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The Arts & Happenings June 2010

Shen Yun Performing Arts

The New York-based Shen Yun will bring to the stage of Brown Theater at The Wortham Center a brilliant blend of beauty, energy, and grace. Dozens of dancers in dazzling costumes move in seamless, flowing patterns. Thunderous drums shake the stage, while spectacular backdrops take you to another world.
See ancient legends of virtue brought to life alongside modern tales of courage. Hear soaring songs by masterful vocalists that will move and inspire. Experience a sense of beauty and enchantment like no other with this unique, thrilling and unforgettable show.
Shen Yun has graced the world’s most prestigious stages, from Radio City Music Hall in New York City to the Royal Festival Hall in London. In 2009, Shen Yun performed in over 300 shows and more than 100 cities with three dance companies and three orchestras featuring hundreds of accomplished artists. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org or HouShow.com or call 1-800-877-1989.


THE paper runway

The Paper Runway will be on exhibit from June 5-Sept. 4 at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. The Paper Runway is a juried exhibition of nearly 50 stunning works of paper clothing and accessories by artists from the U.S. and around the world. Featuring everything from handcrafted evening gowns to men’s vests, jewelry made from magazine pages, and a suit made from lottery tickets, each garment-inspired artwork is created from different types of paper. Some pieces are whimsical and innovative, and others have a deeply personal story to tell.

An opening reception will be held on June 4 from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. HCCC is located at 4848 Main Street. For more information, visit www.crafthouston.org.


june miller outdoor performances

There’s something for everyone on stage at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. From daytime programs especially for young children to family friendly evening performances of music, dance, theater and more. Admission is free.

Upcoming programs during June include:

Accordion Kings and Queens, June 5, 6:30 p.m. The 21st Annual extravaganza celebrating the National Instrument of Texas! Czech-German polka, cumbia, conjunto, Cajun, zydeco and more;

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!, June 7 and June 21, 11 a.m. Experience the artists of tomorrow as musical prodigies, ages 4-18, perform;

Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr., June 9-11, 11 a.m. The classic tale of toymaker Geppetto and his puppet Pinocchio takes on timely issues in this family-friendly Disney musical; Miller Movies Swingtime, June 11, 8:30 p.m.;

The Lee Boys, June 12, 8:30 p.m. One of America’s finest African-American sacred steel ensembles, this family group delivers an inspired, unique form of gospel music with a hard-driving, blues-based beat;

The Houston Symphony performs musical masterpieces for audiences of all ages as part of Summer Symphony Nights, June 17-18 and June 25-26, 8:30 p.m.;

A Gulf Coast Juneteenth celebration of the rich African American musical traditions of Texas and the Gulf Coast includes blues, zydeco, jazz and gospel on June 19, 7 p.m.;

A Juneteenth Gospel Celebration, June 20, 7 p.m. Features the African American Gospel music traditions of Houston and the Gulf Coast; Sounds Like Fun, June 22, 11 a.m. The Houston Symphony’s concert is filled with musical magic to captivate audiences young and old.

For a complete schedule, log on to www.milleroutdoortheatre.com.


Houston’s Annual Pond Tour

Twenty or so private water gardens and koi ponds will be open to the public on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6. There’s something wet and wonderful to suit every taste, from serene backyard garden ponds, to patio-sized “disappearing” fountains, to huge multi-pond landscapes, complete with tumbling waterfalls, lush landscaping, dancing dragonflies, blooming water lilies, graceful fantail goldfish, show quality koi, and everything imaginable in between.

All private residential landscapes, many of these ponds and gardens were designed and built by the homeowners themselves. Questions and photographs are welcomed. The homeowners will be on hand to talk with visitors about water gardening, landscaping, pond construction, water quality and filtration, fish health, showing koi, battling the Evil Heron, what they did right, what they did wrong—and how they fixed it.

Sponsored by the Houston Pond Society and the Lone Star Koi Club, this self-guided tour is spread over the greater Houston area, and spans two days, with half the ponds open only on Saturday and half open only on Sunday. Hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. A $10 ticket is good for both days, and can be purchased in advance at Nelson Water Gardens in Katy, nelsonwatergardens.com, or at any of the tour homes on the day of the tour. For more information, call Dan Cook, pond tour chairman, at 713-822-5515 or dcook1830@aol.com.


Classical and jazz music festival at UH

The 21st annual Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival will be held June 7-July 3 at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston.

Performances by the Festival Orchestra, faculty artists, institute participants and student performers are planned. The festival is a summer orchestral training program with vocal, guitar, jazz and piano components.

