• Heart Chamber Orchestra
    Photo courtesy of Terminal Beach
  • A scene from SuperEverything* presented by The Light Surgeons
  • Aaron Landsman, City Council Meeting
    Photo courtesy of Aaron Landsman
  • Lynne McCabe
    Courtesy Photo
  • Dario Robleto, The Invention of Loss
    Courtesy Photo
  • Heart Chamber Orchestra
    Photo courtesy of Terminal Beach

  • Emma Donoghue's Astray
  • Author Emma Donoghue
    Photo by © Nina Subin
  • Author Hari Kunzru
    Photo by Michael Lionstar
  • Hari Kunzru's Gods Without Men

  • Houstonian Allysen Hooks with B.J. Randolph, Evan Teitelbaum and Michael J.Clark in John Heginbotham's Closing Bell
    Photo by Amber Star Merkens
  • Victoria Jaiani and Miguel Angel Blanco of The Joffrey Ballet in Son of ChamberSymphony
    Photo by Christopher Duggan
  • Victoria Jaiani and Miguel Angel Blanco of The Joffrey Ballet in Son of ChamberSymphony
    Photo by Christopher Duggan
  • Lauren Edson and Travis Walker of Trey McIntyre Project in Bad Winter
  • Artists of the Houston MET Dance Company
    Photo by Christopher Duggan
  • Artists of the Houston MET Dance Company
    Photo by Christopher Duggan
  • Performing at The Pillow, Houston MET Dance Company artists
    Photo by Christopher Duggan

  • Vanessa Cerda-Alonzo's "Por Simple Ser Mujer" (Just for Being a Woman) capturedhow women at Baker-Ripley imagined themselves inside and out.
    Photo by Anthony Rathbun
  • Powerhouse musical force LiveSoul blues troupe closed the musicale with fivefervent high-decibel songs inspired by Kashmere Gardens Elementary School andcommunity.
    Photo by Anthony Rathbun
  • The chatter in the post-concert reception indicated that those present weretouched by the sharing of personal stories and were curious to track down whatelse is hidden in the document archives of Home and Place.
    Photo by Anthony Rathbun
  • Sandra Bernhard hopes that these creative conversations can be permanentlyetched in the spirit of the community.
    Photo by Anthony Rathbun

  • Director Kelly Ann Vitacca has launched Vitacca Productions & Company, anambitious plan, including impressive guest artists, choreographic fellowships,community outreach performances and open master classes.
    Photo by Eric Hester
  • At 17, Houston Chamber Choir is the oldest professional choir in Houston.Artistic director Robert Simpson leads the group.
    Photo by Jeff Grass
  • Executive director Rich Levy marvels at Inprint's impact on the Houston writingcommunity. The organization recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.
    Photo by Felix Sanchez
  • UH Cynthia Wood Mitchell Center plans to celebrates two anniversaries. Here is ascene from the Heart Chamber Orchestra, collaboration with the Aurora PictureShow.
    Photo by Antti Ahonen
  • Da Camera celebrates its 25th anniversary with a shiny new composition by PierreJalbert next month.
    Photo by David A. Brown
  • Don't let the age of Frame Dance Productions fool you. Founder Lydia Hance hasmade her mark in two years. Here, Brit Wallis, Jacquelyne Boe, Ashley Horn,Kristen Frankiewicz and Alex Soares perform Context.
    Photo by Bruce Aleksander
  • Classical Theatre Company is nearly five but is very precocious. Here's a scenefrom the inaugural production from fall of 2008: Shylock, the Jew of Veniceadapted from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.
    Photo by Natalie Johnston

  • Henry Darragh
  • Henry Connick Jr. and his way with the ladies definitely encouraged HenryDarragh.
    Photo courtesy of Harry Connick, Jr.
  • Kat Edmonson is another influence for Darragh.
    Photo by Koko Bonparte

  • The Capital One Bank Theater District Open House, set for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday,is your opportunity to amuse-bouche what's aesthetically delicious during the2012-13 arts calendar.
    Photo by Fayza A. Elmostehi
  • The free event hosts many performances, backstage tours and meet-and-greets withartists. Crafty activities suitable for children and the young at heart includea costume trunk and a musical instrument petting zoo.A cast member from STOMP, presented by Society for the Performing Arts, willoffer interactive performances.
    Photo by Oleg Micheyev
  • Houston Symphony's big musical splash at 4 p.m. crowns Theater District OpenHouse.

  • Lumpkin believes that pairing Spamalot (pictured here) with Camelot as part ofTUTS' new season is brilliant
  • Bruce Lumpkin, the new creative director at TUTS
  • Lumpkin directed the TUTS production of White Christmas.
    Photo by Bruce Bennett
  • Lumpkin also directed the TUTS production of Miss Saigon.
    Photo by Chris Bennion
  • Lumpkin believes that expanding smaller productions to the smaller Zilkha Hallin the Hobby Center, pictured here, will help TUTS grow. Its large productionsare shown at Sarofirm Hall at Hobby.

