Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
This Saturday the Indo-American Association will present STEPPES: A Crossover at the Wortham Theater Center, the signature program of the much-celebrated Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, based in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. The company was founded in 1972 with the purpose of preserving Ukrainian culture through dance. Now, more than 40 years later, with Ukraine facing aggression by the Russian military and pro-Russian rebels, Voloshky sees its mission as more significant than ever. The company's Houston performance will spotlight traditional dances from each of Ukraine's geographic regions.
Sept 6 at 8. $30–80. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. iaahouston.com
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Set to music by Felix Mendelssohn and Hungarian modernist György Ligeti, and choreographed by Hamburg Ballet Artistic Director John Neumeier, this ballet offers a whimsical interpretation of Shakespeare’s great comedy of amateur actors, love potions, and unexpected transformations.
Sept 4–14. $20–195. Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-227-2787. houstonballet.org
Houston’s premier Baroque ensemble kicks off its season with a program of works inspired by the idea of flight, anchored by G.F. Handel’s cantata Tra le fiamme (Out of the Flames), featuring French-Italian soprano Céline Ricci and viola da gambist Mary Springfels, and including works inspired by the Icarus myth and the world of birds. Ars Lyrica debuted the program this summer at the prestigious Berkeley Festival and Exhibition.
Sept 7 at 6. $36–57. Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St. 713-315-2525. arslyricahouston.org
Texas Contemporary Art Fair
Time was when Houston didn’t have a single major art fair to its name. Now it has two—the Houston Fine Art Fair, which opens later this month and skews toward the international, and the Texas Contemporary, which highlights local and regional artists. Each event features thousands of works by hundreds of artists, so there’s guaranteed to be something for every taste and budget.
Sept 4–7. $25–35. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. txcontemporary.com
Later in the week
This year's Mitchell Artist Lecture, sponsored by UH's Mitchell Center for the Arts, will be given by creative polymath Laurie Anderson. One of the best-known American artists of her generation, Anderson is a composer, musician, filmmaker, actor, and performance artist who scored an unexpected pop hit in 1982 with her ethereal song “O Superman,” which reached number two on the UK pop charts. Anderson will discuss her career and her many high-profile collaborations with artists like Wim Wenders, Jonathan Demme, and Robert LePage.
Sept 10 (Wednesday) at 7. Free. Moores School of Music, 120 School of Music Bldg. 713-743-2255. mitchellcenterforarts.org