Frame Dance Productions.

The Houston Metropolitan Dance Company has been invited to perform on Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out stage on August 25th. This is only the second time a Houston troupe has performed on the prestigious outdoor stage.

For more info:
www.houstonmetdance.org


Gary Tinterow, director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (MFAH) announced the appointment of Mahrukh Tarapor as senior adviser for international initiatives for the MFAH. Google announced a partnership with the MFAH to bring its pioneering Art Project to Houston, TX. The partnership is part of a major global expansion of the project, which now has 151 partners in 40 countries.

For more info:
www.mfah.org


The 2012-2013 Alley Theatre season includes Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, David Mamet’s & Jeffrey Hatcher’s Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man, Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, Bruce Norris’s Clybourne Park, and Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men.

For more info:
www.alleytheatre.org


Jonathon Glus, President & CEO of Houston Arts Alliance, has named Marie L. Jacinto as the agency’s new Director of Communications. Ms. Jacinto takes the post at HAA after serving The Society for the Performing Arts as Director of Marketing.

For more info:
www.spahouston.org


Musiqa has received their fifth consecutive Arts Work grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of their educational outreach programs.

For more info:
www.musiqahouston.org


Highlights for Mercury’s season include works by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Schubert, and collaborations with renowned soloists, including the orchestra’s first collaboration with Grammy Award winning soprano, Ana María Martínez.

For more info:
mercurybaroque.org/


Dominic Walsh has been inducted into Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame and will be honored at a black tie gala in Aurora, Illinois. “I am excited to be in such dignified company as my very first dance instructor, Lise Boehm, who was inducted ten years ago in 2002,” states Walsh, whose company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, will end its 10th anniversary season this month.

For more info:
www.dwdt.org


Karen Stokes Dance has won a Dance Magazine Editor’s Choice award for her video Gallery Construction I, made specifically for the camera. “This video relates movement to the architecture and geometry inherent in Gabriel Dawe’s work, using dancers to show scale in relation to the sense of fun and color to show the transparent quality of the threads as light,” says Karen Stokes. “The music by Bill Ryan aligns with the transparency, minimalism, and peaceful joy of Dawe’s work.”

For more info:
karenstokesdance.org/


Rebecca Greene Udden, executive artistic director of Main Street Theater, has won a 2012 distinguished Alumni Award from Rice University’s Association of Rice Alumni’s laureates program, which recognizes the contributions and accomplishments of outstanding Rice alumni and friends of the university.

For more info:
www.mainstreettheater.com


DiverseWorks appointed Jennifer Gardner as director of external affairs. Gardner will be responsible for coordinating the organization’s marketing and publicity efforts as well as expanding and strengthening community relationships.

For more info:
www.diverseworks.org


Michael Bise, Children, 2011, Graphite on Paper, 42 x 63 inches.

A new, three-year collaboration between CORE, Dance Source Houston, and Diverse Works is launching to stimulate the creativity of local dance artists. To this end, the three organizations have aligned Fieldwork and 12 Minutes MAX! in order to foster creativity, allow time for experimentation, and provide space for pushing boundaries.

For more info:
www.dancesourcehouston.org/


Josef Helfenstein, director of the Menil Collection, announced that the Board of Trustees has narrowed the international search for an architect to design the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI), the first major building project under the museum’s ambitious long-range plan. Four firms will compete for the design of the MDI, with a final selection expected by early June 2012.  The shortlist includes Tatiana Bilbao (Mexico City); David Chipperfield Architects (London); Johnston Marklee (Los Angeles); and SANAA (Tokyo).

For more info:
www.menil.org


Charles Halka’s composition Por la Fuerza las Tierra was selected to be featured in CONTEXT, a multi-sensory arts gallery presented by Frame Dance Productions starting May 11-13. His compositions have been performed in the United States, Mexico, Russia, and Lithuania. Halka, currently a doctoral candidate at Rice University for Music Composition, is the 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence at the Foundation for Modern Music.

For more info:
www.framedance.org


Houston Grand Opera (HGO) announced that six new artists will join its prestigious young artist development program in the 2012-13 season. The six incoming fellows are Andrea Carroll, soprano (USA), Peixin Chen, bass (China), Kevin Ray, tenor (USA), Natalya Romaniw, soprano (UK), Carolyn Sproule, mezzo-soprano (CAN) and Elena Lacheva, pianist/coach (BUL).

For more info:
houstongrandopera.org/


Stages Repertory Theatre’s 2012-2013 season includes Life Could Be a Dream by Roger Bean, Steel Magnolias  by Robert Harling, 2 Pianos 4 Hands, by Richard Greenblatt and Ted Dykstra; Winter Wonderettes by Roger Bean; Panto Mother Goose, book and lyrics by Kenn McLaughlin, music by David Nehls; Wittenberg by David Davalos; The Language Archive by Julia Cho; Dollhouse by Rebecca Gilman; and Road Show, music and  lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by John Weidman.

For more info:
stagestheatre.com/


Classical Theatre Company’s 2012-2013 season includes Miss Julie by August Strindberg, Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, and Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

For more info:
classicaltheatre.org