Free Menil Community Festival 2012

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April 12, 2012 by WITS Editor

Join us at the Menil Community Festival.  Here’s all the info!

The Menil Collection museum and a group of surrounding nonprofit arts organizations come together [this Saturday, April 14th] to host a free afternoon of art and entertainment that will extend across the Menil campus from West Alabama to Richmond Avenue from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Highlighting the diversity of the Menil neighborhood arts community, the festival will include films and performances, from chamber music to literary readings, performances and workshops.

All day events, include: Aurora Picture Show Open House and Cinema Raising; Houston Center for Photography’s Collaborations IX Print Sale and Julie Blackmon: The Power of Now and Other Tales from Home; Bastienne Schmidt: Home Stills; Priya Kambli: Color Falls Down exhibitions; Houston Indie Book Festival; Watercolor Art Society’s outdoor art fair, sale and indoor international exhibit and demonstrations; in addition to the regular exhibits from the Dan Flavin Installation, The Menil Collection and Rothko Chapel.

Writers in the Schools will host 30-minute creative writing tours at the Menil Collection at noon, 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m.

The family-friendly tours will depart from the Menil Foyer. Writers will use specific works of art as inspiration for fun writing exercises. Participants can share their work with the group and walk away with new poetry and fiction masterpieces.

Performance and activity schedule:
11 a.m. – Music from TALA – Erin Rodgers
1 p.m. – Valerie Hartzell, classical guitarist presented by the Rothko Chapel
2 p.m. – The Territory screening by SWAMP
3 p.m. – Family Drum Circle with Sam Dinkins III presented by Da Camera

Houston Indie Book Festival and Inprint readings:
11:30 a.m. – Laurie Clements Lambeth
12:00 p.m. – Ana María Rodríguez
12:30 p.m. – Justin Sirois
2:00 p.m. – Andrea White
2:30 p.m. – Andrew Porter

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