Arts In Context Shorts focuses on community collaboration in this week’s story. In it’s tenth year as a grassroots, national festival, Combating Latent Inequality Together (C.L.I.T.) Fest comes to life in Austin for the first time. The DIY, punk and feminist communities come together bringing awareness to sexism, trans-phobia, gender inequalities and other forms of discrimination through workshops, bands and artist collaboration. Benefiting SAFEPLACE, a resource that provides safety for individuals and families affected by sexual and domestic violence, C.L.I.T. Fest reminds others that punk music is a vehicle for activism.
Episode 3 – Mysterion’s Menacing Mesmogrifier
As the featured performer at Lord Crawford’s birthday party, Mysterion unleashes the magnificent power of his Mesmogrifier. Meanwhile, Molly tracks down a hunch of her own.
This weekend during PBS NewsHour we have two different indoor activities you can check out: the Harry Ransom Center’s WWI exhibit and the South Austin Pop Culture Center.
On Saturday we peak inside SouthPop, a non-profit museum dedicated to preserving Austin’s music history and the art surrounding that industry. SouthPop’s director Leea Mechling told us this history is more important for residents to know than ever.
“This place is important to give context of Austin’s culture to people who have lived here for a long time and for people who have just moved here. The era of the ’60s and ’70s and ’80s was really a building time of Austin’s unique culture,” Mechling said.
SouthPop is celebrating 10 years this Summer. It is located on South Lamar and is open Thursday through Sunday 1 – 6pm.
Our Sunday story takes you inside the Harry Ransom Center on the University of Texas campus. To commemorate the centennial of the start of World War I, the museum is presenting The World at War: 1914-1918. Some might be surprised to hear about an historical exhibit at the Ransom Center, and curator Jean Cannon said that’s what makes their exhibit unique.
“We have great holdings for literature so a lot of the items that you’ll see in the gallery are diaries or letters and items that give a very personal moment of living between 1914 and 1918,” Cannon told us.
The exhibit runs through August 3. The Harry Ransom Center is free and open to the public.
KLRU NewsBriefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend, Saturday and Sunday at 6:30pm.
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.
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.
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) Admission: FREE
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
On June 2, KLRU will have a new lineup during our children’s programming block from 6:30 am to 5 pm Monday to Friday. The new schedule features back-to-back episodes of some of our viewers favorite shows plus the brand new series Space Racers. The weekend lineup will stay the same. Download a printable version of the new schedule
Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2014 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The first place winners in grades K-3 will advance to the national level of the contest. Over 235 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place recognitions:
“At KLRU we were truly inspired by the enthusiasm and talent that this year’s contest entries demonstrated,” said Ben Kramer, Director of KLRU’s Educational Services Department. “Each year KLRU is a proud participant in PBS KIDS’ annual Writers Contest as it advances KLRU’s commitment to helping grow children’s literacy skills while encouraging expression and imagination. KLRU celebrates the talented children of our community and we wish the winners advancing to the national contest the best of luck.”
The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.
KLRU’s first place winners will advance to the national contest and a panel of some of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and content experts will serve as honorary judges and rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.
The national winners will receive prizes courtesy of national prizing sponsor, LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. Winners will receive a prize package that will include LeapFrog’s award-winning LeapReader Reading and Writing System. The contest is also made possible through national promotional support from Highlights for Children. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.
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
DATE: Monday, May 19th
TIME: 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
LOCATION: Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Ln
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now
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
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