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ISSUE 19: SUMMER 2019

CONTENTS 14 MUCH MORE THAN A BEACH TOWN

30 GUILT-FREE VACATION

37 SUMMER GETAWAY GIFT GUIDE

45 KEEP IT CHILL

Get to know Houston’s island neighbor, Galveston, this summer. BY LEAH CAST

Local fitness guru guides you through how to stay motivated this summer. BY EMILY LUNSTROTH

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

BY EMILY LUNSTROTH

23 MEET LEVEN

34 HOUSTON’S BEST BRUNCHES,

41 TWO STYLISH CHOICES

From her Houston roots to major film sets in Los Angeles, discover how her upbringing positioned her for success. BY EMILY BOST

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

BARS & SNAPPY HOURS

Stay cool this summer with our favorite popsicles from KICPOPS.

Hotel Valencia lifestyle properties are lavish in the most welcoming way. BY EMILY SIDLEY & BLITHE WILEY

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

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

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

72 OUR PARTING SHOT Private air travel is no longer reserved for the rich and famous.

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ISSUE 19: SUMMER 2019

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ummer is here and we’re soaking up the sunshine and good times! This season in HHM, we’re highlighting everything from hot brunch spots around town and the art of private travel, to how to navigate a healthy fitness routine while on the road. Let us guide you through the city, so you can experience Houston like a local. Before you start preparing your itinerary, meet our cover girl, the gorgeous and talented Leven Rambin. In this issue, the actress discusses her rise to fame and her journey that started right here in Houston. She’s graced the screen in major television and blockbuster hits and we’re excited to watch this rising star continue to take on Hollywood. Now, let’s work on that itinerary of yours! Did you know we have an island neighbor? Just 50 miles southeast of town is the historic and charming Galveston Island. The celebrated beach town is full of landmarks, culture, dining and activities for the entire family. Make a day trip of it or stay the night and enjoy the beauty of this coastal city. Since you're in the culinary capital of the Southwest, be sure to check out “Brunches, Bars and Snappy Hours” for the best deals and newest eateries our foodie town to offer. Looking for something a little heartier? We've rounded up the best chophouses in town in our “Steak Section.” You can't come to Texas without savoring the local fare, and we know good steak!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1201 Lake Woodlands Drive (The Woodlands) 281.362.0103

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

Fogo de Chão

1001 McKinney St. (Downtown) 713.659.3700

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

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

Ruth’s Chris Steak House For a romantic steak dinner, an important business meeting, or a private party, Ruth’s Chris Steak House can accommodate your needs. The Houston restaurant provides guests with a warm, comfortable atmosphere. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is centrally located in the heart of Houston next to the Aloft Hotel. 5433 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.480.1433

8250 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.978.6500

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1900 Hughes Landing Blvd. Suite 400 (The Woodlands) 281.298.4200

Shula’s Steakhouse

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

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

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791 Town & Country (CityCentre) 713.465.3685

5000 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.629.1946

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5061 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.355.2600

1151 Uptown Park Blvd. (Uptown) 713.840.7900

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

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

1201 Fannin St. (Downtown) 713.658.8100

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

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

The Pacific Northwest’s favorite restaurant comes to the Bayou City with a menu that features garden-fresh salads, fresh-caught seafood and shellfish, and aged steaks. The restaurant was voted No. 1 Happy Hour in America by USA Today.

1200 McKinney Street (Downtown) 713.658.1995 pappasbros.com

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

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

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

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Make sure to drink water before and during your meal. Often times our bodies confuse hunger with dehydration, so having a glass of water can help you avoid overeating. Also, don’t forget to drink a glass in between cocktails to avoid that dreaded hangover.

One of the biggest challenges of eating while traveling is understanding portions and being mindful of serving sizes. Try to avoid keeping a large portion of food in front of you by ordering an appetizer as your entrée or serving yourself from the main course onto a smaller plate.

The best way to avoid indulging is to be mindful of eating balanced meals; making sure you get the proper amount of proteins, vegetables, carbs and healthy fats. This balance helps manage hunger levels and lessens cravings for potentially unhealthy snacks in between meals.

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Pack your own snacks and healthy favorites to keep temptations at bay while you are out exploring the city. Great options include, nuts, granola bars, vegetables, whole grain crackers, fruit, protein bars, and rice cakes.

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Try your best to avoid sugary drinks. Alcoholic or not, sugary drinks will leave you feeling drained, bloated and parched. A great substitution is to pair your favorite liquor with seltzer water and fresh fruit. All of our favorite Tex-Mex spots have skinny margarita options that are delicious.

“The goal of traveling is to experience that culture, especially through the local cuisine, so enjoy your trip.” - Charlise Springer

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Traveling can be the easiest excuse for getting off your workout routine, but it doesn’t have to be! Stay motivated by reminding yourself why you enjoy exercising and find ways to fit in a work out without feeling like you are compromising ‘vacation mode’. There are plenty of easy exercises you can do in your hotel room or gym. Circuit or HIIT (high intensity interval training) techniques are the easiest to do while away from home because they do not require specific equipment. These training techniques include doing an exercise or movement for a short, but very intense, burst of time. You continue this short burst of energy

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Carrie Underwood, Maddie & Tae, Runaway June Toyota Center

The seven-time Grammy winner and Pollstar’s three-time top female country touring artist is bringing her Cry Pretty Tour 360 to Dallas. Her biggest songs include “Blown Away,” “Before He Cheats,” “AllAmerican Girl” and “Love Wins” from her Cry Pretty album.

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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The annual celebration is family-friendly bringing audiences the sights and sounds of Houston’s world famous orchestra conducted by Steven Reineke. It’s full-blown patriotic numbers, plus Tchaikovsky’s rousing “1812 Overture,” punctuated with cannon blasts to end the evening.

For decades, the ageless musical ensemble has performed at venues around the globe, winning fans whenever and wherever they play. The band’s hits are a multi-generational soundtrack including “Beginnings,” “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard Habit to Break,” “Saturday in the Park” and more.

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Miller Outdoor Theatre

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Straight out of Havana comes the blazing ensemble of soulful mambo reminiscent of Benny Moré, Pérez Prado, and banda gigante of the 1940’s.

With a unique sound that blends the best of many worlds, pushing the envelope of Texas music, they play a signature brand of ‘country meets cow punk’.

The Texas Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee, shares the stage with a talent critics have called, “the New Voice of Appalachia” for a summer show.

Howard Scott, a founding member of War, (“Spill the Wine”, “All Day Music”, “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” and “The World is a Ghetto”) in the headliner.

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

Luis Dubuc’s electronic neo-soul project took flight in 2011 and got its name from Nickelodeon’s “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”

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White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

Sam Houston Race Track

The day’s line up of rock acts features State Champs, Mayday Parade, The Maine and a host of other bands.

His “Man to Man” and “Tough Little Boys,” “Every Storm Runs Out of Rain” and “Nothing On the Radio” were all country chart toppers.

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McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Cynthia Woods Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Former members of Mother Truckers, Stonehoney and Monte Montgomery’s touring band make up the Hill Country eclectic mix of rock, soul, funk, blues and country.

Grammy Award-winning singer Jill Scott is joined Faith Evans, Boyz II Men and Lucky Daye for the soulful evening of entertainment.

Orquesta Akokán

Two Tons of Steel

Robert Earl Keen, Tyler Childers

Family Funk Festival

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Aladdin

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The magical mysteries of the big screen come to life on stage in reimagined fashion. The all-new production features award-winning songs including “A Whole New World.” JULY 2-SEPTEMBER 2

Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

An immersive, nine-screen video installation by the renowned Icelandic artist features a different musician for each, all of whom play together, but in separate rooms. JULY 3

AFA Summer Musical Festival Miller Outdoor Theatre

Houston’s largest nonprofit provider of music education programs for youngsters presents a program featuring over 100 area high school musicians. THROUGH JULY 28 *

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

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

Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Show Seawall Boulevard (Galveston)

Celebrate July 4th on the Island as it lights up in spectacular style for this annual festive patriotic party by the sea. THROUGH JULY 29

Stonewall 50

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

In 1969 police raided a gay bar at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, which erupted into a worldwide protest, and observance that continues to this day. JULY 4

Charly Bliss House of Blues

The four-piece power pop group hit the scene in 2014, and has gained good traction opening for bands such as Sleater-Kinney and Veruca Salt.

Sad Summer Festival

South Austin Moonlighters

Tejas Brothers Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

What happens when you mix honky-tonk, Tex-Mex and R&B with accordions and steel guitars? One great show!

Summer Block Party

JULY 6 THROUGH AUGUST 18

JULY 5

Gary Allan, William Clark Green

Bethesda Brotherhood: Jonathan Molina-Garcia Lawndale Art Center

The project shadows 50 self-identified HIV-positive men, telling stories through photographic prints, performances for the camera, and other media.

Amanda Seales House of Blues

The comedian was once a member of the popular group Floetry, and has worked as a radio personality, actress and recording artist.

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JULY 4

JULY 7

Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou Hobby Performing Arts Center

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CITGO Freedom Over Texas Festival

White Oak Sam MusicHouston Hall (Downstairs) Race Park

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Houston’s official July Fourth celebration features country music headliners Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler. And don’t miss the world-famous fireworks display at the end of the evening, with the glittering downtown skyline as a backdrop to a colorful explosion of excitement.

