In the Studio: Jeffrey Tambor tapes Overheard 3/7

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Jeffrey Tambor!

DATE: March 7
TIME: 2pm (doors open at 1:30 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

tamborJeffrey Tambor is a six-time Emmy nominated actor well known for playing off-beat characters. He became a household name when he played Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show in the mid-1990s and for playing George Bluth Sr. on Arrested Development. His newest role is starring in the Amazon pilot Transparent. Jeffrey Tambor is also one of the most-respected acting coaches in the industry, touring the country as a “Master Teacher.” Tambor is in Austin to keynote SXSWEdu and for his annual acting workshop for SXSW Film. The workshop is a convergence event, open to all Film and Interactive badge holders.

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. Watch past episodes and get online exclusives at klru.org/overheard

 

In the Studio: Jason Schwartzman tapes Overheard 3/7

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Jason Schwartzman!

DATE: March 7
TIME: at 5:15pm (doors open at 4:45 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A
(map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP Now

SchwartzmanJason Schwartzman is an actor who has appeared in numerous Wes Anderson movies including Rushmore, The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox and Moonrise Kingdom. He also starred in I Heart Huckabees and Slackers, among many other films. Schwartzman is also a musician. He was drummer and songwriter for the band Phantom Planet before he started acting and has composed musical scores for the HBO show Bored to Death, Smallville and Slackers.

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. Get past interviews and more at klru.org/overheard

Arts In Context event 3/11

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Arts in Context will present a special screening of the director’s cut of the episode Not Alone, a documentary about musician Shakey Graves. Following the screening Shakey Graves will perform live in the studio.

Date: Tuesday, March 11
Time: 7pm | Doors at 6:30pm
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP Here
RSVP does not guarantee entrance.

aic shakey gravesShakey Graves turns his one-man band into a do-it-yourself success story. Through nothing but word-of-mouth, Alejandro Rose-Garcia, a.k.a. Shakey Graves, has gone from obscurity to the national spotlight. His gravelly-voiced, impassioned, blues performances are the stuff of legend. “Shakey Graves is becoming an anti-folk phenomenon even in a city weary of ‘next big things.’ Unclassifiable original. And frighteningly good,” says NPR Music.

Special thanks to the evening’s sponsor Live Oak Brewing Co.

In the Studio: Joel Klein tapes Overheard 3/4

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Joel Klein
DATE: March 4
TIME: 10:30am (Doors open at 10 am)
LOCATION:  KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

joel-klein-2x_267_192_80Joel Klein is CEO of Amplify, an education subsidiary of NewsCorp. He is the former chancellor of New York City Public Schools. Klein was appointed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and held the position from 2002-2010. As chancellor he oversaw the country’s largest public school system of 1.1 million students and 136,000 employees. Amplify’s mission is to “reimagine the way teachers teach and students learn” by using technology and tablets to help “teachers to manage whole classrooms and, at the same time, empower them to offer more personalized instruction, so that students become more active, engaged learners.” Klein is in Austin for SXSWEdu.

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. Get past episodes and online exclusives at klru.org/overheard

100th Day of School Celebration

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To celebrate this year’s 100th Day of School, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, hosted a Peg + Cat-themed special event at Uphaus EC Center, Perez Elementary and Widen Elementary on February 5 and February 10, 2014. Through this initiative, KLRU awarded each campus a media lab that included an assortment of educational materials, games, activities, a Kindle Fire to access PBS digital content on, and a PEG + CAT hop-scotch rug. The multimedia content includes video clips, digital and hands-on games and activities, and tools to connect home and school. These resources are available at pbskids.org/learn. In all, over 355 children and 32 adults participated.

These three Dove Springs public school campuses were selected in part because the Onion Creek floods of this winter had affected them and their families. Each campus dedicated time in the library and in the classroom for their 1st grade or Kindergarten classes to rotate through a series of centers themed around the number 100 — jumping 100 times using hula hoops, making bracelets by counting beads by groups of 10, playing a Peg + Cat pizza game, playing the Peg + Cat app, watch Peg + Cat video clips. Each child was also able to share with their family more fun activities by taking home the Peg + Cat activity sheet. All campuses were delighted with the 100th Day Celebration and plan on scheduling it again next school year!

Este año para el Centésimo Día Escolar, KLRU-TV celebro con el Centro de Uphaus, Perez Elementary, y Widen Elementary este pasado 5 y 10 de febrero. A través de este iniciativo, las escuelas participantes recibieron materiales educativos incluyendo juegos, actividades, un Kindle Fire con acceso a recursos digitales de PBS, y una alfombra de la rayuela. Los recursos digitales incluyeron videos, juegos digitales, y otras actividades para conectar el enseñamiento de matemáticas entre el salón y en casa. Estos recursos están disponibles en pbskids.org/learn. Al final se contaron mas de 355 estudiantes y 32 adultos que participaron.

