Pumpkins appear on doorsteps. Large bags of candy disappear from grocery stores. Werewolves, witches and mummies walk around downtown Austin. The spookiest time of the year is coming up – Halloween.
Celebrate the holiday and the week leading up to it with mysterious, thrilling special programming on KLRU-Q. Here’s their schedule of special programming:
Sunday – Strange and Unusual
Ever wonder how much money you get for breaking a Guinness World Record? The answer is … none! So why do competitors do it? That’s the central question in the award-winning documentary Breaking and Entering at 6 p.m. The documentary was hailed by the New York Times as “a brisk and absorbing tour of the human ego.”
Then, explore how Robert Ripley’s obsession with the odd made him one of the richest men in America at 7 p.m. on Ripley: Believe It Or Not: American Experience. Over three decades, his Believe It or Not franchise grew into an entertainment empire, and the eccentric, globetrotting playboy became an unlikely national celebrity.
At 8 p.m., Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice journeys into the world of modern magic and the small circle of eccentrics who were its perpetual devotees. Told largely in Jay’s own voice, Deceptive Practice traces the story of his achievements, from his early apprenticeship, beginning at age four, with his grandfather Max Katz, an accomplished amateur magician, as well as Al Flosso, Slydini, Cardini, Francis Carlyle, and Roy Benson, all of whom were among the best magicians of the 20th century.
Get your Halloween costume ready with Cosplay! Crafting a Secret Identity at 9 p.m. A mainstay of “geek culture” for years, cosplay – a contraction of “Costume Play”- only recently emerged from the shadows of the sci-fi convention and into the mainstream. This one-hour documentary ventures into the workshops and lives of people who elevate fantasy costuming to the professional level.
Cap off Sunday with Secrets Of The Tower Of London at 10 p.m. Standing guard over the city of London for nearly 1000 years, this formidable fortress has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armoury and the Royal Mint. Over the centuries it has gone from a symbol of imperialism and tyranny to a national treasure – the protector of the crown jewels and many other historic British traditions.
Monday – new series
At 10 p.m., start a stirring new series. In Whitechapel The Walk of Terror, Part 1, the team is confronted by twisted, gothic murders that reach right into their fears and superstitions – someone is killing suspected witches; flayed bodies suggest someone is more interested in the victims’ skin than in their death; and the sewers of Whitechapel threaten the team with an additional layer of horror. While Chandler and team try to solve these crimes, the station itself seems to pulse with unexplained phenomena.
Tuesday – Sci-Fi
Tune into the special Pioneers of Television Science Fiction at 8 p.m. for a look at Gene Roddenberry, Irwin Allen and Rod Serling and the storylines and characters behind the best-loved futuristic television of their time. This episode explores how Roddenberry and Serling (of “The Twilight Zone”) used the future as a stage for modern morality plays, and William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and other science-fiction stars describe how they prepared to interact on-camera with a malevolent alien force … or, perhaps, a giant radish.
Over the years technology has matured on screen and innovations in artificial intelligence and bio technology are making it harder to distinguish man from man-made. The debate is set, who has the upper hand: the great minds of Hollywood, or the world’s leading scientists? Drawing disturbing conclusions about our impending mechanical domination, Android Prophesy investigates the parallels between science fiction and science reality at 9 p.m. Narrated by Doctor Who’s Tom Baker.
Then at 10 p.m. and again at 11:30 p.m., Q shows Arts In Context The Intergalactic Nemesis, the first live-action graphic novel. Created by an original comic-book story projected panel-by-panel on a video screen while three actors voiced the characters, one performer created sound-effects, and a keyboardist performed the score.
On Doctor Who Time Heist, at 10:30 p.m., the Doctor turns bank robber when he is given a task that he cannot refuse – steal from the most dangerous bank in the cosmos.
Thursday – Strange Town Marathon
From 8 p.m. to midnight, join Q for a marathon of Strange Town, with four new episodes and encores of old favorites like Slice of the Past/The Living Inn, The Lovelorn Lady and Ghosts of Hotel Past. Mark and Billy take you on a voyage through the history and unsettled stories that are left behind at haunted locations. With their cameras and investigative tools in hand, they’ve set out to explore the paranormal world and take you on a journey to Strange Town.
Friday – Halloween Eve
Start Halloween Eve off at 8 p.m. with War of the Worlds: American Experience, an exploration of the CBS radio broadcast of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds.” The documentary explores how and why the broadcast created one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history.
Tune in for another showing of Android Prophesy at 9 p.m.
At 10 p.m., follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England in Secrets of the Dead Vampire Legend, pointing to a belief that the dead could rise from their graves. Predating Eastern European legend, these discoveries force a re-examination of modern vampire lore.
The image of the devil is recognized throughout the world. Commonly referred to as Satan, Beelzebub, demon, Lucifer, old serpent, and the wicked one, the devil conjures up a variety of names and representations in spoken and written language and in the arts. But just who is the devil? Explore this question and others on Devil We Know at 11 p.m., the last Halloween programming of the week.
Q Night at the Movies returns Saturday with a noir marathon.
KLRU-Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.