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The Arts & Happenings May 2014

julianne & derek hough



Superstar siblings Julianne and Derek Hough will star in their own all-new dance production, Move Live on Tour, with a stop at Bayou Music Center on June 4. This is a complete stage production, with sets, costumes and a cast of dancers, with the Houghs headlining in solo, duet and group performances in styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop and everything in-between.

The pair, both of whom are also accomplished singers and musicians, promise musical surprises and special guest appearances in a show they describe as “a cross between a Broadway spectacular and the hippest, coolest dance party you’ve ever been to.” The Houghs and their tour troupe will also be going into local communities on the tour to engage local dance groups and nonprofit organizations to include them in the whole “MOVE” experience in order to encourage and celebrate dance. To purchase tickets, go to moveliveontour.com. VIP packages will be available through VIPNation.com, giving fans the chance to purchase premium tickets, including backstage tours, pre-show parties and meet and greet opportunities with Julianne and Derek.

Sashimi Tabernacle Choir by Larry Carpenter.

Sashimi Tabernacle Choir by Larry Carpenter.



The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art will host the 27th Annual Art Car Parade May 8-10. What started out as a small caravan of like-minded artists and individuals over a quarter century ago has blossomed into one of the largest and most beloved events in the city of Houston all year, drawing an estimated crowd of more than 300,000 on parade day.

Over the past 27 years, the Houston Art Car Parade has received national and international attention as being the premier celebration of self-expression and “the drive to create” — a representation of Houston’s unique entrepreneurial and creative spirit. This year the Houston Art Car Parade will showcase nearly 250 entries — almost half of which have never participated in the parade before.

An annual Houston Art Car Parade Weekend tradition, the Main Street Drag on May 8, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., brings the parade to the people, allowing those who may be unable to attend Saturday’s parade an opportunity to preview some of the participating Art Cars, meet with the artists, and experience first-hand the “Drive to Create!” This year, the Main Street Drag will run along four routes throughout Houston and stop at schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and other locations.

This year the Orange Show is bringing the Legendary Art Car Ball back to Downtown Houston. Presented by Arts Brookfield, the Ball will take place Friday, May 9, from 6-11 p.m. at the One and Two Allen Center lobbies and outdoor courtyard. Featuring live music on the main stage, performance art, interactive art activities, dancing, a costume pageant, food, drinks, and the wildest art cars imaginable.

For the 27th year, Houston will be home to the largest gathering of Art Cars in the world, with many coming from across the world to participate. This international phenomenon drew 315,000 people from around the world in 2013 and is set to break all attendance records this year. The Parade itself kicks off May 10 at 2 p.m. with Art Cars beginning their procession down Allen Parkway starting at Waugh and turning at Bagby to parade back down the other side. Fans are encouraged to get there early and bring lawn chairs, plenty of water, and cash to purchase food, drink, and memorabilia, as the cars begin lining up at 10 a.m. For a complete list of all events, visit thehoustonartcarparade.com.

Untitled by Maryam Lavaf from the exhibition Escape.

Untitled by Maryam Lavaf from the exhibition Escape.


Archway Gallery presents Escape, featuring new paintings by member artist Maryam Lavaf. The exhibition will be on view May 3-June 5. The artist will be at the exhibition’s opening reception on Saturday, May 3, from 5-8 p.m. to visit with guests and provide insight about her work.

Lavaf believes her abstract paintings originate from life’s experiences. The content of her paintings is based on elements like the earth, sun, plants and her emotional responses to nature. Lavaf knows a work is complete when it finds its own life, at which point she prefers to hide her intentions and allow viewers to come up with their own conclusions. The gallery is located at 2305 Dunlavy and is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. For information, visit ArchwayGallery.com or call 713-522-2409.
5th annual fort bend empty bowls



Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort by artists and craftspeople in cities and towns across the country to feed the hungry in their communities. Empty Bowls Houston is celebrating its 10th year. The event is presented by Whole Foods Market and implemented locally by Houston-area ceramists and artists working in various media and benefiting Houston Food Bank.

For a minimum $25 donation, attendees have select a bowl from hundreds of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls donated by Houston area ceramists and craft artists. Participants then receive a simple lunch of soup donated by Whole Foods Market and freshly prepared by Houston Food Bank Community Kitchen. The event will take place May 17 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. A Preview Party will take place May 2 from 5-8 p.m. at Archway Gallery.

