This Month in Houston – October 2017
Alley Theatre (615 Texas Avenue)
Note: Performances of Describe the Night to take place at Quintero Theatre at University of Houston, due to damage to theatre as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
Thru October 15th: Describe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 21st: Majic 102.1 Under the Stars with Gladys Knight, The Isley Brothers, The O’Jays and S.O.S. Band 6:00 p.m.
October 27th: Chris Stapleton with Marty Stuart & Brent Cobb 7:00 p.m.
October 28th: Chris Tomlin: Home Sweet Houston with special guest Matt Maher 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)
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 10th – 22nd: Dixie’s Tupperware Party – After a final meeting with her parole officer, Dixie, a mother of three from an Alabama trailer park, straightened out her life by selling the iconic plastic bowls. Her unique blend of interactive comedy, southern story telling and empowerment have made this show an international hit. Join Dixie and her booze-filled sips cup, to learn her alternative uses for what she calls “the most fantastic plastic crap on the planet”, in a show that The Today Show cheer, “This is not your grandmother’s Tupperware Party!”. Adult content.
October 26th & 27th: Poetry in Motion – Houston Ballet presentation of a mixed repertory program. George Balanchine’s Symphony in C; Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel; and Stanton Welch’s Powder. 7:30 p.m.
October 28th & 29th: Charlie Chaplin at the Symphony with Dan Kamin – Join the Texas Medical Center Orchestra in celebrating their season opener. In the first half, watch the sparks fly as The Classical Clown battles the maestro for control of the orchestra. It’s a symphonic showdown set to the serious sounds of Beethoven, Grieg, Britten andStravinsky. In the second half, Dan Kamin introduces two timeless Chaplin comedies, Easy Street and The Immigrant, accompanied by terrific new symphonic scores by Grant Cooper. 700 p.m. on the 28th & 2:00 p.m.on the 29th.
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 17th – 19th: Je’Caryous Johnson presents Two Can Play That Game – Two Can Play that Game is the comedy that proves when men start playing around, women will even the score. Hollywood Star and Queen of the Screen, Vivica A. Fox, premises her role from the original movie as relationship guru, Shante Smith, and gives fans the real low down on everyday rules to relationships. The stage version gives audiences the same story they fell in love with in the original movie with some new twists and turns. Whether you call i a “battle of the sexes”, or “love and war”, Two Can Play That Game explores the rules of dating in a hilarious way and displays how men and women relate or don’t relate to each other.
November 21st – 26th: On Your Feet! – From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all the barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of the record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet.
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 www.thehobbycenter.org or call (713) 315-2525
Houston Symphony (Jones Hall – 615 Louisiana)
Thru October 1st: Russian 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”. Note: Performance will take place at Stude Hall, Rice University.
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 Today – From 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 11th: 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.
November 17th – 19th: Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody – Andrés 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. Andrés 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, Andrés 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.
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”.
for more information, see www.houstonsymphony.com or call (713) 224-7575
Jones Hall (non-Symphony related events) (615 Louisiana)
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.
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.
for more information, see www.spahouston.org
Toyota Center (non-sporting events) (1510 Polk Street)
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 8th: Jay-Z 8:00 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.
November 20th: WWE Raw 6:30 p.m.
November 21st: WWE Smackdown 6:45 p.m.
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.
for more information, call (866) 4HOUTIX or go to www.houstontoyotacenter.org
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. New details will be posted as details are released.
October 26th – 27th: Poetry in Motion – Houston Ballet presentation of a mixed repertory program. George Balanchine’s Symphony in C; Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel; and Stanton Welch’s Powder. 7:30 p.m. Note: Performance takes place at Hobby Center.
November 24th – December 28th: The Nutcracker – Additional information will be posted once change of venue details are released.
for more information, see www.houstonballet.org or call (713) 227-ARTS
Wortham Center – Houston Grand Opera (Texas & Smith)
Note: Houston Grand Opera has moved certain performances to George R. Brown Convention Center as a result of damage to Wortham Center.
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. Note: Performances will take place at George R. Brown Convention Center.
