Compiled by Marene Gustin
LMNOP: A New Muzical
TUTS Underground, the edgy sister of American musical theater, this month brings Houston LMNOP: A New Muzical by Scott Burkell and Paul Loesel. Based on the Mark Dunn novel Ella Minnow Pea, it’s the story of an island, government extremism, mob mentality, and a single lone voice of reason. Basically it’s about letters that start falling off a monument, and then the government bans the people from using those letters. Only one teenage girl rebels against the ban.
TUTS calls it “part romance, part clever word game, and part adult fable that reminds us of how precious our liberties are and how important it is to have the courage to stand up for what we believe.”
On April 10 there will be a free post-curtain discussion with a panel of judges, lawyers, and law enforcement about censorship and freedom of speech.
A captivating story you’ll n_v_r forg_t!
LMNOP: A New Muzical
Film Festivals and Movies All Month Long: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. See a complete monthly calendar of film offerings at mfah.org/films.
- February 6 Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine. The Houston theatrical release of the documentary begin February 6, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Senate passing of the Hate Crimes statistic act. See mattshepardisafriendofmine.com for details.
Now through April 4
Dancing with the Machine
FrenetiCore Dance invites audiences into a post-apocalyptic future where the digital age has imploded and humanity is left with steam-powered technology as the sole means of existence. freneticore.net
Now through April 12
Stupid Fucking Bird
Love, death, beauty, despair, and one unfortunate seagull collide in this unabashedly provocative riff on Chekhov’s classic.
What I Learned in Paris
A romantic comedy at The Ensemble Theatre. “OUT at The Ensemble Theatre” is April 3.
Now through April 19
All My Sons
The Alley presents Arthur Miller’s 1947 classic.
Now through May 11
If you’re an independent artist, no matter your art form, participating in a Fieldwork workshop can give you support to grow your work. E-mail [email protected] for information on this workshop.
The Houston Symphony presents Storm Large.
Museum of Dysfunction VII: A showcase of original shorts
Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company and Wordsmyth Theatre’s play festival.
Legally Blonde: The Musical
The first of several free performances this month at Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Montgomery’s Got Talent
Montgomery County talent show at the Crighton Theatre.
See this Texas legend at the Crighton Theatre.
LMNOP: A New Muzical
It’s another cool show from TUTS Underground. See article.
The Cherry Orchid
Classical Theatre Company presents Chekov’s final play, a dark comedy.
April 8–May 3
Vanities, the Musical
This musical captures a snapshot-sharp portrait of the lives, loves, disappointments, and dreams of these young women growing up.
Chamber Music Houston presents Modigliani Quartet.
The Heidi Chronicles
Witty exploration of friendship and feminism. A Rice Players production.
Concert at House of Blues.
Destroyed. The End.
A performance by Suchu Dance.
April 11 & 12
Saint Petersburg State Russian Ballet presents this classic at Jones Hall.
April 14 – 19
The hit musical returns to The Hobby Center.
A week of free performance art around the city.
Compagnie Käfig: Correria Agwa
The all-male company exhibits theatrical intelligence and is gifted with irresistible personality and astonishing dancing.
Ohlsson Plays Chopin
Garrick Ohlsson joins the Houston Symphony.
April 17–May 3
A Trip to Bountiful
The tale of a long-gone Texas town at the Crighton Theatre.
April 17–May 8
Jesus Christ Superstar
The musical lives on.
An Evening with Branford Marsalis
Da Camera presents Branford Marsalis.
April 18–May 3
The second installment of Houston Grand Opera’s first Ring cycle in American premiere of the hit production.
April 19–May 17 (Sundays only)
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
A children’s play from the Judy Blume book.
Shanghai String Quartet
Da camera presents the Shanghai String Quartet at the Asia Society Texas Center.
April 24 & 25
An evening of music and dance with NobleMotion Dance and Musiqa.
A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch
Performance by the Houston Symphony.
April 30–May 3
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
With the Houston Symphony.
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Queer Voices.Features, news, music, interviews, reviews, and commentary. Monday nights, 8–9 pm. KPFT 90.1 FM. kpft.org • 713/526-4000.
Now through April 2
Donna e perkins has approached Shimmer in an experimental manner playing with layers and layers of metallic, phosphorescent, and shiny acrylic paints.
Now through April 7
An original art exhibition that looks to the overlapping imagery of nature, construction, and destruction to consider the relationships we develop between cities and their landscapes. galvestonartscenter.org
Now through April 11
This and the Wall
An exhibit by Cassie Phan at Art League Houston.
Now through April 11
32nd Juried Open Exhibition of the Visual Arts Alliance
The exhibit is at Williams Tower, 2800 Post Oak Boulevard.
Irony and Ambiguity
Daniel Heimbinder’s musings on paper.
Now through April 18
Lawndale Art Center
Multiple exhibits at going on at Lawndale this month.
Now through April 24
Art League Houston presents Mineral Spirit, a site-specific sculptural installation by Houston-based artist Jason Villegas in the ALH Sculpture Garden.
Now through April 25
Multiple art exhibits at Box 13 ArtSpace.
Now through April 26
Nourish: ClayHouston Membership Exhibition
Admission is free to this clay art exhibit at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. crafthouston.org
For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979
This survey features some 250 works that demonstrate how Japanese artists and photographers enlisted the camera to make experimental and conceptual shifts in their artistic practices during a time of radical societal change.
Now through May 9
New exhibit at Fresh Arts.
Now through May 6
Rising through the Infinite
A new exhibit by artist Bret Shirley.
Now through May 10
one day, late in the afternoon…
Admission is free to this art exhibit by Kelly O’Briant at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.
This unprecedented exhibition reunites monumental tapestries from the Triumph of the Eucharist series, designed by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) in the early 1620s, with oil-on-panel studies and other paintings related to the series.
20th Annual Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photograph
This exhibition features photographs by students from three Houston-area high schools.
Dining and Discourse: A Discussion in Three Courses
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents this exhibition that looks critically at the intrinsic relationship between craft and dining.
Now through May 28
Houston Arts Alliance and PODS Containers Portable On Demand Art traveling exhibits.
Now through June 14
Becoming Modern: Nineteenth-Century French Drawings from the Morgan Library & Museum and the Menil Collection
An exhibit that explores an historic shift in the medium of drawing in the 1800s, from its traditional preparatory function based on emulating the past, to a new role as an independent and often experimental practice.
Now through June 21
The One and the Many: A Self-Portrait in Seven Parts
An exhibit of Project Row Houses.
Now through June 28
Rienzi Library: Highlights from a House
An exhibit on view at the MFAH house museum for European decorative arts and paintings.
Now through July 16
Takis: The Fourth Dimension
The Menil Collection will present the first exhibition in any U.S. museum to survey Takis’ half-century of achievements.
Now through August 2
Barnett Newman: The Late Work
An exhibit by a pioneering figure of post-war abstraction.
Now through September 7
Get out of the water! Now! The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents this exhibit on all things shark-y.
Now through September 20
The Art of Gaman
An exhibit of the art created by Japanese Americans interred in America during World War II, at the Holocaust Museum Houston.
Now through January 9, 2016
See the new mural by Jonathan Leach at Lawndale Art Center.
A watercolor exhibit by Cookie Wells.
April 2 –26
Design Fair 2015: Learn. Shop. Connect.
A premier market featuring cutting-edge contemporary design.
11th Biennial Florescence Competition
An artistic flower exhibit hosted by the MFAH.
AND OTHER FUN THINGS
It’s springtime in the park with lots of events and classes. April 9 is the annual Art Car Sneak Peak.
Roast and Gala in honor of Ray Hill
KPFT Radio hosts a roast for LGBT activist Ray Hill.
Gray/Wawro Lecture in Gender, Health, and Well-being by Rayna Rapp.
The Grand Kids Festival
This Galveston one-day family festival offers free admission this year.
The Rotary Club of Galveston’s 5th Annual Crawfish Boil
Bring the whole family for mudbugs on the isle.
Houston Compassion Week
Find out what you can do this week to serve others.
April 13 & 14
Improv 101: Improv for Beginners
Introductory workshop emphasizes basic improvisational skills.
4th Annual Houston Improv Festival
Some of Houston’s most talented improvisers join forces with improv troupes from Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York.
The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston Benefit
Features Tom Arnold.
7th Annual Product Runway Fashion Show
The International Interior Design Association Houston City Center’s annual fashion show of wearable interior design.
Member artists of the Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) participate in a 12-hour (720-minute) pop-up fundraiser and mix-and-mingle for artists and patrons.
Beaumont Pride 2015 Coming Out Ball
Open bar access, hors d’oeuvres, live performances, and more.
Japan Festival Houston
A free, fun family event that includes a sushi roll-off, cosplay, and arts and crafts at Hermann Park.
Yom Hashoah Observance
M.E.N. Inc Annual Crawfish Boil
$35 All you can eat, $15 per 3LB box, $5 Burgers for non-crawfish eaters.
Houston Go Red For Women Luncheon
Funds raised at the lunch help to fund research specifically geared toward women, education, and legislative advocacy programs.
AFA Anniversary Gala
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of this local arts festival.
