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The Planets Plus Star Wars

After five sold out concerts in January, the Houston Symphony heads back to the stars with The Planets Plus Star Wars. The concert is the product of a collaboration with NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and award-winning producer/director, Duncan Copp, to craft a film of the latest, high-definition planetary images that will accompany a live performance of Gustav Holst’s suite, The Planets. Assistant Conductor Brett Mitchell will take the conductor’s podium for this concert. The Planets will be performed on the second half of the evening, while the first half is comprised of famed composer John Williams’ beloved film anthems: Star Wars, E.T. and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Tickets: $22-$109 Dates: July 16-July 17, 2010 Times: 7:30pm Jones Hall for the Performing Arts 615 Louisiana Houston, TX 77002 (information from...

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Let’s Do the Time Warp Again

It’s just a jump to the left and then a drive down to the deco-styled River Oaks Theatre for this Saturday’s Midnight showing of the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. Join in with the live cast in the longest-running midnight movie of all time by yelling at Brad Majors (A$$hole!) and throwing toast on the screen. July 10, 2010 11:55pm River Oaks Theatre 2009 West Gray Houston, TX 77019 General Admission $9.50 Children/Seniors...

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Houston Locals: Midtown Power Singles

In this latest installment of “Houston Locals: A visualization of Houstonians and their particular locality” featured on the AIGA Houston Blog, we take a look at our Midtown Power Singles. They’re young, they’re hip, and they’re ready for their next martini and steak. artwork by Monica Yael...

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The Language of a City

Everywhere you look there are patterns, and design can be found around any corner in Houston. Whether its the smooth, clean lines of a glass skyscraper, awnings of a restaurant, or even a concrete bend in a local park’s trail, inspiration for creativity exists all around us, creating the city’s own language. This installment in AIGA Houston’s Blog explores how type and patterns can be created by manufactured forms. In this series I will be documenting, deconstructing, and finally reinterpreting Houston’s forms and structures through the creation of type and patterns taken from our gathered information. All in the hopes of encouraging creativity and nurturing a better understanding of our city’s language.– by Monica Yael...

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Extremely Shorts 13: Works 3 Minutes and Under

Aurora Picture Show’s annual Extremely Shorts Festival features three-minute or shorter films and videos by artists, filmmakers, culture jammers, students, moms, security guards, and anyone with a camera and a vision. Juror Donald Harrison of Ann Arbor Film Festival will be in attendance to introduce his selection and announce the winners. Enjoy karaoke and good food by moonlight on the final night of the festival. Picnic sponsored by Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Whole Foods Market, Ruggles Green, Cafe Brasil and Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen. When: Friday, June 25, 7PM (screening) Saturday, June 26, 7PM (screening followed by picnic) Where: Molly Gochman’s Studio 2442 Bartlett St. Houston, TX 77098 Cost: Screening admission: $7 non-members, Aurora Members Free Picnic admission: $10 members, $12 non-members (separate of screening admission) Info Phone: 713.868.2101 (information from...

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Houston Locals: Montrose Hipsters

A lot of people forget that Houston is the fourth largest city in the nation, housing 2,240,974 people as of this year. As Houstonians, we’re well aware of how diverse and culturally rich our city is — not the stereotypical white stetson wearing, South Fork Ranch-owning, barbecue cooking folks that the rest of the country thinks we are (we’re looking at you, Dallas). To make things even more interesting, there are no zoning laws in our city, which makes for a wide variety of neighborhoods and occupants. Celebrating the uniqueness of our wonderful Houstonians, the AIGA Houston Blog has a new series being released every few weeks — an information graph visualizing Houstonians by their location, and (highly likely) personality. The first in this series highlights our beloved Montrose Hipsters. I have lived in Houston for almost a year now and find it fascinating, and helpful, to generally classify all of these locations. About every two weeks I will be posting  a set of illustrations that focus on a well known Houston area and compile all of my observations on its corresponding residents. Much like info graphics these  illustrations are no more than a visual shorthand intended to communicate found information as simply, and humorously, as possible. Enjoy this first post! — by Monica Yael...

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AIH Spring 2010 Portfolio Show

Visit the Art Institute of Houston for their Spring 2010 Portfolio Show featuring graduating students from: Fashion & Retail Management, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation and Web Design & Interactive Media. Thursday, June 17, 2010 — June 17, 2010 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Art Institute of Houston 1900 Yorktown Street Houston, Texas 77056 Graduates Present 12 – 6 p.m. Culinary Treats 12 – 1 p.m. Open to the Public 2 – 6 p.m. For more information please call 713-623-2040 and ask for Career Services....

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