This Month in Houston – May 2017

Dance/Music/Theatre

Alley Theatre (615 Texas Avenue)

Thru May 21st: A View from the Bridge – This dark and passionate story centers on Eddie Carbone, a longshoreman by trade, who is confident of his place in the working-class Brooklyn neighborhood that he calls home. That life changes when he agrees to harbor his immigrant cousins. A love affair exposes a dark family secret and suspicion, jealousy and betrayal soon follows.

June 2nd – July 2nd: Freaky Friday – This new musical, based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and hit Walt Disney films, is a hilarious, contemporary update of an American classic that follows an overworked mother and teenage daughter on a wild journey after magically swapping bodies.

July 21st – August 20th:  Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps – ExxonMobil’s Summer Chills returns in July with the comedy thriller, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps. Packed with non-stop laughs and over 150 eccentric characters (played by four actors), the play is about a man with an ordinary life who meets a woman with a strong accent who says she’s a spy.  When he takes her home, she is murdered.  Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale.  A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure.  Mark Shanahan returns to the Alley to direct The 39 Steps.

for more information, see www.alleytheatre.org or call (713) 228-8421

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Surrounded by a lush forest, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater that provides the Greater Houston region with an array of performing arts and contemporary entertainment in a setting of unparalleled beauty.

May 2nd: Kings of Leon  7:00 p.m.

May 5th:  Houston Ballet: Madame Butterfly  8:00 p.m.

May 6th: Casting Crowns with Danny Gokey and Unspoken  7:00 p.m.

May 7th: Chance The Rapper  8:00 p.m.

May 19th: Train, Natasha Bedingfield & O.A.R.  7:00 p.m.

May 20th: Kidz bop Kids  6:00 p.m.

May 21st: John Legend with Gallant  7:30 p.m.

May 26th:  Houston Grand Opera: The Elixir of Love  8:00 p.m.

June 8th: Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band  8:00 p.m.

June 9th:  Matilda in Concert  8:00 p.m.

June 17th: Houston Symphony: The Suffers  8:00 p.m.

June 18th: Chicago – The Band & The Doobie Brothers  7:30 p.m.

June 22nd: Future with Migos, Tory Lanez & Kodak Black  7:00 p.m.

June 23rd:  Texas Music Festival Orchestra   8:00 p.m.

June 26th: Deftones & Rise Against  6:30 p.m.

July 1st: Prince Royce & Luis Coronel 8:00 p.m.

July 3rd:  Houston Symphony: Star-Spangled Salute  8:00 p.m.

July 8th:  Houston Symphony: Symphonic Sights & Sounds  8:00 p.m.

July 14th: Third Eye Blind & Silversun Pickups 7:00 p.m.

July 19th:  Houston Symphony: The Composer is Dead  8:00 p.m.

July 28th: Nickelback with Daughtry and Shaman’s Harvest  6:15 p.m.

July 29th: Styx, REO Speedwagon & Don Felder  7:00 p.m.

August 4th:  Incubus with Jimmy Eat World and Judah and The Lion  6:45 p.m.

August 6th:  John Mayer  7:00 p.m.

August 9th:  Straight No Chaser & Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox  7:30 p.m.

August 18th:  Deep Purple & Alice Cooper with The Edgar Winter Band   6:30 p.m.

August 19th:  Foreigner with Cheap Trick & Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience  7:00 p.m.

August 27th:  Lady Antebellum with Kelsea Ballerini & Brett Young  7:30 p.m.

for more information, see www.woodlandscenter.org

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (800 Bagby @ Walker)

May 5th – 6th: The Orient Express -Uptown Dance Company is taking their students and audience on an adventure of a lifetime via The Orient Express in their year-end recital. The journey starts in Paris, France, traveling through Italy, and ends in Romania with a dramatic finale at Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. Don’t miss this fun-filled excursion for the whole family.

May 12th: Jazz Is… – As the story unfolds, you will meet an elderly widow named Grandma Uni, who spends her time dusting the jazz albums of her late husband, Joe and baking cookies for the neighborhood children. Many years ago, at the historic El Dorado Ballroom, she and her husband, Joseph Michael Brown, met during a typical foot stomping Friday night party. Determined to get Grandma Uni’s attention, Joe asked her for a dance, but she politely refused. Eventually, she agreed and their dance turned into a romance. The two fell in love and married on July 16, 1960 at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church. Many decades pass and in a cruel twist of irony, Joe’s physical health and Uni’s mental stability began to simultaneously erode. Knowing that his death is near, Joe enlists the neighborhood children to help ensure Grandma Uni retains some good memories of their jazz-filled life in a final act of love for his wife. 7:30 p.m.

May 16th – 28th: Fun Home – Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. The “groundbreaking”, “uplifting” and “exquisite” new musical Fun Home was the event of the Broadway season, receiving raves from critics and audiences alike and winning five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and making history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood.

May 20th:  These Three B’s: Bach, Brahms & Berlioz – Join the Texas Medical Center Orchestra in celebrating their season finale, featuring J.S. Bach “Toccata and Fugue in D Minor; Johannes Brahms “Double Concerto in A Minor featuring the Audas sisters; and Hector Berlioz “Symphony Fantastique”.  Established in November 2000 and celebrating their 17th season, the Texas Medical Center Orchestra is one of the very few community orchestras in the U.S. and in the world with its origin in the health professions.  The missions of the orchestra is to provide a fellowship in music and medicine for its members, to connect with the community, and to help raise awareness of important medical charities.  11:00 a.m.

May 21st: Don Quixote’s Excellent Adventures – One of history’s greatest literary figures, Don Quixote inspired many musical works over the years, from Renaissance songs to a Broadway musical. Ars Lyrica’s 2016/2017 season finale features core string players and singers in a pan-European survey of Baroque music devoted to this Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha. 6:00 p.m.

June 6th – 11th: Something Rotten! – Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. when a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical.

June 8th – 18th: The World According to Snoopy – This musical features Charles Schulz’s iconic Peanuts characters Charlie Brown, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Lucy,Linus, and Woodstock, under the guidance of the consummate showman Snoopy, as they sing and dance their way through witty philosophies about love and life as only The Peanuts gang can. In addition to a beloved score featuring songs like “Just One Person”, “Edgar Allan Poe”, and “Poor Sweet Baby”, this new production introduces a new song for Sally with music by award winning composer Larry Grossman and lyrics by award winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa. With fresh orchestrations and a revised book, audiences can expect The Peanuts characters to dance more than ever before.

June 27th – July 23rd: Disney’s The Lion King – Giraffes strut. Birds swoop. Gazelles leap. The entire Serengeti comes to life as never before. And as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly emerges from the mist. This is Disney’s The Lion King, making its triumphant return to Houston. More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspir9ing visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular – one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage.

August 15th – 20th:  The Bodyguard – Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox.  Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker.  Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.  A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

for more information, see www.thehobbycenter.org or call (713) 315-2525

Houston Symphony (Jones Hall – 615 Louisiana)

May 5th – 7th: Andrés Conducts Shostakovich 5 – Hear the world premiere of a major work by Houston Symphony Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank as she unveils her Requiem, a multi-cultural work that interweaves traditional Latin and Meso-American texts with new passages by Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz. Then discover Shostakovich’s thrilling Symphony No. 5, a gripping masterpiece sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. May 11th, 13th & 14th: Bronfman Plus Petrouchka – “A fearless pianist for whom no score is too demanding…” Yefim Bronfman returns to Houston with Bartok’s heart-pounding Piano Concerto No. 2. the program concludes with Stravinsky’s colorful ballet score, Petrouchka.

May 19th – 21st: Shaham Plus Brahms – Hear Gil Shaham go “sailing through the darting off-kilter rhythms and pyrotechnical flights in the violin’s highest register with panache” (South Florida Classical Review) in Prokofiev’s spellbinding Violin Concerto No. 2. Marc Albrecht, who “On the podium … turns all into gold” (Financial Times), brings the season to an end with Brahm’s heroic Symphony No. 1, a monumental work that takes listeners from darkness to triumph.

May 26th – 28th: Classical Broadway – It’s Mike Krajewski’s final concert week-end as Principal POPS Conductor, and he will be wrapping up with a grand Broadway extravaganza, featuring composers Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin. Help celebrate the Great White Way’s Golden Age with Broadway powerhouse performers Lisa Vroman, Doug LaBrecque and Rachel York, along with the Houston Symphony Chorus.

2017-2018 Season begins in September

for more information, see www.houstonsymphony.com or call (713) 224-7575

Jones Hall (non-Symphony related events) (615 Louisiana)

May 12th: The 5 Browns – Five siblings, all under the age of 40, with one mission: waking up classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest, most excited audience they can find. Whether that means performing individually or, more famously, together with complex five-piano arrangements, the 5 Browns – Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra, and Desirae – all attended New York’s Juilliard School, and have been featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “60 Minutes”, along with countless other TV shows and publications. With roots right here in Houston, all five siblings attended Memorial High School. The 5 Browns have toured extensively all over the world, from the Grand National Theater in China to the Alice Tully Hall in New York City, and will bring their reinvigorated style of classical music to Jones Hall. 8:00 p.m.

June 9th – 11th: Circus 1903 – The Golden Age of Circus – The producers of the world’s biggest magic show, The Illusionists have teamed up with the award winning puppeteers from War horse to present a thrilling turn of the century circus spectacular. Sensational puppetry puts Elephants back in the ring as never seen before, along with a huge cast of the most unique, amazing and dangerous circus acts from all four corners of the world, from strong men to contortionists, acrobats to musicians, knife throwers, high wire and much more.

for more information, see www.spahouston.org

Toyota Center (non-sporting events) (1510 Polk Street)

May 4th: Chris Brown  7:30 p.m.

May 6th: The Weeknd  7:30 p.m.

May 20th: New Kids on the Block  7:30 p.m.

June 18th: Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull  7:30 p.m.

June 21st: Iron Maiden  7:00 p.m.

July 6th: Roger Waters  8:00 p.m.

July 15th:  Kendrick Lamar  7:30 p.m.

July 16th: Neil Diamond  8:00 p.m.

July 19th:  G-Dragon  8:00 p.m.

July 22nd: Shawn Mendes  7:30 p.m.

August 1st:  James Taylor  7:30 p.m.

August 4th:  Lionel Richie with Mariah Carey  7:00 p.m.

August 5th:  Queen & Adam Lambert  8:00 p.m.

August 18th:  J. Cole  8:00 p.m.

August 19th:  Ed Sheeran  7:30 p.m.

August 31st:  Emmanuel y Muares  8:30 p.m.

for more information, call (866) 4HOUTIX or go to www.houstontoyotacenter.org

Wortham Center – Houston Ballet (Texas & Smith)

May 25th – June 4th: The Tempest – In remembrance of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Avid Bintley is creating a fantastical production of The Tempest, set to a commissioned score by British composer Sally Beamish. At once stormy and sweet, Bintley’s Tempest promises to be an exciting recount of Shakespeare’s supernatural tale. Banished to a deserted island with his daughter, Miranda, Prospero conjures up a horrific storm in which a magical story unfolds. It’s an enchanted yarn filled with trama, passion, a struggle for power, and of course, love.

June 8th – 18th: La Bayadère – A brilliant fire god, opium dreams and a crashing temple. Stanton Welch’s colorful staging of La Bayadère is classical ballet with a touch of Bollywood. La Bayadère dramatizes the love story of Nikiya, the temple dancer, her love Solor, and the vengeance that keeps them apart – at last in this life. With lavish scenery depicting the jungles of India and costumes by Peter Farmer, La Bayadère features mesmerizing classical performances highlighted by the famous Shades scene, staged for the entire corps de ballet.

2017 – 2018 Season begins in September

for more information, see www.houstonballet.org or call (713) 227-ARTS

Wortham Center – Houston Grand Opera (Texas & Smith)

Thru May 7th: Gotterdammerung – The epic journey of gods, mortals and giants comes to a thunderous close. Houston Grand Opera concludes its historic four part Ring cycle with Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods), the final opera in Wagner’s tetralogy. The heroic siegfried gives Brunnhilde the ring as a token of their love, but they unexpectedly face challenges beyond their control. In the definitive act of self-sacrifice, Brunnhilde returns the universe to its natural order. Watch as the Rhine overflows, Valhalla burns, and the kingdom of the gods is destroyed. Don’t miss the fourth and final piece of this overwhelming production, featuring an outstanding international cast.

April 28th – May 12th: The Abduction from the Seraglio – A comic tale of stolen love as only Mozart could write it. A damsel in distress is captured by Turkish pirates and awaits her fate in the harem of the Pasha Selim. Witness the charming antics of her fiance and his servant on their journey to rescue their beloveds as this colorful comedy unfolds. James Robinson’s innovative production of Mozart’s comic gem brings the action to the decadent railcars of the 1920s Orient Express, making a triumphant return to HGO after nearly a decade.

