How do *you* keep creativity alive in Austin?

There are countless ways to support Austin’s creative sector. Attending opening night at a theater, playing in a band, taking an improv class. Creativity is what makes Austin unique…so what do *you* do that keeps creativity alive?

Tell us how you keep creativity alive in Austin. Make a quick video and upload it to YouTube. Tag it “CivicSummitCreativity” and your comments may be used in our upcoming broadcast.

Miró Quartet with Jorge Caballero in concert

Can’t get enough classical music in your life?

KLRU will be rebroadcasting Arts In Context: Jorge Caballero on August 2 at 7 pm. The episode features Peruvian classical guitarist Caballero, along with the Miró Quartet and the Classical Guitar Orchestra, performing their Modest Mussorgsky’s masterpiece suite “Pictures At An Exhibition” entitled “Austin Pictures.”

Caballero is the youngest musician and only guitarist to win the Naumberg International Competition, an award comparable to the Pulitzer, but for musicians. The Miró Quartet are currently the Faculty String Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Texas at Austin and one of America’s most important chamber music groups. The episode is an incredible showcase of impressive talent and musicianship and is not to be missed.

Jorge Caballero and the Miró Quartet will be performing perform live on Saturday, August 4th, at Dell Hall at The Long Center for the Performing Arts. They will reunite to perform a program of Mozart, Paganini, Bach, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Not only will you be captivated by the music, but the Alamo Drafthouse’s Beverage Manager, Bill Norris, will be concocting splendid cocktails – one for each member of the performing ensemble – in the Kodosky Lounge, beginning at 6 pm. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets and more information can be found at the Austin Classical Guitar’s web site.

Texas music history explored on Arts In Context 7/26

Texas music legends, including Will Sexton, Denny Freeman, Jimmie Vaughan and Billy F. Gibbons, talk about songwriter Bill Carter on KLRU’s Arts In Context.

Bill Carter and his wife Ruth Ellsworth have written some of the biggest hits by The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In addition to writing songs, Bill Carter & The Blame is a Texas supergroup with a rotating all-star lineup that has been performing Bill and Ruth’s songs for decades. Arts In Context combines Bill Carter & The Blame footage from a 2012 live performance in KLRU’s legendary Studio 6A with interviews of Bill, Ruth and a wide selection of the musicians and people they have worked with over the years.

Airing on KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, July 26 at 7:30 pm and July 29 at 1 pm, this episode features interviews with or appearances by Will Sexton, Denny Freeman, Dony Wynn, Johnny Depp, Jimmie Vaughan, Billy F. Gibbons, Chris Layton, Charlie Sexton, Cindy Cashdollar, Glover Gill, Andy Salmon, David Holt, Susan Antone, Wayne Nagel and Andy Langer.

The complete show will be available for viewing online at klru.org/artsincontext and through the PBS App after July 26th.

In the Studio: Arts In Context tapes Bill Carter 5/18

Arts In Context taping of Bill Carter and the Blame
DATE: Friday, May 18th
TIME: 8 pm (doors open at 7 pm)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A, original home to Austin City Limits (map)
RSVP now

Bill Carter has been writing songs and performing with his band The Blame for more than three decades. Bill’s hits cover a broad range from Stevie Ray Vaughan’s only No. 1 song “Crossfire” to The Fabulous Thunderbirds “Why Get Up.” Arts In Context brings together an historic line up including Denny Freeman, Will Sexton, Dony Wynn, Cindy Cashdollar, Andy Salmon, David Holt and Glover Gill to perform some of Carter’s most memorable songs. A special limited edition poster will be available for sale for $10. The poster is designed by Bill Perkins to commemorate this historic event. Proceeds benefit KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. Special thanks to Live Oak Brewery, Tito’s Vodka and Moonshine Sweet Tea.

