Compiled by Marene Gustin
Art Party in the Park
450 artists, 19 disciplines, 16 nonprofits, music, food, wine and beer, and you
If it’s March, it’s time to party in the park and bring back some cool art. The Art Colony Association presents its annual Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park March 27 through 29. It’s three days of family fun and a great shopping mecca for art lovers. One of the top 10 outdoor fine-art festivals in the country, BCAF brings tens of thousands of folks to Memorial Park every spring. This year there will be 450 artists displaying their work in 19 disciplines, plus live music and dance stages, food and beverage stations, and creative zones for both kids and adults where you can try your hand at creating arts and crafts.
This is the 44th year for the festival, and it’s grown from a small street fair to a biannual festival recognized around the country. (The fall festival is held downtown in October.) Over the decades, the nonprofit festival has given $35 million to various Houston art programs, so it’s an event that not only allows artists from around the world to sell their works, but also provides aid to local artists.
And it’s just plain fun. Stroll around the park with a glass of wine while nibbling delights from some of the city’s best restaurants. And who knows what you’ll find to take home? Maybe a new painting, a fascinating sculpture, or some lovely pottery pieces.
Visit artcolonyassociation.org for more details and ticket information. Early-bird tickets are just $10 online prior to the event.
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Now through March 1
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Bayou City Theatrics presents a fun musical romp through Ancient Greece. See bayoucitytheatrics.com for details.
Now through March 7
The Blackest Shore
Stuart, 16, is making a movie: graphic violence, extreme sex, the walking dead. Of course it’s also a love story. And it’s all true. See this world premiere at Catastrophic Theatre. Details at catastrophictheatre.com.
Now through March 8
Romeo and Juliet
Houston Ballet’s brand new version of this beloved classic. See www.houstonballet.org for tickets.
Now through March 14
The Skin of Our Teeth
Thornton Wilder’s timeless allegory about the life of mankind at Theatre Southwest. See theatresouthwest.org.
Now through March 15
Much Ado About Nothing
See Shakespeare’s spirited romantic comedy at Stage Door Inc. in Pasadena. Visit stagedoorinc.com.
Now through March 22
Girls Night: The Musical
This touching and hilarious “tell-it-like-it-is” musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of five friends as they re-live the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future on a wild and hilarious night out. See stagestheatre.com for details.
Cirque Du Soleil Presents Amaluna
Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Visit cirquedusoleil.com to learn more.
Singing in the Rain
See the classic musical film come to life on stage. Visit crighton-theatre.com for details.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this Arlo Guthrie classic at The Grand. See thegrand.com for details.
March 1 through April 3
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley
In this whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley is stamped and posted from Hollywood to France, to Honolulu and beyond. Through his journey Stanley learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes! Great play for children. See mainstreettheater.com for details.
March 5 through 13
Prince of Players
Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere of Carlisle Floyd’s latest work. See houstongrandopera.org for details.
March 5 through 28
What Every Girl Should Know
A regional premiere at Obsidian Art Space. See obsidianartspace.org for details.
Australian rock duo HTRK present a live concert at CAMH, fresh off the heels of the release of their critically acclaimed album Psychic 9-5 Club. Free, but you’ll need a reservation. See eventbrite.com/e/htrk-at-camh-tickets-15503458261.
March 6 through 21
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a romantic comedy that centers on the misadventures of four young lovers and a troupe of traveling actors, all of whom are manipulated by the fairies inhabiting the enchanted forest in which the play is set. See starknakedtheatre.com for ticket details.
A Night of One Acts
Local junior high students present their talented actors in one-act plays at the Crighton Theatre. See crightontheatre.org for details.
Star Wars and More
Saturday morning, the music of Star Wars invades Jones Hall. Hear triumphant brass instruments heighten the thrill of this sci-fi journey. See houstonsymphony.org.
March 9 through May 11
If you’re an independent artist, no matter your art form, participating in a Fieldwork workshop can give you support to grow your work. E-mail [email protected] for information on this workshop.
Austrian Vienna Piano Trio
The Vienna Piano Trio joins the stage at Stude Concert Hall for what promises to be a hauntingly beautiful performance of Mozart, Schumann, and Mendelssohn. See chambermusichouston.org for details.
