Houston Hotel Magazine Spring 2019

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FINDING TREASURE IN PUERTO VALLARTA Perched above the ocean on the desirable South Bay of Puerto Vallarta, Villa Bahia provides a luxury villa experience to savvy travelers. This luxurious oceanfront getaway on the Mexican Riviera enjoys seclusion, yet is only steps from some of Mexico’s most exclusive beaches—and five minutes from Boardwalk attractions and the Romantic Zone’s art galleries and chic boutiques.

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ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY AN EXPERIENCE SO UNIQUELY REFINED THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE.

The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston is the city’s only AAA Five-Diamond destination boasting elegant accommodations masterfully blended with extensive conference space, designer fashion, signature dining and sophisticated amenities all in one tower. Upon arrival, the intuitive personalized service sets the tone for a unique experience, one of unrivaled quality and pleasure. Whether savoring the unmatched culinary excellence of Mastro’s Steakhouse, easing tension with ancient healing practices at The Spa, arriving in style by way of helicopter, or discovering new levels of beauty at the two-story Rolls-Royce showroom, The Post Oak Hotel is sure to embrace every desire of savvy business and leisure travelers alike.

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DISCOVER H OW A CHANGE IN SCENERY CAN

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Every city has a soul worth discovering. Omni Houston Hotel’s transformation is now complete and you can experience an urban oasis in the prestigious Galleria area. Raise a glass to Houston’s history at La Reserve Whiskey Lounge, take in the greenery views at Birdies Cafe & Bar or unwind at the new Mokara Spa & Salon. Book your stay now to enjoy this world-class experience.

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FEATURES

ISSUE 18: SPRING 2019

CONTENTS 34 TIMELESS PERFECTION

40 HOUSTON’S BEST BRUNCHES,

16 SPRING SPIRITS

26 LONE STAR LEGEND IN THE MAKING

Local bartender guides you through how to order the best cocktails this season. BY EMILY LUNSTROTH

Cody Johnson is making waves. His concerts are rowdy celebrations featuring popular country numbers including “On My Way to You” and “Gotta Be Me.” Meet the man who some are saying may be the next Garth Brooks. BY DAVID MUSCARI

Keep track of your memorable moments in Houston with a high-end watch piece. BY PETE NORTHWAY

18 HUNTER & GATHERER

32 OUTDOOR SPACES

36 CULTURE & COLOR

44 SPRING GIFT GUIDE

Building a sportsman’s paradise, the humble philanthropist, Russell Gordy continues to invest in his hometown. BY DANA DUTERROIL AND JONI FINCHAM

The top outdoor patios to enjoy the warmer weather in town. BY EMILY LUNSTROTH

Houston lifestyle brand, J.Landa, creates one-of-a-kind jewelry for all. BY EMILY BOST

Celebrate the new season with top items from the best local retailers. BY EMILY LUNSTROTH

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BARS & SNAPPY HOURS

A few city-wide favorites and new openings that are making their mark on the culinary scene. BY EMILY LUNSTROTH

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An Art-Filled Oasis SEE / DINE / SHOP

ON VIEW NOW Foundations: Sterling Ruby Through April 14

nashersculpturecenter.org Dallas Arts District

Sterling Ruby: Sculpture Through April 21 UPCOMING

Photo: Steven Visneau Sterling Ruby: Sculpture is made possible by the generous support of the Dallas Art Fair Foundation and the Gagosian Gallery, with additional support provided by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

Sheila Hicks May 11–August 18


IN EVERY ISSUE

ISSUE 18: SPRING 2019

Over 300 of the city’s can’t-miss upcoming events, performances, and main attractions.

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62 DINING The ultimate guide to indulgence in one of America’s most renowned culinary hubs.

67 SHOPPING Treat yourself at the best boutiques in the city’s swank shopping districts.

72 OUR PARTING SHOT

JoyBox Fine Flowers are creating happiness in a box with one of a kind floral arrangements.

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To the final frontier and back, these are Houston’s don’t-miss destinations.

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We invite you to join us, and fall in love with our patio in the heart of the Galleria. An energetic atmosphere to share a bottle of wine with friends, celebrate birthdays with family, or to enjoy Happy Hour features while you watch the game! Find globally-inspired dishes and handcrafted cocktails created with fresh ingredients at Moxie’s.

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

ISSUE 18: SPRING 2019

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pring is in the air, a time of renewal, growth, and celebration. This season, we’re highlighting everything from our favorite patios and hot brunch spots around town to spring fashions available from local retailers, that will get you rooftop ready in no time! Let us guide you through the city, so you can experience Houston like a pro. Before you start preparing your itinerary, meet our cover guy, the incredibly talented Cody Johnson, up-and-coming country star and real-life cowboy. In this issue, the singer-songwriter discusses his rise to fame and his amazing journey that started on the dirt of local rodeos. He’s making a name for himself nationwide, but Texas will always be his home and you can hear it in his music. Cody isn’t the only guy we’re featuring in this issue. We also sat down to chat with two influential men in Houston who have very different companies but one thing in common – a love of the arts. Russell Gordy and Jay Landa are giving back to their communities and we’re proud to call them both Houstonians. Learn more about each of their vastly distinct stories in “Hunter & Gatherer” and “Culture & Color.”

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Houston’s cultural community also shines in our thriving culinary scene. For just a taste, explore our roundup of top patios, “Outdoor Spaces,” and dine al fresco this season, before the summer heat rolls in. You’ll find options like a nursery that doubles as a restaurant and a steak house with breathtaking downtown views. These spots don’t just offer stunning sights with your meal, they’re serving up refreshing spring cocktails that you’ll want to recreate at home. Cue our “Spring Spirits” article, where a local bartender offers his expertise on how to do just that! You’ll feel like a mixologist in no time with his guide to ordering and making drinks like a pro. Be sure to check out “Brunches, Bars and Snappy Hours” for the best deals and newest eateries Houston has to offer. Looking for something a little heartier? We've rounded up the best chophouses in town in our “Steak Section.” You can't come to Texas without savoring the local fare, and we know good steak!

Now that you’ve made your reservations and know the dress code, it’s time to think about what you’re going to wear! Discover our “Spring Gift and Style Guide,” a curated selection of seasonal items that are sure to help you stand out in style. Whether you're looking for a souvenir for a loved one or just want to treat yourself this season, we steer you in the right direction of some of Houston's must-haves perfect for spring. Before you go, consult our entertainment calendar, “The Scene,” for an insider’s look at over 300 of Houston’s best upcoming performances, festivals and can’t-miss events. Tune into our comprehensive listing of Houston sporting events (go, Rockets!), and browse through some of our favorite places to dine, shop and relax around town. Thank you for choosing Houston Hotel Magazine as your guide to the best of H-Town. We’re glad you’re here.

Ryan Miller Publisher, Houston Hotel Magazine


Come and dine on fresh seafood and Italian classics.

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FEED YOUR NEEDS

Forget Chinese, French, or Italian. You’ve come all the way to Texas — home of the steer — and you want some meat. From mouthwatering rib-eyes to succulent strips, the best steaks in the country can be found right here. Because there’s nothing better than that first bite of premium beef grilled to perfection, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the best steakhouses in Houston. At each one you’ll find fine dining, excellent service, extensive wine lists, and prime cuts of beef you will be raving about for days.

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The Prime Cit y FOR Prime Beef Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House Opulent and romantic, Del Frisco’s in Houston is located in an elegant two-story space with sweeping windows, offering guests a luxurious dining experience. This location offers something you won’t find in any other Houston steakhouse with their New Orleans-inspired “lagniappe” menu. 5061 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.355.2600

III Forks Steakhouse Houston is a contemporary take on the classic upscale steakhouse, featuring a lively bar and lounge area with menu items ranging from USDA Prime beef to ocean-fresh seafood as well as lighter, local favorites. As you enter, the foyer welcomes you with an array of over 1,500 fine wines from the spectacular glass wine room. 1201 Fannin, Suite 129 (Downtown) 713.658.9457 iiiforks.com

B&B Butchers & Restaurant Set in an old converted bakery, this Washington corridor favorite has everything you want in a steakhouse—from exclusive, dry-aged cellar cuts to a decadent selection of seafood. Settle in with the exposed brick of the industrial-chic dining room, or opt for a spot on the sprawling rooftop bar, which comes replete with an unbeatable view of downtown. 1814 Washington Ave (Washington Heights) 713.862.1814 bbbutchers.com

Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou For generations, Houston diners have chosen Brenner’s to mark a special occasion or to indulge in an excellent dining experience. It also features an unparalleled Sunday Brunch and Blue, a luxurious high-energy patio bar. Menu offerings also include favorites such as crunchy German potatoes and apple strudel. 1 Birdsall St. (River Oaks) 713.868.4444 brennerssteakhouse.com/bayou

The Capital Grille A classic steakhouse offering all of your surefire favorites, The Capital Grille has been wowing Galleria diners for years. Start your evening with one of the coldest martinis in town, then take our recommendation and throw a dart at the menu— the talented kitchen staff won’t let you down. 5365 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.623.4600 840 W Sam Houston Pkwy N (CityCentre) 713.463.5051

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Morton’s The Steakhouse

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille

Morton’s, part of the Landry family of restaurants, opened in 1996 as one of the first fine dining steakhouses in the Galleria area. Morton’s has become a regular for the Houston social scene, athletes, lawyers, and oil professionals, and was recently updated with the addition of Bar 12.21.

The comfortable, casual yet elegant restaurant serves hand-selected USDA-aged prime beef cuts that are brought in fresh daily. For a memorable dining experience, try one of its specialties, including Perry’s Famous Pork Chop, chateaubriand, and flaming desserts, or sample from a spectacular selection of world-class wines.

5000 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.629.1946 1001 McKinney St. (Downtown) 713.659.3700 mortons.com

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

The Palm

The restaurant offers the finest USDA Prime beef, available both wet- and dry-aged and broiled at 1,600 degrees or iron-crusted. Steak companions include truffle-poached lobster, Diablo shrimp, and king crab topped with caviar. Each dish is crafted from scratch by the culinary team and served by skillful staff.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House For a romantic steak dinner, an important business meeting, or a private party, Ruth’s Chris Steak House can accommodate your needs. The Houston restaurant provides guests with a warm, comfortable atmosphere. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is centrally located in the heart of Houston next to the Aloft Hotel.

2405 W. Alabama St. (River Oaks) 713.520.5959 788 W. Sam Houston Parkway North (Town & Country) 713.827.1120 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, (The Woodlands) 281.362.0103 flemingssteakhouse.com

Fogo de Chão The restaurant offers the finest USDA Prime beef, available both wet- and dry-aged and broiled at 1,600 degrees or iron-crusted. Steak companions include truffle-poached lobster, Diablo shrimp, and king crab topped with caviar. Each dish is crafted from scratch by the culinary team and served by skillful staff.

The Palm proudly serves USDA prime-aged beef, jumbo Nova Scotia lobster, heritage Italian entrées, and premium seafood cooked to perfection with service and an atmosphere not found anywhere else. The Palm’s philosophy is simple: Treat guests like family, serve great food, and always exceed expectations. 6100 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.977.2544 thepalm.com

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

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Shula’s Steakhouse Owned by Football Hall of Fame coach turned restaurateur Don Shula, this fine dining restaurant features the Shula Cut® premium black angus beef. “We feature the biggest and best steaks, so it’s fitting to be here in Texas— where everything is bigger,” says Don Shula. The 48-ounce porterhouse is seared to perfection. 1200 Louisiana St. (Downtown) 713.375.4777 donshula.com

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Steak 48

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Mastro’s Steakhouse One of Houston’s newest steakhouses, Mastro’s is also one of its very best. Set in Tilman Fertitta’s dazzling Post Oak, this elegant restaurant is redefining fine dining. An elevated menu, featuring over 16 steaks and chops, is sure to please discerning palates, while nightly live music pairs perfectly with a selection from the impeccable wine list. 1650 West Loop S (Uptown) 713.993.2500 mastrosrestaurants.com

Pappas Bros. has two locations in Houston—the original in the Galleria area and a newer one Downtown. They provide their guests with a dining experience like no other by putting immeasurable care into everything they do. They buy the highest-quality ingredients, use a timeless recipe, and cook it flawlessly each and every time. Discover for yourself why Pappas Bros. is ranked as one of the top steakhouses in the country. 5839 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.780.7352 1200 McKinney Street (Downtown) 713.658.1995 pappasbros.com

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9827 Katy Freeway (Memorial) 832.358.9000 1997 West Gray St., Suite 101 (River Oaks) 346.293.8400 6700 Woodlands Parkway (The Woodlands) 281.362.0569 perryssteakhouse.com

If you’re looking for the best USDA prime beef Houston has to offer, look no further than Steak 48, where an in-house butcher hand cuts custom steaks before they’re cooked to perfection in an 1,800-degree broiler. With over 3,000 bottles in their impressive wine vault, treating yourself to a memorable meal has never been easier. 4444 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.322.7448 steak48.com

Vic and Anthony’s Located near Minute Maid Park, this premier steakhouse features an elegant, yet intimate atmosphere with an undeniable attention to detail. The award-winning menu features only the finest prime beef, fresh seafood, and more, as well as an extensive wine collection. 1510 Texas St. (Downtown) 713.228.1111 vicandanthonys.com


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JUNE 17

Hugh Jackman Toyota Center

The Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning performer is on his first world tour performing songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Miserable and more. From Broadway and movies, accompanied by a live orchestra, his multi-hyphenated career persona is on display in front of a Texas audience.

In Houston, we’ve got events to suit everyone’s style. Check our calendar for the best of the city’s culture and entertainment during your stay. Houston Hotel Magazine is not responsible for schedules or changes in venues. Please check with venues regarding cancellations and/or rescheduling of events.

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Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

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Christopher Cross

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He made history with his self-titled debut album, winning five Grammy Awards in one night, including the four most prestigious awards: Record of the Year (for the single “Sailing”), Album of the Year, Song of the Year (also for “Sailing”), and Best New Artist.

APRIL 2

The Veil of Orpheus: Cy Twombly and Music, Da Camera The Menil Collection

A rare showing of the monumental painting, The Treatise on the Veil, is the occasion for this unique musical event featuring Matthew Aucoin previewing of his opera, Eurydice. APRIL 2

Ordinary Elephant McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year captivates listeners with insightful writing and effortless harmonies, intertwined with banjo and guitar. APRIL 2-29

Homo Narrans: Journey to the Unknown Territory The Jung Center

Artist Chell Vassallo explores universal and timeless mythological narratives that serve us as a guide during our journey outside the familiar domain. APRIL 3 *

Death Cab For Cutie Revention Music Center

The band, often labeled alt-rock or indie pop, is drenched in unconventional instrumentation featured in songs such as “I Will Possess Your Heart.” APRIL 3

Alec Benjamin White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

He is known for his songs "Paper Crown", "Swim", "End of The Summer,” “Boy in the Bubble" and "If we have each other."

