RTL Demonstration Station Inauguration

KLRU and the Boys & Girls Club East performed an inauguration ceremony during their “Kids Day.” The inauguration celebrated the installment of a new digital learning center “The Demonstration Station.” It features 16 mini iPads that are jam-packed with PBS Kids content, including videos, e-books, and over 50 apps designed to improve reading, math, science, and even art skills. The Demonstration Station also includes other supporting equipment such as a projector for large group activities/screening movies, a projection screen, a PA system, and an iPad compatible printer. KLRU will be providing staff training in fun PBS curriculum to enrich B&G Club’s current out-of-school program.

KLRU is proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Club East, thanks to this Ready To Learn (RTL) Initiative, a partnership of PBS, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to provide rich, educational multimedia content to this community’s children and their families.

KLRU News Briefs: Revel in Old School Charm at the Drive-In and Voter Registration Deadline Nears

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Our Saturday news brief during PBS NewsHour Weekend comes from KLRU’s Arts in Context Shorts series. This week they go inside The Blue Starlite, a vintage drive-in which utilizes vintage speakers, trailers and the tarmac of the former airport.

A few nights every week cars gather just before sundown and line up in front of the screen, the distant city skyline appearing as a backdrop. What started as a stunt to impress his then girlfriend and now wife, owner Josh Frank’s drive-in has grown to accommodate up to 50 cars, a handful of walk-ins, and a Winnebago-housed concession stand.

“The whole combined experience, especially with being outside and under the stars – it’s just a very unique experience that’s totally outside of what you would get at a traditional theater,” Manager Gregg Wehmeier said.

The last day to register to vote in the November election is Monday, October 6. So, on Sunday, we take a look back at the final two debates for Lieutenant Governor and Governor, which both took place this week. Monday, in the race for Lt. Governor, Republican Nominee Dan Patrick and Democratic Nominee Leticia Van de Putte faced off in KLRU’s Studio 6A. On Tuesday, Gubernatorial candidates, Republican Nominee Greg Abbott and Democratic Nominee Wendy Davis, debated in the KERA studio in Dallas.

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

Arts In Context Shorts: With Panache

This week, Arts In Context Shorts gets you moving! More than a dance, tango is a connection between two people – and the teachers and students of Esquina Tango know that to dance it well, you must be tuned into the other person’s body and movement.  More than a dance studio, Esquina Tango offers a variety of classes and is a cultural center that uses dance as a tool to bring people together, with tango at the heart of it.  With patient instructors and classes for all ages and incomes, this non-profit dance studio has tuned in to the needs of its East Austin community and continues to grow with panache.

 

Science Night October 8

On Penguins: Spy in the Huddle | Growing Up Wednesday at 7 pm, penguin chicks become increasingly independent, and emperor and rockhopper parents place them in a creche and go fishing. Emperor chicks go skating, while rockhopper chicks practice their jumping skills. Eventually all the chicks leave for the sea, tackling the same hazards as their parents before them, from sea lions to predatory birds, high cliffs to glaciers.

 

The disappearance of Flight MH370 stunned the world. In an era of smart-phones and GPS, how could a 270-ton passenger jet vanish into thin air? It was a rude awakening for all of us, showing just how far we are from the world we imagined we lived in – in which every move is monitored all the time. NOVA | Why Planes Vanish Wednesday at 8 pm tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane.

To protect occupied Europe from an Allied invasion, Hitler demanded the construction of a defensive wall stretching thousands of kilometers from France in the south to Norway in the north. Nazi Mega Weapons | Atlantic Wall Wednesday at 9 pm is the story of how this vast engineering project sucked in huge quantities of raw materials and men from all over the Third Reich … and faced its ultimate test on D-Day.

Q Night at the Movies October 4

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KLRU Q is switching it up a bit on movie night by airing a few episodes of a television series instead of a movie this Saturday. But, don’t worry, you won’t be disappointed.

