Friday, May 3, 2013
The documentary film Service: When Women Come Marching Come Home describes the life of the modern, female, U.S. veteran. We are introduced to the individual women who have undergone challenge, injury and trauma in the line of duty. As they recount their personal experiences it becomes clear that many of these women have been poorly repaid for their contributions.
Although the U.S. continues to debate when and how females should serve in the military, these women have their own opinion on the matter. Whether interacting with civilian women and children, or forming enduring and supportive friendships, it is clear that in many ways they feel they have an edge over their male counterparts.
Yet, despite any advantages, they continue to struggle in their transition to civilian life. This was, for me, one of the most revealing aspects of the film: the strain placed on these individual daughters, wives and mothers as they attempt to reintegrate themselves into their families and previous lifestyles.
Another eye-opener was the shocking way that rape cases were handled by the military. The lack of support, and in fact ostracism, described by a number of the women interviewed is a call for action and perhaps legislation.
It is clear however, that not all legislation made in support of these veterans has had an impact. For example: the laws protecting a disabled veteran's right to bring their service dog into stores, restaurants and other businesses is largely unknown and therefore frequently ineffective.
One of this documentary’s strengths is that it indicates a number of such flaws in the current support system. It offers viewers a very subjective overview of critical weak points. In my mind the next step would be to more concretely and objectively define how that system needs to be reworked.
Service: When Women Comes Marching Home begins an important discussion by questioning how we support our veterans and repay their sacrifices. It presents a conversational and direct picture of these individual women and their personal experiences.
The program airs Monday, May 6 at 10pm on KLRN.
Monday, March 18, 2013
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Many consumers already know about the need to run the “scan” function on their digital converter
boxes or digital TV sets periodically following the June 12 digital TV transition. Scanning searches for and “remembers” the available digital broadcast channels.
But in some cases where stations moved their digital frequencies on June 12, simple scanning may not be enough. There is a procedure – sometimes called “double re-scanning” – that can clear your box’s memory of saved channels. These earlier scans may have saved channel information that is now incorrect.
There are five simple steps to a double re-scan for a converter box or digital TV, which are as follows:
- Disconnect the antenna from the box or digital TV
- Re-scan the box or digital TV without the antenna connected. As with any scan follow the on-screen instructions or owner’s manual for your device
- Unplug the box or digital TV from the electrical outlet for at least one minute
- Reconnect the antenna to the box or digital TV and plug the unit into the electrical outlet.
- Rescan the box or digital TV one more time.
Friday, November 2, 2012
When we (at KLRN) were first having the discussions earlier in the year about launching our own local arts show, I had to contain myself. I was so excited about the concept, but I had to harbor the excitement and put in place the work it would take to launch the show. The name: ARTS. The look, the feel, the vibe, the details---there was so much to do, and only a small crew to do it. It is funny too because what is considered good art to one person, may be considered junk to another. Art is very personal and I wasn’t sure how we were going to bring it all together and AGREE on it. But we did.
From the very first moment I met Asia Ciaravino, our host, I knew she was the perfect fit for our program. Funny, knowledgeable, and just easy to like---I liked that. She sees the world as an opportunity, she appreciates quirky things, and she shines on camera. Like I said, she is just perfect.
ASIA ON ARTS: “I love art because it sparks creative thought and emotion. I also love the study of human nature. In art we create an open forum for expression; each art form allows the consumer a different touch point. Theatre is my art. Being an actor has taught me many things about people; most importantly that everyone has different or competing objectives. When you listen, you are able to decipher what people really want and understand how to give it to them. As we grow and understand people, we become better actors. As we listen more and talk less, we become better people. I believe art is a transformative force with the power to change people profoundly. “
We are in the process of completing our fifth show. It is all still new, we are still finding our groove, and we are working on how to make this good concept GREAT.
The hard work was not mine. The hard work came from the graphics, the editor and our crew who had/have to be on location to film anytime, anywhere. I say they “have” to do the work, but it is more accurate to say that they “get” to work on this project. This is a fun one—and they agree that while we all consider this work, we are really lucky that this new program belongs to us.
ARTS for all. I hope you have a chance to see the show and embrace art near and far…
And the next time you see something strategically or not-strategically placed, you stop and appreciate that it’s existence is actually…art.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
It’s said that during the Mexican Revolution, women soldareas rode in circles, kicking up dust to lure federales into traps. These adelitas, or women of the revolution, are the inspiration for Escaramuza, an event added to traditional Mexican charreadas 20 years ago.