JULY 6

JULY 11

JULY 13

JULY 15-16

Arena Theatre

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The singer and reality television actress experienced her first big break performing with her sisters as The Braxtons.

His uncle, legendary player J.B. Hutto, reportedly put the blues guitarist on the road to a career as a featured performer.

Once considered America’s answer to prog rockers Yes, they scored with hits including “You’re the Biggest Part of Me.”

“Lady Lay Down” and “Backside of Thirty,” “Before My Time,” “Friday Night Blues,” “Common Man,” “I’m Only In It for the Love,” and “In My Eyes” are among his biggest hits.

JULY 9

JULY 11-14

JULY 14

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Improv

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Seussical, TUTS

With an armload of tattoos and a head of blonde hair, the troubadour plays a fiery brand of guitar-driven “Ameripolitan” music.

The actor/writer/stand-up artist is well known for his work on “The Stuff,” plus “Up Against the 8 Ball” and “Family Time.

Fueled by an inventive mix of bossa nova and handpicked oldies, the Austin band curates a soundtrack for summer chill.

Miller Outdoor Theatre

JULY 9 *

JULY 12

JULY 14

Beloved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettably enchanting Broadway musical that celebrates the wondrous imagination of Dr. Seuss.

Revention Music Center

Improv

JULY 17

The native Texan is known as the reigning king of urban gospel, with a whopping 13 Grammy Awards to his credit.

Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson (of “General Hospital” fame) are touring to the delight of fans with 90-minutes of music, comedy, and a question and answer session.

Tamar Braxton, Ledisi

Dale Watson

Mike Eldred: The Very Best of John Denver, A. D Players The George Theater

His interpretations of classic songs, rendered in his soaring tenor, provide a moving, nostalgic, homage, rather than simply an impersonation. JULY 9

Randy Rogers Band House of Blues

The Texas Country staple cut their teeth on the back road bars and dance halls through the Lone Star State.

Lil’ Ed & The Blue Imperials

Arnez J

Kirk Franklin

Scott Stapp House of Blues

He gained enormous popularity as the lead singer in Creed before striking out on his own releasing albums and touring as a solo act.

JULY 13

House of Blues

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The influential band has been labeled the "Godfathers of pop punk” over the years along with Blink 182 and others in their genre.

*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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Summer Salt

Stone Cold and The Jackal

JULY 12

JULY 10

New Found Glory

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Indie rock bands come and go but this California pop group is here to stay. Their music has dotted the rock charts for years including catchy radio favorites such as “Cough Syrup,” “Apartment,” “My Body” and many more.

Christopher Titus Known for leaving no stone unturned, especially within his own life, the star/creator of the Fox show, “Titus,” has released eight 90-minute albums in as many years.

JULY 15

Wit and Humor: American Political Cartoons George H.W Bush Presidential Library and Museum

From the earliest days of our nation, political cartoons appeared as powerful tools of expression for both the powerful and powerless. JULY 15-16

Elvis: My Way, A.D Players The George Theater

The electrifying Brandon Bennett (Million Dollar Quartet) delivers a spine-tingling tribute that is fresh, powerful, and right on the money.

John Conlee

JULY 16-21

Howard Jones House of Blues

As one of the defining figures of synth pop, the Englishman played Live Aid and scored with hits “No One is to Blame” and “You Know I love You, Don’t You?” JULY 17

Walter Trout Heights Theater

He backed John Lee Hooker in the 1970’s, fueled Canned Heat in the 1980’s, and has maintained a stellar blues career for years. THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15

William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Visitors of all ages are invited to engage with the fundamental ideas of dance, weight, and movement in time. The exhibit blurs the lines between performance, sculpture, video, and installation.


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Toyota Center

JULY 24

Cynthia Woods Mitchell (The Woodlands)

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An enduring force in music with Steely Dan, The Doobies and as a solo artist, he’s known for singles such as “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “Minute By Minute,” "What A Fool Believes,” “Sweet Freedom” and “On My Own” (with Patti LaBelle).

The soaring success of "Bohemian Rhapsody", the recent Freddie Mercury/Queen movie (the biggest grossing music biopic of all time) sets the stage for more of the band fronted by the former “American Idol” stalwart. The Rhapsody tour is being billed as an “all new concert experience”.

JULY 17-21

JULY 18

JULY 20

JULY 21

NRG Center

The Houstonian

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Revention Music Center

Lively performances and exhibitions and relay races, plus seminars, displays, and shopping, it’s everything to do with dogs and the people who love them.

The Manor House at The Houstonian is celebrating National Caviar Day with savory bites and bubbles from a special boutique winery.

She was the first female Texas state musician; she performed with Levon Helm, and toured with the Subdudes, as well as a magnificent solo act.

Known for a willingness to try anything, from simulating childbirth with electrodes to swimming with sharks, the YouTube sensations do it in the name of global comprehension.

JULY 19

JULY 20

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

His path has a lifelong search for the heart of rock and roll, now chronicled in a hot new album of songs, The Crossing.

A pair of hard rock bands on a summertime tour is playing old favorites including “Get Up,” “Coming Undone” and “Right Now,” plus “Rooster,” “Would?” and more.

World Series of Dogs

JULY 18

Khalid Toyota Center

The multi-platinum selling artist is headlining the Free Spirit World Tour in support of his sophomore album, Free Spirit.

Champagne & Caviar Social

Alejandro Escovedo

Shelley King, Wheatfield

Korn, Alice in Chains

JULY 19 JULY 18

Built to Spill White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The indie rockers have long been favorites on the touring scene, also recording eight studio albums, the last Untethered Moon in 2015.

Boney James

JULY 20

House of Blues

Battles of Sketches

A four-time Grammy nominee and Soul Train award winner (Best Jazz Album), the saxophonist is one of smooth jazz’s biggest names.

The Secret Group

Cartoonists, sketch teams, and filmmakers, 100 strong, compete in a Battle Royale style comedy competition.

JULY 19-21 JULY 18

Celeste Barber

Adele Givens

JULY 20

Improv

James Charles Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The Australian comic is known for her recreations of iconic celebrity Instagram posts, earning over one million followers for her parodies.

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

JULY 18

JULY 19-AUGUST 24

JULY 20

Hubbard Theatre

The band is a symbol of the cross-cultural power of song with their eclectic blend of flamenco, rock, Latin, blues and world music.

House of Blues

Cowboy Mouth Heights Theater

Now approaching their third decade together, the New Orleans-based rockers have cemented their reputation as celebratory, electrifying road warriors.

The controversial model, make-up consultant and emerging pop culture icon, in 2016 he became the first male ambassador for CoverGirl.

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Del Castillo White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs) Express, Alley Theatre The plot-twist masterpiece has thrilled mystery lovers on TV, radio, and film. Experience the lush thriller live onstage.

The Try Guys

JULY 20-SEPTEMBER 2

Shooting the Moon: Photographs from the Museum’s Collection 50 Years After Apollo 11 The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Apollo 11 landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. To celebrate the anniversary an exhibit featuring images ranging from documentary photographs to fanciful pics is on display. JULY 24

Bo Bice Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The Alabama rock and soul artist was a huge hit on “American Idol,” and has been touring as the lead singer in BS&T. JULY 24

Jack Ingram Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The Woodlands native has zoomed up the country charts with songs including “Wherever You Are” and “Lips of an Angel.” JULY 25

Ray Wylie Hubbard McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

His “Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother” is a Texas Country anthem from the 1970’s that remains a cultural flashpoint.

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JULY 27

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

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Don McLean

JULY 28

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

His 1970’s original, “American Pie,” painted an epic, bittersweet lyrical picture for an entire generation of fans, just when they needed it most. The folksinger continues to record, and tour performing his music and deep catalog of songs including “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)” and “Crying.”

JULY 25

Let’s Make a Play Today, Express Improv Players Miller Outdoor Theatre

Taking suggestions from kids in the audience, the spontaneous 45-minute children’s play comes complete with costumes, props and spur-of-the-moment songs. JULY 25

Deana Carter Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Her sensational debut album (Did I Shave My Legs For This?) sold over five million copies, anchored by the timeless “Strawberry Wine.” JULY 25

The United States Field Band & Soldier’s Chorus Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

The 60-member ensemble and 29-member chorus perform orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals. JULY 25-28 *

Pablo Francisco Improv

He is a way talented man of a thousand voices, if not more, with spot on impressions of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. THROUGH AUGUST 18

Sari Not Sorry, Preetika Rajgariah Lawndale Art Center

The exhibition presents an impactful visualization regarding women, race, and beauty via intricately manipulated saris draped in nontraditional ways. *Editor’s Choice 50

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He has released 13 albums over the years. Morning Phase won Album of the Year at the Grammys in 2015. Known for bold live performances and the energy he brings to live shows, Beck’s co-headlining with the Kentucky rockers on a summer tour.

JULY 26

JULY 26

Jones Hall

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

She is one of the country’s most celebrated speakers, and among the most influential, socially engaged and acclaimed life coaches of our time.

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

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2

JULY 27

Houston Museum of Natural Science

White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

Go beyond snakes and spiders, to a range of “animal, vegetable and mineral” dangers that lurk in our everyday lives.

The hot summer night of entertainment includes local heroes Blue October, Texas favorite Ben Kweller and others.

