Columbus Day on KLRU-Q

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As the old poem says: In 1492, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Columbus wasn’t the first or the last explorer to encounter the Americas, but he is certainly one of the most famous. Get ready for Columbus Day on Oct. 11 with a full night of Italian American culture and history on KLRUQ.

Start the evening with a full, four-hour-two-part showing of Italian Americans at 6 p.m. This series, narrated by Stanley Tucci, traces the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today, with Tony Bennett, David Chase, John Turturro, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Gay Talese and more. Once “outsiders” viewed with suspicion and mistrust, Italian Americans are today some of the most prominent leaders of U.S. business, politics and the arts. The series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American.

Then at 9:55 p.m., explore the life and music of one of most famous Italian Americans ever to live: Frank Sinatra. Frank Sinatra: The Voice of Our Time chronicles the career of Frank Sinatra. The program focuses on Sinatra’s career from the 1940s through the 1960s, using archival footage and clips of Sinatra in newsreels, television programs, and films, interspersed with comments by host Mel Torme and excerpts from interviews with lyricist Sammy Cahn, singer/television personality Dinah Shore, film critic Leonard Maltin, and music critic John Rockwell. Touching briefly on his personal life, the program chronicles Sinatra’s rise in the music world, his acting career, and his involvement in politics and fundraising. Songs performed include “It Was A Very Good Year”, “Fly Me To The Moon” “Ol’ Man River”, “Stardust”, “Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week”, “You Make Me Feel So Young” ,”I’ve Got The World On A String”, “Come Rain Or Come Shine”, “Come Fly With Me” , “One For My Baby” and many more.

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

Short film highlighting Bruce Jackson’s prison farm photography coming to KLRU

A new short film from director Deborah S. Esquenazi highlights Bruce Jackson’s visits to 1960s “prison farms” in Texas. Jackson, a renowned folklorist, documentarian and photographer, was one of few documentarians to have received unprecedented access to the southern prison farms, which were modeled after the American slave plantation and occupied lands that plantations stood on before the Civil War. Jackson studied black convict work songs and folk culture, highlighting the parallels between slave plantations and these now-vanished prison farms.

WAKE*UP, DEAD MEN: A Retrospective of Bruce Jackson’s Prison Farm Photography, 1965-1975, coming to KLRU on Oct. 1, showcases Jackson’s photography tracing the roots of the prison farm into today’s massive prison system and industrial prison complexes. The film will be available online through March 2016.

Photo courtesy Deb Esquenazi

Photo courtesy Deb Esquenazi

Deborah S. Esquenazi is an Austin-based documentary film and radio producer, instructor, and video artist. She was a Sundance Documentary Film Fellow at the Sundance Festival in 2014, and Sundance Creative Producing Fellow in 2015. She is currently working on a documentary about the San Antonio Four, four women who were convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls but were later released from prison and are still fighting for full exoneration today. Visit  Esquenazi’s website for details on this upcoming project and her other work.

Indie Lens Pop-Up Stray Dog 10/6

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary Stray Dog. This free event takes place Tuesday, Oct. 6th, at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.


From the director of the Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone comes this portrait of a motorcycle-riding Vietnam veteran. There’s much more to Ronnie “Stray Dog” Hall than meets the eye; behind the tattoos and leather vest is a man dedicated to helping his fellow vets and immigrant family as he also comes to terms with his combat experience.

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.

And the ACL All Access winner is…


Nancy G. of Austin, Texas!

Congratulations to Nancy, who will kick-off this week with a month filled with everything Austin City Limits. Thank you to everyone who entered the raffle for your support of KLRU. We hope to bring it back again to you next August.

If you just can’t wait, keep an eye out for our Big Deal raffle in November. At only $25 per ticket, his lucky raffle winner gains access to all the biggest and best events in Austin throughout the year!

KLRU receives 10 Lone Star Emmy nominations 2015


The Lone Star Emmy Award nominees were announced today (9/25). KLRU-produced programs received 10 nominations! The Daytripper and Texas Parks and Wildlife, which both air on KLRU also received nominations. Thanks to your support Austin’s public television station is able to create top quality programming and we’re proud that the Lone Star Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has recognized this work with nominations.

