Giveaway: 40 Hour Film Fest 9/24

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Our friends at The 48 Hour Film Project are hosting a best of screening on Monday, Sept. 24, at the Long Center at 7 pm.  At this screening they will announce the winners of the 48 Hour Film Project which has filmmaking teams create a short film in just 48 hours. They’ve given us a few pair of tickets to give to our fans, just post a comment by noon Friday, Sept. 21. Or you can buy tickets online

About the 48 Hour Film Project:
The 48 Hour Film Project’s mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. Through its festival/competition, the Project encourages filmmakers and would-be filmmakers to get out there and make movies. The tight deadline of 48 hours puts the focus squarely on the filmmakers—emphasizing creativity and teamwork skills. While the time limit places an unusual restriction on the filmmakers, it is also liberating by putting an emphasis on “doing” instead of “talking.”

Giveaway: Texas Tribune Festival 9/21-9/23

Our friends at the Texas Tribune present the second annual  Texas Tribune Festival Sept. 21 to 23 featuring PBS’s Gwen Ifil and many others. The Tribune has given us a pair of tickets to give to our fans.

Post a comment below about your favorite public affairs program on KLRU. We’ll randomly pick the one person to receive two tickets. Post your comment by noon Thursday, Sept. 20. You can buy tickets on the festival site

About the Festival:
Texas Tribune Festival, a full weekend of debate, discussion and dialogue featuring some of the biggest names in the world of politics and public policy, including chairs of major committees in the Texas House and Senate on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Among the festival’s confirmed participants — more than 120 as of this writing — are a range of federal and state elected officials, public policy professionals, issue activists and advocates, leaders from academia, and more. They include Gov. Rick Perry; Texas House Speaker Joe Straus; Attorney General Greg Abbott; San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro appearing alongside Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Ted Cruz; Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples; former gubernatorial candidate and We Texans executive director Debra Medina; Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins; Kyle Janek, incoming executive commissioner of health and human services; criminal defense lawyer Rusty Hardin; Donna Nelson, chairwoman of the Public Utility Commission; U.S. Reps. Henry Cuellar and Blake Farenthold; Renu Khator, chancellor of the University of Houston System; Al Armendariz, former regional Environmental Protection Agency administrator; and Gwen Ifill, moderator of Washington Week and PBS NewsHour senior correspondent.

In addition, seven celebrated Texans will speak at exclusive, intimate breakfasts on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 23. They include Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus, R-San Antonio; state Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon; state Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, the chairwoman of the House Public Health Committee; and congressional candidate Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso.

Giveaway: Yanni 8/17 at Bass Concert Hall

UPDATE: Giveaway is now over. Congratulations to our winners

KLRU will air Yanni Live at El Moro Thursday, August 9th, at 9 pm. Yanni will perform live in Austin on Friday, August 17, at 8 pm at the Bass Concert Hall. Our friends at Texas Performing Arts have given KLRU tickets to this show to share with our members and fans. Post a comment on this blog post by August 14th and we’ll choose winners to receive two tickets each.

AN EVENING WITH YANNI
Friday, August 17, 2012, 8:00 pm
Bass Concert Hall
His concerts are legendary. His live shows have amazed millions on every continent in the world. After an extensive World Tour, Yanni returns to the USA and Canada with an all new show. Yanni as you know him best, performing his instrumental hits from the shows that have become famous around the world. Fans will witness Yanni and his world class musicians as they take the stage to perform his greatest instrumental hits made famous in his shows from The Acropolis in Greece, The Taj Mahal in India, The Forbidden City in China and The Royal Albert Hall in England.

Giveaway: Max Raabe 2/26

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winners! All winners have been contacted by email

KLRU will air Max Raabe and The Palast Orchester: Tonight or Never Sunday, Feb. 19, at 5 pm. Raabe will perform live in Austin on Sunday, February 26, at 7 pm at the Bass Concert Hall. Our friends at Texas Performing Arts have given KLRU tickets to this show to share with our members and fans. Post a comment on this blog post by Feb. 20th and we’ll choose winners to receive two tickets each.

Berlin Nocturne
Sunday, February 26, at 7 pm
at the Bass Concert Hall
Buy tickets now

Step into the streets of nocturnal Berlin with charismatic German cabaret crooner Max Raabe and his 12-piece big band ensemble Palast Orchester. Since 1986, Raabe and Palast Orchester have transported audiences to Berlin’s Weimar-era cabaret scene of the 1920s and early ’30s with nostalgic renditions of Cole Porter and George Gershwin—and cabaret-style parodies of Britney Spears and Tom Jones. The evening is filled with romantic melodies such as “Leben ohne Liebe kannst du nicht” ( “You Can’t Live Without Love”), big band arrangements of standards like “Amapola”, and a variety of classics like “Sie Sind mir so sympathisch” (“I Find You So Sympatico”). Slick, nostalgic, and unmistakably modern, their performances are executed with uncanny precision, drama, and humor.

