Special Events

Holiday Jazz Party with Leslie Drayton and Friends

live music, holiday events, live jazz

Kickoff the holidays with a Holiday Jazz Party.

Trumpeter and composer Leslie Drayton will kickoff the holiday season with a special Holiday Jazz Party that includes his original compositions, jazz standards, and a few holiday favorites.

The concert will be presented at Du Vin Pintor, an amazing art gallery in downtown Houston: Sunday, December 16th, 5:00 p.m., 1401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77002.

Enjoy the wonderful sounds of Leslie Drayton and Friends as you browse and enjoy original artwork displayed throughout the gallery. This evening will undoubtedly be one to remember and will definitely usher us into the holiday spirit. Music until 8:00 p.m.

Advance tickets $20. Tickets at the door $25. A cash bar will be available.


Live Music Movement Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission to promote, present and preserve jazz, blues and soul music. Visit us for more details:  www.livemusicmovement.com,  contact@livemusicmovement.com or 713-425-3937. 

Dec 16, 2018
5:00 pm
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Winter Collection 2018, Fifth Ward Art Pop-Up

holiday market

Mystic Lyon is excited to host the third annual Winter Collection, a Pop Up Art Shop featuring works by Fifth Ward artists and their friends. Prices start at $3 for handmade cards and most paintings are priced between $10 and $200. Cary Reeder's art will also be on view in the window installation space. The art shop will be open one-day-only—Saturday, December 15 from 1-5pm.

Antique dealer, creative, and show participant, Mr. Lee, states: “This is the good stuff. Some people just don't get it though.” The Mystic Lyon invites you to come see for yourself.

Mystic Lyon is an installation art space and social sculpture in Houston's historic Fifth Ward. Installations remain on view in and on the windows 24 hours a day. Additional programming includes pay phone call-ins to the artists, physical and metaphysical happenings, community coffees, and events benefiting neighbor endeavors. It is also the home of the Fifth Ward Badminton Club and a founder and host of the Fifth Ward Chamber of Commerce.

Event Date: Saturday, December 15, 1-5pm
Location: Mystic Lyon, 5017 Lyons Ave., Houston, TX 77020
Contact info: 713-582-1198, mysticlyonprojects@gmail.com
Web info: https://www.facebook.com/mysticlyonhtx

Dec 15, 2018
Unfortunately, this venue is currently not wheelchair accessible.
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
1-5pm; FREE

Lawndale Sunday Brunch

Join the artists and participants in the Lawndale Artist Studio Program over Bloody Marys and mimosas to celebrate and learn about our mission and impact in the community.

Lawndale is delighted to present a new fundraiser in support of Lawndale’s vibrant exhibitions and programs. This event will showcase 20 commissioned 8 x 10” artworks donated by participating artists to benefit Lawndale. The artworks will be exhibited anonymously and available for purchase for $300. Join the artists and participants in the Lawndale Artist Studio Program over Bloody Marys and mimosas to celebrate and learn about our mission and impact in the community.

Sunday, January 27, 2019
11 AM – 1 PM
Lawndale // 4912 Main Street

Tickets: $100 // $75 (Lawndale Members)
Artworks: $300 (per work)

Participating Artists:
Regina Agu
Krista Birnbaum
Antonius Bui
Jamal Cyrus
Joe Havel
Robert Hodge
Terrell James
Matt Kleberg
Julia Barbosa Landois
Layla Luna
Kia Neill
Floyd Newsome
Kelly O’Connor
Aaron Parazette
David Politzer
Rob Reasoner
Rajab Ali Sayed
Heidi Spector

Brunch is generously provided by Adair Concepts.
Artist ground provided by Ampersand Art Supply.

Jan 27, 2019
Tickets: $100 // $75 (Lawndale Members)
11:00 am
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11 AM - 1 PM, Tickets: $100 // $75 (Lawndale Members), Artworks: $300 (per work)
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Lets Party With A Purpose!

