May 2018 Calendar
MAY 8: “TALKING COLOR: CELEBRATING CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ IN HOUSTON,” 6 p.m.
Public Art of the University of Houston System, along with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership, present this public program on the eminent artist and his iconic works of kinetic and optical art.
University of Houston M.D. Anderson Library, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, 4333 University Drive, http://bit.ly/TalkingColor
MAY 12: “CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ AT THE
CISTERN: SPATIAL CHROMOINTERFERENCE”
A new site-specific projection that enlivens the columns and walls of the Cistern opens to the public.
Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, 105 Sabine, 713-752-0314, buffalobayou.org
MAY 4-6: ANNUAL POLISH FESTIVAL, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Celebrate the rich heritage and accomplishments of the Polish people through cuisine; live music; Houston’s own folk-dance group, Wawel; and customs, language, hospitality and culture.
Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 1731 Blalock, www.houstonpolishfestival.com
MAY 5: CINCO DE MAYO
Mariachis, dancers in festive attire, Mexican food and, of course, tequila all around town celebrate this holiday. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's independence day. Mexican independence is celebrated September 16. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. Salud!
MAY 6: POP UP AT AURORA, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Heights is the site for this craft market to shop for works by a selection of local artisan vendors, each creation handpicked and vetted by a panel of jurors. Also enjoy food and live music.
129 Aurora, www.popupataurora.com
MAY 12: ART IN THE GARDEN,
starting at 10 a.m.
The gardens at The Arbor Gate are dressed out in all their finery for this event led by author Felder Rushing. Enjoy the day strolling through the display gardens and visiting with gardening staff and talented artists. Newest works on view by The Arbor Gate and guest artists highlight the day.
The Arbor Gate, 15635 FM 2920, Tomball, 281-351-8851, www.arborgate.com
MAY 19: 14TH ANNUAL EMPTY BOWLS HOUSTON, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
For a minimum $25 donation, attendees receive a simple lunch of soup, bread and water and then purchase from hundreds of one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bowls donated by Houston-area artists. The event also features live music and demonstrations by a variety of artists. The empty bowls serve as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community and the world. All proceeds benefit the Houston Food Bank.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main, 713-529-4848, www.crafthouston.org and Houston www.foodbank.org
MAY 25: POP SHOP AMERICA LEATHER GOODS CLASS, 7-9:30 p.m.
Get ready for summer travels by making your own luggage tags, key chains and jewelry from this amazing material. Make something for yourself or to give as a thoughtful present. Class presenters take care of all the needed supplies for $35.
Art Cellar Houston, 1460 Eldridge Parkway, www.popshopamerica.com
THROUGH AUGUST 19: “PEACOCK IN THE DESERT: THE ROYAL ARTS OF JODHPUR, INDIA”
Through some 250 objects from Indian courtly life, including lavish ceremonial objects, finely crafted arms and armor, jewels, intricately carved furnishings and more, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston hosts this exhibition.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, 713-639-7300, www.mfah.org
OUT OF TOWN
MAY 4-6: MONTGOMERY ANTIQUES FESTIVAL, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Shop until you drop at this antiques extravaganza in historic downtown Montgomery, especially on Saturday with extended hours. In addition to antiques, discover collectibles, vintage finds, repurposed goods and handmade jewelry.
Downtown Montgomery, 281-541-3426, www.montgomeryantiquesfestival.com
MAY 5-6: FAYETTEVILLE ARTWALK, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Sip and stroll while you buy fine art on Fayetteville’s historic square. Also enjoy food and music. Presented by Arts for Rural Texas.
Fayetteville (halfway to Austin between Columbus and La Grange off Highway 71), 979-378-2113, www.artsforruraltexas.org
MAY 5-6, 12-13: 44TH ANNUAL GALVESTON HISTORIC HOMES TOUR, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Galveston Historical Foundation opens the doors to architectural history through public tours of privately owned homes during its annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour, this year themed “Aged to Perfection.” Large, small and everything in between, the 2018 tour has something for everyone.
Eight locations in Galveston, 409-765-3431, www.galvestonhistory.org
MAY 9-12: 46TH ANNUAL RAYNE FROG
FESTIVAL, 5 p.m. Wednesday, 5-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-12 a.m. Friday,
8:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday
Head to Rayne, Louisiana, for four days of family fun, including a carnival, live music, arts and crafts, frog cook-off, frog racing and jumping contests and the Frog Festival Grand Parade, as well as the “Paint the Town Green” competition. Frog Festival royalty and judged frog leg etiquette eating add even more merriment to the event.
107 Oak Street, Rayne, Louisiana, www.raynefrogfestival.com
MAY 26-27: ANNUAL ROCKPORT FESTIVAL OF WINE AND FOOD, 2-11 p.m. Saturday, 2-10 p.m. Sunday
More than 2,500 visitors from more than 26 states come to the Texas Maritime Museum grounds to experience wine, VIP wine tastings, lectures, food vendors, live bands, shopping, vendors and beer booths. The event started in 1997 as the annual fundraiser for the Texas Maritime Museum.
Texas Maritime Museum, 1202 Navigation Circle, Rockport, www.texasmaritimemuseum.org and www.texasfestivalofwines.com
JUNE 2: EXTREME WEATHER READY EXPO, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Learn about preparing for hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes and more at this free event, which includes options for evacuation plans and power restoration.
George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas, www.weatherreadyexpo.com