HOLIDAY’S TOPS

HOLIDAY’S TOPS

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 holiday season across the state.

AUSTIN

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

HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH

The Austin Symphony Orchestra presents its Christmas holiday tradition, Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Chorus Austin. A holiday classic and a city favorite, this night of musical magic will fill the audience with the season’s joy. December 6. At AustinSymphony.org.

 

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Austin Symphony

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

MUY BONITO

Hilos de Tradición (Threads of Tradition) Dresses of Mexico is a collaborative exhibition with the Brownsville Historical Association. Featuring 37 traditional outfits representing each state in Mexico, they have been selected to showcase the traditional textiles, art, and dances of each region. Through February 26. At TheStoryofTexas.com.

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy Brownsville Historical Association, Brownsville, TX.

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AND ALL THAT PIZAZZ

There’s never been a better time to ramp up the razzle-dazzle this holiday season than by (re)experiencing Broadway’s smash hit and longest-running American Musical, CHICAGO. This triumphant show received six Tony® Awards, two Olivier® Awards, a Grammy®, and thousands of standing ovations. Bring your jazz hands. November 1 ̶ 6. At TexasPerformingArts.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Photo©Jeremy Daniel

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

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

MIRROR, MIRROR

The Meadows Museum, SMU, will present Dalí/Vermeer: A Dialogue. Vermeer’s painting Woman in Blue Reading a Letter (c. 1663) is reinterpreted by Spanish Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí’s painting The Image Disappears (1938) in his appreciation of the 17th-century Dutch master. These paintings will appear side-by-side for the first time in history. Through January 15. At the MeadowsMuseumDallas.org. 

ON IMAGE: Vermeer, Woman in Blue Reading a Letter, c. 1663. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. On loan from the City of Amsterdam (A. van der Hoop Bequest).

 

ON IMAGE: Salvador Dalí, The Image Disappears, 1938. Work loaned by the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí.© 2022 Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society.Image

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

MASTERFUL DISPLAY

Modern Masters: A Tribute to Anne Windfohr Marion highlights the contributions of one of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s most significant patron, tracing her support over nearly a half-century with an exhibition of 80 works by 47 artists. Through January 8. At TheModern.org.

ON IMAGE: Ellsworth Kelly, Spectrum III, 1967. Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Gift of Anne Windfohr Marion

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas

POPS GOES THE MUSIC

The beloved tradition of the Christmas Pops continues with the Dallas Symphony Chorus performing transcendental anthems, classical holiday favorites, and sing-along carols. Santa might even delight. With snow sprinkled in and joyous music, it’s a night to be remembered.  December 2 ̶ 11. At DallasSymphony.org.

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Dallas Symphony Orchestra

HOUSTON

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

IT’S JUST LIKE THE ENGLISH

From Tudor Queens to Pop Icons, the six wives of Henry VIII take the microphone to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st-century girl power. Six has won 23 awards, including the Tony® Award for Best Original Score and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical. It’s worth losing your head over. November 8–20. At HoustonBroadway.com.

ON IMAGE: Photo by Joan Marcus

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

ALL THAT GLITTERS

Golden Worlds: The Portable Universe of Indigenous Colombia showcases the diversity and brilliance of ancient Colombian cultures. Around 400 works spanning all the major Pre-Columbian cultures are displayed from intricately cast gold to ceramics and rare ancient textiles. Through April 16. At MFAH.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Calima, Colombia, Circular House Model, 200 BC–800 AD, gold, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Alfred C. Glassell, Jr.

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

SET YOUR SIGHTS HIGH

Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the stage in this popular and dazzling family holiday spectacular. This annual tradition wraps a whimsical, Broadway-style musical infused with contemporary circus artistry into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family. December 23-24. At Houston-Theater.com.

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Cirque Dreams Holidaze

SAN ANTONIO

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

LASTING IMPRESSION

Traitor, Survivor, Icon: The Legacy of La Malinche examines the enslaved Indigenous girl who served Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés in many roles. Her image and historical and cultural legacy remain relevant to female empowerment five hundred years after her death. Through January 8. At SAMuseum.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Jesús Helguera (Mexican, 1910–71), La Malinche, 1941. Courtesy of Calendarios Landin

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

HAPPINESS & CHEER

Doc Watkins and His Orchestra will present The Music of a Charlie Brown Christmas. New arrangements of Big Band holiday favorites, along with classic selections from A Charlie Brown Christmas will delight. December 14. At TobinCenter.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Doc Watkins

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

MAGICAL…ENCHANTING…UNFORGETTABLE

Lighthouse Immersive presents Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle, featuring whimsical animated characters alongside footage of professional ballet dancers. The joyful 30-minute experience is set to the sweeping music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, curating a grand immersive display. November 19–January 2. At Immersive-Nutcracker.com/San-Antonio.

 

ON IMAGE: Photo by Vladimir Kevorkov

ONLY THE BEST

ONLY THE BEST

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.

AUSTIN

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

TANTALIZINGLY TAME

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 BalletAustin.org.

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

VIEWING A WRITER

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 HRC.UTexas.org.

 

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

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A SONG IN YOUR HEART

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 TexasPerformingArts.org.

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

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

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

THE BOY KING

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 Immersive-KingTut.com/Dallas.

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

I SEE, I SPY

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 KimbellArt.org.

