Summer Arts Festival presents Havana, Havana! 7/27

Watch Summer Arts Festival Preview: Havana, Havana! on PBS. See more from PBS Arts.

KLRU expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television with a special presentation of Mariachi High as part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival. Feel the soul and energy of African-Cuban drummers, guajira guitarists and the pulsing melodies of celebrated Cuban musician Raul Paz, who brings together fellow musical stars Descemer Bueno, Kelvis Ochoa and David Torrens for a concert in Havana. All of them left Cuba years ago; their decision to return has injected a new spirit into Cuban music. Mirroring Cuba’s growing relationship with the world, HAVANA, HAVANA! highlights the evolution of the country’s musical expression in the 21st century.

HAVANA, HAVANA! is part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival and each week KLRU will present a local story to accompany the PBS program. Stay tuned after HAVANA, HAVANA! for The Austin Samba School. The Austin Samba School brings the music, dance, and culture of Carnival in Rio to Austin. Each year, the Samba School develops a theme and builds a show to present at Austin’s annual Carnival Brasileiro.

The Summer Arts Festival line-up, part of PBS’ ongoing commitment to arts content on-air and online, features films that celebrate the contributions of independent filmmakers including a behind-the-scenes profile of actor/playwright John Leguizamo, a film that chronicles a year in the life of talented teenage Mariachi musicians, a look at priceless museum collections and a concert documentary profiling a world-renowned mezzo-soprano. The Festival explores international arts, including a historic concert by four Cuban music greats and a journey into Islamic art narrated by acclaimed actress Susan Sarandon. Slated to run for seven weeks, an additional program will be announced at a later date.

Women and Girls Lead: Suzanne Santos

Suzanne Santos works to promote local food systems, something she’s been doing for the past 15 years. We talked to Suzanne about her work connecting local farmers with urban markets for our Women and Girls Lead: Austin project.

Women and Girls Lead: Austin showcases extraordinary women and girls in Austin who are changing our community. Combining independent documentary film, television, new media, and global outreach partnerships, Women and Girls Lead amplifies the voices of women and girls acting as leaders, expands understanding of gender equity, and engages an international network of citizens and organizations to act locally and reach out globally.

Do you know a woman or girl who is making a difference in your world? Someone who embodies the characteritics of leadership or empowerment? She could be a teacher, doctor, student or mother. Nominate a Leader today!

Highlights: July 22-28

Suze Orman’s Money Class Sunday at 6 pm features Suze’s expert take on what actions people need to take in light of the new economy.

In celebration of the opera’s 25th anniversary, Great Performances Phantom of the Opera on Sunday at 8 pm presents a fully-staged, lavish production.

At 7 pm Monday Antiques Roadshow finds a bracelet in Pittsburg whose value has shined up from $6,000 to a current $10,000 to $12,000.

On Market Warriors at 8 pm Monday pickers are in the City of Brotherly Love, working in close quarters at the 60-vendor Phila Flea Market to find costume jewelry.

In Madison, Antiques Roadshow at 9 pm on Monday visits a one-of-a-kind Wisconsin wonder with appraiser Noel Barrett: The House on the Rock, built on and around a chimney rock and filled to the rafters by its eccentric owner with antiques and collectibles.

Accompany host Yul Kwon as he journeys across the continent by air, road and rail, venturing behind the scenes with the workers who get us where we need to go on America Revealed at 10 pm on Monday.

On History Detectives at 7 pm on Tuesday Wes Cowan hunts for the identity of a man whose name is engraved on a rare matched set of Civil War-era pistols, still in the original case.

Host Elyse Luray floors country music singer Clint Black with the information she uncovers about his turn-of-the-20th-century book of wanted posters on History Detectives at 8 pm on Tuesday.

Frontline at 9 pm on Tuesday travels to Alaska to probe the fault lines of a growing battle between those who depend on this extraordinary fishery for a living, the mining companies who are pushing for Pebble and the political framework that will ultimately decide the outcome.

TV megahit Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal discusses the (not so) universal language of comedy in his documentary Exporting Raymond with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang writer/director Shane Black for On Story at 10 pm Tuesday.

The challenges of making true life stories compelling on the screen are discussed by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Scott Silver, Academy Award-nominated scribe Nicholas Kazan, Pamela Gray, Academy Award-winner Ron Howard for On Story at 10:30 Tuesday.

