EXCLUSIVE TEXAS ENGAGEMENT! PLAYING TO SOLD OUT HOUSES all over the world, the New York Times and Boston Globe’s Critic’s Pick - POTTED POTTER – The Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, POTTED POTTER will make you roar with laughter. Created by two-time Olivier Award-nominated actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, Potted Potter is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).
No doubt you have seen our recent Facebook and Twitter postings regarding Potted Potter. Feel free to head over to our Facebook page (and give us a “Like” if you haven’t yet) and check it out or better yet follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube! Don’t forget to get your tickets before they sell out. The show runs from Tuesday November 26th to Sunday December 1.
Also, post your most creative Harry Potter Photo to win TWO tickets to see Potted Potter at the Wortham Center Cullen Theater. Take pictures of you and friends ‘pottering’ at your favorite Houston landmark or flying on a broomstick or whatever magical creation you can dream! All photos must be posted by Nov. 18. You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org as well.
Violinist Edvin Marton, master of classical crossover, is currently heading to Budapest, Hungary for another leg in his world tour. One of his stops was in China where he was met with swathes of adoring fans as he stepped off the plane. Instantly he began to sign autographs and take photos. Many of which were posted to his Facebook page and website. After attending to his adoring fans Edvin made his way to his hotel for some much needed rest.
The China leg of his tour included performances with several other stars well known especially in the skating world and international entertainment scene. Some of his entertainment constituents were: Johnny Weir, Irina Slutskaya, Stephane Lambiel, Nathalie Pechalat, Award Winning Singer/Song writer Wan-Ting and, as ambassador to the event, world renowned actress and movie star Katie Holmes. The event was star-studded and memorable as the audience was brought to a fervor and several standing ovations througout the preformance. Edvin Marton and company did nothing less than wow and astound, giving all they had and leaving it all on the ice. The event was breathtaking, awe inspiring and a true delight for everyone in the stands. The evening was a total success and the entire group of performers left everyone in attendence clamoring for more.
Now in Hungary, Edvin is preparing to perform on September 7th and shortly thereafter will be traveling to Houston for September 20th at 7:30 pm at the Wortham Center-Brown Theater. This will not be like any other classical performance you have seen and every leg of his tour is different from the last. Budapest performances will not look like China’s shows and Houston’s show will be different too! This is why Edvin Marton’s performances are so special…every tour destination receives a different theme and feel. Edvin Marton is the epitome of cool, refreshing & electrifying. He pushes himself to the limit with each performance and brings his Stradivarius violin to produce unbelievable music in a way only Edvin is able. Now expand your palette and witness true artistry & musical genius as the “King of Classical Crossover” sets the stage on fire…come and witness Edvin Marton!
Houston Arts Alliance recently started a campaign called Houston Is Inspired. By utilizing the hashtags #HOUarts and #HOUinspired in your social media posts pertaining to any arts or culture event your post will be placed on the Houston Is Inspired website. It’s a great and user friendly for people to tell their story of how arts and culture is inspiring Houston.
Houston has a plethora of art and culture to offer the city’s residents; so much so, the city is starting to become well-known nationally. The New York Times marked Houston #7 on its “Places to Visit in 2013” list (along with Istanbul at #10 and Paris at #46). What better way to show the world what Houston has to offer than to post your thoughts and photos of Houston?!
We think this is a brilliant way to highlight Houston’s art scene. We are always excited to see when people post their photos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. With BLS’ new Instagram page, we will also be participating in the Houston Is Inspired campaign. Calling all bloggers, twitterers, Instagramers and social media lovers, start using the hashtags #HOUarts and #HOUinspired and show Houston some love and how the Brilliant Lecture Series has inspired you.
