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The Arts & Happenings April 2017

(L-R): The cast includes local teens Caleb Han (Chuck), Cameron Mills (Willard), Miles Marmolejo (Ren), Mia Heckler (Ariel), Kennedy Haygood (Rusty), Payton Russell (Wendy Jo), Carolyn Cox (Urleen).


HITS Theatre celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the production of Footloose, The Musical, a Tony Award-winning musical at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park at 6000 Hermann Park Drive with performances scheduled for March 30, 31 and April 1, 6, 7, 8 at 8 p.m.

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren, played by Miles Marmolejo, and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter Ariel, played by Mia Heckler, sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid.

Miles Marmolejo, from the Greater Fondren Southwest neighborhood, makes his HITS debut. Marmolego is in the ninth grade at Connections Academy of Houston, an online school. Mia Heckler, from Bellaire, is 17 years old and a homeschooled 12th grader. This is her eighth Miller show.

Free tickets are available at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. -1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. To secure an assigned seat, visit hitstheatre.org/miller/30th-anniversary-production.html



The excitement is building for the 2017 Covenant House Texas Gala coordinated by the CHT Guild of volunteers. The theme this year is “Let Them All Eat Cake,” a night of French fun and whimsy to provide homeless and at-risk youth a chance at the American Dream. Covenant House Texas has been helping youth under the age of 21 with shelter, services and programs for over 33 years. The gala is scheduled for April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Omni Hotel.

Gala honorees are Julie and Jay Rogers and IBC Bank. Jay and Julie are longtime supporters of CHT and IBC Bank, where Jay is an executive, has been a great partner to CHT donating thousands of dollars over the years.

The CHT Guild coordinates all of the fun holiday activities for the kids as well as the wonderful gala to raise funds. Two of the CHT youth will be speaking and guests won’t want to miss their stories of courage.

Visit covenanthousetx.org to purchase tickets. For more information, contact Kate Ryther at 713-630-5636 or at kryther@covenanthouse.org.


The exhibit features awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behavior to breath-taking wild landscapes, which reveal the richness and diversity of life on our planet.


Now in its 52nd year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the international leader of innovative visual representation in the natural world. This prestigious competition and resulting exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science stimulates engagement with the diversity and beauty of the natural world.

On loan from the Natural History Museum in London, this special exhibition features 100 awe-inspiring images, from fascinating animal behavior to breath-taking wild landscapes, which reveal the richness and diversity of life on our planet. Judged by a panel of industry-recognized professionals, the images are selected for their creativity, artistry and technical complexity.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 50 years. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 50,000 entries from 96 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s 100 award-winning images embark on an international tour that allows them to be seen by millions of people across six continents.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year will be on exhibit through June 4. The exhibit is free for Museum members and with general admission. For tickets or more information, visit hmns.org or call 713-639-4629.


Lifestyles & Homes account executive Amy Barker Richards and her family and friends will participate again this year in the Run for the Rose as the team, “In Memory of Dan S. Barker.”


Brain cancer will once again meet its match on Sunday, April 2, at NRG Park in Houston as patients, supporters and family members converge for the 15th Anniversary Run for the Rose.

Sponsored by the Dr. Marnie Rose Foundation (DMRF), the event raises awareness and funds benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and UTHealth McGovern Medical School. The event offers a 5K Fun Run/Walk and Family 1K Fun Run/Walk, and participants range in age from 2 months to 102 years. The race starts and ends outside NRG Arena. Last year’s race attracted more than 5,800 participants and 100 brain tumor patients and netted more than $600,000.

Katy/Fulshear Lifestyles & Home account representative Amy Barker Richards is hosting a team called “In Memory of Dan S. Barker” to honor her father, who passed away from brain cancer.

This year’s Run for the Rose begins at 6:30 a.m. with late registration. The Survivor Stroll starts at 8 a.m., followed by an 8:15 a.m. start for the Timed and Non-Timed 5K, and 8:45 a.m. start for the Family 1K. The Post-race party will offer delicious food and drink items, activities for children, great music, an inflatable, walkthrough brain exhibit, and a silent auction. The awards presentation will be inside NRG Arena immediately following the end of the race.