Here are all nominations for programs produced by or airing on KLRU:

Arts In Context Shorts “Wilderness Lake”
Arts Segment Category
Eve Tarlo, Galia Farber, Chris Kim

Arts In Context Shorts “AICS Beautiful Fences”
Human Spirit Category
Eve Tarlo, Galia Farber, Jeff Buras

Arts in Context Shorts “Bridging the Gap”
Public/Comm Affairs Category
Eve Tarlo, Galia Farber, Jeff Buras

Arts In Context The Best Little Art House In Texas
Arts/Entertainment B Category
Mario Troncoso, Director & Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Editor & Associate Producer

Arts In Context In Face
Documentary B. Category
Mario Troncoso, Director & Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Director & Producer

Arts In Context In Their Words
Public/Current/Community Affairs B.
Mario Troncoso, Director & Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Editor & Associate Producer
Juan A. Izaguirre, Camera Operator
Christopher Kim, Camera Operator

El Taller
Documentary A. Catagory
Mario Troncoso, Director & Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Associate Producer

SXSW Flashback 2014
Special Event Coverage (other than News or Sports)
JJ Webber, Galia Farber, Taylor Kondelis, Colleen Nelson

Evan Smith
On-Camera Talent Program Host/Moderator/Reporter – Programming

Overheard with Evan Smith 
Interview/Discussion Program / Special / Feature / Segment / Series
Allie Sandza, Paul Sweeney, Evan Smith

Also nominated were shows that KLRU presents to other PBS stations across the nation. Congratulations to They Daytripper and Texas Parks & WIldlife for their nominations as well.

The Daytripper
Texas Heritage-program/special/feature/segment
Magazine Program: Series
Chat Garner in the host category

Texas Parks & WIldlife
Magazine Program: Program/Special/Series

What’s happening this weekend: Sept. 25-28

Austin Skyline

Happy last weekend of September, Austin! October’s going to be a busy month – here’s what you should do first.

Check out the supermoon lunar eclipse!
Sunday night into Monday morning, there will be a lunar eclipse coupled with a “supermoon,” which appears larger because it’s at the closest point of its orbit with Earth. A supermoon lunar eclipse hasn’t happened since 1982. Sunday’s supermoon eclipse will last 1 hour and 11 minutes, according to NASA. It should be visible from Central Texas, but if you’re having trouble viewing, check out NASA’s live stream here starting at 7 p.m. Sunday! From NASA: “Weather permitting, you can see the supermoon after nightfall, and the eclipse will cast it into shadow beginning at 8:11 p.m. EDT. The total eclipse starts at 10:11 p.m. EDT, peaking at 10:47 p.m. EDT.” Don’t miss it — the next supermoon eclipse won’t occur until 2033!

Hours: NASA’s live stream starts at 7 p.m. CST Sunday and lasts until about 10 p.m. CST. Admission: Free, of course! Details here.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live

There are 71 participating museums in Texas, including five in Austin: The Blanton Museum of Art, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the South Austin Popular Culture Center, the Neill-Cochran House Museum and the Austin History Center. Make sure to fill out a registration form for the museum you want to attend, and you will receive one ticket for two people! Check out this PBS NewsHour brief from last summer featuring the South Austin Popular Culture Center.

Hours: Museum hours vary. Admission: Free. Details here, online registration form here.

Pecan Street Festival

One of Austin’s longest arts and crafts festivals (and one of the longest-running in the nation)! You get two chances a year to attend the two-day festival on Sixth Street, but it’s never worth missing. There are plenty of booths, food trailers, live music performances and kid-friendly activities to keep you entertained all day.

Pecan Street was the original name of Austin’s now-famous Sixth Street. According to festival organizers, when Edwin Waller designed the downtown grid, he named north-south streets after Texas rivers (Guadalupe, Red River) and asked that the east-west streets be named numerically — however, that decision was overruled, and the north-south streets were named after trees (thus, Pecan Street). Now, obviously, we use numerical names for the east-west running streets — but as proud Austinites and proud Texans, the festival honors the area’s heritage twice a year!

Hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission: Free. Details here, map here.

Watch Indian Summers’ premiere!

You’re not going to want to miss this.

Set in a subtropical paradise during the twilight era of the British Empire, Indian Summers explores the collision of the ruling class English with their Indian subjects, and the intricate game of power, politics, and passion that ensues. Julie Walters (Harry Potter, Oscar® nominee for Billy Elliot and Educating Rita) stars as Cynthia Coffin, the glamorous doyenne of an English social club, and is joined by Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West, Nikesh Patel, Roshan Seth, and Lillete Dubey.

Told from both the English and Indian perspectives, the drama of Indian Summers unfolds as illicit agreements, romance, and revolution abound. Though the English socialites are having the time of their lives in Simla, the local Indians have started to call for national independence, a path which is quickly rendering the world’s greatest empire helpless. As pressure builds, the two sides alternately clash and merge in a passionate and dangerous game.

Indian Summers airs in nine episodes, premiering on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 8 p.m. on MASTERPIECE on PBS.

Highlights September 27 to October 3

KLRU Highlights

On Great British Baking Show Pies and Tarts Sunday at 6 p.m., watch the remaining bakers undertake double-crusted fruit pies, a challenge to even the most experienced bakers; English custard tart – a centuries-old recipe that causes a wobble for the contestants; and phyllo pie, with dough made from scratch.

