What’s happening this weekend: July 31-Aug. 2

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Now that the summer heat has arrived in full force, we know you’re looking for ways to stay cool this weekend. We’ve got some suggestions for you!

Check out the Texas Robot Roundup

Watch high school teams from across the state compete at the fifth annual Texas Robot Roundup at the Austin Convention Center Friday and Saturday. What’s cooler than watching smart young people show off their amazing creations? Before you go, get inspired by this clip from SciTech Now and watch elementary, middle and high school students take part in robots competitions through the nonprofit organization FIRST.


Admission: Free to spectators. Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Details here.

Visit the Carver Museum’s newest exhibit
The George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center’s newest exhibit, John Yancey’s Can u see, opened Thursday. Yancey is a Chicago artist who was influenced by social and political events of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s to create public murals and mosaics and commissioned sculptures and paintings. Yancey is currently a studio art professor at the University of Texas at Austin. Before you go, watch this clip from the 2012 episode of Juneteenth Jamboree, in which KLRU features the Carver Museum and its curator.

Admission: Free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday. Details here.

Extreme bird-watching in the Capital Plaza Shopping Center
If you live in Austin, chances are you’ve watched the bats come out from the Congress Avenue Bridge. But have you ever watched purple martins roost at Capital Plaza? The Travis Audubon Society has hosted purple martin parties on Friday and Saturday nights this summer. Bring a lawn chair and watch hundreds of thousands of purple martins roost in the Live Oaks near Shepler’s Western Wear at Capital Plaza. The good news is the purple martins roost at dusk, so you don’t have to worry about the summer sun — and the Travis Audubon Society says it’s even better than watching the bats! If you’d like to know more about purple martins before you go, watch this video from Texas Parks and Wildlife.


Admission: Free. Hours: 7:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Details here.

Landmarks Guided Tour of Bass Concert Hall
Escape the blistering summer temperatures and join The University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts’ Landmarks for a docent-led tour of art in Bass Concert Hall on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The collection features striking examples of postwar and contemporary sculpture from influential artists such as Magdalena Abakanowicz and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Check out Ursula von Rydingsvard’s artwork featured in Ecology, as artists explore how our understanding of the natural world becomes deeply cultural.

Admission: Free. Hours: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Details here.

Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin Give Gift to KLRU

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, announces that Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin have made a significant donation in honor of three key individuals who have tirelessly supported public broadcasting in Central Texas for more than 40 years:  Lady Bird Johnson, Sandy Youman and Catherine Robb.

“As a child of the LBJ administration, PBS is family for us.” said Luci Baines Johnson. “So it just seems right to make a gift in its honor, and to honor its dearest friends and ours: my mother Lady Bird, my niece Catherine, and our friend Sandy. We had intended to do this in our will, but decided we wanted to enjoy our station and celebrate our loved ones during our lifetime.”

The gift honors three notable women while extending the impact of public broadcasting in Central Texas:

Lady Bird Johnson served as First Lady when her husband, President Lyndon B. Johnson, signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 into law; she remained an avid viewer, supporter and friend of PBS throughout her lifetime.

Johnson family friend Sandy Youman has been associated with KLRU for over 20 years.  Retired from KLRU in 2005 after a career at the station spanning two decades, Youman was instrumental in building membership, increasing major donors and in creating the Producers Circle.  She continues to actively support KLRU’s work in the community.

Catherine Robb, granddaughter of Lady Bird and Lyndon B. Johnson and niece to Luci Baines Johnson, currently serves as Chair of the KLRU Board of Directors, following many years of advocacy and volunteer service.

The Johnson-Turpin gift will support several key objectives at KLRU, strengthening the organization’s future and advancing innovative new projects.  Johnson also expressed the hope that this gift will serve as inspiration for the public to join her in giving generously to KLRU.

“We are so grateful to Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin for their generosity to KLRU with this gift.” said Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO and General Manager. “And we are even more pleased that it recognizes three women who have worked so tirelessly on behalf of public broadcasting to ensure that President Johnson’s vision continues for many more decades to come.”

The final stretch of #yourklru

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We’re in the final stretch of this historic fundraising drive, #yourklru, and we couldn’t be more inspired by the response we’ve seen from Central Texans to this campaign. You’ve embraced this new way of giving to your only community-supported public television station and for that, we are so very grateful.

Thanks to you, we met yesterday’s $10,000 challenge match from Dr. Steven Ungerleider, putting us over $73,000! But we still have 15 hours until #yourklru ends at midnight tonight and we’ve made it our goal to hit $80,000. If you haven’t had a chance to make your gift in support of #yourklru, now’s the time!

Make a one-time gift or sustaining, monthly gift now!

