Aug 6 - 12, 2009 

Culture Shock

Dance Dance Revolution

By Erin Adair-Hodges

The third annual Ballet Pro Musica Festival comes to the National Hispanic Cultural Center Wednesday, Aug. 5, through Sunday, Aug. 9. Just because ballet is a classic art form doesn't mean there aren't new innovations. Chamber Music Ballet is just such a new twist, partnering live chamber music and ballet. As I dropped out of ballet shortly after the infamous “Cuddle Bug” performance of ’81, I'll have to take their word for it. Also featured will be the work of the National Ballet of Mexico. Classes will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, with performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Seniors and students can get 50 percent off tickets one hour before the show. If you're neither, grab ’em at the NHCC box office, call 724-4771 or go to ticketmaster.com. See balletpromusica.org for more.

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“Flower” by Vivian Skadron

Art News

Fruit of the Loom

Mentor and Apprentices at Arts Alliance Gallery

By Erin Adair-Hodges

Weaving has been a hallmark of human culture for thousands of years, with evidence placing it back as far as 5000 BCE. Until about 150 years ago, that work was done by hand, taught to apprentices by masters. Though human hands have largely been replaced by machines, there are still those who patiently work their looms and teach their craft to others, as evidenced in Arts Alliance Gallery’s new show, Donna Loraine Contractor: Mentor and Apprentices.

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Dueling Katherine Anne Porters
Alan Mitchell

Theater News

A Play That Lets Us Stowaway

Playwright talks about dramatizing the life of Katherine Anne Porter

By Erin Adair-Hodges

Though Katherine Anne Porter was once one of the most famous writers in America, few people today have heard of her. Passenger on the Ship of Fools, the Vortex’s latest production, aims to rectify that.

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