This Month in Houston – December 2017


Alley Theatre (615 Texas Avenue)

Thru 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.

January 26th – February 18th:  The Great Society – The tumultuous beginning of Lyndon Johnson’s presidency was dramatized by Robert Schenkkan in his Tony Award-winning play All the Way, seen in a spectacular Alley production last season.  The LBJ journey continues in part two, The Great Society.  From 1965 – 1968, LBJ struggles to fight a war on poverty even as his war in Vietnam spins out of control.  Besieged by political opponents, Johnson marshals all his political wiles while the country descends into chaos over the war and backlash against civil rights.

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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.

2018 Season begins in April.

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

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.

December 30th:  A Piano …Guitar and Sax – A Peaceful Enterprise presents this performance.  Enjoy a pre-New Year’s Eve jazz show with Grammy nominated guitarist Doc Powell, pianist Marcus Johnson and saxophonist Dee Lucas.  7:00 p.m.

January 9th – 14th:  A Color Purple – Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic has conquered Broadway.  With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize winning story.

January 20th:  Wild Kratts Live! – This all-new theatrical stage show is based on the hit animated television series Wild Kratts.  Martin and Chris Kratt, stars of the Emmy-nominated Wild Kratts, step out live onstage to engage the audiences in a classic Wild Kratts story.  Starting off in their headquarters, the “Tortuga”, the Kratts receive a message about an animal in trouble.  Always ready to help animals in need, they pull on their “Creature Power” vests and gloves and are off.  The adventure doesn’t work as planned, which results in hilarious pratfalls and slapstick fun.  But they press on, encountering some amazing “Wow Facts” about animals, presented via large-screen multi-media video footage as they rescue their animal friend and return it to its natural home.  1:00 p.m.

January 27th:  An Evening with Byrne and Kelly – Irish duo Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly of Celtic Thunder are joined on stage with musicians Nicole Hudson on violin and Peter Sheridan on keyboard, guitar and mandolin.  The live show features dynamic vocal harmonies, violin solos that will make your heart ache, a bold and booming keyboard and plenty of Irish storytelling weaved in and out.  Byrne and Kelly perform original songs from their album Echoes, Irish classics they were raised on and a few recognizable anthems from Celtic Thunder. j 7:30 p.m.

January 28th:  G3 featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen – The guitar icon welcomes Dream Theater’s John Petrucci and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen to his action-packed celebration of guitar wizardry.  Guitar superstar Joe Satriani is pleased to announce that the 2018 incarnation of his massively popular will kick off on January 11th.  7:00 p.m.

January 30th – February 4th:  School of Rock – Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind blowing rock band.  This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie, and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.

for more information, see or call (713) 315-2525

Houston Symphony (Jones Hall – 615 Louisiana)

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.

January 5th – 7th:  Disney Fantasia – Film with Live Orchestra – The Houston Symphony proudly presents selections from Disney Fantasia and Fantasia 2000, shown on the big screen, with live score.  A crowning achievement in the history of animation, the film is an imaginative celebration of great orchestral music, with Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Stravinsky’s The Firebird, and of course, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  Enjoy a fantastical journey as you explore the magic of Disney.  Steven Reineke conducting.

January 11th – 13th:  Kirill Gerstein Plays Brahms – Andrés leads a guided tour of Bartók’s masterful Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Famously featured in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, this innovative work combines modern sophistication with the visceral excitement of Hungarian folk music.  Houston favorite Kirill Gerstein returns for a performance of Brahms’s powerful Piano Concerto No. 1, a deeply personal work often praised as a veiled symphony for its ambition and scope.

January 25th – 28th:  Mozart & Tchaikovsky – Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber takes his Houston Symphony debate with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, a compelling musical drama the composer regarded as his “best symphonic work”.  Dutch violinist Simone Lamsma has received establish praise for her interpretation of Britten’s gorgeous Violin Concerto, which treats listeners to “high-running emotions” and “spectral, blazing sound”.

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

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.

