14 Dec


Thanks to the ongoing efforts and creativity of Isaac Cohen, Maurice Roberts and Ted Viens, the video tree first pulled together by local artist Andy Mann back in 1990 is illuminating the night at downtown Houston’s Discovery Green from now until Jan. 18. 

Mann created the original video tree for Central Houston Inc.’s holiday art program. It was displayed for more than 10 years on a specially created stand placed in the fountain basin in Tranquility Park in downtown Houston. Made of 16 large televisions stacked to form the silhouette of a Christmas tree, it was topped with four small monitors that formed the star atop the tree. Each year, he created a new video program to play on the monitors, which had been altered to flip and rotate the images. 

The new Video Tree is being created in the spirit of Andy Mann working with Aurora Picture Show who maintains the Andy Mann video archive of 800 works, and artists Gabriel Delgado and Viens, who both assisted Andy Mann in the installation of the original tree, are working on this creation. The plan is to display Andy’s original video programs for the tree, and at scheduled times, to display videos submitted by Houstonians, selected by Aurora Picture Show curators.

 Andy Mann, (1947-2001) left behind a rich videotape legacy. After his move from New York to Houston in 1977, Mann hosted a hybrid live video art program on Houston Cable Access and documented important moments in the Houston art scene. The move from New York to Houston of a pioneering art star like Andy Mann represented an important moment for the developing contemporary art scene in Houston. 

Mann built up an extraordinary archive of documentary and abstract videos, made video art boxes and multi set video displays which were exhibited at Diverseworks, O’Kane Gallery of the University of Houston and other institutions. A memorial gallery of his work is on permanent display at the Art Car Museum. This year’s video tree is visible near the ice rink on the north side of Discovery Green. 


“Redefinition: An Artistic Experience” returns to Houston for the sixth year at the Ensemble Theatre on Sunday Dec. 27. The multi-media evening of entertainment, education, cultural enlightenment and fellowship represents the finest of the Houston artistic community. The event includes modern dance, spoken word, live jazz and a visual art exhibition that brings together more than 35 artists in one night.

The evening’s original programming showcases some of the world-class artistry produced in the Gulf Coast region.   

“The show’s primary goal is to highlight the connection between our surroundings and the experiences that have shaped each performer’s artistic expression,” Reginald Quinerly, the show’s creator, co-producer, artistic director and full-time Jazz musician, explains. “Redefinition began as an opportunity to raise general artistic awareness and to present a diverse program from an artist’s point of view.  Through that empowerment we have been able to display new perspectives and cultivate appreciation of what art provides to daily life.” 

Quinerly, currently a master’s degree candidate at The Juilliard School in New York City, grew up in Houston. He partners in the production with childhood friends and former Houstonians Christopher Brooks, now a Chicago-based visual artist, and Alex Barnes, a Portland, Ore., based product marketing professional. The evening is presented in collaboration with the Community Artists’ Collective, a nonprofit 501 c(3) organization. The art exhibition begins at 6 p.m., and the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 prior to the show and $15 at the door. For more information call 713-523-1616 or visit


Recently, Theatre Under The Stars’ Leading Ladies announced the creation of The Pink Stiletto Fund at their first annual Leading Ladies Luncheon. The educational and fundraising luncheon showcased the impact of TUTS’ Education & Community Outreach programs on the families they serve.  Thanks to the support of the members and attendees, the Leading Ladies raised over $5,800 in contributions to the Pink Stiletto Fund, which provides special program enhancements to TUTS Education and Community Outreach, benefitting the children of Houston.  

Guests enjoyed the culinary delights of Michael Cordúa Events in the exclusive Founder’s Salon of the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts while being entertained and educated by special guests, Raegan and Sydney Roberts (students from the Academy at the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre), and their mother, Susan Roberts.

Theatre Under The Stars is dedicated to enriching life through the experience of quality musical theatre.  The Leading Ladies desire to share in positively impacting lives beyond the stage through TUTS’ innovative education and community outreach initiatives. Founded in the fall of 2006, Leading Ladies is a group of women who embrace the vision of Theatre Under The Stars and passionately support musical theatre education in Houston.  Leading Ladies are remarkable women who strive to make a difference in their communities and help TUTS to further its vision and outreach in Houston. For more information about Leading Ladies, visit or contact Journey Macfarlane at or 713.558.2641.  


Da Camera has a new live recording for streaming or download, 2004’s Preludes and Fugues: Bach and Shostakovich featuring pianist Sarah Rothenberg and harpsichordist John Gibbons. This complete recording of the 2004 concert features selections from Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier and Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87, introduced by Rothenberg. “Gibbons and Rothenberg played their respective works with the understanding of experts and the polish of virtuosos on their instruments,” said the Houston Chronicle. 

Other Da Camera programs available include: Franz Liszt’s Via Crucis. From the May, 2009 concert After Bach, featuring Houston Chamber Choir and pianist Awadagin Pratt. Richard Lavenda’s Thoughts Fly. From the April, 2009 concert featuring the Chiara String Quartet and cellist Norman Fischer. 

Weill’s Walt Whitman Songs, Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon and Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge. Excerpts from the February, 2009 concert, Brentano String Quartet: Poetry and Music, Immigrants and Exiles. The Brentano String Quartet was joined by baritone Leon Williams and pianists Sarah Rothenberg and Rodney Waters. 

Zhou Long’s The Farewell and Mahler’s Der Abschied. Two works from Da Camera’s January, 2009 concert, Songs of the Earth. The artists participating in these January, 2009 performances were Susanne Mentzer, soprano; Min Xiao-Fen, pipa; Wayne Guowei, erhu and a Da Camera Chamber Orchestra conducted by Gregory Vajda. Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, performed by David Shifrin, clarinet; Vera Beths, violin, Desmond Hoebig, cello and Sarah Rothenberg, piano, from the Season Finale, May, 2008. 

Mozart’s Horn Quintet in E Flat Major. Mozart’s Horn Quintet performed by William VerMeulen, horn; Curtis Macomber, violin; Toby Appel and Wayne Brooks, violas and Norman Fischer, cello. The performance was part of 2006’s MozartNOW Festival, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth. Brahms’s Quintet for Piano and Strings. Performed by pianist Sarah Rothenberg and the Brentano String Quartet, Opening Night, October, 2006. 

Mozart’s Quintet for clarinet and strings. Mozart’s Quintet for clarinet and strings in A Major, K. 581, performed by David Shifrin, clarinet; Vera Beths, violin; John Marcus, violin; James Dunham, viola and Desmond Hoebig, cello. The performance was part of the concert After Einstein: Music and the Relativity of Time, Season Finale, May, 2008.


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