Serenity Now!

Serenity Now!
Courtesy of Louie Saletan

THU 3/31

The last piece Jennifer Wood choreographed for Suchu Dance featured dancers in clashing plaid outfits against a cacophonous background of mixed patterns. That's why this time around, everything's white. "I'm a little bit hyper, so I was trying to make myself slow down," says Wood. The all-white dreamscape of Maximal Schnapper is achieved with flowing curtains and projected video of birds, water and other peaceful scenes. The movement of the ten white-clad dancers is similarly flowing, though hardly slow. "The dancers invigorate and calm each other simultaneously, creating onstage relationships of a great peace and maturity," says Wood. "This serenity is the goal of the entire process."

Afterward, audiences may feel like they just took a yoga class: relaxed, but not sleepy ("But if they need a nap, that's fine," says Wood). The soothing Maximal Schnapper should serve Wood well too, since she's simultaneously working on a production of Medea, that nice little tale about a woman who kills her own children. Chill out with Wood at the show's opening at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31. Show continues at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, through April 9. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston. For tickets and information, call 713-529-1819 or visit $10 to $16. - Julia Ramey

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Houston poet-producer Karega makes quite the first impression. He's a tall drink of water (six foot five, to be exact) with a silky, Barry White-timbre voice that spits fire. And he has the substance to back it up. His self-produced debut CD, Open, has such an eclectic mix of spoken word, neo-soul and hip-hop, even rapper Common has bitten his style. Though he enjoys coffee shop/slam-circuit superstar status, Karega keeps a cool head, remaining focused on making music and writing poetry about themes including love, spirituality, abortion and even rape. Now the towering poet is pushing a new CD, The Eyes of the World, which may go national. And speaking of going national, Karega is moving to Detroit soon, but you can catch him at the Eyes CD release party at 8 p.m. Friday, April 1. The Main Event, 9405 South Main. For information, call 832-549-1800. Free. - Felicia Johnson-LeBlanc

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If your knowledge of Latin percussion begins and ends with J.Lo shakin' her um, drum, then let Grammy-nominated drummer Bobby Sanabria show you what you've been missing. The Berklee-trained Sanabria, who teaches music at the Manhattan School of Music, perfected his chops with master percussionist Tito Puente. He's since put his own stamp on the jet-propelled, Afro-Cuban big band sound -- where Latin percussion collides with traditional jazz arrangements -- as a member of the famed Mario Bauza orchestra. 8 p.m. Friday, April 1. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas. For tickets and information, call 713-524-5050 or visit $26 to $42. - Greg Barr

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Full of music, dazzling costumes and sheer spectacle, Zaraawar Mistry's Sohrab and Rustum, presented by Asia Society Texas, follows the epic battle between folk warrior Rustum and his son Sohrab, while telling the story of a contemporary immigrant family from Bombay. Confused? Not to worry -- there's a Q&A with the cast after each performance. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2; and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway. For tickets and information, call 713-527-0123 or visit $20 to $25. - Steven Devadanam

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