Arts In Context Shorts: Alegria do Samba

The Austin Samba School has created a new twist on the classic western “horse opera.” Fusing Brazilian Carnaval rhythms and dancing with Texas’ musical history, the performers of Austin Samba School are truly a community who come from all walks of life and in all sizes, shapes, colors, races and nationalities.  This diversity allows them to take on creative challenges with full force and to create a performance unlike any other – cattle and cowboys, blues and rock, spangles and feathers, glitter and gold, samba and country.

Austin Revealed: Chicano identity through the arts

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The Chicano movement empowered Mexican Americans from all walks of life to celebrate their roots. In the fourth installment of Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights, hear how locals fought criticism and came together to embrace their heritage through the arts.

Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights debuts on Thursdays in March on KLRU.org. Past installments address the rise of Mexican Americans in politics, organizing and activism and the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin continues to fight for their rights.

KLRU has also partnered with The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center to present a screening and discussion of the documentary on March 31 as part of their César Chávez celebrations. Find more information about the screening here.

Q Night At The Movies 3/26: Steel Magnolias & More

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This week, Q Night At The Movies celebrates female friendships! We start out with Hollywood Idols highlighting the career of Shirley MacLaine, one of the stars if Steel Magnolias. Then, Callie Khouri talks about her experience making the ultimate female dynamic duo film, Thelma and Louise. After that, Steel Magnolias tells the story of six women and their friendships. We end the night with conversations with actors and actresses who starred in some of the biggest movies of the year.

Hollywood Idols Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels at 7 p.m.
Shirley MacLaine’s love of the theater began at a very early age. Her ballet training and long-legged pixie charm led her to rapid success on Broadway in musical comedy. Inevitably, Hollywood called. It wasn’t long before she was offered dramatic roles opposite the most popular leading men of the time. Shirley MacLaine’s films include The Apartment, Two For The Seesaw, The Turning Point, Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias and many more.

On Story Thelma and Louise: A Conversation with Callie Khouri at 7:30 p.m.
Callie Khouri reflects upon her experience working with Ridley Scott and writing the classic female-driven-buddy film, Thelma and Louise. Followed by Avram Dodson’s short film, Pistachio Milk, a coming of age tale about a young suitor using only his wits and a bottle of pistachio milk to pursue his love interest.

All-star Film Collection Steel Magnolias at 8 p.m.
Based on the play about six Southern women who become close friends despite their eccentricities and complicated lives.

Variety Episode #302 at 10 p.m.
An intimate conversation between some of the greatest actors working today. Featuring Kate Winslet (Jobs) with Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Carey Mulligan (Suffragette) with Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy), Steve Carell (The Big Short) with Rooney Mara (Carol), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) with Jason Segel (The End of the Tour).

Watch the poignant, inspiring story of Girls In The Band 3/31

On Thursday, March 31 at 9 p.m., KLRU presents The Girls In The Band. Directed by Judy Chaikin, this documentary relays the poignant, inspiring, yet often unknown stories of female jazz artists and big band instrumentalists from the late 1930s to the present day. These highly skilled women endured decades of sexism, racism and diminished opportunities to succeed in a field that seldom welcomed them. Because of their hard work and perseverance, today a new breed of gifted young women are taking their rightful place in the world of jazz – a world which can no longer deny their talents.

The New York Times says The Girls In The Band “is everything a worthwhile documentary should be, and then some: engaging, informative, thorough and brimming with delightful characters.”

Q Night At The Movies 3/19: Postman Always Rings Twice & more

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Get insight into the entertainment industry this week on Q Night At The Movies! On Hollywood Idols, Academy Award winner Gregory Peck walks through his rise to stardom. Then, The writers of the TV show Justified explain the progression of the program. The feature film of the night, Postman Always Rings Twice, tells the story of a drifter who conspires with his lover to kill her husband. We end the night with exclusive conversations with A-listers such as Samuel L. Jackson and Brie Larson.

Hollywood Idols Gregory Peck: His Own Man at 7 p.m.
Talented and enduring Academy Award-winning star, Gregory Peck, tells how it was when the studios ruled and a shy boy from a broken family could rise to become a famous leading man. Unfashionably modest, Peck describes his fascinating journey from early theater roles, through his first films, and on to becoming Hollywood’s elder statesman.

On Story Justified: Insider the Writer’s Room at 7:30 p.m.
Writers (Chris Provenzano, Wendy Calhoun, Dave Adron, VJ Boyd) from the hit show Justified discuss adapting Elmore Leonard’s short story for television and the evolution of the show’s tone, rhythm, and setting.

