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.

Watch All Of Grantchester Season One: 3/13 & 3/20

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Split between March 13th & March 20th, KLRU will show all of Masterpiece Mystery! – Grandchester season one before season two premieres on March 27th. Grandchester follows clergyman Sidney Chambers as he finds himself investigating a murder.

Episode 1: March 13th at 8 p.m.
Sidney Chambers, a young and charismatic vicar, turns amateur investigator when one of his parishioners dies under suspicious circumstances. It looks like suicide, but Reverend Sidney Chambers suspects murder. His biggest challenge is to enlist police in the hunt for the killer.

Episode 2: March 13th at 9:30 p.m.
Sidney’s former flame throws an engagement party that leads to murder. To crack the case, Sidney and Geordie must break a code of silence.

Episode 3: March 20th at 7 p.m.
An old woman tells Sidney that someone wants her dead. Then she dies. Coincidence? The new curate delivers a surprising sermon.

Episode 4: March 20th at 8 p.m.
A shocking murder reveals the depths of homophobia in Cambridge. Geordie crosses swords with Sidney over conduct of the investigation.

Episode 5: March 20th at 9 p.m.
On holiday in London, Sidney and Geordie happen upon a murder, allowing them to show Scotland Yard a thing or two.

Episode 6: March 20th at 10 p.m.
As Geordie’s life hangs in the balance, Sidney has to defy police to stop a killing spree. Sidney’s romantic life falls apart.

Remembering David Bowie

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Get social and answer the following questions as well as make a gift to YOUR KLRU to win!

This evening at 9:30 p.m., KLRU celebrates the life of David Bowie. Tune into KLRU-Q and watch DAVID BOWIE: FIVE YEARS. Survey five pivotal years in Bowie’s extensive career, each illustrating his inspiration and where his innovative ideas led him. The program features unseen footage and interviews with close collaborators, and charts Bowie’s continual evolution. Before then we wanted to extend a special incentive to engage with your community supported PBS station during our spring fund drive.

KLRU wants to give you* a gift in celebration of this iconic artist when you engage with us socially this Spring Fund Drive. Enter via social media by being 1 of the first 5 to answer the following questions correctly. Even better, you can up your chances of winning by becoming a member or making an additional gift this March.

Questions:

  1. Sesame Street’s Big Bird was created by Jim Henson — what movie did David Bowie appear alongside other puppets created by the master puppeteer?
    1. The Muppets Take Manhattan
    2. Labyrinth
    3. The Dark Crystal
  1. In May of 2014, David Bowie was featured in an animated short film discussing Stardust in which he said, “I never really felt like a rock singer or a rock star. I always felt a little bit out of my element.” What PBS Digital Initiative was this?
    1. Blank on Blank
    2. PBS NewsHour
    3. Hardly Sound

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!

*Must live in the Central Texas area to win. Winner will be contacted on or around March 18.

Arts In Context Shorts: Beto Martinez balances family and art

Arts In Context Shorts: Studio Life tells the story of how Beto Martinez balances his career as a working musician and his family life.

“There’s always been a struggle to find that balance,” Martinez said. He went on to say it’s easier to handle now because he has a studio at home.

Martinez still works with Grupo Fantasma, a Grammy Award-winning funk orchestra from Austin, but he is also venturing into letting fellow local musicians use his studio to record their music.

The flexibility of being able to record from home and play local shows has allowed Martinez to lead a more balanced life.

“It could have been three hours before that I was out there, and I felt like a rockstar,” Martinez said. “But then I gotta come home and wake up and see what the kids want for breakfast.”

Celebrating Frank Sinatra’s legacy!

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

KLRU is certain you are enjoying FRANK SINATRA: THE VOICE OF OUR TIME. Sinatra was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. This Spring YOUR COMMUNITY supported PBS station has an amazing offer to all fans of Ol’ Blue Eyes.

Experience an evening of sensational musical fun celebrating Frank Sinatra’s legacy. THE SINATRA CENTURY features internationally-acclaimed performers Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso in a nonstop musical show business bonanza. Enjoy the hits — Come Fly With Me, Witchcraft, and many more! With a contribution of $150 you’ll receive two tickets to the show, playing May 6, 7 and 8 at The Long Center.

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!

KLRU Celebrates Women’s History Month with Documentaries

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We’re celebrating Women’s History Month with programs that feature great women who have made their mark on the world. Join us throughout March to learn more about these leading ladies and how they shaped history.

Below is a list of programs airing on KLRU, but we also have a wealth of documentaries online including Arts In Context Somos Krudas, Arts In Context Rebirth, Arts In Context A Moving Canvas and Arts In Context A Reason to Dance.

Loretta Lynn:  American Masters
Friday, March 4 starting at 8:00 pm and repeats on Tuesday, March 15 at 8:30 pm.
Explore the country legend’s hard-fought road to stardom. From her Appalachian roots to the Oscar-winning biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta Lynn struggled to balance family and her music career and is still going strong over 50 years later.

The Girls in the Band
Thursday, March 31 at 9:00 pm.
The documentary The Girls in the Band 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.

Independent Lens “The Graduates”
Monday, March 21 at 9:00 pm.
This documentary journeys into the heart of American education. More than a survey of contemporary policy challenges, it is an intimate and honest exploration of how students, their families and teachers are faring in a stressed public education system, during a politically complex climate, and during an unforgiving global economy.

Independent Lens “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroes”
Monday, March 21 at 10:00 pm
This program traces the evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, this film looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

Genius of Marie Curie
Tuesday, March 22 at 10:00 pm
The first woman to be awarded a Nobel prize, Marie Curie was an extraordinary woman whose story is as remarkable in the modern day as it was last century. In her lifetime, she became a rare thing: a celebrity scientist, attracting the attention of the news cameras and tabloid gossip, fascinated by a woman winning prestigious awards and making groundbreaking discoveries. But how did Marie Curie achieve such great things in a time when a woman’s place was in the home, not the laboratory? This documentary takes a fresh look at one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century, and discovers how she achieved both her professional accomplishments and raised a family – all in the face of prejudice, sexism and her own ill health.

Austin Revealed: Chicano desegregation and education

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In the aftermath of desegregation, Mexican-American students and teachers in Austin realized the lack of equality in the school system and higher education. In the first installment of KLRU’s Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights series, students and teachers who lived it share their stories about the disparate conditions and the fight for reform.

Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights debuts on Thursdays in March on KLRU.org. Stay tuned for future installments addressing 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.

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.