Join KLRU and The Austin History Center (AHC) for a special screening and discussion of the documentary Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories. The 30-minute film was made by Alpheus Media for KLRU and explores the issues of racial segregation and the civil rights movement in Austin. The screening will take place at the Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe St., Saturday, August 9 at 2 PM. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 512-974-7480 or visit library.austintexas.gov.
Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Richard Linklater!
DATE: July 14
TIME: 1:30pm (Doors open at 1pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now
We are excited to welcome Richard Linklater back to Overheard. Linklater is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker. His newest film, Boyhood, was filmed over 12 years with the same cast and is already generating Oscar buzz. A.O. Scott of the New York Times wrote that Boyhood is “one of the most extraordinary movies of 2014, or for that matter the 21st century so far.” The film earned Linklater the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival and won the Louis Black Lone Star Award at SXSW. Linklater’s other credits include Bernie, Before Sunset, Slacker and Dazed and Confused. He last taped Overheard in 2012. Boyhood opens in Austin on July 18.
We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith wraps up 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.
Join KLRU for a special screening of the PBS documentary Getting Back to Abnormal directed by Austin filmmaker Paul Stekler co-directed by Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker & Peter Odabashian
DATE: Monday, July 14
TIME: 6:30 pm (doors open at 6 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now
Austin filmmaker Paul Stekler’s newest PBS documentary, co-directed by Louis Alvarez, Andy Kolker and Peter Odabashian, presents a New Orleans that outsiders rarely see. What happens when America’s most joyous, dysfunctional city rebuilds itself after a disaster? Stekler will be in attendance to discuss the film and answer audience questions. Film screening will begin at 7 pm. Light food and beverages will be served starting at 6:30 pm.
Getting Back to Abnormal is a look at the state of New Orleans politics and culture more than five years after Hurricane Katrina. Set against the 2009-2010 local political season, the election of the first white mayor in a generation, and the triumph of the Saints football team, the film is structured around the city’s complicated and ever-present race issue. Mixing fly-on-the-wall verité footage with interviews, the film charts the next chapter of life in New Orleans, including politics (a divisive city council race); housing (the destruction of the city’s housing projects and the rise of new neighborhoods like Brad Pitt’s eco-friendly Make It Right experiment in the flood-ravaged Lower Ninth Ward); cultural self-awareness (the HBO series Treme); and the stories of individual New Orleanians both maintaining and reinventing their lives.
This event is in collaboration with the award-winning documentary series POV. View the site at pbs.org/pov
Intergalactic Nemesis Goes Digital … JUST In Time To Wrap Up The Trilogy! Join us for coffee and a light breakfast as Jason Neulander, Creator/Intergalactic Nemesis, announces the next BIG thing in the Intergalactic Nemesis Saga.
DATE: Wednesday, July 2
TIME: 10 am
LOCATION: Rollins Studio Theatre at the Long Center
RSVP: The event is free
It is time to choose a side once and for all: Will you stand for freedom and liberty against outer-space sludge monsters? Or would you prefer to be subjugated? The fate of the whole planet hangs in the balance, and all will be revealed in Intergalactic Nemesis: Twin Infinity, the third and final installment of the Intergalactic Nemesis trilogy, premiering in Austin this summer: September 5 and 6 at the Long Center. Local audiences will also have the chance to see the first two installments of the trilogy: Target Earth and Robot Planet Rising July 2-6.
As if all this wasn’t amazing enough, Intergalactic creator Jason Neulander has some very exciting news to go along with the premier. Neulander will announce new partnerships with KLRU-TV Austin PBS, OneOfUs.net and comiXology to take the entire series into new and unknown digital territory (more to be revealed)!
You may have heard Austin’s city government is undergoing a makeover, and in November voters will elect a completely new City Council from 10 new districts, and a new mayor. KLRU is committed to educating Austin voters about their city government so they can make informed decisions about who to support and be fully engaged in their communities.
With that in mind, we’ve teamed up with Leadership Austin, The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, Community Impact Newspaper, the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and The League of Women Voters of the Austin Area to organize the Imagine One Austin Information Series, a free, seven week crash-course about Austin and the region’s most pressing issues.
The ImagineAustin Comprehensive Plan will be used as the framework for this series with participation from both city staff and community leaders. The first session on Monday, June 30 is focused on Demographics and Existing Plans.
Consecutive Monday evenings (June 30 – August 11) from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
LCRA Dalchau Service Center (3505 Montopolis Dr)
- Session I (June 30) – Demographics and Existing Plans
- Session II (July 7) – City Utilities, Budget, and Capital Planning
- Session III (July 14) – Economy
- Session IV (July 21) – Conservation, Environment, and Recreation
- Session V (July 28) – Land Use and Transportation
- Session VI (August 4) – Housing, Neighborhoods, and Public Safety
- Session VII (August 11) – Health and Human Services
You can register to attend here.
Join KLRU and the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center for a preview of the upcoming American Experience documentary Freedom Summer.
DATE: Thursday, June 19th
TIME: 7 pm (6:30 pm doors)
LOCATION: George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center,
1165 Angelina Street, Austin 78702
RSVP: Event is free, but RSVP is requested. RSVP Now
This powerful new documentary from PBS’ American Experience series chronicles one of the most important times in civil rights history. KLRU will show a preview version of the film followed by a discussion.
Freedom Summer: During the summer of 1964, the nation’s eyes were riveted on Mississippi. Over 10 memorable weeks known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers joined with organizers and local African Americans in an historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in the nation’s most segregated state. Working together, they canvassed for voter registration, created Freedom Schools, and established the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, with the goal of challenging the segregationist state Democratic Party at the national convention in Atlantic City. The campaign was marked by sustained and deadly violence, including the notorious murders of three civil rights workers, countless beatings, the burning of 35 churches, and the bombing of 70 homes and Freedom Houses. The film will air on June 24th at 8 pm on KLRU.
KLRU will also feature a short preview of the local show Juneteenth Jamboree, which focuses on the African-American experience in Bell County.
UPDATE: This concert is now SOLD OUT
KLRU announces Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, an all-star benefit concert on Thursday, June 26 featuring some of the brightest stars in the show’s history returning to the Austin City Limits stage.
The star-studded evening, hosted by Jeff Bridges and Sheryl Crow, will feature Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen, Kris Kristofferson, Lloyd Maines, Bonnie Raitt, T Bone Burnett, Jimmie Vaughan, Grupo Fantasma and Doyle Bramhall II along with musical performances from Bridges and Crow, celebrating Austin City Limits legacy as an American music institution over the last four decades.
Commemorating the trailblazing music series 40th Anniversary, the evening will benefit KLRU, which created Austin City Limits in 1974 and still produces the show today. The concert will take place at ACL’s home, ACL Live at The Moody Theater, and will be taped as part of a two-hour primetime special, Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, airing Friday, October 3. ACL continues its remarkable run, kicking off its milestone 40th year with the series season premiere on October 4. The complete broadcast episode schedule for Season 40 will be announced at a later date.
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
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
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!
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.
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
Join H-E-B Mueller’s Chef Thomas for a Latin themed cooking demonstration to celebrate El Día de Los Niños.