KPFK On The Air: Arts in Review
Arts in Review celebrates the best in local live performance, including theatre, cabaret, music and dance. Hosted by Julio Martinez, the show is now heard on Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:00pm, and features interviews and performances by a wide range of talented artists performing locally. Julio Martinez is an arts journalist and critic, radio host, playwright, guitarist, monologist and, sometimes, even a dancer. Born in Spanish Harlem, Julio enjoyed a music career during the 60s, performing with singer Al Jarreau (7 years), Irene Kral, Kay Dennis and others. He worked in live theater at the same time, mainly with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, The Committee Workshop and The Public Players Company. Since the mid 80s, Martinez has worked as a journalist and radio host, including an 18-year stint as theater critic for the theatre daily Variety and his current 25-year association with KPFK Radio. Martinez has scripted and produced six original radio dramas that have broadcast annually over the Pacifica Radio Network.
To complement the Arts in Review show, Julio will begin a new theatre feature called "The Theatre Minute" which premiers today. The first installment is on Collected Stories at the Odyssey Theatre (Sep 8-Oct 14), Donald Margulies' six-year pas de deux between Ruth, a well established but entrenched writer, and Lisa, her adoring but ever-evolving student protégé. April Lang's Ruth and Natalie Sutherland's Lisa painstakingly insinuate themselves into and then out of each other's psyches while only allowing one to emerge intact. Under Terri Hanauer's taut, relentlessly intuitive guidance, Lang and Sutherland achieve an emotionally tangible final scene schism that sucks the air right off the stage.
- Arts and Review & The Theater Minute
with Julio Martinez, KPFK Radio