August 26, 2013 by  
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STANDING ROOM ONLY productions, Houston’s leading musical theatre production company, is bringing the hilarity of Mel Brooks’ YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN to Houston audiences! Based on the Mel Brooks classic comedy film, this musical features all the memorable characters—Dr. Frankenstein (pronounced “FRONKENSTEEN”), Igor, Inga and of course Frau Blucher, whose very name can frighten horses! This stage play captures all the funniest moments from the movie and immortalizes them in songs such as “Transylvania Mania,” “Roll in the Hay,” and of course the unforgettable “Puttin’ On The Ritz.”

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is coming soon to OBSIDIAN ART SPACE, the premier location for great theatre in Houston, located right in the heart of The Heights! OBSIDIAN ART SPACE is located at 3522 WHITE OAK DRIVE.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN opens on October 3rd and runs through October 26th. Performances are October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 at 8PM

and October 20 at 3PM. Tickets are $32.50 for general admission, $27.50 for students and seniors, and $25 per person for groups of 8 or more.

Tickets are available in advance at the Standing Room Only website.

Cherryhurst Bikes! to Celebrate Cycling on Saturday, 9/21/13

August 26, 2013 by  
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HOUSTON, TX 8/23/13 Cherryhurst Bikes!, a community cycling showcase, invites local organizations, businesses, and neighbors to celebrate cycling on Saturday, 9/21/13 from 9 am to noon at Cherryhust Park  at 1700 Missouri.

What can you do on a bicycle?  Can you ride a bike to work or school, run errands with the family, or haul cargo? Would you like to learn how to use a bike in these ways and at the same time save on fuel, be healthier, and help make our air healthier, too? On Saturday, September 21, bring the whole family to Cherryhurst Park in Montrose to celebrate all that we can do on a bicycle.  All are welcome to attend, both regular bicycle riders and riders-to-be.


Free and open to the public, the event will begin at 9 am.  Among the events planned:

  • Bicycle “Show & Shine” (with prizes!)
  • Bike decorating for kids of all ages
  • Safety, repair, & new rider classes
  • Bike & Helmet Checks
  • Amazing cargo bikes
  • Experts to offer advice and guidance
  • New product demonstrations for city cycling


Enjoy free food and drink while visiting with 26+ community organizations and bike shops, and stroll (or roll!) over to the FrankenBike bicycle-themed swap meet at Anvil, at 1424 Westheimer. Bike valet service will be available.


Please visit for more information and to register your bicycle for the show.

For more information, contact:


This event is brought to you by Transition Houston, BetterHouston, BikeHouston, Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Community Transformation Initiative.

September Happenings at Haak

August 22, 2013 by  
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Santa Fe, Texas – August 22, 2013  From live music to star gazing, wedding planning, family fun and girls’ night, Haak has something for everyone this September. Swing by the vineyard for great food, music and wine!

The Pee Wee Bowen Band

September 1 | 6 p.m.

FREE event.

Check out the sounds of The Pee Wee Bowen band while you enjoy wine and dinner in the pavilion.

Wine and Stars

September 6 | 6:30 p.m.

FREE event.

Sip wine and gaze at the stars, thanks to state-of-the-art telescopes provided by NASA Astronomical Society.

Bridal Open House  

September 8 | 2-5 p.m.

FREE event.

Visit the 12-acre estate and discuss your opportunity to say “I do” against the backdrop of a beautiful vineyard. Reservations Recommended.

Family Fun Day

September 15 | 1-8:00 p.m.

FREE event.

Join Haak for a day of outdoor activities, music and fun for all ages.

Girls Night Out – Safari Theme

September 27 | 6:30 p.m.

Calling all ladies! Gather your girlfriends for a night of food, wine, vendors and live music.

FEE: $35 entry


About Haak Vineyards & Winery

Established in 2000, Haak Vineyards & Winery is an award-winning, family-owned winery located in Santa Fe, Texas. With Founders Gladys and Raymond Haak at the helm, Haak has become most known for producing two unique wines from two grapes that are new to the wine world, including Blanc du Bois, a grape with Florida origins, and the Black Spanish or Jacquez grape, which produces a particularly distinctive wine: the Haak Madeira. The first and only working vineyard in Galveston County, Haak is open to the public where tours and tastings are offered daily. For more information about Haak Vineyards & Winery, please visit or call 409.925.1401. Follow Haak on Facebook and Twitter.

Be a Cancer Survivor: What You Need to Know About Gynecologic Cancer

August 21, 2013 by  
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Thousands of women are diagnosed with a gynecological cancer every year. Knowing the facts could save your life. Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women is holding a free, one-night seminar featuring two gynecologic oncologists who will discuss why these cancers are hard to detect, warning signs and symptoms, how to lower your risk and what to expect if you are diagnosed. A guest panelist will also share her inspiring story of surviving ovarian cancer.



