Arts In Context Shorts: Cinematic Symphony

trumpets, trombone and tubas during Cinematic Symphony rehearsalFor over eleven years, Cinematic Symphony has shared its love for the music of film, television and video games with the Austin community. With two concerts per year, this ensemble comprised of local musicians is dedicated to promoting musical education in the form of entertainment. Visual displays and popular music of our time provide an enriching opportunity and introduction to classical music.

Cinematic Symphony has a concert on May 14th. Get more details

See KLRU at CelebrASIA Austin 5/14

Say hi to KLRU staff at our booth at CelebrASIA Austin 2016: Food and Heritage Festival! The event will take place on May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Asian American Resource Center will host this FREE festival, complete with cultural performances and experiences, Asian-focused foods, culinary presentations and even programming for kids! Food, drinks, and merchandise are available with purchase, and parking is accessible. Get a complete list of performers on the official CelebrASIA site

Live food demonstrations occur at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. For more information, click here. We hope to see you there!

The Asian American Resource Center is located at 8401 Cameron Road
Austin, TX 78754. 

Highlights May 8-13

KLRU Highlights

On Call the Midwife Episode #506, see the consequences of a woman’s decision not to report a rape and a mother’s decision to conceal her daughter’s pregnancy. Sunday at 7 p.m., Shelagh and Timothy secretly organize a long-overdue family camping holiday.

Sunday at 8 p.m., the case of a missing Swede in South Africa leads Wallander down a dangerous path on Wallander Season 4 On Masterpiece The White Lioness. Worst of all, he’s having blackouts.

The Whiteleys deal starts to look bad on Mr. Selfridge Season 4 On Masterpiece Episode 7. A reporter confronts Jimmy. Grove undertakes a good deed and a new project before retiring. Harry and Mae also retire. Tune in Sunday at 9 p.m.!

On Independent Lens Peace Officer, Meet Dub Lawrence, a crusading former sheriff whose investigations highlight the increasingly militarized state of American police. Monday at 8 p.m., learn how he established Utah’s first SWAT team, only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff.

Meet two Christians – an Evangelical anti-abortion activist and an African-American mother whose son was murdered – who find common ground in the fight against the rising tide of gun violence on Independent Lens The Armor Of Light Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Hosted by Carlos Watson, founder of the the news site Ozy.com, Point Taken Episode #105 will feature a debate about current hot-button issues Tuesday at 10 p.m.

Tuesday at 10 p.m., review a transitional year in the life of farmer, slow food advocate and sansei David “Mas” Masumoto, and his relationship with his daughter Nikiko, who returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father’s work boots on Changing Season: On The Matsumoto Family Farm.

Wednesday at 7 p.m., earn the value of teamwork among animal partners, even ones as odd but perfect as hippo and fish on Nature Nature’s Perfect Partners. Sea and land animals collaborate using brainpower to solve complex problems and stay alive.

Wednesday at 8 p.m., join NOVA Bombing Hitler’s Supergun as engineers, archaeologists, and WWII historians investigate Hitler’s supergun. And discover the two audacious missions designed to destroy the seemingly impregnable supergun complex, one of which is led by none other than Joseph Kennedy, Jr.

In the first two years of the war, Hitler’s Germany crushes its enemies in a series of lightning offensives. A new word is coined to describe this incredible string of successes; ‘Blitzkrieg’ or ‘Lightning War’. Learn about Hitler’s technical prowess on Nazi Mega Weapons Blitzkrieg Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Wednesday and Friday at 10 p.m. on Austin City Limits Gary Clark Jr./Courtney Barnett. experience the contemporary R&B of Austin’s Gary Clark Jr. as he plays songs from his album The Story of Sonny Boy Slim. Rocking Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett performs tunes from her LP Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit.

