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Artful Thursday, February 26, 2009

In anticipation of this month’s Artful Thursday and in conjunction with the Houston Center for Photography’s exhibition Beauty Knows No Pain, KUHF’s Eric Ladau interviews O. Rufus Lovett, author of the book Kilgore Rangerettes.



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Whether they know it or not, all who have dreamed of holding a place in a line of high-kicking dancers on a football field at halftime have been inspired by the Kilgore College Rangerettes, the world’s first precision drill team. Founded in Kilgore, Texas, in 1940, the Rangerettes have performed for national and international audiences, making appearances at events such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and major football games, including the Cotton Bowl in Dallas each year since 1951.

Over the years, the ‘Rettes have attracted the attention of writers and photographers, who continue to seek an understanding of their enduring appeal. O. Rufus Lovett will discuss his work documenting the ‘Rettes, as evident in his new book Kilgore Rangerettes. He will also introduce a screening of Elliot Erwitt’s 1972 documentary Beauty Knows No Pain. Both bodies of work explore this unique subculture of young American women. A book-signing will follow, as will a brief performance by a few of the Rangerettes themselves.

This program presented in conjunction with the exhibition Beauty Knows No Pain at the Houston Center for Photography, on view February 27 – March 29, 2009, with an opening reception at HCP on Friday, February 27, from 6-8 p.m.

Promotional support is generously provided by KUHF 88.7 FM, Houston Public Radio.