January 16th:  2Cellos – The international sensation 2Cellos brings a fresh, exciting show to Houston.  Luka Sulic and Stjepan, the young Croatian cellists behind 2Cellos, rose to fame in 2011 when their version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” took the world by storm.  The YouTube video became a massive viral sensation leading to a record deal with Sony Masterworks, sold out world tours and appearances on major TV shows.  2Cellos have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out AC/DC.  7:30 p.m.

January 19th – 21st:  Kinky Boots – Kinky Boots is Broadway’s huge-hearted, high-heeled hit that will step into the hearts of Houston.  With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, Kinky Boots will take you from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.  With direction and choreography by two time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell and a book by Broadway legend and four time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein, Kinky Boots is the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Choreography.  Take a step in the right direction and discover that sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out.

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

December 3rd:  Lady GaGa  7:30 p.m.

December 21st:  Trans-Siberian Orchestra  3:30 & 8:00 p.m.

December 27th:  Xscape  7:30 pm.

January 7th:  Katy Perry  7:00 p.m.

January 26th:  Shakira  7:30 p.m.

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Wortham Center – Houston Ballet (Texas & Smith)

Note:  Houston Ballet is working to move scheduled performances to another venue due to damage to Wortham Center as a result of Hurricane Harvey.  Nutcracker performances December 10-23 will be performed at Smart Financial Centre and performances from December 30 – January 6 will be performed at Hobby Center.

Thru December 28th:  The Nutcracker – The holiday season reignites with Stanton Welch’s spectacular new production of The Nutcracker.  Enjoy all the splendor of this timeless classic, with opulence brighter than ever.  Journey with Clara, Drosselmeyer, Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Nutcracker Prince as they embark on a magical adventure through a growing Christmas tree, interactive snow scene, and whimsical Kingdom of Sweets.  The music, costumes and hundreds of delightful characters will bring out the child in everyone.

February 22nd – March 4th:  Swan Lake – In this modernized production, the everlasting love between Prince siegfried and the maiden turned white swan, Odette, is tested by the evil knight Rothbart and his black swan enchantress Odile.  Stanton Welch’s Swan Lake utilizes Tchaikovsky’s full score as arranged for this three-act production.  In his staging, Mr. Welch imbues the main characters with greater psychological complexity and gives the work a twenty-first century pace.  Check back to confirm where the performance will take place.

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Wortham Center – Houston Grand Opera (Texas & Smith)

Note:  Houston Grand Opera has moved performances to George R. Brown Convention Center as a result of damage to Wortham Center, resulting from Hurricane Harvey.

Thru 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.  Note:  Performances will take place at George R. Brown Convention Center.

January 19th, 21st, 27th, 31st & February 2nd:  Electra – Blood-soaked, horrifying and perfect for the opera stage, Richard Strauss’ one-act tragedy, Elektra crushes everything in its path for 100 gripping minutes.  This is the story the ancient Greek playwrights told so well, but on steroids, thanks to Strauss’ frenzied music.  Elektra has only one think on her mind: revenge for the death of her father.  She can’t wait to dance triumphantly when the perpetrators – her own mother and her mother’s liver – get their just deserts, even if it kills her.  Check back to confirm the location of the performances.

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DaCamera of Houston (locations as noted below)

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. Note:  This performance will now take place at the University of Houston Cullen Performance Hall.

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.

January 23rd:  Charles Ive’s America: Hymns, Songs & Sonatas – Few composers have drawn as much literal inspiration from their childhood home as the American maverick Charles Ives.  Award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk has made a special project of championing the music of Ives.  In this imaginative project, Denk, violinist Stefan Jackiw and members of Houston Chamber Choir explore inspiration and eve’s unparalleled invention, interweaving the original hymns, patriotic songs and marches performed by a quartet of singers with the wildly imaginative sonatas of Ives that those songs inspired.  7:30 p.m.  The Menil Collection.

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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.

2018 Season begins in the spring.

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A. D. Players (5420 Westheimer Road)

December 1st – 23rd:  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggle to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids, probably the most inventively awful kids in history.  What follows is delightful mayhem and fun, when the Herdmans collide head-on with the Christmas story.

December 7th – 23rd:  Rock Nativity – This energetic production re-enacts the Biblical account of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, complete with the villainous Herod, the three wise men and the joyous scene in the manger.  Written by David Wood, with music by Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent.

