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    PUBLISH DATE: 4/12/11
    NEWS:A Conversation with Shakespearean Guy Roberts Re: Collaboration of Prague Shakespeare Festival and Classical Theatre Company As You Like It/King Lear in Rep Spanning Two Continents
    DESCRIPTION: The most astonishing, sensational, Shakespeare theatrical collaboration of the millennium is opening this week and we are invited to dine at the table of this historically significant festive occasion........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/11/11
    NEWS: Composer Daniel Catán praised for his lyricism, expressive power
    DESCRIPTION: Internationally renowned composer Daniel Catán died in Austin over the weekend. Catán, 62, was living there this semester while working on an opera commissioned by the University of Texas' Butler School of Music, which released the news of his death on Monday. The cause of death is not known.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/10/11
    NEWS: The big question: Who can fill Peter Marzio's shoes at the MFAH?
    DESCRIPTION: Can anyone replace the late Museum of Fine Arts, Houston director Peter Marzio? That's the question Rebecca S. Cohen, author of Art Guide Texas, asks in Sunday's New York Times........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Clifford Pugh

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/10/11
    NEWS: Theater review: Il Postino delivers touching tale, lovely music
    DESCRIPTION: There are enough lovely things in Il Postino to ensure that a few shortcomings don’t much hamper its overall impact. The latest opera from composer/librettist Daniel Catán gets a warm welcome in its neatly realized area premiere by the University of Houston’s Moores Opera Center — the first U.S. staging since the work’s well-received 2010 world premiere in Los Angeles.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/10/11
    NEWS: Rock me Amadeus?
    DESCRIPTION: The Alley's witty take on Wolfey is more of an inside opera lover's delight.......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/09/11
    NEWS: This at Main Street Theater
    DESCRIPTION: The midlife crisis is an oft-explored theme on stage and screen — yet no doubt there are as many variations as there are cases of that malaise. Melissa James Gibson’s comedy This gives the theme enough original spin of character and attitude to stand as its own thing, despite the inevitable ring of familiarity here and there. Well received off-Broadway in 2009, the comedy makes its area premiere in Main Street Theater’s agreeable rendition......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/9/11
    NEWS: Homewreckers, haunted houses and H-Town vampires bring Texas twists to WorldFest 
    DESCRIPTION: The full, formal title for J. Hunter Todd’s annual indie movie extravaganza is WorldFest/Houston International Film Festival — aptly indicating a smorgasbord of cinematic offerings from throughout the world. But Todd is ever ready to emphasize that he always includes some homegrown products on the menu.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joe Leydon

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/08/11
    NEWS: Buzz Bellmont's Big Bad Broadway Bonanza---April 1-7, 2011---Nine Shows in Seven Days!
    DESCRIPTION: Over the next month, I will release seven reviews of my Spring 2011 Broadway tour.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/8/11
    NEWS: Mapplethorpe and Talent in Texas, must see photography
    DESCRIPTION: Two contemporary photography exhibits — one devoted to an old master, the other to emerging Texas talents — offer a reminder that a little curatorial savvy goes a long way toward exposing viewers to lens-based work that matters........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/07/11
    NEWS: Moving Pieces
    DESCRIPTION: PODS elevated to experimental art enclaves for American museum conference .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/7/11
    NEWS: Amadeus at Alley Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: A charge of electrifying theatricality runs through the Alley Theatre’s vivid and involving Amadeus.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/06/11
    NEWS: Cutting to the good stuff at WorldFest
    DESCRIPTION: Decisions, decisions. Even the most fanatical indie-film watcher won’t be able to see all 55 feature films or 107 short films in this year’s WorldFest, which starts Friday and continues through April 17.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Louis B. Parks

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/07/11
    NEWS: Unsolved Mysteries
    DESCRIPTION: Stages' Yankee Tavern lacks a dramatic core............
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: David Theis

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/06/11
    NEWS: Stick Em Up!: Art where you least expect it
    DESCRIPTION: Houston filmmaker Alex Luster’s documentary on the city’s illegal street-art movement has already sold out both of Thursday night’s sneak previews at River Oaks Theater. But while Luster made Stick ’em Up! with help from his friend, Gonzo247, a graffiti artist and coproprietor of Aerosol Warfare Gallery, viewers should expect more than one-sided cheerleading.
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/06/11
    NEWS: Song & Laughs
    DESCRIPTION: Radio Music Theatre set to close, leaving a Fertle-less future  .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tarra Gaines

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/06/11
    NEWS: Urinetown brings sense of humor to stage
    DESCRIPTION: Given that much of Urinetown’s original impact stemmed from its outrageous subject and unlikely title, one might expect the show to lose some comic punch in the latest local mounting. But with Masquerade Theatre’s strong cast and solid staging, Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis’ satiric gem remains as entertaining as when it became a surprise Broadway smash in 2001......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/06/11
    NEWS: Photo Opp
    DESCRIPTION: Investigative photos: Marvin Zindler explores the gritty, murderous underbelly of 1950s Houston .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/03/11
    NEWS: Ensemble Theatre drives Jitney on August Wilson's path
    DESCRIPTION: In Jitney, as ever in the plays of August Wilson, it all comes down to the characters and the language. Yet the Ensemble Theatre’s fine production demonstrates it’s a little more complicated than that. It’s also what Wilson does with those elements, how he compounds the impact......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/02/11
    NEWS: Theater review: Curtains
    DESCRIPTION: Curtains proves that, though it happens rarely these days, they can still “make ‘em like they used to.”......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/02/11
    NEWS: Houston composer Todd Frazier's work gets the Kennedy Center treatment with Renée Fleming
    DESCRIPTION: Sunday is a special day for Houston composer, arts administration guru and all-around good guy J. Todd Frazier. Soprano superstar Renée Fleming will sing one of his compositions Sunday at the 2011 Kennedy Center Spring Gala in Washington D.C., honoring Michael Kaiser's 10-year tenure as president of what is arguably one of America's most distinguished performing arts centers, also focusing on arts education.......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/01/11
    NEWS: CURTAINS at TUTS is Wildly Entertaining, Charmingly Delightful Old-Fashioned Musical Lovingly Wrapped Inside Old-Fashioned Musical Whodunit!
    DESCRIPTION: Curtains at Theatre Under the Stars is one of this critic’s favorite musicals in years......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/31/11
    NEWS: Patrick Turk takes viewers back to the future
    DESCRIPTION: One of the best things to come out of ArtStorm, a local artist-run collaborative that enjoyed a brief heyday before falling victim to the recession, was Kaleidoscoptical Super Revolution!, an exhibit of collages on card stock by self-taught Patrick Turk.Turk’s current show at Art League Houston, The Time Travel Research Institute Presents:, affirms the collective backed a winner..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/31/11
    NEWS: Robert Redford's Sundance Cinema confirmed for November opening at former Angelika site
    DESCRIPTION: Mayor Annise Parker and David Cordish, chairman of the Cordish Companies, have confirmed that the small movie theater company affiliated with Robert Redford's Sundance Institute will open on Nov. 1 in the space formerly leased to the Angelika Film Center.......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/31/11
    NEWS: Film Collage
    DESCRIPTION: Johan Grimonprez's stunning work screens at the Blaffer Museum...........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/31/11
    NEWS: The roots of Lone Star art: William Reaves unearths the Texas modernist landscape
    DESCRIPTION: To investigate how Houston artists have come to terms with their state's landscape, we went to William Reaves Fine Art, a gallery whose mission is to define modernism in Texas......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/29/11
    NEWS: Opera in the Heights delivers a priceless Pearl
    DESCRIPTION: Houston had to wait 148 years for the area premiere of Georges Bizet's The Pearl Fishers — but Opera in the Heights' production is so enchanting, it was well worth the delay........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/29/11
    NEWS: Blaffer breaks into downtown with Milam Street micro museum
    DESCRIPTION: Artist Elaine Bradford's zoo of vibrantly-hued knit animals is moving downtown as part of the Blaffer Art Museum's Window Into Houston exhibition series inside two windows on the bottom floor of a historic Milam Street building. It's the museum's way of staking a claim downtown, capitalizing on proximity to the University of Houston Downtown and an emerging pedestrian corridor around Market Square Park.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/28/11
    NEWS:Play brings life of iconic Texan Kinky Friedman to the stage
    DESCRIPTION: Jesse Dayton is one of three actors portraying Kinky Friedman in the musical Becoming Kinky, based on the life, music and songs of Kinky Friedman......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/28/11
    NEWS: Cirque du Soleil CEO loves life on the road
    DESCRIPTION: Daniel Lamarre's job has him traveling to make sure touring shows stay on track.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/27/11
    NEWS: Musical-mystery Curtains to open in Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Some musicals have just one thing that makes them special. Others don't even have that one. Then there's Curtains, with so many reasons it's special you can scarcely list them all.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/26/11
    NEWS: THE PEARL FISHERS at Opera in the Heights is Dazzlingly Brilliant Houston Premiere of Bizet Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: It’s difficult to believe that Opera in the Heights’ exquisite production of George Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers marks the Houston premiere of this magnificent pearl.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/26/11
    NEWS: Performances add local spice to this weekend's Bayou City Art Festival 
    DESCRIPTION: The Bayou City Art Festival is more that just the commingling of more than 300 artists and artisans showcasing their best work to a strolling, curious crowd. With the help of the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), an ambitious line-up of performing art groups will entertain festival goers Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, with a new show every hour on the hour....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/26/11
    NEWS: Houston Symphony rises to challenge of Strauss' tone poems...Vocalist's elegance is both artful and achingly beautiful
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Symphony's all-Richard Strauss program plays to his characteristic strengths by combining two of his vibrant early tone poems, Don Juan and Don Quixote, with his final work, the haunting Four Last Songs, for soprano and orchestra. .......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/25/11
    NEWS: Man on a mission: Michael Zilkha touts indie premieres and the MFAH movie-going experience
    DESCRIPTION: As co-chair of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston film committee, Michael Zilkha sees himself as a man with a mission: Filling an unfortunate void in H-Town’s cultural landscape. Specifically, Zilkha has joined forces with other committee members and MFAH film program director Marian Luntz in a concerted effort to offer local premieres of films that, not so long ago, would have been booked into the Greenway 3 Theatre and the Angelika Film Center.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S:  Joe Leydon

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/24/11
    NEWS: Dry Cocktail
    DESCRIPTION: Just like gin, this play will sneak up on you..........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/24/11
    NEWS: Book of Mormon  musical irreverent but surprisingly sweet
    DESCRIPTION: A Ugandan villager in the new Broadway musical from the creators of South Park offers a plaintive love song about paradise — and the object of her yearning is none other than Utah's capital. "Salvation has a name - Salt Lake-y City," croons Nabalungi (played by Nikki M. James) in The Book of Mormon, which opened for previews at the Eugene O'Neill Theater in February and opened formally Thursday...........
    SOURCE: Salt Lake Tribune
    WRITER(S: Peggy Fletcher

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/24/11
    NEWS: Marvin Zindler’s work before his slime reports
    DESCRIPTION: The Museum of Printing History will host an exhibit of Zindler’s ’50s-era photographs. Curated by Chronicle copy editor and Bayou City History blogger J.R. Gonzales, Bayou City Noir: The Photography of Marvin Zindler will be on view at the museum through Aug. 13. .......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/24/11
    NEWS: A Conversation with the Charismatic MARJON VAN GRUNSVEN, Artistic Director of Cirque de Soleil OVO
    DESCRIPTION: This is my second trip in a week to the grounds of the Sam Houston Race Track, where Cirque du Soleil has made a huge presence with their village of huge yellow and blue striped tents for their newest show, OVO.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/24/11
    NEWS: 40 and fabulous: Bayou City Art Festival celebrates milestone year
    DESCRIPTION: Bayou City Art Festival, that biannual wonderland of outdoor art, is officially over the hill. Now breaching its fourth decade, the event launches Friday with a bang-up lineup of weekend activities at Memorial Park that's fresher than ever..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S:  Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/23/11
    NEWS: The real story of Miller Outdoor Theatre: Inside Houston's outdoor arts institution
    DESCRIPTION: While constricting neckties and ankle-breaking stilettos seem to be the uniform du jour for some highbrow art performances, Houston concertgoers should give thanks to a venue where fashion is meaningless and comfort is king. A land of lawn seating and picnic baskets, where vino is optional, and encouraged........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/22/11
    NEWS: YANKEE TAVERN at Stages Keeps You on the Edge of Your Seat and Thinking Thinking Thinking
    DESCRIPTION: The jukebox in the bar in Steven Dietz’s Yankee Tavern suddenly went dead on September 11, 2001, at exactly 8:46 a.m., just as the first hijacked plane rammed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, right in the middle of the lyric “Bye, bye, Miss American Pie.”...................
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/21/11
    NEWS: Voir Dire wins Opera Vista competition
    DESCRIPTION: Intriguing Matthew Peterson work grabs votes.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/21/11
    NEWS: MAYOR ANNISE PARKER IS HONORARY CHAIR OF HOUSTON 175: CELEBRATE HISTORY
    DESCRIPTION: Working with the Mayor’s office, a group of Houston non-profit organizations have come together to produce exhibitions, tours, a film series, a history conference, and more to celebrate Houston’s 175th birthday. Ten exhibitions and catalogs will each investigate Houston’s history in one particular area. .......
    SOURCE: The Cypress Times
    WRITER(S: Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/21/11
    NEWS: A Boston Legal opera, Voir Dire, takes top spot in Opera Vista competition
    DESCRIPTION: The 2011 Opera Vista Festival final round allowed four composers one last chance to make a case for their work, hoping to earn a spot in the company's 2011-2012 season. Given the popularity of Opera Vista, the work will receive great exposure.......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/21/11
    NEWS:Texas Rep's I DO! I DO! is Delightfully Charming Production of Jones/Schmidt Classic Take on Marriage
    DESCRIPTION: I DO! I DO! opened at Texas Repertory Theatre on Friday, March 18, and proves that Tom Jones (book and lyrics) and Harvey Schmidt (music), creators of The Fantasticks, who wrote their definitive little musical covering fifty years of marriage, is as fresh, funny, touching, and memorable as when it first premiered in 1966...................
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/20/11
    NEWS: Wheres Heinrich? Kühn exhibition at MFAH leave lots of tantalizing clues
    DESCRIPTION: We tend to think of photographic image manipulation as a Photoshop-era phenomenon. But at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's recent opening of Heinrich Kühn: The Perfect Photograph, I discovered that the practice can be traced to the Austrian pictorialist......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/20/11
    NEWS: New MFAH exhibit highlights era when antiquity fever ruled
    DESCRIPTION: ....one of the highlights of Antiquity Revived: Neoclassical Art in the Eighteenth Century, which opens today at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, forcefully conveys the era's enthusiasm for all things Greco-Roman.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/19/11
    NEWS: The Final Four: Opera Vista Festival compositions are sexy, funny, legal & gay(er)
    DESCRIPTION: Pretty music makes us like a character. Ugly music has the opposite effect. Think Smurfs and Gargamel.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/19/11
    NEWS: Pink at the Brown event to benefit breast cancer research
    DESCRIPTION: Sampling the arts for a good cause.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/19/11
    NEWS: Deja vu: Suchu Dance's Jennifer Wood recycles old dances into something new (with video)
    DESCRIPTION: What's fun about Suchu Dance's newest opus, Masters of Semblance, is that it isn't exactly new, but culled from several of artistic director Jennifer Wood's greatest hits. As Houston's most prolific choreographer, Wood had no shortage of material to work with.......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks, Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/18/11
    NEWS: 2011 Core Exhibition, Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    DESCRIPTION: An orange rind held together with safety pins, a deconstructed baseball, a corn cob pipe, a dental impression immersed in red goop and approximately thirty other small sculptures comprise Nick Barbee’s installation Marvelous (2010-11). This miscellany of objects, the first work I encountered upon entering the Glassell School of Art’s 2011 Core Exhibition, epitomized my initial impression of the show itself as an incongruous collection of work brought together only through the exhibition requirement of the artist-in-residency program. . ......
    SOURCE: Art Lies
    WRITER(S: Katia Zavistovski

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/18/11
    NEWS: Aluminum Show to open Miller series
    DESCRIPTION: The Aluminum Show, an unusual interactive performance event, will open the 2011 series of free performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre, playing at 7:30 p.m. March 24-25......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/18/11
    NEWS: REVIEW: Jim Nolan, Art Palace
    DESCRIPTION: The Minutemen’s Mike Watt was once asked why his band wasn’t more radio-friendly. He replied, “We don’t write songs, we write rivers.” Although their punk songs were brief and punchy—like those of their SST labelmates Black Flag, they often clocked in under the one-minute mark—the Minutemen’s whole was greater than the sum of its parts. Underlying their sound was a message and approach of blue-collar political consciousness, nerdy autodidacticism, inside jokes, and fierce and feral experimentation. The work in Jim Nolan’s debut show at Art Palace, Today is Tomorrow, resonates in much the same way. ......
    SOURCE: Fluent~Collaborative
    WRITER(S: Wendy Vogel

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/17/11
    NEWS: Former Houstonians Terrie Sultan and Andrea Grover revamp Long Island art scene 
    DESCRIPTION: Two forerunners of Houston's vibrant art scene, Terrie Sultan of the University of Houston museum formerly known as Blaffer Gallery, and Andrea Grover, one-time high priestess of Aurora Picture Show, are spotlighted in a recent New York Times feature about the evolving visual arts culture on Long Island's East End......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/17/11
    NEWS: MFAH's James Turrell acquisition adds to Houston's bounty
    DESCRIPTION: Houston is rich in work by pioneering light artist James Turrell. And thanks to a major acquisition by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, we’re getting richer.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/17/11
    NEWS: Get Some "Answers"
    DESCRIPTION: John Wood and Paul Harrison bring low-key absurdity to the CAMH.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/17/11
    NEWS: Geoff Hippenstiel and Shane Tolbert breathe new life into an old style
    DESCRIPTION: After abstract expressionism’s post-World War II heyday, art moved forward because artists either rebelled against the movement or took its inspiration so broadly as to make its influence nearly undetectable......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/17/11
    NEWS: What Is It? Suchu Dance Premieres New Work
    DESCRIPTION: When Suchu Dance premieres its new work Masters of Semblance next week at Barnevelder Theater, it might look as if the audience has been invited to a celebratory reception. Or not...or maybe..........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Hank Hancock

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/14/11
    NEWS: Opera Vista's Production of Lembit Beecher's AND THEN I REMEMBER is Maginificent Masterpiece to Remember
    DESCRIPTION: Every wonder where the masterpieces of the new millennium are? Look no further than Opera Vista’s production of its 2010 Opera Vista Festival winner, Lembit Beecher’s And Then I Remember..................
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/14/11
    NEWS: Or, at Main Street Theater Earns Buzz' 3s: Brilliant Play, Brilliant Production, Brilliant Performances
    DESCRIPTION: Or, is a cross between a Restoration comedy and an all and all out door-slamming, hiding-in-wardrobes, bedroom farce as Liz Duffy Adams liberally weaves history together with the colorful fibers of life in the theatre, politics, and passion...................
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/13/11
    NEWS: The Houston Ballet's Sleeping Beauty delights
    DESCRIPTION: Ballerina Sara Webb achieved a new level of virtuosity Thursday as Houston Ballet revisited Ben Stevenson’s sumptuous production of The Sleeping Beauty.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/13/11
    NEWS: RELEVANCE RELAPSE?
    DESCRIPTION: Missing in action: ARTnews overlooks The Art Guys in its Dynamic Duos list .....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/13/11
    NEWS: Opera Vista 2011 Festival
    DESCRIPTION: Unconventional Opera Vista Festival opener takes listeners on an emotional journey .....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/12/11
    NEWS: Or, puts modern spin on Restoration romp
    DESCRIPTION: Adams' clever comedy entertains with every-which-way affections........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/12/11
    NEWS: CONTEMPORARY ARTS COUP
    DESCRIPTION: Get ready for 800-pound heads: Ai Weiwei's Chinese zodiac art headed to Hermann Park .....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/11/11
    NEWS: Answers to Questions: John Wood and Paul Harrison, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
    DESCRIPTION: John Wood and Paul Harrison's short videos, which constitute the bulk of Answers to Questions, the British duo’s current show at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, are staged like paintings and paced like jokes. ......
    SOURCE: Art Lies
    WRITER(S: Clark Feldman

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/11/11
    NEWS: Cirque du Soleil'sOvo
    DESCRIPTION: Leave it to Cirque du Soleil to lay an egg with a big show — and have it turn out pure Fabergé........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/11/11
    NEWS: Sarah Williams, Heimir Björgúlfsson, Jim Nolan: Must-see exhibits
    DESCRIPTION: March is as hectic a month as any for Houston’s art scene. But several gallery exhibitions are worth moving to the top of the must-see list.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/11/11
    NEWS: A star is born: Walsh subs for Walsh in Houston Ballet's dazzling Sleeping Beauty
    DESCRIPTION: Musicians have Beethoven’s Ninth, actors have Hamlet, and dancers have The Sleeping Beauty. .....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Theodore Bale

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/11/11
    NEWS: Cirque Du Soleil Presents its Most Mesmerizing and Magnificent Show Yet with OVO
    DESCRIPTION: Cirque Du Soleil has given Houston a magnificent, mesmerizing, and mystical gift for the next month with its latest brilliant entertainment, OVO, which plays through April 10 under the Grand Chapiteau at Sam Houston Race Track.................
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/11/11
    NEWS: Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery to split
    DESCRIPTION: An email blast from Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery announced Thursday the owners "have decided to divide our activities" after a working relationship of more than 20 years......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/10/11
    NEWS: Composers compete for new opera award
    DESCRIPTION: Who'll win Opera Vista's fourth annual Competition for New Opera? Will it be the lyric adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic comedy The Importance of Being Ernest? Or the Saw-tinged saga of three captive women forced to play a perverse game only one can survive? Or maybe the "comic-book opera" giving a modern spin to the Pygmalion myth about a sculptor's perfect stone woman who comes to life? In the American Idol-style semifinals and finals next week, it will be up to the audience to chose the winner. That's after excerpts from the six semifinalists are performed, then critiqued by a panel of experts including renowned opera composer Daron Hagen (Ameila, Shining Brow) and Buck Ross, founding director of the University of Houston's Moores Opera Center......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/10/11
    NEWS: JazzReach inspires a new generation with the possibilities of a different kind of music
    DESCRIPTION: On Thursday morning, the Hobby Center's Zilkha Hall was filled to the brim with energy and cacophonous, off-beat clapping as a couple of hundred elementary school students bobbed to the sounds of JazzReach — a New York City-based non-profit organization committed to jazz education, in Houston for a three-day stopover.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Caroline Gallay

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/10/11
    NEWS: Gone Missing at Theater LaB Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Ever wonder where to look for lost stuff? Keys? Shoes? Pets? Even intangibles, such as innocence, self-respect, your mind? You’ll find them in Gone Missing, the unusual docu-musical revue making its area premiere at Theater LaB Houston. They’re there — figuratively, at least — in the show’s offbeat look at how people deal with losses of all kinds.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/10/11
    NEWS: The newest production of The Sleeping Beauty links Houston Ballet's future to its past
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Ballet returns to Ben Stevenson's 1990 The Sleeping Beauty, a ballet that not only has great relevance to the field, but also to the organization's own history..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/09/11
    NEWS: Familiar Houston façades star in the American Architect Awards
    DESCRIPTION: Three nationally recognized architects convened at Architecture Center Houston to determine the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Houston 2011 Design Awards.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/09/11
    NEWS: GONE MISSING at Theater LaB is Entertaining, Amusing, Poignant Musical on Theme of Loss
    DESCRIPTION: The Civilians, an investigative theatre company in New York City, created the musical Gone Missing in 2003 out of interviews conducted by the company on the subject of loss................
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/09/11
    NEWS: Fine Fellows
    DESCRIPTION: This year's Core Exhibition brings good and not-so-good work.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/08/11
    NEWS: WAVE HELLO TO MOZART
    DESCRIPTION: Mercury Baroque strikes a bigger, bolder note with its new 2011-12 season........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/08/11
    NEWS: Pandora Theatre Presents Captivating VOX FEMININA 2 at Obsidian Art Space in the Heights
    DESCRIPTION: Pandora Theatre is an exciting new theatre company in the Houston area that began its first season last year...............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/07/11
    NEWS: An Inspector Calls at A.D. Players
    DESCRIPTION: The mysterious Inspector Goole is calling once again. And in the A.D. Players’ taut, solidly acted rendition of J.B. Priestley’s classic An Inspector Calls, this unique suspense-with-a-social-conscience proves as skillfully crafted and thought-provoking as it was in the mid-1940s. .....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/07/11
    NEWS: Uncommon concert sends actress Judy Blazer far from Broadway
    DESCRIPTION: Choirs customarily are associated with Bach and Brahms — but the Houston Chamber Choir gives its regards to Broadway with The American Musical - Live From New York. Veteran singer and actress Judy Blazer will join the chorus for a program of classic show tunes. .....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/06/11
    NEWS: Society for the Performing Arts mixes it up for 2011-12 season
    DESCRIPTION: Society for the Performing Arts audiences can march to many beats during the 2011-12 season. The schedule includes Japanese drumming and choreography, performances of the Brazilian dance rhythm frevo, flamenco, cabaret, modern dance and classical ballet. .....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/06/11
    NEWS: CONDUCTOR SEARCH
    DESCRIPTION: Too many firsts put Juanjo Mena behind in the race to fill the Houston Symphony's big baton ........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/06/11
    NEWS: Houston's own Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni revives the lost art of storytelling
    DESCRIPTION: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni believes in the power of story. The India born Houston writer and UH professor is the award-winning and best-selling novelist of 16 books including The Mistress of Spices, The Palace of Illusion, and her most recent book, One Amazing Thing........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tarra Gaines

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/06/11
    NEWS: THE WORLD IN BLACK AND WHITE
    DESCRIPTION: Menil Civil Rights exhibit shows the power of photography to make a difference .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/06/11
    NEWS: Billy Elliot The Musical strikes all the right notes
    DESCRIPTION: Recent performances of Dead Man Walking in Houston were a reminder that weighty political themes have an important place on the operatic stage. But Broadway is no stranger to them, either, especially as evidenced by Billy Elliot The Musical, running at Theatre Under the Stars through March 13. .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Theodore Bale

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/05/11
    NEWS: HGO introducing Gloriana, two new pieces to repertory
    DESCRIPTION: Coming off its successful winter repertory of Dead Man Walking and Lucia di Lammermoor, Houston Grand Opera has announced three new projects.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/05/11
    NEWS: CREATING A SANCTUARY UNDER THE RAFTERS
    DESCRIPTION: For August: Osage County, set designer Kevin Rigdon turns an Alley into a home  .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/05/11
    NEWS: Two make smashing debuts at symphony concert
    DESCRIPTION: Conductor Juanjo Mena and pianist Gabriela Montero delight.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/04/11
    NEWS: Puppet theater, and not the kind for kids
    DESCRIPTION: Bobbindoctrin’s brand of puppet theater is not child’s play — striving instead for “the most daring contemporary puppetry for adults.” Bobbindoctrin’s Seventh Annual Puppet Festival, March 4-13 at Midtown Arts Center, will combine new live works of puppetry by company members and local artists with short films created by national and international puppetry artists. There will be two Sunday matinees, dubbed “Festival Fambly Days,” offering only those selections appropriate for younger audiences....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/04/11
    NEWS: PHOTO OP
    DESCRIPTION: Before Photoshop, there was Heinrich Kühn, now on view at MFAH .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/04/11
    NEWS: Menil trove of civil-rights photographs highlights images' power to affect change
    DESCRIPTION: Much has been made of social media’s role in galvanizing — and bringing global attention to — the protests that rocked the Middle East and North Africa in recent weeks. For Menil Collection associate curator Michelle White, the uprisings highlight not just the power of platforms such as Facebook and Twitter but of the images they help spread.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/04/11
    NEWS: A BUG'S LIFE
    DESCRIPTION :Inside Ovo, Cirque du Soleil's insect world: Where Lady Gaga's egg would fit right in .......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/04/11
    NEWS: AN INSPECTOR CALLS at A.D. Players is Fascinating, Thought-Provoking Play
    DESCRIPTION: The A.D. Players is presenting a most enticing, exquisite, and thought-provoking play with its
    excellent production of J.B. Priestly’s An Inspector Calls..............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/03/11
    NEWS: August: Osage County
    DESCRIPTION: It's no holds barred in this powerful Alley production.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: David Theis

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/03/11
    NEWS: Does Houston's art scene give women their rightful due? Let's ask Barbie
    DESCRIPTION: March is Women's History Month. How is Houston doing in the job of presenting work by women? How many non-profits have women at the top? Do galleries offer solo shows to women nearly as often as they do men? What's the number of equity contracts that go to women? If we look plays by women, do we fare any better?.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/03/11
    NEWS: 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE at Kountry Playhouse is Klevver, Kute, Konvivvial Musical
    DESCRIPTION: Country Playhouse opened the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee last weekend and it is a rollicking and comical look at a typical spelling bee.............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/03/11
    NEWS: Royal Pain
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Ballet has a ball with Marie........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Rosie Trump

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/03/11
    NEWS: The Great Heights Art Heist
    DESCRIPTION: Artists claim they were ripped off by local gallery.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: John Nova Lomax

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/02/11
    NEWS: Put on Your Tutu and Your Dancin' Shoes and Join the BILLY ELLIOT Celebration!!!!!!!
    DESCRIPTION: Billy Elliot is the story of an 11-year-old boy who discovers he has a talent for ballet, and pursues it despite the vehement objections of his father and the derision of the community, a coal mining village in County Durham in northern England............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/01/11
    NEWS: Rothko's musical tradition: experimentation, reflection
    DESCRIPTION: In their decades in Houston, John and Dominique de Menil delighted in what might be called "experimental thinking" — exploring, expounding and championing intellectual, social and political ideas outside the norm for the city at the time. So the Da Camera/Houston Chamber Choir program exploring the experimental tradition in classical music was a fitting highlight of the ongoing celebration of the 40th anniversary of the dedication of Rothko Chapel.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/28/11
    NEWS: Pianist, conductor deliver passionate symphony performance
    DESCRIPTION: Oscars? What Oscars? For anyone at Jones Hall Sunday, it's unlikely Hollywood's big night could surpass the electrifying performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 by Jonathan Biss and the Houston Symphony, under the inspired leadership of guest conductor James Gaffigan......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/27/11
    NEWS: Hollywood seeks out Cedar Lake's dance expertise for The Adjustment Bureau
    DESCRIPTION: Cedar Lake performs in Houston for the first time April 1, presented by Society for the Performing Arts........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glenzter

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/27/11
    NEWS: First 14 Pews artist-in-resident Emily Sloan plans free marriage service among summer events
    DESCRIPTION: Along with hosting a second "Funeral Party for the Living" on Jan. 1, 2012, Sloan has devised two events for this summer..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/27/11
    NEWS: Cruz-Diez retrospective at MFAH portrays a virtual palette
    DESCRIPTION: Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time, a retrospective of the Franco-Venezuelan artist at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, demands multiple visits — which is fortunate, as the exhibition is on view for nearly six months...........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/26/11
    NEWS: Theater review: August: Osage County
    DESCRIPTION: The most acclaimed new play of the past decade, winner of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize, August lives up to its reputation in the Alley Theatre’s sturdy and vividly acted Houston premiere.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/26/11
    NEWS: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at Alley Theatre is Brilliant Production of Brilliant Play
    DESCRIPTION: Tracy Letts’ dark comedy, August: Osage County, is one of the best plays of the new millennium and it won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2008 and also won Letts the Pulitzer Prize for Drama among many other awards...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/26/11
    NEWS: A concert that makes you feel: Rothko Chapel's 40th anniversary bridges the sad & the spiritual
    DESCRIPTION: Rothko Chapel’s 40th anniversary concert was brilliantly programmed, a task entrusted to Da Camera’s artistic mastermind, Sarah Rothenberg, who managed to academically and artistically weave seemingly incongruous works in designing an arching aesthetic experience for listeners..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/26/11
    NEWS: Marie captures drama, emotion with grace, style
    DESCRIPTION: Melody Herrera shines in title role..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glenzter

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/25/11
    NEWS: Theater review: Billy Elliot
    DESCRIPTION: As the title character of Billy Elliot sings in a key number, when he’s dancing, he feels that he’s flying. Audiences at the knockout touring production that opened Thursday at Hobby Center will know how he feels........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/25/11
    NEWS: Mark Aguhar: M4M
    DESCRIPTION: Color, pattern and flesh collide through a kaleidoscope of thrift store-inspired patterns in gouaches like No Top Needed (2010), on view in Mark Aguhar’s solo exhibition M4M at Lawndale Art Center. ........
    SOURCE: Art Lies
    WRITER(S: Chelsea Beck

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/24/11
    NEWS: Let them go behind the scenes: Marie Antoinette's Houston ballet provides insider access
    DESCRIPTION: Houston is getting its second look at Stanton Welch's lavish 2009 epic ballet Marie, based on wild life of Marie Antoinette. More of a pyscholigical portrait than the history channel in pointe shoes, Welch drew from the myth, the hype, the tabloids of the day and lore of France's iconic queen, who ended up on the wrong side of the revolution..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/24/11
    NEWS: Pianist finally gets chance to wow Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Jonathan Biss joins symphony for three concerts.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Colin Eatock

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/24/11
    NEWS: 44th annual Worldfest line-up showcases international and local filmmakers
    DESCRIPTION: Five features from Asian filmmakers, several compelling documentaries, suspense stories, romances and a good number of comedies are on the slate at the 44th edition of WorldFest, the annual Houston 10-day festival that showcases independent films from the U.S., with local filmmakers highlighted..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Regina Scruggs

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/24/11
    NEWS: A Pointed Victory
    DESCRIPTION: Masquerade Theatre spends Sunday in the Park with George......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/24/11
    NEWS: Sarah Williams' nocturnal visions at McMurtrey Gallery
    DESCRIPTION: The lonely gas stations, car washes and diners in Sarah Williams’ paintings could be anywhere in the United States. But these sensuously painted, depopulated scenes aren’t dry studies of vernacular architecture or ironic commentaries on the generic flavor of American life........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/23/11
    NEWS: THE SYMPHONY DOES TOP 40 
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Symphony's versatile POPS series proves orchestral music can be fun.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Series Correspondants

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/23/11
    NEWS: There's no Oscar Black Swan without Billy Elliot: The dance trendsetter hits Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Before Natalie Portman did her first Hollywood tendu, there was Billy Elliot bringing ballet into our hearts and minds: first the movie, then on Broadway, now in Houston, Wednesday through March 13, co-presented by Theatre Under the Stars and Gexa Energy Broadway at the Hobby Center.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/23/11
    NEWS: Rising conductor James Gaffigan coming to Houston Symphony
    DESCRIPTION: Condcutor James Gaffigan will lead the Houston Symphony in a program of Ives, Beethoven and Dvorak........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/22/11
    NEWS: THE LAST 5 YEARS is Enchanting, Delightful, Winning, Not-to-be-Missed Musical
    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: 2/21/11
    NEWS: "Tolerance" sculptures along Allen Parkway promote Houston's diversity
     DESCRIPTION: The Houston Arts Alliance-commissioned sculptures of kneeling human figures, composed of multi-lingual melded metal letters resting on Spanish boulders, have been installed at the corner of Allen Parkway and Montrose Boulevard, and will soon serve as the locus of Harmony Walk and the Rosemont Bridge..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/21/11
    NEWS: Masquerade Theatre's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE is Rarely Produced Masterpiece of Musical Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: Although opening night on Friday, February 18, of Masquerade Theatre’s Sunday in the Park with George, a rarely produced musical gem written in 1984 with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine, was severely marred by poor sound design and other technical mishaps, I have been assured by Masquerade Theatre’s Artistic Director, Phillip Duggins, that all is fine now and the problems were, fortunately, only an opening night problem..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/20/11
    NEWS: Something old and new for 2011-12 TUTS season
    DESCRIPTION: The current Tony-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles and the new cheerleaders-in-competition musical Bring It On supply the newsier aspects of Theatre Under The Stars' 2011-12 season of six musicals at Hobby Center. Both shows will be seen in national tours imported by TUTS. In a season stressing familiar fare, TUTS will mount four productions: the golden age classic Guys and Dolls; a revival of its 2008 holiday show White Christmas; and two popular 1970s hits, Annie and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/20/11
    NEWS: Powerful August: Osage County set to make its Houston premiere
    DESCRIPTION: No new play of the past decade has stirred such a sensation as August: Osage County. From its 2007 premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, through its talked-about Broadway run, Tracy Letts' sprawling, scabrous tragicomedy about a monumentally dysfunctional Oklahoma clan has been greeted as an instant classic, drawing rave reviews and honors including the Tony and Pulitzer Prize. You can expect it to carry comparable clout in the Alley Theatre's Houston premiere, opening Wednesday........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/20/11
    NEWS: Houston's new art park gets a quirky Orange groundbreaking: Ready for the slither tunnel?
    DESCRIPTION: Nothing at the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is traditional, and that includes the groundbreaking ceremony for Smither Park, a new outdoor venture in memory of John H. Smither, a former partner and management committee member of Vinson & Elkins law firm, board member of The Orange Show Foundation and president of the Houston Ballet.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S):  Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/19/11
    NEWS: Inside MFAH's blockbuster Impressionists: Come for van Gogh; be wowed by Bazille
     DESCRIPTION: Due to a major facelift in the halls of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts Houston will be home to an unprecedented loan of 50 paintings by 17 artists. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art opens Sunday and runs through May 23. ..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Joseph Campana

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/18/11
    NEWS: Billy Elliot grows by leaps and bounds
    DESCRIPTION: Boy's underdog story resonates as musical, creator says......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/18/11
    NEWS: Art is funny
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston works that provoke giggle fits........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/17/11
    NEWS: Impressionist treasure trove arrives in Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Opening Sunday, Feb. 20, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces From the National Gallery of Art is largely a hit parade of art-history-book regulars, from Manet’s The Railway (1873), depicting the artist’s favorite model with a young girl near a busy Parisian train station, to a Van Gogh self-portrait from 1889, the year before his death......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/17/11
    NEWS: Theater review: Ella
    DESCRIPTION: With Tina Fabrique’s exceptional singing and persuasive acting as jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald, with a terrific quartet of musicians assisting her in a generous parade of surefire standards, Ella could hardly be less than entertaining.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/17/11
    NEWS: Blaffer explores Johan Grimonprez's 'media archeology'
    DESCRIPTION: I’ve got good news and bad news about the exhibit Johan Grimonprez: It’s a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards. ......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/17/11
    NEWS: Theater review: Catastrophic Theatre's Paradise Hotel
    DESCRIPTION: They can’t get no satisfaction. That’s both the starting point and the conclusion — indeed the raison d’etre — of Paradise Hotel. In Richard Foreman’s zany yet provocative musing on sex, making its Houston debut in Catastrophic Theatre’s go-for-broke rendition, four characters are forever trying to reach a destination of complete and constant gratification......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/17/11
    NEWS: Brilliant "Color"
    DESCRIPTION: Carlos Cruz-Diez gets large-scale retrospective at MFAH......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/17/11
    NEWS: Go West at MFAH and see beyond the fantasy of the American frontier
    DESCRIPTION: Perhaps nothing’s more American than the impulse to “Go West!” Huck Finn, the Marx Brothers, and even British pop-superstars the Pet Shop Boys all long for far-flung frontiers. If you really want to understand this fantasy, start with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston show “Romancing the West: Alfred Jacob Miller in the Bank of America Collection,” which was organized by curator of American art Emily Neff, which runs through May 8........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Joseph Campana

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/16/11
    NEWS: Leap into the future
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Ballet's first African-American ballerina sees her dance company as diverse, not just black or white.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Sarah Raslan

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/16/11
    NEWS: Artists on shrimp boats? A new UH project turns creators into shrimpers
    DESCRIPTION: The new Shrimp Boat Projects — co-created by scholar Zach Moser and architect Eric Leshinsky — hopes to understand the cultural macrocosm of Houston through a single activity: Shrimping. This multi-year residency, supported by the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, aims to explore Houston's regional culture through the study of Galveston Bay. It will bring artists, designers, musicians, writers and students onto the boats to do actual shrimping, with the idea being that this experience will inspire future works......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S):  Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/16/11
    NEWS: Bolero hits high note at Houston Symphony concert
    DESCRIPTION: Maurice Ravel's crowd-pleasing Bolero did the trick — as it usually does — in Sunday's Houston Symphony concert. Jones Hall was packed, and the audience gave the confidently controlled performance led by music director Hans Graf the expected (and not undeserved) standing ovation......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/15/11
    NEWS: Terri Bieber: Drama in the District
    DESCRIPTION: Cultural District, that is. The Diary of Anne Frank opened this weekend at the Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center. And this was true drama in Katy, something not to be missed......
    SOURCE: Ultimate Katy
    WRITER(S: Terri Bieber

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/15/11
    NEWS: Hitting the high notes
    DESCRIPTION: Ella reveals the personal life behind the legendary voice, one of the most celebrated in the history of American music.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/15/11
    NEWS: John Wood and Paul Harrison's work worth repeat visits
    DESCRIPTION: ...the stars align in the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston's Answers to Questions in ways they rarely do in video surveys — which is appropriate, since Wood and Harrison’s collaborations are filled with elegant moments that feel like stars momentarily aligning, either by chance or sheer force of will. .....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S:  Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/14/11
    NEWS: Beautifying Buffalo Bayou
    DESCRIPTION: Private funding would be used to color the waterway west of downtown a more attractive shade of green.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Mike Morris

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/14/11
    NEWS: Dedication Ceremony for Jaume Plensa' sculptures, Tolerance
    DESCRIPTION: Mayor Annise Parker will dedicate Jaume Plensa's Tolerance, a gift to the City of Houston by private donors, who, working in conjunction with the Houston Arts Alliance and the Greater Houston Community Foundation, celebrating Houston's openness, diversity and international character.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/14/11
    NEWS: What Is Wrong With the Arts?
    DESCRIPTION: It is no surprise to most of us that the arts are in a parlous state. But contrary to popular belief, it isn't the fault of unions, the absence of arts education in our schools, the lack of involvement by boards, or even a dearth of arts management training. The arts are in trouble because there is simply not enough excellent art being created......
    SOURCE:  The Huffington Post
    WRITER(S: Michael Kaiser

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/14/11
    NEWS: Local artists create Buffalo Bayou Arts Alliance
    DESCRIPTION: When Louise Brown Miller tells people about the Buffalo Bayou Arts Alliance's efforts to bring more arts programming to west Houston she usually gets the same response: It's about time...............
    SOURCE:  Ultimate Memorial
    WRITER(S):  Flori Meeks

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/13/11
    NEWS: Houston arts groups face the Rick Perry slash: What the TCA's demise would mean
    DESCRIPTION: Word that Governor Rick Perry may dissolve the Texas Commission on the Arts came as a heavy blow to directors of local arts organizations, many of whom had feared budget cuts, but not the entire loss of the TCA. While the measure would affect arts programming statewide, the impact would be felt greatly in the Houston area, where the TCA currently provides more than $1 million annually in grants to 70-plus arts organizations..............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S):  Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/13/11
    NEWS: SOUVENIR at Unity Theatre in Brenham is Marvelous Love Letter to Florence Foster Jenkins
    DESCRIPTION: Souvenir, a beautiful little play about Florence Foster Jenkins and her accompanist, Cosme McMoon, is receiving a poignant and passionate production at Unity Theatre in Brenham........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/12/11
    NEWS: Review: Walsh's Frankenstein dance perplexing
    DESCRIPTION: Other parts of repertory prove exhilarating.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Theordore Bale

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/11/11
    NEWS: Lucinda, Franti on iFest lineup
    DESCRIPTION: Lucinda Williams, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Keb’ Mo’, Robert Cray and Jonny Lang are among the top performers lined up for the Houston International Festival this spring. This year’s theme is “The Silk Road: Journey Across Asia,” with performances by the Golden Dragon Acrobats, Bollywood dancers and music by the Mayapuris hand drummers, Austin’s Atash, Red Baraat and the Little Earth Orchestra......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/11/11
    NEWS: Houston Opera Still Embraces Bold Ventures
    DESCRIPTION: Whatever happened to the Houston Grand Opera? That this renowned company’s international media profile has slipped since the departure of David Gockley, its general director from 1972 to 2005, is obvious. But precisely why is something of a mystery, given the level of performance seen in the company’s accounts of its winter repertory, Jake Heggie’s “Dead Man Walking” and Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” .....
    SOURCE: The New York Times
    WRITER(S: Steve Smith

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/11/11
    NEWS: A WEEKEND WITH PABLO PICASSO is Brilliant World Premiere on Alley's Neuhaus Stage
    DESCRIPTION: We have been cordially invited by Pablo Picasso’s agent, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, to join Picasso in his home and studio, Le Californie outside of Cannes in southern France.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/10/11
    NEWS: Oh The Humanity
    DESCRIPTION: Five linked sketches look at life's "losing season.".......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: David Theis

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/10/11
    NEWS: Born to play Pablo Picasso
    DESCRIPTION: Writer-actor Herbert Siguenza issues audience a creative challenge.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/9/11
    NEWS: Broadway at the Hobby goes Tony bold with Carrie Fisher, undergroundMemphis
    DESCRIPTION: Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, The Addams Family, Come Fly Away and Wishful Drinking may not necessarily ring a musical bell with Houston audiences, but have certainly made a mark on Broadway earning more than a handful of Tony Awards. And for those that need something familiar and epic, there is always The Lion King, coming back to Houston for the third time.............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Joel Luks

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/9/11
    NEWS: Mark Diamond sparkles at HGO competition
    DESCRIPTION: Baritone tops field of eight at Concert of the Arias....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/8/11
    NEWS: Perry: Defund Texas Arts, Historical Commissions
    DESCRIPTION: Gov. Rick Perry argued in his State of the State speech Tuesday that lawmakers should suspend funding for two state agencies — the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Texas Historical Commission — because they don’t provide "mission-critical" services. But what do they do? And what won’t get done without them?....
    SOURCE: The Texas Tribune
    WRITER(S: Christopher A. Smith and Andrew Weber

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/8/11
    NEWS: HMNS teases expansion with Texas history, Russian jewels and a mummified dinosaur
    DESCRIPTION:From Texas to triceratops, it's going to be a big year for the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Between scatalogical jokes on Tuesday morning, visiting paleontology curator Dr. Robert Bakker (in full Indiana Jones dress, complete with hat) and associate paleontology curator David Temple revealed the museum's 2011 exhibits and plans for a 2012 expansion that will double the museum's size and make room for an immense new paleontology hall..............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Caroline Gallay

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/7/11
    NEWS: CANDIDA at Classical Theatre Company is Sumptuous Staging of Shaw Classic
    DESCRIPTION: George Bernard Shaw’s Candida is receiving a glorious new production by the Classical Theatre Company at Talento Bilingue de Houston......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/6/11
    NEWS: Houston's offbeat art scene
    DESCRIPTION: The Beer Can House and the National Museum of Funeral History — just two of Houston's offbeat and out-of-the-way art sites.....
    SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
    WRITER(S: Andrew Bender

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/6/11
    NEWS: Mercury Baroque presents Vivaldi's and Piazzolla's classics
    DESCRIPTION: Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons seems to be everywhere, from cocktail lounges to elevators. The Baroque favorite has even been on the Weather Channel....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/6/11
    NEWS: Fotofest explores Houston-Moscow connection for 2012 Biennial
    DESCRIPTION: The FotoFest Biennial — among the world's most significant photography events — has announced the theme of the 2012 biennial: Contemporary Russian Photography: Post-war Avant-garde to Today. The theme will be probed through five photography, video and multi-media exhibitions of works by contemporary Russian artists............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/6/11
    NEWS: Mary Temple paints Rice Gallery visitors into a corner
    DESCRIPTION: A visitor to Rice University Art Gallery might assume at first glance that the museum is between exhibitions. The place is empty except for the shadows cast by trees outside.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/6/11
    NEWS: Review: Shaham, Walton, Graf in evening of muscle and mystery at Houston Symphony
    DESCRIPTION: The weekend Houston Symphony concerts featuring Sir William Walton's Violin Concerto have one of those cannily rewarding and illuminating programs that music director Hans Graf excels in (as does next weekend's all-Ravel evenings).....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/5/11
    NEWS: Houston Grand Opera Studio is training a new generation of stars
    DESCRIPTION: What a marvel Joyce DiDonato was as Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie's Dead Man Walking. DiDonato may be a household name in opera circles, but she's also a former Houston Grand Opera Studio artist, which makes her meteoric career rise all the more meaningful...........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/5/11
    NEWS: Oh, the Humanity and other exclamations
    DESCRIPTION: Oh, the breathtaking originality!Oh, the ineffable sadness and unexpected hilarity!Oh, the piercing insight into complexities few could ever pin down but which most feel every day! Will Eno’s Oh, the Humanity and other exclamations, making its Houston premiere in a startlingly fine rendition by Stages Repertory Theatre, is many things. It’s a play unlike any other, composed of five vignettes, each depicting people in extremity, on the spot, struggling to express the inexpressible............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/5/11
    NEWS:  Clifford Owens at CAMH: If performance art isn't live, is it still art?
    DESCRIPTION: I found myself asking just this as I wandered into the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston for Perspectives 173: Clifford Owens, which runs through April 3. The exhibition takes place downstairs in the CAMH and consists of three videos, one set of drawings, a set of inkjet printed text, a set of drawings, and four sets of photographs. Each work documents different performance events..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Joseph Campana

