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The Arts & Happenings February 2016

Junior League members -Suit Up- by giving donations


The Junior League of Houston, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. This year, the Junior League of Houston will contribute over $2 million in volunteer time and direct financial support to the community. Through the League’s Community Program, funding and trained volunteers the organization supports 38 community projects which address a variety of needs and causes including: basic needs, abuse of women and children, healthcare, education and cultural enrichment. For more information, please visit www.jlh.org or call 713.622.4191.

Dress for Success Houston, founded in 1998 by Nancy Levicki and Susie Cunningham, was established to provide low-income women seeking employment appropriate interview suits and career development resources with the goal of becoming economically self-sufficient. Since the organization’s inception, more than 32,500 women in the Houston metropolitan area have been served. The goal this year is to provide 12,800 units of service to 2,800 Houston-area women. An independent 501(c)(3) corporation registered in the state of Texas, Dress for Success Houston is part of an international network of almost 150 affiliates. For more information, please visit www.dfshouston.org or call 713.957.3779.


(L -R:) Art teacher Victor Raygoza; Jacqueline Villarreal, the 2014-2015 Mayor's Art Scholarship Winner with her piece, “Blended” which received 2nd place in the 12th grade competition; Pasadena ISD Visual Art Curriculum Specialist Shannon Raygoza, and family member.

(L -R:) Art teacher Victor Raygoza; Jacqueline Villarreal, the 2014-2015 Mayor’s Art Scholarship Winner with her piece, “Blended” which received 2nd place in the 12th grade competition; Pasadena ISD Visual Art Curriculum Specialist Shannon Raygoza, and family member.


Since 2006, The City of Houston’s Office of Education Initiatives and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs have partnered with various organizations to sponsor citywide student art competitions.

The Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Houston Arts Partners host a competition designed specifically for Houston-area school districts and students. Houston Arts Partners coordinates and grows the citywide scholarship with the expertise of district Fine Arts administrators.

The annual Mayor’s Art Scholarship Houston competition fosters collaboration among Houston-area high school fine arts departments and recognizes excellence in student art, which expresses cultural identities and features of life in Houston area neighborhoods.

All entries and paperwork should be dropped off at the Young Audiences of Houston offices located at 4550 Post Oak Place Drive, Suite #230, Houston, TX, 77027 by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12.

The project goals are as follows: to provide a forum for self-expression and creative thinking in neighborhoods; recognize achievement and excellence in visual arts among high school students in the city; and foster art as a means to strengthen relationships amongst students, communities and higher education.

The competition is open to all students in grades 11-12 currently enrolled in high schools of public school districts and public charter school systems in the Houston region where the Houston Arts Partners coalition is active. The scholarship levels are: Seniors – first place $1,000, second place $750, third place $500; Juniors – first place $500, second place $500, third place $500. For more information, visit HoustonArtsPartners.org.



The Metro Go Texan Cypress Fairbanks Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is once again hosting its annual cookoff on Jan. 22-24 at Trader’s Village, 7979 N. Eldridge Road.

At the heart of the Show is the scholarship program which directly benefitted the Cy-Fair school district in 2015 with 25 scholarships worth $450,000. Monies raised will support this program.

Join the fun by entering the contests or by purchasing some BBQ, including brisket, ribs, chicken, dutch oven, fajitas or cooks choice (no desserts). Concessions will be available for purchase.

The entry fees are as follows:

BBQ – $150 (40 x 40 Space), FMV—no donative value; extra spaces are available for an additional $50; Chili – $20; Junior Chili – $5; Margarita/Bloody Mary $10.

Underwriter opportunities are available at the following levels: Gold – $1,000 event underwriter, (fmv $375); Silver – $500 Pit underwriter (fmv $250); or $100 Award underwriter.

To register or donate, visit eventbrite.com4­/e/­­1778420102. For more information, call Tammy Faber at 713-899-7975 or email metrogotexancyfair@gmail.com.


“Work on Paper,” by Fariba Abedin.

“Work on Paper,” by Fariba Abedin.


Fariba Abedin’s large-scale, meticulous, and gloriously colorful geometric paintings give the effect of looking into a giant kaleidoscope. Her work is inspired by ancient Persian architecture, poetry, and calligraphy and explores geometric abstraction with an emphasis on color study. Although Abedin’s work is geometric and structural, it is also tender and appealing in its appreciation of nature, science, and history. Her incorporation of Sufi poetry conveys a message of love and peace.

