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    PUBLISH DATE: 4/06/12
    NEWS: Dennis Quaid, Brett Cullen & More Return to UH to Honor Theater Prof Cecil Pickett's Memory
    DESCRIPTION: Cecil Pickett, who died in 1997, is a revered name not only in Houston theater circles but across the United States among his former students......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Margaret Downing

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/06/12
    NEWS: Theater LaB's “See Rock City” takes audience on a trip
    DESCRIPTION: Everyone craves a getaway from time to time — and that lends a fairly universal, albeit familiar appeal to “See Rock City & Other Destinations.”......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/06/12
    NEWS: FotoFest 2012
    DESCRIPTION: Photographs merge truth and illusion in Station Museum's Artifactuality...........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joseph Campana

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/04/12
    NEWS: Focus on FotoFest 2012
    DESCRIPTION: FotoFest is the South By Southwest of art festivals — there are shows all over town from artists near and far, and despite your best intentions, it's impossible to be everywhere and see everything.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Meredith Deliso

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/03/12
    NEWS: Two major Houston arts groups are merging as Jenni Rebecca Stephenson takes a power position
    DESCRIPTION: Fresh Arts Coalition and Spacetaker are tying the knot. The groups' boards of directors announced a merger Tuesday, which is scheduled to be completed in several months...........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/02/12
    NEWS: Masquerade’s Miscast CABARET Loses its Heart With Too Much Darkness
    DESCRIPTION: Past productions and revivals of Cabaret have concentrated on the dark and seedy side of the inside of the cabarets, unfortunately like Masquerade Theatre’s production which is too dark, dreary, macabre, and a dreadful crashing bore........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/29/12
    NEWS: Born to run: Menil explores five-decade career of acclaimed photographer Danny Lyon
    DESCRIPTION: In the late 1960s, photographer Danny Lyon finally found a way — using his own words — "to destroy Life magazine." After working as the official photographer for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) at the height of the civil rights movement, Lyon shifted his focus to the notorious Chicago Outlaws, a rebel motorcycle club with whom he rode for nearly five years.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/29/12
    NEWS: Call of the Wild
    DESCRIPTION: Mildred's Umbrella presents the surrealistic Dead Man's Cell Phone....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Jim J. Tommaney

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/29/12
    NEWS: Summer lovin': Aurora Picture Show explores new opportunities with move to larger space in June
    DESCRIPTION: More film screenings indoors and outdoors. An air-conditioned warehouse/theater. Bigger office space. More students at education workshops and summer camps. Those are some of the benefits Aurora Picture Show will revel in when it moves to its new home on 2442 Bartlett St. — what is now Molly Gochman Studios — in June......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/28/12
    NEWS: Surreal connections ring true in theater's production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone
    DESCRIPTION: “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” boasts a killer title and a premise to match — two factors that launch any play well on its way to the winner’s circle......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/27/12
    NEWS: International art critics fall in love with Houston, heap on "best show" awards 
    DESCRIPTION: Every year for the last quarter century, the AICA-USA has honored the artists, curators and cultural institutions that shape the nation's dialog on art. For the June 2010 to June 2011 season, the 400 critics and art experts that make up the renowned organization reviewed more than 100 exhibitions, highlighting two Houston-based curators as well as two shows currently on view in town........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/27/12
    NEWS: Ensemble Theatre’s CUTTIN’ UP is Laugh Riot But Relies Too Heavily on Farce
    DESCRIPTION: Charles Randolph-Wright’s Cuttin’ Up, which just opened at the Ensemble Theatre is the African-American version of Steel Magnolias, Robert Harling’s play that revolves around a small-town beauty shop near New Orleans and spans several years in the lives of the shop’s owner and her customers.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/26/12
    NEWS: Floating in time: Modern dancer's improvisations are a perfect match for extreme slow-motion video
    DESCRIPTION: The second installment of Floating: Suspended in Dance takes us on a kinetic ride at Discovery Green with Courtney D. Jones, a leading Houston choreographer and performer......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/26/12
    NEWS: Mildred’s Umbrella’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone is Surreal Comic Fable
    DESCRIPTION: In a quiet cafe a cell phone rings. And rings. And rings…
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/25/12
    NEWS: East + West premiere: Houston Grand Opera's The Bricklayer leaves audiences wanting more
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Grand Opera's production of The Bricklayer isn't the type of feel-good story one associates with community outreach. When the characters emphatically proclaim,"Let us not forget, let us not forgive," and call for the fall of the tyrants ruling modern-day Iran, the opera's essence shifts paths.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/25/12
    NEWS: A museum forges ahead, ideas ablaze
    DESCRIPTION: With piles of sandbags flanking its entrance, the Houston Museum of African American Culture appears to be expecting a flood......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/25/12
    NEWS: Stages snags Sondheim's latest for 2012-13 season”
    DESCRIPTION: Houston premieres of Stephen Sondheim's Obie-winning 2008 off-Broadway musical "Road Show" and Julia Cho's Blackburn Prize-winning play "The Language Archive" will highlight the 2012-13 season of Stages Repertory Theatre.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/24/12
    NEWS: Composing for the pros
    DESCRIPTION:  Dominick DiOrio colors Amy Lowell's imagist poetry for Houston Chamber Choir ......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/24/12
    NEWS: 'Cuttin' Up' lets its hair down
    DESCRIPTION: The first thing you notice upon entering the Ensemble Theatre for "Cuttin' Up" is Janelle Flanagan's carefully detailed setting for a time-weathered yet tidy neighborhood barbershop. It seems at once every neighborhood barbershop and this particular one......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/24/12
    NEWS: Theater Under The Stars' 'Annie' solid at its center
    DESCRIPTION: Everyone knows "Annie" is a cute show.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/23/12
    NEWS: Theatre Under The Stars’ ANNIE Gets Wonderful Production
    DESCRIPTION: I was an Annie virgin until Theatre Under The Stars invited me to press night Thursday evening of their new production of the musical Annie. Believe it or not, I had never experienced this musical........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/22/12
    NEWS: Paintstick and Perception
    DESCRIPTION: At the Menil, Richard Serra masterfully uses simple materials to alter the world around us....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/21/12
    NEWS: TUTS Presents 10th Annual Tommy Tune Awards April 17, 2012
    DESCRIPTION: Developed by TUTS, the Tommy Tune Awards honor musical theatre excellence at the high school level.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/21/12
    NEWS: Electrifying leads spark Opera in the Heights’ “Il Trovatore”
    DESCRIPTION: With Michelle Johnson raising goose bumps as the tragic heroine Leonora and Sarah Heltzel making hair stand on end as the insanely vengeful gypsy Azucena, Opera in the Heights’ “Il Trovatore” delivers a thrilling realization of the beloved Giuseppe Verdi masterpiece....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/21/12
    NEWS: Sarah Ruhl’s IN THE NEXT ROOM Gets Brilliant Regional Premiere at Stages
    DESCRIPTION: Sarah Ruhl‘s IN THE NEXT ROOM or the vibrator play is receiving a marvelously brilliant regional premiere at Stages Repertory Theatre......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/21/12
    NEWS: CAMH Wins Big-Deal Award for Stan VanDerBeek Retrospective
    DESCRIPTION: CAMH and the MIT List Visual Arts Center, who co-presented the retrospective show, recently scored an award from the American division of the International Art Critics Association (AICA/USA) for "Best Show Involving Digital Media, Video, Film, or Performance." .....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Steve Jansen

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/20/12
    NEWS: Between Kosovo and Houston: Apocalypse Town brings rock 'n' roll to the one-man show
    DESCRIPTION: Part travelogue, part monologue, part one-man show plus band, call it what you want. Anthony Barilla is back with Apocalypse Town, a musical memoir of his life between Kosovo and Houston, which premieres at DiverseWorks Wednesday and runs through Sunday......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/18/12
    NEWS: Oysters, éclairs and plenty of booze: Tasting the Titanic menu — last meal on doomed ship reborn
    DESCRIPTION: Now you can see the menus, china and silver pieces yourself for the next six months at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s new exhibit, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. The food-related pieces are just some artifacts included among the 250 items recovered from the ship’s debris field...........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Marene Gustin

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/18/12
    NEWS: Black Lab Theatre’s Our House is Fast, Furious, Evocative Satire
    DESCRIPTION: Theresa Rebeck‘s Our House, a very dark comedic satire, is receiving an astonishingly and surprising slick and remarkably memorable regional premiere by Black Lab Theatre at Freneticore on Navigation......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/17/12
    NEWS: Opera in the Heights finds the magic touch: New maestro and a rising star lift Il Trovatore
    DESCRIPTION: One of the most beloved scenes in all Italian opera, the rousing “anvil chorus” from Verdi’s Il Trovatore, was given a confident and exhilarating performance by Opera in the Heights..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Theodore Bale

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/17/12
    NEWS: 'Next Room' charged with wit, meaning
    DESCRIPTION: It's no mere pun to remark that Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)" is a stimulating piece of theater......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/17/12
    NEWS: The story behind FotoFest
    DESCRIPTION: How a "poke" in the ground led to the largest international photography festival in America..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Fred Baldwin

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/17/12
    NEWS:"I'm hardly Ansel Adams": The peculiar film art of John Waters fills in for his movie work
    DESCRIPTION: Movie fans and art fans alike poured into the McClain Gallery for the opening of Neurotic, the first exhibition in Texas dedicated to the artwork of cult film legend John Waters.......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/16/12
    NEWS: 45 DAYS AND MORE THAN 100 EXHIBITS
    DESCRIPTION: Where to start and what to see: How to tackle FotoFest 2012 Biennial ......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/16/12
    NEWS: Inventive, Precise, Colorful Music Saves The Bricklayer
    DESCRIPTION: Commissioned by HGOco, the community outreach arm of Houston Grand Opera formed to get new, diverse audiences into the seats, The Bricklayer tackles the ghastly, repressive Islamic Republic of Iran....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/16/12
    NEWS: Menil's John Chamberlain Sculptures To Be Restored
    DESCRIPTION: This week, the Menil Collection announced that it has received Bank of America's Art Conservation Project grant, which the museum will use to restore its John Chamberlain sculptures.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Steve Jansen

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/16/12
    NEWS: Houston Family Arts Center Mining Theater Gold in a Strip Mall
    DESCRIPTION: This week, the Houston Family Arts Center became the first theater in Texas to receive an award from the American Association of Community Theatre.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Jim J. Tommaney

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/15/12
    NEWS: Houston Family Arts Center Receives National Theatre Award
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Family Arts Center (HFAC) is the proud recipient of this year’s American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) Twink Lynch Award. This prestigious award will be presented at the AACT National Convention in New York City on July 14, 2012. This award focuses national attention on HFAC as a leading force in Houston’s thriving community scene.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/15/12
    NEWS: FOUNDATION FOR MODERN MUSIC COMMISSION
    DESCRIPTION: Beyond poems and prayers: Mohammed Fairouz's Akhenaten celebrates young people affecting change and paying the price for it.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/14/12
    NEWS: Seeing Red
    DESCRIPTION: Facsimile Mark Rothko paintings — not dialogue — pulse with life at the Alley..........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/13/12
    NEWS: Smithsonian's Sheryl Kolasinski named Menil deputy director
    DESCRIPTION: The Menil Collection has named Sheryl Kolasinski to the new position of deputy director and chief operating officer - a move that puts the 25-year-old organization a step closer toward realizing a master plan approved by its board in 2009.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/12/12
    NEWS: Talent but no hot pink ties: Young Texas Artists Music Competition is serious business with western flair
    DESCRIPTION: Suffused with genteel 1930s southern charm, the picturesque downtown Conroe enclave that embraces the restored Crighton Theatre has yet to meet a stranger. But don't let the neighborly spirit fool you. At the 28th Annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition Saturday night, townsfolk who filled the grand old theater were as dedicated to their Bach, Beethoven or anything classical music as to their barbecue.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/11/12
    NEWS: From Russia with love - the FotoFest 2012 Biennial
    DESCRIPTION: Many Americans "know" Russian culture through the arts of a distant past: the 18th-century opulence of Catherine the Great's Hermitage, 19th-century literature by Anton Chekhov and Leo Tolstoy, Peter Tchaikovsky's late 19th-century ballets, or the early 20th-century avant-garde, including the graphic design of Alexander Rodchenko and the Constructivists......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/10/12
    NEWS: Kathy Drum’s 13 Miles From Security at Obsidian is Best New Play of Season
    DESCRIPTION: Can we talk Texas white trash? Kathy Drum‘s new play focuses on two married couples who live in Cut and Shoot, Texas, close to the Texarkana border.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/09/12
    NEWS: Da Camera celebrates DeBussey's 150th birthday
    DESCRIPTION: The classical music world is fond of its anniversaries. When those big, round-numbered birthdays of famous composers come round, we can usually expect plenty of concerts and festivals.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Colin Eatock

