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The Arts & Happenings Sept. 2012

Breakfast With Elizabeth Smart

SEPT. 27

Elizabeth Smart, who was abducted from her Utah home and held captive for nine months before being rescued, will share her story of overcoming adversity at a breakfast event on Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 a.m. at The Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Lane in Houston.

Smart will speak about her kidnapping ordeal, how she successfully overcame adversity, and what she is doing today to help others avoid victimization.

The event benefits ChildBuilders, a nonprofit organization that provides programs to prepare children to face some of life’s most difficult challenges.

For more information, contact Tracy Golden at 713-481-6554 or tgolden@childbuilders.org.


The Armani fall collection will be featured at the Junior League of Houston’s Style Show.

Junior League Of Houston Opening Style Show


The Junior League of Houston Inc. continues its tradition of presenting an Opening Style Show, set for Sept. 6-7,  featuring the Elizabeth Anthony | Esther Wolf Collection. Doors open on both days at 11 a.m., with the style show and lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. In addition, an evening show will be held on Thursday, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the show and dinner at 7 p.m.

The store will showcase day and evening wear from American and European designers. This League tradition, held in the Junior League Ballroom, includes cocktails, a luncheon or dinner, and fashion show. Email Tearoom_Reservations@junior­leaguehouston.org or call 713-622-4191.


Handwoven scarf by Barbara Esterholm.

Contemporary Handweavers of Houston of Houston 28th Annual Sale


Contemporary Handweavers of Houston will present its 28th Annual Sale, The Artisan’s Market, featuring unique hand crafted works at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Works for sale include hand-woven, hand-spun, hand-dyed, and hand-felted linens, garments and accessories, tapestries, rugs, baskets, jewelry, baby items, toys and holiday decorations.

All items are made by CHH guild members — many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized fiber artists and teachers — and are made from fine materials. Styles range from edgy and funky, to elegant and traditional.

An opening reception and preview sale will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, from 6-9 p.m. Sale hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main Street. Admission is free. For more information, call 713-529-4848 or visit crafthouston.org.


Texas’ Largest Craft Beer Festival


Join fellow craft beer lovers and supporters of this independent craft as they gather Labor Day weekend to sample more than 400 specialty and hard-to-find brews at the Third Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival. This annual foam fete takes place at Moody Gardens Friday, Aug. 31, through Sunday, Sept. 2.

The three-day celebration will showcase two signature events: BrewLicious in the Ballroom and BrewHaHa Grand Tasting, both of which have VIP experiences, as well as the regular ticket. There are a host of related events like the BrewMasters PubCrawl and Texas Brewery Tasting Tours.

Activities include: live music, beer and food pairing seminars, and dinners featuring renowned chefs, educational events, and a slew of Brew Brains and industry experts including award-winning BrewMasters. Sunday will include a new event called Tex-E-Que, which will feature a live concert. For more information, visit brewmastersbeerfest.com or call 713-557-5732.


Model Auditions For Annual Fashion Show

SEPT. 8-9

HITS Theatre will hold a Model Search on Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9 for its upcoming American Girl Fashion Show. Girls ages 6 to 13 are invited to audition for the show, which will feature historical and contemporary fashions. The American Girl Fashion Show, to be held Nov. 10 and 11, is a major fundraiser for the nonprofit HITS Theatre, which educates Houston area youth in musical theatre.

Model auditions will be held at the Barnes & Noble Town & Country on Sept. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m., and on Sunday at the Barnes & Noble River Oaks, also from 3 – 5 p.m. For more information visit hitsfashionshow.com or call 713-880-3615.


The Houston Chamber Choir goes beyond the notes for its 17th season.

Houston Chamber Choir Season


The Houston Chamber Choir opens its 17th season with Tchaikovsky’s deeply moving Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. at Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway in Houston.

Written in 1878, the same year as his opera Eugene Onegin, this is music of Old Russia: ancient, profound and mystical. Also included on the program are Song for Athene by John Tavener and Henryk Górecki’s Totus tuus.

Bach and All That Jazz is set for Friday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m. at Lone Star College – Montgomery, Music Recital Hall, 3200 College Park Drive in The Woodlands, and Saturday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe in  Houston. The art of improvisation was highly prized during the Baroque era, and Bach was a particularly skilled practitioner. The Chamber Choir adds a modern twist to this venerable practice with the help of noted Houston jazz pianist Paul English. Season subscriptions are available at houstonchamberchoir.org or by calling 713-224-5566.


