The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art produces an ongoing series of both special events & performances, as well as classes & workshops, taking place at various locations both within the organization's properties and across Houston.

Click below to see our current lineup of upcoming programs.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS & PERFORMANCES

YASMIN WILLIAMS
Live at the Orange Show

3.12

MARCH 12, 2022 | 6PM
The Orange Show Monument
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Guitar virtuoso Yasmin Williams takes the stage at historic Orange Show Monument for a one-night-only performance.
$30 General Admission

A native of northern Virginia, Williams, now 24, began playing electric guitar in 8th grade, after she beat the video game Guitar Hero 2 on expert level. Initially inspired by Jimi Hendrix and other shredders she was familiar with through the game, she quickly moved on to acoustic guitar, finding that it allowed her to combine fingerstyle techniques with the lap-tapping she had developed through Guitar Hero, as well as perform as a solo artist. By 10th grade, she had released an EP of songs of her own composition.
 

Deriving no lineage from “American primitive” and rejecting the problematic connotations of the term, Williams’ influences include the smooth jazz and R&B she listened to growing up, Hendrix and Nirvana, go-go and hip-hop. Her love for the band Earth, Wind and Fire prompted her to incorporate the kalimba into her songwriting, and more recently, she’s drawn inspiration from other Black women guitarists such as Elizabeth Cotten, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Algia Mae Hinton. On Urban Driftwood, Williams references the music of West African griots through the inclusion of kora (which she recently learned) and by featuring the hand drumming of 150th generation djeli of the Kouyate family, Amadou Kouyate, on the title track.
 

Since its release in January 2021, Urban Driftwood has been praised by numerous publications such as Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Wasington Post, NPR Music, No Depression, Paste Magazine, and many others.
 

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VIRUS VIGIL

4.3

APRIL 3, 2022 | 6PM
Smither Park
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A retrospective of a year-long artistic collaboration during the heights of the pandemic, inspired by nature and our surroundings
$10 General Admission

During the worst days of the Covid pandemic, Jim Blackburn and Isabelle Scurry Chapman held the “Virus Vigil”—a yearlong virtual event with paintings and poetry produced and transmitted each day. The natural world is their point of inspiration, especially the native birds, plants, and animals that populate Blackburn’s “Earth Church.”

On April 3rd, the artists present selected highlights from the project, with guided improvisations led by Joanna Friesen and a visit from Houston Audubon's live education ambassador birds in a celebratory night of art, poetry, dance, and feathered friends.

Beverages generously provided by Bakfish Brewing Co.

SUSAN ALCORN
Live at the Orange Show

4.23

APRIL 23, 2022 | 6PM
The Orange Show Monument
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Susan Alcorn takes the stage at the historic Orange Show Monument for a night of improvisational pedal steel
$25 General Admission

One of the world’s premiere exponents of her instrument, Susan Alcorn has taken the pedal steel guitar far beyond its traditional role in country music. Having first paid her dues in Texas country & western bands, she began to expand the vocabulary of her instrument through her study of 20th century classical music, visionary jazz, and world musics.

Though known as for her solo work, she has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Chris Cutler, the London Improvisors Orchestra, the Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Nate Wooley, Ingrid Laubrock and Leila Bourdreuil, George Burtm Evan Parker, Michael Formanek, Zane Campbell, and Mary Halvorson among others.

In 2016, she was voted "Best Other Instrument" by the International Critics Poll. In 2017 she received the Baker Artist Award, and in 2018, along with saxophonist Joe McPhee, she was the recipient of the Instant Award in Improvised Music.

The UK Guardian writes, “As an improvisor and composer, Alcorn has proven to be visionary. Her pieces reveal the complexity of her instrument and her musical experience while never straying from a very direct, intense, and personal musical expression.”

MOXIE
Film Screening & Writer Talk

5.14

MAY 14, 2022 | 7PM
The Orange Show World Headquarters
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Join us for the debut screening of “Moxie,” produced for Netflix by Amy Poehler, and based on the novel by Houston's Jennifer Mathieu
$10 General Admission

The Orange Show presents the debut public screening of “Moxie,” a coming-of-age tale produced for Netflix and directed by and starring Amy Poehler, based on the young adult novel of the same name by Houston’s Jennifer Mathieu.

Mathieu will chat about the book and her inspiration behind it, as well as its adaptation to the screen. In addition, Girls Rock Camp will give a special live performance!

Bring your own chair or blanket to watch the film under the stars at The Orange Show World Headquarters!

Presented in association with Girls Rock Camp and Zine Fest Houston.

 

CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Tai Chi in the Barrio
Every Monday
Smither Park  |  7pm
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Tai Chi is a fun, engaging way to exercise the mind and body at the same time. Classes feature lessons in the YANG style, based on the 24-steps international form. All levels are welcome to join. Fundamentals will be the focus of each session with the integration of application work (martial arts), qi gong (energy work), and philosophical perspectives (Ying and Yang). Each class will delve deeply into a section of the form, drawing out the essence of the Tai Chi form. Push hands will also be introduced to further elaborate the practice.

Classes are by donation - pay what you can - suggested $5-$20

Click here to learn more about the instructor, Angel Quesada

Beginner's Mosaic Workshop
Every 3rd Saturday of the Month
Smither Park  |  10am-12pm
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Join artists Sharon Plummer and John Gregory, whose work is featured permanently in Smither Park, for a beginner mosaic class! Learn the basics of creating an original mosaic work of art, from tracing your image, to finding the perfect colors, to cutting and nipping tiles, and eventually affixing it onto a base. You'll leave the class with a basic knowledge of mosaic-ing, and take home your piece of art to grout yourself, or the option to return the following month to grout with the teachers.
 

Designed for ages 16+ and limited to 10 students per class. Ticket includes all materials needed. Takes place entirely outdoors in Smither Park, under the shade of the Smither Park Vinson & Elkins Pavilion. Street parking available.

$10 per person fee for materials

The Kids are all Write
Writing & Poetry Workshop for Kids
Every 4th Saturday of the Month
Smither Park  |  10am-11:30am
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Young people ages 7-12 can have fun writing and sharing their own stories and poems in the wonderland of beautiful Smither Park, next to The Orange Show. 

Join Robin Reagler, the former director of Writers in the School (WITS) in bringing stories to life every 4th Saturday of each month from 10-11:30am.

This is a FREE WORKSHOP