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Hanne Darboven: "Writing Time" explores the intertwining of writing and drawing that formed the core of the artist’s practice for over forty years. Darboven (1941-2009), a German conceptual artist, is best known for her immersive installations of individually framed sheets filled with text formulations and collaged images. At the heart of her practice is the question of how to picture the unfolding of history, the passing of time, and one’s experience within both.

The exhibit will be on display through February 11, 2024.

Photo from Margaret O’Brien Nelson

Reeves Art + Design presents "1YRLTR": A BIGBOND Showcase opening reception

Reeves Art & Design presents “1YRLTR,” a group show featuring works by Houston-based arts group BIGBOND, showcasing works in a range of media, including painting, sculpture, and mixed media.

“1YRLTR,” pronounced “One Year Later,” explores themes of time, growth, observation, and reflection. The exhibition explores how the artists of BIGBOND navigate personal, social, emotional, and environmental challenges they have experienced since they began working together one year ago, in the fall of 2022, meeting through the MFAH Glassell BLOCK program.

BIGBOND participating artists Vernon Caldera, Alexandra Constantinou, Marina Fernandez, Robert Fox, Holly Josey, Suzette Schutze, Margaret O’Brien-Nelson, Lia Rodi, Chet Urban, and Michelle Whitney are a loosely organized but tightly-knit group of Houston-based artists who engage each other in critical thought, share ideas from their readings and writings, go see art, support other local artists, and fan each other’s creative flames with the purpose of strengthening their individual artistic output while nurturing bonds within Houston’s art community.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display on October 28.

Artwork by Benji Stiles

Reeves Art + Design presents Benji Stiles: "A Human Day" opening reception

In “A Human Day,” a solo show dedicated to the work of contemporary multidisciplinary artist Benji Stiles, Reeves Art + Design explores a survey of his diverse work including objects, paintings, videos, and installations from over the past five years.

With a unique and distinctive style that combines pastel hues with bold, abstract compositions, Stiles has garnered recognition throughout the Houston art scene. While the majority of the work in this show is recent, “A Human Day” is a testament to Stiles’ ever evolving mastery of color, form, and emotion. Featuring a wide array of large-scale canvases and smaller, more intimate objects and installations, the collection invites the viewer to immerse themselves in Benji’s vision.

Born in New Orleans, Robert Benjamin Stiles (Benji) is a multidisciplinary artist and educator who lives and works in Houston. He holds a BA from the University of St. Thomas, with a major in Art History and a minor in Studio Art and is currently a MFA candidate at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art). His work ranges from non-representational painting focusing on diverse mark making and color theory, to conceptual sculpture, assemblage, and installation work using a variety of media including historical and found objects.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until October 28.

Photo courtesy of Story Sloane III

Alta Arts presents "Gateway to the World" opening reception

The growth of Houston back at the turn of last century was unbridled. Opportunity could be found around every corner of the bayou city. During the 1920s alone there was a building boom that lasted a decade, giving local depression professional photographers plenty of work. Despite a crushing depression crippling the rest of the nation, Houston would survive better than most.

The photographs featured in the exhibit showcase the best of the best of commercial photography and photographers during the 1920s & 1930s. Using huge cameras that created an 8 x 10 inch black and white negative, these skilled craftsmen captured day to day life in and around Houston with amazing clarity. Each image is a visual time capsule revealing an important part of our community’s historical past.

The exhibition will remain on display through November 4.

Lee Jamison, Evening Sun and Spanish Moss

Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts presnts Fall Exhibitions opening day

The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts will present “Ode to East Texas: The Art of Lee Jamison” in the Main Gallery, and “Jose Cisneros: A Colorful World in Black and White” in the Cole Gallery.

Huntsville artist Lee Jamison spent more than a year exploring, sketching and journaling his way through East Texas. The result is a rich record of the land and culture as viewed through the eyes of an accomplished painter. As visitors wander through the Main Gallery, they’ll find themselves transported in a sensory expedition, feeling the rhythm of life that beats within the heart of East Texas.

Jose Cisneros was born in Mexico in 1910, and moved to the United States when he was 15. With a focus on the rugged and iconic horsemen of Texas, Cisneros transports visitors to a bygone era where the wild frontier was tamed by the fearless and skilled riders of the West. President George W. Bush collected Cisneros’ work; Cisneros was also knighted by Pope John Paul II and by King Juan Carlos of Spain.

Both exhibitions will continue through January 6, 2024.

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Sabine Street Studios presents Lorena Molina: "At What Cost: Part II" opening reception

"At What Cost: Part II" is an immersive corn maze installation by Salvadoran, Houston-based multidisciplinary artist Lorena Molina. With stalks sourced from Texas farms, Molina's corn maze installation creates the grounds for meditation on the immigrant experience, US imperialism, and access to safety and freedom.