JULY 26

JULY 27

Iyanla Vanzant

Death by Natural Causes

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

With a tip of the hat to Muscle Shoals and the Chicago blues clubs, the Austin-based ensemble is a kick in the pants. JULY 26

Los Skarnales, Tiki Bandits Heights Theater

With over 20 years in the Texas music scene, the band plays a mixture of ska, reggae, rockabilly and cumbia, all with a punk rock attitude. JULY 26

J.B. Smoove House of Blues

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

Lao Tizer Band

Houston’s Music and Arts Festival

Third Eye Blind, Jimmy Eat World, Ra Ra Riot Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Worldwide the band has sold 12 million albums behind the strength of songs such as “Semi Charmed Life” “Jumper” and “Never Let You Go.”

JULY 28

Slightly Stoopid, Matisyahu, Tribal Seeds White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

Forming back in 1995, the San Diego band has played a nice fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, funk, metal and punk. JULY 28

H-Town Sneaker Summit NRG Center

Witness a celebration of sneaker culture like none other, plus buy, trade, sell and discuss rare and collectible footwear, fashion and accessories! JULY 28, AUGUST 1, 3 & 5

The Comedy of Errors, Houston Shakespeare Festival Miller Outdoor Theatre

Double trouble comes to Ephesus when two sets of twins separated as infants, pop up as mayhem and mirth ensue.

JULY 27, 29 & 31, AUGUST 2 & 4

JULY 30

A young prince is summoned home to find his world turned inside out, his mother remarried to his uncle, and a ghost haunting the battlements.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

JULY 28

THROUGH OCTOBER 29

Hamlet, Houston Shakespeare Festival Billy Bob Thornton and The Miller Outdoor Theatre Boxmasters

Papa Roach Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

On the heels of the hard rockin’ band’s 10th album release (Who Do You Trust?), the group is back on the road.

Best known as a screenwriter, director, and award-winning actor, he’s also released four albums, described as hillbilly-Americana-Blues.

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

The late artist and author created a significant body of memorable work, many of which will be displayed for the first time in the exhibition.


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AUGUST 6-11

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Rent

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Can’t touch this? Ah, the 1980’s … big hair, parachute pants and breakdancing in the streets. The new tour brings together some of the most recognizable Hip-Hop and R&B acts of the day including Sir Mix-A-Lot, Doug E. Fresh, Kid N Play, Rob Base and Tone Loc.

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MC Hammer’s House Party

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The re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams … without selling out. The original rock musical by a littleknown composer opened on Broadway, and forever changed the landscape of American theatre.

AUGUST 1

AUGUST 1-4

AUGUST 2-4

House of Blues

Improv

NRG Center (Hall C)

At the tender age of 19, the Scottish comedian/ writer became the youngest stand up artist to perform a solo season in London's West End.

From “MADtv” to feature films, talk shows, and continually touring the country as a stand-up comic, his talents are recognized throughout the industry.

Step inside a dinosaur adventure zone with over 80 life-size replicas. Interact, learn and see the T-Rex and Triceratops, up close, eye to eye.

Daniel Sloss

Aries Spears

THROUGH AUGUST 18

Parade Raining Fountain: Michael Bhichitkul Lawndale Art Center

Jurassic Quest

AUGUST 2-10 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 8

Between Play and Grief: Selections from the Latino American Collection

AUGUST 3-11

As You Like It, Houston Shakespeare Festival Miller Outdoor Theatre

Adventure! Romance! Mistaken identity! Rivalry! Comedy! An escape to the Forest of Arden takes lovers and madcaps on a hilarious journey.

Julius Caesar, Houston Shakespeare Festival

AUGUST 4

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The author, prolific Christian music singer/ performer/minister has a massive following in his native Mexico.

Jesus Adrian Romero

The outdoor installation twists the banal in absurd fashion as displacement of objects reveals the absurdity of their existence, activating new ways to view the commonplace.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

All of the artists in the exhibition of three-dozen works of art rely on parody and dark wit to express social and political realities.

A returning war hero, and the people’s victory celebration spills into the streets. But whispers of opposition grow. Civic duty wrestles with political ambition.

AUGUST 1

AUGUST 2

AUGUST 3

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

House of Blues

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The original shock rocker brings his decades of hits to the Texas stage playing “I’m Eighteen,” “School’s Out” and more.

The multi-platinum Grammy, Juno and Polaris Prize nominated singer/songwriter is touring in support of her Dedicated album.

His Grammy winning career spans decades and features classics including “Two More Bottles of Wine” and “Giving It Up For Your Love.”

The exhibit focuses on the artist’s colossal steel sculptures of chains and rings, alongside intricately braided crimson neckpieces and accompanying portraits.

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 1

AUGUST 2

AUGUST 3

AUGUST 4

Rockefeller’s

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

THROUGH AUGUST 25

Alice Cooper, Halestorm

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

For years drawing has been fundamental to the contemporary artist, revolving around the mutability of identity and the fragility of place, time, and language. AUGUST 1 *

Robbie Fulks, Linda Gail Lewis Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Make it wild, man, wild … the Grammy nominated artist teams up with Jerry Lee Lewis’ sister on a sizzling new album and tour.

Carly Rae Jepson

Poco

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The country pioneers boast famous alumni including Jim Messina, Timothy B. Schmidt (Eagles) and Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield). THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15 *

Operation Finale: The Capture & Trial of Adolf Eichmann Holocaust Museum Houston

With original artifacts and photographs, the exhibit details how Mossad agents located the war criminal hiding in South America and smuggled him to Israel to stand trial.

Delbert McClinton

Carvin Jones Band

Tiff Massey: A Different World Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Pablo Cruise

Buddy Miles says the Phoenix guitarist is “… the new king of strings,” while Clapton calls him, “…the next up-and-coming blues player.”

“Love Will Find a Way,” “A Place in the Sun,” and “Watcha Gonna Do” all became big hits for the radio-friendly pop band.

THROUGH AUGUST 25

AUGUST 6

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

Justin Favela: All You Can Eat The mixed media exhibit depicts a visual feast, intended to generate conversation about culture, the politics of food, and the Latin experience.

Dirty Heads, 311, The Interrupters The rock ensembles bring their hybrid alternative sound and good vibes to amphitheaters nationwide this summer. *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 8

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

AUGUST 9

moe. Blues Traveler, G. Love

The Texas native is celebrating the 30th anniversary of his Killin’ Time album, playing all the big hits (“Nothin’ But the Taillights,” “When My Ship Comes In”). Adkins has woven into an acting career, and boasts radio staples like “Ladies Love Country Boys,” “You’re Gonna Miss This.”

Jam bands come and go, but this pair of musical ensembles are here to stay. The preeminent progressive rock band, and legendary platinum-selling group are co-headliners of the All Roads Runaround Tour. The bands play their own tunes, then feature a special collaborative set at each concert.

AUGUST 6

AUGUST 9

AUGUST 10

AUGUST 11

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Known nationally as the co-author, co-star and producer of the four award-winning plays in the Greater Tuna cycle, Jaston Williams brings this production to life.

His songs include: “What’ll I Tell Virginia”, “Love Look At Us Now”, “North Of The Border,” “Foolin”, and “Rose Of My Heart.”

His country chart busters include “Rebecca Lynn,” “Some Else’s Star” and his biggest hit to date, “So Much For Pretending.”

Expect a little country, rock, blues, and Americana driven by the actor/singer’s gritty vocals and penchant for storytelling.

AUGUST 9

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15

AUGUST 11

Don’t Blame the Car

AUGUST 6

Jim Lauderdale McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

He’s been called “a songwriter’s songwriter,” releasing 27 albums of music. His tunes have been recorded from artists ranging from The Dixie Chicks to Elvis Costello. AUGUST 7-8

Kountry Wayne Improv

He may have started at the bottom, but today the South Georgia native has 2.5 (million?) social media followers who love his stand-up comedy. AUGUST 8

The Growlers White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The "beach goth" band has played Coachella, Bonnaroo, Primavera Sound, Lollapalooza, ACL, Sasquatch and more. AUGUST 8

Bronco

Arena Theatre

The Mexican band’s contemporary take on traditional musical styles in the 1980’s and 1990’s helped earn a string of international hits. *Editor’s Choice 52

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Clint Black, Trace Adkins, Terri Clark

White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

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Johnny Rodriguez

Jose Maria Napoleon Arena Theatre

The decorated Mexican singer/composer has been performing since the 1960’s, known in his native country as “the Poet of Song.”

Bryan White

William Forsythe: Choreographic Objects The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

AUGUST 9

Engage with the fundamental ideas of dance, weight, and movement in time as the exhibit blurs the lines between performance, sculpture, video, and installation.

Heights Theater

AUGUST 10

Two of the Southwest’s most impressive folk musicians share the stage, spinning yarns and putting their poetic words into song.

House of Blues

Darden Smith, Peter Bradley Adams

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

AUGUST 9 *

The gangsta rappers won a Grammy in 1997 for “Tha Crossroads,” a salute to the late rap artist Eazy-E.

Toyota Center

AUGUST 10

Dude Perfect The five best friends have over 70 million followers; see them live recreating fan favorite stunts such as Overtime, Stereotypes, Battles and more.

