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THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO HOUSTON H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

SUMMER 2017

CELEBRATE THE

Summer

of Love

FIFTY YEARS OF MUSIC, MEMORIES & MOP-TOPS

BEATLEMANIA! HAPPENINGS Alive and Well in Liverpool

The Summer Scene In H-Town

FAB FASHION!

CHILL OUT!

Houston Looks Then & Now

Cool Places to Eat, Drink & Be Groovy


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FEATURES

ISSUE 12: SUMMER 2017

CONTENTS 20 MEET THE BEATLES ... AND MORE

24 HARD ROCK CAFÉ

30 NEIGHBORHOOD GROOVE

Explore all things Mop Top where it all began, in the heart of their hometown, Liverpool, England. BY ANGELA YOUNGMAN

Hamburgers, music memories and more are alive inside H-Town's pantheon of Rock and Roll memorabilia. BY MARY CATE STEVENSON

Explore the city's hippest, hottest neighborhoods ... with a little help from our friends, The Beatles. BY MARY CATE STEVENSON

Tribute bands are all the rage, including one legendary local group specializing in British Invasion music for over 20 years. BY DAVE MUSCARI

26 FAB FASHION The '60s are back with a fringeeance. Learn where to score these better-than-ever designs in area shopping hotspots. BY MARY CATE STEVENSON

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love with Beatlemania, super '60s style and more. Credit: Avdeyukphoto / Shutterstock.com

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10 THE RUNDOWN Meet the crown jewelers of Houston's legendary River Oaks District. Then, get great ideas for sunny summertime island fun on and around the beach in our sensational sister city.

From the hottest concerts to the next ‘Stros showdown, our expanded events calendar helps you plan your schedule.

48 DINING Whether it's a celebratory dinner or a delicious brunch, browse our comprehensive guide to eating well in one of America's cuisine capitals.

52 ATTRACTIONS Dive into the most fun, engaging and Instagram-worthy destinations around Space City.

54 SHOPPING Explore high-end shopping districts, trendy boutiques and one-of-a-kind stops at some of Houston's hottest retail destinations.

57 OUR PARTING SHOT

Explore Minute Maid Park, the legendary home of the best team in baseball.

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

ISSUE 12: SUMMER 2017

WELCOME

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ouston summers are hot, and we don’t just mean the weather. In this latest edition of Houston Hotel Magazine, we’ve gathered some fabulous events and stories that sizzle as surely as the Texas sun. It only takes one glance at our cover to set the scene: It’s 1967, the Summer of Love, a year of iconic music and fashion. Fifty years later, we celebrate that summer’s enduring cultural phenomena in this nostalgic tribute. In our “Fab Fashion - Then & Now” feature, we compare the timeless style of the ‘60s with today’s hottest trends featured in local boutiques. The mod and the modern come together in surprising ways, definitively cementing the look of the ‘60s up there with the classics. We cross the Atlantic and grab a preview of Liverpool’s annual International Beatleweek Festival. Fittingly held in the Fab Four’s hometown, this live music event is a fantastic tribute to the boys and their legacy. We explore the Beatles memorabilia in our own backyard at the Houston Hard Rock Café, a popular downtown destination that’s rocking with relics and rolling with memories. Check out our expansive

events calendar, “The Scene,” which keeps you in the know on every need-to-see summer event here in Bayou City. This onestop calendar boasts upwards of 80 attractions each month, and is packed with all the details on the Houston area’s best concerts, theatrical performances, speakers, museum attractions, local interest festivals and more. Don’t miss our comprehensive listing of Houston’s sports schedules, and be sure to take a look at our recommendations on some of the best places to eat, shop, and relax here in town. Thanks for choosing Houston Hotel Magazine to enhance your visit to Space City. It’s our great pleasure to bring you the “definitive guide for discerning visitors to Houston.”

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The stuning interior of de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry and Patek Philippe Showroom.

The Fairest of Them All de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry and Patek Philippe Showroom BY MARY CATE STEVENSON

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ong a destination for discerning shoppers, Houston is a hub of high-end retail developments. The glitzy River Oaks District debuted in the fall of 2015, bringing new seats to the table for retail royalty. The crown jewelers of the new shopping center? de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry and Patek Philippe Showroom. 10

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Founded in 1983 by Karen and Denis Boulle, de Boulle has enjoyed incredible success in Dallas and from their loyal customers around the world. Looking at their exclusive de Boulle Collection® and unmatched customer service, it’s fascinating to imagine the young couple starting their business nearly 35 years ago. “We were young and foolish!” Karen Boulle recalled with a laugh. “I say that, but it was a much easier time to start a business. We had some friends in Texas, who invited us to come. They told us it was a great place.” “We’re full Texans now,” she added. “We’ve lived here for over 30 years. It’s been a very

happy business.” With so many accomplishments in their rearview mirror, it’s easy to believe that building de Boulle has been a wonderful experience. Fitting for a premier jewelry brand, the secret to their diamond success is rooted in the Golden Rule. “In a shopping experience, or a very personal jewelry-buying experience, you want someone to feel confident, and we want all of our clients to feel special,” Karen explained. She added, “We want everyone to have The de Boulle Experience™, which is our vision of providing customers a premier collection of fine jewelry, luxury timepieces, impeccable service and a beautiful and friendly

environment. We want them to have a lasting experience.” This passion for excellence also extends into the design aspect of the business. As the designer of the de Boulle Collection, Karen creates new pieces and even redesigns estate jewelry. She nods to travel as one of her biggest sources of inspiration. “I grew up in the Middle East and the Far East. At a young age, these beautiful places greatly impacted my creative inspirations. Fond childhood memories of the markets and villages, each with their own distinct colors and architecture, formed the basis of the de Boulle Collection.” she said. “It’s an eclectic mix


that provides a complete range of fine jewelry from beautiful ‘everyday/every event’ diamond earrings to elegant, stately suites of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings for the most special ‘red carpet’ occasions.” “I think it’s very important to wear your jewelry,” she added. “Even if you think it’s too much, it’s not — you should wear it.” Her husband agreed, observing, “Karen creates pieces that no one else has. Her unique collection offers a wonderful selection of meticulously handcrafted and beautifully designed fine jewelry in 18-karat gold, or platinum with diamonds and gemstones.” In addition to their exclusive line of jewelry, de Boulle is also a proud authorized dealer of Swiss master watchmaker Patek Philippe. The Patek Philippe Showroom in the de Boulle River Oaks District boutique is gorgeous, featuring many diffi-

cult-to-find timepieces from the luxury brand. In their early days, Karen and Denis worked hard to land a deal with the prestigious Swiss watchmaker. Denis recalled, “Patek had a dealer in Dallas, and the President would stop in every few months and have a cup of tea with me. He really wanted to get to know us. I was just a young guy trying to do the best I could every day, and he believed in me and Karen enough to give us the account, and it was the start of a wonderful relationship.” “de Boulle and Patek are family-owned businesses. Our brand aligns perfectly with Patek in that both represent the epitome of precision, beauty and finely crafted luxury goods.” Karen added. “They have been a valued partner of ours for over 25 years.” For the Boulle family, values extend beyond their

business — they are committed to supporting their community through continued involvement in philanthropy. “Friends and customers have supported us, and philanthropy is our way of giving back to our community,” Denis Boulle said. “We do a lot in Dallas with Camp Sweeney. It’s a really, really amazing camp for children with Type 1 diabetes. This year, we helped bring the Sweethearts for Sweeney event to Houston.” Next year, de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry will celebrate 35 years of business. Looking ahead, the Boulle family anticipates continued growth. “We’re always looking for new opportunities like the one we found in Houston,” Denis said. “We have a fantastic business model, and we are excited to continue to grow.” “Houston has been so welcoming,” he added. “We

Above: de Boulle Collection Diamond Bypass Ring

feel very fortunate to be an independent jeweler in the beautiful and exclusive River Oaks District.” To explore their premier selection of jewelry and timepieces, visit de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry and Patek Philippe Showroom in the River Oaks District. The boutique is located at 4444 Westheimer Road in Suite A168, and is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Left: Denis and Karen Boulle. Top Right: deBoulle Collection Rose Cut Diamond Earrings Bottom Right: de Boulle Collection Rope Link Bracelet

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Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier offers games, rides, food and fun for the whole family.

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here’s nothing quite like visiting the beach at this time of year. Feeling the sand beneath your feet, welcoming the sun as it shines above and exhaling with a sense of instant calm – as if the summer air has brought in a fresh promise of renewal as it rolls off the waves. This is what being on Galveston Island is all about. But, if you step away from the island’s 32 miles of sparkling beaches, you can just as easily fall in love with its unique character and variety.

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Drawing you in with its old-world charm, Galveston is the type of place that nurtures curiosity. There’s something enchanting about exploring its rich history and visiting historic sites like the 1982 Bishop’s Palace and 1895 Moody Mansion. Wandering through residential neighborhoods like the East End Historical District will make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time, leaving you to imagine all that used to be. The new Bryan Museum has the same effect. Here, you can stand in awe of one of the world’s largest collections of artifacts, documents and artwork relating to the American West. And, as a bonus, the museum is housed in a completely restored 1895 orphan-

age that is just as fascinating as the 70,000 historic items found inside. Along the harbor, downtown Galveston’s majestic Victorian architecture creates the perfect backdrop for shopping or perusing the district’s many boutiques, antique shops and

coastal-inspired art galleries. A visit to La King’s Confectionary is always in order (as is indulging in its irresistible chocolates, ice cream and fresh saltwater taffy). Catching a live show at The Grand 1894 Opera House is an equally enjoyable treat in an intimate

Galveston offers premier dining to complement your visit.


setting, with no seat farther than 70 feet from the stage. With all its Victorian beauty, the island is just as much a modern destination for family fun, whether you dare to ride the world’s tallest water coaster that opened last summer at Schlitterbahn Galveston or ride the state’s tallest swing ride at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier. You could spend days exploring family adventure resort Moody Gardens, with its three iconic pyramids housing an impressive discovery museum that has created an entirely new experience. With warm weather and cool Gulf breezes making it just right for outdoor adventure, the possibilities for new experiences in Galveston are endless, from horseback riding on the beach to flyboarding on the bayou. You can take a dolphin tour or sunset cruise from Pier 21 or go fishing almost anywhere you see water. And, with all Galveston has to offer, the best part is there’s no pressure on

New on the Island: 5 Fresh Experiences to Try Explore the Redesigned Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid After a $37 million renovation, the Moody Gardens aquarium features a variety of new exhibits and experiences, including the addition of jellyfish and tropical penguins. Catch some thrills at Schlitterbahn Galveston.

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island time. You can do it all or simply remain at the beach, sinking your toes in the sand and taking in summer one relaxing breath at a time.

A Galveston visit isn’t complete without a trip to the adventure resort Moody Gardens.

Meat-lovers will rejoice at the new Hubcap Grill’s menu of delicious burgers and American favorites.

Shop at BLU Located at the picturesque Postoffice Street, the new Blu boutique offers a stylish collection of coastal chic fashions & jewelry. Ride an Old-Fashioned Trolley

Getting around Galveston is a lot easier – and charming – this summer with the return of the island’s old-fashioned trolleys, offering routes along the beachfront and throughout the historic downtown district.

Lounge at Replenished Seawall Beaches In May the island unveiled a $19.5 million beach replenishment project that upgraded four miles of beaches along the seawall between the 12th and 61st streets, providing expanded recreational space for beach-goers.

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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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Fleming’s Steakhouse

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Smith and Wollensky

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. 2405 W. Alabama St. (River Oaks) 713.520.5959 788 W. Sam Houston Parkway North (Town & Country) 713.827.1120

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, 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 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands 281.362.0103 flemingssteakhouse.com

Morton’s The Steakhouse

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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.

Bob’s Steak and Chop House

5000 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.629.1946

1201 Fannin, Suite 129 713.658.9457

Ranked as one of the top steakhouses in the country, this traditional American prime steakhouse combines simple elegance, a lively atmosphere, big drinks, fine wines and large cuts of the finest prime steaks, chops and seafood with service that’s a cut above. 1700 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands 281.292.2627 bobs-steakandchop.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.

1001 McKinney St. (Downtown) 713.659.3700 mortons.com

Mo’s … A Place for Steaks The award-winning restaurant located in the Galleria area has a sophisticated feel, combined with great food and unmatched service, for a customized dining experience. Wet-aged steaks arrive at the table beautifully cut, cooked and plated, and the menu includes an extensive wine list. Diners can sit at the bar, in the dining room or on the patio. 1801 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria) 713.877.0720 mosaplaceforsteaks.com

The Palm

1 Birdsall St. (Memorial) 713.868.4444

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1200 McKinney Street (Downtown) 713.658.1995 pappasbros.com

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille 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 include Perry’s Famous Pork Chop, chateaubriand and flaming desserts or sample from a spectacular selection of world-class wines. 9827 Katy Freeway (Memorial) 832.358.9000 perryssteakhouse.com

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.

Shula’s Steakhouse 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

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5839 Westheimer Road (Galleria/Uptown) 713.780.7352

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

5061 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.355.2600

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.

5433 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.961.0333

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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.

Pappas Bros. 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

The traditional green-and-white steakhouse is more than a neighborhood icon, but one of the most desirable destinations in the Houston social scene. Seating up to 350 guests indoors or on the outdoor patio, it’s the ultimate atmosphere for luxury dining and drinking. The restaurant serves USDA Prime steaks, premium seafood and award-winning wines. 4007 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.621.7555 smithandwollensky.com

Sullivan’s Located near the Galleria, this upscale steakhouse is nestled just inside the 610 Loop, near Highland Village. Rich interiors include an expansive wine cellar, inviting bar and elegant finishes creating a one-of-a-kind Houston steakhouse experience. It is open weekdays for lunch and every evening and includes a prix fixe menu. 4608 Westheimer Road (Highland Village/Galleria) 713.961.0333 sullivanssteakhouse.com

Texas Land & Cattle

Texas Land & Cattle’s menu is inspired by traditional favorites crafted with an unexpected Texas twist. They combine flavors from the four corners of Texas and are committed to sourcing local Texas ingredients whenever possible, like Hartley Ranch Genuine Black Angus Beef from Stephenville and crafted cocktails featuring local TX spirits. 12313 Katy Freeway 281.679.9900 11900 Dickinson 281.922.6333 8015 W. FM 1960 281.469.3838 texaslandandcattle.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) 713.228.111 All restaurants are located in Houston unless otherwise noted.


