This Month in Houston – August 2017

Dance/Music/Theatre

Alley Theatre (615 Texas Avenue)

Thru August 20th:  Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps – ExxonMobil’s Summer Chills returns in July with the comedy thriller, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps. Packed with non-stop laughs and over 150 eccentric characters (played by four actors), the play is about a man with an ordinary life who meets a woman with a strong accent who says she’s a spy.  When he takes her home, she is murdered.  Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale.  A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, The 39 Steps amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure.  Mark Shanahan returns to the Alley to direct The 39 Steps.

September 15th – October 15thDescribe the Night – In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry.  Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love.  In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk.  Rajiv Josep returns to the Alley with his epic new play Describe the Night, which traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth and conspiracy theories.

September 29th – October 22ndCLEO – Set during the filming of the disastrous 1963 movie Cleopatra, Cleo is the story of the scandalous romance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.  their relationship brought condemnation from the Vatican and the U.S. Congress, and it opened the age of paparazzi and tabloid celebrity, ensuring that the names Burton and Taylor would always be associated wit the greatest sex scandal in ancient history.  Acclaimed director and actor Bob Balaban directs this new play by the Texas based Pulitzer Prize winning author Lawrence Wright.

November 17th – December 30th:  A Christmas Carol – Houston’s seasonal favorite 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 Christmas returns this year with a re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits who visit him on Christmas Eve.  A Christmas Carol instills a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season.

November 30th – December 31st:  The Santaland Diaries – Company Artist Todd Waite reprises the role as “Crumpet the Elf” in the outlandish, and true, chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as a worker in Macy’s SantgaLand display.  This compact, one-character comedy is a hilarious cult classic, featuring comic encounters during the height of the holiday crunch.  NPR humorist and best-selling author of “Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humorists.

for more information, see www.alleytheatre.org or call (713) 228-8421

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Surrounded by a lush forest, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater that provides the Greater Houston region with an array of performing arts and contemporary entertainment in a setting of unparalleled beauty.

August 4th:  Incubus with Jimmy Eat World and Judah and The Lion  6:45 p.m.

August 6th:  John Mayer  7:00 p.m.

August 9th:  Straight No Chaser & Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox  7:30 p.m.

August 18th:  Deep Purple & Alice Cooper with The Edgar Winter Band   6:30 p.m.

August 19th:  Foreigner with Cheap Trick & Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience  7:00 p.m.

August 27th:  Lady Antebellum with Kelsea Ballerini & Brett Young  7:30 p.m.

September 2ndJeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Eddie Money & the Marshall Tucker Band  6:00 p.m.

September 6thHouston Symphony: Damon Gupton – the Best of John Williams  8:00 p.m.

September 7thGoo Goo Dolls & Phillip Phillips  7:30 p.m.

September 8thEric Church  7:30 p.m.

September 12thOne Republic, Fitz and The Tantrums & James Arthur  7:00 p.m.

September 16thZac Brown Band  7:00 p.m.

September 21stSublime with Rome & The Offspring  7:00 p.m.

September 22ndLuke Bryan & Brett Eldredge  TBD

September 23rdNeedtobreathe & Gavin DeGraw  7:00 p.m.

September 24thDepeche Mode  7:30 p.m.

September 30thMatchbox Twenty & Counting Crows  6:45 p.m.

October 13th:  Houston Symphony: Hocus Locus Pops 2017  7:30 p.m.

October 14th:  Monster Energy Houston Open Air – see website for complete listing of performers – Gates open at Noon

October 15th:  Monster Energy Houston Open Air – see website for complete listing of performers – Gates open at Noon

October 19th:  Bob Seger  7:30 p.m.

October 27th:  Chris Stapleton with Marty Stuart & Brent Cobb  7:00 p.m.

November 11th:  22nd Annual Children’s Festival featuring Jack Hanna  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

November 12th:  22nd Annual Children’s Festival  Noon – 5:00 p.m.

November 30th:  Holly Jolly Jingle 2017  7:30 p.m.

for more information, see www.woodlandscenter.org

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (800 Bagby @ Walker)

August 15th – 20th:  The Bodyguard – Based on the smash hit film, the award-winning musical will star Grammy Award nominee and R&B superstar Deborah Cox.  Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker.  Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love.  A breathtakingly romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a host of irresistible classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance with Somebody and one of the biggest selling songs of all time – I Will Always Love You.

August 24thLyle Lovett – A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums.  Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas based musician fuses elements of Americana, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers.  Whether touring as a “Duo” or with his “Acoustic Group”, or “The Large Band”, Lovett’s live performances show not only the breath of this Texas legend’s deep talents, but also the diversity of his influences, making him one of the most compelling and captivating musicians in popular music.  8:00 p.m.

August 25th – 26th:  Catapult: Dance Meets Design – NobleMotion Dance is flying high in Catapult: Dance Meets Design, a new evening of jungle gym choreography.  NobleMotion, named Houston’s Best Dance Company and featured on the Emmy Award winning ABC TV show American Crime, has partnered with an industrial design engineer to create 5 custom built interactive sets that shape the space and offer new terrain challenges for the dancers.  Deconstructed tunnels, flipping doors, and a 12 foot spinning/teetering propeller are a few of the landscapes.  Each structure will offer surfaces for projection mapping and will be engineered as a surreal dancer obstacle course, providing innovative ways to climb, swing and vault.  It’s a physically exciting “must see” show.   7:15 p.m.

September 16th – 17thThousands of Helping Hands – The art performance will honor Tzu Chi Houston’s Bodhisattva journey, and feature enchanting performances by the world-renowned China Disabled People’s Performing Troupe, and Tzu Chi volunteers.   7:30 p.m. on the 16th & 2:30 p.m. on the 17th.

September 21stTedeschi Trucks Band – Now in their 8th year, Grammy-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band has earned their reputation as one of the premier live acts touring today.  The 12 piece ensemble, led by the husband and wife team of guitarist Drek Trucks and guitarist-singer Susan Tedeschi, is a true collective; a rarity in rock and roll with every musician featured nightly while serving the band’s unified vision, pushing the boundaries of group dynamics and improvisation to inspiring new heights.  Praised by review for their “joy-filled blast of blues, soul and rock.  7:30 p.m.

September 21st:  Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street LIVE! – Take a private tour inside the world of Milk Street with Christopher Kimball, founder and host of Milk Street TV and Radio.  Each and every audience member participates in a taste-test and selected attenders come up on stage for cooking competitions, quizzes, and tastings.  Discover the secrets of cooking from Milk Street travels to Thailand, Mexico and Peru to London, South Africa and the Middle East.  Ask Mr. Kimball questions, live on stage and for premium ticket holders, meet Mr. Kimball after the event at a private book signing.  8:00 p.m.

September 22ndSweet Philomela – Opening night of Ars Lyrica Houston’s 2017/2018 season of Artful women features exotic musical works inspired by Philomela, mythical princess of Athens, whose transformation into a nightingale has fascinated poets and musicians for centuries.  soprano Sherezade Panthaki returns to the Zilkha Hall stage for evocative arias from Handel’s L’Allegro, Il Penseroso, ed il Moderato and Johann Adolph Hasse’s lyric cantata L’Armonica, while Dennis James makes his Ars Lyrica debut on the glass harmonica, an instrument whose ethereal sounds fascinated both symphonies for twelve obbligato instruments.  7:30 p.m.

October 7th:  Houston Melharmony – Houston Melharmony features the world premiere of new music inspired by Indian ragas by the “Mozart of Indian Music”: renowned slide instrumentalist and composer Chitravina N. Ravikiran.  the new work is based on Ravikiran’s system of Melharmony, a ground-breaking approach in world music that creates fusion between harmony-centric systems (Western classical/jazz) and melody-centric systems (Indian classical).  Also explored is the profound influence of Indian music on American Minimalist composers Philip Glass and Terry Riley.  Program features dances from Silambam Houston and guest artist Robin Kesselman, Principal Double Bass of the Houston Symphony.  8:00 p.m.

October 10th – 22nd:  The Secret Garden – The Secret Garden is a musical based on the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  the musical’s script and lyrics are Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon.  It premiered on Broadway in 1991 and ran for 709 performances.  The story is set in the early years of the 20th century.  Mary Lennox, a young English girl born and raised in the British Raj, is orphaned by a cholera outbreak when she is ten years old.  She is sent away from India to Yorkshire, England, to live with relatives whom she has never met.  Her own personality blossoms as she and a young gardener bring new lift to the neglected garden, as well as to her sickly cousin and uncle.

October 27th:  Love on the Floor – This highly creative dance show is in four acts and will feature Cheryl Burke, a two-time “Dancing With The Stars” Mirror Ball champion and Emmy-nominated choreographer.  Burke starred for 19 seasons on the top rated ABC program.  In addition, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the 2014 Olympic Gold Medal winning Ice Dance duo will star alongside Burke on the tour.  Davis was the Mirror Ball winner for Season 18, with White placing fourth in the same season.  Davis and White made history by becoming the first American team tow in an Olympic Gold Medal in Ice Dancing when they struck gold in Sochi.  8:00 p.m.

October 31st – November 5th:  Escape to Margaritaville – Part of Broadway at the Hobby Center.  Escape to Margaritaville is the musical comedy getaway featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffet classics, including “Come Monday”, “Volcano”, “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, and many more.

November 9th – 12th:  PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue – It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found.  PAW Patrol to the rescue!  Ryder summons Marshal, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and the newest pup, Everest, to rescue Mayor Goodway and jot run the race in her place.

November 12th:  Ars lyrics Houston – Italian Sirens – At prominent Italian courts and in forward-looking cities like Venice, the decades around 1600 saw a remarkable flowering of female musical talent – virtuoso singers especially – who took advantage of new opportunities for professional musicians.  Italian Sirens is devoted to these unique voices, as realized in the work of three remarkable early 17th century composers: Isabella Leonarda, Francesca Caccini, and Barbara Strozzi.  This musical tricolor spotlights a trio of exceptional Houston singers in the company of a colorful continuo band of violins, cello, Baroque harp, theory, and harpsichord.  6:00 p.m.

December 12th – 24th:  Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight – The familiar story of Sleeping Beauty gets mixed up with contemporary pop culture creating a holiday treat.  Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight is a modern twist on the classic fairy tale, set to a contemporary score featuring the music of Aloe Black, Blondie, Bruno Mars, Jessie J., John Legend, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, LMFAO, Pharrell Williams and Survivor.  The story is based on the European fairy tale where a Princess named Aurora has a curse put on her by an evil fairy Carabosse.  By her 18th birthday, Aurora will prick her finger on a spindle and fall asleep for 100 years.  The Royal Family live under protection from Silly Billy and Nanny Tickle, but Aurora does prick her finger and falls asleep for 100 years.  A handsome Prince saves the day by defeating the wicked fairy and giving Aurora a true love kiss.  Broadway and TV stars perform in this interactive musical fairy tale with comedy, magic and pop music sure to delight children of all ages.

for more information, see www.thehobbycenter.org or call (713) 315-2525

Houston Symphony (Jones Hall – 615 Louisiana)

2017-2018 Season begins in September

September 1st, 2nd & 3rdElla at 100 – Steven Reineke conducting.  The Pops is kicking off Steven’s Inaugural Season with a program to celebrate one of his all-time favorite artists, Ella Fitzgerald.  In honor of her 100th birthday, Steven has lined up three formidable vocal powerhouses.  Together, Motego Glover, Capathia Jenkins and N’Kenge are delivering music that the world has come to cherish, such as “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” and “Summertime”.

September 14th, 16th & 17thMahler & Dvorak – Andres Orozco-Estrada conducting.  The Classical Series begins with two visions of “The Heavenly Life”.  Imbued with the rhythms of Czech folk music, Dvorak’s Te Deum evokes a rustic spirituality and featuers an electrifying ending.  Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 conjures a world of innocence and wonder, especially in its vocal finale.  A child’s vision of heaven, this song for soprano and orchestra features Mojca Erdmann, who has been praised for the “filigree delicacy” of her voice, which spins “a sliver net of glittering jewels”.

September 22nd, 23rd & 24thAndres Conducts Schumann – Andres Orozco-Estrada conducting.   Andres leads the orchestra in two Romantic masterpieces by Schumann, which frame an exciting World Premiere.  Jimmy Lopez, our new Peruvian-born, California-based Composer in Residence, unveils his Violin concerto, a piece he specially composed for violinist Leticia Moreno and the Houston Symphony.  Inspired by brilliant polar auroras, this new work is a feast for the eyes and ears.

September 25thHouston Symphony presents Garrison Keillor – NPR veteran Garrison Keillor returns to Houston for a first time after stepping down from hosting A Prairie Home Companion following an incredible 42 season run.  With his trademark storytelling and candid, observational comedy, Keillor captivates audiences using his unique blend of humor, charisma and wisdome for this one night event.

