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The Arts & Happenings August 2017

2016 Houston Shakespeare Festival production of Henry V directed by Lenny Banovez.


A Broadway star is among the cast of talented actors who will take center stage at the Miller Outdoor Theatre this year for the 43rd season of the Houston Shakespeare Festival (HSF).

Dylan Paul, a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance, is making his HSF debut in both productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III. Paul recently completed a run of the Broadway revival of “Cabaret” and has appeared in various Shakespeare festivals across the country. Jack Young, HSF artistic director, will direct Paul in Twelfth Night.

The event, produced by the UH School of Theatre and Dance, is free and open to the public. Perfor­mances run July 28-Aug. 6 at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre (6000 Hermann Park Dr.). All shows begin at 8:15 p.m. The performance schedule is as follows:

Twelfth Night – July 28, 30; Aug. 1, 3, 5

Richard III – July 29, Aug. 2, 4, 6

Lenny Banovez returns for a second season at HSF to direct Richard III. Banovez is artistic director of TITAN Theatre Company, one of New York City’s award-winning classical theatre companies. Last year, Banovez directed Henry V at HSF, which received nominations for Best Actor, Best Costume Design and Best Lighting in the Houston Press 2016 Houston Theater Awards.

Mayor Sylvester Turner is also honoring the festival and its rich history in Houston by making July 28 “Houston Shakespeare Festival Day”.

The Houston Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1975 by Sidney Berger. It remains the legacy of the UH professor emeritus and longtime director of UH’s School of Theatre & Dance who passed away in 2013. Since its inception, the festival has entertained more than a million Houstonians and attracted national theater talents. Visit milleroutdoortheatre.com for more information.


MD Anderson Back-to-School Bash and Fashion show at the Galleria, Aug. 12

Celebrate another school year with MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital and The Galleria (Galleria IV, lower level in the Nordstrom wing between Nordstrom and Macy’s at their sixth annual back-to-school bash. The event will take place on Saturday, August 12 from noon –2 p.m. It is free and open to the community.Children can take a break from the summer sun to enjoy a variety of activities including face painting, balloon artists, a fun photo booth and interactive activities.

At 1 p.m., children, including pediatric cancer patients from the hospital’s on-site K-12 accredited school, their siblings and MD Anderson caregivers will highlight this season’s most popular back to school trends on the runway. The show will feature looks from The Galleria’s hottest retailers.

There is limited seating at the fashion show, however, reserved seating is available at $10 per person and $25 a family, and includes swag bags full of Galleria retailer goodies. All donations directly benefit MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.

Please call 1-866-434-7084 and press 3 for more event information.



Kids Camp at The Council is three days of prevention, support, and recovery for children ages 7-12 who love someone who struggles with alcohol or other drug addiction, currently or in the past. One in four children grows up in a family with substance abuse. The Kids Camp dates are Aug. 10-12.

Through art, games, role-play, and fun activities, kids learn to identify and express feelings, develop self-care skills, and deepen communication with their parents. Parents or caregivers join their children for a portion of Kids Camp that includes parent education and support. Above all, kids learn that addiction is not their fault and that they are not alone.

Addiction affects everyone in the family, including children, and often drives a wedge between loved ones and prevents them from the closeness they deserve. By learning about addiction in an age-appropriate way, kids gain valuable insight and understanding. The entire family learns new skills and is given the tools to recover.

For more information or to register, call 281-200-9299 or email children@councilonrecovery.org. Space is limited.


Elizabeth Bunch as Annabella in the Alley Theatre’s production of The 39 Steps. photo – Jann Whaley


The Alley Theatre announces the cast and creative team for Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, the Exxon Mobil Summer Chills production offering a fun and exciting escape from the sizzling summer heat. Based on the classic film by Alfred Hitchcock, The 39 Steps is adapted by Patrick Barlow, directed by Mark Shanahan, and runs July 21-Aug. 20 in the Hubbard Theatre. Tickets are available now at alleytheatre.org.

The 39 Steps, packed with nonstop laughs and over 150 eccentric characters all played by four actors, is a riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft that amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure. A mysterious organization “The 39 Steps” is hot on an ordinary man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt, after a woman who claimed to be a spy is murdered. What follows is an exhilarating mix of Hitchcock masterpiece, juicy spy novel intrigue, and a dash of Monty Python madcap in a fast-paced whodunit perfect for all ages.

Performances of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $26. Discounted tickets are available for any student, regardless of age, with a valid student ID for $16 for designated performances in designated sections. Military and senior discounts are available. Tickets can be ordered online or by phone (713-220-5700). For more information, visit the Alley website.



The Houston Glass Club has announced its 43rd Annual Vintage Glass and Antique Show and Sale. The show begins on Friday, Aug. 18, from 2-7 p.m., and two full days of shopping on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg.

