Houston Grand Opera Launches Spring Repertoire with Puccini’s Beloved Tosca

Star soprano and HGO Butler Studio alumna Tamara Wilson leads the cast as Floria Tosca

On April 21, 2023, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) opens its spring repertoire with Puccini’s Tosca, one of the world’s most beloved—and performed—operas. This riveting production is led by soprano Tamara Wilson, a Butler Studio alumna who is now one of the most recognizable voices in opera, in her role debut as the diva Tosca—a destination achievement for the world’s great sopranos.

Star tenor Jonathan Tetelman makes his company debut as the heroine’s beloved Cavaradossi, with Grammy-nominated baritone Rod Gilfry returning to HGO as the powerful villain Scarpia, who comes between the lovers after Cavaradossi hides a political prisoner, leading to tragedy. Frequent HGO collaborator John Caird directs, with Benjamin Manis conducting.

A co-production with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the opera runs two hours and 31 minutes with two intermissions. It is sung in Italian with projected English translation.

The cast of Tosca includes soprano Tamara Wilson as Tosca, tenor Jonathan Tetelman as Cavaradossi, and baritone Rod Gilfry as Scarpia, as well as two Butler Studio alumni: bass baritone Nicholas Newton as Sacristan and bass Daniel Noyola as Angelotti. Tenor Matthew Grills makes his HGO debut as Spoletta. John Caird directs, with Benjamin Manis at the podium.

Performance dates include: Friday, April 21, 2023, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, April 23, 2023, at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, May 5, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $20 to $210. For more information and to buy tickets, visit or call the Box Office at 713-228-6737. 

Photo: Lynn Lane

Main Street Theater Brings Canada’s La Fille Du Laitier “Theatre Delivery Service” & Production of Macbeth Muet Back to Houston for LIMITED RUN, Jan. 27 – 30, 2023 at Ovations in Rice Village

Main Street Theater (MST) is bringing back Canadian theater company La Fille Du Laitier and its production of Macbeth Muet to Houston January 27 – 30, 2023. 

This is a not-to-be missed, brilliant, hilarious, inventive, thrilling, one hour version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. MST Artistic Director Rebecca Greene Udden first saw La Fille Du Laitier’s Macbeth Muet in New York several years ago and was captivated by their innovation and ingenuity. “You’ve just never seen anything quite like it!” says Udden. “And the show is hilarious!” MST brought the show to Houston in 2018 and is excited to bring La Fille Du Laitier back in 2023.

About Macbeth Muet: Shakespeare’s classic is performed entirely without words as the ultimate power couple is transformed through their dark and fateful choices in this hilarious, high-speed romp of object theatre, dance, and pure madness. For ages 13+

About La Fille Du Laitier:  La Fille du Laitier is a theatre delivery service, “bringing creative and innovative theatre to your doorstep! We want to reinterpret and reimagine theatre classics, bringing them to a modern audience, both young and old, at an affordable price. La Fille du Laitier believes in reclaiming our right to madness, and the freedom of the imagination!” 

Macbeth Muet runs January 27 – 30, 2023 at Ovations in Rice Village, 2536 Times Blvd.  Performances are at 7:30pm.  Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can.  All tickets are on sale via phone at 713.524.6706 or online at  



WICKED, Houston’s most popular musical, will return to the Hobby Center May 31 – July 2, 2023 as part of the Memorial Hermann Broadway at the Hobby Center 2022-2023 Season. Tickets for the return engagement go on sale Friday, December 9 at 10 AM

The Broadway sensation WICKED looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin, who is smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade,” and by Time Magazine as “a magical Broadway musical with brains, heart, and courage.”  NBC Nightly News calls the hit musical “the most successful Broadway show ever.”

Now the 5th longest-running show in Broadway history, WICKED is the winner of over 100 international awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards.  Since opening in 2003, WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 16 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland and China) and has thus far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean and Portuguese. WICKED has been seen by over 60 million people worldwide and has amassed over $5 billion in global sales.

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman.  The production is directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello with musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento.  WICKED is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

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Performing Arts Houston presents Blind Boys of Alabama

Performing Arts Houston is proud to present Blind Boys of Alabama for their special holiday performance with Sarah Grace & the Soul. The gospel legends will perform their takes on holiday classics, such as White Christmas, Silent Night, and more on December 4, 2022, at Jones Hall. 

In the seven decades that Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing together, the group has defined the sound of the American south and helped to keep its spirit alive. The original members met as children at the Alabama Institute for the Blind in the 1930s and began performing at benefits for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They released their debut single “I Can See Everybody’s Mother But Mine” in 1948, launching a 70-year recording career that would earn them five GRAMMY® Awards, entry into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and collaboration with Mavis Staples, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and more.

In 2013 the band worked with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver to release I’ll Find A Way, a collection of old and new spiritual songs, introducing the Blind Boys to a new generation of fans. Since their debut single in 1948, the Blind Boys have been hailed as “gospel titans” (Rolling Stone) and have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages. They have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career spanning over 75 years with no signs of diminishing.


The Blind Boys will be joined by Houston-native and University of Houston student Sarah Grace. The singer was a semi-finalist on season 15 of The Voice, quickly becoming a fan-favorite with her soulful vocals. Her repertoire spans across many genres, ranging from pop to vintage blues and American roots styles. Sarah Grace, along with her band The Soul, were crowned “Best Newcomers” by Houston Press, and won the 2018 Old Settlers Music Festival Youth Competition.

Ticket Information

Tickets start at $29. Tickets can be purchased through the Performing Arts Houston website at or by calling our box office at (713) 227-4772. 

Briana J. Resa Will Star in Isaac Gómez’s What-A-Christmas!

The Adult Holiday comedy follows a Texan Scrooge who’s flippin’ burgers, flingin’ fries, and seein’ spirits.

 The Tony Award®-winning Alley Theatre announces the cast and creative team of Isaac Gómez’s world premiere What-A-Christmas! The play is directed by KJ Sanchez (Quixote Nuevo) and runs December 2 – December 24, 2022 in the Neuhaus Theatre. An Alley All New commission, What-A-Christmas! now makes its world premiere this holiday season. 

The Christmas Eve overnight shift is Margot’s personal tradition — even if that means spending the holiday dealing with grumpy drive-thru customers and an equally grumpy robotic Santa. But when her dead best friend Jackie Marley drops by to warn her of impending late-night visits by spirits, Margot has no choice but to roll with the punches and confront the very Scrooge she’s become. It’s a Christmas Eve like none other in this brand-new holiday show filled with humor and heart set right here in Htown by Texan playwright Isaac Gómez.

“This year at the Alley, we are creating two all-new Christmas Carol plays, one spectacular production for the family closely based on Dicken’s classic and one for adults that is a modern reimagining with a Houston flair created by Isaac Gómez,” said Alley Artistic Director Rob Melrose. ” Isaac’s What-A Christmas! is fresh, hilarious, inventive, surprising, and at the end of the day, quite moving. I am especially excited for Briana to star in this one-woman tour-de-force.  She was riveting in our 2020-21 digital production of Isaac’s El Chuco Town Forever. Come twice to the Alley during this holiday season and meet both Scrooges!”

What-a-Christmas! is my warm holiday gift to my Texas upbringing, the working class, and to Scrooge himself,” shares playwright Isaac Gómez. “I am excited about the opportunity to show Houstonians a modern-day version of a classic story that will hopefully last a lifetime — one they can see themselves in.”

“I am pleased to have been part of the Alley Theatre’s development process for What-A-Christmas! and am looking forward to continuing that work with fearless collaborators, Isaac, KJ and Laura,” shares Briana J. Resa. “We will be cooking up something special for Houston audiences.”

Briana J. Resa will star as Margot in this one-woman show with Laura Moreno as her understudy and assistant director.

Tickets to What-A-Christmas! are now on sale and start at $28. Discounted tickets are available for military, seniors, and any student or educator, regardless of age, with a valid student ID for designated performances. Tickets can be ordered online ( or by phone (713.220.5700).

Alley Theatre Announces the Cast & Creative Team of Edward Albee’s Seascape

Alley favorite Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play centers on mature, loving relationships

The Tony Award®-winning Alley Theatre announces the cast and creative team of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play – Seascape, written by Tony-Award Winner Edward Albee. This provocative and fantastical story featuring an encounter between two couples, one human and one sea creature, runs October 14 – November 13, 2022, in the Neuhaus Theatre and is directed by Nathan Winkelstein

From major American playwright and Alley favorite Edward Albee comes a Pulitzer Prize-winning play that tackles two of the playwright’s favorite subjects: marriage and what it means to be human. With his signature wit, Albee introduces a middle-aged couple, Nancy and Charlie, taking a stroll on a deserted beach. Facing retirement, they argue with comfortable familiarity about how to spend the rest of their lives. When a second couple, sea creatures Sarah and Leslie, arrives from the depths of the ocean, a pitched encounter, both surreal and profound, ensues. It seems that Sarah and Leslie are also at a turning point in their lives, and they are also like no other couple Nancy and Charlie have ever met. A tender and often laugh-out-loud love story, told by way of an unusual marriage counseling session.

“In Seascape, playwright Edward Albee provides a different lens through which to watch ‘normal’ behavior,” shares director Nathan Winkelstein. “He asks us to question whether our ‘norms’ are in fact truly normal, and others’ ‘abnormal’ natures are truly abnormal, or whether deep down, we might be more similar to anthropomorphic sea creatures than we think. I am thrilled and humbled to bring Seascape to the Neuhaus and Edward Albee back home to Alley Theatre.”

“I’ve loved Edward Albee’s words since the very start of my theatre studies,” shares Artistic Director Rob Melrose. “I loved getting to know him while I was a student at Princeton and he was directing the world premiere of Marriage Play at the McCarter Theater (a co-production with the Alley).  He was a fascinating man with a razor-sharp mind.   At a meeting with Albee, I brought him two books to sign for me: my copies of Virginia Woolf and Seascape.  When I handed him Seascape, his eyes lit up and he said, ‘You know, this is a really great play!’  I said to him, ‘Yes, I know, it is my favorite which I why I wanted you to sign it!’  What I love about Seascape is that it has all the verbal delights of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Zoo Story but it also had this fantastically surreal aspect to it through the sea creatures. During my time as Artistic Director, I hope to honor Edward Albee’s legacy and the part the Alley Theatre played in it.”

The cast of Edward Albee’s Seascape includes Franchelle Stewart Dorn (Off-Broadway: 20th Century Blues, Film: Die Hard With a Vengeance) as NancyZachary Fine (Broadway: China Doll with Al Pacino) as Leslie, Philip Goodwin (Off-Broadway: Grace) as Charlie and Raven Justine Troupe (Amerikin) as Sarah.

Tickets to Edward Albee’s Seascape are now on sale and start at $26. Discounted tickets are available for military, seniors, and any student or educator, regardless of age, with a valid student ID for designated performances. Tickets can be ordered online ( or by phone (713.220.5700). 

Last Stop on Market Street at Main Street Theatre

Based on the book by Matt de la Peña

About the Production

Last Stop on Market Street is directed by Laura Moreno. Musical direction is by Eduardo Guzman. The cast includes Algy Alfred, Jonathan Bynum, Tyler Galindo, Alexandra Szeto-Joe, Christopher Szeto-Joe, Sloane Teagle, and Diana Alcaraz Villa.

Main Street Theater (MST) is opening its Theater for Youth 2022-2023 season with Matt de la Peña’s award-winning book Last Stop on Market Street. De la Peña is the first Latinx author to ever receive prestigious children’s literature Newbery award for Last Stop on Market Street. The Newbery is rarely awarded to picture books.

De la Peña also won a Caldecott medal and was a Charlotte Zolotow Award Honor Book. “When we did The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963 last season,” shares Vivienne M. St. John, MST Theater for Youth Artistic Director, “I heard some audience members saying how much they loved the story but wished that not all the stories about their history were about the Civil Rights movement or slavery. Last Stop on Market Street is a story that is playful and fun with all kinds of people celebrating their community.”

Main Street Theater is partnering with Houston Area Visually Impaired Network and Loaves & Fishes for the production. In addition to the food drive MST is hosting for Loaves & Fishes (see below), the cast and crew of the production will also be volunteering at Loaves & Fishes.

Performances will be held at MST’s MATCH location, 3400 Main St., Houston, TX  77002:

Saturdays, October 8, 15 & 22, 2022 at 10:30am and 1:30pm. 

Recommended for Pre-Kindergarten and older – grown-ups, too! All tickets are on sale via phone at 713.524.6706 or online at Tickets are $18 – $28. Group rates are available. No children under 3 are admitted in the theater (including sleeping babies). (Performances are also available for school groups and homeschools. Call 713.524.9196 ext 1 or visit the website.)

Main Street Theater also offers Accommodations Performances:

ASL Performance: October 22, 2022 at 1:30pm

Sensory-Friendly / Relaxed Performance: October 2 at 12:30pm

Audio Described Performance: October 2 at 3:30pm (email to reserve).  

Goode Company Armadillo Palace Welcomes Roger Creager Piano Bar Show, December 23

The Roger Creager Piano Bar Show has become a holiday tradition at Goode Co. Armadillo Palace, Houston’s favorite honky-tonk, community watering hole and gathering spot.  The fun continues this year on Friday, December 23…and tickets are now on sale!

Roger Creager is a Corpus Christi native who loves adventure and traveling the world, but he never strays too far from his South Texas roots. His charisma, high energy and incredible talent encourage his fans – young and old – to return show after show, year after year.  For the popular Roger Creager Piano Bar Show, guests are encouraged to join the singer/songwriter in the sing-a-long show.  Doors open at 8 pm, and the show begins at 9:30 pm. 

The show is for ages 21 & up, and will be held in The Hall and The Backyard. Parking is limited – ridesharing is encouraged!

Tickets:  General admission (standing room only) – $25 in advance and $30 at the door. VIP booth:  $400 in advance with entry for 6 people and $450 at the door. Ticket Link:

For more information on Armadillo Palace and live performances, visit and 713-526-9700.

Instagram: @armadillopalace    Facebook: @GoodesArmadilloPalace. 

Photo courtesy of Goode Co. Armadillo Palace

Alley Theatre Hosts Young Actor Auditions for A Christmas Carol

Calling all young actors ages 5 to 13 to be considered for Rob Melrose’s magical new adaptation of the heart-warming holiday classic

 Alley Theatre is holding auditions for children between the ages of 5 and 13 to be considered for roles in Alley Theatre’s 2022 production of A Christmas Carol. Those wishing to audition must be available for rehearsals and performances October 4 through December 30, 2022. 

REQUIREMENTS:  Children must be between the ages of 5 and 13; and may not be members of AEA or SAG-AFTRA.

Children auditioning should be prepared to sing one verse a cappella from a traditional holiday song such as “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” or “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Children should also prepare an age-appropriate short monologue, story or joke. Total material prepared should not exceed two minutes.

WHEN: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2022 by appointment only at the Alley Theatre on 615 Texas Avenue.

Beginning August 1, parents may schedule their child by emailing contact information (name, phone number, the child’s name and child’s age) to 


Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) announced changes to its upcoming 2022/23 Season including the addition of a brand new show.

TUTS previously announced the full season back in March, which included a co-production of a new show, The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation. However, the new show unexpectedly will not be traveling to Houston after all.

“We heard from the show’s producers that due to the rising costs of materials among other things, The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation will not be touring to Houston,” said Dan Knechtges, Theatre Under The Stars Artistic Director. “The road to bringing a new musical to life always has some unexpected twists and turns, and that’s what is happening with the show.”

However, in yet another unexpected turn of events, TUTS will be producing the regional premiere of The Secret of My Success. Based on the hit 1980s film that starred Michael J. Fox.

“We are all so excited to jump back into the world of this show. And at TUTS with Dan Knechtges, in particular!” said Gordon Greenberg, who along with Steve Rosen, wrote the book for the musical.

TUTS is partnering with Universal Theatrical Group (WickedMean Girls) to create a brand-new production of the musical that has only performed in one other place, Chicago, where it was met with rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.

Tickets for Theatre Under The Stars 2022/23 Season are currently available by subscription. Season ticket holders enjoy a variety of perks including first access to seats, complimentary ticket exchanges, and savings on additional seats. Subscriptions for all or part of the six-show season are available now. Tickets for individual shows will be on sale starting July 11th. Visit or call 713.558.8887 to learn more.

Grammy® Award-winning Houston Chamber Choir announces 2022-2023 season, “A Heart for the Choral Art” 

Season subscriptions now on sale for 28th season

The Grammy® Award-winning Houston Chamber Choir, under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director Robert Simpson, announces its new 2022-2023 season, “A Heart for the Choral Art,” with season subscriptions now on sale to the public at Single tickets for all concerts go on sale on Aug. 5.

“The diversity and scope of our upcoming season highlights, once again, the Houston Chamber Choir’s musical range and endless curiosity,” says Simpson. “Each concert has a unique focus taking us from choral classics by Vaughan Williams to underappreciated gems by Black composers and the heartfelt Indie Folk music of Iron and Wine. Yet, at the core of each performance will be one unifying element, our heart for the choral art.”

The 28th season opens in September with a festival concert in tribute to English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams celebrating his 150th birthday, followed by a return to Miller Outdoor Theatre in October for This Land is Your Land, focusing on our nation’s great folk songs. This concert is free to the public.

In November, the Houston Chamber Choir presents Desert Island Playlist, a program of all-time favorites, while December brings Christmas at the Villa with a return to Villa de Matel for four concerts the weekend of Dec. 10 – 11. The event has been a favorite holiday tradition for Houstonians for many years.

Hear the Future returns in January with performances by three stellar choirs from area schools – elementary, middle and high school. February brings Mass for the Endangered by American composer Sara Kirkland-Snider, with special guest ensemble Loop38. 

