The Front Row, 06/15/2006

Folk singer-songwriter Nanci Griffith gave a live performance in KUHF's Performance Studio this afternoon. She's in town for two concert's at that legendary Houston venue known as Anderson Fair. . .

Nancy Griffith with Bob StevensonIt began life in the 60's as a whimsically-named coffee house/cafe where poetry was read over steaming cups of java, and wine and spaghetti were served to the literati. . .and the starving artists who played there. Anderson Fair soon evolved into a hippie hang-out and a place where rising young folk musicians could try out new material. 35 years later, the spaghetti is gone, but there ARE nachos, and Anderson Fair is stil there, tucked away on a little side street east of Montrose Blvd. Ms. Griffith will give two benefit performances to help raise funds for the completionξ of a feature-length documentary film about the club, it's history and it's people, to be titled For the Sake of the Song, produced by a local company called Ghost Ranch Films. TFR Producer Bob Stevenson hosted the live session in Studio 3-C. Audio here.ξ

Texas Festival OrchestraIn the Lone Star State's smallest incorporated village, nestled in the Texas Hill Country between Houston and Austin, the 36th International Festival-Institute at Round Top is underway. Faculty 'cellist Emilio Conlon will participate in two if this weekend's chamber-music recitals - Friday evening at 8:00 and Saturday afternoon at 3:00. Saturday evening at 8:00 Conductor Gregory Vajda will conduct the Texas Festival Orchestra in music by Dmitri Shostakovich andξKurt Atterberg. Out twoξguest talked about the festival and this week's concerts with TFR Host Dean Dalton.ξAudio here.

Brad Thor at a shooting rangeShortly after 9/11 the US government's newly established Department of Homeland Security established its Analytic Red Cell Program, which brought together people from outside of government: academics, psychologists, scientists, writers, war-gamers and industry and think-tank specialists, to look at the global terrorism situation, explore how the threats might apply to the United States, guage the effectiveness of U.S. countermeasures and imagine possible terrorist-act scenarios for which law enforcement, the military, and homeland security forces should be prepared. Thiller novelist Brad Thor was on of two writer's invited to particpate in the exercise. He's in Houston for a reading and signing of his latest Scot Horvath military thriller-terrorism novel, Takedown. It's this evening at 6:30 at Murder By the Book, 2342 Bissonnet. He spoke on TFR with KUHF's Rod Rice. Audio here.

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