The Front Row, 3/10/2008

Bob Stevenson shows us, with theξartist on-hand,ξsome of the digital panoramic photographs ofξHouston's Mexican American communityξbyξChuy Benitez, on view through April 12 at Lawndale Art Center.ξ Mr.ξBenitez is one of the photographic artists whose work is on display as part of the 2008 Fotofest biennial.ξξListenξ Download

Houston Grand Opera presents the world premiere of Jake Heggie's Last Acts, with three performances remaining:ξ This Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday evenings, 8pm, at the Wortham Center.ξ Dean Dalton chats with composer, Jake Heggie, and his "muse" and leading lady, mezzo-soprano, Frederica "Flicka" von Stade.ξξListenξ Downloadξ

Brian Friel's drama, Translations, considered by many to be the Irish playwright's masterpiece, is the current production at Main Street Theater's Rice Village location through March 22.ξ St.John Flyyn explores the themes of language and love with lead actors, Carolyn Johnson (Marie) and Mark Adams (Hugh).ξ Hear how the actors perfected their Northern Irish accents, as well asξthe challenges ofξperforming in such an intimate theater space, in the Extended Interview.ξξListenξ Downloadξ **Extended Interview**

Former Houston Astros' pitcher-and-manager-turned-playwright-lyricist-songwriter, Larry Dierker,ξhasξcombined his love of baseball and musicξinto Old Stories, a Broadway-style musical about the pursuit of the pennant and a superstar right-fielder.ξ Mr. Dierker, composer & pianist Paul English & director Rob Kimbro share some of the tunes with Bob Stevenson.ξ Stages Repertory Theatre hosts two FREE staged readings of Old Stories:ξ Tonight & tomorrowξevenings, 7:30pm.ξξListenξ Download

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