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FEATURES

ISSUE 15: SUMMER 2018

CONTENTS

ON THE COVER:

22 TWO RINGS ONE NIGHT

32 CURATED ART IN HOTELS

36 HOUSTON’S BEST BRUNCHES,

Meet Daniella Rodriguez, who is going from Miss Texas USA to fiancé of Houston Astros player and World Series Champion, Carlos Correa. BY MIRANDA PROCTOR

Art advisor Stefania Panepinto explains how local hotels are using fine art to elevate the customer experience. BY JULIA CORBETT DAVIS

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

BARS, & SNAPPY HOURS

28 SPLENDOR IN SEDONA Take a journey through everything picturesque Sedona, Arizona has to offer, beginning and ending with breathtaking sunsets. BY DAVE MUSCARI

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Miss Texas USA to Mrs. Daniella Correa. Photo courtesy of Steven Grant

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An Art-Filled Oasis

SEE / DINE / SHOP

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Through August 19 A Tradition of Revolution Sightings: Luke Fowler


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13 THE RUNDOWN (Bob Livingston) The founding father of ‘outlaw’ music has quiet the story to tell.

16 THE GIFT GUIDE

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

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Summer essentials for if you are looking to bring a little piece of Houston home or discover where to shop while in town.

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

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

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

64 OUR PARTING SHOT

Move over, Chicago... there's a new bean in town. Discover the Museum District's newest attraction.

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ummer is here, a time for fun in the sun and a chance to escape from the real world and take some much-needed vacation! This season, we’re highlighting some of our favorite local hotspots to shop and dine in our Summer Issue. Let us guide you through the city, so you can experience Houston like a local.

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Gracing our cover is the gorgeous Daniella Rodriguez, the glam and giving beauty queen who stole our hearts during the Astros’ World Series Championship win with her engagement to shortstop Carlos Correa. She’s beauty, she’s grace, she’s our (former) Miss Texas USA and we couldn’t be happier that she calls Houston home. She’s a regular at Minute Maid Park, cheering on the home team, and we’re pretty sure she’s a good luck charm, too! Catch up with her and sneak a peek into their whirlwind romance that captured the hearts of Houstonians and baseball fans across the world. While you’re out exploring the town, you always want to look your best. We've put together a list of some our favorite Summer items that will elevate your wardrobe and enhance your home. Whether you're looking for a souvenir for a loved one or just want to treat yourself on your "staycation," we've got you covered with some of Houston's

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must-haves; they're way better than a lousy token t-shirt from your typical souvenir shop. After some much-deserved retail therapy, you're sure to build up an appetite. What pairs perfectly with shopping? Eating! 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! Time to unwind back in your hotel — Have you ever wondered about the perfectly curated art in your room and the lobby? In an interview with a New York City gallery owner, Stefania Panepinto explains how local hotels assemble their art to build a connection with their guests. Lucky for you, Houston's art scene extends outside of the Museum District and into your home away from home. Next up, get to know Bob Livingston, the trailblazing musician who’s been delighting Texas dance halls for 50 years. Then, step into the desert for a summer getaway and experience the beauty and wonderment of Sedona, Arizona — We know Houston’s not the only stop you’ll be making this summer, so we’ll guide you through your next sun-drenched 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 in to 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.

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He was a founding father of the original “outlaw” music movement, working side-by-side with Jerry Jeff Walker, Michael Martin Murphey and more. Today, he’s a devoted spokesperson for many styles of music. And his story is as original as the sounds he’s delivered around the globe for years. BY DAVE MUSCARI

era, as Willie, Waylon and the boys were paving the way for exas musician bob future generations including livingston has quite a Pat Green, Miranda Lambert story to tell. It comes and more. in several stages, and Later, in the 1980s, has played out on Livingston developed an many stages. entirely new career when There are his early he boldly took Texas to years in Lubbock, the masses as part of an living in the shadow of international government hometown hero Buddy program, which continues to Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day” this day. and “Maybe Baby.” It was It all began when he heard here during the 1960s that of opportunity to merge the young Texan was playing music and western culture, folk and rock ‘n’ roll in working around the world bands, sowing formative seeds as an ambassador of sorts on of America’s “progressive behalf of his country. country” movement which His performances include had already rooted in everything from songwriting California. and guitar tips to Texas tales, As a member of the Lost all designed to promote unity Gonzo Band in the 1970s, and brotherhood through Livingston was an integral music. part of the early stages of Over the years he’s Austin’s celebrated “outlaw” traveled extensively, playing

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for audiences large and small, often accompanied by indigenous performers, proving music is indeed a universal language. As a result, “I adopted a multicultural view of our world in sharp contrast to the s—[profanity]-kicking honkytonks I played with Jerry Jeff, Ray Wylie and others,” he explains. Livingston has resided in the Austin area for 46 years. During that time, he’s had a hand in building the city’s well-oiled reputation as the “live music capital of the world.” He played gigs at the city’s early influential music clubs including Castle Creek and the Armadillo World Headquarters, a far cry from today’s glitzier SXSW. But he was in the thick of it, contributing to the celestial culture of the day. “Bob was into Eastern religion’s H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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‘cosmic’ perspective, meditation and the guru-driven ideas coming out of India,” remembers Murphey. It was Livingston who coined the phrase “Cosmic Cowboy,” the title of Murphey’s 1970s hit, one of the most enduring of the era. Livingston’s also logged many miles over the past 50 years … playing music as an accomplished solo artist, and in a supporting role as a songwriter, guitarist, bass player and charter member in The Lost Gonzo Band, backing up Walker (whom he refers to as “the first punk rocker”), Murphey, Ray Wylie Hubbard and more. “Bob's work became very influential on other artists pouring into Texas in the mid-1970s,” says Murphey. It was an interesting collection of long-haired players outfitted in pearl snap shirts, boots and cowboy hats, giving a rock ‘n’ roll edge to their version

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of country songs, ripping through shows in rollicking style. Once upon a time, Rolling Stone tagged the group’s eponymous debut album as “one of the best albums ever to come out of Austin” — high praise considering the long list of fabled musicians to grace the stages in Texas’ capital city. Murphey thinks Livingston deserves more credit than he’s received for his considerable influence over the years. “He has been an influential writer, artist, singer and strong personality in shaping what became known as ‘Texas Music,’” says Murphey. “He was in Austin from the beginning of the centralization of the progressive country music scene [there].” The fact is, like many of his musical contemporaries, Livingston has rarely come off the circuit for very long, particularly if you consider

his years of musical globetrotting on behalf of the State Department. He’s brought Texas music to a checkerboard of nations. “My spirit of adventure takes me on roads all over this country and internationally to more than 30 countries now, exotic and spectacular places like Vietnam, Africa and the Middle East … far, far from Lubbock,” he says. The tours have been extensive, presenting a rare opportunity to sample global cultures, play music and explore common ground. He’s performed and collaborated with remarkably diverse groups of artists such as Nepal's Sur Sudha and the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, with Vietnamese singers, India sitar and tabla musicians, to name a few. For nearly half a century, Livingston has lived on the road.

“He has been an influential writer, artist, singer, and strong personality in shaping what became known as Texas Music.” – MICHAEL MARTIN MURPHEY

TEXAS ORIGINAL (Left): Livingston has served as an American musical ambassador for 50 years performing around the world. COSMIC COWBOYS (Right): Michael Martin Murphey (left) and Livingston in the Seventies in front of a promotional poster.


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TEXAS MUSIC (Left): Livingston recently released his ninth solo album on Howlin’ Dog Records. GONZO GROOVE: (Right): Livingston plays bass, performing with old friend Jerry Jeff Walker (right), who he refers to as “the first punk rocker.”

“BOB LIVINGSTON’S AN ICON. HE CONTINUES TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC COMMUNITY WITH HIS INSIGHTFUL BALLADS AND STRONG STAGE PERFORMANCES.” – DAVID CARD, Poor David’s Pub

“To make it all work and pay for my house, I play folk clubs, house concerts, do sessions, voice-over work, kids shows, folk festivals, give workshops and play the occasional bass gig in a touring country band,” says Livingston, who figures he plays somewhere between 130 to 150 shows a year. “Bob Livingston’s an icon,” says David Card of Poor David’s Pub, the landmark North Texas music house. “He continues to contribute to the music community with his insightful ballads and strong stage performances. I love him.” Livingston closed last year in authentic fashion with a New Year’s Eve show at Terlingua’s rugged Starlight Theatre in the Big Bend area. Ironically, it was Walker’s pivotal album “¡Viva Terlingua!” (Recorded in Luckenbach and released in

1973 featuring Livingston and his Gonzo bandmates) that helped drive progressive country deeper into the mainstream of American music consciousness. Lately he’s playing music from his ninth solo album, “Up the Flatland Stairs” on Howlin' Dog Records. It follows his last, “Gypsy Alibi,” which was named album of the year at the 2011 Texas Music Awards. “I have all of Bob's albums and admire them,” says Murphey, “as well as songs he wrote that go back to our days in California as running buddies. He's not only a great musician and writer, he's a marvelous vocalist.” Murphey recalls Livingston as the “heartthrob of the ladies and life of the party. His personality was charismatic.” He’s done soundtracks for TV and film, even recorded children’s music.

A few years ago, hip-hop artist Lloyd Banks released "Warrior," a song on “The Hunger for More,” his debut album. It includes a sample of “Hold On,” a song by folk-rockers, McKendree Spring, written by none other than Livingston and his old compadre, Hubbard. "Warrior" eventually achieved platinum status. As Livingston says, “When all else fails, music prevails.”

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Summer Getaway Gift Guide By Emily Lunstroth

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ouston shopping is a unique mix of big name luxury and local high end brands. When traveling to Houston you will, of course be indulging in some of the best food you’ve ever had, but you should also bring a little piece of the city back home with you. Shopping in new cities means more than adding a new designer bag to your collection, it represents a memory. Each time you wear your decadent jewels or fill your one of a kind vase with flowers, you will remember your

time spent here. Summer in Houston, because we are not going to let the heat stop us from looking chic, is all about color and accessorizing. Our summer gift guide offers one of our favorite colorful handbags, leather belts, fresh linen dresses and of course, cowboy boots -- a year round staple. Whether it’s for your significant other, little one, home or yourself, we point you in the direction of the perfect summer gift! Happy hunting!

