The Front Row

The Front Row, Friday, 08/28/2009

UT Professor of Anthropology, Ward Keeler, talks about the ancient art of Indonesian traditional theater, as we preview The Grand Offering of the Kings, the first Javanese shadow-puppet show ever to be presented in Houston. We also hear from Comedy juggler, Alan Howard, as he tells us about LUMA, the world's first human light show that combines illumination, dance, magic, acrobatics and high-tech lighting effects in a unique entertainment that plays at Miller Outdoor Theatre tonight and tomorrow night…

Comedian-juggler Alan Howard is one of the on-stage performers who will create moving patterns and images of light in the show, LUMA, to be presented tonight an tomorrow night at 8:30 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston’s Hermann Park. Admission is free. Howard talks about what it is that he does and the upcoming sho in houston with TFR host St. John Flynn. Listen Download

Ward Keeler is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, and a leading authority on the subject of Wayang kulit, the art of Javanese shadow puppetry. Dr. Keeler speaks by phone with “The Front Row’s” Bob Stevenson, and he will be on hand, Sunday evening at 7:00PM at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall, to discuss and introduce the shadow-puppet play, The Grand Offering of the Kings, which will be performed by Javanese master puppeteer, Ki Purbo Asmoro, beginning at 7:30. Listen Download

Theatre Under The Stars is one of the nine major performing-arts organizations that are member-partners of the Houston Downtown Alliance and who plan and host the Bayou City’s Theater District Open House. The 16th edition of this annual family event takes place Sunday from 12:00-4:00PM. David Greiss is the Director of Marketing for TUTS and he chats with TFR Producer Bob Stevenson about the upcoming season of performances and thsi weekend’s Open House. Listen Download

Houston Public Radio’s Catherine Lu spoke with Galveston writer, Marc Phillips, about his debut novel, The Legend of Sander Grant, which is published by Telegram. Mr. Phillips will talk about, read from, and autograph copies of his fable, tomorrow afternoon from 1:00-7:00PM at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at Deerbrook Mall Humble. He’ll also be at Barnes and Noble at the First Colony Mall in Sugar Land on Saturday afternoon, September Nineteenth. Listen Download 
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