SUMMER SENSATIONS

All throughout Texas, the temperature is rising and so are the talented artists and performers who enrich our cultural horizons. Of the myriad choices in the fine arts, and here are a few of the season’s outstanding options, according to our artistic arbiter Jonathan Spindel.

Austin

DAZZLING DISSIDENCE

Ai Weiwei is one of the most globally relevant artists working today. His strong artistic voice actively engages China’s complicated political climate, and his messages are heard around the world. Now Austin boasts two of his installations, in Laguna Gloria Sculpture Park and at the Waller Delta. Don’t miss this. Ongoing. At http://www.TheContemporaryAustin.org

SOUND & CINEMA

What better way to experience Austin than with live local music paired with a classic movie from the Alamo Drafthouse, with the skyline as a backdrop? Check out these special screenings at The Long Center. Until July 26. At http://www.TheLongCenter.org

The musical mode Asavari; 2nd quarter 17th century; Opaque watercolor; 7 15/16 in. x 6 11/32 in. (20.2 cm x 16.1 cm)

EPICS FROM ABROAD

Larger-than-life stories are depicted in vivid detail and vibrant colors in Epic Tales from Ancient India, a special exhibition of paintings based on classic Indian and Persian texts. A great introduction to the classic eastern epics, the paintings convey a wide range of expression and emotion from playful to dramatic. July 9 to October 1. At http://www.BlantonMuseum.org

Dallas

SYMPHONIC SENSATIONS

Mark your calendar for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra season opening event, featuring famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma honoring conductor Jaap Van Zweden’s final season with the orchestra. It will be a momentous occasion for the orchestra and the community, so don’t miss out. September 16. At http://www.MyDSO.com

 

CAPTURING CASANOVA

Casanova: The Seduction of Europe explores 18th century Europe through the eyes of Giacomo Casanova, a real-life character renowned for his amorous pursuits across Italy, France, England and the Ottoman Empire, where he had various rendezvous with myriad monarchs and more. Art in a variety of media bring Casanova’s world to life. August 27 to December 31. At     htttp://www.KimbellArt.org

FATHER JOHN MISTY

Truly a voice for our times, Josh Tillman AKA Father John Misty explores the themes of love and life with his sardonic yet heartfelt songwriting. Part folk, part hipster and part prophet, his lyrics and stage presence will make a lasting impression. September 30. At http://www.TheBombFactory.com

HOUSTON

MAGNIFICENT MOVEMENT

The dancers of MOMIX exhibit extraordinary feats of agility and strength, all tempered by a joyous sense of humor. The show is an entertaining introduction to the joys of modern dance, complete with colorful costumes, playful props and moving music. September 15. At http://www.SPAHouston.org

INSPIRING IMMERSION

Following MFAH’s commitment to light-based and immersive artists, Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist joins the ranks of Yayoi Kusama, Jesús Rafael Soto, and James Turrell by inviting viewers into this his immersive digital, lyrical and existential art experience. These light-based and video-based installations transform the vast, central gallery of Cullinan Hall into a cosmic journey through time and space. Until September 17. At http://www.MFAH.org

1000s OF HELPING HANDS

Honoring Houston’s Tzu Chi Foundation, the world-renowned China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe and Tzu Chi volunteers present a charity performance including the dazzling One-Thousand-Hands Bodhisattva, emphasizing the importance of universal and boundless compassion, and to motivate us to collaborate and make the world better for all. September 16-17.At  http://www.TheHobbyCenter.org

SAN ANTONIO

NATIVE INTELLIGENCE

 The Briscoe Western Art Museum upcoming exhibit showcases a very rare deluxe set of George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio. The edition of 31 hand-painted color plates is one of only three known sets still in existence and is among the most famous color plate books relating to North America’s Native populations produced in the 19th century. Until Sept. 4. At http://www.BriscoeMuseum.org

SUMMER OF LOVE REVISITED
In the spirit of the anniversary of the Summer of Love of ’67, Groovy: A Psychedelic Summer presents a collection of art that explores color, pattern, and new visual technology during a time that fostered the beginning of a new age of contemporary art as we know it. Get inspired! Until August 27. At http://www.McNayArt.org

CURIOUS CERAMICS

The Magic of Clay and Fire, an impactful selection of contemporary Japanese ceramics is on view, specially loaned by collectors across the United States including Susan and C.J. Peters of Galveston, and Allen Bennett of Kerrville. These beautiful pieces exemplify the long Japanese tradition that emphasizes both the utilitarian and decorative potential of fired clay. Through Fall 2017. At http://www.SAMuseum.org

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