Literary Arts

Archaeology Now


Archaeology Now presents the Family Tree Discovery Series Lecture DNA and our Ancestors: The Story of Us on Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30 p.m. at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, 77030. Dr. Michael Hammer, one of the world’s foremost human geneticists, will address how DNA helps uncover who we are at the genetic level. Tickets are $10 to $20 and are available at the HMNS Box Office or by calling (713) 639-4629.

When:
Sep 20, 2018
Cost:
$10-$20
Time:
6:30 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
General Categories: 

Ángel Quesada on Nuestra Palabra 90.1FM

Nuestra palabra hosts Artist Ángel Quesada for a lively discussion about LatinX arts in Houston.

A lively discussion about the state of LatinX Arts in and around the city ; actions, activities and artwork being created in the United State’s fourth largest city, Houston. Topics range from street art to arts funding for LatinX arts communities and the future of the city’s artscape.

When:
Aug 28, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:27 pm to 7:28 pm

Inprint Cool Brains! Sylvia Acevedo Reading


Inprint Cool Brains! Series presents an inspiring afternoon with Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts and former rocket scientist at NASA, coming to Houston to share her new memoir for middle graders, Path to the Stars


Event includes:
*100 free copies of Path to the Stars given out at the event
*Presentation and Q+A by Sylvia Acevedo about her journey from being one of the few girls in her community to go to college to becoming a rocket scientist
*Book sale, signing, meet the author
*Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (Official) info booth
*Bus scholarships available for student groups, contact info@inprinthouston.org

Where Sylvia was growing up, many girls were not graduating from high school, let alone going to college from her community. Sylvia’s story of overcoming obstacles with confidence, hard work, and education is an inspirational tale. She navigated shifting cultural expectations at school and at home, forging her own trail to become one of the first Latinx to graduate with a master’s in engineering from Stanford University and going on to become a rocket scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

A gifted public speaker, Acevedo is an advocate for empowering children to achieve their dreams, especially encouraging an interest in STEM education. In addition to being a rocket scientist at NASA, she has worn many hats—an engineer at IBM, an award-winning entrepreneur, businesswoman, commissioner on the White House Initiative for Education Excellence for Hispanics, and currently, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
When:
Sep 16, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
General Categories: 

The Telling Image

Shapes of Changing Times

Date: Thursday, September 27, 6:30-8:30pm
Location: The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
Member Pricing: $15.00, Non-member Pricing: $20.00

How do humans make sense of the world? Journey through time — from tribal ceremonies in Liberia and the pyramids of Egypt to the gravity-defying architecture of modern China — with documentary filmmaker Lois Stark as she unveils a hidden key to our worldview: shape. We’ll learn how migratory humans understood the world as a circular web, interconnected with nature. When civilization entered, humans built pyramids and skyscrapers that fit a ladder worldview, full of hierarchy and measurements. Today, the network masters our daily lives through the Internet’s ever-evolving links and hubs. What’s next? By watching when shapes shift, we’ll read the past and glimpse the future. 

When:
Sep 27, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
6:30pm $20.00
General Categories: 

Remembering Harvey Open Mic

Please join Writespace and the Houston Flood Museum for a special Remembering Harvey Open Mic.

Hurricane Harvey left a trail of destruction in Houston from which many people are still recovering. As painful as these memories may be, it is important that we remember that week in August--and its aftermath--as a way of processing and healing from the storm. 

Please join Writespace and the Houston Flood Museum for a special Remembering Harvey Open Mic. All Houstonians and Texans living along the Gulf Coast were affected in some way. Both those who were directly and indirectly affected are invited to read work related to their experiences with the storm, flooding, and aftermath as a way of healing ourselves and our city. Together we will create a verbal and written record of the week of August 25th and begin to find healing.

DATE: Saturday, September 29th, 7 - 9 p.m.
LOCATION: Writespace (2000 Edwards Street, Studio #208)
PRICE: Free for all!  If you are interested in reading, please send an email to cassandra@writespacehouston.org.

When:
Sep 29, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Location:
General Categories: 

Women's Voices Reading and Open Mic

A reading celebrating women's voices featuring poet Holly Lyn Walrath

Join Writespace and Spider Road Press as we celebrate the release of Glimmerglass Girl, the debut poetry chapbook written by dedicated Writespace volunteer Holly Lyn Walrath. The collection’s publisher, Finishing Line Press, describes the work as a “unique visual collection of speculative poetry [that] addresses femininity, feminism, and the intersection of womanhood and nature."

