Houston, already the nation’s fourth-largest and most diverse city, is growing by the day. There are countless reasons for this, but one of our favorites is its world-class cultural amenities. Beyond its quartet of high-profile professional sports teams and Space Center Houston, Bayou City boasts a thriving museum district and some of the best concert venues in the nation. Look no further than Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land for proof of this — they attract a dizzying array of top-notch talent, running the gamut from classical music to rock and pop to stand-up comedy and beyond. No matter your taste, Smart Financial Centre’s lineup always has the right show for you. Check their website for their full spring lineup and details on each performance; below, we run down a few of our favorites.
In March, a groundbreaking exhibition is making its way to the United States for the first time. Centuries of royal treasures from Jodhpur, India — masterpieces and relics never before seen outside of palace walls — will showcase nearly four centuries of art from the kingdom of Marwar-Jodhpur, one of India’s largest princely states. The exhibition’s first stop? The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
As the fourth-largest and most diverse city in the nation, Houston offers plenty in the way of culture. Even so, it’s not often that a modern American master comes to town for an evening conversation.
There are few holiday celebrations more European than Boxing Day, a vestige of aristocratic England wherein gifts were given from master to servant. So it makes sense that the best place to celebrate Boxing Day in Texas is Rienzi, a grand Houston home operated by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and dedicated to European decorative arts, paintings, and furniture.
Last night, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) debuted their latest exhibition, a comprehensive survey of Brooklyn-based artist Christopher Knowles. The show, Christopher Knowles: In A Word, paints a broad picture of the artist’s work, brushing across text, sound, painting, drawing, sculpture, and recorded performance.
Bells ring out in harmony, lights dance and shimmer in the twilight, and carols fill the air.
It’s the most magical time of the year again at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. For the third year in a row, Christmas Village at Bayou Bend has transformed Ima Hogg’s celebrated home and grounds into a show-stopping holiday wonderland.
In 1892, jeweler to the tsars Peter Carl Fabergé created the third in a series of objects that would go on to define his legacy. The Diamond Trellis Egg, commissioned as an Easter gift from Tsar Alexander III to Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, is a diamond-encrusted triumph of luminous green stone. Inside the egg, Fabergé enclosed his first-ever “surprise”—in this case a jeweled elephant automaton that walked around the egg with the turn of a key. The House of Fabergé would go on to create many more Imperial Easter Eggs, often including special surprises hidden within.
The best holiday traditions have a way of standing the test of time, even if it means overcoming the odds—that’s the magic of this time of year. For the city of Houston, one of those traditions is a dazzling performance of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker by Houston Ballet. Even though the company’s Wortham Theater home is closed until mid-2018 after suffering in Hurricane Harvey, visions of sugar plum fairies will dance their way across the stage this season in as splendid fashion as ever thanks to a pair of local venues.
You may not know it, but Houston has long been a destination for aficionados of Fabergé, the fabled Russian jeweler whose stunning objets d’art captivated the imperial Russian court and swept across Europe at the turn of the 20th century.
The McFerrin Collection at the Houston Museum of Natural Science boasts the most impressive gathering of eggs and other Fabergé objects found on the North American continent, including a loaned “surprise” from Queen Elizabeth II’s personal collection. Her majesty’s tiny jeweled elephant has now been united with its mate, the Imperial Diamond Trellis Egg, for the first time in nearly a century.
Through January 28, immerse yourself in the splendour of one of the fashion world’s most iconic names at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s breathtaking exhibit: The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta. Curated by contributing editor to Vogue André Leon Talley, the exhibit features nearly 70 de la Renta ensembles, cleverly juxtaposed with pieces from the museum’s collection.