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Honors & the Arts Program Series Archive

Fall 2011


Mercury Baroque presents Mozart Under the Stars (September 3)

What better way to welcome the evening than under a canopy of stars and Mozart melodies? Join Mercury Baroque at Miller Outdoor Theatre for Mozart Under the Stars, featuring some of Mozart’s finest and most cherished melodies, performed with passion and artistry. Repertoire includes Eine Kleine Nacht Musik, Serenata Nottuma and Divertimento for Strings.

Two Alike (September 15)

Join us for the premiere of Two Alike by choreographer and performer Jack Ferver. Marking the first co-production between the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and DiverseWorks ArtSpace, Ferver pairs up with visual artist Marc Swanson to create a meditative and visceral performance tracking the journey from rural upbringings to a furious adulthood in an urban landscape. Existing in an alter-space, housing childhood fantasies and turbid adult obsession, Ferver acts as the emotive flesh and voice inside of Swanson’s eerie and raw set/sculpture.


Artist Talk with Mel Chin: "Communograph: Mapping Through Creative Action" (October 2)

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for Arts at the University of Houston and Project Row Houses welcome artist Mel Chin to kick off "Communograph: Mapping Through Creative Action," a series focused on exploring the grassroots creativity found in Houston's Third Ward. This series aims evaluate how the Center for Arts at University of Houston can become an intellectual resource, redirecting its academic facilities and assets towards strengthening connections within the immediate neighboring community.

Our Lady of 121st Street (October 14)

By Stephen Adly Guirgis, Directed by Keith Byron Kirk
October 14, 15 and 20 – 22 at 8 p.m.October 16 and 23 at 2 p.m.
The Ortiz Funeral Room is in big trouble: The body of beloved community activist Sister Rose has been stolen from the viewing room. While awaiting her proper return, colorful neighborhood citizens try to confront their grief, checkered pasts and their uncertain futures. You'll meet Rooftop, a chronically unfaithful but otherwise popular Los Angeles DJ; Pinky and Edwin, two brothers tragically linked forever; and the outrageously angry Norca, who slept with her best friend Inez's husband. The rest of the crowd in this dark, insightful and very funny comedy inevitably square off with each other, motivated by rage, pain and a scary desire to come clean—perhaps for the first time.

Midnight Showing Zombie Prom (October 28)

Zombie PromMusic by Dana P. Rowe, Book and Lyrics by John Dempsey
October 28, 29 and November 3 – 5 at 8 p.m., October 28 at Midnight!!!, October 30 and November 6 at 2 p.m.
Set in the fabulous '50s, this is the tale of a sweet teenage girl named, Toffee and her "rebel without a cause" boyfriend, Jonny. Bending to pressure, Toffee is persuaded to break up with Jonny. Tortured by the betrayal, Jonny drives his motorcycle to the nearby Francis Gary Powers Nuclear Power Plant and flings himself into a nuclear cooling tower!

Jonny returns, risen from the dead - AS A TEENAGE NUCLEAR ZOMBIE! The mass of decomposing flesh professes his love and tells Toffee that he wants her back. He plans to clean up his act, finish school and take her to the senior prom - if she'll have him. As crisis grips the school, questions are raised - Will Toffee take Jonny back? Will Jonny be allowed to come back and finish school, or will they cancel Senior Prom, ruining the most important night in the lives of the students of Enrico Fermi High!?


Emerging Choreography Showcase (December 2)

Friday December 2nd - 7:30 PM at Wortham Center; The creative energies of up-and-coming choreographers are showcased in this annual concert that has become a favorite among dance enthusiasts.

Fall 2010


(9/10) Vis. Art: “Edge of Awakening” Nicola Parente art opening at Gremillion & Co. 6pm: artist presentation, followed by reception and discussion. Gremillion & Co., 2501 Sunset, 77005. Free. RSVP by 9/7. 

NEW: (9/22) Literature/Vis. Art: Graphic Novel Workshop Exhibition. 7-9 pm: exhibition showcasing student work from the graphic novel course, followed by Q&A. Honors Commons (collaboration between the School of Art and the Creative Writing Program). Free. RSVP by 9/18.


