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The Arts & Happenings January 2018

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


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.

The Ask-the-Vet Kiosk will be staffed each afternoon, and for the 10th year, there will be a Feline Agility Competition. Feline Agility is a must see – enjoy both the cats and owners running the obstacle course. The Meow Mall with 50 vendors will feature a variety of toys, treats, accessories and gifts. The Children’s Area entertains and educates youngsters about the cat breeds and how to take care of their own pet cat.

The Houston Cat Club is a nonprofit all-volunteer organization that supports the Houston SPCA, The  Houston Humane Society, Citizens for Animal Protection, and Homeless and Orphaned Pet Endeavor (HOPE). In addition, animal shelters from Harris, Fort Bend, and Galveston counties receive free space at the show to present their beautiful cats available for adoption.

The Houston Cat Club has donated over $900,000 from proceeds of the 64 previous shows. Donations come from visitors’ admission fees. Can’t make it to the show? Make a donation to support the charitable work. For additional information go to houstoncatclub.org.




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.



Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. (DDTCo.) is seeking submissions for its inaugural Student Playwright Festival. High school seniors from the Houston metropolitan area are encouraged to submit previously unproduced one-act plays, up to 30 minutes in length for consideration.

Between three and five submissions will be chosen with each selected playwright being awarded a $500 scholarship. The playwrights will be paired with a mentor – a Houston-based playwright whose work has been produced locally and around the country. The mentor and students will work in tandem to fine-tune the plays and prepare them for production. The student playwrights will then be a part of the rehearsal process and will experience their words going from the page to the stage. Finally, they will be the guests of honor as their plays are performed by some of Houston’s finest actors on June 6 at the MATCH – Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston.

Contest rules and the application are available at dirtdogstheatre.org/festival. Email festival@dirtdogstheatre.org with questions.

Dirt Dogs Theatre Co. creates multi-faceted theatrical productions that enrich and entertain audiences, inspire artists, and honor playwrights. It was established in 2015 by Houston theatre veterans Trevor B. Cone, Malinda L. Beckham, and John Baker. Dirt Dogs collaborates with Houston artists and playwrights to provide an opportunity for new works to be seen, and previously produced ones to breathe new life. For more information, visit dirtdogstheatre.org.




Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials have announced the implementation of a digital ticketing delivery method – Flash Seats digital tickets by AXS – and an official secondary marketplace for this year’s RodeoHouston.

“We are excited to provide Flash Seats to all of our RodeoHouston fans,” said Joel Cowley, Rodeo president and CEO. “The use of Flash Seats and the secondary market will provide better customer service to our loyal season ticket buyers who will now be able to resell their unused seats to enthusiastic fans in a safe and secure environment. This change to our previous ticket resale policy allows us to adapt to new technology and user needs.”

Flash Seats digital tickets allows for an easy transfer of tickets to family, friends and co-workers, and will be the only method of delivery for individual tickets to all 20 RodeoHouston performances in 2018.

“Many local and statewide venues and sports teams, including Toyota Center, BBVA Compass Stadium and Texas A&M University, are currently using Flash Seats,” Cowley said.

Additionally, the RodeoHouston Marketplace will give individual ticket holders a secure online portal where they can resell and purchase Rodeo tickets with confidence, and will provide buyers with the security of knowing that tickets purchased on the  Marketplace are valid for entry.

The full RodeoHouston lineup will be announced Thursday, Jan. 4, and tickets for the remaining rodeo performances will go on sale Thursday, Jan. 11, via rodeohouston.com.

Visit rodeohouston.com/flashseats to learn more. The 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 18.


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.


This January, The Jung Center Gallery will present Across the Miles by Annette Palmer.


Annette Palmer’s work is about journeys – both geographical and emotional. She has relocated from her native Scotland many times, settling in Houston in 2006. In Across the Miles, Annette explores distance and connection through landscape and seascape paintings. Using texture, gold leaf, and forgotten means of communication, like antique love letters, she expresses feelings of connectivity across distance.

The Palmer exhibit will be on display from Jan. 4-29 at the Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd. The public is invited to a gallery reception on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 5-7 p.m.

