Q Night at the Movies March 21

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Variety Studio Actors on Actors at 6:30 pm
An intimate conversation between some of the greatest actors working today. Featuring Mark Ruffalo “Foxcatcher” and Jessica Chastain “Interstellar”, Eddie Redmayne “The Theory of Everything” and Laura Dern “Wild”, Josh Brolin “Inherent Vice” and J.K. Simmons “Whiplash”, Kevin Costner “Black and White” and James Corden “Into the Woods”.

On Story A Conversation With Damon Lindelof at 7:29 pm
Damon Lindelof discusses his hand in some of the most celebrated and scrutinized works of science fiction over the past five years, and how much of their success is attributed to writing stories that leave a lot up to one’s imagination. Followed by Martin Rosete’s allegorical short film, VOICE OVER, about a few extreme situations that literally take your breath away.

Fred MacMurray: The Guy Next Door at 7:56 pm
Amiable and unassuming, Fred MacMurray went from small-town boy to one of Hollywood and television’s most enduring stars. MacMurray signed his first contract with Paramount Studios in 1934, and quickly rose to play romantic lead roles opposite such major stars as Claudette Colbert, Carole Lombard, Katharine Hepburn, Paulette Goddard and Marlene Deitrich. However, his true talents were revealed when he went against type and appeared as a murderer opposite Barbara Stanwyck in Billy Wilder’s film-noir classic Double Indemnity (1944).

Roger Moore: A Matter of Class at 8:46 pm
Roger Moore has traveled from working-class South London to the Riviera’s glamorous St. Paul de Vence, from just another contract player to The Saint and 007, from struggling film extra to Hollywood superstar, from unknown office boy to UNICEF’s Ambassador-at-Large. Here is Roger Moore’s own story, as told by the famous actor himself.

Ain’t It Cool With Harry Knowles at 9:37 pm
Film Critic/Historian Leonard Maltin and Harry fully explore nearly a century of animation in cinema. After Maltin arrives in the magical basement via animator’s Max Fliesher’s hand, they discuss their childhood joy and love for a medium that still clearly inspires both of them. They chat about everything from early silent Russian cartoons to racially insensitive ones such as Disney’s Song of the South.

Film School Shorts Creature Comforts at 10:05 pm
Caterwaul (CalArts): An aging fisherman seeking closure over the death of his wife develops an unusual relationship with a lobster. A short film by Ian Samuels.
Josephine and the Roach (USC): A surreal, offbeat story about a cockroach who falls in love with the woman whose apartment he infests. They make beautiful music together, but her brutish husband stands in the way of their happiness. A short film by John Langager.

American Graduate Champion: Ginger Morris

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

ginger-morrisToday’s Champion is Ginger Morris. As the creator of the Greater Austin High School Musical Theatre Awards, producer/director/choreographer of high school musicals and mentor to musical theatre Students, Morris has had an impact on many students. She is also the Education Manager at the Long Center for the Performing Arts and the founder/ director of Texas Arts Project, a nationally recognized arts boarding camp at St. Stephen’s School. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Ginger works to make musical theatre not only accessible, but fun and memorable for young students who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. You often hear in the news of budget cuts for the arts, and how young people lack exposure to theatre and music – but Ginger is making sure that doesn’t become a reality here in Austin. She is living proof that anything is possible if you work hard enough, and that giving back is part of what makes the arts community in Austin so incredibly special. She is truly an inspiration for lovers of the arts, lovers of teaching, and overall lovers of our city.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

KLRU News Briefs: EdTech in Spotlight at SXSWedu, Senate and House Pass Key Bills

SXSWedu is turned 5 this year, and at this year’s conference everyone was buzzing about education technology. One session, hosted by EdTech Action Founder and CEO Scott Lipton and Manor ISD Chief Academic Officer Debbie Hester, brought together educators, developers, and people from education businesses, to figure out how to put more “ed” into EdTech. We take you inside the room on Saturday during PBS NewsHour Weekend – and in the video above.

Hester told us Manor ISD is proud to have a 1:1 student-to-iPad ratio in its schools. But, she said, there are different levels of implementation depending on the class and the teacher, which is something she’d like to see improved upon.

