Alamo Drafthouse & KLRU release A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story 6/14

On June 14, 2017, the Alamo Drafthouse and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, the creator of Austin City Limits, will screen Keith Maitland’s feature length documentary A SONG FOR YOU: THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS STORY about the longest running music series on television. Called “a documentary 40 years in the making” by Paste Magazine, KLRU and Maitland’s film showcases the history and evolution of the series, featuring interviews with music luminaries including Willie Nelson and Sturgill Simpson. Tickets are on sale now

Screening at Alamo Drafthouse locations in Austin, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Kansas City, Omaha and Mason Park for one-night only, many of the screenings will also feature local musicians as a nod to the live performances made famous by AUSTIN CITY LIMITS television show.

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Science Night June 14

Meet the monkeys of Shangri-la and explore the world of sharks!

Nature Mystery Monkeys Of Shangri-la at 7 pm Wednesday is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world.

Will analyzing the hunting instincts of the Great White Shark, an endangered predator, reduce deadly attacks on Nova at 8 pm Wednesday.

Mark Evans travels to Western Australia, where seven people have been killed by sharks in the last three years on Operation Maneater at 9 pm Wednesday. Authorities have implemented radical measures to catch and kill any shark they deem a threat.

Highlights June 11-17

KLRU Highlights

Top Black Studies scholars engage with projects and research focused on education, performance and youth empowerment on Blackademics Television at 1 and 1:30 pm Sunday.

The whiskey-drinking and jazz-loving vicar Sidney Chambers (James Norton) returns alongside his friend and veteran cop Inspector Geordie Keating (Robson Green) for a second season of crime solving in the small country parish of Grantchester. KLRU will present an encore of all of season 2 back-to-back starting Sunday at 5:30 pm. New episodes start on June 18th with the premier of season 3.

Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality on Independent Lens Limited Partnership at 9 pm Monday.

Buddha at 7 pm Tuesday explores the life of the Buddha, a mysterious Indian sage who famously gained enlightenment while he sat under a large, shapely fig tree and created a new religion.

As Europe reels from a terror onslaught, top security officials describe their struggle to contain the unprecedented threat revealed by attacks in France and Belgium on Frontline  Terror in Europe at 9 pm Tuesday.

Nature Mystery Monkeys Of Shangri-la at 7 pm Wednesday is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world.

Will analyzing the hunting instincts of the Great White Shark, an endangered predator, reduce deadly attacks on Nova at 8 pm Wednesday.

Mark Evans travels to Western Australia, where seven people have been killed by sharks in the last three years on Operation Maneater at 9 pm Wednesday. Authorities have implemented radical measures to catch and kill any shark they deem a threat.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Julián Castro, who served as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Klan On Trial at 7:30 pm Thursday tells the story of how a young district attorney took on the KKK in a Texas courtroom, obtaining a guilty verdict and prison sentence against its members for the first time in U.S. history.

Follow the trials and tribulations of passionate amateur bakers whose goal is to be named the U.K.’s best on Great British Baking Show at 8 and 9 pm Friday. Each week, the bakers tackle a different skill, the difficulty of which increases as the competition unfolds.

Enjoy performances by acclaimed singer/songwriters Bay and Giddens on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

British drama night on features Father Brown, Doctor Blake, Place to Call Home and Midsomer Murders back-to-back starting at 8 pm

 

Austin Film Society and KLRU present preview screening of Abacus 6/10, 11 & 14

The Austin Film Society, Asian American Film Festival and KLRU present a preview screening of Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, which will air as part of Frontline later this year.  Screenings take place June 10, 11 & 14 at AFS Cinema, 6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752. Buy tickets now

Steve James (HOOP DREAMS) follows an incredible cast of characters as he takes on the too-bizarre-to-not-be-true tale of a small, family-run bank in New York’s Chinatown, targeted as the scapegoat for the entire American subprime mortgage crisis.

