SEASONAL SPECTACULAR

Wrap up the year with this season’s most anticipated arts events. Our culture-seeking connoisseur Jonathan Spindel shares a selection of hip happenings.

Austin

PLAYFUL & POIGNANT

Argentinian artist Liliana Porter brings to life a cast of toy-like characters to perform humorous, absurd, and sometimes moving vignettes, delivering a lighthearted yet incisive satirical commentary. December 8 to February 24, 2019. At BlantonMuseum.org

EAST SIDE EXTRAVEGANZA

Austin’s annual self-guided art studio tour offers unique opportunities for collectors and aficionados to meet local artists and artisans in their creative spaces. November 10-18. At EAST.BigMedium.org

ASIAN INFLUENCE

Enjoy a special evening with author Kevin Kwan, whose novel Crazy Rich Asians has become a global bestseller and cultural phenomenon. Meet and greet the star author and hear his unique perspective on the entertainment world. November 17. At TheLongCenter.org

Dallas

STUNNING STAR DUST

Complexions dance company presents inventive choreography and stunning dancers in a tribute to David Bowie. Star Dust, a love letter to the late rock star, features his greatest hits in this rock-inspired ballet. November 9-10. At ATTPAC.org

BONNARD’S BEAUTY

The Kimbell Art Museum recently announced the acquisition of a major painting by Pierre Bonnard, one of the most admired artists of the 20th century. Experience the colorful, sun-washed landscape surrounding the artist’s villa near Cannes, in the south of France. At KimbellArt.org

VIVID IMPRESSIONS

On view in the DMA concourse, Dallas-based artist Ludwig Schwarz uses vivid color, abstraction and figuration in a style that has been likened to Matisse, a comparison made evident in this exhibition. Until November 16. At DMA.org

HOUSTON

WOMEN RULING THE WORLD

When it comes to women in power, we’ve come a long way. Join Dr. Kara Cooney for a look in time in ancient history when women ruled the world, using their power and influence to make their mark on society, from Cleopatra to Nefertiti and beyond. November 10. At SPAHouston.org

Middle Passage
Artist: Frank Bowling
1970
Synthetic polymer paint, silkscreen ink, spray paint, wax crayon, and graphite on canvas
122 1/4 × 122 1/4 × 2 in. (310.5 × 310.5 × 5.1 cm)
Place Created: Guyana, South America

GRAND RE-OPENING

Recently re-opened, the Menil’s Collection is back on view featuring its well-known holdings, alongside recent acquisitions and other works never before seen in the galleries. Now is the time to get reacquainted with the jewel of the Museum District. At Menil.org

GRACE & GRATITUDE

Truly depicting the Thanksgiving spirit of sharing and bliss, Yiruma’s beautiful piano performance promises to bring you breathtaking melodies that have sparked passion, revival and happiness in the hearts of so many listeners around the globe. November 23. At TheHobbyCenter.org

SAN ANTONIO

POP GOES AMERICA

This hemispheric view of Pop Art features over 100 artworks connecting the art movements of countries throughout the Americas, illustrating an artistic dialog that reaches across the continent. Until January 13, 2019. At McNayArt.org

THROUGH HER LENS

In an exclusive San Antonio event, the legendary photographer Annie Liebovitz will present a selection of her pictures featured in her career retrospective publication, Annie Liebovitz at Work. December 18. At TobinCenter.org

INSPIRING AWAKENING

Awaken your soul with the legendary Conspirare Christmas concert, an enchanting reinvention of the traditional holiday concert featuring a collage of musical genres and a full choral ensemble of exceptional vocalists. December 11. At TobinCenter.org