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26 MODERN SHOPPING

35 EXTENDED HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

64 THREE DECADES OF JACKOPIERCE

Top places to take in the holiday cheer this season. BY EMILY LUNSTROTH

Shopping centers are no longer reserved solely for nationwide chain stores. BY KENDALL CHAPMAN & EMILY LUNSTROTH

Find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list from our curated selection of local favorites. BY EMILY LUNSTROTH & RYAN MILLER

Songwriter duo Jack O’Niel and Cary Pierce celebrate 30 years of making music. BY DAVID MUSCARI

20 WHITNEY MERCILUS

30 TAKE NOTE

40 HOUSTON’S BEST BRUNCHES,

Houston Texans linebacker packs the Houston philanthropy scene with the same passion that he brings to the field. BY EMILY BOST

Houston is full of businesses that feed both your mind and body. BY EMILY LUNSTROTH

BARS & SNAPPY HOURS

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

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

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

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68 SHOPPING Treat yourself at the best boutiques in the city’s swanky shopping districts.

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all has arrived – a time for family, friends, fresh fashion and flavorful food! This season in HHM, we’re highlighting some of our favorite shopping destinations and festive hotspots to help you celebrate the holidays. Let us guide you through the city, so you can experience Houston like a local. Gracing our cover is Houston Texans’ star player, Whitney Mercilus. In this issue, the outside linebacker discusses the career that brought him to Houston and his philanthropic efforts to advocate for the rights of special needs children across the country. He’s a force on and off the field, and we’re proud to call this wholehearted, All-American athlete a Houstonian. And that’s just the beginning. From non-toxic nail salons to guilt-free fast food, our city is full of places to feed both your mind and your body. Discover our fave finds in “Take Note,” our new health and wellness feature. Then, we’ll whisk you straight to the holy grail of shopping destinations, giving you an in-depth look into four notable retail centers – all of which offer elevated shopping and dining experiences unmatched by anywhere else in the city. Since you're in the culinary capital of the Southwest, be sure to check out “Brunches, Bars and Snappy Hours” for the best deals and newest eateries our foodie town has to offer. Looking for something a little heartier? We've rounded

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up the best chophouses in town in our “Steak Section.” You can't come to Texas without savoring the local fare, and we know good steak! Once you’ve made your reservations and know the dress code, it’s time to think about what you’re going to wear. Discover our “Extended Holiday Gift Guide,” a curated selection of trending and seasonal items that are sure to help you stand out in style. We have something for everyone on your list, including the little ones, and we’ll steer you toward some of Houston's must-haves for fall. ‘Tis the season to shop! Before you go, consult “The Scene,” our entertainment calendar, for an insider’s look at over 300 of Houston’s best upcoming performances, festivals and can’t-miss events. Spend some time with our comprehensive listing of Houston sporting events (go, Texans!), and browse through some of our favorite places to dine, shop and explore around town. Thank you for choosing Houston Hotel Magazine as your guide to the best of H-Town. We’re glad you’re here.

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

The Prime Cit y FOR Prime Beef Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 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.

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2405 W. Alabama St. (River Oaks) 713.520.5959

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788 W. Sam Houston Parkway North (Town & Country) 713.827.1120

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

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

The Capital Grille A classic steakhouse offering all of your surefire favorites, The Capital Grille has been wowing Galleria diners for years. Start your evening with one of the coldest martinis in town, then take our recommendation and throw a dart at the menu— the talented kitchen staff won’t let you down.

1201 Lake Woodlands Drive (The Woodlands) 281.362.0103

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Morton’s The Steakhouse 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.

Fogo de Chão

1001 McKinney St. (Downtown) 713.659.3700

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.

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Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille This casual yet elegant restaurant serves hand-selected USDA-aged prime beef cuts that are brought in fresh daily. For a memorable dining experience, try one of its specialties, including Perry’s Famous Pork Chop, chateaubriand, and flaming desserts, or sample from a spectacular selection of world-class wines. 9827 Katy Freeway (Memorial) 832.358.9000 1997 West Gray St., Suite 101 (River Oaks) 346.293.8400 6700 Woodlands Parkway (The Woodlands) 281.362.0569 perryssteakhouse.com

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. 5433 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.480.1433

8250 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.978.6500

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Shula’s Steakhouse

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

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

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791 Town & Country (CityCentre) 713.465.3685

5000 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.629.1946

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5061 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.355.2600

1151 Uptown Park Blvd. (Uptown) 713.840.7900

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5365 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.623.4600 840 W Sam Houston Pkwy N (CityCentre) 713.463.5051

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.

1201 Fannin St. (Downtown) 713.658.8100

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

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Pappas Bros. provides their guests with a dining experience like no other by putting immeasurable care into everything they do. They buy the highest-quality ingredients, use a timeless recipe, and cook it flawlessly each and every time. Discover for yourself why Pappas Bros. is ranked as one of the top steakhouses in the country. 5839 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.780.7352

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.

1200 McKinney Street (Downtown) 713.658.1995 pappasbros.com

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. 1200 Louisiana St. (Downtown) 713.375.4777 donshula.com

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

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

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Cher, Nile Rodgers + Chic Toyota Center

For years she has defined the role of an international superstar with her many gifts. Through movies, recordings, TV and more, few performers can match her success. Now, the talented cross-generational icon is touring, playing from a cache of unforgettable songs, dance moves and more.

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

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A multi Tony winner (including Best Musical) on Broadway, it offers a raw portrayal of youth in revolt. Based on a controversial 1891 play, it features an electrifying rock score, while following a group of adolescents as they navigate their journey into adulthood with poignancy and passion.

The Latin superstar has crossed many lines during her career as singer/songwriter, dancer, actress, TV personality, music video director and successful business professional. Her songs have topped the charts for years including “Todos Me Miran,” “Cinco Minutos” and more.

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Revention Music Center

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Improv

Lambert Hall

Working together on the pair’s first co-headlining tour, the two groups are playing big hits from the past, and new songs as well.

The country/pop band has experienced success through their career with songs such as “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “When She Cries” and more.

The edgy stand-up comedian/podcaster/actor says his comedy is “a puppet show, but way filthier … and without the puppets.”

A loving couple who live for their art, a ruthless man driven by power, and one of the most shocking conclusions in all of opera.

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OCTOBER 5

Stone Temple Pilots, Rival Sons

Steven Page Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The former Barenaked Ladies member is a now a solo artist who has released five albums with an emphasis on radio-ready pop.

Restless Heart

Tragedy, a Tragedy, Catastrophic Theatre MATCH

OCTOBER 2

As the impending event approaches and chaos builds, the broadcasters (actors) reveal themselves to be all too human in Will Eno’s provocative play.

Wortham Theater Center (Cullen Theater)

OCTOBER 4

A Night Together: Tim Tebow The former Heisman winner and NFL player is the headline speaker, joined by Dove Awardwinning singer/songwriter Nicole C. Mullen. OCTOBER 3

Styx

A.J. Croce Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

A skillful singer/guitarist, he plays his own music as well as songs written by his late father Jim, including “Operator” and “You Don’t Mess Around with Jim.”

OCTOBER 3

Jason James, Nobody’s Girl

OCTOBER 4

Lizzo

Revention Music Center

Beginning her career locally, she’s diversified her music (she has a degree in classical flute) recently playing Glastonbury and Coachella.

Alley Theatre (Neuhaus Theatre)

Remixing history and culture, playwright Qui Nguyen creates a contemporary twist on the “boy meets girl” story in 1975 post-war Vietnam and the U.S.

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John Scofield, Da Camera Wortham Theater Center (Cullen Theater)

The powerhouse guitarist’s three-year stint with Miles Davis put him in the forefront of jazz, as a solo act and working with Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, Jack DeJohnette and more.

Tosca, Opera in the Heights

Vivaldi's L'estro Armonico, Mercury Houston Wortham Theater Center

The evening’s performance includes Concert for 2 Cellos in G Minor, and Concert for Strings in G Minor.

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Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Bert Kreischer Once named “the top partier at the Number One Party School in the country” (FSU) by Rolling Stone, he’s since grown into a top-flight stand-up comic and actor.

The Raconteurs Revention Music Center

The super group of Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence, and Patrick Keeler are the current darlings of alt-rock fans. OCTOBER 5

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

“Throwback” doesn’t begin to cover the musician’s talent, and devotion to paying tribute to the greats of country through his original music.

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Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

“Lady,” “Come Sail Away”, “Babe” and “Too Much Time On My Hands” were all massive radio hits for the rock group that formed in 1972.

Ari Shaffir

Million-Dollar Quartet The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

The Tony-winning musical brings an historic musical moment to life, featuring hits, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” and more.

Gretchen Peters She’s been called “the mistress of Americana,” a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame with a voice that falls somewhere between country, soul and pop. OCTOBER 6

Chris Brown Toyota Center

The Grammy winner is on a new tour with a series of supporting acts including Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla $ign, Joyner Lucas and Yella Beezy. OCTOBER 6

Bayou City Jazz Series: Jeff Kashiwa & Steve Cole Wortham Theater Center

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Breathtaking sights of Italy, England, France, Vienna, Norway and more fill the giant screen while the Symphony performs stirring selections including “The Blue Danube Waltz,” “Ode to Joy” and “Pomp and Circumstance,” as the noted PBS host provides insight and cultural context along the way.

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His work with the Tijuana Brass yielded hit after hit from “The Lonely Bull,” and “Whipped Cream” to "Spanish Flea". He is the only artist to reach number one on the pop charts as a vocalist (“This Guy’s In Love With You”) and instrumentalist (“Rise”).

Wu-Tang Clan

Junior Brown

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Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Sam Houston Race Park

Hip-hop changed forever with the release oftheir (36 Chambers). Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the innovative album, and its lasting impact on pop music.

With a well-worn crimped straw cowboy hat and outlandish guitars, his songs (“Highway Patrol,” “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead”) are always a blast.

Six of her songs were Top-10 hits, and three albums went gold behind songs such as “Hey Cinderella,” “Aces,” and “Someday Soon.”

The rising voice in country music continues to gain ground with songs such as “Must Be the Whiskey” and “Somewhere Between I Love You and I’m Leavin’.”

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Cody Jinks, Toadies

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Mumford and Sons, Gang of Youths

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Give ‘em Hell Harry The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

The faithful portrayal of Harry S. Truman’s life stars actor Clifton Truman Daniel, a direct descendant of the late U.S. president.

Casting Crowns, Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Jamie Kimmett

Toyota Center

St. Thomas University (Campus Life Mall)

The bluegrass/folk/rock/pop ensemble has grown from a cult act playing the festival circuit, to superstars in their mixed bag genre.

From pizza and pasta to stuffed artichokes, sfingi, faccia de vecchia, sausage, meatballs, and cookies – taste the best in Italian foods.

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Greta Van Fleet

Jon Pardi, Riley Green

Wands & Wizards: Music from Harry Potter & More, Houston Symphony

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

Jones Hall

The neo-traditional country singer/songwriter two studio albums featuring nine, which have charted including “Dirt on My Boots” and “Up All Night.”

Bayou City Art Festival

From their debut single “Highway Tune,” to a top-charting album, Anthem of the Peaceful Army, the group is introducing a new generation to the power of rock.

Grab a wizard’s robe, brush off the witch’s hat and take a ride on a broomstick for a magical, musical concert sure to leave the audience … spellbound.

Memorial Park

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Natalia Lafourcade

Lil Duval

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Revention Music Center

House of Blues

Wortham Theater Center

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The innovative Grammy-winning singer/songwriter has roots in Latin America, with elements of rock, jazz, pop, bossa nova and folk in her captivating musical blender.

Also known as Roland Powell, the comedian broke through on BET’s “Coming to the Stage,” then hosted shows on MTV, and appeared in features.

Performing works from their award-winning 2018 album Dreamers, the Mexican-born singer and the omnivorous string quartet join forces for a musical journey.