Memories of a Penitent Heart preview screening 6/13

KLRU has partnered with the Austin Film Festival to present preview screenings of Memories of a Penitent Heart from the documentary series POV. The screening is free with an RSVP and takes place June 13th at 7 pm at the SANTA CRUZ CENTER FOR CULTURE at 1805 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702.

Memories of a Penitent Heart
June 13th – 7PM
PBS Broadcast Premiere Date – July 31st
RSVP FOR JUNE 13TH

Filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo suspected that there was something ugly in her family’s past. Memories of a Penitent Heart excavates a buried conflict around her uncle Miguel, who died at a time when AIDS was synonymous with sin. As she searches for Miguel’s partner decades later, the film — both a love story and a tribute — offers a cautionary tale of how faith can be used and abused in times of crisis. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB).

Presented in partnership with the Austin Film Festival.

Austin Film Festival and KLRU present POV preview screenings this summer

POV

KLRU has partnered with the Austin Film Festival to present preview screenings of three upcoming episodes of the documentary series POV. All screenings are free with an RSVP. Each one will take place at the SANTA CRUZ CENTER FOR CULTURE at 1805 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702.

Memories of a Penitent Heart
June 13th – 7PM
PBS Broadcast Premiere Date – July 31st
RSVP FOR JUNE 13TH

Filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo suspected that there was something ugly in her family’s past. Memories of a Penitent Heart excavates a buried conflict around her uncle Miguel, who died at a time when AIDS was synonymous with sin. As she searches for Miguel’s partner decades later, the film — both a love story and a tribute — offers a cautionary tale of how faith can be used and abused in times of crisis. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB).

 

Raising Bertie
July 10th – 7PM
PBS Broadcast Premiere Date – August 28th
Filmmaker – Margaret Byrne
RSVP FOR JULY 10TH

Raising Bertie is an intimate portrait of three African American boys as they face a precarious coming of age in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. Like many rural areas, Bertie County struggles with a dwindling economy, a declining population, and a high school graduation rate below the state average. This powerful vérité film weaves the young men’s narratives together as they work to define their identities and grow into adulthood while navigating complex relationships, institutional racism, violence, poverty, and educational inequity. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).

 

Swim Team
August 21st – 7PM
PBS Broadcast Premiere Date – October 2nd
Filmmaker – Lara Stolman
RSVP FOR AUGUST 21st

Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels like winning. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).

Presented in partnership with the Austin Film Festival.

Indie Lens Pop-Up Preview Screening of Real Boy 6/6

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Real Boy by Shaleece Haas. This free event takes place Tuesday, June 6th, at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723. GLSEN Austin Board members will be in attendance to discuss the work the organization is doing in our community.

A moving and intimate story of a family in transition, Real Boy follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — traveling a difficult road toward accepting that the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son Bennett. Filmed over the course of four years, Real Boy is a love story about a mother and son who rediscover connection with each other and find support from their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. Real Boy premieres on KLRU Monday, June 19, at 9 pm.

“All I want is to be loved by my family, but for my family, it’s not as simple as that,” says Bennett. “It’s complicated for them.” Through interviews with Suzy and old home movies, we meet Bennett as a joyful, happy child, but that changed as he grew older. Adolescence brought anger, substance abuse, and self-destructive behaviors. When Bennett began to share his true identity as male, he felt happier inside but faced resistance from his family. Finding solace online with other teens facing the same issues, the aspiring musician is also taken under the wing of his idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician fighting his own demons.

Through observational storytelling that is alternately heartbreaking and humorous, Real Boy offers a clear-eyed look at a family tested by a change they never imagined, the complexity of addiction, the healing power of music, and the unbreakable bond between mother and child.

Members of GLSEN Austin will be at the event to talk about the organization’s work in the community. Board members scheduled to attend include:

Jessica Toste, PhD, is the Chair of GLSEN Austin and a member of GLSEN’s National Board of Directors. She is an assistant professor of special education at The University of Texas at Austin, and she research focuses on effective reading interventions for students with learning disabilities or significant reading challenges. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Disability Rights Texas.

