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The Arts & Happenings March 2016

The cast of Disney’s Mary Poppins.

The cast of Disney’s Mary Poppins.


Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents Disney’s Mary Poppins on March 8 – 20 at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts, Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby St. The show is a magical, musical, chim-chim-chiroo-sical. Based on the novel by P. L. Travers, no sugar is needed to help this musical go down. This “practically perfect” portrayal of Disney’s Mary Poppins treats audiences to the cherished story of a very special nanny.

Armed with song, dance and trusty umbrella, Mary Poppins and her sooty sidekick, Bert, transform the unhappy world of a banker’s two children into a magical new fantasyland. Full of chimney sweeps, statues that come to life, and toys that think for themselves, this wondrous, Tony Award-winning musical soars to the highest height. In a word? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Tickets range in price from $30 – $124.50 and can be bought online at tuts.com or by calling 713-558-TUTS.


The Miso Yummy food truck, one of 35 options, will be parked at the festival.

The Miso Yummy food truck, one of 35 options, will be parked at the festival.


The 6th Annual Haute Wheels Food Truck Festival is set for March 19-20 on the Houston Community College (HCC) Southwest West Loop Campus, 5601 West Loop South. Hours are 12-5 p.m. on both days. Benefitting the HCC Foundation, this festival celebrates the 100th anniversary of the National Park System with a focus on the Great Outdoors. The largest gathering of food trucks in Houston with 35 food trucks will also feature a host of outdoor activities, a beer and wine garden, a live music stage, a vendor village a Kid’s Zone and more.

Grab a group of hungry friends and plan your outing in advance. The best strategy is to eat family style with dishes from a variety of trucks. Most trucks will also serve a sample portion and streamline their menus so patrons can sample a variety of food. A wide variety of culinary creations including gluten-free and vegan menus are offered. Choose from gourmet hot dogs and burgers, Korean BBQ tacos, Kimchi quesadillas, Creole cuisine, gourmet egg rolls, and more in one location. For those with a sweet tooth, expect lots of yummy cupcakes, fresh mini pies, hand-spun milkshakes and homemade chocolate truffles.

Tickets are $16 for adults, which include $5 worth of beverage tickets, music and $1 donation to the HCC Foundation. Children 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets and find a complete list of food trucks and entertainment at hautewheelshouston.com. Tickets are limited.


Junior League members -Suit Up- by giving donations


The Junior League of Houston, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. This year, the Junior League of Houston will contribute over $2 million in volunteer time and direct financial support to the community. Through the League’s Community Program, funding and trained volunteers the organization supports 38 community projects which address a variety of needs and causes including: basic needs, abuse of women and children, healthcare, education and cultural enrichment. For more information, please visit www.jlh.org or call 713.622.4191.

Dress for Success Houston, founded in 1998 by Nancy Levicki and Susie Cunningham, was established to provide low-income women seeking employment appropriate interview suits and career development resources with the goal of becoming economically self-sufficient. Since the organization’s inception, more than 32,500 women in the Houston metropolitan area have been served. The goal this year is to provide 12,800 units of service to 2,800 Houston-area women. An independent 501(c)(3) corporation registered in the state of Texas, Dress for Success Houston is part of an international network of almost 150 affiliates. For more information, please visit www.dfshouston.org or call 713.957.3779.



AIDS Foundation Houston’s (AFH) signature fundraising event in the fight against HIV/AIDS, presented by Marathon Oil, takes place on Sunday, March 6 at Sam Houston Park in Downtown Houston. Funds raised help local HIV/AIDS service organizations provide programs and services to thousands of Houstonians impacted. A goal of $600,000 has been set and more than 6,000 Houstonians are expected to gather to remember family and friends and to honor those living with HIV/AIDS.

AIDS Foundation Houston, now in its 34th year, is the first organization in Texas to provide dedicated HIV education and services. AIDS Walk Houston is the agency’s largest annual fundraiser and raises awareness of HIV and AIDS related issues within the greater Houston community.

The 5K walk benefits HIV/AIDS services organizations and supports almost 30,000 Houstonians currently living with HIV/AIDS. Proceeds provide individuals with education, pediatric programs, housing, food, medical care, counseling and job training. Benefitting agencies include: AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc.; Baylor College of Medicine – Teen Health Clinic; Bering Omega Community Services; Bering Support Network; Brentwood Community Foundation; Change Happens!; FLAS, Inc.; Lazarus House; LIVE Consortium; Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church; and the T.R.U.T.H. Project, Inc. Additional organizations that would benefit from participating are invited
to apply.

