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KLRU Events

KLRU is out and about in the Central Texas community. From screenings to tapings to our annual fundraiser, the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame, there are many ways to get involved with the station. See below for a list of upcoming KLRU events, and learn how you can be a part of the fun!



7:00 pm

Music that Advocates: Considering Matthew Shepard

Oct 22, 2019 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Symphony Square, 1111 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

Presented in partnership with Waterloo Greenway and Conspirare

This unique performance documentary weaves the inspirational story of Matthew Shepard with musical selections from local Austin composer Craig Hella Johnson’s choral masterwork of the same title. This film offers a glimpse into the tragedy that led to the creation of the Hate Crimes Act and shows us how music can lead us to a place of hope.

Join Waterloo Greenway as we commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, passing Congress on October 22, 2009.

Waterloo Greenway, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and Conspirare have partnered to present a special screening of “Considering Matthew Shepard”, a unique performance documentary born in Austin and experienced around the country.

“Considering Matthew Shepard” weaves the story of Matthew Shepard with musical selections from local Austin composer Craig Hella Johnson’s choral masterwork performed by Grammy® Award winning-Conspirare and captured by the Emmy-award winning KLRU team. CMS walks us though the inspirational story of Matthew Shepard through featured interviews with Craig Hella Johnson, Shepard’s mom and Matthew Shepard Foundation founder Judy Shepard, and MSF Executive Director Jason Marsden, and news footage. This film explores the beauty of love and acceptance wrapped in Matthew’s legacy and uncovers the power of music to reveal hope that can inspire us to collective action.

The evening will open with a community discussion that explores the creative process, power of collaboration, and the ongoing impact of Considering Matthew Shepard featuring Austin-based collaborators from KLRU and Conspirare.

Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction and Ceremony

Oct 24, 2019 7:00 pm

ACL Live at The Moody Theater 310 W Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin, TX 78701

Lone Star troubadour and renowned party-starter Robert Earl Keen hosts this historic evening to recognize three beacons of American music: singer-songwriting legends Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin, and blues giant Buddy Guy! More information about performers, presenters and additional guest stars will be announced prior to the event. Musical highlights and inductions from the ceremony will air as a special on PBS later this year.

Attire: Austin Casual



3:15 pm

MEMBERS ONLY! Overheard tapes John Grisham 10/25

Oct 25, 2019 3:15 pm

KLRU’s Studio 6A

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for a members-only interview with John Grisham on October 25th at 3:15 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).

This taping has reached capacity. Please click here to be added to the waitlist:

International best-selling author John Grisham has written thirty-three novels, one work of non-fiction, a collection of stories and seven novels for young readers. A master of the legal thriller, nine of his novels have been turned into films — The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury and Skipping Christmas. There are currently more than 300 million John Grisham books in print worldwide which have been translated into 40 languages. His latest novel, The Guardians, has a strong social-justice component that shows how wrongful convictions happen. When he’s not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes including serving as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to more than 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.

Friday, October 25 at 3:15 p.m. Doors for KLRU members at 2:30 p.m.



1:15 pm

Overheard tapes Jeff Tweedy 10/27

Oct 27, 2019 1:15 pm

KLRU’s Studio 6A

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Jeff Tweedy on October 27th at 1:15 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A.

Jeff Tweedy is the Grammy Award-winning founding member and leader of the rock band Wilco. He is one of contemporary American music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performers. Rolling Stone magazine cited Wilco’s 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot as the third best album of the decade. Since founding Wilco in 1994, Tweedy has toured solo, produced three albums for iconic soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples, and written a memoir, Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back).

Tweedy says Wilco’s latest album, Ode to Joy, is “audacious and sincere.” By focusing on a unique rhythm track and a minimalist instrumental accompaniment, typically acoustic guitar, and pairing that with observant lyrics at once hopeful, morbid, tolerant and abstract, the band’s vision was achieved.

