22 - 29

The Assembly: Photography from Houston's Galleries - Reception

Saturday, January 24
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

@ Silver Street Studios - FotoFest

THE ASSEMBLY: Photography from Houston's Galleries is a new exhibition highlighting high-quality photography and video represented by a selection of the Houston's contemporary fine art galleries. Featuring the work of 23 artists, from 10 Houston commercial galleries, the exhibition shows the breadth of contemporary art photography shown in the city. The selection includes young, emerging artists alongside photographers that are well-established internationally. Nearly all are living... 
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My Mind is Free by Sam Hall
@ University of Houston | MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion
January 22 // 5:30 PM // Pay-What-You-Can
$20 Suggested Donation

In honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company (MU) is presenting the U.S. premiere reading of Sam Hall's MY MIND IS FREE, a play created out of the testimonies of traffickers and the trafficked...   more details


Common Field Houston Meet-Up
@ Aurora Picture Show
January 22 // 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

You are invited to join together for a conversation, gathering and program for artist-centered spaces, projects and organizers. The Common Field Houston Meet-Up aims to bring together arts organizers to discuss challenges, opportunities, and ideas relevant to their local context. Attendees will also have an opportunity to learn more about how Common Field serves as a national resource to connect a broader field of artist-centric spaces and projects across the country...  more details



Printmaing Workshop with Orna Feinstein
@ Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston
January 23 // 7:00 PM // $30

Orna will educate us about monoprints and editions and their growing popularity in the art world. This session will include hands on printmaking techniques without a press. Go home with your own original print...   more details


Guest Masterclass: Rolston String Quartet
@ University of Houston | Choral Recital Hall
January 24 // 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM 

The Moores School of Music presents a guest masterclass by the Rolson String Quartet in conjunction with Chamber Music Houston...  more details

Culture Cocktails benefiting 4th Wall Theatre Company
@ Boheme Cafe and Wine Bar
January 24 // 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM // Free

Please join us for drinks and conversation at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar on Thursday, January 24th, when a portion of the proceeds from all drink sales during the 5:00PM -8:00PM happy hour will go to support 4th Wall Theatre... 

When the Water Rises: Recent Paintings by Julie Heffernan - Opening Reception
@University of Houston - Clear Lake | Bayou Building
January 24 // 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 

Julie Heffernan's recent paintings explore imaginative scenarios and alternative habitats as her personal response to the threat of environmental disasters. Intricately wrought, Heffernan's paintings evoke the fantastical allegory of Hieronymus Bosch and the sublime of Thomas Cole and Albert Bierstadt... 

Faculty Recital: Lawrence Wheeler
@ University of Houston | Fine Art Building
January 24 // 7:30 PM  // Free

Associate Professor Lawrence Wheeler presents a 1919 Viola Centennial recital, featuring works by Rebecca Clarke and Paul Hindemith....  more details

Tirkedu Houston! Israeli Folk Dance Workshop
@ Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston
January 24 // 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM // Varies

A fun-filled weekend of enthusiastic dancing with the young, talented and energetic teacher Aaron Alpert, noted for his teaching of Israeli Folk Dance....  more details

Docent Gallery Talk: Alfred Leslie
@ University of Houston | Blaffer Art Museum
January 25 // 12:00 PM // Free

Blaffer Art Museum docents lead a gallery talk about "Alfred Leslie: One Hundred Characters in Search of a Reader," on view through January 26....   more details

Contemporary Focus: Trenton Doyle Hancock - Opening Reception
@ The Menil Collection
January 25 // 7:00 PM 

Epidemic! Presents: Step and Screw!, a series of thirty works on paper by Trenton Doyle Hancock (b. 1974), combines illustrations and text in a comic strip-like format. For this presentation, Epidemic! Presents: Step and Screw! will be installed in a shed, constructed in the center of the gallery and illuminated by a single light bulb, echoing the story told in the ink drawings....  more details


Hansel and Gretel
@ Moores Opera Center
January 25 // 7:30 PM // Varies

Well, what would YOU do if neighborhood children started eating your house? Hansel and Gretel are back, and they are hungry! Unfortunately, the poor kids thought they were at the top of the food chain. Luckily for us, they get to sing about it accompanied by a splendid Wagnerian orchestra, so children and adults will both be delighted. Bring the family... and breadcrumbs...  more details

26th Houston Iranian Film Festival
@ Museum of Fine Arts | Brown Auditorium
January 25 - 27 // Varies // $10 General - $8 Members, Seniors, & Students

-Sly (Marmouz)

A hilarious, if somewhat fictionalized, portrait based on the political career of a recent Iranian official. Hamed Behdad plays a brash fellow from the provinces who barges his way into politics, despite his difficulty pronouncing long words in front of Parliament. He is mistakenly identified as a hero when a bomb explodes at an officially sanctioned rock concert, and becomes a popular choice for candidate...  more details

26th Houston Iranian Film Festival

-Feast of Sorrow (Jashne Deltangi)

From a young man who fakes his death in a scheme to raise money, to a woman pretending to be someone she is not, to a middle-aged husband enraged by his wife Instagram posts, to a young couple expecting a child who are befriended by their Chinese neighbors, these tales illustrate how the internet and social media have transformed Iranian society...  more details

