It's perfect weather for #whyKLRU

Did you enjoy the rainy day yesterday by staying inside and turning on KLRU? If so, you would have caught the incredible Andrea Bocelli all-star concert in Central Park and the encore presentation of the first episode of Downton Abbey – you can always count on KLRU for quality programming, enriching our lives with the finest in arts and culture.

Your on-air KLRU personalities during Downton Abbey: Linda, Jesse and Betsy

We heard from so many of you this weekend and thanks to you we raised $75,995 towards our goal of $240,000 – if you gave a gift this weekend, THANK YOU!

If you’ve been waiting to make your gift this pledge drive, you might be interested in what we have coming up tonight on KLRU – we’ll be live in the studio during Antiques Roadshow with the final opportunity to get your tickets to the 2012 KLRU Antiques Appraisal Fair! If you haven’t secured your place yet at this fun event, you can donate now or call in tonight to do so!

Don’t forget to comment on any of our blog, Facebook or Twitter posts for a chance to win a KLRU t-shirt prize package! Comment often! #whyKLRU

Give the gift of KLRU this holiday season!

The December pledge drive is here and as we approach the end of the year, KLRU needs to raise $240,000 to continue the kind of quality programming and community engagement that Central Texas has come to expect for almost 50 years!

Whether you can donate $1 or $100, your support matters – we have so many ways to thank you for your donation and are excited to present some truly special programs over the next few weeks for your enjoyment!

  • Through out the pledge drive, we are going to be giving away t-shirts to folks who comment on our #whyKLRU blog, Facebook and Twitter posts. Everyday, we’ll give away a prize package that includes 5 t-shirts featuring KLRU Q, Central Texas Gardner, Austin City Limits, PBS Newshour, and KLRU-TV – all you have to do is share a comment, a story, a question and you’ll be entered to win! We’ll pick winners everyday, so comment often!

All these could be yours, just let us know #whyKLRU!

  • Tonight is the PBS Arts Festival premier of Andrea Bocelli: One Night in Central Park - a beautiful concert made even more special by the exclusive offer for KLRU viewers to see Andrea Bocelli in concert when he comes to Austin in February. Tune in tonight at 8pm (or catch the repeat, Sunday evening at 6pm) to find out how you can receive tickets to the show!
  • On Sunday evening at 8:30pm, we are going to be live in the KLRU studios with the first episode of Downton Abbey! Whether you’ve seen it before or have been dying to see what everyone’s been talking about, you won’t want to miss this evening. We’ll have special thank you gifts, with the opportunity to see an advanced screening of Downton Abbey Season 2 which starts in January 2012.

Don’t Resist! Watch the preview of Downton Abbey, Season 2

Giveaway: Austin Film Festival

KLRU has a commitment to presenting the arts to Austin. As part of this commitment we team up with local arts organizations to bring you television programs like Arts In Context and online arts features on KLRU Collective. We also bring you the best of performance art from PBS with Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center.

Today, we’re teaming up with the Austin Film Festival, who producers our KLRU-Q series On Story, to bring you a chance to attend the 2011 Festival. For your chance to get a pair of Film Pass level tickets, just leave a comment about your favorite film experience by noon, Thursday, Oct. 13th. Film Pass recipients will be chosen at random from those who leave comments.

You can buy tickets now at austinfilmfestival.com

The 2011 Film Pass provides access to eight days of film screenings in Austin during the 18th annual Austin Film Festival (October 20-27, 2011) – including world, U.S. and regional premiere films, both in and out of competition. Also access to the priority Film Pass line, admitted ahead of individual ticket-holders at all venues. Please read more about the Film Pass level on the Austin Film Festival’s website

In the Studio: Overheard taping with Joe Klein 9/14

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Joe Klein on September 14 at 2:00 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 1:30.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP here

Joe Klein covers national and international politics in his award-winning column for TIME, called “In the Arena.”  He’s also the author of six books.  The most recent of those books is Politics Lost, which makes the argument that American politics has become more about keeping power than about serving the best interest of the country.  Klein’s most famous book is Primary Colors, a novel that took heavy inspiration from the Clinton administration – written by Klein under the pen name Anonymous.

Join us as Overheard with Evan Smith launches a second 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 stations from California to Florida.  We hope you’ll be there for the second season of this exciting program.

In the Studio: Overheard taping with Margaret Hoover 9/2

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Margaret Hoover.
Date: Friday, September 2
Time: Taping starts at 10:30 am. Doors open at 10 am.
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form to the left to RSVP.

Margaret Hoover works as a political commentator for Fox News, and proudly wears the label of a champion of conservative causes. But she also expresses deep concern for the future of the Republican Party. Her new book, American Individualism, invites young Americans to embrace the Republicans, and offers a guide for the party to win the support of young voters. The key, she says, lies in politics that focus on individual freedoms and that end the outsize influence of social and religious conservatives in Republican politics and policy.

With this taping, Overheard with Evan Smith launches a second 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 stations from California to Florida. We hope you’ll be there for the second season of this exciting program. Overheard airs on KLRU at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8:30 p.m. Fridays and 12:30 p.m. Sundays. Episodes are also available online at klru.org/overheard

Giveaway Michael Feinstein 9/8

KLRU has a commitment to presenting the arts to Austin. As part of this commitment we team up with local arts organizations to bring you television programs like Arts In Context and online arts features on KLRU Collective. We also bring you the best of performance art from PBS with Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center.

