July 25, 2011 9:23 pm
Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
A silver-tongued American-born Muslim cleric and a reclusive heiress lead art dealer, secret agent and hired assassin, Gabriel Allon, into the heart of darkness, as he attempts to destroy a dangerous international terrorist network from the inside! Best-selling author, Daniel Silva, talks about his latest thriller, Portrait of a Spy.
July 25, 2011 9:10 pm
The Fantastic Fables of La Fontaine - Early Music Southwest
Fred and Christina Edelen of Early Music Southwest introduce us to The Fantastic Fables of La Fontaine, a program of stories and music inspired by the animal fables of 17th-century French writer, Jean de La Fontaine. The program is part of a Family Art Workshop, presented by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's Rienzi.
July 24, 2011 10:09 pm
Will Cruz & Universal Rhythm
Percussionist Will Cruz and his band, Universal Rhythm, join us live in the Geary Performance Studio for some Latin Jazz! They'll be recording material for their new CD, Cruz Control, during their shows this weekend at Ovations Night Club in Rice Village.
July 24, 2011 9:45 pm
Tenor Gabriel Gonzalez
Operatic tenor, Gabriel Gonzalez, returns to Houston's MECA ommunity Center for his annual summer residency. He treats us to some of the arias and songs from his recital, Voices Uniting Cultures.
July 21, 2011 9:10 pm
Stages Repertory Theatre - Hank Williams: Lost Highway
We hear some of the hit songs of country-music legend, Hank Williams, performed by actors from Stages Repertory Theatre! The company is presenting Hank Williams: Lost Highway, a musical play that charts the singer-songwriter's journey from his humble beginnings to his stardom at the Grand Old Opry and then to his dissolution and untimely death at the age of 29.
July 21, 2011 9:06 pm
Houston Symphony - Howard Shore talks about "Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring"
We chat with film composer, Howard Shore, about his Academy Award-winning score for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The Houston Symphony screens that full-length film, and accompanies the cinematic action with a live performance of the score, Friday and Saturday night at Jones Hall!
July 21, 2011 7:05 pm
Generations, A Theatre Company - Art by Yasmina Reza
Stage-Director, Philip Lehl, and Artistic Director, George Brock of Generations Theatre, talk about the company's production of Art by Yasmina Reza. The Tony Award-winning comedy explores “What is art?” and “What is friendship?,” as three pals find their relationship strained, when one of them buys an expensive all-white painting, to the disgust and distress of the others!
July 21, 2011 6:28 pm
Masquerade Theatre - Thoroughly Modern Millie
Actors from Masquerade Theatre perform some of Jeanine Tesori's delightful songs from the musical-theater version of the screwball romantic-comedy, Thoroughly Modern Millie, the tale of a flapper girl on the hunt for a rich husband in 1920s Manhattan!
July 21, 2011 5:52 pm
American Festival for the Arts
We preview the season-finale concerts of the 2011 American Festival for the Arts Summer Music Conservatory. Thomas Hong [pictured], Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, talks about this summer's final Orchestral concert. Choral-music clinician, Eduardo Garcia-Novelli, describes the Choral Celebration Concert. Plus, three faculty artists perform for us ... and more!
July 20, 2011 10:11 pm
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Band
We're off to join the circus! Four band members from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's new show, Barnum 200, perform some of the music that accompanies the high-wire acts, lions, elephants and clowns, currently starring in The Greatest Show on Earth at Reliant Stadium.
July 18, 2011 10:26 pm
Houston Symphony - Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy
Rebel-heroes battle ancient forces of evil that have taken control of the magical, crystalline alternate worlds that they inhabit ... while the Houston Symphony accompanies their adventures with a live musical soundtrack! Conductor Arnie Roth chats about the video-game, multi-media concert, Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy.
July 18, 2011 10:09 pm
Choreographer jhon r. stronks - Glitter, Guts & Glory
Choreographer jhon r. stronks [pictured] and dancer Wayne Smith preview Glitter, Guts and Glory, an evening of dance-theater, featuring Mr. Stronks' Magic Unicorn Dance Crew!
July 18, 2011 9:58 pm
International Festival-Institute at Round Top - Conductor Charles Olivieri-Munroe
Conductor Charles Olivieri-Munroe chats about Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 and Edward MacDowell's Piano Concerto No. 2, which will be featured on this summer's final concert by the Texas Festival Orchestra at the International Festival-Institute at Round Top!
July 17, 2011 5:35 pm
Rothko Chapel - Brian Siskind: "Beat Hollow"
We chat with ambient-music composer-performer, Brian Siskind, about Beat Hollow, a meditative sonic environment that he's created for The Rothko Chapel's 40th Anniversary!
July 17, 2011 5:28 pm
Aurora Picture Show & CAMH - Video Jam with Michael Brims
Video artist Michael Brims screens his latest creations as part of the Aurora Picture Show's July Video Jam at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. He chats about “Laugh and Listen,” a recent body of work consisting of filmed body parts!
