CULTURALLY ENGAGED

Texas is a state of mind, and it’s also a state of the arts. Our connoisseur of culture Jonathan Spindel shares a selection of this season’s outstanding events.

AUSTIN

ROCK WITH THE TROCKS

Stunning feats of ballet mixed with comic parody will make you ooh and ah and laugh out loud. See why the Ballet Trockadero has been delighting audiences for 40 years. February 3. At TheLongCenter.org

GET ILLUMINATED

Long before the printing press, sacred texts were written and illustrated by hand. See the beautifully preserved Crusader Bible, vivid illustrations and all, at the Blanton Museum for a limited time. Until April 3. At BlantonMuseum.org

SEE THE MUSIC, BE THE MUSIC

Looking an authentic live music experience, but without the hassle and crowds? Black Fret’s membership program presents some of Austin’s most talented local musicians in unique private venues, all while supporting the local music economy. Performances year-round. Become a member today at BlackFret.org

DALLAS

FABULOUS FRIDA

Paying homage to the extraordinary Frida Kahlo, dozens of local artists present their interpretations of her inimitable style. Until January 30. At BathHouseCultural.org

DAZZLING DIMENSIONS

Get inspired by Alexander Gorlizki, whose imaginative patterns and colors may just spark your own creative impulse. You may know Gorlizki from his with fashion designers and global artists. Until March 20. At CrowCollection.org

SWING AND SWOON

You’ll want to stand up and swing dance the night away at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Gershwin’s timeless jazz hits. January 22-24. At MyDSO.org

HOUSTON

THE BRIDGE TO ROMANCE

A lyrical tale of lasting love, The Bridges of Madison County endures as one of the most romantic modern musicals. Don’t miss your chance to see it on stage. January 19-31. At TheHobbyCenter.org

ROYAL RELICS

Showcasing a king’s ransom of precious artifacts, this collection of Islamic art from around the world will astound you with its ancient luxurious craftsmanship. Until January 2017. At MFAH.org

INFINITY AND BEYOND

An experimental visual-and-sonic mobile, The Infinity Machine inaugurates a series of installations in the Byzantine Fresco Chapel. A lively addition to the Menil campus in the Museum District. January 31 – February 28. At Menil.org

SAN ANTONIO

COLLECTOR’S CONNECTION

Have you ever wondered how curators select art pieces that go together perfectly? See how they do it, and learn how you can, too, at their demonstrative exhibition. Until April 17. At McNayArt.org

SINGERS WITH SOUL

Treasures of modern music, Mavis Staples and Nick Lowe bring their musical teamwork and real-life friendship to the stage for an unforgettable evening of song. March 8. At TobinCenter.org

SETTING THE PACE

ArtPace welcomes its newest International Artists in Residence this spring. Featuring contemporary talent from all over the world, the Residence program promises to surprise you with art developed on-site. Experience the process at ArtPace.org

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