KLRU is joining ranks with I Live Here, I Give Here and over 300 other area nonprofits for a community-wide day of online philanthropy with the goal of raising $1 million in 24 hours. Be sure to save the date, because starting at 7 pm on March 4, we’re asking Central Texans to hop on to AmplifyATX.org and show the rest of the world just how charitable this city can be. KLRU is very excited to be a part of this FIRST ever annual online giving festival. Be sure to check out this video about Amplify Austin, like KLRU and Amplify Austin on Facebook and follow KLRU and Amplify Austin on Twitter. We’re sure you’ll be just as eager to participate in the big day as we are!
The Black Watch and Band of Scots Guards will perform live in Austin on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 8 pm at the Frank Erwin Center. Our friends at the Frank Erwin Center have given KLRU tickets to this show to share with our members and fans. Post a comment on this blog post by February 15th and we’ll choose winners to receive two tickets each.
The Black Watch and Band of Scots Guards
Feb. 21 at 8 pm at Frank Erwin Center
British military tradition will come to life when the “British Isles of Wonder” featuring the legendary sounds of the Band of the Scots Guards and The Pipes, Drums, Highland Dancers of The Black Watch 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiments of Scotlandperform at the Frank Erwin Center Feb. 21! Together, The Black Watch and the Band of the Scots Guard will celebrate the music of Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales with traditional marches, drums, bagpipes, pageantry, dancing and more. The Band of the Scots Guards and The Black Watch have inspired British troops and entertained audiences for more than three centuries. The accomplished musicians are iconic images of Great Britain, and travel around the world to showcase their talent and represent the best of the British.
You can buy tickets at the Texas Box Office
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 Black History Month, KLRU and KLRU-Q will broadcast a lineup of programs and events honoring and exploring African American culture.
Join KLRU for the next round of Blackademics: Education, Performance and Youth Empowerment
Join us for a live recording of nationally and internationally renowned black studies scholars as they offer dynamic talks on education, performance and youth empowerment. The event will include the following talks hosted by Kevin Michael Foster and the Institute for Community, University and School Partnerships (ICUSP).
- Aimee Cox dancer-turned professor Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Empowerment
- Fred Ho Jazz Baritone Saxophonist The Genius and Revolutionary Nature of Black Vanguard Music
- Leonard Moore Historian and student services administrator Football as Intellectual Enterprise
- Amy Brown teacher-turned-educational anthropologist Buried Treasure: Urban Fiction as a Teaching Tool
- Keffrelyn Brown & Anthony Brown husband & wife educational researchers The Tree of Race and Knowledge
- Kevin Michael Foster Education Activist and Scholar Filling the gaps: Culturally relevant programs for kids of color
- Heather Pleasants & Dana Salter Community Engaged Scholars Writing their own Stories: Kids & Digital Literacy
- Julian Heilig Education Policy Expert Community-Based Accountability: A New Approach
- Gloria Quinlan Soprano vocalist and music professor Music, Performance and Instruction in the Historically Black College context
KLRU, the University of Texas Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders invite you to a discussion about cultivating leadership. The evening will also feature short video features on local women and girls making a difference in the Austin community and a preview of the PBS series MAKERS: Women Who Make America.
Inspiring Women Leaders, a discussion about cultivating leadership, will focus on inspiring future generations through mentorship and other means. Speakers will include:
- Christine Adame
Graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, participant in INSPIRE: Empowering Texas Women Leaders program, and former staff member of NEW Leadership Texas.
- Monica Martinez
Project Specialist, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders
- Alma Jackie Salcedo
Graduate Coordinator at Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, UT-Austin
As part of the event, KLRU will present eight short videos featuring local women and girls who are inspiring others through their actions. These women were nominated by the community to be featured as part of KLRU’s participation in the national Women and Girls Lead campaign. A preview from the upcoming PBS documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America – a film that shares the stories of exceptional women whose pioneering contributions continue to shape the world in which we live – will also be shown. This documentary airs February 26th at 7 pm on KLRU.
Women featured in the Women and Girls Lead project videos will be:
- Katherine Craft is the founder of Conspire Theater, a program that provides incarcerated women a healing and empowering experience through the arts.
- Julieta Garibay co-founded the Undergraduate Leadership Initiative, an advocacy group comprised of fellow undocumented college students, supporters, and family.
- Rina Hartline is director of Texas State Relations for Centerpoint Energy and mentors other women as the founder of the Association of Women in Energy.
- Peggy Kelsey created The Afghan Women’s Project to share stories of Afghan women to help change stereotypes.
- Amy Koch is a graduate of Project SEARCH at Seton Healthcare Family, a best practice for hiring individuals with developmental disabilities created at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center.
- Esther Reyes is Executive Director of the Austin Immigrant Right’s Coalition and has helped lead a statewide effort to protect the human rights of Texas’ undocumented immigrants.
- Ndeye Boury Silla is one of our community’s outstanding teenagers. The daughter of Senegalese immigrants, she raised more than $900 to purchase school supplies for children in her parent’s native country.
- Marissa Vogel started the non-profit organization Little Helping Hands, which creates and manages volunteer opportunities for younger children and their parents.
Join KLRU for a Civic Summit taping on how best to voice your opinion to elected officials.
Date: Tuesday, January 29
Time: taping begins promptly at 7:30pm (doors open at 7 pm)
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A 2504-B Whitis
RSVP Now: Civic Summit: Your State Legislature, Your Voice
When was the last time you reached out to your elected lawmaker? Are you even sure how?