  • A scene from the Broadway production of Chinglish
    Chinglish Broadway/Facebook

  • Photo by Bethany Quillian
  • Photo by Bethany Quillian
  • Photo by Bethany Quillian
  • Photo by Bethany Quillian
  • Photo by Bethany Quillian
  • Photo by Bethany Quillian
  • Photo by Bethany Quillian
  • Photo by Bethany Quillian
  • Photo by Bethany Quillian

  • LAYOVER: Houston Airport System Portable Art Collection Preview at AllianceGallery is a small assemblage that comprises 10 paintings, sculptures andmixed-media pieces that represent roughly 15 percent of Houston Airport System'sgrowing Portable Art Collection.
  • Mary Helene Gagneux's kiln-formed glass piece, Harmonius Void, has a strikingpresence, yet the undulating navy blue shades soften the otherwise imposing,decisive shape.
  • A vibrant plexiglass sculpture by Jonathan Leach layers harsh geometry withintensely hued rhythmical lines.
  • Matthew Lennon
    Photo courtesy of Houston Arts Alliance

  • The amazing Jeremy Choate standing in the light
    Photo by © Lynn Lane
  • Suchu Dance artists in Ella Paradise, with light design by Jeremy Choate
    Photo by Lorie Garcia
  • Jacquelyne Boe is bathed in Jeremy Choate's lighting design for Photo Box D inSplitting the Night, choreographed by Andy Noble and Dionne Sparkman Noble.
    Photo by © Lynn Lane
  • A scene from All Those Vanishes Engines, with lighting by Jeremy Choate
  • Catalina Molnari in Toni Valle's Tetris
    Photo and Lighting by Jeremy Choate
  • Erik Hellman in The Stage Repertory Theater's production of Will Eno's Oh! TheHumanity, with lighting by Jeremy Choate
    Photo by © Bruce Bennett
  • Artists of NobleMotion Dance in Photo Box D
    Photo and Lighting by Jeremy Choate

  • Jean Baptiste Lenglet, Welcome, 2012, edition of 10, silkscreen on paper, $200
  • Jonathan Leach, 9 Solutions to 1 problem (detail), 2012, multiple of 9, spraypaint, ink and pencil on paper, $100
  • Harry Gamboa, Jr., Alarmist Gets Her Curl, 2005, from the series Siren'sPost-Acid Complex, edition of 40, $1,800
  • Lewis Mauk, Green Oral-B, serigraph, edition of 10, $500
  • Justin Amrhein, Anisoptera Engine, 2012, edition of 10, cyanotype blue print andacrylic on paper, $1,000
  • Goedele Peeters, The Gift, 2012, edition of 15, woodcut relief, $300
  • Robert Dansby, Desertsongs,1990, edition of 10, seven hand-colored lithographson paper, $1,000
  • Rosane Volchan O'Conor, Untitled, 2011, edition of 50, silkscreen on paper, $500

  • Delicia Harvey, Aurora Picture Show's executive director, is moving on from thealternative media presenter.
  • She joins her husband, videographer John Carrithers, in helping run the family'sbusiness, Carrithers Studio.
  • Associate director Rachel Blackney take on the role, with support from curatorMary Magsamen, media arts instructor and video archivist Camilo Gonzalez,membership and administrative associate Jessica Knapp and facilities manager GuyHarrison.

  • Jane Alexander, Corporal, 2008, pigment print on cotton paper
  • Jane Alexander, African Adventure (detail), 1999-?-2002, fiberglass and plastersculptures, earth and found miscellaneous objects
    Photo by Mark Lewis
  • Jane Alexander, Missing, 2004, pigment print on cotton paper
  • Jane Alexander, Bom Boys (detail), 1998, fiberglass sculptures, found clothingand fiberboard squares
  • Jane Alexander, Harbinger with Rainbow, 2004, pigment print on cotton paper

  • Hope Stone dance company in a dramatic moment rehearsing for Lemonade Stand
    Photo by Simon Gentry
  • Courtney Jones and Candace Rattliff of Hope Stone Dance Company rehearsing JaneWeiner's Lemonade Stand
    Photo by Simon Gentry
  • It was in a rehearsal watching Houston Ballet's Joseph Walsh that I decided hewould be a principal soon. He was promoted a few months later.
    Photo by Amitava Sarkar
  • Working with Hana Sakai on the Dominic Walsh Dance Company's productionof Camille Claudel
    Photo by Traci Matlock
  • Lindsey McGill and Shohei Iwahama rehearse their newest duet for Hope StoneDance's third Lemonade Stand performance.
    Photo by Simon Gentry
  • Jesus Acosta and Brit Wallis run a section of Wreck-We-Umm set to premieretonight through Saturday as part of Hope Stone's Lemonade Stand.
    Photo by Simon Gentry

