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Fall 2011

a vbb living room art production
Third Worlds: site-specific installations at residential spaces re-contextualizing socio-economic constructs underpinning relational parallels between the ethno-geographics of Third Ward, a historic afro-western locality in Houston, and the urban conflictual zone of Karachi, a megapolis of colliding communities located at the southern edge of Sindh, Pakistan - Part 1

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Photo: Michael Kahil Taylor

8:00 pm Saturday, October 22, 2011
At the homes of Michael Peranteau + Scott Sawyer and Rick Lowe
$ Free

Featuring work by artists Attiya Dawood + Abro Khuda Bux, Nathaniel Donnett, Mushtaq Gazdar, Haya Fatima Iqbal, Autumn Knight, NRITAAL, Samya Arif Khan, Tehmina Mirza + Sana Nasir from Designers United for a Cause, Karachi (D.U.C.K.), Robert Pruitt, Sehba Sarwar, M'kina Tapscott

VBB’s Fall season opener is a new version of our much-loved living room art series, this year produced in two homes in Houston’s Third Ward, and featuring cutting-edge art by more than 10 artists from Houston’s Third Ward and Karachi, Pakistan. Using video, installations, music and performance, artists will explore commonalities between cultures and histories of Houston and Karachi, and will interpret personal histories both taught and untaught, neighborhood stories and contemporary art as practices emerge in two communities located in different parts of the world. Third Ward artists will focus on various areas around the neighborhood, Houston's hub of black artistic, cultural, religious, and political institutions since the 1960s. Artists from Karachi will create work from and about Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city, once home to the Sindhi community, many of whom were displaced after the 1947 splintering of the subcontinent. All are invited to bring your voices for open mic, and to join in the experience of rich experimental installations in two residential homes. There will be food, drink and a viewing of VBB’s prize-winning art car Revolution. Everyone is invited!

Through an open call for stories from the Third Ward and Karachi, eight narratives were selected and were performed by artists Marcela Descalzi, Donna Garrett, Haya Fatima Iqbal, Chuck Jackson, John Pluecker, Robert Pruitt, Scott Sawyer, M'Kina Tapscott, Jenn Tyburczy, and Stalina Villarreal.

The production is curated by Autumn Knight, Robert Pruitt and Sehba Sarwar, and cosponsored by Community Artists' Collective, Houston Institute for Culture,
Ensemble Theatre, Houston Karachi Sister City Association, Houston Palestine Film Festival, Houston Museum of African American Culture, OPEN-Houston, Pakistan Chronicle, Pacifica Radio KPFT 90.1 FM, Project Row Houses, and Geo TV (Pakistan).

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a vbb living room art production
Third Worlds: site-specific installations at residential spaces re-contextualizing socio-economic constructs underpinning relational parallels between the ethno-geographics of Third Ward, a historic afro-western locality in Houston, and the urban conflictual zone of Karachi, a megapolis of colliding communities located at the southern edge of Sindh, Pakistan - Part 2

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Photo: Burnell McCray

8:00 pm Saturday, November 5, 2011
At the home of Nusrat Malik
$ Free

The second part of VBB’s Fall season opener Third Worlds will feature documentary art by Eric Hester, Brunell McCray and Yunuen Perez Vertti.

Third Worlds Part 1 featured installations, performance, video by on-site artists Nathaniel Donnett, Autumn Knight, Robert Pruitt, Sehba Sarwar, and M'kina Tapscott. Poetry and digital art by Karachi-based artists Attiya Dawood + Abro Khuda Bux, Mushtaq Gazdar, Haya Fatima Iqbal, NRITAAL, and Samya Arif Khan, Tehmina Mirza + Sana Nasir with Designers United for a Cause, Karachi (D.U.C.K.) were also exhibited.

At Third Worlds Part 2, images and video captured at Part 1 will be exhibited inside the home and on VBB’s prize-winning art car Revolution. There will be conversation between community members, artists and activists about issues raised in the first show. Food and drink will be served and all are invited to join in the conversation!

The production is curated by Autumn Knight, Robert Pruitt and Sehba Sarwar, and cosponsored by Community Artists' Collective, Houston Institute for Culture, Ensemble Theatre, Houston Karachi Sister City Association, Houston Palestine Film Festival, Houston Museum of African American Culture, OPEN-Houston, Pakistan Chronicle, Pacifica Radio KPFT 90.1 FM, Project Row Houses, and Geo TV (Pakistan).