“There are sometimes things that are purchased for teachers and then we’re saying ‘Here you go, go and implement it.’ And if we don’t give the professional development, the opportunities to be able to say this is how it’s going to impact your [teaching] then there is a little bit of frustration,” Hester said. “That’s why today was so important to me because I learned ways to break down those barriers.”

Lipton’s group hosts the third largest EdTech meetup in the world here in Austin. The session at SXSWedu allowed more networking among people from across the country.

“There is no good technology without good implementation and good teachers,” Lipton said. “The outcome of this is for everyone to stop talking and take action around it. We all made commitments to take these things out into the world, to stay in touch with each other, and try to make some of these things happen.”

Our Sunday story comes from our partners at The Texas Tribune. In their weekly political Roundup, Multimedia Reporter Alana Rocha looks back at key measures which passed in the Senate and in the House this week – including a “Campus Carry” bill and a border security measure. You can find that story here.

 KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 6:30. 

 

Highlights March 22-28

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Catch back-to-back episodes of Mr. Selfridge Season 2 on Masterpiece marathon beginning at 7 pm Sunday.

Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up with two loving Jewish parents  she unlocks a powerful family secret about her biological parents on Independent Lens Little White Lie at 9 pm Monday.

American Masters Harper Lee at 10 pm Monday explores the life of Nelle Harper Lee and unravels its mysteries .

Narrated by Tom Brokaw, James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work at 7 pm Tuesday tells the story of James A. Baker, III, a remarkable politician and statesman.

Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday explores the controversy behind vaccines.

Nature at 7 pm Wednesday shows the wildlife of The Shannon, Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river.

Nova “The Bible’s Buried Secrets” at 8 pm Wednesday breaks exciting new ground in investigating the origins of the ancient Israelites, the evolution of their belief in one God and the creation of the Bible.

Country superstar Tim McGraw takes the Austin City Limits sage Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 9 pm with his greatest hits and new material.

David Axelrod, political strategist and former Senior Advisor to President Obama, talks politics on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Golden Hornet Project brings excitement and energy back to the world of classical music making it accessible to everyone on Arts In Context at 7:30 pm Thursday.

All ATX:  A Celebration of Austin Musicians at 8 pm Friday celebrates the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on ALL ATX British Invasion at 10 pm Friday.

America’s Test Kitchen Christopher Kimball takes us behind the scenes to connect kitchen-to-garden philosophy on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, a new gardener feeds her family of seven from organic pickings all year long.

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and tUnE-yArDs bring experimental alt.pop to Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Science Night 3/25

The week of March 25, KLRU presents the wildlife of Ireland and the secrets of the bible!

Nature Ireland’s Wild River at 7 pm
The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river. It passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else.

NOVA The Bible’s Buried Secrets at 8 pm
For the first time, more than a century of literary detective work and decades of archeological excavation in the Holy Land will challenge viewers with provocative new insights, including that most Israelites worshiped pagan gods and many believed that God had a wife, who was venerated as an idol. A story of science, history and faith.

 

American Graduate Champion: Gabriel Estrada

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

gabriel-estradaToday’s Champion is Gabriel Estrada. Estrada directs Austin Voices for Education and Youth’s Stand Up Clubs and Project AIM after school  program, and assists with community organizing and school improvement  efforts. He worked for the Austin Independent School District for 20 years, 19 of those as a 5th and 6th grade teacher at Zavala Elementary in East Austin. While there, he was an active member of Zavala’s renaissance as a nationally recognized community-based school reform model. His efforts in Zavala’s turnaround included leading educator development, house meetings over issues brought forth from community members and teachers, and actively initiating programs that enriched the education of students. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “In his 20 years of teaching, Gabe shepherded many a student and quite a few families to a pathway of academic success. Most of these families are Latino and low-income, and Gabe’s role as a mentor and trailblazer was significant. He believes in public education and its promise to give everyone the opportunity to be successful.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

Voces returns to KLRU 4/17

Voces returns to PBS this April featuring a film by Austin filmmaker Hector Galán. Voces is PBS’ signature Latino arts and culture documentary showcase and the only ongoing national television series devoted to exploring and celebrating the rich diversity of the Latino cultural experience.

