In the Studio: Joe Nick Patoski 9/19

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith  for an interview with Joe Nick Patoski
DATE: September 19
TIME: 4:15 pm (Doors open at 3:45 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. 
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Joe Nick Patoski has described himself as “Writer, historian, Texan,” three words that capture much of what he loves, and much of what readers love about his work. He’s also a grand storyteller and a sharp observer with a gift for drawing you into almost any subject he picks. You might think the title of Patoski’s new book says it all: The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America. But this is also a history of us and of an era – the 1960s and 1970s, when the Cowboys became America’s Team.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith begins a third 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 viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview.

KLRU joins Dell in Powering the Possible!

KLRU Educational Services is thrilled to join the launch of Dell’s Powering the Possible initiative in 2012! Thanks to the generosity of Dell, we have acquired 20 brand-new, sleek Dell XPS 13 Ultrabooks for use in two pilot projects close to the Dell campus, at Walnut Creek and Graham Elementary Schools. We will work with Extend-A-Care staff and their kids to bring the best of our digital media resources to enhance after-school learning opportunities in order to strengthen academic skills through high-quality, trustworthy shows, games, and other activities. Apart from the Dell laptops, another brand-new resource for this project is PBS Learning Media, the user-friendly portal to PBS’ treasure trove of educational content.

Highlights 9/9 to 9/15

Broadway or Bust at 7 pm Sunday tracks the real-life stories of America’s top high school musical performers, vying in the ultimate competition to find the nation’s best young rising stars.

With Wallander’s work now getting too close to home, he follows the leads of two investigations that become increasingly entangled on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 pm Sunday.

The stakes could not be higher as visionary director Robert Lepage, some of the world’s greatest operatic artists, and the Metropolitan Opera tackle Wagner’s Ring Cycle on Great Performances at the Met on Monday at 8 pm. This documentary is followed by the complete Ring Cycle performance on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8 pm.

Nova “Engineering Ground Zero” at 7 pm Tuesday captures the behind-the-scenes struggle of architects and engineers with the pressures of a tight schedule, the demands of practical office space and efficient, “green” architecture and the public’s expectations of a fitting site for national remembrance.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Born Free” — a book and then a film that forever changed the way we think about wildlife, Nature at 7 pm Wednesday returns to tell the story of the lions profiled. What has happened to lions since this story? And what has happened to the people featured in the film?

Trouble Puppet Theater takes Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday on a journey into the art of puppetry as the company produces one of their unique plays led by creative director and master puppeteer Connor Hopkins.

See how to grow olive trees for silvery leaves and maybe a few olives on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, visit a lawn-reduction makeover with drought tough plants.

Modern rock band Wilco returns to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday with tunes from its LP The Whole Love.

Science Night 9/12

Nature “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story” at 7 pm
2010 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of “Born Free” — a book and then a film that forever changed the way we think about wildlife. What has happened to lions since this story? And what has happened to the people featured in the film? What has “Born Free” taught us?

KLRU donors tour the Wine Roads of Texas

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of taking folks who donated during our June pledge drive on a tour of some great wineries and vineyards in the hill country. Inspired by the Wine Roads of Texas series on KLRU, we toured (and tasted!) Duchman Family Winery, Becker Vineyards, and Solara Estate Winery.

We were lucky to have some expert wine folks on the bus with us including Wes Marshall, author of the travel book Wine Roads of Texas; Alphonse Dotson, owner of Certenberg Vineyards; Ron Yates, owner or Spicewood Vineyards; and Jay Knepp from Salt Lick Cellars.

Thanks to everyone who donated to KLRU and to the generous winemakers and owners who donated their time to really make our experience special.

Create special days in September

Starting at 10 am each Saturday, KLRU Create offers viewers themed programming to get you started on various projects. KLRU Create is on channel 18.2 over the air.

September 1
Last of the Summer Fun

The unofficial end to summer is upon us. Grillmaster Steven Raichlen has fantastic grilling tips just in time for your Labor Day barbecue. The grill is fired up with succulent seafood, racks of ribs and pork that’s just waiting to be pulled! Invite your friends and family over for the last of the summer fun!

September 8
Street Fare

What’s more fun than shopping and cooking? Street Fare follows some of our favorite chefs, such as, Joanne Weir and Ming Tsai to popular street markets around the U.S. and beyond. They’ll teach us how to choose the freshest ingredients possible, from veggies, to seafood, to spices and then whip up delicious recipes for your family’s table.

September 15
Better with Butter

Whether you like a juicy steak or delicious seafood, a dollop of butter makes them tastes even better. Jacques Pepin will make grilled chicken with Tarragon butter and Steven Raichlen adds spiced butter to yummy grilled bananas. You’ll find out what our Create chefs have always known -food is simply better with butter.

September 22
Pigging Out

Tune into our Porkapalooza, where we are high on the hog! Chefs Nick Stellino, Hubert Keller and Kimchi Chronicle’s Marja Vongerichten will be making dishes that show off the versatility of pork. Enjoy it roasted, barbecued, or as part of an elegant meal right here on Create!

September 29
Nature’s Sweet Nectar

They’re sweet, they’re sticky and they’re straight from nature. See how sweet it is – recipes featuring honey and maple syrup, from Andreas Viestad, Joanne Weir and Christina Pirello. Whether you tap it from a tree or it comes from a bee they are sweet gifts from nature!

KLRU invites you to attend Mariachi High

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, KLRU will present a special screening of the acclaimed film Mariachi High at Crockett High School on Thursday, September 13 at 7 p.m.  Crockett High School’s own Mariachi de Oro will perform and Kelly Sheehan, Executive Producer of Mariachi High, will be in attendance. Mariachi del Sur from Bedichek Middle School will also perform. The screening is free and light refreshments will be served.

Mariachi High presents a year in the life of top-ranked members of Zapata High School’s championship ensemble Mariachi Halcon in the South Texas border town.   This is an exuberant coming-of-age documentary about the brightest, most driven and talented Mexican American teenagers never seen on screen. At a time when the Latino dropout rate is the highest nationwide, intolerance towards immigrants is growing and public school funding is being cut, Mariachi High turns a much-needed affirmative lens on teens who are pursuing excellence through a connection to their cultural heritage.

Mariachi De Oro, made up of students from Crockett High School, is a nine-member band and will perform at the screening.  Led by Joseph Baird, the group has performed at Gov. Rick Perry’s inauguration, at the University of Texas and for Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell.

September 2012: Mariachi High

Each month, KLRU chooses a program for your family to enjoy together. This month’s Family Choice program, Mariachi High, takes you on the road with a South Texas high school Mariachi band. Get details about a special screening of Mariachi High on Sept. 13

Mariachi High
Sunday, September 16, 2-3 p.m.

Thursday, September 20, 9-10 p.m.
Friday, September 21, 9-10 p.m.

This documentary presents a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in South Texas. As they compete and perform with astonishing musical virtuosity, these teens, and the music they make, will inspire, surprise, and bring you to your feet.

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