APRIL 3

Chelsea Cutler, Anthony Russo Warehouse Live

The pop performer has scored with singles including “Your Shirt,” “Sixteen” and “You’re Not Missing Me” touring with acts such as Quinn XCII. APRIL 4

Sales

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The lo-fi Florida duo is the epitome of a minimalist guitar-driven band, featuring musicians Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih.

The festivities draw thousands of spectators jamming downtown streets for a view of the parade. It showcases Houston’s most outlandish folk art creations on four wheels. The weekend is dedicated to vehicles ranging from wild to weird and back, produced by the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art.

APRIL 4, 6-7

Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Pianist extraordinaire Simon Trpčeski joins the orchestra, to shine performing the Russian composers’ shimmering selections. APRIL 4-13

Tchaikovsky & Elgar, Mercury Houston MATCH, Midtown MDPC, Dosey Doe (The Woodlands), MFAH

APRIL 4

Tchaikovsky’s homage to Mozart, modernizing classical elements with his own lush style, is paired with Elgar’s delightful and endearing early work.

Heights Theater

APRIL 5

Lee Ann Womack Fans loved her 2005 CMA Album of the Year, There’s More Where That Came From, and a steady stream of authentic American music that celebrates her Texas roots.

An Evening with Margaret Atwood, SPA Jones Hall

APRIL 4

With her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale back on the bestsellers lists and its TV adaptation winning Emmys, the literary titan’s work is more relevant than ever.

Revention Music Center

APRIL 5

Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Beth Hart The 40-year old guitar whiz has been playing for years, growing into one of the biggest names in the blues/rock genre.

Citizen Cope House of Blues

APRIL 4

Singer/songwriter Clarence Greenwood’s acoustic-driven band brings an interesting variety of edge, and soulful mellow to the stage.

Arena Theater

APRIL 5-6

Los Angeles Azules Known worldwide as the creators of the symphonic cumbia and native of Iztapalapa, the group returns with the exciting Esto Si Es Cumbia Tour.

APRIL 5

Delbert McClinton, Teresa James Heights Theater

A multi-Grammy winner backed by a crack band (Self-Made Men), he runs audiences through decades of music that has filled 19 albums. APRIL 5-7

Bobby Lee Improv

Early on he opened for vets Pauly Shore and Carlos Mencia, then went on to headline at The Comedy Store in L.A. and clubs on the circuit. THROUGH JUNE 8

Mending: Craft and Community-Selections from the Museum’s Collection The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The exhibit showcases mending as an act of transformation by artists working in a wide range of craft-based materials. APRIL 5-7

An Evening with C.S. Lewis Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

David Payne’s play is an enthralling experience, one that has led thousands to discover, or rediscover, the impact of a literary giant who died over 50 years ago. APRIL 6

Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity Asia Society Texas

It’s the story of five young Muslim Americans who came of age in a post-9/11 society, building their lives in the face of violence towards Muslims.

Sara Evans Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Her five number one country singles include “No Place That Far,” “Suds in the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place to Start” and more. *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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The story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters (Peter Pan) proves nothing is impossible, and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. A charming account of the life of author J.M. Barrie and his relationship with a widow and her children warms audiences’ hearts and souls.

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Chase Sequence, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra MATCH

The ROCO brass quintet performs Chase Sequence, James Stephenson’s work where players imitate one another musically, each one performing “catch up” with the other. APRIL 6

Zoo Ball: Flights of Fancy Houston Zoo

The black tie event spotlights our feathered friends, the perfect opportunity to celebrate the zoo’s diverse collection of bird species. APRIL 6

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Heights Theater

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The Houstonian

White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

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As the sun set, sample 25 different wines from New Zealand and Australia under The Houstonian's huge lit Texas Live Oak! Lite bites provided as you mingle at this casual gathering of the grapes.

He released his breakout album, Purgatory back in 2007, which was produced by Grammy-winner Sturgill Simpson.

With seven studio albums and two live albums to their credit, the Texas Red Dirt band has had seven singles on the Billboard Country charts.

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Tastings Under the Tree

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George Thorogood and The Destroyers House of Blues

His Good to Be Bad Tour celebrates 45 years of songs such as “Move It On Over,” “Bad to the Bone” and more rock and bluesy tunes.

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives Heights Theater

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White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Jack Ingram The Woodlands native has zoomed up the country charts with songs including “Wherever You Are” and “Lips of an Angel.”

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Since their last studio album, the acoustic duo of Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale has expanded musical directions. *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

James Hunter Six Heights Theater

He’s busked on the streets of London, provided backup vocals for Van Morrison, and played a hip brand of R&B all over the world as a solo act.

Randy Rogers Band

Kelly Willis & Jamie Lin Wilson Song Swap McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The country folk mainstay and the former member of cult favorites The Trishas, share a stage to swap songs and eclectic stories.

Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market Spring Spectacular

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NRG Center

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The annual event has expanded, with 150 merchants selling summer apparel and accessories, novelties, decor spring and summer holidays, and more.

The stand-up artist is well known for delivering inventive comedy while wearing … get this …a green dragon suit.

Piff the Magic Dragon

APRIL 12 APRIL 12

She gained fame as a child actress (Troop Beverly Hills), but is best known as the lead singer/ guitarist in the indie rock band Rilo Kiley.

Heights Theater

Tyler Childers

APRIL 12-14 APRIL 10

He’s a country traditionalist mixing elements of pop, jazz and rock into award winning music while working with everyone from Lester Flatt to Dwight Yoakam.

Milk Carton Kids

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Last year marked the band’s 25th anniversary of playing a brilliantly eclectic fusion of danceable big band swing and jazz, fortified with rock, pop and soul.

Jenny Lewis

Based on E.L. Doctorow’s gripping novel about immigrants and the fight for the American soul in the early twentieth century, the production is a magnificent and deeply moving musical. Featuring a Tony-winning score, it is set at a time when worlds and cultures are colliding on issues of race, class, gender equality, and politics.

Dave Douglas Dizzy Atmosphere: Dizzy Gillespie at Zero Gravity, Da Camera Wortham Theater Center

The renowned trumpeter/composer performs with David Adewumi (trumpet); Fabian Almazan, (piano); Matthew Stevens (guitar); Linda May Han Oh (bass) and Joey Baron (drums).

Arijit Singh Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

He’s widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of Indian music, as well as Hindi cinema. APRIL 12

Pilobolus Dance Theater Jones Hall

Janette Cliff George Legacy Series, A.D. Players

APRIL 12

The George Theater

Contemporary Art Museum Houston

She left a powerful legacy in her many scripts, which the company shares in a converted, black box theater setting.

Salute the city’s most visionary arts enthusiasts at the annual event; proceeds benefit Museum exhibitions and educational programming.

CAMH Gala and Art Auction

In keeping with its collective creative process, the company is known for inventive, athletic, witty and collaborative performance works on stage and screen.


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Maren Morris

Wortham Theater Center

APRIL 20, 27 & 30, MAY 3 & 5

Revention Music Center

©ROH Bill Cooper

APRIL 18

CALENDAR

Born and raised in North Texas, she’s been singing most of her life. In 2016 her groundbreaker, “My Church” was a gargantuan, Grammy winning hit, followed by “I Could Use a Love Song” and many others.

APRIL 12

APRIL 13

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston Island)

NRG Arena

Founded 1994 to provide soundtracks for political fundraisers, today the band draws inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the 1940’s with a global perspective.

It's a full-fledged night of laughter with the top comic and friends Chico Bean, Rickey Smiley, DC Young Fly, Karlous Miller and Lavell Crawford.

Pink Martini

Mike Epps

APRIL 13 APRIL 12-14

Tommy Davidson Improv

An excellent stand-up artist, the former cast member on the groundbreaking “In Living Color” continues to appear in movies and on TV. APRIL 13

San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment

The legendary womanizer streaks across Europe to take advantage of women and indulge his hedonistic desires. Mozart's masterpiece returns in a stunning new production with rotating set and cutting-edge projections transporting the audience into the dark mind of a serial philanderer.

APRIL 14 & 19

St. Matthew Passion, Bach Society Houston Christ the King Lutheran Church

With only eight singers and a small instrumental ensemble, BSH presents the immortal masterpiece, as the great composer might have preferred it. APRIL 18

San Jacinto Museum of History

The Music of Cream

The reenactment recreates events leading up to Texas winning its independence from Mexico over 180 years ago at the decisive Battle of San Jacinto.

House of Blues

Kofi Baker (drummer Ginger Baker’s son), Malcolm Bruce (bassist Jack Bruce’s son) and Eric Clapton’s nephew’s Will Johns pay special tribute to the Hall of Fame band.

Radney Foster & Darden Smith: Song, Books, Jokes and Tears

APRIL 13

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

House of Blues

Willis Alan Ramsey

Between them, the pair of Texas storytellers have released over two-dozen albums, written hundreds of songs, and played thousands of shows. Now they’re touring together.

The genre-bending artist is riding a nice wave on the heels of releases “Still Sad” and “Werewolf” after his debut album The Story of Us last year.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Quinn XCII

APRIL 18

His one and only album is a bona fide cult classic, and at the center of America’s Texas Country movement years ago.

APRIL 13-14 APRIL 13 *

Gladys Knight

Japan Festival

APRIL 18-20

Japanese Garden (Hermann Park)

Juan, Su Historia, A.D. Players The George Theater

Her unforgettable songs include soulful classics such as “Midnight Train to Georgia,” and “Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

This annual event draws more than tens of thousands of fans, and celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Japan with music, traditional and folk dance and martial arts.

APRIL 13

APRIL 14

APRIL 18-20

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Discovery Green

Wortham Theater Center

He is among the most influential artists in Christian music, selling over 7.5 million albums and 10.7 million digital tracks.

This citywide celebration is designed to educate, inspire and encourage action with displays, exhibits and booths ranging from alternative energy to recycling methods.

Performances include dancers from New York City Ballet, Spellbound Contemporary Ballet, Susanna Leinonen Company and Donlon Dance Collective.

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Chris Tomlin

Green Mountain Energy’s Earth Day

For the first time ever see John, His Story performed entirely in Spanish, in an intimate Black Box experience.

Dance Salad Festival

APRIL 18-20

Adele Givens Improv

A terrific stand-up comedian, she’s worked on “Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam,” “Showtime at the Apollo,” “Comedy Central Presents” and more. APRIL 19

Olivia O’Brien House of Blues

The emerging pop diva sang, “i love u, i hate u” which peaked at 10th on the Billboard Hot 100, and rocketed to number one in Australia. APRIL 19

The Wailers Warehouse Live

The name is synonymous with the origins of Jamaica’s reggae music movement with Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff and others. APRIL 20 *

Chelsea Handler Revention Music Center

In support of a new book, “Life Will Be The Death of Me,” the “Chelsea Lately” star is on her Sit-Down Comedy Tour. APRIL 20

Patty Griffin Heights Theater

The New York Times hails the Grammy winner for her songs that have “ …independent lives that continue in your head when the music ends.” *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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APRIL 28

Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)

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Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox

NRG Stadium

Since their beginnings as a group of friends making music in a New York basement, PMJ has featured dozens of performers and toured on six continents. The multi-talented collective interprets Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Lorde, Radiohead, Maroon 5 and more in their signature 1920’s style.

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“The World’s Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Band” returns, working the larger venues around the country. Mick, Keith, Ron, Charlie and company performing the biggest songs from a 50-year catalog (“Some Girls,” “Satisfaction,” “Paint It Black,” “Sympathy For the Devil” and more) on the No Filter Tour.

APRIL 20

APRIL 24

APRIL 25

NRG Arena

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Heights Theater

The golden voice of Indi-pop is a household name in Bollywood, known for collaborations with stars such as Britney Spears and DJ Avicii.

The Swedish singer/songwriter (Kristian Matsson) has played before large and intimate audiences. His newest EP is When the Bird Sees the Solid Ground.

Amid many personnel changes the alt-rock band has been together since 1981, and recorded hits including “Like the Weather,” “These Are Days” and more.

Sonu Nigam, Neha Kakkar

The Tallest Man on Earth

10,000 Maniacs

APRIL 20

The Millennium Tour

APRIL 24

Las Culturistas

APRIL 26

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Multi-platinum B2K (Omarion, Boog, Fizz and Raz-B), kick off a limited engagement tour with crooner Mario, Pretty Ricky, Lloyd, Ying Yang Twins and more.

The Secret Group

House of Blues

The popular weekly podcast (named among Esquire Magazine’s top podcasts of 2017) presents a live show, hosted by Matt Rogers and Bowen Yang.

The actor/comedian is best known for his role as Leon in HBO’s cutting edge comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

APRIL 20

The Music of Tom Petty, Houston Symphony Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The late Florida musician’s spirit lives on through his catalog of songs: “The Waiting,” “I Won’t Back Down,” “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and others. APRIL 21

Snow Patrol Revention Music Center

The Northern Irish alt-rock band has played a swath of power pop songs for years. Their “Chasing Cars” helped propel the band into mainstream success in 2006. APRIL 24

Liz Phair Heights Theater

Her debut album, Exile in Guyville, set an a mazing tone for the lo-fi alternative pop artist. Most recently she opened on tour for the Smashing Pumpkins. *Editor’s Choice 50

H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

J.B. Smoove

APRIL 26 * APRIL 25

Yekwon Sunwoo, SPA

Darlene Love Miller Outdoor Theatre

The 28-year old Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist is a powerful, virtuosic performer.

Since the early sixties, as part of Phil Spector’s “wall of sound” hit factory, she’s done it all, including starring as herself in Broadway’s Leader of The Pack.

APRIL 25

APRIL 26

Warehouse Live

Celtic Woman

The Grammy-winning bassist has been in Béla Fleck and the Flecktones since the group's formation, and a member of SMV with Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller.

Since its debut, the global sensation has continued to capture the hearts of worldwide audiences celebrating Ireland's rich musical and cultural heritage.

APRIL 25

APRIL 26

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Heights Theater

The California icon has crossed musical, generational and cultural lines, as he celebrates 25 years in show business with a new tour.

The Australian paisley underground pioneers are considered by many to be a rock band for the ages.