Amagansett Dress from Mirth Caftan $220 mirthcaftans.com

Tulum Earrings from Christina Greene Jewelry $285 christina-greene.com

EM Band from Rice Village Diamonds Ladies allure diamond band with emerald cut diamonds $5,900 ricevillagediamonds.com

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Homewares by Gary Bodker from Asher Gallery $200 - $225 crafthouston.org


Cult Gaia Small Arc Bag in Multi from Tootsies $320 tootsies.com

Analog Carpenter Wood Watch from Contemporary Arts Museum Houston $150.00 camh.org

American Alligator Belts from Maida’s Belts & Buckles Custom made Genuine American Alligator in a variety of bright summer colors $415 maidasbelts.com

The Western Women’s Cowboy Boot from CITY Boots

Turquoise Pave Diamond Bangle from J. Landa

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THE ULTIMATE STEAK EXPERIENCE

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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.

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

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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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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Splendor of Sedona Written by Dave Muscari

Can you remember the most impressive sunset you’ve ever witnessed, the one that stopped you in your tracks and left your breathless? Perhaps it was among the crowds on Mallory Square in sunny Key West, at Los Angeles’ historic Griffith Observatory, gazing across colorful rooftops in Barcelona, or on a sandy beach in Maui or exotic Tahiti. We all have our favorites. But no collection of spectacular sunsets is complete without a trip to picturesque Sedona, Arizona.

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Unplug. Unwind. Refresh. Repeat. Road to Red Rock Country Located a bit over 100 miles from Phoenix, it’s a relatively short — albeit very scenic — drive north to the higher elevations that lead to Sedona. Beyond the 3,000-foot climb, the two-hour trek features a dazzling display, courtesy of Mother Nature, wrapped in a rough-hewn Old West history. Long faded ghost towns mark the rugged and rolling topography along the way. But the main attraction may simply be the vastness of the region, which includes striking views of imposing sandstone formations, a stunning backdrop for the variety of activities that engage Sedona’s more than 1.5 million visitors each year. Unique terrain is the center point of region’s earthly beauty: massive red mountains bathed in sunshine dominate the local landscape, speckled with native plants, seasonal wildflowers and majestic Saguaro cactus. If it all feels like a scene on a Hollywood movie set, it should. A number of classic pictures have been filmed in and around the region including westerns “Wild Rovers” (William Holden, Ryan O’Neal), “Firecreek” (Henry Fonda, James Stewart), “Tall in the Saddle” (John Wayne, Ward Bond), “Johnny Guitar” (Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden) and “Blood on the Moon” (Robert Mitchum, Barbara Bel Geddes). Cowboy dreams come alive along the expansive geography. From unconventional and rustic to thoroughly contemporary, upscale and luxurious, there are a variety of accommodations available around the area to suite a range of tastes. Last April, our stay included time in two of Sedona’s finest getaways: Enchantment Resort (525 Boynton Canyon Road) and L’Auberge de Sedona Resort & Spa (301 L’Auberge Lane).

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Taylor Swift NRG Stadium

She singlehandedly redefined country crossover. Her hits include: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Shake It Off,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” Blank Space,” Bad Blood” and, most recently, “Look What You Made Me Do.” Back on the road to promote her “Reputation” album, the young diva is playing old favorites and sizzling new songs.

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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Get out your Lone Star flags and start waving! It’s full speed ahead with a bevy of country acts including Willie Nelson & Family, Sturgill Simpson, Wild Feathers, Ryan Bingham, The Head and the Heart, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, and others.

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Neuhaus Theatre

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

A reality TV baking show, moral questions and loads of butter are the recipe for this comedy about three women reaching across a growing divide.

Five world-class illusionists return on an exciting international tour following sold-out shows around the world, including a lengthy run in London’s West End.

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The Cake, Alley Theatre

Slightly Stoopid White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

The California band has made a reputation fusing folk, reggae, rock and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk. JULY 1

Swan Lake, Houston Ballet Jones Hall

An evening of timeless entertainment features Stanton Welch’s production utilizing Tchaikovsky’s full score for this three-act ballet. THROUGH AUGUST 11

The Future Is Certain; It’s the Past Which Is Unpredictable Blaffer Art Museum (University of Houston)

The exhibition focuses on the perception of time and history, and how the past can reassert itself in the present and the future. JULY 1

Sean McConnell

Champions of Magic

Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Show Seawall Boulevard (Galveston)

Celebrate July Fourth on the Island as it lights up in spectacular style for this annual festive, patriotic party by the sea. JULY 5-AUGUST 12

The Tamarie Cooper Show: Field Trip MATCH

Original songs, a live band, tap, games, treats and a motley crew of some of Houston's finest, funniest performers are part of the 21st of Tamarie’s original summer musicals.

Formed in Boston back in the 1980s and dressed in trademark plaid, the ska-punk ensemble with a hardcore twist is still going strong. THROUGH JULY 22

Holmes and Watson, Alley Theatre

JULY 6

Thirty Seconds to Mars, Walk the Moon, K. Flay, Welshly Arms Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The multi-platinum-selling band that features Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”) is headlining the North American Monolith Tour. JULY 6

The Mighty, Mighty Bosstones, Fantastic Negrito House of Blues

JULY 6-7

Sheryl Underwood Improv

The cutting edge comedian with the smile that won’t quit is a staple in the standup scene and a regular on CBS’ “The Talk.”

Hubbard Theatre

The new Sherlock Holmes stage adventure is by the author of Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club and the 2015 film, “Mr. Holmes.” JULY 6

Trout Fishing in America Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

This Grammy-nominated duo has played together for years, including ditties such as “When I Was a Dinosaur” and “My Hair Had a Party Last Night.” JULY 6

Classical Mystery Tour, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Height Theatre

CHis eponymous 2017 album garnered big praise from Rolling Stone, No Depression, Lone Star Music Magazine and more.

The annual celebration is family-friendly, bringing to audiences the sights and sounds of Houston’s world-famous orchestra performing along with Broadway veteran Ryan Silverman (Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera). It’s full-blown patriotic numbers, plus Tchaikovsky’s rousing “1812 Overture,” punctuated with cannon blasts to end the evening.

The four musicians in the tribute act look and sound like The Beatles with a show presenting dozens of tunes performed as they were originally recorded. THROUGH AUGUST 26

Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show CAMH

This represents the first comprehensive career survey and solo museum exhibition devoted to the New York-based contemporary artist.

JULY 6-8

TriStar Collectors Show NRG Center

Fans wait all year to line up for sports autographs, trading cards and all sorts of interesting collectibles. JULY 6-8

Caribbean Film Festival MATCH

Catch films that highlight Caribbean customs, beliefs, stories and history, plus interact with the filmmakers, producers, writers and directors. JULY 7

Miguel, Fantasia, NE-YO, Tank Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodland)

It’s a summer block party fun under the stars with the eclectic singer-songwriter, “American Idol” winner and more. JULY 7

Erykah Badu Arena Theatre

The native Texan deftly mixes old school soul, hip-hop and funk into her eclectic pallet, while starring in movies such as “The Cider House Rules.”

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JULY 4

JULY 15

Eleanor Hobby Tinsley Performing Park at Buffalo Arts Center Bayou

Boy George & Culture Club, The B-52s, Tom Bailey Shutterstock.com

CITGO Freedom Over Texas Festival

Smart Financial SamCentre Houston (Sugar RaceLand) Park

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Houston’s official July Fourth celebration features headliners Chris Young (“I’m Comin’ Over”) and The Mavericks (“Dance the Night Away”). There is also plenty of opportunity to sample local delights at a variety of food booths. And don’t miss the world-famous fireworks display at the end of the evening, with the glittering skyline as a backdrop. JULY 7

JULY 11

JULY 12

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston Island)

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The Texas comedian gained notoriety on the celebrated Blue Collar Comedy Tour, and with his song, “Here’s Your Sign.”

The 27-time Grammy winner’s songs include "When You Say Nothing at All," “Whiskey Lullaby" and "The Lucky One.” Her new album is “Windy City.”

The Oklahoma actor is a workingman’s comedian who once had his own network television sitcom on ABC.

Bill Engvall

Alison Krauss

JULY 7-AUGUST 12

The Big Show

Lawndale Art Center

The ambitious annual exhibition features new work by artists practicing within a 100-mile radius of Lawndale. JULY 8 *

The Devon Allman Project, Duane Betts

THROUGH AUGUST 19

Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The exhibition showcases nearly four centuries of lavishly made ceremonial objects, finely crafted arms and armor, sumptuous jewels, intricately carved furnishings and more.

Heights Theater

JULY 11 *

The sons of southern fried rock royalty bring their own brand of sound to the Dallas stage for an evening of great music, separately and together.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Suzy Bogguss

JULY 8

Six of her songs were top-10 hits including “Outbound Plane,” “Someday Soon,” “Aces” and “Letting Go.”

NRG Park

JULY 11-15

Vans Warped Tour Reported to be the final cross-country run, catch top alt-rock bands Simple Plan, The Used, State Champs, Motionless in White, The Maine and more.

Space City New Music Festival MATCH

JULY 10-15

The weeklong summer festival brings artists together to collaborate on new works, study music, build relationships and present concerts.

Miller Outdoor Theatre

JULY 12

All Shook Up It’s a hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy for you to jump, jive and wail to with classics such as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Don’t Be Cruel” and "Blue Suede Shoes.” *Editor’s Choice 40

During the 1980s, few bands were bigger then George O’Dowd and his crew, ruling MTV as well as the pop charts with “Do You really Want to Hurt Me,” and “Karma Chameleon.” Joining them are the kitschy Athens, GA, ensemble (“Rock Lobster,” “Roam”), plus the Thompson Twins’ vocalist.

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Steeped in lo-fi traditions, the garage rock band from New Zealand released their first album in 2011 and continues to perform and record.

