American Graduate Champion: Deanna Deolloz

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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.

deanna-deollozToday’s Champion is Deanna Deolloz. Deolloz has been a teaching artist for over 15 years working with organizations such as CHULA League, ZACH Theatre, Teatro Vivo, and El Teatro Campesino. Currently her role as Artistic Associate of Creative Action she works at the after-school program at Becker Elementary. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “She is a committed community activist for women’s rights, voter rights, AIDS activist, cycling, children and Latino issues. Austin is extremely lucky to have her in our community. She’s one of the those “behind the scenes” leaders who is absolutely worthy of being recognized as a champion.”

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.

Arts In Context Shorts: Life Form Art

This week Arts In Context Shorts show how medical illustrations can make beautiful art. Brazilian-born cardiologist Carlos Machado first discovered Frank Netter’s celebrated medical illustrations as a six-year-old boy. Over the course of his life and even throughout his time in medical school, Machado has worked to hone his talent for illustration while embracing hyperrealism. Eventually, he was chosen to become the successor to Dr. Netter and worked as a valuable contributor to “The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations.”

American Graduate Champion: Isaac Torres

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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.

isaac-torresToday’s Champion is Isaac Torres.  Torres is the Program Coordinator for Generation Texas in the Center for P-16 Initiatives at Texas State University. Torres works throughout Central Texas by visiting high schools throughout Central Texas which serve predominantly low-income, first generation, and immigrant students to advocate for college access. He is the chair of the Outreach and Communication subcommittee chair of the Austin College Access Network and is spearheading the efforts to launch a “College Signing Day” in Austin. This event focuses on engaging stakeholders throughout Central Texas in support of college access for all students to increase the college enrollment rate to 70%. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “This goal of 70% college enrollment can never be attained through the current and never ceasing efforts of the community of educators and practitioners who live into this mission daily. We can only do this as a community-wide endeavor. GenTX and the efforts of Isaac are pivotal to attaining this goal. Isaac has been a longtime champion for this effort and he continues to lead the community forward toward realizing this goal.”

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.

 

Q Night at the Movies March 14

Variety Studio Actors on Actors at 6:30 pm
Exclusive conversations between some of the most exciting actors working today. Featuring Benedict Cumberbatch “The Imitation Game” and Edward Norton “Birdman”, Jake Gyllenhaal “Nightcrawler” and Patricia Arquette “Boyhood”, Hilary Swank “The Homesman” and Tilda Swinton “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, Oscar Isaac “A Most Violent Year” and Gugu Mbatha-Raw “Belle”.

Writing the Fantastical: A Conversation With David Magee at 7:30 pm
David Magee discusses adapting Finding Neverland and Life of Pi, and how he approached translating such imaginative worlds for the screen. Followed by The Return, Jeremy Mackie’s short film about a college graduate who’s literally scared off the scene of his first job.

Side By Side, The Science, Art And Impact Of Digital Cinema at 8 pm
This documentary investigates the history, process and workflow of both digital and photochemical film creation. It show what artists and filmmakers have been able to accomplish with both film and digital, and how their needs and innovations have helped push filmmaking in new directions. Interviews with over 70 filmmakers and industry professionals including George Lucas, David Lynch, Lars von Trier, James Cameron, Steven Soderbergh, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Robert Rodriguez and Walter Murch, reveal their experiences and feelings about working with film and digital — where we are now, how we got here and what the future may bring.

Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles at 9:30 pm
Horror guru Wes Craven, Director A Nightmare on Elm St/Scream franchises, and Harry explore the world of horror and discuss early battles with censors to the current trend on television with shows like The Walking Dead, which seem to have no limits with graphic content. Viewers will enjoy rare behind the scenes anecdotes into the making of The Swamp Thing and his lesser known art film The Fireworks Woman.

Film School Shorts Strange Bedfellows at 10 pm
The Passage of Mrs. Calabash (AFI): On an overnight train journey, a young woman and a retired professor exchange stories. Told in reverse, their deepest secrets are revealed.
A short film by Scott Tuft. The Girl and the Fox (Savannah College of Art and Design): A family living in the wilderness discovers a fox has been killing their livestock. The young daughter has no choice but to track down the animal in order to ensure their survival. A short film by Tyler J. Kupferer.

