Thursday, February 23, 2012

"You Can't Take It With You" (SHSU Performance)

Event: "You Can't Take It With You" (SHSU Performance)
Dates: February 29th -March 3rd
Location: Erica Starr Theatre
Price: $14.00 for general admission/$12.00 for senior citizens and SHSU students

Starting on February 29th, the SHSU theatre department will begin its performance of the three act comedy "You Can't Take It With You." The play will begin each night at 8:00pm with a 2:00pm matinee on March 3rd.

For more information, call the theatre department at (936) 294-1329.

"Perfect Citizen" Art Exhibit (Feb. 27th -March 29th)

Event: "Perfect Citizen" Art Exhibit
Dates: February 27-March 29/ Artist Talk on March 1, 2012
Location: Gaddis Geeslin Gallery (Art Building F)

A new art exhibit, titled "Perfect Citizen," will be showcased starting February 27th in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery. An artist talk, featuring Debbie Reichard, will take place on March 1st starting at 5:00pm followed by a reception starting at 6:00pm.

For more information about this art exhibit, contact Debbie Harper at (936) 294-1317.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Blacksmithing & Woodworking Demo (Sat., Feb. 25)

On Sat., Feb. 25, Sam Houston Memorial Museum is hosting blacksmithing and woodworking demos at Joshua's Forge and the Guerrant Cabin porch on the museum grounds.

Blacksmith Shop

For more info, you can contact Sam Houston Memorial Museum at 936.294.3839.

Kick Wheel Pottery Making Demo (Sat., Feb. 18)

On Sat., Feb. 18, Sam Houston Memorial Museum will host a kick wheel pottery demo at Raven's Pottery on the museum grounds. The event lasts from 10a - 2p.

For more info, you can contact the museum at 936.294.3839. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cherokee Indian Culture & Crafts (Sat., Feb. 11)

On Sat., Feb. 11, head over to Sam Houston Memorial Museum to learn about Cherokee Indian culture and get your craft on. The event takes place from 11a - 3p at Wigwam Neosho Museum Store on the museum grounds.

For more info, you can contact Megan Buro at 936.294.3839.

MFA Thesis Concert: The Monologues of my Nappy Hair (LaNita Joseph)

On Thursday and Friday, Feb. 9-10, SHSU's Dance Dept. presents The Monologues of my Nappy Hair - a concert by LaNita Joseph. The concert will take place in the PAC Dance Theatre at 8p both nights. Admission is FREE.
LaNita Joseph

For more info on the thesis concert, you can call 936.294.2339.

LaNita is the founder (and a teacher/choreographer) of Anita Davis Dance Theater. She is also a filmmaker.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

"Illuminate" MFA Thesis Concert (Crystal Lewis)

Event: "Illuminate" MFA Thesis Concert (Crystal Lewis)
Dates: February 2nd and February 3rd at 8:00pm
Location: SHSU Performing Arts Center Dance Theater
Cost: FREE
Using household lights such as flash lights and light bulbs, ten dancers will "illuminate" the stage as a part of Crystal Lewis' MFA Thesis Concert. Instead of a traditional style of ballet, this program will feature a more modern style. Admission is free. The length of the concert is approximately thirty-minutes long.

For more information, contact the Dance Department at (936) 294-1875.

52nd Annual SHSU Art Faculty Exhibit

Event: 52nd Annual SHSU Art Faculty Exhibit
Dates: February 1, 2012 -February 16, 2012
Location: Gaddis Geeslin Gallery (Art Building F)

The artwork of the SHSU art faculty members is currently on display in the Gaddis Geeslin Gallery. There will be two artist talks featured during this exhibit. An artist talk with Edward Morin is going to be held this evening, February 2nd,  from 5:00pm -6:00pm. The reception will begin at 6:00pm.

Another artist talk, featuring Valerie Powell, will be held on February 9th from 5:00pm -6:00pm with the reception beginning at  6:00pm.

For more information, contact Debbie Harper at (936) 294-1317 or email

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Aftermath: Phoenix Commotion Tour

This past weekend, we had the chance to tag along on the monthly Phoenix Commotion house tour. The Phoenix Commotion is a local building initiative headed by Dan Phillips. If you've seen "The Bone House" or "The Budweiser House," you've seen a Phoenix Commotion house. [Side note: Phoenix Commotion also built the offices of T.J. Burdett & Sons. You can see the building from I-45 if you're coming into town from the north.]

The tour starts off at The Bone House (2017 Avenue N). The group is allowed to view the entire house, inside and out. Dan then gives a brief (or not so brief, depending on the crowd) lecture and answers questions. 

Dan Phillips

After everyone's questions have been answered, the group caravans to the other locations on the tour. A colorful, hand-drawn map of these locations can be found here

The second stop of the tour is "The Tree House." This is currently the home of Huntsville's favorite new bakery - Sugar Skull Sweets. If you're lucky, they'll be open during the tour and you can purchase a cupcake, cookie, or scone. (They're good - promise!)

The Tree House
A few of the houses are just passed by without stopping, but you can go back on your own with your map and take photos if you want. The tour makes a brief stop at Charleston House and Story Book House:

Charleston House

Story Book House

The tour ends at the building site of more Phoenix Commotion homes, and Dan is available to answer any additional questions. 

We would like to thank Dan, Edie, and Bob for having us on the tour. Dan has a wealth of knowledge and a great sense of humor and we can all learn a thing or two from him. Edie and Bob currently live in The Bone House and allow strangers into their home for these tours. Be sure to be respectful of their home. 

The tour costs $10 per person and can be paid for online. For more information and to really get a feel or what the Commotion is all about (Sorry; Couldn't help it!), check out the Phoenix Commotion website here: The next public tour is scheduled for February 25 at 2:30p.