Discovery Green Flea

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Discovery Green Flea presented by Green Mountain Energy

Where: Discovery Green
When: March 21 11am-5pm  /  April 18, 2015
Website: http://www.discoverygreen.com/flea

Treasure-hunt at this monthly, one-of-a-kind market nestled in the shady southeast end of the downtown park. The destination market features an array of artful kitsch, vintage items, mid-century modern furniture, recycled and repurposed items and collectibles.

Discovery Green Flea is irresistible to the avid shopper! Whether you are a bargain hunter or an eco-sensitive collector dedicated to repurposing and reusing, seek and find at Discovery Green Flea while enjoying light bites and local entertainment. With the planning expertise of Project for Public Spaces and our new friends at Brooklyn Flea, Discovery Green Flea is the place to see (buy and eat) and be seen.

The next Flea is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 11 am – 5 pm.

Get crafty in the Make It/Take It booth, hosted by The Tinderbox! This is for ages 18 years and up. The little ones can make a craft in the Kid Zone hosted by City ArtWorks!

Flea Market Vendor Rules

Mark your calendars! Future dates for the Discovery Green Flea are March 21 and April 18, 2015. As the weather warms up, the event will transition to Discovery Green Flea by Night on May 16 and June 20, 2015.

Spring Break at the Children’s Museum of Houston

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MARCH 7 – 22, 2015: AMAZINGLY IMMATURE SPRING BREAK IN HOUSTON FOR KIDS


ALL EVENTS. ALL DAY. ONE PRICE. ONLY $10.

Quirkiness and genius are taking over this Spring Break in Houston! America’s No. 1 children’s museum will roll out the antics with thrills, surprising performances and the national debut of KLUTZ® Amazingly Immature exhibit during the Amazingly Immature Spring Break, March 7 – 22, 2015. Embrace your zany side then tumble, cartwheel or unicycle to Houston’s top spring break family destination! Kids can –

  • Spin out of control in any of our two Human Hamster Balls
  • Let loose in any of our four Bungee Trampolines
  • Enjoy entertainingly immature and interactive performances
  • And so much more!

Plus, it’s ALL included with the price of admission!

DAILY SPRING BREAK ITINERARY FOR FAMILIES:

  • 10 a.m. Immature Giveaways: Leave your maturity at the door and embrace your zany side with a different giveaway every day! Limited to first 100 kids. (Sunday time: Noon) 
  • 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. Immature Happenings: Plastic fusion fashion, gooey boogers, immature makeovers and more! Clown around with a new Klutzy surprise every day. (Sunday time:  3 p.m.) Check out our daily blockbuster activities.
  • 1:30 p.m. Spotlight Performance: Enjoy entertainingly immature and interactive performances! (Sunday time: 2 p.m.) See online calendar for complete lineup.
  • 2:30 p.m. Immature Contest: Put your Amazingly Immature Spring Break experience to the test and compete for the top Immaturity spot with new contests each day!(Sunday time: 3 p.m.) 

5th Annual Kemah Crawfish Festival

March 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Entertainment, Events, Kid's Corner

The 5 Annual “Kemah Crawfish Festival” will be held March 20,21,22, 2015 in the Famous Lighthouse District in the heart of Kemah! 604 Bradford Street, Kemah Texas 77565

The festival will quickly have your mouth watering for some of the best Crawfish and Cajun food in the country. Life Zydeco and Country music all weekend with special guest star Grammy Award winner Wayne Toups in concert Saturday at 7pm. on the Baytown Stage!

There will be plenty Ice cold Dos Equis beer and soft drinks to quench your thirst! Plenty of seating and vendors of all kinds will be there to handle all your shopping needs! Tickets to the 5th Annual Kemah Crawfish Festival are $8.00 for adults and children under 12 FREE!

For more information, visit our web site: www.gulfcoastfestivals.com or email to: gulfcoastfestivals@aol.com

Japan Festival Houston

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Now in its twenty-second year, Houston’s much beloved Japan Festival returns to Hermann Park on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015.   One of the most attended events of its type across the entire United States, this year’s Japan Festival brings about a reaffirmation of the Festival’s commitment to Japanese and Japanese American traditions, both old and new.

This free, family-friendly event will feature the Saturday Sushi Roll-Off, (a competition among some of Houston’s best sushi chefs,) children’s activities, anime and cosplay, arts and crafts, martial arts, traditional Japanese song and dance, cutting edge technology, and of course wonderful food!

For more information: www.houstonjapanfest.org

2nd Annual Hermann Park Kite Festival

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Sunday, March 29, 2015
10 am – 5 pm
Miller Hill and Jones Reflection Pool

Join us for the Second Annual Hermann Park Kite Festival on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Everyone is invited to this free festival as kites in all shapes and sizes set sail in the spring sky on Miller Hill and around the Jones Reflection Pool. There will be entertainment for kids including kite making, friendly kite flying, face painting, and more!

