Arts In Context Shorts: Light Night

This week Arts In Context Shorts explores the beauty of Waller Creek. On November 13, 2014, a small stretch of Waller Creek in downtown Austin, Texas was lit up with modern light installations created by five local architects and landscape designers.  These light pieces were designed to showcase the space’s potential, since soon a series of parks and connected trails will be developed in the location. Organized by the Waller Creek Conservancy and featuring live local music, the event drew strolling crowds to the walkways and various creekside businesses.

Community Cinema: A Path Appears 1/6

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of A Path Appears on Tuesday, January 6th, 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.

Jan 6: A Path Appears from the creators of Half the Sky
A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky:Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. KLRU’s screening will focus on Part 1 of the series, which focuses on sex trafficking. 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.

Allies Against Slavery will be at the event to discuss human trafficking in the Austin area. Allies Against Slavery develops community networks that build slave-free cities. The non-profit engages and mobilizes the community through advocacy, education and activism initiatives; supports and empower local survivors of human trafficking alongside our partners; and coordinates the Slave-Free City Network. Find out more at Join them for the Voices of Innocence: A night celebrating hope after life in human trafficking on Jan. 14th at The Long Center from 7- 10 pm. Get more details

Nicholas Kristof talks about his book A Path Appears on KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith.

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.

Arts In Context Shorts Lost: Flamenco Sephardit

AIC Lost: Flamenco SepharditCombining the rich traditions of Ladino music with the rhythms of Flamenco, Flamenco Sephardit brings together Judaeo-Spanish culture and Spanish folk music in a musical experience that captivates and entrances audiences. Produced by Maestro Jeffrey Eckstein, musicians from varying disciplines collaborate to fuse Ladino pieces with Flamenco music in a bold display of skill, grace, and passion. The language of Ladino has changed considerably since its exodus from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition, changing and evolving over centuries as Sephardic Jews who fled the country spoke it in secret. With opera singers, guitarists, and string instruments, Maestro Eckstein marries the music of Ladino with Flamenco in a showcase of rich Spanish cultures and harmonies. Drawing audiences with its intensity, Flamenco Sephardit puts a dramatic twist on an art form so historical that some consider it to be lost.

Recognize a Champion!

KLRU wants to share the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re asking for your help to find these stories.

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion!

American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

Do you know an American Graduate Champion? Fill out our short form to give us details about their contributions to our community. KLRU will feature all Champions on our American Graduate website. We will select a few Champions to be featured as part of our next American Graduate Day celebration in the Fall of 2015.

Spread the word by using #AMGRADTX


You can be the BIG DEAL 2015


One lucky Texan gets access to the best music and entertainment events in Austin in 2015. For only $25 you can purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win. 100% of the proceeds benefit KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. Support your public television station for a chance to be the BIG DEAL today! Buy tickets and get complete rules and regulations

What’s the BIG DEAL?
It’s a year full of prizes, all awarded to one winner, including:

  • 2 3-Day VIP Passes to the 2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival
  • 2 Music Badges to the 2015 SXSW Conference
  • 4 Passes to 1 (one) Austin City Limits taping – Season 41
  • 2 Producers Badges to the 2015 Austin Film Festival
  • 2 3-Day Ultimate Smooth Passes to Fun Fun Fun Fest 10
  • 2 Tickets to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Benefit Concert
  • 2 Fan Passes to the 2015 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival
  • 2 Tickets to KUTX Birthday Party Concert
  • 2 VIP Passes to TMBBQ Fest
  • 1 Night Stay at the W Austin
  • 2 Tickets to an ACL Live at The Moody Theater show

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Vme Holiday Programs 2014

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Sing We Now of Christmas with Gladys Knight
Wednesday, December 24 at 9 pm
For decades Gladys Knight has thrilled audiences around the world, singing gospel, pop, Motown and spiritual tunes. Don’t miss “Sing We Now of Christmas” as she performs seasonal favorites with the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square. You won’t want to miss this night of traditional carols, spirituals, Tchaikovsky and more.

Durante décadas Gladys Knight ha fascinado al público por todo el mundo, cantando música gospel, pop, Motown y canciones espirituales. No te pierdas “Sing We Now of Christmas” donde ella interpreta con el reconocido Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón y la Orquesta de Temple Square los villancicos favoritos de la temporada. No querrás perder esta noche de villancicos tradicionales, espirituales, Tchaikovsky y más.

Carols Then and Now with Natalie Cole
Wednesday, December 24 at 9:30pm
Join internationally renowned recording artist Natalie Cole in “Carols Then and Now”, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, as they celebrate the enchanting music of Christmas.

Acompaña a la internacionalmente reconocida cantante Natalie Cole junto con el Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón, en “Villancicos Entonces y Ahora”, en la celebración de la encantadora música Navideña.