September 28th, 30th & October 1stRussian Masters – Representing the great Russian conducting tradition, Vassily Sinaisky makes his Houston Symphony debut with a thrilling, all-Russian program.  Two astonishing first symphonies provide a study in contrasts: Shostakovich’s irreverent wit is the perfect foil for Tchaikovsky’s dreamy melodies.  In the hands of Sinaisky, listeners will be “able not only to hear but almost to touch the music”.

October 7th:  Hook’d: Pirates in Concert – Ahoy matey! “Tis time to grab your parrot and walk the plank into Jones Hall with your little Jack Sparrow for a morning of heroic music.  Let your imagination sail with this pirate program that includes a medley from Pirates of the Caribbean and a selection from The Flying Dutchman.  You are also invited on a magical journey with Peter Pan as we take the “Flight to Neverland” by John Williams.  10:00 a.m.

October 20th – 22nd:  Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony – Praised for his imagination and fresh insights, conductor Matthew Halls returns to Jones Hall with Viennese masterpieces by Haydn, Mozart and Schubert.  Dynamic cellist Johannes Moser bring his virtuoso technique and innate musicality to Haydn’s graceful Cello Concerto No. 1.  Completing the concert is Mozart’s final symphonic masterpiece, his dazzling Symphony No. 41, Jupiter.

October 26th, 28th & 29th:  Beethoven & Prokofiev – Ludovic Morlot, the Seattle Symphony’s Grammy Award-winning Music Director, makes his Classical Series debut with Prokofiev’s epic Symphony No. 5.  Composed in the midst of World War II, this symphony was conceived by Prokofiev “as glorifying the grader of the human spirit … praising the free and happy man – his strength, his generosity, and the purity of his soul.”  Returning to Jones Hall, musical polymath Jonathan Miss performs Beehoven’s lyrical Piano Concerto No. 4.

November 10th – 12th:  Broadway TodayFrom Les Miserables to The Book of Mormon – This exciting program of Broadway Today features the incredible Betsy Wolfe.  She will be helping the orchestra celebrate the Great White Way with songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Once, Chicago, The Book of Mormon, Les Miserables and the showstopper “Maybe This Time” from Caberet.

November 18th – 19th:  Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody – Andres and Denis Kozhukhin reunite for a program featuring three works inspired by the same haunting melody: the theme from Paganinni’s demonically difficult Caprice No. 24 for Solo Violin.  A symbol of virtuosi technique, this melody inspired both Rachmaninoff’s and Lutoslawski’s showpieces for piano and orchestra as well as Blacher’s purely orchestral fireworks.  Address continues his multi-season exploration of Ives’ quintessentially American music with his Symphony No. 3, The Camp Meeting.

November 24th – 26th:  Scheherazade Thanksgiving – This Thanksgiving, Andres conducts Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.  Inspired by 1001 Nights, this sumptuously orchestrated tone poem takes listeners along on the voyages of Sinbad and ends with an electrifying festival at Baghdad.  Grammy Award-winning violinist James Ehnes presents his unforgettable interpretation of Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1.

December 1st – 3rd:  Very Merry Pops with Megan Hilty – The Pops is thrilled to welcome back the multi-talented Megan Hilty to the annual Very Merry Pops extravaganza.  Join Megan, Steven, the orchestra and the chorus for a week-end packed with holiday classics, including special arrangements of songs from Megan’s new holiday album, A Merry Little Christmas.  Enjoy favorites such as “Jingle Bells”, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, “Santa Baby” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.

December 2nd:  A Grinch Christmas – It’s the holiday season in Dr. Seuss’ zany world of Whoville.  Although the Grinch is in town, this Christmas will surely not be stolen!  Join the Houston Symphony and local high school singers as they present the classic story of the grouchy, green creature.  The festive fun also includes a holiday sing along and the hit “Believe” from the movie Polar Express.  10:00 a.m.

for more information, see www.houstonsymphony.com or call (713) 224-7575

Jones Hall (non-Symphony related events) (615 Louisiana)

September 15thMomix, Opus-Cactus – The international acclaimed dance company, MOMIX, launches Society for the Performing Arts 2017-2018 season. Having thrilled fans in over 22 countries, MOMIX will delight Houston audiences through its trademark use of magical lighting and imagery.  Artistic Director Moses Pendleton pushes boundaries by combining athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props and pure talent ot create an entertaining multi-media experience.  MOMIX’s revitalized version of Opus Cactus brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with a signature illusionistic style creating images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers.    7:30 p.m.

October 13th:  Penn & Teller – Penn and Teller have redefined the genre of magic while inventing their own distinct niche of comedy for nearly 40 years.  From sold out runs on Broadway to Emmy-winning TV specials, Penn and Teller directed a version of Macbeth that toured the East Coast to raves from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and co-wrote and directed the Off-Broadway thriller “Play Dead”.  Penn has written three books, including the 2011 New York Times Best Seller, “God No!”, hosted the NBC game show Identity and donned his ballroom shoes for the 2008 season of ABC’s hit Dancing With the Stars.  The Comical duo will have the audience laughing the night away in Jones Hall.  7:30 p.m.

October 14th:  U-Theatre – Based in Taiwan, U-Theatre is a unique theater company that utilizes drumming, meditation and theatrics to portray stories.  In 1988, Liu Ruo-Yu founded U-Theatre to create a group that explore their bodies and minds through performance.  Liu Ruo-Yu collaborated with Huang Chih-Chun, a professional traditional Chinese percussionist, to teach U-Theatre company members drumming.  The result is a visually brilliant and unique mode of contemporary theatre that is process-based, finely-tuned, and performer-dependent.  U-Theater is grounded in a collective experience based on each member’s personal search for enlightenment and inner balance.   7:30 p.m.

November 3rd:  Tango Buenos Aires – One of Argentina’s great cultural exports and a SPA fan favorite, Tango Buenos Aires, returns to Houston for one night only.  Tango Buenos Aires has gained international recognition for its key elements of love, passion and romance, with the precise movement of its dancers and live music.  Tango Buenos Aires has toured throughout the U.S. and will bring a brand-new program entitled “The Spirit of Argentina” to Jones Hall.  7:30 p.m.

November 4th:  Renee Fleming – Four-time Grammy winner Renee Fleming will captivate Houston with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence.  From the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to performances in Beijing during the 2008 Olympic Games, Fleming is one of the most sought after voices around the world.  In 2013, President Obama awarded her the National Medal of Arts, America’s highest honor for an individual artist.  Fleming continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, such as Jones Hall, with her award-winning soprano voice.  Fleming will be accompanied by Richard Bado, a chorus master in the Houston Grand Opera for over 30 seasons, who has been collaborating with Fleming for over 35 years since their college days in recitals, concerts and operas.  7:30 p.m.

November 6th:  David Sedaris – David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers with his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques.  Sedaris has mastered satire by using cultural euphemisms and political correctness to address the human condition today.  With a NYT-bestselling collection of fables and multiple award-winning essays, he is admired for his intelligence around the world.  Sedaris’ new book will be released this summer and is a collection of his diaries, entitled Theft by Finding Diaries (1977-2002), which will be the focus of yet another entertaining evening with him in Houston.  7:30 p.m.

December 7th:  A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas – Wynonna judd – along with her band, The Big Noise – will bring “A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas” to Jones Hall.  the show will feature incomparable musical arrangements from The Big Noise, putting Wynonna’s voice front and center for what promises to be a truly memorable evening of music and holiday magic.  Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to hermetic and her undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning a remarkable 33 year career.  Charting countless singles including 20 #1 hits and over 60 industry awards, the iconic performer was dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline”.  7:30 p.m.

for more information, see www.spahouston.org

Toyota Center (non-sporting events) (1510 Polk Street)

August 1st:  James Taylor  7:30 p.m.

August 4th:  Lionel Richie   7:00 p.m.

August 5th:  Queen & Adam Lambert  8:00 p.m.

August 18th:  J. Cole  8:00 p.m.

August 19th:  Ed Sheeran  7:30 p.m.

August 22ndLinkin Park  7:30 p.m.

August 31st:  Emmanuel y Muares  8:30 p.m.

September 8thNicky Jam & Plan B  8:00 p.m.

September 9thJanet Jackson  8:00 p.m.

September 15th:  Ruff Ryders 20th Anniversary Tour  8:00 p.m.

September 22ndEnrique Iglesias & Pitbull  7:30 p.m.

September 23rdRicardo Arjona  8:00 p.m.

September 29th:  Marco Antonio Solis  8:00 p.m.

October 6th:  Tim McGraw & Faith Hill  7:30 p.m.

October 17th:  The Weeknd   7:30 p.m.

October 19th:  Marc Anthony  8:00 p.m.

October 24th:  Bruno Mars  8:00 p.m.

October 25th:  Halsey  7:00 p.m.

November 7th:  Fall Out Boy Mania tour  7:00 p.m.

November 10th:  Guns N’ Roses  8:00 p.m.

November 12th:  Imagine Dragons  7:30 p.m.

November 19th:  WWE: Survivor Series  5:30 p.m.

December 3rd:  Lady GaGa  7:30 p.m.

for more information, call (866) 4HOUTIX or go to www.houstontoyotacenter.org

Wortham Center – Houston Ballet (Texas & Smith)

2017 – 2018 Season begins in September

September 8th – 17thPoetry in Motion – Program featuring George Balanchine’s Symphony in C; Chrstopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance); and the Houston Ballet premiere of Stanton Welch’s Powder.

September 21st – October 1stMayerling – Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling is a three act narrative ballet, set to John Lanchbery’s powerful arrangement of Franz Listzt compositions, based on the historic 1889 incident involving the murder-suicide of the sole heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Crown Prince Rudolf, and his 17 year old mistress, Baroness Mary Vetsera.  Sir MacMillan’s last full-length ballet boldly requires dancers to fully embody intense characters through dramatic acting and dancing.  Houston Ballet is plased to be the first American company to perform this historic and lavish production about disastrous obsession and unrequited love.

for more information, see www.houstonballet.org or call (713) 227-ARTS

Wortham Center – Houston Grand Opera (Texas & Smith)

2017-2018 Season begins in October

October 20th – November 11th:  La Traviata – In Verdi’s most romantic opera, the dazzling heroine, Violetta Valery, a high-class Parisian courtesan, gives up her life as she knows it for the first man she ever loved, only to lose it all.  Rain Arbus returns to HGO to direct this opera filled with lavish sets and grand costumes, while Verdi’s famous score beautifully paints a glittering Paris, this fierce combination is sure to provide an experience of truly gripping theater.

October 27th – November 10th:  Julius Caesar – Togas are out and glam is in with this Julius Caesar.  Set on a 1930s movie soundstage in the enchanted golden age of Hollywood, this Baroque opera comes to life as a big movie musical complete with an art deco Egyptian pyramid, glitzy costumes and a silver screen Cleopatra.  Revel in the vocal pyrotechnics of Handel’s most famous opera about love and conflict in HGO’s charming production.

November 30th – December 17th:  The House without a Christmas Tree – This heartwarming, family-friendly story follows a precocious daughter who struggles to understand her father’s resentment about the holidays and logs for a beautiful Christmas tree like other families have, to “make her house look happy”.  An adaptation of the beloved 1972 television film of the same name, this uplifting world premiere is part of the HGO’s ongoing Holiday Opera Series and will touch audiences of all ages.

for more information, see www.houstongrandopera.org or call (713) 228-6737

DaCamera of Houston (locations as noted below)

2017-2018 Season begins in September

September 23rdFrom Harlem to Havana: Harlem Quartet – The members of Harlem Quartet hail from Cuba, Puerto Rico and the American Midwest, but they call Harlem – with its spectacular diversity and rich artistic history home.  They are dedicated to advancing diversity in classical music while engaging new audiences with varied repertoire.  Cuban piano prodigy Aldo Lopez-Gavilan, borther of Harlem Quartet’s Ilmar Gavilan, is known for his mastery of both classical piano repertoire and the Afro-Cuban jazz tradition.  His performances iwth Harlem Quartet offer a dynamic mix of classical repertoire, jazz standards and Lopez-Gavilan’s own compositions.  8:00 p.m.  Wortham Center.

October 6th:  Robert Glasper Experiment – Since his first appearance on the DaCamera jazz series in 2006, Houston native and HSPVA grad Robert Glasper has become one of the most influential and busiest figures in jazz.  He has worked as music director for Pos Def and Bilal, hit the studio with Q-Tip, Kanye West, and Erykah Badu, done a world tour with Maxwell, and scored Don Cheadle’s Miles Ahead film, all while releasing jazz recordings that have drawn steady acclaims.  8:00 p.m.  Wortham Center.

October 17th:   Quarter Mosaiques – This string quartet evolved as music-making for accomplished amateurs and professionals in intimate, private settings before it moved to the public arena.  The world-renowned Quatuor Mosaiques, the maverick period-instrument quartet from Germany, returns to the Menial Collection, our modern salon setting, with three genre-defining quartets.  7:30 p.m.  The Menil Collection.