An Intimate Evening with Lee Daniels
Houston Arts Alliance’s Dinner Fundraiser features Lee Daniels (The Butler, Empire).
A Bark in the Park and The Lemonade Day Best Tasting Contest
Two fun events in Galveston team up for the day.
TUTS’s Behind the Mask Gala
Guests will enjoy an evening of dining, dancing, and a silent auction, all in support of TUTS’ Education and Community Engagement programs.
East Montrose Foodie Home Tour and Art Walk
A tour of six Montrose homes with food stations and art studios to boot.
Halo House 5K
A fundrasing run for Halo House Foundation.
halohouse5k.com to register
PLAN AHEAD—GET READY!
Holocaust Museum Houston tour guide classes
Apply by May 1 for classes starting in August.
Sacred Visions: Stravinsky and Messiaen
Classical music from Da Camera.
2015 Houston Pond and Water Garden Tour
Tour backyard water features in Houston.
Good Brick Tour
Preservation Houston’s second annual Good Brick Tour.
TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre Summer Camps
Register now for weeklong summer camps for the kids coming in June.
ComedySportz, Houston’s longest-running improv comedy show, announces their 2015 Improv Class Schedule, with offerings for kids and adults of all ages. CSz Houston’s adult classes are taught on Monday or Tuesday evenings throughout the year. Summer Improv Camps for kids are offered throughout the summer months, and consist of weeklong sessions designed to get kids ages 8–12 or teens ages 13–17 up on their feet and having fun. For a full class schedule and more info: 713.868.1444 or cszhouston.com.
The Brunch of Gays is the LGBT community coming together to share a meal and to express ideas and to socialize. They meet on the third Sunday of each month at various locations around 11:30 am. Info can be found on their Facebook page, Brunch of Gays.
The Houston’s Storytellers Guild meets every 3rd Tuesday at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center at 1475 W. Gray from 7–8:30 pm. Every month there is a different theme. 5 minutes max. Contact Andrew Gass at [email protected]
• Daily (Sun.–Fri.)
HIV Testing. Planned Parenthood offers free, anonymous, or confidential testing at clinic locations throughout the area. To speak with an HIV counselor: 1-800-230-PLAN. Dickinson: 281/337-7725. Fannin: 713/831-6543. FM1960: 281/587-8081. Greenspoint: 281/445-4553. Huntsville: 936/295-6396. Lufkin: 936/634-8446 x223. Rosenberg: 281/342-3950. Stafford: 281/494-9848.
• Daily (Mon.–Fri.)
HIV Testing. Free HIV testing, with no Gold Card or donation required or requested. 9am–1pm. HCHD Thomas Street Clinic, 2015 Thomas St. • 713/873-4157 • 713/873-4026.
• Daily (Mon.–Fri.)
HIV Testing. Houston Area Community Services (HACS) offers free, confidential HIV testing with results in less than one minute on a daily basis (Mon–Thurs: 9 am–6 pm, Fri: 8 am–5 pm). No appointment necessary. 2150 West 18th St. (Heights area). HACS Testing Calendar with additional outreach locations: hacstxs.org/testing.html. Contact HACS about testing: [email protected] or 713/426-0027.
• Daily (Mon.–Fri.)
HIV Testing. Legacy Community Health Services provides free rapid HIV testing with results in 20 minutes at the following locations on a weekly basis. MONDAYS: Legacy Montrose Clinic (1415 California St.), 11am–6pm; Legacy Lyons Clinic (502 Lyons Ave.), 1–5pm; George Sports Bar, 6–9pm; EJ’s, 9pm–12am • TUESDAYS: Legacy Montrose Clinic, 11am–6pm; Legacy Lyons Clinic, 1–5pm; Midtowne Spa, 5–9pm; 611 Hyde Park Pub, 6:30–9pm • WEDNESDAYS: Legacy Montrose Clinic, 11am–6pm; Legacy Lyons Clinic, 1–5pm; Walgreens–Montrose, 4–8pm; Club Houston, 6–10pm; Crystal Night Club, 10pm–2am • THURSDAYS: Legacy Montrose Clinic, 11am–6pm; Legacy Lyons Clinic, 1–5pm; Walgreens–Lyons, 2–5pm; Midtowne Spa, 5–9pm.; Guava Lamp, 6:30–9pm; Ripcord, 6:30–10pm • FRIDAYS: Legacy Montrose Clinic, 11am–4pm; Club Houston, 1–4pm; Legacy Lyons Clinic, 1–5pm; TC’s Showbar, 4–8pm Tony’s Corner Pocket, 4:30–8:30pm. • Legacy Testing Calendar: http://www.calendarwiz.com/calendars/calendar.php?crd=legacytestingservices&.
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