In March, Dr. Anthony Trecek-King serves as guest conductor for Ancestors’ Dreams, exploring works by Black composers, including spirituals. The season finale in May features singer-songwriter Sam Beam, known as Iron & Wine, in his first performance with a choral ensemble.

Season subscriptions start at $50 for students up to $201 for the six-concert option. For information about ticketing and subscriptions, visit the Houston Chamber Choir website at Land is Your Land and Hear the Future are free and open to the public.

The Houston Chamber Choir continues its successful podcast series With One Accord, described as a “one-stop shop for choral joy.”   Season 3 starts in September 2022 stay tuned for more information. Previous seasons are available on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsSpotify PodcastsAnchor and YouTube

For more information on the Houston Chamber Choir go to or call 713-224-5566. 

Photos courtesy of Houston Chamber Choir

Houston Grand Opera Appoints Jennifer Bowman as Director of Community and Learning

2022-23 season brings exciting and enriching experiences to the Houston community

After an extensive search, Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is proud to announce Jennifer Bowman as the company’s new Director of Community and Learning (formerly HGOco).

Jennifer Bowman, a native Houstonian, joins HGO after five years as the Director of Music Education at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She was a standout among a large pool of candidates because of her demonstrated success collaborating with communities, fostering diversity in the arts, and supporting the development of vibrant, relevant new works.

“When we embarked on this search, we knew we wanted a leader that shared our passion for great art and our belief that everyone should be able to experience its power. Throughout her impactful career, Jennifer has shown a remarkable commitment to producing work that speaks to her entire community while building new audiences. A thought leader in our field, she is a true inspiration, and we are so excited to bring her back to Houston and hit the ground running with her,” says HGO General Director and CEO Khori Dastoor.

As the Kennedy Center’s Director of Music Education, Bowman developed performance programming and educational initiatives in collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), Washington National Opera (WNO), and the Center’s hip hop, jazz, and chamber music programs. Among her notable achievements, she served as the Center’s lead representative for the Washington Musical Pathways Initiative for young BIPOC artists wishing to pursue advanced study in music; spearheaded WNO’s 18-month community engagement project in support of Blue, an opera about a Harlem family’s experience with police brutality; revamped the Center’s training programs for young musicians; commissioned new works that reflect the population of the region served by the Center; and introduced youth and family audiences to diverse artists making their Center debuts.

Bowman’s career began at the Kennedy Center, where she coordinated professional development programs for chief executives and staff for over 600 arts and cultural organizations in the U.S. and abroad. In 2020, she co-led Music Academy of the West’s transition to an online summer festival in response to the pandemic; she remains a member of the organization’s Innovation & Education Committee. In addition, Bowman is a member of the third cohort of Sphinx LEAD (Leaders in Excellence, Arts & Diversity). She assumes her new position with HGO on June 6, 2022.

“My first foray into the operatic world took place at Houston Grand Opera. It was an experience I will never forget. I am honored to bring my career full circle and return to my hometown in this exciting role,” states Bowman. “HGO has a rich and well-deserved reputation for providing world-class art both in and outside of the theater. The organization’s Community and Learning initiative has set the standard in the industry, and it is truly thrilling to have the opportunity to build upon its many successes. I cannot wait to get to work!”

HGO Community and Learning, previously HGOco, underwent a name change after the appointment of Dastoor as General Director and CEO in 2021. Under Dastoor’s leadership, the company felt it important to showcase this extraordinary initiative with a name that reflects the deep commitment of the entire organization, and the ownership of this important work across the company. A selection of upcoming programming for Community and Learning includes:

  • Another City: In March 2023, HGO will present Another City, the newest opera in the company’s award-winning Song of Houston series, which supports the development of new works based on stories that define the unique character of Houston. Composer Jeremy Howard Beck and librettist Stephanie Fleischmann explore an often-unseen side of the city with an opera centered around our homeless community that reflects upon what it means to be home, to have a home, and to share the home that we call Houston.
  • Seeking the Human Spirit: HGO’s six-year artistic and collaborative community initiative culminates in 2023 with a set of six chamber-scale commissions, each of which responds to one of the program’s six annual themes, all grounded in opera’s universality. Together six composer/librettist teams will premiere new works centering around sacrifice, transformation, identity, faith, character, and spirit.
  • Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers: Starting in fall 2022, Kamala Sankaram and David Johnston’s HGO-commissioned original opera will begin touring schools, libraries, and community spaces across Houston as part of the company’s popular Opera to Go! program. Drawing on Bollywood, opera, and Ethiopian jazz and inspired by monkey stories from India, China, and West Africa, the work shares the tale of a pair of siblings who must outwit a crocodile. Other initiatives for students include the Storybook Opera program and student performances of La traviata in fall 2022.
  • The Big Swim: This new family-friendly chamber opera from composer Meilina Tsui and librettist Melisa Tien, currently in development by HGO in partnership with the Asia Society Texas Center (ASTC), shares the story of the Jade Emperor and the Great Race. The work will premiere at ASTC in February 2024 as part of its Lunar New Year festivities.

“By creating connections with our dynamic, diverse community, whether at the Wortham or at other spaces throughout our city, HGO has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of Houstonians, allowing them to find common ground and share in the transformational power of the human voice,” says Dastoor. “This is at the core of everything we do, and the reason why it has been so important to us to recruit a strong leader for our new Director of Community and Learning. I am happy to say that with Jennifer Bowman on board, the future is shining bright.”

To learn more about HGO’s Community and Learning initiatives, visit



General Public On Sale Starting Friday, June 3 at 3 PM on

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To ensure tickets get into the hands of fans, the tour has partnered with Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan platform. Official Fan Club Members and general verified fans can register now through Thursday, May 26th at 7PM PT/ 9 PM CT / 10P M ET for the Verified Fan presale HERE. Verified fans who receive a code will have access to purchase tickets before the general public on Wednesday, June 1st at 3 PM through 10 PM. Only fans that have received a unique code will have the chance to purchase tickets for performances on a first come, first served basis. All tickets will be made available during the Verified Fan presales and any remainings will be sold at the General Public Onsale on Friday, June 3rd at 3 PM. 

SEVENTEEN will release their 4th studio album Face the Sun at midnight (ET) on May 27. The nine-track album with the lead single “HOT” has already racked up over 1.74 million pre-order sales in its first week, reaching an all-time high for the band.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF with Memorial Hermann’s Broadway at The Hobby Center

Performances will run through May 1st, 2022

Tony®-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.

The original production won ten Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time.

You’ll be there when the sun rises on this new production, with stunning movement and dance from acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, based on the original staging by Jerome Robbins. A wonderful cast and a lavish orchestra tell this heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family.

For tickets, go to

Photos by Joan Marcus 

Alley Theatre’s Award-winning DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE to play at Hubbard Theatre through May 8th

Written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Brandon Weinbrenner, Dead Man’s Cell Phone plays in the Hubbard Theatre at the Alley Theatre now through May 8, 2022.

The play was awarded a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play.

Tickets may be purchased to watch the digital distribution of a live taping, available from May 9 through May 22, 2022. 

For more information or tickets, go to or 713-220-5700. 

Photo: Lynn Lane

Rediscovered Diego Rivera Painting Acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
La Bordadora had been in the collection of one family for nearly a century until its
purchase by the MFAH

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has acquired a major, rediscovered painting by the great Mexican muralist Diego Rivera (1886-1957). The 1928 painting, La Bordadora (The Embroiderer) had been in the collection of a New Orleans family since they
acquired it, shortly after the work was completed. It has not previously been on public view. 

Commented Gary Tinterow, Director, Margaret Alkek Williams Chair, of the MFAH. “I am thrilled to announce the acquisition of this remarkable painting. La Bordadora relates thematically and stylistically to a beautiful Rivera cartoon already in the MFAH collection, from his iconic mural cycle at the Ministry of Education in Mexico City. Both La Bordadora and the ministry murals herald a fundamental theme of Rivera’s life’s work, to capture the dignity of the everyday. With this acquisition, we will be able to build on the foundations of our extraordinary holdings of 20th-century Latin American art to tell the story of modernism from its earliest chapters.”

Rivera had gone to the region of Tehuantepec, near Oaxaca, Mexico, in 1923, and there discovered the vibrant, indigenous culture of Mexico, with its traditions passed down by women through generations. He created drawings as well as a few paintings of weavers and artisans. La Bordadora depicts two women in an abstracted interior at a table, with the woman in the foreground working on an embroidery panel.

The painting was acquired in 1928 or 1929 by James Kern Feibleman, a New Orleans businessman and later, professor, who had been involved in literary and artistic circles in the city, ones that overlapped and interconnected with those in Mexico. A photograph of the painting taken by Tina Modotti was published in 1930 in the Paris journal Art Vivant, but its location remained unknown until recently.


Load up the family car! Producer Ken Davenport today announced that The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation, The Musical will make its debut this fall at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre from September 10 – October 1, followed by an engagement at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars from October 25 – November 6 prior to its arrival on Broadway (date and theatre to be announced).  

Ken Davenport said, “I couldn’t think of a better place for the Griswolds to start their journey to Broadway than Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, and taking a cue from this adventurous crew, continuing the developmental journey at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars.  Can’t wait to throw our bags in the family truckster and head out!”  

The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation, The Musical was formerly known by a working title, Broadway Vacation.

The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation, The Musical features a book, music, and lyrics by David Rossmer and Steve Rosen; direction and choreography by Donna Feore; scenic design by Jason Sherwood, costume design by Tina McCartney; lighting design by Jeff Croiter; sound design by Kai Harada, music supervision and additional arrangements by Greg Anthony Rassen; and music arrangements by Glen Kelly.   

The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation, The Musical is based on the characters from the Warner Bros. Vacation franchise.   

The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation, The Musical marks the 26th new musical to be produced by The 5th Avenue Theatre. “The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation is joyful and heartwarming, I can’t think of a family better than the Griswolds to tag along with as they embark on this brand-new Broadway adventure. We could not be more thrilled for this wildly fun production to kick off our 2022/23 Season,” said The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry.

“We’re so excited to be part of the team that is bringing this new musical to life and to share it with our audiences before sending it off to Broadway!” said Theatre Under the Stars Artistic Director Dan Knechtges.   

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Alley Theatre Announces the Cast & Creative Team of Kate Hamill’s Sense and Sensibility

Based on Jane Austen’s Classic Romance Novel

The Tony Award®-winning Alley Theatre announces the cast and creative team of Kate Hamill’s romance Sense and Sensibility. The play is based on Jane Austen’s beloved novel and directed by Adriana Baer and runs March 4 – March 27, 2022 in the Hubbard Theatre.

A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality.  Sense and Sensibility examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures.

The cast of Sense and Sensibility includes Alley’s Resident Acting Company members Elizabeth Bunch as Elinor Dashwood, Dylan Godwin as John Willoughby/Ensemble, Chris Hutchison as Colonel Brandon/Mrs. Ferrars/Ensemble, Melissa Molano as Lucy Steele/Ensemble, Melissa Pritchett as Marianne Dashwood, David Rainey as Sir John Middleton/Doctor/Ensemble, Christopher Salazar as Edward Ferrars/Robert Ferrars/Ensemble, and Todd Waite as John Dashwood/Lady Middleton/Ensemble.

Rounding out the cast are Michelle Elaine (Sweat) as Fanny Dashwood/Mrs. Jennings/Ensemble, Christine Friale (A Christmas Carol) as Mrs. Dashwood/Ensemble/Marianne Dashwood Understudy, and Laura Kaldis (Main Street Theatre’s Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberly) as Margaret Dashwood/Anne Steele/Ensemble/Elinor Dashwood Understudy.

The creative team of Sense and Sensibility includes Scenic Designer Michael Locher, Costume Designer Hunter Kaczorowski, Lighting Designer Kevin Rigdon, Sound Designer Sharath Parel, Stage Manager Kristen Larson, and Assistant Stage Manager Rachel Dooley-Harris. 

“Wisdom and Hope” opens January 21 at The Collective

The Community Artists’ Collective welcomes the new year with “Wisdom and Hope,” the creative offerings of local artists Hardy Allen,  Daniel Tesfai, and Zymora Eikner. 

The exhibition opens January 21, and a reception will be held Saturday, January 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. at The Collective, 4101 San Jacinto, Suite 116.  The exhibition continues through February 26.  

Many of Eikner’s paintings reflect her fond memories of spending time on her grandpa’s tobacco farm in Virginia and scenes of wheat fields with mountains in the background.  The retired public school teacher plans to paint even more memories when she gets settled in her new home in a local senior facility.

“A 4” Christmas poinsettia in an 8” pot that I nurtured for four years grew into a plant as high as my house,” she said.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t survive the freeze last year,” she lamented, “but I have a photograph that I can use to paint it.”

Allen’s highly detailed art, rendered in charcoal and graphite, recalls significant scenes from his boyhood and family.

Allen, also retired, studied under John Biggers at Texas Southern University for one year and is grateful for what he learned. Biggers encouraged him to pay attention to details and to invest the time in creating his piece.

“Biggers said that we could all paint the same picture, but each would be different.  It means to me that no other artist can do what I do,” Allen explained.

The youngest of the trio, Tesfai, a lifelong artist, studied art at TSU. His acrylic on canvas paintings speak to the gentrification of cultures that don’t easily survive our western civilization.

“Some cultures are being swallowed,” he said, “and we dismiss them because we don’t understand them.

“Art is a medium which gives those cultures a voice and the hope to live on.”

 For more information about the exhibit contact The Collective at 713-523-1616 or visit

Broadway at the Hobby Center reschedules Houston ​engagement of Hadestown 

Statement from Broadway at the Hobby Center on behalf of Hadestown:   “Following the recent postponement of Hadestown set to play the Hobby Center January 4-9, 2022, we are pleased to announce Hadestown has been rescheduled for October 4-9, 2022. Patrons do not need to take any action at this time as their seats remain secure. Tickets for the January dates will be honored for the new performance dates. Details will be sent to ticketholders via email.   Patrons who have transferred or resold tickets for Hadestown bear the responsibility to share the information with the ticketholder attending the show.” 

Society for the Performing Arts presents An Evening with Chris Thile

Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) will present An Evening with Chris Thile, the multi-Grammy Award-winning mandolin virtuoso, on Saturday, February 5, 2022, 7:30 PM, at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater.


MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winning mandolinist, singer, songwriter Chris Thile, who the Guardian calls “that rare being: an all-round musician who can settle into any style, from bluegrass to classical,” and NPR calls a “genre-defying musical genius,” is a founding member of the critically acclaimed bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. For four years, Thile hosted public radio favorite Live from Here with Chris Thile (formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion). With his broad outlook, Thile creates a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike, giving the listener “one joyous arc, with the linear melody and vertical harmony blurring into a single web of gossamer beauty” (New York Times).

Most recently, Chris recorded Laysongs, out June 4, 2021 on Nonesuch. The album is his first truly solo album: just Thile, his voice, and his mandolin, on new recordings of six original songs and three covers, all of which contextualize and banter with his ideas about spirituality. Recorded in a converted upstate New York church during the pandemic, Laysongs‘ centerpiece is the three-part “Salt (in the Wounds) of the Earth,” which was inspired by C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. The album also features a song Thile wrote about Dionysus; a performance of the fourth movement of Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin; “God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot” based on Buffy Sainte-Marie’s adaptation of a Leonard Cohen poem; a cover of bluegrass legend Hazel Dickens’ “Won’t You Come and Sing for Me,” and “Ecclesiastes 2:24,” original instrumental loosely modeled after the Prelude from J.S. Bach’s Partita for Solo Violin in E Major.

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Tony Award®– nominated Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof returns to Houston April 26-May 1, 2022 


Memorial Hermann Broadway at the Hobby Center is proud to present the Houston engagement of the Tony Award®-nominated Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof at the Hobby Center from April 26-May 1, 2022. Tickets go on sale on Friday, December 17 at 10 a.m.

A beloved theatrical classic from Tony-winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, this critically acclaimed production is directed by Tony Award®-winner Bartlett Sher (To Kill a MockingbirdSouth PacificThe King and I) and choreographed by the acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter.  

Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter. This classic musical is rich with Broadway hits, including “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition.” 

The cast features Israeli theatre and film star Yehezkel Lazarov as Tevye joined by Maite Uzal as GoldeAndrew Hendrick as Lazar WolfBrooke Wetterhahn as Yente, Kelly Gabrielle Murphy as Tzeitel, Ruthy Froch as Hodel, Noa Luz Barenblat as Chava, Daniel Kushner as Motel, Solomon Reynolds as Perchik, Jack O’Brien as Fyedka and Jason Thomas Sofge as Constable.

The ensemble includes Danny Arnold, Nick Berke, Andrea Marie Bush, Morgan CohenDavid Scott CurtisEddieomar Gonzalez-CastilloAnsley Grace HamiltonJenna HarwoodJonathan HashmonayElliot LazarRanda Meierhenry, Carlye Messman, Ali Arian MolaeiJacob NahorMax O’ConnellHonza PelichovskyCarly PostLauren Blair SmithAlex StoneRosie Webber, and Scott Willits.

The original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, which opened in 1964, was the first musical in history to surpass 3,000 performances. The show won the 1965 Tony Award for Best Musical in addition to eight other Tony Awards that year. This acclaimed revival proudly introduces a new generation to the iconic musical adored across the globe. 

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Live Nation announced that three-time Grammy award-winner and Houston native Megan Thee Stallion will perform a special hometown grand opening show to celebrate the city’s newest live music venue, 713 Music Hall, on Friday, December 3rd, 2021, presented by 97.9 The Box. 