October 23rd & 24th:  Schubert’s Winterreise – Schubert’s stunning song cycle of a solitary wanderer without shelter is presented in the context of Lebanon-born Palestinian artist Mona Hatoum’s groundbreaking installations, which explore the fragility of home in a world torn apart by ward and exile.  Metropolitan Opera baritone tyler Duncan makes his Houston debut.  7:30 p.m.  The Menil Collection.

November 10th:  Tiempo Libre – Three time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean ensemble Tiempo Libre is one of the hottest Latin bands performing today.  Tiempo Libre is celebrated for its sophisticated tropical music featuring an irresistible, exhilarating mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sound and seductive Latin rhythms.  the band has appeared around the globe and has been featured on television shows including The Tonight Show.  8:00 p.m.  Wortham Center.

December 1st:  Songs of Freedom – Three adventurous vocalists of today present compelling visions of America in the 1960s’s, paying tribute to three giants: Abbey Lincoln, John Mitchell and Nina Simone.  These prolific artists championed freedom in the realms of civil rights, individuality, love and politics.  Abbey lincoln was a strong presence in Da Camera, appearing the first year the organization presented a stand-along jazz series and making multiple return visits.  Grammy Award-winning drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. is music director of this ambitious tribute first presented at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  8:00 p.m.  Wortham Center.

December 12th:  From Renaissance to Reich: Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord – Mahan Esfahani has almost single-handedly reintroduced the harpsichord into the mainstream of concert life.  The Iranian-American musician was honored in 2015 with the BBC Music Magazine Newcomer of the Year award and was nominated in three categories for the Gramophone Awards – Best Baroque Instrumental, Best Instrumental and Artist of the Year.  His imaginative approach proves that the harpsichord is an instrument for today, not only relevant but even revolutionary with concerts often juxtaposing early music with works that are modern and even avant-garde.  His recital ranges from the English Renaissance to a new version of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase.  7:30 p.m.  The Menil Collection.

for more information, see www.dacamera.com

Miller Outdoor Theatre (Hermann Park)

Located on nearly eight acres in the heart of Hermann Park, Miller Outdoor Theatre is the only free open-air theatre of its kind in the United States. It is a home away from home for some of Houston’s most dynamic arts organizations.

August 1st, 3rd & 5th: Houston Shakespeare Festival: Twelfth Night  8:15 p.m.

August 2nd, 4th & 6th: Houston Shakespeare Festival: Richard III  8:15 p.m.

August 8th:  Movies at Miller – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone   8:30 p.m.

August 9th:  Dancing to the Hispanic Rhythms  11:00 a.m.

August 9th:  Movies at Miller – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them  8:30 p.m.

August 10th:  Los Chicos de 512 – A Tribute to Selena  8:30 p.m.

August 11th:  Ozomatli   8:30 p.m.

August 12th:  Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Tribute to The Beatles  8:30 p.m.

August 14th & 15th:  Splendid China XII  11:00 a.m.

August 15th:  Movies at Miller – Singing’ in the Rain  8:30 p.m.

August 16th:  Movies at Miller – La La Land  8:30 p.m.

August 17th:  Too Marvelous For Words: A Celebration of Nat “King” Cole  8:30 p.m.

August 18th:  Classic Albums Live presents Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Chronicles  8:30 p.m.

August 19th:  Incredible India: Unity in Diversity  8:15 p.m.

August 25th & 26th:  Godspell  8:00 p.m.

September 1st:  The HillBenders present The Who’s TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry  8:00 p.m.

September 2nd:  Bach and Piazzolla  8:00 p.m.

September 3rd:  Bollywood blast: The Bollywood Bachelor  8:00 p.m.

September 8th & 9thXanadu – presented by Stages Theatre Company  8:00 p.m.

September 15th:  El Grito featuring Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles  7:30 p.m.

September 16th:  Salsa y Salud  8:00 p.m.

September 19th:  Tapestry Dance  11:00 a.m.

September 20th:  Moving Myths  11:00 a.m.

September 22nd:  ROCO Season Opener: To the Beat of a Different Drummer  8:00 p.m.

September 25th:  Dr. Kaboom  11:00 a.m.

September 28th:  No Bully Here  11:00 a.m.

October 2nd – 4th:  Hansel and Gretel  11:00 a.m.

October 24th:  Kupira Marimba  11:00 a.m.

October 25th:  Moving Myths  11:00 a.m.

October 26th:  Let’s Make a Play Today!  11:00 a.m.

for more information, see www.milleroutdoortheater.org

A. D. Players (5420 Westheimer Road)

August 20th: Godspell – A musical based on the Gospel of Matthew, Godspell took the world by storm when it first appeared on Broadway. This recent updated version infused with modern references and dynamic arrangements is a masterful retelling of the original.

September 8th – October 1stHarvey – A 6’3″ imaginary rabbit causes delightful confusion for a slightly dysfunctional family in this 1944 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Marty Chase.

for more information, see www.adplayers.org

Main Street Theatre (2540 Times Blvd.)

Thru August 13th:  The Last Wife – Kate Parr is smart, confident and passionate: a rising star in a world of intense competition.  But her obligatory marriage to Henry is rife with the threat of violence and lure of deceit; her secret liaisons with Them, her husband’s former brother-in-law, could send her to an early grave; and her devotion to the education and equal rights of Henry’s daughters is putting an even bigger strain on her marriage. A contemporary retelling of the compelling relationship between Katherine Parr and Henry VIII, the Last Wife is a funny, powerful examination of patriarchy, sexual politics, and women’s rights.  No children under the age of 5 will be allowed in the theater.

September 3rd – October 2nd:  The Revolutionists – Marie Antoinette and Charlotte Corday walk into a bar … Okay, not exactly, but The Revolutionists is a whirling fantasia of a tale about four fiery, renegade women whose lives collide during the French Revolution.  At the height of the Reign of Terror, playwright Olympe de gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, activist Marianne angel, and former queen Marie Antoinette plot murder, try to beat back extremist insanity in Paris, and explore how we actually go about changing the world in this irreverent, brutal comedy.  Recommended for ages 15 and up – strong language.  Children under the age of 5 are not allowed in the theater.

September 19th – October 14thClick, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type – Theater for Youth – Farmer Brown has a problem.  His cows like to type!  And when they start using the typewriter to make demands or go on strike, he has his hands full!  From the incredible team who brought last season’s smash, Duck for President, enjoy more quirky antics on the farmyard.  Children under the age of 3 are not allowed in the theater.

October 22nd – December 18th:  Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall – Part I – The court of Henry VIII is in utter upheaval as the King rages over his lack of a male heir.  The shrewd and ambitious Thomas Cromwell inserts himself into the political scene to help the king pursue his passion for Anne Boleyn and secure an annulment from Katherine of Aragon.  Children under the age of 5 are not allowed in the theater.

October 29th – December 18th:  Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies – Part II – Part II charts Anne’s downfall, the rise of Jane Seymour, and Cromwell’s alliances with his greatest enemies.  Children under the age of 5 are not allowed in the theater.

October 24th – November 11th:  Akeelah and the Bee – Akeelah has a gift for words and a determined spirit.  Despite the objections of her mother and the tough world around her, she enters spelling contests and earns a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  this is the inspirational journey of an 11 year old girl whose courage touches the hearts of her coach, her school and her neighborhood.  Children under the age of 3 are not allowed in the theater.

November 21st – December 22nd:  A Charlie Brown Christmas – It’s Christmas time and Charlie Brown is sad because he feels the holiday has become too commercialized.  So, after advice from Lucy, he decides to direct the Christmas pageant.  The Peanuts gang has been charming the young and young at heart since the mid-60s.  Join Snoopy, Linus and all of the gang as they discover the real meaning of Christmas!

for more information, see www.mainstreettheater.com or call (713) 524-6706

Opera in the Heights (1703 Heights Blvd.)

2017-2018 Season begins in September

September 29th & October 1st, 5th & 7thDonizetti: La Fille du Regiment

November 10th 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th & 19th:  Mozart’s The Magic Flute

for more information, see www.operaintheheights.org or call (713) 861-5303

Stages Repertory Theatre (3201 Allen Parkway)

Thru August 20th: Always…Patsy Cline – In hon0r of Stages 40th anniversary, they are reviving one of the most requested productions in their history. Penned by Stages’ Founding Artistic Director, Ted Swindley, this international hit musical had its world premiere at Stages in 1988 and has been winning hears ever since. Based on a true story, this tribute to the legendary country music singer and her friendship with devoted Houston fan, Louise Seger, is rich with down-home country humor and includes 27 of Cline’s most unforgettable hit songs.

Thru September 3rdWoody Sez, The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie – Legendary singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie transformed folk music into a powerful vehicle for political expression with hits like “This Land is Your Land”, “Bound for Glory” and “The Ballad of Tom Joad”.  In this thrillng new musical, Guthrie’s timeless songs reveal this iconic artist’s bold vision for the America he deeply loved.  Ben Hope, star of Stages’ 2011 production of Hank Williams; Lost Highway returns as Woody.

October 11th – 29th:  Balls – It’s 1973, and Houston’s Astrodome is playing host to one of the biggest pop cultural events of all time as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs face-off win “The Battle of the Sexes” tennis match!  Created in conjunction with New York’s acclaimed One Year Lease Theater Company, Balls is a spectacular new work that bounces one of the most memorable tennis events of all-time off the cultural debates it ignited.  Co-written by Tony award nominee Bryony Lavery and Edinburgh Stage award winner Kevin Armento, Balls embraces OYL’s high-intensity physical groove and features a shot-by-shot re-imagining of the entire match, in a carnival-like atmosphere!  This world premiere is must see theatre from one of the nations most promising new companies.

November 8th – December 24th:  A Midnight Clear, A Musical Tale of Christmas – It’s Christmas Eve, 1964, and a snowstorm threatens to cancel a concert hosted by the sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart.  But when a mysterious stranger and a stranded motorist arrive at their chapel, the Sisters find that the songs of Christmas have far more power than they had imagined.  Stages Artistic Director Kenn McLaughlin and composer David Nehls follow up their smash hit I’ll Be Home for Christmas with a joyous new musical commissioned especially for Stages.

November 29th – December 31st:  Panto Cinderella, Houston’s Original British Panto – You are invited to the Ball this holiday season!  Panto’s madcap storytelling style breathes new life into the familiar tale of humble Cinderella, her fairy godmother, her charming prince and her hideous (and hilarious!) stepsisters.  Come ready to laugh, cheer and boo along with a crazy cast of fairy tale favorites (and Buttons, of course!).  Packed with zany characters, audience interaction and plenty of toe-tapping music, it’s spectacular fun for the whole family.

for more information, see www.stagestheatre.com or call (713) 527-0123

Wortham Center (Texas & Smith Streets)

September 22ndODC/Dance – The Velveteen Rabbit – For 30 years, ODC has captivated audiences with their production of The Velveteen Rabbit.  The San Francisco based dance company brings a Bay Area tradition to Houston to share the Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real.  The Velveteen Rabbit is a heartwarming story that celebrates the relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love.  ODC’s exciting production is filled with wit, elaborate costumes and madcap characters that will charm everyone.   7:30 p.m.

September 28thVan Cliburn International Competition Winner – Established in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is widely recognized as one of the world’s highest-visibility classical music contests and remains committed to its original ideals of supporting, launching the careers of young pianists, and sharing the transformative powers of music with a wide global audience.  for over 50 years, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition has identified and ushered a host of exceptional artists to international prominence.   7:30 p.m.

October 21st:  Alisa Weilerstein and Iron Barnatan – Alisa Weilerstein and Iron Barnatan bring their captivating duet to Houston.  Cellist Weilerstein’s passion, commitment and breathtaking technique combined with undeniable musicianship make her one of today’s most exciting artists.  Barnatan is a true poet of the keyboard: refined, searching, and unfailingly communicative.  His sincerity and expressiveness brings audiences into each phrase as if hearing them for the first time, rivaling his technical abilities and sensitive phrasing.  together, these two artists offer an alluring and passionate musical event not to be missed with works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and more.  7:30 p.m.

for more information, see www.houstonfirsttheaters.com/wortham-center/events

Live Music Venues

Revention Music Center (520 Texas Avenue)

August 4th:  Alphaville  7:00 p.m.

August 5th:  311 with special guests New Politics  7:30 p.m.

August 19th:  World of Dance Tour  3:00 p.m.

August 25th:  The Piano Guys  8:00 p.m.

September 22nd:  Jon Bellion  7:00 p.m.

September 29thThe Flaming Lips  8:00 p.m.

October 2nd:  Kaleo Express Tour – Fall 2017  7:30 p.m.

October 3rd:  A Day to Remember  6:30 p.m.

October 14th:  John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous  7:00 p.m.

October 24th:  Zedd  8:00 p.m.

November 4th:  Jeanne Robertson  7:00 p.m.

