Unwrap Your Candies Now

Live From Theater District Open House!

The annual Open House marks the official start of the city’s performing arts season, and “Unwrap Your Candies Now” was there to find out what operas, symphonies, ballets, chamber music, jazz, plays and Broadway musicals are in store for Houston audiences.

  • Houston Public Media's arts podcast, "Unwrap Your Candies Now," recorded an episode live at the 26th Annual Theater District Open House. (Photo Credit: Ernie Manouse)
    Houston Public Media's arts podcast, "Unwrap Your Candies Now," recorded an episode live at the 26th Annual Theater District Open House. (Photo Credit: Ernie Manouse)
  • Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Ernie Manouse, Catherine Lu and Todd Huslander (recording engineer) (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Ernie Manouse, Catherine Lu and Todd Huslander (recording engineer) (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
  • Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
  • Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
  • Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
  • Houston Public Media's arts podcast, "Unwrap Your Candies Now," recorded an episode live at the 26th Annual Theater District Open House. (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
    Houston Public Media's arts podcast, "Unwrap Your Candies Now," recorded an episode live at the 26th Annual Theater District Open House. (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
  • Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Catherine Lu and Ernie Manouse (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
    Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Catherine Lu and Ernie Manouse (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
  • Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu, co-hosts of "Unwrap Your Candies Now," greet listeners and attendees in the lobby of Jones Hall at Theater District Open House. (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
    Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu, co-hosts of "Unwrap Your Candies Now," greet listeners and attendees in the lobby of Jones Hall at Theater District Open House. (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
  • Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu, co-hosts of "Unwrap Your Candies Now," greet listeners and attendees in the lobby of Jones Hall at Theater District Open House. (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
    Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu, co-hosts of "Unwrap Your Candies Now," greet listeners and attendees in the lobby of Jones Hall at Theater District Open House. (Photo Credit: Justin McKee/Houston Public Media)
  • Selfie with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (Photo Credit: Ernie Manouse)
    Selfie with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (Photo Credit: Ernie Manouse)
  • Selfie with Perry Leech, Managing Director of Houston Grand Opera (Photo Credit: Ernie Manouse)
    Selfie with Perry Leech, Managing Director of Houston Grand Opera (Photo Credit: Ernie Manouse)
  • Selfie with Dan Knechtges, Artistic Director of Theatre Under The Stars (Photo Credit: Ernie Manouse)
    Selfie with Dan Knechtges, Artistic Director of Theatre Under The Stars (Photo Credit: Ernie Manouse)
  • Selfie with Meg Booth, CEO of Society for the Performing Arts (Photo Credit: Ernie Manouse)
    Selfie with Meg Booth, CEO of Society for the Performing Arts (Photo Credit: Ernie Manouse)
  • Ernie Manouse, Catherine Lu and Houston Symphony Executive Director & CEO John Mangum (Photo Credit: Mireya Reyna)
    Ernie Manouse, Catherine Lu and Houston Symphony Executive Director & CEO John Mangum (Photo Credit: Mireya Reyna)
  • "Unwrap Your Candies Now" is Houston Public Media's performing arts and culture podcast. (Photo Credit: Houston Public Media)
    "Unwrap Your Candies Now" is Houston Public Media's performing arts and culture podcast. (Photo Credit: Houston Public Media)
  • "Unwrap Your Candies Now" can be heard on the radio Fridays at 10:30pm on News 88.7. (Photo Credit: Houston Public Media)
    "Unwrap Your Candies Now" can be heard on the radio Fridays at 10:30pm on News 88.7. (Photo Credit: Houston Public Media)
  • Alley Theatre's Artistic Director Rob Melrose, Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu (Photo Credit: Houston Public Media)
    Alley Theatre's Artistic Director Rob Melrose, Ernie Manouse and Catherine Lu (Photo Credit: Houston Public Media)

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In this episode of "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Catherine Lu and Ernie Manouse preview the 2019-2020 seasons of eight of the major performing arts groups of Houston's Theater District, and they chat with Mayor Sylvester Turner about the significant impact of the arts in the city. Recorded live at Jones Hall at the 26th Annual Theater District Open House on August 25, this episode also marks the radio debut of the podcast, which can now be heard Fridays at 10:30 pm on News 88.7.

Guests include:

Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston

Rob Melrose, Artistic Director, Alley Theatre

Perryn Leech, Managing Director, Houston Grand Opera

Toni Capra, Executive Director, Da Camera

Dan Knechtges, Artistic Director, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS)

Meg Booth, CEO, Society for the Performing Arts (SPA)

Wendi Reichstein, Director of Regional Marketing, Broadway at the Hobby Center

John Mangum, Executive Director & CEO, Houston Symphony

Angela Lee, Director of Marketing and PR, Houston Ballet

Share your comments, questions and ideas at UYCN@houstonpublicmedia.org.

 

This article is part of the Unwrap Your Candies Now podcast

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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