A Wondrous Christmas with David Archuleta/Una Navidad Maravillosa con David Archuleta
Wednesday, December 24 at 10:00pm
Join international singing sensation David Archuleta and the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir as they perform the enchantingly beautiful music of the season in, A Wondrous Christmas, a Music and the Spoken Word special program.

Únete a la sensación musical internacional, David Archuleta y al mundialmente conocido, el Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón en su interpretación musical de una encantadora selección de villancicos navideños en Una Navidad Maravillosa. Este programa cuenta con música encantadora de la época y el programa especial de la Palabra Hablada.

A Tradition of Christmas

Wednesday, December 24 at 10:30pm
Performances of “Joy to the World” – “O, Come All Ye Faithful” – “Angels from the Realms of Glory” – “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” and other traditional favorites from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square.

“Alegría al Mundo” – “¡Oh, Vengan Todos Los Fieles” – “Los ángeles de los reinos de la gloria” – “Escuche campanas en el día de Navidad” y más.

My Friend Bernard/Mi Amigo Bernard
Thursday, December 25 at 11 am
Sam is a shy boy who’s afraid of almost everything: those strange shadows in his room at night, that noisy street he has to cross on the way to the school, or to meet a small fierce dog. However, one day a mysterious man gives him a magic pendant with the best solution to his problems: meet Bernard and lose any fear of flying, extreme snowboarding… or facing up the worst monsters with comedy and humor! Sam and Bernard are going to live the funniest adventure of their life.

Sam es un chico tímido que le tiene miedo a casi todo: extrañas sombras nocturnas en su habitación, una calle muy ruidosa que tiene que cruzar camino a la escuela, o peor aún, conocer un pequeño perro muy feroz. ¡Todo le parece demasiado peligroso! Pero para su sorpresa, un día un hombre misterioso le da un collar mágico con la solución a todos sus problemas: conocer a un oso polar llamado Bernard y perder todos sus miedos como volar, practicar snowboard o afrontar los peores monstruos con comedia y humor! Sam y Bernard vivirán la aventura más divertida de sus vidas.

Handel’s Messiah: A United States Naval Academy Tradition / Mesías de Handel: Una tradición de la Academia Naval de los Estados Unidos
Thursday, December 25 at 11 pm
Presented by Maryland Public Television, The United States Naval Academy Glee Club, with members of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned guest soloists, create a unique performance of one of the greatest choral works in Western music. This amazing event was recorded inside the spectacular Chapel on the grounds of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

El coro de la Academia Naval de los Estados Unidos e integrantes de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Annapolis se unen junto a solistas mundialmente reconocidos para crear un espectáculo único de musica coral occidental. Este maravilloso evento se gravo dentro de la espectacular capilla de la Academia Naval en Annapolis en el estado de Maryland.

A Decade of Christmas
Thursday, December 25 at midnight
Celebrate the past decade of Christmas music on Temple Square with special guest artists Natalie Cole, Angela Lansbury, David Archuleta and many more, as they join the world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra at Temple Square and Bells on Temple Square for “A Decade of Christmas,” a special Music and the Spoken Word Christmas program featuring the best performances of the last 10 years. 

Celebre la última década de la música navideña en Temple Square con artistas especiales invitados como Natalie Cole, Angela Lansbury, David Archuleta y muchos más. Estos se unen al mundialmente conocido Coro del Tabernáculo Mormón, la Orquesta Temple Square y las campanas del Temple Square para presentar “Una década de Navidad”, un programa especial de villancicos y música navideña con la colaboración de la Palabra Hablada de Navidad y las mejores interpretaciones musicales de los últimos 10 años.

Arts In Context Shorts I Am Who I Am

This month, Arts In Context Shorts profiles a musician who is creating her own style. Gina Chavez is exactly who she is supposed to be.  This award-winning Austin musician uses her multi-ethnic roots to create her own sound. Influenced by the music she heard and the people she met while traveling through Central and South America, Chavez delves into cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton and folk. Singing in both English and Spanish, her contagious love of life shines through in her unique fusion of musical styles.

Giveaway: Rick Steves at The Paramount 12/3

KLRU featured event

Rick Steves is coming to Austin! and our friends at The Paramount have given KLRU a few passes to his talk to give to our fans. Email by Wednesday, November 19th, with your request. We will randomly choose winners from those who email by the deadline. Winners will be notified by email.

Wednesday, December 3rd
Doors @ 7:00pm | Show @ 8:00pm
The Paramount Theatre
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Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America’s most respected authority on European travel. Producer of more than 50 guidebooks, host of America’s most popular travel series on public television as well as a weekly hour-long national public radio show and a weekly syndicated column, Rick is an enthusiastic and prolific speaker that will both inform and entertain.