The best plays, musical performances and exhibits in Texas are being enjoyed by record number crowds, according to our cultural adventurers Claire-Lise Greve and Lance Avery Morgan who share our favorite recommendations from across the state in this issue.  



The new exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, WWI America, presents the stories of a divisive and transformational America told through original artifacts, images, voices, music, hands-on exploration, and multimedia presentations to capture the era that changed the world. Thru August 11.


Photo courtesy of the Bullock Texas State History Museum


From four-time Tony Award® winner, screenwriter Terrence McNally is Immortal Longings. In his newest show, the tempestuous relationship between the flamboyant impresario, Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev  and  Vaslav Nijinsky, the sensational superstar of his troupe is explored in Les Ballets Russes at ZACH Theatre. Recommended for ages 17+ and up due to language and mature situations. Through July 14.


Photo courtesy of ZACH Theatre


Jeffrey Gibson: This is the Day features over 50 remarkable pieces including everything from beaded wall hangings to paintings to ceramics and even garments. This Blanton Museum exhibition features a brand new video, I Was Here. that was commissioned  specifically for the show, Opening July 14.





The Dior: From Paris To The World exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art features designs from every creative director from Dior over the 70 year history of the fashion house. It showcases nearly 200 haute couture dresses as well as accessories, original sketches, and other rare archival materials. The cathedral-like installation room of gowns is a must-see. Through September 1.


Photo courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art


Monet: The Late Years, the new exhibit at The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth portrays the evolution of Monet’s painting style from 1913 until his death in 1926. It features many paintings that are being shown in the United States for the first time ever. Through September 15.


Photo courtesy of the Kimbell Art Museum


Coming to Fair Park, Hello Dolly, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, is the story of a socialite turned matchmaker who tries to assist her latest clients in finding love. This great show for the whole family is classic Broadway and features Broadway great and native Texan, Betty Buckley in the title role. Through July 17.


Photo courtesy of Dallas Summer Musicals



Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston  is an exhibition showcasing over 200 photographs from various fashion photographers. It highlights  how their work shaped the industry into the cultural force it is today. Through September 22.



Dressed, 1981 by Helmut Newton. Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Aladdin, adapted from the Academy Award®-winning animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including One Thousand and One Nights, is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance brought to the stage by Broadway At The Hobby.



Photo by Deen van Meer


Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and see how the miracle of space happened when all eyes were on the moon in July, 1969. We recommend the NASA Tram Tours featuring Historic Mission Control at NASA Johnson Space Center.




Photo courtesy of NASA





The Swinging Sixties are alive and kicking as the McNay Art Museum presents two innovative and inclusive exhibitions—Andy Warhol: Portraits and Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today..  The Warhol show features over 120 paintings, prints, photographs, films, and videos that captures New York from the 1960s through the 1980s. The Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today exhibit is the country’s first broad survey of contemporary artwork from across North America to explore the construction of identity through gender and outward appearance. Through September 15



Andy Warhol, Valentino, 1974. Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. 1998.


The colorful Men of Steel, Women of Wonder exhibit at the San Antonio Museum of Art analyzes the world’s response to superheroes like Superman and Wonder Woman…ranging from their creation in the Great Depression to their modern portrayals in film. Through September 1.



Photo courtesy of the San Antonio Museum of Art


Into A New West: Contemporary Works From The Booth Museum at the Briscoe Museum of Art includes modern art from the 1960s in a way that challenges our conventions of what represents western art, as well as art from the present day. Through September 1.



Photo courtesy of the Briscoe Museum of Art



Victoria Davis and Mitchell Dan Marry In Dallas

By Claire-Lise Greve  
Photography by Claire Casner Photography

Before bending on one knee and popping the question, Mitchell Dan created the perfect proposal. He wrote a heartwarming book about his storybook romance with Victoria Davis and, with the help of her closest high school girlfriends, rigged a white elephant gift exchange to hide the surprise. Her friends made her read the book aloud and when “real life had caught up to the story,” Mitchell walked out of the closet and proposed to Victoria.