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/4/11
    NEWS: Carlos Cruz-Diez projects color into space
    DESCRIPTION: His first comprehensive retrospective, Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time, opening Sunday at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, includes more than 150 works created since the 1960s. It also features a replica of one of his ateliers — he has guild-style studios in Paris; Caracas, Venezuela; and Panama City, Panama — so visitors can examine his machines for themselves on tables surrounded by wall-size 3-D photographs (glasses are provided) of the Paris atelier............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/4/11
    NEWS: A Weekend With Pablo Picasso at the Alley
    DESCRIPTION: A Weekend With Pablo Picasso establishes its playful, casual tone at the outset. The audience first encounters the famed artist in his bathtub — scrubbing merrily, spouting upbeat slogans like soap bubbles, at one point even dredging a rubber ducky from the bottom of the tub...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/4/11
    NEWS: GEE'S BEND at The Ensemble Theatre is Brilliant Production of Brilliant Play
    DESCRIPTION: Gee’s Bend by Elizybeth Gregory Wilder is being given a glorious regional premiere at The Ensemble Theatre.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/3/11
    NEWS: Clown School
    DESCRIPTION: The amusing "Parody of Light" lampoons Thomas Kinkade.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/2/11
    NEWS: Time to sing goodbye
    DESCRIPTION: Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade says a proper farewell with Dead Man Walking..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/2/11
    NEWS: Dance Matters: In Good Company
    DESCRIPTION: Dominic Walsh glides through the elongated contours of Mats Ek’s Pas de Dans with an uncanny ease. .......
    SOURCE:  Dance Magazine
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/2/11
    NEWS: OH, THE HUMANITY AND OTHER EXCLAMATIONS by Will Eno at Stages is Magnificent, Memorable Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Will Eno’s new collection of five short plays entitled Oh, the Humanity and other exclamations has made its regional premiere at Stages Repertory Theatre in an exquisitely directed, brilliantly staged, and beautifully performed seventy-seven minute theatre experience.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/2/11
    NEWS: Dramatic intensity propels a thrilling Lucia
    DESCRIPTION: The notoriously challenging title role of Lucia di Lammermoor and the famous mad scene with which her portrayal culminates are not all there is to Gaetano Donizetti's bel canto masterpiece...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/1/11
    NEWS: BUS STOP at Texas Repertory Theatre is Brilliant Production of Inge's American Classic
    DESCRIPTION: William Inge’s classic American play from the fifties, Bus Stop, is now receiving a remarkable and immensely satisfying production at Texas Repertory Theatre.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/30/11
    NEWS: HGO season boasts Fidelio, two Verdi gems
    DESCRIPTION: Ludwig van Beethoven's heroic Fidelio, the composer's only opera, will enjoy its first Houston Grand Opera staging in nearly 30 years. Joyce DiDonato, currently astonishing audiences in HGO's Dead Man Walking, will return to star in the company's first mounting of Gaetano Donizetti's Mary Stuart. Audiences will get a double serving of Giuseppe Verdi, with celebrated Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova starring as Violetta in La Traviata, and his turbulent Don Carlos in its rarely-heard French-language edition. Those are some of the newsworthy aspects of HGO's 2011-12 season, opening in October with The Barber of Seville.. .........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/30/11
    NEWS: Houston Grand Opera's 2011-12 season highlights Verdi, Britten & my favorite new diva
    DESCRIPTION: Still reeling from Houston Grand Opera’s stunning production of Lucia di Lammermoor Friday night, I was thrilled to learn that the company will present Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Theodore Bale

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/30/11
    NEWS: LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR at Houston Grand Opera is Undermined by Pretentious, Pitiful Staging
    DESCRIPTION: Lucia di Lammermoor is one of Donizetti’s most beloved bel canto grand operas, much loved for its highly stylized coloratura embellishments and memorable melodies......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/29/11
    NEWS: Choreographer Koresh debuts Sense of Human
    DESCRIPTION: Philadelphia-based company to perform at Houston's JCC. .........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Theodore Bale

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/29/11
    NEWS: DON CARLO at Opera in the Heights is Beautiful, Passionate Production of Verdi Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Widely considered to be one of Verdi’s most admired masterpieces, Don Carlo is receiving a glorious new production at Opera in the Heights.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/29/11
    NEWS: Quilt stories inspire Gee's Bend
    DESCRIPTION: Ensemble Theatre production highlights struggles. .........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/28/11
    NEWS: Theater review: The Year of Magical Thinking
    DESCRIPTION: How does one cope with the loss of a loved one? Or, more inexplicably, with the loss of two? The distinguished author and screenwriter Joan Didion responded to the sudden death of her husband, fellow writer John Gregory Dunne, and the protracted illness of their daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne Michael, by writing The Year of Magical Thinking. .........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/28/11
    NEWS: HGO Plays with Fire
    DESCRIPTION: Who is the maddest Lucia of all? Opera's hottest question gets a Houston test.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Joseph Campana

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/28/11
    NEWS: THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING at Main Street Theater is Theater at its Very Finest
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater’s The Year of Magical Thinking accomplishes all of the feats that great theatre should through Joan Didion’s personal, honest, stream of consciousness one woman play based on her best selling memoir of the same name.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/27/11
    NEWS: Not Dead
    DESCRIPTION: Death Row opera shines in stunning HGO production......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/27/11
    NEWS: Enter the Blue vortex: Russian abstract meets music for Da Camera's latest, wild ride
    DESCRIPTION: This story starts in New York City, while I was strolling through the Kandinsky exhibit at the Guggenheim.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/27/11
    NEWS: MasterMinds 2011
    DESCRIPTION: Foodways Texas is among our three winning arts groups.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Paul Knight

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/26/11
    NEWS: Houston Grand Opera Produces Stunning, Unforgettable, Melodious DEAD MAN WALKING
    DESCRIPTION: I have been so deeply affected by Houston Grand Opera’s stunning production of Dead Man Walking based on Sister Helen Prejean’s bestselling book and the film that four days after viewing the execution by lethal injection of convicted killer Joseph De Rocher, I am barely able to wrap my mind around the words necessary to describe my experience....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/24/11
    NEWS: To Life! Stars Gather to Celebrate Composer Jerry Bock at Song-Filled Memorial
    DESCRIPTION: Living participants in the original productions of She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof and The Rothschilds — as well as prominent Broadway revivals of those shows — gathered at the American Airlines Theatre on Jan. 24 to celebrate the life of the works' composer, Jerry Bock, who died at the age of 81 in November....
    SOURCE: Playbill.com
    WRITER(S: Robert Simonson


    PUBLISH DATE: 1/24/11
    NEWS: Artist Dennis Oppenheim dies, leaving unfinished sculpture in Las Vegas
    DESCRIPTION: Now that Dennis Oppenheim, creator of the controversial and incomplete $700,000 public art project downtown [Las Vegas], has died, the obvious question is “What now?”.......
    SOURCE: Las Vegas Weekly
    WRITER(S: Kristen Peterson

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/24/11
    NEWS: Shakespeare Collaboration Spanning Two Continents Celebrates with Fundraiser on Valentine's Day at Stages by World Renowned Shakespearean Tina Packer
    DESCRIPTION:A historically significant and extraordinary Shakespeare collaboration spanning two continents and two theatre companies, Classical Theatre Company in Houston and the Prague Shakespeare Festival in Prague, is being celebrated Valentine’s Day at Stages Repertory Theatre with a fundraising performance by world renown Shakespearean Tina Packer with her groundbreaking exploration of Shakespeare's canon entitled Women of Will...............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/24/11
    NEWS: Dead Man Walking is deeply moving
    DESCRIPTION: Absolute in its skill and devastating in its power, Houston Grand Opera's Dead Man Walking more than lives up to the reputation that this uncompromising and thoroughly engrossing work has acquired since its world premiere at San Francisco Opera a decade ago.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/23/11
    NEWS: Director John Doyle goes big for HGO's Lucia production
    DESCRIPTION: Making his Houston Grand Opera debut at the helm of its new Lucia di Lammermoor, which opens Friday at the Wortham Theater Center, Doyle is working in a big way, mounting a large-scale production with full orchestra and chorus........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/23/11
    NEWS: World Premiere of Peter Wittenberg, Jr's LOPLOP PRESENTS LOPLOP at Obsidian Art Space Marks Beginning of Very Successful Career in Playwrighting
    DESCRIPTION: I first discovered the wonder of playwright Peter Wittenberg, Jr.’s, playwrighting talents in the inaugural production of Thunderclap Productions’ The Great Storm last fall at Obsidian Art Space...............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/21/11
    NEWS: Review: Version of Requiem would have pleased Verdi himself
    DESCRIPTION: Symphony and singers nail piece under guest conductor......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/21/11
    NEWS: Dance Month stage lights up Saturday
    DESCRIPTION: 31st annual event features warm, edgy and high-energy performances......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/20/11
    NEWS: Da Camera explores bond between painting, music
    DESCRIPTION: Susan Narucki, soprano and Sarah Rothenberg, pianist and artistic director of Da Camera of Houston present a concert with video and lighting design at the Wortham Theater Center.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/20/11
    NEWS: Sur La Pointe
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Ballet's 2011-12 season combines familiar works & contemporary interpretations ...........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/20/11
    NEWS: University of Houston to merge KUHF and Channel 8, creating unified Houston Public Media 
    DESCRIPTION: The University of Houston is merging Channel 8 and local National Public Radio affiliate KUHF into one unified organization, to be called Houston Public Media, CultureMap has learned. Staff members at both Channel 8 and KUHF were told of the move in a meeting today...........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Caroline Gallay 

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/20/11
    NEWS: Half a Century Late
    DESCRIPTION: Benjamin Patterson gets his due as Houston goes avant-garde......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/20/11
    NEWS: The wonder of getting held over: The Houston plays that just won't quit, near Phantom style 
    DESCRIPTION: Held Over. Extended. Three more weeks! Oh the joys and tedium of the long-running show. And I am not talking about Broadway. Phantom of the Opera will be playing after the sun runs out..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/19/11
    NEWS: GOD OF CARNAGE at the Alley Theatre is Excellent Production of Mediocre Play
    DESCRIPTION: Playwright Yazmina Reza ought to be ashamed of herself for generously ripping off one of the best plays of the twentieth century, Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, for her tediously boring, very unfunny, attempt at a one act fluffy farce called God of Carnage which is now receiving its regional premiere on the Hubbard Stage of the Alley Theatre...............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/16/11
    NEWS: Houston Ballet looks back in order to move ahead - Some new faces try on familiar ballets
    DESCRIPTION: The rest of us are barely into 2011, but Houston Ballet — preparing to move into its new Center for Dance and with the second half of its current season still ahead - has already finalized its schedule for next year......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/16/11
    NEWS: Planning for FotoFest 2012 under way
    DESCRIPTION: With 2010 barely in the rearview mirror, organizers of the country’s largest photography and photo-related extravaganza are hard at work on the FotoFest 2012 Biennial. Slated for March 16–April 29, 2012, the biennial will be themed Contemporary Russian Photography: Post-war Avant-garde to Today. FotoFest co-founders and creative directors Wendy Watriss and Frederick Baldwin will co-curate the biennial’s five official photography, video and multimedia exhibits with independent Russian curators Evgeny Berezner and Irina Tchmyreva......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/16/11
    NEWS: Houston Symphony continues its spirit of experimentation
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Symphony returns to Earth next season. After successfully exploring the solar system in music and images last year, the symphony turns its attention homeward for the 2011-2012 season with Orbit — An HD Odyssey. The multimedia performance is part of the symphony's promise to experiment. In addition to the movie project, the symphony is premiering a new Friday evening concert format and presenting its own series of programs in Sugar Land.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/16/11
    NEWS: Broadway Across America's WEST SIDE STORY is Exquisitely Brilliant Production
    DESCRIPTION: West Side Story is always included in the top ten of every theatre critics’ list of the Best Stage Musicals of all times..............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/15/11
    NEWS: Review: West Side Story
    DESCRIPTION: There’s no question West Side Story is a masterpiece of musical theater. Arthur Laurents’ tautly compelling book, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s timelessly brilliant score and Jerome Robbins’ dazzling choreography see to that as surely today as when the ground-breaking show premiered in 1957....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/15/11
    NEWS: Puuya Kuntha — Strong Heart: New Works by Aboriginal Artists from Australia’s Lockhart River Art Gang
    DESCRIPTION: Because Booker-Lowe Gallery is one of just a few spaces devoted to Australian aboriginal art in the United States, Houstonians have more chances than most other Americans to appreciate what critic Robert Hughes has called “the last great art movement of the 20th century.”......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/13/11
    NEWS: reasons to be pretty
    DESCRIPTION: Theater LaB's talented cast takes on Neil LaBute's play.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/13/11
    NEWS: Review: God of Carnage at the Alley
    DESCRIPTION: Amid the national discussion about the lack of civility in our political discourse, the Alley Theatre’s Houston premiere of Yasmina Reza’s provocative God of Carnage takes on additional timeliness.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/11/11
    NEWS: Wray, 77, leader in Houston art scene - Recognized for his abstract expressionist style of painting
    DESCRIPTION: Artist Dick Wray, a key figure in the formative years of Houston's contemporary art scene, died Sunday from complications due to liver disease. He was 77....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/10/11
    NEWS: Main Street Theater Presents A CATERED AFFAIR, A Small, Intimate Musical with a Huge Heart
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater has presented a perfect production of the regional premiere of the musical A Catered Affair.............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/09/11
    NEWS: Revival stresses another side of West Side Story
    DESCRIPTION: The acclaimed revival's touring edition opens its Houston run Wednesday at Hobby Center. The revival ended its two-year Broadway run earlier this month; at 748 performances, it outran the original Broadway production by 12 performances...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/07/11
    NEWS: A Catered Affair at Main Street Theater  is deeply moving
    DESCRIPTION: MST’s expert realization of Harvey Fierstein and John Bucchino’s musical is not a matter of calculated tear-jerking. Far from it, in fact, in a show notable for its subtlety, honesty and discretion. It’s just that both the writing and MST’s faultless rendition summon such sympathetic understanding for the dreams and struggles of ordinary people that the experience proves deeply moving..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/07/11
    NEWS: Find reasons to be pretty at Theater LaB Houston
    DESCRIPTION:Neil LaBute is fascinated with the many ways people can be crummy to each other. It’s not his only subject, but it’s a consistent one..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/07/11
    NEWS: reasons to be pretty at Theater LaB Gets the Three B Award: Brilliant Play, Brilliant Direction, Brilliant Acting
    DESCRIPTION: reasons to be pretty, Neal LaBute’s brilliant play about our obsession with physical beauty, has been given its thrillingly marvelous regional premiere at Theater LaB............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/28/10
    NEWS: A chorus of boos for the burglar
    DESCRIPTION: Messiah trumpeter's special horn is stolen during his visit to Houston.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Allan Turner

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/26/10
    NEWS: Main Street stages A Catered Affair, a musical prized for its subtlety and heart
    DESCRIPTION: Musicals don't get any braver nowadays than A Catered Affair. Collaborators Harvey Fierstein and John Bucchino dared to craft a delicate, human-scaled show depicting the joys and heartaches of ordinary people — no glitz, hype, noise or gimmicks.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/27/10
    NEWS: Less blockbuster, more indie surprises: A call for fewer Texas-sized art exhibits in 2011
    DESCRIPTION: What I want most from art is surprise. I want something that delights or shocks and makes the whole world seem new. As I looked back on a heady year of art in 2010, I thought about what has kept me guessing and what keeps me wanting more.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Joseph Campana

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/26/10
    NEWS: LA hotshot returns to Houston as new Fresh Arts director
    DESCRIPTION: There's a fresh face at the helm of Fresh Arts, Houston's beloved coalition for small to mid-sized arts organizations. Ian Garrett has been selected to replaced the departing Mandy Graessle as the new executive director. Garrett is a nationally known arts administrator and co-founder of The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts in Los Angeles........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/24/10
    NEWS: Art has value that goes way beyond the economy or testing kids
    DESCRIPTION: And now, a little rant from your resident art evangelist...............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/23/10
    NEWS: ART AND COMMERCE
    DESCRIPTION: Creative relationships with stores and dealers can lead to lucrative results........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: David Kaplan

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/23/10
    NEWS: ART BEACONS IN THE NIGHT
    DESCRIPTION: Spanish sculptures on the Bayou: Houston, meet Jaume Plensa..............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/23/10
    NEWS: The Best and Brightest of Houston's Vibrant Fall 2010 Theatre Season
    DESCRIPTION: It is theatre tradition that there is a fall season and a spring season of any particular theatre’s season.
    We have just completed the fall season of the 2010-2011 theatre season in Houston or New York or LA...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/23/10
    NEWS: Arts Alliance to welcome new installation to River Oaks
    DESCRIPTION: Houston’s Arts Alliance, in conjunction with private donors and the Greater Houston Community Foundation, will bring an installation by Jaume Plensa to River Oaks.........
    SOURCE: Ultimate West U
    WRITER(S: Cody Tucker

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/20/10
    NEWS: Symphony Messiah: Old vintage in new skin
    DESCRIPTION: While America retains its Christmas-time love affair with George Frideric Handel's Messiah, similar attractions in theater and ballet have encroached to the point where the Houston Symphony has refreshed its decades-old performances........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/19/10
    NEWS: Artist James Turrell fondly remembers working with Peter C. Marzio
    DESCRIPTION: Artist James Turrell got to know Peter C. Marzio, the longtime director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, who died Dec. 9, while working with him on various projects.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/16/10
    NEWS: Dancers shake it up and Burn the Floor
    DESCRIPTION: Ballroom dance aficionado or no, anyone would agree Burn the Floor generates dancing in the aisles......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/15/10
    NEWS: Houston Film Critics Society issues picks for best of 2010
    DESCRIPTION: True Grit, The Social Network and 127 Hours each earned six nominations from the Houston Film Critics Society, which will hold its annual awards show Saturday in the Brown Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Andrew Dansby

     

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/15/10
    NEWS: Weasels and Deer
    DESCRIPTION: Inman Gallery rocks the holidays with two great shows........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/15/10
    NEWS: Broadway Across America's Hot, Sexy, Dancelicious BURN THE FLOOR Scores Long Standing Ovation
    DESCRIPTION: Burn the Floor is a ballroom dancing extravaganza that is breathtaking, spectacular, and immensely entertaining..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/11/10
    NEWS: Main Street Theater Presents THE HEIDI CHRONICLES for Third Time, Proving to be Charming, Insightful and Stimulating Glimpse at Women's Movement with Dream Cast!
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater’s Founder and Artistic Director, Rebecca Greene Udden, is so passionate about Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize winning play from 1989, The Heidi Chronicles, that she had to revisit it for a third time, to, no doubt, remind herself and Houston audiences what a powerful, poignant, and perfect play The Heidi Chronicles is.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/10/10
    NEWS: Local arts unincorporated
    DESCRIPTION: The challenges of arts organizations outside Houston......
    SOURCE: Community Impact Newspaper

    WRITER(S: Molly Ryan

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/10/10
    NEWS: Peter Marzio, MFAH director, dies
    DESCRIPTION: Peter C. Marzio, who guided the dramatic growth of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, for three decades, died Thursday night. He was 67 and had suffered a recurrence of cancer......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/10/10
    NEWS: Art world is stunned at news of Museum of Fine Arts Director Peter Marzio's death
    DESCRIPTION: Peter C. Marzio, who built the Museum of Fine Arts Houston into an art world juggernaut, passed away early Friday morning after a battle with cancer. He was 67. Many in Houston's art and business communities were stunned to hear of his death because he had kept his illness extremely private..............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Clifford Pugh & Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/09/10
    NEWS: Sergiu Luca, violinist and Da Camera founder, dies
    DESCRIPTION: Sergiu Luca, a teacher, concert presenter and violin virtuoso known for his trend-setting performances on period instruments, died Monday night. He was 67 and had struggled with bile-duct cancer since December 2009, though his health started to decline only in the past few months........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/08/10
    NEWS: Christmas Cookies on Stage
    DESCRIPTION: Houston's theater scene offers a tasty sampler of holiday treats.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/08/10
    NEWS: Surreal Reckless is an offbeat holiday treat
    DESCRIPTION: Virtually every Christmas play is either a chestnut or aimed at children more than adults. Wouldn't it be great if there were a holiday play for grown-ups that was fresh, unpredictable, contemporary and entirely original? There is. It's Craig Lucas' wondrously wacky Reckless,and Brave Dog Theatre Company has gift-wrapped it in a dream rendition that's at once seasonal, unusual and very funny.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/08/10
    NEWS: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is Worst Broadway Musical This Critic Has Ever Seen!
    DESCRIPTION: You would think from the propaganda machine that Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson is the hippest, sexiest, funniest, most enlightening political musical of the year........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/08/10
    NEWS: King's Singers offers fresh Christmas cheer
    DESCRIPTION: The King's Singers sure are seeing the world this season — from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Houston and its followers at the Houston Friends of Chamber Music......

    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/08/10
    NEWS: Sing along to Messiah
    DESCRIPTION: It's one thing for a musician to encourage an audience to join in for a few choruses of Born to Run or Sweet Caroline. It's quite another to get them to sing along to a classical oratorio. Unless that oratorio is Handel's Messiah......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/08/10
    NEWS: Cirque de Soleil's WINTUK is Sensational Snowfest at the Theater at Madison Square Garden
    DESCRIPTION: Cirque du Soleil has returned to New York with an amazing cast of fifty international performers who are featured in the delightfully enchanting holiday family show, Wintuk, for its final season at the Theater at Madison Square Garden and runs through Sunday, January 2, 2011.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/07/10
    NEWS: Community meeting will provide opportunities for art grants
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Arts Alliance and Council Member Mike Sullivan will host the meeting on Thursday, Jan. 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Creekwood Middle School.........
    SOURCE:  Ultimate Kingwood
    WRITER(S):  Sean Michale

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/07/10
    NEWS: A.D. Players Presents A CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED, Wonderful Holiday Program of One-Acts by Jeannette Clift George
    DESCRIPTION: It’s the holiday season and almost every theatre in town has embarked upon an assortment of holiday fare to serve up to their patrons..............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/06/10
    NEWS: Beauty On the Cheap: Architecture Catches Up With Big Oil
    DESCRIPTION: Houston, your next big advance in architectural design is here; brought to you by...the petrochemical industry? .........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Jenny Staff Johnson

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/06/10
    NEWS: Lincoln Center Theater Presents Unforgettable and Ambitious WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN on Broadway
    DESCRIPTION: Lincoln Center Theater’s Women of the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, based upon Pedro Almodóvar’s 1988 film by the same name, is, by far, the best new musical of the fall season on Broadway.............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/05/10
    NEWS: Brave Dog Players Scores a Hit with Craig Lucas' Wild, Wacky, and Wonderful RECKLESS, an Off-Beat Christmas Tragicomedy
    DESCRIPTION: Brave Dog Players has chosen Reckless by Craig Lucas as their second production, an irreverent and unusual twist of a Christmas play............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/04/10
    NEWS: Review: Panto Pinocchio: Fairy tale goes sci-fi
    DESCRIPTION: Imaginative set gadgetry makes up for weaker writing.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/03/10
    NEWS: MIAMI MESSENGER
    DESCRIPTION: On opening day, Art Basel Miami Beach mania takes Houston for a ride.............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/03/10
    NEWS: BIG APPLE'S AHA! ART MOMENTS
    DESCRIPTION: Get your cultural fill this holiday season at New York museums.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/03/10
    NEWS: Stages' PANTO PINOCCHIO is Funny, Clever, Delightfully Entertaining Panto for Kids 2 to 92
    DESCRIPTION: After panning last year’s Panto Sleeping Beauty at Stages during the holiday season, this critic can unequivocally recommend Stages’ latest panto production, Panto Pinocchio, which opened on Wednesday, December 1...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/02/10
    NEWS: Bluefinger rides a troubled wave of rock 'n' roll excess
    DESCRIPTION: If you love the music of Dutch rocker Herman Brood, you'll likely appreciate Bluefinger. If not, Catastrophic Theatre's current world premiere probably won't appeal......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/02/10
    NEWS: Theatre Under the Stars' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS is Heartwarming Holiday Musical Based on Dr. Seuss' Children's Classic
    DESCRIPTION: Theatre Under the Stars has brought in a delightful touring production of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas to get Houston audiences into the holiday spirit..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/02/10
    NEWS: The Best "B-Sides"
    DESCRIPTION: Never-shown-before works dominate FotoFest.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/30/10
    NEWS: La Bete is a Must-See and Without a Doubt the Best Play of the Fall Season on Broadway
    DESCRIPTION: La Bête was written in 1991 by American playwright, David Hirson and first premiered on Broadway in 1991 with 15 previews and closed after 25 performances. Newly reimagined by director Matthew Warchus and after a successful summer run in the West End, La Bête transferred to Broadway where previews began at the Music Box Theatre on September 23, 2010, with an official opening on October 14, 2010.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/29/10
    NEWS: Broadway's ELF is Wonderful and Magical Musical for Kids 2 to 92 and Destined to Become a Christmas Classic
    DESCRIPTION: The newest holiday Broadway musical, ELF, based upon the movie of the same name written by David Berenbaum, is magical, charming, wonderful, and delightfully entertaining........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/28/10
    NEWS: New take makes famed oratorio rock
    DESCRIPTION: Needless to say, arranger and adapter Jason Howland did not get George Friedrich Handel's permission to transform Messiah into Messiah Rocks......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/24/10
    NEWS: Masquerade Theatre Presents Brilliant Production of THE DROWSY CHAPERONE
    DESCRIPTION: I have never been so proud of my hometown Houston as I was last weekend when I attended Masquerade Theatre’s brilliant production of The Drowsy Chaperone.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/24/10
    NEWS: Bluefinger on Broadway?
    DESCRIPTION: World-premiere musical could be Catastrophic Theatre's next smash hit.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/24/10
    NEWS:  Councilman Al Hoang On Public Art Funding: Here We Go Again
    DESCRIPTION: Yet again the debate over public art funding is back........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/24/10
    NEWS: Salman Rushdie gives his son the gift of a book
    DESCRIPTION: Salman Rushdie returns to Houston for his second appearance with Inprint's Margarett Root Brown Reading Series.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Maggie Galehouse

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/24/10
    NEWS: Symphony begins conductor tryouts
    DESCRIPTION: 'We want to see who's got game,' one director says.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/24/10
    NEWS: CAMH rediscovers an elusive pioneer
    DESCRIPTION: Fluxus, an international Dada-inspired art movement launched during the 1960s, has proven enormously influential, helping spawn developments in conceptualism, text art, video and performance art. Accordingly, its founders' careers and legacies make rich hunting grounds for today's art historians, curators and artists.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/24/10
    NEWS: Cinderella- fairy tale with a twist
    DESCRIPTION: Cinderella has been been retold so often, in so many different ways, you might think it would be impossible to devise yet another take that would be fresh, fun and wield wide appeal. Think again. The Ensemble's fit-for-the-whole-family African American Shakespeare Company's Cinderella manages the feat with charm, humor, spirit and talent to spare......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/19/10
    NEWS: Review: Violinist aces dual showpieces
    DESCRIPTION: Hadelich displays great range in soulful Poème, forceful Tzigane...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/19/10
    NEWS: Grinch fattens up for stage version
    DESCRIPTION: Stefan Karl stars in the title role of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," presented by TUTS.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/19/10
    NEWS: Ensemble Theatre Has a HUGE HIT on its Hands with a Charming, Magical, Melodious New Version of CINDERELLA
    DESCRIPTION: Leave it to the African-American Shakespeare Company to write a spectacularly clever and hip version of Cinderella that they have been performing as their holiday show in their theatre in San Francisco for the past six years......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/19/10
    NEWS: Long-lost Vivaldi opera to premiere
    DESCRIPTION: Montezuma special because it's set in New World, he didn't recycle music......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/19/10
    NEWS: Review: Ensemble nails lively Monteverdi
    DESCRIPTION: Christmas brings the great monument of choral music that most people know: Handel's Messiah. This year, the holiday season, as defined by when the Christmas merchandise hits the shelves, is focusing on another masterpiece: The 1610 Vespers of Claudio Monteverdi.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/18/10
    NEWS: Inspired by survivors
    DESCRIPTION: Lawrence Siegel's Kaddish "I Am Here" tells stories of the Holocaust, including those of four Houstonians.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/18/10
    NEWS: Houston to host art fair with international flavor
    DESCRIPTION: Organizers of art fairs in the Hamptons, N.Y.; Aspen, Colo.; and San Francisco have chosen Houston as their next venue. Presented by Hamptons Expo Group, the Houston Fine Art Fair will be held Sept. 15-18 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Organizers say the fair will present 6,000 works by 500 artists from what they hope will be a strong international roster of galleries. They plan to draw 10,000 visitors for a special-event-filled weekend......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/17/10
    NEWS: Emerging German violinist to play with symphony
    DESCRIPTION: Violinist Augustin Hadelich performs for the first time in Jones Hall with the Houston Symphony........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/11/10
    NEWS: Theater LaB Has a Hit on its Hands with the Bitingly Funny THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED
    DESCRIPTION: The world premiere of Bluefinger: The Fall and Rise of Herman Brood at The Catastrophic Theatre on Friday, November 12, at DiverseWorks was the most exciting and enthralling opening of the current theatre season.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/10/10
    NEWS: The Aussie invasion continues at Houston Ballet 
    DESCRIPTION: In addition to artistic director Stanton Welch and corps de ballet member Samantha Lynch, Danielle Rowe joins the company as first soloist in January 2011. Rowe is leaving her position as principal at The Australian Ballet to join Houston Ballet. Welch's lavish historical epic ballet Marie will mark her first performance with the company, running Feb. 26 -March 6, 2011.......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/10/10
    NEWS: Bluefinger
    DESCRIPTION: Catastrophic Theatre stages a rock opera redemption.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: John Nova Lomax

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/10/10
    NEWS: All About Eve
    DESCRIPTION: Pandora Theatre presents The Good Body.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/10/10
    NEWS: Theatre Under the Stars' 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is Fun, Funny, Entertaining, and Exciting Musical Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: I went to opening night of Theatre Under the Stars’ 9 to 5:The Musical never having heard the music and lyrics Dolly Parton wrote for this musical.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/09/10
    NEWS: Opera in the Heights Presents Charming and Delightful Die Fledermaus
    DESCRIPTION: Opera in the Heights’ production of Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Die Fledermaus is as light, fluffy, and delicious as a Viennese pastry........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/08/10
    NEWS: There's a new Houston museum on the drawing board: Meet MOD
    DESCRIPTION: Worldwide, curators have been nodding more than ever toward the oft-ignored realm of fine art drawings......This notion is coming into its own with Houston's new Museum of Drawing, the product of longtime local gallerist Apama Mackey and Alex Bigley. Expect the institution to spin new takes on drawing, its origins and its future in contemporary art......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/07/10
    NEWS: Jennifer Wood, Suchu Dance founder, keeps 'em guessing and smiling
    DESCRIPTION: It's uncanny how much you can read into the enigmatic titles of Jennifer Wood's shows. Take the show that opens Thursday, I Can Move Small Objects With My Mind. It sounds like an idea you might project onto an abstract dance to wrap your brain around everything happening on the stage....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/04/10
    NEWS: Theatre Southwest Presents Exquisite Production of Jack Heifner's VANITIES
    DESCRIPTION: Theatre Southwest has mounted a poignant and powerful production of Jack Heifner’s Vanities, the three act coming of age play that follows three best girlfriends from 1963 to 1974.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/31/10
    NEWS: Houston Grand Opera's Dark and Timely PETER GRIMES Brightly Displays Britten's Brilliant Chorus Work and Masterful Orchestrations
    DESCRIPTION: Benjamin Britten’s dark yet timely masterpiece Peter Grimes, although written in 1945, is so germane to the front page news stories of today regarding bullying, the reckless roar of the mob gone crazy, and its tragic results, that Britten could have written it in response to these current stories......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/30/10
    NEWS: Knocking around with Descartes
    DESCRIPTION: While the Houston Symphony has enticed audiences with the video-enhanced production The Planets, the Los Angeles Philharmonic has more or less body slammed them, commissioning the daredevil dance company Diavolo to create movement theater to accompany three works by California composers. Houston audiences will get a sense of that excitement Friday — minus the philharmonic — when Society for the Performing Arts brings Diavolo to Jones Hall.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/30/10
    NEWS: Symphony performance mixes power, artful control
    DESCRIPTION: Houston is not generally considered earthquake territory. Yet the Jones Hall audience felt the Earth move Thursday night as noted Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu led the Houston Symphony in a masterful rendition of Beethoven's revolutionary Symphony No. 3 (Eroica). The performance unleashed the awesome power of this landmark work, yet did so always with artful control........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/29/10
    NEWS: Tenor Joseph Calleja takes his place on the world stage
    DESCRIPTION: Is Joseph Calleja the next Pavarotti? Many pundits have cast that mantle upon the celebrated young Maltese tenor, currently making an impressive Houston Grand Opera debut as Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/28/10
    NEWS: Bravo for Breakfast
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater mounts a moving new work by a local playwright......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/27/10
    NEWS: Fascinating and Intense BRILLIANT TRACES in Black Box at Country Playhouse
    DESCRIPTION: Written by Cindy Lou Johnson, Brilliant Traces, currently playing on the Black Box stage at Country Playhouse is a drama which tells the story of Henry Harry, an oil rig cook, who has isolated himself to live hermit-like in an Alaskan cabin.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/26/10
    NEWS: Riveting World Premiere of Thomas Hagemann's BREAKFAST AT EIGHT at Main Street Theater
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater opened the World Premiere of Breakfast at Eight, a new play by Tom Hagemann, on Friday, October 22, at their Rice Village location at 2540 Times Blvd.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/25/10
    NEWS: Review: Butterfly soars in HGO's artful new mounting
    DESCRIPTION: Breathtakingly beautiful to see and to hear, Houston Grand Opera's new production of Puccini's Madame Butterfly launches the company's 56th season on a note of subtle yet complete triumph.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/25/10
    NEWS: Local musician Larry J. Allen finds a home on the Drumline
    DESCRIPTION: The Drumline LIVE cast bus pulls into Houston for a performance today at Jones Hall presented by Society for the Performing Arts.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/25/10
    NEWS: Houston Grand Opera's MADAME BUTTERFLY is Bountiful, Beautiful, Magnificent, Perfect Feast of Senses
    DESCRIPTION: Undoudtedly, one of the undisputed masterpieces of operatic achievement of the twentieth century is Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/23/10
    NEWS: Breakfast is a neat cocktail of love on the rocks
    DESCRIPTION: John and Abby are one of those perfectly happy couples who seem to have it all. So, naturally, Breakfast at Eight finds a reasonably convincing way to put them at risk of losing it all — on the very night of their 10th anniversary celebration.  Thomas Hagemann's neatly wrought marital drama makes its world premiere in a nicely acted rendition at Main Street Theater......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/23/10
    NEWS: Mosaic Theatre's THIS IS OUR YOUTH is Poignant and Powerful Premiere of Mainstage Season
    DESCRIPTION: Mosaic Theatre Company is off to a thrilling and powerful start with their first Mainstage production, This is Our Youth, by Kenneth Lonergan, a poignant play that tackles drug abuse, dysfunctional relationships, and consequences of the actions in the lives of three kids in their late teens/early twenties in New York City in 1982......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/23/10
    NEWS: Dance: Walsh goes out on a limb
    DESCRIPTION: This is a story about arms and the man. The man being the much-lauded choreographer Jirí Kylián, and the arms he most likely originated being the twitchy, articulated limbs that are now nearly as ubiquitous as classical ballet's port de bras.Often happening while bodies are otherwise still, these arms are the legs, so to speak, of the movement; they jerk, jab and fret like the feet of Balanchine dancers.They are everywhere in Dominic Walsh Dance Theater's First Course program — in a stunning duet adapted from Kylián's stark 27'52" and in Walsh's Medea and Terminus, both of which read like odes to the Czech master......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/22/10
    NEWS: HOUSTON SUMMIT FOR THE CREATIVE ECONOMY
    DESCRIPTION: Fighting Houston's image as Austin's frumpy sister: You can't put a man on the moon & fear LED lighting.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/22/10
    NEWS: MFAH exhibit celebrates Latin American art, collectors
    DESCRIPTION: Just under a decade ago, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's modern and contemporary Latin American art collection was largely non-existent, except in the area of photography. Fast-forward to the present, and the museum's Latin American department and its research arm, the International Center for the Arts of the Americas — both established in 2001 - have rocketed the MFAH to the top tier of the field among U.S. museums........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/21/10
    NEWS: Houston's incredible multiplying theater scene: Grab a program & some Red Bull
    DESCRIPTION: Dear Houston theater community, I can't keep up. You are one busy bunch. What's with you industrious people? Don't you ever slack off? Every time I turn around you have multiplied. Forgive me for being behind. What's in your coffee? Can I have some? I can't make it to everything, but at least I can share some fresh info on Houston's ever-burgeoning theater scene.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/21/10
    NEWS: Broadway Across America's SHREK THE MUSICAL is Shrek-alicious and Ogre-riffic!
    DESCRIPTION: Broadway Across America’s SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/20/10
    NEWS: Faces of Ife
    DESCRIPTION: "Dynasty and Divinity" gives us the art of ancient Nigeria......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/20/10
    NEWS: Exhibit review: a modernist master at the Menil
    DESCRIPTION: Since at least the 1950s, American artists have held a special place in their hearts for pioneering German modernist Kurt Schwitters — with good reason.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/19/10
    NEWS: Opera Vista's World Premiere of THE SILENT PRINCE is Stunning, Sensational, and Successful
    DESCRIPTION: Opera Vista presented the world premiere of Somtow Sucharitkul’s The Silent Prince on Friday evening, October 15, at Zilkha Hall in the Hobby Center........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/17/10
    NEWS: Dancer Joe Modlin is taking his talents to new heights
    DESCRIPTION: They call him Big Joe because he's 6-foot-6. But Joe Modlin, 37, has grown into his nickname in other ways. Like his colleagues in Jane Weiner's Hope Stone Dance Company, he brings his humanity to the stage — and wears it well......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/17/10
    NEWS: Refreshed Madame Butterfly ready to fly at HGO
    DESCRIPTION: HGO enlists talents of lyric soprano Ana Maria Martinez, award-winning director Michael Grandage.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/17/10
    NEWS: Mildred's Umbrella's MARRIAGE OF BETTE AND BOO is Durang at His Darkest, Most Absurd Best
    DESCRIPTION: It is huge theatrical feat to successfully pull off a Christopher Durang play. Mildred’s Umbrella’s The Marriage of Bette and Boo at Midtown Arts Center succeeds on every level.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/16/10
    NEWS: Shrek gets its time on stage at Hobby Center
    DESCRIPTION: How do you make an ogre and a donkey sing (without making a jackass of yourself)? Two of the theater's brightest talents rose to the challenge when Pulitzer Prize winning-playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and Olivier Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori wrote the Broadway musical Shrek, based on William's Steig's children's book and DreamWorks' hit animated film......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/15/10
    NEWS: Houston Symphony takes heavenly concert overseas
    DESCRIPTION: The Planets - An HD Odyssey proves popular with audiences in UK.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/15/10
    NEWS: Menil showcases room-size art with replica Merzbau
    DESCRIPTION: Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage opens Thursday night at the Menil Collection. Beyond giving the pioneering German modernist his first U.S. museum exhibition in 25 years, the show will help him, in part, posthumously realize an unfulfilled dream: to bring a version of his magnum opus, a walk-in sculpture widely recognized as a precursor to installation art, to the United States......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/14/10
    NEWS: Poet Adonis to speak in Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Ali Ahmad Said is his Syrian name, the name he was born with. But Adonis — a name he gave himself — is how he's known in the world of poetry.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Maggie Galehouse

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/14/10
    NEWS: Gemma Wilcox's One Woman Show SHADOWS IN BLOOM is Bitingly Brilliant at Theater LaB
    DESCRIPTION: Gemma Wilcox is 25% technically proficient actress, 25% pliable and impeccable athlete and pantomime artist, 25% intuitive and perceptive writer, and 25% comic genius.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

     

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/14/10
    NEWS: Spirited Peter
    DESCRIPTION: Alley brings Peter Pan myth to life.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/12/10
    NEWS: Classical Theatre Company's GHOSTS is Brilliant Re-Imagining of Ibsen's Timeless Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Classical Theatre Company has produced a brilliant production of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts at Talento Bilingue de Houston at 333 S. Jensen Dr......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/11/10
    NEWS: Review: Co-Cathedral organ reigns on high
    DESCRIPTION: Martin Pasi's new pipe organ at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart aced its key test in David Higgs' inaugural recital Friday: At full throttle it sounded like the mighty "king of instruments" one expects to find in a cathedral....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/11/10
    NEWS: Free Night of Theater in Houston
    DESCRIPTION: The only problem will be in deciding which show to choose....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Jacqueline Reyes

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/10/10
    NEWS: Alley Theatre's PETER PAN Loses the Imagination and Wonder of Children in Too Much Darkness
    DESCRIPTION:The Alley Theatre’s spectacular production of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up
    leans so far into the shadows of darkness that we lose its imaginative qualities which touch the child in all of us.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/10/10
    NEWS: Cancer fight gives mezzo-soprano Zheng Cao a new reason to sing
    DESCRIPTION: Mezzo-soprano Zheng Cao will embody three powerful women when she sings the world premiere of She Told Me This …, a work composed in her honor. But singing Stewart Wallace's new concert piece, inspired by his opera The Bonesetter's Daughter, will also require Cao to draw on her own power............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/09/10
    NEWS: TUTS' Hairspray cast gels nicely
    DESCRIPTION: Puppy dog-cute, bubble gum-sweet, cartoon bright — that's Hairspray...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/08/10
    NEWS: Review: Alley Theatre's staging of Peter Pan flies high
    DESCRIPTION: The Alley Theatre's Peter Pan has so much going for it that it's difficult to explain the sneaking suspicion, arising from time to time, that something is missing. That something is the ultimate rush of magic, of wonder, that J.M. Barrie's classic fantasy is expected to generate. This large-scale and often lively rendition gets there, eventually. It just takes awhile. ...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/08/10
    NEWS: Going for Baroque: Plante's plans
    DESCRIPTION: Baroque music could not have a more personable or dynamic champion than Antoine Plante. The Canadian-born conductor is co-founder and artistic director of Mercury Baroque, the early-music ensemble launching its 10th-anniversary season Saturday with its Exotique! program at Wortham Center...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/08/10
    NEWS: There's No Stoppin' the Beat and the Fantastic Fun of Theatre Under The Stars' latest hit HAIRSPRAY
    DESCRIPTION: My feet are still tapping to the beat, wonderful melodies are still dancing through my head, love is still in the air, and the excitement, enthusiasm, and fantastic fun of Theatre Under The Stars’ Hairspray, a great big old-fashioned Broadway musical, has me looking at next week’s calendar so this critic can figure out when he make it to this sensational show again!......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/07/10
    NEWS: Co-Cathedral's organ sets the bar for city's music
    DESCRIPTION: Like European cathedrals, the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is poised to become the city's heart of great religious, liturgical and organ music..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/07/10
    NEWS: At Her Mercy
    DESCRIPTION: Artist Peat Duggins struggles with nature.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/06/10
    NEWS: PBS special takes look back at great American songs
    DESCRIPTION: Singer Michael Feinstein may be one of the world's most exuberant cheerleaders for American music, but don't get him started on TV's American Idol.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Jeanne Jakle

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/06/10
    NEWS: Strong voices boost Masquerade's Chess
    DESCRIPTION: Chess has a checkered history. Originally a concept album, the musical was a 1986 London hit, then a 1988 Broadway flop. Subsequent stagings have achieved varying results as the show has been reworked to stress its strengths and camouflage its inherent flaws........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/05/10
    NEWS: Say Checkmate and YES! to Masquerade Theatre's Beautifully Sung and Exquisitely Acted Production of CHESS
    DESCRIPTION: Masquerade Theatre’s stunning production of Chess opened its 14th season of bringing the best of (and many times most rarely produced) musical theatre productions to Houston audiences last Friday evening, October 1, in Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center, which marks the sixth year that Masquerade has called Zilkha Hall its home......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/05/10
    NEWS: Theatre Suburbia Celebrates 50th Season with Excellent Production of PHILADELPHIA STORY, Its First Play to Produce
    DESCRIPTION: Theatre Suburbia began it’s first season with a production of Philip Barry’s The Philadelphia Story fifty years ago this month in its original location at 1410 W. 43rd St. in the Oak Forest Shopping Center.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/04/10
    NEWS: GREATER TUNA at Unity Theatre in Brenham is Terrific Theatre At Its Best and As Good if Not Better Than the Original
    DESCRIPTION: Greater Tuna, the opening play of Unity Theatre’s 16th Season, is as good if not better at times than Joe Sears’, Jaston Williams’, and Ed Howards’ theatre phenomenon and brilliant satire of life in Tuna, Texas....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/03/10
    NEWS: Peter Pan's dark side emerges in Alley's production
    DESCRIPTION: ''All children, except one, grow up." The exception, of course, is Peter Pan.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/03/10
    NEWS: Review: Bell wows crowd with definitive Mendelssohn
    DESCRIPTION: The Mendelssohn Violin Concerto is often described as the "most perfect" concerto for the instrument. Whether or not one concurs, anyone who heard Joshua Bell's transporting performance with the Houston Symphony on Friday at Jones Hall is likely to cite him as the work's most perfect interpreter of his generation......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/03/10
    NEWS: Review: Early-music concert dazzles
    DESCRIPTION: The Route to the New World: Spain to Mexico, the joint season-opening program of Da Camera and Houston Early Music, brimmed with news and dazzling entertainment................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/01/10
    NEWS: Alley Theatre celebrates another season in the black
    DESCRIPTION: The Alley Theatre finished its 2009-10 season in the black, with an operating surplus of about $300,000 from its budget of $13.5 million......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/01/10
    NEWS: A Conversation with Katrina Rose Dideriksen (Tracy) and Paul Vogt (Edna), Stars of Regional Premiere of Theatre Under the Stars' HAIRSPRAY
    DESCRIPTION: The rehearsal schedule from Theatre Under The Stars’ regional premiere of the musical Hairspray, which opens next week in Sarofim Hall at the Hobby Center, looks like 18 relentless days with nose and dancing feet to the grindstone for sometimes 12 hours a day.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/29/10
    NEWS: Abstract Art
    DESCRIPTION: With Houston Ballet's gorgeous Jewels, no plot is no problem....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Marene Gustin

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/29/10
    NEWS: Offenbach's Hoffmann is a melodic fantasy
    DESCRIPTION: Opera in the Heights launches its 15th season in grand style with its spirited rendition of Jacques Offenbach's masterpiece The Tales of Hoffmann.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/28/10
    NEWS: Ars Lyrica stages a lively La Dirindina
    DESCRIPTION: So how do you love a castrato? Historically, the trail of mistresses some famous castrasti left across Europe gives the answer. But in Domenico Scarlatti's sometimes hysterically funny La Dirindina, performed Friday at the Hobby Center by Ars Lyrica, reality hasn't yet hit the singing teacher Don Carissimo...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/28/10
    NEWS: Texas Repertory Theatre's SLEUTH Proves to be Engaging and Enthralling Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: Texas Repertory Theatre presents a splendid production of Sleuth, their second play of the 2010-2011 season, which is their sixth season......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/27/10
    NEWS: 5 Lone Star State classical musicians to make us proud
    DESCRIPTION: Sure, we know. This is Texas, where many folks consider classical music anything involving Willie Nelson, Bob Wills or a Czech polka. But Texas also has a great tradition of classical music. Here are some classical music stars of the Lone Star State..............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/27/10
    NEWS: Country Playhouse's SYLVIA is Dogaliciously Divine
    DESCRIPTION: A. R. Gurney’s play Sylvia, currently playing at Country Playhouse, is a must-see for anyone who has ever loved a dog.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/26/10
    NEWS: Theater LaB releases lineup
    DESCRIPTION: Houston premieres of Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty and Douglas Carter Beane's The Little Dog Laughed, both recent Tony nominees for best play, will highlight Theater LaB Houston's new season. The season also includes the Houston premiere of the unusual off-Broadway musical Gone Missing..............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/26/10
    NEWS: Houston welcomes viol virtuoso Jordi Savall
    DESCRIPTION: Even early-music fans might be surprised to turn on the new CD by viola da gamba virtuoso Jordi Savall and hear music reminiscent of a salsa club late at night. "It is contemporary music inspired by very old traditions," Savall said. Music from the recording will be performed in Houston as part of The Route to the New World: Spain to Mexico, a program presented Saturday by Da Camera of Houston and Houston Early Music..............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/25/10
    NEWS: Review: Houston Ballet presents a polished Jewels
    DESCRIPTION: Artistic director Stanton Welch has steadily built the company's Balanchine mettle, adding a new masterpiece by the legendary choreographer to the rep each season. Jewels brings their Balanchine cache to 13 pieces, so they're certainly familiar with the nuances..............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/24/10
    NEWS: Theater review: Ensemble's Waiting Room promotes healing
    DESCRIPTION: A hospital waiting room is an unlikely location for a good time. Yet a visit to the Ensemble Theatre's The Waiting Room turns out to be a blast — for audiences, if not for the comically beleaguered characters.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/24/10
    NEWS: Stages Ingeniously Re-imagines Classic Comedy AUNTIE MAME, Creating Another Huge Hit
    DESCRIPTION: Perhaps the one line that sums up the intentions of Auntie Mame, the play (1956), Auntie Mame, the film (1958), and Mame, the musical (1966) is: Life is a banquet and most poor  sons of bitches are starving to death!.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/24/10
    NEWS: THEATER REVIEW: Among the Thugs
    DESCRIPTION: Among the Thugs makes Fight Club look like Winnie-the-Pooh. Horse Head Theater Co. is giving a potent, adrenaline-charged Houston premiere of this disturbing piece exploring the bizarre phenomenon of British football hooliganism............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/23/10
    NEWS: Looking for a home for indie films
    DESCRIPTION: The 14 Pews project is taking over the former location of the Aurora Picture Show at 800 Aurora...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Louis B. Parks

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/23/10
    NEWS: If Nothing Else Matters
    DESCRIPTION: Peel Gallery awaits sale with quirky exhibits.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/22/10
    NEWS: Houston Chamber Choir opener has big tease
    DESCRIPTION: Architecture of co-cathedral perfect setting for first concert.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/22/10
    NEWS: A new take on traditional Auntie Mame
    DESCRIPTION: McLaughlin stays true to classic tale, but provides some new twists.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/19/10
    NEWS: Stanton Welch interprets Jewels as a mix of romance, rebellion and pride
    DESCRIPTION: Jewels is a thrilling crash-course in ballet history, and you don't need to sweat too much over the plot because there isn't one. But when it comes to what George Balanchine's masterpiece might mean, everybody has a different idea..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Theodore Bale