November 25th:  Peppa Pig Live!  5:00 p.m.

for more information, see www.reventionmusiccenter.com or call (713) 230-1600

House of Blues Houston (1204 Caroline Street)

August 5thChad Calek – Sir No Face Lives Tour  6:00 p.m.

August 6thThe Juliana Theory 20 Year Anniversry  7:00 p.m.

August 7th:  Summer Slaughter Tour  2:00 p.m.

August 12thJohnny Orlando  6:00 p.m.

August 17thFrankie Ballard  7:00 p.m.

August 19thLos Lonely Boys  7:30 p.m.

August 20thSeether, Poison, The Parish World Tour  6:30 p.m.

August 25thSimple Plan – No Pads, No Helmets  6:00 p.m.

August 26th:  Already Gone  7:00 p.m.

August 28thCity and Colour – USA Tour 2017  7:00 p.m.

August 29th:  Lord Huron  7:00 p.m.

September 2nd:  Buddy Guy  7:00 p.m.

September 5thLifehouse & Switchfoot  7:00 p.m.

September 6thLake Street Dive  7:00 p.m.

September 8th:  Manchester Orchestra  7:00 p.m.

September 14th:  Ben Folds – Paper Airplane Request Tour  7:00 p.m.

September 15thJohnny Lang Signs World Tour  7:00 p.m.

September 16thJay Mohr  7:00 p.m.

September 19thTrombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue  7:00 p.m.

September 21stDr. John  7:00 p.m.

September 22ndDescendents  7:00 p.m.

September 23rdTajmo: The Taj Majal & Keb Mo’ Band  7:00 p.m.

September 24thCafe Tacvba  7:00 p.m.

September 25thCafe Tacvba  7:00 p.m.

September 26thThe Lany Tour – Part 2  7:00 p.m.

September 28thNatalia Lafourcade  7:00 p.m.

September 30thJJ Grey & Mofro  7:00 p.m.

October 1st:  Max Frost  7:00 p.m.

October 2nd:  Govt. Mule  6:30 p.m.

October 4th:  Boyce Avenue  6:00 p.m.

October 5th:  Andrew W.K.  7:00 p.m.

October 7th:  Mutemath – Play Dead Live  7:00 p.m.

October 20th:  The Magpie Salute  7:00 p.m.

October 21st:  Sinbad  7:00 p.m.

October 22nd:  Max  7:00 p.m.

October 27th:  Simply Three  7:00 p.m.

October 28th:  Blues Traveler – 30th Anniversary Tour  7:00 p.m.

November 1st:  Issues – Headspace Tour  6:00 p.m.

November 2nd:  HIM – Bang & Whimper 2017 – the Farewell  6:00 p.m.

November 5th:  The Minimalists: Less is Now Tour  6:30 p.m.

November 17th:  Jacobs Banks  7:00 p.m.

November 18th:  Timeflies  7:00 p.m.

November 19th:  Something to Wrestle With – Bruce Prichard and Conrad Thompson  1:00 p.m.

for more information, see www.livenation.com or call (713) 230-1600

Warehouse Live (813 St. Emanuel Street)

August 2nd:  Froggy Fresh  8:00 p.m.

August 3rd:  Spoken Souls in Acoustic with Mimi Spence, Toni Ann Semple & Astrid North  8:00 p.m.

August 4thCrystal Garden featuring Boyd Tinsley of Dave Matthews Band  8:00 p.m.

August 5th:  Mark Farina  9:00 p.m.

August 11th:  We Tryan Live: Trey Curtis, Mr. Verde & Emma Center  8:00 p.m.

August 12thLil Yachty – “Tennage Tour”  7:30 p.m.

August 13thJidenna  8:30 p.m.

August 15thDead Cross  9:00 p.m.

August 17thKap G + J.R. Donato  8:30 p.m.

August 18th:  Laugh Out Loud Comedy tour: Comedian Trump  10:00 p.m.

August 19th:  Hennypalooza  4:00 p.m.

August 19th:  Lil King  9:00 p.m.

August 25th:  Chris LaForge Memorial, Day 1  6:00 p.m.

August 26thMattyb featuring The Haschak Sisters  8:00 p.m.

August 27th:  A. Chal  9:00 p.m.

September 11thMelvins, Spotlights  8:00 p.m.

September 21stEPICA – The Ultimate Principle Tour  6:30 p.m.

October 1st:  Pvris: North American Tour 2017  7:30 p.m.

October 6th:  XYLO  9:00 p.m.

October 7th:  Kali Uchis  8:30 p.m.

October 13th:  Between The Buried and Me – Colors 10th Anniversary  7:00 p.m.

October 29th:  Chicano Batman Khruangbin  8:00 p.m.

November 3rd:  Soulfly Does Nailbomb: Performing “Point Blank”  8:00 p.m.

November 16th:  The Lacs  8:00 p.m.

for more information, see www.warehouselive.com

Museums

Texas Asia Society – Asia Society Center (1370 Southmore Blvd.)

August 5th:  India Street Food Workshop with Chef Anita Jaisinghani of Pondicheri – Family Activity – Indian street food, popularly known as “nukkadwala” food in India, is varied and diverse.  It offers a range of different flavors all at once, such as sweet, spicy, and angry, creating a treat for the taste buds and a party in your mouth.  Each Indian state has something different to offer as their specialty.  Popular street food dishes include vada paw, cholla b nature, parathas, paid chaat, pain poori, aloo tikka, samosa, paw bhaji, pakora, and lassi.  Over the last few decades, a large Indian community has settled in Houston and with them their culture, language and delightful cuisine, adding to the diversity of our local culture  During this workshop, Pondicheri chef Anita Jaisighani will explain the history of Indian street food while teaching you how to make pain poori, mango lassi, and Indian tomato salad.  A tasting will follow the demonstration.  11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  $10 for members/$15 for non-members/$30 for member family of four/$50 for non-member family of four.  Register online.

August 12thArchitecture Tour – This tour will focus on Yoshio Taniguchi’s first free-standing structure in the United States. It touches on the materials, influences and ambience of the building. The guided tour stops will include The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater; the Edward Rudge Allen II Education Center; the Elkins Foundation Water Garden; the Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall; and the Water Garden Terrace. Free for members/$5 for non-members. 2:00 p.m. Register online.

August 12thArt Tour – Join Asia Society for a docent lead tour of their current exhibitions. Free for members with RSVP/$5 for non-members. 3:00 p.m.

September 9thArchitecture Tour – This tour will focus on Yoshio Taniguchi’s first free-standing structure in the United States. It touches on the materials, influences and ambience of the building. The guided tour stops will include The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater; the Edward Rudge Allen II Education Center; the Elkins Foundation Water Garden; the Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall; and the Water Garden Terrace. Free for members/$5 for non-members. 2:00 p.m. Register online.

September 9thArt Tour – Join Asia Society for a docent lead tour of their current exhibitions. Free for members with RSVP/$5 for non-members. 3:00 p.m.

Thru September 10th:  Sandram Majumdar – Asia Society Texas Center is pleased to present the first-ever exhibition in Texas of the work of contemporary artist Sangram Majumdar.  He emphasizes shared points of connection between seemingly disparate cultures, and his paintings act as palimpsests, layered with a range of historical references that are lost and recovered as the images unfold.  His work refers to the cyclical nature of history and the catalytic connections between major cultural centers in Asia and the west.  Born in Kolkata, India, Majumdar has an MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.  He is a full-time professor of painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

October 10th:  Knowing What to Trust: Fake News’ Global Role in Society and Political Campaigns – With the 24 hour news cycle, our ability to learn what is happening both in our communities or halfway across the world is easier than ever before.  However, with increased access also comes the possibility for stories to be disseminated and shared much quicker than their accuracy can be verified.  Social media has added to this dilemma through its focus on sensational headlines and eye-catching imagery to attract viewers’ attention.  Recently, “fake news” has increasingly played a role in political decisions and business transactions as people look to be better informed and influence the competition’s perception of an issue.  “Fake news” is not an issue specific to the United states, as Asian and European politicians have recently claimed that inaccurate information is aimed at destabilizing their countries and propping up interests from the opposition.  How might news become more influential in our everyday lives?  How is the “fake news” experience similar and different in varying parts of the world?  Join Asia Society for a discuss with journalist and MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi on this important and timely topic.  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  $10 for members/$20 for non-members.  Register online.

October 13th:  Night Market – This family friendly night market features exciting activities, exhibitions, food trucks, local vendors, live music, and more.  6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

for more information, see www.asiasociety.org/texas or call 713-496-9901

Children’s Museum of Houston (1500 Binz)

The Children’s Museum of Houston offers a wonderful array of ongoing exhibits, created to inspire children’s imaginations and help them to learn through curiosity and hands-on activities and experimentation.

Exhibits:

The Invention Convention – Step into a workshop of gadgets and gizmos, where kids create, concoct and construct contraptions and use their imagination to become inventors! Dream up and design in a workshop filled with half-finished contraptions, bins of spare parts, project tables, schematics and various instruments from floor to ceiling. Experiment with LEGO bricks, propellers, magnets, batteries, switches and buzzers through facilitated, hands-on experiments and mini-workshops.

Shocks and Jolts – Get ready for a shock to your system as you enter the Children’s Museum’s brand new Shocks and Jolts exhibition for kids ages 6 and up. This all-new, hands-on exhibition focused around the always-exciting topic of electricity is divided into three main topic areas to help build a better understanding about the properties, generation and uses of electricity.

Yalalag: A Mountain Village in Mexico – Explore Yalalag – A Mountain Village in Mexico! One of the original Children’s Museum exhibits, Yalalag returns with a facelift and a bang to provide you with the opportunity to experience the day-to-day life of people who live in Villa Hidalgo Yalalag – a Zapotec village located in the Sierra Juarez Mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico. You are invited to an exotic trip south of the border to learn about the cultural attributes that give the people of Yalalag a unique take on life.

EcoStation – How does it grow? This is an active, outdoor/indoor environmental exhibit where visitors engage in ecological studies and explore environmental issues by visiting a native plant garden, woodland area, pond and a research pavilion. Through these and several other areas, visitors can participate in diverse hands-on activities such as stream bed creation, insect collecting, leaf rubbings, footprint identification and more! Visitors can also participate in always changing programming that includes things such as nature journals, water quality testing, decomposition, soil type explorations, home environmental awareness inventory logs, bird feeders and much, much more.

Kidtropolis – This exhibit marks a brand new spot on the map, as a real-life kid metropolis, complete with a skyline, city government, occupations and the systems that make a city work. It’s where kids choose to be whatever they want to be. They will participate in a sophisticated, simulated economy, where they can spend money on items and experiences throughout the city. But, like in real life, they will have to get jobs to earn money and that’s where the KidCard comes in handy! This ATM card has a stipend of 40 Kidtropolis dollars on it. With it, kids can go on a shopping spree of tantalizing items, special art workshops and other cool stuff. They can deposit their paychecks into a kid’s savings or checking account or hit the town for a day out!

Cyberchase – The Chase is On! – Based on Cyberchase, the Emmy award-winning PBS Kids Go! math mystery cartoon, Cyberchase – The Chase is On! Presents math in a fun, kid-friendly environment, allowing children to make use of their critical thinking skills and approach math with an investigative, positive attitude. In the exhibit, children will enter Cyberspace through a special portal to explore favorite cyber sites, including the Control Central, the Grim Wreaker and Poddleville and be greeted by Motherboard, the peace-loving leader of Cyberspace. They will help the CyberSquad protect the virtual universe from the evil Hacker, while exploring math concepts such as place value, algebra, geometry, fractions and probability.

Matter Factory – This exhibition offers a glimpse into the concepts of materials science, including properties of matter and potential uses for different substances and smart materials. With 1,350 square feet of exhibit space, explore how matter matters in our daily lives. Experiment with different properties of matter, test and sort materials based on their properties, and examine unique properties of emerging materials recently developed by scientists.

Flow Works – Dive into the forces and properties of water through waves, vortices and rapids, exploring the fascinating concept of hydropower. This interactive exhibit requires kids to “dip” their hands into it to make it work. An 18 feet tall Cauldron stands in the middle of it all! The more you play, the more it gets filled up with water. Once it’s full, water comes crashing down, making an unstoppable wave of fun and allowing other exhibit components to break their course! Feel the rush of waters through a simulated Flood Plain, stream through an Aquaduct Maze, or serve as the mastermind behind a Hydro Switchboard. Navigate ways in which water’s energy can be stored, released and manipulated and harness the power!

How Does It Work – Have you ever wondered how sounds travel? Or how your wireless telephone works? Or even what really happens when you turn the ignition in your car? This multi-level exhibition challenges you to ask and discover the answers to your own science questions with tons of hands-on, investigative experiences. See what makes a car go with the ’66 Mustang in Auto Alley. Watch your messages be sent via fiber-optics and check out the history of communication in Communication Speedway. Challenge yourself to discover something new at the Science Station and raise yourself 5 feet into the air to learn how pulleys work on the Kid Lift.