Today, we’re teaming up with Texas Performing Arts to bring you tickets to a live performance from Michael Feinstein on Thursday, September 8, at 8 pm at Bass Concert Hall. Post a comment below about your favorite arts program on KLRU and PBS and you’ll be entered to win tickets. We will let winners know on Friday, Sept. 2. Buy tickets now at texasperformingarts.org


Michael Feinstein—long a champion of the Great American Songbook—opens Texas Performing Arts’ 30th anniversary season by paying tribute to the ultimate interpreter of song, Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. The Sinatra Project is an evening based on Feinstein’s hit album of the same title. Backed by a 17-piece big band, Feinstein focuses on songs written for Sinatra that were never recorded during his golden years at Capitol Records, and includes classics such as Begin the Beguine, Under My Skin, Fools Rush In, I’ve Got a Crush on You, and many more. “For years I’ve had the desire to celebrate Sinatra’s musical sensibilities, but had no desire to copy the classic songs that he rendered better than anyone else. I wanted to explore his style of singing and his style of music,” says Feinstein.

whyKLRU? Special Live Nights Starting Tonight!

If you’ve already given a gift or shared why you love KLRU this August, thank you for your support! In just one week, you have helped raised $90,000 towards our goal of $240,000! We’re not done yet – tonight and Saturday we’ll be live in the KLRU studios with really exciting programs and thank you gifts!

Tonight is our regular Friday public affairs line up starting at 6pm with PBS Newshour, Washington Week at 7pm and Need to Know at 7:30pm. If you call in to support any of our public affairs programs you’ll be entered in a drawing to win season tickets to our engaging speaker series, Spark at the Moody.

Following public affairs at 8:30pm is American Masters: Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides, an incredible portrait of the life, career, and creative journey of a very talented actor, artist and musician. Jeff Bridges just taped his Austin City Limits performance this week (airing in November), and we’ll be giving away his signed, limited edition posters and also tickets to the Big Lebowski quote-a-long at the Alamo Drafthouse this month – you’ll have to watch to win, so don’t forget to tune in!

PBS Preview: American Masters: Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

The highlight of Saturday afternoon is 90 minutes of Central Texas Gardener starting at 4pm. We’ll be live in the studio with all the CTG folks who are eager to hear from the garden-lovers out there. We have a great fall preview show lined up (read more about it at the CTG blog!), a special gift package to give away from Eastside Cafe, Go Local Austin businesses answering the phones,  and  an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience for fans to see an actual taping of a CTG episode! It’ll be CTG-super-sized and not to be missed!

Central Texas Gardener Saturday Special Promo

Stick around KLRU into the evening for the next live pledge event: Austin City Limits, Season 37 Preview. See next season’s performances and backstage interviews before anyone else does! And if you’re a fan of Arcade Fire, you will have an opportunity to receive tickets to their ACL taping in Septembertickets will go fast, so don’t miss your chance! Give now and watch the preview tomorrow for more ACL goodies!

Austin City Limits Special: Season 37 Preview

Ticket giveaway: Thomas & Friends 6/1

Contest is now over. Congratulations to our winners! Winners will receive an email with details about how to pick up their tickets.

Thomas & Friends are coming to Austin and The Long Center has given KLRU some tickets to give to our viewers. Post a comment on this blog entry for your opportunity to get four tickets to the 7 p.m. show on Wednesday, June 1. We will randomly choose winners on Tuesday, May 31.

Tickets are available for purchase on the Long Center website thelongcenter.org

Thomas Saves the Day
Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00PM
Thursday, June 2 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM
PEEP PEEP! Climb on board with Thomas & Friends for the most spectacular live show of the year! THOMAS & FRIENDS™ Live! On Stage in “Thomas Saves the Day” is a story for the whole family, teaching life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. Join Thomas, Percy, Sir Topham Hatt and friends as they work together to save the Magic Lantern Festival, embarking upon fun and adventure on the magical island of Sodor.

Ticket giveaway: Jeff Beck 4/5

*** Contest is now over. Winners will receive an email ****

KLRU has a commitment to presenting the arts to Austin. As part of this commitment we team up with local arts organizations to bring you television programs like In Context and online arts features on KLRU Collective. We also bring you the best of performance art from PBS with Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center.

Today, we’re teaming up with ACL Live to bring you tickets to a live performance of Jeff Beck’s Rock and Roll Party with Imelda May and her Band on Tuesday, April 5th, at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. Post a comment below by noon Thursday, March 31, and we will randomly choose winners to attend. You can purchase tickets online at acl-live.com

Ticketgiveaway: Eighth Blackbird 3/23

KLRU has a commitment to presenting the arts to Austin. As part of this commitment we team up with local arts organizations to bring you television programs like In Context and online arts features on KLRU Collective. We also bring you the best of performance art from PBS with Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center.

Today, we’re teaming up with Texas Performing Arts to bring you tickets to a live performance of Eighth Blackbird: Slide with Rinde Eckert and Steve Mackey, an evening of unconventional musical theater, on March 23, at 8 p.m. at the McCullough Theatre. Tickets are on sale now at texasperfomingarts.org. Post a comment and you will entered into a drawing to win two tickets to this event. The winner will be chosen at random on March 21st.

Slide is a concert-length music/theater work featuring new-music ensemble eighth blackbird, librettist/actor/singer Rinde Eckert, and composer/performer Steve Mackey. Eckert plays Renard, an enigmatic psychologist who struggles to describe an experiment examining reactions to in- and out-of-focus slides. The results reveal that our decisions are based on habits or conventions that make it difficult for us to see clearly. Mackey and eighth blackbird also take onstage roles, resulting in an unmediated exploration and expression of sound, text, movement, and image.

Slide is directed by Mark DeChiazza, who conceived and directed eighth blackbird’s centennial production of Pierrot Lunaire and previously worked with the ensemble and choreographer Susan Marshall on singing in the dead of night.