To celebrate Glimmerglass Girl, we are inviting women-identifying writers to share their own work alongside Holly at our Women’s Voices Reading and Open Mic. We are excited to hear work that examines all aspects of womanhood, and we especially welcome historically marginalized voices.

DATE: Friday, October 19th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
LOCATIONWritespace (2000 Edwards, Studio #208, Houston, TX 77007)
PRICE: Free to all! If you are interested in reading, please send an email to cassandra@writespacehouston.org.

When:
Oct 19, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Location:
General Categories: 

Failure To Con/Form: Shelter ~ Sin Con/Formarse: Albergue

spotlighting the work of local & national trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists!


FAILURE TO CON/FORM: SHELTER

featuring Dee Dee Watters, Koomah, Vanessa Garcia & Wo Chan!



Join Failure to Con/Form for an evening of performance, poetry, storytelling, & more, spotlighting the work of local & national trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists! The theme of the evening is SHELTER, in response to shared stories & conversations with Houston-area trans & gender-non-conforming folx.



Saturday, August 25, 2018

7p DOORS OPEN FOR MINGLING, SNACKS & DRINKS

8p SHOW

TO BE HELD AT CASA ANANDREA

RSVP through eventbrite to get the address



FREE but donations will be taken for Organización Latina de Trans en Texas (OLTT) & Casa Anandrea.



ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION:



This event will feature live interpretation between Spanish & English.



The performance will be held in a backyard space accessible to wheelchairs via the driveway, but the bathroom accommodations are not accessible to wheelchair users.



To provide a chemical & fragrance free event, we request that participants not smoke before or during the event & not wear colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to the event. For more information, look at this resource: https://invisibledisabilities.org/ida-books-pamphlets/chemicalsensitivities/fragrancefreezone/



For any accessibility-related questions & needs, please email us at failuretoconformhouston@gmail.com



ABOUT OLTT & CASA ANANDREA:



OLTT aims to protect, support, & advocate for the Latina transgender community in Texas, while also working intersectionally with the entire spectrum of the Latinx LGBTQI community and all trans people. OLTT seeks to help its members with issues surrounding immigration, changing their name & gender marker on government-issued IDs, HIV-prevention & where to receive culturally competent healthcare services. The mission of OLTT is to defend, protect & ensure equal rights for trans people in Texas; to create & maintain a physical space where trans folks are able to educate themselves & analyze legal situations; & to have basic access to healthcare, social protections & human rights & justice for our trans population.



Casa Anandrea is a shelter OLTT runs to provide Houston’s only emergency refuge specifically for undocumented trans, queer, & non-binary people; it is the only organization nationally that provides shelter for immigrants leaving detention centers.



ABOUT OUR FEATURED PERFORMERS:



Wo Chan is a nonbinary poet & drag performer living in Brooklyn. Wo is the author of the chapbook ORDER THE WORLD, MOM (Belladonna), & has received honors from the New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, Lambda Literary, & the Asian American Writers Workshop. As a standing member of the Brooklyn based drag/burlesque collective Switch N' Play, Wo has performed at venues including MOMA PS1, Joe’s Pub, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts, & BAM Fisher. Wo was born in Macau, China, & currently lives in New York where they are an MFA Candidate in Poetry at NYU. You can find them on Instagram at @theillustriouspearl​.



Vanessa Garcia (Vanessa Brandon) is an immigrant, transgender woman who came to this country in 2002, arriving to the border city of Brownsville, Texas in search of better opportunities & an improved quality of life. In 2006, she moved to Houston which has become her second home; here, her work as an impersonator of different Latina artists has opened doors to many work opportunities. Currently, she is an active member of the Organización Latina de Trans en Texas, fighting for safety & rights for immigrant trans Latinas. In 2015, she took on a position on the board of the organization & was named the President of the board, becoming one of the people responsible for organizational decision making. She is committed to the struggle for the rights of Latina transwomen in the state of Texas.



