Arts In Context Shorts: Second Saturdays

This week’s Arts In Context Shorts focuses on a monthly arts event for families. Every second Saturday of the month, The Contemporary Austin hosts family art-making activities at Laguna Gloria. Second Saturdays is a great way to make contemporary art accessible to families as it provides the opportunity to spend a relaxing day in a beautiful sculpture garden and learn about how nature influences art. Canopy Tower, a sculpture crafted specifically for Laguna Gloria, provided the inspiration for the table-top biospheres families gathered to create here.

 

Q Night at the Movies 5/9

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week’s Q Night at the Movies features an all-new On Story, the feature film An Affair To Remember and back to back documentaries on doctors and nurses.

On Story Deconstructing The Fly at 7:30 pm
Mick Garris (Masters of Horror) and Alvaro Rodriguez (Machete) deconstruct the shock, suspense, and subtleties of David Cronenberg’s The Fly and how his execution has contributed to the legitimacy and intellect of the horror genre.

Feature film An Affair To Remember at 8 pm
Engaged to others, two cruise-ship passengers (Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr) plan to reunite six months later atop the Empire State Building.

Pioneers of Television Doctors and Nurses at 9:59 pm
From George Clooney on “ER” to Richard Chamberlain on “Dr. Kildare,” television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses shows no signs of letting up. Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Gloria Reuben and Eriq LaSalle open up about the secrets of “ER”; Howie Mandel, Ed Begley Jr. and Christina Pickles revisit “St. Elsewhere.”

No Evidence of Disease at 11 pm
This documentary follows a unique rock band made up of six gynecologic oncology surgeons from across the country who are taking healing and the arts to a new level (the band’s name comes from the four words every patient prays to hear, “No Evidence of Disease”). Created as a cover band to entertain their peers at a medical conference, the members soon saw the potential to reach women in a powerful way – through music.

 

Science Night May 13

Growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally on Nature Animal Childhood at 7 pm Wednesday.

A deadly recipe threatens the survival of countless creatures throughout Earth’s oceans as carbon dioxide levels rise on Nova Lethal Seas at 8 pm Wednesday.

Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert on Sahara with Michael Palin at 9 pm Wednesday.

Highlights May 10-16

KLRU Highlights

The love between Tommy and Gert makes Fred think about taking the next step with Violet on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

The store takes a big gamble and Victor hits on a survival strategy on episode seven of season three of Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Henry’s love for Anne Boleyn has given way to anger and distrust on episode six of Wolf Hall on Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Follow the evolution of daredevil choreographer Elizabeth Streb on Independent Lens Born to Fly at 9 pm Monday.

Director Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck Club) ventures into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food on Soul of a Banquet at 10 pm Monday.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History at 7 pm Tuesday focuses on the years between 1901 and 1910 as murder brings Theodore Roosevelt to the presidency.

Frontline at 8 pm Tuesday investigates the spread of dangerous pathogens in our meat – particularly poultry – and why the food-safety system isn’t stopping the threat.

Growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally on Nature Animal Childhood at 7 pm Wednesday.

A deadly recipe threatens the survival of countless creatures throughout Earth’s oceans as carbon dioxide levels rise on Nova Lethal Seas at 8 pm Wednesday.

Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert on Sahara with Michael Palin at 9 pm Wednesday.

Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples showcase classic R&B, blues and pop on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 9:30 pm Friday.

Comedian Marc Maron on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context Classical Undead at 7:30 pm Thursday takes a behind the scenes  look at the String Quartet Smackdown and the Golden Hornet Project.

The Daytripper goes to Round Rock and Monahans on back-to-back episodes starting at 8 pm.

Ric Burns’ documentary American Masters American Ballet Theater at 8 pm Friday delves into the rich, 75-year history of one of the world’s pre-eminent ballet companies.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians Friday at 10:30 pm. Performances include Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Zombies, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, Shinyribs, Van Wilks, Malford Milligan, Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shawn Sahm, Erin Ivey, Hector Ward, and the All ATX band.

Grab the kids and let’s sow some seeds for easy summertime flowers to attract wildlife on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a young couple shows how they’re carving out lawn for food and flowers in their new yard.

The Grammy-winning Bon Iver performs material from its self-titled second album on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Q Night at the Movies May 2

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week, KLRU Q features an ALL NEW On Story plus the feature film Victor Victoria.

On Story Conversation with John Ridley at 7:30 pm
John Ridley reflects on his beginnings and the inspirations that have shaped his approach to screenwriting, with a special look into his journey adapting the Academy Award-winning script for 12 Years a Slave. Accompanied by Alex Clark’s short film, Siren, about two ambulance paramedics faced with an emergency that’s out of this world.

