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July 06,2016 19:22

A moving holiday: The Dance Salad Festival, a Houston Easter weekend tradition, features a global mix of top talent, most of it not often seen in the U.S. In the mix this year: skeleton-infused "Romeo & Juliet" by Finland's Susanna Leinonen Company; ...



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Leticia Oliveira and Carl Coomer of Texas Dance Theater will perform excerpts from Carlos Acosta's "Carmen" during the 2017 Dance Salad Festival.
Leticia Oliveira and Carl Coomer of Texas Dance Theater will perform excerpts from Carlos Acosta's "Carmen" during the 2017 Dance Salad Festival.

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Norwegian National Ballet's Whitney Jensen will perform in Daniel Proietto's "Player" during the 2017 Dance Salad Festival.
Norwegian National Ballet's Whitney Jensen will perform in Daniel Proietto's "Player" during the 2017 Dance Salad Festival.

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Dancers from Finland's Susanna Leinonen Company will perform a curated version of "Romeo & Juliet" choreographed by Leinonen and Jouka Valkama at the 2017 Dance Salad Festival.
Dancers from Finland's Susanna Leinonen Company will perform a curated version of "Romeo & Juliet" choreographed by Leinonen and Jouka Valkama at the 2017 Dance Salad Festival.

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Members of the band The Rides include, from left, Stephen Stills, Barry Goldberg and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Members of the band The Rides include, from left, Stephen Stills, Barry Goldberg and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

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Loudon Wainwright III
Loudon Wainwright III

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Loudon Wainwright III will perform at StageOne at the Fairfield Theatre Company Saturday night, May 12.
Loudon Wainwright III will perform at StageOne at the Fairfield Theatre Company Saturday night, May 12.

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"Animal Farm," by George Orwell
"Animal Farm," by George Orwell

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Zucchero
Zucchero

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Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton

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Sarah Potenza
Sarah Potenza

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Farrah Moan
Farrah Moan

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Lenore Tawney's "Seaweed" is included in the exhibit "Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip" at the Menil Collection.
Lenore Tawney's "Seaweed" is included in the exhibit "Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip" at the Menil Collection.

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A moving holiday: The Dance Salad Festival, a Houston Easter weekend tradition, features a global mix of top talent, most of it not often seen in the U.S. In the mix this year: skeleton-infused "Romeo & Juliet" by Finland's Susanna Leinonen Company; Norwegian National Ballet's Whitney Jensen in Daniel Proietto's "Player"; testosterone-fueled tension from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and his Belgian company, Eastman; and Mark Rothko- and Zen-spirited works by Paris' Carolyn Carlson Company. And we're really down for the moment when Indian classical star Shantala Shivalingappa takes on American hip-hop great Lil' Buck. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at the Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas; $19.50-$52.50; 832-487-7041, dancesalad.org.

Molly Glentzer
A song reborn: What you may not be able to tell from the Houston Symphony's concert "Falla & España" is that sandwiched between those two programs is a rare performance. Principal cellist Brinton Averil Smith revives a long-lost cello concerto: Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Cello Concerto, which hasn't been performed professionally since its 1935 world premiere in New York. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana; $25-$136; 713-224-4240, houstonsymphony.org.
Wei-Huan Chen

Familiar lessons: Looks like in 2017, theaters are responding to Trump and Russia by revisiting plays about propaganda and fascism. At the University of Houston, George Orwell's novel "Animal Farm" finds new relevance as a stunning allegory about how history repeats itself. 8 p.m. Friday through April 15; $10-$20; Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas; 713-743-2929, uh.edu/cota/theatre-and-dance.
Wei-Huan Chen
'Monster' voice: Sarah Potenza slugged it out in empty clubs as a blues singer before going on "The Voice" in 2015 and wowing all of the judges. She operates in a rich area between blues and country, as evidenced by her striking album "Monster." 7 p.m. Friday at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk; $20-$22; 713-528-5999, mcgonigels.com.
Andrew Dansby
Abstract vintage: During the late 1950s and early 60s, the Coenties Slip was a boho heart of New York - an old seaport at the lower tip of Manhattan where artists, writers, filmmakers and poets found inspiration in views of the Brooklyn Bridge. Aquatic themes naturally surfaced in their work, but artists such as Chryssa, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Lenore Tawney and Jack Youngerman didn't make traditional landscapes. The exhibition "Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip" shows 27 aesthetically distinctive ways they waded into abstraction. Opening Saturday, the show will be on view through Aug. 6 at the Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross; 713-525-9400, menil.org. FREE
Molly Glentzer

Three of a kind: A cross-generational supergroup, the Rides is anchored by rock/folk/blues legend Stephen Stills who trades licks with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, a guitar ace three decades his junior. Keyboardist Barry Goldberg - who has played with blues greats like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf - rounds out the group. 7 p.m. Friday at House of Blues, 1204 Caroline; $32.50-$62.50; 888-402-5837, hob.com.
Andrew Dansby
Italian blues: One of the biggest music stars to come from Italy, Zucchero has spent decades creating his own multi-lingual modernized spin on American blues and roots music. Last year he released "Black Cat," a spirited album of music inspired by his touring and traveling around Louisiana. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Heights Theater, 339 W. 19th; $22-$34; theheightstheater.com.
Andrew Dansby
He can sing too: After making a few singer-songwriter-type records, Billy Bob Thornton dialed back to the '60s with the nastily named Boxmasters, a group that pulls from British Invasion, garage rock, surf rock and rockabilly. He's steered the group for a decade now, most recently on last year's "Boys and Girls … And the World." 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Rockefellers, 3620 Washington; $40-$100; 713-862-4070, rockefellershouston.com.com.
Andrew Dansby
Texas showgirl at heart: Farrah Moan calls herself a Las Vegas showgirl on the current season of "RuPaul's Drag Race." But this performer's heart is in Texas. She's a Houston native who graduated from Klein High School. The young queen describes her style as equal parts fetish and showgirl. And her name was inspired by glamour queen Farrah Fawcett. Before taking up drag, Farrah was known as Cameron Ugh, a popular emo/scene kid on MySpace. 9 p.m. Saturday at South Beach, 810 Pacific; free before 10 p.m. by texting SOBE to 46786 (at least a day in advance), $15 after 10 p.m.; 713-529-7623 or sobehouston.com.
Joey Guerra

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