THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
This week’s VIDEO PICK features Frame Dance and was so inspiring to me, especially when someone said “Art should be part of our every day lives.” As I move through the grief of losing my mom recently, I am realizing more and more how I turn to art for comfort, for expression, for community, for healing. I, too, believe that it’s important that art is present in our lives on a daily basis – in fact, that’s the main reason I starting writing GISH PICKS in 2004: to encourage ya’ll to get out and explore Houston’s many amazing and dedicated arts groups! Frame Dance is doing their darndest to bring art to everyone – and this week, they’ll be surprising METRO riders with dance moves! They’re bringing back their “Metro Dances” this Saturday, March 30, from 5-6:30pm – after the dance you can meet them for dinner in midtown and a stop at the Continental Club. Another org that’s bringing art to everyone in so many ways is Hope Stone Dance – scroll below to see my PICK about a dance they are re-booting this weekend at the MATCH.
I went to a staged reading at the Alley Theatre a few weeks ago that was part of their “Alley All New Reading Series”, and I am now noticing readings all over the city! It was a fascinating experience: seeing the work in progress was a unique peek into the playwright’s process. Here’s a round-up of upcoming readings that I found: The Next Iteration Ensemble is presenting their 4th annual “Intercultural Play Reading Series” from April 4-6; The Landing Theatre Company is presenting “Survivor’s Guilt” on April 22; and next up at the Alley Theatre is “Lightning” by Beth Henley on April 29. The Ensemble Theatre Company has a long list of special projects and staged readings (click here to see all); and Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company also presents staged readings; their last one was “Diana of Dobson’s” last November.
One last thought this week: if you’re sleepy but can’t run home for a snooze, check out the Nap Bar, located at the back of New Living in Rice Village. Naturally, Houston is one of only 5 places in the world to have public nap-houses. Shoot me an email if you try it out, I’m too busy to nap but might be convinced to give it a whirl!