Cody Johnson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Cory Morrow, Jesse Raub, Jr Toyota Center

AUGUST 9-11

A former cover story in Houston Hotel Magazine, the rising country star and his CoJo Nation of fans bring a truckload of energy to his shows.

Improv

AUGUST 10

Chingo Bling The Houston comedian/musician/producer and Trinity University graduate always brings the funny to his show.

The World is Dancing: An International Celebration Miller Outdoor Theatre

Take a trip around the world through this celebration of dance and music from Mexico, Bolivia, India, and more!

Kiefer Sutherland Band

Butch Hancock, Jim Sloan Trio Red Brick Tavern (Conroe)

His repertoire is chock-full of Texas tunes from his years performing in seminal bands such as The Flatlanders with pals Jimmie Gilmore and Joe Ely. AUGUST 13

The Wiggles Revention Music Center

The guys in the multi-colored shirts from Down Under are an international sensation, perfect for the child in all of us. AUGUST 13-14

Journey Through China VII Miller Outdoor Theatre

Learn about the rich culture, tradition, and history of China through authentic movement and dance. AUGUST 14 *

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Texas music doesn’t get more authentic than the Lone Star native and his sack of songs including “If I Have a Boat,” “Church” and “She’s No Lady.”


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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

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Heart, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Elle King

Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson know exactly how to rock things. The band’s biggest hits (“Barracuda,” “Dreamboat Annie,” “Crazy On You, “These Dreams,” “Never”) span decades and have provided a key piece of era’s soundtrack for multiple generations.

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Front man Billy Corgan and his bandmates sold 30 millions albums of their music, making them one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful rock groups of the 1990’s. Their bigger hits include “1979,” “Bullet With Butterfly Wings” and “Today.”

AUGUST 14

AUGUST 16-18

AUGUST 18

AUGUST 22-24

Revention Music Center

Improv

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Mixing raw punk appeal with black leather energy, the SoCal thrash metal band brings potent power across all age brackets.

His success as a stand-up artist gave way to his own sitcom (“The Hughleys”) on ABC, and other TV comedy work.

Indian, Spanish, Sri Lankan, Thai, and African dances are all connected through rhythmic cadences and movement.

The Texas country blues singer was a semi-finalist on the sixth season of “American Idol,” before winning season 11 of “The Voice.”

JULY 15

AUGUST 17

AUGUST 18

AUGUST 23

The Secret Group

House of Blues

Toyota Center

Warehouse Live

The comedian/writer/actor has appeared on “Guy Code,” HBO’s “Funny as Hell,” all the late night talkers, and has his own half-hour special on Comedy Central.

Created by actor Dan Finnerty (The Hangover), they’re known for mostly blue comic covers of pop songs, featuring guest stars such as Sheryl Crow and Macy Gray.

The nine-time Grammy winner brings his equestrian/musical event to town. The show brings bull riders, rope tricks on horseback, tech/pyro, plus performances together.

Fee Waybill and friends still know how to light the fuse with classics such as “Talk to Ya Later,” “She’s a Beauty” and “White Punks on Dope.”

AUGUST 15

AUGUST 17

AUGUST 18

Heights Theater

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

A double Grammy winner, he’s written 15 songs recorded by artists including Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Etta James, Van Morrison and Bob Seger.

He starred in 147 episodes of TV’s “The Dukes of Hazzard,” while maintaining a solo career as a country singer.

The Norwegian pop star with the smooth as silk vocals, combines jazz sensibilities with bubbly synths for a memorable sound.

With songs such as “Ride Wit Me” and “Hot in Here,” to “Creep” and “Waterfalls,” and “Low,” in tow, the trio of Hip Hop artists are on a summertime tour.

AUGUST 16

AUGUST 17

AUGUST 22

AUGUST 23

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Warehouse Live

Arena Theatre

The 16-year old Internet star is known for posting music videos to her YouTube account (her channel has over 1.5 million subscribers).

The former front man in the blues/rock band is touring support of his solo debut The Way Life Goes.

The MTV-era lives in this collection of 1980’s bands including Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons, The Tubes, Wang Chung, The Motels and more.

AUGUST 16

AUGUST 17

Social Distortion, Flogging Molly

Dan St. Germain

Rodney Crowell

Chloe Moriondo

National Park Radio, Griffin House

D.L. Hughley

The Dan Band

John Schneider

Tom Keifer (of Cinderella)

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Incredible India: Cultural Connections

Pepe Aguilar

Jakob Ogawa

Lost 80’s Live

AUGUST 22-24

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Guy Torry

Emotional, gut wrenching, but hopeful, their music reverberates themes of life, love, and difficult choices, echoing the beauty of the band’s roots in the Ozark Mountains.

The Grammy Award-winning a cappella group and South Africa’s Cultural Ambassadors to the World brings their famous harmonies to H-Town.

Improv

He’s appeared on HBO’s “ Def Comedy Jam” and in feature films “Stuck On You,” “Runaway Jury”, and most notably “American History X.”

Sundance Head

The Tubes, Rebirth Brass Band

AUGUST 23

Nelly, TLC, Flo Rida Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Clay Walker Arena Theatre

The Vidor native’s “What’s It To You” went to the top of the country charts, followed by “Until I Die” and more. AUGUST 23

Shakey Graves, Dr. Dog White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

Alejandro Rose-Garcia earned his name during a night of campfire songs with friends, and then became a force in Austin combining blues, folk, and rock and roll into his music. *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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Improv

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Mo Amer

Toyota Center

AUGUST 31

Known for his work with Allah Made Me Funny, the longest running artistic collective of Muslim comics in the world. His first TV special, “The Vagabond,” debuted on Netflix last year. He’s also toured extensively with Dave Chappelle, performing over 600 shows together.

AUGUST 24

Sister Moon Warehouse Live

Launched as a rock project in 2017 by Atlanta singer-songwriter Ashley Rivera, Indie Music Digest calls it “catchy mystique, an infectious jagged edge.” AUGUST 24

Double Vision Revisited Arena Theatre

The parade of jazz artists features all-star players including pianist/composer Bob James, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller and more. THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22

Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Examine broad and diverse views of fashion through photographic portraits of fashionable Harlem in the 1930’s up through Beyoncé, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Run DMC, and more. AUGUST 24

The B-52s, OMD, Berlin Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The Athens, GA New Wavers are celebrating four decades together with a big hits tour (“Love Shack,” “Roam,” Planet Claire” etc.). AUGUST 24

Marc Maron Wortham Theater Center

His edgy podcast, “WTF” is a breakout hit for the actor/writer/comedian who also stars on Netflix’s “Glow.” *Editor’s Choice 54

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Remember When Rock Was Young: The Elton John Tribute Miller Outdoor Theatre

Craig Meyer recreates on of rock’s greatest eras in a magical, musical journey celebrating the chart-topping hits of the original Rocket Man. AUGUST 24

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison Heights Theater

The Texas Country/folk darlings have penned extraordinarily compelling songs over the years, and are always a treat when performing together. AUGUST 25 *

One Nation Under a Groove Tour Revention Music Center

George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk and Miss Velvet & The Blue Wolf headline the sizzling summer tour. AUGUST 25

Avi Kaplan

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The new DNA Tour represents the group’s largest such venture in 18 years. With new music climbing the charts, and a cache of old favorites, the former teen heartthrobs perform songs such as “Larger Than Life,” “I Want It That Way” and many more.

AUGUST 28

AUGUST 30

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Arena Theatre

A proponent of the Norwegian death-punk scene, he’s had number one hits in his own country and toured extensively worldwide.

He skyrocketed to fame in “La Academia” winning 80% of the votes and finishing first in the Mexican musical reality show.

AUGUST 29 *

AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 1

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Moody Gardens (Galveston)

The ukulele virtuoso is known for complex finger work, and music that combines jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco.

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

AUGUST 29-30

AUGUST 31

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

His songs include “All the Gold in California,” “Broken Lady” and “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer to You).”

All-star players join the award-winning smooth jazz saxophonist in a band that includes Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore and Aubrey Logan for the summer horn fest.

Hank Von Hell

Jake Shimabukuro

Larry Gatlin

Carlos Rivera

BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival

Dave Koz

AUGUST 29

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Houston Symphony Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

AUGUST 31

Saliva

Warehouse Live

He toured the world with the Grammy winning pop a cappella group Pentatonix, before deciding to start a solo career.

Fedoras and bullwhips are optional when the orchestra cranks up John Williams’ unforgettable score, performing it with a showing of the movie on a big screen.

The Tennessee rock band has endured numerous personnel changes, and released songs including “Always,” and “Ladies and Gentlemen.”

AUGUST 26

AUGUST 30

SEPTEMBER 1

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Kessler Theater

The Greatest Love: A Tribute to Whitney Houston Miller Outdoor Theatre

Don’t miss your chance to relive the magic of Whitney Houston! Starring the breathtaking voice of Belinda Davids with full band and dancers live on stage.

Rascal Flatts The group has been all over the country and crossover charts with “Bless the Broken Road,” “What Hurts the Most,” “My Wish,” “Stand,” and “Here.”

Mark Wills

The Grand Ole Opry member has scored with his memorable songs “I Do Cherish You,” “Don’t Laugh at Me” and “Jacob’s Ladder.”


september SEPTEMBER 6-8

SEPTEMBER 6

Jones Hall

Toyota Center

Maná

Following her Tony Award-winning run in Hamilton, the Broadway star returns to her childhood home for an unforgettable evening of beloved show tunes. Her show features selections such as “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” plus songs from The Lion King, Rent and more.