Tickets are now on sale.. Megan Thee Stallion said, “It’s always special to come back home and perform in front of my OG hotties. I can’t wait to take the stage and celebrate the grand opening of 713 Music Hall — it’s going to be unforgettable!”

The 5,000-capacity concert venue honors the city’s heritage through its beloved area code and is managed by Venue Nation. The brand new venue is housed in the city’s latest major downtown development project POST Houston and will be a key anchor in transforming the historic Barbara Jordan Post Office into a hub for culture, food, shopping and recreation with an expected 100 events annually.

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About Megan Thee Stallion: Hailing from Houston, Megan Thee Stallion is a three time GRAMMY winner, philanthropist and ever-evolving cultural icon.  From the release of her critically acclaimed and Gold certified debut album, Good News, to earning two global record breaking Billboard Hot 100 #1 hits with the “Savage Remix” featuring Beyoncé, and “WAP” with Cardi B, Megan has proven unstoppable.  Megan has been recognized for her musical achievements with three GRAMMY wins, including Best New Artist and nine BET Awards.

Megan was also honored as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020. In October 2020, following a powerful and politically charged performance on Saturday Night Live that demanded justice for Breonna Taylor, Megan published her monumental “Why I Speak Up For Black Women” op-ed and accompanying visual with The New York Times.

Call for Artists: Applications Open for Spring 2022 Bayou City Art Festival 

Bayou City Art Festival, produced by the Art Colony Association Inc. (ACA) and benefitting Houston nonprofits, is inviting artists to apply for the opportunity to showcase and sell their art at the nation’s premier spring outdoor art festival in the U.S. scheduled for Friday-Sunday, March 25-27, 2022. The artist application deadline for the spring 2022 Bayou City Art Festival is Sunday, December 5, 2021, at midnight CST.
“Artists are the backbone of Bayou City Art Festival and the festival is brought to life with their unique mesmerizing artwork,” said Kelly Batterson, Executive Director of ACA. “We invite new and returning artists to apply and be part of the outdoor art event that kicks off the spring Texas art festival circuit.” 
ACA produces a Bayou City Art Festival in the spring and in the fall. Celebrating 50 years in 2022, ACA has provided a venue for more than 20,000 artists to showcase their work to thousands of art lovers from all over the world. Patrons have the opportunity to personally meet the artists, view original works, and purchase world-class art. The festival benefits local nonprofits and features live music, food, beverages, entertainment, an Active Imagination Zone and much more.
More than 1,000 qualified applicants from 19 different disciplines submit their applications to be reviewed by ACA jurors. The festival receives applicants from around the world including Canada, Mexico, South America, and Israel. For artists who have participated in two or fewer juried art festivals, Bayou City Art Festival invites them to apply for its “Emerge: Artists on the Rise” program. Selected “Artists on the Rise” will receive a booth in a dedicated area alongside other exhibiting artists and can submit a fifth image of their work in lieu of a booth image.
For each festival, a new juror panel is invited and consists of artists, collectors, educators, curators, and industry professionals. To build a jury that is experienced in all forms of art, professionals from the performing and literary arts industry are also invited to participate. The panel of five to seven jurors are selected based on their specific interests, professional knowledge, and expertise in the arts.
Only 300 artists will be selected to exhibit at Bayou City Art Festival. Cash prizes are awarded for “Best in Show,” second and third place, as selected by on-site judges at the festival. Ribbons are awarded for “Best Booth” and all winners receive jury exempt status for two years as well as priority booth placement.
Artists are required to submit five images and an application fee of $45 by the deadline. All artists selected to participate in the spring 2022 Bayou City Art Festival will be notified by December 17, 2021. For more information or to submit an artist application for Bayou City Art Festival, please click here


First Performance at Minute Maid Park—Only Texas Show in 2022

Legendary musician and songwriter Billy Joel is coming to Houston, TX, to make his Minute Maid Park debut on Friday, September 23, 2022, at 8 p.m.

“Billy Joel is one of the biggest concert draws in the world, selling out arenas and stadiums across the globe,” said Stephanie Stegall, Vice President, Event Sales & Operations, Houston Astros. “We’re thrilled he will be making his first-ever appearance at our ballpark, Minute Maid Park, on September 23. This will be a show for the ages and one of the biggest nights ever at Minute Maid Park.”

“Billy Joel has performed many incredible nights in Houston throughout his career,” said Anthony Nicolaidis, President, Live Nation Dallas. “We’re excited to bring Billy back to Houston for his first show ever at Minute Maid Park. It will be an inside the park home run!”

New York’s quintessential son, Billy Joel, is one of the greatest musicians of our time. Joel ranks as one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history. The singer, songwriter, and composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist. Joel’s songs have acted as personal and cultural touchstones for millions of people across five decades. 

Joel’s biggest hits include “Uptown Girl,” “Just The Way You Are,” “The Longest Time,” and “Vienna,” among others.  In 2016, the Library of Congress selected “Piano Man” for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its “cultural, historic, and artistic significance.” 

Joel is also the recipient of six Grammy Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. Joel has received the RIAA’s Diamond Award twice for “Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II” and “The Stranger.” Joel has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards, including a Tony Award for “Movin’ Out,” a Broadway musical based on Joel’s music. 

Joel has also performed alongside other music greats at two of Madison Square Garden’s most extraordinary benefit concerts – “12-12-12, The Concert For Sandy Relief,” which raised awareness and money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy and “The Concert for New York City,” which was held to help aid 9/11 victims and heroes.



Cindy Williams will take the national stage starring in Me, Myself & Shirley, a one-woman show, for a limited US tour across nineteen cities beginning in January 2022. Tickets are on sale now in various markets, and more information is available at

Produced by Duggan & Zucker Entertainment, the legendary star of the iconic comedy series, Laverne & Shirley will share memories of her career and hilarious backstage tales from her lifetime in entertainment. Although best known for her role as Shirley Feeney, Cindy Williams is a versatile actress and comedienne who overcame a challenging childhood to pursue her love of acting and found stardom.

During Me, Myself & Shirley, Williams will chronicle the stories, the secrets, the embarrassing moments, and the highs and lows of her life in Hollywood. Her career includes working with Academy Award-winning directors Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, George Cukor, Roger Corman and Jack Nicholson and in several films including two nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: American Graffiti and The Conversation. Her friends and co-stars include Penny Marshall, Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Henry Winkler, Richard Dreyfus, Gene Hackman, Dame Maggie Smith, Gene Kelly, Andy Kaufman and Robert Duval.

Me, Myself & Shirley creative team includes lighting design by Jose Santiago, video logistics by Josieu Jean, video designs by Declan Duggan & Zak HudsonJustin Duggan as production associate, and production supervision by Charles H. Duggan.

Me, Myself & Shirley 2022 National Tour Dates include Houston on February 18-19 at Hobby Center, Zilkha Hall. 

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4th Wall Theatre Company returns with the Houston premiere of 8-time Tony Nominated Play, “A Doll’s House, Part 2”

4th Wall Theatre Company, Houston’s home for extraordinary performances up close, is proud to open their 2021-2022 Season with the Houston Premiere of Lucas Hnath’s eight-time Tony-nominated A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2.

Heralded as a “smart, funny and utterly engrossing play” by the New York Times, A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 is both a lively sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 masterpiece as well as a stand-alone work of modern feminist drama. Alanna Dorsett will direct a quartet of local actors including Houston favorites Kim Tobin-Lehl and Philip Lehl as the iconic Helmers, with Sally Edmundson and Judith Igwilo making their 4th Wall debuts as Anne Marie and Emmy, respectively.

We last saw Ibsen’s Nora Helmer literally and figuratively slamming the door on her life. When Hnath imagines Nora’s return 15 years later in PART 2, the same burning questions that Ibsen left unresolved in the 19th century are reignited. A modern perspective reminds us that Nora’s arguments about freedom, love, responsibility, and gender equality are just as controversial and relevant now as ever. Jeremy Gerard for writes, “Hnath’s inspired writing, which endows each character with an arsenal of fastballs, curveballs and spitballs, keep[s] us disarmingly off-balance. He’s an uncommonly gifted parodist. For all its seriousness, A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2 is suffused with a contagious bemusement.”  

The design team for this deliciously modern production will include some of Houston’s top theatre talent featuring Lighting Design by Christina Giannelli, Set Design by Ryan McGettigan, Sound Design by Yezminne Zepeda, and Costume Design by Cherie Acosta. 

For the latest information about 4th Wall Theatre Company’s upcoming season and to purchase subscriptions or single tickets, please visit the theater’s website at or follow @4thwallhouston on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



Save the date: March 23, 2022  at  House of Blues – Houston

 For the first time in three years, multi-platinum rapper Lil Tecca returns to the road in 2022 on the “Tecca Loves You” Tour across North America. Fittingly, the Live Nation produced tour kicks off on February 14—Valentine’s Day 2022—in Boston, MA at House of Blues of Boston, visits major markets throughout the country for eight weeks, and concludes in his hometown at Terminal 5 in New York, NY on April 8. He’s bringing along a stacked lineup of support acts, including BabySantana, Bktherula, and yvngxchris

Posting up over 8 billion streams and claiming multiple platinum certifications, Lil Tecca has quietly cemented himself as one of rap’s most vital rising superstars. In 2020, his full-length debut album, Virgo World, bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 and yielded two Hot 100 entries—namely “Dolly” with Lil Uzi Vert and “When You Down” feat. Lil Durk with Polo G. HotNewHipHop praised it as “a great starting point for the 18-year-old. Teccafirst exploded with his platinum-certified mixtape, We Love You Tecca, and his breakout quadruple-platinum single “Ransom” in 2019. He reeled in acclaim from New York Times, Billboard, HYPEBEAST, Complex, and many others in addition to selling out shows on his first headline run, the We Love You TeccaWorld Tour. He launches into his next chapter with his second album We Love You Tecca 2.

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Bayou City Art Festival Returns to Downtown Houston in the Fall 

The Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA), the producer of Bayou City Art Festival, will welcome artists, patrons and supporters back for Houston’s signature art event. The in-person festival, Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, will be held in Downtown Houston, along Allen Parkway and Sam Houston Park, on Saturday and Sunday, October 9-10, 2021, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.    

Online early bird tickets will soon be available at for $15 for adults; $5 for children 6-12; and children five and under are free. Adult tickets purchased after September 24, 2021 are $18. Online pre-purchased tickets are required to enter the festival. Tickets will not be sold at the gate and can only be purchased online. 

Six photographers focus on life in Third Ward
Exhibit at The Collective opens August 11

Visit Houston’s iconic Third Ward neighborhood through the lenses of six photographers with deep roots in the area at the Community Artists’ Collective’s August exhibit.

“Third Ward Special,” opening August 11, features the works of Marc Furi, Flash Gordon Parks, Rabéa Ballin, Risky Cereal, Brian Ellison and Derrell Boson.

The art is inspired by the many facets of the cultural, historic epicenter and is curated by Miles Payne and Marc Newsome.

The Third Ward, one of Houston’s oldest neighborhoods, is a historically Black community with a neighborhood park originally purchased by former slaves. It is home to Texas Southern University, a historically Black college. The community is considered by some to be the cradle to the city’s civil rights movement. Many Black artists, activists, judges and politicians grew up in the area.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, August 14, from 5 to 7 p.m., the exhibit continues through September 25. The Collective, 4101 San Jacinto, Suite 116, is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 12 noon until 5 p.m. and by appointment.

For more information about the exhibit contact The Collective at 713-523-1616 or visit



 ISHIDA Dance Company presents Faraway, So Close, an evening of thought-provoking world premieres in contemporary dance: new works based on original poetic narratives that invite existential questions choreographed by ISHIDA Artistic Director Brett Ishida, a new work by former Batsheva dancer and USC Professor Bret Easterling, a work by Australian native Danielle Rowe, a former principal with Houston Ballet and Netherlands Dans Theater who has choreographed on San Francisco Ballet and Royal New Zealand Ballet, and a new creation by European award-winning choreographer Kristian Lever. Kristian returns to Texas having premiered “Unravel” with Royal Danish Ballet in Houston at Dance Salad in 2019.  Tickets are on sale now for Houston and will go on sale for Austin on July 12. To purchase tickets go to

AUSTIN, TX – August 13-14, 2021: Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm

Dell Fine Arts Center at St. Andrew’s, 5901 Southwest Pkwy, Austin, TX 78735

Tickets: $25-$60/VIP $100

HOUSTON, TX – August 19-21, 2021:  Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm

MATCH – Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston, 3400 Main Street, Houston TX 77002

Tickets: $30-$70/VIP $110 

The 80 minute program will feature an introduction by the choreographer and personal insights into each piece. 

About ISHIDA Dance Company:   ISHIDA is a new world-class contemporary dance company based in Austin, Texas, featuring venerated dancers from many of the top companies in the world (Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet BC, Netherlands Dance Theater, Kidd Pivot, Hubbard Street). ISHIDA blends contemporary dance with theatrical elements while retaining the physicality and beauty of the human form from traditional ballet. ISHIDA presents unique narratives relevant to a modern audience that explore archetypal themes and invite existential questions: Where do we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? Such works enable audiences to gather meaning and emotional connection. ISHIDA’s poetic narratives intuitively prompt introspection to lead to greater kindness towards oneself and otherness.

Photo courtesy of ISHIDA.

Khori Dastoor Joins Houston Grand Opera as the Company’s New General Director and CEO

Dastoor brings her unique, forward-thinking strategic vision and innovative approach to Houston

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is proud to announce the appointment of Khori Dastoor as the company’s new General Director and CEO, and holder of the Margaret Alkek Williams Chair. She will assume her new role with HGO full-time as of January 2022.

Dastoor began her operatic career performing in the U.S. and internationally as a lyric soprano before pursuing a trailblazing career in arts administration, joining Opera San José (OSJ) as Artistic Advisor in 2013 and as General Director 2019. During her time in San Jose, Dastoor became known for her hands-on, entrepreneurial artistic and administrative leadership. Through her strategic vision, Dastoor turned Opera San José into a profitable institution by providing exceptional fiscal stewardship while broadening the company’s classic repertoire and focusing on the next generation of artists and operagoers. This success and her combination of creativity and leadership signal the beginning of many milestone firsts in her impressive career. Previous to her role at OSJ, she served as Associate Director of the Packard Humanities Institute, responsible for initiatives encompassing arts, music, and archaeology.

“Houston Grand Opera has long led the way in developing new operatic works that speak to the American experience, as well as to the dynamism and vibrancy of Houston, Texas. I have long admired this storied institution, whose legacy is rich with new commissions, world premieres, acclaimed artists, and stunning, world-class productions,” says Khori Dastoor, HGO’s incoming General Director and CEO. “HGO will continue to propel opera forward by developing diverse offerings, evolving known stories to reflect our current world, and celebrating the incredible artists, musicians, and creatives who make this artform possible.” 

Dastoor joins HGO as the company begins its bold next act. “If this past year has taught us anything, it’s the essential role that the arts play in our lives,” she shares. “Opera has endured centuries due to the tireless work of incredible artists and musicians, who continue to propel our artform forward. I’m thrilled to be joining Houston Grand Opera, a company which leads the industry in developing new talent and creating new works and look forward to joining you this Fall for our triumphant return to in-person performances.”

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Main Street Theater is back! 

Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School is playing for families this summer 

Summer Location ONLY: MECA at TBH, 333 S. Jensen St., Houston, 77003

Main Street Theater (MST) is back! The Theater for Youth will open first with Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School this summer at MECA at TBH. The MainStage will open in late September at MST’s Rice Village location. 

“We are so excited to be back in the theater creating with our incredible artists and preparing for the excitement of our younger patrons.” shared Vivienne M. St. John, MST Theater for Youth Artistic Director. “Junie’s spunkiness and energy make this perfect show for our re-opening!” Junie B. Jones is a much-beloved character from children’s literature – and on MST’s stage over the years. Performances will be held at MECA at TBH, 333 S. Jensen Dr., Houston, TX  77003:

SATURDAYS: June 26 and July 10 & 24, 2021 at 7:00pm

SATURDAY: July 17 at 10:30am & 1:30pm

SUNDAYS: June 20 & 27 and July 11 & 25 and August 1, 2021 at 3:30pm.

Recommended for Kindergarten and older.  All tickets are on sale via phone at 713.524.6706 or online at  Tickets are $20 – $28.  Group rates are available.  No children under 3 are admitted in the theater (including sleeping babies).  (Performances are also available for summer camp groups and homeschools).  Call 713.524.9196 ext 1 or visit the website.)

Main Street Theater also offers Accommodations Performances.  There is a Sensory-Friendly/Relaxed performance July 17 at 10:30am.  

About Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School

“Hello!  It’s me . . . Junie B. Jones! I have been going to school for over one and a half entire years now. And I have learned a jillion things that will help you survive at that place.” The sequel to, Junie B. Jones the Musical, this is the wisecracking first grader’s newest adventure — writing her own survival guide with tips and tricks on surviving an entire day at school!

Recommended for Kindergarten and up.  Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School is adapted from the JUNIE B. JONES series of books by Barbara Park. Book and Lyrics are by Marcy Heisler. Music is by Zina Goldrich. 

Main Street Theater’s Production of The Book of Magdalene Selected for The Theatre Times 2021 International Online Theatre Festival

Main Street Theater (MST)’s recent premiere production of The Book of Magdalene by Obie-award winning playwright Caridad Svich has been selected as part of The Theatre Times 2021 International Online Theatre Festival. MST’s production garnered rave reviews locally and nationally, including acclaim from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

The Festival runs online May 20 – June 4, 2021, and includes 33 productions from across the globe.

