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.
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.
*** 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
** 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.