The Front Row, 08/21/2006

Frank Young
As we resumed our series of interviews paving the way toward Sunday's 13th annual Houston Theater District Open House, we spoke with Frank Young, founder and Producing Artistic Director of Theatre Under The Stars. . .

Beauty and the Beast, TUTSIt's our KUHF tradition of at least five years now, in the two weeks leading up to the Theater District Open House, to "preview coming attractions" with representatives of each of the participating arts groups. Our guest today was the man who now ranks as the longest-reigning artistic head of any Bayou City performing-arts organization: Frank Young, founder and Producing Artistic Director of Theatre Under the Stars, the locally-based company that stages its own productions of Broadway-style musicals.  He spoke with KUHF's Bob Stevenson. Audio here.

Jeff AbbottMurder and the Mob … a secret drug formula … and a former gang spy suffering from post-traumatic stress-disorder who is enrolled in the government's Witness Protection Program and is having a difficult time staying alive, since both the Mafia and federal agents are gunning for him. …Those are just SOME of the elements of Fear, the latest edge-of-your-seat thriller by Austin, Texas-based author Jeff Abbott, who reads from and autographs copies of the novel this evening at the Houston literary shop, Murder By the Book. Right now, Mr. Abbott is in the broadcast studio next to mine with KUHF's Alison Young. Audio here.

Approximately every six weeks, the art galleries located in Galveston Island's Historic District hold their eight-times-a-year Art Walks, coordinated by the Galveston Arts Center, during which the participating spaces unveil their newest exhibitions in an evening of simultaneous openings and artists' receptions. The most recent Art Walk along the Strand took place this past Saturday. KUHF's Meghan Hendley went to the Galveston Arts Center to see Addenda, the first mid-career retrospective of recent work by Houston artist, Al Souza, well-known for his popular "puzzle paintings."He showed Meghan around the exhibition of some sixty of his pieces produced over the past twelve years, accompanied by the Arts Center's curator, Clint Willour. Audio here.