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.



Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women
4th floor, Conference Education Center

6651 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030

Paid parking available in the Pavilion for Women garage



Admission is free. Space is limited. Registration required.

For more information and to register, visit


About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to creating a community of healthy children through excellence in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation, Texas Children’s has recognized Centers of Excellence in multiple pediatric subspecialties including the Cancer and Heart Centers, and operates the largest primary pediatric care network in the country. Texas Children’s has completed a $1.5 billion expansion, which includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; and Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston. For more information on Texas Children’s, go to Get the latest news from Texas Children’s by visiting the online newsroom and on Twitter at

Upcoming show at Obsidian Art Space

August 20, 2013 by  
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obsidian art spaceObsidian Art Space presents the classic play:
Dangerous Liaisons by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Ron Jones

The seductive play follows the exploits of two bored French nobles as they seduce and deceive their hapless victims for their own amusement.

September 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 23, and 26, 27 28.
All shows start at 8pm
Tickets are $20
Ticket information can be found at

Obsidian is located in the Heights at 3522 White Oak Blvd., 77007. We are just one block east of Heights Blvd.


August 20, 2013 by  
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The 23rd Annual Komen Houston Race for the Cure® in Downtown Houston Expects to Raise $3 Million


 The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® kicks off National Breast Cancer Awareness month by hosting one of the largest foot races in the Bayou City, the 23rd annual Komen Race for the Cure®, Saturday, Oct. 5 in downtown Houston.

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world. The Komen Houston Race for the Cure® raises funds for the local fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivors and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised through the annual Race for the Cure® stays in the Houston community to fund innovative breast health and breast cancer research, screening, treatment, education and support programs. The remaining 25 percent goes toward groundbreaking national breast cancer research programs, including vital research being done right here in the Bayou City.

This year’s Race, sponsored by Marathon Oil Company, hopes to raise $3 million to fund research, education, screening and treatment here in the Southeast Texas.

The 2013 Race for the Cure® route is a USATF 5K course with both running and walking events including a 5K timed competitive run; a 5K timed non-competitive run; a 5K walk and family walk. There will be a Family Walk and Kids K, which is about a 1/2 mile, sponsored by National Oilwell Varco.

Participants unable to attend the main Race can opt to register for Sleep In for the Cure® to show their support for the cause without having to wake up early on Race Day.

For more information about the Komen Houston Race for the Cure®, schedule interviews with survivors and co-survivors or need photos, please contact Lisa Bustamante at 713-552-1055 or


August 20, 2013 by  
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HOUSTON – Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) today announced two coming attractions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) in Fall 2013: The Bayou City premiere of the award-winning film Houston on Sept. 6, and the world premiere on Nov. 10 of a documentary on the rich five-decade history of Houston Ballet at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival (HCAF), the first film announced for HCAF 2013.

HCAS will host the screening of Houston in collaboration with MFAH, Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) and the Houston Film Commission on Friday, Sept. 6, at 7:00 PM. Writer/director Bastian Günther’s feature film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and won the Special Jury Prize for Narrative Feature at the 2013 Independent Film Festival Boston. The film’s service producer, Anne Walker-McBay , has produced many films for HCAS Honorary Board member Richard Linklater.

Houston portrays Ulrich Tukur as Clemens Trunschka, a corporate headhunter tasked with finding a top CEO in Houston. Günther, who will be in attendance for the screening at MFAH, expands Trunschka’s headhunting expedition into a captivating and subtle examination of failure as drinking increasingly isolates the lead character from his life and leads him away from reality. According to the 2013 Sundance Film Festival film guide, “Houston dives unflinchingly deep into the heart of Texas and comes up with something as surprising as it is precious: hope.”

The Houston Ballet documentary will premiere at MFAH at 4:00 PM on Sunday, Nov. 10, the final day of HCAF 2013. There will be a repeat screening at Sundance Cinemas on Monday, Nov. 11 (time TBA). The documentary chronicles the history of the internationally acclaimed Houston Ballet, from the early impact of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1930s and 40s in inculcating a love of dance among Houstonians, to the determination and perseverance of a handful of Houston’s founding families, to the making of legendary ballet stars through color-blind casting, diplomatic struggles and international incidents and exposure to the world’s best artistic talent, to its place today as the fourth largest ballet company in America with a facility unmatched in the United States.