Throughout the Park will be performers, ribbon dancers, musicians, jugglers, and more. Pedal boats will be available on McGovern Lake and the train will run throughout the day. Food trucks will be stationed around the park with creative culinary delights for all.

Click here to join the host committee and enjoy benefits such as reserved parking and access to the VIP tent.

 

Japan Festival Houston

March 11, 2015 by  
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Now in its twenty-second year, Houston’s much beloved Japan Festival returns to Hermann Park on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015.  One of the most attended events of its type across the entire United States, this year’s Japan Festival brings about a reaffirmation of the Festival’s commitment to Japanese and Japanese American traditions, both old and new.  This free, family-friendly event will feature the Saturday Sushi Roll-Off, (a competition among some of Houston’s best sushi chefs,) children’s activities, anime and cosplay, arts and crafts, martial arts, traditional Japanese song and dance, cutting edge technology, and of course wonderful food!

Saturday April 18: 10am-7pm
Sunday April 19: 10am-5pm
Hermann Park

JOIN THE FUN – RUN FOR THE CENTER!

March 11, 2015 by  
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30th HBA JOHN J. EIKENBURG LAW WEEK FUN RUN
Benefiting THE CENTER, making independent and productive lives possible for those with intellectual disabilities in our community.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 7:30 a.m. Sam Houston Park – Downtown

Race events include an individual 8K race, an 8K team competition, a one-mile children’s run (12 & under), and a one mile family walk. All events begin at Sam Houston Park and are open to the public.

7:30 a.m. One-mile children’s run
7:50 a.m. 8K wheelchair start
8:00 a.m. Individual 8K and team 8K start*
8:30 a.m. Non-competitive one-mile family walk

THE CENTER is a private, nonprofit United Way agency that provides education, job training, socialization, and health care to developmentally disabled persons. Over the past 29 years, the HBA Law Week Fun Run has raised more than $1,136,400 for THE CENTER.
Join the fun and support THE CENTER at the Houston Bar Association’s 30th John J. Eikenburg Law Week Fun Run, the only 8K race of its kind.
The post-event festivities in Sam Houston Park feature live music, refreshments, an awards ceremony honoring the winners, and drawings for prizes donated by local merchants. All participants will receive commemorative T-shirts.
Entry fees for individuals are $30 for the 8K run ($35 after March 12) and $18 for the one-mile children’s run and family walk. Three-person team entry fee is $300 ($330 after March 12).
Adopt a Walker from THE CENTER! Support the participation of residents from THE CENTER by paying the $25 entry fee for a resident to join the 1-mile walk, which includes a t-shirt, race packet and opportunity for the resident to win prizes in special drawings. Check the appropriate box on the entry form.
Registration is available online at www.lawweekfunrun.com or at one of these locations:

Thursday, March 19, 2015 (10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
Luke’s Locker
1953 West Gray – (713) 529-0786

Friday, March 20, 2015 (8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
THE CENTER
3550 West Dallas / Cullen Residence Hall
(near Shepherd & Allen Parkway – call 713-759-1133 for directions)

Saturday, March 21, 2015 (6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.)
Race Day Registration at Sam Houston Park

* The 8K course is certified (TX02104ETM) and the 8K race is sanctioned by the GAAC. The 8K Run is an official Spring Series Race of the Houston Area Road Runners Association (HARRA) and a sanctioned Houston Corporate Athletics Association (HCAA) event.

Star Wars at Jones Hall

February 20, 2015 by  
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THE MAJESTIC ORCHESTRAL SCORE OF STAR WARS TO TAKE OVER JONES HALL IN FAMILY CONCERT
Music of legendary film composer John Williams to be featured in Star Wars and More
Pasadena-area high school marching band to make its debut with the Houston Symphony 

 

HOUSTON (February 19, 2015) – Houston Symphony Associate Conductor Robert Franz  leads the Houston Symphony in Star Wars and More, a family concert that will take audiences through the intergalactic music of the Star Wars film series, composed by five-time Academy-Award winner John Williams.

Williams’ striking orchestral compositions for this film are among the most recognizable in the film music history, from the recurring musical theme “Imperial March” that first appeared in The Empire Strikes Back film, to “Battle of the Heroes” fromRevenge of the Sith.

The family concert – which will take place on Saturday, March 6 – also features Tchaikovsky’s epic 1812 Overture and “Appian Way” from Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Franz and the Houston Symphony will share the stage with members of the Dobie High School Marching Band in their Houston Symphony debut.

