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  • Newton Know-How

    The Children's Museum
    1500 Binz Street
    Houston, TX 77004
    Newton Know-How

    Step into a world alive with action as you delve into force, friction, momentum, gravity and speed in the Newton Know-How! exhibit.  Whether  a rocket scientist or a dancer, we are all governed by the laws of motion. Come explore Isaac Newton's three laws of motion by testing methods to get golf ball trains through a Golf Ball Coaster, accelerating balls using gravity, building a domino pattern and watching dominoes fall in a chain reaction, generating kinetic energy as you launch balls into cups or defying gravity using angular momentum.

  • Super Sarap

    Asia Society Texas Center
    1370 Southmore Boulevard
    Houston, TX 77004
    Super Sarap

    In this free exhibition, artists Mik GaspayJeanne F. JalandoniCharlene Tan, and O.M. France Viana tackle cultural norms and common perceptions of Filipino culinary traditions. Spanning many media—including sculpture, photography, video, neon, and found objects—the exhibition revisits ordinary kitchen objects, ingredients, and dishes common in Filipino cooking. Viewers are invited to engage with the artists’ interpretations and treatments of rice cookers, decorative forks and spoons, and balikbayan (care packages), as well as ube (purple yam), langka (jackfruit), avocado, banana, guava, tapioca, and halo-halo (an ice cream-based dessert). Though the items are mundane, they are the vehicle through which the artists elicit personal and collective memories and offer cultural connections that go beyond the Philippine diaspora (more than 1 in 10 Filipinos lives outside the Philippines).

  • Apollo Art: 50 Year Retrospective

    Space Center Houston
    1601 E NASA Pkwy
    Houston, TX 77058
    Apollo Art: 50 Year Retrospective

    The exhibit includes drawings, glass works, and paintings from the collections of NASA and contributions from other current artists. These more than 30 works—ranging from the illustrative to the abstract—present a different view of the Apollo program that photos and films can’t capture.

    The exhibit will also feature Apollo-era artifacts not normally on public display.

  • 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.
  • Biophilia: A Dialogue of Nature, Art and Science

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Drive
    Houston, TX 77030
    Biophilia: A Dialogue of Nature, Art and Science

    HRISTOPHER MARLEY | BIOPHILIA: A Dialogue with Art, Nature and Science is an extensive art and multimedia sensory experience that unravels human’s intimate relationship with the natural world. The special exhibition opens at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on February 8, 2019.

  • Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw, Part II

    The Menil Collection
    1533 Sul Ross St
    Houston, TX 77006
    Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw, Part II

    For over thirty years drawing has been fundamental to the practice of contemporary American artist Roni Horn (b. 1955), whose work revolves around the mutability of identity and the fragility of place, time, and language. Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw presents a selected survey of the artist’s drawings from the early 1980s to her most recent work on paper. The presentation explores her unique technical approach of mark-marking with dense hues of pure pigment and her dynamic process of cutting and reassembling images and language. It will include a selection of large-scale and compositionally-complex works on paper, her series of saturated cadmium red drawings and an extensive group of cut photography, text and maps. This two-part exhibition will be the first museum exhibition devoted to Horn’s drawings in the United States.

    The second part of the exhibition, on view June 7–September 1, 2019, brings together a series of drawings that exemplify Horn’s innovative technique of cutting as a way of drawing. Bridging her interest in the precariousness of language with dismantling the image through cutting, Th Rose Prblm (2015-2016) and The Dog’s Chorus (2016) are intricately assembled accumulations of sliced and fragmented words. Combining well-known literary texts by Gertrude Stein and William Shakespeare with colloquial expressions, the works shape novel formulations and collaborations. Like all of Horn’s drawings, they do not record or represent what the artist sees in the world. Rather, the drawn marks create new spaces that, according to the artist, “take you through the world.”

  • Collection Close-Up: The Graphic Work of Dorothea Tanning

    The Menil Collection
    1533 Sul Ross St
    Houston, TX 77006
    Collection Close-Up: The Graphic Work of Dorothea Tanning

    American artist and author Dorothea Tanning (1910–2012) created more than 100 graphic works between 1950 and 2001. Thanks to a recent generous gift to the Menil Collection from Barbara and Jim Metcalf, the Menil now owns the complete set, many of which will be displayed for the first time in The Graphic Work of Dorothea Tanning.