Corn mazes are a common staple of agritourism, created by farmers to generate extra income and enjoyed for family fun in the fall months. There are much larger historical and political implications of this crop, however, as policies like NAFTA have forever changed corn farming in Latin America and caused an influx of immigration to the United States.

The sensation of being disoriented or lost in a corn maze, Molina argues, is the sensation of immigration and diaspora. The way to and from is not always certain, and sometimes families, culture, languages, and histories can be lost on the way to a promise. The artist invites participants to use the maze as a site for meditation and contemplation of this experience, to honor the many places that people have left to be here. The center of the maze reveals the artist’s core considerations of the fragility of safety and freedom - who benefits from these ideas and who pays a high price for them.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will on display through November 4.

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Beyoncé brings dazzling Renaissance Tour to big screens with new concert film

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“The goal for this tour was to create a place where everyone is free ...and no one is judged.”

So declares Queen Bey in a just-released trailer for RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ, a new documentary and concert film coming to major movie theaters on Friday, December 1 across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The new film chronicles Houston-born Beyoncé's journey from concept to performance as she treks across the globe in her worldwide, 56-performance, 39-city Renaissance tour.

Houstonians are still buzzing from the two-day H-Town homecoming (read our review here) that near-capacity crowds pack NRG Stadium for the often breathtaking, three-hour shows that featured a cameo by fellow Houston-born superstar Megan Thee Stallion.

Tickets for the concert film — a joint production between Parkwood Entertainment and AMC Entertainment — are on sale now at amctheatres.com and Fandango.com. Fans can also find tickets at Cinemark, Regal, Cinepolis and Cineplex, all of which will screen the movie. Tickets will also be available at numerous movie theatre circuits in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico later this week, according to an announcement. Admission for all standard showtimes will start at $22, plus tax.

RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ is a must for any Beyhive member — as well as those who want to reminisce attending the epic shows, or those who missed her tour stops. The big-screen treatment is fitting: short of seeing the shows live, there is no better way to take in the Renaissance tour's dazzling effects, lasers, and pyrotechnics, mind-bending visuals on huge screens, unforgettable costumes (A.I.!), Megan's surprise, and of course, Queen Bey riding through the air atop a glittering Reneigh, her trusty, mirrorball, shimmering steed.

Fans can look forward to multiple showtimes daily on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, for a minimum of four weeks, according to press materials.RENAISSANCE will also be available in IMAX (the ideal viewing) at AMC and Dolby Cinema at AMC, and other branded premium large format screens.

Kicking off atthe opening show in Stockholm, Sweden and documenting each stop to the grand finale in Kansas City, Missouri, the film captures rarely seen, behind-the-scenes moments of a Beyoncé tirelessly working and preparing and sharing tender moments with her children and family.

Meant to further articulate her “everyone is free/no one is judged” mantra, scenes will depict the more than 2.7 million fans from around the world who dressed in silver and shiny outfits, took part in her Joy Parade, and nailed the Mute Challenge at each show.

Call us biased, but we can't wait for the up-close Megan scenes and backstage action before and after she shocked NRG Stadium — and all of Beyoncé's Houston moments as the queen returned to the kingdom where it all started.


Find RENAISSANCE: A FILM BY BEYONCÉ tickets at at amctheatres.com and Fandango.com.

J.J. Watt, wife Kealia, and his family and friends ring it in at Ben Berg's swanky supper club

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Houston celebrated J.J. Watt’s triumphant homecoming this past weekend, as No. 99 was fittingly inducted into the Houston Texans Ring of Honor during the team’s 30-6 win Sunday, October 1 over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Watt donned the Texans red jacket during halftime, officially joining the late Houston Texans founder/owner/CEO Robert “Bob” McNair and NFL Hall of Fame nominee (and Watt’s former teammate) Andre Johnson.

“It feels like you’re at a family reunion and it feels like I’m back with all my family in a place that feels like home and I’m just loving it,” Watt told the packed NRG Stadium. “The fans have been great, the McNairs have been great, the whole organization has been really, really great and I'm just thankful to have my whole family here. My wife and my son are here, my parents are here, my brothers are here. It’s my mom’s birthday so it all kind of culminates into a great day today.”

Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair placed the jacket on Watt’s mountainous shoulders as Johnson, Watt’s family, and nearly 90 former Texans players cheered him on for his induction. Adding to the memorable day, Watt’s brother T.J., currently on track to be 2023’s NFL Defensive Player of the Year at very least, served as the Steelers opposite our Justin James as coin toss team captain.

The Watts and crew ring it in

While Houston showed up and out for Watt, where did No. 99 celebrate? He and his family and friends opted for Ben Berg’s famed, swanky speakeasy supper club, Turner’s.

