Koko & Mister Rogers

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Tune into KLRU tonight at 7pm and watch Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks.

This documentary is perfect for the whole family. Getting an in-depth look at Koko learning to communicate and connect with humans through sign language is incredibly powerful. With the help of her devoted teacher, Penny Patterson, this amazing animal truly built a bridge between our two species. The lessons we still learn from Koko about the threads that bind us all together are as important as ever.

Did you know that Koko is a huge Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood fan? The first time she met him, she sat down and took off his shoes—just like Mister Rogers did at the beginning of each of his shows. Koko even appeared on an episode in 1998!

To commemorate both Koko and Mister Rogers, we’re giving away a Sweater Changing Mister Rogers mug!

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win. 

To enter, just send us a picture of you or someone you know changing shoes. If you happen to be wearing a Mister Rogers type sweater while you do, all the better. 

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. Simply donate on the form below!

Winners will be notified December 16th!

Tell us what you’re watching and you could win this fab tote!

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Giveaway survey! KLRU is more than halfway through our Winter Fund Drive! And we’re interested to learn what you’ve been tuning in to see. Tonight Part Two of Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise airs. Maybe you caught Part One last Tuesday? Or perhaps another KLRU program grabbed your interest in the past week?

And don’t forget to look forward to the rest of the drive where we’ll be rolling out Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks, NOVA: Great Human Odyssey and Il Volo Notte Magica, just to name a few of our great primetime options.

Whatever programs you’re enjoying on KLRU, we would love to know! Tell KLRU what your favorite episode of this 2016 Winter Fund Drive has been and you’ll be entered to win a Retro PBS Tote Bag. You clearly love PBS… might as well show that pride as you go about your day!

Just comment with your Winter Fund Drive 2016 highlight(s) and you’ll be entered.

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Win Poldark Seasons 1 & 2! Perfect for cozy winter binge watching.

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The Season 2 closer of Poldark re-airs tonight! KLRU wants to make saying goodbye (for now!) to our tricorn-hat wearing hero a little easier… with a giveaway!

Two lucky winners will receive Poldark Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD or Blu-ray—winners’ choice. Add this PBS favorite to your video library and revisit Cornwall and all its sweeping imagery and adventure whenever you need an escape. What better way to fill the time as we wait for Season 3 to arrive?

Engage with us on social media or make a donation to #yourKLRU for a chance to win. Enter all 4 ways to increase your odds!

The characters of Poldark are experts at smoldering looks. Share a picture of you or someone you know doing their best 18th century drama face and you’ll be entered! 

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
OR
4. Simply donate on the form below!

All Aboard! Win a Family 4-pack of Tickets for Day Out with Thomas!

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Engage with KLRU for your chance to win a Family 4-pack of tickets to Day Out with Thomas this Fall! 

Based on the books by Reverend W. Awdry, the classic animated series of Thomas & Friends has entertained and sparked the imagination of children for generations. The adventures of Thomas and his friends, James, Percy, Emily, Henry, Gordon, and Sir Topham Hat, on the Island of Sodor demonstrate the values of cooperation, friendship, manners, and hard work.

What you could win: Day Out with Thomas gives a family of 4 the opportunity to ride a real train pulled by their favorite engine, Thomas! Kids can also meet Sir Topham Hat and enjoy live music, storytelling, a rock climbing wall, crafts and temporary tattoos. As an added bonus, a 54 piece Thomas Wooden Railway set is included for hours of imagination and memories of your special Day Out with Thomas.

How to enter: Post a photo across Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of you and/or your kids watching Thomas & Friends or playing with their favorite Thomas & Friends toy, costume or book. Tell us WHO their favorite character is from the show. Posting on all 3 social media platforms enters you in the drawing 3 times!

Note: On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter & Instagram, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru. And on email, be sure to Cc membership@klru.org.

Winner will be notified on September 6th!

Here’s your chance to see Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!

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Engage with KLRU to enter to win a pair of tickets to see Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! at the Long Center on October 16, 2016!

The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on KLRU. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! is sure to create a lasting memory for your family so make your contribution below to enter or engage with your community-supported PBS station the following ways to enter in for a chance to win a pair of tickets!

Here is how it works:
Post a video or photo across Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of you and/or your kiddos watching or interacting with Daniel Tiger. It can be a photo with favorite Daniel Tiger toy, book or even a screenshot of your favorite character and WHY Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is so special to you and your family!

Note: On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter & Instagram, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru. And on email, be sure to Cc membership@klru.org.

We’ll contact the winner on September 6th! 

Giveaway: Mariachi Vargas en Concierto on June 7th

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The world-renown, 115-year-old mariachi band Mariachi Vargas is inducting its sixth generation of members with a special performance at the Long Center in Austin on June 7th at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Long Center

Our friends at Mariachi Vargas have given KLRU a limited number of tickets to giveaway to our viewers. Email giveaways@klru.org by 9 am on May 30th. We will randomly choose three winners who will each receive two tickets to the performance.

Mariachi Vargas en Concierto captivates heart and soul with a live concert experience of Mexico’s finest music with El Mejor Mariachi del Mundo, and some Texas favorites! Mariachi Vargas is one of the world’s most influential and revered mariachi groups, and has been since 1898. There have since been five generations of musicians. It’s time to introduce the sixth generation of Mariachi Vargas under the direction of the new violinist, vocalist and director, Carlos Martínez, nephew of the previous director José “Pepe” Martínez.