January 12th – February 4th:  Best of Enemies – A true story of an unlikely relationship forged between a Ku Klux Klan leader and a civil rights activist.

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Main Street Theatre (2540 Times Blvd.)

Thru December 17th:  Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley – A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Miss Bennet is set two years after the novel ends and continues the story, this time with nerdy middle-sister Mary as the unlikely heroine.  Mary is growing tired of her role as the dutiful middle sister in the midst of everyone else’s romantic escapades.  When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match and possibly even love.

Thru 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!

January 23rd – February 18th:  Holes – Stanley Yeinats has been unfairly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the kids spend all day, digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep.  Soon Stanley realizes that there might be more to these holes than meets the eye . . . He tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and strangely humorous tale of crime and punishment – and redemption.  Recommended for 5th grade and up.  Children under age 3 years will not be allowed in the theater.

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Opera in the Heights (1703 Heights Blvd.)

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Stages Repertory Theatre (3201 Allen Parkway)

Thru 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.

Thru 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.

January 24th – February 11th:  Alma en venta (Soul on Sale) –  Painter Arcadio Rogers Rodriguez has made quite a name for himself crafting images.  But what does it take to really bring a canvas to life?  A visit from your dead mother?  A Faustian deal with a devilish muse?  Alma en venta/Soul on Sale is a lyrical, magical-realist examination of the cost one Latino artist has to pay to save a soul.

for more information, see or call (713) 527-0123

Wortham Center (Texas & Smith Streets)

Performances cancelled due to damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.  Projected reopening is May 2018.

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Live Music Venues

Revention Music Center (520 Texas Avenue)

December 2nd:  Chevelle  6:30 p.m.

December 8th:  Silent Disco  8:00 p.m.

for more information, see or call (713) 230-1600

House of Blues Houston (1204 Caroline Street)

December 3rd:  Digitour  3:00 p.m.

December 4th:  Sonreal  7:00 p.m.

December 5th:  Buzzfestivus  6:30 p.m.

December 5th:  Guardian Banks  7:00 p.m.

December 7th:  Waterparks  5:30 p.m.

December 10th:  Clutch – Psychic Warfare World Tour 2017  7:00 p.m.

December 15th:  Turnpike Troubadours  7:00 p.m.

December 21st:  R&B Xmas Jam featuring Life Jennings  7:00 p.m.

December 22nd:  Newport Folk presents & The Suffers: With a Lil Help from Our Friends  6:00 p.m.

December 23rd:  Mike Ryan  7:00 p.m.

December 26th:  Rek’s Fam-O-Lee Back to the Country Jamboree  7:30 p.m.

December 29th:  Toadies  7:00 p.m.

December 30th:  Eli Young Band  7:00 p.m.

December 31st:  Ozz  8:00 p.m.

January 5th:  Bricks in the Wall  8:00 p.m.

January 6th:  The Molly Ringwalds  8:00 p.m.

January 12th:  SiriusXM Alt Nation presents Milky Chance: Blossom Tour  7:00 p.m.

January 15th:  The Noise presents Black Label Society  6:30 p.m.

January 17th:  Love Your Parents Tour – A Live Experience  8:00 p.m.

January 18th:  John Hiatt & The Goners  7:00 pm.

January 19th:  The King and Avatar Invite You to a Metal Spectacular of a Lifetime  6:30 p.m.

January 20th:  Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Wrong Tour 2018  7:00 p.m.

January 24th:  Marilyn Manson  8:00 p.m.

January 27th:  Who’s Bad  7:00 p.m.

January 31st:  Machine Head  7:00 p.m.

for more information, see or call (713) 230-1600

Warehouse Live (813 St. Emanuel Street)

December 1st:  Susto & Esme Patterson  8:30 p.m.

December 5th:  Coast 2 Coast Live Interactive Showcase  9:00 p.m.

December 6th:  Trivium & Arch Enemy  7:30 p.m.

December 6th:  The Wrecks  8:00 p.m.

December 8th:  Poptone featuring Founding Members Daniel Ash & Kevin Haskins  8:00 p.m.

