Houston Chronicle: Artists honor music as gateway to expression

Full article by Molly Glentzer

His deliberately informal "Jazz Church" leads visitors on a ramble through several rooms that mix his own work with album covers, concert fliers, news clippings and other ephemera - a riot of information that could provide a pretty rich education, if you had time to absorb it all.

Malone also has organized a few intimate, live performances in the space, limiting the free tickets to 35 seats, "so people can feel like they've won the lottery," he said.

Houstonia: Welcome to Crumbville, Texas

Full article by Katharine Schilcutt

“COME ON IN!” Ella Russell calls out from behind the counter, greeting a visitor to her Third Ward bakery, located just inside the Eldorado Ballroom on Elgin. “Welcome to Crumbville!” Before she knows it, the visitor’s swept in for a smile and a hug. Russell embraces everyone, even strangers—especially strangers—drawing them out of their shells and into discussions, even if they’re just discussions about which cookie they’ll inevitably purchase: her best-selling neon-pink Cookie Minaj (strawberry-oatmeal with white chocolate chips), her vegan Oreo, or a “stuffed cup,” a plump cupcake with a cookie baked inside.

Houstonia: The Jazz Church of Houston Highlights Bayou City Musicians

Full article by Chris Becker

IT’S A CHILLY SUNDAY NIGHT IN DECEMBER, and Project Row Houses—the community-based arts organization in the Third Ward—is hopping, specifically the row house currently christened The Jazz Church of Houston.

On a custom-built stage inside the small shotgun house, Houston bassist Marcos Varela leads his swinging quartet with tunes from his album San Ygnacio. It’s standing-room-only in the 30-seat venue, which is part art installation, part history museum and part juke joint. Varela, a graduate of the city’s celebrated High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, is just one of many Houston musicians, poets and activists who have appeared at The Jazz Church of Houston since it opened in September 2016. 

Arts+Culture Texas: Houston Voices: Local Impact at PRH

Full article by Maria Emilia Duno

The immense formal and thematic variation between the houses in Local Impact allows for viewers to ruminate over the importance of spaces like Project Row Houses for local artistic communities. In these houses we see important processes taking place, open for the public. We encounter explorations of untold histories, fantastic methods of self-care and healing, the detrimental effects of tourism on the environment, and even how the institutions within which we see works of art affect how we connect with them.

Houston Chronicle: Jesse Lott always has a hand in the action

Full article by Molly Glentzer

Jesse Lott's own hands are large and strong, on the slender side, with long fingers and nails that reflect years of an artist's tedious work with metal and wood.

The hands he creates - the ones that are a significant element of his sculptures and drawings - are almost always spread wide, expressing an indomitable human spirit.

The colorful characters he summons forth in his sculptures have highly expressive faces, arms and legs - you sense history, hardship and dignity coursing through their veins. But the hands, which are never the same, make your heart sing.