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/18/10
    NEWS: Horse Head Theatre Presents Powerful Production of AMONG THE THUGS, Theatre at its Very Best
    DESCRIPTION: Horse Head Theatre, one of Houston’s newest and boldest theatre companies, whose mission is to re-energize Houston audiences and artists with theatrically designed experiences using local talent and non-traditional methods, has scored another hit with theirbrilliantly staged, raucously realized, brutally brazen and boisterously bold production of Among The Thugs....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/18/10
    NEWS: Houston Symphony opens with surefire crowd-pleaser
    DESCRIPTION: Yefim Bronfman, Hans Graf work to create a moving concert.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/17/10
    NEWS: Review: Amazing realism of Ife
    DESCRIPTION: Ancient Nigerian city's treasures reveal sophistication in U.S. debut.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/17/10
    NEWS: The heart and soul of flamenco hits the stage
    DESCRIPTION: Expressive art form more than just a dance, performers say.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/16/10
    NEWS: The Doctor's Dilemma
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater joins health care debate...........
    SOURCE: Houston Press 
    WRITER(S: Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/16/10
    NEWS: Houston Friends of Chamber Music marking 50th season
    DESCRIPTION: The Tokyo String Quartet opens the Houston Friends of Chamber Music's anniversary season with the music of Haydn, Barber and Schubert with cellist Desmond Hoebig.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/15/10
    NEWS: Theatre Southwest's LAURA is Intriguing, Suspenseful, Superb Production
    DESCRIPTION: Vera Caspary’s Laura was born as a seven-part serial in Collier’s entitled Ring Twice for Laura in the fall of 1942.
    It was published as a novel in 1943..............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/14/10
    NEWS: TUTS' Humphreys School of Musical Theatre's Production of THE WHO'S TOMMY Was Sizzling and Sensational
    DESCRIPTION: There were only three chances to see Theatre Under the Stars’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre’s dynamite production of The Who’s Tommy.............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/13/10
    NEWS: Main Street Theater's DOCTOR'S DILEMMA is Erudite, Educational, and Engaging
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater opens its 35th MainStage Season with an excellent production of George Bernard Shaw’s timeless classic, The Doctor’s Dilemma, which first opened in 1906............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/11/10
    NEWS: Review: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is foolishly frantic fun
    DESCRIPTION: Bayou City Concert Musicals production features deft acting........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/11/10
    NEWS: Review: Houston Ballet brings all the right moves to its season opener
    DESCRIPTION: The surprise star of Houston Ballet's season opening program Thursday wasn't wearing pointe shoes, or even dancing shoes. Katherine Burkwall-Ciscon, the orchestra's long-serving pianist, swept the audience off its feet with her dazzling finger work in Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major, the score for Stanton Welch's Tu Tu, and George Gershwin's Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra, the music for Welch's The Core: Gershwin, the Heart of the Big Apple........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/11/10
    NEWS: A. D. Players' DRIVING MISS DAISY is Brilliant Production of Brilliant Play
    DESCRIPTION: Playwright Alfred Uhry won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1989 for Driving Miss Daisy, his 1987 play about the relationship of an elderly Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn, from 1948 to 1973...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/11/10
    NEWS: Museums preserve culture, not destroy it
    DESCRIPTION: Those who prefer looking at — and learning about - Qurans to burning them might want to pop into the foyer of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Caroline Wiess Law Building, where the MFAH is displaying a splendid rare 14th-century copy in support of religious tolerance.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/10/10
    NEWS: Doctor's Dilemma is a witty delight
    DESCRIPTION: Through a doctor's struggle to choose which of two patients to save, Shaw's tragicomedy treats life and death, love and art, and the ethics of managing access to health care. Premiered in 1906, the play proves as timely and thought-provoking as ever in the adroit production at Main Street Theater - and, being Shaw, it's also abundantly witty and wise in its grasp of human foibles........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/10/10
    NEWS: Thunderclap Productions Successfully Launches Inaugural THE GREAT STORM, A Collection of 10 Short Plays Based Upon a Hurricane Ike Theme
    DESCRIPTION: Thunderclap Productions, Houston’s newest production company, is dedicated to producing new theatrical works by new playwrights. Thunderclap is off to a thunderously powerful beginning with its inaugural production, The Great Storm, which opened on Thursday, September 9, and runs through Saturday, September 18, at Obsidian Art Space...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/10/10
    NEWS: German Impressionists get their due
    DESCRIPTION: MFAH first U.S. museum to exhibit distinctive landscape paintings......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/10/10
    NEWS: Bayou City Concert Musicals' GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES is Stunning Recreation of 1949 Original
    DESCRIPTION: In this their twelfth season, Bayou City Concert Musicals stunningly and faithfully recreates Jule Styne’s 1949 stage musical, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which takes place at the height of the Roaring twenties..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/10/10
    NEWS: Menil set to compile Jasper Johns catalog
    DESCRIPTION: The Menil Collection is preparing a comprehensive catalog of the drawings of Jasper Johns, a seminal figure in the 1950s American art world's move from abstract expressionism to an embrace of imagery from everyday life and popular culture.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/09/10
    NEWS: Katrina Graffiti
    DESCRIPTION: Richard Misrach's photographs document the ordeal.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/09/10
    NEWS: Houston Ballet's new downtown dance center nearly ready
    DESCRIPTION: Backers leap at chance to leave mark on downtown dance center......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/09/10
    NEWS: Study ranks Houston near bottom when it comes to leisure destinations
    DESCRIPTION: If you want to dine at a nice restaurant or see a show, you come to Houston. But if you want a vacation location that's friendly and offers lots of things to do at a reasonable cost, you go to San Antonio......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: L. M. Sixel

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/09/10
    NEWS: Before you forget Katrina, photos from the aftermath
    DESCRIPTION: Hurricane Katrina transformed the lives of everyone who lived through it — artists included. DiverseWorks is marking the storm’s fifth anniversary with a pair of exhibitions and a symposium that explore how Katrina and its aftermath changed the lives of artists from southeast Louisiana.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/09/10
    NEWS: A Behanding in Spokane
    DESCRIPTION: Alley brings on the gore......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/06/10
    NEWS: TSU paints over murals created by retired prof
    DESCRIPTION: President calls them unworthy to be preserved.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Sarah Raslan

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/06/10
    NEWS: Listening to the Legendary JEANNETTE CLIFT GEORGE Who Stars in A. D. Players' DRIVING MISS DAISY, Opening Friday, September 10
    DESCRIPTION: I first heard the name Jeannette Clift mentioned at one of the Wednesday evening Lenten covered dish suppers at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in the late fifties before I was seven years old, when the church gym became a kaleidoscope of the sights of sixty families, the sounds of silverware tinkling on porcelain dishes as white as the faces that dined from them, and the smells of spaghetti homemade a hundred and one different ways..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/05/10
    NEWS: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes gets overdue revival
    DESCRIPTION: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes returns for a rare Houston revival by Bayou City Concert Musicals, opening Thursday at Heinen Theatre. Director Paul Hope says choosing this year's concert musical was a no-brainer.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/05/10
    NEWS: Forgotten Land pushes dancers' physical, mental limits
    DESCRIPTION: The threat of storms often hovers over Houston Ballet's season openers. Tropical Storm Allison caused serious havoc in 2001, when the Wortham Theater Center's basement flooded. But there was more irony in the sky in 2005, when Hurricane Rita forced the company to cut short its first staging of Jirí Kylián's Forgotten Land.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/05/10
    NEWS: Houston's Warner Roberts recalls time as Gentleman Prefer Blondes' Lorelei
    DESCRIPTION: Nevermind that Carol Channing and Marilyn Monroe each played Lorelei in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Houston's own Warner Roberts played the diamond-crazed doll in the 1963 production at Theater Inc. — the famous show's last professional mounting here prior to this week's revival at Bayou City Concert Musicals.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/04/10
    NEWS: Exhibit comes to life in print, in person
    DESCRIPTION: G Gallery show also featured in New American Paintings....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/03/10
    NEWS: Alley Theatre Season Opens With a Slam, Bam, Boom Production of Martin McDonagh's A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE DESCRIPTION: With A Behanding in Spokane, his first play set in America, Irish playwright Martin McDonagh proves that he is still writing over-the-top, farcical, darkly comical masterpieces that challenge us on many different levels simultaneously.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/03/10
    NEWS: Group exhibit speaks volumes
    DESCRIPTION: Five local venues — Inman, Texas Gallery, Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, McClain Gallery and Rudolph Blume Fine Art - have pitched in to help Philomena Gabriel Contemporary, a fledgling Midtown space run by artist Zoya Tommy, mount Outloud: A Word-Based Exhibit. ................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 9/03/10
    NEWS: Dark comedy play Behanding boasts shocks, laughs
    DESCRIPTION: If you look around America today, you may notice a lot of people who would rather have a grievance they carry than whatever they feel has been taken from them. In an ingeniously roundabout way, I think that's what the brilliant Anglo-Irish playwright Martin McDonagh is getting at in A Behanding in Spokane................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/30/10
    NEWS: Forensic artist draws from memories of Holocaust survivors
    DESCRIPTION: Helen Colin will never forget the last time she saw her mother. The year was 1944, and armed guards at the Auschwitz death camp were dividing the women and girls into two groups — those who could perform slave labor, and those who could not. .........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Claudia Feldman

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/29/10
    NEWS: Despite weak economy, Houston Symphony plans to branch out
    DESCRIPTION: Just as The Planets was created to enhance the concert-going experience and reach new audiences, the symphony’s 2010-2011 season continues the effort with tours, programs and collaborations that attempt to reach beyond the traditional concert-hall routine................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/28/10
    NEWS: Theater trends to watch
    DESCRIPTION: World premieres, acclaimed directors highlight new season...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/27/10
    NEWS: Artist Oppenheim to create splash with light fountains
    DESCRIPTION: Originally known for his pioneering work in the emerging fields of land art and body art in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Dennis Oppenheim has focused on permanent, large-scale works that fuse sculpture and architecture since the mid-1990s. His Radiant Fountains, a Houston Arts Alliance commission for the Houston Airport System, is expected to be completed by fall...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/27/10
    NEWS: Composer Hearne captures Katrina's despair
    DESCRIPTION: Ripped-from-headlines work honors New Orleans...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/27/10
    NEWS: HGO to produce Wagner's massive Ring Cycle
    DESCRIPTION: Four-part epic to make Houston premiere in installments, 2014-17...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/26/10
    NEWS: 10 theater productions to see this fall
    DESCRIPTION: The curtain’s going up on a new season, and theater companies large and small are preparing a variety of projects to launch their 2010-11 lineups — from area premieres of daring new works, to revivals of proven crowd pleasers, to prestige classics rarely seen here. Here are 10 productions to watch for as the season picks up in weeks to come...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/26/10
    NEWS: The Los Angeles Times puts the Menil on a pedestal for Eli Broad to admire 
    DESCRIPTION: The museum district's exalted gem, the Menil Collection, has garnered praise in the past month from the New York Times and Vanity Fair as a cultural destination of international merit. Now, it's the focus of how to found and operate a museum from the top down.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/25/10
    NEWS: A plea from a Houston usher — I "invite" you to be more rowdy
    DESCRIPTION: Behind every great Houston arts organization and institute is most likely a few, group, or horde of volunteers.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Tarra Gaines

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/25/10
    NEWS: New senior curator Valerie Cassel Oliver looks to add more edge to CAMH
    DESCRIPTION: Valerie Cassel Oliver is the latest card to be drawn in the Museum District's curatorial shuffle. Replacing outgoing Contemporary Arts Museum senior curator Toby Kamps (as he prepares to take a post at the Menil Collection), Cassel Oliver will be expanding on her pursuits at the CAMH since she began there as an associate curator in 2000. She assumed the position of full curator in 2006....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/23/10
    NEWS: CD celebrates Guys & Dolls composer Loesser
    DESCRIPTION: The title says it all: Heart and Soul — Celebrating the Unforgettable Songs of Frank Loesser..............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/22/10
    NEWS: Martin McDonagh's newest play hits the Alley
    DESCRIPTION: Two words should be sufficient to generate substantial interest in the Alley Theatre's A Behanding in Spokane: Martin McDonagh.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/20/10
    NEWS: Meet those marvelous Wonderettes
    DESCRIPTION: A Q&A with musical's 4 leads................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/18/10
    NEWS: Wanna Be a Cowboy
    DESCRIPTION: Charles M. Russell masterworks at the MFAH.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/18/10
    NEWS: Loincloths & beams, virginity poems with fishnets: FrenetiCore's Fringe Fest zooms past out there 
    DESCRIPTION: FrenetiCore's third annual Houston Fringe Festival gets underway Thursday and runs to September 1 at the Frenetic Theater. The folks at FrenetiCore aim to entertain, thrill and provoke, although not necessarily in that order, but quite possibly all on the same program....................
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/15/10
    NEWS: Santa Fe Opera's World Premiere of LIFE IS A DREAM is Magical, Mystical Midsummer Adventure
    DESCRIPTION: Even if one is not a connoisseur of the sound of modern opera and, in particular, the twelve-tone composition modality which is utilized in this production, one is left to admire and to love so much more about Santa Fe Opera’s world premiere of composer Lewis Spratlan’s and librettist James Maraniss’ Life is a Dream........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/15/10
    NEWS: The odyssey of Mao's Last Dancer comes to River Oaks theater
    DESCRIPTION: Li Cunxin's story comes to the big screen................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/14/10
    NEWS: Classical musicians encouraged to plug their craft
    DESCRIPTION: More than 100 classical musicians from the nation's largest orchestras will arrive in Houston on Wednesday to discuss their concerns and futures....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/14/10
    NEWS: PBS show captures South Pacific's magic
    DESCRIPTION: There's "must-see TV" — and then there's the magnificent revival of South Pacific airing on PBS' Live from Lincoln Center at 7 p.m. Wednesday on Channel 8................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/13/10
    NEWS: Seth Alverson's work keeps his viewers guessing
    DESCRIPTION: Pieces blend photography, painting; create haunting scenes...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/12/10
    NEWS: In Houston, the Shakespeare Festival will go on
    DESCRIPTION: Since the festival has for its entire 36-year history been synonymous with founding director Sidney Berger, his retirement at the close of this year's productions Sunday left some observers wondering whether the festival might be discontinued or drastically altered. Not to worry, says Steven Wallace, director of the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance. As the festival's producing artistic director, he plans not only to continue the program of two free Shakespeare plays each summer at Miller Outdoor Theatre, but also to "take it to the next level," bringing in guest artists and boosting its national prominence...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/12/10
    NEWS: Shinn's Refuge seems simple at first glance
    DESCRIPTION: But the metal sculpture, painting and lighting combine to make it complex..............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/11/10
    NEWS: An Ancient Impulse
    DESCRIPTION: Portraiture is alive and well.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/11/10
    NEWS: The stranger the better: A ghost story, theater sculpture & Eno mania mark these new season arts picks
    DESCRIPTION: Getting those fall season announcements feels a little like Christmas, ripe with excitement about new work from artists I am currently swooning over and riddled with "not that old war horse again" disappointment. Luckily, there's enough performing arts action in this town to keep us all relatively happy...................
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/09/10
    NEWS: Houston's (and now Boise's) Trey McIntyre gets a rave New York Times review 
    DESCRIPTION: Former Houston Ballet golden child Trey McIntyre's Boise-based company, The Trey McIntyre Project, performed in New York during the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and got glowing reviews from New York Times dance writer Alastair Macaulay. Particularly for McIntyre's choreography..................
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Caroline Gallay

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/09/10
    NEWS: Spanish at the Symphony, reliving Madame Butterfly & German collage power, who could ask for more?
    DESCRIPTION: Seeing a performance of Madame Butterfly has been a tradition in the author's family..................
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Theodore Bale

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/08/10
    NEWS: After 13 years, Hope Stone Dance Company launches a 'season'
    DESCRIPTION: Jane Weiner's thought-provoking choreography- like her personality — often glimmers with witty humanism.  Thursday, her Hope Stone Dance Company kicks off a three-weekend series called Lemonade Stand. She'll restage her full-length Village of Waltz in October. She's partnering with Houston Ballet II in April to create An Evening of Bread and Circus. And May brings her annual Kids Play program, featuring young performers nurtured through her Hope Stone Inc. organization..............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/08/10
    NEWS: Art review: Menil makes curious decisions with Maurizio Cattelan exhibit
    DESCRIPTION: Houston museum goers have had six months to get used to having Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan's sculptures dispersed throughout much of the Menil Collection, which is probably just as well............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/08/10
    NEWS: Exhibit allows stage designers to step into the spotlight
    DESCRIPTION: Among the army of unsung heroes behind Houston's performing-arts scene, one group literally makes the scene: the set designers who turn an empty space into the particular world of each show. Ready, Set, Go: Houston Stage Designers, now on view at the Architecture Center Houston, shines the spotlight on several talented designers who create a wide range of work for local theaters.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/08/10
    NEWS: Country Playhouse's ART is Riveting & Dazzling Display of Art, Acting & Friendship
    DESCRIPTION: 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: 8/07/10
    NEWS: MFAH presents Richard Misrach's Hurricane Katrina photos
    DESCRIPTION: Admirers of Richard Misrach's sumptuously colorful landscape photographs are about to see a different side of his work: stark images taken in New Orleans shortly after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/05/10
    NEWS: Exploding gunpowder to create wall drawing for new MFAH gallery
    DESCRIPTION: An internationally renowned artist will use exploding gunpowder to create a 10-by-162-foot drawing that will line the four walls of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's new Chinese art gallery............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/05/10
    NEWS: What a Berger! Mayor proclaims Sidney Berger Day to honor Shakespeare Fest founder
    DESCRIPTION: Hey, kids, what day is Friday August 6? Why, it's Dr. Sidney Berger Day in Houston, that's what. Houston Mayor Annise Parker has proclaimed it so, in honor of Berger's invaluable work with the Houston Shakespeare Festival and the University of Houston School of Theatre.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/05/10
    NEWS: An art school dropout comes home: Revisiting the Glassell School
    DESCRIPTION: That fact that most adults draw like 5-year-olds always intrigued me. Often people can carry a tune, pull off a line from a famous play or remember a step from their seventh-grade recital, but default into stick figures when it comes to drawing.................
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/04/10
    NEWS: Bard's comedy makes Much Ado about love
    DESCRIPTION: The "much ado" is not about nothing, of course. It's about love...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/04/10
    NEWS: Comedies MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Make 36th Annual Houston Shakespeare Festival at Miller Theatre a Winner
    DESCRIPTION: Dr. Berger forever reigns, for thirty-six years ago this summer......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/04/10
    NEWS: Vagina poetry is so 1980s: It's a hemorrhoids by flashlight, new underground arts world 
    DESCRIPTION: It seems like ages ago since The Hard Women pulled a scroll of poetry out of their vaginas during a 12 Minutes Max, DiverseWorks' hybrid performance/parties....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/03/10
    NEWS: Alley Theatre's Wonderland is Broadway bound
    DESCRIPTION: Wonderland, the splashy Frank Wildhorn musical that the Alley Theatre premiered in January, will open April 17 on Broadway, at a theater to be announced...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/03/10
    NEWS: From Italy with honors, dancer Rachel Meyer joins Houston's roll call of Princess Grace Award winners
    DESCRIPTION: Rachel Meyer of Dominic Walsh Dance Theater (DWDT) returned from a whirlwind tour of Italy with some good news. She won a 2010 Princess Grace Award for excellence in dancing................
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/03/10
    NEWS: Midsummer gets a '20s makeover
    DESCRIPTION: Romantic mix-ups abound in Shakespeare’s comedies — but perhaps none so inherently merry and magical as the embroilment that propels A Midsummer Night’s Dream..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/03/10
    NEWS: MOON OVER BUFFALO at Texas Repertory Theatre Shines Brightly as Funny Farce Filled with Fantastic Performances
    DESCRIPTION: Texas Repertory Theatre is very wise to open its 2010-11 Theatre Season in the middle of summer instead of waiting until September, when most theatres in town are vying for our attention....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/01/10
    NEWS: What is the State of the Arts in Houston? 
    DESCRIPTION: Some outsiders who think of the city as a buttoned-up oil town are surprised at the abundance and variety of performing and visual arts productions, ranging from the traditional (The Alley's Summer Chills production of The Mousetrap) to the avant-garde ("Women in Experimental Music Series" at labotanica). In advance of the fall season, we thought it would be a good time to examine the State of the Arts in Houston....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Clifford Pugh

    PUBLISH DATE: 8/01/10
    NEWS: Asian talent finds home at Houston Ballet
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Ballet's deep well of Asian talent includes, Liao Xiang of China, Nozomi Iijima of Japan, Ceriah Tedjamulia of Utah, Hitomi Takeda of Japan, Jim Nowakowski of South Korea, Megumi Takeda of Japan, Nao Kusuzaki of Japan and Charles-Louis Yoshiyama of Japan........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/31/10
    NEWS: Theater review: Arabian Nights gives age-old tales new life
    DESCRIPTION: The old stories, it's often said, are the best ones. Mary Zimmerman must believe that.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/30/10
    NEWS: Outdoor theater in the heart of Houston's summer? It's a worthy (free) hot sacrifice for Shakespeare
    DESCRIPTION: Yes, it's hot out in Houston — but this is the Houston Shakespeare Festival. It's worth enduring...............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joseph Campana

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/30/10
    NEWS: Anjali Gupta leaves Art Lies
    DESCRIPTION: Executive Director and Editor-in-Chief of Art Lies Anjali Gupta has announced her plans to leave the organization in order to pursue independent projects. ...............
    SOURCE: fluent~collaborative
    WRITER(S: (from the press release)

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/30/10
    NEWS: Li Cunxin's ballet dance with the devil
    DESCRIPTION: Nearly 30 years ago, Chinese ballet dancer Li Cunxin and Houston attorney Charles Foster were at the center of a politically charged international controversy. This weekend, their story comes alive again in a feature film making its U.S. debut at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston........
    SOURCE: Houston Business Journal 
    WRITER(S: Ford Gunter

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/29/10
    NEWS: Sunday Funday: Art Car Parade switches dates to open national museums conference 
    DESCRIPTION: "The 2011 parade, which will be held on May 22nd, will usher in thousands of international museum affiliates, descending upon Houston for the first time to experience the Houston art community," the Orange Show's Ashley Duffy told CultureMap..............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/28/10
    NEWS: Festival introduces Bard's work to new fans
    DESCRIPTION: After 35 years producing two free Shakespeare plays each summer, Houston Shakespeare Festival founder Sidney Berger has many anecdotes demonstrating the Bard's impact, especially on first timers........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/28/10
    NEWS: Suburban Suckers
    DESCRIPTION: What happened to the horrifyingvampires of old?...........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/28/10
    NEWS: Sex and classical music: It's a symbiotic relationship
    DESCRIPTION: As the child of a concert violinist and a classical music critic, I grew up regarding composers and performers as incredibly sexy beasts.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Amy Biancolli

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/27/10
    NEWS: Everyone's online now: Houston's smaller performing arts groups get ticket technology — with a city assist
    DESCRIPTION: It's about time! In case you were unaware, a lot more goes on at the Wortham Theater Center and Jones Hall than The Nutcracker and performances by The Houston Symphony.............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Caroline Gallay

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/27/10
    NEWS: Theater review: Not so jolly St. Nicholas holds forth
    DESCRIPTION: The young Irish playwright Conor McPherson is one of contemporary theater's most admired talents, deservedly so in the case of such outstanding works as The Weir and Shining City.  Yet his monodrama St. Nicholas, now at the Alley Theatre, is the McPherson play I find most difficult to admire........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/26/10
    NEWS: Masquerade Theatre's RENT Will Blow You Away and Fill You Up With Hope and Love
    DESCRIPTION: RENT is easily the most important musical written to date that boldly and effectively deals with the lives of those affected by HIV and AIDS....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/26/10
    NEWS: The Eagle (collection) has landed in Houston: MFAH secures another arts coup
    DESCRIPTION: Design devotees will soon be able to feast on a fresh collection of decorative art arriving at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Anticipate a crash course in California ceramics with the arrival of this West Coast-centric collection, which will offer selections by previously unrepresented artists in the museum collection..............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/25/10
    NEWS: Skip the Alley Theatre's ST. NICHOLAS but do get caught in THE MOUSETRAP
    DESCRIPTION: Anyone want to listen to an Irish alcoholic theatre critic tell a stupid vampire story?.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/23/10
    NEWS: Theater review: Masquerade's passionate version of Rent feels fresh
    DESCRIPTION: Rent returns with its heart-grabbing power intact — amply recharged, in fact - in Masquerade Theatre's vital rendition of Jonathan Larson's Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning 1996 rock musical.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/23/10
    NEWS: Wonderettes fluff but fun and very well done
    DESCRIPTION: The last thing the theater needs is another jukebox musical recycling yesteryear's pop hits. Yet here is The Marvelous Wonderettes at Stages and, for what it is, it's slickly presented, expertly performed, pure-fluff fun......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: Summer  2010
    NEWS: Reverence for All Things American
    DESCRIPTION: A family owned island on the Eastern seaboard provided the perfect place to begin collecting objects of art for Janet Blocker...........
    SOURCE: visualseen
    WRITER(S: Stacey Holzer

    PUBLISH DATE: Summer 2010
    NEWS:  Where the Fabric of Life Becomes Art, Exploring the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
    DESCRIPTION: With its collection of more than 35,000 pieces, the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a timeline of nearly five centuries of human development, seen through our clothes and accessories............
    SOURCE: visualseen
    WRITER(S: Holly Beretto

    PUBLISH DATE: Summer 2010
    NEWS: ArtHoustonFeature: Light Redefined as NeoLuminism
    DESCRIPTION: ArtHouston lights up the summer season this July with an exhibition entitled Neo Luminism at Laura Rathe Fine Art.............
    SOURCE: visualseen
    WRITER(S: Stacey Holzer

    PUBLISH DATE: Summer 2010
    NEWS: Joe Diaz Collector of Culture
    DESCRIPTION: I first met Joe Diaz back in the late 1990's when I was working as a registrar at the San Antonio Museum of Art............
    SOURCE: visualseen
    WRITER(S: Joseph Bravo

    PUBLISH DATE: Summer 2010
    NEWS: Creature Comforts
    DESCRIPTION: Upon entering the show “Creature Comforts” at Anya Tish Gallery, fluorescent figurines, vibrant cartoon-like paintings, and an alarmingly lifelike statue of a deer covered in what appears to be bubblegum pink ice cream meet viewers head on. . ...........
    SOURCE: visualseen
    WRITER(S: Jordan Kroll

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/22/10
    NEWS: Lost in Space
    DESCRIPTION: The Blaffer Gallery showcases Tomás Saraceno's eye-popping creations............
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/20/10
    NEWS: Superman musical soars in nifty 'revisal'
    DESCRIPTION: At last, It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman really flies....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/19/10
    NEWS: Houston business groups tout $500 million park plan?
    DESCRIPTION: Two of Houston’s heaviest-hitting business groups — the Greater Houston Partnership and the Quality of Life Coalition — are promoting an ambitious master plan to develop land along 10 of Harris County’s major bayous, creating an enormous system of “linear parks.” With a potential half-billion-dollar price tag, the Houston Bayou Greenway Initiative would include almost 250 miles of new or upgraded hike-and-bike trails, not to mention canoe trails and more than 50 new parks that would do double duty as flood-retention basins or wetlands that improve the quality of the city’s groundwater....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/19/10
    NEWS: A FORWARD-LOOKING FILMMAKER RETURNS
    DESCRIPTION: Sold: The original Aurora Picture Show house finds a new priestess............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/19/10
    NEWS: Stages' MARVELOUS WONDERETTES is Marvelous, Wonderful, and Absolutely Awesome MEGA-HIT!!!
    DESCRIPTION: Strange as at may seem (and I do love surprises), The Marvelous Wonderettes put a huge grin on my face from beginning to end, and I had more fun than I have had at the theatre in a very long time! .....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/18/10
    NEWS: To tell or not to tell? How much plot should critics reveal?
    DESCRIPTION: It's a constant consideration in my line of work: How much should I reveal and how much should I keep hidden?..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/17/10
    NEWS: Plenty of shtick in Jewtopia
    DESCRIPTION: After millennia of Jewish humor, along comes Jewtopia to give the whole field a bad name...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/16/10
    NEWS: Menil's next curator coming from nearby
    DESCRIPTION: In a surprise move, the Menil Collection has plucked its next modern and contemporary art curator from the nearby Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. CAMH senior curator Toby Kamps will join the Menil in September, replacing Franklin Sirmans, who left Houston in January to become chief curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/16/10
    NEWS: Talking Shakespeare with Sidney Berger
    DESCRIPTION: Summertime means Shakespeare-time at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Rain or shine, the works of the Bard will entertain audiences during the 36th Annual Shakespeare Festival July 30 - Aug. 8. Presented by the University of Houston and city of Houston, this year's event will deliver a double dose of comedy: "Much Ado About Nothing" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream."The festival's founder and longtime director Sidney Berger discussed this event's appeal with Creative Pride and why the Bard's work continues to inspire and entertain audiences of all ages.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Mike Emery

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/16/10
    NEWS: TUTS' Summer Show at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Rocks!
    DESCRIPTION: Theatre Under the Stars opened its summer production production at Miller Outdoor Theatre and the last show of its 2009-2010 season on Thursday, July 15, with a silly, superb, and spectacularly expanded production of Howard Ashman & Alan Menken's intimate musical, Little Shop of Horrors, which is based on the Roger Corman film from 1960.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/15/10
    NEWS: Campy musical wearing thin
    DESCRIPTION: Little Shop of Horrors is looking a little shopworn in Theatre Under The Stars' current revival at Miller Outdoor Theatre..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/14/10
    NEWS: The Story of Matthew
    DESCRIPTION: Theatre New West conjures horror — and hope — with The Laramie Project...........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/14/10
    NEWS: EarthQuest planners' dream dwarfs AstroWorld
    DESCRIPTION: A small group has since been studying and drawing plans for an upscale Disney-styled entertainment complex that would be seven times larger than Houston's original park.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Cindy Horswell

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/14/10
    NEWS: Alley builds a better, livelier Mousetrap
    DESCRIPTION: I approached the Alley Theatre's current revival of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap with some trepidation..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/14/10
    NEWS: Leaving Iowa is an enjoyable road trip
    DESCRIPTION: Premiered in 2004 at Jeff Daniels' Purple Rose Theatre in Michigan, Leaving Iowa is making an enjoyable Houston debut in a well-acted production by the A.D. Players..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/13/10
    NEWS: Imogen Heap releases a single to aid the hurting Buffalo Bayou Partnership
    DESCRIPTION: After much anticipation, the Imogen Heap single — recorded at her recent performance in Houston — is available for download, with the proceeds tagged for the Buffalo Bayou Partnership............
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/11/10
    NEWS: A.D. Players' LEAVING IOWA is Delightful, Poignant, Riotous Road Trip and a Must-See!
    DESCRIPTION: The regional premiere of Leaving Iowa by Tim Clue and Spike Manton opened at the A.D. Players on Friday, July 9, and runs through August 29. ...
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/10/10
    NEWS: Nobody has to keep Houston weird
    DESCRIPTION: Andrea Grover fondly visits the things that inexplicably make us love Houston in her first part guide to the city...........
    SOURCE: Glasstire.com
    WRITER(S: Andrea Grover

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/09/10
    NEWS: FROM KYOTO TO CAROLINE STREET
    DESCRIPTION: The Museum District reconsiders Japanese architecture, past and present ...........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/09/10
    NEWS: At CAMH, artists explore fragility of media
    DESCRIPTION: There's a lot going on in the eye-opening group exhibition Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/08/10
    NEWS: Vandals burn Buffalo Bayou boats
    DESCRIPTION: Three boats from the Buffalo Bayou Partnership are back bobbing at their home dock in the caramel-colored bayou after the watercrafts were released Tuesday night. Authorities are investigating whether the untying of the boats is linked with a fire early that morning at the Drennan Street field office where the vessels are stored. The fire destroyed the group's tour pontoon, valued at $50,000, and damaged the "bio-vac" boat, which helps clean the bayou, said Trudi Smith, director of public relations and events for the nonprofit........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Amanda Casanova

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/08/10
    NEWS: The naked dance queen: Anna Halprin gets her MFAH movie due
    DESCRIPTION: A group of people stand still, equidistant from one another. Slowly and deliberately, as if in ritual, they begin to remove their neat black suits and white shirts until they are stark naked...........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/08/10
    NEWS: Catastrophic Theatres HUNTER GATHERERS Once Again Proves That Catastrophic Knows How to Produce Great Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: ...once again, Catastrophic Theatre shows us what great theatre is all about........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/08/10
    NEWS: $42 million zoo exhibit to provide a slice of Africa in Hermann Park
    DESCRIPTION: The first phase of the Houston Zoo's "African Forest" exhibit will be open to the public in December. It will include chimpanzees, giraffes, rhinos and cheetahs.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Allan Turner

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/07/10
    NEWS: Pile of Paper - The Paper Runway at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
    DESCRIPTION: This show has some interesting work, but needs serious editing..........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/07/10
    NEWS: Clarinetist Stanislav Golovin lives his dream as a symphony soloist
    DESCRIPTION: At the age of 10, Stanislav Golovin heard a clarinetist play George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and fell in love with the sound, the timbre and colors of the instrument......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/06/10
    NEWS: Jurying The Big Show at Lawndale Art Center 
    DESCRIPTION: Each summer, Lawndale Art Center invites artists living within 100 miles of Houston to submit artworks for a chance to be included in its annual open-call, juried exhibition, The Big Show, and a shot at one of three cash awards..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/04/10
    NEWS: Menil exhibit makes obscure material surprisingly fun
    DESCRIPTION: The list of locations where you can watch a beautiful woman firing a rifle is probably longer in Texas than most other places. About the last venue you'd expect to see on that list is the Menil Collection, a serene cultural oasis housing some of the most thoughtfully chosen, sensitively displayed artworks ever assembled in a building internationally hailed as a masterpiece of understatement.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/03/10
    NEWS: Gexa Energy/Broadway Across America's WICKED is Brilliant Musical Theatre and Best Production and Cast Ever!
    DESCRIPTION: Wicked, produced by Gexa Energy and Broadway Across America, flew into town 0n Wednesday, June 30, and runs through July 25, 2010. This is the fourth time the national tour has stopped in Houston. The Broadway Across America press relations people informed me that the tour here is 95% sold out.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/03/10
    NEWS: Wicked's irresistible strengths outweigh its imperfections
    DESCRIPTION: As when I first saw the show shortly after its Broadway premiere in 2003, and in both previous Houston stands, my reservations about Stephen Schwartz's largely undistinguished score and the inconsistencies of tone in Winnie Holzman's book are easily outweighed by the fact that virtually everything else about Wicked is spectacularly effective....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/03/10
    NEWS: Dance pioneer Anna Halprin, nearing 90, still breaks barriers
    DESCRIPTION: When Anna Halprin says, "Enter your body through your hand," what looks like an ecstatic experience happens: her students reach forward, open-palmed, and awe washes over their faces....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/02/10
    NEWS: Gerard Baldwin animated my childhood
    DESCRIPTION: For 60 years Baldwin has done animation, direction and production on a number of indelible and iconic cartoon characters including Mr. Magoo, the Grinch, the Flintstones, Bullwinkle (and Rocky), Yogi Bear and the Smurfs, to name just a few. A retrospective of his work will go on display starting with a reception Saturday at Domy Books....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle - 2995 
    WRITER(S: Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/02/10
    NEWS: Texas Gallery survives and even thrives
    DESCRIPTION: Because many works owned by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Menil Collection, including pieces by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeois and Robert Mapplethorpe, once passed through Texas Gallery, it's startling to hear owner Fredericka Hunter sum up its 40-year history in two words: "We survived."......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/02/10
    NEWS: Trumpeter of the Gulf Coast
    DESCRIPTION: Kermit Ruffins also sings the praises of Houston...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 7/01/10
    NEWS: Protecting a 'cowboy artist's' masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Conservator Erica James has family ties to paintings of C.M. Russell...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/30/10
    NEWS: New Gatherers blends outrageous fun, reality
    DESCRIPTION: Catastrophic Theatre director Jason Nodler wants everyone to know that the company's current production of Hunter Gatherers is "new and improved in nearly every way" from last year's well-received staging of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's dark and savage comedy. ...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/30/10
    NEWS: Symphony of Science entertains while enlightening
    DESCRIPTION: That's the head-swaying enlightenment of the Symphony of Science, an online music project that remixes Sagan, Stephen Hawking and other beautiful minds into electronic tunes with cascading pianos, ambient beats and Auto-Tune vocal enhancement...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Rene A. Guzman

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/30/10
    NEWS: Disemboweled at Dinner
    DESCRIPTION: Things get savage in Catastrophic Theatre's hilariously gory Hunter Gatherers.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/29/10
    NEWS: BAYOU CITY ART WORLD HEROINES 
    DESCRIPTION: Two Houston curators awarded Andy Warhol Foundation grants.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/29/10
    NEWS: Houston Area Nominations for Excellence in Theatre for the 2009-10 Season...the Best of the Best!
    DESCRIPTION: One of my goals and dreams since I first began reviewing and critiquing theatre in 1989 has been to create our own theatre awards here in Houston......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/28/10
    NEWS: Cirque's Banana Shpeel takes a tumble
    DESCRIPTION: Big-budget show on Broadway closes after a six-week run......
    SOURCE: New York Times 
    WRITER(S: Patrick Healy

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/26/10
    NEWS: Ensemble is a good fit for Five Guys Named Moe
    DESCRIPTION: If the very mention of such ditties as Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens, Saturday Night Fish Fry and Choo Choo Boogie puts a grin on your face, you'll have a blast at the Ensemble Theatre's high-energy production of Five Guys Named Moe......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/25/10
    NEWS: Impressionist, Post-Impressionist masterpieces headed for Houston
    DESCRIPTION: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will be the only venue to present Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces From the National Gallery of Art while the Washington, D.C., museum refurbishes its 19th-century French collection galleries....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/25/10
    NEWS: Photographer makes familiar landscapes new and strange
    DESCRIPTION: When the sun goes down, photographer Beau Comeaux heads for construction sites, derelict buildings, vacant lots and kudzu-infested wooded areas. Wherever other people aren't, that's where Comeaux goes. What the resulting photographs — on view at Darke Gallery in Samplings, Comeaux's first Houston solo exhibition - reveal may have less to do with what Comeaux finds on his nocturnal excursions than what he brings with him: a fertile imagination.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/24/10
    NEWS: D.C. (dance) power brokers: Pirouetting back to Washington with the Houston Ballet 
    DESCRIPTION: It's been nine ballet companies, seven modern dance, 47 hours of dance schmoozing and not nearly enough sleep since we last visited. I've just returned from Washington, D.C., where I attended the annual Dance/USA conference and The Kennedy Center's Ballet Across America II.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/24/10
    NEWS: Forty and Not So Fabulous
    DESCRIPTION: For a gallery that consistently delivers compelling shows and boasts a stable of heavy-hitting artists, Texas Gallery's 40th birthday party should arrive as a spectacle of works representative of its reputation. Instead, the gallery delivers a sprawling, unfocused and even boring mess of a show that feels more like closet-cleaning than celebration........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S:  Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/22/10
    NEWS: Taking the hammer to the streets: Modern metalsmith Gabriel Craig's guerilla jewelry hits Main
    DESCRIPTION: It's the work of studio jewelry artist Gabriel Craig, who is currently featured in the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston exhibition, Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft, along with several other artists who introduce their handiwork into the public realm..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/20/10
    NEWS: New at the Alley: August, Behanding
    DESCRIPTION: Tracy Letts’ explosive August: Osage County, the most acclaimed new American play of recent years, will make its Houston premiere as the centerpiece of the Alley Theatre’s 2010-11 season.Other highlights will include the Houston premiere of A Behanding in Spokane, the latest from famed Irish writer Martin McDonagh, as well as world premieres by up-and-coming dramatist Rajiv Joseph and Culture Clash co-founder Herbert Siguenza. Rounding out the lineup will be three classics: two long-established (Peter Pan and Pygmalion), one of more recent vintage (Amadeus)....................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/20/10
    NEWS: Artist Ishimoto gets do-over on iconic photos
    DESCRIPTION: Fifty years later, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston revisits Ishimoto’s Katsura photos with a new publication and an accompanying exhibition, both titled Katsura: Picturing Modernism in Japanese Architecture, Photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro...................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/19/10
    NEWS: Catered Affair, Magical Thinking highlight MST's new season
    DESCRIPTION: The eagerly awaited Houston premieres of the bittersweet musical A Catered Affair and Joan Didion's powerful stage memoir The Year of Magical Thinking are among the highlights of Main Street Theater's 2010-11 season. MST's ambitious nine-production season consists of a six-show MainStage series and a three-show New/Now series designed to introduce Houston audiences to emerging playwrights of particular promise. Along with A Catered Affair, The Year of Magical Thinking and the Houston premiere of the acclaimed off-Broadway comedy This, the MainStage series will feature three classic works: a rare Houston staging of George Bernard Shaw's provocative medical ethics play The Doctor's Dilemma; Noel Coward's ghostly fantasy-comedy Blithe Spirit; and Wendy Wasserstein's landmark look at contemporary American life The Heidi Chronicles.The New/Now series will feature: the Houston premiere of Liz Duffy Adams' Or; and world premieres of Houston playwright Thomas Hagemann's Breakfast at 8 and of Walton Beacham's I Am Barbie, examining the 50-year history of the iconic doll...................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/19/10
    NEWS: Project cuts off sight, sound for 60 minutes of reflection
    DESCRIPTION: I was one of nine volunteers joining world-renowned ceramicist James Melchert at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, where we re-enacted Changes, a landmark 1972 event in an Amsterdam artist's studio that has been described as a "performance," an "action" or a "happening." Our reprise was part of the programming for the CAMH exhibit Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft, which includes video and photos documenting the 1972 piece.. ................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/18/10
    NEWS: Theater group, Holocaust museum renew conversation about social justice
    DESCRIPTION: The Laramie Project, presented by Theatre New West and Holocaust Museum Houston. ...................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/17/10
    NEWS: Cuckoos stuck with a bold but aimless premise
    DESCRIPTION: There’s no tactful way around this. Cuckoos, at Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company, is about a man and woman who get stuck having sex. I mean, literally, stuck. They try, but they simply cannot disengage. ...................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/17/10
    NEWS: ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE
    DESCRIPTION: Dionysus Theatre focuses light on inclusion and diversity.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Diana North

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/17/10
    NEWS: The mysteries of Marfa: Border drugs, good food, awkward two-steps & creepy cats hide the art
    DESCRIPTION: When I first moved to Houston some 20-plus years ago, the arts world seemed mildly obsessed with Marfa.........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/17/10
    NEWS: Foodjects shows designs for Spanish cuisine
    DESCRIPTION: Enter Foodjects: Design & the New Cuisine in Spain, a traveling exhibition sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the Consulate General of Spain. It opens Friday at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/16/10
    NEWS: Tony Award-winning team to stage Houston Grand Opera production of Madame Butterfly
    DESCRIPTION: The team that swept the Tony awards is tackling one of opera's greatest warhorses — Madame Butterfly — in a new Houston Grand Opera production..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Clifford Pugh

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/15/10
    NEWS: Works at CAMH by artist Cruz Ortiz go for the heart
    DESCRIPTION: Perspectives 170: Cruz Ortiz is on exhibit through July 11.....................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Elda Silva

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/15/10
    NEWS: Symphony goers, start your smart phones
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Symphony will be asking audience members Thursday to please turn on their cell phones....................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/14/10
    NEWS: Theater for grownups: Alley Theatre gets two world premieres, Osage County & violence for its new season
    DESCRIPTION: Alley Theatre's reputation for staging bold new works is evidenced in its just-announced 2010-2011 season........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Sarah Rufca

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/14/10
    NEWS: Symphony Summer Series is like a day in the park
    DESCRIPTION: Summertime is one big field trip for the Houston Symphony...................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/14/10
    NEWS: DC bound: Houston Ballet Falling to the Kennedy Center
    DESCRIPTION: It's going to be a busy week for 10 Houston Ballet dancers who head to Washington, DC, to perform at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the Ballet Across America II. The company is in the middle of Ashton's charmer La Fille mal gardee right now as well........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/13/10
    NEWS: Broadway's best get the spotlight during Tony Awards
    DESCRIPTION: Tony Award Sunday is one of the few nights each year when theater fans stay home to watch TV. Even if it hasn't been the best of theatrical seasons, you can bet there will be much to cheer when the awards celebrating the best of Broadway...................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/11/10
    NEWS: Theater review: Bright cast buoys dated yet still clever Tomfoolery
    DESCRIPTION: Tomfoolery would seem a good summer show for Main Street Theater....................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/11/10
    NEWS: Ballet review: La Fille is a fun time
    DESCRIPTION: La Fille Mal Gardée is summer's Nutcracker — pure entertainment en pointe. Except that Sir Frederick Ashton's comic gem with a French accent is more finely wrought.....................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/11/10
    NEWS: Husband-wife artist duo present works in conversation
    DESCRIPTION: LEE LITTLEFIELD: MAGPIE AND OTHER THINGS AND LIZA LITTLEFIELD: VINES AND VIGILANTES.....................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/10/10
    NEWS: Houston Ballet's present and future merges in La Fille mal gardée
    DESCRIPTION: I fully intended to write a story on Sir Frederick Ashton.......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/10/10
    NEWS: Bitten by Bug
    DESCRIPTION: This exciting production from Theatre Southwest will get under your skin.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/10/10
    NEWS: Just another play about an anal sex accident: Enter Mildred's Umbrella
    DESCRIPTION: Beatrice and Tito are in a tight spot in Guiseppe Manfridi's dark comedy Cuckoos, produced by Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company. now playing through June 26 at Talento Bilingue de Houston......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/03/10
    NEWS: Corporate Takeover
    DESCRIPTION: The Yes Men take on companies using their own tools.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/02/10
    NEWS: Theatre Southwest's BUG by Tracy Letts is Modern Masterpiece of Drama as it Descends into Macabre and Maddening Mayhem
    DESCRIPTION: The regional premiere of Tracy Letts' BUG at Theatre Southwest last Friday, May 28, proved to be a much more exciting event than the world premiere of the Alley Theatre's Intelligence-Slave the night before.
    How can this be?............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 6/01/10
    NEWS: Intelligence Slave brings a salt mine of horror and Hitler Youth to life
    DESCRIPTION: The Neuhaus Stage has been transformed into an abandoned salt mine for Kenneth Lin’s new play at the Alley Theatre, Intelligence Slave....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Theordore Bale

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/31/10
    NEWS: World Premiere of Kenneth Lin's INTELLIGENCE-SLAVE at Alley Theatre is Gripping but Overly Metaphorical
    DESCRIPTION: Playwright Kenneth Lin says he needed to write this play---about a concentration camp prisoner, Curt Herzstark, who is being kept alive because he has invented the world's first hand-held four function calculator. ............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/31/10
    NEWS: The art by the sea: Galleries of wonder dot the Texas Gulf Coast from Rockport to Beaumont
    DESCRIPTION: Coastal waters have long been incubators of artists' enclaves. And although the Texas Gulf Coast is no French Riviera, the area still brings a lot to the table. This summer, take the plunge and navigate the waters of these art communities.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/29/10
    NEWS: Intelligence-Slave engrossing drama of survival
    DESCRIPTION: In the Alley Theatre's powerhouse premiere production, Kenneth Lin's harrowing and humane play finds an original pathway into its vast, difficult and important theme..................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/29/10
    NEWS: Houston Ballet offers a program to savor
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Ballet's Pecos program is as refreshing as a bowl of sorbet in three flavors. The good-natured dancing sparkles in the company premiere of George Balanchine's Ballo della Regina, comes at you with a wink in Mark Morris' Sandpaper Ballet, then goes all-out tongue-in-cheek with Stanton Welch's Pecos Bill...................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/28/10
    NEWS: Frank Huang's the new violinist in town
    DESCRIPTION: There was a time when Frank Huang, the Houston Symphony's new concertmaster, would rather have been playing basketball..............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/28/10
    NEWS: Wood sculptor's growth takes him from lathes to chain saws
    DESCRIPTION: Evolution/Revolution, a traveling exhibition at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, traces the wood sculptor's (Michael Peterson's ) growth for more than two decades and makes clear his isolation hasn't led to stagnation.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/27/10
    NEWS: Houston: Model City
    DESCRIPTION: Innovation, job growth and immigration put this Lone Star city ahead of New York and Boston.......
    SOURCE: Forbes
    WRITER(S: Joel Kotkin