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Renée Elise Goldsberry, Houston Symphony

CALENDAR

The global envoys of Latin Rock have sold more than 40 million albums. In the U.S., the band holds an impressive nine number one albums and 10 number one singles, more than any other band in the history of Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.

SEPTEMBER 1

SEPTEMBER 5

SEPTEMBER 6

SEPTEMBER 7

NRG Stadium

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

See performances by the top marching bands including: TSU, Prairie View, North Carolina Central, Talladega College, Southern, Miles College and Tennessee State.

"Not Cause I Wanted To" resulted in her first Grammy in 2013 when friend Bonnie Raitt's Slipstream won Best Americana Album of the year.

His “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am?” and “Tender Moment” are among the 20 songs the roots rocker has charted over the years.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry, he’s scored again and again with songs including “The Man I Wanna Be,” “Tomorrow,” “You” and "Aw Naw.”

SEPTEMBER 5

SEPTEMBER 6

SEPTEMBER 7

SEPTEMBER 2

Arena Theatre

Revention Music Center

Battle of the Bands

Om Shanti: Once Upon a Time in Bollywood Miller Outdoor Theatre

Court dancer, Om, is madly in love with the princess, Shanti, whose soul was song and dance until everything changed. Produced by Indian Performing Arts-Samskriti. SEPTEMBER 3

Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo House of Blues

The husband and wife team scored big in the 1980’s with rockers such as “Love is a Battlefield” and “Treat Me Right.” SEPTEMBER 4

Rhett & Link

Bonnie Bishop

After Hours in the Museum The Bryan Museum

Browse the first-floor galleries, enjoy a glass of wine in La Sirena Cantina, and join Jeff Warren as he discusses one the first classics about the Old West, A Texas Cowboy. SEPTEMBER 5

Minton Sparks McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

She fuses music, poetry and a sophisticated knack for telling tales to paint intimate stories in song, many about America’s rural South. SEPTEMBER 6 *

Mark Knopfler Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Comedians by nature, the pair started their careers working on commercials and transitioning to the internet where they flourish.

From his work with Dire Straits (“Sultans of Swing,” “Money For Nothing”) to collaborations, and a solo career, the virtuoso guitarist has carved his name in history.

SEPTEMBER 5

SEPTEMBER 6

Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Katya

Best remembered from season seven of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, the former contestant is winging around American on the Help Me, I'm Dying Comedy Tour.

Adrian Belew A talented guitarist, he’s been an integral part of King Crimson and other bands, plus enjoyed a successful solo career for years.

Lee Roy Parnell

Mijares

Since the 1980’s the singer from Mexico City has performed to adoring fans, singing duets with stars such as Gino Vannelli and Sir Elton John. SEPTEMBER 6-8

Bruce Bruce Improv

Rarely blue, the seasoned stand-up artist and actor, he’s become a favorite on the circuit and in TV shows and movies. SEPTEMBER 7

Martin Barre (of Jethro Tull) Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The venerable English guitar whiz is on tour, reliving the glory years of Ian Anderson’s group with a supporting cast of crackerjack players.

Chris Young, Chris Janson, Locash

Australian Pink Floyd Show The musical outfit from Down Under began in the 1980’s, and has become known worldwide for the ability to capture the essence of the Hall of Fame band’s performance. SEPTEMBER 7-8

Always, Patsy Cline Miller Outdoor Theatre

Based on a true story of the friendship between beloved country singer and a devoted Houston fan, the show features 27 of her biggest hits. SEPTEMBER 8

John Mayer Toyota Center

SEPTEMBER 7

The Grammy winner (“Your Body is a Wonderland,” “Waiting on the World to Change”) is tremendous solo act that has also gigged with the Grateful Dead over the years.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

SEPTEMBER 9

The Fab 5

There are Beatles tribute bands, and there is this local ensemble, authentic right down to the instruments they play to recreate the best music ever made.

KISS

Toyota Center

Originals Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons lead the charge on the band’s epic One Last Kiss: End of the Road World Tour, reportedly their last. *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 10

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, Houston Symphony Shutterstock.com

A Chorus Line

Jones Hall

SEPTEMBER 14

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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The singular sensation opened in 1975 as an instant classic – a portrait of the life of the Broadway dancer received nine Tony Awards as well as the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It went on to become one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history.

Renowned pianist Yefim Bronfman takes on the staggering virtuosity of “Rach 3,” a score so demanding it’s often described as the Mt. Everest of concertos. Renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin leads the Symphony in colorful crowd-pleasers, including Tchaikovsky’s sparkling souvenir of Italy.

SEPTEMBER 11

SEPTEMBER 13-14

SEPTEMBER 14

White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

Improv

The Bryan Museum

The indie rock group won a Best Alternative Music Album Grammy for the 2017 release Sleep Well Beast.

The Tennessee comedian has followed in the steps of Jeff Foxworthy and others. He also co-authored The Liberal Redneck Manifesto: Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark.

Dr. Frank de La Teja, Director ot the Texas State Historical Association and former State Historian, presents the epic story of Texas as part of world history.

SEPTEMBER 13-15

SEPTEMBER 14

Miller Outdoor Theatre

House of Blues

Remember and honor America’s real superheroes first responders, military and more with the triumphant scores of the silver screen’s greatest hero hits.

Enjoy selections from some of the most recognizable and beloved classical ballets featuring the company’s highest-ranking dancers.

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

SEPTEMBER 12

Webb Wilder

Mapa Wiya (Your Map's Not Needed): Australian Aboriginal Art

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The Menil Collection

The Mississippi native is a touring fixture performing a red-eyed shot of Southern music that draws heavily on soul, country and rockabilly.

The exhibition title is drawn from a recent drawing by artist Kunamara (Mumu Mike) Williams, and is the first showing of his work in an American art museum.

Renowned playwright Tom Stoppard tour de force explores fundamental questions of how we experience the world, and the deeply held beliefs of those around us.

The National, Alvvays

Trae Crowder

La Salle's Ghost

SEPTEMBER 11

A Symphony of Heroes, Houston Symphony Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

An Evening of Stars, Houston Ballet

Justin Willman

SEPTEMBER 13-JANUARY 26

SEPTEMBER 14-OCTOBER 6

The Hard Problem Main Street Theater

SEPTEMBER 17

Dover-Escher Octet, Chamber Music Houston Stude Concert Hall (Rice University)

A pair of excellent string quartets opens a new season, performing selections by Shostakovich, Enescu and Mendelssohn. SEPTEMBER 17

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

The University of Houston Moores Opera Center's new season is announced during the annual evening of cabaret hosted by Buck Ross. SEPTEMBER 18

Half Alive

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The California indie pop band has drawn influence from a variety of sources including Sufjan Stevens; Chance the Rapper, Kimbra and more.

SEPTEMBER 13

Felix Cavaliere’s Rascals

SEPTEMBER 13-OCTOBER 13

The Winter’s Tale, Alley Theatre

SEPTEMBER 15

SEPTEMBER 18

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

He earned a place in rock history with songs such as "Good Lovin'", "Groovin'", "How Can I Be Sure" and "People Got To Be Free."

Hubbard Theatre

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Set in Texas, this magical tale is seen through the imaginative eyes of a young, Houstonian child--a sweeping story of wrath, lost love and redemption.

Taking a cue from jazz pioneers Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, the trio specializes in Bob Wills styled swing.

Discover the rhythms, rhyme and movement of the world’s second-largest continent with an energized evening of entertainment.

Hot Club of Cowtown

Africa Rising

SEPTEMBER 13

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

SEPTEMBER 14

James McMurtry

SEPTEMBER 15

SEPTEMBER 18

House of Blues

After playing their first show in 2013, the rock drummer’s homage to the Grateful Dead has marched on, performing faithful renditions of their music.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

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

The Grammy award-winning performer, known for songs such as "Are You Gonna Go My Way" and "Fly Away," brings his Raise Vibration Tour to town.

Known worldwide for their harmonies and haunting lyrics, the ensemble is celebrating 85 years singing “Cool Water,” “Tumbling Tumbleweeds” and more.0

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Lenny Kravitz

Sons of the Pioneers


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Warehouse Live

Phil Collins Shutterstock.com

Squeeze

Toyota Center

Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook’s songwriting partnership began in the 1970’s and received great acclaim. They became a pop fixture, dubbed by journalists as the era’s new Lennon and McCartney due to their smart pop songs (“Tempted,” “Black Coffee in Bed” and “Annie Get Your Gun.”

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As the drummer/lead singer in Genesis, then a solo act, the English pop star broke records with songs such as “In the Air Tonight,” “Easy Lover,” “Against All Odds,” “One More Night,” “Sussudio” and more.

SEPTEMBER 19

SEPTEMBER 20

SEPTEMBER 21

SEPTEMBER 22

Stafford Centre

The Houstonian

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Revention Music Center

“Cool Change,” “Reminiscing,” “Lady,” “Help is on Its Way” and “Lonesome Loser” were all huge hits for the pop band from Down Under.

New York meets Texas as hosts Chris Hobbs and Houstonian Sommelier Vanessa Boyd showcase special vintages of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet.

