City Council Meeting was developed by Aaron Landsman amd Mallory Catlett, with design by Jim Findlay, and developed (in part) during a residency at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.
Radical reinvention: That’s what Meg Booth, chief executive officer for Society for the Performing Arts, sees in this time when artists and audiences must stay separate to stay safe.
For the performing arts lover, one of the annual small joys in life can come from a favorite dance, theater or music organization revealing their next season.
While not quite as ancient as all nine muses of the arts, the conversation between the arts of poetry and film goes back some time. REELpoetry, curated by Toni Holland, is Public Poetry’s first poetry film event, featuring documentaries, workshops, panels, poetry performances, and cinepoetry.
Zines aren’t new, and neither are zinefests, but many people haven’t heard of either. Zines are self published “magazines” and can be about literally any subject and in any medium.
Everything in the world connects to Texas, and everything in Texas is connected.
“Tragedy is the cure for anxiety,” says Stephanie Wittels Wachs of the unwanted and much too costly life and death lesson grief taught her after her comedy prodigy brother Harris Wittels died of a heroin overdose in 2015.
Inprint, Houston’s literary arts organization, flies like a rare book bird among other Texas arts institutions.
Houston audiences will get a rare glimpse into the Bayou City’s pre-boom, Jim Crow-era art scene when the exhibition Planned, Organized and Established: Houston Artist Cooperatives presents paintings and ephemera from two 1930s collectives—one white, one black.
Nonprofit literary organizers draw all sorts of volunteers, but Elizabeth White-Olsen, executive director of Writespace, recalls one in particular. “We had a young lawyer show up, and she looked like a supermodel, in her miniskirt, cute silk blouse, high heels. She didn’t have time to change after work. I watched her in this outfit, moving furniture all day. I thought it was the funniest thing. That’s the kind of volunteer we have—so committed.”
This summer in San Antonio, it became clear again that writing doesn’t thrive solely as a practice of a solitary author typing away alone at a desk.
A subtle grief—and equal joy—lives in the heart of writing by Texas authors. Texans are known for our pride, but the reality is the term “Texan” carries hidden baggage.