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The Arts & Happenings January 2017

Chime, an interactive sound sculpture by the collaborative Civic Harmony, invites pedestrians to make music and performance in a public space. photo -Joel Luks – CKP Group


The Downtown District welcomes a pop-up installation to Art Blocks, a public art initiative at Main Street Square. Chime, an interactive sound sculpture by the collaborative Civic Harmony, invites pedestrians to make music and performance in a public space. The work remains on view through Jan. 6.

“We’ve been thrilled with the success of Art Blocks,” said Bob Eury, executive director for the Downtown District. “At the epicenter of downtown, Main Street Square is already a hub for pedestrians and transit, but Art Blocks has infused color, sound and a playful spirit into the urban environment which has been transformative to this public space — Chime fits in perfectly.”

Civic Harmony, a design team comprised of artist Dan Gottwald and urban designer Scott Watkins, creates interactive public art installations that use music and movement to produce a sense of community and wellbeing. Chime — which Gottwald likens to a “great big community xylophone” — allows everyone to participate, regardless of musical or physical ability. Passers-by create their own sound experience simply by pushing on the outer walls of the wooden sculpture. That action activates pendulums hanging inside to strike a series of tubular metal chimes. A similar sculpture debuted at San Francisco’s Market Street Prototyping Festival in 2015.

Gottwald is an artist who specializes in fine woodworking, musical instrument building, sculpture, interactivity and music. His work focuses largely on tactile and temporary events through form, sound and electronic media. Watkins is an urban designer focused on making public spaces vibrant, connected and socially inclusive through public art, technology and digital civic engagement.

For more information and a schedule of events, visit artblockshouston.org.


Houston Cat Club Charity Cat Show,

JAN. 7-8

The SuPurr Bowl of Cats is Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 8, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway. Tickets for the show are $9 for adults, $7 for military and seniors, $4 for children under 12. Children 4 and younger are free. Individuals with disabilities may also attend for free. Parking is free. Stay for lunch and enjoy DJ Pringle’s famous brisket plates.

More than 200 pedigreed cats and kittens as well as 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. Forty breeds of pedigreed cats are judged on standards of conformation that are written for each individual breed. Household pets (non-pedigreed) are judged on health and beauty, and visitors enjoy watching the judges handle and talk about each cat. Be sure to visit with the Pet Me cats at the show that you can snuggle with, and talk with their owners to learn more about pedigreed cats and animal companionship.

Fun activities at the Cat Show include Feline Agility – a must see – with both the cats and owners running the obstacle course; Ask-the-Vet Kiosk; and the Meow Mall – featuring a variety of toys, treats, accessories and gifts for cats and those who love them.

For additional information or to make a donation go to houstoncatclub.org.


A stilt-walker entertains at The MATCH.


JAN. 15

MATCH –Midtown Arts & Theater Center Hous­ton, 3400 Main St., invites the public to its Family Fun Day on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 1-4 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the MATCH opens its doors to Houston families for a day of family fun. All four of its theatres, the rehearsal halls and the breezeway will be filled with performances and activities. Performances will include special appearances by Main Street Theater, Prelude Music, and Magician Robby Bennett. There will also be a bounce house, face painters, balloon artists, stilt walkers, chalk artists and more. Lemond Kitchen will be providing food for sale through their recently opened Café on Main Street. For more information, visit matchouston.org.




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.


John Biggers in his studio. PHOTO – Earlie Hudnall, Jr.



The legacy of artist John Biggers can be found not only on the walls of Texas Southern University (TSU), but in the works of many of his students who are now veterans of Houston’s art scene. Arts Brookfield’s upcoming exhibition, On My Journey Now – The Legacy of John Biggers, will highlight his early works accompanied by works of accomplished and respected students he taught during his 34 years as a professor in the art department he founded at TSU. Curated by Sally Reynolds, this exhibition will be displayed at Two Allen Center, 1200 Smith Street, from Jan. 11-April 3. Arts Brookfield is committed to invigorating public spaces in Brookfield buildings through ongoing arts and cultural exhibitions that are free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

An opening reception will be held on Jan. 18 from 5-6:30 p.m.

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield’s premier buildings in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Washington, D.C., London, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. For more information, visit artsbrookfield.com/houston/.


Alicia Dietz, “Fallen Soldiers,” 2015. Basswood, sapele, cypress, poplar, kevlar, fabric, ink. 24 x 26 x 62 inches.



Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents United by Hand: Work and Service by Drew Cameron, Alicia Dietz, and Ehren Tool, a program-driven exhibition led by three artist-veterans working in fiber, wood, and clay. Drew Cameron, Alicia Dietz, and Ehren Tool use craft as part of their own healing, and, through their artistic practices, continue to serve their country by promoting peace and giving a voice to veterans. Through both the works on view in the galleries and a series of craft-based programs, United by Hand pays tribute to U.S. veterans and aims to create neutral ground, raising critical awareness about the history and current state of war culture in the United States.

Second-generation papermaker Drew Cameron draws on a history of making paper from clothing that dates back to the middle 8th century. Cameron served in the U.S. Army, right after high school, from 2000 to 2006. He was deeply affected by the time that he spent in Iraq in 2003 as a field artillery soldier and found catharsis through papermaking.

Stationed around the world, Alicia Dietz served in the U.S. Army for 10 years as an officer and Blackhawk maintenance test pilot in the Iraq War. During her military career, she had the opportunity to meet a variety of people and felt compelled to share their stories. With a background in journalism, Dietz views her woodworking and furniture design practice as a conduit for these individuals.

As a Marine who served in the 1991 Gulf War, ceramic artist Ehren Tool is unsettled by memories of his service and recognizes how violence has changed him, leaving him uncertain about how to talk about his experience during active duty. He has been struck by children’s toys that replicate the gas masks, uniforms, and warfare that he recognizes as products of the Gulf War.

For more information, call 713-529-4848 or visit crafthouston.org.




Da Camera of Houston brings 10-time Grammy Award Winner, Emmy Award recipient, six-time Billboard Award winner and 2015 Hispanic Heritage recipient, trumpeter and composer Arturo Sandoval to the Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center on Friday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.

Born in Artemisa, Cuba, Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of 12. “When I was a little boy, I got a strong feeling that I wanted to be a musician,” said Sandoval. “But nobody in my family was related to music at all. I was self-taught.” He has since evolved into one of the world’s premier jazz trumpet and flugelhorn players, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

Da Camera’s jazz series continues with saxophonist Joshua Redman on Friday, Feb. 24; the Marquis Hill Blacktet on Saturday, March 11; and Terence Blanchard on Saturday, April 22.

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, the Elias String Quartet returns to the Menil Collection following an exhilarating Da Camera debut during the 2015­–16 season. Praised for intense and vibrant performances, the London-based, internationally acclaimed ensemble consists of Marie Bitlloch, cello; Sara Bitlloch, violin; Donald Grant, violin; and Martin Saving, viola. “The Elias String Quartet so captivated audiences last season that we immediately reengaged the group for the 2016–17 lineup,” said Sarah Rothenberg, Da Camera Artistic and General Director. “They return with another perspective on a subject they know inside and out: Beethoven’s string quartets.”

Da Camera’s chamber music series continues with the inaugural James K. Schooler Memorial Concert featuring Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt on Thursday, Feb. 16, and the Horszowski Trio on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Tickets are available online at dacamera.com. Tickets for students and senior citizens are always half-price. $5 student rush tickets are available 30 minutes before the concert begins.


Get your fill of fruit trees at the Urban Harvest sale on Jan. 14.  PHOTO – MEILIN HYDE, THE CKP GROUP

JAN. 14

Urban Harvest hosts its 17th Annual Fruit Tree Sale on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Rice University’s Greenbriar Lot. Gardeners of all skill levels can shop for more than 125 varieties of fruit trees that are adapted to grow in Houston’s climate and soil, including selections suitable for large areas, small spaces and container gardening. All are grafted onto rootstock to ensure many years of fruitful harvest.

In addition to popular trees such as Clementine mandarin, Meyer lemon and avocado, this year’s market will feature an assortment of nutrient-packed superfoods including seven varieties of blueberries, four varieties of pomegranate and a raspberry variety adaptable to growth in Houston. Another market highlight is Novak’s passion fruit vine, for years appreciated for its beautiful, exotic-looking flowers. Houstonians can now enjoy the vine’s delicious, edible fruits, which can be sipped like a juice box or puréed and added to smoothies or cocktails.

Shoppers at this year’s market will be entered into a raffle for the opportunity to win a fruit tree. Urban Harvest will also be accepting $25 donations to the Community Garden Fruit Tree Fund at the event. The organization supports a network of more than 100 affiliate gardens in the Houston area, and these funds will go toward purchasing fruit trees that will be planted on Urban Harvest’s third annual Earth Day Workday on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Also a fundraiser for Urban Harvest, the event benefits many vital programs including outdoor classrooms at schools, donation gardens that supply fresh food to soup kitchens and food pantries, an extensive curriculum of affordable organic gardening classes and the popular Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Eastside.