Chris Morgan travels to the far north of Alaska, the tiny North Slope town of Kaktovik, to see polar bears on Nature at 7 pm Wednesday.

Accompany physicist and acclaimed author Brian Greene on Nova at 8 pm and 9 pm on Wednesday for a mind-bending reality check and journey to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time and the universe.

On Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday veterans and country music legends Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel join forces onstage in celebration of their collaborative LP, Willie and the Wheel.

Evan talks with Chris Isaak about acting, music and more on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday.

Part documentary, part performance, Arts in Context at 7:30 pm features Texas music legend Bill Carter. Carter and his wife Ruth Ellsworth write songs, lots of songs, an incredible amount of songs, including some of the biggest hits by The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

On The Daytripper at 8 pm on Thursday Chet heads to Marfa to tour its famous art galleries, go for a ride on a glider, and see the Marfa lights.

Independent Lens at 8:30 pm follows the 300-pound U.S. Olympic weightlifter Cheryl Haworth as she prepares for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, she struggles with injury, confidence and her place in a world where larger women are not readily accepted.

At 7 pm Friday Gwen Ifill hosts PBS’ longest-running public affairs series, Washington Week, features Washington’s top journalists analyzing the week’s top news stories and their effect on the lives of all Americans.

Need to Know on Friday at 7:30 pm features an integrated broadcast and online current affairs project, uniting broadcast and web in an innovative approach to news gathering and reporting.

Join host Bill Moyers and a range of guests for in-depth conversations about life and the state of American democracy on Moyers and Company at 8 pm Friday.

Havana Havana at 9 pm on Friday is music-documentary that looks at the soul and energy of African-Cuban drummers, guajira guitarists and the pulsing melodies of celebrated Cuban musician Raul Paz to highlight how the country’s musical expression is evolving in the 21st century.

On Austin City Limits at 10 pm Friday country music legends Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel join forces onstage in celebration of their collaborative LP, Willie and the Wheel.

Go for drought tough succulent splendor with plants that can take both heat and freeze on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. See how a San Antonio gardener exchanged lawn for a captivating succulent design.

On Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday M. Ward graduates from guest spots to his own headline performance, highlighting his latest LP, Hold Time. Followed by Austin indie rock favorite Okkervil River perform.

Ariadne Oliver returns to join forces with Poirot to investigate a drowning at a Halloween Party. As they look further, they uncover a series of mysterious deaths in the village that could be connected on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 pm on Saturday.

On Doc Martin at 10 pm Saturday P.C. Joe Penhale has an unexpected visitor – his ex-wife Maggie.

Science Night – 7/25

Watch Bears of the Last Frontier: Arctic Wanderers on PBS. See more from Nature.

Nature: Bears of the Last Frontier, 7pm
It’s early November and winter is coming on. But each year, the polar bears struggle for extended periods on dwindling fat reserves, waiting for the opportunity to hunt on sea ice that takes longer to freeze. In early spring, Chris Morgan joins local hunters in Barrow, the northernmost city in Alaska, as they go out on their own hunts, facing some of the same challenges as the bears. In late spring, Morgan travels to the North Slope of the Brooks Range, where countless thousands of caribou cover the ground for miles. The grizzlies are waiting for them, as they have for thousands of years.

Nova: The Fabric of the Universe “Quantum Leap”, 8pm
Join Brian Greene on a wild ride into the weird realm of quantum physics, which governs the universe on the tiniest of scales. Greene brings quantum mechanics to life in a nightclub like no other, where objects pop in and out of existence, and things over here can affect others over there, instantaneously and without anything crossing the space between them. A century ago, during the initial shots in the quantum revolution, the best minds of a generation—including Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr—squared off in a battle for the soul of physics. How could the rules of the quantum world, which work so well to describe the behavior of individual atoms and their components, conflict so dramatically with the everyday rules that govern people, planets, and galaxies?

Nova: The Fabric of the Universe “Universe or Multiverse? “, 9pm
Hard as it is to swallow, cutting-edge theories are suggesting that our universe may not be the only universe. Instead, it may be just one of an infinite number of worlds that make up the multiverse. Brian Greene takes us on a tour of this brave new theory at the frontier of physics, explaining why scientists believe it’s true and showing what some of these alternate realities might be like. Some universes may be almost indistinguishable from our own; others may contain variations of all of us, where we exist but with different families, careers and life stories. In still others, reality may be so radically different from ours as to be unrecognizable.

