Q Night at the Movies Jan. 3

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

It’s a night of comedy and news on Q Night at the Movies January 3rd with the featured film Network!

On Story The Evolution of Funny at 7:30 pm
Larry Wilmore, the Senior Black Correspondent on The Daily Show and creator of The Bernie Mac Show reflects upon different forms of comedy, his own comic influences, and always looking to maximize comedic potential. Followed by two short films about courage and endurance: Chris Bourke and Kevin Harger’s LOVE, EMILY, and Andrea Gomez’s 036.

Feature film Network at 8 pm
A TV executive (Faye Dunaway) boosts her ratings with a mad anchorman (Peter Finch) who thinks he speaks for God.

Further explore the topics brought up in Network with the documentary Running on Empty: The Brain Drain in Local TV immediately after the movie. Journalism is losing experienced reporters at a record rate. This means less in-depth and investigative reporting that help keep you informed. This documentary introduces you to some seasoned reporters who were at the top of their game. They share their frustrations and challenges as they move on with their lives.

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

The Story of Storybook

The Women’s Storybook Project of Texas is a non-profit connecting incarcerated women with their children through books. Volunteers bring children’s books to the inmates. The women pick out a story and volunteers record their voices reading it to their child. The women can earn the chance to participate in the program with good behavior for 90 days.

The video above, titled The Story of Storybook, shows the impact the program has on the women and their families.

The Story of Storybook was produced by Jeff Bowden, Brandon Dickerson and Karen Bernstein. It was directed by Jeff Bowden and Brandon Dickerson and edited by Mike Saen.The piece aired in two parts during PBS NewsHour Weekend on December 27 & 28.

January 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In January 2015, we have the following lined up:

Tuesday, January 6 at 8pmRipley, Believe It or Not: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Robert Ripley’s obsession with the odd made him one of the richest men in America. Over three decades, his “Believe It or Not” franchise grew into an entertainment empire and the eccentric, globetrotting, man became an unlikely national celebrity.

Wednesday, January 14 at 7pm: NATURE “Dog’s That Changed The World”
Part 1: ”The Rise of the Dog.”
From the tiniest Chihuahua to the largest St. Bernard, all dogs claim the wolf as their ancestor. But how did the wolf become the domesticated dog, and how did the hundreds of breeds we know today come to be so different?

Wednesday, January 21 at 7pm: NATURE “Dog’s That Changed The World”
Part 2: “Dog By Design.”
 
Some working dogs are able to use their skills to perform tasks they were bred for. But as we multiply and transform the many breeds of dogs, honing their looks and their sizes, we also change our relationship with them, and theirs with us.

Wednesday, January 28 at 7pmNATURE “Penguin Post Office”
In the heart of the Antarctic Peninsula there’s a post office surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery and 3,000 gentoo penguins. We’ll see their four month drama of getting to their breeding grounds, finding a partner, building a nest, laying eggs, protecting them from predators and raising their young.

Highlights December 28 – January 3

KLRU Highlights

Follow 12 amateur bakers as they enter the competition tent for their first hurdle: cake on The Great British Baking Show Sunday at 7 pm.

Watch Downton Abbey Season 4, Part 8 Sunday at 8 pm and also this upcoming Saturday at 8 pm.

Then catch Downton Abbey Rediscovered Sunday at 10 pm that combine clips, interview bites, and behind-the scenes footage.

Antiques Roadshow Monday at 7 pm is taking inspiration from the furnishings and finery of the sprawling estates in popular period dramas such as “Downton Abby” and “Upstairs Downstairs” for its new special.

In another episode of Antiques Roadshow Monday at 8 pm, host Mark L. Walberg visits Phoenix’ Desert Botanical Garden with appraiser Don Creswell for a discussion of antique botanical artwork.

Hitmakers Monday and Thursday at 9 pm is an up-close look at the music industry’s resilience in the digital age, from the perspective of groundbreaking artists, music label mavericks and game-changing managers.

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey Monday at 10 pm follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey.

Every 12 years, tens of millions of men, women and children gather on the flood plain of the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers in Allahabad, India, for the world’s largest gathering for religious purposes on Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler Tuesday at 7 pm.

Again on Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler Tuesday at 8 pm, Feiler travels to Nigeria with a group of African-American pilgrims who are attending an annual festival in honor of the Yoruba goddess Osun.

Frontline Tuesday at 9 pm examines the period after the first revolt, tracing the development and impact of the Gospels and looking at the increasingly hostile relationship between the Christians and the Jews.

Continuing a broadcasting tradition, Live From the Lincoln Center Wednesday at 7 pm presents the annual New York Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve celebration concert.

Ring in the New Year with two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer, Michael Feinstein, and other celebrity performances on Michael Feinstein New Year’s Eve at the Rainbow Room Wednesday at 9 pm.

Bob Woodward, one of America’s most prominent investigative reporters and non-fiction writers, joins Evan Smith on Overheard Thursday at 7 pm.

The cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year at the opulent Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic continues on Great Performances Thursday at 7:30 pm.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Moyers and Company begin at 7 pm on Friday.

