ACL Soundwaves: Artist Tim Wakefield

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UK Artist Tim Wakefield creates stunning artworks by capturing the digital images of famous recordings and customizing them into finished pieces that represent his interpretation of the chosen song. These studio Soundwaves are literally the heartbeat of the song and are what sound engineers work with in the recording studio process.

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Wakefield started using these techniques around five years ago as an idea to help raise funds for Nordoff Robbins, the UK charity that specialize in music therapy sessions as a treatment for sick children and adults. Musicians embraced the project and soon Wakefield’s portfolio included artwork that had been countersigned by the likes of Paul McCartney, Queen, Coldplay and George Michael.

“Over the past few years I have seen Austin’s significance in the world of music grow rapidly,” Wakefield said. “British music fans are very aware of the importance and long history Austin has in the World of music and I am very proud to have been asked to be a very small part of the show’s 40th.”

Wakefield has been a regular visitor to Austin over the last few years and will be spending much of his time working on a collection of work celebrating some of the standout performances over 40 years of Austin City Limits.

“I fell in love with Austin the first time I visited and have discovered a whole new side to music that I wasn’t aware of ten years ago,” he said. “It is something that people here have real knowledge and passion about , and the opportunity to see so much great live music keeps me coming back time and time again. “

Ancient Knowledge Night on KLRU Q

KLRU Q explores the forgotten knowledge of our ancient past during April 10th, 17th, and 24th with the six-part series Alexander’s Lost World and the three-part series Divine Women. Tune In to KLRU-Q!

April 10
Alexander’s Lost World
 
Explorations On An Ancient Sea at 8:00 pm
In search of the Alexander’s Lost World, Adams follows in the footsteps of the earliest Greek explorers, putting a new theory on Jason and the Argonauts to the test.

Alexander’s Lost World The Mother of All Cities at 8:45 pm
Crossing into Afghanistan in search of the lost city of Bactra, Adams uses the Ancient Greek accounts as a guide to try and locate Alexander’s fabled Central Asian Capital.

Divine Women When God Was A Girl at 9:35 pm
Historian Bettany Hughes goes back to the beginning of time and visits the world’s oldest religious site to find startling evidence that women were part of the very birth of organised religion. She visits a world where goddesses ruled the heavens and earth, and reveals why our ancestors thought of the divine as female. Travelling across the Mediterranean and the Near East, Bettany goes to remote places, where she encounters fearsome goddesses who controlled life and death, including the formidable goddesses Kybele and Gaia. And she ends up in modern-day India, where  the goddess is still a powerful force for thousands of Hindus.

April 17
Alexander’s Lost World Alexandria On The Oxus at 7:59 pm
Did Alexander really build sixteen cities in Afghanistan and Central Asia or was he the destroyer of a far more ancient civilization?

Alexander’s Lost World City Of Moon Lady at 8:46 pm
Lost in a sand storm in the desert, Adams and cameraman Greg finally reach a remote police outpost in the Taliban held Kunduz delta.

Divine Women Handmaids Of The Gods at 9:35 pm
In episode two Bettany Hughes uncovers the lost era of the priestess and visits Lesbos, home of the poet Sappho and, perhaps, the spiritual home of lesbianism. Bettany Hughes In this episode, Bettany travels to the island of Lesbos to discover the truth behind the much sensationalized poet Sappho. Best known today for giving us the words sapphic and lesbian, in her own time Sappho fulfilled the important role of a priestess, channeling the power of Aphrodite the goddess of sex.

April 24
Alexander’s Lost World  The Land Of The Golden Fleece at 7:59 pm
In the waters of the Oxus River Adams discovers a surprising connection to Jason and the Argonauts – could they have possibly travelled this far from Greece?

Alexander’s Lost World  Source Of Civilisation at 8:46 pm
To discover the origins of these people and their civilization that flowered long before Alexander’s arrival David enters one of the least visited places on earth.

Divine Women War Of The Words at 9:35 pm
In the last episode of Divine Women, Bettany Hughs looks at Theodora, the prostitute who became an empress and allied herself with Mary the Mother of God to rule over a great Christian empire. She also looks at the legacy of the wives of the prophet Mohammad: Khadija, the first convert to Islam and Aisha, whose words are still read by over two billion men and women today.

Death In Paradise premieres on KLRU Q

Tune into KLRU-Q Mondays at 8 pm for the new program, Death In Paradise.

