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The Arts & Happenings June 2017

Lamborghini will be one of the luxury automobile brands represented at the event.


The 2017 Houston Exotic Auto Festival & Luxury Lifestyle E-X-P-O will be held at NRG Center, Hall B, One NRG Park, in Houston on Sunday, June 4 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The event will include McLaren, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Rolls Royce, Bugatti, Ferrari, Tesla, Porsche, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Bentley and more.

Competition categories include Exotic Sedan, Luxury Sedan, Performance, Eccentric and Classic. A musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra and Liza Minnelli will be provided by Dave Halston and Suzanne Goulet. The event will benefit Virtuosi of Houston and Houston Knights Rescue Foundation and is produced by Luxcior Magazine publisher Martin Gondra.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children aged 6-11. Kids 5 and under are free. Visit Ticketmaster.com/HoustonExoticAuto­Festi­val or call 800-745-3000 to purchase tickets. For more information, visit HoustonExoticAutoFestival.com.


Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Bukhara, Woman’s Robe (Munisak), late 19th century, silk and cotton, the Textile Museum, the Megalli Collection, Washington, D.C.


The Museum of Fine Arts Houston presents Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats, at the Audrey Jones Beck Building, 5601 Main Street, through June 4. The exhibit showcases nearly 50 ikat robes and panels from the renowned Murad Megalli Collection of the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C.

These bold garments were mainstays of cosmopolitan oasis culture in the 19th century, worn by inhabitants of different classes and religions throughout crowded marketplaces, private homes, centers of worship, and ceremonial places. The ikat textiles on display — including robes for men and women, dresses, trousers, and hangings —feature eye-catching designs in dazzling colors.

Supplementing the ikats (pronounced “ee-kahts”) are historical photographs and didactic materials about the tradition of their creation. The textiles were originally produced in the 1800s in weaving centers across Uzbekistan, including Bukhara, Samarkand, and the Fergana Valley.

Additionally, special installations of ikat textiles from India, Japan, and Central Asia — on view in the Museum’s permanent galleries in the Law Building — demonstrate ikat traditions from around the globe. For more information, visit mfah.org.



The Houston Symphony and Houston Symphony League have announced the 10 semifinalists of the 42nd annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition. Named to honor the memory of Miss Ima Hogg, a co-founder of the Houston Symphony, this prestigious competition is designed to support young instrumentalists, ages 16-26, in their pursuit of careers in music. The Ima Hogg Competition has launched young musicians’ careers as performing artists with past winners earning countless national and international awards as well as prestigious positions in major orchestras.

This year’s competition is chaired by Barbara McCelvey, a governing director of the Symphony’s board and an active member of the Houston Symphony League, and feature the following 10 accomplished young musicians: Alan Woo, Charles Seo, Churen Li, I-Jung Huang, Joseph Morris, Kiril Angelov, Michael Ferri, Rachel Ostler, Rainer Crosett and Vijay Venkatesh.

The Semifinals Concert will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday, June 1 at the Stude Concert Hall at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, 6100 Main St. Admission is free.

The top four musicians advance to the Finals Concert, which will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the Stude Concert Hall. Tickets are $25 (student rush tickets $15). For more information, visit houstonsymphony.org.


Kate Barber, Bind, 2016. Polyester, linen, cotton. 9 x 11 inches. (photo – Karen Philippi)


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) will host Small Expressions 2017, the Handweavers Guild of America’s annual juried exhibition of small-scale fiber works. Featuring the work of 24 artists using a wide range of fiber techniques, the show requires that each piece is no greater than 15 inches in any direction. Despite their small size, the works on view reflect a strong conceptual component, as well as emotive narrative content, a variety of materials and textures, and, of course, skilled craftsmanship. The exhibition will be on view during the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas’ biennial conference, Crossing Threads/Connecting Cultures, in the Houston area.

Now in its 34th year, the Small Expressions annual exhibition series was conceived in 1983 by the board of directors of the Handweavers Guild of America to mark the 15th anniversary of the organization. The format was initially inspired by small-scale fiber shows in England and Hungary. With thousands of pieces submitted since its inception, the show has included works by artists from each of the 50 states and more than 20 foreign countries and has traveled to art institutions across the U.S. and internationally. The series not only provides a platform for artists working in fiber but also a format that encourages innovation.

