Contemporary Austin’s Five x Seven event 2/26

Our friends at The Contemporary Austin are hosting the annual Five x Seven event on Feb. 26th at Brazos Hall. Purchase tickets and get more details on The Contemporary Austin’s website

The Contemporary Austin’s Five x Seven art sale, featuring over 600 original works of art by Texas artists, all hung anonymously and all within the dimensions of 5×7 inches. The event features live music, bites and beverages from Austin’s favorite establishments, exciting new artwork, and great conversations. The Five x Seven Silent Auction features works by past and current Contemporary Austin exhibiting artists Orly GengerTom SachsDo Ho Suh and more.

Tickets are $150 for the event and afterparty or $50 for the after party only. Purchase tickets now

For the Sake of the Song screening 10/5

DATE: Friday, October 5
TIME: 7 pm
RSVP: Please RSVP by Sept. 28, 2012, to or 512.495.4609

The Briscoe Center invites you to attend a screening of For the Sake of the Song, followed by a special musical performance, on Oct. 5, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the KLRU studio.

For the Sake of the Song is an award-winning documentary about Anderson Fair, the legendary Houston music venue that has cultivated some of the most notable songwriters and performers in America. Co-sponsored by the Briscoe Center, the film documents the story behind one the oldest folk and acoustic music venues in continuous operation in the United States.

The event concludes with a special musical performance by award-winning artists featured in the film.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Verizon Foundation Supports PBS Kids Raising Readers at KLRU

Photo, from left to right: Maury Sullivan, KLRU’s VP of Community Engagement; Bill Stotesbery, KLRU’s CEO and President; Carl E. Erhart, Verizon’s President [Southwest Region]; Helen Soto Knaggs, Verizon’s Director of External Affairs

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, Announces $15,000 Grant from Verizon Foundation

Grant to support PBS Raising Readers, a project to help teach literacy using public media in our schools

KLRU announced today that it has received a $15,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation in support of local implementation of the PBS Kids Raising Readers program, a national partnership with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that surrounds children ages 2 to 8 with research-based literacy content.   Funded by a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education, from 2005 to 2010 Raising Readers developed an innovative blend of media across all platforms – TV, online, mobile, and more – and related community engagement activities designed to help young children learn to read.

“KLRU is first and foremost, an educational organization,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO and GM of KLRU. “Through the generosity of the Verizon Foundation and other foundations we are able to help bridge the gap for young children entering school, using PBS’ award-winning programs such as Super Why and Between the Lions.”

Raising Readers helps empower parents and caregivers to create language–rich environments by teaching strategies that build early literacy skills anytime, anywhere – strategies that incorporate PBS children’s media.  In Central Texas, KLRU’s workshops assist low-income families with children between the from birth to eight-years-old, some of whom have English as a second language at home.  In the 2010-11 school year, the program is partnering with educational nonprofits and Austin-area schools to serve thousands of parents, caregivers and children through workshops and events.

“Providing educational resources to help students develop a strong foundation for success in the classroom is a key priority for the Verizon Foundation,” said Carl E. Erhart, Central Region President for Verizon Communications.  “We are proud to support initiatives such as KLRU’s Raising Readers and the effort to help Austin-area school districts develop young minds.’’

For Once In My Life screening 1/4

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for free Community Cinema screenings on the first Tuesday of the month at the Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr,). Screenings will start at 7 p.m. with a discussion to follow each of the films. The next screening will be For Once In My Life on January 4th.

For Once In My Life
The story of an inspiring group of people and their dream to make music. This film follows the members of the Spirit of Goodwill Band, twenty-eight musicians and singers who all have severe mental and/or physical disabilities.

Fiestas Patria

Fiestas Patria, originally uploaded by KLRU-TV.

KLRU staff and AmeriCorps volunteers handed out over 500 books to children while Mia and Miguel entertained the crowd at the annual Fiestas Patrias ponsored by Univision at the Travis County Expo Center on Sunday, Sept. 13. Click on the image for more photos from the event.