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The Arts & Happenings February 2018


Theo Mitchell plays Penner in the School of Rock Tour. (Photo – Matthew Murphy)

BBVA COMPASS BROADWAY AT THE HOBBY CENTER PRESENTS SCHOOL OF ROCK – THE MUSICAL, JAN. 30-FEB. 4

BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center has announced that individual tickets for School of Rock – The Musical are now on sale. The production will play The Hobby Center from Jan. 30-Feb. 4.

Rocking the roofs off theaters across America, the stage production is based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same name, featuring music from the movie, as well as an original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Julian Fellowes, choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter and direction by Laurence Connor.

The musical opened on Broadway to rave reviews on Dec. 6, 2015. It was nominated for four 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lloyd Webber and Slater), Best Book (Fellowes), and Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman). School of Rock – The Musical also won the 2017 Oliver award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

This hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.

Visit SchoolOfRockTheMusical.com for more production information. Visit thehobbycenter.org for information on tickets.

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From Twenty-Five, an interactive dance theater experience limited to only 15 audience members per performance. (Photo – Daviod J Deveau)

THE PILOT DANCE PROJECT PRESENTS TWENTY-FIVE: AN INTERACTIVEDANCE THEATRE EXPERIENCE, FEB. 1-3

The Pilot Dance Project begins its 2018 calendar year with the Houston premiere of Jaime Frugé-Walne’s Twenty-Five: An interactive dance theater experience on Feb. 1-3 at Matchbox One, 3400 Main Street. The production is inspired by personal accounts of the effects of mass incarceration in the American prison system. Through a curated world of family dinners, confined spaces, and imaginary Plexiglas partitions, Twenty-Five engages audience members in a unique and individualized journey to explore the things left undone and unsaid as life is uprooted by a set of unexpected circumstances.

As part of the experience, each audience member is paired with a performer who acts as a guide through the show’s curated environments. Performers engage and interact with the audience through movement and dialogue where each participant is encouraged to respond to the various situations. Through the experience, the audience members and performers investigate the loneliness, loss of identity, and vacancy experienced by both the inmates and families in hopes of sparking a conversation about “the new American normal” of mass incarceration and the detrimental and cyclical nature of a broken criminal justice system.

“I am thrilled that the Pilot Dance Project is tackling such a serious issue with this production,” says Executive/Artistic Director Adam Castaneda. “It’s not every day that Modern dancers get the opportunity to explore their craft through such compelling and resonant material.”

Jaime Frugé-Walne is a choreographer, performer, and educator who creates interactive and co-creative performance experiences. Her choreography has been presented at CounterCurrent Festival’s Ten Tiny Dances, the Houston Fringe Festival, and Sam Houston State University. She served on Frenetic Theatre’s Artist Board where she produced her first evening length work titled Integration.

Showtimes are 7 and 8:30 p.m. (2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. matinees on Feb. 3), and tickets are priced at $20. For tickets and more information, visit facebook.com/PilotDanceProject

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“Garden of the Gods” by Mary Wilbanks.

THE JUNG CENTER PRESENTS STANDING STONES BY MARY WILBANKS, FEB. 1-27

Standing Stones by Mary Wilbanks continues Mary’s exploration of rock formations from around the world. Wind, rain, time, and tourists change the feeling of these locations, as well as the stones themselves. By painting the rocks – both as they are now, and as they have been – Mary seeks to capture the history of these landscapes.

This exhibit will be on display from Feb. 1-27 at the Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd. The public is invited to a gallery reception on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 5-7 pm. For more information, visit junghouston.org.

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.

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Sherry Tseng Hill’s Once upon A Time in The City – Dream Fireflies.

SHERRY HILL AND JIM ADAMS AT ARCHWAY GALLERY, FEB. 3-MARCH 1

Sherry Tseng Hill and Jim Adams’ exhibition, Houston Remixed: Songs, Dances, and Sentinels of Time, will run Feb. 3-March 1 at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy. The artists will be available to visit with guests during the opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 5-8 p.m. Complimentary valet parking and light refreshments will be available.