On Overheard with Evan Smith Jeffrey Goldberg, Smith interviews the a national correspondent for The Atlantic Thursday at 7 p.m. Goldberg’s most recent Atlantic article was a long-read on President Obama’s foreign policy legacy called “The Obama Doctrine.” It appears in the magazine’s April 2016 issue.

On Stories of the Mind The Critical Years, four stories from young adults show a range of mental health experiences Thursday at 7:30 p.m. This is a critical age, marked by major life transitions at a time when many disorders tend to manifest.

Stories of the Mind Ways To Wellness will show you five ways for every viewer to achieve optimum mental fitness, told through the personal experiences of fascinating, diverse characters Thursday at 8 p.m.

On The Daytripper New Braunfels, Tx, Chet explores this old German town built along two pristine rivers Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

Watch Civic Summit Austin’s Latino Identity, a townhall examining challenges and celebrating contributions made by Austin’s Latino population Thursday at 9 p.m.

On Austin Revealed El Despertar, explore the struggle of the Chicano movement as the Mexican-American community in Austin, TX unites to fight for quality education, equal representation, and respect for their diverse culture Thursday at 10 p.m.

On American Masters Janis Joplin, observe Janis Joplin’s life through intimate letters and rare footage in the first in-depth celebration of the iconic rock singer Friday at 8 p.m.

Style up with indoor succulents as living decor and meet Army base families uniting around gardens on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop from a Grammy-nominated superstar on Austin City Limits Kendrick Lamar. The Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP, To Pimp a Butterfly, alongside his hits Saturday at 7 p.m.

Q Night At The Movies 5/7: The Last Time I Saw Paris & More

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

If you love a good romance, you won’t want to miss this week’s Q Night at the Movies! First, we revisit the acting career of the leading lady of her time, Grace Kelly. Then, Rodrigo Garcia explains why he believes good relationships are essential to a good story. We end the night with The Last Time I Saw Paris, a film about two lovers who meet in Paris.

On Hollywood Idols Grace Kelly: An American Princess, Philadelphia society life held little appeal for this acclaimed beauty, so she headed to New York City to be a model and actress. At 7 p.m., see how within four years, she was a major star in Hollywood and an Academy Award winner, playing opposite the great leading men of her day. But, she turned her back on it all to become Her Serene Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco.

On Story Rodrigo Garcia On Writing Relationships, includes Garcia contemplating the importance of writing honest relationships in his work, and the visceral connection audiences have with stories about family. Followed by a short film from Faraday Okoro about a father and son who agree to a ‘winner takes all’ blitz chess game in order to settle a bet. Tune in at 7:30 p.m.!

When writer and war veteran Charles Wills (Van Johnson) meets the lovely and restless Helen Ellswirth (Elizabeth Taylor) in Paris after WWII, the two strangers instantly fall in love in Corinth Films Collection The Last Time I Saw Paris. Helen and her father (Walter Pidgeon) are eccentric American expatriates living life in high style but always on the brink of going broke. Charles and Helen get married and have a family, but life becomes more difficult. If you want to see how their perils unfold, check out this classic at 8 p.m.

 

In the Studio: Bryan Cranston tapes Overheard 5/11

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This event is now at capacity. We are no longer taking RSVPS.

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Bryan Cranston on May 11 at 3:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 2:45pm. The event is free but an RSVP is required. This event is now at capacity. We are no longer taking RSVPS.

Bryan Cranston is a highly acclaimed actor best known for playing Walter White on AMC’s Breaking Bad. He won back-to-back Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for that role. Before winning he’d been nominated for three Emmys and two Golden Globes. Recent film credits include Trumbo, Argo, and the new HBO film All the Way, in which he plays President Lyndon Johnson. Cranston played Johnson in All the Way on Broadway. He earned a Tony Award for that role.

Wednesday, May 11 at 3:15pm
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 2:45pm

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a sixth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Bryan Cranston. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

Science Night May 11

Wednesday at 7 p.m., earn the value of teamwork among animal partners, even ones as odd but perfect as hippo and fish on Nature Nature’s Perfect Partners. Sea and land animals collaborate using brainpower to solve complex problems and stay alive.