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/08/12
    NEWS: Solo show at Talento Bilingue chronicles the amazing life of Sor Juana
    DESCRIPTION: Actress and writer Angeles Romero wants you to meet Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. She’s convinced once you know Sister Juana, you’ll admire this extraordinary individual as much as she does.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/08/12
    NEWS: MFAH gets more national magazine love — lauded for "must-see" exhibits
    DESCRIPTION: Architectural Digest is doling out some love for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston — honoring not one, but three MFAH exhibits in its most recent "Season's Best Museum Shows" wrap ups......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/08/12
    NEWS: Alley Theatre's 'Red' pulls audience into Mark Rothko's world
    DESCRIPTION: “I am here to stop your heart,” Mark Rothko declares in “Red,” John Logan’s riveting drama about the famed abstract expressionist’s quest to realize his artistic vision........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/08/12
    NEWS: Alley Theatre’s Red is Brilliant Theatre at Its Brightest and Best
    DESCRIPTION: Playwright John Logan’s Red is a loving, beautiful, and brilliant tribute to the genius and work of artist Mark Rothko, who committed suicide in New York City at the age of sixty-six in February of 1970, the same day a show of his Seagram Murals opened at the Tate Gallery in London......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/08/12
    NEWS: Women are under attack in America, but a new Talento Bilingue show fights back
    DESCRIPTION: Writer/actor Angeles Romero has done just that in her new one-woman show, Sor Juana & the Chambered Nautilus, based on the life of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, a legendary Mexican 17th century poet and essayist, running at Talento Bilingue de Houston (TBH) Thursday through Sunday......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/08/12
    NEWS: Artist Christopher Cascio's Spring Break
    DESCRIPTION: Houston artist Christopher Cascio opens a new art exhibition, "Spring Break," this Friday at Cardoza Fine Art. ....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Joe Mathlete

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/07/12
    NEWS: Propoals at Country Playhouse is Charmingly Funny Play
    DESCRIPTION: Neil Simon’s 1997 play Proposals may have not fared well in its Broadway premiere but is receiving a wonderful production at Country Playhouse.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/06/12
    NEWS: Local Actress Hosts Benefit, Tiny Heartbeats, For Ending Childhood Hunger
    DESCRIPTION: A local actress, Cheryl Tanner, whose work the Houston theatre community greatly admires, is hosting a benefit called Tiny Heartbeats which is produced by her production company, In Alignment Productions, benefiting KIds’ Meals Houston and Feed The Children....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/05/12
    NEWS: A preview of Russia's art secrets: Fotofest shows off pieces, including hand-carried treasures
    DESCRIPTION: As its 2012 Biennial creeps closer and closer, FotoFest is now offering a sneak peek of work that will be available at its renowned International Fine Art Prints Auction on March 20.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/05/12
    NEWS: From student to top dog: Houston Ballet's Joseph Walsh gets his principal crystal slippers
    DESCRIPTION: After a highly-rated performance of Stanton Welch's Cinderella, the cavalier has been promoted from soloist to principal, the ballet's top rank for its dance corps........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/05/12
    NEWS: Richard Serra takes the art of drawing to monumental proportions in new Menil exhibit
    DESCRIPTION: Rarely is the act of drawing considered a monumental enterprise. But for the past four decades, Richard Serra, renowned for his massive minimalist sculptures of steel, has evolved this simple, age-old practice into large-scale interior installations that compete with the immense presence of his work with metal.......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/05/12
    NEWS: SHOUT! at Theater LaB is Mod-ilicious, Smashingly Groovy Little Musical
    DESCRIPTION: Anyone who lived through the 60s and the British invasion of pop music, run as fast as you can to experience this nostalgia-fest!.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/04/12
    NEWS: Stark Naked Theatre brings out subtle flavors of Dinner with Friends
    DESCRIPTION: You know “Dinner with Friends” is in capable hands right from the astutely realized opening scene of Stark Naked Theatre Company’s solid production.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/04/12
    NEWS: Circle of life: Artist Ai Weiwei's public installation turns heads at Hermann Park
    DESCRIPTION: When 800-pound animal heads are unloaded from a truck in Hermann Park, people tend to stop and stare......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/02/12
    NEWS: New sculptures create sense of place
    DESCRIPTION: Seemingly tailor-made for its spot near the entrance to the Houston Zoo, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's 'Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads' is already a draw. The 10-foot-tall bronze pieces depicting the animals of the Chinese zodiac will be displayed through June 3......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/02/12
    NEWS: Houston Playwrights To Be Inducted Into Texas Playwrighting Hall of Fame
    DESCRIPTION: On Saturday, March 17th, 2012, five Houston playwrights will become the first inductees into the newly formed Texas Playwriting Hall of Fame.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/02/12
    NEWS: That's life! Photographer captures dancers in everyday settings doing extraordinary things
    DESCRIPTION: Enter Dancers Among Us, Jordan Matter's project to photograph dancers in urban and rural settings, embedded in the very fabric of daily life. What's extraordinary is that the dancers are doing extraordinary things while among us. The project will culminate in a book from Workman Publishing in 2013.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/01/12
    NEWS: Robert Franz, Houston Symphony Conductor Extends Contract Through 2014
    DESCRIPTION: ‚ÄčAssociate Conductor Robert Franz signed a two-year extension to his contract and will remain with the Houston Symphony through the 2013-2014 season according to a press release..........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Jeff Balke

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/01/12
    NEWS: Richard Serra's art plays with perception
    DESCRIPTION: The screech of power tools reverberated through the Menil Collection's lobby recently as a crew readied "Richard Serra Drawings," a landmark retrospective focused on a not-so-well-known aspect of one of America's most revered living artists.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/01/12
    NEWS: Seeing Double
    DESCRIPTION: Sailing to more immediate shores, but on a journey no less fascinating, Me, Myself & I, the newest work from Edward Albee, the dean and bad boy of American playwrights, arrives from Edge Theatre and director Jim J. Tommaney.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/01/12
    NEWS: Hans Erni Retrospective Underwhelms at Museum of Printing History
    DESCRIPTION: Hans Erni has one impressive resume. He's one of Switzerland's best-known artists, with his work displayed as murals, posters, sculptures, and even on stamps.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Meredith Deliso

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/29/12
    NEWS: Main Street Theater's Coast of Utopia trilogy is brilliant
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater’s Houston premiere of the trilogy — the first U.S. staging since the Tony-sweeping 2007 Broadway production — got off to an impressive start with Voyage in January. With Shipwreck and Salvage now running in repertory (and Voyage to rejoin them for the final week March 15-18), director Rebecca Greene Udden and her sterling company complete the massive enterprise with wit, style and feeling......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/29/12
    NEWS: Jackson Gay Tackles Red, Mark Rothko, and the Cycle of Birth and Death
    DESCRIPTION: Gay is back in Houston to direct the Alley Theatre production of Red, based on the two years when Rothko was putting together murals for a massive Four Seasons-commissioned project. During the two-man, 90-minute play, he and his (fictional) assistant Ken increasingly debate what Rothko is doing........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Margaret Downing

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/29/12
    NEWS: Theatre Southwest’s Suspenseful Whodunit ACT of IMAGINATION Impossible to Guess
    DESCRIPTION: I am a huge fan of whodunits, mysteries, and suspense plays that are difficult if not impossible to solve. One that fits that bill for me is Bernard Slade’s An Act of the Imagination, which has received a very fine production at Theatre Southwest........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/29/12
    NEWS: Laura Lark's "Liveable Forest" Is Cool as Ice
    DESCRIPTION: This winter, the closest you can come to ice is at the Devin Borden Gallery. Laura Lark's latest show with Borden, "The Liveable Forest," turns the gallery into a cool forest of silver and white..........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Meredith Deliso

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/27/12
    NEWS: Stark Naked’s Dinner With Friends Packs Emotional Wallop
    DESCRIPTION: Stark Naked Theatre Company has produced a beautiful, powerful, and stunning Dinner With Friends in their new performance space in Studio 101 at 1824 Spring Street......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/27/12
    NEWS: Albee’s Me, Myself & I is Funny, Farcical, Absurdist Look at Identical Twins
    DESCRIPTION: Edward Albee seems to have returned to his playful, absurdist-loving roots with his most recent play, Me, Myself & I which is receiving an excellent production by Edge Theatre at Midtown Art Center.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/24/12
    NEWS: Catastrophic’s ENDGAME is Ingenious Masterwork
    DESCRIPTION: As we walk into the house to find our seats, we notice that the spartan, claustrophobic rectangular cinder block set has two upstage windows that are set too high for ordinary human beings to see out of, a stage left door, two ash cans (large barrel drums) stage right covered with a large beige canvas, and a central object center stage covered by a large beige canvas.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/22/12
    NEWS: The space beneath the trees: World-reowned sculptor invites Rice to step inside his new figures
    DESCRIPTION: More than 100 guests gathered beneath a grove shaded oaks at Rice University on Tuesday to hear renowned artist Jaume Plensa discuss Mirror, his new site-specific installation near the Brochstein Pavilion..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/22/12
    NEWS: Alley’s Ill-Directed The Seagull Flies Unevenly and Ultimately Crashes
    DESCRIPTION: The Alley Theatre‘s The Seagull, one of Anton Chekhov’s most challenging plays, beautifully succeeds in so many areas but fails in one key role, thereby making the production uneven and severely flawed....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/22/12
    NEWS: Power Players
    DESCRIPTION: The feminist artwork on view at the CAMH isn't as dated as it should be........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/22/12
    NEWS: Bosom Buddies: Men on pointe get in touch with their feminine side in Houston Ballet's Cinderella
    DESCRIPTION: So there's no pumpkin turning into a gilded carriage in Stanton Welch's Cinderella, running at Houston Ballet, Thursday through March 3. Get over it, there are men dancing in pointe shoes....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/21/12
    NEWS: A drunk Pierrot & an expensive Haydn
    DESCRIPTION: ROCO commissions music others won't dare perform.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/21/12
    NEWS: Pandora Theatre’s Vox Feminina 3 Exhilarating, Enlightening, Entertaining
    DESCRIPTION: I am here to tell you I had one of the best times I have had at the theatre in a long time experiencing Pandora Theatre’s Vox Feminina 3 at Freneticore, which opened on Friday, February 17.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/20/12
    NEWS: Goose bumps from blastoff to Orbit
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Symphony space show somehow exceeds the buzz .........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/20/12
    NEWS: Castastrophic’s Endgame: Does Beckett get any better?
    DESCRIPTION: Catastrophic Theatre’s stark, unflinching production of Samuel Beckett’s Endgame demonstrates exactly why this company and its artistic director Jason Nodler are so important to the city’s cultural life......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/20/12
    NEWS: Volunteer Power
    DESCRIPTION: Thanks to dedicated believers, Houston Friends of Chamber Music schedules a daring new season .........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/19/12
    NEWS: TUTS Announces 45th Season of Musicals–A Lot to Love!
    DESCRIPTION: Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) President and CEO John C. Breckenridge announced on Friday TUTS’ 2012-2013 Season: From Camelot To Spamalot – A Lot To Love, running October 2012 through June 2013 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.".............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/19/12
    NEWS: How Houston is getting its groovy back
    DESCRIPTION: Los Angeles, Miami and Phoenix brag about their collections of fashionable midcentury modern buildings: goofy Googie coffee shops, sleek International Style high-rises, revived ranch-house neighborhoods and groovy office buildings. .....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/18/12
    NEWS: Masquerade’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Hilariously Rocks and Rolls!
    DESCRIPTION: What makes this musical so compellingly wonderful and marvelously amusing are the starring roles inhabited by Masquerade’s accomplished company of talented performers...
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/17/12
    NEWS: Acting solo, the terrors and triumphs of one-actor plays bring plenty of unscripted drama
    DESCRIPTION: For many people standing completely alone on a stage in front of hundreds or even thousands of people might be the stuff of nightmares, but for a certain mettle of actor it can be the culmination of a career. The one-actor play doesn’t come along too often for actors but when one does, it gives them the ability to see what they can achieve, while creating an intimacy with the audience not often found in a multi-actor play .........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tarra Gaines