The Berg connection comes from Watt’s retirement announcement dinner last year, where he and some close friends and teammates celebrated at B&B Butchers. “So the Texans reached out to us and asked if we could do a dinner at Turner’s for J.J. and his family,” Berg explains to CultureMap.

Watt posted photos on Instagram with his lovely wife Kealia sitting in his lap, he and his brothers Derek and T.J., mom Connie and dad John, and their close friends at Turner’s, which Berg closed for the private celebration.

“It’s a big honor,” Berg notes. “You know, when you create these spaces, the goal is to be a memorable part of people’s lives. And so the fact that we were chosen for him to celebrate with his family, loved ones, and his closest friends — for such a huge accomplishment and huge honor — was a big responsibility.”

What’s J.J. eating?

For the big bash, Berg and company crafted a special — and beefy — steak-stacked menu, with special treats for Connie, who was celebrating her birthday — and her son’s big day. While Berg and the staff didn’t create specific themed items — like, say, the Onion Rings of Honor that Trill Burgers fried up for the weekend — “we made sure we brought over some of his favorite dishes from B&B,” says Berg.

Those dishes included the A5 Japanese Wagyu Katsu Sando, the always popular Carpet Bagger on the Half Shell, Chef Tommy’s Bacon slabs (served with blue cheese and truffle-infused honey), and more of No. 99’s favorites. Other items included buttermilk fried quail, Maine lobster gnocchi, and a feast of sides like mac and cheese casserole. Sweet finishes included a signature triple chocolate layer cake, a walnut caramel tart, and the Berry Butter Cake from B&B.

Though we’d have imagined tearing up a Porterhouse or massive ribeye, Berg reports that Watt ordered the Wagyu Filet Rossini (decadently dressed up with foie gras and spinach truffle jus) and the IYKYK classic Turner’s Wedge salad.

Speaking of orders, partiers ordered up some song requests from Turner’s resident vocalist and pianist Thomas Cokinos, who’s always on fire at the supper club, but really turned up for Watt. No. 99, an ol’ softie, requested Beatles classic “Here Comes the Sun” for Kealia (also writing “I love you” on the ticket — well played, J.J.), while others opted for tracks by country stars Zack Brown and Morgan Wallen.

Derek Watt requested Lil’ John’s “Get Low” with a shout out to his two brothers, leaving us disappointed that nobody asked for “99 Problems” in honor of J.J. (Next time, gents).

Ryan Reynolds + J.J. = goals

J.J. Watt Turner's Houston songs family friendsHey J.J., something you wanna share with the rest of us? Photo by Thomas Cokinos

Our favorite shout out? One “Ryan Reynolds” requested the bro singalong classic “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers. Watt fans will recall that he buddied up with the handsome Canadian actor and soccer fan and backer when he and Kealia announced their investment in UK football side Burnley FC. (Kealia also seems to be a big fan of Reynolds, as we reported in May).

Berg made sure to let Watt and Co. enjoy themselves until late, but also made sure to stop by and greet his VIP guests. “I wanted to say hello and thank you; it was really an intimate affair for him, his family, his brothers, and really close friends,” says Berg.

“J.J. is just a super nice guy and just super down to earth,” Berg adds. “And, you know, he’s really big.”

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Hometown hero J.J. Watt and his wife Kealia pose at the Turner's party.

Familiar farmers market face goes wild with new dinner series at mystery Montrose venue

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Houstonians will once again be able to enjoy Jane Wild’s food in air conditioned comfort. Best known for her time at Tomball’s Jane and John Dough bakery and The Dunlavy on Allen Parkway, the chef is launching a new dinner series to showcase her perspective on farm to table fare.

Titled Jane’s Dine Inn, the bi-monthly dinner series will supplement the sweet and savory baked goods Wild sells at farmers markets across the Houston. The intimate, five-course meals will be served to only 22 diners per night. Unlike outdoor markets, serving diners in a more traditional, restaurant-style setting allows Wild to serve a wider variety of dishes that meant to be eaten hot.

“Jane’s Dine Inn is a space for me to share another side of my story with food,” Wild said in a statement. “Where art has a narrative that celebrates the seasons. A place where I can honor localism in all its forms. To nurture the regeneration of connections, with each other and the land around us.”

It begins this Saturday, October 7 with a meal titled “Texas Autumn.” Wild’s menu includes pumpkin and tomato soup, apples and celery salad, roasted pork with peaches, and a persimmon shortcake.

Meals will take place at a local venue in Montrose that will only be revealed to ticket holders. They begin with pre-dinner snacks. From there, diners take their seats at communal tables ($190 per person or a complete group of six for $1,000) or at a kitchen table with a better view of the action ($225 per person). Each meal will mix both individually plated and family-style dishes. Add wine or non-alcoholic pairings for $60 per person.

Wild plans to hold similar dinners on October 21, November 4 and 18, and December 2 and 16. A monthly brunch pop-up will be announced in the future.