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TABLE OF CONTENTS 8 H APPILY EVER AFTER: TUTS CINDERELLA
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14 HOW TO CREATE THANKFUL KIDS Written by Sarah Lyons
16 CREATE A MENTAL HEALTH
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Happily Ever After:
TUTS looks to blend the modern and the classic with Cinderella written by Holly Beretto | photos by Melissa Taylor
Audiences will find something familiar and something new in the beloved story of a girl who years for more.
t’s a story as familiar as your own reflection, complete with fairy godmothers, mean stepmothers, a pumpkin coach and – of course – the famous glass slipper. Cinderella has captivated generations of children and adults, with multiple iterations since it’s reported first appearance in Italy in 1634. It is, quite possibly, the most famous of fairy tales. When it hits the TUTS stage at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts next month, however, it will bring with it an energy that looks to blend the story’s classic elements with modern sensibilities. Originally written for television with music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, the duo behind such Broadway musical favorites as The Sound of Music, Oklahoma! and South Pacific, the musical first premiered on CBS in 1957 with Julie Andrews in the title role. TUTS’ version is inspired by the updated teleplay starring Brandy and Whitney Houston, broadcast on ABC in 1997. Eboni Bell Darcy is the director, and she notes that those
expecting to see a Cinderella where the main character waits around for her prince to rescue her could be surprised. “In this version, the godmother shows up and she tells Cinderella that she has to stop wishing and actually take action in her life and do something about it,” says Darcy. “And because Cinderella takes that action, because she says, ‘You know what? My stepmother and my stepsisters ripped up my mother's dress and I'm sad about it, but I'm going to go in here and I'm going to fix it and I'm going to head off to the ball,’ the godmother grants her magic and bestows her with all the things she needs to go to the ball.” Darcy is betting that message about taking action will resonate with audiences who like to see a little empowerment with their romance and magic. And there is plenty of magic. “It has a magical element that lets people get lost in the illusion,” she says. “There are different technical elements and projections to
enhance the magic and really take them on a ride.” The production incorporates the talents of local and national performers, including students who are part of TUTS’ River and Humphreys School of Musical Theatre programs. Darcy loves being able to work with such a large and diverse cast, and points out that for the young people in the show, it’s an amazing chance not only to be on stage but also to see up close the work it takes to be in professional theater “It's incredible that I have this opportunity to work with a cast of professionals and connect them with these young people who are hungry to learn and to be a part of the industry and to watch those groups work together and interact together and learn from one another,” she says. One of those young people is Makenzie Woolridge, an 18-year-old from the Cypress area, who was a student in the Humphreys School of Musical Theatre and is now part of TUTS’ pre-professional program. Houston audiences may have seen her in TUTS productions of Head Over Heels, Into the Woods and
Bring it On. She was a 2023 Tommy Tune winner for Cypress Ranch High School’s production of Into the Woods as well, a performance that sent her to the Jimmy Awards in New York City, the national awards ceremony that recognizes student excellence in musical theatre. She’s in the show’s ensemble and understudying the role of Cinderella. “Being an understudy isn’t an easy task, so the most challenging part of my role will be memorizing two character tracks,” she says. “But I always love a good challenge, so I’m excited. I feel like TUTS has helped me a lot with my transition from educational theatre to professional. I still have a lot to learn, I feel much more comfortable and confident in what I have to offer in professional artistic spaces.” Woolridge is joined on stage by Jake Hurst, who performed with The River, TUTS’ program to provide arts education and performance opportunities for students with disabilities and their siblings, and is now part of the Humphreys School Academy program. The 18-year-old high school senior
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from Katy is in the Cinderella teen ensemble. “It’s so much fun!” He says about his experiences with The River and the Humphreys School, where he’s been part of such TUTS shows as Sponge Bob Squarepants: The Musical, Into the Woods and Mary Poppins. “My favorite part of teen ensemble is you get be involved more, in one way or another. In SpongeBob I was a sardine and I had many parts, meaning many more costume changes and time on stage. It was fun being on stage more often and interacting with other cast members.” As the date to opening night draws closer, Darcy says the excitement level among the cast and crew amps up. She knows they’re bringing a show that’s special to so many to the stage, and she’s looking forward to audiences enjoying the fruits of their efforts. “People are going to come to this show also and feel like they're seeing Houston on stage,” she says. “It's going to feel comfortable, it's going to feel familiar. And there’s a happy ending as well.”
TUTS’ Cinderella runs Dec. 5 through 24 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $40. www.tuts.com.
