The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record-breaking crowds, according to our cultural arts arbiter Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy this fall across the state.


AUS Courtesy of The Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas Austin, Hollywood, The Prodigal Son


Shakespeare’s comedic tale of marital mismatch is given new life with breathtaking costumes and modern, dynamic choreography in Ballet Austin’s lighthearted and lovely recreation of The Taming of the Shrew. September 16 ̶ 18. At

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Ballet Austin

AUS Torbjørn Rødland, Eggs, 2019. Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper. Artwork © Torbjørn Rødland.Courtesy the artist and NILS STÆRK, Copenhagen


The new exhibit at the University of Texas Harry Ransom Center, The Writers: Portraits by Laura Wilson, highlights photographic portraits of some of the most influential writers of our time including Louise Erdrich, Gabriel García Márquez, Zadie Smith, and Tom Stoppard. Inspiration from the exhibit is drawn from images in Wilson’s upcoming book where she immersed herself in the personal setting of each writer along with details that have inspired their literary triumphs. Through January 1, 2023. At


ON IMAGE: Zadie Smith, New York, N.Y., Photographed November 2013 © Laura Wilson

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Hadestown, the winner of eight 2019 TONY® Awards, is a love story for the ages inviting audiences on a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that will linger long after you leave. September 24 ̶ 25. At

ON IMAGE: Kimberely Marable and company in Hadestown. Photo by T. Charles Erickson


DAL Anna, Paris 2017, Photo by Paolo Roversi_Courtesy of the Dallas Contemporary.


Immersive King Tut: Magic Journey to the Light features the most famous of the Egyptian rulers, the Pharaoh Tutankhamun. The show commemorates the 100th anniversary of archeologist Howard Carter’s discovery of the legendary “boy king’s” tomb. September 23 ̶ November 13. At

ON IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Lighthouse Immersive

DAL Photography is Art exhibition, Courtesy of Amon Carter Museum_ Alfred Stieglitz, A Wet Day on the Boulevard, Paris, Photogravure, 2013


The special exhibition Murillo: From Heaven to Earth celebrates the genre paintings of one of the most celebrated painters of the Spanish Golden age: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682). Known for his religious and secular themes, he also portrayed the ordinary people of his time. September 18–January 29, 2023. At

ON IMAGE: Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1666 by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Photo courtesy of The Kimbell Art Museum 

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas


Broadway diva Capathia Jenkins and the three-time GRAMMY® nominee Ryan Shaw light up the stage in Aretha: A Tribute with your favorite Aretha Franklin hits. Led by GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams, this high-energy, glittering tribute is not to be missed. October 14 ̶ 16. At

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of John Such Artists’ Management


HOUS Moooi Works, manufactured by Moooi, Mega Chandelier, 2018, mixed media and bulbs. © Moooi, New York


The new exhibition, Urban Impression: Experiencing the Global Contemporary Metropolis at Rice Universtiy’s Moody Arts Center, focuses on urban life’s overarching and shared aspects. Presenting international and Houston-based artists, the show highlights alternate modes of perception. September 16 ̶ December 17. At

ON IMAGE: Back Door #2, 2003. Michael Wolf© 2022, Courtesy of the artist and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York

HOUS David Novros, Detail of right wall from Untitled, 1973–75. The Menil Collection, Houston jpg


Theatre Under The Stars’ hot new production, the TONY® Award-winning musical fave, Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical, celebrates the music of Fats Waller and the Black artists of the Harlem Renaissance…one of the most innovative periods in American music. September 21–October 2. At


ON IMAGE: Courtesy of the Alley Theatre

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston


Verdi’s opera La Traviata is one of the world’s most performed and beloved operas. When the glamorous courtesan Violetta falls in love with the young Alfredo, it’s as if nothing can tear them apart. But as tragedy unfolds, their true love is shaken to its core. October 21 ̶ November 6. At

ON IMAGE: Pre-production image of La Traviata courtesy of Houston Grand Opera


SA Brenda Rae, Metropolitan Opera, Courtesy of Opera San Antonio


American Mariachi, written by Latine writer, José Cruz González, is the first play or musical depicting Mexican American culture to premiere at The Public Theater since its founding in the early 1900s. Enjoy an evening of muy especial songs performed by San Antonio’s premiere Mariachis. September 9 ̶ October 2. At




ON IMAGE: American Mariachi by Jordan Fraker

SA Martine Gutierrez, Still from Clubbing, 2012. HD video. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, © Martine Gutierrez.


The McNay exhibition, Reflecting Selves: Asian American Artists in Texas, presents five artists who challenge preconceived notions about Asian Americans. Particularly ones that ignore the challenges Asian Americans face in their adopted homeland. The artworks depict diverse Asian American experiences in the U.S. due to discrimination. Through October 9. At


ON IMAGE: Antonius-Tín Bui, Remodel Minority, 2019. Courtesy of the artist, McNay Art Museum

SA Gladys Roldan-De-Moras Memories From My Home, oil on linen


Ain’t Too Proud–The Life and Times of The Temptations, nominated for 12 Tony® Awards and the winner of the 2019 Tony® Award for Best Choreography, tells the unforgettable story of this legendary quintet, tracing their extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. October 11 ̶ October 16. At


ON IMAGE: Courtesy of the National Touring Company of Ain’t Too Proud. By Emilio Madrid.