Estas escuelas en el vecindario de Dove Springs fueron seleccionadas en parte por las inundaciones de Onion Creek, que afectaron a los estudiantes y a sus familias. Cada escuela dedico tiempo en la biblioteca y en el salón para los estudiantes del kínder y primer año. Los estudiantes participaron en actividades sobre el numero 100 – brincando 100 veces, construyendo una pulsera de abalorios y contando por 10, participando en un juego de Peg + Cat, usando la aplicación de Peg + Cat para iPad, viendo unos episodios de Peg + Cat, y leyendo juntos. Cada estudiante también se llevo información para seguir aprendiendo sobre el numero 100 con su familia en casa. Las escuelas disfrutaron del Centésimo Día Escolar y planean a celebrar de nuevo al próximo año!

Community Cinema: Trials of Muhammad Ali 3/4

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 March 4th, watch a preview and discuss The Trials of Muhammad Ali. This documentary covers the famed boxer’s toughest bout of all: his battle to overturn the five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. The film explores Ali’s exile years when he was banned from boxing and found himself in the crosshairs of conflicts concerning race, religion, and wartime dissent.

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

In the Studio: Kevin Nealon tapes Overheard 2/15

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Kevin Nealon!

Date: February 15
Time: 12:15pm (doors open at 11:45 am. Please, do not arrive before this time.)
Location: in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

knealonKevin Nealon is a comedian and actor. He’s perhaps best known for playing Doug Wilson on the Showtime series “Weeds.” He was also one of the longest serving cast-members on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1995. Nealon has starred in many cult comedies, including Grandma’s Boy and Joe Dirt. Nealon is in Austin for a two-night event at Cap City Comedy.

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. Watch past episodes at klru.org/overheard

In the Studio: Blackademics tapings 2/4 and 2/5

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Join KLRU for the 2014 Blackademics: Youth and Social Media, Black Expression in the Arts, and Rethinking the Concept of Race. These free talks will be recorded to air in upcoming episodes of Blackademics Television.

Date: Tuesday, February 4th and Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
Time: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Location: KLRU Studio 6A (map)

blackademics tvNationally and internationally renowned black studies scholars offer dynamic talks on education, performance and youth empowerment. The evening is hosted by KLRU and the Institute for Community, University and School Partnerships (ICUSP).

Presenters include:
Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University)
Denise J. Hart (Howard University)
Dawn-Elissa Fischer (San Francisco State University)
Joao Vargas (University of Texas at Austin)
Yasmiyn Irizarry (Mississippi State University)
Eric Tang ((University of Texas at Austin)
Lisa Thompson (University of Texas at Austin)
Autumn Caviness (University of Texas at Austin)
Kevin Foster (University of Texas at Austin)

Blackademics Television is an ongoing project to bring engaging Black Studies scholarship to broad popular audiences via Public Television and New Media. This year’s tapings feature five 12-minute presentations each night by scholars and artists from around the country. Watch other Blackademics talks now

Austin City Government 101 forums 2/8 and 2/22

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Join KLRU and our community partners for Why Bother? Austin City Government 101 forums.
DATE: Saturdays, Feb. 8 and Feb. 22
TIME: 10 am (doors will open at 9:30 am)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)

Austin’s form of government just got a big overhaul, and it can be confusing knowing who does what inside City Hall. KLRU is teaming up with The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, The League of Women Voters of Austin Area and KUT 90.5, Austin’s NPR Station, to host two forums to answer your questions and to teach you how to make your voice heard at City Hall.

Why Bother? Austin City Government 101 is a general overview and education on the functions of Austin’s city government in order to increase civic engagement, with an emphasis on the challenges and opportunities the new 10-1 form of governance will bring.

The forums will take place both Saturdays, February 8 & 22 in KLRU’s historic Studio 6A on the University of Texas-Austin campus at the corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keeton. The two hour forums start at 10am. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.

Joining us for the discussion on February 8 will be a number of city officials, including City Attorney Karen Kennard, City Auditor Ken Mory, Deputy CFO Ed Van Eenoo,  former General Manager of Austin Energy Roger Duncan, former Assistant City Manager Terrell Blodgett and Assistant Director of Planning and Development Garner Stoll.

On February 22, Nelson Linder, President of Austin’s NAACP chapter, Gonzalo Barrientos, Chair of the Charter Revision Committee, Susan Morrison, League of Women Voters, as well as a number of city board and commission members. Reporters from KUT 90.5 will moderate the discussions. Audience members will be able to participate in a Q&A portion with panelists on both days.

Why Bother? Austin City Government 101 is part of our Why Bother? initiative, an effort with the Annette Strauss Institute and KUT 90.5. It is aimed at increasing civic engagement in Austin through voter education. Watch the other programs in the Why Bother? series on klru.org