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/27/10
    NEWS: A Place without Poetry
    DESCRIPTION: The Designated Mourner presents a troubling — and not so far-fetched — world......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/27/10
    NEWS: Young Frankenstein mixes zany comedy, showbiz style
    DESCRIPTION: Roger Bart stars as Frederick Frankenstein and Rye Mullis as The Monster in Young Frankenstein playing this month at the Hobby Center in Houston.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/27/10
    NEWS: Broadway Across America's YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN Puts a Smile on Your Face and Will Make You Laugh Your Butt Off
    DESCRIPTION: Mel Brooks is a comic genius. No one will argue otherwise............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/27/10
    NEWS: Museums offer free summer admission to military personnel
    DESCRIPTION: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Health Museum will offer free summer admission to military personnel and their families through Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and more than 600 museums across the United States.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/26/10
    NEWS: Auntie Mame to kick off Stages' 2010-11 season
    DESCRIPTION: Houston favorite Sally Edmundson, memorable in such Stages outings as Full Gallop and Amy's View, will star in the fabled role originated on stage and screen by Rosalind Russell. ................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/24/10
    NEWS: Rite a riot of orchestral color
    DESCRIPTION: No riots broke out at Jones Hall on Friday night as maestro Hans Graf led the Houston Symphony in Stravinsky’s explosive The Rite of Spring — in contrast to the legendary ruckus unleashed at the work’s 1913 premiere in Paris................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/24/10
    NEWS: Donmar Warehouse's RED on Broadway is Brilliant Insight into Rothko's Genius
    DESCRIPTION: Playwright John Logan's RED is a loving and beautiful tribute to the genius and work of artist Mark Rothko, who committed suicide 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: 5/23/10
    NEWS: National tour of Young Frankenstein is alive and kicking
    DESCRIPTION: Susan Stroman knew that crafting a follow-up to the Tony-sweeping megahit The Producers held a minefield along with its possibilities. Yet the famed director-choreographer had no qualms when Mel Brooks asked her to helm Young Frankenstein, Brooks' second musical based on one of his classic movie comedies......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/23/10
    NEWS: Merrill Ashley teaching Houston Ballet dancers in preparation for Ballo della Regina
    DESCRIPTION: The first time Merrill Ashley danced Ballo della Regina, in 1978, a critic said she danced so quickly she appeared to be in two places at once.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/23/10
    NEWS: Ananka Kohnitz Brings Tracy Letts' Graphic and Bizarre BUG to Life at Theatre Southwest
    DESCRIPTION: The charming, gorgeous, talented, and alluring Ananka Kohnitz and I chatted over a light supper at Pronto several weeks ago about her highly anticipated direction of Tracy Letts' BUG at Theatre Southwest, opening this Friday, May 28th at 8 p.m............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/21/10
    NEWS: Sargent exhibit a fresh introduction to an artist we know
    DESCRIPTION: John Singer Sargent's paintings and drawings — especially his glamour-studded society portraits — are so well-known it's hard to believe much unexplored territory remains. But a gem of an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Sargent before he became Sargent: an art student just beginning his career, yet already showing signs of the brilliance that would propel him to fame....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/21/10
    NEWS: MFAH adds to its Islamic art
    DESCRIPTION: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston added six artworks worth nearly $700,000 to its fledgling Islamic art collection during a gala Friday night.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/20/10
    NEWS: Sullivan sings, suffers beautifully as Jane Eyre
    DESCRIPTION: Kristina Sullivan's strong performance as the resilient Jane Eyre remains the greatest asset in Masquerade Theatre's current revival of the musical based on Charlotte Brontë 's classic novel...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/20/10
    NEWS: A delay from Ike reshapes art show
    DESCRIPTION: After Houston painter Howard Sherman's first solo museum exhibition opened at Beaumont's Art Museum of Southeast Texas in fall 2008, it was supposed to travel to the Galveston Arts Center. But Hurricane Ike changed those plans................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/19/10
    NEWS: Masters of the Universe
    DESCRIPTION: Two artists explore pop culture and space imagery at Art Palace.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/19/10
    NEWS: Mourner takes on the fall of culture
    DESCRIPTION: Whither high culture? Where else but oblivion? That's the provocative premise of The Designated Mourner, Wallace Shawn's one-of-a-kind play enjoying a potent Houston premiere in Catastrophic Theatre's quietly stunning realization..............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/19/10
    NEWS: Masquerade Theatre's JANE EYRE Proves to Be Luscious and Alluring Melodic Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Four years ago, Masquerade Theatre produced the regional premiere of Jane Eyre with music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and book by John Caird............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/18/10
    NEWS: Catastrophic Theatre's DESIGNATED MOURNER is Disquieting, Disturbing, Delectable Discourse
    DESCRIPTION: Jason Nodler, Artistic Director of Catastrophic Theatre, directs his second Wallace Shawn with The Designated Mourner, the first being Catastrophic's recent successful run of Our Late Night at DiverseWorks...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/17/10
    NEWS: Artist explores virtual sexuality in an old-school medium
    DESCRIPTION: Pang-Chieh Hsu is among artists using the Internet as a source for inspiration. Like many of them, he creates art meant to provoke a conversation about how the Internet and society are changing each other.In his latest show at Hooks-Epstein Galleries, he applies that approach to a fairly popular subject among artists who mine the Web: how people create and present their online personae, particularly with regard to sexuality. .............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Dougas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/17/10
    NEWS: Main Street Theater Produces Brilliant Arcadia, Tom Stoppard's Poetic Time-Shifting Tale of Math and Intrigue
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater has earned a reputation in its thirty-five years of existence as being the most literate theatre in Houston.  It's second production of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia (the first one was only three years after its world premiere in 1993) which opened on Thursday, May 14, at the Main Street Theater's Time Blvd. location in the Village, effectively signs, seals, and delivers Main Street's remarkable reputation as the most literate theatre in Houston..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/16/10
    NEWS: Playwright Kenneth Lin is realizing his dreams
    DESCRIPTION: Intelligence-Slave, makes its world premiere at the Alley Theatre, beginning previews May 23 and opening May 27.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/14/10
    NEWS: Theater review: Arcadia shows the power of language
    DESCRIPTION: Arcadia was widely heralded as the best yet from Tom Stoppard when it premiered in 1993 — which is saying a lot since his work to that point included such modern classics as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Travesties and The Real Thing. Main Street Theater, which gave its Houston premiere in 1996, now returns to Arcadia. And though Stoppard in recent years has added such masterworks as The Invention of Love and The Coast of Utopia, Arcadia arguably remains first among equals: elegant, witty, resonant in its profound implications............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/14/10
    NEWS: CAMH exhibit highlights where craft meets live spectacle
    DESCRIPTION: Encountering the unexpected should be expected when you visit the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. On that count, CAMH curator Valerie Cassel Oliver's latest exhibition is unlikely to disappoint. “I think once people walk into (the show), they'll go, ‘Huh? There's a loom on the floor,” said Cassel Oliver, whose group exhibit Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft opens tonight with a reception.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Dougas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/14/10
    NEWS: A surprising change of heart
    DESCRIPTION: Peter Rosen's latest film, A Surprise in Texas, is aptly a surprise....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Zen T.C. Zheng

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/13/10
    NEWS: X Marks the Spot
    DESCRIPTION: HGO brilliantly conjures the magic and majesty of Handel.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/12/10
    NEWS: Exhibits offer touch of variety
    DESCRIPTION: Here are three exhibitions well worth visiting now in Houston galleries and museums...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/12/10
    NEWS: Unhinged Productions' UNCIVIL UNIONS is Brilliant Milestone in Social and Political Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: There is only one other play that has rivaled UNCIVIL UNIONS in its importance of demonstrating social and political issues, honestly portraying the shameful treatment of the GLBT population, and rallying the cry for battle to the GLBT population to keep fighting for their rights which have been guaranteed in the US Constitution.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/12/10
    NEWS: Rediscovering the folk art of Mexico
    DESCRIPTION: Nelson A. Rockefeller's artistic legacy gets a new coat of paint, so to speak, with the publication this week of a new edition of Folk Treasures of Mexico, the lavishly illustrated catalog for the former vice president's comprehensive collection of Mexican folk art, which is housed in the San Antonio Museum of Art wing that bears his name...........
    SOURCE: San Antonio Express News 
    WRITER(S: Steve Bennett

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/12/10
    NEWS: Actress channels her admiration for a Texas icon Ann Richards
    DESCRIPTION: Actress Holland Taylor met iconic Texas politician Ann Richards only once...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/11/10
    NEWS: Texas Repertory Theatre's FLEA IN HER EAR is Well-Timed, Well-Tuned, Well-Full-of-Laughs Comic Dream Machine
    DESCRIPTION: Texas Rep's Artistic Director Craig A. Miller has created a charming and memorable new adaptation of the classic farce and set it in the early 1920s in New York City, the melting pot of the world, instead of in Paris in the early 1900s........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/10/10
    NEWS: Houston Arts Alliance: PUTTING HOUSTON ON THE (ART) MAP
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), now in its fourth year, distributes $10 million in grants to over 250 organizations and individual artists to support and promote artistic life in the Houston region through programs, initiatives and alliances. “It is so gratifying to see all our partnerships coming to fruition,” says Jonathan Glus, CEO of HAA..........
    SOURCE: 002 Magazine
    WRITER(S: Nadia Michel

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/09/10
    NEWS: 36 Hours in Houston
    DESCRIPTION: A SNARL of superhighways and skyscrapers, Houston is easily dismissed as a corporate campus — home to Fortune 500 giants like Halliburton and Waste Management and a company formerly known as Enron (currently known as Enron Creditors Recovery Corporation)..............
    SOURCE: The New York Times
    WRITER(S: Denny Lee

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/09/10
    NEWS: My Work: Jacco Olivier talks about his Blaffer Museum exhibit
    DESCRIPTION: Jacco Olivier is an Amsterdam-based Dutch artist who creates animations by photographing his paintings through each stage of development..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/09/10
    NEWS: Leaps of Faith: Two new dance companies debut
    DESCRIPTION: Why launch a dance company now? Or better yet, why launch two? For veteran independent choreographers Toni Leago Valle and Amy Ell, who debut new companies on a shared program at DiverseWorks this week, it's about seeking validation...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/08/10
    NEWS: Mary Cassatt's impressive work as printmaker on display
    DESCRIPTION: Now a remarkable cache of her etchings, aquatints, drawings, pastels and counterproofs is on view in Mary Cassatt: Works on Paper, a gem of a show at Meredith Long & Co. ...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/07/10
    NEWS: Why Current Broadway Revival of La Cage aux Folles at Longacre Theater is Best Ever La Cage
    DESCRIPTION: This new Broadway revival is directed by British director Terry Johnson, who cut the cast down to twenty one, only six of which are Cagelles.  It's as if Johnson has trimmed all the fat off the hefty side of the huge........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/06/10
    NEWS: Lillian Hellman's greedy Foxes remains timely
    DESCRIPTION: Greed is not good. Write a play dramatizing that theme in an interesting way, and you're virtually guaranteed a work of enduring relevance. That's certainly the case with The Little Foxes, Lillian Hellman's scathing portrait of a rapacious clan dominating a small Southern town at the start of the 20th century. Hellman's most durable play is enjoying a capable, if a tad too stately, revival at the A.D. Players........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/05/10
    NEWS: Unflinching Truths
    DESCRIPTION: The MFAH presents the work of Alice Neel, the grande dame of portraiture.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/05/10
    NEWS: Bayou City Concert Musicals' Tea for Two Cabaret is Delightful & Delicious Serving of Songs of Vincent Youmans
    DESCRIPTION: Paul Hope is a genius. Or Superman. Or both.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/04/10
    NEWS: Fela! and La Cage lead list of Tony bids
    DESCRIPTION: Fela!, the ground-breaking musical about Nigerian musician and political figure Fela Kuti, and La Cage aux Folles, the intimate revival of Jerry Herman's 1980s hit, led the pack in Tuesday's Tony Award nominations. Each received 11 nods in the annual race for the high-profile trophies honoring Broadway's best.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/04/10
    NEWS: Horton Foote's Cycle draws praise, awards
    DESCRIPTION: The Orphans' Home Cycle, Texas playwright laureate Horton Foote's masterly magnum opus, is raking in theatrical prizes to go with the rave reviews it has drawn for its off-Broadway run that opened last year and concludes Saturday.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/03/10
    NEWS: Fly away funding? Continental-dependent Houston arts groups worry over merger
    DESCRIPTION: Can Houston arts survive without corporate sponsorship from the airline formerly known as Continental?.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/03/10
    NEWS: Peeling back Alice Neel: Five reasons you can't miss this great American painter 
    DESCRIPTION: If Susan Sarandon plays you in a film — even if it's a bit part — chances are you've made it.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Joseph Campana

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/03/10
    NEWS: HGO's Xerxes delights vocally and visually
    DESCRIPTION: Any way you look at it — and, especially, every way you listen to it—Houston Grand Opera's first-ever production of Handel's Xerxes proves a royal treat......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/03/10
    NEWS: In its season finale, Da Camera sues for peace
    DESCRIPTION: In Da Camera's generally scrumptious season finale, The Twilight of Romanticism, the chamber-music group overlooked one sensational matter connected with the program's three composers: culture wars......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/03/10
    NEWS: Houston artist wins $50,000 Hunting prize
    DESCRIPTION: Houston artist Lane Hagood was awarded the 2010 Hunting Art Prize during a ceremony Saturday night at Gulf States Toyota's Friedkin Corporate Campus......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/02/10
    NEWS: Organizers are bringing the flash back to the Art Car Ball
    DESCRIPTION: In the early days, the Art Car Ball blew Houston's mind. The Orange Show is bringing back the flash for 2010......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/02/10
    NEWS: Cabaret Greats MENZIE and MICHAEL Appearing at Ovations on Saturday, May 8
    DESCRIPTION: One of cabaret's most in-demand duos, Beckie Menzie and Tom Michael offer a unique blend of whimsy, nostalgia, and awesome talent that translates into pure entertainment........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/02/10
    NEWS: Art fabrication experts Carlson & Co. shutting its doors
    DESCRIPTION:Art fabricator Carlson & Co., which gained fame by producing Jeff Koons' stainless-steel Balloon Dog, is closing, yet another casualty of the slumping contemporary-art market.......
    SOURCE: Bloomberg News
    WRITER(S: Lindsay Pollock

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/02/10
    NEWS: New York museum brings out its Grateful Dead
    DESCRIPTION: For a band that was counted out 15 years ago when front man Jerry Garcia died, the Grateful Dead has shown remarkable endurance. Last month, it was subject to a major analysis in The Atlantic, with academicians testifying to the Dead's groundbreaking, pre-Internet inventions of social networking and viral marketing. Now, the New York Historical Society, the city's oldest museum, is staging an exhibit of Grateful Dead memorabilia — through July 4 — that argues the same points......
    SOURCE: Philadelphia Daily News
    WRITER(S: Jonathan Takiff

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/01/10
    NEWS: The Yes Men infiltrate DiverseWorks
    DESCRIPTION: It's not every day the perpetually scrappy DiverseWorks, best known for showcasing the work of emerging artists, gets to host a couple of movie stars......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/01/10
    NEWS: Little House's pioneer spirit a well-meaning bore
    DESCRIPTION: The pioneer family in Little House on the Prairie suffers through blizzard, famine, fire and scarlet fever.  They were the lucky ones. They never had to suffer through the musical version that made its Houston bow Wednesday at Hobby Center.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 5/01/10
    NEWS: Theatre Under the Stars' Little House on the Prairie is Entertaining but Disappointing Musically
    DESCRIPTION: Theatre Under the Stars is sponsoring the national tour of Little House on the Prairie The Musical as the last show of its indoor season at the Hobby Center. This is a deeply entertaining show appropriate for the entire family.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/30/10
    NEWS: Ruptures turns spotlight on photography
    DESCRIPTION: The FotoFest 2010 Biennial's principal exhibitions wrapped up last week, but many of the more than 100 affiliated shows are still on view. The strongest by far is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which put its best foot forward with the third in an ongoing series examining how parts of its collection might be permanently displayed when the MFAH eventually gets a third building. Organized by Yasufumi Nakamori, the museum's assistant curator of photography, Ruptures and Continuities: Photography Made After 1960 From the MFAH Collection, has done a lot of heavy lifting during the past couple months....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/30/10
    NEWS: Downtown renaissance: Big arts in the Big D
    DESCRIPTION: Moby -Dick isn't the only epic unfolding in Dallas right now. If you wanted to take in Dallas Opera's world premiere by Jake Heggie — plus a play, a symphony concert, several major art exhibits and meals by famous chefs this weekend, you could do it all within about a six-block walk in the city also known as the big-hair capital of Texas.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/30/10
    NEWS: HGO music director to conduct Dallas world premiere
    DESCRIPTION: World premieres often make the biggest waves in the opera world. And what could make a bigger wave than Moby-Dick, composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer's opera based on Herman Melville's classic novel?.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/29/10
    NEWS: Man's Best Friend
    DESCRIPTION: In the surprisingly dark Harvey, it's a rabbit........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/29/10
    NEWS: The Alley Theatre's Harvey is Winning Production of Winning Play
    DESCRIPTION: Mary Chase's play Harvey, now being given a marvelous production at the Alley Theatre, is a dark comedy of errors, full of characters which are developed to the nth degree, and asks the questions, "What is sanity?" and "What is insanity?" and all of the grey areas in-between.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/29/10
    NEWS: Latin Wave returns with new film lineup
    DESCRIPTION: For the fifth year of Latin Wave: New Films From Latin America, festival director Monika Wagenberg chose movies shot in locations far removed from the urban centers where Latin American cinema has often been set................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/29/10
    NEWS: Quest for lost faith drives Stages' Nebraska
    DESCRIPTION: Still no sign of August: Osage County on Houston's horizon. But while we await Tracy Letts' Tony and Pulitzer winner, arguably the finest new American play of recent years, Stages offers another of his works, Man From Nebraska, which was a Pulitzer finalist a few years before August catapulted him to the front ranks of contemporary playwrights..............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/29/10
    NEWS: Duality shared through colorful abstracts
    DESCRIPTION: Odili Donald Odita's hard-edged abstract paintings at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston are so beautiful it's tempting to revel in their intersecting shapes and shards of color and leave it at that...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/28/10
    NEWS: Enron comes to Broadway
    DESCRIPTION: At long last, it looks like somebody might make an honest profit off of Enron. Not in Houston certainly, or on Wall Street, but a couple of miles away on Broadway. The tale of corporate greed, corruption and stock manipulation that cost tens of thousands of Houstonians their jobs and life savings has been turned into a theatrical spectacle, complete with song, dance and snazzy light show.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Richard S. Dunham

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/28/10
    NEWS: A NEW MA INGALLS
    DESCRIPTION: Melissa gilbert brings her Pioneer spirit to the stage..............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/27/10
    NEWS: Tracy Letts' Man From Nebraska at Stages is Decent Production of Dreadful Play
    DESCRIPTION: Tracy Letts' Man From Nebraska which opened at Stages on Friday, April 23, is a deeply disturbing play. It is disturbing mainly because it is such a poorly written play......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/25/10
    NEWS: Xerxes opera gets royal treatment at HGO
    DESCRIPTION: When Houston Grand Opera touts its all-star cast for Handel's Xerxes, it ain't just whistlin' Ombra mai fù, the opera's most famous aria.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/25/10
    NEWS: CD review: Evergreen Finian's score delights in revival CD
    DESCRIPTION: One of the grandest scores of Broadway's golden age returns sounding better than ever in the cast album of the recent Finian's Rainbow revival.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/25/10
    NEWS: Apollo Theater exhibit in DC shows stars' legacy
    DESCRIPTION: The not-yet-built National Museum of African American History and Culture has brought New York's Harlem to the nation's capital with the first exhibit focused on the Apollo, where many musical careers were launched............
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S: Brett Zongker

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/24/10
    NEWS: French Romanticism reigns with Houston Symphony
    DESCRIPTION: The prodigiously accomplished Macedonian pianist Simon Trpceski made a memorable Houston Symphony debut on Thursday with his inspired rendition of Camille Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto Number 2............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/24/10
    NEWS: The hidden Harvey: James Black dishes on his first Alley "date" & Elmer Fudd guitar 
    DESCRIPTION: James Black shares the stage with an invisible 6-foot white rabbit. Alley Theatre's resident rock star of iconic roles of the American canon takes on the lovable Elwood P. Dowd in Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Harvey, running through May 9. Crashing through bucket-list roles with lightning speed, Black is ready for one of the most endearing characters in American theater....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    NEWS: Harvey is great comfort food
    DESCRIPTION: Mary Chase's whimsical comedy about affable tippler Elwood P. Dowd, whose best friend is the invisible 6-foot rabbit named Harvey, is one of the best-loved classics of American theater...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/23/10
    NEWS: Big Bang Theory's Parsons returns to Catastrophic
    DESCRIPTION: The Catastrophic Theatre's annual gala takes place this weekend with a TV theme, but don't expect The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons to come in character as Sheldon Cooper...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/23/10
    NEWS: Street cred: Violin duo blends hip-hop, classical
    DESCRIPTION: Brothers Tourie and Damien Escobar were just young boys when they began earning money by playing the violin on New York's subways. While attending Julliard School of Music, they started incorporating hip-hop and rock influences into their sound..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Joy Sewing

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/22/10
    NEWS: The Meeting Place
    DESCRIPTION: FotoFest sifts through thousands of images to find gold.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/22/10
    NEWS: FOTOFEST
    DESCRIPTION: ‘Cultural documentarians' turn lens on U.S. in FotoFest show.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/20/10
    NEWS: AMERICAN IDIOT Blasts the Rest of Broadway Away
    DESCRIPTION: There has never been anything like American IDIOT on Broadway before.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/19/10
    NEWS: Shrek, West Side Story added to Hobby lineup
    DESCRIPTION: Shrek the Musical and West Side Story will join the previously announced Billy Elliot in the 2010-11 season of Broadway at the Hobby Center, formerly Broadway Across America-Houston. Rounding out the five-show package will be the ballroom-dance revue Burn the Floor and a return engagement of the ABBA-fest Mamma Mia!, that show's fourth visit here............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/18/10
    NEWS: Theater LaB's Reefer Madness The Musical is One Satirically Sassy Fantastic Farsical Pot Party
    DESCRIPTION: Ever wonder why your life did not turn out the way you thought it would? You shouldn't have smoked that first joint!............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/18/10
    NEWS: Galouzine sparks HGO's bold Queen
    DESCRIPTION:The grandest coup de theatre in Houston Grand Opera's The Queen of Spades occurs in Act 3, Scene 1 — indeed, the coup really is the scene in its entirety...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/17/10
    NEWS: Puppets and impassioned arias bring Houston Grand Opera's The Queen of Spades to life
    DESCRIPTION: Imagine you are one of those beautiful young women dating a rich guy on Bravo's The Millionaire Matchmaker. You see the possibility of a comfortable and luxurious life looming before you, despite your potential fiancé’s ugly face, ill manners, social pretentions, or his just plain boring personality. Would you return to the man you really love, the handsome penniless one with the gambling addiction?......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Theodore Bale

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/17/10
    NEWS: Barkley L. Hendricks' work captures essence of his era
    DESCRIPTION: Houston fans of American portrait painting have recently had the rare chance to enjoy and draw connections between the work of three of the greats — John Singer Sargent, Alice Neel and Barkley L. Hendricks. All have career-spanning exhibitions on view within a couple blocks of one another.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/17/10
    NEWS: Theater review: Reefer Madness is high on silliness
    DESCRIPTION: Theater LaB’s production of Reefer Madness, the Musical is a campy take on the 1936 low-budget cult movie warning of the dangers of smoking marijuana..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/16/10
    NEWS: Aszure Barton's energy translates into divine dance
    DESCRIPTION: The ability to surprise people — including those who don't think they like contemporary dance — appears woven into Barton's DNA. Houston audiences get their first taste of Aszure Barton & Artists on Friday.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/15/10
    NEWS: Laura Bell Bundy is Shakin' up country music
    DESCRIPTION: It makes sense. She originated the roles of Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde — The Musical..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Joey Guerra

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/15/10
    NEWS: Company offers lessons in life, relationships
    DESCRIPTION: You can talk all you like about Hair or Rent or Spring Awakening as breakthroughs to a more contemporary sound and sensibility in musical theater. For my money, Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company proved an even more important breakthrough..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/14/10
    NEWS: iFest features Caribbean sounds, other bands you should check out
    DESCRIPTION: Nobody can discover every emerging band. But Rick Mitchell, the former Chronicle music critic who is now the director of performing arts for the Houston International Festival, has an ear for up-and-comers.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/14/10
    NEWS: Para Vivir
    DESCRIPTION: In the Heights explodes off the stage......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/14/10
    NEWS: Artist Julie Mehretu finds her language
    DESCRIPTION: Painter Julie Mehretu is an international art-world superstar.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/14/10
    NEWS: A Muddled Mess
    DESCRIPTION: You may need a drink after the world premiere of Lans Traverse's Driftwood, but not for fortification. Better for throwing. This show is a mess......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/14/10
    NEWS: Esperanza Spalding sings her brand of jazz
    DESCRIPTION: For the second time in a week, the Alley Theatre is observing the passing of a member of its extended family of artists........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/14/10
    NEWS: Masquerade Theatre's COMPANY is Musical Theatre at its Finest and This Production Gets My Best Locally Produced Musical Award of the 2009-2010 Season
    DESCRIPTION: So what if the set looks like the most recent Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Company! Masquerade Theatre has mounted an absolutely fabulous and brilliant production of Company............
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/13/10
    NEWS: Opera Moves: Priscilla Nathan-Murphy on her work in Queen of Spades and Xerxes at Houston Grand Opera
    DESCRIPTION: Choreographer Priscilla Nathan-Murphy is most known as principal of the lower school at Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy. In addition, she also directs the modern program there. Recently, Nathan-Murphy has contributed her movement expertise to the Houston Grand Opera productions of Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades and Handel's Xerxes. Nathan-Murphy gives us a glimpse of her opera life..........
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/13/10
    NEWS: Aszure Barton on Busking and her Busy Year
    DESCRIPTION: Canadian choreographer Aszure Barton is on one amazing career ride. Lucky for us, she's stopping in Houston for a Society for the Performing Arts show at Cullen Theater next Friday.........
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston 
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/13/10
    NEWS: Alley mourns loss of fellow actor Dixie Carter
    DESCRIPTION: For the second time in a week, the Alley Theatre is observing the passing of a member of its extended family of artists........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/11/10
    NEWS: HGO's Queen of Spades features obsession, fate, great music
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Grand Opera gives its first The Queen of Spades in 28 years with the production opening Friday at Wortham Theater Center. HGO general director Anthony Freud has chosen director Richard Jones' internationally acclaimed —and decidedly non-traditional — version.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/10/10
    NEWS: Villainous son propels MST's Driftwood
    DESCRIPTION: The sneakiest snake-in-the-grass to befoul a Houston stage in many moons slithers through Driftwood. In Main Street Theater's able world premiere of Lans Traverse's drama, Justin Doran plays Crowther, only son of an Oklahoma wheat farming family......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/10/10
    NEWS: A River Oaks woman with her legs over her head on a table? It's all part of Pamela Vogel's act
    DESCRIPTION: Classical Theatre Company's (CTC) production of Moliere's Tartuffe (now playing at the Barnevelder Theater through April 18), feels more than a bit timely with the Catholic Church in free fall. Funny how things don't change much when it comes to belief and money..........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/10/10
    NEWS: Classical Theatre Company's Topsy-Turvy Tartuffe is the Stuff Great Farce is Made Of
    DESCRIPTION: Another divine classic by CTC---this time funny farce---has appeared as proof That yesterday, today, and forever reigns the amazingly fresh and germane Tartuffe...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/10/10
    NEWS: Artist presents an unsanitized, yet beautiful, vision of death
    DESCRIPTION: Anyone who saw photographer Sarah Sudhoff's Repository last year at Art League Houston — work that grew out of her 2004 surgery for cervical cancer — already knows she turns an unwavering gaze on the body in medical contexts. Tissue samples, blood-soaked gauze, medical instruments, the artist herself — all were served up for the examination of anyone who dared to look. In her second Houston solo show, At the Hour of Our Death at De Santos Gallery, Sudhoff again draws inspiration from personal experience.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/09/10
    NEWS: In the Heights blends classic showmanship with a youthful vibe
    DESCRIPTION: Fireworks light the sky in the Act 1 finale of In the Heights, but that’s nothing compared to the explosion of talent and energy, humor and heart that illuminate this exuberant celebration from start to finish.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/08/10
    NEWS: FotoFest exhibit traces Walker Evans' legacy
    DESCRIPTION: One of the FotoFest 2010 Biennial's official exhibitions, Whatever Was Splendid: New American Photographs, explores parallels between Walker Evans' Depression-era photos and current lens-based U.S. work........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/08/10
    NEWS: Alley Theatre fondly recalls Corin Redgrave
    DESCRIPTION: British actor Corin Redgrave, who died Tuesday in London at the age of 70, was known chiefly for his work on the London stage — and recognized, of course, as a member of one of the great acting dynasties: son of Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson, brother to Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave. But Houston audiences saw Redgrave do sterling work in three significant Alley Theatre productions.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/08/10
    NEWS: A Look at Books
    DESCRIPTION: The artists from MANUAL photograph their library.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/08/10
    NEWS: Broadway Across America's In the Heights Triumphantly Captures Three Days of Pulsating Passionate Latino Beat in Washington Heights
    DESCRIPTION: My feet are still tapping, my pulse racing, my heart pounding from the explosion of the Latino beat, the rhythm, the soul, the fresh fusion of the passion and purity of life and love celebrated in Broadway Across America's In the Heights..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/07/10
    NEWS: WorldFest: Documentary sings praises of Anderson Fair
    DESCRIPTION: A new documentary about Anderson Fair Retail Restaurant, the venerable Houston singer-songwriter club, has an underdog spirit similar to last year's buzzed-about documentary about the lovable Canadian metal band Anvil. For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair and Anvil: The Story of Anvil also share a title format and both exhibit a sense of commitment and dedication and perseverance in their respective cast members.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/07/10
    NEWS: ‘Tunnelbooks' grow to life size in Dreams
    DESCRIPTION: Artist Andrea Dezsö presents her installation Sometimes in My Dreams I Fly at Rice University Art Gallery....................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/07/10
    NEWS: Opera Elmer Gantry makes Houston debut
    DESCRIPTION: It makes its Houston premiere Friday-Monday as the latest ambitious project by the University of Houston's Moores Opera Center...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/06/10
    NEWS: Main Street Theater's World Premiere of Lans Traverse's Driftwood is Magnificent and Moving Drama
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater has mounted a modern masterpiece of family drama with its world premiere of Lans Traverse's Driftwood..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/03/10
    NEWS: Tony-winning In the Heights hits Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Breakthrough musical melds fresh sounds, classic themes...................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/02/10
    NEWS: Limbs go all out at Dance Salad Festival
    DESCRIPTION: Over the years, Dance Salad Festival founder Nancy Henderek has learned to cull and juxtapose diverse excerpts from works by top dance artists in ways that reveal common threads. Sometimes the connection is thematic or geographic. At the 2010 festival opening Thursday, extravagantly arched feet and inventive partnering contributed, but arm work provided the most fascinating bridge from one piece to the next....................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/02/10
    NEWS: Opera in the Heights' La Boheme is Brilliant
    DESCRIPTION:What can be said or written that has not already been discussed, debated, and discoursed at great length regarding Puccini's gorgeous La Boheme? Opera in the Heights has mounted a brilliant production of one of the most beloved operas of all times..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/02/10
    NEWS: Review: Nice work by Pizzarelli on Gershwin Songbook
    DESCRIPTION: John Pizzarelli brought his cool sound and classy style to the songs of George and Ira Gershwin in Thursday night's stress-busting program with the Houston Symphony...................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 4/02/10
    NEWS: Texas Repertory Theatre Produces Enjoyable Barefoot in the Park
    DESCRIPTION: A conservative young lawyer and his irrepressible bride struggle with marital discord after the ecstasy of the honeymoon gives way to the reality of setting up housekeeping in a five-flight walk-up in New York City..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/31/10
    NEWS: Artist's books can only be judged by their covers
    DESCRIPTION: Walking through the in-progress installation of his traveling solo exhibition at the Menil Collection, San Francisco-based artist Steve Wolfe spots a mistake....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/31/10
    NEWS: Not So Fresh
    DESCRIPTION: Texas Rep's Barefoot in the Park feels dated....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/31/10
    NEWS: Jazz star Pizzarelli goes Gershwin with Houston Symphony
    DESCRIPTION: A life in jazz must have seemed a foregone conclusion for John Pizzarelli. Famed jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli is his father, two great-uncles were also professional musicians, and his brother Martin and sister Mary are also in the family business..................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/30/10
    NEWS: Mystery remains in spite of artist's open doors
    DESCRIPTION: Luis Mallo’s photographs reveal a world of stored art.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/30/10
    NEWS: An Interview with Playwright Lans Traverse, Whose Driftwood Receives its World Premiere at Main Street Theater April 1
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater arranged for me to interview British playwright Lans Traverse at their Times Boulevard location in the Village on Monday morning, March 29.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/28/10
    NEWS: Dance Salad: a world of dance at the doorstep
    DESCRIPTION: You might want to brush up on some literature before next week’s Dance Salad Festival. Among the 16 pieces founder and curator Nancy Henderek is importing this year are dances based on Anna Karenina, The Brothers Karamazov and Ulysses. Abridged versions of evening-length works, they’re virtually custom-made for Dance Salad and won’t be seen the same way anywhere else.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/26/10
    NEWS: Artists debut work at Hobby Airport
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Airport System and the Houston Arts Alliance on Thursday unveiled new artwork at William P. Hobby Airport......
    SOURCE: Houston Business Journal
    WRITER(S: Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/24/10
    NEWS: James Surls' Rice exhibit praised by bigwigs, but students feel shut out 
    DESCRIPTION: James Surls doesn't encourage viewers of his art as much as he challenges them....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Steven Thomson

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/24/10
    NEWS: Arts groups oppose new rules for getting city funds
    DESCRIPTION: Guidelines require offering activities that 'support tourism'...............
    SOURCE: Austin American-Statesman
    WRITER(S: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/21/10
    NEWS: James Surls sculptures bloom on Rice campus
    DESCRIPTION:Although James Surls has lived in Carbondale, Colo., since 1998, he remains one of Texas art's most iconic figures, both for his sculpture and for his contributions to Houston's contemporary art scene...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/21/10
    NEWS: TUTS bringing Billy Elliot, Hairspray to town
    DESCRIPTION: Houston premieres of Elton John's Tony-winning smash Billy Elliot, John Kander and Fred Ebb's clever musical whodunit Curtains and Dolly Parton's Broadway songwriting debut 9 to 5 top Theatre Under The Stars' 2010-11 Hobby Center season of six musicals..............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/18/10
    NEWS: Lost Vivaldi opera highlights Mercury Baroque's 2010-11 season
    DESCRIPTION: Led by artistic director Antoine Plante, the acclaimed period-instrument ensemble will celebrate its 10th season with six concerts at Wortham Theater Center, along with two children's concerts and special events at venues around the city.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/14/10
    NEWS: SPA lines up international talent for its new season
    DESCRIPTION: Society for the Performing Arts' 2010-11 season really will bring the world to Houston..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: Spring 2010
    NEWS: visualseen First Anniversary FotoFest Edition
    DESCRIPTION: visualseen is an ongoing dialogue about contemporary art,photography,music and performing arts..........
    SOURCE: visualseen
    WRITER(S: Various Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: Summer 2010
    NEWS: Sweet Dreams: Emily Sloan, NAP (Napping Affects Performance)
    DESCRIPTION: It all started with an invitation—for a nap...........
    SOURCE: visualseen
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/26/10
    NEWS: A collaboration years in making
    DESCRIPTION: Two showbiz icons put their considerable talents together Saturday when Joel Grey and Marvin Hamlisch entertain with a program titled (not surprisingly) From Broadway to Hollywood.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/26/10
    NEWS: Two HGO studio artists win 2010 Met competition
    DESCRIPTION:Two members of the Houston Grand Opera Studio were Grand Finalist winners at the 2010 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions earlier this month. Tenor Nathaniel Peake, of Humble, and soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen, of Tri-Cities, Wash. , both first-year artists with the HGO Studio, were among five winners selected from nine finalists, each judged on their performances of multiple arias with the Met Orchestra, led by Marco Armiliato................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/25/10
    NEWS: Kathleen Turner wins raves as Texas legend Molly Ivins in Philadelphia show
    DESCRIPTION: The scene was the City of Brotherly Love but the theme was pure Texas on Wednesday as Red Hot Patriot, a play celebrating the passionate life and incomparable voice of Lone Star laureate Molly Ivins, made its world premiere, according to a CultureMap fan who filed this report from Philadelphia......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Clifford Pugh

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/25/10
    NEWS: Artadia selects 15 Houston finalists
    DESCRIPTION: American Idol isn't the only one narrowing the field down. Artadia, The Fund for Art and Dialogue has selected 15 Houston artists as finalists in an annual competition for seven cash awards, ranging from $3,000 to $15,000.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/25/10
    NEWS: Decadence reigns in disturbing Late Night
    DESCRIPTION:Judging Catastrophic Theatre's Our Late Night by how well the production realizes the play's intent, you'd have to rate it an undisputed bull's-eye................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/25/10
    NEWS: America the Dysfunctional
    DESCRIPTION: It's not cheery, but this is one of the best FotoFest shows so far......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/25/10
    NEWS: An Interview with Extraordinarily Brilliant Danish Composer Line Tjørnhøj, Creator of Anorexia Sacra
    DESCRIPTION: Danish composer Line Tjørnhøj has finally gone where no other composer has ever thought or dared to go........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/24/10
    NEWS: Speech explores modern teen life
    DESCRIPTION:Don't be misled by the prosaic title of Speech & Debate. Stephen Karam's comedy of modern teen angst and enterprise, getting a dynamic Houston premiere at Stages Repertory Theatre, is sharp, timely, startling and often scathingly funny...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/22/10
    NEWS: Opera Vista's Anorexia Sacra by Line Tjørnhøj Proves to Be Daring, Disturbing, Dauntless Masterwork
    DESCRIPTION: To my knowledge, there has never been an attempt to commit to music the disturbing world of anorexia. Danish composer Line Tjørnhøj has finally gone where no other composer has ever thought or dared to go.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/21/10
    NEWS: Our Late Night at Catastrophic Theatre is One Mad Bad Over-the-Top From-the-Gut Laugh Bash
    DESCRIPTION:  Wallace Shawn wrote his boldly intense and dense one act, Our Late Night, in 1972 under the direction of his friend Andre Gregory. The rehearsal period lasted three years. In 1975, it finally debuted and successfully offended many people but, in spite of itself, won an Obie Award......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/20/10
    NEWS: Cellist Gerhardt shines with Houston Symphony
    DESCRIPTION: The brilliant young German cellist Alban Gerhardt dazzled the Jones Hall audience Thursday night with his virtuosic rendition of Prokofiev's demanding Sinfonia Concertante for Cello and Orchestra.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/20/10
    NEWS: Stages' Speech and Debate Gives Powerful Voice to Teenage Desire to be Heard
    DESCRIPTION: The regional premiere of Stephen Karam's Speech and Debate, which opened on Friday, March 19, at Stages, is a powerful and timely drama that gives a hopeful voice to the teenagers of today.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/19/10
    NEWS: Gilberto Gil brings talent to SPA show
    DESCRIPTION: Brazilian pop star Gilberto Gil has forged a career as a songwriter of complex rhythms and themes. But his new project seems almost simple.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/19/10
    NEWS: Texas Repertory Theatre Provides Rare & Unique Opportunity for Mother & Son, Helen & Stephen Myers, to Act Together in Upcoming Barefoot in the Park
    DESCRIPTION: A once in a lifetime experience has arisen for mother and son, Helen Myers and Stephen Myers---the opportunity to act together in Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park which previews next Wednesday and Thursday, March 24 and 25, and opens next Friday, March 26, at Texas Repertory Theatre........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/19/10
    NEWS: Guthrie family shows off its musical heritage
    DESCRIPTION: The late folk-music legend Woody Guthrie (Sarah Lee's grandfather) is represented on the tour by several of his immediately recognizable songs. Performers on stage include Woody's son and Sarah Lee's father, Arlo Guthrie (a folk legend in his own right), along with one of Sarah Lee's children, and other Guthrie brothers and sisters and in-laws............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/18/10
    NEWS: Shining a light on Alice Neel classics
    DESCRIPTION: ...Sunday the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston opens Alice Neel: Painted Truths, a career-spanning selection of oil-on-canvas paintings — mostly portraits, along with a handful of cityscapes.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/18/10
    NEWS: Silly Alley
    DESCRIPTION: The 39 Steps turns a Hitchcock drama into hilarious farce....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/18/10
    NEWS: Enchanted Evening, Indeed
    DESCRIPTION: One of the milestones in all musical theater, this Rodgers and Hammerstein (and Joshua Logan, too) classic from 1949 is so amazingly fresh and vibrant that it seems to have been newly created. There's not a cobweb in sight in South ­Pacific. Presented by Theatre Under the Stars, this award-winning revival fresh from Lincoln Center, fluidly directed by Bartlett Sher, is a stunning eyeful.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/18/10
    NEWS: Author Tracy Kidder discovers relevancy everywhere
    DESCRIPTION: Tracy Kidder will read from Strength in What Remains, 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Alley Theatre's Hubbard Stage, 615 Texas, as part of the Inprint Brown Reading Series..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Maggie Galehouse

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/17/10
    NEWS: Country Playhouse's Effect of Gamma Rays Upon Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds is Disturbing but Excellent
    DESCRIPTION: I had never seen Paul Zindel's The Effect of Gamma Rays Upon Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds until last Friday night's (March 12, 2010) opening at the Country Playhouse.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/17/10
    NEWS: South Pacific'sCarmen Cusack is in love with wonderful role
    DESCRIPTION: Starring in the national tour currently at Hobby Center, Cusack is at the center of one of the most acclaimed theatrical productions in years, playing an iconic American heroine in one of the best-loved musicals of all time............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/16/10
    NEWS: Horse Head Theatre's Fault Lines is Theatre at its Very Finest
    DESCRIPTION: If you are Horse Head Theatre Company, one of the newest and most inventive theatre companies on the Houston horizon, it takes a lot of courage to put on a play. And even more courage to put on a play in a bar....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/13/10
    NEWS: Houston Ballet sails on a nostalgic note
    DESCRIPTION: George Balanchine's Apollo and Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free — both performed with fresh energy — are historic landmarks, and look it. Christopher Bruce's Hush feels timeless. ...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/13/10
    NEWS: Guys' night out goes ballistic in Fault Lines
    DESCRIPTION: Guys shooting the breeze in a bar — that's a familiar subject for a play. Yet Stephen Belber's Fault Lines puts a fresh spin on it with punchy contemporary dialogue, intriguing questions about its characters' relationships and some revelations. Horse Head Theatre Co., which made a strong debut last year with Red Light Winter, has mounted a convincing Houston premiere of Belber's dark comedy, presented off-Broadway in 2008...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/12/10
    NEWS: New art blends with organic landscape
    DESCRIPTION: Miracle-Gro is not responsible for the sculptures that have cropped up on campus; James Surls is. Rice was selected as the venue for seven of Surls' bronze and steel installation pieces, which are now featured in the Central and West Quads, the field next to Herring Hall and the area outside the BioScience Research Collaborative. . ...........
    SOURCE: The Rice Thresher
    WRITER(S: Jaclyn Youngblood

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/12/10
    NEWS: Mie Olise captures sense of abandonment via rickety ships
    DESCRIPTION: MIE OLISE: A FUGITIVE CROSSES HIS TRACKS — DEPARTURE at Barbara Davis Gallery......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/12/10
    NEWS: 39 Steps plays Hitchcock for laughs
    DESCRIPTION: Making its Houston premiere in a rollicking Alley Theatre production after London and Broadway success, the hit stage version of Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1935 chase film is one of those just-for-fun shows without a thought in its head but makin' 'em laugh.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/12/10
    NEWS: Alley Theatre's 39 Steps is 39 Laughs Per Minute and Thrilling Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock
    DESCRIPTION: The stage version of The 39 Steps, which just opened at the Alley Theare, is a madcap, screwball, over-the-top, rip-roarious, rollickingly riotous, vaudevillian, send-up of everything Alfred Hitchcockian!
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/11/10
    NEWS: Beaming at the Ballet
    DESCRIPTION: The 20-foot "final beam" now atop Houston Ballet's new Center for Dance at 601 Preston had a lot riding on it yesterday as it was hoisted into place...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/11/10
    NEWS: The Art of Cool
    DESCRIPTION: The CAMH features a fascinating, talented and not easily categorized artist.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/11/10
    NEWS: Definitive South Pacific restores classic's luster
    DESCRIPTION: Musicals don't get any greater than the magnificent Lincoln Center Theater restoration of South Pacific that opened Tuesday at Hobby Center........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/10/10
    NEWS: Theatre Under the Stars' South Pacific is Rediscovered, Refurbished, Restored Brilliant Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: The story for Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1949 musical, South Pacific, is drawn from a Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel by James A. Michener, entitled Tales of the South Pacific, which deals largely with the issue of racism...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/09/10
    NEWS: Unhinged Productions' Most Fabulous Story Ever Told is Eye-Opening Epiphany, Fabulously Funny, and Marvelously Moving
    DESCRIPTION: Unhinged Productions hits a grand slam home run with the first play of its new season under the leadership of its new artistic director, Joe Angel Babb..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/07/10
    NEWS: Reborn South Pacific makes its Houston bow
    DESCRIPTION: More than a classic musical, South Pacific is a cultural phenomenon. That it has been ever since its sensational, unanimously acclaimed, Tony-sweeping Broadway premiere in 1949.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/07/10
    NEWS: Basketball and books
    DESCRIPTION: The brand-new Kendall Library and Community Center is the City-O-Matic of municipal properties: It slices! It dices! It performs functions you've never even dreamed of!.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/06/10
    NEWS: Jerome Robbins veteran re-creates Fancy Free for its Houston Ballet premiere
    DESCRIPTION: Also on the program: George Balanchine's Apollo, set to a score by Igor Stravinsky, depicting the education of the young god; and Christopher Bruce's Hush, premiered by Houston Ballet in 2006, a celebration of life from youth to old age, set to tracks from Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin's album Hush........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/05/10
    NEWS: The New Centuryfinds laughs in gay identity, parental response
    DESCRIPTION: Theater New West is presenting the play's Houston premiere, somewhat makeshift as a production, yet spirited enough in its good-humored performances......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/04/10
    NEWS: Da Camera visits ‘New Worlds' in upcoming season
    DESCRIPTION: Houston debuts of early music star Jordi Savall and Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton will highlight Da Camera of Houston's 2010-11 season. Artistic director Sarah Rothenberg's acclaimed multimedia production The Blue Rider: Kandinsky and Music also will receive its area premiere.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/04/10
    NEWS: Waiting to be Mended at Theatre Suburbia is Deeply Disturbing and Indispensably Important Drama
    DESCRIPTION: Theatre Suburbia has given life and voice to playwright Gwen Flager with the world premiere of her first play, Waiting to be Mended, currently playing in their new and inviting performance space at 4106 Way Out West Drive.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/04/10
    NEWS: Julia Cho wins 2010 Blackburn Prize
    DESCRIPTION: Julia Cho has won the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Language Archive, her play about a linguist discovering that words may not be enough to save his crumbling marriage....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/04/10
    NEWS: MFAH to exhibit Titian masterpieces previously unseen in U.S.
    DESCRIPTION: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will be one of three American venues to host a pair of masterworks by the Italian Renaissance painter Titian that have never been seen in the United States......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/04/10
    NEWS: Theatre New West's Regional Premiere of Paul Rudnick's The New Century is Laugh Riot
    DESCRIPTION: Paul Rudnick is one of the world's funniest living playwrights........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/04/10
    NEWS: Bitten by La Bayadère
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Ballet debuts a rarely seen Russian classic....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Marene Gustin

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/04/10
    NEWS: Broadway Across America's Fiddler on the Roof at Bass Hall in Austin is Fabulous Musical Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Broadway Across America's Fiddler on the Roof, which opened at Austin's Bass Hall on Tuesday evening, March 2, proves once and for all what a masterpiece of musical theatre Fiddler really is.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/03/10
    NEWS: Artist Dana Frankfort takes a COLORFUL approach
    DESCRIPTION: Using text as an armature for essentially abstract paintings has a distinguished modernist pedigree.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/01/10
    NEWS: Cirque Dreams Illumination's Amazing Martin Lamberti and His Wonderful World of Comedy
    DESCRIPTION: I witnessed the cleverly hilarious classic comedy of Martin Lamberti for the first time in my life in Broadway Across America's Cirque Dreams Illumination, which opened last week at the Hobby Center and plays through Sunday.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 3/01/10
    NEWS: Friction over young photography whiz's art
    DESCRIPTION: Children may be frightened or misunderstand symbolism, church says......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Moises Mendoza

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/28/10
    NEWS: FotoFest focuses on contemporary U.S. photography
    DESCRIPTION: It's almost March in an even-numbered year, which means Houston art spaces are about to be flooded with thousands of photographs, along with nearly that many chances to discuss them in depth. It's time to start planning how to tackle the FotoFest 2010 Biennial, the country's largest photography and photo-related extravaganza. With five official exhibitions and 82 affiliated shows in the works, here's a guide to the highlights................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/28/10
    NEWS: Putting art to work
    DESCRIPTION: For months, commuters on the Gulf Freeway have been wondering about the seven buildings near the Griggs exit..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/28/10
    NEWS: Big Love at U of H's Wortham Theater is One BIG Thrilling Chilling Rip-Roarious Romp
    DESCRIPTION: The School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Houston has opened a thrilling, chilling, dazzling, teasingly rollicking, and rockingly rip-roarious production of Big Love.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/26/10
    NEWS: Houston Symphony to tour U.K.
    DESCRIPTION: t was a hit in Houston. It played Carnegie Hall. It worked its way down to Florida. Now the Houston Symphony's multimedia interpretation of Gustav Holst's The Planets is headed to the United Kingdom. In October, the symphony plans to travel to Birmingham and six other cities across the pond with The Planets — An HD Odyssey. Holst was British, and he completed the first five movements of The Planets in Birmingham.. .................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/26/10
    NEWS: Flu Season deconstructs itself with sly humor
    DESCRIPTION: You won't need a vaccination for The Flu Season.  But make sure you bring your spirit of adventure to Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company's Houston premiere of Will Eno's enigmatic, fitfully fascinating play...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/26/10
    NEWS: Corps de ballet has it made in the Shade
    DESCRIPTION: Something you don’t see very often happened Thursday during the premiere of Houston Ballet’s new La Bayadère: The corps de ballet upstaged the lead dancers. .................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/26/10
    NEWS: Mildred's Umbrella Opens Will Eno's Fascinating The Flu Season and Closes Door on Safe and Predictable Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: Playwright Will Eno has alot of fun messing with the audience in his fascinating play, The Flu Season, which opened at Mildred's Umbrella at Midtown Art Center on Thursday, February 25....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/25/10
    NEWS: What a Tease
    DESCRIPTION: Maurizio Cattelan creates a building-wide scavenger hunt at the Menil.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/25/10
    NEWS: Alley takes 39 Steps to adventure (and laughs)
    DESCRIPTION: Whatever the title phrase's meaning and however much the story has changed in various remakes, The 39 Steps has proved an incredibly durable yarn — especially for a light shocker Buchan tossed off to amuse himself while recovering from a duodenal ulcer.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/24/10
    NEWS: Cirque not exactly a dream
    DESCRIPTION: Traveling production is not the original -- and it shows................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/24/10
    NEWS: Broadway Across America's Magical Cirque Dreams Illumination is Splendiferously Entertaining Spectacularistical Masterpiece!
    DESCRIPTION: Broadway Across America's latest offering, Cirque Dreams Illumination, is a H U G E hit and, if you do not see any other show this year, this is the one to see!.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/24/10
    NEWS: Fine cast, great score, memorable Camelot
    DESCRIPTION: Romantics and idealists, take heart.  Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's Camelot, about as romantic and idealistic a show as can be found in the canon of classic musicals, is back in a stirring Masquerade Theatre production................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/22/10
    NEWS: The city that was. And never was
    DESCRIPTION: Houston is a practical city, a git'r'done place, home of concrete thinking and concrete pavement. We like to speak in the present and future tenses: That building is here today, but tomorrow something else will be..................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/22/10
    NEWS: La Bayadère is Bollywood at the ballet
    DESCRIPTION: Clive Barnes once suggested that if you don't enjoy La Bayadère, you don't really enjoy ballet.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/22/10
    NEWS: Masquerade Theatre's Camelot at Hobby Center is Rich and Rewarding Magical Musical Journey
    DESCRIPTION: But it is well worth an investment in time to be magically transported to King Arthur's legendary kingdom of Camelot......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/21/10
    NEWS: Artwork caught in custody battle
    DESCRIPTION: Painting reported stolen from socialite reappears after two decades, but reclaiming it isn’t simple...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/20/10
    NEWS: Sandra Organ Dance Company's 12th Annual Black History Month Dance Concert Dancing the Dozens is Joyful and Meaningful Journey
    DESCRIPTION: Sandra Organ has created a wildly entertaining multi-media dance concert that is sure to make you laugh, help your heart beat a little faster, remind you of the good old days gone by, get your toes a tappin', bring a few tears to your eyes, and touch you deep in your soul......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/19/10
    NEWS: Review: Double bill features pair of one-acts
    DESCRIPTION: A Number sends in the clones, seeking answers about their origin from a bewildered father. Machinal depicts one luckless stenographer's road to ruin in the inhuman machine age................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/19/10
    NEWS: Main Street Theater Opens Thrilling and Satisfying Evening of Two Suspenseful One Acts, Churchill's A Number and Treadwell's Machinal
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater at its Times Blvd. location has opened two suspenseful and thrilling one-act plays, A Number by Caryl Churchill and Machinal by Sophie Treadwell.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/18/10
    NEWS: When the mundane becomes The New Normal
    DESCRIPTION: You should make a point of heading to DiverseWorks by Saturday to catch The New Normal, for reasons both straightforward and perverse.The traveling group exhibition addresses how boundaries between the public and the private spheres have blurred in the post-Sept. 11 era...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/18/10
    NEWS: Talented Actor, Singer, Dancer Rob Flebbe is Inspiration to All After Brush With Death on Streets of Montrose
    DESCRIPTION: I met Rob Flebbe last Thursday, February 11, at Artista at the cast party of Miss Saigon, Theatre Under the Stars' current brilliant production at the Hobby Center....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/17/10
    NEWS: Dream Girls
    DESCRIPTION: Miss Saigon is still stunning in this TUTS production...............
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/15/10
    NEWS: Swiss pianist makes big impression at festival
    DESCRIPTION: The University of Houston's International Piano Festival remains the city's main celebration of the piano recital. This year's event was sterling..............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/14/10
    NEWS: Theatre Under the Stars' Miss Saigon is Brilliant Musical Theatre Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Miss Saigon premiered in 1989 as a West End Musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. It is loosely based on Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly and similarly tells the tragic tale of a doomed romance involving an Asian woman abandoned by her American lover......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/14/10
    NEWS: Review: Heavy-handed pianist slightly dims otherwise bright performance
    DESCRIPTION: The world's most popular symphony (maybe), the Houston debut of a fearless pianist, a tribute to the Chinese New Year's and no conductor in one event? Only hearts and flowers for Valentine's Day were missing from the typical February concert of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/12/10
    NEWS: Father of hip-hop, Gil Scott-Heron is a survivor
    DESCRIPTION: In the late 1960s and '70s, there were none hipper or signifying more on the conscious black arts scene than Gil Scott-Heron...............
    SOURCE: Philadelphia Daily News 
    WRITER(S: Jonathan Takiff