On Sunday at 7 p.m., Secrets of Westminster goes inside the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben to reveal he hidden world of the Houses of Commons and Lords; a world of back-stabbing, intrigue and traditions.

Examine the collision of the English ruling class and local people agitating for Indian independence in the twilight of British rule in India in Indian Summers on Masterpiece Part One, Sunday at 8 p.m. The two sides clash and merge in intricate games of power, politics and passion. Julie Walters stars. The British arrive at their summer headquarters in northern India for a season of parties, romance and trouble – including attempted murder.

It’s someone’s big day, but things are far from smooth with the appearance of an unexpected guest on Vicious Wedding Sunday at 9:30 p.m. Penelope and Mason are asked to pick up the wedding cake, which doesn’t go as planned. It’s not long before the blissful event becomes a potential disaster.

On Dr. Blake Mysteries Brotherly Love, Sunday at 11 p.m., many years have passed since Dr Blake first returned home from war to run his father’s old practice. But Ballarat is no longer the sanctuary from the outside world it used to be. There’s a new chief superintendent who doesn’t approve of Blake’s unorthodox methods, and despite the pathologist solving the crimes which have confounded the police, he is determined to get rid of Blake for good.

Antiques Roadshow Rapid City and Antiques Roadshow Albuquerque are back-to-back Monday at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. In Rapid City, host Mark L. Walberg explores 19th-century Sioux weapons with appraiser John Buxton at beautiful Sylvan Lake in Custer State Park. Notable finds include a 1760s Chester County Pennsylvania spice chest; two sets of Frank Lloyd Wright blueprints; and a Favrile Fabrique Tiffany desk lamp valued at $4,000-$6,000. Then, discover the treasures of Albuquerque, including a 1969 Woodstock jacket and program, a silk wedding gown, ca. 1875, and a Jane Peterson oil The Answer, ca. 1925. Which is valued at $300,000? And visit the International Balloon Museum.

Monday at 9 p.m., I’ll Have What Phil’s Having Tokyo follows Phil in his search for the most delicious ramen, the sushi of his dreams and anything else that makes Tokyo a global culinary capital. He serves New York egg creams to his guests and dials down with TV host and comedian David Spector.

Guitar Hero Joe Bonamassa performs an exclusive event concert experience at Red Rocks Amphitheater celebrating the music of blues legends Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, Monday at 10 p.m. on Joe Bonamassa: Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks.

The lion team find one of the cubs with a grave wound and race to save her on Gorongosa Park at 7 pm Tuesday.

Filmmaker Ken Dornstein sets off to war-torn Libya in search of the men who killed 189 Americans, including his brother, in 1988, on part one of Frontline My Brother’s Bomber at 9 pm Tuesday.

Watch two-toed baby sloth Pelota learn to be independent in Costa Rica, while in Australia, young kangaroo Harry must be taught to socialize with his mates on Nature Nature’s Miracle Orphans at 7 pm Wednesday.

E.O. Wilson: Man of Ants at 8 pm Wednesday examines the remarkable life and groundbreaking ideas of the biologist and founder of the discipline of sociobiology.

Robert Reich, economist and former U.S. Labor Secretary, on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday follows a week in the life of Los Pinkys as they keep the Tejano musical tradition alive in East Austin.

Aaron sends out a little leftover brisket to some chefs around Austin to see how they are inspired by brisket on BBQ with Franklin at 8 pm Thursday.

Chet explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird” on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Austin’s Proyecto Teatro aims to make the arts accessible to the entire community, regardless of income levels, and to reduce social and cultural differences of society on El Taller at 9 pm Thursday.

The 30th Imagen Awards recognizes and rewards positive portrayals of Latinos in all forms of media at 8 pm Friday.

KLRU will be exploring the dropout crisis in Central Texas and celebrating the people and organizations who are working to keep all young people in our community on track to graduate high school. From 10 am to 5 pm, KLRU will participate in national American Graduate Day. American Graduate Day is a 7 hour celebration of the American Graduate initiative. In between the national content, Central Texas students will be your hosts from KLRU’s Studio 6A to talk about what the station is doing locally.

Enjoy the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at 7 pm Saturday, as Loretta Lynn, Asleep at the Wheel, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Flaco Jimenez are honored by Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell and more.





Q Night at the Movies 9/26

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

This week, Q Night at the Movies dives into the ways individuals can create significant social change with nonviolence. The evening starts with an episode of Voces exploring how one Mexican poet ignited an international movement for peace, followed by an episode of On Story discussing the social impact of “Philadelphia.” Then, watch the award-winning portrait of one of the most famous non-violent protesters ever known: Gandhi. Finish the night with Gabriela Frank’s reimagined Western composition “Compadre Huayshayo.”