HGO presents The Pearl Fishers
@ Wortham Theater Center
January 25 - February 8 // Varies // $20-270

A rarely performed gem of the opera world, The Pearl Fishers is noted for its extraordinary musical beauty. Composed 12 years before Bizet's masterwork Carmen, this opera tells the story of two best friends and the bond that is interrupted by the arrival of a priestess to bless the pearl harvest. The romantic love triangle between the best friends and the priestess leads to dramatic consequences....  more details


2019 Print Auction Exhibition - Opening Reception
@ Houston Center for Photography
January 25 (-February 25)// 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM 

Each year, HCP holds an annual print auction where artists, galleries and collectors from all over the world contribute high-caliber photographic art which is auctioned for the benefit of HCP's operating fund. With work included from over 60 artists from around the globe, the selection hosts a catalog of vintage and contemporary fine-art prints from both mid-career and established photographic artists, collected in both the museum and private sectors...  more details



Tension: How to build it, keep it, and increase it
@ Writespace
January 26 // 9:30 PM // $45-70

Nothing keeps a reader turning pages like tension! In this three-hour workshop, we'll consider how writers can effectively build tension in their writing. Together, we'll discuss the elements of tension, from cliffhangers to pacing, from character motivation to story stakes....   more details

Guest Artist Lecture: Guy Whatley
@ University of Houston | Fine Art Building
January 26  // 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM // Free

The Moores School of Music welcomes organist Guy Whatley to campus for a special presentation on music of the Tudor Period....   more details

Don Pasquale
@ Moores Opera Center
January 26 // 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM // $20 General - $15 Senior - $10 Student

Beware the submissive bride who looks too good to be true. Poor Pasquale ignores that warning and pays a hysterical price. Our production, set on the Italian Riviera of the 1950s, promises to be a brightly colorful, high-energy romp with melodic invention that never flags...   more details

Let's stay home and fight
@ Spring Street Studios | Studio 101
January 26 // 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM // $25

In an intimate performance with Axiom Quartet, Frame Dance exposes the pain and purpose of conflict in relationships. Willfully built under pressure-cooker artistic constraints, Lydia Hance and the dancers create a weekend of performances at Studio 101 where they rely on their own conflict in the creative process to craft this original work...   more details

Opening Receptions
@Art League Houston
January 26 // 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM // Free

-Jade Yumang: In the Shadows

Art League Houston (ALH) presents In the Shadows, an installation featuring sculpture, textile and video by Chicago-based artist Jade Yumang. The work in this exhibition considers how film noir is constructed stylistically and narratively to disorient the audience to generate a level of uncertainty and deception, not just in its story arc, but more so on how queer characters implicitly and explicitly surface...   more details

Opening Receptions

-Karen Lee Williams: A heel is half a rock, a slab is a slice

Art League Houston (ALH) presents a heel is half a rock, a slab is a slice, an installation of new sculpture and photograms by LA-based artist Karen Lee Williams. he work is inspired by moments when mainstream science and scholarship are infiltrated by superstition and mysticism...   more details

Opening Receptions

-Las Girls Collective: Fruit Series 

Art League Houston (ALH) presents Fruit Series, a site specific installation by Las Girls Collective, a Houston-based collaboration between artists Daniela Antelo and Brenda Cruz-Wolf. The exhibition continues the artist's interest in the relationship between the urban landscape and the female body, and features a series of visually-rich videos using various colorful fruits to playfully interact with the body against a series of backgrounds that seeks to transform the visitor's perception and experience of the ALH hallway gallery...  

Daniel Johnston "Drawings To Listen To And Songs To Look At" Opening
@ Redbud Gallery
January 26 // 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM // Free 

We are always excited about presenting new never before created works of art by the world-renowned outsider poet, writer, and musician Daniel Johnston. In collaboration with his sister, artist Marjorie Johnston, they have created these works which contain lyrics of some of his over 900 songs, depicted in over 100 watercolors and collages... more details  more details



Lawndale Sunday Brunch
@ Lawndale Art Center
January 27 // 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM // $100 General - $75 Members

Lawndale is delighted to present a new fundraiser in support of Lawndale's vibrant exhibitions and programs. This event will showcase 20 commissioned artworks donated by participating artists to benefit Lawndale. Join the artists and participants in the Lawndale Artist Studio Program over Bloody Marys and mimosas to celebrate and learn about our mission and impact in the community... 

Houston Chamber Choir presents Hear the Future - 20th Anniversary Celebration
@ South Main Baptist
January 27 // 4:00 PM - 5:30 // Free

The featured choirs serve to acknowledge and encourage high standards for all school choirs.  Hear the Future gives audience members a chance to show their support and appreciation for the outstanding work being done by music educators and their talented singers. The public is invited to this uplifting afternoon of beautiful music that reinforces the notion that the future has never sounded brighter. Houston Chamber Choir will also perform a short selection of pieces during the concert...  more details

Literary Scholar in Residence with Meir Shelev
@ Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston
January 27 - 30 // 10:00 AM // Varies

Meir Shalev is one of Israel's most celebrated writers and has been the recipient of numerous distinguished book awards in Israel and abroad. He will be in Houston from January 27-30 as our (Evelyn Rubenstein JCC) visiting Literary Scholar-in-Residence...