Q Night At The Movies 6/4

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If you’ve ever wondered who started the pixie-cut trend you might want to tune into Q Night At The Movies on Saturday. First, we highlight film and Broadway actress Shirley MacLaine taking you through her career as an actress. Then, stay tuned for a discussion on the challenges that come with running your own webseries. Later, don’t miss the 1940 film The Shop Around The Corner.

Shirley MacLaine, long-legged and strawberry brown pixie haired, was called to stardom in 1955 and was cast in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Trouble with Harry.” MacLaine has starred among the most popular leading men of the time such as Fred MacMurray, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood and Robert Mitchum. MacLaine’s films include The Apartment, Two For The Seesaw, The Turning Point, Terms of Endearment, Steel Magnolias and many more. Tune in on Shirley MacLaine: Kicking Up Her Heels at 7 pm.

Next at 7:30 pm on Awkward Black Girl: A Conversation With Issa Rae, join Rae as she tells us about the challenges that come with creating your own webseries, the freedom of doing it your own way and how to navigate the growing sensation of developing original online content.

Closing the night with The Shop Around The Corner, the more Budapest co-workers (Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart) fight, the more they fall in love as secret pen pals.

KLRU Celebrates Earth Month!

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Here at KLRU, we love our planet and proudly celebrate Earth Day. With it coming up on April 22nd, what better way to pay tribute to our big blue planet than to air programs that embrace nature and shed light on problems the Earth currently faces?

On April 21, Arts In Context Thirst explores an art installation that takes on the pressing issue of water shortages and challenges the community to action at 7:30 p.m. Presented by the Center For Women & Their Work, Thirst memorializes the loss of over 300 million trees that died in the Texas in the drought of 2011.

From April 25-30 at 8 p.m., the miniseries, National Parks: America’s Best Idea, will chronologically work its way through the history of the creation of our national parks.

On April 25, National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Scripture Of Nature (1851-1890) tells how the astonishing beauty of Yosemite Valley and the geyser wonderland of Yellowstone give birth to the radical idea of creating national parks for the enjoyment of everyone; John Muir becomes their eloquent defender. In addition, Symphony of the Soil artistically explores the miraculous substance soil at 10 p.m.

April 26 brings National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Last Refuge (1890-1915), which discusses how a young president, Theodore Roosevelt, becomes one of the national parks’ greatest champions; in Yellowstone, a magnificent species is rescued from extinction; and in Yosemite, John Muir fights the battle of his life to save a beautiful valley. But before that, at 7 p.m. National Parks of Texas: In Contact With Beauty shares how these parks were created and reveals the secrets they hold.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Empire Of Grandeur (1915-1919) airs April 27. In John Muir’s absence, a new leader steps forward on behalf of America’s remaining pristine places; a new federal agency is created to protect the parks; and in Arizona, a fight breaks out over the fate of the grandest canyon on earth.

On April 28, National Parks: America’s Best Idea Going Home (1920-1933) tells the story of a Nebraska housewife who searches for peace and inspiration in park after park, while a honeymoon couple seeks fame and adventure in the Grand Canyon; and the future of the Great Smoky Mountains becomes caught in a race with the lumbermen’s saws.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea Great Nature (1933-1945) explains that in the midst of an economic catastrophe and then a world war, the national parks provide a source of much-needed jobs and then much-needed peace on April 29; the park idea changes to include new places and new ways of thinking; and in Wyoming, battle lines are drawn along the front of the Teton Range.

A stubborn iconoclast fights a lonely battle on behalf of a species nearly everyone hates on National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Morning Of Creation (1946-1980) on April 30.  America’s “Last Frontier” becomes a testing ground for the future of the park idea; and in unprecedented numbers, American families create unforgettable memories, passing on a love of the parks to the next generation.

KLRU Q also crafted some of their April programming in honor of our planet.