Registration fees range from $15 to $40. Sponsorship opportunities start at $1,000. The DMRF receives support from individuals, corporations and foundations. Every $1 that is donated generates an estimated $5-10 of federal funding and grant support.

Through this annual fundraiser, DMRF, a tax-exempt public charity, has donated more than $5.3 million since 2003 for brain cancer research at MD Anderson Cancer Center, pediatric health initiatives at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and cutting-edge research and treatment for children with brain tumors at UTHealth McGovern Medical School.

The DMRF was founded in 2002 in memory of Dr. Marnie Rose, a 28-year-old pediatric resident who died from what is considered one of the deadliest of human cancers, a glioblastoma. Dr. Rose was in the first year of her pediatric medical residency at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital when she was diagnosed with the rare form of brain cancer. Despite her diagnosis, she agreed to share all — her cancer journey, personal life and professional duties as a medical resident — with a TV crew from the ABC reality series Houston Medical. The critically acclaimed hospital series followed the lives of doctors, nurses, other health care professionals and patients at Memorial Hermann in summer 2002. Dr. Rose died on August 23, 2002, from complications of her cancer, just five weeks after the show’s final episode aired.

To register for a team or donate to one, visit RunfortheRose.com, or for more information on the race day’s schedule and events, email info@drmarnierose.org.


Rene Lee Henry, “5th Ward,” 2017. Steel, photo transfer, mortar, brass. 2 x 2.5 x 16.5 inches.


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St., presents the ninth edition of In Residence, an annual exhibition celebrating HCCC’s Artist Residency Program, which has supported makers in the field of craft for over 15 years. This exhibition features work by 11 artists working in ceramic, fiber, metal, wood, and mixed media.

Madison Creech’s sculptural works incorporate digital fabrication, illustration, screen printing, pop-culture references, and found objects into immersive installations of fiber and quilts. Carolyn Watkins takes inspiration from folds of flesh, historic ceramic vessels, and how breath fills and leaves the body. Wen-Dan Lin creates intricate ceramic structures that take inspiration from industrial design and architectural forms. Jonathan Clark transforms wood, office materials and found objects into highly complex structures using principles of mathematics, divine proportion, and natural patterning.

To learn more, visit crafthouston.org.


The Buddha Keeps the Cosmos in His Suitcase by Priscilla Frake.


Methods of seeing inspire both of The Jung Center Gallery’s April exhibitions. Photographer and mixed-media artist Leslie Field examines the beautiful distortions of a kaleidoscope and finds universal imagery in the form of mandalas. Jewelry-maker Priscilla Frake looks toward the cosmos and uses the hyper-real images from the Hubble Space Telescope to inform her work.

These exhibits will be on display March 31-April 28 at the Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd. The public is invited to a gallery reception on Saturday, April 8, from 5-7 p.m.


“Rosine” in The Classical Theatre Company’s production of The Barber of Seville.


The Classical Theatre Company, 4617 Montrose, has announced its production of The Barber of Seville scheduled for April 5-23. The play follows the Spanish Count Almaviva, who has fallen in love at first sight with the lovely young Rosine. To ensure that she doesn’t love him just for his title and fortune, he disguises himself as a poor student and woos her. His plans are foiled by Rosine’s guardian, Bartholo, who has locked her away and plans on marrying her himself. The tide turns for the Count when he runs into his ex-servant Figaro. Now a barber, Figaro can get inside Bartholo’s house, and he schemes a variety of ways to have the Count and Rosine meet and talk. Hilarity ensues in this great French farce as mistaken identities and zany characters rule the day. Visit classicaltheatre.org or call 713-963-9665 for more information.


A 2016 Art Car Parade creation.


The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is proud to announce the festivities surrounding the 30th Anniversary of the Houston Art Car Parade Weekend, the largest gathering of its kind in the world and one of Houston’s most beloved annual events.