Fariba Abedin is an Iranian American
artist currently living and working in Houston. She was nominated as one of the top five artists to watch in 2014 and 2015 by Houston Magazine.

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 from February 2-28 at the Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 5-7 p.m. For more information, visit junghouston.org.



Mardi Gras! Galveston, the third-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, offers the unique chance to experience sand between your toes and gorgeous beach sunsets while taking in the revelry and lavish parades known to dominate Galveston Island during carnival season.

The island’s 105th Mardi Gras celebration, to be held Jan. 29-Feb. 9 is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees for 30+ concerts, 24 parades, 20 balcony parties and several elegant balls.

Highlights include:

Classic Revelry – Galveston’s historic downtown entertainment district will put you in the center of classic Mardi Gras revelry complete with big crowds and plenty of beads. Nearly all parades go through downtown, where you can enjoy the view from the street or from above at a balcony party. Main concert stages are also located downtown, where the event’s headline performances will take place. The festival’s largest parades also run along the beachfront on Seawall Boulevard.

Upscale Mardi Gras – If you’re looking to catch any of the colorful beads to be thrown from parade floats and downtown balconies, you don’t have to stand in the streets to do it. Mardi Gras! Galveston’s elegant side will feature several masked balls where black-tie attire, lavish buffets, live performers, dancing and parade viewing invoke the evening festivities. Popular events include the San Luis Salute hosted by Tilman and Paige Fertitta and The Tremont House’s A&M Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party.

Family Gras – Sunday, Jan. 31 is Family Gras, featuring live family entertainment, two kids parades, a kids coloring contest and more. Donations will be taken at the gate to benefit The Sunshine Kids and Shriners Hospitals for Children. The family friendly activities will continue Sunday, Feb. 7 with the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux pet parade and Mardi Gras Children’s Parade on the Seawall among other events.

For details, visit mardigrasgalveston.com.



The American Heart Association (AHA) with Houston Heart Ball chairs Lacey and Matthew Goossen are all set to transform the Hilton Americas ballroom at 1600 Lamar Street into a swanky and romantic Cuban-infused destination at the 2016 “Hearts in Havana” Heart Ball on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 7 p.m. – midnight.

Each year, this themed event celebrates culture, the arts and the philanthropic spirit of the Houston community. With their commitment as chairs of the Heart Ball, the Goossens have set a goal of raising $2.2 million, the highest goal in the event’s 33-year history.

Swaying to the eclectic sounds of modern rumba and Cuban jazz, guests will be charmed by the romance of Old Havana on the eve of Valentine’s Day with cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live auction.

The Houston Heart Ball is a significant fundraising event for the AHA, an organization that saves lives by making medical discoveries, educating people and changing communities.

Individual tickets to the event are $1,000 with tables beginning at $10,000. The Heart Ball is one of Houston’s most anticipated social events of the year. For ticket information, contact 832-918-4015 or go to houstonheartball.heart.org.



On Wednesday, March 2 at 11 a.m., the Children’s Museum of Houston will host its 2016 Friends and Families Luncheon at the River Oaks Country Club. Chaired by Divya Brown and Candace Thomas, the event keynote speaker will be Brendan Boyle. Tickets for the luncheon range in price from $200 to $500 and tables from $2,000 to $10,000.

On Tuesday, April 12, the museum will host its 2016 Spring Golf Classic at the Memorial Park Golf Course. Registration begins at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. Allison and Geoff Leach will serve as event chairs. Sponsorships range from $2,000 to $10,000; limited hole sponsorships are $1,000.

For more information about these events, contact Audrey Cortez at 713-535-7210 or acortez@cmhous­­ton.­org, or visit the website at cmhouston.org.


Switzerland’s Lucidarium will present a Valentine's Day program of music at First Evangelical Lutheran Church as part of the Houston Early Music series.

Switzerland’s Lucidarium will present a Valentine’s Day program of music at First Evangelical Lutheran Church as part of the Houston Early Music series.


Swiss early-music ensemble Lucidarium will present “Ay me sospiri – Love Letters from Renaissance Italy,” a program of music devoted to love, on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church as part of the Houston Early Music series. The concert also serves as a main-stage event for the 2016 Houston Early Music Festival.

