Sunshine, warm breezes and the occasional torrential downpour: This is April in Houston. This month brings a number of cool events, including Bon Iver’s return to the stage after a two-year hiatus and the fourth installation of Lonny Sounds’ art and music event in Third Ward. If you’re in the mood for Broadway, 4th Wall Theater has you covered, and, don’t miss Kung Fu’s greatest film hits at the Asia Society.
Here’s our running list of very artsy things to do this April:
Midnight Oil: A Remember Charles Art Experience at Sanman Studios on Friday, April 1, 9 p.m.
Sanman Studios presents the first solo exhibition of emerging visual artist Remember Charles. The free, one-night event will include music, a series of new paintings by the artist, along with a special interactive installation by the Sanman team.
Houston Chalk Art Festival at POST HTX on Saturday-Sunday, April 2-3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Celebrate creativity this weekend with Colori Houston’s annual street painting festival. Visitors are able to explore the grounds or purchase a square and make their own masterpieces. This event is free, with a $10 suggested donation that will go toward a fundraiser for the Institute for Spirituality and Health.
Sunday Best at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston on Sunday, April 3, 1-5 p.m.
In tandem with the opening of the Obama Portraits exhibition, the MFAH is hosting a free, all-day event on the museum campus filled with music, art making and learning. Enjoy music on the plaza with sounds by DJ DOUBLEDUTCH, a performance from Texas Southern University's marching band, a book discussion, artist talks and much more.
Bon Iver at White Oak Music Hall on Tuesday, April 5, 5 p.m., 7 p.m.
On the heels of its new album, Bon Iver is bringing its critically acclaimed tour to Houston next week. The Grammy Award-winning indie-folk band is known for its live performances and impressive production. Tickets for the tour are available here.
Houston Jewish Film Festival at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center through Wednesday, April 6
Film lovers of all ages are invited to take part in the screening of Jewish and Israeli films during the 18th annual Jewish Film Festival. Screenings will take place in person, outdoors and virtually. Passes start at $83 for members, $130 for nonmembers, and can be purchased here.
Kung Fu Film Nights: “Enter the Dragon” at the Asia Society Texas Center on Friday, April 8, 8 p.m.
Watch some great 1970s’ martial arts films from April to June with the Asia Society’s Kung Fu Film Nights series. The program kicked off this month with Enter the Dragon (1973), directed by Robert Clouse and starring the one and only Bruce Lee. For more information about the series and upcoming screenings, visit here.
Miss Gay Texas USofA 2023 at Club Crystal on Sunday, April 10
Houston’s Trans-Center is hosting a beauty pageant to support the trans community and crown Miss Gay FLAS Trans-Center Texas USofA 2023. The organization provides health and other resources in the Gulfton area and beyond. More information on the pageant can be found here.
SW!NG OUT at Jones Hall on Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m
Celebrate the roaring ’20s and swing dancing with the Society for the Performing Arts and choreographer Caleb Teicher. The performance will include a live dance competition and music by Eyal Vilner’s Big Band. Tickets range from $19 to $80.
Jazz & Juleps at Bayou Bend on Tuesday, April 12, 6-8 p.m
Enjoy cocktails and explore the collection of early American decorative arts at the MFAH’s Bayou Bend location during this springtime garden party. Tickets start at $35 and include drinks and entry. Early arrival is encouraged. For more information, visit here.
Gloria at Spring Street Studios through Saturday, April 16
Last month, 4th Wall Theater Company ushered in the Houston premiere of Branden Jacobs Jenkins’ Gloria, a dramatic comedy that follows the lives of a group of editorial assistants for a Manhattan magazine. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play made its Broadway debut in 2015 and is one to catch before it closes this month. Tickets start at $32 for adults and can be purchased here.
Latin Wave: New Films from Latin America at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from Thursday-Sunday, April 21-24
Watch and meet internationally acclaimed filmmakers during the 15th edition of this annual festival. The four-day event will include 11 new releases by directors from Argentina, Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia and more Latin American countries. Festival admission starts at $10 and tickets can be found here.
Fourth Annual Jazz Brunch at The Health Museum on Sunday, April 24, 10:30 a.m.
Celebrate the elders in your life with this special luncheon by Great Age Movement dedicated to fitness and wellness. The benefit will support a campaign to create a second senior playground in the Texas Medical Center and expand online wellness programs for seniors in Houston. Individual tickets start at $175 and can be purchased here.
Nights Like This at Theory Studios on Friday, April 29, 9 p.m
Save the date! Houston DJ Lonny returns with the fourth installment of his monthly sound and art experience, Nights Like This, in Houston’s Third Ward. Special guests have yet to be announced, but if this month is anything like the last, it’s worth the wait. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased here.