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Houston Area Events – July

The cast of Defy Gravity. Foreground: Michael Erle Stewart. Middle row, l to r: Ronna Mansfield, Robin Van Zandt, Sydney Roberts, Katy Butler. Back row, l to r: Eduardo Tercero, Ryan Smith, Christopher Zelko, Taylor Siebeneicher, Cristina Quevedo. Photo by Rachel Landon/SRO. 
The cast of Defy Gravity. Foreground: Michael Erle Stewart. Middle row, l to r: Ronna Mansfield, Robin Van Zandt, Sydney Roberts, Katy Butler. Back row, l to r: Eduardo Tercero, Ryan Smith, Christopher Zelko, Taylor Siebeneicher, Cristina Quevedo. Photo by Rachel Landon/SRO.

Compiled by Marene Gustin

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‘Defy Gravity’
Standing Room Only Productions’ special summer event.

If you love the music of Stephen Schwartz—the scores for Godspell, Pippin, and Wicked, as well as his Disney movie compositions—you’ll love the new song-and-dance production Defy Gravity. Conceived by Michael Bobbitt, with musical arrangements by Houston maestro John Cornelius II, Defy Gravity includes a wide variety of Schwartz’s most beautiful and popular songs. Standing Room Only Productions’ special summer event is directed by Roy Hamlin, musically directed by Cornelius, choreographed by Kristin Warren, and produced by SRO’s John Lazo. • “It’s a full-length musical of Schwartz’s songs that tells a story of how art is created,” Lazo says. An earlier version of the musical was workshopped at Theatre Under the Stars a few years back, but this is the world premiere of the current incarnation. The title is based on the climatic scene-one finale “Defying Gravity” from Wicked. Other music in the show is from such beloved movies as Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, and Enchanted. • “One of my favorite under-appreciated shows is The Baker’s Wife,” says Lazo. The 1970s musical had a short run in America and was produced in London in the late 1980s, although it’s never been produced on Broadway. The haunting song “Meadowlark” is in Defy Gravity. • You may not know Schwartz’s name, but you’ll be singing along with all his songs at this must-see performance. SRO’s shows are presented at Obsidian Art Space, located at 3522 White Oak Drive, just north of I-10 in the Heights. Visit for details and ticket information. —Marene Gustin

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• July 3

Thor: The Dark World. A free screening at Miller Outdoor Theatre. See for a list of all summer performances.

• July 5

Frozen: A Sing-a-long. A free screening at Miller Outdoor Theatre. See for a list of all summer performances.

• July 19

Julydoscope 2014. Houston Cinema Arts Society presents this evening of free art, music, dance, and film featuring five dance performances curated by Dance Source Houston, followed by the screening of 2013 Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom. See for details.

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• Through July 12

American Festival for the Arts. Free annual Summer Music Conservatory Concert Series featuring the best and brightest young musicians and composers from the greater Houston area. See for full listings.

• Through August 3

Pippi Longstocking: The Family Musical. A family fun musical based on the beloved children’s book with plenty of events—a bookclub, pirates’ luncheon, and opening gala. See for details.

• July 1

Houston Young Artist’s Concert. Experience the artists of tomorrow as musical prodigies ages 4–18 perform for free at Miller Outdoor Theatre. See for a list of all summer performances.

• July 2

Jefferson Starship. The band rocks on with a free concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre. See for a list of all summer performances.

• July 4

Summer Symphony Nights: A Star Spangled Salute. Enjoy an evening with Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski and the Houston Symphony listening to patriotic, toe-tapping American music and fireworks. See for a list of all summer performances.

• July 5

Grace Note. Come out and hear bands, including Doomstress Alexis, at The Continental Club to support Montrose Grace Place homeless youth shelter. Tickets are $10 and the doors open at 6pm.

• July 6

Noche Caliente featuring Candido. Diaz Music Institute brings to Houston Cuban born Jazz Master Candido who performs with Houston’s premier Latin youth ensemble, Caliente. See for a list of all summer performances.

• July 9–August 31

Pete ‘N’ Keely. A regional premiere of a musical comedy at Stages Repertory Theatre. See for ticket information.

• July 10

RePLAY: A Video Game Concert Experience! Music from Portal, Journey, The Legend of Zelda, The Elder Scrolls, Halo, and many more depict memorable moments from some of the most popular video games of all time. See for details and tickets.

• July 10–August 3

Fallen Angels. A bubbly adult comedy by Noel Coward. See for the details.

• July 11–27

  1. Because you can’t stop the beat! Crighton Theatre brings the beloved musical about integration, popularity, and dance shows to Conroe. See for ticket information.

• July 12–28

Spaghetti Code. A dark comedy about infertility by Horse Head Theatre Company. See for ticket information.

• July 15–20

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Free performance of this toe-tapping musical presented by TUTS! See for a list of all summer performances.

• July 17–August 2

Defy Gravity. See article above.

• July 18 & 19

Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness—Films with Live Orchestra. The Houston Symphony boldly presents the U.S. premieres of music from these two spectacular films. See for details and tickets.

• July 18–August 30

A Very Tamarie Christmas. A new theatrical experience by Tamarie Cooper and Patrick Reynolds at The Catastrophic Theatre. See for details.

• July 21–26

Motown the Musical. The musical story behind the hits, Motown the Musical comes to the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. See for tickets.

• July 22

Dance Theatre of Harlem. Free performances by Express Children’s Theatre. See for a list of all summer performances.

• July 23–25

Children’s Hilltop Festival. Free performance by this famous dance troupe. See for a list of all summer performances.

• July 25

Mariachi Cobre. Mariachis join the Houston Symphony in an exciting showcase of the joyous sounds of traditional Mexican folk music. See for details and tickets.

• July 26

The Music of Led Zeppelin combines the power of a full rock band with the Houston Symphony in one entertaining, high-energy evening of music. See for details and tickets.

• July 31

Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell. Must-see concert by the Grammy-winning group featuring funnyman Steve Martin. See for details and tickets.

• July 31–August 16

  1. Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company presents this world premiere by Keian McKee. For ticket information, see

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• Through July 5

NEXT 2104, A Biennial of Contemporary Prints, presented by Nicole Longnecker Gallery, is being held during PrintHouston 2014. See for details.

• Through July 6

In the Midst of Things—Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss. The Menil Collection presents an exhibition highlighting Watriss and Baldwin’s long and distinguished careers as photographers, journalists, and co-founders of FotoFest. See for more information.

• Through July 10

Ink&Image. An exhibition of prints by several artists at Archway Gallery, one of the venues for PrintHouston 2014; this is the fourth annual citywide celebration of the ancient art of printmaking. Visit for details.

• Through July 13

Memories of a Voyage: The Late Work of René Magritte. More than just his paintings, this exhibition includes rarely seen preparatory drawings, gouaches (an increasingly important medium to Magritte during his late period), and sculptures such as two painted bottles (only 25 of which are known to exist). At The Menil Collection,

• Through July 18

Garden Architecture. Images and stories about many of Houston’s historic gardens, a juried presentation of recent significant garden design in both the public and private realm, and a showcase of  “vignette gardens” installed inside Architecture Center Houston. See for details.

• Through July 26

Works on Paper. Hiram Butler Gallery hosts an exhibit of six very rare works by Cy Twombly. See for details.

• Through July 27

Annual Student Exhibition. A juried selection of outstanding student work from all departments of the Studio School at MFAH Glassell School of Art. See

• Through August 3

Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing is the first in-depth examination of Houston-based Hancock’s extensive body of drawings, collages, and works on paper. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston,

• Through August 16

Print Perspectives. As part of the citywide PrintHouston 2014, Hooks-Epstein Galleries presents this exhibit of several artists’ print works. See for details.