The Family Concert Experience
The family concert experience includes lobby activities including the Instrument Petting Zoo, arts and crafts, and young musician performances. The 50-minute concerts are held on Saturday mornings with two start times, 10am and 11:30am.  Lobby activities take place prior to the 10am performance and immediately following the 11:30am performance.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit houstonsymphony.org or call the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center at (713) 224-7575, MondaySaturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Star Wars and More
Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00am and 11:30am
Robert Franz, conductor
Dobie High School Marching Band
Tickets from $19

Jones Hall
615 Louisiana St.
Houston, TX 77002

About Robert Franz
As Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony and Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic, Windsor Symphony Orchestra and the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Robert Franz is acclaimed by critics and composers.In increasing demand as a guest conductor, Robert debuted with the Phoenix Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina last season.

In Houston, he leads the Symphony in educational and family concerts. His work with students has led to a continuing relationship with Radio Disney. Last season, Robert conducted the orchestra’s 100th anniversary concert; led a family series concert with the Houston Grand Opera, Theater Under the Stars and the Alley Theatre; partnered in a concert for the Anti-Defamation League; and was on the podium for a side-by-side performance of Tchaikovsky’s 6th with the Houston Youth Symphony totaling 150 musicians.

ASCAP has recognized Robert for his advocacy in arts education. Under his direction, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (2008) and the Louisville Orchestra (2001) were awarded the Leonard Bernstein Award for Educational Programming. He has addressed the Idaho Legislature on the importance of music in education and authored his first children’s book with a CD, Stella’s Magical Musical Tour of America. He received a master’s degree in conducting and a bachelor’s degree in oboe performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts.

About Houston Symphony
During the 2014-15 season, the Houston Symphony enters its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. This season also marks the inaugural year for new Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $29 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 286 performances for 300,000 people, including 82,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call (713) 224-7575.

Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2015 by  
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If you’re looking to make plans this Valentine’s Day we have a few suggestions for you to start with!

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Eventbrite has pages and pages of events that you can get tickets to (some are free!) for Valentine’s Day in Houston.  There are things for singles and couples!
Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/d/tx–houston/valentines-day-ideas/

The Official Visitors Site for Houston has some great ideas too!
www.visithoustontexas.com

For Couple:
For the Adventurous type:

Glide!
The extreme sport of soaring uses sailplanes for motor-less flight so people can experience the feeling glide through the air. Located just east of Wallis, Texas, the Greater Houston Soaring Association offers gliding every weekend, weather permitting.  Today’s sailplanes can fly for hours and cover great distances.
Go Fish!
The experts at Galveston Fishing Guides have been casting lines in the waters of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico for years. They know the hotspots for everything from redfish and trout to giant tarpon and sharks. Available for half day, full day and evening trips. While you’re down in Galveston check out Gaidos, a landmark for fantastic seafood, or Gumbo’s for Louisiana-style poboys.

Wave Action

Want to test your wakeboarding skills? You don’t have to hit the open water for a thrilling experience, just head south of Houston to Wake Nation. Set on a man-made lake, this attraction boasts 35-foot steel towers carrying a unique overhead cable system that allows riders to wakeboard, water skate, water ski, and kneeboard without a boat. Novices can start out on a practice pond while the pros take to the lake outfitted with custom-built jumps, grind rails, and sliders.

Fast Fall
Located on a 134-acre airpark 25 minutes south of the 610 Loop,Skydive Spaceland offers classes, tandem and individual skydiving experiences with some of the best instructors in the industry. Do a first-time jump with a tandem instructor or spend a week in training and get your skydiving license. Skydive Spaceland is open seven days a week and can handle as many as 300 first-time jumpers each day. The facility also welcomes large groups.

Ready, Aim, Fire
Whether you’re an expert marksman or a novice, shooting sporting clays is a great time. A game designed to simulate wing shooting of various game birds, sporting clays is set up a lot like golf, with various stations around a course where clay targets are thrown in pairs. This is just one of the activities available at American Shooting Centers in West Houston’s George Bush Park, which also offers skeet shooting and rifle and pistol bulls-eye shooting.

Paint Wars

Ever want to see who would fare better in a combat situation, you or your buddies? Well whether you’re a paintball pro or a complete novice, you’ll get a full-throttle experience at Urban Warzone–and figure out who can really hack it in war. As you navigate the field and the various bunkers, you’ll get that adrenaline rush you crave.

