Arts in Context Short: The Latino Comedy Project

“I looked at the absence of Latino voices as a reason to do what I was doing,” says Adrian Villegas, artistic director of The Latino Comedy Project. Living up to their mission of providing a voice for the Latino community, Adrian and the LCP troupe have been providing audiences with political satire that provoke big laughs and offer insight into societal issues affecting communities of color.

 

Last minute thank you gifts and tickets are still available!

We’ve cut a whole week off our winter fund drive—which means it’s already winding down! There are less than two days left, but we need to raise $50,000 to meet our goal! There’s still time to help us get there!

Donate now—don’t miss your chance to experience some of your favorite PBS shows in person, all while supporting KLRU! We have some fabulous live events, from rock ‘n’ roll to family fun! Make a gift now and we’ll thank you with your choice of tickets to:

• See Broadway in Austin on the opening night of The King & I on December 12th
• Experience the Moody Blues at their special live 50th Anniversary Tour on January 21st
• Creature Power! The Kratt Brothers return to Austin for Wild Kratts Live on January 28th
• Hear Michael Pollan tell his story One Writer’s Trip – From the Garden to the Plate and the Beyond on February 2nd
• Rock out with guitar legend Joe Bonamassa on May 25th (meet and greet package available!)

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Giving the gift of KLRU is so much more than an ordinary present. Your gift brings PBS favorites to Central Texas screens, creates new and original programs and supports children, parents and teachers with educational media. Your support will truly ensure that your KLRU community has a holiday season that is merry and bright!

KLRU’s Arts In Context brings home 2017 Lone Star Emmy

At the 15th Annual Lone Star EMMY Awards Gala in San Antonio, KLRU’s Arts in Context won an Emmy for “The House of Songs.” You can watch the Emmy-winning documentary below.

ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT – PROGRAM / SPECIAL
Arts In Context: House Of Songs
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Producer/Editor
Christopher Kim, Videographer

The House of Songs brings together international songwriters with American songwriters not only to bridge cultures but also for the pure joy of collaboration. It was after going on a songwriting retreat in Denmark that American singer-songwriter Troy Campbell felt inspired to bring this idea of international, intercultural collaboration to his homeland.

Congrats to all the other KLRU productions that were nominated this year including Decibel, Overheard with Evan Smith, and Blackademics.

Here’s a list of all our Lone Star EMMY nominees:



ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT – PROGRAM FEATURE / SEGMENT

Arts In Context: Home
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Producer/Editor
Christopher Kim, Videographer



CHILDREN / YOUTH / TEEN – PROGRAM / SPECIAL / FEATURE / SEGMENT

Blackademics Television: Episode 401 (Ulmer/Wests/Smiths)
Kevin Michael Foster, Executive Producer
J.J. Weber, Executive Producer
Michael Emery , Director
Paul Sweeney, Editor



HISTORIC / CULTURAL – PROGRAM FEATURE / SEGMENT
Arts In Context: Sacred Hearts
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Producer/Editor
Christopher Kim, Videographer



POLITICS / GOVERNMENT – PROGRAM / SPECIAL

Decibel: Immigration
Judy Maggio, Producer
Joe Rocha, Videographer/Editor
Blair Waltman-Alexin, Videographer/Editor


DOCUMENTARY – CULTURAL / HISTORICAL
Passing It Forward
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Producer/Editor
Christopher Kim, Videographer



DOCUMENTARY – TOPICAL

Sing Me A Lullaby
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer
Chelsea Hernandez, Producer/Editor
Christopher Kim, Videographer



PUBLIC/CURRENT/COMMUNITY AFFAIRS – FEATURE / SEGMENT

Two Sides Of The Border
Joe Rocha, Producer



TALENT – COMMENTATOR / EDITORIALIST / PERFORMER / NARRATOR / PROGRAM HOST

Overheard With Evan Smith
Evan Smith, Host

Bella Muerte, Dulce Vida: A Day of the Dead Tradition

“… it’s just part of learning from our ancestors and learning who we were and where we’re heading to,” says Nayeli Miranda, a sugar skull instructor for the ESB-MACC. With the intent of preserving and sharing her culture, Miranda teaches the art behind sugar skulls, along with its rich history within the Day of the Dead celebration.

 

Strange Town and more this Halloween on KLRU Q

KLRU Q has an evening of scary fun planned to help you celebrate Halloween. As the trick or treaters knock on your door you can be watching …

Birth Of The Living Dead at 7:59 pm
In 1968 George A. Romero directed Night of the Living Dead, a low budget horror film that shocked the world, became an icon of the counterculture, and spawned a zombie industry worth billions of dollars that continues to this day. Birth of the Living Dead shows how Romero gathered an unlikely team of Pittsburghers to shoot a revolutionary guerrilla-style film that went on to become a cinematic landmark, offering a profound insight into how our society worked in a singular time in American history.