The documentary will capture the voices of many key players who helped propel Houston Ballet to its current international stature. The film will trace the directorships of each of Houston Ballet’s five artistic directors since the company’s founding in 1955, featuring photos and historical footage of the company’s performances from the 1970s onward, in addition to footage that evokes the company’s vibrant present. It also will feature interviews with the four living artistic directors of Houston Ballet, dancers from the 1970s to the present, and board leaders and dance critics who have closely followed the company’s development. Among the noted Houstonians featured will be Jesse H. Jones II, Isaac and Tony Arnold, Lucia Bryant and Eugene Loveland; along with internationally renowned choreographers Debbie Allen, Ben Stevenson, Christopher Bruce and Trey McIntyre; and star dancers Carlos Acosta, Li Cunxin and Janie Parker.

The director of the Ballet documentary is John Carrithers of Carrithers Studio, a Houston-based filmmaker who served as Director of Photography on several recent feature documentary projects including: Mothers At War, a film about women combat veterans; 38 Pieces, a documentary about the Byzantine Frescoes rescued by Dominique de Menil directed by Susan and Francois de Menil, andRelocation Arkansas, a chronicle of Japanese Americans growing up in an internment camp in Arkansas during WWII. Carrithers has also created numerous works for Houston Grand Opera, Asia Society Texas and the MFAH, among others.

The full program of film premieres, live performances, media installations and special guests for HCAF 2013 will be announced at the HCAF launch party for HCAS members and sponsors on Oct. 15 at The Sam Houston Hotel. HCAS plans to announce the official Festival Headquarters and location of the Cinema on the Verge interactive media installation gallery sometime in September.

Houston Cinema Arts Society is a non-profit organization created in 2008. With the support of former Houston Mayor Bill White and the leadership of Franci Crane, HCAS organizes and hosts the annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival, a groundbreaking and innovative arts festival featuring films and new media by and about artists in the visual, performing and literary arts. The festival celebrates the vitality and diversity of the arts in Houston and enriches the city’s film and arts community. HCAS sponsors include the Crane Foundation, a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Levantine Entertainment, Houston First Corporation, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Champion Energy Services, Amegy Bank of Texas, The Brown Foundation, Inc. and others. The project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. The fifth annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival will be held Nov. 6-10, 2013. For more information, please visit HCAS at


SWAMP, the first nonprofit media arts organization in Texas, promotes the creation and appreciation of film, video and new media as art forms of a multicultural community. Creating audiences and opportunities for independent filmmakers since 1977, SWAMP offers on-going education, information and screening programs for adults and youth. In addition, SWAMP produces THE TERRITORY, a short film showcase series broadcast on Texas PBS stations and provides fiscal sponsorship for noncommercial film projects and emerging film-related organizations such as the documentaryRelocation Arkansas and the Houston Cinema Arts Society. For more information, please visit

Founded in 1900, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is among the 10 largest art museums in the United States. Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, the MFAH comprises two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, theater, two art schools and two libraries, with two house museums, for American and European decorative arts, nearby. The encyclopedic collection of the MFAH numbers some 65,000 works and embraces the art of antiquity to the present. For more information, please visit

The film program of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), is the largest of its kind in the southwestern United States. The MFAH first began screening films in the 1930s, and Brown Auditorium Theater, located in the Caroline Wiess Law Building and designed by Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, opened in 1973. Often, critics, scholars and filmmakers come to the screenings as visiting speakers to give audiences a deeper understanding of movies and moviemaking. For more information, please visit

Get in the Zone at the Museum Experience: Museum District’s new quarterly events offer unique way to explore Houston museums

August 15, 2013 by  
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Museumexpereince_children'sHOUSTON – August 13, 2013 — The fourth and final Museum Experience of 2013 – featuring five museums in Zone 4 as well as Hermann Park and Miller Outdoor Theatre — takes center stage Saturday, Sept. 28.

Featured museums include the Children’s Museum of Houston, The Health Museum, Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Zoo and Rice University Art Gallery. The District has also partnered with neighboring Hermann Park and Miller Outdoor Theatre to enhance the day’s activities. There will be special programming, special offers and free pedicab rides to make the day memorable for the entire family.

Visitors may pick up a special offers coupon at any of the participating Zone 4 museums on the day of the event – valid only on September 28.

Activities and discounts for Zone 4 Museum Experience include:

Children’s Museum of Houston — 1500 Binz Street

Celebrate the Nutrition Expo with chefs, food tasting, cooking demos, nutrition experts and more. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and continues through 6 p.m. Take $1 off the price of one admission for up to 6 people. Save up to $6.