2017-2018 Season begins in October

for more information, see www.houstongrandopera.org or call (713) 228-6737

DaCamera of Houston (locations as noted below)

May 5th: Vijay Iyer’s Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi featuring International Contemporary Ensemble – A remarkably inventive musician who is at home in both the worlds of jazz and contemporary concert music, American pianist and composer Vijay Iyer’s originality draws much from his rich Indian heritage. With Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, performed by Iyer and the virtuosic International Contemporary Ensemble, Iyer responds to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with an explosive work of live music and film inspired by the ancient Hindu Holi festival of colors and love celebrated each spring in Southern Asia. Vijay Iyer is joined by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, the imaginative, genre-defying ensemble which serves as Artists-in-Residence at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. 8:00 p.m. at Wortham Theater.

2017-2018 Season begins in September

for more information, see www.dacamera.com

Miller Outdoor Theatre (Hermann Park)

Located on nearly eight acres in the heart of Hermann Park, Miller Outdoor Theatre is the only free open-air theatre of its kind in the United States. It is a home away from home for some of Houston’s most dynamic arts organizations.

May 2nd – 4th: Barber of Seville  11:00 a.m.

May 5th: Cinco de Mayo at Miller with Tlen-Huicani & Villalobos Brothers  7:30 p.m.

May 6th: Ginkgoa  8:00 p.m.

May 12th – 14th: Madame Butterfly  8:00 p.m.

May 19th & 20th: The Elixir of Love  8:00 p.m.

May 25th – 28th: Dancin’ in the Street – Motown & More Review  8:15 p.m.

June 1st: Swing, Jive and Pop! into Dance  11:00 a.m.

June 2nd: Sizzling Summer Dance  8:30 p.m.

June 3rd: Accordion Kings & Queens  7:00 p.m.

June 7th – 9th: Once On this Island  11:00 a.m.

June 9th – 10th: Once On this Island  8:15 p.m.

June 16th: Heart by Heart  8:30 p.m.

June 17th: H-Town Get Down  8:30 p.m.

June 19th: A Gulf Coast Juneteenth  7:00 p.m.

June 23rd – 24th: ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights  8:30 p.m.

June 26th & 27th: Hear the Artists of Tomorrow  11:00 a.m.

June 30th: ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights  8:30 p.m.

July 1st: ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights  8:30 p.m.

July 3rd: Village People  8:30 p.m.

July 4th: ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: A Star-Spangled Salute  8:30 p.m.

July 11th – 16th: Pippin  8:15 p.m.

July 18th: Express Theatre’s Hilltop Festival for Children: Freedom Train  11:00 a.m.

July 19th: Express Theatre’s Hilltop Festival for Children: Sinbad the Sailor (bilingual English/Spanish)  11:00 a.m.

July 20th: Express Theatre’s Hilltop Festival for Children: Let’s make a Play Today!  11:00 a.m.

July 21st: Express Theatre’s Hilltop Festival for Children: The Adventures of Santa Claus – Christmas in July!  11:00 a.m.

July 28th & 30th, August 1st, 3rd & 5th: Houston Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night  8:15 p.m.

July 29th, August 2nd, 4th & 6th: Houston Shakespeare Festival: Richard III  8:15 p.m.

August 8th:  Movies at Miller – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone   8:30 p.m.

August 9th:  Movies at Miller – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them  8:30 p.m.

August 10th:  Los Chicos de 512 – A Tribute to Selena  8:30 p.m.

August 15th:  Movies at Miller – Singing’ in the Rain  8:30 p.m.

August 16th:  Movies at Miller – La La Land  8:30 p.m.

for more information, see www.milleroutdoortheater.org

A. D. Players (5420 Westheimer Road)

May 5th – 28th: You Can’t Take It With You – Sweet natured Alice Sycamore invites her snooty prospective in-laws to dinner in the hopes of obtaining their blessing for her upcoming nuptials.

June 14th – July 1st: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – Children’s Theater – In C. S. Lewis’ classic tale of good and evil, four siblings journey through a magical land.

July 21st – August 20th: Godspell – A musical based on the Gospel of Matthew, Godspell took the world by storm when it first appeared on Broadway. This recent updated version infused with modern references and dynamic arrangements is a masterful retelling of the original.

for more information, see www.adplayers.org

Main Street Theatre (2540 Times Blvd.)

Thru May 20th: Goosebumps The Musical – Phantom of the Auditorium – Theater for Youth – Brooke and Zeke are excited to star in their school’s next hit musical, The Phantom – until they hear a rumor that the show is cursed. Mysterious events start happening at the theater, and no one can be sure if it’s just coincidence or the work of …The Phantom! This silly and (only a little) spooky musical is base don the beloved series from R.L. Stine.

May 20th – June 18th: Native Gardens – Gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in this hilarious new play. Pablo, a high-powered lawyer and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. but a disagreement over a longstanding fence line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege and entitlement. Children under the age of 5 are not allowed in the theater.

June 17th – July 30th: The Wizard of Oz – Theatre for Youth – Travel with us down the yellow brick road as Dorothy and her three friends help her find her way home finding courage, love and friendship. This musical spectacle reminds all of us that there really is no place like home. Children under the age of 3 are not allowed int he theater.

July 15th – August 13th:  The Last Wife – Kate Parr is smart, confident and passionate: a rising star in a world of intense competition.  But her obligatory marriage to Henry is rife with the threat of violence and lure of deceit; her secret liaisons with Them, her husband’s former brother-in-law, could send her to an early grave; and her devotion to the education and equal rights of Henry’s daughters is putting an even bigger strain on her marriage. A contemporary retelling of the compelling relationship between Katherine Parr and Henry VIII, the Last Wife is a funny, powerful examination of patriarchy, sexual politics, and women’s rights.  No children under the age of 5 will be allowed in the theater.

for more information, see www.mainstreettheater.com or call (713) 524-6706

Opera in the Heights (1703 Heights Blvd.)

2017-2018 Season begins in September 2017

for more information, see www.operaintheheights.org or call (713) 861-5303

Stages Repertory Theatre (3201 Allen Parkway)

May 10th – 28th: Luna Gale – Caroline, a veteran social worker, is pushed to extremes as she fights to reunite two recovering teenage meth addicts with their infant daughter. When family history and religious devotion complicate what had seemed like an obvious solution, faith meets doubt and the best intentions meet reality as the people who care about baby Luna struggle to protect her future. Recommended for mature audiences.

May 24th – June 25th: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – Ramsome Foster, a young scholar from New York, travels west in search of a new life and finds love in the dusty town of Twotrees – but not before he makes an enemy of the vicious outlaw Liberty Valance. As Valance’s reign of terror escalates, Foster must make a choice: to turn and run, or to stand for what he believes. Recommended for mature audiences.

June 28th – August 20th: Always…Patsy Cline – In hon0r of Stages 40th anniversary, they are reviving one of the most requested productions in their history. Penned by Stages’ Founding Artistic Director, Ted Swindley, this international hit musical had its world premiere at Stages in 1988 and has been winning hears ever since. Based on a true story, this tribute to the legendary country music singer and her friendship with devoted Houston fan, Louise Seger, is rich with down-home country humor and includes 27 of Cline’s most unforgettable hit songs.

for more information, see www.stagestheatre.com or call (713) 527-0123

Wortham Center (Texas & Smith Streets)

May 5th: Vijay Iyer’s Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi featuring International Contemporary Ensemble – A remarkably inventive musician who is at home in both the worlds of jazz and contemporary concert music, American pianist and composer Vijay Iyer’s originality draws much from his rich Indian heritage. With Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, performed by Iyer and the virtuosic International Contemporary Ensemble, Iyer responds to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with an explosive work of live music and film inspired by the ancient Hindu Holi festival of colors and love celebrated each spring in Southern Asia. Vijay Iyer is joined by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble, the imaginative, genre-defying ensemble which serves as Artists-in-Residence at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. 8:00 p.m. at Wortham Theater.

May 13th: Mozart’s Requiem – presented by Mercury Houston – A must-see for any music love, Mozart’s final composition is a profoundly moving work, brimming with drama, hopefulness and redemption. Now, experience Mozart’s unforgettable music with the instruments he would have written them for in his own time – to truly experience his genius. 8:00 p.m.

May 20th: Jessica Lang Dance – Jessica Lang Dance, founded only a few years ago in 2011, has quickly become one of the nation’s preeminent companies, enriching and inspiring global audiences with immersive performances flush with the beauty of movement and music. Their newest work, Tesseracts of Time, merges together the art forms of architecture and dance. This “dance for architecture” – commissioned in part by Society for the Performing Arts, along with the Harris Theater and the Chicago Architecture Biennial – is divided into four parts, like the seasons compressed into twenty minutes. Including massive sets specifically designed for the piece by Steven Holl Architects, Tesseracts of Time aims to reevaluate the art of architecture. The piece also includes music specifically chosen by choreographer (Lang) and architect (Holl). 8:00 p.m.

July 8th: Neil Gaiman – For a career and repertoire as varied as Neil Gaiman, it’s best to let the man himself describe what he does: “I make things up and write them down.” As one of the most celebrated writers of our time, it’s fitting that his inimitable creativity and unequaled imagination are the first thing used to describe Neil Gaiman. From his bestselling contemporary fantasy novel, American Gods, to his bestselling young adult story (and eventual movie) Coraline, to his children’s novel The Graveyard Book, Gaiman’s works have racked up every major literary award. On top of more than twenty books, Gaiman is also celebrated for his groundbreaking work on the Sandman comics, which were described by Stephen King as having turned graphic novels into a full-realized art form. A self-described “feral child who was raised in libraries,” Neil Gaiman’s appearance on July 8th will be a can’t miss performance for any lover of books and stories. 8:00 p.m.

for more information, see www.houstonfirsttheaters.com/wortham-center/events

Live Music Venues

Revention Music Center (520 Texas Avenue)

May 6th: Franco De Vita  8:00 p.m.

May 9th: The XX  8:00 p.m.

May 10th: Hillsong Young & Free  7:00 p.m.

May 11th: Travis Scott: Birds Eye View Tour  8:00 p.m.

May 12th: Brian Wilson presents Pet Sounds  8:00 p.m.

May 18th: Miguel Bose  8:00 p.m.

May 20th:  Houston Roller Derby  7:00 p.m.

May 25th: Soundgarden  8:00 p.m.

June 8th:  Markiplier’s You’re Welcome Tour  7:30 p.m.

June 10th: At the Drive In  8:00 p.m.

June 13th: Brit Floyd  8:00 p.m.

June 23rd:  Russ – The Wake Up Tour  9:00 p.m.

June 24th: Jermaine Dupri presents SoSo Summer 17 Tour  8:00 p.m.

July 1st: Bush  8:00 p.m.

July 9th:  Megadeth  6:30 p.m.

July 18th: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit  8:00 p.m.

July 30th:  Sabrina Carpenter: The De-Tour  7:00 p.m.

August 4th:  Alphaville  7:00 p.m.

August 5th:  311 with special guests New Politics  7:30 p.m.

August 19th:  World of Dance  3:00 p.m.

August 25th:  The Piano Guys  8:00 p.m.

for more information, see www.reventionmusiccenter.com or call (713) 230-1600

House of Blues Houston (1204 Caroline Street)

May 3rd: Rival Sons – Hollow Bones Tour  7:00 p.m.

May 4th: Jillian Michaels  7:00 p.m.

May 5th: Robin Trower  7:00 p.m.

May 6th: La Oreja de Van Gough  8:00 p.m.

May 7th: Stephen Lynch: The My Old Heart Tour  6:30 p.m.

May 7th: Casey James  7:00 p.m.

May 9th: Wale  7:00 p.m.

May 10th38 Special  7:00 p.m.

May 10th: Jazz Cartier  7:00 p.m.

May 12th: Damien Escobar  7:30 p.m.

May 13th: Prophets & Outlaws  7:00 p.m.

May 13th: Better Than Ezra  7:30 p.m.

May 14th: Smino  7:00 p.m.

May 16th: Ones to Watch presents Blackbear – Digital Drugtour  7:00 p.m.

May 17th: The Damned 40th Anniversary U.S. Tour  7:00 p.m.

May 18thLANCO  7:00 p.m.

May 18th: The Cult  7:00 p.m.

May 20th: The B-52s  7:00 p.m.

May 20thJustin Skye  7:00 p.m.

May 21st: Here Comes The Mummies  7:00 p.m.

May 21st: Icon for Hire  7:00 p.m.

May 22nd: Loudwire presents Pierce the Veil & Sum 41: We Will Detonate! Tour  6:00 p.m.

May 23rd: Zoo TV  7:00 p.m.

May 25th: Sanluis  7:00 p.m.

May 26thThe Dan Band  8:00 p.m.

May 27thDeft Ones  7:00 p.m.

May 29thGoodbye June  7:00 p.m.

May 31stXXXtentacion  7:00 p.m.

June 1stFrontier Ruckus  7:00 p.m.

June 2nd: The Mavericks  7:00 p.m.

June 2nd: Kevin Ross  7:00 p.m.

June 3rd: Ozz – A Tribute to Ozzy Osbourne  7:00 p.m.

June 4th: Todd Rundgren  7:00 p.m.