Koomah is an intersex-bodied queer genderfluid multidisciplinary grassroots artist, performer, filmmaker, LGBTQI educator, & part-time hermaphrodite unicorn. Active in the arts since 2003, Koomah seeks to challenge audience's boundaries & perceptions of sex, gender, & sexuality while encouraging audiences to ask questions, see from new perspectives, be vulnerable, & ponder social norms. Koomah is co-founder of The Houston Intersex Society, board member of Transgender Foundation of America & Houston Transgender Unity Committee, founding member of CHAA (LGBTQI Collective of Houston Asian Americans), member of InterACT, lead organizer of Gender Reel Houston film fest, founder of TEX-KAN artist retreat, & creator of Bad Date List Houston sex worker safety resource. Koomah has performed, showcased artwork, presented workshops & lectures, & screened films across the US & internationally.



Dee Dee Watters is a Transgender leader, teacher & performer. Using her skills & talent to not only entertain but to also educate! Providing infotainment in the form of spoken word, monologues & soon to come short films! Dee Dee has been listed in various magazines, such as the Huffington Post, the Ambassador, OutSmart & many others! She’s also been featured on TLC’s my 600 Pound Life to mentor a trans guest on the show. For booking or more information visit www.deedeewatters.com or email contact@deedeewatters.com.



ABOUT FAILURE TO CON/FORM:



Failure to Con/Form is an ad-hoc group of gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists who have come together to sponsor a series of performance events in 2018 in local sites of restriction & healing/safety; the events feature local & nationally recognized trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists. Failure to Con/Form is curated by Ching-In Chen, John Pluecker, Cassie Mira, & Addie Tsai. https://failuretoconformhouston.wordpress.com/



Since May 2012, Failure to Con/Form’s collaborator, Failure to Identify, has been an experiment in creating spaces for innovative, interdisciplinary & risk-taking writers & artists to perform for Houston publics. These events have usually featured writers from out-of-town in conjunction with locally-based folk. The series has no fixed schedule & is super-occasional & super-dependent on happy coincidences & friendly participants.



This project is made possible with support from The Idea Fund. The Idea Fund is a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, & Project Row Houses & funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.



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Imagen para Facebook

(Artistas de Izquierda a Derecha: Wo Chan, Vanessa Garcia, Koomah & Dee Dee Watters)



SIN CON/FORMARSE: ALBERGUE

¡Con presentaciones de Dee Dee Watters, Koomah, Vanessa Garcia & Wo Chan!



Acompáñanos en Dejar de Con/Formarse, una velada con presentaciones de performance, poesía, narración y más, destacando el trabajo de escritorxs, performerxs y artistas trans, no binarixs, intersexuales y de género no conforme, de la ciudad y de otras partes del país. El tema de la velada es ALBERGUE, en respuesta a historias compartidas y conversaciones con personas trans y de género no conforme de la zona de Houston.



Sábado, 25 de agosto de 2018

7 pm SE ABREN LAS PUERTAS PARA SOCIALIZAR, BOTANAS & BEBIDAS

8 pm ESPECTÁCULO

EL EVENTO SE REALIZARÁ EN CASA ANANDREA

Si consigues boletos a través de Eventbrite, también se le enviará la dirección.



LA ENTRADA ES GRATUITA pero se recibirán donaciones para la Organización Latina de Trans en Texas (OLTT) & para Casa Anandrea.



INFORMACION SOBRE ACCESIBILIDAD:



Este evento contará con interpretación en vivo entre el español y el inglés.



La presentación se realizará en un espacio situado en un patio trasero al que es posible acceder en silla de rueda entrando por la entrada de automóviles, sin embargo las instalaciones de baño no son accesibles para quienes usan silla de ruedas.



Para poder ofrecer un evento libre de químicos & de fragancias le pedimos a quienes asistan que no fumen antes de o durante el evento y que no utilizen colonias, perfumes u otros productos químicos con aroma. Para más información sobre este tema, consulta la siguiente fuente: https://invisibledisabilities.org/ida-books-pamphlets/chemicalsensitivities/fragrancefreezone/



Si tienes alguna pregunta o solicitud relativas a la accesibilidad, por favor escríbenos al correo electrónico failuretoconformhouston@gmail.com



SOBRE OLTT & CASA ANANDREA:



OLTT se propone proteger, apoyar y abogar a favor de la comunidad de personas latinas transgénero en Texas, además de trabajar interseccionalmente con todo el colectivo LGBTQI latino y personas trans en general. OLTT busca prestarle auxilio a su membresía en asuntos relativos a la inmigración, el cambio de nombre y de designación de género en documentos de identidad gubernamentales, la prevención del virus VIH e información sobre dónde recibir servicios de salud culturalmente competentes. La misión de OLTT consiste en defender, proteger y asegurar la igualdad de derechos para las personas trans en Texas; en crear y mantener un espacio físico donde las personas trans puedan educarse y analizar situaciones legales; y que haya un acceso básico a servicios de salud, protecciones sociales y derechos humanos y justicia para la población trans.