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

THINK & R-E-S-P-E-C-T

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 DallasSymphony.org.

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of John Such Artists’ Management

HOUSTON

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

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG IMPRESSIONS

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 Moody.Rice.edu.

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

LET’S MISBEHAVE

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 AlleyTheatre.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of the Alley Theatre

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

ITALIAN GLORY

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 HoustonGrandOpera.org.

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

SAN ANTONIO

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

FAMILIA ES TODO

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 ThePublicSA.org.

 

 

 

ON IMAGE: American Mariachi by Jordan Fraker

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

A TIME TO REFLECT

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 McNay.org.

 

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

TEMPT YOUR IMAGINATION

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 MajesticEmpire.com.

 

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

VIBRANTLY CULTURED

VIBRANTLY CULTURED

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 summer across the state.

AUSTIN

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

THE COOL FACTOR

Street artist Banksy has always been known for his secrecy. Banksyland, an international touring exhibition, includes more than 80 original studio works, salvaged street artworks, and never-before-seen immersive installations. July 22 ̶ 24; location in zip code 78712; TBD two weeks prior.

At BanksyLand.com.

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

POSITIVE POST

The Blanton Museum will present Ellsworth Kelly: Postcards, a comprehensive survey of over 150 of Kelly’s playful, creative postcard collages made between 1949 and 2005. Many postcards reveal places Kelly lived or visited, such as Paris or New York City. August 27‒November 27. At BlantonMuseum.org.

UNDER IMAGE: Artist. Ellsworth Kelly. Courtesy of Ellsworth Kelly Studio © Ellsworth Kelly Foundation

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DON’T BE CRUEL

Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team. Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the cruel ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. August 2‒7. At TexasPerformingArts.org.

ON IMAGE:  Courtesy of Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

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

IMMERSE YOURSELF

Massimiliano Siccardi, the original Immersive Van Gogh and Immersive Monet creator, brings us The Impressionists, a compelling exploration of vibrant colors on a jaw-dropping scale. It features everything from Monet’s celebrated water lilies to Degas’s graceful dancers. July 1‒September 11. At ImmersiveMonet.com.

 

UNDER IMAGE: Photo by Elana Emer

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

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Dallas Theater Center announces the Public Works Dallas’ The Odyssey. This final grand trilogy reimagines the Greek epic with Public Works’ signature blend of professional actors, community members, and special guests. July 8‒July 10. At DallasTheaterCenter.org.

 

ON IMAGE:  Courtesy of the Dallas Theater Center                                 

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas

TWO OF A DIFFERENT TIME

The Kimball Museum’s Focus Exhibition will include two paintings depicting different versions of the Old Testament story of Judith and Holofernes—one by Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi and the other by American contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley, realized exactly 400 years apart. July 19‒September 5. At KimbellArt.org.

 

UNDER LEFT IMAGE: Judith and Holofernes, c. 1612–17, oil on canvas by Artemisia Gentileschi (Rome, 1593–Naples, ca. 1653), Inv. Q 378. Napoli, Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte.

UNDER RIGHT IMAGE: Judith and Holofernes, 2012 by Kehinde Wiley (American, b.1977). © Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art and Sean Kelly, New York.

HOUSTON

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

BUTLER, CANDLESTICK...PANTRY?

It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’re at a dinner party, where murder and blackmail are on the menu. Based on the cult movie and the classic board game, Clue is the ultimate whodunit that will leave you dying of laughter and guessing until the end. July 22‒August 28. At AlleyTheatre.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of the Alley Theatre

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

IS IT REAL, OR IS IT…?

MFAH’s new exhibit Leandro Erlich: Seeing Is Not Believing, features two of his most iconic installations: Bâtiment (Façade) and Le cabinet du psy (The Psychoanalyst’s Office) in two immersive, room-size environments. Through September 5. At MFAH.org.

 

UNDER IMAGE: Courtesy of the Alley Theatre

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

REVENGE IS BEST SERVED…

Is God Is, the 2018 Obie Award and 2016 Relentless Award-winning play by Aleshea Harris, makes its Houston premiere this summer. A modern myth about twin sisters seeking justice in this darkly funny and unapologetic new play. July 14‒August 6. At RecRoomArts.org.

 

UNDER IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Rec Room Arts

SAN ANTONIO

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

TRUE TO YOUR ROOTS

The San Antonio Botanical Garden presents Rooted, a monumental sculpture exhibition by acclaimed contemporary artist Steve Tobin. The forces of nature are displayed throughout the park, from the towering root systems to polished clouds resting on the earth, bronze egg-laden nests up to 6-feet tall, and spiraling tornados. Through October 30. At SABot.org.

 

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of San Antonio Botanical Garden

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

COOL COMIDA

Cooling down on a scorching day with a frozen paleta or warming up in a cozy neighborhood diner are the many shared experiences evoked in The Art of SA Eats. Five San Antonio artists explore the city’s culinary landscape through paintings, photographs, sculpture, and video. Through September 4. At McNayArt.org.

UNDER IMAGE: Eva Marengo Sanchez, Fruteria La Mission y Taqueria, 2018. Oil on panel. Courtesy of Henry Muñoz.

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

ISLAND LOVE TRAGEDY REDEMPTION

The Public Theater of San Antonio presents Once On This Island. The classic love story between a peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. July 15‒August 7. At ThePublicSA.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of The Public Theater of San Antonio