KLRU Collective goes Prime Time

It’s been almost a year since the launch of KLRU Collective, our online focus on Austin arts and artists. Tonight KLRU Collective makes a prime time debut during the PBS Arts Fall Festival. During the nine week festival PBS stations are given an option to include local pieces and we jumped at the chance to showcase some of Austin’s coolest arts.

The piece that will air tonight is a profile of a public art project at the University of Texas called Landmarks. KLRU staff was already well acquainted with one of these installations because it’s located outside of our building. Even though we see Peter Reginato’s Kingfish everyday we didn’t know it is part of twenty-eight modern and contemporary sculptures on long-term loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Now we look forward to visiting all the sculptures and checking out the new acquisitions the program is making.

The most memorable shoot was for a piece that will air the last night of the festival. We profiled Forklift Danceworks “The Trash Project” on the last night of their performance which happened to be on one of the hottest days of the year. To make it even tougher the performance was located at the old airport…meaning limited shade and endless tarmac. But these imperfect weather conditions didn’t keep thousands of Austinites from coming to enjoy an amazing tribute to our city’s Solid Waste Services department. The experience and dance was definitely a highlight for me on this project.

The Trash Project

The pieces airing during the festival have been produced by myself and Eve Tarlo with help from lots of KLRU staff. We’ve enjoyed sharing our viewpoint on Austin’s art scene this past year and we look forward to another great year of KLRU Collective.

-Sara Robertson

Sara Robertson is the Director of On-Air Marketing at KLRU. She has worked in television her whole career and feels lucky to work for Austin’s PBS station. In her spare time she enjoys coaching a women only swim program, reading and being crafty.

Introducing the Independent Lens Documentary Club on Twitter

From our friends at Independent Lens:

This week we’re debuting our brand new Independent Lens Documentary Club! Let’s get together to discuss this week’s film, Wham Bam Islam!, other documentary films, and whatever else you feel like talking about with us.

Here’s how it works: Wham Bam Islam! is premiering Thursday at 9 PM. While you watch, or after you’ve watched, fire up Twitter and start tweeting about the film using the hashtag #ILDocClub. (It helps to be following us, too: @IndependentLens).

More information at their blog: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/blog/introducing-the-independent-lens-documentary-club-on-twitter

From the vaults: KLRU's patriotic sign-off

Before stations were broadcasting around the clock they were required to “sign off” before ending the broadcast day. These were often patriotic images put to the music of the Star Spangled Banner. This KLRN/KLRU sign-off is no exception and may be a trip down memory lane for many KLRU fans. This analog sign-off was aired one last time two years ago when we shut off our analog tower for good to complete our digital transition.

Civic Summit: 2012 Senate Race

Civic Summit: 2012 Senate Race airs tonight (6/23) at 7:30pm. This co-production with the Texas Tribune features the four leading GOP politicians who have announced their intentions to run for the Texas U.S. Senate seat being left by Kay Bailey Hutchinson.

If you’re unable to catch the broadcast the entire program can be viewed online.

Civic Summit: 2012 U.S. Senate Forum from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.

We also recorded a web-only Q&A with questions submitted from the audience.

Civic Summit: 2012 U.S. Senate Forum Audience Q&A from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.

Austin Asian Occasion

KLRU is honored to be chosen as the non-profit to receive funds raised at this year’s Austin Asian Occasion.

Experience the Romance and the Spirit of Emperor Genghis Khan with the “Super Orient Courser” musicians from Mongolia along with talented Austin artists on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 7pm (pre-show begins at 6:30 pm) at The Long Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $10, for ticket information, please visit www.thelongcenter.org or call (512) 474-5664

The Super Orient Courser from Mongolia has performed at the Beijing Olympic and at the State Banquet for President Obama during his State Visit to China in 2009. It’s been said that their special musical instrument, The Morin Khurr, aka Horse Head Fiddle was able to make the camels cry.

Frontline: "Fighting for Al Qaeda"

From Frontline:
In the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden, FRONTLINE presents two inside views of the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban.

First, Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi — who reported last year’s award-winning FRONTLINE film Behind Taliban Lines — once again journeys deep inside enemy territory. This time, he gains extraordinary access to a band of militants and foreign fighters in Afghanistan who say they’re loyal to bin Laden and are readying a Spring offensive against the U.S.

Then, FRONTLINE crosses the border into Pakistan, where correspondents Stephen Grey and Martin Smith go inside The Secret War against the militants. They uncover new details of a CIA “private army” of militiamen launching kill raids against al Qaeda and the Taliban inside Pakistan. They also find new evidence of covert support for elements of the Taliban by the Pakistani military and its intelligence service, the ISI. At a safe-house not far from where bin Laden was killed, they make contact with one mid-level Taliban commander who tells FRONTLINE, “If they really wanted to, [the Pakistanis] could arrest us all in an hour.”

“Fighting for Al Qaeda” airs tonight at 8pm on KLRU.

Read more: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/fighting-for-bin-laden/#ixzz1LIzMPH2y