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The Arts & Happenings March 2017

The River Oaks Garden Club Azalea Trail features a multitude of blooms on trails like this one in the Carla Garden at Bayou Bend.


Celebrate the arrival of Spring in Houston at River Oaks Garden Club’s 82nd Annual Azalea Trail, “Blooms of Spring in Full Swing,” Friday – Sunday, March 10-12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Each year, the Azalea Trail attracts thousands of visitors from Texas and surrounding states, providing access to some of the city’s most impressive residences and gardens, all located within the River Oaks neighborhood.

This year’s Azalea Trail will include six locations: four private residences, Bayou Bend, Rienzi, and River Oaks Garden Club’s Forum of Civics venue.

The opening will be held on Friday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. at the front gate of Bayou Bend Gardens, 2940 Lazy Lane. This year’s trail will honor all past chairmen of previous Azalea Trails.

Invite friends and make a day of it as you gather grand ideas for your own homes and gardens. Tickets are $20 before March 1 and $25 after March 1. They can be purchased at the Forum of Civics at 2503 Westheimer, retail outlets around Houston, and at the event destinations during the trail. To learn more, visit riveroaksgardenclub.org.


The art of Ana Kane will be featured at The Jung Center throughout March.


Mexican artist Ana Kane is on a journey to unravel her inner self through her art. “Floating Woman” features deeply personal work with paintings of egg tempera and oil on canvas and drawings of watercolor and ink on paper. She mines content from her subconscious as she contemplates ancestral influences, her Mexican, female identity, beauty, fear, and desire.

This exhibit will be on display from March 2-28 at the Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd. The public is invited to a gallery reception on Saturday, March 4, from 6-8 pm.

For more than 50 years, The Jung Center has served as a nonprofit resource offering dynamic and compelling classes – “continuing education for the human spirit” – on a diverse range of psychological, artistic, and intellectual topics.

The Jung Center’s building was originally designed as an art gallery and mounts approximately nine exhibits of work by both established and emerging artists each year. The Jung Center is an active member of the Houston Museum District. Admission to the gallery and opening receptions is free and open to the public.



Entries are now open for the 30th annual Rodeo Run, with proceeds from the event benefiting the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund. Since the Rodeo Run began in 1988, $4.8 million has been contributed to the Show’s educational programs.

The Rodeo Run is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, followed by the Downtown Rodeo Parade through the streets of Houston. There are several different ways to participate: 5K walk/run, 10K run, 5K/10K wheelchair race, virtual runner or donor. All entries in the 5K and 10K, as well as virtual runners, receive the official Rodeo Run T-shirt.

Early bird registration is open online through Thursday, Feb. 16. Fees to register are as follows: 5K walk/run: $30 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee); 10K: $30 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee); and virtual runner: $30 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee).

Late registration is available online from Friday, Feb. 17, to Friday, March 3, at noon: 5k walk/run: $35 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee) or 10k: $35 (plus a convenience and optional mailing fee)

Online registration ends Friday, March 3 at noon. Participants may register in person at Luke’s Locker, 1953 West Gray, from Wednesday, March 1, through Friday, March 3.

There is no packet pickup on the day of the race, Saturday, March 4. If packet mailing is not chosen during registration, participants MUST pick up their race packets at Luke’s Locker (1953 West Gray) on Wednesday, March 1, through Friday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit rodeohouston.com/rodeorun to register or for more information, including race day schedule and route.


Nathan Williams, clarinetist will perform March 5.


The following performances by the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) are scheduled for March:

ROCO Unchambered, “Schubert Octet,” March 5 at 5 p.m. at MATCH Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main St. $25 general admission; $15 students. The Octet features ROCO clarinetist Nathan Williams and seven of his friends. Scored for clarinet, bassoon, horn, two violins, viola, cello and double bass, the work is the largest of Schubert’s chamber works and hails from the same period as his famed Rosamunde and Death and the Maiden string quartets.

ROCO Connections, “Roots, Reeds, & Rhapsody,” March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd. $25 general admission; $15 students, ROCO and ASTC members. ROCO clarinetist Maiko Sasaki is the featured artist. The program includes Sergei Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody, Béla Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances, Claude Debussy’s Pagodas from Estampes, Zhou Long’s Song of the Ch’in and Bright Sheng’s Concertino for Clarinet and String Quartet.

ROCO In Concert, “Double Trouble,” March 31 at 7:30 p.m. at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Woodlands Dr., Spring. $35 general admission; $25 seniors and TWUMC members; $15 students. Led by conductor Steven Jarvi, with Scott St. John returning as concertmaster, the concert features the world premiere of Alexander Miller’s Concert Grosso for double reeds, a ROCO commission.

For tickets and more information on all concerts, visit roco.org.


The Houston Choral Society (HCS) is a nonprofit professional-quality civic chorus that serves the greater Houston area.


The Houston Choral Society (HCS) celebrates the rich and varied repertoire of American choral music with its two performances of “Americana” on Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, March 12 at 3 p.m., at The Foundry United Methodist Church.