The Health Museum — 1515 Hermann Drive

Half off ticket price and save 10% on purchases at the Amazing Body Store! Step into the role of a disease fighting detective in the new fall exhibit; Disease Detectives. Participate in cool health and wellness activities with Toni the Healthy Eating Cart and her pal Ms. Salad. Be a part of the For movement and inspire others to make Houston an even better city. Get an up close view of the exciting science of your brain, lungs and body nutrition at our Discovery Carts! All activities will be going on from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Houston Museum of Natural Science — 5555 Hermann Park Drive

Explore the ruins of ancient Egypt, stand face-to-face with a Tyrannosaurus rex and marvel at dazzling gems and minerals. Visitors will enjoy half off admission to the museum’s permanent exhibit halls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

me_zooHouston Zoo — 6200 Hermann Park Drive  

Learn how the Zoo staff keeps animals active, healthy and happy during Enrichment Day presented by Chase. This event, from 9 a.m. to 3p.m., is included with paid Zoo admission and is free for Zoo members.

Rice University Art Gallery – 6100 Main Street

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. guests are invited to free gallery talks about the current art installation. Cool off in the Rice Gallery Cubicle video space, and check out a selection of family-friendly short films. An interactive creative writing activity for children of all ages led by Mary Wemple will be offered from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery will offer free ice cream – while supplies last.

Take the Hermann Park Railroad from the Houston Museum of Natural Science to Rice Gallery to the Zoo and Lake Plaza. The train will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the fare is $3.25 per person. Stop by the park’s Pinewood Café for small cup of vanilla soft serve at half price.

While you’re in the Park, enjoy from two performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre. At 11:00am, Ambassadors International Ballet Folklorico presents “Amanecer Colombiano.” Round out your day at the museums with an evening performance when Dance of Asian America presents “Splendid China” at 8 p.m.

The Museum Experience, a series of quarterly events initiated this year, replaced the Museum District’s annual open house. It divides the 19 museums of Houston’s Museum District into four walkable “zones” making the area even easier to explore.

On the last Saturday of January, April, July and September, each event showcases a handful of museums. Visitors are encouraged to walk or bike between venues, when possible.

Ticketed museums will be charging admission fees unless otherwise stated. Visitors should note that 11 of the museums are free every day and the other eight offer free times.

The Houston Museum District Association , which represents 19 organizations, hosts the Museum Experience.

“We have such amazing and diverse museums in the district,” Laurette Cañizares, the group’s executive director, explained. “The Museum Experience is a great way to sample what the museums offer year-round.”

Visit  for more information.
About the Houston Museum District Association

The Houston Museum District Association works collaboratively with 19 museums, all within a 1.5-mile radius of the Mecom Fountain. The nonprofit was formed in 1997 with a mission to maximize the artistic, scientific and educational resources of the Houston Museum District institutions for both residents and visitors. For more information, visit

Attached photos courtesy of the Houston Museum District Association. 

Strut Your Mutt Houston — Saturday, September 21st, 2013

July 24, 2013 by  
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Time to Strut for Homeless Pets!
Get ready, get set, get your pooch warmed up. It’s time for Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt in Houston. Join in a relaxing walk to help homeless pets, and then celebrate afterwards at TC Jester at the ultimate doggie festival. The Houston Strut Your Mutt is one of 11 events being staged between Aug. 31 and Sept. 28 across the country by Best Friends Animal Society®.

Who: Animal lovers in the Houston area raising money for homeless pets, and having a great time with their dogs.

What: Leisurely group dog walks followed by a dog-themed celebration festival that includes booths, contests, demonstrations, entertainment, refreshments and more.

Where: TC Jester Park, Houston

When: Saturday, September 21st, 2013. Registration begins at 7:00am; walk begins at 8:30 am. Festival ends at noon.

Why: To raise money for participating local animal rescue groups (Best Friends’ No More Homeless Pets Network Partners) and Best Friends Animal Society, with the goal of bringing about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets®. Last year, nearly $1.3 million was raised for homeless pets and the 180 animal welfare groups who serve them, saving the lives of shelter pets through adoption programs and spay/neuter services. This year’s goal is $1.5 million in 2013.

National sponsors: Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Food®, PetfinderTM, BarkBox

The donations raised through Strut Your Mutt will be used to fund lifesaving adoption programs and spay/neuter services, to ultimately impact the number of pets entering and leaving the shelters. Every day more than 9,000 pets are unnecessarily killed in America’s shelters simply because they don’t have a home. Each one an individual. Each one a valued life worth saving. 9,000. That number should be zero. And it can be. Best Friends Animal Society and its No More Homeless Pets® Network Partners, through events like Strut Your Mutt, are joining together to bring that number to zero.

More information is available at

Drs. Anita & Paul Gill, MD

April 15, 2013 by  
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Drs. Anita & Paul Gill
Dermatology & Plastic Surgery

The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology is one of the few practices in the country to offer a board certified dermatologist and plastic surgeon primarily focused and experienced in aesthetics. The first tenant of their practice is patient education. Drs. Gills’ practice philosophy is centered on proactive patient care. They want to ensure that you understand your options and the science behind your treatment or procedure recommended. As your neighbors, they also hold your privacy in the highest regard.

