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  • Café Bustelo

    Café Bustelo
    3615 Montrose Blvd
    Houston, TX 77006
    Café Bustelo

    Café Bustelo, the rich espresso-style Latin coffee, will debut a temporary cafe inside a shipping container in the vibrant and diverse Montrose neighborhood of Houston. Café Bustelo will be at 3615 Montrose Blvd for a limited time only March 12 through May 25. The café will offer an authentic Latin coffee experience as well as delicious food, local art and lively music. Guests can purchase drinks such as cafecito, colada, cortadito and café con leche.

  • New Monuments for New Cities

    Buffalo Bayou
    1400 Memorial Dr
    Houston, TX 77019
    New Monuments for New Cities

    Please join Buffalo Bayou Partnership on Tuesday, February 19 for an exclusive first look at the New Monuments for New Cities exhibitionwhich will be on view from February 20-April 30.

  • Microbe Mondays

    The Health Museum
    1515 Hermann Drive
    Houston, TX 77004
    Microbe Mondays

    The John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science will introduce Microbe Mondays starting in March and will be open through April 2019. Every Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Health Museum will host exciting and engaging social media events, live streams with experts in the field, and museum events featuring science educators. Visitors to The Health Museum – the only museum of its kind in the country – will have a variety of educational floor activities to participate in.Educational Programming will feature:• Mystery Microbes• Meet Your Microbiome• You’ve Got Guts• Microbe Choices• Getting Gutsy Curator, Dr. Susan Perkins, will livestream from the Museum and share with audiences on The Health Museum Facebook page. Students will learn where their microbiome is located, investigate their intestines, and that bacteria come in many different ranges of shapes.

  • Dimensions in Testimony

    Holocaust Museum Houston
    9220 Kirby Dr #100
    Houston, TX 77054
    Dimensions in Testimony

    USC Shoah Foundation’s Dimensions in Testimony exhibition, featuring Houston-area Holocaust survivor William J. “Bill” Morgan, allows visitors to have “virtual conversations” with Holocaust survivors by asking questions of their high-definition projections who then answer in real time via pre-recorded video images. The Museum’s temporary location is a beta testing site for the exhibition that will be on view through April 30, 2019. The exhibition’s final home will be in the permanent Holocaust Gallery at the Museum’s new Lester and Sue Smith Campus, opening June 2019 in the Museum District.

    Bill Morgan, now 93 years old, is a survivor of the Stanislawow Ghetto. After obtaining a birth certificate from a Polish Christian, Bill escaped the ghetto and found work as a farmhand in Jezierzany, Ukraine. In 1944, he was drafted into the Russian army and was sent to the frontline. He deserted the army and went back to the farm where he worked until his liberation at the end of the war in 1945. 

  • In the Country of Numbers, where the men have no names

    Holocaust Museum Houston
    9220 Kirby Dr #100
    Houston, TX 77054
    In the Country of Numbers, where the men have no names

    In the Country of Numbers, where the men have no names tells the story of 6,000 Jewish men, most from Berlin, who were imprisoned in Sachsenhausen following the November Pogrom Night known as Kristallnacht. November 9, 2018 marked the 80th anniversary of the Pogrom Night in 1938 when Nazis went through the streets of Germany and set synagogues on fire, smashed the window fronts of Jewish businesses, attacked Jewish people and vandalized their apartments. Well over 1,300 Jewish women and men were killed during the riots or as a direct consequence of them. Much less attention, however, is given to the over 27,000 Jewish men throughout Germany who were arrested after the riots and taken to concentration camps. These mass arrests were intended to dramatically escalate pressure on German Jews to leave the country. The Gestapo targeted young and middle-aged Jewish men, and once in the camp, they were subjected to much harsher treatment and singled out for SS terror and abuse. Over 80 perished in Sachsenhausen, the rest were released by the spring of 1939 on condition they would leave Germany immediately.

