Susannah, Carlisle Floyd's opera based on the biblical story of Susannah and the Elders, will be presented
free at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park on
the evenings of June 4, 5, 7,9, 11, and 12. Diana Soviero
plays the part of Susannah, a young Appalachian woman
who is accused of and persecuted for an illicit sexual affair.
Reserved seat tickets (free) can be picked up the day of
the performance between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., at
the Miller box office.
SOPRANO DIANA SOVIERO
The Alley Cinemafest '76 begins June 15. During
the first week of films, Spectacle in the Cinema, you
won't see many women's faces on the screen in Seven Samurai, Fellini Saiyricon, and Creatures from the Black Lagoon. The Friday midnight Sleaze series begins appropriately enough with Ken Russell's The Devils, about "a
worldly priest accused of sorcery by a group of sexually
obsessed nuns," starring Vanessa Redgrave. During the
second week, women appear as members of Dynamic
Duos, Ginger Rogers as the Gay Divorcee, Maria Montez
as Cobra Woman, and Katherine Hepburn on Holiday.
The second Slease movie is Myra Breckenridge, with Mae
West and Raquel Welch.
The McNay Art Institute in San Antonio is exhibiting a major Bicentennial show of American women artists
through the end of July. The show comprises one piece of
painting or sculpture by each of 56 artists from east coast
to west coast including Judy Chicago, Audrey Flack, and
Texans Dorothy Hood of Houston and Stirling Willis of
Dallas. A handsome catalogue with pictures of every piece
(18 in color) and a comment by every artist is available for
$6.00. The McNay Institute is located at 6000 North New
Braunfels, San Antonio, Texas, 78209. (More about this
in the July issue of Breakthrough.)
The Patsy Swayze Jazz Ballet Company will dance
at Miller Theatre on the evenings of July 6, 7, and 17. The
first two performances will be in concert with the Houston
Pops Orchestra. Their repertoire includes classical ballet,
jazz, modern and ethnic dances. On July 4, Channel 39
will show a 45-minute documentary on the company.
Photographs from the Wellesley College Collection
will open at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on June
12. The exhibition will include photographs by Gertrude
Kasebier, Julia Margaret Cameron, Imogen Cunningham
and Doris Ulman, all born in the nineteenth century.
Twentieth century women photographers are represented
by the young, contemporary Judy Dater, noted for her
portraits of women. In addition, three photographs shot
by French photographer Eugene Atget and printed by the
American Berenice Abbott in 1956, will be shown.
Houston musicians Lucinda Williams (known professionally as
Lucinda) and Lynn Langham
performed at Houston's first
all-women's concert on May 13.
Langham sang two original songs
Living in the Music and Grandmother Song. Lucinda sang the
traditional Fish in' Blues and her
own S/ippin'St Trippin'. Having
lived in Austin, Lucinda says
she is tired of the "Cosmic
Cowboy Macho Mystique" and
finds Houston audiences more
receptive to women and to
non-country music. She will be
playing at tne bull 'n Anchor
restaurant through June. Both
artists have appeared on the
Channel 26 television show
"Crash's Jam." On June 19 at
8 p.m., Langham will participate in the Songwriters' Workshop at the Contemporary Arts
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The Gershwin opera, Porgy and Bess, will be
presented by the Houston Grand Opera from June 22
through July 4. The story takes place in a Black working
class neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina, in the
1920's. In Act I, Jake the Fisherman sings A Woman Is
a Sometime Thing. In Act II, Porgy and Bess sing the
duet Bess, You Is My Woman Now, but in Act III, Porgy
discovers that Bess has left for New York with Sporting
Life, who peddles "happy dust."
Ella Fitzgerald will sing in Jones Hall on Thursday
June 24. Fitzgerald is the diva of scat-singing, which is
an instrumental use of the voice, stringing together nonsense syllables in a melody without using lyrics. To
paraphrase the diva: "Shoo-bee-doo-bee-diddly-bop-
n-doo." She also sings the blues.
On Saturday, June 26 at the Contemporary Arts
Museum, there will be a poetry reading and book party
for Vassar Miller, Houston's most prominent poet. Her
first book of poetry, Adam's Footprint, was published
in 1956, followed by Wage War on Silence, My Bones
Being Wiser, and Onions and Roses. Her new book is
called If I Only Could Sleep Deeply Enough.
Esther Phillips will sing at the newly reopened
La Bastille Tuesday, June 29 through July 4.
Galveston artist Jane Allensworth's acrylic on
canvas paintings are hanging in the Watson/de Nagy
Gallery through the month of June.
The Joffrey Ballet of New York will present three
completely different performances at Jones Hall, June 14,
15, and 16, beginning at 8:30 each night. On Monday,
June 14, Face Dancers, a brand new ballet by Margo
Sappington, will be featured. The Tuesday, June 15
program includes Deuce Coupe II by Twyla Tharp,
which is a juxtaposition of classical ballet and choreography based on popular dances of the 1960's, with music
by the Beach Boys. Margo Sappington's Weewis will
be presented on Wednesday, June 16.
Dr. Julia Maxow will teach a 5-session course on
Recent Women Writers at the Jewish Community Center
on Friday mornings starting June 18. Joyce Carol Oates,
Susan Schaeffer, Gail Godwin, June Arnold, and May
Sarton will be discussed. For more information, call
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