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Art Will Be All Around Us at CounterCurrent17

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click to enlarge Performance view, Kevin Beasley, Movement II: BEATEN-FACE/TOMS/ARMS, TIES, & LEG/FLOOR/BODY/BASS, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2016. - PHOTO BY LEAH MAGHANOY/COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND THE ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO
Performance view, Kevin Beasley, Movement II: BEATEN-FACE/TOMS/ARMS, TIES, & LEG/FLOOR/BODY/BASS, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, 2016.
Photo by Leah Maghanoy/Courtesy of the artist and the Art Gallery of Ontario
Movement V. Ballroom, by Kevin Beasley (installation, performance)
The Historic Eldorado Ballroom
Noon to 8 p.m. April 18-23, free
Oh, yeah. The iconic and historic Eldorado Ballroom hosted many blues and jazz greats over the decades, and this time around the Third Ward venue features an installation and performance by visual artist Kevin Beasley. He's positioned 16 sculptural works throughout the space, that amplify sounds based on the movement of visitors, that in turn create light. It's a sight for the senses, and Beasley recommends visiting the space in advance before returning for his one-night-only performance at 8 p.m. April 22. Insider tip: The opening reception runs from 7 to 9 p.m. April 20.

click to enlarge Chicano performance artist-activist Harry Gamboa Jr. discusses the various creations he's directed throughout Los Angeles with his current performance troupe, Virtual Vérité, as well as earlier works, during this performance lecture. Shown: The Sixth Expanse, performed by Virtual Vérité. - PHOTO COURTESY OF HARRY GAMBOA JR.
Chicano performance artist-activist Harry Gamboa Jr. discusses the various creations he's directed throughout Los Angeles with his current performance troupe, Virtual Vérité, as well as earlier works, during this performance lecture. Shown: The Sixth Expanse, performed by Virtual Vérité.
Photo courtesy of Harry Gamboa Jr.
Illusions of Urbanscape, by Harry Gamboa Jr. (performance lecture)
Quintero Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
6:30 p.m. April 20, free
Chicano performance artist-activist, Harry Gamboa Jr. made Los Angeles his playground for more than 40 years, leading his merry performance troupe, Virtual Vérité, as well as earlier pioneers of Chicano artists to create subversively funny creations. The artist, writer and educator is dishing up the scoop on his "urbanscapes" during this one-night-only performance lecture. Guests will be able to sit during the lecture. Insider tip: The pre-lecture reception will be held beginning at 5 p.m. April 20 in the Blaffer Café.

click to enlarge The Catastrophic Theatre has already been presenting the world premiere of Snow White, by postmodern novelist and poet Donald Barthelme. Now they're dipping their toes into the waters of CounterCurrent17 to deliver up three nights of this theatrical adaptation. - PHOTO BY GEORGE HIXSON
The Catastrophic Theatre has already been presenting the world premiere of Snow White, by postmodern novelist and poet Donald Barthelme. Now they're dipping their toes into the waters of CounterCurrent17 to deliver up three nights of this theatrical adaptation.
Photo by George Hixson
Snow White, by The Catastrophic Theatre (theater)
The MATCH
8 p.m. April 20-22, free
In this world-premiering adaptation, Snow White is anything but virginal, spending her days drinking screwdrivers and being bored while playing housewife to her seven roomies and dreaming of Prince Charming. Local fave Greg Dean takes the helm as director and Snow White is produced in association with the Barthelme Estate, Brazos Bookstore and Inprint, and features cast and crew from the UH School of Theatre and Dance. This one's not kid-friendly; there's plenty of adult content including sexual situations and language. Insider tip: Can't make it? Never fear, Catastrophic continues performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through May 6 (pay what you can; suggested donation $35).