Casa Anandrea es un albergue administrado por OLTT con el fin de ofrecer el único albergue de emergencia en Houston específicamente dirigido a personas indocumentadas trans, cuir y no-binarias. Es la única organización que provee vivienda en todo el país a personas inmigrantes que salen de los centros de detención.



SOBRE LXS ARTISTAS QUE SE PRESENTARÁN:



Wo Chan es unx poeta y artista drag no-binarix que reside actualmente en Brooklyn. Wo ha publicado el folleto ORDER THE WORLD, MOM (Belladonna), & ha recibido reconocimientos de la New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, Lambda Literary & la Asian American Writers Workshop. Como integrante de la colectiva de drag/burlesque Switch N’ Play de Brooklyn, Wo se ha presentado en lugares como MOMA PS1, Joe’s Pub, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts, & BAM Fisher. Wo nació en Macao, China, & vive actualmente en Nueva York donde es Candidata al MFA en Poesía de la universidad NYU. Lx encuentras en Instragram como @theillustriouspearl​.



Vanessa Garcia (Vanessa Brandon) es una mujer inmigrante transgénero que vino a este país en 2002, cuando llegó a la ciudad fronteriza de Brownsville, Texas, en busca de oportunidades y de una mejor calidad de vida. En 2006 se mudó a Houston, que se ha convertido en su segundo hogar; aquí, gracias a su trabajo como imitadora de distintas artistas latinas ha logrado acceder a muchas oportunidades laborales. Actualmente es miembra activa de la Organización Latina de Trans en Texas, donde lucha por la seguridad y los derechos de las personas trans latinas inmigrantes. En 2015 asumió un puesto en la junta de la organización y se le nombró Presidenta de la junta, convirtiéndose así en una de las personas responsables por la toma de decisiones en la organización. Está comprometida con la lucha por los derechos de las mujeres trans latinas en el estado de Texas.



Koomah es una persona de cuerpo intersexual cuir de género fluido, artista activista que trabaja en múltiples disciplinas, performista, cineasta, educadorx LGBTQI & unicornio hermafrodita de medio tiempo. Koomah trabaja en las artes desde 2003, buscando desafiar las fronteras del público y sus maneras de percibir el sexo, el género y la sexualidad a la vez que le incita a formularse preguntas, a ver las cosas desde nuevos puntos de vista, a ser vulnerable y a meditar en torno a las normativas sociales. Koomah es co-fundadorx de la Houston Intersex Society, pertenece a la junta de la Transgender Foundation of America & el Houston Transgender Unity Committee, es miembrx fundadora de CHAA (Colectiva LGBTQI de Personas Asiático-Estadonunidenses de Houston), miembrx de InterACT, organizadorx principal del festival de cine Gender Reel Houston, fundadorx del retiro para artistas TEX-KAN & creadorx de Bad Date List, una herramienta de seguridad para personas dedicadas al trabajo sexual en Houston. Koomah ha presentado sus performancias y obras de arte, talleres y conferencias, y proyectado sus películas por todo Estados Unidos y en otros países.



Dee Dee Watters es una líder Transgénero, educadora y performista. Utiliza sus habilidades y su talento no solo para divertir sino también para educar! Ofrece entretenimiento informativo a través de la palabra hablada, monólogos y próximamente cortometrajes! Varias revistas como Huffington Post, The Ambassador, OutSmart & muchas más han incluido a Dee Dee en sus listados! Ha aparecido también en el programa My 600 Pound Life de TLC como tutora de una participante trans. Para contrataciones o más información visita la página www.deedeewatters.com o escribe un mensaje a contact@deedeewatters.com.



