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

KLRU Appraisal Fair 2014

KLRU held its 3rd Appraisal Fair in the historic Studio 6A on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Over 230 people visited us throughout the day to learn more about some of their most cherished items from a number of Central Texas area appraisers. Thank you to all of our donors from the June and December pledge drives for donating to attend the Appraisal Fair and share your stories with us.

A special thanks goes to our community volunteer appraisers who generously volunteered their time and expertise for this event. For more information on the appraisers in attendance that day, please visit our Appraisal Fair website.

 

Community Cinema: Las Marthas 2/4

The KLRU Community Cinema screening and discussion of the documentary Las Marthas with director Cristina Ibarra and other special guests in attendance will take place Feb. 4th at 7 pm at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The screening is free and open to the public.

las_marthas-05-thumb-largeIn the lingering aftermath of the U.S.-Mexican War, the border town of Laredo, Texas created an annual debutante ball unlike any other. Las Marthas follows two Mexican American girls carrying this gilded tradition on their shoulders during a time of economic uncertainty and tension over immigration.

Producer/Director Cristana Ibarra will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion. For the past seven years, Cristina Ibarra has been making short fiction and non-fiction films that have been seen on public television, in galleries, museums, schools and film festivals across the United States including: the Guggenheim, Exit Art Gallery, the Queens Museum, Stanford and Brown Universities. Her award-winning directorial debut, Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela aired on the PBS series ColorVision. Her other films include: Grandma’s Hip-HopLupe from the Block and Amnezac. She is currently developing her first feature film, Love & Monster Trucks.

In the Studio: Matalin & Carville tape Overheard 1/23

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Sorry this event has now reached capacity and we can no longer accept RSVPs

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Mary Matalin and James Carville!
DATE: January 23
TIME: 3:45pm (Doors open at 3:30pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required.

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Mary Matalin and James Carville are both veteran political strategists, commentators and best-selling authors. Matalin served in the Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations. Carville was the lead strategist for the 1992 Clinton campaign. Both were longtime political contributors to CNN. Matalin and Carville have been married for twenty years. Their newest book, Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home was published earlier this month. They are in Austin for an event at the LBJ Presidential Library.

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: Lucinda Williams tapes Overheard 1/13

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Lucinda Williams!

DATE: January 13
TIME: 7:15pm (Doors open at 6:45pm)  
LOCATION: in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

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Lucinda Williams is a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, whose highly acclaimed self-titled album, Lucinda Williams, was released 25 years ago this month. That album featured the song Passionate Kisses, later performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter and which earned Williams a Grammy for Best Country Song in 1994. Her 1998 album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road won another Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Williams went on to tour with Bob Dylan and to produce five more albums including her most recent, Blessed, in 2011, as well as a number of live albums. Williams is in Austin to promote the 25th anniversary of Lucinda Williams and to perform at ACL Live with Alejandro Escovedo for his “United Sounds of Austin” show on January 11. She will also perform a free show at Waterloo Records on January 14.

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 Q&As at klru.org/overheard

 

Antiques Roadshow coming to Austin 6/28

Post updated 4/8: Deadline for ticket entry was April 8th, 2014. Antiques Roadshow will notify those receiving tickets.

Antiques Roadshow, PBS’s most-watched primetime series, has announced its Summer 2014 Tour destinations including Austin! The show will film in Austin on June 28th, 2014.

Admission to the Antiques Roadshow Austin event is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance from the show’s producers. Ticket applications and complete ticketing rules will be available on pbs.org/antiques or by dialing toll-free 1-888-762-3749. Ticket applications must be received by Monday, April 7, 2014 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Tickets will be awarded by random drawing.

Other Summer 2014 Tour destinations include: Bismarck, North Dakota; Santa Clara, California; Birmingham, Alabama; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Chicago, Illinois; New York, New York; and Charleston, West Virginia. Programs recorded in those locations will make up the 11-time Emmy® Award nominated production’s 19th broadcast season on PBS, airing in 2015.

Antiques Roadshow couldn’t be happier to embark on our second summer of a beefed up, eight-city tour,” said Antiques Roadshow executive producer Marsha Bemko. “From a first-time visit to West Virginia to a long-awaited return to New York’s thriving antiques scene, we are thrilled about each and every city we are traveling to.”

Additional information about the Summer 2014 Tour is available at pbs.org/antiques.

 

Celebrate New Year’s with KLRU

It’s a KLRU and PBS tradition to show Great Performances From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2014 on New Year’s Day. This year, we’ve partnered with the Long Center to provide you a unique experience!

The Long Center will present a live concert on January 5th of Salute to Vienna. Tickets are on sale now! The Long Center has given KLRU a few passes to offer our members and viewers. Email giveaways@klru.org. On Dec. 27th, we will randomly choose winners to get two passes each to the event. Winners will be contacted via email.

Great Performances From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2014 January 1 at 7 pm
Great Performances continues the cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent Musikverein, under the baton of guest conductor Daniel Barenboim and featuring everyone’s favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. In addition to the Musikverein concert setting, the program features a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host.

Salute to Vienna at the Long Center January 5th at 2:30 pm Buy tickets now
Salute to Vienna celebrates 19 years of New Year’s tradition, rounding off the holiday season with its famous simultaneous concert series. The Long Center’s performance this year will be Austin’s premiere of the show. It will feature the Strauss Symphony of America conducted by Viennese conductor Alexander Steinitz, along with soprano Iva Mihanovic and tenor Valeriy Serkin. Dancers will include International Champion Ballroom Dancers and dancers from the Europaballett–St. Pölten (Austria).