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The Arts & Happenings September 2017

Featured modern home by studioMET near Rice Village.


The Modern Architecture + Design Society’s 7th annual Houston Modern Home Tour is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23. The Modern Home Tour gives people a chance to explore and view some of the greatest examples of modern architecture in Houston via a self-guided driving tour.

Year after year, this event provides a fantastic, fun-filled day of local sight-seeing and open-house-style visits for lovers of architecture, design, real estate, and, simply, seeing cool homes. Participating homeowners will show off their modern dwellings to neighbors for a day, and a handful of local architects get a chance to shine in the spotlight. The Lawndale Art Center is the nonprofit partner again for this year’s tour, and a portion of the funds raised will help to further its mission. More information is at modernhometours.com.


The HillBenders present The Who’s TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.


Since 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park has been one of Houston’s most beloved cultural treasures, a gathering place for the community and the site of thousands of memorable free performances. That’s nearly 95 years of memories.

Miller is unique in the United States, offering an eight-month season of professional, artistically-excellent and culturally diverse entertainment completely free of charge to the public. This is the largest “always free” program of its kind in the country and it attracts hundreds of thousands each season. From daytime programs especially for young children to family friendly evening performances of classical music, jazz, ethnic music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, popular concert artists, films and more, this is Houston’s best entertainment value. For a complete list of events, visit milleroutdoortheatre.com.



Houstonians wanting to renovate their homes have a unique opportunity to find what they need at a price they can afford at the 10th Annual GHBA Remodelers Council Charity Garage Sale taking place at the 23rd Texas Home and Garden Show on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24 at NRG Center.

The Garage Sale will feature excess inventory donated by members of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) as well as donations made by their suppliers and local businesses, all available to consumers at deeply discounted prices. Items on hand will include a great variety ranging from flooring, tile and granite, windows, doors, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, trim material, cabinets, a variety of sinks and more. Electronic technology will be available for the first time at the garage sale, from Audio Pro 5.0 surround speakers to Crestron automation, RTI remotes and many networking items.

All proceeds go towards local GHBA charity projects such as Casa de Esperanza, SIRE Therapeutic Equestrian Center, FamilyTime Crisis Center and Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services.

The event will take place in NRG Center, Hall C; Show hours are Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5p.m. Tickets are available online and at the door. For additional information, visit texashomeandgarden.com.



Da Camera of Houston’s 30th Anniversary season, themed “No Place Like Home,” kicks off with the Harlem Quartet and Cuban pianist and composer Aldo López-Gavilán performing From Harlem to Havana at the Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.

Praised by the New York Times for its “panache,” the Harlem Quartet is Ilmar Gavilán, violin; Melissa White, violin; Jaime Amador, viola; and Felix Umansky, cello. Members of the Quartet hail from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the American Midwest, but they call Harlem – with its spectacular diversity and rich artistic history – home. The ensemble was founded in 2006 by The Sphinx Organization, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building diversity in classical music and providing access to music education in underserved communities.

Da Camera’s season continues with the Robert Glasper Experiment on Friday, Oct. 6, and Quatour Mosaïques at the Menil Collection on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

Tickets for From Harlem to Havana: Harlem Quartet start at $37.50. Tickets are available by contacting Da Camera, 1402 Sul Ross, at 713-524-5050 or online at dacamera.com. Tickets for students and senior citizens are always half-price. $5 student rush tickets are available 30 minutes before the concert begins.


Allegro Ballet of Houston’s The Nutcracker.


Allegro Ballet of Houston will be holding open auditions for three full-length productions of The Nutcracker during the holiday season.

Auditions will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, at Allegro Academy of Dance, 12680 Goar Rd., Houston.

Audition times are as follows:

7-8-year-olds: 2-3 p.m.

9-11-year-olds: 3-4 p.m.

12 and up: 4-5 p.m.

There is a $25 fee to audition. For more information or to make reservations, call 281-496-4670.


Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara Brae’s Early Stone Age Dwellings will be presented on Feb. 20.


The Archaeological Institute of America, Houston Society presents its 2017-2018 season of engaging lectures, family events, neighborhood programs, and tours of Gulf Coast areas that share the stories of the past and present.

The core of the Houston Society’s programming is its signature Discover Lecture Series. Renowned speakers share their knowledge for a general audience on topics as diverse as humanity’s journey out of Africa; the discovery of native plants for medical use; and what a Neolithic site can teach about the meaning of home. The Anniversary Season also honors the three founders of the Houston Society: Dominique de Menil, Philip Oliver-Smith, and Walter Widrig.

For a complete list of Discover Lecture Series events, visit houstonarchaeology.info.

The Great Road Trip: New Stories in the Human Evolutionary Journey with Dr. John W. Kappelman, Jr., Professor, The University of Texas at Austin; Houston Museum of Natural Science, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m.

Timeless Beauty: The Astonishing Zeugma Mosaics with Dr. Kutalmiş Görkay, Professor
and Director of the Zeugma Mosaic Project, Ankara University; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Roots of Indigenous Knowledge: Medicinal Plants for Tomorrow with Dr. Maria Fadiman, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University; Houston Museum of Natural Science, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m.

Invisible No More: Reclaiming the Significant Roles of Prehistoric Women with Dr. J.M. Adovasio, Principal Investigator, Old Vero Ice Age Site, Florida Atlantic University; Museum of Fine Arts, Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m.

Hearth, Heart, Home: Skara Brae’s Early Stone Age Dwellings with Nick Card, Project Research Manager, Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology; Houston Museum of Natural Science, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m.



You may partake of all that Italy has to offer at Umbria in Sugar Land, a multi-day Italian Film Festival which will be held in Sugar Land, Sept. 27-Oct. 1 and will feature private and public screenings of seven award-winning, subtitled films from the 2016 international film festival in Spello, Italy.

Hosted by the City of Sugar Land and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Festival del Cinema Citta di Spello ed i Borghi Umbri, the region of Umbria and the city of Spello, the five-day festival will highlight the many cultural offerings of the Umbrian region of Italy including its food, wine, and art, include pre-screening Aperitivos (receptions) an art exhibit showcasing sculpture, photography and crafted jewelry from the Umbrian region of Italy, and an educational seminar entitled “Framing Italian Cinema.”

A summary of the film screenings follows. For more information, a full schedule of events and ticketing information, visit umbriainsugarland.com.

My Italy (La Mia Italia) – An Italian producer searches for investors across Europe while four artists encounter a series of ridiculous events.  Comedy.  Director: Bruno Colella.

Maternity Blues (Il Bene dal Male) – Clara seeks healing from a life-changing event related to post-partum depression and finds a community of women in a psychiatric clinic; all while her husband tries to rebuild his life, still loving her. Drama. Director: Fabrizio Cattani

Greenery will Bloom Again (Torneranno i Prati) – Set in the WWI trenches of Northeastern Front, this film explores a group of soldiers surrounded only by silence, fear and knowing that the memory of their sacrifice may be erased when spring blooms again. Drama/War. Director: Ermanno Olmi

Like Crazy (La Pazza Gioia) – Donatella and Beatrice reside in a psychiatric facility in Tuscany and successfully escape during a field trip beginning an adventure in the open-air nuthouse (the world) that will disclose their pasts and change their lives. Comedy/Drama. Director: Paolo Virzi

The Gospel According to Mattei (Il Vangelo Secondo Mattei) A cynical director returns to Italy, looking for a cinematic success.  Comedy. Director: Antonio Andrisani e Pascal Zullino

Italian Race (Veloce Come il Vento) – A 17-year-old female racer watches her life pulled apart and her
only hope is her addict brother. Drama. Director:
Matteo Rovere .