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/17/12
    NEWS: Billy Bishop Goes to War at Brenham’s Unity Theatre is Powerful Tour de Force
    DESCRIPTION: Unity Theatre in Brenham has produced a most enticing, powerful, and wildly entertaining musical, Billy Bishop Goes to War............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/15/12
    NEWS: Suspension of Convention
    DESCRIPTION: Joel Shapiro's rebellious spirit explodes at Rice Gallery........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Meredith Deliso

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/12/12
    NEWS: Post-office parcel is a gift from our past
    DESCRIPTION: There are rumblings that the downtown post office, which opened in 1962 to much fanfare, may be sold. The 16-acre parcel of land is where many things could converge: the bayou, light rail, bike paths and Amtrak.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/12/12
    NEWS: Main Street Theater’s Shipwreck is Riveting Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Shipwreck is far different in structure and feeling than Voyage, which is a sweeping epic saga chronicling the birth of the Russian intelligentsia and its spinoffs...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/12/12
    NEWS: Color Field Legend
    DESCRIPTION: Painting blindfold: New MFAH show shines light on a master modernist who pushed the limits .........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/11/12
    NEWS: The Coitus Plays…PRE Sucks, POST Orgasms Mightily
    DESCRIPTION: NightCap Theatre, in association with Obsidian Art Space, has produced The Coitus Plays. Two plays, two different writers, one writes a play before the act of coitus, the other writes a play after the act of coitus. ...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/10/12
    NEWS: Alley Theatre's 'Seagull' takes flight amid tangled hearts
    DESCRIPTION: As The Seagull plays aspiration against frustration, perhaps it is fitting the Alley Theatre’s current production soars intermittently, but at times seems to beat its wings without liftoff.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/10/12
    NEWS: Houston dancers celebrate Black History Month with works that nod to the past and look to the future
    DESCRIPTION: A wedding in Mali, the Buffalo Soldiers and Rosa Parks all find their way into motion as Houston explodes with dance in celebration of Black History Month. Urban Souls Dance Company, Earthen Vessels (formerly Sandra Organ Dance Company) and a new video celebrating the African Dance Society at Houston Community College (HCC) commemorate the occasion..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/10/12
    NEWS: BCCM’s Gershwin Cabaret Brings The House Down!
    DESCRIPTION: Bayou City Concert Musicals Cabaret Series at the Ensemble Performance Center opened Fascinating Rhythm: George Gershwin in His Prime on Monday, February 6. Two Mondays remain in the series, Monday, February 13, and Monday, February 20..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/8/12
    NEWS: Main Street extends 'Utopia' trilogy, adding 'marathon day
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater is extending its Houston premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning trilogy The Coast of Utopia — including the return of Voyage (Part 1), which ended its initial run Sunday........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/8/12
    NEWS: Great Britten
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Grand Opera presents a timeless classic in a handsome, moving production.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/8/12
    NEWS: Stages’ Mistakes Were Made is Hilarious Mad Manic Mayhem
    DESCRIPTION: A few weeks ago, I was waiting in the reception room to see my dentist perusing the latest gossip in People magazine when two cell phones rang and I was immediately taken out of my People by two people screaming into their cell phones.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/7/12
    NEWS: Not your ordinary art gallery
    DESCRIPTION: After overcoming lingerie takeover, Archway thrives in new space .........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Whitney Radley

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/7/12
    NEWS: Houston Grand Opera's 'Lucretia' boasts great voices, dramatic staging
    DESCRIPTION: One of the primary purposes of art is to challenge — and composer Benjamin Britten and librettist Ronald Duncan plainly intended just that when they wrote The Rape of Lucretia....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/6/12
    NEWS: Get there, stat! This Emergency Room is a welcome space for emerging Houston artists
    DESCRIPTION: The temporary space for Houston artists is run by Rice University Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts faculty John Sparagana and Christopher Sperandio.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/5/12
    NEWS: Afterlife for a chapel
    DESCRIPTION: What will the Byzantine Fresco Chapel be, once its Byzantine frescoes are gone and it's no longer a chapel?.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/5/12
    NEWS: Houston's two dueling art fairs finalize 2012 dates
    DESCRIPTION: One touting big changes and a dynamic new staff ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/5/12
    NEWS: Texas Rep’s Shadowlands is Passionate, Poignant, Spiritual
    DESCRIPTION: Texas Repertory Theatre has mounted a beautiful production of William Nicholson‘s Shadowlands........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/3/12
    NEWS: The Ballad of Emmett Till brings its title character to vivid life
    DESCRIPTION: The Ballad of Emmett Till brings its title character to vivid life as a real person — a bright, spirited youth going about his own life with no intention, nor even an inkling, of becoming a martyr, a symbol, a cause.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/3/12
    NEWS: Simon to open piano festival
    DESCRIPTION: Abbey Simon, 90, piano professor at University of Houston's Moores School of Music, opens the International Piano Festival on Friday.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/3/12
    NEWS: 22-year-old soprano Andrea Carroll takes top prize in HGO’s McCollum Competition
    DESCRIPTION: Carroll, 22, is a native of Bethesda, Md., now in her final year of undergraduate studies at the Manhattan School of Music......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/3/12
    NEWS: Tragedies of Sex
    DESCRIPTION: The Rape of Lucretia throws a challenging, controversial test at the Houston Grand Opera............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joseph Campana

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/3/12
    NEWS: Sharpstown gets help setting stage for musical
    DESCRIPTION: Watching two dozen teenagers re-enact scenes from Cinderella was more than fairy tale-esque for Sharpstown High School theater director Julio Morales. In his first year teaching at his alma mater, the 25-year-old managed to get Sharpstown selected as one of 20 schools in the U.S. to receive intense help staging its first musical through NBC's new "Smash: Make a Musical" program......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Jennifer Radcliffe

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/3/12
    NEWS: Avast, me hearties! Pirate museum opens
    DESCRIPTION: Pirate's Legends of the Gulf coast is a new interactive attraction in Galveston's historical district. The attraction includes actors portraying pirates that interact with guests as well as information about the myths and stories of the buccaneers who pirated goods in the Gulf of Mexico. Much attention is dedicated to the Battle of New Orleans hero, Jean Lafitte, who spent his last documented years on Galveston Island. .....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Syd Kearney

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/2/12
    NEWS: New Site-Specific Work
    DESCRIPTION: Legendary sculptor Joel Shapiro takes on the ultimate foe in new Rice Gallery installation ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/2/12
    NEWS: MFAH hires Steven Holl Architects to design expansion
    DESCRIPTION:The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has selected Steven Holl Architects to partner with its board and staff in developing a long-awaited expansion, including a new building at the corner of Bissonnet and Main streets. The two-acre, museum-owned site currently holds a parking lot........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/2/12
    NEWS: Forest "Dweller"
    DESCRIPTION: Kent Dorn's paintings are kinda icky — and we love them......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/2/12
    NEWS: The Chosen One
    DESCRIPTION: Steven Holl Architects picked to design Museum of Fine Arts, Houston expansion ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/1/12
    NEWS: Review: HGO and its star do justice to La Traviata
    DESCRIPTION: La Traviata is why opera was invented — and with famed Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova making a notable role debut as its glamorous yet ill-fated protagonist, Houston Grand Opera’s current production is thoroughly satisfying..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/1/12
    NEWS: Unhinged Productions Mounts a Festival of New Plays, Drama-rama-thon
    DESCRIPTION: Joe Angel Babb, the artistic director of Unhinged Productions, doesn't mind if the group's latest project doesn't make any money. In fact, he pretty much expects Drama-rama-thon, a festival of new plays, not to.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Olivia Flores Alvarez

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/31/12
    NEWS: Review: Mistakes Were Made succeeds as actor's showcase
    DESCRIPTION: Actor David Matranga has become a stealth star of Houston’s theater scene in recent years, with a string of strong performances at small and mid-sized companies.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/29/12
    NEWS: A Crack in Everything could fill your brain
    DESCRIPTION: What’s real and what isn’t? You can’t tell sometimes in Zoe | Juniper’s A Crack in Everything, which, in spite of its title, satisfies on many levels.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/29/12
    NEWS: Buffalo Bayou's dark secret
    DESCRIPTION: The city of Houston's first underground reservoir was built near Buffalo Bayou and Sabine Street in 1927. Decades after it was abandoned, the city asked for bids to demolish it. Now that the Buffalo Bayou Partnership is taking over the land above the reservoir, planners are looking for a way to use it......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/28/12
    NEWS:"Stoppard is like Shakespeare"
    DESCRIPTION: Guy Roberts goes revolutionary in tackling The Coast of Utopia............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/28/12
    NEWS: Pioneering dancer will help Houston mark Black History Month
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Ballet's Lauren Anderson became the first black prima ballerina in a major dance company in 1990. She retired in 2006 and now is an educational ambassador for the ballet. She will share her insights next month at the public library..... 
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Allan Turner

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/27/12
    NEWS: AMELIA EARHART AT MOORES
    DESCRIPTION: Music engineering: An emotional meltdown gives flight to Daron Hagen's Amelia opera ....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/27/12
    NEWS: Peter Pan, Madame Butterfly and powerful women mark Houston Ballet's new look season
    DESCRIPTION: With a new executive director (Jim Nelson assumes the role on Feb. 15), a new center for dance and six fresh, new works added to the repertoire, the Houston Ballet is set up for a 2012-2013 season to remember.............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Whitney Radley

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/27/12
    NEWS: Opera's greatest fallen women
    DESCRIPTION: HGO's La Traviata enjoys its place among the wicked seductresses....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joseph Campana

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/27/12
    NEWS: "Ultimate theater geek"
    DESCRIPTION: Seth Rudetsky explains what's killing Broadway and why no one is popular in high school.. ....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tarra Gaines

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/26/12
    NEWS: MasterMinds 2012
    DESCRIPTION: This year's winners have art, passion and history on their side. And now they'll also each have a check for $2,000.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Steve Jansen

