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Cultural Enrichment Center 2009 Events

Thursday, November 13, 4 p.m. Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium 3rd Floor, Academic Building, UHD

Richard Howard and Penny Metropulos Photographs Howard and Metropulos will share their experiences as long time members of America's largest and most historic Shakespeare Festival and as free lance artists in the present day theatre world.

THE ACTOR: A graduate of the prestigious Julliard School, Richard has been a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for over two decades. He has played Richard II, Romeo, and Hamlet for that company, among a host of other roles.

Though trained as a classical actor, Richard has originated many roles as a participant in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's program for the development of new works. He has performed with the Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, the Arizona Theatre Company and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

THE DIRECTOR: After touring the country as a child performer singing jazz and popular music, Penny trained as an actress at the Dallas Theatre Center and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She performed in theatres across the country, including residences at the Phoenix Center for the Performing Arts and the Arizona Theatre Company before becoming a member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival company.

After deciding to shift from acting to directing Penny became an Associate Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a position she held for over a decade. In addition to her many productions in Oregon, Penny has directed for such companies as Arena Stage in Washington D.C., the Denver Theatre Center, the Acting Company in New York, the Actor's Theatre of Phoenix, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre.

Contact information (713) 221-8295

Thursday, November 6, 7-9 p.m.., at notsouH 314 Main St. Houston, TX 77002, (713) 409-4750
Battle the Corporations: Live Texas Underground Hip Hop with Kiawitlxochitl (Lady Binx) Mexican Stepgrandfather Revolt of the Sun Poetry by Jesus Avila R.E.L. on the mix

Wednesday, November 5, 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., Robertson Auditorium, 3rd fl. Academic Building
South Park Mexican, Chingo Bling, and the Commodity Fetish in Houston Chicano Hip Hop A Lecture by Marco Cervantes M.A., University of Texas at San Antonio B.A., University of Houston - Downtown
Cervantes will discuss the music and material culture of rappers South Park Mexican and Chingo Bling and explain how both artists managed to transcend the grip of corporate industry control, break into the mainstream, and create scattered communities globally.
Questions he'll consider:

  • Do South Park Mexican and Chingo Bling enforce limited depictions of Blacks and Chicanos in Houston?
  • In such a diversified city, why aren't there more varied representations of Houston hip hop in mainstream media?

Tuesday, October 21, 12 noon, Willow St. Pump Station 811 N. San Jacinto
Hispanic Heritage Concert

The concert will feature music by Hispanic composers from the 18th-21st century, some of it performed on period instrument. Composers are José Pla, Juan Pla (Catalonia), José Herrando (Madrid), Paquito d'Rivera (Cuba), Alberto Ginastera (Argentina), and Luigi Boccherini (Italy).

Thursday, October 9, 5:30 p.m., Robertson Auditorium
A Poetry Reading by Dunya Mikhail Author of The War Works Hard (New Directions, 2005) Photo of Dunya MikhailBorn in Iraq in 1965, Dunya Mikhail worked as Literary Editor for The Baghdad Observer. Facing increasing threats and harassment from the Iraqi authorities for her writings, she fled Iraq in the late 1990s and studied Near Eastern Studies at Wayne State University. In 2001, she was awarded the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. Mikhail has published four collections of poetry in Arabic, and one lyrical multi-genre text, The Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea. She currently lives and works in Michigan. The War Works Hard, translated by Elizabeth Winslow, won the PEN Translation Award, was shortlisted for Griffin Poetry Prize, and selected by New York Public Library as one of 25 best books of 2005. Mikhail's poetry has been in anthologized in World Beat -International Poetry Now, Le Poeme Arabe Moderne, Iraqi Poetry Today, The Post-Gibran Anthology of New Arab-American Writing, New Arab Poetry, and The Poetry of Arab Women.

Thursday, October 2, 2:30-4 p.m., Robertson Auditorium
SECOND CHANCE PROJECT: CONNECT THE DOTS A Workshop on Domestic Violence, Hip Hop, and Prison Culture
Led by Busi Peters-Maughan, Founder Women Healing and Empowering Women (WHEW)

Photograph of Busi Peters - Maughan WHEW is a grassroots initiative addressing domestic violence and re-entry for women of color caught up in the Harris Country criminal justice system. WHEW workshops focus on building dialog and educating about issues facing members of Houston communities of color, who are often disadvantaged and marginalized. WHEW works with other grassroots organizations to promote change through concrete solutions and community involvement, working toward a better quality of life overall.


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