December 8th:  Giraffage  9:00 p.m.

December 9th:  Us and Them – The Pink Floyd Experience  8:00 p.m.

December 10thDance Gavin Dance – Mothership Tour  7:00 p.m.

December 11th:  Xavier Omar – Pink Lightning Tour  8:30 p.m.

December 13th:  Uno The Activist ThouxanBanFauni Warhol  9:00 p.m.

December 15th:  Gary Numan  9:00 p.m.

December 21st:  Project 1200  8:00 p.m.

December 23rd:  Kash Doll, Kat St. John & Bake Boys  9:00 p.m.

December 29th:  Space City Music Festival – Carie Marie Band  8:00 p.m.

January 13th:  MC Magic Live  2:00 p.m.

January 24th:  Neck Deep – The Peace and Panic Tour 2018  7:00 p.m.

January 25th:  Green Jello  8:00 p.m.

January 27th:  Plugged  8:15 p.m.

January 28th:  Alan Doyle  8:00 p.m.

January 31st:  Majid Jordan  8:30 p.m.

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

December 1st:  Screen Asia: Australian Short Film Today 2017 – This 90 minute program of 11 short films will open with Matthew Saville’s A Writer and three Script Editors Walk Into a Bar, a three minute film on the agony of screenwriting.  The program also includes, among other films, Bluey, a drama by Darlene Johnson about a troubled young woman who has lost her child; Habits, an animation by Kathy Sarpi about a woman in need of self-improvement; The Mother Situation, directed by well-known Australian actor Matt Day; The Dam by Brendon McDonall, a drama about feelings between lifetime friends that can no longer be contained; Identical, a mockumentary about identical twins, starring, written and directed by identical twins Mark Nichols and Brett Nichols; and Meat and Potatoes, by Arielle Thomas and Eleanor Argyropoulous, a dark comedy about a vegan woman who is staring in the Outback during the apocalypse.  7:00 – 9:30 p.m.  $5 for members/$10 for non-members.  Purchase tickets online.

December 9th:  Architecture Tour – This opportunity to see Yoshio Taniguchi’s first free-standing structure in the U.S. will focus on the materials, influences, and ambience of the building.  Guided tour stops include: The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater; The Edward Rudge Allen III Education Center; the Elkins Foundation Water Garden; the Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall; and the Water Garden Terrace.  2:00 – 3:00 p.m.    Free for members/$5 for non-members.  RSVP online.

December 9th:  Art Tour – Join a docent-led tour of the current exhibition Wondrous Worlds.  Featuring more than 100 outstanding works, Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam through Time & Place showcases the long history, vast geographic expanse, and amazing diversity of works of art in the Islamic world.  Works in the exhibition include nearly all media, ranging from carpets to dress to jewelry, ceramics, glass, metal, paintings, prints, calligraphy and photographs.  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Free for members/$5 for non-members.  RSVP online.

December 12th:  China’s Digital Economy: A Leading Global Force – China is one of the world’s largest investors and adopters of digital technologies and home to one-third of the world’s unicorns – new ventures with valuation in excess of one billion dollars.  The country has the scale to drive rapid commercialization of digital business models, and has the advantage of a massive home market of consumers who are young and eager to embrace digital living.  Three aggressive, giant internet companies with global reach – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, collectively known as BAT – are creating a multifaceted digital ecosystem that touches every aspect of consumers’ lives.  The central government is actively promoting digital innovation and entrepreneurship by offering support as an investor, developer and consumer of new technologies.  China’s digital transformation is already having a profound impact on its own economy, and is likely to have an increasing influence on the worldwide digital landscape.  Its digital globalization is still in a nascent stage and gathering momentum through mergers and acquisitions, investment, the export of hew business models, and technology partnerships.  Join Asia Society for a discussion on what will fuel continued growth and how China could set the world’s digital frontier in the coming decades.  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  $10 for members/$20 for non-members.  Purchase tickets online.