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. Note: Performances will take place at George R. Brown Convention Center.
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. 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.
for more information, see www.houstongrandopera.org or call (713) 228-6737
DaCamera of Houston (locations as noted below)
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. Note: This performance will now take place at the University of Houston Cullen Performance Hall.
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. Note: This performance will now take place at the University of Houston Cullen Performance Hall.
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.
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.
October 1st: 1,000 Lights for Peace 6:00 p.m
October 2nd – 4th: Hansel and Gretel 11:00 a.m.
October 5th – 7th: 38th Annual Festival Chicano 7:00 p.m.
October 12th & 13th: Swing, Baby, Swing! 7:30 p.m.
October 14th: Lunada 2017 7:30 p.m.
October 15th: Houston Symphony’s Symphonic Spectacular 7:00 p.m.
October 20th – 21st: Splendid China XII 7:30 p.m.
October 23rd: 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.
October 28th: Some Enchanted Evening: A Celebration of the American Musical 8:00 p.m.
October 29th: Bollywood Blast: The Bollywood Bachelor 7:00 p.m.
October 31st: Movies at Miller – John Carpenter’s Halloween 8:00 p.m.
November 2nd: Tsuru 7:30 p.m.
November 4th: Movies at Miller – Sing Along with the Muppet Movie 7:00 p.m.
November 8th: Moving Myths 11:00 a.m.
November 10th: Cirque Mechanics “Pedal Punk” 7:30 p.m.
November 11th: Flamenco Legends by Javier Limon: The Paco de Lucia Project 7:30 p.m.
for more information, see www.milleroutdoortheater.org
A. D. Players (5420 Westheimer Road)
Thru October 1st: Harvey – A 6’3″ imaginary rabbit causes delightful confusion for a slightly dysfunctional family in this 1944 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Marty Chase.
October 19th – November 4th: Balloonacy – Children’s Show – A solitary old man is steadfast in his silent routine until a mischievous balloon finds him and insists on becoming his friend. Through all the ups and downs of a new relationship, the balloon teaches the old man to play again. This sweet and inventive tale is packed with physical comedy especially suited for very young audiences.
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.
for more information, see www.adplayers.org
Main Street Theatre (2540 Times Blvd.)
Thru October 15th: Enemies – Gorky’s extraordinary play, which was written in exile and banned in his home country, presents a panoramic view of a restless society. It’s 1905, and Russia is at a critical moment in its history. The bourgeoisie is no longer confident in its own values. The working class is slowly realizing the terrifying sacrifices they will have to make. Gorky approaches this unique, imaginative play, with great humanity and a broad dramatic scope, offering a glimpse into what the world might have been like between aristocratic rule and the revolution in Russia.
Thru October 14th: Click, 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 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 11th – 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.
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!
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.
for more information, see www.mainstreettheater.com or call (713) 524-6706
Opera in the Heights (1703 Heights Blvd.)
October 1st, 5th & 7th: Donizetti: La Fille du Regiment – RESCHEDULED
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)
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.
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 www.stagestheatre.com or call (713) 527-0123
Wortham Center (Texas & Smith Streets)
Performances cancelled due to damage caused by Hurricane Harvey. Projected reopening is May 2018.
for more information, see www.houstonfirsttheaters.com/wortham-center/events
Live Music Venues
Revention Music Center (520 Texas Avenue)
October 2nd: Kaleo Express Tour – Fall 2017 7:30 p.m.
October 3rd: A Day to Remember 6:30 p.m.
October 5th: Run the Jewels 7:00 p.m.
October 7th: Ryan Adams 7:00 p.m.
October 8th: Yuri Y Pandora 7:00 p.m.
October 12th: Lucre – All Things Work Together Tour 6:00 p.m.
October 13th: Glass Animals 7:00 p.m.
October 14th: John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous 7:00 p.m.
October 15th: Stone Sour 6:00 p.m.
October 19th: Kid Cudi – Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ Tour 7:00 p.m.
October 20th: Evanescence: Synthesis Live with Orchestra 7:00 p.m.
