September 30, 2011 8:41 pm
Theatre Under The Stars - Guys and Dolls
We chat with actors Matt Merchant, who stars as the chronic gambler "Nathan Detroit," and Jen Cody [pictured], who plays his show-girl fiancée "Miss Adelaide," in Theatre Under The Stars' new staging of the classic musical, Guys and Dolls, at the Hobby Center.
September 30, 2011 8:35 pm
Poison Pen Reading Series - Robert Cremins & Analicia Sotelo
Writers Robert Cremins and Analicia Sotelo [pictured] share excerpts from some of their latest stories and poems, previewing the 5th Anniversary Poison Pen Reading Series program at the Poison Girl Bar.
September 30, 2011 8:04 pm
Amy Ell / Vault - ConTornTion
Choreographer Amy Ell, stage manager Gayla Miller and guest-aerialist Leslie Vaughn describe how gravity and convention are challenged in the program, ConTornTion, to be presented by Ms. Ell's Vault Dance Company, this week at DiverseWorks.
September 28, 2011 8:55 pm
Houston Ballet - Giselle & Indigo
Principal Dancer, Sara Webb, talks about her role as the heartbroken country girl, who is deceived by Duke Albrecht, in Houston Ballet's new production of the romantic favorite, Giselle. Ms. Webb also dances in Stanton Welch's Indigo, which is paired with Giselle on the program.
September 27, 2011 10:08 pm
Masquerade Theatre - Galveston! The Musical
Singer-actors from Masquerade Theatre perform selections from a brand-new show! We hear songs from Galveston! The Musical, set in the early 1900s during the days of the Maceo Brothers and their gambling and bootlegging empire on The Island. The company's World Première production of Galveston! The Musical opens Friday night at the Hobby Center.
September 27, 2011 9:53 pm
The Alley Theatre - "Ether Dome" by Elizabeth Egloff
Director Michael Wilson chats about the Alley Theatre's World Première production of Ether Dome by Elizabeth Egloff. The play tells the story of the discovery of anesthesia and explores the human drama behind the medical experimentation.
September 27, 2011 9:32 pm
Cantare Houston: All-American A Cappella (Almost)
Artistic Director, Kevin Riehle, and Dallas mezzo-soprano, Natalie Arduino, preview Cantare Houston's season-opening concert, All-American A Cappella (Almost), which takes place tonight at Christ the King Lutheran Church. The program features Ms. Arduino as the soloist in Copland's In the Beginning, plus other works for unaccompanied voices.
September 26, 2011 9:49 pm
St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society: Mid-Century Masters
We have a live performance by Houston Symphony flutist, Judy Dines, and fellow-artists from the orchestra, who play together as the St. Cecilia Chamber Music Society! They share excerpts from their concert, Mid-Century Masters: Duets and Quintets for Woodwinds and Piano.
September 26, 2011 9:40 pm
Cellist Brinton Averil Smith & pianist Evelyn Chen
Rice University Professor and Houston Symphony Principal Cellist, Brinton Averil Smith, and pianist Evelyn Chen perform for us! They preview the Faculty Recital of chamber pieces by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, which they and colleagues will present at Rice's Shepherd School of Music.
September 25, 2011 5:31 pm
The Passage by Justin Cronin
Novelist and Rice University English professor, Justin Cronin, talks about his latest book -- the best-selling apocalyptic, vampire novel, The Passage.
September 25, 2011 5:29 pm
Musiqa - Composer Anthony Brandt & conductor Robert Franz
We preview Musiqa's season-opening concert, Play a Song for Me. Composer and Musiqa President, Anthony Brandt [pictured], and guest conductor, Robert Franz, discuss John Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man (a song-cycle based on lyrics by Bob Dylan) and other contemporary works on the program!
September 25, 2011 5:28 pm
Lyle Lovett reminisces about his days at Anderson Fair
Houston's own Lyle Lovett talks about what the Montrose-area venue, Anderson Fair, has meant to his career. The venerable folk-music club has been nurturing Texas-based folk singers for over 40 years and is the subject of the documentary, For The Sake of The Song: The Story of Anderson Fair, airing on Houston PBS/Channel 8.
September 25, 2011 5:26 pm
Da Camera of Houston - Composer Tobias Picker
Pulitzer Prize- and Oscar-winning composer, Tobias Picker, describes his new Piano Quintet, commissioned by Da Camera of Houston! The World Première of the work will be presented by the Brentano String Quartet and pianist Sarah Rothenberg on Da Camera's season-opening concert.
September 24, 2011 1:46 am
Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance 2011
Dance Source Houston's new Executive Director, Stephanie Wong, choreographer Sandra Organ of Earthen Vessels and dancer Jesse Garcia of HIStory talk about this year's Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance, taking place tomorrow night and Saturday at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
September 24, 2011 1:24 am
Opera Vista - Philip Glass' "The Fall of the House of Usher"
We preview Opera Vista's production of The Fall of the House of Usher! The opera by Philip Glass is based on Edgar Allan Poe's classic gothic horror tale. Company members sing live for us in the studio, in anticipation of their performance on Saturday evening, under the stars at Bayou Bend.