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/26/12
    NEWS: Theater review: Bring It On an explosion of youthful talent
    DESCRIPTION: Young talent ricochets all over the stage in Bring It On, the new musical whose national tour opened its Houston stand Tuesday at Hobby Center.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/26/12
    NEWS: Sexy Death
    DESCRIPTION: Two hometown girls take on a Tudor Queen in Opera in the Heights' Anna Bolena....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/26/12
    NEWS:  A Nerd Is Forever
    DESCRIPTION: Muscular, green and uglified, Constantine Maroulis impresses at the Alley as The Toxic Avenger......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Jim J. Tommaney

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/26/12
    NEWS: TUTS’ Bring It On
    DESCRIPTION: The Musical is Stunningly Original, Dazzlingly & Brilliantly Staged.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/26/12
    NEWS: Ravi Coltrane has the talent to match the name
    DESCRIPTION: If genealogy is linked to musical talent saxophonist Ravi Coltrane has the DNA makeup of greatness. His inherent love for music is as natural as the blood running through his veins....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Kimberly Crowder

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/24/12
    NEWS: AT AIA
    DESCRIPTION: Inside the world of animal architecture: From a casino that welcomes bats to a farm on wheels............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/23/12
    NEWS: TECHNOLOGY & ART
    DESCRIPTION: Houston artist William Betts wins national prize for technologically-advanced paintings ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/22/12
    NEWS: Asia Society Texas Center is minimally elegant
    DESCRIPTION: How obsessive is Yoshio Taniguchi? Consider this: For Houston's new Asia Society Texas Center, the famous Japanese architect didn't just specify Jura limestone for most of the building's interior and exterior walls. And he didn't just specify Jura limestone from a specific quarry in Germany's Black Forest. He specified Jura limestone from two particular levels of that 27-level quarry.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/22/12
    NEWS: Alley’s TOXIC AVENGER is Raunchy, Rambunctious, Rip-roarious Campfest!
    DESCRIPTION: The Toxic Avenger is pure camp and has absolutely no message to parlay or preach with its farcical fable that promises to be the “feel-goo musical of the year.”......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/21/12
    NEWS: GRAF'S FAREWELL
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Symphony's 99th season plans memorable themes to salute departing maestro Hans Graf ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/21/12
    NEWS: A DEVELOPMENT WORTH WAITING FOR
    DESCRIPTION:  La vie Bohème Houston-style: How the new IAC arts complex will transform Midtown ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: David Theis

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/21/12
    NEWS: Review: Toxic Avenger is crass but comical
    DESCRIPTION: The knack for being funny can excuse a multitude of sins — on stage, that is. (Don’t try this defense in a court of law.)....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/21/12
    NEWS: WHAT'S IN STORE 2012-13
    DESCRIPTION:Pink Martini, Brian Stokes Mitchell & West Side Story highlight Houston Symphony Pops season ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/20/12
    NEWS: Review: Gerstein, Symphony draw cheers with the “Rach 2”
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Symphony’s “RachFest” has saved the best for last — as demonstrated by Thursday’s opening of the final program in the three-weekend celebration of Sergei Rachmaninoff.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/20/12
    NEWS: Big Head Productions’ Motel Tropicana is Some Great Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: Leighza Walker and Tom Stell, owners of Obsidian Art Space, one of the finest new theatre spaces in town in the the historic Heights, are truly living out their dreams as actors, writers, directors, and producers......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/19/12
    NEWS: Celebration Theatre Premieres with Touching, Thoughtful Temperamentals
    DESCRIPTION: Ron Jones, renown local actor and member of Actors Equity Association for forty-one years, skilled director, and visionary producer, has created a new theatre company entitled Celebration Theatre Houston.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/18/12
    NEWS: Sail On, Stoppard
    DESCRIPTION: The great playwright's trilogy is a don't-miss Houston theater event....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/18/12
    NEWS: Broadway Premiere of The Mountaintop Recoups Entire Investment
    DESCRIPTION: Producers Jean Doumanian and Sonia Friedman announced today that their premiere Broadway production of Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning play, The Mountaintop, which is playing to sold out houses at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W45th Street), has recouped its entire initial investment of $3.1 million.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/18/12
    NEWS: BACK TO THE FUTURE
    DESCRIPTION: MFAH launches world's most comprehensive digital archive of Latin American and Latino art  ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/18/12
    NEWS: Producers of SPIDER-MAN Defend Lawsuit Brought by Julie Taymor Over Musical’s Book
    DESCRIPTION: The producers of the musical SPIDER-MAN Turn Off the Dark today filed an answer and countersuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Tuesday against Julie Taymor and her company, LOH, Inc. The producers’ answer responds to the complaint that Taymor and LOH filed on November 8, 2011, in which they assert that the current version of the musical infringes Taymor’s alleged copyrights and also raise certain contractual and state law claims, including a claim seeking to bar the producers from bringing SPIDER-MAN Turn Off The Dark to non-Broadway venues........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/17/12
    NEWS: ART MASTER
    DESCRIPTION: New MFAH director joins the ranks of Robert Redford: France honors Gary Tinterow with coveted award  ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/17/12
    NEWS: Country Gravy at Theater LaB Houston is Ginormous Laughfest
    DESCRIPTION: Run do not walk to experience Julia Laskowski’s and Patti Rabaza’s Country Gravy and Other Obsessions which opened at Theater Lab Houston last Friday evening, produced by Magic Butterfly.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/14/12
    NEWS: Theater review: Voyage a fine launch for MST’s Coast of Utopia
    DESCRIPTION: Passions, ideas and ideals rush forth in fascinating profusion in Voyage, the heady opening installment of The Coast of Utopia, Tom Stoppard’s Tony-winning trilogy about dissident intellectuals dreaming of revolution under czarist rule in 19th century Russia....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/14/12
    NEWS: Main Street Theater’s Coast of Utopia, Part I, Voyage, is Brilliant, Brave New World
    DESCRIPTION: Tom Stoppard‘s The Coast of Utopia is a 2002 trilogy of plays: Voyage, Shipwreck, and Salvage, which focus on the philosophical debates in pre-revolution Russia between 1833 and 1866.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/13/12
    NEWS: The arts are Houston's clandestine economic powerhouse
    DESCRIPTION: We know that Houston is recognized worldwide for its energy industry - particularly for oil and natural gas - as well as for biomedical research, aeronautics, technology and international trade. But what may come as a surprise is Houston's other economic powerhouse: the arts industry.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Robert L. Lynch and Joseph C. Dilg

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/13/12
    NEWS: Gentle humor, pathos buoy Classical Theatre Company's Uncle Vanya
    DESCRIPTION: Has any play ever mounted a more persuasive demonstration of human folly and futility than Uncle Vanya?......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/13/12
    NEWS: Toxic Avenger aims for laughs and relevance
    DESCRIPTION: Can a cult horror B-movie so tacky and whacked-out even its admirers deem it a "schlockfest" mutate into a hit musical?....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/12/12
    NEWS: American Theatre profiles Becky Udden and Main Street Theater
    DESCRIPTION: Rebecca Greene Udden and her dedicated crew at Main Street Theater are celebrating a well-deserved coup: a five-page feature in the current issue of American Theatre, the national theater magazine......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/12/12
    NEWS: Addams Family musical is weird and wonderful
    DESCRIPTION: The Addams Family is enjoying a healthy afterlife — no surprise there, really — in the perkily quirky national tour now at Hobby Center.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/11/12
    NEWS: Reel Time
    DESCRIPTION: McClain Gallery mounts a fascinating, evocative installation by Jeff Shore and Jon Fisher.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/11/12
    NEWS: Addams Family is Sick, Sweet, Salacious, Sidesplitting Old-Fashioned Musical
    DESCRIPTION: The evil critic in me was determined not to like Gexa Energy/Broadway Across America‘s touring production of The Addams Family, A New Musical Comedy.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/10/12
    NEWS: Classical Theatre Company’s Uncle Vanya is Still, After 115 Years, Unsettlingly Stunning Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Classical Theatre Company‘s Uncle Vanya is sure to feed the ravenously hungry Chekhov fans in Houston with a sumptuous feast of the senses.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/9/12
    NEWS: RodeoHouston unveils 2012 lineup
    DESCRIPTION: Country heavyweights old and new highlight the RodeoHouston 2012 lineup — along with a few squeal-worthy pop heartthrobs.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Joey Guerra

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/8/12
    NEWS: Theatre Suburbia’s Deadly Murder is First-Class Thriller Chiller
    DESCRIPTION: Full of bluffs and double bluffs, twists and turns, David Foley‘s Deadly Murder, making its Houston premiere at Theatre Suburbia, will be one step ahead of you all the way.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/6/12
    NEWS: Symphony plays classical Rach
    DESCRIPTION: Fireworks for the New Year? The Houston Symphony could hardly have launched the city’s 2012 music scene with a bigger bang than RachFest, a three-weekend series celebrating the genius of Sergei Rachmaninoff, with pianist Kirill Gerstein playing all four of the composer’s notoriously challenging piano concertos....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/6/12
    NEWS: Some enchanted evening
    DESCRIPTION: Three Houston actresses trade day jobs for nighttime stage magic............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/5/12
    NEWS: Three Houston theater groups teaming up in a new space
    DESCRIPTION: Classical Theatre Company, Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company and Stark Naked Theatre are teaming up to share a performance space at Spring Street Studios......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/5/12
    NEWS: New Art Sheriff In Town
    DESCRIPTION: Next DiverseWorks leader plans to shake things to the cutting edge ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/5/12
    NEWS: Moonlight and Magnolias in Full Bloom at Theatre Southwest
    DESCRIPTION: During the golden age of Hollywood, there was no movie more golden than Gone with the Wind, steered, coaxed, shoved into greatness by its manic producer David O. Selznick, who had gone independent after a decade of producing sterling pictures at both RKO and MGM (King Kong, A Tale of Two Cities).........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/4/12
    NEWS: DiverseWorks names new executive director
    DESCRIPTION: DiverseWorks ArtSpace has appointed Elizabeth Dunbar, 41 as its new Executive Director. She began today.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/4/12
    NEWS: Rocking RachFest
    DESCRIPTION: Kirill Gerstein takes on big muscle music in one of Houston Symphony's most ambitious events ever ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/2/12
    NEWS: Theatre Southwest Starts 2012 Off With Rip-roarious, Riotously Outrageous Madcap Comedy Moonlight and Magnolias
    DESCRIPTION: If you love farce, the huge classical kind of farce that the Mark Brothers, the Three Stooges, and Abbott and Costello made famous, then Theatre Southwest has a terrific treat for you in its fast, furious, funny, and fantastic production of Ron Hutchinson's Moonlight and Magnolias, which opened to a sellout crowd on New Year's Eve, 2011........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/31/11
    NEWS: The year in contemporary dance
    DESCRIPTION: Festival imports and original works cement the city's place on the scene ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Theodore Bale

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/30/11
    NEWS: War and art
    DESCRIPTION: The year in Houston culture, from untimely departures to major acquisitions ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joseph Campana

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/29/11
    NEWS: Lost in Space
    DESCRIPTION: "Visionary" artists share their universe at The Menil Collection.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/29/11
    NEWS: Four Reasons Why Broadway’s Follies Will Win the Best Revival of a Musical Tony Award in 2012
    DESCRIPTION: Featuring Stephen Sondheim's most accessible and most memorable score, there are a dozen tunes in this blockbuster that one can hum while leaving the theatre.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/28/11
    NEWS: Color Field Pioneer
    DESCRIPTION: Influential abstract painter Helen Frankenthaler dies at 83 ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/27/11
    NEWS: Time to get your rhyme on
    DESCRIPTION: A hand-shaped jade pendant more than 2,000 years old, an African harp crowned with a carved human head, a series of painted stripes across a busy city street. All, indisputably, are art. Now, thanks to the efforts of a Houston group dedicated to bringing poetry to the masses, they are even more: They are inspiration for sweet, sweet words....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Allan Turner

