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.

 

In the Studio: William Gibson tapes Overheard 11/3

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with William Gibson on November 3 at 9:15am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 8:45am. The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now.

William Gibson is an acclaimed science fiction novelist, essayist, and screenwriter, known for coining the term “cyberspace.” He has been called the “noir prophet” of the “cyberpunk” community, credited with revamping the science fiction genre with his 1984 debut novel,Neuromancer. That book went on to be the first to win the three top science fiction prizes – the Hugo Award, the Nebula Award and the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award. Throughout his writing career he has published three trilogies, including The New York Times best-selling Blue Antseries. His newest novel, The Peripheral, is available on October 28. Gibson is in Austin for aspeaking and signing at BookPeople on Sunday, November 2.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fifth 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 William Gibson. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Screening: LaDonna Harris documentary 11/5

Join KLRU for a special screening of the PBS documentary LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101 directed by Austin filmmaker Julianna Brannum edited by Austinite Sam Douglas

DATE: Wednesday, November 5
TIME: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A
RSVP: The event is free but RSVP is required. RSVP now

This documentary profiles the life and work of Comanche political and social activist LaDonna Harris. Filmmaker Julianna Brannum and editor Sam Douglas will be in attendance to discuss the film and answer audience questions.

LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101 chronicles the life of Comanche activist and national civil rights leader LaDonna Harris and the role that she has played in Native and mainstream American history since the 1960s. Harris’ activism began in Oklahoma, fighting segregation and assisting grassroots Native and women’s groups. She continued her work in Washington, DC where she helped to introduce landmark programs and legislation including tribal land return claims, improving education and healthcare for Native Americans, ending job discrimination against women, and protecting environmental resources for tribes. Using interviews, archival footage and photographs, LADONNA HARRIS: INDIAN 101 celebrates her life and the personal struggles that led her to become a voice for Native people and highlights her contemporary work to strengthen and rebuild indigenous communities and train emerging Native leaders around the world.

This event is part of KLRU’s Native American Heritage Month programming.

 

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.

In the Studio: Overheard tapings 10/25 & 10/26

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for two days of interviews during the Texas Book Festival. These events are free but an RSVP is required. One RSVP gets you access to all four tapings on October 25. You are welcome to come to only one, but please wait for the taping to finish before leaving or entering the studio. There is a separate RSVP for the taping on October 26. All tapings take place in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)

Saturday, October 25th – RSVP now
TIME: Tapings take place at noon, 1 pm, 2 pm and 3:15 pm.
GUESTS: Katha Pollitt, James Ellroy, Nicholas Kristof and Martin Amis

Sunday, October 26 – RSVP now
TIME: Taping begins at 10 am. (Doors open at 9:30 am.)
GUEST: Joyce Carol Oates


Katha Pollitt starts things off at noon on October 25:
Katha Pollitt is an award-winning author and columnist for The Nation. Her previous work of essays surrounding feminism, women’s rights, and politics have been compiled into several books including Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism and Virginity or Death!: And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time. Her most recent book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, discusses women’s reproductive rights. RSVP for this taping

 

James Ellroy immediately follows at 1 pm on October 25: 
James Ellory is an author known for his noir-style crime fiction, primarily set in Los Angeles. Some of his past works have been adapted into Hollywood successes, including the Academy Award-winning L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia. His latest novel, Perfidia, is set in Los Angeles during World War II, as Japanese internment camps begin forming. RSVP for this taping

 


Nicholas Kristof immediately follows at 2 pm on October 25:
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, Nicholas Kristof is a journalist, author and op-ed columnist forThe New York Times. His books, including the best-selling Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, have all been co-written with his wife Sheryl WuDunn and primarily focus on poverty, health, and human rights in the developing world. His most recent book, co-authored with his wife, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, will be adapted into a documentary coming to PBS in early 2015. RSVP for this taping

 


Martin Amis immediately follows at 3:15 pm on October 25: 
Martin Amis is a British novelist and non-fiction author. His most famous works includeMoney, Experience, and London Fields. And in 2008, the UK newspaper The Times named him one of the top 50 greatest British writers since 1945. His latest book, The Zone of Interest, a satire set in World War II, has attracted attention and controversy, especially in Europe. RSVP for this taping

 

 

Joyce Carol Oates ends the Texas Book Festival interviews at 10 am on October 26:
Joyce Carol Oates is one of the most distinguished and critically-acclaimed fiction writers in America. She is a recipient of the National Medal of Humanities, the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Book Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her works of fiction include We Were the MulvaneysBlonde and The Accursed. Her latest collection of stories, Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories, was published in September. RSVP for this taping 

Special Thanks to the Texas Book Festival

Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle screening 10/7

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, KLRU presents an online screening and discussion of Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle on Tuesday, Oct. 7th, at 9 pm. Participate in the online screening on the OVEE website

This documentary provides insights and answers to one of the most bizarre, disturbing and controversial fatal shootings of the mid-20th century. Part political expose, part narrative deconstruction, part poetic meditation, the film is an independent and thorough investigation of the life and death of Ruben Salazar, a prominent Civil Rights era journalist.

Be sure to watch KLRU on Thursday, October 9th, for the following programs:

Arts In Context “Tardeadas”
Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 pm
A profile of Conjunto Los Pinkys, which also tells the story of Austin’s changing East side.