Over the past 30 years, the Houston Art Car Parade has grown from a small group of like-minded individuals making a statement on the streets, to a celebration of personal artistic expression, with 250 mobile masterpieces from across the country rolling through downtown Houston to hundreds of thousands of spectators. The four-day party, this year chaired by Tracy and Glen Larner, kicks off on Thursday, April 6 with the Main Street Drag and Sneak Peek at Discovery Green on the Avenida, continues Friday, April 7 with The Legendary Art Car Ball, and culminates on Saturday, April 8 with the main event – The Houston Art Car Parade – taking over Smith Street in Downtown Houston. Over $10,000 in prize money will be awarded to artists in various categories on Sunday, April 9, at the Houston Art Car Parade Award Ceremony at Smither Park.

For more information, including a full schedule of events, visit thehoustonartcarparade.com.


Lyle Lovett


The Blue Bird Circle has announced its annual gala, An Affair to Remember. Co-Chairs Laura Kent and Terry Agris, along with The Blue Bird Circle are planning the bash of the season. The Gala is slated for Friday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m., at River Oaks Country Club. The attire is Western Chic, Texas Tux or Black Tie. Festivities will include a gourmet dinner, exclusive live auctions, and a live performance by Lyle Lovett. The Blue Bird Circle Gala is one of the highlights of the Houston social season and will be a fun and festive evening supporting Texas Children’s Hospital Neurology Department.

Tickets begin at $500 per person (limited seating), and tables begin at $5,000. Many underwriting opportunities are available with meaningful benefits.  For more information, contact Tammy at 713-528-0470 ext. 34 or bbcgala2017@gmail.com



Grab a fellow book lover and join Holocaust Museum Houston’s The Boniuk Library Book Club, featuring popular books set to the backdrop of the Holocaust. This new book club will meet monthly in 2017 at the Museum’s Morgan Family Center, located at 5401 Caroline St. in the Museum District, to share in conversation about each exciting read.

Spring and early summer 2017 club dates and featured books include the February 28 discussion of Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly; All the Light There Was by Nancy Kricorian on March 28; The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah on April 25; The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel on May 16; and a June 27 book club discussion of Prudence by David Treuer.

Admission to The Boniuk Library Book Club is free, but registration is required and seating is limited. Visit hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.


In Ten Tiny Dances, ten choreographers are asked to create ten short dances in one very large space on one very small stage: a raised cube that has a playing space of 4’ by 4’.


The University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts announces dates for the fourth annual CounterCurrent festival, scheduled Tuesday, April 18 through Sunday, April 23. CounterCurrent is a free, city-wide festival of performance, installation and ideas occupying a range of unexpected sites in the Houston area, including galleries, outdoor sites and non-traditional spaces. The festival will be comprised of 10 major cutting-edge contemporary and collaborative works, including audio and video installations, live performances and participatory events by artists from around the world. The lineup includes artists from the Middle East, Europe, New York and Houston. All CounterCurrent events are free of charge.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit countercurrentfestival.org. Reservations are required and will be available online beginning March 23.



The next big thing has arrived at Space Center Houston. The spectacular new Mission Mars exhibit showcases an immersive experience about the red planet and offers an opportunity to peer inside an Orion spacecraft research model, stand close to a giant model rocket and walk on a virtual Mars environment. The multi-million-dollar interactive exhibit, designed with input from NASA experts, opens as the nonprofit also kicks off its 25th anniversary year. For more information and tickets, visit spacecenter.org.



Red Potato Market days celebrates its fourth year and eighth show April 20-23 at 9114 FM 1489 in Simonton. A Preview Party on Thursday April 20 kicks off the event. More than 70 vendors showcase vintage, antiques, painted furniture, lighting, eclectic finds, art, jewelry, clothing and handmade soaps and crafts. It’s the perfect place to relax in the country only 35 miles west of Houston and 15 miles west of Katy. Local Farmers also bring fresh produce and home made goods. Food trucks and a live band combine to make this a fun event.

The Market takes place under a covered arena, rain or shine. The preview party is $10 with a return admission for another day. The $5 general admission supports Young Life and Simonton Christian Academy. Children under 12 are free. Hours for the event are Thursday, 4 – 7p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

For more information call 281-533-9863 or visit redpotatomarket.com.



