KLRU receives generous grant for Central Texas Gardener

KLRU has just received a generous $3,000 grant from the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation.  Funds will be used to support production of our environmentally-based, educational horticulture series:  Central Texas Gardener.  We are thrilled that they have decided to partner with us!  Together, we are engaging Hill Country viewers to create gardens that are fun, beautiful, manageable and kind to our environment and wildlife.

Highlights 12/26 to 1/1

On Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday, filmmaker Ginger Kathrens chronicles the lives of horses living wild and free in the mountains of Montana in the sequel to “Cloud: Wild Stallion of the Rockies”.

A reserved curator responsible for the safe and secret storage of priceless paintings in London’s National Gallery soon finds it difficult to keep his low profile, as well as his secret, from the local villagers in ”Framed” on Masterpiece Contemporary at 8 p.m. Sunday.

In Richard Bangs’ Adventures With Purpose “Hong Kong” at 11 p.m. Sunday, the traveler ventures into the heart of Hong Kong to uncover what forces drive a city in which the spiritual concept of chi and the worldly concept of wealth coexist.

The mysteriously clandestine life of iconic Baroque musician Glenn Gould is revealed and newly revered with benefit of his remarkable recordings and through interviews with those who knew him best on American Masters at 8 p.m. Monday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

William Kentridge: Anything is Possible at 10 p.m. Monday follows the distinguished artist on a behind-the-scenes international journey as he works on staging his production of Shostakovich’s opera “The Nose” for The Metropolitan Opera.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday presents “Secrets Beneath The Ice”, an exclusive journey to Antarctica following a state-of-the-art drilling probe known as Andrill in attempt to uncover the evidence behind the alarming implications that we may be heading toward an ice-free Antarctica.

One year after the deadliest domestic airline accident in seven years, Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday investigates the crash of Continental 3407 in Buffalo, NY, and discovers a dramatically changed airline industry, where regional carriers now account for half of the nation’s daily departures.

Summer of Birds at 9 p.m. Tuesday details a relatively unknown chapter in the life of renowned naturalist painter, ornithologist and literary figure John James Audubon.

On Tavis Smiley Reports: “Dudamel: Conducting a Life” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Smiley gives viewers an extraordinary look into the life and artistry of the L.A. Philharmonic’s charismatic conductor and youngest conductor of any major orchestra in the world.

Great Performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday presents a festive program of bel canto overtures and arias, as well as popular Latin American songs and orchestral dances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and music director Gustavo Dudamel.

Ben Harper debuts his new band, Relentless7, with a rocking set drawn from his album White Lies for Dark Times on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times Book Review, discusses his career on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Opera diva Frederica von Stade narrates The Singing Life at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, a moving look at the phenomenon of singing through the eyes and voices of Chanticleer, the internationally known male choral ensemble, and teenagers in a small town high school choir.

Live From Lincoln Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday rings in the new year with the New York Philharmonic in an all-Tchaikovsky program featuring pianist Lang Lang.

3, 2, 1 Fireworks at 10:30 p.m. Friday takes viewers on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Washington D.C. July 4th celebration, featuring one of the largest and most colorful fireworks displays in the world, and captures every step of the renowned fireworks production.

Rock icons Cheap Trick take the Austin City Limits stage and perform tracks from their latest album “The Latest” along with familiar favorites on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Continuing its longstanding holiday tradition, Great Performances at 8 p.m. Saturday presents festive selections from the 27th annual New Year’s Day celebration with the Vienna Philharmonic at Vienna’s Musikverein.n

Speakers announced for 1/4 Community Cinema Screening

KLRU and the Austin Public Library present free Community Cinema screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr,).

The next screening will be For Once In My Life on January 4th at 7 p.m. For Once In My Life follows the members of the Spirit of Goodwill Band, twenty-eight musicians and singers who all have severe mental and/or physical disabilities.

