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The Arts & Happenings September 2016

A piece from the exhibit White Clay/Black Magic: Burnished Ceramics by Helena Gijsbers van Wijk.

A piece from the exhibit White Clay/Black Magic: Burnished Ceramics by Helena Gijsbers van Wijk.


This September, The Jung Center is exhibiting the expressionistic paintings of Misha Penton with the numinous ceramics of Helena Gijsbers van Wijk.

Misha Penton’s work in blood & salt resounds in expressionistic landscapes where elemental energies of wild places converge with the reflectivity of the inner life. Misha – a painter, sound artist, contemporary classical singer, and writer – works with the poetics of movement, intuition, improvisation, and play.

Helena Gijsbers van Wijk’s burnished ceramics on display in White Clay/Black Magic are her take on the functional pottery of Native Americans. Her sculptures, after being extensively polished with smooth stones, gain an otherworldly beauty – a mystique – that couldn’t be achieved any other way. They invite the viewers to touch, which Helena encourages, since the tactile qualities are an essential part of the sculptures. Helena’s ceramics blend ancient technique with contemporary aesthetics to give the audience a unique sensory experience.

For more than 50 years, The Jung Center has served as a nonprofit resource unique to Houston – a forum for dynamic and compelling conversations on a diverse range of psychological, artistic, and spiritual topics.

The Jung Center’s building was originally designed as an art gallery and mounts approximately nine exhibits of work by both established and emerging artists each year. The Jung Center is an active member of the Houston Museum District. Admission to the gallery and opening receptions is free and open to the public.

These exhibits will be on display Sept. 1-28 at The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 5-7 p.m. For more information, visit junghouston.org.



The National Museum of Funeral History will showcase a 9/11 15th Anniversary Memorial exhibit, an extension of its 9/11 and Fallen Heroes Tribute permanent exhibit, to memorialize the men and women who lost their lives on 9/11 and pay tribute to the first responders. It also honors the courageous men and women who have sacrificed their life on other occasions while “on the job” as firefighters and police officers. The exhibit will open Sept. 1 and continue through Dec. 31.

Sept. 11, 2001 was a heartbreaking day in our nation’s history. The first responders, particularly members of Fire Department New York and the New York Police Department, did not turn away.

“Commemoration of these sorts of tragic events is an important component of the healing process after the loss of life,” stated Genevieve Keeney, president of the National Museum of Funeral History.

The special 9/11 15th Anniversary Memorial exhibit will showcase memorial books from funeral homes around the nation that were displayed for people to express their condolences and grief for all of those who lost their lives on 9/11. This is the first time they have been seen by the public. The Museum will also have ashes from the grounds at the Twin Towers.

Entrance into the exhibit is included in the price of general admission to the museum. Tickets are available online at nmfh.org or on-site at the National Museum of Funeral History, located at 415 Barren Springs Dr., Houston. For more information, visit the website or call 281-876-3063.



Since 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park has been one of Houston’s most beloved cultural treasures. Miller is unique in the U.S., offering an eight-month season of professional, artistically excellent and culturally diverse entertainment completely free of charge. The largest “always free” program of its kind in the country, it attracts hundreds of thousands each season, from daytime programs for young children to family friendly evening events.

For more information, visit milleroutdoortheatre.com.



Aurélie Mathigot, “Pic-Nic,” 2006. Crochet, wool thread, cotton, wrex. 28 x 42 cm photo Aurélie Mathigot

Aurélie Mathigot, “Pic-Nic,” 2006.
Crochet, wool thread, cotton, wrex. 28 x 42 cm
photo Aurélie Mathigot


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) will present BEST IF USED BY, a group exhibition organized by HCCC Curatorial Fellow, Sarah Darro from Sept. 2-Jan. 15 in the Artist Hall at the HCCC, 4848 Main Street.

The exhibition investigates the dynamic intersection of craft and food in contemporary culture. Featuring six U.S. and international artists, Celia Butler, Kazuki Guzmán, Joshua Kosker, Aurélie Mathigot, Yuka Otani, and Rachel Shimpock, this show aims to probe the very definitions of craft by staging critical comparisons among works that are moving at varying rates of consumption and deterioration. The works range in material from wool, ceramic, and electroformed metal to cast sugar, cured tangelo peels, and needle-worked bananas.