Jones Hall

Victor Wooten

Snoop Dogg

Celtic Woman

The Church

APRIL 26-27

Academy Spring Showcase, Houston Ballet Wortham Theater Center

Hundreds grace the stage in a display of artistry, from classical styles to contemporary movements, all while showcasing the company’s Academy. APRIL 26-28

Cirque de la Symphonie, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Breathtaking, gravity-defying artists drop in for an evening of high-flying excitement, mixed with the orchestra’s sonic thrills. APRIL 26-28

Another British Invasion, Lone Star Lyric MATCH

The British are back with great tunes from across the pond by Coward, Britten, Webber, Sullivan, and Lennon & McCartney in a jazz cabaret setting. APRIL 26 & 28, MAY 4, 7 & 10

The Phoenix, Houston Grand Opera Wortham Theater Center

The world premiere features Thomas Hampson and Luca Pisaroni playing the different ages of Lorenzo Da Ponte to create a stage adaptation of this story of redemption. APRIL 27

Cattle Baron’s Ball George Ranch Historical Park

The annual soiree is one of Houston’s social events of the season with food, music, and too much fun, all in the name of charity.


april/may APRIL 26

Revention Music Center

MAY 1

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The Piano Guys

The Texas singer is a throwback with a decidedly contemporary edge, performing originals with an old school vibe. He may feel like a restart of Otis Redding or Sam Cooke, but make no mistake: the soulful singer is his own man with a fresh, new musical message.

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Leon Bridges, Jess Glynne

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The talented ensemble has delivered bold compositions that transcend boundaries of style and genre. The four members began by posting videos on the Web, and grew from there with six albums reaching the top of the Billboard Classical and New Age charts.

APRIL 27

APRIL 28

MAY 1

MAY 2-5

Jones Hall

Heights Theater

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Improv

Wave the magic wand and enter an enchanted land filled with treasured music from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, Prokofiev’s Cinderella, Stravinsky’s Firebird and more.

Since their debut in 2014, the duo has performed at iconic venues from the Ryman to Red Rocks, and festivals including Coachella, ACL and Stagecoach.

As a solo act and as a member of Van Halen, the Hall of Fame inductee is touring with an all-star line up including Michael Anthony and Jason Bonham.

His films include Semi-Pro, Barbershop and Johnson Family Vacation, plus he’s appeared in "Entourage" on HBO, Comedy Central's "Reno 911" and more.

APRIL 27

APRIL 28

MAY 2

MAY 2-5

The Secret Group

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Revention Music Center

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

His Pandora fan base includes over 300,000 fans, with stations based solely on the Gonzaga grad’s comedy, pushing his plays to over 306 million.

Individuals living with or loving someone with a mental health condition perform in the evening of live presentation of essays, music, comedy, and poetry.

The touring improvisational and song show starring razor sharp comedians from the TV show/stage fame, is rollicking good fun.

The 14th annual edition features the latest films to reflect the vibrant and innovative cinema scene thriving throughout Latin America.

THROUGH JUNE 16

MAY 3 *

Contemporary Art Museum Houston

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The youth art exhibition organized by CAMH’s teen council features work by over 40 area young artists in painting, sculpture, video and more.

The true crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark boasting a devoted “Murderino” base of fans.

MAY 2

MAY 3

Once Upon a Time, Houston Symphony

Dan Cummins

Jamestown Revival, Cordovas

This is My Brave: The Show

APRIL 27

Dale Watson

APRIL 30

Toyota Center

Al Green

His All-American tone, combined with a shocking-white pompadour, tattoo sleeves and rockabilly music is a throwback treat.

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The 13-time Grammy winner is a singular force in soul music with hits including “Call Me,” “Let’s Stay Together” and “Tired of Being Alone.”

APRIL 27

Hillsong United Jones Hall

Formed in 1998, their song “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” reached platinum status. The group was named Top Christian Artist at the Billboard Music Awards in 2016. APRIL 27

The Alley Ball The Post Oak at Uptown Houston

The annual fundraiser benefiting the Alley Theatre is always a showstopper with great entertainment, a silent auction, dinner, and late night dancing.

APRIL 30

Ashberyana: A Musical Celebration of Poet John Ashbery, Da Camera The Menil Collection

Sammy Hagar

Whose Live Anyway?

Shapeshifters

California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Celebrate John Ashbery’s legacy as the greatest American poet of his generation with works that reflect his playfulness, wit and humor.

The show features six guitarists from both bands, chock full of virtuoso players, representing four countries (Japan, Canada, Belgium, and the United States).

MAY 1

MAY 2

Gary P. Nunn Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The Lost Gonzo Band founding member is a Texas treasure, and the brains behind the classic “London Homesick Blues.”

Joseph Heights Theater

With a hypnotic sound of a trio made up of sisters Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner, the sisters explore amazing harmonies in their music.

DeRay Davies

Latin Wave Film Festival

My Favorite Murder Live

Mike and The Moonpies Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The Outlaw Country ensemble is playing old favorites and music from a recent album, Steak Night at the Prairie Rose. THROUGH MAY 27

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The esteemed photographer explores Southern culture with experimental, haunting photographs addressing themes of memory, desire, death, and the bonds of family. *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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may

MAY 2

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

MAY 7-12

Miss Saigon

The tour is being billed as the last for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame star that has earned every accolade in his field. His landmark albums include Night Moves, Stranger In Town, Against The Wind, Live Bullet and Nine Tonight.

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Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The scene is the last days of the Vietnam War in the new production featuring a cast of 42 performing the soaring score with Broadway hits including “The Heat is On in Saigon,” “The Movie in My Mind,” and “Last Night of the World.”

MAY 3-4

MAY 4

MAY 4-5

MAY 7

Improv

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Lakewood Yacht Club (Seabrook)

House of Blues

He was a regular on Comedy Central’s “Chappelle’s Show” as Ashy Larry; he also played Beautiful, and other memorable characters.

Dance that is exciting and oh so enticing – welcome to the exquisitely beautiful evening of performance with both classic and modern elements.

The 24th edition of the annual weekend event, benefiting The Boys & Girls Harbor, features nationally acclaimed classic car and vintage wooden boat show.

The three New Zealand teens boast a unique thrash metal sound and commanding live performances.

MAY 4

MAY 5

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Wortham Theater Center

With a name inspired by Jack Kerouac’s poetry, the English indie pop Brit Award-winning band has developed a strong following since forming in 2002.

The Portuguese artist has risen from local phenomenon, known only to a small circle in Lisbon, to one of the most widely acclaimed stars of the World Music circuit.

MAY 4

MAY 5

Defying the boundaries of the world we think we know, the play delves into the universal truth of finding and losing love, questioning the difference between choice and destiny.

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston Island)

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The legendary crooner is celebrating 63 years as one of the world’s favorite performers and recording artists.

She appeared in her Dad, Rob Schneider’s comedy Deuce Bigalow, and then unleashed a series of songs to showcase her alt-country blues/rock music to the world.

MAY 4

MAY 4

Donnell Rawlings

Mixed Repertory, Houston Ballet

Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance

MAY 3-5

Beethoven’s Eroica, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Heroic, ferocious and groundbreaking in tone, it is known as the symphony that changed it all with staggering vision too powerful to be contained. MAY 3-5

Constellations Alley Theatre

Kathy Mattea Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Since the 1980’s the Grammy winner has charted over 30 times, logging four number one songs including “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses.”

The 1975, Pale Waves, No Rome

Johnny Mathis, Gary Mule Deer

The Wrestler: River Oaks Chamber Orchestra St. John the Devine Church

Mariza

Elle King

MAY 5

Damien Escobar House of Blues

MAY 4

He was previously in the duo Nuttin' But Stringz with his brother, but has been a solo artist since 2012 playing a cool mix of crossover classical, jazz, pop and more.

House of Blues

MAY 4

MAY 5

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Miller Outdoor Theatre

The “parentally incorrect” show may be the perfect night out for moms – irreverent and interactive, designed as the ultimate respite for beleaguered parents. *Editor’s Choice 52

MAY 7

The afternoon concert features the world premiere of Erberk Eryılmaz’s Koca Yusuf, Wrestling Airs for Chamber Orchestra, written in memory of a19th century Turkish athlete.

The Pump and Dump Show

H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

Alien Weaponry

Quebe Sisters Siblings Grace, Sophia, and Hulda are based in Texas, and play an exciting variety of old school jazz, country and Bob Wills-inspired swing.

Lupillo Rivera An award-winning singer/producer/songwriter comes from a famous musical family, he is charting his own course in Mexican music.

Walt Wilkins Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Armed with an acoustic guitar and a fist full of songs, the down-to-earth folkie has been successfully playing the circuit for years. MAY 7-8

Jim James Presents Uniform Distortion Heights Theater

Now a solo act, he spent the better part of 20 years as front man of rock darlings, My Morning Jacket. MAY 8

Old 97’s House of Blues

The great Texas purveyors of cow punk are among the state’s most original bands, performing classics, originals and lots of fun stuff. MAY 9 *

Lauryn Hill Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The founding member of The Fugees has had a stellar solo career, lauded for her recordbreaking landmark album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.


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Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

CALENDAR

MAY 15

Toyota Center

New Kids on the Block

Members of the orchestra are Houston health professionals with a dedication to music that goes beyond their daily occupations. The mission is to provide fellowship, contribute culturally to the community, and raise awareness for medical and local charities through its concerts and other events.

MAY 9, 11-12

Rachmaninoff’s The Bells, Houston Symphony

MAY 10

Polychoral Motets, Bach Society Houston

Jones Hall

Christ the King Lutheran Church

Sleigh bells, wedding bells, alarm bells and more -- the atmospheres of the spectacular choral symphony are memorable, drawing as its text the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe.

Sixteenth Century composers developed a style that used two choirs singing in alternation, celebrated in works by Gabrieli and Praetorius for the concert.

MAY 10

MAY 10-11

Violent Femmes, X

Fortune Feimster

House of Blues

Improv

A pair of bands with deep punk-folk roots take the stage playing favorites such as “Kiss Off,” “Blister in the Sun,” “4th of July” and “See How We Are.”

The loveable Southern comic moved to L.A. in 2003 to pursue comedy after graduating Summa Cum Laude from college in North Carolina. MAY 10-12

MAY 10

Bella Gaia: A Beautiful Earth Miller Outdoor Theatre

Experience a cosmic story, exploring both human and natural expressions of the universe with orbital views of Earth, cultural photography, and music and dance. MAY 10

Houston Symphony Ball The Post Oak at Uptown Houston

Business, community and philanthropic leaders gather at the annual highlight of the Houston social season. MAY 10

Weinberg & Mendelssohn, Da Camera Wortham Theater Center

The Brentano Quartet and Daedalus Quartet take center stage performing a series of brilliantly scored compositions.

Comicpalooza George R. Brown Convention Center

Texas' largest pop culture convention is a kick with J-Fashion, cosplay, a film festival, literary conference and more, all rolled into one. MAY 11

Tom Russell

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Mahler’s Third, Texas Medical Center Orchestra

The boy band from Boston never goes out of style. Jordan and Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny Wood enjoyed success in the 1980’s and 1990’s selling more than 80 million records worldwide. Now they are on tour with a brand new stage show.

MAY 11

MAY 12

Wortham Theater Center

Warehouse Live

Experience Beethoven’s soul stirring Fifth Symphony, and the brilliant “Emperor Concerto” renewed, fresh, invigorating and remarkable.

Guitarist Richie Kotzen, drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist Billy Sheehan make up the progressive rock trio.

MAY 11

MAY 12

Heights Theater

Heights Theater

After successfully touring as The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts, the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts have joined forces.

The alt-rockers are always a great time, especially live shows when they perform their songs, and covers of artists such as Hank Williams, Warren Zevon and more.

MAY 11

MAY 15-16

Beethoven's Fifth, Mercury Houston

Allman-Betts Band

Arielle, Aaron Stephens Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

A self-described “hippie heartbeat” with an edgy spirit, the Austin musician brings her tie-dye rock sound to the lower Greenville stage. MAY 11

Justin Willman House of Blues

His country-flavored Americana songs have been recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith and Joe Ely.

The magician/actor/comedian/TV guy hosts “Cupcake Wars” and “King of Cones” on the Food Network, and “Win, Lose or Draw” on Disney Channel.

MAY 11

MAY 11

Arena Theatre

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Joe, Stokley (of Mint Condition) His number one hits include “Stutter,” and top-10 songs such as “I Wanna Know”, “Thank God I Found You” and “Still Not a Player.”

Wild Belle Band members include siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman, who play an assortment of pop, ska and reggae styled songs.

Winery Dogs

Deer Tick

Cody Canada Main Street Crossing

Probably best known as the alt-country singer in Cross Canadian Ragweed, the native Texan fronts his own band, The Departed. MAY 16-17

Bluebeard’s Castle, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

A dream cast featuring two of the world’s most sought-after opera stars joins Andrés OrozcoEstrada for the must-see event. MAY 17

Dave Matthews Band Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The decorated jam band returns as part of a North American summer swing with a deep cache of AOR songs. *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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MAY 17-26

Wortham Theater Center

Ariana Grande

The ballet treasure created by former Houston Ballet artistic director Sir Ben Stevenson follows charismatic young lovers, Franz and Swanhilda. The lighthearted three-act story, with colorful costume and scenic designs, is always a family favorite.

Performing music from her critically acclaimed album, Sweetener, she brings a series of sizzling hit singles including "No Tears Left To Cry," "The Light Is Coming," and "God Is A Woman” to the Houston stage. The young superstar also sings songs from earlier in her spirited career.

MAY 17

MAY 18

MAY 18

MAY 21

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Jones Hall

Revention Music Center

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

As host and creator of Public Radio’s RadioLab, his programs have broadcast on 524 stations across the nation and downloaded more than nine million times a month.

Known as “El Puma” to his legions of fans, the Venezuelan performer has recorded for years and starred in various telenovelas.

Groups including The Smiths, The Beach Boys and Joy Division heavily influenced the indie surf/rock band.

MAY 19

MAY 17, 18 & 22

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Miller Outdoor Theatre & Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Charlie Mars Raised in the Deep South and educated at SMU, the indie folk artist specializes in smooth, even sensual folk-rockers. MAY 17

Ayla Nereo House of Blues

Expansive and intriguing, her music has been described as “otherworldly” with a poetic, soulful delivery of songs.

Jad Abumrad, SPA

MAY 18 *

ZZ Top, Bad Company, Cheap Trick Cynthia Woods Pavilion (The Woodlands)

MAY 17

That little ol’ band from Texas returns, this time to celebrate five decades of touring and recording, with a pair of classic rock groups in tow.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

MAY 18

Crystal Bowersox An “American Idol” runner-up, she has since released a couple of albums filled with her indie rock music. MAY 17-18

Kevin Nealon Improv

The former “Saturday Night Live” comedian is best known for characters including Hans and Franz (“Pump You Up”) with Dana Carvey. MAY 17-JUNE 2 *

The God Committee, A.D. Players The George Theater

Take a thrilling peek into the deliberations of a heart transplant selection committee and how our prejudices and experiences impact our view of the world, with dire consequences.