Rodney Carrington

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

JULY 12-22

The exhibition chronicles the history of basketry, from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its presence within the contemporary art world.

NRG Stadium

JULY 13

Marvel Universe Live The action-packed live stage show features characters such as Spiderman, Black Panther, Hulk, Thor, Captain America and more, all in a race against time. JULY 13

The Fixx Warehouse Live

“One Thing Leads to Another” and “Saved by Zero” were huge hits for the English, MTV-era band that started in the 1970s. JULY 13

Paramore, Foster the People Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The power pop band fronted by singer Hayley Williams has produced a number of hits such as “Pressure” and “Ain’t It Fun.” JULY 13

Slaid Cleaves McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Based in Austin, the singer/songwriter has toured the country performing his unique brand of folk music for the masses.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy

THROUGH AUGUST 5

Jones Hall

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the series, the concert features the music of video game composer Nobuo Uematsu.

The third iteration of the series focuses on Texas artists featuring sculpture, painting, photography, drawing, ceramics, textiles and performance.

JULY 13

JULY 13

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Rockefeller’s

Last year the band played 180 shows. This year, they plan to push that to 200, playing their distinctive brand of Texas country.

Like his brother Stevie Ray, the Texas native’s reputation tends to precede him — a true blues-buster, legendary in Texas guitar circles.

Mike and the Moonpies

Right Here, Right Now: San Antonio

Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-a-Whirl Band


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Toyota Center

Sam Smith Shutterstock.com

Love Never Dies

JULY 18

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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JULY 17-22

CALENDAR

It is a decade after his disappearance in Paris. The mysterious man has escaped to a new life in New York living among the rides and freak shows of Coney Island. Soon, he will be reunited with Christine — his one true love. The saga continues in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera.

JULY 14

The Music of George Michael, Houston Symphony

JULY 15 *

Ludovico Einaudi Jones Hall

Pay tribute to an unforgettable artist, from “Faith” and “Careless Whisper” to “One More Try” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” and more.

He is among the world’s most esteemed classical artists, boasting an impressive catalog that incorporates pop, rock, folk, electronic, world music and more.

JULY 14

JULY 16

Jones Hall

“Stay with Me” fueled the singer’s album “In the Lonely Hour,” a huge breakthrough that introduced the Englishman’s blue-eyed soul to the world. In 2014 he won four Grammys (Best New Artist, Record and Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album). His new Thrill of It All Tour pulls into Houston with a bang.

JULY 17-20

Express Theatre's Hilltop Festival for Children: Freedom Train Miller Outdoor Theatre

A mother and son escape a plantation and journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad to Mexico. Based on actual events in Texas history.

The Music of David Bowie, Houston Symphony

JULY 18

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Relive the Thin White Duke’s greatest hits including “A Space Oddity,” “Blue Jean,” “China Girl” and more.

He’s best known as a member of One Direction, before releasing solo numbers including “This Town” and “Slow Hands.”

JULY 17

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Lake Street Dive

JULY 18-22

“Knock Three Times,” “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” and “Sweet Gypsy Rose” were all mega-selling singles for the TV and Las Vegas star.

House of Blues

NRG Center

Members met while attending the New England Conservatory of Music, then named the band in honor of a row of sketchy bars in Minneapolis.

Whether it’s Fido, Fifi or Fred, this is where dog lovers come together each year for everything from exhibitions to relay races, conformation judging, seminars and more.

Monica, Lela James Arena Theatre

Her singles, “Before You Walk Out of My Life,” “The Boy Is Mine” and “Love All Over Me” were all huge hits for the soulful R&B singer.

Niall Horan, Maren Morris

JULY 14

Tony Orlando

JULY 14

Violent Femmes, Echo & The Bunnymen Revention Music Center

The two 1980s punk bands that made it big during the MTV years with their videos are out on the road, co-headlining a tour this summer.

Houston World Series of Dog Shows

JULY 17

Murder, Mayhem and Death by Natural Causes Houston Museum of Natural Science (Planetarium)

Chris D’Elia Improv

A terrific standup comic, he’s also had juicy roles on NBC’s “Whitney” and “Undateable,” and on ABC’s hit drama “The Good Doctor.”

JULY 17

JULY 19

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Smashing Pumpkins

Formed down in Mississippi in the 1990s, the alt-rockers scored first with “Kryptonite” followed by a series of hits.

Toyota Center

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

3 Doors Down, Collective Soul

Original members Billy Corgan, Jimmy Chamberlin and James Iha join forces in the seminal alt-rock band for their first tour since 2000.

Shuler King Joke Joint Comedy Showcase

The standup artist gives audiences “the same way life gives it to me. I pull no punches on stage,” he says, “ … and people love it.” JULY 20

Silvestre Dangond Smart Financial Centre (The Woodlands)

The Colombian superstar brings his Caliente Tour USA 2018 to Big D, performing for his legions of adoring fans. JULY 20

Tyler Childers White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs

His breakout album “Purgatory” was released last year, produced by country mainstay Sturgill Simpson. JULY 20

Hadden Sayers McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

JULY 19-22

True-crime enthusiast Nicole Temple’s presentation is simply spooky. Following the lecture, take a rare opportunity to examine the evidence presented.

JULY 15

JULY 19

Chely Wright, Deryl Dodd Once among People Magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful People,” she’s the force behind songs such as “Shut Up and Drive” and “Single White Female.”

“[He’s] pretty much my hero,” says Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top of the musician. The Austin Chronicle calls him ''Houston's best all around rock guitarist.'. JULY 20

Grungefest: A Tribute to 90s Alt Music Revention Music Center

Celebrate the age of raucous guitars; flannel shirts; angst-filled, introspective lyrics; and overcast Seattle weather patterns at this concert event. *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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JULY 26

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Hall & Oates, Train Shutterstock.com

Sugarland, Frankie Ballard, Lindsay Ell

Toyota Center

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Since the band’s inception, they’ve sold nearly 10 million albums domestically with hits including: “All I Want to Do” and “Stay,” “Stuck Like Glue” “Baby Girl,” “It Happens,” “Something More” and “Want To.” Grammy-winners Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush released their first new music in years with “Still the Same,” setting the tone for more success.

JULY 20

Nakia and the Blues Grifters, Keeshea Pratt Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Real, live blues … raw and rockin’. Formed in 2010, the Birmingham band delivers a powerful performance filled with energy and a funky fried groove JULY 21

Cagney's All Star Texas Tour featuring Cadillac Dave & The Feel Goods House of Blues

David Cagney has toured and played with some of Texas' best, performing new renditions of some of the best blues, rock and alternative rock ever recorded. JULY 21

Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

With 12 number one songs and 14 Grammy Awards, the CMA Entertainer of the Year is a country music classic. JULY 21

Apollo 13, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

The first-ever performance of the hit movie with live soundtrack fittingly takes place in Houston, projected on the big screen in the hall.

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The rock duo is back, playing favorites from a catalog of music that spans more than four decades. “Rich Girl,” “You Make My Dreams Come True,” “It’s a Laugh,” “Kiss on My List,” “One on One,” “Sara Smile,” “She’s Gone,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)” and many more.

JULY 21

JULY 26

JULY 27

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Heights Theater

Heights Theater

The New Americana band from Houston has radio singles: “Give It Time” in 2015, and then “All I Really Need.”

Their seventh studio album, “Things Change,” offers the band’s finest collection of folk-infused, southern rock and roll to date.

Since forming in the late 1970s, the infectious ska-punk band has churned out memorable hits such as “Save It For Later.”

JULY 21 *

JULY 26

JULY 27

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The annual Bud Light Roast returns, featuring the local rock heroes, plus AWOLNATION, Theory Of A Deadman, Robert DeLong and Hold On Hollywood.

The gifted country singer pays a heartfelt tribute to his late father, Merle, with music, remembrances and more.

He’s struck country gold over the years with a string of hits including “Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo,” “Holdin’ Heaven” and more.

JULY 22

JULY 26

JULY 27

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

From the first big hit “Mr. Jones” to those that followed, Adam Duritz and bandmates have been cranking out soulful pop for 25 years.

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs) The former singer/songwriter in Pavement formed this band during a hiatus. The group plays indie rock with solid guitar solos.

JULY 24

JULY 26-27

JULY 27

Market Junction, Jesse Dayton

Blue October

Counting Crows

Jeff Beck & Paul Rodgers, Ann Wilson, Deborah Bonham Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The iconic rock musicians (Yardbirds, Free, Bad Company) join forces for the Stars Align Tour, co-headlining the summer outing with the vocalist from Heart. JULY 26

Boney James House of Blues

A four-time Grammy nominee, the saxophonist likes to blur lines. His album “futuresoul” spent 11 weeks at the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart.

American Aquarium

Marty Haggard

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

Bill Burr

Revention Music Center

The Boston comedian gained notoriety for his recurring role on the second season of “Chappelle’s Show,” and is a regular with Conan and Jimmy Fallon. JULY 26-29

Chingo Bling Improv

Born in Houston, the rapper/producer/comedian carries a big bag of jokes wherever he performs standup on stage.

The English Beat

Tracy Byrd

Kim Richey Artists including Trisha Yearwood, Radney Foster and Brooks & Dunn have all recorded her well-crafted tunes.

Turnpike Troubadours, Shooter Jennings, Corb Lund White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

The acclaimed trio of bands takes the stage under the stars for a triple bill of country music with a hard rockin’ edge. JULY 27, 29 & 31, AUGUST 2 & 4

Hamlet, Houston Shakespeare Festival Miller Outdoor Theatre

The Festival opens the season with the Bard’s masterpiece about a young prince summoned back from his studies to find his world turned inside out.


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Erasure

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The authentic cowboy band originated in Nashville, and has paid tribute to western music ever since forming in 1977. They’ve won two Grammys over the years and performed thousands of concerts while writing and performing trail music for motion pictures including “Toy Story 2.”

