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The Arts & Happenings October 2016

For the first time in Houston, the score will accompany live dance onstage, with original choreography by Rebecca French and interactive projections in Houston’s MATCH Box 2 Theater.

For the first time in Houston, the score will accompany live dance onstage, with original choreography by Rebecca French and interactive projections in Houston’s MATCH Box 2 Theater.


Ash Danceworks debuts its inaugural season with an electronic re-imagining of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D, choreographed by Rebecca French with nine dancers and interactive projections. The event is scheduled Oct. 7-8 at 8 p.m. at MATCH Box 2 with special guest performance by Group Acorde.

The Violin Concerto in D was composed in 1806 and remains one of Beethoven’s most loved works. The concerto will be reconstructed electronically to create a bold, modern sound that will engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Ash Danceworks is a contemporary performance group based in Houston and directed by choreographer Rebecca French. Its mission is to present exciting and innovative dance theater to audiences in Texas and beyond. For more information, visit facebook.com/ashdanceworks

Group Acorde strives to produce high quality work combining original music by Thomas Helton and Seth Paynter with contemporary dance choreography by Roberta Paixao Cortes and Lindsey Mcgill. The piece, Untitled, features a duet between a dancer and a live musician. For more information, visit groupacorde.org.


Core Dance presents Anat Grigorio in “Mr. Nice Guy.”

Core Dance presents Anat Grigorio in “Mr. Nice Guy.”


For the first time, Houston audiences can experience the powerful contemporary dance and physical theater of three renowned Israeli dance companies alongside CORE Performance Company in “CORE Presents Dance from Israel.” Pack your cooler and join CORE for this free performance on Saturday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m. at Miller Outdoor Theatre located in Hermann Park, 6000 Hermann Drive.

CORE, under the artistic director of co-founder Sue Schroeder, has collaborated with global dance innovators throughout its 36-year history, and continues that practice with these innovative Israeli companies. The dance artists of CORE spent an intensive two weeks in Tel Aviv this year dancing and sharing ideas with Yossi Berg and Oded Graf; Anat Grigorio; and Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor, among others. The result is this evening of boundary breaking dance theater.

For more information, visit COREdance.org or milleroutdoortheatre.org



Co-Chairs Lindley Arnoldy and Brittany Cassin invite the public to get lost in the old school melodies and the rhythmic feel of the deep South with Bayou Preservation Association’s 50th Anniversary Gala, “Blues on the Bayou.”

The celebratory event of Houston’s pristine bayou system will be held at the Buffalo Bayou frontage home of Colleen Holthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m.

There will be live music performed by one of Houston’s most notorious bands, KAOS, as well as elegant cocktails and various buffet stations serving up Gulf Coast, Memphis blues and Cajun style cuisine.The night will be one of celebration while continuing to raise funds in order to safeguard the richness and diversity of the Houston’s bayous and streams. Sponsorships range from $3,000 – $25,000 and individual tickets are $300.

For more information, contact Kathy Lord at kathyclord@gmail.com or 713-529-6443 or visit bayoupreservation.org.


Olga Kifyak will be Princess Aurora and Eugeniy Svetlitsa will dance Prince Désiré during the 35-city U.S. tour.

Olga Kifyak will be Princess Aurora and Eugeniy Svetlitsa will dance Prince Désiré during the 35-city U.S. tour.


The Russian Grand Ballet is pleased to announce the performance of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” in Stafford, on Friday, October 7 at the Stafford Centre. at 7:30 p.m. The Russian Grand Ballet brings the classic ballet to life with Russia’s brightest ballet stars to perform the full-length production.

Tickets can be purchased through StaffordCentre.com, by phone at 281-208-6900, or at the Stafford Centre Box Office.

The Russian Grand Ballet has established a reputation for talent and versatility by touring the world with both full-length traditional ballets and shorter ‘divertissements.’ Its Ballet Master, Honored Artist of Russia, Vladimir Troshchenko, is highly dedicated to the timeless tradition of classical Russian Ballet. The Honored artist of Ukraine Olga Kifyak will be dancing Princess Aurora, with The Honored Artist of Ukraine Eugeniy Svetlitsa as Prince Désiré for this 35-city U.S. tour.