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Coppelia, Houston Ballet

Toyota Center

MAY 19

H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

Shane Smith and The Saints White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The Texas Country band has been touring for years developing a nice following, well known for their invigorated live shows.

José Luis Rodríguez González

Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook The season finale spotlights J.S. Bach’s two remaining concertos, and another by Franz Joseph Haydn. MAY 19

From Brandenburg to Esterházy, Ars Lyrica Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The season finale spotlights J.S. Bach’s two remaining concertos, and another by Franz Joseph Haydn. MAY 20

MAY 18

Leon

House of Blues

As her songs “Baby Don’t Talk” and “Falling” soar, the Swedish singer is performing on her You and I World Tour.

The Japanese House House of Blues

Young singer Amber Bain fronts the indie/dream pop band from England, with tracks produced by George Daniel of The 1975. MAY 20

MAY 18

John Moreland Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Since transitioning from heavy metal to alt-country, his music has been featured on “Sons of Anarchy,” while he’s toured with Jason Isbell.

Darrell Scott Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

He studied literature at Tufts before moving to Nashville where he’s worked with Steve Earle, Sam Bush, Guy Clark and more.

The Drums

La bohème, Houston Grand Opera Puccini’s most popular work is a sweeping love story that balances the heights of romance with the hard truth that happiness can come at a huge cost. MAY 22-JUNE 9

Sex with Strangers Stages Theatre

The sly sexcapade touches on everything from lust to love, and personal identity, all in the tell-all age of the contemporary Internet. MAY 23

Nick Waterhouse House of Blues

Rooted in old school rhythm and blues, with liberal slices of soul and jazz, the gifted guitarist is a solid live act. MAY 24

Andrew Dismukes The Secret Group

The New York City stand-up artist has performed at all the big comedy festivals, and is in his second year as a writer for “SNL.”


may MAY 24

MAY 30-31

Revention Music Center

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Junior Brown

Twenty years after his first album, the English folk rock artist is still known for dynamic live shows. His last album (Mutineers) is a big hit with fans, and a 2016 Greatest Hits collection, with re-recorded version of “Shine” as well as new tracks, was also well received.

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David Gray

CALENDAR

Kitschy as hell, and talented as all get out, the firebrand musician in the rolled up cowboy hat is a Texas kick in the pants. Don’t dare miss his signature songs including “Highway Patrol,” and the fan favorite, “My Wife Thinks Your Dead.”

MAY 24

MAY 28-JUNE 9

MAY 30

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (Sarofim Hall)

House of Blues

The Contemporary Christian rock band plays an eclectic range of modern, woodwind, string and brass instruments.

The evening of Broadway magic features production numbers from some of his biggest hits: West Side Story, On the Town, Peter Pan, Gypsy and Fiddler on the Roof.

With an Alabama mountain man look, he’s among the most prominent faces currently associated with Outlaw Country, via hits such as “Give It Away” and “In Color.”

MAY 28-JUNE 9

MAY 30

Kings Kaleidoscope

Jerome Robbins' Broadway, TUTS

Jamey Johnson

MAY 24

Blackhawk Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Spamilton: An American Parody

Their dozen top-10 songs include “I Sure Can Smell the Rain,” Goodbye Say It All” and “Every Once in Awhile.”

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (Zilkha Hall)

MAY 24-31

The New York Times calls it “convulsively funny” -- a musical spoof from the comic mastermind behind the long running hit, Forbidden Broadway.

Theatre Southwest

MAY 29

Stupid F***ing Bird A clever adaption of Chekhov's The Seagull the fresh, raw, play is a roller coaster of emotions from laughter, anger, lust, sorrow and everything in between.

Johnnyswim White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Since 2005, Amanda Sudano (her mom is the late Donna Summer) and Abner Ramirez play a special style of soulful jazz, pop and folk.

MAY 24-JUNE 8

Lie of the Mind: Dirt Dogs Theater Company MATCH

MAY 29 *

Joe Jackson Wortham Theater Center

Sam Shepard’s play explores the destinies of two desperate families, linked by marriage but set apart by jealousies and distrust.

His jazz inflected pop songs (“Is She Really Going Out With Him?” “Breaking Us in Two”) were MTV staples in the 1980’s.

MAY 25

MAY 30

Matthew Logan Vasquez Heights Theater

Delta Spirit’s front man’s third solo effort, Light’n Up, captures the dynamic Texas singer-songwriter’s deep season of despair.

Mary Gautier, Jaimee Harris McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The tough singer makes her emotional commitment to her material mining her own autobiographical stories with a sharp, beautiful edge.

Uriah Heep

MAY 31

Dark Horse Consort, Bach Society Houston Christ the King Lutheran Church

The program features works by Samuel Scheidt, Andreas Hammerschmidt and Johann Rosenmüller, played on cornetti, period trombones, recorders, harpsichord and organ. MAY 31

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Sizzling Summer Dance, METdance

Forming in the 1970’s, along with Yes, ELO and others, the band became one of the pioneers of English progressive rock.

Miller Outdoor Theatre

It is an evening bursting with energy, music, and spirit, the final performance of the 23rd season in a show suitable for all ages.

MAY 30

How to Train Your Dragon, Houston Symphony Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

MAY 31

Slushii House of Blues

The movie is an international hit for animation fans of all ages. The orchestra plays the score as the feature is screened under the stars.

A force on the electronic music scene, his latest collaboration “Never Let You Go” features Latin pop star Sofia Reyes.

MAY 30-JUNE 1

MAY 31-JUNE 9

Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition Stude Concert Hall (Rice University)

The respected national competition is open to young musicians, ages 16-26 who plays standard orchestral instruments and piano. MAY 31

Wisin y Yandel Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Latin music’s most iconic duo returns for their first U.S. swing since their five-year hiatus began, with the Como Antes Tour.

The Merry Widow, Houston Ballet Jones Hall

Rich and lavish, the story is an irresistibly charming and intoxicating tale of hijinks, finance, romance, and intrigue. JUNE 1

Jessie James Decker House of Blues

In 2009 she released her debut album featuring the hit single “Wanted.” Now, with millions of social media fans, she’s bringing her music to the masses. *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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june

JUNE 1

JUNE 6

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

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CALENDAR

Time to catch a start-of-summer wave with the Gulf Coast beachmusic legend, playing all the hits for his legions of Parothead fans. His classics include “Come Monday,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Fins” and “Margaritaville.”

JUNE 1

JUNE 1

JUNE 3-9

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Warehouse Live

Various Locations (The Woodlands)

Discovery Green

The evening event features dancing and roots music under the stars, plus Texas accordion genres, including conjunto, polka, country & western, zydeco, and Cajun.

One of the region’s premier underground-art shows returns for the 10th year with more than 120 artists, live body painting, music and, naturally, a pancake bar.

From delicious cuisine created by top chefs, to wine walks, beer sampling and the anticipated grand tasting, Texas food and drink is on parade.

His smart pop (“Someday, Someway”) and roots rock numbers (“Bruce is King”) are hallmarks of one of America’s best songwriters.

JUNE 4

THROUGH JULY 7

JUNE 1-AUGUST 25

JUNE 1

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Houston Center for Photography

The electronic band, featuring vocalist Susan Ottaviano, gained fame as an opening act for Depeche Mode tours in the 1980’s.

The long-haul airplane flight is the artist’s fascinating metaphor for the associative, introspective, disorienting images in the exhibition.

JUNE 4-9 *

JUNE 6

Jones Hall

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Accordion Kings & Queens

All You Can Eat: Justin Favela Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

The artist’s installation of large, piñata-style sculptures, representing popular Mexican dishes, generates conversation about the current socio-political climate. JUNE 1

The Lemonheads, Tommy Stinson White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Formed in the 1980’s, Evan Dando’s “college rock” group has been home to nearly a dozen members over the years. THROUGH JUNE 27

Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Few artists left behind as complete a diary of life and work as the Dutch Post Impressionist. The exhibition showcases portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. JUNE 1

The Fab 5 Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

There are Beatles tribute bands, and there is this ensemble, authentic right down to the instruments they play to recreate the best music ever made. *Editor’s Choice 56

The new show is the first-ever solo tour for the dance star, featuring sizzling production, astounding versatility and a magnetic stage presence. Journey through a true fusion of dance and music, as the Emmy-winning dynamo explores styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop.

H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

Pancakes & Booze

Stardust: Complexions Contemporary Ballet Jones Hall

Combining precision, power and passion, the company transcends tradition in a groundbreaking mix of styles ranging from ballet to hip-hop in a tribute to the life and music of David Bowie. JUNE 2

Mark Manson House of Blues

The popular blogger and self help author (The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck) is an Austin native, now living in New York City. JUNE 2

Eric Darius and Jeff Lorber, Bayou City Jazz Series Wortham Theater Center

Wine & Food Week

Book of Love

Chicago The Musical

Doug Stone

JUNE 5

Betty Who

Julia Jacklin, Black Belt Eagle Scout White Oak Music Hall

Her first couple of singles “Pool Party” and “Coming of Age” was a nice boost for the art-pop performer from Down Under.

JUNE 3

The Jung Center

Sample 25 different wines from the Mediterranean under The Houstonian's huge, lit Texas Live Oak!

A Field Guide: Zhao Qian

He set an early tone for success with “I’d Be Better Off (In a Pine Box)”, which was followed by eight number one country singles.

JUNE 5-JULY 17

The Houstonian

Marshall Crenshaw

A Broadway phenomenon since 1975, the scorching musical satire on celebrity and crime is filled with music, dancing … and all that jazz.

The saxophonist and keyboard whiz share the stage for an evening of jazz, laced with signature elements of funk, soul and rock music.

Casting Under the Tree

JUNE 6 *

Visions: A Celebration of the Creativity The annual showcase features the artwork of the center’s students, members, instructors, volunteers, and staff in a variety of media.

JUNE 6

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The Aussie synth-pop singer/songwriter now based in the U.S. had a hit with “I Love You Always Forever.” JUNE 6

Juice WRLD Revention Music Center

Jarad Higgins is a rapper/singer/songwriter whose debut studio album (Goodbye & Good Riddance) peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.


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june

JUNE 14-23

JUNE 14

Wortham Theater Center

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Hootie & The Blowfish, Barenaked

The past unfolds in a retelling of France’s young monarchs, Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI. The sensational three-act ballet chronicles the Queen’s tragic life during social and political strife in France. With compositions from Shostakovich’s rich body of work, the ballet is a powerful blend of storytelling and choreography.

JUNE 7

JUNE 7-8

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Improv

He’s from the same hometown as the great Jimmie Rodgers, and has enjoyed solo hits and more with singing partner Joe Stampley.

He and Johnny Knoxville created their stuntbased reality show TV “Jackass” before taking it to the big screen establishing him as a “don’t-try-this-at-home” star.

Moe Bandy

JUNE 7

Draco Rosa House of Blues

Steve-O

JUNE 7-9

Witches, Lone Star Lyric

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Marie, Houston Ballet

CALENDAR

Country star Darius Rucker (“Wagon Wheel,” “Alright”) and his bandmates have regrouped. They are back on the road, touring America playing their good time hits for hungry fans including “Only Wanna Be With You,” “Let Her Cry” and “Hold My Hand.”

JUNE 8

An Evening of Frank Sinatra & Ella Fitzgerald, Houston Symphony Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Under the guidance of conductor Lucas Waldin, the iconic styles of a pair of American musical treasures come alive for the evening. JUNE 8

Stargazing with Houston Astronomical Society

A multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy winner, he’s also a multi-instrumentalist, dancer, composer and Latin Songwriter Hall of Fame member.

MATCH

JUNE 7

JUNE 8

HAS-volunteers show off the moon, planets in our solar system, and deep-sky objects through a number of telescopes, then answer questions about space and astronomy.

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

JUNE 8

Weyes Blood

The bawdy musical cleverly tours the highs, lows, career, family, sex and love life of two women who happen to be … witches.

Shake Russell

Known for collaborations with artists including Ariel Pink and her brother, Zak Mering, she took her stage name from a Flannery O’Connor novel.

For over 30 years, the Texas singer/songwriter has entertained audiences with an Americana style of folk and rock.

JUNE 7

THROUGH JULY 7

LANY

Revention Music Center

The dream-pop trio has played the festival circuit including Bonnaroo, Firefly and more, while playing gigs around the globe.

El Nuevo Mundo/The New World: Cristina Velasquez Houston Center for Photography

The artist questions centuries-old stereotypes from the perspective of her native Colombia in this provocative exhibit.

JUNE 7-SEPTEMBER 1

Roni Horn: When I Breathe, I Draw Part II The Menil Collection

The second of a two-part exhibition brings together a series of drawings that exemplify the artist’s innovative technique of cutting as a way of drawing.

JUNE 8

Adam Hood Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

A talented singer/songwriter, artists including Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Josh Abbott and Lee Ann Womack have all recorded his tunes.

Discovery Green

JUNE 13

Kinky Boots The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston Island)

With music and lyrics by Grammy legend Cyndi Lauper the multiple Tony winner is a complete “kick in the pants” funfest onstage. JUNE 13

Yacht Rock Revue House of Blues

“The Greatest Show on Surf” is a fun tribute to 1970’s light rock with renditions of Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald, Steely Dan, and more. JUNE 13

Bob Schneider McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Extreme Weather Ready Expo George R. Brown Convention Center

Big brains unite at the annual conference that mixes science, technology and the experts that predict our weather patterns.

Even without major label support, the Austin musician has managed to create a good deal of buzz and a healthy following. JUNE 13

Ray Wylie Hubbard Discovery Green

JUNE 9

KIDZ BOP Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The brand-new show is an interactive experience for families as the young stars perform some of today’s biggest hits, sung by kids for kids.

His 1970’s outlaw country anthem “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother” rings as true today when the Texas troubadour released it. JUNE 13 *

Chely Wright Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

JUNE 12

Gary Gulman White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The ACA named her Top New Female Vocalist in 1995, which she followed up with her first huge country hit, "Shut Up and Drive."

He finished third on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and has starred in two Comedy Central specials: "Boyish Man,” and "In This Economy.” *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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CALENDAR

june

JUNE 15

JUNE 21

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Toyota Center

Twenty-One Pilots

Since beginning his professional comedy career three decades ago, the California satirist has sold millions of albums, recorded more than 150 parody and original songs, and performed more than 1,000 live shows. He was among the first comics to use YouTube video to distribute his work.