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www.ridersinthesky.com

Riders in the Sky

AUGUST 4

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

CALENDAR

Andy Bell and Vince Clarke formed their band in 1985, and became the darlings of the synth pop scene. From 1986-2007, the pair achieved 24 consecutive Top 40 hits in the U.K., while having three Top 20 hits in the U.S. including “Chains of Love” and “A Little Respect.”

JULY 28 *

JULY 29

AUGUST 1

AUGUST 2

Smart Financial Center (Sugar Land)

House of Blues

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

A couple of guitar rockers take the stage together, playing hits including “The Joker,” “Fly Like an Eagle” and “Show Me the Way.”

Of a Revolution got started in high school and has continued for years, sprouting a string of hits and a cult following for the band.

Born in Memphis and raised on a steady diet of Jones, Elvis and Jerry Lee, the country singer-songwriter has all the right stuff.

This Grammy Award-winning duo, composed of Joel Guzman and Sarah Fox, delivers Latin music with a dash of soul, blues and rock.

JULY 28

JULY 29

AUGUST 1-SEPTEMBER 9

THROUGH AUGUST 26 *

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The talented performer is among the top streaming artists in the world, now on his Bobby Tarantino vs. Everybody Tour.

The three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling Texans bring their latest material to the stage with an all-new tour.

JULY 28

JULY 29

The diocese decided to offer summer school for those who need additional classroom time. Denise Fennell returns as Sister, leading the hysterical discussions.

White Oak Music Hall

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

AUGUST 2

It’s a one-of-a-kind event filled with a variety of beers, plus a family fun center, arts & crafts, food trucks and more.

The boy band’s 2017 album, “Pt. 2.5: The Final Chapter,” topped the Billboard World chart and rose to the number two spot on the Korean chart.

Proof Roof Lounge

JULY 28, AUGUST 3 & 5

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 16 *

Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton

Logic

Greater Houston Beer Festival

The Comedy of Errors, Houston Shakespeare Festival

O.A.R., Matt Nathanson

Pentatonix

Monsta X

Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age

Dalton Domino

Sister's Summer School Catechism: God Never Takes a Vacation Stages Repertory Theatre

Yngwie Malmsteen The Swedish guitar god is one of the world’s top heavy-metal players with a long list of legendary performances around the world.

Los Aztex

Faces of Syrian Refugees Holocaust Museum Houston (Mincberg Gallery)

Photographer Michael S. Cohen’s stunning life-size portraits offer an intimate view into the lives of 20 people. AUGUST 2

Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The pair of New York progressive bands brings their collection of emo songs to town on a bigtime summer tour. AUGUST 2

AUGUST 2-5

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Fine Arts Museum, Houston

Texas Greek Picnic

Double trouble comes to the port city of Ephesus when two sets of twins, separated as infants, pop up, causing mayhem and mirth in Shakespeare's earliest comedy.

The Dutch designer uniquely challenges the boundaries of art, science and technology with inspiration from nature and attention to form and beauty.

Jones Plaza

JULY 28

AUGUST 1

THROUGH AUGUST 11

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

Sofia Niño de Rivera Arena Theatre

Named Mexico City's Woman of the Year in 2016 by Chilango Magazine, the standup comedian and actress is also finding international fame. AUGUST 2

Matisyahu

Sales, No Vacation

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

With hits such as “King Without a Crown” and “One Day,” he blends contemporary rhythms of reggae and hip-hop with the traditional jazz and Judaism’s prayer chants.

Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih released their first single in 2013, and were later named “Ones to Watch” by Hype Machine + BBC 6.

Oleanna

Landing Theatre

David Mamet’s seething investigation of "political correctness" comes in a time when the nation's morality has been tested by increased incidents of sexual harassment.

Laity

Fitzgerald’s

The Texas Christian worship collective is a band that says it strives to create music that pushes boundaries sonically and creatively. *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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AUGUST 10

AUGUST 22

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO

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The group formerly known as Electric Light Orchestra was known for epic live shows, with a distinct style that blends rock, pop and classical. The English musician has had more than 20 global big hits, making his sweeping productions some of the most recognizable of the last 40 years and helping sell over 50 million records. AUGUST 2-4

AUGUST 3 *

AUGUST 4

AUGUST 5

Improv

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Fitzgerald’s

Jones Hall

In 1997, Rolling Stone stamped the comedian (then a student) as the "the top partier at the number one party school in the country."

From working with Texas bands including The Flatlanders to a solo career and gigging with the Clash and Springsteen, the legendary musician has done it all.

The real-life young married couple became parents as teenagers, and are now a social media sensation and pop culture phenomenon.

The elite world of hip-hop majorette competition brings an inimitable energy that’s taken the country by storm.

AUGUST 4

AUGUST 5

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Arabia Shrine Center

Their debut album (“Night Visions”) shot up the charts in 2012 and made worldwide stars of the alt-rock pop band.

U.S. and ancient coins, gold bullion, paper money, stamps, historical documents, comics, jewelry, stock and bond certificates and more.

AUGUST 4

AUGUST 5

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston Island)

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The three-time Emmy Award-winning classical crossover trio has performed around the globe, and watched their albums move to the top of the charts.

Two of rock’s most notable live bands team up for the Never-Ending Summer Tour, a fun-filled summer amphitheater outing with special guests Gym Class Heroes.

AUGUST 4

AUGUST 5

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

House of Blues

Heavy metal is a staple in Canada, and this band with a razor edge has been churning out music since forming in the 1970s.

The North American leg of the hip-hop lothario’s Memories Don’t Die Tour winds through Big D with songs from his sophomore album.

AUGUST 4, 18 & SEPTEMBER 1

AUGUST 7

Improv

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The weekend afternoon family magic and comedy shows are first-class entertainment with a couple of well-seasoned professionals.

The young Oklahoman and his band bring a unique vibe to their style of Red Dirt country music with echoes of Hank and Paycheck.

Bert Kreischer

Joe Ely

AUGUST 3 *

Panic! at the Disco Toyota Center

The pop-rock band gained favor with a series of releases including “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” “Victorious,” “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” and “Nine in the Afternoon.” AUGUST 3

Mike Zito

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 3

A History of Photography: Selections from the Museum’s Collection Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The series of installations traces the course of photography from its invention to the present day, showcasing important new acquisitions and treasured masterpieces.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

AUGUST 3-5

The guitar whiz is co-founder of Royal Southern Brotherhood with Devon Allman, Cyril Neville, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott.

NRG Center

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

Abilities Expo For more than 30 years, it’s been the go-to resource for the community of people with disabilities, their families, seniors, veterans and healthcare professionals.

Stages Repertory Theatre

AUGUST 3-5

The legendary singer and her band convene to record an album and hash out their own blues about race, and exploitation of black recording artists.

NRG Center (Hall C)

AUGUST 3

Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Jurassic Quest The dinosaur exhibit features ultra-realistic, life-size animatronics with over 80 life-size dinosaurs in all: T-rex, triceratops and more.

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

AUGUST 4

Connect with a mix of bright indie pop and dynamic, harmony-driven folk rock from the band based in the North Carolina mountains.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

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The Grammy-winning musician, including awards for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album, is a kick. With a long line of singles on the charts (“Cowboy Man,” “She’s No Lady (She’s My Wife),” “Church,” “If I Had a Boat”), the Texan is known for mixing country, jazz, gospel and folk into his brilliant tunes.

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Shay Domann The local country favorite spent the 1990s playing 200 gigs a year and shared stages with Gary Allen, Keith Urban, Johnny Lee, Chris Ledoux and others.

The Bram Fam Tour

Imagine Dragons, Grace Vanderwaal

Texas Tenors

Thor

Ted Schwank and Carter Blackburn

Bring It Live!

Bellaire Coin & Collectable Show

311, The Offspring

Tory Lanez

Reed Southall


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Toyota Center

Tony Bennett www.shakira.com

Shakira

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

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AUGUST 22

CALENDAR

The Grammy-winning superstar launched the El Dorado World Tour on the heels of her recent album release (“La Bicicleta,” “Déjà vu”). For the Columbian firecracker, it’s her sixth number-one album on the charts — earlier hits include “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Waka-Waka (This Time for Africa),” the theme song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. AUGUST 7

Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and The Dukes, Dwight Yoakam, King Leg White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

These mainstays of country rock are on a special summer run known as The LSD Tour, the first time they’ve toured together. AUGUST 8

He Is We House of Blues

Indie pop artists Trevor Kelly and Rachel Taylor lead a consortium of players on tour playing songs from a new EP (“Hold My Heart”). AUGUST 8

Cory Morrow

AUGUST 9

Monte Montgomery, Rob Baird Heights Theater

Over the years he has repeatedly been referred to as a “virtuoso” in his field of expertise: the six-string guitar.

Cody Johnson, Corbin Easton Sam Houston Race Park

His album, “Gotta Be Me,” shot all the way up to number two on the Billboard country charts behind songs such as “With You I Am” and “Wild as You.”

AUGUST 10

More black water than red dirt, the Texas group has made a name playing stages from Conroe to Kingwood, and all over the state.

Keeton Coffman

Waugh Bat Colony Boat Tour, Buffalo Bayou Partnership

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Allen’s Landing

AUGUST 10 *

The Houston-based singer-songwriter continues to gain traction with each release, playing his singular brand of Heartland rock and roll.

Learn more about these thousands of magnificent, Mexican, free-tailed critters with a “bat girl” docent from the Waugh Drive Bridge on Buffalo Bayou.

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

AUGUST 10

AUGUST 12

Market Square Park

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town

AUGUST 10

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

House of Blues

Us the Duo

Internationally touring performer, bandleader and Grammy nominee — you might call him a musical “Renaissance man.”

Talented husband and wife Michael and Carissa Alvarado met on the set of a music video before fashioning a folk-pop twosome.

AUGUST 9

AUGUST 10

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

As a member of the due Foster & Lloyd, he spent years on the country charts. Jack Ingram, Sara Evans and Keith Urban have recorded his songs.

Fitzgerald’s

AUGUST 11

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

David James & The Bullnettle Band

AUGUST 9 *

Radney Foster

Landon Bullard & Mostly Sober, Havoc Wagon

AUGUST 10

For more than two decades, the local product has toured the country playing a cadre of red dirt music for fans.