Kicking off the series on April 17 at 9 pm on KLRU is Galán’s Children of Giant. Sixty years after production began on George Stevens’ classic Giant, this new documentary returns to Marfa, Texas to explore how the groundbreaking film both reflected and transformed the lives of the town’s Anglo and Mexican-American residents. KLRU, the Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Latino Public Broadcasting will host a preview screening with the director in attendance on April 2nd at 8 pm. Get more details and RSVP now.

Now en Español on April 24 at 9 pm explores the ups and downs of being a Latina actress in Hollywood through the lives of the five women who dub “Desperate Housewives” into Spanish for American audiences — and whose real lives are often as dramatic and desperate as those of their onscreen counterparts.

El Poeta on May 1 at 9 pm is a powerful and poignant profile of the renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia who ignited an international movement for peace after the brutal killing of his 24-year old son – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006.

A fourth film, Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey, will premiere this fall as a special co-presentation of Voces and American Masters. Keep watching KLRU for more details on airdates for this film.

Here are more details about each film in this year’s Voces series:

Children of Giant April 17 at 9 pm
In the summer of 1955, it seemed as if all of Hollywood had descended on the dusty West Texas town of Marfa as production began on the highly anticipated movie Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. Based on Edna Ferber’s novel about three generations of a powerful ranching dynasty, Giant took an unflinching look at feminism and class divisions and was one of the first films to explore the racial divide between Anglos and Mexican Americans in the Southwest. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” goes back to Marfa. The film combines interviews with the cast and crew of Giant with the recollections of residents who participated in and witnessed the making of the film, many of whose lives mirrored the controversial themes of the film.

Now en Español April 24 at 9 pm 
A fascinating look at a rarely seen side of Hollywood, “Now en Español”follows the trials and travails of five hard-working Latina actresses who dub “Desperate Housewives” for Spanish language audiences in the U.S. With real lives that are often as dramatic and desperate as those of their onscreen counterparts, the five dynamic women featured struggle to pursue their Hollywood dreams while balancing the responsibilities of paying rent and raising children. The film chronicles their lives as they audition for parts and work in the dubbing studio while striving for a career that offers more prominent — and on-screen roles.

El Poeta May 1 at 9 pm
Both heartbreaking and inspiring, “El Poeta” tells the story of renowned Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, who ignited mass protests and an ongoing international movement for peace after the brutal killing of his 24-year-old son Juan Francisco – collateral damage in a drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead or missing since 2006.Filmed over the course of three years, the film follows the journey of Sicilia and his movement as they make their way from Mexico’s most embattled cities – Juarez, Chihuahua,  Durango and others – to the U.S., urging American citizens and lawmakers to share in the responsibility for the violence. “El Poeta”transforms the hard news story of drugs, murder, and corruption into a deeply personal examination of the impact of the ultimate loss on the human psyche – as well as the power of righteous protest.

Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey Fall 2015
Pedro E. Guerrero was the photographer for three of America’s most famous artists:   Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Louise Nevelson and Alexander Calder. This film chronicles Guerrero’s art and relationship with other artists.

Screening: Children of Giant 4/2

Join KLRU, the Emma Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and Latino Public Broadcasting for a preview screening of Hector Galan’s new film Children of Giant.

DATE: Thursday, April 2
TIME: 7 pm reception, 7:30 pm film screening
LOCATION:  Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. (map)
RSVP: This event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now
(Admission is based on capacity.)

Galan will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A about the film. In 1955, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean and a massive crew descended on the Texas town of Marfa to begin production on Giant. Now, 60 years later, “Children of Giant” explores the film’s still timely examination of racial prejudice. This film will air as part of the Voces series on PBS stations nationwide. Learn more about this year’s Voces presentations

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American Graduate Champion: Phillip Eaglin

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KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

phillip-eaglinToday’s Champion is Phillip Eaglin. Eaglin, a former middle/high school teacher is the Founder & CEO of Changing Expectations, which provides informal STEM education learning opportunities for youth. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Phillips is an active advocate for young men of color and the importance of education. He has a perspective on his work that is firmly grounded in his own history as a science classroom teacher and as a professional development provider for science and mathematics education as well as for systemic school improvement. Phillip is strongly committed to supporting the STEM teaching and learning of high-need, traditionally underserved student populations, their parents, and their teachers.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

 

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