KLRU announces iPad giveaway!

As an extra-special thank you during our December drive, KLRU will be giving away 2 iPads! Every gift made between November 26 and December 12 will automatically be entered to win – so give now and give often!

Through your support, KLRU is serve our community with countless hours of quality television and services that go beyond TV to inform, educate and entertain everyone in Central Texas.

Give online or call 866-910-KLRU for your chance to win!

We sincerely appreciate your generosity, but if you would like to enter the giveaway without making a gift at this time, please click here

Barney Live and Sesame Street Live ticket giveaway

Show your support for KLRU Kids programming and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win two (2) tickets to Barney Live in Concert – Birthday Bash on January 20th AND two (2) tickets to see a Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Healthy Heroes show between February 17th and Sunday, February 20th. Show your support now to enter the drawing, here Ticket recipients will be chosen on December 13.


Barney Live in Concert – Birthday Bash!
The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tickets on-sale online at TexasBoxOffice.com

Celebrate with Barney at his birthday party! This new interactive, live stage concert, features more than 25 fun and upbeat tunes, including favorites such as “Mr. Knickerbocker,” “Dino Dance,” “Baby Bop Hop,” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” You’ll be singing and dancing in the aisles with your favorite purple dinosaur and his friends. It’s a fun filled show all about sharing, caring and friendship.

Sesame Street Live “Elmo’s Healthy Heroes”
The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center
Thursday, February 17 – Sunday, February 20, 2011
Tickets on-sale Monday, December 13, 2010 at the box office and online at TexasBoxOffice.com

When Super Grover loses his superness, Sesame Street needs a hero! Never fear, Elmo and his team of Healthy Heroes are here. Teaching lessons of healthy habits through song and dance, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and your favorite Sesame Street friends will explore exercise, nutrition, sleep/energy and hygiene – all in a quest to put the “super” back in Super Grover. It’s Elmo’s Healthy Heroes to the rescue!

Enter to win two tickets without making a donation here

Ticket Giveaway: Botanica 10/28 & 29

***UPDATE: Ticket giveaway is now over. Congratulations to our winners!***

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 programs like In Context: Ballet Austin Hamlet and Conspirare: A Company of Voices. 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 by revolutionary dance company MOMIX. Enter here to win a pair of tickets to the October 29 show at the Bass Concert Hall. You can buy tickets to either the October 28 or October 29 performance at the Texas Performing Arts website.

In this highly anticipated Austin appearance, MOMIX brings its breathtaking fantasy piece Botanica to the Bass Concert Hall stage for two incredible evenings. Legendary choreographer Moses Pendleton combines athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props, and pure talent to create an unforgettable multimedia experience.

Botanica transports you to a fantasy world of surreal images and childlike wonder brought to life by a cast of dancer-illusionists. Set to an eclectic score that ranges from birdsong to Vivaldi, Botanica reveals nature’s changing imagery in MOMIX’s signature illusionary style. Using large-scale puppets, projected imagery, and larger-than-life props designed by Michael Curry (The Lion King), MOMIX evokes a vivid landscape populated by Pendleton’s whimsical, fertile, and mythical imagination.

Curious George Live! ticket giveaway

Curious George, the irrepressible little monkey who has captured children’s hearts for generations, jumps into action when he takes the stage in the inaugural tour of Curious George Live! Curious George swings onto the stage at The Theatre at the Frank Erwin Center from Friday, October 8 through Sunday, October 10. Tickets for all five performances are on sale now.

The Erwin Center has given KLRU a limited number of tickets to give to our fans. The tickets are for the 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, performance. Winners will receive two tickets to the show. Enter here by October 3 and we will randomly choose ticket winners on Oct. 4.

Showtimes:
Friday, October 8 7PM
Saturday, October 9 11AM & 3PM
Sunday , October 10 1PM & 5P

State Board of Education Candidates Forum 9/28


KLRU and the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area Education Fund and  will co-sponsor a public forum for the State Board of Education candidates for District 5.  The forum will be taped on Tuesday, September 28, and the public is invited to be present for the live taping in KLRU’s Studio 6A.

The taping will being at 7 pm and doors will open at 6:30 pm.
Please RSVP here

This episode of KLRU’s Civic Summit will air on Thursday, October 7, on KLRU. The audience question and answer will be online at klru.org. Civic Summit is KLRU’s program for discourse on public affairs issues and includes candidate debates and forums such as this one.

Giveaway: Texas Folklife event 9/30

KLRU will air Los Lonely Boys Cottonfields and Crossroads, an award-winning documentary on the Texas band, at 8 pm Thursday followed by Big Squeeze, on Texas accordion music, at 9:30 p.m. Both of these films are directed by Austin filmmaker Hector Galan.