Voces on PBS El Poeta at 6:30 p.m.

Meet renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal murder of his 24-year old son – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 70,000 dead since 2006.

On Story Philadelphia: A Look Back at 7:30 p.m.

Ron Nyswaner recounts the social impact of his screenplay Philadelphia, a bold film released during a delicate time in history. Followed by Oliver Kember’s Puzzled, about a young boy whose only chance at survival on the playground is to outsmart the other children.

All-Star Film Collection Gandhi at 8 p.m.

Richard Attenborough’s Oscar-winning portrait of the man whose policy of nonviolence won India’s independence.

Compadre Huayshayo at 11:10 p.m.

Inspired by the Ecuadoran huashayo, an individual appointed to hire musicians for a special celebration, Grammy-winning Western classical composer Gabriela Frank decided to recreate a traditional Western composition and use only South America’s native instruments. The resulting piece, “Compadre Huashayo,” is a lively and intriguing cultural blend of tone and style. Frank replaces the horn and violin sections with sampona and quena flutes, siku panpipes, guitar-like charangos and bandolins.

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

Science Night 10/7


On this week’s Science Night, Nature explores flightless birds – an evolutionary joke? Then, boatbuilders make their own Ark during a NOVA that explores a new version of the Biblical flood story. Finish the night with an expedition to the ancient stone city of Petra.

Nature Big Birds Can’t Fly at 7 p.m.

This is the unique story of flightless birds. They say a bird is three things – feathers, flight and song. But what happens when you’re a bird who can’t fly, who can’t sing, and whose feathers are closer to fluff? Is this an evolutionary joke? Flightless birds include ostriches, emus, rheas, cassowaries and kiwis, and, interestingly, all have evolved independent of each other on different continents.

NOVA Secrets of Noah’s Ark at 8 p.m.

A 3,700-year-old inscribed clay tablet reveals a surprising new version of the Biblical flood story, complete with how-to instructions for assembling an ark. Following the directions, expert boat builders assemble and launch a massive reed boat.

NOVA Petra: Lost City of Stone at 9 p.m.

How did early engineers carve tombs into rock cliffs and funnel water to this desert city?

What’s happening this weekend: Sept. 18-20

Austin Skyline

Happy Friday, Austin! Here are our top picks for this mid-September weekend.

Celebrate Austin’s best student poets and artists!

On Friday night, Austin ISD and Austin Community College are hosting an awards celebration for the winners of the Vision + Voice poetry contest, featuring multilingual poetry from K-12 AISD students paired with artwork from ACC students. One winning poem and one or two honorable mentions are selected per grade level. The poems and artwork are created into posters to be displayed across the school district and the city of Austin. The Vision + Voice Celebration Reception Friday evening will feature student poetry readings and the poster gallery of the winning poems. Refreshments will be provided.

Click here for a list of contest winners, and click here to watch KLRU’s videos of 2014 contest winners.

Hours: Reception starts at 6 p.m. Admission: Free. Click here for details and to RSVP.

Tune into American Masters for a chance to win a free photography book!

In line with KLRU and PBS Hispanic Heritage Month programming, Friday night’s episode of American Masters highlights the life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. KLRU is giving away copies of “Picturing Wright,” a book featuring photography from Guerrero’s work with Wright. If you’re interested, email for a chance to win!

Hours: The program airs from 8 to 9 p.m. Admission: Free, of course! Episode details here.

Support one of Austin’s grungiest, most beloved music venues

We’re sure by now you’ve heard the news that Hole in The Wall is at risk of closing. According to the Austin Chronicle, the 41-year-old bar and music venue’s lease expires in December, and rent is set to increase from $15,000 to $20,000 monthly. Owner Will Tanner told the Chronicle that even if he could afford the rent increase, he’s not sure he could negotiate a new lease.

None of us want HITW to close (maybe we’re a little biased since our building is right across the street), so if you’re in the mood to check out some live music or just feel nostalgic for days of Austin past, swing by for a drink or two. Click here to see the calendar of artists performing this weekend!

Last year, as HITW was preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary, Tanner told KLRU, “The Hole in the Wall is this great place that’s been here a long time and it’s had to change a lot to survive, but I think what has been kept from the past is what makes us great. Ultimately [this] is a place for like minded, and maybe even not like minded, people to come and enjoy themselves and enjoy live art . . . eat good food and drink great local beer and just spend some of your life.” Amen, Will.

Free museum admission all day Sunday

Sunday is Austin Museum Day! That means free access to exhibits and activities at Austin-area museums. More than 40 museums in the greater Austin area will offer special programming for visitors of all ages. This is the 18th year of Austin Museum Day, organized by the Austin Museum Partnership yearly since 1998.

They’re also having an Instagram contest, which you can find details about here.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: Free. Details and event listings here.