Vocalist Tyler Joseph and his mates have been playing their elegant brand of alternative hip-hop, rock, rap and more since 2009. They won a Grammy for Best Pop Duo, and the group’s fifth album, Trench, was released late last year.

JUNE 13-15

JUNE 14

JUNE 14-16

JUNE 20

Improv

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

MATCH

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

He’s been featured in movies such as The Descendants, The Interpreter, and Friday After Next, while cranking out his own HBO specials.

The native Texan’s country and crossover hits include “Baby Bye-Bye,” "Between Two Fires" and "Second Hand Heart.”

Jerome Kern's anthology started on Tin Pan Alley, then progressed to songs in the great Ziegfeld Follies, to his most famous musical, Showboat.

With solo careers, and various side projects, the husband and wife team are never better than they are when playing as a duo.

JUNE 14

JUNE 15

JUNE 15

JUNE 20

Warehouse Live

Miller Outdoor Theatre

“Up All Night,” "Spend My Life", "Mad About You" and "Fly to the Angels" were all successes for the hard rockin’ band formed in Vegas in the 1980’s.

Philip Glass’ colorful piece for chamber orchestra is inspired by the Amazon River, a vivid mixture of orchestral and percussive textures in a signature style.

Jones Hall

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Vince King brings his considerable talents to the Texas stage to pay homage to the smoothest, sexiest Rat Pack members of them all.

JUNE 14

JUNE 15

The program pairs artistry with science bringing viewers from the depths of the sea, up to the coastlines, onto land, through mountains and into the sky.

Maz Jobrani

Slaughter

Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Amanda Shires Heights Theater

He blends folk, alt-country and rock, and was named one of the top 100 greatest living songwriters by Paste Magazine in 2006. JUNE 14 *

Eddie Izzard Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

John Cleese once referred to the edgy English comedian as the "Lost Python", a fitting tribute to the star of stage, screen and TV. JUNE 14

Book of Love White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The synth ensemble has been around since the 1980’s, playing their brand of pop led by vocalist Susan Ottaviano. *Editor’s Choice 58

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“Weird Al” Yankovic

H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

Gary Morris

Aguas da Amazonia, Aperio

Dawes & Hawkes McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Texas Monthly calls the duo, “undeniably intimate,” a combination of effortless harmonies driving their tempting folk melodies.

A Fine Romance, Lone Star Lyric

National Geographic: Symphony for Our World, SPA

JUNE 20

Carrie Rodriguez

Discovery Green

A singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist with a stellar solo career, she’s toured with Lucinda Williams, Jeff Bridges, Chip Taylor and many more.

Los Guerreros de la Musica

MARCH 29

Revention Music Center

JUNE 16-19

Rolling Stone named the New Orleans roots rock ensemble one of the magazine’s “10 Bands You Need to Know.”

George R. Brown Convention Center

JUNE 16

Olan Rogers

Discovery Green

JUNE 21

Anime Matsuri Music, fashion, art and collectibles, it’s the latest/greatest from Japan’s catwalks, studios and concert stages, at one of the largest anime conventions in North America.

Improv

The unconventional filmmaker is a comedy machine, and a YouTube creator with a quick wit and razor sharp tongue.

Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra Tribute

JUNE 16

Formed in 2009, the band has made a significant impact on the local Latino music scene with their blend of rock, cumbia, reggae, ska, & jazz.

The Revivalists

Jason Eady and Courtney Patton

JUNE 19

Juneteenth Celebration Miller Outdoor Theatre

It’s an annual observance of the day Texas learned of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves.

Son Volt Heights Theater

The venerable band’s new album (Union) explores the groups past and present via solid musicianmanship, politics and other influences. JUNE 21

Stars of the Sixties Stafford Centre

Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Bob Miranda (The Happenings), and Dennis Tufano (The Buckinghams) perform radio hits from the 1960’s.


september JUNE 22

JUNE 26-JULY 14

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Disney’s Aladdin

CALENDAR

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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june

The host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central has grown into a cultural phenomenon after taking the reins from Jon Stewart in 2015. Today, the South African-born comedian/writer/producer is among the world’s most influential social commentators – a hero to some, and a thorn in the side of others.

From the producer of The Lion King comes this timeless story – a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.

JUNE 21

JUNE 22

JUNE 23

JUNE 27

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Heights Theater

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The band’s latest album simultaneously topped Billboard’s Alternative, Top Rock and Hard Rock Albums Charts.

The platinum-selling band has embarked on The Young Tour with the release of the group’s first new music in three years.

He was Bo Duke in TV’s “The Dukes of Hazard” years ago; and he’s fostered a country music career scoring with hits such as “What’s a Memory Like You.”

Their musical palette runs the gambit from foot stomping, banjo/violin fueled romps, to clean, polished pop standards.

JUNE 21

JUNE 22

Discovery Green

Warehouse Live

Brit Floyd

The 10th annual LGBTQ community celebration and dance party under the stars, features iconic entertainment, live music, games and more.

The group’s line-up has ebbed and flowed over the years, however their dedication to industrial metal music has remained true to form.

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

JUNE 21

JUNE 22

Formed in 2011, the Liverpool band is a faithful recreation of Pink Floyd’s progressive rock anthems, complete with over-the-top staging and effects.

NRG Arena

City Hall

JUNE 26

Swing for the fence with the annual concert that features ODESZA, ZHU, Gryffin, and Robotaki, Chelsea Cutler and Ashe.

For over forty years, the annual event is a free festival that welcomes thousands of participants as well as spectators from all over the world.

Warehouse Live

JUNE 21

JUNE 22

The Aussie band named in homage to The Rolling Stones’ classic album are their own men, with a whip smart bag of rock numbers.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

JUNE 26

His excellent musical storytelling has great depth, and gives voice to emotions tender and bitter, personal and universal.

With over 30 years and five number one albums under their belts, the band is considered one of contemporary jazz’s most influential forces.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

JUNE 21-23

JUNE 22

Drawing inspiration from Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and others, the Texas singer/songwriter has fashioned an impressive career.

MATCH

Revention Music Center

JUNE 27

After several years of working in popular Mexican bands, the singer/songwriter broke out as a solo act in 1995.

Discovery Green

Shinedown

Rainbow on the Green

Camp Nowhere

Sam Baker

Angelique, Lone Star Lyric The comic opera is a delightfully “un-PC” comic opera about a shrewish wife that even the devil himself rejects as “too darn hot.”

Parachute, Billy Raffoul

Static-X, Devildriver

Houston LGBT Pride Celebration

The Rippingtons

Pancho Barraza

John Schneider

Moonlight Graham

JUNE 27-AUGUST 4 JUNE 25

Sticky Fingers

Max Stalling

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis The husband and wife duo is a killer, together or as solo acts, performing legendary Texas Country songs for a growing base of fans.

Speeding Motorcycle: Catastrophic Theatre MATCH

The original rock opera, based on the songs of musician/artist Daniel Johnston, was originally performed to rave reviews in 2006. JUNE 28

Ocean Alley House of Blues

The Aussie rockers from Sydney have a unique style of music that has been described as "cruisey psych, rock and reggae fusion." JUNE 28

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Father John Misty White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

The former Drive-By Trucker has become a solo alt-country/Southern Rock mainstay, with four Grammys under his belt. JUNE 28

Strahan Warehouse Live

His overarching folk vibe embodies country music’s Harlon Howard’s legendary quote about “three chords and the truth.” *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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CALENDAR

june

JUNE 28

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Train, Goo-Goo Dolls, Allen Stone

From “Drops of Jupiter” and “Calling All Angels” to “Hey Soul Sister,” “Meet Virginia” and more, singer Patrick Monahan and his bandmates are among of the top pop ensembles in the world. Now, on a nearly 40 city tour, the group makes a summer stop in the Houston area.

JUNE 28

JUNE 29

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Revention Music Center

The multi-Grammy winner from Matchbox Twenty brings new music and old favorites via the Chip Tooth Smile Tour.

The sweep through 35 amphitheaters around North America (The Glory Sound Prep Tour) showcases the star’s pop, R&B, hip-hop and rock-laced songs.

Rob Thomas, Abby Anderson

Jon Bellion

JUNE 28-OCTOBER 19

Collection Close-Up: The Graphic Work of Dorothea Tanning The Menil Collection

JUNE 29

Hadden Sayers McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The late American artist and author created more than 100 graphic works between 1950 and 2001, many on display for the first time.

ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons says the guitarist is “ … pretty much my hero,” which speaks volumes about the Houston rock whiz.

JUNE 28-JULY 21 *

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15

West Side Story, A.D. Players The George Theater

There is no more a recognizable love tragedy than Romeo and Juliet, in this, one of the greatest musicals ever featuring Bernstein’s score and Robbins’ iconic choreography.

Spanish Colonial Paintings from the Thoma Collection The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

By the 17th century, artists born in Latin America began to dominate, and new styles and idioms emerged that had less and less to do with European origins.

JUNE 29

Lorrie Morgan

American Football

Once the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry, and went on to record chart toppers such as “Watch Me” and “What Part of No.”

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

JUNE 29

Ana Bárbara House of Blues

She’s grown an award-winning career into one of the leading figures in regional Mexican music, now on her Mi Revancha Tour.

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JUNE 29

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

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Reuniting in 2014 after a 14-year layoff, the four piece mid-western rockers are playing the festival circuit and clubs as well.


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SPORTS & RECREATION

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2019 SEASON

Houston Astros April 1-3​​ April 5-7 ​​ April 7-10​​ April 19-21​​ April 22-24 April 25-28​​ May 6-8​​​ May 9-12 ​​ May 20-23​​ May 24-26​​ May 27-29​​ June 7-9​​​ June 11-12 ​​ June 14-16​​ June 25-27 June 28-30

Houston Rockets

All games at Minute Maid Park except where noted

vs. Texas Rangers + vs. Oakland A’s ++ vs. New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers + ​​vs. Minnesota Twins vs. Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers vs. Chicago White Sox vs. Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago Cubs vs. Baltimore Orioles vs. Milwaukee Brewers vs. Toronto Blue Jays ​​vs. Pittsburgh Pirates ​​vs. Seattle Mariners

+ (Globe Life Park, Arlington) ++ Home Opener MLB.com/Astros

Houston Dynamo

Houston Rockets Basketball

All home games played at BBVA Compass Stadium

All games at Toyota Center

April 13​​ vs. San Jose Earthquakes April 27 ​​vs. Columbus Crew SC May 4​​v s. FC Dallas May 15​​ vs. Portland Timbers June 1​​ vs. Sporting Kansas City

April 5​​​ vs. New York Knicks April 7 ​​​vs. Phoenix Suns

Silverwood Country Retreat (Waller)

NBA.com/Rockets

MAY 27-28

HoustonDynamos.com

APRIL 6-14

Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship

George R. Brown Convention Center

Rice University Baseball All games at Reckling Park except where noted

April 5-7​​ vs. FIU Panthers April 19-21​​ vs. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders April 26-28​​ vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs May 1​​​ vs. Houston Cougars May 10-12​​ vs. Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles May 14​​​ vs. Houston Cougars ** ** Constellation Field (Sugar Land) RiceOwls.com

University of Houston Baseball All games at Schroeder Park except where noted

April 3​​​ vs. FIU Panthers April 5-7​​ vs. East Carolina Pirates April 16 ​​​vs. Texas A&M Aggies April 18-20​​ vs. Cincinnati Bearcats April 23​​​ vs. Sam Houston State Bearcats** May 1​​​ vs. Rice Owls May3-5​​​ vs. UNLV Runnin’ Rebels May 8​​​ vs. Florida Atlantic Owls May 10-12​​ vs. Tulane Green Wave May 14 at Rice Owls** ** Constellation Field (Sugar Land) * Reckling Park UHCougars.com

MAY 4

Dragon Boat Festival

MAY 25

Original Mud Run

Lone Star Regionals JUNE 2-4

Run Houston

River Oaks Country Club

Clear Lake APRIL 13

Trolley Run

Allen’s Landing

JUNE 15

Sam Houston Park & Allen Parkway

APRIL 20

The yearly festival showcases teams competing along the banks of Buffalo Bayou, plus sample Asian cuisine and music, arts and crafts, and culture.

CityCentre

MAY 5

Bellaire Town Square

Green 6.2 APRIL 21

University of Houston Red & White Spring Football Game

Dad’s Day Run JUNE 15

Santo De Mayo 5K

No Label Brewing 1st Street 5K Katy

Saint Arnold Brewing Company JUNE 23 MAY 5-10

Tour du Rouge

Run For Wellness 5K George Bush Park

Houston to Baton Rouge JUNE 29 MAY 15

Ride of Silence

Independence Day 8K Meyerland Plaza

City Hall TDECU Stadium

New coach Dana Holgorsen is set to put his distinctive stamp on the Cougar football team with a spring tune up.

*Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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DINING

51fifteen Restaurant & Lounge Located above Saks Fifth Avenue in the Galleria, this 5-star restaurant specializes in World Fusion cuisine by Chef Nick Banaszak and Chef Jamil Bean. The fashionably haute restaurant offers fine dining, a three-course power lunch, private events, brunch, live music, and happy hour. 5115 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.963.8067

boasting bold flavors with an eclectic array of appetizers, small plates, shareable sides, and desserts. Enjoy a robust beverage program featuring classic cocktails, an extensive wine list, and champagne magnums with lively music and DJs spinning during late night dinners and at Sunday Funday brunches. 4444 Westheimer Road, a115 (River Oaks) 713.955.3855

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Antica Osteria Italian Restaurant

The Blue Fish

This quaint Italian restaurant located in the neighborhood of West University invokes romantic Tuscan decor and Old World charm. Enchanting candlelight soothes the hustle and bustle of city life, and the traditional Italian menu and expansive wine list make this eatery an easy favorite.

Exquisite sushi and sashimi, innovative chef-inspired rolls, and exceptional grilled entrées have kept this restaurant award-winning for more than 16 years. The Japanese and Asian fusion concept centers on the finest flavors of the East, with emphasis on quality and freshness. Complement your meal with craft cocktails, an extensive wine list, and sakes selected by an in-house, certified sake specialist.