December 16th:  Islamic Geometry with Fariba Abedin – Islamic art is well-known for its use of intricate geometric designs that are found on buildings, ceramics, and other artworks.  Muslims inherited geometry from Greek scholars, and developed it further to create designs that are based on the relationships of points, lines, and angles.  Measurements in nature often follow mathematical patterns as well, which inspired Muslim artists to explore these connections.  Students will explore the structure of geometry and its role in nature and science.  Simple geometric shapes will be developed into more complex designs inspired by rich tradition in Islamic art.  You will complete your design using paint on canvas and will learn about color theory and how to carefully select tints and shades for your finished work.  1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  $30 for members/$35 for non-members.  Register online.

January 13th:  Architecture Tour – This opportunity to see Yoshio Taniguchi’s first free-standing structure in the U.S. will focus on the materials, influences, and ambience of the building.  Guided tour stops include: The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater; The Edward Rudge Allen III Education Center; the Elkins Foundation Water Garden; the Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall; and the Water Garden Terrace.  2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Free for members/$5 for non-members.  RSVP online.

January 13th:  Art Tour – Join a docent-led tour of the current exhibitions Wondrous Worlds and Zheng Chogbin’s exhibition.   3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Free for members/$5 for non-members.  RSVP online.

February 10th:  Architecture Tour – This opportunity to see Yoshio Taniguchi’s first free-standing structure in the U.S. will focus on the materials, influences, and ambience of the building.  Guided tour stops include: The Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater; The Edward Rudge Allen III Education Center; the Elkins Foundation Water Garden; the Fayez Sarofim Grand Hall; and the Water Garden Terrace.  2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Free for members/$5 for non-members.  RSVP online.

February 10th:  Art Tour – Join a docent-led tour of the current exhibitions Wondrous Worlds and Zheng Chogbin’s exhibition.   3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Free for members/$5 for non-members.  RSVP online.

Thru February 25th:  Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place – Featuring more than 100 outstanding works of art, this exhibition will showcase the long history, vast geographic expanse, and amazing diversity of works of art in the Islamic world.  Two factors distinguish this exhibition: first, they inclusion of works from Southeast Asia and East and West Africa, areas largely overlooked in most exhibitions of Islamic art; and second, modern and contemporary works are featured side-by-side with historic objects.  Works in the exhibition cover nearly all media, ranging from carpets to dress to jewelry, ceramics, glass, metal, paintings, prints, calligraphy and photographs.  This exhibition will delight viewers with dazzling works that span over 1,400 of artistry.

Thru July 8th:  Zheng Chongbin – Artist Zheng Chongbin fuses western abstraction with the Chinese calligraphic tradition in works of ink and acrylic on paper, finding contemporary relevance from early forms of Asian ink art.  Zheng’s works examine themes of time and memory, and their cumulative effects on both humanity and the natural world.  In his first solo exhibition at a U.S. museum, Zheng will be presenting paintings and for the first time, a large, multi-planar video sculpture installation which responds to the unique architecture of Asia Society Texas Center as a larger macrocosm.

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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.

October 10th – 31st:  Halloween Monster Mayhem – You are invited to have a spine-tingling experience trick-or-treating, experimenting with monstrous matters, or participating in spirit-lifting activities.  Guided by the dim lights of gaudy candelabras, wander through nerve-wracking havoc in search of goblin goodies, terrifying trinkets and more.  See website for a complete listing of activities.


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.

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Contemporary Arts Museum (5216 Montrose)

Thru January 7thTelepathic Improvisation – Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz present their first U.S. solo exhibition.  It includes a major new moving image work and two new sculptures.  Reference current violent social conditions, this exhibition uses humans and non-humans, movement, speech gesture, music, light and smoke to interpret composer Pauline Olivero’s 1974 score of the same title.  While the action of the film may appear abstract, it nonetheless references specific moments of leftist protest, queer S&M club life, acts of surveillance, and fantasies of new relations between human and non-human objects in an interstellar dimension.  The audience is called to communicate telepathically with all the elements on-screen, including performers Marwa Arsanios, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Werner Hirsch and MPA.  Challenging the idea of images as mere depictions of (political) actions, this filmed performance speaks to the productive tension between the fantasy of action and the action itself.

Thru March 25th:  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.