The fields of craft and artisanal food are simultaneously experiencing revitalization amid a renewed embrace of handmade culture. The term craft is often invoked in culinary and consumer contexts to denote quality and handmade production. The works in BEST IF USED BY investigate the entanglement of these worlds. Viewers are invited to examine the intersecting and diverging qualities of the displayed pieces, all of which possess a complex embodiment of tradition, specialized knowledge, process, culture, and artistry.

The public is invited to an opening reception and artist talk with Celia Butler on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 3-5 p.m. and another one with Kazuki Guzmán on Saturday, Oct. 8 from 3-5 p.m.

The HCCC is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Admission is free. Visit crafthouston.org for more information.


Sweet Georgia, a work in Elemental Alchemy, by Paula Haymond.

Sweet Georgia, a work in Elemental Alchemy, by Paula Haymond.


Paula Haymond’s exhibition, Elemental Alchemy, will be on view Sept. 3-Sept. 29 at Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy. The artist will be available to visit with guests during the opening reception on Sept. 10 from 5-8 p.m. with an artist’s talk at 6:30 p.m.

Elemental Alchemy is an exhibition of diverse works in wood, metal, and stone. At the heart of medieval alchemy was the idea that all matter was composed of four elements: earth, air, fire and water. With the right combination of elements, it was theorized that any substance on earth might be formed. This included precious metals as well as elixirs to cure disease and prolong life. While Haymond makes no claim to cure disease, she does transform base elements into art.

Using wood, brass, resin, Paua shell, fine silver, gold, opals, turquoise, and gem stones among others, she creates the intricate landscapes and pictographs of imagined ancient cultures.

Haymond often starts with highly figured wood as the foundation of her sculptures. Using a wood lathe, she creates the designs from which emerge individual pieces which are carved, burned, inlayed and mounted on stone bases. Haymond has expanded her work from wood to include brass musical instruments that she patinates to bring about a multicolored background for her carving and piercing to shine through.

Haymond is a retired licensed psychologist turned professional artist. Residing in Katy, she creates sculptures of wood and brass. Having completed an intensive internship at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in 2011, she joined Archway Gallery in 2012. Since then she has had both solo and collaborative shows at Archway Gallery and the Carl Jung Center of Houston.


Jenna Bush

Jenna Bush


On Sept. 14, co-chairs Heather Simpson and Gwen Emmett invite the public to join Jenna Bush Hager for the Pearls of Wisdom luncheon at the Houston Country Club from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The NBC Today correspondent, New York Times best-selling author, UNICEF Next Generation Initiative chair and former First Daughter will share gems from her journey.

Individual tickets begin at $125 and table sponsorships begin at $5,000 with proceeds from the event going to support community-based behavioral health education, training, outreach and awareness initiatives provided by the Mental Health America of Greater Houston. For more information, visit mhahouston.org.


Kacee Clanton as Janis Joplin in A Night With Janis Joplin.

Kacee Clanton as Janis Joplin in A Night With Janis Joplin. photo-Mark & Tracy Photography.


Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd announces the cast and creative team for the theatre’s Summer Thrills Series and Broadway musical event – A Night With Janis Joplin. The Tony-Award nominated musical runs through Sept. 18 in the Hubbard Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at alleytheatre.org or by calling the box office at 713-220-5700.

A Night With Janis Joplin is the celebration of powerful music and extraordinary artists, and qualifies, excitingly, as an electric piece of theatre,” says Boyd. “I’ve wanted to bring Janis back to the Alley for some time because I knew that audiences here feel about this artist – Port Arthur’s most famous daughter – the way I do. She was unique; she was hugely influential; but mostly she was that rarest of things – a performer whose honesty and feeling were undeniable, and who left something of herself in everyone who heard her.”

That voice – high, husky, earthy, explosive – remains among the most distinctive and galvanizing in pop history. But Janis Joplin didn’t merely possess a great instrument; she threw herself into every syllable, testifying from the very core of her being. Fueled by such unforgettable songs as “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Mercedes Benz,” “Cry Baby” and “Summer­time,” and a remarkable cast, A Night With Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences.




