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FEATURES

ISSUE 21: WINTER 2020

CONTENTS 16 THE SUFFERS Original Gulf Coast soul band rocks the Houston music scene with a new album. BY MEGHA TEJPAL

26 INSIDER'S GUIDE TO RODEO

HOUSTON

Experience the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ like a local with the help of this comprehensive guide.

32 RODEO READY GIFT GUIDE Show up to the Rodeo in style thanks to this curated assortment from local retailers. BY EMILY LUNSTROTH & RYAN MILLER

BY EMILY LUNSTROTH

22 TAKE NOTE A collection of outstanding brands breaking the mold. BY EMILY LUNSTROTH & RYAN MILLER

30 HOUSTON’S BEST BRUNCHES

BARS & BITES

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

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ISSUE 21: WINTER 2020

CONTENTS Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

38 THE SCENE Over 260 of the city’s can’t-miss upcoming events, performances, and main attractions.

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

57 ATTRACTIONS

38 CITY Boots

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

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

64 OUR PARTING SHOT Texas boot designer is making cowboy boots for the modern, stylish woman.

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ISSUE 21: WINTER 2020

WELCOME

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t’s wintertime in Houston, and that means one thing -- RODEO! This season, we’re highlighting some of our favorite things to do in town, from visiting the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo™ to indulging in local fare and taking in the arts in our expansive Museum District. Let us guide you through the city, so you can experience H-Town like a local. Gracing our cover is local Gulf Coast soul band, The Suffers. In this issue of HHM, bandmates Kam Franklin and Nick Zamora discuss their love of Houston and what ultimately inspires their music. The city has played an integral role in the band’s success, and they continue to celebrate their roots, even as their international fan base expands. And that’s just the beginning. From nontoxic skin care to size-inclusive fashion, our city is full of innovative brands that are exploding onto the scene. Discover our fave finds in “Take Note,” our health and wellness feature. Then, we’ll whisk you straight to Houston’s favorite tradition--the Rodeo!

Our guide to the grounds will help you navigate through the sometimes-overwhelming amount of Rodeo festivities. From family-friendly activities to venue tips, we have you covered. But before you make your way to NRG Park, discover our “Rodeo Ready Gift Guide” a curated selection of western-themed items that are sure to help you stand out in style. In it, you’ll find some of our favorite Texas-inspired gifts to elevate any wardrobe and enhance every home. We’ll steer you in the right direction, so you can score some of Houston’s must-haves. Since you're in the culinary capital of the Southwest, be sure to check out “Brunches, Bars and Bites” for the best deals and newest eateries our foodie town has to offer. Looking for something a little heartier? We've rounded up the best chophouses in town in our “Steak Section.” You can't come to Texas without savoring the local fare, and we know good steak! Before you go, consult “The Scene,” our entertainment calendar, for an insider’s look at over 250 of Houston’s best upcoming performances, festivals and can’t-miss events. Spend some time with our comprehensive listing of Houston sporting events (go, Rockets!), 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 Clutch City. We’re glad you’re here.

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NEW exhibits OPENING MARCH 2, 2020 LOUDER THAN WORDS: ROCK, POWER AND POLITICS Beyond music’s influence on the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and gender equality, the exhibit will also feature other significant moments and figures, such as Bob Dylan, who rallied people against social inequality, the hip-hop music of the 80s that discussed police brutality in poverty-stricken neighborhoods, and more. Whether you identify as red or blue, we all bleed rock and roll. Voicing political beliefs mixes its way into conversation and lyrics all the same. Whether you’re a fan of Jimi Hendrix’s “StarSpangled Banner” reinvention

In the 1960s and 70s, Rolling Stone provided a national voice to the counterculture movement and gave readers unprecedented access to musicians before the days of personal branding. As Chief Photographer for Rolling Stone from 1967 to 1970, Baron Wolman pioneered a new genre of iconic rock photography. Backstage Pass gives viewers an opportunity to experience how the photographers and editors of

Rolling Stone guided the creation of the “rock star” persona, from concert, to cover, to icon. Through the exhibition’s 35 framed photographs, contact sheets, and original Rolling Stone magazine covers, Backstage Pass presents an intimate view of a crucial period of cultural transformation in American history. Visitors will go “backstage” to see how photographic coverage of events such as Woodstock and The Day on the Green has contributed to our collective cultural memory. Feeding the heightened political and

or Bob Dylan’s insightful ballad “The Times They Are A-Changin” Many musical artists have broached the subject of politics or have reacted to the current political and cultural climate through note and song. Inside of a song or performance, artists feel safe expressing their opinions and inviting fans to connect with their message regardless of party affiliation.

cultural climate of the time, featured artists Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Janis Joplin, Tina Turner, and Frank Zappa came to represent generational ideals through music, words, and visual imagery. Taking an unobtrusive approach with his subjects, Wolman’s techniques resulted in photographs and eventually magazine covers that capture the rawness and emotion of the artists and a generation. Together, Backstage Pass encourages our understanding of how images become iconic symbols of America.

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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.

The Prime Cit y FOR Prime Beef Fleming’s

McCormick & Schmick’s

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.

1201 Fannin, Suite 129 (Downtown) 713.658.9457

2405 W. Alabama St. (River Oaks) 713.520.5959

5839 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.780.7352

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

B&B Butchers & Restaurant

1201 Lake Woodlands Drive (The Woodlands) 281.362.0103

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.

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Fogo de Chão

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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.

Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou

8250 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.978.6500

1814 Washington Ave. (Washington Heights) 713.862.1814

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.

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

Morton’s The Steakhouse

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

Guard and Grace

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. 5000 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.629.1946 1001 McKinney St. (Downtown) 713.659.3700

1 Birdsall St. (River Oaks) 713.868.4444

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The Palm

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

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse

Downtowns newest addition is modern steakhouse, Guard and Grace, located in One Allen Center. The two story, 15,000 sq. ft space is both breathtaking and welcoming. The menu is a collection of signature steak house staples, along with lighter fare inspired by Chef Troy Guard’s Hawaiian roots. 500 Dallas Street (Downtown) 346.326.0789

Mastro’s Steakhouse

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.

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.

5061 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.355.2600

1650 West Loop S (Uptown) 713.993.2500

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1200 McKinney Street (Downtown) 713.658.1995 pappasbros.com

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, located in the heart of the Galleria area. 5433 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.480.1433 ruthschris.com

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Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

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.

Steak 48

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

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 an extensive wine collection. 1510 Texas St. (Downtown) 713.228.1111

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Our Dishes Have Stories From Post Oak Grilled Oysters to Mexico City-style Grilled Redfish, we present classic dining and the only “Tex-Lex” cuisine in Houston.