He amassed a billion global streams via singles including "Be Alright," "7 Minutes" and "Stay Awake," which The New York Times called "impressively dynamic.”

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Billie Eilish

Judy Collins

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Toyota Center

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

NRG Arena

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The pop-phenom has fast become one of the bigger teen stars to emerge lately since the release of her debut single “Ocean Eyes.”

Fresh off a recent tour with Stephen Stills, the Grammy winner is back on the road as a solo act playing her long list of hits.

The sultans of Sufi Rock are back to shake the walls. The celebrated band is performing on the international stage for the first time in 13 years.

The street punk band has released a trio of albums (now working on their fourth), while touring the country.

OCTOBER 12

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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Since their label debut release in 2003, the band has sold 10 million records and been Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007. OCTOBER 12-13

The annual affair features a diverse variety of media, and has been described as “walking through an outdoor art museum.”

Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider, SPA Dean Lewis

Junoon

The Distillers, Death Valley Girls


october OCTOBER 19

Wortham Theater Center (Brown Theater)

Rigoletto, Houston Grand Opera

Keiko Matsui

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

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A man who seeks revenge should dig two graves. Featuring some of opera’s more recognizable music, Verdi’s masterpiece is rooted in jealousy and lust. Baritone Brian Mulligan, tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz and soprano Mané Galoyan as Gilda perform the lead roles.

Born in Japan, she took her first piano lesson at five years of age. Nowadays, the keyboardist/composer has developed quite a name in contemporary jazz circles. Her knack for blending western and eastern music is outstanding helping her create an international reputation.

OCTOBER 15

OCTOBER 17

OCTOBER 18

Jones Hall

Stude Concert Hall (Rice University)

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The National Geographic photographer brings a whirlwind retrospective of her career, spanning the social and cultural milestones of four decades of global history.

The skilled musical ensemble brings its warm, full sound and phenomenal interpretations of the classical repertoire.

Get in the mood for a happy Halloween 2019 with this annual spooky-fest staged under the big Texas night sky.

OCTOBER 17

OCTOBER 18

Stranger in a Strange Land: Photographer Jodi Cobb, SPA

OCTOBER 16

Witt Lowry Warehouse Live

The young Northeastern rapper has released three studio albums, and has almost 500,000 subscribers on YouTube, plus 1.4 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

Jerusalem String Quartet, Chamber Music Houston

Together Live Wortham Theater Center (Cullen Theater)

Diverse storytellers come together for an evening of laughter, music and wisdom from Glennon Doyle, Abby Wambach, Nadia Bolz Weber, Cameron Esposito and MILCK. OCTOBER 17

OCTOBER 16

Sam Morrow Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

A blend of countrified funk and guitar-fueled southern rock mixes with Telecaster twang, bluesy slide guitar, swirling organ, and a big, booming voice.

Acoustic Alchemy Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Ever since forming in the early 1980’s, the gifted ensemble of players has combined jazz, rock, pop and other musical elements into one, unforgettable sound. OCTOBER 17-19

OCTOBER 16

Tenacious D, Wynchester Revention Music Center

Guitarists/actors Jack Black and Kyle Gass are a talented hot mess, comedians who can sing, play music and make an audience laugh hysterically.

Ray Wiley Hubbard Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

His 1970’s anthem “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother” provided fuel to the burgeoning Outlaw Music scene, and resonates to this day. OCTOBER 18

OCTOBER 17

Penny & Sparrow, Lily & Madeleine Heights Theater

The pair met at UT-Austin, and discovered their love for folk music, which they continue to play together years later.

Bastille

White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

The Grammy-nominated, BRIT Award-winning British rock group formed 10 years ago, playing indie pop fare such as the hit single, “Pompeii.”

Hocus Pocus Pops, Houston Symphony

Martha Graham Dance Company, SPA McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

A global artistic leader since their founding in 1926, this performance marks the first Houston performance in 15 years. OCTOBER 18

Juan Luis Guerra

OCTOBER 18-20

Fandemic NRG Center

Sebastian Stan, beloved as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in the Marvel sphere, is scheduled to appear at the comic convention. OCTOBER 19

Amon Amarth House of Blues

The death-metal band with Swedish-roots released Berserker, a new studio album of songs in May and is touring in support of the effort. OCTOBER 19-20

Wings Over Houston Airshow Ellington Field

His Latin Grammy success stories have propelled the singer/composer from the Dominican Republic to the top of the charts.

Rated among the nation’s top-five air shows by USA Today, onlookers are wowed with aerial acrobatics, while aircraft from current Air Force and Navy inventories is on display.

OCTOBER 18

OCTOBER 19

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Eddie Palmieri Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The Grammy-winning pianist of Puerto Rican ancestry is the founder of the bands La Perfecta, La Perfecta II, and Harlem River Drive.

Mendelssohn to Maroney: Clarinetists Come of Age, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra MATCH

Soloists Nathan Williams and Maiko Sasaki perform works by Stravinsky, Kovacs, Mendelssohn, Theresa Martin, Amilcare Ponchielli and others.

OCTOBER 18-19

ZiegenBock Music Festival

OCTOBER 19

Sam Houston Race Park

Logic

For the 47th consecutive year, the two-day event has been a staple for music fans in Texas. This year’s headliner is country star Josh Abbott.

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

He catapulted to fame with his multi-platinum, Grammy winning “1-800-273-8255 (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline)” featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid. *Editor’s Choice

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OCTOBER 22-27

OCTOBER 27

We Will Rock You

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Audiences and critics are rediscovering Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard) and his timeless musical. The winner of seven Tony Awards also features some of Broadway’s most memorable songs including “Memory”.

OCTOBER 19

Over 16 million theatergoers have witnessed the awe-inspiring production, based on the songs of Queen. The show features more than two dozen big hits including “We Are the Champions,” “Under Pressure,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You”.

OCTOBER 20

OCTOBER 22-24

OCTOBER 24

Wortham Theater Center

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

The annual concert closes Houston’s Hispanic Heritage Month activities with international star Olga Tañon as special guest artist.

The new production bestows the splendor of tradition with magical trimmings, original handmade sets and costumes with choreography brought to life in all of its whimsical grandeur.

Theformer pro boxer turned his attention to music years ago specializing in a mash-up of southern rock, Mississippi-style blues and soul.

He was a founding member of Minutemen, Dos and Firehose, and named among LA Weekly’s “20 Best Bassists of All Time.”

OCTOBER 24

OCTOBER 25

OCTOBER 19-20

OCTOBER 20 *

Viva Latin America, Houston Latin American Philharmonic Jones Hall

ARToberFEST The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

The downtown cultural arts district comes alive at the 21st anniversary celebration of the anticipated event. OCTOBER 19-20

LEGO Brick Fest NRG Center

It’s two-days filled with hands-on attractions and activities engineered to inspire, educate, and entertain. OCTOBER 19-24

Bach’s Violin Concerts, Mercury Houston Memorial MDPC, MFAH, Dosey Doe Big Barn, MATCH

The performances feature Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042, Fasch’s Sinfonia and Telemann’s Ouverture-Suite in G major. OCTOBER 20

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The real life Jersey Boys return to Texas, playing a Greatest Hits Tour with songs such as “Oh, What a Night,” “Grease” and more. *Editor’s Choice 46

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Cats

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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Swan Lake, Russian Ballet Theatre

Experience Hendrix Revention Music Center

The new edition of the tour features guitarists Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Ana Popovic and Joe Satriani, all in celebration of Jimi Hendrix’s music. OCTOBER 21

Marcia Ball Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Forming back in 1995, the San Diego band has played a nice fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk.

Paul Thorn

Nahko and Medicine For The People Warehouse Live

The Huffington Post compared him to Bob Marley, calling him a "musical prophet" after his 2017 album, My Name is Bear, premiered at the top of iTunes charts.

Quartetto di Cremona, Da Camera The Menil Collection

Named for the home village of famed stringed instrument makers Amati and Stradivari, hear rare gems by Verdi, Puccini and Respighi, performed by one of Italy’s leading ensembles. OCTOBER 22

Sebastian Bach House of Blues

His mainstream success was originally attached to his years as the lead singer in Skid Row, prior to working on Broadway and as a solo act.

AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

OCTOBER 24

Catch an unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation as the talk show host and the journalist, longtime friends, interview each other and take questions from the audience.

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

OCTOBER 25

The English band of psychedelic rockers has toured in the U.K and also played at venues around the world.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Temples

OCTOBER 24 OCTOBER 21-22

Mike Watt and the Missingmen

David Wilcox

Matt Anderson, Monica Rizzio With the look of a mountain man, the guitarist brings a sweat-soaked soul, incendiary rhythm and blues, heartbroken folk, and gritty Americana sound to his shows.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

An excellent musician, he’s a bit of a throwback to earlier times, playing his characteristic brand of folk in concert halls and listening rooms across America.

OCTOBER 25

Vince Neil

Warehouse Live

OCTOBER 24

From the on again/off again world of Mötley Crüe comes the glam metal singer, performing as a solo act.

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

OCTOBER 25

The British preschool animated TV series, now a stage-show, is an international hit with little ones, as well as parents.

Revention Music Center

Peppa Pig

Wilco

Long celebrated for their “captivating and expeditionary” performances, says The New York Times, the venerable band returns to Texas.


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Jones Hall

Manual Cinema: Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, SPA Shutterstock.com

J.D. Souther

OCTOBER 30

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

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Raised in Amarillo, the singer/songwriter penned some of the most memorable tunes in the country-rock catalog such as the Eagles’ “Best of My Love,” “Heartache Tonight” and “New Kid in Town.” His solo spin on “You’re Only Lonely” is unforgettable.

Love, loss and creation converge in a harrowing production of a world premiere presentation. An inventive combination of shadow puppetry, cinematic technique, sound and music create an immersive visual retelling of the enduring horror tale.

OCTOBER 25

OCTOBER 26

OCTOBER 27

OCTOBER 28

House of Blues

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Warehouse Live

After launching his music career in 2015 he’s become one of the fastest-rising dance/electronic artists in recent years.

The legendary flautist brings his 80th Birthday Celebration Tour to town as part of The Grand’s 125th anniversary.

The British nu jazz and electronic group began in 1999, and has toured extensively while recording four studio albums of music.

The sludge metal band formed in the 1980’s beginning with Hendrix and Cream covers, before morphing into punk-rock stardom.

OCTOBER 25-27

OCTOBER 26

OCTOBER 27

OCTOBER 29

Revention Music Center

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The dark circus with a haunted energy is designed to elevate senses on Halloween in an eclectic, musical journey that’s a boutique style festival all in one.

His country hits date back to the 1980’s when he scored with “Seminole Wind,” “Swingin” and “Money in the Bank,” all number ones.

As one of most enigmatic performers to come out of the early 1970’s singer/songwriter boom, the native Texan remains a musical force to be reckoned with.

Wild Blue

Beethoven + Wagner 2, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Wagner’s operas Tannhäuser and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg redefined the genre forever, as Beethoven’s Second finds its composer at the outset of blazing a new trail. OCTOBER 25-NOVEMBER 8

Saul, Houston Grand Opera Wortham Theater Center (Brown Theater)

Barrie Kosky’s imaginative production of Handel’s dramatic biblical oratorio has been critically lauded for its choruses and breathtaking design. OCTOBER 26

Nate Bargatze House of Blues

The stand-up comedian has done all the late night shows, and released an hour-long Netflix special (“The Tennessee Kid”) earlier this year.