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BRUNCH @ BABA YEGA CAFÉ "Good morning good morning!" Feed your inner hippie at this healthful, elevated eatery known for their fabulous Sunday brunch buffet. In true peace-and-love fashion, this café offers ample options for vegans, vegetarians and carnivores alike. Fill your plate with Eggs Benedict, fruit blintzes and made-to-order omelets, and toast your vacation with Bloody Marys and mimosas. Eclectic, boozy and utterly charming, you don’t want to miss this Montrose hotspot. Since their brunch is so popular, be sure to give them a call or go online to make your reservation. Sunday brunch at Baba Yega is served from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. 2607 Grant St. // 713.522.0042 // babayega.com Photos Courtesy of Baba Yega Café

DRINKS & PUB FARE @ THE RED LION PUB We can’t celebrate the Fab Four without recommending at least one groovy British pub. The dark and cozy Red Lion serves up a unique blend of British cuisine and Indian fusion. Although Paul professed his love for “steak and chips” in a 1964 interview with Carroll James at the Washington Coliseum, the favorites around here include Shepherd’s Pie and classic fish and chips. The more carnivorously inclined will appreciate the Lamb Shank or generously portioned Chicken Tikka Masala. Wash your meal down with a gin & tonic or pint of Fuller’s London Pride. You don’t need to cross the Atlantic — just head down to the edge of Montrose for a perfect British evening. 2316 Shepherd Dr. // 713.782.3030 // redlionpubhouston.com

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DINNER & DRINKS @ THE HARD ROCK CAFÉ Fix the burger-shaped hole in your heart with a trip to Houston’s Hard Rock Café. Perfectly located in the Theater District downtown, the restaurant boasts more than just classic American fare: It’s stuffed with enough rock ’n roll relics to impress the biggest music aficionados. For dinner, enjoy a Legendary Burger, plate of wings or club sandwich, and finish it off with a classic diner milkshake. Toast your favorite musician with a drink from the bar, and don’t leave without giving the restaurant a walk-through. Admire Jimi Hendrix’s guitar, a handwritten note by John Lennon or one of Prince’s gold records. From food to memorabilia, there’s something for everyone at Houston’s Hard Rock.

“BEETLE HAPPY HOUR” @ THE CONTINENTAL CLUB Looking to shake it up? Twist over to Midtown’s famed music venue, The Continental Club. This beloved dive originally opened in Austin in ‘55 and quickly became known for its fantastic live music. The Club expanded into Houston 15 years ago, bringing its reputation with it. One of the bar’s most popular recurring events is “Beetle Happy Hour” — three hours of Beatles hits played by one of Houston’s best cover bands, Beetle. There’s no cover charge for the show, which comes around every Thursday from 7-10 p.m. Get there around 7 p.m. to secure a table, then grab a drink and get by with a little help from great music. You’re sure to remember this night far past when you’re sixty-four. 3700 Main St. // 713.529.9899 // continentalclub.com/houston

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502 Texas Ave. // 713.277.1392 // hardrock.com/cafes/houston

LOVELY ‘RITA @ THE ORIGINAL NINFA’S ON NAVIGATION The name says it all: Ninfa’s has one of the best margaritas in Houston. But even that impressive distinction isn’t what the restaurant is best known for. Opened in 1973, the Mexican eatery rocketed to fame when Mama Ninfa invented fajitas. (Yes, you read that right.) They don’t have a happy hour, but you don’t need a discount when the margaritas are this good and the restaurant this celebrated. Get good and hungry, then head down for a meal and marg at one of the most storied spots in Houston! 2704 Navigation Blvd. // 713.228.1175 // ninfas.com

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he year was 1967, and it was the Summer of Love in San Francisco. Hundreds of thousands of flower children gathered in Haight-Ashbury, and in cities all over the country. In London, similarly themed gatherings took place in Tottenham Court Road where experimental groups like Pink Floyd played, and at Speakers’ Corner, beat poet Allen Ginsberg spoke at a Legalize Pot rally. It was also the year a seminal pop album was released by one of the most iconic music groups the world has ever known. Fifty years ago, The Beatles released “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” containing songs such as “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” The music world gasped. This was a visionary, themed collection of songs wrapped in musical experimentation, which included everything from Indian instruments to crescendos from a 40-piece orchestra, never heard in the context of pop. The Beatles already dominated the music charts. This was the era of the Merseybeat, when the Liverpool-born band was producing hit-after-hit. “Sgt.

TOP LEFT: Catch a ride on the Magical Mystery Tour Bus TOP RIGHT: The Mersey Ferry BOTTOM: Take in the stunning Liverpool skyline

“[SGT. PEPPER IS] A HISTORIC DEPARTURE IN THE PROGRESS OF MUSIC.” - Time Magazine

Pepper” was released on June 1, 1967 and was an immediate success, spending 15 consecutive weeks at number one on the American charts. Time Magazine hailed it as “a historic departure in the progress of music.” The following year, “Sgt. Pepper” won four Grammy Awards as well as Album of the Year, marking the very first time a rock album had done so. Not surprisingly, half a century later, Liverpool is celebrating the occasion in grand style with the Summer of Love Music Festival in the city where Beatlemania still rules. Almost every street in the city carries

memories of the Fab Four, for it was here that John, Paul, George and Ringo were born and raised. This northern English city is a busy port, with its own very distinct character, facing the river Mersey and the gray waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The Mersey Ferry crosses the river regularly, just as it did when the famous mop tops played concerts on one of the boats. Today, you can take a combined tour of Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road, the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, respectively, where they wrote and rehearsed many of the early songs that made the Beatles famous. Walking through the rooms of these homes is like stepping back in time – almost as if the Beatles had never left. Walk just a few more minutes and you’ll arrive at Strawberry Field, the site of a former Salvation Army children’s home well-known to Lennon. As a child, he used to attend summer garden parties here. A replica of the red gate he would walk through is one of the most photographed places in Liverpool. It was this site that in-

spired him to write the classic, “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Travel around the city and other images can be found – Penny Lane where McCartney and Lennon caught buses into town; a statue of Eleanor Rigby sculpted by another famous ‘60s performer, Tommy Steele; and, of course, statues of the Beatles. A Magical Mystery Tour bus travels to all of the main sites, and passengers stop off at each destination to take photographs. Then there is the infamous Cavern Club. Take a look at Lennon’s statue slouching against the wall before passing through the entrance and down the stairs for an absolute must-see on the any Beatles fan’s bucket list. Check out the mural celebrating all the bands that played here during that incredible period: Gerry and The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, The Shadows, Stevie Wonder and – right in the center – The Beatles. The Fab Four played the Cavern Club 292 times in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, developing a sound that would eventually lead them to international stardom. H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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This is also the one of the sites used by the annual International Beatleweek Festival each August. It features 70 bands from 20 countries, including bands such as The Original Quarrymen, The Bootleg Beatles, Cavern Club Beatles and Hamburg Beat. Another of the Festival’s venues has special links to the Beatles – the local church of St. Peter, Woolton, in Liverpool. The church was where John Lennon was introduced to Paul McCartney at the Woolton Garden Fete on July 6, 1957. (John Lennon had actually been playing at the fete as part of The Quarrymen.) Out on Pier Head, in the old Albert Dock, is another essential part of the Beatles legacy: “The Beatles Story.” Sit down for a virtual drum lesson, overseen by none other than Ringo Starr. Admire John Lennon’s piano, his glasses and scrawled sheets of paper containing the beginnings of some of the greatest songs ever written. Inspect George Harrison’s first guitar. And watch video interviews with McCartney, Starr, George’s widow Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono as they recall their own memories along with the countless photographs of screaming crowds about the unique pressures the young musicians experienced. New on display this year are replicas of the costumes worn on the “Sgt. Pepper” album cover. Another rare display item is an alternative print of the album cover. It’s a little-known fact that Sir Peter Blake shot several alternative covers to the album, which were discard in favor of the famous one. This alternative incorporates various alterations to the familiar collage background, as well as the positions of each Beatle. For the ultimate in Beatlemania immersion, there’s the Hard Day’s Night Hotel, named after the band’s first motion picture. Owners Bill Heckle and Dave Jones, who also own the Cavern Club and Cavern City

This Cavern Club mural celebrates the historic performances the venue experienced

Tours, live and breathe all things Beatles, having spoken to them, their families, friends and people who have worked with the band over the years. Although none of the Beatles have stayed at the hotel, Ringo’s son, Jason Starkey, and his grandchildren stepped inside a couple of years ago. Other visitors include McCartney’s brother, Mike McGear; May Pang, Lennon’s former assistant and infamous “lost weekend” girlfriend; as well as his younger half-sister, Julia Baird. Wherever you go in the hotel, the story of the Fab Four is outlined in words, art and memorabilia. This is a Beatles world where you can sleep in themed rooms, with original Beatles related artwork on the walls

created by “the World’s Greatest Beatles Artist,” Shannon McDonald. No two rooms are the same; each tells the unique story of the world’s most-famous rock-and-roll band, from birth to the present day. To complete the visit, Beatles fans can dine in the restaurant amid a plethora of memorabilia. Blakes Restaurant is named in honor of Sir Peter Blake, the pop artist who created the iconic artwork for the “Sgt. Pepper” album cover. All the walls are covered in stunning Beatles artwork. Also on display are 60 original items relating to the artist’s distinctive work on the “Sgt. Pepper” cover. What more could any Beatles fan want? This is pure Beatles heaven.

LEFT: This Hard Day’s Night hotel room pays homage to John Lennon RIGHT: Enjoy a meal at Blake’s Restaurant at the Hard Day’s Night Hotel


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THE FINE ART OF THE FAB 5 Tributes are all the rage. Particularly when it comes to the kings of the British Invasion: The Beatles. One Houston-area band has kept their fan flame burning brightly for years, with little sign of slowing down. Meet these Beatles, and feel the passion that’s driven their success for two decades.

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n any given night in in Houston performance halls, you can likely catch a band paying homage to their rock heroes. One of the best known tribute-groups is The Fab 5. The Texas-based Beatles band has played the mop tops’ timeless pop music for years, faithfully recreating their songs down to the very last chord. Five talented players sport authentic Carnaby Street fashion and vintage Hofner, Rickenbacker, Gretsch and Ludwig instruments, VOX amplifiers and all the trappings that separated the band of from the rest of the day’s British musical invasion. Joe Baiardi sings and plays bass and guitar in the group. The native New Yorker knows the territory well: He played in high school bands before forming a Beatles tribute band, Rubber Soul, back in 1979. He moved to Houston in 1988. In 1999, he was offered the role of Paul McCartney in a Beatles tribute act, Come Together, which toured nationally. The gig led to performing with the cast of Beatlemania, as their McCartney fill-in for original cast members. Baiardi joined The Fab 5 in 2003. We caught up with the landmark Houston band for their side of the story. “The Fab 5 was started by the love of performing 1960s music back in 1990,” says Baiardi. “There were no tribute bands in motion at that

time, especially in Texas.” Ironically, the Houston group has lasted longer than the Fab Four’s career ever did. So is there a secret to playing music together so successfully for so long? Baiardi puts it like this: “You must have the spirit to play this music, and not just play the music.” “It takes a lot of discipline, work and drive to be accurate in recreating the music, and we were lucky to have players who excelled at this.” For some fans, it seems like they think the guys are The Beatles. “Sometimes, they do,” says Baiardi. “We constantly get comments from fans telling us that we sound just like the recordings. After all,” he adds, “that is the highest compliment in being in a tribute band. With us it is also a treat as we perform songs that The Beatles could never perform live in the 1960s due to a long list of technological issues.” Is there a preferred Beatle, or maybe even a definitive period of music for The Fab 5? “Our favorite would be 1966-69,” says Baiardi, which includes influential recordings such as “Revolver,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Magical Mystery Tour,” “The Beatles” (otherwise known as “The White Album”) and more. “It was the most challenging with orchestration, yet the most melodic,” he adds.

By Dave Muscari   For the guys in The Fab 5, seeing the real band members perform is always a pleasure. Baiardi says he’s seen Paul McCartney three times and Ringo once. He also met John Lennon in 1977 on a New York street. “I attended a McCartney sound check on November 14, 2012,” he recalls. “When Paul asked over the microphone, ‘How did it sound?’ I shouted, ‘It sounds great,’ to which Paul replied, ‘I wasn’t talking to you, I was talking to the sound man.’” Nevertheless, he was happy all the same. “Hey, a Beatle spoke to me,” he laughs. On July 21, The Fab 5 is set to play the House of Blues, a special “anthology” show, and again on August 12 with the Texas Medical Orchestra Center at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. “It’s basically three sets of Beatles music,” explains Baiardi. “First, it’s songs from 1963-66, or the ‘early black suit set;’ then, the 1967-68 “Sgt. Pepper” set, followed by a 1969-70 set from the ‘Abbey Road’/’Let It Be’-era.” Is there an expiration date on The Fab 5? “Hopefully, it will go on forever,” he says, maybe half kidding. “All you need is love … and The Fab 5.”

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ou hear the music before you can see the restaurant. The familiar sounds of KISS, Jimi Hendrix or Madonna welcome you as you ascend the stairs, stopping to look up and admire the larger-than-life replica of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Gibson Firebird guitar. There’s no mistaking this place: You’ve arrived at the Houston Hard Rock Café. One glance inside and it’s clear that what they say is true: These restaurants are “the world’s largest rock ‘n roll museum.” One of Prince’s gold records greets you as you walk through the door, while a vintage car suspends impressively from the ceiling. Looking around at the stunning display, it’s difficult to imagine the original restaurant’s humble

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beginnings more than 40 years ago. The Hard Rock Café was conceived in London by Americans Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton. “There were no good places in London to get American food, so they found an old Rolls Royce warehouse in Hyde Park,” explained Houston GM Jeremy Retzlaff. The concept? A great American burger, served with a side of equality. “They wanted to bring the classes together,” he said. “They wanted everyone standing in line and dining together.” It’s a dream reminiscent of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” and it served Tigrett and Morton spectacularly well. Not only did the restaurant achieve wild popularity, but it also went on to curate the largest collection of music memorabilia in the world. “We have more memorabilia than the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Retzlaff said proudly.

