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  • From the Earth

    Archway Gallery
    2305 Dunlavy
    Houston, TX 77006
    From the Earth

    Archway Gallery presents From the Earth, featuring decorative ceramics by Carol Berger, on view April 6 – May 2, 2019. The artist will be on hand to visit with guests during the exhibition opening reception on Saturday, April 6, from 5 – 8 p.m. at the gallery, and will talk about her work at 6:30 p.m. The artist will also give a demonstration and talk on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Carol Berger’s artwork is often influenced by images, patterns and colors from nature. As an environmentalist and an avid reuse-recycler, Carol hopes that by creating work which reflects our natural world, others will be encouraged to join her efforts in protecting our earth.

  • Open House

    Sam Houston Park
    1000 Bagby Street
    Houston, TX 77002
    Open House

    Open House is an interactive temporary public sculpture created by local artists, Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. Sourced from Cherry House Moving Company, the 1940s-era house has circular holes into the walls creating a “Swiss cheese” appearance, and collaged interior walls with vintage images sourced from family, friends and local resale shops that represent the city’s people, places and past. Visitors can walk through Open House, soaking in some of Houston's history while viewing both the modern skyscrapers of Downtown Houston and the landscape of Sam Houston Park through the holes that have been carved out of the house.

  • Hamman Hall Of Texas Coastal Ecology

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Hamman Hall Of Texas Coastal Ecology

    The Texas coast is a natural treasure to many Texans, but few know about its ecologic and economic importance. The Hamman Hall of Texas Coastal Ecology shows visitors how a healthy environment is paramount to maintaining and sustaining a healthy economy. With about 2400 square feet of floor space and a 120 foot wall space adjacent to the new Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife, guests learn about the environmental characteristics of the Texas coast, as well as critical habitats, iconic species, concerns and impacts, recreation, and opportunities for conservation and restoration.

    “The Texas coast provides seemingly unlimited resources of many kinds for business, industry, education, recreation, and simply, personal enjoyment,” said Wes Tunnell, HMNS Curator of Marine Biology. “Consequently, many people want to live, work, and play on the Texas coast. Therefore, it is important to balance what we take from and how we use the coast. We now know that a healthy coastal environment leads to a healthy and sustainable coastal economy, so it is important to protect the natural environment which in turn protects the economy.”

  • Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife

    The Houston Museum of Natural Science has had Texas Wildlife diorama displays since the early days when the museum was located across the street at the zoo. In 2014 several of the older murals underwent a renovation of supporting habitat and species, and today these vintage treasures can be viewed in the basement of the Education wing.

    Today’s version of the Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife is located on the 2nd floor, and showcases the remarkably diverse biomes of our beloved Lone Star State. Dioramas highlighting Piney Woods, Oak Motte, Coastal Prairie and Wetland are included as nearby regions, whereas South Texas Dry Forest, Guadelupe Mountains, and High Plains are further afield in other parts of the state. There are also kiosks focusing on extinct and vanishing species, invasive species in our state, and aberrantly colored individual animals.

    In total over 425 specimens representing approximately 250 species will be on display. Emphasis for this exhibit is placed on rare, endangered and extinct species. Over 50 species, more than 20% of those on display, are classified under some level of threat.

  • Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers

    Holocaust Museum Houston
    9220 Kirby Dr #100
    Houston, TX 77054
    Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers

    The Gallery is personalized with testimony of Holocaust Survivors who later settled in the Houston area. These incredible individuals lived through a genocidal war that inflicted mass death on unprecedented numbers of innocent civilians. The Gallery features artifacts donated by the Holocaust Survivors, their descendants, liberators, and other collectors.

    The exhibit also educates visitors about Jewish and non-Jewish resistance efforts, including the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, prisoner revolts, sabotage, the partisan movement, displaced persons camps and life after the Holocaust.

    This Gallery is expanded and enhanced by bringing two of the Museum’s most important artifacts, the World War II era railcar and the 1940's Danish rescue boat, into the Museum facility. Featuring only state-of-the-art exhibits and technological advances, Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers includes the one-of-a-kind Edith and Josef Mincberg Destroyed Communities interactive exhibit and Dimensions in Testimony virtual conversations with Survivors.

