Centerstage - Downtown Houston https://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogs/center-stage/rss/ 2013-03-06T22:30:00Z Baker Monument updates http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/baker-monument-updates/ 2013-03-06T22:30:00Z <p>The stone plaques at Baker Common in the downtown Theater District have been redone with a larger type face to increase readability.</p> Peter Radowick peter.radowick@houstontx.gov Wortham Center marks 25th anniversary http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/wortham-center-marks-25th-anniversary/ 2012-05-29T21:15:00Z <p>Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Houston Ballet celebrated Wortham Center's 25th anniversary at the dance company's presention of "Made in America" on May 24. The mayor made some pre-curtain remarks about the history of Wortham Center and the audience was treated to cupcakes during the first intermission.</p> Peter Radowick peter.radowick@houstontx.gov A Good Start to the Year http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/good-start-year/ 2012-01-31T17:59:53Z <p dir="ltr">Did you know that Wortham Center turns 25 years old this year? Yep, we&rsquo;re a quarter of a century old! It&rsquo;s a pretty big deal, if you ask us. And we have more than a few fun things in store for our 25<sup><span style="font-size: x-small;">th</span></sup> year&hellip; <em>but more on ...</em></p> Maura Hughes Theater District Ticket Post http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/theater-district-ticket-post/ 2012-01-01T16:33:36Z <p>Rules for Having a Friend in the Theater District</p> <p><span>Know thy friend's organization</span><br /><span>This is the most important part of having a friend that works in the Theater District. I don't know about my peers, but nothing irritates me more than someone asking me for tickets to a ...</span></p> Michael Coppens Tis the season http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/tis-season/ 2011-11-18T18:00:00Z <p dir="ltr">Shh... Can you hear it? Listen hard, what about now? Is there some faint music? And is there the slightest sound of children giggling? And what&rsquo;s that? You hear sleigh bells??</p> <p dir="ltr">Yes, my friends, you are hearing the sound of the holidays quickly approaching! We LOVE the holidays here ...</p> Maura Hughes Jones Hall Does Some Redecorating http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/jones-hall-does-some-redecorating/ 2011-11-02T17:00:00Z <p dir="ltr">Jones Hall announced in October that it would undergo a little redecorating after Houston City Council approved an agreement with Core Design Studio to design and install two pieces of art that will adorn the walls in the building corridors.</p> <p dir="ltr">One of the artworks will be a timeline of Jones ...</p> Maura Hughes Back From Paris and Ready for More http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/back-paris-and-ready-more/ 2011-10-19T17:00:00Z <p><span id="mce_marker">Houston Grand Opera has a whirlwind year in 2011.</span></p> <p><span>There's been the appointment of Patrick Summers as the new artistic and musical director, a national grant for their community involvement, a trip to Paris and, now, the start of a new season. HGO's official strat was in Paris ...</span></p> Maura Hughes The Power of the Arts http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/power-arts/ 2011-09-28T20:00:05Z <p dir="ltr">It is a pretty obvious statement to say that I (and everyone else here in the Theater District) believe the arts can be a very powerful force. The arts are more than a creative outlet or entertainment. They help to define eras. They become pieces of history and important facets ...</p> Maura Hughes Coming to a Runway Near You http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/coming-runway-near-you/ 2011-09-12T16:35:23Z <p>I have always been one of those people with a particular soft spot for the fall season. There could be a number of reasons -- the nice weather, football season, the idea of a fresh start and Starbucks pumpkin-spiced lattes, just to name a few. And while I do enjoy all ...</p> Maura Hughes Broadway's Season for Everyone http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/broadway-season-preview/ 2011-09-07T12:00:00Z <p><em>Writer's Note: Riverdance and RAIN were added to the season after this interview had taken place.</em></p> <p>I had the fortunate pleasure to sit down via the phone with the president of the Hobby Center Foundation, Fran Macferran, to discuss the <a title="Gexa Energy Broadway Series" href="http://www.broadwayacrossamerica.com/houston/" target="_blank">2011-2012 Gexa Energy Broadway Series</a> season. This is Macferran ...</p> Michael Coppens That Time of Year Again http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/time-year-again/ 2011-08-23T20:33:10Z <p dir="ltr">It&rsquo;s that time of year again! I know what you all are thinking:</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>BACK TO SCHOOL!</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">...</p> <p dir="ltr">Well, OK, yeah that too. But also (and this is way more exciting, I promise), it&rsquo;s the <strong>18<sup>th</sup> Capital One Bank Theater District Open House</strong>!!!!! This Sunday, August 28th&nbsp;from noon ...</p> Maura Hughes Al Pacino is Coming to Houston http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/al-pacino-coming-houston/ 2011-08-16T18:07:46Z <p dir="ltr">The Godfather. Serpico. Scarface. Dick Tracy. Ocean&rsquo;s 13. If none of those titles mean anything to you then I highly suggest you get over to the nearest Blockbuster or sign up for Netflix and get yourself an education in some classic American cinema because you are missing out! But ...</p> Maura Hughes Idina, RachFest, Ode to Joy, oh my! http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/idina-rachfest-ode-joy-oh-my/ 2011-08-09T18:19:30Z <p>Can I make a confession? I got very overwhelmed this week when it came down to write my blog post. When I heard the Houston Symphony had started selling individual tickets for their season, I knew it'd be a great story because I didn't know what the symphony ...