Secrets of the Dead Vampire Legend at 8:55 pm
Follow scientists as they uncover “deviant” burials dating back to medieval England, 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.

Frankenstein & The Vampyre at 9:55 pm
A fascinating exploration of one of the most significant moments in gothic history – the night when Mary Shelley, Lord Byron and their cohorts gathered together at Lake Geneva to tell ghost stories and the night when Frankenstein and the modern vampire were born.

Haunted Texas: Peyton Colony at 10:50 pm
A half hour visual exploration into the history of Peyton Colony, Texas in the Texas Hill Country. Going back in time the program introduces you to the people and places that existed in Peyton Colony also known as Freedman’s Colony, a settlement established by former slaves after the Civil war.

Strange Town  Bridge To The Other Side at 11:20 pm
Legend goes that a man was hung from the Moore’s Crossing bridge in Austin, TX. It is said that at Midnight you can see him hanging from the highest crossbeam, with the woman he loved watching from below. Strange Town visited the bridge and stayed late into the night to see for themselves whether or not this long standing tale holds any truth.

Strange Town Old Yoakum Hospital at 11:29 pm
Once a thriving hospital to the city of Yoakum, it now sits abandoned for the last two decades. Stories have surfaced of a mysterious blue nun and dark shadows appearing down hallways along with children spirits running within the walls of this building. Wait until you see what energies Mark and Billy of Strange Town encounter!

Arts In Context Shorts: Belonging

“Everything is here for a reason,” says Sally Jacques, artistic director of Blue Lapis Light. Using a combination of stunning aerial dancers swinging from stacks, ground dancers, and haunting projections, Blue Lapis Light’s latest piece “Belonging: Part One” explores the beauty of the earth and the interconnectedness of all life.

 

Go to Strange Town for Halloween on KLRUQ

While documenting their paranormal adventures, 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. Watch episodes all month on KLRUQ!

Clay Pit
Oct 3 at 9:30 pm; Oct. 4 at 1:30 am
For years, paranormal stories have surfaced of a child and woman dwelling within the historic Bertram Building — now a popular Indian restaurant. Mark and Billy become the first investigative team to see if these claims are true.

Slice Of The Past / The Living Inn
Oct 3 at 9:30 pm; Oct. 4 at 1:30 am
This two-part episode begins at the Austin Pizza Garden. A building with over 130 years of history where multiple entities have made themselves known to the employees and guests. STRANGE TOWN then investigates Austin’s Inn at Pearl Street. A once abandoned home turned modern day Bed & Breakfast, guests report mists, shadows, apparitions, and other unexplained activity.

Tremont House
Oct 10 at 9 pm; Oct 11 at 1 am
Now a luxury hotel in downtown Galveston, TX, the Tremont House once acted as a makeshift morgue during The Great Storm of 1900. Guests and staff have reported paranormal encounters for decades. Are the lingering spirits a result of this tragedy or are there other explanations to be uncovered?

The Lovelorn Lady
Oct 10 at 9:30; Oct 11 at 1:30 am
STRANGE TOWN takes a trip to Galveston Island to investigate the majestic Hotel Galvez. Are the stories of a lost soul searching for her lover true? Are orphans that were killed in a hurricane still wandering the halls?

Ghosts of Hotel Past
Oct 17 at 9:01 pm; Oct 18 at 1:01 am
STRANGE TOWN investigates the most haunted building in Seguin, TX, the Magnolia Hotel. This 170-year-old establishment first opened its doors to weary travelers in 1844 and since then has experienced many tragedies and deaths within its walls. It is said to now be inhabited by 13 unsettled spirits. Which ones will Mark and Billy encounter?

Hay Legal Group
Oct 24 at 9 pm; Oct 25 at 1 am
A Victorian home in the Bremond Block of downtown Austin, TX has been plagued by the paranormal. A local law firm located in what was Pierre Bremond’s former home contact Mark and Billy to investigate and find answers as to who haunts their building. They capture some of their best evidence to date.

The Ward Home
Oct 24 at 9:30 pm; Oct 25 at 1:30 am
Mark and Billy travel to Gatesville, the “Spur Capital of Texas,” to investigate a home built in the late 1800’s. Who keeps terrorizing the current residents? Are the original owners to blame?

