Archive for September, 2009

RIP Patrick Swayze

Another Houston Legend bites the dust. That makes three (Farah, Walter). Enough.

From CNN.com:

“Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952, in Houston, Texas. His father was an engineering draftsman; his mother was a ballet dancer and later the director of the Houston Ballet Dance Company.

She led her son into the dancing world, which wasn’t always easy for a Texas male. Indeed, the young Swayze played football, practiced martial arts and was an accomplished diver and track star while growing up, though he was good enough at dance to earn a college scholarship.

After an early professional job playing Prince Charming in an early ’70s version of “Disney on Ice,” Swayze returned to Houston, where he met Lisa Niemi, a student of his mother’s. The two were married in 1975 and moved to New York to pursue their careers.”

And the rest, is history.

Beyonce wins Video of the Year at MTV Awards

Beyonce won big at the MTV Video Awards last night.  Beyonce showed real class when she asked Taylor Swift, whom she lost to in the Best Female Video category, to get onstage and finish her Kanye-West-interrupted acceptance speech.  Congrats to both ladies!  Not so much love for Mr. West.

By the way, I, too, have no idea what Lady GaGa was wearing.  Miss GaGa accomplished one of the most difficult fashion feats of all time: she made Bjork’s Swan dress look normal.

So much diva D R A M A!!!

Amadeus by Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre

Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre present a FREE concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre tonight.  I got to see the show earlier this year and was moved by not only the amazing dance and choreography but the beautiful stage. Here’s hoping that it doesn’t rain!

Ben Moser on Translating Clarise Lispector

Houstonian, Ben Moser, discusses Clarise Lispector, the subject of his new book, Why This World.  Ben received a great review from, among others, the New York Times.  The author will be reading and signing on his birthday at Brazos Bookstore on Monday, September 14 at 7pm.

Whiplash by Lauren Whitehead

DiverseWorks has a couple of interesting events coming up this weekend.

On Friday, they open “Now that I’m by myself,” she says, “I’m not by myself, which is good” curated by Rachel Cook and featuring works by film artist, Laurel Nakadate, amongst others.

Lauren Whitehead performs Saturday to raise money for MetaFour.

Lauren will be “sharing an excerpt of her full length work Written in Blues that explores the blues and blues singers who can also be called tragic idols – women like Billie Holiday, Whitney Houston and Tina Turner. ”

FABULOUS, you say?  Read on …

“All these women who are trying to heal themselves through song but also have these other pathologies that they’re dealing with,” Whitehead says. “That leads to the question of why would any young woman seek this limelight if what comes with it more often than not is this tragedy. And then trying to piece together what comes first – the tragedy or the song.”

Terra Cotta Warriors at HMNS

I love this video because there is something “Chritopher Guest” about the actor’s approach.  Something wrong, yet so right.

In any case, go check out the Terra Cotta warriors at the Houston Museum of Natural Science so they can reach their 2 million visitors mark.

Video by way of the Chronicle.

Beyonce’s Birthday

Happy Birthday to one of Houston’s finest, Beyonce Knowles!

North Looks South at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

GEGO. anudamientos from BETA studio on Vimeo.

If you have not had the chance to see North Looks South: Building the Latin American Art Collection at the MFAH, you only have a few weeks before it closes on September 27, 2009.

The exhibition “celebrates the museum´s major Latin American art acquisitions since 2001, with more than 80 works in every medium, ranging in date from the 1920s to the present. North Looks South is organized around unexpected juxtapositions between artists”.

One of the artists is the Venzuelan artist, Gego, whose Calder-esque air sculptures have a way of dancing in space with extreme precision.  The artist is the choreographer of this delicate modern world.  The sculptures juxtapose Miguel Angel Rios’ 2008 video installation, White Suit, who shows us a man dancing in white suit with raw meat in front of savage dogs.  Insert comparisons to the Mexican film Amores Perros here.

Finally, Alfredo Jarr’s The Eyes of Gutete Emerita is as haunting as all of the press it has received.

All artist in the show demonstrate passion either for their message, style or viewpoint.  Perhaps this passion is what defines latin american art.

Though all of the pieces are part of the museum’s permanent collection and have been previously displayed in Houston, the exhibition, curated by Mari Carmen Ramírez and Gilbert Vicario, manages to be fresh in its presentation of  modern latin american thought.  At least in my opinion!

If you have seen the show or works before, check it out again.

Acrodunk on America’s Got Talent

Houston’s own, Acrodunk, demonstrate their amazing skills on America’s Got Talent.

We wish these guys the best of luck!

Hurricance Post-It Notes

From IronyCoast Productions comes this short film which was submitted for the Post-It Super Sticky Note contest.