  • Minute Maid Park Tour


    501 Crawford
    Houston, TX 77002
    Minute Maid Park Tour

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at Minute Maid Park, including historic Union Station, broadcasting booth or press boxes, Astros' or visitors' dugout, luxury suites and much more. 

  • Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog Exhibit Open

    The Woodlands Children’s Museum
    4775 W Panther Creek Dr #280
    The Woodlands, TX 77381
    Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog Exhibit Open

    To kick off the year, we are thrilled to host the traveling exhibit, Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog!Children will have the opportunity to sort and deliver mail with their favorite characters, order fish and chips in the restaurant, drive a ferry boat, slide down Clifford’s tail, and read about Clifford’s 10 Big Ideas for working together and creating a caring community.

  • Contemporary Focus: Trenton Doyle Hancock

    The Menil Collection
    1533 Sul Ross St
    Houston, TX 77006
    Contemporary Focus: Trenton Doyle Hancock

    Epidemic! Presents: Step and Screw!, a series of thirty works on paper by Trenton Doyle Hancock (b. 1974), combines illustrations and text in a comic strip-like format. Mounted on the top half of each page, black-and-white ink and acrylic drawings on paper depict Torpedoboy—one of Hancock’s alter egos—answering a call for help, only to find himself dangerously surrounded by hooded Ku Klux Klansmen; while on the lower half, the artist carves dates and short historical inscriptions of personal and communal significance.

    This is the artist’s first overt confrontation of racial injustice, blending anecdotes from his upbringing in North Texas, the political history of racism in the American South, and art historical references to the hooded and masked figures in the work of modern American painter Philip Guston.

    For this presentation, Epidemic! Presents: Step and Screw! is installed in a shed, constructed in the center of the gallery and illuminated by a single light bulb, echoing the story told in the ink drawings. On the exterior walls of the shed and the surrounding gallery walls, the artist has created a new tableau of related site-specific drawings, extending the narrative beyond the thirty framed works into the exhibition space and visitor experience.

  • Collection Close-Up: John Cage

    The Menil Collection
    1533 Sul Ross St
    Houston, TX 77006
    Collection Close-Up: John Cage

    Collection Close-Up: John Cage presents New River Rocks and Smoke (1990), a monumental watercolor created in 1990 by American artist John Cage (1912–1992). Known primarily for his music compositions and influential writings on art, Cage’s visual art practice began later in his life in 1978. Encouraged to explore a new medium, Cage began watercolor painting in 1983 at Mountain Lake Workshop in Giles County, Virginia. A kind of coda, this work is his largest and last watercolor.

    Deeply influenced by eastern philosophies, Cage employed “chance operations” to create New River Rocks and Smoke, a decision-making method he adapted from the ancient Chinese text I Ching. Rather than imposing structure and exercising intention, he asked questions about color, placement, and brush width that were answered by a custom-developed computer program that produced random numerical sequences, simulating a series of coin-tosses. He made this drawing by first exposing the large scroll over an open fire in eight-foot widths, allowing the smoke to deposit soot on the dampened surface. Next, Cage traced around rocks from the nearby New River with paint applied by feather brushes of varying sizes. Echoing the famous dry rock garden in the Zen temple Ryōanji in Kyoto, Japan, which served as a continuous source of inspiration for the artist, New River Rocks and Smoke includes fifteen large stones.

    The work was acquired in 1997 on the occasion of the museum’s tenth anniversary by Dominique de Menil. This exhibition marks the first time in twenty-two years that the work has been on display.

  • Tom Loeser: Please Please Please

    Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
    4848 Main Street
    Houston, TX 77002
    Tom Loeser: Please Please Please

    In partnership with the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, HCCC presents Tom Loeser: Please Please Please, a traveling exhibition of the Wisconsin-based maker and designer’s imaginative furniture and works on paper. The playful show encourages viewers to shake up their habits and interact with the environment and one another, while considering issues such as body posture and etiquette that are often taken for granted. Loeser’s work also raises a clever question: “If the furniture we sit on every day were totally different, would our lives be different, too?”Guest curated by Glenn Adamson, Please Please Please reimagines what furniture can be by juxtaposing the artist’s furniture with his series of pyrographs and cyanotype prints. “In making this exhibition,” says Adamson, “we have been inspired by Loeser’s way of turning furniture upside-down and inside-out. This is partly about understanding the medium’s full potential, and partly about sheer enjoyment. It’s a show that children and adults alike will love.”