Feature film Victor Victoria at 8 pm
A Chicago mobster (James Garner) falls for a female impersonator (Julie Andrews), actually a woman, in 1930s Paris.

Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles at 10:15 pm
Part 1 and 2 back-to-back of Harry’s interview with House of Cards Creator Beau Willimon.

Arts In Context Light in the Dark at 11:15 pm
This documentary film focuses on designer Gail Chovan who uses life experiences to inspire her artisanal couture of all things black

Independent Lens Brothers Hypnotic at 11:45 pm
The brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is literal. Not always willing subjects of a utopian family experiment, the eight boys were forged into a band as children by their father, Chicago jazz maverick Phil Cohran. Now as young men, making their way on the streets of New York and in the music business, with stardom on the horizon, they must test their father’s ideals against their own brotherly vision.

 

 

 

Highlights May 3-9

KLRU Highlights

A secret romance faces heartbreak when teenager Paulette becomes pregnant, a situation complicated by her diabetes and her boyfriend’s criminal past on Call the Midwife season 4 episode 6 Sunday at 7 pm.

Harry, Mardle, and Grove spiral deeper into despair. Victor faces an unfortunate reality on Masterpiece Mr. Selfridge season 3 part 6 Sunday at 8 pm.

With Anne pregnant again and away from court, Henry begins to take notice of Jane Seymour on episode 5 of Wolf Hall Sunday at 9 pm.

Over the course of a momentous year, Kumu Hina, a native Hawaiian mahu (transgender) teacher, inspires a tomboyish young girl to claim her place as leader of an all-male hula troupe on Independent Lens Kumu Hina at 9 pm Monday.

Enjoy performances by award winning artists Little Joe y La Familia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, and Joel Guzman with Sarah Fox plus special guests on Vamos Al Baile (Let’s Go To The Dance) at 10 pm Monday.

Ken Burns’ Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait at 7 pm Tuesday focuses on the period between 1858-1901 as Theodore Roosevelt transforms himself into a vigorous champion of the strenuous life.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday gives the inside story of how the Ebola outbreak began and why it wasn’t stopped before it was too late.

Learn about Proyecto Teatro which aims to make the arts accessible to the entire community, regardless of income levels, and to reduce social and cultural differences of society on El Taller at 10 pm Tuesday.

From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a lovable, quirky cast of parrots will reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans. Nature at 7 pm Wednesday explores the difficulties of raising parrots.

Long before 9/11, a far deadlier, little-known attack from the ocean depths struck our shores, lasting three-and-a-half years and claiming 5,000 lives. Nova Nazi Attack on America at 8 pm Tuesday investigates the wreck of one of the attack craft, a German submarine that lies at the bottom of the gulf just a few miles off New Orleans.

Kim Gordon, a founding member of Sonic Youth and author of the best-selling memoir Girl in a Band, talks about music on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

From band posters to business logos, graphic designers are influencing the visual look of consumerism and shaping society’s experiences. Meet the designers on Arts In Context The Influencers at 7:30 pm Thursday.

Chet goes to Lufkin and Round Rock on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Salinas Project at 9 pm Thursday profiles several children of migrant farm workers living in a small community just east of Silicon Valley. Part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative. Learn more at klru.org/americangraduate

The winning couples in the four divisions of ballroom compete across dance styles in the grand finale on America’s Ballroom Challenge at 8 pm Friday.

Best of the Boston Pops at 9 pm Friday features some of the greatest moments from the world-renowned orchestra’s 129-year history.

Spice up those edible gardens with the latest jam-packed healthy ethnic flavors on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a bicycling team spares the landfill with curbside collections of kitchen and household scraps that cycle into compos to nourish local farms.

Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples showcase classic R&B, blues and pop on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

New Thomas & Friends May 11-15

All-new episodes of Thomas & Friends being on May 11 with a one-hour special presentation showing how Thomas got to be the Number 1 engine.

Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins May 11 at 12:30 pm
All aboard for a special trip back to Thomas’ very first adventure!  A little tank engine discovers a big new world when he arrives on the Island of Sodor. Escapades abound as Thomas explores his new home and meets some Really Useful new friends. Finding the true blue meaning of hard work and friendship, Thomas transforms into the Number 1 engine!

Then, it’s all new regular episodes Tuesday through Friday!

Fast and Reliable May 12 at 12:30 pm
Old Reliable Edward – Gordon and the big engines tease Edward for being old.  Not So Slow Coaches – Annie and Clarabel are always complaining to Thomas about going too fast.