All productions are free for streaming online at 

Archway Gallery presents Exploring Paint, featuring new paintings by Shirl Riccetti and donna e perkins, on view through June 3, 2021

Virtual Opening and Artist Talks will be posted to the gallery website, Facebook, and You Tube 

When friends Shirl Riccetti & donna e perkins decided to have a show together, they could never have anticipated such a tumultuous year as 2020. Perkins, an abstract painter working in acrylics, and Riccetti, a more traditional painter working  in pen and watercolor, decided to confront the challenges of 2020 by continuing to do what they have been doing for most of their lives, Exploring Paint.

Shirl Riccetti is an avid traveler. She has documented her trips to Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal (just to name a few) in pen and watercolor. Her sketchbooks hold narratives from her journeys, with notes of the smells and sounds, as well as her reactions and feelings of the moment. Riccetti feels that historic buildings hold memories of their past, and that people reflect their own journeys and stories.

The memories evoked from her sketches and notes empower Riccetti’s pen to create lines that might be thick, thin, wobbly, uneven, or precise. She develops each painting differently, putting herself back into that time, and the moments that ‘grabbed’ her attention. Each drawing brings a memory into focus…. The giggling Chinese girls taking her photo in Sorrento as she was sketching, watching a family cow saunter down the mountain following a Slovak shepherd, the horrific sight of WWII bullet holes in a wall in Budapest, a family’s garden wall in Italy…. Shirl Riccetti captures moments of peoples’ lives and honors these encounters by documenting them with her pen and brush, with the drama of line and color.

In contrast, the paintings in this exhibition by donna e perkins are abstract and reflect her physical relationship with her materials. Perkins delights in the tactile dance of her body, her arm, her fingers; a solo dance of meditation. She loves the slight bounce of the canvas resisting the pressure of her brush. She loves how liquid paint drips, runs, flows, and how one color morphs into another. She loves how paint squashes making micro mountain landscapes when the squashes are pulled apart and how light flirts with the iridescent and metallic then bounces off the miniscule ridges of strokes of paint. “My work is process driven,” says perkins. “While there is always a back story, there is never a narrative.”

The studio in which an artist works has an influence on that work. Some of this influence is physical and practical, but some is emotional. Perkins’ paintings were created in three different studios and represent three different relocations, all of which were stressful both physically and emotionally. Some of her paintings are somber, some bright, some shiney. Instead of a cohesive body of work, perkins presents the turmoil of the past two years, three hard moves, and an injured body in a COVID haze. “In many ways, this has been such a stressful time for me that I struggled just to keep my hand moving,” perkins recounts. “This work is very experimental.”



Houston Grand Opera’s Star-Cross’d Watch Party

The creative teams invite you to join them for a special Star-Cross’d watch party on February 26, 2021.

On February 26th, 2021 at 6:45pm, join the creators of HGOco’s award-winning series Star-Cross’d for a look back at the creation of this innovative project. Composers Avner Dorman and Kamala Sankaram, alongside librettists Stephanie Fleischmann and John Grimmett will talk about writing for this fusion art form with Houston Grand Opera’s dramaturg Jeremy Johnson. Stay for a watch party of all 3 episodes, including an intermission discussion facilitated by HGOco Director Carleen Graham with film directors John Grimmett and Misha Penton, and Series Producer Emily Wells.

6:45 PM Meet the Creative Teams

7:30 PM Episode 1 “Boundless”

7:50 PM Meet the Film Makers

:10 PM Episode 2 “Now”

8:25 PM Episode 3 “A Rose”

8:40 PM Event End

Themed on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, HGO’s Star-Cross’d creates operatic short films inspired by true stories of love in the face of conflict. In each episode, Bard aficionados will be able to catch a line direct from Shakespeare’s text.

Join the watch party on Houston Grand Opera’s social channels, Facebook and YouTube.

Bayou City Art Festival Scheduled to Return in Fall 2021
The Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA), the producer of Bayou City Art Festival, announced the return of Houston’s signature in-person art event, Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, in October 2021 in accordance with current health and safety protocols mandated by the City of Houston.

“We look forward to welcoming our artists, sponsors, guests and nonprofit partners back to an in-person festival in the fall when we anticipate the City of Houston will allow large in-person gatherings,” said Kelly Batterson, Executive Director of the Art Colony Association. “For now, we remain committed to our mission of supporting artists, celebrating performing arts, giving back to local nonprofits and inspiring young artists who rely on art organizations for inspiration and support in this unprecedented time.”

With the current threat of the pandemic and ongoing health and safety protocols impacting event planning during COVID-19, ACA will host unique alternative virtual and smaller in-person events for the Houston community in lieu of the annual spring event, Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park.

Bayou City Art Festival has celebrated and supported artists, local nonprofits, and promoted the powerful impact that art has on the Houston community for almost 50 years. The “Save Our Art” campaign launched in 2020 in partnership with the City of Houston, continues to help Bayou City Art Festival keep the arts alive by supporting the arts and local nonprofits through various virtual events and collaborations. To donate, visit or text “SAVEOURART” to 243725.

For the most recent updates, follow the official event hashtags #SaveOurArt #HouArtFest and #BCAF, like the Facebook page, or follow on Twitter and Instagram.

“2020” exhibition recalls the social upheaval of the past year
Ricardo Osmondo Francis show opens January 28 at The Collective

Ricardo Osmondo Francis’ exhibition “2020” opens Thursday, January 28, with a 5 to 8 p.m. virtual reception at the Community Artists’ Collective, 4101 San Jacinto, Suite 116.

The solo show of new original paintings by the Houston native, New York City based artist and curator is an allegorical reflection of mankind’s response and reality to the unprecedented COVID-19/Coronavirus worldwide pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement of 2020.

This series is deeply inspired by the Roman writer Ovid, and his collection of myths called “The Metamorphoses.” In this exhibition, Francis reimagines our current year through a series of dreamy yet provocative images that in essence is a spiritually aspirational reflection of our collective reality. Francis’ often illustrative fairy tale like imagery takes on a bolder socially conscious tone in this new body of work– all while representing the possibility of human involvement, progression and continuation despite the many obstacles and uncertainty that this virus has evoked worldwide.

Inspired by Classical art, multi-ethnic antiquity, and present-day advertisement imagery Francis’ vivid pictorial works present a torrent of imagery culled from every possible corner of the visual culture. His lush, elaborately graphic surrealistic paintings and drawings often depict the social constructs of humanity and the complexity of our existence through striking introspective, portraiture, still life and abstract compositions. This current series further explores the artist’s fascination with the possibility of narrative in portraiture.

Francis is a native of Houston, Texas, and a graduate of Houston’s (now Kinder) High School of Performing and Visual Arts. He is currently the Gallery Director of LeonidesArts NY, an artist run multimedia visual arts organization dedicated to presenting contemporary art exhibitions and public art projects that reflect a variety of distinct themes, disciplines and cultural experiences outside of the conventional art gallery tenet.

The exhibition, which runs through March 27, is curated by The Collective’s Miles Payne.

For more information about the exhibit contact The Collective at 713-523-1616 or visit

DACAMERA continues its fall series of virtual programming with pianist Conrad Tao in recital

The multi-talented pianist will present a recital including Beethoven’s Tempest Sonata, along with a number of shorter 20th- and 21st-century works including Felipe Lara’s Injust Intonations, a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, and All I Had Forgotten or Tried To, an original composition by Conrad Tao himself. Performed at Tanglewood, the famed summer home of the Boston Symphony, the free concert will be available for streaming beginning Tuesday, November 10, at 7 p.m. Click here for more information and photos.

On Tuesday, November 17, DACAMERA presents the next installment of Hearing Color, Seeing TimeDACAMERA at the Menil Collection with Music and Time: Feldman in the Ancient Galleries. In this new series, DACAMERA Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg brings viewers inside the galleries of Houston’s Menil Collection for performances and discussions about music and art. In this installment, Rothenberg will perform American composer Morton Feldman’s last piano work, Palais de Mari (1986), surrounded by objects from the same era that inspired Feldman’s composition. Click here for more information.

DACAMERA presents clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Gloria Chien in recital, available beginning Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 7 p.m. Filmed at Mechanics Hall in Massachusetts, the duo will perform three works for clarinet and piano: Johannes Brahms’ Clarinet Sonatas, Op. 120, Nos. 1 and 2, along with Carl Maria von Weber’s Grand Duo Concertant, Op. 48. McGill will host a pre-performance reception for DACAMERA members. Click here for more information and photos.

On Saturday, November 28 at 7 p.m., HEB presents Etienne Charles & Creole Soul, produced by DACAMERA and presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre. Viewers can tune in for a performance by Trinidadian trumpeter Etienne Charles and his band as they filter reggae, Calypso and Afro-Caribbean music into a modern jazz conception, live from the Miller Outdoor Theater stage. Click here to register to watch from Miller Outdoor Theatre’s websiteYouTube Channel or Facebook Page.

 DACAMERA Announces Fall 2020 Season of Virtual Program

DACAMERA has announced its fall 2020 season of virtual programming, including livestreamed concerts, a new series with the Menil Collection, premiere broadcast streams of archival DACAMERA concerts with new introductions and more. With the exception of the new Hearing Color, Seeing Time: DACAMERA at the Menil, virtual content will be available to the general public for one week and to DACAMERA members for two weeks.

All virtual concerts are free with registration at

DACAMERA will continue to present new concerts this season with a series of virtual performances filmed from venues throughout the country, with pre-concert virtual artist receptions available for DACAMERA patrons. On October 16 at 7 p.m., viewers can tune in to a performance by alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón with pianist Luis Perdomo from The Jazz Gallery in New York

DACAMERA will kick off its new series with the Menil Collection, Hearing Color, Seeing Time, on October 20 with Hybrid Vigor: Frankenthaler and Ravel. The installment will consist of a live performance from artistic director Sarah Rothenberg of Maurice Ravel’s Une barque sur l’ocean, paired with a viewing and discussion of a major painting by Helen Frankenthaler. A premiere broadcast stream Steve Reich’s Different Trains, originally performed by St. Lawrence String Quartet for DACAMERA audiences in April 2018, will be available for viewing on DACAMERA’’s website on Friday, October 30.

Houston Grand Opera Studio Collaborates with Opera Companies Nationwide in Search of Opera’s Next Stars

Partnership creates streamlined virtual auditions process for young artist programs

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) is proud to announce its partnership with companies nationwide to offer coordinated auditions for the Houston Grand Opera Studio’s 2021-22 season.

Through this collaborative effort, aspiring singers and pianists can track applications to all participating young artist programs through YAP Tracker website. This streamlined process allows opera companies to efficiently review remote auditions and provides consistency to artists as they move through the audition process.

“We are proud to be a part of this consortium and hope this new audition process will ease the burden for artists applying to multiple young artist programs across the country,” said HGO Studio Director Brian Speck. “The search for new young talent is rigorous, but incredibly rewarding. We are eager to begin the search for the 2021-22 season and look forward to providing enrichment to selected artists through the HGO Studio program.”

Beginning August 15, artists can submit applications to individual young artist programs through the YAP Tracker. Each company will retain its own application and will require video submissions for the first round. In early November, artists will receive notification if they have been asked back for round two of auditions. Repertoire requests will be coordinated so that a single video can be produced for all programs requesting a second video audition. In some cases, companies may invite a select group of finalists to audition in-person in early 2021.

“We understand that a recorded audition cannot replicate a live experience. However, the safety of all artists remains our number one priority. This new virtual audition process offers us the ability to continue building our young artist program amidst the current health pandemic in a format that is safe and fair,” added Speck.

For more information on HGO Studio’s 2021-2022 audition process, visit Applicants can monitor YAP Tracker and each company’s website and social media channels for further updates and information.

Houston Chamber Choir enhances popular podcast, “With One Accord,” with new episodes and hosts 

The Choir brings beautiful choral music to the public twice a week

The GRAMMY® Award-winning Houston Chamber Choir continues to air its popular podcast, “With One Accord,” which brings beautiful choral music to the public as people still navigate the “new normal” of the COVID-19 pandemic. Begun in March, the podcast, which the Choir considers a “one-stop show for choral joy,” now airs weekly at noon CDT on Monday and Friday.

Join Houston Chamber Choir for new content with Music Mondays with Artistic Director Robert Simpson as he presents favorite moments from past choral performances, get a glimpse into the personalities of the Houston Chamber Choir on Behind the Music with St. John Flynn, and take a look at the choral world’s rising stars on Education Spotlight with Operations Manager April Harris. 

Music Mondays: Presented by Simpson, Music Mondays started off with the most iconic Houston Chamber Choir performances to date and will pivot to feature musical selections performed by the company’s choral ensemble friends. Starting the second week of August, Music Mondays will showcase an outstanding American choir, whether professional, volunteer, youth or symphony chorus. After an introduction by the ensemble’s artistic director, listeners will hear the choir sing one of its favorite pieces.

“Having started as a response to our isolation and anxiety during the first days of the COVID crisis, it is my dream that this time each Monday will give us all a chance to enjoy great music while drawing the global choral community closer.” – Robert Simpson

Behind the Music: Each Friday on Behind the Music, arts and culture expert Flynn will offer a glimpse into the personalities and outside musical influences of the choral musicians and collaborators who have worked with the Houston Chamber Choir. Enjoy the audio podcast or the video version.

“As host, my job is to ask the questions whose answers will offer greater insight into the person behind the professional exterior we see on stage. It’s a real pleasure for me to delve into the influences and experiences that have shaped the people who have contributed to the Houston Chamber Choir.” – St. John Flynn

Education SpotlightOn the last Friday of each month, “With One Accord” illuminates the rising stars of the choral community with an Education Spotlight. Join arts education enthusiast Harris on an uplifting scholastic journey as she highlights the very best in choral music excellence and innovation.

“It’s such a privilege to be able to connect with and learn from so many impressive music educators and professionals in the greater Houston area and beyond. I am so delighted to explore all the new, exciting ways choral music is progressing as an art form, celebrate the artistic talent and ingenuity of our youth, and reimagine new ways of sharing Houston Chamber Choir’s mission and values with the world.”  – April Harris

“We have been overwhelmed by the incredible positive response to ‘With One Accord’ during these last three months,” says Mariam Khalili, Managing Director. “Although we initially planned to do it for a few weeks, the demand has been so great that we are committed to presenting these works indefinitely. It is quite gratifying to bring such artistic joy to so many people in Houston and far beyond, as many have learned about us through word of mouth.”

Some of the music recently released includes:

  1. Episode 1: Earth Song – Frank Tichelli (b. 1958). “Earth Song” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2018-2019 season’s “This is Why I Sing.”
  1. Episode 2: Swimming Over London – Bob Chilcott (b. 1955). “Swimming Over London” was performed by tenor Jack Byrom and the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2018-2019 season’s “This Is Why I Sing.”
  1. Episode 8: Unclouded Day – “Unclouded Day” was performed by the Houston Chamber Choir at their 2017-2018 season’s “This American Voice.” 
  1. Episode 42: Education Spotlight – Benjamin O. Davis High School Choir. Education enthusiast April Harris speaks with Davis High School Choral Directors Daryle Freeman and La’Netha Jefferson, our 2017-2018 season’s Hear the Future Choral Invitational participants, on their choirs’ recent successes.
  1. Episode 44: Behind the Music – Jamie Bernstein. Arts and culture expert St. John Flynn talks with Jamie Bernstein, an author, narrator and filmmaker. The Choir welcomed Bernstein as a guest collaborator with the Houston Chamber Choir in its 2017-2018 season’s “Tonight, Tonight, Won’t Be Just Any Night” concert. 

Khalili notes that this has been a challenging time for the Houston Chamber Choir, as it has with other performing arts groups. “The cancellations of our spring concerts and our trip to Auckland, New Zealand for the World Symposium on Choral Music in July were especially difficult,” says Khalili. “Our Choir members thrive on live performances. We are hopeful that we can all gather again in person in the coming months to share beautiful, inspirational choral music.”

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Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) announces a new commissioning project for Houston artists, SPA Houston Artist Commissioning Project (HACP). SPA’s goal is to promote and sustain Houston’s working artists and artist communities by supporting the creation of new works across all performing arts disciplines. In this pilot year, the project will progress through two phases: an initial period of virtual commissions, followed by larger-scale live performance commissions presented in Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. By supporting local artists directly, awarding financial resources for newly created works, SPA Houston Artist Commissioning Project will give our city’s performing artists an opportunity, and funding, to move their creativity forward.

“Artists are essential to social, cultural and economic growth,” says Meg Booth, SPA’s CEO. “Although the pandemic has decimated artists’ livelihoods, creativity is sustainable and will thrive if supported. Our goal is to support local artists, fuel the creative pipeline and create opportunity for local performing artists to be presented in Houston’s Theater District.”

SPA believes the artist’s voice can lead to greater understanding of ourselves and each other, challenging us, inspiring dialogue, and suggesting new possibilities. Through the lens of current events, making a path for creative expression and experimentation is essential.

Houston is the most culturally diverse city in the nation. In celebrating artists’ voices here at home, we promote more connected and thriving communities. SPA believes Black artists, Indigenous artists, artists of color, artists in the LGBTQ+ community, artists with disabilities, and woman artists must be centered through this project. To that end, we strongly encourage applications from artists with these identities or members of other marginalized communities.

SPA Houston Artist Commissioning Project Award Details
In the inaugural pilot year, two types of commissions will be offered:

Virtual Commissions
Six awards will be given to working performing artists or groups within the Greater Houston Metro Area to create a new 3-5 minute virtual work. These new works will premiere on SPA’s social and digital platforms in fall 2020.

Virtual Commissions include:

  • $800 Artist Award
  • One virtual SPA Creative Chat about their project, moderated by SPA’s Director of Education, to be shared on SPA social media channels prior to premiere of the new work

Applications for virtual awards are due August 21, 2020, with winners announced September 14, 2020.

Live Performance Commissions 
Three awards will be given to working performing artists or groups within the Greater Houston Metro Area, to create a new 15-25 minute work to premiere in festival format on the Jones Hall stage in summer 2021. Participants in virtual commissions will not be excluded from consideration for live performance awards.

