EXPERIENCE THE BEST

EXPERIENCE THE BEST

The best plays, musical performances and exhibits in Texas are being enjoyed by record number crowds, according to our cultural adventurer Rob Giardinelli, who shares our favorite recommendations from across the state. 

AUSTIN

HOW OPERATIC

Austin Opera presents a classic work by iconic Italian Composer Giacomo Puccini, La Bohème, the epic story of young bohemians who struggle to find love and make their dreams come true in the Paris Latin Quarter circa 1840. Through May 5. At AustinOpera.org

FAIRYTALES REVEALED

The Tony Award winning and family friendly play by Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical, is an empowering story about a young girl with telekinesis who overcomes obstacles and takes things into her own hands. April 3 – May 12. At ZACHTheatre.org

STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Off the Rails: The Rise and Fall of Austin’s Street Cars takes a look at how the street car era (1875 through 1940) impacted life in Austin and how it influenced the city’s residential development. Through May 26. At Library.AustinTexas.gov

IMAGE: Congress Avenue and 6th Street, 1913 C02001 Chalberg Collection of Prints and Negatives

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

COLOR WEAVING

World-renowned artist Sheila Hicks, whose vibrant works have graced such iconic spaces as Versailles and the Highline In New York City, comes to Texas with new, textile installations. May 11 – August 18. At NasherSculptureCenter.org

 

IMAGE: Image from 2018 Shelia Hicks Migdalor Magasin III Jaffa Exhibit in Tel Aviv. Photo courtesy of Nasher Sculpture Center.

BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical chronicles the life of one of the world’s most beloved and influential songwriters of the second half of the twentieth century. Hearing the timeless tunes of this legend has created over the last six decades will have you singing too. June 18 – June 23 at the Winspear Opera House. At OperaHouseDallas.org

PARK’S RECREATION

David Park: A Retrospective, is the first museum in exhibition in more than 30 years of one of the influential artists of post WW II Abstract Expressionism. Known as the father of San Francisco figurative art, Park’s works from his Cubist-inspired paintings in 1930s through his figurative paintings of the 1950s are featured. June 2 – September 8, The Modern Museum. At TheModern.com

IMAGE: David Park, Four Men. Photo Courtesy Of The Modern Museum

HOUSTON

CONTEMPORARY FOCUS

50 master works from one of the world’s most influential artists of all time, Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art features works throughout his life from his early years in the Netherlands to his landscapes in Saint-Rémy and Auvers. March 10 through June 27. At MFAH.org

HALF A CENTURY LATER

Stonewall 50 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the June 1969 Stonewall Riots that became a seminal moment in LGBTQ right movement. The exhibit features works on a broad range of topics including transgender issues and intergenerational dialogue on the path to equality. Through July 29. At CMAH.org

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

RISING AGAIN

The Phoenix is an opera based on the incredible life of Venetian priest and poet Lorenzo Da Ponte, who after getting kicked out of Venice due to scandal, meets Wolfgang Amadeus Motzart and becomes a top librettist. Through May 10. At HoustonGrandOpera.org

SAN ANTONIO

STAGE’S DESIGN

America on Stage celebrates stage designers of the most substantial theatrical productions of 20th and 21st centuries. Drawn from the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts it includes works ranging from Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma to Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights. Through June 30. At McNayArt.org

IMAGE: Douglas Schmidt, Scene design for Grease, 1972. Collage on board with acrylic, ink, and varnish. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin

FAIRYTALE FUN

Cinderella is the ultimate children’s classic with an underdog to root for, a wicked step-mother, a prince, a fairy god-mother and most importantly, a happily-ever-after ending that never gets old for kids and kids at heart. May 16 and May 17. At ChildrensBalletOfSanAntonio.org

IMAGE: The Arrival by Xiang Zhang

ONCE MORE WITH FEELING

The Grammy and Tony Award- winning musical, Once is the musical adaptation of the 2007 film by John Carney. It’s the story of an Irish musician and Czech immigrant who grow close in Dublin due to their mutual love music. May 16 – June 9. At ThePublicSA.com

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of The Public Theatre of San Antonio

DIVINE DIOR

DIVINE DIOR

Before it even opens, it’s a colossal hit. When Dior: From Paris to the World, debuts this month, the feast for the eyes begins, according to our ardent fashion follower Lance Avery Morgan.

 

It might be the biggest thing to hit Texas since the actual New Look debuted in 1947. Dior: From Paris to the World, an exhibition which surveys more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s legacy and global influence will be on view in Dallas May 19 through September 1, 2019 at the Dallas Museum of Art. In fact,  Texas will be the only US venue beyond the recent showing in Denver for this extensive and highly anticipated retrospective of the celebrated Haute Couture house. We’re counting the minutes because as seen on recent red carpets, his design spirit is alive and kicking in celebrity gown fashion choices.