SOBRE SIN CON/FORMARSE:



Sin Con/Formarse es una agrupación ad-hoc de escritorxs, performistas y artistas de género no binario, que se han reunido para patrocinar una serie de eventos de performance durante 2018 en espacios locales de restricción y sanación/seguridad; en los eventos se presentan escritorxs, performistas y artistas trans, no binarixs, intersexuales & no conformes reconocidxs a nivel local & nacional. Dejar de Con/Formarse es curada por Ching-In Chen, John Pluecker, Cassie Mira & Addie Tsai. https://failuretoconformhouston.wordpress.com/



Desde 2012 Sin Identificarse, en colaboración con Dejar de Con/Formarse, ha sido un experimento en la creación de espacios donde escritorxs y artistas innovadorxs, interdisciplinarixs y arriesgadxs pueden presentar su trabajo ante los públicos de Houston. Por lo general estos eventos incluyen a escritorxs de otras ciudades junto con personas locales. La serie no tiene un calendario fijo y es súper de vez en cuando & súper cuando se presentan alegres coincidencias y participaciones amistosas.



Este proyecto ha sido posible gracias al apoyo de The Idea Fund. The Idea Fund es un programa que re-asigna becas, administrado por DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show y Project Row Houses, y financiado por The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


When:
Aug 25, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
FREE but donations will be taken for Organización Latina de Trans en Texas (OLTT) & Casa Anandrea
Location:

Failure To Con/Form: Shelter ~ Sin Con/Formarse: Albergue

spotlighting the work of local & national trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists!


FAILURE TO CON/FORM: SHELTER

featuring Dee Dee Watters, Koomah, Vanessa Garcia & Wo Chan!



Join Failure to Con/Form for an evening of performance, poetry, storytelling, & more, spotlighting the work of local & national trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists! The theme of the evening is SHELTER, in response to shared stories & conversations with Houston-area trans & gender-non-conforming folx.



Saturday, August 25, 2018

7p DOORS OPEN FOR MINGLING, SNACKS & DRINKS

8p SHOW

TO BE HELD AT CASA ANANDREA

RSVP through eventbrite to get the address



FREE but donations will be taken for Organización Latina de Trans en Texas (OLTT) & Casa Anandrea.



ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION:



This event will feature live interpretation between Spanish & English.



The performance will be held in a backyard space accessible to wheelchairs via the driveway, but the bathroom accommodations are not accessible to wheelchair users.



To provide a chemical & fragrance free event, we request that participants not smoke before or during the event & not wear colognes, perfumes or other scented or chemical products to the event. For more information, look at this resource: https://invisibledisabilities.org/ida-books-pamphlets/chemicalsensitivities/fragrancefreezone/



For any accessibility-related questions & needs, please email us at failuretoconformhouston@gmail.com



ABOUT OLTT & CASA ANANDREA:



OLTT aims to protect, support, & advocate for the Latina transgender community in Texas, while also working intersectionally with the entire spectrum of the Latinx LGBTQI community and all trans people. OLTT seeks to help its members with issues surrounding immigration, changing their name & gender marker on government-issued IDs, HIV-prevention & where to receive culturally competent healthcare services. The mission of OLTT is to defend, protect & ensure equal rights for trans people in Texas; to create & maintain a physical space where trans folks are able to educate themselves & analyze legal situations; & to have basic access to healthcare, social protections & human rights & justice for our trans population.



Casa Anandrea is a shelter OLTT runs to provide Houston’s only emergency refuge specifically for undocumented trans, queer, & non-binary people; it is the only organization nationally that provides shelter for immigrants leaving detention centers.



ABOUT OUR FEATURED PERFORMERS:



Wo Chan is a nonbinary poet & drag performer living in Brooklyn. Wo is the author of the chapbook ORDER THE WORLD, MOM (Belladonna), & has received honors from the New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, Lambda Literary, & the Asian American Writers Workshop. As a standing member of the Brooklyn based drag/burlesque collective Switch N' Play, Wo has performed at venues including MOMA PS1, Joe’s Pub, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts, & BAM Fisher. Wo was born in Macau, China, & currently lives in New York where they are an MFA Candidate in Poetry at NYU. You can find them on Instagram at @theillustriouspearl​.