The Bubbha Thomas HOLIDAY JAZZ CONCERT Saturday, December 8th 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.

Jazz Education Inc. returns to host another stellar Holiday musical event, ushering in the true spirit of Christmas.

Each year the Holiday Jazz Concert brings awareness to organizations in our community that provide services necessary to strengthen the health, wellness, and provision of those in need*

You can strengthen our cause by "Showing Up" and "Showing Out" this holiday season. Jazz is the gift that keeps on giving! LET'S PARTY WITH A PURPOSE!


"Songbird" Julie Johnson and Trio


Summer Jazz Workshop All Stars with members of UNTITLED and 915

Trinity Jazz Singers

Free Admission with 5 Non-perishable Food Items or Men’s Socks.

Great fun for all ages! Let's celebrate the holiday spirit with a little JAZZ.

Light bites and drinks served.

Visit us online for more information or call 713.839.7000.


*Concert donations will benefit the efforts of the Emergency Aide Coalition & The Lord of the Streets Homeless Shelter.

Dec 8, 2018
FREE w/5 Non-perishable Food Items or Men’s Socks
6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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2019 Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park

The Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA) will celebrate 48 years of fine art at the park and giving back to local nonprofits.

Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA) will celebrate 48 years of fine art and
giving back to local nonprofits as it spotlights 300 artists at Bayou City Art
Festival in Memorial Park, Friday-Sunday, March 29-31, 2019, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine art events, the three-day festival
will provide patrons with the opportunity to personally meet artists, view
original works, and purchase world-class art. The festival benefits local
nonprofit partners and features live music, local food vendors and food trucks,
beverages, entertainment, a Children’s Creative Zone and so much more. An
exhibition of student artwork composed of the top 30 finalists from the Middle
School Art Competition will also be featured at Bayou City Art Festival
Memorial Park.

Mar 29, 2019
10:00 am
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One Night Only

This December, “It will snow in Houston.” A can’t miss theatrical
event, Robby Bennett and special guests will showcase a family-friendly winter
wonderland full of surprises, illusions, comedy, acrobatics and more.


A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE FOR ALL AGES... Within this spectacle of magic,
acrobatics and comedy, your perception of time will be altered. The elements
will be manipulated. Your impression of what is possible will be shattered. All
of this and much more happens over the course of one show with the performer
Free Press Houston calls, “One of the most celebrated illusionists going.”
...And he's bringing friends!


Illusionist, magician, sleight-of-hand artist and entertainer
extraordinaire, Robby Bennett has been professionally astonishing and
captivating audiences since the age of thirteen earning him multiple awards
from peers for his efforts towards the art of magic. Considered one of the most
versatile performers in the industry, with appearances on Good Morning America,
Inside Edition, SportsCenter, and every major network, Bennett brings his
to Houston for one night only.



Dec 22, 2018
Purchase Tickets: https://tickets.houstonfirsttheaters.com/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=2500&z=0http://www.facebook.com/anomalyshow http://www.twitter.com/CallMeMrBennett http//www.instagram.com/@callmemrbennett https://www.youtube.com/user/FiveOneProductions 
7:30 pm
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7:30pm $20.00-$75.00


venicebiennale, curatorial plactice, venice, opencall

4th June – 3rd September 2019

The School for Curatorial Studies is an ambitious and
challenging project promoted since 2004 and conceived as a school committed to
experimentation and interdisciplinary thinking. The main goals are to spread
the knowledge in the field of visual arts and to introduce the students to the
professions related to the art world, focusing on contemporary curatorial
theory and practice and contemporary museology. The School’s activities are
meant for all those interested and passionate in art, graduated students or
professionals who want to deepen their knowledge and improve their practical
skills. The School’s teaching staff is formed by Italian and international
professionals, scholars, historians and art critics of recognized experience.
Among them: Matt Williams (curator), Angela Vettese (art critic), Luca Massimo
Barbero (Peggy Guggenheim Collection), Francesca Colasante (Pinault
Foundation), Andrea Goffo (Found. Prada), Nicola Lees (Serpentine London).


