Owner Valerie Johnson leads a team of dynamic dance and fitness instructors dedicated to keeping bodies energized and elegant with classes ranging from ballet and pointe to hip-hop and tap. In addition to teaching feet the difference between tangos and two-steps, the studio’s instructors nurture tuneful talents with music lessons in disciplines including drum, guitar, piano, and voice. The 3,400-square-foot studio also hosts Kindermusik programs, which inspire creativity in toddlers with song, dance, and alphabet recitation set to the overture of Don Giovanni.
Recently covered in the Houston Chronicle, the first Houston Fine Art Fair splashes the city's canvas with fine art from 80 galleries around the world. Hailing from Havana, Cuba, the La Casona gallery will display Douglas Arguelles’s deep-toned charcoal and acrylic paintings, while vivid photographs and pastel hues will dance across the booth of Bogota-based Arteconsultores. Works by American artists across the country⎯from New York to Miami to Los Angeles⎯also beckon arts aficionados, who can pick out pieces to decorate their walls or conceal up secret portals to alternate Lego universes. The fair will also display artistic oeuvres by current and soon-to-be fellows from the Glassell School of Art Core Program, a world-renowned artist residency.
The High School for the Performing Arts (HSPVA) commemorates 40 years of artistic and academic cultivation with an extravagant showcase of talent starring current students and illustrious alumni. A nationally renowned institution of performance and visual arts, HSPVA allows burgeoning young artists to build upon their craft in a creative environment free of pirouette wedgies. To celebrate four decades of entertainment stewardship, the school's vocal, instrumental, theater, visual arts, and dance departments come together to dazzle audiences with a mélange of pomp and avocation. Fresh-faced thespians share the stage with a slew of postgrad success stories, including Támar Davis from Madea's Big Happy Family and Michelle DeJean from Broadway's Chicago, as they strut their ingenuity in a series of musical numbers, chased with rounds of choral and symphonic performances. Chandra Wilson from ABC’S Grey's Anatomy plays Mistress of Ceremonies at the preshow reception, offering notes of inspiration to a school that flaunts its myriad Presidential Scholars in the Arts in the stage-frightened faces of Mount Rushmore.
Nets will scorch and cleated feet will fly in this year’s historic Charities Cup, which pits the Dynamo against the Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League in a transatlantic grudge match. The Cup’s third annual incarnation marks the first time the Dynamo has played a European opponent, and this time the stakes are quite formidable, with the winner’s country receiving exclusive patent rights to a red, white, and blue national flag. Having lately battled for the number-four spot in the 2011 MLS Eastern Conference standings, the Dynamo are well prepared to throttle a Wanderers squad.
The 2004 MLB All-Star Game. The longest baseball game in postseason history. Craig Biggio’s 3,000th hit. For a stadium that just opened in 2000, Minute Maid Park has already hosted its share of memory-making moments. Astros fans pack the field’s 40,963 seats during baseball season. The Astros invite fans to take in full-field views from luxury boxes and terrace decks or track players from seats along the first and third baselines situated within 43 feet of the game's action. The stadium welcomes teams and performers from across the spectrum of sports and entertainment. Whether tracking the pitch during international soccer face-offs or jamming to tunes of artists including Madonna and Taylor Swift, visitors stay comfortable beneath a retractable roof designed to combat the unique climate conditions that Texas weather can present.
Designed with Texas’s railway history in mind, the park blends naturally into the classic red brick and glass looks of nearby Union Station. A full-sized vintage locomotive runs intermittent trips along 800 feet of track along the left-field wall, giving fans a glimpse of Wild West transportation and the lead character of next summer’s Cowboys Vs. Transformers.
Although the 24- to 28-member Houston Chamber Choir resists categorization, there may be one thing that defines the group: flexibility. Equally comfortable performing Bach's B minor mass with period instruments or singing along with Dave Brubeck and his quartet for an evening of choral jazz, it's no wonder Everett Evans of the Houston Chronicle dubbed the choir "one of the jewels of the city's cultural scene." And together they're a jewel that shares its sparkle with the world. The choir's concerts have spanned from the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City all the way to Wales while taking special care to promote the music of Texas composers.