BEAR…Be A Resource for CPS Kids has announced its upcoming annual fundraising luncheon. Bear The Load with Love, will be held Friday, April 21 at the River Oaks Country Club. Katherine Kardesch and Terri Havens are serving as chair’s for this year’s event and they, along with their committee, are hard at work planning an exciting event, which will feature former foster child-turned-singer Jimmy Wayne, also known for his bestselling book Walk to Beautiful.

BEAR will also take this opportunity to honor long-time Board Member Cindy Steele for her years of hard work and dedication to the organization. Cindy has been one of our most loyal and committed volunteers. For more information, e-mail Luis Morales at luis.morales@dfps.state.tx.us or visit the BEAR website at bearesourcehouston.org.


A painting by Carol Simon, one of the participating artists.


Art aficionados can view and shop thousands of art pieces from nearly 300 Houston artists at the Spring Biannual Art Stroll & Sale hosted by the Artists at Sawyer Yards on Saturday, April 22 at Sawyer Yards. The art studios on Houston’s largest creative campus will be open, so you can meet the artists and see a fantastic array of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, mosaic, photography, mixed media and jewelry.

Start your stroll at Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring St., from 3-5 p.m. for a pre-party and silent auction of one-of-a-kind birdhouse creations, benefiting the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Each was decorated by a Houston celebrity in partnership with a select Sawyer Yards artist. Participating pairs include Mayor Sylvester Turner/Nicola Parente; Rod Ryan of the Buzz/Taft McWhorter; sculptor David Adickes/Justin Garcia; former Mayor Annise Parker/Michael Golden; artist Sharon Kopriva/ Chris Silkwood; Heights realtor Bill Baldwin/Patrick Palmer; and KPRC2 Weather­man Frank Billingsley/April Murphy. Additional benefit birdhouses, created by Sawyer Yards’ artists and priced at $100 each, will be offered throughout the evening at all the studios in support of the Houston Arboretum. For more information, visit sawyeryards.com/spring-biannual



The award-wining documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will be in Houston on April 26 for a preview screening and discussion of their latest project, The Vietnam War, a 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series set to air this fall on Houston Public Media TV 8 and PBS stations around the country.

“An Evening with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick” will take place at the University of Houston Cullen Performance Hall at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at Houstonpublicmedia.org/KenBurns. Discount tickets are available to military veterans.

Recognizing that Houston is home to one of the nation’s largest populations of military veterans and one of the largest Vietnamese communities, Houston Public Media is launching a yearlong series of Vietnam-focused programs and events to recognize its importance in our community. These efforts include special locally-produced TV 8 programs set to air in the fall as companions to the documentary, as well as News 88.7 news stories, discussions on the “Houston Matters” talk show and a comprehensive website with expanded digital content. In October, Houston Public Media is hosting “The Wall That Heals,” a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Watch for more details about Houston Public Media’s special Vietnam initiative at Houstonpublicmedia.org/Vietnam



On Thursday, April 27, Houston-area restaurants are donating a percentage of sales to AIDS Foundation Houston (AFH) through their participation in the annual nationwide event, Dining Out for Life. Guests interested in supporting AIDS Foundation Houston can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner throughout the day at participating restaurants. A portion of the proceeds support AFH’s programs and services that help thousands of Houstonians living with HIV/AIDS.

In 2016, some 45 restaurants — including Barnaby’s, Canopy, Tacos A Go Go and Reef — participated in the one-day event.

For more information or to find a restaurant, visit AIDSHelp.org/DiningOutforLife


Hundreds of quilts will be on display for you to examine or purchase at the third annual St. Mary’s Quilt Show.


The third Annual St. Mary’s Quilt Show is scheduled for April 28-29. Quilts will be displayed in St. Mary’s historic painted Church in Plantersville. No admission will be charged to view the quilts; however, donations are welcome.

The public may enter a quilt in the show and offer it for sale, if desired. This show will not be judged and no monetary prizes will be given. There will be a ribbon awarded for “People’s Choice” quilt.

