People are trying to remain at their Houston real estate as much as possible, with the surge in coronavirus cases around the state. This doesn’t mean you’re stuck twiddling your thumbs or randomly scrolling social media. Lots of Houston institutions have put in a ton of work to bring online content to everyone living in Houston homes. Many lists emphasize resources for kids, but there are also many recordings, live events, and classes available to grown-ups.
Many people get together for game night once a week or a few times a month. Sometimes they meet at someone’s house. Other times they go to a bar or pub. If you’ve been missing your regular game night, the virtual game night offering from Let’s Roam might be just the thing. Whether you’re playing with a group of friends, your significant other, or as a family, you can customize the game experience. Each one includes five rounds, with a mix of contests including charades, trivia, and drawing games. Try it out once for $39.99 for up to 16 players. Or opt for the monthly subscription for $14.99. Each game lasts between an hour and an hour and a half and includes five rounds. Up to eight players can connect on the dedicated video call. Visit Let’s Roam to learn more and sign up for virtual game night.
The Menil Collection is an amazing Houston institution. It includes the main building, with both permanent and rotating exhibits of artwork in several different media. There’s the Menil Drawing Institute, the Cy Twombly Gallery, and Richmond Hall, with minimalist sculptor Dan Flavin’s work. In addition, there is the Byzantine Fresco Chapel and a bookstore. While the buildings are currently closed, visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds and see the outdoor art installations. All visitors are asked to observe physical distancing of six feet from others and to wear a face covering. The Houston homes in the neighborhood are all built in the Craftsman style, and the many shady trees create a pleasant environment for a walk.
For those who are craving a dose of art, check out the Menil Collection online. You’ll find diverse collections of ancient and modern art from around the world. See galleries of the collections of work from Africa, the Americas and the Pacific Northwest, the Pacific Islands, Medieval and Byzantine art, Surreal art, and contemporary art, among others. Don’t miss the artist talks that have been archived on the site! Give yourself an at-home arts education by browsing the online Menil Collection.
Houston Center for Photography has a lot of online resources. Its exhibit Togethering is a collection of over 3,000 images from around the world, documenting life during the covid-19 lockdowns. Some images are highly symbolic and artsy. Others are very simple, showing scenes that have become familiar--people wearing masks, video calls to keep in touch with loved ones, children’s chalk drawings and the words “We are in this together”. You can also find the latest issue of Spot Magazine, which explores the currents and debates in modern photography.
In addition to online images, Houston Center for Photography has also moved all its classes to online formats, so you can sit tight at your Houston real estate and develop your photography skills. For photographers who would like to build up a daily practice, consider the class on collage which will meet for three Tuesdays, starting July 21st. Each class will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Professional photographer and book artist Kelly Webeck is the course instructor. She will guide students in developing their collage skills both during classes and through carefully designed homework assignments. Students will be exposed to the work and techniques of several different masters of collage technique. The cost of the class is $145 for non-members and $116 for members.
A two-week seminar on Susan Sontag’s groundbreaking book On Photography will be held on Wednesday, July 22nd and 29th from 6 to 8 p.m. The book takes a deep look at the nature of photography, art, and the truth-telling and twisting possibilities of images. Registration is required. The cost is $125 for non-members and $100 for members.
There will be a free class hosted by the Houston Center for Photography in conjunction with Harris County Public Library. It will meet on Wednesday, July 22nd frm 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The online course is called How Photographs Tell Stories and will help students develop visual literacy skills.
Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University has a great schedule of concerts, films, and more for people to enjoy safely at their Houston homes. Tune in at noon on Tuesday, July 21st to hear cellist David Dietz play Nicky Sohn’s composition inspired by Leo Villareal’s installation “Radiant Pathway”. The Moody commissioned five different composers to write music inspired by five works of art in the Rice Public Art collection. The concerts are live streamed on the center’s YouTube channel and then archived. Check out previous concerts, too.
Follow Moody Center for the Arts on Facebook to find out about upcoming events.
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