On April 15, Q starts the night off with Big Burn: American Experience at 8 p.m. This one-hour special highlights the hundreds of wildfires that raged across the Northern Rockies during the summer of 1910. Then at 9 p.m., America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck And The Ashtev examines the pivotal role played by pioneering forestry educator Carl Schenck and his founding of America’s first school of forestry-the Biltmore Forest School. To finish the night off, Jens Jensen The Living Green profiles the unsung pioneering landscape architect who became one of America’s most influential urban designers and early conservationists at 10 p.m.

Then on Earth Day itself, April 22, experience the battle for a living planet in the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism on American Masters A Fierce Green Fire at 8 p.m. After that, Green Fire: Aldo Leopold And A Land Ethic For Our Time highlights Aldo Leopold’s extraordinary career as an environmentalist, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. Finally, Symphony of the Soil artistically explores the miraculous substance soil at 10 p.m.

Q Night At The Movies 2/27: Glory & much more

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This week, Night At The Movies will explore works that highlight the struggle for equality in America. On Variety, we will hear from actors about their newest projects, including actresses from Suffragette and Carol. Then, the writer of Philadelphiaa story about a man with AIDS who was fired for his condition, discusses the impact of his screenplay. After that, Glory will tell the story of an all-black regiment during the Civil War. To end the night, we’ll take a broader look at the black experience before, during, and after the Civil War.

Variety Episode #302 at 6:30 p.m.
An intimate conversation between some of the greatest actors working today. Featuring Kate Winslet (Jobs) with Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Carey Mulligan (Suffragette) with Elizabeth Banks (Love & Mercy), Steve Carell (The Big Short) with Rooney Mara (Carol), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo) with Jason Segel (The End of the Tour).

On Story Watch Philadelphia: A Look Back at 7:30 p.m.
Ron Nyswaner recounts the social impact of his screenplay Philadelphia, a bold film released during a delicate time in history. Followed by Oliver Kember’s Puzzled, about a young boy whose only chance at survival on the playground is to outsmart the other children.

All-star Film Collection Glory at 8:00 p.m.
Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) trains and leads an all-black regiment of the U.S. Civil War.

Looking Over Jordan: African Americans And The War  at 10:05 p.m.
This documentary chronicles the black experience in the South before, during and after the war. It features interviews with Civil War scholars, historical re-enactments, and primary readings. Among many topics, the documentary covers the marked rise of slavery between 1790 and 1860, the role of religion and music in the slave narrative, the influx of freed black slaves into the Union army, heroics at the Battle of Nashville in December 1864, both Confiscation Acts, and the creation of the Bureau of Freedman, Refugees and Abandoned Land to aid freed slaves in the early Reconstruction era.

Luther and The Detectorists join KLRU-Q British Drama night starting 2/29

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KLRU-Q is adding new British drama to the lineup starting Feb. 29. The popular shows The Detectorists and Luther will join the Monday night lineup, which currently includes Death in Paradise and Whitechapel.

Death In Paradise at 8:05 p.m.
Detective Inspector Richard Poole is transplanted from London to the Caribbean to solve a murder mystery, and he is not a huge fan of his seemingly temporary new home. Unfortunately for him, he does such a great job on the case that he is assigned to the island of Saint-Marie permanently.

The Detectorists  at 9 p.m.
This British comedy-drama revolves around the lives, loves and detecting ambitions of Andy and Lance, members of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club.

Luther at 9:30 p.m.
Starring Screen Actor’s Guild Award winner, Idris Elba, Luther is a gripping, smart and entertaining psychological thriller driven by an intellectually brilliant but emotionally impulsive cop. For Luther, his profession is a vocation rather than a job. He serves his own idea of a moral order as much as rules and codes of criminal law.

Whitechapel at 10:25 p.m.
Rupert Penry-Jones, Phil Davis and Steve Pemberton return as detectives Chandler and Miles and historical researcher Ed Buchan in these atmospheric thrillers set in London’s East End. This series sees the team confronted by twisted, gothic murders that reach right into their fears and superstitions… Someone is killing suspected witches; flayed bodies suggest someone is more interested in the victims’ skin than in their death; and the sewers of Whitechapel threaten the team with an additional layer of horror. While Chandler and team try to solve these crimes, the station itself seems to pulse with unexplained phenomena. Mysterious footsteps in corridors, creeping mould and silty water. Could the station be haunted? And who or what is really behind the evil that surfaces in Whitechapel?

