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The Arts & Happenings May 2011

Rabbis Roy Walter and David Segal.



In honor of Rabbi Roy A. Walter’s retirement, Emanu El is orchestrating a tribute weekend, Love, Liturgy & Laughter — A Celebration of the Words and Deeds of Rabbi Roy A. Walter, beginning on May 20.

A special Sabbath service will be held at the synagogue, 1500 Sunset Blvd., on Friday at 8 p.m. Volunteers are creating a service based upon liturgy Rabbi Walter helped write during his career at Emanu El.

On Saturday at 10:30 a.m., a service will be written and conducted by rabbis who grew up at Emanu El, attended religious school at the synagogue, and were inspired and mentored by Rabbi Walter. A luncheon hosted by Emanu El auxiliaries will follow the service.

On Saturday evening, the celebration will continue at The Hobby Center with “Rabbi Roy A. Walter: One Singular Sensation” — a musical production featuring members of Emanu El singing original lyrics written by congregants. Tickets to the event begin at $75 and are available online at www.emanuelhouston.org.


Michelle Samour, Reflecting Pools: Beautiful Viruses, pigmented hand-poured paper/ vellum, light.



Truth and Transience: Michelle Samour is on exhibit in the Small Gallery at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft through May 15.

In Truth and Transience, Samour incorporates various media, such as handmade paper, painting and light boxes to create a unique and vibrant installation that is part science, part imagination. Upon entering the gallery, viewers find themselves surrounded by small, colorful circles of vellum. These circles seem to float and cluster along the gallery walls, reminiscent of cells and their interior parts when viewed under a microscope.

For additional information, go to www.crafthouston.org.



MAY 05

International Interior Design Association will hold its Third Annual Product Runway at Verizon Wireless Theater on May 5 from 7-10 p.m. The event is not only a fundraiser benefiting the Furniture Bank of Houston, but also the largest gathering of the best talent in the Houston architecture and design community.

A play off of the hit reality television series Project Runway, this national event challenges the creative minds of interior designers and architects to create couture garments from products they utilize in everyday projects including carpet, upholstery, tile and plastic laminate.

Artists include teams from Houston’s interior design firms, architecture firms, and design students. Each artist will design and construct couture garments, using materials and finishes provided by their garment labels (industry partners), to compete in a runway showdown.

Minerva Perez, former ABC13 KTRK anchor and host of Latina Voices, will serve as the master of ceremonies. General admission tickets are $30 and can be purchased by visiting www.iidaproduct­runway.com.



Arline Fisch, Paper Lanterns (detail), 2008. Coated copper wire.



This summer, visitors are invited to explore a beautiful world of shimmering wire jellyfish in Arline Fisch: Creatures from the Deep on view in the small gallery at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, June 4-July 30.

Bringing her work to a grand scale, Creatures from the Deep showcases Fisch’s use of knitting and crocheting techniques to create larger-than-life sea creatures made of wire. HCCC is hosting the touring version of this exhibition, which will transform the small gallery into a tranquil underwater world, with floating jellyfish of different colors and shapes.

Fisch has rarely created anything but jewelry. When planning this show, she took inspiration from the waters of Lake Michigan and decided to revisit her interest in the jellyfish form.

Fisch works with small-gauged coated wire, called magnet wire, which is used for industrial purposes. The colors of her works have been historically limited by the available colors of the wire. However, in recent years, manufacturers have realized the wire’s potential as a material for contemporary craft artists and have offered a much more diverse color range. Fisch incorporates this broader range into her jellyfish sculptures.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, June 10, from 5:30-8 p.m. (in conjunction with the opening of Crafting Live(s): 10 Years of Artists-in-Residence. The museum is located at 4848 Main Street. HCCC is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.


The Impact A Hero 5K Walk, Run and Wheel will be held on June 4.



Impact a Hero Weekend gives Houstonians an opportunity to join national celebrities in thanking severely wounded servicemen and women for sacrificing their minds, bodies and sometimes their lives.

Events planned include: Impact A Hero 5K Walk, Run and Wheel on Saturday, June 4, at 7:30 a.m. at Mercer Stadium in Sugar Land.

