All-Day MenilFest Events:
*The Following Events scheduled are subject to change. Please bookmark this page to be kept in the loop, just in case!*
Collaborations Print Sale
Houston Center for Photography
Prints by local photographers, emerging and established, will be on sale and on exhibition throughout the day. HCP is also, once again, hosting a scavenger hunt and food trucks.
hourly Menilfest Events
11:00am – Writers in the Schools Blooms Reading
Menil Front Lawn
Support young writers from grades K - 12 as they read their original poems, stories, and essays.
12:30pm – INPRINT POETRY BUSKERS (until 3:00pm)
Menil Collection sidewalk
Seasoned local authors craft poems on-demand for the entire family at no charge.
1:00pm – Da Camera presents Snapshots: Time and Place (Family Concert)
Menil Collection Main Building
Embark on a journey exploring a wide variety of music from different times and places. Come see and hear how these musical snapshots represent and reflect the cultures and eras that they represent. Although everyone will enjoy the wide variety of chamber music presented on this voyage, this concert targets students ages 7-12.
1:00pm – Failure to Identify Reading
Join us for a reading featuring Barnes & Nobles Writer for Writers Award-Winning poet Christopher Loma Soto and Louisiana-based poets: Kundiman fellow Muriel Leung and Watering Hole Fellow Grace Shuyi Liew.
2:00pm – Gulf Coast Presents: Speaking Our Truths Poetry Workshop
Twombly Gallery Lawn
Somewhere in this world there's an individual who NEEDS to hear your story. Lucie Smoker, a Kindle Top 10 poet and freelance artist, will help participants explore the impact words can make in the "post-truth age." Using short poems, couplets or lines of prose written in the the workshop, the workshop will demonstrate how truth stands out.
3:00pm – Sila: The Breath of the World
Hear the most recent work of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams, hour-long work created for up to 80 performers & inspired by the Inuit concept of sila, the spirit that animates the world.
3:00PM – Gulf Coast Presents a First Book Reading & Panel
Hear poet Erika Jo Brown (I'm Your Huckleberry) and novelist Benjamin Rybeck (The Sadness) discuss their first press publication experience, from manuscript creation and development, to promotion and marketing.
4:00PM – Meta-Four Poetry Slam
Experience Houston's premiere, State Champion youth slam poets as they showcase their best work. Hear these poets perform the work that got them all the way to Washington DC for national slam championships.