The juror of Small Expressions 2017, Mary Ruth Smith, Ph.D., is a professor of art at Baylor University in Waco. She teaches courses in fiber arts, fabric surface design and weaving. Aside from her longstanding career in academia, Smith’s own work in fiber has been widely exhibited across the U.S. as well as in Europe, South America and Asia. She holds a Ph.D. in art education from Florida State University and an MFA in fabric design from the University of Georgia.

For more information, call 713-529-4848 or visit crafthouston.org.



Houston Grand Opera’s (HGO) community collaboration and education initiative, HGOco, is now accepting registrations for the company’s three summer opera camps, open to students entering grades 3-12. The camps offer students a creative environment to invent, perform and develop their skills while enhancing their vocal and dramatic talents. HGO has operated the camps for more than 20 years. The opera camps are staffed by professional choir directors, composers, directors and pianists assisted by a corps of volunteers to help rehearse and supervise the campers.

Each camp culminates in a performance for friends and family on the last day of the session. For the Art of Opera camp, the performance takes place at the Heinen Theatre on the Houston Community College central campus, complete with costumes, props, and lighting.

To register, visit houstongrandopera.org/community-programs/children. Spots are offered on a first come, first served basis. After-camp child care, consisting of fun musical and theater activities until 5:30 p.m., is offered for an additional $45/week. Scholarships are available to eligible students. For more information, contact Kathleen Staten at kstaten@hgo.org.



The Obsidian Theater, 3522 White Oak, presents the all-time classic 1984, by George Orwell and adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan, from June 1-17. From endless war, fake news and the surveillance state, 1984 speaks to us form the past about our future.

The play, which takes place in a dystopian future, revolves around the protagonist Winston Smith and his resistance to Big Brother, the Inner Party and its omnipresent government driven by surveillance, propaganda, and manipulation. In this taut adaptation of Orwell’s 1949 classic, Sullivan places Winston center stage at what could best be called his conversion, as party members act out scenes from his treasonous diary. Often categorized as science fiction, 1984 is, for many, a relevant and familiar reflection of our own world in turmoil. In Sullivan’s genius adaptation, the audience – the omni-present observer – will find themselves caught up in Winston’s narrative and complicit in his persecution. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit obsidiantheater.org.


Joel Anderson’s Violet Flambe. (Photo – Debra Ford (BODY WORLDS RX)


Ink&Image 2017, at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, June 3-July 5, highlights the breadth of contemporary printmaking with prints by seven Archway Gallery artists: Joel Anderson, Christie Coker, Kevin Cromwell, Mary Lee Gray, Harold Joiner, donna e perkins, and Shirl Riccetti. Ink&Image is a venue of the biennial city-wide series of exhibits and events celebrating the ancient art of printmaking, sponsored by the professional printmaking organization, PrintMatters.

Archway artists follow the ancient tradition of making marks as statements, including those of the stamped and stenciled hands found in caves and shelters on every continent of the world, except Antarctica. There are thousands of these stamped and stenciled prints made by men, women and children who lived as early as 40,000 years ago. These hand prints seem to say clearly, “We are here. We are.”

Ink&Image artists create art that explores the scope of making prints using relief, intaglio, monoprint, monotype, and combinations of these as well as experimental processes.

The Archway artists will be present at the opening reception on Saturday, June 3 from 5-8 p.m. to visit with viewers and explain their printmaking processes; the Artist Talk will be at 6:30 p.m. Complimentary valet parking and light refreshments will be available.


Colorful characters in a scene from Something Rotten! (Photo – Jeremy Daniel)


The completely original new musical Something Rotten! will play at BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center from June 6-11.

From the director of Aladdin and co-director of The Book of Mormon and the producer of Rent, Avenue Q and In the Heights, this hilarious new musical comedy tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s very first musical. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is an uproarious dose of pure Broadway fun and an irresistible ode to musicals.

Individual tickets begin at $30 and are available by phone at 800-982-2787, online at BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com, the Hobby Center Box Office at 800 Bagby and all Ticketmaster outlets. For more information, call 888-451-5986 or e-mail houston.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com.



This summer, expect to be engaged and invigorated when classical music’s rising stars perform major classical and contem­­­­porary works by luminaries including Daniel Catán, Chausson, Elgar, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Shostakovich and Strauss at the 28th Annual Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival (TMF).