Bacon-wrapped Bandera quail “This story begins on a 7,800-acre ranch in La Pryor, Texas, where hotel general manager Steve Fronterhouse and chef Cox were invited to El Mirador ranch toward the end of quail-hunting season. They heard their hunting guide remark that he had eaten so much quail during the season, he refused to eat another bite. After chef Cox prepared his quail with jalapeño Jack cheese and a mezcal glaze, the guide pulled Neal aside and asked to ship him some TRIBUTE quail to his house in West Texas.”

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34815 PANORAMA DRIVE STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO LISTED FOR SALE AT $4.995M

Texans take notice of turnkey, design-build services offered by luxury Colorado ranch community By Brittanny Havard

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hen envisioning your dream home, nestled in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, it is easy to imagine expansive windows framing mountainous views, as you bask in the glory that is living the Colorado lifestyle—skiing down runs of white champagne powder, trout fishing cool, local rivers, and spending holidays with family and friends in the glow of a roaring fire. For many Texans, it is dreams of this lifestyle that have inspired second home buyers to not only purchase in the Centennial State, but to build there.

The team’s work is exceptional, and the proof is in the pudding. Two market homes have been built by the developer, one just sold this fall for $4.495M. A second currently is on the market, and ground recently was broken on a third.

Curcio played a significant role in the construction and planning of some of the most prominent buildings and developments in the Steamboat Springs area including One Steamboat Place, the Jan Bishop Cancer Center, and the Deer Park Road corporate building.

“We’re well-versed in the design review guidelines,” says Curcio, who grew up in Steamboat.. “We’re well-versed in the local subcontractor force and the permitting processes. If you want a beautiful house on this property but you don’t want to deal with the stress of building it, we’re here to take that on.”

AMRC, a 1,216-acre land preservation community, is divided into 63, 5-acre parcels, with 900 acres specifically designated as wildlife preserve. It’s minutes from Steamboat Ski Resort, and amenities include slopeside services at the Alpine Mountain Summit Club, fishing along a private stretch of the Yampa River, equestrian facilities, a guest cabin and more.

While Texas buyers have the interest, as well as the means, to build their dream home in the Rockies, often, the time or energy to oversee every aspect of a custom home build proves a rather daunting task. Fortunately, luxury ranch community Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club, which sits just 10 minutes from downtown Steamboat Springs, offers a turnkey solution—a new program, offering custom design build construction management services at pricing 5-7 percent lower than market pricing. “We alleviate the headaches,” says Jamie Curcio, the ranch’s construction manager. “What we offer is an on-site construction team that oversees the entire build.” 36

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The design build program includes a number of tiers, each depending upon the degree of involvement an owner desires in the building process. “One may say, ‘I want a 5,000-square-foot house,’” Curcio says. “‘I want it to be four bedrooms and have a theater. You take it from there.’ Or you may have another who says, ‘I want to get into the interior design, but I want you to manage the subcontractors and everything else.’” What you get, Curcio says, are customizable services at a discounted rate, which remove a lot of hurdles that can arise, allowing buyers to focus their attention elsewhere. “We do this so our homeowners can continue their day-to-day activities,” Curcio says. “You can be as involved as you want, but at the same time, you can live your life while we build your dream home.” This winter, Alpine Mountain Ranch & Club invites Texas home builders to command, “their mountain home headaches be gone,” and get back to the important things—making dreams of living the Colorado lifestyle a reality. n Visit www.alpinemountainranch.com or call, 970.875.1200 to learn more. H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo NRG Park

It doesn’t get more Texas than this annual event. From BBQ and broncos, to parades and colorful corners of Old West excitement, plus some of music’s brightest stars perform. Take in 20 action-packed days of Houston’s top, “can’t miss” events that brings out the best from all part of the Southwest, and beyond.

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

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Paganini and the Pines of Rome, Houston Symphony

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He was the original showman, with an unprecedented bag of musical tricks that still resonate to this day. Grammy winning violist Augustin Hadelich has a knack for making it look all look easy, as he performs the unforgettable composition with the orchestra.

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Shen Yun

Wortham Theater Center

Through magnificent music and dazzling dance, the skilled ensemble returns audiences to a glorious era of Chinese culture. JANUARY 1

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Sinatra and Beyond, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

He defined a generation of cool. Step back in time as Tony DeSare recreates the Rat Pack swagger and magic of Ol’ Blue Eyes.

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For over three decades, this showcase has brought the automotive world to town to see, touch, drive and experience the industry’s latest, and greatest offerings. Visitors can explore the Aftermarket area and learn what’s new in innovation at the Energy Pavilion.

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Gladys Knight Arena Theatre

The Grammy-winner’s top songs include soulful classics such as “Midnight Train to Georgia," and “Heard It Through the Grapevine.” JANUARY 10

New Year's Organ Concert, Bach Society Houston

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Christ the King Lutheran Church

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Enjoy rarely performed duets featuring trumpeter Robert Walp and flautist Kelly DeVany, accompanied by organists Mary Joy Silmaro and Rick Erickson.

Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival is the acclaimed smash that NPR calls “the best show of the year.”

Singer Donnie Vie, and bassist Chip Z’Nuff, known for charting the singles “Fly High Michelle” and “New Thing,” founded the melodic rock band.

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Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

House of Blues

His All-American tone, combined with a shocking-white pompadour, tattoo sleeves and rockabilly music are a throwback treat.

The CMA artist of the year nominee’s Whiskey Glasses Roadshow pulls into north Texas along with Jon Langston and Ashland Craft on the bill.

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Who’s Bad House of Blues

For years the Michael Jackson tribute act has moonwalked the globe playing the King of Pop’s biggest hits. JANUARY 3

John Baumann, Dawn & Hawkes McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Critics have hailed him as a Texas troubadour on the rise, with a cache of deeply personal experiences set to music. JANUARY 3-4

The Color Purple, SPA Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The 2016 Tony winner for Best Musical Revival is “joyous American classic about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South.

Hello, Dolly!

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Beer & Brass, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra

Enuff Z’Nuff Warehouse Live

Morgan Wallen

Family Folk Revival Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Celebrate 2020 with great food and suds, friends, and wonderful music as the ROCO Brass Quintet serenades.

After releasing their debut album in 2011, they began opening shows Willie, Merle, and more while find their own distinct voices in anchored in roots rock.

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Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

As part of the 1960’s storied British Invasion, the band cranked out hits such as “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” and “I’m Henry VIII.”

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The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

The spot-on vocals of Belinda Davids take audiences on a heartfelt journey through the late singer’s greatest hits. JANUARY 11

Peter and the Raptor, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Houston Museum of Natural Science

The beloved tale of Peter and the Wolf takes a Texas twist during the morning concert, perfect for kids and families. JANUARY 11

The Derailers, John Gaar McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The Texas favorites play a nice variety of torch and twang, building relationships with fans and dance floors around the state. JANUARY 11-12

Houston Cat Club’s Annual Cat Charity Cat Show George R. Brown Convention Center

With years and years of history, the event has been called the Su-purrr Bowl of feline fun, something cats and cat lovers can’t miss.

