Schedule


MenilFest will take place from 11am - 6pm in the grounds surrounding the Menil Collection, The Rothko Chapel, and the Houston Center for Photography.

All-Day MenilFest Events:

*The Following Events scheduled are subject to change. Please bookmark this page to be kept in the loop, just in case!*

The Gulf Coast Indie Book Fair

Menil Collection Lawn
Engage in conversation with local and independent artists, authors, musicians, and more all over the Menil Lawn. Click here for the full schedule.

Collaborations Print Sale

Houston Center for Photography

Prints by local photographers, emerging and established, will be on sale and on exhibition throughout the day. HCP is also, once again, hosting a scavenger hunt and food trucks.


GULF COAST @ HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY: PANELS & READINGS

Discussions to be held at the Houston Center for Photography throughout the day on the :30 of every hour after 1pm. Click here for the full schedule, which includes a Transnational Baton reading, a panel on Houston as literary landscape, and many Houston voices in conversation.


hourly Menilfest Events

11:00 – Writers in the Schools Young Writers Reading

Menil Front Lawn
Gather under the portico to hear the best in young creative writing, as WITS gathers some of the boldest and brightest writing by young local students.

12:00  INPRINT POETRY BUSKERS

Menil Collection sidewalk, until 3pm
Come have seasoned local authors create poems for you on the spot at no charge!

12:30 – Dave Dove / Jawwaad Taylor

Cy Twombly Gallery

David Dove and Jawwaad Taylor will play two sets of roughly an hour each. Members of the audience are encouraged to move around and look at the artist’s other work.

12:30pm  Omni Brass: Michael Heizer Project

Heizer Lawn Scultpure Garden

The Omni Brass perform three sculptural impressions at the Heizer Lawn: Circumflex, Rift & Dissipate

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1:00Pm - 5:00PM  Zine Fest's Unbirthday Party

Menil Collection Bookstore

Zine Fest Houston will NOT be turning 22 on April 18th! To celebrate, they're throwing an un-birthday party, complete with a mini-zine fest where artists can show their work, some of which is rarely seen outside of ZFH in October; cake, balloons, refreshments, and music! The bookstore will also be open as usual, giving people an opportunity to peruse their fantastic selection of books and wares. Join Zine Fest for a celebration of underground, DIY and fine art print culture and have yourself a slice of cake - you've earned it.

1:00PM – THE CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS

Menil Foyer

A family concert presenting the colorful work by Camille Saint-Saëns in collaboration with Da Camera of Houston. 

2:00pm – Musical Meditation by Intersection

Rothko Chapel, suggest a $10 donation
Watch the light dance on Mark Rothko’s masterpiece while listening to music from composers of various faith traditions in one expression of common humanity. Brought to you by Intersection New Music Collective.

2:00PM – FAMILY FRIENDLY SHORT FILM SCREENINGS

Menil Library

From singing blueberries to a teddy bear adventure, this screening showcases short films for the whole family, also including samples of works created in Aurora Education and Outreach Mobile Media Literacy programs. This selection of short films was compiled by Aurora Curator Mary Magsamen from the archives of the Extremely Shorts Film Festival.



3:00pm – MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY ANNIKA CHAMBERS

Menil Front Lawn

The 2015 Blues Music Award Nominee and an ensemble of talented musicians perform a variety of soulful, heartwarming and ground stomping tunes. 

4:00PM – TIMBER FOR MENILFEST

Rothko Chapel

Performed by six percussionists on amplified 2x4's called a simantra, an instrument used in Eastern Orthodox liturgical services, the patterns in the music subtly change and evolve, much the colors in Mark Rothko’s paintings. 

4:00PM – Family Friendly Short Film Screenings

Menil Library

From singing blueberries to a teddy bear adventure, this screening showcases short films for the whole famile, also including samples of works created in Aurora Education and Outreach Mobile Media Literacy programs. This selection of short films was compiled by Aurora Curator Mary Magsamen from the archives of the Extremely Shorts Film Festival.



4:30PM  OMNI BRASS: MICHAEL HEIZER PROJECT

Heizer Lawn Sculture Garden

The Omni Brass perform three sculptural impressions at the Heizer Lawn: Circumflex, Rift & Dissipate

5:00PM  – Write About Now Poetry Slam

Menil Front Lawn

Come celebrate Houston's vibrant slam poets, performatively representing some of Houston's seven slam poetry organizations. Find out what makes slam poetry more than just a trending artform.