Q Night at the Movies May 15

On Story at 7:30 pm
Terry George (writer/director Hotel Rwanda; writer In the Name of the Father) reflects on the art of fictionalizing fact and placing ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances as a storytelling vehicle. Followed by Dean Loxton’s short film, Under, about a train operator struggling to deal with a traumatic event and finding solace in an unsuspecting way.

Feature film Three Coins in a Fountain at 8 pm
Three single American women make wishes at Rome’s Fountain of Trevi. This film is followed by the documentary Dreams of Italy Tuscany

Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles 10:30 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 10:45 pm
The Karman Line (New York University) – Olivia Coleman (Broadchurch, The Iron Lady, Hot Fuzz) stars as a mother who is hit by an unusual condition that causes her to lift off the ground at a slow but ever increasing rate. Directed by Oscar Sharp.

Science Night May 20

Nature Sagebrush Sea, Wednesday at 7 pm, explores of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent: a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West.

NOVA Rise Of The Hackers, Wednesday at 8 pm, goes behind the scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling to keep our data safe. They are experts in extreme physics, math, and a new field called “ultra-paranoid computing,” all working to forge unbreakable codes and build ultra-fast computers.

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. Sahara With Michael Palin Dire Straits shows the explorer-adventurer at his very best, Wednesday at 9 pm.

Arts In Context Shorts: Experimental Response Cinema

This week’s Art In Context Shorts focuses on a group exploring the limits of film. Experimental Response Cinema showcases those films that explore the untapped possibilities of cinema. By unearthing experimental films hidden in archives and publicizing new experimental works, the local organization offers viewers the chance to marvel together as images merge, pop, and glide across the silver screen. Highlighting the works of filmmakers like Roger Beebe, whose films combine multiple projectors and innovative cinematography, Experimental Response Cinema is an invaluable contributor and cultivator of Austin’s robust film scene. Creating installations that are half film and half art to audiences eager to experience a unique and imaginative side of cinema.

American Graduate Champion: Latinitas

KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

latinitas (1)Today’s Champion is Latinitas. Latinitas, an Austin-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to empowering Latina youth using media and technology, providing direct digital media and technology training and esteem-boosting services to nearly 3,500 girls and teens across Texas annually, 2500 in Central and 1000 more in West Texas. Latinitas envisions a future in which all Latina and other girls of color are strong and confident in their image. Founded in 2002, by Alicia Rascon and Laura Donnelly Gonzalez, then-journalism students at UT Austin fed up with the misrepresentation of Latinas in media, Latinitas has served over 20,000 girls and teens through after school clubs, weekend workshops, camps and conferences at 112 Austin schools, libraries and community centers generating content for Latinitas magazine, still the first and only magazine made for and by young Latinas.

The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “For 13 years Latinitas has been empowering girls using media and technology, securing diverse voices in media, providing much needed digital access and training to communities of color and all under the theme of celebrating identity and culture. They bridge that divide between Austin’s prosperity and young communities of color.”

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.

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.