PBS Arts Festival: LA Opera 11/25

Bask in the beautiful voice of world-renowned tenor Plácido Domingo on PBS Arts from Los Angeles: Great Performances “Il Postino From LA Opera” with Plácido Domingo as he performs this romantic new opera on Friday, November 25, at 8 p.m. Adapted from the Oscar-winning Italian film, Il Postino recounts the fictionalized story of a fisherman-turned-postman on a Mediterranean island whose life is transformed by the arrival of exiled Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

Due to the length of this broadcast, there will not be a corresponding mini documentary.

Get a glimpse of opera through the eyes of the youth on Opera Camp, as you follow 23 of Austin Lyric Opera’s young campers as they write, produce, direct and perform their original work, “Quarantine.”

In a special Austin City Limits program, see highlights from the annual Americana Music Awards ceremony taped at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, as well as performances by Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman and Robert Plant at 10:30 p.m.

PBS Arts Festival: Cleveland Women Who Rock 11/18

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Discover even more unique art from the nation’s emerging artists as the PBS Arts Fall Festival continues its nine-week celebration of the arts. Tune in each week for new full-length performances, artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and mini-films about the art scenes in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Chicago, Cleveland, and more.

From Bessie Smith to Janis Joplin to Lady Gaga, PBS Arts from Cleveland: Women Who Rock, airing Friday, November 18, surges with energy as it traces the indelible mark that women musicians have made on America’s soundtrack, while revealing new insights into what it means to be female in the male-dominated world of rock and roll.

Keep on rockin’ (in the free world) with a min-documentary titled, Artistic Choice. See how Clevelanders not only moved to recognize the powerful resource of their cultural artistic traditions, but also discovered an innovative way to keep their artists financially supported.

Then, learn about Austin Asian Occasion, an evening of artists and acts celebrating various regions of Asia presented by the Asian American Cultural Center and the Asian American Community Partnership.

Songwriting legend Randy Newman takes the Austin City Limits stage, crooning a selection of his greatest tunes at 9:30 p.m.

PBS Arts Festival: Chicago Choreographer Bill T. Jones 11/11

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Discover even more unique art from the nation’s emerging artists as the PBS Arts Fall Festival continues its nine-week celebration of the arts. Tune in each week for new full-length performances, artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and mini-films about the art scenes in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Chicago, Cleveland, and more.

See the blood-sweat-and-tears account of Tony award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones as he constructs a full-evening dance event inspired by the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Airing at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 11, PBS Arts from Chicago: American Masters “Bill T. Jones: A Good Man” exposes the similarities between Bill T. Jones and Abraham Lincoln – good men whose courage and convictions, instincts and innovations are a testament to the timeless endurance of art and action.

Afterward, catch Jeanne Gang: The Sky’s The Limit, a short film profiling a new, yet highly lauded architect on the Chicago scene. Driven by curiosity and creativity, Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects, has designed numerous award-winning structures, including the Aqua Tower, the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, and Columbia College Chicago’s Media Production Center.

Next, hear how the Visual Arts Center on the University of Texas campus draws together a uniquely diverse arts community of students, alumni, faculty, guest artists and creative voices from around the world. See how the fall artist-in-residence Mika Tajima is influenced by Austin’s architecture and Richard Linklater’s film “Slacker.”

Then, Austin City Limits showcases the best in modern country with Miranda Lambert and Jeff Bridges. The numerous award-winning Lambert performs her greatest hits, followed by actor Bridges in his music television debut.

PBS Arts Festival: Blue Ridge Mountains Banjo 11/4

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Discover even more unique art from the nation’s emerging artists as the PBS Arts Fall Festival continues its nine-week celebration of the arts. Tune in each week for new full-length performances, artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and mini-films about the art scenes in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Chicago, Cleveland, and more.

Go on a musical odyssey narrated by Steve Martin through the history of the banjo’s arrival in America, and trace the roots of America’s early jazz, blues, folk, and country music on PBS Arts from the Blue Ridge Mountains: Great Performances “Give Me the Banjo” on Friday, November 4, at 8 p.m.

Next up, learn how the ancient traditions of handcrafted tools and household items serve as inspiration for four artists from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the mini documentary titled, Hand Made.

Then get a behind-the-scenes look into Austin’s creative culture as you visit working artists’ spaces for interviews and demonstrations on 2011 East Austin Studio Tour.

Steve Miller Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band bring great American music to the Austin City Limits stage at 10 p.m.

PBS Arts Festival: Miami City Ballet 10/28

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Art lovers, looking for something new to strike your fancy? Well in an effort to give you a weekly exclusive pass to see emerging art from around the nation, PBS Arts Fall Festival is showcasing full-length performances, artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and mini-films about the art scenes in Miami, San Francisco, Cleveland, Chicago, the Blue Ridge Mountains and more.

On Friday, October 28, witness the grace and beauty of one of America’s finest dance companies, Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet, in a trio of signature works by George Balanchine and Twyla Tharp on PBS Arts from Miami: Great Performances “Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine & Tharp” at 8 p.m.

