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Poetry Slams the Alley Theatre

The Alley Theatre will host the Teenpalooza Fall 2013, that showcases the visions and voices of the Alley Theatre’s Slam Poets. The evening of poetry and theatre that celebrates the talent of local youth takes place Monday, November 11 at 7 p.m. on the Neuhaus Stage. Admission is free. Some performances may contain adult language and adult situations

Last year’s Teenpalooza winners, Ter'ell Cloud  and Jennifer Layer from John H. Reagan High School, went on to win at the state competition at the Texas Youth Poetry Slam while representing Meta-Four Houston, a Writers in the Schools (WITS) project. They then went on to compete at the national competition, Brave New Voices, in Chicago. Ter'ell Cloud will be a featured performer at Teenpalooza Fall 2013.

In addition to Teenpalooza, the Alley Theatre’s Education and Community Engagement Department also offers a Slam Poets Artist-in-Residence Program for local schools. Additionally, the Alley Theatre is partnering closely with WITS to create a city-wide Slam Poets platform for Houston’s newest voices. Together the Alley Theatre and WITS hope to give the tools and space for all teens to explore their individual creativity through spoken word. For rates and additional information, email slampoets@alleytheatre.org or call 713.315.5423.

The Alley Theatre, one of America’s leading not-for-profit theatres, is a nationally recognized performing arts company focused on collaborating with resident actors, visiting artists, directors, designers, dramaturgs, and authors to cultivate the new voices, new works, and new artists of the American theatre. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gregory Boyd and Managing Director Dean R. Gladden, the Alley has also brought its productions to 40 American cities, and to Berlin, Paris, St. Petersburg, and New York’s Lincoln Center, as well as to major European festivals (including two in one season at the Venice Biennale), and Broadway. As a recipient of the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, the Alley creates a wide-ranging repertoire and innovative productions of classics, neglected modern plays, and premieres, as well as new works that will become classics for the future developed through the Alley’s New Play Initiative. The Alley’s productions are built and rehearsed in the Alley Theatre Center for Theatre Production – a 75,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the theatres themselves and are performed on the 824-seat Hubbard Stage and the 310-seat Neuhaus Stage. The Alley continues to pave the way for Houston audiences to experience thought-provoking, diverse and transformative theatre produced and performed by its professional company year round. 

Lincoln's "Hello Again" Tour Drives into Houston

Photo Credit: Aaron Sprecher

Lincoln, the luxury automotive brand, is putting on a multi-city cultural drive experience and it has driven into Houston. The Lincoln “Hello, Again” City Tour offers local residents an opportunity to experience their city’s neighborhoods from a re-imagined perspective behind the wheel of the 2013 MKZ.

Emmitt Smith was on hand for the media event kick off as a Lincoln embassador. 

On the Houston stop of this eleven-city U.S. tour, guests will explore River Oaks, the Heights and a DISH favorite Burning Bones Press as some of the city’s most loved areas “inside the loop”. To create a driving series that goes outside the traditional vehicle experience and showcases Houston’s cultural gems, Lincoln has partnered with local artisans in food, art, architecture and design who are providing exclusive access to how they create uniquely-designed products.

Dan Brady, Communications Marketing Manager, Lincoln. “This drive experience is an opportunity for us to reintroduce people to the Lincoln Motor Company and its fresh, new look with the 2013 MKZ. Lincoln’s commitment to individuality and design attracted some of the greatest innovators of the time. We believe it’s time to reclaim that original spirit by celebrating other visionaries, like the ones you’ll meet on the tour in Houston.”

The Houston tour includes opportunities to step out of the vehicle for customized experiences at partner locations, which include:

* Green living homes from innovative husband-wife design team, Shade House Development

* Original, limited edition prints and etchings from local  art studio,  Burning Bones Pres

* Detailed, quality leather goods from local reinvented artisan, Rugged Gnome

This one of a kind opportunity runs from now through November 10, 2013 each Thursday - Sunday

Lincoln has curated activities along a specified route, which will begin and end at:

  • River Oaks Shopping Center: 2005 West Gray Street, Houston, TX 77019
  • Our Lincoln Gallery location is located next to the River Oaks Theatre on the left

Reservations can be made at:  http://www.lincolnhelloagain.com/events/houston/

There is a BABY Coming!!!

The Houston Zoo is preparing for a big delivery next year.  Following the back to back births of Asian elephant calves Baylor and Tupelo in 2010, the Houston Zoo is making preparations for Shanti, a 23 year old Asian elephant to give birth in January, 2014.