  • EcoStation

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

    EcoStation is an active, outdoor/indoor environmental exhibit where visitors engage in ecological studies and explore environmental issues by visiting a native plant garden, woodland area, pond and a research pavilion. Through these and several other areas, visitors can participate in diverse hands-on activities, such as stream bed creation, insect collecting, leaf rubbings, footprint identification and more!

    Visitors may also participate in weekly programming that includes activities such as nature journals, water quality testing, decomposition observations, soil type explorations, home environmental awareness inventory logs, bird feeders and many more activities that can be used in the exhibit areas or even taken home for further backyard experiences!

  • A Woman's Journey to the U.S.A: The Art & The Story of Nubia Gala

    George Memorial Library
    1001 Golfview Dr
    Richmond, TX 77469
    A Woman's Journey to the U.S.A: The Art & The Story of Nubia Gala

    The story of Nubia Gala's journey originating in Colombia, through several countries and finally to the USA as seen through her art.Part of Latino Art Now! and the Spring of Latino Art.

  • Archaeology Now Presents: On the Trail

    Houston Museum of Natural Science
    5555 Hermann Park Drive
    Houston, TX 77030
    Archaeology Now Presents: On the Trail

    Calling all little cowboys and cowgirls! Join Archaeology Now, the Archaeological Institute of America – Houston Society, SABIC and the Houston Museum of Natural Science for “On the Trail” just in time for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Discover the story behind the rodeo by exploring horse cultures around the world. Learn how a beloved American tradition has roots in Bedouin and Native American cultures. Things to do for children and their families include:

    • Mock excavations

    • Blacksmithing demonstrations

    • Science activities

    • Crafts

    • Horse demonstrations

    • Tours of a Bedouin tent, Tipi and Covered wagon

  • The Art of Children's Book Illustration: 25 Years of Piñata Books

    Houston Public Library
    550 McKinney St
    Houston, TX 77002
    The Art of Children's Book Illustration: 25 Years of Piñata Books

    For 25 years, Piñata Books has changed the children’s book publishing industry by providing readers with bilingual stories and colorful images that feature diverse characters and reflect the US Hispanic experience. Piñata Books is an imprint of Arte Público Press, the oldest and largest publisher of US Hispanic literature in the United States. The Art of Children's Book Illustration: 25 Years of Piñata Books invites the public to view original illustrations from the Arte Público Press collection. The exhibit will give readers a visual entryway into many of the stories that continue to educate and delight readers of all backgrounds. Part of Latino Art Now! and the Spring of Latino Art.

  • Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw en The Menil Drawing Institute

    The Menil Collection
    1412 West Main Street
    Houston, TX 77006
    Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw en The Menil Drawing Institute

    The Menil Collection proudly presents Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw, opening to the public at the Menil Drawing Institute with a preview reception on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 7 p.m. This is the first museum exhibition devoted to Horn’s drawings in the United States and the second exhibition held in the Menil Drawing Institute since the new building opened to critically-acclaimed reviews last fall. The exhibition is curated by Michelle White, Senior Curator.

    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, an exhibition in two parts, presents a selected survey of the artist’s drawings from the early 1980s to her most recent work on paper. The exhibition explores Horn’s unique technical approach of mark-making with dense hues of pure pigment and dynamic process of cutting and reassembling images and language.

    The exhibition’s title, When I Breathe, I Draw, evokes the integral place of drawing within Horn’s artistic practice. It is derived from the artist’s understanding that drawing is akin to “a kind of breathing activity on a daily level.”

