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The Arts & Happenings August 2016

Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform on Aug. 17 at 8:15 p.m.

Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform on Aug. 17 at 8:15 p.m.


Since 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park has been one of Houston’s most beloved cultural treasures, a gathering place for the community and the site of thousands of memorable free performances. From daytime programs especially for young children to family friendly evening performances of classical music, jazz, ethnic music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, popular concert artists, films and more, this is Houston’s best entertainment value.

Visit milleroutdoortheatre.com for more information, including a full description of shows and FAQs.


The Spider-Man celebration on Aug. 6 includes interactive activities, a Spider-Man appearance and a Web Sling Showdown.

The Spider-Man celebration on Aug. 6 includes interactive activities, a Spider-Man appearance and a Web Sling Showdown.


TOP S.E.C.R.E.T.: S.O.S. (Summer of Spies), now through Sept. 7 – Agents will rise during Top S.E.C.R.E.T.: Summer of Spies at the Children’s Museum of Houston.

All-access granted to all sorts of espionage-themed activities.

Spider-Man Day and Web Sling Show­down, Aug. 6 – Get tangled in a web of excitement. The Spider-Man celebration includes interactive activities, a Spider-Man appearance and a Web Sling Showdown.

Curious George, Aug. 27-28 – Take a historical journey and visit with Curious George during his special appearance at the Children’s Museum of Houston. For a full slate of events, visit cmhouston.org.



Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW), the single largest fundraiser in the U.S. benefiting the largest food bank in America, returns Aug. 1 and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 5. Last year’s event raised a record- break­ing $1.9 million for the Houston Food Bank.

Founded in 2003 by volunteer Cleverley Stone, HRW has raised over $7.6 million for the Houston Food Bank, enabling it to provide almost 23 million meals for Houston­ians who are food insecure. Nationally recognized as Feeding America’s Food Bank of the Year, the Food Bank distributes 59 million nutritious meals through its network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other hunger relief charities in southeast Texas, feeding 800,000 individuals each year.

HRW is run by volunteers and 100 percent of the donations raised from area restaurants go directly to the Food Bank. For 36 days, diners will enjoy specially priced multi-course prix-fixe menus. Starting on July 15 diners can access a growing list of over 200 expected restaurant participants and their HRW menus at HoustonRestaur­ant­Weeks.com. From fine dining to casual neighborhood restaurants, patrons are able to sample a wide variety of cuisines during this month. Reservations may be required by some restaurants; walk-ins may be accepted by others. This information will be noted on the HRW website menu pages. New in 2016 is the introduction of a $25 dinner option that includes a $4 donation from the restaurant to the food bank. The food bank will be able to generate 12 meals per $25 HRW dinner sold.

HRW provides a five-week long passport to the city’s top restaurants and award-winning chefs. This event has grown to include not only the newest and trendiest restaurants in Uptown Galleria, Montrose and Midtown, but also popular eateries in The Woodlands, Sugar Land and Galveston, among others.

“As one who reports on restaurants and chefs, I am grateful for the outpouring of support by Houston’s restaurant industry and diners for Houston Restaurant Weeks,” said Cleverley Stone.

Visit the website for more information.


Emily Koch as Elphaba.

Emily Koch as Elphaba.


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/.


Actors from the Alley Theatre have performed a variety of Agatha Christie classics, like this scene from Black Coffee. (Photo - jann whaley)

Actors from the Alley Theatre have performed a variety of Agatha Christie classics, like this scene from Black Coffee. (Photo – jann whaley)


Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web, Agatha Christie’s only comedy thriller, through Aug. 14 in the Hubbard Theatre. The popular ExxonMobil Summer Chills series returns to the Alley after a two-year break and offers a cool escape from the summer heat. The series is the perfect introduction to live theatre for first-timers.

Spider’s Web unravels at the English countryside home of Henry and Clarissa Hailsham-Brown. Clarissa, the second wife of Henry Hailsham Brown, is adept at spinning tales of adventure for her bored diplomatic circle. When a murder takes place in her drawing room, she finds real life much harder to cope with. Clarissa’s fast talking places her in hair-raising situations, as she comes to learn that the facts are much more exciting than fiction.

Tickets start at $21. Discounted tickets are available for any student, regardless of age, with a valid student ID for $16 for designated performances in Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more information, visit alleytheatre.org.




“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. With more than 30 dealers from across America, you’ll find a cross section of glass heritage combined under one roof.



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.

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


Experience Houston’s Theater District with free performances, family activities, ticket deals and more in the annual day festival.

Experience Houston’s Theater District with free performances, family activities, ticket deals and more in the annual day festival.


Houston Theater District hosts its 23rd annual Theater District Open House on Sunday, Aug. 28. Marking the official launch of the fall performing arts season, the event is a free, family-friendly festival that takes place at venues throughout the Theater District in Downtown Houston. Open House features an array of performances that highlight the best of what’s in store for the upcoming season, with everything from dance to music to theater, alongside exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences. Participating organizations include Alley Theatre, Broadway At The Hobby Center, Da Camera of Houston, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Revention Music Center, Society for the Performing Arts, Theatre Under The Stars and Uniquely Houston.

Venue addresses are as follows:

Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.; Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St.; Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave.; Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana St.; and Revention Music Center, 520 Texas Ave.

Visit TheaterDistrictOpenHouse.com for more information.


Paula Chung, Alzheimer’s Brain, 2015. Silk, cotton, poly batting, thread. (Photo - Paula Chung)

Paula Chung, Alzheimer’s Brain, 2015. Silk, cotton, poly batting, thread. (Photo – Paula Chung)


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, presents A View Within, through Sept. 3. an exhibition of textiles by Karen Rips and Paula Chung inspired by body imaging from the artists’ friends, family members, and strangers. As a collaboration that began in 2009, Rips’ and Chung’s textiles illuminate the beauty, strength, and vulnerability of the human body, introducing emotion to these otherwise static images. Rips and Chung write in their artist statement, “As artists, we find these images compelling, since they can be seen simply as shapes and lines, dark and light spaces.”

The advent of sonograms, MRIs, and other advanced forms of body imaging have transformed modern medicine and the way in which people view their bodies. These non-invasive renderings provide doctors with critical information about personal health, and, yet, when faced with uncertainty about a diagnosis, these medical images can provoke fear and confusion. They give a powerful glimpse into the complex systems of the bodily existence, marking growth and deterioration. For more information, visit crafthouston.org.



n American in Paris will be presented from Feb. 2-March 5 next year.

n American in Paris will be presented from Feb. 2-March 5 next year.


Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) announced a new lineup for its 2016-17 Season with a goal of delivering more of what audiences want and serve a broader cross-section of the Greater Houston community with the education and engagement programs.

Perhaps most influential in this transition has been the addition of Sheldon Epps as TUTS’ new Artistic Advisor. Based on his advice and guidance, TUTS now promises to provide “more theatre for more people” by offering a greater variety of world-class musical theatre titles.

The re-vamped and re-energized 2016/17 season includes the following productions:

In The Heights – Sept. 13-25

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – Oct. 25-Nov. 6

Into The Woods – Dec. 6-18

An American in Paris – Feb. 21-March 5

Dreamgirls – April 4-16

Fun Home – May 16-28, 2015 Tony Award Winner – Best Musical

All productions are at Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. Subscrip­tions to the Mainstage season are available online at TUTS.com, by phone at 713-558-TUTS, or in person at the TUTS box office. Discounted group subscriptions of 15 or more are available at 713-558-8888 or via email at groupsales@tuts.com. For more information, visit TUTS.com.


Teams like the Wigged-Out Wizards dress in costume to compete in the annual SCRABBLE in the City event.

Teams like the Wigged-Out Wizards dress in costume to compete in the annual SCRABBLE in the City event.


Literacy Advance of Houston hosts its annual scrabble in the city fundraiser on Wednesday, Sept 14 from 6:30-9 p.m., at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. This boisterous and irreverent event takes SCRABBLE to a whole new level with special challenges, game-changers, music and a silent auction. Guests will also enjoy great food and Saint Arnold’s famous brews. Teams of four compete for the Best Team Name and Best Team Costume prizes, as well as the top prize: a coveted SCRABBLE in the City trophy and a year’s worth of bragging rights.

“SCRABBLE in the City is back and better than ever,” said Larry Dierker, retired Houston Astro and honorary Literacy Advance board member. “Watching the teams try to best each other’s words, with nearly all of them wearing costumes, is amazing. And the best part is the money raised provides free literacy programming for those in low-literacy neighborhoods throughout Houston.”

Proceeds benefit Literacy Advance, the city’s oldest and largest volunteer-based literacy organization, which serves more than 3,000 students and families each year. The nonprofit, now in its 52nd year, relies on sponsorships and donations to provide free literacy education throughout the greater Houston area.

Sponsors include: Betty T. Johnston Trust; Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation; Goya Foods; Carlton Cook; White Oak Gives Back; Office Effects Powered by Tejas; WCB Consulting; and Dan Pastorini/Rob Lynch.