(10/2) Dance/Film: “Dance with Camera” exhibit and lecture by choreographer Deborah Hay. 2pm: lecture with Q&A afterward. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose, 77006. Free. RSVP by 9/29. 

(10/11) Literature: Carlos Fuentes reading presented by Inprint. 7:30pm: reading, Q&A afterward. Alley Theatre, Hubbard Stage, 615 Texas Ave, 77002. RSVP by 10/5.


(11/6) Music/Dance/ Vis. Art: “Life is Living: Houston,” a hip-hop based environmental justice festival presented by the Mitchell Center. 11am-5pm. Opportunities to meet performers/organizers throughout. Emancipation Park on Elgin. Free. RSVP by 11/3. 

(11/19) Theatre: Prisoner of Second Avenue at Country Playhouse. 11/18, 8pm, Honors Commons: view film of the same title. 11/19, 8pm, performance at CP, followed by discussion of alienation led by Dr. Monroe. Tickets: $12. RSVP by 11/15.


(12/3) Literature: Salman Rushdie reading presented by Inprint. 7:30pm: reading, Q&A afterward. Tickets: $5. RSVP by 11/28. 

Spring 2010

DANCE: "Still Confronting the Ground" by jhon stronks and the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company.

Original contemporary choreography by jhon stronks performed by members of the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company. After the performance, there will be a talk-back with the choreographer and dancers. 1/23, 6:30p Pre-show, 7:30p Performance: Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex (2202 Preston, 77003). Tickets $10. 

Fall 2009

THEATER: "Night of the Giant" by Dr. John Harvey and Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company.

Catch the first performance of Dr. Harvey's new play, performed by Mildred's Umbrella. After the show, the CCW will host a talk-back with the actors, writer/director, and composer. 9/23, 8:00pm. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex (2202 Preston, 77003). Tickets pay-what-you-wish ($7 suggested).

DANCE: "15th Annual Weekend of Texas Contemporary Dance."

Join the CCW on the hill in Hermann Park and watch the work of eight Texas dance companies. Then, head to La Tapatia for some queso and dance discourse with dancer/teacher/choreographer Jen Sommers. 9/26, 7:30pm. Miller Outdoor Theatre (100 Concert Drive, Hermann Park). Free.

THEATER: "The Rocky Horror Show" by Richard O'Brien.

Presented by the UH School of Theatre and Dance. 10/30, 8:00pm. Wortham Theatre, UH Main Campus. Tickets $10.

CRE.WRI: "An Afternoon of Poetry with Richard Levy and Peter Hyland."

Presented by The Honors College. 11/18, 4:00pm. Honors Commons. Free.

Spring 2009

THEATRE: "At Home at the Zoo" by Edward Albee.

Presented by the UH School of Theatre and Dance.  Talk-back with the actors and director to follow.

DANCE/THEATER/POETRY/MUSIC: "The Children of Herakles" and Dionysia 2009.

Presented by the Center for Creative Work.

VIS.ART: Conversation about the art of Robert Rauschenberg with Menil director Josef Helfenstein.

Presented at the Menil Collection in conjunction with the UH School of Theatre and Dance's production of "bobrauschenbergamerica."

THEATRE: "bobrauschenbergamerica" by Charles Mee.

Presented by the UH School of Theatre and Dance.  Read Mee's plays for free.  

ART.MIX: Presentation of work by the 2009 Writers and Their Regions class.

An afternoon of poetry, dance, music, film, visual art, and appetizers.

Fall 2008

FILM: "The Kite" (2003).

Presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Film Series.  Discussion to follow.

THEATER: "Metamorphoses" by Mary Zimmerman.

Presented by the UH School of Theatre and Dance.  Discussion to follow.

VIS.ART: "Making History" solo exhibition, by Darryl Lauster. 

Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery

FILM: "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962).

Presented by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Film Series.

DANCE: "Writing on the Floor: Emerging Choreographers Showcase."

Presented by the UH School of Theatre and Dance, with pre-show lecture by Dance Division Head Karen Stokes.

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