Arts In Context Shorts: Clothes Stories

Clothing can inspire memories of the past or can be symbols of plans for the future. This week Arts In Context Shorts features artist Johnny Walker as he explores the relationship between people and their clothing in his public art installation Clothes Stories.  KLRU commissioned Walker to create this public art project and brought on Goodwill Industries of Central Texas as a community-partner to help create this unique installation.

AFILCLS 2

Attendees at the Arts In Context party at the 2013 East Austin Studio Tour were asked to participate in selecting from thousands of garments donated by Goodwill, writing their stories, and hanging them for display at Big Medium’s Canopy studios. Some attendees even brought their own special pieces to donate. Whether fact or fiction, these personal stories range from family histories and poems to revealing hopes and dreams. The installation was temporary, but the clothes’ stories didn’t end at the event. Walker has cataloged and tagged the clothes for online reference. The tagged garments were then returned to Goodwill to find new owners. As the pieces of clothing are purchased, the tag will lead the new owners to details about the item’s real or imagined past life at clothestories.com

 

New Austin documentary All of Me airs 3/24

All of Me: A Story of Love, Loss and Last Resorts will air nationally on Independent Lens March 24th at 8 pm. KLRU is the presenting PBS station for this documentary, which explores the relationships between a group of women from Austin who have been friends — and morbidly obese — for years. But now, having weight-loss surgery is about to upset everything they thought they knew about health, happiness, friendship and love.

KLRU produced, and is distributing to PBS stations nation-wide, a townhall-style show called Civic Summit: Obesity, Weight Loss and Body Acceptance. The Civic Summit explores the complex issues and experiences surrounding obesity and weight loss. This panel discussion will raise questions and provide information and insights related to the physical and emotional challenges confronting those in our society who are obese. Experts in the field of weight loss surgery, mental health, wellness and body acceptance discuss the struggles, stigma and prejudices faced by members of the obese community and the many options available to them.

All Of Me focuses on the journeys of three of these Austin women: Judy, who is determined to succeed while her husband is conflicted; Dawn, who had an early career as a fat model and calendar girl, and struggles with both her weight and identity; and the heaviest of the Girls, Zsalynn, who, at over 500 pounds, desperately tries to save enough money for surgery, for her young daughter’s sake.

Through their stories, All of Me shines light on our attitudes and prejudices about obesity — its causes, challenges, and the intense psychological struggle so many have with food that no surgery or diet can cure. The Girls take us through their food addiction and emotional eating with a searing honesty. For a group so often vilified, joked about, or ignored, All of Me provides a platform for their stories and encourages viewers to take a fresh look at our own prejudices and complicated relationships with food, fat, and our bodies.

KLRU worked with filmmaker Alexandra Lescaze on both the documentary and the Civic Summit. Lescaze is a NY-based documentary filmmaker and the Executive Director of the Sidney Hillman Foundation, home of the annual Hillman Prizes in Journalism and monthly Sidney Awards, honoring excellence in journalism in service of the common good. Her first film, Where Do You Stand? stories from an American mill, documented the 25-year effort of North Carolina textile workers to organize a union in the face of modernization and globalization.

Women’s History Month

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Women’s History Month, KLRU offers a lineup of programs both onair and online focused on women.

Our Women’s History Month offerings begin on with the official launch of the #SheDocs online film festival! The SheDocs series begins with a  special online social screening March 3 at 5 pm of Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. Watch the film and participate in exciting online conversations with filmmaker Pratibha Parmar and Koritha Mitchell, a literary historian and cultural critic specializing in African American literature, racial violence throughout U.S. literature and contemporary culture, and black drama and performance.


#SheDocs showcases 12 documentaries that highlight extraordinary women and their accomplishments. You can watch the following films anytime this month online:

Makers: Women Who Make America
Monday, March 17, 9 pm to midnight
This comprehensive and innovative series, built on an extraordinary archive of interviews, tells the story of one of the most sweeping social revolutions in America’s history, as women asserted their rights to a full and fair share of political power, economic opportunity and personal autonomy. It is a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, on grand stages like the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress, and humbler ones like the boardroom and the bedroom. No individual, nor any aspect of American life, has been unchanged. The series features the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it and those — both famous and unknown — caught up in its wake.

Performing Possibilities
Thursday, March 20, at 9 pm
Women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population in the United States. Katherine Craft, seeing a great need for gender-specific programs for incarcerated women, founded Conspire Theatre in 2009 and has been run by Craft and coconspirator Michelle Dahlenburg since 2011. Through the use of theatre, Conspire seeks to provide women prisoners a revolutionary and creative approach to healing from trauma, increasing self-esteem, becoming better parents, and improving literacy. With a deep, abiding belief in redemption, empowerment, and connection through art, the Conspire team is undergoing their most ambitious project yet. No longer satisfied with keeping their organization’s work in the shadows of the penitentiary, they is taking the performances out into the public.