Bach’s Brandenburgs, Mercury Houston

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Bayou Theater (UH-Clear Lake), Wortham Theater Center

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

A collection of six instrumental works presented by Bach in 1721 is widely regarded as some of the best orchestral compositions of the Baroque era.

The Staehely Brothers Once mainstays in Spirit (“I Got a Line on You”), the Houston natives have deep roots in classic rock working with Marty Balin, Bobbie Gentry, John Cippolina and more. *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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JANUARY 24-26

George R. Brown Convention Center Hobby Performing Arts Center

Wortham TheaterSam Center Houston (BrownRace Theater) Park

La Favorite, Houston Grand Opera

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Houston Safari Club & Worldwide Conservation Expo

JANUARY 24-FEBRUARY 9

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Outdoor enthusiasts gather to celebrate wildlife and the sporting lifestyle around the globe with hundreds of exhibits from South Texas to South Africa and everywhere in between. Plus, inspect the finest in wildlife art, jewelry, firearms and accouterments.

JANUARY 15

Seventeen

The Ocean Blue (Downstairs)

JANUARY 17

JANUARY 17-18

JANUARY 18

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

White Oak Music Hall

Galveston Island

Revention Music Center

The South Korean 13-member K Pop band is a bit of a music sensation these days, now performing on the group’s Ode to You Tour.

The band was just teens when they signed their first three-album deal, driving songs such as “Ballerina Out of Control” and “Sublime.”

Take the opportunity to taste the work of multiple chili cook-off teams while sampling a variety of over 100 craft and import beers.

The two comedians known for their Netflix appearances have combined their fine-tuned skills to share the stage as co-headliners.

JANUARY 16

JANUARY 17 *

JANUARY 17-19

JANUARY 18

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, SPA Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

Experience the grace, wit and charm of French music with early works by Saint-Saëns and Fauré that recreate an elegant atmosphere of 19th-century Paris. JANUARY 16

Kym Warner, Micah Motenko McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

He’s been a part of Robert Earl Keen’s touring bank for a few years and is one of the top mandolin players in Texas.

Black Laughs Matter NRG Center

An A-list of comedians in on tour together including: Arnez J, Aries Spears, Tommy Davidson, Benji Brown and Carmen Brown.

Yaga’s Chili Quest and Beer Fest

Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

JANUARY 17-18

The composer’s deeply felt final Symphony awakens a universe of emotion; then superstar Vadim Gluzman performs Shostakovich’s sharp concerto.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

JANUARY 17-FEBRUARY 9

Junior Brown With his crimped cowboy hat and collection of crazy guitars, he gallops through sets that include “Highway Patrol” “My Wife Thinks Your Dead.” THROUGH MARCH 15

Quixote Nuevo

Alley Theatre (Hubbard Theatre)

The inspiring reimagining of Cervantes’ Don Quixote is set in a fictional day Texas border town filled with Tejano music, and a true Texas soul.

JANUARY 16

Beth Stelling

Collection Close-Up: Of Heaven and Earth

The Secret Group

The Menil Collection

Lewis Black

She is a writer for “I Love You America with Sarah Silverman” on Hulu and wrote for two seasons of Judd Apatow's “Crashing” on HBO.

The exhibit spotlights over 40 works from the ancient Mediterranean and Near East, Pacific Islands, Africa, and the Americas.

Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)

JANUARY 16-19

JANUARY 17-26

Earthquake

Alley All New Festival

Angry and belligerent, but hilariously funny, the comedian/author/actor appears to be in the midst of a mental breakdown, but it is a wellpolished schtick.

Improv

Alley Theatre (Hubbard Theatre)

JANUARY 18

He had recurring roles as Uncle Mike on “Everybody Hates Chris” and voiced Root the Rooster Barnyard and the TV spin off “Back at the Barnyard.”

The anticipated annual event features new plays from some of the most exciting voices in contemporary theatre.

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

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Secret-love bound by silence. Once the most performed opera of its time, the drama features some of the most challenging arias ever written -- a classic love triangle among a noblewoman, a king, and a brave warrior.

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

JANUARY 18 *

Wayne “The Train” Hancock The undisputed king of juke brings elements of honky-tonk, blues, western, rockabilly, and big band to his shows.

Jeff Ross and Dave Attell: Bumping Mics

DJ Matoma, Two Friends House of Blues

The global /electronica sensation joins forces with the duo known for their viral remixes of “Trap Queen” and “Mr. Brightside” on a co-headlining tour. THROUGH FEBRUARY 17

Will Boone: The Highway Hex Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Explore space and time between California and Texas, why people leave Texas and why they come back in the L.A. artist’s first solo Houston museum exhibition. JANUARY 18-19

Matthew Carrington, Bach Society First Lutheran Church (Gal), Christ the King Lutheran Church

T​ he celebrated violist presents works stolen from three different instruments: a Bach sonata for viola da gamba, a Telemann violin fantasy, and a Gabrieli ricercar for cello” JANUARY 18-19

The Oak Ridge Boys The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

The quartet has been a staple in country pop since forming in the 1940’s, singing contemporary hits including “Elvira,” “American Made” and more.


january The Band’s Visit

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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Branford Marsalis, Da Camera

JANUARY 28-FEBRURY 2

Wortham Theater Center

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The NEA Jazz Master and Grammy-winning saxophonist is one of the most revered instrumentalists of the modern era. He’s a model of daring, no-apologies artistry, expanding musical horizons and deepening collective identity.

With 10 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and a Grammywinning score, it seduces the soul and sweeps audiences off their feet with talented onstage musicians. The production rejoices in the way music makes us laugh, makes us cry, and ultimately, brings us together.

JANUARY 18-MARCH 22

JANUARY 23

JANUARY 24

Lawndale Art Center

Warehouse Live

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Engage in a shared psychosis composed of linear-shaped objects in tandem with organic line drawings to create mixed-media collages.

The Boston funk, jazz band began performing in the early 1990’s after meeting as students at the Berklee College of Music.

The New York musical ensemble inventively blend elements of indie rock with dream-pop and synth waves in their sound.

JANUARY 19

JANUARY 23

JANUARY 24

Revention Music Center

House of Blues

Warehouse Live

The stand-up giant has played the circuit for years. From late night appearances to riding around with Jerry Seinfeld in his series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," she’s a blast.

Since forming in 1980, the heavy metal band from the northwest has recorded 15 albums of music and toured the world.

The Nashville based singer/songwriters bring a quiet acoustic guitar and plaintive voice, to their staple of folk-driven pieces.

JANUARY 23-25

JANUARY 24

Best known as the guitarist in Phish, he’s also performed his compositions with the New York Philharmonic, the L.A. Philharmonic, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and others.

Wortham Theater Center

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

JANUARY 25

The storied troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments: matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, cans, lighters and hubcaps to create magnificent rhythms.

The North Carolina duo of singer/songwriter Andrew Marlin and multi-instrumentalist Emily Frantz perform their songs feel like whispered secrets--warm, introspective and intimate.

