The Orange Show Monument has been a memorable venue for some of Houston's best and most eclectic cultural performances for the past 40+ years, with a rich history of hosting concerts, performance art and other one-of-a-kind happenings from nationally and internationally recognized artists and performers on a regular basis.
FEATURED UPCOMING PERFORMANCES
Negativland + SUE-C present
"WE CAN REALLY FEEL LIKE WE'RE HERE"
December 2, 2023 | 8-10pm
Orange Show World HQ - 2334 Gulf Terminal Drive
A collaboration between legendary sound collage group Negativland and live cinema video artist SUE-C, this live performance project is about our nervous systems, our realities, and the evolving forms of media and technology that inevitably insert themselves between them, with original music, found sounds, unique visuals, and a few surprises.
Since 1980, the multimedia collective known as Negativland have been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sounds, images, objects, and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland rearrange these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and "culture jamming" (a term they coined way back in 1984), Their work is now referenced and taught in many college courses in the US, has been written about and cited in over 150 books and legal journals. Their art and media interventions pose both serious and silly questions about the nature of sound, media, technology, control, ownership, propaganda, power, and perception in the United States of America.
SUE-C is an award-winning artist, engineer and educator whose work in “real time cinema” presents a new, imaginative perspective on live performance blending cinema and technology into an organic, improvisational and immersive act, created from live cameras, light pads and video algorithms. She has always pushed the boundaries of human-computer interaction, employing emerging technologies and inventing many of her own, both through performance and tinkering with hundreds of students in her well-established teaching practice.
$20 GENERAL ADMISSION
Harvey Bott ROBOTT™ Opera Revisited
December 17, 2023 | 4pm
Orange Show World HQ - 2334 Gulf Terminal Drive
The Harvey Bott ROBOTT™ Opera Revisited is the culmination of a two-day workshop that brings together sculpture, drama, conservation, and robotics in a tribute to one of Houston’s most beloved and longstanding visionary artists. Inspired by H.J. “Harvey” Bott’s groundbreaking experiments with remote-controlled art robots in the late 1970's and early ‘80s, the multimedia performance incorporates the restoration of one of the original Ro-Botts, along with the collaborative development of an original script and score, featuring artists Matt Fries, T. Lavois Thiebaud, and Anthony Barilla.
FREE TO ATTEND WITH RSVP - OPEN TO ALL AGES
A monthly curated experimental performance art & open mic showcase
Takes place every Fourth Friday of the Month | 6-10pm
The Orange Show World Headquarters
FREE TO ATTEND
What language is your art? Sound, movement, words, noise, poetry, puppetry, inventions, installations, shapes... Houston's most creative minds are highlighted each month during The Happening, with the Orange Show's sprawling campus as their stage.
Anyone interested in presenting a piece of work or engaging audiences in an activity is invited to submit a proposal to be part of an upcoming Happening.
Eugene Chadbourne - May 5-6, 2023
The Orange Show celebrates eccentric visionaries and few fit the description better than the North Carolina-based guitarist, banjoist, singer, and composer Eugene Chadbourne.
Since the late 1970s, he’s been the creative music world’s clown prince, skewering the powerful with satirical lyrics and prodding sacred cows of technique and taste with a delirious mashup of jazz, folk, country, unlikely covers, and fleet-fingered improvisation. His extensive and convoluted discography includes hundreds of self-released, small-batch recordings hand-packaged in uniquely collaged jackets made from found and repurposed materials.
In recent years he’s developed a profile as an accomplished self-trained visual artist and several of his works will be on view in the Orange Show Study Center in the weeks following his performance.
In recent years he’s developed a profile as an accomplished self-trained visual artist and several of his works will be on view in the Orange Show Study Center in the weeks following his performance. “Eugene Chadbourne: Messiaen’s Birds” is based on Olivier Messiaen's "Catalog of Birds,” also the subject of Chadbourne’s 2021 self-released album in which he performs the visionary composer and ornithologist’s incredibly complicated piano music on the banjo.