Our special guest for the post screening discussion will be:
Dolores Gonzalez, City of Austin ADA/504 Coordinator
Celia Hughes, Executive Director VSA Arts of Texas
Kathy Keller, Accessibility and Disability Rights Coordinator Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities

In the Studio: Wiretree tapes Satellite Sets 1/27

Austin’s own Wiretree will tape ACL Presents: Satellite Sets on Thursday, January 27, at 7:30 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors will open at 7 and the taping will take about an hour. The taping is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP here

Singer-songwriter Kevin Peroni began composing heartfelt indie melodies reminiscent of The Shins meets early Posies under the band’s moniker in 2005. Since then, Peroni has inducted three additional members to help Wiretree excel in lacing tracks with infectious hooks and choruses reminding us of an orchestrated Tom Petty-esque pomp and circumstance. The collective’s latest LP, Luck, has been included on various year-end lists and incorporates a variety of classic influences to produce an endearing yet simplistic indie pop masterpiece. Powerpop Station describes Luck as “a collection of pop gems of rare beauty, a panel revealing an inspired artist, a pill filled with good feelings” while Blurt Magazine praises its “underground-tinted ’80s stylings and latterday indie rock with a distinctive anthemic edge.” With the assured grace of Elliott Smith-like vocals and Peroni’s acoustic innocence, the album assures to provoke a bright and enjoyable musical experience.

Highlights 12/19 to 12/25

Celebrating its 88th year, the National Christmas Tree Lighting at 6 p.m. Sunday will signals the start of the holiday season across the country and includes performances by some of the most recognizable names in entertainment.

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday presents “Christmas in Yellowstone”, an exploration of the great winter world of Yellowstone through captivating images of the spectacular landscape and wildlife.

Masterpiece Contemporary at 8 p.m. Sunday presents Endgame, a real-life political thriller about the negotiations that led to the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Independent Lens at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday presents part one of The Calling, a two-part behind-the-scenes look at young Americans of different religions preparing to become the nation’s next generation of holy leaders.

A Time for Champions at 10 p.m. Monday charts the influence of St. Louis’ immigrant community, amateur leagues and college teams on the development and increased popularity of soccer in the United States.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday presents “Arctic Dinosaurs”, a unique field expedition heading towards Alaska’s North Slope to defrost a jackpot of new fossil clues in attempt to uncover polar dinosaurs’ lives and environment in vivid detail.

Secrets of the Dead: Battle for the Bible at 7 p.m. Wednesday explores the dramatic, violent and world-shaking story of the most famous and widely-read book in history.

Presented by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin, Buddha at 8 p.m. Wednesday tells the story of the Buddha’s life and draws upon the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity.

Eclectic singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird dazzles with songs from his album “Noble Beast” on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday, followed by the imaginative indie pop of St. Vincent.

Christmas at Concordia- Journey to Bethlehem at 7 p.m. Thursday presents a Christmas concert filled with holiday favorites performed by the world-renowned choirs and compositions of artistic director and composer, Rene Clausen.

Natalie Cole and David McCullough join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the annual Christmas concert from Salt Lake City on Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle at 8 p.m. Thursday.

L.A. Holiday Celebration 2010 at 9 p.m. Thursday reflects the cultural mosaic of Los Angeles and the broader “melting pot” of the United States as performers of African, Asian, European and Latino backgrounds join to express the joy of the season.

Author and activist Michael Pollan discusses his most recent books regarding the act of buying and consuming food on Overheard with Evan Smith at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota shares its annual holiday concert at 10 p.m. Friday, featuring seven of the university’s internationally renowned vocal and instrumental ensembles performing a festive collection of seasonal favorites.

Ben Harper debuts his new band, Relentless7, with a rocking set drawn from his album White Lies for Dark Times on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday.

KLRU remembers Richard Holbrooke

Richard Holbrooke – longtime US diplomat, peace envoy, and key US government voice in Afghanistan and Pakistan – died over the weekend at the age of 69.  He was one of the first people Evan Smith interviewed for television, way back in 2003, during the first season of KLRU-TV’s TEXAS MONTHLY TALKS.  Evan was new to TV, and this show was new to KLRU.  But the idea of taping a half-hour interview with someone of Holbrooke’s stature was a thrill, and encouraged everyone involved with TEXAS MONTHLY TALKS to imagine big things ahead.