click to enlarge The Farm, by Suzanne Bocanegra. In this artist lecture Bocanegra examines the theatrical possibilities of a traditional artist slide presentation, using a trained actor (Lili Taylor) to deliver the lecture, accompanied by an animation of her text. - PHOTO COURTESY OF SUZANNE BOCANEGRA
The Farm, by Suzanne Bocanegra. In this artist lecture Bocanegra examines the theatrical possibilities of a traditional artist slide presentation, using a trained actor (Lili Taylor) to deliver the lecture, accompanied by an animation of her text.
Photo courtesy of Suzanne Bocanegra
Farmhouse/Whorehouse, An artist lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra starring Lili Taylor (performance lecture)
The MATCH
7 p.m. April 21, free
3 and 7 p.m. April 22, free
Lili Taylor (Mystic Pizza, Six Feet Under, The Conjuring) is stepping up to the plate to perform Suzanne Bocanegra's newest lecture as Bocanegra, with the help of text, song, costume, film and projections. Apparently Bocanegra's grandparents had a small farm across from the Chicken Ranch in La Grange, and those early years observing both the farm and brothel have resulted in a story about the homesteading movement, hippie communes in the 1960s and the characterizations of prostitutes in art and theater. Audience members will be seated during these performances.


click to enlarge Each of the festival artists was asked to select a short film. Come view a screening of these films at this closing celebration. Shown: Powers of Ten.  - PHOTO COURTESY OF EAMES OFFICE LLC, EAMESOFFICE.COM
Each of the festival artists was asked to select a short film. Come view a screening of these films at this closing celebration. Shown: Powers of Ten.
Photo courtesy of Eames Office LLC, eamesoffice.com
Current Visions + Festival Closing Celebration (film screening)
Aurora Picture Show
Noon, April 23, free
Aurora Picture Show co-presents this screening of shorts, each selected by a festival artist, to celebrate the festival's completion and to share concepts and spark new ideas. A reception follows.

click to enlarge Feed your soul instead of your stomach during these lunchtime lectures at The MATCH, April 19-22. - PHOTO BY DABFOTO CREATIVE
Feed your soul instead of your stomach during these lunchtime lectures at The MATCH, April 19-22.
Photo by dabfoto creative
Current Conversations: "How to introduce prosthesis for new thought patterns" (discussion)
The MATCH
Noon, April 19, free
Curated and moderated by artist Carrie Schneider: "Infrastructure for Impossible Movement (How to support a new possible)." Panelists are Kevin Beasley, Dr. Jose Luis “Pepe” Contreras-Vidal, Alan Lucien Øyen and Dr. Cunjiang Yu. Insider tip: Bring your lunch into the gallery.

Current Conversations: "How to platform the buried" (discussion)
The MATCH
Noon, April 20, free
Curated and moderated by artist Carrie Schneider: "Representing the Unadmitted (How to platform the buried)." Panelists are Tania El Khoury, Carmen Montoya, Josephine Sorgwe and Chris Valdez. Insider tip: Bring your lunch into the gallery.

Current Conversations: "How to find light in hostile environments" (discussion)
The MATCH
Noon, April 21, free
Curated and moderated by artist Carrie Schneider: "Designing for Extremes (How to find light in hostile environments)." Panelists are Dr. Olga Bannova, Harry Gamboa Jr., Susan Rogers and Abir Saksouk. Insider tip: Bring your lunch into the gallery.


Current Conversations: "How to turn a story inside out" (discussion)
The MATCH
Noon, April 22, free
Curated and moderated by artist Carrie Schneider: "Retelling the Taken for Granted (How to turn a story inside out)." Panelists are Suzanne Bocanegra, Greg Dean, Dr. Erica Fletcher and Dr. Assata Richards. Insider tip: Bring your lunch into the gallery.

CounterCurrent17, a festival of performance, installation and ideas, runs April 18-23 at various locations throughout Houston. For more information, visit countercurrentfestival.org. All events are free, but space is limited.

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Susie Tommaney is a contributing writer who enjoys covering the lively arts and culture scene in Houston and surrounding areas, connecting creative makers with the Houston Press readers to make every week a great one.
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