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. For more information, visit junghouston.org.



The Houston Symphony will perform the iconic score of the animated film while selections from Disney Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 are projected on a giant screen above the orchestra.


Principal POPS Conductor Steven Reineke and the Houston Symphony bring magic and animation to Jones Hall with Disney Fantasia – Film with Live Orchestra,  Jan. 5-6 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 7 at 2:30 p.m.

Reineke will lead the orchestra on the iconic score of the animated film while selections from Disney Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 are projected on a giant screen above the orchestra. The widely known animated film features classic orchestral pieces ranging from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Stravinsky’s The Firebird to The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

“To hear an 80-plus piece orchestra provide this music live is like watching Fantasia, but hearing it in the best surround sound you can ever imagine, so it’s great fun for the whole family,” said Reineke.  “This is something that’s so cross-generational for people my age or different ages that remember the original movie.”

Known for its crowning achievement in the history of animation, Fantasia is Disney’s longest animated feature ever made which revolutionized the animation industry. Fantasia combines animation with a collection of great classical music .

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.



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


“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.



“For Hire” curators, Faythe Levine and Sam Macon. Photo-Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, 2012.



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

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

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

For more information, visit crafthouston.org.



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


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



Along with a chance to win a free tree, the event includes live music and food trucks.


Urban Harvest hosts its 18th Annual Fruit Tree Sale on Saturday, Jan. 13 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This year’s sale takes place at a new location: the Houston Community College West Loop Campus, 5601 West Loop South. The event is free to attend; fruit trees start at $12.

Gardeners of all skill levels can shop for more than 100 varieties of fruit trees that are adapted to grow in the climate and soils of the greater Houston area, including selections suitable for large areas, small spaces and container gardening. All are grafted onto rootstock to ensure many years of fruitful harvest.

The event – the largest single-day fruit tree sale in the country – will also feature the Green Thumbs Education Pavilion with nutritional and environmental activities for kids of all ages, as well as live music, food trucks and a drawing for a free fruit tree. Individuals who make a $250 donation to Urban Harvest between now and Dec. 31 will receive access to a fruit tree pre-sale site; benefits include the first chance to select fruit trees before the sale and curbside service on Jan. 13.

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




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.



Violinist Stefan Jackiw photo-Opus 3 Artists

Pianist Jeremy Denk
photo-Michael Wilson


Da Camera presents Charles Ives’s America: Hymns, Songs, Sonatas, featuring pianist Jeremy Denk, violinist Stefan Jackiw and a quartet of singers from the Houston Chamber Choir, at the Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Born in Danbury, Connecticut, in 1874, Charles Ives was one of the first modern American composers, combining distinctly American musical traditions, from church hymns to patriotic marches, with European music and experimental elements that would later come to define 20th-century composition. Ives’s works were largely ignored during his lifetime, but found renown after his death in 1954, boosted by several prominent composers and musicians who considered him a seminal influence.

Most recently, pianist Jeremy Denk has made a special project of championing the music of Ives, receiving widespread acclaim for his 2010 recording of Ives’s piano sonatas. In Charles Ives’s America: Hymns, Songs, Sonatas, Denk explores Ives’s unparalleled invention, interweaving the original hymns, patriotic songs and marches with the wildly imaginative sonatas of Ives that those songs inspired. A quartet of singers from the Houston Chamber Choir sings the songs that appear as source materials in each of the sonatas, including gospel standard Beulah Land and Civil War standard Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! The Boys are Marching.

Denk is the recipient of a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellowship, the winner of the Avery Fisher Prize and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, he is an alumnus of Oberlin College and the Julliard School.

Tickets start at $37.50 and are available by calling 713-524-5050 or online at  dacamera.com. Tickets for students and senior citizens are always half-price. Student rush tickets are available 30 minutes before the concert begins for $5.




Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present its winter productions of R. Strauss’s Elektra (Jan. 19–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. 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. Every seat is less than 100 feet from the stage and the productions give audiences insight into and connection to the theatrical process, in what HGO is calling “unconventional opera.”

For more information, go to HGO.org/SpecialEvents or email Specialevents@hgo.org.




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, 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.

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




Led by Artistic Director Dr. Kevin Klotz, the Houston Choral Society (HCS) will present 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. 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 at houstonchoral.org.



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 (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.



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


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.

The concert also will include a Handel harpsichord solo  yet to be determined. It will be performed by the ensemble’s harpsichordist, David Schrader, who will also improvise accompaniment for the violin sonatas.

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.



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.




The Obsidian Theater, 3522 White Oak Dr., has announced its 2018 season. For more information or to buy tickets, visit obsidiantheater.org. The following productions are on the schedule:

Jan. 25-Feb. 17For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, by Ntozake Shange, directed by Dabrina Sandifer, winner of the 1977 Obie Award for Distinguished Production.

April 12-May 5Cabaret, book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, directed by Paul Hope.

May 17-June 9Wanda, Daisy and the Great Rapture, a co-production with Landing Theatre Company, by Alexis Schaetzle.

June 21-July 14The Last Five Years, written and composed by Jason Robert Brown, directed by Kelsey McMillan.

Aug. 16-Sept. 8happiness (and other reasons to die), a Texas premiere by Bob Bartlett, directed by Tom Stell.

Sept. 27-Oct. 20Evil Dead: The Musical; book and lyrics by George Reinblatt; music by Frank Cipolla, Christopher Bond, Melissa Morris and George Reinblatt; directed by Kelsey McMillan and Tom Stell.



Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara Brae’s Early Stone Age Dwellings will be presented on Feb. 20.


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.



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 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.




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.

Celebrating 47 years since the founding of the Westheimer Art Festival, now known as Bayou City Art Festival, ACA has provided a venue for over 20,000 artists to showcase their work to thousands of art lovers from all over the world. Every year, a new jury selects participating artists, some new and some returning. This helps create a fresh and different festival year after year.

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.



David Lee Roth


Houston Grand Opera’s annual white-tie fundraiser, this year chaired by  Drs. Liz Grimm and Jack Roth, returns April 14 with the 2018 Opera Ball, An Evening in Old Hollywood – featuring a special guest appearance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer David Lee Roth, who will perform a rare, private mini-set of hits.

Always a highly anticipated event on Houston’s social calendar, Opera Ball, to be held at The Post Oak at Uptown Houston, brings together many of the city’s movers, shakers, and tastemakers for an unforgettable evening in support of Houston Grand Opera. For the young professional crowd, the Encore Party will offer a chic, late-night celebration that tops off Opera Ball. Drs. Ishwaria and Vivek Subbiah are chairmen of the Encore Party.

Arriving Opera Ball guests will walk the red carpet to a swanky supper club on Sunset Blvd. Think palm trees and the Polo Lounge, cocktail shakers and dealmakers, and legends like Fred and Ginger, Garbo, Grant, and Garland. Imagine dancing under the glow of Hollywood lights. A musical tribute to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers featuring original choreography performed by the American Contemporary Ballet from Los Angeles will be the dinner entertainment. The seated dinner will be catered by the culinary team of The Post Oak at Uptown Houston, led by executive chef Jean Luc Royere, formerly of Mandarin Oriental, Miami.

David Lee Roth is best known as the original (1974–1985) and current (2006–present) lead singer of the legendary hard rock band Van Halen. In 2007, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also a songwriter, actor, and former radio personality, Roth is known as a successful solo artist, releasing numerous Gold and Platinum albums and singles. Nominated for both Grammy and American Music Awards, Roth won the Best Stage Performance Award in 1984.

The Ball begins at 7 p.m., while the Encore Party follows at 10 p.m. Tickets and tables start at $1,500 and $15,000, respectively. Encore Party tickets run $150 each, while VIP tickets are $250. VIP tickets allow a 9 p.m. arrival for Roth’s performance, seated Champagne/dessert course and reserved seating in the Polo Lounge throughout the evening. To purchase tickets, call 713-546-0271 or email brogers@hgo.org. For more information, visit HGO.org/operaball.

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