KLRU NEXT Night: The Great British Baking Show! 6/15

A new season of The Great British Baking Show returns this summer to PBS and, to celebrate, we’re hosting a night where dessert comes first on the menu!  Our KLRU Next Night will take place clock Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Mercury Hall, Get your tickets now!

Sample treats from some of our favorite pastry chefs and dessert spots in town:
Juliann Stoddart, Pastry Chef for Parkside Projects
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
SRSLY Chocolate
Soraiya Nagree, Owner of La Pâtisserie

Decorate your own dessert with Kellie’s Baking Co. while you sip rosé and drink beverages by local favorite Live Oak Brewing Company.

Cost for this event is $20 and all proceeds benefit KLRU. Get your tickets today

This NEXT Night is made possible by ABC Home & Commercial Services

What does #YourKLRU mean to you?

You’ve told us how important #YourKLRU is to you. And supporting public television is now more important than ever.

Take it from first time donor Jeni Williams.

I have enjoyed PBS for most of my life and the programming on KLRU since moving to Austin a decade ago. While I have considered supporting KLRU for most of that time, I never actually pulled the trigger. The current political climate has been the perfect encouragement to do so. Thank you for bringing diverse voices into the living rooms of thousands, encouraging conversations between family and friends and teaching our little ones not only their ABC’s, but also how to live with compassion and understanding.”

Stories like Jeni’s validate what we already know — that public television is vital to the Central Texas community and worthy of your support.

So this June, we’re asking for your help to raise $100,000 in just five days during our online fund drive. But what does an online fund drive mean? It means we’re NOT interrupting your regular schedule and we’re NOT breaking into your favorite shows to ask for support. We’re giving you back 902 minutes of uninterrupted high-quality educational programming – that’s over 15 hours of your favorite shows! 

Schedule your donation today or save the date to give June 5th through 9th! And help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by answering “What’s #YourKLRU?”. Or share your story with us here.

You have the power to keep #YourKLRU thriving for years to come. Can we count on you to make a difference this June?

Indie Lens Pop-Up Preview Screening of Real Boy 6/6

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Real Boy by Shaleece Haas. This free event takes place Tuesday, June 6th, at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

A moving and intimate story of a family in transition, Real Boy follows the journey of trans teen Bennett as he navigates adolescence, sobriety, and the physical and emotional ramifications of his changing gender identity. Through the process, his mother Suzy makes her own transformation — traveling a difficult road toward accepting that the daughter she raised as Rachael is now her son Bennett. Filmed over the course of four years, Real Boy is a love story about a mother and son who rediscover connection with each other and find support from their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. Real Boy premieres on KLRU Monday, June 19, at 9 pm.

“All I want is to be loved by my family, but for my family, it’s not as simple as that,” says Bennett. “It’s complicated for them.” Through interviews with Suzy and old home movies, we meet Bennett as a joyful, happy child, but that changed as he grew older. Adolescence brought anger, substance abuse, and self-destructive behaviors. When Bennett began to share his true identity as male, he felt happier inside but faced resistance from his family. Finding solace online with other teens facing the same issues, the aspiring musician is also taken under the wing of his idol Joe Stevens, a celebrated transgender musician fighting his own demons.

Through observational storytelling that is alternately heartbreaking and humorous, Real Boy offers a clear-eyed look at a family tested by a change they never imagined, the complexity of addiction, the healing power of music, and the unbreakable bond between mother and child.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

Explore the arts at the West Austin Studio Tour 5/13-14 & 5/20-21

KLRU is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s West Austin Studio Tour! The event is free and open on May 13-14 & 20-21 from 11am-6pm. Big Medium’s WEST is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning two weekends in May. WEST provides opportunities for the public to meet the artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.

The 2017 tour includes 331 participants: 172 Artist Studios, 45 Galleries, 92 Temporary Exhibitions, 11 Happenings, 6 Libraries, and 5 Schools. There are several special events including a community breakfast, group exhibition themed tours for families and more! Get more details at west.bigmedium.org

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Julián Castro 5/24 & David Brown 6/10

Overheard taping announcement

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith in co-presentation with The Texas Tribune for two exciting interviews in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). The events are free but an RSVP for each taping is required. Please complete the RSVPs below. Entrance is based upon capacity.

