Chris Vroom’s take on Art Basel Miami Beach

As music throbbed, bodies writhed and shadows danced over the torch-lit sand outside Dasha’s half-million dollar party celebrating Art Basel Miami Beach, I couldn’t help but think of Nero, who fiddled while Rome burned…

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011 (Communograph Sidewalk Talk)
Sidewalk Talk: Life Archived through Art, a poetry performance hosted by artist & poet Michael K Taylor Preceded by a moderated discussion with 3rd Ward Elders including members of S.H.A.P.E.’s Elders Institute of Wisdom. Poems Specific poems written about Elder and Shape within 3rd Ward will be read, an open mic, and dinner will be served (early).
Time: 6 pm – 8 pm
Place: 2521 Holman Street
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 526-7662

Awakening: A Reading of Five-Minute Memoirs

Tuesday, December 6

Cap off the year with the literary equivalent of a dozen espresso shots. This rejuvenating event features twelve UH Creative Writing graduate students in Mat Johnson’s Writers on Literature class reading original flash memoir pieces. The theme of the evening is awakening. Get caffeinated. Get literated. Join us.

Claire Anderson
Thomas Calder
Peter Kimani
Dickson Lam
Jameelah Lang
Tyson Morgan
Sara C. Rolater
Allie Rowbottom
Kellie Smith
Austin Tremblay
Rebecca Wadlinger
Elizabeth Winston

LOCATION: Antidote Coffee, 729 Studewood

Spacetaker | Artist Resource Center

Spacetaker accepts Artist Exhibition Proposals twice a year.

NEXT DEADLINE:  December 1, 2011 

View the submission guidelines here.



Anticipation grows for the Menil Collection’s dedication ceremony for “The Art Guys Marry a Plant” at 10:30am November 19


The Art of Sustainability

Read the recent Chronicle Blog on red, black & GREEN: a blues, in The Arts in Houston with Jenni Rebecca Stephenson of Spacetaker.


Hemispheric New York Emerging Artist Fellowship

Application Deadline: November 16, 2011

The Hemispheric New York Emerging Artist Fellowship program is now accepting applications from emerging artists in New York City who are at the early stages of their careers but have some track record of creating performance-based work. This competitive one-year fellowship will be awarded to one (1) artist who is committed to art as a vehicle for social change, whose work—even if interdisciplinary—is strongly rooted in performance, and who would value the opportunity to be a part of an Americas-wide network of artists, activists and scholars who focus on the intersection of performance and politics.

The residency period runs from January to December 2012.

The fellowship provides the emerging artist with:

Download the application here.

Questions can be sent to

The Hemispheric New York Emerging Artist Fellowship is a program of the Hemispheric New York Performance Network Initiativesupported by the Rockefeller Foundation’s NYC Cultural Innovation Fund.

It Takes a Village

Read the dancesourcehouston review on The Secondary Colors, an original collaborative contemporary dance and music work by choreographer Karen Stokes and composer Bill Ryan that took place last weekend at the Hobby Center. 


Reality Hardly Bites

Ethan Hawke headlines the third annual Cinema Arts Festival Houston, read the full CultureMap Houston story here.


Celebrated American composer attracts dream-team musicians for dance program

The Secondary Colors
The Secondary Colors is an original collaborative contemporary dance and music work by choreographer Karen Stokes and composer Bill Ryan. This premiere features nine dancers of Karen Stokes Dance and six world-class musicians hand selected by Bill Ryan; David Cossin, percussion, Michael Lowenstern, clarinet, Todd Reynolds, violin, Andrew Russo, piano, Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello, and Jonathan Nichol, saxophone.
Karen Stokes is Professor and Head of the Dance Division in the School of Theatre & Dance at the University of Houston and founded the UH Center for Choreography.

Bill Ryan is the Director of the New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University and recipient of the American Composers Forum coveted Champion of New Music Award for his commitment to bringing new music into the lives of young students and to a wider public audience.

Read the recent write up on

WHEN: 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday
LOCATION: Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby
TICKET INFORMATION: $20-$35, 713.315.2525

“When Life Becomes Art” Ken Johnson reviews Living as Form in today’s New York Times.



Rock Star Patti Smith performed on campus in April of 2010 with our help in conjunction with Voices Breaking Boundaries.  She read from her prize-winning memoir, Just Kids, and performed Because the Night  and My Blakean Years – during which she improvised a verse about her Houston visit.

Fifth Ward Jam


Dedication of Havel Ruck Projects‘ newest public sculpture
Saturday, Oct 1, 4:30 pm
3705 Lyons Avenue, Houston, 77020
Presentations by Texas Johnny Brown, Zydeco Artist Jabo, Gospel Quartet Endurance and Rapper Moon Rue

red, black & GREEN: a blues BELIEF

18th Annual International Symposium on Electric Art

ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness
September 19 – 24, 2012
The 18th Annual International Symposium on Electronic Art is a symposium, conference and series of events exploring the discourse of art, technology and nature on a global scale.


Click here to apply. Deadline: October 15, 2011.

molecular biologist turned dance artist

Striving for Objectivity, First in Molecular Biology, and Then in Choreography

The New York Times reports on Xavier Le Roy in “Product of Circumstances” at the French Institute Alliance Française.

Quality of Place + Quality of Opportunity = ArtPlace

Read Carol Coletta’s most recent blog post for the National Endowment for the Arts to learn more about ArtPlace,  a new consortium of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions charged with driving the revitalization of cities and towns with new investment models that put the Arts at the center of economic development.

POLITIQUEER – Call for Artists

A Voices Breaking Boundaries(VBB) East End Live Art Production
in collaboration with artistic curators Jennifer Tyburczy andSima Shakhsari

Sunday, December 11, 2011
Houston Institute for Culture, 708-C Telephone Rd

Eligible for submission: performance art pieces, dramatic readings, spoken word, and other forms of embodied art that examine the official and everyday dimensions of “queer politics,” understood broadly. Submissions of other visual or aural artworks are also welcome, except for installation.

Submission due date:  October 5, 2011

David Dove speaks about Nameless Sound and Music Education