Sir James Galway

Cirque Bizarre

The Cinematic Orchestra

John Anderson

Melvins

Shawn Phillips

OCTOBER 27 * OCTOBER 26

Randy Rainbow Wortham Theater Center

Parodies, especially those with political edges, are a specialty for the razor sharp stand-up artist who first gained traction on the web, before moving to greener comedy pastures. OCTOBER 26

Tauren Wells Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)

A well-respected Christian rock and pop artist, he was once front man for Royal Tailor, which garnered a slew of nominations and awards. OCTOBER 27

OCTOBER 26

Ruthie Foster

Zac Brown Band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real

Heights Theater

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

She’s sung duets with Bonnie Raitt, gigged with the Allmans and traded verses with Susan Tedeschi. The Austin singer/guitarist is a blues phenomenon.

The homegrown Atlanta band straddles country, rock and pop with hit singles including “Fried Chicken,” and “Toes.”

Lee Rocker

OCTOBER 29

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Terra Nostra Ensemble

As a member of the Stray Cats, he helped lead a revival of rockabilly and continues to rate among the world’s top stand up bassists.

Houston Baptist University

OCTOBER 27

A new season starts with a thematic journey to Argentina, famous for its tangos, and the Nuevo Tango, which bridges classical and folk traditions.

Warehouse Live

OCTOBER 30

With his distinctive take on modern fashion the new comer from the Big Apple brings a fresh style of indie pop music to the stage.”

Heights Theater

Gus Dapperton

OCTOBER 27-JANUARY 20

Beatriz González: A Retrospective Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Based in Bogotá, she is celebrated worldwide, one of the few living representatives of the “radical women” generation from Latin America.

Noah Gundersen The indie folk singer/songwriter has toyed with a number of styles over the years. His latest album (Lover) was released in August, featuring the single, “Robin Williams.” OCTOBER 31

AJR

Revention Music Center

The new tour for the alt-rock outfit is in support of their third full-length album, Neotheater, which includes the offbeat anthem “100 Bad Days.” *Editor’s Choice

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NOVEMBER 1

NOVEMBER 2

Toyota Center

The Chainsmokers, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Lennon Stella

Over the course of a successful comedic career he has released five albums, and starred in motion pictures Employee of the Month, Good Luck Chuck and Mr. Brooks. He is only the second comedian (after Andrew Dice Clay) to sell out Madison Square Garden.

NOVEMBER 1

David Sedaris, SPA Wortham Theater Center

With a sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, he has become one of America’s pre-eminent humorists, a master of satire and one of our most observant writers. NOVEMBER 1

Ray LaMontagne, Kacy & Clayton Jones Hall

The Grammy-winning folksinger has released seven studio albums of his music, which include a series of hit tunes (“Trouble,” “Hold You in My Arms). NOVEMBER 1

Gaelic Storm Doesy Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Founded on the left coast, their pieces range from traditional Irish and Scottish music, to original tunes played in the Celtic genre, often with rock overtones. NOVEMBER 1-3

Jay Mohr Improv

Best known as Tom Cruise’s nemesis, Bob Sugar, in “Jerry Maguire,” the stand-up artist and actor is a versatile talent. NOVEMBER 2

A Funky Good Time Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

A funky bunch of the genre’s biggest names take the stage including suave Morris Day and The Time, Cameo and Dazz Band. *Editor’s Choice 48

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Dane Cook

The Grammy-winning artist/producer duo has developed some of the biggest breakthroughs on the charts over the last two years, multi-platinum certified hits “Roses,” “Don’t Let Me Down” (featuring Daya), and “Closer” (with Halsey).

NOVEMBER 2

NOVEMBER 3

MATCH

The Russian musicians claim to have never seen the Hall of Fame band Chicago in concert, making their spot-on tribute shows all the more impressive.

The three-piece instrumental ensemble from Chicago formed in 2004 by guitarist Mike Sullivan and bassist Colin DeKuiper, both members of dakota/dakota.

NOVEMBER 3 & 9

NOVEMBER 6

From a Musical Awakening at Marlboro, Leonid & Friends Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands) River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster Scott St. John presents selections from string quartets by Haydn, Mozart, Dvorák, Hindemith, Webern, Reger, and a premiere by Rob Maggio for the ROCO Unchambered Series.

NOVEMBER 6

Russian Circles, Windhand The Secret Group

NOVEMBER 2 *

Bernadette Peters, SPA

Dream of America, Texas Medical Center Orchestra

Jones Hall

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Miller Outdoor Theatre

Throughout an illustrious career, she has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage, in film and television, in concert and on recordings.

Performances include: Korngold’s Overture to the Sea Hawk and Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite (1919 version; Concert Suite for Orchestra No. 2)

His online success came from millions of views on YouTube and Vine, and his debut comedy album (Ruin Your Party) in 2018 was a hit with fans.

NOVEMBER 5

NOVEMBER 6

Toyota Center

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

NOVEMBER 2

Blue Note Records 80th Anniversary, Da Camera Wortham Theater Center

Celebrate the jazz label with performances by outstanding artists including James Francies Trio, vocalist Kandace Springs, and the James Carter Organ Trio.

Post Malone

Beat Root Revival, Bill Kirchen McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The multi-instrumentalist duo combines elements of several genres with powerhouse vocals to provide the evening’s entertainment along with the former Commander Cody guitar.

House of Blues

Cat Clyde

The multi-platinum artist’s star continues to rise with the debut of his latest single “Goodbyes,” an instant hit after its release on July 4th.

Velvety vocals, tack-piano and slide-guitar punctuations are instantly reminiscent of a packed saloon on a Texas back road.

NOVEMBER 5

NOVEMBER 6-DECEMBER 15

Melanie Martinez Revention Music Center

NOVEMBER 2

Scotty Sire

The breathy singer, best known for her spectacular appearance on TV’s “The Voice,” brings a unique theatrical performance on tour, singing “Cry Baby” and other sugary hits.

Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play Stages Repertory Theatre

Be part of the studio audience for the live musical radio play adapted from the original 1947 Lux Radio broadcast, designed to melt even the most cynical of hearts.

NOVEMBER 5

Igor and the Red Elvises

NOVEMBER 7

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Sleater-Kinney, Mating Ritual

The Siberian surf rockers produced a dozen studio albums, two live albums, a live concert DVD, and a Greatest Hits compilation.

House of Blues

Heavily influenced by the riot grrrl movement, the Olympia indie group has been lauded by critics over the years.


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NOVEMBER 6

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Trisha Yearwood

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

She rose to fame in 1991 with her joyous debut, “She’s in Love with the Boy” which was followed more hits including “Walkaway Joe.” A three-time Grammy winner, two-time ACA honoree, and three- time CMA winner, she’s one of country music’s true superstars.

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The Grammy winning husband/wife duo is a powerhouse rock and blues explosion. Derek is the nephew of the late Allman Brothers drummer, Butch Trucks, and was a member of the band before forming his own ensemble in 2010. Both he and his guitar-slinging spouse are super talented players.

NOVEMBER 7 *

NOVEMBER 8

NOVEMBER 9

NOVEMBER 10

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Doesy Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The six-string virtuoso was named on the select list of Guitar Player Magazine’s greatest guitarists of all time.

Their musical comedy features classically trained-veterans and leaves audiences feeling like they're watching “Duck Dynasty” goes to Carnegie Hall with big laughs.

The War on Drugs founder is an inventive guitarist with a long resume who brings his cool low-fi vibe to the Houston stage.

The California artist with the doom metal edge has been performing her music for years, releasing her first album (The Grime and the Glow) in 2010.

NOVEMBER 9

NOVEMBER 10

Wortham Theater Center

Warehouse Live

The former “SNL” player has starred in a number of comedies over his career including “Tommy Boy” (with Chris Farley) and “Joe Dirt.”

The violinist redefines what it is to be a classical musician in the 21st Century, with a media presence reaching millions. Accompanied on the piano by Julio Elizalde.

With a contemporary throwback style that combines classic country, and an eclectic infusion of soul, the group’s signature three-part harmonies are a hit.

NOVEMBER 8-10

NOVEMBER 9

NOVEMBER 11

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Toyota Center

NOVEMBER 8

The action unfolds on the giant screen while audiences experience a live performance of every note of John Williams’ masterful score.

His guitar-shredding, countrified sound has driven his fame for years among fans of Americana at festivals and concerts around the world.

Friends Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley and Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, lead an all-star performance fundraiser, along with Joe Walsh for an evening of rock.

Main Street Crossing

NOVEMBER 9

NOVEMBER 9-10

NOVEMBER 11

Revention Music Center

Hobby Center for the Performing Art (Sarofim Hall)

Monte Montgomery

Three Redneck Tenors

NOVEMBER 7

Patty Smyth and Scandal

NOVEMBER 8-9

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

David Spade

The MTV-era staple burst onto the scene with energized hits including “Goodbye to You” and “The Warrior.”

Improv

Kurt Vile & The Violators, Dinosaur Jr.

Ray Chen, SPA

Chelsea Wolfe

The Band Perry

NOVEMBER 7

Tyrone Wells, Jeff Plankenhorn McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

His earthy, folk-infused music has been used in TV shows such as “Scrubs,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Intervention.”

David Bromberg From years in the folk movement working with the likes of Jerry Garcia, to life as a back-up musician and solo artist, the guitarist is a living legend. NOVEMBER 8

Bianca Del Rio Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)

Roy Haylock has toured with a number of kitschy shows including The Rolodex of Hate, Not Today Satan (2015-16), Blame It On Bianca Del Rio, and now, It's Jester Joke.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Christian Nodal

Jesse Dayton

Nick Jr. Live: Move to the Music

His debut single, "Adiós Amor" was a huge score for the Mexican singer, reaching number two on the Billboard Latin charts in the U.S.

Time to sing, dance, clap, cheer and move to the music with your friends as you follow TV favorite Dora the Explorer on a new adventure.

NOVEMBER 9

NOVEMBER 10

A Woman’s Life: The Diary of Virginia RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq the World Tour Woolf, Da Camera Hobby Center for the Performing Arts (Zilkha Hall)

Two exquisite song cycles depict radically different views of a woman’s life, occurring a century apart.

Vets Aid: A Concert for Our Veterans

Elizabeth Gilbert, Imprint Series Stude Concert Hall (Rice University)

The New York Times lauded her novel The Signature of All Things, along with O: The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post and The New Yorker. NOVEMBER 13

Scarypoolparty

Wortham Theater Center

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Mission leader Michelle Visage is on a journey to save the universe with the help of her intergalactic queens from season 11.

He was runner-up on season 17 of “American Idol.” Since then, he’s continued his career with music, and even became a reality TV personality. *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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NOVEMBER 8

Toyota Center

Sara Bareilles

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

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Maná

NOVEMBER 11

The global envoys of Latin Rock from Guadalajara have sold an impressive 40 million albums. In the U.S., the band holds an extraordinary nine number one albums, and 10 number one singles. The group’s four Grammys and eight Latin Grammys put them in a class by themselves.

NOVEMBER 14

Two Door Cinema Club White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

The Irish indie rock trio has released four albums, the last (False Alarm) earlier this year, to positive reviews. NOVEMBER 14

The Drive-By Truckers Heights Theater

The alt-country rock band has connections to Muscle Shoals in the Deep South, with a list of alumni that reads like a “who’s who” of music notables. NOVEMBER 14 *

David Feherty Stafford Centre

A rare combination of humor, wit and good golf sense, the CBS sports star (who resides in Texas) shares stories, musings, tall tales and more. NOVEMBER 14-15

Deadmau5

Revention Music Center

The Canadian electronica producer/DJ/composer is on tour, playing his distinctive variety of progressive house music. NOVEMBER 14-17

Houston Ballet Guild’s Nutcracker Market NRG Center

It is a tradition to kick off the holiday season for shopping, holiday decorations, food, clothing, jewelry, and furniture. *Editor’s Choice 50

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NOVEMBER 15

Les Délices, Intoxicated: A Medieval Sensor Experience Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church

Senses soar to 14th-century France as the Cleveland-based ensemble returns, inspired by heady perfumes and potent elixirs in a program to entrance, elevate and excite the senses.

