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The MFAH Presents: The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta

On Sunday, October 8, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, opens The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta, an exhibition celebrating the illustrious life and career of the renowned fashion designer. Ensembles presented across four thematic sections highlight the most significant influences— including Spain, Russia, China, Japan, and the garden—on his designs and are displayed alongside paintings and decorative arts from the MFAH collections. The creations offer a window into de la Renta’s world through a range of looks, from elegant daywear to resplendent gowns, including pieces worn by Penelope Cruz, Karlie Kloss, Kirsten Dunst, and Amal Clooney, whose custom bridal gown of beaded-tulle, silk, and embroidered lace will be on view.

Admission is $25 for adults (19+); $20 for senior adults (65+ with ID), military (with ID), college students (with ID) and youth (13–18); and free for children (12 and younger) and MFAH Members. Additional information can be found  at www.mfah.org/oscardelarenta.

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Showcases Local, National, and International Leading Latino and Native American Artists This Summer

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The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center brings local, national and international artists to San Antonio’s westside with its summer series of public events.  As one of the largest multi-disciplinary community-based organizations in the US, the Guadalupe seeks to cultivate, promote and preserve traditional and contemporary Chicano, Latino and Native American arts and culture. The cultures represented in this summer’s line-up highlight the diversity found within the community and include Colombian roots music, Spanish flamenco dance, Panamanian street art, Native American theater, and San Antonio contemporary culture.
Under the direction of new Executive Director, Cristina Ballí, the Guadalupe continues its long tradition of serving the San Antonio arts community. “The arts are a vital component to the city’s landscape and is what makes us unique from other cities across the country,” said Ballí. “I hope to continue the Guadalupe’s legacy of celebrating community and showcasing captivating contemporary artists at our westside campus.”

All performances take place in the historic Guadalupe Theater which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in July. The Guadalupe Theater is located at 1301 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207. The Gallery Talk and Art Exhibitions are held in the Guadalupe Galería located at 723 S. Brazos, San Antonio, TX 78207. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm | Free Admission
For tours and group visits, call 210.271.3151 or email info@guadalupeculturalarts.org

Summer Series

Cumbia Roots Festival
Sunday, June 18 at 3:00 pm
$15 – $25 | Guadalupe Theater

Musician Kiko Villamizar will host performances and workshops by Elders direct from Colombia for an afternoon celebration of the roots of Cumbia music. Paito y los Gaiteros de Punta Brava and national cumbiamba champions Trapiche de Colomboy will bring the richness and variety of Colombian rhythms such as porro, puya, gaita, merengue, chalupa, bullerengue, tambora, cumbia and vallenato to the Guadalupe stage while sharing stories and the beauty of this seldom heard music.

Sin Fronteras/Without Borders
A New Flamenco Dance Production by the Guadalupe Dance Company
June 23-25 | Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm | Sunday at 3:00 pm
$15 – $50 | Guadalupe Theater

This Flamenco production is a celebration of life with all its trials and tribulations and the meaning of family and community. With theatrical elements, live music and the powerful choreography of Flamenco master Miguel Vargas, the Guadalupe Dance Company will take audiences on an emotional journey of life through the art form that is Flamenco.

75th Anniversary Celebration of the Historic Guadalupe Theater
Friday, July 7 at 7:00 pm
$5 | Guadalupe Theater
Take a trip back to the 1940s with us as we celebrate 75 years of the Guadalupe Theater with a classic Variedades featuring film shorts, teatro, dance, and music. Audiences will have a chance to share their memories as well at this once in a lifetime event.

Nuevo Teatro: A Festival of New Works
July 15 – Aug 19 | $5 – $20 | Guadalupe Theater
Nuevo Teatro is San Antonio’s newest summer theatre festival featuring original performance work by contemporary theatre artists. From emerging voices to established artists, this festival will showcase the cultural and artistic diversity of the Latin@, Chican@, Native American and South Texas experience. With over 15 performances, dozens of artists, and offerings for youth, families and adults, Nuevo Teatro: A Festival of New Works will have something for everyone.
July 15 -16: 100% NDN (Naturally Designed Natives) written by Isaac Alvarez Cardenas (Apache/Comanche)
-July 28:  Gaytino written and performed by Dan Guerrero (Los Angeles, CA)
-July 21: Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name written and performed by Irma Herrera (South Texas/Bay Area)
-August 4-6: Ruby Reds, Big Birds and Burras written and directed by Marisela Barrera (Rio Grande Valley, TX) and performances by Grupo Animo the Guadalupe’s resident youth theatre company.