2311 Bissonnet St. (West University) 713.521.1155 anticarestaurant.com

Américas With adventure-themed interiors, the multilevel restaurant borrows design elements and colors from Incan artifacts and mythology. The adventure continues into the menu, which draws from foods and cooking techniques of North, Central, and South America to create New World cuisine. 2040 W. Gray St. (River Oaks) 832.200.1492 americasrestaurant.com

benjy’s This see-and-be-seen hot spot features perennial favorites on its diverse, thoughtfully prepared New American menu. The trendy restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch and features warm ambiance, a top-notch happy hour, and friendly, knowledgeable staff. 2424 Dunstan Road (Rice Village) 713.522.7602 benjys.com

Bisou

550 Texas St. (Downtown) 713.225.3474 5820 Washington Ave. (The Heights) 713.862.3474 thebluefishsushi.com

Brasserie 19 With its crisp white interior and gorgeous table-hopping crowd, Brasserie 19 is easily the most see-and-be-seen restaurant in town. Here, friends gather to dine, drink, and converse, and simple hearty French fare is thoughtfully presented. Plateaux de Fruits de Mer, Frisee Salad topped with poached egg and lardon, Steak Frites, and the sautéed Dover Sole in a beurre noisette remain the perennial favorites. 1962 West Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.524.1919 brasserie19.com

Brennan’s of Houston Houston’s premier destination for true Southern hospitality provides passionately prepared, meticulously plated dishes that explore the evolution of Creole cuisine in the Bayou City. Brennan’s of Houston has maintained its rich, 45-year history of incomparable culinary offerings, superb customer service, and the making of enduring memories. 3300 Smith St. (Midtown) 713.522.9711 brennanshouston.com

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Caracol

Southern influence and features classics such as chicken and waffles, fish and chips, and shrimp and grits. Desserts are so delicious they should be illegal. 1801 Yale St. (The Heights) 713.864.3696 treadsack.com/downhouse

Hugo Ortega’s coastal Mexican kitchen is home to some of the most original cuisine—and the best wood-grilled oysters—in the city. Don’t miss the stellar dessert list, which features dazzling house-made chocolate from pastry chef Ruben Ortega. Caracol serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. 2200 Post Oak Blvd. (Uptown/Galleria) 713.622.9996 caracol.net

Cuchara This authentic Mexico City bistro in the Montrose district provides an open aesthetic juxtaposed with jolts of color and texture. With a modern twist on classic Mexico City fare, the menu, which changes weekly, features ceviche, chicharrones, guacamole tradicional, and mole verde.

El Big Bad This feisty gastrocantina specializes in infused tequila, fresh-juice margaritas, and fresh Mexican fare. The bar features 50 handcrafted tequila infusions that change to reflect the season. The menu created by Chef Randy Rucker and executed by Chef Ben Rabbani features scrumptious dishes such as roast duck empanadas, blue crab tostadas, and mushroom tacos. 419 Travis St. (Downtown) 713.229.8181 elbigbad.com

El Tiempo Cantina

214 Fairview St. (Montrose) 713.942.0000 cuchararestaurant.com

Da Marco Cucina E Vino This 13-year-old Houston restaurant has earned a reputation for delicious, authentically prepared food served in an “urban relaxed” atmosphere. Italian-born owner-chef Marco Wiles is the genius behind the unique, upscale menu. 1520 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.807.8857 damarcohouston.com

Dolce Vita The second establishment in the Chef Marco Wiles family, Dolce Vita brings the taste of true, authentic Neapolitan pizza to Houston. Located in the heart of Montrose, the restaurant features an imported, custom wood-burning oven and a casual atmosphere conducive to great pizza enjoyed by good friends.

This Houston staple defines the extraordinary flavors and culture of Tex-Mex cuisine. For 65 years, they have dedicated ourselves to perfecting what Houstonians know today as authentic Tex-Mex cuisine. You’ll feel like family as they serve you during your dining experience. 5602 Washington Ave (Washington Heights) 713.681.3645 3130 Richmond Ave (River Oaks) 713.807.1600 322 Westheimer Rd (Montrose) 713.807.8101 eltiempocantina.com

Eunice Restaurant & Raw Bar

500 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.520.8222 dolcevitahouston.com

Down House Enjoy a Prohibition-style cocktail while lounging in this eclectic-toned neighborhood spot. Known best for its award-winning cocktails, Down House serves New American cuisine with a

Situated among a grove of 100-year old oak trees, this buzzy new Cajun-Creole brasserie is a nod to Chef Drake Leonards hometown in Louisiana. The restaurant channels nostalgic flavors from Leonards’ childhood with seasonally-inspired menus that marry European influences with the


ingredients and foodways of the Gulf Coast.

Hearsay Market Square

3737 Buffalo Speedway (Greenway Plaza) 832.491.1717

Located in Houston’s second-oldest building (built in 1860, rebuilt in 1889 after a fire), this restaurant offers a unique, chic dining experience. Hearsay offers fine craft cocktails, small and large appetizers, and New American dishes, and it’s a great place for a late-night cocktail and bites.

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Federal American Grill Dress up or down at this restaurant, which provides a contemporary American menu featuring local organic meat and produce, locally sourced fish and seafood, and an extensive cured meat and charcuterie program, all served with genuine old-school service. At the Federal Grill, the answer is always, “Yes!” 510 Shepherd Drive (The Heights) 713.863.7777 thefederalgrill.com

Frank’s Americana Revival This acclaimed River Oaks restaurant boasts awards by Zagat and the Houston Press. The ever-consistent menu features a balance of classic regional favorites and dishes influenced by modern American cuisine, with a bit of culinary soul. Open for lunch and dinner. 3736 Westheimer Road (River Oaks) 713.572.8600 frankshouston.com

Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino The casual, neighborhood Italian cafe and wine bar specializes in small plates of hot and cold antipasti for grazing, sharing, mixing, and matching. This restaurant features scrumptious fare prepared from scratch using the best local, imported, and all-natural ingredients available. 3215 Westheimer Road (River Oaks) 713.522.1934 giacomosciboevino.com

Grotto Ristorante Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in a warm, entertaining atmosphere reminiscent of a cozy trattoria in the old country. With a winning combination of impeccable service, superb cuisine and unsurpassed passion for detail, Grotto is the perfect place for friends and family to enjoy a fabulous meal. 4715 Westheimer Road (Galleria/Uptown) 713.622.3663 grottorestaurants.com

The Grove Situated on the beautiful south end of Discovery Green, Houston’s newest urban park, this culinary hot spot has redefined dining in the downtown core. Ahi tuna sashimi, house corned beef salad, Gulf shrimp and grits, rib-eye steak with roasted onions, and truffle parmesan fries are but a few of the savory choices at The Grove. 1611 Lamar St. (Downtown) 713.337.7321 thegrovehouston.com

218 Travis St. (Downtown) 713.225.8079 hearsayhouston.com

Houston’s Restaurant This dependable menu features diverse American classics in which exceptional ingredients take center stage, as area growers and purveyors provide the premium produce, meat, fish, and chicken. A long-standing interest by the owner in art and architecture enhances the ambiance and overall dining experience. 5888 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.975.1947 4848 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.529.2385 hillstone.com

Hugo’s Authentic interior Mexican flavors shine through in the award-winning eponymous restaurant from Chef Hugo Ortega. Familiar Mexican flavors combine in innovative new and classic dishes. Put the excellent tequila and mezcal lists to good use and order a tableside shaken margarita to accompany your meal.

DINING est local and international ingredients and an Omakase offering sure to pique the palate. 3600 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.802.0533

1050 Studewood St. (The Heights) 713.622.1010

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Kiran’s

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

Kiran Verma, considered the godmother of Indian fine dining, has created world-class Indian cuisine at her eponymous restaurant. Here, diners enjoy Indian hospitality with French sophistication and American informality. Kiran’s house specialties include sea bass, lobster, lamb, and an array of the chef’s own fresh-fruit chutneys and light, flavorful sauces. 2925 Richmond Ave (Upper Kirby) 713.960.8472 kiranshouston.com

La Griglia In a lively, festive atmosphere reminiscent of a neighborhood trattoria, diners enjoy a delicious display of authentic Italian cuisine in the presence of colorful Italian murals. Relax and savor the aromas of Sicily, Roma, and Tuscany while choosing from the broad array of specialties, including fresh fish, creative pastas, chicken, beef, fresh vegetables, and more. 2002 W. Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.526.4700 lagrigliarestaurant.com

Laurenzo’s Restaurant

1600 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.524.7744

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Indika Located in the middle of Montrose’s bustling culinary scene, this local favorite is known for its innovative Indian dishes and handcrafted cocktails, served in an airy, colorful, contemporary environment. Founder Anita Jaisinghani, the creative force behind Indika’s unique menu, brings personal influences to the flavorful menu. 516 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.524.2170 indikausa.com

Kata Robata Sushi and Grill From its inception in 2010, this Asian restaurant has served a modern and creative array of Japanese fare with French fusion undertones. The ever-changing menu centers on the fresh-

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Line and Lariat Savor mouthwatering dishes reflecting the bounty of Texas’ coast, waterways, farms, and ranches at this restaurant located in the Hotel Icon in downtown Houston. Saddle up to the L & L Bar for a unique blend of mixology that includes both iconic and contemporary craft cocktails.

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Ibiza

2450 Louisiana St. (Midtown) 713.524.0004

4224 San Felipe St. (Highland Village) 713.622.1010

220 Main St. (Downtown) 832.667.4470

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Like its namesake off the coast of Spain, this restaurant pulses with a confluence of sophisticated style setters, exciting environs, and fabulous fare. Awash in cool blues and grays, the restaurant evokes a modern Mediterranean mecca. Here, Houstonians dine around Grant Cooper and Chef Charles Clark’s bustling open kitchen.

This open-space showplace redefines what an oyster bar should be. With more than 90 menu items, Liberty Kitchen features a wide variety of local and regional seafood dishes and local beef from Kenney and Cameron, Texas. Its broad range of pricing ensures something for everyone.

Local Foods From the family that brought you El Tiempo Cantina comes Laurenzo’s Restaurant. Experience American comfort classics with caring service. They provide the best in food and customer service, and we go the extra mile to create a delightful dining experience.

The menu showcases seasonal bounties from farms throughout Texas and is best described as fresh, local, and inventive. Local Foods celebrates Texas with artisan sandwiches crafted of locally handmade bread, farmer’s market sides, homemade soups, and an all-Texas beer and wine list. 2555 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.255.4440

4412 Washington Ave (Washington Heights) 713.880.5111

714 Yale St. (The Heights) 713.360.6133

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Liberty Kitchen

Masraff’s

420 Main St. (Downtown) 713.227.0531

This premier contemporary American restaurant offers affordable elegance, attentive yet unobtrusive service, and impeccably made, fresh cuisine prepared with quality ingredients and wine from around the world.

This restaurant is home to one of the few Houston oyster bars that features varieties from the East, West, and Gulf coasts. The Kitchen is committed to serving fresh, quality local products, including fish delivered daily from a local boat. Specialties also include steaks, spare ribs, chicken, and burgers prepared on the charcoal and applewood grill.

1753 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.355.1975 masraffs.com

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DINING Max’s Wine Dive This self-described dive is fun, funky, and eclectic. Guests can relax in the casual, industrial atmosphere while choosing among gourmet comfort-food offerings and a curated selection of wine. The menu includes both classics available at all Wine Dive locations and items that are unique to each location; these spotlight the in-house chef’s creativity with local ingredients and change seasonally. 214 Fairview St. (Montrose) 713.528.9200 4720 Washington Ave. (The Heights) 713.880.8737 maxswinedive.com

McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks The Pacific Northwest’s favorite restaurant comes to the Bayou City with a menu that features garden-fresh salads, fresh-caught seafood and shellfish, and aged steaks. The restaurant was voted No. 1 Happy Hour in America by USA Today. 1201 Fannin St. (Downtown) 713.658.8100 1151 Uptown Park Blvd. (Uptown) 713.840.7900 791 Town & Country (CityCentre) 713.465.3685 mccormickandschmicks.com

Moxie’s Grill & Bar

dish is carefully crafted and perfectly plated. The menu is based on market availability, so selections change daily. 5061 Westheimer Road (The Galleria) 832.487.8862 theoceanaire.com

Pondicheri

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2800 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.522.2022

4410 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.621.5452

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842 W. Sam Houston Parkway (CityCentre) 713.464.5252

Punk’s Simple Southern Food

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For classic Southern dishes derived from deep family roots but featuring a simple and chef-driven approach, head to Punk’s, located in the heart of Houston’s Rice Village. A local favorite is the Waldorf chicken salad sandwich. 5212 Morningside Drive (Rice Village) 713.524.7865

5000 Westheimer Rd (Galleria) 346.571.6164 moxies.com

Noé Grill Enjoy globally inspired cuisine with Pan Asian undertones and a locavore approach at this upscale restaurant in the Omni Houston Hotel. Located in the prestigious Uptown Post Oak/ Galleria area, Noé Grill reflects modern dining trends with its sustainable menu. 4 Riverway (Galleria/Uptown) 713.871.8177 omnihotels.com/hotels/houston/dining/noe-grill

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Seasons 52 A Houston favorite, this fresh grill and wine bar invites guests to discover the sensational flavors of a season-inspired menu and award-winning international wine list within a casual, yet sophisticated, ambiance.

Quattro

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The Tasting Room Enjoy fine wines, artisan pizzas, and a cozy, social atmosphere in this restaurant, which features a variety of seating areas. Some 100 wines are priced from $15 per bottle to more than $1,000 per bottle, with dozens of wines available for purchase by the glass.

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818 Town & Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 281.822.1500

Ristorante Cavour

1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd. (Uptown) 713.993.9800 tastingroomwines.com

Tony Mandola’s

Roka Akor

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Uchi

This contemporary Japanese and Sushi restaurant serves the freshest products available, as it flies seafood in every day from Fukuoka and Tsukiji markets in Japan and maintains close relationships with local Texas farmers. The innovative food combinations provide a truly unique dining experience. 904 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.522.4808 uchirestaurants.com

Uptown Sushi Houston’s premier, upscale sushi bar and restaurant specializes in unique Japanese fusion cuisine for business lunches and elegant dinners. Nigri sushi, sashimi, and 16 signature maki-sushi combinations await pairing with the diner’s choice of 20 sake selections. Entrées include Kobe beef, pork loin, rib-eye, snapper, and chicken. A late-night bar is also available. 1131 Uptown Park Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.871.1200 uptown-sushi.com

1080 Uptown Park Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.418.1104 granducahouston.com

111 N. Post Oak Lane (Uptown) 713.685.6713

Created by a team of award-winning chefs, the menu focuses on fresh American seafood with a Southwest flair. Spindletop is designed to showcase the very best produce and ingredients from local and regional purveyors. 1200 Louisiana St. (Downtown) 713.375.4775

Recognized as one of Houston’s Premier Italian Restaurants, Ristorante Cavour features authentic Northern Italian cuisine amid a beautiful setting. Savor traditional Italian favorites alongside seasonal house specialties with selections to indulge the most discriminating palate while a premier wine cellar features 600 vintages hand-selected from around the world.

