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Events on Sunday, October 9, 2022

Sunday, October 9, 2022

Sunday, October 9 at 2:30 PM

2:30 PM

by Samuel Beckett

“Here all is strange.”

Beckett’s existential tragicomedy Happy Days concerns itself with the plight of Winnie, a middle-class, middle-aged woman who is quite literally stuck, buried to her waist in crusted earth. Her husband Willie lives in a hole behind her mound, physically and emotionally out of reach. Even in his company she is essentially alone.

Armed with a shopping bag of everyday items and routines, a series of half-remembered stories, songs, and prayers, and a heroic capacity for optimism, she presses through an endless series of unforgiving days to the merciful night to come. The bell rings again and when the blazing sun comes charging back, she is buried up to her neck. Her last resources depleted, her arms and body sunk and gone, her predicament is irreversible, hellish, seemingly eternal. Through it all she perseveres, struggling with that which remains to make real her impossibly hopeful exclamation: “Oh this will be another happy day!”

The Houston Chronicle wrote that Catastrophic’s productions of Samuel Beckett’s plays “demonstrate exactly why this company and its artistic director Jason Nodler are so important to the city’s cultural life.” The Houston Press opined, “If man’s wretched existence ever needed a finer hand to paint comic despair, look no further than director Jason Nodler with his superlative interpreters all in the service of the apocalyptic vision from Samuel Beckett.”

Catastrophic’s co-artistic directors Tamarie Cooper and Jason Nodler reprise their roles as Winnie and director, as they did with Infernal Bridegroom Productions (IBP) 22 years ago. Greg Dean rounds out the cast as Willie.Read more

Sunday, October 9 at 3:00 PM

3:00 PM

Intempo Dance Ensemble and TX Symphonic Ballet Present the Mexican Traditional Event

INTEMPO DANCE ENSEMBLE presents an evening of dance and music inspired in the magical world of the day of the dead celebration. Colorful Catrinas and Funny Sugar Skulls dance, surrounded by live music atmosphere and guided by imaginary beings - Alebrijes - as they journey to their new home.

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration of pre-Hispanic origin that honors the deceased on November 2. The festivities begin on November 1 and coincides with the Catholic celebrations of All Souls and All Saints. In Mexico, it is a celebration of life remembering loved ones who came before us, but with joy and devotion, dedicating an altar to welcome them back for their visit to the world of the living, once a year. The characters are La Catrina, El Catrin and the Alebrijes - imaginary beings made up of physiognomic elements of different animals, not only fantastic but also real that form a mesmerizing being full of magic and color that accompany souls in their voyage to their new home.Read more

Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 6:00 PM

6:00 PM

Houston’s artist-led, artist-curated Kinetic Ensemble opens its 2022-2023 season with three unique perspectives on our natural world by three exciting, emerging composers. Patrick Harlin’s The Wilderness Anthology combines Kinetic’s live performance with pre-recorded audio soundscapes, captured in parts of the Amazon Rainforest and in the Book Cliffs region of the United States. This piece focuses our attention both on the relationship between wilderness and music, and on the impacts of human disruption on our world’s ecosystems. Nicky Sohn’s What Happens When Pipes Burst ? recalls the big Winter Freeze of 2021 and its impact on the lives and communities of those in Houston. And Paul Novak’s a string quartet is like a flock of birds , first performed virtually by Kinetic during 2020, will finally receive its first premiere live performance this evening. This season opener will be a fully immersive sound experience; a musical meditation on our natural world, which ever surrounds and inspires us.Read more