The program:

The Summer School in Curatorial Practice will take place during the
International Art Biennale Venice. With an interdisciplinary approach, the
course provides practical training and experience within museums and exhibition
settings. Its international faculty includes curators and museum professionals,
artists and critics. The course is designed to increase students understanding
of the intellectual and technical tasks of the curator figure. English-taught
lectures cover both theoretical and practical topics that go from the history
of contemporary visual arts and practices of exhibition-making, to Exhibition
Management. The students will participate in weekly activities, such as artist
studio visits, tours of exhibition spaces, networking events and workshops. The
program culminates with the set up of the exhibition.

The Summer School includes visits of specific art venues all over the
city of Venice during the International Art Biennale. A series of selected case
studies will offer the students an opportunity to observe the development of
contemporary art. The School’s goal is to align these specific theoretical
lectures with a practical approach. Besides the theoretical lectures, a series
of laboratories and workshops aims to introduce the students to the work of
critical text writing, press releases and to structure all the different
aspects of publishing. The students will be offered the possibility of a
gallery training and of setting up together - with one of our tutors, their
exhibition in Venice, as a final project of the course.


The first module:

June 4th
– August 2nd, 2019

The first module involves 350 contact hours:

1. History of Curatorial Practices

2. Exhibition Design

3. Aesthetics and Cultural Theory

4. Contemporary Art History

5. Cultural Events Management and Organization

6. Curating Exhibitions

7. Fine Arts Management.

8. Fundraising and Marketing / Workshop

9. Communication Strategies and Artistic Events Promotion / Workshop

10. New Media and Digital Technologies

11. Workshop on Critical Writing

12. Artist Studio Visits and Visits of the International Art Biennale


Trip to Bruxelles.

August 5th
–11th, 2019

We warmly
recommend to take part.

The program is very intensive: Bruxelles is an art city and is offering many opportunities: private galleries, collections. We will
visit artist studios and public galleries and Museums of contemporary art.


The second

August 12th
– 24th, 2019

The second
module is dedicated to individual researching and finalizing the exhibition project.
During this period of time the students will have to face practical duties,
such as coordinating the artists, managing transportation and insurance policies,
promoting and curating the promotional material.


The third

August 27th - September 3rd, 2019

The last
part of the course lies in the production of the event. During this period of
time all the work concerning the final event will take place. The students will
coordinate the arrival and the display of the works of art and supervise all
the different aspects related to the event, such as promotion, organization,
last details about the publication, opening. After the presentation to the
public, the student will be given the tools to professionally document the


and structure

The course
has a duration of 450 hours. The participants will develop themes as well as
concepts, organization, acquisition, communication and the concrete
implementation of their skills together with the course director and
international guests (artists, curators, architects, critics, fine arts
scientists and publishers of art journals).


Application deadline: March,15th 2019.

The application form must be sent by e-mail before the deadline (March 15th
2019) of the Curatorial Program to:

Xac – School for Curatorial Studies

San Marco, 3073, 30124 Venice


+39 0412770466

The application form can be downloaded at www.corsocuratori.com, where you can find more information about our
curatorial program and your stay in Venice.

The Summer school has a limited number of places available.





Independent Collectors

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Jun 4, 2019
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WHAM Preview + Ugly Sweater Party!

Help us kick off the FINAL Winter Holiday Art Market weekend with 60+ of the coolest local artists at the best Ugly Sweater Party in town! 

Early-bird ticket price ends Friday, Nov 16 at 2pm!


Open bar + specialty cocktails
Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., Dripping Springs Vodka, & Austin Eastciders

Lite Bites + Treats
Taco Deli, Harris & Essex, Chickfila, & more!

Live Music + Party Tunes
Curated by Cafeza

Festive Selfie-Station
by Station Theater

Plus early shopping access to 60+ local artists, artist demonstrations, and ugly sweater contest!