“We are both Texas Medical Center-trained, and we cherish and love this community,” says Dr. Anita Gill.

Drs. Gill believe that you deserve a boutique, personal atmosphere where you are able to have all of your concerns addressed in a single room, whether it be your skin care regimen to botox to surgery consultation. Dr. Anita Gill is one of a select few dermatologists specializing in cosmetic dermatology, and she personally administers all injections, while Dr. Paul Gill focuses on facial aging and post-pregnancy/ post-weight loss body contouring surgery, a craft that he has honed over decades.

The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery and Dermatology is a go-to resource for patients seeking the best training and top-of-the-line treatments. They believe their combined experience allows them to provide results beyond what they could achieve individually. They encourage and recommend patients to review their website, before and after photos, and reviews. They welcome the opportunity to educate you and treat you like family.

The Gill Center for Plastic Surgery & Dermatology
9200 Pinecroft, Ste. 460
The Woodlands, TX 77380
281-853-5308 •


July 13, 2012 by  
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WHO: An estimated 25,000 to 30,000 Houstonians will participate in the Heart Walk presented by Memorial Hermann Health System and Reliant Energy. The Heart Walk is part of the Association’s new My Heart. My Life. national platform, sponsored locally by FMC Technologies and ConocoPhillips, which is designed to change the way Americans think about their health, and help people feel better and live longer.

WHAT: Fun Activities and non-competitive 5k walk to promote walking as a part of a healthy lifestyle, while raising funds to support cardiovascular research and educational programs for the American Heart Association.

WHEN: Saturday, November 3, 2012  8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Reliant Park
1 Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054

WHY: Heart disease and stroke — the nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers — and all other cardiovascular diseases, claim more than 870,000 American lives a year.  The American Heart Association’s goal is $ 2.2 million for the 2012 Houston Heart Walk. Research funded by the American Heart Association has yielded or contributed to many important innovations such as CPR, life-extending drugs (including clot-busters), pacemakers, bypass surgery, the heart-lung machine and surgical techniques to repair heart defects.

HOW: To participate in the annual event, walkers can register online by visiting  or by calling 713-610-5042. There is no registration fee, but donations are appreciated. Walk as part of a company team or form your own team with family and friends.

“Mr. Marmalade” – Childhood Fantasies, Adult Irrealities

July 2, 2012 by  
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The Country Playhouse

August 10—25

To open our 2012-13 Black Box season, The Country Playhouse presents Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle, for three weekends only, August 10 – 25. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, with Sunday matinees on August 12 and 19 at 2:00 pm, plus a weeknight show on Thursday, August 23, at 7:30 pm.
Lonely little four-year-old Lucy fantasizes about adult life and dreams up an imaginary friend, Mr. Marmalade, who takes on a troubling life of his own, personifying her fearful fascination with grownups and their games. Enter Larry, the little boy next door, at age five the youngest attempted suicide in the history of the state, and the two neglected youngsters awkwardly unite to dispel Mr. Marmalade’s sinister power and break through into a normal childhood.
Directed by Scott McWhirter, the cast features Monica Passley, Taylor Biltoft, Danny Seibert, Laura Chapman, Louis Crespo, Keshia Lovewell, and Beverly Hutchison.
Premiering Off-Broadway in 2005 and starring Michael C. Hall opposite Meryl Streep’s daughter, Mamie Gummer, Mr. Marmalade draws on the “Alice in Wonderland” scenario of a wise child in a mad, mad world, casting adult actors in children’s roles, to heighten its irreality. Amid TV catchphrases and psychobabble, hints of cruelty and pornography nibble at the edges of the story, shadows of forbidden knowledge to whet the curiosity of modern girls and boys who seemingly know too much, yet understand little. Comedy and pathos interweave in this delightful funhouse fable of naïve worldliness on the brink.
Ticket prices are $22 for adults, and $19 for students and seniors. Groups of 20 or more receive a $5.00 discount off the adult price. Call the box office at 713-467-4497 for reservations, or make them online at (at no additional charge).
Country Playhouse is located at 12802 Queensbury (in Town & Country Village, across from City Centre), just 2 blocks east of the Sam Houston Tollway.

Cooking Demonstration and Dinner with Executive Chef Giancarlo Ferrara at the Italian Cultural & Community Center

May 14, 2012 by  
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HOUSTON—May 10, 2012: The Italian Cultural & Community Center (ICCC),

will host one of Houston’s best loved chefs, Giancarlo Ferrara of Ristorante Arcodoro, for an exclusive dinner and chef demonstration at 7 p.m., May 25 at the ICCC.  Giancarlo Ferrara will lead you through Italy’s Sicilia region during the evening, the third of a four-part culinary tour series of Italy.