Having lived in Houston for most of her life, Hill has observed the quiet transformation of the city from a scruffy, sprawling, swamp of a place to a powerhouse of intellect, culture, and diversity. For this show, she weaves her observations, experiences, and stories of the city’s past, present, and future presenting them in a collection of wide-ranging works reflective of this diversity.

In contrast to the fluidity of time in Hill’s work, Jim Adams’ seem timeless and permanent. Fashioned from square and rectangular pieces of steel tube sections, the 11 monolithic pieces articulate a strong and omniscient quality. Each seems solitary and distant, yet all are linked together and connected to one another. They silently stand watch over the transformations of time and our city.

Adams’ work is largely created from scrapped industry and infrastructure items. This metal was something before it became artwork and there is no attempt to deny that. Adams’ sculptures are minimalist and monochromatic having a raw, earthy character that ranges from whimsical spoofs to dramatic abstracts.

The body of work created for this exhibition is a series of pieces known as Sentinels. Their presence is solitary and taciturn; their purpose is never-ending vigilance. The sculptures need to be with their brothers but never in close proximity.

For more information, visit archwaygallery.com.

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Frank Stella, Euphonia (Catwalk View 2), UHS Public Art. (Photo – Morris Malakoff, the CKP Group)

PUBLIC ART OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SYSTEM HOSTS  “AN EVENING WITH FRANK STELLA,” FEB. 9

Public Art of the University of Houston System and program chair Judy Nyquist invite the public to attend “An Evening with Frank Stella” at the University of Houston’s Moores Opera House at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. Stella is one of the most highly regarded post-war American artists working today.

Moores Opera House is the site of Stella’s Euphonia, a mural commission completed in 1997. This immersive artwork – the largest in the UHS Public Art collection – spans three areas: the 100-foot-long barrel-vaulted ceiling of the lobby, a large-scale triptych on the mezzanine level and the catwalk inside the opera house. The collage of abstracted imagery and patterns is an exuberant celebration of color and rhythm. The program celebrates the 20th anniversary of the work’s completion.

Following an introduction by Michael Guidry, curator of Public Art, Stella will discuss his work and the role of art in public places with Alison de Lima Greene, the Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Rick Lowe, faculty member at the UH Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts and founder of Project Row Houses.

At noon on Friday, Feb. 2, Stella’s Euphonia will be the focus of a Public Art tour led by Guidry. The tour is free and open to the public.

“An Evening with Frank Stella” is first of several planned programs leading up to the celebration of the Public Art collection’s 50th anniversary in 2019. Highlights include temporary art installations, lectures, walking tours and other public engagements.

Admission to the event is free, but reservations are required. For additional information and to RSVP, visit uhouston.imodules.com/StellaPublicArt

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HOUSTON GRAND OPERA EXTENDS GEORGE R. BROWN CONVENTIONCENTER RESIDENCY INTO FEBRUARY

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present its winter productions of R. Strauss’s Elektra ( through Feb. 2) and Rossini’s The Barber of Seville (Jan. 26–Feb. 10) in the HGO Resilience Theater at the George R. Brown Convention Center. HGO had previously announced that its fall productions and holiday opera would take place in the convention center. The extended schedule is possible because Houston First, the corporation that manages the facility, was able to relocate events previously scheduled for that period into other spaces within the building. Tickets for the new venue are available at HGO.org. Parking for HGO’s performances will be available at the Avenida North garage located at 1815 Rusk Street, across from HGO’s new venue.

HGO has transformed Exhibit Hall A3 in the convention center into an intimate theater after being displaced from its creative home at the Wortham Theater Center by Hurricane Harvey. Every seat is less than 100 feet from the stage and the productions give audiences insight into and connection to the theatrical process.

“Our audiences have been incredibly enthusiastic about experiencing opera in this unusual venue, so we are thrilled that Houston First has been able to extend our stay at the George R. Brown,” said HGO Managing Director Perryn Leech. Added HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers, “I think it will be an unforgettably dramatic experience to see and hear Elektra, in particular, in this space.” The venues for HGO’s spring productions of Bernstein’s West Side Story and Bellini’s Norma are still being finalized.