Special Friends May 13 at 12:30 pm
Toad’s Adventure – Oliver is always telling his Toad about his adventures. Duck and the Slip Coaches – Sir Topham Hatt is concerned about getting all the summer visitors to their destinations on time.

Please Be Patient May 14 at 12:30 pm
Thomas the Quarry Engine – When Thomas and Diesel are sent to collect trucks from the Ffarquhar Quarry, they argue about who should be the back engine. Duck in The Water – When Duck gets stuck on some flooded tracks, James is sent to fetch Rocky to rescue him.

Signals & Alarms May 15 at 12:30 pm
Signals Crossed – Toby is always nervous when he has to go through Knapford Junction with the big gantry signal over the track. Thomas and the Emergency Cable – Thomas is on his branch line when a passenger pulls the emergency cable and he has to stop quickly.

Q Night at the Movies April 25

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

On Story Fargo & True Detective: Television Anthologies at 6:30 pm
True Detective director, Cary Fukunaga, and Fargo creator, Noah Hawley, discuss the rise of the television anthology series and how to execute a compelling balance of plot, character, and structure within the bounds of one season. Followed by Elaine Poon’s short film, Entrain about Laurent, a young man who absorbed in his own world, draws the attention of a fellow train passenger who shares his interest in rhythm, despite their obvious language barrier.

American Masters Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel at 7 pm
This documentary examines the amazing endurance of “Gone with the Wind” and reveals the seminal events of Mitchell’s life through dramatic re-enactments based on her letters, as scenes from the movie weave together her life and her work.

Feature Film: Gone with the Wind at 8 pm
A fiery Southern belle struggles to return her family’s estate to its original magnificence after the Civil War.

Science Night April 29

Nature Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-la at 7 pm
This is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, gentler than others of their kind. Elfin-like, they seem both childlike and wise beyond their years. The family is led by a formidable fighter and his fighting force who guard a troop of 8-10 families. The survival of this unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas, depends on strong defensive strategies and the cooperation and interdependence of them all.

Nova Manhunt: Boston Bomber at 8 pm
Which technologies worked—and which didn’t—in the race to track down the men behind the marathon attack?

Sahara with Michael Palin A Land in the Sand at 9 pm
Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert. There is no easy way to do it. This is Michael Palin, explorer-adventurer, at his very best. As the journey unfolds, the Sahara reveals not the emptiness of endless sand dunes, but a huge and diverse range of cultures and landscapes and a long history of civilization, trade, commerce and conquest stretching from the ancient Egyptians to the oil-rich Islamic republics of today.

Austin students included in PBS NewsHour Inaugural Student Reporting Lab Academy

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Screen shot 2015-04-21 at 10.11.00 AMTwo Austin students have been chosen to participate in the inaugural PBS Newshour Student Academy. Ben Root and Alex Trevino from Stephen F. Austin High School are among the 18 fellows selected by PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (@reportinglabs) to participate in the first SRL Academy in Washington, D.C., this June and July. Middle and high school fellows will work alongside public media mentors to produce original news content. They also will help program leaders develop strategies to engage young people in news and current affairs and ensure that youth voices are active in the conversations about critical issues facing the nation.

Fellows were chosen by a selection committee composed of the Student Reporting Labs staff and teachers.

“The students are coming from all over the country to celebrate their amazing journalistic accomplishments and help us build an even better program,” said Leah Clapman, Managing Editor, Education. “Our shared mission is to create learning experiences that inspire young people to be active citizens and solution-seekers.”

The 2015 SRL Academy Class (in alphabetical order):

Georgie Abbey, Royal Oak High School
Annie Collick, Royal Oak High School
Isabel Evans, Philip’s Academy Charter School
John Fabella, Maui Waena Intermediate School
Chloe Golan, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High
Evan Gulock, Royal Oak High School
Alexander Lischak, Trumbull Career & Technical
Alex Maxwell, Judge Memorial Catholic High School
Sydney Payne, Carlsbad High School
Keenan Penn II, Fraser High School
Alizah Rizvi, Philip’s Academy Charter School
Ben Root, Stephen F. Austin High School
Jakira Smith, Free Spirit Media
Giel Marie Tolentino, Maui High School
Alex Trevino, Stephen F. Austin High School
Nicholas Weiss, Cedar Crest High School
Zoe Whitney, Maui High School
Erykah Williams, Vista PEAK Preparatory

To learn more about the students, please visit the official SRL Academy Tumblr.