And for a little extra encouragement, we have some great giveaways in store for our final day of #yourklru:

As the home of Austin City Limits, we’re excited to be giving away one pair of tickets to the ACL Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Concert on Thursday, June 28th at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. We’ll be honoring some of ACL’s greatest performers with an all-star lineup of talent!

Interested in the future of Texas? Well, we’re also giving away 2 pairs of passes to The Texas Tribune Festival October 16-18th on the University of Texas campus. Join more than 3,000 attendees and 150 speakers, including House Speaker Joe Straus and University of Texas at Austin President Gregory Fenves. Attendees will take advantage of 50 interactive events, enlightened discussion on 10 programming tracks, award-winning barbecue, networking opportunities, fun receptions and more.

Also, our friends at Alamo Drafthouse Austin are helping to support ‪#‎yourklru‬! For every online ticket purchased this weekend to a showing of LOVE & MERCYthey will donate $1 to #yourklru! Even better, your online ticket will enter you into a drawing for 2 tickets to the upcoming Brian Wilson show here in Austin, as well as the CD & DVD from his latest album! Up to 6 patrons can win!

Simply give any amount to #yourklru until midnight tonight and you just might find yourself at one of these great events! Can we count on your support of this transformational fundraising effort as we reach the final stretch of #yourklru?

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yourklrugiveawaysheaderblogSupporting #yourklru should be fun, so we’re giving away some great things to sweeten the deal throughout the 5 day drive! Here’s what’s in store for today:

All day: Pair of tickets to the ACL Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert + 2 pairs of passes to The Texas Tribune Festival
7am-10am: Sesame Street Bags
10am-12pm: Book – Viva Tequila by Lucinda Hutson
12pm-2pm: Roku 3
2pm-5pm: Pair of tickets to Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Doyle Bramhall II at Austin 360 Amphitheater on July 12th
5pm-6pm: KLRU & Central Texas Gardener T-shirts
6pm-7pm: Newshour Bags, T-shirts & Mugs
7pm-8pm: Book – Boyhood by Matt Lankes and Richard Linklater
8pm-9pm: Book – Signed Franklin Barbecue + Brisket is my Spirit Animal T-shirt
9pm-10pm: ACL T-shirts
10pm-11pm: Book – Homegrown
11pm-12am: Book – Austin City Limits: A History + Lyle Lovett Posters

We encourage you to make a donation during the respective hours of each giveaway to be entered to win, however, if you follow us on Twitter and Facebook, there will be other ways to win as well! Visit here for complete giveaway information.
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The ripple effect of #yourklru

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UPDATE as of 1pm - JUST CONFIRMED: $2,500 anonymous challenge match from a generous KLRU donor!
Give now and double the impact of your dollars in an instant!

We’re halfway through our online Summer fundraising drive and #yourklru is making waves on the internet! Thanks to you, we met yesterday’s $10,000 challenge match from Claire and Carl Stuart, putting us over the $35,000 mark! But we still need your help to spread the word about #yourklru and get it trending on social media!

For some inspiration, here’s a sampling of what some of your fellow viewers are saying about #yourklru:

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We absolutely love how engaged the Central Texas community is in this campaign, but we can’t stop there. We’ve got to raise another $10,000 today in order to meet our goal of $50,000.

With your help #yourklru can bring about a wave of change to our fundraising drives! Can we count on you to make a gift in support of #yourklru today? 

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Supporting #yourklru should be fun, so we’re giving away some great things to sweeten the deal throughout the 5 day drive! Here’s what’s in store for today:

7am-10am: Sesame Street Bags
10am-12pm: Book – Viva Tequila by Lucinda Hutson
12pm-2pm: Pair of passes to the ACL taping with Courtney Barnett on June 4th at 8pm
2pm-5pm: Pair of tickets to Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Doyle Bramhall II at Austin 360 Amphitheater on July 12th
5pm-6pm: KLRU & Central Texas Gardener T-shirts
6pm-7pm: Newshour Bags, T-shirts & Mugs
7pm-8pm: Roku 3
8pm-9pm: Book – Boyhood by Matt Lankes and Richard Linklater
9pm-10pm: ACL T-shirts
10pm-11pm: Book – Homegrown
11pm-12am: Book – Austin City Limits: A History + ACL Lyle Lovett Posters
12am – 6am: KLRU T-shirts

We encourage you to make a donation during the respective hours of each giveaway to be entered to win, however, if you follow us on Twitter and Facebook, there will be other ways to win as well! Visit here for complete giveaway information.
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Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Doyle Bramhall II
Sunday, July 12th at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas
Tickets are on sale now via ticketmaster.com, all ticketmaster outlets, or call 1.800.745.3000 to charge by phone.

Now’s the time! #yourklru is here!

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By now, you’ve probably heard about #yourklru and how during our Summer Fundraising Drive we’re not interrupting or breaking into your regular schedule. And we’ve been receiving some encouraging feedback from you, our viewers and donors:

Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing fundraising without interrupting our regular favorite programs. I am encouraged by this latest move on your part. 

