THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
I just got back from a week at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in lovely (and cooler) Ashland, Oregon and, being the culture sleuth that I am, I wanted to let you know about that very robust event! I first learned about it because my actor son is at Texas State University and they have a special “Oregon Shakespeare Intensive” summer program dedicated to studying and visiting OSF. I decided it would be fun to try it out myself and was so thrilled that I did! We saw 9 shows over 4 days - the festival features at least 2 shows daily (matinee and evening) with 11 shows staged on 4 theatres, one of which is the first Elizabethan theatre in the United States. Founded in 1935 by Angus Bowmer, the festival takes place annually from March through October and its goal is to present Shakespeare plays interspersed with modern productions as well as commissioned pieces. Tickets for the shows start at $40 and there are many last-minute deals, and there is also a full education component - panel discussions and backstage tours as well as free talks and events. It’s wonderful and I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of theatre.
This week’s VIDEO PICK is a song by the children of Peace Camp Houston called “Coexist” that is full of lovely ideas to make this world a better place. That’s a very special camp that takes place yearly so be sure to explore their website if you want to know more. If you’re looking for summer day camps for these last days before school starts - doncha worry! You can search my HUGE database of over 200 camps at www.DayCampsHouston.com and you can also peruse my groovy round-up of August camps, here. I worked hard on this list, so look it over carefully and please support those orgs that keep going all the way through the end of summer. And if you’re already peering into the fall, sign up your kids for art classes at the Glassell Junior School. Registration has begun and classes start September 4.
My August GISH AT THE MOVIES column is about the "Film and Psychoanalysis" series presented by the Houston Psychoanalytic Society and The Jung Center of Houston on four Thursdays in August. The final two films will be screened this Thursday, August 15 (“Mother!”) and next Thursday, August 22 (“Lady Bird”). All the details on that event are in my write-up here.
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