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Located in the iconic Houstonian Hotel, authentic food and flavors from Texas, Louisiana and Mexico reflect “How Houstonians Love to Eat”. Flawless wood-grilled rib-eyes, Gulf Coast oysters and “tributes’ to regional chefs and storied recipes. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Complimentary valet.

Spindletop Restaurant

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1300 Lamar St. (Downtown) 713.276.4700

TRIBUTE at The Houstonian

2929 Weslayan St #100 (River Oaks) 713.622.1777

Striving to bring together the best of classic, homestyle, and street foods from India, this restaurant inventively pairs traditional flavors with nourishing, locally sourced ingredients. The eatery also features fresh-baked goods in the Bake Lab and spices, chutneys, and snacks to take home. Pondicheri serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an afternoon happy hour.

A warm, inviting retreat in downtown Houston’s business and financial district, Quattro’s focus is authentic, contemporary Italian cuisine by Chef Maurizio Ferrarese. Bringing Houston seasonally driven cuisine from Ferrarese’s native Italy, Quattro serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, and a popular Sunday brunch. Find globally-inspired dishes and handcrafted cocktails created with fresh ingredients at Moxie’s. Experience Moxie’s and fall in love with the atmosphere, energetic hospitality, and crave-worthy food!

Roka Akor brings an unparalleled combination of thoughtful design and contemporary Robata Japanese to Houston. The menu changes seasonally, with prime-cut steaks, seafood, and vegetables with Japanese-inspired marinades and sauces, along with sushi and sashimi.

Vinoteca Poscol Tony Mandola’s is your destination for delicious, high-quality Italian and Cajun cuisine prepared by hand in an unforgettable setting. Their dishes are made fresh daily, and many of their popular recipes have been in the family for generations. 1212 Waugh Drive (River Oaks) 713.528.3474 tonymandolas.com

With a focus on Italian wine and small Italian bites, this intimate setting is reminiscent of a typical wine bar found on the streets of Venice. Internationally acclaimed Chef Marco Wiles, a native of Italy, has designed each dish to include the freshest ingredients and complement the ever-changing selection of wines. 608 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.529.2797 poscolhouston.com


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MUSEUMS Art Car Museum This private institution is dedicated to contemporary art by local, national, and international artists, especially those rarely acknowledged by other cultural institutions. The museum focuses on art cars and other fine arts and seeks to encourage public awareness of cultural, political, economic, and personal dimensions of art.

The Health Museum

The Menil Collection

A member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, this museum is Houston’s most interactive science learning center. Located in the heart of the city’s rich, varied Museum District, the museum seeks to foster wonder and curiosity about health, medical science, and the human body.

140 Heights Blvd. (The Heights) 713.861.5526

1515 Hermann Drive (Museum District) 713.521.1515

The museum houses the private art collection of its founders John and Dominique de Menil that includes approximately 17,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books. The collection contains works by Max Ernst, Man Ray, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and more. Award-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano designed the building, his first in the U.S.

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1533 Sul Ross St. (Montrose) 713.525.9400

Children’s Museum of Houston

Holocaust Museum Houston

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This outstanding children’s museum was founded in 1980 by a group of Houston parents who hoped to elevate early childhood development to a community-wide priority. Serving more than 850,000 people annually, the institution focuses on bilingual (Spanish/English) learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years and workshops in literacy, science, math, health, engineering, civic engagement, culture, and social studies. 1500 Binz St. (Museum District) 713.522.1138 cmhouston.org

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston This non-collecting institution is dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national, and regional art. Through dynamic exhibitions enhanced by scholarly publications and accessible educational programs, CAM reaches out to local, regional, national, and international audiences of various ages. 5216 Montrose Blvd. (Museum District) 713.284.8250 camh.org

George H. W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum

Charged with educating students and the public about the dangers of prejudice and hatred in society, this institution opened its doors in March 1996. Since that time, impassioned notes, poems, artwork, and other gifts from schoolchildren and adults alike attest to the life-changing thoughts generated by just one visit to this unique facility. 9220 Kirby Dr. (Museum District) 713.942.8000 hmh.org

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, this dynamic cultural complex is comprised of two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, library, café, movie theater, two art schools, two beautiful nearby house museums, and two gift shops. Visitors enjoy an ever-changing schedule of world-class exhibitions and exciting programs.

Space Center Houston

Located at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. This musuem is a premier destination for researchers, students and families. Discover over 44 million pages of documents, view thousands of museum objects, and learn about leadership and public service through the life of President George Bush.

Founded in 1909, this museum is one of the most heavily attended in the United States. The site houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and a fascinating variety of permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, Texas wildlife, and much more.

1000 George Bush Drive West (College Station) 979.691.4000

5555 Hermann Park Drive (Museum District) 713.639.4629

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Alley Theatre Founded more than 60 years ago, the organization provides audiences with quality theater through a broad variety of performances, including classics, new plays, rediscovered and rarely performed works, and musical theater, with emphasis on new American works. The Alley strives to be both inspirational and provocative as it motivates audiences to think, feel, and dream as they are entertained. 615 Texas Ave. (Downtown) 713.220.5700 alleytheatre.org

House of Blues

4848 S. Main St. (Museum District) 713.529.4848

The Houston Museum of Natural Science

One of Houston’s oldest and largest resident theatre companies, located in the heart of the Galleria. A.D. Players produces a full Mainstage Theatre season of exciting shows, and provides easy parking and catering by Churrascos. The A.D. Players seek to produce compelling theatre, from a Christian worldview, that engages a diverse audience.

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A.D. Players at The George

5420 Westheimer Rd. (Galleria) 713.526.2721

1001 Bissonnet St. (Museum District) 713.639.7300

Experience the art of the handmade at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. View innovative exhibitions, visit with working artists, participate in hands-on programs, relax in the Craft Garden, or shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and jewelry in the Asher Gallery. Admission is free to the public.

PERFORMANCE VENUES

Space Center Houston is the only place on earth that gives guests an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures into space. The Center’s unparalleled exhibits, attractions, special presentations, and hands-on activities inspire and amaze as they tell the story of NASA’s manned space-flight program.

Think up when visiting the only member of the chain designed in a vertical format. Opened in 2008, this massive venue is the anchor for the GreenStreet outdoor shopping and entertainment complex. The Bronze Peacock Room pays tribute to Houston’s first blues club, where Big Momma Thornton and Lightnin’ Hopkins bared their souls through song. 1204 Caroline St. (Downtown) 888.402.5837 houseofblues.com

1601 E NASA Parkway (Clear Lake) 281.244.2100 spacecenter.org

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ATTRACTIONS Houston Grand Opera – Wortham Center

ZOOS & AQUARIUMS

Minute Maid Park

Downtown Aquarium

Since 1955, Houston Grand Opera has brought world-class opera to stages across the globe. As one of the most acclaimed American opera companies, HGO is the only one to hold all three honors of Tony, Grammy, and Emmy awards. Glorious music and stunning voices abound in this Houston artistic gem.

This magnificent 6-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to more than 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. The Aquarium is the product of the redevelopment of two downtown Houston landmarks: Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Waterworks Building. 410 Bagby St. (Downtown) 713.223.3474 aquariumrestaurants.com

Houston Zoo

501 Crawford St. (Downtown) 713.259.8000

501 Texas Ave. (Downtown) 713.228.6737

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NRG Stadium

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Houston Symphony – Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts In 2014, the Houston Symphony began its 101st concert season with new music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada. As the organization anticipates and exciting future, it continues to inspire and enrich the lives of Houston’s diverse citizenry through outstanding symphonic music performed by a world-class orchestra. 615 Louisiana St. (Downtown) 832.487.7050

Plan to spend a day with the 6,000 furry, feathered, and finned fauna (and more) at this Houston institution. Nearly 1,000 professional staff members and volunteers provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education for residents. More than 2 million guests per year experience the incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, attend special entertainment and enjoy both private and public events.

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6200 Hermann Park Drive (Museum District) 713.533.6500

Miller Outdoor Theatre

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This popular outdoor theater offers the most diverse season of free, professional entertainment of any Houston performance venue. Classical, jazz, ethnic music, modern dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theater, classic films, and much more are included in this year’s outstanding lineup. Relax in the covered seating or enjoy a pre-performance picnic on the hillside. 6000 Hermann Park Drive (Museum District) 832.487.7102 milleroutdoortheatre.com

NRG Park At NRG Park, education, entertainment, competitions, trade, and commerce come together in one vibrant, energizing environment. Couple this with a professional staff dedicated to achieving the highest levels of customer and guest satisfaction, and it’s easy to understand why NRG Park is a leader in the event industry. One NRG Park (Medical Center) 832.667.1400 nrgpark.com

SPORTS BBVA Compass Stadium Situated on a six-block urban site near Houston landmarks, including Minute Maid Park, the George R. Brown Convention Center, and Toyota Center, this eye-catching stadium is easily accessible to patrons from the entire Houston metropolitan area. The building is readily recognizable, thanks to its distinctive façade that features Dynamo orange color and geometrically-shaped, tessellated aluminum mesh encompassing the structure. 2200 Texas Avenue (EaDo) 713.547.3000 bbvacompassstadium.com

Ice at the Galleria Set beneath the spectacular glass atrium in the Houston Galleria Mall and open 7 days per week, this impressive ice rink has been an icon in the Houston area for more than 30 years. Skaters can enjoy extended public skating sessions, group events, birthday parties, a quality Learn to Skate program, and a beginner hockey program. 5015 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.621.1500 iceatthegalleria.com

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This jewel in the crown of the majestic downtown skyline has become a welcome home for the Houston Astros and has ushered in a new era of Major League sports in the city. The downtown ballpark continues a proud tradition of visionary innovation in stadium construction that began with the ball club’s former home, the Astrodome.

Toyota Center This award-winning center, which opened in 2003 and features a playing surface set 32 feet below street level, is considered one of the premier sports and live-entertainment venues in the nation. Toyota Center is home to the Houston Rockets, an NBA team, and plays host to the nation’s top concerts and touring shows. 1510 Polk St. (Downtown) 713.758.7200 houstontoyotacenter.com

GOLF Champions Golf Club Since its founding by Jack Burke, Jr. and the late Jimmy Demaret in 1957, this superior course consistently has reestablished its place in golf history, hosting such prestigious events as the Ryder Cup Matches in 1967, United States Open in 1969, and Champions International, a PGA tour event. 13722 Champions Drive (Champions) 281.444.6262 championsgolfclub.com

NRG Stadium is the only rodeo and NFL indoor/ outdoor stadium that can be configured to utilize a 125,000-square-foot space for general sessions, catered functions, exhibits, concerts, and much more. In addition, NRG Stadium offers four immense concourse levels for special events. The design of the stadium roof provides a flexible rigging configuration for major audio and visual presentations. One NRG Park (Medical Center) 832.667.1400 nrgpark.com/nrg-stadium

Sam Houston Race Park

TopGolf Sports competition meets your favorite local hangout at this premier golf entertainment complex where friends and families compete in addictive, point-scoring golf games. The 215yard outfield is studded with ground-mounted, dartboard-like targets that determine points based on the distance microchipped balls travel. TopGolf is designed for all ages, from the hopeful pro golfer to the 7-year-old wannabe. 1030 Memorial Brook Blvd. (Energy Corridor) 281.406.3176 topgolf.com/houston

Wildcat Golf Club The preferred golf club of Houston’s professional sports teams, Wildcat boasts two spectacular golf courses designed by Roy Case. Located just south of the city, both courses feature elevations up to 100 feet, providing spectacular views of the downtown skyline, the Galleria, and the Reliant Stadium complex.

Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier horseracing and entertainment facility, located 15 minutes from downtown Houston. It offers a variety of attractions, including 16 luxury suites overlooking the track, Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and Jockey Club. 7575 North Sam Houston Parkway West (NW Houston) 281.807.8700 shrp.com

12000 Almeda Road (Central Southwest) 713.413.3400 wildcatgolfclub.com

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SHOPPING CENTERS BLVD Place BLVD Place encompasses 20 acres at the intersection of Post Oak Boulevard and San Felipe in the heart of Houston’s Uptown District. Post Oak Boulevard’s prestigious shopping address and San Felipe’s connection to Houston’s exclusive residential neighborhoods provide BLVD Place with the ultimate location, one that surpasses all others. 1800 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria) 713.621.1700 blvdplace.com

CityCentre Houston Developed by Midway, CityCentre is a thoughtfully planned community of sophisticated retail, elegant dining, luxurious brownstones and lofts, upscale apartments, and the 255room Hotel Sorella, a world-class hospitality and conference facility. It is surrounded by European-style open-air plazas and beautifully designed greenspaces. 800 Town & Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 713.629.5200 citycentrehouston.com

The Galleria

The Galleria is Texas’ largest shopping center, spanning 2.4 million square feet of space. Houston’s most popular retail and tourist destination, it is filled with amenities, including a full-size ice rink and a state-of-the-art children’s play area. No trip to Houston is complete without a visit to this famous Texas retail space. 5085 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.622.0663 galleriahouston.com

GreenStreet The revitalization of a 570,000-square-foot mixed-use center in downtown Houston, now known as GreenStreet, is quickly becoming a destination hot spot. It features dynamic green space, monthly event programming, and a variety of eateries, entertainment, and shopping options. 1201 Fannin St. (Downtown) 832.320.1201 greenstreetdowntown.com

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Highland Village Shopping Center

River Oaks District

For the past 50 years, Highland Village has been home to some of Houston’s most distinctive and appealing retail venues, and it is a favorite destination for the most discriminating shoppers. This mix of upscale boutiques, national retailers, and restaurants is located a few blocks west of River Oaks and a few blocks east of the Galleria.

This gorgeous new complex of global luxury brands is designed for strolling, with landscaped walkways and tree-lined streets. The district boasts high-end shopping, residences, and dining, including Alice + Olivia, Cartier, Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Harry Winston, Hermès, Le Colonial, Steak 48, and Tom Ford.

4055 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.850.3100 shophighlandvillage.com

Houston Premium Outlets

4444 Westheimer Rd. (River Oaks) 713.904.1310 riveroaksdistrict.com

Shops at Arrive

This home to more than 145 designer namebrand outlets includes top labels such as Tory Burch, True Religion, Kate Spade New York, Kenneth Cole, Burberry, Coach, and Cole Haan, where customers can save up to 65 percent off full-retail prices.

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Market Street in The Woodlands is one of the nation’s finest shopping and entertainment destinations. It represents pure luxury, from upscale shopping and dining to boutique hotel accommodations.

A carefully planned, pedestrian-friendly urban village is at the center of this already thriving area at the intersection of River Oaks and Upper Kirby Districts. The art deco-inspired development captures the spirit of the surrounding neighborhood, while offering a contemporary collection of cafés, fine-dining establishments, boutiques, luxury apartment homes, and more.