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/22/11
    NEWS: Dallas professor says Houston is culture king in Texas
    DESCRIPTION: Professor Rick Brettell wrote in a Dallas Morning News column that Dallas doesn’t come close to having what Houston has in museums, music or other cultural institutions.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Jordan Graber

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/17/11
    NEWS: Give to Receive
    DESCRIPTION: There are no outsiders at the Art Car Museum's annual Open Call exhibition ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/16/11
    NEWS: Who cares about James Franco?
    DESCRIPTION:  Here are three Houston artists who really make magic happen  ............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/15/11
    NEWS: Super "MARKET"
    DESCRIPTION: Art Palace's refreshing holiday show allows artists to have some fun........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/14/11
    NEWS: TUTS' White Christmas proves to be a delight
    DESCRIPTION: The Hobby Center forecast calls for snow, with days (and nights) “merry and bright,” as Theatre Under The Stars presents a sparkling White Christmas......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/14/11
    NEWS: Masquerade Theatre’s FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, Exploding with Talent, is Most Fantabulous, Funniest Musical Send-up of the Year!
    DESCRIPTION: The big, bad, naughty, bawdy Forbidden Broadway, that cruel, cunning salacious satire of all things Broadway, is receiving a splenderiferously spirited, cleverly charismatic production by six mega-talented actors from The Masquerade Theatre at Ovations in The Village......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/12/11
    NEWS: It's a Wonderful Life, fully adapted for the radio
    DESCRIPTION: When can you see a play with your eyes closed? Attend one without leaving your house? When it’s a radio play, that’s when. The Texas Repertory Theatre Co. demonstrates with a simulcast of its current production, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/12/11
    NEWS: The Grand Manner is a pleasant interlude
    DESCRIPTION: Famed playwright A.R. Gurney waxes nostalgic in The Grand Manner, revisiting an incident of his youth that helped spark his long, fruitful career. The slight yet quietly appealing comedy was seen off-Broadway earlier this year and makes its Houston debut in a committed rendition by tiny, newish Edge Theatre........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/09/11
    NEWS: Catastrophic Theatre's Anna Bella Eema is weirdly wonderful
    DESCRIPTION: Visionary director Jason Nodler and his alternative theater companies — first Infernal Bridegroom and, since 2008, Catastrophic Theatre — have given Houston many weird and wonderful experiences.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/09/11
    NEWS: TUTS’ White Christmas is the Best, Brightest, Most Brilliant Romantic Musical of the Holiday Season
    DESCRIPTION: We have all seen the classic Christmas film, White Christmas, which was released in 1954, numerous times. What draws us to this holiday musical is one of the most popular Christmas songs ever written by Irving Berlin, the immigrant son of poor immigrant Jews from Siberia, in the late 1930s.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/08/11
    NEWS: Irving Berlin's White Christmas
    DESCRIPTION: As its seasonal show, Theatre Under the Stars brings back to the Hobby Center its pale, out-of-focus adaptation of the 1954 Bing Crosby/Danny Kaye movie musical.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/08/11
    NEWS: Poster Boy
    DESCRIPTION: Rock art legend Uncle Charlie will not be denied........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Mandy Oaklander

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/07/11
    NEWS: Tony nominee / American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis to star in Alley's Toxic Avenger
    DESCRIPTION: American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis, a 2009 Tony nominee for his starring role in Broadway’s Rock of Ages, will star in the Alley Theatre’s The Toxic Avenger, Jan. 13-Feb. 12.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/07/11
    NEWS: Why SPIDER-MAN Should Win the Tony Award for Best Musical
    DESCRIPTION: I was one of the lucky/unlucky ones that experienced the first incarnation of the ill-fated previews of Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark this Spring, only a week before it closed so that changes could be made to make it work better as a musical and as a viable Broadway entertainment....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/05/11
    NEWS: Catastrophic Theatre’s ANNA BELLA EEMA earns Buzz’ Three B Rating: Brilliant Playwrighting, Direction, Performances
    DESCRIPTION: When we walked into the theatre at DiverseWorks to see The Catastrophic Theatre's Anna Bella Eema on Saturday evening, there was already theatre happening onstage.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/02/11
    NEWS: MFAH names Gary Tinterow new director
    DESCRIPTION: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has named internationally-recognized curator and scholar Gary Tinterow as its new director. Tinterow, 58, will take the reins of Houston’s largest cultural institution early next year.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/01/11
    NEWS: Met Veteran Named Director of Houston Art Museum
    DESCRIPTION: AFTER months of rumor and speculation the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has named a 28-year veteran of the Metropolitan Museum of Art to be its next director.............
    SOURCE: The New York Times
    WRITER(S: Carol Vogel

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/01/11
    NEWS: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston names Gary Tinterow new director
    DESCRIPTION: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has selected Gary Tinterow as its new director after a nearly year-long search to replace the late Peter Marzio............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/29/11
    NEWS: The Nutcracker kicks off the season right
    DESCRIPTION: Kristina Sullivan makes an utterly loverly Eliza Doolittle; Luther Chakurian, a persuasive, if somewhat unorthodox, Henry Higgins. Add the indisputable genius of Alan Jay Lerner’s book and lyrics and Frederick Loewe’s score....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/29/11
    NEWS: New Bayou City Art Fest director looks to help protect Memorial Park as it deals with dead trees
    DESCRIPTION: When festival guru Kim Stoilis resigned as the executive director of the Art Colony Association just weeks before the organization's Bayou City Art Festival Downtown, the board began a search for a new leader. But the answer turned out to be right under their noses...........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Whitney Radley

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/22/11
    NEWS: Strong leads carry Masquerade’s My Fair Lady
    DESCRIPTION: Kristina Sullivan makes an utterly loverly Eliza Doolittle; Luther Chakurian, a persuasive, if somewhat unorthodox, Henry Higgins. Add the indisputable genius of Alan Jay Lerner’s book and lyrics and Frederick Loewe’s score....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/21/11
    NEWS: A Nutcracker Feud
     DESCRIPTION: Team Sugar or Team Snow? Inside Houston Ballet's 24-year holiday tradition ..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/21/11
    NEWS: Stages’ PANTO RED RIDING HOOD is Fantastic, Festive, Family Funfest
    DESCRIPTION: Stages Repertory Theatre began the Panto tradition four years ago and has produced a different Panto every year. This year, British actress and former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Genevieve Allenbury, has written the script for Stages' best Panto yet, Panto Red Riding Hood....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/20/11
    NEWS: John Cage turns 100
    DESCRIPTION:  Unearthed reviews of 4'33" shed light on controversial composition ..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Chris Becker

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/19/11
    NEWS: Masquerade Theatre’s MY FAIR LADY Soars with Triumphant Resplendence and Radiant Brilliance
    DESCRIPTION: My Fair Lady has been called many times "the perfect musical."...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/18/11
    NEWS: The Debate Continues
    DESCRIPTION: The latest chapter of Art Guys Marry a Plant divides Houston arts community  ..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/18/11
    NEWS: A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage, c. 1959 is a wry comedy
    DESCRIPTION: The naive attitudes about love, sex and marriage so prevalent in the 1950s may be easy targets for satire. But that doesn’t make the results any less amusing in A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage, c. 1959. Robert Bastron’s clever comedy is getting a brightly played local premiere courtesy of Theater LaB Houston.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/17/11
    NEWS: A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage @ 1959at Theater LaB Houston Earns Buzz’ Triple B Award: Brilliant Writing, Brilliant Direction, Brilliant Performances
    DESCRIPTION: Set against the backdrop of the late fifties and told by a narrator in the style of the social guidance films of that era, Robert Bastron's brilliant play, A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage @ 1959 follows two young couples from courtship to matrimony to divorce and beyond...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/16/11
    NEWS: OH’s ‘Cosi fan tutte’ both comic and heartfelt
    DESCRIPTION: Mozart struck a wrong note, intentionally, in Cosi fan tutte — and that stroke of genius makes the opera an enduring masterpiece............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/16/11
    NEWS: Holidays with the Folks
    DESCRIPTION: At Main Street Theater and Company OnStage, family strife just in time for the season......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/16/11
    NEWS: Gingerhead Productions’ KRIEGIE WARTIME LOG at Spring Street Studios is Powerfully Profound Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: Kriegie Wartime Log is based on the real log of Warren Arieux's life in a World War II German POW camp..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/15/11
    NEWS: SPA to bring Tony-winning Fela! for Houston debut
    DESCRIPTION: Fela!, the Tony-winning musical based on the life and music of the legendary Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Kuti, will make its Houston debut June 5-10, when Society for the Performing Arts presents the touring production at Jones Hall...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/15/11
    NEWS: Here to Stay
    DESCRIPTION: The Rebirth Brass Band continues to evolve by "growing the music.".....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S:  William Michael Smith

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/14/11
    NEWS: Stages’ WINTER WONDERETTES Wows Audiences Once Again with Sensational Singing and Superb Staging
    DESCRIPTION: The Marvelous Wonderettes played for a record eight months last season at Stages Repertory Theatre.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/14/11
    NEWS: Conductor Search
    DESCRIPTION: Brahms, sex and cigarettes: Houston Symphony loses its inhibitions with maestro Christoph Koenig ..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/13/11
    NEWS: Mozart’s COSI FAN TUTTE Given Dazzlingly Brilliant Production at Opera in the Heights
    DESCRIPTION: Mozart's Così fan tutte, literally means "Thus do all [women]" but it is often rendered as "Women are like that." The words are sung by the three men in act 2, scene 13, just before the finale. ..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/13/11
    NEWS: Making classical music community business
    DESCRIPTION:  Embraced by H-Town's Taiwanese society, Trio Oriens tackles End of Time ..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Chris Becker

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/11/11
    NEWS: Opera Vista’s Powder Her Face is Phenomenal, Powerful, Perverted Modern Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Powder Her Face is a chamber opera which debuted in 1995 by the British composer Thomas Adès with an English libretto by Philip Hensher...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/10/11
    NEWS: Big changes at Fresh Arts
    DESCRIPTION: Ian Garrett fired as director, merger with Spacetaker discussed..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/10/11
    NEWS: His Whole Self
    DESCRIPTION: Donald Moffett shares it all in a strong survey at CAMH......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/10/11
    NEWS: Eligible gay bachelor desperately seeks single female art critic for short-lived marriage
    DESCRIPTION: Some background: In 2009, the Houston conceptual duo known as the Art Guys — Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing — staged a mock wedding in which they pretended to marry a live oak sapling.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/10/11
    NEWS: Big Head Productions Presents World Premiere of Winning, Well-written Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Big Head Productions at Obsidian Art Space has produced a winning and well-written world premiere masterpiece, When the Day Met the Night (a moosehead experience) by playwright Leighza Walker, who also directs the play...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/07/11
    NEWS: Bobbindoctrin brings puppets to the war between the left and the right
    DESCRIPTION: Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theatre founder Joel Orr always wanted to try something different...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Dusti Rhodes