Next up, learn about afro-cuban music, a genre defined in America by one of the late great bassists and composers, Israel “Cachao” Lopez in a mini documentary called, Cachao: Uno Mas.

Then on The Art of Dia de los Muertos, discover the personal history and unique art of this holiday through the stories of a San Antonio artist who expertly captures this rich cultural heritage.

Explore the creation of an original performance by the award-winning international dance company Troika Ranch at 9:30 p.m. Loopdiver: The Journey of a Dance, follows company members over a two-year period as they struggle with the extreme physical and emotional demands of creating a new experimental work.

The Decemberists and Gillian Welch showcase the best in contemporary songwriting on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m.

PBS Arts Festival: American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty 10/21

Art lovers, looking for something new to strike your fancy? Well in an effort to give you a weekly exclusive pass to see emerging art from around the nation, PBS Arts Fall Festival is showcasing full-length performances, artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and mini-films about the art scenes in Miami, San Francisco, Cleveland, Chicago, the Blue Ridge Mountains and more.

On October 21, the festival commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Grammy-winning band Pearl Jam, with a program composed of 1,200 hours of rare and never-before-seen concert and interview footage. Part concert film, part insider hang, part testimonial to the power of music and uncompromising artists, PBS Arts from Seattle: American Masters Pearl Jam Twenty celebrates the freedom that allowed Pearl Jam a way to make music without losing sight of what mattered most to them — their fans and staying true to their art.

Then catch a mini-documentary that surveys the many sounds of the Seattle music scene.

Next up, learn how Austin City Limits reflects Austin’s lively music scene. See how the show has changed with the times and tastes of the local music scene over the past 36 years, and the role the program has played in securing Austin’s title as the Live Music Capital of the World.

Then revisit the sounds of Pearl Jam at 10:30 p.m., as the alternative rockers play favorites and tunes from their latest album on the Austin City Limits stage.

KLRU Collective goes Prime Time

It’s been almost a year since the launch of KLRU Collective, our online focus on Austin arts and artists. Tonight KLRU Collective makes a prime time debut during the PBS Arts Fall Festival. During the nine week festival PBS stations are given an option to include local pieces and we jumped at the chance to showcase some of Austin’s coolest arts.

The piece that will air tonight is a profile of a public art project at the University of Texas called Landmarks. KLRU staff was already well acquainted with one of these installations because it’s located outside of our building. Even though we see Peter Reginato’s Kingfish everyday we didn’t know it is part of twenty-eight modern and contemporary sculptures on long-term loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Now we look forward to visiting all the sculptures and checking out the new acquisitions the program is making.

The most memorable shoot was for a piece that will air the last night of the festival. We profiled Forklift Danceworks “The Trash Project” on the last night of their performance which happened to be on one of the hottest days of the year. To make it even tougher the performance was located at the old airport…meaning limited shade and endless tarmac. But these imperfect weather conditions didn’t keep thousands of Austinites from coming to enjoy an amazing tribute to our city’s Solid Waste Services department. The experience and dance was definitely a highlight for me on this project.

The Trash Project

The pieces airing during the festival have been produced by myself and Eve Tarlo with help from lots of KLRU staff. We’ve enjoyed sharing our viewpoint on Austin’s art scene this past year and we look forward to another great year of KLRU Collective.

-Sara Robertson

Sara Robertson is the Director of On-Air Marketing at KLRU. She has worked in television her whole career and feels lucky to work for Austin’s PBS station. In her spare time she enjoys coaching a women only swim program, reading and being crafty.

PBS Arts Festival: Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore 10/14

Attention art lovers of all ages, there is a new series that may strike your fancy coming to KLRU this October. In an effort to give you a weekly exclusive pass to eclectic art around the nation, PBS Arts Fall Festival will showcase full-length performances, artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and mini-films about the art scenes in Miami, San Francisco, Cleveland, Chicago, the Blue Ridge Mountains and more.

The festival debuts Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. with a spectacular new production of the beloved Gilbert and Sullivan classic from the Guthrie Theater. Directed by Joe Dowling, the theater’s Artistic Director, PBS Arts from Minnesota: Gilbert and Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore features renditions of Sullivan’s most memorable tunes, ranging from big band swing to classic pop.

After HMS Pinafore, stay tuned for a half-hour, mini documentary tour to discover other facets of Minnesota’s unique arts scene.

Then find out the unique history behind the cohesive collection of public art that truly enriches the University of Texas campus. Landmarks, a public art program affiliated with the University, has turned the 350-acre area into a campus-wide classroom for over 70,000 faculty, staff and students. Landmarks’ projects aim to beautify the main campus, engage visitors and the university community, and improve shared public spaces with art of the highest quality.

Cap off the evening with the R&B grooves of Raphael Saadiq and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears on Austin City Limits at 10:30 p.m. Saadiq highlights songs from his old-school soul LP Stone Rollin’. Lewis & his Honeybears rock their bluesy soul nuggets from Scandalous.