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/12/10
    NEWS: Review: TUTS' Miss Saigon still has power to entertain
    DESCRIPTION: I dreamed I was in Saigon again. What happened there was strange yet familiar, beautiful and ultimately tragic, and may haunt me for a while...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/12/10
    NEWS: Sargent, Prendergast shows launch MFAH's American Season
    DESCRIPTION: With two John Singer Sargent exhibitions opening today along with a traveling Maurice Prendergast show, it's no wonder Emily Ballew Neff feels like she's floating on cloud nine, though that's not the simile she uses..............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/12/10
    NEWS: Review: True Love Lies is a knockout
    DESCRIPTION: True Love Lies is so fast, so explosive, so uproariously funny and devastatingly true you may not know what hit you.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/12/10
    NEWS: Alias Man Ray exhibit is a treat
    DESCRIPTION: When friends and curators in Houston heard I'd be here for a visit, they swelled my agenda of must-see art shows with suggestions. But once I arrived, word of mouth catapulted one exhibition — Alias Man Ray: The Art of Reinvention at the Jewish Museum — to the top of the list...............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/12/10
    NEWS: Da Camera brings Spirit of England to Wortham
    DESCRIPTION: With works of Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten on the bill, it's little wonder Da Camera's concert at Wortham Theater Center tonight is called The Spirit of England..............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/11/10
    NEWS: Brad Fraser's True Love Lies at Theater LaB is Intense, Satiric, Engaging, Entertaining Dark Comedy
    DESCRIPTION: Thematically and stylistically, Brad Fraser might be paying tribute to the late great playwright Harold Pinter in his True Love Lies, currently being given its regional premiere at Theater LaB.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/11/10
    NEWS: Warm hearts brave cold night in Almost
    DESCRIPTION: ....Almost, Maine. Making its Houston premiere as the inaugural production of Brave Dog Players, John Cariani's romantic comedy proves clever, wistful, funny, sweet-natured and warm-hearted............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/11/10
    NEWS: Wait Wait: NPR program comes to Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me!, the raucous radio quiz show that tumbles into our cars and homes on Saturday mornings, visits Houston's Wortham Center for live performances tonight and Friday.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Maggie Galehouse

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/11/10
    NEWS: Pablo Picasso finds a home in Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Even casual art viewers know from experience that Picasso is well represented in Houston's two big permanent collections, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Menil Collection.. .........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/11/10
    NEWS: Artist captures a lonely beauty
    DESCRIPTION: Introduced to Houston during the 2008 ArtHouston, Denton painter Sarah Williams returns with Population 4,769, a body of works focusing on her rural Midwestern roots. .........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/11/10
    NEWS: See Dick Run
    DESCRIPTION: Invasions of privacy are The New Normal......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/08/10
    NEWS: A.R. Gurney's Sylvia at Encore Players is Dogalicious
    DESCRIPTION: My master, Buzz Bellmont, is a theatre critic....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/6/10
    NEWS: New Menil exhibit bends the rules
    DESCRIPTION: Tucked away in a Montrose neighborhood, the Menil Collection has always taken pains to blend with its surroundings.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/7/10
    NEWS: My Work: Dominic Walsh talks about Romeo & Juliet
    DESCRIPTION: We first performed Romeo & Juliet, our collaboration with Mercury Baroque, in 2006. To have an opportunity to fine-tune things is always great. You feel like you're closer to finishing it.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/07/10
    NEWS: John Cariani's Almost, Maine, Brave Dog Players' Inaugural Production at Stages, is Delightfully Charming Midwinter Night's Dream
    DESCRIPTION: It is precisely 9:00 p.m. on a cold, clear, moonless Friday night in the middle of winter, in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/6/10
    NEWS: Mrs. Mannerly is a likable comedy
    DESCRIPTION: Mrs. Mannerly may not be the model of perfect behavior. Jeffrey Hatcher's likable little comedy intentionally flouts its title character's rules too often for that. It even has Mrs. Mannerly herself defy them at times, for comic effect........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/06/10
    NEWS: Texas Repertory Theatre's Production of Paul Rudnick's I Hate Hamlet is Theatre at its Very Best
    DESCRIPTION: Andrew Rally seems to have it all: celebrity and acclaim from his starring role in a hit television series; a rich beautiful girlfriend; a glamorous, devoted agent; the perfect New York apartment; and the chance to play Hamlet in Central Park...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/5/10
    NEWS: Ensemble brings black history to stage in American Menu
    DESCRIPTION: Momentous events of the Civil Rights movement happened in such prosaic settings as buses, grade schools and diners — as the 50th anniversary of the Greensboro Four's sit-in at an all-white lunch counter reminded us earlier this week.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/4/10
    NEWS: Chamber group marks 50 years, gets new name
    DESCRIPTION: In honor of its 50 years of bringing chamber music to the Bayou City, organizers of the Houston Friends of Music concert series are commissioning a new string quartet by Rice University composer Pierre Jalbert....It also unveiled a new name: Houston Friends of Chamber Music....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/4/10
    NEWS: Carroll Harris Simms, TSU professor and sculptor, dies at 85
    DESCRIPTION: Carroll Harris Simms, an artist, author, professor and key figure in shaping Texas Southern University's art department, died Monday after a long illness.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/4/10
    NEWS: A Toast to Tosca
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Grand Opera delivers sex, violence and some amazing music......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/4/10
    NEWS: Good Turn
    DESCRIPTION: Turn of the Screw......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/04/10
    NEWS: Alley's Mrs. Mannerly Makes for Much Laughter and Great Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher must be very excited to have two productions of two of his plays currently running simultaneously on Houston stages...........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/2/10
    NEWS: HGO's new season stresses favorites, some rarer gems
    DESCRIPTION: Ana Maria Martinez’s debut in the role of the tragic Cio-Cio San in Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly; Houston Grand Opera’s first staging of Dead Man Walking, one of the most acclaimed new operas of the past decade; and a troika of dynamic divas — Laura Claycomb, Christine Goerke and Susan Graham — to power Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos — are among some of the noteworthy aspects of Houston Grand Opera’s 2010-11 season........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/02/10
    NEWS: An Interview with Extraordinary Actress Mary Hooper Starring in True Love Lies Regional Premiere at Theater LaB
    DESCRIPTION: In the 1980s I once told actress Mary Hooper that she had achieved cult idol status in Houston because of her wildly popular and seductive stage roles in Houston theatre..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/1/10
    NEWS: Houston Ballet student wins Lausanne prize
    DESCRIPTION: Amuchastegui is local academy’s first dancer to receive the honor.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/01/10
    NEWS: HGO's Turn of the Screw is Haunting and Brilliant Production of Britten Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Grand Opera has co-produced with Opera Australia an exquisite and exciting production of Benjamin Britten's English chamber opera The Turn of the Screw, based upon Henry James' novella of the same name.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 2/1/10
    NEWS: Review: HGO's Turn of the Screw chills and thrills
    DESCRIPTION: Something is terribly wrong at Bly House — but things couldn't be righter with Houston Grand Opera's adroitly realized The Turn of the Screw.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/31/10
    NEWS: A Picasso at Stages is Fascinating Glimpse into Picasso's World
    DESCRIPTION: Jeffrey Hatcher's A Picasso at Stages is an art history lecture wrapped around a theatrical gimmick. And it works........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/31/10
    NEWS: Playwright Hatcher gets a Houston double-header
    DESCRIPTION: ...our first Jeffrey Hatcher Festival, given the concurrent Houston premieres of two of Hatcher's recent plays: A Picasso, now in its opening weekend at Stages Repertory Theatre; and Mrs. Mannerly, now in previews for a Wednesday opening at the Alley Theatre......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/31/10
    NEWS: Opera in the Heights' Un Ballo in Maschera is Exquisite Rendition of Verdi Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Verdi's masterpiece Un Ballo in Maschera tells the story of love and betrayal in the world of politics in three riveting acts when an assassination is planned against Count Riccardo and successfully carried out against the backdrop of a masked ball.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/30/10
    NEWS: N.Y. Times praises Houston Symphony's Planets
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Symphony performance of The Planets — an HD Odyssey got a lot of attention from the New York Times. Reviewer Anthony Tommasani called the performance at Carnegie Hall Thursday night "inventive and ingeniously orchestrated, with resonances of Debussy and even early Schoenberg" but noted that the stark high-definition images of the planets selected by Duncan Copp "tended to overwhelm (composer Gustav) Holtst's nearly 60-minute suite."....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Clifford Pugh

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/30/10
    NEWS: Stages paints an entertaining Picasso
    DESCRIPTION: An intriguing chapter from the life of Pablo Picasso sparks Jeffrey Hatcher's neat two-hander, A Picasso, enjoying a capable Houston premiere at Stages Repertory Theatre.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/30/10
    NEWS: British theater company breathes new life into Enron story
    DESCRIPTION: Lucy Prebble's play Enron, which is playing in London, has all the elements of a tragedy: ambition, greed and downfall.....
    SOURCE: Bloomberg News
    WRITER(S: Warwick Thompson

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/29/10
    NEWS: Another shot at greatness
    DESCRIPTION: A $3 million master plan aims to remodel the park and meet the needs of the ‘new generation’ of downtown Houston residents...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Allan Turner

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/29/10
    NEWS: CAMH exhibit gives Barkley L. Hendricks his due
    DESCRIPTION: Artist Barkley L. Hendricks' first paintings retrospective has been a long time coming..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/28/10
    NEWS: Inside the MasterMinds
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Press honors three local arts groups on the city's cutting edge.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/28/10
    NEWS: El Anatsui lets chance, collaboration into his work
    DESCRIPTION: Installation weeks at Rice University Art Gallery are always chaotic, with assistants scrambling to help visiting artists complete their monumental commissions in time for opening night.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/27/10
    NEWS: Enter at Your Own Risk
    DESCRIPTION: The Alley's trip through Wonderland is a work in progress....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/26/10
    NEWS: HGO's Tosca is Memorable Vocally and Musically but Director's Attempt to Freshen Results in Upstaging Puccini's Brilliant Score
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Grand Opera presents a wonderful if somewhat stylistically confusing and challenging rendition of Puccini's Tosca, which marks the debut of soprano Patricia Racette singing the title role......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/25/10
    NEWS: Racette an exciting center for HGO's Tosca
    DESCRIPTION: From the first chords that explode from the orchestra, maestro Patrick Summers just about propelling himself out of the pit with them, a gripping sense of urgency drives Houston Grand Opera's potent new production of Puccini's Tosca, which opened Friday at Wortham Center.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/25/10
    NEWS: Monumental Energy of Bernar Venet
    DESCRIPTION: As much as 22 tons of cor- ten steel goes through a complicated dangerous process to become indeterminate line, arcs or collapsed forms that boldly claim a place for themselves constantly changing environment, and identity....
    SOURCE: VisualSeen
    WRITER(S: Stacey Holzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/25/10
    NEWS: Dancing Between Worlds with Miguel Anaya
    DESCRIPTION: The correlation between photography and Modern Dance becomes apparent in an interview with photographer, dancer Miguel Anaya.....
    SOURCE: VisualSeen
    WRITER(S: Stacey Holzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/25/10
    NEWS: Layer by Layer with Joseph Cohen
    DESCRIPTION: A concentrated look at the work of Joseph Cohen reveals an artist whose work although adherent to concrete painting generates multiple conversations about nature and our environment with an integral expression that is refreshing....
    SOURCE: VisualSeen
    WRITER(S: Stacey Holzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/25/10
    NEWS: HARP LIKE YOU'VE NEVER HEARD Emily Mitchell makes Houston home
    DESCRIPTION: A new home for the Greater Houston Chapter of the American Harp Society promises an exciting new Season in Houston.....
    SOURCE: VisualSeen
    WRITER(S: Stacey Holzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/25/10
    NEWS: My Funny Valentine at College of the Mainland Community Theatre is Delightful and Delicious Rodgers and Hart Musical Review
    DESCRIPTION: If you are a fan (and who isn't?) of the songs of the legendary songwriting team Rodgers and Hart, then you must make the journey down I-45 South to Texas City to catch director Mark Adams' delightful and delicious musical review, My Funny Valentine, now playing to packed houses at College of the Mainland Community Theatre.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/24/10
    NEWS: Houston Ballet plans a Jewel of a season
    DESCRIPTION: With the 2010-2011 season, announced today, artistic director Stanton Welch continues to acquire works by great European and American choreographers........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/24/10
    NEWS: HGO readies rare operatic chiller
    DESCRIPTION: The Turn of the Screw, Benjamin Britten's chamber opera based on Henry James's classic ghost story, is the rare exception — a psychological thriller highly regarded since its 1954 premiere as a commission of the Venice Biennale.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/24/10
    NEWS: Garages tell city's story
    DESCRIPTION: Aerialphotos of Houston from the '80s — even photos of the most tightly packed parts of the city, of downtown and the Medical Center and the area near the Galleria — show oceans of asphalt. Parking lots everywhere..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/23/10
    NEWS: Review: Heavenly images match the Houston Symphony's score
    DESCRIPTION: The occasion is The Planets — An HD Odyssey, the Houston Symphony's multimedia event combining the orchestra's live performance of Gustav Holst's orchestral suite with Duncan Copp's specially commissioned film illustrating the music with the latest, state-of-the-art, NASA-generated images.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/23/10
    NEWS: Unusual staging and Racette's rich voice make HGO's Tosca memorable
    DESCRIPTION: Boston is the traditional tryout town for Broadway-bound new musicals, and Houston is a place where opera singers like to try new roles on for size....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: William Albright

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/22/10
    NEWS: Review: Lots of flash, little real wonder in Wonderland
    DESCRIPTION: The surface often impresses, though the substance just as often disappoints, in Wonderland......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/22/10
    NEWS: Famed soprano Racette prepares for HGO's Tosca
    DESCRIPTION: Patricia Racette stars in the title role of Puccini's Tosca. Houston Grand Opera's new production of the classic opens Friday......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/22/10
    NEWS: Alley's Wonderland is Wildly Entertaining, Visually Stunning, and Destined to Become Huge Hit After Further Development Before Hitting Broadway
    DESCRIPTION: The Alley Theatre's long awaited and highly anticipated world premiere of the musical Wonderland about Alice, a children's book author in Manhattan who is suffering from writer's block, estranged from her husband, and alienated from her daughter has arrived with a bang! ....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/21/10
    NEWS: Park surprise: steel sculptures
    DESCRIPTION: French artist Bernar Venet has been exhibiting work since he was 11, when he showed a painting in the Salon de Peinture de Péchiney in Paris......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/20/10
    NEWS: Free Martin Zet
    DESCRIPTION: A Czech artist escapes his past in the Station's "Necessity."......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/20/10
    NEWS: Actress Celeste Roberts revels in role of a lifetime
    DESCRIPTION: Celeste Roberts plays Maria Callas in Master Class at the Main Street Theater.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/19/10
    NEWS: Celebs, collabs and new faces at Houston Symphony next season
    DESCRIPTION: We've still got several months to appreciate the 2009-2010 season of the Houston Symphony, but the announcement of the 2010-2011 schedule should encourage music lovers of all stripes—classical, big band, Broadway, pop and rock, just to name a few—to save the dates....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Sarah Rufca

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/15/10
    NEWS: Gilmore guy: Pianist surprised with prestigious award
    DESCRIPTION: Kirill Gerstein has won the Gilmore Artist Award....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/14/10
    NEWS: Actor Charles Swan Leads Alley Theatre's Holiday Fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Grossing Over $50K
    DESCRIPTION: Charles Swan was in the Alley Theatre's production of A Christmas Carol this past Christmas and spearheaded the fundraising effort after each show for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/14/10
    NEWS: Bright Stars
    DESCRIPTION: The MFAH hosts a masterfully curated show of works by 12 Korean artists......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/14/10
    NEWS: Lessons from La Divina
    DESCRIPTION: The passion of Maria Callas thrills in Main Street Theater's Master Class......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S: Lee Wiliams

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/14/10
    NEWS: Twist and shout
    DESCRIPTION: At fine arts performances, audiences do the darndest things .....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/14/10
    NEWS: Honeymoon is clever and comical
    DESCRIPTION: Struggling with a relationship that's turning sour is hardly a new theme — yet Gemma Wilcox puts a fresh and funny spin on it in her solo show, The Honeymoon Period Is Officially Over...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/14/10
    NEWS: Perfectionism, creativity drive artist
    DESCRIPTION: Omar Angel Perez didn't begin woodworking to sell high-end furniture or to make sculptures that create a buzz on the local arts scene, though he has gained a reputation for both.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Mike Morris

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/14/10
    NEWS: Third Time's the Charm
    DESCRIPTION: Celeste Roberts Becomes Maria Callas in Main Street Theater's Master Class...
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/13/10
    NEWS: Master Class rises to the occasion
    DESCRIPTION: Celeste Roberts takes the role as soprano Maria Callas to a new level in the production of Master Class at the Main Street Theater....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/13/10
    NEWS: Theater LaB's Honeymoon Period is Officially Over Brilliantly Written and Performed by Gemma Wilcox
    DESCRIPTION: You do not want to miss this brilliant, humorous, poignant and entertaining piece of theater!....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/13/10
    NEWS: Exhibit explores human consciousness
    DESCRIPTION: It's always exciting to see artists taking on big themes, especially when they do so in dialogue with other disciplines. For that reason alone, Matthew Day Jackson: The Immeasurable Distance, now in its final week at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, is worth a visit.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/12/10
    NEWS: Mark Morris dancer returns to Texas
    DESCRIPTION: Texas native Domingo Estrada Jr. will take center stage with the Mark Morris Dance Group this weekend at the Wortham Center's Cullen Theater in the Society for the Performing Arts series.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/12/10
    NEWS: RodeoHouston 2010 performers
    DESCRIPTION: The annual RodeoHouston announcement elicits a fair share of "yeehaws" and "giddyups." Monday's lineup, however, likely prompted two very different responses. "Boom-boom-pow!" and "squeee!"............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Joey Guerra

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/12/10
    NEWS: RENT at Country Playhouse is Sensual Musical Feast with Hugely Talented Cast
    DESCRIPTION: RENT is a rock musical with music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. .....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/11/10
    NEWS: Rick Lowe returns, temporarily, to Los Angeles
    DESCRIPTION: Houston's most famous community-organizing son, Rick Lowe, returns to his old stomping ground as an artist-in-residence at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses, will be working with graduate students on community-based projects during the nine-week residency, which is funded by The Nimoy Foundation, established by actor Leonard Nimoy and his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy.....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/10/10
    NEWS: HSPVA still needs pianos
    DESCRIPTION: As CultureMap reported a few weeks ago, the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts has lost its 18 pianos after a partnership with the Fred Forshey Piano company ended. Officials launched a plea to help replace the instruments and have raised $16,450 in funds from alumni and community donations, according to Piano Department director Rodolfo Morales....
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S: Caroline Gallay

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/10/10
    NEWS: Main Street Theater's Master Class is Brilliant Production of Modern Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Currently running on their Chelsea Market stage on Montrose Blvd., Main Street Theater is giving Texas playwright Terrence McNally's Master Class, one of the best plays of the end of the last century, a beautiful production that is deserving of this masterpiece of theatre........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/10/10
    NEWS: Settling the score with choreographer Mark Morris
    DESCRIPTION: Mark Morris' 1993 masterpiece Grand Duo, one of eight dances he's created to music by Lou Harrison, is on this week's program at the Wortham Theater Center.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/10/10
    NEWS: Alley in Wonderland with composer Frank Wildhorn's new show
    DESCRIPTION: The new musical Wonderland brings composer Frank Wildhorn back to his first theatrical home — Houston's Alley Theatre, which launched his stage career with its 1990 world premiere of the audience favorite Jekyll & Hyde................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/09/10
    NEWS: Broadway Across America's A Chorus Line is One Singular Sensation and the Best Production Ever
    DESCRIPTION: Broadway Across America has scored a huge hit with its new production of A Chorus Line, which has kicked off a six month tour originating in Houston.
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/09/10
    NEWS: Review: A ChorusLine captures the original magic
    DESCRIPTION: A staggering 35 years after A Chorus Line burst upon the scene (incredible but, yes, that's how long it's been), the landmark musical about the lives of Broadway dancers remains a unique and extraordinarily effective piece of theater.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/08/10
    NEWS: Alsop, Symphony thrill with Mahler's First
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Symphony achieved a thrilling rendition of Mahler's First Thursday night at Jones Hall, under the masterful leadership of guest conductor Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony..................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/06/10
    NEWS: Theatre Southwest's Wonder of the World is Wonderful!
    DESCRIPTION: David Lindsay-Abaire's Wonder of the World is currently receiving a wonderful production at Theatre Southwest.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/03/10
    NEWS: Sondheim Makes His Entrance Again, Intimately
    DESCRIPTION: At 79, with some of the greatest works of American musical theater to his credit, Stephen Sondheim has reached that point in a prolific composer’s career when major revivals of his shows now number in the double digits.................
    SOURCE: New York Times 
    WRITER(S: Patrick Healy

    PUBLISH DATE: 1/03/10
    NEWS: What they do for love: A Chorus Line returns
    DESCRIPTION: Every theater fan knows the legend of A Chorus Line, the landmark musical celebrating Broadway “gypsies” (theater lingo for chorus dancers) as the unsung heroes of the business. Premiered in 1975, it became the biggest hit of the decade.................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/31/09
    NEWS: Sculpture honors Acres Homes area
    DESCRIPTION: The stainless steel “Community Tree,” created by local sculptor Tim Glover, was made possible by the City of Houston, the Houston Arts Alliance, Acres Homes Community Development Corp. and residents................
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S: Mike Morris

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/09/09
    NEWS: Space Invasion
    DESCRIPTION: Enter Lawndale's otherworldly realm........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/09/09
    NEWS: This year's Nutcracker filled with new faces
    DESCRIPTION: Imagine a world in which, say, Swan Lake played for a month at the Wortham Theater Center. OK, dream on. But at least The Nutcracker's music is also by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. And it gives young dancers opportunities to step into leading and featured roles they normally don't get with Houston Ballet's typical six-performance runs.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/09/09
    NEWS: Happy and Sad serves up a slice of life
    DESCRIPTION: Speeding Motorcycle viewed the world of Daniel Johnston through a kaleidoscope. Life Is Happy and Sad views Johnston's persona and preoccupations through a microscope.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/08/09
    NEWS: Catastrophic Theatre's Life is Happy and Sad is Loving Tribute to Daniel Johnston and the Struggling Artist in All of Us
    DESCRIPTION: Jason Nodler, artistic director of The Catastrophic Theatre, conceived Life is Happy and Sad while attending an NEA fellowship at The MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/04/09
    NEWS: TUTS celebrates 50 years of Sound of Music
    DESCRIPTION: How do you solve a problem like The Sound of Music? This year celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Broadway premiere, The Sound of Music remains as popular as ever — opening Thursday in Theatre Under The Stars' latest revival.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/04/09
    NEWS: Mildred's Umbrella Opens Evocative, Surreal, and Magical Margo Veil: An Entertainment
    DESCRIPTION: Margo Veil has so many labyrinthine twists and turns that to experience it IS to get high from its many surreal and sumptuous surprises....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/03/09
    NEWS: Alley's Santaland Diaries is Hilarious Over-the-Top Look at Life as an Elf at Macy's SantaLand
    DESCRIPTION: David Sedaris' autobiographical tale in the form of a monologue explores his experiences as Crumpit the Elf in Macy's SantaLand display.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/02/09
    NEWS: Kennedy Center lends a hand to arts groups
    DESCRIPTION: As part of the initiative launched in January, Michael H. Kaiser, president of Washington's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is barnstorming the country leading community conversations on the theme. Tuesday's event at the University of Houston, hosted by the Houston Arts Alliance, was his 30th stop on a 50-state, 70-city tour........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/02/09
    NEWS: Wood-n't you know it? Suchu can't stop dancing
    DESCRIPTION: (Jennifer) Wood is hands down Houston's most prolific choreographer.......
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/01/09
    NEWS: A PRINCELY CHAT WITH PETER FRANC
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Ballet demi soloist Peter Franc finally gets his night as the Prince in The Nutcracker.......
    SOURCE: Houston ArtsWeek
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/29/09
    NEWS: Dario Robleto exhibit is a unique opportunity for Houston
    DESCRIPTION: DARIO ROBLETO: SOME LONGINGS SURVIVE DEATH, An Inman Gallery production......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/29/09
    NEWS: Wayne Dolcefino- public art enemy #1?
    DESCRIPTION: This time last year, Houston was recovering from a disastrous hurricane and some pretty lousy news about our nation's economy. Due to these significant blows, the art community started bracing itself for the worst....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/LolaJRS's page

    WRITER(S): Jenni Rebecca Stephenson

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/29/09
    NEWS: KUHF's Carl Ladau plays favorites for classical night owls
    DESCRIPTION: Who do you call if it's 3 a.m. and you've got a craving to hear Glazunov's Symphony No. 5 or Berlioz's Te Deum or just anything by Tikhon Khrennikov?......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/26/09
    NEWS: Barbara Bears hangs up her toe shoes
    DESCRIPTION: No matter what story I happened to be working on, Houston Ballet principal Barbara Bears always had time for me........
    SOURCE: CultureMap Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/25/09
    NEWS: You just can't have enough Christmas Carol
    DESCRIPTION: On the Houston theater front, besides the Alley's annual Carol, Masquerade Theatre is giving a spirited area premiere of the elaborate stage musical that bowed at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1994, played there each Christmas season for a decade, then spawned a 2004 TV movie......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/24/09
    NEWS: A Critic's Carol (or How I Survived Four Theatres' Holiday Offerings and Lived to Tell the Story)
    DESCRIPTION: My Marley is time and he is haunting me every second of every day that I do not keypunch my countless opinions and undone critiques into the computer of the coming Christmas rush of getting into the Christmas spirit fast, faster, fastest---KA BOOM!....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/24/09
    NEWS: Panto brings Texas laughs to British genre
    DESCRIPTION: The British tradition of the “Christmas pantomime” returns to Stages for a second holiday season with the company's premiere of its homegrown Panto Sleeping Beauty.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/24/09
    NEWS: Collaboration offers glimpse of what recitals may offer
    DESCRIPTION: Musicians of uncommon ability and curiosity are not always satisfied with the pleasurable repetition of recital and orchestral engagements. Their restless minds seek new challenges.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/23/09
    NEWS: A Survey Shows Pain of Recession for Artists
    DESCRIPTION: A major new survey of American artists and how they are weathering the economic downturn has found that slightly more than half experienced a drop in income from 2008 to 2009, a blow to an already struggling group, two thirds of whose members reported that they earned less than $40,000 last year......
    SOURCE: New York Times
    WRITER(S): Randy Kennedy

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/23/09
    NEWS: Breaking pointe
    DESCRIPTION: In an art form that's struggling to stay on its feet, 'The Nutcracker' is a gift that takes more than it gives...
    SOURCE: Washington Post
    WRITER(S): Sarah Kaufman

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/22/09
    NEWS: Reinventing America
    DESCRIPTION: Can Art Save A Mall?....
    SOURCE: Parade Magazine
    WRITER(S): Susan Fine

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/22/09
    NEWS: Brick by brick, shingle by shingle
    DESCRIPTION: Recycling an entire house — and saving money....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/21/09
    NEWS: Symphony, soloists make Mahler epic soar
    DESCRIPTION: Gustav Mahler believed the symphony should “take in the whole world,” and his unique song symphony Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) does just that....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/20/09
    NEWS: Borbetomagus: free jazz at the speed of sound
    DESCRIPTION: If your tastes in jazz run toward the traditional, Borbetomagus will seem as impenetrable as its name. In January, the avant-garde trio celebrates its 30th year of making a breathless sort of break-neck music, the kind of hard-knuckled sound that hard-core rock aspired to........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/20/09
    NEWS: Art + music = an entirely new work
    DESCRIPTION: Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes comes to Houston with his new multimedia collaboration with South African artist Robin Rhodes........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/20/09
    NEWS: Forgotten Gateway opens in Galveston
    DESCRIPTION: A new exhibit opens at Moody Gardens this weekend: Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/19/09
    NEWS: RIP: Female Half of Art Duo Christo and Jeanne-Claude Dies at 74
    DESCRIPTION: Artist Jeanne-Claude (née Denat de Guillebo) died in New York Wednesday evening of complications from a brain aneurysm. Along with her husband and artistic partner Christo, whom she met in 1958, she undertook an international series of large-scale outdoor installations, modifying landscapes with industrial strength cloth ballooned, wrapped, and tied........
    SOURCE: Flavorwire
    WRITER(S): Kelsey Keith

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/19/09
    NEWS: Revolve spins some new dances
    DESCRIPTION: Revolve Dance Company's sleek dancers hit the Barnevelder stage this weekend with Fall Mosaic, featuring new choreography by co-directors Amy Cain and Dawn Dippel. Cain updates us on all things Revolve........
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/18/09
    NEWS: Down the Rabbit Hole
    DESCRIPTION: Lose yourself discovering Michael Bise's work at Moody Gallery.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/18/09
    NEWS: Menil, MFAH give Joaquín Torres-García his due
    DESCRIPTION: Organized by Mari Carmen Ramírez, the MFAH's Wortham Curator of Latin American Art, this breathtakingly beautiful exhibition positions Torres-García's maderas, or wood constructions, at the heart of his unique contribution to modernism.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/18/09
    NEWS: Dominic Walsh Dance Theater 
    DESCRIPTION: Dominic Walsh returned to his dance/theater roots with the four-part program “1909–2009: The Great Collaborators of the Ballets Russes,” a series of modern takes on Fokine and Nijinsky classics........
    SOURCE: Dance Magazine
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/15/09
    NEWS: Company OnStage's The Nerd is Nutty, Nerd-elicious, and Noticeably Talent-Driven
    DESCRIPTION: The Company OnStage in Westbury Square opened their 33rd Season on Friday, November 13, 2009, with Larry Shue's 1981 farce, The Nerd, which was written by Shue when he was playwright-in-residence at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/15/09
    NEWS: No average funnyman
    DESCRIPTION: Bob Saget coming to Houston......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/13/09
    NEWS: A.J. Jacobs is a walking social experiment
    DESCRIPTION: A.J. Jacobs’ latest book, The Guinea Pig Diaries, applied various experiments to his life......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/13/09
    NEWS: MST's new version of Ballyhoo a sure-fire hit
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater certainly knows its way around The Last Night of Ballyhoo. The company did well by Alfred Uhry's Tony-winning comedy in its 2000 staging, and its current revival, if anything, is even better. Again at the helm, director Steve Garfinkel guides an ideal cast through a tight, well-paced, smoothly balanced rendition that captures all the play's abundant humor, as well as its emotional truth and insights into subtle gradations of prejudice......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/12/09
    NEWS: Glass sculptures show modern influences
    DESCRIPTION: To honor a condition of a Houston Arts Alliance grant artist Michael Crowder received — that he exhibit his recent work by year's end — Crowder and gallerist Wade Wilson had to scramble to squeeze a short-lived exhibit into Wilson's already full roster.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/12/09
    NEWS: Museum of Natural Science opens Faberge exhibit
    DESCRIPTION: A new exhibit showcases master goldsmith and jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé’s rarest designs, including one of the few tiaras he ever made, a gift from Russian Czar Alexander I to Empress Josephine after she was divorced from Napoleon......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/12/09
    NEWS: These days, Jim Post really enjoys Laughing
    DESCRIPTION: Jim Post is Mark Twain in Mark Twain and the Laughing River, which plays through the weekend....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/12/09
    NEWS: Confessions of a classical music newbie
    DESCRIPTION: Last summer, sitting between my friends Jeff and Melissa watching James Levine rehearse the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, I marveled at the level of intelligent banter between the two.......
    SOURCE: CultureMap
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/11/09
    NEWS: Red-carpet event launches film fest
    DESCRIPTION: This French masterpiece chronicles a young woman's downfall......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S):  D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/11/09
    NEWS: Of Manon and Men
    DESCRIPTION: This weekend she'll be in Houston to present The Worlds of Tilda Swinton, a multipart Cinema Arts Festival Houston program ........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/11/09
    NEWS: Tilda Swinton says her time as a “studio spy” is over
    DESCRIPTION: This weekend she'll be in Houston to present The Worlds of Tilda Swinton, a multipart Cinema Arts Festival Houston program ........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/11/09
    NEWS: Documentary traces Ant Farm's odd legacy
    DESCRIPTION: One Cinema Arts Festival Houston must-see is Laura Harrison and Elizabeth Federici's What If, Why Not? Underground Adventures With Ant Farm, a documentary about the renegade late-1960s and 1970s collective known for experiments with inflatable architecture; the land artwork Cadillac Ranch, which features 10 Cadillacs buried nose-down in Amarillo; and outrageous performances documented on video......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/10/09
    NEWS: Two leads give Manon its passion
    DESCRIPTION: Manon is one of those operas in which the game is won or lost with the casting of the two all-important leading roles. The current production by the enterprising Opera in the Heights succeeds chiefly on the merits of Jacqueline Noparstak's vibrantly sung, dramatically persuasive Manon and Timothy Birt's ably romantic, vocally impressive Des Grieux........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/09/09
    NEWS: Ballet's tallest optimist bounds back into town
    DESCRIPTION: Why would a dance company exist in the United States today? It's a big question but not a pessimistic one when Trey McIntyre asks it........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/08/09
    NEWS: Lohengrin
    DESCRIPTION: What is it about do-gooders who want to remain anonymous? Whether it's the Lone Ranger, Spiderman, or Lohengrin, the greatest rescuer in all of the operatic canon, they wish to blow into town, fix things, fall in love with the damsel, and remain nameless. After a long break, Houston Grand Opera marks a return to German opera with their dazzling production of Richard Wagner's Lohengrin, a co-production with Grand Théâtre de Genève........
    SOURCE: CultureVulture.net
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/08/09
    NEWS: Arts focus sets new film festival apart from the pack
    DESCRIPTION: In a world overpopulated with film festivals, even the organizers of Cinema Arts Festival Houston wondered if they were doing the right thing by organizing yet another one.l.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/08/09
    NEWS: Review: Voices ring, trumpets blare in Purcell tribute
    DESCRIPTION: He wrote sacred and secular vocal works plus incidental music to several dozen plays, but Ars Lyrica Houston and the Houston Chamber Choir featured Hail Bright Cecilia, his most important tribute to the patron saint of music, in their festive Purcell celebration Friday at Zilkha Hall.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/07/09
    NEWS: Opera in the Heights' Production of Massenet's Manon is Ambitious, Inspiring, and Passionate
    DESCRIPTION: Massenet wrote Manon, an opera in five acts, in 1882. He based Manon on Abbe Prevost's 1731 cautionary novel, "Manon Lescaut.".....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/07/09
    NEWS: Spider-Man musical spinning messy web
    DESCRIPTION: He wrote sacred and secular vocal works plus incidental music to several dozen plays, but Ars Lyrica Houston and the Houston Chamber Choir featured Hail Bright Cecilia, his most important tribute to the patron saint of music, in their festive Purcell celebration Friday at Zilkha Hall.......
    SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
    WRITER(S): John Horn

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/06/09
    NEWS: Ebony Opera marks NAACP 100th anniversary
    DESCRIPTION: African-American singers who pioneered opportunities in the realm of opera and classical art song supply the inspiration for Sunday's program by Houston Ebony Opera......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/05/09
    NEWS: Art reflects rock's evolution
    DESCRIPTION: A year ago local artist Uncle Charlie Hardwick had a show in town, with dozens of the rock concert posters he'd designed over the years. Despite severe vision problems, Hardwick has remained busy in the time since, turning out dozens more, which he'll put on display and sell starting this weekend.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/05/09
    NEWS: Houston Grand Opera's Lohengrin is Spectacular, Sumptuous, and Stunning
    DESCRIPTION: I am still feeling the mesmerizing and enchanting effects of Houston Grand Opera's production of Richard Wagner's Lohengrin and it is now five days after I experienced four hours of Wagnerian wonder and delight. ....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/04/09
    NEWS: Animal Art
    DESCRIPTION: Welcome to Jon Pylypchuk's creepy, sad, funny, cute world....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/04/09
    NEWS: Injuries playwright wins national writing award
    DESCRIPTION: Rajiv Joseph, whose play Gruesome Playground Injuries is enjoying its world premiere at the Alley Theatre, has won the 2009 Whiting Writers Award in the playwriting category.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/04/09
    NEWS: Toilet Brushes and Total War
    DESCRIPTION: Implicated by our own consumerism.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/04/09
    NEWS: Tilda Swinton: less slickness, more mess in film
    DESCRIPTION: The Oscar winner, who will be in town for next week's Cinema Arts Festival, recently spoke with Chronicle art writer Douglas Britt about her art-house roots. .....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/04/09
    NEWS: 'Day job' is music to his ears
    DESCRIPTION: In a career of more than half a century, Itzhak Perlman has performed with every major orchestra and taken the stage in the world's most famous concert hall.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/03/09
    NEWS: The Elixir of Love
    DESCRIPTION: Attention sensitive men of questionable self esteem, sometimes you get the girl, and if you are lucky, the money too. So it goes in Gaetano Donizetti's *The Elixir of Love*, a beloved “Melodramma giocoso.” ........
    SOURCE: CultureVulture.net
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/02/09
    NEWS: Review: The music's the thing in HGO's Lohengrin
    DESCRIPTION: Transcendent music, impeccably realized, proves the invincible strength of Houston Grand Opera's new Lohengrin, which opened to an enthusiastic reception Friday night at Wortham Center.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/31/09
    NEWS: KUHT program touts city's art
    DESCRIPTION: A quarterly series promoting Houston as an arts city debuts at 9:30 p.m. Sunday on KUHT (Channel 8). Produced by the nonprofit Texas Foundation for the Arts in collaboration with PBS and Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Arts Television is a 30-minute magazine-style program spotlighting a range of visual- and performing-arts organizations.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/30/09
    NEWS: Small venue makes Story even better
    DESCRIPTION: 'Modest' is almost too grand a word for The Story of My Life....Yet for all its shortcomings, its sweetness and sincerity make it appealing. Theater LaB Houston's area premiere amounts to a nice little job of a nice little show....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/30/09
    NEWS: Music review: Red Priest entertains with unique technical wizardry
    DESCRIPTION: If any Baroque-music purists survived the Houston debut of Red Priest, Tuesday's concert at Midtown's Trinity Episcopal Church would have been their personal Nightmare on Main Street....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/30/09
    NEWS: Exhibit shows Twombly at his most mysterious
    DESCRIPTION: ...the Menil's new presentation of Treatise on the Veil (Second Version), a huge, rarely seen 1970 painting, along with a dozen related drawings, probably won't turn Twombly haters into fans.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/30/09
    NEWS: Chamber music — it's in her blood
    DESCRIPTION: Even before she formed the Chiara String Quartet, violinist Rebecca Fischer was no stranger to the life on the road as a performing musician.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/29/09
    NEWS: Maestro is ready for his Wagner debut
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Grand Opera music director Patrick Summers reports that he is “excited and not the least bit trepidatious” heading into Friday's opening of Lohengrin — his first time to conduct a Wagner opera and HGO's first Wagner production since its 2001 Tannhaüser....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/29/09
    NEWS: Theater LaB's The Story of My Life is Distinctively Different, Delightful & Intimate Musical Theatre at its Best
    DESCRIPTION: Theater LaB opened its 17th season with the regional premiere of The Story of My Life, a sweet and simple one-act musical that traces the relationship of two childhood friends and how their lives have been defined by each other....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/28/09
    NEWS: Empty Injuries
    DESCRIPTION: Why isn't this Alley world premiere more moving?......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/28/09
    NEWS: Billboards as art
    DESCRIPTION: Installation artist Karyn Olivier brings her space morphing work to Houston with INBOUND: HOUSTON, presented by The University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Billboards of images of what we would see if they were not there will line Houston freeways. Olivier, a former Glassell Core Fellow and now a professor of sculpture at Tyler School of Art, sat down to share her ideas behind the project........
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/27/09
    NEWS: Poppins tour a big show and a magical on
    DESCRIPTION: “Magical” is the one thing that Mary Poppins has absolutely got to be. Just as P.L. Travers' books and the classic Disney movie were, in their different ways, the bountiful stage musical proves magical, too — melding elements from the film and the books with useful additions......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/27/09
    NEWS: Houston Grand Opera's Splendid Production of Donizetti's Elixir of Love is Perfect, Passionate Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Wouldn't it be wonderful if magic potions and elixirs really existed and, somehow, we could magically, through medicine, fall in love with our choice of a mate and make them fall in love with us?...
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/26/09
    NEWS: Theater review: HGO's Elixir a warming brew
    DESCRIPTION: Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love has been delighting audiences around the world for 177 years.  Still, it would be hard to imagine a more delightful rendition than the one with which Houston Grand Opera triumphantly opened its 55th season Friday evening at Wortham Center.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/26/09
    NEWS: Outdoor exhibit might add a little surrealism to commute
    DESCRIPTION: An outdoor exhibit of photographs on 13 billboards along Houston freeways, presented by the UH Mitchell Center in collaboration with the UH Moores School of Music, Creative Capital, DiverseWorks and CBS Outdoor........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/26/09
    NEWS: The Rocky Horror Show at U of H is Campy, Colorful, Cheery Blast!
    DESCRIPTION: How many times have you been to the theatre and wanted to become a part of the show by screaming at the actors and adding to the fun?....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/26/09
    NEWS: Life is Living Comes to Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Marc Bamuthi Joseph is a National Poetry Slam champion, Broadway veteran, featured artist on Russell Simmons' Def Poetry on HBO and a recipient of 2002 and 2004 National Performance Network Creation commissions. Joseph begins a two-year long residency with University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, which will culminate in a new performance work, red, black, and GREEN, a blues. The project kicks off with the Life is Living festival at Discovery Green on November 7th. ........
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/24/09
    NEWS: Theater LaB opens its 2009-2010 season
    DESCRIPTION: Theater LaB Houston opens its 2009-10 season Wednesday with the Houston premiere of The Story of My Life.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/24/09
    NEWS: Russian soprano cozy in her Houston debut
    DESCRIPTION: llustrious Russian soprano Ekaterina Siurina says she's thrilled to be making her Houston Grand Opera debut in Gaetano Donizetti's The Elixir of Love — especially since it's the season-opening production..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/24/09
    NEWS: Broadway Across America's Mary Poppins is Stunning and Spectacular but Too Dark and Too Long
    DESCRIPTION: Broadway Across America's Mary Poppins has landed with a huge splash at the Hobby Center....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/22/09
    NEWS: Lawndale Arts Center hosts Day of the Dead events
    DESCRIPTION: Every year for 22 years, Lawndale Art Center has taken the hippest of holidays, Día de los Muertos, and turned it into a benefit for the center while offering wonderful programming to the public......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Sara Cress

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/22/09
    NEWS: Historic Heights church faces demolition
    DESCRIPTION: “In the Heart of the Heights/With a Heart for the Heights,” Immanuel Lutheran Church declares itself on its Web site. But the church recently posted its intention to demolish a building that, according to the National Register of Historic Places, helps give the Heights its distinctive character: the handsome old Gothic Revival church at the corner of 15th and Cortlandt, a red-brick exercise in buttresses and pointy windows.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/22/09
    NEWS: Jane Weiner makes a Village
    DESCRIPTION: Jane Weiner, artistic director of Hope Stone Dance and Hope Center, unveils her newest opus, Village of Waltz, at Cullen Theater Friday and Saturday........
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/22/09
    NEWS: Alley Theatre's World Premiere of Gruesome Playground Injuries: Playful, Poignant, Powerful
    DESCRIPTION: I'll show you my wounds, scars, and injuries if you show me yours! This is the premise of Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries...
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/21/09
    NEWS: His side of the story
    DESCRIPTION: Musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim is taking the stage.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/21/09
    NEWS: Polo by Jason Villegas
    DESCRIPTION: At the CAMH, an artist threads his obsessions together......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/21/09
    NEWS: Broadway Across America's Spring Awakening Blows Austin Away
    DESCRIPTION: Ready to be blown away by Spring Awakening, a German play written in 1891 by Frank Wedekind and set to music over a hundred years later by songwriter Duncan Sheik and lyrics and book by Steven Sater?......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/20/09
    NEWS: Memoirs of the Sistahood Chapter Two: House
    DESCRIPTION: Members of a large Catholic family who experienced childhood in southern Louisiana during the 1950s, sisters Becky Beaullieu Valls and Babette Beaullieu build upon a rich soil of memory for their dance theatre collaborations, Memoirs of the Sistahood. Nearly two years after the debut of Chapter One, the duo has delivered their second installment, Chapter Two: House.......
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/20/09
    NEWS: Rice students changing art of art storage
    DESCRIPTION: When you visit a museum, you see the artworks curators have chosen for you to see. But thousands more pieces are in storage at any given time. What if you could catch a glimpse of them behind the scenes? That's a potential payoff of a storage-system prototype developed by Rice University students for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, which is adopting the new system......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/19/09
    NEWS: Broadway Across America's Mary Poppins Soars into Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Lands at Hobby Center Thursday, Oct 22 through Sunday, Nov 8......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/18/09
    NEWS: Alley's new play has unique way to tell story
    DESCRIPTION: The minute Mark Bly read Gruesome Playground Injuries, he was convinced the Alley Theatre had to produce the world premiere of Rajiv Joseph's play charting two lives through the injuries and scars acquired in pursuit of love.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/18/09
    NEWS: Chinatown no longer
    DESCRIPTION: Neighborhood rebrands itself as EaDo — ‘east downtown’ — as it undergoes a cultural shift with a new look and identity.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Jenalia Moreno

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/17/09
    NEWS: Small paintings have big impact
    DESCRIPTION: Texas Gallery and Inman Gallery are both presenting exhibits that serve as reminders that small paintings can pack more punch than their modest dimensions might at first lead you to believe.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/17/09
    NEWS: Walsh's Firebird flies to its own beat
    DESCRIPTION: Marie Agnès Gillot and Domenico Luciano eat up the stage with drama in Dominic Walsh's radical new take on The Firebird......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glenzter

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/16/09
    NEWS: Jackson exhibit probes human consciousness
    DESCRIPTION: MATTHEW DAY JACKSON: THE IMMEASURABLE DISTANCE at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/16/09
    NEWS: Brian Stokes Mitchell and his music
    DESCRIPTION: Brian Stokes Mitchell sings with the Houston Symphony; Bob Bernhardt, conductor....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/16/09
    NEWS: Personal journey into world of jazz
    DESCRIPTION: Jazz drummer and Houston native Eric Harland returns to town Saturday to perform with theCharles Lloyd New Quartet (presented by Da Camera of Houston)....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/16/09
    NEWS: Broadway Across America's Spring Awakening Will Turn Austin Upside-Down and Inside-Out
    DESCRIPTION: Next week, Austin will be turned upside down and around and taken by storm, totally blown away, rocked and rolled, and awakened and illuminated by what I consider to be the best original musical written in the past ten years, the brilliant Spring Awakening......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/15/09
    NEWS: Chaotic Harmony opens window for Korean photography
    DESCRIPTION: ...a new exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography, spotlights two generations of artists, with an emphasis on work made since 2000.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/14/09
    NEWS: All About Meeeeee!
    DESCRIPTION: DiverseWorks showcases the video of self-absorption.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/14/09
    NEWS: Modern dance brings performers to Heaven
    DESCRIPTION: Megan Thorson's Heaven, an ensemble dance and vocal music performance piece that explores the idea of ecstasy (religious and otherwise) through the trinity of dance, music and light, premieres at DiverseWorks on Friday and Saturday. Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker of the Indie band Low provide the music....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/12/09
    NEWS: NIGHT OF THE GIANT – A Review
    DESCRIPTION: Kafka was quoted as saying a good novel should be like a blow to the head. Then John Harvey’s new play, Night of the Giant, produced by Mildred’s Umbrella, is at least a blunt object to the frontal cortex......
    SOURCE: Houston Arts Week
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/12/09
    NEWS: Falling in Love with Shakespeare for the Very First Time Due to Classical Theatre Company's Boldly Brilliant Opus of Guy Roberts' One Man Hamlet
    DESCRIPTION: I have finally fallen in love with Shakespeare.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/11/09
    NEWS: Preview: Richard Alston Dance Company
    DESCRIPTION: Music and Motion: A conversation with choreographer Richard Alston......
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/11/09
    NEWS: Upcoming events not the same old song and dance
    DESCRIPTION: What's riskier? Pure, abstract dance with no intent other than to celebrate its music, or narrative dance that radically alters expectations? You can decide for yourself this week when Society for the Performing Arts presents Britain's Richard Alston Dance Company for the first time, and Dominic Walsh Dance Theater pays homage to the spirit of the Ballets Russes by reinventing some “modern” classics.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/11/09
    NEWS: Menil gets a modern overhaul
    DESCRIPTION: Franklin Sirmans, the Menil’s modern and contemporary art curator, is responsible for the current overhaul......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/11/09
    NEWS: Edward Albee's next act at UH
    DESCRIPTION: Who's afraid of Edward Albee? Not Houston's arts community, which responded with excitement to the recent news the famed playwright will return to the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance in January to teach an advanced playwriting class.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/10/09
    NEWS: Guy Roberts transforms Hamlet into solo play
    DESCRIPTION: Virtually every actor aspires to play Hamlet, according to a theatrical maxim. As if to bear that out, in the same week that Jude Law opened his Hamlet on Broadway, Houston's Classical Theatre Company has opened a solo version of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, adapted and performed by Guy Roberts.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/10/09
    NEWS: Group aims to expand city's printmaking art scene
    DESCRIPTION: Paper & Ink, an exhibit at the Museum of Printing History, features original and mixed-media prints by Andis Applewhite, Vivian Hordes, Ann Johnson, Cathie Kayser and Ruth Shouval, the founding members of PrintMatters, a new arts organization.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/09/09
    NEWS: Bayou City Art Festival artist fuels nostalgia
    DESCRIPTION: From a record 850 applications, 300 artists were chosen; 127 are making their debuts. Nineteen media are represented, including clay, glass, jewelry, leather, printmaking, wood, photography and metal............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lana Berkowitz