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She is among the most important artists of her generation, with a long list of accomplishments. The Grammy (The Blessed Unrest), Tony (Waitress) and Emmy (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert”)-nominated singer/songwriter/author is an outstanding talent.

NOVEMBER 16

NOVEMBER 16

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

House of Blues

Winner of eight Tonys, including Best Musical, the Broadway show tells an enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who finds love and an answer to his dreams.

Rob Garza and Eric Hilton make up the basis of the electronica band, playing trip-hop songs with a super chill attitude.

Once

NOVEMBER 16-JANUARY 1 NOVEMBER 16

NOVEMBER 15

Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

Hope for Beauty, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra

Centennial Club

The Church of St. John the Devine

The 20-year-old is a “torchbearer,”a hulk of a talented guitarist who hails from Clarksdale, Mississippi, the epicenter of Delta blues.

The In Concert Series performance features the premiere of Bruce Adolphe’s tribute to Alma Rosé, conductor of the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz and niece of Gustav Mahler.

NOVEMBER 15-17

Emanuel Ax Plays Beethoven, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

NOVEMBER 16

Intocable

Arena Theatre

Awed by Beethoven’s colossal shadow, Brahms took 21 years to complete his first symphony. The seven-time Grammy-winning pianist is the featured soloist.

The group from Zapata fused Tejano's robust conjunto and Norteño folk rhythms with a pop balladry to create their own inimitable sound.

NOVEMBER 15-DECEMBER 29

For King and Country

A Christmas Carol

Hubbard Stage (Alley Theatre)

The family-friendly re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with three ghostly spirits and a powerful message. NOVEMBER 16

Rick Shea, Gina Chavez McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

He cut his teeth in the bars and honky-tonks of San Bernardino, equally at home with a set of ballads, or with his old Telecaster burning the blues.

Thievery Corporation

NOVEMBER 16

Festival of Lights

Moody Gardens (Galveston)

The holiday celebration is a tradition featuring over one million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment. NOVEMBER 16-MARCH 14 *

Gareth Long: Kidnappers Foil Blaffer Art Museum (University of Houston)

The immersive installation by the Toronto-based artist explores social, cultural, and media histories of amateur filmmaking through the lens of Melton Barker. NOVEMBER 17

Ryan Bingham White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

The Christian pop duo is a sensation, with a sound that has been described as “Australia’s answer to Coldplay”.

The singer/songwriter owns the distinction of writing a song (“The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart) that won an Oscar, Golden Globe, Critic’s Choice Award and a Grammy.

NOVEMBER 16

NOVEMBER 17

Wortham Theater Center

Heights Theater

Berry Center (Cypress)

Mozart & Beethoven, Mercury Houston San Fermin The evening’s performance features Mozart’s Symphony No. 35, “Haffner,” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C Major.

Yale educated bandleader Ellis Ludwig-Leone and his liberated rock collection of musicians is a rare treat to experience in a living setting.


november NOVEMBER 12

Dear Evan Hansen

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The award-winning group’s raw sound is a throwback of sorts, borrowing from Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf and others. Earlier this year, they released the first new music from Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney since 2014.

NOVEMBER 17

Bayou City Jazz Series: Nick Colionne & Paul Taylor Wortham Theater Center

One of the genre’s most debonair musicians and the Denver native trade licks onstage and show the audience what modern jazz is all about. NOVEMBER 18

Tony Lucca

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

He may be best remembered for his work on the Mickey Mouse Club prior to becoming a full -time musician touring with Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson and more. NOVEMBER 18 *

Willie Nelson & Family Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The venerable Texas music mainstay just keeps on going, playing age-old favorites including “Whiskey River,” “Hello Walls” and “On the Road Again.” NOVEMBER 18

Matt Maeson House of Blues

He finished in the top four on “Nashville Star,” then won CMT’s “Next Superstar” in 2011, while growing his deep country fan base. NOVEMBER 19

Peter Case

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

He formed cult favorites The Plimsouls in the late 1970’s, and currently plays an interesting blend of blues, rock, folk and more.

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The Black Keys, Modest Mouse

NOVEMBER 12-24

Toyota Center

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A letter never meant to be seen ... a lie that was never meant to be told ... and a life he never dreamed possible. The winner of seven Tonys including Best Musical is a deeply personal, contemporary production about life and the way we live it.

NOVEMBER 19-20

NOVEMBER 21-23

NOVEMBER 22

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Improv

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

The Red Dirt act came together while the members attended Oklahoma State University in the late 1990’s.

His debut comedy special, “Bill Burr Presents Paul Virzi: I’ll Say This,” debuted to solid reviews on Comedy Central.

The talented ensemble has been singing at the storied Imperial Chapel for years, with a repertoire that features everything from medieval to contemporary and experimental music.

NOVEMBER 20

NOVEMBER 22

Jason Boland and The Stragglers

Lulu Santos House of Blues

The Brazilian superstar has been around for years -- a talented guitarist with a long string of hits, and a fascination with The Beatles. NOVEMBER 20-DECEMBER 15

Panto Hansel and Gretel Yeager Theatre

Follow the outrageous reimagining of the classic tale as two selfish parents pursue their dream, leaving their social-media-obsessed children in the woods. NOVEMBER 21

Ordinary Elephant McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The Associated Press called the folk duo’s latest collection of music (Honest) “One of the best Americana albums of the year.” NOVEMBER 21

Davidoff Cigar Dinner The Houstonian

Enjoy a five-course dinner presented by Houstonian Executive Chef Neal Cox along side Davidoff Cigars at the iconic Manor House.

Paul Virzi

Camille Thomas & Roman Rabinovich Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Vienna Boys Choir

NOVEMBER 22-24

Junior League Holiday Market Marriott Hotel and Convention Center (The Woodlands)

The first cellist signed by Deutsche Gramophone in over 40 years blends a brilliant command of her instrument with a rare musicality.

The annual shopping extravaganza features a wide variety of items -- from flower arrangements to personalized gifts to holiday ornaments, and more.

NOVEMBER 22

NOVEMBER 22-24

The Flatlanders Heights Theater

The trio of folk legends -- Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock -- pulls into town with a pocketful of Texas Country gems.

Daniil Trifonov Plays Tchaikovsky, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

NOVEMBER 22

One of the most iconic openings in all of classical music is spun into a staggering tour de force for the ages in Tchaikovsky’s wildly popular concerto, featuring the renowned pianist.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

NOVEMBER 23

Moorer’s “A Soft Place To Fall” from The Horse Whisperer was nominated for an Oscar; Gauthier has released 10 albums of wonderful songs.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Allison Moorer, Mary Gauthier

Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra

NOVEMBER 22

Born in Germany, he made his name on American soil playing a complex yet pleasing blend of Flamenco, jazz, New age and classical.

Revention Music Center

NOVEMBER 23

The large ensemble has performed in various forms since the 1970’s winning four Latin Grammy Awards in the process.

Heights Theater

La Arrolladora Banda Limón

Coco Montoya He was a sideman with blues mainstays Albert Collins and John Mayall before striking out on his own as a guitar-driven solo act. *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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NOVEMBER 21

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

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Rufus Wainwright, E.B. The Younger

NOVEMBER 27

Heights Theater

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Born into a musical family (his parents are folkies Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, and his younger sister is Kate Wainwright), the gifted performer is a star. The New York Times praised his “genuine originality,” as he’s established himself as one of the top songwriters of his generation.

She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of “American Idol”. Since those early years, the R&B diva enjoyed hit after hit. Now, she has returned to the road, performing greatest hits along with tunes from her latest studio album, Sketchbook.

NOVEMBER 23

NOVEMBER 26-DECEMBER 29

NOVEMBER 29

NOVEMBER 30

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Neuhaus Theatre (Alley Theatre)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Revention Music Center

Amorous duets, arias, and instrumental works mix freely on this tribute to the Baroque era’s finest musical dramatist.

Coercion, threats, and bribes from a cast of desperate callers, all brought to life by one man, prove they will stop at nothing to land a prime restaurant reservation.

She’s been described as a “poet with a wide smile and a deep heart,” who is clear in her beautifully conceived songs and live performances.

He has become one of the most in-demand performers in comedy, with shows on Netflix, Comedy Central plus regular shots on Fallon, Conan and the rest.

Handel in Love, Ars Lyrica

Fully Committed

Terri Hendrix

Chris D’Elia

NOVEMBER 23

Kinky Friedman

NOVEMBER 27

Gary P. Nunn

NOVEMBER 29

NOVEMBER 30

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

He was there in the early days of Austin’s Outlaw Country scene, and is touring promoting a new album of music.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Heights Theater

House of Blues

His Austin City Limits TV show opening gem, “London Homesick Blues,” is one of the state’s true Texas Country anthems.

Over a decade they released five studio albums, four of which went to either number one or number two on the Americana Radio Albums Chart.

Dan Griffin made his breakthrough in 2016 with a pair of dance singles “Heading Home” and “Whole Heart,” then later “Feel Good” with Illenium and featuring Daya.

NOVEMBER 23-24

Blood and Holly: A West Texas Family Christmas The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

Greater Tuna’s Jaston Williams brings his Texas Christmastime childhood ode to the stage for an evening of Lone Star comedy fun. NOVEMBER 23-24

Via Colori Street Painting Festival Downtown

NOVEMBER 29-30

Bellamy Brothers

NOVEMBER 30

The George Theater

A lawyer and a young girl must prove in court that Kris Kringle is who he believes he is, and protect the joy of Christmas for generations to come.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The duo’s bouncy hit with the sunny hooks launched them into the national spotlight many years ago, and remains a feel-good classic.

The Englishman cut his teeth playing-guitar in Al Stewart’s band, then forged a career performing with artists including a host of contemporary jazz stars.

NOVEMBER 28

NOVEMBER 29, 30-DECEMBER 1

H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade

NOVEMBER 24

NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 1

Revention Music Center

George R. Brown Convention Center

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Miracle on 34th Street, A.D. Players

Downtown

Founded in 1991, the alt-rock band from California has sold nearly 20 millions albums behind the strength of songs such as “Drive” and “Pardon Me.” H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

Gryffin

NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 22 *

Watch as talented artists transform Houston’s downtown streets into a massive outdoor art gallery, filled with color, shapes, sizes and plenty of excitement.

Incubus

Band of Heathens, Western Youth

The annual event is televised on KHOU (CBS), and features a variety of colorful floats, marching bands and tons of holiday fun.

AutoRama

If it rolls on two-wheels, this is the place for perusing a variety of cars for the ages, all under one roof.

All Strauss Thanksgiving, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Andrés Orozco-Estrada conducts a program of lush, full-orchestra showpieces from the greatest symphonic poet of all time. THROUGH NOVEMBER 30

Nari Ward: We The People Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

This exhibit is the first museum survey in Texas of the work of artist Nari. Since ‘90s, Ward has produced sculptures in surprising ways.

A Peter White Christmas

NOVEMBER 30

Merry Christmas From the Doo Wop Project The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

Trace the evolution of Doo Wop from the 1950’s street corner style sound to the biggest hits on the radio today, plus Christmas favorites. NOVEMBER 30

Red Southall Band White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The Stillwater, OK group has adventurously blended country music and rock sensibilites into one satisfying sound.


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Revention Music Center

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Holly Jolly Jingle

DECEMBER 7

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The free annual event spotlights performances of familiar holiday medleys by the student musicians from Houston area high schools. There’s no chance of a silent night with this much music and fun

NOVEMBER 30

Dee White, Slaid Cleaves McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Named one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 10 new country artists you need to know, he deftly blends sixties and seventies sounds into his own. THROUGH DECEMBER 22

DECEMBER 3

Miró String Quartet, Chamber Music Houston Stude Concert Hall (Rice University)

Grammy-winning violist Masumi Per Rostad joins the ensemble for Mozart’s Quintet in G Minor, exploring a startlingly dramatic and vivid form of music.