  • Hall of Ancient Egypt

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Dr
    Houston, TX 77030
    Hall of Ancient Egypt

    Safely ensconced in the Sahara desert, and drawing its lifeblood from the river Nile, ancient Egyptian civilization flourished for more than three millennia. A quintessential example of what archaeologists call a primary civilization,” ancient Egypt did not rely on inspiration from others to develop its own architecture, writing and religion—all of Egyptian culture was developed “in house.”

    The themes of writing, religion, natural resources and—of course—mummification will be explored in this new permanent exhibition hall.

    Ever since the late 18th century, the Western world has been exploring Egypt. This hall will present artifacts collected during these early days of investigations, and will also compare old-style archaeology with 21st-century approaches, such as using satellite imagery and remote sensing to locate and map ancient settlements. The Museum’s own mummy, Ankh Hap, has been moved to his new surroundings.

  • Shapeshifters

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
    5216 Montrose Blvd
    Houston, TX 77006
    Shapeshifters

    Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s (CAMH) Teen Council is pleased to present Shapeshifters, a group exhibition featuring work by over forty Houston-area teen artists. The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, video, photography, textile, and digital media, including an interactive website. Shapeshifters addresses both instant and continuous responses to rapid shifts in our cultural, socio-political, and physical landscapes.

  • Death by Natural Causes

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park D
    Houston, TX 77030
    Death by Natural Causes

    Snakes. Spiders. Sharks.  The things you fear are the least of your worries! Death by Natural Causes will introduce patrons to the range of “animal, vegetable and mineral” dangers that lurk in their everyday lives.  Through a collection of specimens, text and interactives, visitors can see what can cause a death, either directly or indirectly, from the natural world. Poisonous, venomous and toxic are just a few of the terms that will be clarified, and things you interact with almost daily will be used as examples—mushrooms, snakes, spiders and even common foods! Old wives tales and urban myths will be debunked, as visitors travel through five general areas of rich graphics, compelling visuals and surprising specimens.

  • Anna Mavromatis: Handmade Tales

    Redbud Gallery
    303 E. 11th St.
    Houston, TX 77008
    Anna Mavromatis: Handmade Tales

    Artist Statement: "Having lived most of my life separated by great distances from loved ones, the existence of heirlooms has been of great comfort to me, a substitute for their absence, a reminder of the bonds connecting us, meaningful talismans guiding me through each day’s paths of joy and drama. Books, untouched items from forgotten trousseaus, correspondence and photos of unknown relatives, traditions, rituals, family lore, and history, all represent the links and references to my identity. The content of this show derives from the influence of these heirlooms, gifted to me at different stages of my life, safely kept and carried through many relocations between two continents. I consider them treasures pulsing with nostalgic sentimentality, responding to my stylistic values and adding to my trove of materials. These gifts reached me through women I was surrounded with during childhood, women of extraordinary strength and courage. They lived at times of war, faced expatriation, entered new landscapes to build new lives interrupted by new wars; they were imprisoned and when liberated faced the terrors and sins of a civil war. They were victimized by politics and decisions affecting us all still. They told and sang their stories to me, intermingled with traditional tales, parables and myths that formed the intellectual map of who I became to be. Directly and indirectly, my work and beliefs have been informed, inspired and shaped by these women’s stories and a longing for a time when there will be no reason to talk about gender differences and freedoms."

  • An American Visual Language: Specimens of Historic Wood Type

    The Printing Museum
    1324 W. Clay Street
    Houston, TX 77019
    An American Visual Language: Specimens of Historic Wood Type

    The use of wood as a tool for printing text has been employed for centuries. The Chinese first carved their alphabetical characters into individual pieces of wooden type in 868 CE. However, history, technology, and resources combined in an interesting way in nineteenth-century America, creating an aesthetic trend in printing that drew on historic type style and designs, but also innovated in news way that had not been seen before. As westward expansion brought Americans to settle across the country, the demand for printers and new printing technology also grew. The routing and pantograph machines allowed the forested land to be converted into wood type, which could be produced as a less expensive alternative to metal type. This new technology enabled new fonts to be developed around historiated letters that were typically used as display type. Now, entire alphabets of new fonts were created in a distinctly American aesthetic and in sizes not previously available.

    John Horn was first introduced to printing in high school in the mid-1960s. He would go on to work as a commercial printer for most of his life. After retiring in the 1980s he began collecting historic printing equipment and type and immersed himself in the history of printing and typography. He now is the owner of his own letterpress studio, Shooting Star Press, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He owns 2,700 fonts of metal type, 1,200 fonts of wood type, hundreds of fonts of line casting matrices and over 200 presses.  He draws largely from American Wood Type: 1828-1900, Rob Roy Kelly’s seminal text from 1977, for identifying and dating the wood type in his collection—situating American manufacturers as innovators in style.

