Don’t miss all the Great American Read events taking place in Central Texas this summer!

KLRU is working with libraries throughout Central Texas to encourage reading this summer as part of The Great American Read.  Watch the kickoff program on May 22nd at 7 pm on KLRU and attend any or all of the events taking place this summer. Those include:

Leander Public Library Great American Read kickoff
May 19th from 7-9 pm
Leander Public Library
Watch the first episode of The Great American Read before it airs on KLRU. There will be refreshments and activities for the kids and much more!

Smithville Public Library Great American Read kickoff
June 5th from 6 – 8 p.m.
Smithville Public Library
Screening of Great American Read and discussion. Get your book lists and vote for your favorite book.

Austin Public Library Adult Story Hour: What we do for Love
June 14th at 7- 9 pm
Howson Branch, 2500 Exposition Blvd.
Adults (17 and up) only. Registration recommended, here
Tell a five minute story. Truth, fiction, funny, serious – read, memorized, or remembered – listen to and share stories about life, fantasy or yourself. Enjoy a new theme at each event! This month’s theme is What We Do for Love in partnership with PBS and The Great American Read television series.

Smithville Public Library Teen Night
June 26th from 6 – 8 p.m.
Smithville Public Library
Discuss the premiere program as well as upcoming theme-related programs. Teens will discuss how their favorite books fit into which themes and vote for their favorites. Plus plan future TeenNews programs where participants will create live video interviews, asking their peers about their favorite books.

Austin Public Library Adult Story Hour: Being American
July 12th from 7 – 9 pm
Twin Oaks Branch, 1800 S. Fifth St.
Adults (17 and up) only. Registration recommended. Register here
Tell a five minute story. Truth, fiction, funny, serious – read, memorized, or remembered – listen to and share stories about life, fantasy or yourself. Enjoy a new theme at each event! This month’s theme is Being American in partnership with PBS and The Great American Read television series.

Smithville Public Library Great American Read at the Summer Reading Club Finale
July 18th from 10 am to 1 pm
Riverbend Park
Smithville Public Library will share the Great American Read with families attending the library’s Summer Reading Club Finale. SPL will give away 25 free books (through a ticket drawing) to promote home reading.

Austin Public Library Adult Story Hour: Heroes and Villains
Aug. 9th from 7 – 9 pm
Pleasant Hill Branch, 211 E. William Cannon Dr.
Adults (17 and up) only. Registration recommended. Register here
Tell a five minute story. Truth, fiction, funny, serious – read, memorized, or remembered – listen to and share stories about life, fantasy or yourself. Enjoy a new theme at each event! This month’s theme is Heroes and Villains in partnership with PBS and The Great American Read television series.

Thanks to our partners at the Smithville Public Library, Leander Public Library and Austin Public Library.

Join KLRU at the new Austin Central Library for our annual KLRU KIDS Writers Contest Celebration

The KLRU KIDS Writers Contest is a local contest designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade were encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to KLRU. We had over 550 entries this year! You can read them all online now at klru.org/writerscontest

We invite you to our celebration to be there and cheer on our 2018 winners as they read their stories. The event is Saturday, May 19, 11:30 am – 1 pm at Austin Central Library, 710 W. César Chávez Street. Please RSVP to rsvp@klru.org

Arts In Context Shorts explores memory & loss with Teruko Nimura: Ghosts

Artist Teruko Nimura does her part to add to our society’s collective memory while at the same time becoming more in touch with her cultural roots. In her exhibition “Residual,” Nimura explores several ghosts that continue to haunt her including a miniature replica of the Japanese internment camp her father, Taku Frank Nimura, was forced to live in.

Doc Days focuses on non-fiction films May 10-13

KLRU has partnered with the Austin Film Society for the upcoming Doc Days festival May 10-13. The Austin Film Society presents a celebration of new non-fiction films and filmmakers, Doc Days, a long weekend festival of brand-new documentary films with visiting filmmakers from the US and abroad. In addition to screening our favorite new documentaries from the festival circuit, the weekend will include events, parties, discussions, and moderated Q&As by Austin’s documentary film community. Scheduled with no overlapping screenings, it’s possible to see every film selected for the festival. Both a series pass and individual film tickets are available. See the complete list of film and buy tickets now austinfilm.org/series/doc-days

All films will be shown at the AFS Cinema, 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752.

Served Like A Girl Screening 5/22

Join KLRU and the Austin Film Society for our Indie Lens Pop Up screening of Served Like a Girl. This free screening takes place May 22nd at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm) at the AFS Cinema at 6259 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752.

Served Like a Girl provides a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse, and other traumas. By entering into the “Ms. Veteran America” competition, these amazing ladies unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope.

The film, by Lysa Heslov, airs on KLRU on Memorial Day, May 28th, at 9 pm.

Arts In Context wrestles with the art of Thunder Rosa

“Lucha Libre is ingrained in our culture. Like you watch that on Sundays. It’s like going to church,” says Melissa Cervantes a.k.a. Thunder Rosa, wrestler and co-owner of Sabotage Wrestling, a wrestling promotion that prioritizes female wrestlers and supports them on their journey to wrestling stardom. Working within an industry that is predominantly male-focused, Sabotage Wrestling has become a powerful venue for women to explore the art of wrestling, disrupt stereotypes regarding female wrestlers, and showcase their immense talent to fans everywhere.

 

City Manager Invites Community Input on Brian Manley as Lead Candidate for Permanent Chief of Police

KLRU featured event

Austin City Manager Spencer Cronk has named Brian Manley as the finalist for the role of permanent chief of the Austin Police Department.

Cronk announced plans for a robust engagement process to give Interim Chief Manley the opportunity to set out his vision for leading and transforming public safety in Austin. At the end of this period, Cronk will decide whether or not it will be necessary to widen the pool of candidates through a national search.

“Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with members of the community about the appointment of a permanent Police Chief, including meetings with a number of community leaders,” said Cronk. “Guided by those conversations, along with my own observations and feedback from Council, I feel that the best path forward is to provide Interim Chief Brian Manley with an opportunity to fully share his vision for the department and engage with the community as our candidate for permanent appointment.

“There are several key characteristics I’m looking for in my executive appointments – a focus on partnerships, a commitment to community involvement, and a positive and innovative view toward the future. I believe that Manley embodies these characteristics.”

Manley was appointed Interim Chief of Austin Police in December 2016 and has served his entire law enforcement career – spanning almost three decades – with the Austin Police Department. He was named APD’s Chief of Staff in January 2015 after serving as an Assistant Chief for three years.

Over the coming weeks Manley will take part in a number of community events, meetings and panel interviews, to give as many residents as possible the opportunity to listen to what he has to say, and to weigh in with their views. Community members can share their thoughts about the key characteristics and areas of focus a new Chief of Police should have using a number of options:
Online at speakupaustin.org/OurNextChief
Via text by sending the word “Chief” to 512-580-8850
By email at OurNextChief@austintexas.gov
Via phone by calling 3-1-1 (language services available)
The information gathered will be used to help inform the interview process, and to provide the City Manager with feedback about the community’s public safety priorities.

There will also be two open community forums with Interim Chief Manley, co-hosted by the City of Austin and KLRU:
Monday, May 7, 6-7:30 p.m. – Turner-Roberts Recreation Center, 7201 Colony Loop Dr., 78724
Thursday, May 17, 7-8:30 p.m. – KLRU Studio, 2504 Whitis Ave. B, 78712

“I want this process to be open and transparent,” said Cronk. “I am confident that by taking some additional time, Austin will benefit in the long run and we will get the very best candidate for the job.”

Arts In Context discovers why artists fell in love with art in the first place!

When did you first realize you were an artist? Were you born an artist, or did you discover it later in life? We asked a bunch of Arts in Context alumni these questions and compiled the best answers into this video. These inspiring stories will help any artist remember why they fell in love with art in the first place!

 

Highlights April 29 to May 5

KLRU Highlights

Barbara’s condition doesn’t improve and she’s kept in isolation at the hospital on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

A waterlogged suitcase holds the remains of David Walker, 25 years after he disappeared on Unforgotten Season 2 On Masterpiece Episode 1 at 8 pm Sunday.

Caroline is overwhelmed at the prospect of looking after baby Flora on Last Tango In Halifax at 9 pm Sunday.

True Conviction follows exonerated ex-prisoners who started a detective agency to help free other wrongly incarcerated people on Independent Lens at 9 pm Monday.

Trace the relationship between religion and art on Civilizations God And Art at 7 pm Tuesday.

Discover the secret to the stability and cohesion of Ancient Egypt-religion on First Civilizations at 8 pm Tuesday.

Investigate the humanitarian and economic crisis in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

Some animals will do whatever it takes to survive on Nature Natural Born Rebels: Survival at 7 pm Wednesday.

Dive into the human microbiome, an ecosystem of bacteria, fungi and viruses living right beneath our noses on Nova Wonders What’s Living In You? at 8 pm Wednesday.

Join renowned gadget geek and host David Pogue as he sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work on NOVA Search For The Super Battery at 9 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Sean Penn, actor, producer, director and writer.

Chet visits the “Tomato Capital of the World”  on The Daytripper Thursday at 8:30 pm.

Stephanie J. Block, a show-stopping Tony-nominated performer unleashes her immense voice and bold charisma for a special night of cabaret on Live from Lincoln Center at 8 pm Friday.

Along with food, flowers, chickens and charm, a gardener cultivates strength while battling lupus on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Relish an hour with best-selling pop sensation Ed Sheeran on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

Highlights April 22-28

KLRU Highlights

The midwives face a tough challenge on Call the Midwife at 7 pm Sunday.

The past catches up with suspects Father Rob, Lizzie, Sir Phillip and Eric on Unforgotten Season 1 On Masterpiece Episode 3 at 8 pm Sunday.

Celia builds bridges with Alan and accepts Gary into her life, despite her initial reservations on Last Tango In Halifax  at 9 pm Sunday.

Experience the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture on Independent Lens Look & See: Wendell Berry’s Kentucky at 9 pm Monday.

Survey the history of art, from antiquity to the present, on a global scale on the multi-part series Civilizations at 7 pm Tuesdays. This week explore the many functions of the human image in art.

Examine the process of “destructive creation”-the idea that fear, rivalry and conflict strengthen community bonds on First Civilizations War at 8 pm Tuesday.

The inside story of Guatemalan teens forced to work against their will in Ohio on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

Meet the animals who will steal, cheat and fight to get food on Nature Natural Born Rebels: Hunger Wars at 7 pm Wednesday.

Follow the clues that reveal how animals “talk” to each other on NOVA Wonders  What Are Animals Saying? at 8 pm Wednesday.

Long mocked as empty-headed, birds hide surprisingly acute intelligence, but how smart are they? Find out on NOVA Bird Brain at 9 pm Wednesday.

Chet explores both the normal and festival sides of the smallest incorporated town in Texas in Round Top on The Daytripper at 8:30 pm Thursday.

Winner of the 2016 Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his legendary performance as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr., a jazz vocalist with an actor’s ear for a lyric, brings his remarkable talent to this intimate performance on Live from Lincoln Center at 8 pm Friday.

Native plants lower the water bills and increase wildlife fun in home and school gardens on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Dig the best in modern rock with TV on the Radio and The War on Drugs on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.