Will Kimbrough, Charlie Mars

AUGUST 11

In 2013 they released “Love Is Blind,” opening new doors to sharing stages with Texas music’s Cody Johnson, Reckless Kelly, Rodger Creager and more.

She hit the charts hard with “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” then went on to record “Somethin’ Bad” (with Carrie Underwood), “Little Red Wagon,” “Over You” and more.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Few American artists have more acclaim in their respective field than the Italian crooner. Over the years, he’s won an incredible 19 Grammy Awards during a career that took off in the 1950s and included songs such as “The Good Life” and “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”

Pete Anderson A multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning producer and groundbreaking guitarist, he melds blues and country to forge a Tele-twanging style all his own.

The Wheel Workers

AUGUST 11 & 25

Marcia Ball, Emily Elbert

The Houston indie group boasts an infectious sound that mixes a diversity of different genres to create their own thing.

The Queen of Swamp Boogie brings a dose of simmering soul accentuated by her doublefisted piano pounding.

AUGUST 11

AUGUST 14

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Mark Broussard The Louisiana rocker blends an interesting mix of rock and blues direct from the bayous of his home state. AUGUST 11

The Fab Five Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The Houston-based band is more than your ordinary tribute band — they dress authentically and look and sound like The Beatles.

Austin Lounge Lizards Catch a perfect pairing of the band’s hometown slogan (Live Music Capital of the World), and its unofficial motto (Keep Austin Weird) set to music. AUGUST 15

J. Cole, Young Thug Toyota Center

His chart-topping new album “KOD” debuted at the top of the Billboard 200, marking the hip-hop artist’s fifth consecutive number one on the chart. *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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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

AUGUST 25

Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The young performer struck a chord with upstart tunes splashed all over YouTube. Probably best known for his "How Long,” the talented musician is off on the Voicenotes Tour, named in honor of his sophomore album. He’ll be singing hits such as “We Don’t Talk Anymore,” “One Call Away,” plus new material.

The transcendent, Grammy Award-winning band also scored number six in CBS’ poll of "Top Bestselling Albums of the Last 10 Years." The band teams up with the acclaimed Billboard Award-winning electronic violinist for a scintillating summer tour. The artists collaborated on "Hi-Lo" from the band’s latest album, “Synthesis,” which features a violin piece by talented soloist.

AUGUST 15

AUGUST 16

AUGUST 18

AUGUST 23

White Oak Music Hall

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The experimental electronic band from Pittsburgh has gained a decent following through their lo-fi sound.

A trio of alternative-rock titans is playing together on a summertime tour, aptly named the Revolution 3 Tour.

Both have appeared in movies (“Lost Highway,” “Bowling for Columbine,” “The Devil’s Rejects”), been nominated for Grammys and cut memorable figures in music and pop culture.

Over the years, Confederate Railroad, John Anderson and Randy Travis have all recorded the Kentucky singer/songwriter’s material.

AUGUST 16

AUGUST 16

Black Moth Super Rainbow

Adam Hood

Bush, Stone Temple Pilots, The Cult

Faster Pussycat

Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie

Proof Roof Lounge

Houston Food Fest

With Alabama red dirt roots and a serious country twang, he’s toured with artists such as Pat Green, Leon Russell and Miranda Lambert.

The glam metal band formed in 1985, scoring a gold album with “Wake Me When It's Over” and songs such as “Bathroom Wall.”

Hermann Square at City Hall

AUGUST 16

AUGUST 17

Revention Music Center

The German musician was once part of a highly successful duo with Dieter Bohlen. He continues to record and produce pop music. AUGUST 16

Rage Fest White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Heavy metal rules with a series of bands including headliner Attila, plus Suicide Silence, Like Moths to Flames, Spite and Cross Your Fingers. THROUGH DECEMBER 30

Spanish Colonial Paintings Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The exhibition features a selection of paintings from the celebrated collection of Carl and Marilynn Thoma.

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

Max Stalling

Over 80 different food trucks and vendors will be on hand for the event, serving a variety of cool cuisine to sample.

Kathy Griffin

The unassuming performer is a joy, a talented singer-songwriter with a deep well of cleverly penned tunes.

Jones Hall

Never afraid to speak her mind, the fiery comedian is locked and loaded on her all-new concert tour, with several shows scheduled in Texas.

AUGUST 17

Proof Rooftop Lounge

Founded in 1970s, the heavy-metal band is ranked at No. 100 on VH1's “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.”

Billy Currington Revention Music Center

The Georgia country star has produced 18 number-one singles including “Hey Girl,” “Let Me Down Easy” and “Do I Make You Wanna.” AUGUST 24

AUGUST 22

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Doug Supernaw

Their bouncy 1970s sunshine anthem “Let Your Love Flow” was a huge radio hit and paved the way for many more to follow.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

His “I Don’t Call Him Daddy” was a number one song in 1993 for the Bryan native who also scored with "Not Enough Hours in the Night.”

AUGUST 17-19

Deon Cole

Quiet Riot

AUGUST 23 AUGUST 20

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Bellamy Brothers

Chris Knight

AUGUST 23 AUGUST 18

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Thomas Anders & The Modern Talking Band, Bad Boys Blue, Fancy, Lian Ross

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Brian Black Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

His "Silk n' Steel" was a romantic hit, one of many acoustic guitar-driven pop gems of love and relationships. AUGUST 24

AUGUST 23

Improv

Renee Austin, Kevin & Dustin Welch

He was a writer for Conan O’Brien, has a recurring role on the ABC sitcom “Black-ish” and still logs a wicked standup routine.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The Hill Country artist rose to national attention with her first international release, “Sweet Talk,” which included a duet with Delbert McClinton.

Jenny Zigrino The Secret Group

She made her feature debut in “50 Shades of Black” starring Marlon Wayans, and starred opposite Billy Bob Thornton in “Bad Santa 2.


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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

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Viva Las Vegas, Houston Symphony

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Jones Hall

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Roll the dice, shuffle the deck and hit the musical jackpot in Vegas, baby! No airfare is required when crooner Frankie Moreno brings his show direct from the legendary Strip, featuring music by headliners including The Beatles, Sinatra and Elvis Presley. And remember: What happens in Jones Hall stays in Jones Hall.

AUGUST 24

Ana Popovic Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Born in Belgrade, she was introduced to rock music at age 15 by her dad. Today, she’s a successful guitarist with a serious blues bent.

AUGUST 25

Looking Back History Tour, Buffalo Bayou Partnership Allen’s Landing

AUGUST 24

Cruise on a pontoon boat for a look back to the late 1800s with a local historian to learn about the people, places and events along the bayou that shaped Houston.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

AUGUST 25

Two Tons of Steel Beyond Americana and country, this band rocked a sound that blended the best of musical worlds and pushed the envelope of Texas with a signature brand. AUGUST 24

John Moreland Heights Theater

He made his TV debut on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” and his songs have shown up in “Sons of Anarchy” and more — an excellent act to follow on the way up. AUGUST 24

The Marcus King Band House of Blues

The southern rocker keeps good company, counting Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and dad Marvin King among his musical mentors. AUGUST 24-26

Ali Siddiq Improv

His recent special, “It’s Bigger than These Bars” on Comedy Central, was a hit for the Houston standup comedian.

Paul House Heights Theater

The local singer/songwriter is set to release “The Heights Sessions,” which will contain a variety of new songs and some recuts of old favorites. AUGUST 25

Robert Earl Keen The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston Island)

Best known for his storytelling lyrics, the Texas legend’s signature tunes, “The Road Goes on Forever” and “Gringo Honeymoon” tell tales of ordinary, extraordinary people. AUGUST 25

La Mafia

White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

The four-time Grammy-winning musical group, formed in a north side Houston neighborhood, are charting their course as a Latin mainstay. AUGUST 25

Pigs on the Wall Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The loving salute to the incomparable English rock institution Pink Floyd includes recreations of the Hall of Fame band’s classic hits.

He began his career writing tunes for longtime Georgia high school friends, country stars Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. Over time he released solo cuts including “Drunk on You,” “Strip It Down,” “I Don’t Want This Night to End” and “Kick the Dust Up,” which helped make him a country superstar.

AUGUST 25

AUGUST 30

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Fitzgerald’s

He’s considered among the top Elvis Presley tribute acts in the world, singing numbers from all phases of the King’s career.

The blues musician is a crackerjack guitarist and songwriter who mixes a thick gumbo of Louisiana soul, rhythm and blues.

AUGUST 26

AUGUST 30

Kraig Parker

Buckcherry, P.O.D., Lit, Alien Ant Farm Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The inaugural Gen-X Summer Tour pulls into town with a series of popular contemporary, hard-rocking bands. AUGUST 26

Tab Benoit

Alejandro Fernandez and Los Tigres del Norte Toyota Center

The two legendary acts collaborated together on the hit “Para Sacarte de Mi Vida,” and combined to sell over 60 million albums.

From Port to Port Boat Tour, Buffalo Bayou Partnership

AUGUST 30

Allen’s Landing

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Take a tour of the upper channel of historic Bayou, cruising the approximately seven miles from the old port of Houston to the city’s new port

The Puerto Rican singer has steadily climbed the Latin charts with his songs including "Tú No Metes Cabra" and "Soy Peor.”

AUGUST 27 & 30

AUGUST 31

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The Los Angeles Celtic ensemble fuses traditional Irish instruments and modern rock technique in their music.

The band’s 1980s classics include “Working for the Weekend,” “Hot Girls in Love,” “Turn Me Loose” and “The Kid Is Hot Tonight.”

AUGUST 30

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 2

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Moody Gardens (Galveston)

It’s Las Vegas' golden age. Roll and roll with the music of Elvis, Sinatra and all the glorious tunes of the bright lights.

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

Young Dubliners

Bad Bunny

Loverboy

Blue Suede Tunes, Houston Symphony BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival

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Heights Theater

SEPTEMBER 8

Michael Nesmith & the First National Band

Jones Hall

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Opening Night with Yuja Wang, Houston Symphony

Born in Houston, he eventually joined The Monkees to make pop history. Now he’s on the road, playing seminal music that paved the way for the beginnings of country rock.

