Unwrap Your Candies Now

Lawndale Art Center Celebrates 40 Years Of Showcasing Emerging Contemporary Artists, Plus “Dear Evan Hansen” Comes To The Hobby Center

Flashback on Lawndale Art Center’s four decades of serving the community through contemporary art, and meet two singer-actors from a Tony Award-winning Best Musical.


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In this episode of the podcast "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Catherine Lu chats with Houston arts writer Pete Gershon about Lawndale Art Center's 40th Anniversary. They discuss the center’s history and impact, from its DIY beginnings in 1979 as an annex for University of Houston art students and its role as an incubator for experimental art to current exhibits and plans for the future. Gershon is Chair of Lawndale's Advisory Board and author of Collision: The Contemporary Arts Scene in Houston, 1972 – 1985.

Then, Ernie Manouse sits down with John Hemphill and Jessica E. Sherman, two of the stars of the National Touring Production of Evan Hansen. Broadway Across America presents this Tony and Grammy-Awarding winning musical at the Hobby Center from November 12 – 24.

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

Music used: Philip Glass: Mad Rush from Glassmasters and Dear Evan Hansen courtesy of Broadway Across America


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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

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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