August 20, 2012 3:18 pm
Theater District Open House: Music Doing Good
Music Doing Good is an ensemble whose mission is “philanthropy through music.” We hear from executive and creative director David LaDuca, and Aisha Ussery Adams, director of Music Doing Good’s In-School Program, about the company's plans for the upcoming season.
August 20, 2012 3:14 pm
Theater District Open House: Opera Vista
We hear from Opera Vista artistic director Viswa Subbaraman, about his group’s plans for 2012-2013.
August 17, 2012 6:22 pm
Kim Prevost & Bill Solley
Jazz singer Kim Prevost and guitarist Bill Solley not only share tracks from the two new albums they’re working on; they also preview the show that they and the After-Hours Lounge Band will present at Cezanne.
August 17, 2012 6:18 pm
Theater District Open House: Broadway Across America
For lovers of musical theater, Fran MacFerran, president of the Hobby Center Foundation, gives us a sneak peak at the new season of shows to be presented by the Broadway Across America – Houston series. Hint: Jersey Boys, Les Miz, Beauty and the Beast, and Wicked are all coming back to Houston; Sister Act and Catch Me If You Can are playing here for the first time.
August 17, 2012 6:13 pm
"Museum of Dysfunction V" Pt. 2
Artistic director Jennifer Decker and Houston playwrights Eric James and Peter Wittenberg preview the second weekend of Museum of Dysfunction V. It’s the Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company’s showcase for short plays that explore awkwardness and what’s not working in our lives and relationships.
August 15, 2012 5:46 pm
Dr. Louis Markos, professor of English at Houston Baptist University, talks about the ways in which the British Romantic poets projected their inner emotions onto the external world, a perspective that shaped the intense, vibrant images that appeared in their writings. Markos’s lecture, Eye of the Beholder: How to See the World Like a Romantic Poet, is this month’s “Artful Thursday” program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
August 15, 2012 5:36 pm
"The Music of Virko Baley"
Texas clarinetist Timothy Bonenfant and pianist Michael Schneider introduce us to the work of contemporary Ukrainian-born composer Virko Baley. The two musicians perform selections from the recital of Baley’s music that they’re giving at the University of Saint Thomas.
August 15, 2012 5:31 pm
Theater District Open House: Alley Theatre
Dean Gladden, managing director of the Alley Theatre, gets us in the mood for the annual Theater District Open House and the beginning of the new performing arts season by previewing the Alley’s 2012-2013 lineup of plays, which includes Death of a Salesman and The Elephant Man.
August 14, 2012 4:24 pm
Inman Gallery: "New Prints"
Patrick Reynolds, director of Inman Gallery, shows us the collection of new print-work by the artists the gallery represents. The Print Houston group show is on view through the end of the week.
August 14, 2012 4:20 pm
Theater District Open House: Houston Ballet
Houston Ballet’s new executive director James Nelson gets us started on our countdown to the city’s new performing arts season by previewing his company’s 2012-2013 line-up of productions, the first of which is Madame Butterfly, opening in less than a month. Houston Ballet is one of the major arts organizations that will host downtown Houston’s 19th Annual Theatre District Open House on Sunday, August 26.
August 14, 2012 4:09 pm
Remembering Jeremy Choate
A bright light in the firmament of the Houston arts community has been extinguished. Light-artist and lighting-designer Jeremy Choate was riding his motorcycle Saturday night, Aug. 11, and suffered massive traumatic head injuries when a driver struck him from behind while Choate was stopped at a traffic light. A year ago, Choate (33) worked with choreographer and dancer Andy Noble, in the creation of Splitting Night: An Evening of Dance and Light, which NobleMotion premiered last August. In an interview with Catherine Lu, Choate described how he went about developing the lighting aspects of Splitting Night.
August 14, 2012 11:42 am
MFAH: "American Made"
WE look at representative samples of art-works and design objects “Made in America” during the fledgling nation’s first century, part of the permanent collection and currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in the exhibition American Made.
August 14, 2012 11:34 am
Theater District Open House
On Sunday, August 26, downtown Houston will throw wide the gates of Jones Hall, the Alley Theatre, and the Hobby and Wortham Centers, and invite everyone to join them in their annual celebration of the performing arts. We begin our run-up to the 19th Houston Theater District Open House with our annual conversation with Andrew Huang, president of the Houston Downtown Alliance, the civic board that oversees and coordinates activities in the District.
August 10, 2012 4:05 pm
David Craig Quartet
The David Craig Quartet makes its “Front Row” debut today with a studio performance. Bassist David Craig, along with saxophonist Warren Sneed, guitarist Paul Chester, and drummer Richard Cholakian, treats us to some live jazz, previewing the sets the band will play at the Montrose nightclub Cézanne.
August 9, 2012 4:08 pm
"A Golden Time of Day"
Robert McClain and Erin Siudzinski of McClain Gallery show us around A Golden Time of Day, a group exhibition that playfully explores the use of gold in contemporary art.
