Mix a grumpy old man, a brilliant chef and a cultural anthropologist together and you might have something close to the inimitable Anthony Bourdain.
Bourdain rose to fame with his bestselling tell-all about the restaurant industry, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, a no-holds-barred look at his career in some of Manhattan's most illustrious restaurants. He continues to challenge and excite foodies through his global culinary explorations on the Travel Channel's hit series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, a look at foreign cultures through the currency of food, served with a healthy dose of snark.
Bourdain will be sharing his signature wit and observations in Houston as the 2010-2011 Society for the Performing Arts season opener on September 20 at Jones Hall. He'll be sharing behind-the-scenes moments from his life in entertainment and food.
Bourdain's addition is the cherry on top of a delicious ice cream sundae of a season for SPA. Ranging from Latin beats to Asian acrobats, Society for the Performing Arts is bringing national and global talent in dance, music and words to Houston.
— Grammy-winning Cuban music legends Buena Vista Social Club on Oct. 8.
— NPR's This American Life host and producer Ira Glass on Oct. 9 with "Ira Glass: Radio Stories and Other Stories," a behind-the-scenes exchange about how he creates compelling narratives from individuals across the country for his program.
— Acclaimed surrealist dance troupe MOMIX on Oct. 15-16.
— Flamenco queen Buika on Nov. 12.
— The daring and spellbinding Peking Acrobats, on their silver anniversary tour, (Jan. 27-28, 2011).
— Grammy-Award-winning African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Feb. 4, 2011).
— Ella, a musical featuring the works and life of jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald (Feb. 17-18, 2011).
— Las Vegas megastars Blue Man Group (March 9-13, 2011).
— Acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble (April 2, 2011), blending Eastern and Western classical music tradition.
— Humorist David Sedaris, reading selection from his soon-to-be-released book Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk (April 19, 2011).