Amanda McClelland has been a board member with GLSEN Austin since October 2016. She is also PhD student in Special Education at the University of Texas Austin. Amanda works to advocate for and improve the lives of all students within our schools.

Brandon Beck, PhD, is a queer, trans man from San Marcos, TX. He is a poet and educator. You can follow him, his writing, and his advocacy at www.transteacher.com.

Erin Kelly has a master’s degree in School Counseling. She has worked as a public high school educator in Austin for the past 10 years. She volunteers as a Gay Straight Alliance Club sponsor at her high school, CASA volunteer, and an advocate for Texas legislation supporting foster  teens aging out of the system.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month programs and events

The month of June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. Here at KLRU, we are celebrating LGBT Pride Month 2017 with a lineup of special programs and events honoring the personal stories of LGBT individuals.

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Real Boy by Shaleece Haas. This free event takes place Tuesday, June 6th, at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723. GLSEN Austin Board members will be in attendance to discuss the work the organization is doing in our community. Get more details

KLRU has partnered with the Austin Film Festival to present preview screenings of Memories of a Penitent Heart from the documentary series POV.Memories of a Penitent Heart excavates a buried conflict around her uncle Miguel, who died at a time when AIDS was synonymous with sin. The screening is free with an RSVP and takes place June 13th at 7 pm. Get more details

Independent Lens “The New Black”
Monday, June 5 at 9:00 pm
Independent Lens reprises “The New Black.” Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, this film takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

Independent Lens “Limited Partnership”
Monday, June 12 at 9:00 pm
Independent Lens premieres “Limited Partnership.” In 1975, decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, Filipino American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan became one of the first same-sex couples in the world to be legally married. Mere months later, however, the Immigration and Naturalization Service declared their marriage invalid and began proceedings to deport Tony. With a uniquely personal perspective in a larger political battle, “Limited Partnership” follows the couple’s forty-year fight seeking equal treatment for a same-sex marriage, all while living undocumented in the United States.

Independent Lens “Real Boy”
Monday, June 19 at 9:00 pm
Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his gender transition, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, celebrated trans folk singer Joe Stevens. Along the way, Bennett’s mother makes a transformation of her own, finally accepting her irrepressible son as the man he wants to be.

Science Night June 7

Baby animals and ocean life on this week’s Science Night!

Growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally. Find out how several different animals do it on Nature Animal Childhood at 7 pm Wednesday.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in California, to view its once endangered, now thriving, ecosystem, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food Best Of Big Blue Live  at 9 pm Wednesday.

Highlights June 4-10

KLRU Highlights

Witness Heathcliff and Cathy’s fiery romance in this adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic novel on Wuthering Heights on 7 pm Sunday and encore at 10:18 pm.

Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, Independent Lens  The New Black at 9 pm Monday takes viewers into the pews, onto the streets, and provides a seat at the kitchen table as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

Jack White and T Bone Burnett lead an epic recording session using the only working 1920s recording device in existence in this tribute to the artists celebrated in the American Epic documentary series on Tuesday at 7 pm.

Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution at 9 pm Tuesday is a look back at the creation, and ongoing influence, of the revolutionary 1967 Beatles album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

Growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally. Find out how several different animals do it on Nature Animal Childhood at 7 pm Wednesday.

Nova at 8 pm Wednesday take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.

Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in California, to view its once endangered, now thriving, ecosystem, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food Best Of Big Blue Live  at 9 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Gary Kelly, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Airlines.

Window In The Waves at 7:30 pm and 10:40 pm Thursday the intriguing story of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary formation, their essential function as a haven for marine animals, their designation as a national sanctuary in 1992 and their critical importance to the global environment.

Jimi Hendrix: American Masters at 8 pm Friday unveils previously unseen performance footage and home movies while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician’s personality and genius with interviews with Hendrix himself, commentary from well-known friends and musicians.

Savor the old-fashioned soul of Leon Bridges and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

British drama night on features Father Brown, Doctor Blake, Place to Call Home and Midsomer Murders back-to-back starting at 8 pm