    On display are selections of type specimens from The Printing Museum’s collection, which were printed in 2001-2002 by John Horn on his Vandercook Universal I Press.  The specimens consist of fonts that were produced by five type manufacturers:  Hamilton Manufacturing Company; William H. Page and Company; Vanderburgh, Wells & Company; Morgans & Wilcox; and Tubbs Manufacturing Company (also referred to as Tubbs & Company). These examples depict serif and sanserif fonts, including primary faces of Roman, Antique, and Gothic; secondary designs, such as Clarendon and Tuscan; and new families of type designs, such as Antique Tuscan. Further derivations can be seen in the condensed and expanded fonts, as well as Italic and outlined versions.

    On view in the Hallway Gallery. All prints on display are from the permanent collection of The Printing Museum.

  • How Does It Work?

    Children's Museum of Houston
    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    How Does It Work?

    Have you ever wondered how sound travels? Or how electricity travels through a wire? Or how we use simple machines in our daily lives? This multi-level exhibit challenges you discover the answers to your own science questions with tons of hands-on, investigative experiences.

    • Challenge yourself to learn new scientific concepts at the Science Station.
    • Raise yourself five feet in the air to see how pulleys make work easier at theKid Lift.
    • Encounter Amazing Airways, a 12-foot towering pneumatic tube system of air ducts and diverter boxes that will send objects traveling at high speeds.  
    • Engineer a roller coaster using a 5-foot tower to understand kinetic energy conversions at Build Your Own Coaster!
    • Design a car, simple machine and more using pulleys, wheels, wooden planks, winged bolts and nuts at Rig-ama-jig.
  • Between Play and Grief: Selections from the Latino American Collection

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    1001 Bissonnet
    Houston, TX 77005
    Between Play and Grief: Selections from the Latino American Collection

    Between Play and Grief: Selections from the Latino American Collection features a survey of works from the MFAH collection of modern and contemporary Latin American and Latinx art.

    The exhibition presents more than three dozen works of art acquired by the MFAH over the past 10 years. The selection spans six decades of artistic expression, from figures who were actively in dialogue with leading postwar artistic movements such as Nouveau Réalisme, Arte Povera, and Pop Art in the 1960s, to contemporary artists whose work speaks to their identities as both insiders and outsiders within an American experience.

    All of the artists in the exhibition rely on parody and dark wit to express social and political realities. Between Play and Grief includes the work of Amalia Mesa-Bains, Antonio Berni, Juan Carlos Distéfano, Alberto Heredia, Luis Jiménez, Rómulo Macció, César Augusto Martínez, Mondongo, Celia Alvárez Muñoz, Luis Felipe Noé, Marcos Raya, Vincent Valdez, and Jorge de la Vega.

  • Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    1001 Bissonnet
    Houston, TX 77005
    Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

    Photographer Sally Mann explores what it means to be Southern. For more than 40 years, Mann (born 1951) has made experimental, hauntingly beautiful photographs that address overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, and the bonds of family. Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings is the first major retrospective of the celebrated artist’s career.

    This internationally traveling exhibition investigates how Mann’s relationship with her native Virginia, a place rich in literary and artistic traditions yet troubled by history, has shaped her work. Featuring over 120 images organized into five sections—family, landscape, battlefields, legacy, mortality—A Thousand Crossings shows how the American South emerges within Mann’s work as a powerful and provocative force that continues to shape American identity and experience.

  • S.E.C.R.E.T. Spy Game

    Children's Museum of Houston
    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    S.E.C.R.E.T. Spy Game

    The ultimate, interactive spy experience has landed at the Children's Museum of Houston. Kids 6 and older are invited to enlist in the Museum's Special Elite Crime Resolution and Espionage Team (S.E.C.R.E.T.) to crack codes, uncover clues and outsmart villains to solve your mission as an agent.

    Start your mission in S.E.C.R.E.T. Headquarters (HQ) armed with intel to access hidden clues. Your mission? Earn "Agent" status by using logic and problem-solving to solve puzzles and challenges.

    Fly solo or assemble your team to experience the Museum like never before! Experiment with innovative technology in this multi-faceted 1.5-hour adventure.