First, the Hollywood review show Just Seen It airs at 7 p.m. Watch the review show where industry professionals present their takes on current movies and TV shows, and interview Hollywood insiders.

In On Story, Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, reflects upon the show’s hyper-serialized storytelling, along with his inspirations and influences. He’s also accompanied by Victor Nores’ short film, Euthanas Inc., about an old lady whose family wishes to no longer be burdened by her presence, and her plans to grant them an unexpected change of scene.

Following at 8, watch a few episodes of another thrilling television series, Amnesia. It’s a gripping psychological thriller that follows the crumbling life of Detective Sergeant “Mack” Stone, a black-out drunk, and his dangerous obsession with an unsolved mystery. While investigating the disappearance of his wife, Stone, losing his grip on reality, hones in on amnesia patient John Dean and pursues him relentlessly. But, as Stone’s behavior becomes more erratic, his claims seem less credible – leaving him to question his own memory. A suspenseful story packed with intricate twists, this intelligent drama will keep audiences guessing until the very end, as the two flawed protagonists move towards their thrilling final confrontation.

Watch movies (or a part of a television series) every Saturday starting at 7 pm only on KLRU Q!

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

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Every fairy tale has its sequel. So, Masterpiece | The Paradise Season 2, Part 2 Sunday at 7 pm continues the saga, and time has not stood still since last season’s wedding disaster.

The seventh season of Masterpiece Mystery | Inspector Lewis awaits! It airs Sunday at 8 pm and the following Saturday at 8 pm.

On DCI Banks Sunday at 9:30 pm, a case terrifyingly close to home as Banks is asked by his boss, Chief Superintendent Gerry Rydell, to find his missing teenage daughter.

Enjoy 2 full hours of Antiques Road show starting at 7 pm on Monday.

POV  The Act of Killing Monday at 9 pm explores a horrifying era in Indonesian history and provides a window into modern Indonesia, where corruption reigns.

Join three iconic storytellers as they uncover mysteries about their ancestors on Finding Your Roots Tuesday at 7 pm.

Follow the women of showbiz, from the earliest pioneers to present-day power players, as they influence the creation of one of the country’s biggest commodities: entertainment, on Makers  Women in Hollywood Tuesday at 8 pm.

On Frontline Death By Fire 2 Tuesday at 9 pm, several controversial death penalty cases are currently under examination in Texas and in other states, but it’s the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham — convicted for the arson deaths of his three young children — that’s now at the center of the national debate.

Vince Gilligan, creator of the AMC hit series Breaking Bad, reflects upon the show’s hyper-serialized storytelling on On Story Tuesday at 10 pm.

Get a unique, up-close glance into the lives of baby penguins Wednesday at 7 pm on Penguins: Spy in the Huddle.

NOVA Wednesday at 8 pm tells the inside story of the search for Flight MH370 and meets the key players, from all corners of the globe, who have spent months searching for the lost plane.

To protect occupied Europe from an Allied invasion, Hitler demanded the construction of the Atlantic Wall. Learn more about this fascinating history on Nazi Mega Weapons Wednesday at 9 pm.

Beck graces the stage of Austin City Limits Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10:30 pm.

Lizz Winstead, co-creator, former writer and former correspondent for The Daily Show, joins Overheard with Evan Smith Thursday at 7 pm.

Arts in Context discovers the importance of keeping the Tejano musical tradition alive Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm heads to the Marble Falls to explore its art, adventure, and cuisine.

Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle Thursday at 9 pm provides insights and answers to one of the most bizarre, disturbing and controversial fatal shootings of the mid-20th century.

Watch Douglas Carter Beane’s “The Nance” starring Nathan Lane on Live from Lincoln Center Friday at 8 pm.

Singer-songwriters Ed Sheeran and Valerie June perform on Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm.

Based on the short stories by G K Chesterton, Father Brown Saturday at 9:30 pm follows the kindly cleric as he solves crimes in his community.

Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle screening 10/7

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, KLRU presents an online screening and discussion of Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle on Tuesday, Oct. 7th, at 9 pm. Participate in the online screening on the OVEE website

This documentary provides insights and answers to one of the most bizarre, disturbing and controversial fatal shootings of the mid-20th century. Part political expose, part narrative deconstruction, part poetic meditation, the film is an independent and thorough investigation of the life and death of Ruben Salazar, a prominent Civil Rights era journalist.

Be sure to watch KLRU on Thursday, October 9th, for the following programs:

Arts In Context “Tardeadas”
Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 pm
A profile of Conjunto Los Pinkys, which also tells the story of Austin’s changing East side.

Arts in Context “Peligrosa”
Thursday, October 9 at 8:00 pm
Established in 2007,Peligrosa is a collective of DJs, producers, and visual artists re-energizing the sights and sounds of Latin America.

Ruben Salazar:  Man in the Middle
A Voces Special Presentation

Thursday, October 9 at 9:00 pm

 

Community Cinema: Makers Women in Comedy 10/7

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for a screening and discussion of Makers Women in Comedy on Tuesday, October 7th, at Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.). The free event is open to the public and takes place from 7 pm to 9 pm.

Women in Comedy tracks the rise of women in the world of comedy, from the “dangerous” comedy of 70s sitcoms like Maude to the groundbreaking women of the 1980s American comedy club boom and building to today’s multifaceted landscape. Makers is a six-part PBS series profiling the impact women have had over the past 50 years.

After the screening. we will have a discussion about comedy and improv with  Lashonda Lester and Topping Haggerty.

Lashonda Lester
Lashonda Lester has been working in entertainment in some capacity for over 20 years. As a stand up comedian, Lashonda began her comedy career in Austin in 2008 and within 2 years of starting, she was featured on the cover of the Austin Chronicle. Lashonda recently made her national television debut for Nickelodeon’s NickMom Night Out comedy showcase hosted by The View’s Sherri Shepherd. . She was second runner up out of 200+ comedians in the 2014 Funniest In Person Austin competition and in August 2014, she was nominated by Austin Monthly Magazine’s Best of the City as Best Comedian. In addition to Weird True Hollywood Tales, she’s also the creator and executive producer of As Seen On TV, a top ten countdown show of television programs from the 80s and 90s.

Topping Haggerty
Topping Haggerty has performed and directed improv and sketch comedy for many years in Austin, New York City, and San Francisco. Recently you may have seen her puppet/human sketch comedy extravaganza BatShyt Crazy: Life Rude Puppets in August at The Institution Theater. She received her BA in Drama from San Francisco State University.

Halloween with KLRU Q Featuring Strange Town

Get into the Halloween “spirit” with KLRU Q beginning at 8:55 pm on Friday, October 31. KLRU Q will be airing three episodes of Strange Town, where Mark and Billy will take you on a voyage through the history of unsettled stories that are left behind at haunted locations in Texas. Do spirits exist with the living? If so, are these lingering energies willing to communicate from beyond?

The first episode of Strange Town takes a trip to Galveston Island to investigate the majestic Hotel Galvez. Are the stories of a lost soul searching for her lover true? Are orphans that were killed in a hurricane still wandering the halls?

Following at 9:25 pm, a two-part episode begins at the Austin Pizza Garden. A building with over 130 years of history where multiple entities have made themselves known to the employees and guests. Then, they investigate Austin’s Inn at Pearl Street, a once abandoned home turned modern-day Bed & Breakfast. Guests report shadows, apparitions, and other unexplained activity.

The last episode of Strange Town at 9:55 pm investigates the most haunted building in Seguin, Texas, the Magnolia Hotel. This 170-year-old establishment first opened its doors to weary travelers in 1844 and since then has experienced many tragedies and deaths within its walls and is said to be inhabited by 13 unsettled spirits. Which ones will Mark and Billy encounter?

We hope you join us for this haunting adventure only on KLRU Q!

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