• Through August 17

Alexander Archipenko: The Berlin Drawings features 30 of Archipenko’s drawings, executed in the early 1920s—shortly before his emigration to the United States in 1923—when he was living, working, and teaching in Berlin. Museum of Fine Arts Houston,

• Through August 28

Crossing the Farther Shore. A new installation by artist Dinh Q. Lê at Rice Gallery. See

• Through August 30

Taking Shape. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host Taking Shape: Celebrating the Windgate Fellowship, an exhibition that recognizes the considerable emerging talent in the field of craft. Visit for more.

  1. A new series of paintings and sculptures by Francesca DiMattio. At the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. Details at

• Through August 31

Picturing Moral Courage: The Rescuers. Photos and extraordinary stories of survivors of the Holocaust and genocides. At the Holocaust Museum Houston. See

• Through September 1

The Houston Penetrable. Be part of the art at this exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. For details visit

• Through September 6

The Woods. A trilogy of video installations by renowned South African artist Candice Breitz that takes a close look at the world of child performers and the performance of childhood. At the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. Details at

• Through September 7

Texas Masters Series: Sandie Zilker. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents a solo exhibition by Houston metalsmith and educator Sandie Zilker. See for more.

La Frontera. An international exhibition of contemporary jewelry at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. See for details.

A Thin Wall of Air: Charles James. The Menil Collection hosts an exhibit dedicated to America’s first couturier and two of his most devoted patrons, Dominique and John de Menil. See for more details.

• Through September 14

Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine features modern and contemporary representations of these gods and goddesses, which preserve the tangible connection between worshippers and the objects of their reverence. See for details.

Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris. An exhibition of nearly 100 photographs of urban Paris by 19th-century French artist Charles Marville. At the Museum of Fine Arts Houston,

• Through September 22

Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House marks the first time the renowned collection of the Marquesses of Cholmondeley, housed at Houghton Hall, the family estate in Norfolk, travels outside of England, At the Museum of Fine Arts Houston,

• Through October 12

Life: Survivor Portraits. This new series by local artist Kelly Lee Webeck includes 18 portraits of local survivors and 18 images that document the home space each survivor has created. At the Holocaust Museum Houston. See for details.

• Through January 10, 2015

New Mural. Lawndale Art Center has a new mural up by Otabenga Jones & Associates as part of a yearlong commitment to health education. See for details.

• July 12–31

Sixth Annual Juried Exhibition Benefiting Houston Audubon. A curated exhibit of Texas artists at the Archway Gallery. See for details.

• July 12–August 9

  1. Nicole Longnecker Gallery presents an exhibition of newly completed conceptual paintings by Houston artist John Jenkins. See for details.

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• July 3 & 4

Maravilloso! The Texas debut of the Carcassone, France-based Barolosolo Cirkus Company’s ile O, a delightful mash-up of modern physical theater moving from comic to absurd in a setting of aquatic poetry and music. Also includes circus-like performances by local groups. See for details.

• July 4

Freedom Over Texas. Houston’s official party featuring country star Jennifer Nettles, food, fun, and fireworks. See information at Tickets are $10 at the gate.

• July 9–September 17

Sundown at The Grove. Hit Discovery Green on Wednesday evenings for the summertime Sundown at The Grove. Enjoy beer flights and craft bites on the rooftop overlooking the park. Tickets ($15) also include music. Come on down! See

• July 16–20

The Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows. The largest tail-wagging event in Houston! Dogs, dogs, and more dogs, plus four-legged merchandise. See for details.

• July 19

Fire & Ice Ball. The Empire of the Royal Sovereign Court of the Single Star, Inc. (ERSICSS) annual ball benefitting Legacy Community Services. See for details.

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Marene Gustin

Marene Gustin has written about Texas culture, food, fashion, the arts, and Lone Star politics and crime for television, magazines, the web and newspapers nationwide, and worked in Houston politics for six years. Her freelance work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle, Austin-American Statesman, Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Texas Monthly, Dance International, Dance Magazine, the Advocate, Prime Living, InTown magazine, OutSmart magazine and web sites CultureMap Houston and Austin, Eater Houston and, among others.

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