THE ARTS HEAT UP

This summer, the Texas fine arts world is as hot as ever with marquee exhibitions and performances. Our ardent arts arbiter Jonathan Spindel shares a few top selections we recommend.

Austin

COMANCHE MOTION

The art of Eric Tippeconnic tells the story of a thriving Comanche culture rooted in the past but evolving toward the future. Until January 2, 2019. At TheHistoryOfTexas.com

SCULPTED LANDSCAPES

Inspired by industrial materials and landscapes, Carol Bove’s sculpture prompts viewers to rethink their artistic vocabulary and reinterpret the interplay between the natural and the constructed environment. Through November. At TheContemporaryAustin.org

MUSIC FOR EARTH

Combining stunning National Geographic footage with original symphony accompaniment, Symphony for Our World pays extraordinary tribute to our planet’s most incredible wildlife phenomena. July 28. At TheLongCenter.org

Dallas

BOLD & BRIGHT

Laura Owens pioneers a bold approach to painting that challenges traditional assumptions about form, composition and abstraction. Her artwork makes an enduring impact. Until July 29. At DMA.org

AMERICAN STORIES

The creator of National Public Radio’s beloved story series, Ira Glass invites you to learn his storytelling process that hooks so many listeners every week. July 21. At ATTPAC.org

TRADITION REVOLUTION

Over the centuries, artists have found new methods to express beauty in their art by breaking the rules. See prime examples by Picasso, Giacometti, and more. Until August 19. At NasherSculptureCenter.org

HOUSTON

Love Never Dies
Utica, NY

LOVE NEVER DIES

The spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s outstanding opera takes you on a wild ride through early 20th century New York. July 17-22. At TheHobbyCenter.org

BIG BAMBOO

Mike and Doug Starn filled the MFAH’s austere galleries with a monumental wave of bamboo. See it to believe it. Until September 3. At MFAH.org

GET YOUR GROOVE ON

Native Texan and songstress Erykah Badu brings her talents for an evening’s unforgettable performance. July 7. At ArenaHouston.com

SAN ANTONIO

Anverso

CENTURIES OF SPAIN

See an extraordinary collection of Spanish masterpieces brought together to honor Spain’s influence on the city of San Antonio. Until September 16. At SAMuseum.org

BEYOND BLUEGRASS

Touring her recent #1 record Windy City, Alison Krauss shares her extraordinary voice and talent, which stand out among the best of America. July 10. At MajesticEmpire.com

HEMISFAIR FOREVER

Hemisfair, the original 1968 World’s Fair left its mark on San Antonio, not least upon the art world. This Tricentennial, see a selection of artwork made especially for the ’68 festivities. Until July 29. At McNayArt.org