Rock the Cradle
If you dream of riding bowls, grinding rails, or cutting and sweeping through the largest cradle in the world, don’t miss the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark. Designed by the premiere skatepark firm Gridline, this state-of-the-art, public 30,000 square-foot in-ground skate park is the first world-class, in-ground skatepark in the Houston region. If bigger is better, head north to Spring and conquer the United States largest free skate park,Greenspoint Spring Skatepark. At 72,000 square-feet, the park includes a competition-scale Texas bowl featuring a full pipe, a 12-foot vertical ramp, a 10-foot bowl, banked walls and speed hips. In addition, there is a section designed to emulate the street-skating experience and will have ledges, rails, benches, banks, quarter pipes and stair obstacles.

Climb High
With 42 top rope stations and a dedicated bouldering area, Texas Rock Gym draws climbing enthusiasts from across the region to its West Houston facility. Texas Rock Gym offers a wide assortment of classes and clinics for climbers as well as team building activities and organized programs for schools, companies and other groups. Visitors can access Texas Rock Gym on a day pass or an ongoing membership. A series of packages and add-on extras such as shoe rental are also available.

Play with the Ponies
For a little open air fun on horseback, head north to Humble’s Cypress Trails stables. This established equestrian center is open seven days a week for endurance and pleasure riding and offers rides by the hour or for longer periods and also provides lessons in general horsemanship and competitive riding.

For the Romantic in you:

Picnic in the Park: (Feb. 13) – Take a stroll in Hermann Park and enjoy live music, a catered three-course picnic and even a pedal boat ride. Tickets are limited and reservations are needed.

Dining by Candlelight: Love means never having to say “I’m hungry.” At least that’s the takeaway from the many Houston restaurants offering mouth-watering menus for Valentine’s Day this year. Whether it’s seafood you’re craving or steak, Italian or Mexican, there’s something for every couple’s taste on the table

For the Big Spender:

Fly high-helicopter ride: See the city like you’ve never seen it before with Helicopter Services Inc.

Wine before dine: Skip the trip to Napa and head for the hills-Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail offers oenophiles spectacular views and award-winning wines not far from the heart of Houston. Located between I-45 and U.S. Highway 290, visitors will find seven wineries spread out over the state’s beautiful landscape.

Award winning restaurants: The best of the best- But don’t take our word for it. Houston’s restaurants are consistently being recognized by Bon Appetit and beyond. Read on for some of the city’s most-loved spots.

Haute hotels in the city: Houston’s spoiled when it comes to stylish hotels–from modern properties with a hopping social scene to the innovative and eco-friendly. Read on for the scoop on those with a fresh new look and even more that we have to look forward to.

 

The Beloved on a Budget:

Things to do: Spend your day exploring Houston’s hotspots, while saving big with a well-edited list of the city’s most-loved free things to do. Fortunately, for locals and visitors alike, several of Houston’s most memorable attractions won’t break the bank, in fact they won’t even cost a dime.

Cheap Eats: Meals that won’t break the bank. No matter what you’re craving, there are plenty of affordable options to choose from in Houston. Check out these wallet-friendly stand outs in a neighborhood near you.

For the Singles:

Take a cooking class: Dinner for one? Make it a delicious one. Be a star in the kitchen and learn the secrets to preparing fabulous dishes from some of Houston’s culinary masters.

Athena Golf Club & American Shooting Centers: Grab your single friends and set your sights on something other than Valentine’s Day. While Cupid’s busy taking aim at hearts, you and your friends can take aim at a bullseye.

Spa Day: Rest, relax and rejuvenate this Valentine’s Day at one of the city’s many top-notch salons and spas. From blow-dry bars and hotel retreats to nail spas and make-up salons, Houston is chock-full of beautifying escapes and stress-relieving sanctuaries. Want to know where to go to unwind? The possibilities are endless so sit back, relax and just say spaaaah…

Your missing link: Mixers & Elixers (Feb. 13) – Mingle with other smart hearts while enjoying music and drinks at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Who knows, you might just find your missing link.

For the Family:

Kid Friendly restaurants: With more than 8,000 restaurants to choose from in the Houston area, it can be daunting trying to find a spot that’s kid tested and parent approved. While plenty of well-known, national chains dot the city’s landscape-Chili’s, Rainforest Café and iHop, among others-there are just as many uniquely-Houston options that are certain to please. Check out the local spots that score big in H-Town.

Kids incorporated: There are endless attractions that appeal to adults and children alike. From boat tours on Buffalo Bayou to one of the top children’s museums in the U.S., Houston offers endless attractions that appeal to adults and children alike. Plan a visit and treat your family to one of the city’s fun-filled, action-packed adventures that are as entertaining as they are educational.

Anti-Valentiners:

Chocolate? Flowers? Romance?!? Yuck. If you’re not a fan of the traditional trappings of datings, try one of these ideas. The city is jam-packed with unique, must-see sites and experiences to enjoy. Think you’ve got Houston figured out? Think again. Spend your Valentine’s Day off the beaten path.