October 24th: Zedd 8:00 p.m.
October 29th: MAGCON Tour 12:30 p.m.
November 4th: Jeanne Robertson 7:00 p.m.
November 8th: Thrice 6:00 p.m.
November 10th: My Favorite Murder Live 8:00 p.m.
November 15th: Kirk Franklin & Ledisi: The Rebel, The Soul & The Saint Tour 6:30 p.m.
November 18th: The Used with Glassjaw 6:30 p.m.
November 19th: 21 Savage – Numb The Pain Tour 7:00 p.m.
November 22nd: REIK 7:00 p.m.
November 24th: Blue October 7:0 p.m.
November 25th: Peppa Pig Live! 5:00 p.m.
November 27th: Lindsey Stirling – Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour 7:00 p.m.
December 2nd: Chevelle 6:30 p.m.
for more information, see www.reventionmusiccenter.com or call (713) 230-1600
House of Blues Houston (1204 Caroline Street)
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 7th: Whitney 7:00 p.m.
October 8th: The Black Angels and Car Seat Headrest 7:00 p.m.
October 10th: Foster the People 7:00 p.m.
October 12th: Bonobo 7:00 p.m.
October 13th: Tove Lo 7:00 p.m.
October 13th: Return to Camp Crystal Lake 7:00 p.m.
October 14th: Day Wave 7:00 p.m.
October 14th: Marilyn Manson 7:00 p.m.
October 15th: Alice Glass 7:00 p.m.
October 15th: Spoon 7:00 p.m.
October 18th: Macklemore – The Gemini Tour 7:00 p.m.
October 19th: Jon Pardi’s Lucky Tonight Tour 7:00 p.m.
October 20th: The Magpie Salute 7:00 p.m.
October 20th: Wheeler Walker Jr. 7:30 p.m.
October 21st: Sinbad 7:00 p.m.
October 21st: Atlas Genius 7:00 p.m.
October 22nd: Max 7:00 p.m.
October 23rd: Durand Jones & The Indications 7:00 p.m.
October 26th: Post Malone – Stoney Tour 7:00 p.m.
October 26th: Quinn XCII 7:00 p.m.
October 27th: Simply Three 7:00 p.m.
October 27th: Hanson – 25th Anniversary – Middle of Everywhere Tour 7:00 p.m.
October 28th: Blues Traveler – 30th Anniversary Tour 7:00 p.m.
October 29th: Theory of a Deadman 7:00 p.m.
October 30th: Flying Lotus in 3D 8:00 p.m.
November 1st: Issues – Headspace Tour 6:00 p.m.
November 2nd: HIM – Bang & Whimper 2017 – the Farewell 6:00 p.m.
November 3rd: Luke Combs: Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour 7:00 p.m.
November 4th: Hoodie Allen 7:00 p.m.
November 5th: The Minimalists: Less is Now Tour 6:30 p.m.
November 5th: That Poppy 7:00 p.m.
November 6th: Toad The Wet Sprocket 7:00 p.m.
November 8th: The Let Bandoleros 7:00 p.m.
November 9th: Galactic/North Mississippi Allstars 7:00 p.m.
November 11th: Jess & Gabriel Conte: Another Day, Another Tour 1:00 p.m.
November 11th: The Shins 7:00 p.m.
November 12th: Dustin Lynch: The Ride or Die Tour 7:00 p.m.
November 12th: Lil Peep 7:00 p.m.
November 13th: Syd 7:00 p.m.
November 14th: The Front Bottoms 6:30 p.m.
November 16th: Deorro/Existence Tour 8:00 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.
November 20th: Jack & Jack present Fall 2017 Tour 7:00 p.m.
November 21st: SuicideBoy$ – Global Epidemic Tour 8:00 p.m.
November 30th: Gwar – The Blood of Gods Tour 6:30 p.m.
December 4th: Sonreal 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 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.
January 18th: John Hiatt & The Goners 7:00 pm.
January 20th: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Wrong Tour 2018 7:00 p.m.
January 27th: Who’s Bad 7:00 p.m.
