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The Arts & Happenings September 2011

At Ghost Ranch by Brandy Watkins, mixed media collage.



The Art Car Museum presents the exhibition Fourteen, a group exhibition of Texas artists whose works encourage political, social or spiritual consciousness. Each artist has a distinctive, recognizable style. Through a variety of media, the exhibition presents balanced imagery: delicate and severe; intricate and simple; real and fantasy. The works communicate the impressive talent, passion and dedication of these artists and demonstrate that artistic strength should never be measured in numbers alone. The exhibit will be on view through Dec. 4.

An opening event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 7-10 p.m. The museum is located at 140 Heights Blvd. in Houston. For additional information, visit artcarmuseum.com.




Fall fashion and trends arrive at The Galleria with Simon Fashion Now presented by Cadillac, a series of energetic fashion shows and interactive entertainment designed and presented by Simon Property Group Inc. beginning Thursday, Sept. 8. Party at The Galleria in style as retailers roll out the red carpet Thursday night to celebrate the best of fall fashion. Fashion’s Night Out at The Galleria will bring high fashion lounges, red carpet entrances and dynamic DJs spinning shopper’s favorite tunes.

On Friday, Trends & Friends Night will take place on The Ice at The Galleria similar to the invitation-only Thursday night show. Trends & Friends Night is a free evening of fashion, cocktails and lite bites. The Friday fashion shows on the ice are open to the public with seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Simon Fashion Now continues Saturday with in-store promotions and special discounts available at participating retailers. For more information, visit simon.com.


The Junior League of Houston Style Shows will feature fashions provided by Elizabeth Anthony and Esther Wolf.



The Junior League of Houston Inc. will host Opening Style Shows on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. at Junior League of Houston Inc., 1811 Briar Oaks Lane in Houston.

The daytime style show lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The evening dinner and show begin at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $45.

For more information or reservations, call 713-871-6673.


David Row, Ritual, 2009; oil on canvas.




Houston, America’s third-largest art market, will be home to the first annual Houston Fine Art Fair from Sept. 15-18 inside the George R. Brown Convention Center. Approximately 80+ international, national and Texas galleries will all be available under one roof.

The Houston Fine Art Fair will offer a broad spectrum of artwork from 1950 to the present, with paintings, drawing, print editions, installation, sculpture and photography. International in scope, the fair will also showcase the “best of the best” in Latin American, South American and Mexican art. Thousands of significant artworks from 500 respected artists will be presented.

Events planned in Houston, for both novice and experienced collectors, will include seminars, artist and collector interviews, and roundtable discussions in an on-site theater.

Regular hours are Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For tickets, registration and more information, contact houstonfineartfair.com.


François Boucher, French, 1703–1770; Lady Fastening Her Garter, 1742, oil on canvas.



Museum Fine Arts Houston presents Life & Luxury: The Art of Living in Eighteenth-Century Paris, which re-imagines, through art and material culture, the lifestyle of elite 18th-century Parisians. The exhibition, beginning Sept. 18, follows the conventional activities in the cycle of a Parisian day —dressing, writing, collecting, eating and evening entertainment — offering a glimpse of these forgotten activities. The exhibition will be on view through Dec. 11.

New Formations: Czech Avant-Garde Art and Modern Glass from the Roy and Mary Cullen Collection opens on Nov. 6. This exhibit sheds light on a still under-known chapter of 20th-century art. The exhibition features more than 150 Czech avant-garde works amassed by Houston philanthropists Roy and Mary Cullen, including outstanding examples from the flowering of Czech Surrealism; rare artists’ books and avant-garde periodicals; and exquisitely molded and blown modern glass. For more information, go to mfah.org.


American sideboard, c. 1790, gift of Ima Hogg.



Known as one of the top antiques shows in the country, the 2011 Theta Charity Antiques Show has another stunning line-up planned from Nov. 17-20 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

For the first time since the devastating fire in 2008, the Texas governor’s mansion will release a collection of fine and decorative arts to display at this year’s show. Jane Karotkin will speak to show guests on Thursday.

The Theta Charity Antiques Show will feature more than 50 premier dealers from around the world at “Our Tribute to Texas,” the 59th Annual Theta Charity Antiques Show. Since its inception in 1952, the Theta Charity Antiques Show has brought together world renowned dealers who sell the finest antiques and decorative arts from the 17th through the 20th centuries and has donated over $6 million to the community. Everything an antiques lover could desire and more will be on display.

Other exciting happenings include the annual Gala Preview Party on Wednesday, and a seated luncheon on Friday featuring “Texas First Families: Reunion and Reminiscence” where Shara Fryer will be the moderator with Texas’ first families. Another great highlight to the show is a forum speech and book signing by Martha Stewart on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Take part in Bob Wakefield’s “An Education for New Collectors” on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at the door for all four days; $9 in advance (does not include forum tickets). Valet parking is available.



SEPT. 10

Young Audiences of Houston will host its annual Previews on Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Designed for principals, educators, administrators and PTA/PTO members, as well as families, arts enthusiasts and patrons, PREVIEWS will showcase more than 30 YAH artists/ensembles offering a vast array of visual art workshops and unique presentations in the performing arts that are designed for PK-12 schools and community venues.

