By: Cynthia Smoot


2016novdec_events_aus-photo-courtesy-of-ballet-austinI COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT

The Nutcracker, a perennial holiday classic, is celebrating its 54th annual year at The Long Center. No matter how often you’ve seen it, visions of Sugar Plum Fairy will dance into your heart. December 3-23. At

2016novdec_events_aus-bullockPOLITICS OF PROPAGANDA

In the Bob Bullock State History Museum of Texas exhibit, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda, a look is given at another challenging political era, WWII. It takes center stage to tell the story with rare artifacts, historic film footage and first-person interviews. Through January 8, 2017. At

2016novdec_events_aus-monica-sosnowska-at-laguna-gloriaGRAND RE-OPENING

Rediscover The Contemporary Austin Jones Center, now open after extensive renovations to the museum. Monika Sosnowska’s installation Habitat takes center stage. The artist is also featured at Laguna Gloria. November 22-February 26.


2016novdec_events_dal-photo-courtesy-of-dallas-symphonyLET’S PLAY IT BY EAR

Ring in the New Year with your favorite Strauss Waltzes and Viennese-inspired revelry. Make a champagne toast as the majestic Meyerson Symphony Center comes alive with the sound of the symphony. December 31. At

2016novdec_events_dal-nicholas-party-cropOFF THE WALL

Swiss artist Nicholas Party started as a graffiti artist, then directed his creativity toward galleries, where he creates playful pastel murals with surrealist style. As a special commission, he will transform the DMA’s central corridor with a mural all over the walls and ceiling. Through February 5, 2017. At

2016novdec_events_dal-oscar-dominguezSKETCHES OF SPAIN

Modern artists in Spain made a big impact on global artists throughout the 20th century. See an amazing collection of modern Spanish masterpieces, many of which are on display for the first time in the U.S. Through January 29, 2017. At


2016novdec_events_hou-julian-onderdonkLONE STAR IMPRESSION

If Claude Monet visited Texas, he might paint something like the gorgeous works of Julian Onderdonk, a talented Texan impressionist from the early 20th century. His luminous depictions of Texas landscapes are inspiring, especially his signature fields of bluebonnets. Through January 2, 2017. At

2016novdec_events_hou-cirque-dreamsYULE BE DAZZLED

Celebrate the holidays in style with the whole family, a cirque spectacle and Christmas extravaganza with charm and talent by the sleigh load. Featuring hundreds of costumes, 20 different acts, and dozens of artists from all over the world. November 18-20. At

2016novdec_events_hou-pablo-picasso-self-portrait-1918-courtesy-of-the-menil-collection-and-rmn-grand-palais-art-reource-nySKETCH ARTIST

The master Pablo Picasso was a genius talent across all mediums, including his drawings, as seen in the new exhibit of 90 of his works, Picasso The Line. Through January 8, 2017. At


2016novdec_events_sa-photo-courtesy-of-tobin-centerHERE SHE COMES AGAIN

Join the city’s premier music and performance venue as it welcomes the inimitable Dolly Parton for the 3rd Annual Tobin Benefit Concert. December 8. At

2016novdec_events_sa-kamila-szczesnaMODERN, MEET MAJESTIC

See artistic concepts come to life at ArtPace’s Hudson Showroom, now featuring three Texan artists Kamila Szczesna, Ryder Richards and Jessica Halonen. Through December 31. At

2016novdec_events_sa-crop-off-black-horiz-linesMARVELOUS MUSICALS

In the mood for some of Broadway’s favorite musicals? Catch Sweeney Todd and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Woodlawn Theatre for classic theatre with a community feel. In November and December. At