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THE BIG THE BIG A curated look at the Greater Houston’s upcoming events and culture offerings. All events listed are FREE unless otherwise noted. Check out our online calendar at https://houstonfamilymagazine.com/events-calendar/
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (DAY OF THE DEAD) The Chikawa Aztec Dancers and Drums proudly present a Hispanic cultural program to showcase the living history, celebrations, and mindfulness surrounding Dia De Los Muertos. Patrons will learn about and interact with a stunning handcrafted display including over 1,000 colorful Marigold and Cockscomb flowers grown by volunteers and staff of The Mercer Society/Friends of Mercer Botanic Gardens. The program will conclude with a live performance of the Chikawa Conroe Aztec dancers and drummers in traditional regalia. 3:30-4:30p. All ages. Free. www.pct3.com/MBG
BUFFALO BAYOU PARK WELLNESS WALK Join Buffalo Bayou Partnership on a free Wellness Walk led by Laura Conely, founder of Urban Paths. Anyone and everyone is invited to walk through the paths of Buffalo Bayou Park while discussing topics including mental and physical health as well as the benefits of being exposed to nature. 6:30p. Free. All ages. Every Wednesday. www.buffalobayou.org
LUNCH WITH THE BIRDS Interested in bird watching? Whether you are a novice or an expert, join our FREE guided bird walks through Russ Pitman Park. Warblers, vireos, thrushes, flycatchers, tanagers & hawks are just a few of the types of migrants you may see. If you bring your lunch, plan to eat it before or after the walk. Adult. 12–1:15p. Free. www.naturediscovery.org
NOVEMBER 2 HAPPY HOUR TUESDAY Meet your friends at the MFAH for happy hour on Thursday, when general admission is free. Explore the campus, visit the galleries, and get a drink at the bar. 5-8p. Adult. Free. (Weekly) www.mfah.org
ROCK THE ROW Experience Hughes Landing on scenic Lake Woodlands with live music Thursday evenings! Rock the Row features local and regional bands playing a variety of favorites from pop and rock to country during the spring, summer and fall. 7p-9p. All ages. Free. Every Thursday through Nov 9. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov
COFFEE CAKE BOOK CLUB The Romance Book Club meets once a quarter at 7:00 PM. All are welcome; if you want to be sure to receive emails with the book selection and date. We will meet Thursday, November 2, and the book selection is Three Holidays and a Wedding by Uzma Jalaluddin and Marissa Stapley. If you purchase the book from Blue Willow, please mention at checkout that you’re in the Romance Book Club and you will receive a 15% discount. Adults. 7p. Free. www.bluewillowbookshop.com
THURSDAY AT THE BRYAN Enjoy a curated selection of wines, enjoy the music of local Galvestonian talent and shop at our Museum Store. Bryan Museum members receive 10% off Museum merchandise. Franciscan level members and above receive a free glass of wine each Thursday. Museum is open to the public until 7:00 PM! 4-7. Adults. Free. Every Thursday www.thebryanmuseum.org
NOVEMBER 3 BIRDING HIKE Brazos Bend State Park is home to over 300 species of birds making it the perfect place to bird-watch all year round! Meet at 40-Acre Lake to enjoy a guided hike focusing on the diverse bird population inhabiting the area. Learn to identify different species by sight and sound. This trail is 1.2 miles long, relatively flat, and graveled, and easily accessible for anyone that wants to join
us! Don’t forget to bring your binoculars, field guides, hat, and plenty of water! 8-10a. Ages 12+. Free. Also, Nov 5. www.tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/ brazos-bend
TEXAS ARBOR DAY TREE GIVE-A-WAY Take home a free native tree sapling, compliments of Trees for Houston. 10a-2p. Adult. Free. www.pct3.com/MBG
LIGHTS, HEIGHTS AND BITES Embrace adventure during a two-hour climb at twilight, then a campfire and s’mores once you’re back on the ground. 7-10p. Ages 6+. $45 per person. www.visitthewoodlands.com/event/ lights-heights-and-bites/1733/
SIP AND STROLL Enjoy a quiet evening out on the Arboretum trails. Your sunset walk will include two glasses of wine or Saint Arnold beer, delicious cheese and charcuterie offerings from GRAZE HTX, and a specialty wine glass to take home. 5:30-7p. Adult. $40 members, $45 nonmembers. www.houstonarboretum.org
NOVEMBER 4 100 YEAR CELEBRATION NATIVE PRAIRIE PLANT-ATHON Help us restore the coastal prairie! This is a unique coastal ecosystem that once covered the landscape of Houston and provides habitat for many birds, amphibians, and mammals. 8-10a. Ages 8+. 8:30-11a. Free. https://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/ sheldon-lake/100-year-celebrationnative-prairie-plant-a-thon
DISCOVER HOUSTON MUSIC SHOWCASE This fall Discovery Green is helping Houston’s talented musicians and the city’s live music lovers find each other with a showcase of the city’s favorite
bands on the Anheuser-Busch stage in the middle of downtown. All ages. 4-7. Free. www.discoverygreen.com
ART-MAKING ACTIVITY FOR FAMILIES MFAH members at the Family Level and above are invited to reserve tickets for an art-making activity led by a teaching artist. 1-2p, 2-3p & 3-4 p. Ages 4-12. Free. www.mfah.org
FIRST SATURDAY NATURE WALK Enjoy the diverse plants and animals found at our park every first Saturday of each month. Join us in A guided Nature Walk that highlights some of the common species of plants and animals representing the three distinct ecosystems present within the park. Stephen F. Austin State Park. 10a-11a. Adults are $5 per person, Children 12 and under are Free. www.tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/ stephen-f-austin
TRAIL MIX Features live music, magic, and more! Join us trailside as Andy Roo takes you on an adventure through the AndyRooniverse along with magicians Dave and Jake Rangel. Enjoy unique hands-on pop-ups and giveaways to amp up the fun! Sessions are outdoors, weather permitting. 10a-11a. All ages. Free. www.themkt.com