Charreadas, which are similar to rodeos, evolved from competitions between vaqueros and their haciendas in old Mexico. Escaramuza, which means skirmish, is the only women’s event in today’s charreadas. Eight women wearing flowing dresses, wide-brim hats and riding sidesaddle on horses weave precision, strength and beauty into a fast-paced dance that is both sport and art. They train for years to perfect a four-minute routine that dazzles crowds in dusty arenas. One wrong move, in a split second, can mean a loss.
“This work is not easy,” says an instructor for Las Azaleas, a team of first-generation Mexican American hosewomen in California. “To have good results, there’s no other thing than work. Nothing else.”
“Riding From The Heart” follows Las Azaleas on a two-year odyssey to represent the United States at the National Charro Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico. Like their instructor said, the path wasn’t easy for this close-knit team of friends and family. They paid with sweat, fears and even some tears to reach elated peaks. In the end, something happens that they didn't expect.
The film is part of VOCES 2012, a four-part series celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
Have a look:
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Being CFO is not easy. You are the person who always has to say "no". You have to hound people for budgets, pricing, and financials. You have to monitor spending even though you have a team that has to monitor their own spending--because ultimately, the responsibility is yours. Many times, the CFO is the unsung hero, the one who stays behind a closed door balancing a budget, filling out paperwork and ensuring that all is right to keep the lights on.
I think this is why it is so exciting that our CFO was recognized by the San Antonio Business Journal as one of the top CFOs in San Antonio for 2012. Patrick Lopez does his job well, very well, making sure that we can continue to do what we do every day in our community and on-air. Congrats Pat! We are all proud of you--and we are very lucky that you belong to us.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Cascarones, medals, special hats, food goodies and more! The signs, smells and sounds of Fiesta are here. I’m not a San Antonio native, but when I moved here twelve years ago, my San Antonio friends quickly introduced me to some of the festivities like Oyster Bake and NIOSA, and without hesitation taught me all about the Fiesta traditions. One of the traditions that totally surprised me about the consecutive eleven-day party was the fact that people actually save their vacation just for this time of the year. My first thought twelve years ago, “Now that’s speaking my language!”
There are so many Fiesta events (roughly 100) that I’m not sure how one would attend all of them without taking vacation. This year for the first time in a while, I am actually “working” during Fiesta…if I can even call it work. I already love what I do here at KLRN, and this year I get to play a part in the Fiesta parade productions. And, well, I think that’s pretty cool. So I hope you join us for the three parades, whether it’s in person, on-air or online, and as with everything that we do here at KLRN, I hope we make you proud to call us YOUR public television station.
Friday, April 6, 2012
AMERICA REVEALED goes beyond outdoor adventures. The program takes viewers on a journey high above the American landscape to reveal the country as never seen before travelling through time, space and systems to reveal a nation of interdependent and intricately interwoven networks that feed and power the nation, produce millions of goods, transport people great distances and still come together to make America work.
Beginning April 11th, Tuesdays at 10p
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Several weeks ago, I had the chance to watch “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey.” I was captivated. Not only was the story of this big guy who plays the voice of a small, furry character interesting, but in everything he did as a child, I was looking at his parents. As a child, Kevin Clash was always interested in puppetry. Building his own sets, creating characters, acting them out, watching the programs, and in his mind he was dreaming about how he could do that job one day. He had the passion, he had the creativity, he had the drive, and clearly he has the heart…but one key element that he had that made it all possible…he had the parents.
Sometimes I hear parents creating a path for their children, steering them in a direction that they want them to go in. Sure their children may be interested in something by default (a dentists' child will surely know a lot about teeth)…but do they LOVE it? Do they have a passion for it?
In “Being Elmo,” I watched all of the video clips of Clash as a kid putting on community puppet shows and I saw many photos of him and his characters. I heard him speak about all of the shows that he put on and how he had to search for the right fabric and sewing technique for his puppets. As a 10-year-old, I can’t say that he would have been able to do all of that if he hadn’t had such supportive parents. His parents were the ones allowing him to set up a show in the middle of the living room (surely disrupting normal “living”), his parents were the ones helping him pick out and purchase the fabric that he needed, and his parents were the ones who were holding the video camera or taking photos of his sets and his characters. Clash felt supported, justified, celebrated and he felt like he COULD do it…that is why he did.