In honor of this special night of Texas music, Texas Folklife has given KLRU two tickets to their Sept. 30th gala event to give out to a lucky viewer. This event features Hector Galan and Keyun Dickson, who is featured in Big Squeeze. Post a comment below or on our Facebook page about your favorite Texas music below and we will randomly choose a winner to receive tickets to this special event. Post your comment before 10 am on Friday, Sept. 17.

Texas Folklife, a statewide organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State, presents their 25th anniversary gala event: Texas Roots: 25th Anniversary Party & Star of Texas Folklife Awards celebrating a quarter century of folklife and honoring three Texas music icons. The first-ever Star of Texas Folklife honorees will be Santiago Jimenez, Jr. (Conjunto accordionist from San Antonio), Johnny Gimble (Western swing fiddle player from east Texas), and Barbara Lynn (R&B guitarist, “The Empress of Gulf Coast Soul” from Beaumont).

The gala takes place Sept. 30 from 6:30 to 10 pm at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. Tickets can be purchased at texasfolklife.org

This memorable and singular night of live music, dancing, food, drink, tall tales (and a few surprises) will be emceed by documentarian Hector Galán and proceedings will feature NPR correspondent John Burnett as auctioneer as well as acclaimed writer Sarah Bird, who will reflect on the pleasures and absurdities of being Texan. “Big squeeze” winner, 18 yr old zydeco accordion genius Keyun Dickson, will perform and The Guy Forsyth Band will headline. Civil servant Gus Garcia as well as musicians Ray Benson and Marcia Ball will present the awards at this unique, limited-capacity gala event. The evening will be dedicated to the artists, musicians, writers, and scholars who have contributed so much to Texas Folklife over the last 25 years—many in attendance as special guests.

Ticket giveaway: Texas Tribune Tribcast 9/14

Join KLRU in the studio for a live recording of The Texas Tribune’s weekly state politics podcast called the TribCast. The event takes place on September 14 from 6 to 8 pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Enter here for your chance to get two tickets to this event. Enter by noon on Friday .

Timely talk with distinctly Texas flavor, the weekly political podcast features Tribune CEO Evan Smith, Managing Editor Ross Ramsey and political reporter Elise Hu as well as KUT-FM’s Ben Philpott. It’s a provocative weekly skirmish over the latest in Texas politics, policy and pop culture.

The event will feature light refreshments provided by FRANK and drinks by Live Oak Brewery. The recording of the TribCast will be followed by a 30 minute audience q&a.

Ticket giveaway: Jean Piche 9/9

*** UPDATE: Giveaway is over. Congratulations to Autumn! ***

Texas Performing Arts and KLRU invite you to push the envelope of new music with pioneering composer and video artist Jean Piché on Thursday, September 9, at 8 pm at McCullough Theatre. You can buy tickets online or enter to win two passes to the event HERE. Submit your name and email address before noon on Wednesday. Winner will be notified by email.

Since the early 1970s, Jean Piché was one of the first composers to employ emerging digital audio technologies in a cycle of fixed media works acknowledged as seminal to the form. His works cross every genre of electro-acoustics but now center on video-music in which electronic visuals become an extension of musical discourse. His work aims for poetic expression beyond any avowed formalism, while alternately described as confounding, colorful and virtuosic.

“Like pure musique-concrète in which all the sounds emerge from recordings of the real world, Piché‘s stunning visual images are derived from the rich movement and color from his unique video recordings. The three screen projections synchronized with his very original musical style are stunning and totally captivating. I believe that his video-music is indeed a new and very powerful genre,” wrote Bruce Pennycook, UT Butler School of Music professor in Composition

New web music series tapes Quiet Company, announces release schedule

** Update: RSVPs are at capacity. We’ll have information about future tapings on the blog as they occur. *

ACL Presents Satellite Sets is a new web music series produced by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, the station responsible for the iconic PBS series Austin City Limits. Like its forerunner, ACL Presents Satellite Sets features intimate performances by bands from all genres. The web series also features interviews by the performers about their songs and creative inspiration.

Austin’s Quiet Company will tape a performance for Satellite Sets on Friday, August 13, at 7:30 p.m. The taping is free but an RSVP is required to ensure admission. RSVP at klru.org/satellitesets Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the taping will take place in KLRU’s studio 6A.

The show’s website will soon feature song and interview clips of Sarah Jaffe on 8/13 and Brazos on 8/20. Other bands coming up on the site include Lost in the Trees, David Garza and Leatherbag. The Quiet Company performance will also be available this fall.

Tell us your favorite art show and win TPA tickets

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 programs like In Context: Ballet Austin Hamlet and Conspirare: A Company of Voices. 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 event. Texas Performing Arts just announced their 2010-2011 season and you will get a pair of tickets to one event of your choice. All you have to do is post your favorite KLRU arts program between now and 5 p.m. and we will randomly choose a winner. Be sure to check out Texas Performing Arts full lineup online at texasperformingarts.org. You can purchase a series subscription to get tickets to all events.