“Throughout history, song and love have been an inseparable pair,” said Lucidarium co-director Francis Biggi. “ ‘Ay me sospiri’ is a program dedicated to love in the bustling cities of Renaissance Italy.”

Featured on the program is music exploring love in its many guises from the streets and courts of 15th- and 16th-century Italy.

Lucidarium is known for innovative programs that delve into the links between oral and written musical transmission, based on the research of Biggi. He studies modern recordings, often on YouTube, to understand performance styles that go beyond written notes, then applies what he’s learned to early music.

In addition to performances of early music, Lucidarium presents crossover concerts, playing in Jewish and world-music festivals throughout Europe and North America. The group has appeared in the Boston Early Music Festival, Holland Early Music Festival, Seattle Early Music Guild, Houston Early Music and many other series on both sides of the Atlantic.

Lucidarium will present “Ay me sospiri – Love Letters from Renaissance Italy” at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1311 Holman St. A preconcert talk will begin at 3:15 p.m.

Tickets are available for $40 general admission, $35 senior admission and $20 for students with a valid student ID card. Children under the age of 15 receive free admission. For more information, email info@HoustonEarlyMusic.org or call 281-846-4222.


Kerstin Anderson as 'Maria Rainer' and the von Trapp children (from left): Svea Johnson , Audrey Bennett, Quinn Erickson, Mackenzie Currie, Maria Knasel, Erich Schuett and Paige Silvester.

Kerstin Anderson as ‘Maria Rainer’ and the von Trapp children (from left): Svea Johnson , Audrey Bennett, Quinn Erickson, Mackenzie Currie, Maria Knasel, Erich Schuett and Paige Silvester.


The brand new production of The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brienon, will make its Houston premiere Feb. 16-21 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts as part of a North American tour.

Ben Davis (Broadway’s Violet, A Little Night Music, La Bohème) will play Captain Georg von Trapp and Ashley Brown (Broadway’s Mary Poppins, NBC’s The Sound of Music) will play The Mother Abbess with Merwin Foard as Max Detweiler, Teri Hansen as Elsa Schraeder, Dan Tracy as Rolf and Paige Silvester as Liesl. The von Trapp children will be played by Erich Schuett (Friedrich), Maria Knasel (Louisa), Quinn Erickson (Kurt), Svea Johnson (Brigitta),Mackenzie Currie (Marta) and Audrey Bennett (Gretl).

The musical introduces Jack O’Brien’s brand new discovery, Kerstin Anderson, as Maria Rainer. A student at Pace University, Anderson won the coveted role from hundreds who auditioned. This is her first national tour.

Tickets are available at the Hobby Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets and online at BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org. For more information, visit TheSoundOfMusicOnTour.com.


KHOU Meteorologist David Paul will be gala emcee.

KHOU Meteorologist David Paul will be gala emcee.


The 2016 Covenant House Texas (CHT) Gala will take place on March 5 at the Omni Hotel. The theme this year is “Vintage Houston.” Attendees will take a nostalgic look back at early events and architecture in Houston and the early years of CHT, which has been helping youth under the age of 21 with shelter, services and programs for more than 32 years.

Gala honorees this year are Randall L. Walker, a long-time supporter and board member of CHT, and Greg Hernandez, CHT board member and former CHT youth member. Both are executives at Bank of Texas.

CHT is also honoring members with a Special Guild Recognition Award. Re­ceiving the award are Peggy Edwards, Annette Gordon, Barbara Jean Lauratis, Diane Poole, Mary Ann Rapp and Beatty Watts. Together these women have dedicated thousands of hours to the CHT youth over the years. The guild coordinates all of the holiday activities for the kids, along with the gala they coordinate each year to raise funds. Two of the CHT youth will be sharing their stories of courage.

Heading up the gala committee are gala chairs June Reeder Leppard, Marlene Nondorf, Patricia Norwak Turner and CHT guild president Jacqueline Fair. As the number one fundraising event for CHT, the annual gala helps make it possible for CHT to continue providing services and support to homeless and runaway youth.

Former Astros pitcher J.R. Richard will be a featured speaker at the gala. David Paul, KHOU head meteorologist, will serve as emcee for the third year. Ronda Robinson, executive director and CEO of CHT, along with the ladies of the CHT Guild are coordinating the event.

