This week Arts In Context Shorts is bringing museums and gallery spaces to life! Jeremy Birks and Kirk Anders of Austin Art Services give a behind-the-scenes look into the world of art installation. They display each work of art with a thoughtfulness to help improve the viewing experience. Working to create an extension of the piece itself into the physical space with each installation, Austin Art Services helps artists and museums to express their ideas.
As 2013 comes to an end, we would like to thank you all of our members, viewers and community partners for their investment in KLRU. With the community’s support, we’ve been able to provide books and digital resources to children, educational workshops for parents and teachers, events to foster civic discourse, programming that reflects the uniqueness of our viewers and many other services that help build a stronger community. We look forward to another successful year in 2014!
Hunting for the right gift for the music fan in your life? We’ve got what you need at our annual Holiday Gift Fair!
This year’s event on Dec. 16th, features special deals on limited edition posters, Austin City Limits T-shirts and much, much more. Vintage posters including Radiohead and Coldplay as well as posters from all artists featured in season 39, 38 and 37 will be on sale. Many of these have extremely limited availability.
The Season 38 DVD and photobook plus other commemorative items will be available for purchase. KLRU-TV, the PBS station that produces Austin City Limits, will also have PBS items for sale so you’re sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!
Austin City Limits/KLRU Holiday Gift Fair
Mon. Dec. 16 from 5-7 p.m
KLRU’s Studio 6A (corner of Guadalupe and Dean Keeton Streets).
We’ll have performances by local DJs to get everyone in the holiday mood
If you’re not in Austin, check out our online shop to get ACL items in time for the holidays.
Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with filmmaker John Sayles.
John Sayles is perhaps one of the most respected independent filmmakers of our time. In 1979, he produced his first film entitled Return of the Secaucus 7. In 1983 he received a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant,” which paid him to produce films for five years, including The Brother from Another Planet in 1984. Sayles has written several novels including his first story I-80 Nebraska that won an O. Henry Award and his novel Union Dues which was nominated for a National Book Award. Sayles most recent feature film Go For Sisters was released in November. He is in Austin for a screening of his 1987 film MATEWAN with the Austin Film Society.
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 audience Q&As at klru.org/overheard.
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 December 3rd, watch a preview and discuss The State of Arizona. The divisive battle over illegal immigration in Arizona that came to a head with Senate Bill 1070 frames this tense documentary that tracks multiple perspectives – activists, politicians, Latino immigrants, controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio, ranchers, and others – as America eyes the results.
After the documentary screening, we’ll have a community discussion of the issues in the film with guest Matt Simpson, Policy Strategist with ACLU of Texas. Simpson has served as a policy strategist at the ACLU of Texas since 2008. He advocates for civil rights and civil liberties at the state legislature and assists with local campaigns related to criminal justice reform, such as prison and jail policy, law enforcement information sharing, and ending the school-to-prison pipeline. Matt holds a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and a B.A. in political science from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
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.
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Join KLRU for a fun-filled event celebrating student authors!
DATE: Friday, November 22
TIME: 4:15-6 p.m.
LOCATION: M Station Learning Center, 2906 E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
The event is free and open to the public.
For the last few weeks, KLRU’s Educational Services Department has been working with the students of M Station’s after-school program to create their own autobiographies or original stories. A surprise PBS Kids characters will be on hand to congratulate the young authors for their hard work.
This event is part of an on-going project funded by The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Get more details
KLRU invites you to Civic Summit: Obesity, Weight Loss and Body Acceptance. This Civic Summit explores the complex issues and experiences surrounding obesity and weight loss. This panel discussion will raise questions and provide information and insights related to the physical and emotional challenges confronting those in our society who are obese.
DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 19
TIME: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
RSVP: Event is free, but RSVP is required. RSVP now
This event builds on the stories in a moving new documentary – All of Me – that humanizes a group of Austin-area women grappling with obesity, body image, friendships, relationships and the journey of surgery. KLRU is the presenting station for this film to PBS Independent Lens and has consulted with the director on the film.
