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KPFT is hosting a roast and celebration of Ray Hill, community activist, radio personality, and past longtime host of "The Prison Show". The roast will be held at 7 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the University of Houston Hilton and we invite you to come, celebrate Ray Hill's life and accomplishments, along with Mayor Annise Parker, Senator John Whitmire, and many other Houston luminaries.
The schedule of events is planned to be:
- VIP reception in a UofH Hilton suite with complimentary bar from 6-7 pm
- Ray Hill Roast and Gala in the UofH Hilton Waldorf Astoria room starting at 7 pm, Dinner will be served
And don't pass up the chance to win some fabulous items in the Roast's silent auction. We're starting the bidding on line and the bidding will finish at the Roast on April 4, so if you want to be sure to win you want to be sure to be there. Here's the link to the Auction: http://www.biddingOwl.com/KPFT901FM
Phone Volunteers Needed For Spring Fund Drive
KPFT's Spring Pledge Drive is almost here, and we're in need of phone volunteers to answer pledge calls. This important fund raising effort will run April 24th through May 14, 2015, and we greatly appreciate any time you are able to spend with us!
KPFT New Orleans Jazz Festival Weekend Getaway Raffle
Enter KPFT's Jazz festival weekend getaway
raffle, where the prize is a pair of weekend passes to the New
Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and 3 day Condo stay on the
weekend of May 1st to the 3rd. Proceeds of this raffle
At the festival you'll be able to see Lenny Kravitz, Elton
John, Aaron Neville, and a host of other musical acts. The
recently renovated condo, Bluegreen Club La Pension, is
located at the edge of the historic French Quarter. Club La
Pension is steps away from the food, nightlife and culture of
the Big Easy which you will experience if you win.
Tickets are 5 dollars for one and 20 dollars for five. Get
your tickets at KPFT, 419 Lovett Blvd, from 10 to 6 pm every
weekday or call 713-526-4000 and ask for Tony. Sales begin on
February 20 and will continue until April 14; the drawing will
be on April 15, 2015.
Click "Show More" for official rules for the raffle
City Council Meeting begins Wednesday at 9:00 A-M and goes on until 4:00 P-M, in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd Floor of City Hall located on 901 Bagby Street, Houston. Meeting lengths vary.
National Museum of Funeral History features 19th Century Mourning Customs. Grief was more than just an emotion for Americans during the 1800s - it was a way of life. The exhibit “19th Century Mourning Customs” draws on the Museum's extensive knowledge about how death was handled in this period. Museum is located on 415 Barren Springs Drive, Houston. For more information about opening hours and ticket prices call 281-876-3063.
Continental Club presents Paul Ramirez Band. Versatile Houston blues-rockers the Paul Ramirez Band's sets are mellow enough for a late-night lounge vibe, only pocked with heavier, Cream-like moments of pure jam and sometimes a cover of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick In the Wall, Part 2" that heads straight to the planetarium, the group balances a keyboard-heavy Latin-jazz groove with Ramirez's probing guitar solos, some of which can get pretty far out there. Tonight at 9:00 P-M, admission is free. Continental Club on 3700 Main, Houston. Call for more information: 713-529-9899.
Stages Repertory Theatre: Stupid F##king Bird. The Seagull, Russian dramatist Anton Chekhov’s take on life, love and artistic integrity, was first produced in 1896. Almost 120 years later, playwright and director Aaron Posner has adapted the show for modern audiences. With brief nudity, copious swearing and audience participation, Bird was hailed the best Chekhov
adaptation in two decades by LA Weekly. For information about showtimes and ticket prices, call 713-527-0123 or visit stagestheatre.com. Through April 12, tonight at 7:30 P-M. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway.
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Museum of Fine Artspresents Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait. Houstonians get an expanded look at treasures from the Middle Eastern and Asian art
in this new exhibit. For more information, call 713-639-7300 or visit mfah.org. Through January 30, 2016. Today open from 10:00 A-M until 9:00 P-M. The Museum of Fine Arts - Brown Auditorium Theater is located on 1001 Bissonnet.