Power Play – Push your limits and discover how your body reacts to a variety of physical challenges in Power Play! This monumental, three story installation lets you leap up and down different levels as you discover new ways to get active. Take it to the next level tracking your heart rate and strength, rating your experience and comparing your performance like a real fitness athlete.

Inventor’s Workshop – In this facilitated workshop space, visitors can participate in a wide variety of creative thinking and inventive workshops with museum staff playing the role of resident inventors. In general this area is focused on engaging visitors in creative thinking, design and invention. It conveys the following messages about the process of invention: 1) Inventors learn by doing; 2) Mistakes will happen and are necessary to the invention process; 3) Invention is a “messy” process; 4) Inventors take time to communicate with each other, often working in teams towards a single goal. The Workshop’s invigorating activities entail children to go beyond their imagination to create extraordinary objects that may or may not even work. Every week, there is an activity that focuses on invention and design through challenges or inquiry-based exploration. The activity incorporates science, art, and/or technology in some shape or form.

for more information, see www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138

Contemporary Arts Museum (5216 Montrose)

Thru August 6th: Atlas, Plural, Monumental – This exhibition is Paul Ramirez Jona’s first survey exhibition in the Americas. Including sculptures, photographs, videos, drawings, performative lectures, and participatory works made from 1991 to 2016, Atlas, Plural, Monumental demonstrates how Ramirez Jonas is redefining “public art” by investigating how a public is constituted, as well as what brings one together. In his earlier works Ramirez Jonas viewed historical references from a strategic vantage as he adapted early scientific experiments as “scores” inflected with his voice. Ramirez Jonas faithful reproductions of kites designed by investors such as Alexander Graham Bell and Joseph Locornu carried cameras into the air where re-engineered alarm clocks triggered their shutters, capturing images of the artist on the ground holding the kite’s string. In these works, Ramirez Jonas typically activated the scores himself; his later works extend this invitation to viewers. In 2005, Ramirez Jonas shifted his focus toward decidedly public forms: the equestrian statue, the bronze plaque, the key to the city, and the like. the Commons (2011) is a riderless equestrian monument made from cork, and viewers are invited to affix their own messages to the base. With this action, properties often attributed to commemorative sculpture – the singular voice of the state, the singular identity of the memorialized hero, and the immutability of inscriptions set in bronze and stone – are all upended. Ramirez Jonas’s work democratizes time-honored civic forms. Manifested in a range of compelling forms, Ramirez Jonas’s work invigorates our cultural commons.

Thru September 3rd: A Better Yesterday – “Forgiveness means giving up all hope of a better past” is a truism today, originally from the lips of our great philosophically minded comedienne and actress Lily tomlin. It means simply that we need to radically accept that whatever traumas we have lived through are part of the life experience that created us, and we must build from there. the past is a neutral building block that should engender no emotion from us other than gratitude for who we are today. Still, creative people cannot help but muse over alternate realities that might have been and, through the telling, make sense of the actual narratives. And while such musings can veer toward the pathological in the cases of Jack Early, Joo Young Choi and Lily van der Stokker, these artists remake aspects of their pasts with glee. A Better Yesterday presents three personal histories and stories that are remade as ambiguously fictional situations.

September 16th – January 7thEverybody Talks About The Weather . . . We Don’t – Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz present their first traveling U.S. solo exhibition at CAMH, comprising a major new moving image work.  With reference to current violent social conditions, this work asks: What are the preconditions of political action?  Do objects act outside of the logics of subordination?  Do objects have agency?  This exhibition explores the ways in which others (including other objects) might become part of our striving for alternative political and sexual imaginations.  Humans and non-humans, movements, speeches, gestures, music, light and smoke interpret composer Pauline Oliveros’ 1974 score Telepathic Improvisation: Challenging the idea of images a mere depictions of (political) actions, this filmed performance speaks about productive tensions between the fantasy of an action and the action itself.

Thru November 26thAnnabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped – This exhibition is the artist’s first major survey and chronicles over 20 years of her work in ceramics.  The exhibition will also feature works on paper that mirror the trajectory of her works created in clay.  For over two decades, Annabeth Rosen has demonstrably delved into the place of craft in the contemporary art landscape.  Formally trained in ceramics, Rosen has expanded her practice from the functional and decorative into expansive conceptual installations that meld materiality and process.  Her diminutive and occasionally monumental works are composed through laborious and obsessive additive processes that push the medium beyond spectacle and into dialogues about endurance, labor and feminist thought, as well as nature, destruction, and regeneration.

December 9th – March 25th, 2018:  Christopher Knowles: In a Word – CAMH is pleased to present Christopher Knowles: In a Word.  Christopher Knowles is regarded as a poet and painter, yet his output is broader than this suggests.  This exhibition, his most comprehensive to date, spans many mediums – text, sound, painting, drawing, sculpture, and performance – including pieces made in collaboration with esteemed theater director Robert Wilson.

for more information, see www.camh.org or call (713) 284-8250

The Heritage Society (1100 Bagby)

Thru August 19th:  The Great Migration – The exhibition will feature original projects by students that help to illustrate the story of The Great Migration (1917-1970 of more than six million African Americans out of the South to other regions of the United States.  the migration is one of the most important, courageous, and consequential movements in our nation’s history.  In search of true freedom, equality and opportunity, these brave migrants – fleeing systemic racism, abuse, oppression, enforced poverty, and terror – transformed American culture, society, demographics, and politics in a multitude of ways, both tangible and intangible.  African Americans, Mexican Americans, and Asian Americans also migrated to Houston from other regions, making our city the most diverse in the nation.

for more information, visit www.heritagesociety.org

Holocaust Museum of Houston (5401 Caroline)

Permanent Exhibit: Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers – Authentic film footage, artifacts, photographs and documents show life in pre-war Europe, the Nazi move toward the “Final Solution” and life after the Holocaust. The exhibit includes a 1942 Holocaust era railcar and 1942 Danish rescue boat, which both teach the lessons of individual responsibility and how two different populations dealt with evil and injustice.

for more information, see www.hmh.org or call (713) 942-8000

Houston Museum of Natural Science (One Hermann Circle Drive – Hermann Park)

Hall of Ancient Egypt – Safely ensconced in the Sahara desert, and drawing its lifeblood form the River Nile, ancient Egyptian civilization flourished for more than three millennia. A quintessential example of what archaeologists call a primary civilization, “ancient Egypt did not rely on inspiration from others to develop its own architecture, writing and religion – all of Egyptian culture was developed “in house”. The themes of writing, religion, natural resources and – of course – mummification will be explored in this new permanent exhibition hall. Ever since the late 18th century, the Western world has been exploring Egypt. This hall will present artifacts collected during these early days of investigations, and will also compare old-style archaeology with 21st century approaches, such as using satellite imagery and remote sensing to locate and map ancient settlements. The Museum’s own mummy, Ankh Hap, will be moved to this new hall.

Paleontology Hall – The museum’s new Paleontology Hall is the length of a football field, and is one of the most dynamic of its kind in the world. The hall is packed with prehistoric beasts, and will not have the same stagnant displays of ancient skeletons standing in a row that visitors have grown accustomed to seeing. Rather, the predators and prey in the new hall will be in action – chasing, eating and escaping as they struggle for life. Embark on a “prehistoric safari” that also includes the grand saga of human evolution – from tree-climbing australopithecines to courageous mammoth-hunters. Want to learn more? Go to the museum’s website for more detailed information on this new permanent exhibit hall.

Tourmaline Treasures – This exhibition is a “jewel-box” of the world’s finest naturally crystallized tourmalines. The exhibit is organized around the “Rose of Itatiaia” tourmaline from the Joanas Mine in Minas Gerais, Brazil. This special tourmaline is the highlight and centerpiece of the exhibition. Other “asterpiece” specimens from the most famous mines in the world include the Tourmaline Queen Mine, in California; the Paprok Region in Naristan, Afghanistan; the Mt. Mica in Main; the Stewart Mine in San Diego County, California; Anjanabonina Region in Madagascar; the Pedeneira Mine in Brazil; the Malkhan Mine in Russia, the Alto Ligonha Region of Mozambique, etc. This is a unique opportunity to see these famous tourmalines all under one roof.

Vanishing Arts: Highlights from the Beasley-Hwang Collection – It’s the culmination of decades of travel to exotic lands. An eclectic collection of unique artifacts acquired by Drs. Palmer Beasley and Lu Yu Hwang as their study of Hepatitis B took them to China, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Mexico and a host of other countries. This exhibit features 50 of the most fascinating objects from this stunning collection. An intricately carved and painted mask. An Actual Tao sea-going canoe from Taiwan. And a stunning Dragon Robe from the Imperial Court of China, replete with symbolism. Through descriptive text, photographs, and videos, you will learn ow they were created and why. But it’s up to you to imagine why each piece captured the attention of this husband and wife team of physicians.

Faberge: Royal Gifts featuring the Trellis Egg Surprise – The McFerrin Faberge Collection will be presented in a new state-of-the-art gallery in the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals. This new gallery is made possible by the generous underwriting of the Artie and Dorothy McFerrin Foundation. The first installation in the gallery is the new special exhibition Faberge: Royal Gifts featuring the Trellis Egg Surprise. Visitors will experience the design artistry and craftsmanship of the Faberge workmasters in an intimate setting. Currently numbering over 600 pieces, the McFerrin Faberge Collection is the largest private collection of Faberge in the world – a treasure trove of objects reflecting the artistry of the Faberge firm. The exhibition explores the international politics, diplomacy, economics and innovation in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Beginning with the magnificent crown jewels of Catherine the Great, the development of Peter Carl Faberge’s techniques and inspiration are explores. One of the unique treasures displayed is a Faberge piece inspired by a Scythian gold arm band dating to the 4th century BC. One of only four known today, Faberge exhibited this piece at the 1882 Pan-Russian Exhibition in Moscow. In 1885 the House of Faberge was named “Goldsmith by special appointment to the Imperial Crown.”

Recently opened:  Faces From the Southern Ocean – Antarctica is completely surrounded by the Southern Ocean.  There are no sounds except for reverberating wind and water punctuated by the cracking and booming of ice as it breaks off into the sea.  It is a pristine place, overwhelming and awesome.  Through a selection of photography by J. J. L’Heureux, Faces From the Southern Ocean embodies the spirit of the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, a realm dominated by sky and cold  Reindeer, seals and penguins – inhabitants of this icy region – along with breathtaking landscapes are captured in photographs from L’Heureux’s more than a dozen expeditions to the region.  Included in the exhibition are photographs of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s campsite in Cape Royds from his 1907 Nimrod Expedition, the first of three expeditions to the Antarctic.  The site is now managed by the Antarctica Heritage Trust who partnered with Google and the Polar Geospatial Center to capture images of Sheckleton’s hut and created a 360 degree tour of its interior as part of Google’s World Wonders Project.  Accompanying these photographs are a mounted Adelie penguin and Magellanic penguin from the Museum’s collections.

Thru September 4th: Out of the Amazon: Life on the River – HMNS has an unparalleled Amazonia collection. Priceless pieces of the collection – ceremonial objects, masks, body costumes, headdresses and more are showcased in this new exhibition. Sharing the story of thirteen tribes, spectacular feather art and other rare artifacts are complimented by photographs, videos and animals that live side by side with these indigenous communities. Visitors are offered a glimpse of everyday life, as well as the spiritual beliefs and customs, among the rapidly disappearing indigenous groups of the Amazon Rainforest. One of the tribes, is the Pa’ikwene, which inhabit the border area of two countries, French Guyana and Brazil. The overall population in the early part of the 21st century is estimated to be between 1,000 and 1,600 individuals. the term Pa’ikwene means “people of the middle”, a reference to their homeland along the Middle River, called the Urucaua. They are also “people of the middle” in another sense: their strong sense of uniqueness and exclusivity seems to allow each individual one of of them a feeling of importance and worth – of being, as a Pa’ikwene, right at the hub of things. The Pa’ikwene recount no fewer than six creation stories. One of these incorporates the world-wide theme of a great flood. Unique to the Pa’ikwene culture is a conical helmet, open at the top and decorated with superimposed feathers. This headdress functions as a seat for a protective spirit, one that will shield the wearer from ill-intentioned spirits.

Thru September 4th: Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum – Gladiator combat has evolved into one of the defining symbols of ancient Roman culture. Immortalized by films, gladiators locked in mortal combat for the entertainment of the crowds in Rome’s Colosseum are larger than life figures in our mind. However, what went on behind the scenes? This exhibit provides answers in two arenas: that of the gladiators and that of the Colosseum. The exhibit takes you through time and through the Roman Empires. Featuring original artifacts from the Colosseum never before exhibited outside of Italy, this large international exhibit illustrates the compelling and fascinating world of the gladiators. The exhibit also explores the behind the scenes lives of the gladiators and the colossal stage upon which their fate was determined, the Colosseum. Theirs was a world of specialized training, discipline, regulation, and peril, but also of hope of fame, redemption and even wealth and freedom. Original armor and related archaeological artifacts from the Colosseum and other Italian museums are included.