January 31st: Machine Head 7:00 p.m.
for more information, see www.livenation.com or call (713) 230-1600
Warehouse Live (813 St. Emanuel Street)
October 1st: Pvris: North American Tour 2017 7:30 p.m.
October 4th: Bad Bad Not Good 8:00 p.m.
October 5th: Brooklyn & Bailey 6:30 p.m.
October 5th: Jay Critch – “Talk Money” Tour 9:30 p.m.
October 6th: Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000 Tour 8:00 p.m.
October 6th: The It’s Just Rap Show 9:00 p.m.
October 7th: Kali Uchis 8:30 p.m.
October 8th: Andy Mineo – Friends & Family Tour 7:00 p.m.
October 10th: The Moth “Creepy” 7:30 p.m.
October 11th: Insane Clown Posse “The Great Milenko” 20 Year Tour 8:00 p.m.
October 12th: Boys Don’t Cry (The Cure Tribute) & Heartbyrne (Talking Heads Tribute) 8:00 p.m.
October 13th: Between The Buried and Me – Colors 10th Anniversary 7:00 p.m.
October 13th: Vehement Burn, Priests of Hiroshima & Konkebute 9:00 p.m.
October 17th: White Reaper 8:00 p.m.
October 18th: Azalea Banks 8:00 p.m.
October 18th: Seek with Antisee, Against the Grain & The Satanic Overlords of Rock n Roll 9:00 p.m.
October 19th: Get the Led Out – The American Led Zeppelin 8:00 p.m.
October 20th: Byron Bank – Live 8:30 p.m.
October 20th: Glack – Freeglack Tour 9:00 p.m.
October 22nd: Maxo Cream & Trill Sammy 9:00 p.m.
October 24th: Daniel Caesar – Freudian A North American Tour 8:30 p.m.
October 25th: Loumuzik Live 8:30 p.m.
October 26th: Gondwana 8:00 p.m.
October 26th: Bebe & Bassy tour 2017 8:00 p.m.
October 27th: Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass Ft. Jeff Austin, Jay Starling & Darton Bollder 8:00 p.m.
October 27th: Rosetta – Fall Tour 2017 8:00 p.m.
October 29th: Chicano Batman Khruangbin 8:00 p.m.
November 1st: Sahbabii – Sandas Tour 8:00 p.m.
November 3rd: Sweet 290 Tour – Brian Puspos 8:00 p.m.
November 3rd: Soulfly Does Nailbomb: Performing “Point Blank” 8:00 p.m.
November 4th: USS & Zo! with Carmen Rodgers and Introducing Ms. Chantae Cann 8:30 p.m.
November 4th: Matisyahu with Common Kings & Orphan 9:00 p.m.
November 5th: Amine – Tour for You with Towkio 9:30 p.m.
November 6th: Cousin Stizz with Swoosh & Big Leano 8:30 p.m.
November 7th: I Prevail – Rage on the Stage Tour 6:45 p.m.
November 9th: The Underachievers Renaissance Tour 8:30 p.m.
November 10th: Snow The product – Vibehigher Tour 8:30 p.m.
November 11th: Kiss Alike (KISS Tribute) & The Slags (80s Tribute) 8:00 p.m.
November 11th: South Park Coalition 2G – Brothers in Arms 9:30 p.m.
November 13th: Tow’rs Zach Winters 8:00 p.m.
November 15th: I The Mighty 7:00 p.m.
November 16th: The Lacs 8:00 p.m.
November 16th: Barb Wire Dolls, Svelanas, 57 & The Guillotines 8:30 p.m.
November 21st: Tyler, The Creator 8:30 p.m.
November 25th: Lil Pump 9:00 p.m.
November 26th: Surrender Stella & Brook Michelle 6:30 p.m.
December 1st: Susto & Esme Patterson 8:30 p.m.
December 6th: Trivium & Arch Enemy 7:30 p.m.
December 8th: Poptone featuring Founding Members Daniel Ash & Kevin Haskins 8:00 p.m.
December 8th: Giraffage 9:00 p.m.