 

Night At The Movies 2/6

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We’ve got a political Night At The Movies for a political year! The night opens up with Jenelle Riley speaking one-on-one with actors about their work. Then, House of Cards creator and The West Wing writer debate politically-driven narratives and all the dynamics they create. Following that is The Manchurian Candidate, a political thriller set during the Korean War. Finally, we end the night with a documentary about African American kung fu artists and their role in film and society.

Variety Studio Episode #201 at 6:30 p.m.
Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Julia Louis Dreyfus (Veep) with Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent), Queen Latifah (Bessie) with Taraji P. Henson (Empire), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story), with Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Liev Schrieber (Ray Donovan) with Maggie Gyllenhaal (An Honorable Woman), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) with Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul).

On Story The Left And Write: Politically Driven Narratives at 7:30 p.m.
Beau Willimon (creator House of Cards) and Eli Attie (writer The West Wing) debate politically-driven narratives, power struggles, and dramatizing the truths and fictions that comprise ideologically-charged stories. Accompanied by Topher Field’s short film, The Hustle, offering a glimpse inside a swindler’s artful technique and deception.

All-star Film Collection The Manchurian Candidate at 7:59 p.m.
A Korean War hero’s (Laurence Harvey) commanding officer (Frank Sinatra) discovers he and his platoon were brainwashed.

Black Kungfu Experience  at 10:07 p.m.
The Black Kungfu Experience introduces kungfu’s African-American pioneers, men who challenged convention and overturned preconceived notions while mastering the ancient art.The four martial artists profiled include Ron Van Clief, an ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran who starred in more than 40 kungfu films.Their compelling stories illustrate how kungfu began as – and remains – a unique crucible of the black experience.

Q Night at the Movies 12/12

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Gary Cooper is the star of this week’s Q Night at the Movies with a doc about the actor’s life at 7 and the feature film Meet John Doe at 8.

Hollywood Idols Gary Cooper: The Face Of A Hero 7 pm
Known for his personification of the Western Hero, it was Montana-born Gary Cooper’s horse-riding skills that first brought him bit parts in movies – and he never lost his love of the great American outdoors. Though he rarely played a villain and was an adept comedian, Cooper is best remembered for the strong, silent heroes he portrayed. With his lanky, country-boy looks and shy manner, he created a unique screen presence, though his real life was one of sophisticated elegance. He received three Academy Award nominations and two Academy Awards for his resume of more than 100 films.

On Story House Of Cards: A Conversation With Beau Willimon at 7:30 pm
House of Cards creator, Beau Willimon, discusses writing for Netflix, working with David Fincher, and delving into the psychology of narrative power struggles.

Meet John Doe at 8 pm
Fired reporter Ann Mitchel (Barbara Stanwyck)l prints a fake letter from unemployed “John Doe,” who threatens suicide in protest of social ills. The paper is forced to rehire Ann and hires John Willoughby (Gary Cooper) to impersonate “Doe.” Ann and her bosses cynically milk the story, until the made-up “John Doe” philosophy starts a whole political movement.

Veterans Day 2015 on KLRU-Q

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On the 11th hour of the 11th day of November almost 100 years ago, German and Allied soldiers implemented an armistice and ended the greatest war the world had ever witnessed. Celebrate Veteran’s Day (née Armistice Day) and honor both soldiers and country with a night of special programming on KLRU-Q.

At 8 p.m., Ice Warriors – USA Sled Hockey portrays the US Sled Hockey team preparing for and competing in the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. Their personal stories are riveting, from a teenager making his debut to four military “wounded warriors,” proud to represent America in Paralympic sports.

Healing the Warrior’s Heart examines the emotional trauma of war through the prism of Native American tradition and ceremony. The program – which airs at 9 p.m. – reveals the central role that military service plays in Native life and explores the spiritual traditions that help returning American Indian soldiers reintegrate into society. These traditions hold lessons for the nation as we seek to bring comfort and healing to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

Then at 10 p.m., examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on the working class in On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one a POW and the other a protestor at home.

