September 17, 2012 10:48 am
"Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope)"
Contemporary Arts Museum curator Dean Daderko shows us the strange hybrid creatures -- part human, part animal -- and the evocative scenes that make up Survey (from the Cape of Good Hope), the first North American solo exhibition of work by South African sculptural, installation and photographic artist Jane Alexander.
September 13, 2012 4:25 pm
We meet writer-actresses Barbara Gehring and Linda Klein, creators of the sketch-revue Girls Only – The Secret Comedy of Women, which celebrates the honor, truth, challenges and silliness of being female. The show is currently running at Main Street Theater’s Chelsea Market theater.
September 13, 2012 4:18 pm
Museum District Day 2012: The Menil Collection
As we continue our run-up to Houston Museum District Day 2012, we explore the first of this season’s exhibitions assembled and presented by the Menil Collection in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Dear John and Dominique tells the story of the institution’s founders, John and Dominique de Menil, through letters, notes, drawings and photographs exchanged with their friends in the art world.
September 13, 2012 4:13 pm
Houston Fringe Festival 2012: Week 3
We advise you to prepare yourself for the last of our conversations previewing the strange goings-on at the Fifth Annual Houston Fringe Festival. We talk with four of the performing artists who will each have 10 minutes to totally weird-out their audiences during the festival’s concluding “Anything Goes” weekend.
September 12, 2012 5:19 pm
Award-winning San Antonio-based writer Andrew Porter introduces us to his first novel, In Between Days. The book tells the story of a nice, formerly upwardly-mobile Houston family who’ve encountered some setbacks along their way: a busted marriage, gay prostitution, a potential murder charge … you know, every-day, average-American family issues.
September 12, 2012 5:12 pm
Museum District Day 2012: Lawndale Art Center
In the second of our interviews leading up to Houston Museum District Day, team leader Daniel Anguilu tells us about the new mural, “F” Team, that is currently gracing the north exterior wall of the Lawndale Art Center on Main Street.
September 12, 2012 5:06 pm
Village Concerts Series
Pianist Clive Swansbourne and cellist Barrett Sills tell us about the first of this year’s chamber-music recitals in the Village Concerts Series at Christ the King Lutheran Church. The musical bill-of-fare includes a String Trio by the 20th-Century Hungarian composer Ernö Dohnányi, and the much-loved “Trout” Quintet by Franz Schubert.
September 11, 2012 4:38 pm
Alley Theatre: "November"
Actor Jeffrey Bean tells us how much fun it is to play a foul-mouthed, bigoted, opportunistic, unscrupulous and not-very-bright President of the United States in the Alley Theatre’s production of David Mamet’s hilarious political spoof November.
September 11, 2012 4:35 pm
2012 Houston Fine Art Fair
Show advisor Melissa Grobmyer of MKG Art Management, and “Artist of the Year” Trenton Doyle Hancock, talk about the 2012 Houston Fine Art Fair, which in just its second year has grown so big that it’s had to move to the Reliant Center.
September 11, 2012 4:27 pm
Museum District Day 2012: The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
We begin our four-episode run-up to Saturday’s Sixteenth Annual Museum District Day by looking at an exhibition that will be on view at one of the event's participating art museums--specifically Unrivaled Splendor, 85 pieces of extraordinarily high-quality Japanese art from the Kimiko and John Powers Collection, currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
September 11, 2012 4:24 pm
Houston Ballet artistic director Stanton Welch discusses the self-choreographed double-bill that he’s put together to open the company’s 2012-2013 season. The program features his piece Clear, inspired by the tragic events that took place 11 years ago today, plus his choreographic adaptation of the most heart-breaking story in the operatic repertoire, Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.
September 10, 2012 4:52 pm
Mercury: "Les Indes Galantes"
Antoine Plante, artistic director of Mercury - The Orchestra Redefined, shares tracks from the ensemble’s recently-released recording of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s exotic opera-ballet Les indes galantes – The Gallant Indies.
September 10, 2012 4:49 pm
Dramatist Wayne Paul Mattingly tells us about his new play Samaritans, or, Where Is Sylvia?, in which a widower spots his dead wife and follows her to their former home, only to be told by the current residents of the house that he won’t be permitted to see her. Wordsmyth Theatre Company presents a reading of Samaritans at Main Street Theater’s Chelsea Market playhouse.
September 10, 2012 4:45 pm
The Alley Theatre’s Joe Angel Babb talks about Eight, playwright Dustin Lance Black’s dramatic portrayal of the legal arguments and witness testimony presented during the 2009 trial that led to the overturning of Proposition 8, California’s voter-approved constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages.
September 7, 2012 4:19 pm
The Apollo Chamber Players
The Apollo Chamber Players perform excerpts from works by Mozart and Verdi, previewing the first concert of their new season, which explores the ways in which Italian instrumental chamber music was affected by that Mediterranean culture’s passionate nature and its long-term love-affair with opera.