July 17, 2011 5:21 pm
A.D. Players - Jane Austen's Emma, adapted by Jon Jory
Jane Austen's famous matchmater-heroine, Emma, becomes a "victim" of her own good intentions. Jon Jory, the former Artistic Director of the Actors Theater of Louisville, talks about his stage adaptation of Austen's novel, Emma, which is currently being presented by Houston's A.D. Players!
July 17, 2011 5:11 pm
MFAH Artful Thursday - Michael Lasser presents "Cole Porter: Famous & Forgotten"
What made the tunes of Cole Porter so clever, catchy, and memorable? Michael Lasser, host of the public radio program, Fascinatin' Rhythm, answers that question, as he chats about the great American songwriter, previewing his “Artful Thursday” lecture at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
July 17, 2011 5:05 pm
Chorus Angelorum presents David Trendell's Choral Workshop
Conductor David Trendell [pictured], his Vocal Quartet from London, along with organist Simon Nieminski, join us live in the Geary Performance Studio! They are in town to lead the 6th Biennial Choral Workshop hosted by Houston's Chorus Angelorum at Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church.
July 17, 2011 4:58 pm
Pacific Heights by Paul Harper
New York Times-bestselling author, David Lindsey, returns to his native Texas under the pen name, Paul Harper, to talk about his new thriller, Pacific Heights. He reads excerpts from the novel at Murder By The Book.
July 17, 2011 4:50 pm
TUTS - Urban Cowboy: The Musical
Cast-member Susan Shofner performs two of the top country hits included in Urban Cowboy: The Musical, and we chat with the show's book-writer, Aaron Latham, previewing Theatre Under The Stars' new production!
July 17, 2011 4:46 pm
Bugs Bunny at the Symphony
Conductor George Daugherty tells us about Bugs Bunny at the Symphony, the Houston Symphony's “Summer in the City” concert, which combines live music with classic Looney Tunes shorts, including What's Opera, Doc? and The Rabbit of Seville, all projected on a big screen above the orchestra!
July 13, 2011 9:54 pm
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - Marc Swanson
Brooklyn-based visual artist, Marc Swanson, shows us his sculptural pieces, assembled out of bits and pieces gleaned from his personal experiences and relationships. The works are now on view in the exhibition, Perspectives 175: Marc Swanson: The Second Story, at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
July 13, 2011 3:06 am
Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Houston - The Mikado
We're off to the town of Titipu, where everyone is in love with the wrong person and the Lord High Executioner is itching to behead someone! Director and guest-star, Alistair Donkin, and lead players from the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston perform excerpts from their summer production of The Mikado.
July 13, 2011 2:57 am
The Storm at the Door by Stefan Merrill Block
In his latest novel, Stefan Merrill Block re-imagines the story of his grandparents' real-life struggles in the cracks between language and sanity, memory and history, and life in the “normal” world versus that in a psychiatric hospital. The author chats about The Storm at the Door before his appearance at Houston's Blue Willow Bookshop.
July 13, 2011 2:50 am
Texas Repertory Theatre - Smokey Joe's Cafe
Actors from the Texas Repertory Theatre Company -- led by Musical Director, Luke Kirkwood, and stage-director, Dan O'Brien -- perform songs from their production of Smokey Joe's Café, the musical revue featuring hits by the legendary song-writing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who penned such chart-toppers as Jailhouse Rock, Love Potion No. 9, Yakety Yak and Stand By Me!
July 13, 2011 2:38 am
Alley Theatre - And Then There Were None
One of the house-guests gathered for a weekend on a remote island … is a murderer! Alley Theatre Artistic Director, Gregory Boyd, talks about Agatha Christie's classic "whodunit," And Then There Were None, this year’s “Summer Chills” production.
July 10, 2011 7:04 pm
The Grand - "A Ride with Bob" starring Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel
Ray Benson -- the man, who is almost single-handedly carrying on the grand musical tradition of Western Swing -- and three members of his band, Asleep at the Wheel, perform for us! They treat us to tunes from A Ride With Bob: The Bob Wills Musical, being presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston.
July 10, 2011 6:55 pm
Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting
We talk with Michael Clarke, Director of the National Gallery of Scotland, about the traveling exhibition of paintings and drawings by Titian and other masters of the Venetian Renaissance, currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
July 10, 2011 6:53 pm
International Festival-Institute at Round Top - Conductor Ransom Wilson
The Orchestra at Round Top pays tribute to the legendary Ballets Russes! Renowned flutist and conductor, Ransom Wilson, talks about the program of early 20th-century ballet scores he’ll conduct with the Texas Festival Orchestra on Festival Hill.
July 10, 2011 6:43 pm
Remembering Cy Twombly
We pay our respects to American visual artist, Cy Twombly, who died yesterday in Rome at the age of 83. The icon had a close working relationship with The Menil Collection in Houston, whose Cy Twombly Gallery is devoted exclusively to the artist's works.