The American Revolution marked the birth of our nation and the event inspired millions throughout history to seek justice, liberty and equality for all. The revolution shaped our society, culture and way of life, especially through the Arts. Take music for instance. Music and songs have radiated Americana from as far back as the Revolutionary war all the way to current times. Independence has been the topic for many songs created around the world as people express and voice their longing for freedom and express to others. Many artists from the past and quite a few from the present have written songs inspired by independence and the battle for freedom. U2, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Diamond are just a few artists that have made songs that bolstered national pride, a sense of independence and freedom. In turn these songs have inspired some of us to be better people, better Americans, and to have a greater national identity.
Music overall is a tool that can be used to inspire, create, destroy or build. In one event music brought thousands of people together over a 3 day period at a 600 acre dairy farm, the event has gone down in history as Woodstock. The event was meant to promote peace, togetherness and to build on the ideas of freedom and love. Woodstock surely is just one instance in which music has inspired and motivated people. Music has also been responsible for structuring our society. So many things about the way we live, what we deem important and our values can be determined by music. The lyrical content thereof is very important and the lyrics relay the thoughts of the artist and the public but the melody…the sound can show you the spirit and the soul of the artist it can also stir your spirit thus preparing your mind for war or peace. Take Edvin Marton for instance, as stated in his book “Prince of the Violin: The Secret Life of Edvin Marton” he used music and his violin to mentally paint pictures of happier times and escape his sometimes dark childhood and adult life. Music was his medium to express himself and escape the turmoil that so many of us face.
Edvin Marton used his talents to make his dreams a reality and as he progressed in talent he used his music to inspire others. Edvin’s music is known to touch the heart and stimulate the mind. His masterful renditions of classical music come from the deepest parts of his soul. As a young violinist he would walk by the Tisza River in the Ukraine and think of otherworldly compositions. The nature and freedom he experienced on these walks fed his mind and gave him the ingredients for a masterpiece. This was the beginning of his genius…his ability to take original pieces and add his own flair to them…to make them his. He would later compose his own pieces and would become an inspiration to many. Edvin Marton’s primary goal is to spread his knowledge of classical music and to inspire the youth who feel as though music is their passion. He wants them to continue in their pursuits to be great musicians and persevere much like he did despite the problems that encounter. He is bringing his music to Houston on September 20th, 2013 at 7:30 pm performing in the Wortham Center.
Make sure that you get your tickets soon while there is still time. You can call us at 713-974-1335 to purchase tickets or you can go to: http://www.brilliantlectures.org/ and get your tickets there! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter! Watch our Edvin Marton commercial at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCgv5RTOWtQ and feel the magic! Also to learn more about Edvin Marton you can visit his web page at: http://edvinmarton.com/ or go to his Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/edvin.marton.
We are the home of the free, the home of the brave and the innovative. What makes this country great is that anyone can achieve success through hard work and perseverance just like many of our speakers have. Sidney Poitier, Doc Hendley, Maya Angelou and Julie Andrews have all had a rough start but by working, keeping a faithful heart and remaining steadfast they were able to succeed. That is what the “American Dream” is about and those are the values that the Red, White and Blue try to instill in our youth and those new to the country. America is about opportunities, carpe diem…you have to seize the day when it presents itself and use every opportunity placed before you and sometimes you have to create an opportunity but where else can you do that besides America? We would like you to take the time to test yourself on little known facts on Americas’ history and the birth of Independence Day. Test yourself and see how much history you know!
1) How many presidents have died on the July 4th? What are their names?
2) What day was the Declaration of Independence actually drawn out and what day was it signed putting it into action?
3) How many nations share national holidays with the United States on July 4th? How many are related to the U.S.?
4) When did the flag officially fly with all 50 stars? Which president approved it?
5) What practice is common during July 4th and can be found during salutations and funerals?
6) When was Americas’ Bicentennial and how many flags flew in Washington DC that day?
Ok….pencils down. How do you think you did? The quiz was pretty hard but these facts are not widely taught and we here at Brilliant Lecture Series value intelligent dialogue, awareness of your community and its’ history. We want you to try your best with each quiz or trivia set we post. Email your answers to email@example.com and we will grade the quizzes and return them by July 2nd before you go on vacation. The top 3 scores will be listed on our Facebook page for all the other fans to see!