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Houston has a shiny new piece of art. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) officially debuted Cloud Column by Anish Kapoor on May 20th. The new sculpture greets visitors as the centerpiece of the Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza, just outside the redesigned Glassell School of Art, which are all part of an ambitious MFAH campus expansion. This stunning, slender oblong of hand-sculpted stainless steel stands 32 feet high and weighs in at an impressive 21,000 pounds.

Much like its famous sister sculpture, Cloud Gate,(aka “the bean”) in Chicago, Cloud Column will be a magnet for selfies, especially given the funhouse effect produced by its mirrored surface. While H-town has yet to settle on a nickname for its own Kapoor sculpture — perhaps space pod, or even the shiny jalapeño — it might be best to just admire the clouds through Kapoor’s sculpture.

Experience a Late Night Party at The Museum of Fine Arts

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will transform into a late-night party for Mixed Media by BBVA Compass on July 20 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Enjoy cocktails, food, live music, and art in Houston’s largest museum. Keep Reading

The Timeless Swan Lake at The Houston Ballet

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One of the most iconic ballet’s returns to Houston as The Houston Ballet presents Stanton Welch AM’s Swan Lake. This week is the final weekend to see the performance and it is not to be missed.  Keep Reading

Right Here, Right Now: San Antonio Comes to Town

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Now through August 5th, you can experience the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston‘s Right Here, Right Now series that focuses on 19 artists and collectives living and working in San Antonio, Texas. This exhibit has it all, offering fresh pieces from a plethora of creative minds spanning from all over SA Town.
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The New MFAH Glassell School of Art + Pavilion and Rooftop

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The new and highly anticipated Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Glassell School of Art is opening May 20th! Houston as a community is invited to experience Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Column, explore the building, the Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza and the BBVA Rooftop. “I think Houstonians will quickly grasp that our project intends to create a new destination in Houston,” says Gary Tinterow the MFAH director.  Keep Reading

Mother’s Day Pop Up Shop

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The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft will be hosting a pop up this weekend in the Asher Gallery, Saturday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 13, 12:00 – 5:00 p.m., with a wide variety of earrings made by celebrated jewelers from all over the country.  Keep Reading

A Guide to Houston’s Most Colorful Murals

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Colorful, unique and creative murals are popping up on empty walls all over the country and Houston is no exception. When it comes to vivid murals there is one person who knows them the best, lifestyle and fashion blogger, Carrie Colbert. Her self-titled blog offers readers in-depth guides to murals and hot spots in Houston and other Texas cities. Whether you use murals to guide you through exploring the city’s public art scene or for cute photo ops, here are our top 5.  Keep Reading

Stephen Marchione’s Masterful Handmade Guitars

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In a light-filled studio behind a small house in Houston’s historic Montrose district, Stephen Marchione and his team of artisan woodworkers craft some of the finest guitars in the world. You wouldn’t know it, driving down the tree-lined residential street where he makes his music magic. You wouldn’t know it if you ran into Marchione walking his dogs around the block—he’s affable and down-to-earth, never mind that he’s received special orders from musical icons like Paul Simon and Mark Knopfler.

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Stash Co.’s Cheryl Schulke is Building Bags (and More) for Leaders

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As many stories do, this one begins with a journey—a forty-minute trip west to the small Texas town of Sealy, where the land is mostly undeveloped and the sky is big and free. Down back roads and across train tracks, there waits a mattress factory. It looms large, tall and white against the Texas sky, with more than one hundred years of memories housed within its wooden walls.

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Don’t Miss Happy Hour and Painting Beneath this Eye-Catching Houston Art Installation

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Happy hour makes everything better. Pinot’s Palette has made good use of this universal truth with their winning pairing of wine and painting with friends. Their program has become a favorite across the nation, drawing crowds for birthdays and bachelorette parties alike. Now, prepare for even more fun: Every third Wednesday from April through September, join Pinot’s Palette and the Houston Downtown District at Main Street Square for happy hour al fresco, beneath one of the city’s favorite public art installations, Trumpet Flower.

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