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/07/11
    NEWS: Main Street Theater Has Another Hit on Its Hands with Touching and Soulful World Premiere of Cakewalk
    DESCRIPTION: Director Steve Garfinkel wisely cast two of the most talented and gifted actors, Luisa Amaral-Smith and Lisa Thomas Morrison, working on the stage today for the world premiere of Main Street Theater's Cakewalk..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/05/11
    NEWS: Editorial: Hotel tax provides lucrative backing for arts
    DESCRIPTION: Houstonians have seen plenty of evidence recently that our local arts, in all their manifestations, are not only a magnificent boon to our quality of life, but also a mighty economic engine in their own right..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/04/11
    NEWS: Main Street Theater's Cakewalk is a recipe for success
    DESCRIPTION: You may think that the world doesn’t need another Jewish-mother play — but Cakewalk will convince you otherwise..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/02/11
    NEWS: Ode to Joy
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Grand Opera's Fidelio bursts forth with thrilling theater.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/01/11
    NEWS: Houston Grand Opera brings fresh fun to Barber of Seville
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Grand Opera’s new production of The Barber of Seville goes out of its way to inject fresh fun into Rossini’s best-known and most often produced opera.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/30/11
    NEWS: HGO's Fidelio well worth the wait
    DESCRIPTION: HGO’s Fidelio soars with splendid singing, potent staging....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/28/11
    NEWS: Masquerade Theatre’s LAST FIVE YEARS is Not-to-be Missed Musically Memorable Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: The Last 5 Years is a one-act musical written and composed by Jason Robert Brown which premiered in Chicago in 2001 and was then produced off-Broadway in March 2002.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/26/11
    NEWS: Stirring voices, lively dances drive ' Memphis'
    DESCRIPTION: Memphis has so much going for it that the show sails right past its flaws and into the winner’s circle........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/26/11
    NEWS: The Magnificent, Mighty, Miraculous MEMPHIS Deeply Touches the Heart and Soul in All of Us
    DESCRIPTION: Once in a long, long while a musical comes along that is so brilliantly written, directed, and performed and so deeply resounds and resonates with such truth, wisdom, and power that all we can do is be grateful that we experienced this gift in almost the same way as if we had experienced a profound spiritual awakening........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/25/11
    NEWS: Art League Houston names Glenn Weiss executive director
    DESCRIPTION: Art League Houston has chosen Glenn Weiss, founding manager of the public art program for Times Square in New York, to succeed executive director Vanessa Perez McCalla.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/24/11
    NEWS: RETREAT FROM MOSCOW at Country Playhouse is Must-See Brilliantly Poetic Glance at Failing Marriage
    DESCRIPTION: Director Rachel Anne Mattox has assembled a perfect cast for this British tale of marriage on the rocks, which takes place in 2003.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/24/11
    NEWS: Texas Contemporary art fair draws kudos, says it'll be back next year
    DESCRIPTION: The second art fair to hit the George R. Brown Convention Center in a month ended Sunday much as the first one did in September: with a flurry of last-day sales, upbeat assessments from participants and visitors, and a promise from organizers to return next year........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/23/11
    NEWS: Joke's on Us
    DESCRIPTION: Brilliantly cartoonish Barber of Seville kicks off Houston Grand Opera's 57th season with a Cubist twist ..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Theodore Bale

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/22/11
    NEWS: FotoFest visionaries Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss honored by Center for Photography at Woodstock
    DESCRIPTION: Taking a break from preparations for the 2012 FotoFest International Biennial, Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss recently traveled to New York State to receive the prestigious Vision Award from the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW)...........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/21/11
    NEWS: Blues legend Earl Gilliam dies
    DESCRIPTION: Earl Gilliam, a pianist who was part of the blues bedrock in this city for a half century, has died. He was 81......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/17/11
    NEWS: Holocaust museum's butterfly project gets boost from space
    DESCRIPTION:The Holocaust Museum Houston is more than halfway toward its goal of collecting 1.5 million butterflies to commemorate the children who died during the World War II-era genocide of Jews...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Eric Berger

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/17/11
    NEWS: Cinema Arts' Texas offerings include Jersey Village filmmaker
    DESCRIPTION: Robbie Pickering's first feature-length film, a drama called Natural Selection, is among the Texas-related movies that will screen at the third annual Cinema Arts Festival, which runs Nov. 9-13 at area theaters.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/16/11
    NEWS: Shared Space
    DESCRIPTION: At Caroline Collective, coworking movement thrives and takes new direction..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/16/11
    NEWS: Rare Birds
    DESCRIPTION: Store owner and social activist Macario Ramirez keeps traditions of Dia de los Muertos alive.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Chris Becker

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/15/11
    NEWS: Dominic Walsh's Dance Theater opens season with little height
    DESCRIPTION: It’s easy to see why choreographers love Stefania Figliossi..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/14/11
    NEWS: Dividing the Estate a classic comic look at family conflict
    DESCRIPTION: No playwright has ever known his chosen milieu and people better than Horton Foote knew small-town Texas and its plainspoken inhabitants forever struggling to keep life from getting the best of them.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/14/11
    NEWS: Texas Contemporary marks Houston's second art fair
    DESCRIPTION: One down, one to go. A month after the Houston Fine Art Fair - the first international modern-and-contemporary art fair the city has hosted - debuted at the George R. Brown Convention Center, a second one is setting up shop.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/14/11
    NEWS: Alley Theatre’s DIVIDING THE ESTATE is Deeply Funny, Bitingly Briilliant Satire Focusing on the Gordons of Harrison, TX
    DESCRIPTION: The late, great American playwright Horton Foote won a Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his play The Man From Atlanta, two Academy Awards for his screenplays for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and Tender Mercies (1983), and left behind a rich legacy of American masterpieces when he passed away in March of 2009 at the age of 93......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/13/11
    NEWS: "Fair" Game
    DESCRIPTION: At DiverseWorks, curator Diane Barber sends up our city's new obsession with art fairs.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/13/11
    NEWS: New York critics divided on Houston Ballet
    DESCRIPTION: In its first tour to New York since 1985, Houston Ballet’s contemporary repertoire has not hit a great chord with the first critics to weigh in. The company is performing through Sunday at the Joyce Theater.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/13/11
    NEWS: Menil, Whitney, Harvard museums post artist interviews online
    DESCRIPTION: More than 20 years ago the Menil Collection launched the Artists Documentation Project to interview artists such as Cy Twombly and Jasper Johns in the presence of their artworks, recording their attitudes and feelings toward the works’ conservation and exhibition......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/12/11
    NEWS: The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead showcases Koozin's versatility
    DESCRIPTION: As a tour de force for actress Susan O. Koozin, portraying seven characters with impressive detail and conviction, Stages’ The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead succeeds splendidly.Yet, as a play, Robert Hewett’s clever but contrived concoction doesn’t quite work.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/12/11
    NEWS: Brenham’s Unity Theatre’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS Features Sensational Stellar Cast in Exquisite Production
    DESCRIPTION: Do not ask me how it has been possible for a theatre lover such as myself to have missed every local stage production of Robert Harling's play, Steel Magnolias, a comedy–drama which debuted in 1987 about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana, which he wrote based on his experience with the death of his sister from Type 1 diabetes.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/09/11
    NEWS: Art wakes you up
    DESCRIPTION: Bending, blending and breaking your way out of the daily doldrums..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/08/11
    NEWS: Ensemble's Lotto wins the laughs’
    DESCRIPTION: Director Eileen Morris and her engaging cast hit the comedy jackpot with the Ensemble Theatre’s Lotto: Experience the Dream........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/08/11
    NEWS: Susan O. Koozin Triumphs in Stages’ Newest Mega-Hit The Blonde, The Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead
    DESCRIPTION:There are simply not enough superlatives in the English language to aptly describe the incomparable, the ingenious, the extraordinary, the brilliance of Houston actor Susan O. Koozin...............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/07/11
    NEWS: King Tut mania builds: First artifact installed at MFAH under watchful Egyptian eyes
    DESCRIPTION: The white gloves came out Thursday morning at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as expert handlers from Egypt installed the first item — a canopic stopper — for the upcoming exhibition, Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/06/11
    NEWS: As Bayou City Art Festival hits 40, Kim Stoilis seeks bigger challenges as iFest director 
    DESCRIPTION: When Kim Stoilis resigned as executive director of the Art Colony Association, which oversees the Bayou City Art Festival, with apparently little warning and much fanfare in late August, we were all left wondering where she would take her talents next.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Whitney Radley

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/06/11
    NEWS: Donald Moffett, Marc Swanson CAMH shows signal gay art's coming of age
    DESCRIPTION: Museums routinely collect and display work by artists known to have been gay, such as Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, but rarely treat the artists’ homosexuality as a line of inquiry into their work........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/06/11
    NEWS: Professors, Poetry and Public Sex
    DESCRIPTION: Catastrophic Theatre fave Mickle Maher mounts another success....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: David Theis

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/06/11
    NEWS: It’s splashy, it’s soggy, it’s ‘Galveston!’
    DESCRIPTION: If the Galveston Chamber of Commerce ever starts distributing theatrical prizes, Galveston! is a shoo-in.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/05/11
    NEWS: Catastrophic’s “There Is a Happiness” is a true original
    DESCRIPTION: I can scarcely contain my enthusiasm for Catastrophic Theatre’s ideally realized presentation of Mickle Maher’s delightfully original There Is a Happiness That Morning Is, so I’m not even going to try......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/05/11
    NEWS: Masquerade Theatre’s World Premiere of GALVESTON is Challenging, Exciting, Worthwhile
    DESCRIPTION: It is daunting to review a new work, to take in as much as I can in a very short several hours of theatre, because it is all new..............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/02/11
    NEWS: Artists turn bungalow into 'Fifth Ward Jam' installation
    DESCRIPTION: One night in December, house movers plopped the beat-up bungalow onto the empty double lot at 3705 Lyons.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/01/11
    NEWS: Theatre Under the Stars’ GUYS AND DOLLS Loses its Shining Glory, Tarnished by a Mess of Mediocrity
    DESCRIPTION: I attended the press opening of Theatre Under the Stars' Guys and Dolls last Thursday evening and have been postponing writing this review because it may very well be my least favorable review of a Theatre Under the Stars show to date.............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/30/11
    NEWS: Despite missteps, TUTS' Guys and Dolls delivers
    DESCRIPTION: With a show as perfect as Guys and Dolls — and universally acknowledged as such — the chief question one asks of each new staging is simply: does the production live up to the material?....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/30/11
    NEWS: Debbie Does Dallas delivers labored musical spoof
    DESCRIPTION: Slapstick meets smut with predictable results in Debbie Does Dallas, the labored musical spoof on view at Theater LaB Houston.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/29/11
    NEWS: DEBBIE DOES DALLAS at Theater LaB Houston is fierce, funny, feverish fluff that never lets up
    DESCRIPTION: Theater LaB Houston has just opened Debbie Does Dallas, making this production the Houston premiere of a fiercely funny play with music............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/29/11
    NEWS: Giselle X 3
    DESCRIPTION: Dancers make it their own....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/28/11
    NEWS: A nice Jewish boy finds the Virgin Mary heavenly — in the capable, music-loving voices of Houston Chamber Choir
    DESCRIPTION: There's a Mary figure in every culture and religion. There's a Mary in everyone's life........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/28/11
    NEWS: Double Jeopardy
    DESCRIPTION: Seth Alverson painted exact duplicates of his unsold artworks and hung them side by side to sell as sets. Is this an exercise in futility, an act of genius or both?............
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Steve Jansen