CSI: MYSTERY ON THE TRAILS Mysterious things have been spotted on the trails. A pile of feathers, a fluff of fur, mysterious tracks….what is going on? Put your observation and deductive reasoning skills to the test as we study a hypothetical crime scene in the woods to try to answer the questions: what happened and who dunnit?! Together we will learn about animal adaptations, how to identify tracks and scat, and explore habitats to solve the riddle of the Mystery on the Trails. 5:30-2-4p. Ages 7-12. $20 members, $30 non-members. www.houstonarboretum.org
BOOKS ON THE BAYOU Join us for a fun, free story time event for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and their parents/caregivers! In conjunction with this year’s Summer Species highlighting birds, there will be silly stories, rhymes, and songs all related to our feathered friends. 9-9:45a. 6 months to 4 years. Free. www.buffalobayou.org
TREE ID WALK Any season is a great season to learn about trees! Jim McKee, a Master Naturalist, tree lover, and bird watcher will be
leading more walks throughout the year to teach us how to identify the trees that live here in Russ Pitman Park. You’ll learn how to use leaf, bark, twig characteristics, and more to identify local trees. 10-11a. Adult. Free. www.naturediscovery.org
STARGAZING NOVEMBER 4 Astronomers from Houston Astronomical Society give a solar system demonstration with free software you can use. Then, telescopes will be available to help you gaze into the sky. If you have binoculars feel free to bring them. Adult. 7:30-10:30p. Free. www.discoverygreen.com
CONCERTS IN THE PARK Enjoy the sounds of local musicians at Northshore Park! Concerts in the Park is held on Sunday evenings. This free seasonal concert series is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and relax. Bringing a picnic is highly encouraged! Order to-go from Woodlands restaurants, blankets, lawn chairs, coolers, and pets are permitted. 5:30-7:30p. All ages. Free. www.visitthewoodlands.com/event/ concerts-in-the-park/1721/
FAMILY ZONE Visit the MFAH Family Zone for engaging gallery activities with coloring sheets, colored pencils, books, and more. 1-4p. All ages. Free. Also Nov 19. www.mfah.org
SING ALONG SUNDAYS Join Us Every Sunday for a great sing along show. 5-9p. Adult. Free. www.visitgalveston.com
THE WOODLANDS CARS & COFFEE FOR A CAUSE Those who like their morning coffee with a side of fast cars will be pleased to know that The Woodlands Car Club is back with monthly Cars & Coffee for a Cause at Market Street. 6:30-10a. All ages. Free. www.visitthewoodlands.com
SOUND HEALING MEDITATION Find your center and practice meditation in the spacious and tranquil Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. Offered in collaboration with Union is Creation, this meditation series will feature the use of singing bowls and wind chimes to encourage mindfulness and connectivity. 10-10:45a. Ages 9+. $15. www.buffalobayou.org
MESS MAKERS Messy, sensory play is an important part of child development. Together with Ms. Mo and our NDC volunteers, you will explore and create with all kinds of messy things. We will make works of art as well as just good old messy fun with a mix of natural and man-made materials. After we make messes together, you’ll go home clean! 10-11:15a. Ages 3 to 7 with an adult caregiver. Members $35 Non-members $40. Registration required. No drop offs. www.naturediscoverycenter.org
NOVEMBER 6 TYKE HIKES Encourage your child’s curiosity about nature and spend time with them exploring outdoors! Children with an adult companion 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 bees, wildflowers, and lizards! 18 months +. 9:30-10:15a, 10:30-11:15a. Free member / $7 nonmember. Also, Nov 13 & 27. www.houstonarboretum.org
STORY TIME Kids listen to a story book and receive and a take-home craft! 10:30-11a. Ages 2-5. Free. Also, Nov 20. www.pct3.com/MBG
NOVEMBER 7 MOODY GARDENS LEARN LIVE, HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM Join the education department for a focus topic on our favorite felines. Featuring a 3D Theater showing, an ambassador animal presentation, and exploring the Rainforest Pyramid with interactive hands-on education stations. This month – Helping hands: Obscure Octopuses. 9:30a-12:30p. Ages 3-17. $15 / person non-member, $10 / person member. www.visitgalveston.com HOUSTON FAMILY MAGAZINE November 2023 | 31
GENTLE YOGA FLOW AND SOUND MEDITATION
Strengthen your body, relax your mind and find your center with this dynamic flow yoga and sound healing. Led by Farida Meguid with crystal sound bowls played by Saumil Manek. Adult. 6:30-7:30p. Free. Also, every Tuesday in the month. www.discoverygreen.com
CURIOUS KIDS Are you raising a Curious Kid? Join us out back at the pavilions where we’ll explore, ask, discover, experiment, and more in our pre-K science program! Our children’s programs feature science-rich, weekly, stand-alone classes that offer you the flexibility to sign-up for individual classes that meet your hectic schedules or for specific topics that inspire your children. 10a or 4p. Ages 3 to 5 with an adult caregiver. Wildlife Family (or higher) Level Members $15 Non-members $20. Registration required. No drop offs. www.naturediscoverycenter.org
NOVEMBER 8 TEEN GAMING Let’s play board games like Superfight, Pandemic, Settlers of Catan, and Sheriff of Nottingham. Never heard of those? That’s fine - we’ll teach you how it works! Come dance to Just Dance, race other teens in Mario Kart, and be the ultimate champion in Super Smash Bros. on our Nintendo Switch! Ages 13-18. 4:30-6:30p. Free. rosenberg-library.org
NOVEMBER 9 THE BRYAN MUSEUM BOOK CLUB The Bryan Museum Book Club is a monthly group who studies books about Texas and the American West. Our primary focus is non-fiction works, with the occasional fictional work included. The club meets on the second Thursday of every month in the Library at The Bryan Museum. 3p-4p. Adults. Free. www.visitgalveston.com
ADULT TRIVIA NIGHT Trivia Nights at the library are back! Put together a team of 2-5 members and come try your trivia skills! No team? Meet new teammates here! Register as an individual or register your team. For one night, the library won’t give you the answers! Adult. 6-7:30p. Free. rosenberg-library.org
