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CONTENTS 13 FASHION FORWARD Discover local fashion designers who are building their national brands out of Houston. BY EMILY LUNSTROTH

24 LOCALLY BREWED (THE RUNDOWN) The drink of choice this fall is craft beer from our city’s top breweries. BY DOMINIQUE MCGHEE

27 LUXURY SHOPPING IN HOUSTON

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Experience retail therapy like never before at the hottest shopping centers in town. BY EMILY LUNSTROTH

36 THE EXTENDED HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list from our curated selection of local favorites! BY EMILY LUNSTROTH

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Grammy nominations, sold-out audiences and a fan base that stretches across the world, Texas rhythm and blues singer Leon Bridges is making an indelible mark on music with no end in sight. BY DAVID MUSCARI

From quaint back road jaunts through award winning wine country, to invigorating moments along the Tillamook shoreline, July in Oregon is a delightful respite suitable for all seasons. BY DAVID MUSCARI

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Houston Blogger, Caroline Knapp of @houseofharper Photographer: Cody Bess Dress by Hunter Bell NYC

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

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An Art-Filled Oasis SEE / DINE / SHOP

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Foundations: Jean (Hans) Arp Through January 6

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

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

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

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

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The Houston Grand Opera returns home to the Wortham Thrater Center one year after Hurricane Harvey. BY EMILY LUNSTROTH

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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

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all has arrived — a time for family, friends, fresh fashion and flavorful food! This holiday season, we’re highlighting some of our favorite local designers and hotspots to shop and dine. Let us guide you through the city, so you can experience Houston like a local.

Wardrobe provided by: Elaine Turner

Gracing our cover is the ever-sochic Caroline (Harper) Knapp, the creative mind behind House of Harper. This local fashionista and lifestyle guru helps you navigate through our Extended Holiday Gift Guide, a curated selection of trending and seasonal items, by highlighting her top picks. In it you’ll find some our favorite Texas-inspired gifts that will elevate any wardrobe and enhance every home. We have something for everyone on your holiday list, including the little ones! Whether you're looking for a souvenir for a loved one or just want to treat yourself this season, we've got you covered with some of Houston's musthaves. ‘Tis the season to shop!

Love the dress our cover girl is wearing? Then you will love our fashion-forward article highlighting three local designers who are making their mark across the country, based right here in Houston. You’ll fall for the unique designs of Hunter Bell NYC, Hamilton Shirts and Mirth Caftans. Then, we’ll take you straight to the holy grail of Houston shopping destinations by giving you an in-depth look into the fabulous River Oaks District and Uptown Park — both of which offer elevated shopping and dining experiences unmatched by anywhere else in the city (or state, for that matter). After indulging in some retail therapy, you're sure to build up an appetite. Check out our Brunches, Bars and Snappy Hours for the best deals and newest eateries Houston has to offer. Looking for something a little heartier? We've rounded up the best chophouses in town in our Steak Section. You can't come to Texas without indulging in local fare, and we know good steak!

As you may know, fall in Texas is synonymous with football, but we also have an incredible brewery scene that pairs perfectly with our favorite pastime. Discover a few of our top destinations to watch the game and enjoy a crisp IPA with our map of Bayou City’s buzz-worthy breweries. Then, step into the Pacific Northwest for a holiday getaway and experience the beauty and wonder of the Oregon wine country. We know Houston’s not the only stop you’ll be making this fall, so we’ll guide you through your next vineyard vacay! Before you go, consult our entertainment calendar, “The Scene,” for an insider’s look at over 300 of Houston’s best upcoming performances, festivals and can’t-miss events. Tune into our comprehensive listing of Houston sporting events (go, ‘Stros!), and browse through some of our favorite places to dine, shop and relax around town. Thank you for choosing Houston Hotel Magazine as your guide to the best of Clutch City. We’re glad you’re here..

Ryan Miller Publisher, Houston Hotel Magazine

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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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The Prime Cit y FOR Prime Beef 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.

1001 McKinney St. (Downtown) 713.659.3700 mortons.com

The Palm

5365 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.623.4600

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

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Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House 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.

5061 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.355.2600

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

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

1201 Fannin, Suite 129 713.658.9457

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6100 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.977.2544

1200 Louisiana St. (Downtown) 713.375.4777

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

Bob’s Steak and Chop House Ranked as one of the top steakhouses in the country, this traditional American prime steakhouse combines simple elegance, a lively atmosphere, big drinks, fine wines, and large cuts of the finest prime steaks, chops, and seafood with service that’s a cut above.

The restaurant offers the finest USDA Prime beef, available both wet- and dry-aged and broiled at 1,600 degrees or iron-crusted. Steak companions include truffle-poached lobster, Diablo shrimp, and king crab topped with caviar. Each dish is crafted from scratch by the culinary team and served by skillful staff. 2405 W. Alabama St. (River Oaks) 713.520.5959 788 W. Sam Houston Parkway North (Town & Country) 713.827.1120 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands 281.362.0103 flemingssteakhouse.com

Mastro’s Steakhouse

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

Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou

1650 West Loop S (Galleria) 713.993.2500

1700 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands 281.292.2627

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. (Memorial) 713.868.4444 brennerssteakhouse.com/bayou

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Opulent and romantic, Del Frisco’s in Houston is located in an elegant two-story space with sweeping windows, offering guests a luxurious dining experience. This location offers something you won’t find in any other Houston steakhouse with their New Orleans-inspired “lagniappe” menu.

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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. 5000 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.629.1946

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

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille The comfortable, casual yet elegant restaurant serves hand-selected USDA-aged prime beef cuts that are brought in fresh daily. For a memorable dining experience, try one of its specialties, 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 perryssteakhouse.com

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

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 All restaurants are located in Houston unless otherwise noted.


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Elton John Toyota Center

After more than 50 years on the road and an unparalleled career, The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour will pull out all the stops. The Hall of Fame pianist plays music from dozens of hit albums including singles: “Your Song,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Sad Songs,” “Blue Eyes,” “Rocket Man,” “Levon” and many more.

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

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Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have performed together for years. The duo made a name with the college crowd in the 1980s, and were involved in various environmental and activist causes. They won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk album, featuring the hit “Closer to Fine.”

The multi-platinum Colombian superstar is among the hottest acts in music. He’s had a phenomenal year as one of the mostlistened-to global artists across YouTube and Spotify, to back-toback number one singles with “Mi Gente” and “Machika,” and his current Vibras Tour.

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Revention Music Center

Joke Joint Comedy Showcase

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston Island)

Led by singer-songwriter Chris Carrabba, the emo-rock band brings echoes of The Beatles and Beach Boys’ harmonies, mixed with their own contemporary gloss.

The Boston Globe tagged him a “stand out standup comedian,” with a reputation for being wickedly funny and a little sinister.

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Dashboard Confessional, All Time Low Ray Harrington

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Michael Martin Murphey Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The native Texan plays a faithful brand of cowboy trail songs, plus essential hits such as “Wildfire” and “Caroline in the Pines.” OCTOBER 2

Goo-Goo Dolls House of Blues

Led by original members John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, the multi-platinum Grammy-nominated band is best know for singles such as “Slide” and “Iris.”

Deana Carter Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Her multi-platinum album, “Did I Shave My Legs for This,” was a huge hit spawning “Strawberry Wine” and “We Danced Anyway.” OCTOBER 4

Liz Longley McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

“Weightless” is the highly anticipated follow-up to her 2015 self-titled release, which garnered praise from American Songwriter, Huffington Post and others.

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

A multi-talented cast sings pub tunes, folk, opera and classic rock, all to roof-raising heights with singing, dancing, stomping, and pub-crawl of a concert you’ll ever attend.

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Brooklyn proud, the indie pop group has received favorable endorsements over the years from Spin, Rolling Stone and more.

Improv

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Peter and The Wolf, Houston Symphony

Mind Games, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra

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Experience Prokofiev’s enchanting piece, plus songs from “The Lion King” including “Hakuna Matata,” “The Circle of Life” and more.

The Unchambered series begins with an exciting new commission, which the audience can also join by voting on their phones to influence the piece’s direction.

House of Blues

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Godfrey

The standup artist appeared on BET, VH1, Comedy Central, and in features including “Soul Plane,” “Original Gangstas” and “Zoolander.”

Hobo Johnson and The Lovemakers With his wild hair, pin-thin mustache and penchant for offbeat production, the California hybrid of hip-hop, punk, folk and poetry is a blast. OCTOBER 5-7

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Miniature Tigers

The Choir of Man

The Music of ABBA with Rajaton, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

The chart-topping disco group was a pop sensation. Dance, jive and have the time of your life with “S.O.S.,” “Mamma Mia” and more. OCTOBER 5-7

Redemption of a Dogg Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Je'Caryous Johnson new stage play stars entertainment icon Snoop Dogg and R&B Tamar Braxton of TV’s “Braxton Family Values.”

Jeff Coffey Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

A former lead singer and bassist for Chicago, his music has been features in motion pictures and a variety of network TV shows. OCTOBER 6

Sweekar Katti, Indian Music Society of Houston

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Brahms’ Third Symphony, Mercury Houston Wortham Theater Center

Conductor Antoine Plante leads the ensemble performing Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56, "Scottish" and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90.

Jones Hall (University of St. Thomas)

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Known for his sitar mastery, the performed in classical and fusion concerts at prestigious festivals around the globe.

House of Blues

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Wood and Wire

Bayou Jazz Series: Michael Lington, Greg Manning The Dutch-American saxophonist and the successful keyboardist take the stage together for an afternoon of contemporary jazz.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

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From songs including “I’m Eighteen” and “School’s Out” in the 1970s through today, the shock rocker still delivers. The Rolling Stone Album Guide refers to Alice as the world's most "beloved heavy metal entertainer.”

