Community Cinema: Evolution of a Criminal 11/4

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of Evolution of a Criminal on Tuesday, November 4th, at Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The free event is open to the public and takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm.

In this gripping blend of documentary, true crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey since that act.

 

KLRU at the Texas Book Festival 10/26

KLRU featured event

KLRU Educational Services will be at the Texas Book Festival this weekend! On Sunday, October 26th, from noon – 3 pm Clifford the Big Red Dog and KLRU’s Ed Services team will be at the Children’s Activity Tent (on Colorado St. between 12th & 13th). Children can use our iPads loaded with learning apps and parents can find out about educational resources available from PBS.

KLRU receives CPB American Graduate community service grant

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, has been awarded a $200,000 American Graduate community service grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The grant’s purpose is to raise awareness in Central Texas about the true costs of our youth leaving school before graduation, as well as efforts conducted in our region to reduce dropout rates.

High school graduation rates are an important indicator of the community’s health, and high dropout rates have serious economic consequences. The E3 Alliance, one of KLRU’s partner organizations, has estimated that the cost of a single class year of dropouts in Central Texas is $435 million. “The time, energy, and resources we invest now to address this challenge will pay important dividends in the overall social and economic health of our community,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO and general manager of KLRU.

In a celebration and launch of the grant, KLRU is participating in CPB’s American Graduate Day on Saturday, September 27, and will host an all-day programming special from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. that will include national and local panels, content, and discussion regarding education and graduation topics and issues. Learn more about American Graduate Day.

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Community Cinema begins Oct. 7 with Makers screening

KLRU featured event

Independent Television Service and KLRU announce this year’s Community Cinema films. For the 2014-15 season screenings will be held in Austin at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). All screenings will start at 7 pm, are free and open to the public.

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.

Oct 7: Makers
Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Makers is a six-part PBS series profiling the impact women have had over the past 50 years.

Nov. 4: Evolution of a Criminal
In this gripping blend of documentary, true crime, and personal essay, a filmmaker confronts his past, dissecting the circumstances that led him to commit a bank robbery as a young man, and his journey since that act.

Jan 6: A Path Appears from the creators of Half the Sky
A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls, while also presenting glimpses of hope and change. From the team that brought you the groundbreaking Half the Sky:Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Feb. 3: American Denial
Using the story of Gunnar Myrdal’s 1944 investigation of Jim Crow racism as a springboard, American Denial explores the power of unconscious biases and how the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice still impact notions of race and class today.

March 3: The Homestretch
Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from a life of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.

May 5: Limited Partnership
Decades before The Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8, one gay couple, a Filipino American and an Australian, fell in love and over the course of 40 years took on the U.S. government to fight for marriage and immigration equality.

Vision + Voice Celebration 9/19

The Austin ISD Office of Academics, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Division at Austin Community College, would like to invite the community to the Vision + Voice reception from 6–8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the new ACC Highland Campus, 6101 Airport Blvd.

The reception follows the successful launch of the Vision + Voice poetry contest. AISD students submitted more than 800 poems. One winning poem was selected per grade level and was paired with an ACC student art piece. KLRU will feature students reading their poems on klru.tv at starting later this month.

The event will feature student poetry readings and the poster gallery of the winning poems. Please RSVP here. Check out the winning poems and honorable mentions here. If you have any questions, please contact Asha Dane’el at (512) 414-1522 or at asha.daneel@austinisd.org.

Basetrack discount

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Our friends at Texas Performing Arts are pleased to present the world premiere engagement of BASETRACK, a gripping theatrical production that confronts the complex truths and ambiguities of the modern military experience. The event takes place September 11-13 at 8 pm at the McCullough Theatre. Live music, film and a cascade of images from independent photojournalists in Afghanistan punctuate a performance drawn from genuine social media exchanges and interviews, immersing audiences in the experiences of contemporary military service personnel and their families. KLRU Members receive 15% OFF on Friday and Saturday night tickets! Visit bit.ly/BASETRACK and enter the code MARINES for the discount.

Designing Healthy Communities starts 8/31

Designing Healthy Communities is a four-part documentary that explores how current urban design is making thousands of people sick by contributing to high rates of asthma, childhood obesity and chronic illness. It shows examples of healthy community design and looks at cities that are finding creative solutions to these complicated problems. The show will air Sundays, Aug. 31, Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 28, at 1 pm

Retrofitting Suburbia  Aug. 31 at 1 pm
Physician and public health expert Richard Jackson uncovers an unexpected cause for our nation’s epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Jackson demonstrates our nation is suffering from a “common source epidemic”: a widespread public health problem caused by a single environmental factor. We see how an auto-focused environment discourages walking and biking and leads us to spend more sedentary time in our cars. But communities around the country are learning to fight disease through better urban planning.

Rebuilding Places of the Heart Sept. 7 at 1 pm
Meet children and families suffering from asthma and other consequences of unhealthy communities. Host Richard Jackson leads us on a tour of three mid-size communities working to rebuild “places of the heart”: towns and cities where families, history and community interconnect.

Social Policy in Concrete Sept. 14 at 1 pm
Host Richard Jackson shows “where you live is a big predictor of how long you’re going to live.”  We examine a number of creative solutions, including clean diesel, urban farming and farmers markets.

Searching for Shangri-La Sept. 28 at 1 pm
Richard Jackson searches for America’s best communities – past and present. These healthy, sustainable communities range in size and type, but each is a model for healthy design. The episode also examines best practices for community design from leading thinkers.

Funding is provided by The Kresge Foundation, working to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and community development efforts in Detroit.

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