Vanessa Garcia (Vanessa Brandon) is an immigrant, transgender woman who came to this country in 2002, arriving to the border city of Brownsville, Texas in search of better opportunities & an improved quality of life. In 2006, she moved to Houston which has become her second home; here, her work as an impersonator of different Latina artists has opened doors to many work opportunities. Currently, she is an active member of the Organización Latina de Trans en Texas, fighting for safety & rights for immigrant trans Latinas. In 2015, she took on a position on the board of the organization & was named the President of the board, becoming one of the people responsible for organizational decision making. She is committed to the struggle for the rights of Latina transwomen in the state of Texas.



Koomah is an intersex-bodied queer genderfluid multidisciplinary grassroots artist, performer, filmmaker, LGBTQI educator, & part-time hermaphrodite unicorn. Active in the arts since 2003, Koomah seeks to challenge audience's boundaries & perceptions of sex, gender, & sexuality while encouraging audiences to ask questions, see from new perspectives, be vulnerable, & ponder social norms. Koomah is co-founder of The Houston Intersex Society, board member of Transgender Foundation of America & Houston Transgender Unity Committee, founding member of CHAA (LGBTQI Collective of Houston Asian Americans), member of InterACT, lead organizer of Gender Reel Houston film fest, founder of TEX-KAN artist retreat, & creator of Bad Date List Houston sex worker safety resource. Koomah has performed, showcased artwork, presented workshops & lectures, & screened films across the US & internationally.



Dee Dee Watters is a Transgender leader, teacher & performer. Using her skills & talent to not only entertain but to also educate! Providing infotainment in the form of spoken word, monologues & soon to come short films! Dee Dee has been listed in various magazines, such as the Huffington Post, the Ambassador, OutSmart & many others! She’s also been featured on TLC’s my 600 Pound Life to mentor a trans guest on the show. For booking or more information visit www.deedeewatters.com or email contact@deedeewatters.com.



ABOUT FAILURE TO CON/FORM:



Failure to Con/Form is an ad-hoc group of gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists who have come together to sponsor a series of performance events in 2018 in local sites of restriction & healing/safety; the events feature local & nationally recognized trans, genderqueer, intersex & gender-non-conforming writers, performers & artists. Failure to Con/Form is curated by Ching-In Chen, John Pluecker, Cassie Mira, & Addie Tsai. https://failuretoconformhouston.wordpress.com/



Since May 2012, Failure to Con/Form’s collaborator, Failure to Identify, has been an experiment in creating spaces for innovative, interdisciplinary & risk-taking writers & artists to perform for Houston publics. These events have usually featured writers from out-of-town in conjunction with locally-based folk. The series has no fixed schedule & is super-occasional & super-dependent on happy coincidences & friendly participants.



This project is made possible with support from The Idea Fund. The Idea Fund is a re-granting program administered by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, & Project Row Houses & funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.



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Imagen para Facebook

(Artistas de Izquierda a Derecha: Wo Chan, Vanessa Garcia, Koomah & Dee Dee Watters)



SIN CON/FORMARSE: ALBERGUE

¡Con presentaciones de Dee Dee Watters, Koomah, Vanessa Garcia & Wo Chan!



Acompáñanos en Dejar de Con/Formarse, una velada con presentaciones de performance, poesía, narración y más, destacando el trabajo de escritorxs, performerxs y artistas trans, no binarixs, intersexuales y de género no conforme, de la ciudad y de otras partes del país. El tema de la velada es ALBERGUE, en respuesta a historias compartidas y conversaciones con personas trans y de género no conforme de la zona de Houston.



Sábado, 25 de agosto de 2018

7 pm SE ABREN LAS PUERTAS PARA SOCIALIZAR, BOTANAS & BEBIDAS

8 pm ESPECTÁCULO

EL EVENTO SE REALIZARÁ EN CASA ANANDREA

Si consigues boletos a través de Eventbrite, también se le enviará la dirección.



LA ENTRADA ES GRATUITA pero se recibirán donaciones para la Organización Latina de Trans en Texas (OLTT) & para Casa Anandrea.



INFORMACION SOBRE ACCESIBILIDAD:



Este evento contará con interpretación en vivo entre el español y el inglés.



La presentación se realizará en un espacio situado en un patio trasero al que es posible acceder en silla de rueda entrando por la entrada de automóviles, sin embargo las instalaciones de baño no son accesibles para quienes usan silla de ruedas.