VIDEO COMING SOON
Bread & Puppet Theater - November 22, 2022
Video and editing by Jon Conner, Sophia Mandilas Conner, and James Jackson
Ginormous puppets, fresh bread, and a fiercely progressive spirit are all hallmarks of the Bread and Puppet Theater experience. Founded by Elka and Peter Schumann in NYC in 1963, the community-based, social justice-oriented Bread and Puppet Theater has called Vermont home since 1970, where they have presented regular summer performances featuring expressive puppets and masks built on a monumental scale, activated by dozens of puppeteers during summer events at their natural outdoor amphitheater in the state’s remote Northeast Kingdom. They have also been regular participants in parades and protests around the country.
Their current touring show, “The Apocalypse Defiance Circus,” addresses the urgent stories and questions of the day. The show, says Schumann, is “in response to our totally unresurrected capitalist situation, not only the hundreds of thousands of unnecessarily sacrificed pandemic victims but our culture’s unwillingness to recognize Mother Earth’s revolt against our civilization. Since we earthlings do not live up to our earthling obligations, we need resurrection circuses to yell against our own stupidity.”
This rollicking spectacle of protest and celebration features flag wavers, cardboard clowns, prancing blue horses, and the Doing-The-Best-We-Can Brass Band. After the show, B&P serves its famous rye sourdough bread with garlic aioli, and offers original posters, cards, banners, and books published by the Bread & Puppet Press.
The Orange Show feels philosophically aligned with Bread and Puppet’s “Cheap Art Manifesto” (1984), which declares “Art has to be cheap and available to everybody.” Learn more at www.breadandpuppet.org
October 6-8, 2022
Producer: Jon Conner
Production Coordinator: Sophia Mandilas Conner
Directed and Shot by: Jon Conner, Ray Kuglar, Brooks Cruzen
In Collaboration With Blueprint Films
Edited by: Ray Kuglar, Brooks Cruzen
Color by: Mark Frederick
Team Leaders: Alexandra Lechin, Cody Ledvina
Sound Recording: Shannon Smith, Ryan Edwards
Evening Lighting Design: David Tyson Moore
Scrap Metal Generously Loaned by JD Metals
For Souls Grown Deep: Matt Arnett
Generously supported by Houston Endowment, Ruth Foundation for the Arts, The Brown Foundation South Texas Charitable Trust, City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance
The Orange Show celebrates the transformation of common objects into works of extraordinary imagination. In the fall of 2022 we offered an encounter with the art and music of one of the foremost self-trained visionaries of the American South. Lonnie Holley first visited the Orange Show in 1995, and he returned to Houston to lead a two-day workshop featuring a group of advanced students drawn from fine arts programs at the University of Houston, Rice University, Texas Southern University, and Houston Baptist University. The group worked under Holley’s direction over the course of two intensive, daylong sessions to create an original sculptural installation using castoff material collected from JD Metals, from Reuse Warehouse, and from the junk shops, streets, and curbsides of the city of Houston. The results were a site-specific stage setting for a residency-closing concert on Saturday night featuring Mr. Holley’s frequent musical collaborators Marlon Patton (drums/bass pedals) and Dave Nelson (trombone/synthesizers/loops).
The collaborative sculptural installation will remain on view in the Orange Show’s dock space during the early part of October, with tours for classes and other organized groups of six or more by appointment.
ABOUT LONNIE HOLLEY
Lonnie Holley (b. 1950, Birmingham, AL) is a bona fide art world superstar and now a favorite on the music festival circuit. Known primarily for his found object assemblages and immersive yard art installations, Holley is an alchemist who deftly transforms the cast-off detritus of society into resonant talismans that critique, question, or commemorate. His music works in a similar way as Holley delivers his improvised songs with an incantatory passion. This residency culminates in a live performance within a temporary sculptural environment built during an intensive workshop with a curated group of university-level Houston sculptors. Holley’s art is shown in museums and galleries around the country but his visit to the Orange Show focuses on community and the experience shared between artists and audience.
Following a chaotic childhood with stops in foster homes and reform school, Holley’s life as an artist began when he carved sandstone grave markers for nieces who died in a house fire in 1979. The Birmingham Museum of Art collected, exhibited, and advocated for his early work, which through the 1980s evolved to include indoor and outdoor found-material assemblage, and later painting and drawing. Since 2000, he’s parlayed an interest in home-taping into a series of acclaimed records on small indie labels and a second career as a touring musician. Through four decades of multimedia work, Holley’s practice has been described as a “narrative retelling of Black American history,” celebrating the successes of the Civil Rights movement and commenting upon the struggle that remains. His sculptures can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
“He keeps people spellbound with his oratory, humor, and insights into art making. He makes the kind of sculpture–and produces the kind of music–that changes people. It gets into their emotional and intellectual core and forces them to rethink art and history, as well as their own assumptions about how the world works." SF Weekly
Yasmin Williams - March 12, 2022
Video produced by: Nada Brahma Media
Edited & Directed by: Don White
Audio Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by: Shannon Smith
Susan Alcorn - April 23, 2022
Video produced by Nada Brahma Media
Cameras: Robert Johns, Don White
Edited and Directed by Don White
Audio Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Shannon Smith
March - May 2023
Chavez was The Orange Show's Spring 2023 artist-in-residence, and marks her return to public performance following a four-year sabbatical after brain surgery. It comprises an immersive, monumental sound-absorbing sculptural installation made from found and recycled fabrics; artist-led tours; two youth workshops; an both an opening-night DJ set and durational performance and a closing recital with workshops participants and other special guests.
About Maria Chavez:
Coincidence, chance, and failure are themes that unite Maria Chavez’ book objects, sound sculptures, multi-media installations, and other works produced within her improvised solo turntable performance practice. Born in Lima, Peru, Chavez grew up in Houston and developed a self-taught and completely original approach as a DJ and turntablist that favors vinyl records’ unique defects and idiosyncrasies. She is heavily influenced by Pauline Oliveros’ “Deep Listening” concept that “fosters creative innovation across boundaries and abilities, among artists and audience, musicians and non-musicians, healers and the physically or cognitively challenged, and children of all ages.”
VIDEO COMING SOON
Nakatani Gong Orchestra - March 25, 2023
Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani is a road warrior who travels the country by modified panel van and performs hundreds of concerts each year in cities all over the world. The Nakatani Gong Orchestra is a touring project in which local musicians are trained in Nakatani’s bow technique and conducted through a performance of his transformative works on a collection of seventeen Chinese wind gongs. The Kobo bows, mallets, and surrounding equipment used in the performance have all been hand crafted by Nakatani himself. It is the only ongoing bowed gong orchestra project in the world.
About Tatsuya Nakatani:
Tatsuya Nakatani is an avant-garde percussionist, composer, and artist of sound. Active internationally since the 1990’s; Nakatani has released over 80 recordings and tours extensively, performing over 150 concerts a year. His primary focus is his solo work and his large ensemble project, the Nakatani Gong Orchestra. With his activity in the new music, improvisation and experimental music scenes, Nakatani has a long history of collaboration. He teaches master classes and lectures at universities and music conservatories around the world. Originally from Japan, he makes his home in the desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Nakatani creates his distinctive music centered around his adapted bowed gong, supported by an array of drums, cymbals, and singing bowls. In consort with his hand carved Kobo Bows, it is an instrument he has spent decades developing. Nakatani approaches his orchestral project (NGO) as an arrangement of formations of vibrations, incorporated in shimmering layers of silence and texture. Within this contemporary work, one can still recognize the dramatic pacing, formal elegance and space (ma) felt in traditional Japanese music.
VIDEO COMING SOON
SWAMP SALON SERIES
A presentation of The Orange Show Media Project
In collaboration with Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) and Houston Media Source
The Orange Show Media Project is a partnership with Houston Media Source and Southwest Alternative Media Project (SWAMP) to capture and edit intimate performances by visionary Houston-based performing artists in front of live audiences at the Orange Show’s collection of unique properties.
A 41-YEAR HISTORY OF PERFORMANCES
Take a look at some of the music and art performances we have brought in over the years...
Beans Barton and the Bi Peds
Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Come See My Dead Person
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Folk Family Revival
Get Down Stay Down
Herschel Berry and The Natives
Los Guereros de la Musica
Mikey and The Drags
Mills-McCoin Rock 'N Roll Circus
Old Murder House Theatre
Pillars and Tongues
Quintron and Ms. Pussycat
Roky Moon and BOLT!
Say Girl Say
Soul Revels Brass Band
Stephanie Saint Sanchez
The Grass Skirts 1909!
The Invincible Czars
The Most of All
The New Mercies
The Tyburn Jig
The Wandering Bufaleros
The Wave Pictures
Thao and Mirah
Two Star Symphony