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The Heritage Society (1100 Bagby)

Thru January 27th:  Food & Family: A Houston Journey – Houston has become known as a food mecca, but its roots/routes are drawn directly from its diverse communities.  Food & Family will explore the supporting role that each of these domains – food and family – plays in enhancing the significance of the other.  After all, family is the elemental unit of human social life and food is the essential component of not just its survival, but its capacity to thrive.  The exhibition explores the synergistic role that each of these – food and family – plays in enhancing the cultural significance of the other.  The exhibition samples the notion of family as a food delivery system in both its simple (e.g. the domestic kitchen) and its complex (e.g. the ethnic grocery store or the family restaurant) manifestations, while simultaneously treating food as a powerful cultural marker in many aspects of family life, from religion to ethnicity to regional identity.  The exhibition involves artifacts and photograph, as well as audio and video installations.  An accompanying publication will celebrate the domestic thread that binds food and family.   Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Free admission.

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Holocaust Museum of Houston (5401 Caroline)

Museum currently closed for expansion and renovation.  The museum will open at temporary location at 9220 Kirby Drive in early 2018.  Check the website for updates.

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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.”

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.

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.

Reality Check – Get ready to be transported to a whole new world.  Walk through the Colosseum.  Travel through space.  Make your way carefully through a haunted house.  All in the same space and all … virtually.  HMNS is partnering with companies and innovators to create a dynamic and ever-changing space where visitors will be able to experience a new kind of reality.  Due to content and the ease of using the necessary equipment, Reality Check is recommended for ages 12 and up.

Opening November 10th:  Trains Over Texas – Create holiday memories by traveling across Texas by model railroad in this scratch built “O” scale model.  The multiple trains crisscrossing the state will visit important and unique places in the state’s geology and physiography.  Destinations include oil country salt domes; prairies and wetlands of the Texas coast; and state and national monuments such as Enchanted Rock Pedernales Falls, The Balcones Escarpment and Big Bend National Park.  Along the routes to these geologic wonders, the trains will also pass through Galveston, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio with other surprises along the route.  This exhibition (the size of a tennis court) is the largest indoor “O” scale model railroad in Texas.  Its been nine months in the making.

Opening November 20th:  Knights – Chivalry and duty are bound together by the masterpieces of European arms and armors, dating from the Medieval and Renaissance ages to the romanticized “Medieval” of the 1800’s.  In the Middle Ages, knighthood was closely linked with horsemanship (and especially the joust) from its origins in the 12th century until its finest hour as a fashion among the high nobility in the 15th century.  The provocative beauty and exquisite craftsmanship of these objects reveal the figure of the knight, his code of chivalry and is battlefield role.  Included are full suits of armor, helmets, corselets, shields, swords and other weaponry.  The exhibit explores the themes of love and war, jousts and tournaments, and the historical context in which the objects were made and used.  Included is a still-life armor installation – a presentation invented by Frederick Stibbert (1826-1906).

Planetarium Showings:

Tales of a Time Traveler – In Tales of a Time Traveler, time travel surrounds you – from the biological clock in your brain and the changing shadows on our Cockrell Sundial, to the history of life on Earth.  Then the story expands to the lives of stars, the time scale of the Big Bang, and the distortion of time by gravity.  This epic journey is told by David Tennant, the 10th doctor in the Dr. Who series.  He plays the time traveler, who guides you through all of time.  In the words of the narrator, “Time is a slippery thing, illusive, impossible to hold.  It can’t be owned.  It can’t be stopped.  You journey through space.  You experience time.”

Edge of Darkness – Edge of Darkness is the latest full-dome movie produced by Evans & Sutherland.  The film features amazing scenes of places never before seen gathered by key space missions that culminated with groundbreaking discoveries in 2015.  It features a spectacular flight through the great cliffs on comet 67P, a close look at the fascinating bright “lights” on Ceres, and the first ever close ups of dwarf binary planet Pluto/Charon and its moons.  Narrated by Hayley Atwell, Agent Carter, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the ABC television series.

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.

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.

Fly Me to the Moon 3D – A space adventure of the third kind . . . In 1969, three astronauts dared to go where no man had gone before – the Moon.  This film takes you back to that historic moment.  Fly Me to the Moon combines the Apollo 11 mission with a whimsical twist involving three teenage fliers who go along on an incredible space adventure.  The film introduces new generations to space exploration and the historic moment when the world was united for this awe-inspiring achievement.