The silent auction, which runs May 2-31, benefits the Houston Food Bank. Archway Gallery hosts a special exhibition and silent auction featuring works by more than 20 Archway Gallery member artists in support of Empty Bowls Houston. The effort will kick off on May 4. The more than 22 special Empty Bowls Houston pieces will be marked by a special bid sheet. Bids will be taken in person or over the phone from May 4-18. To place a bid by phone, call 713-522-2409.  Calls should be placed during business hours. Bidding will continue until May 18 during an Empty Bowls Houston reception from 3:30-6 p.m.; bidding will close May 18 at 5:30 p.m.

Necklace in yellow gold, with cabochon emeralds, rubies and sapphires highlighted with brilliant-cut diamonds, 1967.

Necklace in yellow gold, with cabochon emeralds, rubies and sapphires highlighted with brilliant-cut diamonds, 1967.



Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces will be on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science May 2-Oct. 5. This exhibition consists of approximately 150 sizable pieces of jewelry from Bulgari’s Heritage Collection, including masterpieces from the historical archives of the company headquarters in Rome or on loan from private collections. This exclusive retrospective marks the first time the storied jeweler has showcased pieces representing every period since its Roman beginnings in 1884.

From his first jewelry shop in Rome, Greek silversmith Sotirio Bulgari pioneered a level of skill and vision that set the stage for audacious designs and distinctive style that would become known as the “Italian School” of jewelry design. Inspired by the art and architecture of Ancient Greece and Rome, Bulgari would became synonymous with the Eternal City, revolutionizing jewelry design in the process.

Necklaces from two of Houston’s most celebrated icons will also be on loan for the exhibition; namely, Lynn Wyatt’s Bulgari necklace in white gold with yellow sapphire, lapis laguli and diamonds from 1975 and Joanne King Herring’s necklace in sautoir in gold with diamonds from 1970 that she has worn to parties in the White House with six U.S. presidents and lavish affairs with kings and queens around the world. Also on display will be powerful motifs that have forged the Bulgari legend. Among these are the renowned Serpente and Monete collections, both examples of how mythologies of the past inspired Bulgari to translate them into a contemporary language that remains current and vibrant today. For information, visit hmns.org.



More than 160,000 students throughout Texas Gulf Coast are helping make a difference by collecting spare change to kick off the 20th annual Pasta for Pennies Program presented by Olive Garden and benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Last year, more than 127,500 students along Texas Gulf Coast raised $374,865 to support LLS. In 2013, students nationwide collected $10 million, bringing the total amount collected since the program’s inception to more than $80 million. Spare change raised through Pasta for Pennies helps support the LLS mission to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients and improve the quality of life for patients and their loved ones.

During a three-week period in the school year, students in first through 12th grade from more than 220 schools along Texas Gulf Coast will participate in Pasta for Pennies by filling collection jars and boxes in their classrooms with spare change. The top fundraising class at each participating school will receive a pasta party from their local Olive Garden restaurant.

To help kick off Pasta for Pennies, local Olive Garden restaurants host lunches for representatives from participating schools. Olive Garden also provides marketing support and materials for 43 participating LLS chapters, including the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter.


MAY 16-17

The Houston Fringe Festival presents The Best of Fringe, featuring performances by Alexandria Gurley, China Cat Dance, Cirque La Vie, Nicolay Dance Works and This Infinite Closet, May 16-17 at 8 p.m. at Frenetic Theater. This diverse array of solo and ensemble work includes dance, circus art, spoken word and improvisation.

Performers for The Best of Fringe were selected from the list of 2013 Houston Fringe Festival award winners, chosen by festival audience members, volunteers and producers. Tickets are $20 presale or $25 at the door. For tickets or additional information, visit houstonfringefestival.org.

Houston native Jason Moran, pianist composer and certified jazz genius, will present the beloved Fats Waller Dance Party for the first time in Houston.

Houston native Jason Moran, pianist composer and certified jazz genius, will present the beloved Fats Waller Dance Party for the first time in Houston.



Discovery Green has activities for the young and young at heart this May and June. This season is packed with popular returning events like fitness classes, UHD Thursday Concerts, Flea by Night, Rainbow on the Green, Chipotle Green Film Series and IKEA Houston Screen on the Green.

Upcoming special events include Discovery Green Flea by Night on May 17 and June 21 from 6-10 p.m. Food trucks, live music and vendors selling vintage clothing, antiques, jewelry, art and more under the stars and twinkle lights.

