From Carnivial Festivials to Drake at the Toyota Center. Check out this list for the top 8 events this month:
Ciara Jackie Tour at House of Blues
Six years since her last tour, Ciara is returning to the road. The R&B singer has announced dates for her “Jackie” tour. The month-long U.S. trek kicks off May 3 in Chicago and stops in Houston May 20th
an exhibition of new work by Houston-based artist Lovie Olivia. The exhibition features a series of large scale paintings that depict intricate and multi-layered portraits of African American women, exploring the stigmas and entanglements associated with minority women, living with mental health disorders. The strong and the vulnerable, the beautiful and the harrowing, the overt and the mysterious; DaMask examines the simultaneous embodiments of minority women who struggle with mental health challenges. Using a modified plaster fresco technique, where pigments and ornamental design are applied to wet plaster and the surface of the work is elaborately carved into and layered upon; the paintings become a physical manifestation of what it means to mask one’s identity.
“This complicated and reoccurring theme has been an acute interest of mine for the past four years,” says the artist. “It has reshaped my life as I have watched family and community members suffer and perish, as a result of mental illness, depression and emotional distress. From my personal experience I’ve witnessed that African American women have commonly been portrayed as "pillars" of their communities--resilient mothers, sisters, daughters, aunties, wives, and grandmothers who remain steadfast in the face of all adversities. While these portrayals imply that African American women have few psychological problems, the scientific literature and demographic data present a different picture. They reveal that African American women are at increased risk for psychological distress because of factors that disproportionately affect them.
Street Parade and Festival is in its second year with multiple events throughout Memorial Day Weekend. Carnival events include a gala, pageant, a paint party, the street parade and festival, an after party and a fun-day with picnic and games.
The event highlights the diverse cultures in Houston through music, cuisine, costume parades and performances.
Click here for a complete schedule.
Prêt-à-Porter & Couture fashion event
with designs from some of the best designers in Texas; And "The Red Dress Gala", a Fashion Tour of red dresses visiting different cities including Austin, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston. Introducing designers from all around the world.
Art opening reception: Hazy Yet Vivid by Shane Allbritton and Peter Bernick-Allbritton
Hazy Yet Vivid is an exhibition of new works from artist team, Shane Allbritton and Peter Bernick-Allbritton, which features freestanding wooden zoetrope sculptures, assemblages and collages. Using photographic techniques such as slit scanning and strip photography — which compress a sequence of images over time into a collection of strips composing a singular gesture — the artists reinterpret their immediate environment into elaborate visual distortions of memory retrieval.
Buffalo Bayou Beer Run
6-mile run beginning and ending at Buffalo Bayou Brewery, then chilling out afterwards at the Brew 4-miery.
Brewery address is: 5301 Nolda St., Houston, TX, 77007
Running routes TBD (but will be posted here later). We'll start the 4-mile route at 11:20am and the 6-mile route at 11:00am.
The run itself is free, but admission to the brewery is $10 a person; you get a pint glass (you can keep) and three beers. If
you already have a Buffalo Bayou pint glass, you get free admission and beer tokens are only $2.
The Taste of Louisiana Festival
a cultural celebration which highlights Louisiana’s traditions, food, music, and lifestyle collectively in one event. The festival is designed to honor the Cajun, Creole and Indian heritage of the State of Louisiana. This year the festival takes place May 30th, in Sugar Land Town Square Plaza. Festival-goers will experience the transformation of the Plaza into a convivial Louisiana street festival setting.
2015 Houston Modern Art of Pakistan Exhibition
Held from 12 pm to 8 pm May 30th and 31st at the St. Regis Houston in River Oaks. Light refreshments will be served. At 7 pm on Saturday we will engage in a discussion and Q&A on the state of the art ecosystem and market in Pakistan.
The second annual exhibition in Houston will feature approximately 60 works in total by auction house favorites and master artists including Gulgee and Sadequain, as well as works by senior and emerging artists who feature both in Pakistan and internationally including Mashkoor Raza, Ali Abbas, Ahmed Khan, Hajra Mansoor, Waqar Ali and Amir Kamal.
Eye for Art is the premier gallery in Pakistan for Modern Pakistani Masters. The gallery was founded in 2004 by Ali Haider and Jawaid Haider and is located in Karachi. We primarily deal in works by masters such as Sadequain, Gulgee, Jamil Naqsh, Bashir Mirza, Ahmed Parvez. In recent years many of the gallery's works have been featured at Sotheby's, Christie's and Bonhams South Asian Modern and Contemporary Auctions.
Drake at Toyota Center
Toyota Center is excited to welcome back Drake on May 24th! Following his headlining Coachella set, the Toronto superstar announced his summer tour entitled ‘Jungle’ in support of his February surprise release of “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.” Don’t miss your chance to see the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling, recording artist live on stage at Toyota Center.