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.

Arts In Context Shorts: A Living Language

Dstudents posing during Egyptian dance0ance Another World has created a new standard on the classic view of learning a new language. Through dance, Dance Another World, intertwines an English immersion program for young non-native females in America. Founded by trained ballerina, Dawn Mann, Dance Another World helps refugees and students from low socioeconomic communities by inspiring its students to express their thoughts and feelings into a creative movement.

 

Q Night At The Movies 5/28: Meet John Doe & More

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Witness the talent of Gary Cooper this week with Q Night At The Movies. First, we highlight his legacy as an actor who mastered the Western Hero archetype. Then, we’ll see him play a man who a newspaper hired to impersonate a made-up man in Meet John Doe.

On Hollywood Idols Gary Cooper: The Face Of A Hero, learn about Cooper’s personal connection to the roles he played onscreen at 7 p.m. Known for his personification of the Western Hero, it was Montana-born Gary Cooper’s horse-riding skills that first brought him bit parts in movies – and he never lost his love of the great American outdoors.

On Story 7:30 p.m. 

In Corinth Films Collection Meet John Doe, fired reporter Ann Mitchel (Barbara Stanwyck) prints a fake letter from unemployed “John Doe,” who threatens suicide in protest of social ills. The paper is forced to rehire Ann and hires John Willoughby (Gary Cooper) to impersonate “Doe.” Ann and her bosses cynically milk the story, until the made-up “John Doe” philosophy starts a whole political movement. This riveting film airs at 8 p.m.

Q Night At The Movies 5/21: Mr. Smith Goes To Washington & More!

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This week is all about sorting through morality on the screen. First, learn about Jack Lemmon’s journey from Harvard grad to leading man. Then, Christos and Ruth Fletcher Gage talk about the moral complexity of the characters in Daredevil. End the night with Mr. Smith Goes to Washington — a story about a naive, good-hearted man who must navigate his way through corruption in the U.S. Senate.

Hollywood Idols Jack Lemmon: America’s Everyman tells the story of how this great actor rose to fame at 7 p.m. Lemmon was born in Boston, graduated from Harvard and then headed for New York City to become a professional actor. It was his appearance in a Broadway revival of Room Service that led to a co-starring role with Judy Holliday in his first movie, It Should Happen to You. His unmistakable intellect and boyish, average looks played against him becoming a romantic leading man.

On Story Daredevil: Behind The Screen features Christos and Ruth Fletcher Gage discussing the process of adapting the Marvel comic Daredevil for television. The duo break down the juxtaposition of brute realism and the moral complexity of Daredevil’s characters, along with how they navigated the show’s unconventional story structure in the writers room at 7:30 p.m.

In All-star Film Collection Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, a country bumpkin faces ridicule and corruption when he takes his idealistic views to the nation’s capital. Don’t miss it at 8 p.m.!

Arts In Context Shorts: Cinematic Symphony

trumpets, trombone and tubas during Cinematic Symphony rehearsalFor over eleven years, Cinematic Symphony has shared its love for the music of film, television and video games with the Austin community. With two concerts per year, this ensemble comprised of local musicians is dedicated to promoting musical education in the form of entertainment. Visual displays and popular music of our time provide an enriching opportunity and introduction to classical music.

Cinematic Symphony has a concert on May 14th. Get more details

Q Night At The Movies 5/7: The Last Time I Saw Paris & More

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If you love a good romance, you won’t want to miss this week’s Q Night at the Movies! First, we revisit the acting career of the leading lady of her time, Grace Kelly. Then, Rodrigo Garcia explains why he believes good relationships are essential to a good story. We end the night with The Last Time I Saw Paris, a film about two lovers who meet in Paris.

On Hollywood Idols Grace Kelly: An American Princess, Philadelphia society life held little appeal for this acclaimed beauty, so she headed to New York City to be a model and actress. At 7 p.m., see how within four years, she was a major star in Hollywood and an Academy Award winner, playing opposite the great leading men of her day. But, she turned her back on it all to become Her Serene Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco.

