Hope Stone Dance will premiere a new work, “Rule #4: Don’t walk on the sidewalk,” at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston this week.Photo by Tati Vicedomine
It looks like we’re in for a sunnier weekend, so hopefully you can enjoy some of the in-person outdoor events mixed in with the virtual events on this week’s list of best bets. In addition to some early Juneteenth festivities, we’ve got the Houston Symphony’s return to Miller Outdoor Theatre, a world premiere, and “reel” pride.
Hope Stone Dance will premiere “Rule #4: Don’t walk on the sidewalk” at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston this Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m. The full work – previewed at the museum back in April – was filmed back in November 2020 in the Brown Foundation Gallery as part of CAMHLAB. The artist residency initiative, launched in response to the loss of performance and rehearsal space caused by COVID-19, opened museum space to artists like those of Hope Stone, a part of the inaugural Fall 2020 CAMHLAB class. Limited space and safety protocols means RSVPs are required to view the work, which features five women confronting the challenges of being alone. You can find more information about the free screening here.
This June (June 19, specifically) marks 156 years since the enslaved peoples of Texas were informed they were free – a month after the end of the Civil War and more than two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. But Juneteenth festivities are already well underway, with Emancipation Park Conservancy hosting an ongoing series of virtual Juneteenth events and interactive activities, Emancipation Park’s 149th Annual Juneteenth Celebration, which will culminate on June 19. Upcoming events include the Teleparty, a virtual Netflix screening of Lee Daniels’s film The Butler, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 10; sessions of topics ranging from fitness to economic empowerment; and also a “Back Down Memory Lane: Juneteenth Virtual Parade” on Saturday, June 12, at 10 a.m. You can find more information and a full list of events here.
Axiom Quartet continues their mission to commission new works from American composers this Friday, June 11, at 7 p.m. when they world premiere Sergio Cervetti’s “Silent Earth.” The new work from the Uruguayan-born American composer, who has more than 150 compositions to his name, is a three-movement piece that tackles the overwhelming topic of climate change. But Cervetti notes that while each movement may have a “dystopian” title (Silent Earth, Supplica and The Last Harvest) that “may sound pessimistic, the music is not.” The performance will premiere on the PARMA Recording’s live stage here and on Axiom Quartet’s YouTube channel here.
Stages will present the last installment of Stages Studio Sessions, with artist Anna Maria Morris, on Friday.
Photo by Josh Morrison
The final installment of Stages Studio Sessions, screening from The Brown Foundation Lawn, is set for this Friday, June 11, at 8 p.m. Finally, rain is out of the forecast, but even if it rears its waterlogged head again, this week’s screening featuring Anna Maria Morris will happen – even if they have to move inside. This means that no matter what, you can experience Morris’s session, titled The Capacity to Love, in which Morris uses poetry and storytelling to explore generational relationships. You can find more information here.
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