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/09/09
    NEWS: Cool Globes climate exhibit in orbit
    DESCRIPTION: A Chicago activist's mission to save the planet from global warming has grown into an international exhibition that started circling the world in 2007. Her Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet begins its spin in Houston today...at Discovery Green, the park in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lana Berkowitz

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/09/09
    NEWS: Theater review: Alley's Our Town still moving
    DESCRIPTION: Still unique, Our Town reasserts its timeless power in the Alley Theatre's season-opening production of Thornton Wilder's beloved American classic....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/09/09
    NEWS: Art review: Exhibit highlights Joaquín Torres-García's influence
    DESCRIPTION: To get a sense of his influence, Sicardi Gallery has the first-rate Constructivism in Relief: Taller Torres-García, which presents wood constructions, reliefs, and related paintings and works on paper by some of his students............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/09/09
    NEWS: New Dallas arts-scene facility as detached as the others
    DESCRIPTION: This city's three-decade effort to create an arts district has been hard fought by any definition....That long history of fits and starts may explain why the newest member of the district — the $354 million AT&T Performing Arts Center, which is made up of a new opera house, a theater and a park, with a third auditorium and an outdoor performance space yet to be built — feels stuck in something of a time warp.............
    SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
    WRITER(S): Christopher Hawthorne

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/08/09
    NEWS: The Alley Theatre's Our Town is Magnificent, Multi-Faceted, Multi-Layered Masterpiece of Theatre
    DESCRIPTION: The Alley Theatre has opened its 2009-10 season with a brilliant retelling of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1938 American classic, Our Town....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/07/09
    NEWS: Rent ME
    DESCRIPTION: This musical from TUTS doesn't live up to the classic film...........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/07/09
    NEWS: Feed Me
    DESCRIPTION: Little Shop of Horrors...........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/07/09
    NEWS: Art comes of age in Twenty-First Century
    DESCRIPTION: The biennial PBS series Art:21 — Art in the Twenty-First Century, the only prime-time show exclusively about contemporary art, is back for its fifth season, spotlighting its most international mix of artists yet..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/07/09
    NEWS: Meet Me in St. Louis lacks the movie's musical punch
    DESCRIPTION: Theater Under The Stars' Meet Me in St. Louis is entertaining enough, but lacks the movie's charm.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/07/09
    NEWS: Downtown haven for artists: Group sees potential for El Paso arts colony
    DESCRIPTION: The arts could be the next big draw in El Paso if an organization called Artspace USA decides to set up an arts colony Downtown...........
    SOURCE: El Paso Times
    WRITER(S): Darren Meritz

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/07/09
    NEWS: Hamlet as psych-ward patient
    DESCRIPTION: Houston's Classical Theatre Company aims to expand your idea of the classics. Next up is its One Man Hamlet, adapted and performed by Guy Roberts......
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/06/09
    NEWS: Texas Repertory Theatre's Little Shop of Horrors Rocks!
    DESCRIPTION: Texas Repertory Theatre opened its second production of its 2009-2010 season on Friday, October 9th, with a silly, superb, and spectacular production of Ashman & Menken's intimate musical, Little Shop of Horrors, which is based on the Roger Corman film from 1960...
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/05/09
    NEWS: Concert review: A welcome return for Juilliard quartet
    DESCRIPTION: Gala season-opening concerts often celebrate new beginnings in conservative ways. Not so Da Camera's start of its 22nd season. It offered history in the making: the first major concert of the reconstituted Juilliard String Quartet.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Charles Ward

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/05/09
    NEWS: IL TABARRO/PAGLIACCI – A Review
    DESCRIPTION: When I saw a man strolling down the aisle toward the stage, I figured he was a latecomer. Turns out, he was part of the show and I’m the late one, by some 13 years, because that’s how long it has taken me to check out what all the fuss has been about over Opera in the Heights (Oh!) And from the looks and sounds of their recent productions of Giacomo Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Ruggiero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, it’s a well-deserved fuss....
    SOURCE: Houston Arts Week
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/05/09
    NEWS: Theatre Under The Stars' Meet Me in St. Louis Magically Captures Music, Romance, Nostagia
    DESCRIPTION: Tired of being beat over the head with the constant barrage of broken politics and promises? Sick of worrying about wars and rumors of war? Fearful of not knowing what the financial future holds for you and yours? Then TUTS' latest musical offering,  Meet Me in St. Louis, is the perfect refuge for us all!......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/04/09
    NEWS: Public art? You're showering in it
    DESCRIPTION:  Artist Matthew Geller's Open Channel Flow was commissioned by Houston Arts Alliance for the city's Public Works and Engineering Department........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/04/09
    NEWS: HMNS unearths a second home
    DESCRIPTION: The project to replicate HMNS at a satellite facility took off in 2007 when HMNS and Sugar Land officials agreed the abandoned Central State Prison Farm, No. 2, known as Two Camp, in the Telfair subdivision would be an ideal site........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lana Berkowitz

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/03/09
    NEWS: Theater review: Disaster makes a powerful landfall
    DESCRIPTION: A Disaster Begins is one of the mostoriginal and intriguing solo theater pieces of recent years. Making its premiere at DiverseWorks, Disaster begins deceptively, as a purported lecture on the 1900 Galveston Hurricane, which claimed 6,000 lives........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/03/09
    NEWS: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 has rich history
    DESCRIPTION: Among orchestral masterworks possessing built-in Event Status, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 probably holds the place of pride in the hearts of most music lovers.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/02/09
    NEWS: Theater review: Familiar Oliver! still works
    DESCRIPTION: Fans of Oliver! likely will enjoy the standard yet capable production by Masquerade Theatre........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/02/09
    NEWS: Artist mines racial stereotypes with a sci-fi twist
    DESCRIPTION: ...stereotype(s), form the core of (Dawolu Jabari) Anderson's exhibit … tales of new dimensions in time and Black space at Joan Wich & Co. Gallery.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/01/09
    NEWS: No Zoning catalog, activities make up for exhibit's flaws
    DESCRIPTION: No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston, an exhibition wrapping up at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, was strong on photographs and ephemera documenting the city's art scene......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 10/01/09
    NEWS: Two Young Opera Companies, Two Different Visions, Two Excellent Peformances
    DESCRIPTION: Two local, young, and intimate opera companies opened their fall seasons last week with meaningful and momentous works......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/30/09
    NEWS: Thrilling Tharp
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Ballet's strong, talented dancers rock in this rep program......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Marene Gustin

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/30/09
    NEWS: RED LIGHT WINTER – A Review
    DESCRIPTION: Horse Head Theatre Company is launching its first-ever season with Adam Rapp’s grim drama Red Light Winter, not exactly an out-of-the-gate play. But Horse Head has little interest in doing anything aligned with the status quo...
    SOURCE: Houston Arts Week
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/30/09
    NEWS: Warm welcome for new company with Red Light Winter
    DESCRIPTION: The new Horse Head Theatre Co. is off to a roaring good start with its potent, ingeniously realized Houston premiere of Adam Rapp's edgy and provocative Red Light Winter.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/30/09
    NEWS: Ain Gordon tells a forgotten story
    DESCRIPTION: Ain Gordon, three-time Obie Award-winner, premieres his one-woman play, A Disaster Begins, at DiverseWorks this weekend, which chronicles the story behind the story of the 1900 Galveston flood. Gordon serves as co-director of the Pick-Up Performance Co(S.), artist-in-residence at the Center for Creative Research and a core writer of the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis. The New York-based playwright popped by for a quick chat.....
    SOURCE: CultureVulture.net
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/28/09
    NEWS: Masquerade Theatre's Dark Oliver Boldly Brightens Zilkha Hall
    DESCRIPTION: Having not seen Oliver in at least twenty years onstage, I had forgotten how dark and brooding this Dickens tale of the London underground is.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/27/09
    NEWS: Letters: Arts community responds
    DESCRIPTION: Regarding the article, “Arts fair becomes target of stimulus critics,” ....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Arts Community Responses

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/27/09
    NEWS: Project Row Houses endeavor branches into laundromats
    DESCRIPTION: ‘‘Did you ever think you'd be running a laundromat?” I asked Linda Shearer, Project Row Houses' new executive director........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/26/09
    NEWS: Risqué business?
    DESCRIPTION: Yet another unwarranted kerfuffle over arts stimulus funding....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/26/09
    NEWS: Seven Guitars sings the blues
    DESCRIPTION: You leave an August Wilson play feeling more alive, more human. The Ensemble Theatre's vibrant and accomplished production of Seven Guitars typifies the experience, continuing the company's invaluable realization of Wilson's great 10-play cycle illuminating the African-American experience throughout the 20th century....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/26/09
    NEWS: Urban-style fundraiser
    DESCRIPTION: It's fall, which means museums are gearing up for galas, hoping to rake in as much money as possible to support their programming and operations. Meanwhile, in another corner of Houston's art world, Aerosol Warfare Gallery, which presents work by local, regional and national graffiti, street and urban artists, is gearing up for a garage sale. Same purpose, different means....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/26/09
    NEWS: Thrill of the dance
    DESCRIPTION: Leave Fame to the high schoolers. The 1980s dance with staying power is Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room, which Houston Ballet performed for the first time Thursday.  The highlight of the company's Without Boundaries program, this aerobics-meets-ballet classic packs a thrill-a-minute punch. Long before TV's So You Think You Can Dance, Tharp knew that sparks fly when you force talented performers into unfamiliar territory.
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/25/09
    NEWS: Theater review: Giant fascinates and repulses
    DESCRIPTION: ...in Night of the Giant, the latest offbeat theater invention from Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company and playwright-in-residence John Harvey. The 50-minute neo-gothic experiment is equal parts disturbing, intriguing and just plain strange. ....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/25/09
    NEWS: Southern Rapture
    DESCRIPTION: Eric Coble's Southern Rapture, now playing at Stages Repertory Theatre, is first and foremost a comedy. Face it, theater people who will go down for their convictions and a bunch of uptight southern church people in the same room can be funny....
    SOURCE: CultureVulture.net
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/25/09
    NEWS: Review: CAMH's No Zoning suffers from, well, zoning
    DESCRIPTION: If you haven’t seen No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, you’re running out of time..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/24/09
    NEWS: Comic moments make Rapture worthy
    DESCRIPTION: A neat idea finds uneven realization in Eric Coble's Southern Rapture. Yet that doesn't keep Stages Repertory Theatre's Houston premiere — just the second staging of the satiric comedy — from finding sufficient humor in the escapade to make for a moderately entertaining evening....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/24/09
    NEWS: Film tells how nonaffluent couple built major art collection
    DESCRIPTION: Now Herb & Dorothy, a documentary screening at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, tells how a couple without Schlumberger money — Herb Vogel, a postal clerk, and his wife, Dorothy Vogel, a librarian — built a collection that made them art-world legends...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/24/09
    NEWS: Hans Graf takes steps to leave symphony
    DESCRIPTION: Conductor Hans Graf is crafting an exit strategy that means he will leave his position as music director of the Houston Symphony in four years.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/23/09
    NEWS: Early Texas art fans hit the jackpot with three exhibits
    DESCRIPTION: Fans of so-called early Texas art — a somewhat elastic category that generally covers work by artists active in the state before the late 1960s or 1970s — must be pinching themselves. By my count, they've got three high-quality exhibitions in Houston from which to choose, which is two or three more than usual............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/22/09
    NEWS: Dancers are people, too
    DESCRIPTION: Polly Motley's Houston dance roots run deep. She assisted James Clouser during his time as interim director of Houston Ballet during the mid 1970s. She also served as associate director of Space Dance Theater, a noted experimental troupe. Motley's work Charmed Romantics, performed by CORE Performance Company, is featured in A Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Motley fills us in on the piece and what she has been up to since leaving Houston....
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/21/09
    NEWS: Arts fair becomes target of stimulus critics
    DESCRIPTION: San Antonio festival’s funding called ‘grounds for impeachment’...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle (Austin Bureau)
    WRITER(S): R.G. Ratcliffe

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/21/09
    NEWS: Stages' Season Opener of Eric Coble's Southern Rapture Packs a Punch and Soars with Splendor
    DESCRIPTION: Kenn McLaughlin's clever choice of opening Stages 2009-2010 season with the regional premiere of Eric Coble's brand new controversial play about a play, Southern Rapture, is a brilliantly conceived satire about a controversial play being produced as the season opener in a theatre in the South....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/20/09
    NEWS: Southern Rapture finds humor in controversial topic
    DESCRIPTION: Eric Coble has turned a backstage brouhaha into a satiric comedy called Southern Rapture. Premiered at Actors Theatre of Charlotte earlier this year to favorable response and no controversy, the play is enjoying its Houston debut as Stages Repertory Theatre's season opener.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/20/09
    NEWS: Houston Ballet treads into the upper '80s
    DESCRIPTION: Fashion isn't the only art form having an '80s moment. Houston Ballet's Without Boundaries program, opening Thursday, offers three pieces about crossing that sweaty divide between classical ballet and modern dance — a genre that reached a pinnacle in the 1970s and '80s............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/20/09
    NEWS: Art spawns from shoe fetish, wild imagination
    DESCRIPTION: As Ann Richards reminded delegates to the 1988 Democratic National Convention, two years before she was elected governor: “Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backward and in high heels.” But even Rogers never had to walk, let alone dance, in the shoes in Omar Angel Perez: Stilett“O”s at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, which take heels to ever more precarious heights...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/19/09
    NEWS: Playwright Edward Albee returning to UH
    DESCRIPTION: Internationally renowned playwright Edward Albee will return to the University of Houston School of Theatre and Dance as a UH distinguished professor of playwriting for the spring 2010 semester............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/19/09
    NEWS: Menil's Franklin Sirmans accepts Los Angeles job
    DESCRIPTION: Three years after joining the Menil Collection as modern and contemporary art curator, Franklin Sirmans is leaving to become department head and curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/19/09
    NEWS: MFAH pairs special food, films
    DESCRIPTION: Dinner and a movie? The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is putting a spin on that popular format by presenting dinner (and breakfast and lunch and a whole lot of other munchies) in a movie with its new film series: Movies Houstonians Love: Meals on Reels............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Greg Morago

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/18/09
    NEWS: Stanton Welch on Elements
    DESCRIPTION: Stanton Welch unveils his fifteenth work for Houston Ballet with Elements, set to Paul Hindemith’s symphony Mathis der Maler, as part of the mixed rep program, “Without Boundaries.” The piece features Connor Walsh as fire, Joseph Walsh as air, Christopher Coomer as earth, Ian Casady as water and Mireille Hassenboehler as the mother of the universe. Welch brings us into Elements....
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/18/09
    NEWS: Photographer Keith Carter heads into unfamiliar territory
    DESCRIPTION: Keith Carter, a Beaumont photographer and Lamar University professor, has been named Art League Houston's 2009 Texas Artist of the Year. His exhibit Unseen & Rediscovered includes rarely shown early photographs from the 1970s, commercially assigned portraits of writers and artists, and new work..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/18/09
    NEWS: Stanton Welch on Elements
    DESCRIPTION: Stanton Welch unveils his fifteenth work for Houston Ballet with Elements, a quintet set to Paul Hindemith’s symphony Mathis der Maler, as part of the mixed rep program, Without Boundaries. The piece features Connor Walsh as fire, Joseph Walsh as air, Christopher Coomer as earth, Ian Casady as water and Mireille Hassenboehler as the mother of the universe. Welch brings us into Elements....
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/16/09
    NEWS: Crowded House
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater takes on an epic family tale and puts on a wonderful show with The House of the Spirits....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/16/09
    NEWS: Happy 30th
    DESCRIPTION: As Lawndale reaches maturity, the Houston art community waxes nostalgic.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/16/09
    NEWS: Artist Jason Villegas casts animal logos as invasive species
    DESCRIPTION: The works in Perspectives 167 at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Botched Simulacrum at McClain Gallery draw on Villegas' long-held affinities for stuffed animals and thrift-store scavenging as well as an awareness of where his second-hand finds fall in the economic food chain.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/15/09
    NEWS: The Great Taylor Hicks
    DESCRIPTION: I interviewed Taylor Hicks at the Hobby Center on Wednesday, the 9th of September, where he opened the night before in the National Tour of Grease, hosted by Theatre Under the Stars, which runs through Sunday, September 20th....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/13/09
    NEWS: Groundbreaking Vietnamese art exhibit makes U.S. debut
    DESCRIPTION: Featuring about 110 objects dating from the first millennium B.C. to the 17th century, the exhibit is the first in the U.S. to focus on precolonial Vietnamese art since the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., presented a much smaller show in 1963........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/12/09
    NEWS: House of the Spirits finds a home at MST
    DESCRIPTION: Launching its new season with the play's English-language premiere, Main Street Theater finds its own way into the work as an intimate epic. Director Rebecca Greene Udden gives it cohesion and consistent style while conjuring its many moods — from lyrical to brutal to magical.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/12/09
    NEWS: Hooks-Epstein Galleries celebrates 40th anniversary with special show
    DESCRIPTION: Geri Hooks, owner of Hooks-Epstein Galleries, kicks off her fall season Sept. 12 with an exhibition of sculptures, works on paper and paintings by artists she represents — from old-timers Kermit Oliver and Masaru Takiguchi to Robert Pruitt, who will have his first show with the gallery in January.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/12/09
    NEWS: Main Street Theater's The House Of The Spirits Is One Moving, Magnificent, Miraculous Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater opened its 2009-2010 Season on September 10, 2009, with the World Premiere of the English language version of Caridad Svitch's The House of the Spirits, a stage adaptation of Isabel Allende's 1985 novel of the same name...
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/11/09
    NEWS: Houston can take cues from Seattle exhibit
    DESCRIPTION: The Seattle Art Museum's Target Practice: Painting Under Attack 1949-78, which closed on Labor Day, was the kind of ambitious show that deserved to spend the next couple years on tour......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/11/09
    NEWS: Texas sculptor's work graces Yo La Tengo album cover
    DESCRIPTION: Yo La Tengo used a photo of Texas artist Dario Robleto's 2002 sculpture At War With the Entropy of Nature / Ghosts Don't Always Want to Come Back on the cover of its new album, Popular Songs.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/10/09
    NEWS: TUTS' Grease is completely silly but fun
    DESCRIPTION: The most brilliantly awesome moment comes when American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, dressed in a sparkling suit, pops out of a huge ice cream cone, croons Beauty School Dropout, reaches into his pocket and pulls out a harmonica.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Joey Guerra

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/09/09
    NEWS: See Dominic Walsh Dance Theater for free
    DESCRIPTION: Dominic Walsh Dance Theater brings The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart into the open air for two free shows at Miller Outdoor Theatre this weekend. Dominic Walsh and his small but intense dance company team up with Sarasota Ballet for the performance. Walsh talks about why his work is meant for big spaces and his upcoming season...
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/09/09
    NEWS: TUTS' Grease is GREAT!
    DESCRIPTION: Theatre Under the Stars has electrifyingly opened its 2009-2010 season with the ultimate fifties high school musical classic, Grease. Actually, this is the National Tour of the 2007 Broadway revival and TUTS is hosting this leg of the tour at the Hobby Center..........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/09/09
    NEWS: 13 takes aim at a savvy, young audience
    DESCRIPTION: Three little words explain the theater crowd's interest in 13: Jason Robert Brown.  A Tony winner for his celebrated Broadway debut, Parade, Brown is among the handful of gifted stage composers deemed “young Stephen Sondheims” — meaning they write scores more ambitious, substantial and musically advanced than the norm. .....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/09/09
    NEWS: POKE! exhibit spotlights art made with social media
    DESCRIPTION: Curated by Jennifer Ward, FotoFest's exhibitions coordinator, POKE! Artists and Social Media brings together photographic, video- and Web-based work by eight artists who use — and in some cases re-enact — material from many of the popular sites that define so much of 21st-century life....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/07/09
    NEWS: MST tackles the drama in The House of the Spirits
    DESCRIPTION: MST's Houston premiere of Caridad Svich's dramatization, opening Thursday, marks the world premiere of the play's English-language version.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/07/09
    NEWS: Houston Premiere of Leonard Bernstein's ON THE TOWN September 10-13 By Our Town's Paul Hope and his Bayou City Concert Musicals
    DESCRIPTION: Paul Hope, Artistic Director and Founder of Bayou City Concert Musicals is bringing Leonard Bernstein's 1944 brilliant musical twenty-four hour romp through Manhattan, On The Town, to life at the Heinen Theatre on the Central Campus of Houston Comunity College, September 10-13.........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/06/09
    NEWS: Play worth night On the Town
    DESCRIPTION: Take three sailors on 24-hour shore leave in World War II-era New York. Add the three women they meet and the adventures they find as they blaze through the city......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/04/09
    NEWS: Exhibit highlights racial baggage behind 'paper bag tests'
    DESCRIPTION: The title of Nathaniel Donnett's exhibition at the Lawndale Art Center — Paper or Plastic? — is a question commonly heard in grocery-store lines....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/04/09
    NEWS: Recession proves it can provide laughs
    DESCRIPTION: The Light Side of the Recession premieres Thursday at Radio Music Theatre.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/04/09
    NEWS: New Theatre, DOORMAN ACTORS LAB, On Solid Ground With Houston Premiere Of Maria Irene Fornes' Brilliant Play MUD At Midtown Arts Center
    DESCRIPTION: Doorman Actors Lab opened their first season on Thursday, September 3, and has gifted us with the bold, bright, and beautiful three character play, MUD, by Cuban playwright Maria Irene Fornes........
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/04/09
    NEWS: Boomers long for their own kind of pops
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Symphony opens its 2009-2010 pops season this weekend. Houston Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski leads the orchestra with the group Rockapella in Hits of the 60s and 70s .....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/03/09
    NEWS: Strange Love
    DESCRIPTION: The House of Yes is an odd production of an odd play...
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/03/09
    NEWS: A living warrior roams Museum of Natural Science
    DESCRIPTION: Dressed as a terra cotta warrior, Jarry Zheng, a performance artist from Taiwan, roams among visitors to the Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lana Berkowitz

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/03/09
    NEWS: Close Call at Mackey Gallery
    DESCRIPTION: Apama Mackey soldiers on....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 09/02/09
    NEWS: Let your hair down and just dance
    DESCRIPTION: Rathna Kumar, artistic director and founder of Anjali Dance Company and Anjali Center for the Performing Arts, is Houston's leading expert on classical Indian forms. Once a year, her troupe heads to Bollywood for their annual Blast at Miller Outdoor Theatre. Kumar, a classicist at heart, fills us in.........
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/31/09
    NEWS: Bering Omega Community Services Provides Hands of Help and Hearts of Hope With SING FOR HOPE Gala Fundraiser
    DESCRIPTION: This year marks the fifteenth annual SING FOR HOPE: An Evening of Art Songs and Arias, which will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2009, at 8 p.m., at the Cullen Theater in the Wortham Theater Center.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/30/09
    NEWS: Review: City-Wide Dance Festival
    DESCRIPTION: Houston is becoming a dance festival city, with The Power of Movement last spring and the the upcoming Weekend of Contemporary Dance, Dance Houston's City Wide Dance Festival did its part in keeping the momentum going............
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/29/09
    NEWS: Holocaust's untold heroes
    DESCRIPTION: Their story is rarely told, but Albanian Muslims took in fleeing Jews during World War II, saving thousands of lives...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): SHAHZADA IRFAN

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/29/09
    NEWS: Houston's inspires Sugar Land science museum
    DESCRIPTION: A historic, two-story red-brick building housed and built by prisoners decades ago is being transformed to replicate the Houston Museum of Natural Science....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): RENÉE C. LEE

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/28/09
    NEWS: Wayne White brings his wild imagination to Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Artist Wayne White is currently working on a sculpture at Rice Gallery called Big Lectric Fan to Keep Me Cool While I Sleep, which was inspired by country star George Jones.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/28/09
    NEWS: Menil Collection gets ooky with Body in Fragments
    DESCRIPTION: Every time you start taking the Menil Collection for granted, it mounts a perfect gem of a show — an exhibition that both surprises and reminds you why you shouldn't be surprised at how wonderfully weird the place can be......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/28/09
    NEWS: New theater season contains exciting shows, safe picks
    DESCRIPTION: Wow! Get ready for an exciting new Houston theater season stocked with Houston and world premieres that will introduce the city's audiences to some provocative young playwrights. Yawn. Here comes another Houston theater season larded with safe, old-hat selections. Maybe it's inevitable, especially amid the current economic malaise, but the 2009-10 lineup seems to sport mixed signals and conflicting trends....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans
    PUBLISH DATE: 08/28/09

    NEWS: New theater not afraid to mine Shrek playwright's quirky humor
    DESCRIPTION: Pandora Theatre is staging Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire's Wonder of the World.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle - PEEP
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/27/09
    NEWS: UH fire, art scene's fiery spirit sparked Lawndale's founding
    DESCRIPTION: Sculptor James Surls was an art professor at the University of Houston in 1979 when he founded what is now known as the Lawndale Art Center, where he's lecturing tonight to help celebrate the alternative art space's 30th anniversary........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/26/09
    NEWS: Former HCC fine-arts department chairwoman Deborah Potts Quanaim dies
    DESCRIPTION: In many years as a teacher and choreographer, Deborah Potts Quanaim influenced hundreds of Houston dancers — many of whom became professionals......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/26/09
    NEWS: Event celebrates artist Richard Wood's life
    DESCRIPTION: A gathering in Wood's honor and an open-house viewing of his paintings.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/15/09
    NEWS: WOW! Wicked is Warm, Winning and Wonderful!
    DESCRIPTION: If you have never been initiated into the wonderful and wizardrous world of Wicked and become a Wickedict
    (a person that is hopelessly addicted to Wicked ), it is now time long past time to slip on your ruby red pumps and your wicked green regimentals and skip lickety-split along the Yellow Brick Road to Austinland to Bass Concert Hall at the University of Texas Performing Arts Center. ......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/13/09
    NEWS: In just two months, the MFAH pulls together an amazing show of Latin American art.
    DESCRIPTION: North Looks South: Building the Latin American Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston was pulled together in less than two months......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/13/09
    NEWS: FACES IN THE CROWD
    DESCRIPTION: Artist explores myths, memories landscapes.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Flori Meeks

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/12/09
    NEWS: Scorched reveals one family's tragedy
    DESCRIPTION: Small, newish and nervy theater companies often take on the biggest challenges. That's certainly the case with the National Repertory Theatre's Houston premiere of Scorched, now at DiverseWorks.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/11/09
    NEWS: Symphony's CEO exits to Australia
    DESCRIPTION: Matthew VanBesien, executive director and CEO of the Houston Symphony since 2005, will leave at the end of this year to become managing director of Australia's Melbourne Symphony Orchestra...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/10/09
    NEWS: Be prepared for Toni Leago Valle to take her clothes off
    DESCRIPTION: Toni Leago Valle, a prolific choreographer on the rise, will be showing three pieces in the upcoming Freneticore Fringe Festival.............
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/09/09
    NEWS: You call that craft? HCCC does, and hopes you wonder why
    DESCRIPTION: Curators are used to hearing the question, “You call that art?” when visitors are confronted with objects or performance pieces that don't fit into their notions of what constitutes art. But a pair of exhibits at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Challenge VII: dysFUNctional and Unknitting: Challenging Textile Traditions, may have some visitors asking, “You call that craft?”............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/08/09
    NEWS: Hurricane Tuna Does Vegas Hits Galveston's Grand 1894 Opera House With Heart and Hilarity
    DESCRIPTION: With the anniversary of Hurricane Ike coming up next month, it's time to travel over the causeway to Galveston to share our riches with her glorious restoration and to witness the effects of a storm of another kind, a comic storm of epic proportions, Hurricane Tuna Does Vegas, with its hail of hysteria, its riant rain, its winds of wit and wisdom, its thunder of titters, and its lurid lightning......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/07/09
    NEWS: Modern icons, homages to an ancient art
    DESCRIPTION: They’re the kind of Byzantine-style icon paintings you’d expect to see in a centuries-old Mediterranean or Russian church. But they were recently created by Mary Jane Miller, a painter living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and tonight they go on view at Wade Wilson Art, a contemporary gallery............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/06/09
    NEWS: Perseverance pays off for Pericles and company
    DESCRIPTION: “What a long, strange trip it's been.” No, the title character of the Houston Shakespeare Festival's Pericles does not break into the Grateful Dead's Truckin'. Yet that famous line would serve as well as anything to sum up the narrative in one of Shakespeare's most far-fetched and far-flung stage sagas............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/06/09
    NEWS: When Headquarters Meets Living Quarters
    DESCRIPTION: Fernando Brave, founder of Brave/Architecture in Houston, Tex., was commissioned to design a 4,200-square foot building to house a photographic art gallery, working studio and private living quarters. The test for Brave was to construct the building — known as the De Santos Gallery — with a clear separation between the gallery, studio and living space so the public sections could be leased to a tenant, if necessary............
    SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal
    WRITER(S): Iyna Bort Caruso

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/05/09
    NEWS: Free screenings showcase the Merce Cunningham Dance Company
    DESCRIPTION: As I was taking my seat at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival to see the Merce Cunningham Dance Company on July 26th, a colleague murmured, "This will be probably be the last time we see the company while Merce is still alive." As it turned out, it was.............
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/05/09
    NEWS: What a Night
    DESCRIPTION: The pros at the Houston Shakespeare Festival can put on a show............
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/05/09
    NEWS: PNC opens the vault for 23 arts groups, awarding $5 million
    DESCRIPTION: The first 23 recipients of the $5 million PNC Arts Alive grant initiative will be announced today, providing funding for the expansion of audiences, programming and technology in the region's cultural arena, according to PNC Foundation officials.............
    SOURCE: The Philadelphia Inquirer
    WRITER(S): Stephan Salisbury

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/04/09
    NEWS: Miller's Twelfth Night has its high points
    DESCRIPTION: Of several Twelfth Nights produced here within memory, the Houston Shakespeare Festival's current staging is neither the best nor worst — though, in truth, closer to the latter than the former...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/03/09
    NEWS: All Hail to the Bard at Houston Shakespeare Festival's 35th Year with Twelfth Night and Pericles
    DESCRIPTION: 'Tis August 1, 2009, and perplexed am I at where went July and perhaps the turned corner of another hot, humid Houston and the dreams perchance of the still streets of cooler clime.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/02/09
    NEWS: Houston Ballet breaks ground on new downtown home
    DESCRIPTION: Construction is under way on the Houston Ballet Center for Dance, a 115,000-square-foot facility that could be the most exciting new architecture Houston has seen in decades. Designed by Marshall Strabala, design director of Gensler, the center has the potential to transform the Theater District's ugly northern backside into a vibrant downtown gateway....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/02/09
    NEWS: Ishimoto photographs command close scrutiny
    DESCRIPTION: Ways of Seeing: The Photography of Ishimoto Yasuhiro is in a part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Law Building visitors usually pass through en route to somewhere else — Brown Auditorium, perhaps, or the underground tunnel leading to the Beck Building...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/01/09
    NEWS: Symphony hit by furloughs, pay cuts
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Symphony announced Friday that it will shutter administrative offices next week, furlough musicians and reduce conductor's salaries next season to save nearly $900,000..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/01/09
    NEWS: Tamarie Cooper applies scientific spin to musical
    DESCRIPTION: Tamarie Cooper returns to the stage in The Tamarie Cooper Show: Journey to the Center of My Brain (in 3-D!)...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 08/01/09
    NEWS: CTRL Gallery hosts Toil and Trouble
    DESCRIPTION: Taking its title from the witches' chant in William Shakespeare's Macbeth, CTRL Gallery's Toil and Trouble presents the labor-intensive, supernaturally charged creations of seven artists who clearly toiled to make the paintings, drawings and sculptures on view...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/31/09
    NEWS: Tamarie Cooper's World Premiere at Stages is One Outrageously Funny Brain Fart
    DESCRIPTION: The legendary Tamarie Cooper’s original theatre work is well known to Houston audiences. For the past twelve summers she has presented an entirely original, full-scale musical, filled with new songs by various local composers and lyricists every single year......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/31/09
    NEWS: Houston Shakespeare Festival takes on bad-boy bard
    DESCRIPTION: As the Houston Shakespeare Festival opens its productions of Twelfth Night and Pericles this weekend, we salute the sensational, scandalous, crowd-pleasing Shakespeare, master of saucy situations and rowdy rejoinders.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/30/09
    NEWS: Jim Richard's works stand out in a crowd
    DESCRIPTION: New Orleans artist Jim Richard's Inman Gallery exhibition of six tiny collages, one gouache painting on paper and one large oil on linen is so quiet and unassuming it's been easy to overlook during a summer filled with bigger, flashier shows........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/29/09
    NEWS: Fresh Producers
    DESCRIPTION: With this musical, the Masquerade Theatre gets everything right........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/29/09
    NEWS: $timulating Show
    DESCRIPTION: DiverseWorks makes the case for unfettered support of artists.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/28/09
    NEWS: Tamarie Cooper invites you to get in her head
    DESCRIPTION: Yep, Cooper is back with another of her wacky original musicals, sparked by her own life, personality and skewed view of the world. A production of Catastrophic Theatre (of which Cooper is associate artistic director), it opens Thursday at Stages.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/27/09
    NEWS: Merce Cunningham, Who Reinvented Dance, Dies at 90
    DESCRIPTION: Merce Cunningham, the American choreographer revered for his continual reinvention of dancing, has died. He was 90......
    SOURCE: Bloomberg News
    WRITER(S): Tobi Tobias

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/27/09
    NEWS: Review: Producers gets those all-important laughs
    DESCRIPTION: The crucial point about Masquerade Theatre's current production, then — imperfections aside — is that it gets most of the show's laughs........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/26/09
    NEWS: Dominic Walsh prepares for The Firebird with trip to Paris
    DESCRIPTION: Paris Opéra Ballet star Marie-Agnès Gillot and Dominic Walsh are rehearsing together at the Palais Garnier in Paris. They're collaborating on Walsh's new production of The Firebird, which premieres Oct. 15-17 at Houston's Hobby Center........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/26/09
    NEWS: Anything-goes architecture (the good kind)
    DESCRIPTION: The Penguin Arms — maybe the giddiest building erected in Houston’s giddy 1950s — looked like nothing the city had ever seen before.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/25/09
    NEWS: Masquerade Theatre's The Producers at Hobby Center is Comic Masterpiece
    DESCRIPTION: Masquerade Theatre, one of the few remaining Resident Companies in Houston, has ended their season with fireworks with Mel Brooks' musical spoof and satiric parody, The Producers.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/25/09
    NEWS: CAMH: Art on loan benefits Houston museums
    DESCRIPTION: Having joined the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston as its new director in April, Bill Arning has had no trouble making his presence in the city's art scene felt..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/25/09
    NEWS: $TIMULUS boosts local arts scene
    DESCRIPTION: Houstonians can check out what the area's 2008 Artadia Award recipients have been up to by visiting $TIMULUS, a DiverseWorks exhibition showcasing work by last year's winners.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/24/09
    NEWS: Splendid Mary Stuart is Broadway Theatre At Its Very Best
    DESCRIPTION: Of the three Broadway shows I took in during a trip to New York at the end of June, Next to Normal, God of Carnage, and Mary Stuart, the play that has endured in my heart and soul and consciousness has been Schiller's Mary Stuart.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/24/09
    NEWS: Nostalgic musical Andrews Brothers ‘skirts' a stage crisis
    DESCRIPTION: The Andrews Brothers is making its Houston premiere at Stages. Premiered at Milwaukee Rep in 2005, this nostalgic musical is slight, silly and cute. Roger Bean's script serves chiefly to set up the admittedly unlikely premise and frame some two-dozen World War II-era hits.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/24/09
    NEWS: Luis Tomasello's reliefs inspire movement, meditation
    DESCRIPTION: Viewing them head-on, you want to walk toward them, then back away, then move closer again, as if they were paintings. You want to maneuver your way around them as much as possible, as though they were sculptures........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/24/09
    NEWS: Well-Behaved Street-Corner Sculpture
    DESCRIPTION: Outdoor art isn’t what it used to be. Once it honored heroic individuals and upheld values that whole populations could embrace. Today, excepting memorials like the Vietnam veterans wall, outdoor art serves rather to divert, amuse and comfort........
    SOURCE: New York Times
    WRITER(S): Ken Johnson

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/23/09
    NEWS: Next to Normal Not Your Normal Broadway Fare
    DESCRIPTION:  Next to Normal is full of twists and turns and surprises and to reveal them would be to greatly diminish the wonders of Yorkey's amazing book.  Next to Normal is a gift of discovery and awareness to each theatre-goer....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/22/09
    NEWS: Museum shows highlight glass, wartime propaganda
    DESCRIPTION: After two weekends packed with receptions for new exhibitions, virtually all of Houston's art world is taking a breather, leaving time to catch shows about to close.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/22/09
    NEWS: Actor’s sister slain, previews of Catch Me If You Can canceled
    DESCRIPTION: Four preview performances of Catch Me If You Can, a world premiere musical in Seattle, have been canceled because of the killing of a sister of one of the stars. ......
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/22/09
    NEWS: Review: G&S Society's Pirates is jolly good
    DESCRIPTION: The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston upholds its sturdy standard and the nonsensical glories of G&S with its thoroughly jolly, musically accomplished rendition of The Pirates of Penzance......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/22/09
    NEWS: Stages' Andrews Brothers is a Side-Splitting Blast
    DESCRIPTION: The Andrews Sisters and their lead act, the gorgeous Pin-Up Gal Peggy Jones, are due to appear in a USO show at an Army base where, ironically, the three stagehands for the show are three brothers named---you guessed it---the Andrews Brothers...
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/22/09
    NEWS: Alicia Silverstone, Laura Linney set for Broadway
    DESCRIPTION: Alicia Silverstone will join Laura Linney on Broadway this season. They will star in Time Stands Still, a play by Donald Margulies......
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/20/09
    NEWS: Houston's G & S Society's Pirates of Penzance is Priceless, Passionate, and Playful
    DESCRIPTION: Ever wonder where Mack Senneck got his ideas for The Keystone Cops and slapstick comedy?.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/20/09
    NEWS: Audiences sure to detect brilliant Holmes staging
    DESCRIPTION: ... it's no surprise that the Alley's current Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood,with (Todd) Waite's preternaturally gifted Holmes surrounded by the Alley's team of crack character actors, makes one of the company's very best “Summer Chills” offerings......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/20/09
    NEWS: Texas Repertory Theatre's Thoroughly Modern Millie is Thoroughly Magnificent
    DESCRIPTION: Isn't there the stigma that all great theatre in our sprawled out city is somehow located within the Loop---the 610 one, I mean?  If I had a hammer, I would shatter that myth to pieces.....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/19/09
    NEWS: Masterpiece’s dismantling has a silver lining
    DESCRIPTION: If you’ve recently visited or driven past 602 Sawyer, an office building in the Old Sixth Ward, you may have noticed some additions to the property. Several installations of colorful, abstract aluminum sculptures stand outside the building or hang off the garage exterior.Signs accompanying the sculptures say they were once part of a massive installation at the First National Bank Building in St. Paul, Minn., by George Sugarman — an artist collected by major museums.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/19/09
    NEWS: Houston Symphony ready to dive into concert featuring music from The Blue Planet
    DESCRIPTION: Even the ocean has its good guys and bad guys. At least that's the way Academy Award-nominated composer George Fenton heard the drama of the seas as he wrote the music for the epic nature television miniseries The Blue Planet.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/17/09
    NEWS: Anything could happen when I Love You Baby hits the Joanna
    DESCRIPTION: If you're new to Houston's art scene — or even if you're not — some of the scrappier art spaces, particularly those with odd hours, may seem like urban legends....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/17/09
    NEWS: Ross Chitwood is one actor is one to watch
    DESCRIPTION: Ross Chitwood, who is performing in Stages' The Andrews Brothers, describes his style as rustic with an urban twist.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/17/09
    NEWS: The Houston Area Theatre Awards for Excellence for 2008-2009
    DESCRIPTION: Although I have only been blogging critiques for several months, I have seen quite a bit of theatre this past year and it has been a wonderful year for theatre in Houston....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/16/09
    NEWS: Beauty in the Abandoned
    DESCRIPTION: Leonardo Drew turns cast-off and decayed items into strong artworks....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/16/09
    NEWS: Comedy of Manners
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street's Ps and Qs really works as a family show.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/16/09
    NEWS: Art meets fire-station relics in The Paramilitary Show
    DESCRIPTION: Gallerist Apama Mackey is holding down two forts this month.In addition to her regularly scheduled exhibit at Apama Mackey Gallery — artist Leslee Fraser's Houston debut, In the Absence of Empathy, a series of witty tableaux created from assorted figurines — Mackey's presenting a contemporary art show at the Houston Fire Museum, of all places...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/14/09
    NEWS: Deborah Boily and Jacques Brel's Music: A Love Affair
    DESCRIPTION: After attending opening night of Seasons in the Sun...A Celebration of Jacques Brel at Ovations last Friday, June 10,
    I am convinced that Deborah Boily and her other cast members are totally smitten with and in deepest love with Jacques Brel and his amazing music...
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/14/09
    NEWS: Dancer Walsh wins Princess Grace Award
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Ballet corps dancer Joseph Walsh, 20, has won a 2009 Princess Grace Award, a prestigious honor that recognizes emerging talent from across the U.S....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/14/09
    NEWS: Q&A: Artadia award winner Floyd Newsum
    DESCRIPTION: Floyd Newsum, Houston's legendary mix master, combines colors, symbols, personal material and images from other cultures in his works on paper........
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/13/09
    NEWS: Recent and Upcoming Thrills at DiverseWorks
    DESCRIPTION: Don't expect DiverseWorks to settle into a summer slumber; movement abounds at Houston's favorite Indie art hot spot........
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/13/09
    NEWS: Review: Haunting theatricality marks Phantom
    DESCRIPTION: Andrew Lloyd Webber may be a Baron (OK, he is), but the contribution of a Prince is every bit as crucial to the impact of The Phantom of the Opera as Lloyd Webber's melodious score. That would be legendary director Harold Prince, whose wizardly staging is on view once again in the national tour of Phantom at Hobby Center — the show's fourth visit here (but who's counting?).....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/13/09
    NEWS: TUTS' 42nd Street is Grand, Grand, Grand!
    DESCRIPTION: Theatre Under the Stars has been giving the City of Houston free shows in Hermann Park at Miller Outdoor Theatre for 42 years, and to celebrate those 42 years, has chosen to give us this year's tap-dancing musical extravaganza 42nd Street. And what a grand gift it is!.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/12/09
    NEWS: Blaffer’s Leonardo Drew survey hits a home run
    DESCRIPTION: By every measure, Existed: Leonardo Drew, the first U.S. museum survey of the sculptor’s work, is a triumph..
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/11/09
    NEWS: Houston's G & S Society, A Close-Knit Extended Family, Brings on The Pirates and Alistair Donkin
    DESCRIPTION: I was given the extreme honor of attending a rehearsal of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance at The Kinkaid School in the Brown Theatre, this year's 58th offering by the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/11/09
    NEWS: Lawndale’s Big Show is still one huge party
    DESCRIPTION: Not all of the artwork going on view tonight at the Lawndale Art Center packs a punch.
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/11/09
    NEWS: 42nd Street provides more toe-tapping fun
    DESCRIPTION: All who have enjoyed 42nd Street in past encounters likely will enjoy it again in the current tour presented by Theatre Under The Stars as its annual free summer show at Miller Theatre.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/10/09
    NEWS: Review: Politely put, Ps and Qs is pleasant fare
    DESCRIPTION: When the show in question is Ps and Qs: The ABCs of Manners, I suppose that whatever a critic may think, he must at least express his opinion politely. With exquisite decorum, I report that the new family musical at Main Street Theater provides pleasant, light summer fare suitable for kids and their grown-ups, as intended....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/10/09
    NEWS: A Place Along A Path: International Coffee Building Renovation
    DESCRIPTION: Some years ago the Buffalo Bayou Partnership invited a few architecture firms to submit proposals for the restoration of this small building at the water’s edge in Northern Downtown......
    SOURCE: OffCite
    WRITER(S): Jesse Hager

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/10/09
    NEWS: Stimulus funds help orchestras keep playing
    DESCRIPTION: Dozens of orchestras around the nation can keep playing for now, kept in tune by federal stimulus dollars aimed at saving jobs.....
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Christine Simmons

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/10/09
    NEWS: Phantom of the Opera's return to Houston opens tonight
    DESCRIPTION: He’s demented. He’s disfigured. He’s diabolical. He doesn’t like chandeliers. But, darn it, he’s smitten with a pretty soprano, and he just wants her to notice him. That basic premise, introduced in Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera, has enjoyed a phenomenal history on stage and screen, culminating in the megahit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that returns for its fourth Houston stand, opening tonight at Hobby Center.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/09/09
    NEWS: Main St. Theater's Ps and Qs: the ABCs of Manners is a Hoot
    DESCRIPTION: My chronic sinusitis has kicked in because of the lack of rain so I was hoping Ps and Qs would make me laugh so hard that I felt better, believing that laughter is the best medicine.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/09/09
    NEWS: Group art show reflects city’s “sprawling and chaotic” nature
    DESCRIPTION: The one common thread uniting the work in One Must Be Absolutely Modern, a group show opening July 9 at Rudolph Projects ArtScan Gallery, is that it’s all sculpture created by Houston artists....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/08/09
    NEWS: 42nd Street remains favorite of musical fans
    DESCRIPTION: TUTS brings back classic backstage show for a free run...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/08/09
    NEWS: A clarinetist takes her bows
    DESCRIPTION: Clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois won first place in the 2009 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/07/09
    NEWS: 42nd Street: Prozac in tap shoes
    DESCRIPTION: Austin Miller, the hometown boy who had all of Houston cheering for him on NBC's Grease: You're the One That I Want a few years back, returns to his TUTS roots to play Billy Lawlor in 42nd Street at Miller Outdoor Theatre this weekend. .......
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/05/09
    NEWS:Comedy of Manners, civility
    DESCRIPTION: After commiserating on that topic for several years, Main Street Theater artistic director Rebecca Greene Udden and MST regular Steve Garfinkel decided to create a show about it.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/05/09
    NEWS:ArtHouston helps Galveston rebuild
    DESCRIPTION: While this year’s artist lineup still ranges from relative unknowns to established old-timers, the event has a new focus: to raise money for the Galveston Arts Center, which suffered major damage during Hurricane Ike...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/04/09
    NEWS:August Wilson’s Seven Guitars to launch Ensemble’s season
    DESCRIPTION: The season also boasts the world premiere of a holiday-themed show by Houston playwright Thomas Meloncon and the area premiere of Stick Fly, an acclaimed comedy about an affluent African-American family by up-and-coming Chicago playwright Lydia Diamond.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/03/09
    NEWS:Main Street Theater launches fundraiser
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater is launching a $3.5 million capital campaign to purchase the property it has leased since 1982 at 2540 Times in the Rice Village and give the building an extensive renovation........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 07/02/09
    NEWS: Death by Diana
    DESCRIPTION: Amy Blakemore captures haunting images of death with a cheap plastic camera.........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/30/09
    NEWS:Armadillo on wheels is green at heart
    DESCRIPTION: During two summers in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, Jae Rhim Lee couldn’t help noticing the surplus of FEMA trailers........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Mary Vuong

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/29/09
    NEWS:City close to renewing troubled agency’s contract
    DESCRIPTION: The city is poised to renew the $11 million contract of the Houston Arts Alliance Wednesday, despite a recent audit and other unflattering attention that showed numerous problems with how it spends tax dollars and fulfills its public mission.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Bradley Olson