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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The Grand 1894 Opera House

The pair of legendary acts collaborated for the 2018 hit “Para Sacarte De Mi Vida,” and have combined to sell over 60 million records.

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

Get in the mood for a happy Halloween 2018 with this annual spooky-fest under the big Texas night sky.

Her unwavering devotion to traditional mariachi music led to a 2018 Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album, the first won by a woman.

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Alejandro Fernandez & Los Tigres del Norte Toyota Center

Jerusalem Quartet Stude Concert Hall (Rice University)

The program of sextets includes Tchaikovsky’s rich “Souvenir de Florence,” written while the composer was in Italy, and Schoenberg’s deeply felt Verklärte Nacht. OCTOBER 10

Lee Roy Parnell

Festa Italiana

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Garbage

House of Blues

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the legendary “Version 2.0,” the band performs the classic album in full, as well as a number of B-sides from the reissue.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

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One part Duane Allman, and another part old school country, the accomplished guitarist made his make in Texas Country years ago.

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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Henry Rollins Heights Theater

The former hardcore punk star brings stories from globetrotting, including the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, South America and Antarctica. OCTOBER 11

Johnny Marr White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

A founding member and lead guitarist of the English 1980s pop/punk band The Smiths, he’s touring in support of his latest album. *Editor’s Choice 48

He is a revered musician, one of the greatest showmen of all time, with pop songs that mark the soundtracks of our lives. Billed as the “first and only official estate-approved symphonic Prince celebration,” the concert presents the late star’s music in grand style.

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Blues and the Spanish Tinge: Aaron Diehl, piano, Da Camera He is a virtuoso who moves easily between musical worlds, exploring the early evolution of American piano and the essential ingredients in the creation of jazz. OCTOBER 12

Arctic Monkeys Revention Music Center

With the release of “Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino,” the rock ensemble from Sheffield, England, is on the road promoting the new album.

Hocus Pocus Pops, Houston Symphony Aida Cuevas

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Junior Brown

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Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Rich Little

With his throwback look, crimped cowboy hat, wild guitar collection and songs such as “My Wife Thinks You're Dead,” you can’t miss a minute.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

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Improv

The Menil Collection

The comedian is best known for his role as Huell Babineaux, the bodyguard/pickpocket for Saul Goodman in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.”

The stunning exhibit includes paintings, basrelief woodcarvings, images in needlepoint, painted ceramics, jewelry and even a mosaic made of rice and beans.

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Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

A standup comedian and actor, he’s known for his special “They’re Not Gonna Laugh at You,” and as winner of “Last Comic Standing” in 2010.

The Rolling Stones took their name from his famous song. It’d be hard to imagine popular music and culture without his mammoth influence.

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Miller Outdoor Theatre

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

As a pioneer in the contemporary jazz movement for over 50 years, his distinctive sound and outgoing personality allowed him to cross over to pop and RNB charts.

Their big time radio hits are still everywhere including “Elvira,” “American Made,” “Bobbie Sue” and more.

Lavell Crawford

Felipe Esparza

Ramsey Lewis & Urban Knights

At the ripe old age of 80, the comedian continues to make ‘em laugh, earning his long held nickname, “the man of a thousand voices.”

Francis Alÿs: The Fabiola Project

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The diminutive comedian starred in a variety of motion pictures (“Little Fockers”), on TV (“Undeclared”) and more. But it’s his unvarnished standup that thrust him into the national spotlight, eventually making him an international star.

Through the mist, a ghostly ship appears, with a black mast and blazing red sails. Cursed to roam the seas for all eternity, the Flying Dutchman’s only salvation is finding a faithful wife. But searching for the special one who might finally bring him peace is no simple task.

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Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Heights Theater

Warehouse Live

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

For years, the native Texan was among country music’s most successful acts fueled by hits such as "Down on the Rio Grande" and “Foolin.”

Waylon’s son has carved a niche all his own with rugged rock infused country music, and an edgy stage presence to boot.

He’s co-host of the podcast “UFC Unfiltered,” radio’s “Jim Norton and Sam Roberts” on SiriusXM and “The Chip Chipperson Podcast.”

The pioneering music collective brings groundbreaking artists from Asia including Rich Brian, Joji, Keith Ape, Higher Brothers, KOHH, NIKI and more on a 16-city tour.

OCTOBER 17

OCTOBER 18

OCTOBER 19-20

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Miller Outdoor Theater

ARToberFEST

As one of the original thrash metal guitarists, he carved a path to match his talent. But he also plays many more styles you have to hear to believe.

The Wall Street Journal referred to her as “the new queen of bluegrass.” A seven-time nominee, she won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2018.

New choreography abounds in this international collaboration between dancers from China’s top companies and Houston’s Dance of Asian America.

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston Island)

OCTOBER 20

OCTOBER 20-21

Revention Music Center

Ellington Field

The legendary violinist is conductor and soloist in a program including Bach’s concerto, Schumann’s Fourth Symphony and Mozart’s ingenious Symphony No. 40.

The Emmy and Grammy winner writer/comedian/ actor is as talented as they come these days. He currently narrates “The Goldbergs” on ABC and co-stars in NBC’s “A.P. Bio.”

The Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels have wowed onlookers in past years with aerial acrobatics, while aircraft from current Air Force and Navy inventories are on display.

OCTOBER 18-28

OCTOBER 20

OCTOBER 20-25

Improv

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

MATCH, MDPC, MFAH, Dosey Doe (The Woodlands)

She became an Internet sensation with her viral video, “Nail Salon,” which led to the character Bon Qui-Qui, a disgruntled fast-food employee with no filter.

From “Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road” years ago, then later “Grey in L.A.” and “Daughter”, the folk-poet is a master storyteller.

The neighborhood performance series features J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, BWV 1050, conducted by Antoine Plante, with David Ross, Flute.

OCTOBER 19

Johnny Rivers

Johnny Rodriguez

Alex Skolnick Trio

Shooter Jennings

Rhonda Vincent

Jim Norton

Splendid China XIII

88rising

OCTOBER 20-21

The downtown cultural arts district comes alive in vivid at the 21st anniversary celebration of the island’s premier art event.

OCTOBER 18, 20-21 * OCTOBER 17

Mary Chapin Carpenter Heights Theater

A multiple Grammy winner, she’s been indicted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame with memorable tunes such as “Passionate Kisses” and “I Take My Chances.” OCTOBER 18

Michigan Rattlers RMcGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Punctuating country and alternative with a bit of folk and rock and roll landed them on Rolling Stone’s list of "10 Country Artists You Need to Know.” OCTOBER 18

Bob Moses White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The Canadian electronic duo is named in honor of the legendary New York City designer. Their "Tearing Me Up" won a 2015 Grammy Award.

Itzhak Perlman Plays & Conducts, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Anjelah Johnson

Darren Knight Revention Music Center

The comic’s Southern Momma An Em Comedy Tour rolls into town, replete with stereotypes that are true to form and pretty funny as well.

Patton Oswalt

Loudon Wainwright III

Wings Over Houston Airshow

Bach's Brandenburg 5, Mercury Houston

OCTOBER 20 Arena Theatre

His songs filled the airwaves in the 1960s, including “Poor Side of Town,” “Mountain of Love” and “Secret Agent Man.”

OCTOBER 21 *

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

Oh, what a night — the original Jersey Boy sings the biggest hits including “Walk Like a Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and more. *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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OCTOBER 23

OCTOBER 26

Toyota Center

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Josh Groban, Idina Menzel

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

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He was discovered after standing in for an ailing Andrea Bocelli at a rehearsal. Since then he has performed around the world, successfully recorded everything from classical to pop, and starred on Broadway in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812.

OCTOBER 21

OCTOBER 23

OCTOBER 25

OCTOBER 26

Christ the King Lutheran Church

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Relive a celebration of the Reformation from 1817, complete with the American premiere of a Mass written by Italian classicist Vincenzo Righini.

After premiering in London two decades ago, in 2014 Michael Flatley transformed the original into a sizzling new form.

With songs like "Por Perro" and "Traicionera,” and "Una Lady Como Tú" and "Bésame,” the pair of Latin stars co-headline a big fall tour.

Casa Argentina de Houston brings back the acclaimed ensemble for an amazing Argentine tango show with dancers Claudio Otero and Lauren Woods.

OCTOBER 21

OCTOBER 23

OCTOBER 25

Revention Music Center

Stude Concert Hall (Rice University)

Revention Music Center

Top dancers from across all genres, plus talent from the show NBC show on a multicity tour bring the excitement and creativity from TV to the H-town stage.

Recently named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month, the group makes their Houston debut firmly established among the most exhilarating ensembles of today.

With an emphasis on flamenco, salsa and pop, the French musicians have redefined and expanded the genre through songs such as “Bamboleo.”

OCTOBER 21

OCTOBER 23-NOVEMBER 4

OCTOBER 25

Its hair-raising technical demands were deemed “unplayable” when first composed. Renowned violinist Karen Gomyo performs the unforgettable piece with the orchestra.

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

OCTOBER 26-NOVEMBER 11

A couple of the Crescent City’s finest bring their rich New Orleans gumbo of soul, funk, jazz and much more to town.

The Tony Award winner for Best Musical is a hip retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic: a jubilant tale of friendship and adventure with a super soulful kick.

The futuristic funk-masters from New Orleans are a talented ensemble, known all over for their fierce live concerts.

Wortham Theater Center

OCTOBER 21-23

OCTOBER 24

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

1817 Mass, Bach Society Houston

World of Dance Live

Rebirth Brass Band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation Heights Theater

Rodney Crowell

Lord of the Dance

Russian Renaissance, Da Camera

The Wiz, TUTS

Rhett Miller The Old 97’s guitarist and vocalist is an altcountry, cow-punk force of nature, performing with (or in this case, without) his band.

