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(Oct 19th, 2014)

from Houston Arts Alliance website:

Silos II: Inter/action & Noche Roja
Buffalo Bayou Silos Series as part of Transported + Renewed
Co-sponsored by Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Visual artist Allison Hunter’s latest video installation Inter/action draws comparisons between human and insect behavior and reflects on how various species go about creating community. FrenetiCore Dance fuses fiery Spanish dance and music by Solero Flamenco with daring contemporary choreography.

Silos II kicked off with live music from La Sien, presented by Lunaface Promotions, infusing Spanish pop rock with jazz, blues and funk. Throughout the evening, female Houston street artists Anat Ronen, Royal, Clear1, Lady Binx and Lee Carrier joined forces to showcase their talents; flow artists Agent Cilantro, Alie Rose and MX Tr3y of Mental Dexterity Special Operations and Punk Rock Hoops created a party atmosphere with roaming dance and illuminated float arts; and HTX Bike Fest, The Byke Project and Black Gold Cycling showed off their freestyle bike stunts. In addition, Silos II featured cocktails crafted by East End’s own Voodoo Queen alongside Ladybird, The Modular and MoonRooster‘s delicious menus.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Events/2014-Solis/20141011-Silos-II/45052901_qDGp9P


(Oct 19th, 2014)

Got a chance to hang out with graffiti artists Angel Quesada (Art Kungu) and Daniel Anguilu, while they were installing new art at Frenentic Theater in Houston’s East End. Performance artist YE Torres also came by to add fire to the process.

“Articulated Energy”. Yin and Yang Dragons.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Events/2014-Solis/20141019-Painting-Dragons-and/45123057_nNZQvx 

Also did a Stop-Motion Time-Lapse video of the whole process.



(Oct 4th, 2014)

It was rained out, and rescheduled to coincide with another HAA sponsered event. Turned out was a bit thin, but sheer enthusiasm made up for the lack of numbers.

Different water vehicle types gathered at Allens’ Landing, from art boats to barely floatable types to can that even float types. They paddled few miles upstream to across Tony Marron Park, where the Buffalo Bayou Shrimp Festival was held.

It is also important to note that the weather was spectacular.

For more information on the parade and the festival, visit Houston Arts Alliance http://www.houstonartsalliance.com/transported/afloat   and Shrimp Boat Projects http://www.shrimpboatprojects.org/shrimp-fest/

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Events/2014-Solis/20141004-Afloat-and-Buffalo/44799675_MtpZrS

[Solis] East End Ramble

(Sept 27th, 2014)

Images from Houston Arts Alliance’s East End Ramble. Unveiling of interactive art installations around the East End Neighbourhood.

Part of the 3 month long Transported + Renewed festival (Sept 1 – Nov 30th, 2014)

more information on East End Ramble, art work and artists: http://www.houstonartsalliance.com/transported/ramble


more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Events/2014-Solis/20140927-East-End-Ramble/44666245_6gTVs6

(Sept 13th, 2014)

Houston Museum of African American Culture and Nigerian-American Multicultural Center presented  “Parallels” – Devotional Music from the African Diaspora. Hosted by MECA, and performances from Journeymen For Christ and RCCG Restoration Chapel Choir. The contrast and similarities of Gospel music and an almost full African Choir should be a real visual and audio feast for any ethno-musicologist.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/ThroughTheDoorsofMECA/Exhibitions-and-Performance/20140913-Parallels/44332253_626J4V 


(March 21st, 2014)

David Dove of Nameless Sound transforms 100 year old MECA campus into a sound scape.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Cantus-Mundus/2014-Cantus-Diem/20140321-David-Dove/43007287_Km6Ls3


(March 22nd, 2014)

Again, discovering more “secrets” of Houston art scene. An extremely vibrant Asian American musical culture. Young, dynamic, and full of colors.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/Cantus-Mundus/2014-Cantus-Diem/20140322-Eastern-Echo/38011411_KfpGVN


(April 4th, 2014)

Wayne Shorter graced Houston with his quartet at Wortham Theater. Presented by Da Camera of Houston.