Special CHEERS (Children with Horses for Evaluation, Education, Rehabilitation, and Socialization) celebrates its 15-year anniversary with Stand by Me, on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 6-9 p.m. at Daisy Dukes, (formerly Rebels Honky Tonk) 5002 Washington Ave.

The event, co-chaired by Barbara Blades-Line, Lynn Kelly and Loraine Lyons, will be a western-themed fundraiser with barbecue, adult beverages, dancing, live and silent auctions and music by the Shayne Still & Southern Blend Band.

The nonprofit operates on 240 acres of land consisting of trails and pasture in Northwest Houston and employs a range of occupational therapy services for children and adults with special needs, with a strong focus on equine therapy. This allows clients to use
the movement of the horse as part of the treatment strategy. (All Special CHEERS horses are rescue animals.) Language development, physical mobility, stability, strength, visual control, motor planning, self-esteem and attention are benefits of using a horse as a treatment tool.

For more information, visit specialcheers.com, call 713-983-0075 or email specialcheers@yahoo.com


(L-R): Dancers Kifyak and Svetlica perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.


Due to the damages of the hurricane, beautiful Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater is forced to cancel all shows, including 80% sold out Swan Lake. We don’t want you to change your plans for the evening, so Russian Grand Ballet’s Swan Lake Oct. 19 show has a new location – Stafford Centre.

Two Shows Only!

Stafford, TX (September, 2017)The Russian Grand Ballet is pleased to present one of the world’s most famous ballets – Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on October 17 and 19, at 7:30pm at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd, Stafford, TX 77477. This full-length classical production features the rarely seen Waltz of the Black Swans, and marks the third time the Russian Grand Ballet has performed in Houston Metro Area. The Stafford Centre shows are a part of their 2017 US Tour: www.RussianGrandBallet.com


Ticket prices are $35, $49, $55, $68 and can be purchased online at StaffordCentre.com, by phone at 281.208.6900, or in person at the Stafford Centre Box Office.


Swan Lake features the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who falls under the spell of an evil sorcerer. Only Prince Siegfried’s devotion can save her. Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake combines pure romanticism and tragedy, in a magical tale of love and deception. The glorious score and gravity-defying choreography have enchanted audiences for over a century, and continue to inspire new generations of dancers and music lovers of all ages.

Russian Grand Ballet’s full-length classical production features Russia’s brightest ballet stars.

Founded by graduates of the great choreographic academies of Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev, and steeped in the history of classical Russian ballet, Russian Grand Ballet has been bringing most beloved full-length classics to audiences around the world since 2005.

Under the leadership of Constantine Pinchuk and award-winning ballet master Andrey Litvinov, the company has expanded to include a corps de ballet of over fifty dancers, joined each year by renowned guest artists dancing principle roles. This year marks the company’s third North American tour with visits to 60 cities across the United States, and the presentation of two masterworks that define the art form – The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. www.RussianGrandBallet.com

For more marketing information contact:

Gulya Hartwick / 347.901.3042 / hartwick.g@gmail.com

Mysterious by NPN, at Fashion X Houston 2016.


OCT. 5-7

Fashion X Houston has announced it will return Thursday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 7 at River Oaks District. The three-night event will present runway shows alfresco showcasing emerging and established Houston-based designers – including season winners and All Stars from Lifetime Television’s hit show Project Runway. Select retailers at River Oaks District will also feature fall trend presentations and in-store events, while The Gallery, a curated space filled with pop-up shops, will offer the latest from local accessories designers.

For more information, visit houston.fashionx.co.



Houston’s Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) has announced A Taste of SPA, an exclusive evening of delicious offerings from some of Houston’s finest establishments as well as a chef panel discussion on the thriving local food scene, on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St.

Co-chairs for the evening are Margaret and Brian Bravo and Drs. Crystal and Randy Wright along with Chef Chair David Cordua. The event will feature live entertainment and raffle prizes and will benefit the Society for the Performing Arts’ Education and Community Engagement Programs, which reach over 100,000 families and students in greater Houston. Attire is business casual/cocktail.