Sent to the tiny island of Saint-Marie to solve a mysterious murder, Detective Inspector Richard Poole is a total fish out of water. A quintessentially British cop, he would much prefer the London drizzle and a freshly pressed shirt to blue seas, sparkling sands and gorgeous tropical weather. This warm, light-hearted detective series takes place against a stunning Caribbean island backdrop – as far away from the grey skies of London as you could possibly get. What Richard finds is a ramshackle station and a very different type of policing. The fact that there’s a goat in one of the cells says it all. He can’t get out of there fast enough, but there’s a job to do and he does it brilliantly. His reward – a permanent posting to the island, his own personal hell on Earth. He may be stuck there, but he’s not going to let his standards slip. He’ll bring British rigor to this relaxed Caribbean workplace. Always in a suit and tie, eschewing sandals for a stout brogue, he’s the very embodiment of the Englishman abroad. He can get through his ordeal, if only he could find a decent cup of tea. Watch Death In Paradise Mondays at 8 pm.

April 7 Episode #101
When a British Cop is found murdered in a locked room on the tiny paradise island of Saint-Marie, Detective Inspector Richard Poole is sent to investigate. He’s the perfect man to solve the case – if only he didn’t just hate sun, sea and sand.

April 14 Episode #102
As DI Richard Poole desperately searches for a decent cup of tea, a bride is murdered on her wedding day. It is a tragedy DS Camille Bordey can’t help but notice, whilst Richard is more interested in housekeeping signs. But who would kill a bride on her wedding day? Could it really be one of her family?

April 21 Episode #103
When a woman not only predicts her own murder but also gives a description of the murderer it all feels too easy for DI Richard Poole. Can a case from the past help solve the present day murder? And more importantly can Richard convince the team that it has nothing to do with voodoo spirits?

April 28 Episode #104
A confession of murder proves problematic for DI Richard Poole and the team when a wife admits to killing her husband but the body is nowhere to be found. Can Richard solve the mystery? And could his feelings be clouding his judgment?

May 5 Episode #105
A murder investigation becomes more than personal for Richard when the victim is murdered while handcuffed to him! His job on the line, he needs all his British rigour and stoutest brogues to get to the heart of the Paradise Beach mystery…

May 12 Episode #106
With Richard struck down by a tropical disease and Camille in Paris its left to Dwayne and Fidel to solve the apparently impossible murder of a local diver. As if their job isn’t tough enough, they also have to contend with holidaying British cop DS Angela Young – and they thought Richard was annoying…

May 19 Episode #107
Carnival comes to Saint-Marie. Richard sees the dark side of show business when a comeback concert ends in the most public of murders. If sun, sea and sand weren’t bad enough, he now has to conquer his fear of snakes to find the elusive killer…

May 26 Episode #108
Dwayne ends up embroiled in a murder investigation when a piece of incriminating evidence is found at the scene of the crime. Can Richard solve the case and meet a deadline that means he’ll finally get what he wants – a return home?

KLRU News Briefs: Austin’s Bitcoin ATM & Civil Rights Summit Preview

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This weekend during PBS NewsHour Weekend our local news stories look back in history, and look forward at what some call the “currency of the future.”

On Saturday it’s one of Austin’s newest gadgets: a Bitcoin ATM. The machine, designed by a company called Robocoin, was the first of its kind in the U.S. It’s located at HandleBar downtown.

The machine allows people to walk up and either enroll in Bitcoin on the spot or buy and sell from a pre-existing account. You can also withdraw cash.

“The one in Canada, it’s brought a lot of business. Ideally we get some foot traffic, get some booze sold and merchandise and stuff like that,” HandleBar Co-Owner Willie Stark told us.

But, Bitcoin has had some setbacks recently. We asked LBJ School economics professor Dr. Yanis Varoufakis about the risks involved.

“There is no telephone number you can dial if suddenly your Bitcoins have disappeared. All you need is a clever hacker who hacks into your wallet and suddenly your fortune in bitcoins has disappeared,” Varoufakis said.

On Sunday, we preview the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit, which runs from April 8-10. Three of the four former living presidents will be on the University of Texas campus for the event, as will President Obama. The summit marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act.

“We thought what better way to [mark the anniversary] than with a summit that really celebrates the advances that were made in ’64 but also looks hard at some of the open issues in 2014,” LBJ Foundation President Elizabeth Christian told us.

NHW.SUMMIT PVW.WEBPanel discussions will be held each afternoon with activists and civil rights leaders before the evening keynotes with Presidents Carter, Clinton and George W. Bush. President Obama will speak Thursday morning at 11:30.

Tickets are no longer available but the entire summit will be streamed online on the summit’s website: www.civilrightssummit.org and will be televised on The Longhorn Network. You can see the entire Summit schedule here.

 

 

Q Night At The Movies 4/5

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KLRU-Q’s Saturday Night at the Movies presents a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an exciting spin. Each film explores the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. Here is a peek of what this Saturday has in store:

Just Seen It Episode #512 at 7 pm
JUST SEEN IT is the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

On Story Westerns at 7:30 pm
Creating westerns with resonance is discussed by the creative minds behind UNFORGIVEN, A PERFECT WORLD, and 3:10 TO YUMA. Featuring John Lee Hancock, David Peoples, Michael Brandt, and Derek Haas. Film: Western by Lucas Millard.