TMV Orchestra participants, comprised of students and young professionals, come from noted music schools across the United States, as well as from Europe, Mexico, Asia, Canada and Central and South America.

Highlights of the 2010 season include:

Five PERSPECTIVES: Festival Artist Chamber Music and Jazz series concerts featuring stellar performances of jazz and classical music; Conductors: Mei-Ann Chen, Memphis Symphony Orchestra; Horst Foerster, Akadesmisches Orchester Leipzig; Franz Anton Krager, Moores School of Music; and Klauspeter Seibel, former director, Louisiana Philharmonic; Soloists with orchestra: brothers Leonel (piano) and Jesús (marimba) Morales in the world premiere of Peter Lieuwen’s Concerto for Piano, Marimba and Orchestra; Rita Porfiris (viola) in Bela Bartók’s Viola Concerto; Houston Symphony principal flute, Aralee Dorough, in Mozart’s Concerto in D Major for Flute; a series of master classes in all instruments, featuring festival faculty and guests; Classical Minds Guitar Festival and Competition, June 15-20, including recitals by faculty, guest performers and competition winners.

In addition to the Moores Opera House venue, some concerts will be held at the Presidential Conference Center at Texas A&M University and at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

For a complete listing of events, locations and prices, go to www.tmf.uh.edu.


SCRABBLE® and the City fundraiser

Literacy Advance invites you for the first SCRABBLE and the City fundraiser in downtown Houston, Thursday, July 22, at the Plaza Club where gala meets game night.

Teams of four will compete against the clock and against each other playing two rounds of SCRABBLE. There will be one “serious” round where participants will have to win on their merits, followed by a second round where teams will be able to bribe judges, buy vowels, perform silly antics and do what it takes to win.

Literacy Advance of Houston is the oldest and largest community-based 100 percent volunteer supported literacy organization in Texas.

Team and sponsorships are available. To register or for more information, contact Literacy Advance at 713-266-8777 or e-mail scrabble@literacyadvance.org. All proceeds benefit Literacy Advance and its free programs for the Houston community.


horizons exhibition, beginning june 5

Thornwood Gallery will host an art opening reception for Horizons, an exhibition of new work by Sabine Stromeyer on June 5 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The artist will be in attendance.

Stromeyer’s main subjects are landscapes and nature scenes, which appeal to her in a very personal way. Strong textures and unusual surfaces, some created with three dimensional materials are her favorite medium of expression and interpretation.

The gallery is located at 2643 Colquitt St. in Houston. For more information, go to www.thornwoodgallery.com.



Registration is now open for one of Houston’s most popular small runs—the Houston Heights Association’s 25th Annual Heights Fun Run, on Saturday, June 5. The fast out-and-back 5K course is held on the scenic and historic Heights Boulevard—starting and finishing at Marmion Park—including a 5K Fun Run, a 5K Walk, and a Kids 1K. Celebrate after the race with entertainment, door prizes and refreshments.

Packet pick-up will be at Luke’s Locker, 1953 West Gray, on June 3-4, or at Marmion Park, 18th Street and Heights Boulevard, on race day from 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. (complete details on Web site and registration form). The fee is $30; the Kids 1K is $20. Go to www.houstonheights.org or call 713-861-4002.


“Tails on the Trails” event, June 5

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center invites dogs on leashes and their owners to an afternoon of fun, refreshments and a hike to explore the Arboretum trails at “Tails on the Trails” on June 5 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. The event celebrates the American Hiking Society’s signature trail aware­ness program National Trails Day.

National Trails Day inspires the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out their favorite trails to discover and learn about.

Pooches and their human pals can pick up their water, doggie bag and treat before heading out to strut, stroll and sniff an Arboretum trail that winds through the forest, past a pond and back to the party for more refreshments, music and door prizes.

Admission (includes one dog with owner) is $15 for Arboretum members and $20 for non-members; and $10 for each additional co-owner; $5 for additional dogs. Kids 17 and under with a parent are free.

The Houston Arboretum is located at 4501 Woodway Drive. For additional information, call 713-681-8433 or go to www.HoustonArboretum.org.


the kids studio summer art camp, beginning june 7

Art League Houston announces The Kids Studio, an exciting series of summer art camps for children. Each five-day camp is thematic in nature, and campers will have fun creating art under the guidance of one of ALH’s teaching artists. Early care and late care are also available. Registration fees are $325 per child for non-members; or $265 per child for ALH family members.

