Houston, TX is one of the cultural centers of the American South. Famous Houstonians include filmmaker Wes Anderson, journalist Walter Cronkite, singer Beyoncé, and actor Patrick Swayze. From galleries and museums to theaters and live music venues, living in Memorial Heights, Houston is a blast for culture lovers, and it’s all just minutes away from the Memorial Hills apartment community. Not sure where to start your search for cultural enlightenment? Here’s a quick rundown of some nearby cultural attractions worth visiting:
Feast Your Eyes!
For those who love art, the museums in Houston are as diverse and fascinating as the people who inhabit the city. Contemporary Hispanic art takes center stage at the New World Museum. This non-profit, non-collecting art museum aims to promote inquiry into and appreciation of the field of Hispanic art. The museum regularly hosts events and lectures that celebrate new happenings in the Hispanic art world. Admission is free everyday, thanks to the donations of museum supporters.
Lovers of the printed word will go crazy for the The Printing Museum. Launched in 1982, the mission of the Printing Museum is to “promote, preserve, and share the knowledge of printed communication and art as the greatest contributors to the development of the civilized world.” This museum pursues its lofty mission by showcasing a wide variety of print material, ranging from hyper-contemporary to centuries-old. The Printing Museum also offers classes on bookbinding, logo design, and letterpress. Admission to the museum is free.
Indulge Your Secret Identity!
Up, up, and away! Bedrock City Comic Company has won Houston’s best comic book shop for 10 years in a row—and with good reason. This local chain offers more than just dusty boxes of comics: Bedrock City demonstrates a true commitment to the comic book arts. Selling trading cards, collectibles, apparel, and of course, comics, this comprehensive shop is Houston’s go-to for hand-drawn entertainment. Check the shop’s website for upcoming comic-related events.
Celebrate the Stage!
Now in its 36th year, the Stages Repertory Theatre brings new and established material to the Houston theatre community. One of only two theatres in Houston offering full time employment to actors, directors, and other theatre personnel, the Stages Repertory Theatre demonstrates a true commitment to the performing arts. Past shows have included Girls Night: The Musical and Marie Antoinette. Check Stages’ website for shows and ticketing info.
Pull on Your Cowboy Boots!
You could stop by Hickory Hollow Restaurant for the delicious food or refreshing drinks, but why stop there? Hickory Hollow is more than just a restaurant, offering live music programming several nights per week. Stop by this local barbecue joint for local artists performing the best of bluegrass, country, Western swing, and oldies. Check online for the full monthly schedule.