Individual tickets and reserved tables are available. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Lena Khattab at lena@spahouston.org or 713-632-8103 or visit spahouston.org.


Rickybird (mint, hot, pink) by Brian Bress, 2017© the Artist; Courtesy Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles).


The Houston Downtown Management District (Downtown District) and Aurora Picture Show continue to program Sidewalk Cinema with contemporary video works. Rickybird (mint, hot pink) and Still Life (orange to blue) by Los Angeles-based artist Brian Bress are now on view in two windows of the Sakowitz garage at 1111 Main Street. The installation is part of Art Blocks, a public art initiative from the Downtown District aiming to repurpose and reenergize under realized spaces through public art that is accessible to all. The initiative has activated Main Street Square with a series of temporary site-specific works since Feb. 2016.

Bress fabricates costumes and backdrops for his photography and video works, often using the human figure as scaffolding for sculptural forms. Rickybird (mint, hot pink) and Still Life (orange to blue) — both completed in 2017 and displayed in the recent exhibition In Lieu of Flowers Send Memes at Cherry and Martin gallery in Los Angeles — are slow-moving “video paintings” that nod to futurism, minimalism, art deco, Bauhaus, the Memphis group and more.

Rickybird (mint, hot pink) and Still Life (orange to blue) will remain on view through October.

For more information, visit artblockshouston.org.


Henry Winkler


The Blue Bird Circle 2017 Fall Luncheon is set for Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Houston Country Club, 1 Potomac Circle. The guest speaker is actor Henry Winkler – “The Fonz.” Registration for the event opens at 10:30 a.m., with a VIP reception and book signing at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon.

Winkler is an award-winning actor and entertainer, having received two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series and three Emmy nominations. He has a Star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and “Fonzie’s” leather jacket and lunchbox are in the Smithsonian.

Winkler is also a best-selling author of the series of children’s novels, Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Under-Achiever. The books are inspired by Winkler’s own educational struggles due to his learning challenges. They have been on the New York Times and Los Angeles Times Best Seller lists.

Individual tickets range from $150 for general seating, to $1,000 and include special seating, as well as entrance to the VIP reception and book signing with Henry Winkler.

Table seating for 10 guests range from $1500, which includes two tickets to the VIP reception, to $10,000 premier seating, which includes 10 tickets to the VIP reception. Tables for 10 guests for $3,000 include 4 tickets to the VIP reception, and a table for 10 guests for $5,000 includes six tickets to the VIP reception.

Master of ceremonies is Frank Billingsley, chief meteorologist, KPRC Channel 2. This will be Frank’s fourth year to emcee the event. Chair is Anna Hodges. Proceeds will benefit The Blue Bird Circle Clinic for Pediatric Neuro­logy at Texas Children’s Hospital. For tickets and more information, visit thebluebirdcircle.com.



Shoppers will kick off the holidays at the 37th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market “Rockin’ and Shoppin’” at NRG Center from Nov. 8-12. Over 280 merchants from across the country will participate and showcase their unique gift items, including home décor, gourmet food, apparel, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties, accessories and more.

Since 1981, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has grown from humble beginnings as a church bazaar, to being the second-largest charity event at NRG Park. As is tradition each year, the Market takes on a new theme and this year’s “Rockin’ and Shop­pin’” was carefully selected by Market chairman Myrna Fisch. The theme celebrates the shopping experience Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market provides and the fun cultural experience this event creates for shoppers and the community. Ten percent of all merchandise sales, plus proceeds from admission and special event tickets, stays right here in Houston supporting the various programs of Houston Ballet and its Academy.