Thru October 8th: Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State – Featuring maps dating from 1513 to 1920, this special exhibition traces more than 400 years of Texas history. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the formation of Texas, from an unnamed frontier in the New World to a small outpost of New Spain, to the huge, bustling state that now leads the nation. Through this unique presentation of cartographic history, visitors can visualize how the fourth largest city in the U.S., Houston, and the third most populous county in the U.S., Harris County, grew into an economic powerhouse because of the Houston Ship Channel and the growth of railroads in the region. The works in this exhibition are mainly from the archival collection of the Texas General Land Office and Houston map collectors Frank and Carol Holcomb. Additionally, there are items on loan from the Witte Musem in San Antonio and the Bryan Museum in Galveston.

Planetarium Showings:

Dark Universe – Dark Universe whisks audiences out of the Milky Way galaxy and drops them alongside a parachute descending through Jupiter’s atmosphere, and brings them all the way to the afterglow of the Big Bang while revealing the breakthroughs that have led astronomers to confront two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. It begins with a scene millions of light years away from Earth. After flying to our own Milky Way galaxy, viewers arrive at California’s Mount Wilson Observatory, where Edwin Hubble’s discovery that the universe is expanding first pointed to the Big Bang. That initial discovery, and ever more powerful instruments on the ground and in space, led to other breakthroughs that have given astronomers an increasingly detailed and precise picture of how the universe formed and evolved. But these revelations have also uncovered intriguing new mysteries. What is the so-called dark energy accelerating cosmic expansion? What is the invisible dark matter holding together galaxies? What is dark Energy, which accounts for about 70 percent of the universe’s total energy and mass? What lies beyond our cosmic horizon? Dark Universe explores this new age of cosmic discovery.

Solar Superstorms – A fury is building on the Sun surface – with high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave 100,000 kilometers high, and rising loops of electrified gas. To find out why, explore the sun’s seething interior in Solar Superstorms. Experience erupting flares, violent solar tornadoes, and massive ejections of plasma into the solar wind, streaming into space and perhaps toward Earth. A new supercomputer has produced these dramatic immersive visualizations of the sun’s violent interior and its effect on Earth. Brace yourself as the next Solar Superstorm is coming your way.

Black Holes – Embark on a journey through one of the most mystifying, awe-inspiring phenomena in the universe. What is a black hole? Where do they come from? Where do they go? Witness the bending of light, skewing of perception, and the dizzying descent into a black hole. Explore the latest scientific knowledge on black holes in a show that is visually immersive and very exciting. This show incorporates some of the most visually stunning three-dimensional effects ever created for the planetarium. Add to that a sound effects track and 5.1 surround sound mix by George Lucas Skywalker Sound Studios and you have an incredible sensory experience.

Dynamic Earth – Dynamic Earth explores concepts and terms essential to understanding the climate and fills in major gaps in the public’s understanding of climate change. In doing so, it enables audiences to gain perspective on one of the most important issues of our time: the question of how to balance the energy and resource needs of our populations with the need to safeguard Earth’s great life support system, the global climate. Dynamic Earth follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape Earth’s climate: the atmosphere, oceans, and the biosphere. Highlights include ultra-high-resolution visualizations of giant swirling eddies of the Gulf Stream, a re-creation of the anatomy of Hurricane Katrina, microscopic ocean creatures blown up to giant size, and the most detailed recreation of the surface and atmosphere of Venus ever produced.

Starry Night Express – Enjoy this LIVE show for stargazers of all ages.  Practice finding constellations, planets, the moon, meteor showers and the Milky Way band – everything you might see on the next starry night.  Then imagine leaving Houston behind for a visit to the George Observatory and on to the darkest skies on Earth.  The live action adventure then zooms out to the different planets you can see, past Pluto, and on to the stars of the nearby Pleiades star cluster and into the birth clouds of the Orion Nebula.  Watch the Milky Way transform into a barred spiral galaxy within a sea of galaxies.  This is a guided tour led by your personal astronomer, beginning with the objects you can see tonight in your own backyard.

We Are Stars – This presentation is a family-friendly adventure that starts with a little stardust, building up over millions of years to become our world and us. Narrated by Lord of the Rings’ Andy Serkis, this time-space adventure spans billions of years and includes the formation of hydrogen, nuclear fusion in stars, formation of asteroids, synthesis of carbon, creation of our own solar system and the emerging of the very first living cells on Earth. It’s an incredible ride that explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry and explosive origins with a cast of lovable characters! It is true that we really are made of stardust? We Are Stars! Learn about this cosmic transformation.

Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd’s legendary album returns, using all the capacities of the Museum’s high-definition, full-dome video system. Fantastic sound and incredible images create an unforgettable experience. It’s not just a laser show, it’s a totally new digital revolution in sight and sound surrounding you, immersing you and losing you in the Dark Side of the Moon.

IMAX Theatre Showings:

Dream Big 3D – All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative and amazing ways. Dream Big will take viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds and a solar car race across Australia. Along the way, the audience will witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.

Penguins 3D – This Imax 3D celebrates the destiny of a very special King Penguin, who returns to his birthplace in the sub-Antarctic.  Known as Penguin City, the island is home to hundreds of albatrosses, fur seals and brawling elephant seals – as well as six million penguins.  Somehow our hero must earn his place among the island inhabitants and fulfill his destiny by finding a mate and raising a family  What follows is the story of the most challenging time in a King Penguin’s life, when he is driven to nurture and defend his offspring against harsh weather and fierce predators.  This cosmic drama plays out in one of Earth’s last great wildernesses, amid steep mountain ranges and windblown plains half buried beneath snow and ice.  Penguins 3D is an unforgettable tale of one King Penguin’s journey through his species’ central rite of passage.

Amazon Adventure 3D – This IMAX film tells the epic, true story of Henry Bates, the son of a sock maker, who risked his life in the perilous Amazon in the 1850’s and discovered the “beautiful proof” for the greatest explanation ever put forward for the development of life on earth.  As in any great detective story, audiences will experience in their immersive giant screen theatre, the compeling clues Bates unearths in his major discovery of the phenomenon of mimicry, whereby certain animals adopt the look of others that helps them deceive predators and gain an advantage to survive.  Little known to the public, Bates made other crucial contributions to biology: identifying 8,000 species new to science.  Adapting remarably well to the extremely challenging surroundings, Bates also ventured further up the Amazon with his pet monkey and guitar, and formed close relationships with the native tribes, speaking 10 of their languages and adopting their hunting and living ways in his own battle to survive.

for more information, see www.hmns.org or call (713) 639-4629

Menil Collection (1515 Sul Ross)

Thru August 6th: Between Land and Sea: Artists of the Coenties Slip – This exhibition brings together examples of the early works of Chryssa, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, Lenore Tawney, and Jack Youngerman. These artists were among a group of intellectuals, writers, filmmakers, and poets who lived and worked during the late 1950s and early 1960s in the old seaport at the lower tip of Manhattan called the Coenties Slip. Distinguished by its viewed of the Brooklyn Bridge and its position between land and sea, the slip served as an important inspiration for the artists, who frequently incorporated aquatic themes into their early work. The exhibition will feature 27 aesthetically distinct works, united by the artists’ desire to locate new ways of thinking about abstraction. Curated by Michelle White, the exhibition draws heavily from the Menil’s holdings and is augmented by important loans from private collections in Houston and the Lenore Tawney Foundation, New York.

October 7th – December 31st:  The Condition of Being Here: Drawings of Jasper Johns – Presented to inaugurate the Menil Drawing Institute’s new building, this exhibition follows how both chronology and recurrence function in the art of Jasper Johns  Motifs. such as a larger or a flag, for example might appear, then recur decades later.  Spanning 50 years of John’s career with works from 1954 to 2014, the exhibition maps introductions, continuities, and breaks among motifs, rather like the separate but parallel tracks that age and memory follow.  The title of the exhibition comes from a notebook entry Johns made in 1968: “Remove the signs of “thought”.  It is not the “thought” which needs showing.  The Application of the eye.  The business of the eye.  The condition of a presence.  The condition of being here.”  Johns described his now-canonical paintings of flags and targets as the “things the mind already knows”.  By  making or remaking, things the mind already knows, the act of making reveals how both perception and presence are constructed and formed. drawings in graphite, ink, charcoal, watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, water-soluble encaustic, pastel, powdered graphite, gouache, and oil stick on surfaces ranging from paper to plastic reveal the diversity of means at play and show the artist’s technical mastery.

Thru May 13th, 2018Francis Alys: The Fabiola Project – This exhibition consists of more than 450 reproductions of a lost 1885 painting of 4th century Roman Saint Fabiola by French artist Jean-Jacques Henner.  The project was initiated by Belgian artists Francis Alys in the early 1990s, shortly after he moved to Mexico City, his current home.  Fascinated by the artisanal culture of the city and short on funds, he decided to build an art collection for himself by combing the city’s flea markets and antique and junk shops.  He expected to find copies of masterpieces by painters like Raphael, Loenardo da Vinci, and Jean-Francois Millet.  Instead, he found and bought versions of Henner’s Fabiola, depicted in left-facing profile wearing a red headscarf.  Gradually, Alys’s casual collecting project gathered steam as he and his friends discovered new images of the saint during their travels around the world.  Today, The Fabiola project consists primarily of paintings, but also include bas-relief wood carvings and images in needlepoint, painted ceramics, jewelry, and in one case a mosaic made of rice and beans.  On view in the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, where slower and deeper reflection is encouraged, the exhibition is curated by Toby Kamps, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

for more details, see www.menil.org or call (713) 284-8250

Museum of Fine Arts Houston (1001 Bissonnet)

Thru September 4thHomelands and Histories: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh – Photographer Fazal Sheikh has traveled the world, capturing images of the displaced and marginalized in Afghanistan, Africa, Brazil, Cuba, India, Israel, Pakistan, and Palestine.  This exhibition celebrates a major MFAH acquisition of 75 photographs spanning the artist’s career.  Sheikh, an award winning photographer, was born in New York City in 1965.  This exhibition features images representing each of his key projects, from the late 1980s to 2013.  A portraitist of uncommon sensitivity, Sheikh seeks to sustain a relationship with the societies he photographs, often spending extended periods of time in each community.  In Sheikh’s own words, his aim is to “contribute to a wider understanding of these groups, to respect them as individuals, and to counter the ignorance and prejudice that often attaches to them”, a goal achieved through his simple, direct portraits.

Thru September 10thA History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection – This exhibition is a series of installations that trace the course of photography from its invention to the present day, showcasing important new acquisitions and treasured masterpieces.  Every few months, a new selection of photographs, drawn from the rich collection of the Museum has built over the past half century, presents the medium’s history in a slightly different light.  In this way, an increasingly complex picture of photographic history emerges for those who move slowly, look closely and return for more.

Thru August 13th: Ron Mueck – Ron Mueck draws upon memories, reveries and everyday experience as he portrays his subjects with extraordinary compassion. What makes his sculptures exceptional is the manner in which he balances realism with the unreal. Frequently spending more than a year conceiving and making each figure, Mueck captures every feature with astonishing detail. The naturalism of his work, however, is undercut by his calculated play with scale; Some figures fill a gallery, whereas others stand no more than 3 feet high. “I never made life-size figures because it never seemed to be interesting”, Mueck explained in a rare interview in 2003. “We meet life-sized people every day. Altering the scale makes you take notice in a way that you wouldn’t do with something that’s just normal. The son of German emigres, Mueck was born in Australia in 1958. After working in film and television in the U.S. and London, he shifted his focus to the fine arts in the mid-1990s. the 13 sculptures assembled in this exhibition – about a third of Mueck’s entire production – encapsulate the arc of his career from 1999 to 2013. Often caught in moments of silent communication or slumber, these figures illustrate the artist’s ongoing investigation of the cycle of life, from the first moment of consciousness, to young love, to the various stages of maturity and aging, and ultimately oblivion.

Thru September 17thPipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish – The Museum continues its series of grand-scale, immersive exhibition.  Pipilotti Rist: Pixel Forest and Worry Will Vanish brings together two mesmerizing works newly acquired by the Museum.  Under the direction of the artist, these light based and video-based installations transform the vast, central gallery of Cullinan Hall into a cosmic journey through time and space.  Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist has been among contemporary art’s chief innovators isnce the mid-1980s, working at the forefront of video and digital imagery.  Pixel forest, created in collaboration with lighting designer Kaori Kuwabara, is among Rist’s newest works, consisting of thousands of hanging LED lights, each controlled by a video signal so that the “forest” is constantly changing.  Light sometimes shifts in a staccato rhythm, and sometimes in waves of color.  Worry Will Vanish is a corner projection with a lyrical, resonantly textured soundtrack by musician Anders Guggisberg, who has worked with Rist on numerous projects.  Rist’s panoramic sequences chart a dreamlike journey through the natural landscape, the human body and the heavens.  Visitors are invited to experience these two works of art in two different ways.  For Pixel Forest, take a stroll through the installation, which the artist describe as “a digital image that has exploded in space”.  As you watch Worry Will Vanish, recline on pillows and relax, losing yourself in Rist’s universe.  Together the two installations, conceived independently – achieve a new synergy as they synchronize into a greater whole.

