In Houston this summer,
go toward the light
Just when we thought Houston was as saturated in the work of James Turrell as it could get, we learned there’s more on the way this summer.
On June 9, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet St., will open “James Turrell: The Light Inside,” an exhibit comprising light-based installations and other works by the artist. Turrell’s “Light Inside” installation in the tunnel linking the museum’s two buildings is permanent. Through Sept. 22, that installation will be joined by “Vertical Vintage,” a dozen light installations that illustrate how light affects perception and illusions, as well as Turrell’s “Mapping Spaces” portfolio and other projects.
Simultaneously, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will present Turrell exhibitions.
The exhibit will be part of regular admission: $13 for adults, $8 for seniors and $6 for youths ages 6 to 18. Find out more at mfah.org.
WISH YOU WERE HERE
A highly rewarding passage to India
by Sara Stevenson of Austin
I just returned from an amazing two weeks in India as an ambassador for a local nonprofit, the Miracle Foundation, which adopts and supports orphanages in India, home to 25 million orphans.
Each ambassador served as a day camp counselor to a group of children at the home. We painted murals on the courtyard walls, flew kites for the spring festival, Makar Sankranti, designed rangoli (sand paintings) on the pavement, built a new playground and took a field trip to a mango grove with carnival rides.
On the last day, the home’s director gave a farewell speech. As his speech concluded, the children turned around and, on every face, fat tears dribbled down. We immediately began to cry, and they came running to hug us as we comforted each other over our departure. We’d known these children for only four days, but I will never forget them. Still, were we to leave on this sad, heart-rending note, abandoning children who had already been abandoned as orphans? Barbara, our Miracle Foundation leader, knew better. Suddenly, loud, static-laced Bollywood dance tunes blasted from old stereo speakers, and we all began dancing together in that wonderful, free, Indian exuberance. We literally danced off into the night, with the children calling out, “Happy journey! Come back soon! I love you!”
Vegas Uncork’d pairs
wine, celebrity chefs
You’ve been rooting around for a reason to go to Las Vegas, haven’t you? Here’s one: Vegas Uncork’d, a Bon Appetit magazine event March 9-12, features food from the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Nobu Matsuhisa, Joël Robuchon, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and many more, along with fine wines.
There’ll be dinners, lunches, tastings and cooking demonstrations, starting with a kick-off party May 9 at Hakkasan Las Vegas at the MGM Grand. Find out more and buy tickets (various prices for various events) at vegasuncorked.com. Book air and hotel packages at lasvegas.com or call your travel agent.
San Francisco MOMA to
close so that it can grow
One of San Francisco’s top museums, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is about to be closed for about three years for a major expansion.
On June 2, the museum closes until 2016 so it can be enlarged to offer more of its permanent collection at its 151 Third St. location. The expansion will be a tall, narrow, striated building at the back of the current building, which the late columnist Herb Caen once described as resembling a toaster extruding a cheese Danish. In the meantime, SFMOMA will present art exhibits at various locations throughout the Bay Area. Find out more at sfmoma.org.
Cabo resort offers free stay
to couples wed 50 years
If you’ve been married 50 years, here’s a deal that’s hard to pass up: free. Yes, the Hacienda Beach Club & Residences at Cabo San Lucas in Baja California, Mexico, will give you a free two-night stay in a one-bedroom condo if you tied the knot in 1963.
All is not lost if you didn’t, though. If you’re celebrating your 50th birthday this year, you get half off a second night’s stay and a free 50-minute massage. Both deals are good through Dec. 19, assuming there’s availability. Find out more at haciendacabosanlucas.com.
Tour the Hill Country
in style with Backroads
There’s no prettier time to bike the Hill Country than April and May. The weather’s typically nice, the bluebonnets poke their heads out, and the peach crop starts to show up.
Backroads offers a five-day, four-night luxury biking tour that includes barbecue, dancing and more with stops in Sisterdale, Luckenbach, Fredericksburg, Canyon Lake and Gruene. It’s not a cheap trip. Prices start at $2,498 per person double occupancy. That includes hotels (Meyer Bed and Breakfast in Comfort, Hoffman Haus in Fredericksburg, Gruene Mansion Inn in New Braunfels) and all meals except one. They’ll even fix your bike if you break it. Find out more at www.backroads.com/trips/BTXI/.