The four course demonstration and dinner will include Grilled Eggplant Rolls stuffed with fresh tomatoes and smoked mozzarella, Penne Rigate al Pesto Trapanese, Pesce Spada ai Capperi di Pantelleria and Cassata alla Siciliana, a tradition Sicilian cake with marzipan, sweet ricotta and candied fruit.  This event is $70 for ICCC members and $80 for non-members and includes the demonstration, four course dinner and all wine and beverages.  Space is limited.  Please call 713-524-4222, extension 4, to reserve your spot.

Giancarlo Ferrara joined the Arcodoro family of restaurants in early 2003 and has quickly become a respected fixture on the Houston culinary scene.  Ferrara represented Arcodoro at the prestigious James Beard House in 2003 and has participated in the Share our Strength Taste of the Nation and captured the “Peoples’ Choice” award at the 4th Annual Risotto Festival.  Join Executive Chef, Giancarlo Ferrara at 7 p.m., May 25 for a dynamic demonstration of his skill and culinary knowledge of Italian cuisine. The Italian Cultural & Community Center is a 501c3 whose mission is to preserve, celebrate and advance Italian culture and heritage.

To learn more about the cooking demonstration and the Italian Cultural & Community Center’s multiple programs and offerings, please visit

Freedom Over Texas Celebrates America’s Birthday

May 10, 2012 by  
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With Billy Currington and Sara Evans

City of Houston’s Official Fourth of July Celebrations to Light-up Downtown Skyline

WHAT:                          Mayor Annise D. Parker’s official Fourth of July celebration, Freedom Over Texas, will set the stage for an extraordinary patriotic celebration filled with family fun and a spectacular fireworks show. The 26-year-old tradition and lively outdoor festival will feature star-spangled performances by featured country music artists Billy Currington and Sara Evans courtesy of Reliant. The crowning highlight of Freedom Over Texas, a spectacular fireworks, show will light up Houston’s downtown skyline while combining specially choreographed music with pyrotechnic artistry.

During Freedom Over Texas festivities, KBR Liberty Park will showcase military artifacts and vehicles including representation from all five military branches, and on-site recruiting. Also, patrons can make a donation to H.O.T. (Honoring Our Troops) and send a care packet overseas. The Bud Light Zone will showcase its Budweiser Beer Garden, the Bud Light MXT Vehicle and offer a prime view of the eighth annual Bud Light Texas Volleyball Championship Series Finals. More than 30,000 square feet of free educational entertainment and programming and will appeal to children of all ages in the Walmart All-American Kids Zone and will feature a Radio Disney, Jr. Area. Southwest Airlines will host the Southwest Airlines VIP Hanger and the Sky Stage featuring vintage aircraft from the Lonestar Flight Museum including a B-17 Bomber, B-25 Bomber, a B-25 and two A-26 Invaders making fly-overs throughout the festival.

In the Family Fitness Challenge Area activities will be provided by all five of Houston’s hometown professional sports teams including the Houston Dynamo, Houston Rockets, Houston Astros, Houston Aeros and Houston Texans.

WHEN:                         Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Detailed schedule
                                   4:00 p.m.                                  Gates open and festival activities begin

                                   4:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.                Continuous Entertainment on Stages

8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.                Featured Artists: Billy Currington, and Sara Evans

                                   9:35 p.m.                                  Fireworks extravaganza

                                   10:00 p.m.                                Event closes

                      Eleanor Tinsley Park @ Buffalo Bayou (along Allen Parkway)

ADMISSION:                 $8 per person, (children 5 and under, free)
      Special discount ticket offers courtesy of Reliant at

Gated attendance: 100,000
ATTENDANCE:             Total viewing audience: 2,000,000 (perimeter viewing + television audience)

SPONSORS:                 Freedom Over Texas sponsors include:
The Featured Artists Sponsor: Reliant;  Anchor Sponsors: Bud Light, KBR, Southwest Airlines, Walmart; Additional sponsors include; Sprint,  Silver Leaf Resorts, McDonald’s, Camping World of Houston, In-Kind Sponsors: Houston Chronicle; 100.3 KILT; HOT 95-7; Mix 96-5; SportsRadio 610 and Mega 101 FM, , Doubletree Hotel Houston Downtown, Radio Disney, Greenstar Recycling, Metro, Houston Aeros, Houston Astros, Houston Dynamo, Houston Rockets, and Houston Texans. Co-producers: City of Houston/Mayor’s Office of Special Events and KTRK-TV ABC-13. Our Community Partner is the Houston Food Bank.  The event benefits Central Houston Civic Improvement, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c)


Identity Festival Returns This Summer

May 10, 2012 by  
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North America’s First Traveling Electronic Music Festival Experience To Hit Fifteen Major Amphitheaters in July and August

Line-up to feature some of the most exciting names in EDM

Eric Prydz, Excision, Paul Van Dyk, Madeon, Wolfgang Gartner, Porter Robinson, Nero, Arty, Showtek, Noisia, and more

North America’s first and only touring electronic music festival experience, IDENTITY, will return this summer, visiting major amphitheaters in fifteen cities throughout July and August. IDENTITY will kick-off in the afternoon, running through into the night, and will be centered on each venue’s central amphitheater stage. A full list of cities and dates are listed below – tour stops include Boston, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, San Francisco, San Diego, New Jersey, New York and more.

