Take That, L.A.
Dance Houston 2005 spotlights our city's movers and shakers
Andrea Maskos thinks Houston's dance scene is as hip and risqué as L.A.'s, as intellectually sophisticated as New York City's and as diverse as Chicago's. Which is why the award-winning dancer and choreographer founded Dance Houston, an annual performance spotlighting Houston dance companies. Fifteen groups take the stage for Dance Houston 2005, including crowd-pleasers Uptown Street Dance Company, whose "X Dancing" features urban, jazz, ballet and hip-hop moves in a Survivor-style, reality-TV-themed show. Also watch for the Easy Credit Dance Theater, who'll perform with Two Star Symphony in a carnivalesque marionette show, replete with baton twirlers, a rock band and disgruntled puppet performers who really let loose when their strings are cut. 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 24; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For tickets and information, call 713-623-0434 or visit www.dancehouston.org. $20 to $35. -- Steven Devadanam
One Bad Moodafaruka
Much like their hometown -- and their name -- world music mavens Moodafaruka are a hodgepodge of cultures: Middle Eastern, Spanish and Western. The Houston combo's grooves, centered around chameleonlike guitarist Rom Ryan and featuring the fiery violin of Maryann Willis, provide music that's equally ambient and danceable (the band's name is a mongrel of the English "mood" and the flamenco variant "farruca"). Whether gigging at one of their numerous national festival appearances or at the local hot spot Mi Luna, the band delivers solid, flamenco-tinged hooks that are sure to put you in the right, well, mood. 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25. Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood. For tickets, call 713-729-3200 or visit www.moodafaruka.com. $20. -- Scott Faingold
What Up, Homie?
Raise those two snaps way up, girl: Damon Wayans is back on the comedy circuit. The onetime In Living Color star, fresh off his just-canceled ABC sitcom My Wife and Kids, is working on a Homie the Clown movie (lucky us). He brings his overgrown-class-clown routine to the Improv at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. from Friday, June 24, through Sunday, June 26. 7620 Katy Freeway, suite 3621. For tickets and information, call 713-333-8800 or visit www.improv.com. $40. -- Scott Faingold