Only 20 people are admitted to the graduate program each year, chosen from about 400 applicants, Kastely said. Half of those are in the doctoral program.
Franco’s soon-to-be status was first reported Wednesday by Burn Down Blog, which linked to a newsletter for the creative writing program that listed Franco as among incoming students for fall 2011.
Kastely said the actor originally planned to enroll then but has asked to defer for a year.
Franco, who turned 33 earlier this week, hosted the 83rd Academy Awards with actress Anne Hathaway in February.
Reviews of that performance were mixed, but he was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of hiker Aron Ralston in the 2010 film, 127 Hours.
He’s probably best-known for his role as Harry Osborn in the Spiderman trilogy. But last fall, he published Palo Alto: Stories, a book of short stories named for the California city where he was raised.
Kastely said UH accepts graduate students based on a writing sample, letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Doctoral students also must submit “a strong piece of critical writing,” to demonstrate scholarly abilities, he said.
Although he’s the best-known and most prolific composer of his generation, Philip Glass does a lot more than just write music every day. Read about his first annual Days and Nights Festival in Carmel Valley and Big Sur this summer here.
Jibade-Khalil Huffman: Artist Talk Tuesday, April 19, 1:00pm University of Houston, Fine Arts Building Room 110 New York City-based author Jibade-Khalil Huffman discusses his practice, spanning photography and poetry, as well as his new book, James Brown Is Dead. Featuring a performative slide show by the artist. Huffman’s first book of poetry, 19 Names For Our Band, was published by Fence Books in 2008. He has recently presented performances at P.S.1/MoMA and The Tank.
Photo: Kurt Elling on stage this month at the Tower Theatre in Fresno. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times.
Over the past 15 years, a good deal of Elling’s best work hasn’t even come under Recording Academy scrutiny. A master of collaboration with a literary bent, he’s worked with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater on a variety of shows, including one based on Allen Ginsberg’s poetry and another exploring the artistic currents of L.A., Chicago and New York. More recently, Elling has been the creative catalyst behind several projects by jazz giants looking to stretch into new compositional territory. To read the full Arts & Books profile of Elling, click here.
Clips from Theaster Gates presentation at the Craft Forward Conference that took place on April 3, 2011 in San Francisco, CA. Milwaukee Gospel choir formed singing about the local blue collar craftsmen.
Beginning April 16, Spacetaker will host Memory Pending, a solo exhibition by Houston artist Joshua Smith, as part of its ARC Exhibition Series. Using appropriated imagery, Smith explores the manipulation of memory and the role that it plays in shaping both public and personal histories. Driven by an interest in working with images as found objects Smith uses an ever-growing archive of collected source material to describe social, political, and historical landscapes. It is within these landscapes that Smith addresses themes of social conflict, monument, and empire. His exhibition, influenced by film, architecture, religious iconography and the history of photography, searches to create a place where past, present, and future intersect. Memory Pending will open with a public reception on Saturday, April 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. The exhibition will be on view at Spacetaker’s ARC Gallery through May 14, 2011 and is free and open to the public.
With the ARC Exhibition Series, Spacetaker seeks to provide Houston-based emerging and mid-career visual artists with an alternative space to show their work outside of a commercial gallery setting. Spacetaker staff and Artist Advisory Board members dedicate time and resources to mentoring each artist on exhibition preparation, marketing, press engagement, and patron cultivation, in effect equipping each artist with valuable skills for independent exhibition management. For information about Spacetaker’s exhibition proposal process, visit http://www.spacetaker.org/content/page/arc-exhibitions.
About the Artist
Joshua Robert Alan Smith, a Houston native, is a painter, photographer, and musician. After spending a number of years focusing on writing, recording, and touring with a Houston instrumental band Smith graduated with a B.F.A. in Painting from Texas State University. He has shown his work throughout Texas and has collaborated with musicians and independent record labels. Smith spent time in Austin and Dallas before returning to Houston, where he currently lives and works. Visit his website: www.imaginaryempire.com or http://www.facebook.com/imaginaryempire
35 year old native Chicagoan and former J Crew model Naomi Beckwith fills an almost year-old curatorial vacancy at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).
The 35-year-old Beckwith arrives from the Studio Museum in Harlem, the black culture-focused venue where, as associate curator, she earned a reputation for producing exhibitions tackling identity and culture. She fills the void left last summer by the departure of 16-year veteran Dominic Molon. Beckwith will start May 11.
A “towering presence in American theater”, Albee has long been considered one of the United States’ greatest playwrights, alongside such giants as Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill. Read the New York Times announcement here.
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