In the Studio: Arts In Context The Relatives 2/11

Arts In Context
The Relatives with The Isaac Sisters
Date: Saturday, February 11
Time: Taping starts at 8 pm. Doors will open at 7 pm
Free but RSVP required. RSVP now

Formed in the early 1970s by the Rev. Gean and Tommy West, The Relatives’ cut three genre-bending singles during their decade-long run that were too freaky for the church and too righteous for R&B radio. Though pioneers of an utterly singular sound, the Relatives never made a splash outside of Dallas and have remained virtually unknown even among serious record collectors. But all of that is changing with recent performances at ACL Music Festival in 2010 and backing Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears on the PBS television series Austin City Limits last year. Joining them will be The Isaac Sisters in their very first television appearance.

In the Studio: Arts In Context Elle King 1/6

Arts In Context tapes a performance by up-and-coming singer Elle King.

Date: Friday, Jan. 6
Time: Taping starts at 8 pm. Doors will open at 7 pm
Location: KLRU’s Studio 6A
RSVP now

New York based singer/songwriter Elle King has a voice that sounds like Billie Holiday having a shot of whiskey with Johnny Cash. Born in Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, King blends those worlds of both grit and mid-western charm. On many “musicians to watch” lists for her blusey rock charms, King is an “incredible talent with a beautifully unique voice and simple yet effective song writing ability (Hollywood Is A Verb).” Sample her music on her website

Arts In Context: Tsang and Nel 10/6

The Austin American-Statesman calls cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Anton Nel “two of Austin’s busiest virtuosos,” and their newest live CD, featuring Brahms Sonatas for Cello and Four Hungarian Dances, is the latest chapter in their two-decade musical kinship. In this episode of Arts In Context, airing Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 pm; Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1:30 pm, the duo has selected some of their favorite pieces for cello/piano from Brahms, Boccherini, Grieg, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich.

Arts In Context: Dia de los Muertos 9/27

Discover the personal history and unique art of Dia de los Muertos through the stories of San Antonio artists who capture this rich cultural heritage. The Art of Dia de las Muertos airs 9/29 at 7:30 pm, 10/02 at 1:30 pm, 10/27 at 7:30 pm and 10/30 at 1:30 pm. To understand our present, Arts In Context explores the fabric of our past. Although the philosophy behind Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) began in the Mexican culture, now it crosses all cultures as a ceremony to remember and value the ones who led us to where we are today.

City of Austin Supports Arts In Context

The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division recently announced its funding allocations for the 2012 fiscal year.  KLRU was awarded $9,000 to support the creation of new Arts In Context specials. This represents an increase in funding from the first year of our contract, which granted our station $3,862.

Arts In Context is an original KLRU production which reflects the creative culture in our local community and explores the people and things which make our lives more interesting — from the biggest bands to the unsung heroes, from the celebrated auteur to the starving artist.  Shot in high-definition and edited to present the same kind of quality you have come to expect from PBS national productions, Arts In Context fosters new creativity and talent as a vibrant representation of the performing arts in Austin.

This initiative is a “win” four times over:  KLRU succeeds in fulfilling its mission to bring the magic of local arts productions to viewers; Austin-based arts organizations that partner with us gain exposure and build name-recognition; Austin’s reputation for thriving, creative culture is strengthened; and affiliate PBS stations gain access to new content.

We are thrilled to continue partnering with the City in this endeavor — thank you!

Susan and Richard Marcus Make Grant to KLRU

Susan and Richard Marcus have just made a $3,500 contribution to KLRU. The funds will be used to partially match an “Arts on Radio and Television” NEA grant which was awarded earlier this year.

Through this project, KLRU will re-master and distribute 8 new episodes of our award-winning arts series, Arts In Context. Each half-hour program will utilize content from the best of these original segments. The final result will be the creation of a nationally broadcast series incorporating the highest production values to present a diverse and engaging selection of artists and their work.

KLRU is proud to showcase the inspiration of Central Texas creatives and share their vision with the greater American public.