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Houston performance venue to host music and art festival

January 29, 2018 GMT

Various artforms, including film, music and dance, were reimagined by seven artists for Houston organization Rec Room Arts’ first Residency Festival.

Funded by a $10,000 grant from the City of Houston and the Houston Arts Alliance, the Residency Festival will be held in Downtown Houston for six weekends Feb. 2 through March 24, according to a press release.

Of 20 applicants for the 2018 Rec Room Arts Artist Residency Program, seven finalists were chosen and allocated $300 to develop a show for the upcoming festival, according to a press release. Artists chosen for the residency program will receive one year of performance opportunities along with art and business mentorship, according to a press release.


Educational Content Developer Joe Wozny will perform the first weekend of the festival, playing original guitar and keyboard pieces. Wozny said he learned to play the guitar as a child, because he loved rock music, but his musical aesthetic has evolved multiple times since then.

“I have an original approach to songwriting, that I think is not boring,” Wozny said. “It’s insufferable but charming. Some people think it’s depressing, some people think it’s funny, I just think it’s what came into my brain to say.”

Full-time Choreographer and Instructor Jhon Stronks will perform Feb. 23 and 24. Stronks said he is still digging and discovering, but through dance and other mediums, he hopes to produce an origin story for a persona he called Miss Understood.

“Miss Understood is my not so altered ego,” Stronks said. “Combining movement, text, and voice, the work of Miss Understood presents itself as dancing song cycles for self-discovery spiraling and unraveling a desire for immortality along a landscape of hopelessness and death.”

The other residency artists are Nancy Douthey, Camron Alexander, Candice D’Meza, and Daniela Antelo and Brenda Cruz, who will perform jointly.

Rec Room Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has presented hundreds of shows since its founding in June, 2016, according to a press release. A variety of performances, ranging from opera to comedy to theatre, are hosted at Rec Room each year, according to the Rec Room Arts website.

Residency Festival performances begin at 8 p.m. General admission costs $15, and a pass for all six shows costs $75. The festival will be held at the Rec Room in Houston, and tickets can be bought on site starting at 7 p.m. before each show or online at Recroomarts.org/residency-fest.

For more information on Rec Room Arts or the Residency festival, visit Recroomarts.org.