Lawndale Art Centerpresents Anthony Sonnenberg exhibit "With Wild Abandon". Texas-born artist Anthony Sonnenberg, who now hails from Seattle explains his work as an exploration of “how we indulge”. Sonnenberg incorporates taxidermy, ceramics, porcelain, textiles, tchotchkes, photography and self-portraits in his work. “Indulgence is something that we enter upon by choice. We ask ourselves: What thing can I have that will make me happy?” For information, call 713-528-5858 or visit lawndaleartcenter.org. Admission is free. Through April 18. Closed on Sundays. Location 4912 Main St. Houston.
Becoming Modern: Nineteenth-Century French Drawings from The Morgan Library & Museum and The Menil Collection. The show includes works on paper by five artists who importantly impacted the development of drawing at the formative beginnings of modernism: Eugène Delacroix, Vincent van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Paul Cézanne, and Odilon Redon. The exhibit is on display until June 14, 2015. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, 11:00 A-M to 7:00 P-M. The Menil Collection is located at 1533 Sul Ross. Phone 713 525 9400. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. McClain Gallery is pleased to introduce to Houston the works of Mara Held in a solo exhibition of recent paintings and works on paper. These energetic yet delicate paintings on linen and paper use swirling organic forms that suggest lyricism and spontaneity, yet her medium of choice requires great dexterity and meticulousness. The McClain Gallery is located at 2242 Richmond Ave. Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 A-M to 5:30 P-M. Saturday 11:00 A-M. to 5:00 P-M. Admission is free. On site parking is available. For more information you may call 713-520-9988. On view through April 18, 2015.
Theatre Suburbiapresents Murder by Natural Causes by Tim Kelly. A murder mystery, adapted from the television play by Richard Levinson and William Link. Laughter combined with thrills delivers what mystery fans love most—taut suspense with an ingenious plot. Runs till March 28, 2015. Theatre Suburbia on 4106 Way Out West Drive, Suite N, you may call 713-682-3525 for more information about tickets and prizes.
Artist Boat is now booking Eco-Art Adventures by Kayak (scholarships for students available). For more information visit artistboat.org.
Arts Brookfield presents renowned Houston sculptor Ben Woitena, who is known for his small and large scale works with wood, steel and stone. The work of Ben Woitena is filled with his life experiences made richer with subconscious images. His is a personal narrative reflecting a series of relationships with imagery in the stone and a form emerges. The exhibit will run through Monday, June 1. Admission is free. Heritage Plaza is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 A-M - 6:00 P-M and is located at 1111 Bagby.
Rice Office of STEM Education events:
Open House for Community College Students to Learn about research internships in our labs this summer in nanotechnology. For more information and to register: rstem.rice.edu, -- 6pm April 1st
Energy Exploration Academy is for 9th grade students to learn about all different forms of energy and how it affects our environment -- June 2015
Middle School Computer Engineering Design for Young Women is a two week on-campus program now recruiting -- July 2015
RSTEM is currently recruiting teachers to attend professional development programs including the Rice Elementary Model Science Lab, the Conoco-Phillips Applied Math Program, the Rice Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching program.
The American Way of Life online in the post-Snowden era. How much have you changed your virtual behavior? A new survey by the Pew Research Center shows that some people have changed their behaviors in response to surveillance. 34% has taken at least one step to hide information from the government. Changing the settings on their social media profiles, using less email, uninstall certain apps or at least use them less. But the majority probably thinks it does not concern me. Go for more information to www.pewinternet.org and search for #privacy.
The American Cancer Society would like to build a Hope Lodge which provides relatives of cancer patients with affordable lodgings close to Houston’s sought after medical center. There is still a gap of 12 million dollar; 8 when you take into count the offer of Texans owners Bob and Janice McNair who will match 50 cents to every dollar Houston will be able to raise. The 32nd lodge will be the biggest in the country -no surprise.