Film School Shorts Growing Pains at 10:30 pm
I Feel Stupid (UCLA) and My Name is Your First Love (Columbia): Lein is an awkward teenager, obsessed with pigeons. When her childhood friend Amber comes to visit, Lein’s world opens far beyond the pigeon coop. Directed by Milena Pastreich. A teenager works as a gardener for his neighbor. His infatuation with his employer deepens and his afternoon hedge trimming turns into an obsession. Directed by Rob Richert.

 

Highlights March 15-21

KLRU Highlights

Go behind the scenes with upcoming guest star John Mahoney (Frasier) to learn the secrets of Foyle’s War in Foyle’s War Revisited, Sunday at 7 pm.

Don’t miss the Season 5 Finale of Masterpiece Downton Abbey, Sunday at 8:30. The Crawleys go to a shooting party at a castle in Northumberland and return to Downton for a joyful Christmas holiday.

Mr. Selfridge: A Celebration is an behind-the-scenes look at the first two seasons of Mr. Selfridge and offers viewers a sneak peek at Season 3. Airs Sunday at 10:30 pm.

American Masters Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel examines the amazing endurance of “Gone with the Wind” and reveals the seminal events of Mitchell’s life through dramatic re-enactments based on her letters, as scenes from the movie weave together her life and her work. Monday at 9 pm.

From the birth of the comic book superheroine Wonder Woman in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Independent Lens Wonder Women on Monday at 10 pm, looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society’s anxieties about women’s liberation.

The documentary series 180 Days travels to Hartsville in rural South Carolina, where an entire town is trying to make an exceptional use of their elementary school system. The first and second episodes of the Hartsville series air back-to-back Tuesday at 7 and 8 pm.

Frontline investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS Tuesday at 9 pm.

We Served Too, Tuesday at 10 pm, tells the story of Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, a group of young, determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes.

In honor of Sir David Attenborough’s 60th anniversary on television, this three-part Nature miniseries focuses on three fields that David Attenborough feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment. Watch Attenborough’s Life Stories: Our Fragile Planet, Wednesday at 7 pm.

Relive the excitement of the groundbreaking Rosetta comet landing mission on To Catch A Comet, Wednesday at 8 pm.

Around 800 BC, Kush, a little-known Egyptian subject state, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly 100 years. Now, in the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society with powerful armies, vast reach and spiritually-driven imperial aspirations to rival the Egyptians’. Watch Rise Of The Black Pharaohs Wednesday at 9 pm.

Austin City Limits presents new American acoustic music with the Civil Wars and Punch Brothers Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10 pm.

Overheard With Evan Smith sits down with author and journalist S.C. Gwynne Thursday at 7 pm.

Few things form the expectations for a work of art like its branding. Arts In Context profiles influential graphic designers Chris Bilheimer and Michael Sieben Thursday at 7:30 pm.

On back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper, Chet travels to Marble Falls at 8 pm to experience wild outdoor adventures like hang gliding. Then at 8:30, explore Houston’s neighborhoods, including Chinatown and hip Montrose.

Houston Ship Channel: Deep Water Centennial at 9 pm Thursday provides the rich history and remarkable determination that made the 52-mile-long Houston Ship Channel a reality 100 years ago, and how it is now a huge economic driver for the region and the United States.

With singular entree to the MGM library, including vaulted screen tests and rehearsal footage, American Masters Judy Garland: By Myself tells the actress’ story in her own words Friday at 8 pm.

Chomp into the sweetest tomatoes around with secrets for success on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. On tour, see how aquaponics combines fish and food for resourceful growing.

Catch back-to-back episodes of Mr. Selfridge, Season 2 on a mini Masterpiece marathon beginning at 7 pm Saturday.

 

 

Science Night 3/18

Nature Attenborough’s Life Stories: Our Fragile Planet at 7 pm
On “Our Fragile Planet,” Sir David Attenborough reflects on the dramatic impact that human beings have had on the natural world during his lifetime. He tells surprising, entertaining and deeply personal stories of the changes he has seen, the pioneering conservationists in whose footsteps he has followed, and the revolution in attitudes towards nature that has taken place around the globe.