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/29/09
    NEWS: The Remarkable Loretta Swit is Coming to Houston in 42nd Street!
    DESCRIPTION: We have a chance to witness the amazing Loretta Swit in all of her glory right here in Houston, Texas, at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Thursday-Tuesday, July 9-14, at 8:15 p.m., in Theatre Under the Stars' free summer musical offering, the nostalgic and classic tap-dancing extravaganza, 42nd Street.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/29/09
    NEWS: Iran unrest foments creativity, Houston artist Sharifi says
    DESCRIPTION: Tehran, Iran-born, Houston-based artist Soody Sharifi’s photographs and installations “explore the tension between public and private spaces, depicting scenarios which undo the images of Islamic stereotypes represented through the narrow focus of the daily media,” she writes on her Web site, www.soody-sharifi.com .......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/28/09
    NEWS:It’s curtains on Houston's special theater season
    DESCRIPTION: Sometimes even a critic just has to give credit where credit is due.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/28/09
    NEWS:Exhibit shows rich prints using cheap camera
    DESCRIPTION: Amy Blakemore: Photographs 1988-2008 doubles as an exquisite show and a reminder that we owe the MFAH’s Core Program — a one-to-two-year residency for artists and critics — a debt of gratitude for luring Blakemore to Houston nearly 25 years ago........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/27/09
    NEWS:Ensemble’s The Wiz is delightful
    DESCRIPTION: Lively staging, exuberant performances and strong singing carry the Ensemble Theatre’s revival of The Wiz, despite reservations about the show’s writing........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/25/09
    NEWS: Meta-Colonialism
    DESCRIPTION: Inside the CAMH, the works of No Zoning lose their power.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/25/09
    NEWS: Squeeze at Barnevelder this weekend
    DESCRIPTION: Psophonia Dance Company prides itself on being relevant. For Squeeze, co-directors and co-choreographers Sophia L. Torres and Sonia Noriega have dreamed up a gritty carnival to ponder the economic meltdown and our part in it.......
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/24/09
    NEWS: Thom Pain is unpredictably inspired
    DESCRIPTION: A prize winner at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, acclaimed off-Broadway in 2005 and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Thom Pain makes its Houston debut courtesy of Nova Arts Project, ably performed by Nova regular Seán Patrick Judge......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/21/09
    NEWS: Award-winning plays part of MST’s new season
    DESCRIPTION: A new stage adaptation of Isabel Allende’s best-selling novel The House of the Spirits, a rare revival of seminal feminist playwright Sophie Treadwell’s signature work Machinal, Tom Stoppard’s Olivier Award-winning Arcadia and Terrence McNally’s Tony-winning Master Class highlight Main Street Theater’s 2009-2010 subscription season......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/21/09
    NEWS: Nova Arts Project's Thom Pain (based on nothing) is Something Special
    DESCRIPTION: A stark, dark stage.  A man, Thom Pain, enters......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/21/09
    NEWS: John Chamberlain influence is seen around town
    DESCRIPTION: Right now, all around town, you can see artworks that, whether or not they were directly influenced by sculptor John Chamberlain, echo the creations for which he is best known — assemblages of crushed automobile sheet metal......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/20/09
    NEWS: Skydive presents artwork that jumps out of the plain
    DESCRIPTION: In keeping with their multitasking ways, the Skydivers have two exhibits going at once. Or eight, depending on how you do the math.. .....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/20/09
    NEWS: Sara Draper: Lady of Spain
    DESCRIPTION: Who needs a high-end outfitter like Abercrombie & Kent to lead us on a tour of Spain when we have a four-star guide in Sara Draper?.......
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/20/09
    NEWS: TUTS' Reimagined Cabaret is Perfect and Glorious Gift
    DESCRIPTION: Much ado was made by the Theatre Under the Stars PR Department to let us in on the new design and concept of this reinvented new Cabaret.......
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/20/09
    NEWS: Cabaret revival goes glam
    DESCRIPTION: What good is sitting alone in your room (or even with company) when Cabaret is back, better than ever?.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/19/09
    NEWS: Thom Pain (based on nothing)
    DESCRIPTION: Thom Pain wants to mess with your head. He's a storyteller, damaged lover, lunatic, loner, whack motivational speaker, lapsed existentialist, comic, poet, monologist, antihero, misguided teacher, philosopher, master of indecision, surreal host, huckster, everyman, entertainer, magician, advisor, rogue sage, ringmaster, confessor, broken optimist and hopeful pessimist........
    SOURCE: CultureVulture.net
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/19/09
    NEWS: Bona-fide pieces for bargain hunters
    DESCRIPTION: Presented by Apama Mackey Gallery and Keep Houston Rich, a Web site that posts daily videos celebrating the city, The AMG Visual Stimulus Package is a one-day exhibition of work by artists from the Houston, San Antonio and Austin areas. .....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/19/09
    NEWS: A play based on nothing opens this week
    DESCRIPTION: Sean Patrick Judge goes solo in Will Eno's existential comedy, Thom Pain (based on nothing), a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. Judge, managing director of Nova Arts Project, plays Thom Pain, a man in a suit with a mission to entertain, confuse, and tell shreds of a story about his life.......
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/18/09
    NEWS: Soaring Swan
    DESCRIPTION: Stanton Welch's production of Swan Lake at the Houston Ballet is easily one of the best around.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Marene Gustin

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/18/09
    NEWS: Thriving on 2 roles of a lifetime
    DESCRIPTION: Nancy Johnston plays Edith Bouvier Beale/'Little' Edie Beale in the Stages production of Grey Gardens.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/18/09
    NEWS: Blind artists share their visions
    DESCRIPTION: Houstonians can glimpse how 30 artists, all of whom take art classes at the Lighthouse of Houston (a nonprofit education and service center dedicated to helping blind and visually impaired people live independently), have put their inner visions to paper in Reflections, a watercolor exhibition opening tonight at Vaughan Christopher Gallery......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/17/09
    NEWS: Cabaret's new moves: a quick chat with choreographer Bob Richard
    DESCRIPTION: It's a whole new Kit Kat Klub over at TUTS. Based on extensive research of Weimar Germany, Bill Berry and his creative team at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre are bringing their newly envisioned Cabaret to Houston. Apparently, the cabarets of Weimar era Berlin were considerably more lavish than the original show revealed. New York Choreographer Bob Richard fills us in....
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/15/09
    NEWS: Inventive Staging and Fine Acting Save Alley's Farnsworth Invention
    DESCRIPTION: Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd is to be highly commended for choosing as the last play of the Alley's 2008-2009 season, The Farnsworth Invention, by Aaron Sorkin....
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/15/09
    NEWS: SWAN LAKE – Houston Ballet
    DESCRIPTION: There’s nothing quite like finding out your girlfriend’s day job is being a swan.....
    SOURCE: Houston ArtsWeek
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/14/09
    NEWS: Stages announces its 2009-2010 season lineup
    DESCRIPTION: The acclaimed off-Broadway teens-in-turmoil comedy Speech and Debate, a Houston premiere from Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts and a drama about famed painter Pablo Picasso are among the eye-catching items in Stages Repertory Theatre’s 2009-10 season....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/13/09
    NEWS: Cabaret gets fresh new look
    DESCRIPTION: Theatre Under The Stars plans a splashy treatment (opening Thursday) with glimmers of brightness to set off the encroaching darkness...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/13/09
    NEWS: Houston Ballet's Swan Lake features powerful bird, muddy water
    DESCRIPTION: The devil in Swan Lake for the lead dancer is her Jekyll-Hyde transformation from Odette, the delicate white swan, to the bravura babe Odile, the black-tutu’d double who destroys Odette’s hopes of becoming human again by tricking her lover, Prince Siegfried....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/13/09
    NEWS: Aritist’s satirical linocuts have aged well
    DESCRIPTION: If you read the New York Times during the 1980s and 1990s, the selection of linoleum prints by the late Richard Basil Mock, on view at Redbud Gallery, might look familiar....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/12/09
    NEWS: Alley’s Farnsworth Invention is good TV onstage
    DESCRIPTION: You don’t have to like TV to love The Farnsworth Invention. The Alley Theatre has mounted a knockout Houston premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s fascinating play about the race between “boy genius” inventor Philo T. Farnsworth and pioneering media mogul David Sarnoff to perfect an operable form of television...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/12/09
    NEWS: Downtown Dance in Downtown Houston, The Big Range Dance Festival , Program C
    DESCRIPTION: One of the great perks of the Big Range Dance Festival is seeing work from outside of Houston......
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/12/09
    NEWS: Planning a trip to Mars? Check out this exhibit
    DESCRIPTION: Would you go to Mars? That’s the first decision visitors at the Facing Mars exhibit in the Health Museum must decide....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lana Berkowitz

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/11/09
    NEWS: Flawed heroine awakens actress
    DESCRIPTION: Luisa Amaral-Smith is having the time of her life desperately struggling to survive the Great Depression and keep herself and her family from being thrown out onto the street. “This is the juiciest part I’ve had and the most fun to play,” Amaral-Smith says of her pivotal role as life-toughened matriarch Bessie Berger in Main Street Theater’s acclaimed production of Clifford Odets’ 1935 masterpiece, Awake and Sing!......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/11/09
    NEWS: The Art Guys’ big fat not-so-gay wedding
    DESCRIPTION: As more and more gay couples are doing these days, Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing will don tuxes on Saturday and walk down a wedding aisle to say their vows...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/11/09
    NEWS: So much interesting art, so little time
    DESCRIPTION: It’s the kind of problem every art fan wants: having more interesting shows on view than time to see them.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/10/09
    NEWS: Hey, Dude
    DESCRIPTION: Defending the Caveman may deliver yesterday's news, but it still gets the laughs......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/10/09
    NEWS: From Madonna to Houston's MET
    DESCRIPTION: Salim Gauwloos is back at his old stomping ground at the Metropolitan Dance Company (The MET) creating a brand new dance for his old dance buddies.....
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/10/09
    NEWS: Ode to the Extraordinary Nancy Johnston
    DESCRIPTION: It is not often that I get to invite an absolute stranger to the zoo and they accept my invitation. That day, Nancy Johnston was that stranger...
    SOURCE: Chron.Commons/The Critic's Critic
    WRITER(S): Buzz Bellmont

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/09/09
    NEWS: Melody Herrera is the new bird in Swan Lake
    DESCRIPTION: Melody Herrera, Houston Ballet's youngest principal, finally gets to take flight as Odette/Odile in Stanton Welch's Swan Lake......
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/08/09
    NEWS: Billy Elliot named best musical
    DESCRIPTION: "Billy Elliot," the big British musical about a coal miner's son who dreams to dance, bowled over Broadway on Sunday, winning 10 Tonys, including best musical and a unique best actor prize for the three young performers who share the title character.....
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/08/09
    NEWS: GREY GARDENS – A Review
    DESCRIPTION: Like all the best companies (I mean in any industry, not just in show business), Kenn McLaughlin and Stages Repertory Theatre have considerable talent for survival......
    SOURCE: Houston ArtsWeek
    WRITER(S): John DeMers

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/08/09
    NEWS: Phillip Chbeeb apparently thinks he can dance
    DESCRIPTION: Houston son Phillip Chbeeb made the top 20 of Fox's hit show, So You Think You Can Dance.....
    SOURCE: Dancehunter
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/07/09
    NEWS: Aaron Sorkin shows inventiveness with Farnsworth
    DESCRIPTION: Aaron Sorkin, creator of the stage-to-screen hit A Few Good Men and TV’s The West Wing, seized this ripe plum of opportunity with The Farnsworth Invention.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/07/09
    NEWS: Eight Dances, Three Companies, Two Hours, One Fine Evening
    DESCRIPTION: The second weekend of the Big Range Dance Festival gave us eight works from three companies. .....
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Neil Ellis Orts

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/07/09
    NEWS: Test your Swan Lake knowledge
    DESCRIPTION: You don’t have to be a balletomane to enjoy it. But before Houston Ballet revisits Stanton Welch’s 2006 version this week and next, here’s a quiz to refresh your memory — or stump your friends at intermission......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/06/09
    NEWS: Year’s best in architecture
    DESCRIPTION: Want buildings suited to these troubling times? Consider the 12 winners of the 2009 Design Awards, given by the American Institute of Architects, Houston.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/06/09
    NEWS: MFAH flaunts “textbook” examples of Latin American art
    DESCRIPTION: Walking through the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, exhibition North Looks South: Building the Latin American Art Collection, Mari Carmen Ramírez, the MFAH’s Wortham Curator of Latin American Art, makes a bold prediction......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/06/09
    NEWS: Kathy Kelley finds her art niche
    DESCRIPTION: Kathy Kelley’s Feet of Shadows Trudge This Space of Absence exhibit features sculptures made from the remnants of tires, inner tubes, rebar and other urban refuse.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/05/09
    NEWS: The Big Squeeze: Accordionist mixes hobby, contest
    DESCRIPTION: For Jorge Vazquez, the sound of the accordion has been a lifelong lullaby.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/05/09
    NEWS: Another take on street art
    DESCRIPTION: As the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston prepares to open an exhibition showcasing its Latin American art collection, visitors can see its latest acquisition, a street installation by Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, before they set foot in the building....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/05/09
    NEWS: Exhibit reassesses lives of Civil War icons Lee, Grant
    DESCRIPTION: Ulysses S. Grant’s uniform is part of the Lee and Grant Exhibit at Houston Baptist University. Its display, along with Robert E. Lee’s, marks the first time the uniforms have been together since the two generals met for the South’s surrender at Appomattox...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Caroline Gallay

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/04/09
    NEWS: Artist reopens 1.37-square-foot gallery for CAMH exhibit
    DESCRIPTION: If you’ve dropped by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston to check out No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston, you may think you can cross it off your list of exhibitions to see this summer. Think again. Every few weeks, one of the show’s gallery spaces is undergoing a complete rotation, with entire bodies of work coming and going, transforming the space in the process....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/04/09
    NEWS: Judge Not
    DESCRIPTION: Marlene Dumas makes her paintings and leaves the rest to you...
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/03/09
    NEWS: July 4th offers a choice of Clay Walker or Beyonce
    DESCRIPTION: Country singer Clay Walker headlines the Freedom Over Texas Fourth of July celebration at Tinsley Park in Buffalo Bayou. That’s the same day Beyoncé brings her glitzy I Am … Tour to Toyota Center. .........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Joey Guerra

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/02/09
    NEWS: MST’s Awake wins raves from N.Y. critic, extends run
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater, basking in the Wall Street Journal’s rave review of Awake and Sing!, has extended the production’s run for another weekend.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/02/09
    NEWS: Judith Ivey to star as Ann Landers in off-Broadway play
    DESCRIPTION: Judith Ivey will portray the legendary problem-solving columnist in The Lady With All the Answers, David Rambo’s play drawn from Landers’ life and letters. The one-woman show begins performances Oct. 7 at the Cherry Lane Theatre..........
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Michael Kuchwara

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/02/09
    NEWS: Grey Gardens extends Stages reign
    DESCRIPTION: Stages Repertory Theatre is extending its critically acclaimed Houston premiere of the Tony-winning Broadway hit. Originally scheduled to play through June 14, the show has a new closing date of June 28........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 06/01/09
    NEWS: Local artist brings a little Texas to Japan
    DESCRIPTION: Ten years ago Wendy Wagner gave up her career as a graphic artist to follow her dream of being a fine artist. This week, she’s showing her work to a new viewing audience in Japan........
    SOURCE: KHOW.com
    WRITER(S): Michelle Ponto

     

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/31/09
    NEWS: Alley Theatre announces lineup for new season
    DESCRIPTION: Three world premieres, including a new musical by Jekyll & Hyde composer Frank Wildhorn, plus recent London/Broadway successes Boeing-Boeing and The 39 Steps, are among the newsworthy items in the Alley Theatre’s 2009-10 season............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/31/09
    NEWS: Terra Cotta Warriors bring archaeological wonder to Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Try this for irony: If it weren’t for Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist leader whose Cultural Revolution was responsible for the destruction of countless historical artifacts, we might not have the chance to see the selection of ancient pottery statuary on view in Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor at the Houston Museum of Natural Science...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/31/09
    NEWS: Artist transforms photographs into paintings
    DESCRIPTION: After presentations at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, a condensed version of South African-born, Amsterdam-based painter Marlene Dumas’ first U.S. survey is now in its final stop at the Menil Collection..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/30/09
    NEWS: Emerging Texas artists exhibit makes Houston stop
    DESCRIPTION: Wrapping up a four-city tour at DiverseWorks, New Art in Austin: 20 to Watch is the third installment in a triennial series spotlighting emerging talent in and around the state capital...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/30/09
    NEWS: Houston Ballet spins magic with Carousel
    DESCRIPTION: The highlight of Houston Ballet’s Of An Era program, the dance is just 13 minutes long but captures the essence of its score, transmitting each note, stirringly, through a sea of graceful bodies...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/29/09
    NEWS: Amy Ell dances on air at Big Range
    DESCRIPTION: Amy Ell, Houston's leading air dancer and aerial teacher, headlines Program C (June 12-13) of the Big Range Dance Festival at Barnevelder, which begins this weekend. ...........
    SOURCE: 29-95
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/28/09
    NEWS: From Sparkle To Soul: Houston Ballet’s “Of an Era” – Nosotros, Jardí Tancat, Carousel (A Dance)
    DESCRIPTION: You can tell everything about a choreographer by the company he keeps—or aspires to............
    SOURCE: ExploreDance.com
    WRITER(S): Joseph Campana

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/28/09
    NEWS: As Topol bids farewell, say hello again to Fiddler
    DESCRIPTION: You'd never believe Topol has played Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof more than 2,500 times (nor that the actor is 73) from the vigor and immediacy he exudes in the “farewell tour” that opened Tuesday at Hobby Center...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/28/09
    NEWS: Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman may share Broadway stage
    DESCRIPTION: The New York Post reported Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman were set to star in the play about two Chicago policemen, friends since childhood, whose lives take divergent paths after an unnerving incident....
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Michael Kuchwara

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/28/09
    NEWS: Bassist, singer Esperanza Spalding is jazz’s new note
    DESCRIPTION: Jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding comes to Houston's Miller Theater on Friday...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Joy Sewing

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/28/09
    NEWS: CAMH exhibition puts iconic Astrodome on silver screen
    DESCRIPTION: CAMH senior curator Toby Kamps invited artist Andrea Grover to take part in programming for No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/27/09
    NEWS: Magical Gardens
    DESCRIPTION: The Edies mesmerize all at Stages Repertory Theatre in Grey Gardens...........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/27/09
    NEWS: Exhibit shows inflatable art is more than hot air
    DESCRIPTION: Today through Sunday, Light as Air will feature inflatable sculptures by four artists in different areas of Discovery Green during park operating hours..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/24/09
    NEWS: As Tevye, Topol continues to raise Roof
    DESCRIPTION: After more than 2,500 performances, Fiddler is more than a “tradition” for Topol. It’s a way of life..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/23/09
    NEWS: Lucas Johnson's exotic images stir imagination
    DESCRIPTION: Lucas Johnson: Drawings 1971-1990 at Moody Gallery is a little slice of paradise for anyone who likes to see first-rate draftsmanship paired with abundant imagination.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/23/09
    NEWS: Gallery showcases aboriginal women's artwork
    DESCRIPTION: Featuring work by artists from northeastern Queensland, the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia, Women’s Business: Paintings by Leading and Emerging Australian Aboriginal Women Artists is rich in imagery related to oral traditions........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/23/09
    NEWS: Artist draws viewers into brave new world
    DESCRIPTION: Torsten Slama’s Walt-Whitman-Gedenk-Raffinerie (Walt Whitman Memorial Refinery) is on display at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s new exhibit.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/23/09
    NEWS: Christopher Wheeldon scores again with Carousel
    DESCRIPTION: Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance) has its Houston Ballet premiere on the Of An Era program, which runs from May 28-June 7 at the Wortham Theater Center.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/22/09
    NEWS: Artist lures viewers to TVs with loop of footage
    DESCRIPTION: Visitors to Cinema Zero, Houston artist Jake Jones’ video installation at CTRL Gallery, wind their way through a dark tunnel into a small, loungelike space that the gallery describes as “part secret club house, part surveillance van,” where seven used televisions beam a 30-minute loop the artist assembled from found footage......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/22/09
    NEWS: An American Classic Shines in Texas
    DESCRIPTION: Not only is Main Street Theater’s ensemble cast at home with every line, but they put across the play’s angry warmth so believably that you’d think you were sitting at the table with them.....
    SOURCE: The Wall Street Journal
    WRITER(S): Terry Teachout

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/21/09
    NEWS: The Third Side fails to evolve
    DESCRIPTION: One can understand what playwright Tom Vaughan is attempting in the play, making its premiere in an earnest Mildred’s Umbrella rendition at DiverseWorks....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/20/09
    NEWS: Clever, Funny and Disturbing
    DESCRIPTION: Austin exports 20 artists and installations for a show at DiverseWorks...
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/18/09
    NEWS: Cast, script and score make Grey Gardens a must
    DESCRIPTION: Stages’ solid production confirms the wit, poignancy and originality that anchor the show...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/18/09
    NEWS: The Artistic Expressions of Wendy Wagner
    DESCRIPTION: Wendy Wagner represents the superlative of creativity in Texas. ...
    SOURCE: OnlyKaty
    WRITER(S): Ana Villaronga

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/15/09
    NEWS: Partners in life, partners in art: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen
    DESCRIPTION: The death in January of art historian, critic and artist Coosje van Bruggen at 66 ended one of the most unique collaborations in the history of art — one in which van Bruggen and her husband, sculptor Claes Oldenburg, teamed up on dozens of iconic public sculptures for museums, parks and city centers.  Now an exhibition at the Menil Collection, Drawings on Site: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, pays homage to that collaboration and shows a selection of the drawings behind some of those monuments — as well as others that existed only in the couple’s imagination.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/15/09
    NEWS: Antigone gets a new look
    DESCRIPTION: Director John Johnston is closing the abbreviated inaugural season of his Classical Theatre Company by tackling the sizable challenge of Antigone....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/15/09
    NEWS: Armide gives a 17th-century opera a modern twist
    DESCRIPTION: Considered the masterpiece of Jean-Baptiste Lully, the dominant figure in late-17th-century French music, Armide premiered at the Paris Opera in 1686. Now, the opera makes its (somewhat overdue) Houston debut with Mercury Baroque’s performances Friday and Saturday at Wortham Theater Center....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/14/09
    NEWS: MFAH makes home for Indian art
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston area is home to a sizable Indian-American population, but the city has lacked a permanent museum space devoted to Indian art and culture. That will change Saturday when the Nidhika and Pershant Mehta Arts of India Gallery debuts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/14/09
    NEWS: Happy Days rests on its sitcom laurels
    DESCRIPTION: A pervasive air of the second-rate clings to Happy Days...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/14/09
    NEWS: Existed explores death and decay
    DESCRIPTION: EXISTED: LEONARDO DREW at Blaffer Gallery.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/13/09
    NEWS: Great Depresssion
    DESCRIPTION: Clifford Odets's emotionally charged play will remind you that all things pass......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/13/09
    NEWS: Producer Is Chosen to Lead Arts Endowment
    DESCRIPTION: Rocco Landesman, the colorful theatrical producer and race-track aficionado who brought hits like “Big River,” “Angels in America” and “The Producers” to Broadway, has been nominated as the next chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House said on Tuesday.....
    SOURCE: The New York Times
    WRITER(S): ROBIN POGREBIN

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/12/09
    NEWS: Robyn O’Neil’s prize-winning drawing points to a new start
    DESCRIPTION: Kingwood artist Robyn O’Neil, the 2009 winner of the $50,000 Hunting Art Prize, beat out 128 other finalists who had been chosen from more than 1,500 artists across Texas. .....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/11/09
    NEWS: Violinist Tetzlaff, Houston Symphony dazzle
    DESCRIPTION: Christian Tetzlaff brought artistry of the highest order to his rendition of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Houston Symphony Friday night at Jones Hall....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/10/09
    NEWS: Getting the lowdown on high society
    DESCRIPTION: Stages brings the wild stories of Grey Gardens to life....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/09/09
    NEWS: Strong cast makes Awake sing at MST
    DESCRIPTION: Clifford Odets’ Depression-era classic Awake and Sing! roars to vivid life in Main Street Theater’s involving production....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/09/09
    NEWS: Rabéa Ballin talks about inspiration for her work
    DESCRIPTION: RABÉA BALLIN: FRESH at Joan Wich & Co.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/09/09
    NEWS: Washington, D.C. theater to stage Texas classic, Giant
    DESCRIPTION: On May 12, a theater company in suburban Washington known nationally as an incubator for Broadway-bound talent, is staging the world premiere of a musical version of Giant complete with Texas accents, cowboy hats and West Texas vistas. Still larger than life, the musical contains more than 4,000 measures of music, and actors will wear more than 100 costumes.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): HAILEY R. BRANSON WASHINGTON BUREAU

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/08/09
    NEWS: ConcealDisclose sets up unlikely dialogue
    DESCRIPTION: Painter Hagit Barkai has lived in Houston only since September. But when ConcealDisclose , her two-person exhibition with photographer Tala Vahabzadeh, opens tonight at Art League Houston, she’ll already have fulfilled a dream that might have been difficult to realize in her native country, Israel.. ....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/07/09
    NEWS: Awake and Sing!
    DESCRIPTION: A desperate family in desperate times. No, not a story culled from yesterday's headlines, but the scenario of Clifford Odets' masterwork Awake and Sing!, now playing at Houston's Main Street Theater (MST).....
    SOURCE: CultureVulture.net
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/07/09
    NEWS: Three Choreographers, Two Cities and One Eclectic Dance Company:  A quick chat with Jean-Philippe Malaty of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
    DESCRIPTION: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, the little gem of a dance company based in the mountains of Colorado, heads for the flat lands of Houston to perform work by three contemporary masters, including Twyla Tharp, Jorma Elo and Moses Pendleton. Executive director Jean-Philippe Malaty tells us about the show and his troupe.....
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/07/09
    NEWS: Livin’ Fat relives ’70s laughs at the Ensemble
    DESCRIPTION: The Ensemble Theatre’s peppy revival of Judi Ann Mason’s comedy, which the company first staged “back in the day,” will make you feel you’ve tuned into a rerun of one of the popular Afrocentric sitcoms of the 1970s, such as Good Times or The Jeffersons....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/07/09
    NEWS: Ah, the beauty of cardboard — no, really
    DESCRIPTION: French artist Christian Renonciat’s sculptures in Creased, his exhibition at Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, use cardboard and paper as inspiration but not as material. ....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/06/09
    NEWS: Welcome to the War
    DESCRIPTION: Javier de Villota's bold re-creation of a marketplace massacre in Sarajevo is installed at the Station....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/05/09
    NEWS: Billy Elliot nabs most nominations
    DESCRIPTION:  Billy Elliot, Elton John’s heartwarming musical about a coal miner’s son determined to become a dancer, grabbed 15 Tony nominations Tuesday, the most for any show in the annual competition for the Broadway theater’s top honor...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/05/09
    NEWS: Art car parade is an opportunity for expression
    DESCRIPTION: Hen-a-tron, a 14-foot-tall rooster, got a ticket on the way to last year’s Houston Art Car Parade kickoff party, remembers Robynn Sanders, who worked on Drew Bettge’s monstrosity. The cop said, You don’t even have a windshield for an inspection sticker....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lana Berkowitz

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/05/09
    NEWS: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma sees no musical genres
    DESCRIPTION: Yo-Yo Ma is 53. But as he sees it, he has the body of 97-year-old and the mental age of a 12-year-old...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/04/09
    NEWS: Brief Encounter a wistful romantic holiday
    DESCRIPTION:Houston Grand Opera offers the operatic equivalent with its potent world premiere of André Previn and John Caird’s Brief Encounter.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/04/09
    NEWS: Kingwood's Robyn O’Neil wins Hunting Art Prize
    DESCRIPTION: Sponsored by international oil-services company Hunting PLC, the $50,000 award is the most generous art prize presented annually in North America........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/03/09
    NEWS: CAMH’s No Zoning touts city’s ‘art permeability’
    DESCRIPTION: ...the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is mounting another large group show that’s poised to make a claim for the distinctive Houston-ness of at least some Houston art. But No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston seems less focused on what’s happening in Houston studios than what’s happening outside them — and under the institutional radar.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/03/09
    NEWS: Main Street Theater revives Odets' Awake and Sing!
    DESCRIPTION: Main Street Theater concludes its 2008-09 season with a rare revival of Clifford Odets’ Depression-era masterpiece, Awake and Sing!, opening Thursday.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/02/09
    NEWS: Walsh’s Trilogy skates on thin ice
    DESCRIPTION: Dominic Walsh’s newest work, The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a collaboration with Florida’s up-and-coming Sarasota Ballet, is at times compelling but also confounding.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/02/09
    NEWS: Several Dancers Core
    DESCRIPTION: Three is believed to be a magical number. It's stock bumped up this weekend at CORE Performance Company's performance of Three, which included work by Beppie Blankert, Alicia Sánchez and Polly Motley........
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/02/09
    NEWS: Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and Sarasota Ballet
    DESCRIPTION: Perhaps the most difficult works to approach are the most familiar. ........
    SOURCE: CultureVulture.net
    WRITER(S): Josephy Campana

    PUBLISH DAPUBLISH DATE: 05/02/09
    NEWS: Missa Latina’s music is heavenly
    DESCRIPTION: The Texas premiere of Roberto Sierra’s inventive and exciting Missa Latina lends Event Status to this weekend’s performances by the Houston Symphony — especially as it’s under the masterful guidance of eminent conductor Leonard Slatkin, who commissioned the work and conducted its much-praised 2006 world premiere with the National Symphony in Washington, D.C........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/02/09
    NEWS: Artist Sterling Allen makes a tasty alphabet soup
    DESCRIPTION: In the kind of found-object art most of us are familiar with, an artist discovers something that wasn’t made for art’s sake and repurposes it in a (hopefully) more artistic direction, making whatever modifications he sees fit. In the case of the works in Austin artist Sterling Allen’s ongoing ABC Project, part of which Art Palace director Arturo Palacios is presenting at Optical Project, that’s just a middle step in a delightfully convoluted process.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    TE: 05/01/09
    NEWS: Mitchell Pavilion reopens after Ike
    DESCRIPTION: The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands has reopened after a renovation and expansion following Hurricane Ike......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/01/09
    NEWS: As Pete Seeger turns 90, his songs remain timeless
    DESCRIPTION: Nearing 90, folk singer Pete Seeger still sings, but a new set of CDs preserves his earlier, stronger voice.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/01/09
    NEWS: Upheaval: That’s rock ’n’ roll
    DESCRIPTION: The wide net that Tom Stoppard casts in Rock ’n’ Roll takes in 22 years of Czech history, arguments about communism and other political systems, classical poetry and a crash course in rock music. Oh, and love, illness, death and the mystery of time....The Alley Theatre has taken on the challenge of one of Stoppard’s most ambitious, heartfelt and personal plays.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/01/09
    NEWS: MFAH scores trove of Ishimoto photographs
    DESCRIPTION: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has acquired 300 photographs by Ishimoto Yasuhiro, a key figure in both American and Japanese post-World War II photography....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 05/01/09
    NEWS: Warhol pieces up for auction locally
    DESCRIPTION: On Wednesday, Houston-based Lewis & Maese Auction Co. is banking on Warhol’s popularity when it offers four of his pieces for auction. They are from the private collection of Kevin Siwa, a Sugar Land resident.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Mary Vuong

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/30/09
    NEWS: Helen Lessick’s art nudges poetry from objects
    DESCRIPTION: Helen Lessick’s first Texas exhibition consists mostly of barely altered mass-produced objects — metal buckets with holes drilled in them, a couple of words embossed on a mirror, store-bought fans with ribbons attached....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/30/09
    NEWS: The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    DESCRIPTION: Mozart conjures a chilly place under Dominic Walsh's choreographic baton.....
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/30/09
    NEWS: Houston comics gathering grows
    DESCRIPTION: David Mack, who created the Japanese operative Kabuki, will be among the artists and writers featured at Houston’s second annual Comicpalooza Saturday and Sunday at West Oaks Mall.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lana Berkowitz

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/30/09
    NEWS: Yes We Khan
    DESCRIPTION: Theatre LaB Houston gets un-PC in China: The Whole Enchilada....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/30/09
    NEWS: Conductor is raising the profile of classical music
    DESCRIPTION: Leonard Slatkin, music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the Houston Symphony for three concerts....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/27/09
    NEWS: Before the wrecking ball, transformation
    DESCRIPTION: The work of Houston artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck is about as ephemeral as it gets...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/26/09
    NEWS: HGO set tor premiere André Previn's Brief Encounter opera
    DESCRIPTION: The music world holds its breath as Houston Grand Opera readies its world premiere of Brief Encounter. . ....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/25/09
    NEWS: Dominic Welsh ready to premiere Mozart Trilogy
    DESCRIPTION: Dominic Walsh’s The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a collaboration with Sarasota Ballet and Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, premieres Thursday at Zilkha Hall.. . ....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/25/09
    NEWS: Mock history fuels laughter in silly China
    DESCRIPTION: Eric (Josh Wright), Phillip (Jimmy Phillips) and Brad (Kregg Dailey) star in Theater LaB Houston’s production of China: The Whole Enchilada....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/25/09
    NEWS: Tunga’s Lezart spins a private mythology
    DESCRIPTION: Something about the way Lezart, a monumental installation by Brazilian artist Tunga, is presented at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, feels at odds with the artwork itself.. ....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/24/09
    NEWS: FotoFest show explores abstraction in photography
    DESCRIPTION: New Visualism: Abstractions in Photography at FotoFest feels like two shows. ....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/23/09
    NEWS: Shows celebrate cars, correspondence
    DESCRIPTION: With another round of gallery shows wrapping up this weekend, here are two worth catching before they close....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/22/09
    NEWS: Mauritius at the Alley
    DESCRIPTION: You'll never look at a postage stamp the same way again....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/20/09
    NEWS: Holocaust survivors' children take up parents' stories
    DESCRIPTION: Today, the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Holocaust Museum Houston is unveiling a one-of-a-kind speakers’ bureau. The adult children of four survivors are trained and ready to weave their parents’ stories and videotaped testimonies into a 50-minute interactive, multimedia presentation...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Claudia Feldman

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/20/09
    NEWS: Review: After slow start, Rigoletto hits stride
    DESCRIPTION: Don’t judge Houston Grand Opera’s current Rigoletto by its first scene....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/19/09
    NEWS: Houston Ballet jumps the pond
    DESCRIPTION: Audiences in Spain will get a glimpse of Houston Ballet this week and next.  A contingent of 35 dancers, plus staff and technical crews, are headed overseas for a dizzyingly fast tour of one-night stands....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/19/09
    NEWS: Rigoletto
    DESCRIPTION: Revenge rarely pans out. Just ask Rigoletto. If ever there was a Shakespearian tragedy that's not exactly Shakespearian, it has to be Verdi's 1841 mega hit, Rigoletto. ....
    SOURCE: CultureVulture.net
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/19/09
    NEWS: Politics, passion fuel Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll
    DESCRIPTION: Tom Stoppard began writing Rock ’n’ Roll because of his fascination with two contrasting photographs of the late rock musician Syd Barrett, co-founder of Pink Floyd. The first depicted a golden, Pan-like youth in the 1960s. The second, some four decades later, showed a bald, portly chap bicycling home from market......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/18/09
    NEWS: MFAH exhibit offers crash course in woodcut history
    DESCRIPTION: A terrific show at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, taps the MFAH’s holdings — along with those of other local collections — to sketch out a history of the woodcut print in European and North American art....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/18/09
    NEWS: Children of Eden is uneven but likable
    DESCRIPTION: Children of Eden depicts family life at the Very Beginning, as experienced by Adam, Eve and problem sons Cain and Abel. Act 2 jumps forward a few generations to portray Noah and his brood.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/18/09
    NEWS: Feeling the Tug of Leamon Green’s art
    DESCRIPTION: Most of the drawings and paintings in Tug, Leamon Green’s latest exhibition at Hooks-Epstein Galleries, came out of a yearlong stay in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where the artist taught after being awarded a Fulbright scholar grant.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/17/09
    NEWS: Alley’s Mauritius is a real treasure
    DESCRIPTION: The Alley Theatre’s deftly staged, persuasively acted Houston premiere takes full advantage of the marvelous opportunities in Theresa Rebeck’s cunningly crafted suspense comedy....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/17/09
    NEWS: Artist paints the mundane into profundity
    DESCRIPTION: “They contain vestiges of our intentions and our deeds, and are inadvertent diaries and forensic evidence of how we exist in the world,” Hecker writes in the statement for my world is really small and you are in it , her latest exhibition at Texas Gallery....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/17/09
    NEWS: Ros Warby Monumental
    DESCRIPTION: If a review begins, “Lights come up on a swan,” no one bats an eye. ...
    SOURCE: CultureVulture.net
    WRITER(S): Joseph Campana

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/17/09
    NEWS: Centro-Matic's Will Johnson turns to baseball paintings
    DESCRIPTION: Four years ago Will Johnson began making small paintings on flooring scraps that he planned to sell at his concerts...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/16/09
    NEWS: Patricia Neal to help open WorldFest
    DESCRIPTION: WorldFest will present 65 features and 75 short films from around the globe Friday through April 26, said Hunter Todd, WorldFest executive director......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lana Berkowitz

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/16/09
    NEWS: Baritone sings Verdi's praises
    DESCRIPTION: Scott Hendricks sings the title role in the Houston Grand Opera's production of Verdi's Rigoletto.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/16/09
    NEWS: DiverseWorks offers up engaging Solution
    DESCRIPTION: ...there’s enough engaging, often playful work to make a visit worthwhile before the show wraps up Saturday......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/15/09
    NEWS: One Man's Trash
    DESCRIPTION: Discarded plywood in Brazil becomes engaging art at the Rice Gallery.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/15/09
    NEWS: iFest a chance to see new bands, old favorites
    DESCRIPTION: Numerous stages will host live music from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday this weekend and next. The festival’s featured country is Ireland, but it offers a great many other types of music.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/15/09
    NEWS: Violinist Leila Josefowicz to perform with symphony
    DESCRIPTION: Now 31, Josefowicz has carved out a career championing new music for the violin. Last year, she was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship for her efforts. Starting Friday, she performs John Adams’ violin concerto with the symphony in Jones Hall.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/13/09
    NEWS: Stamp act: Alley stages sinister play Mauritius
    DESCRIPTION: Theresa Rebeck’s suspense comedy, opening Wednesday at the Alley Theatre, centers on a pair of estranged half-sisters who clash over the inheritance of a stamp collection that may contain two of the rarest and most valuable stamps in existence, if they prove authentic......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/13/09
    NEWS: THREE at the CORE
    DESCRIPTION: A Conversation With Sue Schroeder, Artistic Director of Several Dancers Core.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Nichelle Strzepek

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/12/09
    NEWS: Bicyclist injured in HFD accident dies
    DESCRIPTION: Leigh Boone, 29, an executive assistant at the Houston Center for Photography, was hurt when a ladder truck hit her bicycle.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): CINDY GEORGE, MOISES MENDOZA and LINDSAY WISE

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/12/09
    NEWS: Rice cellist Lynn Harrell ready for his swan song
    DESCRIPTION: World-famous cellist Lynn Harrell says splitting time between his family in California and duties at Rice University was getting to be too much.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/12/09
    NEWS: After the boom
    DESCRIPTION: Cities grow in spurts, during booms, when money flows fast and easy...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/12/09
    NEWS: Lawndale Art Center exhibits plumb afterlife, work life
    DESCRIPTION: Dennis Harper’s Ritual Prototypes for the Afterlife puts a witty contemporary twist on an ancient question: What would you take with you if you could?...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/12/09
    NEWS: The River Walk gets gussied up
    DESCRIPTION: Eight artists go to to work on public art projects...
    SOURCE: San Antonio Express-News
    WRITER(S): Dan R. Goddard

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/10/09
    NEWS: Seeking a clearer view of the past
    DESCRIPTION: Ex-Post photographer works to preserve history of Houston.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Mike Snyder

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/10/09
    NEWS: Veteran Texas landscape painters keep getting better
    DESCRIPTION: Fans of Texas landscape painting are in luck this month, with two veteran artists and former University of Houston colleagues, Richard Stout and William Anzalone, presenting strong solo exhibitions at Houston galleries.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/09/09
    NEWS: Wizard of Oz musical struggles to be ‘classic’
    DESCRIPTION: Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not at MGM anymore. Well, no. We’re at Hobby Center for the latest stage adaptation of the 1939 MGM movie musical The Wizard of Oz....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/09/09
    NEWS: Salt Peanuts strikes idiosyncratic chord
    DESCRIPTION: Named after the Dizzy Gillespie bebop masterpiece, Salt Peanuts at Inman Gallery brings together six artists for a group exhibition that aims not to illustrate a theme but to embody a mood — that of “rhythmic idiosyncrasy,” according to owner Kerry Inman and director Patrick Reynolds, who together curated the show......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/09/09
    NEWS: Gems lurk among duds in CAMH’s Puppet Show
    DESCRIPTION: The only rule of art is that there are no rules. But with apologies to comedian Bill Maher, The Puppet Show at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston has convinced me that it’s time for some new ones......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/08/09
    NEWS: Poster-Sized Post-its
    DESCRIPTION: Rachel Hecker creates larger-than-life art from her daily life's ephemera.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/08/09
    NEWS: Unintentional revolution propels Wallflower
    DESCRIPTION: Playwright Deborah Stein has built Wallflower upon a promising idea:  A teen posts an angry video on the Internet and accidentally sparks a revolution.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/07/09
    NEWS: Afghanistan’s past related through art
    DESCRIPTION: The history of Afghanistan is told in the blood of its native groups and the many empires — from Greek to Mongol, from British to Soviet — that have sought to rule them since the Bronze Age.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Patricia Covo Johnson

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/10/09
    NEWS: Mercury hopes crowd will go for baroque
    DESCRIPTION: Mercury Baroque brings back its formula of baroque classics in a relaxed atmosphere for the 2009-2010 season....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/06/09
    NEWS: Community of art thrives in Houston
    DESCRIPTION: HOUSTON | In this city sans zoning, in a residential enclave of cozy bungalows and children's play parks, sits one of the world's finest private art collections open to the public....
    SOURCE: Myrtle Beach Sun News
    WRITER(S):  Jane Wooldridge - McClatchy Newspapers

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/06/09
    NEWS: REVIEW: The Convenient Woman
    DESCRIPTION: The Convenient Woman, which premiered at DiverseWorks this weekend incorporates some pretty big ideas......
    SOURCE: NichelleDances Blog
    WRITER(S): Nichelle Strzepek

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/06/09
    NEWS: True to novel, Grapes opera brims with talent
    DESCRIPTION: There’s hardly the time or space here to say everything one wants to say about The Grapes of Wrath, Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie’s hugely ambitious and for the most part successful opera based on John Steinbeck’s great novel.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/05/09
    NEWS: Mats Ek steps into the spotlight
    DESCRIPTION: Anticipating his visit to Houston this week for the Dance Salad Festival, Ek spoke with the Chronicle’s Molly Glentzer during a phone interview from home in Stockholm....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/05/09
    NEWS: Music fills the library again
    DESCRIPTION: Eight years after the floodwaters (of Tropical Storm Allison) receded, the Houston Symphony has bought more than 1,000 works, less than half what made up library before the storm...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/04/09
    NEWS: Guest gives Dances magic
    DESCRIPTION: Conductor Peter Oundjian, the Houston Symphony and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances proved a match made in orchestral heaven Thursday night at Jones Hall....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/03/09
    NEWS: Steinbeck classic sings out in new form
    DESCRIPTION: The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck’s powerful saga of an Oklahoma family’s Depression-era odyssey from the Dust Bowl to California in search of a better life, has been a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, an Oscar-winning film and a Tony-winning play.  Now it’s one of the most acclaimed new operas of recent years....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/03/09
    NEWS: Play explores the inner caveman
    DESCRIPTION: The Catastrophic Theatre has mounted a vivid Houston premiere of Hunter Gatherers with a strong cast that makes the most of its biting black comedy and outrageously extreme action......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/02/09
    NEWS: The Convenient Woman
    DESCRIPTION:A dance-theatre production by Teresa Chapman....
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/02/09
    NEWS: Galveston’s DesignWorks bounces back after Ike
    DESCRIPTION: The center of Hurricane Ike’s eye passed two blocks from Galveston’s DesignWorks gallery on Sept. 12. The results weren’t pretty.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/02/09
    NEWS: Conductor enjoys position as go-to guy
    DESCRIPTION: Toronto Symphony Orchestra music director Peter Oundjian has made the rounds lately as a guest conductor throughout the United States...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S):  Colin Eatock for The Chronicle

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/01/09
    NEWS: Hunter Gatherers
    DESCRIPTION: What if some of the gang from Lord of the Flies got off that island, went to high school, the prom, got married, and thew a dinner party?....
    SOURCE: CultureVulture.net
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/01/09
    NEWS: Shakespeare sings
    DESCRIPTION: Opera in the Heights puts on a stunning Falstaff....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S):  D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/01/09
    NEWS: Julius Caesar
    DESCRIPTION: There's noise of a different sort arising from Town Center Theatre. I wouldn't call it singing, as much as the sound of Shakespeare spinning in his grave.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 04/01/09
    NEWS: Lemony Snicket's not-so-unfortunate symphony
    DESCRIPTION: In the chronicles of symphony music for children, Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf is an unquestioned classic.  Unless you are Lemony Snicket. Then, of course, there is something to lament.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/29/09
    NEWS: Society for the Performing Arts unveils 2009-10 slate
    DESCRIPTION: A conversation with pre-eminent musical-theater composer Stephen Sondheim, a mixed bill by the iconic Mark Morris Dance Group, legendary Brazilian singer-guitarist Gilberto Gil, the Soweto Gospel Choir and a concert teaming entertainer Joel Grey and composer Marvin Hamlisch are among the notable attractions in Society for the Performing Arts’ 2009-10 season....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/28/09
    NEWS: Loaned pieces keep MFAH new
    DESCRIPTION: ...you might be surprised how many borrowed artworks you’d turn up during a scavenger hunt through the permanent galleries of the MFAH’s two main buildings and its house museums, Bayou Bend and Rienzi. Of the 6,260 works on view in those four buildings, 738 are loans — 345 when you subtract the works borrowed for temporary shows.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/22/09
    NEWS: Tony-winning In the Heights tops Broadway Across America’s new season
    DESCRIPTION:  In the Heights, 2008’s Tony winner as best musical, and the stage versions of Mary Poppins and Young Frankenstein will make their area debuts in Broadway Across America-Houston’s 2009-10 lineup of touring shows.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/28/09
    NEWS: Blaffer Gallery hosting an art rebellion
    DESCRIPTION: Kudos to Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston, for presenting an upstairs show and a downstairs show that have nothing to do with each other, removing some of the fatigue often associated with its more sprawling exhibitions....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/28/09
    NEWS: Les Miz is back
    DESCRIPTION: After six visits by national tours from 1989 to 2005, what could be labeled a “first” about Les Miserables?.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/27/09
    NEWS: Roberto Sierra's music crosses cultures, traditions
    DESCRIPTION: The ancient origin of the tunes may be tied to a specific tradition: Judaism in medieval Spain.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/26/09
    NEWS: Menil stretches with powerful Dumas works
    DESCRIPTION: I did a double-take when I learned Measuring Your Own Grave, the traveling survey of South Africa-born, Amsterdam-based painter Marlene Dumas was stopping at the Menil Collection....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/26/09
    NEWS: Stephanie Jones Rubiano brings her whimsical art to Houston
    DESCRIPTION: After moving to South Texas several years ago, Stephanie Jones Rubiano found she had a lot of free time on her hands, which allowed her to explore her love for art. The result was her Butterfly Boxes and Perching Pixies creations. The Austin-based artist will attend the Bayou City Art Festival this weekend.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Mary Vuong

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/26/09
    NEWS: David Mamet will direct his Broadway-bound Race
    DESCRIPTION: Producer Jeffrey Richards said earlier this month that Race will go into rehearsal Oct. 26, with the first preview set for Nov. 21 and an opening scheduled for Dec. 10....
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/25/09
    NEWS: King Tut Is Back
    DESCRIPTION: Lawndale unveils the King Tut exhibit of the future...
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/25/09
    NEWS: Little houses. Big ideas.
    DESCRIPTION: Credit the Rice Design Alliance with great timing: Small has never looked more beautiful than it does now, as we fret simultaneously about our carbon footprints and the shuddering economy.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/25/09
    NEWS: Iconic shot of Obama began as just another assignment
    DESCRIPTION: Copyright lawyers have been arguing over Shepard Fairey’s appropriation of a news photograph of Barack Obama for his Hope campaign poster and whether it constitutes “fair use.” But no one has disputed that it is a work of art....
    SOURCE: New York Times
    WRITER(S): Noam Cohen

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/25/09
    NEWS: Ethan Coen returns to off-Broadway with Offices
    DESCRIPTION: Filmmaker Ethan Coen is returning to off-Broadway with Offices, a new collection of one-act plays at the Atlantic Theater Company....
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/25/09
    NEWS: Not Just a Girl in a Black Hood
    DESCRIPTION: Over the years a number of choreographers and performance artists have looked to the disciplines of science as a point of departure for creative expression on the stage.......
    SOURCE: CultureVulture.net
    WRITER(S): Theordore Bale

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/25/09
    NEWS: Michelle Ellsworth:  The Objectification of Things
    DESCRIPTION: Birth. Death. Resurrection. Those are just a few of the topics choreographer and media artist Michelle Ellsworth plowed through with her usual forceful wit and diligent sense of detail in The Objectification of Things at DiverseWorks this weekend. .......
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/24/09
    NEWS: War through the eyes of the Old Masters
    DESCRIPTION: War is the theme of The Plains of Mars, a new exhibit at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Fritz Lanham

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/24/09
    NEWS: Ensemble's Constant a ‘five-star’attraction
    DESCRIPTION: Five women play civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells in the Ensemble Theatre presentation of Tazewell Thompson’s play Constant Star. ....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/23/09
    NEWS: Houston symphony's battle of the baroque composers
    DESCRIPTION: For a time, Antonio Vivaldi and J.S. Bach were practically unknown. They were dead. They were mostly forgotten. So was their music....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/23/09
    NEWS: Symphony boldly conveys Tchaikovsky No. 6
    DESCRIPTION: For Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 is one of the most dramatic, emotional and heart-tearing works in the symphonic repertoire. Those defining qualities were heightened in the Houston Symphony’s impassioned performance Friday night under the direction of Ukrainian conductor Kirill Karabits, making his North American debut.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/23/09
    NEWS: Dancing on a Horse:  Quick Chat with Artania's Mairbek Kantimerov
    DESCRIPTION: Artania blends the legendary Kantemirov Family Cossack warriors, 12 rare Russian horses, and slew of dancing aerial and acrobatic artists all inside one intimate climate-controlled tent. Artania's current director, Mairbek Kantimerov, fills us in on a life on a horse.......
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/23/09
    NEWS: 2 Houston museums thrive despite recession
    DESCRIPTION: Children’s, Natural Science are expanding while others cut back....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Allan Turner

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/22/09
    NEWS: Houston Ballet in Masters of Movement
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Ballet’s current program of late 20th century ballets by male choreographers is largely European in flavor.....
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Theodore Bale

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/22/09
    NEWS: How to Absorb the Colorama Format
    DESCRIPTION: One way to categorize dances might be to divide them between works that invite audiences into the world the dance creates and those that position audiences on the outside. In the first group, the audience member feels like a participant. In the second type, like a voyeur. Neither is better than the other; it’s just a difference of perspective......
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Clare Croft