Julián CastroWednesday, May 24 at 2:15 p.m.
Doors at 1:30 p.m.
RSVP here
Julián Castro served as the 16th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017. Before moving to Washington, Castro served as Mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014. He currently lives in San Antonio with his family.

 

 

 

Chief David Brown 2Saturday, June 10 at 10:15 a.m.
Doors at 9:45 a.m.
RSVP here 

David Brown is a thirty-three-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, from which he retired as chief in October 2016. Now a correspondent for ABC News, he is also an adviser for Texas organizations focused on positively influencing early childhood education efforts, mental health awareness and treatment and assistance for formerly incarcerated persons. His first book titled Called to Rise hits shelves this June.

KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Entrance is based upon capacity.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith wraps up its seventh 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 for tapings with Julián Castro and David Brown. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

These Overheard tapings are co-presented with The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Learn more at texastribune.org.

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What do 902 minutes mean to you?

You’ve told us how important #YourKLRU is to you. And supporting public television is now more important than ever.

Take it from Chase Erwin, KLRU NEXT Member.

“I first donated to KLRU when I was in grade school. It was never very much. $5 whenever I had the chance… because I knew from an early age how important KLRU and PBS were to me. They helped me learn math, grammar and social studies. As I matured, my programming choices on KLRU did too. I’ve grown up with PBS every step of the way and I intend to continue watching and supporting my local public television station for many years to come.”

Stories like Chase’s validate what we already know — that public television is vital to the Central Texas community and worthy of your support.

So this June, we’re giving back 902 minutes of uninterrupted high-quality educational programming! But in exchange, we need your help to raise $100,000 in just five days during our online fund drive. Want to know more?

WHEN: Monday, June 5 – Friday, June 9. Circle the calendar!

WHAT: For the past two years, viewer response to KLRU’s online fund drives has been overwhelmingly positive. But what does an online fund drive mean? It means we’re NOT interrupting your regular schedule and we’re NOT breaking into your favorite shows to ask for support. 

WHY: By eliminating an on-air pledge drive, we’re giving back 902 minutes of uninterrupted programming to you. That’s over 15 hours of your favorite shows! But we are relying on YOU to help us reach our goal so that fundraising drives can continue with zero program interruption.

HOW: Save the date to make a donation at klru.org June 5th through 9th and help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by answering “What’s #YourKLRU?”. Or share your story with us here today!

You have the power to keep #YourKLRU thriving for years to come. Can we count on you to make a difference this June?

KLRU and Alamo Drafthouse present Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood 5/20 & 5/21

KLRU and the Alamo are heading to DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD as part of the ongoing PBS KIDS at the Alamo series. Reserve your seat with a donation of $1-5, with all ticket sales benefiting education programs at KLRU. This is an all-ages show with Alamo for All rules – noisy young fans won’t be asked to leave the theater but we do ask that cellphones and other devices stay dark. Screenings take place at Mueller, Lakeline and Slaughter Lane theaters. Reserve your spot today

This endearing show was inspired by the beloved “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” and its relationship to this iconic kids’ series gives parents good reason to tune in with their tots. Children have taken an immediate shine to new neighbors Daniel Tiger, Katerina Kittycat, O the Owl, Miss Elaina, and Prince Wednesday. Offering a kid’s eye view of his world, Daniel invites families into his neighborhood where life’s little lessons await. With its catchy, musical strategies and engaging stories, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” provides a special experience that preschoolers and parents alike can share!

Indie Lens Pop-Up screening: National Bird 4/4

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary National Bird. This free event takes place Tuesday, April 4th, at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

National Bird follows whistleblowers who, despite possible consequences, are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. The film gives rare insight through the eyes of both survivors and veterans who suffer from PTSD while plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries.