Arts in Context “Peligrosa”
Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 pm
Established in 2007,Peligrosa is a collective of DJs, producers, and visual artists re-energizing the sights and sounds of Latin America.

Ruben Salazar:  Man in the Middle
A Voces Special Presentation

Thursday, October 9 at 9:00 pm

 

Community Cinema: Makers Women in Comedy 10/7

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of Makers Women in Comedy on Tuesday, October 7th, 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.

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.

After the screening. we will have a discussion about comedy and improv with  Lashonda Lester and Topping Haggerty.

Lashonda Lester
Lashonda Lester has been working in entertainment in some capacity for over 20 years. As a stand up comedian, Lashonda began her comedy career in Austin in 2008 and within 2 years of starting, she was featured on the cover of the Austin Chronicle. Lashonda recently made her national television debut for Nickelodeon’s NickMom Night Out comedy showcase hosted by The View’s Sherri Shepherd. . She was second runner up out of 200+ comedians in the 2014 Funniest In Person Austin competition and in August 2014, she was nominated by Austin Monthly Magazine’s Best of the City as Best Comedian. In addition to Weird True Hollywood Tales, she’s also the creator and executive producer of As Seen On TV, a top ten countdown show of television programs from the 80s and 90s.

Topping Haggerty
Topping Haggerty has performed and directed improv and sketch comedy for many years in Austin, New York City, and San Francisco. Recently you may have seen her puppet/human sketch comedy extravaganza BatShyt Crazy: Life Rude Puppets in August at The Institution Theater. She received her BA in Drama from San Francisco State University.

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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American Graduate Day 9/27

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American Graduate Day is a live national, multi-platform broadcast event focusing on the individuals and organizations working in communities across the country to keep students on the path to graduation. Watch KLRU for this special day of programming on Saturday, September 27 from 10 am to 5 pm.

The day will focus on several topics that impact dropout numbers. KLRU will feature local panel discussions during each segment (panelists subject to change). The day will be moderated by Ben Kramer, KLRU’s Director of Educational Services, Vanessa Santamaria Dainton, Early Childhood Education Specialist, and Kennedy Huff, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab All-Star and Pflugerville High School Student.

10:00am-11:00am Early Education
Sue Carpenter, Senior Director, United Way’s Success By 6
Muya Hayes, Manor ISD
James Butler, AISD 2014 Teacher of the Year, Gullett Elementary School

11:00am-12:00pm Caring, Consistent Adults
Kevin Brackmeyer, Manor ISD Superintendent
Mary Libby, Former President, Texas Counseling Association / High School Counselor
Alfonso Longoria, McNeil High School Football Coach

12:00pm-1:00pm More and Better Learning
Richard Tagle, CEO, Andy Roddick Foundation
Temp Keller, Founder, WonderLab
Felicia Adams, STEM Teacher, University of Texas Elementary School

1:00pm-2:00pm Special Needs Communities
Key Richardson, Program Director, CASA of Travis County
Angie Tyler, Family & Juvenile Transition Services, The Arc of the Capital Area
Tanya Brown, Executive Director of Special Education, Austin ISD

2:00pm-3:00pm STEAM
Karen LaShelle, Executive and Artistic Director, Creative Action
Melanie Moore, Executive Director, KDK-Harman Foundation
Amanda Longtain, Director of Programs, Skillpoint Alliance

3:00pm-4:00pm Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement
Susan Dawson, President and Executive Director, E3 Alliance
Phillip Eaglin, Founder and CEO, Changing Expectations
Rocky Zepeda, Del Valle District Coordinator For At Risk Student Services District Homeless Liaison and Foster Care Liaison

4:00pm-5:00pm College and Career Readiness
David Laude, Sr. Vice Provost for Enrollment and Graduation Management , University of Texas
Lynn Garcia, Board of Directors, Breakthrough Austin
Billy Harden, Head of School, Goodwill Excel Center

ACLTV 40th Anniversary Pop-Up Concert 10/2

KLRU-TV & PBS Arts Fall Festival present ACLTV 40th Anniversary Pop-Up Concert featuring Dana Falconberry (solo) on Thursday, October 2,  from 11:30 am to 1 pm at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. The event is free but RSVP is requested. RSVP now

  • Dana FalconberryBuy lunch from trailer favorites Dock & Roll, Tapas Bravas and Burro Cheese Kitchen
  • Enjoy free frozen banana halfsies from Bananarchy
  • Snap away in our #PBSArts #ACLTV40 Photobooth from On the Flipside
  • Win a pair of passes to the Sam Smith Austin City Limits taping later that evening

RSVP for the October 2nd PBS Arts Fall Festival ACLTV Pop-up concert now

Catch the PBS Arts Fall Festival all season long Fridays at 8 pm on KLRU! The 11-week series gives viewers a front-row seat to Broadway hits and performances by Nathan Lane, Emma Thompson, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga and more! The series kicks-off on Sept. 26 with Live from Lincoln Center “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” This production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical masterpiece comes back to life in this bold new production from The New York Philharmonic, starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel.

On October 3rd, PBS Arts Fall Festival features Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years. Jeff Bridges, Sheryl Crow and Matthew McConaughey host this all-star evening with performances by Alabama Shakes, Jeff Bridges, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Double Trouble, Foo Fighters,Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Robert Earl Keen, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt and more! Watch on Oct. 3rd at 8 pm and we’ll have a special encore on Oct. 4 at 8 pm.