Courtesy of Umlauf Sculpture Garden

SUPERBLY SENSATIONAL

This winter, we’ve found the season’s most wonderful events across the state to entertain all of your senses. From marvelous musicals to delectable dining, our connoisseur of culture Jonathan Spindel leads the way.

Austin

Courtesy of Umlauf Sculpture Garden
Courtesy of Umlauf Sculpture Garden

LOVE, FARRAH

We love that that famed actress Corpus Christi-born Farrah Fawcett was also an artist, trained by Charles Umlauf while at the University of Texas. You can view her art collection, including many pieces she sculpted herself, in this never-before-seen exhibition, Mentoring a Muse: Charles Umlauf and Farrah Fawcett. February 16 to August 20. At UmlaufSculpture.org

Events Aus“ONCE” IN A LIFETIME

A truly original Broadway experience, Once is the enchanting tale of deep musical romance. Featuring an ensemble of actor-musicians who play their own instruments onstage, this eight-time Tony Award-winning spectacle is simply breathtaking. February 18 & 19. At OnceMusical.com

Events Austin Fran LebowitzWIT & WHIMSY

Iconic satirist and cultural critic Fran Lebowitz delivers fresh insights on timely issues such as gender, politics, the media – as well as celebrity and pop culture. A living classic of humor and social observation, she is oft considered the heir to Dorothy Parker’s throne of legendary wit. Wednesday, March 8. At TheLongCenter.org

Austin Events EberlyEVER-CHIC EBERLY

Looking for an incredible edible experience, in an incredibly innovative space with imaginative interiors? Check out Eberly, one of Austin’s best new restaurants everyone is talking about. At EberlyAustin.com

Austin Events - Bridget EverettHYSTERICAL HUMOR

Bridget Everett has been called “the most exciting performer in NYC…” With film, theater and television credits including “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Two Broke Girls,” Sex And The City, “Trainwreck”, “Girls” and the off-Broadway hit “Rock Bottom,” Bridget’s stage show is a regularly sold-out smash featuring surprising celebrity guests. February 16. At AustinTheatre.org

DALLAS / FT WORTH

Events Dallas - MonetTRES MONET

This groundbreaking exhibition is the first ever devoted to Monet’s early period. Featuring dozens of masterpieces, this collection shows the artist’s young talent and the origins of his distinctive painting style. Until January 29. At KimbellArt.org

2017janfeb_events_dal-symphonyVIRTUOUSIC VIGOR

Renowned violinist Vilde Frang solos with “vigor, irreverence, and imagination” as she performs the dramatic Britten Violin Concerto. February 23-26. At MyDSO.com

Events Dallas - HedwigTHE ORIGIN OF LOVE

Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a groundbreaking musical that was – and still remains ahead of its time. Beautiful ballads and rocking, raucous storytelling will make an impression on you. February 7-12. At attpac.org

Events Dallas - CocktailsSHAKEN OR STIRRED?

Cocktail culture plays a big role in our social lives today and throughout history. View an extraordinary collection of fine wares and artworks from the Dallas Museum of Art collection, representing a dazzling range of artistic styles and historic traditions. Until November 12. At DMA.org

Events DallasMARVELOUS MIXOLOGY

Chef Stephan Pyles is creating his most creative dishes yet at Flora Street Café, with innovative cocktails to match. The dishes and drinks look almost too good to devour, but trust us, you’ll be glad you did. At FloraStreet.com

HOUSTON

Elois Nichols
Elois Nichols

RIVER OAKS RAVE

With so many new extraordinary fine dining options in River Oaks, it may be hard to choose. We recommend Eloise Nichols Grill for a chic take on old-school southern cuisine. Arguable Houston’s hottest brunch spot right now. At EloiseNichols.com

Events HoustonBREAKDANCING BACH

Can contemporary dancing mix with classical compositions? Flying Steps dance troupe is making it happen. Check out this unbelievably cool mix of music and modern dance. January 20-22. At FlyingSteps.com

Sara Watkins
Sara Watkins

SONGS FOR THE SOUL

Singer-songwriter Sara Watkins performs her newest album, a series of soul-searching songs that turns vulnerability into fierce power. Her style is distilled from pop, folk, bluegrass, indie, and myriad musical traditions. Don’t miss this. February 11. At TheHeightsTheatre.com

Book of Mormon
Book of Mormon

SENSATIONAL SATIRE

Have you seen the smash hit yet? The New York Times calls it “the best musical of the century,” and we agree. It’s an outrageous yet heartfelt production that regularly sells out all over the world. January 3-15. At TheHobbyCenter.org.

Yo Yo Ma
Yo Yo Ma

CLASSIC CELLO

One of the world’s most beloved cellists, Yo Yo Ma returns to Houston to perform Dvorák’s Cello Concerto. His expressive skill is an experience not to be missed. February 4. At HoustonSymphony.org

SAN ANTONIO

Carrie Newcomer
Carrie Newcomer

STUDIO SESSIONS

Experience real musical talent in the intimate setting of the studio. Tobin Center’s Studio Session series features renowned singers and songwriters such as Sara Watkins and Carrie Newcomer. January 29 and February 10. At TobinCenter.org

Onderdonk
Onderdonk

BLUEBONNETS ON IT

There’s something about a Texas landscape. Captured most famously by Julian Onderdonk, the native San Antonio artist and American impressionist will be seen at the San Antonio Museum of Art with a select group of 25 works that bring his sweeping vision to life. Jan. 20 – April 23. At SAMuseum.org

Gil Shaham
Gil Shaham

VIOLIN VIRTUOSO

For one night only, world-renowned violinist Gil Shaham will play the Brahms violin concerto, showcasing his impeccable technique and inimitable warm sound of one of the world’s rarest instruments, an original Stradivarius. March 4. At SASymphony.org

Events SAREBELLE? DO TELL

Have you seen the incredible renovation of the St. Anthony Hotel? It’s also home to one of the hottest new restaurants, Rebelle, featuring globally-inspired French techniques and a glam, upscale vibe. At TheStAnthonyHotel.com

Into the Woods
Into the Woods

WHEN WISHES COME TRUE

Venture back Into The Woods for a thrillingly clever new version of the Tony Award-winning musical classic by Stephen Sondheim. February 23. At TobinCenter.org

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