December 11th: Xavier Omar – Pink Lightning Tour 8:30 p.m.
December 15th: Gary Numan 9:00 p.m.
December 16th: METZ 8:00 p.m.
December 23rd: Kash Doll, Kat St. John & Bake Boys 9:00 p.m.
January 24th: Neck Deep – The Peace and Panic Tour 2018 7:00 p.m.
January 28th: Alan Doyle 8:00 p.m.
for more information, see www.warehouselive.com
Texas Asia Society – Asia Society Center (1370 Southmore Blvd.)
October 2nd: WuDang Mountain 18 Form Tai Chi – This 5 week course begins on October 2nd. It is a beginner course in WuDang Mountain 18 Form Tai Chi. In a practice that Harvard refers to as “meditation in motion”, the course will provide basic instruction to the value of Tai Chi to reduce stress and improve your health. Each class will begin with meditation and Qigong to establish an aware, centered state from which to learn this form of Tai Chi. Students are encourage to develop organically at their own pace. 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. $150 for members/$175 for non-members.
October 2nd: Level II Yang Style 24 Form Tai Chi – This 5 week course begins on October 2nd. It is an advanced course in Tai Chi. 7:45 – 8:45 p.m. $125 per person.
October 6th: 9th Annual Indian Film Festival of Houston – Indian Film Festival Houston 2017 kicks off on October 6th. The Festival will showcase documentaries , shorts, and feature films, along with Q&A sessions with the directors and actors in Asia Society Texas Center’s state-of-the-art Brown FoundationPerforming Arts Theater. The closing night program will include screenings and Q&A sessions, award distribution, and a cultural entertainment program. Tickets are $35 for day passes; $15 for each individual screening. Visit the Indian Film Festival’s website for additional information.
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.
October 14th: 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.
October 14th: 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.
October 18th: Confronting Climate Change: What Can the U.S. and Japan Contribute to Creating Sustainable Societies? – The recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have brought home the potential impact of climate change on our economy, society and individual daily lives. Measures to deal with climate change are urgent matters that can only be resolved with international cooperation. In this session, experts from the U.S> and Japan discuss some of the lessons that have been learned from Asia’s experiences. Following the period of high growth (1960s – 1980) which made Japan an economic power house, the Japanese government took strong steps to clean up its air and water. The Fukushima nuclear power disaster in 2011 forced Japan to take even more aggressive steps to reduce energy consumption and lessen its impact on the global environment. In contract, the U.S., the world’s largest economy, is one of the world’s largest polluters and recently made headlines when it withdrew from the Paris Agreement negotiated at the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. $5 for members/$10 for non-members. Register online.
October 20th: Performing Asia: Artists from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music – Asia Society welcomes world-renowned traditional Chinese instrumentalists from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music: zheng virtuoso Qi Yao and shoeing player Hua Yifei. They will perform traditional Chinese works as well as newly composed pieces by Xu Shuya, Zhou Xianglin, Ji Dongyong and Das Weiyi. Asia Society is proud to present, for the third year, cross-cultural Asian music in collaboration with the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Additional programs focusing on the music of China will take place at Rice University on October 21st. These include workshops, lectures and concerts with invited international and local musicians and scholars. 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. $15 for members/$20 for non-members. Purchase tickets online.
October 21st: Family Day: Diwali, The Festival of Lights – Diwali is one of India’s major holidays, celebrated every year in late October or early November. It is a time of renewal and new beginnings, and families celebrate by cleaning their homes, wearing new clothes and eating their favorite meals. The festival’s name comes from the clay lamps that are lit outside of homes to symbolize the victory of good over evil. Come celebrate the Festival of Lights with art-making and games. Admission to the new exhibition, Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place will also be free and open to the public. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.
October 28th: Zheng Chongbin: Clusters of Memory – Artist Zheng Chongbin fuses western abstraction with the Chinese calligraphic tradition in works of ink and acrylic on paper, finding contemporary relevance from earlier 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 multiplayer video sculpture installation which responds to the unique architecture of Asia Society Texas Center as a larger macrocosm.
