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Houston City Scope June 2010

Aaron Brooks receives NBA’s Most Improved Player recognition.

Rockets Point Guard Earns Honor

Houston Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player. With 19.6 points per game—good for an increase of 11.2 points per contest from his scoring average of a season ago— he is by far and away the biggest leap in the league among minimum qualifiers.

His impressive stats include 39 games scoring at least 20 points and 10 contests, which witnessed him post 30 points or more—this after entering the season with a mere 11 20-point games over his first two seasons combined.

He is the sixth player in NBA history to make at least 200 three-pointers and dish out at least 400 assists in the same season.

In addition, he set the Rockets’ single-season record for three-pointers made with 209, while also establishing the Rockets single-game mark for most 3-pointers made without a miss (7) during a March 17 game against Memphis.


HCCC Showcases Naked Exhibit This Summer

This summer, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents Naked, a bare and beautiful exhibition of all-white porcelain objects.  The show will be on view in the small gallery from July 10-Sept. 4.
Naked highlights the work of five contemporary ceramists: Charles Birnbaum, from New York City, N.Y.; Lindsay Feuer, from Philadelphia, Pa.; Heather Knight, from Asheville, N.C.; Jennifer McCurdy, from Vineyard Haven, Mass.; and Kamila Szczesna, from Galveston, Texas. Each of these artists works in all-white porcelain, using no colored glazes to decorate their objects, so the material, form and surface of each piece become the primary focal points. This stripped-down or “naked” body of work reveals the sublime qualities of porcelain: delicate, translucent, smooth and full of possibility.
HCCC Curator of Fine Craft Gwynne Rukenbrod said, “To me, there is an inherent beauty and peacefulness in white porcelain objects. The emphasis is no longer on the glaze or type of firing, but on the object itself. The artists featured in Naked have shown exceptional craftsmanship through their focus on material, technique and texture, and the exhibition allows their refined aesthetic to shine through.”
Located at 4848 Main Street, HCCC is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. HCCC will be closed on Sundays, July 4-Sept. 5. For more information, call 713-529-4848 or visit www.crafthouston.org.


Discovery Green Events, during June

Discovery Green is the place to be for an array of free exercise, cultural and family events throughout the month of June. Open daily from 6 a.m.-11 p.m., the downtown Houston green space attracts Houstonians with free concerts, films, exercise classes, children’s playground area, interactive water features and special events.

The June schedule includes: Beach Boys Alive: Pet Sounds, June 26, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The Fab 40 recreate the Beach Boys Pet Sounds album. Citizens for Animal Protection will be on-site to offer information about animal adoption and to collect items on their “wish list” for the animals; Screen on the Green Series, The Blues on Film, June 19, 8 p.m.; Sundays in the Park through June 27, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.; African Film Festival opening night presented with MFAH Film Department, June 4, 7:30 p.m. Nine African choreographers challenge stale stereotypes and respond to the beauty and tragedy of 21st century Africa; KUHF Silent Film Concert Series: The Unknown, June 11, 8 p.m. activities, film at dusk; Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Discovery Green, Sundays noon-4 p.m.; Recycling Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring your glass, paper, plastic and aluminum to a recycling station at Discovery Green; Bicycle Repair Workshop, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nick Auger and Terry Hurley conduct free bicycle repair lessons. Bring your bike and learn how to fix it. Bicycle rides follow.

Fitness in the Park presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors features Family Yoga with TUTS, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Pilates + Yoga = PiYo with TUTS, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Zumba!, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Yoga in the Park with TUTS, Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.; Houston Hooper Stahs Meetup, Sundays, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.

Children and Family events are: Young Writers Workshops, Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; and Zumba for Kids!, Saturdays, 11:30 a.m.-noon.

Capital One Bank Thursday Concert Series, Anheuser-Busch Stage and Fondren Performance Center, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free, family-friendly concerts on the hill. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are sold at the Lake House. Set to perform are: June 3, Los Skarnales plus Karina Nistal; June 10, Mike Stinson plus Robert Ellis and the Boys ; June 17, Sara Hickman plus Leah White and The Magic Mirrors; June 24, Joe King Carrasco plus David Beebe and the Conrads.


Heart Deco on Display at Highland Village

Ten local Houston artists are contributing their talents to Heart Deco benefitting American Heart Association, a public art display of 4-foot by 4-foot heart structures painted with each artist’s interpretation. Unveiling of the hearts took place on May 25 at the Belle Meade at River Oaks. The hearts will be on display there through June and then move to line Westheimer in front of Highland Village and then finally to the lobby of the sponsoring company.

Each heart is sponsored by a local Houston company.

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