The Front Row, Monday, 10/12/2009

Today is the 11thξanniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, a young gay student at the University of Wyoming, who was kidnapped, robbed, tortured and murdered because he was a homosexual.ξThis evening, more than one-hundred theaters around the nation will present coordinated world-premi’åre staged readings of Mo’Àses Kauman's play, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, fashioned out of interviews conducted in 2008 with residents of Laramie Wyoming, Matthew Shepard's mother, Jean Shepard, now an activist for gay rights and one of Matthew Shepard's convicted killers, Aaron McKinney.ξThe Houston production of The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, will be presented, this evening atξ7:00PM at the University of Houston's School of Theatre, in its Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre. KUHF's St. John Flynn chats with Doran and castmembers from the reading. Listen Download

Artistic Director Kevin Riehle conducts the singers of his professional choral ensemble, Cantare Houston, in works by Central and South-American composers in the program that opens the group'sξ7th season, Our Latin-American Neighbors.ξThere are two performances: Saturday evening atξ7:30PM at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church and next Sunday afternoon at 5:00PM in the Belin Chapel on the campus of Houston Baptist University on Fondren Road. St. John Flynn chats with Riehle about the concert. Listen Downloadξ Extended Interview

KUHF's Catherine Lu speaks with choreographer Becky Beaullieu Valls, Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance.ξMs. Valls' latest multi-disciplinary piece, Memoirs of the Sistahood, Chapter Two: House — created in collaboration with her sister, Babette, a sculptor who lives in New Orleans and their colleague, Alaskan film-maker, Deborah Schildt — has its world premi’åre this weekend and next at the Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex. Listen Download

KUHF's Meghan Hendley,ξheads over toξArt League Houston to chat with theirξ2009 Texas Artist of the Year, Beaumont photographer, Keith Carter, whose retrospective exhibition, Unseen and Rediscovered, is on view at the Art League through October 30th. Listen Downloadξ Extended Interview

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