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Thursday, September 13, 2018

6:30 PM

Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Drive

Houston, TX 77030

Lecture - Through the Looking Glass: Pigment, Patterns and Healthcare by Sharad Paul

Why is skin a looking glass? Because one cannot have bad health and good skin." Drawing on his widely-acclaimed book, The Genetics of Health, Professor Sharad Paul, M.D. will share his uniquely creative scientific approach that uses nature as an inspiration to understand many aspects related to skin such as pigment, patterns and healthcare implications. Unexpected findings about skin science will be revealed.

Early Bird to 9/5 - Members $10, Tickets $16.

Regular price starting on 9/6 - Members $14, Tickets $20


***River Oaks Bookstore will have copies of The Genetics of Health and Skin: A Biography available for purchase before and after the lecture. A book signing will follow the lecture.


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

River Oaks Country Club

1600 River Oaks Blvd

Houston, TX 77019

Amazing Place Luncheon with key note speaker and author Alex Doman. For more information about this event or to donate, please visit:



Saturday, August 18th, 2018 6PM

Koelsch Gallery

801 Richmond Ave. 77006


SACRED SPACES: Paintings by Amy C. Evans & J. Marie Valdez

Divergent aesthetic perspectives converge for an exhibit of contemporary painting that explores two Houston artists’ experiences and engagement with their local environment.

Amy C. Evans celebrates the spirit of vernacular architecture that dots Houston’s urban landscape by exploring the surprising juxtapositions that occur on certain street corners around the city: vibrant expressions of shape, color, and pattern in an unplanned visual relationship with each other. For her, these paintings are historical documents, records of a fading tradition of vernacular architecture in the nation’s fourth-largest city. They are sacred spaces hiding in our temporal present.

The aftermath of hurricane Ike, inspired artist J. Marie Valdez, to look within and reassess her own appreciation for the Houston community. In doing so, she discovered the city she calls home to be an ideal inspiration for that which has always driven her professional research: the human condition, universal archetypes, and cultural identity. Valdez explores the commonplaces—the everyday surroundings that are passively observed during a person’s day-to-day commute. Skyscrapers, oil refineries, factories, highways, bustling traffic conditions, and even the weather find full representation within her paintings. The transition from dusk to dawn creates sharp contrasts--objects partially obscured by shadows and partially revealed by rays of light. She finds these moments to be magnificent and full of a meaning that is belied by their commonplace occurrence. Within the most recent “Harvey Series,” Valdez reflects on the complex interrelationships between beauty and hope juxtaposed with destruction and desolation.

Together, Evans and Valdez offer Houstonians an opportunity see corners of their city in a new light, igniting sparks of recognition and moments of inspiration, allowing viewers to be transported to a sacred space of their own.

This exhibition premiered at San Jacinto College South in January 2018. The artists are pleased to collaborate on a second exhibition at Koelsch Gallery that happens to coincide with the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. SACRED SPACES is on view from August 18-September 18, 2018.



 *** River Oaks Bookstore will be selling copies of the book Outsider Art in Texas: Lone Stars with author Jay Wehnert. For more information about the book and the author, visit the link below.



Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Houston Museum of Natural Science

6:30 PM

Lecture - The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times by Lois Farfel Stark

Buildings, behaviors and beliefs reflect humans' search for pattern and meaning. We can read the past and glimpse the future by watching when shapes shift. Documentary filmmaker, Lois Farfel Stark, will use beautiful photography and fresh perspective of history to take us on a remarkable journey from tribal ceremonies in Liberia and the pyramids in Egypt, to the gravity-defying architecture of modern China, with many places and shapes in between.

Lois Farfel Stark is an Emmy Award-winning producer, documentary filmmaker and author. During her distinguished career she produced and wrote documentaries on architecture, medical research, globalization, artists and social issues.

Her  new book  The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times will be available for purchase at this event from River Oaks Bookstore. A book signing will follow the lecture.



HMNS Lecture: Designing Gardens for Children - Inspired by The Hundred Acre Wood

Tuesday, March 20th   6pm

Designing an interactive and engaging garden where children can play and learn doesn't mean losing style and elegance--innovative family gardens can be well-designed for the whole family. This illustrated workshop on March 20, 2018 at 6 p.m. looks at key elements of flow, color, planting, refuge, seating, games, and wildlife. It also considers concepts of child development, design adaptability and creating opportunities for children to explore their senses, take risks and keep safe. Landscape historian and garden designer Kathryn Aalto is an American writer, designer, historian and lecturer living in Exeter, England. Following the presentation, Aalto will sign copies of her New York Times bestseller "The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood." Members $12, Tickets $18 at hmns.org, or call 713-639-4629 and mention Lec$5off for discounted tickets.


The 2018 PARTNERS Spring Luncheon

River Oaks Country Club

Thursday, April 5, 2018           Check in begins at 11:30 AM

This year’s Luncheon will feature a powerful message of Survival, Recovery and Hope. Retired Navy SEAL and New York Times bestselling author Marcus Luttrell will be the keynote speaker. His book, Lone Survivor, tells the tale of ultimate sacrifice through Luttrell’s sole survival experience in Operation Redwing, a tragic Navy SEALs mission that took the lives of 19 fellow service members. Luttrell’s story is inspiring and engaging and reminds us all that freedom isn’t free. The invocation will be given by Kenneth Gayle, Program Director of Music Doing Good, and Ernie Manouse, a critically acclaimed television host on HoustonPBS, will be the Master of Ceremony.



Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Cosmic Collisions”

Jones Hall

Monday, Jan 15, 2018 7:30 PM

3…2…1…BLAST OFF! Award-winning astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to Space City with a new lecture entitled “Cosmic Collisions”. The lecture will cover all the things that go bump in the night (and in the day). And yes, the universe wants to kill you: On occasion these collisions — asteroid & comet impacts on Earth, render life extinct. Learn why and how this happens, and what we are doing about it.

Over the years, Neil deGrasse Tyson has become America’s top astrophysicist and a pop culture icon. Tyson is the fifth head of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium in New York City and the first occupant of its Frederick P. Rose Directorship. He is also a research associate of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History.

In addition to dozens of professional publications, Tyson has written, and continues to write for the public. Tyson’s latest book, released in May 2017 is Astrophysics for People In A Hurry. This adorably readable book is an introduction to all that you’ve read, and heard about that’s making news in the universe — consummated, in one place, succinctly presented, for people in a hurry.



Battle of San Jacinto Symposium

Saturday, April 14, 2018

The annual Battle of San Jacinto Symposium is the premier academic event for The San Jacinto Battleground Conservancy.  The objective of the Symposium is to provide a forum for promoting public awareness and scholarship relating to the Mexican colonial era in Texas (1821-1835), the Texas Revolution (1835-1836), the battle of San Jacinto (1836), and the Republic of Texas (1836-1845).  These pivotal years, the "creation story of modern Texas," mark the transition from Spanish and Mexican sovereignty to independent Texas and annexation to the United States.