    The first part of the exhibition, on view through May 5, will feature Horn’s encompassing drawings, some over ten feet tall. Undulating ribbons and strips and splinters of saturated, rich, intense color swell, swirl, crystallize, and dissipate within the frame. The dynamic pigment forms are matched by the artist’s intricate passages of jotted notes in graphite. Marking time and consciousness, the personal notations maintain the intimacy of a whisper, pushing and pulling the viewer into and out of the large work. 

    Part two brings a selection of saturated cadmium red pigment drawings, and an extensive group of cut photography, text, and maps, series of drawing that exemplify Horn’s innovative technique of cutting as a way of drawing. In these works, the artist dismantles and reassembles accumulations of sliced and fragmented passages from well-known texts by Gertrude Stein and William Shakespeare.

    Said Senior Curator Michelle White, “For Roni Horn, drawing is not static. It is a process: a way of thinking, a way of being, and a way of remembering her experience of place in and through the world. Her approach to the discipline is an allegory of discovery and invention. It is intuitive, improvisational, intimate, and so fundamental and necessary to her that she compares it to the life-sustaining act of breathing.”

  • Tot*Spot

    Children's Museum of Houston
    1500 Binz St
    Houston, TX 77004
    Tot*Spot

    Mirrors are used in several of the defined spaces to add to the child’s learning whether they are on their tummies gazing at themselves in the mirror in a padded area as they play or dancing with scarves in the amphitheater.

    The Ball and Pillow Pit is a spot for children and their parents to explore the realm of physical knowledge by rolling, kicking and tossing a variety of balls.

    Walking up carefully sized steps and over rippling bumps keeps many a toddler spell-bound on the Meandering Path. Parents walk along side playing peek-a-boo or conversing with their child as he travels the well-worn path learning to maneuver around other tots.

    With knobs, switches and door bells to push and turn throughout the exhibit, tots have the opportunity to experience cause and effect their actions.

  • Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    1001 Bissonnet Street
    Houston, TX 77005
    Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art

    This major survey brings together more than 50 masterworks by one of the most iconic artists in the history of Western art. Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art follows Van Gogh (1853–1890) through four key stages of his career, from early sketches to final paintings.

    Few artists left behind as complete a diary of life and work as Van Gogh, whose decade-long career as an artist began when he took up painting in 1881. Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art highlights the artist’s early years in the Netherlands; his luminous period in Paris; his search for light and color in the South of France; and his exploration of nature as a source of enduring inspiration in Saint-Rémy and Auvers.

    The exhibition showcases portraits, landscapes, and still lifes drawn primarily from the collections of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, the Netherlands.

  • Next: Three Generations of Abstract Expressionists

    Foltz Gallery
    2143 Westheimer Road
    Houston, TX 77098
    Next: Three Generations of Abstract Expressionists

    Showcasing three generations of Houston abstract expressionists, featuring Richard Stout, Ibsen Espada, and Jonathan Paul Jackson.Also on view, a vignette, Immediacy: Watercolors by Dick Wray

  • PowerPlay

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

    Discover how your body reacts to a variety of physical challenges in PowerPlay! 
    This monumental, three-story installation lets you leap up and down different levels as you discover new ways to get active! Take it to the next level tracking your heart rate and strength, rating your experience, and comparing your performance like a real fitness athlete!

     

  • Sonic Playground

    Discovery Green
    1500 McKinney St
    Houston, TX 77010
    Sonic Playground

    Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki aims to surprise and delight visitors to Discovery Green’s temporary playground on the Sarofim Picnic Lawn. Consisting of several objects that twist, modify, and transmit sound in unusual and playful ways, Sonic Playground allows for serendipitous audible experiences with other visitors to create a sense of community and play.

    Sonic Playground was created by Yuri Suzuki (Japanese, born 1980), a sound artist, designer, and electronic musician whose work blurs the borders between design, technology, and sound. He established Yuri Suzuki Design Studio, based in London, in 2013. Sonic Playground: Yuri Suzuki is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.