Q Night at the Movies 6/25

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Remember Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn in a special program and be on the lookout for rich eligible bachelors with our screening of ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ on Q Night at the Movies.

Hollywood IdolsAudrey Hepburn Remembered‘ – airs at 7 pm

Audrey Hepburn was one of movies’ best-loved stars. She was blessed with beauty, talent, an elegant sophistication, and an enduring aura of youthful innocence. Clips capture her commenting on her career, and the family and friendships that were her priority. The program features remembrances from her closest friends and family.

On StoryEpisode #611‘ – airs at 7:30 pm

Austin Film Festival’s ‘On Story’ is a half-hour series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: “‘On Story’ is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”

All-star Film CollectionGentlemen Prefer Blondes‘ – airs at 8 pm

Two showgirls on the lookout for rich eligible bachelors run into numerous complications during a trip to Paris.

Arts In Context Shorts: Fire and Dance

Prakash Mohandas, founder of Agni The Dance Company, has set his mark in Austin by opening the first Bollywood dance studio in the area. Founded in 2007, Agni consists of professional performers, aspiring artists, instructors, production assistants and a management team united by a common love of the performing arts and creative expression.

FIRE AND DANCE 2“Choreography doesn’t come from thin air,” Mohandas said. “For me, (the song) has to inspire me for me to want to choreograph it. When I get into that space, it’s a very spiritual experience.”

One of Agni’s primary goals is to provide quality Indian, performing arts education in various locations in Austin and Round Rock areas through classes conducted by experienced and renowned instructors.

“Austin is fantastic for eclectic audiences,” he said. “I think it’s one of the cities that I’ve seen that is so welcoming to new kinds of art forms and a new kinds of dance.”

Arts In Context Shorts: Stitched Together

While traveling across Europe, Mychal Mitchell thought she would be inspired by the architecture of the cities she visited but after having her journal stolen in a train station she soon discovered a bookbinding studio in Venice and fell in love with the old-world-style of handmade leather journals.

Handtorn paper“I discovered bookbinding kind of my accident,” Mitchell said. “About a week later, I was kind of flirting with this very handsome street artist and he ended up taking me to his friend’s little bookbinding studio and I ended up being blown away by what he was doing.”
Now, more than 20 years later, Mitchell continues to use the techniques she learned on her European trip and shares her beautiful handcrafted journals and photo albums with others in her East Austin Studio.

Cutting leather“It’s really inspiring to see the way that people use them,” she said. “Especially when people bring them back to me and they are all filled up…they’re gorgeous.”

 

 

Eyes On The Prize

Many of us are familiar with civil rights leaders such as Rose Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Many of us are familiar with “Freedom Riders” and the March on Washington.  Yet, there are many other events and individuals that have been captured in the Eyes on the Prize series. And here is an exceptional way to become familiar with many more of the participants and events that defined the civil rights movement.

KLRU will rebroadcast the Eyes on the Prize series starting on Juneteenth 2016. This landmark series will be presented to a new generation of viewers and encourage informed dialogue on today’s civil rights issues. KLRU will air the entire 14-part series along with the half-hour special Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now.

Eyes on the Prize premiered in 1987. This groundbreaking series will return in June 19, 2016. Series 1 and Series 2 will be presented over three Sundays starting at 1:00 pm on KLRU-Austin PBS.

Sunday, June 19
1 pm        Juneteenth Jamboree 2016
1:30 pm   Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now
2-6 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 101 102 103 104
6 pm        Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now

Sunday, June 26:
1-3 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 105 106
3-6 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 201 202 203

Sunday, July 3
1-6 pm     Eyes on the Prize episodes 204 205 206 207 208

The half-hour special, Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now, will re-examine this groundbreaking series from the filmmakers’ perspective and the viewpoint of civil rights activists. The special explores how far we’ve come, how far we have to go, the meaning of the ongoing struggle and next steps towards equality.

Paul Stekler, Chair of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin was the co-producer/director of two of the segments featured on Eyes on the Prize programs #204 and #207. He is also featured in Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now.

Originally produced by Backside, Eyes on the Prize remains the definitive documentary series exploring the civil rights movement. It portrays the story of ordinary people who took extraordinary measures to create a social movement. The television series is one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries on civil rights in America. Eyes on the Prize has won six Emmy Awards and numerous other awards including the top DuPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism.

Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, Eyes on the Prize traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to the Voting Rights Act; from early acts of individual courage to the mass demonstrations. Julian Bond, political leader and civil rights activist narrates the series.

Q Night At The Movies 6 /18

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Join KLRUQ for a night at the movies with Ingrid Bergman, On Story and Oklahoma!

Hollywood IdolsIngrid Bergman Remembered‘ – airs at 7 pm 

Ingrid Bergman possessed a natural and vulnerable persona, which was both genuine and alluring. Her cinematic contributions included such movie classics as Casablanca and Anastasia. Bergman’s life took many sharp turns and led her in directions she never expected.  Appearing together for the first time, Ingrid’s daughters Pia Lindstrom and Isabella Rossellini take a personal look back at their mother’s life beyond Bergman’s acting career. They tell the story of her life, from her childhood in Sweden to her death at age 67 from breast cancer.