Halleluiah! Perhaps I can contribute more this year!

Well, now’s the time to show your support for this transformational effort. We have 5 days to raise $50,000, which is why we can’t do it without YOU! When you give your gift today, ask 5 of your friends to consider giving to #yourklru too! A little can go a long way when we collectively support quality educational programming in Central Texas.

Make a one-time gift or sustaining, monthly gift now!

We have some fun giveaways we’ll be doing throughout the drive to keep those donations rolling in and today, we’re kicking it off with an AppleTV! Check out the full list and details about today’s giveaways below. 

The success of this drive depends on YOU!  Will you will make a donation in support of #yourklru and share your reason for supporting KLRU on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #yourklru?

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Also, join us tomorrow (6/2) at Halcyon218 West 4th Street, from 5-9pm. Celebrate #yourklru and watch as your donation makes an impact! Light appetizers and happy hour prices!

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yourklrugiveawaysheaderblogSupporting #yourklru should be fun, so we’re giving away some great things to sweeten the deal throughout the 5 day drive! Here’s what’s in store for today:

All day: AppleTV
7am-10am: Sesame Street Bags
10am-12pm: Book – Viva Tequila by Lucinda Hutson
12pm-2pm: Pair of passes to the ACL taping with Courtney Barnett on June 4th at 8pm
2pm-5pm: Pair of tickets to The Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dapp Kings and Doyle Bramhall II at Austin 360 Amphitheater on July 12th
5pm-6pm: KLRU T-shirts
6pm-7pm: Newshour Bags, T-shirts & Mugs
7pm-8pm: Roku 3
8pm-9pm: Book – Boyhood by Matt Lankes and Richard Linklater
9pm-10pm: ACL T-shirts10pm-11pm: Book – Homegrown
11pm-12am: Book – Austin City Limits: A History + ACL Lyle Lovett Posters

We encourage you to make a donation during the respective hours of each giveaway to be entered to win, however, if you follow us on Twitter and Facebook, there will be other ways to win as well! Visit here for complete giveaway information.
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Additional support for these giveaways comes from C3 Presents and Live Nation:
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Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Doyle Bramhall II
Sunday, July 12th at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas
Tickets are on sale now via ticketmaster.com, all ticketmaster outlets, or call 1.800.745.3000 to charge by phone.

On-air pledge drives got you down? #yourklru is for you!

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 “The pledge weeks drive me nuts!”

“I’m not crazy about the pledge time blather during intermissions.”

“Pledge drives totally misrepresent your normal content.” 

Your voice has been heard and now we’re responding! KLRU will be kicking off an unprecedented Summer Fundraising campaign in June, and this time around, we’re doing something completely different!

KLRU will embark on a 5 day online giving drive, instead of the traditional 10 day on-air pledge drive. What does this mean? It means we’re NOT interrupting your regular schedule and we’re NOT breaking into your favorite shows to ask for support. Instead, we’re asking you to:

WATCH - Tune in to KLRU as you normally would.

GIVE - Join us June 1-5 to give your gift at klru.org or 866-910-KLRU. Your gift will help provide quality educational programming to everyone in Central Texas.

ENGAGE - Share what you love about KLRU on social media today and hashtagging it #yourklru.

INSPIRE - Become a personal fundraiser and spread the word to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers to give too!

Together, we can transform the way we fundraise to continue to bring your favorite PBS programs to your living room each and every day. But we can’t do it without YOU and so in return for your support during this 5 day drive, we’ll be giving away some fun things including: an AppleTV, 2 tickets to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert, a Roku 3, KLRU t-shirts and more!

It’s a full week of programming brought to you by…YOU! Will you do your part and make a gift in support of #yourklru, June 1st – 5th at klru.org?

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Calling all Volunteers!

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Passionate about PBS? Inspire others to support quality public television in Central Texas and become a fundraiser for #yourklru. What is #yourklru? Well, it’s a 5 day online giving drive and KLRU has a goal to raise $50,000 is just 5 days. This is why we need your help and we have some pretty great incentives to sweeten the deal when you sign up to become a personal fundraiser!

How to Sign Up to be a #yourklru Fundraiser:

  1. Go to www.supportklru.org/register and enter your information where prompted.
  2. Set a fundraising goal and personalize your fundraising page with personal statement, photo, etc.
  3. Once that info is saved, navigate to the MY TOOLS tab – use those unique to you links as needed to share with friends and family. An email with additional information and resources will be sent.
  4. Start fundraising! See toolkit a fundraiser’s guide!

Remember to KEEP THE EMAIL you receive as confirmation for signing up—it contains the link to manage your personal fundraising profile!