Wrap up the night with In Their Words: Songwriting With Soldiers at 11:30 p.m. Learn how creative experiences can help heal military with post-traumatic stress. The recovery process for active duty US soldiers and veterans can seem out of reach, at times leading to attempted suicide and death. Follow how one group of volunteers and professional songwriters work with soldiers to offer an immersive retreat for them to write songs about their military experience and even a chance at healing.

KLRU-Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Halloween Week on KLRU-Q

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Pumpkins appear on doorsteps. Large bags of candy disappear from grocery stores. Werewolves, witches and mummies walk around downtown Austin. The spookiest time of the year is coming up – Halloween.

Celebrate the holiday and the week leading up to it with mysterious, thrilling special programming on KLRU-Q. Here’s their schedule of special programming:

Sunday – Strange and Unusual

Ever wonder how much money you get for breaking a Guinness World Record? The answer is … none! So why do competitors do it? That’s the central question in the award-winning documentary Breaking and Entering at 6 p.m. The documentary was hailed by the New York Times as “a brisk and absorbing tour of the human ego.”

Then, explore how Robert Ripley’s obsession with the odd made him one of the richest men in America  at 7 p.m. on Ripley: Believe It Or Not: American Experience. Over three decades, his Believe It or Not franchise grew into an entertainment empire, and the eccentric, globetrotting playboy became an unlikely national celebrity.

At 8 p.m., Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice journeys into the world of modern magic and the small circle of eccentrics who were its perpetual devotees. Told largely in Jay’s own voice, Deceptive Practice traces the story of his achievements, from his early apprenticeship, beginning at age four, with his grandfather Max Katz, an accomplished amateur magician, as well as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini, Francis Carlyle, and Roy Benson, all of whom were among the best magicians of the 20th century.

Get your Halloween costume ready with Cosplay! Crafting a Secret Identity at 9 p.m. A mainstay of “geek culture” for years, cosplay – a contraction of “Costume Play”- only recently emerged from the shadows of the sci-fi convention and into the mainstream. This one-hour documentary ventures into the workshops and lives of people who elevate fantasy costuming to the professional level.

Cap off Sunday with Secrets Of The Tower Of London at 10 p.m. Standing guard over the city of London for nearly 1000 years, this formidable fortress has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armoury and the Royal Mint. Over the centuries it has gone from a symbol of imperialism and tyranny to a national treasure – the protector of the crown jewels and many other historic British traditions.

Monday – new series

At 10 p.m., start a stirring new series. In Whitechapel The Walk of Terror, Part 1, the team is confronted by twisted, gothic murders that reach right into their fears and superstitions – someone is killing suspected witches; flayed bodies suggest someone is more interested in the victims’ skin than in their death; and the sewers of Whitechapel threaten the team with an additional layer of horror. While Chandler and team try to solve these crimes, the station itself seems to pulse with unexplained phenomena.

Tuesday – Sci-Fi

Tune into the special Pioneers of Television Science Fiction at 8 p.m. for a look at Gene Roddenberry, Irwin Allen and Rod Serling and the storylines and characters behind the best-loved futuristic television of their time. This episode explores how Roddenberry and Serling (of “The Twilight Zone”) used the future as a stage for modern morality plays, and William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and other science-fiction stars describe how they prepared to interact on-camera with a malevolent alien force … or, perhaps, a giant radish.

Over the years technology has matured on screen and innovations in artificial intelligence and bio technology are making it harder to distinguish man from man-made. The debate is set, who has the upper hand: the great minds of Hollywood, or the world’s leading scientists? Drawing disturbing conclusions about our impending mechanical domination, Android Prophesy investigates the parallels between science fiction and science reality at 9 p.m. Narrated by Doctor Who’s Tom Baker.

Then at 10 p.m. and again at 11:30 p.m., Q shows Arts In Context The Intergalactic Nemesis, the first live-action graphic novel. Created by an original comic-book story projected panel-by-panel on a video screen while three actors voiced the characters, one performer created sound-effects, and a keyboardist performed the score.