Saul Hernandez-Vargas: There is nothing for us in the thickness

THROUGH JANUARY 4

Lawndale Art Center

Blaffer Art Museum (University of Houston)

Repurposing wax produced by his grandfather’s practice in the 1960s, the artist engages a deeply interpersonal narrative.

Explore the life of the pioneering figure of electroacoustic music in Colombia, one of Latin America’s most important avant-garde and experimental musicians of the 20th century.

Jacqueline Nova: Creación de la Tierra

DECEMBER 1

Bad Bunny

DECEMBER 4

Toyota Center

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

The Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer’s "Soy Peor" was his breakthrough, followed by more hits, and collaborations with Cardi B, and (“Mia”).

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

DECEMBER 1

PJ Morton

House of Blues

The holiday mash-up re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive choreography with all-star dancers, a DJ and an electrifying violinist. DECEMBER 4

The Wood Brothers

The Maroon 5 keyboard whiz has won a pair of Grammy nominations for this solo work on Gumbo, a tribute to his hometown of New Orleans.

Heights Theater

THROUGH DECEMBER 31

THROUGH JANUARY 5

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Museum of the Moon In honor of 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, the museum pays special tribute to the record-breaking historic flight.

Brothers Chris (upright bass) and Oliver Wood (guitar), and multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix form the popular alt-folk trio with the high hipster quotient.

Objects: Redux

The exhibition debuted at the Smithsonian in 1969. It features artists in the original exhibition, and contemporary makers who’ve made marks in their fields.

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As the star of the Emmy-winning reality series “Queer Eye” the bearded hairdresser brings an unstoppable energy to the stage. His all-new show combines a "cirque-du-so-gay" feel with hilarious stand-up comedy sets that has audiences raving.

DECEMBER 4-5

Glen Templeton Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The rising name in country music has released songs such as “I Could Be the One,” "Sing That Song Again" and "Ball Cap."

DECEMBER 5-22

El Milagro del Recuerdo/The Miracle of Remembering, Houston Grand Opera Wortham Theater Center (Cullen Theater)

DECEMBER 5

Set during Christmas, this world premiere mariachi opera lovingly explores the themes of traditions, familial bonds, and the dream of something more."

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

DECEMBER 5-6

The holiday concert tradition highlights the best and brightest orchestras and student musicians from across Conroe ISD.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Holly Jolly Jingle

THROUGH JANUARY 5

Objects: Redux, How 50 Years Made Craft Contemporary

Don Felder

His unforgettable guitar intro on the Eagles’ “Hotel California” is only one of many contributions he’s made to America’s rock songbook. DECEMBER 5-6

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Bruce & Kelly Holiday Shindig

Commemorate the 50th anniversary of Objects: USA, a seminal exhibition of American craft that debuted at the Smithsonian in 1969.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

DECEMBER 5, 7 & 8

Shaman Plays Brahms, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Breathtaking virtuoso Gil Shaham scales the towering heights of Brahms’ masterpiece, widely considered the pinnacle of the repertoire.

The annual throw-down features seasonal numbers, favorites from husband/wife duo Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis’ catalogs, plus a few surprises. DECEMBER 6

Disney Junior Holiday Party Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

THROUGH JANUARY 5

The dazzling musical wonderland sings and dances along to favorite tunes, plus seasonal classics with Mickey & Minnie, Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina and Santa Claus.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

DECEMBER 6

Nathalie Miebach: The Water Line The contemporary basket weaver’s exhibit features a large-scale woven installation, sculpture, and watercolor musical scores that translate weather data into art.

Gary Morris Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

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

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Wynonna & The Big Noise

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

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DECEMBER 8

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Bring on Buddy, the splashy, peppy, sugar-sprinkled North Pole dweller in search of his biological dad on the streets of New York City. Based on the beloved 2003 movie hit starring “SNL” alum Will Ferrell, it’s a Christmas kick for the entire family.

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As one half of the record-breaking singing duo The Judds, she performed with her mom Naomi, and was vocalist on “Mama, He’s Crazy,” “Have Mercy” and others. These days she’s a powerful solo act, playing her own style of music, plus seasonal favorites.

THROUGH FEBRUARY 2

DECEMBER 6

DECEMBER 7

The Menil Collection

Jones Hall

Wortham Theater Center

Meaning “no map”, the exhibit’s title is drawn from a drawing by artist Kunmanara Williams, the first showing of his work in an American art museum.

He’s an acclaimed TV show host, admired comedian, best-selling author, and lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, and pioneering car builder and mechanic.

The evening includes Salazar’s Tara Yo Soi Antonio; Sumaya’s Al Ver Que Las Ondas; Murcia’s Canarios and Castellanos’ Oygan Unx Xacarilla.

DECEMBER 6

DECEMBER 6-7

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

Recognized as one of the outstanding string quartets of their generation, they return for the premiere of a new work by composer Matthew Aucoin.

Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future come together in a delightful theatrical performance.

DECEMBER 6

DECEMBER 6-8

Mapa Wiya (Your Map's Not Needed)

An Evening with Jay Leno, SPA

Christmas Fiesta, Mercury Houston

DECEMBER 7

Brentano Quartet, Da Camera

Menil Contemporaries Holiday Party: Menil Goes Pop! The Menil Collection

Reserve the date to sparkle, fizz, and celebrate with art lovers and champagne among the collection of Warhol, Haring, Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein and more. THROUGH JANUARY 19

Tsuruya Kokei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised & Revisited Asia Society Texas

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of his first solo show in the U.S. the exhibition displays 77 prints by one of Japan's leading contemporary print artists.

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Dickens on the Strand Galveston

The annual street festival is based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and more. DECEMBER 6-8

Sommore Improv

She’s starred in movies including Friday After Next, Soul Plane and Dirty Laundry, however her biggest claim to fame is in clubs as a stand-up comic. DECEMBER 7

Kansas

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

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The prog rockers perform their classic album, Point of No Return, in its entirety including the iconic “Dust in the Wind.”

DECEMBER 7-8, 14-15

Amahl and the Night Visitors, Opera in the Heights Lambert Hall

A child with boundless wonder, a mother desperate to provide, and a humble gift that brings about a miracle.

John Denver Tribute, A Rocky Mountain DECEMBER 8 Christmas, Starring Jim Curry Wynonna & The Big Noise Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re in the mountain air when the tribute artist pays homage to the legendary folk singer.

Formerly one half of the singing duo The Judds and lead vocalist on hits such as “Mama, He’s Crazy” and “Have Mercy,” she’s now a powerful solo act.

DECEMBER 7

Holiday Brunch with Santa

DECEMBER 8

Brennan’s of Houston

Escape to Margaritaville

The day includes a two-course luncheon with dessert bar, photos with Santa and an interactive ornament for kids.

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

DECEMBER 7

Architecture Center Houston’s Gingerbread Build-Off Hermann Square

Welcome to the musical getaway featuring original songs and Jimmy Buffett classics including "Come Monday," "Volcano," "Cheeseburger in Paradise," and more. DECEMBER 8

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

Competing teams create their masterpieces using 100% edible materials and thousands look on - spectators are expected to attend and cheer on the teams.

Old Quarter Acoustic Café (Galveston)

DECEMBER 7

DECEMBER 8-11

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Ian Moore

The talented guitarist was once a member of Joe Ely’s touring band before splitting off and forming his own Austin-based group.

He was a protégée of Woody Guthrie, and inspired artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Phil Ochs over the years with his folk music.

Todd Snider

Encouraged by the likes of Jerry Jeff Walker, Keith Sykes and John Prine, the Austin artist is a contemporary force in Americana.


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A John Waters Christmas

After nearly three years since his last performance in Houston, the legendary tenor returns to town. His career continues as one of the world's most romantic voices performs an evening of soaring arias and famed loved songs.

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Andrea Bocelli, Houston Symphony

Heights Theater

DECEMBER 13

Toyota Center

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The filmmaker (Hairspray, Serial Mom), raconteur and bestselling author (Carsick, Role Models, Make Trouble) hitchhikes into town with a bag full of sticks and stones for the devoted and the damned, spreading Yuletide “cheer” with his latest, critically acclaimed one-man show.

DECEMBER 9

DECEMBER 11

DECEMBER 13

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Revention Music Center

Once a winner on “Star Search 2” and runner up on season seven of “American Idol,” he’s released a series of pop albums.

Get all the dating advice your friends are too scared to tell you to your face on the popular podcast … live.

The classical crossover vocal ensemble with the multi-national membership presents a special seasonal edition of their exciting repertoire.

DECEMBER 9

DECEMBER 12

DECEMBER 13

Stafford Centre

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The new stage musical celebrates Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” comic strip and timeless 1965 TV special, while showcasing the music of Vince Guaraldi.

His performance of a Lady Gaga song as a sixth grader went viral on YouTube, propelling him into the spotlight, and on to his current music career.

They have gleefully played their childlike songs for kids and grownups including whack numbers such as “My Hair Had a Party Last Night.”

DECEMBER 10

DECEMBER 12

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The Secret Group

The theatrical experience brings sleight of hand street magic, mentalism, and some of his most iconic illusions to life, all performed in an intimate, raw setting.

His “Totally Pauly” ran for six years, leading him to a one-hour HBO special, “Pauly Does Dallas” plus a string of comedies (Encino Man, Jury Duty, Bio Dome).

DECEMBER 10

DECEMBER 12-15

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Improv

Austin singer/songwriter Trish Murphy and her brother flit between the kitchen and the stage for an evening of delicious holiday fun.

He came in second place on season eight of “America’s Got Talent,” and was a semi-finalist on “Last Comic Standing.”

DECEMBER 10

DECEMBER 13

David Archuleta

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Criss Angel

Trish and Darin Holiday Show

Chon, Between the Buried and Me

U Up?

Greyson Chance

Pauly Shore

Taylor Williamson

The Gatlin Brothers

House of Blues

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Basically an instrumental band, most of their music contains only a few vocals. The California progressive group released their third album earlier this year.

The trio has been dazzling audiences for more than six decades with a long string of countrypolitian hits including “All the Gold in California.”

Il Divo

Trout Fishing in America

DECEMBER 14

Christmas Boat Lane Parade South Shore Harbour Marina (Clear Lake)

Every year over 100 festively decorated boats of all sizes parade traveling from Clear Lake to Galveston Bay. DECEMBER 14

Mike Stern, Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The guitarist, keyboard whiz and bass player combine skills to offer an evening of sensationally smooth jazz sounds.

DECEMBER 13-15

DECEMBER 14

Sleigh bells ring and jingle bells chime as the beloved holiday spectacular returns, filled with traditional carols, festive favorites and heartwarming cheer.

The Foundry Church

DECEMBER 13-15

DECEMBER 14

Very Merry Pops, Houston Symphony Holiday Concert, Texas Medical Jones Hall Center Orchestra

German Christmas Market & Festival Old Town Tomball

The orchestra made up entirely of local medical professionals performs Christmas favorites designed to make the season right.

James McMurtry McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Herzlich Willkommen, its an authentic celebration on the old downtown streets. You don't have to be German to enjoy this festival.

CNN calls him "America's fiercest songwriter,” performing from a collection of gems that have helped define the very soul of music in Texas for decades.

DECEMBER 14

DECEMBER 14-15

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Houston Symphony

Christmas in the Villa, Houston Chamber Choir

Jones Hall

Chapel of the Villa de Matel

The holiday classic comes to life with live music and narration, plus sing-along favorites including “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

The serenity of the Chapel is a perfect setting for an enchanting array of traditional carols and Christmas favorites – a Houston holiday tradition. *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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DECEMBER 13-17

Toyota Center

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Very Merry Pops, Houston Symphony

DECEMBER 22

Jones Hall

Former Principal Pops Conductor Michael Krajewski returns for a concert filled with the merriest of seasonal sounds. Hear a host of favorites including “Glad Tidings” plus a narrative telling of the Christmas story packed with carols “What Child Is This?” “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World”.