He won season five of “America’s Got Talent” with a combination of blues, pop and his Mississippi Gulf Coast blue-eyed soul sound.

For 40 years the English reggae/pop band has performed, releasing over 50 singles such as “Red, Red Wine” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

SEPTEMBER 21 *

THROUGH OCTOBER 13

Little River Band

Paul Hobbs Wine Dinner

SEPTEMBER 19-20

Kenny G

SEPTEMBER 20

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Dancing at the Palais, ARS Lyrica

His combination of Grammy-winning instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 million records worldwide.

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

SEPTEMBER 19, 21-22

Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Magic springs from the rapturous masterpiece of innovation that soars through landscapes of wonder and enchantment, with a heart-pounding finale.

The evening features a full Baroque orchestra of strings and winds plus the New York Baroque Dance Company, in a program of suites from vibrantly colorful French Baroque operas.

Michael Grimm

Morrissey, Interpol White Oak Music Hall (Lawn)

His work with the Smiths during the 1980’s helped set a tone of English bands to follow with hit albums including Meat is Murder and The Queen is Dead. SEPTEMBER 21

Opening Night: Bon Appetit, Da Jeff Goldblum and The Mildred Snitzer Camera Orchestra Wortham Theater Center SEPTEMBER 20 *

SEPTEMBER 20 *

The well-known actor (The Fly, The Big Chill, Jurassic Park) is also a tremendous jazz musician with a deep repertoire of music to share.

Enjoy a spectacular night of surrealist and culinary musical delights as stellar musicians join the renowned Imani Winds for a quintessential evening of adventure.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

SEPTEMBER 21

SEPTEMBER 21

John Sebastian As a founding member of The Lovin’ Spoonful he wrote hits such as “Do You Believe in Magic?” and “Daydream.” He also performed at Woodstock as a solo act.

Jones Hall

Peter Frampton, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

SEPTEMBER 20 Warehouse Live

SEPTEMBER 21

A classically trained musician, Mike Silverman is the inventor and player of The Magic Pipe, his amazing instrument that has to been heard (and seen) to believe.

Steven Evans: If I Can’t Dance, It’s Not My Revolution! Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

In a career that has spanned over three decades, the artist work has explored connections between music, language, memory, identity and community. SEPTEMBER 22 *

Alejandro Sanz Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The spectacularly talented Spanish artist has earned music’s most important awards, including three Grammys and 20 Latin Grammys. SEPTEMBER 22

His Frampton Comes Alive set a tone for 1970’s stadium rock. The legendary English guitarist is now performing across the U.S. on a “farewell tour.”

That 1 Guy

UB40

Bill Maher

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

From “Politically Incorrect” on Comedy Central and ABC, to his current gig hosting HBO’s “Real Time,” he’s taken commentary to new highs, and lows.

Siudy Flamenco Intimo

Steve Wariner Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The contemporary flamenco performance with a voice of its own reflects the pureness of the Latin art form with a fresh perspective.

The Grammy winning singer/songwriter/instrumentalist is a Nashville success story with memorable tunes to his credit including “You Can Dream of Me.”

SEPTEMBER 22

SEPTEMBER 23

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

Revention Music Center

The metal band’s Legacy of the Beast Tour features towering backdrops to monumental visuals, all based on the group’s mobile game of the same name.

From “Hush” and “Smoke on the Water” to dozens more, the English pioneer rock band has endured and grown. They’re on the Long Goodbye Tour.

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Iron Maiden, Raven Age

Deep Purple

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SEPTEMBER 25

SEPTEMBER 26

Toyota Center

The Jonas Brothers, Jordan McGraw

Toyota Center

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The Who

One of the world’s great rocker groups return with the Moving On Tour, supporting their first album of new songs in years. A crackerjack band, and a full orchestra join originals Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend. “This will be full throttle,” promises Daltrey.

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The multiplatinum powerhouse trio is on the 40-city Happiness Begins Tour this summer and fall to promote a new album of songs, Happiness Begins. It is the Texas-based pop band’s first large scale tour in nearly a decade.

SEPTEMBER 24

SEPTEMBER 26

SEPTEMBER 27

The Secret Group

Heights Theater

Arena Theatre

The comic has appeared on “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “The Bob and Tom Show,” and is regular opener for Kyle Kinane, Doug Benson, and Doug Stanhope.

In the eight years since they formed, the band has captured nearly 47 million combined YouTube views and over 260 million streams on Spotify.

The pair’s combined total number of hits is staggering including favorites such as “On the Wings of Love” and “A Whole New World.”

SEPTEMBER 24

SEPTEMBER 26

Geoff Tate

The Paper Kites

Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson

SEPTEMBER 27

The Lost Austin Band

Home Free

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)

Thee were with Willie, Waylon, Murphey and Walker, putting Austin’s progressive country on the music map in the 1970’s, and still keep the flame burning.

Their electrifying live shows mix Nashville standards, soaring originals, and quick-witted humor that bring audiences to their feet.

Die Antwoord Revention Music Center

The Cape Town musical collective has spent their career turning heads, raising eyebrows and bringing the South African spirit of Zef to fans across the globe.

John Witherspoon Improv

He starred as Ice Cube's outrageous, dogcatching dad in the urban trilogy Friday, Next Friday & Friday After Next, and as "Spoon" on "The Tracy Morgan Show." SEPTEMBER 27

SEPTEMBER 25

Gino Vannelli Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The soft rock Canadian crooner shot up the charts in the 1970’s and 1980’s with “I Just Wanna Stop” and “People Gotta Move.” SEPTEMBER 26

Marina

Revention Music Center

She calls herself an "indie artist with pop goals,” a quirky description for the Welsh new wave singer/songwriter. *Editor’s Choice 58

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Toyota Center

The Latin music idol is a global sensation, back for his third North American tour -- a brand-new show full of surprises. SEPTEMBER 27

SEPTEMBER 26-29 SEPTEMBER 25

Maluma

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (The Woodlands)

As fans say goodbye to one of the biggest shows in television history, relive the music and footage in an immersive outdoor concert experience.

Ruston Kelly White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

If you think he’s simply Mr. Kacey Musgraves, you’re missing one keen country/pop singer/ songwriter. SEPTEMBER 27-28

Time For Hope, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra St. John the Devine Church

The opening of the In Concert series are built around a world premiere by Lisa Bielawa’s “Centuries in the Hours”, sung by mezzosoprano Laurie Rubin. SEPTEMBER 27-28

SEPTEMBER 27 *

Jackopierce

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

They met while Texas college students, and embarked on a folk/pop 30-year musical partnership that continues to this day.

Oktoberfest Houston The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou

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

SEPTEMBER 27-29

Gershwin’s Piano Concerto & Porgy and Bess, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

French pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet lends his incomparable style and interpretive flair to a performance of the much-loved masterpiece. SEPTEMBER 27-28

Shrimp Festival Galveston Island

Celebrate and sample many of the most popular delicacies of the sea at this popular Texas festival on the Island. SEPTEMBER 30

Ballet Folklorico de Mexico de Amalia Hernandez Miller Outdoor Theatre

The internationally acclaimed, award-winning folkloric dance company from Mexico returns with a spectacular production for the entire family. SEPTEMBER 30

Orville Peck

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

From early punk rock he transitioned to a mashup of country performed in classic Nudie suits, following the footsteps of Cash, Willie, Waylon and a few more. THROUGH DECEMBER 29

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

The renowned collection is one of the greatest privately held collections of Islamic art in the world.


SPORTS & RECREATION

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2019 SEASON *

Houston Astros July 5-7​​​ July 19-21​​ July 22-24 ​​ August 2-4​​ August 6-7​​ August 19-22 ​​ August 23-25​​ August 27-29 ​​ September 5-8​​ September 8-12​​ September 17-18​​ September 20-22​​

Houston Rockets

All games at Minute Maid Park

vs. LA Angels vs. Texas Rangers vs. Oakland A’s vs. Seattle Mariners vs. Colorado Rockies vs. Detroit Tigers vs. LA Angels vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays vs. Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland A’s vs. Texas Rangers vs. LA Angels

MLB.com/Astros

Houston Texans

Rice University Football

All games at NRG Stadium unless noted

All games at Rice Stadium unless noted

August 17 ​​​ August 24 August 29​​ September 15 September 29​​ October 6​​ October 27​​ November 21​​ December 1​​ December 8​​ December 29​​

September 7 ​vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons September 14​ vs. Texas Longhorns ## September 21​ vs. Baylor Bears

NRG Stadium

## NRG Stadium

Cypress Triathlon

Houston Dynamo BBVA Compass Stadium

July 3 July 12​​ July 27 August 3​ August 17 September 11​ September 21​

​​vs. New York Red Bulls vs. Los Angeles Football Club ​​vs. Seattle Sounders vs. Chicago Fire ​vs. Colorado Rapids vs. Minnesota United FC vs. Orlando City SC

HoustonDynamos.com

Houston Dash BBVA Compass Stadium

July 13​​ July 28​​ August 2​ August 24 ​ September 13​ September 25 NWSLsoccer.com

vs. Chicago Red Stars vs. Sky-Blue FC vs. Reign FC vs. Sky-Blue FC vs. Utah Royals ​vs. Washington Spirit