August 9, 2012 4:03 pm
"Museum of Dysfunction V"
We preview the fifth edition of the Museum of Dysfunction, Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company’s annual showcase of weird and wonderful short plays by writers from all over the country. We chat with directors Jonathan Harvey and Candyce Prince, and with playwright Philip Kaplan, two of whose mini-dramas will be presented at Spring Street Studios.
August 8, 2012 5:31 pm
"The Screwtape Letters"
Award-winning actor Max McLean talks about his touring theatrical adaptation of the C. S. Lewis novel The Screwtape Letters, in which a senior demon from Hell coaches his young nephew – an apprentice tempter – in the fine points of detouring an upstanding Christian soul onto the slippery slope that leads to eternal damnation. The Screwtape Letters returns to Houston for three performances at the Wortham Center.
August 8, 2012 5:23 pm
Hope Stone Dance: "WRECK-WE-UMMM"
Jane Weiner, artistic director of Hope Stone Dance, introduces us to the third annual edition of Lemonade Stand, the program that kicks-starts her company’s new performance season each summer. The brand-new full-length work is called WRECK-WE-UMMM, a meditation on life and death, the end of things, bucket lists and Post-It Notes--all danced to the music of Mozart’s profoundly moving setting of the Requiem Mass.
August 6, 2012 4:07 pm
Houston-based classical guitarist Valerie Hartzell joins us in the studio to perform some of the selections that appear on her new CD Ex Tenebris Lux – Out of Darkness … Into Light.
August 4, 2012 2:02 pm
James Turrell: "Six Holograms"
We marvel at the colorful holograms – three-dimensional light sculptures by McArthur Genius Grant-winning visual artist James Turrell – currently on display at Hiram Butler Gallery in the Heights. Hiram Butler himself gives us a tour.
August 4, 2012 1:49 pm
Cirque du Soleil: "Kooza"
Artistic director Michael Smith describes the latest Cirque du Soleil touring production to play Houston. Kooza follows the journey of The Innocent as he meets the Trickster, the King, the Obnoxious Tourist and his Bad Dog, against a backdrop of breath-taking acrobatics and magic.
August 4, 2012 1:42 pm
We host a studio performance by bass-baritone opera star Ryan McKinny and pianist Carl McAliley as they preview the recital they’re going to give at Covenant Church in the Houston Museum District.
August 3, 2012 10:59 am
Public Poetry: Amanda Auchter & Joseph Palmore
Poet Amanda Auchter, creative writing instructor at Lone Star College, and spoken-word artist Joseph "Joe-P" Palmore, a member of the Ensemble Theatre’s acting company, share some of their latest creative work with us, previewing this month’s Public Poetry Reading at the McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Branch of the Houston Public Library.
August 3, 2012 10:53 am
Actresses Sally Edmundson, Shelley Calene-Black and Susan O. Koozin talk about Stages Repertory Theatre’s new production of Steel Magnolias, Robert Harling’s touching celebration of the strength, beauty and humor of Southern women, and the tough, loving and unbreakable bonds that they forge in support of each other.
August 1, 2012 5:03 pm
Celtaire String Band
We meet the Celtaire String Band, a period-instruments and historical-costumes band, based in Hockley and Shiner, Texas. The group’s four members treat us to a sampling of their unique blend of old-timey music styles: traditional jigs and reels from Scotland and Ireland, gospel hymns, patriotic anthems, folk songs and other Americana.
August 1, 2012 4:17 pm
Houston Shakespeare Festival: "The Comedy of Errors"
Director Paul Steger, and actors Josh Hoppe and John Egging, chat about The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s screwball comedy about two sets of twin brothers who were accidentally separated at birth. The Houston Shakespeare Festival’s production updates the play’s setting from the ancient Mediterranean to present-day Galveston.
August 1, 2012 11:22 am
Houston Shakespeare Festival: "Hamlet"
We preview the 2012 Houston Shakespeare Festival’s production of Hamlet, which opens Friday at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Actors Benjamin Reed and Cindy Pickett talk about playing the lead roles of the doomed Prince of Denmark and his manipulative mother Gertrude, and director Steve Pickering explains his decision to set the tragedy during World War One.
July 31, 2012 5:18 pm
We introduce you to Cello Fury, a Pittsburgh rock band made up of three classically-trained cellists and one drummer who perform original, high-energy contemporary music that definitely sounds different from the cello pieces you’re used to hearing. Cellists Simon Cummings, Ben Muñoz and Nicole Myers share tracks from their CD.
July 30, 2012 5:10 pm
Scriptwriters Houston: "Ten By Ten 2012"
We preview the 22nd Annual Ten By Ten playwrights’ showcase, presented by Scriptwriters Houston. It’s an evening of 10 short plays by an equal number of local dramatists. Three of the participating playwrights – Fernando Dovalina, Giovanna Michelina and Michael Weems – talk about the original but modestly-proportioned theatrical pieces they have contributed to.
July 30, 2012 5:03 pm
Curator Toby Kamps talks about Silence, a new exhibition he organized for the Menil Collection. Inspired by John Cage’s groundbreaking 1952 composition 4'33'', Silence examines some of the attempts by artists over the last century to employ the absence of sound, speech or visual content in their works, as a way of shaping space or consciousness.