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NOVEMBER 10 MERCER GARDEN TOUR Come out and see what’s blooming in the gardens. 9-10a. Ages 6+. Free. www.pct3.com/MBG
STUDIO SATURDAY AT RIENZI Enjoy Rienzi while you learn art fundamentals! Discover new techniques for drawing, sketching, and composition. 10a-12p. Adult. Free. www.mfah.org
UNDERGROUND SOUNDS PAINTING ON THE LAKE : MUSIQA Join us for Underground Sounds, a unique music series in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern! This fall, four Houston-based music organizations will perform specially composed or arranged works that highlight the remarkable natural acoustics of the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. 7:30p. Adult. $25 per person. www.buffalobayou.org
FAMILY BINGO Join us for a fun-filled monthly BINGO night with your family and friends. Prizes awarded for good bingos. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. 9-10:30a. Ages 16+. $40 per person. All Ages. $5 per person. 6:30-8:30p. https://thewoodlandstownship-tx. gov/
NOVEMBER 11 CHILDRENS FESTIVAL : DINO PARTY Join us for an epic two-day dinosaur adventure featuring Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live on the Main Stage plus hands-on activities, toddler fun, art projects, active adventures and SO much more!!! Saturday 10a-5p, Sunday 12-5p. All ages. $10 per person. www.woodlandscenter.org
SCREEN ON THE GREEN – THE LITTLE MERMAID Ariel, a mermaid princess, is curious about all things human. Ariel asks sea witch Ursula to take her voice in exchange for legs, as this is the only way she could explore the human world of Eric, her love interest. Her frustrated father, King Triton, is worried. But her trusted sea creature friends Flounder and Sebastian still watch over her. (PG) 2023. All ages.7-9p. Free. www.discoverygreen.com
BUFFALO BAYOU BOAT TOURS These 45-minute boat rides are a great way to spend the evening with your family and friends. Escape the bustle of the city and enjoy the cool breeze as you glide along Buffalo Bayou’s waters. Look for graceful herons, jumping fish, and even an occasional alligator on the banks. 10a-2p. Ages 4+. Adult$15, ages 4-12 $12. www.buffalobayou.org
Our guides will lead you to one of many scenic vistas to get your creative inspiration flowing. Brushes, canvas boards and a watercolor palette will be provided. 9-10:30a. Ages 16+. $40 per person. https://thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov
LITTLE ARTISTS An exciting art adventure at MFAH for families. 1-2:30p. All ages. Free. www.mfah.org
HATHA YOGA A basic vinyasa yoga class for enhanced awareness and a strong, healthy body led by Andria Dugas. This Saturday class is a perfect way to start the weekend strong. Adult. 9-10a. Free. www.discoverygreen.com
BIRDING THE HOTSPOTS PF GREATER HOUSTON A Family-Friendly Field Trip with Cin-Ty Lee and Mary Ann Beauchemin Note: This trip is good for beginning birders as well as advanced birders, as there will be something for everyone. 10-11:15a. Ages 7+ Members $75 Nonmembers $95. Registration required. No drop offs. www.naturediscoverycenter.org
NOVEMBER 12 MFAH ON THE MOVE / BILINGUAL ZUMBA Meet up at the Museum for free Zumba on Sunday morning with FitMix Communities. 11a-12p. Adult. Free. www.mfah.org
NOVEMBER 13 NEW MOON SOUND HEALING MEDITATION The moon cycle is a theme throughout the design of Buffalo Bayou Park, from the Lunar Cycle Lighting along the trails to the moon pattern-cut columns along the Carruth pedestrian bridge. Now, park visitors can observe monthly New Moon Meditations in the Buffalo Bayou Cistern. 6-6:45p. Ages 9+. $15 per person. www.buffalobayou.org
KIDS & TEENS CRAFT Bring your imagination and let’s get crafting! Create exciting projects at the library that you can show off at home. Geared for school-age youth ages 7-17. Registration is required and will open two weeks before the event. Ages 5-18. 3:30-5p. Free. Heights Neighborhood Library. www.houstonlibrary.org
NOVEMBER 14 WOMEN’S RESTORATIVE HIKE Join a fun bunch of hikers as they make their way through Mercer. 8-9a, 9:30-10:30a. Adult. Free. www.pct3.com/MBG
OPEN LAB COMPUTER HELP Bring your computer questions to our Open Lab for Computer Help. Staff will be available to answer your questions and provide one-on-one assistance. Registration is required and will open two weeks before the event. Adult. 6-7:30p. Free. Heights Neighborhood Library. www.houstonlibrary.org
NOVEMBER 15 TEEN GAMING Let’s play board games like Superfight, Pandemic, Settlers of Catan, and Sheriff of Nottingham. Never heard of those? That’s fine - we’ll teach you how it works! Come dance to Just Dance, race other teens in Mario Kart, and be the ultimate champion in Super Smash Bros. on our Nintendo Switch! Ages 13-18. 4:30-6:30p. Free. rosenberg-library.org
STORYBOOK OPERA WITH THE HOUSTON GRAND OPERA Singing storytellers from the Houston Grand Opera will bring to life The Armadillo’s Dream by Dennis Arrowsmith. This inspiring and timely tale stars an armadillo named Sandy who lives on the Houston bayou and dreams of singing. Though discouraged by the creatures he meets, Sandy is magically transformed during a storm. Ages 3-7. 10:30-11a. Free. Central Library, Jessie H Jones Building. www.houstonlibrary.org
NOVEMBER 16 MKT SUNSET MARKET M-K-T Sunset Market puts a weeknight, family-friendly spin on the typical farmer’s market. Enjoy charcuterie on M-K-T’s wave deck, enjoy live music and face-painting on the lawn, or grab a made-to-go meal by one of Houston’s favorite chefs. There is something here for all ages. 12-6-9p. All ages. Free. M-K-T, Trailside,
600 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007 www.themkt.com
PORT TO PORT HISTORY BOAT TOUR
SPLATTER ROOM AT PINSPIRATION
The Port to Port History Tour is a 2-hour cruise east of downtown on Buffalo Bayou from Allen’s Landing to the Port of Houston Turning Basin. 10a-2p. Ages 4+. Adult $15, ages 4-12 $12. www.buffalobayou.org
Experience the Jackson-Pollock-Inspired Splatter Room™! Suit up in protective gear and fling paint at a canvas to create a unique masterpiece. The Splatter Room™ can only accommodate up to 6 guests at a time (call for large group options). Date night packages available. Dates/Times vary. All ages. Pricing depends on projects chosen. www.pinspiration.com