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/27/11
    NEWS: A rebuttal to the crazy art slashers
    DESCRIPTION: Three Houston concerts illustrate why it's essential for "old" folks too....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/26/11
    NEWS: Houston Ballet's Giselle is out of this world
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Ballet’s new staging of Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli’s 1840 classic, by Ai-Gul Gaisina, brought the experience about as close to pure Romanticism as it gets at Thursday’s opening night performance....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/26/11
    NEWS: Catastrophic’s THERE IS A HAPPINESS THAT MORNING IS is Mesmerizing, Momentous Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Mickle Maher's There Is a Happiness That Morning Is is already on my list of best plays of the 2011-2012 theatre season...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/24/11
    NEWS: Menil stewardship of Byzantine Fresco Chapel artworks to end; frescoes will return to Cyprus
    DESCRIPTION: For more than two decades, Houston has been home to a restored pair of large 13th-century Byzantine frescoes that Menil Collection founder Dominique de Menil purchased from art thieves in 1984.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/24/11
    NEWS: Opera in the Heights’ The Daughter of the Regiment is Exquisite, Enchanting, Enthralling Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) is an opéra comique in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/23/11
    NEWS: Houston arts organizations grow up with a little help from MODE
    DESCRIPTION: MODE stands for Management Assistance and Organizational Development Enterprise, and the Arts Incubator is just one of three MODE programs.......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/22/11
    NEWS: Editorial: The arts power the economy. Bravo!
    DESCRIPTION: We all know that our nonprofit arts organizations bring us a wealth of cultural and societal benefits, but it may be news to some that those same institutions are also a powerful engine of economic vitality, particularly in Houston.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Editorial Staff

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/22/11
    NEWS: Brutal Blood
    DESCRIPTION: The Back Porch Players present a startling, sterling production............
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/19/11
    NEWS: Houston Fine Art Fair reaches 10,000 visitor goal, promises return
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Fine Art Fair wrapped up its inaugural run Sunday night with director Fair Kaufman promising "we'll definitely be back next year" as organizers reported reaching their goal of 10,000 visitors and at least half the 80 participating galleries, including many Houston spaces, reported sales......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/16/11
    NEWS: Main Street Theater’s World Premiere of Y York’s WOOF is Brilliant Masterpiece Destined for Greatness
    DESCRIPTION: Once in a long, long while, a piece of theatre will so astound me, surround me, and resound in every cell of my body, hitting my heart and soul with such miraculously powerful vengeance, that tears well up in my eyes because I know I am witnessing an historical moment that I will forever remember..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/15/11
    NEWS: Triumph of Love at Classical Theater Company keeps it fresh
    DESCRIPTION: Which should rule our lives, reason or romance? The head or the heart?.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/15/11
    NEWS: Menil's Walter De Maria exhibit is a leap of faith
    DESCRIPTION: Most artworks displayed by museums, particularly those with permanent collections, are on view because they’ve gone through an institutional winnowing process and emerged with some sense of their importance intact. They’ve overcome whatever skepticism may have accompanied curators, directors and trustees’ initial exposure to the work.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/15/11
    NEWS: Ether Dome at Alley Theatre a worthwhile operation despite imperfections
    DESCRIPTION: A worthy yet inherently tricky subject produces an ambitious and unwieldy historical drama in Ether Dome....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/15/11
    NEWS: Alley Theatre’s World Premiere of Overwritten ETHER DOME Gets Lost in the Gory Details of Overblown Production
    DESCRIPTION: I applaud the Alley Theatre for bringing world premieres to the forefront of our theatre experience. Unfortunately, every new play is not a masterpiece. ............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/14/11
    NEWS: The improvisational entrepreneur
    DESCRIPTION:  David Dove brings music to at-risk kids through Nameless Sound ......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/14/11
    NEWS: Farragut North, from Black Lab Theatre, traces a political downfall
    DESCRIPTION: The political operatives who populate Farragut North talk a great game about loyalty and ideals, their motivation of making a better nation and a better world....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/14/11
    NEWS: Isn't Ballet Great?
    DESCRIPTION: HB showcases three grand works by twentieth-century choreographers...........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Mandy Oaklander

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/10/11
    NEWS: Classical Theatre Company’s Triumph of Love is Season’s First Theatrical Triumph
    DESCRIPTION: Thank God for Classical Theatre Company, the only theatre in the Houston area producing theatre classics............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/09/11
    NEWS: Houston Ballet opens season with ice skaters and a starlit night
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Ballet found ways to banish hot weather misery Thursday, if only momentarily, with a season-opening program that started on an icy pond below snow-dusted trees (Sir Frederick Ashton’s jaunty Les Patineurs) and rose heavenward to a starlit sky (Jerome Robbins’ sublime In The Night).......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/09/11
    NEWS: Concert-style Finian goes for the gold - and gets it
    DESCRIPTION: Enchantment is in short supply these days — both in the so-called real world and the contemporary musical theater. Yet Bayou City Concert Musicals’ current presentation of the beloved 1940s classic Finian’s Rainbow boasts that rare quality in abundance and sprinkled it liberally on the clearly delighted audience at Thursday’s opening.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/08/11
    NEWS: For sake of society, young minds need art
    DESCRIPTION: Access to arts education is one of the civil rights issues of our time......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Anthony Brandt

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/08/11
    NEWS: 10,000 attendees
    DESCRIPTION: $10-15 million in sales, a Dance Fever tie: Houston Fine Art Fair looks to debut big  ......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tyler Rudick

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/08/11
    NEWS: Not So Spectacular
    DESCRIPTION: This CAMH show features plenty of good work, but not much connects it together..........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/08/11
    NEWS: Impossibly difficult
    DESCRIPTION: Discovery Green's new mini golf course is more art than putt putt  ......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Fayza A. Elmostehi

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/08/11
    NEWS: The art we'll lose if the U.S Postal Service closes
    DESCRIPTION: A Ggallery group show of work by four artists in three cities — brothers Jeff F. Wheeler and Bryan Wheeler of Lubbock, Ryan Geiger of Houston and James Porter of Wichita, Kan. — presents a type of collaboration that might not survive — at least in its analog form — if the U.S. Postal Service doesn’t.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/03/11
    NEWS: Welcome to the set of Mad Men
    DESCRIPTION: Spirit of Modernism lives on in MFAH exhibit ......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joseph Campana

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/02/11
    NEWS: The Alley Theatre's Toxic Avenger may be headed to Broadway
    DESCRIPTION: Playbill Online reports today that the show’s co-author Joe DiPietro, co-author of the Tony-winning Memphis, is looking into the prospect of taking the Alley’s production to Broadway following its run here....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/02/11
    NEWS: ARTS IN TRANSIT
    DESCRIPTION: Touch of class: Proposed artwork for new light rail line stations on display at MFAH  ......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Whitney Radley

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/01/11
    NEWS: Former Menil curator on Ai Weiwei exhibit headed for Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Former Menil Collection curator Franklin Sirmans, now chief contemporary art curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, has a post on LACMA's blog about Ai Weiwei's outdoor exhibit Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, which is coming to Houston in early 2012....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/01/11
    NEWS: Diva-licious
    DESCRIPTION: Music Box Theater brings big-city, high-style cabaret to Houston.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/30/11
    NEWS: DiverseWorks' Diane Barber stepping down; artist William Betts to be interim executive director
    DESCRIPTION: DiverseWorks co-executive director and visual arts curator Diane Barber is stepping down effective Sept. 30. In a leadership shuffle, artist and board member William Betts has been named interim executive director, and Sixto Wagan -- until now co-executive director and performing arts curator -- is now artistic director.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/30/11
    NEWS: Festival shakeup
    DESCRIPTION: Kim Stoilis resigns as the Bayou City Art Festival's executive director ......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: William James Gerlich

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/26/11
    NEWS: Jeremy Choate sees the light in dance collaboration with Noblemotion on Photo Box D
    DESCRIPTION: From mid-air, a flying body disappears into a velvety blackness as if consumed by an invisible force, reappearing quickly, only to be pulled back, sometimes even dragged, into the darkness......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/26/11
    NEWS:'Mexicanos: Joel Hernandez' at Lawndale Art Center
    DESCRIPTION: Born in a Mexican border town, artist Joel Hernandez, who is now Houston-based, moved to Indiana when he was 9.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/26/11
    NEWS: Continuum searches for transcendence — and performance art heaven — with iPerform
    DESCRIPTION: Autobiography and a healthy skepticism of organized institutions are two ingredients found in performance art going as far back as the beginning of the 20th century. In Paris circa 1909....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Chris Becker

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/25/11
    NEWS: 100 Creatives: Paul Hope
    DESCRIPTION: Paul Hope is a prolific actor, director and educator who's been in the Houston arts and theater scene virtually his whole life........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Caroline Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/25/11
    NEWS: Debris Downer
    DESCRIPTION: Lawndale's current shows bring the detritus.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/20/11
    NEWS: Infinite Movement Ever Evolving premieres two excellent performances
    DESCRIPTION: You know it when you experience a rare moment in theater. That’s how I felt Thursday as Infinite Movement Ever Evolving premiered Maurice Causey’s Grim Eye.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/20/11
    NEWS: New Heights Orchestra looks to Opera in the Heights and other regional companies for inaugural season inspiration
    DESCRIPTION: Though the future of the arts in general is in question and classical music and many symphony orchestras nationwide are on shaky ground, a new breed of the classical milieu is taking shape in Houston's original streetcar suburb.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/19/11
    NEWS: Season of change
    DESCRIPTION: Houston's fall performing arts scene generates excitement (and a few complaints)......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/17/11
    NEWS: Music Box Theater Opens Second Show
    DESCRIPTION: Damaged Divas of the Decades, Another Brilliant Musical Theatre Review...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/16/11
    NEWS: THE LAST SAVAGE at Santa Fe Opera is Brilliant Comical Musical Menotti Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: I attended Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Last Savage at Santa Fe Opera last Thursday as a two rainbow rainstorm briefly ripped through the desert mountains and soaked more than a few unsuspecting parking lot picnickers and tourists who always seem to forget that Santa Fe in August is changeable as hell...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/15/11
    NEWS: Redefining opera for the 21st century
    DESCRIPTION: Anthony Freud reflects on his stint at Houston Grand Opera .....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Anthony Freud

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/14/11
    NEWS:  Karen Farber explains UH Mitchell Center's bold ideas to shake up Houston's arts scene 
    DESCRIPTION: Farber is the director of the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts .....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/11/11
    NEWS: Departing MFAH curator Barry Walker looks back on 20 years in Houston
    DESCRIPTION: After 20 years at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, curator Barry Walker is leaving in a different fashion than he anticipated.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/11/11
    NEWS: A Painterly Painter
    DESCRIPTION: Angela Fraleigh hits her stride at Inman Gallery.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/10/11
    NEWS: Houston artist Dandee Danao gets Smurfed at War'House
    DESCRIPTION: One adjective begs to be affixed to the interior of the War’House Visual Studios: Smurfy....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/9/11
    NEWS: Is 'Hide/Seek' too gay for Houston?
    DESCRIPTION: Here's a question for local museum curators and directors: Why isn't Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture coming to Houston?....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/9/11
    NEWS: Houston Family Arts Center's Kissless the Musical gets picked for NYC festival and other arts news
    DESCRIPTION: Eileen Morris, longtime artistic director of Houston’s Ensemble Theatre, was honored with the National Black Theatre Festival’s Larry Leon Hamlin Producer's Award at the festival last week in Winston-Salem, NC. ...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/9/11
    NEWS: A THEATER WITH HEART
    DESCRIPTION: The River runs with hope: TUTS' affiliate gives disabled kids a chance to be stage stars .....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/6/11
    NEWS: Theater review: Comrades from the Fan Factory Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: The Fan Factory Theatre’s brave staging of Comrades, an August Strindberg rarity, proves to be one of those productions that sound promising on paper but disappoint in the actuality of execution......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/6/11
    NEWS: All the World's a Stage
    DESCRIPTION: New Houston Shakespeare Festival Conservatory puts young Texas actors in the spotlight .....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tarra Gaines