This uplifting spring concert, directed by HCS Artistic Director Dr. Kevin M. Klotz, features “Frostiana: Seven Country Songs,” a seven-movement choral piece based on the text of seven of Robert Frost’s poems: “The Road Not Taken,” “The Pasture,” “Come In,” “The Telephone,” “A Girl’s Garden,” “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening,” and “Choose Something Like a Star.”

“Robert Frost (1874-1963) is known for his poems of everyday life, rural tradition and nature, but also for instilling meaning in every aspect of his poetry,” explained Dr. Klotz. “Randall Thompson (1899-1984) endeavored to match his music to Frost’s poetic style and textural meaning. As a result, “Frostiana” has the same appealing, colloquial elements found in Frost’s poetry, with music that the audience is sure to find delightful and intriguing.”

The 72-member ensemble will also sing American folk songs and spirituals, James Erb’s “Shenandoah,” Thompson’s “Alleluia,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Dr. Klotz will present a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. before the Saturday concert to give attendees an insight into the music and legacy of Randall Thompson.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors/students/veterans, and $10 for children ages 5 and younger. Group rates are available. Tickets are available online at houstonchoral.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. The Foundry United Methodist Church is one of the premier choral venues in Houston with extraordinary acoustics. It is located in northwest Houston at 8350 Jones Road.


Kelli O’Hara and Hoon Lee in the famous ballroom dance scene from The King and I.


Ambassador Theatre Group and NETworks Presentations LLC announce that Laura Michelle Kelly (Anna Leonowens) and Jose Llana (King of Siam) will lead the national tour of the Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I that will play Houston’s Hobby Center for the Performing Arts March 14-19. Tickets begin at $35 and are available by phone 800-982-2787; at BroadwayAtTheHobby­Cen­ter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org; the Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby); and all Ticketmas­ter outlets. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.


Yelena Dyachek as Dominique de Menil.


Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present the world premiere of Some Light Emerges, a chamber opera created by the acclaimed team of composer Laura Kaminsky and librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, on March 16-17 at 7:30 p.m., at the Ballroom at Bayou Place, 500 Texas St. Some Light Emerges celebrates Houston’s iconic Rothko Chapel, which is internationally known as a home for a major artist’s work, an ecumenical sanctuary, and a global rallying place for human rights. Some Light Emerges will be HGO’s 63rd world premiere and is presented under the auspices of HGOco, which connects the company’s creative resources with the diverse and vibrant Houston community. Some Light Emerges will be directed by Robin Guarino and conducted by HGO Head of Music Staff Bradley Moore. Tickets are $25 and are available at HGO.org or by phone at 713-228-OPERA (6737).



Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) has announced its 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala: Bringing the Greatest Shows on Earth. Co-Chairs are Stephany Olsen LeGrand and Curt Karges and Janet and Bill Swanstrom, along with Honorary Chairs Katherine and Paul Murphy and Sharon and Tim Taylor. The event will honor Marc and Brenda Watts for their dedication and hard work to SPA. The SPA Gala is slated for Saturday, April 1. Wortham Theater will be transformed into a lively and whimsical circus setting for the evening, including a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by Skyrocket.

The SPA Gala is one of the highlights of the Houston social season. Marking the occasion of its Golden Anniversary, the gala will celebrate 50 years of “bringing the world’s best to Houston,” with a look back at the iconic performances of SPA’s five-decade legacy as well as looking to the future of the performing arts.

Proceeds from the Gala will further SPA’s mission in presenting the world’s best artists and performances to Houston audiences and in expanding award-winning Education and Community Engagement programs, which reach over 70,000 students and educators each year.

Founded in 1966, Society for the Performing Arts is the largest independent nonprofit presenting organization in the Southwest. Since its inception, SPA has sponsored more than 850 performances of the world’s finest music, dance and theater events, with the belief that the arts are fundamental to the overall enrichment and quality of life within the community. In addition to presenting artists, SPA provides a variety of learning experiences for adults and children through master classes, lectures and special student performances, as well as builds relationships between the performing arts and other interests within the greater Houston area and throughout the state of Texas.

Tickets begin at $600 per person (limited seating), and tables begin at $6,000. Many underwriting opportunities are available with meaningful benefits. For more information regarding the Gala, call 713-632-8103 or email lena@spahouston.org.


David Paul, Channel 11 Chief Meteorologist, and his wife, Miranda, will serve as emcees for the event.


The excitement is building for the 2017 Covenant House Texas Gala coordinated by the CHT Guild of volunteers. The theme this year is “Let Them All Eat Cake,” a night of French fun and whimsy to provide homeless and at-risk youth a chance at the American Dream. Covenant House Texas has been helping youth under the age of 21 with shelter, services and programs for over 33 years. The gala is scheduled for April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Omni Hotel.

Gala honorees are Julie and Jay Rogers and IBC Bank. Jay and Julie are longtime supporters of CHT and IBC Bank, where Jay is an executive, has been a great partner to CHT donating thousands of dollars over the years.

