In the Studio: A Discussion about Austin’s Latino Identity 4/6

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

For generations, Latinos have shaped Austin’s culture, and in recent years the number of people who identify as Latino has surged. Join moderator Josefina Casati, Editor of ¡Ahora Sí!, as we examine the challenges Austin’s Latino population faces, and discuss how this community contributes to the tapestry of our city. 

Wednesday, April 6
6:30pm Doors | 7pm Start
KLRU Studio 6A (map)
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This event is free but an RSVP is required

Have a question or topic you’d like to pose to our panelists on this subject? Email us at: civicsummit@klru.org

Civic Summit: Austin’s Latino Identity will air on KLRU on May 12, 2016 at 9pm

Want to learn more about Austin’s Chicano heritage? KLRU’s Austin Revealed: Chicano Civil Rights tells the story of Austin’s Chicano history through first-person accounts of civil rights leaders.

In The Studio: Overheard tapes Ken Burns & Henry Louis Gates Jr. 3/12, Anthony Foxx 3/13, Rick Linklater 3/22

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for multiple interviews this March in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). These events are free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP for one or multiple tapings.

Ken Burns
Saturday, March 12 at 10:15am
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 9:45am

Ken Burns is an acclaimed historical documentary filmmaker. His films have won 13 Emmys, two Oscar nominations, and he was honored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Lifetime Achievement Award. His films and series, most of which appear on PBS, include The Civil War, The Dust Bowl, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, The War, Jazz, and Baseball. His next film, Jackie Robinson, will air on PBS on April 11 and 12. He is currently working on an 10 part film about the Vietnam War (released in 2017), as well as films about country music (2018), and Ernest Hemingway (2019).

Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Saturday, March 12 at 11:15am
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 10:45am

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, as well as Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. In addition to being an historian, Dr. Gates is also an author, cultural critic, and filmmaker. He has produced numerous series for PBS including Looking for Lincoln, Many Rivers to Cross: The History of the African American People, and Finding Your Roots, many of which he also hosts. His next documentary series, Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise will air on PBS stations this fall.

Anthony Foxx
Sunday, March 13 at 11:15am
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 10:45am

Anthony Foxx is the 17 U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Foxx was Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina from 2009-2013. He also served as City Council Member At-Large for two terms. While he was mayor Charlotte extended the city’s light rail system, expanded the airport, highway improvements, and started a streetcar project.

Richard Linklater
Tuesday, March 22 at 12:00pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 11:30am

Overheard is thrilled to welcome Richard Linklater back to Studio 6A! Rick is a multiple Academy Award-nominated director whose credits include Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, A Scanner Darkly,  School of Rock, Bernie, and Boyhood. His most recent Oscar nominations were for Boyhood, which was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Film Editing. That film  won him the Golden Globe for Best Director. Rick’s newest film is Everybody Wants Some, which is premiering at SXSW and will be released April 15th.

 

Let Chef Jacques Pépin cook for you!

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Experience the words and wisdom of the world-renowned chef when he comes to the Long Center this June!

For many years, Jacques Pépin has been there for us, demystifying French cooking. Are you celebrating Jacques Pépin’s 80th birthday? Chefs Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai prepare their favorite recipes with Jacques this spring drive on-air.  

You can experience the words and wisdom of world-renowned Chef Jacques Pépin when he comes to the Long Center this June! In addition to authoring the go-to book on French cuisine, Pépin made his way into our homes as the host of several acclaimed cooking programs on public television. Donate $200 and we’ll thank you with 2 tickets to see him live at the Long Center at 3 p.m. on June 5. Don’t miss the chance to see the beloved Jacques Pépin in his 80th year.  

KLRU is committed to sharing these impactful arts programs with everyone in Central Texas for free. Whether you’re just discovering cooking shows you love, or you’re a long time Jacques Pépin fan, the beauty of KLRU is that we bring you a richly varied menu of programming.

As your only community-supported public television station we know you rely on us to help you explore your world and make connections in your community. That’s why your investment, a gift at any amount, is so important to Your KLRU! Thank you!

Ken Burns’ Jackie Robinson: Preview Screening 3/6

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center are teaming up to present a preview of Ken Burns’ new documentary, Jackie Robinson.

This two-part, four-hour documentary tells the story of the first African American player in Major League Baseball, his struggle for respect in a league dominated by white men and his battle to make all African Americans first class citizens through his athleticism.

The screening will include a 40-minute preview of the documentary and a reception will precede the screening. The event will be held at George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center Theater at 1161 Angelina St. in Austin. On Feb. 23, the reception will start at 6:30 pm and the screening will start at 7 p.m. On March 6, the reception will start at 3 p.m. and the screening will be at 3:30 p.m.You do not need to RSVP. Admission is based on when capacity is reached.

The documentary will premiere on KLRU in April.

In the Studio: Ethan Hawke tapes Overheard February 18!

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Join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Ethan Hawke on February 18 at 11:15am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:45am.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. 

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Ethan Hawke is an Academy Award-nominated actor and screenwriter. He’s also an author of three novels, including his most recent Rules for a Knight, which The New Yorker called “a hybrid parenting guide and self-help book.” Hawke was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role last year for his performance in Boyhood. In his newest film, Born to be Blue, he plays legendary jazz musician Chet Baker. That film will be released March 25th.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a 6th season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Ethan Hawke. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

 

Blackademics 2016 tapings 2/9 & 2/10

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Blackademics Television is a presentation of The Institute for Community, University & School Partnerships (ICUSP) in combination with KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. This project uses television & social media to share top Black Studies scholarship with broad popular audiences.