September 7, 2012 4:14 pm
The Viols of Houston
Mary Springfels, former director of the pioneering early-music ensemble the Newberry Consort, and members of the Viols of Houston play pieces from the Baroque era, paying tribute to the late Dominik Zuchowicz, a Canadian luthier who built the instruments that many of them play.
September 7, 2012 3:35 pm
Music historian, commentator and former New York Times music critic Joseph Horowitz talks about the position classical music held in the culture of the United States in the late 19th Century. His conversation is based on material he researched for his latest book Moral Fire, which includes profiles of four prominent and influential musical figures of the nation’s so-called “Gilded Age.”
September 6, 2012 4:02 pm
Houston Fringe Festival 2012: Week 2
Guitarist Michael Anthony Shanks and writer-actor Alex Becker of the Psychedelic Blues Collective; multi-media film-and-theater artist Eric Wiley of The Sleepy Border Town Insomniacs; and musician-composer George Heathco talk about the cutting-edge and experimental performance-art pieces they’re going to present during the second weekend of the Fifth Annual Houston Fringe Festival.
September 6, 2012 3:56 pm
Sally Mayes & Sharon Montgomery
Two bright, shining stars of the Broadway stage and the nation-wide cabaret and concert circuit, Sally Mayes and Sharon Montgomery, reminisce about their younger days in Houston and their experiences as members of the short-lived but legendary vocal jazz trio Montgomery, Mayes and Stritch.
September 6, 2012 3:54 pm
Classical guitarist Jason Vieaux joins us in the Geary Studio for a mini-performance and conversation about the Houston Symphony’s 2012 Fiesta Sinfónica Familiár concert.
September 6, 2012 11:16 am
"One Touch of Venus"
We hear songs from the score of the hardly-ever-produced Kurt Weill-Ogden Nash-S. J. Perelman musical One Touch of Venus, performed by Danica Dawn Johnston and other members of the cast of Bayou City Concert Musicals’ new staging of the show.
September 6, 2012 11:12 am
Moores School of Music viola teacher Lawrence Wheeler, with assistance from pianist Sohyoung Park, plays Schumann and Hindemith, previewing the Faculty Recital they’ll give at the University of Houston as the very first event of the Moores School’s new performance season.
September 4, 2012 4:28 pm
The Grand 1894 Opera House: Season Preview
Maureen Patton, executive director of Galveston’s Grand 1894 Opera House, identifies some of the entertainers and performing artists who will be playing her theater during the coming season, including Joel Grey, Liza Minnelli, William Shatner, dance sensation Savion Glover, and one-man shows in which veteran actors Ed Asner and Hal Holbrook portray Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Mark Twain, respectively.
September 4, 2012 4:23 pm
The Webster Trio
The members of the Shepherd School of Music’s Webster Trio perform for us, previewing the first of this year’s concerts and recitals celebrating the one-hundredth anniversary of the founding of the School’s parent institution, Rice University.
September 4, 2012 4:19 pm
Ira Glass: "Sleepwalk With Me"
Ira Glass, producer of the popular public radio program “This American Life,” talks about Sleepwalk With Me, the new movie he produced and co-wrote with stand-up comedian, writer and “This American Life” contributor, Mike Birbiglia. The film, which opened this past weekend, is a fictionalized re-telling of Mike’s experience as a younger man, when anxieties about what he wanted to do with his life precipitated a series of increasingly bizarre and dangerous sleepwalking incidents.
August 31, 2012 3:56 pm
Members of Brazil’s Quarteto Baru share some of their music with us. Blending the styles of chôro, jazz, classical guitar and Spanish flamenco with traditional Afro-Brazilian music, the ensemble is in town to perform at the 2012 Houston Brazilian Festival.
August 31, 2012 3:52 pm
Actors Brad Goertz and Bob Boudreaux, along with director Ron Jones, talk about Celebration Theatre’s production of Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts. The play takes a provocative and hilarious look at faith, commitment and the unconditional love between two complicated men.
August 31, 2012 3:47 pm
Mercury: "Blazing Baroque"
We hear a studio performance by members of the Houston-based period-instruments ensemble Mercury. They treat us to selections from Blazing Baroque, a program of virtuoso violin concerts by Vivaldi, Handel, Locatelli and others, which they’ll present at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
August 30, 2012 4:58 pm
Public Poetry: Karyna McGlynn & Erica Lehrer
Poets Karyna McGlynn and Erica Lehrer share some of their recent work, more of which they’ll perform on this month’s Public Poetry Reading at the McGovern-Stella Link Neighborhood Library.
August 30, 2012 4:55 pm
Houston Chamber Choir: Season Preview
Founding artistic director Robert Simpson tells us about some of the glorious choral works -- both ancient and modern -- that his Houston Chamber Choir will perform during the ensemble’s 2012-2013 concert season.