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.

Ticket Giveaway: Sesame Street Live

*** Giveaway is over. Congratulations to our winners!****

KLRU has partnered with the Frank Erwin Center to offer three of our viewers two tickets each to “Elmo’s Healthy Heroes” playing 2/17 to 2/20. Post a comment below and we will randomly choose winners on Wednesday, 2/16. Winners must be able to come to KLRU to get pick up their tickets.

Sesame Street Live
“Elmo’s Healthy Heroes”
Austin, TX; The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center
Thursday, February 17 – Sunday, February 20, 2011
Tickets are on sale at TexasBoxOffice.com

When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero! Never fear, Elmo and his team of Healthy Heroes are here. Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene – all in a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover. It’s Elmo’s Healthy Heroes to the rescue!

Performance Schedule
Thursday, February 17: 7pm
Friday, February 18: 10 am & 7 pm
Saturday, February 19:10:30 am, 2pm & 5:30 pm
Sunday, February 20: 1 pm & 4:30 pm

KLRU has partnered with the Frank Erwin Center to offer three of our viewers two tickets each to “Elmo’s Healthy Heroes”. Post a comment below and we will randomly choose winners on Wednesday, 2/16. Winners must be able to come to KLRU to get pick up their tickets.

Sesame Street Live
“Elmo’s Healthy Heroes”
Austin, TX; The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center
Thursday, February 17 – Sunday, February 20, 2011
Tickets are on sale at TexasBoxOffice.com

When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero! Never fear, Elmo and his team of Healthy Heroes are here. Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene – all in a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover. It’s Elmo’s Healthy Heroes to the rescue!

Performance Schedule
Thursday, February 17: 7pm
Friday, February 18: 10 am & 7 pm
Saturday, February 19:10:30 am, 2pm & 5:30 pm
Sunday, February 20: 1 pm & 4:30 pm

Ticketgiveaway: Black Watch 2/17

*giveaway is now over*

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 Black Watch. Post a comment on this blog post for your chance to get a pair of tickets to the Feb. 17 show at 8 pm. The winner will be chosen at random on Feb. 15. Black Watch runs from Feb 16-20 at the Bass Concert Hall. Tickets can be purchased at texasperformingarts.org

PLEASE NOTE: Black Watch contains strong language, loud explosions, and strobe lighting. Not recommended for audiences under 16.

Presented in partnership with Fusebox Festival and the Department of Theatre and Dance, Black Watch is written by Gregory Burke and directed by John Tiffany.

This rare tour of Black Watch by the National Theatre of Scotland stops in Austin following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, performances around the globe, and unanimous critical and popular acclaim. For this groundbreaking presentation, Texas Performing Arts is putting the audience on the Bass Concert Hall stage in a rare and intimate seating configuration.

Black Watch is a stirring play based on interviews conducted by Scottish playwright Gregory Burke with veteran soldiers who served in Iraq. Viewed through the eyes of those on the ground, Black Watch reveals what it means to be part of the legendary Scottish regiment, what it means to be part of the war on terror — and what it means to make the journey home again.

Hailed as a cultural landmark of the 21st century, John Tiffany’s production makes powerful and inventive use of movement, music, and song, all to create a visceral, complex, and urgent piece of theatre — compounded by your seat on stage, next to the action.

PLEASE NOTE: Black Watch contains strong language, loud explosions, and strobe lighting. Not recommended for audiences under 16.

Barney Live ticket giveaway

***Update: Congratulations to Marina, Amber, Josh, Charla and Daren! You will be getting an email with instructions on how to get your tickets.

KLRU has partnered with the Frank Erwin Center to offer three of our viewers two tickets each to Barney Live in Concert – Birthday Bash on January 20th. Post a comment below and we will randomly choose the three winners at noon on January 18th. Winners will receive an email with details about getting their tickets.

Barney Live in Concert – Birthday Bash!
The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tickets on-sale online at TexasBoxOffice.com

Celebrate with Barney at his birthday party! This new interactive, live stage concert, features more than 25 fun and upbeat tunes, including favorites such as “Mr. Knickerbocker,” “Dino Dance,” “Baby Bop Hop,” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” You’ll be singing and dancing in the aisles with your favorite purple dinosaur and his friends. It’s a fun filled show all about sharing, caring and friendship.

RSVP: Michael Pollan tapes Overheard 12/11

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with author and activist Michael Pollan on Saturday, December 11 at 10:30 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10 a.m.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP here

For millions of fans and followers, Pollan has served as educator, agitator and guide through the act of buying and consuming food.  His most recent books delve deep into where our food comes from, what meaning that food has in our culture and what he believes consumers should know each time they sit down to a meal.

Overheard with Evan Smith updates the successful formula of our award-winning series Texas Monthly Talks – great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The new show brings you the same mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and is available to PBS stations nationwide.  We hope you’ll be there for our first season of this exciting new program, which airs on KLRU at 7 p.m. every Thursday. Watch episodes online now at klru.org/overheard

Tuesday live in the studio

Last night KLRU broadcast live from studio 6B during the PBS documentary Botany of Desire. We choose this program because Tuesdays are our traditional science night and also because Michael Pollan will be in Austin next week. As an extra special thank you gift we are offering tickets to his lecture at Bass Concert Hall as well as his book and a DVD or Blu-Ray of the program. We only have a limited number so secure your spot soon! One lucky person will have their tickets upgraded to a VIP reception with Michael Pollan himself.

Another thing that made last night special was the support of the garden community. Central Texas Gardener has many fabulous fans and some of them came to help us answer phones. Many of them have their own blogs or community programs so check their sites listed below if you’re looking for inspiration.

Tonight we will be live in the studio during “A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert.” Our special guests will be the Conspirare Youth Choir who will be performing throughout the evening. The fun begins at 7p!

thanks to these folks who helped us answer phones:
Denise Delaney
Grow Green Coordinator, City of Austin

Elaine Dill
Master Gardener

Ellie Hanlon
Mostly Weeds

Caroline Homer
Shovel Ready Garden

Glee Ingram
Growing Designs Landscape designer

Eleanor Pratt
Garden of E

Roxane Smith
Master Gardener

Bill Bradley tapes Overheard 12/9

Bill Bradley will tape Overheard with Evan Smith on December 9 at 10 am. We are offering those who donate during PBS Newshour tonight and tomorrow the opportunity to have reserved seats in the front section for this taping. Show your support for the Newshour now to take advantage of this special opportunity.

A public invitation to this taping will be sent out later this week.

Bill Bradley’s biography includes three terms as a U.S. Senator, a run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2000, an NBA hall of fame basketball career and two years in Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He’s also the author of six books, the host of a weekly radio show and a partner in a New York investment bank. Join us to hear his take on politics and the economy.

Overheard with Evan Smith updates the successful formula of our award-winning series Texas Monthly Talks – great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The new show brings you the same mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and is available to PBS stations nationwide. We hope you’ll be there for our first season of this exciting new program, which airs on KLRU at 7 p.m. every Thursday.