October 31st: Screen Asia: “Train to Busan” Halloween Horror and Costume Contest – Train to Busan is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through the countrywide viral outbreak while trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to Busan, a southern resort city that has managed to hold off the zombie hordes . . or so everyone hopes. The film is recommended for ages 16 and up and includes graphic violence and some strong language. Before diving onto the zombie train, you can join the Halloween Costume Contest. Come dressed in your favorite costume – whether it’s a legendary monster from your favorite Asian folklore or your favorite go-to Halloween state and have a chance to wind a prize. $5 for members/$10 for non-members. Purchase tickets online.
November 2nd: Performing Asia: Tsuru – Created in partnership with the Houston Ballet, Tsuru was commissioned by and premiered at Asia Society Texas Center in 2015. Inspired by Japan’s popular The Crane Wife folktale, Tsuru weaves contemporary choreography with theatrical movement and live music, crating a graceful and elegant retelling of the beautiful story. In the folktale, a crane chooses to transform into a woman and become the wife of the man who releases her form a hunter’s trap. Th help her husband prosper, the wife weaves beautiful textiles using her feathers which eventually cause her to weaken. Upon the man’s discovery of his wife’s true identity, she flies away, leaving him forever. At its core, this is a story of love, sacrifice, deception and the impermanence of beauty. 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Performance at Miller Outdoor Theater. Free to the public.
November 3rd: Screen Asia: Above the Drowning Sea – This film tells the story of the dramatic escape of European Jews from Nazi-controlled Europe to Shanghai on the even of World War II. As Hitler’s forces sought to expel the Jews from Europe, no other country would open its doors to the refugees. Their lives at stake, the refugees desperately looked for a way out from what would become the Holocaust. Then, a door opened on the east coast of far-away China, in Shanghai, an “open city” itself in chaos from foreign invasion and civil war. But getting there required a “golden” document to get out of Nazi Europe – a visa from China. Above the Drowning Sea recounts the courageous intervention of Ho Feng Shan, the Chinese Consul in Vienna who defied his own government and braved the Gestapo to issue visas for the refugees. Jewish refugees and the Chinese residents of Shanghai who helped them survive in China recount their experiences, terror and deprivations as well as the remarkable friendships forged across cultures, friendships that survive to this day. Shot in six countries over four continents: Above the Drowning Sea takes you on an inspiring and emotional journey across time and across the world. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. $5 for members/$10 for non-members. Purchase tickets online.
November 8th: Nuclear North Korea: How Worried Should We Be? – North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, has increasingly conducted short-range missile launches since Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un took power in late 2011. South Korea and its capital city Seoul are well within striking distance of the North’s weapons, and the two countries never signed a formal peace treaty to resolve the Korean War. North Korea is coming also close to mastering warhead technology and possession inter-continental ballistic missiles which could reach the west coast of the U.S. There are internal pressures as well, namely Kim Jong-un’s consolidation of power, elimination of enemies of the state, and the regional and foreign policy of a new president in South Korea. In an era of geopolitical flux and rising tensions, North Korea’s intentions and its future plans are among the concerns of security analyst across the globe. Kim Jong-un has conducted more missile tests in his six years of power than both his grandfather and father combined, including two missiles which in theory could have reached U.S. territory if they were fired on a flatter trajectory. What is the international community doing to avert possible conflict in Korea? How effective have sanctions been? What are the other tools being used to promote stability and cooperation on the peninsula? Join Asia Society for this high-level discussion with experts in the global security field. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. $10 for members/$20 for non-members. Purchase tickets online.
November 11th: 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.
November 11th: 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 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 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.
Thru February 18th: 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.
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.
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.
for more information, see www.cmhouston.org or call (713) 522-1138
Contemporary Arts Museum (5216 Montrose)
Thru November 26th: Annabeth 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 16th – 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.
Thru January 7th: Telepathic 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.
for more information, see www.camh.org or call (713) 284-8250
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.
for more information, visit www.heritagesociety.org
Holocaust Museum of Houston (5401 Caroline)
Museum currently closed for expansion and renovation. The museum will open at temporary location at 9220 Kirby Drive later this year. Check the website for updates.