September 24, 2011 1:15 am
Houston Symphony - Hans Graf & Olga Kern
Music Director, Hans Graf, and international piano sensation, Olga Kern, talk about the pieces by Christopher Rouse, Franz Liszt and Richard Strauss that they'll perform with the Houston Symphony this weekend at Jones Hall!
September 24, 2011 1:05 am
Black Lab Theatre - Farragut North by Beau Willimon
Lead actors, Jordan Jaffee and Seán Patrick Judge, chat about the Black Lab Theater's production of Beau Willimon's play, Farragut North, a drama with an insider's view of the behind-the-scenes wheeling-and-dealings along the presidential campaign trail.
September 24, 2011 12:09 am
The Back Porch Players - In the Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks
Director David Rainey and lead actress Florence Garvey talk about the Back Porch Player's staging of In the Blood, by Pulitzer-Prize-winner, Suzan-Lori Parks. The drama is a contemporary update and reinvention of Nathaniel Hawthorne's tale of sin and adultery, The Scarlet Letter.
September 23, 2011 11:50 pm
Lawdale Art Center - Mark Ponder: A Time to Celebrate
A Time To Celebrate is the title of Mark Ponder's installation at Lawndale Art Center. Colorful streamers, balloons, confetti, presents, refreshments -- they're all there. But wait! There's also blood and desiccated bones, the skin of a fox and images of dying animals. The artist tells us what exactly is it that we're celebrating ...
September 23, 2011 10:46 pm
Ars Lyrica Houston - Paradise Found
Artistic Director, Matthew Dirst, previews the opening concert of the new performance season of his early-music ensemble, Ars Lyrica Houston. Paradise Found promises to take its audience on a musical journey from worldly torment to heavenly ecstasy!
September 23, 2011 9:53 pm
Big Head Productions - Republic Day by Tom Stell
Big Head Productions is presenting a new drama by its Artistic Director, Tom Stell. Republic Day is set in a fictional, contemporary totalitarian state and explores various responses to that situation by members of both the ruling elite and the oppressed working class.
September 23, 2011 9:44 pm
Main Street Theater - Woof by Y York
We hear about Main Street Theater's World Premiere production of a comedy-drama by Y York, entitled Woof. It tells the story of a guy who apparently has it all, but his world comes crashing down when he commits a senseless, violent act in front of a security camera and the video is soon all over the media.
September 20, 2011 2:16 pm
Classical Theatre Company - The Triumph of Love by Pierre de Marivaux
Director Julia Traber and cast member Matt Hune tell us about the Classical Theatre Company's production of Pierre de Marivaux's 18th-Century French Romantic comedy, The Triumph of Love.
September 20, 2011 2:13 pm
Houston Chamber Choir - Ave Maria
Artistic Director, Robert Simpson, describes the Houston Chamber Choir's first concert of the season, Ave Maria: Music of Devotion to Our Lady, which the chorus will perform tomorrow night at downtown Houston's Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
September 20, 2011 2:05 pm
Inprint - Francisco Goldman & Nicole Krauss
We meet the two award-winning authors who appear on the season-opener of Inprint's Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. Francisco Goldman [pictured] talks about Say Her Name, an autobiographical novel that explores his own short marriage and grief in the aftermath of his wife's drowning in 2007. Author Nicole Krauss chats about her latest novel, Great House, a Finalist for the 2010 National Book Award.
September 20, 2011 12:42 am
Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Life & Luxury
Curator Helga Aurisch takes us on a tour of a new exhibition, opening this weekend at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. We enjoy the fruits of affluence in Life and Luxury: The Art of Living in 18th-Century Paris.
September 20, 2011 12:34 am
Context - Sin in the 70s
Artistic Director and pianist, Brian Connelly, gives us a taste of the first Context chamber-music recital of the season. Sin in the 70s: American Iconoclasts showcases the ground-breaking work of several avant-garde composers of the late 20th Century who challenged the entrenched dominance of the Serialists.
September 19, 2011 10:57 pm
Jazz vocalist Cindy Scott & The Wee Trio
We have a live jazz performance by New Orleans vocalist Cindy Scott [pictured] and The Wee Trio. It's a preview of the sets she and the guys play this weekend at Cezanne Jazz Club and at the Kemah Boardwalk Jazz Festival!
September 17, 2011 4:02 am
Chick Corea & Return to Forever IV
We talk with keyboardist and composer, Chick Corea [pictured, center], about the fourth incarnation of his fusion band, Return to Forever, which comes to Houston's Verizon Wireless Theatre to perform its signature jazz with the funky rhythms of soul music and rock 'n' roll!
September 17, 2011 3:54 am
The Fischer Duo: Unabashedly Romantic
The husband-and-wife duo of cellist Norman Fischer and pianist Jeanne Kierman Fischer chat about and play selections from their Faculty Recital, Unabashedly Romantic, coming up tomorrow evening at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.