Live Commissions include:

  • $5,000 Artist Award
  • Technical support prior to the performance to assist in development of lighting, sound, and/or set concepts for the new work
  • On-stage performance presentation at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts with other live performance awardees
  • On-stage rehearsal time prior to the performance

Additionally, live performance commissions will include SPA-hosted opportunities to engage with the public:

  • One virtual SPA Creative Chat moderated by SPA’s Director of Education about the artists involved in the project and the concept of the work to be created, to be shared on SPA social media channels during spring 2021
  • One SPA Behind the Curtain conversation moderated by SPA’s CEO about the creation process, in-person and/or shared on SPA social media channels during spring 2021.
  • One preview/talk-back with students from a Houston-area school, in-person or online, during spring 2021

Applications for the Live Performance awards due December 18, 2020. Winners will be announced January 29, 2021. Awardees will have through Summer 2021 for creative development. Live performance dates to be announced.

How to Apply:  Applications available at or by contacting us at


Broadway at the Hobby Center continues to work diligently with partners to navigate the challenges of scheduling touring Broadway shows during this unprecedented time. Two of the 2020-2021 Season shows planned for this fall have been rescheduled to 2021.  MY FAIR LADY, previously scheduled for September 29- October 4, 2020, has been rescheduled for September 14-19, 2021. BLUE MAN GROUP, previously scheduled for November 17-22, 2020, has been rescheduled for April 20-25, 2021.

Broadway at the Hobby Center 2020-2021 Season


TOOTSIE January 5-10, 2021
BEAUTIFUL (Season Option) January 22-24, 2021
TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD February 23-28, 2021
MEAN GIRLS March 16-21, 2021
BLUE MAN GROUP April 20-25, 2021
HADESTOWN June 8-13, 2021
WICKED (Season Option) June 23- August 1, 2021
MY FAIR LADY September 14-19, 2021

Season ticket 2020-2021 subscribers will keep the same subscription seats for MY FAIR LADY and BLUE MAN GROUP, and will receive all tickets later this fall.  While there may be additional unforeseen scheduling changes in the season, please know if any performances on the series are cancelled, subscribers will have the option to receive a credit, refund, or the ability to donate the value of their tickets.  Individual show ticket sales will be announced at later dates.

Archway Gallery Now Open Weekends

Last Call for Fusion 2 Featuring New Works in Wood, Metal, and Glass by Robert L. Straight   

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Description automatically generatedArchway Gallery is now open weekends from 1 – 5 p.m. just in time for Houstonians to see Fusion 2 in person,  featuring new works in wood, metal, and glass by Robert L. Straight. The show closes July 1 at 12 noon.

Many of the pieces featured in Fusion 2 were inspired by Straight’s recent trip to Africa. The bright yellows, reds, and blues are an homage to Africa. And, the celestial theme seen in several of the pieces was fostered by the incredible African night sky.

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This exhibition from Robert L. Straight showcases his proficiency in many media, including glass, wood, and different metal processes such as welding, forging, and casting. Some works may include as many as four different materials and processes.

“I am a process-led artist,” Straight explains. He usually begins with a mental image of a piece; once the piece takes shape in his mind, he begins the “fusion” process, combining glass, wood, and metal. “The process frequently drives the development of the piece. Sometimes I begin by just putting different elements and materials together, and an idea will arise from that process. ”

Straight’s unique voice has evolved over many years and experiences.

“Because I made foundry patterns for many years, I learned to think in 3D,” he says. “The images in my mind’s eye are like blueprints that I use to make sculptures from the materials I find in my studio.”

While working at the foundry, Straight began taking art and jewelry-making classes with Bill Steffy at the Museum of Fine Arts School of Art, now known as the Glassell School. This led to his creating custom jewelry and opening his own studio. As an avid scuba diver and instructor, Straight incorporated his love of the sea into his jewelry designs; his “Sea Symbols” have been collected by scuba divers around the world.

Robert L. Straight has had a studio in the Hobby area for over 50 years. Passionate about the creation process, Straight spends  4 – 5 hours every day fusing glass, metal, and wood objects into 3D sculptures. He has been represented by Archway Gallery since 2019 and is an enthusiastic guide for his show.

Archway Gallery is now open weekends for in person visits from 1 – 5 p.m.  If interested in seeing the exhibition in person during the week, please contact the gallery in advance to arrange a private tour with the artist. Groups of only fewer than 10 people will be allowed in the gallery out of an abundance of caution. Email the gallery at for details.


 As live events continue to navigate widespread suspension during this global health crisis, it is clear that for the health and safety of the community, the HAMILTON engagement, originally scheduled to play June 30 – August 9, 2020, will not proceed as planned and has been postponed.

The Hobby Center is working with producers to reschedule the upcoming performances of HAMILTON and is actively looking for replacement dates before the end of the year. Ticket holders will be notified as soon as possible regarding the status of this show via email. Updates will also be posted at If we are unable to find new dates for HAMILTON and must cancel this engagement, ticket holders will be notified and offered their choice of credits and/or refunds.

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is operated by the Hobby Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to expand Houston’s reputation as a world-class cultural center by providing a premier performing arts facility, fostering accessibility to the performing arts and promoting arts education, with an emphasis on musical theater. The complex houses two performance chambers, an on-site restaurant, Diana American Grill, and an 800 car capacity on- premise parking garage. Please visit


Message from The Hobby Center: For the safety of our audience members, employees and performers, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF AND CHARLIE and CHOCOLATE FACTORY will not be performing as scheduled at the Hobby Center.

If you purchased tickets to either of these performances online or by phone through Ticketmaster, you will receive an email from Ticketmaster instructing you on how to receive a refund.  If you are a season ticket holder or a Broadway at the Hobby Center eCLUB buyer, you will be contacted directly about credit and refund opportunities.  If you purchased tickets at the Hobby Center Box Office with a credit card, you will automatically receive a refund.   If you purchased tickets with cash, the Hobby Center Box Office will process a check request for your refund once it has reopened.  Finally, if you purchased tickets through a third party reseller such as Vivid or Stubhub, you should contact those resellers directly to discuss their refund policies for cancellations.

In uncertain times, it is art that we turn to for escapism, joy, and comfort. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon.  When that day arrives, and this intermission comes to an end, the thrill that live theater brings will feel more special than ever before.



Following recommendations from Harris County and the CDC to limit large gatherings and slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), SPA performances through May 15, 2020 are postponed or cancelled, affecting the programs listed below.
SPA is making best efforts to reschedule postponed shows, coordinating with artists, agents, vendors and venues to determine if the performance can be rescheduled or must be cancelled. SPA is currently communicating with current ticket holders for these performances regarding options for their tickets.

  • Drum Tao, March 27 at Jones Hall—postponed; SPA is currently working on new date
  • Black Violin, April 7 at Jones Hall—postponed; SPA is currently working on new date
  • National Geographic Live: The Search for Life Beyond Earth, April 21 at Jones Hall—postponed, SPA is currently working on new date
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, April 24-25 at Jones Hall—cancelled
  • Daymé Arocena, May 1 at Miller Outdoor Theater—cancelled
  • Vicki Lawrence & Mama, May 8 at Jones Hall—cancelled
  • EMN (Ensemble Mik Nawooj), May 15 at Cullen Theater, Wortham Center—cancelled

“Amid the National Emergency caused by COVID-19, a number of our artists can no longer continue their current tours as planned, due to the temporary closure of theaters and venues around the United States,” a spokesperson for SPA said. “While this is disappointing news to our ticket holders, the programming team has been hard at work during this time, coordinating with artists and venues to reschedule dates for these performances.”

The Vibrant Gala, Society for the Performing Arts’ Annual Gala and largest fundraiser, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020 in the Grand Foyer of the Gus S. Wortham Theater Center, will not take place as planned. More information will be announced at a future date.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston Presents Radical: Italian Design 1965-1985, The Dennis Friedman Collection

Radical: Italian Design 1965–1985, The Dennis Freedman Collection presents nearly 70 pieces of rare and limited-production furniture, lighting design, paintings, architectural models, and more.

This exhibition examines Italy’s postwar explosion of disruptive design with furniture, lighting design, architectural models, paintings, and other objects drawn from the landmark collection of Dennis Freedman.

The first U.S. museum exhibition in nearly 50 years to survey this pivotal movement in design history, Radical: Italian Design showcases prototypes, one-of-a-kind, and limited-edition works by architects, designers, and collectives such as Archizoom Associati, Lapo Binazzi, Ugo La Pietra, Alessandro Mendini, Gianni Pettena, Ettore Sottsass, Studio Alchimia, and Superstudio.

Of the works on view, about half are gifts of Dennis Freedman and half are acquisitions from his collection. In addition, Freedman has lent more than a dozen objects to the exhibition. Together, the gifts and acquisitions establish a foundational collection for the MFAH.

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Photo courtesy of MFAH.

Andrew Tyson Makes Houston Debut in Leap Day Performance

In addition to his performance, Tyson will visit Kinder HSPVA piano students for a masterclass

Andrew Tyson, an emerging name in classical music, makes his Houston debut performing works by Rachmanninoff, Schumann, and more presented by Society for the Performing Arts (SPA). Tyson’s performance takes place in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 8 pm. 

Tyson, who began playing piano at age 15, is lauded in the classical realm winning First Prize at the 2015 Géza Anda Competition, the Terence Judd-Hallé Orchestra Prize, and the 2011 Young Concert Artist International auditions. He has also released three recital albums on the Alpha Classics label, his most recent titled Landscapes.

In addition to his performances, Tyson will also visit Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) for a Masterclass with piano students.

“We are absolutely beside ourselves that we have the opportunity to give an artist as acclaimed as Andrew Tyson their Houston premiere,” said a member of SPA’s programming team. “It’s also great that he is taking time while in town to inspire young musicians at HSPVA as part of SPA’s education program.”

Tickets for Andrew Tyson start at $29 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 713-227-4772 or in person at the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall located at 615 Louisiana St. Hours of operation: 9 am – 5 pm Monday–Friday. Prices are subject to change.

More information: Andrew Tyson

Carl Phillips Poetry Reading at The Menil on February 12th, 7–8 p.m. at Cy Twombly Gallery, 1501 Branard Street

About the artist:

Carl Phillips by Reston Allen

Carl Phillips (b. 1959, Everett, WA) is the author of 14 books of poetry, including Wild Is the Wind (FSG, 2018), winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Publisher’s Weekly, in a starred review, called it “haunting and contemplative as the torch song for which the collection is named.”

His other recent books include Reconnaissance (2015), Silverchest (2013, nominated for the Griffin Prize), Double Shadow (2011, winner Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and finalist for the National Book Award), and Speak Low (2009, finalist for the National Book Award). Phillips is Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also teaches creative writing.

This program is free and open to the public. Limited seating in the Cy Twombly Gallery is available on a first-come first-served basis. Further information regarding accessibility and parking can be found here.

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Playhouse 1960, located at 6814 Gant Road, Presents Steel Magnolias


The training program will connect 16 to 20 high school age Houston actors with acting students from the Juilliard Drama School in five weeks of rigorous Shakespearean study, training, and ultimately, performance.

Philip Lehl, Co-Artistic Director of 4th Wall and alumnus of Juilliard, will serve as the program director and teacher and will share his “Verse Technique” of Shakespearean performance with program participants. Auditions for this program will be held in February of 2020, and casting for the production will be color- and gender-blind in keeping with modern practices.

During the first week of the program, Lehl and the Juilliard students will introduce the Shakespearean Verse Technique to the high school students and cast them in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Weeks two and three will be used to rehearse the play, and over the course of weeks four and five, both the high school and Juilliard students will put on eight public performances of “As You Like It” in 4th Wall Theatre’s professional studio space.b

This program is an exciting learning and mentorship opportunity for Houston high school students. No other theatre education program in the city integrates the three core participants in 4th Wall’s Summer Program: local high school students, advanced conservatory students, and a master teacher.

The program will take place from June 21-July 25, 2020. The tuition cost for the program is $1,750. At this time, 4th Wall is able to offer four full scholarships to the program from the generous support of the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts and the John D. and Allie Lea Orton Foundation. The scholarships will be awarded to students with demonstrated financial need.

For information, visit or follow @4thwallhouston on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you are interested in sponsoring a student with a donation, contact 4th Wall at


Its series of intimate concerts at the Menil Collection continues with Music and Isolation, two performances by the Aizuri Quartet on Monday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

Founded in 2012 and based in New York City, the Aizuri Quartet is Miho Saegusa, violin; Emma Frucht, violin; Ayane Kozasa, viola; and Karen Ouzounian, cello.

The Grammy Award-nominated ensemble has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America, garnering critical acclaim for imaginative performances that showcase the artists’ technical bravado and emotional power.


DACAMERA continues its jazz series with saxophonist Branford Marsalis on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center.

The NEA Jazz Master, Grammy Award-winner and Tony Award-nominee returns to the DACAMERA stage alongside the quartet he has led for the past three decades: Joey Calderazzo, piano; Eric Revis, bass; and Justin Faulkner, percussion.

LIVE NATION HOUSTON announces 2020 shows

Tickets on sale now

  • Aventura, Friday, February 14 at Toyota Center; Details & Tickets HERE

  • Jimmy Buffett, Saturday, May 16 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion;  Details & Tickets HERE

  • Maroon 5 with Meghan Trainor, Monday, June 8 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion; Details & Tickets HERE

  • Def Leppard & Mötley Crüe with Poison, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Wednesday, July 15 at Minute Maid Park; Details & Tickets HERE

  • The Australian Pink Floyd Show, Friday, August 7 at Revention Music Center, Details & Tickets HERE

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) now has an onstage seating opportunity for every performance of Once On This Island

Onstage seating will offer guests a unique and involved way to experience the performance, with the story of Ti Moune being told all around them. The seats, which are $25 general admissionbleacher-style seats, are now available for purchase through

While there are some restrictions to the onstage seating — ages 10 and up only, dress code restrictions, and rules about what you can bring on the stage — guests will have an experience that is truly unlike any show they’ve attended before with TUTS.

Winner of the 2018 TONY AWARD FOR BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL, Once On This Island is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods, Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.

The groundbreaking vision of two-time Tony Award nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown (NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live) conjures up “a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!” (The Huffington Post).

With a score that bursts with life from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the Tony Award-winning songwriters of Anastasia and RagtimeOnce On This Island is a timeless testament to theater’s unlimited possibilities.

Guests should be aware that the show contains theatrical haze, live flame, sand, and water elements, and the onstage seating is in proximity of these things. For more information about the onstage seating, and a complete list of restrictions, visit

Photos by Joan Marcus

DACAMERA’s intimate Menil Collection concert series kicks off with Italian Themes, a two-night performance by Quartetto di Cremona on Oct. 21 and Oct. 22

The ensemble marks its Houston debut with two distinct but complementary programs of rarely heard Italian music for string quartet.

Quartetto di Cremona; Photo by Nikolaj Lund

The program on Monday night will feature String Quartet in C Major, Op. 2, No. 6 by Boccherini; Quartet in E Minor by Verdi; Crisantemi by Puccini; and Quartet in D Major by Respighi.

On Tuesday the group will showcase String Quartet No. 1 in G Major, K. 80/73f by Mozart; Quartet in E Minor by Verdi; Italian Serenade by Wolf; and Quartet in D Major by Respighi.


Kevin Cahoon will headline Theatre Under The Stars Education Celebration acting as both entertainment and emcee.

Cahoon can currently be seen on the Netflix hit comedy, Glow, as well as Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. He originated roles in the Broadway companies of The Lion King, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Wedding Singer, the revival of The Rocky Horror Show, and he made his Broadway debut in The Who’s Tommy.

He was also an original company member of Hedwig and The Angry Inch Off-Broadwayplaying the title role there and in numerous companies in the US and abroad.

TUTS Education Celebration will take place on Thursday, November 7 at 6 p.m. on the Sarofim Stage at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The evening, which will include a silent auction, dinner, and entertainment featuring Cahoon and students from The River and Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, benefits Education and Community Engagement programs at Theatre Under The Stars.

“As a Humphreys School alum, I’m beyond thrilled to join TUTS in celebrating the work they do throughout the schools and in the community,” said Cahoon.

Tickets for the event start at $300 and sponsorships begin at $3,000. To get tickets or learn more about the event, go to

Exclusive Tour “Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography”
Monday, September 16, 2019: 

Presented by Lisa Volpe, associate curator of photography

On this Exclusive Tour, see how the more than 200 images in the exhibition Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography chronicle trends in fashion over the past century, reflect broader cultural shifts, and even define the way people see themselves.

John Dyer, Selena, 1992, chromogenic print, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Texas Monthly and the artist. © 1992 John Dyer All Rights Reserved

About Exclusive Tours: Exclusive Tours offer private access to select Museum exhibitions on special Mondays when the Museum is closed to the public. In these lively, in-depth walking tours, Museum experts share their expansive knowledge about the featured exhibition. After the tour, discuss your experience over a glass of sparkling wine.

• $55 MFAH members
• $65 Nonmembers

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Legendary Actor Jeff Goldblum Brings an Evening of Jazz to Jones Hall

With an acting career spanning four decades and film credits including Jurassic Park and Independence Day, legndary actor Jeff Goldblum and his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, will be presented in an evening of jazz by The Society for the Performing Arts on Friday, September 20 at 8 p.m. in Jones Hall for the Performing Arts . As a part of the show, the band is providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to select Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) jazz department students to play on stage with them.

Goldblum, who has been playing the piano since he was a child, has performed with The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra at venues in Los Angeles and New York City over the past few decades. When he’s not filming, the actor hosts a weekly jazz variety show at LA’s Rockwell Table and Stage. Frequented by locals and A-listers alike, the show melds Goldblum’s love of jazz with his passion and skills at improvised comedy.

Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra released their first album in November 2018, which quickly became the number one selling jazz album on the Billboard charts. The band will play hits from the album, such as Straighten Up and Fly Right, Nostalgia in Times Square, Cantaloupe Island and more.

Tickets start at $35. Tickets can be purchased at

Tickets for the Houston premiere of Dear Evan Hansen will go on sale Sunday, August 25 at 11:00 a.m.

The winner of six 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, DEAR EVAN HANSEN features a book by Tony Award-winner Steven Levenson, a score by Grammy®, Tony® and Academy Award® winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La LandThe Greatest Showman), and direction by four-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (RentNext to Normal) is coming to Houston.

photo by Matthew Murphy

A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. DEAR EVAN HANSEN is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN has struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere, including The Washington Post who says DEAR EVAN HANSEN is “one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.” And NBC Nightly News declares the musical “an anthem resonating on Broadway and beyond.”

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Adventure Kids Playcare Memorial City Launches Fine Arts Program and Adds New Hours

Adventure Kids Playcare, Houston’s only drop-in childcare featuring an indoor playground and entertainment center, is launching a Fine Arts Program and is now open at 6 a.m. Monday-Friday.

Adventure Kids Playcare is offering one-hour introductory classes to music, art and dance for ages three and up, Monday through Wednesday. On “Music Monday” kids can explore different sounds by learning to sing and play multiple instruments. “Totally Tuesday” is all about releasing creativity with an array of artwork activities, while “Wigglin’ Wednesday” allows kids to dance it out and grove to music. Each fine art program is $25 per class.

Adventure Kids Playcare fills the need for flexible, hourly childcare that is necessary as families become busier. Childcare for children ranging from 6 weeks to 12 years old is available Monday through Saturday, until 10 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends at their facility near Memorial City Mall. Children can play, explore and learn in a safe, secure environment allowing parent’s time to work, enjoy shopping, dining, running errands or relaxing.

To schedule a tour, register your child, or to learn more about Adventure Kids Playcare, visit or call 713-838-1414.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens hosts Multiple Events for Visitors in May

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, the MFAH house museum for American decorative arts, is located at 6003 Memorial Drive

Photography in the Gardens of Bayou Bend: (Saturday, May 18: 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.) Explore the grounds of the 14-acre estate to capture the beautiful blooms, gorgeous woodlands, and formal landscapes through your own lens. Please note the guidelines. Admission to the gardens is $7.50 for adults; $6 for seniors (65+) and students with ID; and $5 for ages 10–18. Children 9 and younger are admitted free.

Bayou Bend Family Day “Musical Traditions”: (Sunday, May 19: 1–5 p.m.) Theme: “Musical Traditions” | Celebrate the history of our nation’s music and musicians. Bayou Bend’s founder, Miss Ima Hogg, was also a founder of the Houston Symphony and a great lover of music. Explore the wide variety of styles and influences on early American music through performances and activities. This event is free. Last admission is at 4:30 p.m.

Sketching in the Gardens of Bayou Bend: (Tuesday, May 21: 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.) Guests are invited to explore the grounds of Bayou Bend’s 14-acre estate. Paper, clipboards, and pencils are provided. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own campstools. Admission is $7.50 for adults; $6 for seniors and students; and $5 for ages 10–18. Children 9 and younger are admitted free.

17th Annual Tommy Tune Award Nominees Announced

High school students, teachers, and parents across Houston are celebrating the nominations for the 17th Annual Tommy Tune Awards.

Dan Knechtges, Artistic Director at Theatre Under The Stars, announced the nominees for Best Musical via video on the Tommy Tune Awards Facebook page.

A program of Theatre Under the Stars, the Tommy Tune Awards recognize and reward excellence in the artistry of musical theatre by high school students and their teachers in the greater Houston metropolitan area. The annual awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. The rambunctious celebration features performing from some of Houston’s most talented teens.

Tickets will go on sale to the public on April 15 at 9 a.m. at

After evaluating the 51 participating Houston-area high school productions during the 2018-2019 school year, a team of 40 Houston-based theatre professionals nominated students in 15 award categories.

For more information, visit


Rock the Row Features Variety of Music, Bringing Trailgating Back to this Popular Series

The popular Rock the Row free, spring concert series begins on Thursdays, March 14 through March 28 from 7 – 9 pm at Hughes Landing®, an award-winning, lifestyle destination on Lake Woodlands.

Want to get the party started early? Join us for a fun trail run/walk before each concert. Meet at Fleet Feet™ at 6:00 pm every Thursday and then cool down with appetizers and refreshments before heading to the concert at the Hughes Landing Band Shell. Runners will receive a free Trailgating t-shirt while supplies last.

“By combining the Trailgating and Rock the Row events,  we are able to highlight Hughes Landings’ focus on health and wellness along with the family-friendly entertainment options available.

With its walkable setting along Lake Woodlands along with the Bandshell, Hughes Landing is the premier location to promote a healthy lifestyle and then relaxing with music from local artists,” said Jim Carman, Senior Vice President, Master Planned Community, Commercial Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation®.

The concert series begins with Fidelity Maxx on March 14 featuring Motown, Funk and Pop music.  Country music will be performed on March 21 by The Buck Yeager Band and Rock ‘n Roll music will be performed at the final concert on March 28 with The Duderinos.

The 20th Anniversary Tour of RENT returns by popular demand to the Hobby Center on August 6 -11

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m.

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. 
This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece now returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production.
A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème,RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.  

Museum of Fine Arts Houston presents Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings on 

Opening-Day Lecture “Torn from Time Itself: Sally Mann’s New Avenues from Old Processes” on Sunday, March 3; 


Photographer Sally Mann explores what it means to be Southern.

Sally Mann, Easter Dress, 1986

For more than 40 years, Mann (born 1951) has made experimental, hauntingly beautiful photographs that address overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, and the bonds of family. Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings is the first major retrospective of the celebrated artist’s career.

Featuring over 120 images organized into five sections—family, landscape, battlefields, legacy, mortality—A Thousand Crossings shows how the American South emerges within Mann’s work as a powerful and provocative force that continues to shape American identity and experience.

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Museum of Fine Arts Hosts Sunday Family Zone

with “Flora” theme on February 17th from 1-4 p.m.

Families are invited to drop in and enjoy a variety of games, activities, books, and mini-tours of the galleries.

Each month’s program focuses on a different work of art, exhibition, or artist each month. Enjoy two storybook circles, at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. each Sunday, which connect the works of art with fun and exciting stories.

Recommended for ages 3+Free with general admission. MFAH members and ages 12 & younger always receive free general admission.



Tony AwardⓇ-winning icon of stage and screen, Idina Menzel, will headline Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) 50th Anniversary Season Gala at The Post Oak Hotel on SaturdayMarch 23 at 6:30 p.m

“Idina is the perfect person to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary Season,” said Dan Knechtges, TUTS Artistic Director. “As a musical theatre icon, she is as singular in the entertainment world as Theatre Under The Stars is to Houston. She is going to blow the evening out of the water!”

Tony Award®-winning icon Idina Menzel has a diverse career that traverses stage, film, television and music. Menzel’s voice can be heard as ‘Elsa’ in Disney’s Oscar®-winning Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time. The film’s song “Let It Go,” voiced by Menzel, won the Oscar® for Best Original Song and the Grammy® Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media. Frozen 2 is slated for a November 2019 release.

A skillful songwriter, Menzel’s prolific recording career includes multiple cast albums and the solo albums: Still I Can’t Be Still, Here, I Stand, and her latest album idina., released September 2016 on Warner Bros Records as well as idina: live in October 2018.

Garnering huge critical acclaim, Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award-winning performance as ‘Elphaba,’ the misunderstood green girl in the blockbuster WICKED, and in her Tony-nominated role as ‘Maureen’ in the Pulitzer Prize winning RENT. Menzel was most recently seen on Broadway in the original production IF/THEN, for which she earned her third Tony nomination.

In May 2018, Idina starred in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Off-Broadway production of Skintight as Jodi Isaac, a woman reeling from her ex-husband’s engagement to a much younger woman.Philanthropy is also important to Menzel, who co-founded the A BroaderWay Foundation in 2010. This organization is dedicated to offering girls from underserved communities an outlet for self-expression and creativity through arts-centered programs.

Table sponsorships for the Gala range from $15,000 to $100,000, and couples’ tickets are available for $3,000. Benefits for top sponsors include tickets to an exclusive meet and greet with Menzel, and premium tickets for her Gala performance. For more information and to secure event sponsorships, visit

House of Blues announces Bluesbusters Program

Fans get new opportunities with extended hospitality

House of Blues, the world’s premier live music and restaurant brand, announced its new BluesBusters program today, allowing fans to enjoy custom restaurant promotions and unique experiences at preferred pricing.

Offers will vary throughout the year and will be inclusive of the restaurant, retail store and even live concerts and VIP experiences.

The first BluesBusters offer kicks off the program in a big way and gives fans an extra $20 in value if they purchase a $30 restaurant certificate, a savings of 40%.

Every month a new offer will be revealed and will only be available for purchase during that month’s promotional period, after which a new offer is revealed at

Houston Grand Opera Presents Transforming the Human Spirit through Song Featuring Members of the HGO Chorus and HGO Studio at Discovery Green Dec. 15

Holiday sing-along led by HGOco Music Director and Composer-in-Residence Damien Sneed

Houston Grand Opera presents Transforming the Human Spirit through Song, a holiday sing-along and part of the Seeking the Human Spirit initiative. The holiday sing-along includes members of the HGO Chorus and members of the HGO Studio led by HGOco Music Director and Composer-in-Residence Damien Sneed at Discovery Green.

The Dec. 15 event is free and open to the public.

Transforming the Human Spirit through Song will coincide with two other events at Discovery Green–Flea By Night and GUST.

Flea by Night is a monthly, one-of-a-kind market featuring an array of artful kitsch, vintage items, mid-century modern furniture, recycled and repurposed items and collectibles, and crafts by local artisans and designers. GUST: Celebrating a Decade of Discovery can be found along the park’s Brown Foundation Promenade.

Created by Mexico City–based design collective Cocolab, GUST is an interactive, site-specific artwork that brings to life the invisible patterns of the wind with vivid color, subtle motion and patterns of light.

Members of the HGO Chorus and Studio join forces in presenting beautiful holiday music, led by Damien Sneed, HGOco’s new Music Director and Composer-in-Residence. Audience members are encouraged to sing along in this family-friendly musical event.

Glassell Studio School to Host Art Sale Preview Party and Art Sale

Glassell Studio School Student Art Sale Preview Party on Thursday, December 6, 6–8 p.m.

Guests can enjoy the Studio School Student Art sale before it opens to the public
on Friday, December 7.

photo: Glassell School

Enjoy holiday refreshments and browse original works of art created by Studio School students, including paintings, ceramics, prints, watercolors, drawings,

jewelry, photographs, and more.

Tickets: $20 for adults, ($18 for members), $10 for ages 13 to 18, and free for ages 12 and younger and Glassell Student Alumni and Leadership Circle members and their guest.

Glassell Studio School Student Art Sale 

Friday, December 7, 12–8p.m., and Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Guests can browse original works of art by students from the Glassell Studio School, including paintings, ceramics, prints, watercolors, drawings, jewelry, photographs, and more. A portion of the proceeds will be used toward Glassell Studio School scholarships.

Admission is free. The Glassell School of Art  is located at 5101 Montrose Blvd.

Houston Grand Opera hosts the Armadillo’s Tea

Event will raise funds with launch of The Armadillo’s Dream children’s book at St. Regis Hotel on Nov. 4 at 3 p.m.

The Armadillo’s Tea at the St. Regis Hotel will raise funds for Houston Grand Opera’s HGOco, the company’s community outreach and collaboration arm, as it celebrates the launch of The Armadillo’s Dream, a children’s book authored by HGOco Touring Programs Manager Dennis Arrowsmith.

This is HGO’s first-ever commissioned storybook, with underwriting by the Connie Kwan-Wong Foundation and publishing by CKW Luxe. Through poetry, it tells the story of Sandy, an armadillo whose fondest wish is to sing onstage with Houston Grand Opera at the Wortham Theater Center. The Armadillo’s Dream is available to the public starting Nov. 5 and can be purchased on the HGO website. Arrowsmith will give a reading and sign copies of the book at the Tea.

The Armadillo’s Dream will become one of HGOco’s five opera-themed storybooks, where a singing storyteller brings a picture book to life for students, pre-K through second grade, in HGOco’s Storybook Opera program. It is available in English and in a Spanish translation by Alejandro Magallón. Arrowsmith, who adapted his story from a Bolivian folktale, describes it as a “sweet story about the power of determination and resilience. I hope readers are moved and inspired by the armadillo’s journey.”

Limited availability tickets begin at $250 and include a signed copy of the book. For reservations, go to

           Tickets Now On Sale for Anastasia Coming to Houston

photo: Playbill

Mischer Neurosciences at the Hobby Center announced tickets for the tour of the critically-acclaimed Broadway production of ANASTASIA are now on sale for the March 5-10, 2019 production.

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime and inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA is the new Broadway musical that’s “one of the most gorgeous shows in years!” (New York Observer).

This dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush, new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) and direction by Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak.

Tickets start at $35 and are available by phone at (800) 982-2787; online at or; The Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002) and all Ticketmaster outlets. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, please call (888) 451-5986 or e-mail

Hall of Fame singer and 5-time Grammy winner to perform in Houston to appear at Sagemont Church on October 6 at 7 p.m.

The only person in history to be a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame is 5-time Grammy and 11-time Dove Award winner, Larnelle Harris.  

Harris recently released his first memoir entitled “Shaped Notes: How Ordinary People with Extraordinary Gifts Influenced my Life and Career” which became a #1 best-selling book on Amazon within three days of its release.

In addition to his Grammy and Dove Awards, including being named Male Vocalist of the Year three times by the gospel music industry, Harris has garnered nineteen #1 national radio singles and countless top 10 hits.

From the White House to the 38th Parallel, Harris has impacted audiences across the globe with his music.   He was the first gospel artist to perform inside the Kremlin after the fall of the Soviet Union. 

Harris was a featured performer for the Billy Graham crusades for many years, and is seen frequently on the popular Gaither Homecoming television shows. 

Tickets for the October 6 concert start at $10. VIP Meet-and-Greet packages are also available. Call  844-447-7664 for more information. The direct ticket link is For additional information, visit

Direct Energy Presents Carolyn Wonderland in Concert Sept. 29 at Levy Park

Houston Blues Society presents two great acts, while Coffee Q provides tasty treats

Direct Energy is the presenting sponsor for a free concert at Levy Park on Saturday, Sept. 29, featuring legendary Austin-based blues musician and singer, Carolyn Wonderland, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. performing on the Pavilion Stage.

Kicking things off at Levy Park at 12:30 p.m. is blues musician Greenleaf, while the Mark May Band performs from 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., both from the Houston Blues Society and sponsored by Levy Park.

Houston’s Greenleaf, the leader of Blue Mercy, has a background steeped in gospel music. Her influences are Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Rosetta Thorpe, Sam Cooke, Charles Brown and her parents, Ben and Mary Ella Greenleaf. Her intricate patches of jazz, gospel and heartfelt soul take one on an emotional musical roller coaster ride.

Following Greenleaf is the Mark May Band, a favorite of Levy Park concert-goers. Guitarist May lived in Houston for 20 years before returning to his native Columbus, Ohio in 2016.

Local audiences have been privileged to experience his fiery blues rock, whether as a solo artist, playing with the Agitators or during his stint with Dickey Betts and Great Southern. The Mark May Band’s recent CD, Blues Heaven, with 13 original songs, has received widespread acclaim.

Guests can enjoy delicious food that day between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. from Coffee Q.

Enjoy a good workout with Bootcamp at 8:30 a.m. and Joy Yoga at 10 a.m. Other park amenities include imagination playground blocks, arts and games carts, corn hole, children’s play area, dog parks, ping pong and more.

Levy Park is located in the heart of the Upper Kirby District at 3801 Eastside St., between Buffalo Speedway and Kirby Drive and Richmond Avenue and U.S. 59. Parking is available on Wakeforest Avenue and Eastside Street and in the parking garage for a fee.

For more information, visit our website at or call 713-522-7275.

Houston Artist Ann Marie Vancas to Showcase Collection at Sawyer Yards Inspiratus Exhibit

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15, 5-7 p.m.

Houston art campus Sawyer Yards will host several artists along with Ann Marie Vancas, who specializes in a type of abstract surrealism called “sensuism”, at Inspiratus: A Winter Street Studios Exhibition beginning September 8, 2018 through October 20, 2018. 

The opening reception for the exhibition is open to the public and will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 5-7 p.m.

Inspiratus: A Winter Street Studios Exhibition explores and showcases the inspiration behind artistic creation. Inspiratus will feature Winter Street Studios tenant’s artwork and the inspiration behind each piece. Guests, collectors, designers and art patrons will venture through the halls of Winter Street Studios to view and shop original works from various Houston artists in different disciplines. Inspiratus, Latin for inspiration, will reveal a rare glimpse into the processes artists use to bring their visions into artwork.

Admission is free and open to the public.


Famed artist, illusionist, and sculptor Rafael Barrios will have an exhibition at Art of the World Gallery at 2201 Westheimer for his first ever exhibition in Texas.

This exquisite collection will feature over 25 pieces, including two monumental sculptures, all designed to trick the eye and exaggerate their three-dimensionality.

His main medium is hand-lacquered steel, which he colors differently so as to play with shape, dimension, and shade.

