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Dionysia

Dionysia 2017 The Houston Book of the Dead: How to Live

April 27-30

The Center for Creative Work (CCW) will present its nineth annual Dionysia, titled "The Houston Book of the Dead: How to Live." This year we turn to the ancient and revered art of honoring the dead. These will be stories speaking to a give-and-take between the living and the dead, a relationship not without danger, but one which sustains all we have and know. Dionysia 2017 will feature UH and Texas Southern University (TSU) students reading stories of confronting death, of remembering their ancestors. Residents at New Hope Housing will share their journeys of joy, struggle and renewal. TSU professor and playwright Thomas Meloncon crafts a new play bringing back a 1960’s Third Ward, featuring the Eldorado Ballroom. The Menil Collection will host an afternoon of art and activism looking back at the engagement of John and Dominique de Menil in the Civil Rights movement, and forward to current social activism in Houston.  We’ll conclude our travels with a performance at the Silos on Sawyer by composer and singer Misha Penton. 

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Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m.
Chapter One: Calling Forth our Ancestors’ Voices: Stories from TSU/UH Students 
Honors College Commons 
4333 University Blvd, Room 212

Friday, April 28 at 7 p.m. 
Chapter Two: Houstonians share their life journeys
New Hope Housing
4415 Perry Street 

Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
Chapter Three: The Eldorado Ballroom Musical (Thomas Meloncon)
Eldorado Ballroom, Project Row Houses 
2310 Elgin Street at Dowling

Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m.  
Chapter Four: Art and Activism in Houston
The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross

Sunday, April 30 at 7 p.m.
Chapter Five: Misha Penton performance
Silos at Sawyer Street 
1502 Sawyer Street