Love Sux Party: The theme speaks for itself. Head to Howl at the Moon with a picture of your ex-boyfriend (in pieces) and admission is free.  Singletons and couples alike are welcome to join in for great Anti-Valentines drink specials and Love Sux games with $500 in cash and prizes for the taking!

Food trucks: No reservations necessary at these laid back food joints. From cupcakes to chicken and waffles, crepes to pocket pies, just about anything your taste buds desire is being served on wheels, and without the uncomfortable trappings of relationship defining Valentine’s Day dinners.

Bowling: Group dates take the pressure off the “love stuff”. So gather a league of friends for an upscale approach to bowling with large, flat-screen TVs, a VIP cocktail lounge, premium stereo system and a well-heeled catering menu.

Pay-What-You-Want screening of David Cross’ directorial debut HITS

February 8, 2015 by  
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One night only special Pay-What-You-Want screening of

David Cross’ directorial debut HITS in Houston at Sundance Cinemas February 12, 2015

WHAT:  David Cross’ new dark comedy HITS to play for one night only in special Pay-What-You-Want screening with special guest native Houstonian, Academy Award® winning and HITS producer Ryan Brooks. HITS is a dark comedy exploring the nature of fame in 21st Century YouTube America. The film takes place in a small town in upstate New York populated by people who trade in unrealistic expectations. It’s a story in which fame, delusion, earnestness, and recklessness meet, shake hands, and disrupt the lives around them. Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnG9w9nDST0

WHO:   Written and directed by David Cross, the film stars Meredith Hagner, Matt Walsh, James Adomian, Jake Cherry, Derek Waters and Wyatt Cenac along with Julia Stiles, David Koechner, Jessie Ennis, Amy Sedaris, Erinn Hayes, Michael Cera, Amy Carlson, Jason Ritter, and Kurt Braunohler.

WHEN:  Thursday, February 12, 7:30PM – Pay-What-You-Want Screening

Friday, February 13-19 – One week theatrical run

WHERE:  Sundance Cinemas, 510 Texas Ave, Houston, TX  77002, 713-223-3456, www.sundancecinemas.com

WHY:  The first feature film to be released on BitTorrent with special event pay-what-you-want screenings in over 50 markets. The film opens in theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Madison and Seattle on February 13 and will be available via BitTorrent as a Pay-What-You-Want release. The first film to collapse all windows and ask audiences to PAY-WHAT-THEY-WANT. Also, simultaneously releasing on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and others.

PRICE:        Pay-What-You-Want

 

 

 

5th Annual Sugar Land Home & Garden Show

January 17, 2015 by  
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Vendors representing the best of Sugar Land, Missouri City, Fort Bend County, Katy and Southwest Houston will be on hand to present their products and services to homeowners who have the desire to surround themselves with beauty, elegance and color. The goal of this popular one-stop home-improvement annual event is to provide all of the tools necessary from current trends in interior design to creating a burst of spring color, a tranquil greenspace or functional outdoor living area to help attendees define and design their personal space.
 
WHEN:
Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 24 and 25, 2015; Time: TBD
 
WHERE:
Stafford Centre. 
Located at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford, the Centre boasts 20,000 square feet of exhibit space.
 
TICKETS:
Ticket information will be available on the sugarlandhomeandgarden.com  website closer to event time.
  
 
Photo courtesy of Thompsons Landscape

Bayou City Music Center

January 16, 2015 by  
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Open since 1997, Bayou Music Center has been home to countless events over the years, including Coldplay, Nickelback, Etta James, James Brown, Robin Williams, Velvet Revolver and Steely Dan just to name a few. Known for it’s incredible sightlines and superior soundsystem, a concert or special event at Bayou Music Center is not to be missed.

Where: 520 Texas Ave Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-230-1600
Email: juliejohnson@livenation.com
Website: http://www.bayoumusiccenter.com/

Toyota Center

January 16, 2015 by  
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 Toyota Center is dedicated to enhancing the concert-going experience for our VIP customers. We understand that waiting in line for concessions, tour merchandise or restrooms can detract from your evening. We know that relaxing with friends in a comfortable environment before the concert is important to you. That is why we are offering you the opportunity to purchase passes to the WOODFOREST CLUB, LEXUS LOUNGE or PLATINUM LOUNGE for select concerts!

Where: 1510 Polk Street Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-758-7200
Website: http://www.houstontoyotacenter.com/
Events: http://www.houstontoyotacenter.com/events/all

Warehouse Live

January 16, 2015 by  
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Just beyond the gleaming office buildings of Downtown Houston lies Warehouse Live, a 1920’s era warehouse repurposed as a one-of-a-kind concert and event venue. From the moment guest arrive, Warehouse Live features a vintage, 20 foot neon marquee welcoming and branding your event from the start.