Hollywood Stars Film Package The Big Country at 8 pm
Burl Ives earned a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his portrayal of a family patriarch involved in a bitter land feud in this explosive western drama. Cast: Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives.

Walter Piehl: Sweetheart Of The Rodeo at 10:50 pm
Walter Piehl: Sweetheart of the Rodeo documents how this North Dakota visual artist and Minot State University art professor combines an expressionistic style with literal and interpretive investigations of many facets of Western American life. Piehl’s acrylic on canvas work is often large in scale and is appreciated across North America as well as in his native state. Among his many honors and awards is a 2008 Enduring Vision Award for his creativity, connection to community, and impressive body of work presented by the Bush Foundation, a private foundation serving Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

 

Community Cinema: The New Black 5/6

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KLRU and the Austin Public Library present Community Cinema. The free public screenings take place at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) from 7 pm to 9 pm.

On May 6th, watch a preview and discuss of The New Black. Centering on the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland, The New Black takes viewers into the pews, the streets, and kitchen tables as it looks at how the African American community grapples with the divisive gay rights issue.

Joining us for the discussion will be Stephen Rice, host of OutCast Austin on KOOP. Rice is a busy member of Austin’s political, arts and social scenes. He volunteers regularly with such worthy organizations as the Octopus Club, AIDS Services of Austin, the Hill Country Ride for AIDS, Equality Texas and ZACH Theater. Stephen also works with the Austin Film Society on their annual star-studded Texas Film Hall of Fame Gala. Professionally, he works as a consultant to Austin’s legal community.

Community Cinema is a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring screenings of films from Independent Lens on location in 100 cities and online. Between September and June, Community Cinema brings together leading organizations, community members and public television stations to learn, discuss and get involved in today’s critical social issues.

Special thanks to

Austin American-Statesman

Highlights April 6 – April 12

KLRU Highlights

Cleveland Orchestra In Performance: Bruckner Symphony performs Anton Bruckner’s Fourth “Romantic” Symphony Sunday at 2 pm.

A patient who’s carrying a baby who wasn’t fathered by her husband accepts that the only solution is adoption in Call the Midwife Episode #302 Sunday at 7 pm.

All await Churchill’s appearance at the store in Masterpiece‘s Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 – Part 2 at 8.

Secrets of Selfridges reveals the grandiose store’s hidden stories and delves deep into the mind of its incredibly ambitious creator Sunday at 9 pm.

Susan tells the other women that she came face to face with a killer in the Bletchley Circle, Episode #103 Sunday at 10 pm.

Portwenn is buzzing with arrangement for the wedding of the Doc Martin and Louisa in Sickness And Health, Sunday at 11pm.

Antiques Roadshow heads to Kansas City, Missouri and visits the Toy and Miniature Museum to discuss dolls houses and miniature models Monday at 7 pm.

In Performance At The White House presents Women Of Soul, with special performances by Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott and others Monday at 8 pm.

Independent Lens presents Brothers Hypnotic and explores the brotherhood of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Monday at 9 pm.

Black Kungfu Experience introduces kungfu’s African-American pioneers, men who challenged convention and overturned preconceived notions while mastering the ancient art, Monday at 10 pm.

Dave Clark Five – Glad All Over features newly filmed interviews with people such as Tom Hanks, Sir Paul McCartney, and Whoopi Goldberg, as they share their memories of how the music of the 1960′s and the Cultural Revolution changed their lives forever, Tuesday at 7 pm.

Frontline shines a light on the hidden world of the North Korean people, drawing on undercover footage from inside the country as well as interviews with defectors who are trying to chisel away at the regime’s influence, in Secret State of North Korea Tuesday at 9 pm.

Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn Of A New Era in Ocean Stewardship introduces the unlikely allies joining forces to improve conditions in the waters off America’s coasts, Tuesday at 10 pm.

Nature presents My Bionic Pet and explores the amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are able to provide just what animals with disabilities need, at Wednesday at 7.

NOVA‘s Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius uncovers the remarkable problem-solving abilities and explores the complexity of their powers of communication Wednesday at 8 pm.

Discover the genetic legacy of the fish can be seen today in our own DNA in Your Inner Fish, Wednesday at 9 pm.

CNN’S Senior Media Correspondent and host of Reliable Sources, Brian Stelter, joins Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm.

Meet Shakey Graves, an artists that has gone from obscurity to the national spotlight, on Arts In Context Not Alone, Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Live From Lincoln Center presents Jason Isbell: Moving Forward Friday at 8 pm.