June 9th: Old 97s  7:00 p.m.

June 9th: Clay Melton  8:45 p.m.

June 15th: Jacob Whitesides  6:00 p.m.

June 15th: The Revolution  7:00 p.m.

June 17th: Somo: The Answers Tour  7:00 p.m.

June 17th: Twrp  7:00 p.m.

June 21st: Gipsy Kings  7:00 p.m.

June 23rd: Jessie Reyez  7:00 p.m.

June 24th: Everclear: So Much for the Afterglow  7:00 p.m.

June 25th: Morbid Angel  7:30 p.m.

June 30th: Rockstar Energy presents All Time Low – Young Renegades Tour  6:00 p.m.

July 1st: Ray Smith & Peanut  6:00 p.m.

July 20th: AJR  7:00 p.m.

July 21st: The Fab 5: The Anthology Show  7:30 p.m.

July 23rd: DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall tour  7:00 p.m.

for more information, see www.livenation.com or call (713) 230-1600

Warehouse Live (813 St. Emanuel Street)

May 4th: Orgone with Monophonics  8:00 p.m.

May 5th: Vehement Burn, Backdrop Violet, The Dirty Seeds & Mr. Plow  8:00 p.m.

May 6th: Orgone with Monophonics  8:00 p.m.

May 6th: The It’s Just Rap Show with JC Seals III, t-Trap, Mike Maze, E.D.J. The Ice Man, Matic Jones, Audentia DeJesus, LC, Freddy Jayy  9:00 p.m.

May 7th: Sessions Live: Band Edition  1:00 p.m.

May 9th: Moth “Karma  7:30 p.m.

May 11th: Pallbearer with Gatecreeper & Pinkish Black  8:00 p.m.

May 12th: Bianca Del Rio “Not Today Satan Tour”  8:00 p.m.

May 12th & 13th: Yellow Rose Comedy Festival – Houston’s First All-Female Comedy Fest  8:00 p.m.

May 13th: Latex and Trae Haze Polopalooza Concert  10:00 p.m.

May 14th: King Lil G – Blessed by God Tour  8:30 p.m.

May 18th: Loumuzik Live  9:30 p.m.

May 20th: Catfish and the Bottlemen  8:00 p.m.

May 21st: Kehlani – SweetSexySavage World Tour  8:30 p.m.

May 23rd: Moonchild  8:00 p.m.

May 24th: Enforce the Support  9:00 p.m.

May 24th: Standard Producer Showcase  9:30 p.m.

May 25th: Hogleg  7:00 p.m.

May 25th: Zakk Sabbath  9:00 p.m.

May 26th: Trey Songz presents: Tremaine the Tour  8:00 p.m.

June 1st: Ghost Ship  6:30 p.m.

June 4th: Afton Live presents C.T.T. & Ziganomatry  6:30 p.m.

June 4th: Austin Mahone  7:30 p.m.

June 7ththe Hood Internet – “10th Anniversary Tour”  9:00 p.m.

June 8th: Tripping Daisy  8:00 p.m.

June 8th: Hot 8 Brass Band  9:00 p.m.

June 10thThe Sweet Spot  8:00 p.m.

June 14thMutoid Man with Helms Alee  8:30 p.m.

June 16thTSCR United Tour 2017: Live Like Glass, Etienne Sin with Desdemona, Four Letter Language & Killing the Stereo  6:00 p.m.

July 13th: Eric Stanley Life Tour  8:00 p.m.

July 22ndThe Rocket Summer – Do You Feel 10 Year Anniversary Tour  7:30 p.m.

July 29th: Plugged – Featuring BabyBoy  8:30 p.m.

for more information, see www.warehouselive.com

Museums

Texas Asia Society – Asia Society Center (1370 Southmore Blvd.)

May 4th: A Conversation with Vijay Iyer – MacArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer shares the inspiration behind and process of creating his explosive work of live music and film inspired by the Hindu festival of Holi. A remarkably inventive musicians who is at home in both the worlds of jazz and contemporary concert music, American pianist and composer Vijay Iyer’s originality draws much from his rich Indian heritage. With Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, performed by Iyer and the virtuosic International Contemporary Ensemble, Iyer responds to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with an explosive work of live music and film inspired by the ancient Hindu Holi festival of colors and love celebrated each spring in Southern Asia. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Free with RSVP (online).

May 6th: Architecture Tour – This tour will focus on Yoshio Taniguchi’s first free-standing structure in the United States. It touches on the materials, influences and ambience of the building. The guided tour stops will include The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater; the Edward Rudge Allen II Education Center; the Elkins Foundation Water Garden; the Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall; and the Water Garden Terrace. Free for members/$5 for non-members. 2:00 p.m. Register online.

May 6th: Art Tour – Join Asia Society for a docent lead tour of their current exhibitions. Free for members with RSVP/$5 for non-members. 3:00 p.m.

May 13th: AsiaFest 2017 – Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with AsiaFest, the ASTC’s annual family event featuring community performances, fusion cuisine, creative activities, local vendors and more. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Free to the public.

May 25th:  Farewell Free Trade?  The Trump Administration’s Approach to Asia Trade Policy – The U.S.’s decision to back out of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in January 2017 drastically altered the prospects for active U.S. economic engagement in the Asia-Pacific region.  Additionally, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Cooperation (RCEP), the other major trade negotiation in the region, is facing serious challenges.  The result is that many countries in the region are pursuing bi-lateral trade agreements which do not deliver the same magnitude of benefits.  In 2016, the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) established an Independent Commission on Trade Policy, chaired by ASPI Vice President and former Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler, to examine the regional trade landscape and offer practical recommendations for policy makers to chart a path forward for trade and economic integration in the region.  Wendy Cutler and Alan Crain will discuss how the U.S. can continue meaningful economic engagement with its partners in the Asia-Pacific.  How will the Trump administration’s trade policy in the region evolve?  Will Asian economies gravitate towards RCEP and/or pursue the implementation of the TPP without the U.S.?  Are bilateral trade agreements adequate to advance growth and prosperity in the region, or do high-standard regional agreements, such as TPP AND RCEP, represent the best path forward?  Reception at 6:00 p.m.  Program at 7:00 p.m.  $10 for members/$20 for non-members.  Register online.

June 1st:  Screen Asia: HAAPI Film Festival Opening Night: “The Tiger Hunter” – The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director of The Tiger Hunter, Lena Khan, along with a VIP reception with light bites and drinks.  The film is about Sami Malik, a young Indian, who travels to America in the 1970s. He dreams of becoming an engineer to impress his childhood crush and live up to the legacy of his father, a legendary tiger hunter.  When Sami’s job falls through, he takes a low-end job and joins with a gang of oddball friends in hopes of convincing his childhood sweetheart that he’s far more successful that he truly is – or perhaps ever will be.  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.  Free for general seating; $20 for VIP seating; $20 for VIP reception; $30 for bundled VIPP seating and reception.  Purchase tickets online.

June 10th: Architecture Tour – This tour will focus on Yoshio Taniguchi’s first free-standing structure in the United States. It touches on the materials, influences and ambience of the building. The guided tour stops will include The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater; the Edward Rudge Allen II Education Center; the Elkins Foundation Water Garden; the Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall; and the Water Garden Terrace. Free for members/$5 for non-members. 2:00 p.m. Register online.

June 10th: Art Tour – Join Asia Society for a docent lead tour of their current exhibitions. Free for members with RSVP/$5 for non-members. 3:00 p.m.

July 8thArchitecture Tour – This tour will focus on Yoshio Taniguchi’s first free-standing structure in the United States. It touches on the materials, influences and ambience of the building. The guided tour stops will include The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater; the Edward Rudge Allen II Education Center; the Elkins Foundation Water Garden; the Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall; and the Water Garden Terrace. Free for members/$5 for non-members. 2:00 p.m. Register online.

July 8thArt Tour – Join Asia Society for a docent lead tour of their current exhibitions. Free for members with RSVP/$5 for non-members. 3:00 p.m.

Thru July 30th: Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art – Bamboo is characterized by strength flexibility, and lightness – bending, not breaking, with strong winds, while enduring harsh winters. This exhibition explores the innovative shape bamboo art has taken in Japan since the mid-twentieth century. With rare wall-hung installations and sculptures never before seen in Texas, the exhibition both engages and educates audiences about a vibrant cultural art form. Although bamboo is an abundant natural resource, it is a challenging artistic medium with less than 100 professional bamboo artists in Japan today. Mastering the art form required decades of meticulous practice learning how to harvest, split, and plait the bamboo. This exhibition displays a mastery of the supreme technical skills inherent to the 17 artists who bring their innovative and imaginatively crafted sculptures to this exhibition.

Thru September 10th:  Sandram Majumdar – Asia Society Texas Center is pleased to present the first-ever exhibition in Texas of the work of contemporary artist Sangram Majumdar.  He emphasizes shared points of connection between seemingly disparate cultures, and his paintings act as palimpsests, layered with a range of historical references that are lost and recovered as the images unfold.  His work refers to the cyclical nature of history and the catalytic connections between major cultural centers in Asia and the west.  Born in Kolkata, India, Majumdar has an MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.  He is a full-time professor of painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

for more information, see www.asiasociety.org/texas or call 713-496-9901

Children’s Museum of Houston (1500 Binz)

The Children’s Museum of Houston offers a wonderful array of ongoing exhibits, created to inspire children’s imaginations and help them to learn through curiosity and hands-on activities and experimentation.

Exhibits:

The 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.

Shocks and Jolts – Get ready for a shock to your system as you enter the Children’s Museum’s brand new Shocks and Jolts exhibition for kids ages 6 and up. This all-new, hands-on exhibition focused around the always-exciting topic of electricity is divided into three main topic areas to help build a better understanding about the properties, generation and uses of electricity.

Yalalag: A Mountain Village in Mexico – Explore Yalalag – A Mountain Village in Mexico! One of the original Children’s Museum exhibits, Yalalag returns with a facelift and a bang to provide you with the opportunity to experience the day-to-day life of people who live in Villa Hidalgo Yalalag – a Zapotec village located in the Sierra Juarez Mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. You are invited to an exotic trip south of the border to learn about the cultural attributes that give the people of Yalalag a unique take on life.

EcoStation – How does it grow? This 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 can also participate in always changing programming that includes things such as nature journals, water quality testing, decomposition, soil type explorations, home environmental awareness inventory logs, bird feeders and much, much more.

Kidtropolis – This exhibit marks a brand new spot on the map, as a real-life kid metropolis, complete with a skyline, city government, occupations and the systems that make a city work. It’s where kids choose to be whatever they want to be. They will participate in a sophisticated, simulated economy, where they can spend money on items and experiences throughout the city. But, like in real life, they will have to get jobs to earn money and that’s where the KidCard comes in handy! This ATM card has a stipend of 40 Kidtropolis dollars on it. With it, kids can go on a shopping spree of tantalizing items, special art workshops and other cool stuff. They can deposit their paychecks into a kid’s savings or checking account or hit the town for a day out!

Cyberchase – The Chase is On! – Based on Cyberchase, the Emmy award-winning PBS Kids Go! math mystery cartoon, Cyberchase – The Chase is On! Presents math in a fun, kid-friendly environment, allowing children to make use of their critical thinking skills and approach math with an investigative, positive attitude. In the exhibit, children will enter Cyberspace through a special portal to explore favorite cyber sites, including the Control Central, the Grim Wreaker and Poddleville and be greeted by Motherboard, the peace-loving leader of Cyberspace. They will help the CyberSquad protect the virtual universe from the evil Hacker, while exploring math concepts such as place value, algebra, geometry, fractions and probability.

Matter Factory – This exhibition offers a glimpse into the concepts of materials science, including properties of matter and potential uses for different substances and smart materials. With 1,350 square feet of exhibit space, explore how matter matters in our daily lives. Experiment with different properties of matter, test and sort materials based on their properties, and examine unique properties of emerging materials recently developed by scientists.

Flow Works – Dive into the forces and properties of water through waves, vortices and rapids, exploring the fascinating concept of hydropower. This interactive exhibit requires kids to “dip” their hands into it to make it work. An 18 feet tall Cauldron stands in the middle of it all! The more you play, the more it gets filled up with water. Once it’s full, water comes crashing down, making an unstoppable wave of fun and allowing other exhibit components to break their course! Feel the rush of waters through a simulated Flood Plain, stream through an Aquaduct Maze, or serve as the mastermind behind a Hydro Switchboard. Navigate ways in which water’s energy can be stored, released and manipulated and harness the power!

How Does It Work – Have you ever wondered how sounds travel? Or how your wireless telephone works? Or even what really happens when you turn the ignition in your car? This multi-level exhibition challenges you to ask and discover the answers to your own science questions with tons of hands-on, investigative experiences. See what makes a car go with the ’66 Mustang in Auto Alley. Watch your messages be sent via fiber-optics and check out the history of communication in Communication Speedway. Challenge yourself to discover something new at the Science Station and raise yourself 5 feet into the air to learn how pulleys work on the Kid Lift.

Power Play – Push your limits and discover how your body reacts to a variety of physical challenges in Power Play! 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.