Artist Talk by Victoria Suescum
Saturday, July 29 at 2:00 pm | Free
Exhibit closes Friday, August 4 | Free
Join us Saturday afternoon as artist Victoria Suescum shares her artistic process behind her solo exhibition Mi Museo está en la calle: An abbreviated Retrospective. A Panamanian native, Suescum’s exhibit draws inspiration from motifs lifted from the streets of Panama and the United States — including motifs one may find on the Westside of San Antonio. This event is for all ages and light refreshments will be provided.

Ana Fernandez: New Portraits works by Ana Fernandez
Narratives Invented works by Ruth Buentello
Opening Reception | Friday, September 1 | FREE
6:00 – 9:00 pm | Galería Guadalupe
Ana Fernandez (Corpus Christi, TX), and Ruth Buentello (San Antonio, TX), exhibit side by side and present all new works this summer in the Galería Guadalupe. Skilled painter Fernandez explores portraiture via city location and Buentello creates narratives that focus on the complexity and emotion of relationships. Included in the exhibition will also be works from Elizabeth Rodriguez-Trevino, Junye Butler, Marcy McChesney and Rosa Fernandez.

[Photos Courtesy of:  GuadalupeCulturalArts.Org]

#LolaOnTheGo: St Louis Travel Guide

My article original appeared in Houston Style Magazine at www.stylemagazine.com.

In my series of must visit U.S. cities, St. Louis makes the list with its many family and budget friendly attractions. From breweries and casinos to museums and parks, the city boasts many amusements along with historical sites and a plethora of culinary delights that are sure to satisfy any palette.

Here are a few of some well-known attractions along with a few newly discovered gems that should be visited during your stay in St. Louis

The Gateway Arch

What’s a trip to St. Louis without getting up close and personal with the iconic Gateway Arch.? This magnificent stainless steel monument rises about 630 feet into the city’s beautiful skyline. Although it’s free to view from the ground, we highly suggest traveling up the arch to marvel at the city’s incredible aerial views. We guarantee that both adults and children alike will have loads of fun taking selfies while riding up to the top in the arch’s sci-fi like pods (seats up to 4).

If visiting during warm months, hop aboard a 19th century paddle-wheel boat replica for a one-hour narrated cruise down the mighty Mississippi. This activity is highly recommended for those wanting to photographically capture views of the arch and other inspiring architecture. (Cruises run daily March-November.)

Missouri Botanical Garden

You don’t have to necessarily be a lover of everything flora and fauna to appreciate this particular St. Louis attraction. As a matter of fact, it is a perfect destination for some fun with the kids, lots of magical discoveries, and an even more serene atmosphere for an afternoon of walking and self-meditation or perhaps even a picnic lunch date. From the interactive and educational Children’s Garden to a 14 acre Japanese Garden to a real rainforest experience with waterfalls and tropical birds, this 79 acres of lush gardens, stunning landscape, and whimsical sculptures should definitely be on your list during your visit to St. Louis. If visiting during the winter months, the holiday lights and decorations are sure to be a treat!

Missouri History Museum

For those that enjoy reveling in a little nostalgia, he Missouri History Museum is the place for you. While the museum does offer permanent exhibits, it also offers short-term special exhibits such as the “ Route 66: Main Street Through St Louis” exhibit. Take a step back and get your kicks learning about this famous road and its history. And to make this experience an even better one, entry is FREE! Side note: perfect time to mention that St. Louis is home to over 25 free attractions, which include most of the city’s museums along with its zoo.
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City Museum
While this museum isn’t free like most of the St. Louis museums, the City Museum is at the top of our list for children of all ages. (Yes, we guarantee that moms and dads will have just as much fun.) The museum can best be described as an interactive, eclectic, and creative playground filled with endless fun. From tunnels to ball pits, to a rooftop ferris wheel, this wondrous architectural funhouse will inspire hours of imaginative and explorative fun. Oh, and for our 21 and up readers, you might want to partake in an adult beverage at the museum’s rooftop cantina and enjoy the sunset before taking another adventure down the 10-story spiral slide.

