Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from catching Sara Hickman in Houston to watching the real von Trapp family sing Sound of Music hits in Fort Worth. Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
[Dec 16–Dec 23]
When Sara Hickman, the state musician of Texas, was in college, she found a black-and-white puppy in a dump while looking for objects she could paint. “I named him Rothko since he was a color field artist and the little dog was colorless and in need of love,” Hickman said. Her admiration for the dog’s eponym, Mark Rothko, the Russian artist, began as a young adult in Houston. Hickman’s artist parents took her several times to Rothko Chapel, the nondenominational sanctuary adorned with Rothko’s paintings. “I remember the mood of the room: peaceful, as if floating in colored clouds, suspended in a white space that I felt