SEASONAL SENSATIONS

The holiday spirits are high, and so are the artistic happenings all around Texas. Our erudite explorer Jonathan Spindel leads the way to the most distinguished destinations.

Austin

READ MY PINS

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was known to express diplomatic messages with her selection of distinctive brooch pins, ranging from fine antiques to whimsical costume jewelry. View her collection at a special exhibition at the LBJ Presidential Library, as well as a collection of jewelry worn by the President and Mrs. Johnson. Until January 28, 2018. At LBJLibrary.org

AMERICAN’S SPIRITS

Step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation. Immerse yourself in the history of America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup: Prohibition. This unique exhibition includes rare artifacts and immersive experiences of those roaring years. Until January 7, 2018. At TheStoryOfTexas.org

THROUGH HER LENS

Annie Liebovitz, one of the great photographers of the contemporary world, captures iconic and intimate portraits of American life and global personalities. In an exclusive Austin event, she will present a selection of works from her newly published book. November 13. At TheLongCenter.org

ON IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Annie Liebovitz

Dallas

SYMPHONIC CELEBRATIONS

The season for celebrations is here, so enjoy the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Pops, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and the tradition New Year’s Eve performance and champagne toast. Through December 31. At MyDSO.com

SCENE AND BE SEEN

Have you visited the Dallas Contemporary lately? Inside its enormous exhibition spaces, you’ll find rotating features including collaborations with local museums, as well as artists from around the world. Check out the scene. At DallasContemporary.org

TWELVE TRIBES

The extraordinary paintings of Francisco de Zurbarán depicting Jacob and his twelve sons reside in the royal enclave of Auckland Castle, but they are now on view at the Meadows Museum. Don’t miss this rare opportunity. Until January 7, 2018. At MeadowsMuseumDallas.org

HOUSTON

TOUR DE COUTURE

Oscar De La Renta’s design retrospective continues and features breathtaking pieces from private collections and previously unseen archives. Get a close personal view of the exhibition with a private tour with an expert curator. November 6. Exhibition on view until January 28. At MFAH.org

ARTISTIC ANNIVERSARY

To celebrate their thirtieth anniversary, eminent Menil Collection curators have selected thirty pieces from the permanent collection that tell the story of the de Menils’ relationships with artists and their enduring contribution to Houston’s artistic landscape. Until January 28, 2018. At Menil.org

Houston Symphony – Mahler’s 8th Symphony conducted by Christoph Eschenbach

HALLELUJAH FOR HANDEL

Celebrate the season with a Houston holiday tradition. Acclaimed for its harmony, excellence and virtuosity, conductor Paul Agnew and the Houston Symphony Chorus deliver Houston’s premier performance of this Baroque masterpiece. December 14. At HoustonSymphony.org

SAN ANTONIO

DESIGN DETAILS

Artisan David Yurman’s new tome Cable highlights his perspective and commitment to designing must-have jewelry items. His book signing at Neiman Marcus San Antonio will be an occasion to meet the master as well as to pick up a few of his newest pieces that are exclusive and one-of-a-kind. November 15th from 2-3 PM.

At NeimanMarcus.com

AUDACIOUS UNVEILING

Three global artists have been hard at work in the ArtPace International Artist-In-Residence program, and they are finally unveiling their work on November 9th. See the visions they’ve been cultivating. Until December 31. At ArtPace.org

SETTING THE STAGE

Have you ever wondered about the art behind the beloved film The Nightmare Before Christmas ? See the sculptures and sets used by Tim Burton to craft the groundbreaking film with his unique vision. Until December 31. At McNayArt.org