OCTOBER 22 *

OCTOBER 24 *

Warehouse Live

Jones Hall

The brass ensemble gained fame via internet clips of their busking in the subway, and played backup for Beyoncé on her heralded 2016 CMA performance. *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

Sebastian Yatra & Manuel Turizo

Gipsy Kings

Galactic

OCTOBER 26

The hometown country music star is well known for a string of great songs including “After All This Time” and “Fate’s Right Hand.”

Too Many Zooz

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His songs are classics — “McArthur Park” and “Wichita Lineman,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Galveston” and “Up, Up and Away” — tunes we all know by heart. He’s is the only artist ever to have received Grammys for music, lyrics and orchestration.

Soweto Gospel Choir, SPA Celebrates the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music, dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world.

In Dreams: The Roy Orbison Hologram Tour

Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet

OCTOBER 26-28

Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

La Bohème

The classic tale inspired by Marcello's paintings, includes some of opera's most famous music bringing to life the hope, thrill, and heartbreak of true love.

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

POWER NIGHT of PERFORMANCE

With amazing three-dimensional images onstage with a full orchestra, relive the magic of the late Texas pop giant and his music.

OCTOBER 27

OCTOBER 26

KT Tunstall Heights Theater

Her debut album, “Eye to the Telescope,” sold over 5 million copies behind singles such as “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.”

Bostyx

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

There are tribute bands, and there is this outfit, keeping the flame alive for Boston and Styx fans to enjoy.


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NOVEMBER 3

Cullen Performance Hall

Lady Antebellum

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The GOP’s first female vice presidential candidate, and the first African-American to head a presidential campaign, leading the DNC at a critical juncture. They couldn’t be more different … or, more surprisingly similar during an honest look at both sides of the political spectrum.

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Bridging the Political Divide: Sarah Palin & Donna Brazile

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The trio’s “Need You Now” spent weeks atop the country charts, as did “Just a Kiss.” They collected a CMA New Artist of the Year award in 2008, then ended Rascal Flatts’ six-year reign as CMA Vocal Group of the Year the following year.

OCTOBER 27

OCTOBER 27

NOVEMBER 1 *

NOVEMBER 2

Midtown Park

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Wortham Theater Center

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The annual festival celebrates the roots of vibrant communities alive and well in the greater Houston area.

Houston Chamber Choir brings the Big Band-era hits, plus Richard Brown Music's Big Band turn back the clock to when swing was king!

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his Grammy-winning co-star (and onetime inspiration for “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”) share the stage together.

He’s a guitar virtuoso by any measure, a master of the six-string who crosses genres and styles in near effortless fashion.

OCTOBER 27

OCTOBER 27

Puerto Rican & Cuban Festival

Ghostland Observatory

This Joint is Jumpin: Big Band Favorites

Franco Escamilla

Stephen Stills & Judy Collins

NOVEMBER 2 NOVEMBER 1

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Houston Arena Theatre

Christina Aguilera

Based in Austin, the musical duo blends combination of electro, rock and funk into their performances playing an amalgamation of instruments.

The popular Mexican-born actor, musician/ comedian is also the founder of "La Diablo Squad.”

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

OCTOBER 27

Darryl Worley Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

A former staff writer in Muscle Shoals, he recorded “Have You Forgotten?” a 9/11tribute, and “Tennessee River Run.”

OCTOBER 27-28

She’s won six Grammys, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is only artist under the age of 30 included in Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest singers of all time.

Sam Houston Race Park

NOVEMBER 1

Freaky Deaky Motley crews in creepy costumes escape earthly inhibitions for two days of dancing on the dark side of underworld electronic artists. OCTOBER 28 *

OCTOBER 27

Lauren Daigle Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

After bursting onto the scene with a platinumselling debut (“How Can It Be”), she returns with new songs, catchy melodies, reggae jive and sweeping orchestral ballads.

Allen Stone

OCTOBER 28 OCTOBER 27

Rüfüs Du Sol House of Blues

The Australian alt-dance band is a huge hit in their native country with a pair of top selling albums (“Atlas,” “Bloom”).

Musical & Literary Ofrenda, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra

Steve Forbert, Carson McHone McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

His first big splash was with a folk-infested 1970s number, “Romeo’s Tune,” which played surprisingly well in New York punk club CBGBs and more. NOVEMBER 2

Emily Gimble and the Marshall Ford Swing Band McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Performances juxtapose her sultry vocals with tongue-in-cheek classics such as her late grandpa Johnny Gimble's "Two Beers Away.”

House of Blues

The old-school devotee’s contemporary looks are deceiving; his music transcends pop convention, with a melodic style of classic soul songs of the 1960s.

Monte Montgomery

NOVEMBER 1

Thievery Corporation House of Blues

The electro duo of Rob Garza and Eric Hilton creatively mixes elements of dub, acid jazz, reggae, Indian classical, Middle Eastern, hip-hop and more. NOVEMBER 1-11

MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts)

Gary Owen

The free afternoon event features new music by Mexican composer Alejandro Basulto, a collaboration between ROCO, Lawndale Art Center and MECA.

After being tabbed as the "Funniest Serviceman in America," his big break came in 1997 on BET’s standup showcase, “Comic View.”

Improv

Petit Biscuit House of Blues

Mehdi Benjelloun is a French DJ and producer, one half of the indie-pop duo Mount Dreams with friend Romain Bauthier. NOVEMBER 2

Bodeans

Heights Theater

Best known for their catchy single, “Closer To Free,” the band’s 30-year career centers on compelling songs and unpretentious performances. NOVEMBER 2-4

The Seven Deadly Sins, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Follow two personas (one sensible, one sultry) in pursuit of the American dream, with a different sin at every stop. It’s part parody, part poetry and all riveting, with vocalist Storm Large. *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 Revention Music Center

NOVEMBER 9

NOVEMBER 10

Cullen Performance Hall

Straight No Chaser

ZZ Top’s guitarist extraordinaire is a Houston legend and Hall of Fame member. He’s off on a sweltering solo tour, joined onstage by an all-star lineup including guitarist Austin Hanks and drummer Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver).

It started as a talented a cappella college ensemble, then blossomed into a worldwide musical-phenomenon. The YouTube video of their early version of “The 12 Day of Christmas” alone has garnered 20 million views since 2007, and ultimately led to a five-album deal.

POWER NIGHT of PERFORMANCE

NOVEMBER 3

NOVEMBER 4

NOVEMBER 6

NOVEMBER 3

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

House of Blues

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Her rollicking barrelhouse piano is as edgy as it is fluid, always setting a great tone of an evening of music.

The Grammy winner plays blues, rock, gospel and even Christian Contemporary, and is considered among the best young guitarists in the world.

The gray-bearded ensemble of folkies are perfect hosts for an evening of music and election returns.

Amanda Miguel & Diego Verdaguer House of Blues

The Argentina-born husband and wife singing team have performed together for years, with a significant following of fans. NOVEMBER 3

Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company Miller Outdoor Theatre

Artistic Director Rami Be’er’s unique choreographic character is the company’s trademark both in Israel and abroad, with its technically strong and physically eclectic cast of dancers. NOVEMBER 3

The Kingston Trio Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

They helped launch the folk music movement in the 1950s with songs including “Tom Dooley,” “The MTA,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.”

Marcia Ball

NOVEMBER 3

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio Wortham Theater Center

He made a name in the late 1960s as a sideman and as a leader with his own soul-jazz classics. The master of the Hammond B-3 Organ is a paragon of innovation and experimentation.

Mystery Science Theater 3000

Dawes

Celebrating 30 years, series creator Joel Hodgson, current host Jonah Ray and bots Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot are on tour.

Heights Theater

NOVEMBER 3

The band debuted as a post punker, then changed direction to a more folk-rock oriented sound with songs including “Things Happen” and “When the Tequila Runs Out.”

Revention Music Center

NOVEMBER 5

Iliza Shlesinger The native Texan recently completed the inaugural season of “Truth & Iliza,” her talk show on Freeform, a cross between social commentary, politics, culture and her brand of feminism.

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The Hot Club of Cowtown Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

In the spirit of storied hot jazz players such as Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and others, the Austin band brings the swing.

NOVEMBER 3-JANUARY 27

The Condition of Being Here: Drawings by Jasper Johns

NOVEMBER 6

Twenty-One Pilots Toyota Center

Spanning 50 years of his career with works from 1954 to 2016, the exhibition maps introductions, continuities and fascinating breaks among motifs.

The Grammy-winning duo return to town, promoting a new album and playing a series of hits from earlier releases.

NOVEMBER 4

Dermont Kennedy

Simple Minds As one of the seminal bands of the video generation, the Scottish musicians’ “(Don’t You) Forget About Me” was an unforgettable hit.

Austin Lounge Lizards

NOVEMBER 7-DECEMBER 23 NOVEMBER 4

Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)

Revention Music Center

*Editor’s Choice

Jonny Lang

NOVEMBER 3 *

The Menil Collection

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Billy F. Gibbons

NOVEMBER 6

Warehouse Live

A protégée of Oscar winner Glen Hansard (“Falling Slowly”), the Irish artist is a musical powerhouse.

The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) Stages Theatre

An irreverent, heartwarming trip through the holidays that’s festive, funny and physical, as these Three Wise Guys celebrate our favorite holiday traditions. NOVEMBER 8

The American String Quartet Stude Concert Hall (Rice University)

Powerful playing and exquisite musicianship combines in a collaborative presentation of music and poetry, with readings by poet/war journalist, Tom Sleigh. NOVEMBER 8

Johnny Lee Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

His “Looking For Love (In All the Wrong Places)” helped jumpstart America’s Urban Cowboy movement years ago. NOVEMBER 8

Killer Queen Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

As the longest-running tribute to the legendary English act, the group doles out hit after hit in the spirit of the late Freddie Mercury and mates.


