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The Front Row, Thursday, 08/20/2009

Posted on · We meet Kenita R. Miller, who plays Celie, the central character, and ensemble-member, Kristopher Thompson-Bolden, from the national tour of The Color Purple — The Musical, which has returned to Houston's Hobby Center to make up the dates it lost last Fall when Hurricane Ike made his unwelcome call on the city. We also hear about what is happening this season at the Houston Ballet from Managing Director C.C. Conner...

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The Front Row, Wednesday, 08/19/2009

Posted on · Executive Director June Christensen talks about Society for the Performing Arts' new season of world-class music, dance, theater, and family and performance art ... as our countdown to this Fall's 16th annual Theater District Open House continues. We hear concert performances by two of the internationally-renowned classical musicians whom SPA has brought to Houston in past seasons...

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The Front Row, Tuesday, 08/18/2009

Posted on · Bayou City's nationally-acclaimed pianist, Cliburn Competition broadcast host, and musical entrepreneur, Jade Simmons, previews the recital she'll present this weekend at the Wade Wilson Art Gallery. It's a unique program in which Jade juxtaposes the solo piano pieces of the idiosyncratic Russian composer, Alexander Scriabin, with the equally innovative visual art of Scriabin's contemporary, Wassily Kandinsky...

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The Front Row, Friday, 08/14/2009

Posted on · Shepherd School of Music composer and professor, Arthur Gottschalk, talks about the six new CD's released in the past year that feature his music — and we sample the goods from one of those discs by listening to a recorded performance of Professor Gottschalk's mini-violin concerto, the Fantasy Variations, as interpreted by soloist Pavel Kucera and the Prague Radio Orchestra...

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The Front Row, Monday, 08/17/2009

Posted on · Today, we launch our run-up to this year's 16th annual Houston Theater District Open House with our annual "State of the District" conversation with Andrew Huang, the President of the civic organization that oversees the arts-and-entertainment zone, the Houston Downtown Alliance. We also visit the Russian Cultural Center to talk with painter Dmitri Koustov whose work is currently on view...

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The Front Row, Wednesday, 08/12/2009

Posted on · We have two studio performances today. Violinist Batya MacAdam-Somer pictured plays Bach and Schoenberg, previewing the salon concert she and pianist Julie Loeb Sacks will give tonight in a penthouse overlooking Hermann Park. Then we welcome songstress Julia Kay Laskowski and pianist John Hardesty. They perform numbers from their latest collaboration ... what has to be the summer's most unusual musical, French Fries on the Floorboard...

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The Front Row, Friday, 08/07/2009

Posted on · Today, curator Clare Elliott from the Menil Collection and dancer-choreographer Karen Stokes of the University of Houston's School of Theatre and Dance, remember two friends and associates, who also happened to be seminal American cultural icons: visual artist Robert Rauschenberg and choreographer Merce Cunningham pictured, both of whom we've lost within the last fifteen months and both of whom will be honored with a memorial-tribute film-screening this evening at the Menil Collection...

Arts & Culture

David Pitman Joins the Morning Edition Team on KUHF

Posted on · Starting today, you'll hear a new voice on your favorite morning show as David Pitman joins the KUHF staff as the Houston host of Morning Edition, along with Steve Inskeep in Washington and Renée Montagne in Los Angeles. David comes to us from WMFE in Orlando, where he also hosted Morning Edition. No worries - KUHF's Jim Bell isn't going far — he'll soon be the new host of the KUHF mid-day news block — The Diane Rehm Show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, BBC World Have Your Say, and Talk of the Nation — on KUHF HD Channel 2 and our Internet radio station KUHF News — your 24/7 source for public radio news and information.

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The Front Row, Thursday, 08/06/2009

Posted on · Today, we preview the city's 2nd Annual Frenetic Fringe Festival, taking place over the course of the next three weekends! Festival curators Rebecca French and Robert Thoth talk about this year's mix of daring and eclectic theatre, dance, visual arts, film and music ... and playwright Loueva Smith and choreographer Teresa Chapman entice us with glimpses into their provocative new works, which will be featured this weekend on the Fringe Festival's Program Number One...

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The Front Row, Wednesday, 08/05/2009

Posted on · Today, one of the Bayou City's favorite theater people: actress, writer, director, choreographer, dancer, costume designer, food and late-night T-V addict, and inveterate self-confessor, Tamarie Cooper, pays her annual visit to our show to talk about HER new show. Her marriage and settling down to a quiet domestic life as wife and home-owner were the spring-boards for her 2008 song-dance-and-comedy revue. This year ... Omigod! She's preggers! And thus begins Tamarie's Journey to the Center of Her Mind (in 3-D!)...

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The Front Row, Tuesday, 08/04/2009

Posted on · Sports fans know Larry Dierker as one of the greatest pitchers ever to wear the uniforms of the Colt 45's and that team's successor, the Houston Astros. Nowadays, Dierker is in the process of launching a new career in musical theater as a writer and composer. Today, he talks about his first project in that field, Old Stories: A Tale of Baseball and Love and cast members from this weekend's première production perform songs from the show...

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KUHF Night at the Houston Shakespeare Festival

Posted on · Join the station for KUHF Night at the Houston Shakespeare Festival, featuring Twelfth Night Thursday, August 6 at Miller Outdoor Theater. KUHF Members can avoid the hassle of long box office lines by picking up your free tickets in advance that evening at the KUHF table (starting at 6:30 pm) at Miller Outdoor Theater.