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 giveaways@klru.org 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.

Highlights September 20 to September 26

KLRU Highlights

Follow Gabrielle on a visit to the ancient city, where she makes a parmesan omelet and ravioli on The Mind of a Chef Rome at 5:30 pm on Sunday.

On Great British Baking Show Desserts at 6 pm on Sunday, follow the remaining 11 bakers as they deal with desserts: a trifle of biscuit, cake, jelly or custard in distinct layers; perfect Floating Islands; and a Showstopper of 24 petits fours. And, for the first time, there’s a baking burglary in the tent!

Sir Arthur and Woodie close in on the Wyrley Ripper. But have they found their man? Find out on Masterpiece Arthur & George Part 3 at 7 pm on Sunday.

To Sherlock Holmes, Charles Augustus Magnussen is the Napoleon of blackmail—and the one man he truly hates. Watch their saga unfold on Masterpiece Mystery! Sherlock: His Last Vow at 8 pm on Sunday and 9 pm on Saturday.

After Freddie and Stuart have a falling out, Stuart moves in with Ash and Violet moves in with Freddie on Vicious Flatmates at 9:33 pm on Sunday and 10:35 pm on Saturday.

Lady Felicia finds in her park a man on a tree, fallen from a passing train on a nearby viaduct.The man has been stripped and tortured, and Sid is accused of the crime on Father Brown The Man In the Tree at 10 pm on Sunday and 8 pm on Saturday.

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 on Doctor Blake Mysteries Death of a Traveling Salesman at 11 pm on Sunday.

Antiques Roadshow Rapid City Hour One at 7 pm on Monday visits one of South Dakota’s greatest treasures, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, to look at presidential prints.

Join a town hall meeting to explore the many issues propelled into public discourse after a white gunman shot and killed nine African-American parishioners in Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June. Gwen Ifill moderates on America After Charleston at 8 pm Monday.

On POV Don’t Tell Anyone at 9 pm on Monday, meet immigrant activist Angy Rivera, the country’s only advice columnist for undocumented youth. In a community where silence is often seen as necessary for survival, she steps out of the shadows to share her own experiences of being undocumented and sexually abused.

Rudolfo Anaya was the first Hispanic American writer to achieve major publishing success with his landmark novel, Bless Me, Ultima. On Rudolfo Anaya: The Magic of Words at 10:30 pm on Monday, learn how Anaya has demonstrated a lifelong determination to persevere—through poverty, catastrophic injury and an almost insurmountable artistic struggle to publish—and in the end, succeed.

Bob Poole joins scientist Paola Bouley as she tries to solve a baffling mystery: Why isn’t Gorongosa’s lion population growing? By filming the lions, Poole hopes to help, following five cheeky lion cubs on their journey to adulthood on Gorongosa Park: Rebirth of Paradise Lion Mystery / Elephant Whisperer at 7 pm on Tuesday.

Examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on the working class during On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam at 9 pm on Tuesday. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one a POW and the other a protestor at home.

Latino Americans on the South Plains at 10:30 pm on Tuesday is a celebration of culture, music, and artistic expression by Latinos in West Texas through specific stories of larger significance. The history is laid out in detail, how and why Latinos came to this area and what they faced when they got here.

Watch rescue center caregivers help wild baby orphans get back on their feet on Nature Nature’s Miracle Orphans: Second Chances on Wednesday at 7 pm. In Australia, a teddy bear comforts baby koala Danny, and tiny wallaby Neil receives preemie care. In Costa Rica, baby three-toed sloth Newbie battles pneumonia.

Unravel the greatest mystery in Arctic exploration on NOVA Arctic Ghost Ship at 8 pm on Wednesday. 160 years ago, the Franklin Expedition to chart the Northwest Passage vanished. Now, a Canadian team discovers one of Franklin’s lost ships-a vital clue to the fate of the ill-starred expedition.

Take a fresh look at the enigmatic story of a young American hiker named Chris McCandless, the son of successful middle class parents, who was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness and became the subject of the best-selling Jon Krakauer book and Sean Penn-directed movie Into the Wild on Return to the Wild – The Chris McCandless Story at 9 pm on Wednesday.

Superstar rockers Foo Fighters return to the Austin City Limits stage at 10 pm on Wednesday and 10:30 pm on Friday. The band, with special guests, features songs from the best-selling Sonic Highways. Then, on Saturday at 7 pm, ACL presents indie rock with Vampire Weekend and Grizzly Bear.

On Overheard with Evan Smith Bernie Sanders at 7 pm on Thursday, Evan talks with Bernie Sanders.

Featuring larger-than-life creatures powered by pedals, Austin Bike Zoo is a one-of-a-kind blend of puppetry and cycling. On Arts In Context Beautiful Creatures at 7:30 pm on Thursday, learn how this “Human Powered Puppetry” was born out of a passion to combine the beauty and strength of human movement with the artistry and theater of puppets and a dedication to creating interactive works.

Aaron travels to a BBQ cook-off competition in Kansas with his father-in-law, going way outside his comfort zone on BBQ with Franklin Competition at 8 pm on Thursday.

Chet heads north of Houston to explore a town built along the railroad—Tomball, Texas. He visits its many historic sites and takes a flight on a WW2 B-17 “flying fortress” bomber on The Daytripper Tomball, TX at 8:30 pm on Thursday.

The best of Austin and British Invasion musicians perform in celebration of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians on All ATX: The British Invasion at 9 pm on Thursday. Performances include Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Zombies, Alejandro Escovedo, Ian McLagan, Ruthie Foster, Shinyribs, Van Wilks, Malford Milligan, Guy Forsyth, Monte Montgomery, Shawn Sahm, Erin Ivey, Hector Ward and the All ATX band.

