SPA Brings in Men Wearing Tutus, Anthony Bourdain, Itzhak Perlman, Lily Tomlin and More in a Something for Everyone Season

One of those scavenger hunt competitions ought to set as a challenge the goal of attendance at all of the Houston Society for the Performing Arts' offerings in one year.

As its lineup for the 2012-13 season, released today, shows, SPA is wide-ranging in its approach, profound one moment and at the heighth of pop culture the next, beginning with the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet this September and tossing in comedian Lily Tomlin, violinist Itzhak Perlman, United Kingdom dance company Motionhouse, food adventurer and authority Anthony Bourdain and sitar icon Ravi Shankar before concluding with the ever-popular Blue Man Group in early June 2013.

Here's the lineup:


Aspen Santa Fe Ballet 8 p.m., Saturday, September 29, 2012 Cullen Theater, Wortham Center Dance Series

The 12 young dancers of the classically -trained Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will perform works such as Over Glow by Jorma Elo and Where We Left Off by Nicolo Fonte. The troupe is known for developing new dance repertory and commissioning new works by choreographers.including Dwight Rhoden, Dominique Dumais, Moses Pendleton, and Trey McIntyre.

Companhia de Danca Deborah Colker Mix 8 p.m., Friday, October 12, 2012 Jones Hall Dance Series

Choreographer Deborah Colker is the first Brazilian to win London's prestigious Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. Known for pairing "daring feats with visually striking design," according to the SPA, she makes her first appearance in Houston with Mix a seven-movement work complete with a stage-wide climbing wall. She used a similar wall to choreograph Cirque du Soleil's Ovo in 2009.

Ravi Shankar 8 p.m., Saturday, October 13, 2012 Jones Hall International Series

Ravi Shankar will be in Houston for one night only. The master of Indian music came to international attention in the 1960s. Shankar has written three concertos for sitar and orchestra, and has collaborated with such American musicians as George Harrison and Philip Glass.

Shaolin Warriors: Voices of the Masters 3 & 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 27, 2012 Cullen Theater, Wortham Center Family Fun Series

It's another one-nighter when the Shoalin Warriors return to Houston in Voices of the Masters. "Featuring Buddhist monks of the Shaolin Temple, a sect that has become known throughout the world for its disciplined spiritualism and deadly martial-arts prowess, the production includes many forms of Shaolin kung fu, as well as a look at the daily temple life of the monks and their Zen Buddhist philosophy," SPA says.

David Sedaris 8 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2012 Cullen Theater, Wortham Center New Now

Back in Houston for the umpteenth time, David Sedaris, whose books have been translated into 25 languages -- there are seven million in print -- will riff once more on his life and times as he reads from new and unpublished works. Check out the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, each of which became a bestseller. His latest book, a collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer), was published in September 2010 and immediately hit The New York Times Bestseller Fiction List.

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