Q Night at the Movies presents the swoon-worthy and Academy Award winning romance Officer and a Gentleman. Before the film, learn more about the inspiration for giant animals on screen, including the beloved character Pete’s Dragon. Stick around after the movie to hear directly from some of Hollywood’s biggest stars about their acting process. It all starts at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.
Science Goes to the Movies Real Dragons at 7 p.m.
American Natural History curator Mark Norell explains the origins of some fantastic beasts and shows us the paleontological underpinning of giants and cyclopes – not to mention the startling discovery that many dinosaurs were covered in bright colored feathers!
On Story Script to Screen: Pete’s Dragon at 7:30 p.m.
In this episode, Pete’s Dragon director and co-writer David Lowery and co-writer Toby Halbrooks take us behind the scenes of their reinvention of the classic story and discuss writing fairy tales, balancing tragedy with wonder and the difference between making indie films and a big budget Disney movie.
Feature FilmOfficer and a Gentleman at 8 p.m.
A hardened loner (Richard Gere) shapes up for a military drill instructor (Louis Gossett Jr.) and a factory girl (Debra Winger) from town.
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors at 10:30 p.m.
Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) with Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Willem Dafoe (The Florida Project) with Hugh Jackman (Logan), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound) with Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner) and Allison Janney (I, Tonya) with Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).
Q Night at the Movies presents the Howard Hawks film noir, The Big Sleep. We’ll also have back-to-back episodes of On Story with professionals who have been in the industry for decades, working with some of Hollywood’s most notable characters. It all starts at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.
On Story A Conversation with Gale Anne Hurd at 7 p.m.
An award-winning producer, Hurd has spent decades navigating high-stakes situations, both on and off the page. In this episode, she takes audiences through her career, beginning as an assistant for the legendary Roger Corman to working with James Cameron to producing the sci-fi classics The Terminator, The Walking Dead, Aliens and many others.
On Story A Conversation with Brian Helgeland at 7:30 p.m.
The creative force behind L.A. Confidential, Mystic River and A Knight’s Tale shares his experience as a screenwriter, director and producer, along with the ups, downs and left turns of the filmmaking industry.
Feature FilmThe Big Sleep at 8 p.m.
Author Raymond Chandler’s private eye Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart) follows two wealthy sisters (Lauren Bacall, Martha Vickers) through a maze. This classic has been described as a film all about the “process of a criminal investigation, not its results.”
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.
A variety of special documentaries celebrating Pacific and Asian culture around the world and around Austin will air on KLRU this May. We are dedicated to showcasing programming and hosting events year round that provide a diverse perspective on our Central Texas community. This year includes the premiere of the powerful American Experience documentary The Chinese Exclusion Act by co-directors/producers Li-Shin Yu and Ric Burns.
Here is a complete list of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month programming on KLRU.
Pacific Heartbeat Making Good Men Monday, May 21 at 10:30 p.m.
What would you say if you came face to face with your childhood bully as an adult? Or were you the bully? In this moving and remarkably told story, two high profile men, a former All Black rugby player and a Hollywood actor, reveal their unforgettable account of bullying with unprecedented honesty. It’s also about how the cycle of abuse, which is all too often seen in New Zealand families, can and must be broken. This is not a story of blame or humiliation, but a path to forgiveness, redemption and reconciliation.
Pacific Heartbeat Being Bruno Banani Tuesday, May 22 at 10 p.m.
Being Bruno Banani tells the unique story of the first and only Tongan luger who managed to qualify in an amazingly short amount of time for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Through his name he also acted as the first “living brand” using a completely new and disputed way to get around the strict IOC’s Olympic advertising regulations.
American Experience The Chinese Exclusion Act Tuesday May 29 at 7 p.m.
Examine the origin, history and impact of the 1882 law that made it illegal for Chinese workers to come to America and for Chinese nationals already here ever to become U.S. citizens. The first in a long line of acts targeting the Chinese for exclusion, it remained in force for more than 60 years. Go behind the scenes as co-directors/producers Li-Shin Yu and Ric Burns share their insights on The Chinese Exclusion Act.
Online Content fromKLRU’s Austin Revealed
In this four-part series of Austin Revealed, Pioneers From the East, we profile three of the first families of Chinese origin to settle in the Austin area—the Sing family, the Wong family and the Lung family—along with a look insideAustin’s Asian American Resource Center.