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Carol Burnett

Toyota Center

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Laughter and reflection dominate the evening with the awardwinning actress and bestselling author, widely recognized by the public and her peers as one of the greatest ever. The onenight-only audience asks the questions while the living legend provides answers.

NOVEMBER 8-11

Houston Ballet Guild Nutcracker Market

NOVEMBER 9-11

An American in Paris, Houston Symphony

NRG Park

Jones Hall

The annual tradition kick offs the holiday season with a shopping extravaganza featuring holiday decorations, food, clothing, jewelry and furniture.

Fall in love with the beauty of Paris set to the magic of Gershwin’s music as the Oscar winner comes to the big screen, complete with the orchestra’s live soundtrack.

NOVEMBER 9

Radney Foster, The Marfa Lights

NOVEMBER 9, 11, 15 & 17

With Grammys, Latin Grammys and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Mexican-American superstar packs a serious punch. With a searing combination of Mariachi, Ranchera and Latin pop, the singer/producer has become a worldwide musical phenomenon.

NOVEMBER 10

NOVEMBER 10

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Galleria

The free concert honors America's Veterans, featuring Houston's Texas Medical Center Orchestra, comprised primarily of doctors, nurses, students, professionals and volunteers.

Sparkle the season with the lighting of a 55-ft. Christmas tree during the 30th annual event, plus Angelica Hale, runner-up from “America’s Got Talent,” performs.

NOVEMBER 10 *

NOVEMBER 11

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)

A string of sold-out appearances, a new top-ranked show on SiriusXM, and inclusion on Forbes’ 2017’s “The World’s Highest Paid Comedians” — not bad.

A Musical Salute to Veterans

The Sonics

Ice Spectacular

Sebastian Maniscalco

Heights Theater

Cosi Fan Tutte, Opera in the Heights

The Del Rio native’s songs — solo, with Foster and Lloyd, and those recorded by other artists — have topped the country, Americana and AAA charts alike.

Lambert Hall

Two sisters, their jealous fiancés and a test of love that becomes a dangerous game, set against Mozart’s brilliant score.

Formed in 1960, playing originals such as "Strychnine,” "Psycho" and “The Witch,” the seminal band has influenced musicians such as Nirvana and Springsteen.

NOVEMBER 9

POWER NIGHT of PERFORMANCE

NOVEMBER 10

NOVEMBER 11

House of Blues

NOVEMBER 10

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Downtown

A multi-instrumentalist from Austin, the singer-songwriter plays a distinctive brand of indie folk-rock music.

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston Island)

What a treat: the Texas-born blues powerhouse is still at it, playing his harp-driven songs including “Giving It Up for Your Love.”

Salute and celebrate generations of American military men and women as they join Houstonians for the annual events.

NOVEMBER 10

NOVEMBER 12

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

House of Blues

The indie rockers have played SXSW, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and the rest of the bigger festivals for years.

The alternative rockers made a name in the 1990s, then touring and playing songs such as “The Anthem,” “I Don’t Want to Be in Love” and more.

Max Frost

NOVEMBER 9

Animaniacs Miller Outdoor Theatre

Relive your youth and see your favorite characters on stage in a musical revue starring original cast members, accompanied by the Emmy-winning composer. NOVEMBER 9-10

DC Young Fly Joke Joint Comedy Showcase

The rapper, actor, comedian and internet personality is known for his videos, appearances on MTV's “TRL” and more.

Gabriel Royal: The Underground Cello Project His journey from art teacher to modern chamber-pop composer-performer began as a fun diversion with friends, then developed into much, much more. NOVEMBER 10

When Women Ruled the World: Kara Cooney, SPA Wortham Theater Center

Trace the often forgotten or never-chronicled history of powerful female forces such as Cleopatra, Neferusobek and more in this National Geographic Live program.

Delbert McClinton, Gurf Morlix

Hippo Campus

Veterans Day Celebration

Good Charlotte

NOVEMBER 10

Blues Traveler House of Blues

Grammy-winning harmonica player John Popper and bandmates have been sawing their blues-infused music for years (“Run-Around,” “Hook”).

NOVEMBER 12

of Montreal White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The Athens, GA, band plays a variety of independent pop songs fronted by multi-instrumentalist singersongwriter Kevin Barnes. *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 17

Jones Hall

Becoming Kareem, SPA

NOVEMBER 28

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s turbulent journey from Catholic school to world-class athlete, world-shaking activist and bestselling author was memorable. Look inside the life of an unforgettable man who is much more than simply a sports figure.

As one of the more memorable singer/songwriters to come out of the 1990s, Chan Marshall has charted an exciting musical course ever since. Her mix of punk, folk and blues create an exciting blend that’s a big part of “Wanderer,” her latest release.

NOVEMBER 13

NOVEMBER 15

NOVEMBER 16

The Menil Collection

Revention Music Center

House of Blues

After a stirring Houston debut in 2015, the quartet returns with the dramatic Quartet No. 2 by Hans Abrahamsen, and Beethoven’s sweeping Quartet in F Major, Op. 59.

The Oklahoma-born, Nashville-based singer/ songwriter multi-instrumentalist is a breath of fresh air, with an indie sound to match.

Their brilliant five-people-playing-one-guitar interpretation of Gotye's "Somebody that I Used to Know" exploded on YouTube, garnering over 150-million views.

Danish String Quartet, Da Camera

NOVEMBER 14

Eric Schwartz The Secret Group

Ben Rector

NOVEMBER 15

Gary P. Nunn Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The standup comic’s YouTube channel is a riot, and his viral videos and parodies have earned him international media attention.

The former Lost Gonzo Band member is revered for his Outlaw Country anthem, “London Homesick Blues,” which opened TV’s “Austin City Limits” for years.

NOVEMBER 14

NOVEMBER 15

Andy Grammar House of Blues

His pop songs include the hit, “Honey, I’m Good” as well as “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me.” NOVEMBER 14

Inner City Nutcracker Miller Outdoor Theatre

It’s a true holiday treat when children from the community audition and then train to appear alongside elite professional dancers in the full-length production of the storied ballet. NOVEMBER 15

Greensky Bluegrass House of Blues

Truly entertaining, the talented band has grown from three to five members, with electronic effects and great improvisations.

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Cat Power

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Walk Off the Earth

NOVEMBER 16

I Am King: The Michael Jackson Experience Miller Outdoor Theatre

Close your eyes, and you may not know the difference when the tribute show pays special homage to the King of Pop.

NOVEMBER 17

Schubert's "The Miller's Daughter," Mercury Houston Wortham Theater Center

Antoine Plante leads the ensemble in a performance of the great Austrian composers Die schöne Müllerin, Op. 25/D. 795 featuring tenor Nicholas Phan. NOVEMBER 17

Queen of Hearts, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra The Church of St. John the Devine

NOVEMBER 16

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Emily Elbert, John Evans

The all-female-composer program features Mei-Ann Chen at the podium, and a world premiere commission by Heather Schmidt plus more.

The bare-knuckle bluesman (toured with luminaries Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Hot Tuna and Bonnie Raitt) opens for the three-time Grammy nominee on a great night for guitars.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

NOVEMBER 17

The Berklee-alum can do it funky or introspective, weaving a passionate pattern of music the Texas native has played around the globe.

Arena Theatre

NOVEMBER 15-17

NOVEMBER 16-18

The Texas band shot to the top of the Latin charts with their Tejano music, mixing folkinfused Norteño music with pop rhythms.

Joke Joint Comedy Showcase

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

NOVEMBER 17

His two top-selling albums on iTunes are a hoot, plus he’s appeared on a slew of TV shows such as Fox’s “Laughs” and more.

An instant sensation at its premiere in 1709, the music established the young Handel’s reputation as a theatrical genius.

Miller Outdoor Theatre

NOVEMBER 16

NOVEMBER 16-DECEMBER 30

Catherine Alcorn wows audiences all over the world in her hysterical stage show, channeling the actress and cabaret singer, Bette Midler.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Hubbard Theatre

NOVEMBER 17-18

It’s hard to believe the Bay Area band has been making music since the 1960s, with hits including “Sara,” “Somebody to Love” and “Miracles.”

The retelling of Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey presenting a powerful message about redemption and the spirit of the holiday season.

Peter Case. Roy Book Binder

Michael Malone

Jefferson Starship

Agrippina, Ars Lyrica

A Christmas Carol, Alley Theatre

Intocable

The Devine Miss Bette

Turkish Festival Jones Plaza

Celebrate downtown while sampling authentic Turkish food, wine, coffee, culture, colorful dancing and fun.


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Holly Jolly Jingle

NOVEMBER 30

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 17-JANUARY 6

NOVEMBER 22

Moody Gardens (Galveston)

Downtown

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

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

Festival of Lights

H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade

NOVEMBER 23 NOVEMBER 18

The Internet House of Blues

NPR says the trip-hop, urban contemporary band, “ …gifts us a slice of summer's good vibes to carry well into the weeks when the days grow short." NOVEMBER 18

Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra House of Blues

The guitarist/songwriter is probably best known for his Spanish-influenced easy listening music, backed by crack musicians. NOVEMBER 18

Nicki Bluhm, Gill Landry House of Blues

The alt-country songstress, once a member of The Gamblers, is now a solo performer with a series of albums to her credit. NOVEMBER 20-21

Glen Templeton Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

His debut single "I Could Be the One,” originally recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus, set the table for more including "Ball Cap” and “Sing That Song Again."

John Schneider Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

He played high flyin’ Bo in TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard,” before packing it in for a career in country music. NOVEMBER 23

So You Think You Can Dance Revention Music Center

The hit network television show takes the stage with all the color, music and exciting dance moves. NOVEMBER 23

Wayne “The Train” Hancock Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

He premiered with “Thunderstorms and Neon Signs” in the 1990s, a bare bones, reckless honky-tonk sound. NOVEMBER 23-25

A Mozart & Brahms Thanksgiving, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

The concert includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22, featuring pianist Inon Barnatan. Then it’s the dazzling kaleidoscope of Brahms’ final symphony.

