Screening: Russia’s Open Book 4/23

KLRU and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) at The University of Texas present a discussion of the documentary Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin.

DATE: April 23, 2014
TIME: 7 – 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: Avaya Auditorium (ACE 2.302/POB 2.302),  The Peter O’Donnell, Jr. Building (POB) for Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences (ACE), 201 E 24th St, Austin, TX 78712
RSVP: The event is free but RSVP is required. RSVP now
Russian-themed refreshments being provided after the screening/discussion.

Join KLRU and our special guest, author Andrei Gelasimov, for a sneak peek of the PBS documentary Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin. Gelasimov, as well as Dr.Michael Pesenson, professor of Russian literature at UT, and award-winning translator Marian Schwartz, who translated Gelasimov’s book Thirst (Zhazhda), will discuss the topics and authors covered in the documentary to open up the conversation of contemporary Russian writing. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will also be served in the lobby after the screening/panel discussion.

Andrei Gelasimov studied foreign languages at Yakutsk State University and directing at the Moscow Theater Institute. He became an overnight literary sensation in Russia in 2001 when his story “A Tender Age,” which he published online, won critical acclaim as best debut and went on to garner the Apollon-Grigoriev and the Booker Student Prizes, as well as a nomination for the Belkin Prize. Thirst is Gelasimov’s first book published in English. His novel The Gods of the Steppes, forthcoming from AmazonCrossing in 2012, won the 2009 Russian National Bestseller literary award.

Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin airs on KLRU May 8th at 9 pm.

Parking:
Handicap parking is available near the ACE building on Speedway and 24th Attendees who need to be dropped off can do so at the ACE entrance on 24th All other drivers can find street parking along Dean Keeton (note: metered parking is free after 6:00 p.m.) Parking is also available in the San Jacinto Garage.

Special thanks to our partners:
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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.

KLRU at Pflugerville Spring Pfling

Join KLRU and Clifford the Red Dog on Saturday, March 29th, for the Pflugerville Spring Pfling! The Pfling takes place from noon to 4 pm in Heritage Park (901 Old Austin Hutto Road Pflugerville, TX 78660).

Annual spring event for children and families featuring “Dinosaur George” with an exhibit of dinosaur bones! Marionette puppet shows, “Imagine Music” demonstration, a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatable bounce houses, live music, dancers from the city’s Parks & Recreation Department, information about the Spring/Summer classes. Home Depot returns with its popular flower planting project — decorate a flower pot, then plant spring flowers to take home. Six different food vendors will have lunch for sale. Get more details

Thank You for Amplifying KLRU!

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We did it! Because of YOU, we were able to surpass our goal and raise $20,627 from over 280 people in our community during the Amplify Austin campaign last week. Not only did we surpass our goal, but you helped Amplify Austin surpass their goal and raise over $5.7 million for the Austin area community. It is your generosity that gives us the ability to continue building a stronger Central Texas through quality public television and vital community services. Thank you!

In fact, your gift will help KLRU provide over 35,000 hours of free, high quality programming in the areas of education, arts and culture and public issues to everyone in Central Texas this year. And we go beyond broadcast: last year, over 50,000 people attended KLRU tapings, screenings, workshops and other events and educational activities. With on-air and online content serving 18 counties, KLRU is one of the only nonprofits in Central Texas with the potential to touch nearly every household, every day.

Your gift is an investment in this community. Thank you for your incredible support.

Love our programs about Austin? Show it by helping us Amplify Austin!

Now is the time! If you value the work we do every day to tell stories about issues that matter to you, join us TODAY for the second annual Amplify Austin community-wide giving day. You have until 6pm to show your support for the shows we create that share what is special about Austin. And if you’re one of over 16,000 who has already joined the Amplify Austin campaign, thank you!

The Central Texas community is well on its way to helping Amplify Austin meet their goal of raising $4 million and with your help, we’re well on our way to meeting our goal of raising $18,500. As of 9am this morning, we’ve raised $11,500. Won’t you join the more than 130 people that have helped KLRU Amplify Austin already?

Join the fun today to show your support for Amplify Austin and KLRU. Here’s how YOU can help:

We have until 6pm tonight to make a huge difference in our community, so let’s Amplify Austin together!

 

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

It’s almost time to Amplify Austin!

An investment in KLRU is an investment in YOUR community! We are thrilled to be participating in the second annual Amplify Austin community-wide giving day that begins TODAY at 6pm.

Amplify Austin, presented by I Live Here, I Give Here, is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Central Texas through online giving in a 24 hour period. Last year Amplify Austin, as a whole, raised over $2.8 million for the Central Texas community.

Last year, you helped KLRU raise over $12,000 from 130 people in the community, and this year we have a goal to raise $18,500 from over 200 people in the community. We need your help to reach it!

Here’s how you can help:

Don’t want to wait until 6pm to give? Preschedule your donation now!

We have 24 hours to make a huge difference in our community, so let’s Amplify Austin together!

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

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 clothestories.com

 

Texas Film Awards 3/6

KLRU featured event

KLRU’s partners at the Austin Film Society are hosting the annual Texas Film Awards.  You can watch the Texas Film Awards 2012 now

Texas Film Awards
Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6 PM
Austin Studios, Stage 7
Honorary Gala Chairs: Bobbi and Mort Topfer
For tables and tickets, visit austinfilm.org/TFA

Join Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton, Danny McBride, Priscilla Presley, Robert Rodriguez, Danny Trejo, Luke Wilson and many more, as AFS inducts legends of cinema and television into the Texas Film Hall of Fame! All proceeds benefit the artistic and educational programs of the Austin Film Society.

Followed by The Texas Party
9 PM – Midnight
For tickets, visit austinfilm.org/TexasParty
Come mingle with the stars at the official after party of the Texas Film Awards featuring musical performances by Money Chicha and DJ Mahealani, a Patrón Spirits photo booth, the Lady Luck Lottery, The Dos Equis Lounge, a LIVE social media wall powered by Mass Relevance and a silent auction filled with one-of-a-kind experiences. Plus, enjoy Texas food and drink provided by: Hat Creek Burger, Thundercloud Subs, Austin Cake Ball, How Do You Roll?, HWY 29 BBQ, Nothing Bundt Cakes and more!