How did it happen that two American blokes should amass such an impressive collection? It began in London with one of the Hard Rock’s famous regulars, Eric Clapton. One day, Clapton brought in his guitar and gave it to Isaac and Peter. “He always sat at the bar, and he wanted them to put it above where he sat — to save his seat,” Retzlaff explained. A week later, The Who’s Pete Townshend sent his guitar in with a jaunty note: “Mine is as good as his! Love, Pete.” The collection snowballed from there. Now, The Hard Rock Café owns over 80,000 rock relics, with an entire Memorabilia Team dedicated to scoping out more. Among their collection is a treasure trove of Beatles artifacts, including the “Magical Mystery Tour” bus and the doors to Abbey Road Studios. The Hard Rock Houston itself boasts a few Beatles gems, with a whole wall dedicated to the Fab Four.


The first pieces that grab your eye are Richard Avedon’s psychedelic posters of the Beatles. He shot the original photographs in 1967 at the commission of Beatles manager Brian Epstein; the boys were heading in a new direction with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Magical Mystery Tour,” and they wanted their psychedelic look visually captured. With John’s famous glasses, Paul’s flowerpower blooms, Ringo’s dove for peace and George’s Indian henna, the posters are just as captivating today as they were in ‘67. Beneath these prints, protected in a frame, is a handwritten note by John Lennon. “I thought it was a recipe at first,” Retzlaff admitted. He’s not far from the mark: It appears to be a to-do list for Fred Seaman, who served as Lennon’s personal assistant during the last 20-odd months of his life. Lennon’s tasks for Fred give an interesting glimpse into his life at the Dakota in New York City, including tasks as simple as grocery shopping and as personal as retrieving the ashes of his cat, Alice, who died after leaping from an open window. Finally, an LP of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” completes the Beatles wall. One of their most acclaimed, the record celebrated its 50th anniversary on June 1st and is now available in multiple

deluxe packages in honor of the landmark. As it continues to grow, the Houston Hard Rock is expanding into new territories. Already known as a destination for great food and impressive memorabilia, the location is working to establish a reputation for live music. “It’s something that the café hasn’t really been geared toward, but I’ve been working on it quite a bit with my sales and marketing manager,” Retzlaff said. “Working on the local Texas vibe and being a destination for live music.” The Houston Hard Rock Café is up and rockin’ from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, with hours that extend ‘til midnight on Friday and Saturday. Come be a part of music history and enjoy the delicious American food that turned a small café into an international rock ‘n roll phenomenon.

LEFT: Park a seat at the bar under a classic car. RIGHT: The iconic guitar outside signals scores of real-deal rock relics inside Houston’s Hard Rock Café.

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edicated followers of fashion, rejoice! '60s trends are back, doing the twist on high-end racks from Forty Five Ten to Tootsies. Adapted by top designers, these modern takes on babydoll dresses, psychedelic patterns and bold colors are groovier than ever. Satisfaction may have eluded Mick Jagger, but you’re sure to find it here in Houston’s unmatched shopping districts. From Highland Village to Rice Village to the River Oaks District, Houston is thrumming with good vibrations in this contemporary Summer of Love.


Tootsies Tootsies has been at the forefront of Houston style since opening its doors in 1975. Located in River Oaks and carrying ready-to-wear designer fashions, its legacy is upheld in each hand-picked piece. “We shop with people in mind. We want to maintain that boutique environment of one-on-one personal shopping,” said Fady Armanious, creative director of Tootsies. “We look for unique pieces and edit our selections to have the most well-balanced, curated store. I want whoever walks into our store to find something. All generations, all shapes, all price points.” Curating a collection with everyone in mind is no small task, but the Tootsies team more than meets the challenge. They keep a sharp eye on what’s now, and what’s next. Currently, statement trends of the ‘60s are reincarnating, with iconic hippie denim and bold, psychedelic colors strutting down the runway. “Denim jackets with patchwork are huge,” Armanious said. “I’ve seen pins that look like patches. We’ve also seen a lot of yellow.” For a meticulously curated selection of quality designs, visit Houston’s Tootsies boutique. The glitzy flagship is open from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 2601 Westheimer Rd. | 713.629.9900 tootsies.com

TOP: Innovative Moschino has been flirting with flower power, creating unique dresses in bold colors. The short length is decidedly vintage, but the label adds a modern flair with a knot detail and patchwork. BOTTOM RIGHT: Roberto Cavalli has created a colorful layer shift dress that would have looked at home on the corner of Haight & Ashbury. BOTTOM LEFT: One of Armanious’ favorite pieces is a Saint Laurent embroidered jacket with gorgeous floral details.


Across the board, Elaine Turner brings bold color, which lends itself perfectly to versatile looks. Flowy, Havanainspired dresses like the Penelope encourage long, Instagram -worthy walks on the beach, while also throwing it back to ‘60s kaftans. The Clardy Necklace is another adaptable pick. The statement accessory pairs perfectly with poolside drinks with friends, while also showing off a contemporary take on a vintage favorite: fringe.

Elaine turner Bold, glam and bursting with Texas spirit, Elaine Turner has been shining light on the fashion scene since its inception in 2000. The first brick-and-mortar boutique opened its doors in the iconic Rice Village shopping center in 2007, and was followed by new storefronts in Texas, Nashville and even New York City. Today, the Rice Village flagship is one of the most beloved brands in the center, and no wonder. It’s pink, playful and staffed by some of the most personable folks in the business. When Elaine Turner started her business, she focused on designing handbags which went on to be featured at Tootsies and Neiman Marcus. Now, her eponymous collection has grown to include everything from shoes to accessories and apparel, all of which stay true to the brand’s characteristic style: fun, sophisticated, ladylike glamour. Not only does the brand promise fab fashion, it also promotes a giving, intimate lifestyle. The Elaine Turner mantra, “GGIF,” stands for “Glamorous, Giving, Intimate, FUN!” – which they work to uphold both in their business and through philanthropy. For a shopping experience that’s sure to put a smile on your face and a spark in your closet, head to Elaine Turner in Rice Village. The pretty-in-pink boutique is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 2439 University Blvd. | 713.255.0052 | elaineturner.com


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Designer Sara Battaglia’s Lace Trim Cropped Trousers (right) present sunny yellow flared legs that nod back to the bell bottom trend. Her Macrame Lace Dress (left) also gives off a strong vintage vibe with its babydoll silhouette and flower-power motif. Rosie Assoulin’s Beaded Ap Beaded Appliqué T-shirt (middle) boasts a swath of small tassels that may very well be the new fringe.

For nearly two decades, Forty Five Ten has been an innovative fashion destination. Recently, the Dallas-originated luxury brand expanded into Houston, making its home in the chic River Oaks District. Forty Five Ten’s collections feature the best of the unique best, and many of the designers they carry work with apparel in new and interesting ways. As trends circulate back to the spotlight, the boutique brings intriguing pieces to the table that never fail to stun. Distinguish your look and get a taste for what’s next with a trip to Forty Five Ten’s luxury River Oaks District boutique, open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. 4444 Westheimer Rd., Suite f100 281.560.4510 | fortyfiveten.com

lucchese Since 1883, Lucchese has been a leader in fine boot making. For their exclusive, custom and standard pieces, they have earned their name as a definer of quality. Their time-honored techniques have defined the character of classic Western boots for years, and they have recently turned their expertise to the realm of modern fashion. “Our roots are Western but we’re branching out,” explained Houston store manager Joseph Shreffler. Their new styles are fantastic, rooted in their heritage while nodding to contemporary and vintage fashion. Visit their Houston boutique in Highland Village, open from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Monday to Sunday, and noon ‘til 6 p.m. on Sunday. 4051 Westheimer Rd. | 713.960.1121 | lucchese.com

For men, The Duncan (right) , a Jodhpur boot with a modern ombre finish, is reminiscent of the revolutionary Beatles Boot. For women, The Carly (left) is a gorgeous sleek bootie, with a Cuban-esque heel and fringe-and-feather detailing that harks back to the eye-catching styles of Woodstock.


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f you’re going to be , let it be in River Oaks. Here in Houston, this neighborhood holds the same star power as London’s leading man. One of the most affluent areas in the city, it boasts some of the best shopping, supping and sightseeing. The glossy River Oaks District is one of its premier outdoor shopping centers, resplendent with top brands from de Boulle to Tom Ford. Dining options range from the trendy, Austin-originated Hopdoddy to the unique Le Colonial, which serves French-Vietnamese fare. Can’t buy me love? You haven’t visited

Highland Village. This popular shopping destination is conveniently located on city thoroughfare Westheimer Road and includes dining, shopping and home goods favorites. Make your way through Anthropologie, West Elm and Lucchese, then settle down for a bite at popular Tex-Mex eatery Escalante’s, or grab a sweet treat at Sprinkles Cupcakes. The historically inclined will love visiting Bayou Bend Collections and Gardens, a 14acre property which was previously the home of Houston leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg. Now owned and operated by the Museum of Fine Arts, visitors are sure to enjoy the incredible collection of American furnishings and paintings. Book a tour with a seasoned guide, or stroll through the grounds at your leisure. The cultural center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. Cap off the perfect River Oaks romp with a movie at the River Oaks Theatre. Built in 1939, the theatre is designed in the Art Deco style of the late ‘30s. Indie flicks play on its three screens, and movie goers can enjoy gourmet snacks during the film, ending with a nightcap in their lounge.


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or a memorable day in Houston, you don’t need to go across the universe – just head south of Allen Parkway. Like the acerbic, arts-inspired John Lennon, Montrose brings a unique personality to the table. Chock-full of celebrated cafés and famous museums, the rhythm guitarist would have enjoyed the hodgepodge area. Make a day of the Westheimer curve, starting with breakfast at Brasil. This relaxed café features great coffee, delicious tamales and generous mimosas. Once you’ve powered up, track down the famous Biscuit Art wall and snap a picture or three for Instagram. Next, stroll through the

The famous Biscuit Art wall is one of Montrose’s colorful hotspots.

off-the-beaten path antique shops that dot the street. Many of the stores are converted old houses, making for an intimate antiques experience. Keep the vintage vibe going by taking a short drive to neighborhood record stores. Cactus Music is one of the best stores in the entire city, carrying everything from records to novelty items. Perhaps one of Houston’s greatest draws is its museums, and Montrose is the proud home of the Menil Campus, which boasts the world-famous Rothko Chapel and celebrated Menil Collection. Stop in for a contemplative break and soak in Rothko’s largerthan-life murals, then sample John and Dominique de Menil’s more than 17,000-piece art collection. Be sure to make reservations for lunch at Bistro Menil, which serves up Euro-inspired American fare and wine on tap. For dinner, try Paulie’s for Italian, Aladdin Mediterranean for Lebanese or Churrasco’s for Latin American. End the evening with a craft cocktail at Anvil Bar & Refuge. Here, you don’t have to hide your love for a good drink away – the world-class bartenders have your back.

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ith his quiet demeanor, George is remembered as the inscrutable Beatle. In truth, the lead gutarist was one of the band’s best musicians, and he fostered a love for Eastern culture and spirituality that grew from the group’s 1968 trip to India. Complex and character-filled, like George, the Houston Heights is a historic neighborhood known for eccentric shopping and charming local eateries. A perfect day in the Heights takes place in the 19th Shopping District, a hub of vintage shops, antiques and restaurants. Each locally owned

Montrose is home to some of Texas’ best art museums.

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Houston Heights offers eclectic, unique shopping and dining.

storefront is a gem, and you won’t be disappointed as you explore from door to door. For antiques, everyone from the collector to casual browser will enjoy Gen’s Antiques and AG Antiques. Gifts, knick-knacks and home decor abound at Eclectic Home, Coda, Jubilee and Bliss on 19th. With their distinctive inventory and atmospheres, you’ll walk away with a gift or accessory you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Between shops, snag a pick-me-up at Boomtown Coffee, a small coffee house brimming with small-batch and specialty brews. Head down the street to catch a sighting of the art car outside Venus Hair, a unique salon that’s been around since ’78. Finally, snap a picture at the “You Are My Sunshine” art wall — the “Here Comes the Sun” singer would surely approve. When you get hungry, Torchy’s Tacos

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Uptown’s beautiful Gerald D. Hines Waterwall.

and Zoë’s Kitchen are at the ready. For something new, venture to local eatery Harold’s Restaurant & Tap Room for a tempting menu of Louisiana-inspired fare, plus beer and wine on tap. After you eat, head to the restaurant’s parking lot to pose in front of the I Love You wall. As we all know, all you need is love.

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he legendary Beatles drummer is remembered for many things, especially his dedication to peace, love and a good time. When it comes to fun, what’s not to love about Houston’s most bustling neighborhoods, high-end Uptown and get-down Downtown? The Uptown District is defined by one of the city’s most luxurious shopping centers, The Galleria. Opened in 1970, - chris the upscale haley of development has grown into one of the largest malls in the United the sanBeneath its glass ceiling, you’ll States. francisco find everything from your favorite highend boutiques to some of the city’s best 49ers &

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restaurants, including Peli Peli and Del Frisco’s. Don’t pass it by! A stone’s throw from the Galleria sits one of the city’s most beautiful fountains: the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall. At an impressive 64 feet, the semi-circular fountain is larger than life. It re-circulates 11,000 gallons of water per minute, and can be admired from the shade of one of the park’s 100+ Texas Live Oak trees. (Which, as we all know, is second only to the shade of an octopus’s garden.) Meanwhile, Houston’s Downtown is brimming with culture. Not only does the 17-block Theater District feature nine professional performingarts organizations, but it also has an impressive history. Today, Houstonians know 800 Bagby Street as the site of the Hobby Center, but back in the day, that’s where the Sam Houston Coliseum stood. In addition to welcoming such names as Elvis Presley and John F. Kennedy, the Coliseum is known for hosting the only two concerts the Beatles ever played in Houston on August 19, 1965. Talk about hallowed ground! Connect with the Fab Four by taking in a world-class show at this storied site: Disney’s “The Lion King” plays at The Hobby Center from June 27 - July 23.