All-star Film Collection Postman Always Rings Twice at 8 p.m.
A drifter (John Garfield) stops at a Greek diner and helps the owner’s (Cecil Kellaway) lusty wife (Lana Turner) become a widow.

Variety Episode #301 at 9:55 p.m.
Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Cate Blanchett (Carol/Truth) with Ian McKellen (Mr. Holmes), Will Smith (Concussion) with Benicio Del Toro (Sicario), Brie Larson (Room) with Joel Edgerton (Black Mass), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight) with Michael Keaton (Spotlight).

Meet Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater!

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This spring, KLRU wants you and a friend to join us in the green room before Linklater tapes with Evan Smith on March 22 at 11 a.m.!

Overheard with Evan Smith is thrilled to welcome Richard Linklater back to Studio 6A! Linklater is a multiple Academy Award-nominated director whose credits include Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, A Scanner Darkly,  School of Rock, Bernie, and Boyhood. His most recent Oscar nominations were for Boyhood, which was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Film Editing. That film  won him the Golden Globe for Best Director. His newest film is Everybody Wants Some, which is premiering at South by Southwest and will be released April 15.

Starting now until March 18, be one of the first 5 to answer the following questions to enter in the drawing.

  • What Film Director stated that it was Linklater’s SLACKER (1991) that made him want to be a director?
  • What are the names of the 2 actors that were Oscar nominated for their performances in BOYHOOD?

Be sure and RSVP for the taping as well. KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith interviews Richard Linklater on March 22 at noon in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 11:30 a.m.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form to the left to RSVP.

 

Austin Revealed: Chicano activism & organizing

Inspired by a push for labor reform, hear about how the Chicano movement gained momentum during the 60s and 70s in Austin.

Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights debuts on Thursdays in March on KLRU.org. Watch all episodes now Other installments address the rise of Mexican-Americans in politics, Chicano identity through the arts, organizing and activism and the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin continues to fight for their rights.

Join Brit Floyd in Austin this June!

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If you’re a Pink Floyd fan this event is not to be missed, DONATE TODAY!

Brit Floyd: Live in Amsterdam comes to you on KLRU only because of YOU and the generous member support. KLRU is certain you are enjoying this amazing program featuring performances of “Wish You Were Here”, “Have a Cigar”, “On the Turning Away” and more, with your gift to KLRU you can experience Brit Floyd LIVE! This Spring your community-supported PBS station has an amazing offer.

When you support KLRU now, you’ll be sitting at the Cedar Park Center for Brit Floyd’s live show on Wednesday, June 29. With a contribution of $125 you’ll receive 2 tickets to the show. With a contribution of $200 you’ll receive 2 tickets to the show, plus attend the soundcheck as well as meet Brit Floyd!

We know you rely on KLRU for the best in arts programming.  And we rely on the more than 16,000 individuals and families who give to KLRU every year in order to keep bringing you your favorite shows.  Showing your support with a gift of any amount ensures we continue to broadcast these programs for free, so thank you for your contribution!

Taping Giveaway: Rhiannon Giddens 4/25!

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Experience the folk music artistry of Rhiannon Giddens!

Rhiannon Giddens makes her highly-anticipated ACL debut performing tracks from her release Tomorrow Is My Turn, a 2016 Grammy nominee for Best Folk Album. With your support on social media or by giving a gift below you will be entered in for a chance to win a pair of passes to their ACL taping this May!

Starting now until March 20, be one of the first 5 to answer the following question to enter in the drawing. The widely acclaimed album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, was produced by which acclaimed musician and former Bob Dylan guitarist?  

Here is how it works:

– Stay tuned to the KLRU blog, Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win some incredible giveaways like this one.
– When we make a post across our various social media channels chose to engage and your response will be entered in. Multiple responses over various social media counts as multiple entries!
– Consider giving a gift in the form below as an additional entry!

Austin Revealed: The rise of Mexican Americans in politics

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Beginning in a time when Austin’s Mexican American community had little to no representation, hear how the Chicano movement of the 60’s and 70’s empowered these individuals to fight for equal representation and change the face of politics in Texas in the second installment of Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights, which takes a look at Mexican Americans in politics.

Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights debuts on Thursdays in March on KLRU.org. Stay tuned for future installments addressing Chicano identity through the arts, organizing and activism and the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin continues to fight for their rights.

KLRU has also partnered with The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center to present a screening and discussion of the documentary on March 31 as part of their César Chávez celebrations. Find more information about the screening here.