Arts Series MECA Performing Arts

MECA Performing Arts

MECA Performing Arts is a dynamic and multidisciplinary series of performances by diverse and progressive artists.  Performances are usually held at the MECA Dow School Auditorium and/or Pavilion Green Stage in the Old Sixth Ward Historic District. 

Through MECA Performing Arts, MECA looks to collaborate with artists –through presenting, commissioning, and producing– whose work traverses the boundaries of tradition, innovates time-honored practices, and give new perspective to the critical role the arts can play in contemporary social life.  We are especially interested in artists whose work brings to light the experiences of life on the margins of societies, economies, and cultures.    

Emerging local and established national and international artists have been presented on MECA's stages.  Many artists participate in residencies through which MECA conducts community outreach, fosters community dialogue, trains young artists, and helps create new works.  In addition, MECA presents and commissions performance works through the National Performance Network. 

MECA is grateful for the support of our Performing Arts Series sponsors, including the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Simmons Foundation, and many others.

 

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MECA PERFORMING ARTS 2013-2014 SEASON

 

September 6-27

SERIE PROJECT Visual Art Exhibit

 

MECA Performing Arts opens the 2013-14 season by welcoming back Serie Project of Austin, Texas. Founded by artist, Sam Coronado, the Serie Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the fine art of serigraphy and offers an Artist-in-Residence program that allows participants to learn the technique and create a limited edition of prints under the guidance of a Master Printer. Hoping to increase the presence of minorities in the art world, the Serie Project encourages multi-racial participation and two-third of all resident artists are Latino.

 

The serigraphs produced by the Serie Project have gained the attention and support of museums nationally, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California, Mexic-Arte Museum in Texas, and the Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University in Tempe. The project is one of the founding members of Consejo Gráfico, the first nationally recognized consortium of Latino printmakers in the United States. Some of the artists whose work will be included in the exhibit at MECA include Alma López, Esther Hernández, Malaquias Montoya, Margarita Cabrera, Sam Coronado, and Delilah Montoya.

 The exhibit opening will be on Friday, September 6 at 7 p.m.

Admission:       Free and open to the public

Admission:       Free and open to the public

Time:              12:00 to 7:00 pm (Mon-Fri)

Location:          MECA Dow School Campus

    1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007


Friday, September 20

Faculty Recital Series

BINH NGUYEN

 

Classical guitarist and MECA instructor, Binh Nguyen, takes the MECA stage for the next performance in the Faculty Recital Series. Nguyen is an accomplished instructor whose students have won guitar competitions in Europe and his native Vietnam. He is also an award-winning guitar luthier and an active member of the Houston guitar community as both a performer and instructor.

Program will include works by Villa-Lobos, Tarrega, Pham Duy and other composers.

 

Admission:    Reserved Seating - $10.00 online/presale

  General Seating - $15.00 at the door

Time:           8:00 p.m.

Location:      MECA Dow School Auditorium

 1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

 

 

 

Sunday, October 20

EL FESTIVAL DE LA SALSA

In collaboration with Foundation for Modern Music/Flamárt and Decidete Mujer

 

El Festival de la Salsa is a Latin music festival dedicated to bringing not only Latinos but people from all places and backgrounds together while keeping salsa music alive in the City of Houston. The festival features numerous artists playing the lively music traditions of the Caribbean for this all-day outdoor gathering in downtown Houston. Please find more information on the web at elfestivaldelasalsa.com.

 

Admission:   Free to the public

Time:          3:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Location:     Jones Plaza

600 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX 77002


 

 MECA DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL

 

October 21 - November 22

Día de los Muertos Altar Exhibit

The altar is one of the central traditions in the celebration of Día de los Muertos. Family members honor their deceased loved ones with ofrendas or offerings such as photographs, bread, foods, flowers, toys, and other symbolic offerings in this popular tradition. MECA's Día de los Muertos altar exhibit is a touching community expression of the tradition, one not to miss.

 

Admission:    Free and open to the public

Time:          12:00 to 7:00 pm (Mon-Fri)

Location:    MECA Dow School Campus

 1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

 

Friday, November 1

CALAVERA RENDEZVOUS

The 4th annual Calavera Rendezvous will kick-off MECA’s annual Día de los Muertos festivities. The soiree will feature a silent auction of calavera sculptures, Day of the Dead-themed visual art created by local artists, and altars done by the community. The highlight evening will be a series of themed performances, including a "Calavera Fashion Show" organized by students of the Art Institute- Houston. 21 years old and up.

 

Admission:    $25.00 - online/presale

 $30.00   - at the door

Time:           7:00 pm

Location:      MECA Dow School Auditorium

 1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

 

Saturday, November 2 & Sunday, November 3

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FESTIVAL

MECA’s Día de los Muertos Festival is a public celebration of community folk art traditions that commemorate family and community ancestors. Festival events include a community altar exhibit; foods from Latin American countries; vendors selling authentic Latin American Day of the Dead arts and crafts, and live performances of music, dance, and more throughout the festival. Festival performers to be announced.