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.

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Menil Collection (1515 Sul Ross)

Thru January 28th:  Radio – Thirty Works for Thirty Years – At the heart of the museum’s permanent collection are 10,000 art works and objects that the de Menils acquired, beginning in the 1940s.  Since the museum opened in 1987, the collection has nearly doubled in size. To pay tribute to the museum’s first thirty years, curators selected thirty works of art to tell a unique story about the museum’s history by constructing a narrative that walks visitors through the past thirty years.  The works from the permanent collection represent the museum’s history, the range and depth of its collection, and the close relationships that the de Menils cultivated with artists over many years.  Featured works are dispersed across the permanent collection galleries, satellite buildings and front lawn.

Thru February 25th:  Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma – The work of London-based artist Mona Hatoum addresses the growing unease of an ever-expanding world, one that is as technologically networked as it is politically fractured by war and exile.  Since the 1980s Hatoum has investigated place, the body and minimalist language of form through her sculptures, performances and installations.  Her work explores how shifting geographic borders and institutional structures limit, if not violently define, how we comfortably find a home in the world.  She powerfully creates a sense of precariousness through a remarkable variety of materials that are as beautiful as they are dangerous.  The fragility of blown glass, strands of hair, woven thread, and the delicate beads are often juxtaposed with the menacing severity of steel plates, barbed wire and knife blades.  This exhibition focuses on Hatoum’s investigation of the uncanny as embraced by Surrealists at the beginning of the 20th century.

Thru October 28th, 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.

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Museum of Fine Arts Houston (1001 Bissonnet)

Thru December 3rd:  Christian Marcela: Chewing Gum – On his daily walks through London, Christian Marcela has photographed thousands of blobs of squished chewing gum on city sidewalks.  Although the subject hardly seems worthy of artistic celebration, he has edited these images into Chewing Gum – a lively, humorous stop-motion animation.  Through careful sequencing, Marcela allows the banal spots to merge and divide like cells; dance playfully with one another; and explode into a cosmic constellation.  Meanwhile, in a self- referential tribute to the history of film, the jerky-jerky quality of the pavement flickering behind the gum recalls flip books, optical toys such as the 19th century zoetrope, and early cinema.  Born in California in 1955, Marcela grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, and now lives and works in London.  He is known for his innovative work combining sound recording, collage, photography, video, film and performance.

Thru January 15th: 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.

Thru January 15th:  On Common Ground: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art – Works from the Museum’s department of modern and contemporary art explore the common ground shared by artists including Francis Albs, Robert Gober, Jasper Johns, Jean-Pierre Larocque, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, and Tony Oursler.

Thru 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:  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.  The ensembles are presented in four thematic sections, beginning with one of the most significant influences on de la Renta’s life: Spain, where he launched his career.  The exhibition culminates in a look at gowns once worn by fashion icons, dignitaries, and celebrities, including Beyonce, Laura Bush, Amal Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Kirsten Dunst, Karlie Kloss and Lynn Wyatt.

Thru February 11th:  Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands – This exhibition features some 150 works of art from the 6th to the 19th century, on view publicly for the first time.  The exhibition highlights the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Iranian civilization.  Drawn from one of the most significant collections of Islamic art help in private hands, these objects are rarely displayed publicly.  The works span a range of media, including carpets, textiles, manuscripts, paintings, ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, scientific instruments, and jeweled objects.  Among the extraordinary selection are exquisite miniature paintings from Shahnama, the Iranian national epic; a range of historically significant ceramics; precious inlaid metal wares; finely woven silk fabrics; and a monumental silk carpet from the apex of Safavid dynasty carpet production.

Thru February 18th:  David Levinthal: Photographs 1972 – 2016 – New York based photographer, David Levinthal uses staged photographs of toys and other everyday objects to bring viewers face-to-face with themes central to American history, identity and consciousness.  This exhibition provides a rich overview of the artist’s work.  Through the iconography of mass-produced toys, dolls and figurines, Levinthal’s photographs have probed the myth of the American West; World War II and the Holocaust; romantic and sexual desire; racial stereotyping; the heroism of sport; and the futuristic fantasy of space exploration.  The images range from intimately scaled prints, to large 20 x 24 inch Polaroids, to monumental inkjet prints.