On Story Rodrigo Garcia On Writing Relationships, includes Garcia contemplating the importance of writing honest relationships in his work, and the visceral connection audiences have with stories about family. Followed by a short film from Faraday Okoro about a father and son who agree to a ‘winner takes all’ blitz chess game in order to settle a bet. Tune in at 7:30 p.m.!

When writer and war veteran Charles Wills (Van Johnson) meets the lovely and restless Helen Ellswirth (Elizabeth Taylor) in Paris after WWII, the two strangers instantly fall in love in Corinth Films Collection The Last Time I Saw Paris. Helen and her father (Walter Pidgeon) are eccentric American expatriates living life in high style but always on the brink of going broke. Charles and Helen get married and have a family, but life becomes more difficult. If you want to see how their perils unfold, check out this classic at 8 p.m.

 

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month 2016

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and we’re celebrating with KLRU, KLRU Q and online programming!

On KLRU, look out for these shows this month:

Monday, May 2 at 10:30 p.m., don’t miss Our American Family: The Furutas. Through hard work, the Furutas, a Japanese American family of Wintersburg, CA established a successful goldfish farm, only to have their business devastated and family separated in the wake of WWII. Following years in an Arizona relocation camp, their indomitable spirit prevails as they return home and band together to pursue the American dream a second time.

Review a transitional year in the life of farmer, slow food advocate and sansei David “Mas” Masumoto, and his relationship with his daughter Nikiko, who returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father’s work boots Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30 p.m. on Changing Season: On The Matsumoto Family Farm.

 POV The World Before Her tells the tale of two Indias on Monday, May 16 at 10 p.m. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant — a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other India, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. 

In 1975, Giap, a pregnant Vietnamese refugee, escapes Saigon in a boat and within weeks is working on an assembly line in Indiana. Decades later, her aspiring filmmaker son documents her final day of work at America’s last ironing board factory Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory. Tune in Tuesday, May 17 at 10:30 p.m.

Chinese Couplets is a riveting, personal story with many layers that takes us from California to Cuba, Hawaii and China.  Part memoir, part history, part investigation, filmmaker Felicia Lowe searches for answers about her mother’s emigration to America during the Chinese Exclusion era. The film airs Tuesday, May 24 at 10:30 p.m.

Asia Society Texas Center:  Building Bridges of Understanding explores how famed Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s landmark building came to fruition in Houston’s Museum District Tuesday, May 31 at 10:30 p.m. It examines the history of the organization, the design and construction of this one-of-a-kind cultural center in Houston, Texas.

On KLRU Q, Lucky Chow will air on the following Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.:

Lucky Chow Koreatown U.S.A. visits New York and Los Angeles – home to the two largest Korean populations in the United States – to explore what distinguishes each. Both are 24-hour hubs of food and drinking culture on May 7. However, New York City’s Koreatown covers just one block, whereas Los Angeles’ Koreatown seems like a city unto itself.

On Lucky Chow Northern Thai Cuisine on May 14, see how Andy Ricker, a carpenter-turned-chef from Portland, Oreg., brings “authentic” Thai food to America. At a food festival in Las Vegas, Ricker prepares a welcome dinner for the participating chefs at the much-loved Lotus of Siam, with chef/owner Saipin Chutima at the helm. At the table, Jet Tila rhapsodizes about the days when his family opened America’s first Thai grocery store in Hollywood.

Filipinos comprise the second-largest Asian-American population nationwide, yet their cuisine is relatively unknown. On Lucky Chow Filipino Entrepreneurs, PJ Quesada, founder of the Filipino Food Movement, explains Filipino cuisine on May 21. Meet restaurateur Nicole Ponseca, who left her life as a advertising executive in New York to give voice to her culture through food. And finally, the two friends behind Bling Bling Dumplings manufacture thousands of dumplings – from scratch, at home – to serve at Coachella and other festivals.

