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april calendar HOME SHOW The Houston Home Show takes place April 13-15 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Get your spring projects underway with help form the experts and sources for outdoor living, landscaping, air conditioning, design and decor. Information: www.TexasHomeandGarden.com.

On view at Rice Gallery, April 13 through June 24, Yasuaki Onishi creates one of his reverse of volume installations.

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Learn how to build a pergola at the Arbor Gate on April 21. Photo courtesy of Home & Habitat.

Last month, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston debuted the first-ever monographic exhibition of paintings by 17th Century Dutch still-life painter Willem van Aelst. Co-organized by the MFAH, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Elegance and Refinement: The StillLife Paintings of Willem van Aelst features 28 of the artist’s finest works culled from private and public collections in the United States and Europe. Recognized as one of the leading painters in the Dutch Republic during the “Golden Age” of Dutch painting, he was largely forgotten by the 19th century. The exhibition aims to restore Van Aelst’s stature by showcasing his technical brilliance, attention to detail and ingenious brushwork for 21st-century audiences to discover. The exhibit continues at the MFAH through May 28. Information: 713.639.7300 or www.mfah.org.

CLASSES Gardeners looking for knowledge and ideas will always find an impressive variety of classes at The Arbor Gate. On April 14, gardeners can learn about Heirloom Shrubs and Vines for Houston Gardens. The class is led by the co-authors of Heirloom Gardening in the South-Yesterdays Plants for Today's Gardens Dr. William Welch and Greg Grant. On April 21, the class Perfect Pergolas, offers a hands-on demonstration of how to make your own eye-catching garden structure. The class is led by Steven Chamblee, Chief Horticulturist for Chandor Gardens in Weatherford and consulting editor and author for Neil Sperry's GARDENS magazine. Information: 281.351.8851 or www.arborgate.com. The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is encouraging families to Get Outside for Earth Day with free activities including a hike along an Arboretum trail, Animal Activity Challenge stations, and more on April 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staff from REI’s Houston store will be onsite from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a demonstration campsite and information on opportunities for outdoor family recreation. Arboretum memberships will be discounted for the day and those joining will receive discount coupons to local museums and attractions. The event also includes a Native Plant Sale at Arboretum’s main building, as well as refreshments. Admission to the Earth Day Celebration is free. Information: 713.681.8433 or www.houstonarboretum.org.

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Houston’s own Rice University is home to the only university art museum in the nation dedicated to site-specific installation art. Rice Gallery presents temporary, large-scale environments that visitors can enter and explore. Artists typically use inexpensive materials to create stunning works of art. Opening April 13 and continuing through June 24, Rice Gallery’s commission of Japanese artist Yasuaki Onishi coincides with the Grand Opening of the Asia Society Texas Center’s new Houston headquarters designed by Yoshio Taniguchi. Yasuaki Onishi’s creation for Rice Gallery, reverse of volume (RG) employs the simplest materials – translucent plastic sheeting, strings of black glue, and fishing line – to create monumental forms that resemble mountains or clouds floating in space. His process of “casting the invisible” involves draping the sheeting over objects, which are removed to leave only their impressions. Onishi views this process of “reversing” sculpture to be a meditation on the nature of the negative space, or void, left behind. Information: 713.348.6069 or www.ricegallery.org. This gallery show is for those handyman types and anyone who appreciates their work. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft features the fascinating woodcarvings of Houston Heights resident Chris Hedrick. The exhibition, Implied Utility, runs April 14-June 10. Hedrick’s meticulous, yet humorous works depict hacksaws and power drills, hammers and rakes that elevate these hardworking, old-school tools to new artistic heights. The show is an experience a delightful combination of beauty, accuracy, wit and irony. Information: 713.529.4848 or www.crafthouston.org.

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HOUSTON HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION HOME & GARDEN TOUR APRIL 14-15 Houston Heights Association Home & Garden Tour takes place April 14-15, with six homes open for touring from noon to 6 p.m. each day. Shuttle bus service to all of the homes is included in the ticket price. All proceeds from the event fund beautification efforts, property and park maintenance, improvements and preservation, and local educational projects. Information: 713.861.4002, www.houstonheights.org.

Locations: 941 CORTLANDT (ABOVE) Mueller Home (1920s Bungalow Style) 515 HARVARD (LEFT) Womble Home (1906 Queen Anne Cottage) 706 CORTLANDT Tegtmeier Home (1920s Bungalow) 1243 TULANE Fritsch Home (1920s Cottage) 531 W. 16TH (BELOW LEFT) Smith/Yeatts Home (1903 Cottage) 1109 OXFORD (BELOW) Purday/Coon Home (2007 Contemporary)

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2012 GARDEN OAKS HOME TOUR: Blueprints & Footprints APRIL 22

The 2012 Garden Oaks Home Tour takes place on April 22 and showcases six unique homes, plus two remarkable gardens, including renovations of original neighborhood homes and new construction.

The 2012 Garden Oaks Home Tour: Blueprints & Footprints, takes place on April 22, from noon to 6 p.m. Nestled among towering pines and grand magnolias, Garden Oaks is a refreshing surprise in the middle of the nation’s fourth largest city. This quaint and architecturally unique neighborhood maintains its charm and sense of history. This bi-annual Home and Garden Tour features 6 homes and 2 gardens. Proceeds from the tour support of parks and green spaces, the Constable program, Garden Oaks Elementary and other neighborhood causes. Information: www.gardenoaks.org.

Locations: Homes 802 W. 42nd St (above) 224 W. 34th St. (left) 811 W. 41st St. 424 W. 32nd St. 811 W. 42nd St 1071 W. 41st St.

Gardens 744 W. 43rd St. 1325 Sue Barnett St.

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DOWNTOWN HOME TOUR

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If you’re pondering a move to a downtown loft or apartment, or even if you are just curious to see what highrise living is like, check out the Downtown Home Tour on May 5, from noon to 5 p.m. The tour offers access to 10 downtown buildings and private residences, including Bayou Lofts, Cash Register Building, City View Lofts, Commerce Towers, Hermann Lofts, Houston House, Post Rice Lofts and more. This event is in conjunction with the Sustainable Living Fest happening Market Square Park on the same day. Headquarters for the tour are the Post Rice Lofts, 909 Texas Avenue. Information: www.houstondowntownalliance.com The Water Garden and Pond Tour takes place across the Houston area May 5-6.

PINK RIBBON HOUSE APRIL 7 AND MAY 4 The 2012 Pink Ribbon House, the sixth in a series located in Memorial's Hunters Creek Village at 10619 Fairlane Drive, opens to the public for tours on the weekends of April 27 and May 4. Tour hours are Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The entire event raises funds for raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research at Baylor College of Medicine. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door. Friday evening, April 20 features a special preview party; tickets are $100. Information: 713.798.2110 or www.bcm.edu/advancement/pinkribbonhouse.

HOUSTON’S ANNUAL POND TOUR MAY 5-6 Lone Star Koi Club and Houston Pond Society present the annual Water Garden and Pond Tour, May 5-6. This year’s tour features more than 25 private water gardens and koi ponds. The popular self-guided tour ranges from serene backyard garden ponds, to water habitats that encompass the entire back yard lush landscaping, blooming water lilies, graceful fantail goldfish and show-quality koi. Many of these ponds and gardens were designed and built by the homeowners themselves, who will be on hand to answer questions. Tickets are $10 and good for both days. Information: www.houstonpondsociety.org or dcook1838@aol.com. 22

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