For more information and complete listing of camp dates, call 713-523-9530.



The feel-good Academy Award-winning animated film Happy Feet transforms into a multi-sensory 4D experience at Moody Gardens.

This movie experience takes viewers on an immersive journey to Antarctica where they will meet a lively cast of penguin characters, including Mumble, a heart-warming, tap dancing Emperor Penguin.

Admission to Happy Feet 4D is $9.95 for adults and $7.95 for children and seniors. For a complete film schedule, go to www.moodygardens.org or call 800-582-4673.


Houston Humane Society’s Companion Camp, beginning june 7

The Houston Humane Society’s Annual Companion Camp is a wonderful opportunity for children ages 7-13 to work hands-on with the animals cared for by the Houston Humane Society and learn valuable life lessons concerning the welfare of animals.

During a typical day, campers receive humane education, a workshop from a veterinarian or animal expert, games, crafts and hands on animal activities.

Cost is $250 per session and includes daily snack and drinks, T-shirt, crafts and all activities. Lunch will not be provided.

Campers can register online at www.houstonhumane.org or call 713-433-6421.


classy chassis concours d’ elegance, june 13

Car enthusiasts from coast to coast are gearing up for the 7th annual Classy Chassis Concours d’ Elegance set for June 13 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the floor of Reliant Stadium in Houston. Benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children Houston/Galveston, the vintage car show will showcase more than 120 rare, beautiful and historical cars from across the country and will highlight the most significant American and European competition cars as this year’s special feature.

Returning this year and for a donation to Shriners Hospitals for Children, guests will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to ride in a Ferrari, Lamborghini or one of many available exotics on hand at the Ride & Drive. All ages will enjoy Classy Chassis Concours d’Elegance—from live music to children’s activities—the event provides entertainment for the entire family.

Jim Simpson from Whidbey Island, Wash., will again serve as chief judge of the concours event, leading a team of experts in the selection of award winners. Renowned automotive artist Bill Neale will again design the 2010 commemorative artwork reflecting the special feature competition cars, and it will be displayed and auctioned at the private preview and reception held the evening prior to the show at Reliant Stadium.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $7 for children ages 6 through 12, and children age five and under are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster or at the gate on the day of the event. Guests purchasing a raffle ticket have the opportunity to win a 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350. For additional information, visit www.classychassis.org.


urban harvest farmers’ market at discovery green

Discovery Green is partnering with Urban Harvest to expand the park’s current Sunday green market by extending the footprint of offerings from local, small-scale produce growers, family farms producing vegetables, fruits and other farm products; prepared foods and crafts; chef demonstrations; gardening growing classes; and more.

The Urban Harvest Farmers’ Market at Discovery Green will take place every Sunday from noon-4 p.m.

Urban Harvest will continue to host the popular Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Eastside, which occurs Saturdays from 8 a.m.-noon at 3000 Richmond at Eastside.

Visitors to the market at Discovery Green can expect to see their “old favorites” each Sunday and discover new favorites as vendors are added over the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.discoverygreen.com.


“amazeing” butterfly exhibit at moody gardens, through sept. 6

Moody Gardens opened a special new exhibit just in time for the summer vacation season. “Amazeing” Butterflies features a maze and free-flying live butterflies. The exhibit is designed to teach visitors the life cycle, variety of species and survival challenges of the colorful insects.

As soon as guests step inside the exhibit, they will be surrounded by hundreds of butterflies that are released daily. As they continue their journey, they will enter a maze through the huge monarch caterpillar tunnel. The maze will feature dead-ends, down which, lurks graphics with poisonous plants and predators that pose the same threat butterflies face daily. Visitors will discover the unique facts behind the beauty of the butterflies through interactive games, puzzles and various other activities. Guests will also be able to learn about gardens and plants that effectively attract the flying insects.

Amazeing Butterflies is open through Sept. 6. Admission is $5.95 for all ages, and free for children ages 3 and under.

For more information, visit moodygardens.org or call 1-800-582-4673.


animation exhibit at health museum, through sept. 6

Explore how art, math, science and technology come together in the exciting world of Animation featuring Cartoon Network. Experiment with animation from concept to finished product—from storyboarding, character design and drawing techniques to movement, timing, filming and sound. Larger-than-life graphics of popular Cartoon Network characters provide a colorful backdrop to the exhibit.

Animation is included in the general admission ticket to The Health Museum. Admission is $8 for adults, children and seniors are $6.

The Health Museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. From June to August, the museum is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Mondays.

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