For more information, go to 



photo: TUTS

Multi-platinum recording artist and the star of television, film and the Broadway stage Vanessa Williams is coming to Houston to perform some of her greatest hits in a one-night-only intimate experience at Theatre Under The Stars’ (TUTS) 50th Anniversary Season Education Celebration!

This annual event benefits The River Performing and Visual Arts Center (The River), TUTS Humphreys School of Musical Theatre (Humphreys School), and TUTS Community Engagement Programs.

Ms. Williams shared “I’m passionate about arts education as both of my parents were arts educators and instilled in me a deep love of music, theatre, and dance. I hope that Houston packs the house to support the important work of The River, Humphreys School of Musical Theatre, and TUTS Community Engagement during the Theatre’s exciting 50th anniversary season!”

Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. She has sold more than seven million records worldwide, and her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recordings, and the Broadway stage has been recognized by every major industry award including the Emmys, Grammys, Tonys, and Golden Globes.

TUTS Education Celebration will be held October 4, 2018 from 6:00 – 10:00 pm at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. In addition to the stylings of Williams, TUTS Inclusive Performance Troupe will perform throughout the evening. Dana Tyson, a popular DJ on Sunny 99.1, will be the emcee for the event.

For more information, visit




November 7-18, 2018 

Individual tickets for Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA go on sale Sunday, August 26 at 11 am. With newly reinvented staging and stunning scenic design, this new version of PHANTOM is performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions on tour in North America. This triumphant return to Houston comes as part of the Mischer Neurosciences Broadway at the Hobby Center 2018-2019 season.

The first one hundred patrons to purchase tickets, in person, at the Hobby Center during the Theater District Open House on August 26 will receive one complimentary THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA merchandise item. Offer limited to one merchandise item per ticket order per person.

TICKETS: Start at $55 and are available by phone (713) 315-2525 or (800) 982-2787; online at or; The Hobby Center Box Office at 800 Bagby and all Ticketmaster outlets. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, please call (888) 451-5986 or e-mail

Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age 

photo: MFAH

From furniture generated by algorithms to designs brought to life by a robot, the work of experimental Dutch designer Joris Laarman challenges the boundaries of art, science, and technology.

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age is the first U.S. museum survey to offer an in-depth look at the designer’s innovative oeuvre.

Showcasing furniture, design experiments, suites of drawings, and videos, the exhibition features a number of works from the MFAH collection. Joris Laarman Lab explores the highly progressive qualities of Laarman’s work, both aesthetically and technologically. Along with his advanced production processes, which often involve digital fabrication methods and robotics, Laarman (born 1979) remains inspired by nature, giving equal attention to organic form and beauty.

The exhibition highlights Laarman’s major bodies of work, from projects he created as a student to his most-recent 3-D printing innovations. Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age is curated by Mark Wilson and Sue-an van der Zijpp of the Groninger Museum.


Tony AwardⓇ winner Priscilla Lopez will lead the cast in the role of “Aunt Eller” in Theatre Under The Stars’ (TUTS) production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, the first show in the musical theatre company’s 50th Anniversary Season. 

Lopez is perhaps best known for originating the role of Diana in the original production of A Chorus Line, which led to a Tony nomination. She won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. She also originated the role of Camila in the 2018 Tony Award-winning Best Musical, In The Heights. Other Broadway credits include Pippin, Nine and Company.

Joining Lopez in the production will be Sam Simahk as “Curly,” Olivia Hernandez as “Laurey,” Madeline Hamlet as “Ado Annie,” Logan Keslar as “Ike Skidmore”, Hassan Nazari-Robati as “Ali Hakim,” Christopher Campbell as “Will Parker,” Eric Ulloa as “Jud Fry,” David Sitler as “Andrew Carnes,” and Dewey Caddell as “Cord Elam.”

For tickets, visit

photo courtesy of TUTS



September 25-30, 2018

photo: LesMis

Individual tickets for Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, LES MISÉRABLES, go on sale Friday, August 3 at 10 am.  The much anticipated Mischer Neurosciences Broadway engagement at the Hobby Center is direct from a celebrated two-and-a-half year Broadway engagement.

Start at $35 and are available by phone (713) 315-2525 or (800) 982-2787; online at or; The Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002) and all Ticketmaster outlets. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, please call (888) 451-5986 or e-mail

Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

Mark your calendars for Plácido Domingo’s one-night-only concert and gala event!

Concert-Only Tickets on Sale July 11

Thirty years ago, Houston Grand Opera celebrated the opening of the Wortham Theater Center with Verdi’s masterpiece Aida, starring Plácido Domingo as Radames. This September, Domingo returns to HGO once again. This time, he joins Patrick Summers and the HGO Orchestra, along with special guest soprano Ana María Martínez, for a one-night-only concert event marking the re-opening of the Wortham after Hurricane Harvey.

Visit to learn more, or call 713-228-6737.


Having now achieved well over 1 million plays across streaming platforms, Welsh duo Into The Ark build upon these foundations with the release of a trio of singles before sharing the ‘Valencia EP’ on June  22nd through Blackwood Records. Hear their new single here:
Recorded earlier this year in Valencia with Dani Castelar (Paolo Nutini/Emeli Sande)Into the Ark released first track ‘No Place Like Home’ from the EP on April 6 – a live favorite – which pays homage to their home of Blackwood in The Valleys of South Wales.
Recording the EP at a residential studio in the hills and orange groves above Valencia, was like a dream come true for Dane Lloyd and Taylor Marshall Jones. 
We’d never spent proper time in a studio before, working with one producer,” says Dane. “The aim was to keep our sound as raw as possible, and that’s what Dani did. A lot of the songs were recorded live, old school, sometimes in one take. We had guests come in to jam, including some Spanish drummers. It was an incredible experience!”

Mastered by Pete Maher (U2/The Killers/Noel Gallagher/Lana Del Rey) and written by Dane and Taylor, the ‘Valencia EP’ is the perfect start to 2018 before they head back into the studio to finish of their debut album –due for release later this year.  The band continues to tour throughout 2018, first supporting their mentor Sir Tom Jones on an extensive 20-date tour of the US in May/June before returning to play the festivals this Summer.

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) recognized high school students from across the Greater Houston area for excellence in theatre at the 16th Annual Tommy Tune Awards

photo by Melissa Taylor

The Tommy Tune Awards Program celebrates the educational value, artistry, and community of high school musical theatre in the Greater Houston area. The Tommy Tune Awards is an opportunity for students and educators to share their creative accomplishments as individuals, as collaborators, and as members of the greater Houston community.

The winners of the 16th Annual Tommy Tune Awards are:

Best MusicalThe Hunchback of Notre Dame Friendswood High School

Best Leading ActorGarrett Morris from Friendswood High School as Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Best Leading ActressEmily Mesa from Friendswood High School as Esmeralda inThe Hunchback of Notre Dame

Best Supporting ActorRi’Chard Jordan from G.W. Carver Magnet High School as Jack the Bear/Buddy Bolden inJelly’s Last Jam

Best Supporting ActressRachel Young from Second Baptist School as Ado Annie in Oklahoma!

Best Featured PerformerJoy Edmonds, Brea Porter, and Maddison Joyce from Westfield High School as the Trio of Church Ladies – Jarene, Doris, and Darlene in The Color Purple

Best Ensemble/ChorusThe Hunchback of Notre Dame Friendswood High School

Best Scenic Design:  Shrek The Musical Pearland High School

Best Costume Design:  Crazy for You The Kinkaid School

Best Lighting Design:  The Hunchback of Notre Dame Friendswood High School

Best Stage Crew & Technical Execution:  The Hunchback of Notre Dame Friendswood High School

Best Musical Direction:  The Hunchback of Notre Dame Friendswood High School

Best Orchestra:  The Hunchback of Notre Dame Friendswood High School

Best Choreography:  The Hunchback of Notre Dame Friendswood High School

Crazy for You The Kinkaid School

Best Direction:  The Hunchback of Notre Dame Friendswood High School

The Tommy Tune Awards are named for Houston native and Lamar High School alumnus, Tommy Tune. A performer, director and choreographer with more than 50 years of stage experience, Tune received nine Tony Awards® for his work in the following productions: SeesawMy One and OnlyA Day in Hollywood/A Night in the UkraineNineGrand Hotel and The Will Rogers Follies. He was also awarded the National Medal of Arts in 2003 by President George W. Bush. Tune is currently taking an autobiographical stroll in Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales where he dances, sings and tale-tells through more than 50 years of showmanship.


Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway at the Hobby Center announce today that tickets for HAMILTON will be available online through Ticketmaster Verified Fan®, on Friday, February 23 at 10:00 AM CT.  Verified Fan is a new fan-facing technology from Ticketmaster that allows pre-registered fans to unlock access to tickets without competing against scalpers and bots.

Jeffrey Seller states, “Verified Fan is the newest program to make tickets available to theatre-goers at regular prices. I am confident that it will be a valuable service to our fans.  We know how challenging it is to buy tickets and this new Ticketmaster program will make the process a whole lot easier.”

Ticketmaster Verified Fan® registration begins now and will close Monday, February 19, at 11:59 PM CT.  Visit to register.

Those who registered will be notified by Ticketmaster via email on Thursday, February 22 if they have been selected for the Verified Fan on sale. The Ticketmaster Verified Fan® on sale will be available for purchases online only.

Tickets will be available for performances April 24 through May 20, 2018.

There is a maximum purchase limit of four (4) tickets per household for the engagement.  Tickets range from $80.50 – $194.50, with a select number of $592.50 premium seats available.  There will be a lottery for thirty-two (32) $10 orchestra seats for all performances. Details will be announced closer to the engagement.

A limited number of tickets will be available at the Hobby Center Box Office starting at 11:00 AM CT; patrons may line up beginning at 7:00 AM CT.


Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is holding auditions for its upcoming production of GUYS & DOLLS, directed by Nick DeGruccio, who previously directed Theatre Under The Stars’ acclaimed production of IN THE HEIGHTS in 2016.

“I am so looking forward to working with the people of TUTS and experiencing the wonderful city of Houston again.  While I consider Guys and Dolls to be a “perfect musical”, I am excited and challenged by this “new twist” on the show,” said DeGruccio.

Houston auditions will take place on March 1st and 2nd, and will take place at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in the Administration Building located at 800 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002.

The schedule for the Houston auditions is as follows:

March 1, 2018 – Open Call – 10 am to 4 pm

March 2, 2018 – Chorus – Singers – 10 am – 1 pm

     Dancers – Female – 1 pm and Male – 2 pm

For more information about the auditions, visit

Houston Grand Opera Announces Concert of Arias 2018 Winners

 Four Singers Awarded Top Honors at 30th Eleanor McCollum Competition

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) announced today the winners of the 30th annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers that took place at Stude Concert Hall at Rice University. 

1st Place prize of $10,000 was awarded to contralto Leia Lensing.

2nd Place prize of $5,000 went to soprano Dorothy Gal.

3rd Place prize of $3,000 was won by mezzo-soprano Lindsay Kate Brown.

The Ana María Martínez Encouragement Award of $2,000 went to soprano Liv Redpath. This award was established in 2015 by renowned soprano and HGO Studio alumna Ana María Martínez to identify a developing young singer with exceptional promise who would greatly benefit from the additional support of his or her continued training. Ms. Martinez won first prize in the competition in 1994.

Redpath also won the Audience Choice Award of $1,000.

The Online Viewers’ Choice Award of $500 went to the first-prize winner, Leia Lensing.

Winners of the Concert of Arias, one of the most highly esteemed singing competitions in the United States, were chosen by a distinguished panel of judges that included HGO Artistic and Music Director Patrick Summers and HGO Managing Director Perryn Leech, with guest judge Eric Owens, the eminent bass-baritone and HGO Studio alumnus who is appearing in HGO’s current production of The Barber of Seville.

 Auditions were conducted in New York, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and Houston. After careful deliberation, 13 semifinalists were chosen to compete in the final round of the competition in Houston. Eight finalists were selected to perform in the Concert of Arias. 

Last Chance to Enroll for Humphrey School Musical Theatre Spring Classes

Enroll your child for TUTS Humphreys School Theatre (HSMT) and The River Performing and Visual Arts Center (The River) today for classes in singing, dancing, and acting.

The River, which has been serving individuals with disabilities since 1996, offers classes in art, dance, and music.

Visit or to register today.



Rocking the roofs off theaters across America, the School of Rock – The Musical national tour stars Rob Colletti as Dewey, Lexie Dorsett Sharpas Rosalie, Matt Bittner as Ned, Emily Borromeo as Patty, Merritt David Janes as Dewey Alternate, Deidre Lang as Ms. Sheinkopf, Olivia Bucknor as Shonelle, Theodora Silverman as Katie, Chloe Anne Garcia as Marcy, Carson Hodges as Mason, Gianna Harris as Tomika,Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton as Freddy, Phoenix Schuman as Zack, John Michael Pitera as Billy, Theo Mitchell-Penner as Lawrence and Ava Briglia as Summer.

The adult ensemble features John Campione, Patrick Clanton, Christopher DeAngelis, Kristian Espiritu, Melanie Evans, Liam Fennecken, Kara Haller, Elysia Jordan, Jameson Moss, Sinclair Mitchell, Tim Shea and Hernando Umana. The kid’s ensemble featuresRayna Farr, Bella Fraker, Alex Louis, Tommy Ragen, Gabriella Uhl and Aiden Niklas Villa.

DATES: January 30 – February 4, 2018; Tue – Thurs at 7:30 pm | Friday at 8 pm  | Sat at 2 & 8 pm | Sun at 2 & 7:30 pm

TICKETS: Start at $35 and are available by phone (713) 315-2525 OR (800) 982-2787; online at or; The Hobby Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.

Sitar Concert with Maestro Ikhlaq Hussain on Saturday, January 6 at 11:30 am

photo: HarmonYNom

Ustad Ikhlaq Hussain is a sitar virtuoso from a  centuries-long line of influential musicians of the Delhi Gharana school, dating back to the early 13th century and including his father and teacher, the late Ustad Imdad Hussain.

He also studied with famed sitar master Ravi Shankar.

Hussain plays in the Gayaki Ang style, reproducing the nuance of the human voice, perhaps the most difficult form of playing the sitar.

He was an Artist in Residence at Shangri La, Hawai’i (DDFIA) in 2014. In 2015 Hussain performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and in 2016, he performed at the Harlem Arts Festival and the Storm King Art Center as part of the Masters of Indian Music series presented by the World Music Institute. He will be accompanied by a renowned tabla player.

Admission is free. Register at

On Repeat Art Exhibit Runs through December 14

Claude Viallat work

The exciting and innovative new art exhibition, On Repeat, presented by Linda Clarke and Gus Kopriva of Clarke & Associates and curated by renowned poet and art critic Raphael Rubinstein, features a diverse group of 14 established and emerging artists focusing on textile art using patterning and repetition which draw on a range of influences in repeating motifs.

Exhibit is open Thursdays – Saturdays from noon – 5 p.m. from now through December 14. Also by appointment. Admission is free. Clarke & Associates Gallery, 301 East 11th St. in the Heights, 77008

Artists represented in On Repeat include Jennifer Bartlett, Heather Bause, Christopher Cascio, Catherine Colangelo, Cheryl Donegan, Jacob El Hanani, Rachel Hecker, Gabriel de la Mora, Tameka Norris, James Radcliffe, Drew Shiflett, James Siena, Michael Toskovich and Claude Viallat. Rubinstein took great care to select artists of several disciplines whose work is shown and collected both nationally and internationally.

Rubinstein is a poet and critic known for his influential writings on painting and his book of micro-narratives, The Miraculous (Paper Monument, 2014). He is a contributing editor to Art in America magazine and a professor of Critical Studies at the University of Houston. His awards and honors include Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government and a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writer grant for his blog, The Silo.


Individual tickets for the  Houston premiere of the North American Tour of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway revival of THE COLOR PURPLE are on sale now.

Cast members from the 2016 Broadway revival lead the touring company, including Adrianna Hicks (Aladdin, Sister Act – Germany) as Celie, Carla R. Stewart (Ghost – National Tour, Rent – Regional) as Shug Avery and Carrie Compere (Holler If You Hear MeShrek the Musical – National Tour) as Sofia.

They will be joined by Gavin Gregory (The Color Purple – Revival, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess) as Mister, N’Jameh Camara (X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation) as Nettie, J. Daughtry (The Color Purple – Revival, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Harpo, along with Darnell AbrahamAmar Atkins,Kyle E. BairdAngela BirchettJared DixonErica DurhamBianca HornGabrielle ReidC.E. SmithClyde VoceNyla WatsonJ.D. WebsterBrit WestNikisha Williams and Michael Wordly.

Based on the Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Warner Bros. / Amblin Entertainment motion picture, THE COLOR PURPLE is adapted for the stage by Tony- and Pulitzer-winner Marsha Norman with music and lyrics by Brenda RussellAllee Willis and Stephen Bray

Opera in the Heights presents Mozart’s The Magic Flute Die Zauberflöte 

Opening Friday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. ONLY 6 PERFORMANCES 

A mysterious rescue mission, the otherworldly power of music, and the infinite struggle between darkness and light. Mozart’s sublime score and his cast of wildly colorful characters make Magic Flute one of the most beloved operas in the world. Prince Tamino’s quest for love and truth is a timeless classic for seasoned opera fans and an ideal first opera for new and young audiences.