With its prime location, just three blocks from Minute Maid Park and directly behind the George R. Brown Convention Center, Warehouse Live has quickly become one of Houston’s signature multipurpose facilities, offering the versatility to accommodate groups as small as 50 and as large as 1,500.

Warehouse Live has been configured to offer unrivaled flexibility in layout and production. The complex encompasses two fully independent spaces – the Ballroom and the Studio – each with their own entrances and exits, restrooms, bars, flat screen LCD and Plasma TVs, stages and sound and lighting systems. In addition, the entire facility is wired for high-speed internet access.

While parking can often be a problem downtown, Warehouse Live benefits from ample non-metered street parking throughout the Warehouse District and has access to three dedicated surface lots adjacent to the facility. Additional lots are nearby, and valet parking can be arranged for specific events. Outside caterers are always welcome at Warehouse Live.

Where: 813 St. Emanual Street  Houston, TX 77003
Phone: 713-225-5483
Website: http://warehouselive.com/
Event Calendar: http://warehouselive.com/calendar#2015-01

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion

January 16, 2015 by  
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Surrounded by lush forests, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, presented by Huntsman, is an outdoor amphitheater that provides the Greater Houston region with an array of performing arts events, educational outreach programs and contemporary entertainment. The picturesque venue is the Summer Home of the Houston Symphony and Home Away from home of Houston Ballet. The Pavilion is also known as The Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, and is governed by a volunteer board of directors

Where: 2005 Lake Robbins Drive  The Woodlands, Texas 77380
Phone: 281-363-3300
Website: http://www.woodlandscenter.org/welcome.html
Events: http://www.woodlandscenter.org/events.html
Email: info@woodlandscenter.org

House of Blues

January 16, 2015 by  
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The House of Blues grew out of founder Isaac Tigrett’s love for the unique American art form known as the “the Blues”. Weaned on this music during his early childhood in Tennessee, one of Isaac’s goals was to introduce the world to the music of the rural south, including the Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz and Roots-based Rock & Roll.

The very first House of Blues opened its doors in a converted historical house in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1992 and is home to live music, original folk art, and delta-inspired cuisine.

The House of Blues is dedicated to educating and celebrating the history of Southern Culture and African American artistic contributions to music and art.

Where: 1204 Caroline Street  Houston,TX,77002
Phone: (888) 402-5837
Website: http://www.houseofblues.com/houston
Concerts: http://www.houseofblues.com/houston/#calendarsearch
Gospel Brunch: http://www.houseofblues.com/houston/promos/GospelBrunch

Redneck Country Club Fall Concert Schedule

December 15, 2014 by  
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Christmas

December 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Events, Parents' Place

Here are just a few things to do around town this holiday season! We are sure these will get you into the Christmas spirit!

Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo

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TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights is back and more spectacular than ever this year – now with more than 2 million lights! There are new and exciting additions around every corner at this year’s most anticipated holiday tradition. From a completely lit-up African Forest with larger-than-life, glowing, rotating ornaments to a walk-in snow globe, TXU Energy Presents Zoo Lights will be sure to delight the entire family. Bring your camera to capture all the special moments!

When: Friday, November 21, 2014 to Sunday, January 4, 2015. Closed December 24 and 25.
Time: 6pm to 10pm daily; last entry at 9pm
Where: Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX ‎77003
Admission: Prices range from $10.95 to $14.95
Parking: Parking is very limited at the Houston Zoo.
Website: www.houstonzoo.org/zoolights/

Houston Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker

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Journey with Clara as she dances on the arm of the Nutcracker Prince to the stunning Land of Snow and the delectable Kingdom of Sweets. There are so many reasons to delight in The Nutcracker: the giant Christmas tree, the dancing dolls, Mother Ginger and her adorable clowns, the lavish sets and the iconic Tchaikovsky score. Ben Stevenson’s production of The Nutcracker has entertained children and their grown-ups for more than 25 years.

When: Friday, November 28 through Sunday, December 28, 2014
Times: 2pm and 7:30pm performances on various nights. Click here to check exact times by date.
Where: Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002
Parking: Paid garage and surface lots are available to the East and South of the theater
Admission: Tickets start at $55, but you may find cheaper or better tickets on TicketNetwork’s resale site.
Click here for full price tickets.

 

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas

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Houston’s seasonal favorite is described by the Houston Press as having “Spectacular London sets … the inimitable Dickens’ tale – spiced with the usual fog and an unusual twist on the ghosts past, present and future.” A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmasreturns this year with a re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve. A Christmas Carol instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season.