Para poder ofrecer un evento libre de químicos & de fragancias le pedimos a quienes asistan que no fumen antes de o durante el evento y que no utilizen colonias, perfumes u otros productos químicos con aroma. Para más información sobre este tema, consulta la siguiente fuente: https://invisibledisabilities.org/ida-books-pamphlets/chemicalsensitivities/fragrancefreezone/



Si tienes alguna pregunta o solicitud relativas a la accesibilidad, por favor escríbenos al correo electrónico failuretoconformhouston@gmail.com



SOBRE OLTT & CASA ANANDREA:



OLTT se propone proteger, apoyar y abogar a favor de la comunidad de personas latinas transgénero en Texas, además de trabajar interseccionalmente con todo el colectivo LGBTQI latino y personas trans en general. OLTT busca prestarle auxilio a su membresía en asuntos relativos a la inmigración, el cambio de nombre y de designación de género en documentos de identidad gubernamentales, la prevención del virus VIH e información sobre dónde recibir servicios de salud culturalmente competentes. La misión de OLTT consiste en defender, proteger y asegurar la igualdad de derechos para las personas trans en Texas; en crear y mantener un espacio físico donde las personas trans puedan educarse y analizar situaciones legales; y que haya un acceso básico a servicios de salud, protecciones sociales y derechos humanos y justicia para la población trans.



Casa Anandrea es un albergue administrado por OLTT con el fin de ofrecer el único albergue de emergencia en Houston específicamente dirigido a personas indocumentadas trans, cuir y no-binarias. Es la única organización que provee vivienda en todo el país a personas inmigrantes que salen de los centros de detención.



SOBRE LXS ARTISTAS QUE SE PRESENTARÁN:



Wo Chan es unx poeta y artista drag no-binarix que reside actualmente en Brooklyn. Wo ha publicado el folleto ORDER THE WORLD, MOM (Belladonna), & ha recibido reconocimientos de la New York Foundation of the Arts, Kundiman, Lambda Literary & la Asian American Writers Workshop. Como integrante de la colectiva de drag/burlesque Switch N’ Play de Brooklyn, Wo se ha presentado en lugares como MOMA PS1, Joe’s Pub, National Sawdust, New York Live Arts, & BAM Fisher. Wo nació en Macao, China, & vive actualmente en Nueva York donde es Candidata al MFA en Poesía de la universidad NYU. Lx encuentras en Instragram como @theillustriouspearl​.



Vanessa Garcia (Vanessa Brandon) es una mujer inmigrante transgénero que vino a este país en 2002, cuando llegó a la ciudad fronteriza de Brownsville, Texas, en busca de oportunidades y de una mejor calidad de vida. En 2006 se mudó a Houston, que se ha convertido en su segundo hogar; aquí, gracias a su trabajo como imitadora de distintas artistas latinas ha logrado acceder a muchas oportunidades laborales. Actualmente es miembra activa de la Organización Latina de Trans en Texas, donde lucha por la seguridad y los derechos de las personas trans latinas inmigrantes. En 2015 asumió un puesto en la junta de la organización y se le nombró Presidenta de la junta, convirtiéndose así en una de las personas responsables por la toma de decisiones en la organización. Está comprometida con la lucha por los derechos de las mujeres trans latinas en el estado de Texas.



Koomah es una persona de cuerpo intersexual cuir de género fluido, artista activista que trabaja en múltiples disciplinas, performista, cineasta, educadorx LGBTQI & unicornio hermafrodita de medio tiempo. Koomah trabaja en las artes desde 2003, buscando desafiar las fronteras del público y sus maneras de percibir el sexo, el género y la sexualidad a la vez que le incita a formularse preguntas, a ver las cosas desde nuevos puntos de vista, a ser vulnerable y a meditar en torno a las normativas sociales. Koomah es co-fundadorx de la Houston Intersex Society, pertenece a la junta de la Transgender Foundation of America & el Houston Transgender Unity Committee, es miembrx fundadora de CHAA (Colectiva LGBTQI de Personas Asiático-Estadonunidenses de Houston), miembrx de InterACT, organizadorx principal del festival de cine Gender Reel Houston, fundadorx del retiro para artistas TEX-KAN & creadorx de Bad Date List, una herramienta de seguridad para personas dedicadas al trabajo sexual en Houston. Koomah ha presentado sus performancias y obras de arte, talleres y conferencias, y proyectado sus películas por todo Estados Unidos y en otros países.



