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The Arts & Happenings July 2016


Beacon, 1992, sculpture by Matt Magee.

Beacon, 1992, sculpture by Matt Magee.

MATT MAGEE’S WORLDWIDE SCULPTURAL DEBUT IN HOUSTON, THROUGH JULY 2

Hiram Butler Gallery unveils prima materia, Matt Magee’s first exhibition of sculpture. Since the mid-’80s, Magee has assembled table-top sculptures from found objects that he saved because of an inherent interest in their form, substance, color or oddity. They are generally composed of few component parts that are simply stacked or joined together. The visual language of Magee’s sculptures directly relates to his paintings and drawings, in which he has included imagined forms and symbols since the late ‘80s. This exhibition surveys Magee’s sculpture from 1987-2015. For more information visit mattmagee.info/artist-info.html.

The exhibition runs through July 2 at the Hiram Butler Gallery, 4520 Blossom Street in Houston. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information on the exhibit call
713-863-7097 or visit hirambutler.com.

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Yayoi Kusama, Love Is Calling, 2013, wood, metal, glass mirrors, tile, acrylic panel, rubber, blowers, lighting elements, speakers and sound.

Yayoi Kusama, Love Is Calling, 2013, wood, metal, glass mirrors, tile, acrylic panel, rubber, blowers, lighting elements, speakers and sound.

MFAH PRESENTS KUSAMA: AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE, THROUGH SEPT. 18

This summer, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will present two dazzling, immersive environments by contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. On view through Sept. 18, the exhibition Kusama: At the End of the Universe brings to Houston two of the artist’s signature infinity rooms — Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity (2009) and Love Is Calling (2013) — the first time this aspect of Kusama’s work will be seen in Texas.

Kusama, recently named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” has worked in an expansive array of media since the 1950s, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance art, and design. Her infinity rooms — environments lined with mirrors that confound viewers’ perception of spatial limits — are among her most beloved works, and are the focus of the present exhibition. The exhibition also reflects the two complementary aspects of Kusama’s career. Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity, newly acquired by the MFAH, reflects the artist’s fascination with the intangible, while Love Is Calling demonstrates Kusama’s engagement with our physical environment. The exhibition is further supplemented by one of Kusama’s monumental yellow and black polka-dotted fiberglass pumpkins, which will welcome visitors at the entrance to the gallery.

Each of the room-size installations allows for a limited number of individuals at one time. The Museum will provide timed entry tickets for this exhibition. Visitors can arrange for a timeslot on arrival at the Museum. A limited number of “fast pass” tickets for expedited access to the exhibition will be available.

For more information, visit mfah.org or call 713-639-7300.

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Emily Koch as Elphaba.

Emily Koch as Elphaba.

WICKED RETURNS TO THE HOBBY CENTER, JULY 6-AUG. 14

Wicked, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster will return to the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts July 6-Aug. 14. Tickets for the return engagement are on sale now.

Wicked is the winner of over 100 international major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards.

The surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, Wicked tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in. Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each other’s lives for good has made this one of the world’s most popular musicals.

For a full list of performance dates and times, visit houston.broadway.com/­shows/­wicked-ss2/

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ARCHWAY GALLERY PRESENTS “ALLA PRIMA AND SPREZZATURA,” THROUGH JULY 6

Barbara Able’s exhibition, Alla Prima and Sprezzatura, will be on view at the Archway Gallery through July 6.

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, Able paints dramatic scenes of large mountains. She employs the alla prima (wet-on-wet) technique to build up her surfaces, using a series of transparent layers and thrown paint. This requires a loose way of working, which gives her paintings a sense of spontaneity and freshness. Able embraces the results that cause her oils and watercolors to “bloom” in unpredictable ways. Years of studying classical life drawing and landscape painting have provided Able with the foundation to create large, expressive landscape paintings.

Visit ArchwayGallery.com for more information.

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A Final Fantasy concert has been added to Houston Symphony Summer Series led by guest conductor Arnie Rogh.

A Final Fantasy concert has been added to Houston Symphony Summer Series led by guest conductor Arnie Rogh.

