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Picks for the Weekend of February 15, 2013

Ana María Martínez


The Grammys are over but Mercury keeps them alive by performing Love Songs this Thursday, February 14 and Friday, February 15 at 8pm with Grammy Award-winner Ana María Martínez.Love Songs with Ana María Martínez” features a diverse repertoire of romantic compositions written for starry-eyed lovers, friends, and family alike. The program will include Handel, Cantato Delirio Amoroso, HWV99; Purcell, Dido and Aeneas; Handel, Concerto Grosso Op. 6, #4; and Handel, Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Ms. Martinez’s show will be an inspiration to children, as she is an alumna of the Houston Grand Opera Studio and the first recipient of the Lynn Wyatt Great Artist Award. She debuted with the Houston Grand Opera in “Madame Butterfly”; since then she has been featured in some of her favorite roles, including Rosina in “Il barbiere di Siviglia”, Nedda in “I Pagliacci”, Mimi in “La Boheme”, and Donna Elvira in “Don Giovanni.” Ana has also appeared in productions as diverse as selections from the Broadway musical “West Side Story” and has performed in Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic as well as around the world. This is a great opportunity to expose children to the wonderful world of opera!

Tickets for the show start at $10 and can be purchased by clicking here. “Love Songs with Ana María Martínez” will be at the Wortham Center, Cullen Theater in downtown Houston.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit


If you’re looking for fun times with kids and movies, look no more. First of all, the new Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park in northwest Houston is here! I was lucky enough to enjoy a special sneak preview and let me tell you, the theatre is lovely. The Alamo will open its doors to the public tomorrow (Thursday) and will continue their fine tradition of signature programming, which includes Sing-a-Longs, Japanimation nights, special meals, and much more. This Saturday, February 16, at 11am, they are kicking off their “Alamo Kids Club” with a screening of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? I can’t believe it because I remember when this film debuted – but it’s the 25th anniversary screening of Robert Zemeckisʼ groundbreaking blend of animation and live action noir. The whole family is invited to this free screening and for every person who attends, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema will donate $1 to the local YMCA scholarship fund.

And mark your calendars now for two more kid movie extravaganzas, the “Popcorn Kids” film screenings at the Aurora Picture Show. On Saturday, March 2 at 4pm, the Aurora is screening a series of stop-animation films inspired by PES, an artist who has earned global recognition for his innovative short films and unique approach to stop-motion animation. Often working with familiar foods, household items and found objects, PES has crafted some of the most memorable short films of recent years, including "KaBoom!," "Game Over," and "Western Spaghetti." And as a fun jump-start to summer, I’m curating the 2nd annual “I Can Do Anything! Film Shorts for Kids” screening that will take place on Saturday, June 15 at 4pm. I’m rounding up some very unique films about kids who live life out loud – including the new You Tube sensation, Kid President, as well as films from the Netherlands, Canada, and United States. We’ll start the afternoon with a performance by kids. Both screenings are free.

Stop, Look and Listen! Family Concert: Fables from Around the World


This Saturday, February 16 at 3pm, Da Camera of Houston and The Menil Collection present “Stop, Look and Listen! Family Concert: Fables from Around the World” at the Menil Collection. Kids can enjoy stories from many countries in this special free family concert created by the Da Camera Young Artists. This concert series on The Menil Collection campus has quickly become a popular family event because it is a great way to combine a visit to the Museum (where admission is always free) with an interactive and informative concert. And before or after the show, I recommend you make time to enjoy the lovely Menil Park. Bring a picnic and enjoy the outdoors! Or you can stop in at the Rothko Chapel before you leave the neighborhood.

Feast Day of St. Brigid

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