The ballet is in three acts with two intermissions, with music by Tchaikovsky, choreography by Marius Petipa, revised by Vladimir Troshchenko, and libretto by Ivan Vsevolozhskiy and Marius Petipa.

For more information, contact Gulya Hartwick at info@RussianGrand­Ballet.com or 347-901-3042.




From Oct. 5-23, the Classical Theatre Com­pany, 4617 Montrose Blvd., returns to the Russian Master Anton Chekhov with an evening of his one-act plays: The Bear and The Proposal plus a bonus reading of his essay The Evils of Tobacco. These pieces are representative of Chekhov’s vaudevillian comedies, short and packed with comic bits. While the humor in The Bear and The Proposal is broader and more farcical than in his better known works, his commentary on the Russian social structures of the time are no less satirical and biting. “Chekhov is the king of the awkward comedy. You can think of him as the Ricky Gervais of his time,” says CTC Executive Artistic Director John Johnston. “He boldly lampooned those around him with his plays during a tumultuous time in Russia, letting the consequences fall where they may.” Both plays examine love among the landed aristocracy of Czarist Russia and will leave the audiences in stitches. The Evils of Tobacco is a comic essay meant to be performed and will lead off the evening of Chekhov shorts. “I love this little monologue about a browbeaten husband. Like the other two pieces, it’s a hidden Chekhov gem,” says Johnston.

The Classical Theatre Company is dedicated to boldly re-envisioning classical drama on the stage, in the community, and in the classroom through engaging and enlightening plays – bringing them new life and relevance while maintaining the integrity that the works deserve.

General admission tickets are $25; seniors $15; and teachers/students and industry $10. For tickets and more information, visit classicaltheatre.org.


Each ingredient from the “Silk Journey” is inspired by Asian Culture with a bold red color. This signature drink combines ingredients with great significance in Chinese culture while integrating popular ingredients in Western culture such as ginger beer.

Each ingredient from the “Silk Journey” is inspired by Asian Culture with a bold red color. This signature drink combines ingredients with great significance in Chinese culture while integrating popular ingredients in Western culture such as ginger beer.


The annual Luckyrice Feast presented by Bombay Sapphire East gin, is debuting in The Astorian for a grand feast celebrating Asian culinary collisions hosted by Chef Justin Yu of Oxheart. This year’s Luckyrice Feast debuted in New York on June 2 and continued on to the West Coast in San Francisco (June), Los Angeles (July), then to Houston on Oct. 6 from 7-10 p.m., and Miami (November).

Tickets are available at luckyrice.com, General Admission tickets are $88 and VIP tickets are $150.

“The Asian food revolution has evolved so much in the seven years since we launched the Luckyrice Festivals,” says founder Danielle Chang. “This year’s Festival will celebrate authentic fusion and cultural collisions, like cheeseburger dumplings and pastrami egg rolls, that have transformed all of us into global citizens.”

“This is the fifth year we’ve sponsored the Festival,” says Bombay Sapphire VP, Brand managing director Ned Duggan, “We are thrilled to see the Festival expand to Houston this year. To toast the Year of the Fire Monkey, we’ve created the signature ‘Silk Journey’ cocktail, which combines ingredients with great significance in Chinese culture like Oolong Tea, while integrating popular ingredients in Western culture such as ginger beer.”

The chef line-up spotlights some of the hottest restaurants in town, many of which will be participating in the Feast for the first time. In addition, they’ll be serving up dozens of cocktails, beer and other beverages.


The Day of the Dead display at the NMFH.

The Day of the Dead display at the NMFH.


The Halloween season in Houston wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the National Museum of Funeral History. This year, the Museum is celebrating everyone’s favorite spooky holiday during the full month of October (and into the beginning of November). Families have the chance to explore a variety of Halloween happenings with the Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos celebration, complete with storytelling, costumes, crafts, candy and more. Please note: all events require paid admission to the Museum.

