Very Artsy News: Alley Theatre, Barbara Bush Foundation and More

A weekly brief on what’s trending in Houston’s arts and culture scene.

By Amarie Gipson September 7, 2021

Detail of Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw’s installation, Geo’d at Townwood Community Center. 

Labor Day is over and September is kicking into high gear with a slew of exhibition openings and programs across the city. The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is keeping busy with an outpour of support for artists, the legendary Alley Theatre is turning 75 years old and the Texas Biennial opened its Houston outpost at Fotofest. Here’s a handful of things to be aware of this week. 

Art League Houston’s “Insta11tiions” Series

In partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, Art League Houston (ALH) presents a series of public art experiences in Houston's eleven city council districts. Venezuelan artist, Violette Bule took over District H at Irvington Park in North Houston while Marsha Dorsey-Outlaw built a collaborative mosaic sculpture in District K on the Southwest side. All featured artists create an interactive project that responds to the needs and vision of the community. Visit here to learn more and find a project in your area. 

Asia Society’s Artists on Site Series 2 Closing Reception

Celebrate the final days of the Asia Society Texas Center’s Artists on Site Series 2 this Thursday, September 9. Houston-based artists Bennie Flores Ansell, Guadalupe Hernandez, Preetika Rajgariah and Steve Spurgin will share new work from their seven-week residency, including a live performance. For more information, visit here

Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation Fundraiser

From September 7-10, the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation is partnering with Audacy to host the second annual Giving Week campaign in support of the Foundation’s signature program, My Home Library. Broadcasting across five Houston radio stations, including Mix 96.5 (KHMX-FM), 100.3 The Bull (KILT-FM), the fundraiser aims to raise $100,000 to create home libraries for economically disadvantaged children in Houston. 

Alley Theatre Celebrates 75 Years

This fall, the Alley Theatre is reopening for the first time in 18 months. The anniversary season will kick off with Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat in October and will welcome back a number of shows that were canceled in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In commemoration of the theatre's historic run, local bar and restaurant Eighten36 has rolled out a specialty cobbler cocktail and food menu for the month of September. 10% of all sales will benefit the Alley Theatre’s mission to bring world-renowned performances to Houston. 

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