Music special, The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize Friday at 8 pm, honors singer-songwriter Billy Joel’s and Carole King’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Even if your garden isn’t Downton Abbey, most likely it has roots in English garden design. Find out why with from Dr. William C. Welch on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday. Jennifer and David Stocker built on childhood memories from across the pond when they designed their drought-tough garden on limestone. Find out why plants like peonies can’t make the move to the Southwest. Bring the garden indoors in low-care terrariums.

Austin City Limits Saturday at 7 pm showcases modern Americana with the Avett Brothers and Nickel Creek.

Q Night at the Movies December 27

KLRU Q - Night at the Movies

Classic stories and music come to life on KLRU-Q’s Night at the Movies this Saturday beginning at 7 pm.

First, on Arts In Context, the Miro Quartet performs music from popular composer Franz Schubert in front of a live studio audience. The quartet recreates the tradition of the “Shubertiad” in which groups of friends come together to explore new music for the first time. The Miro Quartet is an award winning and internationally performing professional classical string quartet based in Austin.

At 7:30 on On Story, the writers of re-imagined classics and popular franchises such as Ghost, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Twins and Snow White and the Huntsman deliberate how to keep stories fresh while remaining faithful to the original version. Accompanied by Spencer and Lloyd Harvey’s short film Jack & Jill, a fresh take on the classic nursery rhyme.

The evening’s feature from the All-Star Film Collection is Amadeus beginning at 8 pm. Aging Antonio Salieri (F. Murray Abraham), court composer in Vienna, confesses to his sins against the young genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Tom Hulce).

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

KLRU Q New Years Eve with Hardly Sound

KLRU Q celebrates the end of 2014 and the start of 2015 with Hardly Sound! Hardly Sound is a documentary series focused on Texas underground music and artists. The series features music but goes beyond the recording studio to tell the story of the band members with insight into the creative process.

Philippe Edison at 11 pm
Love, space travel, modesty and musical philosophy are all topics that Houston, Texas fusion artist Philippe Edison discusses in detail on the first episode of Season 3 of Hardly Sound. Edison’s anachronistic approach to his craft and to life in general make for some intriguing revelations and more importantly give a window to the creative development of his genre bending music.

Cross Record at 11:30 pm
Dan and Emily are natural people, ‘laid back’ if you will. Music for them is a tool for communication, not just between each other but with the world around them. The two have dreams to grow their own vegetables, have their own livestock, and simply live within the environment they exchange with.

Jazz Mills at midnight
An artist who is not only a performer but also a producer and mother. She sees a need for her art to be mutually beneficial and is content being part of the creative process whether she is in the spotlight or not.

News Briefs: First 10-1 election is history, & Volunteers send books to Texas inmates

KLRU News Briefs

On Saturday during PBS NewsHour, we have a rundown of Austin’s new 10-1 City Council. Most of the council races, plus the race for Austin Mayor, were forced to runoffs. Tuesday night was election night. The final makeup of the council will be:

Mayor: Steve Adler
District 1Ora Houston
District 2Delia Garza
District 3: Sabino “Pio” Renteria
District 4Greg Casar
District 5Ann Kitchen
District 6Don Zimmerman
District 7Leslie Pool
District 8: Ellen Troxclair
District 9: Kathie Tovo
District 10Sherri Gallo

Our Sunday story is about the Inside Books Project. Volunteers for Inside Books read letters from Texas inmates, in which the prisoners request certain books to be sent to them. Volunteers send the books back, along with a handwritten letter. There are more than 140,000 people incarcerated in Texas. You can watch that story in the video below.

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

 

Arts In Context Shorts: Light Night

This week Arts In Context Shorts explores the beauty of Waller Creek. On November 13, 2014, a small stretch of Waller Creek in downtown Austin, Texas was lit up with modern light installations created by five local architects and landscape designers.  These light pieces were designed to showcase the space’s potential, since soon a series of parks and connected trails will be developed in the location. Organized by the Waller Creek Conservancy and featuring live local music, the event drew strolling crowds to the walkways and various creekside businesses.

Science Night December 24

Every Wednesday on KLRU is Science Night. Don’t miss this week’s programming beginning at 7 pm!

Nature  The Himalayas
The Himalayan mountain system is the planet’s highest and home to the world’s highest peaks. Nature explores the diversity of wildlife and habitats of this mountain chain starring the mysterious snow leopard.

NOVA Building the Great Cathedrals at 8 pm


Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking 100 years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, an international team of engineers, architects, art historians and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and bell towers for clues to how the dream of these heavenly temples on earth came true. NOVA’s teams perform hands-on experiments to investigate and reveal the architectural secrets that the cathedral builders used to erect their soaring, glass-filled walls. This program reveals the hidden formulas, drawn from the pages of the Bible itself, that drove medieval builders ever upward.

 

NOVA  Great Cathedral Mystery at 9 pm

The Duomo in Florence is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. A team of U.S. master bricklayers help build a unique experimental “mini-Duomo” using period tools and techniques. Will it stay intact during the final precarious stages of closing over the top of the dome?