Bringing the Beach to Downtown Houston

To spread the word about the 54th Annual Jazz Festival,Texas Monthly and Corpus Christi brought the beach to downtown Houston. Hundreds of park-goers at Discovery Green watched a live sand sculpture demonstration by artists Mark Landrum and Jon Woodworth, who transformed 20 tons of sand into an intricate jazz design. Guests were also treated to live jazz music, fun giveaways, and great prizes.

James H. Evans’s Ranch Project

Photographer James H. Evans’s favorite shoes are a pair of black, leather wingtips that he spray-painted bronze. He wears them nearly every day, usually with a dark suit, an ensemble that makes a certain sense when he’s shooting wintertime portraits in Marathon, where he lives, but less when he’s photographing landscapes in summer in nearby Big Bend National Park, where temperatures can hit 100 degrees by ten a.m.

The Checklist

Made In Texas: Art, Life & Culture, 1845–1900” (Beeville Art Museum, September 20–January 10, 2015)  
This exhibition of nineteenth-century decorative arts, paintings, and household items—most on loan from Houston’s Bayou Bend Collection but some from private collections previously unseen by the public—includes ant traps, a steer-horn rocking chair, a sauerkraut press, and something called a “poultry fountain.” Yes, life was differen


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