Each year, Houston Food Bank provides more than 79 million nutritious meals to food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies, feeding 800,000 people each year. To bring awareness to the important issue of hunger, the Houston Food Bank and hunger relief agencies across the country have designated September as Hunger Action Month. Thursday, Sept, 8 is the official Hunger Action Day.

The Houston theme for the month is Hunger Bites, Bite Back. The social media hashtag for the month is #hungerbites.

A few of the special activities and events for Hunger Action Month are listed below. For a full schedule of events, visit houstonfoodbank.org or call 713-223-3700.

Houston City Hall, Sept. 6-9 – In support of Hunger Action Month and Houston Food Bank’s efforts, City of Houston will illuminate the City Hall building in orange (the official color of hunger relief). Stop by and take a “selfie” to post to social media.

Karbach Happy Hour for Hunger, Thurs­day, Sept. 8, 5-8 p.m. – Location: Karbach Brewing Co. 2032 Karbach St. Karbach Brewing Co. will host the Karbach Happy Hour for Hunger. $20 for three beers and a souvenir pint glass.

Helpie Hour: Rock the Box Edition, Thurs­day, Sept. 29, 6-9 p.m. Location: Houston Food Bank 535 Portwall St. Targeted towards Houston’s young professionals. After their shift, volunteers will mingle over food and drinks in the HFB Lobby. There will also be a free music performance.

SOS Taste of the Nation Houston – Sept. 20, 6-9 p.m. The Corinthian, 202 Fannin Street. More than 40 of Houston’s hottest chefs and mixologists will donate their time, talent and passion to raise funds to end childhood hunger in America. Enjoy food, wines, local craft beers and premium spirits and a silent auction. General Admission: $125; VIP Admission: $200. For tickets and information, visit strength.org/Houston.


Guest artist Anat Ronen's work will serve as inspiration to young artists participating in the Making a Mark program.

Guest artist Anat Ronen’s work will serve as inspiration to young artists participating in the Making a Mark program.


The Periwinkle Foundation has announced that Houston-based visual artist Anat Ronen has been chosen as the official guest artist for the 2016 Making A Mark program, an exhibition of art and creative writing by children touched by cancer and blood disorders at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. Ronen has chosen a theme of Texas animals for the 26th annual art exhibit.

For the project, Anat will facilitate a series of workshops during which patients undergoing treatment for cancer and blood disorders, along with their siblings, will work to create small sections of a larger image created by Anat. The final master project will consist of five large-scale images which will be displayed at Texas Children’s Hospital for the Grand Opening of the 26th Making A Mark exhibit on Sept. 10.

“Anat Ronen is well known for several of her mesmerizing art murals around Houston and we are thrilled to welcome her as this year’s Making A Mark guest artist,” says Doug Suggitt, Executive Director of The Periwinkle Foundation. “The Periwinkle Arts In Medicine Program is one of the many ways our organization works to bring empowering, therapeutic experiences to children and families touched by cancer. Anat’s larger than life artistic creations will certainly provide inspiration to young patients participating in this year’s project.”

Since 2001, The Periwinkle Arts In Medicine Program at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center has brought unique opportunities for self-expression, empowerment and development of coping skills to patients and their families, in concert with professional artists and writers. Periwinkle’s Arts and Creative Writing Program culminates each year in Making A Mark, an exhibition of art and creative writing by children and teens touched by cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. To learn more, visit periwinklefoundation.org.


Mamma Mia! returns to Houston for its final farewell tour.

Mamma Mia! returns to Houston for its final farewell tour.


Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ Mamma Mia!, the smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA, returns to the BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center season as a part of its final farewell tour. Only four performances will play on Oct. 6, 7 and 9 at the Hobby Center located at 800 Bagby Street in Houston’s Theater District.

Mamma Mia! is one of the most successful musicals of all time, the eighth-longest running show in Broadway history and one of only five musicals to have run for more than 10 years on Broadway.

Inspired by the storytelling magic of ABBA’s songs from “Dancing Queen” and “S.O.S.” to “Money, Money, Money” and “Take a Chance on Me,” this show is a celebration of mothers and daughters, old friends and new family found.