Table sponsorship and tickets are available, as well as the opportunity to donate items for the silent auciton. For more information, call Kate Ryther at 713-630-5636 or email kryther@covenanthouse.org. Tickets can be purchased at covenanthousetx.org.


Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos will perform at Cullen Theater on March 19.

Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos will perform at Cullen Theater on March 19.


Da Camera’s jazz series continues with the long-awaited first Houston appearance by Guillermo Klein, one of the most original artists to emerge on the international scene in recent years. The Argentine composer and pianist is noted for distinctive compositions featuring dazzling rhythms, lush harmonic layers and rich melodies. Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos make their first Houston appearance Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. at Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center.

Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos (“The Bastards”), are an 11-piece band that bridges jazz and what Klein calls “folkloric futurism.” Klein’s recordings include Live in Barcelona (2005), Filtros (2008) and his latest, Carrera (2012). Klein’s work has drawn an enthusiastic response from critics.

Following the triumphant release of his recording Live from Moscow: Solzhenitsyn Plays Prokofiev, renowned pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn performs two of the great Russian composer’s sonatas in Solzhenitsyn and Prokofiev: The War Years, Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at The Menil Collection. The sonatas were written after Prokofiev’s return home to Stalinist Russia following 18 years of exile. Solzhenitsyn performs the Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83 and the Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84. The pianist joins Da Camera Artistic and General Director Sarah Rothenberg in a post-concert discussion.

Da Camera’s jazz series continues with SFJAZZ Collective celebrating the music of Michael Jackson on April 16.

Tickets are available by contacting Da Camera, 1402 Sul Ross, at 713-524-5050 or online at dacamera.com. Tickets for students, teachers and senior citizens are always half-price.


(Photo - Joan Marcus)

(Photo – Joan Marcus)


As part of its 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present, direct from Broadway, the national tour of the Tony Award-winning production of Cabaret, playing March 21-27, as part of the 2015-2016 Season of Broadway at the Hobby Center Sponsored by Bank of America.

John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s musical features some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Cabaret is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and to leave their troubles outside.

Tickets are available at the Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby), all Ticketmaster outlets, TheHobbyCenter.org or BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com.




Kinky Friedman, the colorful Texas Country singer, songwriter, humorist, cowboy and best-selling mystery writer, will be center stage Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m., for “An Evening with Kinky Friedman Bene­fitting Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston” at the 1894 Grand Opera House in Galves­ton. He will perform signature songs from his celebrated 40-year music career, plus selections from his newly released CD, “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met.”

“Starting from the time he played guitar and sang around the campfire at his parents’ Echo Hill Ranch summer camp in the Texas Hill Country in the 1960s and ‘70s, to touring with such music legends as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Ringo Starr, and headlining world tours, Kinky has been a one-of-a-kind performer,­ often irreverent, always quick witted. He’s a talented singer, musician and raconteur combined,” said Barbara White, event and host committee chair.

The event will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the historic Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston, the “Shul (Synagogue) by the Shore.”

“The Loneliest Man I Ever Met,” Kinky’s first new studio album in 30 years, has received accolades in reviews in publications ranging from Rolling Stone and Newsweek magazines to The Wall St. Journal. The recording features three new Kinky compositions and cover songs written by Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash, among others. Kinky has recorded 11 albums and published 35 books, in addition to being an occasional Texas politician. He also has a passion for animal welfare and is one of the co-founders of the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch.

Concert benefit tickets, priced from $45-$100, are available at thegrand.com/calendar.asp. The 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Post Office Street.

For more information, go to galvestonshul.org or call 409-762-4545.


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Sam Hartley as The Beast and Brooke Quintana as Beauty.


Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is returning to Houston at the Hobby Center as part of the 2015-2016 Season of Broadway at the Hobby Center Sponsored by Bank of America. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to the Hobby Center April 27-May 1.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the Academy Award-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.

The original creators of the Broadway production have reunited for this new touring production. The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with costume design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award winner for her work on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), lighting design by Natasha Katz (five-time Tony Award winner), scenic design by Stanley A. Meyer, sound design by John Petrafesa Jr. and music supervision by Michael Kosarin.

Based on the 1991 Academy Award-winning animated feature film and celebrating 21 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the ninth longest-running musical in Broadway history. It has become an international sensation seen by over 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and translated into nine different languages.

Visit BeautyAndTheBeastOnTour.com or BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com for more information or to purchase tickets

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