            “The average gestation period for an Asian elephant is 22 months,” said Houston Zoo Director Rick Barongi.  “Our nine member elephant care staff along with our four Zoo veterinarians as well as research partners at Baylor College of Medicine have been monitoring Shanti throughout her pregnancy. We’re looking forward to a successful birth and the new addition to our multigenerational herd,” added Barongi.

            The Houston Zoo’s elephant care staff along with veterinarians have been monitoring the progress of Shanti’s pregnancy with regular ultrasound procedures since the late spring of last year.  Keepers have also been monitoring Shanti’s weight and her diet and leading the expectant mother through a regular exercise program.

            In mid-November, training of a night watch pregnancy monitoring team made up of volunteers and Zoo employees will commence.  The team will observe Shanti via closed circuit TV cameras in the barn at the Zoo’s McNair Asian Elephant Habitat, monitoring and recording her behavior and watching for signs of labor.  The night watch pregnancy monitoring will begin in late November and will continue until the calf’s birth.

             In December, daily blood sample collection to monitor Shanti’s progesterone levels will begin. A steeply declining blood progesterone level typically occurs 3-5 days prior to delivery.

            The Houston Zoo is home to 7 Asian elephants including 3 males and 4 females. Shanti’s last calf was Baylor, a male born May 4, 2010.  Weighing 348-pounds at birth, Baylor was named in recognition of the unprecedented and ongoing advances made by Baylor College of Medicine’s research team to significantly reduce the threat of a potentially lethal elephant herpes virus.


About the Houston Zoo

Founded in 1922, the Houston Zoo is an exciting live animal adventure that provides a unique educational and conservation resource serving more than 2 million guests annually.  Set in a 55-acre lush tropical landscape, the Zoo is home to more than 6,000 exotic animals representing more than 800 species.  Visitors can experience the wonders of Africa at The African Forest, the new 6.5 acre, $40 million addition featuring chimps, rhinos, and giraffes.  Travel to Africa.  No Passport Required.

Mulligans and Mammograms

Mulligans and mammograms were the talk of the day as the greens of the one of the top ten private courses took on a touch of pink on October 28th with the first ever The Rose Golf Classic at Shadow Hawk. The event, chaired by Jeanne Gillen and Ysa McKinney, both members of Shadow Hawk, raised more than $170,000 for The Rose’s mobile mammography program.

Photo Credit: Breakaway Photography 

Among the highlights of the day was an opportunity for the golfers to both see one of the newest mobile vans in The Rose’s fleet as well as an introduction to the equipment and screening procedure. Celebrity golfers Roger Clemens and Doug Dawson both agreed to undergo a version of screening – with their fists.

Also included in the day was a mini clinic with Paul Marchand, the club’s General Manager and Head Golf Professional.

“The Rose now covers 25 counties and last year provided mobile screenings for more than 7,300 women,” Dorothy Gibbons, CEO and Co-Founder of The Rose, told the crowd at the awards dinner. “The generosity of our sponsors and underwriters as well as each individual team member is so appreciated by our board, staff, and most importantly, the women we serve. Access to care is critical and our mobile vans make that access possible.”

Sponsors for the event include Marathon Oil, Pinnacle Financial Strategies, Woodforest Bank and Andrew and Isabell McKinney/Litchfield Cavo LLP. Underwriters are Buffalo Flange; Garcia Hamilton Associates; Painting with a Twist, La Marque; and Alex Rodriguez Mercedes-Benz.

The Rose is a nonprofit breast health care organization with two centers and a mobile fleet, serving nearly 35,000 women annually. The Rose Galleria is located at 5420 West Loop South, Suite 3300. The Rose Southeast is at 12700 N. Featherwood. For more information on the mobile program visitwww.TheRose.org.


Is it Art? Is it Food?? It is BOTH!!

What Enhance your experience of Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna, 1897–1907 by slipping into Café Vienna to enjoy Austrian music, bites, coffee and wine in a café environment specially designed by Punita Valambhia Interiors in collaboration with Decorative Center Houston.

After refreshments, curators Cindi Strauss and Marissa Hershon discuss Koloman Moser’s work and invite guests on an exclusive tour of the exhibition. These special viewings take place on select Mondays, when the Museum is closed to the public.

Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna, 1897–1907 is the first museum retrospective in the United States to focus on Viennese artist and designer Koloman Moser (1868–1918), a leading figure in the modern design revolution that swept Vienna at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibition surveys his career in 200 objects including furniture, jewelry, textiles, prints and designs for architectural interiors.

When: Mondays, October 28, November 4 and November 11

Seatings at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Where:  Lower Level, Audrey Jones Beck Building

5601 Main Street

Houston, Texas 77005

Details: Admission is $55 for MFAH Members and $65 for nonmembers. Find more information and purchase tickets online at www.mfah.org/cafevienna.  

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