A.D. Players at The George Theater announced in January that they were going virtual for the rest of their season and the move to cyberspace begins this Friday, February 12, with A Speck-Tacular Evening of Stories and Songs with Emily & Jake Speck. You can join A.D. Players Executive Director Jake Speck and his wife Emily Tello Speck to hear their story, from finding each other to finding their place here in Houston, and to enjoy some familiar musical theater tunes. (Take a sneak peek at Emily rehearsing Sara Bareilles’s “She Used to Be Mine” from Waitresshere). You can purchase a ticket for $35 here, and the show will be available to stream through February 28.
Two strangers meet at a train station and things get existential in the third and final of Alley Artistic Director Rob Melrose’s newly translated short plays, Luigi Pirandello’s The Man with the Flower in His Mouth. Company members David Rainey and Jay Sullivan play the strangers in the one-act that inspired Edward Albee’s classic The Zoo Story. The Man with the Flower in His Mouth premieres this Friday, February 12, and you can register to view the play here. It will be available until March 14, and there is still time this weekend to catch the Alley’s second short play release, August Strindberg’s A Half Sheet of Paper, which ends its run this Sunday, February 14.
Enjoy the third collaboration between Musiqa and Open Dance Project this weekend when the two organizations premiere Inside/Out, a film comprised of two short dance films choreographed by Open Dance Project’s Artistic Director Annie Arnoult. Filmed by James Templeton, the two short films, titled “Moving Pieces” and “Still We Tend,” will feature 20 dancers and four musicians performing at The MATCH and Houston Botanic Garden. Inside/Out will open Saturday, February 13, and be available to view from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are pay-what-you-can with a suggested price of $25 and can be purchased here. Viewings will continue on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through February 28.
Asia Society Texas Center moves the festivities online for Lunar New Year 2021: A Virtual Celebration.
Photo by Chris Dunn
It is the Year of the Ox, and if you’re looking for something a little hands on this week, check out Asia Society Texas Center’s Lunar New Year 2021: A Virtual Celebration. With content release spread out over four days, beginning February 12 and continuing February 13, 19 and 26, you can not only watch musical and dance performances from groups like Huaxing Performing Arts Group and Houston Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, you can also learn to make dumplings and your own lantern. The virtual festival is free, but you can purchase and pick up a ready-made activity kit for $25 at Asia Society Texas Center (while supplies last, of course) instead of making your own.
The annual, quadrennial, and vicennial fires that burn in Konza Prairie inspired one of the new works to premiere this Saturday, February 13, at 5 p.m. during ROCO’s Unchambered series concert, “Kaleidoscope.” “Konza” and “Shine,” by oboist and ROCO composer-in-residence Alyssa Morris, will see their world premieres on a program that highlights ROCO’s principal winds performing additional pieces from Valerie Coleman (Red Clay and Mississippi Delta for Wind Quintet) and William Grant Still (excerpts from Miniatures for Woodwind Quintet). You can watch the free concert, offered in partnership with Houston’s Alta Arts and performed there live, here.
Mercury Chamber Orchestra continues their “Mercury at Home” virtual concerts on Saturday, February 13, at 8 p.m. with Handel & Vivaldi. The program, led by Mercury Artistic Director and Conductor Antoine Plante, highlights two Baroque innovations, the solo concerto and the concerto grosso, with works from four different composers. The selected composers are both well known and a little less well known, including the aforementioned George Frideric Handel and Antonio Vivaldi, and Francisco Geminiani and Georg Matthias Monn. Little is known about Monn, for instance, whose Harpsichord Concerto in G minor will be played, other than he didn’t drink, was a bit dour, and was apparently the original man in black. You can purchase a ticket for $20 here.
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