Lawndale Art Center is dedicated to contemporary art, but it develops Houston culture by focusing specifically on regional artists. The selection committee at Lawndale gives special consideration to work that would not be shown in other venues because of its scale, short-lived nature, or difficulty of installation, which means that visitors are likely to see work they could not see anywhere else. Lawndale has a new exhibit on view beginning November 20, including four new pieces focusing on inspiration within the home, urban spaces, and ideas within literature. An upcoming piece by artist Jason Urban focuses on a chapter from the 1950 novel The Martian Chronicles, ‘There Will Come Soft Rains,’ and the evolution of the printed word as a conveyor of information as the various pieces in the exhibit process the story ranging from high-tech to low-tech. Lawndale is a must-see for anyone interested in contemporary art and culture!
Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main Street, Houston, TX, USA +1 713 528 5858
The Houston Area Chamber Choir is one of Houston’s heavy-hitting fine arts groups. This is the Chamber Choir’s 20th season, and it promises to deliver with a selection of audience favorites from the past twenty years. World-renowned conductor Anton Armstrong is visiting the Houston Chamber Choir for the first time in November as a guest conductor for a special concert. Four-time Grammy Award–winning jazz bassist Christian McBride and his trio will end the season with a climactic finish, playing an evening of jazz and choral music, with a piece commissioned especially by the Houston Chamber Choir. For the upcoming holiday season, the Houston Chamber Choir offers Christmas at the Villa, a joyful celebration of caroling. In March of 2016, the choir will offer Mexicantos. A portion of one of these works was rediscovered by the Choir’s Benjamin Grier. This will be the first time a piece of one of these rediscovered works has been heard in 250 years, so don’t miss it!
Houston Chamber Choir, 1117 Texas St., Houston, TX, USA +1 713 224 5566
By Melissa Semmler
Melissa Semmler, a Houston native, has a Master’s in English Literature from Texas Tech. She teaches English at Lone Star College while raising her daughter, exploring the city, and fantasizing about being friends with the characters in the newest book she’s reading.