On Story Episode #610‘ – airs at 7: 30 pm

Austin Film Festival’s ‘On Story’ is a half-hour series that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the country’s most beloved movies and TV shows. The show is a mash-up of footage of screenwriter and film-makers discussing their craft and films. Each episode is thematically paired with one or two short films, with an introduction from the film’s writer or director. LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan says: “‘On Story’ is film school in a box, a lifetime’s worth of film-making knowledge squeezed into half-hour packages.”

All-star Film CollectionOklahoma‘ – airs at 8 pm

In the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the twentieth century, two young cowboys vie with an evil ranch hand and a traveling peddler for the hearts of the women they love.

Q Night At The Movies 6/4

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

If you’ve ever wondered who started the pixie-cut trend you might want to tune into Q Night At The Movies on Saturday. First, we highlight film and Broadway actress Shirley MacLaine taking you through her career as an actress. Then, stay tuned for a discussion on the challenges that come with running your own webseries. Later, don’t miss the 1940 film The Shop Around The Corner.

Shirley MacLaine, long-legged and strawberry brown pixie haired, was called to stardom in 1955 and was cast in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Trouble with Harry.” MacLaine has starred among the most popular leading men of the time such as Fred MacMurray, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood and Robert Mitchum. MacLaine’s films include The Apartment, Two For The Seesaw, The Turning Point, Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias and many more. Tune in on Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels at 7 pm.

Next at 7:30 pm on Awkward Black Girl: A Conversation With Issa Rae, join Rae as she tells us about the challenges that come with creating your own webseries, the freedom of doing it your own way and how to navigate the growing sensation of developing original online content.

Closing the night with The Shop Around The Corner, the more Budapest co-workers (Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart) fight, the more they fall in love as secret pen pals.

Save the dates: POV preview screenings this summer

POV

It’s always a sweet deal to get a sneak peak of anything before it hits the mainstream.

That’s why KLRU and the Austin Film Festival are presenting preview screenings and discussions of three POV films scheduled to air later this year on KLRU. Get previews of All the Difference on June 27, Thank You For Playing on July 12 and What Tomorrow Brings on August 2. Each event will take place at 7 pm at the and Google Fiber Space. All screenings are free, but an RSVP is required. Be sure to RSVP for each film you would like to attend.


All the Difference– screening on June 27.

This documentary traces the paths of two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago who dream of graduating from college. Statistics predict that Robert and Krishaun will drop out of high school, but they have other plans. Oscar®-nominated producer/director Tod Lending’s intimate film, executive produced by author Wes Moore, follows the young men through five years of hard work, sacrifice, setbacks and uncertainty. As they discover, support from family, teachers and mentors makes all the difference in defying the odds. A co-production of American Documentary | POV; Part of American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


Thank You For Playing– screening on July 12.

When Ryan Green, a video game programmer, learns that his young son Joel has cancer, he and his wife begin documenting their emotional journey with a poetic video game. Thank You for Playing follows Ryan and his family over two years creating “That Dragon, Cancer,” which evolves from a cathartic exercise into a critically acclaimed work of art that sets the gaming industry abuzz. Lauded as “unimaginably intimate” by The New Yorker, the film is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the unique ways that art and technology can help us share profound experiences. A co-production of American Documentary | POV and ITVS. Official Selection of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.


What Tomorrow Brings– screening on August 2.

What Tomorrow Brings goes inside the very first girls’ school in a small Afghan village. Never before have fathers here allowed their daughters to be educated; now Taliban threats heighten their misgivings. From the school’s beginnings in 2009 to its first graduating class in 2015, the film traces the interconnected stories of students, teachers, village elders, parents and school founder Razia Jan. While the girls learn to read and write, their education goes far beyond the classroom as they discover the differences between the lives they were born into and the lives they dream of leading. A co-production of ITVS.

RSVP links coming soon. All screenings will take place at Google Fiber Space 201 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701. Time for each screening is 7 pm.

New Local Show: Stand Up Empire starts 6/5 on KLRU Q

There is always something new coming out of the woodworks in Austin, Texas. Here at KLRU we’re celebrating this hallmark with a brand new series shot in this beautiful, creative city.

Stand Up Empire chronicles the white-hot stand up comedy scene currently exploding in the “live music capital of the world”. Co-Creators Brently Heilbron & Mike Wilson bring you a mix of intimate interviews and tight stand up comedy sets by Austin’s brightest rising stars. The show will air Sundays on KLRU Q.

Stand Up Empire 6_Saffron HerdonStand Up Empire aims to showcase the household names of the future, as well as document their incredibly diverse backgrounds, their motivations, commitment to comedy, and definitions of success.

Featured in each episode is a segment called “Snapshot” which aims to showcase a unique person, business, organization, or entity, and their connection to the Austin comedy scene. The show is hosted by comedic veteran Brently Heilbron and produced & directed by Austin filmmaker Christopher Shea.