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The talented Austin guitarist has played alongside The Stones, B.B. King, Clapton and others. He is among today’s vanguard when it comes to modern musicians, playing a variety of styles as well with distinct elements of soul, jazz and blues fused into one cool sound.

NOVEMBER 24

Merry Christmas Y’all: Asleep at the Wheel The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston Island)

The band holds 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts, including three Bob Wills tribute albums.

NOVEMBER 29

Seth Walker McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

His brilliantly nuanced vocals are as natural, clear, sharp and as effortlessly elegant as his guitar playing in these songs. NOVEMBER 29-DECEMBER 2

NOVEMBER 24

A French Baroque Christmas, Mercury Houston

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

MATCH, MDPC, MFAH and Dosey Doe (The Woodlands)

Petula Clark Her pop classics dot the musical landscape including “Downtown,” “I Know a Place” and “Don’t Sleep in the Subway.” NOVEMBER 25 *

Willie Nelson & Family Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

He’s celebrated around the world for his authenticity, and songs including “Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain” and many more. NOVEMBER 27

Ramblin’ Jack Elliott Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Heavily influenced by trailblazer Woody Guthrie, the 87-year-old folk music pioneer was awarded his first Grammy in 1995. NOVEMBER 29

The Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt Arena Theatre

A couple of southern-fried acts play from their extensive catalogs of music (“The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “Put Some Drive in Your Country”).

Antoine Plante conducts a beautifully festive program of Baroque and Renaissance French composers and traditional music, in a variety of venues. NOVEMBER 30

Onstage Dinner, Houston Ballet Wortham Theater Center

Dine with dance stars on the stage immediately following a one-night-only performance showcasing the company. NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 2

Dickens on the Strand Galveston Island

The annual street festival is based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and more. NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 2

Rock of Ages

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Featuring the music of Styx, Poison, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake and more, this 10th anniversary production of the Broadway smash is a larger than life gas. *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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Revention Music Center

Celtic Thunder

DECEMBER 8

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Martina McBride: The Joy of Christmas Shutterstock.com

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They debuted and became household name around the world. The band’s contemporary takes turned traditional Celtic music on its ear performing both solo and ensemble numbers including “Sons of Light,” “Toora, Loora, Lay,” “The Wild Rover” and more.

THROUGH DECEMBER 30

Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections from The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The exhibit spotlights one of the greatest collections of Islamic art including 67 objects ranging from carpets and architectural fragments to ceramics, jewelry and more. DECEMBER 1

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston Island)

Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future come together in a delightful theatrical performance. THROUGH DECEMBER 30

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

The exhibit spotlights European artists in Latin America, and gradual shift over centuries to native artists and their influences. DECEMBER 1

Pedrito Martinez Group, Da Camera Wortham Theater Center

The Cuban-born and New York-based master percussionist and an irrepressible bandleader has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and Sting.

DECEMBER 1

DECEMBER 1

DECEMBER 2

House of Blues

Revention Music Center

House of Blues

The multi-platinum-selling country singer/ songwriter is playing big hits, and new music on his Seasons Change Tour.

He’s been breaking rules and transcending musical boundaries moving his genre-bending production style to the forefront of the modern electronic music scene.

He rode the song “Ride” to underground stardom, then collaborations with Jeremih, Ty Dolla $ign, and The-Dream and now has a headlining career of his own.

Scotty McCreery, Mike Ryan

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Seven Lions

SoMo

DECEMBER 1

Wellness Walk

DECEMBER 1

Tamale Festival Houston

DECEMBER 2-5

Buffalo Bayou

Laura Conely of Urban Paths Wellness Coaching leads the free tour touching on the mental and physical health benefits of being exposed to nature.

Navigation Esplanade (between St. Charles and Delano Streets)

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

DECEMBER 1 *

Great fun and music frame the day, featuring a variety of tamales from varied Latino Cultures as well as great Texas barbecue, food trucks, fairground foods and more.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

DECEMBER 2

Eliza Gilkyson, The Talbott Brothers Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, Tom Rush and Rosanne Cash have all covered the respected-singer/ songwriter/activist’s songs. DECEMBER 1

Gary Morris Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The successful stage actor and singer charted songs continually through the 1980s including “Why Lady, Why” and “100% Chance of Rain.” THROUGH JANUARY 7

Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System CAMH

The provocative exhibit includes artworks that take issues of social justice as a subject for images and objects. *Editor’s Choice

She is one of country music’s shining stars with amazing range, and a feel for crossover gold. The four-time CMA Vocalist of the Year and three-time ACA Female Vocalist of the Year is on her Joy of Christmas Tour, playing big hits and seasonal favorites.

Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston Island)

The Big Band Holiday Tour features guest vocalists Veronica Swift and Vuyo Sotashe, plus 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players and arrangers in jazz today.

Todd Snider

He’s shared stages with the likes of John Prine and Jerry Jeff, playing his singular brand of alt-country music with a definitive Austin accent. DECEMBER 5

Jorja Smith, Bernhoft & The Fashion Bruises White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs, Upstairs)

The young English pop singer (and Drake collaborator) brings her rhythm and blues vibe to town on her first tour as a headliner. DECEMBER 5-30

Who's Holiday! Stages Theatre

DECEMBER 2

Estas Tonne Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)

He’s a product of a global culture, and his music is a reflection of many approaches — a fusion of classical, Flamenco, Gypsy, Latin and Electronic Soundscapes.

Based on a certain Grinch, the hysterical and wild parody is a must-see for mischievous adult-theatre-goers this holiday season! DECEMBER 6

The Price Is Right Smart Financial Centre

Come on down! One of America’s leading TV game shows comes to Texas as contestants compete for big prices.


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Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, TUTS Shutterstock.com

All Is Calm

DECEMBER 11-23

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

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It was a sacred moment during World War I when Allied forces and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas Day 1914 together sharing food and drink, singing carols and playing soccer — before returning to the fight.

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Just in time for the holidays, the magically moving tale of what it means to love and be human returns to enchant the entire family. Featuring an enchanting, award-winning score that is based on the classic fairy tale.

DECEMBER 6

DECEMBER 7

DECEMBER 7

DECEMBER 8

Stude Concert Hall (Rice University)

Arena Theatre

Warehouse Live

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston Island)

The Washington Post says a soaring artistry has made them “poised to be one of the top piano trios in the world.” The evening features pieces by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Brahms.

From the early years with Lionel Richie, through “Night Shift” and onto contemporary sounds, the venerable Motown band keeps it following.

She generated buzz with her version of a Kings of Leon song, “Use Somebody.” Later the country singer released “I Ain’t Your Mama.”

One of Texas’ musical ambassadors returns for his annual holiday concert filled with heart-tugging ballads, spirited melodies and lots of fun.

DECEMBER 7

DECEMBER 7-9

DECEMBER 8

Revention Music Center

Jones Hall

House of Blues

He’s taken observational comedy to new levels with his performances. He’s been featured on Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”

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

Born in the U.S. before moving Down Under, the Aussie’s group specializes in an eclectic blend of alt rock in a jam band format.

DECEMBER 7

DECEMBER 7-FEBRUARY 17

The Montrose Trio

DECEMBER 6-7

Pacifica QuartetBruce Robison & Kelly Willis Christmas Show McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The almost-annual event that began in 1999 (with one year off for the birth of their twins) has become a tradition for family, families and fans. DECEMBER 6-8

Steve Byrne Improv

He created and starred in TV’s “Sullivan & Son” on TBS, and has appeared on the standup circuit for many years.

The Commodores

Brian Regan

Flatland Cavalry White Oak Music Hall

Formed in 2012 by a couple of college buddies, the rest of the Texas Country band joined a couple of years later. DECEMBER 7

Robert Cray

DECEMBER 7

He goes toe-to-toe with any of his contemporaries including Clapton, Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan with such as “Smoking Gun” and many more.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The sunny hit, “Let Your Love Grow” remains a feel-good anthem for the top-selling country music duo. DECEMBER 7 *

Neil Hamburger The Secret Group

Aussie actor Gregg Turkington plays the sweaty, nervous, cult comedian in the tux (with ultra wide lapels) and obscene combover brilliantly.

Very Merry Pops, Houston Symphony

Jerry Jeff Walker

John Butler Trio

DECEMBER 8

POWER NIGHT of PERFORMANCE Bellamy Brothers

Maggie Rose

Heights Theater

DECEMBER 7

Peppa Pig’s Live Surprise Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The newest live stage show is based on the top-rated TV series on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., now on tour throughout America.

Masquerades Mythology: Olaniyi Akindiya Lawndale Art Center

The Nigerian-born artist is well known for his performance art that has attracted significant attention in Texas art circles. DECEMBER 7-9

German Christmas Market & Festival

Christmas Boat Lane Parade Clear Lake

Every year over 100 festively decorated boats of all sizes parade traveling from Clear Lake to Galveston Bay. DECEMBER 8

A Polar Express Christmas, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

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

All aboard for the original storybook images projected on the big screen, and favorites such as “Frosty the Snowman,” “Let It Snow,” plus a holiday sing-along.

DECEMBER 8

DECEMBER 8

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

After working in Joe Ely’s band, the Austin guitarist went out on his own, finding his musical voice and a good base of fans.

The sensational guitarist returns for the seasonal smooth jazz spectacular with artists including Bobby Caldwell and Marion Meadows.

Old Town Tomball

Ian Moore

Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas

*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 12

DECEMBER 16

Jones Hall

The Texas Tenors

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The Grammy winner brings his big band to town, whipping up a dose of retro holiday cheer with the Christmas Rocks! Tour. The show features music from a new Christmas album, “Rockin’ Rudolph,” three other bestselling holiday albums, as well as original Stray Cats hits.