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Anheuser-Busch Brewery

Can’t visit St. Louis without stopping to snap a photo or two of the world famous Clydesdales. And for the beer lovers out there, what better place to be at than the Anheuser-Busch Brewery? The free 45 minute tour guides you through one of the oldest operating breweries in the country and offers two complimentary drinks for visitors 21 years and older. Tours tend to fill up fast so make sure to show up early or maybe even consider taking one of the special tours for a small fee.

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EAT St. Louis Food Tour

Did I mention that I love to eat? Like, a lot. And this is why I recommend this culinary and historical tour, especially if you love Italian food as much as I do. So make sure to sign up while visiting St. Louis and let owner Pete Manzo guide you through a three-hour walking tour of the Hill. With six restaurant tastings ranging from St. Louis style pizza (Provel cheese blend) to Gelato Di Riso, said to be the best gelato outside of Italy, this tour is definitely a must for the foodie lovers.

Save room for the Italian Stallion sandwich at John Viviano and Sons (preferably the vegetarian option – I promise you won’t be disappointed!).

Stay tuned for more on St. Louis in next month’s issue

For more information on what to do in St. Louis, visitwww.explorestlouis.com.

[Photos by: Me :)]

Ghostbusters Day at the Children’s Museum of Houston

Who you gonna call? The Children’s Museum of Houston is calling on the Ghostbusters! Help the Ghostbusters gang investigate and capture pesky ghouls and save the Museum from ectoplasmic chaos during Halloween Monster Mayhem. Don’t forget to bring your camera! I ain’t afraid of no ghost!

 

Ghostbusters Day, Oct. 22, 2016                

*Activities, events and times subject to change.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Ghostbusters Character Appearances: Meet some of your favorite characters from the Ghostbusters!

Event Time:   10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Brown Auditorium.

Houston Area Ghostbusters: Your friendly neighborhood Ghostbusters will be on alert and onsite.

Event Time: Throughout the day inside Museum.

ON-GOING ACTIVITIES:

  • Ghost Doll: Design a spooky ghost doll that will follow you home at Junktion.
  • Slimer Mask: Become everyone’s favorite pizza eating ghost at Junktion.
  • Ecto Goggles: Fashion your own pair of Ecto goggles to perceive the unknown at Junktion.
  • Monster Slime: Ooze with ickiness with a gooey concoction of monster slime at Science Station.

HOURS/COST:

  • MUSEUM HOURS: Tues. – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: Noon – 6 p.m.
  • General Museum admission: $12 per person and $11 for seniors 65+ and for active duty military personnel. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
  • For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.

Sensory Friendly Day At Children’s Museum of Houston

The Children’s Museum of Houston will host a culture-friendly Sensory Friendly Day on Dec. 14 in celebration of our Seasons of Sharing exhibit which commemorates holidays around the world.
Sensory Friendly Day is an opportunity for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences to explore the Museum.
Doors will be closed to the public. There will be no music and sound-reducing headphones will be available. Outside food and drinks will be allowed (Fresh Café will be closed).

DON’T MISS:

·  Music Therapy Activities: Move and groove to therapeutic music in   Tree Top Discovery Room
· Obstacle Course: Race through a fun and challenging obstacle        course in PowerPlay
· Hands-on Specialists: Engage in fun sensory activities with  Board Certified Speech Pathologists and Behavior Analysts.
· Interactive Story Time: Enjoy an interactive story time adventure  in Parent Resource Library
· Mehndi Hand Art: Design traditional Hindu hand art at Alexander  Art Academy.
· The Great Migration: Take flight with monarch butterflies in inEcoStation.
· Macaroni Menorah: Light a candle in celebration of Hannukkah at Junktion.
· Rangoli Revelry: Create Indian-inspired folk art at Junktion.

Sensory Friendly Day, Dec. 14, 2015
***Activities, events, and times subject to change.

Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004

HOURS/COST:
• SENSORY FRIENDLY DAY SPECIAL HOURS: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Special Sensory Friendly Day Admission: $5 per person. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
• Pre-registration required. Please contact Lydia Dungus at ldungus@cmhouston.org or call (713) 535-7238 to make a reservation.
• For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.

