Performing Arts

Dark Matter: A Collection of Shorts by Don Nigro

Eight gothic tales of murder, romance, mystery, quantum physics, and more.

Closing out a six-year tenure in Spring Street Studios, Mildred’s Umbrella (MU) is reviving a fan favorite from its days at Midtown Arts Center with DARK MATTER, a collection of gothic shorts by Don Nigro. These short pieces, speak to MU’s unique aesthetic of dark and quirky comedy and feature a stellar cast of local talent. 

Originally conceived and produced in 2007 by Artistic Director Jennifer Decker, DARK MATTER combined a selection of five short plays from Nigro’s Tales from the Red Rose Inn in a festival-like atmosphere with spare sets that underscored the strength of the scripts, acting, and direction. For the reboot, Decker has partnered with Associate Artistic Director Miranda Herbert Morris to bring to life ten of the shorts featuring both familiar faces and some newer additions to Houston theatre. This time they've added to the lineup with eight fairy tales, including: This darkly humorous anthology of plays focused on female protagonists by Don Nigro includes Tales from the Red Rose Inn, Lucy and the Mystery of the Vine-Encrusted Mansion, Higgs Field, The Malefactor’s Bloody Register, Darkness Like a Dream, Wharburton’s Cook, Things that go Bump in the Night, and Uncle Clete’s Toad.

When:
Mar 29, 2018 to Apr 14, 2018
Tickets available online and at the door.  Box office opens one hour prior to the show.  All seats are general admission, no late seating.
Cost:
$25 Regular admission, $15 Students/Seniors/Industry
Time:
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Monday Time & Price:
April 9, 2018; Pay What You Can; 8 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
8 pm; $25 Regular admission, $15 Students/Seniors/Industry
Friday Time & Price:
8 pm; $25 Regular admission, $15 Students/Seniors/Industry
Saturday Time & Price:
8 pm; $25 Regular admission, $15 Students/Seniors/Industry
Sunday Time & Price:
April 8, 2018; 3 pm; $25 Regular admission, $15 Students/Seniors/Industry
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Speakeasy feat. Jamire Williams


SPEAKEASY
featuring Jamire Williams
Friday, March 23, 2018
8 PM
Doors open at 7:30 PM
Free Admission

Playing with concepts established on his recent solo album, ///// EFFECTUAL, Williams will explore how spirituality and abstraction are made manifest through the nuanced sounds made on his drum set.

Jamire Williams is a world renown musician and visual artist who has grown to sincerely feel that his purpose is to meld these mediums together in an organic, seamless fashion. A graduate of Houston’s acclaimed High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Williams received his BFA from The New School in New York City in 2006. Since then he has grown into one of the leading voices of his generation performing and collaborating with such artist as Herbie Hancock, Solange, Madlib, Christian Scott and Chassol. He has also begun to journey into more conceptual spaces with abstract painting and curated installations. In 2012, he received the Harlem Stage Fund For New Work grant and was also an integral contributor to Jason Moran’s BLEED exhibition at the year’s Whitney Biennial. Williams released a solo concept record entitled ///// EFFECTUAL in 2016 where he explores the dimensions of the drum set in acoustic and electronic capacities accompanied by his personal paintings. “Jamire Williams shows himself to be an inspired crafter of sound, capable of building entire worlds from just his drum hits.” - Pitchfork 

His goal is to push the envelope within these creative disciplines by performing in unconventional spaces and creating 2D and 3D still life works that join sound and structure to space and place.

When:
Mar 23, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
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Calliope

Choreographer Stephanie Sermas and Houston City Dance present: Calliope

Choreographer Stephanie Sermas tells the story of Calliope Charisse, the Maria Von Trapp of dance, a Greek immigrant, who has had a lasting influence on dance in Hollywood and on Broadway.  The story of Calliope Charisse and her children could easily be a story in the headlines today: an immigrant  family almost turned away from this country whose members go on to make an immeasurable contribution to the artistic heritage of America; a single mom of eleven children, who turns what some might consider a liability into an asset to herself, her children, and America. Calliope, a student of modern dance trailblazer Isadora Duncan, began teaching dance and formed a dance troop with her 11 children after she was widowed while living in Paris. She and her family toured around Europe and eventually came to the U.S in the early days of the twentieth century. Scheduled to be the opening act for Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, the family was detained on arrival because immigration had reached its quota of Greek immigrants for the year. When the press got wind of this, the family was released, performed at the Hippodrome, and went on tour on the vaudeville circuit for many years. When the troop’s traveling days were over, many of Calliope’s children continued Calliope’s dance legacy. Among them, her son Nico, husband to famous actress Cyd Charisse, taught ballet to Hollywood stars, and her daughter Nenette taught dance to Broadway greats, creating a legacy still evident today. 