Independent Lens “All of Me” followed by Civic Summit “Obesity, Weight Loss & Body Acceptance”
Monday, March 24, from 8-10 pm
‘All Of Me’’ follows a group of Austin friends, who are morbidly obese, as they make changes in their lifestyles. KLRU’s Civic Summit takes a more in-depth look at the issues and experiences surrounding obesity and weight loss. Learn more about these two programs

Women In Chemistry
Thursday, March 27, at 9 pm
A documentary profiling eight remarkable women who have made important contributions to the field of chemistry. The program follows the lives and careers of eight leading women in chemistry, celebrating their shared chance-taking, thrill-seeking love of science.  Against many personal and institutional odds, these women changed the world through innovation and entrepreneurship.  Women featured on the program include:  Nancy Chang; Uma Chowdhry; Mildred Cohn; Mary L. Good; Kathryn Hach-Darrow; Paula Hammond; Stephanie Kwolek and Kira Mazumdar-Shaw.

Women in Music Night 
Friday, March 28, 8-10:30 pm
Live from Lincoln Center  Patina Miller In Concert, Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Austin City Limits Esperanza Spalding,  jazz/soul singer/bassist and Grammy Award winner
Hardly Sound The Villettes, an Austin folky-indie-pop band

Women and Girls Lead
KLRU presents stories about women and girls who are making a difference both locally and globally. Watch these inspring stories at klru.org/wagl

Arts In Context event 3/11

ArtsInContext-blog

Arts in Context will present a special screening of the director’s cut of the episode Not Alone, a documentary about musician Shakey Graves. Following the screening Shakey Graves will perform live in the studio.

Date: Tuesday, March 11
Time: 7pm | Doors at 6:30pm
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP Here
RSVP does not guarantee entrance.

aic shakey gravesShakey Graves turns his one-man band into a do-it-yourself success story. Through nothing but word-of-mouth, Alejandro Rose-Garcia, a.k.a. Shakey Graves, has gone from obscurity to the national spotlight. His gravelly-voiced, impassioned, blues performances are the stuff of legend. “Shakey Graves is becoming an anti-folk phenomenon even in a city weary of ‘next big things.’ Unclassifiable original. And frighteningly good,” says NPR Music.

Special thanks to the evening’s sponsor Live Oak Brewing Co.

KLRU films chosen for City’s Faces of Austin project

The City of Austin has chosen two KLRU short films— Arts In Context Shorts Pour Your Heart Out and Austin Revealed Civil Rights Stories — to be featured in the annual Faces of Austin short film project.

The City of Austin will premiere its Faces of Austin short film selections for 2014 as part of the SXSW Film Community Screenings on Saturday, March 8 at 11:00 a.m. at the Marchesa Hall and Theatre, 6226 Middle Fiskville Rd. The 2014 Faces of Austin premiere is free, open to the public, and does not require a SXSW film badge or pass.

The 12 films chosen this year were all made by local filmmakers and highlight the people, institutions, and cultures that make up Austin. Several films feature local non-profit organizations, such as Goodwill of Central Texas and the Austin Bike Zoo. Other films focus on unique individuals within the community, including a Hurricane Katrina survivor who now calls Austin home and pioneers of the local civil rights movement.

The entire list of 2014 films can be viewed at www.austintexas.gov/facesofaustin.

Faces of Austin is intended to showcase the work of Austin filmmakers that reflects the diverse faces, voices, and experiences that make up Austin’s unique identity. Individual films from the 2014 collection will be viewable on ATXN, online, and at special screenings.

Faces of Austin is a program of the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department and ATXN, the City’s government access channel. The program debuted in 2005; this year marks the seventh year of showcasing Austin-made short films. The 2014 program was supported by SXSW Film and the Austin Film Society.

City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin. For more information, visit www.austincreates.com.

Austin Revealed: Bertha Means & the Ice Palace

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Bertha Means and her daughter Joan Khabele tell the story of how being turned away from a skating rink in Austin propelled them to action.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Wilhelmina Delco on Politics & Desegregation

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Wilhelmina Delco, the first African American elected to public office in Austin, Texas, recounts why it was important for her to run for the school board.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Segregation/Desegregation Stories

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

When Austin schools were desegregated in 1971, the traditional African-American schools were closed. It devastated the community and the impact lingers today.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Gary Bledsoe on Police Violence

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Gary Bledsoe recounts stories of police violence against African Americans and why he think the issue still exists today.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed

Austin Revealed: Hoover Alexander & Entrepreneurship

In honor of Black History Month, Austin Revealed features stories of Austin’s civil rights history told through first person interviews.

Hoover Alexander has a long history in the restaurant business. He talks about the historical necessity for African Americans to start their own businesses and why an unintended consequence of integration is less entrepreneurs.

KLRU’s Austin Revealed is an online oral history project sharing the stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future. Watch more Austin Revealed