- Dr. Connie Stapleton, PhD, psychologist and author of Eat it Up! and Thriving! Triumph after Trauma. Augusta, GA
- Joe Nadglowski, President/CEO of Obesity Action Coalition, Tampa, FL
- Abby Lentz, founder of HeavyWeight Yoga, Austin, TX
- John Archibeque, MSN, MBA, CBSGL, RN, Bariatric Surgery Program Coordinator, The Bariatric Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center
- Seema Mathur, Founder, Global Voice Productions and award-winning health reporter
Those with accessibility needs, please contact KLRU in advance at 512-471-4811.
Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann are the best-selling authors of Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, which was later turned into a critically-acclaimed HBO film. The duo are back at it with their newest book Double Down: Game Change 2012 about the 2012 presidential campaign. Double Down is in stores today.
Mark Halperin is Editor-at-Large and Senior Political Analyst for TIME magazine. John Heilemann is National Affairs Editor for New York magazine. They are in town for an event at the LBJ Library immediately following our taping. That event is co-sponsored by The Texas Tribune.
We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins 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
Join KLRU in honoring the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s tragic death. Watch an array of programs that celebrate the life, impact and legacy JFK left behind.
11/11 - JFK: American Experience Part One at 8 pm
Follow JFK’s rise to power from his birth to his election as president in 1960 – the youngest man ever to be elected to the office. With illuminating interviews from family members including sister Jean Kennedy Smith, niece Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, historian Robert Dallek and author Robert Caro, this episode offers new insight into Kennedy’s early years, from his transformation from a sickly youth to Washington’s most eligible bachelor to the nation’s president.
11/11 - Kennedy Half-Century at 10 pm
Based on Larry Sabato’s new book, The Kennedy Half-Century chronicles the impact and influence of John F. Kennedy’s life, administration and tragic death on the general public, the media and every subsequent U.S. president. John F. Kennedy’s legacy endured due to the early efforts of family and friends, Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” programs, Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts and Cold War strategies, Bill Clinton’s infatuation with the 35th president, and the “twinning” of JFK and Barrack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign. The compelling one-hour documentary features interviews with major political and media figures, including Bob Schieffer, Ron Reagan Jr., Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Ari Fleischer, James Carville, Julian Bond, Andrew Bell and Larry Sabato, among others.
11/12 - JFK: American Experience Part Two at 8 pm
Follow Kennedy into the White House through his assassination and the unfulfilled promise of his presidency. Offering fresh assessments of the successes and failures of his tenure, this episode features frank appraisals by administration officials, including John Siegenthaler, Thomas Hughes and Harris Wofford, civil rights leaders Andrew Young and Julian Bond, and journalists Evan Thomas and Richard Reeves.
11/13 - NOVA Cold Case JFK at 8 pm
For decades, the assassination of John F. Kennedy has fueled dark rumors of conspiracies and mishandled evidence. Now, 50 years later, NOVA asks: Could modern investigators do better? We’ll see how state-of-the art forensic tools would be applied to the investigation were it to happen today. At the same time, NOVA takes a critical look at contemporary cases, like the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, to reveal how charges of evidence mishandling and human error can mar even scientifically sophisticated detective work. Will forensics ever be truly foolproof, or does modern technology just give a scientific sheen to a practice that will always be more art than science?
11/13 - Secrets of the Dead JFK: One PM Central Standard Time at 9 pm
Fifty years after the tragic shooting of President John F. Kennedy, this episode chronicles minute-by-minute the assassination as it was revealed in the CBS newsroom from the moment the President was shot until Walter Cronkite’s emotional pronouncement of his death, one hour and eight minutes later. The drama of “One P.M. Central Standard Time” — the episode title is taken from the time President Kennedy was declared dead at Parkland Hospital — is played out amidst the chaos in Dallas, in the hospital, and in the CBS newsroom in New York. Included in the program will be moving memories from men and women who were there on the day — in Dallas and New York.