The 11th Houston Jewish Film Festival continues its tradition of presenting an entertaining, thought-provoking and high-quality line-up comprised of the best Jewish and Israeli films from across the world. This year's festival includes documentaries, dramas, comedies and musicals, presented at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Holocaust Museum Houston and River Oaks Theater. For more information visit www.erjcchouston.org/arts/jewish-film-festival.
The University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery presents Contemporary Prints from Veracruz, a selection of 26 works by faculty and alumni of the University of Veracruz’s School of Fine Arts in Xalapa, Mexico. Admission is free. On view till March 26th at University of Houston - Clear Lake (Art Gallery on 2700 Bay Area Blvd. Gallery hours: Monday - Thursday: 9 A-M - 6 P-M, Friday: 9 A-M - noon. Closed on weekends, university holidays, and during exhibition installations.
“Amazing Universe: The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not®” at Space Center Houston. How do you measure up against Robert Wadlow, the world’s tallest man? Or have you everseen a model replica of the International Space Station made entirely out of matchsticks? The multimedia hands-on exhibit includes sections such as Extreme Biology, Cultural Practices, and the Gallery of the Unexpected. Through April 26. For information call 281-244-2100 or visit spacecenter.org. The Space Center Houston is located on 1601 NASA Road 1.
SXSW Overflow Fest brought to you by Super Happy Fun Land. Now in its 11th year, Overflow fest runs from Thursday through March 25, or about twice as long as its Austin quasi-doppelganger, and also throws open its doors to artists from all over the map for example: Argentina, Japan, D.C., Boston and even Houston. From 5:00 P-M, on 3801 Polk. For more information you may call 713-880-2100 or visit allevents.in/houston/sxsw-overflow-fest-2015.
Houston Center for Photography presents Bill Armstrong: Buddha & Mandala. Bill Armstrong: Buddha & Mandala depicts luminous images of the artist’s interpretation of Mandalas. Nodding to certain themes in the Buddhist religion, Armstrong alters the depiction of the cosmos and life through his use of abstraction and alteration. Through the use of his technique and the pulse of color, the artist allows the viewer a chance to meditate on these spiritually centered photographs upon viewing. On view until April 26, in the HCP Gallery on 1441 W. Alabama. For more information on this exhibition, visit: hcponline.org/exhibitions.
Arts Brookfield presents “Through The Lariat’s Loop”, a dynamic installation which includes the captivating photography of Geoff Winningham, the penetrating bronze sculptures of Clay Dahberg, selected paintings from The Bobbie and John L. Nau Collection, an M.L. Leddy handmade saddle and boots as well as others which date back to the 1890’s. You may visit this exposition at Total Plaza on 1201 Louisiana Lobby Level. Monday and Friday from 8:00 A-M till 6:00 P-M, Tuesday through Thursday 10:00 A-M till 4:00 P-M. Runs through April 14, 2015. For more information you may visit artsbrookfield.com. Free event.
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts and Williams Reaves Fine Art Gallery team up to present“Painting in the Texas Tradition: Contemporary Texas Regionalism.” The exhibition features work from 15 of the state’s most established regionalist artists, whose paintings, drawings and prints capture Texas landscapes, city scenes and home life. Pearl Fincher Director Timothy Novak notes that the artists are “aware of the tradition of painting the Texas landscape, but with a twist.” Modern buildings and farm equipment are often seen as naturally embedded in the land as rocks and cacti. Exhibit is open 10:00 A-M to 5:00 P-M every Monday through Saturday until May 16, On Thursday the expo is open until 8:00 P-M. Located at 6815 Cypresswood Drive in Spring. For information call 281.376.6322 or visit pearlmfa.org
Admission is free.
Discovery Green presents “Core Focused Yoga”. Yoga postures train the body for strength and flexibility. Dynamic flow sequences get the body warm and the heart pumping, while long-held poses strengthen and stretch the muscles. Rigorous classes with mindfulness and compassion to help you discover your own body's intelligence. You are welcome to bring your own yoga mat, a towel and water every Tuesday 6:30 P-M till 7:30 P-M. Pre-registration is not required, participants must sign a release form prior to exercising. This event is free.
