The Front Row, 07/18/2006

Siddarth Shanghvi
Acclaimed young writer Siddarth Shanghvi stopped by the KUHF studios today to talk about his highly-acclaimed first novel, The Last Song of Dusk. . .

Siddarth ShanghviIndian-American writer Siddarth Dhanvant Shanghvi was born in Bombay and educated in India, England and the United States. He was 26 when his debut novel, The Last Song of Dusk, was published in 2004 to acclaim on three continents. Containing elements of magical realism, the book is set in India in the 1920's and focuses on themes of marriage, fate, tragedy, colonialism, and what the author has called the intersection of "the politics of sexuality and the laws of love." Siddarth Shanghvi spoke about his first opus with KUHF's Alison Young. Audio here.  

Pianist Hortencia UrteagaThis week, Houston's MECA - Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts - welcomes back one of it's own. Hortencia Urteaga is a graduate of HISD's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; while a student there, she won both the Houston Young Artists and Young Texas Artist competitions. This spring she completed here Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Texas at Austin, and she will continue her studies this fall at Florida State University, where she will pursue a Master's Degree in Music Therapy with a specialization in working with children. This Thursday evening Ms. Orteaga will give a second performance of her UT graduation recital. She previewed her program with KUHF's Alison Young.  Audio here. 

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Castmembers from the Elves and the ShoemakerThe second of this summer's productions from the 29th annual Children's Theatre Festival at the University of Hosuton is a stage adaptation by local playwright Kate Pogue of the Grimm's fairy-tale, The Elves and the Shoemaker. Brian Byrnes, Associate Professor of Theater at UH, directed the show; actor J.J. Johnston plays the shoemaker, Claus; and Audi Resendez is Chipper, one of the two elves who sneaks into the cobbler's workshop late at night and makes beautiful shoes. They all three talked with KUHF's Bob Stevenson. Audio here.