NOVEMBER 17 BEYOND BEES! Bee-come fascinated with our local bees as staff and volunteers guide you through Mercer’s gardens. Learn about resident colonies of carpenter bees and honeybees, their critical role in the environment, and Mercer’s conservation efforts through holistic gardening practices. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Meet at Mercer’s Visitor Center. This is an outdoor event. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring your own water bottle. 9-10:30. Ages 6+. Free. www.pct3.com/MBG
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BRAZOS BEND STATE PARK / ONE NIGHT EVENT Join us for a fun-filled weekend and discover the joys of camping in your Texas State Parks. Brazos Ben provides basic camping equipment needed for the weekend. You provide sheets, blankets, food and personal items. 9:30a, overnight. All ages $75 / family, registration required. https://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/tof/ Houston/2023_11_18
FOREST BATHING No tub required! Learn about the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku or forest bathing! We will practice sensory driven exercises to connect with the forest through mindfulness and meditation. De-stress and improve your well-being with this relaxing 1-mile hike. 10a-3p. All ages. Free https://tpwd.texas.gov/ calendar/stephen-f-austin/forestbathing-1/2023-11-25
Whether you remember exactly where you were when you heard your favorite song or you are experiencing it all for the first time, travel through the decades with some of the top hits, all on the ice-skating rink. All ages. 8-10p. $17. Every Friday through January. www.discoverygreen.com
HOME SCHOOL DAYS This incredible event provides a discount for home-schooled families to learn about space exploration and engage in an unforgettable day of inspiring STEM activities. Every Home School Day this year begins at 9 a.m., which means Home School Day guests get an extra hour to explore before the center opens to the public. 9a-12p. 5 and up. $14.50 per person. Registration required. www.spacecenter.org
NOVEMBER 18 SKATE WITH SANTA Children of all ages are invited to skate with Santa Claus of different ethnicities. All ages. 4 & 5p $8. Registration required. Every Saturday through December. www.discoverygreen.com
BIRDING THE HOTSPOTS PF GREATER HOUSTON NOVEMBER 10 A Family-Friendly Field Trip with Cin-Ty Lee and Mary Ann Beauchemin Note: This trip is good for beginning birders as well as advanced birders, as there will be something for everyone. 10-11:15a. Ages 7+ Members $75 Non-members $95. Registration required. No drop offs. www.naturediscoverycenter.org
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HPALAB | FALL FAMILY ACCELERATOR
Looking to increase the capacity of what your family can accomplish together? Or are you interested in inspiring a love of aerospace and STEM innovation in your family’s youngest crew members? Join Space Center Houston’s world-class Human Performance Accelerator Lab (HPALab) at the Summer Family Accelerator. HPA Lab offers executive training rooted in NASA human research. This elite program unlocks and ignites human potential and performance through hands-on training and the expertise of NASA’s cutting-edge and inspirational strategy, subject matter experts, scientists and astronauts. 8a-7:30p. Ages 10 and up. $39.95 per person. Registration required. www.spacecenter.org
NATURE WALKING TOUR Learn about native plants and the insects that pollinate them along Buffalo Bayou! Follow along this discovery tour of Houston’s historic waterway ecosystem with Nancy Greig, an avid natural historian “jack of all trades”, she has particular interest in plants and insects, but birds, mammals, herps and fish are all on her radar. 9-10:30a. $5. All ages. www.buffalobayou.org
BIRDING WITH A RANGER Join a Ranger to learn about local and migratory birds of Stephen F. Austin and how to use mobile apps to participate in citizen science. Beautiful birds make their home and visit the park every day! Whether you are an avid birder or a novice, come join Ranger Vinnie for a guided look at these feathered friends! 8:30-9:45a. All ages. $5 per adult, 12free. www.tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/ stephen-f-austin
NOVEMBER 19 MFAH ON THE MOVE / BILINGUAL ZUMBA Meet up at the Museum for free Zumba on Sunday morning with FitMix Communities. 11a-12p. Adult. Free. www.mfah.org
FALL PICNIC Welcome fall with delicious delights at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center! Have a picnic under the beautiful trees while supporting this Houston landmark. What could be better? How about a 6 pack of brews from Houston’s own Saint Arnold Brewing Company? A Bayou City Picnic has got you covered with all the essentials for the perfect picnic. Price includes a classic picnic blanket, waters, utensils, plates, napkins, and cleanup. For an extra special afternoon, don’t forget to add wine and flowers! Adult. 11:30-1p. $75 / basket (feeds 2). www.houstonarboretum.org 34 | HOUSTON FAMILY MAGAZINE November 2023
YOGA ON THE LAWN
Join us for a grounding yoga practice surrounded by the beautiful sounds and sights of nature! Taught by Carolina Vennie of Yogaleena, this class will be a Vinyasa Flow that is accessible to all levels. Please bring your own mat and water. This class is weather dependent and pre-registration is required. 16+. 9-10a. Free member / $15 nonmember. www.houstonarboretum.org
BRAESWOOD FARMERS MARKET Get some of your last-minute produce and fresh-from-the-farm goods at this special Thanksgiving edition of the Braeswood Farmers Market, held near Hillcroft. All ages. 10a-3p. Free. https://www.facebook.com/ events/383736173928804
CHANGE OF THE SEASONS
FARMERS MARKET AT UPTOWN PARK Twice a month, this family-friendly market offers a great place to shop locally grown and sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and more. All ages. 11a-3p. Free. https://www.facebook.com/pg/ yourneighborhoodfarmersmarket/ events/
NOVEMBER 21 BUBBLES & BOARD GAMES AT EVELYN’S PARK Bring the kids to enjoy bubbles and board games at Evelyn’s Park. All ages. 11a-12p. Free. https://evelynspark.org/events/ bubbles-and-board-games-3
