KLRU and Intergalactic Nemesis create new project

KLRU is partnering with Austin theater group The Intergalactic Nemesis on a unique crowdfunding campaign. We’re raising funds to record “Book One: Target Earth” in front of a live studio audience and create a web series totally unlike anything else.

If you’ve seen any of The Intergalactic Nemesis performances, you know how engaging and special they are, and you can imagine how excited we are to be working with them.

As part of this campaign, KLRU is offering unique thank you gifts such as posters and tickets to the taping of the live performance in KLRU’s Studio 6A on April 19th.

Supporting this campaign means you’re supporting the partnership of two great, local non-profit arts organizations. The best part: your donation will be matched by PBS! In support of this project PBS is matching up to $20,000 of what we raise in this campaign. Your donation will go twice as far!

For more information about this project, please visit the indiegogo campaign site at www.indiegogo.com/projects/whatsthatbuzz

Even if you can’t contribute monetarily, you can still help our campaign. Tell your friends, tell your enemies! Share the word via Twitter, Facebook, email, sky writing. The more people talk about what we’re trying to do, the closer we get to our goal.

Austin Revealed: Neil Blumofe

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Rabbi Neil Blumofe
Rabbi Neil Blumofe inspires more than his growing Congregation Agudas Achim. As a classically-trained pianist and schooled in jazz saxophone, Rabbi Blumofe’s talents are more than meets the eye, and being in the “Live Music Capital of the World,” he engages with more than the Jewish community in KUT’s live music series Views and Brews.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

Austin Revealed: Sandra Thornhill

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Sandra Thornhill.
A hairstylist. A history nerd. A Jew. Sandra now identifies as all of the above. Having converted to Judaism over 10 years ago, Sandra’s relationship with being Jewish continues to evolve.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

Austin Revealed: Aviad Fuchs

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Aviad Fuchs
Aviad moved from Israel to Austin last summer, and diversity is the thing he noticed most about the Jewish community in Central Texas.  With welcoming synagogues and modern approaches, the variety of Jewish culture in Austin is intriguing for this tech engineer that identifies as a secular Jew.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

Community Cinema: Medora 4/1

KLRU featured event

KLRU and the Austin Public Library present Community Cinema. The free public screenings take place at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) from 7 pm to 9 pm.

On April 1st, watch a preview and discuss of Medora. Medora, Indiana is a once-booming community beset by a crippled economy and a dwindling population. This documentary follows the town’s down-but-not-out varsity basketball team over a season, capturing the players’ stories on and off the court – as the team’s struggle to compete parallels the town’s fight for survival.

Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from Independent Lens on location in 100 cities and online. Between September and June, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

Special thanks to

Austin American-Statesman

Austin Revealed: Joanie Shapiro

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Joanie Shapiro
After selling her medical billing business and moving to Sun City in Georgetown, Texas, Joanie and other Jews living in her area came together to form Haverah Shalom. This congregation started by in the late 1990s by meeting for Shabbat services at each other’s homes. Now, Haverah Shalom has grown exponentially in size and resources, including a portable Ark and Torah. These congregation members have come to form bonds religiously, socially, and philanthropically to create a Jewish
community.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

Austin Revealed: Jennifer Greenberg Seth

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things. KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.

Today’s video features Jennifer Greenberg Seth
Growing up the granddaughter of a famous Jewish athlete, Jennifer has always identified as being Jewish. Now, she has finally found her own place in the Jewish community – singing with the Temple Beth Shalom choir. Whether at choir practice or High Holiday services, Jennifer’s bond to the Jewish community in Austin continues to strengthen through their melodic arrangements.

Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

Story of the Jews on KLRU

In March and April, KLRU will broadcast The Story of the Jews, which explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day later this month. In conjunction with the series, KLRU is planning a significant outreach effort highlight our local Jewish community including on event on May 19th details coming soon.

Based on British historian Simon Schama’s epic book The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, the five-part series features interviews with noted academics, writers, politicians and artists. KLRU will broadcast part 1-2 on March 25 from 7-9 pm and part 3-5 on April 1st from 7-10 pm.

In Central Texas as elsewhere, being Jewish means many different things.  To some, attending regular service and participating in traditional religious ceremonies makes a person Jewish, while others see being Jewish as a cultural group or something they were born into.  KLRU will explore the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin in a series of short format documentaries for our web series Austin Revealed.  Austin Revealed is an oral history project that shares personal experiences and stories of Austin’s past to encourage discussion and thought around the city’s future.. Learn more about Austin Revealed.

KLRU, along with assistance from the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin (JFGA), will interview five Central Texans about what being Jewish means to them.  These short videos will shed light on the differences and similarities between people who identify as Jewish. Watch the videos

As part of The Story of the Jews National Education and Outreach Initiative, there is a national essay contest to encourage high school aged students across America to examine how stories shape our identities. To enter the contest, high school students must watch a short video and answer specific questions. Get more details about the contest

Adults can share their family’s journey on the Story of the Jews website

Screening: Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle 3/27

KLRU featured event

KLRU’s partners at The University of Texas Moody College of Communications School of Journalism present a preview screening of the PBS documentary Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle. Director Phillip Rodriguez will be present for a post-screening Q&A.

DATE: March 27th
TIME: 4-7 pm
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: Free and open to the public

Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle examines the life and mysterious death of pioneering journalist Ruben Salazar. At the heart of the story is Salazar’s transformation from a mainstream, establishment reporter to primary chronicler and supporter of the radical Chicano movement of the late 1960s. Killed under mysterious circumstances by a law enforcement officer in 1970, Salazar became an instant martyr to Latinos — many of whom had criticized his reporting during his lifetime. Adding to the Salazar mystique is that the details of how he was killed have been obscured in the ensuing four decades since his death.

Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle will air on KLRU Tuesday, April 29th at 8 pm.

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.

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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 clothesstories.com