MATINEE PERFORMANCE OF MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY AT JONES HALL , JULY 23

The Houston Symphony has announced an additional matinee performance of Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23. The second performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. the same day.

Guest conductor Arnie Roth will lead the Houston Symphony and Chorus in the multimedia concert spectacular. With new orchestral arrangements and HD video presentations from game developer Square Enix, the concert will feature music from the main Final Fantasy franchise, including games VII, VIII, IX, X and XII.

Roth is a Grammy Award-winning artist known for his work with a variety of performers including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, The Irish Tenors, Charlotte Church, Peter Cetera and Dennis DeYoung. He has conducted the London, National, Atlanta and Dallas symphony orchestras; the Hollywood Bowl, Czech National Chamber, Ravinia Festival and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras; the Los Angeles and Tokyo philharmonics; the BBC, Detroit, San Francisco, San Diego, Sydney and Winnipeg symphonies; and the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago.

He is well-known in the world of video game music for his work with Nobuo Uematsu and Square Enix as music director and conductor for several games and soundtracks. He was the winner of the Best Score Award at the 2003 DVD Premiere Awards for his film score Barbie as Rapunzel and was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for his original song “Shine” from the movie Barbie in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Roth has produced dozens of best-selling CD’s.

For tickets and more information, visit houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224- 7575.

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SALVATION ARMY’S INAUGURAL CHRISTMAS IN JULY 5K & KIDS K, JULY 9

Get your Santa costume and jingle bells ready because The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s Christmas In July 5K & Kids K is coming to town.

The fun run will take place on Saturday, July 9 at The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command, located at 1500 Austin Street in Downtown Houston. Race day registration will open at 6 a.m., giving runners time to stretch, take group photos with their Holly Jolly team and check out the event sponsors. The 5K will begin at 7 a.m. and will be followed by the awards ceremony. The Fa La La La Kids K will start at 9 a.m. After the run, finishers and family members can celebrate their accomplishments at the post-race party which will be complete with holiday décor and treats. The run is slated to be an annual event.

“The Salvation Army spreads hope and joy throughout the year but is most visible during the holiday season thanks to our iconic red kettles,” said Major Chris Flanagan, Salvation Army Area Commander. “With this new fun run, we are hoping to spread the Christmas joy during a time when donations are low. This fundraising event gives our community another opportunity to financially support our programs and services and celebrate Christmas twice a year!”

The Family 5K and Kids K makes this event fun for the whole family. Competitive runners are invited to join the Timed 5K, where awards will be given to the top three winners in each 10-year age group. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite holiday character.

The Timed 5K is $25, the Family 5K is $20, and the Kids K is $15. Participants can register online before July 7. Every 5K registration gets a 2016 Christmas in July 5K race bib, a tee, finisher’s medal, and entry into the post-race party. For more information, including registration and volunteer opportunities, visit ChristmasInJuly5K.com or SalvationArmy­Hous­ton.org.

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HOUSTON CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE MEETINGS, THIRD THURSDAYS

The Houston Civil War Round Table is an organization that hosts authors and historians who present the history of various events during the American Civil War. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, except for the summer months (June, July and August). The group meets at the Hess Club, 5430 Westheimer Rd. Networking begins at 6 p.m, dinner at 7 p.m. and the speaker at 7:45 p.m. There is a charge for dinner. For information and to RSVP, visit houstoncivilwar.com.

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TIRR MEMORIAL HERMANN’S CAMP KIDS UNLIMITED, JUNE 28-JULY 1 AND JULY 27-JULY 30

Camp Kids Unlimited, TIRR Memorial Hermann’s annual overnight summer camp for children with physical disabilities, is offering two options for potential campers this summer.

The first Camp Kids Unlimited session is scheduled for June 28-July 1 at Camp Aranzazu in Rockport. This camp will offer typical summer camp activities including the ropes course, kayaking and canoeing, and adaptive sports. This camp is offered to campers ages 8-18 who are either independent or who might require some assistance with mobility, transfers, and self-care functions. The registration deadline is June 20. The cost of the camp is $125. Scholarships are available.