Fundraiser Fun Facts:

  1. Fundraisers receive a confirmation email when a gift has been made on their fundraising page. The donor to their page receives a tax receipt when their gift has been processed.
  2. Fundraisers also have backend access to basic donor information on donors that have contributed on their page. This is important for personal thank you notes and tracking. KLRU also has access to all of that donation information and donor data as it relates to individual fundraiser pages.
  3. Fundraisers’ goal thermometer on their page will update in real time when actual transactions are being processed and run.

Incentives for our personal fundraisers:

  1. For the 1st of 3 to raise $1,000
    -Tickets ACL Taping – Courtney Barnett*
    * Thanked with a pair of passes to attend KLRU’s taping of Austin City Limits on Thurs. June 4th at 8pm.
    -Tickets Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Doyle Bramhall II*
    * Thanked with a pair of tickets Sunday, July 12th at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas
  2. For the 1st of 10 to raise $500*
    * Select one of the following, subject to availability, etc.
    -Signed copy of Amazon’s best selling Franklin Barbecue: A meat-smoking manifesto
    -UT Press books include: Boyhood, Homegrown and Viva Tequila
    -Austin City Limits: A History Book
  3. For the 1st of 15 to raise $300*
    * Select one of the following, subject to availability, sizes, etc.
    -KLRU T-shirts: Central Texas Gardener, KLRU-Q, Throwback KLRU
    -Austin City Limits T-shirt
    -Brisket is my Spirit Animal T-Shirt + Koozie
    -Roku
    -Vintage Austin City Limits poster featuring 2015 Hall of Fame performer Lyle Lovett. Fun Fact: This poster is from the very last ACL taping in Studio 6A on November 8, 2010.
  4. For the 1st of 20 to raise $100
    * Select one of the following, subject to availability, sizes, etc.
    -Newshour Mug
    -Dr Who Mug
    -Sesame Street Reusable Tote Bags: (one of) Big Bird, Grover, Elmo, Cookie Monster or Oscar the Grouch

THANK YOU for supporting #yourklru June giving week! You truly are essential to our community in helping us GIVE, ENGAGE, and INSPIRE.

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Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Doyle Bramhall II
Sunday, July 12th at Austin360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas
Tickets are on sale now via ticketmaster.com, all ticketmaster outlets, or call 1.800.745.3000 to charge by phone.

Q Night at the Movies 5/9

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This week’s Q Night at the Movies features an all-new On Story, the feature film An Affair To Remember and back to back documentaries on doctors and nurses.

On Story Deconstructing The Fly at 7:30 pm
Mick Garris (Masters of Horror) and Alvaro Rodriguez (Machete) deconstruct the shock, suspense, and subtleties of David Cronenberg’s The Fly and how his execution has contributed to the legitimacy and intellect of the horror genre.

Feature film An Affair To Remember at 8 pm
Engaged to others, two cruise-ship passengers (Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr) plan to reunite six months later atop the Empire State Building.

Pioneers of Television Doctors and Nurses at 9:59 pm
From George Clooney on “ER” to Richard Chamberlain on “Dr. Kildare,” television’s long love affair with doctors and nurses shows no signs of letting up. Noah Wyle, Anthony Edwards, Gloria Reuben and Eriq LaSalle open up about the secrets of “ER”; Howie Mandel, Ed Begley Jr. and Christina Pickles revisit “St. Elsewhere.”

No Evidence of Disease at 11 pm
This documentary follows a unique rock band made up of six gynecologic oncology surgeons from across the country who are taking healing and the arts to a new level (the band’s name comes from the four words every patient prays to hear, “No Evidence of Disease”). Created as a cover band to entertain their peers at a medical conference, the members soon saw the potential to reach women in a powerful way – through music.

 

Science Night May 13

Growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally on Nature Animal Childhood at 7 pm Wednesday.

A deadly recipe threatens the survival of countless creatures throughout Earth’s oceans as carbon dioxide levels rise on Nova Lethal Seas at 8 pm Wednesday.

Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert on Sahara with Michael Palin at 9 pm Wednesday.

May 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In May 2015, we have the following lined up along with a range of special programs and events that celebrate the Asian American experience for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Parrot Confidential”
Meet Lou. Abandoned in a foreclosed home, Lou is one of thousands of parrots in need of rescue. From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a loveable, quirky cast of parrots will reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans.

Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Animal Childhood”
In every animal’s life, there comes a time when it must stand on its own two feet, so to speak, and face the world alone. These are the trials and tribulations of young animals all over the world, as they prepare to leave home.

Wednesday, May 27 at 8:00 pm: NOVA “First Man on the Moon”
When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, he won instant fame. Yet this accomplished engineer and test pilot was so determined to stay out of the limelight that few know the personal story of how his rare combination of talent, luck and experience led to his successful command of Apollo 11.