Houston Texans head football coach Gary Kubiak and several of his coaches and players will participate with wounded heroes. The Kids 1K Race will take place during the 5K Walk, Run and Wheel. Children will have fun running with the Texans mascot, Toro.

The Impact a Hero Hall of Fame Gala Dinner will be held on Sunday, June 5, at 5 p.m. at Sugar Land, Marriott Hotel.

On Monday, June 6, the Impact a Hero Golf Challenge at Champions Golf Club will begin at 10 a.m. Jackie Burke will serve as the honorary chairman. For more information, visit www.impactahero.org.


Jason Kishell. Lemon Growth. Porcelain, Indian rosewood and polymer.



Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents Crafting Live(s), the first alumni exhibition of its Artist Residency Program. This show celebrates the relatively short, yet rich, history of the program, which was the motivating force behind the institution’s founding in 2001. Approximately 35 former artists-in-residence chose to participate in the exhibition, working with guest curator Keelin Burrows, Windgate Charitable Foundation curatorial fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Crafting Live(s) features a wide variety of media and forms including installation, sculpture, video, functional and nonfunctional objects. Themes that emerge in the show are cross-cultural exchange, gender and the body, nature and the built environment, and historical and cultural traditions revived.

The exhibit will be on view from June 11-Sept. 3. An opening reception is set for Friday, June 10, 5:30-8 p.m. For more information, call 713-529-4848 or visit www.crafthouston.org.




Houston’s only monthly outdoor art and fine craft show is a staple of the Heights art scene. Nearly every art medium is represented, including artist-designed clothing; cards and stationery; oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; international photography and jewelry of unparalleled quality. Artists working in glass, ceramic, paper, metal and wood can be found at the market, offering work in a variety of styles.

Located on the Wind Water Gallery parking lot at 548 West 19th St. at Lawrence Street, the market is open year-around on the first Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. October through May. Admission and nearby parking are free.



May 13-15, the Houston Symphonyoffers Exploring Mahler 10 with Hans Graf as conductor and Brian Newhouse as host. Through musical examples and images, Hans Graf and Brian Newhouse, host of American Public Media’s SymphonyCast, explore Deryck Cooke’s completion of Mahler’s unfinished final masterpiece.

As impressive as anything the composer ever wrote, Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is rich in expansive melodies, beautiful lyricism and extraordinary brilliance. Returning to Houston, charismatic cellist Alisa Weilerstein brings her passionate interpretation to Dvořák’s masterpiece with performances on May 19, 21 and 22.

For more information, go to www.houstonsymphony.org.



MAY 14

The Houston Take Steps walk will take place at 4 p.m. on May 14 at Discovery Green. Activities include food, yoga instruction, a raw food cooking course, a nutritionist presentation, moon bounce, face painting, DJ, live performances and other fun activities.

The 2011 goal is to raise awareness and funds for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. For additional information, go to www.ccfa.org.




There’s something for everyone 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.

Upcoming events include: Cinco de Mayo Celebration, May 1, 8 p.m. A celebration of folkloric and flamenco dance, the evening also features a performance from Mariachi Azteca de America, live conjunto music and more.

Highlights of Houston Ballet, May 6-8, 8 p.m. Three diverse works from two of today’s most sought-after choreographers — Stanton Welch and Christopher Bruce.

Romeo and Juliet, May 9-12, 11 a.m. Shakespeare’s popular story of two star-crossed lovers, adapted from Gounod’s opera. Appropriate for all ages.

¡Ritmo Latino!, May 13, 8 p.m. Society for the Performing Arts presents Ely Guerra, one of the most original and intriguing musicians in Mexican rock,

The Grass Roots, May 14, 8 p.m. The Grass Roots band performs hit after Top 40 hit. The Fab 5 opens.

Madame Butterfly, May 20 and May 22, 8 p.m. One of the world’s most popular and beloved operas, featuring Ana María Martínez, the HGO Orchestra, Chorus and members of HGO Studio.

Your Name Means the Sea, May 21, 8 p.m. An American artist and Azerbaijani singer weave a tale about the strength of new love and beautiful art which overcomes the barriers of ethnic and religious differences.

