The Front Row, 2/13/2008

Check out the provocative & playful paintings of artist Howard Sherman! Learn what really happened when the Baghdad Museum was looted five years ago. Plus ... are you a lover of musical theatre? Enjoy some lesser-known gems, performed by Bayou City Concert Musicals!

Dr. Donny George Youkhannaξwill discuss The Looting of the Baghdad Museum: A Loss of a Nation's Memory tomorrow, 7pm, at the University of Houston's Hilton Hotel.ξ Dr. Youkhanna, the Museum's former director,ξreveals to Bob Stevenson what happened in the aftermath of the looting inξSpring of 2003.ξξListenξ Downloadξ *Extended Interview*

Well-versed in both Abstract Expressionismξ& cartoon art, Howard Sherman presents paintings that layer spontaneous, gestural marks with hard, graphic lines & spray paint.ξ Catherine Luξvisits Mr. Shermanξatξhis exhibit, In My Mind, You're Inflatable, on view through February 16 at the McMurtrey Gallery.ξ Listenξ Downloadξ

Are you a Beethoven fan?ξ Here's how you could win passes to the Houston Symphony's March 8th music festival, The Beethoven Experience!ξξListenξ Downloadξ

Bob Stevenson talks with Artistic Director Paul Hope of Bayou City Concert Musicals, whose singers treat us to a live preview of Champagne and Sass.ξ This program ofξold (really old!) musical theater gems by operetta composer Rudolf Friml &ξBroadway lyricist Joseph McCarthy will be offeredξthe next two Monday evenings (February 18 & 25) at the Ensemble Theatre. ξListenξ Download

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