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Cissy Segall Davis Chats About All Things Miller Outdoor Theatre And Artist Felipe Lopez Talks About His Exhibit, “The Want In My Nature”

Find out what makes Miller Theatre the “crown jewel” of Houston’s public performance venues, and hear how a Houston artist brings elements of his childhood, fatherhood and nature into his artwork.

  • Cissy Segall Davis & Ernie Manouse and Felipe Lopez (Photo Credit: Ernie Manouse and Daniel Jackson)
    Cissy Segall Davis & Ernie Manouse and Felipe Lopez (Photo Credit: Ernie Manouse and Daniel Jackson)
  • Cissy Segall Davis (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
    Cissy Segall Davis (Photo Credit: Lynn Lane)
  • Opened in 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre in its early decades existed as a "permanent bandstand" in Hermann Park. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Miller Outdoor Theatre)
    Opened in 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre in its early decades existed as a "permanent bandstand" in Hermann Park. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Miller Outdoor Theatre)
  • Opened in 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre in its early decades existed as a "permanent bandstand" in Hermann Park. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Miller Outdoor Theatre)
    Opened in 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre in its early decades existed as a "permanent bandstand" in Hermann Park. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Miller Outdoor Theatre)
  • In 1968, the City of Houston built a new new theatre with bonds voted by the public. It was refurbished in 1996 and has had other improvements and upgrades since to remain a beloved institution. Here is MOT during a summer performance circa 2018. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Miller Outdoor Theatre's Facebook page)
    In 1968, the City of Houston built a new new theatre with bonds voted by the public. It was refurbished in 1996 and has had other improvements and upgrades since to remain a beloved institution. Here is MOT during a summer performance circa 2018. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Miller Outdoor Theatre's Facebook page)
  • Felipe Lopez (Photo Credit: Daniel Jackson)
    Felipe Lopez (Photo Credit: Daniel Jackson)
  • Felipe Lopez: "The Want In My Nature" is on view at Deborah Colton Gallery through June 15, 2019. (Photo Credit: Felipe Lopez)
    Felipe Lopez: "The Want In My Nature" is on view at Deborah Colton Gallery through June 15, 2019. (Photo Credit: Felipe Lopez)
  • A painting from Felipe Lopez's "Ambient Horizon" series. Oil-based paint on canvas. (Photo Credit: Felipe Lopez)
    A painting from Felipe Lopez's "Ambient Horizon" series. Oil-based paint on canvas. (Photo Credit: Felipe Lopez)
  • A painting from Felipe Lopez's "Ambient Horizon" series. Oil-based paint on canvas. (Photo Credit: Felipe Lopez)
    A painting from Felipe Lopez's "Ambient Horizon" series. Oil-based paint on canvas. (Photo Credit: Felipe Lopez)
  • Felipe Lopez's "Faucet" series is on view at Deborah Colton Gallery through June 15, 2019. (Photo Credit: Felipe Lopez)
    Felipe Lopez's "Faucet" series is on view at Deborah Colton Gallery through June 15, 2019. (Photo Credit: Felipe Lopez)
  • Felipe Lopez's "Faucet" series is on view at Deborah Colton Gallery through June 15, 2019. (Photo Credit: Deborah Colton Gallery)
    Felipe Lopez's "Faucet" series is on view at Deborah Colton Gallery through June 15, 2019. (Photo Credit: Deborah Colton Gallery)
  • Close-up of Felipe Lopez's "Faucet" series. Resin, hand-tied flies, faucet fixture. (Photo Credit: Deborah Colton Gallery)
    Close-up of Felipe Lopez's "Faucet" series. Resin, hand-tied flies, faucet fixture. (Photo Credit: Deborah Colton Gallery)
  • Close-up of Felipe Lopez's "Faucet" series. Resin, hand-tied flies, faucet fixture. (Photo Credit: Deborah Colton Gallery)
    Close-up of Felipe Lopez's "Faucet" series. Resin, hand-tied flies, faucet fixture. (Photo Credit: Deborah Colton Gallery)
  • Scene from Felipe Lopez's video piece, "Ab Aqua Libertas" ("From Water Comes Freedom") (Photo Credit: Felipe Lopez)
    Scene from Felipe Lopez's video piece, "Ab Aqua Libertas" ("From Water Comes Freedom") (Photo Credit: Felipe Lopez)

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In this episode of "Unwrap Your Candies Now," Ernie Manouse chats with Cissy Segall Davis, managing director of Miller Outdoor Theatre, about the historic Houston venue. Opened in 1923 and named after Jesse Wright Miller, the Miller Outdoor Theatre offers the largest "always free" program of its kind in the country, with eight months of professional entertainment free of charge to the public, making it an especially popular summer destination.

Catherine Lu talks to artist Felipe Lopez about his exhibition, The Want In My Nature, on view at Deborah Colton Gallery through June 15. The father, husband and conceptual artist chats about nature, water and parenting – all of which inspire his works, in particular his video piece Ab Aqua Libertas (based on the water birth of his daughter) and his Faucet Series. Lopez is also the author of the paper Neo-Traditionalism, which presents his ideas and theories of a new art movement.

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Catherine Lu

Senior Content Producer & Announcer

While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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