Week of 01/19/2015

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Drink VBB Better @ Poison Girl

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Monitor 10: Experimental South Asian Cinema

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VBB’s Second Decade: 2014-15

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This season, Voices Breaking Boundaries (VBB) initiates Part II in our Borderlines project, Migrations and Movement, a year-long arc of programming that juxtaposes intercultural conflict in North American and South Asian border regions.

VBB's 2014-15 LRA productions will examine labor trafficking across North American and South Asian border regions: Canada-Mexico-US and Afghanistan-Bangladesh-India-Pakistan. In South Asia, we will continue exploring the borders between these countries and track how the carving of them has led to 'illegal' crossings, even as people continue to grapple with diverging narratives of historical events. Likewise, we will explore the ongoing legacy of US-Mexico border disputes and its impact on the Houston Latina/o communities, including the buying, selling and exchanging of human bodies for labor.

With the support of organizations such as Baker Ripley, part of Neighborhood Centers, Inc., productions and workshops in Migrations and Movement will be grounded in Gulfton, Houston's most densely populated, diverse neighborhood.

As VBB explores different layers of history through the creation of new and innovative art, we aim to illuminate local and global connections that bring communities together, so cultural borders can be erased and histories better understood.

Fall 2014

a vbb cultural narrative
Zinda Bhaag (Run for Your Life): A Screening

Moody Park Riot

5:30 PM, Sunday, November 9, 2014
At the home of Sandra Boccara, 3210 Elmridge, 77025
$ Free

VBB kicks off our 2014-15 season with a special screening of Zinda Bhaag (Run for Your Life), a 2013 Pakistani Punjabi-language drama film co-directed by Meenu Gaur and Farjad Nabi. Zinda Bhaag unravels against the theme of 'illegal' immigration and was constructed out of stories, anecdotes, and events that the directors encountered.

Join VBB for this special screening and an exclusive conversation with co-director Meenu Gaur + producer Mazhar Zaidi!

This special event is co-sponsored by the South Asia Institute (UT-Austin), Aurora Picture Show, KPFT 90.1 FM Pacifica, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts (UH-Houston), Saint Arnold's Brewery, and Whole Foods-Montrose.


1:00 PM, Sunday, November 9, 2014
Royal Restaurant, 11939 Bissonnet St., 77099 (Alief)
$50 per person

Join VBB's board as our special guest for an intimate luncheon with Zinda Bhaag filmmakers Meenu Gaur + Mazhar Zaidi at Royal Restaurant in Houston's Alief neighborhood.

Seating is limited, so please reserve your seat by e-mailing, or by purchasing a ticket above!


a vbb living room art | Borderlines production
Migrations and Movement: Close Together

Borderlines MM1
Photos by Logan Beck; design by Angela Martinez

4:00-7:00 PM, Saturday, December 6, 2014
At the apartment of Mercedes Herrera, 6231 Westward #69, 77081
$ Free

Curated by Diana Barrera, Jimmy Castillo, Michelle Garcia, Monica Villarreal and Charisse Weston.

Participating artists include Gidree Bawlee and Sadya Mizan, Bangladesh; Francisco-Fernando Granados, Canada; Moonis Shah, India; Polen and Mónica Arreola, Tijuana; Farrukh Adnan, Nadja Khwaja, Mohsin Shafi and Sophia Mairai, Pakistan.

Join VBB for a Borderlines living room art production where artists will transform a Gulfton apartment home from the inside out by examining what it means to live close together, yet still be far apart.

Close Together will feature:
-Performances and installations by Houston-based artists
-Digital media installations from international artists
-Refreshments donated by Whole Foods-Montrose and Saint Arnold's
Bring your families and join us for an evening filled with art, community, and food!

This production is part of Gandhi's Legacy Houston, an initiative by the Menil Collection with other Houston organizations.


Únese con VBB para una producción Borderlines de arte que transformará un apartamento en el barrio Gulfton de adentro hacia afuera examinando que significa estar cerca y aún así seguir separados.

La producción presentará:
-Actuaciones e instalaciones de artistas locales
-Instalaciones digitales de artistas internacionales
-Refrescos y botanas donadas por Whole Foods-Montrose y Saint Arnold's cervecería
Traigan su familia para una noche llena de arte, de comunidad y de comida!

Esta producción es una parte de Gandhi's Legacy Houston por el Menil Collection con otras organizaciones en Houston.

Co-sponsored by/Patrocinada por KPFT 90.1 FM Pacifica, American Pakistan Foundation, Baker Ripley Center, Bangladesh Association Houston, Fe y Justicia Worker Center and South Texas Human Rights Center.

Interested in being a volunteer? Click here to learn more!


Spring 2015

a vbb book launch
Borderlines: Volume 1

Borderlines Volume 1

4-6 PM, Sunday, January 25, 2015
Cafe Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy Street, 77006

Join VBB for the second annual launch of our newest living room art (LRA) catalogue, Borderlines, Volume 1, which contains essays and photographs about the first year (2013-14) in Borderlines, a series of productions and workshops grounded in Near Northside that explored cross-cultural connections between the US-Mexico and Pakistan-India-Bangladesh border regions.

Co-sponsored by Cafe Brasil, the book launch will feature:
-readings from Houston-based contributors Daniel Bustamante, Jimmy Castillo and Shreerekha Subramanian
-an exhibition featuring prints from Borderlines productions
-books for sale at our special discounted rate
-local contributors and artists who will be on hand to sign copies

This catalogue features essays written by a large pool of community activists, artists, and academics including Chintan Girish Modi (India); Tehmina Ahmed (Pakistan); Sadya Mizan and Hafiza Nilofar Khan (Bangladesh); Minerva Laveaga (El Paso); Mónica Arreola and Adriana Trujillo (Mexico); Sehba Sarwar, Bapsi Sidhwa and Shreerekha Subramanian, (Houston, Texas/Pakistan, India); and interviews with Daniel Bustamante by Monica Villarreal and with LRA homeowner Frank Aguilar by Rob Block and Jimmy Castillo (Houston). The essays are edited by Drs. Margot Backus and Maria Gonzalez, professors at University of Houston, and designed by Joshua Turner and Angela Martinez. VBB's Associate Director, Ana Laurel, serves as the publication's Managing Editor.

