MOJI to release “Desert Son” EP at Free Press Summer Festival

The Houston trifecta makes its major festival debut performing singles off their new EP “Desert Son,” available to the public on June 7 

1426191828257HOUSTON—Making their major festival debut, Houston indie-rock/jazz trio MOJI will release their newest EP “Desert Son” during their performance at Free Press Summer Festival on June 7th (www.fpsf.com). The band takes the Mars Stage at 12pm on Sunday June 7th with an expanded ensemble of seven members to perform their first two singles Ceasefire and Free as well as new and previously unheard tracks. Founded in 2014 and led by powerhouse front woman Moji Abiola, who has garnered attention from her international performances with legends Eddie Vedder and Glen Hansard as well as an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, the group has developed a unique and vibrant sound rooted in blues and jazz. The past year has seen MOJI perform at events and clubs throughout Houston, gaining recognition as one of the hottest new acts to follow in the city.

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Sights, Nights, Neighborhoods, and Collaborations: Four Exhibitions Opening in May 2015 at HCP

Amy Elkins (Los Angeles, CA) Ronald O’Bryan, Execution #3, Age 39, From the series Parting Words, Laser print. Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery (New York, NY)

Amy Elkins (Los Angeles, CA) Ronald O’Bryan, Execution #3, Age 39, From the series Parting Words, Laser print. Courtesy of the artist and Yancey Richardson Gallery (New York, NY)

HOUSTON—Houston Center for Photography presents an intriguing collection of exhibitions both in their gallery space and online, honoring fellowship winners and highlighting outstanding artists. On view May 8th through July 5, 2015, HCP’s galleries will host four special exhibitions delving into topics of sight, war, interpretation, community, identity, and memory.

Amy Elkins: Black is the Day, Black is the Night & Parting Words features a probing collection of portraits and insight on men in our nation’s prison system who are serving their sentences in some of the most maximum security prisons in the US. 2015 HCP Fellowship Recipient Ben Altman presents Site/Sight, an exhibition highlighting the visitors of war memorials and the behavior of these individuals, heavily influenced by technology. The gallery will also show the work of Vladimir Frumin—2015 Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship Recipient in his exhibition Everybody’s Fifth Ward. Examining the lives of those considered “mostly forgotten”, Frumin documents the daily lives of those in poverty and the conditions they must surrender to over time. Finally, Collaborations XII, HCP’s educational program featuring 15 students from 8 Houston-area high schools, presents their exhibition Identity: Putting It All on The Table, a self-exploration into the themes of adolescence and transitioning from childhood to adulthood. Continue reading

The 28th Annual Houston Art Car Parade Weekend Rolls up to April 9-12, 2015

Earth Rover 1 by Dion LaurentHouston, TX aka Art Car Capital of the World – The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is pleased to announce a fantastic weekend of events April 9-12, 2015 as part of the 28th Annual Houston Art Car Parade Weekend! What started out as a small caravan of like-minded artists and individuals over a quarter century ago has blossomed into one of the largest and most beloved events in the city of Houston, drawing one of the largest crowds for any free public event all year. 2015 marks the first year that the Houston Art Car Parade will take place on its new permanent date, the second weekend in April – allowing for cooler and a more enjoyable experience for both participants and spectators alike.

Over the past 28 years, the Houston Art Car Parade has received national and international attention as being the premier celebration of self-expression and “the drive to create” – a representation of Houston’s unique entrepreneurial and creative spirit. Continue reading

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Buddha & Mandala, Visions, and Learning Curve: Three Exhibitions Opening at HCP

Bill Armstrong (New York, NY), Buddha 704, 2013, From the series Buddha & Mandala Chromogenic print mounted on Sintra.Courtesy of the artist and Robischon Gallery (Denver, CO).

Bill Armstrong (New York, NY), Buddha 704, 2013, From the series Buddha & Mandala Chromogenic print mounted on Sintra.Courtesy of the artist and Robischon Gallery (Denver, CO).

HOUSTON—Houston Center for Photography presents three dynamic exhibitions exploring the realms of color, perspective, contemplation, and education. On view February 27th through April 26th, HCP Gallery displays a variety of artistic interpretations of photography, opening up dialogue and discussion amongst the exhibitions. Bill Armstrong: Buddha & Mandala depicts luminous images of the artist’s interpretation of Mandalas and Buddhas. Nodding to certain themes in the Buddhist religion, Armstrong alters the depiction of the cosmos and life through his use of abstraction and alteration. Through the use of his technique and the pulse of color, the artist allows the viewer a chance to meditate on these spiritually centered photographs upon viewing.

In the exhibition by Ryan Bush entitled Visions, visual captures of inspiration and dreams are presented through three-dimensional photographs. Through various interpretations of visions in spiritualism, meditation, nature, and in the imagination, Bush creates a delicate narrative to be viewed with and without 3D glasses thus uncovering the layers and intensity of each piece. Both Armstrong and Bush take inspiration from Buddhism and the search for Nirvana, which completely alters our experience of the world. Continue reading

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