Lucky Chow Bay Area’s Pacific Rim Cuisine introduces Olivia Wu, designer of the original Asian restaurant concepts on Google’s “campus” on May 28. After a career in Silicon Valley, two retired Japanese executives returned to their ancestral farming roots and constructed an indoor vertical farm which services some of the top restaurants in the Bay Area. The episode ends at a now-mainstream tofu factory.

Lucky Chow Chinatown, Reimagined tracks the evolution of Chinese food in America through the lens of two third-generation Chinese-American restaurateurs on June 4.

Additionally, Q will air the following episodes of Pacific Heartbeat Season 5  Saturdays at 6 p.m.:

In New Zealand, the government is about to sell off a third of its publicly owned state houses. With a growing housing crisis and a lack of affordable homes, what will the future of housing look like and where will the thousands of state house tenants end up living? Pacific Heartbeat A Place To Call Home attempts to shed light on this timely issue on May 7.

Pilipo Solatorio lives on the island of Molokai. He is the last to hold the cultural traditions, music, and stories of a sacred Hawaiian valley that has been home to his family for hundreds of years. Pacific Heartbeat Sons Of Halawa is an intimate portrait of his search for a successor to keep the cultural traditions alive. Don’t miss it on May 14.

If you had never heard of an airplane or a refrigerator, would you think it was a miracle when one arrived? When the American military landed on a remote island in the South Pacific during World War II, the islanders were amazed by America’s fantastic cargo. The John Frum Movement was born: a unique religion now considered the last surviving “Cargo Cult”.  On May 21, Pacific Heartbeat Waiting For John explores the history and last vestiges of this extraordinary religion, and in the process asks, where do our prophets come from? And what makes people believe?

On May 28, Pacific Heartbeat Dream Big: Nankuli At The Fringe follows the students of Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center (NPAC) who were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel halfway across the globe to perform at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Surfing is not only a pillar of village life, but it’s also a means to prestige in Papua New Guinea. On June 4, Pacific Heartbeat Splinters tell the story the months leading up to the first National Surf Championships and explores the hopes and dreams of the surfers, and how surfing has led to societal changes in a male dominated culture.

Want to experience this rich culture with us online? Celebrate with student films! Watch these @FilmSchoolShorts mini-movies on YOUR time. Our Film School Shorts Asian Pacific American Heritage Month YouTube playlist featuring student films is live!

 

Q Night At The Movies 4/30: Charade & More

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Q Night at the Movies celebrates two iconic movie stars this week: Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. First on back-to-back episodes of Hollywood Idols the legacies of the two actors are told, respectively. Then On Story hears from two female writers, Nicole Perlman and Angela Kang, who discuss how they handle working in a realm of male-dominated comic book adaptations. We end the night back with Grant and Hepburn who star in Charade, a film about a woman (Hepburn) who several men (including Grant) pursue to get to her murdered husband’s fortune.

Hollywood Idols Cary Grant: The Leading Man at 6:30 p.m.
With a winning combination of comic style and leading-man charisma, Cary Grant was the essence of a star. But the suave exterior concealed a complex individual. Family photos, archival footage and film clips vividly convey Grant’s journey from lonely, working-class beginnings to the peak of Hollywood royalty. This profile includes the story of his discovery by Mae West.

Hollywood Idols Audrey Hepburn Remembered at 7 p.m.
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. As Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF she spoke for the world’s suffering children and families, earning affection and admiration from around the globe. Clips capture her commenting on her career, and the family and friendships that were her priority.

On Story Zombies & Groot – Bringing Comics To Life at 7:30 p.m.
Nicole Perlman (Guardian of the Galaxy) and Angela Kang (The Walking Dead) explore navigating a male-dominated industry as female genre writers. The women discuss tackling comic book adaptations, the importance of character development, and the fine line between staying true to the spirit of the source material while also breathing new life into preexisting storylines.

Corinth Films Collection Charade at 8 p.m.
Romance and suspense in Paris, as a woman (Audrey Hepburn) is pursued by several men (including Cary Grant) who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust?