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The Arts & Happenings December 2017


Join friends and family at Houston City Hall at Hermann Park for this year’s tree lighting.

MAYOR’S HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AND TREE LIGHTING, DEC. 1

Ring in the season with the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting presented by Reliant on Friday, Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m. in the heart of downtown Houston at City Hall, 901 Bagby Street.

The spectacular event is a holiday tradition of music, Santa, fireworks and family fun. A towering holiday tree, glowing with energy efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights, shimmering ornaments and a stunning star topper will light up the streets of downtown Houston this holiday season.

The event is free, open to the public and will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit houstonspecialevents.org.

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA, HOUSTON SOCIETY 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS, THROUGH FEBRUARY

The Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society presents its 2017-2018 season of engaging lectures, family events, neighborhood programs, and tours of Gulf Coast areas that share the stories of the past and present.

The core of the Houston Society’s programming is its signature Discover Lecture Series. Renowned speakers share their knowledge for a general audience on topics as diverse as humanity’s journey out of Africa; the discovery of native plants for medical use; and what a Neolithic site can teach about the meaning of home. The Anniversary Season also honors the three founders of the Houston Society: Dominique de Menil, Philip Oliver-Smith, and Walter Widrig.

For a complete list of Discover Lecture Series events, visit houstonarchaeology.info.

Invisible No More: Reclaiming the Significant Roles of Prehistoric Women with Dr. J.M. Adovasio, Principal Investigator, Old Vero Ice Age Site, Florida Atlantic University; Museum of Fine Arts, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m.

Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara Brae’s Early Stone Age Dwellings with Nick Card, Project Research Manager, Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology; Houston Museum of Natural Science, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m.

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Shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center for an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and meticulously cared for by the Citizens.

BROOKWOOD CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE DEC. 1 AND 2

Join The Brookwood Community on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for a weekend full of fun, shopping and yuletide cheer at the annual Brookwood Christmas Open House event benefiting Brookwood’s adults with disabilities, known as Citizens. Come shop for a good cause and let your retail dollar do double duty, just in time for the holidays.

Conveniently located off of I-10 ten minutes west of Katy, visitors can shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center filled with the Citizens’ handcrafted products, unique holiday home décor and gifts, clothing, jewelry and an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and meticulously cared for by the Citizens. Shoppers can enjoy a delicious lunch in Brookwood’s gourmet Café and take a self-guided tour of the campus. The Brookwood Citizens will also perform a Christmas pageant both days at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. which is always the highlight of the weekend and sure to put the entire family in the holiday spirit. For more information, call 281-375-2100 or visit brookwoodcommunity.org.

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VIRTUOSI OF HOUSTON OPENING NIGHT CONCERT, DEC. 2

Virtuosi of Houston (VOH) has announced its 2017-2018 Opening Night of the Season Concert celebrating 22 years of excellence in chamber and jazz music education and performances will be held Saturday, Dec. 2. at 7:30 p.m. at Zikha Hall, Hobby Center, 800 Bagby.

VOH is the only premier youth chamber and jazz orchestra in Houston designed for gifted musicians ages 11-18 to increase their education and performance opportunities, thereby preparing them for a career in music. The vision is that its musicians will return to Texas as performers, educators, and arts advocates to give their expertise back to the community that helped develop them as young artists. Many are already educators, performers and music administrators in Texas and globally.

Tickets for individuals are $20; seniors and students are $10. Buy tickets at TheHobbyCenter.org. For more information, call 713-315-2525.

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This year marks the 15th year for the breakfast and there is a new venue – The Houston Racquet Club.

ALLEGRO BALLET PRESENTS THE SUGAR PLUM MARKET AND THE NUTCRACKER BALLET, DEC. 9 AND DEC. 16-17

Sixteen years ago, Allegro Ballet started a West Houston holiday tradition by presenting a full-length production of The Nutcracker Ballet. At the end of each performance, all the children (and adults) are invited to the stage to meet the dancers for autographs and photos.

To complement the ballet, the company presents The Breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Sugar Plum Market. An elegant breakfast is served while the Sugar Plum Fairy and some of her friends from the ballet interact with the children. After breakfast, excerpts from The Nutcracker are performed. The accompanying Sugar Plum Market is a perfect way to start your Christmas shopping. Unique vendors create wonderful holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

The Breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy & Sugar Plum Market will be held on Dec. 9, from 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Houston Racquet Club, 10709 Memorial Dr. Tickets are $35 per person or specialty tables for $55 per person.

The Nutcracker Ballet will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16 , at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m. at Katy High School, 6331 Hwy Blvd. Tickets are $20, $25 and $30.Tickets to all events are online at allegroballetofhouston.com.

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(L-R): Trio Settecento – John Mark Rozendaal, Baroque ‘cello; Rachel Barton Pine, violin; and David Schrader, harpsichord. photo Janette Beckman

HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC ANNOUNCES A SEASON OF MAJESTY, MYTH AND MYSTERY

Houston Early Music will bring the vitality, adventure and beauty of long-ago eras to life in coming months when it presents its 2017-2018 concert series. “A Season of Majesty, Myth and Mystery,” will feature five renowned early music ensembles dedicated to showcasing music from the Renaissance through the 18th century – with instruments and styles true to those periods.

“We’re excited to be able to offer programs from so many distant times and places this season,” said Nancy Ellis, artistic director of Houston Early Music. “Each program evokes a powerful sense of the culture that inspired it. Our selections will range from a program inspired by Greek mythology to music from early Latin America to a collection of violin sonatas that span the career of Handel.”

Houston Early Music continues its commitment to its ongoing Hispanic Heritage Series this season and, as part of its educational outreach initiative, all performances will feature a discussion program with the ensemble members prior to the concerts.

Hispanic Heritage Series: El Mundo ­– Cathedrals, Monasteries & Missions – Featuring Spanish Musical Gems from the New World – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave.

Trio Settecento – Handel’s Violin – A Main-Stage Concert of the 2018 Houston Early Music Festival featuring the music of George Frideric Handel – 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd.

Boston Baroque – Heinrich Biber’s Mystery Sonatas – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the
Shepherd School of Music’s Duncan Recital Hall at Rice University.

For more information, full season subscriptions and individual tickets, visit HoustonEarlyMusic.org.

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THE HOUSTON CHORAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES 2017-2018 SEASON

Led by Artistic Director Dr. Kevin Klotz, the Houston Choral Society (HCS) announces its versatile and engaging 2017-2018 season. “We are providing our audiences with a wide variety of musical genres this year. We will have German folk music and waltzes, Spanish carols, Broadway favorites and The Lord Nelson Mass. There is something for everyone to enjoy in our 2017-2018 season,” says Klotz.

Season subscriptions are now on sale. Season subscribers save 15 percent for four concerts. Season tickets are $85 for adults, $65 for seniors/students and $30 for children 5 years old and under. Season tickets are available online at houstonchoral.org.

Home for the Holidays: Saturday, Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. In addition to your favorite Christmas songs, audience sing-alongs and Santa Claus, HCS is featuring Conrad Susa’s Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest, a collection of beautiful and well-loved Spanish carols set for chorus, soloists, harp, guitar and marimba. Matinee and evening concerts are both on Saturday.

A Night on Broadway: Saturday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m. HCS will perform some of the biggest hits from Broadway at this concert. Hear exciting choruses from popular musicals, such as Okla­homa, The Sound of Music, Les Misérables and more.

Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass: Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. The Choral Society concludes its regular concert season with one of Joseph Haydn’s greatest masterpieces: Missa in angustiis (often referred to as “The Lord Nelson Mass”). For this special concert, HCS will be joined by singers from St. Laurence Catholic Church and local choirs, professional soloists and professional orchestra.

HCS performs at The Foundry United Methodist Church, 8350 Jones Road, one of the premier choral venues in Houston with extraordinary acoustics. Visit houstonchoral.org for audition and other information.

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HOLOCAUST MUSEUM LIBRARY HOSTS NEW BOOK CLUB

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 at the Museum’s Morgan Family Center, located at 5401 Caroline St. in the Museum District, to share conversation about each read.

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 or contact Maria Harris at 713-942-8000, x110 or library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list.

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High school students who are members of the juvenile chorus in The House Without a Christmas Tree.
photo – Laura Chandler.

HOUSTON GRAND OPERA PRESENTS THE HOUSE WITHOUT A CHRISTMAS TREE, THROUGH DEC. 17

Houston Grand Opera continues its annual holiday opera series with the world premiere of The House without a Christmas Tree from the sought-after composer/librettist team of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek, based on the story by Gail Rock and beloved 1972 television film of the same name.

Soprano and HGO Studio alumna Lauren Snouffer stars as the precocious daughter Addie Mills, who struggles to understand why her father, played by baritone and HGO Studio alumnus Daniel Belcher, so strongly resents the holidays. The role of Grandma Mills will be sung by soprano Patricia Schuman. The work will also include a children’s chorus. James Robinson will create the production and Patrick Summers will conduct.

This production will now be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center instead of the Wortham Theater. For tickets and more information, visit
houstongrandopera.org or call 713-228-6737.

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LEGACY COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES PRESENTS “SCHMOOZE — EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY,” DEC. 6

Legacy Community Health Services presents Holiday “Schmooze — Eat, Drink and be Merry” at its annual Winter Soiree, Dec. 6, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This private residence event will benefit Legacy’s HIV/AIDS Programs and Services and will be hosted by Glen Gonzalez and Steve Summers with co-chairs Greggory and Pat Burk, Henry Richardson and Monsour Taghdisi and Becca and John Thrash.

Tickets start at $500-$10,000 per couple. For more information, call 832-200-7150 or contact events@legacycommunityhealth.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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Friendship, by Clemente Garcia-Lassaulx.

THE JUNG CENTER PRESENTS IT’S NOT A DREAM BY CLEMENTE GARCIA-LASSAULX, THROUGH DEC. 19

Clemente Garcia-Lassaulx teaches in his Montrose studio, helping many students turn their visions into works of art. This fall, Clemente will exhibit his own personal visions in a series of new abstract paintings on view at The Jung Center Gallery.

In It’s Not a Dream, Clemente combines oil and acrylic to create shapes and colors that unify these often distinctly used materials. Each painting is an encounter of differences, brought together to reveal their potential harmony.

For more than 50 years, The Jung Center has served as a nonprofit resource offering dynamic and compelling classes – “continuing education for the human spirit” – on a diverse range of psychological, artistic, and intellectual topics.

The Jung Center’s building was originally designed as an art gallery and mounts approximately nine exhibits of work by both established and emerging artists each year. The Jung Center is an active member of the Houston Museum District. Admission to the gallery and opening receptions is free and open to the public. This exhibit will be on display through Dec. 19 at the Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd.

For more information, visit junghouston.org.

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Recipe for Success Foundation’s Culinary Director Justin Kouri.

RECIPE FOR SUCCESS FREE COOKING CLASSES AT HOPE FARMS, SATURDAYS

Recipe for Success Foundation has begun its weekly cooking classes every Saturday morning at Hope Farms as part of its ongoing Farmer’s Market. The cooking demos, beginning at 10:30 a.m., will feature Recipe for Success Foundation’s Culinary Director Justin Kouri and Foundation recipes focused on making vegetable dishes both healthy and delicious.

Fresh, organically grown produce is also available for purchase from 9 a.m.-noon. Hope Farms is located at 10401 Scott Street at the NE corner of Airport Blvd. For more information, visit hopefarmshtx.org.