The award-winning Austin area performers Mariachi Nueva Generación from Texas State University and the “Best Mariachi Vocalist in the U.S.” William “Carlton” Gálvez from Kyle, Texas will start off the concert. A special guest appearance of the 11-year-old singing prodigy Angélica Vargas will launch her first recording for her self-titled CD.

Giveaway: Paul Byrom tickets

Paul Byrom, one of the original soloists in Celtic Thunder, will be performing live in Austin on Feb. 20th. Our friends at One World Theater have given us a limited number of tickets for our viewers! Email giveaways@klru.org by 5 pm Monday, Feb. 10th.  Winners will be notified by email and will receive two tickets to the concert (dinner is not included). We’ll choose winners at random.

Paul Byrom at One World Theater Feb. 20th at 7 pm. Tickets for dinner and the concert are available for purchase now.
Paul Byrom is often hailed as one of Ireland’s premier tenors. From an early age, his special vocal talent brought him to the attention of music coaches and talent spotters. Byrom’s talent as a tenor has taken him far and wide since he became a professional singer at the age of 12 when cast in his first opera with the National Concert Orchestra of Ireland. He recorded his first album The Golden Voice as a boy soprano at 14. His second release, entitled Velvet reached number two in the Irish music charts and Byrom became one of the original soloists in the show Celtic Thunder. Fans call Byrom “The Swanky Tenor” for his suave and romantic style in performing, which is stamped on such numbers as “Remember Me, Recuerde Me” and “She.” His I’ll Be Home for Christmas charted in the Classical Billboard Charts. His latest album This Is the Momentdebuted at number one on the World Billboard Charts and he was named Irish Tenor of the Year by the Irish Music Association in 2010.

Celebrate New Year’s with KLRU

It’s a KLRU and PBS tradition to show Great Performances From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2014 on New Year’s Day. This year, we’ve partnered with the Long Center to provide you a unique experience!

The Long Center will present a live concert on January 5th of Salute to Vienna. Tickets are on sale now! The Long Center has given KLRU a few passes to offer our members and viewers. Email giveaways@klru.org. On Dec. 27th, we will randomly choose winners to get two passes each to the event. Winners will be contacted via email.

Great Performances From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2014 January 1 at 7 pm
Great Performances continues the cherished tradition of ringing in the New Year with the Vienna Philharmonic at the opulent Musikverein, under the baton of guest conductor Daniel Barenboim and featuring everyone’s favorite Strauss Family waltzes accompanied by the beautiful dancing of the Vienna City Ballet. In addition to the Musikverein concert setting, the program features a picturesque range of Vienna landmarks. Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns as host.

Salute to Vienna at the Long Center January 5th at 2:30 pm Buy tickets now
Salute to Vienna celebrates 19 years of New Year’s tradition, rounding off the holiday season with its famous simultaneous concert series. The Long Center’s performance this year will be Austin’s premiere of the show. It will feature the Strauss Symphony of America conducted by Viennese conductor Alexander Steinitz, along with soprano Iva Mihanovic and tenor Valeriy Serkin. Dancers will include International Champion Ballroom Dancers and dancers from the Europaballett–St. Pölten (Austria).

 

KLRU presale for Rodriguez

Sixto Rodriguez, the folk musician at the center of the Oscar-winning documentary “Searching for Sugar Man,” will perform at The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center for one night only Saturday, May 4. Our partners at the Frank Erwin Center have offered KLRU viewers a special presale starting now until Sunday, March 3, at 10 pm. Just enter the code, KLRU, at the Texas Box Office link There is an 8 ticket limit.

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Sat. May 4
The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center
TexasBoxOffice.com Enter the code, KLRU

Rodriguez was discovered in the late 1960s. In 1970, Rodriguez released his debut album “Cold Fact” followed by “Coming from Reality” in 1971. Both received little reception in the U.S., and Rodriguez decided to retire from music and settle down in Detroit. Unbeknownst to him, Rodriguez had become an icon in South Africa. Four decades later, the talented singer-songwriter is captivating audiences worldwide with his story and his music through the documentary “Searching for Sugar Man.” The hype from the film has revitalized Rodriguez’s music career, sending him on a worldwide tour, including the stop in Austin!

Giveaway: Black Watch at Erwin Center 2/21

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The Black Watch and Band of Scots Guards will perform live in Austin on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 8 pm at the Frank Erwin Center. Our friends at the Frank Erwin Center have given KLRU tickets to this show to share with our members and fans. Post a comment on this blog post by February 15th and we’ll choose winners to receive two tickets each.

The Black Watch and Band of Scots Guards
Feb. 21 at 8 pm at Frank Erwin Center

British military tradition will come to life when the “British Isles of Wonder” featuring the legendary sounds of the Band of the Scots Guards and The Pipes, Drums, Highland Dancers of The Black Watch 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiments of Scotlandperform at the Frank Erwin Center Feb. 21! Together, The Black Watch and the Band of the Scots Guard will celebrate the music of Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales with traditional marches, drums, bagpipes, pageantry, dancing and more. The Band of the Scots Guards and The Black Watch have inspired British troops and entertained audiences for more than three centuries. The accomplished musicians are iconic images of Great Britain, and travel around the world to showcase their talent and represent the best of the British.

You can buy tickets at the Texas Box Office