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two of their generation’s most memorable artists have been awarded nearly every industry award and honor for their incomparable catalog of hits and activism. From Grammys and American Music Awards, two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the ASCAP Founders Award for songwriting and a knighthood (Stewart) and an Emmy and Tony Award (Lauper). Whether it’s “Stay With Me” of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” this will be a night of bumps, grinds and great fun.


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international superstar, award-winning actress and music icon -- few have achieved the stardom of the former Motown songbird. From her years with The Supremes (“Where Did Our Love Go,” “Love Child,” “You Can’t Hurry Love”) to a solo career onstage and in movies (Lady Sings the Blues, Mahogany), she’s etched her name in pop culture forever.

the ten time grammy-award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer brings his Transmogrify Tour to the town, performing songs from a 40-plus year career. It’s an evening of favorites from Woodstock to Supernatural and beyond featuring one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. His groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion has transcended musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries.

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Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The longest-running Journey tribute band has gigged together for a decade, playing all of the Bay Area band’s biggest hits.

More than 90 million people around the world have experienced the visual artistry, unforgettable music, and the Broadway theatrical storytelling.

It’s acts including Jill Scott, BBD, Brandy, SWV, Ro James and DJ Kid Capri, all laying down the jams for this summer time concert.

His top-rated Americana singles include “Small Town Saturday Night” and “Past the Point of Rescue.”

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His country songs range from gentle and poetic to scrabble hard, outspoken and tough, but always honest and authentic.

His solid gold country hits include “Put Some Drive In Your Country” and “Here’s a Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares.”

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Disney’s The Lion King

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Ron Mueck*

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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Prince Royce

The naturalism of his work is undercut by his calculated play with scale: some fill a gallery, while others stand less than three feet high.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The Latin pop heartthrob has taken the stage by storm. His “Darte un Beso” (“Give You a Kiss”) was a hit for the New York bachata singer.

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Village People

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Bush

The “Kings of Disco” have sold more than 100 million recordings worldwide; six talented guys with outrageous fun and lots of bumping & grinding.

Revention Music Center

Gavin Rossdale and his English mates have sold 10 million albums in the U.S, and experienced more success here than in the U.K.

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Homeland and Histories: Photographs by Fazal Shiekh Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The award-winning portraitist seeks to sustain a relationship with the societies he photographs, spending extended periods of time in each community. JULY 1

Bobby Whitlock and Coco Carmel, Gal Holiday McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

As co-founder of Derek & The Dominos he recorded “Layla,” plus Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” and The Stones’ “Exile on Main Street.”

JULY 1

Gloria Trevi vs. Alejandra Guzman Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The Mexican pop rivals are finally setting aside all the talk to unite their music artistry for their first-ever historical concert tour. THROUGH JULY 30

Decorative Arts in the Age of Victoria The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

These works illustrate the British drive to historicize and modernize their world via examples of porcelain, glass, jewelry, miniatures, wallpaper and furniture.

Majic 102.1 Block Party

Steve Earle and The Dukes

Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Show Seawall Boulevard (Galveston)

Celebrate July 4th on the Island as it lights up in spectacular style for this annual festive, patriotic party by the sea. JULY 6

Shenandoah Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

A Grammy-winning, country-crossover ensemble, they’re best remembered for “Sunday in the South” and “Two Dozen Roses.” JULY 6

Seth Walker, Christina Cavazos, Ellen Bryant McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

His brand of electric blues laced with jazz influences makes him a special talent. The late show features a pair of fresh young voices.

Hal Ketchum

Travis Tritt

Walk Wilkins Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Like a vintage Hill Country jukebox, the Texas musician brings a guitar and a bag of well-crafted songs to every gig. JULY 7

Dr. Cesar Lozano Wortham Center

An evening designed to remind us of how wonderful it is to live even with difficult burdens in our lives – nourish the soul and renew energy. JULY 7

Johnny Bush Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

A Houston native, he’s known as the “Country Caruso,” best known as the writer of “Whiskey River,” Willie Nelson’s signature song.

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JULY 3

JULY 4

Hobby Performing Miller Outdoor Arts Theatre Center

Freedom Over Texas Festival

the annual celebration at lovely Hermann Park features fun and festivities. The family-friendly Exxon Mobil Summer Symphony Nights bring audiences the sights and sounds of our city’s world-famous orchestra. For many Houstonians, Independence Day just isn’t complete without Tchaikovsky’s rousing “1812 Overture,” punctuated with traditional cannon blasts.

houston’s official independence day celebration features live entertainment by some of the biggest names in show business. This year’s headliners include DNCE and Hunter Hayes. There is also plenty of opportunity to sample local delights at a variety of food booths. And don’t miss the world-famous fireworks display at the end of the evening, with the glittering Houston skyline as a sizzling backdrop.

JULY 7

JULY 9

JULY 12

JULY 14

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

House of Blues

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Smart Financial Center (Sugar Land)

Show biz icon Paul Williams says she’s “One of the best singers you’ve ever heard,” of the singer from season eight of “American Idol.”

Area gospel artists descend upon the stage for an afternoon of praise in song, and a feast of southern culinary delights.

This summer tour featuring rock guitar gods playing golden hits such as “Any Way You Want It,” “Faithfully” and “The Heat of the Moment.”

The Grammy-winning composer’s concert features his classic scores including Gladiator, The Lion King, The Dark Knight, Inception and others.

JULY 7-9

JULY 9

JULY 12

Improv

Revention Music Center

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The well-seasoned comedian was host of BET’s “ComicView,” and has performed stand up in clubs all over America.

Known as one of the “big four” in thrash metal, the Grammy-winning group has sold 50 million albums worldwide.

The award-winning piano-driven singer/ songwriter is best known for his hit singles “Superman,” “100 Years” and “The Riddle.”

JULY 8

JULY 9

JULY 13

This special concert “in the round” features an exciting trio of talented musicians dedicated to the Texas Country roots.

Wortham Theater Center

The Grand 1984 Opera House (Galveston)

Warehouse Live

JULY 14

From bestsellers American Gods and Coraline, to his children’s novel The Graveyard Book, his works have racked up every major literary award.

For three decades, with his rollicking style, Ezra Charles has been one of the most storied pianists in all of Texas.

A roaring violinist, he remixes popular songs fusing classical, pop, jazz and country, with electronica and Hip-Hop elements.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

JULY 8

JULY 10

JULY 13

“Semi Charmed Life,” “Jumper” and “How’s It Going To Be” all made a splash for the California gunge rockers in the late ‘90s.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

House of Blues

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

JULY 14

With her first new album in five years, she’s preparing to unveil a second -- a harmonica-driven blues-gospel album recorded in a renovated slaughterhouse.

Billed as “The Coffee House Live Tour,” these contemporary musicians bring a special brand of folk to the stage.

He served a term as the Official State Musician of Texas, and has built an amazing career playing solo, with The Flatlanders and many more.

Jones Hall

JULY 11-16

JULY 13-15

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Joke Joint Comedy Showcase

Follow a prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence in this Tony Award-winning musical.

He’s been seen on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Late Late Show.” His CDs, “Running Out of Time” and “One Star Wonder” were among i-Tunes Top Comedy Albums.

Allison Iraheta and Hablo Circus

Bruce Bruce

Neil Gaiman, SPA*

Terri Hendrix

JULY 8

Symphonic Signs & Sounds, Houston Symphony Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

This introduction to popular classical favorites is enhanced by large-scale images displayed on LED screens. *Editor’s Choice 36

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Star Spangled Salute, Houston Symphony

Eleanor Tinsley Sam Park Houston at Buffalo RaceBayou Park

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Gospel Brunch

Megadeath

The Story of Boogie Woogie

Joshua Radin & Rachael Yamagata

Pippin

Journey, Asia

Five For Fighting

Eric Stanley

Joe Ely

Greg Warren

Hans Zimmer Live On Tour

JULY 14

Josh Thompson, David Lee & John David Kent Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Third Eye Blind, Silversun Pickups

Video Games Live, Houston Symphony Final Fantasy, Zelda, Donkey Kong Country, Warcraft, Pokémon, Mario and more come alive in a multimedia concert with live music, solo performers and exclusive video. JULY 14

Guy Forsyth McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

He was a founding member of The Asylum Street Spankers, and has spent the past 15 years building his own solo resume.


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JULY 16

Toyota Center

Toyota Center

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Roger Waters

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the innovative, creative genius behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Pink Floyd returns with the pioneering Us & Them Tour featuring classic songs, and tracks from his recent solo work. The English musician’s legendary live performances are internationally renowned as immersive sensory experiences with special emphasis on groundbreaking, state-of-the-art audio-visual production with breathtaking sound.

from “sweet caroline” to “kentucky woman,” “Song Sung Blue” and many, many more, his songs dot the landscape. He’s charted 37 Top 40 singles and 16 Top 10 albums in the U.S. and internationally. The Grammy Award-winning artist is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2011 he received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime of contributions to American culture.

JULY 14

JULY 15

JULY 19

JULY 19

Wortham Theater Center

Heights Theater

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The popular podcast is presented as a radio show in a fictional southwestern town, reporting on the strange events that occur there.

His 1970’s anthem “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother” set a tone for an outlaw country music movement to follow.

The L.A. group’s sound feels like it’s straight out of a British Invasion songbook, laced with a dose of power pop, indie rock.

The Berklee music student has shared stages with performers including Michael Martin Murphey, Lorrie Morgan and more.

JULY 14-16

JULY 15

JULY 18

JULY 19

Revention Music Center

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The former Drive-By Trucker specializes in Americana alt-country, and has created a sweet solo career.

The Houston native plays a variety of songs including his own (“Good Times”), and offthe-wall covers (“Highway to Hell,” “Dead Flowers”) now and then.

Welcome to Night Vale*

Bill Bellamy Improv

He’s starred in TV, movies and on stage. But his most lasting contribution to pop culture may be in coining the phrase, “booty call.”

Ray Wylie Hubbard

Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, D.R.A.M Toyota Center

JULY 15

After his appearance at Coachella and release of his acclaimed fourth studio album with a debut at the top of the Billboard 200, marking his third time at the top spot.

Arena Theatre

JULY 15

Paquita La Del Barrio The 70-year-old, Grammy-nominated Ranchera singer’s tunes are Mexican jukebox staples including “Rata de dos patas.”

Urban Cowboy Reunion Stampede Houston

JULY 15

Mickey Gilley and others return to the scene of the music and the worldwide cultural phenomenon that started in Houston.

House of Blues

JULY 15

Margarita La Diosa De La Cumbia The fifty-something sizzling Columbian singer knows how to light the fuse live, and puts on a great show of Latin songs.

Slaid Cleaves McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

JULY 15

The Austin based singer/songwriter is a favorite on stages all over the southwest, playing his distinctive brand of folk music.

Wortham Theater Center

JULY 15

Eva Ayllón She’s been called the “Tina Turner of Peru” and the “Queen of landó” (a traditional Afro-Peruvian musical form) for her largerthan-life stage presence.

The Music of Prince, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

His unprecedented body of work including hits “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Kiss,” “Purple Rain” and “When Doves Cry.” It’s a symphonic tribute to an unforgettable artist.

Rooney

Jason Isbell and the 400-Unit*

Kathryn Hallberg, V Blackburn

Charlie Robinson

JULY 18

Delta Rae, Liz Longley

JULY 20

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Larry Gatlin

The pop family band began gigging in 2009 and continues to be one of the freshest faces in country-crossover music.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Few country stars have reached the heights of the Texas native known for hits including “All the Gold in California” and “Houston.”

JULY 19

Lemony Snicket’s “The Composer is Dead,” Houston Symphony Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

JULY 20

Gary P. Nunn and Bob Livingston Heights Theater

The inventive whodunit murder mystery takes place in an orchestra, and is designed to help introduce children to instruments.

They’d helped kick start Texas’ outlaw country music movement in the 1970s playing with the Lost Gonzo Band, and various solo projects.

JULY 19

JULY 20-22

Toyota Center

Joke Joint Comedy Showcase

G-Dragon The South Korean rapper, singer-songwriter, record producer and fashion sensation has written 22 number one songs.

Joe List

He was a semifinalist on “Last Comic Standing,” and co-hosts a weekly podcast called “Tuesdays with Stories” on Sirius.

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JULY 22

JULY 26

Toyota Center

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Shawn Mendes

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Max Vadukul

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the 18-year-old heartthrob has a groove all his own. He burst onto the scene with a series of big pop songs such as “Life of the Party,” “Stitches” and “Treat You Better.” The New York Times says, “His soft, sometimes soulful pop-rock plays primarily to tweens and teenagers, but has also found traction on adult contemporary radio stations.” JULY 21

JULY 22 & SEPTEMBER 29

JULY 27

JULY 22

White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The Red Dirt band from Oklahoma merges folk, country, bluegrass, Cajun, and straight-out rock dynamics into a gritty blend of music.

Guitar Player says Nick Diaz is “a chameleon who negotiates … with passion and purpose,” playing Americana, electro pop, and bluesy rock.

A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, he’s penned big hits for artists including George Strait, and works as a solo artist too.

ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons says the Austin rock guitarist is “…pretty much my hero.’’ High praise indeed for the talented musician with a bluesy bent.

JULY 21

JULY 22

JULY 27

House of Blues

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Hank Williams, Jr.

With authentic instruments and costumes, the Houston lads play from of catalog of mop top Beatle hits in an “anthology” show.

He won season five of “America’s Got Talent” singing a memorable rendition of “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

The rock guitarist founded Royal Southern Brotherhood along with Cyril Neville and Devon Allman, and is now a searing solo act.

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

JULY 21

JULY 23

JULY 27

Heights Theater

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Charley Crockett

“If Nick Drake and Sandy Denny had had a kid, she may have grown up to be Joan Shelley,” says Rolling Stone about the Kentucky folkie.

From 1978-2004 he had 32 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts with songs such as “Back Side of Thirty.”

The Grammy winner just released a new album produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell).

Heights Theater

JULY 22

JULY 23

JULY 27-29

The Dallas Observer handed a “Best Blues Act” nod to the man who’s shared stages with Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Ely and Turnpike Troubadours.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Heights Theater

Clute

JULY 28

The debonair Burnet native was once a contestant on “The Bachelor.” He’s also a singer specializing in Texas Country music.