Tickets start at $150 for individual players and $500 for teams. Sponsorship opportunities start at $1,200. Those interested in securing a team can call 713-266-8777, visit scrabbleinthecity.org or email events@literacyadvance.org. For more information about Literacy Advance, visit literacyadvance.org.



FrenetiCore presents the Fifth Annual Apocalypse Ball: Mad Max Edition on Sept. 10 at the Pilot on Navigation, 5102 Navigation Blvd. The East End’s favorite arts organization has weathered catastrophes of all sci-fi/horror varieties, from zombie invasions to steam-punk cataclysms to Prohibition-era mayhem. Now FrenetiCore pays homage to one of the greatest cinematic franchises of all time with a Mad Max-themed bash of epic proportions.

Attendees will enjoy performances, desert-dweller grub and booze. The evening will feature a new dystopian-themed set by FrenetiCore Dance, explosive fire performance by Holding Space Dance Collective and live music by Houston-based band the Space Aliens.

Ticket prices are pre-event priced at $25 general, $50 VIP and go up to $35 general, $60 VIP at-the-door. General admission tickets include access to the party and food table; VIPs are treated to an all-night open bar. Have your fortune told, enjoy speakeasy burlesque and try your hand at Mad Max trivia for some FrenetiCore swag. And don’t forget to warm-up for Halloween with a killer costume in the vein of Rockatansky, Imperator Furiosa, Aunty Entity, Jebediah the Pilot, Jessie Rockatansky, the Toecutter, Johnny the Boy, and Nux. For more information visit freneticore.net.


Sir Ben Kingsley

Sir Ben Kingsley


Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley will join the Houston Symphony in an unforgettable performance of Peter and the Wolf during its Opening Night Concert and Gala at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17.

Kingsley is best-known for his titular role in the 1983 film, Gandhi, for which he earned an Academy Award for Best Actor, a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 for his services to the British film industry, he began his professional acting career with his acceptance into the Royal Shakespeare Company starring in a variety of productions. Most recently, Kingsley starred in Disney’s blockbuster live-action remake of The Jungle Book, where he brings to life Bagheera, the panther who looks over Mowgli.

A storytelling thread will weave the evening’s program together, as Rossini’s Overture to The Thieving Magpie and Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier will also be performed.


The Butterfly Project includes handmade butterflies from six continents.

The Butterfly Project includes handmade butterflies from six continents.


Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) and Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) present The Butterfly Project, sponsored by Christensen Building Group, at the Rick Smith Gallery, a small art gallery located near the main lobby of Memorial Hermann-TMC in the Hermann atrium. The Butterfly Project was created by HMH as a way to connect a new generation of children to the children who perished during the Holocaust.

In 1942, a young Czech named Pavel Friedmann wrote a poem titled “The Butterfly” while in the Terezin Concentration Camp before he died in Auschwitz in 1944. “The Butterfly” voiced the spirit of the 1.5 million children who perished during the Holocaust. As part of The Butterfly Project, students from around the world have created butterflies that commemorate individual children whose lives were lost during the Holocaust, and mailed them to HMH.

“This project has served as a learning moment for thousands and thousands of students,” said Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga, executive director of the Museum. “The Butterfly Project is a movement of hope and humanity. It calls on each of us to help shape our future and create a world without hate or negativity, where all lives are treated with dignity and respect.”

The installation, which will be on display through September, includes handmade butterflies from six continents, a ‘wishing wall’ where guests can write down their own wishes for a better world, and panoramic photography from Houston artist Syd Moen. The Rick Smith Gallery installation is one of six traveling displays of The Butterfly Project, and features a sample from the more than 1.5 million butterflies collected by HMH. The gallery is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, visit butterflies.hmh.org.


Merrie Wright, "Dazzle Rabbit (after Anni Albers with idiosyncrasies)," 2016, Stoneware

Merrie Wright, “Dazzle Rabbit (after Anni Albers with idiosyncrasies),” 2016, Stoneware


This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, presents CraftTexas 2016 from Sept. 23-Jan. 8. The exhibition is the ninth in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft.

An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 23 from 5:30-8 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., three artists will be presented with the jurors’ Award of Merit prizes. The evening will also feature open studios by HCCC’s new resident artists.

Featuring 53 works by 38 artists, the exhibition includes everything from sculpture, jewelry, installation, and cut paper to works that explore diverse subject matter, including genetics, upcycling, and process.

The CraftTexas series provides a unique opportunity for Texas artists to have their work viewed by three established jurors and to display their work in an exhibition that strives to broaden the understanding of contemporary craft. The show features exceptional work in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and
mixed media.

HCCC is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit crafthouston.org.

The Arts & Happenings August 2016

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