Thru September 24thRebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians – the Mohammed Afkhami Collection – This exhibition illuminates the multi-faceted histories and identities of Iranians today.  Through works of art by Iranian-born artists across three generations, the exhibition sheds light on the rich heritage – as well as the trials and triumphs – of the Iranian people during a period of social and political unrest.

Thru October 1st:  Houston Artists Select: Selections from the Museum’s Collection – This exhibition features 20th and 21st century prints from the Museum’s permanent collection selected by five local artists who call upon their own artistic practices to explore the communicative value of printmaking.

Thru October 1st:  A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection – This exhibition includes a series of installations that trace the course of photography from its invention to the present day, showcasing important new acquisitions and treasured masterpieces from the MFAH collection.

Thru October 1stPaint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910 – 1950 – This exhibition charts the development of modern art in Mexico and the social, political and cultural forces that shaped it over the course of nearly half a century.  Featuring some 175 works – including prints, photographs, books, newspapers, easel paintings, large-scale portable murals, and mural fragments, Paint the Revolution is unprecedented for its breadth and variety.  The most comprehensive exhibition of modern Mexican art displayed in the U.S. in more than seven decades, Paint the Revolutions presents masterpieces from any well known figures such as Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Rufin Tamayo.  Also on display are works by many of their important contemporaries.  Three historical murals by lose tres grandes – Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros – are digitally re-created and projected in the galleries.

Thru October 1stHomelands and Histories: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh – Photographer Fazal Sheikh has traveled the world, capturing images of the displaced and marginalized in Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East.  This exhibition celebrates a major MFAH acquisition of 75 photographs spanning the artist’s career.  Sheikh, an award-winning photographer, was born in New York City in 1965.  this exhibition features images representing each of his key projects from the late 1980s to 2013.  A portraitist of uncommon sensitivity, Sheikh seeks to sustain a relationship with the societies he photographs, often spending extended periods of time in each community.  In his words, his aim is to “contribute to a wider understanding of these groups, to respect them as individuals, and to counter the ignorance and prejudice that often attaches to them,” a goal achieved through his simple, direct portraits.

Thru October 8thIn the Studio: Craft in Postwar America, 1950 – 1970 – Featuring nearly 40 objects made from clay, wood, fiber and metal, this exhibition showcases art from the field of American craft, created during an intense period of experimentation after World War II.

October 8th – January 28th:  The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta – Celebrating the illustrious life and six-decade career of influential fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, this exhibition showcases a historic overview of ensembles by the late couturier.

November 19th – January 21st:  HOME – So Different, So Appealing – Works of art by U.S. Latino and Latin American artists from the late 1950s to the present focus on the simple universal idea of “home”.  The exhibition comprises a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, film and video.

Thru January 28th: Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait – The Museum’s landmark partnership with the Kuwait-based al-Sabah Collection and the cultural institution Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah continues with this exhibition. The renowned al-Sabah Collection is one of the greatest privately held collections of Islamic art in the world. The collaboration with the Museum, established in 2012, led to the 2013 Houston debut of 67 objects ranging from carpets and architectural fragments to exquisite ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, scientific instruments, and manuscripts. This expanded installation more than triples the display, increasing the art on view to some 250 works that, together, present an impressive and comprehensive spectrum of Islamic art. Objects from the 8th to 18th century – made in North Africa, the Middle East, Turkey, India, the Iberian Peninsula and Central Asia – demonstrate the development of techniques, craftsmanship and aesthetics in Islamic visual culture. Among the highlights are a 16th century Ottoman Turkish prayer carpet; a glass mosque lamp from 14th century Cairo; an extraordinary earthenware bowl from 9th century Iraq that transcends its humble function; early gold jewelry from Afghanistan and Syria; and opulent Mughal jewelry crafted in the refined kundan technique, including a brilliant bird pendant fabricated in late 16th century India from gold, rubies, emeralds, diamonds, and rock crystals.

for more information, see www.mfah.org or call (713) 639-7300

Museum of Health & Medical Science (1515 Hermann Drive)

You: The Exhibit – The Health Museum is proud to announce the first new permanent exhibition since its opening in 1996 – You: The Exhibit. This unique gallery immerses visitors of all ages in The World of Tomorrow – reminiscent of the 1939 World’s Fair. Join your fellow museum visitors in a learning environment that allows investigation into the who, what, where, when, and how of YOU. Using the latest multi-media and special effects technology, The Health Museum has created an experience that will take the museum visitor on a journey to explore their physical selves, mental selves and their future selves. The sophisticated media nature of the exhibition encourages group interaction and participation in the exhibition, and visitors are able to leave something of themselves behind to change the experience over time.

The Amazing Body Pavilion – Take a larger than life tour of the human body and learn all about how your organs and bone work. Sit on a giant tooth, ride a bicycle with a skeleton, walk through a giant brain and more.

McGovern 4D Theater – Take a journey into the alien landscape of your own skin with Planet You 3D, the latest 3D movie now showing at the McGovern Theater. Find out all about the creepy, crawly things that live on your body.

DeBakey Cell Lab – Gear up with a lab coat, gloves and goggles and travel through experiment stations in both English and Spanish. This hands-on exhibit is free for current members and an additional $3 for non-members with the purchase of general admission. The lab is a distinct new kind of museum experience. Honorably named after the respected and accomplished medical pioneer, Dr. Michael DeBakey, this bilingual exhibit is designed to introduce biology-based science to the public and inspire scientists and science-lab leaders in the medical field. Participants can travel through several lab benches that get you up close and personal with cellular biology.

Genome – DNA literally is the “stuff of life”.  It is the set of instructions for making everything from you to zebras, strawberries, and even yeast.  Understanding what the language of DNA means will revolutionize your understanding of yourself, your health, and your connections to life on Earth.

Human + – Human + offers visitors a chance to explore and create a range of low and high tech tolls that extend the abilities of the human body.  Visitors can ride a mono-ski in a simulated ski race, control a DJ station using the wheels of a wheelchair, “feel” the music with a special touch panel, engineer solutions to unique design challenges and even discover how someone can control a neuro-prosthetic limb with their thoughts.

Thru September:  Humanae – Making its debut in Houston, Humanae explores human identity and race through 250 portraits from the world.  Brazilian artist Angelica Das challenges visitors to rethink how they see race and think about skin color through a chromatic inventory of the different human skin tones that label human subjects with their corresponding color in the industrial palette, Pantone.

for more information see www.mhms.org or call (713) 942-7054

Space Center Houston (1601 NASA Parkway)

New:  Mission Mars – Experience a virtual Martian sunset, climb into a simulated Orion capsule and feel the texture of rock cliffs inspired by the red planet in this brand new interactive exhibition.  Discover what it takes to travel to Mars, what hardware will get us to the fourth planet in our solar system and how humans may live on the red planet in the next few decades.  Space Center Houston worked closely with NASA in the development of this exhibit, which guides visitors through NASA’s journey to Mars, beginning with a look at how our view of the red planet has changed through the ages.  Find out what goals NASA aims to achieve by exploring Mars and what the red planet can teach us about Earth and the universe.

Thru September 4th: Science Fiction Science Future – This visually compelling exhibit provides opportunities for creativity and innovation on a large scale.  Develop a deeper understanding of how science fiction ideas and concepts might become the science reality of tomorrow, in this exhibit created by the renowned Scitech Discovery Centre in Western Perth,j Australia, and produced by Imagine Exhibitions.  With hands-on and full-body experiences that challenge the mind and body in a stunning visual environment, this exhibit sets the stage for a unique journey of science exploration, curiosity and discovery.  Experiment with evolving technologies and develop an understanding of how science will benefit society now and in the future.

Beginning October 14th:  Destination Moon – In a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, guests will see more than 20 one-of-a-kind Apollo 11 mission artifacts, some of which flew on the historic Apollo 11 mission.  they include the hatch, the F-1 injector plate, a lunar sample return container, astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s extravehicular visor and gloves, astronaut Michael Collins’ Omega Speedmaster Chronograph, a star chart, survival kit and more.  With the addition of the new exhibit, guests will experience the first and the last moon landings in one place for the first time ever.  The exhibition, a partnership of the National Air and Space Museum and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, will commemorate the 50th anniversary in 2019 of the extraordinary achievement of man’s first step on the moon.

Independence Plaza – Independence Plaza presented by Boeing has just opened. Visitors will enter the shuttle replica Independence, mounted on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft, and then explore the giant plane. Multiple exhibits will grant a rare glimpse into the historic shuttle era and describe its impact on current and future exploration. Fitting Space Center Houston’s educationally focused mission, the exhibits will explore problem-solving concepts; possible career paths in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and examples of innovation from the shuttle era.

Red Bull Stratos Exhibit – The world was watching in October, 2012, as Felix Baumgartner made his record breaking supersonic free-fall from the edge of space, reaching a top speed of 843.6 mph/Mach 1.25. Now, the historic three thousand pound Stratos capsule and Baumgartner’s pressurized spacesuit makes its world debut at Space Center Houston.

The Shuttle – marvel at this full-scale, high-fidelity replica of the Space Shuttle. Parked outside Space Center Houston, you can enjoy the shuttle before you even walk in the door. Measuring 122.7 feet long and 54 feet high, this replica gives you the look and feel of an actual shuttle. That is because it was built by shuttle contractors using NASA schematics, blueprints and documents.

International Space Station – Discover how NASA is making the impossible happen today in the International Space Station Gallery. You’ll see live presentations; artifacts, displays and other amazing pieces form the orbiting laboratory known as the International Space Station.

Living in Space – This interactive presentation gives you a glimpse inside life on the International Space Station. The living in Space module shows you what astronauts deal with on a daily basis. How they eat, sleep, stay in shape and conduct their experiments. A Mission Briefing Officer gives you the inside scoop on how the impossible happens every day. You’ll discover how even the smallest tasks are complicated by a microgravity environment.

Building 9 Visit – Welcome to the Vehicle Mock-Up Facility. From the catwalk high above the massive floor, you’ll see several mockups of International Space Station parts and even get a look at the new Orion capsule. You might see pieces of the Canada Arm or other new and developing tech that will pave the way for future exploration like cutting edge rovers, robots, and next-level space suits. Here is where the impossible is happening right now. Be a part of history in the making as you witness engineers, scientists and astronauts shaping the future of space exploration.

New Mission Control – Form here, U.S. flight controllers coordinate with astronauts from the many countries that participate in the International Space Station program. Built in 1995, this facility took over from the “historic Mission Control” as part of a $250 million renovation project. This room is manned 24/7 to help our Space Station team with whatever they need.

Historic Mission Control – This is it. Located in Building 30 of the Johnson Space Center, this is the facility where NASA monitored nine Gemini and all Apollo missions, including the historic Apollo 11 trip to the moon. In fact, from this room, the NASA team exercised full mission control of Apollo 11 from launch and liftoff at the Kennedy Space Center to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. You can feel the history from the monitors to the rotary dials. The truth is that there’s more technology in a modern watch than there was in this room in 1969.

NASA Tram Tour – A must-do for any visit to Space Center Houston. This is your chance to go on the grounds in the Johnson Space Center and get an up-close look at the impossible as its happening. You might see astronauts training for the next trip to the International Space Station. You’ll see Historic Mission Control and awesome Building 9, where astronauts train for their next mission. Plus, there is a stop at the new Saturn V Complex at Rocket Park.

Chomp! The Science of Survival – Enter the world of Chomp!, where you can stand nose to snout with some of nature’s creepiest, most dangerous creatures. Learn how NASA scientists are mimicking the traits of alligators, poison dart frogs, and other animals on display to help astronauts live in space. You can also meet these amazing animals during live shows every day, free with admission. Kids can test their survival skills by weaving through spider webs and balancing on platforms as they navigate their way through an obstacle course.

Blast Off Theater – Visit the only place in the world where you can personally experience the thrill of launching into space like a real astronaut. It’s not just a movie; it’s the thrill of personally feeling the launch into space – from the rocket boosters to the billowing exhaust. What have visitors said about their trips? “It’s like IMAX in 10D!” After docking at the International Space Station, guests enter the theatre for an update on current shuttle missions, as well as details on the exploration of Mars. The space program truly comes alive in the Mission Status Center, where Mission Briefing Officers provide live updates on current space flights and astronaut training activities.

Astronaut Gallery – The Astronaut Gallery is an unparalleled exhibit outside Northrop Grumman Theater featuring the world’s best collection of sacesuits. Astronaut John Young’s ejection suit and Judy Resnik’s T-38 flight suit are two of the many spacesuits on display. The walls of the Astronaut Gallery also contain crew photos of every U.S. astronaut who has flown in space.