Dancin’ In the Streets: Motown & More Revue, May 26-29, 8:15 p.m. Explosive R&B revue featuring the best Texas artists performing legendary soul hits.

For a complete schedule, visit www.milleroutdoortheatre.com.




Theatre Suburbia presents A Murder is Announced, a mystery by Leslie Darbon through May 14.

Re-Enter Agatha Christie with another of her fiendishly ingenious murder mysteries featuring her charming sleuth, the elderly spinster Miss Jane Marple.

For more information, go to www.theatresuburbia.org.



MAY 19

Making It Better and Looking Good Doing It, a fundraising cocktail party and style show with summer fashions from Dillard’s and Social Butterfly, will be held on Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Decorative Center Houston, 5120 Woodway.

Making It Better is a Houston area nonprofit established to improve the quality of life for low income, at-risk children by offering academic intervention, positive activities and role models.

Underwriting and sponsorship opportunities are available. For additional information, call 832-814-6054 or go to www.mibtx.org.



Discovery Green is the place to be for an exciting array of free exercise, cultural and family events throughout the month of May. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., the downtown Houston green space continues to attract Houstonians of all ages.

Recycling Saturdays are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Bring glass, paper, plastic and aluminum to a recycling station at Discovery Green.

Discovery Green Thursday Concert Series presented by Capital One Bank returns. The free, family-friendly concerts begin May 19 and run most Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. through June 30. There will be no concert on June 16; instead, watch the U.S. Senior Olympic Opening Ceremony at the park.

A complete list of classes and events can be found at www.discoverygreen.com. Get weekly programming updates by signing up for Discovery Green’s e-newsletter.



MAY 27-28

This year, the annual Studio School Art Sale and Exhibition at the MFAH Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose Blvd., will take place May 27-28 on the first floor of the Glassell School. The event showcases the best Studio School student works from the 2010-11
school year.

The exhibition and sale opens to the public Friday, May 27, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and continues throughout the day on Saturday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

MFAH Art Crowd members have the first opportunity to buy works of art at a private party on Thursday, May 26, from 7 to 9 p.m. For information, e-mail artcrowd@mfah.org or call 713-639-7551.



MAY 28

When the Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid opens May 28, both first-time guests and regular Rainforest Pyramid patrons will marvel at the $25 million in enhancements that have transformed the attraction into a tropical paradise unlike any other in the nation.

As educational as it is entertaining, the Rainforest Pyramid is designed to inspire guests to join the ongoing race to save the rainforest. This one-of-a-kind attraction is central to the Moody Gardens conservation and education mission, and it is an expression of gratitude to the disappearing rainforests of the world. As one of the few authentic indoor rainforest replicas in the world, it hosts myriad plants and animals commonly found in African, Asian and American rainforests.

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




The Texas Thunder 2nd Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 3, at Longwood Golf Course with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

A variety of sponsorship levels are available that include 4-member teams, hole and banner recognition, lunch, beverages and mulligans per player and much more.

Proceeds go toward a trip to USFA Nationals in Panama City, Fla. For more information, contact Derek at dshaw@post-rentals.com.




Houston’s 7th Annual Wine & Food Week is scheduled for June 6-11. Texas’ largest, most comprehensive epicurean extravaganza celebrates Southern cuisine.

One of the top 10 destination culinary and wine events in the U.S., the event features more than 500 wines, 50 restaurants, legendary wine producers and culinary personalities from around the globe, and a vast collection of specialty beers and gourmet food purveyors.

The big three not-to-be-missed events include the H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street, a taste and stroll experience in a European-style center featuring wine and light bites at more than 40 tasting stations; Sips, Suds & Sliders, a Texas-size celebration featuring live music, specialty beers, value wines and a gourmet slider competition; and the ultimate adult evening: The Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Texas Monthly Chef Showcase where guests sample delectable cuisine and hundreds of wines as chefs representing more than 50 restaurants compete for Wine & Food Week’s Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs Award and a $5,000 cash and prize package.

For ticket information and a complete schedule, visit www.wineandfoodweek.com or call 713-557-5732.



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 market at Discovery takes 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.

For more information, visit www.discoverygreen.com.

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