JANUARY 23-25

JANUARY 24-MARCH 15

She’s been called one of the most underappreciated artists in Austin. With the release of her third album, emotions run deep, and narratives sensitive and songs sensational.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Stages Theatre (Sterling Theatre)

JANUARY 26

The Houston area native is one of the top Texas country acts in the state, well known on stages large and small.

The longest-running musical in history has been refreshed for the new century and is the perfect valentine to the theatre and the eternal power of love.

Jones Hall

JANUARY 24

JANUARY 25

The educational PBS series is a serious favorite among children teaching lessons in biology, zoology, and ecology, and more.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

JANUARY 26

Shawne Major: Folie à Deux

Kathleen Madigan

JANUARY 19

Giving Voice: Lawrence Brownlee and Friends, Houston Grand Opera Wortham Theater Center (Cullen Theater)

The renowned tenor with J’Nai Bridges, Nicole Heaston, Reginald Smith Jr., Russell Thomas, and Kevin Miller (piano) celebrate Houston’s diverse community in song. JANUARY 21

National Geographic Live: Spinosaurus Jones Hall

The largest predatory dinosaur yet discovered is a prehistoric giant almost that was lost to science, before being brought back to light. JANUARY 21

Telegraph Quartet, Chamber Music Stude Concert Hall (Rice University)

The San Francisco-based ensemble brings a combination of brilliance and subtlety that includes the neo-Baroque dance suite with Schulhoff’s Five Pieces.

Lettuce

Queensryche

Stomp

Hayes Carll

Two Tons of Steel Before there was Americana and Texas Country, this country-meets-punk trio was blending Buddy Holly with the Clash and making it all their own.

Miniature Tigers

Will Reagan, Andrea Marie

Mandolin Orange

The Fantasticks

Phil Vassar He’s written tunes for Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina and Alan Jackson, and made a name as a solo act with “Just Another Day in Paradise” and “Real Love.”

JANUARY 25

Venezuelan Folkways, Apollo Chamber Players MATCH

The Latin Grammy-winning violinist Eddy Marcano drives a program featuring fascinating new arrangements of Venezuelan folk music. JANUARY 25 *

Trey Anastasio House of Blues

Christy Hayes Old Quarter (Galveston)

Wild Kratts

Kimmie Rhodes, Gary Nicholson Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Between the two, Willie, Garth, Waylon, Garth, Fleetwood Mac, Wynonna and even Ringo Starr have recorded their songs. *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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january

JANUARY 18

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Wortham Theater Center (Brown Theater)

Aida, Houston Grand Opera

The New Yorker called her “One of America’s very best singer/ songwriters,” high praise indeed for the folk artist. She has released 10 studio albums during her career and authored four books including last year’s What I Found in a Thousand Towns.

JANUARY 26

JANUARY 28

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Four-piece L.A. is known for their “punk wing-dong-gaze porn pop cop chop proto shoes progs clogs hogs fuzzy-wuzzy-soaked hugs and slugs” music. Got it?

A band made up of Texas music vets that helped launch the careers of artists such as Willie, Jerry Jeff, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and more.

The Paranoyds, Surfbort

JANUARY 26

Flight + Fugue, KINETIC

JANUARY 27

Wortham Theater Center

JANUARY 31

JANUARY 30

Gulf Coast seafood and some of Texas's most delectable restaurants take center stage at the annual event.

Mark Morris Dance Group “Pepperland”, SPA

Warehouse Live

Y&T

JANUARY 26-FEBRUARY 9 Various Locations (Galveston)

JANUARY 30-31

JANUARY 29

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

Restaurant Week

Only love and death will change all things. Set in ancient Egypt during the pinnacle of war, the captive princess falls in love with a conquering general and must choose between true love and loyalty to her country.

The unique tribute to the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band comes with all the ingenuity, musicality, wit and humanity for which the company is known.

Founded in the early 1970's, (formerly known as Yesterday & Today) the group was one of the most requested hard rock support bands of the 1980's.

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Christina Pazsitzky

Revention Music Center

The Emmy-winning foursome brings a unique precise, and attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles' classics they’re a huge hit. JANUARY 31

Black Pumas White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The Age of Aquarius, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra

JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 2

JANUARY 31 *

Rienzi

Jones Hall

House of Blues

The classic gets a reimagining when the orchestra explores the music of the 70’s, the 1770’s, 1870’s, and the 1970’s, that is.

More than 200 years after its premiere the bewitching “Allegretto” from the epic symphony speaks to the heart just as intently in a vast, brooding fashion.

The evening’s set, billed as “classics, past and present,” should be a treat for fans of the Grammy-winning blues guitarist.

JANUARY 31 *

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Beethoven 7, Houston Symphony

Alley Theatre

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Hiromi

The pair of award-winning authors read passages from their respective memoirs, What You Have Heard is True, and In the Dream House.

They helped jumpstart America’s folk movement years ago with classic such as “Tom Dooley” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone.”

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

JANUARY 27

JANUARY 30

Internationally known for her virtuosity, energized performances and blending genres (post-bop, progressive rock, classical, fusion), she is a keyboard sensation.

Warehouse Live

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

JANUARY 31

The New York rock band have been performing together since the mid 2000’s with hit songs such as “Go Big or Go Home” and “Believer.”

With singles such as, “Wait By The Line” and “Killin Me” she finds ways to keep it real through vulnerability and passion.

Warehouse Live

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The Fab Four

The creative partnership between Grammywinning guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada and songwriter Eric Burton was voted Best New Band at the 2019 Austin Music Awards.

JANUARY 30

*Editor’s Choice

JANUARY 31

The stand-up artist, writer, TV personality and podcast host has two Netflix specials, “The Degenerates” and “Christina P: Mother Inferior.”

Improv

Carolyn Forché and Carmen Maria Machado, Imprint Series

American Authors, Magic Giant

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Lost Austin Band

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Dar Williams, Seth Glier

JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 16

The Kingston Trio

Madeline Edwards

Watch What Crap Happens Obsessed with Real Housewives? Can't get enough of Vanderpump Rules? This team is here to help with recaps, gossip, and podcast shadiness.

Eric Johnson

JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 16 *

A.D. Players at The George Theater

This new and timely adaptation of the classic movie, starring Sidney Poitier, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, still rings true today. THROUGH FEBUARY 26

Mapa Wiya (Your Map's Not Needed) The Menil Collection

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


february FEBRUARY 7-9

Toyota Center

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Celine Dion

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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With her first English-language album in 1990, she established herself as a star. From there the Canadian songbird’s fame spread through songs including “The Power of Love,” “Think Twice” and “My Heart Will Go On,” which served as the theme song for Titanic.

There were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. The show features all The Four Seasons’ hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back to You.”

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FEBRUARY 3

FEBRUARY 6

FEBRUARY 8

Wortham Theater Center

House of Blues

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The comedy duo is best known as the creators of Adult Swim TV shows such as “Tom Goes to the Mayor,” “Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories” and more.