Admission is $10 for Friday early shopping and is good for all three days of the show. Saturday and Sunday admissions are $6. Food concessions by Custom Caterer are available onsite. Free parking is available and all buildings are air-conditioned. For more information, call 281-240-0382 or visit houstonglassclub.org.


Sara Webb and Connor Walsh with artists of Houston Ballet in Swan Lake.


Theater District Houston hosts its 24th annual Transcanada Theater District Open House on Sunday, Aug. 27 from noon-5 p.m. 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 activities that highlight the best of what’s in store for the upcoming season, alongside exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences and one-day-only ticket deals. Participating organizations include Alley Theatre, BBVA Compass 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.

The day festival also features a variety of free performances. Highlights include a performance by the acclaimed New York Philharmonic String Quartet, presented by Da Camera; a special concert by Bria Skonberg, presented by Society for the Performing Arts; and free performances by the Houston Ballet and the Houston Symphony at 4 p.m.

Venue addresses are as follows:

Alley Theatre, 615 Texas Ave.

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby

Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave.

Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana

Revention Music Center, 520 Texas Ave.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit TheaterDistrictOpenHouse.com.


(L-R): Tatiana and Savannah Demus. photo – Dave Rossman


Celebrate another school year with MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital and The Galleria (Galleria IV, lower level in the Nordstrom wing near Adidas, 5085 Westheimer) at their fifth annual back-to-school bash. The event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with fashion show and children activities from noon-2 p.m. It is free and open to the community.

Children can take a break from the summer sun to enjoy a variety of activities including face painting, balloon artists, a fun photo booth and interactive activities. This year, registration for MD Anderson’s Boot Walk to End Cancer will be on display, and families can learn how to join the fight to “give cancer the boot” on Nov. 12. Between10 a.m. and 5 p.m. families can register for the inaugural Boot Walk, leave their mark on the enormous MD Anderson Strike Through Cancer Wall, and take home cancer prevention messages on how to keep their family cancer-free.

All ages can enjoy the afternoon as a number of The Galleria’s popular retailers showcase trendy looks to help students earn an A+ in fall fashion. Children, including pediatric cancer patients from the hospital’s K-12 accredited school, their siblings and MD Anderson caregivers will highlight this season’s popular trends on the runway. The back-to-school fashion show will begin at 1 p.m. and will feature looks from Macy’s, Original Penguin, True Religion, Trina Turk, Crazy 8, Monsoon, Puma, and Athleta.

Donations are accepted to sign the Cancer Wall. There is limited seating at the fashion show, however, reserved seating is available at $10 per person and $25 a family, and includes swag bags full of Galleria retailer goodies. All donations directly benefit MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.

Call 866-434-7084 for more event information.


Self Reflected in Violets – a Self Reflected microetching under violet and white light – is featured in the Rick Smith Gallery located at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. photo – Greg Dunn and Will Drinker


As the nation’s top neurosurgeons convened in Houston recently, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) welcomed the distinguished delegation with a special exhibit in its Rick Smith Gallery dedicated to celebrating the beauty and complexity of the human brain.

The exhibit called “The Art of Neurosurgery” features nine works by renowned neuroscientist and artist Greg A. Dunn, whose prints, paintings and microetchings have been displayed in exhibits across the nation. The installation will be open to the public for the next several months in the Rick Smith Gallery, a small art gallery located near the main lobby of Memorial Hermann-TMC in the Hermann atrium.

“The Art of Neurosurgery” is the gallery’s 10th installment since it opened in 2012. The Rick Smith Gallery was created in memory of Rick Smith, the late director of Chaplaincy Services at Memorial Hermann-TMC. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit memorialhermann.org for more information .



Taste of Houston Festival 2017 will take place at the bucolic Town Green Park in The Woodlands, Sept. 9-10. For two full days Town Green Park and the promenade will be filled with over 220 eateries, artists, crafters, boutiques, 20+ food trucks and more as well as live music from over 20 of Houston’s best, an amazing kid zone with 20+ rides and activities, artistic performances and more.

In addition, there will be more than 20 local craft breweries on hand, wine tastings, VIP bars and more. Atttendance is expected to be near 20,000 people over two days. Visit TasteofHous­ton­Fest.com for tickets. Vendor and food truck spaces are also available at the website.


This interactive program available at the exhibition invites you to consider different opinions about some of the issues surrounding genomic technologies and how they relate to your life.


The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science is offering Houstonians a glimpse at the 0.5 percent variation in human genetics and its impact on human health in its new traveling exhibition Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code. The new exhibition will reveal the mystery behind DNA and how it connects to every living thing; encourage visitors to better understand the human genome; and provide a new way to think about ourselves as individuals, as members of a family; and as part of the diversity of life on Earth.

Access to Genome is included with the price of admission at The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann Drive. Visit thehealthmuseum.org/exhibit/genome or call 713-521-1515 for more information.


“For Hire” curators, Faythe Levine and Sam Macon. photo – Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, 2012.