Santa Claus and his elf helper stop by the Children’s Museum Houston for pictures and gift requests. All ages. 10a-2p. $15 per person www.cmhouston.org
NOVEMBER 24 FALL FESTIVAL Come out to the Park this Thanksgiving weekend for a Fall Festival, Ranch style! In addition to our regular tours, we’ll be making traditional pumpkin pie in our 1860s cast iron stove, branding boards at the cowboy campfire and talking turkey while crafting at the Ranch House. This is also your last chance to take some great family photos at the Pumpkin Round Up! 9a-5p. All ages. $15 Adults (ages 13-64), $12 – Seniors (ages 65+), $10 – Children
NOVEMBER 22 5TH ANNUAL TURKEY PARDON Following the national tradition, one lucky turkey will be pardoned by Children’s Museum Houston’s Kids’ Committee co-presidents. All ages. 10a-4p. $15 per person. www.cmhouston.org
FAMILY STORYTIME & CRAFT Family Storytime features a story followed by a craft that accompanies the reading at Levy Park. All craft supplies are included as a part of this free program. All ages. 10a. Free. www.levyparkhouston.org
PRINCESS DAY AT THE WOODLANDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Bring the kiddos to snap photos with characters like Rapunzel, Belle, The Unicorn Princess, and Shrek throughout the day at The Woodlands Children’s Museum. All ages. 10a-2p. $7.50 per person. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org
GALVESTON ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 17 An Adventure in International Experiences for Families and children! This free family event will have food, music, dance, fashion, games and prizes on the grounds of Galveston Children’s Museum. There will be exhibitors and performers from different countries and cultures providing entertainment, education, arts & crafts and giveaways, sharing information, and inviting us into a daylong adventure all on our very own Galveston Island. Join Us Every Sunday for a great sing along show. 5-9p. Adult. Free. www.visitgalveston.com
(ages 4-12), Children ages 3 and under are free. www.georgeranch.org
TREE LIGHTING AT THE GRAD GALVEZ Grand Galvez invites everyone to celebrate the holidays with its annual Grand Galvez Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration tradition on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The event takes place on the Centennial Green at the front of the hotel. The celebration begins with the arrival of Santa Claus, the beloved, legendary Christmas figure, with performances by the Galveston Ballet and Galveston Symphony Brass Ensemble. Santa’s arrival is followed by the lighting of the hotel’s 35-foot Christmas tree, decorated with thousands of lights. 6-8:30p. All ages. Free. www.visitgalveston.com
NOVEMBER 25 WILDCRAFT: TURKEYS! Join us outside the Nature Center to listen to a story about our nighttime friends, the bats! What better time to talk about turkeys than November? Come listen to a fun story time about these wild birds and color your own turkey to take home just in time for the holidays! 11a-12p. All ages. Free. https://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/ brazos-bend/copy2_of_childrensstory-time-and-craft-2022-turkeys2
GALVESTON NAVAL MUSEUM Experience the Life and History of a WWII Sailor, by visiting the USS Stewart & the USS Cavalla today. 9a-6p daily. All Ages. Children $8, Adult $13, Senior $10, Veteran $7 www. www.galvestonnavalmuseum. com/general-1
NOVEMBER 26 ARTISTS SUNDAY ON GALVESTON ISLAND Artists Sunday is a nationwide art-shopping event the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Participants include professional artists, non-profit art organizations and municipalities across the country, including hundreds of local communities, including arts agencies, cities, counties, state agencies, chambers of commerce, and organizations and thousands of individual artists. All day. All ages. Free. www.visitgalveston.com
PUMPKIN ROUND UP OPENING DAY Experience a one-of-a-kind autumn display created with over 20 types of pumpkins, gourds, plants, and fall flowers at George Ranch Historical Park. All ages. 9a-5p. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and $10 for children ages 4 to 12.
NOVEMBER 27 FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS Join us at 7 pm for a free screening of the beloved holiday crossover, The Nightmare Before Christmas. This free Family Movie Night is presented by Texas Children’s. All ages. 7p. Free www.levyparkhouston.org
THE WORLDS BIGGEST BOUNCE HOUSE AT KATY MILLS MALL The world’s largest touring inflatable event comes to Katy, offering an action-packed day out that’s suitable for all ages. From a toddler-friendly bounce house and a giant obstacle course to a competitive sports arena and more, the Big Bounce features a hopping good time on a ticket good for three hours of bouncing entertainment. All ages. 9a-6p. $22 per person hebigbounceamerica.com
NOVEMBER 28 GARDEN NATURALIST Led by Mercer’s Education Staff and Precinct 3 Park Programs, Garden Naturalists is an exciting new program, combining engaging classroom lessons with hands-on outdoor garden adventures. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Ages 7-13. 10-11:30a. Free. www.pct3.com/MBG
NOVEMBER 29 FAMILY STORYTIME Join us for a socially distanced, indoor storytime featuring books and activities for everyone in the family! Encourage your family’s love of reading through this cross generational literacy experience. Registration is required and will open two weeks before the event. Ages 5-10. 10:30-11a. Free. Moody Neighborhood Library. www.houstonlibrary.org
NOVEMBER 30 CHILDREN’S BINGO Bring the kiddos and join our Levy Park team for Children’s Bingo! This 30-minute program is a fun way for children to practice their letters and numbers while earning prizes. Levy Park provides the Bingo cards, markers, and prizes. B-I-N-G-O! 4:30p. Ages 4 to 12. Free. www.levyparkhouston.org
HOUSTON MUSEUM DISTRICT EVERY THURSDAY, MANY OF HOUSTON’S MUSEUMS OFFER FREE ADMISSION. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON 5-8pm • 1500 Binz St. www.cmhouston.org