On American Masters The Women’s List at 8 pm on Friday, meet 15 women who define contemporary American culture in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ new “List” film featuring Madeleine Albright, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Betsey Johnson, Alicia Keys, Nancy Pelosi, Rosie Perez, Wendy Williams and more.

The jig is up for art forger Mark Landis, who has donated his expert copies to museums for 30 years. But stopping isn’t simple. On POV Art and Craft at 9 pm on Friday, see how this cat-and-mouse caper uncovers the universal in one man’s search for connection and respect.

Get ideas for your low-water design, whatever your style, and visit a drought tough succulent garden in deer country on Central Texas Gardener Garden Conservancy Tour 2015 at noon on Saturday.

2015 Vision + Voice Award Reception

KLRU featured event

On September 18, AISD will host the awards reception for the annual Vision + Voice multilingual poetry contest at the ACC Eastview Campus (3401 Webberville Road 78702) in Room 8500. AISD students from kindergarten to 12th grade submit poetry to the contest, with one winner and one to two honorable mentions per grade. Winning poems are paired with an ACC student’s artwork and created into posters displayed across the district and the city of Austin. Refreshments will be provided. Find more information about the event and RSVP here.

To see the winning pieces and honorable mentions, go here.  Watch videos of the 2014 winners

Science Night September 23


On this week’s Science Night, we bring you into stories of second chances and mysterious circumstances. On Nature, watch wild orphans get a chance at a new life, and on NOVA, dive into an expedition that took a mysterious turn. To wrap up the night, Return to the Wild: The Chris McCandless Story takes a look at the man who inspired the book and film adaptation, Into the Wild.

Nature Nature’s Miracle Orphans: Second Chances at 7 pm
Watch rescue center caregivers help wild baby orphans get back on their feet. In Australia, a teddy bear comforts baby koala Danny, and tiny wallaby Neil receives preemie care. In Costa Rica, baby three-toed sloth Newbie battles pneumonia.

NOVA Arctic Ghost Ship at 8 pm
Unravel the greatest mystery in Arctic exploration: 160 years ago, the Franklin Expedition to chart the Northwest Passage vanished. Now, a Canadian team discovers one of Franklin’s lost ships—a vital clue to the fate of the ill-starred expedition.

Return to the Wild: The Chris McCandless Story at 9 pm
Take a fresh look at the enigmatic story of a young American hiker named Chris McCandless, the accomplished son of successful middle class parents, who was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness and became the subject of the best-selling Jon Krakauer book and Sean Penn-directed movie, Into the Wild.

Indie Lens Pop-Up screenings

Indie lens pop-up

Independent Lens announced the launch of Indie Lens Pop-Up, a neighborhood screening series that brings people together for community-driven conversations around films from the award-winning PBS series. 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.

The Indie Lens Pop-Up lineup includes a diverse selection of new documentaries that explore issues from race to gun violence, from veterans’ issues to autism.  Each free event takes place starting at 7 pm at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

Here is the complete Indie Lens Pop-Up lineup for 2015-16.


October 6th
Stray Dog
by Debra Granik
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.


November 3rd
Mimi and Dona
by Sophie Sartain
For 64 years, 92-year-old Mimi has cared for her daughter Dona, who has an intellectual disability, and now faces the inevitable: to find Dona a home. This alternately heartbreaking and heartwarming film by Mimi’s granddaughter tells the story of a quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo, and their effect on three generations of a Texas family.


December 1st
Autism in Love
by Matt Fuller
Four adults at different places on the autism spectrum open up their personal lives as they navigate dating and romantic relationships. Eye-opening, first-person portrayals show that despite many challenges faced by those with autism, love can find a way.


January 5th
In Football We Trust
by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn
In Football We Trust intimately follows four Polynesian high school football players in Utah struggling to overcome gang violence, family pressures, and poverty as they enter the high stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of pro sports. The odds may be stacked against them, but they’ll never stop fighting for a better future.


February 2nd
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
by Stanley Nelson
A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.

Screen Shot 2015-09-16 at 4.28.54 PMMarch 1st
The Graduates
Pressing issues in education today are explored through the eyes of a diverse array of Latino and Latina adolescents from across the United States, offering first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing both the students and their families, as well as educators and community leaders.


April 5th
The Armor of Light
by Abigail Disney
Two people of faith come together to explore the contradictions of a nation rife with gun violence: a famously anti-abortion evangelical minister risks losing followers when he questions the morality of gun ownership, while a grieving mother dedicates herself to creating change after the shooting of her unarmed teenage son.


May 3rd
Peace Officer
by Scott Christopherson and Brad Barber
The increasingly tense relationship between law enforcement and the public is seen through the eyes of someone who’s been on both sides: a former sheriff who established Utah’s first SWAT team, only to see the same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later. Now a private investigator, Dub seeks the truth in this case and other officer-involved shootings.


June 7th
by Zack Canepari and Drea Cooper
17-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.

Black Panthers documentary screening 9/30


KLRU’s community partner the Austin Film Society will host a screening of Stanley Nelson’s “Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” September 30 at 7:30 p.m. Purchase your tickets here.

The documentary explores the complex story of The Black Panthers through an array of interviews and archival footage with people who were there. Nelson, who was awarded a 2013 National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama, is known for films that explore African-American history and for films that give the audience special access to well-known stories – often through archival footage as in “Jonestown: The Life and Death Of Peoples Temple.” Sundance Institute called the film, which premiered at the festival, “a vibrant, human, living and breathing chronicle of this pivotal movement that birthed a new revolutionary culture in America.”