Inventor’s Workshop – In this facilitated workshop space, visitors can participate in a wide variety of creative thinking and inventive workshops with museum staff playing the role of resident inventors. In general this area is focused on engaging visitors in creative thinking, design and invention. It conveys the following messages about the process of invention: 1) Inventors learn by doing; 2) Mistakes will happen and are necessary to the invention process; 3) Invention is a “messy” process; 4) Inventors take time to communicate with each other, often working in teams towards a single goal. The Workshop’s invigorating activities entail children to go beyond their imagination to create extraordinary objects that may or may not even work. Every week, there is an activity that focuses on invention and design through challenges or inquiry-based exploration. The activity incorporates science, art, and/or technology in some shape or form.

for more information, see www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138

Contemporary Arts Museum (5216 Montrose)

Thru May 7th: Origins of the Self – The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston’s Teen Council is pleased to present Origins of the Self, a group exhibition featuring work by Houston area teen artists. The exhibition will focus on questions of personal identify, This is the 10th biennial youth art exhibition organized by the council.

Thru August 6th: Atlas, Plural, Monumental – This exhibition is Paul Ramirez Jona’s first survey exhibition in the Americas. Including sculptures, photographs, videos, drawings, performative lectures, and participatory works made from 1991 to 2016, Atlas, Plural, Monumental demonstrates how Ramirez Jonas is redefining “public art” by investigating how a public is constituted, as well as what brings one together. In his earlier works Ramirez Jonas viewed historical references from a strategic vantage as he adapted early scientific experiments as “scores” inflected with his voice. Ramirez Jonas faithful reproductions of kites designed by investors such as Alexander Graham Bell and Joseph Locornu carried cameras into the air where re-engineered alarm clocks triggered their shutters, capturing images of the artist on the ground holding the kite’s string. In these works, Ramirez Jonas typically activated the scores himself; his later works extend this invitation to viewers. In 2005, Ramirez Jonas shifted his focus toward decidedly public forms: the equestrian statue, the bronze plaque, the key to the city, and the like. the Commons (2011) is a riderless equestrian monument made from cork, and viewers are invited to affix their own messages to the base. With this action, properties often attributed to commemorative sculpture – the singular voice of the state, the singular identity of the memorialized hero, and the immutability of inscriptions set in bronze and stone – are all upended. Ramirez Jonas’s work democratizes time-honored civic forms. Manifested in a range of compelling forms, Ramirez Jonas’s work invigorates our cultural commons.

May 20th – September 3rd: A Better Yesterday – “Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a better past” is a truism today, originally from the lips of our great philosophically minded comedienne and actress Lily tomlin. It means simply that we need to radically accept that whatever traumas we have lived through are part of the life experience that created us, and we must build from there. the past is a neutral building block that should engender no emotion from us other than gratitude for who we are today. Still, creative people cannot help but muse over alternate realities that might have been and, through the telling, make sense of the actual narratives. And while such musings can veer toward the pathological in the cases of Jack Early, Joo Young Choi and Lily van der Stokker, these artists remake aspects of their pasts with glee. A Better Yesterday presents three personal histories and stories that are remade as ambiguously fictional situations.

for more information, see www.camh.org or call (713) 284-8250

The Heritage Society (1100 Bagby)

May 9th – June 9th: Tropical (Im)pression: A Gulf Coast Hurricane Retrospective – The first decade of the 21st century has seen significant hurricane activity along the Gulf Coast. In 2010, five years after Hurricane Rita, the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur initiated the Hurricane Retrospective project, an effort to document the recent history of hurricanes in the southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana Gulf Coast region. The Museum of the Gulf Coast called for photographs and personal stories from those along the Gulf Coast who lived through Hurricanes Rita and Ike. The response was tremendous with hundreds of submissions from private citizens, amateur and professional photographers, and businesses from the private and public sector. The collected images were added to the museum’s permanent archives in order to preserve the history of these events. The culmination of the Hurricane Retrospective Project’s documentary efforts is Tropical (Im)pression: A Gulf Coast Hurricane Retrospective, a traveling exhibition created by the Museum of the Gulf Coast and presented in partnership with Humanities Texas.

May 9th:  Hurricane Ike … Where We Stand – We can’t stop hurricanes, but there are steps we can take to minimize their destruction.  What are scientists and civic leaders doing to prepare for the next Hurricane Ike?  What is the Ike Dike and will it work?  If you live in Houston, these are things you need to know.  To get the answers and preview The Heritage Society’s latest exhibition, Tropical (Im)pression: A Gulf Coast Hurricane Retrospective, join environmental engineer and hurricane authority Dr. Philip Bedient at The Heritage Society for this presentation.  Dr. Bedient is Herman Brown Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University.  As the director of the Severe Storm Prediction Center at Rice University (since 2007) Dr. Bedient leads a team of five universities and 15 investigators from Gulf Coast universities dedicated to improving storm prediction, education, and evacuation from disaster.  7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Admission is free.

May 18th: The Happy Hollow: Emergency Salvage Archeology Project in Houston Historic Red Liight District by Linda Gorski – part of the Finger Lecture Series – For three short days at the end of January 2016, Texas Historical Commission Archeological Stewards from Harris County and members of the Houston Archeological Society participated in an emergency salvage archeology shovel testing project at a unique site in downtown Houston, Texas. Owners of the historic Lancaster Hotel were forced to demolish two equally historic adjoining buildings to provide parking spaces for the hotel. the owners of the hotel, including Miki Lusk Norton, graciously allowed the Texas Historical Commission to examine the site before it was paved over. These historic buildings in the 500 block of Louisiana Avenue were built in 1907 and replaced earlier structures on the lots that were originally female boarding houses – aka brothels. The shovel testing revealed early cisterns, brick and concrete piers that supported the pier and beam building, an historic gully and a privy. Approximately 1100 artifacts were recovered including many complete bottles that originally contained female medications and tonics providing clues as to what was going on at the site in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and lending credence to the site’s original name – “Happy Hollow”. this presentation will present the history of an early red light district in Houston through artifacts recovered at the site. Noon – 1:00 p.m. The Heritage Society Tea Room. Free for members/$5 for non-members.

May 24th:  Building Arts Lecture: Hurricane, Homes and History in Galveston – Presented by Hal Needham, Ph.D., Galveston Historical Foundation.  Galveston, a city rich in historic resources, has a long record of destructive hurricane that have had enormous impact on its built environment.  In response, the city has attempted major interventions to protect against future damage.  One of the most visible interventions is the raising of Galveston’s grade level as much as 17 feet following the 1900 hurricane.  As the Director of Galveston Historical Foundation’s Center for Coastal Heritage, Dr. Needham is completing research on the grade raising and other impacts of storms on Galveston’s built environment.  For this lecture, Dr. Needham will discuss what he has learned, including new discoveries and then-and-now images from the 1900 hurricane and grade raising.  7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  the Heritage Society Tea Room.  Free for members/$5 for non-members.

for more information, visit www.heritagesociety.org

Holocaust Museum of Houston (5401 Caroline)

Permanent Exhibit: Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers – Authentic film footage, artifacts, photographs and documents show life in pre-war Europe, the Nazi move toward the “Final Solution” and life after the Holocaust. The exhibit includes a 1942 Holocaust era railcar and 1942 Danish rescue boat, which both teach the lessons of individual responsibility and how two different populations dealt with evil and injustice.

May 3rd:  “Stolen Education” Screening & Discussion with Filmmaker Enrique Aleman, Jr. Ph.D. – In conjunction with “Bittersweet Harvest” The Bracero Program 1942-1964″, see a screening of “Stolen Education”, the untold story of Mexican-American school children who challenged Discrimination in Texas Schools in the 1950s and changed the face of education in the Southwest.  Post film discussion with filmmaker and University of Texas at San Antonio Professor & Chair of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Dr. Enrique Aleman, Jr.  Free and open to the public.  Advance registration is required – online.  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

May 8th:  “Labor Trafficking Past & Present” Panel Discussion – Join Children at Risk and United Against Human Trafficking at HMH for a viewing of the Exhibit “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964” followed by a panel discussion on the history of labor trafficking in the U.S. and efforts to end this crime.  Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is required – online.  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

May 10th:  “Persona Non Grata” Film Screening – Directed by Cellin Gluck – “Persona Non Grata”, Japan, 2016, 139 minutes is the true story of the Japanese diplomat who acted against orders to save thousands of Jewish lives from Nazi extermination.  Tracking events from 1934 to 1955, the film follows Chiune Sugihara from his early days in Manchuria to his posting as Japan’s consul in Lithuania during WWII.  Caught amid the rigid policies of Japan, now bound by treaty with Nazi Germany, and his moral awakening, Sugihara put career and family at great risk by issuing transit visas to imperiled European refugees, to help more than 6,000 Jews escape to Japanese territory.  Sugihara is the only Japanese recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by the Israeli government and honored at Nad Vashem.  Special appearance by Consul General Amano of Japan.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Registration is required – online.  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

May 11th:  Houston Bracero Oral History Film & Texas Bacero Preservation – In conjunction with viewing “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1941 – 1964”, see a screening of Texas Southern University Assistant Professor Dr. Jesus Esparza’s Houston Bracero Oral History Project, featuring the stories of seven Houston area braceros and their families.  Post film discussion with Dr. Esparza along with Sheila Mota Casper, Field Officer, National Trust for Historic Preservation, who is working to preserve the Rio Vista Farm in Socorro, Texas, one of the last known bracero processing centers in the U.S.  Free and open to the public.  Advance registration is required – online.  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Thru May 14th: Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964 – This is HMH’s first Spanish/English bilingual exhibit. The exhibit showcases the Bracero program, the largest guest worker program in U.S. history, which brought millions of Mexican nationals north to work on short-term labor contracts. The work was backbreaking and living conditions poor, but the program offered Mexican men economic opportunities and much needed work. their contributions to communities in Mexico and the U.S. have had a lasting impact on the political, economic, social and cultural landscapes of both nations.

May 16th: Book Club Discussion of “The Monuments Men” by Robert M. Edsel – Join HMH librarian Maria Harris, as she facilitates a discussion of “The Monuments Men” by Robert M. Edsel. this book tells the previously untold story of a little-known WWII Allied division whose mission was to track down European art and treasures that had been looted by the Nazis at Hitler’s command. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP online. Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. If registration is full, contact Maria Harris at 713-942-8000 x 110 to add your name to an interest list.

May 30th: Genealogy Workshop: “Getting Started in Family Research” – The Friends of The Boniuk Library are pleased to present a Genealogy Workshop: Getting Started in Family Research. the workshop features essential information for beginning to learn about your ancestry. The program begins with Susan Kaufman, Manager of the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, as she provides an introduction to genaology. Next, HMH librarian Maria harris describes how to research family history in relation to the Holocaust. Hear the personal experiences of HMH docent Eyal Enav as he describes his journey in learning about his heritage and finally, Bennett Greenspan, CEO of Family Tree DNA, discusses how to get started with genealogical DNA testing. Admission is $12. Registration is required online. 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Thru May 30th: A Celebration of Survival by Barbara Hines – An immersive exhibition designed to honor the heroes, victims and survivors of the Holocaust, “A Celebration of Survival”, by Barbara Hines, masterfully addresses the Holocaust framed in a message of redemption and forgiveness. The exhibition inspires visitors to focus on what “could be” rather than the horrors of the past.

June 27th: Book Club Discussion of “Prudence” by David Treuer – Join HMH librarian Maria Harris, as she facilitates a discussion of “Prudence” by David Treuer. This novel tells the story of an American Bombardier. When his farewell departure for WWII is shattered by an act of violence involving an escaped German soldier, bombardier Frankie Washburn witnesses the unfolding consequences that reverberate for several years. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP online. Registration is limited to 12 participants, but the discussion may be offered on a second date. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. If registration is full, contact Maria Harris at 713-942-8000 x 110 to add your name to an interest list.

Thru July 30th:  “Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp” – Dr. Astrid Ley, research associate and Deputy Head of Sachsenhausen Memorial and Museum, in Oranienburg, Germany, recently spent four weeks working with HMH’s Curatorial Department during a travel extension of her research fellowship at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin.  Dr. Ley’s principal research is medicine under National Socialism and medical care in concentration camps, recently focusing on “inmate doctors” in the camps.  While in Houston, Dr. Ley curated an 8-panel exhibition titled “Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp” on display through July 30th.  Sachsenhausen was one of the biggest concentration camps within German borders.  More than 200,000 men and women from the whole of Europe were imprisoned there and tens of thousands of them did not survive.  Don’t miss this unique and compelling exhibition in the library providing an overview of the camps history between 1935 and 1945.

for more information, see www.hmh.org or call (713) 942-8000

Houston Museum of Natural Science (One Hermann Circle Drive – Hermann Park)

Hall of Ancient Egypt – Safely ensconced in the Sahara desert, and drawing its lifeblood form the River Nile, ancient Egyptian civilization flourished for more than three millennia. A quintessential example of what archaeologists call a primary civilization, “ancient Egypt did not rely on inspiration from others to develop its own architecture, writing and religion – all of Egyptian culture was developed “in house”. The themes of writing, religion, natural resources and – of course – mummification will be explored in this new permanent exhibition hall. Ever since the late 18th century, the Western world has been exploring Egypt. This hall will present artifacts collected during these early days of investigations, and will also compare old-style archaeology with 21st century approaches, such as using satellite imagery and remote sensing to locate and map ancient settlements. The Museum’s own mummy, Ankh Hap, will be moved to this new hall.