Over 45 new merchants will make their debut at this year’s Market. New items include decorative Santas from the new Santa Barre, custom-made wreaths for any occasion, interactive crawfish boil sets for kids, vibrant high-quality Native and American jewelry pieces, homemade baked dog treats, and baking and serving options for elegant and casual entertaining, just in time for the holidays. Shoppers can also expect to see returning favorites, such as The Royal Standard featuring home décor, fashionable women’s apparel and accessories, scrumptious cherry products from Cherry Republic, fun novelty glass ornaments by the Ornament Barre, hot new trends in ladies fashion and shoes by Amy B’s, and handcrafted jewelry with semi-precious stones from Bora Jewelry.

New this year, general admission tickets go on sale to the public starting August 15 online at Ticket­master. On Oct. 16, general admission tickets go on sale at all Randalls locations across Houston. Special event tickets (Wells Fargo Preview Party, Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon, Macy’s Fashion Show and Luncheon), Early Bird and group sale general admission tickets can be purchased now by calling 713-535-3231.

For more information, visit Nut­crackerMarket.com.


(L-R): Trio Settecento – John Mark Rozendaal, Baroque ‘cello; Rachel Barton Pine, violin; and David Schrader, harpsichord.


Houston Early Music will bring the vitality, adventure and beauty of long-ago eras to life in coming months when it presents its 2017-2018 concert series. “A Season of Majesty, Myth and Mystery,” will feature five renowned early music ensembles dedicated to showcasing music from the Renaissance through the 18th century – with instruments and styles true to those periods.

“We’re excited to be able to offer programs from so many distant times and places this season,” said Nancy Ellis, artistic director of Houston Early Music. “Each program evokes a powerful sense of the culture that inspired it. Our selections will range from a program inspired by Greek mythology to music from early Latin America to a collection of violin sonatas that span the career of Handel.”

Houston Early Music continues its commitment to its ongoing Hispanic Heritage Series this season and, as part of its educational outreach initiative, all performances will feature a discussion program with the ensemble members prior to the concerts. For more information, full season subscriptions and individual tickets, visit HoustonEarlyMusic.org



As the summer season comes to an end, Moody Gardens Palm Beach will be open weekends only Aug. 26-Sept. 9, including Labor Day. Admission is $23.95 for adults, $18.95 for children and seniors, or $65 for a season pass. Children age 3 and younger can enter Palm Beach free. For more information visit moodygardens.org or 800-582-4673.



The annual Missouri City Police Officers Association Police Invitational Golf Scramble will be held on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Quail Valley Golf Club. The
tournament will recognize past and present First Responders for their service to the community. The tournament will include the presentation of colors
by the MCPD honor guard, the National Anthem sung by a local celebrity, a unique golf ball drop on the 18th green.

Proceeds from the tournament support college scholarships, Adopt-a-Family Program, Bethel Ministries, Boy Scouts, Special Olympics, crime prevention, and financial assistance for Missouri City officers, First Responders and their families.

To register or purchase balls for the Ball Drop, please go to golfquailvalley.com. Balls are $5 each and the prize will be 50 percent of total Ball Drop proceeds. Participants interested in playing in a golf flight and/or businesses and individuals looking for sponsor opportunities can also visit the website or contact Detective Keith Boyett at kboyett26@gmail.com or 281-403-5827, or Missouri City Councilman Floyd Emery at floydemery@sbcglobal.net or 713-562-0331.



Be An Angel is hosting Designer Purse Bingo on Thursday, Sept. 14 at Life HTX, 2512 Woodhead from 6-9 p.m. The evening will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes. Seating is limited to 200 ladies.

The evening includes 20 different bingo games. Each game winner will win a high-dollar designer purse. Ten games will be played for purses valued between $250 to $1,000 and five games for very high-end purses valued at $1500 and up. The games will be called by professional bingo caller Marty Drake who also has a special needs child.

Some of the purses lined up and ready for the games include Furla Bags, Trina Turk, Michael Kors, Elaine Turner, Kate Spade and Luis Vuitton.

For additional information, contact Barbara Heim at 281-219-3313 or Barbara@BeAnAngel.org.


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