University of Houston Football

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AIA Sand Castle Competition

JULY 27-28 Cypress

All games at TDECU Stadium unless noted

September 7 vs. ​​ Prairie View A&M Panthers September 13 ​​vs. Washington State Cougars ## September 28​​ vs. North Texas Mean Green ###

AUGUST 2-4

Hunters Extravaganza

## NRG Stadium ### Apogee Stadium UHCougars.com

Prairie View A&M University Football vs. Texas Southern# ​​ Houston Cougars## vs. vs. Nicholls State vs. Grambling State #

SEPTEMBER 3

Advocare Texas Kickoff: Houston Cougars vs. Washington State Cougars

Panther Stadium at Blackshear Field unless noted

August 31​​ September 7 September 14​​ September 28​​

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

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

RiceOwls.com

AUGUST 24

FC Bayern vs. Real Madrid

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vs. Detriot Lions ++ ​​​vs. Dallas Cowboys ++* vs. Los Angeles Rams ++ ​​vs. Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons vs. Oakland Raiders vs. Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos vs. Tennessee Titans

JULY 20

#BBVA Stadium, Houston ##TDECU Stadium, Houton ### Cotton Bowl, Dallas PVPanthers.com

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

JULY 4

AUGUST 3 & SEPTEMBER 21

Run Wild 5K

Roller Derby

St. Arnolds Brewery

Revention Music Center

JULY 6

AUGUST 10

Christmas in July 5K

El Chupacabra de Houston 5K/10K

NRG Stadium It’s a college football battle as new coach Dana Holgorsen tangles with the craftiest air attack of the west coast conference.

The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command

Lake Houston Wilderness Park (New Caney)

SEPTEMBER 15

JULY 14

AUGUST 17

Galveston Sand Crab Nighttime Beach Run

Kemah

Shadow Creek Ranch Triathlon and Duathlon Pearland

Apfel Park (East Beach)

Toughest 10K SEPTEMBER 29

Harvest Marathon Relay Wendel D. Ley Track (Rice University) *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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DINING

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

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

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

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

Brennan’s of Houston

1801 Yale St. (The Heights) 713.864.3696

1962 West Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.524.1919

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

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3300 Smith St. (Midtown) 713.522.9711

benjy’s

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

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

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2200 Post Oak Blvd. (Uptown/Galleria) 713.622.9996

Bisou

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Cuchara

Helmed by Master Chef of France Frédéric Perrier, Bisou offers classic continental cuisine boasting bold flavors with an eclectic array of appetizers, small plates, shareable sides, and desserts. Enjoy a robust beverage program featuring classic cocktails, an extensive wine list, and champagne magnums with lively music and DJs spinning during late night dinners and at Sunday Funday brunches. 4444 Westheimer Road, a115 (River Oaks) 713.955.3855 bisourestaurant.com

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

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

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

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

El Tiempo Cantina

Foundation Room

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

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

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

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

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


The Grove

Ibiza

Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar

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.

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.

1611 Lamar St. (Downtown) 713.337.7321

2450 Louisiana St. (Midtown) 713.524.0004

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

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Hearsay Market Square

Kata Robata Sushi and Grill

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.

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.

218 Travis St. (Downtown) 713.225.8079

3600 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.802.0533

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House of Blues Restaurant & Bar

Kiran’s

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

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

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

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

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

Laurenzo’s Restaurant

4848 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.529.2385

1600 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.524.7744 hugosrestaurant.net

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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Moxie’s Grill & Bar This open-space showplace redefines what an oyster bar should be. With more than 90 menu items, Liberty Kitchen features a wide variety of local and regional seafood dishes and local beef from Kenney and Cameron, Texas. Its broad range of pricing ensures something for everyone. 4224 San Felipe St. (River Oaks) 713.622.1010 libertykitchenoysterette.com

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

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

Noé Grill

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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.

Local Foods

4 Riverway (Galleria/Uptown) 713.871.8177

220 Main St. (Downtown) 832.667.4470

The menu showcases seasonal bounties from farms throughout Texas and is best described as fresh, local, and inventive. Local Foods celebrates Texas with artisan sandwiches crafted of locally handmade bread, farmer’s market sides, homemade soups, and an all-Texas beer and wine list. 714 Yale St. (The Heights) 713.360.6133 420 Main St. (Downtown) 713.227.0531

Hugo’s

Max’s Wine Dive

4720 Washington Ave. (The Heights) 713.880.8737

2555 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.255.4440

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

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

DINING

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

Masraff’s

4412 Washington Ave (Washington Heights) 713.880.5111

1753 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.355.1975

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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.

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The Oceanaire Seafood Room This Houston favorite has been voted one of the best seafood restaurants in the country. Only top-of-the-catch fish from the world’s most reputable suppliers is served, and each dish is carefully crafted and perfectly plated. The menu is based on market availability, so selections change daily. 5061 Westheimer Road (The Galleria) 832.487.8862 theoceanaire.com

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DINING Pondicheri

Soma Sushi

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.

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

2800 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.522.2022

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Spindletop Restaurant

Quattro A warm, inviting retreat in downtown Houston’s business and financial district, Quattro’s focus is authentic, contemporary Italian cuisine by Chef Maurizio Ferrarese. Bringing Houston seasonally driven cuisine from Ferrarese’s native Italy, Quattro serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, and a popular Sunday brunch. 1300 Lamar St. (Downtown) 713.276.4700 fourseasons.com/houston/dining/restaurants/quattro/

Ristorante Cavour 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

4820 Washington Ave (Washington Heights) 713.861.2726

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

Flawless wood-grilled rib-eyes, Gulf Coast oysters and tributes to regional chefs and storied recipes. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Complimentary valet.

daybeds, private VIP cabanas and an open-air party-deck. World-renowned DJ’s grace the turntables, making it an unparalleled nightlife experience.

111 N. Post Oak Lane (Uptown) 713.685.6713

2301 Main St. (Midtown) 713.955.2302

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Uchi

H Bar

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.

Dark opulence sets the scene for sipping fine spirits, exotic cocktails and other exciting libations. With its crimson velvet accents, vintage lighting, H Bar provides a rich, yet timeless, atmosphere to carry an intimate conversation or a nightcap.

904 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.522.4808

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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.

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.

818 Town & Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 281.822.1500

608 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.529.2797

1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd. (Uptown) 713.993.9800

poscolhouston.com

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NIGHTLIFE

Tony Mandola’s

13 Celsius

Mongoose versus Cobra

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

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Roka Akor

Spire

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

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

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

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

1212 Waugh Drive (River Oaks) 713.528.3474

3000 Caroline St (Midtown) 713.529.8466

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TRIBUTE at The Houstonian

Clé

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842 W. Sam Houston Parkway (CityCentre) 713.464.5252 seasons52.com photo by Daniel Otriz

Located in the iconic Houstonian Hotel, authentic food and flavors from Texas, Louisiana and Mexico reflect “How Houstonians Love to Eat.” H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

Clé Group’s nightclub, Spire boasts three beautiful bars positioned throughout the 15,000 square foot venue with over 40 VIP sections and state-of-the-art production. Each room enhances your senses and will present an awe-inspiring nightclub experience. 1720 Main St. (Downtown) 713.588.5379

4410 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.621.5452

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1600 W Loop S (Uptown) 346.227.5137

Clé Day/Night Club features three uniquely elegant bars that transition into five indoor and outdoor lounge areas. The day pool has a bar,


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MUSEUMS Art Car Museum This private institution is dedicated to contemporary art by local, national, and international artists, especially those rarely acknowledged by other cultural institutions. The museum focuses on art cars and other fine arts and seeks to encourage public awareness of cultural, political, economic, and personal dimensions of art. 140 Heights Blvd. (The Heights) 713.861.5526 artcarmuseum.com

The Bryan Museum

George H. W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum

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

The Houston Museum of Natural Science Located at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. This musuem is a premier destination for researchers, students and families. Discover over 44 million pages of documents, view thousands of museum objects, and learn about leadership and public service through the life of President George Bush. 1000 George Bush Drive West (College Station) 979.691.4000 bush41.org

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

The Health Museum

thebryanmuseum.org

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.

Children’s Museum of Houston

1515 Hermann Drive (Museum District) 713.521.1515

1315 21st St. (Galveston) 409.632.7685

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

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

thehealthmuseum.org

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

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.

hmh.org

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

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

PERFORMANCE VENUES A.D. Players at The George

5555 Hermann Park Drive (Museum District) 713.639.4629 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.

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. 5420 Westheimer Rd. (Galleria) 713.526.2721

1533 Sul Ross St. (Montrose) 713.525.9400

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Alley Theatre

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

9220 Kirby Dr. (Museum District) 713.942.8000

5216 Montrose Blvd. (Museum District) 713.284.8250 camh.org

Garden, or shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and jewelry in the Asher Gallery. Admission is free to the public.

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.