Main Street Theater features “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley”. This play is based on the book “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown. Described as a “musical travelogue”, Stanley is stamped and posted from Hollywood to France, to Honolulu and elsewhere. Through his journey, Stanley discovers that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Talento Bilingue de Houston is located at 333 S. Jensen Drive. For showtimes and ticket information see their website MainstreetTheater.com. Tickets vary in price depending on time and day, but average price $17.
Houston Media Source offers free “TV and Radio Producer Orientations”. Join like-minded individuals and share your creative genius at Houston’s Public access station. Get started by attending one of their free orientation sessions held on Mondays at 6:00 P-M. If you have questions you may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Located at 410 Roberts. No RSVP required.
Octavia Art Gallery opening reception for “Meditations on Nature: Selected Works by Sherry Owens and Suzi Davidoff”. Owens and Davidoff both use natural elements as their media to explore environmental
concerns and celebrate an emotional connection to the flora of Texas.
Owens meticulously builds her unique sculptures using crepe-myrtle
twigs, creating densely chaotic nest-like forms that read like open
drawings in space. Davidoff creates drawings, paintings, prints and
installations that consider intricate patterns in nature and the
overlaying systems used to observe, map and define organic landscapes.
On view through April 8. Opening night begins at 5:00 P-M. Octavia Art
Gallery is located at 3637 W. Alabama St.
Project Row Houses presents: “As Long as these Weeds and Green Grass Grow” is an exhibition of paintings and drawings by collaborators Jamal Cyrus and Walter Stanciell.
Taking its title from the poem The Signifying Monkey, the exhibition
connects black oral and literary traditions to the practice of
text-based painting. The resulting works utilize the visual elements of
Third Ward Sign painting to remember, acknowledge, or disavow important
figures and narratives within the development of American expressive
culture. Exhibition on view until June 21, 2015. Wednesday - Sunday,
12:00 P-M - 5:00 P-M. Project Row Houses on 2500 Holman.
The landmark exhibit "Heart and Seoul: Growing up in Korea" gets its world premiere at our own Children's Museum of Houston.
Put together by the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series,
this is a first-of-its-kind exploration of modern-day South Korea for
kids. There are several areas for kids to check out, including an
animation studio where visitors can try their hand at stop-motion
animation. Musically inclined kids will enjoy the K-Pop Stars Studio,
where they can get on camera and "perform" with popular K-Pop singers.
There's a taekwondo studio, where kids can practice their moves and
learn about the 2,000-year-old martial arts form. The exhibit also
includes a plaza, a restaurant, an apartment, a classroom and a hanok
guesthouse. Children's Museum of Houston is open daily from 10:00 A-M till 6:00 P-M, On Sunday from noon till 6:00 P-M. On 1500 Binz Street.
The Menil Collection presents “TAKIS: The Fourth Dimension”.
According to scientist/artist Takis, the fourth dimension is made up of
invisible energy. This collection of fascinating and groundbreaking
artwork by the artist present a story of scientific exploration
expressed through the medium of art. To reveal the power of fourth
dimensional forces, Takis invented new forms: paintings that incorporate
three-dimensional components held in mid-air by magnets, antenna like
statues that gently collide to produce spontaneous sounds, and kinetic
sculptures, which are played by electro-magnetic currents causing
cacophonous “naked music”. The Menil Collection on 1515 Sul Ross, open
Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 A-M till 7:00 P-M. Through July
2015. Free admission, donations are appreciated.
The San Jacinto Monument is dedicated to the “heroes of the Battle of San Jacinto and all others who contributed to the independence of Texas”. The Monument was a Public Works Administration project, started in April 1936 and completed 3 years later in April 1939. The Monument contains a museum, gift shop, an elevator to the top of the Monument and a viewing of the film, “Texas Forever” which runs for 35 minutes and depicts some of the events of the Texas Revolution and the Battle of San Jacinto. The San Jacinto Monument is located at 3523 Independence Parkway South, La Porte Texas. Open every day from 9:00 A-M to 6:00 P-M. Entrance to the park is free.