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/22/09
    NEWS:  S.O.S.: timing trees and celebrating nature
    DESCRIPTION:  Called Systems of Sustainability: Art, Innovation, Action, the event is part festival, part symposium. S.O.S. will bring together local, national and international artists, researchers, activists and scholars for an agenda that includes performances, afternoon field trips, lectures and panel discussions....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/22/09
    NEWS: To newcomer artist Warren, this was a city of chaos
    DESCRIPTION:  Houston flummoxed Lillian Warren. She was a landscape painter, and in St. Louis, she’d set up her easel and umbrella in a pleasant spot....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S):  Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/20/09
    NEWS: Ukrainian conductor to lead Houston Symphony
    DESCRIPTION: “American orchestras are legendary for their technical ability,” Kirill Karabits declares. “I’m very curious to learn what it is like to conduct an American orchestra.”.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/18/09
    NEWS: Stages Goes Down the Devastating Rabbit Hole
    DESCRIPTION: ...it isn't long before the powerful cast of Stages Repertory Theatre's beautiful Houston premiere of the story shows us how broken these very ordinary and very sad folks are underneath all their seeming normalcy.......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/18/09
    NEWS: Rabbit Hole
    DESCRIPTION: In these escapist craving days, it may take a bit of courage to head to a play about parents who have lost a child. But don't let the subject of David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rabbit Hole, now playing at Stages Repertory Theatre, keep you away. It's a strong play and a handsome production......
    SOURCE: CultureVulture
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/18/09
    NEWS: Exhibits by teacher and student are must-sees
    DESCRIPTION: Put two terrific solo exhibitions — one by a University of Houston art professor, the other by one of his former students — at the top of your list of must-see shows about to close....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/17/09
    NEWS: Tea, dance, and ideas:  Ben Wegman of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange on the Systems of Sustainability Symposium
    DESCRIPTION: At the end of this month, a group of deep thinking innovators will descend on the Bayou City to contemplate the intersection of art and sustainability for a three-day art festival and symposium called “Systems of Sustainability: Art, Innovation, Action” (S.O.S.) developed by University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston, in close consultation with Liz Lerman, Founding Artistic Director of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and Dr. Robert Harriss, President of the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC). S.O.S. features artist presentations, tours, open discussions, and dance performances by Liz Lerman Dance Exchange......
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/16/09
    NEWS: The Pie Dialogues
    DESCRIPTION: Once you decide to become a parent, know that at some time you will become insufferable to your spouse, your child, and yourself. Joseph Lauinger gets that right in his world premiere play The Pie Dialogues at Main Street Theater.....
    SOURCE: CultureVulture
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/15/09
    NEWS: TUTS' new season
    DESCRIPTION: Little House, South Pacific part of 2009-10 lineup....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/15/09
    NEWS: Houston's sprawl and empty spaces
    DESCRIPTION: Houston’s growth follows the same general pattern as other cities’. But Houston tends to do things in extreme ways. And with violent speed.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/15/09
    NEWS: A ‘playground for the mind’
    DESCRIPTION: Visitors swarm expanded Children’s Museum....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Jennifer Leahy

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/14/09
    NEWS: Houston Ballet has energy on the dance floor
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Ballet’s Masters of Movement program brings three works into the company’s repertoire: Anthony Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading (1975), William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude (1996) and Jirí Kylián’s Soldier’s Mass (1980).....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/14/09
    NEWS: Symphony scores with a trio of B’s
    DESCRIPTION: The “Three Bs” of classical music, as every fan knows, are Bach, Beethoven and Brahms. This weekend, however, the Houston Symphony is offering a program built around an alternative trio of B’s: Brahms, Bronfman and Bruckner.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/13/09
    NEWS: Children’s Museum celebrates new exhibits
    DESCRIPTION: A street festival and free admission 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday will celebrate the Children’s Museum of Houston’s new exhibits....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/13/09
    NEWS: Glass artists' works are a glass act
    DESCRIPTION: It’s not every day that Houston glass lovers have so many options....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/12/09
    NEWS: Face Value
    DESCRIPTION: The Menil presents a treasure trove of portraits...
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Beth Secor

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/12/09
    NEWS: The rise of modern consumer culture
    DESCRIPTION: A gem of an exhibit at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture combines window shopping with a sense of time travel to show how a pioneer of industrial design helped shape and stoke the modern consumer culture that still largely defines American life....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/11/09
    NEWS: Even at 84, screen icon Lauren Bacall isn’t a woman likely to sit still
    DESCRIPTION: Iconic actress Bacall talks about life, love.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Maggie Galehouse

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/11/09
    NEWS: Don't miss these three art shows in Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Martin Kline: Nature Into Structure, Danny Rolph: Accelerator, Garland Fielder: A Likely Story........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/09/09
    NEWS: Stages' Rabbit Hole production is top-notch
    DESCRIPTION: Rabbit Hole fairly screams Instant Classic — and registers all the more powerfully because it does so in a whisper.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/07/09
    NEWS: Former Chronicle fine-arts editor Ann H. Holmes dies
    DESCRIPTION: Ann H. Holmes, who as fine arts editor and chief arts critic of the Houston Chronicle for 40 years helped shape the taste of the city’s audiences and nurtured key cultural institutions through their formative years, died Friday............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/07/09
    NEWS: Success of Rabbit Hole leads to eclectic jobs for playwright David Lindsay-Abaire
    DESCRIPTION: Rabbit Hole is David Lindsay-Abaire’s breakthrough play.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/07/09
    NEWS: Ballet’s Marie gets critics’ grief
    DESCRIPTION: Several dance critics who attended Houston Ballet’s new Marie last weekend were underwhelmed, to put it lightly.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/07/09
    NEWS: COMMENTARY
    DESCRIPTION: Horton Foote: A Bountiful life............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Peter Roussel

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/06/09
    NEWS: Horton Foote succeeded in his mission
    DESCRIPTION: More than a legend in American theater and arts, Horton Foote was family to anyone who experienced any of the plays or films he wrote during his extraordinarily prolific and steady seven-decade career............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/06/09
    NEWS:The Edge
    DESCRIPTION: DanceHouston blew into the Cullen with a line-up for Houston's top hip-hop troupes, proving once and for all, we are a multiple dance scene city. The groups showed a marvelous range from the casual competition style of Sol y Luna, to the highly structured Soreal Cru, with lots of entertainment between those two extremes........
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/06/09
    NEWS: Post-war art gets a coming-out party
    DESCRIPTION: Museums can never show more than a sliver of their collections, but for a city of Houston’s size, the sliver devoted to art dating from the World War II era to the present is strikingly small...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/06/09
    NEWS: Fantasia to reprise her role in The Color Purple
    DESCRIPTION: American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino will reprise her lead role of Celie in the first North American touring production of The Color Purple when the Broadway musical opens in Washington.............
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/05/09
    NEWS: Playwright, screenwriter Horton Foote dies at 92
    DESCRIPTION: Horton Foote, the Oscar- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and screenwriter revered for his tender evocations of small-town life, died Wednesday at 92.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/05/09
    NEWS: Exhibits show one artist on a roll, one in a rut
    DESCRIPTION: A pair of gallery shows on view through Saturday made me ponder the differences between working in a narrow register and lapsing into formula — or between achieving a just-right simplicity and producing work that feels too easy.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/05/09
    NEWS: He's The Man Who Came to Dinner
    DESCRIPTION: The Alley does a pitch-perfect rendition of a classic comedy.............
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/04/09
    NEWS: Review: Main Street serves up bittersweet Pie
    DESCRIPTION: The Pie Dialogues takes two likable characters and puts them on a roller coaster called parenthood.............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/04/09
    NEWS: Take your time delivers an experience
    DESCRIPTION: One of the simplest artworks in the Dallas Museum of Art’s Take your time: Olafur Eliasson, consists of an electric fan suspended from the ceiling by a cable............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/03/09
    NEWS: Recharged and ready
    DESCRIPTION: Catastrophic Theatre's Jason Nodler's back from a residency with big ideas............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/02/09
    NEWS: Fine arts are in survival mode as funds dry up
    DESCRIPTION: The downturn walloping the entire economy has hit non-profit arts organizations especially hard...........
    SOURCE: USA Today
    WRITER(S): Andrea Stone

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/02/09
    NEWS: Houston Symphony launches its own kind of mission
    DESCRIPTION: The Houston Symphony rides into New York City next year to show audiences up there a little bit of the universe............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 03/01/09
    NEWS: Sir James and his platinum flute
    DESCRIPTION: As it turns out, “the man with the golden flute” sometimes plays on platinum.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/25/09
    NEWS: Discount options just the ticket to see affordable theater
    DESCRIPTION: With a little planning and know-how, theater goers can find good deals that suit their entertainment budgets...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/22/09
    NEWS: A dozen happy thoughts about Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Last week, in “25 random things about Houston,” I argued that this city is more random than other places — that it’s hard to figure out, hard to explain, hard to define..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/15/09
    NEWS: 25 random things about Houston
    DESCRIPTION: 1. Houston, as a city, often feels random — which is to say undefined, unpredictable, hard to grasp.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/13/09
    NEWS: Friends of Music plans a big season
    DESCRIPTION: Old friends and at a least one newcomer will take the Stude Concert Hall stage as part of the Houston Friends of Music’s next season......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/28/09
    NEWS: Artist leaves intimate legacy
    DESCRIPTION: Artist Virgil Grotfeldt created his final body of work by painting in oil on X-ray scans of his own brain, a record of his long battle with lymphatic illness.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/28/09
    NEWS: A heady night of ballet
    DESCRIPTION: Stanton Welch presents revolutionary extravaganza in Marie...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/27/09
    NEWS: Treasured artifacts from Afghan museum on display
    DESCRIPTION: Walking through the galleries where Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures From the National Museum, Kabul is being installed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, curator Fredrik Hiebert still can’t quite believe what he sees............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/27/09
    NEWS: Alley’s The Man is at its madcap best
    DESCRIPTION: Classic American comedy does not get any smarter, more stylish, nor flat-out hilarious than George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s chef-d’oeuvre The Man Who Came to Dinner............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/27/09
    NEWS: PEN/Faulkner Award goes to Joseph O’Neill
    DESCRIPTION: Joseph O’Neill has won the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction for his widely praised novel Netherland..........
    SOURCE: Washington Post
    WRITER(S): Bob Thompson

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/26/09
    NEWS: RodeoHouston performers to put best boot forward
    DESCRIPTION: RodeoHouston shows aren’t — as we’re aware by now — like regular concerts. The sets are shorter. Most of the crowd is far from the stage. Song lists are delicate balances of hits and singalongs...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Joey Guerra

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/26/09
    NEWS: Review: Not much magic in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
    DESCRIPTION: The stage adaptation of the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is not very impressive............
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/26/09
    NEWS: Chloë Moss wins 2009 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
    DESCRIPTION: British playwright Chloë Moss has won the 2009 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for This Wide Night...........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/26/09
    NEWS: Taj Mahal to be inducted into Blues Hall of Fame
    DESCRIPTION: Taj Mahal, the blues legend whose vibrant, worldly music encompassed African-rooted sounds of all kinds, will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame...........
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Jake Coyle AP Entertainment Writer

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/25/09
    NEWS: Puppet Masters
    DESCRIPTION: Things get creepy at the CAMH...........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/25/09
    NEWS: Acclaimed Houston artist Virgil Grotfeldt dies of cancer
    DESCRIPTION: Acclaimed Houston painter, draftsman and sculptor Virgil Grotfeldt, an associate professor and artist-in-residence at Houston Baptist University, died at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center on Monday. He was 60..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/25/09
    NEWS: Reeking havoc with the Reeking Regatta
    DESCRIPTION: In March, the Buffalo Bayou Regatta, the state’s largest canoe race, will lure a few hundred Houstonians down to the city’s hidden natural resource. On the slow-moving river, paddlers will pass mansions’ backyards, wild tangles of trees and the pretty gardened stretch of banks near downtown..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/24/09
    NEWS: Looted Baghdad museum reopens
    DESCRIPTION: Iraq’s restored National Museum reopened Monday with a red-carpet gala in the heart of Baghdad nearly six years after looters carried away priceless antiquities as American troops largely stood by in the chaos of the city’s fall to U.S. forces.........
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Sameer N. Yacoub

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/24/09
    NEWS: Review: Compleat Female Stage Beauty: Mildred's Umbrella
    DESCRIPTION: Mildred's Umbrella, the little theater company with a penchant for thinking big, takes a trip down restoration England lane with Jeffery Hatcher's delightful comedy Compleat Female Stage Beauty.........
    SOURCE: Dancehunter
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/24/09
    NEWS: See and Unseen
    DESCRIPTION: When it comes to Sandra Organ's choreography, what you see is what you get. In titling her latest concert, Seen and Unseen, her 11th offering in honor of Black History Month, Organ has discovered a play on words that evokes shades of meaning. ..........
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nichelle Strzepek

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/24/09
    NEWS: Art imitates art on canvas and stage
    DESCRIPTION: Jean Baptiste Camille Corot’s 1861 painting Orpheus Leading Eurydice From the Underworld is one of the gems in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s permanent collection..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/23/09
    NEWS: Pianist, orchestra capture contrasts of piece splendidly
    DESCRIPTION: French pianist Hélène Grimaud showed particular delicacy of touch and subtlety of phrasing in the calm second movement of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1..........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

     

     

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/19/09
    NEWS: Follow the Ruhl in Eurydice
    DESCRIPTION: A talented playwright focuses on an oft-overlooked figure........
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/19/09
    NEWS: iFest announces its 2009 music schedule
    DESCRIPTION: If the times have you down, the Ohio Players are a good tonic. The purveyors of ’70s funk — minus Satch and Pee Wee, who have passed on — will headline the opening night of the Houston International Festival on April 18, pumping out hits like Fire and Love Rollercoaster. IFest has also lined up Mavis Staples, Hugh Masekela and Los Lobos for headlining performances. The festival will be held downtown April 18-19 and 25-26.........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/18/09
    NEWS: The Zoo Story and Homelife combined
    DESCRIPTION: After 50 years, what could Edward Albee have to add to The Zoo Story? Plenty, as it turns out........
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/18/09
    NEWS: Faith Prince set for Little Mermaid villainess
    DESCRIPTION: Faith Prince will join Disney’s Broadway musical as Ursula the sea witch, the evil nemesis of the show’s spirited young heroine, Ariel.......
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/18/09
    NEWS: Sienna Miller’s Broadway debut set for Oct. 22
    DESCRIPTION: The Roundabout Theatre Company says Sienna Miller will open Oct. 22 in its production of After Miss Julie, playwright Patrick Marber’s take on a 19th- century Strindberg classic about class, sex and power.......
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/16/09
    NEWS: Da Camera revives Romanticism
    DESCRIPTION: The bicentennials of Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn and Frédéric Chopin — three exemplars of Romanticism in music — supply the theme for Da Camera of Houston’s 2009-10 season.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/15/09
    NEWS: A chat with Maya Angelou
    DESCRIPTION: Poet Maya Angelou was in Houston last month to deliver a lecture at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Maggie Galehouse

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/14/09
    NEWS: Political cartoonist Szyk's work draws you in
    DESCRIPTION: Arthur Szyk’s political cartoons are as subtle as a rock slide. But they’re beautifully executed, compelling you to look......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Patricia Covo Johnson (for the Chronicle)

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/14/09
    NEWS: Role reversal in Compleat Female Stage Beauty
    DESCRIPTION: Compleat Female Stage Beauty takes its inspiration from a fascinating but little-explored chapter of theatrical history. Set in Restoration England of the 1660s, it shows the impact of the edict that allowed women to act and outlawed the practice of men playing women’s roles.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/13/09
    NEWS: Houston Ballet presents Marie
    DESCRIPTION: ...in tune with 2009 sensibilities, comes the world premiere of Stanton Welch’s big budget Marie for Houston Ballet...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/13/09
    NEWS: Glassell fellows show curatorial expertise
    DESCRIPTION: Hardly a day goes by that two or more Glassell School Core Program artists-in-residence aren’t showing simultaneously in Houston......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/13/09
    NEWS: Anna Nicole Smith opera is in the works
    DESCRIPTION: The fine line between opera and soap opera just got blurrier......
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/12/09
    NEWS: Artifacts, photos sought for Gregory School’s facility
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Public Library officials are asking residents to bring their photographs and artifacts that shed light on the area’s black history to libraries near the African American Library at the Gregory School, now under reconstruction at 1300 Victor St.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Betty L. Martin

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/12/09
    NEWS: Blonde is fluffy, hyperactive fun
    DESCRIPTION: Legally Blonde is a perky, peppy, eager-to-please puppy dog of a show.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/11/09
    NEWS: Pleasure Cruiser
    DESCRIPTION: Why is Paul Villinski's Emergency Response Studio parked outside Rice Gallery?......
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Troy Schulze

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/11/09
    NEWS: Artist inspired by pet dogs
    DESCRIPTION: Artist Wendy Wagner’s paintings feature whimsical imagery, but they’re meticulously built up with layers of gesso, acrylic, oil, graphite and wax. ......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/10/09
    NEWS: Walk by dances
    DESCRIPTION: Leslie Scates on Installation Dancing at the Spacetaker Synergy Gala......
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/10/09
    NEWS: Legally Blonde keeps girl power alive in musicals
    DESCRIPTION: Move over, Wicked and Hairspray. Make room in the spotlight for Broadway’s latest “girl power” musical, Legally Blonde, whose touring company opens Tuesday at Hobby Center......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/08/09
    NEWS: After the whirlwind . . .
    DESCRIPTION: Three years ago, with Inversion, Dan Havel and Dean Rucks cored the public-art version of a hit single: an artwork that lodged itself in people's heads, as catchy as a pop tune......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/07/09
    NEWS: Domenico Luciano thrilled to play a swan
    DESCRIPTION: Tall, athletic Domenico Luciano has been a strong presence with Dominic Walsh Dance Theater for four years. But this, Walsh has said, is “Domenico’s year...."
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/06/09
    NEWS: Theater review: Eurydice is a good spin on a classic tale
    DESCRIPTION: Playwright Sarah Ruhl puts a bold, contemporary spin on the ancient myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in her 2007 off-Broadway hit Eurydice, making its Houston debut in an extravagantly theatrical staging at the Alley Theatre.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/06/09
    NEWS: Will Ferrell takes aim at the Bush years
    DESCRIPTION: You can relive those eight years — and more — in You’re Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush, Will Ferrell’s merciless and often blisteringly funny raunch roast of the former chief executive. Ferrell wrote and stars as Bush in this 90-minute satiric biography, which opened Thursday at the Cort Theatre....
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Michael Kuchwara

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/05/09
    NEWS: Preservation of history, style secure 2009 Good Brick honors
    DESCRIPTION: For 30 years, the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance has provided Good Brick Awards to preservation-minded people who oppose the city’s tear-it-down trend and desire to save or uncover historic architecture and cultural treasures.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Betty L. Martin

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/05/09
    NEWS: Lowe saves neighborhood and her retirement funds
    DESCRIPTION: When Pam Lowe started buying houses, she didn’t have a grand plan, and she didn’t intend for those houses to become her day job......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/05/09
    NEWS: Star talent in Man of La Mancha
    DESCRIPTION: Masquerade Theatre’s stirring production of Man of La Mancha is so good in so many ways, you’ll hardly know where to start singing its praises.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/05/09
    NEWS: A Bronx Tale still a good fit for theater
    DESCRIPTION: A Bronx Tale succeeds as a solo showcase for creator and star Chazz Palminteri’s storytelling and acting abilities.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/04/09
    NEWS: Percussionist Max Neuhaus who revolutionized sound art dies
    DESCRIPTION: Max Neuhaus, a percussionist with Houston ties who pioneered a field of contemporary art known as sound installation, died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Marina di Maratea, Italy. He was 69.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/04/09
    NEWS: Theater review: Taking Flight has its moments
    DESCRIPTION: Taking Flight (at Stages Repertory Theatre) constitutes native New Yorker Adriana Sevan’s journal of recovery in the aftermath of 9/11.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/03/09
    NEWS: Even Novices Will Fall For HGO's Chorus!
    DESCRIPTION: Opera for All.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/03/09
    NEWS: Chorus! captures excitement of opera
    DESCRIPTION: You don’t have to be an opera lover to enjoy Chorus! — though if you’re not one when you enter Wortham Theater Center for this Houston Grand Opera premiere, you may find you’ve become one by the time you leave.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/03/09
    NEWS: Houston dancer wins scholarship
    DESCRIPTION: The worst part for 17-year-old ballet dancer Sebastian Concha was flying nine hours from Houston to Switzerland.  The best part was becoming one of the winners of the Prix de Lausanne, a prestigious six-day competition for young dancers from around the world......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/03/09
    NEWS: Buddy the barking border collie is an opera hound
    DESCRIPTION: As soon as his partner in opera was announced, James J. Kee knew he was destined to be upstaged......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/03/09
    NEWS: Flash Responses by Karen Stokes
    DESCRIPTION: This week I saw three different dance events in Houston, by three different artists. As always, it seems to me that we need more writing on dance. I thought I would introduce a model of “flash responses,” which is a recording of personal observations on event......
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Karen Stokes

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/03/09
    NEWS: Walsh on Bourne
    DESCRIPTION: Dominic Walsh will be the first to bring Matthew Bourne's work to Houston, and there's more. Dominic Walsh Dance Theater is only dance company outside of Bourne's own troupe to have received permission to perform the pas de deux from Bourne's revolutionary Swan Lake, a gender bender ballet that turned the classic on its feathered head......
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/02/09
    NEWS: Quick Chat with Ethan Iverson of The Bad Plus
    DESCRIPTION: Pianist Ethan Iversion, former musical director for Mark Morris Dance Group, is coming to Houston, along with bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King of the famed category-defying jazz trio The Bad Plus......
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/02/09
    NEWS: Toni Leago Valle’s Tetris Excavates, Resonates, and Captivates
    DESCRIPTION: From the outset, Toni Leago Valle’s latest work is an interactive experience....
    SOURCE: Dance Advantage
    WRITER(S): Nichelle Strzepek

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/02/09
    NEWS: Despite economy, business is booming on Broadway
    DESCRIPTION: Defying the economic slump, producers are scheduled to present 19 Broadway shows in the next three months. If they all arrive ahead of the June 7 Tony awards, the 2008-09 season will go down as the busiest in two decades, with 40 new productions......
    SOURCE: Bloomberg News
    WRITER(S): Philip Boroff

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/01/09
    NEWS: Pat Graney’s House of Mind Adds Dimension to Contemporary Dance Art
    DESCRIPTION:... ticket-holders for the latest event at Houston’s DiverseWorks Art Space, gain access not only to a stellar performance, but are admitted entrance to an arcade of Graney’s own memories.....
    SOURCE: Dance Advantage
    WRITER(S): Nichelle Strzepek

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/01/09
    NEWS: Bronx Storyteller Chazz Palminteri brings his play to Houston
    DESCRIPTION: A Bronx Tale depicts Calogero (Palminteri’s real first name) growing up torn between two mentors: Sonny, the mob boss whom the lad refuses to rat out to police after witnessing the killing; and Lorenzo, Calogero’s hard-working father, a bus driver trying to teach his son not to admire the wise guys.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 02/01/09
    NEWS: Young lord of the dance: Teen ready for competition
    DESCRIPTION: Bolstered by a commitment beyond his years, 15-year-old Sebastian Concha left behind his friends, family and home in Chile to pursue his education in Houston....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/31/09
    NEWS: Art shows hope for peace
    DESCRIPTION: Pakistani artist Jimmy Engineer's work will be on exhibit at the Shangri-La art gallery.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Barbara Karkabi

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/31/09
    NEWS: Review: The Man Who Saved New Orleans
    DESCRIPTION: Hurricane Katrina is the unseen villain of The Man Who Saved New Orleans, Houston dramatist Thomas Meloncon’s new play, enjoying an affecting world premiere at the Ensemble Theatre.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/31/09
    NEWS: Houston Grand Opera unveils new season
    DESCRIPTION: Tosca, Xerxes, Turn of Screw slated.. ....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/30/09
    NEWS: Houston to get new art
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Arts Alliance is adding eight new works to the city’s civic art collection.....
    SOURCE: Houston Business Journal
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/27/09
    NEWS: Menil master plans expansion
    DESCRIPTION: Museums always face thorny issues when contemplating expansion, but perhaps none more so than the Menil Collection, whose quiet residential location has always been integral to its hidden-jewel mystique in the local and international art worlds....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/26/09
    NEWS: Arts Leaders Urge Role for Culture in Economic Recovery
    DESCRIPTION: As the Obama administration tackles the challenge of shoring up the economy through infusions of capital and job creation, cultural leaders are urging the president not to forget arts institutions, which are also reeling from the market downturn...
    SOURCE: New York Times
    WRITER(S): Robin Pogrebin

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/23/09
    NEWS: Ballet plans ambitious 2009-10 season
    DESCRIPTION: You wouldn’t know there’s a recession from looking at Houston Ballet’s 2009-10 season, announced today...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

     

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/31/09
    NEWS: Dance: Imaginative House treat for the senses
    DESCRIPTION: Memories slip through the psyche like sand and water, but the urge to harness them is strong.  Choreographer Pat Graney renders the notion vividly with House of Mind, a high-concept performance piece that happens within the most ambitious installation ever constructed at DiverseWorks....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/30/09
    NEWS: TETRIS, by Toni Leago Valle
    DESCRIPTION: In classical dance, great storytelling is often an excuse for dancing well. In many modern works, and especially those of Houston choreographer Tony Leago Valle, dancing well is an excuse for great storytelling. .. ....
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): John DeMers

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/30/09
    NEWS: Houston Grand Opera's Chorus! on a grand scale
    DESCRIPTION: When Houston Grand Opera unveils Chorus! tonight at Wortham Theater Center, the audience will witness an operatic premiere unlike anything previously attempted.. ....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/30/09
    NEWS: One artist responds to Hurricane Katrina
    DESCRIPTION: New York artist Paul Villinski created his solar-powered, “green”-designed Emergency Response Studio from a used trailer similar to the ones issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina. The trailer, along with an installation detailing the construction and information about movable housing, is on view at Rice Gallery.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/30/09
    NEWS: Thriftstore art for sale
    DESCRIPTION: In Optical Project, his recently opened Heights art space, Bill Davenport, an artist, writer and gallery owner, is showing paintings by a self-taught British artist who lived in a garden shed for nearly 40 years. Bill’s Junk, the adjacent storefront, is crammed with thrift-store art Davenport has collected during the past 17 years, along with some of his own creations, leftovers from the defunct Museum of the Weird and other miscellanea......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/29/0
    NEWS: Museum of Unnatural History is a Pitch-Perfect Parody
    DESCRIPTION: Elaine Bradford creates a mock natural history museum show....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/29/09
    NEWS: Playwright Meloncon explores human tragedy and hope
    DESCRIPTION: For his 2002 world premiere The Laws of Storms, Houston playwright Thomas Meloncon took inspiration from a disaster of a century ago — the great 1900 hurricane that devastated Galveston.  For his newest play, The Man Who Saved New Orleans, opening tonight at the Ensemble Theatre, Meloncon turned his attention to a more recent disaster, Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath of struggle and recovery. ....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/29/09
    NEWS: Glasgow City Council to protect rare Dali painting
    DESCRIPTION: Glasgow City Council is taking steps to keep music bands, ashtray makers and poster artists from using the city’s Salvador Dali painting of Christ’s crucifixion without authorization.....
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/28/09
    NEWS: Bill Arning named new CAMH curator
    DESCRIPTION: The museum’s board of trustees voted on Monday to name Bill Arning, curator of the List Visual Arts Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a former punk rocker, to fill the vacancy created when Marti Mayo left CAMH in June 2007....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/26/09
    NEWS: A hissy fit at the ballet
    DESCRIPTION: Snakes co-star in Houston Ballet photo shoot.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/26/09
    NEWS: HGO’s Dream makes for a pleasant night
    DESCRIPTION: Given the abundant magic contained in its plot, there’s one thing any production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream had better be — and this goes both for Shakespeare’s play and Benjamin Britten’s operatic adaptation. It had better be magical......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/25/09
    NEWS: He was the outsiders’ insider in the Houston art world
    DESCRIPTION: William Steen nurtured Houston’s art community.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/25/09
    NEWS: Segal exhibit freezes everyday life in Dallas
    DESCRIPTION: From a cluster of figures crossing a street, all lost in their own world, to a lone man replacing the lettering on a cinema marquee, American sculptor George Segal explored the human condition in an urban atmosphere....
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Jamie Stengle

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/24/09
    NEWS: Triple Focus
    DESCRIPTION: Dancing vs. ideas. As part of the Jewish Community Center's Dance Month Triple Focus' threesome, Revolve Dance Company, Uptown Dance Company, and Urgeworks, all grappled with this delicate balance with varying degrees of success.....
    SOURCE: Dance Source Houston
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/24/09
    NEWS: Israeli dance troupe shows off bodies of work
    DESCRIPTION: YouTube snippets can’t convey the scale of Batsheva Dance Company’s art or the provocative intensity of a live performance, but you don’t have to look long to feel like you’ve just parted the bushes in some primeval forest on a high-energy tribal ritual....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/24/09
    NEWS: Review: Absolute Ocean is pure poetry — almost
    DESCRIPTION: In setting three Cummings poems as Absolute Ocean for Soprano, Harp and Orchestra, composer Augusta Read Thomas has created a contemporary classical work with its share of piquant charm, engaging aural effects and a certain coolness at the core....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/23/09
    NEWS: A Midsummer Night's Dream
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Grand Opera continues its stride with year two of their six-year Benjamin Britten cycle with their enchanting production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. ...
    SOURCE: CultureVulture.net
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/23/09
    NEWS: Artist turns animal kingdom upside-down
    DESCRIPTION: Elaine Bradford's The Museum of Unnatural History installation at Art League Houston features imaginary species such as the pushmi-pullyu...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/23/09
    NEWS: Horton Foote’s Orphans' Home Cycle to premiere
    DESCRIPTION: The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Oscar-and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote’s nine-play epic of early-20th-century Texas life, will have its world premiere during the 2009-10 season as a co-production of the Hartford Stage and New York’s Signature Theatre Company. .....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/22/09
    NEWS: This Dream is all about the music
    DESCRIPTION: The music is always the foremost consideration in an opera, says veteran director Neil Armfield, even when the words are by William Shakespeare.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/22/09
    NEWS: MECA officials seek funding solution for renovation plan
    DESCRIPTION: That the economy is in a slump is not surprising to the Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts staff and Old Sixth Ward neighborhood that reaps benefits from the nonprofit community arts program......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Betty L. Martin

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/22/09
    NEWS: Gifts for music lovers
    DESCRIPTION: TA-DA! It's baton day at the symphony.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/22/09
    NEWS: Gloria Gaynor is a survivalist
    DESCRIPTION: I Will Survive isn’t only the name of Gloria Gaynor’s biggest hit. It’s the reason her career continues to thrive.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Joey Guerra

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/21/09
    NEWS: Wealth and Woe in Mrs. Warren's Profession
    DESCRIPTION: The Alley ignites a firecracker production....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/21/09
    NEWS: Carnegie Hall slashes schedule and budget
    DESCRIPTION: Carnegie Hall is cutting its 2009-10 schedule by 10 percent because of the recession, instituting a hiring freeze and slashing $4 million from the budget for its current season to keep it balanced....
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Ronald Blum

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/20/09
    NEWS: Houston Symphony puts harpist at center stage
    DESCRIPTION: After more than 24 years tucked behind the violin, viola, bass or cello sections of the Houston Symphony, Paula Page and her harp are moving into center stage in Jones Hall...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/19/09
    NEWS: Experts perform magic with 17th-century screens
    DESCRIPTION: Conservators — people trained in the care of art — are unsung heroes in the museum world...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/19/09
    NEWS: Kavakos, symphony bring Tchaikovsky alive
    DESCRIPTION: Violin virtuoso Leonidas Kavakos struck an ideal balance in his performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Houston Symphony Friday night at Jones Hall.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/18/09
    NEWS: Malcolm Gladwell: It takes more than talent
    DESCRIPTION: On Wednesday Houstonians can hear Gladwell for themselves when he speaks at a luncheon co-sponsored by Inprint, the Greater Houston Partnership and Brazos Bookstore.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Fritz Lanham

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/17/09
    NEWS: Stars of tap ready to strut stuff during Dance Month
    DESCRIPTION: Three of the nation’s top dancers will unite for a weekend of tap during the Jewish Community Center’s 29th annual Dance Month.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/17/09
    NEWS: American painter Andrew Wyeth dies at 91
    DESCRIPTION: Artist Andrew Wyeth, who portrayed the hidden melancholy of the people and landscapes of Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley and coastal Maine in works such as "Christina's World," died early today. He was 91........
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Patrick Walters

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/16/09
    NEWS: Valle Girl
    DESCRIPTION: Hot modern dancer and choreographer Toni Valle got her start dancing in H-Town clubs in the 80's and now she's par;eying her retro nostalgia int a new dance-theater performance called tetris.......
    SOURCE: Houston Modern Luxury Magazine
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/16/09
    NEWS: Painting West Texas fills a niche
    DESCRIPTION: Houstonians have dozens of galleries, museums and nonprofit art spaces to choose from when they’re in the mood for contemporary art. But before William Reaves Fine Art opened in 2007, they’d have to leave town to see so-called “early Texas art” — work by Texas Impressionists, modernists and regionalists generally active before 1975.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/16/09
    NEWS: Mom, daughter clash in Shaw classic
    DESCRIPTION: The Alley Theatre makes a strong case for Mrs. Warren’sProfession in its accomplished rendition of this early George Bernard Shaw work. ......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/15/09
    NEWS: Forward With Spring Awakening
    DESCRIPTION: Broadway in Houston presents a controversial musical.....
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Lee Williams

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/15/09
    NEWS: Houstonian captures Obama moment in quilt
    DESCRIPTION: Carolyn Crump has captured what she calls the “momentum of generations” in a dramatic quilt made in just 40 hours. It is one of 44 specially-commissioned quilts displayed this month at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. exhibit Quilts for Obama: An Exhibit Celebrating the Inauguration of Our 44th President.......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Mary Vuong

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/15/09
    NEWS: Cut and Shot
    DESCRIPTION: "Iraqi Artists in Exile" Showcase Their Haunting Works...
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Beth Secor

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/15/09
    NEWS: Symphony's next season looks to the past and the future
    DESCRIPTION: Houston Symphony embraces both innovation and tradition next season with a Space Age commission and nods to tradition......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/15/09
    NEWS: Miller’s new managing director settles in
    DESCRIPTION: Cissy Segall Davis says “I get so excited because of what is in store. It’s a wonderful way for parents to introduce their children to the arts...”
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Melissa Vargas

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/14/09
    NEWS: Claudia Schmuckli signs on as new Blaffer director
    DESCRIPTION: Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston, has wrapped up its nine-month national search for a new director by hiring from within.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/13/09
    NEWS: Austin exhibits: a magical blend of old and new
    DESCRIPTION: Art in Austin:  Blanton Museum of Art & Austin Museum of Art....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/12/09
    NEWS: Solange joins JBros, Swift at RodeoHouston
    DESCRIPTION: RodeoHouston has dusted off its boots and roped some new talent for its 2009 lineup, including a handful of young country superstars and a hometown diva-in-training.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Joey Guerra

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/10/09
    NEWS: A bright Light from Main Street
    DESCRIPTION: Scaled-down presentation proves a success....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/10/09
    NEWS: Shaw had his say with Mrs. Warren's Profession
    DESCRIPTION: Mrs. Warren’s Profession is prostitution.  There. I’ve said it....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/09/09
    NEWS: The Light in the Piazza
    DESCRIPTION: If you ever took a foreign language class and managed to sound like a third grader, the story of the 2005 Tony-winning musical, The Light in the Piazza, now playing at Main Street Theater (MST), will make a lot more sense.....
    SOURCE: CultureVulture.net
    WRITER(S): Nancy Wozny

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/09/09
    NEWS: Christine Ebersole is in demand at the theater
    DESCRIPTION: Ebersole spoke with Chronicle theater critic Everett Evans earlier this week from her New Jersey home....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/08/09
    NEWS: Review: Spring Awakening full of teen angst
    DESCRIPTION: Spring Awakening rocks! Spring Awakening rules!  That’s been pretty much the response since Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s propulsive musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s classic play about teen sexual awakening premiered in 2006......
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/08/09
    NEWS: Solid lineup of work at Lawndale Art Center
    DESCRIPTION: LAST CHANCE Cory Wagner: Personal Panopticon, Mequitta Ahuja: Flowback, AJ Liberto & Jesse Robinson: Pleasing Punch and Ann Marie Nafziger: Once Removed .....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/07/09
    NEWS: The film must go on
    DESCRIPTION: Dominique de Menil and Max Ernst, together again.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/06/09
    NEWS: Prospect.1 New Orleans highlights cutting-edge art in a historical setting
    DESCRIPTION: Houston art lovers stand to benefit almost as much as New Orleanians from having the country’s largest international art biennial so near.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/06/09
    NEWS: Spring Awakening influences stage as Rent did
    DESCRIPTION: Spring Awakening tells the story of teenagers’ dawning sexual awareness and adults’ attempts to repress their urges...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Katherine Freedman

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/04/09
    NEWS: Spring Awakening: a musical that breaks all the rules
    DESCRIPTION: Frank Wedekind would be thrilled, one suspects, with the sensational response to Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s rock musical based on his play Spring Awakening....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/04/09
    NEWS: Tadao Ando goes simple again
    DESCRIPTION: Japanese architect Tadao Ando has built an international reputation for designs that are harmonious with natural settings and sympathetic to surrounding structures...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Ronnie Self Special to the Chronicle

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/03/09
    NEWS: Works by Phelan, Oliver opened up to interpretation
    DESCRIPTION: INTERVIEWED by Calvin Tomkins in a 2002 New Yorker article, artist Ellen Phelan said she saw “art as a long conversation, which has been going on for 500 years or more. It’s not a competition. Each artist brings what he or she can to it.”...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/02/09
    NEWS: Tour shows beauty in forgotten Houston
    DESCRIPTION: An exhibit aims to remind us that even though parts of Houston have fallen through the cracks, they're still a part of who we are...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Carolyn Feibel

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/02/09
    NEWS: Phantom sequel due by end of 2009
    DESCRIPTION: Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber says the long awaited sequel to Phantom of the Opera should be ready at the end of 2009, with a possible simultaneous opening on three continents.....
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Staff writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 01/02/09
    NEWS: Exhibit highlights power objects
    DESCRIPTION: Menil redoubled commitment to African art in 2008...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/31/08
    NEWS: Year-end best: Memorable plays that stole the stage
    DESCRIPTION: Best of Houston theater 2008 (in chronological order).....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/28/08
    NEWS: Main Street readies The Light in the Piazza
    DESCRIPTION: Love is in the air at Main Street Theater as the company readies its Houston premiere of The Light in the Piazza, the sweepingly romantic musical that many fans of the form consider the most distinguished new work of recent years.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/27/08
    NEWS: Archway Gallery makes way for lingerie store
    DESCRIPTION: Making way for the expansion plans of a neighboring boutique, one of the city’s oldest artist-owned galleries is saying goodbye to the River Oaks Shopping Center space where it’s been located for the past 15 years.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/26/08
    NEWS: You call that art? Sure
    DESCRIPTION: Looking forward to a 2009 filled with new public art in Houston — and to a lively discussion of its merits.....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/26/08
    NEWS: CAMH show is a mix of light and darkness
    DESCRIPTION: The upstairs gallery at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston has been abuzz and aglow for the past couple of months. In the dozen or so screening rooms that have been created for Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970, projectors beam pioneering and recent video works. ....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/26/08
    NEWS: Nobel-winning playwright Harold Pinter dies
    DESCRIPTION: Writer used international platform and his celebrity to speak out on politics....
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Paisley Dodds

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/23/08
    NEWS: First HFCS awards program successful
    DESCRIPTION: 117 film enthusiasts joined a dozen HFCS members for the group’s maiden voyage into an awards program. The HFCS, formed in 2007, gave awards last year, but this was its first public presentation....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Louis B. Parks for the Chronicle

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/23/08
    NEWS: Kinetic art: One man’s easy swing movement
    DESCRIPTION: An Austin art collective has left its sweet mark on the Menil Collection: a red swing hung in the park next to the museum...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray 

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/20/08
    NEWS: The flypaper effect: MFAH artist's residency has lured new talent to Houston for 25 years
    DESCRIPTION: LEARNING BY DOING: 25 YEARS OF THE CORE PROGRAM AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON (PART II)...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/20/08
    NEWS: A U.S. conductor has an impact on Bolivian music
    DESCRIPTION: He had apprenticed with legendary German conductor Kurt Masur and conducted youth orchestras in Chicago. Then, almost on a lark, David Handel, an American violinist, came to this isolated capital in the center of South America ...
    SOURCE: Washington Post
    WRITER(S): Juan Forero

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/20/08
    NEWS: Tyann Clement's last dance
    DESCRIPTION: Like many ballerinas, Tyann Clement grew up with The Nutcracker. The Houston Ballet soloist, who’s 38, also chose Tchaikovsky’s holiday chestnut as her swan song. ...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/20/08
    NEWS: Always bewitching, Stockard Channing sings again
    DESCRIPTION: The 64-year-old Tony and Emmy winner is singing on Broadway for the first time since 1984 and would appreciate a little encouragement...
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Mark Kennedy

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/19/08
    NEWS: Three generations of women Thrive as artists
    DESCRIPTION: Thrive, an exhibition of work by three generations of Houston women artists at DiverseWorks, grew out of a symposium sponsored by the University of Houston’s Women’s Studies Program, the show’s co-presenter...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/18/08
    NEWS: For Any Season
    DESCRIPTION: Gate of Heaven is a Gift for All...
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): D.L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/18/08
    NEWS: Texas blues legend Pete Mayes dies
    DESCRIPTION: Texas blues legend Pete Mayes kept singing the blues even when his gnarled hands could no longer play them....
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Andrew Dansby

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/17/08
    NEWS: Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin head ‘Godot’ cast
    DESCRIPTION: Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman and David Strathairn will all be Waiting for Godot this spring on Broadway....
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/17/08
    COMMENTARY: State should invest in arts to provide lift to economy
    DESCRIPTION: Texas is 49th in funding at just 22 cents per resident...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Billye Proctor Shaw

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/16/08
    NEWS: An early exit for Gypsy
    DESCRIPTION: Add Gypsy to the growing list of Broadway shows that will close in January as a result of the faltering economy...
    SOURCE: New York Times
    WRITER(S): Staff Writers

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/15/08
    REVIEW: Panto Cinderella is simple, silly fun
    DESCRIPTION: The gamble by Kenn McLaughlin and Stages Repertory Theatre has paid off...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/13/08
    REVIEW: Glass collections go beyond the vase
    DESCRIPTION: When Houston resident Ardis Bartle tells people she collects contemporary studio glass, they look at her blankly until she mentions Dale Chihuly. “People say, ‘Do you have a Chihuly?’” Bartle says...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Eileen McClelland

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/13/08
    REVIEW: Play Santaland Diaries has an elf with an edge
    DESCRIPTION: It’s not easy being an elf...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/13/08
    REVIEW: Spirits dares to be inventive
    DESCRIPTION: With most theaters trending to the safe and cozy for the holiday season, leave it to Jason Nodler and his intrepid colleagues at Catastrophic Theatre to serve something bold and crazy — and, in its unique way, absolutely in-spired...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/12/08
    NEWS: MFAH aquires 8 new artworks from prominent Houston collector
    DESCRIPTION: Eight artworks by Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread, Do-Ho Suh and four other international contemporary artists are joining the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in a landmark acquisition from a prominent Houston family collection...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/12/08
    REVIEW: Travesty Dance Group’s Portables an engaging program
    DESCRIPTION: Travesty’s dancers are an athletic, cohesive group including Henderson, Flemming, Kara Ary, Teresa Chapman, Erica Lewis, Alex Abarca, Jenny Magill and Catalina Molnari...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/12/08
    NEWS: Here's Where To Find Out What's Up With That Weird Piece Of City Art
    DESCRIPTION: The City of Houston has put together a somewhat nifty little website showing much of the municipal art that's scattered around town...
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Richard Connelly

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/11/08
    REVIEW: All Wrapped Up
    DESCRIPTION: The Season Brings a Mixed Bag of Christmas Shows...
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): D. L. Groover

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/10/08
    REVIEW: Two-actor play proves gripping, moving
    DESCRIPTION: The Gate of Heaven takes its inspiration from one of the ironies of World War II history...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/10/08
    NEWS: The strange fall of the Museum of the Weird
    DESCRIPTION: About five years ago, after Dolan declared his little compound a museum, you could call him to make an appointment to see it...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lisa Gray

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/9/08
    PREVIEW: Preview: Panto Cinderella is a British tradition
    DESCRIPTION: What’s a Panto? One might well ask, upon learning that Stages Repertory Theatre is producing a Panto Cinderella for the holidays...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/9/08
    NEWS: Baltimore Opera seeks Chapter 11 protection
    DESCRIPTION: After 58 years and more than 200 productions, the Baltimore Opera Company will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy-law protection today amid dwindling ticket sales and contributions...
    SOURCE: Baltimore Sun
    WRITER(S): Tim Smith

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/9/08
    NEWS: 8 public art projects are set for completion in 2009
    DESCRIPTION: Douglas Britt of the Houston Chronicle reports on civic art projects scheduled for completion in 2009. “We want to have the country’s next great civic art program,” said Jonathon Glus, CEO of the Houston Arts Alliance. “Houston is poised for it...”
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/8/08
    REVIEW: There’s no business like snow business
    DESCRIPTION: The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing, insists one of the many lilting numbers that buoy Irving Berlin’s White Christmas...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/8/08
    NEWS: Six artists get capital salute at Kennedy Center
    DESCRIPTION: The star-studded performances at Sunday night's Kennedy Center Honors gala were a timely warm-up for January's inauguration festivities in the nation's capital...
    SOURCE: USA Today
    WRITER(S): Cindy Clark

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/7/08
    INTERVIEW: An artist's memories of his war-torn country
    DESCRIPTION: Mohammed Al-Shammarey arrived in Houston just in time to witness Hurricane Ike snarl power lines and pummel coastal communities into matchsticks...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Lindsay Wise

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/7/08
    PREVIEW: Indonesian gold collection was a happy accident
    DESCRIPTION: It took a mistake to start a first-rate collection...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/6/08
    REVIEW: Review: Say hello to pleasant, if not great, But Not Goodbye
    DESCRIPTION: Many may want to check out Main Street Theater’s gently amusing production when they learn the play was written by George Seaton, remembered for his Oscar-winning screenplay for Miracle on 34th Street, one of the best-loved Christmas films...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/5/08
    PREVIEW: Old holiday stage favorites with new twists
    DESCRIPTION: Like Christmas packages, holiday stage traditions come in all shapes, sizes and styles: from lavish to simple, old-fashioned to contemporary, sentimental to wacky...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/4/08
    NEWS: Mayor touts plan for $7M pedestrian bridge with a twist
    DESCRIPTION: Mayor Bill White on Wednesday unveiled plans for the "Tolerance Bridge," a $7 million project built with public and private funds that will connect pedestrian and bike trails along Allen Parkway with those on Memorial Drive near Montrose Boulevard...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Bradley Olson


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    PUBLISH DATE: 12/4/08
    NEWS: Yes, You Can...Make A Giant Obama-Head Sculpture
    DESCRIPTION: It’s pretty easy to guess what was going through the minds of most Houstonians after Barack Obama was elected. When would David Adickes get to work on his 7,000-pound concrete and steel Barack Obama head?...
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Cathy Matusow

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/4/08
    PREVIEW: In the Pines of Houston
    DESCRIPTION: Americana prospers in the northern suburbs...
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): William Michael Smith

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/4/08
    NEWS: Junque in the Houston Heights
    DESCRIPTION: Two artists purge their crap, just in time for holiday shopping...
    SOURCE: Houston Press
    WRITER(S): Kelly Klaasmeyer
     

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/4/08
    NEWS: Singer Odetta Holmes championed African-American music
    DESCRIPTION: Odetta, the classically trained folk, blues and gospel singer who used her powerfully rich and dusky voice to champion African-American music and civil rights issues for more than half a century starting in the folk revival of the 1950s, has died. She was 77...
    SOURCE: Los Angeles Times
    WRITER(S): Randy Lewis and Mike Boehm

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/2/08
    NEWS: Houston, huge and humorous
    DESCRIPTION: It's a big city in a big state with big history - so there's all the more room for the little quirks...
    SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer
    WRITER(S): Bill Reed

    PUBLISH DATE: 12/1/08
    PREVIEW: Scrooge is a role relished by actors
    DESCRIPTION: Few literary characters have made such an indelible first impression as Ebenezer Scrooge...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/30/08
    PREVIEW: White Christmas
    DESCRIPTION: Holiday comes to Houston early in the form of a newly reworked classic featuring songs by Irving Berlin...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Everett Evans

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/28/08
    NEWS: 'Miracle Worker' author William Gibson dies at 94
    DESCRIPTION: Playwright William Gibson, whose "The Miracle Worker" has thrilled audiences for nearly a half-century with the true story of the deaf-blind Helen Keller's rescue from a world of ignorance, has died. He was 94...
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Polly Anderson 

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/27/08
    REVIEW: Abstract expressionism finds home in Beaumont
    DESCRIPTION: Houston painter Howard Sherman’s first solo museum exhibition, Eating Your Friction, seethes with the ambition of an artist on a mission, as he puts it, “to take painting into the 21st century...”
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/27/08
    NEWS: Gerald Schoenfeld, who brought A Chorus Line and Cats to Broadway, dies
    DESCRIPTION: Gerald Schoenfeld, the longtime head of the powerful Shubert Organization who helped bring numerous works to Broadway, including A Chorus Line, Cats and Amadeus, has died at 84...
    SOURCE: Associated Press
    WRITER(S): Michael Kuchwara

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/25/08
    REVIEW: Artist comes out of seclusion, into Triversi
    DESCRIPTION: Until recently, artist Leandra Di Buelna Jr. hadn’t exhibited his work since the 1960s...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/25/08
    INTERVIEW: Yuja Wang lives a life of playing solo
    DESCRIPTION: Yuja Wang has lived on her own, pursuing a career as a concert pianist, since she was 15...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Tara Dooley

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/24/08
    NEWS: Investment in art pays off for the Houston economy
    DESCRIPTION: Creative industries attract employment, tourist dollars...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Robert L. Lynch and Jonathon Glus

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/23/08
    NEWS: Blockbuster exhibits are wooing art tourists
    DESCRIPTION: Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs; Dallas Museum of Art/Prospect.1 New Orleans; Throughout New Orleans...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Douglas Britt

    PUBLISH DATE: 11/23/08
    NEWS: Tutu tales: wardrobe wizards at work
    DESCRIPTION: The Nutcracker has always been about eye candy. And this year, it will shine “like a brand-new Christmas package,” Houston Ballet wardrobe assistant Jerry Wolf said last week as he offered a peek at costumes crowding the halls of the company’s West Gray headquarters...
    SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
    WRITER(S): Molly Glentzer
     

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