Is a Skinny Sippin' Mixer a party focused on healthy living, or a party with cocktails? It's a trick question. The soirees are both, thanks to healthy drinks courtesy of one of the event's partners, Skinnygirl Cocktails. As attendees sip their lower-calorie libations, they mingle with some of the best health and wellness professionals in town, picking up key healthy living tips and maybe a few products along the way. Visitors also learn about cutting-edge wellness products, such as yoga mats that are also huge, flat protein bars. The event benefits CAN DO Houston, an organization fighting obesity in the Houston community.
Jutting above the street, the modernist lines of Rafael Moneo's Audrey Jones Beck Building echo the eclectic collection found within. Under sky openings that let in natural light and the bitter gazes of pigeons who can’t seem to get their work shown, visitors meander through galleries that span the breadth of human artistry, from ancient sculpture to modern painting. Noteworthy works from the more than 64,000 pieces include Pablo Picasso's colorful cubist Two Women in Front of a Window, Edgar Degas's achingly expressionistic Woman Drying Herself, and an untitled sketch by Jackson Pollock that shows his wild, abstract genius evolving toward his celebrated drip paintings. A treasure trove of cultural artifacts from Africa, Asia, and the Americas expands the museum’s scope and transports visitors back in time as they gaze on a palpably pensive ceramic ballplayer from Mexico's Classic Veracruz culture or a life-size royal head forged from copper for a Nigerian royal court.
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It’s Houston’s very first independent music store. And year after year, it’s ranked as Houston’s best record store. And if the hideaways in From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler were cool, they would have stowed away in the stacks of Cactus Music instead of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Much more than a music store, Cactus Music is an art gallery, a concert venue, an all-ages bar, and a living shrine to the analog age. Opened in 1975, abruptly closed in 2006, and reincarnated to Shepard Plaza in 2007, Cactus Music continues to be the home away from home for the audiophile denizens of Houston. Wall-to-wall music memorabilia and a treasure chest of CDs and precious and rare vinyl give digging fingers something to flip about as first-time customers become regulars under the Cactus spell. As midwife to the Houston music scene, Cactus touts local and touring bands with in-store performances that typically feature flowing kegs of Saint Arnold’s brew.
As the indoor swimming arm of the Gigglin Marlin Divers and Swim School scuba-diving school—recently named Houston's best by the Houston Press—Gigglin Marlin Divers and Swim School entices water persons with a saltwater pool of titanic proportions. The facility's 75-foot long, up to 15-foot deep heated saltwater pool plays host to a crowded schedule of activities. The watery fun includes swim instruction for those less than 1 year old as well as adults. Regular times are also set aside for lap swimmers and indoor scuba sessions in which divers explore the saltwater pool's mysterious depths.
This outdoor gallery features work by 300 artists in 17 mediums, including brisket, with the downtown skyline serving as a backdrop. This year's featured artist, Vic Lee, defies categorization or easy interpretation, blending religious narrative with dark colorations and demure, distorted figures. There will also be ongoing events, including music and dance provided by the Houston Arts Alliance, an interactive creative play zone for children, and a plethora of wine cafés and restaurants to pique what few senses remain untouched by art.