SPACETAKER ARTIST RESOURCE Center is taking its physical programming online for artists to access a host of arts business resources at their own convenience. The online Artist Resource Center, look launching this month, malady will serve as a clearing house for both local and national professional development resources, find including online articles on best practices, downloadable documents, podcasts and video tutorials, and the presentation materials that Spacetaker has developed along with local experts through its ARC Workshop curriculum. Spacetaker continues its workshop series with “Speaka My Language?: Press Release vs. Promotional writing styles,” with Joel Luks and Mandy Graessle on March 28.
THE HOUSTON GRAND OPERA 2012–13 season includes “La Boheme,” “The Italian Girl in Algiers,” “Show Boat,” “Don Giovanni,” “Tristan and Isolde,” “Il Trovatore” and “Cruzar La Cara de La Luna/To Cross the Face of the Moon.” HGO has issued an invitation to Houston-area composers and writers to submit creative proposals for “Houston Artists Respond,” a set of musical storytelling projects to be commissioned by HGOco that are inspired by, based on, and/or which incorporate stories, texts, and visual art created by HGOco’s “Song of Houston: Home and Place” participants. Proposals will be accepted through April 15, 2012.
JANA JACKSON HAS JOINED THE University of Houston as director of marketing and communications for UH Arts, a new initiative to unite the diverse arts departments within UH and advance the creative process through collaborations across the campus and throughout the city of Houston. Jana comes to Houston from San Francisco, where she was the Director of Marketing at the Legendary Yoshi’s Jazz and Performing Arts clubs in Oakland and San Francisco.
THE NEW MOVEMENT THEATER presents Houston Harold Weekend for a weekend of improvisation from improvisation teachers and players from all over the country to focus exclusively on the Harold format of long form improvisation, on March 10 and 11 at Avante Garden.
HIGHLIGHTS OF HOUSTON BALLET’S 2012–13 season include world premieres by Aszure Barton and Edwaard Liang, and Stanton Welch stages a new production of “The Rite of Spring” to mark the centennial of this landmark work. Company premieres include George Balanchine’s “Ballet Imperial,” Mark Morris’ “Pacific” and Twyla Tharp’s “The Brahms-Haydn Variations.” Trey McIntyre’s “Peter Pan” returns to the repertoire. The Cullen Series returns with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal as well.
AURORA PICTURE SHOW HAS been selected to participate in the ExxonMobil Community Summer Jobs Program that Volunteer Houston manages. Aurora will be accepting applications and resumes soon for the Summer Filmmaking Program. Apprentices will be responsible for managing summer education programs for youth, specifically Boot Camps where youth learn about, create and discuss film and video. Aurora executive director Delicia Harvey and Curator Mary Magsamen will be presenting on a SXSW panel, Alternative Film Events: Site Specific and Beyond, on March 10.
iMEE DANCE COMPANY announces the appointment of Maurice Causey as the company’s first resident choreographer, effective immediately. Causey, an American-born European choreographer, began his relationship with iMEE Directors in March 2011. The collaboration culminated in the creation of a new work set on the company in August 2011, performed in Houston, Texas.
SOCIETY OF PERFORMING ARTS announced their 2012–13 season. Highlights include Ravi Shankar, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano, Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert, Itzhak Perlman, violin, Philip Glass’ “Dracula: The Music and Film,” Béjart Ballet Lausanne, Stephen Petronio Company, and the Houston debuts of Companhia de Danca Deborah Colker, Benjamin Grosvenor, piano, Grupo Corpo, Cameron Carpenter, organ and Lila Downs.