 

Admission:    Free to the public

Time:          12 to 6 PM (each day)

 Location:       MECA Dow School Campus

 1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007


Thursday, December 12

FIESTA GUADALUPANA

 

In honor of the feast day of La Virgen de Guadalupe, MECA invites the community to the Dow School campus for an evening of music, dance, and conviviality. The festivities feature a traditional serenade to the Virgen, a matachín dance, and more -all performed by MECA students and faculty. Reception to follow. Fiesta Guadalupana also features a subasta, or silent auction, of community-made retablos in honor of La Virgen.

 

Admission:    Free to the public

Time:           6:30 pm

Location:      MECA Dow School Campus

 1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

 

 

 

Monday, December 16

LA POSADA IN THE OLD SIXTH WARD

 

La Posada is a community-based reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Posada festivities traditionally begin on December 16th and continue through January 5th. In this reenactment, a procession with lit candles and seasonal songs approach the doors of neighborhood houses in the Old Sixth Ward. A musical fiesta ensues with traditional food, drink, and piñata for the children.

 

Admission:    Free to the public

Time:           6:30 p.m.

Location:      MECA Dow School Campus

 1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

 

 

Saturday, February 1

DALLAS BLACK DANCE THEATRE

The Nina Simone Project

 

MECA welcomes back the acclaimed Dallas Black Dance Theatre after an incredible performance in 2013.  DB Dallas Black Dance Theatre is an internationally recognized dance company known for performing a mixed repertory of modern, jazz, ethnic, and spiritual works by nationally and internationally known choreographers.

 

Choreographed by acclaimed dance artist, Dianne McIntyre, for the highly accomplished dancers of the company, The Nina Simone Project depicts the life and history of venerable pianist/singer/performer Nina Simone. The ballet, performed with visual projections and autobiographical narration, is set to the gospel, blues, jazz, and folk songs from Simone's career and spans the many stages of her life -from early church life, to involvement in the civil rights movement, to her reign as the High Priestess of Soul. Artist meet and greet to follow performance.

 

 

Dallas Black Dance Theatre will be in residence at MECA supported in part by funding from the National Performance Network and the National Dance Project through the New England Foundation for the Arts.

 

General Admission:    $10.00 online/presale

  $15.00 at the door

Students (with valid ID) - $10 at the door

Time:              7:00 pm

Location:      Talento Bilingüe de Houston

 333 S. Jensen Drive, 77003


Friday, February 14

VIVA EL AMOR

VANESSA ALONZO AND FRIENDS

 

MECA's annual Valentine's serenade to the community where the students and/or alumni of MECA perform romantic selections that promise to tug on the heartstrings. Featured artist for Viva el Amor 2014 is beloved MECA alumnus, Vanessa Alonzo.

 

Alonzo's musical career has its roots as a student of MECA's mariachi program, then under the direction of the late Alfonso Guerra.  In 2010, Ms. Alonzo made her Houston Grand Opera debut in the role of “Lupita” in Cruzar la Cara de La Luna; she reprised her role for tours of the production, including a 2011 performance at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, as well as the HGO main stage production in 2013.  Her television credits include being a finalist for Estrella TV's talent competition and a performance on El Show de Cristina (Univision) as participant in the episode, "Festival de Rancheras". Ms. Alonzo will be accompanied onstage with some of Houston finest musicians.

 

Admission:    Reserved Seating - $10.00 online/presale

                           General Seating - $15.00 at the door

Time:           8:00 pm

Location:      MECA Dow School Auditorium

 1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

 

 

 

February 14-25

Viva el Amor Hearts Visual Art Exhibit

 

MECA’s Annual Valentine’s Day visual art exhibit presents heart-shaped art- pieces made by local artists, students, and community members. All artwork will be sold by a silent auction.

 

Exhibit opening will be Friday, February 14 at 7 pm, followed by the Viva el Amor concert. See MECA's website for more information regarding the Viva el Amor concert as this is a ticketed event.

 

Admission:    Free and open to the public

Time:          12:00 to 7:00 pm (Mon-Fri)

Location:        MECA Dow School Campus

  1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007


 

March 7 - April 25, 2014

MECA Celebrates Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and International Women's Day

DELILAH MONTOYA

Mi Amor me ha dado recuerdos para ti/My Love has given me memories for you

 

Since 2006, MECA has celebrated International Women's Day by recognizing the historical figure of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, the inspiring nun of colonial Mexico who argued passionately for the education of women and whose own poetry is considered among the best in the Americas. MECA's celebration of Sor Juana is also a celebration of contemporary Chicana and Mexicana artists in the visual and performing arts.  Artists such as Liza Garza, Anel Flores, Rene Rodríguez, and Creative Women Unite have participated in MECA's previous Sor Juana celebrations.


MECA is excited to host the premiere of an art exhibition titled, “Mi Amor me ha dado recuerdos para ti/My Love has given me memories for you”, showcasing the work of Delilah Montoya. A prominent artist from Texas, Montoya is also a professor of photography at the School of Art at the University of Houston.

 

The exhibition, based of Montoya’s book of the same title, was “designed as a cathartic gesture to ease and bring closure to a personal relationship.” Montoya writes “the book [and show] unravel a complicated and tragic death. Presented as a compound narrative, the images, script, and keepsakes amassed during the relationship become a visual memoir.”

 

Delilah Montoya has engaged with photography for over twenty-five years and visually explores cultural history, memory, and identity through an approach that is both documentary and narrative. Born in Fort Worth and raised in Nebraska with deep roots in northern New Mexico, Montoya’s work explores the lived reality of the Mexican American community. Working in a variety of photographic and printing processes, as well as creating multimedia installations, she aims to generate conversations that are densely textured and provocatively layered with aesthetic, spiritual, and political meaning.

 

Opening Reception will be on Friday March 7, 2014 at 6 p.m. 


Time:            12:00 to 7:00 pm (Mon-Fri)

Location:        MECA Dow School Campus

  1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

 

 

 

Friday March 21

DAVID DOVE

Sounding the Dow School


David Dove, Founding Director of Nameless Sound and longtime friend and instructor at MECA, will explore the special and spatial acoustics of the Dow School in a performance/installation extending his own practice as an improvising trombone player and his recent exploration of amplified/effected trombone through subwoofers. Dove’s sub-bass trombone music uses the influence of visionary Houston mix-tape artist, DJ Screw, to create a slowly moving and very physical sonic experience. Through electronics, the trombone is pitched down one and two octaves and amplified through subwoofers. Dove’s familiarity with the Dow building—and his interest in its acoustics—comes from his history as a MECA teacher since 1997.

Dove's performance will use multiple sound-systems and several parts of the building as installation, performance space, and resonating chamber. Audience is invited to come/go freely during the duration of the performance. Audience is encouraged to move throughout the building in order to experience sound from different acoustic perspectives.

 

Admission: $7 online
                     $10 door
                     $5 Students
Tickets available online HERE
Or find the blue "Tickets" tab at top of page

Time:                    7:00 - 11:00 pm

Location:             MECA Dow School

                             1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

 

 

Saturday April 12

LAGARTIJAS TIRADAS AL SOL

El rumor del incendio

In collaboration with CounterCurrent of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, University of Houston

 

MECA is proud to present the Mexico City based collective, Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol  and their recent piece, El rumor del incendio.  Telling the story of Margarita Urias, a young woman involved in the revolutionary moment of her 1960s generation, 

El rumor combines elements of archive film, witness accounts, and scale models in a documentary-style play that serves as a blistering attack on our benumbed consciousness; a subversive and necessary plea not to forget.

 

Founded by Luisa Pardo and Gabino Rodriguez, Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol is a celebrated contemporary Mexican theater collective that is known for its large- scale multimedia performance works that blur the boundaries of theater. The ensemble has performed around the world, including appearances at the Kunstenfestivaldearts in Brussels, Santiago a Mil International Festival in Chile, Festival Transamérique in Montreal, and PICA's Time Based Art Festival in Portland.

 

Largartijas Tiradas al Sol will be in residence at MECA supported in part by funding from Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and the Performing Americas Program of the National Performance Network. Performed in Spanish with English subtitles.

 

Post-show discussion to follow the 3 p.m. performance


Admission:            TBA

Time:                      Saturday April 12

                                3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Location:               MECA Dow School Auditorium

                                1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

   

For more information about the National Performance Network, please visit www.npnweb.org.
For more information about Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, please visit www.midatlanticarts.org.

 

 

Friday, April 25

FRANCISCO MORA CATLETT

AfroHORN

In collaboration with Houston Museum for African American Culture (HMAAC)

 

MECA Performing Arts 2013-14 season culminates with a performance by the ensemble led by noted jazz musician, Francisco Mora Catlett.  Following the 2012 release of the critically acclaimed album, AFRO HORN MX, MECA—in collaboration with the Houston Museum for African American Culture—is excited to bring this artist to the Auditorium Stage.

 

Francisco Mora-Catlett comes to his visionary work naturally: born into a family of celebrated artists (Mexican painter Francisco Mora and African-American sculptress Elizabeth Catlett) he began his musical career in Mexico, where he grew up. He studied music at the Berklee School of Music, and subsequently played Sun Ra's Arkestra from 1973 to 1980. In 1987, he released his first album as a leader, the Latin project, Mora!, and received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to study drumming and percussion with Max Roach. Mora-Catlett worked with Roach's advanced all-percussion ensemble, M'Boom, appearing on two Blue Moon LPs, "To the Max" and "Live at S.O.B.'s New York".


 Admission:            TBA

Time:                     TBA

Location:               MECA Dow School Auditorium

                              1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

 

June 6-27

Faculty Visual Art Exhibit

ROCHELLE KORNAS

 

Rochelle Kornas has been active in visual arts at MECA since 2010 currently serving as the Visual Art Coordinator for MECA's After-School Arts Program. In addition to teaching at MECA, Kornas also teaches an expressive art class at

Open Door Mission. She will finish her BFA in Sculpture at the University of Houston in May 2014. Kornas will be exhibiting a collection of two-dimensional and three-dimensional works that form her emerging portfolio.

 

Admission:    Free and open to the public

Time:          12:00 to 7:00 pm (Mon-Fri)

Location:       MECA Dow School Campus

                          1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007