Just what can we expect to see? The exhibition will feature a selection of more than a hundred haute couture dresses, as well as accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos and other archival material, and trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house. His New Look revolutionized the fashion world. Dior’s sophisticated designs, featuring soft shoulders, accentuated busts, nipped waists, and dancing corolla shaped skirts, were inspired by his passion for flowers. The result was elegant feminine contours that brought a breath of fresh air to the fashion world through luxurious swaths of fabrics, revolutionary design and lavish embroidery. This marked the beginning of an epic movement in fashion history that would eventually lead to Dior successfully becoming the first worldwide couture house.

The exhibit will profile its founder, Christian Dior, and subsequent artistic directors, including Yves Saint Laurent (1958–1960), Marc Bohan (1961–1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989–1996), John Galliano (1997–2011), Raf Simons (2012–2015) and Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016–present), who have carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century. Organized by DAM and curated by Florence Müller, the DAM’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion, it spans more than seven decades, this retrospective will offer a new perspective on the fashion house’s legacy following the Paris exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

“Dallas has long recognized the artistic significance of Dior, most notably when in 1947, early in his career, Christian Dior traveled here to receive the Neiman Marcus Award for fashion. We are excited to welcome this innovative creative voice back to our city and to offer DMA audiences the opportunity to be inspired by the remarkable legacy of a global icon,” shared Dr. Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director.

Visitors will be able to capture the unique technique of the Dior ateliers in a dramatic visual display presenting a glimpse into this secret world, including sketches, toiles, and the intricate process of embroidery. The atelier represents the heart of the house where seamstresses work with Dior’s creative directors to collaboratively bring couture to life. And this exhibit, in turn, breathes more life into couture.

 

 

EXPERIENCE THE BEST

EXPERIENCE THE BEST

The best plays, musical performances and exhibits in Texas are being enjoyed by record number crowds, according to our cultural adventurer Rob Giardinelli, who shares our favorite recommendations.

AUSTIN

THEATRE FIELD

The thought-provoking work, Notes from the Field written by Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize nominee Anna Devare Smith, depicts through personal accounts of people caught up in the school-to-prison pipeline. Through March 31. At ZachTheatre.org

FAIRYTALES REVEALED

Grimm Tales, Ballet Austin’s Artistic Director Stephen Mills’ latest work, is a revealing look into the underbelly of some of the most legendary fairytales…and in the process showcasing the real beauty in the lessons they teach us. March 29-31. At BalletAustin.org

SCULPTING FROM WITHIN

One of Americas preeminent sculptors, Native Texan, James Surls: Without, Within is a collection of 30 of his large and small scale works on display throughout the garden and gallery of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. March 5 through August 18. At UmlaufSculpture.org

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

SILKY SMOOTH

Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road showcases garments and ornamental hangings from China, India and Japan that were traded along the historical Silk Road that led to a worldwide exchange of arts and crafts from the Mediterranean to India to the Far East. Through May 19. At DMA.org

THE LURE OF ENLIGHTENMENT

The Lure of Dresden: Bellotto at the Court of Saxony features the works of Bernardo Bellotto, one of the foremost painters during the Age of Enlightenment. The paintings provide a unique looks images of Dresden, one of the greatest cities in 18th Century as well as paintings of Venice and Saxony. Through April 28. At KimbellArt.org

SHAKESPEAREAN SYMPHONY

The legendary comedy by William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night has everything you would ever want in a play: suspense, love triangles, scheming villain and what is bound to be an experience you will never forget. Running March 29 through April 28 at The AT&T Performing Arts Center. At MyDSO.com

HOUSTON

LIFE OF A MASTER

50 master works from one of the world’s most influential artists of all time, Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art features works throughout his life from his early years in the Netherlands to his landscapes in Saint-Rémy and Auvers. March 10 through June 27. At MFAH.org

PLAY ME SOME RAGTIME

The Tony Award® winning play written by Texas native Terrence McNally. Set in the early 20th century, it is a moving work about race, class, gender and politics April 16-28. At TheHobbyCenter.org

THE ROBBINS CENTURY

The Houston Ballet Presents Robbins: A Centennial Celebration featuring three diverse pieces in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins. March 7-10 at the Wortham Center. At HoustonFirstTheatres.com

SAN ANTONIO

PICTURE PERFECT

An Evening with Annie Leibowitz will feature the iconic photographer who will be in San Antonio for an exclusive event to mark the publication the revised and expanded edition of her 2008 book, Annie Leibovitz at Work. The photo icon will also share and discuss a selection of her pictures. March 6. At TobinCenter.org

HOW THE WEST WAS FUN

Night of Artists art features over 300 works of Western Art from over 80 of the top Western Artists in the United States. The best part is if you like a painting, you can buy one at auction to add to your collection. March 28-30. At BriscoeMuseum.org

LIVING HISTORY

The permanent home of the South Texas Collections, the 20,000 square foot Robert J. and Helen C. Kleberg South Texas Heritage Center features exhibits, art, artifacts and live performances that celebrate the colorful history of South Texas. At WitteMuseum.org