HGO also announced that its 30th annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias will take place on Feb. 1, as previously announced, but in new locations. The vocal competition and performance by HGO Studio artists will be held in Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall, at 7 p.m. For more information, go to HGO.org/SpecialEvents or email Specialevents@hgo.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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Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara Brae’s Early Stone Age Dwellings will be presented on Feb. 20.

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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HOLOCAUST MUSEUM LIBRARY HOSTS 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 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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Kate Hush, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair,” 2015. 8mm Italian glass tubing filled with argon and neon gas, animated 120v power supplies. 50 x 40 x 2.5 inches. (Photo – Shahryar Kashani)

HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT PRESENTS LIGHT CHARMER, FEB. 9-MAY 13

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, presents Light Charmer: Neon and Plasma in Action, a group show featuring artists who create a spectacle of light, color, and movement through neon and plasma sculpture and performance, from Feb. 9-May 13. Viewers will be enchanted by the variety of glowing artworks on display. The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 9 from 5:30-8 p.m.

While the advertising world has largely abandoned neon signage in favor of LEDs and fluorescent lighting, many contemporary artists have embraced the dynamic mediums of neon and plasma, challenging common misconceptions that these materials are only suitable for two-dimensional art.

As a throwback to the neon of a bygone era, Brooklyn artist Kate Hush puts a new spin on animated signs by addressing feminist issues through the flashy aesthetic of the material. Her femme fatales reference the dangerous and tragic women that once dazzled the silver screens of film noir.

Other artists in the show are enthralled by the science of noble gases, which produce different colors and, when combined, create a wide spectrum of possible light effects. Plasma is a perfect medium for artists who want to incorporate performance into their works, as the electrons in the material collide into one another, creating a series of explosive effects. The plasma works of Eric Franklin, Mundy Hepburn, and Aaron Ristau, for instance, come alive when the gases respond to human touch through glass. Demonstrating a highly specialized knowledge of the medium, these artists engineer custom gas mixtures to create vibrantly colored filaments of light inside blown- and found-glass forms.

Artists James Akers and Lily Reeves work with neon gas, the namesake of the art form, which produces a red glow when combined with high-voltage electricity in an airtight chamber.Light Charmer: Neon and Plasma in Action is curated by HCCC Curator Kathryn Hall. More information is available at crafthouston.org/exhibition/light-charmer.

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A scene with Bartolo and Figaro from The Barber of Seville. (Photo – Felix Sanchez)

HOUSTON GRAND OPERA’S WINTER REPERTORY, THROUGH FEB. 10

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) presents Richard Strauss’s chilling one-act drama, Elektra, through Feb. 2, the first HGO performances in 25 years. Elektra leaves audiences breathless, even after the final blood-soaked scene. The title character lusts for revenge for her father’s death just before she descends into madness. This masterpiece, which follows one of drama’s most dysfunctional families, is one of the most thrilling and chilling works in all of opera.

HGO brings back Rossini’s madcap comedy, The Barber of Seville, through Feb. 10, in the colorful Els Comediants production that charmed audiences here in 2011. Generations have been enchanted as this scheming barber helps playboy Count Almaviva win the hand of the vivacious young Rosina, who is kept a virtual prisoner in the home of her crotchety guardian, Dr. Bartolo. Rossini’s score is punctuated with infectious melodies, including some of opera’s most familiar arias, while the stage is set for laugh-out-loud comedy.

Tickets for the HGO Resilience Theater in the George R. Brown Convention Center are available at HGO.org. Parking is available at the Avenida North garage located at 1815 Rusk Street, across from Resilience Theater. A sky bridge connects the parking garage to the GRB, and there is clear signage directing patrons to the theater.

HGO has transformed Exhibit Hall A3 in the convention center into an intimate theater after being displaced from its creative home at the Wortham Theater Center by Hurricane Harvey.