Max Raabe and The Palast Orchester: Tonight or Never
Sunday, Feb. 19, at 5 pm on KLRU

The music of Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester speaks for itself. For the most part, the songs were written during the en dof the Weimar Republic, and during this experimental and contradictory time composers such as Friedrich Hollaender, Kurt Weill, Walter Jurmann and many others penned their melodies.

It's perfect weather for #whyKLRU

Did you enjoy the rainy day yesterday by staying inside and turning on KLRU? If so, you would have caught the incredible Andrea Bocelli all-star concert in Central Park and the encore presentation of the first episode of Downton Abbey – you can always count on KLRU for quality programming, enriching our lives with the finest in arts and culture.

Your on-air KLRU personalities during Downton Abbey: Linda, Jesse and Betsy

We heard from so many of you this weekend and thanks to you we raised $75,995 towards our goal of $240,000 – if you gave a gift this weekend, THANK YOU!

If you’ve been waiting to make your gift this pledge drive, you might be interested in what we have coming up tonight on KLRU – we’ll be live in the studio during Antiques Roadshow with the final opportunity to get your tickets to the 2012 KLRU Antiques Appraisal Fair! If you haven’t secured your place yet at this fun event, you can donate now or call in tonight to do so!

Don’t forget to comment on any of our blog, Facebook or Twitter posts for a chance to win a KLRU t-shirt prize package! Comment often! #whyKLRU

Giveaway: Austin Film Festival

KLRU has a commitment to presenting the arts to Austin. As part of this commitment we team up with local arts organizations to bring you television programs like Arts In Context and online arts features on KLRU Collective. We also bring you the best of performance art from PBS with Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center.

Today, we’re teaming up with the Austin Film Festival, who producers our KLRU-Q series On Story, to bring you a chance to attend the 2011 Festival. For your chance to get a pair of Film Pass level tickets, just leave a comment about your favorite film experience by noon, Thursday, Oct. 13th. Film Pass recipients will be chosen at random from those who leave comments.

You can buy tickets now at austinfilmfestival.com

The 2011 Film Pass provides access to eight days of film screenings in Austin during the 18th annual Austin Film Festival (October 20-27, 2011) – including world, U.S. and regional premiere films, both in and out of competition. Also access to the priority Film Pass line, admitted ahead of individual ticket-holders at all venues. Please read more about the Film Pass level on the Austin Film Festival’s website

Giveaway Michael Feinstein 9/8

KLRU has a commitment to presenting the arts to Austin. As part of this commitment we team up with local arts organizations to bring you television programs like Arts In Context and online arts features on KLRU Collective. We also bring you the best of performance art from PBS with Great Performances and Live from Lincoln Center.

Today, we’re teaming up with Texas Performing Arts to bring you tickets to a live performance from Michael Feinstein on Thursday, September 8, at 8 pm at Bass Concert Hall. Post a comment below about your favorite arts program on KLRU and PBS and you’ll be entered to win tickets. We will let winners know on Friday, Sept. 2. Buy tickets now at texasperformingarts.org


Michael Feinstein—long a champion of the Great American Songbook—opens Texas Performing Arts’ 30th anniversary season by paying tribute to the ultimate interpreter of song, Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. The Sinatra Project is an evening based on Feinstein’s hit album of the same title. Backed by a 17-piece big band, Feinstein focuses on songs written for Sinatra that were never recorded during his golden years at Capitol Records, and includes classics such as Begin the Beguine, Under My Skin, Fools Rush In, I’ve Got a Crush on You, and many more. “For years I’ve had the desire to celebrate Sinatra’s musical sensibilities, but had no desire to copy the classic songs that he rendered better than anyone else. I wanted to explore his style of singing and his style of music,” says Feinstein.

Ticket giveaway: Thomas & Friends 6/1

Contest is now over. Congratulations to our winners! Winners will receive an email with details about how to pick up their tickets.

Thomas & Friends are coming to Austin and The Long Center has given KLRU some tickets to give to our viewers. Post a comment on this blog entry for your opportunity to get four tickets to the 7 p.m. show on Wednesday, June 1. We will randomly choose winners on Tuesday, May 31.

Tickets are available for purchase on the Long Center website thelongcenter.org

Thomas Saves the Day
Wednesday, June 1 at 7:00PM
Thursday, June 2 at 10:30AM and 7:00PM
PEEP PEEP! Climb on board with Thomas & Friends for the most spectacular live show of the year! THOMAS & FRIENDS™ Live! On Stage in “Thomas Saves the Day” is a story for the whole family, teaching life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. Join Thomas, Percy, Sir Topham Hatt and friends as they work together to save the Magic Lantern Festival, embarking upon fun and adventure on the magical island of Sodor.