Tickets start at $35 and are available by phone at 800-982-2787; online at BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org; or at the Hobby Center Box Office, 800 Bagby.



On Oct. 2, join fellow bikers for a the Houston Heights Association’s annual 20-mile Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt along a course winding through the Houston Heights and nearby neighborhoods. In addition, a shorter, 5-mile ride designed for kids and accompanying adults will be available. Each entrant will receive a rally card, a rally map and a scavenger hunt clue list, which describes a sight or object that can be observed from the rally course. The entrant who locates the most mystery objects is the winner.

For more information contact the Houston Heights Association at 713-861-4002 or visit the Events page at houstonheights.org for event updates.


The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Brass Quintet.

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Brass Quintet.


The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s (ROCO) October concert schedule follows:

ROCO’s Unchambered series, on the stage at the Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston (MATCH), features individual ROCO musicians in an intimate chamber ensemble. The series opens Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. at Matchbox 3, 3400 Main St. ROCO will perform “Fantasy, Love and Sex(tet),” featuring cellist Richard Belcher and violinist Cece Belcher in a program that comprises Robert Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces Op. 73 for Cello and Piano, Erwin Schulhoff’s Duo for Violin and Cello and Ernő Dohnányi’s Sextet for Clarinet, Horn, Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello.

For tickets and more information, visit




The Houston Construction Industry Charities’ sixth annual fundraising extravaganza, the Guitars N’ Cars Auto Show & VIP Benefit, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Sam Houston Race Park. This family event is all about classic cars, vintage guitars and veterans, with funds raised once again benefiting U.S.VETS-Houston.

The show kicks off at noon with the Guitars N’ Cars Auto Show, which is open to the public and runs until 5 p.m., showcasing American classics, exotics, hot rods, muscle machines, cars, trucks and motorcycles galore. It’s a rain or shine, family-friendly gathering, with live music, VIP tent and a kid’s zone offering pedal car races, Trunk or Treat, bounce houses and games.

The Guitars N’ Cars VIP Benefit, from 6-10 p.m., is an adult-only celebration with live music, a fantastic guitar display courtesy of Fuller’s Guitar, silent and live auctions, dinner, drinks and a “Top 40” display of celebrated motorcars.

Houston Construction Industry Charities was founded with a mission to unite local construction industry resources in giving back to the local community. As in previous years, the nonprofit is committed to raising money for the Houston U.S. Vets program, helping with housing, job placement and the general daily needs of over 500 veterans. Guitars N’ Cars serves as the charities’ main annual fundraiser and all levels of participation help fuel the cause.

General admission to the Auto Show is $10 for adults and $5 for children (or free with a donated item from the needs list). Vehicle entry registration in the Auto Show is $25 and all makes, models and years are welcome. Cars can be registered in advance or on the day itself. Tickets to the evening Guitars N’ Cars VIP Benefit are $50. Visit hcias.com for full details.



Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is thrilled to present the original stage version of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, the musical that inspired the iconic 1974 film, live on stage in Zilkha Hall Nov. 8-20.

See O’Brien’s theatrical creation come to life on stage with its rock ‘n’ roll score performed by live musicians. Interact with the actors as they breathe life into your favorite characters without the distraction of a movie screen. Each scene will leave you shivering with antici…pation.

Directing the show is Mitchell Greco, artistic associate at Stages Repertory Theatre, who is well-known to Houston audiences for his work on shows such as Xanadu, Honky Tonk Angels and Big Fish. This production will mark Greco’s TUTS directorial debut.

Sheldon Epps, artistic advisor for TUTYS says, “I am so pleased to be working with an amazingly talented Houston-based creative team for this show, and to be collaborating with artists from other much respected local arts organizations. For everyone here at TUTS, it is crucial to stay connected to the vast network of talent the city has to offer. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to do exactly that with this production.”

Choreographing the production is Kristin Warren who audiences will remember from her work on Murder Ballad. Ryan McGet­tigan is the scenic designer with costume design by Colleen Grady.

Tickets range from $39-$89. For more information, visit TUTS.com.

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