Fall events include the following:

5th Annual Haunted House, Oct. 1-Nov. 2, Mon.-Fri. from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. from 12-5 p.m. $5 Adults; $3 Kids 11 and under; Tickets are half price when purchased with Museum admission. The house is rated PG-13 and is recommended for children ages 12 and up. Children under 12 are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. Parents are encouraged to go through the haunted house in advance of the rest of the family to make sure it is suitable for their youngsters.

9th Annual Halloween Car Show, Satur­day, Oct. 22 from10 a.m.-3 p.m. $3 per person; $5 per couple/family. Does not include admission into the Museum. Come out and see more than 150 cars from classic to contemporary, from motorized to hoof, while helping to support local charities.

Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos Celebration, Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum admission includes Day of the Dead exhibit and activities. $10 Adults (age 12 and up); $9 Seniors/Veterans; $7 Children age six to 11; free for children age 5 and younger. Learn about the Latin customs surrounding the Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos celebrations held for deceased loved ones.

For more information about these events, visit nmfh.org.


Violinist Leonidas Kavakos will perform three concerts at Jones Hall Oct. 28-30.

Violinist Leonidas Kavakos will perform three concerts at Jones Hall Oct. 28-30.


With its 103rd season in full swing, the Houston Symphony will present several distinctly different concerts for Houston audiences during October. Vocalists AJ Swearengin and Jonathan Beedle will capture The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel at 8 p.m. Oct. 14-15 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16. The original duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, became counterculture icons during the social revolution of the 1960s with songs like “Mrs. Robinson,” “Homeward Bound,” “Sounds of Silence” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” which Swearengin and Beedle’s beautiful acoustic arrangements will emulate.

A Magic Carpet Ride will take families and children of all ages on an exciting journey at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The adventure to a land of princes, princesses and genies will feature music from Disney’s Aladdin, as well as Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, a symphonic suite based on One Thousand and One Nights, also known as the Arabian Nights.

The last concerts of the month Oct. 28-30 feature Athens-born violinist Leonidas Kavakos in Kavakos Plays and Conducts. Kavakos returns to Houston to perform Bach’s exquisite “Violin Concerto in A minor” and step to the podium to conduct the orchestra in “Brahms’ Symphony No. 4.”

For tickets and more schedule information, visit houstonsymphony.org.


Celebration of Champions pairs cancer patients from Texas Children’s Cancer Center with a group of Community Champions, known for their dedication and support of the local community, in a fashion show highlighting fall trends.

Celebration of Champions pairs cancer patients from Texas Children’s Cancer Center with a group of Community Champions, known for their dedication and support of the local community, in a fashion show highlighting fall trends.


A distinguished group of Community Champions will walk the runway with pediatric cancer survivors on Oct. 7 at 11:30 a.m. at River Oaks Country Club, 1600 River Oaks Blvd., in a touching tribute benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center. The ninth annual luncheon and fashion show, chaired by Sidney Faust, Judi McGee, Elsie Eckert and Scott Basinger, features a group of Houstonians known for their commitment to the local community and support of charitable causes. This year’s honorees include: Cathy and Joe Cleary, Jo and Jim Furr, Diane and Henry Gendel, Susan and Dick Hansen, Betty and John Hrncir, Mady and Ken Kades, Carmen and Butch Mach, Joanna and Brad Marks, Trini Mendenhall, Macy and Mayes Middleton, Sharon Michael Owens, Nathalie and Charles Roff, Lindy and John Rydman, Sharleen and Ron Walkoviak, Dancie and Jim Ware, and Jane and Jim Wise.

Emceed by Fox 26 anchor Melissa Wilson, the runway fashion show will feature the latest fall 2016 ensembles for work and play modeled by this year’s community champions and young cancer survivors in chic attire provided by fashion retailers Saks Fifth Avenue and Dillard’s.

