The Front Row, 07/06/2006

Each year at this time the Alley Theatre presents its Summer Chills series, a pair of whodunits. . .murder-mysteries designed to raise goose-bumps, even on the hottest Houston night. . .

Elizabeth HeflinKevin KilnerThis year's firstξoffering is Frederick Knott's 1966 shocker, Wait Until Dark, in which three criminals invade the Greenwich Village basement apartment of a blind woman, in search of a heroin-packedξdoll that they had tricked the woman's husband into transporting into the United States from Canada. Alley resident company member Elizabeth Heflin, plays Susy, the sightless but resourceful housewife who must contend with the crooks, one of whom is protrayed by Alley Theatre new-comer Kevin Kilner, a busy worknig actor with a solid New York, regional theater, and national film and television credits. Elizabeth and Kevin spoke with KUHF's Bob Stevenson.ξAudio here.ξξ

Frank Stella's great Jones Street, 1958In the year 1958, twenty-two-year-old Frank Stella graduated fromξPrinceton University, moved to New York City, and set out to become an artist. It was a year of rapidξgrowth, during which he moved from exuberent experimentation with monumental size, vivid color and bold stripes and brush-work, to the taut, monochromatic "black paintings" at year's end that would initiate the Minimalist movement and influence the entire course of Americanξart. For hisξpart, Stella would go on to become one of our nation's most important post-war artists. Houston's Menil Collection is currently presenting an exhibition, Frank Stella 1958, consisting of 18 previously neglected paintings, a majority of the work Stella produced during this critical period.ξKUHF's Alison Young took a look the show with the two people who organized it. Megan Duke is a doctoral candidate in the history of art and architecture at Harvard University and Harry Cooper is the Curator of Modern Art at Harvard's Fogg Museum. Audio here.

Grant LewellynGrant Llewelln is the MusicξDirector of the North Carolina Symphony and Principal Conductor of Boston's venerable Handel and Haydn Society. He's in town this week for a performance of works by Prokofiev andξJamesξMacMillanξwith the Texas Festival Orchestra at the 36th Annual International Festival-Institute at Round Top. The program this weekend consists of the Symphony No.1 "Classical" and the Piano Concerto No.1 by Sergei Prokofiev and Veni, Veni Emmanuel by contemporary Scottish composer James MacMillan. Mr. Llewellyn spoke with KUHF's Alison Young. Audio here.

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