DECEMBER 14-22

For decades, the critically acclaimed dynamo, and its annual winter tours have been a treasured, holiday tradition. The ensemble’s celebration of art and music has been dubbed “rock-theater,” featuring awe-inspiring effects, and eye-popping staging elements blended into an all-new holiday extravaganza.

DECEMBER 17

DECEMBER 20

DECEMBER 21

House of Blues

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

One of the Texas most popular musical ambassadors returns to perform his heart-tugging ballads, spirited melodies, and the down-home fun stuff too.

Navigation Esplanade (between St. Charles and Delano Streets)

Celebrate the season with a special performance of introspective Christmas concertos by Corelli, Sammartini, Locatelli and Torelli.

The Japanese progressive metal band has been around for over twenty years performing, wearing various make up and costumes with emphasis on visual kei.

DECEMBER 14-22

DECEMBER 18

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Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Jones Hall

Tobe Nwigwe

The talented seven-piece jazz ensemble of local musicians play their traditional concert chock full of seasonal favorites.

The glorious setting of the greatest story ever told features the orchestra, chorus and guest soloists, plus the powerful “Hallelujah” Chorus.

Revention Music Center

DECEMBER 19

DECEMBER 20-22

Stereo Live

Improv

Angels and Airwaves

The electronic artist’s memorable bass lines and earth shattering sound design are the basis of his club music’s twists and turns.

Along with friends DeRay Davis and Godfrey, the former college basketball player emerged as one of the mainstays of the Chicago comedy scene.

House of Blues

Italian Christmas Concerts, Mercury Houston MATCH, MFAH, Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Put on your cowboy boots and get ready to enjoy the incomparable Dixie Longate as she shares her hysterical life-lessons learned after a hard night of drinking. DECEMBER 15-JANUARY 5

Christmas Village

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Ima Hogg’s historic home is decked out with decorations, a trail of sparkling lights, animated projections, and holiday performances. DECEMBER 15

Holiday Delights: A Lone Star Christmas The Bryan Museum (Galveston)

All trails will lead to The Bryan Museum for a day of Texas festivities, music, holiday foods, and of course Santa and his two authentic Longhorns. DECEMBER 15

The Texas Tenors Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The three-time Emmy winners broke in the public consciousness with a top four finish on “America’s Got Talent.” *Editor’s Choice 56

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Dir En Grey

Joe Burlison’s Christmas Jazz

Gladez

Jerry Jeff Walker

Handel’s Messiah, Houston Symphony

Corey Holcomb

Taco World

Great fun and music frames the day featuring a variety of tacos from varied Latino cultures as well as great Texas BBQ, food trucks, fairground foods and more. DECEMBER 21

The first-generation-Nigerian rapper from Alief has fans across the globe, including heavyweights: Erykah Badu, Sway Calloway and Dave Chappelle. DECEMBER 22

Tom DeLonge, a founding member of Blink-182, formed the band in 2006. It’s been seven years since the multi-platinum group has played live.

DECEMBER 19

Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas

DECEMBER 21

Joe List

DECEMBER 23

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The Grammy Award-winning guitarist and a band of crack musicians brings a special Christmas spell to cast over every seasonal performance.

The Secret Group

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

He’s been featured on Fallon, Letterman and Conan over the years, and is co-host of his own popular weekly podcast “Tuesdays with Stories.”

The Houston artist is well known locally for his spot-on Elvis Presley tributes, especially when it comes to seasonal music.

DECEMBER 19-21

Martin Burniston’s Singalong Christmas McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

This year marks the 29th annual event that features a mixed bag of seasonal favorites with an audience full of voices doing the heavy lifting.

Vince King Christmas Special

DECEMBER 23 DECEMBER 21

The 5 Browns The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years performing the classics to holiday favorites.

Waterparks Warehouse Live

The Texas pop-rock band released its second full-length album, Entertainment, two years ago, drawing from an eclectic pool of influences.


december DECEMBER 26-27

DECEMBER 28

Jones Hall

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

The cherished TV special was as cheesy as we all remember it. Now, a new version of the colorful animated classic soars off the screen, in front of the footlights in all its super kitschy glory for this ultra campy holiday stage production.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

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As the quintessential holiday performance, Tchaikovsky’s timeless musical masterpiece comes to life featuring hand-painted sets, snow maidens and one of the greatest scores ever written. The company’s telling of the tragic Swan Lake includes award-winning dancers, lavish costumes and much more.

DECEMBER 26

DECEMBER 27

DECEMBER 28

DECEMBER 30

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

House of Blues

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Though he hasn’t received a ton of national press or major label support, the Austin based folk/country/rock player is one of the biggest acts in Texas.

The socially minded multi-instrumentalist is a platinum-selling R&B and soul singer/ songwriter, a hero in pop and hip-hop circles.

Her "Not Cause I Wanted To" resulted in her first Grammy in 2013 when friend Bonnie Raitt included it on her album Slipstream, which won Best Americana Album that year.

"Hadden is pretty much my hero,” says Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, while The Austin Chronicle calls him, “''Houston's best all around rock guitarist.''

Bob Schneider

Lyfe Jennings

Bonnie Bishop

Hadden Sayers

DECEMBER 27-29 DECEMBER 26

Boxing Day at the Rienzi Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Celebrate English traditions and warm beverages, Christmas crackers and holiday music all in a beautiful Texas setting.

Melissa Villaseñor

DECEMBER 28

Max Stalling

DECEMBER 31

Improv

No stranger to TV, she was a contestant on season six of “America’s Got Talent,” and a cast member of “SNL.”

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

With a style that’s modern with a vintage touch, he creates dynamic live shows that are smart, and brimming with charm.

Celebrates the legacy of Antonio Vivaldi and his Venetian predecessors with a program of virtuosic concertos for flute and equally flamboyant works for one, two, and three solo violins.

DECEMBER 28 DECEMBER 26

Two Tons of Steel Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The Texas group pays special tribute to a pair of rock ‘n’ roll legends in Chuck Berry, and Lubbock’s own Buddy Holly. DECEMBER 27

The Elf on the Shelf Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

A Christmas tradition is now a touring stage production, giving families a glimpse into Santa’s magical world through song and dance numbers and a heartwarming story. DECEMBER 27

Alex Weeden Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

As Miranda Lambert’s guitarist he earned a sterling reputation in music circles for his technical abilities and versatility.

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Venetian Carnival, Ars Lyrica

DECEMBER 28-30

Trolls Live

DECEMBER 31

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Hamilton Loomis

The longest running and highest rated holiday TV special ever features Rudolph and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snowman.

Poppy, Branch and friends come to life on-stage in the first-ever live tour packed with the kind of music, glitter, humor and happiness only Trolls can create.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

DECEMBER 27

DECEMBER 28-JANUARY 1

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Jones Hall

He didn’t become a Texas Country legend by being quiet, rather playing his songs in dance halls along back roads and in small towns, building a firm fan base.

Through magnificent music and dazzling dance, the gifted ensemble returns audiences to a glorious era of Chinese culture.

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

Cory Morrow

Shen Yun

THROUGH MARCH 14 DECEMBER 28

Mike Zito

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

A fine guitarist, he is co-founder of Royal Southern Brotherhood along with Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya Blaffer Art Museum (University of Houston)

The exhibit is the photographer’s first major museum survey bringing work from the past 13 years, offering an opportunity to trace connections across his life and practice.

Mixing genres with ease, Guitar Player Magazine said of the Texas artist: "If blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, you’ll find him right in the center of it". DECEMBER 31 *

Black & White Electric Ball Hotel Derek

This upscale New Year’s Eve experience may be just the ticket to ring 2020 featuring an all-star cast of performers. DECEMBER 31

Monte Warden and The Wagoneers McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Coming out of the Austin music scene during the 1980’s, their traditional sound has appealed to the rockabilly faithful ever since. *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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SPORTS & RECREATION

The Houston Texans

2019 SEASON

Houston Texans All games at NRG Stadium except where noted

October 6​​ October 27​​ November 21 ​​ December 1​​ December 8​​

vs. Atlanta Falcons vs. Oakland Raiders vs. Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos

December 15​​

vs. Tennessee Titans

HoustonTexans.com

Rice University Football

All games Toyota Center except where noted

All games at Rice Stadium execpt where noted October 19 vs. ​​ UTSA Roadrunners ## October 26​​ vs. Mississippi State Golden Eagles November 16​​ vs. Memphis Tigers (Homecoming) November 23 vs. ​​ North Texas Mean Green November 30 ​​ vs. UTEP Miners *** *** Sun Bowl (El Paso) ## Alamodome (San Antonio) RiceOwls.com

​​vs. Milwaukee Bucks ​​vs. New Orleans Pelicans ​​vs. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors ​​vs. L.A. Clippers ​​vs. Indiana Pacers ​​vs. Portland Trailblazers ​​vs. Dallas Mavericks vs. Miami Heat ​​vs. Atlanta Hawks vs. Phoenix Suns vs. Toyota Center vs. Detroit Pistons ​​vs. San Antonio Spurs vs. Brooklyn Nets ​​vs. Denver Nuggets

NBA.com/Rockets

Houston Dynamo Soccer All Games at BBVA Compass Stadium

October 6​​

vs. LA Galaxy

HoustonDynamo.com

University of Houston Football TDECU Stadium

October 12​​ October 24​​ November 16 November 30

vs. Cincinnati Bearcats vs. SMU Mustangs ​​vs. Memphis Tigers* ​​vs. Navy Midshipmen

Texas Southern University Football

NOVEMBER 17

Golf Club of Houston

La Porte

The Houston Open

All games at BBVA Compass Stadium except where noted October 12​​ vs. Missouri State Bears ++ October 19​​ vs. Southern Jaguars **** November 9​​ vs. Alabama State Hornets ++ Alexander Durley Stadium (Homecoming) **** Cotton Bowl (Dallas) Athletics.TSU.edu

Since 1946 over 150 of the world's best golfers compete in the annual PGA event, making Houston's tournament the 10th oldest.

Carl Barton, Jr., Park (Conroe)

DECEMBER 1

Run Girl Half Marathon Deussen Park & Eisenhower Park

OCTOBER 19

Monster Jam NRG Stadium

DECEMBER 7

Jingle All the Way 10K, 5K & 1K Addicks Park

OCTOBER 22-24

OCTOBER 5

Hess Houston Corporate Run (Day 1-3)

Battle of Piney Woods: Stephen F. Austin vs. Sam Houston State NRG Stadium

OCTOBER 26

DECEMBER 14

Karbach Brewery

Rob Fleming Aquatic Center (The Woodlands)

OCTOBER 27

DECEMBER 15

Monster Mash Run

NOVEMBER 2

Great Inflatable Race Sam Houston Race Park

The longstanding college football rivalry returns as the Bearkats battle the Lumberjacks for the annual Battle of Piney Woods game.

