This is the second installment of Art Happenings in Houston, part of our Community Corner with contributions from faculty, parents and students.  Art Happenings was prepared by parent Joan Lipuscek

April 1st

At All Times | Andrew Scott Ross Andrew Scott Ross is interested in how history is interpreted, recorded, and visualized. In efforts to act out his research, he has spent the past thirteen years creating an encyclopedic museum inspired by institutions that quixotically attempt to reflect all of human history, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian, and Wikipedia. Occurring every Saturday in April, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Admission is free.

April 2nd

P.A.W.S. Reading Program  Houston Museum of Natural Science, Sugarland: Children of any age and reading ability can read books to trained therapy dogs. They are great listeners and it will help your child become confident readers! Grab this opportunity and encourage your child to read or listen to a story about animals. Occurring every Saturday in April at 10 AM.

HANDS-ON HOUSTON: Accordion Book Pendants Houston Center for Contemporary Craft: Make your very own mini accordion book pendant, which can be worn as a necklace! This activity is inspired by the works in our current exhibition, Found Subjects: Works by Sondra Sherman, in which Sondra creates jewelry inspired by book covers. From 11 PM to 3 PM.

Junie B. Jones: The Musical The sassy Junie B. returns to Main Street Theater in a new adaptation from Barbara Park’s best-selling books. This time she is facing first grade: new glasses? new best friend? Join us for more of Junie’s exciting and crazy adventures! Performances at 1 PM and 4 PM

April 3rd

Third Annual Hermann Park Kite Festival Everyone is invited to this free festival as kites in all shapes and sizes set sail in the spring sky on Miller Hill and around the Jones Reflection Pool. There will be entertainment for kids including kite making, friendly kite flying, face painting, and more! 10 AM - 5 PM at Miller Hill and Jones Reflection Pool

April 7th and 8th

Into The Woods  A 1988 Tony Award winner for both score and book of a musical, Into the Woods is a brilliantly conceived exploration of “happily ever after.” It is a magical, imaginative adventure told through Grimm’s classic fairy tales with an intricate plotPerformed by the students of St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Houston. Performances on Thursday and Friday begin at 7 PM

April 9th

Learn a Language  Wonder, learn and grow with certified instructors from Mariana Charvet Aular. Children will learn Spanish and French in fun and effective ways in these weekly classes for toddlers through 9 years old. Lessons taught each week are independent of one another, so come when you can without fear of missing out! Occurring every Saturday until June 25th. 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Love, the Planet   Students ages 7-15 are invited to participate in a FREE Earth month themed writing workshop hosted by Writers in the Schools (WITS) at IKEA Houston. Children are guided by professional authors to unleash their inner writer and go home with an expressive piece. Occurring every Saturday in April, 2 PM - 4 PM at IKEA Houston Upstairs Cafeteria

29th Annual Houston Art Car Parade  nearly 250 amazing cars, bikes, skaters, and motorized creatures will roll along Smith Street in Downtown Houston, making it the largest gathering of its kind in the world, and one of the biggest annual events in Houston. Saturday, April 9th from 2 PM-4 PM

Arts District Houston Second Saturday Open Studio. On the second Saturday of each month, the artists of Sawyer Yards (The Silos, Silver Street, Spring Street Studios, and Winter Street Studios) open their studios to the public from 2-5pm. It's a laid back way to meet some talented artists, explore the Washington Avenue Arts District, and maybe find a treasure or two! Saturday, 2 PM to 5 PM

April 9th and 10th

National Youth Theater, The Music Man  Watch as salesman Harold Hill tries to con the lively citizens of River City, Iowa, into buying instruments for a boy’s band he vows to form--even though he can’t tell the difference between a trombone and treble clef! Saturday performances at 2 PM and 6 PM and Sunday performances at 2 PM.

April 10th

Nature Discovery Center on the Wild Side!  with Mary Ann Beauchemin. Come explore and learn more about the wild side of nature in the city with our fun, family friendly nature walks in Russ Pitman Park. Join us while we sneak up on lizards, peer through a spotting scope for close up looks at honey bees or birds, discover the latest blooms and their pollinators in our Pocket Prairie, spy on the secret life of animals that hide under logs, and investigate more seasonal nature surprises! Learn some tips to explore nature with your family in your own backyard or on your travels. These walks will be about an hour long. Cost: members - free; nonmembers - $5/family April 10th at 10 AM

April 15th -  April 28th

Da Camera JAM at Discovery Green Free concerts to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month!  Performances occurring on April 15, 21 and 28 at 6:30 PM

April 16th

Art Blocks: The Big Bash  The Downtown District celebrates its inaugural public art project at Main Street Square with Art Blocks: The Big Bash. Head down to Main Street Square for an afternoon of fun-filled-festivities with something for everyone, including the Heartmade Art Market featuring some of the city’s most talented local artists, The Stella Artois beer and food truck garden, kids crafts and more. 12 PM – 6 PM

