Fifth Ward Jam

Creative partners Dan Havel and Dean Ruck — the pair responsible for the funnel structure at the Art League of Houston site before construction on the new ALH building began — have been busy for the last several months building a stage that’s as much a work of art as anything that will be performed on it.

Taking a condemned house and found materials, Havel and Ruck created Fifth Ward Jam, a temporary public art piece set in a pocket park on Lyons Avenue. After putting interior supports in place, Havel and Ruck set about adding wooden boards and other recycled materials to the exterior, creating a sort of explosive, haphazard effect. The front of the structure forms a bandshell over an open stage. More boards wrap around the house, with some seeming to fall out of an attic window. Parts of the original rose-colored bungalow and its tattered red-brown roof are still visible through the multihued wooden boards Havel and Ruck added.

The public opening for Fifth Ward Jam included a variety of performers taking the structure’s stage, including bluesman Texas Johnny Brown, zydeco bandleader Prince Jabo, rapper Moon Rue and the gospel quartet Endurance, each selected to represent a part of Fifth Ward’s rich musical history. Fifth Ward Jam remains on display through December. 3705 Lyons Avenue. For information, call 713-527-9330 or visit Free.
Sat., Oct. 1, 4:30-7 p.m.; Oct. 2-Jan. 1, 2011

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