Rudolph Fun Run CityCentre

Sam Houston Park

Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field

DECEMBER 7

Memorial Park

Prairie View A&M Football

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Turkey Trot 5K

Houston, Pearland & Sugar Land Turkey Trots

Houston Half Marathon & 10K

vs. Jackson State Tigers vs. UAPB Golden Tigers vs. ​​ Edward Waters Tigers

NOVEMBER 23

NOVEMBER 28

* Homecoming UHCougars.com

October 24​​ November 9​​ November 16

By the Bay Half Marathon

Various Locations

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Houston Rockets

NOVEMBER 9

Explore the Falls Race Falls at Imperial Oaks (Spring)

Jingle Bell Run Santa Hustle Galveston

DECEMBER 22

12Ks of Christmas Sam Houston Park DECEMBER 27

Texas Bowl (Teams TBA) NRG Stadium

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DINING

51fifteen Restaurant & Lounge Located above Saks Fifth Avenue in the Galleria, this 5-star restaurant specializes in World Fusion cuisine by Chef Nick Banaszak and Chef Jamil Bean. The fashionably haute restaurant offers fine dining, a three-course power lunch, private events, brunch, live music, and happy hour. 5175 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.963.8067 51fifteen.com

a'Bouzy Restaurateur Shawn Virene’s first solo restaurant is a Champagne-fueled concept with seasonal salads, prime meats, a raw bar and simple shareable plates. Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. 2300 Westheimer Rd. (River Oaks) 713.722.6899

friends gather to dine, drink, and converse, and simple hearty French fare is thoughtfully presented. Plateaux de Fruits de Mer, Frisee Salad topped with poached egg and lardon, Steak Frites, and the sautéed Dover Sole in a beurre noisette remain the perennial favorites.

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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.

Brennan’s of Houston

1801 Yale St. (The Heights) 713.864.3696

1962 West Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.524.1919

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.

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3300 Smith St. (Midtown) 713.522.9711

benjy’s

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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

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

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2200 Post Oak Blvd. (Uptown/Galleria) 713.622.9996

Bisou

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Cuchara

Helmed by Master Chef of France Frédéric Perrier, Bisou offers classic continental cuisine boasting bold flavors with an eclectic array of appetizers, small plates, shareable sides, and desserts. Enjoy a robust beverage program featuring classic cocktails, an extensive wine list, and champagne magnums with lively music and DJs spinning during late night dinners and at Sunday Funday brunches. 4444 Westheimer Road, A120 (River Oaks) 713.955.3855 bisourestaurant.com

Brasserie 19 With its crisp white interior and gorgeous table-hopping crowd, Brasserie 19 is easily the most see-and-be-seen restaurant in town. Here, 60

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Down House

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. 214 Fairview St. (Montrose) 713.942.0000 cuchararestaurant.com

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

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

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

El Tiempo Cantina

Foundation Room

With decadent dining, inspired mixology, live entertainment and over-the-top service, you’ll love the rockstar treatment from the VIP lounge nestled just inside House of Blues. From smooth leather upholstery to eccentric artwork and elegant fixtures, Foundation Room is exquisitely designed for the most discerning tastes. 1204 Caroline St. (Downtown) 832.667.7794 houseofblues.com/houston/fr

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

Eunice Restaurant & Raw Bar Situated among a grove of 100-year old oak trees, this buzzy new Cajun-Creole brasserie is a nod to Chef Drake Leonards hometown in Louisiana. The restaurant channels nostalgic flavors from Leonards’ childhood with seasonally-inspired menus that marry European influences with the ingredients and foodways of the Gulf Coast. 3737 Buffalo Speedway (Greenway Plaza) 832.491.1717 eunicerestaurant.com

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

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


The Grove

Omakase offering sure to pique the palate.

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.

3600 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.526.8858

1611 Lamar St. (Downtown) 713.337.7321 thegrovehouston.com

Hearsay Market Square 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. 218 Travis St. (Downtown) 713.225.8079 hearsayhouston.com

House of Blues Restaurant & Bar This downtown gem brings together authentic American food, live music, and art like no other place on Earth. The sounds are electric, the art is inspiring, and the kitchen is as rockin' as the talent onstage. Join them for lunch, happy hour and dinner before a show! 1204 Caroline St. (Downtown) 888.402.5837

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 chutneys and light, flavorful sauces. 2925 Richmond Ave (Upper Kirby) 713.960.8472 kiranshouston.com

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

Laurenzo’s Restaurant

Houston’s Restaurant

5888 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.975.1947 4848 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.529.2385 hillstone.com

Hugo’s Authentic interior Mexican flavors shine through in the award-winning eponymous restaurant from Chef Hugo Ortega. Familiar Mexican flavors combine in innovative new and classic dishes. Put the excellent tequila and mezcal lists to good use and order a tableside shaken margarita to accompany your meal. 1600 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.524.7744 hugosrestaurant.net

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

Moxie’s Grill & Bar

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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.

DINING

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

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. 4224 San Felipe St. (River Oaks) 713.622.1010 libertykitchenoysterette.com

Line and Lariat Savor mouthwatering dishes reflecting the bounty of Texas’ coast, waterways, farms, and ranches at this restaurant located in the Hotel Icon in downtown Houston. Saddle up to the L & L Bar for a unique blend of mixology that includes both iconic and contemporary craft cocktails. 220 Main St. (Downtown) 832.667.4470 hotelicon.com

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

From the family that brought you El Tiempo Cantina comes Laurenzo’s Restaurant. Experience American comfort classics with caring service. They provide the best in food and customer service, and we go the extra mile to create a delightful dining experience. 4412 Washington Ave (Washington Heights) 713.880.5111 laurenzos.com

Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar 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 apple-wood grill. 1050 Studewood St. (The Heights) 713.802.0533 libertykitchenoysterbar.com

714 Yale St. (The Heights) 713.360.6133 420 Main St. (Downtown) 713.227.0531 houstonlocalfoods.com

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

Max’s Wine Dive This dive is fun 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 classics from all Wine Dive locations and items unique to Houston.

Find globally-inspired dishes and handcrafted cocktails created with fresh ingredients at Moxie’s. Experience Moxie’s and fall in love with the atmosphere, energetic hospitality, and crave-worthy food! 5000 Westheimer Rd (Galleria) 346.571.6164 moxies.com

The Oceanaire Seafood Room 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. 5061 Westheimer Road (The Galleria) 832.487.8862 theoceanaire.com

Pondicheri 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. 2800 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.522.2022 pondichericafe.com

Quattro 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. 1300 Lamar St. (Downtown) 713.276.4700 fourseasons.com/houston/dining/restaurants/quattro/

214 Fairview St. (Montrose) 713.528.9200 4720 Washington Ave. (The Heights) 713.880.8737 maxswinedive.com H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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DINING Ristorante Cavour

The Tasting Room

Uchi

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

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.

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.

1080 Uptown Park Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.418.1000

1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd. (Uptown) 713.993.9800

granducahouston.com

tastingroomwines.com

Roka Akor

Tony Mandola’s

Roka Akor brings an unparalleled combination of thoughtful design and contemporary Robata Japanese to Houston. The menu changes seasonally, with prime-cut steaks, seafood, and vegetables with Japanese-inspired marinades and sauces, along with sushi and sashimi. 2929 Weslayan St #100 (River Oaks) 713.622.1777 rokaakor.com

818 Town & Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 281.822.1500

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.

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

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Soma Sushi Sophisticated surroundings make this an elegant yet comfortable spot for innovative rolls and traditional Japanese cuisine with a modern twist. The menu is ever-evolving with the growth and cultural diversity of Houston, making Soma a local favorite. 4820 Washington Ave (Washington Heights) 713.861.2726 somasushi.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.

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Weights + Measures This casual neighborhood restaurant, bakeshop and bar located in a 1950s industrial warehouse is a hot spot with a mid-mod feel. Their goal is to create a comfortable, sincere and welcoming place for all to dine, relax, socialize and share great experiences.

2301 Main St. (Midtown) 713.955.2302 clehouston.com

H Bar Dark opulence sets the scene for sipping fine spirits, exotic cocktails and other exciting libations. With its crimson velvet accents, vintage lighting, H Bar provides a rich, yet timeless, atmosphere to carry an intimate conversation or a nightcap. 1600 W Loop S (Uptown) 346.227.5137 postoakhotel.com/restaurants

Mongoose versus Cobra

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NIGHTLIFE photo by Daniel Otriz

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608 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.529.2797

Clé Day/Night Club features three uniquely elegant bars that transition into five indoor and outdoor lounge areas. The day pool has a bar, daybeds, private VIP cabanas and an open-air party-deck. World-renowned DJ’s grace the turntables, making it an unparalleled nightlife experience.

2808 Caroline St. (Downtown) 713.654.1970

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.

842 W. Sam Houston Parkway (CityCentre) 713.464.5252

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Vinoteca Poscol

Seasons 52

4410 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.621.5452

904 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.522.4808

Clé

Located in the iconic Houstonian Hotel, authentic food and flavors from Texas, Louisiana and Mexico reflect “How Houstonians Love to Eat.” Flawless wood-grilled rib-eyes, Gulf Coast oysters and tributes to regional chefs and storied recipes. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Complimentary valet. 111 N. Post Oak Lane (Uptown) 713.685.6713 houstoniantribute.com

Tropicales This charming all-day-café is located in the heart of Houston, where the Museum District meets the Rice Village. Gulf Coast & Latin flavors converge in the vibrant, Caribbean inspired space that also serves unique cocktails, beer, wine and coffee. 2132 Bissonnet (Rice Village) (832) 649-7974 tropicalestx.net

13 Celsius

Named by Southern Living as one of the best places to get a cocktail in Houston, M vs C offers an extensive selection of small-batch beers and spirits. The unpretentious industrial vibe comes from the building's rich history and welcomes all beer and cocktail enthusiasts. 1011 McGowen St (Midtown) 713.650.6872 mongooseversuscobra.com

This European wine bar and cafe serves unique wines from all over the world that are stored in a climate-controlled cellar at 13 degrees celsius. Tucked just inside Midtown, the beautifully renovated 1920s building is the perfect spot for date night or happy hour.

Spire

3000 Caroline St (Midtown) 713.529.8466 13celsius.com

Clé Group’s nightclub, Spire boasts three beautiful bars positioned throughout the 15,000 square foot venue with over 40 VIP sections and state-of-the-art production. Each room enhances your senses and will present an awe-inspiring nightclub experience.

1200 Louisiana St. (Downtown) 713.375.4775

1720 Main St. (Downtown) 713.588.5379

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ATTRACTIONS

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

international audiences of various ages.

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

artcarmuseum.com

The Bryan Museum

1315 21st St. (Galveston) 409.632.7685 thebryanmuseum.org

Children’s Museum of 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 Houston

Located at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. This musuem is a premier destination for researchers, students and families. Discover over 44 million pages of documents, view thousands of museum objects, and learn about leadership and public service through the life of President George Bush. 1000 George Bush Drive West (College Station) 979.691.4000 bush41.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 wonder and curiosity about health, medical science, and the human body. 1515 Hermann Drive (Museum District) 713.521.1515 thehealthmuseum.org

Holocaust Museum 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

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

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

camh.org

140 Heights Blvd. (The Heights) 713.861.5526

Located in the historic Galveston Orphans Home in Galveston, this museum houses The Bryan Collection, one of the world's largest collections of historical artifacts, documents, and artwork relating to Texas and the American West.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Space Center Houston

5216 Montrose Blvd. (Museum District) 713.284.8250

4848 S. Main St. (Museum District) 713.529.4848

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

PERFORMANCE VENUES A.D. Players at The George

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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. 5555 Hermann Park Drive (Museum District) 713.639.4629

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

hmns.org

5420 Westheimer Rd. (Galleria) 713.526.2721

The Menil Collection

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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. 1533 Sul Ross St. (Montrose) 713.525.9400

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

menil.org

615 Texas Ave. (Downtown) 713.220.5700

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

alleytheatre.org

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

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ATTRACTIONS House of Blues

ZOOS & AQUARIUMS Downtown Aquarium

Opened in 2008, this massive concert venue is the anchor for the GreenStreet outdoor shopping and entertainment complex. The Bronze Peacock Room pays tribute to Houston’s first blues club, where Big Momma Thornton and Lightnin’ Hopkins bared their souls through song. 1204 Caroline St. (Downtown) 888.402.5837

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.

