March is coming in a like a lion alright, buy and from Russia, viagra with the opening of FotoFest 2012, the Fourteenth International Biennial of Photography. For the next two months, FotoFest takes over our city, with many exhibitions activities and events.

Sebastien Boncy visited with curators Irina Chmyreva and Evgeny Berezner to fill us in on some history of photography in Russia.

Also on the FotoFest front, Katia Zavistovski interviewed Yasufumi Nakamori, curator of “Utopia/Dystopia: Construction and Destruction in Photography and Collage,” opening mid-month at the MFAH.

It’s a huge month for choral music with Dominick DiOrio’s premiere at Houston Chamber Choir and “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” presented by Bayou City Performing Arts featuring the Gay Men’s Chorus.

Competitions have become career builders for classical musicians. Chris Johnson covers the competition season with the upcoming 28th Annual Young Texas Artist Music Competition in Conroe, Texas, and more.

This month we take a look at what’s happening outside of Houston’s large art houses. Nancy Zastudil profiled alt goddess Emily Sloan, who has a flurry of activity going on. Also on the edges is Misha Penton, founder of Divergence Vocal Theater, on making art without organizations. Neil Ellis Orts updates us on Brazos Bookstore’s ongoing championing of Houston writers.

If you mention Houston and dance in the same sentence on the international dance front, the next question is most often, “Do you know Nancy Henderek?” The Dance Salad Festival director is naturally our cultural warrior this month. There’s much to see, hear and be moved by.   As it should be.

Nancy Wozny