On Doctor Who Time Heist, at 10:30 p.m., the Doctor turns bank robber when he is given a task that he cannot refuse – steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos.

Thursday – Strange Town Marathon

From 8 p.m. to midnight, join Q for a marathon of Strange Town, with four new episodes and encores of old favorites like Slice of the Past/The Living Inn, The Lovelorn Lady and Ghosts of Hotel Past. Mark and Billy take you on a voyage through the history and unsettled stories that are left behind at haunted locations. With their cameras and investigative tools in hand, they’ve set out to explore the paranormal world and take you on a journey to Strange Town.

Friday – Halloween Eve

Start Halloween Eve off at 8 p.m. with War of the Worlds: American Experience, an exploration of the CBS radio broadcast of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds.” The documentary explores how and why the broadcast created one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history.

Tune in for another showing of Android Prophesy at 9 p.m.

At 10 p.m., follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England in Secrets of the Dead Vampire Legend, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves. Predating Eastern European legend, these discoveries force a re-examination of modern vampire lore.

The image of the devil is recognized throughout the world. Commonly referred to as Satan, Beelzebub, demon, Lucifer, old serpent, and the wicked one, the devil conjures up a variety of names and representations in spoken and written language and in the arts. But just who is the devil? Explore this question and others on Devil We Know at 11 p.m., the last Halloween programming of the week.

Q Night at the Movies returns Saturday with a noir marathon.

KLRU-Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Great Fire on KLRU-Q

In 1666, the city of London was built mostly out of timber. Fires were common, and a hot summer accompanied by a drought left the city tinderbox dry for September. For decades, the city was plagued by political and religious turmoil and the country was mired in wars with the French and the Dutch. Enter the Great Fire of London – an inferno that destroyed 373 acres of the city, from the Tower in the East to Fleet Street in the West, according to the BBC.

Learn about the fire that forever changed London with miniseries Great Fire. The program traces the epic drama of the 1666 Great Fire of London, when the city burned for four days. Andrew Buchan of Broadchurch stars as Thomas Farriner, whose bakery in Pudding Lane was the flashpoint for the inferno. The series also stars Charles Dance and Jack Huston.

Monday, Oct. 12, watch Part 1 at 9 p.m. and Part 2 at 9:45 p.m. Finish the series with Part 3 at 9 p.m. and Part 4 at 9:45 p.m. the following week on Monday, Oct. 19.

KLRU-Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.

Columbus Day on KLRU-Q

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As the old poem says: In 1492, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Columbus wasn’t the first or the last explorer to encounter the Americas, but he is certainly one of the most famous. Get ready for Columbus Day on Oct. 11 with a full night of Italian American culture and history on KLRUQ.

Start the evening with a full, four-hour-two-part showing of Italian Americans at 6 p.m. This series, narrated by Stanley Tucci, traces the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today, with Tony Bennett, David Chase, John Turturro, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Gay Talese and more. Once “outsiders” viewed with suspicion and mistrust, Italian Americans are today some of the most prominent leaders of U.S. business, politics and the arts. The series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American.

Then at 9:55 p.m., explore the life and music of one of most famous Italian Americans ever to live: Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra: The Voice of Our Time chronicles the career of Frank Sinatra. The program focuses on Sinatra’s career from the 1940s through the 1960s, using archival footage and clips of Sinatra in newsreels, television programs, and films, interspersed with comments by host Mel Torme and excerpts from interviews with lyricist Sammy Cahn, singer/television personality Dinah Shore, film critic Leonard Maltin, and music critic John Rockwell. Touching briefly on his personal life, the program chronicles Sinatra’s rise in the music world, his acting career, and his involvement in politics and fundraising. Songs performed include “It Was A Very Good Year”, “Fly Me To The Moon” “Ol’ Man River”, “Stardust”, “Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week”, “You Make Me Feel So Young” ,”I’ve Got The World On A String”, “Come Rain Or Come Shine”, “Come Fly With Me” , “One For My Baby” and many more.

KLRU-Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.