The second Camp Kids Unlimited session is scheduled for July 27-July 30 at Sea Scout Base Galveston. At this camp, appropriate campers are ages 10-21 and independent with their personal care, transfers, and mobility. The camp will offer adaptive sailing and other water-based activities, as well as handcycling. The registration deadline is July 19. The cost of the camp is $150. Scholarships are available.

Staff members from TIRR Memorial Hermann-recognized around the world as a leader in medical rehabilitation and research will help with both camps. The camp staff is experienced in caring for people with disabilities and hosting adaptive camps.

“Camp Kids Unlimited is a great opportunity for our campers to expand their independence, try new things and make lasting friendships,” says Ava Skrabanek, camp director and adaptive sports coordinator at TIRR Memorial Hermann.

For more information on both camps visit tirr.memorialhermann.org/patient-resources/camp-kids-unlimited-2/ or call Skrabanek at 713-797-5928.

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HOUSTON GLASS CLUB SHOW, AUGUST 19-21 IN ROSENBERG

“Glass is more delightful and sightly than any other material at this day known to man” could be a quote from a modern day glass collector. Actually it is part of Neri’s introduction to his Art of Glass book written in 1611.

At the 42nd annual Vintage Glass & Antique Show and Sale to be held Aug.19-21 at the Fort Bend County Fair grounds in Rosenberg, the focus will be on American glass made from the early 1900’s through the 1960’s. Sponsored by The Houston Glass Club, dealers carry a wide variety of colorful 1930’s depression era glass and elegant glass (Heisey, Fostoria, Cambridge, etc.) from the 1920’s forward among their high quality glassware. Mid-century glass, another popular collectible, will be throughout the show. American-made kitchenware, pottery and dinnerware are also featured. Show hours are 2-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20; and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21st at the fairgrounds, located on Hwy. 36 in Rosenberg. Admission is $10 on Friday, $6 on Saturday and Sunday and is good all weekend. Free parking. Call 281-240-0382 for more information.

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MOODY GARDENS TAKING FLIGHT WITH WINGS OF WONDER, THROUGH AUG. 20

This summer, visitors will have the chance to get up close to owls, falcons, hawks, vultures and a variety of other bird species as they learn about these amazing creatures and their place in nature at Moody Gardens live bird presentation series, Wings of Wonder. The live bird shows will focus on history, special traits and demonstrate the natural skills of some of the most notorious avian creatures in the world.

During this half-hour presentation guests will learn about conservation, biology of the various bird species and be witness to these amazing creatures being put into flight through commands by their trainer Kevin Gaines of Wildlife Revealed. For more information including group pricing call 800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.

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A group of “beerheads” enjoying the Craft Beer Festival.

A group of “beerheads” enjoying the Craft Beer Festival.

2016 BREWMASTERS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL, SEPT. 2-4

Join fellow craft beer lovers Sept. 2-4 for the 7th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival, voted as one of the top five beer festivals in the country by USA TODAY readers. This foam-filled weekend has added several unique twists to its popular line-up, including an opportunity to try blended whiskey and beer at the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting. Also brand new this year is a Friday Night Nach-yo Regular Tequila Tasting and a Sunday Brew-B-Que as well as a Best Beard contest. These crafty additions join the already stellar line-up which features over 400 craft beers, Taste it First selections and a range of fun and educational beer events like the Pub Crawl, Texas Brewery Tasting Tour, BrewHaHa Grand Tasting and Beach, Brews & Bands.

The event will take place at Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center. Visit brewmastersbeerfest.com for more information and tickets.

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ALLEY THEATRE ANNOUNCES UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS

Alley Theatre willl offer eight productions for its 2016-2017 season. They include the world premiere of NSangou Njikam’s Hip Hop play Syncing Ink; a new musical based on the beloved novel and Walt Disney motion pictures Freaky Friday; the National Theatre of Scotland’s internationally acclaimed Let the Right One In; a celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary with the comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Arthur Miller’s classic drama A View from the Bridge; the recent Broadway hit Hand to God by Texas playwright Robert Askins; new play, Dry Powder, by Sarah Burgess; and David Javerbaum’s critically acclaimed comedy An Act of God.

For more details visit alleytheatre.org.


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