The Front Row, 08/23/2006

The Wortham Center
We heard what Houston Grand Opera has in store for the upcoming season as well as at this Sunday's Theater District Open House. We also heard from the Artistic Directors of 3 of the 17 dance companies that will be participating in this year's Dance Houston showcase this weekend at the Hobby Center. . .

Dance HoustonThis weekend at the Hobby Center, Dance Houston presents its fourth annual celebration of diversity in movement, with performances by seventeen local dance troupes that cover the spectrum from traditional folk and old-world ballroom dancing to post-modernist contemporary dance, jazz and hip-hop. KUHF's Alison Young talked with the directors of three of the participating companies, beginning with Shawn Welling, founder and chief director of Planet Funk.  His dancers have performed in half-time shows for the N-F-L, N-H-L and the Houston Rockets' 1994 N-B-A World Championship games … They've done music videos, stage productions, and television specials with Debra Duncan and Sam Malone … and they've danced in Cirque du Soleil's touring production, Dralion.  Listen  Download


The Texas St. Plaza at Houston's Wortham CenterJoy Partain talks with Dean Dalton about the upcoming season of performances from Houston Grand Opera and what they have in store for visitors at this weekend's Theatre District Open House.  Listen  Download


Karin SlaughterBest-selling crime novelist Karin Slaughter talks with KUHF's Alison Young about her new book Triptych. Ms. Slaughter reads this evening at Murder by the Book.  Listen  Download