When: Friday, November 21 to Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Times: Tuesdays through Fridays 7:30pm; Saturdays and Sundays 2:30pm, 7:30pm
Where: Alley Theatre @UH, Wortham Theatre, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston, 4116 Elgin Street, Houston, TX 77004
Parking: Click here for parking details at University of Houston.
Admission: Tickets range from $25 to $55.

Field of Lights at Discovery Green

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Discovery Green is proud to host Field of Light, a dazzling art installation by internationally-acclaimed artist Bruce Munro. The vivid, temporary, site specific installation is now on display along the Brown Promenade through Feb. 8, 2015 and it is illuminated from 3 to 11 p.m. daily. The prime viewing hours of the exhibit are after dusk.

When: Saturday, November 22, 2014 through Sunday, February 8, 2015
Times: Dusk to 11pm
Where: Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, Houston, TX 77010
Parking: Street, surface lot and garage parking are available.
Admission: Free

Frozen Bikini Bottom in Galveston

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A skilled team of 31 internationally-acclaimed professional ice carvers from Harbin, China will dive into 900 tons of ice and transform them into majestic marvels featuring holiday scenes with the beloved Bikini Bottom inhabitants from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. Chilled and held at a temperature of 9 degrees, you can witness these works of art as Galveston makes its holiday transformation into a Winter Wonder Island.

When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 through Sunday, January 4, 2015
Times: Noon to 10pm
Where: Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554
Parking:  Free in designated lots
Admission: $26.95; $21.95 seniors; $15.95 children
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Other Events

  • Sand Mandala at the Menil | FREE | Thursday through Saturday – Observe Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang monastery in South India create an intricate sand mandala in the Menil foyer.
  • Alley Theatre presents A Christmas Carol at UH | Daily – Follow the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by ghosts of the past, present and future in the Alley Theatre presentation of A Christmas Carol. Tickets range from $25 to $55. 7:30pm Thursday and Friday; 2:30pm and 7:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Hobby Center | Daily – Experience the Rockettes high kicks as New York City’s holiday special comes at the Hobby Center this holiday season. Tickets start at $40, but you may find cheaper or better tickets on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 7:30pm Thursday; 8pm Friday; 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 8pm Saturday; noon, 3:30pm and 7:30pm Sunday.
  • Campfire Christmas at George Ranch | Friday and Saturday – Escape the hustle and bustle of a modern Christmas and go on a festive journey into Christmases past at the George Ranch Historical Park’s annual Campfire Christmas. $50; $45 for ages 15 and under, seniors and groups of ten or more. 6pm to 10pm both nights.
  • Tomball German Christmas Market | Friday to Sunday | FREE – Celebrate the holidays the way the Germans do – with beer! Enjoy street vendors, biergartens, Gluhwein and Dutch Santa during this family friendly market. 6pm to 10pm Friday; 10am to 10pm Saturday; 10am to 6pm Sunday.
  • Houston Symphony presents A Very Merry Pops at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – Enjoy a yuletide evening of traditional standards like “We Need a Little Christmas,” “Angels We Have Heard On High” and “O Holy Night. $25 to $135. 8pm Friday and Saturday; 2:30pm and 7:30pm Sunday.
  • Houston Ballet presents The Nutcracker at Wortham Theater Center | Friday to Sunday – For more than 25 years, the Houston Ballet has been telling the story of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they fight the Mouse King, travel to the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Tickets start at $55, but you may find cheaper or better tickets on TicketNetwork’s resale site. 7:30pm Friday; 2pm and 7:30pm Saturday and Sunday.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Kaleidoscope Theater | Friday to Sunday – Relive the classic Charlie Brown Christmas special with Snoopy, Schroeder, Linus, Sally, Lucy and, of course, Charlie Brown himself. $30; $20 ages 10 and under. 8pm Friday; 2pm and 8pm Saturday; 2pm Sunday.
  • Holiday Market at San Jacinto Mall | Saturday and Sunday | FREE to attend – Pick up some stocking stuffers at the Holiday Market booths near Santa’s Workshop at San Jacinto Mall. 10am to 9pm Saturday; 10am to 8pm Sunday.
  • Rice Village Flea | FREE – Find a unique treasure at the Rice Village Flea Holiday Market. 11am to 6pm.
  • Family Activities inside the Loop from BigKidSmallCity | Daily – Find events, recommendations and family-friendly activities from our favorite Houston mom-in-the-know Jill Jarvis of BigKidSmallCity.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

You could dance with the Rockettes

November 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Blogs, Entertainment, Events

THE ROCKETTES ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE

NEW OPPORTUNITES FOR LOCAL DANCERS IN THE HOUSTON AREA TO DANCE WITH THE ROCKETTES

 

Aspiring Dancers Will Have The Opportunity To Learn The Rockettes Signature Precision Technique From The Stars of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

December 7 and 14, 2014 @ 8AM

Houston Metropolitan Dance Center

HOUSTON, TX (November 10, 2014) – MSG Entertainment announced today “Rockettes Experience – On The Road” will come to the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center on December 7 and 14, 2014. The Rockettes Experience offers a chance for aspiring dancers to learn the iconic eye high kicks and signature precision technique of the legendary dance company. The Rockettes Experience will be open to intermediate and advanced dancers ages 10 and up.

