond that develops between the horses and their caregivers.
Earth A New Wild at 8 pm Wednesday is a new series, hosted by Dr. M. Sanjayan, that combines spectacular natural history images with compelling human stories.
The best contemporary rock hits the Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday with the Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business.
Katha Pollitt, award-winning author and columnist for The Nation, talks politics on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.
Arts In Context In Face at 7:30 pm Thursday follows the complex lives of three performance artists to get an inside look at the lives of Drag Queens.
The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday travels to Abilene and Athens.
Morgan Freeman sets out to understand how and why The Taming of the Shrew, one of the Bard’s first works, was written on Shakespeare Uncovered at 8 pm Friday. At 9 pm, David Harewood unravels the complex issues of prejudice and jealousy that are threaded throughout Othello.
Let’s grow some grapes for munching or signature homemade wine on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a Hill Country gardener captivates viewpoints from every angle where artwork frames food for family and wildlife.
Superstar rockers Foo Fighters return to Austin City Limits at 7pm Saturday. The band, with special guests, features songs from the best-selling Sonic Highways.
A Path Appears: Screening & Panel DiscussionEarly Childhood Intervention & Breaking the Cycle of Poverty
Thursday, February 19,
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, Studio 6A
Light refreshments will be served
RSVP NOW This event is free but requires an RSVP
From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky, A Path Appears uncovers the adversities faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimmers of hope and change. Click here to watch a preview.
The screening will highlight stories of women breaking the poverty cycle through education and opportunity for their young children. After a short segment from the film, a panel of local early childhood experts will discuss issues from the documentary as well as challenges and solutions here in Austin. Panelists include Cathy Doggett, Ed.M., Nurse Family Partnership Team Lead, Texas Home Visiting Program; Mary Dunlap, Mental Health & Disabilities Coordinator, Child Inc.; and Jacquie Porter, Director of Early Childhood Education, AISD.
Can’t attend the screening? Join us for a live chat and special online screening of “A Path Appears – Episode 3: Violence and Solutions.” Hear stories, chat with experts from the film, and learn how you can make a difference.
Tuesday, February 10, at 1 pm
Online at https://ovee.itvs.org/
Watch A Path Appears on KLRU
See the full three-part documentary series on PBS Independent Lens, airing Monday nights on KLRU. Join Nicholas Kristoff, Malin Ackerman, Mia Farrow, Jennifer Garner, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively, Eva Longoria and Alfre Woodard to uncover gender oppression and human rights violations in the U.S. and around the world.
EPISODE ONE: Sex Trafficking in the USA | Monday, January 26 at 9 pm
EPISODE TWO: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty | Monday, February 2 at 9 pm
EPISODE THREE: Violence & Solutions | Monday, February 9 at 9 pm
Almost half-way through the baking competition, the remaining bakers face pies and tarts on Great British Baking Show at 7 pm Sunday.
As Edith’s access to Marigold slips away, news about Gregson arrives on Downton Abbey season 5 episode 4 on Masterpiece Theater at 8 pm Sunday.
Sidney’s former flame throws an engagement party that leads to murder on part 2 of Grantchester on Masterpiece Mystery! at 9 pm Sunday.
Find out what the appraisers found when they visited Austin last summer. Antiques Roadshow Austin hour one airs Monday at 7 pm and Tuesday at 10 pm.
Join New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristoff, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively and Malin Ackerman as they meet activists fighting sex trafficking in the U.S. on part one of A Path Appears at 9 pm Monday.
At Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories on Genealogy Roadshow at 7 pm Tuesday.
Edison: American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday profiles the holder of 1,093 patents whose name was nearly synonymous with invention.
Nature at 7 pm Wednesday takes viewers to the Antarctic Peninsula where there’s a post office surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery and 3,000 gentoo penguins.
Nova at 8 pm Wednesday investigates the cause of giant sinkholes with compelling eyewitness video of collapsing sinkholes.