    Uncover hidden clues and neutralize the enemy as you discover what's hidden in plain sight all throughout the Museum and gain access to S.E.C.R.E.T. agent restricted areas including Headquarters (HQ), a laser maze and more!

    After completing six thrill-seeking missions, unlock three more to achieve the final honor of earning "Elite Agent" status.

    Are you a game-changer? A risk-taker? Then accept your mission NOW!

  • Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    1001 Bissonnet
    Houston, TX 77005
    Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture

    Odysssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017 is the first major exhibition dedicated to sculptures by renowned contemporary artist Jack Whitten. Although Whitten (1939–2018) has long been celebrated for his work as an innovative abstract painter, this presentation reveals an extensive and entirely unknown body of his work.

    The exhibition showcases sculptures the artist created in Greece over the course of his five-decade career, along with a selection of his paintings. The sculptures on view are made from a diverse spectrum of materials, including wood, marble, copper, bone, fishing wire, and personal mementos.

  • A New Moon Rises

    Space Center Houston
    1601 E NASA Pkwy
    Houston, TX 77058
    A New Moon Rises

    Did you know a decade ago NASA launched a spacecraft to map the surface of the Moon? Did you know that spacecraft is still orbiting the Moon to this day?

    The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is a robotic spacecraft equipped with a variety of instruments to help record data about the Moon’s surface.

    One of those tools is the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). The LROC has returned terabytes of image data capturing the dramatic landscapes of the Moon. These images are contributing to a new understanding of the Moon and its geology.

    Our new exhibit, A New Moon Rises, showcases some of those breathtaking images from Apollo landing sites to majestic mountains that rise out of the darkness of the lunar poles.

    The large prints presented in this exhibit reveal a celestial neighbor that is surprisingly dynamic, full of grandeur and wonder. Discover A New Moon Rises now through April 28 at Space Center Houston in Astronaut Gallery.

  • Blues and More at the Brown

    George R. Brown Convention Center
    1001 Avenida De Las Americas
    Houston, TX 77010
    Blues and More at the Brown

    Whether you are looking to do a mid-day activity with your kids, or just need a respite from the office. Head to Avenida Houston’s ‘Blues and More at the Brown’ select afternoons to take in the sounds of local Houston musicians. 

  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company Tour

    Saint Arnold Brewing Company Tours
    2000 Lyons
    Houston, TX 77020
    Saint Arnold Brewing Company Tour

    Visit Saint Arnold Brewing Company's Brewery and get a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process. Their knowledgeable staff will explain the history, ingredients, and equipment used to produce the freshest beer. Tours are available daily at 1 pm, 3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm. After the tour, guests are welcome to stay for a free tasting.

  • Sundays in the Park at Discovery Green

    Discovery Green
    1500 McKinney Street
    Houston, TX 77010
    Sundays in the Park at Discovery Green

    Families are invited to enjoy lawn games, activities and more at Discovery Green each Sunday this Spring from 3 to 5 p.m.

  • The Rink: Rolling at Discovery Green

    Discovery Green
    1500 McKinney Street
    Houston, TX 77010
    The Rink: Rolling at Discovery Green

    Houston’s first outdoor roller rink returns for a third season. Enjoy seven weeks of roller-skating fun at Discovery Green and weekly programming including Cheap Skate Nights (select Mondays), Time Warp Tuesdays, Let the Good Times Roll Date Night (Wednesdays), Throwback Thursdays, Funfetti Fridays, Superhero Saturdays and This is How We Roll Sundays.

  • Latinx Art: Transcending Borders

    Octavia Art Gallery
    3637 W. Alabama St.
    Houston, TX 77027
    Latinx Art: Transcending Borders

    Octavia Art Gallery hosts the third collaboration exhibition with Ruiz-Healy Art (San Antonio & NYC) "Latinx Art: Transcending Borders." The exhibition explores and celebrates Latinx visual arts in the United States, predominantly Texas. The exhibition opens the night before the National conference of Latino Art Now and is curated by Patricia Ruiz-Healy, Ph.D.

    Showcasing the rich diversity that results in transcending borders, the exhibition features artworks by Ruiz-Healy Art represented artists Jesse Amado, Richard Armendariz, Margarita Cabrera, Michael Menchaca, Cecilia Paredes, Chuck Ramirez, and Ethel Shipton including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and edition prints.

