On February 8, the Alley Theatre presents Syncing Ink, a semi-au- tobiographical play by NSangou Njikam that leads audiences on a mystical, lyrical Hip Hop ride to discover what it really takes to freestyle. Tickets are on sale now at www.alleytheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at 713.220.5700.
“Now what you hear is not a test/I’m rapping to the beat!“ In Syncing Ink, Gordon wants to learn how to rap, thinking it will gain him respect, admiration and the attention of a beautiful woman. What he doesn’t know is that his journey to learn how to rhyme will take him not just deeper into Hip Hop, but deeper into his legacy and his purpose. Syncing Ink is directed by Niegel Smith, Artistic Director of New York’s Flea Theater.
Njikam’s Syncing Ink was first seen at the Alley in a workshop performance in the Alley All New Festival last year, and it is the first play to receive a full production at the Alley since the launch of the Alley All New initiative. The Alley All New Festival is one component of Alley All New, a major new work initiative that expands the Alley’s commitment to playwrights and to produce more world premieres.
HRW Dishes It Out Again
How much did Houston Restaurant Weeks (HRW) raise for the Houston Food Bank in 2016? Glad you asked. In a recent press conference, HRW Founder Cleverley Stone was joined by Houston Food Bank representatives, participating chefs, restaurateurs and sponsors in revealing the $2,015,157.77 donation commitment to benefit Houston Food Bank. This will generate 6,045,473 meals by the Houston Food Bank for those who are food insecure in our community.
Founded in 2003 by Houston radio and TV personality Cleverley Stone, Houston Restaurant Weeks has raised more than $9.6 million for the Houston Food Bank, making it the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank and the largest restaurant weeks of its kind in the United States.
New Crime Stoppers HQ a GO
Named for local broadcasting legend (and Guinness record holder for longest news anchor tenure) Dave Ward, Midtown welcomed the first-ever Crime Stoppers Headquarters Building anywhere in the world at the end of January.
Occupying an entire square block at 3000 Main St., the new Dave Ward Building will be the city’s first Public Safety and Crime Prevention block. The state-of-the-art, $10 million facility will serve as a hub for crime prevention, housing centralized operations, staff, volunteers, law enforcement, safe school, safe community and media teams in a single 28,000sf structure.
Home Sweet Home
Capital One Bank and Hettig/Kahn Development Corp. recently celebrated the grand opening of Cottages at South Acres, a 144-unit, affordable community of single-family homes in the Sunnyside neighborhood on Houston’s Southeast side.
Cottages at South Acres is the third phase of the South Acres development and is located adjacent to South Acres 1 and South Acres 2 properties that include 130 four-bedroom single family units. Through its Community Finance group, Capital One provided a combined $41.2 million in funding for the first two phases, bringing the bank’s total financing of the three-phase development to $76.9 million.
Houston Cinema Arts Society’s New Star
The Houston Cinema Arts Society has named Patrick Kwiatkowski as Executive Director. Kwiatkowski previously served as an HCAS Advisory Board Member and has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of the CineSpace short film competition, an innovative partnership with NASA, which has grown into a prominent fixture during the annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival.
Kwiatkowski is a seasoned veteran in business, having worked at several Fortune 500 companies, private enterprises, and founded his own film distribution company, Microcinema International.
Give Our Regards to Broadway
Scenic Houston held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 12 for the Broadway/Hobby Corridor Redevelopment Project, a nearly two- mile-long portion of Broadway Street connect- ing Hobby Airport and Interstate 45. Joined by Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston officials and other important stakeholders, Scenic Houston led the charge in unveiling the transformation of this highly traveled thorough- fare leading to and from Hobby Airport.
Most of the $6.2 million budget for enhance- ments has been raised through private and public funding, with installation beginning in the second quarter of 2016. The Broadway Project has added nearly 410 live oaks and other trees in a partnership between Scenic Houston and Trees for Houston.