April 16th and 17th

Migration Celebration Young and old can experience nature during the 22nd annual Migration Celebration at the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Brazoria, Texas. Best of all it's free. Children can hold baby alligators, snakes and other critters, and go catfish fishing. 6801 County Rd 306 Brazoria, TX, 77422 Saturday 9am to 5pm Sunday 11am to 4pm

The Japan Festival  This year’s Japan Festival brings about a reaffirmation of the Festival’s commitment to Japanese and Japanese American traditions, both old and new. The Japan Festival is located in Hermann Park (near downtown Houston) and provides a wide variety of opportunities to absorb the rich and diverse culture of Japan.  April 16: 11am - 7pm; April 17: 10 AM – 5 PM

April 17th

Mainstreet Theater: Harriett the Spy  Harriet M. Welsch is a spy. In her trusty notebook, she writes down everything she sees, thinks, and feels about everyone – everything. When her notebook is lost, she must use all her super-spy techniques to try to get it back before someone reads it. A heartfelt story about being true to yourself. Sunday, April 17th at 1 PM and 4PM Check the website for additional times and dates.

Inprint Houston   presents an afternoon with National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Kate DiCamillo. Ms. DiCamillo will read from and talk about her newest book, coming out in April 2016. After her presentation, she will take questions from the audience, followed by a book sale and signing. It is free and perfect for ages 8-12 years. Sunday, April 17th at 3 PM

April 23rd

Silver Street Studios DASH, which stands for Design Art Style Home, is a unique spring market featuring more than 65 dealers offering everything for the home, and more. Visitors to DASH will find antiques, furniture – including mid-century modern, contemporary, industrial, vintage and retro – plus art, linens, rugs, and other accessories for the home Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM

Nature Discovery Center: 2016 Spring Fling This year we are partnering with the Bellaire Environmental and Sustainability Board, who will be bringing in new and different environmental exhibitors and activities in addition to providing invaluable recycling tips and other information at their booth Bayou City Play will be out leading a nature oriented “adventure play” session as part of the event. Kids will have the opportunity to build structures and play with a wide variety of natural and reused materials, learning valuable skills like independent decision making, planning, and problem solving. Saturday, April 23rd from 10 AM – 3 PM


April 23rd

Spring Biannual Art Opening and Charity Auction Join the artists of Sawyer Yards, Spring St, Winter St, Silver St and the Silos and for the Spring Biannual Art Opening. Visit artist studios and see new work in many mediums including: painting, sculpture, ceramics, glass, mosaic, photography, mixed media, and jewelry. Sawyer Yards are partnering with Cheers 4 Charities to host a silent art auction during the event. While you visit the studios, look for pieces near their door with a Cheers 4 Charities logo on them. These pieces will be up for bid via the online auction during the Biannual with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the charity.  Please be on the lookout for Adrienne Wong, a talented St. Stephen's parent and artist. Her studio is located at Spring Street, Studio 228. This event takes place on April 23rd from 5 to 9 PM. 

April 23rd -24th  

Houston Children's Festival Houston Children’s Festival at Tranquility Park Designated as one of the “World’s 300 Unmissable Events” by Frommer’s Travel Guides, The Festival is expected to attract an attendance of 50,000 plus people. Proceeds benefit Child Advocates, Inc. and the abused and neglected children it serves.There's a bonanza of celebrity entertainment!  Appearances by The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ronald McDonald, Grimmace, Hamburglar, and Birdie.  Take photos with Kevin, Stuart and Bob, stars of Universal Pictures' Minions, and Plex from Yo Gabba Gabba. Event occurs on April 23rd and 24th from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world’s most beloved dance companies and a favorite with Houston audiences, returns for another exciting performance. Saturday, April 23rd, , Open Door / Vespers / The Hunt / Revelations at 2 PM  also, on Saturday, April 23rd at 2 PM Blues Suite / A Case of You / Exodus / Revelations. On Sunday, April 24th at 3 PM, Open Door / Vespers / The Hunt / Revelations

April 30th

THE MUSEUM EXPERIENCE – ZONE 2 Bring the whole family to Houston Center for Contemporary Craft to enjoy all-day craft demonstrations by local artist guilds, current exhibitions, live entertainment and hands-on activities. Throughout the day, see craft demonstrations by several artist guilds. From 10 AM to 5 PM

Discovery Green Funomenal The 5th Annual FUNomenal Family Festival will celebrate the kid in all of us for an entire day of surprises and FREE entertainment at Discovery Green®. The family-fun event will feature music by DJ Astra and Soul-phisticated DJs: DJ Ill-Set and Heaven-Lee. Dance performances by ADC Studios of Houston from 1 PM to 6 PM

Joan Lipuscek's daughter is in her second year at St. Stephen's and is now in Lower Elementary.  Joan has been a regular volunteer with St. Stephen's Parent Ambassadors and was a co-chair of our highly successful annual fund last year.  Professionally, Joan Lipuscek is a therapist specializing in work with families, children and youth.  You can see more about her work here.