OCTOBER HAS THE TENDENCY TO GIVE US THE SPOOKS. GET BOLD WITH THIS MONTH’S FRESH ART SCENE.
RHAPSODY NOUVEAU | Apollo Chamber Players
Sunday, October 4, 6pm
Apollo opens its 2015/16 season with the first concert at the new Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH). Join Apollo for a concert connecting the Jewish and African-American plights of persecution and the creation of music reflective of these experiences. Program features music by Milhaud, George Gershwin, William Grant Still, and the world premiere of a newly commissioned work, based on Provençal Jewish folk and American jazz music, by Israeli-born composer Gilad Cohen. Special guest: mezzo soprano Sofia Selowsky, HGO studio artist. Tickets start at $30. The MATCH is located at 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002. For more information, visit www.apollochamberplayers.org.
INPRINT PRESENTS STEPHAN PASTIS | Inprint
Sunday, October 18, 3pm
Inprint invites you to enjoy an afternoon with bestselling author and syndicated cartoonist Stephan Pastis. Mr. Pastis will share his fourth book in the popular Timmy Failure series, Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection, for ages 8–12. After his presentation, he will take questions from the audience, followed by a book sale and signing, giving fans a chance to visit with him. Books will be available for sale at the event through Blue Willow Bookshop. The reading will take place at Johnston Middle School at 10410 Manhattan Drive, 77096. The event is free. For more information, visit www.inprinthouston.org.
READFEST HOUSTON | Next Iteration Theater Company
Friday, October 23, 6:30pm | Saturday, October 24, 4pm
READFEST HOUSTON showcases six diverse Houston theater companies in two days at the MATCH. On October 23 and 24, Next Iteration Theater Company (NITC) is launching a new collaborative theater festival, sponsored by the MATCH and CultureMap. The READFEST will open on Friday, October 23, at 6:30pm, with a reception followed by shows by The Landing Theatre and Hune Company. On Saturday, October 24, shows continue from 4pm onward with readings by The Ensemble Theatre, Wordsmyth Theater, Black Lab Theatre and NITC. Audiences will be able to join NITC, as well as the other participating theater companies for socialization in the MATCH breezeway between shows, and at various Midtown bars for after-parties. MATCH is located at 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002. The event is free. For more information, visit www.nextiterationtheater.com.
EXHIBITIONS AT BOX 13 | Box 13 ArtSpace
Through November 7
BOX 13 ArtSpace is pleased to present four exhibitions opening September 26, 7– 9pm. In the Downstairs Front BOX, Barchael, a combined creative identity of Michael Bernhardt and Barry Whittaker, challenges the audience to examine their own encounters with language in, Sign Language: Texting. Sarah Welch grapples with distinguishing between reality, escapism, fantasy and multiple truths in Only Humid, in the Downstairs Back BOX. In faded lace, Michael Stephen examines the Video Home System (VHS) technology by deconstructing and decoding its material and metaphoric layers of representation in the Upstairs BOX. In the Window BOX, Dennis Nance seeks out the moment when a costume transforms not only the person wearing it, but the environment it inhabits and audience it interacts with, in Cast of Characters. The exhibitions continue through November 7, 2015. BOX 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg, Houston, TX 77011. Free. For more information, visit www.box13artspace.com.