We invite you to join us live in KLRU’s Studio 6A on Feb. 9th & 10th to watch this year’s presenters tape their talks. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the taping starts promptly at 7 pm.

Presenters include:
Joshua & Jeremiah West
Dr. Tifani Jones Blakes
Jordan & Mia Smith
Ben Gilbarg
Shaan Shah
Dr. Kevin Michael Foster
Leander Brieon Thompson
Artist Tyson
Mikaila Ulmer
Kelley Glover

Watch Blackademics talks from pervious years now

In the Studio: Civic Summit Examines First Year of Austin’s Single-Member District Council

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January marks one year since Austin’s first 10-1 City Council was sworn into office. For the first time Austin voters elected a council member to represent each of the 10 new geographic districts, and elected new Mayor Steve Adler to represent the city as a whole. 

Many hoped the historic election would be a watershed moment, inspiring more people to get involved in city politics. More than 70 people ran for office and 8 of the 10 new council members have never held public office before. But, Austin’s voter turnout is still dismally low and very few residents engage regularly in city issues.

CIVIC SUMMIT, in partnership with Leadership Austin, will convene a community conversation to discuss this transformative time in Austin’s city government, and look ahead to Austin’s future.

Join host Judy Maggio and panelists Mayor Steve Adler, Council Member Ora Houston, EngageATX’s Annie Dlugokecki, and AISD Trustee Paul Saldaña

Wednesday, January 13
6:30pm Doors | 7pm Start
KLRU Studio 6A
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This event is free but an RSVP is required.

CIVIC SUMMIT airs on KLRU January 22 at 8:30pm, immediately following 10-WON, a documentary following the seismic shift in Austin’s political landscape, from the time the 78 candidates signed up to the swearing-in ceremony. The film will be screened prior to taping the Civic Summit.

In the Studio 12/10: Civic Summit taping focuses on increasing graduation rates

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This week, KLRU’s Civic Summit tapes Stop the Drop: Engaging Students in Their Futures. This interactive discussion about why students in Central Texas drop out of high school will air on Dec. 17th. Youth, educators and advocates will come together to offer multiple perspectives about the issues that lead to drop out. Local area high school students will be in attendance to share their challenges, opinions and be active participants in this very special taping.

Stop the DropDATE: Thursday, December 10
TIME: 5:30pm Doors | 6pm Start
LOCATION: KLRU Studio 6A | Map/Directions
RSVP: This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Using real-time polling, youth-produced videos, and frank discussion, KLRU aims to discover the real reason behind our community’s dropout crisis – and find out how we can keep more students on the path to high school graduation and successful futures.

Stop the Drop: Engaging Students in Their Futures will air on KLRU on December 17 at 9pm. This Civic Summit is part of KLRU’s American Graduate Initiative, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

ACL & KLRU Holiday Sale

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Holiday season creeping up on you? Not sure what to get loved ones? Never fear – head to KLRU’s Studio 6A for the Austin City Limits and KLRU holiday sale, Dec. 8 from 5-8 p.m.

Get yourself or your loved ones a special Austin City Limits holiday ornament, limited edition poster, t-shirt or one of the many other items available for purchase. Ready Betty and The Bluebonnets provide music.

5:30 pm: Ready Betty
The six-member squad consists of Vangie Gardner on lead vocals, Beth Lee on guitar and vocals, Rachel Allred on bass and vocals, Alice Evans on keys and vocals, Tara Rix hitting the alto sax and Melody Douglas on drums. The band, which formed in 2014, regularly plays their characteristic “retro chic” rock’n’roll – a mix of swing, rockabilly, funk and a special something – at noted venues across town, including the Sahara Lounge, The Blackheart and Scholz Garden.

6:30 pm: The Bluebonnets
The Bluebonnets play glam/garage/blues/rock complimented with layered girl-group harmonies. Tight and tough, their songs are energetic and genre defying—arrangements held together byguitar interplay and hooks you rememberlong after the show. Featuring guitarists Eve Monsees and Kathy Valentine, Singer/bassist Dominique Davalos and drummer Christina Comley, the band puts a feminine slant onblues injected rock n’ roll, yet don’t fall into any musical category easily; traces of pop, roots, country and punk artfully interweave into the music.

Mercy Street screening and discussion 12/5

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, and the James A. Michener Center for Writers come together for a special screening and discussion of Mercy Street, PBS’ newest dramatic series about the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the Civil War.

This event takes place Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Museum. Respond to the required RSVP and get more information about the event here.

The event opens with a discussion of the Civil War in popular culture, the evolution of the subject through the years, and its continued relevance today. Panelists include Mercy Street producer David Zucker, also the executive producer of Peabody Award-winning drama The Good Wife; Steven Deyle, associate professor from the University of Houston who served as historical consult and on the creative team for the Oscar-winning film 12 Years A Slave; and moderator James Magnuson, director of the James A. Michener Center for Writers.

Mercy Street, which premieres nationwide January 2016, is PBS’ first scripted series in more than a decade. Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, Mercy Street is not about battles and glory – it’s about the drama and unexpected humor of everyday life behind the front lines. It’s a fresh twist on an iconic story, one that resonates with larger themes we still struggle with today. View the trailer below: