Gary Clark, Jr. ACL taping GIVEAWAY!

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Earlier in our fund drive we were promoting advance tickets to the the Gary Clark Jr. taping on 08/24! Now YOUR KLRU is running a GIVEAWAY TODAY for one lucky winner to receive 2 passes. All you have to do is enter via your social media channels!*

Stay tuned to KLRU’s social media to share, tweet and post across your social media platforms for entry as well! Be sure to tag @klru and/or use #yourklru. Guess the song based on the following lyric and you’ll be entered to win 2 passes! Be the first to comment on Facebook or RT on twitter below!

“After I was just sittin’ ’round
You know I started getting down
When they let me out
All I could do is scream and shout”

Because of viewer support, KLRU has been able to provide distinctive media experiences that matter, whether on the air, online or on the ground, while also reflecting Austin’s uniqueness and creativity to the world. Join the team that’s making a difference here in Austin by showing YOUR SUPPORT and donating today!

*Winners will be chosen at random and a photo ID will be required to pickup tickets. Winners will be notified by email. Passes are not transferable and cannot be sold. Standing may be required.



End our August fund drive early – give to YOUR KLRU today for a chance to win weekend passes to ACL Fest!

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KLRU is offering our viewers a special incentive this August! GIVE any amount via the form below and you will be entered in to the giveaway for a pair of passes to an ACL weekend! That’s ALL 3 days! Choice of weekend one or two winners are selected at random.

You can also enter to win on social media! Post your favorite ACL Fest photo to Instagram or Twitter, and be sure to tag @klru and use the hashtag #yourklru.

YOUR SUPPORT this August allows YOUR KLRU to provide viewers like you with more and more offers and experiences such as this! What’s more, during this fundraising drive, we’re keeping your regularly scheduled primetime shows on every night. And best of all, if we raise $220,000 before August 20th, we’ll end our drive 3 days early! And donating isn’t the only way to enter this giveaway – stay tuned to KLRU’s social media to share, tweet and post across your social media platforms for entry as well! Be sure to tag @klru and/or use #yourklru. ACL Fest

GIVE to KLRU to attend THE TENORS Under One Sky Tour 10/28

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The Canadian group has written a handful of songs for their previous three sets, but Under One Sky marks the first time their songwriting talents stand toe-to-toe with their vocal prowess. In the process, they’ve created a rich collection that expands on their earlier efforts, while delving deeper into their collective strength as artists.

Since their formation in 2007, The Tenors have performed more than 500 concerts on five continents and made over 150 television appearances, including on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (with Celine Dion), at the 2014 National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House, at the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, the 2012 Emmy Awards, the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee at Windsor Castle in England, and the 2010 Vancouver Olympic opening ceremonies. Among the artists with whom they have performed are Paul McCartney, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah McLachlan.

This August fund drive YOUR COMMUNITY supported PBS station has a special ticket offer! GIVE $200 for a pair of tickets or $300 for a pair of tickets plus a meet & greet after the concert in the designated areas via the form below. The concert is on Wednesday, October 28th at 8pm! Tickets are limited so give now to attend!


Give to Your KLRU to attend Don Henley ACL taping on 09/01!

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Did you know that YOUR COMMUNITY supported KLRU station and home of the historic Austin City Limit’s studio 6A is designated as an official Rock & Roll Landmark by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum? Also, Austin City Limits has also been awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts, a Peabody Award, and was recently recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 10 most influential music programs of all time.

Because of viewer support, KLRU has been able to provide distinctive media experiences that matter, whether on the air, online or on the ground, while also reflecting Austin’s uniqueness and creativity to the world. Join the team that’s making a difference here in Austin by showing YOUR SUPPORT and donating today!

Interested in attending an Austin City Limits taping? We are offering passes well in advance of when they are open to the public. Make a $200 contribution to KLRU today and we’ll thank you with a pair of balcony passes to the Don Henley taping on 09/01! Quantities are limited.* Passes will be at Will Call the day of the taping, additional instructions will be sent via email a few days prior. Passes are non-transferable. acl-header-skyline-2015

UPDATE: We are no longer accepting donations for the Don Henley ACL taping on September 1st – all passes have been claimed. 

KLRU Education travels to the White House to share work on Play to Learn™

On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, KLRU took part in a White House convening around the ConnectHome initiative, the plan to provide low-cost/free high-speed connectivity in over 275,000 low-income residences across the US and on tribal lands. Austin has been selected as the mentor city for the project due to collaborations including the City of Austin, HACA, Google, Austin FreeNet, United Way for Greater Austin, and KLRU, among others.

KLRU’s role in the panel was to share our work on Play to Learn™, the United Way-led initiative that brings parents and youth ages 2-4 together for a variety of fun learning activities, including the use of digital tablets. Throughout the ten-week program, the families take home books and learning materials and upon successful completion of the program, they take home a digital tablet loaded with educational apps for the whole family. We utilize PBS resources to illuminate at-home learning experiences, including video from PBS Kids, apps like PBS Parents Play and Learn and Daniel Tiger’s Day and Night, and KLRU’s own Smart Screen Time®/La Pantalla Inteligente messaging. Play to Learn™ is a powerful example of the kinds of programs that can occur once a low-income community gets reliable and affordable access to the Internet.


What’s happening this weekend: Aug. 14-16

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Stay cool (in more ways than one) with these Austin weekend events.

Get crafty at the Austin Music Hall

UB&B Productions presents the 4th Annual Summer Show in Austin, featuring Austin Craft Riot™ on Saturday at the Austin Music Hall. Check out talented artists, DIY, fun activities for the whole family, swag bags, food trucks, a cash bar and more! Before you go, check out PBS Parents’ Crafts For Kids for inspiration — learn how to make binoculars, a bird feeder and more with your kids! In the episode below, learn how to make a rocket.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission: Free. Details here.

Mindful biking

Join Practice Yoga Austin for a “guided cycling yogi adventure” through downtown Sunday morning. The donation-based East Austin yoga studio is hosting a gathering of yogi cyclists, starting off with some morning sun salutations, followed by a bike ride, snacks and some stretching to end the two-hour event. Before you hop on your bike, check out this clip from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly featuring an exhibit outlining the history and culture of yoga. Namaste!

Hours: 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. Admission: Free. Details here.

Be a tourist in your own city!

How long has it been since you’ve taken in the sights and sounds of Austin? Check out Chet’s Austin episode of The Daytripper and be a tourist in your own city!

Hours: Whenever you want. Admission: Depends! Details here.

Support YOUR KLRU this August and WIN a private tour of The Moody Theater

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YOUR SUPPORT today enters you in for a chance to win an exclusive tour of the Austin City Limits Television show. See the legendary music photography of Scott Newton & Jim Marshall. Experience Music’s Best Address. This offer is for 5 guests total (including yourself) and lunch!*

Home of the KLRU-TV produced PBS program, Austin City Limits, the longest running music series in American television history. Experience an insider’s tour of the most famous address in music history!

Give a gift via the form below and you will be entered in the giveaway for a chance to tour the home of Austin City Limits! And donating isn’t the only way to enter this giveaway – stay tuned to KLRU’s social media to share, tweet and post across your social media platforms for entry as well! Be sure to tag @klru and/or use #yourklru.

*One winner and 4 guests, tour scheduled Monday-Friday 11am-noon, lunch provided on site at the end of the tour.

Arts In Context Shorts: Wig Party

This week, Arts In Context Shorts shows you one way to get in touch with your colorful side.

As a painfully shy child, Allyson Garo embraced theater and costuming to free her inner extrovert. Today, as the owner of local boutique Coco Coquette, Garo brings maximalist glamour to the masses. Showcasing a treasure trove of wigs and accessories, this splendid little shop helps Austinites find their inner diva.

Wig parties bring friends together to explore the art of incognito and inspire even the introverted to be flamboyant fashionistas. Garo shows how easy it can be to transform one’s self into a work of art at Coco Coquette Austin’s masquerade market.

Q Night at the Movies 8/15

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On this week’s Q Night at the Movies, after On Story highlights television dramas, the Corinth Films Collection brings you the 1954 classic The Last Time I Saw Paris. Then, Variety Studio: Actors on Actors takes you into conversations between some of the most influential actors in Hollywood, and the night concludes with the triumphant story of Norma Miller on Queen of Swing.

On Story Drama at 7:30 pm
In episode 6 of On Story, the creative minds behind the shows Mad Men, The Wire and Treme discuss historical and modern day relevance in television dramas. Featuring Matthew Weiner and David Simon.

Corinth Films Collection The Last Time I Saw Paris at 8 pm
Richard Brooks directed this adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald story about a writer who returns to Paris to gain custody of his daughter, and while there reminisces about his ill-fated marriage to the girl’s mother.

Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Episode #202 at 9:59 pm
An intimate conversation between some of the greatest actors working today. Featuring Claire Danes (Homeland) with Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) with Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Clive Owen (The Knick) with Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder) with Jane Fonda (Grace and Frankie), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) with Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black).

Queen of Swing at 10:59 pm
This film recounts the true story of a Jazz Age trailblazer—95-year-old entertainer Norma Miller. The engaging biography highlights the life, career and indomitable spirit of the Harlem-born actress, dancer and choreographer known as “The Queen of Swing.” Discovered at the age of 12, Miller’s show business career has spanned seven decades (and counting).

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

Highlights August 16 to August 22

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Join Alastair Bruce, historical advisor to Downton Abbey, as he reveals the secrets of how the aristocratic set dined and dressed, how they married and made money, how they interacted with the servants, and above all why they behaved as they did in 1900s Britain on Manners of Downton Abbey: A Masterpiece Special at 7 pm on Sunday.

Sherlock and Watson are plunged into a case of blackmail involving crafty dominatrix Irene Adler, whose motto is “know when you are beaten” on Masterpiece Mystery!: Season 2 – A Scandal in Belgravia at 8:30 pm on Sunday. It seems she has incriminating photos of a session with a British royal. Can she outsmart Sherlock at his own game? And at a battle he is ill prepared to wage – love?

On Simon & Garfunkel: The Concert in Central Park at 10:30 pm on Sunday, join the iconic duo and the more 500,000 fans who came out for this once-in-a-lifetime 1981 benefit concert for the world’s most famous urban park. The concert features the pairs’ greatest hits, from “Mrs. Robinson” to “Sounds of Silence.”

Muscle Shoals, Alabama, is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. There, FAME Studios founder Rick Hall brought black and white together in a cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations. Independent Lens Muscle Shoals at 8:05 pm on Monday will also air with the short film “Waiting For A Train: The Toshio Hirano Story.”

On PBS Previews – Best of the Fall on Monday at 10:30 pm, get a look at PBS’ fall 2015 programs, including Walt Disney: American Experience, Indian Summers on Masterpiece, Gorongosa Park, American Epic, Earth’s Natural Wonders, NOVA, Nature, I’ll Have What Phil’s Having and the PBS Arts Fall Festival.

FDR brings the same optimism and energy to the White House that his cousin Theodore displayed on Roosevelts: An Intimate History The Rising Road (1933-1939) at 7 pm on Tuesday. Aimed at ending the Depression, his sweeping New Deal restores the people’s self-confidence and transforms the relationship between them and their government.

Hear about the exceptional women – past and present – who have taken the world of business by storm on Makers Women In Business at 9:30 pm on Tuesday. Told by female business leaders themselves, this is a candid exploration of what it takes to make it and a celebration of the extraordinary individuals who, over the course of 50 years, have proven – on Wall Street, in corporate America or business empires of their own – that a woman’s place is wherever she believes it to be.

Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable. Instincts gone awry? Nature Animal Odd Couples on Wednesday at 7 pm investigates why animals form these special bonds and what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions.

Every year, 100 million monarch butterflies set off on an incredible journey across North America. Scientists are still puzzling over how the butterflies achieve this tremendous feat of endurance – and how, year after year, the monarchs navigate with such hair’s-breadth precision. NOVA The Incredible Journey of Butterflies at 8:05 pm on Wednesday flies along with the monarchs, visiting the spectacular locations they call home and meeting the dangers they encounter along the way.

Imagine a world without the power to capture or transmit sound. Journey with How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson Sound at 9:30 pm on Wednesday to the Arcy sur Cure caves in northern France, where Johnson finds the first traces of the desire to record sound – 10, 000 years ago.

SongwritingWith:Soldiers offers intensely immersive retreats to military veterans and active duty soldiers where they write songs about their experiences with the help of professional songwriters on Arts in Context In Their Words at 7 pm on Thursday.

Chet heads to the “Sports Capital of Texas”—Round Rock, Texas—on The Daytripper at 8 pm on Thursday. He eats a Texas-sized donut, takes a beekeeping class from Round Rock Honey, and then explores the history of town on Hairy Man Road and Main Street, where outlaw Sam Bass faced his final shootout.

On Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case at 9 pm on Thursday, after returning to Styles with Hastings, Poirot confronts a killer and his own conscience as he tries to stop a series of murders. He must summon the last of his strength and push his “little grey cells” to the very limit, as he battles his ultimate nemesis in his last ever case.

Journey to the heart of a London institution, a museum housing masterpieces of Western art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century on National Gallery at 8 pm on Friday. The Frederick Wiseman film is the portrait of a place, its relations with the world, its staff, public and art.

Keep your plants and spare the water on Central Texas Gardener Drought Tips to Save Water at noon on Saturday. Then, tour artistic lifestyle outdoor living with succulents.