Houston Grand Opera – Wortham Center

501 Texas Ave. (Downtown) 713.228.6737 houstongrandopera.org

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

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

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NRG Stadium

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Houston Zoo

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 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 & Dash orange and geometrically-shaped, tessellated aluminum mesh encompassing the structure. 2200 Texas Avenue (EaDo) 713.547.3000 bbvacompassstadium.com

Minute Maid Park

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.

RYDE indoor cycling studio has a reputation for being inclusive of all skill levels, using high-end equipment, delivering physical results and having a friendly staff. What makes RYDE different than other spin studios? It is not just a place to workout but a lifestyle. 2500 West Gray St. (River Oaks) 832.581.2878 802 Rusk St. #136 (Downtown) 832.703.1876 letsryde.com

SWEAT 1000

One NRG Park (Medical Center) 832.667.1400 nrgpark.com/nrg-stadium

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

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

GOLF & FITNESS Champions Golf Club

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

RYDE

501 Crawford St. (Downtown) 713.259.8000

410 Bagby St. (Downtown) 713.223.3474

houseofblues.com

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

with the ball club’s former home, the Astrodome.

Founded 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

SWEAT 1000 is a full body, high intensity, interval training (HIIT) work out. Each class is designed for individuals of all experience levels. Whether you have not worked out in weeks or are a professional athlete, you will be challenged and leave feeling accomplished. 725 W 18th St. (The Heights) 832.516.7072 sweat1000.com

TopGolf Sports competition meets your favorite local hangout at this premier golf entertainment complex where friends and families compete in addictive, point-scoring golf games. The 215yard outfield is studded with ground-mounted, dartboard-like targets that determine points based on the distance microchipped balls travel. 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, Galleria, and the Reliant Stadium. 12000 Almeda Road (Central Southwest) 713.413.3400 wildcatgolfclub.com


SALONS & SPAS Blo Blow Dry Bar

or full day of pampering, an array of face and body treatments are available. Complimentary valet and rooftop pool access are included with service. 1070 Dallas St. (Downtown) 713.242.8550 hotelalessandra-houston.com

Trellis Spa at The Houstonian You're not cheating on your hairdresser when you visit Blo Blow Drybar Post Oak. No cuts, no color, just wash, blo & go! Located in the heart of Uptown, it is the perfect place to prep for a night out. 1800 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria) 832.582.6165 blomedry.com

Cutloose Hair Located in the heart of Montrose, this full-service salon is dedicated to the art of cut, color and style. The owners are passionate about make the world a more beautiful place. At Cutloose, you will find the perfect stylist for your hair care needs. 1711 Westheimer Rd. (Montrose) 713.520.7401 cutloosetx.com

A canopy of trees welcomes Trellis spa-goers who immediately decompress upon entering the woodsy oasis known as The Houstonian. The resort property is located on 27-acres in the Galleria area. Exclusive Natura Bisse’ products and more are what make Trellis unlike any other spa in Houston. 111 N Post Oak Ln. (Uptown) 713.685.6790 houstonian.com/thespa

The Spa at The Post Oak Hotel

Mokara Spa and Salon

Contemporary meets zenat the Mokara Spa and Salon at the Omni Hotel. Treatment rooms embody the hotel’s aesthetic with a calming earthy feel featuring textures of raw wood and pebbles. 4 Riverway (Uptown) 713.871.8181

The Spa at The Post Oak Hotel is a 20,000 square-foot urban oasis and Texas’ only Forbes Five-Star Spa. As a Cinq Modes partner, the spa offers indulgent rituals and treatments cultivated from the world’s most unspoiled regions. Enjoy the tranquility pools with hotstoned day beds, aromatherapy-infused steam room and zero gravity chairs.

omnihotels.com/hotels/houston/spa

1600 W Loop South (Uptown) 844.386.1600

Spa by Alessandra

thepostoakhotel.com

This intimate and elegant spa encompasses two private massage rooms, manicure/pedicure and hair/makeup stations plus retail and a relaxation area. Perfect for a midday escape


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SHOPPING CENTERS

4055 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.850.3100

BLVD Place

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

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

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

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. 29300 Hempstead Road (Cypress) 281.304.5820 premiumoutlets.com

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. 9595 Six Pines Drive (The Woodlands) 281.419.4774 marketstreet-thewoodlands.com

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

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GreenStreet

1201 Fannin St. (Downtown) 832.320.1201 greenstreetdowntown.com

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. 68

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1964 W Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.866.6982 riveroaksshoppingcenter.com

Shops at Arrive 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.

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4444 Westheimer Rd., Ste A168 (River Oaks) 713.621.2400 deBoulle.com

Deutsch Houston

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Uptown Park 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. 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.

3747 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.627.7787 deutschhouston.com

Fabergé

JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES

Founded in 1842, the world’s most iconic artist jeweler is highly recognized for its legendary series of lavish Imperial Easter Eggs. From one-of-a-kind creations to fine jewelry and timepieces, Fabergé's first retail boutique in Texas displays the most exquisite selection from their collections.

Chardé Jewelers

5085 Westheimer Road (The Galleria) 832.940.0188

uptownparkhouston.com

4444 Westheimer Rd. (River Oaks) 713.904.1310

Timeless beauty, refined luxury, attention to detail, and fine craftsmanship are hallmarks of deBoulle Diamond & Jewelry. Experience a premier collection of fine jewelry, world-renowned Swiss watchmaker, Patek Philippe, impeccable service, and a beautiful and friendly environment.

2800 Kirby Drive (River Oaks) 713.533.9966

1121 Uptown Park Blvd. (Uptown)

Houston’s premier luxury district is home to many of Houston’s favorite luxury brands and hot-spots making it a true destination. From abundant restaurant selections, iPic Theater, Bella Rinova Spa, and luxe boutiques to immerse yourself in the River Oaks District experience.

deBoulle

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

2365 Rice Blvd. (West University) 713.302.8919

galleriahouston.com

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.

River Oaks Shopping Center

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

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HUBLOT Houston

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


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

J. Landa

Tenenbaum Jewelers

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

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

Lindsey Leigh Jewelry

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. 947 N Gessner Rd. (Memorial City Mall) 713.999.6853 9595 Six Pines Drive, (The Woodlands) 281.571.3516 thomasmarklejewelers.com

Zadok Jewelers

Known as @HoustonDiamondGirl, Lindsey Leigh offers a concierge jewelry service and takes the mystery out of the jewelry selection process. While engagement rings are her biggest market, she can help with wedding bands, other rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. 901 Rhode Pl. Suite 400 (Midtown) 832.646.0232 lindseyleighjewelry.com

Rice Village Diamonds

A family-owned business with a rich experience in diamonds and fine jewelry. Where you will discover the most versatile diamond inventory in the city, offering quality that is simply unmatched. From diamond earrings to right-hand rings, bridal jewelry, for that special day, and fun jewelry, just because. 2376 Rice Boulevard (Rice Village) 713.526.1510 ricevillagediamonds.com

The Antiquarium

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

3021 Kirby Drive (River Oaks) 713.622.7531 theantiquarium.com

Back Row Home The 16,000 sq. ft. showroom specializes in antique American and European furniture, architectural and decorative pieces. Back Row Home also carries a fabulous selection of tabletop, bedding, rugs, pillows, accessories, holiday and gift items. 8570 Katy Freeway (Memorial) 713.827.9292 backrowhome.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. (Upper Kirby) 713.523.1558

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

Elizabeth Anthony

Roche Bobois 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.

ANTIQUES & FURNITURE

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Alyson Jon Interiors

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alysonjon.com

2515 River Oaks Blvd. (River Oaks) 713.936.9503

lambespoke.com

4810 San Felipe St. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.629.0442

2401 Bissonnet St. (West University) 713.524.3171

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.

12525 Memorial Dr. (Memorial) 713.485.4120

zadok.com

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.

Ann Mashburn

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

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. 2517 South Blvd. (West University) 713.522.3025 abejasboutique.com

Hemline Established in 1994 in New Orleans, the brand today includes six locations throughout the South. A trusted, sought-after resource for coveted fashion, Hemline is the ultimate style destination for Show Me Your Mumu, French Connection, Free People, Hudson, Sam Edelman, and more. 796 Town and Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 713.465.1148 2513 University Blvd. (Rice Village) 713.520.1184 2047 West Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.520.0060 shophemline.com

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The best of upscale retail and resale converge in this charming Upper Kirby boutique. From Louboutin pumps to Chanel suits, from distinctive gifts to high-end household products, founder Vicki Rizzo's beloved shop truly does live up to its name. 2817 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.668.8811 mtyci.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, Rios of Mercedes, and more. Unique designer apparel for men and women, including hand-engraved buckles, hats, and jewelry.

Sid Mashburn

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

2515 River Oaks Blvd. (River Oaks) 713.936.9502

berings.com

sidmashburn.com

Events

Velleriano Italy

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

3900 Bissonnet (West University) 713.665.0500

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.

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3500 N. Terminal Rd. Terminal C (Bush Intercontinental Airport) 281.233.7999

Tootsies

6102 Westheimer Rd. (Galleria) 713.785.6400

2439 Westheimer Rd. (River Oaks) 713.520.5700

1717 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.333.7900

pintoranch.com

Bering’s

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.

Gordy & Sons Outfitters Velleriano Italy offers a unique high-end men’s shopping experience in the Galleria. Long time stylists with over 25 years of experience help dress clients of all ages. The team puts together stylish, elegant and tailored looks that add class and sophistication to any man's wardrobe.

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

offers the highest quality of goods that embody the spirit of western heritage. 796 Town and Country Blvd #118 (CityCentre) 281.546.0861 krsaddleshop.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, and much more. 2424 W Alabama St. (Upper Kirby) 713.526.6000 kuhl-linscomb.com

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

22 Waugh Drive (Washington Heights) 713.333.3474 gordyandsons.com

lucchese.com

JoyBox Fine Flowers

tootsies.com

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.

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5727 Westheimer Road (Galleria/Uptown) 713.629.9091

2601 Westheimer Rd. (Upper Kirby) 713.629.9990

5085 Westheimer Rd. #2860 (Galleria) 713.622.1188 vellerianoitalytx.com

GIFTS & SPECIALTY STORES 29 North

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Dos Carolinas Dos Carolinas specializes in custom guayaberas, button down shirts with a Latin flair. Handmade in Texas, these shirts are unique and stylish, yet dressy enough for work or an evening out. Pick out your custom or off-the-rack guay at their store in the heart of River Oaks. 2503 River Oaks Blvd (River Oaks) 713.529.3298 doscarolinas.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. 1180-6 Uptown Park Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.527.8200 mpenner.com

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Maida’s Belts & Buckles

Named for its geographical coordinates, the unique luxury retail concept is a celebration of style, craftsmanship, artistry, and enduring quality. The boutique features a fusion of Men’s and Women’s Ready to Wear, fine jewelry, accessories and seasonal selections celebrating unique and bespoke vendors. 1600 West Loop (Uptown) 346.227.5129

Houston’s favorite flower shop offers unique arrangements in statement boxes filled to the brim with seasonal blooms. They also specialize in Everlasting Roses, the hottest floral trend, lasting up to a year with no water and they ship nationwide.

The Monogram Shop

1907 Sabine St #137 (The Heights) 832.840.5500 joyboxflowers.com

King Ranch Saddle Shop

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

Looking to find the best, authentic clothing, leather goods, luggage, jewelry, accessories, furniture, and housewares inspired by the original Texas Ranch? King Ranch Saddle Shop

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The Monogram Shop

specialty gift shop for every occasion

5860 H San Felipe, Houston, TX 77057 | www.monogramshophouston.com | 832-251-8771 |@themonogramshop


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Houston Hotel Magazine Fall + Holiday 2019  

Houston Hotel Magazine your guide to the best of H-Town. We're glad you're here.

Houston Hotel Magazine Fall + Holiday 2019  

Houston Hotel Magazine your guide to the best of H-Town. We're glad you're here.