Thru February 19th:  Textures of Place: Selection from the Museum’s Collection – This exhibition brings together printed abstractions that conjure feelings of home.  Elements of domestic architecture, such as windows, floors, and walls, provide sanctuary to those inside.  Textural impressions – including decorated surfaces, textiles, and decor – personalize otherwise mundane rooms.  The exhibition showcases works on paper from MFAH collection that reveal how feelings about home, so often associated with personalizing interior spaces through ornamentation and decoration, can also be found in the refinement of abstraction.  Artists such as Richard Artschwager and Sylvia Mangold find abstract patterns around the house.  Recalling memories and experiences, Anni Albers, Sam Gilliam, Joan Lyons and Louise Nevelson translate personal objects and surfaces of fabrics into print.

Thru February 19th:  Passion for Perfection: The Straus Collection of Renaissance Art – When Edith and Percy Straus gave their remarkable collection of European art to the museum in 1941, their generous donation marked a turning point for MFAH.  Since the museum’s opening in 1924, its European collection had been relatively insignificant – a situation that changed dramatically with the Stars gift.  The 83 objects that arrived in late 1944, after Percy Straus passed away, not only formed the cornerstone of the European art department, but also put the MFAH firmly on the map.  Building upon his father’s collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, Percy, together with wife Edith, had acquired mainly Italian paintings of the late medieval and early Renaissance period, carefully guided by the best scholars in the field.  Two artists – the painters of the Straus Madonna and the Sienese Straus Madonna – are named in honor of this collection that comprises their masterworks.  Works by outstanding masters like Fran Angelico, Giovanni di Paolo and Bartolomeo Veneto continue to be highlights of the MFAH collection.  Besides the Italian paintings, the Stars Collection also includes exceptional works by Northern Renaissance masters, as well as a number of 18th century French and English paintings and works on paper.

Thru February 25th:  A 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 six months, a new selection of photographs, drawn from a rich collection 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, encouraging visitors to look closely, move slowly, and return for more.  Each installation also includes a focused look at the work of a single artist held in depth by the Museum, plus a selection of photographically illustrated books highlighting the key role that publications have played in the development of the medium.

Thru April 29th:  The Design Reformation in Europe, 1845-1915: Selections from the Museum’s Collection – Furniture, metalwork, ceramics, wallpaper, and other decorative arts from the MFAH collections explore the design industry and its changing relationship to European artists, manufacturers and consumers during the 19th century.

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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.

for more information see or call (713) 942-7054

Space Center Houston (1601 NASA Parkway)

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.

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 or call (281) 244-2148


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

Season complete.

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

2017 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!!!!  Congratulations Houston Astros!!

New season begins in the spring.

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

December 11th:  Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans  7:00 p.m.

December 13th:  Houston Rockets vs. Charlotte Hornets  8:30 p.m.

December 15th:  Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs  8:30 p.m.

December 16th:  Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks  7:00 p.m.

December 18th:  Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz  7:00 p.m.

December 20th:  Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers  7:00 p.m.

December 22nd:  Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers  7:00 p.m.

December 31st:  Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers  6:00 p.m.

January 4th:  Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors  7:00 p.m.

January 10th:  Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trailblazers  7:00 p.m.

January 18th:  Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves  8:30 p.m.

January 20th:  Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors  7:30 p.m.

January 22nd:   Houston Rockets vs. Miami Heat  7:00 p.m.

January 28th:  Houston Rockets vs. Orlando Magic  7:00 p.m.

January 30th:  Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets  7:00 p.m.

February 9th:  Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets  6:00 p.m.

February 14th:  Houston Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings  7:00 p.m.

February 23rd:  Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves  7:00 p.m.

for more information, see or call (713) 758-7200

Houston Texans Football – Home Games (NRG Stadium)

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

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

for more information, see or call 713-629-3700

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

New season begins in the spring.

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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.

for more information, see 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 or call (713) 533-6500

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