On January 29th, KLRU continues the civic engagement series “Why Bother? Engaging Texans in Democracy Today” with a Civic Summit taping in KLRU studio 6A. The conversation will revolve around the challenges and obstacles (for both the public and lawmakers) with putting an issue in front of the people that need to hear. Do we have a suitable system for public engagement? What could we do better?
We’ll hear from elected lawmakers along with folks involved in grassroots lobbying organizations about their experiences. Audience members are encouraged to tell their stories of success, or failures. Confirmed panelists include Senator Wendy Davis and State Representative Larry Gonzales. RSVP now to be part of the studio audience.
Why Bother? Engaging Texans in Democracy Today is a news and public dialogue series intended to provoke a conversation among regular people – the skeptics and the true believers – about why they participate and why they don’t. Developed jointly by the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, KLRU, and KUT.
On January 1, 2014 a new GED test will take effect. People who have already started the GED process,must pass all five segments before January 1, 2014 or will have to start all segments over. Those thinking about taking the GED soon, must start now in order to complete all tests before January 1, 2014.
In an effort to assist our community with this process, KLRU will air GED Connections starting January 7th. Engaging documentary-style videos introduce content and give learners a chance to hear from experts in various fields and advance toward their GED with programs covering each test area. Students hear and see how the skills they are learning for the GED exam relate to work, home and community life. GED Connections will air on KLRU at 5:30 am Monday to Friday and on KLRU Q 2:30 pm Monday to Friday.
If you need more assistance than the television show can provide there are several options in the KLRU viewing area.
Austin Community College’s Adult Education Division provides a variety of services and programs to help adult learners meet their education and career goals. Adult Education offers GED preparation, English as a Second Language classes, workforce certification programs, courses to ease the transition to college, and more. For more information, visit austincc.edu/abe or call (512) 223.5300
Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas’ Adult Education Program provides a wide array of adult education services across a ten county area surrounding Austin. These services include classes for GED preparation, English as a second language, English Literacy and Civics, college and workforce readiness, and basic skills improvement. For more information, visit communityaction.com or call (512) 392-1161 extension 334
Tonight, join KLRU, KUT and the Annette Strauss Institute for a community conversation to explore the effects of changing demographics on civic participation in Central Texas.
KUT News Reporter Joy Diaz will host the event. Juan Castillo, senior reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, will share recent demographic trends in Austin from the 2010 census. Chantel Bottoms, senior research analyst at Community Action Network, will present voter turnout data for Travis County. Participants will then join small roundtable discussions to explore how to expand community engagement as the city
continues to grow and change.
This community event is organized in partnership with Austin Community College’s Center for Public Policy and Political Studies.
When: 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10
Where: Austin Community College’s Eastview campus, Multipurpose Hall (Room 8500), 3401 Webberville Road.
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here.
What: Forum Explores Effects of Changing Demographics on Civic Participation “Why Bother? Engaging Our Changing City”
When: 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10
Where: Austin Community College’s Eastview campus, Multipurpose Hall (Room
8500), 3401 Webberville Road.
RSVP: This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here
The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, and KUT 90.5 FM are hosting a community conversation to explore the effects of changing demographics on civic participation in Central Texas. “Why Bother? Engaging Our Changing City” is the second event in a yearlong news and public dialogue series organized by the hosts.
“As Austin grows and thrives, our city is becoming more diverse, but this diversity isn’t reflected among citizens who vote,” said Regina Lawrence, director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life. “This forum will explore ways to get everyone engaged in our city’s future.”
KUT News Reporter Joy Diaz will host the event. Juan Castillo, senior reporter for the Austin American-Statesman, will share recent demographic trends in Austin from the 2010 census. Chantel Bottoms, senior research analyst at Community Action Network, will present voter turnout data for Travis County. Participants will then join small roundtable discussions to explore how to expand community engagement as the city continues to grow and change.
Background: Sponsored by the Strauss Institute for Civic Life, KLRU and KUT 90.5 FM, the “Why Bother? Engaging Texans in Democracy Today” series aims to get people talking about why Texas has one of the lowest rates of civic participation in the country, and what can be done about it.
Future public dialogues next spring will address how citizens can make their voices heard in the Texas Legislature and how to involve Austin residents in city government
and planning. For more information about the series and the civic engagement crisis in Central Texas, visit whybothertexas.org.
About the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life
Created in 2000 to respond to growing political cynicism and disaffection in the United
States, the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life is named for Annette Greenfield
Strauss: former Dallas mayor, community leader and philanthropist. The Institute
envisions a democracy where all citizens are informed, vote and are actively involved in
improving their communities. Through nonpartisan research, education and outreach, the Institute seeks to understand and overcome obstacles to civic engagement. To learn more, visit us online at http://annettestrauss.org.
About The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication
One of the nation’s foremost institutions for the study of advertising and public relations, communication sciences and disorders, communication studies, journalism and radio-TV-film, The University of Texas at Austin College of Communication is preparing students to thrive in an era of media convergence. Serving more than 4,600 undergraduate and graduate students, the College is nationally recognized for its faculty members, research and student media. For more information about the College of Communication, visit http://communication.utexas.edu.
Explore the artistic world of Wayne White at this month’s Community Cinema screening at 7 pm on December 4 Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.).
BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING by Neil Berkeley
Artist Wayne White found early success as one of the creators of Pee-wee’s Playhouse and now his “word” paintings, which feature pithy and often sarcastic text statements crafted onto vintage landscape paintings, have made him a darling of the fine art world. This is a funny, irreverent story of the highs and lows of a commercial artist struggling to find peace and balance between his work and his art.