David Bogus, The Optimist Luggage (detail). ceramic, glass shelving, 2011.

CraftTexas 2012


This fall, Houston Center for Contem­porary Craft presents CraftTexas 2012, the seventh in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. Featuring works by 40 Texas artists, the exhibition includes a large-scale installation of crocheted linen and latex paint to stoneware ceramic vessels and pate de verre glass sculptures mimicking iron cookware.

The CraftTexas series, on view from Sept. 29-Dec. 30, provides artists the unique opportunity to have their work seen by three established jurors and included in an exhibition that seeks to broaden the understanding of contemporary craft. The show features outstanding work in all craft media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood and mixed media.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, 5:30-8 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., three artists will be presented with the jurors’ Award of Merit prizes for CraftTexas 2012. The evening will also feature open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists from 6-7 p.m.

Located at 4848 Main Street, HCCC is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 713-529-4848 or visit crafthouston.org.


Scrabble And The City Event

SEPT. 13

Literacy Advance of Houston presents the third Annual Scrabble and the City event on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 7-10 p.m. at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, 2000 Lyons Avenue in Houston.

Complementing National Adult Education & Family Literacy Week, Literacy Advance is holding Scrabble and the City, not your grandmother’s SCRABBLE®! Sponsors and teams of four play two rounds of creative Scrabble contests with score enhancements and one top-secret game changer.  Americana is this year’s theme and prizes are awarded for the best team name and best team costumes.

In addition, there will be dancing and a “scrabblicious” slate of raffle packages for participants as well as those who purchase spectator tickets. Strip House Steakhouse will provide the fare for the evening. Proceeds benefit Literacy Advance and its free adult basic literacy, ESL and work readiness programs. To purchase tickets, visit literacyadvance.org/Events/COMING_EVENT_Scrabble_and_the_City_2012.


Handcrafted Art Dolls Exhibit


Hanson Galleries, known for American Fine Craft, is hosting an exhibition of new  works by the members of the Texas  Association of Original Doll Artists from Sept. 14-Oct. 20.

This show will feature handcrafted art dolls that are anything but playthings. Each art doll is original in design and handcrafted in almost any combination of clay, porcelain, wood, fiber and other materials. Each piece is one-of-a-kind sculpture, unique in character and design.

Hanson Gallery, located at 5000 Westheimer, is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  For additional information, visit hansongalleries.com or call 713-552-1242.


Brilliant Lecture Series With Betty White

SEPT. 22

Brilliant Lecture Series announces actress Betty White as the next speaker in the “Conversations with Brilliance” series to be held Sept. 22 at Houston’s Cullen Theater, Wortham Center. White will speak at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

A passionate philanthropist, White will tell audiences about her lifelong work as an advocate for animals in addition to her decades of acting, writing and wisdom acquired over the years — with a dose of her timeless humor. White’s wisdom will motivate, inspire and entertain.

For tickets, visit BrilliantLectures.org or call 713-974-1335.


American Idol star and Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis joins Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox in the classic tale of good and evil, Jekyll & Hyde.

TUTS Presents Jekyll & Hyde


Theatre Under the Stars presents Jekyll & Hyde from Oct. 9-21, in an all-new production to Houston. The dark and dangerous love story from Tony Award and Grammy Award nominee Frank Wildhorn returns to Houston in a stunning pre-Broadway production. For information, go to tuts.com.


70th Annual Bulb And Plant Mart


Sponsored by The Garden Club of Houston, The Annual Bulb and Plant Mart features the widest selection of top quality bulbs from domestic and international suppliers, and an expanded collection of native and rare and unusual plants, perennials, trees, shrubs, citrus and vines. Many of the plants and bulbs including iris, gingers, crinums and rain lilies, are unique offerings from the gardens of club members, grown specifically for the mart. Held at Holly Hall Retirement Community, 2000 Holly Hall on Oct. 12-13, admission is free. In addition, all purchases will be tax-free during the event.

Members will give impromptu talks about plants offered at the mart this year, beginning each day at 8:45 a.m. until the mart opens at 9:30 a.m. An informative Horticultural Guide which includes descriptions of items for sale, along with proper planting and horticultural information is available at no charge. For additional information, visit gchouston.org.


AIM For A CURE Melanoma Walk And Fun Run

SEPT. 22

AIM for a CURE Melanoma Walk and Fun Run 5K will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Mays Clinic at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Registration begins at 6 p.m. The walk/run starts at 7:30 p.m. and is followed by presentations at 8:30 p.m. Free skin cancer screenings will take place from 6-9 p.m.

