Free Events Thursday

Free Events Thursday


Friday, Aug 29, 2014 at 8 p.m.

Miller Outdoor Theatre

AD Players present a free performance of Godspell at 8 pm Friday, at Miller Outdoor Theatre. It’s considered one of the biggest Broadway and off-Broadway hits of all time.

Price: This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free for the hill!


Critical Mass

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 at 7 pm

Ride begins at 301 Milam downtown

Grab your bike and join Critical Mass, a group of bikers that ride the last Friday of each month from Market Square Park. Its goal is to advocate for a bike-friendly urban environment.

Price: FREE!!!


Amazing Houston Comic Con 2014

August 29, 2014

FRI 8/29: 3pm-8pm SAT 8/30: 10am-7pm SUN 8/31: 10am-6pm

George R. Brown Convention Center

The Amazing Houston Comic Con is a convention spanning the latest and greatest from the world of comic books. Hosted by family-owned Jay Company Comics, one of the largest comic book dealerships in the country, the event will bring the best of popular culture to Houston. The event will feature a show floor packed with more than 100 exhibitors, an exciting artist alley featuring more than 200 artists, and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators.

Price:  Adult Admission: Weekend passes are $60, Saturday passes are $35, and Friday- or Sunday-only passes are $25. VIP tickets range from $150-$200


Disney in Concert Magical Music from the Movies

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 at 8:00 pm

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Come be enchanted by DISNEY IN CONCERT Magical Music from the Movies with the Houston Symphony. When everyone joins together for memorable moments and melodies that Mouseketeers of all ages know by heart, it feels like a small world, after all. Pre-concert activities begin at 6:30 p.m.

Price:  $15 orchestra seating / FREE mezzanine and lawn seating


Tomball Texas Music Festival

Saturday, Aug. 3oth, 2014 from 11 am – 6:30 pm.

201 S. Elm in Tomball

Live music from The John Evans Band, Jesse Raub, Jr., and Mike & the Moonpies. Food, music and free parking!

Price: FREE!!!


Answering the Call to Serve: Camp Logan, Houston, Texas 1917-1919

August 13, 2014 – November 15, 2014 (Recurring daily) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

1100 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002

Learn about the hidden part of Houston’s history that resides in the underbrush at Memorial Park. The exhibit explores the history of Camp Logan with help of local archaeologist and will feature The Heritage Society’s Permanent Collection of Camp Logan materials.

Price: FREE!!!

3 thoughts I have in yoga


that automatically make me feel like I’m failing my Zen journey.

1.  “exhale” does NOT always mean “sigh it out.”

2.  get your happy baby rocking feet out of my face.

3.  please attempt a consistent rate of windshield wiper feet because I do not want to keep playing footsie.

Please tell me I’m not the only one?!

Wellness Wednesday!

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Hi Framers!

I hop you all are having a great Wednesday so far.

If you are thinking about making a quick run to Starbucks later…don’t.

Check this article out and find out why!


But if you’re one of those people (like myself) who just can’t resist a nice cup of whatever.

I have a solution for you-TEA! No artificial flavoring or sweetener added!

For those of you who might be new to the whole tea experience and are not sure of which ones to try, here is a little tip: The darker the tea the higher the caffeine. 

Black teas are great if you are having a hard time staying awake. Add a small shortbread biscuit with your Earl/ Lady Grey or English Breakfast and you are all set to watch the exciting Cricket match…or Sherlock/ Downton/ Pride and Prejudice or whatever else you prefer!

Jasmine Green tea is also a wonderful choice for various health reasons, including losing weight. Aside from white tea, it’s the lightest of the teas and has no caffeine.

Warning: It is addicting! I drank two/ three cups of Twining’s Jasmine Green tea in one day. Very addicting.  Just FYI.

Teas like Wild Sweet Orange and Passion from Tazo are perfect if you like a little flavoring once in awhile. Or spice things up a bit with Tazo’s Organic Chai tea!

So to put it plainly:

TEA is better than fatty, sugary, whipped-creamy anything and you never feel guilty after having a cup…or two.

So enjoy a nice cup of tea (iced or warm the next you time have the urge for a coffee shop)!


Recommended Teas:


Twining’s of London

– Anything!



– Organic Chai

– Wild Sweet Orange (caffeine free)

– Passion (caffeine free)


Choice Organic Teas

– Rooibos Superfruit (caffeine free)


Taylors of Harrogate (Official tea of HRH The Prince of Wales)

– Early Grey


RC Bigelow Inc

– Darjeeling (The “champagne” of black tea)

– Earl Grey

– Green

– English Breakfast

Rehearsal notes, part 1


Rehearsal Notes– dancers, I’ve made some notes so you can know you’re on track while listening.  2 tiny changes you’ll see as well.  I added one more retrograded A-I motion for D in the first round, and I took away one of the bells at the very last build up.  I must have been off by one.