Choreographer Sermas read about Calliope’s story and was inspired to tell it in Sermas’s and Calliope’s preferred medium: dance. Single mom, unwanted immigrant who made good, dancer: all of these aspects of Calliope made Sermas want to tell her story, and she does it in the range of dance that reflects Calliope’s training and legacy and highlights the diverse talents of Houston City Dance Company. Opening and closing with pieces that draw on traditional Greek folk dance, Sermas’s telling of Calliope’s story starts with the classical Greece inflected early modern style of Isadora Duncan and the beautiful Russian ballet of Anna Pavlova, associated with Calliope’s early career, and moves to a celebration of vaudeville with various vaudevillian forms such as striptease and black bottom.


When:
Mar 24, 2018
Cost:
$25
Time:
7:30 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
7:30 p.m.
Sunday Time & Price:
2:30 p.m.
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Rec Room Residency Festival Presents, Jhon Stronks

A multi-disciplinary festival of innovative, live performance

Rec Room Arts presents as part of the 2018 residency festival: Jhon Stronks!

#Beckoning REDUX #DiscoWitches is an evening of dance and performance inspired by goddess mythologies and conditioned with contemplations on identity, accountability and maturation. Featuring Miss. Understood and her coven of #DiscoWitches the evening unfurls it’s layers gifting the audience with multiple points of departure and arrival.

Doors are at 7:30 pm and both performances begin at 8:00 pm. If you want to drop in earlier, the bar opens at 6:30!

When:
Feb 23, 2018 to Feb 24, 2018
Cost:
$15 General Admission, $10 Student
Time:
8:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
8 pm, $15 General Admission, $10 Student
Saturday Time & Price:
8 pm, $15 General Admission, $10 Student
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An all-female version of William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor

Falstaff. Seduction. Cuckolds. Young Love. Schemes. So many schemes...

Cone Man Running Productions in Association with Queensbury Theatre is proud to present a
Boiling Point Players Productions

An all-female version of
William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor

The greedy Falstaff aims to seduce two wealthy married women in the hopes of getting his hands on their fortunes. However, numerous townspeople are quick to interfere by means of lust, jealousy and revenge. With plots abounding, this comedy ventures into the timeless themes of scheming and young love.

When:
Mar 8, 2018
Cost:
$15-20
Time:
8:30 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
$15-20
Friday Time & Price:
$15-20
Saturday Time & Price:
$15-20
Sunday Time & Price:
$15-20
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The Ends of Our Index Fingers Are Mute

Performance, sculpture and installation with artists Daniela Antelo, Bradly Brown, Brenda Cruz-Wolf, Tony Day, Lina Dib, Trey Duvall and Erik Hagen

Solar Studios at Rice University is a hub for creative
thinking about living systems, addressing art, energy and the environment. Join us for performance, sculpture and
installation with artists Daniela Antelo, Bradly Brown, Brenda Cruz-Wolf, Tony
Day, Lina Dib, Trey Duvall and Erik Hagen. Opening reception Friday March 23rd
6pm-10pm, featuring a performance by Daniela Antelo at 7pm.

 

We are contained in
what appears to be something disastrous. We’ve tried to come up with a cure or
a means of escape. We are mesmerized. We can’t stop looking and pointing. This
feels epic and somehow grandiose. Like the view from a mountaintop. But we
aren’t on top of any mountain. We are in the gutters, looking at the stars as
they say. Join us as we bemoan our pointing and celebrate the sublime natures
of which we are part.

 

March 23rd - April
23th, 2018 7 days a week. Sponsored by Rice University’s Strategic Initiatives
and the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, and
in part by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.
Special thanks to Colin Hendee, Taylor Knapps, Rob Purvis, Tish Stringer and
METALabs. The Solar Studios are located at Rice University on College Way Loop and Allumni Dr. between Herring Hall and Hanzen College.

 

When:
Mar 23, 2018 to Apr 23, 2018
Cost:
Free
Time:
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Monday Time & Price:
6-10 pm
Tuesday Time & Price:
6-10 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
6-10 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
6-10 pm
Friday Time & Price:
6-10 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
6-10 pm
Sunday Time & Price:
6-10 pm
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Sparrow Lane

Sparrow Lane takes a strange trip down memory lane





Sparrow Lane,  a new dance work from choreographer Ashley Horn, will take place February 23 and 24 at 8 PM at The Interchange.  In the remote town of Sparrow Lane every day is a carbon copy of the one before until the disappearance of a woman shakes the community to the core.  



Based on Horn's 2013 Persistence of Vision, Sparrow Lane explores the unreliable nature of memory.   As time passes and memories are accessed and stored, they become less accurate and our ability to have an honest and identical shared past with those around us erodes.  Writing by Andrew Kozma, photography by Pin Lim, live music by Dave Sharma, and choreography and an installation by Ashley Horn immerse the audience in a cryptic and evasive truth where memories are erased, shifted, and altered, skewing reality.   



The installation holds keys to understanding the unique properties of Sparrow Lane and its inhabitants.  Hollowed out books, hidden notes, and shifting time tables can be found by the audience if they are willing to break with theatre tradition and rifle through the set pieces.



