The Front Row, Wednesday, 09/09/2009

Craft-artist Omar Angel Perez gratefully acknowledges the indignities, expense and even physical pain women endure in order to be fashionable. The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft currently has on display the latest of Mr. Perez's Stilett"O"s … exquisitely crafted … outrageously stylish … but also extremely dangerous high-heeled women's shoes – made out of layered wood and decorated with such pain-inducing accents as barbed wire and band-saw blades!

KUHF's Meghan Hendley speaks with life-long Houstonian and wood-turning craft-artist, Omar Angel Perez.  Stilett"O"s, the exhibition of Mr. Perez's terminally-fashionable high-heeled women's shoes, is on display at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft through October … and is one of three shows – along with the Craft Center's paired convention-busting exhibitions, Challenge Seven and Unknitting -- that will be up and available for the viewing and enjoying, Saturday from 10:00AM - 5:00PM, as the Center for Contemporary Craft joins sixteen other art, science and historical institutions in hosting the city's thirteenth annual Museum District Day. Listen Download

Bayou City Concert Musicals presents its new semi-staged production of the 1944 Leonard Bernstein-Jerome Robbins-Betty Comden-and-Adolph Green musical, On the Town. There are five performances: tomorrow evening at 7:30PM, Friday and Saturday night at 8:00PM  and Sunday at 2:00PM and 7:30PM in the Heinen Theatre at Houston Community College. TFR Producer Bob Stevenson hosts a preview session castmembers in KUHF's Geary Performance Studio. Listen Download

Maggie Anton discusses, reads excerpts from, and autographs copies of her newest book, Rachel: A Novel of Love and the Talmud in Medieval France, in two separate events here in town. She appears this evening at 7:00PM at the Brazos Bookstore on Bissonnet, between Kirby and Greenbriar and tomorrow evening at the Jewish Community Center of Houston, on South Braeswood Drive. She chats about the book with KUHF's St. John Flynn. Listen Download  Extended Interview