Paleontology Hall – The museum’s new Paleontology Hall is the length of a football field, and is one of the most dynamic of its kind in the world. The hall is packed with prehistoric beasts, and will not have the same stagnant displays of ancient skeletons standing in a row that visitors have grown accustomed to seeing. Rather, the predators and prey in the new hall will be in action – chasing, eating and escaping as they struggle for life. Embark on a “prehistoric safari” that also includes the grand saga of human evolution – from tree-climbing australopithecines to courageous mammoth-hunters. Want to learn more? Go to the museum’s website for more detailed information on this new permanent exhibit hall.

Tourmaline Treasures – This exhibition is a “jewel-box” of the world’s finest naturally crystallized tourmalines. The exhibit is organized around the “Rose of Itatiaia” tourmaline from the Joanas Mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil. This special tourmaline is the highlight and centerpiece of the exhibition. Other “asterpiece” specimens from the most famous mines in the world include the Tourmaline Queen Mine, in California; the Paprok Region in Naristan, Afghanistan; the Mt. Mica in Main; the Stewart Mine in San Diego County, California; Anjanabonina Region in Madagascar; the Pedeneira Mine in Brazil; the Malkhan Mine in Russia, the Alto Ligonha Region of Mozambique, etc. This is a unique opportunity to see these famous tourmalines all under one roof.

Gemstone Carving: Crystals Transformed Through Vision & Skill – Marvel at the extraordinary artworks of Harold Van Pelt in this exhibition. For more than 35 years, Harold Van Pelt has quietly been perfecting the art of carving quartz, rock crystal and agate gemstones. Hundreds of hours go into each multi-faceted, fluted and textured vase, hollow container, sculpture and vessel, many of which are accented with gold and semi-precious stones. Working the stone down to paper-thin walls brings out the gorgeous natural quality and colors of the agate and gives quartz the transparency of glass. Transformed by one man’s vision and skill from a solid stone to an incredibly delicate work of art, the gemstone carvings of Harold Van Pelt have to be seen to be believed.

Amber Secrets, Feathers from the Age of the Dinosaurs – Prized amber gems began their journey through deep time in liquid form – as resin secreted by trees, likely in response to injury. This liquid “Band-Aid” served as a natural stick trap for capturing a portion of the ecosystem that could not be preserved in such detail in any other manner. Except in the rarest cases, the fossilization process is not a gentle one – it favors the largest and most durable. Delicate or small things are “forgotten” by the process. The copious ancient resin that trapped and drowned fragments of these ancient landscapes served as the most faithful and gentle of funeral directors. Details normally not preserved in fossils are plainly visible. The exhibition features over 100 of some of the most exquisite specimens dating as far back as 99 million years ago. Plants, fungus, vertebrates and invertebrates such as insects, spiders, scorpions, snails, millipedes and centipedes are represented. Highlights include feathers and lizards encapsulated in amber. Each polished translucent gem provides a window to the time of the dinosaurs.

Recently opened: Vanishing Arts: Highlights from the Beasley-Hwang Collection – It’s the culmination of decades of travel to exotic lands. An eclectic collection of unique artifacts acquired by Drs. Palmer Beasley and Lu Yu Hwang as their study of Hepatitis B took them to China, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Mexico and a host of other countries. This exhibit features 50 of the most fascinating objects from this stunning collection. An intricately carved and painted mask. An Actual Tao sea-going canoe from Taiwan. And a stunning Dragon Robe from the Imperial Court of China, replete with symbolism. Through descriptive text, photographs, and videos, you will learn ow they were created and why. But it’s up to you to imagine why each piece captured the attention of this husband and wife team of physicians.

Recently reopened: Faberge: Royal Gifts featuring the Trellis Egg Surprise – The McFerrin Faberge Collection will be presented in a new state-of-the-art gallery in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals. This new gallery is made possible by the generous underwriting of the Artie and Dorothy McFerrin Foundation. The first installation in the gallery is the new special exhibition Faberge: Royal Gifts featuring the Trellis Egg Surprise. Visitors will experience the design artistry and craftsmanship of the Faberge workmasters in an intimate setting. Currently numbering over 600 pieces, the McFerrin Faberge Collection is the largest private collection of Faberge in the world – a treasure trove of objects reflecting the artistry of the Faberge firm. The exhibition explores the international politics, diplomacy, economics and innovation in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Beginning with the magnificent crown jewels of Catherine the Great, the development of Peter Carl Faberge’s techniques and inspiration are explores. One of the unique treasures displayed is a Faberge piece inspired by a Scythian gold arm band dating to the 4th century BC. One of only four known today, Faberge exhibited this piece at the 1882 Pan-Russian Exhibition in Moscow. In 1885 the House of Faberge was named “Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown.”

Thru May 19th: Gems of the Sea: The Guido T. Poppe Collection – The Philippines consists of over 7,500 islands in southeast Asia, totaling a land area of approximately 116,000 square miles, giving the Philippines the longest coastlines of any nation in the world. The Philippine archipelago is known to possess some of the richest marine biodiversity in the world. Along with their unparalleled diversity among the species, marine mollusks from this area are of great interest to silence for their peculiar interactions and adaptations in their marine environment. This new acquisition to the HMNS collections is the most extensive and complete assemblage of marine mollusks from a single Indo-Pacific region. The collection consists of over 25,000 fully documented specimens, which include corresponding scientific collecting and meta data, photographs and shared copyrights. Over, 6,250 species are represented in the collection, which includes more than 10% of the known marine mollusk species worldwide. This new exhibition features a selection of nearly 130 exquisite shells which represent 60 species in the collection. Many are so new to science that they have not yet been named.

Thru May 29th: Mummies of the World – The exhibit provides a window into the lives of ancient people from several regions of the world, including Europe, South America and Ancient Egypt, offering unprecedented insights into past cultures and civilizations. Inside every mummy is a story waiting to be told. Through modern science and technology, their secrets are now revealed. This exhibition tells the story of the mummies and mummification through state-of-the-art multi-media, hands-on interactive stations and cutting-end 3-D animation taking visitors on a 4,500 year journey to explore the mummies history and origins as well as how they were created, both through natural and intentional practices. The exhibition highlights real advances in the scientific methods used to study mummies, including Computed Tomography (CT), ancient DNA analysis and radiocarbon dating, all of which allow researchers to learn about the lives, history and cultures of the mummies. Who were they? Where did they come from? And what can they teach us?

Thru June 4th: Wildlife Photographer of the Year – The Houston Museum of Natural Science is honored to again host the breathtaking beauty captured in Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Now in its fifty-second installment, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a showcase for the world’s very best nature photography. This acclaimed exhibition showcases Earth’s most extraordinary and revelatory sights, reflecting nature’s beauty and diversity and highlighting the fragility of wildlife on our planet. After its London premiere, the exhibition embarks on a UK and international tour, to inspire millions of people across the world to appreciate and conserve the natural world. This year’s competition was the most competitive to date – attracting almost 50,000 entries from professional and amateurs across 95 countries.  Opens June 19thFaces From the Southern Ocean

Thru September 4th: Out of the Amazon: Life on the River – HMNS has an unparalleled Amazonia collection. Priceless pieces of the collection – ceremonial objects, masks, body costumes, headdresses and more are showcased in this new exhibition. Sharing the story of thirteen tribes, spectacular feather art and other rare artifacts are complimented by photographs, videos and animals that live side by side with these indigenous communities. Visitors are offered a glimpse of everyday life, as well as the spiritual beliefs and customs, among the rapidly disappearing indigenous groups of the Amazon Rainforest. One of the tribes, is the Pa’ikwene, which inhabit the border area of two countries, French Guyana and Brazil. The overall population in the early part of the 21st century is estimated to be between 1,000 and 1,600 individuals. the term Pa’ikwene means “people of the middle”, a reference to their homeland along the Middle River, called the Urucaua. They are also “people of the middle” in another sense: their strong sense of uniqueness and exclusivity seems to allow each individual one of of them a feeling of importance and worth – of being, as a Pa’ikwene, right at the hub of things. The Pa’ikwene recount no fewer than six creation stories. One of these incorporates the world-wide theme of a great flood. Unique to the Pa’ikwene culture is a conical helmet, open at the top and decorated with superimposed feathers. This headdress functions as a seat for a protective spirit, one that will shield the wearer from ill-intentioned spirits.

Thru September 4th: Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum – Gladiator combat has evolved into one of the defining symbols of ancient Roman culture. Immortalized by films, gladiators locked in mortal combat for the entertainment of the crowds in Rome’s Colosseum are larger than life figures in our mind. However, what went on behind the scenes? This exhibit provides answers in two arenas: that of the gladiators and that of the Colosseum. The exhibit takes you through time and through the Roman Empires. Featuring original artifacts from the Colosseum never before exhibited outside of Italy, this large international exhibit illustrates the compelling and fascinating world of the gladiators. The exhibit also explores the behind the scenes lives of the gladiators and the colossal stage upon which their fate was determined, the Colosseum. Theirs was a world of specialized training, discipline, regulation, and peril, but also of hope of fame, redemption and even wealth and freedom. Original armor and related archaeological artifacts from the Colosseum and other Italian museums are included.

Thru October 8th: Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State – Featuring maps dating from 1513 to 1920, this special exhibition traces more than 400 years of Texas history. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the formation of Texas, from an unnamed frontier in the New World to a small outpost of New Spain, to the huge, bustling state that now leads the nation. Through this unique presentation of cartographic history, visitors can visualize how the fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston, and the third most populous county in the U.S., Harris County, grew into an economic powerhouse because of the Houston Ship Channel and the growth of railroads in the region. The works in this exhibition are mainly from the archival collection of the Texas General Land Office and Houston map collectors Frank and Carol Holcomb. Additionally, there are items on loan from the Witte Musem in San Antonio and the Bryan Museum in Galveston.

Planetarium Showings:

Dark Universe – Dark Universe whisks audiences out of the Milky Way galaxy and drops them alongside a parachute descending through Jupiter’s atmosphere, and brings them all the way to the afterglow of the Big Bang while revealing the breakthroughs that have led astronomers to confront two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. It begins with a scene millions of light years away from Earth. After flying to our own Milky Way galaxy, viewers arrive at California’s Mount Wilson Observatory, where Edwin Hubble’s discovery that the universe is expanding first pointed to the Big Bang. That initial discovery, and ever more powerful instruments on the ground and in space, led to other breakthroughs that have given astronomers an increasingly detailed and precise picture of how the universe formed and evolved. But these revelations have also uncovered intriguing new mysteries. What is the so-called dark energy accelerating cosmic expansion? What is the invisible dark matter holding together galaxies? What is dark Energy, which accounts for about 70 percent of the universe’s total energy and mass? What lies beyond our cosmic horizon? Dark Universe explores this new age of cosmic discovery.

Starry Night Express – Enjoy this live show for stargazers of all ages. Practice finding constellations, planets, the moon, meteor showers and the Milky Way band. Everything you might see on the next starry night. Then imagine leaving Houston behind for a visit to our George Observatory and on to the darkest skies on Earth. The live action adventure then zooms out to the different planets you can see, past Pluto, and on to the stars of the nearby Pleiades star cluster and into the birth clouds of the Orion Nebula. Watch the Milky Way transform into a barred spiral galaxy within a sea of galaxies. This is a guided tour led by your personal astronomer, beginning with the objects you can see tonight in your own backyard.

Solar Superstorms – A fury is building on the Sun surface – with high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave 100,000 kilometers high, and rising loops of electrified gas. To find out why, explore the sun’s seething interior in Solar Superstorms. Experience erupting flares, violent solar tornadoes, and massive ejections of plasma into the solar wind, streaming into space and perhaps toward Earth. A new supercomputer has produced these dramatic immersive visualizations of the sun’s violent interior and its effect on Earth. Brace yourself as the next Solar Superstorm is coming your way.

Black Holes – Embark on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe. What is a black hole? Where do they come from? Where do they go? Witness the bending of light, skewing of perception, and the dizzying descent into a black hole. Explore the latest scientific knowledge on black holes in a show that is visually immersive and very exciting. This show incorporates some of the most visually stunning three-dimensional effects ever created for the planetarium. Add to that a sound effects track and 5.1 surround sound mix by George Lucas Skywalker Sound Studios and you have an incredible sensory experience.

