February 4th, 2011
The Look Ahead: Ladysmith and Dead Man Walking + Iceocalypse!
Iceocalypse is here. Or #Fauxocalypse, whichever you prefer. Hopefully you’re staying home today. If you’re out and about, please be careful. Above and below you’ll see a couple of the photos from this morning near my house. The header and first post in the article were taken through the lens of my polarized sunglasses. If you’re a photog, try it out. Some cool rainbow patterns in the ice.
On to the events, even though we feel slightly imprudent by telling you to do anything at all today…
Dead Man Walking by Houston Grand Opera
“A story of compassion and redemption, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking has played to sold-out houses across the U.S. and Europe in the decade since its premiere.” If you’re a person that follows the NYTimes Best Seller list, then this is the opera for you. It’s been sold-out everywhere else. Now’s your chance to catch up.
Ladysmith – Black Mambazo by SPA Houston
I had no idea, but apparently Paul Simon’s Graceland album is to credit for Ladysmith’s rise to fame. Check out their amalgam of Zulu, reggae and gospel a cappella stylings at Jones Hall tonight. I’m sure the music will warm your soul. Now if we could just get someone to warm the streets so this ice will melt…
Smith Westerns at Fitzgerald’s (Opener: Yuck)
We told you about the Smith Westerns release of their album Dye it Blonde a couple weeks ago. Well, now they’re coming to town. You should probably go. Especially if you’re not a football fan and want to avoid everything that is the Super Bowl. Honestly, it’s almost enticing enough as a football fan to duck out early and catch the show. Just watch me.