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a vbb east end live art production
POLITIQUEER

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Manong Juan by Julia LaChica

6:30 pm, Sunday, December 11, 2011

Houston Institute for Culture, 708-C Telephone Road, Houston, TX 77023
$ Free

Featured artists and performers include: Philomena Bradford, William R. Duell, Loriana Espinel, Amanda Ford, Jonatan Lopez, Koomah, Eli'jah Carroll + Robin Mack + Jay Mays, John Pluecker, Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Rowdy Tidwell and Alyx Trouble

VBB is excited to kick off our 2011-12 East End Live Art series with POLITIQUEER, a continuation of art and conversations from VBB's June 2011 production that presented art from the perspective of GLBT / queer artists. The December 2011 show is curated by Sima Shakhsari and Jennifer Tyburczy who announced an open call for artists leading to a rich variety of submissions from the community. The fourteen cutting-edge artists ultimately chosen for POLITIQUEER will present multidisciplinary art - video, performance, poetry, visual art and more. As always, there will be food, drink, open mic and community!

This show is cosponsored by KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM, Rice University's Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Houston Institute for Culture and the University of Houston's Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program.

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Spring 2012

a vbb east end live art production

What’s Color Got to Do With It?

Persian Dream "Persian Dream," copyright by Sarrah Zadeh

5:00 pm, Sunday, February 12, 2012
Houston Institute for Culture, 708-C Telephone Road, Houston, TX 77023
$ Free

Featured artists and performers include: Tito Fabian, Farnoosh Moshiri, Adrienne Wong, Lisa Qualls, Sarrah Zadeh and Gwen Zepeda

Love and partnership are complicated enough — but what happens when relationships cross borders/boundaries, identities and constructs of color and race in today's global world. We are excited to present, What’s Color Got To Do With It?, a continuation of VBB’s January 2011 production that tackled race and color in a global context. This show will explore the many sides of interracial relationships from the perspective of artists who are in them, and will feature local and international writers, visual artists and performers who address identity, race and relationship issues through art.

The evening's program is curated by woman with rish histories themselves: Kafah Bachari Manna — born in Iran and raised in Texas — is a writer and community activist, and Solkem N'Gangbet — born in Chad and raised in France — works in the field of cultural arts programming. Iranian-born lawyer and event planner, Shadi Jam, serves as VBB's project coordinator, and is working with the team of artists and curators to insure a dynamic evening filled with art, conversation, open mic and refreshments.

This show is cosponsored by Arte Público Press, KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM, Houston Institute for Culture, Multicultural Education and Counseling Center for the Arts (MECA), Planned Parenthood - Gulf Coast and The Party Czar.

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a vbb fundraiser
Valiente :: Voices of Struggle

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7:00 pm, Saturday, April 14, 2012
Home of Ellen and Jack Hart

Co-chairs: Terrell James & Cameron Armstrong + Riaz & Salma Siddiqi


Hosts: Sally & Bill Russ, Riaz & Salma Siddiqi Sponsors: S. Anwer Hussain & Asma Ahmed, Melanie Gray & Mark Wawro, Dorothee Sauter Helfenstein & Josef Helfenstein, The Party Czar, Diana Strassmann & Jeff Smisek Friends: Neelo & Sami Ahmad, Margot Backus & Steve Tennison, Liz Chiao & Raul Ramos, Gayle & Mike DeGeurin, Samina Hafiz, Tariq & Shahnaz Kureshy, Rufi & Raj Natarajan, Mirrat & Mohsin Noon, Naila Qureshi, Kathryn Rabinow, Beverly & Howard Robinson, Sally & Bill Russ, Sehba Sarwar & René Saldivar, Mehnaz Shafi & Muzaffar Qazilbash, Maha Saeed, Hope Sanford, Jaspal Subhlok, Martha Claire Tompkins, Kathryn & Joshua Turner, Kathy Watkins & Robin Harrison, Michael Woodson, Lorraine Wulfe and Katherine & Mark Yzaguirre.

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On April 14, 2012, Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB) will hold our annual Valiente fundraiser, highlighting voices of struggle from the Houston and Karachi, Pakistan, in preparation for our April-May living room art production, Women Under Siege. Held at the West End home of Jack and Ellen Hart, this year's Valiente fundraiser is an opportunity for YOU to support VBB and help us continue to fulfill our mission.

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a vbb east end live art production
Teachers and Students Speak Out 4


Design: Angela Martinez

5:00 pm, Sunday, April 22, 2012

Houston Institute for Culture, 708-C Telephone Road, Houston, TX 77023
$ Free

This show first kicked off in April 2009 to give voice to teachers to perform work produced through the Writing for Self Discovery Workshops that VBB offers for teachers who work with at-risk youth in Houston. The show has now been expanded to feature the voices of both teachers and students who participate in our workshops to explore their own creative voices. Teachers and Students Speak Out 4 is co-curated by VBB’s arts education facilitators, Marcela Descalzi and Jacsun Shah, who are both VBB co-founders. They will be joined by Jennifer Palermo, licensed professional counselor (LPC) and visual art expert. As always, there will be refreshments and open mic.

This show is cosponsored by KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM and Houston Institute for Culture. Special thanks to Wharton K-8 Dual Language Academy for providing space for the workshops.