The Gala Preview Dinner is on Thursday, April 27. Cocktails, appetizers and a three-course dinner will be served. After dinner, attendees will preview the quilts in the church. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available. For tickets or more information, visit stmarysquiltshow.com.



The Space City Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society will hold its annual show and sale events in April and May at the Kyle Chapman Annex, 7340 Spencer Hwy in Pasadena. On both Saturday, April 19 and Saturday, May 20, the plant sales and hibiscus shows are open to the public from 1-4 p.m. with free admission. For more information, visit spacecityahs.org or email chapter 2nd Vice President Larrry Bruner at larrysgardens@yahoo.com.



On Tuesday, May 16, at the 12th annual An Evening with a Legend event benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center, guests will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share an incredible evening with the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps. With 28 medals—23 of which are gold—Phelps has taken the swimming world by storm for nearly two decades and has created a legacy that may never be replicated in history. The evening will include an intimate conversation with Phelps about his journey to become a gold medal legend and what is in store for the next phase of his life. Carmen & Butch Mach and Kelli & John Weinzierl will serve as Honorary Chairmen for the event.

The event will take place at the Hilton Americas – Houston, 1600 Lamar St. with a cocktail reception at 6:15 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m. Tables start at $5,000. For more information or to purchase, visit texaschildrens.org/legends or contact Jessica Varon Fleischer at 832-824-6914 or jxvaron@texaschildrens.org.


Melissa Cody, “Water’s Edge,”2016.Wool warp, weft, selvedge cords, aniline dyes. 15.5 x 26.5 inches.


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, presents Future Tradition: Melissa Cody, a solo exhibition of recent work by the Navajo artist, running through May 28.

Cody is a fourth-generation weaver from a family known for excellence in the traditional Navajo art. Like her contemporaries and weavers before her, Cody designs her pieces on a stand-up loom as she weaves, incorporating precise geometric forms and recognizable graphic elements, such as the yeii or Rainbow Person, who symbolizes protection, or a cross to represent Spider Woman, the giver and teacher of weaving to the Navajo. Unlike any other, however, Cody imbues her pieces with a stirring graphic vitality and personal voice, emerging as perhaps the most exciting young textile artist of today.

Cody’s work is at once deeply personal and an expression of her cultural context. Her personal joys and sorrows are reflected in works that communicate her emotional processes, from the complex compositions of pattern and iconography to the more recent inclusion of song lyrics.

Future Tradition: Melissa Cody was curated by HCCC Executive Director Perry A. Price. For more information, visit crafthouston.org.


A 1966 Batmobile replica, by George Barris, is on display at the National Museum of Funeral History.


Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston presents a new exhibit, A Tribute to George Barris, through Dec. 31.

George Barris, known throughout the world as the ‘original’ King of Kustomizers, created iconic automobiles including the original 1966 Batmobile, the “Beverly Hillbillies” jalopy, the Munster Koach and casket turned dragster (the “Drag-U-La”) for “The Munsters,” and many KITTs, the short name of two fictional characters from the adventure television series “Knight Rider.”

The Museum will display a replica of the 1966 Batmobile, a memorial folder from Barris’ funeral along with other personal memorabilia.

Born in Chicago in the mid-’20s, Barris moved to Roseville, Calif., with relatives after his parents died in 1928. He pursued a passion for building scratch-built model airplanes and model cars that resulted in winning competitions for construction and design. His interest in cars intensified during his teenage years as he discovered “the black art” of body work by hanging out after school at local body shops.

Before he graduated from high school, Barris created his first full custom car from a used 1936 Ford convertible that led to his first commercial customer. Shortly after, Barris formed a club called Kustoms Car Club where the first use of “K” for kustoms appeared.He later moved to Los Angeles where his talents began to flourish. Barris opened his first shop in a Los Angeles suburb in late 1944.

As movie studios took note of Barris kustoms on the streets and at races, the studios came to George for cars for their films. This included customizing the personal cars of the stars as well. In the ‘60s, George shifted gears and bought a new shop in North Hollywood where he designed and built award-winning cars.For hours, tickets and more information, visit nmfh.org.

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