    These prints and illustrated books feature images that range from representation to near total abstraction, demonstrating the breadth of Tanning’s formal innovation. Experimenting with lithography, etching, and aquatint, Tanning produced a variety of surface textures, some crystalline, others cloud-like. She often introducing reoccurring motifs into her dreamlike spaces. Her ambiguously erotic embracing figures are the most recognizable. Tanning’s highly personal work addresses universal human emotions and experiences of ecstasy, elation, anxiety, and obsession.

    Complementing these works on paper, Tanning’s sculpture Cousins (1970), one of the highlights of the Menil’s Surrealist collection, will also be included in the exhibition.

  • 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!

  • William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    1001 Bissonnet
    Houston, TX 77005
    William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects

    This summer, the MFAH invites visitors to engage with the fundamental ideas of dance, weight, and movement in time. The immersive exhibition William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects blurs the lines between performance, sculpture, and installation.

    American dancer and choreographer William Forsythe is known for his groundbreaking combination of choreography, staging, lighting, and dance analysis. The artist (born 1949) has changed the landscape of contemporary dance with his focus on how the human body moves through space.

  • Public Printing Tour

    The Printing Museum
    1324 W. Clay Street
    Houston, TX 77019
    Public Printing Tour

    Be a printer for the day! During your guided tour, you will learn of early forms of printing, participate in the hands-on printing of a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible pulled from a replica press, print a copy of the Declaration of Independence on a 19th-century Columbian iron handpress, discover the importance of the Linotype machine, and witness advances in printing and self-publishing that came about in the 20th century. Your tours concludes with a visit to our craft studios, temporary exhibitions and an optional film.

  • Vanities

    Theatre Suburbia
    4106 Way Out W Dr N
    Houston, TX 77092
    Vanities

    An Astute, Bittersweet comedy that by Jack Heifner

  • Open Lab Fridays

    Funtastik Labs
    615 S Mason Rd.
    Katy, TX 77450
    Open Lab Fridays

    Every Friday it’s Open Lab at Funtastik Labs where kids choose from a variety of Science, Arts, and Engineering activities that change on a weekly basis. Let your child explore their interests and see their passions vividly expressed as they perform science experiments, create unique works of art, and tackle engineering challenges.

  • 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!

  • WEST SIDE STORY

    A.D. Players at The George Theater
    5420 Westheimer Rd
    Houston, TX 77056
    WEST SIDE STORY

    There is no more a recognizable love tragedy than Romeo and Juliet. West Side Story takes that tale and sets it in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the mid 1950’s. In the middle of two rival gangs, from different sides of the tracks, we find Tony and Maria falling in love. A.D. Players brings one of the greatest musicals of all time to the glorious George Theater, featuring the original Bernstein score and Jerome Robbin's iconic choreography.

  • 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.

  • Pride and Joy - The Marvin Gaye Musical

    BROWN THEATER
    Wortham Center, 500 Texas Ave,
    Houston, TX 77002
    Pride and Joy - The Marvin Gaye Musical

    Experience the rollercoaster story of Motown legend Marvin Gaye's life and love with Anna Gordy Gaye, the lady boss record executive, businesswoman, composer and songwriter who stole his heart. Brought together by music, their tale is now immortalized and told through by classic Gaye songs like 'Heard It Through The Grapevine', 'What's Going On', 'Inner City Blues' and 'Let's Get It On' in a brand new touring production of 'Pride & Joy - The Marvin Gaye Musical'. 

    Set against the backdrop of the rise of Motown records, the musical is narrated by the couple themselves as they take audiences on a journey through their courtship. The sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy, Anna rose through the ranks to form her own label. An artist signed to her brother's legendary record company, Marvin fell deeply in love with the then 37-year old Anna and because of their 17 year age gap their love was forbidden. Despite protests from friends and family, they married in 1963 and their marriage, however tumultuous, proved the inspiration for many a song.