11/19 - Frontline Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? at 9 pm
Frontline marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination with a reprise of its investigative biography of the man at the center of the political crime of the 20th century. At the heart of the assassination lies the puzzle of Lee Harvey Oswald: Was he the emotionally disturbed lone gunman of the 1964 Warren Commission report? Was he, as the House Select Committee on Assassinations concluded, probably part of a conspiracy on that day in Dallas? Or was he an unwitting fall guy, the patsy, as Oswald himself claimed when he was arrested on November 22, 1963? Twenty years ago, in the most comprehensive attempt on American television to penetrate this enduring enigma, Frontline’s investigative team spent more than a year reexamining Oswald’s life and sifting through the psychological, political, and forensic evidence of his role in the assassination. Traveling to Japan, Russia, Europe, Mexico, Canada and across the United States, the team uncovered new witnesses, documents, photographs, video and audio recordings of Lee Oswald, many of which had never before been made public.
11/17 – JFK: Breaking The News at 8 pm
This moving documentary looks at the broadcast coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Stressing how closely the medium and television audiences are joined in times of crisis, JFK: BREAKING THE NEWS offers one of the first broadcast examinations of how local journalists in 1963 delivered rapidly breaking news to a nation in despair. Narrated by Jane Pauley, this hour-long, public television documentary will also allow television audiences to understand the tremendous technical obstacles that had to be overcome and the immediate journalistic decisions that accompanied the initial live remote broadcasts generated by television four decades ago.
11/17 – Kennedy Half-Century at 9 pm
Based on Larry Sabato’s new book, THE KENNEDY HALF-CENTURY chronicles the impact and influence of John F. Kennedy’s life, administration and tragic death on the general public, the media and every subsequent U.S. president. John F. Kennedy’s legacy endured due to the early efforts of family and friends, Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” programs, Ronald Reagan’s tax cuts and Cold War strategies, Bill Clinton’s infatuation with the 35th president, and the “twinning” of JFK and Barrack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign. The compelling one-hour documentary features interviews with major political and media figures, including Bob Schieffer, Ron Reagan Jr., Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Ari Fleischer, James Carville, Julian Bond, Andrew Bell and Larry Sabato, among others.
11/17 - Lyndon B. Johnson – Succeeding Kennedy at 10 pm
50 years after the Kennedy assassination, this documentary looks at LBJ and his politics. Revisiting the original locations of events of the time and interviewing experts and contemporary witnesses, this documentary gives insight into Lyndon B Johnson’s politics and into his being.
Join KLRU-Q and celebrate Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with programming that explores the history, culture, and traditions of this ancient holiday.
Arts In Context The Art Of Dia De Los Muertos at 8 pm
Discover the personal history and unique art of Dia de los Muertos through the stories of San Antonio artists who capture this rich cultural heritage. Although the philosophy behind Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) began in the Mexican culture, it now crosses all cultures as a ceremony to remember and value the ones who led us to where we are today.
In The Americas With David Yetman Day of The Dead: A Mexican Celebration at 9 pm
Many Native American groups in pre-Conquest Mexico celebrated one day each year when their deceased ancestors would return to visit them-El Dia de los Muertos. This ancient tradition has become the state of Oaxaca’s most important celebration. Parades, home altars, and gaily-decorated graves welcome back the dead. The custom has spread throughout Mexico and even to Los Angeles and Tucson.
Desert Speaks Dying Traditions In A Mexican Pueblo at 9:30 pm
Host David Yetman takes a trip to the pueblos of the Sierra Madre, where traditions are slowly dying out as the big cities become more accessible to the population. After stopping to see a donkey-powered Pinole grinder made of stone, he heads to agrarian community of Sahuaripa to visit its talabarteria (a leather goods shop) and call upon the last remaining weaver of palm hats and baskets.