Short Takes

October 3, 2018 | Katherine Adams

Short Takes
Gospel ensemble to bring unique blend of voices to Bayou Theater

The Sounds of Zamar, featuring 20 powerful gospel voices, will bring their uniquely blended music to University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Bayou Theater on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

“Zamar is Hebrew for ‘make music to God,’” said singer Sabine McCormick said. “We’re very different from other gospel groups on the radio because (founder) Trey (McLaughlin)’s creations for us are very different. He’s very particular about the sound he wants. You don’t find choirs who are so pure and unified.”

McCormick said that the sound McLaughlin seeks to create ensures that no one voice stands out over any other. “Usually in a gospel choir, there’s a standout, but we have eight or nine tenors that sound just like one single tenor. You can’t hear one person over another. We sound like one voice.”

She added that although McLaughlin often sings solos, as do others in the group, “the soloist doesn’t sing over everyone. And Trey’s spirit is very humble,” she said. “I think that the audience will be surprised at the variety they’ll hear at our concert. We also do Broadway tunes and other genres. There are not many gospel groups that do that.”

While she understands that not everyone was a fan of gospel music, everyone can enjoy The Sounds of Zamar. “Our fan base is different,” she said. “We have touched people from all over the world, from all cultures. We love receiving messages from people internationally. And above all, we hope people will leave speechless and amazed,” she said. “We want to share our spirit and sense of fun. That’s who we are.”

For more information about Trey McLaughlin and The Sounds of Zamar, and to reserve tickets at the Bayou Theater, visit

Friday Morning lecture: See the universe from your backyard

University of Houston-Clear Lake Professor of Philosophy Keith Parsons will present a lecture on amateur astronomy Oct. 12 at 9 a.m. in UHCL’s Bayou Building at UHCL, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. Parsons will tell registered participants where to look, what they can see, how they can see it, and what equipment they will need.

Friday Morning Continuing Education courses are $44 for the first class and $18 for additional classes. Course participants may receive Continuing Education Units (CEU) upon satisfactory completion of their classes. To register or for more information, go to

Makey Makey invention workshop Oct. 13

Educators can learn how to incorporate the Makey Makey, an interactive inventor kit, into engaging science lessons in the classroom in a workshop Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. 

Makey Makey is a collaborative project that encourages people to find creative ways to interact with their computers by using everyday objects as a replacement for keyboards and mice. The course fee is $100. Registration is required and space is limited. To register and for more information, visit

Autism lecture: strategies for teaching independence

Instructor Tessa Conaway will provide tips and best practices in teaching children how to perform tasks independently in their everyday lives in a free presentation Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Bayou Building of University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston.

This event is part of an ongoing speaker series to educate the community on caring for children with autism or developmental disabilities, hosted by UHCL’s Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Lectures are open to the public, although registration is required in advance. To learn more and register, visit

Movie Night at UHCL: ‘A Fantastic Woman’

Join the University of Houston-Clear Lake community on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Student Services and Classroom Building Lecture Hall for a movie and discussion afterward. “A Fantastic Woman” is the story of Marina, a transgender woman, who works as a waitress and nightclub singer. She must find ways to cope in the devastating aftermath of her partner’s sudden death in this Oscar-winning foreign film.

After the screening, Associate Professor of Social Psychology Desdamona Rios will lead a discussion of the film’s central themes. Admission is free to anyone with any UHCL ID and $4 for all others. Free parking is available in student lot D. For more information, visit