A $25 All-In early-bird ticket special will be available for a limited time when tickets go on-sale April 24, 2012.

IDENTITY’s line-up features the most cutting-edge acts in EDM presenting them in some of America’s most storied venues, arenas that were long reserved for rock bands.

Sweden’s Eric Prydz’s legendary Ibiza residencies, European festival smashes and chart-topping hits undoubtedly served as inspiration for his friends and collaborators, Swedish House Mafia. Prydz, despite huge demand, hasn’t toured the US since 2007 due to a fear of flying, but with a new album ‘Eric Prydz Presents Pryda’ (5/22/12) and a unique IDENTITY live show, this was one road trip Prydz couldn’t miss.

Dance music icon and DJ legend Paul van Dyk will also be bringing his monstrous live show and production to IDENTITY. French teen sensation Madeon will be playing in support of his debut album release, following his recent much-hyped headlining sets at Ultra and Coachella. He’ll be joined by fellow teen, Porter Robinson, fast emerging as one of dance music’s most promising young talents, who’ll be wielding his massive big room electro sound to IDENTITY festival-goers nationwide.

Other acts tapped for IDENTITY include EDM heavyweights Nero, Wolfgang Gartner, Hardwell and some of the most exciting names in bass music including Showtek, Excision and Noisia.

IDENTITY welcomes back Rockstar Energy Drink as its festival stage sponsor, as well as returning sponsors Emazing Lights and Slurpee. IDENTITY will also again have exclusive playlists on Rdio to accompany the festival.  New to the IDENTITY Festival this year are TIGI Bedhead and LifeStyles Condoms.  Stay tuned for a full description on what to expect from them this year at the IDENTITY Festival.

Full IDENTITY line-up *:

Eric Prydz
Wolfgang Gartner
Paul Van Dyk
Porter Robinson
Bingo Players
Doctor P

+ More To Be Announced

* Check local listing for each city

Tour dates and cities:

7/19 Cincinnati – Riverbend
7/20 Detroit – Elektricity Festival Grounds
7/21 Toronto – Echo Beach powered by Rogers
7/26 Boston – Comcast Center
7/27 DC – Jiffy Lube Live
7/28 Wantagh – Nixon at Jones Beach Theater
7/29 Camden – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
8/2 Atlanta – Aarons Amphitheatre
8/3 Tampa – 1-800 Ask Gary Amphitheatre
8/4 Miami – Klipsch Amphitheatre at Bayfront
8/10 Dallas – Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/11 Houston – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/17 San Francisco – Shoreline Amphitheatre * Ticket on-sales 5/29
8/18 San Diego – Cricket Amphitheatre * Ticket on-sales 5/29
8/19 Phoenix – Pavilion Amphitheatre

Swing, Jive & Pop Into Dance

May 7, 2012 by  
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May 31, 11 a.m.
Miller Outdoor Theatre

Houston Metropolitan Dance Company’s “Swing, Jive and Pop into Dance” incorporates history, fashion, music and the arts into an interactive blast of excitement. The company dances through the eras of the 1930’s Lindy Hop, bops into the 1950’s, grooves into the 1970’s and ends with the hip-hop music of today. Students, teachers and audience members have the opportunity to converse with the dancers and participate in an energetic hour of dance while learning fun history.
Presented by Houston Metropolitan Dance Company

There’s something for everyone on stage at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. From daytime programs especially for young children to family friendly evening performances of music, dance, theatre and more, this is Houston’s best entertainment value. Admission is FREE!
For a complete schedule, visit

Free tickets are available on a first-come first-serve basis (four per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m.―1 p.m. for assigned seating under the canopy. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Under normal circumstances, all unoccupied/unclaimed seats are released five minutes before the show is scheduled to begin. We encourage all patrons to be in their assigned seats at least 10 minutes before showtime to insure that their seat is not released. Again, there is NO charge for tickets. Tickets may not be reserved by phone. Only four (4) tickets per person. At managements’ discretion, all unoccupied seats may be released at any time for any reason.