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Richard Savino, director of El Mundo, brings the ensemble to Houston to present Cathedrals, Monasteries & Missions, a festive new program of 17th- and 18th-century Christmas music from Latin America. photo – El Mundo

EL MUNDO RETURNS TO HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC HISPANIC HERITAGE SERIES, DEC. 12

A Houston Early Music favorite, ensemble El Mundo, returns with a festive new program of 17th- and 18th-century Christmas music from Latin America. Titled Cathedrals, Monasteries & Missions, the concert will take place Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave. A pre-concert talk will begin at 6:45 p.m. This event is part of Houston Early Music’s Hispanic Heritage Series.

According to El Mundo director guitarist Richard Savino, those dances were brought into the Catholic Mass and used to set Biblical stories as a way to broaden the appeal of the church’s message. One result of this marriage of dance and scripture is the villancico, which has come to be known as a Latin-American Christmas carol.

On the program will be villancicos by the likes of Guatemalan composers Manuel Quiroz and Rafael Castellanos, along with at least one chacona (Spanish for chaconne), which is another musical form based on a popular dance.

There will also be works by Spanish composers José de Torres and Juan Iribarren, among others. Most of the music on the program comes from the revered archives of the Guatemala City Cathedral, but a few pieces originated in Mexico City or Puebla, Mexico.

Additional members of the Grammy-nominated group El Mundo include sopranos Nell Snaidas and Jennifer Ellis Kampani and bass Paul Shipper, who also plays percussion and Baroque guitar. Two violinists join them — Adam Lamotte, a Houston native, and Lisa Grodin — along with cellist Eugenio Solinas. Rounding out the “big band,” as Savino calls it, will be harpsichordist Matthew Dirst, director of Ars Lyrica Houston. E-mail info@HoustonEarlyMusic.org or call 713-325-5370, X1077 for more information.

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Cacao Whiskey in the Water was the third Best Cat in the nation at last year’s Cat Show.

65TH ANNUAL HOUSTON CAT CLUB CHARITY CAT SHOW, JAN. 6-7

Celebrate the Houston Cat Club’s 65th Annual Charity Cat show from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 6, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 7, in Hall A at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Admission is $9.99 for adults, $8 for military and seniors 65 and older, and $4 for children ages 5-12. Children 4 and younger are free.

As many as 300 pedigreed cats and kittens and household pets will compete for awards given by eight judges from the Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc, the world’s largest and most prestigious cat registry.   Longhairs, shorthairs, no-hairs – you can see them all at the Houston Cat Club Charity Cat Show. The gentle giant Maine Coon, the petite Tonkinese and all breeds in between will be in attendance. American Shorthairs, Persians, Norwegian Forest Cats, Abyssinians, Burmese, Ragdolls, Siberians, Turkish Angoras, British Shorthairs, Chartreux, Colorpoint Shorthairs, Japanese Bobtails, LaPerms, Manx, Ocicats, Russian Blues, and Siamese will all be represented. Non-pedigreed cats are also celebrated in the Household Pet competition. These pets are evaluated by the same panel of expert judges plus are awarded Best of the Best at the close of judging. For additional information go to houstoncatclub.org.

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“STORYLINE: THE CONTEMPORARY QUILT” AT HCCC, through 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. Other quilts act as diaries, documenting the personal histories of their authors. For more information, visit crafthouston.org.

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Event co-chairs (l-r) are Dee Dee Robinson (Tanglewood) and Laura Williams (Memorial) .

TRI DELTA HOUSTON CHAPTER’S THE SALE, JAN. 6-7

“Shop ‘til you drop” will take on new meaning when Houston’s finest boutiques take center stage at the SALE, a two-day charity shopping event scheduled for Jan. 6-7 at Bayou City Event Center, 9401 Knight Road. Presented by Houston Tri Delta Alumnae, the SALE features boutique shopping at rock-bottom prices with proceeds benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Now in its fourth year, the SALE has provided over $500,000 to support pediatric cancer research in the Texas Medical Center.

Co-chairs Laura Williams and Dee Dee Robinson said the SALE is one-stop shopping for incredible bargains from Houston’s finest boutiques – and all for a great cause.

“The SALE brings together dozens of Houston’s finest retailers, offering deeply discounted merchandise under one roof,” said Williams. “From high fashion, rodeo wear, antiques and home goods, there is something for everyone, and it all supports pediatric cancer research right here in Houston.”

Over 50 retailers will be participating offering designer clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories for women, children and men, along with gifts and home décor. Participating vendors include a bientôt, Anna Irion, Back Row Home, Dimensions, Elaine Turner, Fig Tree, Hunter Bell, Jeanette, A Unique Boutique, KB Kasuals, M. Wiesenthal, Monica Haff Designs, Patricia Peckinpaugh, Pinto Ranch, Presmer, Raspberry Rose and Tres Chic.

The SALE is open to the public Saturday, Jan. 6, noon-5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 7, noon-4 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. A Champagne Shopping Preview will take place Saturday, Jan. 6 from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Tickets are $150 per person. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit thesalehouston.com.

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GREATER HOUSTON TRAIN SHOW, FEB. 17

The San Jacinto Model Railroad Club will present the Greater Houston Train Show on Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Stafford Centre. This annual event attracts railfans from across Texas and Louisiana.

The Train Show is open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and features 20,000 square feet of operating layouts, instructive classes, model and photo contests, train videos, and vendors from across the Southwest.

Admission cost is $6 for individuals 18 and older, $1 for 12 to 18, and children under 12 are free. There is a $12 maximum charge per family. The Stafford Centre is located at 10505 Cash Road at Murphy Road just southwest of US Hwy. 59 and Beltway 8. More information is available at sanjacmodeltrains.org.

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Hello, Trees! was curated by the Conservancy’s Public Art Committee, a group of community experts dedicated to bringing original, inspiring art to Discovery Green.

DISCOVERY GREEN PRESENTS HELLO, TREES!, THROUGH FEB. 25

Discovery Green has announced the creation of Hello, Trees! A Walking Serenade, a site-specific work by the Montreal-based design studio Daily tous les jours. This interactive installation – the park’s first original commission – uses public participation to create an immersive light and sound experience that is unique to each visitor. The work will be on view through Feb. 25.

Taking inspiration from the century-old live oaks that form the heart of the park, the studio conceived Hello, Trees! as a metaphor for the way trees use nonverbal cues to communicate complex information. Comprised of a series of arches under the live oak canopy, visitors are invited to speak into input stations located at each end of the sculpture, and their voice messages are translated into light patterns that travel along the arches. The original voice input is gradually transformed into a musical melody as the light reaches the base of each arch. When two messages meet, a special light and sound effect is triggered; the result is an immersive experience that Daily tous les jours likens to a “crowd-sourced concerto,” changing gradually as visitors walk underneath the installation and mimicking the way trees create pathways of communication. New scientific discoveries of trees as social beings have found that, to increase their resilience, trees utilize communication in many forms to share needs and provide mutual assistance.

Co-founded by Melissa Mongiat and Mouna Andraos in 2010, Daily tous les jours is best known for placing work in public spaces, where crowds are invited to engage with the art and with each other, and to collectively participate in the transformation of their city. “We’ve explored ways for Discovery Green crowds to engage with the nature around them, inviting passersby to slow down and take part in this poetic attempt to communicate with trees,” said Mongiat of Daily tous les jours.

Visitors are invited to share their experiences using the hashtags #discoverygreen and #hellotrees. For more information, visit discoverygreen.com/hellotrees.

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DANCE FROM THE HEART CLASSES

Dance From The Heart (DFTH) offers dance, conditioning and fitness classes for adults, novice through expert levels. Dance disciplines include multicultural fusion, modern and ballet. Conditioning and fitness classes include yoga, mat pilates and gyrokinesis. Supported by certified nutritionists on staff, instructors aim to help participants achieve and maintain improved levels of fitness activity through and beyond their middle years. For additional information, visit dfth.org or call 832-304-DFTH (3384). DFTH is located at 3221 Houston Ave.


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