Friday, November 16, 6-10pm

Winter Street Studios

2101 Winter Street, Houston, TX 77007  (MAP)


Fun and festive: Ugly Sweaters encouraged!


WHAM questions? email wham@fresharts.org

Nov 16, 2018
$15 early bird/ $20 door
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
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5th Ward Winter Art Pop-Up

Call for artists! Register today to participate in the first art pop-up in Houston's newest Cultural District in historic 5th Ward.

Artists are invited to register for the 5th Ward Winter Art Pop-Up for 11am to 4pm Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, near the Jam Park on 3705 Lyons Avenue. Artists from throughout the city and 5th Ward have signed up. Drum, dance and musical performers will entertain all day as you try out food trucks. It's the first of its kind event for Houston's newest Cultural District on historic Lyons Avenue.

And this will be the 5th Ward kick off for the Mobile Art Space for the Artists -- or MASA -- a repurposed container that will host exhibits, art classes, Capoeira classes, poetry workshops, and more led by its owner, renowned Houston artist Tony Parana. Don't miss this chance to show your work at this unique event! For more information, call 713-674-0175 or email jjaimes@fifthwardcrc.org

To register go to https://bit.ly/2NhCUkZ. 

Dec 1, 2018
Great for adults to check out art, food, entertainment, and holiday gifts. Great for kids with a nearby playground, food truck and sweet treats, and lively dance performers!
Free for visitors and just $30 for artists spaces. Artists are welcome to share spaces!
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
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Cultured Cocktails benefiting Artist INC

Cultured Cocktails has raised more than $110,000 for hundreds of local artists and art projects!

Please join us for drinks and conversation at Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar on Thursday, December 6th, when a portion of the proceeds from all drink sales during the 5:00PM -8:00PM happy hour will go to support the artist entrepreneurship program: Artist INC-Houston

So enjoy a drink or two, meet the Artist INC team, fellow Artist INC alumni, and take-in Boheme's bohemian atmosphere! The proceeds from the evening will support an Artist INC scholarship which will help provide program access to those who might otherwise not afford to participate.  So please don't be shy to raise a glass (or three) while raising funds for Artist INC-Houston.

About Artist INC:

First launched in Kansas City, Artist INC is a cutting-edge training seminar that addresses the specific business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face every day. Limited to 25 participants per session, artists gather for one night a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers. 

Using an innovative class design, artists learn and grow together through artist facilitator mentoring, small group application activities, as well as large group discussion and multi-media lectures. 

2019 marks the third year of Artist INC-Houston, powered by Fresh Arts.

Artist INC-Houston 2019:

Selected participants are expected to attend all 8 sessions which will take place on Wednesday evenings from 4-7pm from March 13- May 8, 2019 with a break on April 10th. Sessions will be held at Frost Bank Financial Center, 1700 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056.

Applications for the 2019 program are now open. There is no fee to apply.

Artist INC is open to artists and creative entrepreneurs of any discipline, from emerging through established careers. Applicants should communicate how the Artist INC program will support or strengthen their own business practice as well as show promise of participation in their local artist community network.

For more information visit: http://bit.ly/ArtistINChouston

About Cultured Cocktails:

Powered by Fresh Arts, Cultured Cocktails is a community building fundraiser in celebration of the arts and takes place EVERY Thursday during the 5:00-8:00PM happy hour at Boheme Café & Wine Bar (307 Fairview St.). Each Cultured Cocktails event features a different local artist, arts organization, or arts project. Participating artists and arts groups receive 10% of all drink sales during the 5:00PM -8:00PM happy hour. 

Since its inception in 2008, the program has raised more than $110,000 for hundreds of local artists and arts projects!

 Fresh Arts is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that champions artists and creative entrepreneurs to succeed in the business of art. The Cultured Cocktails program is generously sponsored by Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar.

Dec 6, 2018
A portion of the proceeds from all drink sales during the 5pm-8pm happy hour will go to support Artist INC. 
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Houston, TX 77266-6494


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