The Front Row, Friday, 08/07/2009

Today, curator Clare Elliott from the Menil Collection and dancer-choreographer Karen Stokes of the University of Houston's School of Theatre and Dance, remember two friends and associates, who also happened to be seminal American cultural icons: visual artist Robert Rauschenberg and choreographer Merce Cunningham pictured, both of whom we've lost within the last fifteen months and both of whom will be honored with a memorial-tribute film-screening this evening at the Menil Collection...
The Menil Collection, Society for the Performing Arts, ARTPIX and Microcinema International present a free outdoor screening of two of the films Charles Atlas made of dance pieces by Merce Cunningham Split Sides (2003), with music by the British alt-rock band Radiohead and the Icelandic experimental group, Sigur Rós … and Interscape from 2000, with sets and costumes designed by Robert Rauschenberg and music by John Cage. The program is a memorial tribute to Rauschenberg, who died May 28th, 2008 and Merce Cunningham, who passed away on July 26th at the age of Ninety. KUHF's Bob Stevenson speaks with Choreographer Karen Stokes and Clare Elliot from the Minel Collection about tonight's tribute. Listen Download

Joe Sears and Jaston Williams wrote, produced and play all of the characters in the fourth of their Greater Tuna comedy-sketch revues, Tuna Does Vegas, which – in its latest revision -- opens its third run in as many years, tonight at 8:00PM in the Grand 1894 Opera House. KUHF's Bob Stevenson chats with Joe and Jaston about their latest addition to the Tuna comedy revues. Listen Download

Jazz vocalist Bryan Anthony, with saxophonist Woody Witt and the Gary Norian Trio presents his new show, Night and Day: The Songs and Stories of Cole Porter – one performance only – tomorrow night at 9:00PM at Cézanne, the jazz club on Houston's Montrose Boulevard, near Richmond. Listen Download