Part 1– Repose

1-5 JB (AH walks)

6-10 AH (JB walks)

11-15 AH (AS walks) 13 is short

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MFA Monday: Lauren Ashlee Small

MFA Mondays

MFA rightPart 4

The MFA journey has finally become worth it to me.  There is no doubt in my mind that I must participate. I am very excited to begin this journey even as I write this post after a long morning of placement classes, followed by training for my new job at a local gym and celebratory peanut butter cookies at home with my roommate tonight. I am finally beginning my MFA and have all of you, dear fellow Framers, to thank for sharing your stories and paving the way.

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Links We Like: Dance for children

Links We Like
Photos by David DeHoyos of Frame Dance Productions and Liminal Space performing Steve Reich's 2x5 on December 11.
Lydia Hance. Photo by David DeHoyos of Frame Dance Productions and Liminal Space performing Steve Reich’s 2×5 on December 11.

lydia with littlesHappy Friday!

1. Maria’s Movers is the world’s greatest blog for creative movement.

2. Teaching children is one of my favorite things in the world.  That’s why I’m so excited to start a children’s ensemble through Frame Dance.  Check out the Little Framers. Registration is open.

3. Are you new to teaching littles?  Here are some essentials.









So You Think You Can Dance

Your votes on our So You Think You Can Dance Survey told me that you think Jacque and Ricky will go home. Let’s see if you’re right!

The Top 6 Perform

SYTYCD_Google_Profile The battle for the top spot grew even more challenging last night as the dancers had to  perform three separate dances, one with a fellow competitor, an All-Star partner, and a  solo.   Since we were down to the top six, the dancers really brought their game and there were  so  many excellent dances. Here are some of my favorites from last night.

The choreography of Valerie and Ricky’s Broadway piece had a very difficult component  to it regarding the main prop. Their somewhat silly and carefree feeling dance, used a  swing which Ricky had to leap through several times throughout the dance. Valerie’s  dress was poofy and fun.

Next up was Jessica and Casey who went back in time with their sparkly disco and had the  costumes to match. Casey spun Jessica around so many times during the dance it almost made me dizzy just watching them!


Last night SYTYCD was joined by the band Rixton, who performed their hit song Me and My Broken Heart.


After that energetic performance, the All-Star couples began their routines. Jacque and All-Star Will’s contemporary routine was light and airy, with the song to match, 99 Red Balloons by Nena. My absolute favorite dance of the night was Zack with All-Star Fik-Shun. Their hip hop routine was choreographed by Phillip Chbeeb who was inspired by the Rorschach  Inkblot Test. The dancer’s movements were completely synchronized to form interesting shapes with their bodies. This routine was accompanied by a song I like listening to Sail (Unlimited Gravity Remix) by AWOLNATION. 

Then it was time for the results. The final four dancers are Ricky Ubeda, Jessica Richens, Zack Everhart, and Valerie Rocky. Sadly, we said goodbye to Casey Askew and Jacque LeWarne.

Frame Dance Rehearsal


Frame Dance Rehearsal


Yesterday in rehearsal, we celebrated Laura Gutierrez’s birthday. We all laughed as her fellow dancers carried her throughout the room to Donna Lewis’ “I love you, always forever.” After starting off on a fun and energetic note, they wasted no time getting into the movement. Lydia taught the dancers new movement before reviewing their work from previous rehearsals. They experimented with different music to give their movements a more distinctive feel.

One of the new sections they learned was inspired by Lydia’s visit to the Blanton Museum, where Frame Dance will be performing  September 18th.  The section involved using the space in an interactive walking  sequence, and is something I will look forward to seeing during the performance.


The dancers combined their previous work and new sections together weaving an intricate larger dance piece. The dancers took their cues from the different components of the music. The music for their next show is composed by Robert Honstein and named An Index of Possibility, which will be performed live at the Blanton Museum in Austin. Don’t forget to mark your calendars, because this is a performance you won’t want to miss!

SeptembIMG_4432er 18, 2014 5:30pm 
Blanton Museum
Austin, TX









So You Think You Can Dance


The Top 8 Perform


Michael Jackson was the theme of the night.   The top 8’s reflective, extra-terrestrial group dance  was choreographed by the man who was the star’s personal choreographer, Travis Payne.

The judging panel was joined by Jenna Dewan-Tatum, as they kicked off another great episode of So You Think You Can Dance.

We learned that each dancer would get the opportunity to showcase their solos along with  their duets with the all-stars.

Casey Askew’s contemporary solo was accompanied by one of my favorite music artists M83.

My overall favorite solo was performed by Jessica Richens. Her contemporary solo was flawlessly liquid.

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