Free Immunizations Through May 2016 At Children’s Museum of Houston

Children’s Museum of Houston to offer free vaccinations through May 2016

Free immunizations at the Children’s Museum of Houston every second Thursday of the month during Free Family Night from 5pm to 7pm beginning now through May 2016 for children ages 6 weeks to 18 years. Committed to creating a community of healthy children, Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program will administer free immunizations through the Vaccines for Children Program to the first 40 children to arrive. To qualify, parents and guardians must bring their child’s immunization records. No need to pre-register. Children must qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program. For questions about eligibility, please call (832) 824-6780.

 

SPECIAL NOTE: Flu shots will be offered exclusively in November to the first 200 children to arrive. After this month, flu shots offered along with the standard vaccinations to the first 40 children to arrive.

• Oct. 8 (standard vaccinations – limit of 40)
• Nov. 12 (Flu shots – limit of 200)
• Dec. 10 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• Jan. 14 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• Feb. 11 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• March 10 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• April 14 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)
• May 12 (standard vaccinations, including flu shots – limit of 40)

WHERE:
Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004
***Activities, events and times subject to change.

MUSEUM HOURS:
• Free Family Night every Thursday 5 – 8 p.m.
• For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.

[Photo courtesy of the Children’s Museum of Houston]

Children’s Museum of Houston to Offer Free Immunizations

WHAT: Children, 6 months to 18 years of age, needing vaccines, including the flu vaccine, will have the opportunity to receive them for free at the Children’s Museum of Houston.

Committed to creating a community of healthy children, Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic Program will administer free shots to the first 150 children to arrive. To qualify, parents and guardians will need their child’s immunization records. No need to pre-register.

After the vaccinations, children and families are invited to stay and enjoy the many hands-on exhibits the Museum has to offer. Explore Korean Pop, culture, television and technology in the Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea exhibit running until May 10, or head to FlowWorks and EcoStation to enjoy the outdoors!

WHEN: 2015 FREE Shots every second Thursday of the month
• February 12
• March 5 (First Thursday of the month)
• April 9
• May 14
From 5 to 7 p.m. during Free Family Night Thursday
Limit first 150 children, ages 6 mo. – 18 years.

WHERE: Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz St., Houston, TX 77004
***Activities, events and times subject to change.

• MUSEUM HOURS: Tues. – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: Noon – 6 p.m.
• Free Family Night every Thursday 5 – 8 p.m.
• For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522- 1138.

Author And Education Innovator Joline Godfrey Speaks About Teaching Children Financial Responsibility

The Children’s Museum of Houston and chairs Valeria Burguières and Emily Dalicandro will welcome renowned speaker and author Joline Godfrey to the 2015 Friends and Families Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 4, 2015 at the River Oaks Country Club. Godfrey will offer insight on parenting financially responsible children.

A former executive of the Polaroid Corporation and currently the CEO of Independent Means Inc. (a company which makes financial fluency relevant and fun), Godfrey has dedicated her career to educating children, families, Fortune 100 families, investment firms and financial institutions about her experiential approach to financial education. She has been featured in The New York Times, Fortune, Business Week, Oprah, the Today Show and more. Godfrey has also launched An Income of Her Own, the first non-profit which offers financial education for girls. She is the author of numerous books including “Raising Financially Fit Kids” and “99 Ways to Give Economic Power to Girls.”

Parents, educators, families and friends are invited to come together for awareness and philanthropy at this enlightening event. The luncheon will help support the Museum’s early childhood and parenting programs which focus on building parenting skills, providing information on child development and engaging families in the joy of learning together.

Tables are available at sponsorship levels of $10,000, $5,000, $3,000, $2,000 and individual tickets are available at sponsorship levels of $500, $300 and $200 each. To purchase tickets, contact Audrey Cortez at (713) 535-7210 or acortez@cmhouston.org.

Houston Children’s Museum: Snap a Selfie With Santa and His Reindeer!

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Santa’s reindeer strays from the herd to visit the Children’s Museum of Houston!