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

1001 Bissonnet St. (Museum District) 713.639.7300

Experience the art of the handmade at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. View innovative exhibitions, visit with working artists, participate in hands-on programs, relax in the Craft

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ZOOS & AQUARIUMS Downtown Aquarium

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

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

Houston Grand Opera – Wortham Center

501 Texas Ave. (Downtown) 713.228.6737 houstongrandopera.org

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

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

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Houston Zoo

Plan to spend a day with the 6,000 furry, feathered, and finned fauna (and more) at this Houston institution. Nearly 1,000 professional staff members and volunteers provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education for residents. More than 2 million guests per year experience the incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, attend special entertainment and enjoy both private and public events. 6200 Hermann Park Drive (Museum District) 713.533.6500 houstonzoo.org

SPORTS BBVA Compass Stadium This eye-catching stadium is easily accessible to patrons from the entire Houston metropolitan area. The building is readily recognizable, thanks to its distinctive façade that features Dynamo & Dash orange and geometrically-shaped, tessellated aluminum mesh encompassing the structure. 2200 Texas Avenue (EaDo) 713.547.3000 bbvacompassstadium.com

Minute Maid Park

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

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

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

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

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

GOLF & FITNESS Champions Golf Club

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

RYDE

501 Crawford St. (Downtown) 713.259.8000

410 Bagby St. (Downtown) 713.223.3474

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

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

Founded in 1957, this superior course consistently has reestablished its place in golf history, hosting such prestigious events as the Ryder Cup Matches in 1967, United States Open in 1969, and Champions International, a PGA tour event. 13722 Champions Drive (Champions) 281.444.6262 championsgolfclub.com

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

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

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


SALONS & SPAS Blo Blow Dry Bar

or full day of pampering, an array of face and body treatments are available. Complimentary valet and rooftop pool access are included with service.

HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT

1070 Dallas St. (Downtown) 713.242.8555 hotelalessandra-houston.com

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

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

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

The Spa at The Post Oak Hotel

Mokara Spa and Salon

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

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

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1600 W Loop South (Uptown) 844.386.1600

Spa by Alessandra

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

ARTIST STUDIOS EXHIBITIONS WORKSHOPS CRAFT GARDEN crafthouston.org

HOURS Wed.–Sat. Sun.

10 AM–5 PM 12–5 PM

4848 Main St. Houston, TX 77002 713.529.4848


SHOPPING

SHOPPING CENTERS

4055 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.850.3100

BLVD Place

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

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

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

Houston Premium Outlets This home to more than 145 designer namebrand outlets includes top labels such as Tory Burch, True Religion, Kate Spade New York, Kenneth Cole, Burberry, Coach, and Cole Haan, where customers can save up to 65 percent off full-retail prices. 29300 Hempstead Road (Cypress) 281.304.5820 premiumoutlets.com

Market Street Market Street in The Woodlands is one of the nation’s finest shopping and entertainment destinations. It represents pure luxury, from upscale shopping and dining to boutique hotel accommodations. 9595 Six Pines Drive (The Woodlands) 281.419.4774 marketstreet-thewoodlands.com

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

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River Oaks District

GreenStreet

1201 Fannin St. (Downtown) 832.320.1201 greenstreetdowntown.com

Highland Village Shopping Center For the past 50 years, Highland Village has been home to some of Houston’s most distinctive and appealing retail venues, and it is a favorite destination for the most discriminating shoppers. This mix of upscale boutiques, national retailers, and restaurants is located a few blocks west of River Oaks and a few blocks east of the Galleria. 68

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

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

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

Deutsch Houston

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Uptown Park

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.

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

HUBLOT Houston

JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES

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.

Chardé Jewelers

5085 Wertheimer Rd. 281.768.3950

uptownparkhouston.com

4444 Westheimer Rd. (River Oaks) 713.904.1310

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

2800 Kirby Drive (River Oaks) 713.533.9966

1101 Uptown Park Blvd. (Uptown) 713.850.1400

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

deBoulle

The modern, art deco-inspired center offers a sophisticated shopping experience featuring more than 75 nationally recognized stores, eclectic shops, and dining options, including J. Jill, Chico’s, Sur La Table, Barnes & Noble, Ann Taylor, Steinway Piano Gallery, and Steven Cash Jeweler.

2365 Rice Blvd. (West University) 713.302.8919

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

River Oaks Shopping Center

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

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J. Landa

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


SHOPPING Lindsey Leigh Jewelry

Zadok Jewelers Featuring a vast array of merchandise, Zadok includes spectacular collections from the world’s leading jewelry designers and Swiss watch brands. Several graduate gemologists are on staff, including all of the Zadok sons. With expert guidance and a non-pressure selling ethic, a relaxing shopping experience awaits.

40 countries, the company recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Known for unmatched quality, European know-how, and customization, each furniture piece is born of close collaboration by the brand, designers, and manufacturers. 4810 San Felipe St. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.629.0442 roche-bobois.com

Known as @HoustonDiamondGirl, Lindsey Leigh offers a concierge jewelry service and takes the mystery out of the jewelry selection process. While engagement rings are her biggest market, she can help with wedding bands, other rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.

1749 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.960.8950

WOMEN’S APPAREL

zadok.com

Abejas Boutique

901 Rhode Pl. Suite 400 (Midtown) 832.646.0232

Alyson Jon Interiors

lindseyleighjewelry.com

IW Marks Jewelers

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

Rice Village Diamonds

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

Tenenbaum & Co. Classic Jeweler

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

Thomas Markle Jewelers

Established in 1981, Thomas Markle Jewelers is not only is one of North Houston’s most trusted family jewelers, but also is recognized as one of Texas’ premier jewelry stores. Houston residents and area visitors are served in a friendly atmosphere by an experienced staff of jewelry professionals. 947 N Gessner Rd. (Memorial City Mall) 713.999.6853 9595 Six Pines Drive, (The Woodlands) 281.571.3516 thomasmarklejewelers.com

ANTIQUES & FURNITURE 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. 2401 Bissonnet St. (West University) 713.524.3171 alysonjon.com

The Antiquarium 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. 3021 Kirby Drive (River Oaks) 713.622.7531 theantiquarium.com

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

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

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

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

Elizabeth Anthony

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Lam Bespoke

12525 Memorial Dr. (Memorial) 713.485.4120 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

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

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

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

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

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

Hemline

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Saint Cloud 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.

Established in 2013, Saint Cloud is an independent women's apparel and accessories store. This boutique is inspired by travel and design and is named for a small town just west of Paris, France. They strive to find emerging new designers with a focus on quality, sustainability and craftsmanship.

1180 Uptown Park Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.622.1331

2020 W. Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.520.0211

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Velleriano Italy

Located the heart of River Oaks, Tootsies is a full-line specialty store offering ready-to-wear, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and accessories. Known for its stellar customer service, the store features enormous fitting rooms designed by top interior designers, a private room for exclusive trunk shows, and a dining room for special customer luncheons. 2601 Westheimer Rd. (Upper Kirby) 713.629.9990 tootsies.com

MEN’S APPAREL Dos Carolinas Dos Carolinas specializes in custom guayaberas, button down shirts with a Latin flair. Handmade in Texas, these shirts are unique and stylish, yet dressy enough for work or an evening out. Pick out your custom or off-the-rack guay at their store in the heart of River Oaks.

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

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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.

GIFTS & SPECIALTY STORES 29 North

JoyBox Fine Flowers

4051 Westheimer Rd. (Highland Village) 713.960.1121 lucchese.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. Houston’s favorite flower shop offers unique arrangements in statement boxes filled to the brim with seasonal blooms. They also specialize in Everlasting Roses, the hottest floral trend, lasting up to a year with no water and they ship nationwide.

5727 Westheimer Road (Galleria/Uptown) 713.629.9091 maidasbelts.com

The Monogram Shop

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

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

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3900 Bissonnet (West University) 713.665.0500 berings.com

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

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22 Waugh Drive (Washington Heights) 713.333.3474 gordyandsons.com

1907 Sabine St #137 (The Heights) 832.840.5500

2515 River Oaks Blvd. (River Oaks) 713.936.9502

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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.

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M Penner

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

Lucchese

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

5085 Westheimer Rd. #2860 (Galleria) 713.622.1188

2503 River Oaks Blvd (River Oaks) 713.529.3298 doscarolinas.com

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.

Gordy & Sons Outfitters

King Ranch Saddle Shop

Looking to find the best, authentic clothing, leather goods, luggage, jewelry, accessories, furniture, and housewares inspired by the original Texas Ranch? King Ranch Saddle Shop offers the highest quality of goods that embody the spirit of western heritage. 796 Town and Country Blvd #118 (CityCentre) 281.546.0861 krsaddleshop.com

Kuhl-Linscomb

This Texas-size retail mecca, a privately owned design and lifestyle store with 70,000 square feet of display space, spans five separate showroom buildings on one campus. Expect to find Texas hospitality and professional staff, in addition to a unique selection of home accessories, bath and bedding, fragrances, antiques, furniture, and much more. 2424 W Alabama St. (Upper Kirby) 713.526.6000 kuhl-linscomb.com

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


GALVESTON ISLAND PASS SAVE UP TO 40% OFF AT TRACTIONS!

The Galveston Island Pass is your key to adventure and savings while exploring the numerous attractions that make Galveston so special. Buy at www.galvestonislandpass.com. • 61st Street Fishing Pier • American Undersea Warfare Center • Artist Boat Kayak Tours • Galveston Railroad Museum • Galveston Water Adventures - Dolphin Tour

• Historic Ghost Tour • Moody Gardens Rainforest Pyramid • Moody Gardens SpongeBob SubPants Adventure

• Moody Mansion

• Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum • Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast • Red Light District Tour • The Bryan Museum • The Grand 1894 Opera House Tour

Attraction may change seasonally. For information call 409.765.3580.


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