The CHT Guild coordinates all of the fun holiday activities for the kids as well as the wonderful gala to raise funds. Two of the CHT youth will be speaking and guests won’t want to miss their stories of courage. As the number one fundraising event for Covenant House Texas, the annual Gala helps make it possible for CHT to continue providing homeless and runaway youth with the services and programs they need to be successful.

Table sponsorships and tickets are available, as well as the opportunity to donate items for the silent auction. Visit covenanthousetx.org to purchase tickets. For more information, contact Kate Ryther at 713-630-5636 or at


Lyle Lovett


The Blue Bird Circle has announced its annual gala, An Affair to Remember. Co-Chairs Laura Kent and Terry Agris, along with The Blue Bird Circle are planning the bash of the season. The Gala is slated for Friday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m., at River Oaks Country Club. The attire is Western Chic, Texas Tux or Black Tie. Festivities will include a gourmet dinner, exclusive live auctions, and a live performance by Lyle Lovett. The Blue Bird Circle Gala is one of the highlights of the Houston social season and will be a fun and festive evening supporting Texas Children’s Hospital Neurology Department.

Tickets begin at $500 per person (limited seating), and tables begin at $5,000. Many underwriting opportunities are available with meaningful benefits.  For more information, contact Tammy at 713-528-0470 ext. 34 or bbcgala2017@gmail.com


Volunteers will be making over 500 baskets and 5,000 eggs.


Easter Holiday wouldn’t be the same without decorated baskets and colorful eggs. But here in Houston, Easter just wouldn’t be Easter if those baskets and eggs weren’t made by the dedicated women of the Blue Bird Circle.

Since 1923, Blue Bird Circle has employed the services of hundreds of its volunteers to hand-decorate baskets and hand-paint Easter eggs to help usher in the holiday. The baskets, which sell out before they can be restocked, are covered with brightly colored crepe paper accented by flowers, which are also made of crepe paper. The eggs run the gamut of color and design.

Each basket takes about four hours to make and training and practice are required to make one. This year volunteers will be making over 500 baskets and 5,000 eggs. The Easter baskets cost $18 and a set of six hand-painted eggs cost $12 plus tax. For more information, call Blue Bird Resale Shop at 713-528-0470. They are sold at the following vendors:

  • Blue Bird Circle Resale Shop:  615 West Alabama 713-528-0470
  • Berings:  6102 Westheimer, 713-785-6400
  • Berings (Weslayan Plaza):   3900 Bissonnet, 713-665-0500
  • Briargrove Pharmacy:  6435 San Felipe, 713-782-5704
  • Gorman Cleaners:  8901 Katy Cleaners, 713-468-4333
  • Leibman’s:  14529 Memorial Drive, 281-300-7012
  • Rice Food Market:  2020 Fountainview, 713-783-8203
  • Texas Children’s Hospital Gift Shops,  832-824-2259, Main Campus and West Houston Campus


Renal Arteries will be on display, along with other inner workings of the human body.


Houstonians will be able to explore the innate intricacies of the human body through more than 75 real human specimens that have been preserved through the process of Plastination. In its new exhibit, BODY WORLDS RX: Prescriptions for Healthy Living, The Health Museum showcases a spectacular journey into the human body for the first time in Houston.

Visitors will experience an up close and personal look at how the body responds to common diseases like diabetes, back pain, skin cancer, colon cancer, heart disease, lung disease, and eating disorders, among others.

“This traveling exhibit brings Houstonians the closest look at the inner workings of the human body without having to step into a laboratory or other medical environment,” says Dr. Melanie Johnson, president and CEO of The Health Museum. “Every single specimen in this exhibit has been preserved to maintain its integrity, and our hope is that it will inspire members of the community to make healthier choices in their own lives.”

BODY WORLDS RX runs until Sunday, April 23, at The Health Museum, located at 1515 Hermann Drive.

Created by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, inventor of Plastination science and creator of the BODY WORLDS exhibitions, the exhibit features Plastination, a complex technique that removes the fluids from the body and replaces them with plastics that harden. The human specimens on display at The Health Museum show impressive comparisons and contrasts between healthy bodies and organs and those stricken with disease – from organs to muscles to the nervous system and to skeletal structures. For more information, visit thehealthmuseum.org.


Hundreds of quilts will be on display for you to examine or purchase at the third annual St. Mary’s Quilt Show.

The third Annual St. Mary’s Quilt Show is scheduled for April 28-29. Quilts will be displayed in St. Mary’s historic painted Church in Plantersville. You can walk the grounds of the gardens, visit vendors in the church hall and have a snack and/or lunch at the Dresden Plate Cafe.

No admission will be charged to view the quilts; however, donations are welcome. Proceeds of the Quilt Show will be donated
to the St. Vincent DePaul Society of St. Mary/St. Joseph.

The public may enter a quilt in the show and offer it for sale, if desired. This show will not be judged and no monetary prizes will be given. There will be a ribbon awarded for “People’s Choice” quilt. Sponsors may also award a ribbon for their favorite quilt.

The Gala Preview Dinner is on Thursday, April 27. Cocktails, appetizers and a three-course dinner will be served. After dinner, attendees will preview the quilts in the church.

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available. For tickets or more information, visit stmarysquiltshow.com.


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