ARTS THAT COME ALIVE

Summer is the season for the arts world to heat up, with marquee events and exhibitions opening across Texas. Our adventurous aesthete Jonathan Spindel presents a selection of star attractions.

Austin

SUNDAY IN THE PARK

Sondheim’s musical masterpiece comes to the ZACH Theatre this summer. The rapturous tribute to George Seurat comes to live with a brilliant score by a live orchestra. May 30 to June 24. At http://www.ZachTheatre.org

ABORIGINAL ANCESTRY

This exhibition of contemporary painting and sculpture by Australian Aboriginal artists celebrates the renaissance that has occurred wince the 1970s within the millennia-old traditions of indigenous Australian art. June 3 to September 9. At http://www.BlantonMuseum.org

VOICE OF A GENERATION
Emmylou Harris’ songs have helped define American music, and her countless accolades and musical collaborations have cemented her as one of the most influential women in music. Don’t miss her incomparably expressive wisdom shared through song. May 29. At http://www.AustinTheatre.org

Dallas

POP SPECTACLE

Known for his collaborations with pop icons and fashion houses, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami has blurred boundaries between high and low culture, ancient and modern, east and west. June 10 to September 16. At http://www.TheModern.org

GHANAIAN GOLD

Featuring over 200 dazzling pieces of gold regalia, intricately woven silks, ceremonial objects, and regal furniture, The Power of Gold reveals the splendor of the Asante Kingdom, one of the most powerful societies of West Africa. Until August 12. At http://www.DMA.org

A DAY AT THE BEACH

This focused exhibition draws distinctions between two of the most enduring impressionists; Mariano Fortuny y Marsal, and William Merritt Chase. June 24 to September 23. At http://www.MeadowsMuseumDallas.org

HOUSTON

BALLET HISPÁNICO

An ambassador of Latino culture and dance itself, this innovative and contemporary ballet event brings together iconic Mexican symbols, the passion of flamenco dance, exhilarating music, and premier dancers. May 18. At http://www.SPAHouston.org

MASTERWORKS BY MICHELANGELO

Largely drawn from the Capodimonte Museum in Naples, Italy, this exhibition presents dozens of masterpieces from the 16th century, during the papacy of Paul III. Through June 10. At http://www.MFAH.org

SPEAKING OF OUR FOREFATHERS

Broadway sensation Hamilton is in Houston until May 20th at The Hobby Center. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and based on Ron Chernow’s biography of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. At http://www.BroadwayAtTheHobby.com

SAN ANTONIO

CELEBRATE & COMMEMORATE

The joy and pride of San Antonio will vividly come to life during our Tricentennial Commemorative Week, May 1-6, 2018. Six solid days will be filled with educational, artistic, and entertaining events that showcase the best of San Antonio. At http://www.SanAntonio300.org

IMMERSE YOURSELF

Organized in conjunction with the San Antonio Tricentennial celebrations and the 50th anniversary of HemisfFair ’68, the McNay presents an exhibition of extraordinary immersive art experiences, including the eminently Instagrammable Yayoi Kusama. June 7 to September 2. At http://www.McNayart.org

BOHEMIAN CHIC

One of the most beloved and tragic operas ever written, La Boheme is set against the backdrop of bohemian life in the Latin Quarter of Paris, brought to life by the beautiful music of Puccini. At http://www.TobinCenter.org