August is especially joyous, with
festivals celebrating everything from fringe theater to flamenco
dance to human tableaus of famed works of art. A busy month also
features a varied palette of exhibits on design and architecture
(including two devoted to Frank Lloyd Wright); rock music; and
-- The beloved host of a longtime childrens TV series is
remembered at the Childrens Museum of Baltimore, where through
Sept. 3, Mister Rogers Neighborhood: A Hands-on Exhibit, includes
the house and trolley from the PBS show.
is the attraction at the Walters Art Museum through Sept. 3 in
Mightier Than the Sword: The Satirical Pen of KAL, featuring more
than 200 caricatures, sculptures and animated works by cartoonist
Kevin Kallaugher, aka KAL.
Idaho -- More than 100 objects created by Frank Lloyd
Wright, including furniture, textiles and architecture plans and
renderings, are featured in Frank Lloyd Wright and the House
Beautiful at the Boise Art Museum though Oct. 22.
-- Several hundred events are featured in the citywide
Silk Road Chicago summer celebration through Sept. 30, including
dance, film, music and art exhibitions. Cellist Yo Yo Ma (founder
and artistic director of the global Silk Road Project), the Art
Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have
partnered with the City of Chicago and will continue to present
events through April.
-- The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and
Museum takes visitors back to the beginning of a
chart-topping singer/songwriters career in Tom Petty &
the Heartbreakers: 30 Years of Rock and Roll. The exhibit,
which includes original manuscripts, musical artifacts, clothing
and Pettys acoustic guitar, runs at least through the beginning of
Indianapolis -- The Indianapolis Theatre
Fringe Festival in the Massachusetts Avenue theater district from
Aug. 25 to Sept. 3 features 216 productions, each one hour long,
with $10 admission to any show.
Calif. -- The Barclay Theater hosts the New World Flamenco
Festival through Aug. 13.
Beach, Calif. -- Treasured paintings come to life at the
Laguna Festival of Arts annual Pageant of the Masters through Sept.
1 at Irvine Bowl Park. Tableaus with live performers re-create such
paintings as The Last Supper in a 90-minute show with
-- The Milwaukee Irish Fest at Maier Festival Park bills
itself as the worldss largest celebration of Irish music, culture
and heritage. The event, from Aug. 17 to 29, is held on 16 stages
and features several hundred performances.
Minneapolis -- From the land of 10,000
lakes comes a theater festival with 900 performances: The Minnesota
Fringe Festival, through Aug. 13, is presented by 167 companies
spread across eight neighborhoods.
-- The Big Apple has its fringe, as well. The 10th annual
New York International Fringe Festival, Aug. 11 to 27, includes
about 200 stage productions.
To celebrate its
75th anniversary, the Whitney Museum of American Art is hosting
Full House: Views of the Whitneys Collection at 75, a celebration
of its permanent collection. The exhibition, which runs through
Sept. 3, includes an entire floor devoted to the work of noted
American artist Edward Hopper.
If you want fresh
air along with your culture, head to Lincoln Center Plaza, where
through Aug. 27 a plethora of free morning, afternoon and evening
performances are featured as part of Lincoln Center out of Doors.
Among the performances are those by the Martha Graham Dance Company
(Aug. 16), R&B singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Percy
Sledge (Aug. 19) and jazz icon Sonny Rollins (Aug. 27).
Two exhibits at
the International Center of Photography through Aug. 27 have
decidedly different approaches. Unknown Weegee looks at little-seen
work by tabloid photographer Arthur Fellig. Atta Kim: On Air
displays large-scale works by Kim, a leading South Korean
several of its key practitioners are the attractions at two New
York museums. The High Style of Dorothy Draper, at the Museum of
the City of New York through Sept. 10, looks at three decades of
the decorators work. The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern
Design, at the Museum of Arts & Design through Sept. 3,
explores in detail, through drawings, ads and three-dimensional
studies, the design, social history and cultural impact of the
chair designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956.
youngsters, try Lizards and Snakes: Alive! at the American Museum
of Natural History through Jan. 7.
Maine -- Works by some of the great Impressionist and
Post-Impressionist painters, including Monet, Pissarro, Renoir,
Seurat and van Gogh, are featured in Paris and the Countryside:
Modern Life in Late 19th Century France at the Portland Museum of
Art through Oct. 15.
Cruz, Calif. -- The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary
Music at the Civic Auditorium and Mission San Juan Bautista through
Aug. 13, includes three world premieres.
-- Through Sept. 3, the San Diego Museum of Art looks at
Winslow Homer: American Illustrator, a survey of more than 50 of
Homers wood engravings.
Southampton, N.Y. -- Works by
distinguished American artists from the 18th century to the
early-20th century are featured in Encouraging American Genius:
Master Paintings From the Corcoran Gallery of Art at the Parrish
Art Museum through Sept. 12.
Washington -- The National Building Museum
pays tribute to an acclaimed work of American architecture in
Prairie Skyscraper: Frank Lloyd Wrights Price Tower through Sept.
17. The exhibit features more than 100 photographs, drawings and
furnishings from the tower built in Bartlesville, Okla., 50 years
Williamstown, Mass. -- A Beijing-based
sculptor brings a miniature mountain city to life with pots, pans
and eating utensils in the exhibition, Zhan Wang: Urban Landscape
through Sept. 10 at the Williams College Museum of Art.
-- The celebration of Rembrandts 400th birthday continues
at the Rijksmuseum with All the Drawings: Part One from Aug. 11 to
-- An interesting exhibit, Family Affairs -- Brothers and
Sisters in Art at the Palace of Fine Arts through Sept. 10, looks
at sibling artists from the eighth to the 21st century, including
such notables as Frans and Dirk Hals, Jan and Pieter Brueghel and
Gustave and Ernst Klimt.
Edinburgh, Scotland -- When you say
festival, Edinburgh comes to mind. The prestigious Edinburgh
International Festival from Aug. 13 to Sept. 3, includes
world-class artists in music, theater, opera and dance performing
in six major theaters and concert halls.
Fringe Festival, which runs through Aug. 28, has been termed the
largest arts festival in the world and the mother of all fringe
Finland -- The Helsinki Festival, Finlands largest, from
Aug. 18 to Sept. 3 at the Huvila Festival Tent, includes dance,
theater, symphonic music and the visual arts.
-- Irreverence is on display at the Museum of London
through Sept. 3. Satirical London explores 300 years of prints and
cartoons poking fun at the elite.
-- New York, New York: Fifty Years of Art, Architecture,
Film, Music and Video at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco through July 14,
explores New Yorks cultural scene from 1940 to 1990, with works by
such artists as Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein and Jeff Koons
-- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts focuses on Il Modo
Italiano: Italian Design and Avant-Garde in the 20th Century
through Aug. 27.
-- The Musee de la Mode et du Textile looks at 40 years of
design by one of fashions most celebrated names in Balenciaga Paris
through Jan. 28.
-- This years edition of the Venice International Film
Festival, first held in 1932, will be presented from Aug. 30 to
Sept. 9 at the Lido di Venice.
Longtime arts and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor
of Arts Management and author of eight books, including his latest,
The ReissSource Directory of the Arts (AEB-Media,