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The Arts & Happenings Jul 2015

Free activities take place at the MFAH house museum from 1 to 5 p.m.

Free activities take place at the MFAH house museum from 1 to 5 p.m.


Ring in Independence Day during the 9th Annual Fourth of July Celebration at Bayou Bend on Saturday, July 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott St.

Americana-themed festivities, held at Houston’s home for American decorative arts and paintings, include performers, crafts, activities, refreshments, and more. Gather on the Diana Terrace at 3 p.m. to hear the annual reading of The Declaration of Independence and eat cake in honor of America’s birthday.

Bayou Bend, known for its rich history and extensive collection of American decorative arts and paintings, is the perfect place to celebrate freedom in style.

Free parking is available and the event is scheduled rain or shine. Admission is free. Visit mfah.org/bayoubend or call 713-639-7750 for more information.


ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: A Star-Spangled Salute.

ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: A Star-Spangled Salute.


Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park is unique in the United States, offering an 8-month season of professional entertainment that is artistically excellent, culturally diverse and always free of charge to the public. This is the largest “always free” program of its kind in the country. Classical music, jazz, ethnic music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, classic films, and much more are included in this year’s outstanding line-up. Relax in the covered seating area or enjoy a pre-performance picnic on the hillside. All performances at Miller are family-friendly.

Houston Young Artist’s Concert – July 1, 2015 at 11 a.m.

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – July 1 at 8:30 p.m.

Latin Jazz Jam – July 2 at 8:30 p.m.

Journey Through China – July 3, at 11 a.m.

Movies at Miller – The Wizard of Oz – July 3 at 8:30 p.m.

ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: A Star-Spangled Salute – July 4 at 8:30 p.m.

Smokey Joe’s Café – July 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 at 8:15 p.m.

Children’s Hilltop Festival – Our Feet Can Tell a Story – July 21 at 11 a.m.; Frida’s Fiesta – July 22 at 11 a.m.; My BFF, the Dragon – July 23 at 11 a.m.; Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves – July 24 at 11 a.m.

Macbeth ­– July 31, Aug. 2, 4, 6, 8, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.

For more details and ticket information, visit milleroutdoortheatre.com.


The Houston Symphony performs more than a dozen free summer community concerts.

The Houston Symphony performs more than a dozen free summer community concerts.


The Houston Symphony will embrace this summer with a fun and diverse line-up of free concerts through July 7, including performances in various neighborhoods around Houston as part of its Summer Community Concert Series, performances as part of the ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights at Miller Outdoor Theatre, and a free July 3rd performance at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

Summer Community Concerts – (Performed at various venues across Greater Houston) This year’s Summer Community Concerts celebrate and honor Houston’s diversity by recognizing the musical contributions of its diverse population. The concerts will feature culturally relevant programs held at various community centers in greater Houston, including several presentations in honor of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, a significant milestone and holiday that celebrates freedom.

Included at each performance is the ever-popular instrument petting zoo, a hands-on, interactive activity that allows children and adults of all ages to touch and play instruments that represent each of the orchestra’s instrument families. The instrument petting zoo will be open 45 minutes prior to each concert.

Community concerts will also be performed on the following dates and places:

June 30 at 7:30 p.m. – North Shore Senior High School, 353 N. Castlegory, Houston

July 1 at 7:30 p.m. – Dulles High School, Rogers Auditorium, 550 Dulles Avenue, Sugar Land

July 2 at 7:30 p.m. – Chinese Community Center, 9800 Town Park Dr.,Houston

July 7 at 7:30 p.m. – Dobie High School, 10220 Blackhawk Blvd., Houston

ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights at Miller Outdoor Theatre

Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m.

Friday, June 26 at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 27 at 8:30 p.m.

Star-Spangled Salute Details

Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m. – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Saturday, July 4 at 8:30 p.m. – Miller Outdoor Theatre

Star-Spangled Salute, a Houston tradition, features an evening with Principal POPS Conductor Designate Steven Reineke and the Houston Symphony listening to patriotic, toe-tapping music. The booming cannons of the 1812 Overture and the magnificent firework display provided by the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board will make for a true celebration.



The Art of Hope Foundation announces the launch of its exclusive Art of Hope Program, which provides therapeutic and fun art classes to children under medical care at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Houston and Galveston, during the inaugural Walk for LOVE -Shriners Imperial Session 2015. Scheduled for Friday, July 3 at 6 p.m. at the Grace Event Lawn at Discovery Green, the introduction of this exclusive partnership will feature the sale of a variety of one-of-a-kind merchandise created from the artwork made by the children of the Shriners Hospitals for Children (SHC). Additional events for the public include a performance by the Leon Dance Arts troupe, art lessons for local children, music and plenty of family activities.

The Art of Hope Foundation is designed to support children as they realize, build upon and expand their potential in such a manner that builds self-confidence, enhances self-esteem and broadens imaginations. Through the Art of Hope Program on-site art classes, led by area artists who teach on a strictly volunteer basis, are conducted to create an exclusive merchandise line that provides a continuing revenue stream benefiting SHC. Products will be available online at The Art of Hope Foundation website, inside each of the hospitals and at various fundraising events hosted by each organization.

The Walk for LOVE – Shriners Imperial Session 2015 is a 3K walk that kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Grace Event Lawn at Discovery Green (1500 McKinney St.) and is for individuals and team participation.

Merchandise available for purchase will include t-shirts, hats, awareness bracelets and more. Each piece reflects the artistic personality and individuality of a child under the expert care of Shriners Hospitals for Children Houston and Galveston.

Those interested in corporate
citizenship or private donations may
call 281-615-4455, visit theartofhopefoundation.com, or contact Caroline Seiter at caroline@artofhopefoundation.com.

For merchandising related questions and/or opportunities contact Jerri Anh Wright at jw@theartofhopefoundation.com.


Aerialist Rachel Strickland

Aerialist Rachel Strickland


The public is invited to join the Third Annual Festival of Aerial Arts & Kid’s Camp at Vault, 1824 Spring Street #124, where aerial masters from across the U.S. and Europe converge to teach classes in various levels and aerial dance genres including rope, fabric, aerial hoop(lyra), triple cloud swing, stretching, handstands/tumbling, harness, modern dance, and aerial choreography. Teachers include Lee Claydon (UK), Lydia Morgan (CA), Saar Rombout, and Rachel Strickland (CA).

Daytime Classes: Floorswimming, Stretching, Tumbling, handstands and more,

Evening Classes: (Classes meet Monday-Friday) Beginner Double/ Triple Cloudswing; LyraMotion: Beginner Hoop Technique; Beginner Fabric; Beginner Harness Wall Running; Tumbling, Handstands and more!; Intermediate/Advanced Fabric; Intermediate/Advanced Rope Technique; Beginner Counter Weight Harness; Int/Adv Double/ Triple Cloudswing; Int/Advanced Hoop Choreography; Floor Swimming; and Creative Partnering with Aerial.

Festival Kids Camp Schedule: Monday – Lyra; Tuesday – Fabric/Hammock; Wednesday – Trapeze; Thursday – Cloud Swing; Friday – Harness; Floor Swimming; Stretching; Tumbling, handstands and more!; Creation Play on mixed apparatus.

For a full schedule, class descriptions or to register visit festivalofaerialarts.com or call 713-880-8161.



Fireworks will ignite the sky, and country tunes will set the stage for Houston’s signature annual patriotic celebration, Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas from 4 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 at the newly renovated Eleanor Tinsley Park on Buffalo Bayou (along Allen Parkway). Prolific singer-songwriter and Houston son Clint Black and double-platinum-selling singer and songwriter Josh Turner will headline the 29-year-old annual event on the Southwest Airlines Stage that will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display by CITGO.

“I’m looking forward to celebrating the birth of our nation through this exceptional civic event that demonstrates the importance of honoring our country, respecting American values and instilling pride in our community,” said Mayor Annise D. Parker. “My heartfelt thanks to our sponsors Southwest Airlines, Walmart, Dr Pepper, Bud Light, CITGO and US Family Health Plan, who have provided overwhelming support to create this fun, family Houston tradition.”

Turner will open the festivities with his deep, soulful voice and entertain fans with tunes from his new album and his tried and true picks.

Following Turner will be Black, who has recorded and released more than 100 songs, has sold more than 20
million albums worldwide and is lauded for his deep sense
of country music history.

This year’s festivities include the Walmart All-American Kids Zone, the Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Beach Bash, the Dr Pepper One of a Kind Zone and an exciting fireworks finale sponsored by CITGO. New this year is the US Family Health Plan Backstage Pass; see what takes place behind the scenes via live streaming on abc.com. For more information, visit freedomovertexas.org.



Murderous bank-robbing lovers, holiday grump meets Little Match Girl, tiaras the size of Texas and the ultimate teenage popularity contest (hair scrunchies included) – TUTS Underground’s 2015/16 season delivers new theatrical productions never seen before in Houston. TUTS Underground, Theatre Under The Stars’ (TUTS) alternative and contemporary series announces the new season running in Zilkha Hall at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

“I am excited to announce the innovative musicals that we have lined up for the third season of TUTS Underground- A Theatre Revolution,” says TUTS’ artistic director, Bruce Lumpkin. “This year, we continue to uphold and expand our original mission—to bring revolutionary, edgy, and affordable musicals to Houston. We want to enrich the local artistic community by continuing to produce relevant musical theatre, incubating new works and staging unique, pioneering shows which will set the scene for musical theatre of the future.”

The production schedule is as follows: Bonnie & Clyde, Oct. 1-4; Striking 12, Dec. 17-20; Sweet Potato Queens, March 17-20; Heathers The Musical, April 28 – May 1. For full details or to subscribe, visit TUTS.com.


moby dick


Horse Head Theatre Co. presents the world premiere of The Whale; or, Moby-Dick, an immersive, theatrical performance inspired by Melville’s timeless classic. Set inside a newly constructed great, white dome on Houston’s Buffalo Bayou, audiences will experience the sea beast’s innards in this unforgettable, theatrical voyage. The play runs July 29 – Aug. 15 at the Buffalo Bayou Partnership Silos, 351 N. St. Charles; all shows begin at 8 p.m.

Conceived, developed and performed by Houston actor Phillip Hays (Stages, Prague Shakespeare Company) and written by playwright Timothy N. Evers (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), The Whale brings the classic Melville story to life in a way never done before: a one-man show performed with the theatrical grandeur of a large-scale production.

Inspired by Hays’ real life Moby-mania, the story revolves around Philip, a hapless actor, who has been swallowed by a whale. To forestall his impending digestion, he entertains the monster with a quick, dirty and spectacular retelling of the sea beast’s favorite whale tale, Moby-Dick. Will he make it through all 135 chapters of Melville’s tome? Or will Philip’s Arabian Nights-esque tale end with his demise?

The audience, as fellow swallow-ees, lives out Philip’s final hours from the inside of an enormous 44-foot dome – built by Horse Head for this project – on the banks of Houston’s reinvigorated Buffalo Bayou. The inside of the dome will come to life through video projections and extensive soundscapes, complementing Philip’s last moments alive, as he attempts to perform Moby-Dick in its entirety. For more information, visit Horseheadtheatre.org.


Jarbas Lopes, "Cicloviaéra," 2006. Osier (natural fiber vine) over bicycle. 42 x 72 x 20 inches.

Jarbas Lopes, “Cicloviaéra,” 2006. Osier (natural fiber vine) over bicycle. 42 x 72 x 20 inches.


After a brief delay due to weather-related events, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is pleased to open Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, an exhibition organized by the Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Highlighting the Museum’s extensive holdings in craft objects made from wood, ceramic and fiber, the exhibition provides a national and international perspective on modern and contemporary craft and the current level
of innovation and experimentation in
material studies.

Related Events:

Opening reception, Friday, July 10, 5:30 – 8 p.m., Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. The evening will feature ceramic artist Del Harrow and open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Free workshop and lecture by ceramic artist Del Harrow – “Clay and Digital Fabrication: Labor, Authorship, Aesthetics, and the Post-Human,” Harrow Workshop, Friday, July 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ceramics Studio at the Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Blvd. To register, contact Jeff Forster at jeff@jeffforster.com by July 8.

Harrow Lecture, Saturday, July 11, 2 p.m., Freed Auditorium at the Glassell School of Art.

Lecture by Betsy Greer, author of “Craftivisim: The Art of Craft and Activism,” Saturday, Aug. 29, 2 p.m., Houston Cen­ter for Contemporary Craft. Visit crafthouston.org for more information.


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Monet, mimosas, Picasso and pancakes, the best meal of the week just got better! The San Luis Resort will host a creative take on brunching with Brunch & Brushstrokes on July 12 – a combination brunch and painting class! Gather family and friends for a fun morning of painting, dining and drinking. The resort will provide everything from the painting supplies to the delicious spread. Participants are able to take home their masterpiece. $65 per person. RSVP to SLHTreservations@ldry.com.

This summer, kids can gear up for Superhero Sundays at The San Luis Resort. Through July 26, children who dress up on Sundays as their favorite local hero or superhero are invited to partake in special deals at The San Luis. On Sundays, all superheroes will enjoy free meals at Palm Court at Hilton Galveston Island Resort, Blake’s Bistro at The San Luis and The Jetty Restaurant at Holiday Inn Resort Galveston – On the Beach. Superheroes can also show off their superpowers at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, where they will receive a $5 discount on All Day Ride Passes, and can enjoy a movie night.

The Villas at The San Luis are opening in July. An elegant retreat unlike anything else available on the Gulf Coast, The Villas at The San Luis Resort will feature five, 800-square-foot suites nestled in lush surroundings in a quiet corner of the resort. The Villas will offer guests a private entrance with in-room check-in, welcome Champagne, separate veranda with personal hot tub, valet service and will surround a serene pool with cabanas and daybeds. Each villa suite will have a king-size bedroom with luxury bedding, separate sitting area and spa-like bathroom. Unique to The Villas, guests will have the option to upgrade their travel arrangements and arrive via luxury helicopter or limousine. For more information on this or any event, visit SanLuisResort.com.



  1. D. Players announces that the original musical Joshua and the Ta-Ra, Ta-Raa, Ta-Raaa! will open July 14 and run through Aug. 16 at Grace Theater, 2710 W. Alabama. Performances will take place on the Grace Theater stage as the final show of the company’s 2014-2015 Children’s Theater season.

A wildly entertaining musical comedy for children of all ages about Joshua and the Battle of Jericho. Follow the storytellers as they weave the tale of how Joshua was chosen to lead the Israelites to claim the Promised Land. For ticket information, visit adplayers.org.


Houston Astro George Springer with young people who have benefited from Camp SAY.

Houston Astro George Springer with young people who have benefited from Camp SAY.


The Inaugural George Springer All-Star Bowling Benefit will be held Monday, July 20, from 7-10 p.m. at Lucky Strike Houston, located at 1201 San Jacinto St. in Houston.

The benefit is hosted by Houston Astro outfielder George Springer and is a fundraiser to support financial aid for young people who stutter to attend Camp SAY. Guests are invited to attend for a fun and memorable evening of bowling and entertainment alongside master of ceremonies Bob Allen of KHOU, members of the Houston Astros, baseball legend “Louisiana Lightning” Ron Guidry and other athletes and celebrities.

The George Springer Kids Fund offers young people financial aid assistance and access to Camp SAY, for which Springer, a person who stutters, is the national spokesperson. Camp SAY is a summer camp where young people who stutter develop the skills to communicate more effectively, build self-confidence and forge friendships.

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception followed by bowling with celebrity lane captains, open bar and dinner. The event will also feature sport-themed items, experiences and memorabilia in a silent auction. All proceeds from the event and silent auction will help send kids and teens to Camp SAY.

Tickets prices are $200 for Benefit Tickets and $1,000-$25,000 for Sponsorship Levels. Program Ads are $1,000-$5,000. Contact Noah Cornman at 212-414-9696, ext. 201 or Noah@SAY.org to purchase. Tickets may also be purchased at SAY.org/Springer.


Julissa Duran and Amy West, co-chairs of the American Cancer Society’s “Couture for the Cause.”

Julissa Duran and Amy West, co-chairs of the American Cancer Society’s “Couture for the Cause.”


The public is invited to join the 6th annual Couture for the Cause “A White Haute Affair.” Returning as presenting sponsor, Wealth Design Group partners with the American Cancer Society for this exclusive evening on Oct. 17 at the home of Randy and Brenda Bartley featuring an unforgettably creative fashion show and a dress code of all-white attire.

Julissa Duran and Amy West, co-chairs of the event, have an important message. Julissa says, “Recently, I’d forgotten to schedule my annual mammogram in January, but wasn’t worried. I’m only 45 and the only cancer in my family was my dad, who had prostate cancer three years ago. In fact, I was serving on the Couture for the Cause committee in his honor! After my mammogram, they called back for more testing. After 5 hours in radiology, I heard the terrifying words: ‘It looks like breast cancer.’ A biopsy confirmed I had Invasive Lobular Sarcoma, stage 2. I joined this committee last year to help others, but never imagined I’d face cancer myself. After the diagnosis, my ex-husband called ACS on my behalf. They called to offer me a free wig and invited me to a support group. Volun­teering is now so personal. I know firsthand the difference that ACS makes! On April 6, I underwent a 9-hour bilateral mastectomy. I wasn’t ready for this road bump but will continue living every day to the fullest!”

Amy says, “As co-chairs, we’re thankful for ACS, this committee and the support of our stellar community. Cancer shows up unannounced and disregards who you are or what you have planned… no one is immune. Our Couture for the Cause committee is determined to help fight this vicious disease. Never underestimate what your support can do!”

For information or to sponsor, contact Valerie Marun at
713-706-5684 or valerie.marun@cancer.org.


Kids can be “amazingly immature” and explore their inner zany genius at the Museum’s exhibit.

Kids can be “amazingly immature” and explore their inner zany genius at the Museum’s exhibit.


Children can enjoy a variety of events this summer and fall at the Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz. For more information, visit cmhouston.org.

KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature – through Jan. 5. Immaturity is NOT a four-letter word – literally and metaphorically. In fact, the Children’s Museum of Houston is out to prove that immaturity and genius go hand in hand with this brand-new exhibit. Based on KLUTZ® Encyclopedia of Immaturity Vol. 1 and 2, the exhibit offers the opportunity to embrace the inner zany genius while exploring what these behaviors can teach about science, engineering, math, and literacy.

KIDPENDENCE DAY – Saturday, July 4. Superhero trainees will celebrate star spangled superheroes who have contributed to making America the land of the free and the home of the brave.

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER – Thursday, July 9 & Saturday, July 11. Raise the woof with Houston World Series of Dog Shows musical demos, Frisbee catching and more. Put your super-paw-ers to the test and em-“bark” on the Summer of Epic Adventure – Forces Unite.

FUTUREVET® “WOOF-SHOPS” – Thursday, July 16 & Saturday, July 18 (sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospital). What does it en-“tail” to be a responsible pet owner?

NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY CELEBRATION – Sunday, July 19. Most superheroes can withstand the Houston heat, but not everyone can resist a mouthwatering ice cream. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in July. Make your very own irresistible, lip-smacking ice cream on July 19. Beware the brain freeze. Brr!

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