Dynamic Earth – Dynamic Earth explores concepts and terms essential to understanding the climate and fills in major gaps in the public’s understanding of climate change. In doing so, it enables audiences to gain perspective on one of the most important issues of our time: the question of how to balance the energy and resource needs of our populations with the need to safeguard Earth’s great life support system, the global climate. Dynamic Earth follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape Earth’s climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Highlights include ultra-high-resolution visualizations of giant swirling eddies of the Gulf Stream, a re-creation of the anatomy of Hurricane Katrina, microscopic ocean creatures blown up to giant size, and the most detailed recreation of the surface and atmosphere of Venus ever produced.

We Are Stars – This presentation is a family-friendly adventure that starts with a little stardust, building up over millions of years to become our world and us. Narrated by Lord of the Rings’ Andy Serkis, this time-space adventure spans billions of years and includes the formation of hydrogen, nuclear fusion in stars, formation of asteroids, synthesis of carbon, creation of our own solar system and the emerging of the very first living cells on Earth. It’s an incredible ride that explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and explosive origins with a cast of lovable characters! It is true that we really are made of stardust? We Are Stars! Learn about this cosmic transformation.

Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd’s legendary album returns, using all the capacities of the Museum’s high-definition, full-dome video system. Fantastic sound and incredible images create an unforgettable experience. It’s not just a laser show, it’s a totally new digital revolution in sight and sound surrounding you, immersing you and losing you in the Dark Side of the Moon.

IMAX Theatre Showings:

Wild Africa 3D – From the highest snow-covered mountains in Kenya, along great rivers, into steamy rainforests and wide-open savannahs, Wild Africa 3D reveals the striking contrast of stunning deserts beside wild oceans and the sunlit abundance of the coral reefs. Water, the interconnecting force of this kingdom, serves as a guide, shaping wild Africa and conjuring up life wherever it journeys. Through the magic of 3D technology, the audience flies along the Great Rift Valley following the twisting rivers to discover a family of elephants on their epic search for water. Other animals featured include hungry crocodiles as they wait at the water holes for the annual wildebeest migration on the savannahs of the Serengeti; a family of mountain gorillas in the forests of Rwanda and thousands of flamingos performing an extraordinary mating display in the volcanic Lake Bogoria. And in a final epic giant screen experience, the movie chases the great rains of the African summer storms that annually bring life to this magnificent continent.

Dream Big 3D – All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways. Dream Big will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds and a solar car race across Australia. Along the way, the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

Extreme Weather 2D/3D – This Imax 3D comes from famed storm chaser and award-winning giant screen film-maker, Sean Casey. This dramatic and exciting film will take you where few have gone before, to the edge of 300 foot tall calving glaciers in Alaska, on the front lines of massive wildfires in the West, and directly in the path of deadly, yet mesmerizing tornadoes in the plains. Follow the men and women on the forefront of climate research, and the everyday heroes who put their lives on the line to help us understand and adapt to our ever-changing weather.

for more information, see www.hmns.org or call (713) 639-4629

Menil Collection (1515 Sul Ross)

Thru May 13th: The Fabiola Project – The Fabiola Project consists of more than 450 reproductions of a lost 1885 painting of 4th century Roman Saint Fabiola by French artist Jean-Jacques Henner. The project was initiated by Belgian artist Francis Alys in the early 199os, shortly after he moved to Mexico City, his current home. Fascinated by the artisanal culture of the city and short on funds, he decided to build an art collection for himself by combing the city’s flea markets and antique and junk shops. He expected to find copies of masterpieces by painters like Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Jean-Francois Millet. Instead, he found and bought versions of Henner’s Fabiola, depicted in left-facing profile wearing a red headscarf. Gradually Alys’ casual collecting projects gathered steam as he and his friends discovered new images of the saint during their travels around the world. Today, The Fabiola Project consists primarily of paintings, but also include bas-relief wood carvings and images in needlepoint, painted ceramics, jewelry, and in one case a mosaic made of rice and beans. On view in the Menil’s Byzantine Fresco Chapel, where slower and deeper reflection is encouraged, the exhibition is curated by Toby Kamps, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Thru June 18th: The Beginning of Everything: Drawings from the Janie C. Lee, Louisa Stude Sarofim and David Whitney Collections – In anticipation of the opening of the Menil Drawing Institute in October 2017, the museum presents this exhibition. The show highlights promised gifts from the collections of Janie C. Lee and Louisa Stude Sarofim, as well as works from David Whitney’s 2005 bequest. The works featured will continue to shape the core of the Menil’s collection. Through drawings spanning from the mid-19th to late 20th century, a range of narratives and art histories will emerge, the possibility of experimentation inherent ot the medium; the role of drawing in artistic and art historical research; and the pleasure, joy and challenge that drawing offers. As a form that transcends discipline – it is as valuable to the choreographer, composer and archaeologist as it is to the architect and artist – drawing acts as a common language between creative cultures. The Beginning of Everything celebrates the profound generosity of three trustees and patrons. Their leadership – matched by the Menil’s board of trustees – initiated planning for the Menil Drawing Institute, which has been a program of the Menil since 2008.

Thru July 9th: ReCollecting Dogon – During the 20th century, the society and visual culture of people living along the steep, rocky Bandiagara escarpment in present-day Mali captured the imagination of Europeans and Americans. The Dogon – as they have come to be know through a large corpus of colonial literature, ethnographic fieldwork, exhibitions, films, and tour guides – occupy a prominent position in the West’s history of the African continent. They are internationally celebrated for their dynamic performances of surreal masks, defy carved figural sculptures, iconic architecture and rich cosmology. This exhibition showcases over 25 examples of artistry from the Bandiagara region acquired by John and Dominique de Menil during the mid-20th century. The sculptures, masks, necklaces and other works by “unknown” artists not only suggest the significance of art to daily life among the Dogon peoples, they evoke formidable legacies of colonialism and the limitations of representing Dogon peoples through objects collected by and for foreigners. Currated by Paul R. Davis, the exhibition strives to destabilize the authority of ethnographic display by including 1930s ethnographic audio recordings simulated by Marcel Griaule, photographs of artworks taken by Walker Evans (1935) and Mario Carrieri (1976(, and other archival works that recall the long history of encounters and transactions shaping current understanding of Dogon peoples.

Thru August 6th: Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip – This exhibition brings together examples of the early works of Chryssa, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Lenore Tawney, and Jack Youngerman. These artists were among a group of intellectuals, writers, filmmakers, and poets who lived and worked during the late 1950s and early 1960s in the old seaport at the lower tip of Manhattan called the Coenties Slip. Distinguished by its viewed of the Brooklyn Bridge and its position between land and sea, the slip served as an important inspiration for the artists, who frequently incorporated aquatic themes into their early work. The exhibition will feature 27 aesthetically distinct works, united by the artists’ desire to locate new ways of thinking about abstraction. Curated by Michelle White, the exhibition draws heavily from the Menil’s holdings and is augmented by important loans from private collections in Houston and the Lenore Tawney Foundation, New York.

for more details, see www.menil.org or call (713) 284-8250

Museum of Fine Arts Houston (1001 Bissonnet)

May 6th – September 4thHomelands and Histories: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh – Photographer Fazal Sheikh has traveled the world, capturing images of the displaced and marginalized in Afghanistan, Africa, Brazil, Cuba, India, Israel, Pakistan, and Palestine.  This exhibition celebrates a major MFAH acquisition of 75 photographs spanning the artist’s career.  Sheikh, an award winning photographer, was born in New York City in 1965.  This exhibition features images representing each of his key projects, from the late 1980s to 2013.  A portraitist of uncommon sensitivity, Sheikh seeks to sustain a relationship with the societies he photographs, often spending extended periods of time in each community.  In Sheikh’s own words, his aim is to “contribute to a wider understanding of these groups, to respect them as individuals, and to counter the ignorance and prejudice that often attaches to them”, a goal achieved through his simple, direct portraits.

Thru May 7th: Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photography – For the annual exhibition Eye on Houston: High School Documentary Photography, the Museum collaborates with area high schools to document and celebrate Houston’s diverse neighborhoods. Eye on Houston invites students to offer a glimpse into their daily lives, experiences and personal stories. Each generation witnesses Houston through new eyes, seeing and experiencing a fresh incarnation of the city Utilizing photography as a tool, these student photographers document their perspectives. This year marks the 22nd edition of the exhibition. The images selected showcase the talents of juniors and seniors from Bellaire High School, DeBakey High School for Health Professions, High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Jack Yates High School, Lamar High School, Sam Houston High School, and Westside High School.

Thru May 9th: A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection – This exhibition is a series of installations that trace the course of Photography from its invention to the present day, showcasing important new acquisitions and treasured masterpieces. Every few months, a new selection of photographs, drawn from the rich collection that the Museum has built over the past half century, presents the medium’s history in a slightly different light. In this way, an increasingly complex picture of photographic history emerges for those who move slowly, look closely, and return for more. The current exhibition features images by Julia Margaret Cameron, Robert Covington, Lotte Jacobi, Kawada Kikuji, Vik Muniz, Irving Penn, and Henri-Victor Regnault, among others.

Thru May 21st: Adios Utopia: Dreams and Deceptions in Cuban Art since 1950 – This exhibition looks at how Cuba’s revolutionary aspirations for social utopia – and subsequent disillusionment – shaped 65 years of Cuban art. The exhibition brings together more than 100 of the most important works of painting, graphic design, photography, video, installation, and performance created by more than 50 Cuban artists and designers. Anchored by key moments of 20th and 21st century Cuban history, Adios Utopia is the most comprehensive and significant presentation of modern and contemporary Cuban art shown in the United States since 1944, when the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented Modern Cuban Painters. Although many artists have emigrated from Cuba to live and work abroad, Adios Utopia focuses on the untold narrative of those artists who remained in Cuba or whose careers took off after Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. Through a selection of pivotal artworks – created in each of six decades since 1950 – the exhibition explores Cuba’s artistic production through the lens of utopia, both its construction and its deconstruction. The exhibition introduces U.S. audiences to key events in Cuban history and explores how this history affected individual artists, shaped the character of art produced on the island, and conditioned the reception of Cuban art both in Cuba and abroad.

Thru June 4th: Cuban Photography After 1980: Selections from the Museum’s Collection – With Fidel Castro’s death, the Cuban Revolution lost its political and spiritual leader. For many Cubans, however, the utopian aspirations promoted by Castro since the 1950s wavered earlier. Cuban Photography after 1980 features images from the Museum’s collection by contemporary photographers who have respoonded in multi-layered ways to the Cuban ideals under which they were raised. Many of these photographers started working during the explosion of creative activity in Cuba in the 1980s and continued beyond the “Special Period” of the 1990s, when the collapse of the Soviet Union and the continued trade embargo by the U.S. and U.S. allies brought extreme hardship. Withdrawing from the epic themes of Castro’s regime, these artists focused instead on everyday life in introspective, metaphorical and ambiguous works that are nevertheless concerned with greater social issues.

Thru June 4th: Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats – This exhibition showcases nearly 50 ikat robes and panels from the renowned Murad Megalli Collection of the Textile Museum in Washington D.C. These bold garments were mainstays of cosmopolitan oasis culture in the 19th century, worn by inhabitants of different classes and religions throughout crowded marketplaces, private homes, centers of worship and ceremonial places. the ikat textiles on display – including robes for men and women, dresses, trousers, and hangings – feature eye-catching designs in dazzling colors. Supplementing the ikats are historical photographs and didactic materials about the tradition of their creation. The textiles were originally produced in the 1800s in weaving centers across Uzbekistan, including Bukhara, Samarkand, and the Fergana Valley. Additionally, special installations of ikat textiles from India, Japan and Central Asia – on view in the Museum’s permanent galleries in the Law Building – demonstrate ikat traditions from around the globe.

Thru June 18th: The Beginning of Everything: Drawings from the Jamie C. Lee, Louisa Stude Sarofim, and David Whitney Collections – “When I see a white piece of paper,” the artist Ellsworth Kelly once remarked, “I feel like I’ve got to draw. And Drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything.” This exhibition highlights promised gifts from the collections of Janie C. Lee and Louisa Stude Sarofim, as well as works from David Whitney’s 2005 bequest. The works featured will continue to shape the core of the Menil’s collection. Through drawings spanning from the mid-19th to late 20th century, a range of narratives and art histories will emerge: the possibility of experimentation inherent to the medium; the role of drawing in artistic and art historical research; and the pleasure, joy and challenge that drawing offers. As a form that transcends discipline – it is as valuable to the choreographer, composer, and archaeologist as it is to the architect and artist – drawing acts as a common language between creative cultures.

Thru August 13th: Ron Mueck – Ron Mueck draws upon memories, reveries and everyday experience as he portrays his subjects with extraordinary compassion. What makes his sculptures exceptional is the manner in which he balances realism with the unreal. Frequently spending more than a year conceiving and making each figure, Mueck captures every feature with astonishing detail. The naturalism of his work, however, is undercut by his calculated play with scale; Some figures fill a gallery, whereas others stand no more than 3 feet high. “I never made life-size figures because it never seemed to be interesting”, Mueck explained in a rare interview in 2003. “We meet life-sized people every day. Altering the scale makes you take notice in a way that you wouldn’t do with something that’s just normal. The son of German emigres, Mueck was born in Australia in 1958. After working in film and television in the U.S. and London, he shifted his focus to the fine arts in the mid-1990s. the 13 sculptures assembled in this exhibition – about a third of Mueck’s entire production – encapsulate the arc of his career from 1999 to 2013. Often caught in moments of silent communication or slumber, these figures illustrate the artist’s ongoing investigation of the cycle of life, from the first moment of consciousness, to young love, to the various stages of maturity and aging, and ultimately oblivion.