Based in Nashville, he became obsessed with Bruce Springsteen at an early age, and modeled his career on the same principles of rock.

The group fuses bluegrass, country, folk, blues and ragtime, all channeled through guitarist Pete Bernhard, bassist Lucia Turino, and multi-instrumentalist Cooper McBean.

He won an Oscar for the playful “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” and has had a steady stream of country-laced hits over the years.

Tim & Eric

Ron Pope

The Devil Makes Three, Matt Heckler BJ Thomas

FEBRUARY 5 FEBRUARY 1

Chaka Khan Arena Theatre

From her years fronting Rufus (“Tell Me Something Good”), to a solo career, her songs, including “I Feel For You,” are radio favorites.

Matt Schofield Trio

FEBRUARY 8-MARCH 22 FEBRUARY 7

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Yola

The English guitarist blends blues, funk and jazz, as well as covers of classics songs in his thick repertoire of music.

Heights Theater

The Bristol, England musician is a force, playing acoustic guitar and soulfully belting out her roots rock songs.

THROUGH MARCH 22 THROUGH FEBRUARY 16

Jasper Johns: 100 Variations on a Theme Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The debut presentation of the exhibition centers on a series of fascinating prints the artist made in 2015 over the course of 10 days in his Connecticut studio. FEBRUARY 1

James McMurtry Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

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. FEBRUARY 1-2

Texas Lunar Festival Viet Hoa Center

Celebrate the Year of the Rat with two days of colorful activities that spotlight various authentic facets of Asian cultures.

Norman Rockwell: American Freedom

Kaisu Koski: Rehearsals for Empathy Lawndale Art Center

The exhibit portrays aspects of simulation in medical education through a series of films, deconstructing elements in training of patients. FEBRUARY 8

FEBRUARY 7

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Big Head Todd and the Monsters

The exhibit explores how the artist’s 1943 paintings came to be embraced as works that provided crucial aid to the war effort and took their place in American art history.

House of Blues

FEBRUARY 5

FEBRUARY 7

Revention Music Center

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Named among a list of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Artists You Need to Know,” is a singer, songwriter, director and actress all rolled into one.

His unmistakable guitar lick that opened Commander Cody’s immortal “Hot Rod Lincoln” set the tone for his career.

FEBRUARY 5-JUNE 14

FEBRUARY 8

The blues/rock outfit from Colorado has been together since the 1980s, making a name on the festival circuit over the years.

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

Buck Ross emcees the annual University of Houston's Moores School of Music program announcing new season of performance. FEBRUARY 8-9, 13, 15 & 16 *

Hayley Kiyoko

Photography and the Surreal Imagination

Bill Kirchen

Schumann Festival I, II & III, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

His music speaks in a timeless, universal language. Take a deep dive into the trials and the triumphs, the love and the madness, the man and the music.

Beauty is in the Eye, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra

FEBRUARY 9

The Menil Collection

The Church of St. John the Devine

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Anchored in historical Surrealism, the exhibit explores photography’s tension between documentation and invention, images that teeter between truth and suggestion.

The performance features the premiere of a new concerto by Kevin Lau for Erhu, a traditional Chinese stringed instrument.

His soulful delivery of searing ballads “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” and “If I Were You,” plus rockers “My Kind of Girl” and “That’s My Story” made him a star.

Collin Raye

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february House of Blues

FEBRUARY 14

FEBRUARY 14-25

Grace Potter

Downtown District (Galveston)

The singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and actress is a whirling dervish of musical talent. With her hair flowing, the energized guitarist performing in concert is magnet for rock fans around the world.

FEBRUARY 9 *

The New Pornographers, Diane Coffee White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

The terrific musical collective of singer/ songwriters and musicians features multiple vocalists from multiple projects with seven celebrated studio albums to their credit. FEBRUARY 9

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. SPA Wortham Theater Center

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

“Jenny Come Home” and “Wendell Walker" became hits for the Canadian singer/songwriter who has toured, opening for The Lumineers.

This exhibition examines Italy’s postwar explosion of disruptive design through furniture, lighting, models, paintings, and more drawn from the collection of Dennis Freedman.

Inspire Film Festival

Theo Katzman White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

From pop to indie rock, the L.A singer/songwriter is a talented multi-instrumentalist (guitar, drums, bass, etc.) as well. FEBRUARY 12

Dermont Kennedy Revention Music Center

The Irish singer/songwriter is a terrific musician, probably best known for his 2019 single "Outnumbered." *Editor’s Choice H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

FEBRUARY 15

The Woodlands

Chris Lane

Dedicated to “gamechangers,” the local film festival’s content is designed to provide inspirational content to attendees.

House of Blues

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

FEBRUARY 12

Radical: Italian Design 1965–1985

FEBRUARY 13-17

FEBRUARY 9

Acclaimed cellist Juliana Soltis performs Bach entirely on historical instruments, including a rarely heard five-string violoncello piccolo.

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FEBRUARY 14-APRIL 26

Andy Shauf, Molly Sarle

FEBRUARY 14

MATCH

The 106th such celebration draws thousands for concerts, parades, balcony parties and elegant masked balls. From the classic revelry in the heart of an historic downtown, to contemporary dance parties and family friendly events, the area’s largest Mardi Grasfunfest is a Texas size blast.

FEBRUARY 13

Inspired by the words and actions of Dr. King music director/composer Damien Sneed’s production is a stirring showcase.

The Ornamented Suites for Cello

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Mardi Gras

Walt & Tina Wilkins, Josh & Kristi Grider Two Texas couples who make music their lives convene on stage for an evening of song and stories celebrating Cupid’s favorite day.

His two years of chart toppers and jam-packed shows has gone by at a breakneck pace, driving the success of singles including “Fix” and “For Her.” FEBRUARY 15 *

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

FEBRUARY 15

Schubert's Winterreise, Mercury Houston Wortham Theater Center

The song cycle originally designed for voice and piano is among the most memorable pieces from the Austrian composer. FEBRUARY 15

Tracy Lawrence, Sister Hazel Arena Theatre

Born in Texas and raised in Arkansas, he’s recorded 14 albums, charted over 40 singles and had eight number ones including “Alibis” and “Sticks and Stones.” FEBRUARY 17

The Glenn Miller Orchestra Wortham Theater Center

FEBRUARY 14-16

Fresh off his appearance in Ken Burns’ PBS documentary on country music, the multi-talented tour de force returns to the Dallas stage.

The internationally famous swing band plays timeless treasures including: “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “String of Pearls” and “Tuxedo Junction.”

Improv

FEBRUARY 15

FEBRUARY 18

In 2013 he was third on Forbes list of the world’s highest paid comedians and became the first to get a Netflix stand-up special.

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Improv

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

Actors Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson (“General Hospital”) talk TV, stories about life, love, the entertainment industry plus lots of fun.