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.”
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.
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).
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:
Incredible Predators 3D – This film deconstructs the world of major predators as never before, taking an intimate look at the remarkable strategies they use to succeed. Advanced filming techniques expose the planet’s top predators in extraordinary footage, putting the audience right beside them as they hunt – on land, under the sea or in the air. Far from a film about the kill, instead the audience will be emotionally engaged with the key characters, learning how these supreme species must be at the very peak of performance to have any chance of success. Their backstory will be a key part of the narrative, to understand a cheetah’s dilemma you must meet her hungry cubs. Top predators occupy an apex position within the habitats they dominate and, along side dramatic animal behavior, Incredible Predators reveals the unique relationship between predators and prey as a fundamental building block of ecology.
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.
for more information, see www.hmns.org or call (713) 639-4629
Menil Collection (1515 Sul Ross)
October 13th – 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 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 October 28th, 2018: Francis 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 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 1st: Paint 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 1st: Homelands 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 8th: In 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.
October 14th – 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.
November 17th – 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.
November 19th – 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 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.
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.
for more information see www.mhms.org 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 www.spacecenter.org or call (281) 244-2148
Houston Dynamo – Major League Soccer – Home Games (BBVA Compass Stadium – downtown Houston)
October 5th: Houston Dynamo vs. Cruz Azul 8:00 p.m.
October 11th: Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City 7:00 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)
October 1st: Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox 2:05 p.m.
October 5th: Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox – ALDS Game 1 TBD
October 6th: Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox – ALDS Game 2 TBD
October 11th: Houston Astros vs. Boston Red Sox – ALDS Game 5 TBD
for more information, see www.houston.astros.mlb.com
Houston Rockets – National Basketball Association – Home Games (Toyota Center – 1510 Polk)
October 5th: Houston Rockets vs. Shanghai Sharks – PreSeason 7:00 p.m.
October 13th: Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs – PreSeason 7:00 p.m.
October 21st: Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks 7:00 p.m.
October 23rd: Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies 7:00 p.m.
October 30th: Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers 7:00 p.m.
November 5th: Houston Rockets vs. Utah Jazz 6:00 p.m.
November 9th: Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 7:00 p.m.
November 11th: Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies 7:00 p.m.
November 14th: Houston Rockets vs. Toronto Raptors 7:00 p.m.
November 22nd: Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets 7:00 p.m.
November 25th: Houston Rockets vs. New York Knicks 7:00 p.m.
November 27th: Houston Rockets vs. Brooklyn Nets 7:00 p.m.
November 29th: Houston Rockets vs. Indiana Pacers 7:00 p.m.
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.
for more information, see www.rockets.com or call (713) 758-7200
Houston Texans Football – Home Games (NRG Stadium)
October 1st: Houston 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)
for more information, see www.sugarlandskeeters.com
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.
October 7th: Nature Revealed: Monarchs – Monarch butterflies captivate us with their beauty and incredible endurance, but despite their popularity, monarch populations are in serious decline. In this class, you will learn about their complex relationship to milkweed, their multi-generational migration, and what you can do to help monarchs at home and on a global scale. You will even get some native wildflower seeds to plant at home. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. $20 for members/$35 for non-members. Ages 13 and up. Register online.
October 8th: Edible Wild Plants – Discover the delicious side of nature. Texas provides an abundance of wild edible leaves, seeds, flowers, roots, and shoots – if you know where to look. Learn where to find, how to identify, and how to property prepare a seasonal selection of local edible plant species. As our landscape changes throughout the year, the selection of plants will also change, so you can repeat this class each season to experience new content. Short classroom presentation, followed by long outdoor walk. Where walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Pen/pencil and a camera are also recommended. 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. $40 for members/$70 for non-members. Ages 12 and up. Register online.
