August 13, 2011 5:21 pm
Houston Dance Festival - Hope Stone Dance: Lemonade Stand II
Jane Weiner, the Artistic Director of Hope Stone Dance Company, and Denise Hazen and Kimberly Powell of Cheeky Vintage, talk about the costumes and dances pieces in The Lemonade Stand, an evening-length program that's part of the First Annual Houston Dance Festival.
August 12, 2011 11:00 pm
The Language of Peace
The Houston Trio, The Language of Peace, fuses both Eastern and Western elements in their improvised music that’s meant to heal the spirit. We have a performance by its members: classical Indian vocalist, Nanda Banerjee; keyboardist John Hardesty and cellist Max Dyer.
August 12, 2011 10:44 pm
The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss
San Antonio writer, David Liss, talks about his new novel, The Twelfth Enchantment, a tale of romance and the supernatural, set in England during the Industrial Revolution. Mister Liss signs copies of The Twelfth Enchantment this evening at Murder By The Book.
August 12, 2011 9:44 pm
Joe Sears & Jaston Williams - I Heard That!
The “Greater Tuna” guys, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, chat about their brand-new comedy revue, I Heard That!, which makes its World Premiere at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston.
August 12, 2011 8:40 pm
CAMH - The Spectacular of Vernacular
Curator Darsie Alexander guides us through The Spectacular of Vernacular, a collection of home-spun pieces by artists who have taken inspiration from everyday life, social ritual and even roadside kitsch. The exhibit is on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
August 12, 2011 8:04 pm
Two Star Symphony - Titus Andronicus
We chat with one of Houston's classical-music rock stars, violinist Jerry Ochoa of Two Star Symphony. He previews the group's new CD, Titus Andronicus, featuring the ensemble's original score for Dominic Walsh''s ballet version of Shakespeare's bloodbath of a play.
August 12, 2011 7:27 pm
Menil Collection - Ancestors of the Lake
Curator Virginia Lee Webb talks about the exhibition, Ancestors of the Lake: Art of Lake Sentani and Humboldt Bay, New Guinea, now at the Menil Collection. Gathered during a period of research in that region in the 1920s, the carved wooden figures and painted fabric panels by native artists inspired Surrealist artists and caught the attention of collectors, including Houston's John and Dominique de Menil.
August 5, 2011 8:56 pm
Houston International Jazz Festival - Saxophonist Theresa Grayson
Saxophonist Theresa Grayson and her Trio perform live for us, previewing the 21st Annual Houston International Jazz Festival, which takes place this weekend at Discovery Green!
August 5, 2011 8:36 pm
Public Poetry - Sarah Coretz & Van G. Garrett
We chat with poets Van G. Garrett and Sarah Cortez [pictured], previewing the next Public Poetry Reading. This month's event features five local poets, who'll read from their work on Saturday afternoon at Houston Public Library's Kendall Branch on the city's West Side.
August 4, 2011 9:23 pm
Close Your Eyes by Amanda Eyre Ward
Texas author, Amanda Eyre Ward, discusses her new novel, Close Your Eyes, a dark yet tender tale about a young woman trying to come to terms with, and find the truth behind, the murder of her mother -- a crime for which her father was convicted. Ms. Ward reads from Close Your Eyes this evening at the Blue Willow Bookshop.
August 4, 2011 9:07 pm
Hear the Art! Cantare Houston's Walking Concert at the MFAH
We preview Cantare Houston's next “Walking Concert” at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, which features choral works performed alongside a guided tour through the museum's galleries. Cantare Artistic Director, Kevin Riehle, and Museum Curator, Helga Aurisch, chat about pairing Italian Renaissance vocal works with the major exhibition, Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting.
August 3, 2011 9:06 pm
Sonic Crossroads - Pianist Kathryn Woodard
We explore the artistry of ground-breaking Houston pianist, Kathryn Woodard. Ms. Woodard performs for us and chats about Sonic Crossroads, her on-going project to discover and promote music by living composers from around the globe. We also hear tracks from her latest CD's.
August 2, 2011 8:53 pm
Art League Houston - Indigenous Genius by R.W. Northcutt
We visit the Art League Houston to check out Indigenous Genius, a tongue-in-cheek exhibition by R.W. Northcutt, a so-called pioneering collector of “animaliana.” Mr. Northcutt shows us artifacts and what look like tools which – he claims! – were made by wood-working critters such as beavers, woodpeckers, mud-dauber wasps and termites.