Saturday, November 29

Sunday, December 21

WHAT: One of Santa’s reindeer has taken a wild turn to the Children’s Museum of Houston before his big journey around the world! Come hear the sleigh bells jingle-ing when the Children’s Museum of Houston hosts a live reindeer on Saturday, Nov. 29 and on Sunday, Dec. 21!
Santa’s reindeer will be accompanied by Santa himself! Hop on Santa’s sleigh, snap a pic with old Saint Nick and his reindeer, and get up close and personal with Santa’s reindeer! Sorry, no feeding or petting Santa’s reindeer. He’s watching his figure for his big day! Bring your camera!
WHEN: Meet Santa’s Reindeer!
Saturday, Nov. 29 & Sunday, Dec. 21: Noon to 4 p.m.
Activities, events and times subject to change.

WHERE: Children’s Museum of Houston
1500 Binz St.
Houston, TX 77004

• MUSEUM HOURS: Tues. – Sat.: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun: Noon – 6 p.m.
Museum Open Monday, Nov. 24 and Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27.
• General Museum admission: $9 per person and $8 for seniors 65+. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.
• For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138.

Children’s Museum of Houston unwraps “The Grinch’s Holiday Workshop”

 

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HOUSTON (Oct. 6, 2014) – Join Cindy-Lou Who, the lovable dog Max and the “Mean One” himself, The Grinch, at The Grinch’s Holiday Workshop, a new interactive experience opening at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and developed by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan with the permission of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, The Grinch’s Holiday Workshop opens Nov. 22, 2014 and runs through Jan. 4, 2015.

“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a beloved holiday classic children and their families enjoy together year after year,” said Tammie Kahn, the Children’s Museum of Houston’s Executive Director. “The Grinch’s Holiday Workshop will bring that story and characters of Who-ville to life.”

To step into The Grinch’s Holiday Workshop is to walk into the pages of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale. Gallery walls, wrapped in scenes from Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! pop with Who-holiday spirit. See Cindy-Lou Who at the Who-ville holiday feast, where the transformed Grinch carves the “roast beast.” At the center of it all is old “Grinch Claus” and his oversized, interactive sleigh tethered to his unwitting “Rein-Dog,” Max. Hop in and steer Max all the way to Who-ville! Activity areas buzz with laughter and creative energy as you take part in Grinch-related holiday programming.

The Grinch’s Holiday Workshop will host daily and weekly programming. Look for clues in The Workshop to answer scavenger hunt questions; dive into fun, two-sided Grinch masks; get the Grinch stuck down a chimney with the “Grinch in a Pinch” tree ornaments; create your own Who-ville character to add to a community mural and invite everyone out for a Who-Ville feast; create Grinch finger puppets to convey this holiday classic in a puppet theatre; and gather around for storytelling with the Children’s Museum of Houston staff and special guests who will read How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  Special appearances will be made by the Grinch himself. Bring your camera!

““We’d like to invite Houston families to celebrate the holidays among the most cherished children’s author of all time,” said Kahn.   “Celebrate creativity, spark a lifelong love of reading and have yourself a merry, little Grinchmas!”

***Activities, events and times subject to change.

 

ABOUT DR. SEUSS

Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author of all time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books for children. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit www.Seussville.com

The primary focus of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. is to protect the integrity of the Dr. Seuss books while expanding beyond books into ancillary areas. This effort is a strategic part of the overall mission to nurture and safeguard the relationship consumers have with Dr. Seuss characters. Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would “round out the edges.” That is one of the guiding philosophies of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Audrey S. Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, heads Dr. Seuss Enterprises as CEO. Learn more about Dr. Seuss at www.facebook.com/Dr.Seuss

 

ABOUT CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON

“America’s No. 1 Children’s Museum” by Parents Magazine, listed among Forbes’ and USA Today’s “Best Children’s Museums in the U.S.,” winner of Houston A-List “Best Museum 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2014” and Nickelodeon Parents’ Picks “Best Museum in Houston 2009 & 2010,” the Children’s Museum of Houstonis a Citysearch.com’s nationwide 5-star children’s museum. It is dedicated to transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning with a vision to spark a passion for lifelong learning in all children. Founded in 1980 and housed in a whimsical building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Robert Venturi, the Children’s Museum of Houston offers a multitude of innovative exhibits and bilingual learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years. The Museum serves more than 1,100,000 people annually and operates as a 501(c)(3) under the direction of a Board of Directors. It is located at 1500 Binz in Houston’s Museum District. Admission is $9 per person and $8 for seniors 65 years and older and for members of the military. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission. For more information, please visit www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138. The Children’s Museum of Houston is A Playground for Your Mind™ Can your mind come out to play?