The Wong Family
Growing up as part of one of the first families of Chinese descent in Austin, Dr. Mitchel Wong “wasn’t looking for prejudice, wasn’t looking for any animosity and didn’t see any animosity.” In this documentary, Wong recounts his family’s immigrant history as a member of the “Pershing Chinese” and his personal journey from grocery boy to ophthalmologist.
The Lung Family As an employee at the Texas Capitol Gift Shop, Joe Michael Lung meets visitors from around the globe. But for him, none of those places compare to Texas. Joe and his sister Meiling Lung tell stories of their grandfather, Joe Lung, and their father, Sam P. Lung—beloved restauranteurs in the community and members of one of the first families of Chinese descent in Austin.
The Sing Family
Mary Frances Aguallo and her grandson Raul Aguallo Hernandez always knew they were of Chinese descent, but the fragments of their history finally began to come together with the discovery of a lost box in an attic. The two explore their dual identity as Mexican American and Chinese American as part of the Sing family, one of the first families of Chinese origin to settle in Austin.
The Austin Asian American Resource Center
Austin’s Asian American Resource Center, or AARC, truly embraces Austin’s unique community of Asian people from all over the world. Acting as a bridge between the Asian American community and Austin, the center is one of the most utilized in the city. The AARC provides programs for senior citizens, activities for families, cultural and art exhibits and much more.
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.
Q Night at the Movies presents the classic screwball comedy Bringing Up Baby. We’ll also chat with Bill Nye about cinematic weather events, along with Dan Gilroy about his portfolio of hit films. And following our feature, learn more about the man behind the legend of Cary Grant. It all starts at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.
Science Goes To The Movies Disaster Movies and You at 7 p.m.
Bill Nye stops by to talk about fictional disaster movies and the possibility of real life climate disasters.
On Story A Conversation with Dan Gilroy at 7:30 p.m.
Screenwriter Dan Gilroy discusses the evolution of the Academy Award-nominated Nightcrawler, working with actor Denzel Washington to create an unforgettable idealist in the critically acclaimed Roman J. Israel, Esq. and the challenges and benefits of being surrounded by a Hollywood-successful family.
Feature FilmBringing Up Baby at 8 p.m.
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist (Cary Grant) is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress (Katharine Hepburn) and her pet leopard “Baby.”
Hollywood Idols Cary Grant: The Leading Man at 9:45 p.m.
With a winning combination of comic style and leading-man charisma, Cary Grant was the essence of a star. But the suave exterior concealed a complex individual. Family photos, archival footage and film clips vividly convey Grant’s journey from his lonely, working-class beginnings to the peak of Hollywood royalty.
“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.
Jewel in The Crown, based on Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet novels, is a dramatic series first broadcast in 1984. This epic recounts the final days of the British Raj in India during World War II.
The uneasy years of English colonialism have led to rioting and violence, heralding new independence. People in both ruling and ruled classes are trying, amidst the turmoil, to come to terms with the drastic changes taking place around them. Their lives will never be the same again.
Jewel in The Crown has won 23 major awards including an Emmy and five BAFTAs.
Starring Tim Pigott-Smith, Charles Dance, Art Malik and Geraldine James.
Q Night at the Movies presents the beloved musical and romantic comedy Singin’ in the Rain. We’ll also delve into the math and language hurdles addressed in the film Arrival, along with how such a “hard sci-fi” book was finally turned into a successful film. Plus catch Richard Glazier’s unique perspective on the music of stage and screen. It all starts at 7 p.m. Saturday on KLRU Q.
Science Goes To The Movies Math and Language at 7 p.m.
What is the cornerstone of civilization? Math? Or Language? A linguist and an astrophysicist throw down with a look at the movie Arrival. With Emily Rice and William Haddican.
On Story Script to Screen: Arrival at 7:30 p.m.
Once considered “unfilmable,” the movie Arrival scored big at the box office. Screenwriter Eric Heisserer talks about his long road selling Hollywood on his adaptation of the short story by Ted Chiang, working with director Denis Villeneuve and the challenges of writing a cerebral sci-fi story about love and loss.
Feature FilmSingin’ in the Rain at 8 p.m.
This legendary musical showcases Gene Kelly as a silent-film star. He’s in love with a chorus girl (Debbie Reynolds) who dubs his squeaky-voiced co-star in a 1927 Hollywood talkie.
From Broadway to Hollywood with Richard Glazier at 9:45 p.m.
Join pianist and historian Richard Glazier for his view of Broadway and Hollywood through music. Weaving together interviews, piano performances and commentary, Glazier explores the history of the great music that has been written for Broadway musicals and Hollywood film and television.
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!