Thru January 28th: Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait – The Museum’s landmark partnership with the Kuwait-based al-Sabah Collection and the cultural institution Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah continues with this exhibition. The renowned al-Sabah Collection is one of the greatest privately held collections of Islamic art in the world. The collaboration with the Museum, established in 2012, led to the 2013 Houston debut of 67 objects ranging from carpets and architectural fragments to exquisite ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, scientific instruments, and manuscripts. This expanded installation more than triples the display, increasing the art on view to some 250 works that, together, present an impressive and comprehensive spectrum of Islamic art. Objects from the 8th to 18th century – made in North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, India, the Iberian Peninsula and Central Asia – demonstrate the development of techniques, craftsmanship and aesthetics in Islamic visual culture. Among the highlights are a 16th century Ottoman Turkish prayer carpet; a glass mosque lamp from 14th century Cairo; an extraordinary earthenware bowl from 9th century Iraq that transcends its humble function; early gold jewelry from Afghanistan and Syria; and opulent Mughal jewelry crafted in the refined kundan technique, including a brilliant bird pendant fabricated in late 16th century India from gold, rubies, emeralds, diamonds, and rock crystals.

for more information, see www.mfah.org or call (713) 639-7300

Museum of Health & Medical Science (1515 Hermann Drive)

You: The Exhibit – The Health Museum is proud to announce the first new permanent exhibition since its opening in 1996 – You: The Exhibit. This unique gallery immerses visitors of all ages in The World of Tomorrow – reminiscent of the 1939 World’s Fair. Join your fellow museum visitors in a learning environment that allows investigation into the who, what, where, when, and how of YOU. Using the latest multi-media and special effects technology, The Health Museum has created an experience that will take the museum visitor on a journey to explore their physical selves, mental selves and their future selves. The sophisticated media nature of the exhibition encourages group interaction and participation in the exhibition, and visitors are able to leave something of themselves behind to change the experience over time.

The Amazing Body Pavilion – Take a larger than life tour of the human body and learn all about how your organs and bone work. Sit on a giant tooth, ride a bicycle with a skeleton, walk through a giant brain and more.

McGovern 4D Theater – Take a journey into the alien landscape of your own skin with Planet You 3D, the latest 3D movie now showing at the McGovern Theater. Find out all about the creepy, crawly things that live on your body.

DeBakey Cell Lab – Gear up with a lab coat, gloves and goggles and travel through experiment stations in both English and Spanish. This hands-on exhibit is free for current members and an additional $3 for non-members with the purchase of general admission. The lab is a distinct new kind of museum experience. Honorably named after the respected and accomplished medical pioneer, Dr. Michael DeBakey, this bilingual exhibit is designed to introduce biology-based science to the public and inspire scientists and science-lab leaders in the medical field. Participants can travel through several lab benches that get you up close and personal with cellular biology.

for more information see www.mhms.org or call (713) 942-7054

Space Center Houston (1601 NASA Parkway)

New: Independence Plaza – Independence Plaza presented by Boeing has just opened. Visitors will enter the shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft, and then explore the giant plane. Multiple exhibits will grant a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era and describe its impact on current and future exploration. Fitting Space Center Houston’s educationally focused mission, the exhibits will explore problem-solving concepts; possible career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and examples of innovation from the shuttle era.

Red Bull Stratos Exhibit – The world was watching in October, 2012, as Felix Baumgartner made his record breaking supersonic free-fall from the edge of space, reaching a top speed of 843.6 mph/Mach 1.25. Now, the historic three thousand pound Stratos capsule and Baumgartner’s pressurized spacesuit makes its world debut at Space Center Houston.

The Shuttle – marvel at this full-scale, high-fidelity replica of the Space Shuttle. Parked outside Space Center Houston, you can enjoy the shuttle before you even walk in the door. Measuring 122.7 feet long and 54 feet high, this replica gives you the look and feel of an actual shuttle. That is because it was built by shuttle contractors using NASA schematics, blueprints and documents.

International Space Station – Discover how NASA is making the impossible happen today in the International Space Station Gallery. You’ll see live presentations; artifacts, displays and other amazing pieces form the orbiting laboratory known as the International Space Station.

Living in Space – This interactive presentation gives you a glimpse inside life on the International Space Station. The living in Space module shows you what astronauts deal with on a daily basis. How they eat, sleep, stay in shape and conduct their experiments. A Mission Briefing Officer gives you the inside scoop on how the impossible happens every day. You’ll discover how even the smallest tasks are complicated by a microgravity environment.

Building 9 Visit – Welcome to the Vehicle Mock-Up Facility. From the catwalk high above the massive floor, you’ll see several mockups of International Space Station parts and even get a look at the new Orion capsule. You might see pieces of the Canada Arm or other new and developing tech that will pave the way for future exploration like cutting edge rovers, robots, and next-level space suits. Here is where the impossible is happening right now. Be a part of history in the making as you witness engineers, scientists and astronauts shaping the future of space exploration.

New Mission Control – Form here, U.S. flight controllers coordinate with astronauts from the many countries that participate in the International Space Station program. Built in 1995, this facility took over from the “historic Mission Control” as part of a $250 million renovation project. This room is manned 24/7 to help our Space Station team with whatever they need.

Historic Mission Control – This is it. Located in Building 30 of the Johnson Space Center, this is the facility where NASA monitored nine Gemini and all Apollo missions, including the historic Apollo 11 trip to the moon. In fact, from this room, the NASA team exercised full mission control of Apollo 11 from launch and liftoff at the Kennedy Space Center to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. You can feel the history from the monitors to the rotary dials. The truth is that there’s more technology in a modern watch than there was in this room in 1969.

NASA Tram Tour – A must-do for any visit to Space Center Houston. This is your chance to go on the grounds in the Johnson Space Center and get an up-close look at the impossible as its happening. You might see astronauts training for the next trip to the International Space Station. You’ll see Historic Mission Control and awesome Building 9, where astronauts train for their next mission. Plus, there is a stop at the new Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park.

Chomp! The Science of Survival – Enter the world of Chomp!, where you can stand nose to snout with some of nature’s creepiest, most dangerous creatures. Learn how NASA scientists are mimicking the traits of alligators, poison dart frogs, and other animals on display to help astronauts live in space. You can also meet these amazing animals during live shows every day, free with admission. Kids can test their survival skills by weaving through spider webs and balancing on platforms as they navigate their way through an obstacle course.

Blast Off Theater – Visit the only place in the world where you can personally experience the thrill of launching into space like a real astronaut. It’s not just a movie; it’s the thrill of personally feeling the launch into space – from the rocket boosters to the billowing exhaust. What have visitors said about their trips? “It’s like IMAX in 10D!” After docking at the International Space Station, guests enter the theatre for an update on current shuttle missions, as well as details on the exploration of Mars. The space program truly comes alive in the Mission Status Center, where Mission Briefing Officers provide live updates on current space flights and astronaut training activities.

Astronaut Gallery – The Astronaut Gallery is an unparalleled exhibit outside Northrop Grumman Theater featuring the world’s best collection of sacesuits. Astronaut John Young’s ejection suit and Judy Resnik’s T-38 flight suit are two of the many spacesuits on display. The walls of the Astronaut Gallery also contain crew photos of every U.S. astronaut who has flown in space.

Space Center Theater – The challenge of President John F. Kennedy, to put a man on the moon by the end of the 60’s, had its beginning several decades before the formation of NASA. As the guests have seen in other parts of Space Center Houston, the equipment and the technology have been developing since Robert Goddard’s time. This attraction shows the excitement, the commitment and the risks taken by the people who fly in space. Here we can see the evolution of the equipment and the training of the men and women who dreamed to be astronauts. Nearly 300 people have flown in space since the first Mercury rocket took off in May 1961 with astronaut Alan Sheppard, Jr. on board. That first flight lasted only 15 minutes. Contrast that with the May 1992 flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, which was 9 days with 7 crew members on board.

Starship Gallery – The journey into space begins with the film “On Human Destiny”. Artifacts and hardware on display in the Starship Gallery trace the progression of America’s Manned Space Flight. This incredible collection includes: an original model of the Goddard Rocket; the actual Mercury Atlas 9 “Faith 7” capsule flown by Gordon Cooper; the Gemini V Spacecraft piloted by Pete Conrad and Gordon Cooper; a Lunar Roving Vehicle Trainer, the Apollo 17 Command Module, the giant Skylab Trainer, and the Apollo-Soyuz Trainer.

The Feel of Space – The Living in Space module simulates what life is like for astronauts aboard the space station. A Mission Briefing Officer gives a live presentation on how astronauts live in space. The presentation uses humor to show how the smallest tasks like showering and eating are complicated by a microgravity environment. A volunteer from the audience helps to prove the point. Beyond the Living in Space Module are 24 part task trainers that use sophisticated computer technology to provide visitors with the experience of landing the orbiter, retrieving a satellite or exploring shuttle systems.

for more information, see www.spacecenter.org or call (281) 244-2148

Sports

Houston Dynamo – Major League Soccer – Home Games (BBVA Compass Stadium – downtown Houston)

May 6th: Houston Dynamo vs. Orlando City SC  7:30 p.m.

May 12th: Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC  8:00 p.m.

May 31st: Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake  7:30 p.m.

June 23rd: Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas  8:00 p.m.

July 5th: Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact  7:30 p.m.

July 29th: Houston Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers  7:00 p.m.

for more information, see www.houstondynamo.com

Houston Astros – Home Games (Minute Maid Park – 501 Crawford)

May 1st: Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers  7:10 p.m.

May 2nd: Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers  7:10 p.m.

May 3rd: Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers  7:10 p.m.

May 4th: Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers  1:10 p.m.

May 9th: Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves  7:10 p.m.

May 10th: Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves  1:10 p.m.

May 19th: Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians  7:10 p.m.

May 20th: Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians  3:10 p.m.

May 21st: Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Indians  1:10 p.m.

May 22nd: Houston Astros vs. Detroit Tigers  7:10 p.m.

May 23rd: Houston Astros vs. Detroit Tigers  7:10 p.m.

May 24th: Houston Astros vs. Detroit Tigers  7:10 p.m.

May 25th: Houston Astros vs. Detroit Tigers  7:10 p.m.

May 26th: Houston Astros vs. Baltimore Orioles  7:10 p.m.

May 27th: Houston Astros vs. Baltimore Orioles  6:15 p.m.

May 28th: Houston Astros vs. Detroit Tigers  1:10 p.m.

June 9th: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels  7:10 p.m.

June 10th: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels  3:10 p.m.

June 11th: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Angels  1:10 p.m.

June 12th: Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers  7:10 p.m.

June 13th: Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers  7:10 p.m.

June 14th: Houston Astros vs. Texas Rangers  7:10 p.m.

June 16th: Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox  7:10 p.m.

June 17th: Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox  7:15 p.m.

June 18th: Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox  1:10 p.m.

June 27th: Houston Astros vs. Washington Athletics  7:10 p.m.

June 28th: Houston Astros vs. Washington Athletics  7:10 p.m.

June 29th: Houston Astros vs.Washington Athletics  7:10 p.m.

June 30th: Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees  7:10 p.m.

July 1st: Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees  7:10 p.m.

July 2nd: Houston Astros vs. New York Yankees  1:10 p.m.

July 14th: Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins  7:10 p.m.

July 15th: Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins  6:10 p.m.

July 16th: Houston Astros vs. Minnesota Twins  1:10 p.m.

July 17th: Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners  7:10 p.m.

July 18th: Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners  7:10 p.m.

July 19th: Houston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners  1:10 p.m.

July 31st: Houston Astros vs. Tampa Rays  7:10 p.m.

for more information, see www.houston.astros.mlb.com

Houston Rockets – National Basketball Association – Home Games (Toyota Center – 1510 Polk)

NBA Playoff Games – see website for schedule.

GO ROCKETS!!

2017-2018 Season begins in October

for more information, see www.rockets.com or call (713) 758-7200

Houston Texans Football – Home Games (NRG Stadium)

Season complete

for more information, see www.houstontexans.com or call 713-629-3700

Sugar Land Skeeters – Home Games (Constellation Field, Sugar Land)

May 5th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. New Britain Bees  7:05 p.m.

May 6th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. New Britain Bees  6:05 p.m.

May 7th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. New Britain Bees  2:05 p.m.

May 8th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. New Britain Bees  7:05 p.m.

May 9th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. New Britain Bees  11:05 p.m.

May 10th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. New Britain Bees  7:05 p.m.

May 11th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Lancaster Barnstormers  7:05 p.m.

May 12th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Lancaster Barnstormers  7:05 p.m.

