The Front Row, Thursday, 7/17/2008

Today harpist Julio Martinez of Mariachi Vargas performs live for us in the Studio 3-C. Also, we meet Dame Stella Riminton, the first female director of Britain's MI5 intelligence agency, who talks about her third novel of espionage and international intrigue, Illegal Action
Harpist Julio Martinez of Mariachi Vargas, the world's longest running mariachi band, performs live for us. He's joined Bob Stevenson along with representatives from the two organizations that are co-sponsoring the band's Saturday concert at the Wortham Center: Cynthia Munoz, President of Munoz Public Relations in San Antonio, and Alice Valdez, Executive Director of the Houston community center called MECA—Multi Cultural Education and Counseling through the Arts. Listen. Dowload.
 
Stella Riminton, the first female director of Britain's MI5 intelligence agency, and the model for the character played by Judi Dench in the most recent James Bond movies speaks with Catherine Lu about her new spy novel, Illegal Action. She autographs the book tonight at the Hosuton Public Library downtown, and tomorrow at Murder by the Book. Listen. Download.
 
The Alley Theatre's Associate Director and Resident Company member, James Black, directed Agatha Christie's play The Uunexpected Guest and starts in it as the title character. He talked about the murder mystery with St. John Flynn. Listen. Download