Houston Via Colori® Street Painting Festival
won’t have viewers riding carousel horses or cavorting with cartoon animals, they do have their own Mary Poppins-like magic. Kelsey Gross, senior marketing manager for organizer The Center for Hearing and Speech, says that seven artist teams are doing the crowd-favorite optical illusion 3-D pieces, which often take both days of the event to complete. Overall, more than 200 artists are interpreting this year’s “A Colorful World” theme on squares ranging from four to ten feet. “The final entertainer on the 20th is a former American Idol contestant, Jess Meuse, from season 13. [She’ll] perform an hour set from 4 to 5 p.m. on Sunday,” says Gross. Event proceeds assist children with hearing loss, and VIP Lounge ticketholders nosh on free food and drink while enjoying six mini-events. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 19 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 20. Hermann Square, 900 Smith. For information, call 713-523-3633 or visit centerhearingandspeech.org
. $7 to $40.
The Houston Via Colori® Street Painting Festival has grown into one of the city’s signature art festivals over its 10-year history. Attendees witness the streets of downtown transform into a massive outdoor art gallery with more than 250 local and international artists creating mind-blowing murals right before your eyes. This year’s festival promises to be even bigger, with artists creating around the theme of A Colorful World, bands playing live music on three stages and great food and activities putting smiles on the faces of people of all ages. Via Colori is a fundraiser for The Center for Hearing and Speech, a non-profit organization committed to helping children with hearing loss listen, speak and read.
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