Woven throughout the essays are photographs by Logan Sebastian Beck, Alejandro Cossio, Mónica Arreola, and many more, as well as links connecting the reader to VBB documentaries by Karen Martinez. These multimedia features allow the reader to experience VBB's productions as they unfurled!


a vbb fundraising event
Drink VBB Better!


5 PM, Sunday, February 1, 2015
Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer, 77006

On "Sunday Funday," grab your friends and family + join VBB staff, artists and board members for libations and a special treat! 'Til they kick everyone out at 2 AM, Poison Girl will donate all drink proceeds towards the support of VBB and our ongoing Borderlines project.

This event is hosted by Poison Girl's Drink Houston Better fundraiser, which supports a different non-profit every month.


a vbb screening
Monitor 10

Monitor 10
Photos from SAVAC

Februrary 21, 2014/Time TBA
Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center, 6500 Rookin St., 77057
$ Free

VBB invites you to a very special event, Monitor 10: South Asian Experimental Film + Video. Curated by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) in Toronto, CA, Monitor is dedicated to the presentation of experimental short films and videos by/and/or about South Asians from Canada and around the world and features independent and innovative short films and videos that explore the aesthetic and form of the moving image and its relation to narrative.

To learn more about the films included in Monitor 10, check out this link that includes a statement about the works and why they were included in this annual series.


a vbb-Baker Ripley community workshop
Borderlines 2: Community Workshop

Borderlines Shared Histories

Beginning March 2014, Closed Workshop

This Spring, VBB is partnering with Baker Ripley Center to host a community arts and writing workshop.

Participants will have the opportunity to share their work with a larger audience at our Spring 2015 living room art production!


a vbb living room art | Borderlines production
Migrations and Movement, Part II

Borderlines Exploring Rituals
Photos by Logan Beck; design by Angela Martinez

2:00-5:00 PM, May 2015
Venue TBA
$ Free

Participate in the transformation of a Gulfton residence in a Borderlines production that artistically explores the reasons why people leave their homelands, whether by choice or by force, in two border regions: Canada-US-Mexico and Afghanistan-Bangladesh-India-Pakistan.

VBB's LRA initiative has been influenced by multi-year funding by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and annual funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, as VBB aims to blend the artistic and geographical spaces between art, performance, digital space, and culture.


vbb's annual fundraising event
La Valiente 2015


Since 2003, VBB and our Board have honored artists and activists who reflect our organization's passionate commitment to speaking out and inciting social change through art. Join VBB to celebrate our 15th year in Houston and honor those whose actions and work make the world we live in more just.


2014-15 Co-Sponsorships

Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence

7:00 PM, October 2, 2014
The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross Street, 77006
$ Free

VBB is proud to be a community partner in collaboration with the Menil Collection's upcoming exhibition, Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence, opening on October 2 in observance of the 145th year of Mohandas K. Gandhi's birth. The exhibition will remain on view at the Menil through February 2015.


Honoring Our Heartbeats: A Tour to End Forced Marriage

VBB Borderlines Crossing Lines

6:30-8:00 PM, Thursday, October 16, 2014
Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center, 6500 Rookin St., 77057
$ Free | Click here to RSVP

Join VBB, alongwith Tahirih Justice Center, for a community forum at Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center in Houston's Gulfton neighborhood. The forum will kick off with a multimedia performance by the authors of the comic book, Heartbeats: The IZZAT Project, which inspired the six-city Heartbeats Tour. The performance will be followed by a Q+A session and a reception, where copies of the comic book will be available.

The Heartbeats Tour is co-sponsored by VBB, Tahirih Justice Center, DAYA, and Pomegranate Tree Group



A Houston Poetry Fest/VBB Satellite Reading


7:30-9:00 PM, Thursday, October 16, 2014
Kaboom Books, 3116 Houston, 77009
$ Free

Join VBB at Kaboom books for a Houston Poetry Fest Satellite Reading! Hosted by VBB board member Dean Liscum, the reading will feature Rich Levy, Sehba Sarwar, and Gwendolyn Zepeda! There will be cheese donated by Houston Dairymaids, there will be beer from Saint Arnold's, there will be poetry, and there will be fun, so don't miss it-


A Houston Poetry Fest/VBB Satellite Reading


7:30-9:00 PM, Thursday, October 16, 2014
Kaboom Books, 3116 Houston, 77009
$ Free

Join VBB at Kaboom books for a Houston Poetry Fest Satellite Reading! Hosted by VBB board member Dean Liscum, the reading will feature Rich Levy, Sehba Sarwar, and Gwendolyn Zepeda! There will be cheese donated by Houston Dairymaids, there will be beer from Saint Arnold's, there will be poetry, and there will be fun, so don't miss it-


VBB is in the process of confirming residential homes and dates in Gulfton through a partnership with Baker Ripley Center, a neighborhood-based organization that has committed to assisting VBB in securing homes and venues and helping with neighborhood outreach.

VBB Radio

Open Journal: Think Global — Act Local! VBB radio

VBB Radio
Photos: Mahwash Rahman and Katie Plochek

Throughout its season, VBB will also host radio shows on Open Journal (9:30 – 10 am) on KPFT 90.1 FM Pacifica Radio. Dates will be announced as they are scheduled. For more details, stay tuned to our website.


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