Stand Up Empire 5_Chris CubasEpisode 1- airing Sun. June 5 at 10:30 pm.

Featured comics Chris Cubas & Saffron Herndon, with a Snapshot of Liezta Brass and the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival.

Episode 2– airing Sun. June 12 at 10:30 pm.

Featured comics Kerry Awn and Kerri Lendo with a Snapshot on Shaun Branigan and the emo puppet band Fragile Rock.

Episode 3– airing Sun. June 19 at 10:30 pm.

Featured comics Rob Gagnon & Lashonda Lester with a Snapshot on cartoonist/artist Danny Jock.

Episode 4– airing Sun. June 26 at 10:30 pm.

Featured comics Martin Urbano & Avery Moore with a Snapshot on the Coldetowne Theatre and the Austin improve scene.

Episode 5– airing July 3 at 10:30 pm.

Featured comics Daniel Rubb Webb & Roxy Castillo with a Snapshot on the live storytelling show Greetings From Queer Mountain.

Stand Up Empire 2_Lisa DelariosEpisode 6– airing July 10 at 10:30 pm.

Featured comics Lisa Delarios & Chip Pope with a Snapshot on Workout with Erica Nix. (Season Finale)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month 2016

The month of June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. Here at KLRU, we are celebrating LGBT Pride Month 2016 with a lineup of special programs honoring the legacy of LGBT individuals.

POV “Out in the Night”Monday, June 6 at 9 pm
In 2006, under the neon lights of a gay-friendly neighborhood in New York City, a group of African-American lesbians were violently threatened by a man on the street. The women fought back and were later charged with a gang assault and attempted murder. The media quickly dubbed them as a gang of “Killer Lesbians” and a “Wolf Pack.” Three pleaded guilty to avoid a trial, but the remaining four — Renata, Patreese, Venice and Terrain — maintained their innocence. This film examines the sensational case and the women’s uphill battle, revealing the road that race, gender identity and sexuality play in our criminal justice system.

Arts In Context “Somos Krudas”Monday June 6 at 10 pm.
Having survived under a totalitarian regime, Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi refuses to compromise. Lyrically, nothing is off limits as they spit fiery lines about politics and sexuality with a frankness and openness that is seldom seen. The duo, consisting of Odaymara and Olivia Prendes, use their art as a weapon “to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate the life.” Now based out of Austin, Texas, Krudas Cubensi continues their fight for social justice through their persistent Afro-Cuban rhythm.

Arvind Airs Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 pm and encores on Tuesday, June 21 at 10:30 pm.
After his mentally ill mother is released from prison, Arvind, a 16-year-old biracial queer in Austin, Texas, revisits old family wounds when he writes and produces a play written from his mother’s perspective. When his relationship with the actress who portrays his mother on stage deepens, it sets Arvind on a course that will change his perception of his father and shatter his preconceptions of who he thought his mother was.

Viciousairs Sunday, June 19 at 7 pm.
This comedic series tells the story of aging partners Freddie (Ian Mckellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi), two men who have lived together in their Covent Garden flat for nearly 50 years. Freddie was a budding actor and Stuart worked in a bar when they first met, but their careers are over and their lives now consist of entertaining their frequent guests, making sure that their aged dog Balthazar is still breathing and hurling caustic insults at each other.

We also have some great animations from Story Corps.

Patrick Haggerty grew up the son of a dairy farmer in rural Dry Creek, Washington, during the 1950s. As a teenager, Pat began to understand he was gay—something he thought he was hiding well. But one day, after performing at a school assembly, Pat learned that his father could see him much more clearly than he realized.

On May 25, 1971, Jackie Miller and her husband brought home their son, Scott, whom they adopted. 37 years later, Scott brought his mother to StoryCorps, where they shared a conversation about Jackie’s decision to adopt him, their profound love for one another, and Scott’s trepidation at what the future holds.

Bryan Wilmoth and his seven younger siblings were raised in a strict, religious home. At StoryCorps, Bryan talks with his brother Mike about what it was like to reconnect years after their dad kicked Bryan out for being gay.

 

Austin Revealed: Coach Robinson

Did you know that #42 Jackie Robinson coached BASKETBALL in Austin? Robinson spent a year at Huston-Tilloston University as a coach an also served on the school’s board for many years.  Learn how Robinson ended up in Austin and hear from one of the players Robinson coached.

Our video features:
Roland Harden, who played for Robinson the year that he coached.  Harden likes to say he never formally played basketball before college; he played ‘street ball,’ playing pickup games and with local groups.  Harden credits Robinson for his success in life — the basketball scholarship Robinson offered Harden allowed him to stay in school and become an educator.  He still lives in east Austin.

LaToya Devezin, who is the African American Community Archivist for the Austin History Center and a self-professed baseball fan.

For more historical background, here is a clip from Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson documentary on Robinson’s court martial from Camp Hood.