“(She) eats the world’s greatest keyboard challenges for breakfast with one hand tied behind her back,” says the LA Times. The talented artist brings her trademark panache to Ravel’s virtuosic concerto and sparkling showstoppers for solo piano. The evening ends in Prokofiev’s vibrant rendering of Shakespeare’s starcrossed lovers.

SEPTEMBER 1

SEPTEMBER 2

SEPTEMBER 7

SEPTEMBER 8

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Revention Music Center

The battle of violin virtuosi presents a dazzling showcase of musical styles featuring violinists Jonathan Godfrey and Oleg Sulyga.

From Ozzfest to the Vans Warped Tour, the Huntington Beach heavy-metal band has recorded and been on the road since 1999.

The talented Los Angeles guitar duo fuses genres including Latin jazz, Flamenco and more to form their unique sound.

The Mexican singer has grown into a huge Latin pop star, nicknamed Voz de un Ángel (“Voice of an Angel”).

SEPTEMBER 1

SEPTEMBER 5

SEPTEMBER 7

SEPTEMBER 8

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The Christian artist was voted Favorite Male Vocalist at the Harmony Honors Awards. In 2004 he was Gospel Music Male Vocalist of the Year.

Generations cross when the old-school blues harpist swaps lick with one of contemporary music’s top forces.

With a cast from over 20 different countries, the jewel of the night is a thrilling modern take on an ancient tale.

Some of his songs come from deep inside the well of his own experience, while others reflect empathy with and insight into the suffering of those outside it.

SEPTEMBER 1

SEPTEMBER 5

Alex Ruiz

Staehely Brothers

SEPTEMBER 7-8

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The former Del Castillo guitarist played with the Texas rock favorite for years before striking out on his own in 2012.

Once mainstays in the band Spirit (“I Got a Line on You”), the Houston natives have deep roots in classic rock.

SEPTEMBER 1

SEPTEMBER 5

Vivaldi vs. Paganini, Mercury Houston Avenged Sevenfold, Prophets of Rage

Jason Crabb

Journey, Def Leppard Toyota Center

The introspective English electronic musician brings a special style of chilled down synth pop to the stage. SEPTEMBER 2

Taste of the Caribbean Festival BH Ranch

With performances representing all the musical styles of the Caribbean, food and diverse culinary flavors, and various other events, what a day to celebrate.

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Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite

Strunz & Farah

Viva Kultura

Ruby Revue Burlesque Show, Houston Burlesque Festival House of Blues

Bawdy, humorous and full of fun, these two days feature throwback performers with a contemporary twist.

Rebels, Raiders and Prophets: A Tribute THROUGH DECEMBER 30 to John Williams, Houston Symphony Arts of Islamic Lands: Selections Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands) from the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait The musical salute to the great American composer touches on a number of motion pictures and musical genres.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

SEPTEMBER 7

A landmark partnership with the Kuwait-based al-Sabah Collection and the cultural institution Dar-al-Sthar al-Islamiyyah continues with this expanded installation.

Revention Music Center

SEPTEMBER 7-8

Alice in Chains The alt-metal grunge rockers burst onto the scene and along with Pearl Jam and Nirvana to become one of the more successful bands of the 1990s.

Kevin Nealon Improv

He starred in Showtime’s “Weeds,” plus is best known for his “SNL” sketches including “Subliminal Man,” “Hans & Franz” and “Weekend Update.”

Yurida

Sam Baker

SEPTEMBER 8

Kevin Galloway Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Lead singer and founder of Uncle Lucius left the band last year, taking off on his own for a solo swing. SEPTEMBER 9

Shawn Colvin Heights Theater

In the 27 years since the release of her debut album, she’s won three Grammy Awards, released 11 albums and maintained a nonstop touring schedule. SEPTEMBER 12

Rise Against, AFI, Anti-Flag Revention Music Center

The hardcore band has been around since the late 1990s, playing music and advocating causes such as PETA and Amnesty International.


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Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Jones Hall

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The timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, the pair’s first collaboration, is celebrating its 75th Anniversary. The original production was a hit on Broadway, running for an unprecedented 2,212 performances. It’s had countless revivals, national tours, an Academy Award-winning film adaptation, and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1944. SEPTEMBER 13

SEPTEMBER 14-16

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The married performing team mixes jazz, rock and standards into an enviable repertoire of music that connects with a multi-generational fanbase.

The tale of South Africa, its people and their song is a joyous and explosive celebration of culture and music with sensational voices and energetic dancing.

SEPTEMBER 13

SEPTEMBER 14-16

Tuck & Patti

Pacifica Quartet Stude Concert Hall (Rice University)

Africa Umoja! The Spirit of Unity

Fandemic Tour NRG Center

Widely hailed for its daring repertory choices, the Grammy-winning ensemble brings its transformational style to Schubert’s “cello quintet,” and Shostakovich’s second string quartet.

Guest stars scheduled to appear include Norman Reedus and Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“The Walking Dead”), and Sean Patrick Flannery (“Dexter”).

SEPTEMBER 14

Bob James

104.1 KRBE Roula & Ryan Road Show Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The Houston radio crew recreates their daily broadcast with activities for fans to join the fun onstage with Producer Eric, Special K, Krystina, and Mumbles. SEPTEMBER 14

MOMIX: Opus Cactus, SPA Jones Hall

The internationally acclaimed dance company brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with a signature illusionistic style. SEPTEMBER 14

Al Di Meola Heights Theater

A pioneer of blending world music and jazz, the guitarist continues to explore the rich influence of flamenco, tango, Brazilian and African music.

SEPTEMBER 15 Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

His smooth jazz theme for TV’s “Taxi” is a classic, as well as his songs such as Westchester Lady," "Heads," "Night Crawler," "Angela," "Touchdown," "Blue Lick" and "Spunky.” SEPTEMBER 15

Texas Home & Garden Show NRG Arena

From gardening and lawn care to innovative ideas inside the home, the annual show is a feast for the senses. SEPTEMBER 15

Already Gone Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

It’s a loving tribute to one of the most influential country rock bands in American music history: the Eagles.

Music director Andrés Orozco-Estrada leads the Austrian composer’s saga of life, death and transcendence, a monumental journey. Follow the oath from the depths of despair, through the combined power of over 250 musicians performing an electrifying finale that shakes the rafters and soars to the heavens above. SEPTEMBER 15

Volunteer Work Day, Buffalo Bayou Partnership The Water Works

Houstonians young and old participate in the community-wide volunteer day happening the third Saturday of each month for a healthier environment. SEPTEMBER 15-16

Domecoming

NRG Center (Astrodome)

Take an opportunity to take one last look at the historic facility before a scheduled major facelift later this year. SEPTEMBER 16

Gospel Brunch House of Blues

Worship mixes with traditional southern cuisine at this monthly midday festival featuring area artists lifting up voices in praise and celebration. SEPTEMBER 16

Fiesta Patrias

SEPTEMBER 17

First Aid Kit

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The swell Swedish folk duo (sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg) play an interesting style of folk/country, heavily influenced by Americana. SEPTEMBER 18

What’s Opera, Duck? McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The University of Houston Moores Opera Center launches a new season with cabaret favorites, arias and musical theater songs, hosted by Buck Ross. SEPTEMBER 18

Superorganism White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

The eight-member indie-pop group features lead vocalist Orono Noguchi and a cast from Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. SEPTEMBER 19

Parkway Drive House of Blues

Celebrate Diez y Seis de Septiembre with a variety of authentic Mexican customs, from cuisine to dance and more.

The metal band from Australia has been around since the early 2000s, playing around the world as one of their country’s popular musical exports.

SEPTEMBER 17

SEPTEMBER 19

Traders Village

The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Toyota Center

The critically acclaimed show features composer/ producer Ramin Djawadi’s exciting evening of new music and footage from the smash HBO program’s seventh season.

Killing Joke Warehouse Live

Since the 1970s, the English band has influenced key industrial rock groups such as Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden and others. *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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SEPTEMBER 21

NRG Stadium

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne

The husband and wife superstar team are back on the road performing together, set to stop in 15 cities across the United Kingdom and Europe, as well as 21 cities in North America. Over their years together the couple has consistently set trends in music, pop culture and fashion around the world.

From the first notes of his eponymous debut album through current releases, the star performer has been on fire since 2003, charting hit after hit. From “What Was I Thinkin’” and “Come a Little Closer,” to “Every Mile a Memory,” “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)” and more, the singer/guitarist is a country music star.

SEPTEMBER 19-20

SEPTEMBER 21

SEPTEMBER 21

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Proof Rooftop Lounge

Miles Copeland, who managed the career of The Police, discovered the former pro-wrestlerturned-Southern-rock-guitarist.

He co-wrote standards such as “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” (Aretha Franklin) and “Cry Like a Baby” (The Box Tops) in the 1960s.

You can’t talk heavy metal without mentioning Mötley Crüe, which includes the band’s flamboyant lead singer who is touring as a solo act.

SEPTEMBER 20

SEPTEMBER 21

SEPTEMBER 21

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Respected singer-songwriters Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters and Eliza Gilkyson bring their special brand of music to the stage.

Born in Colorado and raised in Mississippi, the soulful singer/songwriter gained national acclaim when he won season five of “America’s Got Talent.”

What started as a side project for member of the Allman Brothers Band continues, playing old-school southern rock, with a few twists.

Paul Thorn

Three Women and the Truth

Dan Penn

Michael Grimm

SEPTEMBER 20 *

Vince Neil

Gov’t Mule

SEPTEMBER 21

Graham Nash

SEPTEMBER 21-23

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

From his years in The Hollies to CSN&Y, as well as a solo artist, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is an unforgettable force in pop. SEPTEMBER 20

Zhu

Yefim Bronfman Plays Prokofiev, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

The Grammy-winner returns for a program of Russian masterworks that spotlights Shostakovich’s spirited Ninth and Prokofiev’s effervescent classical throwback.

