As part of the 2012 SWAN Day to support women artists, Pandora Theatre hosts an exclusive girls' night out with its third season of Vox Feminina. Inside the intimate, 100-seat theater, an upbeat, energetic repertoire of monologues, one-acts, songs, and dances resonates with audiences. Performances shed light on the bonds of sisterhood, the eternal-yet-evolving station of motherhood, and the humorous despair of losing a wedding ring while fistfighting a baseball team’s mascot. The sultry sound waves of torch songs warm ears and hearts, and elaborate, fiery choreography stomps over the stage when the ChinaCat Dancers prowl into the venue.
A hub for high-quality classical works, the non-profit Classical Theatre Company is dedicated to producing plays dating at least a century prior. The CTC's executive artistic director, John Johnston, directs this rendition of Tartuffe. Reserve your tickets for this intriguing romp through romance, intrigue, hypocrisy, and forbidden love. Seats for this enduring and entertaining tale are on a first-come, first-served basis. The Barnevelder's intimate, 120-seat theater ensures that all audience members will have a prime view of the engaging story.
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.
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.
Renowned psychic and medium Chip Coffey, star of A&E shows Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal and Paranormal State, ushers audiences through preternatural territories in Coffey Talk, a witty and cathartic journey into the unknown. Clairvoyant, clairaudient, and as scintillating as a ghost-whispering Truman Capote, Coffey uses his psychic gifts to counsel the bereaved, ease the haunted, and terrify fraudulent realtors. In this special round of Coffey Talk, Chip guides the two-hour event through two hair-raising chapters of powerful emotion. The show starts with a question-and-answer session, where Chip explains the paranormal and mankind’s inherent psychic abilities before honoring queries about his daunting experiences, his TV shows, and continuity errors in Ghostbusters. For Act II, Chip puts on his psychic-reading glasses to contact spirits for select members of the audience.
Pecos showcases three distinct pieces. With a specially commissioned score from Matthew Pierce, Stanton Welch's whimsical Pecos Bill is a folkloric romance between an idealized Texas cowboy and Sluefoot Sue, a perfectly matched sassy tomboy. Ballo della Regina is a bel-canto-esque set of variations created by Balanchine and set to music that was once cut from Verdi's Don Carlos. Enjoy brilliantly crafted movements and perfectly timed humor choreographed by dance superstar Mark Morris in Sandpaper Ballet, a performance that gleams amid green and white costumes designed by Isaac Mizrahi.