Russell Peters

FEBRUARY 14-MARCH 14

Camp David

Alley Theatre (Hubbard Theatre)

Pulitzer winner Lawrence Wright (God Save Texas) offers a behind-the-scenes look at a historical moment that continues to resonate 41 years later.

Heights Theater

Terri Hendrix

Stone Cold and The Jackal

FEBRUARY 19 FEBRUARY 15

Whiskey Myers Revention Music Center

Their brand of Southern rock mixes with Texas Country to form a fan favorite all over the Lone Star State.

Arielle

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

A self-described “hippie heartbeat, with an edgy rocker spirit” is a guitar wielding whirlwind. Brian May of Queen says, “Pass her by at your peril.”


february Arena Theatre

FEBRUARY 18-MARCH 1

William Shatner and Star Trek III, The Wrath of Kahn

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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The iconic actor with a 50-year career in show business is touring the country, showing his powerful motion picture classic. After the movie, he sets up for a fascinating question and answer session with fans. Live long and prosper.

Direct from Broadway comes the tale of a fearless girl in search of her place in the world, ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the island gods, she sets out on a journey to reunite with the man who captured her heart.

FEBRUARY 20

FEBRUARY 21-22

FEBRUARY 22

FEBRUARY 23

MATCH

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

Revention Music Center

MATCH

The multimedia program features recent and world premiere works for voice, piano and percussion by composers David Lang and Shawn Crouch.

The band was recognized as the most listened to Mexican music group in the history of Spotify and Pandora, a real achievement in today’s digital world.

The Englishman is a skilled indie pop singer with an ear for neo soul, and alternative hip-hop sounds.

University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance students showcase the talent of today and the visionaries of the future.

FEBRUARY 22, 28 & MARCH 1

FEBRUARY 23, 29

FEBRUARY 20

FEBRUARY 21

Match Girl and Blackbird, Aperio

Wishbone Ash

Banda MS

Jesse Dayton, Seth Walker

Rex Orange County

Yeltsin in Texas, Opera in the Heights Lambert Hall

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

The British rock band achieved success in the early and mid-1970’s with uncanny harmonies punctuated by twin lead guitars on songs such as “Blowin’ Free.”

The gifted guitarist has the distinction of playing on some of the last recordings by legends Waylon Jennings, Ray Price and Glen Campbell.

The unlikely true story of Boris Yeltsin's visit to a Houston supermarket and his eye-opening experience that shatters his view of communism, takes center stage.

FEBRUARY 21-JUNE 14

FEBRUARY 22

FEBRUARY 20

Chely Wright Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The ACA named her Top New Female Vocalist in 1995, followed by her first huge country hit, "Shut Up and Drive." FEBRUARY 20

India Ramey McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Her autobiographical lyrics feel more like personal statements than songs in many respects with southern gothic overtones. FEBRUARY 20-21 *

Bon Iver & TU Dance Jones Hall

The interesting collaborative piece between the indie folk outfit and the Minnesota dance company is touring the country.

Think of Them as Spaces: Brice Marden's Drawings

Peking Acrobats, SPA Jones Hall

The exploration of the artist’s draftsmanship and the catalytic role the medium plays within his practice is fascinating.

The troupe of tumblers, contortionists, jugglers and gymnasts perform with musicians, playing traditional instruments, bring a 2,000 year-old tradition to Houston.

FEBRUARY 22

FEBRUARY 22

Wortham Theater Center

House of Blues

The Menil Collection

Ballet Ball, Houston Ballet

Young Dolph, Key Glock

The elegant celebration of the ballet’s 50th anniversary includes an extensive a silent auction, seated dinner and first class entertainment.

Packing each track with memorable punchlines, the rap artists’ music practically begs listeners to shout along as they bring their triumphant trap flexes to the stage.

FEBRUARY 22

FEBRUARY 23- 24

Arena Theatre

White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Funk Soul Legends Bands scheduled to appear include: Con Funk Shun, Brick, The Voice of Slave, Steve Arrington and Yarbrough & Peoples.

Ingested

Founded in 2006, the English metalcore band is still populated by all the original members, recording and touring.

UH Goes to the MATCH

Kassandra, The Leader, Opera in the Heights Lambert Hall

The first performance of the double bill is based on Greek mythology; the second is an adaptation of a play by Eugène Ionesco. FEBRUARY 25

Illiterate Light White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Formed in 2015, the band features gritty guitar melodies, honest lyricism and thunderous synth bass lines all layered in lush vocal harmony. FEBRUARY 25

The Lone Bellow, Early James Heights Theater

The Brooklyn group is a dream, creating an eclectic blending of voices of their alt-country, indie-folk music. FEBRUARY 25

Joseph

House of Blues The talented trio of pop-folkies from Portland are sisters Natalie Closner Schepman and Allison and Meegan Closner.

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FEBRUARY 21

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 8

The Sleeping Beauty, Houston Ballet

Wortham Theater Center

The pianist may be best known for reflective recordings, specifically for the Windam Hill label spawning a genre of music forever forth known as New Age. His stripped-down, plaintive live shows are often near-spiritual experiences for audiences.

FEBRUARY 21 *

American Mavericks: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Da Camera Wortham Theater Center

The Grammy-winning ensembles honors innovative guitar-masters, from rock innovators Hendrix and Zappa, to Chet Atkins, Flatt and Scruggs and young jazz virtuoso Julian Lage. FEBRUARY 22

Goya’s World, Ars Lyrica Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The turbulent environment of the celebrated Spanish artist takes center stage in a multimedia program featuring lively instrumental and vocal works. FEBRUARY 22-23

Marc Broussard, Jackie Venson Heights Theater

Louisiana born and raised, his music is thick as a swamp with number of influences including blues, rock and soul. FEBRUARY 24

Pepper

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Originally formed in the 1990’s on the West Coast, the band plays energized sets of Reggae and alt-rock. FEBRUARY 26

Johnny Lee

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

His “Looking For Love (In All the Wrong Places)” helped launch America’s Urban Cowboy craze in the 1980’s. *Editor’s Choice 46

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George Winston

A princess is cursed by an evil fairy, then doomed to sleep for a hundred years only to be awakened by the kiss of a prince. Sir Ben Stevenson’s lavish production originally premiered in 1990 and is recognized among the supreme achievements of classical ballet.

FEBRUARY 27

FEBRUARY 28

FEBRUARY 29

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

House of Blues

His album Somewhere In Between released in 2018 is a satisfying trip through the talented Austin musician’s growing catalog of songs.

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

He blends rockabilly guitar licks, with hard driving Texas blues to form an unbeatable night of music and entertainment.

FEBRUARY 27

FEBRUARY 28

FEBRUARY 29

The Secret Group

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Wortham Theater Center

All three artists are releasing new music around the tour that features an amalgamation of DJ/ electronica sounds.

The trio of talented siblings play from a deep cache of well-crafted songs that pay homage to their Latin roots and growing up in the Southwest.