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

TRIO SETTECENTO HIGHLIGHTS HANDEL IN HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC SERIES, FEB. 11

Trio Settecento returns to the Houston Early Music series with a program titled “Handel’s Violin,” presented as a mainstage concert of the 2018 Houston Early Music Festival, which features the music of George Frideric Handel. The concert will take place Sunday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church and include three violin sonatas by Handel, one by his teacher, Arcangelo Corelli, and one by Francesco Veracini, who knew both composers.

“We are delighted to be part of the Houston Early Music Festival, because it was Handel who got our whole musical journey together started 20 years ago,” said violinist Rachel Barton Pine about the group she put together two decades ago to record a CD of Handel sonatas. After the success of their CD, which includes the three Handel sonatas on the program, they decided to make their relationship permanent and dubbed themselves Trio Settecento.

A pre-concert talk will begin at 5:15 p.m. For more information, call 713-325-5370, ext. 1077 or email info@HoustonEarlyMusic.org.

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(Photo – shutterstock.com)

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 rail fans 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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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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HLSR ANNOUNCES 2018 RODEOHOUSTON LINEUP, FEB. 27-MARCH 18

The 2018 RodeoHouston entertainment lineup features a mix of country, rock, R&B and Spanish pop artists. Several RodeoHouston favorites, plus six entertainers new to the event, will be the first to perform on the new state-of-the-art stage in 2018.

“In addition to a fantastic entertainment lineup, RodeoHouston 2018 will feature a brand new, star-shaped stage with top-of-the-line technology that will greatly enhance the presentation and place fans closer to the entertainers inside NRG Stadium,” said Joel Cowley, Rodeo president and CEO. “There’s something fun for everyone at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo – Houston’s favorite tradition since 1932.”

Tickets are on sale through AXS Ticketing via rodeohouston.com. Visit rodeohouston.com.

The following entertainers will perform in NRG Stadium, Feb. 27 – March 18:

 

  • Tuesday, Feb. 27 – Garth Brooks;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28 – Armed Forces Appreciation Day, presented by BHP – Little Big Town;
  • Thursday, March 1 – Blake Shelton;
  • Friday, March 2 – Black Heritage Day, sponsored by Kroger – Leon Bridges;
  • Saturday, March 3 – Kelsea Ballerini;
  • Sunday, March 4 – Alessia Cara;
  • Monday, March 5 – First Responders Day, presented by BP – Rascal Flatts;
  • Tuesday, March 6 – Jason Aldean;
  • Wednesday, March 7 – Thomas Rhett;
  • Thursday, March 8 – Luke Bryan;
  • Friday, March 9 – Chris Young;
  • Saturday, March 10 – Cody Johnson;
  • Sunday, March 11 – Go Tejano Day – Calibre 50;
  • Monday, March 12 – Zac Brown Band;
  • Tuesday, March 13 – J Balvin;
  • Wednesday, March 14 – OneRepublic;
  • Thursday, March 15 – Keith Urban;
  • Friday, March 16 – Chris Stapleton;
  • Saturday, March 17 – RodeoHouston Super Series Championship – Brad Paisley;
  • Sunday, March 18 – RodeoHouston Super Shootout,presented by Crown Royal – Garth Brooks.

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CHILDREN AT RISK SPRING PARTY, MARCH 4

Children At Risk and the Houston Food Bank are partnering to end child hunger and kick off spring for the second annual Spring Party on March 4 from noon-3 p.m. at The Astorian, 2500 Summer St. The event is co-chaired by Theresa Hildreth, Tracy and Harry Faulkner and Norma and Beto Cardenas.

Guests will enter a sparkling room filled with music and culinary delights prepared by some of Houston’s best chefs. During brunch guests will mingle in the fabulous atmosphere of the beautiful Astorian located in The Heights area of Houston.

Prices for individual tickets are $350, $500, or $1,000. Sponsorships are available. For more information, contact Katie Martinez at 713-869-7740 or kmartinez@childrenatrisk.org or visit childrenatrisk.org.

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Riverdance performers in the new number, Anna Livia.