With power pop songwriting, a throwback vibe and guitar-driven jangle rhythms, the album Girlfriend in the early 1990s kick started his career.

Food, fun and unique outdoor recreation; Top Events USA named the festival among their top 20 in and around the Houston area.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Turnpike Troubadours

The Fab 5*

Joan Shelley

Luke Pell

Buenos Diaz

Michael Grimm

John Conlee

Matthew Sweet

JULY 22-23

Bridal Extravaganza

The Staehely Brothers

Getting married? Here’s a how-to, where-to and everything else couples need to do to have the best wedding in Texas.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

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Dean Dillon

Mike Zito & The Wheel

Bonnie Bishop

The Great Texas Mosquito Festival

JULY 27-30 JULY 25

George R. Brown Convention Center

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called “the streisand of her generation” by The Denver Post, the Broadway actress (Rent, Wicked) has captivated audiences at sold-out shows around the world with her irresistible charm, wit and vocal prowess. Her current tour is a special journey of songs from her award-winning catalog, as well as other classic pop and musical theater favorites.

Members of the classic band, Spirit, host two shows on the same night; a cool collection of acoustic numbers, Marty Balin, Keith Moon and Bobbie Gentry.

Tony Rock Improv

He’s a talented stand up comic who has appeared in movies, and on TV in his brother’s series, “Everybody Hates Chris.”

Hadden Sayers

JULY 28

Are you ready for some … country? It’s a family tradition like none other when ol’ Bocephus comes to Texas. JULY 28

Bruce Robinson A talented solo artist, he’s written gems including “Travelin’ Soldier” (Dixie Chicks) and “Angry All the Time” (Time McGraw and Faith Hill). JULY 28

Riders in the Sky* Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The authentic cowpoke band sings the songs of the west better than any other. This tour features a salute the King of the Cowboys, Roy Rogers.


august AUGUST 4

Toyota Center

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James Taylor and His All Star Band, Bonnie Raitt

Toyota Center

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AUGUST 1

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he’s touched millions with his songs and distinctive guitar playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired. From exploding onto the scene with Sweet Baby James in 1970 to Grammy awards, and induction into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, few artists have enjoyed success quite like this music star.”

the All the Hits Tour brings together two of music’s biggest selling artists of all time. With over 320 million combined albums sold, their mega-hits include “Endless Love,” “Lady,” “Truly,” “All Night Long,” “Penny Lover,” “Stuck On You,” “Hello,” “Say You, Say Me,” “Dancing on the Ceiling,” and one of most important pop songs in history, “We Are The World,” plus “Love Takes Time,” “Hero” and One Sweet Day.”

AUGUST 1 - SEPTEMBER 4

AUGUST 3-6

AUGUST 4

AUGUST 5

Various Locations

Prospect Park

Warehouse Live

Sam Houston Race Park

The largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank is planned so that participating restaurants can donate 100 percent of funds that are raised.

The three-day gathering of African American fraternities and sororities attracts thousands to enjoy great food, music and the annual stepping competitions.

Formed in 2015 by Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley, they’ve have garnered much attention and are now on tour.

Catch a day of music with Ryan Bingham, Vintage Trouble, Anderson East, Jon Wolfe, Cody Chesnutt, Stevie Starlight and Polaroid Summer.

AUGUST 2

AUGUST 4

Houston Restaurant Weeks

Texas Greek Picnic*

Crystal Garden

Beyond the Piney Woods Festival

AUGUST 4

Cody Canada with Mike McClure

Uncle Lucius

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The man behind popular groups Cross Canadian Ragweed and The Departed is joined by the ex-Great Divide member for an evening of music.

Based in Austin, their roots-rock, pop and soulful mix laces with country flavors winning them a nice fan base in their home state.

Mary Black*

A Better Yesterday

Contemporary Art Museum of Houston

After years as a dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad, now she’s billing this as her final tour.

Artists Jack Early, JooYoung Choi and Lily van der Stokker remake aspects of their pasts through personal histories and stories, remade as ambiguously fictional situations.

AUGUST 3

AUGUST 4

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Heights Theater

Over the years, the Texas guitarists have powered groups including Crying Shames and the Lost Gonzo Band. This show will be recorded for TV and a live album.

The Texas A&M grad has performed his Red Dirt music all over his home estate, and around the world as well.

MATCH

Bert Wills and John Imon

Roger Creager

AUGUST 4 AUGUST 3-5

Slade Hamm Joint Joke Comedy Showcase

He’s a regular on the “Bob & Tom Show,” co-host of “The Outlaw Dave Show,” and host of the popular “Whiskey Brothers” Podcast.

AUGUST 5

Arena Theatre

Shake Russel and Michael Hearne

The Coal Miner’s Daughter is a bona fide country music institution, known for “I’m a Honky Tonk Girl” and “The Pill” and more.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The Texas Country duo blends an interesting mix of music that combines elements of folk, pop and more.

AUGUST 4 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3

AUGUST 3

Loretta Lynn

Annie Moses Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The classical crossover band features six siblings who are recognized for dazzling playing, diverse vocals and assorted arrangements.

Alphaville

AUGUST 5

Revention Music Center

Chad Calek

The German synth pop/new wave band hit the scene in in the 1980s and scored with songs such as “Big in Japan,” Forever Young” and “Dance With Me.”

House of Blues

AUGUST 4

AUGUST 5

Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, Judah & the Lion

He’s the award-winning director of American Ghost Hunter and A Blood Red Sky, as well as the forthcoming documentary, Sir No Face.

Moe Bandy Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The band released “Drive,” its highest charting single, in 1999. The California alt-rockers have to recorded and toured ever since.

Whether he’s alone, or singing with Joe Stampley, the country artist brings a distinctive voice to performances. AUGUST 5

Monte Montgomery*

AUGUST 5

311

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Revention Music Center

Since forming in the late 1980s, the alt-rockers have developed into a top-notch band behind a series of hits (“Amber,” “Love Song”).

Guitar Player ranks him among the magazine’s all time 50 players, a six-string virtuoso with jaw dropping technique.

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AUGUST 5

AUGUST 6

Toyota Center

John Mayer

after wildly successful and sold out-tours throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Latin and North America, the Hall of Fame rockers will debut a brand new show specially designed and created for this outing, bringing fans all their favorites such as “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions” and more.

his grammy-winning songs include “Your Body Is A Wonderland” and “Waiting On The World to Change.” Lately he’s been working with the Grateful Dead, plus solo projects. The second wave of music from his The Search for Everything album includes emerging hits “Still Feel Like Your Man,” “Emoji of a Wave,” “Helpless,” and “Roll it on Home.”

AUGUST 6

AUGUST 10

AUGUST 11

AUGUST 12

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Jones Hall

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

Named in honor of a southern creek, the folk group has toured with popular bands including The New Pornographers.

Born in Mexico City to successful show business parents, he’s grown into one of the world’s bestselling Latin artists.

The talented hometown music hero has become an integral cog in the Texas Country movement. AUGUST 10-12

The fast-talking Alabama trailer parker took Off-Broadway by storm with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts and audience participation.

AUGUST 6

AUGUST 10

Improv

AUGUST 12

Heights Theater

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The Austin-based, barrelhouse piano player is a load of fun with her top-notch mixture of soulful grooves, rock, and rhythm and blues.

He had 15 number-one hits during the 1970s and 1980s including “I Loved Them Every One, “Slow Burn” and “Last Cheaters Waltz.”

Known as “the machine,” the stand up comic was once featured in Rolling Stone as “top partier” and the top party school (FSU).

House of Blues

AUGUST 8

AUGUST 10

Jones Hall

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

After a sensational sold-out 2016 summer tour, Lifetime’s hit series returns with Miss D and her Dancing Dolls.

The feisty fiddler is accompanied by a weaving guitar and a healthy dose of drum swagger to shake the doldrums out of traditional Irish rock.

Waxahatchee

Marcia Ball

Bring It Live!

Christian Castro

T.G. Sheppard

Kristin Coyle and the Black Swans

AUGUST 8

Bryson Tiller

AUGUST 10

NRG Arena

Edwin McCain

The singer, songwriter and rap artist has made quite a buzz with his music, winning an armful of 2016 BET Awards.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Singer/songwriter and musician, his “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More” were Top-40 radio hits.

AUGUST 9

Straight No Chaser, Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox* Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The popular a cappella group is on tour with the revolving cooperative of performers that specializes in playing contemporary music in period styles. *Editor’s Choice 40

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Queen + Adam Lambert

Cynthia Woods Mitchell (The Woodlands)

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AUGUST 10

Los Chicos de 512: A Tribute to Selena Miller Outdoor Theatre

It’s been tabbed one of the top Selena tribute production around, with singing, dancing and note-for-note reproductions of favorites songs.

Hayes Carll

Bert Kreischer

Dixie’s Tupperware Party

Johnny Orlando

AUGUST 11-12

The freestyle and dance-pop singer released his debut single, “Fantasy Girl,” in 2010 as well as eight albums between 2010-17.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

AUGUST 12

Their concerts have been described as “a cross between CCR and the Clash.” It’s All-American music at its finest.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The Blasters*

Livingston Taylor

AUGUST 12

James, Hugh, Alex and Kate’s brother is also an outstanding musician, who has written and played his distinctive brand of folk for years.

Heights Theater

AUGUST 12, 26

Sean McConnell, Drew Kennedy He started writing and recording his own music at age 15. Nowadays he boasts a strong grassroots following, and is prime for mainstream success.

Family Comedy & Magic Show Improv

AUGUST 12

Ted Schwank leads these afternoon shows for kids with a high-energy blend of showmanship, stage presence, versatility and audience participation.

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

AUGUST 15

The six-piece, Texas Country group from Austin play regularly in storied dance halls such as Gruene Hall and Luckenbach.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Mike and the Moonpies

Lionel Cartwright In 1991 his “Leap of Faith” was a number one hit. He scored with others including “Give Me His Last Chance” and “I Watched It All (On My Radio).”


august AUGUST 15-20

Toyota Center

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Ed Sheeran

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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AUGUST 19

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having quickly established himself as one of the world’s biggest musical artists with over 22 million albums sold, the young singer-guitarist is off on a sizzling tour in support of a new album. “÷.” (Pronounced “divide’) has already achieved historic levels of steaming success including the best-ever one-day streams for a single artist. AUGUST 16

AUGUST 17-20

Improv

Improv

The annual event features comedians from one of H-Town’s largest and more talented companies: Balfour Beatty Construction.

Logging over 100,000 miles a year, the comic’s a busy guy, starring in “Comedy Central Presents” and two seasons of “Gabriel Iglesias’ Stand-Up Revolution.”

Scott + Reid Night of Comedy

Ian Bagg

AUGUST 17

The Australian Pink Floyd Show Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)

The all-new show, dubbed “The Best Side of the Moon,” mixes the Hall of Fame English band’s music with lights, effects and more. AUGUST 17

Chris Knight

AUGUST 18

AUGUST 17

Boyfriend

AUGUST 17

Frankie Ballard

Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The most comprehensive exhibit of modern Mexican art displayed in the U.S. in over 70 years presents masterpieces by Kahlo, Rivera, Tamayo and others. AUGUST 19

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

It’s old-school rock when these bands take the stage playing hits including “Smoke On the Water,” “School’s Out,” “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride.”

Along with Poco and the Eagles, they ignited country rock with “Amie,” “Let Me Love You Tonight” and “I’m Almost Ready.”

Pure Prairie League

AUGUST 19

World of Dance Revention Music Center

Direct from the TV screen, the pop celebration of urban dance and music culture takes center-stage for an H-Town, throw-down. AUGUST 19 - NOVEMBER 26

Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heape Contemporary Art Museum of Houston

The artist’s diminutive works are composed through laborious additive processes that push the medium beyond spectacle and into dialogues about endurance, labor, and feminist thought.

AUGUST 19 AUGUST 18

Tony Ramey McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Down-to-earth and honest, he’s a Texas CMA Independent Artist of the Year and multi-gold and platinum award winning songwriter.

Los Lonely Boys

AUGUST 20

House of Blues

Greg Howe

Their special brand of Texican rock and roll has driven San Angelo’s Garza brothers into the limelight with Grammy-winning hits songs.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

A session guitarist, he’s also been active touring for 30 years working alongside Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and more.

AUGUST 19

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

The hot boy band has released three Korean and four Japanese singles, as well as a fulllength album and four mini albums.

THROUGH OCTOBER 1

Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Edgar Winter

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Confederate Railroad, John Anderson and others have covered his songs, plus he performs his our brand of country music as a solo act.

a former secret service agent turned bodyguard is hired to protect a music superstar. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller with a host of classics including “Queen of the Night,” “So Emotional,” “Saving All My Love,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and “I Will Always Love You.” Based on the movie, the musical stars Deborah Cox.

AUGUST 18

J Cole

Toyota Center

The rapper scored a Grammy nomination in 2014, and maintains a great solo career while producing other artists including Janet Jackson.

Foreigner, Cheap Trick, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

AUGUST 20

Seether

House of Blues

From “Urgent” and “Hot Blooded” to “Cold As Ice” and “Feels Like The First Time,” the English classic rock band just keeps on truckin’.

The South African grunge band has scored with a number of big rock hits including “Remedy,” “Fake It” and “Country Song.”

AUGUST 19

AUGUST 22

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Toyota Center

House of Blues

A former college baseball player, he replaced his glove with a guitar and a red hot solo career that’s delivered two solid country albums.

AUGUST 18

Avett Brothers Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Rescheduled from March, the band plays songs from their new album, “True Sadness,” which has topped the rock charts since its release.

Betty Who An Australian singer-songwriter and musician currently based in New York, she brings a load of power pop to the stage.

Linkin Park In 2003 MTV crowned them the sixth-greatest band of the music video era and the third-best of the new millennium. *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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AUGUST 19-23

AUGUST 25

NRG Stadium

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Houston World Series of Dog Shows

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they’re furry, four-legged and man’s best friend. Whether it’s Fido, Fifi or Fred, this is where dog lovers come together each year. From and exhibitions, to sensational relay races, conformation judging, informational seminars, fascinating displays and more, it’s everything to do with dogs and all of the people who cherish them dearly.