The composer-pianist has carved out a unique path as an influential, shape-shifting presence in modern music, voted DownBeat Magazine’s Artist of the Year four times.

FEBRUARY 28

THROUGH MARCH 22

Heights Theater

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

In 2016, the band received a Best Bluegrass Album Grammy for its tasty collection, The Muscle Shoals Recordings.

The first solo museum presentation of the work of the New Orleans-based artist/filmmaker features new and recent single and multi-channel films and videos.

Adam Hood

Little People, Frameworks, Yppah

Bryan White

Sister Morales

Reverend Horton Heat

Vijay Iyer Sextet, Da Camera

FEBRUARY 27

The Vienna Piano Trio, Chamber Music Houston Stude Concert Hall (Rice University)

The rich, diverse program includes Ravel’s piano trio, a timeless work – inspired by Basque folk music and a Malaysian poetic form, with haunting intensity. FEBRUARY 27-29

World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo

Three days of cooking, competition and eating rocks, preparing winners in each category including brisket, chicken, pork and spareribs, plus best overall.

The Steeldrivers

Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody

FEBRUARY 28, 29-MARCH 1

Unforgettable: A Tribute to Nat King Cole, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

FEBRUARY 29

Beethoven 250, WindSync MATCH

Celebrate the legendary crooner’s centennial year as Ryan Shaw performs songs including “When I Fall in Love,” “Mona Lisa,” “Stardust,” “Straighten Up and Fly Right.”

The wind quintet celebrates the composer’s 250th anniversary with his best writing for winds and premiere by Houston composer Erberk Eryilmaz.

FEBRUARY 29

Andrew Tyson, SPA

FEBRUARY 28

Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys

Take Me Out to the Ball Game, Houston Symphony

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Jones Hall

He was the undisputed King of Western Swing, with a legacy as wide of Texas. Nowadays, these fine musicians carry on in his name.

Time to root, root, root for the hometown orchestra gearing up for spring training with a Saturday morning program inspired by America’s pastime.

FEBRUARY 29

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The emerging pianist is an important global musical voice. In 2015, he was awarded First Prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zürich, as well as the Mozart and Audience Prizes.


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Marc Anthony

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The New York Times Critics’ Pick goes to the heart of a true story about 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

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Come From Away

MARCH 6

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

CALENDAR

The Grammy winning Latin heartthrob brings his celebrated Opus Tour to Texas, featuring the single, “Tu Vida en La Mía,” his record-breaking 30th charting single on Billboard’s Tropical Radio Airplay.

MARCH 1

MARCH 3 *

MARCH 5

MARCH 6

The Secret Group

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Warehouse Live

Jones Hall

He is well-known for work on his Netflix special "Spicy Honey," plus appearances on Comedy Central and Conan.

Lush and emotional, or simple and stripped down, the soulful creative spirit of the singer/songwriter is extraordinary, and a real find for music fans.

The English metalcore band features vocalist Lawrence Taylor, guitarists Sean Long and Mat Welsh, bassist Aaran McKenzie and drummer Adam Savage.

Her music has been honored with a Grammy and five Latin Grammys, most recently in 2017 for Salón Lágrimas y Deseo, Best Traditional Vocal Album.

MARCH 1

MARCH 4 MARCH 5-6

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Marian’s Song, Houston Grand Opera

MARCH 6

Beth Yeshurun Synagogue

The annual brings the entire community together for a day of food, fun and festivities to raise funds for important non-profit organizations in the local Jewish Community.

The traditional Irish band has sold over a million albums, performing music in the tradition of their home nation.

Wortham Theater Center (Cullen Theater)

House of Blues

MARCH 4

This innovative production is a fusion of opera, spoken word, and multimedia projections composed by Damien Sneed to a libretto by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, Houston’s poet laureate emeritus.

The fresh force in comedy released her first onehour standup Comedy Central special, “Perfect” in 2016, and is a regular at Hollywood and New York clubs.

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

MARCH 5

MARCH 6-29 *

The Oklahoma country singer has scored number one singles including “Home,” “Pick Up Man,” and “Bigger Than the Beatles.”

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

Alley Theatre (Hubbard Theatre)

The renowned electronic musician live shows can become large-scale audience participation events, when their interaction is a major element of the performance.

Based on George Orwell’s futuristic novel, it remains among the more prescient works of literature of the last century.

Todd Barry

Houston Kosher Chili Cook-off

MARCH 2

Fashion My Future Career Day Wortham Theater Center

The annual career conference provides education and career opportunities to creative students through workshops, scholarships and internship placements. MARCH 2

Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

From the moment rock and roll hit the airwaves, it has played a crucial role in politics and social movements around the world. MARCH 3

Cultural Kite Festival Memorial Park (Sugar Land)

Kites will adorn the Texas skies with countries around the world represented in the annual community event that displays a mixture of international cultures and diversity.

Reina Del Cid

Altan

Joe Diffie

MARCH 4

Joan, Ralph White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

The indie pop duo of Alan Thomas and Steven Rutherford are like a breath of fresh air sings songs such as “I Wanna Love Somebody Like You.” MARCH 5

We Were the Music, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Holocaust Museum Houston

The mark the opening of the Museum’s new building, the concert will feature the premiere of two of Bruce Adolphe’s triptych of commissions for oboe, cello, and piano.

While She Sleeps

Dan Deacon

Lila Downs, Houston Symphony

Nikki Glaser

1984

MARCH 6- MAY 24 MARCH 5

Avi Kaplan

Honky Tonk Laundry Stages Theatre

His songs are timeless, earthy, and raw roots music in its purest form which he attributes to a deep connection to folk music and its authenticity.

The musical comedy is packed with a list of songs that spans decades of hits: “I Fall to Pieces,” “These Boots Are Made for Walkin” and “Wide Open Spaces."

MARCH 6

MARCH 7

Cullen Performance Hall (University of Houston)

Sesquicentennial Park

The humorist/motivational speaker is a former Miss North Carolina and a North Texas favorite with her observational bag of fun.

The yearly event is the largest canoe and kayak race in Texas. Over 200 vessels are expected to hit the downtown waters.

Heights Theater

Jeanne Robertson

Buffalo Bayou Regatta

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MARCH 6-7

Eagles

River Oaks Neighborhood

MARCH 6-8

Toyota Center

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The band is back performing their album classic, Hotel California, in its entirety. Plus, the country rock pioneers, including Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit (with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey), play a set of the group’s all-time favorites.