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Women Under Siege, Part 1

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Photos: Sehba Sarwar/Yunuen Perez Vertti

8:00 pm Saturday, April 28, 2012
At the home of Yolanda Alvarado & Victor King
$ Free

Featuring work by Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl, Geet Chainani, Yaminay Chaudhri, Mary Margaret Hansen, Tazeen Hussain, Haya Fatima Iqbal, Megan Jackson, Abijan Johnson, Autumn Knight, Laltain Performing Arts Society with Aisha Darr at Indus Earth Trust, NRITAAL, Sehba Sarwar, Tentative Collective and more.

In the twenty-first century, people have become accustomed to surveilance cameras, metal detectors and armed guards. Inspired by the necessity for security measures such as these at two unlikely spaces - Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast in Houston and the sufi shrine dedicated to Abdullah Shah Ghazi in Karachi, Pakistan - VBB's 2-part April/May 2012 living room art production Women Under Siege, will explore women's health, education, and "security" issues in Houston and Karachi. The show will juxtapose freedoms in Houston and Karachi that are often taken for granted, and artists from both areas will transform a residential Houston home through installations, visual art, and performances in response to the issues explored.

Highlights from the show include: live dance performances by Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl to open the show; recorded dance and music videos by Nrtitaal; video interview with Miriam Kass, former health writer for the now defunct Houston Post, whose historic stories about illegal abortions will be on exhibit; multiple on-site installations and body movement performances througout the home; a brand new documentary, Mullahs, Music & Metal Detectors about Sufi band The Sketches; a video interview with women guards at Karachi’s Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine; live spoken word performances; archived and fresh community narratives from Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast clients; opportunities for audience members to share your stories—and much more!

Food and drink will be available for donation, and perfomances, installations, video, and narratives will be ongoing throughout the night, so come when you can. Don’t miss the urgency of voices and issues—join us for one of Houston's unique art experiences!

The production is directed by Sehba Sarwar and Autumn Knight and is cosponsored by Creative Women Unite, KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM, Houston Institute for Culture, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, University of Houston's Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and Geo TV (Pakistan).

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the Orange Show's Annual Art Car Parade
Art Car Parade

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Photo: Carmen Peña Abrego

Noon-2:00 pm, Saturday, May 12, 2012
Allen Parkway
$ Free

Join the Orange Show's Art Car Parade and view VBB's prize-winning Art Car, Revolution #248 (third installment). The car contains an open mic podium and writers/performers are invited to join in the Parade and recite poetry. This year, Harbeer Sandhu, Steven Wolfe and Dusti Rhodes will perform their work and the car will be driven by Aswinee Rath!

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Women Under Siege, Part 2

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Photos: Katie Plochek and Mahwash Rahman

8:00 pm Saturday, May 12, 2012
At the home of Diane Barber and Karen Niemeier
$ Free

Through documentary art by Philomena Bradford, Marc Furi, Eric Hester, Katie Plochek, Mahwash Rahman and Yunuen Perez Vertti, Women Under Siege Part 2 will explore issues unearthed in Part 1and a panel discussion with participating artists will be moderated by Elizabeth Gregory, Director of University Houston’s Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program.

Featuring work by Danza Azteca Taxcayolotl, Geet Chainani, Yaminay Chaudhri, Mary Margaret Hansen, Tazeen Hussain, Haya Fatima Iqbal, Megan Jackson, Abijan Johnson, Autumn Knight, Laltain Performing Arts Society with Aisha Darr at Indus Earth Trust, NRITAAL, Sehba Sarwar, Tentative Collective and more.

As always, there will be food, conversation and opportunity to process Part 1. Don't miss the production!

The production is directed by Sehba Sarwar and Autumn Knight and is cosponsored by KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM, Houston Institute for Culture, Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, University of Houston's Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, and Geo TV (Pakistan).

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a vbb cultural narratives production
David Barsamian


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7:00 pm, Friday June 15, 2012
Station Museum of Contemporary Art, 1502 Alabama Street
Houston, TX 77004
$ Free

To close out our 2011-12 season, VBB will hold a very special Cultural Narratives production featuring David Barsamian. One of America's most tireless and wide-ranging journalists, Barsamian has altered the independent media landscape, both with his weekly radio program and his books with Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Edward Said, Eqbal Ahmad, and Arundhati Roy. His articles and interviews appear in The Progressive, The Sun, and other magazines and journals. Barsamian also serves on VBB’s Advisory Board and is director of Alternative Radio and author of many books of interviews, including Targeting Iran. 

On June 15, David Barsamian will be talking about his experience as a journalist and his new book Occupy the Economy (City Lights, May 2012). After the show, Barsamian will be available for a Q&A session and to sign books. Refreshments will be served and there will be opportunity for rich community conversation, so come join us!

David Barsamian's talk is cosponsored by KPFT Pacifica Radio 90.1 FM, Houston Institute for Culture, and Station Museum of Contemporary Art.

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