The Rockettes Experience is a unique two hour educational dance class in which the Rockettes will teach students the fine art of precision dance and expose aspiring dance students to the world of the Rockettes. At The Rockettes Experience, students will learn two numbers from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, running December 5 through December 30 at the Hobby Center in Houston.  The workshop will also feature a mock audition for the budding professional dancers, complete with a Rockettes Q&A at the end of the session. All dancers interested in the Rockettes Experience can register online at http://rockett.es/roxexptour.

In addition, aspiring dancers in Houston will have the opportunity to audition for the Rockettes Summer Intensive training program in New York City on December 21, 2014 at the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center. The Rockettes Summer Intensive offers aspiring dancers the unique opportunity to train under Julie Branam, the director and choreographer of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the Rockettes to learn the signature precision technique of the iconic dance company.  Acceptance into the Rockettes Summer Intensive is a crucial stepping stone for Rockettes hopefuls who aspire to one day kick alongside the Rockettes.

The Rockettes are a legendary dance company and have been a part of the fabric of New York City for more than 85 years. Since their debut in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in 1933, the Rockettes have danced into the hearts of millions and spread Christmas cheer to people of all ages. Their technique continues to be both deceivingly complex and entirely glamorous and their talent and athleticism is unrivaled.

 

 

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Christmas on the Brazos

November 10, 2014 by  
Filed under Events

Texas

The historic Christmas traditions of Texas in the 1800s will transport visitors into the past at the day-long Christmas on the Brazos celebration at the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site—the very spot Where Texas Became TexasonSaturday, December 13, 2014.  Free and low-cost holiday activities for all ages include period music, craft making, readings, food samplings and sale of artisan gifts, culminating in the park’s popular Candlelight Christmas event at the Barrington Living History Farm featuring vignettes of Texian frontier festivities with music, musket firing, dancing and a candlelit tour of the farm.

Many holiday activities occur throughout the day at the historic site, including:

  • Independence Hall: Christmas stories will be read in the Hall by staff in period clothing at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m.,2 p.m., and 3 p.m.
  • The Star of the Republic Museum will host “make-and-take” period crafts in its Discovery Room from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  (regular admission fees; no charge for the crafts); museum open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The site’s Visitor Center will be open from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and will offer music, merchandise made by Texas artisans and samplings of local Texas fare.  In a nod to the 21st century, a Christmas tree and Santa Claus will be there for photo opps (all free).
  • Barrington Living History Farm will be open from noon until 4 p.m. and then will close for one hour to prepare for its Candlelight Christmas event that starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. (with the last tour leaving at 8 p.m.)

Candlelight Christmas at the Barrington Farm welcomes its guests into the 1850s and fills their senses with the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear against the backdrop of a star-filled night sky:  smoke and flames from the wood fireplace and bonfire in the field; flickering lanterns and candlelit paths; gunfire and cheers from a rowdy band of Texian revelers.   The evening includes a tour of the historic home of the last president of the Republic of Texas, Dr. Anson Jones, as interpreters recreate how that family would have enjoyed Christmas, including an 1850s Santa.  The slave quarters will also be decorated in typical style for the 1850s.  Each tour culminates in a barn dance where visitors are welcome to join in.

The Candlelight Christmas evening event consists of guided tours for small groups that each last approximately an hour, with tours leaving every 15 minutes starting at 5 p.m.; last tour leaves at 8 p.m.  Advance reservations are strongly recommended at Barrington.Farm@tpwd.texas.gov or 936-878-2214, ext. 246.  Regular admission fees will apply.  Visitors should dress appropriately for the weather and uneven walking surfaces since the event will take place throughout the farm.

Christmas on the Brazos” and Candlelight Christmas will be held Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Washington on the Brazos State Historical Park, 23400 Park Rd, Washington, TX – off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155 at Park Road 12.  Visitors are welcome to bring food and drink into the park, but no glass bottles or alcoholic beverages are allowed.  As always, parking is free.

Leashed pets are allowed in park, but are NOT allowed onto farm site or inside buildings.  Sites are accessible for the mobility impaired.   For additional details call (936) 878-2214 ext 246. The park grounds open at 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.

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