Catch a free flick in the shadow of Houston’s skyline on May 10, 8:45 p.m., Back to the Future; and June 14, 9 p.m., Ghostbusters; H-E-B Movie Night, May 30, 8:45 p.m., Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Arrive one hour early for contests and activities.

Presented for the first time in Houston, the Fats Waller Dance Party on May 16 at 7:30 p.m. honors the great Fats Waller. Houston’s own Jason Moran, certified jazz genius, and vocalist Lisa E. Harris bring jazz back to its origins: dance music. HSPVA Jazz Combo opens. For a complete list of events, visit discoverygreen.org.


MAY 17

The 10th Annual Impact A Hero 5K Walk, Run and Wheel will be held May 17 at 7:30 a.m. at Reliant Park. This year, Impact A Hero anticipates more than 3,000 runners, including 50 wounded heroes and their families. KPRC Local 2 Sports Director Randy McIlvoy will host the event. Special guests include Houston Texans Coach Bill O’Brien and some players will participate with the wounded heroes. The Kids’ 1K Race will take place during the 5K Walk Run and Wheel. Children will have fun running with the Texans Toro. Live concert entertainment will follow the race. Sports Radio 610 AM, Sports Radio 650 AM, The Bull100.3 FM, HOT 95.7 FM and MIX 96.5 FM will be onsite to show support and visit with attendees.

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. Through multiple events around the country, IPP raises funds that are used for unencumbered grants to those who have made tremendous sacrifices for us and our country. These grants help to cover lost wages of parents and spouses who are required to stop working to provide care for these heroes. Donations for the 2013 Impact A Hero Weekend exceeded $1.1 million. Visit active.com/donate/impactahero5k for more information.


MAY 3-4

For 35 years, Preservation Houston has presented Good Brick Awards to recognize excellence in historic preservation. Now, for the first time, Houstonians have the opportunity to step inside eight of award-winning projects during the inaugural Good Brick Tour on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, from noon-4 p.m. Patron ticket holders can attend a special kick-off party Friday, May 2, at NuSmile’s world headquarters, 3315 West 12th Street. The Good Brick Tour is being chaired by Penny Jones and Bill Stubbs.

Docents will be on hand at each location to tell the stories behind the restorations of projects ranging from an Art Deco commercial building downtown to a Victorian home in the Heights and a log cabin on Houston’s west side. “Whether you are inspired by visionary projects that transform long-neglected buildings into restored spaces, or the history that initially inspired the development of the home or building, there is something for everyone on this tour,” says Stephanie Ann Jones, executive director of Preservation Houston.

Advance tickets can be purchased online through May 1 for $25 at preservationhouston.org. Tickets provide individual admission to all the tour sites on both May 3 and May 4. Tickets will also be sold the days of the tour at seven of the eight tour locations for $30. The Patron ticket, which includes the tour and the kick-off party, is $50 and can also be purchased online. Visit the website for a complete list of locations.



The Houston Civil War Round Table is an organization that hosts authors and historians who present the history of various events during the period of the American Civil War. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month, except for summer. The group meets at the Hess Club, 5430 Westheimer. Be sure to RSVP to attend the meeting. There is a charge for dinner. For information, visit houstoncivilwar.com.

Julia Turner, Three Days Walking (Mourning Brooch), 2013, brooch; steel pins, vitreous enamel, steel, wood.

Julia Turner, Three Days Walking (Mourning Brooch), 2013, brooch; steel pins, vitreous enamel, steel, wood. photo – Julia Turner



Houston Center for Contemporary Craft will present La Frontera (The Borderlands), an international exhibition of contemporary jewelry that explores the physical space where the complex relationship between Mexico and the United States is most evident. With startling results, 90 artists from the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Australia, and Latin America explore the underlying currents of the border environment within geographic, political, social, cultural, and ideological contexts. The exhibition will be on view May 30-Sept. 7. An opening reception will take place May 30 from 5:30-8 p.m. An Artist Talk by Sandie Zilker will take place at 5:45 p.m. followed by a Curator’s Talk by Mike Holmes at 6 p.m.

Inspired by the border’s tumultuous environment of deserts, mountains, rivers, and flow of diverse nationalities, the artists created 150 pieces of contemporary jewelry. The materials range from canvas, polyester, porcelain, water bottles, photos and paint to more precious ones, such as steel, copper, silver and gold. HCCC is located at 4848 Main Street. For more information, visit crafthouston.org.

war horse at hobby



The innovative and heartfelt Broadway production of War Horse is coming to the Houston Hobby Center May 27-June 1 for eight performances. SIRE will receive a portion of the proceeds when tickets are purchased by calling 1-888-451-5986 and mentioning SIRE when making a reservations or go to bit.ly/SireWarHorse and enter the password SIRE.