BROADWAY AT THE HOBBY CENTER PRESENTS RIVERDANCE THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR, MARCH 9-11

BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center has announced individual tickets for Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour are on sale now for the international Irish dance phenomenon. Back by popular demand, the show will play a strictly limited engagement at the Hobby Center from March 9-11.

Riverdance – The 20th Anniversary World Tour is composed by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan. It will feature new costumes, new lighting, new projections and the addition of a brand new number, Anna Livia, featuring the female members of the Irish dance troupe in an a cappella hard-shoe number.

Showtimes are Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and are available by phone at 713-315-2525; online at TheHobbyCenter.org or The Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby) and all Ticketmaster outlets. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

For more information, call 888-451-5986 or e-mail houston.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com. Per­for­mance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

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29TH ANNUAL AIDS WALK HOUSTON “ROCK THE WALK”

AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH) hosts the 29th annual AIDS Walk Houston on Sunday, March 4 at Sam Houston Park in Downtown Houston. This signature event is the city’s single greatest response in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Funds raised help local HIV/AIDS service organizations provide programs and services to almost 30,000 Houstonians impacted by the virus.

This year, the annual fundraiser will culminate in a free outdoor concert featuring live performances from Houston-based artists. VIP wristbands for the concert will be available to 1,500 Houstonians who take a free HIV test before the walk. Details regarding wristbands, testing sites and locations will be posted at AIDSWalkHouston.org.

A kickoff for 2018 AIDS Walk Houston will be held at El Tiempo – The Annex, located at 322 Westheimer Rd., on Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Anyone interested in participating in the Walk or sponsoring this year’s event is welcome to attend.

Registration begins at noon; the walk kicks off at 1 p.m. and the outdoor concert follows at 2 p.m. The event is free to register and participate, but fundraising efforts are appreciated.

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COMPASSIONATE HOUSTON’S SPRING LUNCHEON, MARCH 16

Compassionate Houston’s Spring Luncheon will be held on Friday, March 16 from 11:30 a.m. – 1p.m. at The Briar Club, 2603 Timmons Lane.

The event will feature speaker Jill Carroll, Ph.D., a scholar, writer, and expert on world religions. For many years she has taught and provided religious diversity and global skills training for corporations and nonprofits. She has published numerous books and articles on world religions, interfaith relations and public life.

Join the group for this compelling presentation where Carroll will enlighten attendees on how Houston – a city of diverse faiths, perspectives and backgrounds – rose and responded with compassion in the wake of Harvey.

To host a table (10 seats) or to be an exclusive Compassionate Houston sponsor, contact Lynn Loughney at Lmloughney@aol.com or 713-253-4658 or Cyrus Wirls at cywirls@gmail.com 901-679-9374.

Compassionate Houston is a nonprofit organization whose mission is only made possible by contributions from a compassionate community. For more information, visit compassionatehouston.org.

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ART COLONY ASSOCIATION TO CELEBRATE 47 YEARS AT BAYOU CITY ART FESTIVAL MEMORIAL PARK, MARCH 23-25

The Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA) will celebrate 47 years of fine art and giving back to local non-profits as it spotlights 300 artists at Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park, Friday-Sunday, March 23-25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

As the nation’s premier outdoor fine art event, the three-day festival will provide guests with the opportunity to personally meet artists, view original works, and purchase world class art. The festival will benefit local non-profit partners and feature music, local food vendors and food trucks, live music performances and entertainment.

“We are excited to produce a three-day festival that brings together attendees from all over the U.S. for an unforgettable experience with fine art and fun for everyone in the heart of Memorial Park,” said Bridget Anderson, Executive Director of Art Colony Association. “We are grateful to have the support from our patrons, artists, sponsors and local non-profit partners helping us get ready for a successful Memorial Park festival in the spring.”

Ticket prices are $12 online and $15 at the gate for adults, $5 for children 6-12; children under five are free. Discounted general admission tickets will soon be available. Visit artcolonyassociation.org for more information.

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RECIPE FOR SUCCESS FREE COOKING CLASSES AT HOPE FARMS,SATURDAYS

Recipe for Success Foundation offers 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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