Event explores Past, Present and Future of Jewish Austin

KLRU and the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin in association with the PBS series The Story of the Jews presents The Past, Present and Future of Jewish Austin

DATE: Monday, May 19th
TIME: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Ln
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

The PBS series The Story of the Jews explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day. In conjunction with the series, KLRU has created five videos for the Austin Revealed series focusing on the many differing ways of identifying and “being” Jewish in Austin. All five videos will be showcased at this event followed by a community discussion.  KLRU has partnered with the Jewish Federation of Greater Austin for this event.

Panel discussion moderated by Rabbi David Komerofsky, Associate Vice President for Advancement at Hillel International.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Randi Shade, entrepreneur, mother and former City Council member
  • Cathy Schechter, co-author of Deep in the Heart: The Lives and Legends of Texas Jews, and wrote the first article about Austin for the Encyclopedia Judaic
  • Jay Rubin, CEO, The Jewish Federation of Greater Austin

This event was funded in part by a WNET Education grant in conjunction with the PBS series The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama. Watch the complete series plus web-only extras at pbs.org/wnet/story-jews

KLRU Kids @ The Thinkery on El Día de los Niños

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On the evening of April 30, KLRU unveiled several new playground games, one of our design and two from the fertile minds of the Connally HS (Pflugerville ISD) Advanced Game Design Class. “Order Up!/A La Orden” asked kids to work with each other and adults to build menu choices that met requirements for price, food groups, caloric content, protein, and distance from farm to table. “Story Safari” had kids scaling The Thinkery’s Backyard to find and recreate story elements nabbed by a pesky monkey. And “Last Animal Standing” had kids play the role of animals who had to both cooperate and compete to obtain a limited food supply. The game designers were hoping to spark complex thinking and real-world connections; these games will be sent to PBS Kids national for use in promoting the new PBS Kids Virtual World this fall, where similar themes will be explored.
Thanks to The Thinkery and the Texas Book Festival for their collaborative efforts! ¡Que vivan los niños!

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Día de los Niños at Community Night 4/30

Thinkery Featured!

KLRU joins the Thinkery to celebrate El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day).

DATE: Wednesday, April 30,
TIME: 5-8 p.m.
LOCATION: The Thinkery, 1830 Simond Ave. Austin, Texas 78723
COST: Admission is by donation ($1 suggested donation)

KLRU and the Thinkery in partnership with the Texas Book Festival and H-E-B, host an evening of fun and learning. Various activities including book readings, games and a cooking demonstration will all be part of this special evening.

KLRU will present the PBS Kids Virtual World. Explore new and original games that encourage collaboration while interacting with the museum and exploring topics, such as nutrition and healthy lifestyles.

Book readings
5:30 pm – Carolyn Dee Flores, Canta, Rana, Canta / Sing, Froggie, Sing
6:15 pm – Gwendolyn Zepeda, Paso de nivel / Level Up and Pateo el Balón / I Kick the Ball
7 pm – Adriana Pacheco, El Pan Perfecto/The Perfect Bread and Un Globo Café Chocolate/A Chocolate Brown Balloon

Healthy Cooking
Join H-E-B Mueller’s Chef Thomas for a Latin themed cooking demonstration to celebrate El Día de Los Niños.

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In the Studio: Ira Kaplan & Georgia Hubley tape Overheard 4/16

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley of Yo La Tengo. 

DATE: April 16
TIME: 7pm (Doors open at 6:30pm.)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).  
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

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Husband/wife duo Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley formed the band Yo La Tengo in 1984 in Hoboken, New Jersey. James McNew joined the band in 1992. Yo La Tengo has been called “the quintessential critics band,” known for creativity, independence and an eclectic approach to indie rock. Rolling Stone calls them “one of the most restless and most consistently good bands of the past 25 years.” The group has recorded 13 albums. Their most recent is Fade, released in 2013. They are in town for “The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller.” Yo La Tengo will provide live music accompaniment to Sam Green’s latest “live documentary” on April 17 at the Stateside at the Paramount.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fourth season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor.  The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida.  We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview.

In the Studio: Noel Wells tapes Overheard 4/23

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Noël Wells DATE: April 23 
TIME: at 3:15pm (Doors open at 2:45pm.)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).  
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

NoelFINAL_DENoël Wells is a featured player on Saturday Night Live, her first season on the program. A native of San Antonio, Wells studied Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas. While at UT she performed at Esther’s Follies, and she’s the first person from Austin’s flagship sketch show to make the leap to SNL. After graduating in 2010 she moved to Los Angeles and appeared in numerous online comedy videos. Her self-produced sketch videos have over 12 million views on YouTube. Wells is in Austin to perform at the Moontower Comedy Festival.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fourth season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor.  The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida.  We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview.

 

Community Cinema: The New Black 5/6

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 May 6th, watch a preview and discuss of The New Black. Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, The New Black takes viewers into the pews, the streets, and kitchen tables as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

Joining us for the discussion will be Stephen Rice, host of OutCast Austin on KOOP. Rice is a busy member of Austin’s political, arts and social scenes. He volunteers regularly with such worthy organizations as the Octopus Club, AIDS Services of Austin, the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, Equality Texas and ZACH Theater. Stephen also works with the Austin Film Society on their annual star-studded Texas Film Hall of Fame Gala. Professionally, he works as a consultant to Austin’s legal community.

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

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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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In the Studio: Martin Baron tapes Overheard 4/5

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Martin Baron!

DATE: April 5
TIME: 12:50pm (Doors open at 12:30pm)
LOCATION: in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

BaronMartin Baron is Executive Editor of The Washington Post, overseeing the Post’s print and digital news operations. Before joining the Post, Baron was editor of The Boston Globe for 11 years. During his tenure the Globe won six Pulitzer Prizes. Baron has also held top editing positions at The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and the Miami Herald.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a fourth season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor.  The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida.  We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview.

In the Studio: Civic Summit East Austin Revealed 4/3

Civic Summit Taping Announcement

Please join us for KLRU’s Civic Summit: East Austin Revealed!

DATE: April 3
TIME: 7pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A, 2504-B Whitis at the corner of Dean Keeton and Guadalupe (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

Civic Summit: East Austin Revealed is a community discussion examining East Austin’s race issues, past and present. African Americans in Austin have historically formed communities east of I-35, originally by law. As our city grows these communities are threatened, leading to the dissolution of close-knit relationships built over time. Dr. Kevin Michael Foster, Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at UT will moderate a panel discussion including opportunity for audience comments and questions.

Guests include:

  • Lee Leffingwell, Austin Mayor
  • Dawnna Dukes, State Representative
  • Wilhelmina Delco, Former State Representative
  • John-Michael Cortez, Community Involvement Manager, Capital Metro
  • Natalie Cofield, President and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce

The discussion will follow a screening of Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories, a documentary featuring interviews with prominent citizens about their experience during Austin’s civil rights period, the effect of segregation and what gentrification has meant to the city. Watch the Austin Revealed videos

Civic Summit discussions are made possible in part by:
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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