9595 Six Pines Drive (The Woodlands) 281.419.4774

2800 Kirby Drive (River Oaks) 713.533.9966

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Rice Village

Uptown Park

Market Street

Family-friendly by day and adult-friendly by night, this open-air shopping area is a must stop Houston hot spot. Located within Loop 610 at Kirby/University Boulevard, the Arcade includes more than 50 shops, restaurants, and indulgences. 2365 Rice Blvd. (West University) 713.302.8919 ricevillagedistrict.com

Timeless beauty, refined luxury, attention to detail, and fine craftsmanship are hallmarks of deBoulle Diamond & Jewelry. Experience a premier collection of fine jewelry, worldrenowned Swiss watchmaker, Patek Philippe, impeccable service, and a beautiful and friendly environment. 4444 Westheimer Rd., Ste A168 (River Oaks) 713.621.2400

29300 Hempstead Road (Cypress) 281.304.5820 premiumoutlets.com

deBoulle

European elegance meets Texas style at this warm, inviting shopping area designed as an attractive, Italian-style piazza with fountains and lush surroundings. Uptown Park is lined with more than 50 shops, boutiques, and cafes, with places for shoppers to rejuvenate in a charming, intimate atmosphere. 1101 Uptown Park Blvd. (Uptown) 713.850.1400 uptownparkhouston.com

JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES Chardé Jewelers

Chardé represents more than 100 jewelry designers from all around the world and features local artists, including Lemel Designs and Rebecca Lankford. Knowledgeable staff members are dedicated to helping you find the perfect piece. 5600 Kirby Drive (West University) 713.668.6350 chardejewelers.com

This fine jewelry and watch company began as a small tourist shop in Mexico nearly 100 years ago and has evolved into one of the most prominent jewelers in Texas and the nation. The store carries accessories, bridal products, diamonds, estate jewelry, fine jewelry, pearls, and timepieces, with additional locations in El Paso, Laredo and McAllen, Texas. 3747 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.627.7787 deutschhouston.com

HUBLOT Houston

From in-house watch complications, to revolutionary materials, to world class collaborations, HUBLOT characterizes itself through the “Art of Fusion” philosophy, bringing tradition into the future. Visit the HUBLOT Boutique in the Galleria to view their latest timepiece collection. 5085 Wertheimer Rd. 281.768.3950 hublot.com


SHOPPING J. Landa

Tenenbaum & Co. Classic Jeweler

Shop the largest collection of estate jewelry in the southern United States with styles ranging from antique from renowned designers including David Webb, Tiffany & Co., Cartier, and Van Cleef & Arples. Now home to Past Era Antique Jewelry and Queen of Heirs. Inventory changes daily so be sure to stop by often! 4310 Westheimer Road (River Oaks) 713.629.7444

J. Landa is a highly curated jewelry boutique located in the heart of Rice Village, specializing in creating unique and personal jewelry looks. The brand harnesses a passion for style, travel, art, culture, religions and history. 2412 Rice Blvd. (Rice Village) 713.807.1644 j-landa.com

Klein’s Jewelry

Klein’s dedication to providing customers with a premier collection of fine jewelry, luxury timepieces, impeccable service and a friendly environment has built an unparalleled reputation and loyal customer base. With 50 years of celebrated success in the industry, Klein’s is a must stop for all your custom jewelry needs. 5868 Westheimer Rd. (Galleria/Uptown) 832.316.1388 kleinsjewelry.com

IW Marks Jewelers

With muted tones and a traditional design, this space offers a tranquil atmosphere conducive to leisurely browsing among the many showcases of watches and jewelry. There is a dedicated area for watches, fine jewelry, and bridal lines, with shop-in-shops for many brands, including Mikimoto, Charriol, Lagos, Stephen Dweck, Judith Leiber, Dominique Cohen, and Kabana. 3841 Bellaire Blvd. (Braeswood Place) 713.668.5000 iwmarks.com

Maida’s Belts & Buckles

An array of exquisite, handmade, and engraved buckles and buckle sets from the finest artists in the United States are found at this unique store. The heirloom quality buckles can be worn and enjoyed now and also passed down to future generations. 5727 Westheimer Road (Galleria/Uptown) 713.629.9091 maidasbelts.com

Rice Village Diamonds

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Thomas Markle Jewelers

Established in 1981, Thomas Markle Jewelers is not only is one of North Houston’s most trusted family jewelers, but also is recognized as one of Texas’ premier jewelry stores. Houston residents and area visitors are served in a friendly atmosphere by an experienced staff of jewelry professionals.

Antiques & Interiors at the Pavilion Conveniently located between Kirby Drive and Shepherd Drive, this 27,000-square-foot showroom houses 80 of Houston’s finest dealers. As it has for the past 20 years, this collaborative showcases exceptional home furnishings, art, silver, accessories, and jewelry. 2311 Westheimer Road (River Oaks/Upper Kirby) 713.520.9755 antique-pavilion.com

Carl Moore Antiques This exquisitely decorated showroom offers classic style for a contemporary age through its distinctive selection of memorable antiques and reproductions, all individually chosen with an eye for style, line, and value. 1610 Bissonnet St. (Museum District) 713.524.2502

947 Gessner Rd. (Memorial City Mall) 713.465.7464

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9595 Six Pines Drive, (The Woodlands) 281.363.2400

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Zadok Jewelers Featuring a vast array of merchandise, Zadok includes spectacular collections from the world’s leading jewelry designers and Swiss watch brands. Several graduate gemologists are on staff, including all of the Zadok sons. With expert guidance and a non-pressure selling ethic, a relaxing shopping experience awaits. 1749 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.960.8950 zadok.com

ANTIQUES & FURNITURE Alyson Jon Interiors This family-owned business opened its doors in the Houston area in 1967. Alyson Jon features quality furniture, accessories, bedding, and lighting carefully selected from around the world. The expert staff is available to assist clients in choosing unique accessories, from a single room accent to furnishings for an entire home.

This Texas-size retail mecca, a privately owned design and lifestyle store with 70,000 square feet of display space, spans five separate showroom buildings on one campus. Expect to find Texas hospitality and professional staff, in addition to a unique selection of home accessories, bath and bedding, fragrances, antiques, furniture, and much more.

A large, varied collection of original antique prints, old maps and globes, historical Texas documents, and other objects of historical, scientific, and aesthetic interest is on display and available for purchase at this unique gallery located at the Centre at River Oaks in the heart of Houston.

2376 Rice Boulevard (Rice Village) 713.526.1510

3021 Kirby Drive (River Oaks) 713.622.7531

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This cozy hangout is filled with unexpected basics every girl needs in her closet. The boutique specializes in casual, bohemian-style designer clothes, handbags, accessories, shoes, and fragrances. 2517 South Blvd. (West University) 713.522.3025 abejasboutique.com

Ann Mashburn Since opening in 2010 as a feminine counterpart to Sid Mashburn, this stylish shop strives to be a place where women can come and enjoy the experience of finding something they need (the perfect white shirt) or just something that they want (African beads in beautiful colors). Ann Mashburn aims to make a woman’s life simpler by making getting dressed a joyful and effortless part of her day. 2515 River Oaks Blvd. (River Oaks) 713.936.9503 annmashburn.com

Atrium Ready to Wear

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Lam Bespoke Serving the Greater Houston area for years, this home furnishings store combines comfort and style in its products for the well-tailored home, including art, accessories, coffee tables, chairs, ottomans, sofas, custom upholstery, and more. 2032 W Alabama St. (Upper Kirby) 713.523.1558 12525 Memorial Dr. (Memorial) 713.485.4120 lambespoke.com

Roche Bobois

This exclusive boutique with a French flair offers one-of-a-kind couture cocktail attire and evening wear from a curated collection of fashion’s finest designers, including Prabal Gurung, Vera Wang, Jason Wu, Angel Sanchez, and Yigal Azrouel, among others. Shoppers experience personal attention from the Atrium’s expert staff. 2040 West Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.520.0206 atriumrtw.com

Dao Chloe Dao

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A family-owned business with a rich experience in diamonds and fine jewelry. Where you will discover the most versatile diamond inventory in the city, offering quality that is simply unmatched. From diamond earrings to right-hand rings, bridal jewelry, for that special day, and fun jewelry, just because.

Abejas Boutique

2424 W Alabama St. (Upper Kirby) 713.526.6000

2401 Bissonnet St. (West University) 713.524.3171

The Antiquarium

WOMEN’S APPAREL

This leader in European high-end furniture is in a class all its own. With a network of 240 stores in 40 countries, the company recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Known for unmatched quality, European know-how, and customization, each furniture piece is born of close collaboration by the brand, designers, and manufacturers.

Formerly LOT 8, this boutique is one of the premier shops located in the Rice Village shopping district. Its philosophy centers on service with openness, warmth, and charm and seeks to ensure each customer feels she is shopping with a trusted girlfriend. 6127 Kirby Drive (Rice Village) 713.807.1565 chloedao.com

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SHOPPING Elizabeth Anthony Located in Houston’s upscale Uptown Park, Elizabeth Anthony seeks to dress ladies in chic styles for work, vacation, and special evenings out. The luxurious retail space welcomes women who desire both personal attention and advice from knowledgeable staff while shopping for high-end apparel. 1180 Uptown Park Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.622.1331 elizabethanthonyhouston.com

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More Than You Can Imagine

Sid Mashburn

2817 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.668.8811

This men’s shop, which opened in 2010 as the counterpart to women’s clothing store Ann Mashburn, expresses its spirit by pairing iconic pieces with its own stylish products. The staff assists customers through wardrobe combinations, while offering the perfect suit, shirt, sweater, and socks to provide buyer’s confidence.

The best of upscale retail and resale converge in this charming Upper Kirby boutique. From Louboutin pumps to Chanel suits, from distinctive gifts to high-end household products, founder Vicki Rizzo's beloved shop truly does live up to its name.

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Tootsies

Established in 1994 in New Orleans, the brand today includes six locations throughout the South. A trusted, sought-after resource for coveted fashion, Hemline is the ultimate style destination for Show Me Your Mumu, French Connection, Free People, Hudson, Sam Edelman, and more. 796 Town and Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 713.465.1148

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KB Kasuals

2601 Westheimer Rd. (Upper Kirby) 713.629.9990

This upscale women’s clothing boutique in The Woodlands offers top designers at affordable prices for all ages. Providing a versatile selection ranging from pajamas to everyday clothes to cocktail dresses, KB Kasuals is always searching to find the next new hot designers and trends. 1950 Hughes Landing Blvd. Suite 1175 (The Woodlands) 281.782.1006 kbkasuals.com

Pinto Ranch Fine Western Wear

Live the Western lifestyle on or off the ranch with more than 4,000 in-stock pairs of handmade boots by Lucchese, Old Gringo, Stallion, Rocketbuster, Rios of Mercedes, and Liberty Boot Co. Unique designer apparel for men and women, including hand-engraved buckles, hats, and jewelry, embody the romanticism and traditions of the Old West. 1717 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.333.7900 3500 N. Terminal Rd. Terminal C (Bush Intercontinental Airport) 281.233.7999 pintoranch.com

This luxury hunting and fly fishing retail shop is family owned by avid outdoorsmen, where their passion for sport offers their customers a truly unique experience. Gordy & Sons is a favorite destination for high-end sportsmen and women looking for the very best. 22 Waugh Drive (Washington Heights) 713.333.3474

shophemline.com

2047 West Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.520.0060

sidmashburn.com

Velleriano Italy

Located the heart of River Oaks, Tootsies is a full-line specialty store offering ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and accessories. Known for its stellar customer service, the store features enormous fitting rooms designed by top interior designers, a private room for exclusive trunk shows, and a dining room for special customer luncheons.

2513 University Blvd. (Rice Village) 713.520.1184

2515 River Oaks Blvd. (River Oaks) 713.936.9502

Gordy & Sons Outfitters

tootsies.com

MEN’S APPAREL Billy Reid

Maida’s Velleriano Italy offers a unique high-end men’s shopping experience in the Galleria. Long time stylists with over 25 years of experience help dress clients of all ages. The team puts together stylish, elegant and tailored looks that add class and sophistication to any man's wardrobe. 5085 Westheimer Rd. #2860 (Galleria) 713.622.1188 vellerianoitalytx.com

GIFTS & SPECIALTY STORES

Known for his classic Southern style, William Reid designs clothing from quality fabrics with added unusual accents, dubbed “low-fi Southern-bred luxury.” The quaint shop, located in a Craftsman-era home in River Oaks, specializes in high-end men’s clothing and also carries Reid’s women’s collection.

Bering’s

2702 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.552.0333

3900 Bissonnet (West University) 713.665.0500

billyreid.com

berings.com

M Penner

Events

Located in Uptown Park and known for upscale men and women’s clothing, this shop carries tailored clothing, made-to-measure suits and shirts, footwear, accessories, and an extensive designer’s collection for men and women. M Penner was awarded the Gold Standard in Esquire magazine’s “Best of Class” issue. 1180-6 Uptown Park Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.527.8200 mpenner.com

Maida’s is the oldest family owned and continuously operating boot and shoe company in the U.S. 100% hand crafted in Houston by master boot and shoe makers, one pair at a time. Come in and experience what it’s like to select your exotic leathers, design, and get fitted for custom footwear. 3733 Westheimer Rd. (River Oaks) 713.492.0645 maidas.com

The Monogram Shop

Since 1940, this one-of-a kind treasure house has offered ani ncredible array of quality items for the home, upscale gifts including china, crystal, Yeti Coolers and stationery and so much more. 6102 Westheimer Rd. (Galleria) 713.785.6400

More than just a gift boutique, Events is a complete sensory experience and offers an abundance of gift ideas for him or her, a bridal registry, stationery, and home accessories. 2439 Westheimer Rd. (River Oaks) 713.520.5700 eventsgifts.com

This specialty gift boutique offers a unique selection of gifts, apparel, jewelry, handbags, baby + children’s gifts and more! Established in 1987, this shop has become a Houston staple. Shoppers feel at home here and receive personal attention from employees who will help you find exactly what you’re looking for. 5860 San Felipe Rd., #H (Galleria/Uptown) 832.251.8711 monogramshophouston.com

Lucchese Texas-based Lucchese is a legendary bootmaker and iconic brand of the American West. Applying the same craftsmanship principles and techniques since 1883, Lucchese artisans use only the finest leathers and unrivaled materials to construct handmade boots of exceptional quality, comfort, fit, and style. 4051 Westheimer Rd. (Highland Village) 713.960.1121 lucchese.com

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