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The Arts & Happenings Jul 2014

A Star Spangled Salute is produced by Houston Symphony.

A Star Spangled Salute is produced by Houston Symphony.


Come to Miller Outoor Theater on July 4 at 8:30 p.m. to enjoy an evening with Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski and the Houston Symphony listening to patriotic, toe-tapping American music. Make sure to stay until the end for the Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture – complete with booming cannons! This celebration concludes with a magnificent display of fireworks provided by Miller Theatre Advisory Board.

Free tickets are available on a first-come first-served basis (four per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. for assigned seating under the canopy. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.


The musical based on real-life Texas events returns to the Miller Outdoor Theatre.

The musical based on real-life Texas events returns to the Miller Outdoor Theatre.



Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) continues its annual summer tradition of offering free musical theatre with the unforgettable Texas tale The Best Little W****house In Texas, running July 15 – 20 at 8:15 p.m. each night at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

“In 2012, we produced a highly successful run of this show at the Hobby Center that garnered praise from audiences and critics alike. Now, we’re bringing this madly popular title to the park so people can once again enjoy this wild ride of a musical at a price that can’t be beat,” said John Breckenridge, TUTS President and CEO.

It’s all big songs and big hair in this sassy, spirited musical about a real-life brothel in Texas. Based on the “Chicken Ranch”, the infamous, long-running house of ill repute, this tongue-in-cheek story chronicles Miss Mona Stangley, a madam with a heart of gold, as her “business” becomes the center of a media controversy. Thrusting the Chicken Ranch into the spotlight is Melvin P. Thorpe, a loud-mouthed reporter based on Houston’s own late Marvin Zindler.

Free tickets for the covered seats are available on the day of performance between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Miller Theatre Box Office. Free tickets are limited to four per person. Any tickets remaining will be given out one hour before curtain.

Don’t want to wait in line? For each $50 tax-deductible donation to TUTS, the organization will set aside two reserved tickets under the covered pavilion so you may enjoy the show and experience how your generosity makes the music happen. To reserve tickets, visit TUTS.com/DonateNow or call 713.558.2651. No tickets? No problem! Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show from the Miller Theatre lawn.



The Houston Symphony announced its full lineup for the “Symphony Summer in the City” concert series at Jones Hall. Focusing on a wide range of entertainment, these summer programs encourage audiences to experience the live sights and sounds of the orchestra in unique and innovative ways. From movie music, video games and
rock-and-roll, to bluegrass and mariachi, there is something for audiences of all ages.

The lineup includes rePLAY: A Video Game Concert Experience, July 5; Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness – films with live orchestra, July 18-19; Mariachi Cobre, July 25; The Music of Led Zeppelin, July 26; and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell, July 31. All performances will take place in Jones Hall. For tickets, visit houstonsymphony.org.



Are you interested in genealogy? Do you have an ancestor who fought or supplied assistance in the “War Between the States”? If so, consider joining the The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Varina Howell Davis Chapter 2143. The group meets the third Saturday, September through May, at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church (Hollister and Kempwood) at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Cynthia Hardy at 281-851-0525 or cintex08@hotmail.com.



Celebrate Independence Day at Bayou Bend’s seventh annual Fourth of July festival from 1–5 p.m. Arts and history blend together to ring in the holiday, and visitors can even sign the Declaration of Independence. Bluegrass music, photo stations, a flag-making workshop, arts and crafts and parade marches all help to celebrate the occasion. Admission is free. For more information, visit mfah.org/summerfun.


Alexander Archipenko, Walking Soldier, 1917, executed; 1954, paint and wood, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; gift of the Archipenko Collection. © 2014 Estate of Alexander Archipenko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Alexander Archipenko, Walking Soldier, 1917, executed; 1954, paint and wood, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; gift of the Archipenko Collection.
© 2014 Estate of Alexander Archipenko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Alexander Archipenko: The Berlin Drawings is on view at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston through Aug. 17. One of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century, Russian-born artist Archipenko (1887-1964) was central to the emergence of Modernism. Although known primarily for his sculpture, Archipenko executed a number of drawings as well, a group of which form the centerpiece of this exhibit, which features 30 of his drawings, executed in the early 1920s — shortly before Archipenko’s emigration to the United States in 1923 — when he was living, working and teaching in Berlin. Also included are three of his sculptures, together with photographs, works on paper and books from other artists of that time period, all from the Museum’s permanent collection. For information, visit mfah.org.



Summer has taken on epic proportions! Superheroes will discover their powers during the Summer of Epic Adventure – The Sequel at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Through Sept. 3, the Museum will once again power up and transform into The League – an elite, superhero institute complete with superhero instructors, action-packed activities, epic live showdowns, character appearances and extraordinary events.

The League’s superhero core curriculum includes:

Get Your Gear On – Superheroes can’t rely on their powers alone. Learn how to make your own gear, costume, symbol, gadgets, guides, vehicles and more.

Train Up – It takes both physical and mental training to be super, and The League will put you through both all summer long.

Put Your Powers to the Test – Bigger, better, stronger power. Try out your physical and mental prowess on different challenges which will test the limits of your powers.

Episode 1: Taming Tidal Forces, May 29 – June 11; Episode 2: The Making of a Hero, June 12 – 25; Episode 3: It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!, June 21 – 30; Episode 4: Star Spangled Superheroes, July 1 – 7; Episode 5: Super Dogs to the Rescue, July 8 – 14; Episode 6: License to Chill,July 15 – 21; Epi­sode 7: Weave a Wild Web Epic, July 24 – Aug. 6; Episode 8: Supersonic, Aug. 5 – 11 (PBS’ Super Why Character Appearance, Aug. 9); Episode 9: For The Win, Aug. 12 – 18; Episode 10: Brain Games, Aug. 19 – 25; and Episode 11: Heroes Unite, Aug. 26 – Sept. 3.

For more information and to view full schedule details, visit cmhouston.org.



Several never-before-seen exhibitions will be on view in the Museum District during 2014. One of the new installations making a first appearance in Houston will be hosted by the Houston Museum of Natural Science. An original first edition of the Magna Carta will be coupled with the only known example of the “King’s Writ,” a letter from King John to the Sheriff of Gloucester dated June 20, 1215, announcing the signing of the Magna Carta. The two historic documents are on view through Aug. 17..

Memories of a Voyage: The Late Work of René Magritte featuring oil paintings and seldom-seen preparatory drawings dating from 1941-67 is on view through July 13. The exhibit will be presented simultaneously with Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary: 1926-38.

A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James, on view May 31-Sept. 7, features a selection of Charles James garments from Dominique de Menil’s personal collection displayed on specially designed mannequins that evoke James’ dress forms. As a couturier, James was known for his
virtuosic design and construction. His clothes fuse Victorian design approaches with forms derived
from nature.

The site-specific Dario Robleto: The Boundary of Life is Quietly Crossed, on display from Aug. 16-Jan. 11, 2015, will revolve around Robleto’s sculptural work on the history of the human heartbeat. The installation and series of public talks will link together the earliest attempts to record and visualize the human pulse and heartbeat, the female brain wave and heartbeat recordings onboard a NASA probe at the edge of the solar system, and recent developments in artificial heart research. The Houston Museum District Association is a one-stop shop for all information about happenings at its 20 member organizations. Visit houstonmuseumdistrict.org for more information.



Pop-Up in the Park is a curated market, featuring products made or designed in the                         Greater Houston area that will be held the fourth Saturday of each month from 1-4 p.m. at Evelyn’s Park, 4400 Bellaire Blvd. The monthly market will showcase the creativity of the local community with jewelry, clothing, art, furniture, toys and more. The goal of the event is to bring the local community together, offer a wide variety of merchandise, and raise funds for Evelyn’s Park Conservancy. A portion of proceeds from the market will benefit the Conservancy. Admission is free and open to the public. Pop-up in the Park will also feature local musicians and food trucks.



Thanks to a partnership between Nordstrom and Fashion Project, participants who donate five qualifying items ($50 in original retail price; in nearly new condition; and a particular brand) to Fashion Project will receive a $40 Nordstrom gift card. Fashion Project will send the shipping materials, so it’s about as hassle-free as it gets. Proceeds from the re-sale of the items benefit a registered charity of the participant’s choice. For information on how to participate and a list of qualifying brands, visit fashionproject.com/nordstrom.



Evelyn’s Park Conservancy is now accepting applications for the Fall 2014 Teen Ambassador Program. Evelyn’s Park is seeking teenagers who strive to make their community a better place and are willing to volunteer to help raise awareness about the new park to be constructed on Bellaire Blvd. All teenagers from 6th grade through 12th grade are eligible to apply to represent the park at upcoming community events.

Ambassadors will become knowledgeable about EPC and be greatly involved in promoting the park to family and friends and the community. Students will also gain valuable experience in assisting at events, including staffing tables, acting as greeters and assisting with event preparation. Ambassadors will also represent Evelyn’s Park in the Fourth of July Parade by riding in the truck and working the booth to help distribute literature and/or giveaways.

All EPC Teen Ambassadors will receive a certificate of completion, community service hours, an EPC t-shirt, and yard sign.

To apply, visit evelynspark.org. For questions, contact info@evelynspark.org. The deadline for submissions is August 14.


Photo courtesy of The Chapter of Hereford Cathedral.

Photo courtesy of The Chapter of Hereford Cathedral.


An original edition of the Magna Carta and the only known example of the “King’s Writ,” a letter from King John to the Sheriff of Gloucester dated June 20, 1215 A.D. announcing the signing of the Magna Carta, will travel to the Houston Museum of Natural Science from its home in Hereford Cathedral, and can be viewed through Aug. 17. The Magna Carta is considered to be Great Britain’s most valuable export to the world and a model upon which the United States Constitution — among many other important world documents — was based. The Magna Carta continues to serve as the definitive document modeling basic civil liberties and is the source of many of the most fundamental concepts of law, including the very concept of a written constitution. In more than 100 decisions, the United States Supreme Court has traced dependence on the Magna Carta for an understanding of due process of law, trial by jury of one’s peers, the importance of a speedy and unbiased trial, and protection against excessive bail or fines or cruel and unusual punishment. For tickets, visit hmns.org.


Sandie Zilker, Fence Finials Reconsidered-Chartreuse, 2014. brooch; sterling, brass, copper enamel, polymer clay, resin fence finals.

Sandie Zilker, Fence Finials Reconsidered-Chartreuse, 2014. brooch; sterling, brass, copper enamel, polymer clay, resin fence finals.


This summer, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) will present a solo exhibition by Houston metalsmith and educator, Sandie Zilker, the fifth artist to be featured in HCCC’s Texas Masters Series. The exhibit will be on display May 30-Sept. 7. An opening reception will be held May 30 from 5:30-8 p.m.

The Houston native joins the roster of former Texas Masters — Harlan Butt, Cindy Hickok, Rachelle Thiewes, and Piero Fenci — nominated by their peers and recognized for their roles as career artists in Texas who have made a significant impact on the field of craft. As the 2014 Texas Master, Zilker’s work is featured in this solo show, and she will serve as one of three jurors for the CraftTexas 2016 biennial exhibition at HCCC.

HCCC is located at 4848 Main St. For information,
visit crafthouston.org.


Charles Marville, Hôtel de la Marine, 1864-70, albumen print from collodion wet plate negative, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Diana and Mallory Walker Fund.

Charles Marville, Hôtel de la Marine, 1864-70, albumen print from collodion wet plate negative, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Diana and Mallory Walker Fund.


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will present Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris, the first major exhibition in the United States devoted to the 19th century French artist Charles Marville, from June 15-Sept. 14. The exhibition explores the beauty, variety and historical poignancy of his art through nearly 100 photographs that span his entire career. At the heart of the show are compelling views of Paris both before and after many of its historic neighborhoods were razed to make way for broad boulevards, monumental buildings and manicured parks. For information, visit mfah.org.



River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) celebrates its 10th Anniversary Season in 2014-15 with the announcement of nine more world premiere commissions, a whole new concert series, new names for its existing series and the return of some its most revered musicians and collaborators. The season is titled “Great Expectations,” referring to the high expectations for ROCO since inception and the higher goals set for in its second decade. The title also refers to a number of literary themes that will run throughout much of the season.

ROCO will kick off the season Sept. 27-28 with Once Upon a Time. This includes a premiere commission by Maria Newman based on the children’s book The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Serious Fun premieres Nov. 8-9 with the premiere of a work by Emmy Award-winning composer Anthony DiLorenzo based on the Lewis Carroll poem Jabberwocky.

ROCO was invited to join a national consortium of the top chamber orchestras in the country for its Feb. 13-14 commission. New Century Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco and A Far Cry from Boston partnered with ROCO to commission a major new piece for chamber orchestra by Derek Bermel in the first of a potentially fruitful coalition of peer organizations whose
goal is to further the chamber orchestra repertoire.

For its final major commission in 2014-15 and its 47th overall since it started in 2005, ROCO turns to Pierre Jalbert, professor of Composition and Theory at the Shepherd School of Music and one of the artistic directors of Musiqa. Notes to Be Written is set for April 23.

Along with the full chamber orchestra series, ROCO continues its more intimate chamber ensemble series featuring individual ROCO musicians, repackaged in 2014-15 as ROCO Unchambered. Performances include Walk with Me, Nov. 23; Divas and Ballerinas, Jan. 25; and Six Degrees of Tolstoy, Feb. 22; and The Little Prince, April 12. For information, visit rocohouston.org.



The U.S. Fund for UNICEF has an­nounced the second annual UNICEF Audrey Hepburn® Society Ball to celebrate outstanding humanitarian leaders. The black tie gala will raise critical funds for UNICEF’s lifesaving work.

This year’s honorees are Janice and Robert McNair, residents of Houston since 1960, and extraordinary philanthropic leaders committed to improving lives. They have given generously to a wide array of charitable, scientific, literary, educational and religious organizations through the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation. Robert McNair is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of the Houston Texans.

The event will be held on Oct. 14 at the Wortham Center, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $750 to $1,000 for individual tickets and from $7,500 – $50,000 for group tickets.

For more information, contact Daley Von Wenckstern at dvonwenckstern@unicefusa.org, call 832-463-2421 or visit unicefusa.org/help/

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