  • A current photo of the former Cleburne Cafeteria building which DiverseWorksplans to make its new home
    Photo by Joel Luks
  • After 20 years of offering alternative visual and performance arts programmingin its just north-of-downtown loft-like warehouse, DiverseWorks ArtSpace ispreparing to move on.
  • Elizabeth Dunbar, executive director.
    Photo by Celesta Danger

  • The Light Surgeons' SuperEverything* is an explosive live cinema performanceincorporating multiple projections across over-sized screens.
  • SuperEverything* layers together stunning documentary footage and motiongraphics with an original, live electronic musical score.
  • Mark your calendar for SuperEverything* on Nov. 9 and 10 at the Asia SocietyTexas Center.

  • Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
  • Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
  • Krumping corpses courtesy of FrenetiCore Dance Theater's Kira Boerkircher,Rebecca French, Taylor Martin, Mollie Miller, Dorianne Castillo-Rivera andMallory Horn.
    Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
  • Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
  • Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
  • Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
  • Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
  • Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
  • A scene from Zombietopia.
    Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
  • Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
  • Raunchy cyborgs with a penchant for blood and green slime — accessorized byfeathers, shiny tassels and pearl-studded lingerie. . .
    Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
  • . . . stripped 1920s burlesque-style in an impish cabaret. The trio of dancersis better known as Dem Damn Dames.
    Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
  • ChinaCat Dance's dominatrices-cum-vixens in torn fishnets, gold bustiers andcombat boots. . .
    Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com
  • . . . seduced with fire blazing from their fingers.
    Photo by © Chinh Phan/CultureMapSNAP.com

  • Pickett played Ferris Bueller's mother, Katie, in the classic 1986 movie, FerrisBueller's Day Off.
    Courtesy Photo
  • Cindy Pickett as Gertrude and Benjamin Reed as Hamlet from the HoustonShakespeare Festival's production of Hamlet
    Photo by Chase Pedigo/University of Houston
  • Cindy Pickett
    Courtesy Photo

  • ROCO's 2012-13 season, titled "Feast Your Ears," is a tuneful banquet, somethingthat the group's subscribers have become accustomed to since the orchestra'sinception in 2005.
    Photo by David Brown
  • Founder and oboist Alecia Lawyer's goal in programming concerts is to allow theconductor, soloist and orchestra to bring something personal to audiences.
  • Spanish maestro Josep Caballe-Domenech, last seen with the Texas Music Festivalthis summer, hones in on Argentine works by Arriaga, Ginastera and Turina at theopening concert on Oct. 6-7.
  • Conductor Andre Raphel, music director of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, leadsthe final concert on April 20-21.

  • The Houston Shakespeare Festival kicks off Friday night with Hamlet.
    HoustonFestivalCompany.com
  • David Rainey and Benjamin Reed in Hamlet
    Photo by Chase Pedigo/University of Houston

  • Amy Fote will perform the lead in Madame Butterfly, choreographed by StantonWelch, Sept. 6-16.
    Photo by Maarten Holl
  • Amy Fote
    Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
  • Amy Fote and Ian Casady in Little Dancer, choreographed by James Kudelka
    Photo by Amtiava Sarkar
  • Amy Fote and Andrew Murphy in Onegin, choreographed by John Cranko
    Photo by Amtiava Sarkar
  • Amy Fote and artists of Houston Ballet in Clear, choreographed by Stanton Welch
    Photo by Amtiava Sarkar

  • Misha Penton with the cast of Klytemnestra at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.Meredith Harris, from left, Kyle Evans, Misha Penton and Meg Brooker
    Photo by Dave Nickerson
  • Melissa Toogood and Marcie Munnerlyn performing at G Gallery as part 104 WorkWeeks: On Tour With the Merce Cunningham Dance Company: The Drawings of KennethE. Parris III
    Photo by Alex Barber
  • Former Merce Cunningham Dance Company member Marcie Munnerlyn performing at GGallery as part 104 Work Weeks: On Tour With the Merce Cunningham Dance Company:The Drawings of Kenneth E. Parris III
    Photo by Alex Barber
  • The Bridge Club, Natural Resources, live performance and installation atLawndale Art Center in 2010
    Photo by Matthew Weedman
  • The Bridge Club in Medium
    Photo by Matthew Weedman

  • Mayor Annise Parker, who claims to have made the Arts a focus during her tenurein office, hopes to draw more creatives to the city.
    Photo by Whitney Radley
  • The July 2012 report paints Houston's creative sector as an important andgrowing influence on the city's economy.