Explore what it takes to spend your life with someone as Hardly Sound presents Rtb2 Friday at 10 pm.

See how to swap invasive plants for prettier native species that restore wildlife diversity as Central Texas Gardener presents Natives Not Invasives onSaturday at 12 & 4 pm.

Sail a small boat off the coast of Louisiana and harvest local shrimp and fish with Victory Garden’s Ediblefeast, Saturday at 4:30 pm.

Austin City Limits presents modern blues and soul with Gary Clark, Jr. and Alabama Shakes, Saturday at 7 pm.

After a murder at a charity treasure hunt, general suspicion falls upon a bereaved man, can Father Brown prove the man’s innocence? Find out in The Face Of Death, Saturday at 8 pm.

 

Arts In Context Shorts: ATX Free Art Friday

Arts In Context Shorts presents an all new episode with ATX Free Art Friday.

ATX Free Art Friday

Every Friday in Austin, Texas anyone can join in an Instagram art treasure hunt as part of #ATXFreeArtFriday. “Finders Keepers” is the way it works, but you must share a photo of your art find back on Instagram. Started by members of SprATX, a local street art collective, #ATXFreeArtFriday has grown exponentially with artists joining from all over Austin to hide free art for the community to take home. It’s like artwork hunger games out there, so follow @SprATX on Instagram if you want to join the hunt.

Science Night 4/9

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature My Bionic Pet at 7 pm
The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive. Luckily for them, sometimes miracles do happen. Amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are able to provide just what they need. And scientists are finding that innovations created in the process are benefitting both animals and humans.


NOVA Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius at 8 pm
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? We have all gazed into a creature’s eyes and wondered: what is it thinking about? What does it really know? Now, the revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. In this mini-series, NOVA explores these breakthroughs through three iconic creatures: dogs, birds and dolphins. We’ll travel into the spectacularly nuanced noses of dogs and wolves, and ask whether their reliance on different senses has shaped their evolution. We’ll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow. We’ll listen in as scientists track dolphins in the Caribbean and elephants on the African savannah, trying to unlock the secrets of animal communication. As we discover how researchers are pushing the animal mind to its limits, we’ll uncover surprising similarities to — and differences from — the human mind. Today, researchers are discovering that some creatures have mastered skills purportedly restricted to humans. Many are bird brains. Meet a cockatoo with a talent for picking locks; a wild crow on a mission to solve an eight-step puzzle; and a tame raven who can solve a puzzle box so quickly that his performance has to be captured with high-speed photography. Are these skills really evidence of high intelligence or just parlor tricks, the result of training and instinct? To find out, NOVA tests the limits of some of the planet’s brainiest animals, searching for the secrets of a problem-solving mind.

Your Inner Fish at 9 pm
Our arms, legs, necks and lungs were bequeathed to us by a fish that lumbered onto land some 375 million years ago. The genetic legacy of this creature can be seen today in our own DNA, including the genes used to build our hands and limbs.

Screening: Russia’s Open Book 4/23

KLRU and the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) at The University of Texas present a discussion of the documentary Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin.

DATE: April 23, 2014
TIME: 7 – 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
LOCATION: Avaya Auditorium (ACE 2.302/POB 2.302),  The Peter O’Donnell, Jr. Building (POB) for Applied Computational Engineering and Sciences (ACE), 201 E 24th St, Austin, TX 78712
RSVP: The event is free but RSVP is required. RSVP now
Russian-themed refreshments being provided after the screening/discussion.

Join KLRU and our special guest, author Andrei Gelasimov, for a sneak peek of the PBS documentary Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin. Gelasimov, as well as Dr.Michael Pesenson, professor of Russian literature at UT, and award-winning translator Marian Schwartz, who translated Gelasimov’s book Thirst (Zhazhda), will discuss the topics and authors covered in the documentary to open up the conversation of contemporary Russian writing. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will also be served in the lobby after the screening/panel discussion.

Andrei Gelasimov studied foreign languages at Yakutsk State University and directing at the Moscow Theater Institute. He became an overnight literary sensation in Russia in 2001 when his story “A Tender Age,” which he published online, won critical acclaim as best debut and went on to garner the Apollon-Grigoriev and the Booker Student Prizes, as well as a nomination for the Belkin Prize. Thirst is Gelasimov’s first book published in English. His novel The Gods of the Steppes, forthcoming from AmazonCrossing in 2012, won the 2009 Russian National Bestseller literary award.

Russia’s Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin airs on KLRU May 8th at 9 pm.

Parking:
Handicap parking is available near the ACE building on Speedway and 24th Attendees who need to be dropped off can do so at the ACE entrance on 24th All other drivers can find street parking along Dean Keeton (note: metered parking is free after 6:00 p.m.) Parking is also available in the San Jacinto Garage.

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