Port of Houston Authority“Sam Houston Boat Tours”. Experience an
unforgettable voyage through one of the busiest ports in the world. Take
a 90 minute ride on the Port of Houston public tour vessel. The ride
will take you through the Port of Houston where you will see
international cargo vessels and operations at the Port’s Turning Basin
Terminal. Tours are from Tuesday through Saturday, between 8:00 A-M to
5:00 P-M. This tour is free and open to the public but reservations are
required since they book up quickly. For tour information and
reservations register online at portofhouston.com.
Museum of Natural Science: “Samuri: The Way of the Warrior”. This
exhibit is composed of a rare, one of a kind collection outside of
Japan. On display are Samuri armor and complex weaponry thought to be
some of the most beautiful works of art in addition to being
technologically advanced for its time. This exhibit also includes
writing tools since Samuri’s were known to be Japanese government
administrators. Exhibit runs through September 7th. Open from 9:00 A-M
till 6:00 P-M, daily. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is located
at 5555 Hermann Park Drive. For more information visit www.hmns.org.
Live performances for children and adults every Saturday, 2pm in Northwest Mall
phone: 713 682 5044
Cirque du Soleil presents Amaluna. Amaluna invites audiences to a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter's coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honors femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance, which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. 8 P-M at Sam Houston Race Park on 7575 North Sam Houston Parkway W.
Houston Museum of Natural Science "Shark!"
The exhibit with special focus on sharks found in the Gulf of Mexico, gives visitors an alternative view of what most people consider a deadly predator. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 A-M till 6:00 P-M. Exhibits is on show until March 22. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive.
One Allen Center Gallery : Tunnel of Love by The Art Guys. Arts Brookfield has commissioned The Art Guys to exhibit a never-before-seen Tunnel of Love in One Allen Center Gallery from February 12th through May 9th. Inspired by fun houses, carnival tunnels of love, circus sideshow experiences, black holes and unicorns, ‘The Tunnel of Love’ is a fantastical, pleasurable and funny interaction for tenants and visitors to the Allen Center. One Allen Center on 500 Dallas Street.
Photographer of the Year’ exhibit “Glimpse of the Underworld” by
Christian Vizl at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. For the 50th
year the Natural History Museum in London and the BBC Worldwide have
organized photo competition. In 2014 some 42,000 images were submitted
from 96 countries. The exhibit, on a worldwide tour to six continents,
features the top photographs from both adults and young people. The
exhibition will be on display through May 31, 9:00 A-M to 5:00 P-M
daily. Houston Museum of Natural Science on 5555 Hermann Park Drive.
Center of Houston presents the exhibition Shahla Rosa: A Journey Beyond
Subconscious Surrealism. The composition of Shahla Rosa, a Canadian –
American Surrealist artist, are inspired by Andre Breton, Sigmond Freud,
and Dante Alighieri, and deal with themes of human nature and the
subconscious. She paints her deepest thoughts on canvas in an attempt to
shed light on her inner self, searching through what she calls the
Awaken Subconscious and interpreting her emotional reactions to the
world’s beauty and falsity in a search of universal truths. The
exhibition is on view through February 26. Jung Center of Houston 5200
The annual photography exhibition Eye on Houston:
High School Documentary Photography offers a unique view of Houston
through the eyes of local high school students. This year's presentation
features 54 photographs by juniors and seniors from three schools: Jack
Yates High School, César E. Chávez High School and Bellaire High
School, who have been covering Third Ward, East End and city of
Bellaire. The young photographers were challenged to create images that
capture the distinctive personality of each community and its
inhabitants. At the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, on 1001 Bissonnet Street.
Jay Dooling Passes
Longtime Irish Aires host
Jay Dooling, longtime host of KPFT's Irish Aires show, lost his battle with cancer in a Dallas Hospital. Jay was involved with any and every Irish political, cultural or musical organization in Houston, and served on many of the boards of these organizations . Jay and his wife Bertha, who was always at the station to answer phones, spent the last few years between traveling the world...and relaxing at their little cottage south of Dublin. We will miss you Jay!
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