Wednesday at 8 p.m., join NOVA Bombing Hitler’s Supergun as engineers, archaeologists, and WWII historians investigate Hitler’s supergun. And discover the two audacious missions designed to destroy the seemingly impregnable supergun complex, one of which is led by none other than Joseph Kennedy, Jr.

In the first two years of the war, Hitler’s Germany crushes its enemies in a series of lightning offensives. A new word is coined to describe this incredible string of successes; ‘Blitzkrieg’ or ‘Lightning War’. Learn about Hitler’s technical prowess on Nazi Mega Weapons Blitzkrieg Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Indie Lens Pop-Up T-Rex 6/7

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary T-Rex. This free event takes place Tuesday, June 7th, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

T-Rex17-year-old Claressa “T-Rex” Shields came from the streets of Flint to reach the Gold Medal podium in London in 2012, the first time women were allowed to box in the Olympics, but as we see in this coming-of-age story, life outside the ring may be an even tougher fight.

Boxers from the Austin Boxing Babes group will be in attendance at the screening to talk about their experiences. Austin Boxing Babes mission is to create a safe, fun and encouraging environment for women – students, moms, and working professionals alike who want to achieve mental and physical fitness, confidence, power, and skill through Olympic-style boxing instruction and training.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

KLRU Next at the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce’s 7th annual Nonprofit Fair 5/5

KLRU Next

Join KLRU Next at the Austin Young Chamber of Commerce’s 7th annual Nonprofit Fair on Thursday, May 5th from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Texas State Capitol outside the Legislative Conference Center. This event will showcase 35 local nonprofits that offer rewarding opportunities for young professionals to serve in the Austin community. There will be ample food, drinks, and networking opportunities. RSVP now

Come celebrate the good work of these nonprofits and find a way to give back to your community!

Parking: Texas Capital Visitors Parking Garage located at 1201 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

The event will be in the Legislative Conference Center. Find AYC volunteers in the rotunda to help guide you!

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month 2016

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and we’re celebrating with KLRU, KLRU Q and online programming!

On KLRU, look out for these shows this month:

Monday, May 2 at 10:30 p.m., don’t miss Our American Family: The Furutas. Through hard work, the Furutas, a Japanese American family of Wintersburg, CA established a successful goldfish farm, only to have their business devastated and family separated in the wake of WWII. Following years in an Arizona relocation camp, their indomitable spirit prevails as they return home and band together to pursue the American dream a second time.

Review a transitional year in the life of farmer, slow food advocate and sansei David “Mas” Masumoto, and his relationship with his daughter Nikiko, who returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father’s work boots Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30 p.m. on Changing Season: On The Matsumoto Family Farm.

 POV The World Before Her tells the tale of two Indias on Monday, May 16 at 10 p.m. In one, Ruhi Singh is a small-town girl competing in Bombay to win the Miss India pageant — a ticket to stardom in a country wild about beauty contests. In the other India, Prachi Trivedi is the young, militant leader of a fundamentalist Hindu camp for girls, where she preaches violent resistance to Western culture, Christianity and Islam. 

In 1975, Giap, a pregnant Vietnamese refugee, escapes Saigon in a boat and within weeks is working on an assembly line in Indiana. Decades later, her aspiring filmmaker son documents her final day of work at America’s last ironing board factory Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory. Tune in Tuesday, May 17 at 10:30 p.m.

Chinese Couplets is a riveting, personal story with many layers that takes us from California to Cuba, Hawaii and China.  Part memoir, part history, part investigation, filmmaker Felicia Lowe searches for answers about her mother’s emigration to America during the Chinese Exclusion era. The film airs Tuesday, May 24 at 10:30 p.m.