Sunday, October 27 at 1:15 p.m. Doors for KLRU members at 1:00 p.m. Doors for general admission at 1:10 p.m.



11:15 am

Overheard tapes Saeed Jones 10/27

Oct 27, 2019 11:15 am

KLRU’s Studio 6A

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Saeed Jones on October 27th at 11:15 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A.

Saeed Jones is the author of Prelude to Bruise, winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award. The poetry collection was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as awards from Lambda Literary and the Publishing Triangle in 2015. Jones is a former co-host of BuzzFeed’s morning show, AM to DM, and previously served as BuzzFeed’s LGBT editor and Culture editor.

In his debut memoir, How We Fight For Our Lives, Jones tells his story of growing up a young, black, gay man from the South and fighting to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires and fears.

Jones was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and grew up in Lewisville, Texas. He earned a BA at Western Kentucky University and an MFA at Rutgers University-Newark. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Sunday, October 27 at 11:15 a.m. Doors for KLRU members at 10:15 a.m. Doors for general admission at 10:45 a.m.



9:15 am

Overheard tapes Scott Pelley 10/27

Oct 27, 2019 9:15 am

KLRU’s Studio 6A

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Scott Pelley on October 27th at 9:15 a.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A.

Scott Pelley has been a journalist for nearly five decades. He is the most awarded correspondent in the history of 60 Minutes, and he is the former anchor of the CBS Evening News. His work has been recognized with three duPont-Columbia Awards, three Peabody Awards, the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, and 37 Emmy Awards.

In his new memoir, Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter’s Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Time, Pelley recounts the best and worst of his career – stories from 9/11 as he encounters extraordinary heroism, insight to the military fighting in the Middle East and the families they left behind, and the grieving mothers and fathers of Sandy Hook. He gives behind-the-scenes looks at interviews with world-famous people, from Bruce Springsteen to Donald Trump, and examines both the impulse to serve and the arrogance that can sully a leader’s ethical perspective.

Sunday, October 27 at 9:15 a.m. Doors for KLRU members at 8:45 a.m. Doors for general admission at 9:00 a.m.



12:15 pm

Overheard tapes Aarón Sánchez 10/27

Oct 27, 2019 12:15 pm

KLRU’s Studio 6A

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Aarón Sánchez on October 27th at 12:15 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A.

Aarón Sánchez is an award-winning chef, TV personality, cookbook author and philanthropist. He is the chef/owner of Mexican restaurant Johnny Sánchez in New Orleans, and a judge on FOX’s culinary competition series MasterChef. He co-starred on Food Network’s Chopped and Chopped Junior. A third-generation cookbook author, Sánchez has written three books. His latest is a memoir, Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef. ​

An active philanthropist, Sánchez launched the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund, an initiative empowering aspiring chefs from the Latin community to follow their dreams and attend culinary school. One of the world’s most distinguished Latin chefs, Sánchez is also passionate about preserving his family’s legacy through food and encouraging diversity in the kitchen.

Sunday, October 27 at 12:15 p.m. Doors for KLRU members at 12:00 p.m. Doors for general admission at 12:10 p.m.



7:00 pm

Tickets on sale soon!

KLRU NEXT Night: Way-back Wednesday

Nov 13, 2019 7:00 pm to Nov 13, 2019 9:00 pm

Google Fiber, 201 Colorado Street

NEXT is taking it back, waaay back, to celebrate your favorite PBS Kids programs from the 90s and 00s! We’re letting the 90s kids decide on what shows they want to see us bring back for the evening, but expect to see favorites like Bill Nye, The Magic Schoolbus, Wishbone, Arthur, Ghostwriter and more.

Come in your 90s best and listen to our favorite songs of the era with DJ Chorizo Funk, join the pizza party courtesy of Toss Pizzeria & Pub, sip drinks from Big Swig and Tequila 512, and recreate your favorite childhood crafts while you snack on some 90s and 00s classics!

Thanks so much to our sponsor who helped map out the evening, ABC Home & Commercial Services.