The TMF “Cool & Classical” Orchestra Series, set for June 10, June 17, June 23-24 and July 1, will showcase the crème de la crème of pre-professional musicians here to study and perform with world-class conductors, soloists and faculty artists at the University of Houston (UH) Moores Opera House and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

The 2017 TMF Season will feature two TMF conductor debuts — Maestros Andrés Franco (Week 2) and Brett Mitchell (Week 3) Houston Symphony assistant conductor 2007-11 — and the return of audience favorites Franz Anton Krager and Daniel Hege. There will be some contemporary works, two of which are Houston premieres: György Ligeti: Concert Romanesc and Daniel Catán: Mariposa de Obsidiana (Obsidian Butterfly, an Aztec Goddess). The Catán work features soprano Cynthia Clayton, the festival chorus and orchestra for Opening Night. The centerpiece will be Clayton’s Mariposa and Escuchame (Listen to Me) from Florencia en el Amazonas (Florencia in the Amazon). The opera, co-commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, premiered here in 1996 and was the first Spanish-language opera commissioned by major U.S. opera houses.

Other season highlights include a guest solo by Lucie Robert, the violin virtuoso and pedagogue whose concert will celebrate her milestone 20th anniversary on the TMF Faculty; Modeste Mussorgsky/arr. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition showpiece; Esa-Pekka Salonen: L.A. Variations, first performed 20 years ago with Salonen conducting the LA Philharmonic; Edward Elgar: Variations on an original theme, Enigma; Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances; Maurice Ravel: La valse; and Richard Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier.

For tickets and complete schedule information, visit tmorg.edu.


The Houston Symphony’s summer line-up includes the ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights at Miller Outdoor Theatre.


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 magnificent fireworks will make for a patriotic Independence Day celebration.

For tickets and more information, visit houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.



The Houston Symphony celebrates the life and musical contributions of pop culture icon Prince on July 15 with an exceptional symphonic tribute to the artist’s eclectic music, complete with orchestra, live band and featured vocalist Marshall Charloff. The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street.

Prince’s unexpected death a year ago shocked fans across the world. Many of them remember his sheer stage presence, unprecedented talent and body of work that spans decades. One of the most iconic performers of the ‘80s, he wrote and released many mega hits including Let’s Go Crazy, Kiss, Purple Rain and When Doves Cry, several of which will be performed by the full orchestra.

For tickets and information, 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.


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.

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.


The Houston Symphony will perform the music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone while audience members watch the film.


As part of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series, the Houston Symphony will perform Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in concert at 7:30 p.m. July 21-22, at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street. The concert will feature the live orchestra performing, to picture, every note from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Audiences will be able to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a 40-foot screen while hearing the orchestra perform Academy Award-winning composer John Williams’ unforgettable film score.

Justin Freer, President of CineConcerts and producer/conductor of the Harry Potter Film Concert Series explains, “The Harry Potter film series is a once-in-a-lifetime cultural phenomenon that continues to delight millions of fans around the world. It is with great pleasure that we introduce for the first time ever an opportunity to experience the award-winning music scores played live by a symphony orchestra, all while the beloved film is simultaneously projected onto the big screen.”

For tickets and information, 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.


Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Suzanne Vega pays homage to renowned Southern writer Carson McCullers in Lover, Beloved.


Gregory Boyd, artistic director of the Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre announces eight productions for its 2017-2018 season including the premiere of three plays developed in the Alley All New Festival.

Subscribers can purchase a 5-play package containing Cleo, The Great Society, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Satchmo at the Waldorf, and Holmes and Watson; prices range from $125-$465. An 8-play package is also available containing all the plays in the 5-play package plus Describe The Night, Lover, Beloved and The Cake, with prices from $198-$649.

Single tickets for Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps can be purchased either online or by phone (713-220-5700). The remaining productions for the 2017-2018 Season will go on sale on Aug. 28. The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District.

Visit alleytheatre.org for more information.



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.

There is also a wonderful general line antique show in the second building so attendees get two shows in one. Dealers carry a wide range of general line antiques including furniture, linens, jewelry (including estate and costume), silver, quilts, and a myriad of other items. A glass repair booth will be available at the show for any slightly damaged items that need repair.

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.


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