I am a sucker for a good documentary. I am. This program is fantastic and I know that different people will get different things out of it. Whether it is seeing how the puppets work, what the Sesame Street scene looks like behind the cameras, or learning about how one puppeteer is living the dream…I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Now, I’m off to hang out with my kids, and I’m going to see what THEY want to do today…as opposed to what I want them to do today.
Friday, March 30, 2012
I was absolutely drawn into the program preview. The beautiful, mysterious Gillian Anderson plays the starring role as the manipulative Miss Havisham. Great Expectations is a Charles Dickens’ tale of rags to riches to self-knowledge. This most familiar story — an orphan boy meets an escaped convict, a crazed rich woman, a bewitching girl, and grows up to have great expectations of wealth from a mysterious patron — appropriately airs during the bicentennial of Dickens’ birth, and this marks the fifteenth MASTERPIECE adaptation of the great novelist's works.
HERE’S AN AMAZING PREVIEW OF WHAT’S TO COME!
Friday, March 23, 2012
Whether it’s anecdotes about ancestors from generations past, or stories of recent relatives, each of us has a rich, unique genealogical heritage to share. In all this research you find yourself, and it makes you cognizant of what kind of legacy you want to leave with this world.
If this fascinates you in the least, you will no doubt enjoy FINDING YOUR ROOTS, one of the newest PBS series airing Sundays at 7p. The program examines the histories and family genealogies of a number of well-known personalities. Renowned cultural critic and Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. journeys deep into the ancestry of a group of remarkable individuals and provides new understanding of personal identity and American history.
CLICK HERE FOR A SNEAK PEAK!
Monday, March 19, 2012
Like many, I try to be financially careful, and it’s nice to know that I can turn on the TV to my local PBS station and find arts programming.
This past year like never before, PBS reaffirmed its passion in delivering the arts, and it continues to impress with Great Performances: Phantom of the Opera, Tuesday, March 20 at 8p. In celebration of its blockbuster 25th anniversary year, Andrew Lloyd Webber presents The Phantom of the Opera in a fully-staged, lavish production, set in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of London's Royal Albert Hall.
If you are a fan of the Phantom of the Opera, I encourage you to check this out:
And for those who enjoy a bit of research, here are some interesting facts about the play: The Phantom of the Opera first opened in 1986. It has been produced in 145 cities in 27 countries and played to more than 130 million people. The show has won more than 50 major theatre awards, including seven Tonys and three Olivier Awards in the West End. In 2006, it became Broadway's longest running show ever, and it is currently showing in London, New York, Budapest, Las Vegas, and Kyoto.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
PBS definitely knows when it’s just good music, and that’s why Aretha Franklin returns to public television on Thursday, March 15 at 9p. Delight in a festival of original Soul Hits of the 1960s and special love ballads from the 70s. Aretha Franklin Presents Soul Rewind is a comprehensive collection of rare performances by legendary R&B performers, offering an abundance of long-lost archival material that has been recovered from film vaults across the United States, England, Germany and France.
Open the musical treasure chest for a sneak peak:
Monday, March 12, 2012
If you want to get back on track, here’s a clip with excellent tips from Dr. Amen sharing the 7 best types of food to keep your brain young and strong.
According to Dr. Amen, the fountain of youth is literally between your ears. A healthy brain is the key to staying vibrant and alive for a long time. Be inspired to tune in on Tuesday, March 13 at 8p for more motivational tips on Use Your Brain to Change Your Age with Dr. Amen.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Under the Streetlamp is an engaging concert of classic hits from the recent leading cast members of the Tony-Award winning musical, Jersey Boys. You'll hear Doo-Wop, Motown, old time Rock 'n' Roll and your favorites from the American radio songbook, including tunes made popular by The Drifters, The Four Seasons, The Beach Boys, The Beatles and many more.
Tuesday, March 6 at 8p: Under the Streetlamp is, without a doubt, a modern classic! Check out America’s hottest new vocal group:
And I’m sure attending a Straight No Chaser concert would be a fantastic experience, but watching it on Tuesday, March 6 at 9:30p at home from the comfort of your own couch and not having to worry about anyone blocking your view, well that’s pretty cool too!
Filmed live at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, this male a cappella phenomenon takes us on a journey through the decades of the pop songbook in Straight No Chaser: Songs of the Decade. Hear songs like "Heartbreak Hotel," "Big Girls Don't Cry," to name a few.
Even Madonna may have some competition. A sneak preview of “Like A Prayer” can currently be viewed here: