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The Arts & Happenings July 2017

Lessons taught in camp echo efforts in the Foundation’s Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education.


Recipe for Success has expanded its 2017 summer camp schedule to include hands-on farming and a Girl Scout Journey hosted at its new urban farm in Sunnyside. The foundation’s five-day camps, designed for ages eight to twelve, now offer multiple cooking, gardening and farming program themes, including:

  • NEW Hope Farm Camp – A hands-on gardening experience at the Foundation’s 7-acre farm conveniently located four miles from the South Loop. Scheduled June 5-9, session runs 8-11 a.m. for children age eight- twelve and are limited to 12 campers per session. Cost: $195 per child; includes snacks, all camp supplies and materials.
  • NEW Sow What? – Celebrate food, the planet and sisterhood on this Girl Scout Journey for five mornings at Hope Farms. scheduled June 5-9, session runs 9 a.m. -12 p.m. Cost is $165 per Girls Scout and must be reserved through the San Jacinto Council of Girl Scouts.

The following RecipeHouse Sessions run 9 a.m. -3 p.m. for children age 8-12 and are limited to 12 campers per session. Cost: $395 per child; includes certified Seed-to-Plate Chef Instruction, lunch and snacks, all camp supplies and materials, and a Recipe for Success apron:

  • Marco Polo – Discovering food and culture from Marco Polo’s journey. Camp teaches participants how to craft healthy and delicious recipes from Asia, the Middle East and Europe. June 12-16; June 19-23; and June 26-30;
  • EatThis! – Campers learn how food products are developed and marketed to the American consumer. July 10-14; July 17-21; and July 24-28;
  • Super Foods – Super heroes and super foods collide as campers learn about growing and consuming nutrient dense foods, and create their own graphic novel to illustrate their adventures. July 31-Aug. 4;and Aug. 7-11.

Summer camps will take place at RecipeHouse at 4400 Yupon Street or Hope Farms at 10401 Scott Street. For more information or to register, visit recipe4success.org.


Brett Mitchell, former assistant conductor of the Houston Symphony and now Colorado Symphony music director, returns to the Houston area for TMF Week 3. (Photo – Gregg Barckholtz)


The 28th Annual Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival (TMF) continues through July 1 with classical music’s rising stars performing classical and contemporary works. For the TMF “Cool & Classical” Orchestra Series, top pre-professional musicians perform with world-class conductors, soloists and faculty artists at the University of Houston (UH) Moores Opera House and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

TMF is a one-month international music residency on par with Aspen and Tangle­wood music festivals. It has nearly 30 performances, many free or at a nominal cost. Most concerts are indoors on the UH Main Campus (Moores Opera House and Dudley Recital Hall). It began on June 10.

TMF Week 3, Friday, June 23 (Wood­lands Pavilion) and Saturday, June 24 (Moores Opera House) is entitled “Orchestral Variations.” It marks the TMF debut appearance of Colorado Symphony Music Director Brett Mitchell, known to Houston music lovers having conducted more than 100 Houston Symphony performances as its assistant conductor from 2007-11 and music director of the UH Moores Opera House from 2010-13.

The dual June 23 and 24 concerts will spotlight the student winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition. The winner gets a guest soloist role (work TBA) at the June 23-24 concerts along with L.A. Variations and Edward Elgar: Variations on an original theme, Enigma.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition first prize also carries an international invitation to appear as a soloist with the Akademisches Orchester in Leipzig, Germany.

For the TMF Week 4 Grand Finale, “Orchestral Dances,” the Festival will welcome back Maestro Daniel Hege, music director of the Wichita Symphony and guest conductor of the Tulsa Symphony. The Saturday program includes Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances; Maurice Ravel: La valse; and Richard Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.

Pre-concert activities for each TMF performance include performances by Virtuosi of Houston and a lecture by Dr. Andrew Davis, dean of the UH Kath­rine G. McGovern College of the Arts.

Saturday orchestra series performances are reserved seating and parking is free. Tickets may be purchased online and through the UH College of the Arts Box Office, 713-743-3388. The UH Moores Opera House is on the UH Main Campus, I-45 at Cullen Boulevard, Entrance #16.

Visit tmf.uh.edu for more information and music.uh.edu for tickets.


Edward Eberle, “Cylinder 1121,” 2016. Paper. 42½ x 21½ x 21½ inches. (Photo – Adam Milliron)


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, will present the first career retrospective of work by Pittsburgh-based ceramic artist, Edward Eberle (b. 1944, Tarentum, PA) from June 16 – Sept. 2 in the Main Gallery.

Over the past three decades, Eberle has explored and tested the limits of porcelain, with his prolific body of work ranging from classically inspired vessels to altered and deconstructed sculptures. The retrospective brings works from the mid-1980s to the present into dialogue, allowing visitors to discover the timeless and intriguing work of a true master. Comprised of over 40 works, the show highlights the evolution of Eberle’s exquisite forms and fragmented dreamlike imagery by featuring both his trademark porcelain work, as well as a series of works on paper. Audiences will see paper-thin wheel-thrown vessels of both closed and open forms, as well as more conceptual pieces from the early 2000s. The exhibition culminates with examples of the artist’s most recent mixed-media sculptures and large paper cylinders.

Using black and white terra sigillata to embellish the surface and create contrasting images, patterns, and textures, Eberle then paints his works with elaborately interlinked human, animal, and celestial forms. “As soon as that black hit the white, I knew what I had been hunting for,” the artist recalls, discovering what would become his signature method. “And I had been hunting for a long time.”

HCCC is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Summer Hours: Closed Sundays, July 4-Labor Day. Admission is free. For more information, visit crafthouston.org.



The Houston Symphony has announced the details of its free family-friendly summer concerts during the months of June and July. A Houston tradition, these evening concerts are held in various casual venues across Greater Houston, including the iconic Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Led by Associate Conductor Robert Franz, this year’s series will take place at schools and churches in Houston area communities, and will feature selections from Bizet’s Carmen, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, and John Williams’ E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

The ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights, which will return to Miller Outdoor Theatre at Hermann Park for the 77th consecutive year, feature the full orchestra and outstanding young rising artists, including the winners and silver medalists of various prestigious competitions. These dynamic performances begin June 23.

The Houston Symphony returns the next day with a rhythmic program led by up-and-coming Austrian conductor David Danzmayr. Composer-in-Residence Jimmy López’ high-energy orchestral showpiece, Fiesta!, will be featured along with Dvořák’s melodic Symphony No. 8 and Mozart’s sunny Horn Concerto by Houston Symphony Principal Horn William VerMeulen.

On June 30, Tchaikovsky Competition Silver Medalist George Li performs Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a deeply emotive work that has become the most popular piano concerto in history.

The last two concerts at Miller Outdoor Theatre will be held on July 1 and 4 and will feature Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 and patriotic classics respectively. The booming 1812 Overture and fireworks will make for a patriotic Independence Day celebration.

For tickets and more information, visit houstonsymphony.org or call


Self Reflected in Violets – a Self Reflected microetching under violet and white light – is featured in the Rick Smith Gallery located at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center.


As the nation’s top neurosurgeons convened in Houston recently, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) welcomed the distinguished delegation with a special exhibit in its Rick Smith Gallery dedicated to celebrating the beauty and complexity of the human brain.

The exhibit called “The Art of Neurosurgery” features nine works by renowned neuroscientist and artist Greg A. Dunn, whose prints, paintings and microetchings have been displayed in exhibits across the nation. The installation will be open to the public for the next several months in the Rick Smith Gallery, a small art gallery located near the main lobby of Memorial Hermann-TMC in the Hermann atrium.

The exhibit opened May 19 to help welcome the 108th Annual Meeting of the Society of Neurosurgical Surgeons, an annual gathering of neurosurgery leaders. The conference, which drew more than 300 physicians from all over the United States, was held in Houston for the first time, included a day-long visit at Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center (MNI), where retired astronaut Mark Kelly addressed the crowd as a guest speaker.

Kelly has long been a champion for neurosurgical breakthroughs following an incident in 2011 when his wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, required emergency treatment after being shot in the head at pointblank range outside a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona. Giffords spent several days recuperating in MNI’s Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit before she was strong enough to transfer to TIRR Memorial Hermann for rehabilitation. She has made remarkable progress.

The Rick Smith Gallery was created in memory of Rick Smith, the late director of Chaplaincy Services at Memorial Hermann-TMC. Visit memorialhermann.org for more information .


The Dinos Alive exhibit allows guests to take part in a rescue team and an archeological dig site for Jurassic fun.


Embark on a Jurassic adventure this summer when Dinos Alive comes to Moody Gardens through Aug. 13. Featuring life-like animatronic dinosaurs, including a full-size Tyrannosaurus, Dinos Alive guests become part of a rescue team sent back in time to search for a missing plane and its crew. Along the way, they will get an up-close and personal experience with some of the most feared and amazing creatures to ever roam Planet Earth.

“This is always a popular attraction for our guests. Dinos Alive features dinosaurs that look, sound and move like real-life dinosaurs,” Moody Gardens President and CEO John Zendt said. “Guests have a chance for hands-on fun with an archeological dig site.”

In addition to the dig site, the attraction will include a gift shop and photo opportunity.

Admission is $8.95 a person with children 3 years old and younger free. For more information, call
1-800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.



Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) will present Pippin at Miller Outdoor Theatre July 11-16.

Pippin, a circus-inspired production, features a troupe of acrobatic performers led by a very charismatic Leading Player. The performers’ main purpose is to tell the story of Pippin, a young prince who is longing to find adventure and passion in all areas of his life.

Free tickets for the covered seats are available on the day of the performance from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Miller Theatre Box Office. Free tickets are limited to four per person (over the age of 16). Any tickets remaining will be given out one hour before curtain.

Visit tuts.com/miller or call 713-558-2651 for more information. Ticketholders are asked to arrive early as any unfilled seats will be released to the general public 15 minutes before curtain.

No tickets? No problem! Bring a cozy blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the show from the Miller Theatre lawn, the perfect place for a picnic and a show. Patrons are encouraged to utilize public transportation to get to Miller Outdoor Theatre. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit tuts.com.



Tickets for the Houston Symphony 2017-18 Bank of America Summer Series at Jones Hall are now on sale. This year’s series melds together symphonic music with an action-packed movie, video games and the score of an iconic artist.

The immersive video game concert experience Video Games Live returns to the Houston Symphony July 14. This explosive entertainment experience brings popular video games such as Final Fantasy, Zelda, Skyrim, Donkey Kong Country, Warcraft, Shadow of the Colossus, Pokémon, and Mario to life with live music, solo performers, and exclusive video footage on three giant screens with synchronized lighting and live action. Ticket holders interested in special backstage access to the most popular video game concert in the world may purchase a VIP Experience Package which includes a pre-concert tour, a meet and greet with Video Games Live creator and game music superstar Tommy Tallarico, and more.

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



The Houston Glass Club has announced its 43rd Annual Vintage Glass and Antique Show and Sale. The show begins on Friday, Aug. 18, from 2-7 p.m., and two full days of shopping on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg.

Every country has its own glass making history, and the United States is no exception. The most collected items are those made during the first half of the 20th century from such companies as Cambridge, Fostoria, Heisey, Tiffin, and Hocking. The color, shapes, sizes, and unique items from glass are what attract buyers and collectors from across the country and the globe.

One of the main goals of the Houston Glass Club Show is to help educate and inform collectors about depression and elegant glassware, and is why the Houston Glass Club show remains one of the top-rated and respected show in the United States. It is also one of the largest shows with 30 of the nation’s leading glass dealers displaying rare and hard to find pieces.

Admission is $10 for Friday early shopping and is good for all three days of the show. Saturday and Sunday admissions are $6. Food concessions by Custom Caterer are available onsite. Free parking is available and all buildings are air-conditioned. For more information, call 281-240-0382 or visit houstonglassclub.org.



Archway Gallery, located at 2305 Dunlavy (archwaygallery.com), has announced its Ninth Annual Juried Competition, an opportunity for area artists and non-members of the gallery to participate in an exhibition of works in the Front Gallery. The Group Show is July 8-Aug. 3. The awards ceremony and reception is Saturday, July 8 from 5-8 p.m. with juror remarks and prize distribution at 6:30 p.m.

Each year a prominent juror selects works by local artists for the month-long exhibition, and sales support a nonprofit organization chosen by the gallery members. Artists may enter one or two works for the entry fee of $30. Prizes include generous cash awards. The first-prize winner will also receive a month’s guest artist hanging privileges at Archway Gallery.

This year’s juror is Dr. Fernando Casas, Ph.D., a prominent artist, lecturer, educator, and philosopher. Casas has exhibited his art in numerous group and solo exhibitions in commercial galleries and museums in Houston, New York City, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Florence, Lima (Peru), La Paz (Bolivia) and Santiago (Chile). In 2003, he was awarded The Premio alla Carriera at the Florence Biennale. Since the 1980s, Casas has taught and lectured at several universities in South and North America; however, his longest association is with Rice University where he has taught Humanities and Philosophy as Distinguished Lecturer for 20 years. In addition, he lectures regularly at the Women’s Institute of Houston and has authored several publications.

The 2017 Charity Partner is Casa de Esperanza de los Niños (The House of Hope for Children), a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV. It provides residential care and coordinates medical and psychological services according to the needs of each child, striving to break the destructive cycle of child abuse by offering safe homes to children of families in crisis. Its goal is to return physically and emotionally healthy children to stabilized homes where caregivers can safely provide daily care. When family reunification is not possible, Casa de Esperanza is licensed to supervise long-term foster care and adoptive placements. For more information, visit casahope.org.


Star-Lord, Gamora, and Yondu are coming to the Children’s Museum of Houston for a Guardians’ fan celebration and to kick-start the wonders of the “Sci-Fi Summer.


The Children’s Museum of Houston’s “Sci-Fi Summer” will take you to infinity and beyond! From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, you’re invited to take off on an out-of-this world adventure where imagination and reality collide. Explore the endless possibilities of time, space and mind-boggling discoveries where there are no limits to where you’re going, even if it means doing it all over again. The future is what you make of it now. Teleport to your own “Sci-Fi Summer” adventure and imagine what you’ll know tomorrow. It’s a “Sci-Fi Summer” at the Children’s Museum of Houston.

Some of the advetures kids will encounter include the following:

Experience a close encounter of a rockin’ kind. Travel through intergalactic wormholes and dimensions during an action-packed live production of “The Galactic Journey,” showing daily.

Join a galaxy ranger team and protect Space Port from 3-D asteroids by launching sticky balls.

Be in for a shock as you build robots in a Robotics Lab. Then, put them to the test in a Battle Bot Arena. Make a transport interchange at the Museum’s all-new “Coding Hangout” exhibit where you create code to bring your imaginings to life – it does compute! Go in search of E.O. (extraordinary) characters. Unlock your curiosity and tap into S.E.C.R.E.T. discoveries by going on undercover missions. Cross interstellar galaxies and beam into infinity using an Infinity Mirror. Then freeze time by capturing the moment with a selfie.

“The Galactic Journey” Live Musical Production (showing daily).

Guardians of the Galaxy Blowout, Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wonder Woman Whirl, Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. -6 p.m.

Kidpendence Day, Tuesday, July 4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Make A Wish! “Tanabata 七夕” Japanese Star Festival, Friday, July 7, 10 a.m. -3 p.m.

For more information and a full schedule, visit cmhouston.org or call 713-522-1138.


Annie Evelyn, “Scale Lounge,” 2017. Metal scales, foam, wood. 36 x 32 x 36 inches. (Photo – Mercedes Jelinek)


Expect to see and feel the unexpected in “Annie Evelyn: Multiple Impressions,” a solo exhibition of recent work by the furniture maker at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, through Sept. 2. Punctuated by carpeted shapes that frame her furniture, Evelyn’s installation entices the visitor to experience her craftsmanship firsthand by taking a seat. Using alternative materials to upholster her chairs, she manipulates tessellations of cement and aluminum to create comfortable, squishy seat cushions. These seemingly hard and rigid materials are so surprisingly relaxing to sit on, the experience of interacting with the work is sure to change the viewer’s first impression.

Evelyn continues to explore new ideas, often working on multiple projects simultaneously and sometimes collaborating with other artists. Her experimental methods tip traditional furniture making on its head. For instance, her recipe for comfort lies within the clever construction of the upholstered seat: most of her furniture includes a layer of foam that conforms to the body. In the exhibition, several unfinished samples demonstrate this process. As an interactive installation, “Multiple Impressions” inspires a sense of wonder and dares to confront conventions of domestic comfort. “Annie Evelyn: Multiple Impressions” was curated by HCCC Curator, Kathryn Hall.

Evelyn currently lives in Penland, North Carolina, where she is an artist-in-residence at the Penland School of Crafts. She received her BFA (1999) and MFA (2007) in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island. Evelyn has taught at Penland School of Crafts, RISD, Anderson Ranch, Parsons-The New School, and other institutions. She is the 2016 recipient of The John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship, and, in 2011, Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Turning and Furniture Design awarded her a Windgate Furniture Residency. Her work has been featured in “American Craft” magazine and in “The Independent Design Guide: Products from the New Generation” (2009) by Laura Housely, among other publications. She has exhibited her work around the country as well as abroad.


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