This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, explores the rich history and current renaissance of hand-lettered signs in For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America. The exhibition, which runs from Sept. 22-Jan. 7, showcases a range of contemporary sign painters who use traditional methods to create banners, sandwich boards, paper signs, murals, fictional advertisements, and more. Some pieces will be installed from the start of the show, while others will be created in the gallery, during public hours, over the course of the exhibition. This will allow visitors to witness, firsthand, a variety of sign-painting processes.

As recently as the 1980s, storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled crafts and trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into the modern landscape. Fortunately, there is a current resurgence in the trade and a growing trend of business owners seeking out traditional sign painters.

In 2010, exhibition guest curators, Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, set out to provide the first anecdotal overview of the trade by documenting these dedicated practitioners, their methods, and their appreciation for quality and craftsmanship. The result was both a book (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012) and a feature-length documentary, called Sign Painters. To continue the project, Levine and Macon collaborated with HCCC to create the exhibition, inviting a group of working sign painters who were featured in the documentary, as well as several who were not, to contribute new work.

The event’s opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 22, from 5:30 -8 p.m. The evening will also feature the opening of Storyline: The Contemporary Quilt and open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists. For more information, visit


On Halloween weekend, audiences will be treated to Alfred Hitchcock’s supreme thriller, Psycho, as the Houston Symphony performs Bernard Herrmann’s bone-chilling, iconic score.


The Houston Symphony has announced that tickets for the 2017-18 season’s Fall concerts are on sale to the general public at houstonsymphony.org or by calling 713-224-7575.

During the 2017-18 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its fourth season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras. The 2017-18 BBVA Compass POPS season features a diverse array of musical options from pop music, film scores like Psycho, and Broadway’s biggest showstoppers, under the leadership of Principal POPS Conductor Steven Reineke.


Aaron McIntosh, “Freshman Magazine, August 2002 Issue (Broken Links),” from the “Fragments” series, 2012. Digital textile print on cotton broadcloth, vintage printed cotton, batting, thread. 71 x 56 inches.


This fall, from Sept. 22-Jan. 7, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, presents Storyline: The Contemporary Quilt, a survey that highlights the spectrum of contemporary quilt-making techniques and traditions. As living artifacts that change over time, historically, quilts have depicted personal histories and fostered community-building throughout many different cultures. Storyline brings together a diverse selection of quilters, including Kathryn Clark, Carolyn Mazloomi, Aaron McIntosh, and Anna Von Mertens, who utilize various techniques, patterns, and materials to document their stories as well as comment on broader cultural narratives. Each artist uses the language of fiber to capture the unique content of his or her work.

“The quilt is one of the most complex objects in the history of American art,” explains HCCC Executive Director, Perry A. Price. “When hung on the wall, it can be viewed like a painting, but this art form is only truly understood when we acknowledge its complex physical construction, its historical precedent as a functional object with a relationship to the body, and its role as an artistic outlet for groups frequently marginalized by mainstream fine arts.”

Some of the quilts in Storyline revisit points in history to spark new modes of inquiry and reflection. Starting in 2015, Kathryn Clark (San Francisco) researched the failure of Russia’s short-lived democracy in the ‘80s and ‘90s and discovered a pattern that anticipates Russia’s current political climate. With 2017 marking the 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Clark has embroidered an infographic timeline of the country’s democracy in her patchwork quilt,The Russia Project: 1987-1996 (2017), hallmarking the significance of this brief period.

Other quilts act as diaries, documenting the personal histories of their authors. For more information, visit crafthouston.org.


Mysterious by NPN, at Fashion X Houston 2016. photo – Carlos Barron


Fashion X Houston has announced it will return Thursday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 7 at River Oaks District. The three-night event will present runway shows alfresco showcasing emerging and established Houston-based designers – including season winners and All Stars from Lifetime Television’s hit show Project Runway. Select retailers at River Oaks District will also feature fall trend presentations and in-store events, while The Gallery, a curated space filled with pop-up shops, will offer the latest from local accessories designers.

“We’re pleased to partner with Fashion X Houston to showcase the talents of emerging designers we have right here in Houston, in addition to highlighting all of the exciting trends for fall from our considerable collection of brands and renowned designers,” said Jennifer Rivera, marketing manager of River Oaks District. “We’re looking forward to bringing a few evenings of glamorous runway action to our guests to celebrate the art and craft of fashion.”

The second annual event will feature looks from the best and brightest designers, with models from the famed Page Parkes agency and expert runway production. One of the main goals of Fashion X Houston remains to support emerging, local talent specifically through a program dubbed the Houston Fashion Fund. Partnering with BERNINA of America, Houston Fashion Fund will provide one local designer with grants in products and services to help expand their careers and strengthen the Houston fashion industry.

Front-row seats are available now and may be purchased for $395. Individual tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis for $75 and standing room tickets for $30. For more information, visit houston.fashionx.co.

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