Registration begins at noon on Sunday, March 6, and the walk will kick off at 1 p.m. A festival with live music and food trucks will follow this year’s walk. For more information, visit AIDSHelp.org.


Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos will perform at Cullen Theater on March 19.

Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos will perform at Cullen Theater on March 19.


Da Camera’s jazz series continues with the long-awaited first Houston appearance by Guillermo Klein, one of the most original artists to emerge on the international scene in recent years. The Argentine composer and pianist is noted for distinctive compositions featuring dazzling rhythms, lush harmonic layers and rich melodies. Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos make their first Houston appearance Saturday, March 19 at 8 p.m. at Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center.

An 11-piece band, Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos (“The Bastards”) bridges jazz and what Klein calls “folkloric futurism.” Klein’s recordings include Live in Barcelona (2005), Filtros (2008) and his latest, Carrera (2012). Klein’s work has drawn an enthusiastic response from critics.

Following the triumphant release of his recording Live from Moscow: Solzhenitsyn Plays Prokofiev, renowned pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn performs two of the great Russian composer’s sonatas in Solzhenitsyn and Prokofiev: The War Years, Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. at The Menil Collection. The sonatas were written after Prokofiev’s return home to Stalinist Russia following 18 years of exile. Solzhenitsyn performs the Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83 and the Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84. The pianist joins Da Camera Artistic and General Director Sarah Rothenberg in a post-concert discussion.

Da Camera’s jazz series continues with SFJAZZ Collective celebrating the music of Michael Jackson on April 16.

Tickets are available by contacting Da Camera, 1402 Sul Ross, at 713-524-5050 or online at dacamera.com. Tickets for students, teachers and senior citizens are always half-price.


Bayou Greenway Day 2015 at Mason Park drew thousands of people who enjoyed cycling, running, kayaking, music, food and many other activities throughout the day.

Bayou Greenway Day 2015 at Mason Park drew thousands of people who enjoyed cycling, running, kayaking, music, food and many other activities throughout the day.


Houston Parks Board will host the second annual Bayou Greenway Day, a free outdoor festival for the whole family on Saturday, March 26 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at T.C. Jester Park at White Oak Bayou Greenway, 4201 T.C. Jester Blvd. This event is rain or shine. All are invited to participate in this community event along White Oak Bayou Greenway presented by Noble Energy. Bayou Greenway Day 2016 is a celebration of Houston’s bayou corridors as a place for recreation and play. The festival will showcase Bayou Greenways 2020, a citywide, $220 million project to transform the bayous that will connect Houstonians to parks and greenspaces – and each other.

Families will be able to walk, bike, run, stroll, play and paddle along White Oak Bayou Greenway, the star of this year’s event. Event programming provided by nonprofits and neighborhood organizations will include bike rides; a marching band; lawn games; coloring stations; interactive children’s activities; kayaking demonstrations and much more.

For event updates, visit bayougreenwayday.org.



Houston Arboretum’s Spring Break Camp with the theme “MicroWorld,” is now taking applications for children ages 5 through 12 for the week of March 14-18. Both half-day and full day sessions are available, with children grouped by age. Members will receive discounted tuition.

“Spring Break Camp is a wonderful diversion for kids during time off from school, providing both entertainment and education,” says Debbie Markey, Houston Arboretum executive director. “We hope parents will consider sending their elementary-aged kids for a full week of micro-exploration with our knowledgeable staff and volunteers.”

To learn more, visit houstonarboretum.org­/become-a-member.



TUTS Underground presents The Sweet Potato Queens, a new musical based on the Sweet Potato Queens® books by Jill Conner Browne, makes its world premiere on the TUTS Underground stageon March 17-27 at The Hobby Center for Performing Arts – Zilkha Hall, 800 Bagby St.

Journey along with main character, Jill, as she and her friends face many of life’s challenges and learn to celebrate what makes each of them special. This decidedly southern story offers audiences a universal message of human empowerment showing how life can change when you listen to your heart.

Tickets range from $25-$50, and can be purchased online at tutsunderground.com or by phone at 713-558-TUTS (8887).


CabaretStudio 54


As part of its 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present, direct from Broadway, the national tour of the Tony Award-winning production of Cabaret, playing March 21-27, as part of the 2015-2016 Season of Broadway at the Hobby Center Sponsored by Bank of America.

John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s musical features some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Cabaret is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd – and to leave their troubles outside.

Tickets are available at the Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby), all Ticketmaster outlets, TheHobbyCenter.org or BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com.