For more information about the sale, upcoming classes and gardening resources, visit urbanharvest.org/fruit-tree-sale.



Melissa Cody, “Water’s Edge,”2016.Wool warp, weft, selvedge cords, aniline dyes. 15.5 x 26.5 inches.  PHOTO – MELISSA CODY

FEB. 3- MAY 28

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, presents Future Tradition: Melissa Cody, a solo exhibition of recent work by the Navajo artist, beginning on Feb. 3 and running through May 28.

The public is also invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 3, 5:30-8 p.m. The evening will also feature open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Cody is a fourth-generation weaver from a family known for excellence in the traditional Navajo art. Like her contemporaries and weavers before her, Cody designs her pieces on a stand-up loom as she weaves, incorporating precise geometric forms and recognizable graphic elements, such as the yeii or Rainbow Person, who symbolizes protection, or a cross to represent Spider Woman, the giver and teacher of weaving to the Navajo. Unlike any other, however, Cody imbues her pieces with a stirring graphic vitality and personal voice, emerging as perhaps the most exciting young textile artist of today.

Cody’s work is at once deeply personal and an expression of her cultural context. Her personal joys and sorrows are reflected in works that communicate her emotional processes, from the complex compositions of pattern and iconography to the more recent inclusion of song lyrics.

Future Tradition: Melissa Cody was curated by HCCC Executive Director Perry A. Price. For more information, visit crafthouston.org.


The Horszowski Trio will perform on Feb. 21 at The Menil Collection.

Da Camera’s February 2017 concert schedule is as follows:

Christian Tetzlaff & Lars Vogt – Thursday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. at the Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. Tickets start at $42.50 Da Camera presents world-renowned violinist Christian Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt in their long-awaited Houston recital debut. An artist known for his musical integrity, technical assurance and intelligent, compelling interpretations, Tetzlaff is internationally recognized as one of the most important violinists performing today. His frequent collaborator Lars Vogt has rapidly established himself as one of the leading pianists of his generation.

Horszowski Trio – Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross. Tickets are $60. Da Camera presents the Horszowski Trio in their Houston debut at the Menil Collection. Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills joins with Raman Ramakrishnan, the founding cellist of prize-winning Daedalus Quartet, and acclaimed pianist Reiko Aizawa in this celebrated ensemble. The Trio takes inspiration from Mieczyslaw Horszowski, a legendary pianist and Curtis Institute of Music teacher; like their namesake, the group presents a repertoire spanning the traditional and the contemporary.

Joshua Redman – Friday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. Tickets start at $42.50. A Fort Worth native and the son of legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman, Joshua Redman is one of the most esteemed and charismatic artists of his generation. He pays homage to his father in Still Dreaming, a program of new compositions inspired by his father’s band, Old and New Dreams. Redman collaborates with drummer Brian Blade, bassist Scott Colley and trumpeter Ron Miles for this project. For more information, visit dacamera.com.




Entries are now open for the 30th annual Rodeo Run, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund. Since the Rodeo Run began in 1988, $4.8 million has been contributed to the Show’s educational programs.

The Rodeo Run is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, followed by the Downtown Rodeo Parade through the streets of Houston. There are several different ways to participate: 5K walk/run, 10K run, 5K/10K wheelchair race, virtual runner or donor. All entries in the 5K and 10K, as well as virtual runners, receive the official Rodeo Run T-shirt.

Early bird registration is open online through Thursday, Feb. 16. Fees to register are as follows: 5K walk/run: $30 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee); 10K: $30 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee); and virtual runner: $30 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee).

Late registration is available online from Friday, Feb. 17, to Friday, March 3, at noon: 5k walk/run: $35 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee) or 10k: $35 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee)

Visit rodeohouston.com/rodeorun to register or for more information, including race day schedule and route.


Kelli O’Hara and Hoon Lee in a scene from The King and I.


MARCH 14-19

Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC announce that Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam) will lead the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I that will play Houston’s Hobby Center for the Performing Arts March 14-19.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, The King and I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance,” “I Have Dreamed” and “Something Wonderful.” Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher, whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. For more information, visit thekinganditour.com.

Tickets begin at $35 and are available by phone 800-982-2787; at BroadwayAtThe­Hobby­Cen­ter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org; the Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby); and all Ticketmas­ter outlets. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.


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