This production reveals the human-horse connection during World War I from the experience of “Joey” the horse and his young Scottish owner who goes in search to find Joey after the horse is drafted into military service. The stage production is a ground-breaking technical achievement and has won critical acclaim including the Olivier Award, Evening Standard Theatre Award, and London Critics’ Circle Theatre Award. For additional information, contact sire-htec.org.



Houston professional fire fighters Local No. 341 will continue their annual Fill-the-Boot fundraising campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on May 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fire fighters will be out in the community collecting funds for the campaign.

The Houston Professional Fire Fighters Local 341 have raised more than $7.3 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association through the annual “Fill the Boot” campaign.

The Fill-the-Boot campaign takes place throughout the United States annually and has been raising money for families served by MDA for 60 years. Proceeds raised during the street-side campaign will help support MDA services and research programs, including MDA’s outpatient clinics at Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Neurological Institute. Money raised also sends young people ages 6-17 to MDA summer camp in Burton, Texas. For information, contact Carrie Dalton at 281-787-9416 or email cdalton@mdausa.org.



The Society of Professional Women in Petroleum (SPWP) will host the 29th Annual Derricks & Dice Casino Charity event on May 3 at the Red Oak Ballroom/CITYCENTRE, Norris Conference Center, 808 Town & Country Lane in Houston. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner at 7:30 p.m. Attendees will also enjoy casino games, prizes and a raffle drawing.

SPWP, an organization formed to support professional career women in the petroleum industry through technology and information, has been able to award approximately $880,000 in scholarships to young women in the greater Houston and surrounding area. Tickets are $65 and include $1,000 play gambling money. Visit spwp.org for registration and sponsorship information or call 713-285-5072.

ars lyrica baroque wedding feast

photo-Anthony Rathbun



The Grammy-nominated early music ensemble Ars Lyrica Houston wraps up its 10th anniversary Discoveries season on Friday, May 9, at 8 p.m. with A Baroque Wedding Feast, a program of springtime favorites from Bach, Pachelbel and Telemann. The season finale, which takes place in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, features Canadian soprano Meghan Lindsay in two solo wedding cantatas by J. S. Bach, Pachelbel’s beloved Canon and Gigue in D Major, a rollicking Telemann suite and a few surprises.  Ars Lyrica Founder and Artistic Director Matthew Dirst conducts the ensemble from the harpsichord.

Prior to the show at 7:15 p.m., Professor Tanya Kevorkian from Millersville University in Pennsylvania will present a pre-concert lecture that explores the original social context for this music and the customs of wedding celebrations in the early 18th century. To purchase tickets, call 713-315-2525 or visit arslyricahouston.org.



Pop-Up in the Park is a curated market, featuring products made or designed in the Greater Houston area that will be held the fourth Saturday of each month from 1-4 p.m. at Evelyn’s Park, 4400 Bellaire Blvd. The monthly market will showcase the creativity of the local community with jewelry, clothing, art, furniture, toys and more. The goal of the event is to bring the local community together, offer a wide variety of merchandise, and raise funds for Evelyn’s Park Conservancy. A portion of proceeds from the market will benefit the Conservancy. Admission is free and open to the public. Pop-up in the Park will also feature local musicians and food trucks.


Thanks to a partnership between Nordstrom and Fashion Project, participants who donate five qualifying items ($50 in original retail price; in nearly new condition; and a particular brand) to Fashion Project will receive a $40 Nordstrom gift card. Fashion Project will send the shipping materials, so it’s about as hassle-free as it gets. Proceeds from the re-sale of the items benefit a registered charity of the participant’s choice. For information on how to participate and a list of qualifying brands, visit fashionproject.com/nordstrom.


MAY 14

The Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s annual conference will take place from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2222 W Loop S., near the Galleria. At the upcoming conference, founder and editor of Latina magazine and native Houstonian Christy Haubegger will discuss her entrepreneurial journey in creating one of the most successful magazines in the United States.

Additionally, an influential group of speakers will present their business insights at the conference, representing a variety of fields from energy to healthcare. John Sharp, Texas A & M University chancellor and president, will also present at the conference.