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/5/11
    NEWS: Blood, ghosts and not quite goth
    DESCRIPTION: Out-of-this-world Two Star Symphony embraces the dark side .....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/5/11
    NEWS: Menil curator takes post with Pulitzer Foundation
    DESCRIPTION: Kristina Van Dyke, the Menil Collection’s curator of collections and research, is leaving to direct the St. Louis-based Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, presenting the Menil with the question of how to fill the distinctive niche she occupies......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/5/11
    NEWS: The art of nurturing new choreographers: It's not sexy, but it's the only way to move
    DESCRIPTION: What makes a master when it comes to dance? You can find out on Friday night when Houston Ballet presents the work of Jorma Elo, Christopher Wheeldon and Jiri Kylian as part of Contemporary Masters at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/4/11
    NEWS: Simpson Kalisher: The Alienated Photographer collection at MFAH now
    DESCRIPTION: MFAH photography curator Anne Wilkes Tucker has done it again with Simpson Kalisher: The Alienated Photographer, a collection of riveting black-and-white photos taken mostly in the 1950s and 1960s.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/4/11
    NEWS: Shakespeare Infusion
    DESCRIPTION: Fresh blood gives fresh life to The Taming of the Shrew and Othello.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: David Theis

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/3/11
    NEWS: Space City becomes Dance City
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Dance Festival aims to keep Bayou City on its toes.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/3/11
    NEWS: Taming of the Shrew at Houston Shakespeare Fest 2011 has inventive touches
    DESCRIPTION: Rowdiest of all of Shakespeare’s great comedies, feistiest of all his battle-of-the-sexes showdowns, The Taming of the Shrew gets an appropriately rollicking treatment in the Houston Shakespeare Festival’s enthusiastically enacted and brightly paced production.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/2/11
    NEWS: Dana Harper: New Work at Hiram Butler Gallery is a must see
    DESCRIPTION: If you see only one art exhibition in Houston this summer, make it Dana Harper: New Work at Hiram Butler Gallery....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/1/11
    NEWS: At the CAMH
    DESCRIPTION: Tacky and arousing art that touches everything from BICs to Photoshop: Spectacular of the Vernacular, indeed....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/28/11
    NEWS: Doting Mama
    DESCRIPTION: Tamarie Cooper returns to poke mostly gentle fun at the U.S. and delivers a new national anthem.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Jim Tommaney

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/25/11
    NEWS: Salon Houston Style
    DESCRIPTION: Arts groups reinvent conversation gathering spots for the 21st century....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/25/11
    NEWS: Thoroughly Modern Millie at Masquerade Theatre is Thoroughly Modern Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: This mapcap comedy follows the life of Millie Dillmont, who arrives in New York City from Salina, Kansas, in the twenties, hoping to find a job and marry for money and not for love..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/23/11
    NEWS: URBAN BLIGHT TO URBAN MIGHT
    DESCRIPTION: UH wins National Endowment for the Arts grant to mix media into Third Ward park ....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/23/11
    NEWS: G'day to aboriginal art from Down Under
    DESCRIPTION: Houston is one of just a few American cities with a gallery devoted to Australian aboriginal painting, which critic Robert Hughes has called “the last great art movement of the 20th century.”...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/23/11
    NEWS: Baltic or bust
    DESCRIPTION: Exploring the Houston Museum of Natural Science's Ancient Ukraine exhibition....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Sarah Rufka

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/22/11
    NEWS: World Premiere of Notions of Right and Wrong by Mildred's Umbrella is Ambitious but Misses the Mark
    DESCRIPTION: In the world of theatre, it has always been a huge gamble to produce new works.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/21/11
    NEWS: Houston Ballet leader announces retirement
    DESCRIPTION: The ballet’s long-serving managing director, Cecil C. Conner Jr., announced Thursday he will retire in February 2012. James Nelson, currently Houston Ballet’s general manager, will become the company’s top administrator....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/21/11
    NEWS: Changing of the art guard
    DESCRIPTION: C.C. Conner retires from Houston Ballet, continuing a Bayou City shakeup....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/21/11
    NEWS: Big Nudes
    DESCRIPTION: Helmut Newton's large-scale photographs of women exude power....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/20/11
    NEWS: The Mikado at Gilbert and Sullivan Society has staying power
    DESCRIPTION: With Sullivan’s appealing music matched to Gilbert’s playful libretto, The Mikado epitomizes the blend of silliness and stateliness that G&S fans find sublime. Its intentionally nonsensical plot gently kids Victorian-era British attitudes and institutions through a fanciful tale of old Japan......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/20/11
    NEWS: Midsummer Night's Dream Produced by Unhinged Productions is Magical, Mythical Masterpiece and Buzz' Best MND Ever!
    DESCRIPTION: Unhinged Productions’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the BEST Midsummer I have ever seen! ............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/19/11
    NEWS: Theater review: The United States of Tamarie
    DESCRIPTION: Get ready to laugh, America! At the funniest topic of all — ourselves. The United States of Tamarie: An All-American Revue (Made in China) is arguably the most hilarious entry yet in performer, writer and director Tamarie Cooper’s series of free-wheeling annual summer musicals......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/18/11
    NEWS: Where art cars go to die
    DESCRIPTION: Step inside The Silo for Kevin Holden's primal, theater-rattling Soulstice....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/18/11
    NEWS: Rollicking, Rambunctious, ROFL The United States of Tamarie at Catastrophic Theatre Rocks, Rolls, and Roars
    DESCRIPTION: Tamarie Cooper’s latest ingenious musical comedy creation, her 14th original show, The United States of Tamarie: An All-American Revue (Made in China), blows the roof off DiverseWorks.. ...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/16/11
    NEWS: LIASONS AU LYON
    DESCRIPTION: Houston artists leave a handprint on children's cancer center in France....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/15/11
    NEWS: MFAH's new exhibit looks at changing landscapes
    DESCRIPTION:  Second Nature: Contemporary Landscapes From the MFAH Collection presents art made since Rachel Carson's 1962 book Silent Spring inspired the modern environmental movement....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/15/11
    NEWS: Tamarie, An All-American Revue (made in China)
    DESCRIPTION: Tamarie Cooper wants the world to know she loves America. She’s delivering an unabashed, but not uncritical, valentine with her new show, The United States of Tamarie, An All-American Revue (made in China). The Catastrophic Theatre production opens tonight at DiverseWorks....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/15/11
    NEWS: Powerful Acting and Fine Direction Make Generations ART a Must-See at Hamman Hall on Rice Campus
    DESCRIPTION: What is art? What is friendship? Yazmina Reza’s Art is a one-act play that explores art and friendship. ...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/14/11
    NEWS: Pablo Gimenez Zapiola brings cryptic message to trains
    DESCRIPTION: Starting Friday, Spacetaker Artist Resource Center Gallery, a multidisciplinary space at Winter Street Studios, presents a selection of his videos and long-exposure photographs of his projections in Pablo Gimenez Zapiola: Meaning in Motion. During Friday's reception and four other performances, Gimenez Zapiola will treat guests to live projections, assuming the trains show up....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/13/11
    NEWS: Arctic Exhibit In Texas Highlights A Lifetime Of Work
    DESCRIPTION: While the weather is sultry in Houston, the Menil Collection has a cool exhibit about ancient Arctic cultures....
    SOURCE: NPR
    WRITER(S: Wade Goodwyn

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/12/11
    NEWS: Theatre Under the Stars Opens Urban Cowboy: The Musical at Miller Outdoor Theatre With the Blessing of its Creator, the Legendary Aaron Latham
    DESCRIPTION: In 1978, Aaron Latham’s "The Ballad of the Urban Cowboy: America's Search for True Grit” was published in the September 12 issue of Esquire magazine. ..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/11/11
    NEWS: Updated Oklahoma! has a Lone Star accent
    DESCRIPTION: Two Texans - an actor and a choreographer - help put a new spin on classic musical...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle - Washington Bureau
    WRITER(S: Andrea Vasquez

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/10/11
    NEWS: G&S stalwart Ralph Katz typifies group's zeal
    DESCRIPTION: Ralph Katz has performed in all of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston's annual summer productions since 1974 — save one....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/10/11
    NEWS: Life goes on
    DESCRIPTION: Why it's OK for arts groups to downsize, take a break or — gasp! — even go away....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/10/11
    NEWS: “Starchitect” finalists for MFAH addition offer hope for Houston's best new building in years
    DESCRIPTION: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has announced that three internationally renowned architectural firms — Steven Holl Architects of New York City, Morphosis Architects of Culver City, Calif., and Snøhetta of Oslo and New York—will prepare conceptual design proposals for a new museum building to contain its permanent collection of 20th- and 21st- century art, galleries for traveling exhibitions, a library and study-resources center, a theater, a restaurant, and other program spaces.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Stephen Fox

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/08/11
    NEWS: Review: A.D. Players keeps spirit of headstrong Emma
    DESCRIPTION: Faithful to Austen, play reveals fetching heroine's maturation.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/06/11
    NEWS: And Then There Were None at Alley Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: In purely mathematical terms, no play makes it easier to provide a concise synopsis than Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Yes, the Christie warhorse now enjoying a solid revival at the Alley Theatre is the one with the Incredible Dwindling Cast.:........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/06/11
    NEWS: Smokey Joe's Cafe features Nine Mega-Talented Performers
    DESCRIPTION: Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Texas Repertory Theatre is one hot, slick, smokin’ explosion of the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/05/11
    NEWS: Cy Twombly, Idiosyncratic Painter, Dies at 83
    DESCRIPTION: Cy Twombly, whose spare childlike scribbles and poetic engagement with antiquity left him stubbornly out of step with the movements of postwar American art even as he became one of the era’s most important painters, died in Rome Tuesday. He was 83....
    SOURCE: New York Times
    WRITER(S: Randy Kennedy

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/05/11
    NEWS: Power to the People
    DESCRIPTION: Arts groups let audiences have their say....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/01/11
    NEWS: Noted director Jon Jory brings his version of Emma to A.D. Players
    DESCRIPTION: Veteran director Jon Jory understands exactly why the novels of Jane Austen have inspired innumerable adaptations for the stage and screen — and continue to do so.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/27/11
    NEWS: The Houston Fine Art Fair and The Texas Contemporary Fair: Twice the fairs equals twice the drama
    DESCRIPTION: So you may have heard, Houston is getting an art fair. Um, actually two art fairs.....
    SOURCE: Glasstire
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/26/11
    NEWS: A new art nexus
    DESCRIPTION: The implications of Houston's (proposed) Main Street arts complex........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/26/11
    NEWS: My Houston is ...
    DESCRIPTION: How do you celebrate Houston's 175th birthday? ....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/24/11
    NEWS: Blues in the Night at Ensemble Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: As a cabaret revue that exists primarily to sell its songs, the Ensemble Theatre’s Blues in the Night boasts two key strengths that carry the evening:........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/23/11
    NEWS: Tut tickets go on sale for MFAH members, pre-registration for non-members
    DESCRIPTION: Preregistration is available here for the chance to buy tickets to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston exhibition Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs before they officially go on sale to non-MFAH members Sept. 13.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/23/11
    NEWS: Menil Drawing Institute gets a new collaborator
    DESCRIPTION: The Morgan Library & Museum in New York is launching a counterpart to the Menil Drawing Institute and Study Center........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/27/11
    NEWS: HAA raising funds to show work of detained sculptor
    DESCRIPTION: Bronze pieces by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei to be exhibited in 2012........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: Spring 2011
    NEWS: Native American Spirituality & Gifts of the Sweat Lodge & Eternal Friendship with Matthew Fox & a New Book
    DESCRIPTION: Twenty years ago, a Southern Ute medicine man saw something in me worthwhile and bestowed upon me the honor of pouring water inside the sacred inipi, or purification sweat lodge.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S: Buzz Bellmont

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