1. Houston Cinema Arts Festival
We can thank former Mayor Bill White and arts philanthropist and former trial attorney Franci Crane for the stellar Houston Cinema Arts Festival – the two were the initial forces behind what became the Houston Cinema Arts Society, which produces the annual festival. With a focus on films about the arts and artists, HCAF has brought in dozens of celebrities and cinema greats such as Isabella Rossellini, Tilda Swinton, Shirley MacLaine and Robert Redford. The 2014 festival, sure to be another blockbuster, is set for November 12 to 16.