Dancin’ in the Street: Motown & More Revue

May 6, 2012 by  
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May 24-27, 8:15-11 p.m.
Miller Outdoor Theatre

Dancin’ in the Street: Motown & More Revue is back to “thrill the hill” at Miller for yet another soul-filled Memorial Day Weekend! The 2012 spectacular will pay tribute to Etta James, Whitney Houston, Don Cornelius, Ashford & Simpson and many more. Dancin’ in the Street is an annual concert event celebrating soul and its enduring influence on music and culture – featuring Houston’s most talented performers.

Produced by ODPEC & BACE Productions

There’s something for everyone on stage at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park. From daytime programs especially for young children to family friendly evening performances of music, dance, theatre and more, this is Houston’s best entertainment value. Admission is FREE!
For a complete schedule, visit

Free tickets are available on a first-come first-serve basis (four per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m.―1 p.m. for assigned seating under the canopy. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Under normal circumstances, all unoccupied/unclaimed seats are released five minutes before the show is scheduled to begin. We encourage all patrons to be in their assigned seats at least 10 minutes before showtime to insure that their seat is not released. Again, there is NO charge for tickets. Tickets may not be reserved by phone. Only four (4) tickets per person. At managements’ discretion, all unoccupied seats may be released at any time for any reason.

Bayou City Outdoors & REI Present: SUP 101 – Stand Up & Paddle!

May 5, 2012 by  
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Tuesday, June 12
Bayou City Outdoors & REI Present: SUP 101 – Stand Up & Paddle!
REI Westheimer 7538 Westheimer Rd; Houston, TX 77063
7:00 to 8:30PM

‘Sup, y’all? It is the hottest new sport that will cool you down in the blistering Houston summers. With miles of bayous, plenty of lakes and the almost flat surf of Galveston in the summer, we have an unlimited playground to try Stand Up Paddle boarding. Anyone can do this sport. It is low impact, uses practically every muscle in your body, is great for cross-training and is a ton of fun! While you work on your balance, you’ll work on your core. Plus, you can saunter along the bayous or paddle fast and turn it into an BIG aerobic workout.

Tonight we will talk about:
• How to choose a board and a paddle
• Where to paddle
• Common terminology
• Safety
• Strokes
• Cross Training, stretching & posture

Come join Bayou City Outdoors and R.E.I. as we explore all aspects of SUPing in and around Houston – we’ll have you up in no time at all!
7:00 to 8:30PM REI  7538 Westheimer Rd; Houston, TX 77063
For more information call 713 524 3567 or

Bayou City Outdoors Hiking in Houston

May 5, 2012 by  
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June 10
Bayou City Outdoors Hiking in Houston
Cleveland Park, Scotland St. & Jackson
Houston, TX 77007

Want to go hiking without having to travel outside of the city? Come discover all the trails and hideaways along the Buffalo Bayou! Get lost exploring the winding flat trails, bridges, and modest hills while exercising at an easy to moderate pace. Along this 6 mile hike we will pass the bat viewing area, art sculptures, and maybe even one of the rumored Buffalo Bayou alligators or Osprey couples!
We meet at Cleveland Park on the north side of Memorial Dr., there is a foot-walkway over Memorial here. The hike will start here and then we head towards downtown on the north side of the bayou. There is parking along the street for free.

When we reach downtown, we’ll stop for a water/coffee break so bring a few dollars. At the end of the hike you will have worked hard, made new friends and discovered all sorts of Houston secrets along Buffalo Bayou in our Bayou city!
As long as it is cool outside, this is a dog-friendly event for your canine friends who are up for six miles.
Free for Members and Non-Members alike. Meet at 8:15AM; depart 8:30AM on the dot! Cleveland Park, Scotland St. & Jackson RSVP & Directions to Jackson Park

Bayou City Outdoors Farmer’s Market Ride

May 5, 2012 by  
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June 9
Bayou City Outdoors Farmer’s Market Ride
Onion Creek,
3106 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Come out and stretch your legs biking to the Farmer’s Markets of Houston to shop for local organic produce! Hop on your bike and let’s take a ride through the side streets, trails, and residential areas in the heart of Houston. This is a very social ride and all levels of riders are welcome. We will start the morning off with coffee at Onion Creek and then cruise through 2-3 markets to shop for fresh produce, sauces, jams, and bread. This is a 12-15 mile ride that lasts about three hours so bring plenty of water and a backpack to carry your goodies! If you’d like to join us but don’t own a bike, West End Bicycles rents bikes for $25 per day at 713/861-2271 or

If you are a member of Bayou City Outdoors and do not have a bike, we can loan you a bike for the ride. But you MUST call the office one week in advance to arrange for the loaner bike. Meet at Onion Creek, 3106 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007. Please DO NOT park in the Onion Creek lot – there is parking on the surrounding streets but look out for ‘no parking’ signs. Meet at 8:00AM – leave at 8:30AM – Noon. Free for Members and Non-Members alike. RSVP 713-524-3567 or

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