Dee Dee Watters es una líder Transgénero, educadora y performista. Utiliza sus habilidades y su talento no solo para divertir sino también para educar! Ofrece entretenimiento informativo a través de la palabra hablada, monólogos y próximamente cortometrajes! Varias revistas como Huffington Post, The Ambassador, OutSmart & muchas más han incluido a Dee Dee en sus listados! Ha aparecido también en el programa My 600 Pound Life de TLC como tutora de una participante trans. Para contrataciones o más información visita la página www.deedeewatters.com o escribe un mensaje a contact@deedeewatters.com.



SOBRE SIN CON/FORMARSE:



Sin Con/Formarse es una agrupación ad-hoc de escritorxs, performistas y artistas de género no binario, que se han reunido para patrocinar una serie de eventos de performance durante 2018 en espacios locales de restricción y sanación/seguridad; en los eventos se presentan escritorxs, performistas y artistas trans, no binarixs, intersexuales & no conformes reconocidxs a nivel local & nacional. Dejar de Con/Formarse es curada por Ching-In Chen, John Pluecker, Cassie Mira & Addie Tsai. https://failuretoconformhouston.wordpress.com/



Desde 2012 Sin Identificarse, en colaboración con Dejar de Con/Formarse, ha sido un experimento en la creación de espacios donde escritorxs y artistas innovadorxs, interdisciplinarixs y arriesgadxs pueden presentar su trabajo ante los públicos de Houston. Por lo general estos eventos incluyen a escritorxs de otras ciudades junto con personas locales. La serie no tiene un calendario fijo y es súper de vez en cuando & súper cuando se presentan alegres coincidencias y participaciones amistosas.



Este proyecto ha sido posible gracias al apoyo de The Idea Fund. The Idea Fund es un programa que re-asigna becas, administrado por DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show y Project Row Houses, y financiado por The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.


When:
Aug 25, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
7:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
FREE but donations will be taken for Organización Latina de Trans en Texas (OLTT) & Casa Anandrea
Location:

Lecture: The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times by Lois Farfel Stark

The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times

Buildings, behaviors and beliefs reflect humans' search for pattern and meaning. We can read the past and glimpse the future by watching when shapes shift. Documentary filmmaker, Lois Farfel Stark, will use beautiful photography and fresh perspective of history to take us on a remarkable journey from tribal ceremonies in Liberia and the pyramids in Egypt, to the gravity-defying architecture of modern China, with many places and shapes in between. Lois Farfel Stark is an Emmy Award-winning producer, documentary filmmaker and author. During her distinguished career she produced and wrote documentaries on architecture, medical research, globalization, artists and social issues. Members $12, Tickets $18

When:
Aug 28, 2018
Cost:
Members $12, Tickets $18
Time:
6:30 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
6:30pm Members $12, Tickets $18
General Categories: 

Texas Playwrights Festival

3 Plays, 3 Playwrights, 6 Readings

Que Será, Giant Monster 

by Brad McEntire 
Charles is having a very rough day. It only gets worse when he runs into an ex who is, herself, having a ridiculously rough day. The giant monster destroying the city doesn’t bode well, either.

Ganymede 

by Ben Schroth 
Ganymede, is the story of two brothers—one abducted by space aliens and one left behind by the visitors. Enforcers come to take the boy back and, if not for the assistance of a nosy neighbor, our hero would never find love.

Montgomery 

by Stephen Brown 
Megan hates country singer Rick Montgomery, so she and her friend Kimmy have decided tonight’s concert will be his last. As they run from the cops, songs will be sung, people will be shot, and girls will discover the difficulties of revenge.

When:
Jul 26, 2018 to Jul 30, 2018
There are 2 readings with talkbacks of each play, and the playwright will have a chance to revise the script between the readings.
Cost:
$20.00
Time:
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
7:00 pm, $20.00
Friday Time & Price:
7:00 pm, $20.00
Saturday Time & Price:
2:00 pm, $20.00 and 7:30 pm, $20.00
Sunday Time & Price:
2:00 pm, $20.00 and 7:30 pm, $20.00


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Houston, TX 77266-6494


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