Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) has joined forces with Dance Source Houston to present the 4th Annual Julydoscope – a free evening of art, music, dance, and film at Discovery Green in downtown Houston on Saturday, July 19. Festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. with performances on the Anheuser-Busch Stage by five high-energy, multi-dance company acts curated by Dance Source Houston, followed by a screening at 8:45 p.m. of the 2013 Oscar© winning documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom.
Julydoscope 2014 features dance performances by Houston-based dance companies Hierro Forjado, Mnemosyne International, Dance of Asian America, Urban Souls Dance Company and Compañia Folklorica Alegria Mexicana. The performances will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. Ernie Manouse, the three-time Emmy Award-winning anchor/producer of InnerVIEWS on HoustonPBS, will serve as master of ceremonies at Julydoscope 2014.
Hierro Forjado (“wrought iron”) is a flamenco dance troupe founded and led by Alexandra Simmons, comprised of women from all walks of life. Mnemosyne International dance company, led by artistic director Kristina Koutsoudas, presents women’s traditional dances of the East and Mediterranean for contemporary audiences. Dance of Asian America promotes and preserves the rich cultural heritage of China through authentic Chinese dance. Compañia Folklorica Alegria Mexicana, founded in 2001 by Maestro Isidro Salas, is a group of 24 adults and 14 children that performed at the Latin Grammys at Houston’s Toyota Center in 2008. Urban Souls Dance Company is a professional modern dance company founded in 2005 by Harrison Guy, who trained in New York City at the Alvin Ailey School.
Twenty Feet From Stardom, directed by Morgan Neville, starts Darlene Love, Merry Clayton and Lisa Fischer as backup singers who live in a world just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we’ve had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now. Watch a trailer of the PG-13 film at http://cinemartsociety.org/julydoscope.
Julydoscope 2014 coincides with Discovery Green’s July Flea by Night, which takes place from 6-10 p.m. on July 19 in the shady southeast end of the park near The Grove restaurant. The monthly flea market features artsy, vintage shopping vendors and on-site food trucks including The Golden Grill, It’s a Wrap! mobile bistro, Churrasco To Go, Porch Swing Desserts and What’s up Cupcake?, plus live music by funky electro-dance duo Wrestlers from 7-9 p.m.