Space Center Theater – The challenge of President John F. Kennedy, to put a man on the moon by the end of the 60’s, had its beginning several decades before the formation of NASA. As the guests have seen in other parts of Space Center Houston, the equipment and the technology have been developing since Robert Goddard’s time. This attraction shows the excitement, the commitment and the risks taken by the people who fly in space. Here we can see the evolution of the equipment and the training of the men and women who dreamed to be astronauts. Nearly 300 people have flown in space since the first Mercury rocket took off in May 1961 with astronaut Alan Sheppard, Jr. on board. That first flight lasted only 15 minutes. Contrast that with the May 1992 flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, which was 9 days with 7 crew members on board.

Starship Gallery – The journey into space begins with the film “On Human Destiny”. Artifacts and hardware on display in the Starship Gallery trace the progression of America’s Manned Space Flight. This incredible collection includes: an original model of the Goddard Rocket; the actual Mercury Atlas 9 “Faith 7” capsule flown by Gordon Cooper; the Gemini V Spacecraft piloted by Pete Conrad and Gordon Cooper; a Lunar Roving Vehicle Trainer, the Apollo 17 Command Module, the giant Skylab Trainer, and the Apollo-Soyuz Trainer.

The Feel of Space – The Living in Space module simulates what life is like for astronauts aboard the space station. A Mission Briefing Officer gives a live presentation on how astronauts live in space. The presentation uses humor to show how the smallest tasks like showering and eating are complicated by a microgravity environment. A volunteer from the audience helps to prove the point. Beyond the Living in Space Module are 24 part task trainers that use sophisticated computer technology to provide visitors with the experience of landing the orbiter, retrieving a satellite or exploring shuttle systems.

for more information, see www.spacecenter.org or call (281) 244-2148

Sports

Houston Dynamo – Major League Soccer – Home Games (BBVA Compass Stadium – downtown Houston)

August 12thHouston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes  8:00 p.m.

August 26thHouston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City  8:00 p.m.

September 9thHouston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids  7:30 p.m.

September 27thHouston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy  7:30 p.m.

September 30thHouston Dynamo vs. Minnesota United FC  7:30 p.m.

October 22nd:  Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire  3:00 p.m.

for more information, see www.houstondynamo.com

Houston Astros – Home Games (Minute Maid Park – 501 Crawford)

August 1stHouston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays  7:10 p.m.

August 2ndHouston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays  7:10 p.m.

August 3rdHouston Astros vs. Tampa Bay Rays  7:10 p.m.

August 4thHouston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays  7:10 p.m.

August 5thHouston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays  6:10 p.m.

August 6thHouston Astros vs. Toronto Blue Jays  1:10 p.m.

August 16thHouston Astros vs. Arizona Diamondbacks  7:10 p.m.

August 17thHouston Astros vs. Arizona Diamondbacks  1:10 p.m.

August 18thHouston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics  7:10 p.m.

August 19thHouston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics 6:10 p.m.

August 20thHouston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics  1:10 p.m.

August 22ndHouston Astros vs. Washington Nationals  7:10 p.m.

August 23rdHouston Astros vs. Washington Nationals  7:10 p.m.

August 24thHouston Astros vs. Washington Nationals  7:10 p.m.

August 29thHouston Astros vs. Texas Rangers  7:10 p.m.

August 30thHouston Astros vs. Texas Rangers  7:10 p.m.

August 31stHouston Astros vs. Texas Rangers  7:10 p.m.

September 1stHouston Astros vs. New York Mets  7:10 p.m.

September 2ndHouston Astros vs. New York Mets  6:10 p.m.

September 3rdHouston Astros vs. New York Mets  1:10 p.m.

September 15thHouston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners  7:10 p.m.

September 16thHouston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners  6:10 p.m.

September 17thHouston Astros vs. Seattle Mariners  1:10 p.m.

September 19thHouston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox  7:10 p.m.

September 20thHouston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox  7:10 p.m.

September 21stHouston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox  7:10 p.m.

September 22ndHouston Astros vs. LA Angels  7:10 p.m.

September 23rdHouston Astros vs. LA Angels  6:10 p.m.

September 24thHouston Astros vs. LA Angels  1:10 p.m.

October 1st:  Houston Astros vs. Chicago Red Sox  2:05 p.m.

for more information, see www.houston.astros.mlb.com

Houston Rockets – National Basketball Association – Home Games (Toyota Center – 1510 Polk)

2017-2018 Season begins in October

for more information, see www.rockets.com or call (713) 758-7200

Houston Texans Football – Home Games (NRG Stadium)

August 19thHouston Texans vs. New England Patriots – pre-season  7:00 p.m.

August 31stHouston Texans vs. Dallas Cowboys – pre-season  7:00 p.m.

September 10thHouston Texans vs. Jacksonville  Jaguars  Noon

October 1stHouston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans  Noon

October 8th:  Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs  7:30 p.m.

October 15th:  Houston Texans vs. Cleveland Browns  Noon

November 5th:  Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts  Noon

November 19th:  Houston Texans vs. Arizona Cardinals  Noon

December 10th:  Houston Texans vs. San Francisco 49ers  Noon

December 25th:  Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers  3:30 p.m.

for more information, see www.houstontexans.com or call 713-629-3700

Sugar Land Skeeters – Home Games (Constellation Field, Sugar Land)

August 1st:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Somerset Patriots  7:05 p.m.

August 2nd:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Somerset Patriots  7:05 p.m.

August 15th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. York Revolution  7:05 p.m.

August 16th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. York Revolution  7:05 p.m.

August 17th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. York Revolution  7:05 p.m.

August 18th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. York Revolution  7:05 p.m.

August 19th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. York Revolution  6:05 p.m.

August 20th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. York Revolution  6:05 p.m.

August 28th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. New Britain Bees  7:05 p.m.

August 29th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. New Britain Bees  7:05 p.m.

August 30th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. New Britain Bees  7:05 p.m.

August 31st:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. New Britain Bees  7:05 p.m.

September 1st:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  7:05 p.m.

September 2nd:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  6:05 p.m.

September 3rd:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  6:05 p.m.

September 4th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Southern Maryland Blue Crabs  2:05 p.m.

September 12th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Bridgeport Bluefish  7:05 p.m.

September 13th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Bridgeport Bluefish  7:05 p.m.

September 14th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Bridgeport Bluefish  7:05 p.m.

September 15th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Bridgeport Bluefish  7:05 p.m.

September 16th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Long Island Ducks  6:05 p.m.

September 17th:  Sugar Land Skeeters vs. Long Island Ducks  2:05 p.m.

for more information, see www.sugarlandskeeters.com

Parks

Houston Arboretum (4501 Woodway)

Wednesdays: Introductory Tai Chi – Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art that has evolved into a highly effective form of exercise, regardless of age or physical ability. Tai Chi involves a series of slow, meditative body movements that are excellent for repairing injuries, de-stressing and for learning focus and insights into life’s problems. $15 a session; or $45 for a calendar month. Registration is required. 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

Thursdays: Yoga on the Way Home – Why fight the traffic? Slow down and relax in the peaceful beauty of the Arboretum during a one-hour yoga session in the Arboretum’s classroom overlooking the forest. Cost is $15 per session or $10 a session when registering for the month. Registration is required. 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

Saturdays: Introductory Tai Chi – Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese martial art that has evolved into a highly effective form of exercise, regardless of age or physical ability. Tai Chi involves a series of slow, meditative body movements that are excellent for repairing injuries, de-stressing and for learning focus and insights into life’s problems. $15 a session; or $45 for a calendar month. Registration is required. 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Saturdays: Continuing Tai Chi – Tai Chi Chuan is a centuries old Chinese martial art that has evolved into a highly effective form of exercise, regardless of age or physical ability. Tai Chi involves a series of slow, meditative body movements that are excellent for repairing injuries, de-stressing, and for learning focus and insights into life’s problems. Continuing Tai Chi is for students wishing to further develop Tai Chi skills and knowledge. Prior enrollment in Introductory Tai Chi is required. Class may be held outside or inside, depending upon weather. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. $15 per session or $45 for calendar month. Registration available online.

August 5th:  Medicinal Wild Plants – Before modern medicine, humans relied on plants for healing.  Many of our current drugs and medical treatments originally came from plants or are still made from them; for example, aspirin originally came from willow tree bark.  Come for this introduction to common medicinal wild plants in Texas and learn about what healing plants may be growing in your backyard.  10:00 a.m. – Noon.  $20 for members/$35 for non-members.  Register online.

for more information, see www.houstonarboretum.org or call (713) 681-8433

Houston Zoo (1513 North McGregor)

Founded in 1922, the ever-evolving Houston Zoo is an exciting recreational destination and a unique educational resource serving 1.4 million guests annually. Set in a lush 55-acre landscape, the Zoo is home to more than 3,100 exotic animals representing more than 500 species. The first Saturday of every month, Houston Zoo Members are invited to enjoy the Zoo an hour earlier and see keepers, grounds crew, and other staff preparing to open the Zoo for the day, including releasing animals from their night holds into their habitats. Members can experience the Zoo before the crowds on these select mornings and start the day off right with a trip to the Zoo. Please note that the Wildlife Carousel, and concessions stands, and cafes will open at 9:00 a.m. The Gift Shop, Aquarium and Natural Encounters will open at 8:00 a.m.

The Gorilla Habitat – Don’t miss the newly opened Gorilla Habitat. This is the first time in more than a decade that the Houston Zoo will have gorillas on exhibit for the public. This new habitat is almost an acre. Guests, separated by fences and safety glass will be able to watch the gorillas not only outside, but also in their new indoor shelter, which is approximately 4,000 sq. ft. There will be a total of seven gorillas. Three are coming to Houston from the Bronx Zoo in New York. Another from the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and the final three from Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, South Carolina. It has taken a year and a half just to plant the vast amount of trees to build a berm that zoo visitors can walk across. This new exhibit will definitely not disappoint.

Daily: The 4-D Experience! – What is 4-D? It starts with the stunning visuals of a 3-D movie and then adds effects like scents, mists, bubbles, lights and more to bring movies to life. Now showing at the Zoo are a variety of short family friendly films, like Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure, which is based on Nickelodeon’s hit animated children’s series. $4 for members/$5 for non-members.

Sneak Peek Tours – One hour special tours. This experience includes a behind the scenes peek into the back of house animal areas and a meet the keeper experience with an expert from the Zoo’s animal care team. You can choose one of the following animal sections: Aquarium (Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.), Birds (Thursdays from 10:30 – 11:30 p.m.), Carnivores (Saturdays from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.), Children’s Zoo (Sundays from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.) or Commissary (Tuesdays & Thursdays from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.). $40 for members/$55 for non-members. For more information go to the zoo website.

The Bug House – The Bug House has just opened. The house features 25 custom display cases housing miniature marvels assembled from around the world, as well as from right here in Texas. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by the colorful beetles, centipedes, millipedes, stick insects, giant katydids, tarantulas, domino roaches, grasshoppers, leaf cutter ants, and even scorpions. Insects and spiders are the most numerous and arguably the most diverse of all animals on our planet. There are more than a million species of insects and spiders, representing more than half of all known living organisms. Insects perform vital roles in the ecosystem they inhabit, such as decomposition, food production, silk production, and as a food source for other animals. In addition, pollinating insects are important for plant reproduction and crop production. Spiders prey on insects and help to control the populations of pest insects that have the potential to create widespread destruction of crops. Don’t miss this new addition to the Houston Zoo.

The African Forest – “This wonderful addition takes visitors on an entertaining journey through one of the world’s most mysterious and beautiful places”, said Houston Zoo President and CEO Deborah Cannon. The new exhibition will serve as a dynamic living classroom, emphasizing the importance of conservation. Covering 6.5 acres, the new exhibit will allow visitors to explore and learn in different ways – through traditional signage, interactive elements and dynamic personal encounters. Guests will follow a winding path through a wooded canopy to a large building looking out over a colony of chimpanzees. The building is designed to allow guests and the chimps to come right up to a glass wall and interact. Leaving the chimp area, guests will take a path to enjoy another chimp viewing opportunity and then follow the path through a tunnel which appears to have been carved from solid rock. Guests will come upon an open area presenting a mixed species habitat for white rhinos, forest antelope and other African Forest inhabitants. A winding path along an open vista gives guests an unobstructed viewing opportunity. Proceeding along the trail, guests will have the opportunity to see the Masai giraffe habitat, with an elevated viewing area, where they can have the opportunity to come nose to nose with the world’s tallest terrestrial animals. You won’t want to miss this incredible African adventure!

Meet the Keeper Talks – Every day at the Zoo, you have the opportunity to participate in more than a dozen “Meet the Keeper” talks. Catch a seal lion show, see the elephants get a bath, or maybe even touch a snake or an armadillo. See the Zoo website for a complete listing of each day’s schedule.

for more information, see www.houstonzoo.org or call (713) 533-6500

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