To Catch A Comet at 8 pm
Last November, the Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae lander made history by landing on a comet after 10 years of traveling through space. Learn about this groundbreaking mission on To Catch A Comet at 8 pm.

Rise of the Black Pharaohs at 9 pm.
Around 800 BC, Kush, a little-known subject state of Egypt, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly 100 years. This unlikely chapter of history has been buried by the Egyptians and was belittled by early archaeologists, who refused to believe that dark-skinned Africans could have risen so high. Now, in the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society with powerful armies, vast reach and spiritually-driven imperial aspirations to rival the Egyptians’.

American Graduate Champion: Mary Brinkman

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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.

mary-brinkmanToday’s Champion is Mary Brinkman. Brinkman, Principal at Sci-Tech Preparatory, works with students, parents, teachers and the community for success and to provide a safe-haven for students. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Mrs. Brinkman is always professional and strives for excellence in our school. It is a joy to follow in her example everyday and our student body rises to greatness because of her positive example.”

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.

 

Catch the SXSW Flashback Marathon March 15

It’s that time of year again: South By Southwest is upon us! Whether you’ve got your badge and are ready to brave the crowds, or are planning on staying as far from downtown as possible, get in the festival spirit with our SXSW Flashback Marathon.

Beginning at 7 pm Sunday, March 15, relive the best moments from past SXSW’s without the parking woes or pricey admission. Top picks from each year since 2010 are highlighted in these specials, with intimate interviews and live performances that give viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the iconic festival. With appearances by Channing Tatum, Willem Dafoe, Rosario Dawson, Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Grumpy Cat and more, our SXSW Flashback marathon is not to be missed — and cheaper than a platinum badge, to boot.

7 pm SXSW Flashback 2010
7:59 pm SXSW Flashback 2011
8:55 pm SXSW Flashback 2012  including Channing Tatum, Willem Dafoe, Kimbra, Matthew McConaughey, Lance Gross, Jack Black, Jonah Hill, and many more.
9:55 pm SXSW Flashback 2013 featuring 50 Cent, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Aisha Tyler, Bruce Campbell, Fred Armisen and more.
10:25 pm SXSW Flashback 2014 ncluding Nicolas Cage, Rosario Dawson, Mike Judge, Spandau Ballet, America Ferrera, Diego Luna, and more! Famed felines Lil BUB and Grumpy Cat also appear!

 

American Graduate Champion: Aisha Wahab

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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.

aisha-wahabToday’s Champion is Aisha Wahab. Wahab is a community organizer and champion of many social issues including work as Executive Director of the United Democratic Campaign, Board member of the Afghan Coalition and Communications Chair of New Leaders Council-Oakland. She has mentored many young women in local high schools, she has educated many service providers on the issues of cultural sensitivity, refugees, immigrants, and on topics such as domestic violence, human trafficking, and civic engagement. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Aisha has always includes others to be a part of a conversation to make a difference. She is a true champion.  She is relentless and always has a positive attitude.”

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.

 

American Graduate Champion: Grant Thomas

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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.

grant-thomasToday’s Champion is Grant Thomas. Thomas is founder of the Peer Assistance and Leadership Program, a life-long educator and an innovator. After years of teaching high school, Thomas established the original PAL program (Peer Assistance and Leadership) in AISD in 1980. The PAL program was a unique model at the time, sharing many aspects of the current Social-Emotional Learning curriculum with a focus on peer modeling, mentoring, service, social understanding and problem-solving. PAL became a widely implemented national model. In 1994 Grant created the nonprofit YouthLaunch, and served there as Executive Director for nine years. He also continues to be active in KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) Austin, and is currently involved in a collaboration between KIPP and UT Austin Plan II to develop mentoring partnerships. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Grant Thomas’s passion for empowering young people is life-long and contagious, as is his high-energy, charismatic personality. This passion, combined with expertise gleaned from years of graduate study in education, experiences as a teacher, community activist, and program innovator, makes Grant an inspired and inspiring difference-maker. His work in the field has helped countless young people build both academic and social success.”

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.