</p> Maura Hughes A Change of Season http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/change-season/ 2011-08-02T15:33:40Z <p dir="ltr">It has been a busy couple of weeks for the Houston Ballet. They're gearing up for a brand new season full of all the things you want from the ballet &ndash; beautiful music, enchanting choreography, glittering costume and a little bit of magic.</p> <p dir="ltr">This season will feature the classic ballets ...</p> Maura Hughes Arrive Late Stay Late http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/arrive-late-stay-late/ 2011-07-22T14:00:00Z <p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;"><span lang="EN"> <p dir="ltr">It happens to me every year: a case of the mid-summer blues. It&rsquo;s always after the Fourth of July and right around the time I start seeing back-to-school commercials that I become keenly aware that I am quickly running out of days for barbecues, river trips and weekend getaways ...</p></span></span></span></span></p> Maura Hughes Before the Curtain Rises: Dinner & Drinks http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/curtain-rises-dinner-drinks/ 2011-03-06T17:00:00Z <p>In my last Centerstage post, I explained why it is important to <a title="Before the Curtain Rises: Let The Day Go" href="../../../../news/blogpost/before-curtain-rises/" target="_blank">let the day go</a> before settling down for the a performance in the Theater District. Now while I did say thirty minutes was ideal, I prefer taking a bit more time to relax. That said, you'll generally ...</p> Michael Coppens Before the Curtain Rises: Let the Day Go http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/before-curtain-rises/ 2011-02-21T17:00:00Z <p>I attend a lot of events in the Theater District. And while the actual performance has the most effect on whether I enjoy my night out, I have discovered a few tricks that ensure every night in the Theater District is memorable and enjoyable.</p> <p>Unless you're attending a matinee ...</p> Michael Coppens FOUND! http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/found/ 2010-12-20T20:14:21Z <p dir="ltr">Well, folks, it&rsquo;s that time of year when we here at the Wortham Center are knee-deep in sugarplums, nutcrackers, little tiny future ballerinas...and loads of lost &amp; found stuff. Indeed. With the scores of people who attend "The Nutcracker" each year (last year we hit more than 68,000 ...</p> Virginia Oxford virginia.oxford@houstontx.gov City of Gold http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/city-of-gold/ 2010-11-21T17:40:30Z <p>I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the Houston premiere of Antonio Vivaldi's Montezuma presented by Mercury Baroque. What made this particular performance so special was that the audience was getting to hear, for the first time since the 1700's, a long lost piece of music from one ...</p> Michael Coppens Baker Monument Dedicated http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/baker-monument-dedicated/ 2010-10-27T16:15:00Z <p> <p><span lang="EN"> <p dir="ltr">Houston landmarks commemorating the political legacy of President George H.W. Bush grew by one on Tuesday with addition of a statue of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III in Sesquicentennial Park, behind Wortham Theater Center.<br /><br />James A. Baker Monument was dedicated in a civic ceremony along the ...</p></span></p></p> Peter Radowick peter.radowick@houstontx.gov Open Season http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/open-season/ 2010-08-26T14:02:03Z <p>Be vewy, vewy quiet, I'm hunting tickets!</p> <p>This Sunday, August 29th is the <a title="17th Annual Theater District Open House presented by Capital One" href="../../../../calendar/theater-district-open-house/1263/" target="_blank">17th Annual Theater District Open House presented by Captial One</a>. It is THE place to be if you're looking for a good deal on tickets to any performance in the Theater District. You'll remember ...</p> Michael Coppens Theater District Open House! http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/theater-district-open-house/ 2010-08-24T22:15:56Z <p dir="ltr">Well it's that time again! No, not "Nutcracker" (yet!). It's the <a href="http://downtownhouston.org/calendar/theater-district-open-house/1263/" target="_blank">17th annual Theater District Open House</a>! Its the big event where we invite you to come to our theaters for FREE and get a behind-the-scenes look at how we do things around here...and by pure coincidence ...</p> Virginia Oxford virginia.oxford@houstontx.gov Something Wicked This Way Comes http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/something-wicked-way-comes/ 2010-07-28T15:57:30Z <p>There's a pretty good chance you or someone you know recently saw Wicked during its three-week run at the Hobby Center. There's a better chance you know someone who didn't get to see it because, outside of the Lady Gaga concert, these were the hardest tickets to ...</p> Michael Coppens Extreme Make-Over Theater Edition http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/Extreme-Make-Over-Theater-Edition/ 2010-07-15T18:12:32Z <p dir="ltr">Hi, folks! Well, it&rsquo;s been a little slow &rsquo;round here in these parts for the past few weeks, what with the performing arts season ending and all. It&rsquo;s been quiet without our audiences roaming about and filling our seats and the silence emanating from our dance and opera ...</p> Virginia Oxford virginia.oxford@houstontx.gov Dancing With The Blogs http://www.downtownhouston.org/news/blogpost/dancing-blogs/ 2010-05-20T17:23:04Z <p>Hi, folks! And welcome to our new blog! I&rsquo;m Virginia, your friendly neighborhood Event Coordinator&nbsp;reporting to you from my office here at the Wortham Center. I'll be keeping you up to date on all the fun activity we have going on onstage as well as backstage and ...</p> Virginia Oxford virginia.oxford@houstontx.gov