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.

Antiques Roadshow event

This Monday, KLRU is offering a chance for two lucky fans to get their jewelry appraised by local appraiser Ralph Mothnar live on KLRU during Antiques Roadshow.

Have a piece of your Grandmother’s jewelry you’re curious about? Maybe a piece of fine jewelry or a watch that you want to know more about? Mr. Mothnar will give you background information about your item and a dollar value if possible.

Enter your name and email address and we will choose two lucky Antiques Roadshow fans at noon Friday, June 4. You must be able to come to the KLRU studios on Monday, June 7, from 5:30-8:30pm and be willing to appear on live television. Enter here

In the studio: Sally Ride 5/25

Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for a conversation with astronaut and science advocate Sally Ride on Tuesday, May 25. Taping starts promptly at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. RSVP here

Ride was selected as an astronaut candidate in 1978, the same year she received a doctorate in physics from Stanford University.  Five years later, she joined a mission on the shuttle Challenger, becoming the first American woman to fly in space.  After a long career with NASA, Ride joined the University of California at San Diego as a professor and the director of the University of California’s Space Institute.  But Ride’s most enduring passion involves passing along her love of science to young people – especially young women and girls. She has written six science books for children and founded Sally Ride Science to motivate young women to pursue careers in science, math and technology.

RSVP here

In the studio: Gwen Ifill 5/18

Join  KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for an interview with Gwen Ifill who is in Texas to participate in the national PBS conference.  The taping will take place on May 18 at 4 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. This event is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP here

Ifill fills two major roles at PBS: moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and as senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour.  That puts her at the center of political journalism in the US, with a close-up view of what’s happening in Washington.  Ifill has gained her political knowledge covering six presidential campaigns for both television and print media.  She has also moderated two vice presidential debates, including the 2008 between Sarah Palin and Joe Biden. Ifill’s best-selling book, The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama, was published last year.

In the Studio: Texas Monthly Talks with Jake Silverstein 3/26

Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks on Friday, March 26, at 10 a.m. for a conversation with Jake Silverstein, Editor of TEXAS MONTHLY and author of a new book, Nothing Happened and Then it Did: A Chronicle in Fact and Fiction. RSVP here. Silverstein was previously a reporter at the Big Bend Sentinel in Marfa and a 2002 Fulbright Scholar in Zacatecas, Mexico. He is a Contributing Editor to Harper‘s magazine and an essay for that magazine earned him the 2007 PEN/USA Journalism Award. He joined TEXAS MONTHLY as a Senior Editor in 2006 and was named Editor in 2008.

Taping starts promptly at 10a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.
RSVP here.

In the studio: Texas Music Extravaganza event 3/13

On March 13th, a cast of celebrated Texas musicians including Raul Malo, Augie Myers, Shawn Sahm and more will join together for the broadcast of Texas Music Extravaganza. Against the backdrop of the famous the Austin City Limits studio, these musicians will play for the studio and broadcast audiences. RSVP here

Our studio audience will be featured as part of this live broadcast to all KLRU viewers. Those in the studio will also have the opportunity to get signed copies of the CDs and books available as membership thank you gifts. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the live broadcast event begins at 7 p.m. We ask that all studio audience members be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. RSVP here

About Texas Music Extravaganza:
The extraordinary impact of some of South Texas’ most celebrated musicians is the focus of this documentary musical journey. Filmed in High Definition, the Texas Music Extravaganza includes performances from a pivotal concert on Aug. 27, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas that featured alumni of the Sir Douglas Quintet and Texas Tornados with Augie Meyers, Flaco Jimenez, Shawn Sahm, Jack Barber, Ernie Durawa and others.

In the Studio: Halperin and Heilemann on Texas Monthly Talks

Join Evan Smith and KLRU’s Texas Monthly Talks for a conversation with political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin on Friday, March 5, at 10:15 a.m.  RSVP now

Halperin and Heilemann know as much about American politics as anyone. And they share their insights and inside knowledge with a wide audience through Heilemann’s work for New York magazine and Halperin’s with Time and the political blog, The Page. They’ve co-authored the bestselling book, Game Change, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 presidential election.

RSVP now Taping starts promptly at 10:15 a.m. Doors open at 9:45 a.m.

In the studio: Two of Austin's "Busiest Virtuosos" perform for In Context

As part of KLRU’s commitment to presenting local art to Central Texas, In Context will tape a performance by two notable musicians and we’d like for you to join us as part of the studio audience on Feb 22. RSVP here

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.

To celebrate this new CD, available on Feb. 23 from Artek Recordings, Bion and Anton will be taping a performance for KLRU’s In Context on Monday, Feb 22, at KLRU’s Austin City Limits studio. The duo has selected some of their favorite pieces for cello/piano from Brahms, Boccherini, Grieg, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich.

Taping Details:
RSVP here

Monday, February 22
KLRU Studio 6A
(Austin City Limits Studio)
Taping starts promptly at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)
The audience is invited to a reception immediately following the performance.


In the studio: TMT tapings with Meacham, Castro & Brancaccio

KLRU will be taping several episodes of Texas Monthly Talks in February. Come be part of the live studio audience for this award winning statewide series. Each taping features an interview with the guest and then a short audience q&a. Please RSVP for each taping you’d like to attend. All tapings take place in KLRU’s Austin City Limits Studio 6A.

Newsweek editor Jon Meacham 2/8 at 2:45 p.m. RSVP Here
Meacham’s interests and expertise reach across a broad range of American culture: political history, foreign affairs, the Civil Rights movement and the role of religion in American history and contemporary society. Meacham is in Austin as part of The University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs Center for Politics and Governance Perspectives Series. Taping starts promptly at 2:45 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m. RSVP Here

David Brancaccio 2/16 at 10:30 a.m. RSVP Here
Brancaccio is host and senior editor of NOW on PBS, public television’s award-winning newsmagazine of investigative reporting and in-depth interviews. Among his beats: politics, human rights, national security, the environment, health care, and science policy. Taping starts promptly at 10:30 a.m. Doors open at 10 a.m. RSVP Here

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro 2/17 at 10:15 a.m. RSVP here
Castro took office just eight months ago after taking 56 percent of the vote in a nine-way race. At 35 years old, he’s the youngest mayor in any of the 50 largest U.S. cities but he’s already nine years into a political career that to many seemed almost inevitable. Taping starts promptly at 10:15 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. RSVP here