  • Derek Boshier - Paintings, Drawings, and Film: Selected Works 2004 - 2019

    Redbud Gallery
    303 E. 11th St.
    Houston, TX 77008
    Derek Boshier - Paintings, Drawings, and Film: Selected Works 2004 - 2019

    “In 2017, after visiting our residency in Germany, I was fortunate to attend an extraordinary exhibition at the Wolfsburg Museum entitled ‘This Was Tomorrow, Pop Art in Great Britain’ showcasing artists, architects, film directors, music bands and photographers. Some of the artists included: The Beatles, Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, Allen Jones, R. B. Kitaj, Eduardo Paolozzi, Lord Snowdon, The Rolling Stones, The Who and our own Derek Boshier. Boshier, born 1937 in Portsmouth, UK and now living in LA, is a well-known English pop artist who works in painting, drawing, collage, photography, film, and sculpture. During the 1990’s, Boshier was an exemplary artist teaching at the University of Houston. While he has kept in touch with many of his Houston friends, he has not had a major show in Houston in recent years. We are honored that Derek has agreed to present some of his recent works in this exhibition. A special series, directly devoted to Houston and entitled ‘Ghosts of Houston’, will be premiered. Recent paintings, drawings, and photographs will be available for viewing. The artist will be present. After the Saturday, April 6th opening, Redbud will have a rare Boshier film screening and lecture the next night, Sunday, April 7 from 6pm to 8 pm. All events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available.”- Gus Kopriva

  • Challenge Course

    Children's Museum of Houston
    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Challenge Course

    Time to harness up and hook-in to an all-new challenge! Welcome to The Ropes Challenge  Course where your physical agility, stamina, and balance are put to the test across a seven-obstacle, low ropes course!

    First, you need to conquer the Cargo Net, prevail against the Rope Bridge, and beat the Burma Buckets! Then, choose your path – either leap across 30 feet of Lily Pads OR climb over the Kelp Walk and put the brakes to the Rolling Log. Then, finish the Challenge Course by surmounting the Swinging Steps. The challenge is waiting for you!

  • The Gumbo Jam

    Shoeshine Charley's Big Top Lounge
    3714 Main St.
    Houston, TX 77014
    The Gumbo Jam

    The Gumbo NYC is a Louisiana inspired jam session with a serious infuses on horns. Hosted by Matthew Hartnett this session is home of all things funky and groovy. Singers, rappers, poets, musicians and of course horn players from all over come party in the loose laid back vibe of #TeamHornSection and The Gumbo Band. If you like to dance and hear great music, this is the place.

    Come be apart of this social and musical Gumbo we call The Gumbo Jam.

  • El Chow: Mango Verde

    Sabine Street Studios
    1907 Sabine st
    Houston, TX 77007
    El Chow: Mango Verde

    El Chow: Mango Verde is the proposed second iteration of El Chow, an exhibition series curated by Moe Penders. All exhibited artwork will be selected from work made by queer latinx people from Manteca HTX open call. The intention of this second iteration of El Chow is to build upon important conversations that arose from the work exhibited in the first, focusing on themes of migration, communal healing, representation, visibility, gender studies, and belonging. The artists’ work will operate beyond the confines of readily accepted social, cultural, and gender norms, and will manifest in more varied media than exhibited in the first iteration, El Chow: Fruto en vaina.

  • Invention Convention

    Children's Museum of Houston
    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Invention Convention

    Step into a workshop of gadgets and gizmos where kids create, concoct and construct contraptions and use their imagination to become inventors!
    Dream-up and design in a workshop filled with half-finished contraptions, bins of spare parts, project tables, schematics and various instruments from floor to ceiling.

    Experiment with LEGO® bricks, propellers, magnets, batteries, switches and buzzers through facilitated, hands-on experiments and mini-workshops.

  • Crimes of the Heart

    Alley Theatre
    615 Texas St.
    Houston, TX 77002
    Crimes of the Heart

    Winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award, Beth Henley’s first play brings you to the Mississippi home of the Magrath sisters. Babe has just shot her husband because she didn't like his looks. This brings middle sister Meg back to town from Los Angeles, where she is unsuccessfully pursuing a music career. And poor Lenny, everyone has forgotten her birthday! Warm-hearted, irreverent, and imaginative, Crimes of the Heart teams with humanity as the sisters forgive the past, face the present, and embrace the future.