The 5 Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: Joseph Reinholtz's Homage to Yves Klein, "SUGA," Ben Folds and More
Yves Klein and model in performance
Photo courtesy of Joseph Reinholtz
Houston-based painter Joseph Reinholtz is a longtime admirer of the works of the artist Yves Klein, and he'll honor that now-deceased artist by re-creating Klein's most famous painting in Joseph Reinholtz: Homage to Yves Klein's FC 1 in front of a live audience on Friday. (Klein's painting, titled Fire-Color Painting FC 1, sold at auction for $36.7 million in 2012.) Attempting to re-create the work is no easy matter since Klein believed in "dangerous painting." He worked with live models who imprinted themselves on the canvas, and used fire and gas to burn the images in place. Reinholtz will follow the same process, including dousing live models with paint and then using a blow torch to scorch the wet canvas. The performance/painting is followed by a live auction of the work with proceeds benefiting the Houston Food Bank.
See Joseph Reinholtz: Homage to Yves Klein's FC 1 at 8 p.m. Friday. Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards. For information, call 732-781-8900 or visit josephreinholtz.com. Free.
Four Houston artists - Rabéa Ballin, Delita Martin, Ann Johnson and Lovie Olivia - each with a distinctive style and voice, contribute to "SUGA," a group exhibit of prints opening on Saturday. This is the fifth show for the group. (There was "ROUX" in 2011, "STIR" and "MOJO" in 2012, and "bās" in 2013.) The women most often work in other mediums, but find that switching to prints requires not only a change in technique but in thinking process as well. Working with dehydrated vegetables, plaster, feathers, pillows, handmade paper and other non-traditional materials, the group explores experimental printmaking.
"SUGA," presented by BLUEorange and PrintMatters, is the final show in a months-long series of exhibits by PrintHouston. Think of it as visual dessert.
There's an opening reception with the artists at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Regular viewing hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Through July 19. BLUEorange Contemporary, 1208 West Gray. For information, call 713‑527‑0030 or visit blueorangehouston.com. Free.
The television viewing public knows rocker Ben Folds as a judge on NBC's The Sing-Off. Longstanding fans know him as a singer/songwriter/pianist -- both with the Ben Folds Five and as a solo artist. For The Ben Folds Orchestral Experience, one of our picks for Saturday, the boyish, bespectacled maestro kicks it up a notch, performing with a slightly-larger-than-usual backing group, the Houston Symphony, under the baton of Lucas Waldin.
As part of the Symphony Summer in the City Concert Series, Folds and friends are set to perform both his new piano concerto and a selection of career-spanning material like "Brick," "Annie Waits," and "Jesusland." Co-commissioned by the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Ballet and Minnesota Orchestra, the piano concerto premiered earlier this year in a performance by Folds with the Nashville Symphony. He spent a year writing the concerto. The result was a physically demanding, technically challenging composition that required Folds to then improve his technique or risk being injured.
See the Ben Folds Orchestral Experience at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713‑224‑7575 or houstonsymphony.org. $25 to $108.
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Courtesy of Sound Hive
On Saturday, three new works premiere at the Composers of Space City concert by Sound Hive, a local contemporary music ensemble. The program is built around the newly commissioned work Lost Signals from Moonbase 14 by Josh Vinci. With a background in film scoring, Vinci has created a piece about a boy's journey around the galaxy to find an alien girl. "Josh often likes to begin the composition process with a poetic image or story," the group's clarinetist, Amy Glover, tells us. "In Lost Signals, this image is the various phenomena -- distant planets, blinding lights and shimmering nebulae -- experienced by a lonely interstellar wanderer. The music, therefore, is expansive and colorful, with the sort of evocative orchestrations you might hear in a movie."
Glover contributes Dream Forest ("the musical expression of a vivid dream that I experienced several years ago"), while George Heathco adds Hammerballet ("rhythmically charged, it was written under the incessant pounding of nearby carpenters").
The Composers of Space City concert is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. 14 Pews, 800 Aurora. For information, call 927-989-0045 or visit soundhivemusic.com. $15 to $20.
Hands on a Hardbody
Photo by Chad Batka
A group of people stand around a truck. They're in Longview, Texas, and the summer sun is burning. There are rules. "You can't lean on the truck. You have to keep one hand on it at all times. Each person in the competition has to wear a glove on their hand so you don't mess up the truck," says Betty Marie Muessig, who plays one of the contestants, Kelli. Based on a documentary film, the musical Hands on a Hardbody is the final inaugural season offering for TUTS Underground and our choice for Sunday. It tells the story of people competing to win a truck, sure that by doing so, they'll have a way out of their circumstances (by either driving it away or selling it). Kelli Mangrum is a 22-year-old UPS employee who dreams of leaving Texas and figures this is her ticket out. One of her competitors won two years before and she doesn't think it's fair that he's in the competition again, says Muessig.
Muessig, a graduate of Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and now a rising senior and musical theater major at Texas State University in San Marcos, says she can relate to a) her character's determination and b) her desire to leave Texas (Muessig plans to move to New York City after college) but that she doubts that she would last very long in a competition like this. Complete with music by Phish's Trey Anastasio, the two-act show also features a Nissan pickup truck center stage.
Hands on a Hardbody runs at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Through June 22. Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby. For information, call 713‑558‑8887 or visit tutsunderground.com. $24 to $49.
Jim J. Tommaney, Bob Ruggiero and Margaret Downing contributed to this post.
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