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Celebrate Houston! Music and Arts Festival

Celebrate Houston! Music and Arts Festival

Celebrate Houston! - celebrating Houston's diversity and building a positive future - benefits city-wide youth programs Houston Cool and Girls Excel, and helps generate awareness and support for the Houston Museum of Culture.

Celebrate Houston! is presented with the support of the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

www.celebratehouston.org



   




Carnival Connection / Conexion Carnaval

Carnival Connection / Conexion Carnaval

Carnival Connection explores the customs and historic relationships between carnival traditions in the Caribbean, Latin America and the Gulf Coast. Carnival Connection is produced by Houston Institute for Culture with support of the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.



Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

Houston's Juneteenth Celebration

Houston's Juneteenth Celebration presents an exciting music lineup to celebrate Juneteenth, one of the region's most significant historic events, which commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas. Music fans gather from across the region at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Houston's largest public outdoor theatre, to hear performances by noted artists representing the rich African American musical traditions of the region, including blues, jazz, brass band, funk and zydeco.

www.june19.org




Houston Zydeco and Roots Music Festival


Houston Zydeco and Roots Music Festival

The Houston Zydeco and Roots Music Festival is coming! Zfest, it's like Ifest, but with Zydeco and lagniappe! To be a volunteer or supporter, please email zclub@zfest.org. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

The Houston Zydeco and Roots Music Festival is presented by Houston Institute for Culture with support of the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.

www.zfest.org




Special Events

HMOC Friends of Latino Arts and Culture presents HUEHUETL

HMOC Friends of Latino Arts and Culture presents HUEHUETL

Sunday, November 3, 2013
Noon to 6pm

East End Studio Gallery
708 Telephone Road
Houston, TX 77023


Join us for a celebration of el dia de los muertos and the indigenous music of Mexico performed live by Huehuetl. The phenomenal presentation will take place at the East End Studio Gallery, 708 Telephone Road, Houston, Texas 77023.

You will enjoy a festive time on the Tlaquepaque Market plaza as we present art and traditional altars for the Day of the Dead in the gallery and more live music on the Bohemeo's outdoor stage.

The opening of the Day of the Dead exhibit will take place on Friday, November 1, from 6-9pm, and it will continue through November 9. The live music event with Huehuetl takes place on Sunday, November 3, from Noon-6pm, and a presentation, Mapping the Gulf Coast: The Story of Cabeza de Vaca, about the first contact between Native Americans, Europeans and Africans on the Gulf Coast takes place on Thursday, November 7, from 7-8:30pm at The Artery (see listing below).

Huehuetl is presented by Houston Institute for Culture and the East End Studio Gallery with the support of the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts as part of the Houston Museum of Culture's "Celebrate Houston! - Celebrating Houston's Diversity and Building a Positive Future".

Learn more at www.hmoc.org. Get more information about HMOC Friends of Latino Arts and Culture by contacting Iris Contreras, iris@hmoc.org.


First Contact Between Native Americans, Europeans and Africans on the Gulf Coast

Mapping the Gulf Coast: The Story of Cabeza de Vaca

Thursday, November 7, 2013
7 to 8:30pm

The Artery
5401 Jackson Street
Houston, Texas 77004

A 1527 Spanish-led expedition unwittingly became one of the most incredible adventures in world history and reported great mysteries of the United States Gulf Coast, Western deserts and Mexico. Only four of more than 300 in the expedition were known to survive. While their perilous journey rivals those of any other stature, its relevance to the understanding of U.S. history is even more phenomenal.

Join us for a talk and slide show that will shed light on the first contact between Native Americans, Europeans and Africans on the Gulf Coast. We will follow the Pánfilo de Narváez expedition from Cuba to Florida in 1527 and trace the steps of the disastrous expedition's four survivors, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, Estevan, Alonso del Castillo Maldonado and Andrés Dorantes de Carranza, from Texas to Mexico City, where they traveled about 6,000 miles over nearly nine years to arrive in 1536.

Cabeza de Vaca described the conditions as he sailed along the coast: "It was winter and bitterly cold, and we had suffered hunger and the heavy beating of the waves for many days. Next day, the men began to collapse. By sunset, all in my barge had fallen over on one another, close to death. Few were any longer conscious. Not five could stand. When night fell, only the navigator and I remained able to tend the barge. Two hours after dark he told me I must take over; he believed he was going to die that night."

On November 6, 1528, Cabezas de Vaca crawled from the ocean surf onto the Central Gulf Coast. He and his three fellow survivors – two European and one African – became the first non-Native peoples to describe the greater Houston region. Their accounts are the oldest written history of the lands in the modern boundaries of the United States.

Houston Institute for Culture executive director Mark Lacy will guide us through one of history's greatest misadventures, present revealing incidents of the expedition, and consider some possible historical errors. Lacy will present evidence that utilizes modern research techniques.

Mapping the Gulf Coast: The Story of Caveza de Vaca, a free lecture and discussion event will take place from 7 to 8:30pm on Thursday, November 7, at The Artery, 5401 Jackson Street, Houston, Texas 77004.

The series "Mapping the Gulf Coast" is presented by Houston Museum of Culture.







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