I won’t go into Holbrooke’s full biography or resume here; many others have done that job very well in the past days.  But we will post our interview with Holbrooke here .  It aired in May of 2003, and he spoke about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the world’s view of the US, his early career during the Vietnam War.  It was a great interview then, and it’s a great one now – more than seven years later, and not far into the first run of the new successor to that original show.

by Lynn Boswell

Producer, Overheard with Evan Smith

Rockettes strike a pose on ACL stage


KLRU gets lots of visitors to our Austin City Limits studio 6A each week during our 10:30 am Friday tours. Occasionally we have special guests during the week who want to see the legendary studio as well including Gina Pero and Audrey Douglass of the Radio City Rockettes.

The Radio City Rockettes are in town for a performance of Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Presented by Broadway Across America Austin and Texas Performing Arts, the 2010 edition of The Christmas Spectacular will play the Bass Concert Hall from December 17–26. Tickets are available at the Bass Concert Hall box office, all Texas Box Office Outlets, by phone at (512) 477-6060 or online at texasperformingarts.org

For Once In My Life screening 1/4

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free Community Cinema screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr,). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films. The next screening will be For Once In My Life on January 4th.

For Once In My Life
The story of an inspiring group of people and their dream to make music. This film follows the members of the Spirit of Goodwill Band, twenty-eight musicians and singers who all have severe mental and/or physical disabilities.

Highlights 12/12 to 12/18

Christmas at Concordia: Journey to Bethlehem at 8 p.m. Monday presents a Christmas concert filled with holiday favorites performed by the world-renowned choirs and compositions of artistic director and composer, Rene Clausen.

Chicago’s Music of the Baroque Chorus and Brass ensemble performs Renaissance and Baroque renditions of the season’s most joyful carols in the exquisite Chapel of the Holy Spirit on A Renaissance Christmas at 9 p.m. Monday.

Celebrating its 88th year, the National Christmas Tree Lighting at 10 p.m. Monday will signal the start of the holiday season across the country and include performances by some of the most recognizable names in entertainment.

Nova at 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 p.m. Saturday presents “Hunting the Hidden Dimension”, the dramatic story of a group of pioneering mathematicians who developed fractals, a revolutionary new branch of math that is touching nearly every branch of understanding from what happened after the Big Bang and the ultimate fate of our universe.

In the midst of recession, Frontline at 8 p.m. Tuesday investigates how the middle class is faring through the eyes and stories of well-to-do bankers, struggling actors and a hair salon owner in New York City.

A look at life in an American town explores the interactions between people and their community on Independent Lens at 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The Territory, back-to-back episodes at 10 and 10:30 p.m., showcases new directions in film and video. These films offer a provocative mix of experimental, documentary, narrative, and animated shorts that allows the audience to take TV trips around the world and to major U.S. media festivals.

Natalie Cole and David McCullough join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for the annual Christmas concert from Salt Lake City on Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Individual stories from key figures in the art world’s first international avant-garde depict how living in Paris transformed them and their work on Paris The Luminous Years at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Country singer/songwriter Kenny Chesney delivers classic hits from his latest compilation Greatest Hits: Vol 2 on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday.

Former US Senator Bill Bradley discusses his career and political views on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Opera diva Frederica von Stade narrates The Singing Life at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, a moving look at the phenomenon of singing through the eyes and voices of Chanticleer, the internationally known male choral ensemble, and teenagers in a small town high school choir.

Set during San Francisco’s 1915 Pan-Pacific Exposition, the San Francisco Ballet’s rendition of the Nutcracker presents the charming story, dazzling choreography and magnificent Tchaikovsky score that have made it one of the most popular and enduring ballets in the world on Dance in America: San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Georgia rockers The Black Crowes bring both fan favorites and songs from their new album “Before the Frost” to the picturesque town of Oxford, Mississippi for a special performance on Live From The Artist’s Den at 10 p.m. Friday.

Eclectic singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird dazzles with songs from his album “Noble Beast” on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by the imaginative indie pop of St. Vincent.