Performers include an array of Houston’s most prolific dancers,  Shanon Adame, Jacquelyne Boe, Adam Castaneda, Laura Gutierrez, Lydia Hance, Michele Henson, Cloe Leppard, Mollie Miller, Maggie Puckett, Emily Sayre, and Alex Farris Soares.



Sparrow Lane will take place at The Interchange, Houston’s newest space for dance, theater, art, music, flow, and circus art performance. Led by a collective of local Houston performance artists, The Interchange offers a unique opportunity for Houston’s art community to develop a space from the ground up.  Currently the collective has ten members coming from a variety of artistic backgrounds.



Sparrow Lane will be performed February 23 and 24 at 8 PM at The Interchange, 1815 Cleburne St.  For more information, visit ashleyhorndance.com. Tickets are pay-what-you-can ($20 suggested).


When:
Feb 23, 2018 to Feb 24, 2018
Cost:
pay-what-you-can ($20 suggested)
Time:
8:00 pm to 10:40 pm
Friday Time & Price:
pay-what-you-can ($20 suggested)
Saturday Time & Price:
pay-what-you-can ($20 suggested)
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Love/Sick by John Cariani

Firecracker Productions presents the Houston premiere of Love/Sick


Kelsey McMillan (Belleville, Becky Shaw) returns to Firecracker Productions to direct the Houston premiere of LOVE/SICK starring Darin Montemayor, Nolan LeGault, Samantha Walker, Eddie Edge, Paige Thomas, and Nick Pinelli!



John Cariani’s LOVE/SICK is a collection of nine slightly twisted and short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this play explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, LOVE/SICK is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.



“Entertaining and fun. A satisfyingly dark look at this thing we call love."

—BroadwayWorld.com


LOVE/SICK runs Fridays and Saturdays, March 2-17 from 8-10pm at Obsidian Theatre. Tickets are available at FirecrackerProductions.org


When:
Mar 2, 2018 to Mar 17, 2018
Cost:
$10-20
Time:
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
$10-20
Saturday Time & Price:
$10-20
Location:
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Residency Festival Presents, Daniela Antelo & Brenda Cruz-Wolf

A multi-disciplinary festival of innovative, live performance

Rec Room Arts presents as part of the 2018 residency festival: Daniela Antelo & Brenda Cruz-Wolf!

Audiences will experience an emergence of video and live performance installation in the main Rec Room space. This installation will allow viewers to fully immerse themselves within a controlled-manufactured environment using bodies, textures and raw elements produced by urban landscapes in Houston. 

Artists Brenda Cruz-Wolf and Daniela Antelo have collaborated together for the last few years on various site-specific performances, creating experimental dance films and installations throughout Houston. They each bring the strength of their individual practices together by merging experimental movement/performance with video production and editing. They always aim to use the raw elements of each site to produce a piece that represents the ideas about body and space, submerging the viewer into the physical realm of abstract movement and eliminate the boundaries between viewer and space.
When:
Feb 16, 2018 to Feb 17, 2018
Cost:
$15 General Admission, $10 Student
Time:
8:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
8 pm, $15 General Admission, $10 Student
Saturday Time & Price:
8 pm, $15 General Admission, $10 Student
Location:
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Hidden Dimensions – an evening of live music and dance

Journey through different musical dimensions, guided by classical and contemporary movements and music of Benjamin Britten, Philip Glass and Axiom Quartet.

Uptown Dance Company partners with Houston’s Axiom Quartet
for two performances of “Hidden Dimensions,” a program of three new
dance works all performed to live music. The performances, which take
place at Uptown Dance Centre, feature music from three Phillip Glass
String Quartets, the first Cello Suite by Benjamin Britten, and
selections from Axiom Quartet’s upcoming debut album (“Axiom – Moments
of Truth,” release date April 13, 2018, Parma Recordings).

Choreographer Andre Silva, current principal dancer with Texas Ballet
Theater, returns to Uptown Dance Company with his newest creation, Hidden Dimension
Mr. Silva explores a narrative approach to his choreographic process,
creating a work that portrays a woman caught in a dream realm.  Music
from Axiom’s new album inspired Artistic Director Beth Gulledge-Brown’s
newest pas de deux, titled At first sight.  Ms. Gulledge-Brown
describes her work as an example of “art imitating life.” Guest dancer
Rupert Edwards returns to perform in this new work.  Houston audiences
will get the rare opportunity to hear one of the solo cello suites by
Benjamin Britten in a live performance.  Axiom cellist Patrick Moore and
choreographer Alex Pandiscio extracted themes in the work that
resonated with them both – fate, separation, trauma, love, fear, and
triumph. These themes form the basis for the programmatic work, Entanglement.

When:
Mar 2, 2018 to Mar 3, 2018
Cost:
$30 General Admission; $25 Seniors (65+); $15 College Students with ID / UDC Students
Time:
7:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
Friday Time & Price:
07:30pm
Saturday Time & Price:
07:30pm


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