Performance Dates & Times:

Opening Night–Fri, Nov 10 at 7:30 PM

Additional Saturday Night–Sat, Nov 11 at 7:30 PM

Sunday Matinee & Post Performance ‘Talk-Back’ with Cast–Sun, Nov 12 at 2:00 PM

Thursday Evening Performance & Post Performance YOLO Cocktail Hour–Thu, Nov 17 at 7:30 PM

Saturday Night–Sat, Nov 18 at 7:30 PM

Additional Sunday Matinee–Sun, Nov 19 at 2:00 PM

Get $10 Off Any Seat with promotional code, “FLUTE10” for $10 off your tickets. Tickets at 

courtesy of Houston Ballet


Production to debut at Smart Financial Centre & The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets available to the general public Saturday, October 14, 2017

Artistic Director Stanton Welch’s spectacular production of The Nutcracker returns and ventures across Houston this holiday season. As a result of flooding from Hurricane Harvey, Houston Ballet’s home venue, the Wortham Theater, is closed through May 2018, leaving the company unable to perform several programs in the beloved performing arts center.

Houston Ballet is pleased to report that select performances of fall programming have been rescheduled and relocated, and the company is taking Mr. Welch’s The Nutcracker on tour in its hometown city of Houston. This cherished classic will begin its journey at the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land and conclude at The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Houston. The schedule is as follows:

Smart Financial Centre at 1811 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land on Dec. 10-23, 2017

The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts at 800 Bagby on Dec. 30, 2017-Jan. 6, 2018

Current ticket holders for The Nutcracker will be notified regarding their options on relocating to these venues. Tickets will be available to the general public at or by calling 713-227-2787.

Wortham Theater Center closed until May 2018 after damages from Hurricane Harvey

 Due to the extensive water damage from Hurricane Harvey, Houston First Corporation announced the Wortham Theater Center will be closed for repairs until May 15, 2018 in a best case scenario.

On August 27, water from Hurricane Harvey filled the basement of the Wortham with 12 feet of water. In addition, water filled the tunnel that connects the Wortham to the Theater District Parking Garage.
While the building was powered down before the worst of the storm, initial assessments revealed potentially dangerous conditions and a clear threat to the mechanical and electrical equipment and building contents. To prevent further damage, Houston First immediately retained Gilbane Reconstruction Services to being pumping out the water and stabilizing the building.

At this point, it does not appear that the building has suffered structural damage, but there has been extensive damage to at least one-third of the building’s 60 air handling units and to the elevators. Houston First and Gilbane continue to work hand-in-hand to complete an evaluation of the critical building systems. That work should be complete in 2-3 weeks. To find out more about Wortham Theater Center recovery, click here.


In response to ongoing recovery efforts and the impacted school system, Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is pleased to offer an extension of the TUTS Summer Camp Series with an additional week of activities Tuesday through Friday, September 5-8, 2017 from 9 am to 3 pm daily, with early morning and after care also available.

Programs will be available, and TUTS is ready to serve the community with operational facilities at two of the organization’s locations, TUTS Humphreys School of Musical Theatre and The River Performing & Visual Arts Center

MUSICAL THEATRE DAY CAMP for students ages 4-7 will be available at The River Performing & Visual Arts Center located in the City of Houston’s Metropolitan Multiservice Center (1475 West Gray Street). Students age 4-7 will use musical theatre and the visual arts to explore their world. 

MUSICAL THEATRE DAY CAMP for students 7-14 will be available at TUTS Humphreys School of Musical Theatre.  Based in the heart of the Downtown Theater District, TUTS Humphreys School of Musical Theatre is located at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts (800 Bagby Street). Students will use musical theatre and the visual arts, to explore stories both from literature and from their own lives. Classes for children ages 7-10 years old will focus on developing creativity through community story-building, movement, and musical exploration. Classes for children ages 11-14 years old will focus on examining their own worlds through storytelling/acting techniques, improvisational dance, and music creation.

In the spirit of our community-based mission, TUTS is doing everything possible to offer a safe, creative place where parents can bring their children for the day while they return to work or address needs at home. Their children will have the opportunity to engage with our local artists, teachers, and staff learning creative ways to express themselves and engage in collaborations building community. TUTS is waiving all registration fees and offering the all-day, week-long camps (all age groups) at a reduced rate of $150 per student, which is intended to cover staff expenses and supplies. After hard costs are covered, any remaining proceeds will be contributed to other city-wide relief funds.

Students should come to camp dressed in comfortable clothing and sneakers, and bring a lunch and snack daily.

Classes are available on a first come, first served basis and space is limited.  Registration is available online beginning Sunday, September 3rd.

The Theatre Under The Stars administrative offices are currently closed, and will reopen on Tuesday, September 5 at 9am. In the meantime, questions can be directed via email to  


Message from HGO: We are relieved that all HGO staff, musicians, and Studio artists and their families are all safe. Some Company members have lost homes and vehicles or were forced to evacuate, and many are assisting family and friends. Like you, it will be some time before we all understand the full impact of this devastating natural disaster. 

As for our home, the lower levels of the Wortham Theater Center have flooded and HGO’s power sources, internet, and website connectivity have been badly damaged as well as the Costume Shop and Wig Shop. We hope to be back in our offices soon after Labor Day, but HGO’s administrative functions are facing major challenges. These include many hurdles for our artistic, production, and technical teams in preparing for the upcoming season, limitations in our ability to bring education programs like Opera to Go! to schools and community centers, and delays in our audience outreach efforts. Meanwhile, our own HGOco team are working to bring our Storybook Opera for young children into the shelters next week.  

IF YOU NEED TO REACH US IMMEDIATELY, YOU CAN DO SO BY CALLING 323-644-2116.  An operator will answer and connect you with one of our staff.  

HOW YOU CAN HELP: Mayor Turner has set up a Hurricane Relief Fund at relief. We have set up a special fund to assist HGO employees in rebuilding their lives, and another fund to support HGO’s recovery so that we can keep our season on track and continue to serve Houston. You can help by emailing your pledge to and/or Please include your name, email, and phone number, and the amount you would like to donate, but NO credit card info at this time.  We will contact you to process these pledges as soon as we are back in our offices.    

We are still planning to open our season on October 20.  We are truly grateful for your outpouring of kind words and concerns. Many of you have blown us away by already asking us what you can do to help. A few of you have even offered to come scoop water out of the Wortham with a bucket!  

We are a family, and we are here for each other. We can’t wait to deliver a fantastic season to you, giving Houstonians the power of music and storytelling that we all need now, more than ever. Thank you for thinking of HGO during these challenging times.


Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is holding dance auditions for the upcoming holiday production of SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, which TUTS is bringing to Houston with Lythgoe Family Panto (LFP)

Spencer Liff, the production’s choreographer, along with the show’s producers, Kris Lythgoe and Becky Lythgoe, who also serve as the writer and head of casting, respectively, will helm the Houston auditions. Garrett Clayton, who is reprising his original role of the Prince in this production of SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT, will be on hand to evaluate the process. 

Dance auditions in Houston will take place on Friday, August 25th from 12-4  p.m. at Theatre Under The Stars, located at 800 Bagby, Houston, Texas 77002 in the Center for Arts and Education.  Lythgoe Family Panto is currently seeking male / female dancers, ages 18-35. 

Additionally, on Monday, August 28th, auditions for specific Principal roles will be held by appointment only beginning from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

The full audition schedule is as follows:

FRIDAY AUG 25  10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


MONDAY AUG 28 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment only


Lythgoe Family Panto is currently casting the following roles:

PRINCESS AURORA, FEMALE, 18-28, feisty and beautiful but innocent, good acting ability, strong singer and dancing ability. Musical theatre base an advantage.

PRINCE PHILIP (possible understudy), MALE, 18-35 Height 5’10 – 6’3’’. Powerful singing voice and great actor, comedic ability, Musical Theatre experience.

KING OF HOUSTON, MALE, aged 50-65, experienced mature actor that loves to play a character part. Warm and friendly but must be obeyed. Comedy is essential.

GOOD FAIRY (possible understudy to cover both Good Fairy and Carabosse), FEMALE, 30-60 leader of the seven fairies, strong acting ability and powerful, show stopping singing voice. Helps SILLY BILLY become the hero.

CARABOSSE, FEMALE, 30-60 extremely evil fairy, who hates the Kingdom and Aurora. Gets boo’d by the audience throughout but must be able to control them. Interacts with the audience, strong actor and powerful singing is a must. Musical theatre experience an advantage.

Anyone interested in this audition should come prepared and be aware that as a professional theatre company, all of our rehearsals are held in the daytime during normal business hours. For more information, visit


photo by Matthew Murphy

The producers of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE and BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center announced today that pre-sales for the Houston Premiere of the new musical comedy getaway at The Hobby Center begin on June 5, 2017.

As previously announced, ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE is currently having its World Premiere steps from the ocean at the Tony Award®-winning La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla, California, having extended twice with performances now through July 9.  Following La Jolla, this production of ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE will relaunch in New Orleans before making its way to Houston and Chicago as it sets sail down Broadway to 46th Street at the Marquis Theatre in New York.

ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, the new musical featuring the songs of iconic singer-songwriter-author Jimmy Buffett, will begin previews on Broadway at the Marquis Theatre (210 West 46th Street) on Friday, February 16, 2018, with the official Broadway Opening Night on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

“Well, going to Broadway is a dream come true, but to be coming to the Marquis is like having a great margarita with a tequila floater. If we are going to turn the island of Manhattan into Margaritaville, Times Square seems the perfect place to drop anchor after our voyage from La Jolla, New Orleans, Houston and Chicago,” said Jimmy Buffett. “I am grateful to all the wonderful people at all levels, who participated in the hard work of turning a dream into reality.  It’s going to be a tropical season in Houston. Fins Up!!!!”

Escape to Margaritaville travel packages are available via the show’s official travel provider, The Travel Team, at

Tickets for the Houston engagement go on sale to the public on August 27, but  Groups of 10 or more are already on sale and available by visiting, calling (888)451-5986 or e-mail

For more information, please visit

The Community Artists’ Collective celebrates its 30th anniversary at Deborah Colton Gallery in April 2017 on APRIL 15

The Community Artists’ Collective will celebrate its 30 years of service to the Houston arts community with a Birthday Bash celebration at the Deborah Colton Gallery, 2445 North Blvd. on April 15, 2017.

Nationally recognized art historian and curator Alvia Wardlaw will preside over the event. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Lester Marks Patron of the Year Award for Philanthropy to community leader Peter H. Brown.

Tony and Dina Alsowayel Chase are honorary chairs of the event.

Sarah Trotty, Deborah Colton and Beverly Harmon will serve as co-chairs of the event, themed “Illuminating Unlimited Creativity.”

Prior to the event, a limited edition of 100 original 22 x 15” linoleum prints by Delita Pinchback Martin will be available for purchase. Martin, who works as a full-time artist in her studio Black Box Press in Huffman, has been described as one of 16 African American artists gaining national attention by the International Review of African American Art.

The Collective, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, provides a wide range of activities for a diverse population. Local artists are presented with opportunities to expand their skills, receive training in entrepreneurship and are exposed to the greater Houston art community through interactions with art collectors and the exhibition of their art. The education program offers art instruction to children and adults of all ages, impacting their development of creative techniques and providing increased self-esteem. The Collective’s quilting program, the Jubilee Quilt Circle, is attracting new and established quilters on a regular basis.

Individual tickets for the 6 to 9 p.m. celebration are $150, and sponsorship packages begin at $5,000.

For more information contact The Collective at 713-523-1616 or and visit the website at

THEATRE UNDER THE STARS (TUTS) announces 2017-18 Season including HAMILTON as a “Special Engagement” with BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center

Sheldon Epps, Artistic Advisor for Theatre Under The Stars, said they’re are excited about this season especially being able to offer HAMILTON at TUTS.      

“Certainly it will be the centerpiece of a season that is already rich in theatrical diversity, excitement and tremendous energy,” said Epps. “Our audiences will be lucky to enjoy American classics both old and new throughout this incredible season, and have the joy of taking a wide array of theatrical journeys that will thrill and satisfy them throughout the year.”

As previously announced, the full 2017-18 Season that includes HAMILTON is only available through a six-show Season Subscription. Full six-show Season Subscriptions are ONLY available through Friday, March 31, 2017.

It is important to note that Season Subscriptions sold after March 31st will NOT include HAMILTON. Beginning on Saturday, April 1st, 2017 five-show Season Subscriptions and Pick Four packages will be available.

“TUTS is beyond thrilled to be able to offer HAMILTON to some of our most loyal supporters – our subscribers – as part of an already unique and diverse mix of programming in our 2017-2018 Season. Building upon the artistic and critical success of our 2016-2017 Season, we are confident we have productions and opportunities for engagement that will appeal to the entire Houston community,” said Hillary Hart, Executive Director for Theatre Under The Stars.

As previously announced, the 2017-18 Season will kick off in October with the Theatre Under The Stars presentation of The 5th Avenue Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of THE SECRET GARDEN as part of the show’s road to Broadway.

This season will also mark the return of noteworthy directors to the TUTS stage. Linda Goodrich, who directed MARY POPPINS during the 2015-16 Season, will be directing SLEEPING BEAUTY AND HER WINTER KNIGHT in December. Nick DeGruccio, who directed TUTS’ critically acclaimed production of IN THE HEIGHTS last September, will be putting a fresh spin on the classic musical GUYS + DOLLS.

Also included in the season’s lineup are MEMPHIS and BRIGHT STAR.

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Houston Grand Opera Presents Landmark Return of Nixon in China (January 20–28) to open Winter Season  

In the fall of 1987, Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere of Nixon in China made political headlines and galvanized the opera world. Thirty years later, John Adams’s trailblazing opera returns in a new-to-Houston production that sheds light on the electronic media’s role in political history, just as a new media-savvy American president takes office.

John Adams/Alice Goodman: Nixon in China

Sung in English with projected English text

January 20, 22m, 24, 26, 28, 2017  

A co-production of Houston Grand Opera and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

Love Jones, The Musical

 Feb 2, 2017Feb 4, 2017 at Sarofim Hall
Inspired by one of the greatest urban films of all times, Love Jones, written and directed by Theodore Witcher.

What happens after love at first sights? That’s exactly what we find out as Tank, Chrisette Michele, Raheem DeVaughn, Dave Hollister, MC Lyte and more join forces to tell the classic and iconic love story of Darius and Nina in Love Jones, the Musical.

Tickets available at 

iawl3Houston Grand Opera presents world premiere of the opera based on the cherished holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. 

This timeless tale follows a troubled banker whose guardian angel helps him understand the lasting impact his life has made on those around him. Together, they learn the most valuable lesson of all: “no matter how your story ends, no one is a failure who has friends.”

Don’t miss the music packed with an incredibly lyrical, melodic score that showcases a full range of styles—from a high school dance to a young lovers’ duet and a Christmas carol sing-along.

Composer, Jake Heggie, who exploded on the scene with his first opera, Dead Man Walking, joins  librettist Gene Scheer, with whom he saw immense success with in Moby-Dick and in the HGO world premiere Three Decembers.

Tickets available at  For more information, call 713-228-6737 (OPERA) or visit 

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Don’t miss BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center show

coming November 15-20, 2016

More details for tickets and times available at (800) 982-2787 or go online to order at or

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents new line up for 2016/17 Season

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In celebration of the rich history and with eyes on their upcoming 50th anniversary in 2018, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) announced a new line up for their 2016/17 season with a nod to the future and their past as a relevant and vital contributor to the arts and cultural scene in Houston and beyond.

Perhaps most influential in this transition has been the addition of Sheldon Epps, TUTS’ new Artistic Advisor.

Based on his advice and guidance, TUTS now promises to provide “more theatre for more people” by offering a greater variety of world-class musical theatre titles and more broadly diverse lineup of material. Their goal is to show a full spectrum of theatrical experiences that engage, inspire and entertain at the highest level of musical theatre artistry.

“One of my first desires when I arrived to work with TUTS was to examine the programming for the 16-17 Season, ” said Epps. “I believe that this revised season will bring a greater breadth of theatricality to our audiences. It will also offer the work of some of the true masters of the musical theatre field from Stephen Sondheim to the currently justly celebrated Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of Hamilton, which is perhaps the greatest theatrical juggernaut of our time. Further, this season fully addresses the desire at TUTS to reflect the richness and diversity of the Houston community, and indeed of our country. All in all a combination of elements which I believe will create a ‘better than ever’ season for TUTS.”

Take a look at the revised 2016/17 Season: 

In The HeightsSept. 13-25: In the Heights, the first offering from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the genius behind the game-changing Hamilton: An American Musical, won five Tony Awards® including Best Musical in 2008. In the Heights is a vibrant snapshot of three days in an eclectic Manhattan neighborhood as the residents face the changes and challenges of a world that is on the move.

How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingOct. 25 -Nov. 6: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is not just the name of a smash musical but also the book (based on a real book by Shepherd Mead) that inspired window-washer J. Pierrepont Finch’s meteoric ascent up the corporate ladder of the World Wide Wicket Company.

Into The WoodsDec. 6-18: Into the Woods -Winner of five Tony Awards®, this enchanting tale, created by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, is a complex, courageous journey through a forest of calamity, cleverness and gorgeous songs.

An American in ParisFeb. 21-March 5: Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award® winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-15 season!

DreamgirlsApril 4-16: Winner of 7 Tony Awards® and two Grammys® for Best Cast Album and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Dreamgirls tells the story of the Dreams first break to their tumultuous climb to top of the charts. Follow this female trio’s journey, both behind the scenes and onstage, through the changing musical and cultural climate of the 1960’s and 70’s; they girls overcome cutthroat business deals and unscrupulous managers only to discover that fame can’t replace family.

Fun Home May 16-28: 2015 Tony Award® Winner–Best Musical: The “groundbreaking,” “life-affirming” and “exquisite” new musical Fun Home was the event of the 2014-15 Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike, winning five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical, and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood.

How To Subscribe: Subscriptions to TUTS’ 2016/17 mainstage season are available:
• Online at
• Phone at (713) 558-TUTS
• In person at the TUTS Box Office (800 Bagby St. – Downtown Houston)
• Discounted group subscriptions of 15 or more are available at (713) 558-8888 or via email at

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