May 13th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Lancaster Barnstormers  6:05 p.m.

May 14th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Lancaster Barnstormers  2:05 p.m.

May 19th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. York Revolution  7:05 p.m.

May 20th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. York Revolution  12:05 p.m. & 6:05 p.m.

May 21st: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. York Revolution  2:05 p.m.

May 22nd: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Somerset Patriots  7:05 p.m.

May 23rd: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Somerset Patriots  11:05 p.m. & 7:05 p.m.

June 9th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  7:05 p.m.

June 10th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  6:05 p.m.

June 11th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  6:05 p.m.

June 12th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  7:05 p.m.

June 13th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  7:05 p.m.

June 14th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  11:05 p.m.

June 23rd: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Long Island Ducks  7:05 p.m.

June 24th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Long Island Ducks  6:05 p.m.

June 25th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Long Island Ducks  6:05 p.m.

June 26th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Long Island Ducks  7:05 p.m.

June 27th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Long Island Ducks  7:05 p.m.

June 28th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Long Island Ducks  7:05 p.m.

June 29th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Long Island Ducks  7:05 p.m.

July 14th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Lancaster Barnstormers  7:05 p.m.

July 15th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Lancaster Barnstormers  6:05 p.m.

July 16th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Lancaster Barnstormers  6:05 p.m.

July 17th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Lancaster Barnstormers  7:05 p.m.

July 18th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Lancaster Barnstormers  7:05 p.m.

July 19th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Lancaster Barnstormers  11:05 p.m.

July 28th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Somerset Patriots  7:05 p.m.

July 29th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Somerset Patriots  6:05 p.m.

July 30th: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Somerset Patriots  6:05 p.m.

July 31st: Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Somerset Patriots  7:05 p.m.

for more information, see www.sugarlandskeeters.com

Parks

Houston Arboretum (4501 Woodway)

Wednesdays: Introductory Tai Chi – Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art that has evolved into a highly effective form of exercise, regardless of age or physical ability. Tai Chi involves a series of slow, meditative body movements that are excellent for repairing injuries, de-stressing and for learning focus and insights into life’s problems. $15 a session; or $45 for a calendar month. Registration is required. 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

Thursdays: Yoga on the Way Home – Why fight the traffic? Slow down and relax in the peaceful beauty of the Arboretum during a one-hour yoga session in the Arboretum’s classroom overlooking the forest. Cost is $15 per session or $10 a session when registering for the month. Registration is required. 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

Saturdays: Introductory Tai Chi – Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art that has evolved into a highly effective form of exercise, regardless of age or physical ability. Tai Chi involves a series of slow, meditative body movements that are excellent for repairing injuries, de-stressing and for learning focus and insights into life’s problems. $15 a session; or $45 for a calendar month. Registration is required. 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Saturdays: Continuing Tai Chi – Tai Chi Chuan is a centuries old Chinese martial art that has evolved into a highly effective form of exercise, regardless of age or physical ability. Tai Chi involves a series of slow, meditative body movements that are excellent for repairing injuries, de-stressing, and for learning focus and insights into life’s problems. Continuing Tai Chi is for students wishing to further develop Tai Chi skills and knowledge. Prior enrollment in Introductory Tai Chi is required. Class may be held outside or inside, depending upon weather. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. $15 per session or $45 for calendar month. Registration available online.

May 6th: Nature Revealed: Native Bees – European honey bees have gotten a lot of attention recently, but did you known that there are at least 1,000 other been species in Texas? These native bees are even more important pollinators than European honey bees, and they too are in serious decline. In this class, you will learn about our native bees, what they do for the environment, and different ways that you can help. You will also get to bring home a “bee house” to attract native bees to your yard. 9:30 – 11:30 p.m. $10 for members/$25 for non-members. Register online.

May 8th: Tyke Hike (18 mos – 3 years) – Encourage your little one’s curiosity with nature and the outdoors. Children, accompanied by their adult companions, can join a naturalist for a story reading, a simple nature activity or craft, and a stroller-friendly hike on the beautiful Arboretum trails. Enjoy an interesting new nature experience each week with themes such as owls, squirrels, trees and worms. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Free for members/$7 per child for non-members. Advanced registration is not necessary. Dress for weather. tyke Hikes take place rain or shine. Closed toe shoes are best for trail hikes. Older pre-schoolers are welcome, but are the responsibility of the adult companion.

May 13th: Migratory Bird Day Workshop – This workshop is a chance to celebrate the wonders of migration, the fabulous migrant birds we love to watch, and the habitats they pass through on their long yearly journeys. Enjoy a cup of bird-friendly coffee and breakfast treats while you learn about how the Arboretum is working to improve our migrant bird habitat and how you can attract migrant birds to your backyard. To help you get started, you will get a free bag of Katz Early Bird Coffee, a guide to local migrants and their needs, and some native plant seeds to bring home. Weather permitting, you will also go on a short walk with the group to look for migrants and examples of good migrant habitat. 10:00 a.m. – Noon $20 for members/$35 for non-members. Register online.

May 14th: Make a Pollinator Container Garden – Make a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day at this special workshop. You will prepare a floral container garden with native plant species that you can take home to share with someone special. The plants will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your patio or yard. the fee covers the cost of the container, potting mix, and native plants. Two people can work on one container – a great parent-child activity. Dress to be a little messy, as you will be working with plants and dirt. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. $40 for members/$65 for non-members (per container). Register online.

May 15th: Tyke Hike (18 mos – 3 years) – Encourage your little one’s curiosity with nature and the outdoors. Children, accompanied by their adult companions, can join a naturalist for a story reading, a simple nature activity or craft, and a stroller-friendly hike on the beautiful Arboretum trails. Enjoy an interesting new nature experience each week with themes such as owls, squirrels, trees and worms. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Free for members/$7 per child for non-members. Advanced registration is not necessary. Dress for weather. tyke Hikes take place rain or shine. Closed toe shoes are best for trail hikes. Older pre-schoolers are welcome, but are the responsibility of the adult companion.

May 20th: Arboretum at Night: Snakes – Snakes have a bad reputation, but they are really fascinating and beautiful creatures. Learn the facts about local species from the experts while you get up close and personal with some real, live snakes. You will also enjoy a selection of beers from Saint Arnold Brewing Company, light snacks and Katz Coffee. After the talk, you will head out on the trails with the group to search for snakes and nocturnal critters. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $30 for members/$45 for non-members. Register online.

May 20thBlackberry Celebration – Late spring at the Arboretum means one thing:  blackberries!  The open woodlands are filled with thorny blackberry canes and dewberry vines and the fruits are usually ripe by late May or early June.  In this class, you will enjoy the rare opportunity to harvest berries and leaves from wild Arboretum plants and then practice making blackberry recipes to take home.  You will  make blackberry refrigerator jam, blackberry tea, and blackberry balsamic salad with local honey.  10:00 a.m. – Noon.  $20 for members/$35 for non-members.  Register online.

May 22nd: Tyke Hike (18 mos – 3 years) – Encourage your little one’s curiosity with nature and the outdoors. Children, accompanied by their adult companions, can join a naturalist for a story reading, a simple nature activity or craft, and a stroller-friendly hike on the beautiful Arboretum trails. Enjoy an interesting new nature experience each week with themes such as owls, squirrels, trees and worms. 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. Free for members/$7 per child for non-members. Advanced registration is not necessary. Dress for weather. tyke Hikes take place rain or shine. Closed toe shoes are best for trail hikes. Older pre-schoolers are welcome, but are the responsibility of the adult companion.

May 27thNature Revealed: The Hidden Kingdom of Mushrooms – The Gulf Coast region produces a huge variety of mushrooms.  Their food value ranges from choice edibles to poisonous.  Agaricus, Armanitas, Boletus, Cantharelius and Polyporus are only a few of the genera that abound in the Arboretum woods.  But what are mushrooms, and how can you distinguish between the different species?  In this class, you will get an introduction to mycology: the study of mushrooms.  Learn what mushrooms are, where to find them, their role in the environment, and how to begin the sometimes complicated process of identifying species.  10:00 a.m. – Noon.  $10 for members/$25 for non-members.  Register online.

June 3rdField Trip: Brazos Bend State Park – Enjoy a guided bird watching experience at one of the Houston area’s best birding spots. American Bittern, Northern Harrier, and Anhinga are some of the possibilities.  While you observe the amazing waterfowl, waders and other birds in the wetlands, your guide will also talk about the importance of wetland habitats and how the Arboretum is restoring its wetlands to help birds and other animals.  The group will meet at Brazos Bend State Park.  Bring water and snacks and dress appropriate for the weather.  Binoculars will be available to borrow.  8:00 – 11:00 a.m.  $20 for members/$35 for non-members.  Register online.

for more information, see www.houstonarboretum.org or call (713) 681-8433

Houston Zoo (1513 North McGregor)

Founded in 1922, the ever-evolving Houston Zoo is an exciting recreational destination and a unique educational resource serving 1.4 million guests annually. Set in a lush 55-acre landscape, the Zoo is home to more than 3,100 exotic animals representing more than 500 species. The first Saturday of every month, Houston Zoo Members are invited to enjoy the Zoo an hour earlier and see keepers, grounds crew, and other staff preparing to open the Zoo for the day, including releasing animals from their night holds into their habitats. Members can experience the Zoo before the crowds on these select mornings and start the day off right with a trip to the Zoo. Please note that the Wildlife Carousel, and concessions stands, and cafes will open at 9:00 a.m. The Gift Shop, Aquarium and Natural Encounters will open at 8:00 a.m.

The Gorilla Habitat – Don’t miss the newly opened Gorilla Habitat. This is the first time in more than a decade that the Houston Zoo will have gorillas on exhibit for the public. This new habitat is almost an acre. Guests, separated by fences and safety glass will be able to watch the gorillas not only outside, but also in their new indoor shelter, which is approximately 4,000 sq. ft. There will be a total of seven gorillas. Three are coming to Houston from the Bronx Zoo in New York. Another from the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and the final three from Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina. It has taken a year and a half just to plant the vast amount of trees to build a berm that zoo visitors can walk across. This new exhibit will definitely not disappoint.

Daily: The 4-D Experience! – What is 4-D? It starts with the stunning visuals of a 3-D movie and then adds effects like scents, mists, bubbles, lights and more to bring movies to life. Now showing at the Zoo are a variety of short family friendly films, like Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure, which is based on Nickelodeon’s hit animated children’s series. $4 for members/$5 for non-members.

Sneak Peek Tours – One hour special tours. This experience includes a behind the scenes peek into the back of house animal areas and a meet the keeper experience with an expert from the Zoo’s animal care team. You can choose one of the following animal sections: Aquarium (Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.), Birds (Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:30 p.m.), Carnivores (Saturdays from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.), Children’s Zoo (Sundays from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.) or Commissary (Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.). $40 for members/$55 for non-members. For more information go to the zoo website.

The Bug House – The Bug House has just opened. The house features 25 custom display cases housing miniature marvels assembled from around the world, as well as from right here in Texas. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by the colorful beetles, centipedes, millipedes, stick insects, giant katydids, tarantulas, domino roaches, grasshoppers, leaf cutter ants, and even scorpions. Insects and spiders are the most numerous and arguably the most diverse of all animals on our planet. There are more than a million species of insects and spiders, representing more than half of all known living organisms. Insects perform vital roles in the ecosystem they inhabit, such as decomposition, food production, silk production, and as a food source for other animals. In addition, pollinating insects are important for plant reproduction and crop production. Spiders prey on insects and help to control the populations of pest insects that have the potential to create widespread destruction of crops. Don’t miss this new addition to the Houston Zoo.

The African Forest – “This wonderful addition takes visitors on an entertaining journey through one of the world’s most mysterious and beautiful places”, said Houston Zoo President and CEO Deborah Cannon. The new exhibition will serve as a dynamic living classroom, emphasizing the importance of conservation. Covering 6.5 acres, the new exhibit will allow visitors to explore and learn in different ways – through traditional signage, interactive elements and dynamic personal encounters. Guests will follow a winding path through a wooded canopy to a large building looking out over a colony of chimpanzees. The building is designed to allow guests and the chimps to come right up to a glass wall and interact. Leaving the chimp area, guests will take a path to enjoy another chimp viewing opportunity and then follow the path through a tunnel which appears to have been carved from solid rock. Guests will come upon an open area presenting a mixed species habitat for white rhinos, forest antelope and other African Forest inhabitants. A winding path along an open vista gives guests an unobstructed viewing opportunity. Proceeding along the trail, guests will have the opportunity to see the Masai giraffe habitat, with an elevated viewing area, where they can have the opportunity to come nose to nose with the world’s tallest terrestrial animals. You won’t want to miss this incredible African adventure!

Meet the Keeper Talks – Every day at the Zoo, you have the opportunity to participate in more than a dozen “Meet the Keeper” talks. Catch a seal lion show, see the elephants get a bath, or maybe even touch a snake or an armadillo. See the Zoo website for a complete listing of each day’s schedule.

for more information, see www.houstonzoo.org or call (713) 533-6500

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