The GHWCC will also present its second annual Diversity Leadership Award at the conference. This shining achievement is given to an individual(s), group or company committed to celebrating the diversity of this nation, and promoting an accepting environment where individuals with wide-ranging backgrounds can thrive.

This year, the conference will begin with a breakfast featuring a presentation by Dr. Jennifer Ashton, co-host of The Doctors and senior medical contributor on Good Morning America. She will discuss her personal success and challenges, as well as address relevant women’s wellness issues.

Registration and sponsorship information is available at ghwcc.org. Proceeds will benefit programs that help to advance the position of women and girls in the greater Houston area.

Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton will perform May 16.

Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton will perform May 16.


This May, Society for the Performing Arts will welcome the debut of the musical focused on bullying titled it gets better; San Francisco’s Alonzo King LINES Ballet; and twin sisters and pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton.

IT GETS BETTER will take the stage May 2, 8 p.m. at Jones Hall. This is a moving performance that utilizes the power of song and story to transform painful histories of bullying, harassment and discrimination into a celebration of courage and a campaign for social justice in Houston.

On May 9 at 8 p.m. at Cullen Theater, the Alonzo King LINES Ballet will perform. Collaborating with noted composers, musicians and visual artists from around the world, Alonzo King creates works that draw on a diverse set of deeply rooted cultural traditions, imbuing classical ballet with new expressive potential.

A Dance Master Class with Alonzo King LINES Ballet will take place May 8 from 7:30-9 p.m. at Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood Blvd. The cost is $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Company members from Alonzo King LINES Ballet will lead this master class for intermediate and advanced dance students. Observers are welcome. To pre-register visit spahouston.org.

Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton are two pianists who are “paired to perfection,” according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. The duo will take the stage in Houston on May 16 at Cullen Theater. During the 2008-2009 season, the Naughton sisters made debuts at the Kennedy Center with the New Jersey Symphony and at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts with The Philadelphia Orchestra. For tickets to any of the performances, visit spahouston.org.



As the cap to an extraordinary Centennial Season, the 39th annual Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition, hosted by the Houston Symphony League, will take place Thursday, May 29, and Saturday, May 31, in Stude Concert Hall at Rice University. Ten semifinalists from across the globe will compete for not only a chance at a much-coveted monetary prize but also a chance to perform with the Houston Symphony in the solo spotlight.

Continuing last year’s new tradition, the emerging musicians will compete for the Gold Medal prize of $25,000 given by Symphony patrons John and Tracy Dennis in honor of his grandmother. In total, this year’s competition includes $43,000 in monetary prizes. Each of the semifinalists will perform two concertos from memory with piano accompaniment for a panel of judges who will select four finalists to perform live with the Symphony on May 29.

The four finalists will perform one of their concertos May 31, accompanied by the Houston Symphony, in front of a live audience at Stude Concert Hall. The Finals Concert will begin at 7 p.m. at Stude Concert Hall. Tickets are $25. The event will also be broadcast live on Houston’s Classical 91.7 FM.

The first-place winner will earn a performance opportunity with the Houston Symphony at its second annual Day of Music celebration on July 12, and the second-place winner will have the opportunity to perform with the Houston Symphony at a Miller Outdoor Theatre concert June 28.

The Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition, unique in that it is not instrument specific in its selection, has a reputation of being a launch pad for young musicians and their future careers as performing artists. For tickets and more information, visit houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.



Are you interested in genealogy? Do you have an ancestor who fought or supplied assistance in the “War Between the States”?  If so, consider joining the The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Varina Howell Davis Chapter 2143. The group meets the third Saturday, September through May, at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church (Hollister and Kempwood) at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Cynthia Hardy at 281-851-0525 or cintex08@hotmail.com.

Charles Marville, Hôtel de la Marine, 1864-70, albumen print from collodion wet plate negative, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Diana and Mallory Walker Fund.

Charles Marville, Hôtel de la Marine, 1864-70, albumen print from collodion wet plate negative, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Diana and Mallory Walker Fund.



The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will present Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris, the first major exhibition in the United States devoted to the 19th century French artist Charles Marville, from June 15-Sept. 14. The exhibition explores the beauty, variety and historical poignancy of his art through nearly 100 photographs that span his entire career. At the heart of the show are compelling views of Paris both before and after many of its historic neighborhoods were razed to make way for broad boulevards, monumental buildings and manicured parks. For information, visit mfah.org.

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