October 14th: Arboretum at Night: Wild Bounty – Grapes, pecans, chiles and more – Texas produces a fabulous fall bout. Join local expert Dr. Mark Vordenbruggen for a talk about the wonderful aid edibles you can find in your own backyard. You will get to same a selection of foods made from native Texas plants while you also enjoy local Saint Arnold beer, Katz coffee, and tea made from native yaupon holly. This is a unique chance to celebrate the wilder side of local food. Wear walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $40 for members/$65 for non-members. Ages 16 and up. Register online.
October 21st: ArBOOretum 2017 – The Arboretum invites you to attend the annual ArBOOretum fall festival. At ArBOOretum all the little ghouls and goblins and their parents come to play, learn and have an enchanting day enjoying festive activities on the grounds of the Arboretum. This fantastic family event features a trick-or-treat trail where kids learn about different creatures and collect candy while traveling along one of the many nature trails. Other activities include train rides; live owls and retile programs; a petting zoo; pony rides; pumpkin decorating; face painting; food trucks and more. Free for members/$15 per person (ages 3 and up). Register online and see the website for additional details regarding events and parking.
October 28th: Field Trip: Laffite’s Cove – Galveston’s Laffite’s Cove is a treasure trove of migrating birds. Roseate Spoonbill, Crested Caracara, Black and White Warbler, and Indigo Bunting are all possibilities. While you observe the amazing waders, seabirds and fall migrants, your guide will also talk about migration and what you can do to help fall migrants. Group meets at theArboretum and travels to the site by van. Bring water, snacks and a lunch. Dress appropriate for the weather and if you have binoculars, bring them. 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $40 for members/$55 for non-members. Ages 13 and up. Register online.
November 4th: Naturally wild Families: Cane Pole Fishing – Enjoy this rare opportunity for catch and release fishing at the Arboretum. First you will learn the basics of baiting a hook and using a traditional cane pole. You will have fun trying to catch one of the many freshwater fish species, identifying turtles and learning how much fun it is to be an angler. Come enjoy an afternoon at the Arboretum’s pond. 1:00, 2:00 & 3:00 p.m. Rain date is November 11th. $25 for members/$50 for non-member (adult/child pair). Register online.
November 4th: The Secret Life of Squirrels – Squirrels are so common that we take them for granted, but they really live fascinating lives. For example, did you know that Easter Gray Squirrels are one of the few animal species known to lie to deceive others? These adaptable creatures can be found worldwide in many habitats, from rainforests to deserts. In this class, you will focus on the anatomy, ecology, and behavior of three Houston species. You will also be sent home with a squirrel feeder so that you can study these amazing creatures up close. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. $20 for members/$35 for non-members. Ages 13 and up. Register online.
November 11th: Arboretum at Night: A Taste of Honey – Celebrate the fall harvest with the sweet taste of honey. Join local beekeeper Nicole Burgers for a guided honey tasting while she answers your questions about bees and honey You will enjoy a sample of mead – also known as honey wine – and a selection of fruits and cheeses, along with Saint Arnold beer or Katz coffee. It’s the most delicious way to support local honey producers and pollinator conservation. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. $40 for members/$65 for non-members. Ages 16 and up. Register online.
November 18th: Pecan Celebration – Texans know that pecans are the best nuts around. The rich, buttery flavor is perfect in a multitude of recipes. Learn three easy pecan recipes in this class: pecan persimmon cookies, quick pecan pralines, and maple-apple-pecan salad. While the group cooks, you will also learn about the benefits of pecan trees for wildlife. Wear clothes that you don’t mid getting messy. 10:00 a.m. – Noon. $20 for members/$35 for non-members. Ages 13 and up. 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.
October 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th & 29th: ZooBoo – The Zoo invites all little ghouls and goblins to celebrate Halloween at the Houston Zoo with activities that are fun for the entire family. Kids are encouraged to come dressed in their spookiest or prettiest Halloween costumes, and don’t forget the trick-or-treat bags. There will be a pumpkin patch, candy corner, monster mural, spooky stars station, a not-so-creepy creature maze, mystery boxes, Zookeeper Howlerween Adventures and much more. To see a full listing of activities and times, visit the website. All activities are included with paid Zoo admission. Zoo Boo is free for Zoo members.
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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