**FREE Admission for Bank of America cardholders the first FULL weekend of the month.
2-7pm • 1515 Hermann Dr. www.thehealthmuseum.org
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON 10am-9pm • 1001 Bissonnet www.mfah.org
**FREE MFAH admission Saturdays & Sundays for all kids 18 & under with a library card
HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE 2-5pm • 5555 Hermann Park Dr. www.hmns.org
BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM 1-5pm • 3816 Caroline St. www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com
HOUSTON MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE 6-8pm • 4807 Caroline St. www.hmaac.org
HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON 2-8pm • 5401 Caroline St. (Free Thursdays thru August 24th) www.hmh.org
FREE WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY MENIL COLLECTION
11am-7pm • 1533 Sul Ross Street www.menil.org
FREE THURSDAY WITH RESERVATION CISTERN HISTORY TOURS, HOUSTON
1-5:30pm • The Water Works at 105 Sabine Street • Age: 9+ www.buffalobayou.org
FREE TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON
Tuesday-Friday 10am-7pm, Sat.10am-6pm, Sun. 12-6pm • 5216 Montrose Boulevard www.camh.org
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CENTERSTAGE STAGE CENTER DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Main Street Theatre
November 12-December 23, 2023 The tale of Belle, an adventurous young girl, who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Trapped under a spell, the Beast must earn the love of Belle in order to be set free. With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, Belle learns to look past his exterior, discovering the kind heart of a prince. An enchanted and heartwarming story for the holidays! Recommended for Kindergarten and older. Various times and dates. All ages. Tickets: $22 – $35 www.mainstreettheater.com
GEORGIANA AND KITTY: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY Mainstreet Theater
November 18-December 17, 2023 It’s finally here! The final installment of the Christmas at Pemberley trilogy follows two close friends: Mr. Darcy’s younger sister, Georgiana, and the youngest Bennet sister, Kitty. It is Christmastime at Pemberley and the pair impatiently await the imminent arrival of Henry Grey, Georgiana’s shy, secret correspondent. When Henry enters a family holiday in full force and is met by the unwelcoming presence of Mr. Darcy, Georgiana fears her chance at love will be lost forever. But somehow, love always finds a way! Main Street has previously produced the first two plays in the trilogy, Miss Bennet and The Wickhams, both of which became hits and holiday favorites for many families across Houston and beyond. Various Times. Tickets start at $39
Midtown Arts and Theater Center
October 20 – November 4, 2023 When a relentless and deadly slew of birds begins attacking humanity, strangers Nat and Diane find themselves trying to survive together in an isolated cabin. Soon after, the young and attractive Julia arrives looking for shelter, bringing with her suspicion and distrust. When the duo becomes a trio, paranoia takes hold revealing an inside threat that rivals that of the murderous birds on the outside. Daphne du Maurier’s 1952 classic short story, and the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, is adapted by Conor McPherson and becomes a gripping and unsettling look at human nature in the face of societal collapse. www.matchouston.org
MJ – THE MUSICAL
October 6 – November 12, 2023
November 10 – November 19, 2023
Brimming with razor-sharp dialogue and dark wit, Switzerland is a gripping psychological thriller that’s sure to leave you breathless. In her remote home hidden in the Swiss Alps, Patricia Highsmith, the reclusive, Texas-born matron of murder stories, lives out her days in solitude. That is until a mysterious young emissary arrives at her doorstep, urging her to pen the final installment in her famous “Tom Ripley” series. Following years of ominous silence, it seems this unexpected visit could be just the push the ailing novelist needs. After all, what does it take to write a truly sinister story if not real-life inspiration? Various time. Tickets start at $30.
Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
The music. The moves. The icon. Now, the unparalleled artistry of the greatest entertainer of all time comes to Houston as MJ, the multi Tony Award®-winning new musical centered around the making of the 1992 Dangerous World Tour, begins a tour of its own. Created by Tony Award®-winning Director/Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, MJ goes beyond the singular moves and signature sound of the star, offering a rare look at the creative mind and collaborative spirit that catapulted Michael Jackson into legendary status. Tickets start at $95. www.thehobbycenter.org
A CHRISTMAS CAROL Alley Theater
November 16, 2023 – December 30, 2023 Celebrate the holidays with the Alley’s hit new adaptation with colorful Victorian costumes, special effects, lively dancing, stunning sets, and just the right blend of Christmas carols. It is a dazzling Christmas feast with the beloved story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his miraculous transformation. Start times vary. Adult. Tickets start at $29. www.alleytheater.org
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NOW EXHIBITING EXHIBITING NOW MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTON
HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE
Tues.-Wed. 10am-5pm., Thurs. 10am-9pm., Fri.-Sat. 10am-7pm., Sun. 12:15-7pm. $19 adult; $16 senior 65+, $12 children 13-18 and students (19+) (children 12 and under free). FREE every Thursday 10am-9pm
ROBERT FRANK AND TODD WEBB: ACROSS AMERICA, 1955 The acclaimed exhibition William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows surveys 35 years in the career of celebrated South African artist William Kentridge. More than 80 works touch on every aspect of his wide-ranging investigations in the visual arts, sculpture, film, and theater.
October 8 through January 7, 2024
REMBRANDT TO VAN GOGH: MASTERPIECES FROM THE ARMAND HAMMER COLLECTION Rembrandt to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the Armand Hammer Collection showcases the renowned collection of the Hammer Museum at UCLA. Major works of art from across four centuries reflect the collecting interests of Armand Hammer (1898–1990), founder of the Los Angeles museum.
October 15 through January 21, 2024
9a-5p Mon-Sun $25 adult, $16 children 3-11, senior 62+ and college students FREE every Thursday 2-5pm
KING TUT’S TOMB DISCOVERY EXPERIENCE Travel to Egypt’s fabled Valley of the Kings to accompany famed Egyptologist Howard Carter as he gazes into King Tut’s Tomb for the very first time. Experience the dark and winding tunnels that led to Tutankhamen’s burial chambers, explore the countless golden treasures he took with him into the afterworld, and explore the brightly colored, floor-to-ceiling hieroglyphs that detail his life and offer prayers to the gods to ensure a blessed life after death.
Dates/Times Vary. All ages. Child $27, Adults $35
THE HEALTH MUSEUM www.thehealthmuseum.org
Hours: Mon.-Sat, 9a-5p, Thurs 9a-7p, Sun 12-5p Admission: $10 adult, $8 senior 65+, free for children under 2 FREE on Thursdays 2-7p.
OUTBREAK: EPIDEMICS IN A CONNECTED WORLD. Why do infectious diseases emerge where they do? What makes them
spread so quickly? Where do we look for the next one? Our planet is connected more than ever before: by global travel, trade, technology, and even our viruses. Join us in learning how people fight epidemics - even before they start! You’ll explore the connections between human, animal, and environmental health, dive into case studies and personal experiences from epidemic fighters from around the globe, discover how outbreaks have affected the Greater Houston Area, and engage in games that challenge you to identify and contain an outbreak.
VETERAN VISION PROJECT Arizona State University student and photographer Devin Mitchell created the Veteran Vision Project to capture the diversity of veterans and their experiences. His powerful photos, which have received significant national acclaim, contrast veterans in uniform and in poses that reflect their life after military service.
YOUR BODY YOUR AIR Breathe in. Breathe out. Air pollutants are substances in the air that can have a negative effect on our health. Your Body, Your Air explores four common types of air pollutants and their sources in the Houston area, as well as the effect these pollutants have on our bodies and our communities. Together we can work towards healthier air, healthier bodies, and healthier communities.