Secrets of the Dead Ben Franklin’s Bones at 9 pm Wednesday looks at the founding father’s illegal anatomy school that helped shaped modern medicine.
Great American singer/songwriters Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis return to the Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10 pm Friday.
William Gibson, acclaimed science fiction novelist, essayist, and screenwriter, talks about his writing career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.
Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday profiles the Rude Mechs, a group that creates original productions that represent a genre-defying cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle.
Chet goes to Orange and Port Lavaca on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.
Hugh Bonneville looks into the story behind A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Shakespeare Uncovered at 8 pm Friday. Christopher Plummer explores how King Lear might have been staged during Shakespeare’s time at 9 pm Friday.
Fend off disaster with Trisha Shirey’s top tips from her book, Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southwest on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, Farmshare Austin accelerates its organic mission through on-site training for aspiring young farmers.
The best contemporary rock hits with the Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.
Science Night for Jan. 28th goes to a penguin nesting ground, looks at why sink holes occur and examines what bones found in Ben Franklin’s home actually mean.
Nature Penguin Post Office at 7 pm
In the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula there’s a post office surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery and 3,000 gentoo penguins. Every summer, as staff put stamps on postcards, the penguins return from their fishing grounds to their breeding grounds, trek nearly two miles across sea ice and snow, rush to find a partner, build a nest, lay eggs and protect them from predators, and finally get down to the task of raising their young. We see their four-month drama unfold as cruise ships come and go, bringing tourists to buy postcards and photograph penguins — the backdrop to the penguins’ lives.
NOVA Sink Holes at 8 pm
In Tampa, Florida, in February 2013, a giant hole in the ground opened up and swallowed half a house, killing 36 year-old Jeffrey Bush as he slept in his bedroom. A month later, a golfer in Illinois survived an 18-foot fall when the 14th hole caved in beneath his feet. Both were victims of sinkholes-a notorious worldwide hazard that lurks wherever limestone bedrock is found. Filled with compelling eyewitness video of collapsing sinkholes and authoritative science from expert geologists, NOVA investigates what it’s like to have your world vanish beneath your feet.
Secrets of the Dead Ben Franklin’s Bones at 9 pm
When skeletal remains of at least 10 people, including several infants, turned up in the basement of Benjamin Franklin’s British residence, people wondered if the Founding Father might have had a much darker side, as the bones had been meticulously cut and drilled. Franklin was aware of the bodies in his basement, but they weren’t the victims of violent acts. Rather, they were used for the purposes of an illegal anatomy school that helped shaped modern medicine.
Q Night at the Movies presents a conversation with filmmakers and a musical for Jan. 24th’s presentation.
On Story presents part 1 and part 2 of A Conversation with Jonathan Demme & Paul Thomas Anderson at 7 and 7:30 pm
Filmmaking legends Paul Thomas Anderson and Jonathan Demme pay tribute to Robert Downey Sr.’s cult classic Greaser’s Palace. Next, Andrew Napier’s short film, Grandma’s Not a Toaster, where a whiskey-guzzling mother-to-be aims to enlist her neurotic brother in attempt to thieve from their ailing grandmother’s fortune.
Great Performances Oklahoma! at 8 pm
Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2013, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s landmark musical “Oklahoma!” returns to Great Performances for a special commemorative encore telecast. This acclaimed production from London’s National Theatre, directed by Trevor Nunn and choreographed by Susan Stroman, set box office records during its original runs in the West End and then later on Broadway, with critics and audiences alike captivated by its fresh new take on a venerable classic. The original London production also featured a sensational, star-making performance by Hugh Jackman as Curly before his ascent to international movie stardom in the X Men film franchise. Also featured are original cast members Josefina Gabrielle as Laurey, Maureen Lipman (The Pianist) as Aunt Eller, and 2002 Best Supporting Actor Tony-winner Shuler Hensley as the menacing Jud Fry.
Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of American Denial on Tuesday, Feb. 3rd, at Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The free event is open to the public and takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm.
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.
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.