August 2, 2011 8:41 pm
Houston Ballet Managing Director C.C. Conner Announces Retirement
We chat with Cecil C. Connor [pictured] of Houston Ballet, who recently announced that he'll be retiring after 17 years as Managing Director. He reflects on his accomplishments and the company's growth during his tenure, and we speak also with James Nelson, currently General Manager, who will succeed Mr. Conner in February.
August 2, 2011 12:03 am
The Jitterbug Vipers
Austin’s The Jitterbug Vipers evoke the sophisticated – and slightly dangerous – "Viper Music" subculture of the Swing Era. They perform their sultry swing-jazz for us, previewing their Houston show at Sunshine Charlie's Big Top Lounge!
August 1, 2011 11:44 pm
Edelan 6061 all-aluminum clavichord by Dale Reynolds
Houston designer Dale Reynolds introduces us to his latest creation … an all-aluminum clavichord! It's an updated version of the once-popular keyboard instrument of the 17th and 18th centuries, and we get a demonstration of how this metallic model sounds through pieces by Bach and Mozart played by Elizabeth Chitwood.
August 1, 2011 2:16 pm
Mercury Baroque - L'Estro Armonico
Jonathan Godfrey, concertmaster of Mercury Baroque, talks about the ensemble's most recent CD. It contains eight of the pieces from Antonio Vivaldi's L'Estro Armonico, the legendary collection of violin concertos known as “Harmonic Inspiration." We hear excerpts from the recording, which features Mr. Godfrey as the primary soloist.
August 1, 2011 2:05 pm
Houston Shakespeare Festival - The Taming of the Shrew
One of Shakespeare's most famous couples joins us, in the persons of Tracie Thomason and Luke Eddy, who play “Kate” and “Petruchio” in the Houston Shakespeare Festival's production of The Taming of the Shrew! Director Jack Young is along with them to chat about The Bard’s classic battle-of-the-sexes comedy.
August 1, 2011 2:29 am
Tianna Hall - Never Let Me Go
We have a performance by jazz singer, Tianna Hall! She and her band treat us to songs from her new CD, Never Let Me Go, recently released on the Bayou City's Blue Bamboo Music label.
August 1, 2011 2:20 am
Q Fest - From the Archive: Four by Anger
Artistic Director, Kristian Salinas, tells us about From the Archive: Four By Anger, a quartet of short movies by the pioneering gay underground filmmaker, Kenneth Anger. The films will be screened at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston as part of this year’s 15th Annual Q-Fest – Houston’s Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival.
August 1, 2011 2:03 am
Mildred's Umbrella Theater - Notions of Right and Wrong
Houston playwright, Elizabeth A. M. Keel, and director Zachary Doss chat about Notions of Right and Wrong, Ms. Keel's new play about a human being outnumbered -- literally -- by ideas. Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company is currently presenting the World Première workshop production at the Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex.
July 28, 2011 2:41 pm
The Catastrophic Theatre - The United States of Tamarie
It's this summer's excursion into the psyche – and political consciousness -- of performer Tamarie Cooper! She and fellow cast and band mates from The Catastrophic Theatre perform songs from her new musical-comedy, The United States of Tamarie – An All-American Revue (Made in China).
July 28, 2011 2:26 pm
Houston Shakespeare Festival - Othello
We preview the first of this summer's two Houston Shakespeare Festival productions! Lead actor Seth Gilliam (from HBO's Oz and The Wire) and his wife, director Leah Gardiner chat about Othello, which opens Friday night at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
July 27, 2011 10:37 pm
They, Who Sound - David Dove
Trombonist David Dove plays two improvisations for us, one acoustic and one with electronics! It's a preview of the latest program on his "They, Who Sound" experimental-music series at Avant Garden.
July 27, 2011 9:56 pm
Art League Houston - Catherine Colangelo
Visual artist, Catherine Colangelo, shows us her Fleet for Abby, a collection of colorful and whimsical paintings of sailboats, inspired by the true story of 16-year-old Abby Sunderland's attempt to sail around the world!
July 25, 2011 9:31 pm
Jacqui Sutton, "The Jazzgrass Chic"
Bayou City vocalist Jacqui Sutton invokes the spirits of both Billie Holiday and Dolly Parton with her unique blend of jazz and bluegrass music, which she calls “Frontier Jazz.” She and her band perform live for us, previewing her show at McGonigel's Mucky Duck!
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.