by Ariel Jones
IT’S A NEW START FILLED WITH PROMISE AND POTENTIAL. AND AS FAR AS BEGINNINGS GO, THIS CROP OF JANUARY EVENTS MATCHES PERFECTLY WITH YOUR NEW YEAR’S OPTIMISM.
EAST & WEST TRANSCENDED
Apollo Chamber Players
Sunday, January 11, 6pm | Tuesday, January 13, 7:30pm
East & West Transcended features the richness of Japanese folk music traditions and their relationship to Western musical language. Esteemed Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu maintained an ever-changing relation- ship to Japanese folk music and was intrigued by the colorful sound-world created by French Impressionist composers. In the early 20th century, the art song genre of France and Germany gave birth to their counterpart in Japan. Showcasing the program is the world premiere of Splash of Indigo by composer Marty Regan, a dynamic musical work that explores the intersections between Japanese folk music and French Impressionism filtered through a distinct American sensibility. Tickets range from $10–$30 for students, seniors and general admission. East & West Transcended will take place at Christ the King Lutheran Church (Paris Hall), 2353 Rice Boulevard, Houston, TX 77005. Visit www.apollochamberplayers.org.
INPRINT PRESENTS KAREN RUSSELL
Inprint Margarett Brown Reading Series
Monday, January 26, 7:30pm
“Karen Russell is arguably our greatest fantasist writing serious fiction today,” declares NPR,
and People magazine writes, “Karen Russell is a storyteller with a voice like no other.” Her debut story collection, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, published when she was in her twenties, was called “original and astonishing, joyful and unsettling” in a starred Booklist review. Her novel Swamplandia! was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and selected by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2011. Reading is followed by an on-stage inter- view, book sale and signing. Tickets are $5 for entry. The reading takes place at the Cullen Theatre at the Wortham Center, 501 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002. Visit www.inprinthouston.org.
FEATURING WORK BY JAMIE DAVIS
On view January 30 – March 13 | Opening reception: January 30, 6pm
Fresh Arts presents “troublewithwords,” an autobiographical, visual exploration of the intersection of language and memory, from artist Jamie Ellen Davis. Consisting primarily of drawings and prints, these works aim to highlight the interplay between the purely aesthetic features and the semantic and orthographic elements of written words, as filtered through the various cognitive and learning disabilities with which Davis has been diagnosed. “Through the candid affirmations of my learning issues – and the shame so often experienced as a result – my work becomes simultaneously self-exploratory and self-revelatory as to how my learning disabilities influence, color and distort both my own sense of self and the perception of who I am as an artist.” “troublewithwords” aims to challenge the viewer’s expectations of written language by shifting its focus from the psycho-linguistic to the artistic-pictorial. The public is invited to a free opening reception with the artist beginning at 6pm, on Friday, January 30, at Fresh Arts, 2101 Winter Street, Studio B11, Houston, TX 77007. Free parking is available. Visit www.fresharts.org.