Short Takes

Short Takes

Classical, hip-hop fusion Black Violin coming to UHCL

University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Cultural Art Series welcomes Black Violin Sunday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., at the Bayou Theater, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. Black Violin offers a distinctive fusion of classical, jazz, funk and hip-hop musical genres, which has gained the duo of Wil B. and Kev Marcus international acclaim,.

Violist Wilner Baptiste (Wil B.) and violinist Kevin Sylvester (Kev Markus) met in a magnet school for performing arts in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received classical training in separate colleges and later reunited as Black Violin. In 2005, the duo became a breakout-hit at the legendary Apollo Theater.

Black Violin has shared stages with Kayne West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty. The duo has collaborated creatively with Alicia Keys as well as rappers Wu-Tang Clan and Wyclef Jean. Their 2015 release of the major-label album “Stereotypes” debuted as No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart and No. 4 on Billboard’s R&B Chart.  With a special emphasis on educational outreach, Black Violin has performed to more than 100,000 students in North America and Europe in the past 12 months.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $15 for any student with a valid student ID. To purchase or for more information, visit


Registration open for summit

Learn how to navigate workplace conflicts, communicate with different personality types and improve your networking skills at University of Houston-Clear Lake’s second annual Administrative & Office Professionals Summit. Participants can register now for either one-day session, April 25 or 26, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. in UHCL’s Student Services Building Lecture Hall.

The summit is sponsored by the UHCL College of Human Sciences and Humanities and The Communication Doctor TM Susanne Gaddis, communications expert and featured speaker.

Advance registration is required. The conference fee of $129 includes course materials, a light breakfast and lunch. Members of the International Association of Administrative Professionals can earn six points toward recertification.

To find out more, visit or call 281-283-3033.


UH-Clear Lake campuses closed March 17

University of Houston-Clear Lake and UH-Clear Lake Pearland Campus will close Friday, March 17, for spring break. Libraries on both campuses will also be closed with UHCL Alfred R. Neumann Library resuming operations Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

To report an emergency at the university during the holiday, call the UHCL Police Department, 281-283-2222.


Gravitational waves discussed in lecture

Learn how measurements of the collisions between black holes help improve science’s detection and understanding of gravitational waves as University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Physics Lecture Series continues Monday, March 20, 7-9 p.m., in room 1100 of the Student Services and Classroom Building.

Bernard Kelly will discuss “Simultaneous Gravitational and Electromagnetic
Signatures of Merging Astrophysical Black Holes.” Kelly is a research scientist who has done extensive work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

The public is invited and the lecture is free. However, for those seeking university credit, the cost is $15 for an individual lecture, $40 for any three lectures in the series, or $99 to attend the entire series. For more information or to register, contact the Center for Educational Programs at 281-283-3530.

Media Contacts

UHCL Office of Communications
Phone: 281-283-2015
Fax: 281-283-2034

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