CURATE: FRESH & FINE

With a spring in our step and a heart full of art, we go boldly toward this season’s most enticing fine arts attractions. Our culture-seeker Jonathan Spindel leads the way. 

Austin

SO VERY VIOLETTA

Award-winning soprano Marina Costa-Jackson takes the stage as Violetta Valery, a courtesan at the center of Verdi’s tragic masterpiece, La Traviata. See why this is among the most-performed operas in the world. April 28 to May 6. At AustinOpera.org

MEET ME AT THE RODEO

The Bullock Texas State History Museum presents Rodeo! The Exhibition highlighting the thrilling events and people who have made rodeo and stock shows a long-standing and much-beloved Texas tradition. Gain an insider’s perspective on what makes rodeo an integral part of Texas history. Begins March 10. At TheStoryOfTexas.org

GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE

Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the Tony Award-winning musical that’s earned unanimous rave reviews. Coming direct from Broadway, Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder tells the uproarious story of a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to cut the line of succession in a hilariously dastardly fashion. March 20-25. At TexasPerformingArts.org

Dallas

FUTURE FASHION

Explore the catalogue of fashion designer Mary Katrantzou, whose work is defined by wit and whimsy paired with sophistication. With diverse inspirations ranging from Architectural Digest and Fantasia to paintings of Ancient Greece, she is known for using technology to push the envelope of possibility. Until March 18. At DallasContemporary.org

VOCAL VIRTUOSO

Tony Award-winning triple-threat and star of television’s Younger, Sutton Foster joins the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to bring Broadway to the Meyerson in a trio of concerts filled with extraordinary talent and charm. April 6 to 8. At MYDSO.com

THE GREAT SOCIETY

Following the success of Dallas Theatre Center’s production of All the Way, The Great Society continues the story of LBJ’s turbulent presidency in this epic theatrical event. Filled with a cast of legendary characters – from Martin Luther King Jr. to Bobby Kennedy and Richard Nixon – The Great Society is an exhilarating examination of power, morality, and change. March 9 to April 1. At ATTPac.org

HOUSTON

PEACOCK IN THE DESERT

Centuries of royal treasures from India come to the U.S. for the first time, featuring pieces never before seen beyond palace walls. Illustrating the legacy of the 700-year Rathore dynasty, the exhibition showcases centuries of artistic creation including lavishly crafted arms and armor, dazzling jewels, and even a royal aircraft from the 20th century. Until August 19. At MFAH.com

DYNAMIC DANCE

Experience the power of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, hailed as America’s cultural ambassador to the world. From the pulse-racing thrill of contemporary choreography to the uplifting joy of beloved classics, these magnificent dancers offer something for every taste. March 16. At SPAHouston.org

THIS AMERICAN LIFE

Go behind the scenes of NPR’s popular This American Life broadcast with its host, Ira Glass. See an all-new show and discover the creative wonders behind the radio program that is heard each week by millions of listeners. May 12. At ThisAmericanLife.org

SAN ANTONIO

BOLD PAST

San Antonio 1718: Art from Viceregal Mexico tells the story of the city’s first century through more than one hundred landscapes, portraits, narrative paintings, sculptures, and devotional and decorative objects, many of them never before exhibited in the United States. The exhibition is organized in three sections: People and Places, The Cycle of Life, and The Church. At SAMA.org

Sister María Antonia of the Immaculate Conception (Sor María Antonia de la Purísima Concepción), late 18th century Oil on canvas, h. 47 in. (120 cm); w. 37 (95 cm) Museo Nacional del Virreinato, 168030, Secretaría de Cultura, INAH, MX. Tepotzotlán, México. Artist unknown, New Spain Photography by Francisco Kochen

WHIP-SMART WIT

With an endearing sardonic voice and incisive social observations, David Sedaris is one of America’s favorite humorists. He is as much as satirist as an observer of the human condition, especially in his latest book, a collection of his diaries entitled Theft By Finding. April 29. At TobinCenter.org

SPAIN TO SAN ANTONIO

Commemorating the 300th anniversary of San Antonio, the McNay presents an exhibition exploring theatre’s fascination with the culture of San Antonio’s Spanish founders. The city of Seville, from which colonizers set sail for the Americas, has contributed Mozart’s noble Don Giovanni, Bizet’s fiery Carmen, and more. These and other classics are brought to life in a vibrant, music-filled exhibition with interactive features. Until June 10. At McNayart.org