At the beginning of their story, Victoria was a young lady from Dallas, and Mitchell was a young man from San Antonio who had both chosen to further their education at the University of Texas at Austin. As luck would have it, the two love birds would meet and end up falling in love. Victoria, the daughter of Kathy and Doug Williams, and Charles Davis, and Mitchell, the son of Nicole and Charles Dan, dated for four exciting years filled with traveling, cooking, and quality time with family and friends. “We really tried to soak up the fun times in life,” doted the couple, “we both appreciate the spontaneity of each other.” And that spontaneity that Victoria fell in love with was exemplified perfectly in the story of how Mitchell proposed. 

After a fifteen month engagement, the couple tied the knot at the Perkins Chapel at Southern Methodist University in the bride’s hometown of Dallas. The picturesque church with a magnificent steeple and grand columns made a spectacular backdrop for the couple’s memorable event for the black tie occasion.  

The evening before the nuptials, the couple’s rehearsal dinner reflected elements of Michell’s hometown with a seated Mexican dinner adorned with festive decor that added some San Antonio flavor that included Otomi tablecloths, terra cotta mission churches, personalized papel picado, and bright floral arrangements with ribbons.

Both the bride and groom had 10 bridesmaids and groomsmen attendants. Attending Victoria were Marylyn Toledo as her maid of honor with Sarah Dan, Catherine Davis, Morgan Doyle, Alexis Euart,  Christina Florey, Camryn Pennington, Mary Clare Pugh, Taylor Williams, and Kelly Winkle. Attending Mitchell was Tyler Dan as his best man, Brady Blonkvist, Chad Davis, Graham Davis, Evan Golden, Clark Hudnall, Trevor Lovelady, Luke Maloy, Bryson Marshall, and Philip Massari.  

The bride walked down the aisle in a stunning princess style gown with a sweetheart neckline by Rita Vinieris from Ivory Bridal Atelier. For her “something blue,” Mitchell surprised Victoria with a dazzling pair of custom earrings from Lindsey Leigh Jewelry. Victoria’s mother also had a custom “something blue” ring designed for her. The blue and white floral decor, which were featured at both the ceremony and reception, were fashioned by The Garden Gate Dallas and contributed exceptionally well to the blue, white and blush coloration of the wedding.

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While the 250 guests made their way to the reception at the Royal Oaks Country Club, the bride and groom were able to sneak in a secluded moment together where they enjoyed a glass of champagne and hors d’ oeuvres. At the reception, the guests enjoyed an exceptional and sentimental wine since the bride’s parents are investors in the Sonoma Valley Wine Cast, where they grow their own grapes and create delectable wines on their land near Healdsburg, California.

For dinner, the guests were treated to a culinary selection featuring a magnificent filet, crab cakes, garlic mashed potatoes, and asparagus. Afterward, the couple cut into their six-tier cake designed by Dallas Affaires Cakes, which featured their custom logo in the center adorned with blue flowers around it. Since Mitchell works in the oil industry, it was only fitting to incorporate elements of his career in  the groom’s cake. Based on the design that Mitchell created, it was a 3D look into the earth’s subsurface in a typical gulf coast oil trap that featured an oil derrick and work crew on top of the cake. 

The wedding planner, Kay Watson, flawlessly executed the dazzling reception for the happy couple. The musical stylings of the Empire 6 Band entertained the guests as they danced under the glamour of the grand chandelier. One of the couple’s favorite moments of the night was when Mitchell’s grandmother, Meme, raised her cane and, in his words, “lit up the dance floor with some incredible moves at the age of 86.” At the end of the reception,  Mitchell and Victoria did a private dance before the guests lined up for the couple’s grand exit into a 1959 Rolls Royce. 

The newlyweds traveled to Greece for their honeymoon where they explored the picturesque countryside and villages. The couple resides in Houston, Texas where Victoria is a pediatric intensive care nurse and Mitchell is a petroleum geologist at Dunn Exploration. 

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