DECEMBER 8

Force of Nature, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra MATCH

The concert showcases principal flute Brook Ferguson, plus oboe, viola, harp and piano, including George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae and Madeline Dring’s Trio for Flute, Oboe & Piano. DECEMBER 8

Bach's Christmas Magnificat, Mercury Houston Wortham Theater Center

DECEMBER 12

DECEMBER 14

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The Texas trio plays a bevy of countrypolitian radio hits in an “unplugged” setting including “All the Gold in California.”

Pronounced “Jameson,” the singer-songwriter is a prolific musical force as a producer and more. His wrote and produced his debut album, “Pricilla,” by himself.

Mike Harmeier started the band back in 2007. Nowadays, the Outlaw Country group is based in Austin, and tours all over.

Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers

Holiday Brews on the Bayou

Ministry

Add some hops to the holiday season with the annual beer tasting from 12 different breweries, all in a picturesque setting.

House of Blues

Wortham Theater Center

Studio Showcase, Houston Grand Opera

Houston Tidelanders MATCH

The annual Christmas show features the award-winning Barbershop chorus and l ocal quartets such as Space City Sound, and Forefront.

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Cody Cannon Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

DECEMBER 11

DECEMBER 13

Kevin Galloway, Matthew Perryman Jones

Jason Mraz and Toca Rivera, Gregory Page Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The multiple Grammy-winning singersongwriter has partnered with the talented percussionist for an intimate acoustic performance he’s dubbed Live in Stereo. DECEMBER 14

Bonnie Bishop McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Her "Not Cause I Wanted To" resulted in her first Grammy in 2013 when friend Bonnie Raitt's “Slipstream” won Best Americana Album that year. DECEMBER 14

Ethan Bortnick MATCH

The Irish musicians from Austin, and the Nollaig Irish Dancers present an evening filled with Christmas song, music and dance with a Celtic twist.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The former Uncle Lucius front man refers to his sound as Gulf Coast country soul, organic and undeniably in the pocket.

His PBS television specials have been seen by millions of viewers. Now the world’s youngest solo musician performs an intimate concert on a Texas stage.

THROUGH JANUARY 21

DECEMBER 13-15

DECEMBER 14-JANUARY 5

Improv

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

The high-energy comedian was a cast member on “MTV2 Guy Code” and “MTV Girl Code” and brings a ton of characters to his shows.

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

Contesting Modernity: Informalism in Venezuela 1955–1975 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

*Editor’s Choice

DECEMBER 13

The guitarist and lead vocalist from Whisky Myers has shared stages with country and rock luminaries including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams, Jr. and Jamey Johnson.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

DECEMBER 9

The industrial metal band formed in the early 1980s has endured numerous personnel changes and made memorable rock in the process.

Enjoy music from this season’s The Barber of Seville and Julius Caesar, along with selections from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Roméo et Juliette, Don Carlo, and more.

The Here and Now

Mike and The Moonpies

DECEMBER 14 DECEMBER 13

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens (MFAH)

THROUGH JANUARY 27

As the only U.S. venue to host this unprecedented exhibition, it features portraits of British royalty spanning 500 years, by Hans Holbein, Annie Leibovitz, Andy Warhol and others.

JMSN

DECEMBER 9

DECEMBER 9 & 11

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The three-time Emmy winning classical crossover trio includes country singer JC Fisher, pop star Marcus Collins and operatic tenor John Hagen. Over the years the group performed around the globe, and watched their albums move to the top of the charts.

DECEMBER 9

Antoine Plante conducts the evening’s Christmastime classic selections, and featuring the Houston Symphony Chorus Chamber Ensemble.

Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol

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The Brian Setzer Orchestra, SPA

More than 100 works of art across a variety of media, showcases the richness and complexity of the underrepresented movement.

Chris DiStefano

Christmas Village


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Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker Shutterstock.com

Il Divo

DECEMBER 29

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

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DECEMBER 20

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With 160 certified gold and platinum hits in 35 different countries, the multi national quartet brings together talents from France, Switzerland, Spain and the U.S. For this tour, the ensemble plays hits from vast catalog, paired with dancers, acrobats and more.

DECEMBER 15

Glorietta

Heights Theater

The collaborate effort of friends Logan Vasquez, Noah Gundersen, Kelsey Wilson, David Ramirez, Adrian Quesada and Jason Robert Blum is a notable musical experience. DECEMBER 15

The Dollop Warehouse Live

The popular podcast has been around since 2014, hosted by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds and centered on a specific event/ person in history. DECEMBER 15

Ecology Walking Tour The Water Works

Take a free walking tour in Buffalo Bayou Park highlighting the landscape and ecology of 19th century Texas that created Houston. DECEMBER 16

DECEMBER 8

Houston Heritage Society’s Candlelight Tour in the Park Sam Houston Park

The historic homes clustered in the downtown park open their doors with centuries-old seasonal decorations and costumed carolers celebrating the season. DECEMBER 20

Sunny Sweeney

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 21

Wood & Wire Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The popular Austin ensemble plays a mix of traditional bluegrass anchored by quality musicianmanship and one, bold, beautiful sound.

Jones Hall

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

DECEMBER 20

DECEMBER 22

House of Blues

The Secret Group

On Our Radar

The progressive rocker from the U.K. made a name working with bands such as Yes, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Roxy Music and more.

It’s the inaugural show of a new bimonthly showcase, featuring regional/national standup comics in one room to perform.

DECEMBER 20-22

DECEMBER 23

DECEMBER 18

The Trish and Daren Holiday Show McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The brother and sister duo inventively split this special holiday show between the kitchen and stage.

This year marks the 28th annual event that features a mixed bag of seasonal favorites with an audience full of voices doing the heavy lifting.

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston Island)

This brand-new touring production features everyone’s favorite Peanuts gang — Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, Sally, and Charlie Brown — as they discover the true meaning of Christmas.

DECEMBER 20-23

Earthquake

The band of Texas rockabilly masters pay special homage to the late rock and roll pioneers in a holiday concert. DECEMBER 26

Advent Vespers, Bach Society Houston Martin Burniston’s Singalong Christmas A Charlie Brown Christmas, Christ the King Lutheran Church McGonigel’s Mucky Duck Live on Stage Brimming with Christmas symbolism, it is one of the composer’s most theologically profound musical journeys, and a joy to experience.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Handel’s Messiah, Houston Symphony Boxing Day at the Rienzi

“From a Table Away” was the first single to chart for the Houston singer followed by her version of Radney Foster’s “Staying’s Worse than Leaving.”

Steven Wilson

Tons of Steel’s Tribute to Chuck Berry & Buddy Holly

DECEMBER 21-23 *

It is the greatest story ever told as the orchestra, chorus and soloists join forces with joyous refrains and exultant arias, including the “Hallelujah” Chorus.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

DECEMBER 26

DECEMBER 23

Improv

Rockmare Before Christmas

He was Uncle Mike on TV’s “Everybody Hates Chris,” and Karl on “The Longshots,” in addition to being a standup hit.

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

This may not your grandmother’s cup of eggnog, but the vibe at the annual alt-rock Christmas party is ultra cool and a lot of fun.

Celebrate English traditions and warm beverages, Christmas crackers and holiday music, all in a beautiful Texas setting. DECEMBER 28

Alex Weeden & Rosehill Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

As Miranda Lambert’s guitarist he’s earned a reputation in music circles. He gets together with the local alt-country band for this gig. DECEMBER 28

Dale Watson, Rev. Horton Heat Rockefellers

A cool cure for seasonal hangovers comes in the form of these two high-energy Texas rockabilly bands. DECEMBER 28

Cory Morrow McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

With his carefree Texas Country songs, he’s gotten fans up on tabletops to shout, singalong and enjoy his concerts for almost 20 years. *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 31

HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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Baroque Razzle-Dazzle, Ars Lyrica

Ring in the New Year with the first and third “Brandenburg” concertos, brilliant ensemble works for strings and winds, and the equally extravagant violin concerto by Bach contemporary Giuseppe Antonio Brescianello.

DECEMBER 28-31

Corey Holcomb Improv

The standup star and actor got his start with the help of fellow Chicago comic, Godfrey. Catch his New Year’s Eve show.

DECEMBER 30

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

DECEMBER 28-JANUARY 1

The groundbreaking group has toured for decades, selling than 40 million albums. Live performances feature blistering multimedia effects in an intimate setting.

George R. Brown Convention Center

DECEMBER 31

GYC Convention

Thousands of young people from around the world study, pray, witness and learn the gospel at the conference.

South Austin Moonlighters McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

DECEMBER 29

The band delivers an excellent proof of purchase with each live show, blending elements of southern rock, blue-eyed soul and funk in every bite.

Main Street Crossing

THROUGH FEBRUARY 3

Shake Russell For years he’s blended country and folk in authentic fashion playing for audiences that appreciate his well-crafted songs. DECEMBER 29

Cars & Coffee Memorial City Mall

The free, monthly popup car show is a feast for the senses featuring classics, hot rods, exotics and more four wheeled friends. DECEMBER 30

Hadden Sayers McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons calls the local musician, “ …pretty much my hero,” while The Austin Chronicle calls him the city’s “ … best all around guitarist.”

Always Greener: Selections from the Museum’s Collection Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The exhibit explores the fantasies and realities of American suburban life through photography, prints and drawings of Arbus, Guston, Rauschenberg and more.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 - JANUARY 6, 2019

DECEMBER 31

CraftTexas 2018 is the tenth in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Antonius Bui, “Amadia,” 2017. Hand-cut paper, monoprint. Photo by artist.

Mike Zito

The blistering blues guitarist is co-founder of Royal Southern Brotherhood, along with Cyril Neville and Devon Allman, son of the late Gregg Allman.