AUGUST 22

AUGUST 25

AUGUST 26

AUGUST 27

NRG Arena

Revention Music Center

Warehouse Live

Alley Theatre, Hobby Center, Wortham Theater Center

Jesus Culture, Lauren Daigle, Bethel Music, Chad Veach and special guest Martin Smith share the stage in songs of praise.

What began as an internet sensation has resulted in five amazing albums, each reaching number one on the Billboard Classical Albums chart.

The teenage pop rapper has quickly become an Internet star with more than 5 billion video views over 27 million followers.

Backstage tours, live performances and sneak previews of local performing arts organizations offer free looks behind the scenes each summer.

Outery Tour Summer 2017

The Piano Guys

AUGUST 23

Yestival

Mary J. Blige

The English prog-rockers Yes play the hits, and welcome guests Todd Rundgren and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy.

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

AUGUST 23

The iconic singer sold over 50 million albums and 25 million singles worldwide, gathering nine Grammys (plus 32 nominations) in the process.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

OPEN YEAR ROUND

Identical twins Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark were raised in the piney woods of East Texas, and play a fiery brand of bluegrass.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

AUGUST 24

Michael Franti and Spearhead White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

He’s a rapper, spoken-word artist, poet and singer/songwriter prolifically rolled into one, blending funk, reggae, soul and rock. AUGUST 24

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band* Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

From “If I Had A Boat” to “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas),” “She’s No Lady” and more, the long, tall Texan is convention-defying fun.

Bayou Bend Collection and Garden The house is on 14 acres of gardens in the River Oaks neighborhood, showcasing among the finest collections of American furnishings, silver, ceramics and paintings in the world. AUGUST 25

Asleep at the Wheel* Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Ray Benson and his Grammy-winning collective zoom through everything from Texas swing to heartfelt country ballads. AUGUST 25-26

JB Smoove Improv

He started on “Def Comedy Jam,” but is best known for his recurring role as Leon on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

MattyB, The Haschak Sisters

Theater District Day*

AUGUST 26 AUGUST 25

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The Purple Hulls

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they’ve sold out an icnredible six previous world concert tours. Now the record-breaking English band brings their magical, much-lauded Head Full of Dreams Tour to Texas for a grand evening of music and glitzy showmanship. featuring front man Chris Martin, guitarist Jonny Buckland, multiinstrumentalist/drummer Will Champion and bassist Guy Berryman.

Carolyn Wonderland

AUGUST 28

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

City and Colour

A Houston native, she plays a variety of instruments including slide guitar, mandolin and piano, all of which add edge to her rock ‘n blues grooves.

House of Blues

AUGUST 26

AUGUST 31

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

He writes songs “in his sleep,” according to press reports on the talented folk artist who plays a later show after the Texas blues due.

Plug into an electro-indie folk collaboration between Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and electronic producer Nick Sanborn.

AUGUST 27

AUGUST 31

He began by releasing music on the web. Nowadays, Canadian Dallas Green plays a serious mix of melodic folk songs.

Mike Stinson, The Peterson Brothers Sylvan Esso

Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Young Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The talented trio is among the biggest names in country with mega hits such as “Need You Now,” “Just a Kiss,” “Bartender” and many more. AUGUST 27

Lost 80s Live Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Some of the biggest bands of the 1980s play their MTV era hits including Wang Chung, Cutting Crew, Berlin and Naked Eyes.

Emmanuel y Mijares Toyota Center

Together or separate, both artists give their unique touch to their presentations, becoming the favorite duet in Mexico – an energetic night of Latin pop music.


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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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The Best of John Williams, Houston Symphony

Smart Financial CEntre (Sugar Land)

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as with sousa, Copland and Bernstein before him, his name is just as easy to recall. From Star Wars to Jurassic Park, his magnificent scores are unparalleled in their ability to emotionally connect with listeners and tell a memorable story with music. With over 40 Oscar nominations (five wins) plus Emmys (two), Golden Globes (three), Grammys (18) to his credit, Williams is our reigning great American composer.

from early barn burners such as “Francene” and “Just Got Paid,” to “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man” and many more, the little ol’ band from Texas still knows how to scorch a concert hall. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers keep on rolling as they bring The Tonnage Tour to town, following the release of their new live greatest-hits album last fall.

SEPTEMBER 1

SEPTEMBER 2

SEPTEMBER 7

SEPTEMBER 8

Heights Theater

Arena Theatre

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The multi Grammy winner is at the top of his game after years of working as one of America’s best-loved, roots-rock musicians.

It’s a grand, all-new night of comedy featuring spontaneous talk about motherhood, marriage and other issues that many Mexican women live.

The Grammy-nominated performer has developed a pack of devoted fans while opening for Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam and others.

The singer/songwriter made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 2016, the same year she appeared on TV’s “The Voice.”

SEPTEMBER 7

SEPTEMBER 8

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Toyota Center

Since forming in the 1970s they’ve been at the forefront of smooth jazz, deftly blending funk, pop and soulful grooves.

The Latin urban act brings his impressive El Ganador Tour to the stage, singing “El Perdón,” “Hasta el Amanecer” and more.

SEPTEMBER 7

SEPTEMBER 8

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Heights Theater

“Name,” “Naked and “Slide” are all signature songs for guitarist/vocalist John Rzeznik and the Buffalo, New York rockers.

The former Men at Work singer is beloved for his intimate, confessional live shows and gems such as “I Just Don’t Think I’ll Even Get Over You.”

THROUGH OCTOBER 8

SEPTEMBER 8-17

Delbert McClinton

La India Yuridia, El Gordo, El Otro

SEPTEMBER 1-3

BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival

SEPTEMBER 2-3

Moody Gardens (Galveston)

Capathia Jenkins

USA Today rated it the number five best festival in America. Sample the best craft beers in Texas and beyond at the annual event.

Jones Hall

The actress/singer is best known for her memorable work on Broadway in productions such as “Newsies” and “Fame Becomes Me.”

SEPTEMBER 1-3

Ella at 100, Houston Symphony* Jones Hall

It’s a program to celebrate one of the world’s all-time favorite artists, Ella Fitzgerald with vocal powerhouses: Montego Glover, Capathia Jenkins and N’Kenge.

SEPTEMBER 3

The Stars at Night, Houston Pride Band Wortham Theater Center

SEPTEMBER 2

The concert is in conjunction with the annual conference of the Lesbian and Gay Bands of America, and features musicians from all over the country.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

SEPTEMBER 4

Whitey Johnson, Brandy Zdan The rediscovered Texas blues man found his latest groove and is currently performing his music to a worldwide audience. SEPTEMBER 2

Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy’s Backyard BBQ

Lifehouse, Switchfoot House of Blues

“You and Me,” “First Time” and “Whatever It Takes” were all Top-40 radio hits for the California alt-rock ensemble. SEPTEMBER 6

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Lake Street Drive

It’s redneck fun with two of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour’s best characters, plus music with Eddie Money and The Marshall Tucker Band.

House of Blues

The group’s pop instincts blend with exploratory version of jazzy, pop rock, full of hooks and soulful RNB flavors.

Sturgill Simpson

Spyro Gyra

Goo Goo Dolls, Phillip Phillips

Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State Houston Museum of Natural Science

The exhibition traces more than 400 years of Texas history – from an unnamed frontier in the New World, to a small outpost of New Spain, to the huge, bustling state that leads the nation..

Mary Sarah

Nicky Jam and Plan B

Colin Hay*

Poetry in Motion, Houston Ballet Wortham Theater Center

A new season begins with George Balanchine’s Symphony in C; Christopher Wheeldon’s Carousel (A Dance); and the Ballet’s premiere of Stanton Welch’s Powder. SEPTEMBER 9

SEPTEMBER 8

Eric Church*

Opening Night with Susan Graham, Houston Symphony

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Jones Hall

“Talladega,” “Give Me Back My Hometown,” “Like a Wrecking Ball” and “The Only Way I Know” have all been bit radio hits for the country superstar.

The renowned opera star lends her lustrous voice to open the 2017-18 season performing arias from her signature stage roles and favorite show tunes. *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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SEPTEMBER 9

SEPTEMBER 21

Toyota Center

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Janet Jackson

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

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with six grammys, a pair of Emmys, a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination, along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards the international star is at the pinnacle of her career. An author/ dancer/philanthropist, she is sought after by fans, lauded by critics and among the biggest-selling artists in popular music history.

SEPTEMBER 9

SEPTEMBER 14

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

His “American Pie” was an anthem for a generation of fans, and transformed the singer/ guitarist into a folk-rock icon.

His personal songs delve deeply, intelligently and intimately, while remaining chock full of passion and electricity.

SEPTEMBER 9, 23

SEPTEMBER 14-17

Don McLean

Family Comedy & Magic Show

Stephen Kellogg, Tony Furtado

Mahler & Dvorák, Houston Symphony

jeff layne, front man in Electric Light Orchestra and an esteemed member of The Traveling Wilburys, produced the Canadian rock star’s latest album. Along with cuts from the new release (Get Up), the only concert scheduled for Texas will likely include songs from the guitarist’s vast collection of hits such as “Summer of 69”, “Heaven”, “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)”, “Cuts Like A Knife,” “Please Forgive Me” and more. SEPTEMBER 15

The Instrument of Kings, Bach Society Houston Christ the King Lutheran Church

Bruce Dickey, one of the world’s finest cornettists, performs works of Palestrina, Gabrieli, Frescobaldi and more, accompanied by organist Liuwe Tamminga.

SEPTEMBER 18

Little River Band Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Formed in Australia in 1975, the easy listening band found huge success in the U.S. with songs such as “Reminiscing” and “Cool Change.” SEPTEMBER 19

SEPTEMBER 16

Jones Hall

Jay Mohr*

Dover Quartet, Chamber Music Houston

House of Blues

Stude Concert Hall, Rice University

SEPTEMBER 11

Te Deum evokes a rustic spirituality with an electrifying ending. Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 conjures a world of innocence and wonder, especially in its vocal finale.

A terrific stand up comedian, he’s also played a slew of memorable characters in movies including backstabber Bob Sugar in Jerry Maguire.

This young ensemble became a world sensation after sweeping the Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of music’s most sought-after chamber groups.

Warehouse LIve

SEPTEMBER 15

SEPTEMBER 16-17

Since 1983 the sometimes trio/quartet has specializes in grunge, providing inspiration for some of the genre’s biggest names.

House of Blues

The 1894 Grand Opera House

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

With 40 number one hits, six Grammys and a dozen CMA awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, he’s a legend.

House of Blues

SEPTEMBER 12

Mixing blues, rock, soul and jazz into a single style, the Grammy-winning musician is among the top guitarist of his generation.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

SEPTEMBER 15

Multi-platinum quintet is back on tour again, a summertime tradition for the Grammy-nominated boy band.

SEPTEMBER 16-17

Thousands of Helping Hands

SEPTEMBER 21

Jones Hall

The internationally acclaimed dance company launches the new season, bringing the landscape of the American Southwest to life with a signature illusionistic style.

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

It’s an evening of enchanting performances by the renowned China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe and Tzu Chi volunteers.

He’s fronted bands including The Spencer Davis Group (“Gimme Some Lovin’”), Blind Faith and Traffic, plus enjoyed a solid solo career.

SEPTEMBER 15

SEPTEMBER 17

SEPTEMBER 21 - OCTOBER 1

Arena THeatre

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Wortham Theater Center

The Mexican actress, singer and fashion model is a force to be reckoned, and the reigning “Queen of Latin Pop.”

The Brooklyn pop singer packs crisp, delicate vocals with soaring melodies, and glistening production in rich, ethereal fashion.

Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s last full-length ballet requires dancers to fully embody intense characters through dramatic acting and dancing.

Improv

Ted Schwank’s shows are perfect for kids as he blends showmanship, versatility and audience participation.

The Melvins

OneRepublic

SEPTEMBER 12

Future Islands White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The synth pop band from Baltimore has gained a significant following playing the big festivals including Bonnaroo and Coachella.

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Jonny Lang

MOMIX, Opus-Cactus, SPA

Paulina Rubio

Ronnie Milsap

Vérité

SEPTEMBER 19

The New Orleans-based band plays a thick gumbo of blues, jazz, soul and funk all wrapped in a unique Crescent City groove.

Steve Winwood*

Mayerling, Houston Ballet*


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SEPTEMBER23

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

TAJMO: Taj Majal and Keb’ Mo’

CALENDAR House of Blues

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Luke Bryan

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from acma and cma awards (Entertainer of the Year), he’s been awarded nearly every accolade available. He’s also notched 14 number one hits during his country music career including “Drunk on You”, “Crash My Party”, “That’s My Kind of Night”, “Drink a Beer”, “Play It Again”, “Roller Coaster” and “Kick the Dust Up.” What’s next for the country superstar?

it’s the third-longest running broadway show of all time, collecting more than 70 major awards in the process. The perfect marriage of art and entertainment returns to Houston with its unforgettable characters and beautifully crafted score featuring six indigenous African languages sung and spoken throughout the show. Join the “circle of life” in this outstanding production for the ages.

SEPTENBER 21

SEPTEMBER 22

SEPTEMBER 22

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

House of Blues

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

A masterful songwriter, one ardent critic said he was “Johnny Cash, Jim Harrison and Charles Bukowski rolled into one.”

The band became a major player on the punk scene and later provided inspiration for contemporary groups such as Blink 182 and Green Day.

Specializing in hot jazz and western swing, the trio is pure Texas, formed in 1997 and has a unique set of musical chops.

Tom Russell

Descendants

SEPTEMBER 21

Tedeschi Trucks Band

SEPTEMBER 22-24 SEPTEMBER 22

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Sweet Philomela, ARS Lyrics

The husband-wife guitar-slinging duo is among the hottest blues musicians in rock, backed by a team of crack players.

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

SEPTEMBER 21

Opening night features exotic works inspired by the mythical princess of Athens whose transformation into a nightingale has fascinated for centuries.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

SEPTEMBER 22

The California ska punk band has weathered the storms of personnel changes, morphed, merged and ultimately emerged as one of the genre’s best.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Sublime with Rome, The Offspring

The Hot Club of Cowtown

Hamilton Loomis

Andrés Conducts Schumann, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Two romantic masterpieces frame an exciting premiere from composer-in-residence Jimmy López who unveils his Violin Concerto.

