Claude Monet once said, "My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece." The garden club experts and professional floral designers involved in Florescence: The Arts in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts understand. They're bringing some 400 prized horticultural arrangements into the museum to complement, and perhaps even compete with, the paintings and the sculptures. Many are in fact "interpretations" of the masterpieces in the permanent collection. The plants with "personality" were inspired by Andy Warhol's Self-portrait, austere ikebana spruces up the Japanese screens, and there's no doubt that feminine flowers will blossom in the museum's collection of American portraits of women. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 28. Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet, (713)639-7500. $3, adults; $1.50, children.
Nuestra Palabra has been "giving Latino writers their say" with monthly readings, school spotlights, writing classes, internships and art shows for exactly one year today. Now, by city proclamation, Nuestra Palabra has its own day -- and what a day it is. The anniversary reading features actor, activist and author Edward James Olmos (best known for his roles in Selena, Stand and Deliver and television's Miami Vice) and his new project, Americanos. The photo-documentary depicts Latino life -- at work, on the playground, at church, in the flamenco bars, on the streets of New York and the banks of the Rio Grande. The 180 photographs are interspersed with poems by Carlos Fuentes, Cesar Chavez and Maya Angelou, as well as essays by Latino astronauts, cowboys, veterans, musicians, farmers, even White House staffers. Nuestra Palabra's guests will also hear from Premio Aztlan-winning fiction writer Wendell Mayo and American Book Award-winning poet Evangelina Vigil-Pinón. 7 p.m. Talento Bilingue de Houston, 333 South Jensen, next to the old Mercado del Sol. Call (713)743-3252 for more information and to guarantee seating. $10 suggested donation.