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SPORTS & RECREATION Photo Courtesy of The Houston Rockets

2018 SEASON

Houston Rockets October 17​​ October 24​​ October 26 ​​ October 30​​ November 11 November 15 ​​ November 17 ​​ November 21 November 28​​ December 1​​ December 11 ​​

vs. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Utah Jazz vs. LA Clippers vs. Portland Trailblazers ​​vs. Indiana Pacers vs. Golden State Warriors vs. Sacramento Kings vs. Detroit Pistons vs. Dallas Mavericks vs. Chicago Bulls vs. Portland Trailblazers

December 13​​ December 17​​ December 22​​ December 25​​ December 27​​ December 31​​

vs. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Utah Jazz vs. San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Houston Rockets

Toyota Center

NBA.com/Rockets

Houston Texans

Rice University Football

All games at NRG Stadium except where noted

All games at Rice Stadium October 6​​ vs. UTSA Roadrunners October 13​​ vs. UAB Blazers October 27 ​​ vs. UNT Mean Green + November 3 ​​vs. UTEP Miners November 24 ​​vs. Old Dominion Monarchs + Apogee Stadium (Denton) RiceOwls.com

vs. Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins vs. Tennessee Titans vs. Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

HoustonTexans.com

Houston Dynamo Soccer All Games at BBVA Compass Stadium

October 21​​ vs. Seattle Sounders FC HoustonDynamo.com

University of Houston Football All games at NRG Stadium except where noted

October 4​​ vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane October 27​​ vs. USF Bulls November 3​​ vs. SMU Mustangs * November 11​​ vs. Temple Owls November 15​​ vs. Tulane Green Wave * Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas UHCougars.com

Prairie View A&M Football All games at Blackshear Field except where noted

September 8​​ vs. Sam Houston State Bearkats *** September 29​​ vs. Grambling Tigers **** October 13​​ vs. Southern Jaguars October 27​​ vs. Alcorn State Braves November 17 ​​vs. Alabama State Hornets November 24 ​​vs. Texas Southern Tigers *** Bowers Stadium (Huntsville) ****Cotton Bowl, Dallas PVPanthers.com

NOVEMBER 22-25

Sam Houston Race Park

George R. Brown Convention Center

OCTOBER 20

DECEMBER 1

Galveston Causeway

Addicks Park & Ride

OCTOBER 27

DECEMBER 8

Karbach Brewery

Rob Fleming Aquatic Center (The Woodlands)

OCTOBER 28

DECEMBER 8

Sam Houston Park

CityCentre

Foam Glow 5K

Toughest Galveston 10K

Texas Southern University Football

Monster Mash Run

All games at BBVA Compass Stadium except where noted September 1​​ vs. UT-Permian Basin Falcons September 8​​ vs. Texas State Bobcats ++ September 22​​ vs. Houston Cougars +++ October 6​​ vs. Alabama A&M Bulldogs October 13​​ vs. Grambling State Tigers October 20​​ vs. Southern Jaguars **** ++ Bobcat Stadium (San Marcos) +++ TDECU Stadium **** Cotton Bowl (Dallas) Athletics.TSU.edu

Houston Half Marathon & 10K NOVEMBER 3

Zombie Charge Rio Bravo MX NOVEMBER 4

Texas 10

OCTOBER 6

Katy

Stephen F. Austin vs. Sam Houston State

NOVEMBER 10-11

NRG Stadium Shutterstock.com

October 7​​​ October 14​​​ October 25​​​ November 26 ​​​ December 2​​​ December 9​​​ December 30​​​

OCTOBER 6

Tough Mudder 3 Palms Action Sports Park (Conroe)

Auto Rama

Jingle All the 5K

Jingle Bell Run Rudolph Run DECEMBER 15

Houston Running Festival Bear Creek Park DECEMBER 16

Santa Hustle 5K & Half Marathon Moody Gardens (Galveston) DECEMBER 30-JANUARY 1

6th Annual Snowdrop ULTRA 55 Hour Race & Relay Buffalo Run Park (Missouri City)

NOVEMBER 17

Get Your Rear in Gear Baylor College of Medicine (McNair Campus) NOVEMBER 22

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

BakerRipley Houston Turkey Trot Galleria

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51fifteen Restaurant & Lounge

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

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

550 Texas St. (Downtown) 713.225.3474

5115 Westheimer Road (Galleria/Uptown) 713.963.8067

Brasserie 19

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

5820 Washington Ave. (The Heights) 713.862.3474 thebluefishsushi.com

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

2311 Bissonnet St. (West University) 713.521.1155

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Brennan’s of Houston

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

Benjy’s

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

The Capital Grille

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.

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

2424 Dunstan Road (Rice Village) 713.522.7602

5365 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.623.4600

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tures an imported, custom wood-burning oven and a casual atmosphere conducive to great pizza enjoyed by good friends. 500 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.520.8222 dolcevitahouston.com

Located in Rice Village, this sister restaurant of Coppa Ristorante features rustic Italian cuisine, including small plates, pastas, and pizzas, designed by Executive Chef Brandi Key, who reinvents Italian classics using local ingredients. The stylish, airy space is the perfect spot to sip fine wine while enjoying an artisanal salumi and formaggio board. 5210 Morningside Drive (Rice Village) 713.522.3535 coppaosteriahouston.com

Cuchara This authentic Mexico City bistro in the Montrose district provides an open aesthetic juxtaposed with jolts of color and texture. With a modern twist on classic Mexico City fare, the menu, which changes weekly, features ceviche, chicharrones, guacamole tradicional, and mole verde. 214 Fairview St. (Montrose) 713.942.0000 cuchararestaurant.com

840 West Sam Houston Parkway (CityCentre) 713.463.5051

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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

Del Frisco’s Grille Located in the heart of Houston’s dining and social scene, this stylish venue provides a relaxed atmosphere perfect for meeting friends. The varied menu includes offerings ranging from designer burgers to hearty salads and signature steaks to chicken schnitzel and bourbon-apple chops, with gluten-free choices available. 2800 Kirby Drive (River Oaks) 832.623.6168 delfriscosgrille.com

Dolce Vita The second establishment in the Chef Marco Wiles family, Dolce Vita brings the taste of true, authentic Neapolitan pizza to Houston. Located in the heart of Montrose, the restaurant fea-

Down House Enjoy a Prohibition-style cocktail while lounging in this eclectic-toned neighborhood spot. Known best for its award-winning cocktails, Down House serves New American cuisine with a Southern influence and features classics such as chicken and waffles, fish and chips, and shrimp and grits. Desserts are so delicious they should be illegal. 1801 Yale St. (The Heights) 713.864.3696 treadsack.com/downhouse

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

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

Fogo de Chão Renowned Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão began 40 years ago in Brazil and continues to set the premium dining standard for churrascarias around the world. The menu includes a variety of fire-roasted meats carved tableside by gaucho chefs, plus seasonal salads, traditional sides, signature cocktails and an award-winning wine list. 8250 Westheimer Rd., Houston 713.978.6500 2619 McKinney Avenue, Dallas 214.720.2777 fogodechao.com


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

Houston’s Restaurant This dependable menu features diverse American classics in which exceptional ingredients take center stage, as area growers and purveyors provide the premium produce, meat, fish, and chicken. A long-standing interest by the owner in art and architecture enhances the ambiance and overall dining experience.

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5888 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.975.1947

Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino

4848 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.529.2385

The casual, neighborhood Italian cafe and wine bar specializes in small plates of hot and cold antipasti for grazing, sharing, mixing, and matching. Located in River Oaks, the restaurant features scrumptious fare prepared from scratch using the best local, imported, and all-natural ingredients available.

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Grotto Ristorante

2450 Louisiana St. (Midtown) 713.524.0004

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.

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Indika

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

The Grove

516 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.524.2170

4715 Westheimer Road (Galleria/Uptown) 713.622.3663

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.

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

Liberty Kitchen

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

3215 Westheimer Road (River Oaks) 713.522.1934

La Griglia

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

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

3600 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.802.0533

Hearsay Gastro Lounge

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Kiran’s

4224 San Felipe St. (Highland Village) 713.622.1010

218 Travis St. (Downtown) 713.225.8079 hearsayhouston.com

2925 Richmond Ave (Upper Kirby) 713.960.8472 kiranshouston.com

714 Yale St. (The Heights) 713.360.6133

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

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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.

2555 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.255.4440

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

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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.

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.

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

1611 Lamar St. (Downtown) 713.337.7321

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2424 Dunstan Road (West University) 713.521.7800

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From its inception in 2010, this Asian restaurant has served a modern and creative array of Japanese fare with French fusion undertones. The ever-changing menu centers on the freshest local and international ingredients and an Omakase offering sure to pique the palate.

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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

4720 Washington Ave. (The Heights) 713.880.8737 maxswinedive.com

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

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DINING Noé Grill

Punk’s Simple Southern Food

Seasons 52

Enjoy globally inspired cuisine with Pan Asian undertones and a locavore approach at this upscale restaurant in the Omni Houston Hotel. Located in the prestigious Uptown Post Oak/ Galleria area, Noé Grill reflects modern dining trends with its sustainable menu.

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

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.

5212 Morningside Drive (Rice Village) 713.524.7865

4410 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.621.5452

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842 W. Sam Houston Parkway (CityCentre) 713.464.5252

Quattro

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4 Riverway (Galleria/Uptown) 713.871.8177 omnihotels.com/hotels/houston/dining/noe-grill

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

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.

1200 Louisiana St. (Downtown) 713.375.4775

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RA Sushi

Tango and Malbec

A “RA”ckin’ vibe with fresh sushi, distinctive Japanese-inspired dishes, and creative cocktails sets RA Sushi apart from a typical sushi joint. Founded in Arizona, the award-winning concept has 28 locations throughout the United States. Discover why it’s more fun at RA.  3908 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.621.5800 799 Town & Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 713.621.5800

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

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.