Old Yoakum Hospital
Oct 31 at 11:29 pm; Nov 1 at 3:29 am
Once a thriving hospital to the city of Yoakum, it now sits abandoned for the last two decades. Stories have surfaced of a mysterious blue nun and dark shadows appearing down hallways along with children spirits running within the walls of this building. Wait until you see what energies Mark and Billy of Strange Town encounter!

Arts In Context Shorts: Guild of the Silent Sword

“When I was a youth …, I had no idea that there were any major empires, kingdoms or cities or cultures in Africa,” says Da’Mon Stith, founder of the Guild of the Silent Sword. With the goal of recovering and evolving the lost fighting arts of Africa, Stith created the Guild of the Silent Sword as a way to build community and awaken people’s understanding of African culture. He considers sword play “experimental archaeology” and uses it to feel like part of a larger, human story.

 

New episode of Living Springs debuts 9/14

On Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 pm the newest episode  of the Living Springs series will debut on KLRU. The program includes our “fresh off the editing bay,” Wildlands, a 22-minute piece that showcases Austin’s water quality protection lands.

Did you know that Austin manages 26,000 acres that have been purchased by voters
through open space bonds to protect the aquifer? Learn about the myriad benefits of preserving our aquifer lands. This piece features amazing drone footage by Jared Tennant and Nelson Guda, and original music by composer Graham Reynolds.

In addition, the show features the debut of the short “More a State Than a Place,” a nostalgic look at Barton Springs through the eyes of Beverly Sheffield, who was Austin Parks and Recreation Director from 1934 to 1974. The video features a 1992 interview with Sheffield conducted by Dean Rindy of Rindy Miller Media as well as film footage from the Austin History Center and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image.

Additional air dates for episode include Thursday, Sept. 14 at 10:38 pm; Sunday, Sept 17
at 5:00 pm; Monday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 am; Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 9:30 pm; Monday, Sept. 25 at 1:30 am

About Living Springs
Many stories emanate from the spring-fed water of Barton Springs. Using the power of a multi-linear, user-driven format, viewers navigate through a virtual underwater environment, meeting artists and scientists, historic figures, poets and preachers who share their perspectives and their passions about Austin’s most beloved natural resource.

Film School Shorts new season starts Sept. 11

Film School Shorts is a national public television series showcasing short film from emerging filmmakers from around the country.  The new season will air on Mondays after POV or Independent Lens. In Sept. the start time will be 10 pm each week

First Gen 101 Sept. 11
Three stories of misadventure as first generation Americans navigate identity, love and acceptance amid converging cultures. Films include Fanny Pack – Uttera Singh, Prom – Imran J. Khan, and Groomed – Wyatt Rockefeller.

Blood & Water Sept. 18
Traverse the North American West with three stories that explore the struggle between man and nature. Films include La Graduacion – Rafael Gomez, Rituals – Isabelle Aspin, and Bloodlines – Christopher Nataanii.

Coming Home Sept. 25
Three young women confront difficult homecomings. Films include AWOL – Deb Shoval, When We Were Young – Gabrielle Capili, and Bookends – Dominic Villarrubia.

Pet Problems Oct. 2
Three wayward pets wreak havoc on the lives of their owners, neighbors and even distant acquaintances. Films include Rosie, Oh – Andy Kroeger, The Execution – Elise Ahrens, and Cupcake Bob – Olivia Accardo.

Stranger Desires Oct. 9
Tom and Myrna are looking for love in all the wrong places in two stories of
misplaced affections. Films include Tom – Michael Smigel and Mr. Lamb – Jean Pesce

Uncharted Waters Oct. 16
Whether in rural Japan or Oregon – fitting in isn’t easy for two young men struggling to define their manhood without fathers. Films include Stage Two – Lara Gallagher and Born With It – Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour.

Hidden Passions
Vulnerability is embraced as three people learn to let go and reveal their secret passions to the world. Films include Festus – Shawn Snyder, Yeah Kowalski – Evan Roberts, and Clean – Gabriel Wilson

Border Crossings
Two short films follow families as they travel great distances, both physically and emotionally, to find a new home. Films include Sweet, Sweet Country – Dehanza Rogers and We are the Immigrants – Catalina Matamoros Puerto

Magical Beasts
From the coast of Ireland to Norway’s dense forest to a young girl’s imagination – magical beasts lurk in the shadows. Films include Theodora – Mike Makowsky, Vilt Gutt – Dawson Taylor, and Salt – Ugla Hauksdóttir.

Bewitched
A church-going woman in South Africa attempts to befriend her hairdresser neighbor, a rumored murderer. uNomalanga and the Witch – Palesa Shongwe.