The event also offers a free “Funding The Arts” workshop, designed to share information and strategies on how to bring art programming to a school or organization through creative partnerships, grant writing services and Young Audiences of Houston’s assistance funds. The school is located at 4001 Stanford in Houston.

For additional information or a complete schedule, call 713-520-9267 or visit yahouston.org.




Structure & Forms, the solo exhibition for Onyeka Ibe, will be on exhibit at Thornwood Gallery, 2643 Colquitt Street. The gallery will showcase more than 20 of Ibe’s newest paintings.A reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 6-8 p.m. The exhibit will be on view through Oct. 15

Ibe (pronounced ebay) of Lagos, Nigeria, is well known in the art industry for his timeless abstract landscapes and figurative works. This series is characterized by visual tales of emotion, mood, color, movement, form, textures and other elements. Structure & Forms defines Ibe’s fluid brushwork, palette knife technique, and lack of resistance in applying rich layers of colors.

For additional information, visit thornwoodgallery.com.



Upcoming events at the Children’s Museum of Houston in September and October include: The Vietnamese Mid-Autumn Children’s Festival on Sept. 10. This festival is one of the most exciting and popular holidays for Vietnamese and Asian families. It’s also called the Children’s Festival, the Lantern Festival, or the Mooncake Festival and dates back more than 3,000 years. The Lend a Hand Lion dancers will perform at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the Brown Auditorium.

Fiestas Patrias Celebration will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15. Commemorate Mexico’s fight for freedom by playing traditional games, designing festive banners and enjoying toe-tapping entertainment. Mariachi Hermosura Juvenil will perform at 6 p.m.

Let your imagination roll during the Duct Tape Jam set for Sept. 29-Oct. 5. Have a stick-tastic time designing and constructing items out of this extraordinary invention. Combine cool patterns to make a fashion statement at Junktion.

Museum hours are Tueday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. For more information, visit cmhouston.org or call 713-522-1138.



SEPT. 24

AIM for a CURE Melanoma Walk and Fun Run 5k will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24. Proceeds benefit melanoma research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. All ages and teams are welcome and free skin cancer screenings will be available.

Register online at AIMat­Melanoma.org by Aug. 15 to receive a free T-shirt. Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. The walk/run begins at 8 a.m., followed by presentations at 9:30 a.m. For additional information, contact aimforacure@mdanderson.org or call 713-745-1804.



OCT. 1

The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by rocking the largest footrace in the city, the 21st Annual Komen Houston Race for the Cure on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Beginning and ending in Downtown’s Sam Houston Park, this year’s race is sponsored locally by Marathon Oil Corporation and hopes to raise more than $4 million to be used in Southeast Texas.

The unofficial kick off to the race is the annual Pasta Party, sponsored by Chevron, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. at the Westin Memorial City. Race participants gather and indulge in a pasta meal, desserts and have the opportunity to bid on both a silent and live auction.

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; and a 5K Walk and even a Family Walk/Kids K (approximately 1/2 mile) sponsored by ConocoPhillips Company.

A celebration honoring survivors will be held after the race at the gazebo. In addition, breast cancer survivors, top fundraisers and race sponsors can enjoy an invitation only post-Race breakfast at the Pink Ribbon Café.

The Kids for the Cure Corral is a post-race party for participants 10 years and under that includes bounce houses, face painting and other fun family entertainment.

Entry fees are $35, adults; $20, children; $30, survivors; and $40, competitive runners. Registration for Sleep in for the Cure® is $50 and includes a Race T-shirt, specialty gift, race bib, and a special snooze bib. More information is available at komen-houston.org or by calling 713- 783-9188.



OCT. 2

The Houston Heights Association’s 6th Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2. The event is open to riders of all ages and is designed as a casual, self-paced ride. Participants bicycle a course through the Heights and surrounding areas. Riders can choose between the basic 20-mile ride and scavenger hunt, or a shorter 5-mile ride and scavenger hunt for families. The event starts and ends at Marmion Park.

Each rider receives a rally map, rally card and scavenger hunt clue list. Prizes are awarded to the riders who correctly identify the most mystery sights along the route.

Following the ride, celebrate in Marmion Park for the Post Ride Party starting at 3:30 p.m. and Awards Ceremony at 4:30 p.m., which includes entertainment, door prizes, and refreshments.

The 5-mile Family Ride begins at 2 p.m. Packet pick-up will be at Marmion Park, 18th Street and Heights Boulevard, on ride day beginning at 8 a.m.

For more information or to register, call 713-861-4002, ext. 6, or visit houstonheights.org.



OCT. 22-23

The 2011 AIA Houston Home Tour, a self-guided tour, is set for Saturday, Oct. 22, and Sunday, Oct. 23, from noon-6 p.m. each day.

Tickets are $25; $20 for bike riders, and can be purchased at any of the participating houses and are good both days of the tour.

The tour operates with generous permission from homeowners, community cooperation, 200 volunteers, and each house’s architect eager to share their company’s design with the public.

For more information and updates, visit aiahouston.org/­hometour2011.cfm.



NOV. 5

The Houston Heart Walk is set for Saturday, Nov. 5, at 9 a.m. at Sam Houston Park Downtown. The event will benefit The American Heart Association. There are no fees for this event, but walkers are eligible for a Start! Heart Walk T-shirt once they have raised a minimum of $100. For more information, visit houstonheartwalk.org.

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