The Front Row, 06/21/2006

Mandy Kung, Stephanie Chan, Jeffrey Lee and KUHF's Alison Young
On this first day of Summer 2006 we celebrated with two live performances in the KUHF Performance Studio. Stephanie Chan and Jeffrey Lee are participants in this week's High School Piano Institute at the Texas Music Festival. They performed some of the music they'll offer on the closing concert. . .

This Sunday afternoon at 1:00 the High School Piano Institute at the 17th anual Imanuel and Helen Jeffrey Lee at the KUHF SteinwayOlshan Texas Music Festival presents it's closing concert, featuring performances by some of the program's most gifted participants. Mandy Kung is a graduate of the Moores School of Music and also serves, alonside her former teacher Nancy Weems, as Co-Director of the Institute. She stopped in along with our two gifted young performers to talk with TFR Assistant Producer Alison Young. Audio here.  

Deborah BoilyAlso in the Performace Studio today was Houston's favorite chanteuse Deborah Boily. The art of cabaret-singing is being kept alive in Houston almost entirely thanks to the efforts and talents of Ms. Boily. She presents her latest Debbie and Friends cabaret evening this Friday and Saturday at Ovations in Rice Village. She was joined in Studio 3-C by fellow singer-actor Terry Jones and pianist Steven Jones to sample from her program.  Audio here.

Author Paul MalmontThe science-fiction interplanetary explorer. . .the hard boiled detective. . .the horse riding preserver of law and order. . .and the superhero where all spawned in the cheesy yellow pages of pulp novels of the 1930's. Ravaged by the devastation of the Great Depression, Americans turned to these inexpensive, hastily-written, fictional pot-boilers for relief, entertainment, for hope and for role-models. Now, a first-time novelist, Paul Malmont, has revived the genre in the 21st Century - in spades! - with his new book The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril. Mr. Malmont will talk about and sign copies of his new book this evening at 6:30 at Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. He spoke about it on today's edition TFR with KUHF's Rod Rice. Audio here.