Proceeds benefit melanoma research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. All ages and teams are welcome. For additional information, go to aimforacure@mdanderson.org or call 713-745-1804.


Oktoberfest In Fredericksburg

OCT. 5-7

Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg is set for Oct. 5-7. For three full days, attendees sing, toast and dance at one of Fredericksburg’s favorite festivals, celebrating its 32 years of Texas gemütlichkeit (cosiness).

Adding to the fun, there will be an OktubaFest on Friday afternoon. On Saturday morning, attend the Chicken Dance In Front of the Square.  Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the first 320 registrants will receive a special treat. Chicken Dancing will begin at 9:45 a.m. On Sunday, there will be a 42 (dominoes) tournament beginning at 1 p.m. as well as sing-a-longs.

Three covered stages host a continuous parade of entertainers including German favorites of oompah, polka, and waltzing, with exhibitions, contests and plenty of opportunities for dancing.

More than 45 juried artisans from across the state fill two big tents, offering their best arts and collectibles. In another tent, a group of hill country artists will be selling their fine art to the public in a rare showing.

More than a dozen vendors will be sizzling up fajitas, tacos, burgers and fries, as well as a variety of sausage on a stick and plates with kraut, Cajun goodies and strudel. Adventurous tasters can sample more than 30 varieties of American, Texan and imported beers.

Oktoberfest is great fun for youngsters who can play on the Bungee Jump, Jumping Castle, and other fun games and activities on the grounds.

Since its inception in 1981, Oktoberfest has been sponsored by the Pedernales Creative Arts Alliance. Community volunteers provide the labor, and all funds are used for student scholarships and to support the local arts.

Oktoberfest hours are 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6; $1 for children 6-12; and 6 and under are free. Two-day passes are $10; three-day passes are $15. Advance ticket sales are welcome. For more information, call 830-997-4810, or visit oktoberfestinfbg.com.


Cornelius Nursery’s Fall Harvest Festival

OCT. 6

Visit Cornelius Nursery on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the annual Fall Harvest Festival. Children get free pie pumpkin decorating supplies, can participate in tin can planting, and hear the story of the great pumpkin. Adults can attend the free clinic on colorful container arrangements for fall. The nursery is located at 2233 S. Voss Road, 713-292-0898; and 1200 N. Dairy Ashford, 281-493-0550.


Komen Houston Race For The Cure

OCT. 6

The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by hosting the largest foot race in the city, the 22nd Annual Komen Houston Race for the Cure®, on Saturday, Oct. 6, in downtown Houston.

Last year’s event welcomed more than 33,000 participants including over 2,400 breast cancer survivors, and raised over $4  million for breast cancer research education, screening and treatment programs.

This year’s race, sponsored locally by Marathon Oil Corporation, hopes to raise more than $4 million to be used in Southeast Texas for research, education, screening and treatment. The Komen Houston Race for the Cure® is a certified USATF 5K course with running and walking events that include a 5K Timed Competitive Run; a 5K Non-Competitive Run; a 5K Walk and a Family Walk/Kids K (approximately 1/2 mile) sponsored by National Oilwell Varco. Participants also can choose to register for Sleep in for the Cure® to show their support without having to wake up early on Race day.

A Survivor Celebration, sponsored by Baker Hughes Incorporated, will be held after the race for participants and their families. In addition, breast cancer survivors, top fundraisers and race sponsors can enjoy an invitation only post-race breakfast.

To register, visit komen-houston.org, or call 713-783-9188.


Henry Ossawa Tanner, American, 1859–1937, Gateway Tangier, c. 1910; oil on plywood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Robbins, 1983.

Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit At MFAH


A major exhibition of the work of African American artist Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), the son of a former slave who trained in Philadelphia under Thomas  Eakins and went on to achieve international success, concludes its national tour at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

On view from Oct. 21-Jan. 13, 2013, Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit presents more than 100 works, including 12 paintings that have never been shown together and the only two known sculptures that Tanner completed. The exhibition also features Tanner’s famed Resurrection of Lazarus. For information, go to mfah.org.


4917 Laurel in Bellaire, 4,440 square feet; studioMET.

AIA Home Tour


Eight architect-designed houses were selected by jury for the 2012 Annual AIA Home Tour, which is set for Oct. 27-28 from noon-6 p.m. each day. The tour is open to the public and attracts approximately 2,000 people each year. The tour operates with generous permission from homeowners, community cooperation, 200 volunteers, and each home’s architect eager to share their company’s design with the public.