1300 Lamar St. (Downtown) 713.276.4700

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Petite Sweets

Spindletop Restaurant

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

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2800 Sage Road (Galleria) 713.629.8646

Ristorante Cavour

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Pondicheri

818 Town & Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 281.822.1500

2700 West Alabama St. (Upper Kirby) 713.520.7007

2800 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.522.2022 pondichericafe.com

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

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

Tony Mandola’s Tony and Phyllis Mandola have been serving Houstonians since 1982. Rated one of the best seafood and Italian restaurants in Houston, Tony Mandola’s offers a savory mix of Italian and Cajun cuisine and is “dedicated to the preservation of the art of our mamas’ cooking.” 1212 Waugh Drive (River Oaks) 713.528.3474 tonymandolas.com

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

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

Vinoteca Poscol

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

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.

Uchi

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


ATTRACTIONS

MUSEUMS

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Art Car Museum

1000 George Bush Drive West (College Station) 979.691.4000 bush41.org

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. 140 Heights Blvd. (The Heights) 713.861.5526 artcarmuseum.com

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

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 mhms.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.

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9220 Kirby Dr. (Museum District) 713.942.8000

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

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

George H. W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum

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. 4848 S. Main St. (Museum District) 713.529.4848 hmns.org

The Menil Collection 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.

5555 Hermann Park Drive (Museum District) 713.639.4629

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

PERFORMANCE VENUES A.D. Players at The George One of Houston’s oldest and largest resident

1533 Sul Ross St. (Montrose) 713.525.9400 menil.org

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 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.

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.

Here, visitors experience the amazing story of space exploration, from its dramatic history and exciting present to the compelling future. Space Center Houston is the only place on earth that gives guests an out-of-this-world journey through human adventures into space. The Center’s unparalleled exhibits, attractions, special presentations, and hands-on activities inspire and amaze as they tell the story of NASA’s manned space-flight program.

5420 Westheimer Rd. (Galleria) 713.526.2721

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.

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1001 Bissonnet St. (Museum District) 713.639.7300

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

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Space Center Houston

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

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

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

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. 501 Texas Ave. (Downtown) 713.228.6737 houstongrandopera.org houstonfirsttheaters.com/Wortham-Center

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.

1204 Caroline St. (Downtown) 888.402.5837

2200 Texas Avenue (EaDo, Warehouse District) 713.547.3000 bbvacompassstadium.com

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

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5015 Westheimer Road (Galleria/Uptown) 713.621.1500

ZOOS & AQUARIUMS

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Downtown Aquarium

Minute Maid Park

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

Houston Zoo

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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13722 Champions Drive (Champions) 281.444.6262

NRG Stadium

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Miller Outdoor Theatre

7575 North Sam Houston Parkway West 281.807.8700

1510 Polk St. (Downtown) 713.758.7200

501 Crawford St. (Downtown) 713.259.8000

615 Louisiana St. (Downtown) 832.487.7050

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.

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

Sam Houston Race Park

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

Wildcat Golf Club The preferred golf club of Houston’s professional sports teams, Wildcat boasts two spectacular golf courses designed by Roy Case. Located just south of the city, both courses feature elevations up to 100 feet, providing spectacular views of the downtown skyline, the Galleria, and the Reliant Stadium complex. 12000 Almeda Road (Central Southwest) 713.413.3400 wildcatgolfclub.com

All attractions are located in Houston unless otherwise noted.


SHOPPING

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

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

The Galleria

Highland Village Shopping Center

River Oaks District

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

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

4055 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.850.3100 shophighlandvillage.com

Houston Premium Outlets

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

Uptown Park

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.

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.

29300 Hempstead Road, Cypress 281.304.5820

1101 Uptown Park Blvd. (Uptown) 713.850.1400

premiumoutlets.com

uptownparkhouston.com

Market Street

West Ave at River Oaks

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

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

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. 2800 Kirby Drive (River Oaks) 713.533.9966

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

deBoulle

westaveriveroaks.com

JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES Chardé Jewelers

Chardé represents more than 100 jewelry designers from all around the world and features local artists, including Lemel Designs and Rebecca Lankford. Knowledgeable staff members are dedicated to helping you find the perfect piece.

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

Deutsch & Deutsch Fine Jewelry and Watches

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

HUBLOT Houston

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

5600 Kirby Drive (West University) 713.668.6350 chardejewelers.com

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SHOPPING Zadok Jewelers IW Marks Jewelers

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

Maida’s Belts & Buckles

An array of exquisite, handmade, and engraved buckles and buckle sets from the finest artists in the United States are found at this unique store. The heirloom quality buckles can be worn and enjoyed now and also passed down to future generations.

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

1749 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.960.8950

2424 W Alabama St. (Upper Kirby) 713.526.6000

zadok.com

kuhl-linscomb.com

ANTIQUES & FURNITURE Alyson Jon Interiors

maidasbelts.com

Rice Village Diamonds

2401 Bissonnet St. (West University) 713.524.3171

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.

alysonjon.com

The Antiquarium

ricevillagediamonds.com

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.

Tenenbaum & Co. Classic Jeweler

3021 Kirby Drive (River Oaks) 713.622.7531

2376 Rice Boulevard (Rice Village) 713.526.1510

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 713.629.7444 tenenbaumandco.com

Thomas Markle Jewelers

Established in 1981, Thomas Markle Jewelers is not only is one of North Houston’s most trusted family jewelers, but also is recognized as one of Texas’ premier jewelry stores. Houston residents and area visitors are served in a friendly atmosphere by an experienced staff of jewelry professionals. 947 Gessner Rd. (Memorial City Mall) 713.465.7464 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands 281.363.2400 For additional locations, thomasmarklejewelers.com

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

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.

5727 Westheimer Road (Galleria/Uptown) 713.629.9091

Kuhl-Linscomb

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.

theantiquarium.com

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

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

WOMEN’S APPAREL Abejas Boutique

Antiques & Interiors at the Pavilion Conveniently located between Kirby Drive and Shepherd Drive, this 27,000-square-foot showroom houses 80 of Houston’s finest dealers. As it has for the past 20 years, this collaborative showcases exceptional home furnishings, art, silver, accessories, and jewelry.

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

Collectivo Founded in 2017, this upscale concept store in River Oaks is already making a name for itself. Dedicated solely to showcasing the best of Latin American fashion and luxury ("LATAM glam"), Collectivo is filled with hand-picked high-end clothes and accessories from some of the freshest designers around. 4310 Westheimer Road (River Oaks) 832.831.8818 collectivostore.com

Dao Chloe Dao

2311 Westheimer Road (River Oaks/Upper Kirby) 713.520.9755 antique-pavilion.com

Carl Moore Antiques

Atrium Ready to Wear

This exquisitely decorated showroom offers classic style for a contemporary age through its distinctive selection of memorable antiques and reproductions, all individually chosen with an eye for style, line, and value.

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.

1610 Bissonnet St. (Museum District) 713.524.2502

2517 South Blvd. (West University) 713.522.3025

carlmooreantiques.com

abejasboutique.com

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


SHOPPING Elaine Turner A Texas woman with a chic, cosmopolitan sense, Elaine Turner combines her love of exotic travels and colorful spaces to create a collection of luxury handbags and shoes for every woman. 1700 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.255.9095 800 Town and Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 713.255.9095 elaineturner.com

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

Hemline

Pinto Ranch Fine Western Wear

Live the Western lifestyle on or off the ranch with more than 4,000 in-stock pairs of handmade boots by Lucchese, Old Gringo, Stallion, Rocketbuster, Rios of Mercedes, and Liberty Boot Co. Unique designer apparel for men and women, including hand-engraved buckles, hats, and jewelry, embody the romanticism and traditions of the Old West.

1180-6 Uptown Park Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.527.8200

pintoranch.com

MPenner.com

More Than You Can Imagine

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

shophemline.com

KB Kasuals

2425 West Alabama St. (River Oaks) 713.688.9800

Tootsies

2025 Hughes Landing Blvd., The Woodlands 281.367.0995

Sid Mashburn

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.

kbkasuals.com

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. 2515 River Oaks Blvd. (River Oaks) 713.936.9502 sidmashburn.com

2601 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.629.9990

GIFTS & SPECIALTY STORES

tootsies.com

Events

Billy Reid

1950 Hughes Landing Blvd. Suite 1175 (The Woodlands) 281.782.1006

Lucchese

nortonditto.com

MEN’S APPAREL This upscale women’s clothing boutique in The Woodlands offers top designers at affordable prices for all ages. Providing a versatile selection ranging from pajamas to everyday clothes to cocktail dresses, KB Kasuals is always searching to find the next new hot designers and trends.

Maida’s

Maida’s is the oldest family owned and continuously operating boot and shoe company in the U.S. 100% hand crafted in Houston by master Norton Ditto boot and shoe makers, one pair at a time. Respected as the city’s premier retailer for more Come in and experience what it’s like to select than a century, this Houston landmark is dediyour exotic leathers, design, and get fitted for cated to providing its customers with the latest custom footwear. trends in men’s fashion. From custom-fitted 3733 Westheimer Road (River Oaks) suits to jeans, Norton Ditto offers the most 713.492.0645 complete collection of fine clothing, including big and tall at the River Oaks location.

mtyci.com

796 Town and Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 713.465.1148

2047 West Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.520.0060

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.

1717 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.333.7900

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.

2401 Times Blvd. (Rice Village) 713.520.1184

M Penner

Known for his classic Southern style, William Reid designs clothing from quality fabrics with added unusual accents, dubbed “low-fi Southern-bred luxury.” The quaint shop, located in a Craftsman-era home in River Oaks, specializes in high-end men’s clothing and also carries Reid’s women’s collection. 2702 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.552.0333 billyreid.com

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

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

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

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The definitive guide for discerning visitors to Clutch City.

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The definitive guide for discerning visitors to Clutch City.