One should note that I have never seen a Jazz musician being mobbed by an appreciative crowd like a rock star after the concert. Kudos to the master.

more images at: forestphotography.smugmug.com/Jazz-In-Photos/2014-Live-Gallery/20140405-Wayne-Shorter/42876018_hqLZft



[Stage] El Rumor del Incendio

(April 14th, 2014)

Scenes from “El Rumor del Incendio”, by Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol. @ MECA . In collaboration with Mitchell Center For The Arts CounterCurrent Festival 2014.

more images at: forestphotography.smugmug.com/Stage/Top-Theater-Photos/20130414-El-Rumor-del-Incendio/42826799_Wqpr2w



A scenic documentary on the life of the former guerrilla historian and professor Margarita Urias Hermosillo, Mexico City-based performance collective Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol goes to the past, to the dozens of guerrilla groups that formed in Mexico during the 1960s and 1970s, to propose “an attempt to recover the idea of utopia and the ability to create new thoughts that allow us to imagine fairer worlds.” El Rumor del Incendio mines the complex history of armed movements in Mexico in the second half of the twentieth century, and places the political actions and stories of the collective’s family members in the 1960s and 1970s in context with that history, all the while questioning the motivation to take arms and abandon comfort in pursuit of a transformation.


CounterCurrent Collaboration x MECA.


The Performing Americas Program is a partnership between the National Performance Network (NPN) and the Network of Cultural Promoters of Latin America and the Caribbean (La RED) designed to increase artistic exchange in the Western Hemisphere. The Performing Americas Program is supported by the NPN with funding provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. For further information, visit the NPN website at npnweb.org.


Artista: Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol
Título: El Rumor del Incendio
Duración: 90 minutos
Fechas: sábado 12 de abril
Hora: 3:00 p.m. y 7:30 p.m., seguido de un debate sobre el espectáculo después de la interpretación de las 3:00 p.m.
Ubicación: MECA, 1900 Kane Street


Una representación documental escénica sobre la vida de la exhistoriadora y profesora guerrillera, Margarita Urias Hermosillo, el colectivo “Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol” con sede en la ciudad de México viaja al pasado, en la época de las decenas de grupos guerrilleros que se formaron en México durante los 1960s y 1970s para proponer “un intento por recuperar la idea de utopía y la habilidad de crear nuevos pensamientos que nos permitan imaginar mundos más justos”. El Rumor del Incendio ahonda en la compleja historia de los movimientos armados en México en la segunda mitad del siglo veinte y coloca las acciones e historias políticas de los miembros de la familia del colectivo en contexto con esa historia y, al mismo tiempo, cuestionando la motivación para ocupar armas y abandonar la comodidad en búsqueda de una transformación.


Con la colaboración de CounterCurrent x MECA.


Performing Americas Program (Programa de actuación de los EE. UU.) es una sociedad entre la Red Nacional de Interpretación (National Performance Network, NPN) y la Red de Promotores Culturales de América Latina y el Caribe (La RED) diseñada para incrementar el intercambio artístico en el hemisferio occidental. El Performing Americas Program está patrocinado por la NPN con fondos proporcionados por la Fundación Caritativa Doris Duke y la Fundación Robert Sterling Clark. Para obtener mayor información, visite el sitio web de la NPN en npnweb.org.




Founded by Luisa Pardo and Gabino Rodriguez, Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol is a celebrated contemporary Mexican theater collective known for its large-scale multimedia performance works that blur the boundaries of theater. The ensemble has performed around the world, including appearances at the Kunstenfestivaldearts in Brussels, Santigo a Mil International Festival in Chile, Festival Transamérique in Montreal, and PICA’s Time Based Art Festival in Portland, OR.


(June 25th, 2014)

Puddles formed after a good rain.

Something that always intrigued me, but never paid too much attention to in terms of it being a photographic subject. Until recently. Maybe it can be my new thing.

Turned the images upside down, and all of a sudden, one can imagine an “Alice in Wonderland” scenario. Or any Sci-Fi multi-verse situations.

Hoping this will be a good Summer rain year.

more images at: http://forestphotography.smugmug.com/100Images/2014-100-Images-of-Summer/Vortexes/42444174_DXH85W