Tables are available from $3,000 – $35,000 and individual tickets from
$150 – $300. To reserve a table, contact Kelley Hernandez at 832-824-6917 or champions@texaschildrens.org. For more information or to register, visit champions.texaschildrens.org.




The Blue Bird Circle’s newly introduced “Young Professional Partnership” will be hosting an “after hours” launch event at their retail shop (615 West Alabama), on Oct. 13 from 6-8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to sip and snack, while sorting through curated racks of clothing and unique vintage furniture. Famed DJ Sun will be live, spinning funk and old school hip- hop tunes inside the shop. Young professionals are encouraged to attend and learn about unique ways to get involved with the Blue Bird mission.

For more information, call 713-528-0470 or email bluebirdcircle@gmail.com.



Angels & Horses, the third annual Haras Cup Soiree and U.S. Premier Working Equitation Championship will be held at Haras Hacienda, 26427 Peden Road, Magnolia, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15 and 16. The event will benefit Be An Angel Fund and Virtuosi of Houston.

Working Equitation is an equestrian discipline with three phases: dressage, ease of handling (obstacles) and speed (timed with obstacles). In 2015 the event attracted 4,500 attendees and raised in excess of $200,000.

Chaired by Carmina Zamorano and Rafael Chavez, the Angels & Horses Gala will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15. The Equestrian Chic attired guests will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. followed by the matchless “Rhythm of Horses” performance directed by Susan Pelletier.

The “Hat Derby” Brunch will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. More than 150 fashionable women showing off their finest hat wear are expected. The top prize is a $7,000 jewelry piece from Paradis. The event will be followed with a concert by Curtis Braly beginning at 1 p.m.

There is no entrance charge for the Hat Derby. Gala tickets are $250; tables of 10 are $3,000, 5,000, $10,000 & $25,000. For tickets and information, email info@harasdc.us or call 281-259-4861.


Participants in the Bad Pants Open demonstrate how the tournament got its name.

Participants in the Bad Pants Open demonstrate how the tournament got its name.


Golfers are invited to “play colorfully” at the 19th annual Bad Pants Open, the golf tournament where the worst golfing fashions reap the greatest rewards, on Oct. 20 at The Clubs of Kingwood,1700 Lake Kingwood Trail. The trophy comes from capturing the “Best Bad Pants” award, but the emotional reward comes from raising crucial funds for premature and critically ill babies at Texas Children’s Newborn Center.

Presented by RBC Wealth Management/ Capital Markets, this light-hearted annual golf tournament helps improve outcomes for infants by raising funds for research and advanced education for neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) providers. This year’s tournament is chaired by Rob Cooksey, vice president of Texas Aromatics.

Texas Children’s Bad Pants Open is the original “bad pants” golf tournament that has spawned copy-cat tournaments in other cities. The best prizes are awarded for how “bad” players look, not just how well they play! This annual golf outing raises essential funds for life-saving programs and services for the tiniest patients at Texas Children’s Newborn Center who are in need of premier medical treatment.

Golf foursomes start at $4,000. Other sponsorships are available. For more
information or to register your team, visit badpantsopen.com, call Julia TenHoeve at 832-824-0550 or email badpantsopen@texaschildrens.org.


Jeannette Chen • Paloma Contreras • Joni Vanderslice

Jeannette Chen • Paloma Contreras • Joni Vanderslice


Join Decorative Center Houston, 5120 Woodway, on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. for a full day of design inspiration. Meet influential trendsetters and design authorities from around the nation. There will be two keynote addresses, showroom programs, product launches, book signings and much more.

There is no charge for tickets but RSVP is required. Tickets are available on eventbrite beginning Sept. 27. For more information, visit decorativecenter.com.


Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter


The nonprofit Council on Recovery will feature celebrity Lynda Carter as keynote speaker at the Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series’ 2016 Fall Luncheon, presented Friday, Oct. 28 by the Wayne Duddlesten Foun­dation. This one-time event will be held on at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel. Check-in is 11:15 a.m. and lunch and program from noon – 1:30 p.m.