SEPTEMBER 22

SEPTEMBER 23

The Mexican band achieved international acclaim in the 1980s and 1990s with a progressive sound and post-punk demeanor.

SEPTEMBER 22

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull

SEPTEMBER 22

Toyota Center

ODC/Dance, The Velveteen Rabbit

They’re back -- two of music’s most captivating live performers reunite for a co-headlining show, joined by CNCO.

Wortham Theater Center

The San Francisco dance company brings a Bay Area tradition to Houston to share the classic tale filled with wit, elaborate costumes and madcap characters to charm.

SEPTEMBER 24

B Minor Mass, Bach Society Houston Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

SEPTEMBER 24

House of Blues

Arena Theatre

Vassily Sinaisky makes his Houston debut with a thrilling, all-Russian program: Shostakovich’s irreverent wit is a perfect foil for Tchaikovsky’s dreamy melodies.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Larry Carlton*

SEPTEMBER 21

Caifanes

Jones Hall

SEPTEMBER 23

Guitar Player says, “If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find him in the center of it.”

He’s a heck of a pianist, known as much for his collaborations (Meters, Nevilles) as his solo magic (“Right Place Wrong Time,” “Such a Night”).

Russian Masters, Houston Symphony

With five soloists, trumpet fanfares, sweet flute melodies, and virtuosic string writing, this is one of the masterpieces that defined western music.

His searing guitar solo drove the “Hill Street Blues Theme,” and work with artists, ranging from Michael Franks to Joni Mitchell, remains classic.

Dr. John*

SEPTEMBER 20 - OCT 1

Against Me!

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Spin Magazine named the energetic punk veterans with a distinctive folk rock edge “One of the 25 greatest live bands.”

The Comedy Get Down

SEPTEMBER 24-25

The lineup of comedy royalty features Cedric “The Entertainer,” Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and more.

Joke Joint Comedy Showcase

Café Tacuba

SEPTEMBER 23

Named after an historic Mexico City coffee shop, the band has been together for years playing a blend of Latin alt rock.

Dosey Doe Big Barn

SEPTEMBER 26

Rev up your taste buds for the second annual event featuring a delicious variety of the best cuisine on four wheels.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Food Truck Festival

Lilly Hiatt

She may be her famous father’s daughter, however the Nashville folk/country musician brings her own fresh voice to the stage. *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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SEPTEMBER 24

Jones Hall

Garrison Keillor

the band’s 1980s albums (“Black Celebration,” “Music For the Masses”) helped establish them as a dominant force on the mainstream electronic music scene. Their new Global Spirit Tour is in support of the group’s 14th studio album, “Spirit,” featuring the powerful single, “Where’s The Revolution.” Lauded as a strong “return to form,” Q Magazine calls it their “most energized album in years.”

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Depeche Mode

SEPTEMBER 25

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

author, performer and National Public Radio veteran returns to Houston for the first time after stepping down from hosting “A Prairie Home Companion” following an incredible 42-season run. With his trademark storytelling and candid, observational comedy intact, the great American humorist captivates audiences using a unique blend of wit, charisma and wisdom and, of course, gentle bits of his distinctive music.

SEPTEMBER 27

SEPTEMBER 29

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Revention Music Center

The Grammy Award-winning powerhouse and rap superstar team up to co-headline a North America tour for the ages.

The Oklahoma City group is known for their lush, multi-layered alternative rock arrangements while winning multiple Grammys.

SEPTEMBER 28

SEPTEMBER 29

Donizetti’s comedic opera was first performed in Paris in 1840. Since then it’s been performed around the world and remains among opera lovers’ favorites.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

SEPTEMBER 30

His song “Looking For Love” was a catalyst in America’s Urban Cowboy movement that jumpstarted in Houston.

Founded by Kurt Vile and Adam Granduciel, the indie band specializes in neo psychedelic and an interesting style of heartland rock.

Kempner Park (Galveston)

SEPTEMBER 28

SEPTEMBER 29

Pat Byrne, Rebecca Loebe

Paramore

Travel back in time to the Island’s earliest days, highlighting Galveston’s immigrant communities with music, food and entertainment.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

SEPTEMBER 30

Now on his first U.S. tour, he won the “The Voice of Ireland” in 2012; she appeared on NBC’s “The Voice” in 2011.

The Grammy-winning, power-pop ensemble from Tennessee is on tour, celebrating the release of their acclaimed fifth studio album.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

SEPTEMBER 28

SEPTEMBER 29-30

Their sunny pop hit, “Let Your Love Flow,” remains and anthem of good times and fun memories.

Saengerfest Park (Galveston)

SEPTEMBER 30

Ms. Lauryn Hill, NAS

Johnny Lee

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Wortham Theater Center

Recognized as “one of the world’s highest-visibility classical-music contests,” it remains committed to its original ideals of launching the careers of young pianists. SEPTEMBER 28

Natalia LaFourcade House of Blues

The diminutive Mexican singer/songwriter debuted in 2003, growing into among the most successful singers on the Latin pop rock scene. *Editor’s Choice 46

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The Flaming Lips

The War on Drugs

Shrimp Festival Celebrate and sample the most popular delicacies of the sea at this popular Texas festival on the Island. SEPTEMBER 29-30

Rodney Foster

SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 7

La Fille du Règiment, Opera in the Heights Lambert Hall

Heritage Festival

Bellamy Brothers

Young the Giant, Cold War Kids, Joywave White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

The band’s first trio of singles (“My Body,” “Apartment,” “Cough Syrup”) all reached the top five on the Alternative Songs charts.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

As half of Foster & Lloyd, he roamed the country charts. Nowadays, he’s a successful songwriter and solo artists.

SEPTEMBER 30

Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Bolstered by singer Rob Thomas searing vocals, the group has charted continuously. He also scored a trio of Grammys for co-writing and singing on Santana’s “Smooth.”

SEPTEMBER 30

JJ Grey & Mofro House of Blues

It’s a party when the band plays its brand of gritty funk, juke joint romps, contemplative soul and blistering rock. SEPTEMBER 30

Kansas

Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the album “Leftoverture,” the band relives glory years and songs such as “Carry On My Wayward Son.” SEPTEMBER 30

Oktoberfest Houston The Water Works

Put on your Lederhosen and Dirndls, and enjoy a variety of German beer and the best polka music in Texas. THROUGH OCTOBER 1

The Propeller Group Blaffer Art Museum (Univeristy of Houston)

This is the first U.S. exhibition for the artist collective based in Vietnam that share interest in globalized street culture and a background in filmmaking.


SPORTS & RECREATION Alex Bierens de Haan

2017 SEASON

Houston Astros Houston Rockets

All games at Minute Maid Park except where noted

June 30-July 2 vs. New York Yankees July 15-16 vs. Minnesota Twins July 17-19 vs. Seattle Mariners July 31-Aug 3 vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays Aug 4-6 vs. Toranto Blue Jays Aug 11-13 vs. Texas Rangers* Aug 16-17 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Aug 18-20 vs. Oakland A’s Aug 22-24 vs. Washington Nationals Aug 29-31 vs. Texas Rangers Sep 1-3 vs. New York Mets Sep 15-17 vs. Seattle Mariners Sep 19-21 vs. Chicago White Sox Sep 22-24 vs. Los Angeles Angels Sep 25-26 vs. Texas Rangers* * Globe Life Park (Arlington) Houstons.Astros.MLB.com

Rice Stadium Except Where Noted

vs. Houston Cougars* vs. FIU Golden Panthers

Harlem Globetrotters NRG Arena

*TDECU Stadium (Houston)

University of Houston Football TDECU Stadium Except Where Noted

Sep 2 Sep 16 Sep 23

vs. UTSA Roadrunners* vs. Rice Owls vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

*Alamodome (San Antonio)

Houston Dynamo

SEPTEMBER 2

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts World Championship

Blacklight Run Sam Houston Race Park

George R. Brown Convention Center SEPTEMBER 3-4

Towne Lake Triathlon

AUGUST 11-13

Hunter’s Extravaganza

Cypress

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JULY 20-22

JULY 8

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Rice University Football

The crowned princes of behind-the-back passes, dribbling and dunking bring their internationally renowned game to H-town.

vs. Montreal Impact vs. Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes vs. Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids vs. Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Minnesota United FC

HoustonDynamos.com

Houston Texans All games at NRG Stadium

Seabrook Bridge (Kemah)

Blue Cure Night Run Texas outdoorsmen gather to prepare for the season, entering contests, seeing attractions, meeting favorite hunting and sports celebrities and more.

JULY 10

WWE Raw Toyota Center

Sam Houston Race Park SEPTEMBER 24

Run Houston University of Houston

JUNE 20

AUGUST 12

Manchester United vs. Manchester City

Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer 5K

River Oaks Country Club

vs. New England Patriots + vs. Dallas Cowboys + vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

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Aug 19 Aug 31 Sep 10

Toughest 10K

SEPTEMBER 23

All home games played at BBVA

July 5 July 29 Aug 1 Aug 26 Sep 9 Sep 27 Sep 30

SEPTEMBER 17

+ Pre season game HoustonTexans.com

The famed Manchester Derby will take place outside of England for the first time when the clubs meet as part of the International Champions Cup.

Memorial Drive

AUGUST 19

Watermelon Run for the Fallen Hempstead AUGUST 19

Houston Young Lawyers Association 5K Fun Run Sam Houston Park (Downtown) 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

The Blue Fish 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.

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prepared food served in an “urban relaxed” atmosphere. Italian-born owner-chef Marco Wiles is the genius behind the unique, upscale menu.

The Capital Grille

1520 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.807.8857

This popular spot promises to ignite the culinary imagination with its impressive menu of acclaimed dry-aged steaks, the freshest of seafood and an award-winning wine list of more than 5,000 bottles. Be prepared to experience firsthand why the American Culinary Federation recently bestowed the brand with its Achievement of Excellence Award.

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Del Frisco’s Grille

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.

550 Texas St. (Downtown) 713.225.3474

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5365 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.623.4600

Located in the heart of Houston’s dining and social scene, this stylish venue provides a relaxed atmosphere perfect for meeting friends. The varied menu includes offerings ranging from designer burgers to hearty salads and signature steaks to chicken schnitzel and bourbon-apple chops, with gluten-free choices available.

5115 Westheimer Road (Galleria/Uptown) 713.963.8067

Brasserie 19

840 West Sam Houston Parkway (CityCentre) 713.463.5051

2800 Kirby Drive (River Oaks) 832.623.6168

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Coppa Osteria

Dolce Vita

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Antica Osteria Italian Restaurant 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.

5820 Washington Ave. (The Heights) 713.862.3474

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 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

Located in Rice Village, this sister restaurant of Coppa Ristorante features rustic Italian cuisine, including small plates, pastas and pizzas, designed by Executive Chef Brandi Key, who reinvents Italian classics using local ingredients. The stylish, airy space is the perfect spot to sip fine wine while enjoying an artisanal salumi and formaggio board.

2311 Bissonnet St. (West University) 713.521.1155

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5210 Morningside Drive (Rice Village) 713.522.3535

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Américas

Corner Table

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. 500 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.520.8222 dolcevitahouston.com

Down House

Houston’s first Paleo diet-inspired restaurant caters to diners’ busy lifestyles by providing quick, fresh fare by day and fine dining with table service by night. Chef Bruce Molzan says he envisions the Corner Table to be “a reliable source of high-quality ingredients and fresh products that deliver a flavorful dining experience.”

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 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.

2736 Virginia St. (Upper Kirby) 713.568.9196

1801 Yale St. (The Heights) 713.864.3696

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Executive Chef Lance Fegen’s concept of the perfect neighborhood restaurant includes superb food and a continually curated selection of interesting beers and wines, all presented in a casual, friendly atmosphere.

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

Benjy’s

519 Shepherd Drive (The Heights) 713.861.2233

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 21 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands 281.367.1492

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 5922 Washington Ave. (The Heights) 713.868.1131 benjys.com 48

3300 Smith St. (Fourth Ward) 713.522.9711

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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.

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

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


Federal 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!”

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.

chutneys and light, flavorful sauces.

218 Travis St. (Downtown) 713.225.8079

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.

510 Shepherd Drive (The Heights) 713.863.7777

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Houston’s Restaurant

Frank’s American 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. Located in River Oaks, the 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

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

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

2450 Louisiana St. (Midtown) 713.524.0004

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.

1611 Lamar St. (Downtown) 713.337.7321

3600 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.802.0533

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Kiran’s 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

Local Foods

Liberty Kitchen

2555 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.255.4440 2424 Dunstan Road (West University) 713.521.7800 houstonlocalfoods.com

Masraff’s

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. 1050 Studewood St. (The Heights) 713.622.1010 libertykitchenoysterbar.com

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

This premier contemporary American restaurant offers affordable elegance, attentive yet unobtrusive service and impeccably prepared, fresh cuisine prepared with quality ingredients and wine from around the world. 1753 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.355.1975 masraffs.com

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

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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 freshest local and international ingredients and an Omakase offering sure to pique the palate.

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2002 W. Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.526.4700

516 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.524.2170

Kata Robata Sushi and Grill

220 Main St. (Downtown) 832.667.4470

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.

Ibiza

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.

Hearsay Gastro Lounge

La Griglia

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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.

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4848 Kirby Grott Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.529.2385

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Grotto Ristorante

4100 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.960.8472

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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. 4224 San Felipe St. (Highland Village) 713.622.1010

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.

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1201 Fannin St. (Downtown) 713.658.8100

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.

1151 Uptown Park Blvd. (Uptown) 713.840.7900

Line and Lariat

791 Town & Country (CityCentre) 713.465.3685 mccormickandschmicks.com

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2800 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.522.2022 pondichericafe.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.

Punk’s Simple Southern Food For classic Southern dishes derived from deep family roots but featuring a simplistic 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.

4 Riverway (Galleria/Uptown) 713.871.8177

5212 Morningside Drive (Rice Village) 713.524.7865

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The Oceanaire Seafood Room

Quattro

This Houston favorite has been voted one of the best seafood restaurants in the country. Only top-of-the-catch fish from the world’s most reputable suppliers is served, and each dish is carefully crafted and perfectly plated. The menu is based on market availability, so selections change daily.