Warehouse Live

At first he was anonymous, preferring to be judged by the electronica he made. Now the house musician is in full view, and a critical-hit. SEPTEMBER 20

Jade Bird

SEPTEMBER 21

Lucy Spraggan, Harley Flanagan The Secret Group

She performed on “The X Factor,” becoming the first contestant to score a Top 40 single and album before the show even aired.

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

The English musician was described by Rolling Stone as a “raw and robust” vocalist, singing her indie folk tunes. ˘ *Editor’s Choice 50

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SEPTEMBER 21

Re-Gifting with Royalty, Ars Lyrica Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Leading composers of the Baroque era including Bach, Couperin and more often “repurposed” their works. Explore the lost art with an extraordinary cast of musicians.

Doug Stone

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

“I’d Be Better Of (In a Pine Box)” was his first country hit, followed numbers one songs “Addicted to a Dollar” and “Why Didn’t I Think of That.” SEPTEMBER 21, 23, 27 & 29

La Fille du Regiment, Opera in the Heights Lambert Hall

Donizetti, the master of Italian opera, proved he could do it all with this French romantic comedy, among the most spectacular vocal showcases in all of opera.

SEPTEMBER 22

Checkmate, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra River Oaks Country Club

The full 40 pieces kick off a new season with the world premiere of Maxime Goulet’s “chess game” for piano and orchestra. SEPTEMBER 22

Yo la Tengo

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Despite the indie rockers’ lack of mainstream commercial success, they have been the quintessential darlings of music critics. SEPTEMBER 22

Double Vision Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Tribute bands are all the rage, including this ensemble that specializes in paying note-fornote homage to the English rockers, Foreigner. SEPTEMBER 22

NBC Standup Showcase Auditions Joke Joint Comedy Showcase

If your dream is to end up on one of the Peacock network’s top comedy showcases, this may be a good place to start.

SEPTEMBER 22

SEPTEMBER 22

Toyota Center

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy-Award winning recording artist, actor and producer Donald Glover brings an all-new show to the stage.

She’s a longtime favorite, based in Austin and well respected for her organic take on folk mixed with Texas country.

Childish Gambino, Rae Sremmurd

Terri Hendrix


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Smart Music Centre (Sugar Land)

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The platinum-selling artist is on the new Aubrey and The Three Amigos Tour, joined by “Walk It Talk It” collaborators Migos. The tour announcement followed the release of the hip-hop maven’s new singles “God’s Plan” and “Nice For What,” leading up to his fifth studio album “Scorpion.”

A founding member of The Fugees, she’s won a boatload of Grammys — the first woman to win five times in one night, including Album of the Year, Best R&B Album, Best Female R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Best New Artist, all for her solo album, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.”

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SEPTEMBER 25

SEPTEMBER 27

SEPTEMBER 27

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Revention Music Center

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

He’s a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, TV host, motivational speaker and producer — a hard rockin’ jack-of-many-trades.

Their song "Down By the Water" was nominated for best rock video at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

For nearly 10 years since forming, the indie rock band from Los Angeles has had their music featured on numerous TV shows.

The Austin singer-songwriter’s 30-year career redefines what it means to be a musician. His new album (“Everything”) carries a timely message of unity.

SEPTEMBER 23

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SEPTEMBER 27

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

George R. Brown Convention Center

The Secret Group

Chosen Family: David Hilliard

The CNN host and Sunday Inquirer columnist is compelling and entertaining, far beyond a filtering of news through the same old sociopolitical lens.

Thousands of people from around the world gather to shatter perceptions and support women in technology at the annual conference.

He’s appeared on Comedy Central’s inaugural “Roast Battle” specials, Fusion’s “All Def Roast: Snoop Dog Smokeout” and more.

Houston Center For Photography

SEPTEMBER 25-30

SEPTEMBER 27

The photographer has documented life for years. His work has appeared in New York Magazine, Harper’s, and Gentlemen’s Quarterly, as well as exhibits around the globe.

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

SEPTEMBER 28

Epic and uplifting, one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history features songs including “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home” and “One Day More.”

The English band was active from 1979-1990 then reformed in 2000 as part of a new wave in the British heavy metal movement, alongside Iron Maiden and Saxon.

SEPTEMBER 26 *

SEPTEMBER 27

From Black Sabbath to MTV reality television and beyond, the gloomy English rocker with the wicked sense of humor insists, “I’m not retiring.”

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Proof Roof Lounge

SEPTEMBER 28

As part of the Cardiff music scene, the U.K. band has been influenced by mainstays Metallica and Slayer, while forging their own path.

The legendary sideman has worked in bands including King Crimson and Peter Gabriel. Now he takes a solo turn with his own group of progressive players.

Since 2001 the band has been playing their brand of hard rock. In 2007, they were inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

SEPTEMBER 24

SEPTEMBER 27

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

After gaining traction as a singer on YouTube, the South African born singer took off. Time Magazine named him among the "25 Most Influential Teens of 2014.”

The prolific Columbian singer/actor is a Latin Grammy winner with an enviable career that has spanned many years, leaving a long string of international hits.

Andrew W.K.

Michael Smerconish

SEPTEMBER 23

Lee Ritenour Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

He played his first session at 16 with The Mamas & the Papas. Since then, the guitarist has played thousands of sessions and charted over 30 contemporary jazz hits. SEPTEMBER 24

Bullet for My Valentine House of Blues

The Decemberists

Grace Hopper Celebration

Les Misérables

Tony Levin & Stick Men

Lord Huron

Tony Hinchcliffe

Cloven Hoof

Hinder

SEPTEMBER 27-30

Troye Sivan, Kim Petras

Carlos Vives

Dvoák’s Stabat Mater, Houston Symphony and Chorus Jones Hall

A creative outpouring that arose from the death of his young children, the composer’s masterpiece stands as one of the towering monuments of choral music.

Darden Smith

THROUGH JULY 8

Ozzy Osbourne, Stone Sour Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Shane Alexander, Nobody’s Girl The Aussie rockers released “She Looks So Perfect” early in their career, followed by “Don’t Stop,” “Amnesia” and more. SEPTEMBER 28

Charley Pride Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The 84-year-old performer broke country music barriers years ago with memorable songs including “Kiss an Angel Good Morning.” *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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Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

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Stanley Clarke

HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT

The jazz bassist is a living legend. He was a founding member of pioneering fusion band Return to Forever with Chick Corea, and has composed scores for numerous TV shows and motion pictures. As one of the first modern bassists to explore the instrument’s potential as a featured player, his influence has been enormous.

SEPTEMBER 28-29

SEPTEMBER 29

Galveston

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Celebrate and sample many of the most popular delicacies of the sea at this popular Texas festival on the Island.

During the 1970s radio was filled with the band’s brassy pop tunes including “Lady Willpower” and “Young Girl”.

SEPTEMBER 29

SEPTEMBER 29

Shrimp Festival

ZiegenBock Music Festival Sam Houston Race Park

The 16th annual event features The Randy Rogers Band, Pat Green, Casey Donahew, Reckless Kelly, Roger Creager, Kevin Fowler and more. SEPTEMBER 29

4th Ave

House of Blues (afternoon show)

The young ensemble best known for appearing on an ABC television series “Boy Band”, released their first big single (“XOXO”) last February. SEPTEMBER 29

Kevin Gordon, Darcy Malone and the Tangle McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Praised by The New York Times and USA Today, his songs have been covered by everyone from Keith Richards to Levon Helm and Irma Thomas. SEPTEMBER 29

Oktoberfest Houston The Water Works

Put on your Lederhosen and Dirndls, and enjoy a variety of German beer and some of the best polka music in Texas. *Editor’s Choice 52

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Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

Needtobreathe, Johnnyswim, The Rocketboys Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Christian contemporary in tone the South Carolina rock band has established themselves as one of the genre’s top acts. SEPTEMBER 29

Owl City

House of Blues (evening show)

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young developed the electronica project after gaining a significant following on MySpace. SEPTEMBER 29

Beatles, Brew & Barbeque Downtown Train Depot (Tomball)

Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America chronicles the history of American basketry, from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities to its presence within the contemporary fine-art world. Baskets on view explore diverse cultural histories and range from traditional to highly unconventional.

The North Houston VW Club’s annual show features great cars, craft beer from area brewers, mouth-watering Texas-style BBQ and music. SEPTEMBER 29-JANUARY 6

CRAFTTEXAS 2018

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

The encompassing exhibition features artists from across Texas working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and recycled materials.

ARTIST STUDIOS • EXHIBITIONS • SHOPPING • CRAFT GARDEN 4848 Main St., Houston, TX, 77002 • 713.529.4848 Open Wednesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM; Sunday, 12 - 5 PM

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SPORTS & RECREATION

Alex Bierens de Haan

2018 SEASON *

Houston Astros Houston Rockets

All games at Minute Maid Park

AJuly 5-8​​​ vs. Chicago White Sox July 9-12 ​​ vs. Oakland A’s July 13-15 ​​ vs. Detroit Tigers July 27-29​​ vs. Texas Rangers August 9-12 vs. Seattle Mariners August 14-15 ​​vs. Colorado Rockies August 27-29​​ vs. Oakland A’s August 30-September 1​ vs. LA Angels September 3-5 ​​vs. Minnesota Twins September 14-16​​ vs. Arizona Diamondbacks September 17-19​​ vs. Seattle Mariners September 21-23​​ vs. LA Angels Houston.Astros.MLB.com

vs. San Francisco 49ers ++ ​​​vs. Dallas Cowboys ++* ​​vs. New York Giants

++ Pre season game * AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX HoustonTexans.com

Houston Dynamo BBVA Compass Stadium

July 3 ​​​vs. Los Angeles Football Club July 21 ​​​vs. FC Dallas July 25​​​ vs. Philadelphia Union August 4​​ vs. Sporting Kansas City August 18​​ vs. Real Salt Lake Sept.15 ​​vs. Portland Timbers Sept. 29​​ vs. San Jose Earthquakes October 21​​ vs. Seattle Sounders FC HoustonDynamos.com

UHCougars.com

Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field Except Where Noted

August 25​​ September 1​​ September 8​​

vs. Rice Owls @ vs. Texas Southern Tigers vs. Sam Houston State Bearkats

@ Rice Stadium

PVPanthers.com

JULY 4

Run Wild 5K St. Arnolds Brewery JULY 7

Lunar Rendezvous Festival Fun Run NASA Space Center

July 11​​​ vs. Orlando Pride August 5​​ vs. Utah Royals FC August 17​​ vs. Washington Spirit August 25 ​​vs. Sky-Blue FC

JULY 21

Hot Mistletoe Pub Run JULY 29

Rice University Football

Location

NRG Center Texas outdoorsmen gather to prepare for the season, entering contests, seeing attractions, meeting favorite hunting and sports celebrities, and more. AUGUST 25

Lake Houston 10K/5K

University of Houston Football TDECU Stadium Except Where Noted

AUGUST 25

AIA Sand Castle Competition

September 1​​ September 8 September 22

vs. Rice Owls @ ​​vs. Arizona Wildcats ​​vs. TBA

SEPTEMBER 8

Tunnel to Towers Climb 1001 Fannin SEPTEMBER 16

Toughest 10K Kemah

AUGUST 18

Lake Houston Wilderness Park (New Caney)

NRG Stadium A pair of die-hard southern college football programs go at it to start the season in an early fall gridiron classic.

