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Lila Downs

Singer Lila Downs in Conversation

Thursday, Apr 04, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

The power of Lila Downs' award-winning voice and the impact of her songs have buoyed films such as Frida and Real Women Have Curves. This year, Downs has inspired días de los niños del mundo, a celebration of youth and culture that reflects the spirit of the Children’s Day celebrations that take place around the world. A host of activities and performances throughout Houston include programs such as the April 7 MFAH Family Day and the annual Wells Fargo Student Visual Art Contest.

The singer’s connection to the visual arts is strong. Her most recent album was inspired by traditional art forms such as the votive paintings of Mexico, and she commissioned works of art in the same tradition to complement her performances. On the evening before her April 5 performance at Wortham Center, Downs appears at the MFAH to talk about her background; her artistic style and influences; the votive paintings; and the artistic expression of youth and culture. Questions? E-mail

A reception follows. 

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Shell Free Thursdays are supported by a grant from the Shell Oil Company Foundation.

Community Partner: Society for the Performing Arts

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.