We will have special guest Alan Pogue sharing his experiences after the film.  Alan Pogue was drafted into the U.S. Army in the summer of 1966 and volunteered to be a medic. After medic training he was asked to be a chaplain’s assistant. He volunteered to go to Vietnam as a chaplain’s assistant. After a short time in Vietnam he volunteered to be a combat medic with the 198th Light Infantry, near Chu Lai. As a combat medic he witnessed not only the death and wounding of fellow soldiers but also the gratuitous murder and general harm done to the Vietnamese population by indiscriminate assault, napalm, bombs of all kinds and sizes, and the poisoning of the countryside with Agent Orange. Once back in the United States he soon joined the Vietnam Veterans Against the War. His interest in photography started in Vietnam and so the documentation of social injustice became central to my photography. In 1998 the American Friends Service Committee asked him to visit Iraq and document the sufering of the general Iraqi population due to the embargo basic food and medical supplies.Voices in the Wilderness, an anti-snactions group, asked him to return to Iraq for the missile strikes on Baghdad. He photographed the the effects of indiscriminate missile strikes on hospitals, neighborhoods and the resultant maiming and death. Veterans for Peace asked him to help in the rebuilding of a water treatment plant in southern Iraq which had fallen into disrepair because the parts need were embargoed. There he met Asraa, a ten year old girl whose arm had been blown off by a U.S. Navy jet that fired a missile near her middle school. He met Mustafa who was harmed and his brother Haider killed in a similar missile strike in Basra. Later he met Asraa, three years old, whose eyes were struck by tiny metal fragments from a tank round fired into her home by the U.S. Army. He helped bring these three children to the United States for medical care. He also saw hundreds die who were beyond help. Many of these children could have lived with proper medical care but neither the medicine nor the medical equipment was there because of the sanctions imposed by the U.S. and Britain. Often groups he was with brought in medicine even though bringing the medicine was against U.S. law. Some of his friends were prosecuted for helping sick and dying children.

Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation.

KLRU Next Night 4/6: Central Texas Gardener!

You’re invited to our first NEXT Night of 2017!

On Thursday, April 6th, we’ll be at Springdale Farm (755 Springdale Road) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm to celebrate beloved KLRU program Central Texas Gardener! Tickets are $15. Buy yours today

CTG producer Linda Lehmusvirta will be on hand to answer your garden questions. Come build your own terrarium from Slavonk & Hortus Terraria, grab a drink from Live Oak Brewing Co. and Z Tequila and enjoy bites from Eden East. Baylor Scott & White Health will be on site giving healthy cooking and medicinal herb demos!

Baylor Scott & White Health logo

Thank you to our sponsor for the evening, Baylor Scott & White Health!

Call for applications: KLRU’s Community Advisory Board

KLRU is looking for six new Community Advisory Board members. You can find the application at the link below.

APPLY HERE

About the KLRU Community Advisory Board
The KLRU Community Advisory Board (CAB) is one of two boards that guide the work of KLRU. The CAB is composed of up to 30 individuals who reflect the diverse interests, concerns, organizations, issues and populations of the Central Texas community. Membership in the CAB is open to anyone who lives in the designated market area for KLRU and who has demonstrated an interest in KLRU. Members are selected by the existing CAB after being nominated by the staff, or the CAB, or they may nominate themselves. The role of the CAB is to provide a link between the community-at-large and the staff of KLRU. Members elected to the CAB commit to serve a two-year term. The CAB meets on the third Wednesday, every third month from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at KLRU’s Studio 6A.

For a list of current members go to the KLRU Community Advisory Board page.

The duties of the CAB are:

  • Act as a liaison between KLRU and the community.
  • Raise community awareness about KLRU, its programming and its services.
  • Advise KLRU on issues of importance in the community where KLRU may have an impact.
  • Encourage community involvement in KLRU projects, activities.
  • Ensure that the content of the programming reflects the community.

Selection of KLRU Community Advisory Board Members
Applications should be submitted by April 7, 2017 and will be reviewed by the CAB Nominating Committee. The election of new members will occur at the regularly scheduled August CAB meeting.

Applications should be accompanied by a resume.
After completing this form, please email your resume to:
Maury Sullivan
msullivan@klru.org