‘The DeLuxe Show’, ‘Treasures in Gold & Jade’ top fine art picks

Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus !, by Mo Willems, 2003

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1. “Explode at the seams”

ROCO begins its 2021-22 series with a well-titled program: “Bursting at the Seams”. After a year and a half spent trying to present music during a pandemic, ROCO will return with an orchestra of 40 musicians performing world premieres by composers Maxime Goulet and Marcus Maroney. True to its creation, ROCO has been innovative during the pandemic and begins the season with an emphasis on compositions inspired by today’s pressing ecological issues.

When: 5:25 p.m. Sep.

Or: Church of Saint John the Devine, 2450 River Oaks

Details: suggested ticket price of $ 35; roco.org

André Dansby

2. “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus”

The books “Don’t let the Pigeon…” by Mo Willems are short, sweet and funny and do not necessarily lend themselves to musical theater. Having said that, his Pigeon is a first class…. prima donna? primo donno? An ambitious young bird whose desires are relatable if they are not attached. The Main Street Theater stages a series of beautifully animated children’s books that talk about our ambitions and limitations. But above all our ambitions.

When:
12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Oct. 3 and 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 9, 16 and 23

Or: MATCH, 3400 Principal

Details: $ 18 to $ 28; Mainstreettheater.com

André Dansby


3. “A silver peacock”

Petah Coyne is not afraid of difficult subjects or unusual materials. The New York-based sculptor and photographer has made a name for herself incorporating mud, sticks, hay and dead fish into hanging sculptures or floor installations. Check out Coyne’s first solo exhibition with Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art this week. “A Silver Pied Peacock” promises an intriguing mix of wax and taxidermy sculptures, mouth-blown glass and more.

When: September 24 to November 6

Or: Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, 3465 B, W. Alabama

Details: 832-740-4288; nancylittlejohnfineart.com

Amber Elliott

4. “Treasures of Gold and Jade: Masterpieces of Taiwan”

This stunning collection of 44 works of art – 27 in carved jade, 17 are gold sculptures – has finally arrived at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This exhibit was originally scheduled to travel from the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, last November. While it would have been nice to have it all – including a 20-pound gold tree that took 10 years to make – has proven worth the wait.

When: Until February 22; 9 am-5pm Monday to Sunday; Thursday free 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Or: Houston Museum of Natural Sciences, 5555 Hermann Park

Details: Included with admission to the permanent exhibition, $ 16 for children, $ 25 for adults; 713-639-4629, hmns.org

Amber Elliott

5. “The DeLuxe show: the art of the people”

The Fifth Ward Cultural Arts District invites Houstonians to take a trip down memory lane and experience “Art of the People,” a 50th anniversary celebration of “The DeLuxe Show,” the first racially integrated art exhibit in history American – and it all happened at Fifth Ward’s DeLuxe Theater. In 71, the Menil Foundation sponsored the exhibition at a time when doing such a thing was revolutionary; the memorial event will feature photographs from the Menil archives illustrating the 5,000 who visited “The DeLuxe Show” at the time.

When: from noon to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday; Sat-Sun 12 p.m.-5 p.m. until September 30.

Or: The DeLuxe Theater, 3303 Lyon Ave.

Details: To free; eventbrite.com

Amber Elliott





  • André Dansby

    Andrew Dansby covers culture and entertainment, both local and national, for the Houston Chronicle. He arrived at The Chronicle in 2004 from Rolling Stone, where he spent five years writing about music. He had previously spent five years in book publishing, working with publisher George RR Martin on the first two books in the series that would become “Game of Thrones” on television. images you have never seen. He has written for Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, Texas Music, Playboy, and other publications.

    Andrew doesn’t like monkeys, dolphins and the outdoors.


  • Amber Elliott

    Amber Elliott covers the arts and society for the Houston Chronicle.

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