Kinky Friedman

Kinky Friedman


Kinky Friedman, the colorful Texas Country singer, songwriter, humorist, cowboy and best-selling mystery writer, will be center stage Saturday, March 26 at 8 p.m., for “An Evening with Kinky Friedman Bene­fitting Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston” at the 1894 Grand Opera House in Galves­ton. He will perform signature songs from his celebrated 40-year music career, plus selections from his new CD, “The Loneliest Man I Ever Met.”

“Little Jewford,” Kinky’s illustrious piano-playing sidekick and original band member of the renowned “Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys,” will open the bill.

The event will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the historic Congregation Beth Jacob Galveston, the “Shul (Synagogue) by the Shore.” The Congregation nearly met its demise in 2008 after Hurricane Ike ravaged its buildings.

“The Loneliest Man I Ever Met,” Kinky’s first new studio album in 30 years, has received accolades in reviews in publications ranging from Rolling Stone and Newsweek magazines to The Wall St. Journal. Kinky has recorded 11 albums and published 35 books, in addition to being an occasional Texas politician. He also advocates for animal welfare and is a co-founder of the Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch.

Concert benefit tickets, priced from $45-$100, are available at thegrand.com/­calendar.asp. The 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Post Office Street. For more information, go to galvestonshul.org or call 409-762-4545.


Franz X. Winterhalter, Madame Rimsky-Korsakov, 1864, oil on canvas, Musee d’Orsay, Paris, on permanent loan from the Louvre.

Franz X. Winterhalter, Madame Rimsky-Korsakov, 1864, oil on canvas, Musee d’Orsay, Paris, on permanent loan from the Louvre.


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, opens High Society: The Portraits of Franz X. Winterhalter, an exhibition of some 45 paintings by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805–1873), the most renowned portraitist of the courts of Europe during his day.

Throughout the course of his career, Winterhalter captured the elegance of his aristocratic sitters with an unrivalled brilliance of technique and sensitivity of touch. Complementing his canvases are a number of garments fashioned by sought-after 19th-century couturier Charles Frederick Worth (1825–1895) and several of his contemporaries. Featuring works drawn from public, private, and royal collections around the world, the exhibition is on view in Houston from April 17 to Aug. 14 between its presentation at the Städtische Museen Freiburg, Germany, and the Musée du Château de Compiègne, France.

High Society showcases some 45 master paintings by Winterhalter, including such iconic works as the 1857 portrait of lieutenant Édouard André dressed in his military best and the 1865 full-length formal portrait of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, arguably the grandest of Winterhalter’s depictions of royal sitters. Accompanying these works are a selection of 10 garments designed by Worth and his contemporaries that, together with the fashions featured in Winterhalter’s portraits, epitomize 19th-century haute couture.

For more information or for tickets, visit mfah.org or call 713-639-7300.



Art Benefits, Inc. will host the Inspirations Charity Art Show on Saturday, March 26 from 6-11 p.m. at The Marque, in CityCentre.

The Insprirations Charity Art Show is an event to promote four of Houston’s up-and-coming artists, and to support the Wounded Warrior Project. Featured artists are Donny Cal, pop artist; Rob Gladstone, digital artist; Meredith Richey, memory artist; and John Whaley, Jr., visual artist. The event offers attendees an opportunity to discover talented local artists, purchase original works of art and enjoy a complimentary cocktail and light appetizers at one of Houston’s most luxurious business social clubs, The Marque, in CityCentre. Tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com/e/inspirations-charity-art-show-tickets-20146729410.



On Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m., Houston Food Bank invites the public to its 16th annual Chef’s Dinner at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. This year’s Chefs’ Dinner, chaired by Cynthia D. Craft, will feature a multi-course dinner prepared by several of the finest chefs in Houston.

For 800,000 Houstonians each year, however, fine dining is something much simpler, though no less appreciated –– a meal made from food provided by Houston Food Bank partner agencies. For more information visit HoustonFoodBank.org/ChefsDinner or call 713-547-8622.



The Salvation Army Women’s Auxilary’s ultimate resale extravaganza, “Reflections on Style,” will be held at River Oaks Country Club on Tuesday, April 12. The theme for the luncheon is “Fashion and Flowers.” Leading the helm is Ginger Blanton, and Jane Wise is being honored for her generous support and longtime service to the auxiliary.

The luncheon and runway show features the Chic Boutique, which showcases “gently worn” or new designer clothes for sale, such as Valentino, Armani, Escada, Chanel and many more. The 2016 Chic Boutique co-chairs are Maureen Higdon and Pam Sengelmann. For more information, contact sara.zachary@uss.salvationarmy.org.

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