ARTS IN THE AIR

This summer’s fine arts and performance season will dazzle you with high-flying feats of beauty and grace. Our ardent art appreciator Jonathan Spindel invites inspiration to bring art into your life

AUSTIN

BARBRA, CAN YOU HEAR ME?
This giddily hilarious one-man play, Buyer and Cellar, will have you doubled-over laughing when Alex, a struggling Hollywood actor, takes an outrageous job working in Streisand’s Malibu Barbra dream house in an underground mall housing her showbiz collections.
June 8 – August 14. At.ZachTheatre.org

COME AS YOU ARE
The first major exhibition to examine art that emerged in the pivotal 1990s explores a range of social and political issues as diverse as the decade from which they emerged. Artists express issues of identity and global change while experimenting with technologies of the digital age. Until May 15. At BlantonMuseum.org

MEET THE BRITS
Love The Beatles, Elton John, Queen, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Wham, and other great British artists? So do we. Powerful vocals, high energy dance, and a live band combine to create a rousing celebration of British rock-n-roll from the 60s, 70s, 80s, and beyond June 16-19. At TheLongCenter.org

DALLAS

DALI IN DALLAS
The surrealist master’s L’homme poisson is the first of Dalí’s pieces to enter the collection of a Texas museum. See this outstanding piece, as well as myriad pieces by distinguished artists from Texas and abroad, at the Meadows Museum. Until June 5. At MeadowsMuseumDallas.org

FROM FRANCE TO FORT WORTH
Can a painting from the 1600s give you the same feel as an old family photo? These masterworks by the Le Nain brothers are so exquisitely crafted, you’ll be stunned by the beautiful realism of the poignant portraits. Until June 19. At KimbellArt.org

MASTERS OF MUSIC
Considered two of the most distinguished classical musicians, Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax will transport you to a spellbinding world of transcendent tunes. May 19. At MyDSO.org

HOUSTON 

ROARING STYLE

Discover your inner flapper – the iconic young woman with unprecedented freedom, enjoying the “anything goes” sophistication of the music, nightclubs and lifestyle of the exuberant 1920s and 30s. This collection showcases the glamour and luxury of the period’s chic nights on the town in the U.S. and Europe in the roaring Jazz Age. Until June 5. At MFAH.org

MY BELLE GISELLE
Houston Ballet caps its season with a lavish new production of Giselle, the supreme example of 19thcentury balletic Romanticism; a beautiful peasant girl is deceived in love by an aristocrat disguised as a commoner. Love, betrayal, and redemption play out with stunning simplicity. June 9-18. At HoustonBallet.org

SPIRIT OF THE 70s
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom during the early 1970s, becoming one of the most successful solo acts in history. Featuring her iconic hits, this musical show celebrates the soundtrack to a generation. May 31-June 5. At TheHobbyCenter.org

SAN ANTONIO 

OFF THE WALL STYLE
Looking for inspiration for your next interior design project? Visit the McNay to see an intimate collection of jewel-like ornamental prints, featuring graceful forms, flowing lines, and entrancing patterns and textures. The prints are from the 16th century, but the style continues to endure. Until August 7. At McNayArt.org

HIGHEST HEAVEN
When the Spanish Empire expanded into South America, the cultural and spiritual exchange resulted in a distinct and compelling visual style of religious artwork, artifacts, an iconography. See this unique trove of religious paintings, gilded wooden sculptures, intimate ivories, and silver, originally held in private collections only. June 11-September 4. At SAMuseum.org

HIGH FLYING DRAMA
Performed through aerial acrobatics, dance, words, music, and a stunning visual vocabulary, 14 illustrates the journey of a post-9/11 girl through her first 14 years of life. It’s a cathartically poetic story of the challenges of growing up in a rapidly changing world, and the parents’ own challenges as well. June 9-18. At TobinCenter.org

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