Tickets are $25; $20 for bike riders; or $10 for a single house. Advance tickets can be purchased at the AIA Houston office, located at 315 Capitol, Ste. 120 in Houston, beginning Sept. 1. Single house tickets are not available for pre-sale. Tickets can also be purchased at any of the participating houses and are good both days of the tour. For additional information, visit aiahouston.org/hometour.


Spring Branch African Violet Club Fall Plant Sale

OCT. 6-7

The Spring Branch African Violet Club is hosting its Fall Plant Sale on Oct. 6-7 at Hermann Park Garden Center, 1500 Hermann Park Drive.

Violets of all types such as standards, miniatures, semi-miniatures and trailers will be available by commercial vendors. A variety of supplies and a limited number of other Gesneriads will be available for sale. Club members will be on hand to answer general questions. Plant sale hours are Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free.

The Lone Star African Violet Convention, Show and Sale will be held Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at The Crowne Plaza, 8686 Kirby Drive. Top African violet growers around the state will compete for awards. Violets of all types will be available. For information, email kjwross@yahoo.com or call 281-748-8417.


Houston Heights Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt

OCT. 7

The Houston Heights Association’s 7th Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7. Open to riders of all ages and designed as a casual self-paced ride, participants bicycle a course through the Heights and surrounding areas.

Riders can choose between the classic 20-mile ride and scavenger hunt, or a shorter 5-mile ride and scavenger hunt for families— or do both — starting and finishing at Marmion Park.

Each rider receives a rally map, rally card and scavenger hunt clue list. There will be one combination check point/water station mid-way on the course. The rally card must be validated by a rally volunteer at this check point to be eligible for prizes. Prizes are awarded to riders who correctly identify the most mystery sights along the route.

After completing the ride, celebrate at the Post Ride Party starting at 3:30 p.m. and Awards Ceremony at 4:30 p.m., with entertainment, door prizes, and refreshments.

Riders of the 20-mile route can start as early as 8 a.m. The 5-mile Family Ride begins at 2 p.m. All riders must finish by 4 p.m. to be eligible for awards and prizes, and must be present to win. All kids riding the 5-mile course receive an award.

Packet pick-up will be at Marmion Park, 18th Street and Heights Boulevard, on ride day at 8 a.m. For more information or to register, visit houstonheights.org.


Sharpstown HS 1977 Class Reunion

OCT. 13

The Sharpstown High School class of 1977 is holding its 35th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Hilton Hotel Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd., from 7 p.m. until midnight. Hors d’ oeuvres, a cash bar, DJ and 35 years of stories are included in the $60 ticket price. Meet Friday night at 5 p.m. for happy hour at Kay’s Lounge, 2324 Bissonnet. Contact Dale Clarke at dale@towncenterlandscape.com for information and reservations.

A golf outing at Longwood Golf Course will be held on Friday, Oct. 12, at 8 a.m. Contact Norman Stalarow at nstalarow@buffspec.com for details. A ladies brunch will be held on Saturday at The Tasting Room in Uptown Park from 10:30 a.m. until noon. For reservations, contact Robin McCoy Boyd at  robin@texasmccoy.com.


Houston Zombie Walk

OCT. 27

The Houston Zombie Walk will be held on Oct. 27 at Jones Plaza. Dressed in their most fashionable and decayed clothing, the zombies of Houston will try to look as ugly and dead as possible for an hour-long walk through downtown and the bayou.

The fundraising group Houston Zombie Walk raises money for local charities through events. Beneficiaries are The Houston Children’s Charity, Spay/Houston, and Dove Key Ranch Wildlife Rehab. For information, visit houstonzombiewalk.org.


Theta Charity Antiques Show

NOV. 15-18

The 60th Annual Theta Charity Antiques Show “Royal Tea” will be held Nov. 15-18 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A. For four days, shopping enthusiasts and antiques aficionados will be able to peruse the best of antiques from fine art to furniture featuring over 50 premier antiques dealers from around the world.

A Gala Preview Party is set for Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $200. Other special events include speakers Penny Deupree on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.; Sally Bedell Smith, Thursday at 1 p.m.; and The Keno Brothers on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The cost for each of these is $10.

Show hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 at the door for all four days; $9 in advance. For more details, visit ThetaAntiquesShow.com.


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