Welcome to the Houston Press Arts Guide, an advertising presentation of Houston Press. There’s never a bad time to celebrate the Bayou City, but this year the 14th annual Houston Press Arts Guide takes on a special resonance. Not only has the Arts Guide, like the Press itself, gone completely digital, but every listing you see — every single dance, film, reading, symphony, opera performance and museum exhibit — is a post-Harvey marker of recovery and resilience.
This year we can look forward to both Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet making their long-awaited returns to the Wortham Theater Center: HGO in September with special guest Plácido Domingo, and Houston Ballet in November with artistic director Stanton Welch’s holiday classic, The Nutcracker.
The Menil Collection’s main building reopens to the public in September after a long seven months of renovations, and the much-anticipated Menil Drawing Institute follows in November with its inaugural exhibition, “The Condition of Being Here: Drawings by Jasper Johns.”
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, and Theatre Under The Stars turns the big five-oh with a lineup that includes homegrown productions of Mamma Mia!, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and The Wiz.
The Society for the Performing Arts continues to draw big names to town including Margaret Atwood, who’s coming in April. And speaking of names, even with a new one, the Mischer Neurosciences Broadway at the Hobby Center is still bringing some heavy hitters to town, like Rent, out on its 20th anniversary tour this year.
If you end up overwhelmed by all the options available to you this year, remember: There’s no better place to sample it all than the 25th Annual TransCanada Theater District Open House on August 26. The free, family-friendly festival invites visitors into the venues that make up the downtown Theater District for a sneak peek at the upcoming season.
Want to hear some classic Broadway show tunes from Theatre Under The Stars’ 50th anniversary season? You got it.
A first look at the newly renovated Wortham Theater Center, closed to the public since Harvey? Check.
Dance demos from Houston Ballet and a Society for the Performing Arts-sponsored performance from Dorrance Dance? You bet.
A festival-closing concert, with a setlist that includes music from Star Wars and the finale of Stravinsky’s The Firebird, from the Houston Symphony? Of course.
It’s no secret that Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on Houston, the arts and culture community included, but as we continue looking forward one year out, one thing is clear: The show goes on.