Olympic Fever

Every four years, Summer Olympics keep us on the edges of our seats. As the Opening Ceremony nears, excitement for the games reaches a fever pitch. KLRU is here to help tide you over.

Saturday, July 21 at 8pm: My Music, British Beat
This year’s Closing Ceremony aims to celebrate fact that music has been one of Britain’s strongest cultural exports over the last 50 years. Why wait for August? Tune in as My Music travels on location to London and around the UK to the place where the British Beat was born.

Thursday, July 26 at 9pm: Strong!
In a few days, we get to see serious athletic glory. But what about all the hard work that goes into preparing for an Olympic competition? Strong! follows Cheryl Haworth as struggles to defend her champion status as her lifetime weightlifting career inches towards its inevitable end. Strong! chronicles her journey and the challenges this unusual elite athlete faces, exploring popular notions of power, strength, beauty and health.

Summer Arts Festival presents Homecoming: Kansas City Symphony 7/20

Watch Summer Arts Festival Preview: KSO presents Joyce DiDonato on PBS. See more from PBS Arts.

KLRU expands the scope and diversity of the arts on television with a special presentation of Homecoming: Kansas City Symphony as part of the PBS Summer Arts Festival. Architect Moshe Safdie’s extraordinary new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts provides the stunning backdrop for a performance-documentary that profiles the Grammy Award-winning Kansas City Symphony, their vibrant artistic director and conductor Michael Stern, and the radiant, celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. A concert wrapped by documentary narratives, this special tracks DiDonato’s nostalgic return to her hometown — and her thrilling Kauffman Center debut — after a triumphant appearance with Plácido Domingo at The Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Homecoming: Kansas City Symphony is part of the PSB Summer Arts Festival and each week KLRU will present a local story to accompany the PBS program. Stay tuned after Homecoming: Kansas City Symphony for a look at Forklift Danceworks’ Solo Symphony. Using a 13-piece live ensemble, Solo Symphony tells the story of conductor Peter Bay. With original choreography and music, the performance explores the movement of conducting in both true-to-life and abstract ways.

The PBS Summer Arts Festival line-up, part of PBS’ ongoing commitment to arts content on-air and online, features films that celebrate the contributions of independent filmmakers including a behind-the-scenes profile of actor/playwright John Leguizamo, a film that chronicles a year in the life of talented teenage Mariachi musicians, a look at priceless museum collections and a concert documentary profiling a world-renowned mezzo-soprano. The Festival explores international arts, including a historic concert by four Cuban music greats and a journey into Islamic art narrated by acclaimed actress Susan Sarandon. Slated to run for seven weeks, an additional program will be announced at a later date.

Women and Girls Lead: Sonia B. Castellanos

As a first-generation American who struggled to learn English at an early age, Sonia is different than most successful professionals. Appreciating that difference has helped shape her career. Sonia talked to us about her life as a Social Worker for our Girls and Women Lead: Austin project.

Women and Girls Lead: Austin showcases extraordinary women and girls in Austin who are changing our community. Combining independent documentary film, television, new media, and global outreach partnerships, Women and Girls Lead amplifies the voices of women and girls acting as leaders, expands understanding of gender equity, and engages an international network of citizens and organizations to act locally and reach out globally.

Do you know a woman or girl who is making a difference in your world? Someone who embodies the characteritics of leadership or empowerment? She could be a teacher, doctor, student or mother. Nominate a Leader today!

Highlights: July 15-21

The Queen has some surprising possessions. Queen & Country at 7pm Sunday explores some “peculiars of the crown”.

On Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 pm on Sunday Lewis and Hathaway are drawn into a world of virtual bullying, but very real murder, when Professor Miranda Thornton is found dead after her dating video is leaked onto a vicious website.

Often called the “Greenwich Village of Houston,” Montrose is charming, weird, artsy, wacky, Bohemian and entertaining. Montrose, Texas tells the story of one of the most colorful and legendary neighborhoods in Texas at 9:30 pm on Sunday.

Antique Roadshow at 7 pm on Monday features 1998 trip to the City by the Bay and find a modest-looking Eskimo hunting helmet with an estimated value that has swelled from its original $65,000 to $75,000 to $100,000 to $125,000.