March 10 through 15
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! Once is a musical set in Dublin and winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical. See thehobbycenter.org for details.
Musically Speaking with Andrés: Dvořák’s Symphony
Enjoy Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, which explores a range of emotions from grandeur and tragedy to pastoral reflection. See houstonsymphony.org.
March 12 through 22
An evening of modern classic works at Houston Ballet. Visit houstonballet.org for details.
Tango Buenos Aires
One of Argentina’s great cultural exports, Tango Buenos Aires returns to Houston for a sensuous evening of dance. Visit spahouston.org.
Young Texas Artists
See the 31st annual Entergy Concert of Finalists at the Crighton Theatre. See crightontheatre.org for details.
Two free performances by Hope Stone Dance at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. See camh.org for times.
March 14 and 15
Copland and Dvořák
Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst joins the Houston Symphony for this performance. See houstonsymphony.org.
March 17 through 29
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Theatre Under the Stars presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. See tuts.com for more.
[email protected] party for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Come see the show and party with us! See tuts.com for more.
HGO 60th anniversary concert
In honor of Houston Grand Opera’s 60th anniversary season, a special concert featuring opera superstar and Houston favorite Joyce DiDonato—with Patrick Summers, the HGO Orchestra, and HGO Studio Artists. See houstongrandopera.org for details.
March 20 through 22
Hear feelings of loss and sorrow in the hair-raising “Dies irae” theme as well as joyful praises, angelic voices, and sublime melodies throughout this powerful performance by the Symphony and Chorus. See houstonsymphony.org.
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison with John Fullbright
See these Texas troubadours at the Crighton Theatre. See crightontheatre.org for details.
March 26 through 29
Mozart’s Symphony No. 39
In contrast to the worldly troubles that surrounded him, Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 is a delightful composition with an optimistic spirit. See houstonsymphony.org.
Over the Rainbow: A Musical Tribute to the Artistry of Judy Garland
Hilary Kole conjures the spirit and beauty of the legendary songstress Judy Garland. Visit spahouston.org.
March 27 through April 4
Dancing with the Machine
FrenetiCore Dance invites audiences into a post-apocalyptic future where the digital age has imploded and humanity is left with steam-powered technology as the sole means of existence. See freneticore.net for details.
One Night with Elvis
Elvis impersonator Donny Edwards performs for one night only at the Crighton Theatre. See crightontheatre.org for details
ART & PHOTOGRAPHY
Now through March 13
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents the exhibition Double Life, which features works by the internationally celebrated artists Jérôme Bel, Wu Tsang, and Haegue Yang. See camh.org for details.
Portraits of Denial & Desire
The images consist of diptych and triptych photographic compositions arranged to convey fragmentary psychological portraits of Palestinian refugees. See ricecinema.rice.edu.
Now through March 14
Point to Point
Point to Point hones in on a few of Houston’s key engineers in the creative community, and their creative processes. See galleryhomeland.org for details.
Now through March 15
A solo exhibition of new work by local artist Jamie Ellen Davis at Fresh Arts. See fresharts.org for details.
Now through March 17
Fragments, Geometry & Change
Annell Livingston’s hard-edged horizontal, vertical, and diagonal gridded paintings are filled with a multitude of hand-painted gouache shapes. Visit okanegallery.uhd.edu for details.
Now through March 21
Exhibits at Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston
Two stunning exhibits at the Blaffer this month. See blafferartmuseum.org for details.
Now through March 21
Modern Masters exhibition at Meredith Long & Company. See meredithlonggallery.com for details.
Now through April 7
An original art exhibition that looks to the overlapping imagery of nature, construction, and destruction to consider the relationships we develop between cities and their landscapes. See galvestonartscenter.org.
Now through April 26
For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979
This survey features some 250 works that demonstrate how Japanese artists and photographers enlisted the camera to make experimental and conceptual shifts in their artistic practices during a time of radical societal change. See details at mfah.org.
Now through April 24
Art League Houston presents Mineral Spirit, a site-specific sculptural installation by Houston-based artist Jason Villegas in the ALH Sculpture Garden. See artleaguehouston.org for details.
Now through April 26
Nourish: ClayHouston Membership Exhibition
Admission is free to this clay art exhibit at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Visit crafthouston.org for details.