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.

5061 Westheimer Road (The Galleria) 832.487.8862

1300 Lamar St. (Downtown) 713.276.4700

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Oxheart

RA Sushi

Located in the historic Erie City Iron Works building in Houston’s historic Warehouse District, this restaurant was created by native Houstonians. Through his progressive perspective on regional product, Chef Justin Yu brings Texas’ best ingredients to the table.

A “RA”ckin’ vibe with fresh sushi, distinctive Japanese-inspired dishes and creative cocktails sets RA Sushi apart from a typical sushi joint. Founded in Arizona, the award-winning concept has 28 locations throughout the United States. Discover why it’s more fun at RA. 

1302 Nance St. (Downtown) 832.830.8592

3908 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.621.5800

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799 Town & Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 713.621.5800

Petite Sweets

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RDG + Bar Annie This next evolution of the legendary Café Annie has retained the best of the past in a dramatic, stunning new look for its spectacular building on Post Oak Boulevard. With vast windows and the addition of an outside terrace, RDG + Bar Annie offers private, semi-private and public dining spaces. 1800 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria) 713.840.1111

The menu features artisan macaroons, cake balls, mini cupcakes, cookies, whoopie pies, marshmallows, frozen custard and cones dipped in Belgian chocolate, all made in-house. Petite Sweets serves coffee, espresso, cappuccinos and more, all brewed around the clock.

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Ristorante Cavour

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. 4410 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.621.5452 842 W. Sam Houston Parkway (CityCentre) 713.464.5252 seasons52.com

Spindletop Restaurant 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 hyatt.com/gallery/spindletop

Tango and Malbec For an experience inspired by cuisine of Argentina and Uruguay, head to the Galleria Houston. Open seven days a week, Tango and Malbec offers traditional South American Parrilla style, which uses pecan and mesquite wood in preparation of perfectly grilled, juicy cuts of meat, including wagyu, tomahawk, dry-aged steaks and grass-fed cuts of meat from around the world. The restaurant also boasts the most extensive South American wine list in Houston. 2800 Sage Road (Galleria) 713.629.8646 tangomalbec.com

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.

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

Pondicheri

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818 Town & Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 281.822.1500

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1080 Uptown Park Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.418.1104

2409 W. Alabama St. (River Oaks) 713.526.2242

2700 West Alabama St. (Upper Kirby) 713.520.7007

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.

side seasonal house specialties with selections to indulge the most discriminating palate while our premier wine cellar features 600 vintages hand-selected from around the world.

Tony Mandola’s

Recognized as one of Houston’s Premier Italian Restaurants, Ristorante Cavour features authentic Northern Italian cuisine amid a beautiful setting. Savor traditional Italian favorites along-

Tony and Phyllis Mandola have been serving Houstonians since 1982. Rated one of the best seafood and Italian restaurants in Houston, Tony Mandola’s offers a savory mix of Italian and Cajun cuisine and is “dedicated to the preservation of the art of our mamas’ cooking.”

1212 Waugh Drive (River Oaks) 713.528.3474 tonymandolas.com

Triniti Restaurant and Bar The core menu, which changes seasonally, features what Hildebrand and Lowry call Third Coast French cuisine — regional fare, French techniques and a focus on the highest quality ingredients available. A supplemental eight-course chef’s menu changes weekly and offers guests the opportunity to enjoy creative expression by the kitchen. 2815 S. Shepherd Drive (Montrose) 713.527.9090 trinitirestaurant.com

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

Underbelly Weekly menus showcase the city’s diversity and trifecta of farming, ranching and fishing within an eclectic decor of local reclaimed materials. Inspired by off-the-beaten-path Houston restaurants, Chef Chris Shepherd seamlessly pairs seasonal produce with by-catch seafood and richly historical meats, including goat and grass-fed beef. His monthly Off-the-Wall dinner series features local chefs and benefits the Underbelly Scholarship at the Art Institute of Houston. 1100 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.528.9800 underbellyhouston.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

Vinoteca Poscol 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. 1609 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.529.2797 poscolhouston.com


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MUSEUMS

wonder and curiosity about health, medical science and the human body.

Art Car Museum

1515 Hermann Drive (Museum District) 713.521.1515

1601 NASA Parkway (Clear Lake) 281.244.2100

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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.

Heritage Society Museum

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Visitors can stroll among 10 historic structures built between 1823 and 1905 at this museum complex nestled in 10 acres of beautiful green parkland in the heart of downtown Houston. At its home at Sam Houston Park, the museum collects, preserves, exhibits and celebrates the diverse history of the Houston region.

Children’s Museum of Houston

1100 Bagby St. (Fourth Ward) 713.655.1912

140 Heights Blvd. (The Heights) 713.861.5526

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Holocaust Museum Houston

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 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

The Health Museum 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

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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. 5401 Caroline St. (Museum District) 713.942.8000 hmh.org

The Houston Museum of Natural Science 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.

PERFORMANCE VENUES Alley Theatre

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. 1001 Bissonnet St. (Museum District) 713.639.7300 mfah.org

Through historical research and education, this organization seeks to provide greater appreciation of Texas citizens who served their country in defense of liberty. Its members are recognized professionals who hold national standing for authentic restoration, and their efforts are displayed in historically accurate exhibits of military artifacts from all branches of service.

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Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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Space Center Houston

800 Bagby St. (Downtown) 713.315.2400

8611 Wallisville Road (Pleasantville) 713.673.1234

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Houston Grand Opera – Wortham Center

The Menil Collection

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615 Texas Ave. (Downtown) 713.220.5700

Located in the heart of downtown Houston, the center stands as the premier entertainment complex in the Houston Theater District. Two acoustically distinguished theaters, an impressive grand lobby and a contemporary American cuisine restaurant create a first-class setting.

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1533 Sul Ross St. (Montrose) 713.525.9400

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.

National United States Armed Forces Museum

5555 Hermann Park Drive (Museum District) 713.639.4629

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.

inspire and amaze as they tell the story of NASA’s manned space-flight program.

Here, visitors experience the amazing story of space exploration, from its dramatic history and exciting present to the compelling future. 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

Since its inception in 1955, the city’s leading opera house has grown from a small, regional performing company into an internationally renowned organization. HGO enjoys a reputation for commissioning and producing new works, including 47 world premieres and six American premieres since 1973. 500 Texas Ave. (Downtown) 832.487.7000 houstongrandopera.org houstonfirsttheatres.com/wortham-center

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Minute Maid Park

Downtown Aquarium Houston Symphony – Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts

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

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.

Houston Zoo

1510 Polk St. (Downtown) 713.758.7200 houstontoyotacenter.com

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. 501 Crawford St. (Downtown) 713.259.8000 houston.astros.mlb.com

NRG Stadium

615 Louisiana St. (Downtown) 832.487.7050 houstonsymphony.org houstonfirsttheaters.com/JonesHall

Miller Outdoor Theatre 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.

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. 6200 Hermann Park Drive (Museum District) 713.533.6500 houstonzoo.org

SPORTS BBVA Compass Stadium

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House of Blues

2200 Texas Avenue (EaDo, Warehouse District) 713.547.3000

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 (formerly Houston Pavilions) 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

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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/Uptown) 713.621.1500 iceatthegalleria.com

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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

TopGolf

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.

One NRG Park (Medical Center) 832.667.1400

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.

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

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. 12000 Almeda Road (Central Southwest) 713.413.3400 wildcatgolfclub.com

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 281.807.8700 shrp.com

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

All attractions are located in Houston unless otherwise noted.


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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

Highland Village Shopping Center 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. 4055 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.850.3100 shophighlandvillage.com

Houston Premium Outlets 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.

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

Uptown Park 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

West Ave at River Oaks

Market Street 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.

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5085 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.622.0663

1964 W Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.866.6982

29300 Hempstead Road, Cypress 281.304.5820

9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands 281.419.4774

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.

Jill, Chico’s, Sur La Table, Barnes & Noble, Ann Taylor, Steinway Piano Gallery, Araya Artisan Chocolate and Steven Cash Jeweler.

Lankford. Knowledgeable staff members are dedicated to helping you find the perfect piece. 5600 Kirby Drive (West University) 713.668.6350 chardejewelers.com

Deutsch & Deutsch Fine Jewelry and Watches

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 deutschjewelers.com

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.

deBoulle

2800 Kirby Drive (River Oaks) 713.533.9966 westaveriveroaks.com

JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES Family-friendly by day and adult-friendly by night, this open-air shopping area is a muststop Houston hot spot. Located within Loop 610 at Kirby/University Boulevard, the Arcade includes more than 50 shops, restaurants and indulgences. 2400 University Blvd. (West University) 713.630.0585 ricevillagedistrict.com

River Oaks Shopping Center The modern, art deco-inspired center offers a sophisticated shopping experience featuring more than 75 nationally recognized stores, eclectic shops and dining options, including J.

À Bientôt This chic River Oaks accessories boutique offers everything from earrings and shoes to bags and bracelets. The storefront is stocked with Jeffrey Campbell animal-print flats, Italian leather handbags, pashmina shawls, one-of-a-kind reading glasses and more. 2501 River Oaks Blvd. (River Oaks) 713.523.3997 shopabientot.com

Chardé Jewelers

Chardé represents more than 100 jewelry designers from all around the world and features local artists, including Lemel Designs and Rebecca

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 A 169 deBoulle.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 our HUBLOT Boutique in the Galleria to view our latest timepiece collection. 5085 Wertheimer Rd., Space B2635A 281.768.3950 hublot.com H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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SHOPPING 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

Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott is an American accessories brand inspired by the personal experiences, travel and sense of community of its CEO and designer Kendra Scott. Shop the kaleidoscope of beautiful jewelry at her three Houston-area boutiques. 816 Town & Country Blvd. (CityCenter) 713.965.4115 2411 Times Blvd. (Rice Village) 713.965.4056 For additional locations, visit kendrascott.com

Tourneau Houston

5015 Westheimer Road (Galleria/Uptown) 713.871.8282 tourneau.com

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

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

2401 Bissonnet St. (West University) 713.524.3171

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Tenenbaum & Co. Classic Jeweler

The Antiquarium

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!

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.

4310 Westheimer Road 713.629.7444

3021 Kirby Drive (River Oaks) 713.622.7531

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Thomas Markle Jewelers

Antiques & Interiors at the Pavilion

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. 4417 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood 281.360.4367 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands 281.363.2400 For additional locations, thomasmarklejewelers.com

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Roche Bobois

Located in the Houston Galleria, Tourneau is ever-evolving to provide its customers with the finest luxury watch shopping experience and watch service. The company currently holds an unrivaled presence in the luxury watch retail market, with 38 stores throughout the country.

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.

Maida’s Belts & Buckles

Bernadette Schaeffler Collection

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

Schaeffler’s only U.S. showroom, located in Dallas’ Design District, offers Old World treasures with modern elements in creative expression. “Focusing on the mix, not the match,” says Schaeffler, who combines different époques and styles, to avoid decorating in one distinct look. Schaeffler wants clients to derive decades of enjoyment, creating a space that reflects a family’s unique personality with the right mix of unique furnishings. bernadetteschaeffler.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 carlmooreantiques.com

Kuhl-Linscomb

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, interior and exterior lighting, and much more. 2424 W Alabama St. (Upper Kirby) 713.526.6000 kuhl-linscomb.com

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. (Montrose) 713.523.1558

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. 4810 San Felipe Road (Galleria/Uptown) 713.629.0442 roche-bobois.com

WOMEN’S APPAREL Abejas Boutique 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. 5600 Kirby Drive (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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Past Era Antique Jewelry Backed by generations of knowledge and experience, Past Era enjoys a reputation as one of the country’s finest antique jewelry dealers. Its team of employees combines knowledge and expertise with personal service to provide each client with a unique, pleasurable shopping experience. 3433 W. Alabama St. (Highland Village) 713.621.3433 pastera.com

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.

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2505 Amherst St. (Rice Village) 713.520.1184

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.

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2047 West Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.520.0060

2601 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.629.9990

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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.

Billy Reid

1966 West Gray (River Oaks) 713.520.5700

2040 West Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.520.0206

Founders Gina Cartwright and Jennifer Grigsby fill their charming River Oaks shop with handcrafted jewelry and stylish fashion by Vince, Elizabeth & James, Tibi, Equipment, Mother Denim, Current Elliott and more. 3201 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.284.8283 cakewalkstyleshop.com

Dao Chloe Dao 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 (West University) 713.807.1565 chloedao.com

Elaine Turner A Texas woman with a chic, cosmopolitan sense, Elaine Turner combines her love of exotic travels and colorful spaces to create a collection of luxury handbags and shoes for every woman. 2429 University Blvd. (Rice Village) 713.255.0052 800 Town and Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 713.255.9095 elaineturner.com

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

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.

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. This upscale women’s clothing boutique in River Oaks 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. 2015 West Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.679.8481 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 pintoranch.com

SAM and lilli The brainchild of restaurateur Lee Ellis, this West Avenue shop is known for contemporary and casual lines. Designers such as Elizabeth and James, Tibi, and Ace & Jig fill this Upper Kirby, West Coast-inspired boutique. 2800 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.942.9520 samandlilli.com

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Maida’s

2702 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.552.0333 billyreid.com

M Penner 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.

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.

1180-06 Uptown Park Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.527.8200

3733 Westheimer Road 713.492.0645

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Lucchese

Norton Ditto Respected as the city’s premier retailer for more than a century, this Houston landmark is dedicated to providing its customers with the latest trends in men’s fashion. From custom-fitted suits to jeans, Norton Ditto offers the most complete collection of fine clothing, including big and tall at the River Oaks location. 2425 West Alabama St. (River Oaks) 713.688.9800 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands 281.367.0995 nortonditto.com

Sid Mashburn 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.

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2515 River Oaks Blvd. (River Oaks) 713.936.9502

Hemline

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Texas-based Lucchese is a legendary bootmaker and iconic brand of the American West. Applying the same craftmanship 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. 713.960.1121

Oolala Located in The Heights, this quaint store specializes in women’s apparel, fashion accessories, home decor, bath products, books, art and more, and focuses on unique, quality merchandise and one-on-one customer service. 833 Studewood St. (The Heights) 713.862.9800

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