In the series premiere of Market Warriors at 8 pm on Monday, four pickers head to Renningers Adamstown- a large indoor/outdoor flea market -to find midcentury modern items amid the Pennsylvania Dutch antiques.

Antiques Roadshow investigates the shocking heist of artifacts from the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society at 9 pm Monday.

Manifest Destiny at 10 pm Monday begins with the tearing down of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. As the sole superpower, the US under George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush finds itself in a series of small but unpredictable and deadly military actions.

On Michael Wood’s Story of England at 7 pm Tuesday historians track Kibworth’s 17th-century dissenters, travel on the Grand Union Canal and learn about an 18th-century feminist writer from Kibworth who was a pioneer of children’s books.

In the 10th season premiere episode of History Detectives at 8 pm Tuesday, Elyse Luray and Wes Cowan investigate whether they have found rock’s Holy Grail: the long-lost electric Fender Stratocaster Bob Dylan plugged in at the ’65 Newport Folk Festival.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday features students and teachers from West Philadelphia High School, a public high school serving one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Philadelphia, defy expectations as they design and build two super-hybrid cars for international competition and compete for the chance to be part of a technological revolution.

On Story at 10 pm Tuesday has the creators of Con Air, Gone In Sixty Seconds, Hulk, Zombieland, and Machete debate what makes a great action movie.

At 7 pm Wednesday, in hour two Nature‘s Bears of the Last Frontier, Chris Morgan explores the world of black bears caught in the crossroads of urban development in Anchorage and the wilderness.

Accompany physicist and acclaimed author Brian Greene for NOVA at 8 pm and 9 pm on Wednesday for a mind-bending reality check and journey to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time and the universe.

TV megahit Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal discusses the (not so) universal language of comedy in his documentary Exporting Raymond with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang writer/director Shane Black for On Story at 10:30 Tuesday.

As one of Country music’s premier singer/songwriters, Kenny Chesney has reigned as a chart-topper and award-winning favorite for music lovers and critics alike. The four-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year graces the stage on Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and Friday with his classic hits from “Greatest Hits: Vol 2.”

Michael Morton talks about spending nearly 25 years on death row for a crime he did not commit: the 1986 murder of his wife, Christine Morton on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm on Thursday.

Arts in Context at 7:30 pm on Thursday journey through time to tour some of the Austin’s most iconic Art Deco buildings.

The Art of Architecture: Houston at 8 pm Thursday on takes viewers on a journey through the extraordinary history, art and architecture of one of the top 10 tallest skylines the world.

On The Daytripper on 8:30 pm Thursday, Chet heads to Killeen to visit Fort Hood, play paintball, eat Hawaiian Food, and tasty BBQ.

POV at 9 pm Thursday offers a portrait of a Syrian leader who challenges the women of her community to live according to Islam, without giving up their aspirations.

Take a seat in the extraordinary new Kauffman Center for Homecoming Kanas City Symphony Presents JOYC at 9 pm Friday for performances by Grammy Award-winning musicians of the Kansas City Symphony, their vibrant artistic director/conductor Michael Stern and the radiant, celebrated mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

On Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday veterans and country music legends Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel join forces onstage in celebration of their collaborative LP, Willie and the Wheel.

An all new My Music at 8 pm Saturday features the first ever comprehensive 4-CD box set of all original British Invasion hits by the original British Invasion legends that define the British Rock Era of the 1960′s

Superstars of Seventies Soul Live at 9 pm Saturday is an exciting once-in-a-lifetime gathering with the legends of 1970′s Motown, R&B, Soul and Disco artists — all original performers, singing their greatest “Jammin Oldies” hits. Soul Diva Patti LaBelle hosts this special.

Science Night – 8/1

Nature: White Falcon, White Wolf, 7 pm
On Canada’s remote Ellesmere Island, where June is spring, July is summer and August is already autumn, the race is on for two remarkable species to raise their families. The white gyr falcon is enormous, the largest and most powerful falcon in the world. Yet last summer, the nesting falcon pair here failed to raise any young. The rare Arctic wolves rely on every member of the pack to chase and bring down the prey that keeps them alive. Last year was good to them, and they raised three cubs. But for the wolves and the falcons, as well for as the snowy owls, musk oxen, lemmings, Arctic foxes and hares who share this fragile ecosystem with them, fortunes are always precarious.