Now through May 10
one day, late in the afternoon…
Admission is free to this art exhibit by Kelly O’Briant at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Visit crafthouston.org for details.
This unprecedented exhibition reunites monumental tapestries from the Triumph of the Eucharist series, designed by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640) in the early 1620s, with oil-on-panel studies and other paintings related to the series. See details at mfah.org.
20th Annual Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photograph
This exhibition features photographs by students from three Houston-area high schools. See details at mfah.org.
Dining and Discourse: A Discussion in Three Courses
HCCC presents Dining and Discourse: A Discussion in Three Courses, an exhibition that looks critically at the intrinsic relationship between craft and dining. See crafthouston.org for details.
Now through June 14
Becoming Modern: Nineteenth-Century French Drawings from the Morgan Library & Museum and the Menil Collection
An exhibit that explores an historic shift in the medium of drawing in the 1800s, from its traditional preparatory function based on emulating the past to a new role as an independent and often experimental practice. See menil.org for details.
Now through July 16
Takis: The Fourth Dimension
The Menil Collection presents the first exhibition in any U.S. museum to survey Takis’ half-century of achievements. See menil.org for details.
Now through September 7
Get out of the water! Now! The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents this exhibit on all things shark-y. Visit hmns.org for details.
Now through September 20
The Art of Gaman
An exhibit of the art created by Japanese Americans interred in America during World War II, at the Holocaust Museum Houston. See hmh.org for details.
Round 41: Process and Action: An Exploration of Ideas
Process and Action features installations by an interdisciplinary group of eight artists, including Rabéa Ballin, Julia Brown, Vanessa Diaz, Akua Holt, Rosine Kouamen, and Monica Villareal at Project Row Houses. See projectrowhouses.org for details.
March 7 through April 2
Donna e perkins has approached Shimmer in an experimental manner playing with layers and layers of metallic, phosphorescent, and shiny acrylic paints. See archwaygallery.com for more.
Mending Bones: Walking a Bone Labyrinth
A unique interactive art piece is making its way to the Rothko Chapel’s plaza, in honor of International Women’s Day. See rothkochapel.org for details.
March 11 through April 11
32nd Juried Open Exhibition of the Visual Arts Alliance
The exhibit opens to the public on Wednesday, March 11, at Williams Tower, 2800 Post Oak Boulevard.
March 13 through April 18
Lawndale Art Center
Multiple exhibits at going on at Lawndale this month. See lawndaleartcenter.org for details.
March 24 through April 1
Discover the secret to these tiny bits of science and the enormous impact they have in technology. See cmhouston.org.
March 26 through 29
The Art of John Lennon
Come see the works of Jon Lennon at Off the Wall Gallery. All works are for sale as well. See offthewallgallery.com.
March 27 through 29
Bayou City Art Festival
See article above.
March 27 through August 2
Barnett Newman: The Late Work
The Menil Collection, with the aid of an NEA grant, presents this exhibit of the final works of the artist. See menil.org for details
AND OTHER THINGS
Houston Rockets 3rd Annual Dog Walk
Participants and pooches parade around a one-mile path in Hermann Park to raise funds for the park. Registration is closed, but you can watch the fun Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m.
March 6 through 22
Landry’s Spring Break Pass
Buy a wristband for unlimited entry to Landry’s Downtown Aquarium Houston, Kemah Boardwalk, and the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier during spring break. Wristbands are available for purchase at ticket booths at each park.
Aids Walk Houston 2015
Walk to benefit local HIV/AIDS charities. See aidshelp.orgfor details.
Bringin’ in the Green
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day and raise funds for the Montrose Center. See montrosecetner.org.
Bunnies on the Bayou’s Bunnies Basket Bash
Benefitting Bunnies on the Bayou’s 36 charities. See bunniesontehbayou.org.
March 21 through 22
The 5th Annual Haute Wheels
Join fellow foodies seeking the latest food truck culinary experiences and flavors as they sample 35 delicious food trucks all in one convenient location. See hautewheelshouston.com for tickets.
Get Ready: Kids
TUTS’ Humphreys School of Musical Theatre summer camps
Register now for weeklong summer camps for the kids coming in June. See tuts.com/river for details.
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