Kingwood

Cypress Triathlon

El Chupacabra de Houston 5K/10K

Sam Houston Park (Downtown)

AdvoCare Texas Kick-off: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Ole Miss Rebels

Rice Stadium

August 25 ​​vs. Prairie View A&M Panthers Sept. 1​​ vs. Houston Cougars

Houston Young Lawyers Association 5K Fun Run/Walk SEPTEMBER 1

Washington Avenue

NWSLsoccer.com

AUGUST 25

Hunters Extravaganza

Prairie View A&M University Football

Houston Dash BBVA Compass Stadium

AUGUST 3-5

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August 18 ​​​ August 30 September 23

vs. Texas Southern Tigers

@ Rice Stadium

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NRG Stadium

September 29​​

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Houston Texans

SEPTEMBER 22 East Beach (Galveston) Competition is fierce as judges rate on originality of concept, artistic execution, technical difficulty, carving technique and utilization of the site.

Blue Cure Night Run Hermann Square at City Hall SEPTEMBER 23

Run Houston University of Houston

*Editor’s Choice

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DINING

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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

brasserie19.com

anticarestaurant.com

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 21 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands 281.367.1492 americasrestaurant.com

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

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 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. 5365 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.623.4600 840 West Sam Houston Parkway (CityCentre) 713.463.5051

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

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

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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

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

Down House

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


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.

frankshouston.com

5888 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.975.1947

Giacomo’s Cibo e Vino

4848 Kirby Grott 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

katarobata.com

Kiran’s

4224 San Felipe St. (Highland Village) 713.622.1010

218 Travis St. (Downtown) 713.225.8079 hearsayhouston.com

4100 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 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.

Kata Robata Sushi and Grill

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

Local Foods

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.

DINING

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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.

RAsushi.com

2800 Sage Road (Galleria) 713.629.8646

Ristorante Cavour

tangomalbec.com

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Pondicheri

2409 W. Alabama St. (River Oaks) 713.526.2242

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

818 Town & Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 281.822.1500 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. 1609 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.529.2797 poscolhouston.com


ATTRACTIONS

MUSEUMS

about leadership and public service through the life of President George Bush.

Art Car Museum

1000 George Bush Drive West (College Station) 979.6914000 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.

cmhouston.org

5401 Caroline St. (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

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 Distric) 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 hmns.org

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PERFORMANCE VENUES A.D. Players at The George

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston One of Houston’s oldest and largest resident theatre companies, located in the heart of the Galleria. A.D. Players produces a full Mainstage Theatre season of exciting shows, and provides easy parking and catering by Churrascos. The A.D. Players seek to produce compelling theatre, from a Christian worldview, that engages a diverse audience. Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, this dynamic cultural complex is comprised of two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, library, café, movie theater, two art schools, two beautiful nearby house museums, and two gift shops. Visitors enjoy an ever-changing schedule of world-class exhibitions and exciting programs. 1001 Bissonnet St. (Museum District) 713.639.7300 mfah.org

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

1601 NASA Parkway (Clear Lake) 281.244.2100

1533 Sul Ross St. (Montrose) 713.525.9400

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.

Space Center Houston

5420 Westheimer Rd. (Galleria) 713.526.2721 adplayers.org

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

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ATTRACTIONS House of Blues Houston Symphony – Jesse H. Jones Hall for the Performing Arts

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

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

Miller Outdoor Theatre This popular outdoor theater offers the most diverse season of free, professional entertainment of any Houston performance venue. Classical, jazz, ethnic music, modern dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theater, classic films, and much more are included in this year’s outstanding lineup. Relax in the covered seating or enjoy a pre-performance picnic on the hillside.

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. 5015 Westheimer Road (Galleria/Uptown) 713.621.1500 iceatthegalleria.com

ZOOS & AQUARIUMS

Minute Maid Park

Downtown Aquarium 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 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.

NRG Stadium

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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.

NRG Park

6200 Hermann Park Drive (Museum District) 713.533.6500

2425 Norfolk St (Upper Kirby) 713.528.5999

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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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.

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

TopGolf

McGonigel's Mucky Duck Predominantly a venue for live music, this beloved supper club also boasts a solid menu of Irish pub fare—with a killer whiskey list. The Duck prides itself on a diverse calendar—you'll hear anything from blues to folk, country, or Americana, with shows almost every night.

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7575 North Sam Houston Parkway West 281.807.8700

1510 Polk St. (Downtown) 713.758.7200

501 Crawford St. (Downtown) 713.259.8000

6000 Hermann Park Drive (Museum District) 832.487.7102

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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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.

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 For the past 50 years, Highland Village has been home to some of Houston’s most distinctive and appealing retail venues, and it is a favorite destination for the most discriminating shoppers. This mix of upscale boutiques, national retailers, and restaurants is located a few blocks west of River Oaks and a few blocks east of the Galleria. 4055 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.850.3100 shophighlandvillage.com

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

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

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

West Ave at River Oaks

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

Rice Village

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5085 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.622.0663

4444 Westheimer Rd. (River Oaks) 713.904.1310

29300 Hempstead Road, Cypress 281.304.5820

9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands 281.419.4774

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

and dining, including Alice + Olivia, Cartier, Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Harry Winston, Hermès, Le Colonial, Steak 48, and Tom Ford.

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

Deutsch & Deutsch Fine Jewelry and Watches

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

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

deBoulle

2800 Kirby Drive (River Oaks) 713.533.9966 westaveriveroaks.com

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

River Oaks District 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,

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

Chardé Jewelers

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

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

HUBLOT Houston

From in-house watch complications, to revolutionary materials, to world class collaborations, HUBLOT characterizes itself through the “Art of Fusion” philosophy, bringing tradition into the future. Visit the HUBLOT Boutique in the Galleria to view their latest timepiece collection. 5085 Wertheimer Rd. 281.768.3950 hublot.com H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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SHOPPING 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

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ANTIQUES & FURNITURE Alyson Jon Interiors

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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.

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The Antiquarium

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

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

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.

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Lam Bespoke Serving the Greater Houston area for years, this home furnishings store combines comfort and style in its products for the well-tailored home, including art, accessories, coffee tables, chairs, ottomans, sofas, custom upholstery, and more.

Atrium Ready to Wear

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

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

Cakewalk Style Shop

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.

Founders Gina Cartwright and Jennifer Grigsby fill their charming River Oaks shop with handcrafted jewelry and stylish fashion by Vince, Elizabeth & James, Tibi, Equipment, Mother Denim, Current Elliott, and more.

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

Carl Moore Antiques

3201 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.284.8283

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

5600 Kirby Drive (West University) 713.522.3025

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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

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

Elaine Turner A Texas woman with a chic, cosmopolitan sense, Elaine Turner combines her love of exotic travels and colorful spaces to create a collection of luxury handbags and shoes for every woman. 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 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.

to cocktail dresses, KB Kasuals is always searching to find the next new hot designers and trends.

MEN’S APPAREL

2015 West Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.679.8481

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.

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Pinto Ranch Fine Western Wear

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

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 mtyci.com

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

2702 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.552.0333 billyreid.com

GIFTS & SPECIALTY STORES Events 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

Maida’s

M Penner Located in Uptown Park and known for upscale men and women’s clothing, this shop carries tailored clothing, made-to-measure suits and shirts, footwear, accessories, and an extensive designer’s collection for men and women. M Penner was awarded the Gold Standard in Esquire magazine’s “Best of Class” issue. Maida’s is the oldest family owned and continuously operating boot and shoe company in the U.S. 100% hand crafted in Houston by master MPenner.com boot and shoe makers, one pair at a time. Come in and experience what it’s like to select your exotic leathers, design, and get fitted for Norton Ditto Respected as the city’s premier retailer for more custom footwear. than a century, this Houston landmark is dedi- 3733 Westheimer Road (River Oaks) cated to providing its customers with the latest 713.492.0645 trends in men’s fashion. From custom-fitted suits to jeans, Norton Ditto offers the most Lucchese complete collection of fine clothing, including big and tall at the River Oaks location. 1180-06 Uptown Park Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.527.8200

2425 West Alabama St. (River Oaks) 713.688.9800 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands 281.367.0995 nortonditto.com

Tootsies

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

2505 Amherst St. (Rice Village) 713.520.1184 2047 West Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.520.0060 shophemline.com

KB Kasuals 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. This upscale women’s clothing boutique in River Oaks offers top designers at affordable prices for all ages. Providing a versatile selection ranging from pajamas to everyday clothes

Billy Reid

2601 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.629.9990 tootsies.com

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

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

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Houston Hotel Magazine Summer 2018  

The definitive guide for discerning visitors to H Town.

Houston Hotel Magazine Summer 2018  

The definitive guide for discerning visitors to H Town.