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Chalk Art – Art students from all four Klein ISD high schools (Klein, Klein Collins, Klein Forest & Klein Oak) along with professional artists will create chalk masterpieces on the “drop off” drive next to The Centrum and around the fountain located near The Centrum entrance. Don’t miss this amazing art! See images from last year’s art here.
Marketplace: 9:00am – 4:00pm – Located in Forum, the middle building, and the Annex Gym, the building near the back parking lot.
Shop for great local art as well as other unique vendors from 9am to 4pm.
Blessing of the Animals & Petting Zoo: 10:00am – 1:00pm – Located on the lawn between the Annex building and the large back parking lot.
The Ministry of Cypress Creek Christian Church invites you to bring the furry, feathered, finned or scaly members of your family for blessing. Drop by to receive a pastoral blessing for your animal companion; visit the Animal Encounter (Petting Zoo), including a turtle, goat and rabbit; visit Adoption Booths for English Bulldogs & Stuffed Animals; and much more! For families who are unable to have pets, we invite you to bring a stuffed animal for blessing.
NOTE: For the safety of all creatures, please use a leash, animal carrier, or whatever will provide peace of mind.
The Outdoor Stage – Located between the Centrum and the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts
2016 Entertainment Stage
9:00 a.m. Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go! presents “The Princess and the Pea”
Music by Mary Carol Warwick. Libretto by Mary Ann Pendino. A brave princess faces dragons and ogres, but will a single pea prove her greatest challenge? This operatic treatment of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale features an unsteady prince, an overbearing queen and a mountain of mattresses.
10:00 a.m. Rice African Music Ensemble: Marimba Madness, Presented by Cypress Creek FACE. A crowd favorite at last year’s CreekFest Stage, we are excited to present the Rice African Marimba Ensemble (RAME) once again. RAME is a student organization at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The program, Marimba Madness, is an exciting musical performance that takes the audience on an interactive cultural journey around the world. Using drums and marimbas from Africa and Latin America, musician Andrew Keller and the Rice African Music Ensemble explain the history behind these instruments as well as teach traditional songs and stories, play interactive games and even give audience members an opportunity to play the instruments themselves.
11:00 a.m. Houston Aztec Drum & Dance.
Experience the world of Ancient Mexico in this multi-disciplinary performance of traditional Aztec dancing, a form of dance that has been done in private rather than public for nearly 40 years in the United States. Audiences will learn about Aztec history, philosophy, language, and culture that deliver a new way of looking at the world through Indigenous eyes. These concepts are expressed within the symbolism of movements, storytelling, drumming, and songs. The dances represent the elements of nature: the universal four directions of the earth and our connected human existence through the “circle” concept where wisdom, harmony, and culture meet with respect and equality. Audience’s senses are delighted with colorful feathered headpieces, the sounds of conch shells, and shaking rattles, combined with the deep sound of the drums and high pitched ocarina flutes. These dances are based on the Pre-Columbian traditions of the Nahuatl-speaking Teotihuacanos/Mexi’ca and other indigenous nations of central Mexico, including the Otomi/Chichimeca nations of Queretaro.
12:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony with Commissioner Jack Cagle & Flag Ceremony.
Presentation of the Colors by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard
12:10 p.m. Shakespeare in the Shade Sneak-Peak Performance. This is a new outdoor Shakespeare festival in Burroughs Park in Tomball. Come see As You Like It, a comedy of love, mistaken identity, and foolishness in April.
12:30 p.m. Ascend Dance Collective.
Ascend Dance Collective is a modern dance company based in the North Houston area whose mission is to cultivate and promote the art of modern dance through performances and workshops that are spiritually uplifting, inspiring, entertaining and accessible to all ages. The company’s debut performance was at Creekfest 2015, and the dancers are excited to once again be involved in this year’s festivities. For Creekfest 2016, the members of Ascend Dance Collective will present a 20 minute performance of their most recent choreography; pieces that range from the spiritual to the humorous to the abstract. Ascend will conclude their presentation by inviting any children in the audience onto the stage to participate in a short creative movement class taught by members of the company.
1:00 p.m. Dog Costume Contest.
Sponsored by A Dog’s Life Pet Salon & Boutique. Does your dog like to dress up? Here’s their chance to strut their stuff.
1:30 p.m. World Rhythm Synergy.
World Rhythm Synergy is a high-energy multicultural presentation that infuses explosive drumming with dance. Using percussion instruments from throughout the world, musician Dan Egger-Belandria demonstrates how people of different cultural backgrounds connect through drumming and dance. Throughout this enthno-musical journey, the audience will have an opportunity to explore various African, Afro-Cuban, and Caribbean rhythms and folklore that help explain the connection between African-American history and Hispanic heritage. The program has audiences playing, dancing, even rapping!
2:30 p.m. Artisan Flamenco Dance Company
Artisan Flamenco Dance Company is a group of young dancers (ages 11-14) who perform Spanish Flamenco Dance at various festivals. Past performances include the Children’s Festival at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Grand Kids Festival in Galveston, and the Cy-Fair Community Health Expo. They are affiliated with Artisan School of Dance. Flamenco dance is an artistic and cultural dance form originating from Spain. It includes a variety of rhythms, styles (classical, gypsy and contemporary), and props (i.e. fans, scarves, castanets). Mastering this dance form requires many years of instruction and practice and is enjoyed by all ages.
3:00 p.m. Shaolin Academy presents “Lion Dance”
More dance than martial art, Lion Dance embodies a martial spirit and accompanies martial arts demonstrations given by most contemporary Chinese martial arts schools. Lion Dance is a form of traditional dance in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers mimic a lion’s movements in a lion costume. Shi Xing Hao Shaolin Kung Fu Academy has been instructing the citizens of Houston in martial arts since 1998. Their academy features classes in Kung Fu, Tai Chi, and Lion Dance.
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm
What: Make kid-friendly art projects at the Pearl all day! Multiple project stations will be set up inside the museum foyer and under a large outdoor tent in the museum parking lot. Check back soon for project details!
Canoe Cypress Creek – Pct 4 Park Rangers will guide groups from Collins Park to Kuykendahl on an ongoing basis. Youth under the age of 16 must have a parent sign the release form. Youth under age 10 may ride the canoe with an adult. Release forms are available online and will be available at the event. Join us!