Asia Society Texas Center:  Building Bridges of Understanding explores how famed Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s landmark building came to fruition in Houston’s Museum District Tuesday, May 31 at 10:30 p.m. It examines the history of the organization, the design and construction of this one-of-a-kind cultural center in Houston, Texas.

On KLRU Q, Lucky Chow will air on the following Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.:

Lucky Chow Koreatown U.S.A. visits New York and Los Angeles – home to the two largest Korean populations in the United States – to explore what distinguishes each. Both are 24-hour hubs of food and drinking culture on May 7. However, New York City’s Koreatown covers just one block, whereas Los Angeles’ Koreatown seems like a city unto itself.

On Lucky Chow Northern Thai Cuisine on May 14, see how Andy Ricker, a carpenter-turned-chef from Portland, Oreg., brings “authentic” Thai food to America. At a food festival in Las Vegas, Ricker prepares a welcome dinner for the participating chefs at the much-loved Lotus of Siam, with chef/owner Saipin Chutima at the helm. At the table, Jet Tila rhapsodizes about the days when his family opened America’s first Thai grocery store in Hollywood.

Filipinos comprise the second-largest Asian-American population nationwide, yet their cuisine is relatively unknown. On Lucky Chow Filipino Entrepreneurs, PJ Quesada, founder of the Filipino Food Movement, explains Filipino cuisine on May 21. Meet restaurateur Nicole Ponseca, who left her life as a advertising executive in New York to give voice to her culture through food. And finally, the two friends behind Bling Bling Dumplings manufacture thousands of dumplings – from scratch, at home – to serve at Coachella and other festivals.

Lucky Chow Bay Area’s Pacific Rim Cuisine introduces Olivia Wu, designer of the original Asian restaurant concepts on Google’s “campus” on May 28. After a career in Silicon Valley, two retired Japanese executives returned to their ancestral farming roots and constructed an indoor vertical farm which services some of the top restaurants in the Bay Area. The episode ends at a now-mainstream tofu factory.

Lucky Chow Chinatown, Reimagined tracks the evolution of Chinese food in America through the lens of two third-generation Chinese-American restaurateurs on June 4.

Additionally, Q will air the following episodes of Pacific Heartbeat Season 5  Saturdays at 6 p.m.:

In New Zealand, the government is about to sell off a third of its publicly owned state houses. With a growing housing crisis and a lack of affordable homes, what will the future of housing look like and where will the thousands of state house tenants end up living? Pacific Heartbeat A Place To Call Home attempts to shed light on this timely issue on May 7.

Pilipo Solatorio lives on the island of Molokai. He is the last to hold the cultural traditions, music, and stories of a sacred Hawaiian valley that has been home to his family for hundreds of years. Pacific Heartbeat Sons Of Halawa is an intimate portrait of his search for a successor to keep the cultural traditions alive. Don’t miss it on May 14.

If you had never heard of an airplane or a refrigerator, would you think it was a miracle when one arrived? When the American military landed on a remote island in the South Pacific during World War II, the islanders were amazed by America’s fantastic cargo. The John Frum Movement was born: a unique religion now considered the last surviving “Cargo Cult”.  On May 21, Pacific Heartbeat Waiting For John explores the history and last vestiges of this extraordinary religion, and in the process asks, where do our prophets come from? And what makes people believe?

On May 28, Pacific Heartbeat Dream Big: Nankuli At The Fringe follows the students of Nanakuli High and Intermediate School Performing Arts Center (NPAC) who were given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel halfway across the globe to perform at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Surfing is not only a pillar of village life, but it’s also a means to prestige in Papua New Guinea. On June 4, Pacific Heartbeat Splinters tell the story the months leading up to the first National Surf Championships and explores the hopes and dreams of the surfers, and how surfing has led to societal changes in a male dominated culture.

Want to experience this rich culture with us online? Celebrate with student films! Watch these @FilmSchoolShorts mini-movies on YOUR time. Our Film School Shorts Asian Pacific American Heritage Month YouTube playlist featuring student films is live!