SHARKS! THE MEG, THE MONSTERS, & THE MYTHS Houston Museum of Natural Science
We’re gonna need a bigger exhibit hall. Debuting on a floor all to itself is Sharks! The Meg, The Monsters & The Myths. We’re making your dreams come true and bringing you up close and personal with live sharks for a hands-on experience that will be – dare we say – jawsome. You’ll get a chance to touch a shark and discover what makes these creatures unique – from bait balls to bioluminescence. Further immerse yourself in the world of sharks as every order of shark known to mankind is represented within the exhibition, including a life-size model of the ancient behemoth, the Megalodon. And don’t forget to pick up a few Megalodon teeth of your own in the island shop.
Dates/Times Vary. All ages. Child $27, Adults $35 www.hmns.org
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S E E E V E N M O R E FA M I LY F R I E N D LY E V E N T S I N O U R ONLINE EVENTS CALENDAR! https://houstonfamilymagazine.com/events-calendar/
HOLOCAUST MUSEUM www.hmh.org
Tue–Wed 10a-5p, Th 10a-8p, Fri–Sat 10a-5p, Sun 12p-5p Adults $22, Seniors (age 65 and above) $16, AARP Members $16 Active Duty Service members and their families Free through Labor Day through the Blue Star Museums Program. Ages 0 – 18 Free
BEARING WITNESS: A COMMUNITY REMEMBERS The Gallery is personalized with testimony of Holocaust Survivors who later settled in the Houston area. These incredible individuals lived through a genocidal war that inflicted mass death on unprecedented numbers of innocent civilians. The Gallery features artifacts donated by the Holocaust Survivors, their descendants, liberators, and other collectors.
RHONA AND BRUCE CARESS GALLERY - AND STILL I WRITE: YOUNG DIARISTS ON WAR AND GENOCIDE In Nazi Europe, Jewish teenagers wrote in worn notebooks. Far away in America, young people in Japanese internment camps did the same. Decades later, it was children in war-time Sarajevo. More recently, in Iraq and Syria, young writers typed their accounts instead, transmitting messages secretly or posting anonymously on social media. Times change, but the impulse to mark our place in the world endures.
THE MENIL COLLECTION www.menil.org
Wed - Sun 11a-7p Closed Monday and Tuesday. Free Hours: Always free!
HANNE DARBOVEN— WRITING TIME Writing Time explores the intertwining of writing and drawing that formed the core of the artist’s practice for over forty years. Hanne Darboven (1941–2009), a German conceptual artist, is best
known for her immersive installations of individually framed sheets filled with text formulations and collaged images. At the heart of her practice is the question of how to picture the unfolding of history, the passing of time, and one’s experience within both.
Oct 27-Feb 11, 2024
WALL DRAWING SERIES: MARC BAUER Swiss artist Marc Bauer (b. 1975) has been commissioned to create the fifth installment of the ephemeral wall drawing series at the Menil Drawing Institute. Bauer’s art practice is based in his careful examination of how images circulate in print and online media platforms. Bauer uses drawing to reconfigure found images—from sources ranging from personal family albums to cable news streams— with the goal of ultimately shaping a prismatic view of history, culture, and politics. He likens this process to a kind of witnessing, a deliberate and deeply personal way of seeing and understanding the world.
Through Fall 2024
CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON www.camh.org
Tues - Wed 10a-7p, Thu 10a-9p, Fri 10a7p, Sat 10a-6p, Sun 12p-6p Closed Monday, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day Free Hours: Always free!
JORDAN STRAFER: TRILOGY Both perversely pleasurable and pleasurably perverse, Jordan Strafer’s videos are absurd, fantastical, humorous, and, at times, violent meditations on power and the uniquely human capacity to inflict violence, be it physical, psychological, or both. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition, Jordan Strafer: Trilogy presents Strafer’s recent trilogy of videos PEP (Process Entanglement Procedure) (2019), SOS (2021), and PEAK HEAVEN LOVE FOREVER (2022), alongside a selection of related works on paper by the artist.
HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT www.crafthouston.org
Open Tue- Sat 10a-5p. HCCC is closed on Sunday and Monday and the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth (June 19th), July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
MAX ADRIAN: RIPSTOP Max Adrian: RIPSTOP is a solo exhibition of patchwork textiles and inflatable sculptures by the Ohio-based fiber artist. Adrian’s volumetric, pneumatic work transports viewers into a realm of artifice, desire, and worldbuilding. Drawing from rich legacies of queer fiber art and theory, including the AIDS memorial quilt and José Esteban Muñoz’s foundational text, Cruising Utopia, the exhibition features monumentally scaled works that physically respond to the presence of viewers by filling with air. “The sculptures’ constant state of performing, or becoming, reflects Adrian’s interests in queerness as an inherently utopian and future-oriented mode of being,” says Sarah Darro, Curator and Exhibitions Director at HCCC.
September 30 – January 6, 2024
TREE OF LIFE Tree of Life showcases sculptural objects made from the African blackwood tree, also known as mpingo or Dalbergia melanoxylon. Native to Tanzania and the territory surrounding Mt. Kilimanjaro, this tree has a naturally dark, nearly black, colored core and other unique properties that make it a preferred choice of material for ornamental turning, carving, and use in woodwind instruments. This exhibition features figural sculptures carved in the Makonde tradition by Tanzania-based artists, Joseph Singombe and Pius Mtembe; ornamental turning by the late Texas-based artist James Harris; and woodwind instruments that explore the different methods artists are using when approaching this material.
September 2023 — January 6, 2024
July 28, 2023 - November 26, 2023
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A GAYLORD HOTELS ORIGINAL EXPERIENCE
The holidays spring to life in ICE! at Gaylord Texan! Our signature attraction is a whimsical masterpiece of scenes from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! carved out of 2 million pounds of boldly colored ice. NOV. 10 - DEC. 31 ChristmasAtGaylordTexan.com TM & © 2023 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. All Rights Reserved.
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