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ART, MUSIC, DANCE AND FILM CONVERGE AT 3rd ANNUAL JULYDOSCOPE
Houston Cinema Arts Society, Discovery Green, QFest,Dance Source Houston and Theatre Under the Stars
Present an Unforgettable Evening on July 20, 2013
HOUSTON – Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) has joined forces with QFest, Dance Source Houston, Discovery Green and Theatre Under The Stars to present the 3rd Annual Julydoscope – a free evening of art, music, dance, and film at Discovery Green in downtown Houston on July 20. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with performances on the Anheuser-Busch Stage by five high-energy, multi-dance company acts curated by Dance Source Houston, followed by a screening at 8:30 p.m. of the 1988 film Hairspray, the inspiration for the Broadway musical.
Julydoscope 2013 features dance performances by Houston-based dance companies Impande ye Africa, Samskriti, Frame Dance, MECA and FrenetiCore. HCAS will conduct a film trivia contest between each performance, along with a “Best Beehive” contest after the final dance performance. Audience members are encouraged to wear costumes in the Hairspray-inspired 1960s tradition of bouffant hair, oversized bows, striped outfits, thin ties, short-sleeve shirts, poofy skirts and fitted sweaters.
Impande ye Africa, “The Root of Africa,”is a theatre production and performing arts company founded in 2012 that produces and presents African‑centered dance forms and contemporary works of art. Samskriti, named after a Sanksrit word meaning “cultural tradition,” is an Indian Performing Arts group established in 1994. Frame Dance, formed in 2010, is a fresh and energetic presence on the dance scene in Houston whose mission is to engage audiences with dance in meaningful ways through innovative and vulnerable works. MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts), a community-based nonprofit organization founded in 1977, is a group comprised of students and adults that showcases the traditional art form of Mexican Ballet Folklórico. FrenetiCore, a non-profit organization formed in 2003, is a fearless dance theater group that aspires to create cutting-edge multimedia dance theater productions unlike any others in Houston.
Hairspray, directed by John Waters, stars Ricki Lake as big-hair teenager Tracy Turnblad, who auditions for television and wins a coveted spot to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” Talented, ‘pleasantly plump’ and eager-to-learn, Tracy gains enough confidence to face off her rival Amber Von Tussle and fight accepted conventions of the 1960s. Watch a trailer of the PG rated film at www.cinemartsociety.org/julydoscope.
Ernie Manouse, the three-time Emmy Award-winning anchor/producer of InnerVIEWS on HoustonPBS, will serve as master of ceremonies at Julydoscope 2013.
Julydoscope 2013 will not be the only exciting entertainment option at Discovery Green on July 20. It coincides with Flea by Night, which takes place from 6-10 p.m. at the Grace Event Lawn and Maconda’s Grove near The Grove restaurant. Flea By Night will feature on-site food trucks including It’s a Wrap!, Churrasco To Go, Porch Swing Desserts and What’s up Cupcake, as well as live music by Charlie Perez and his Brazilian band from 7-9 p.m. at the Transier Bandstand stage.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON CINEMA ARTS SOCIETY
Houston Cinema Arts Society is a non-profit organization created in 2008 with the support of former Houston Mayor Bill White and the leadership of Franci Crane. HCAS organizes and hosts the annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival, a groundbreaking and innovative arts festival featuring films and new media by and about artists in the visual, performing and literary arts. The festival celebrates the vitality and diversity of the arts in Houston and enriches the city’s film and arts community. HCAS sponsors include the Crane Foundation, a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Levantine Entertainment, Houston First Corporation, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Champion Energy Services, Amegy Bank of Texas, The Brown Foundation, Inc. and others. The project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The 2013 Houston Cinema Arts Festival was held Nov. 6-10. For more information, please visit HCAS at www.cinemartsociety.org.
QFest is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts as a powerful tool for communication and cooperation among diverse communities by presenting programs by, about, or of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community. From July 25-29, 2013, QFest will mark its 17th anniversary with a celebration featuring 30 programs and nine venues throughout Houston, including Galveston and Katy. More information can be found at www.q-fest.org.
ABOUT THEATRE UNDER THE STARS
Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is Houston’s acclaimed nonprofit musical theatre company whose mission is to enrich life through the experience of quality musical theatre and to positively impact lives beyond the stage through innovative education & community outreach programs. TUTS was the first theatrical organization in Houston to perform free to the public when it was founded in 1968 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park and is the only Houston arts organization that has performed there free to the public every year since the theatre opened. Founded by Frank M. Young and currently under the direction of President and CEO John C. Breckenridge, TUTS has produced more than 300 musicals including many local, national and world premieres. Visit www.tuts.com for more information.
ABOUT DANCE SOURCE HOUSTON
The mission of Dance Source is to nurture and support contemporary dance artists, the organizations that present them and to identify and build audiences for contemporary dance in the greater Houston area. On March 1, 2013, Dance Source Houston assumed management of Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex. Find out more at www.dancesourcehouston.com.
ABOUT DISCOVERY GREEN
Discovery Green is a 12-acre park created by a public-private partnership between the City of Houston and the non-profit Discovery Green Conservancy. Since the park opened in April 2008, it has welcomed more than 5 million visitors and hosted more than 2,000 public and private events. The Discovery Green Conservancy works with hundreds of programming partners to present three dynamic programming seasons each year most of which are FREE and open to the public. As a non-profit organization, the Conservancy raises all the funds needed for the programming that Houstonians enjoy. Learn more at www.discoverygreen.com.