A former Miss World-U.S.A. and a successful actor, singer, producer and philanthropist, Lynda Carter first won the nation’s heart as Wonder Woman. In a merging of superhero fiction and real-life success, Carter ultimately defeated addiction, as she will share during the luncheon regarding her struggle with alcoholism and the grace and gift of recovery. Lynda credits her family’s desperate intervention for getting her into rehab, where she ultimately accepted her powerlessness, acknowledging that “alcoholism is an abyss; it is not a choice.”

This real-life heroine will recount the dramatic challenge of facing and overcoming an often fatal disease, with the help of a committed recovery program and a sense of enduring gratitude towards her Higher Power. The Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series was created in memory of June and Virgil Waggoner’s son Jay, who died of alcoholism at the young age of 36.

The Council on Recovery is committed to helping Houston overcome the addiction epidemic through a focus on family healing and long-term support that is equally accessible to all in need. Directly touching over 50,000 lives each year through prevention programs for children and youth, in-school and clinical counseling for teens, outpatient substance abuse treatment for adults, and more, The Council depends upon the ongoing success of its semiannual Luncheon to raise financial resources to serve and help save increasing numbers from the devastating impact of addiction.

Visit councilonrecovery.org for more information and tickets.



On Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at Jones Plaza, 615 Louisiana Street, the Friends of Jones Hall presents the “Jones Hall 50th Ball – A Mad Mid-Century Celebration and Concert,” to salute the iconic building that launched the leading performing arts organizations in the city.

The “Jones Hall 50th Ball,” celebrating the performing arts center’s 50th anniversary, includes a concert featuring internationally-acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman, a frequent Society for the Performing Arts recitalist.

Perlman will perform with the Houston Symphony under the direction of Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada.

The concert will be followed by a gala dinner and dancing to the timeless music of the Lester Lanin Orchestra from New York City, under a spacious tent on Jones Plaza. Guests are encouraged to dress mid-century, in full “Mad Men” attire, including white dinner jackets, white gloves and glamorous gowns, a la the mid ‘60s.

Funds raised from the Ball will support master planning for a renovation of the Hall. Tables for 10 start at $15,000. Individual tickets are $5,000 per couple and $1,500 per person. For more information, visit joneshall50th.org.




Red Potato Market Days celebrates its third year and seventh show Oct. 21-22 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 9114 FM 1489 in Simonton. A Preview Party on Thursday Oct. 20 from 4-7p.m. kicks off the event. More than 70 vendors showcase vintage, antiques, painted furniture, lighting, eclectic finds, art, jewelry, clothing, pottery and handmade soaps and crafts. It’s the perfect place to relax in the country only 35 miles west of Houston and 15 miles west of Katy. Local farmers also bring fresh produce and homemade goods. Food trucks and a live band combine to make this a fun event.

The event takes place under a covered arena, rain or shine. The $5 admission supports Young Life and Simonton Christian Academy. Children under 12 are free. The preview party is $10.

For more information, visit redpotatomarket.com or call 281-533-9863.


(l-r) Ava Moscicki of West University and Payton Daly of River Oaks on the catwalk at the annual American Girl Fashion Show.

(l-r) Ava Moscicki of West University and Payton Daly of River Oaks on the catwalk at the annual American Girl Fashion Show.


After 22 years American Girl will no longer be hosting American Girl Fashion Shows.

Join HITS Theatre as it hosts the Grand Finale of the American Girl Fashion Show on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., at the Junior League of Houston.

This is your last chance to attend the American Girl Fashion Show so you don’t want miss out. The event is a fun-filled afternoon for girls, their families and favorite dolls. Young models provide an entertaining and educational look at how generations of American Girls have used clothing to express their own unique style and personality. The entire show is performed by local children to help raise money and awareness for children’s theatre programs.

The American Girl Fashion Show brings American Girl dolls to life with an engaging program that combines fashion, education and goodwill. The Fashion Show features an interactive showcase of historical and contemporary fashions by American Girl, a seated meal, raffle prizes, take-home treasures and more. For more information or to purchase tables, visit hitsfashionshow.com.

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