Press Picks

september 18
Witness & Legacy and Mein Kampf: The Photography of David Levinthal The Holocaust Museum of Houston and the Blaffer Gallery present a joint show about the Holocaust. Photographs by David Levinthal and paintings, sculpture, video and installations by 22 other artists (many of them survivors of concentration camps or the children of survivors) attempt to translate the horrific violence into images, and to examine the psychic scars it left. To celebrate this show, the galleries are hosting a joint reception. Transportation between the two will be provided by Metro, and viewers will be introduced to the exhibits by docents stationed on the buses as well as in the galleries. 6-9 p.m. Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, entrance no. 16 off Cullen Boulevard, and Holocaust Museum Houston, 5401 Caroline, 743-9530. Free.

Cinderella Both ballet and fairy tales occupy that region of our imagination that is lyrical and magical. Everything that happens in them seems so impossible. The leaps and turns and lovely lines of the ballerina embody that mystical moment little girls long for when they read the tale of Cinderella, who's transformed from a stepchild/scullery maid into a princess. Ballet seems the perfect medium for her tale, and Ben Stevenson's Cinderella is now in the repertoire of 20 companies throughout the world. In 1996, the New York Times called the work "splendid" and "dazzling." Tonight we here in Houston can be dazzled by both the magical power of fairy godmothers and the wondrously human power of the ballet. 7:30 p.m. (See Thrills, Dance for other dates and times.) Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas, 227-ARTS. $10-$88.

Roseanna Vitro Borders Books in Meyerland hosts musical events regularly, and tonight it features something special. Roseanna Vitro, who began her career in Houston, sings jazz like few others do. In the words of a Chicago Reader critic, she sounds as if her voice "could physically move the stage -- reaching down for something slow and sultry, she brings a hothouse sensuality to her music." Tonight, as part of the Houston Jazz Festival, she'll perform songs from her latest release, a compilation of Ray Charles tunes. Come, listen and if you buy a CD, she'll probably autograph it. 8-10 p.m. Borders Books, Music & Cafe, Meyerland Plaza, Loop 610 at Beechnut, 661-2888. Free.

september 19
Romper Room We call it play when a kid builds head-high towers with blocks, or when she cuts off Barbie's hair and glues it to her plastic horse. When grownups do the same, we call it art. Of course, those adults tend to be consciously subversive, sexual and political as they draw and glue and stack; that's part of what makes their stuff art. Still, that thoughtful time artists spend in the studio is colored by the distant shadows of their childhood play. And therein lies the concept of a new DiverseWorks show: examining "the zone in which art and play collide." Twenty artists throughout the nation have contributed work for Romper Room, a traveling show organized by Thread Waxing Space in New York. Tonight marks the opening reception. 7-9 p.m. DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway, 223-8346. Free.

Jack and Jill The battle between the sexes has been a central theme of comedy since Aristophanes's Lysistrata decided that she and all her sister Athenians would withhold their "favors" till the menfolk realized that making love is infinitely better than making war. Fast forward to 1996, when Pulitzer-nominated playwright Jane Martin writes her own take on this ancient struggle. Jack and Jill has been called a "touching, cautionary and, yes, very funny dissection of the human heart." It is the story of a man and woman who fall in love but find that her need to articulate her feelings collides with his desire to be quiet about touchy-feely stuff. Sound familiar? Rob Bundy, who begins his second year as Stages's artistic director and whose credits include productions at Actors Theatre in Louisville and Circle Repertory Lab in New York, will direct. Runs thru Oct. 12. Opens 8 p.m. tonight at Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway, 527-0220. $25-$28, opening night; $15-$21, regular performances.

september 20
Houston Women's Festival Move over Lilith Fair: The Houston Women's Festival is an all-day affair featuring music, comedy, music, art and then of course, more music, all female, all righteous and many from right here in Texas. The Therapy Sisters and Cowboy's Nightmare are just two of the six acts singing today. Most promising of all is the duo that headlines: Zrazy hails all the way from Ireland, plays a critically acclaimed mishmash of Irish-influenced techno-pop/jazz/ballad music and has played it in London, Vienna and Amsterdam. Celebrate your femaleness. 1:30 p.m. to midnight. Garden in the Heights, 3926 Feagan, 868-1910. $10, advance; $12, door; $5, children ten16; free, children under ten.

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Lee Williams