MARCH 7

Dancing with the Stars Live Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

The all-new production continues its legacy of performing fan-favorite routines from the TV series and new numbers choreographed just for the live audiences. MARCH 7

Craft Community Day Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Join HCCC for Craft Community Day, a free event featuring local artist guilds and community groups. All ages are invited to see demonstrations, visit the studios, and view exhibitions. MARCH 7-8

One Night of Queen The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

Gary Mullen and the Works have performed across the globe to sell-out audiences in spectacular form recreating the look, sound and showmanship of the great English rock band. MARCH 8

Trixie Mattel Wortham Theater Center

Brian Firkus is a writer, comedian and actor all rolled into one behind the persona of a character best know from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” MARCH 8

The Illusionists Smart Financial Center

This magic spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of the Broadway stunners who have shattered box office records across the globe. *Editor’s Choice 48

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MARCH 8

International Women’s Day Celebration, Texas Medical Center Orchestra Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The evening’s performance includes D'un matin de printemps (Lili Boulanger), Blue Cathedral (Jennifer Higdon), Concerto in One Movement (Florence B. Price featuring Lulu Liu, Piano). MARCH 8

Sy Smith, Sam Trump Warehouse Live

With four albums and twenty singes to her credit, the singer/songwriter/actress/ producer plays a mix of neo soul, go-go and electronica. MARCH 8

The Hot Sardines Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The musicians formed the band in New York City in 2007 and continues to perform a unique style of vintage jazz. MARCH 8

Bach and His Uncles, Bach Society Houston Christ the King Lutheran Church

The Bach Choir explores rare gems by Bach's uncles Johann Michael and Johann Christoph Bach, ending with Johann Sebastian's Komm, Jesu komm. MARCH 9

Louise Erdich, Inprint Series Alley Theatre

One of the most revered novelists of our time, the author of over a dozen novels reads from her forthcoming book, The Night Watchman.

Few cities are more picturesque than Houston in the early spring when fiery flavors of azalea are in full bloom. Take in the spectacular gardens at Bayou Bend and Rienzi, visit exquisite private homes and admire a collection of the area’s breathtaking grounds filled with glorious native flora.

MARCH 9

MARCH 13

Warehouse Live

Heights Theater

His former band, Strapping Young Metal, was extreme stuff; nowadays, he’s still a progressive force in the genre.

The Australian alternative ensemble’s first album (Atlas) peaked at number one in their home country, while their second album Bloom debuted at number one.

Devin Townsend

Rüfüs Du So

MARCH 11

T. Graham Brown

MARCH 13-14

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

His sizzling number one country singles include “Darlene,” “Hell and High Water” and “Don’t Go to Strangers.”

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

MARCH 12

She wrote the soundtrack to a generation with tunes “I Feel the Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “You’ve Got A Friend.”

Stafford Centre

MARCH 13-14

The Office: A Musical Parody The interactive musical, based on the popular hit TV series, is a Dunder-Mifflin style kickin-the-can, poking fun at all your favorite characters. MARCH 12

Arthur: The Immortal King, Archeology Now

Sojourns on the Silk Road: from the Orient to the Occident MATCH

The musical journey from East Asia to Spain is seen through the lens of French Romanticism contrasted with authentic expressions of heritage by Spanish composers.

MATCH

MARCH 14

Kings capture our imagination. Out of the mists of time, the story of King Arthur continues to haunt. Look inside the man, or is it all myth?

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

The Box Tops

MARCH 12

Their blue-eyed soul music helped Characterize the 1960’s pop scene with hits “Cry Like Baby,” “The Letter” and “Soul Deep.”

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

MARCH 14

Rodrigo Y Gabriela It’s been five years since the Mexican guitar duo released an album; now they embark on the next chapter of their story with new music and a tour.

Tret Fure Millbend Coffee House (The Woodlands)

A fine singer/songwriter, she’s performed all over the U.S. with a plainspoken poetry that addresses a variety of subjects.


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MARCH 20

Wortham Theater Center

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CALENDAR

Continuing its tradition of supporting the world’s most respected choreographers. The evening features works by Jorma Elo, Christopher Bruce (set to the music of Yo-Yo Ma and Bobby McFerrin) and a Trey McIntyre world premiere.

MARCH 14-15

His chestnuts including “Geronimo’s Cadillac” and “Backsliders Wine” helped launch Austin’s Outlaw Country movement back in the 1970’s, followed by hits “Carolina on the Pines” and “Wildfire.” Since those days he’s performed steadily with a dedication to authentic western music.

MARCH 16

MARCH 20

MARCH 21

Warehouse Live

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Wortham Theater Center

The performance combines mesmerizing music with biblical verse and the words of trailblazing Spanish and Latin American poets.

From early basement shows to touring the world and selling over a million records, this is one band that’s spent 20 years completely comfortable in their own skin.

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

The renowned Cuban drummer returns after winning the 2018 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz album.

MARCH 20

MARCH 21

MARCH 15

MARCH 17

House of Blues

House of Blues

As one of the preeminent blues guitarists in the world, the perennial favorite has help take the genre to new heights over his long career.

The popular metalcore band from Massachusetts formed in 1999, and has released eight studio albums, the last in 2019.

MARCH 20-22

MARCH 21

John Adams’ El Niño, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Bayou City Horror Film Festival Alamo Draft House

Silverstein

Pavel Haas Quartet, Chamber Music Houston

The unique forum for international independent filmmakers to showcase their dark genre work, including lack comedy, sketch, science fiction, mockumentary and more.

Stude Concert Hall (Rice University)

MARCH 15

MARCH 18

The Hit Men

The Prague-based ensemble moves through the contemporary Midsummer Quartet, plus one of Beethoven’s legendary “Rasumovsky” quartets.

Max and Heather Stalling

Michael Grimm

Buddy Guy

Swing to Rock with Dave Bennett, Houston Symphony Jones Hall

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

Dosey Doe Big Barn (The Woodlands)

They were the crackerjack musicians behind talents such as Carole King, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, Elton, McCartney, Rod Stewart and more.

The husband and wife duo are a treat with him handling guitar and vocals, against the backdrop of her lilting country fiddle.

Put on your Blue Suede Shoes as the multiinstrumentalist and his band tear it up with hits of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Glenn Miller and more.

MARCH 15

MARCH 19

MARCH 20-22

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

An accomplished singer, her show is a tribute to the late Patsy Cline featuring timeless hits such as “Crazy,” and “Walking After Midnight.”

Award winning Je'Caryous Johnson takes audiences beyond the movie screen and brings to life the bank heist that shook the country starring Hip-Hop star Da Bratt.

Tchaikovsky: Pathétique, Galveston Symphony Orchestra The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

Classical masterworks concert program features Balakirev’s “Tamara,” Hvoslef’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” with Andrew Staupe, piano; and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 6.” MARCH 16

Keane

House of Blues

Uniquely keyboard driven, the English alt-rock band formed in the 1990’s and released their wildly popular Hopes and Fears album in 2004.

Mandy Barnett

Set It Off

MARCH 19

Sofia Talvik

MARCH 20-APRIL 5

McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

Sensitive Guys

The Sweden native’s songs have always had a tint of her Scandinavian heritage, making her a favorite among eclectic music lovers.

Stages Theatre

A shocking allegation in a small-town liberal arts college divides the campus in two. Five women perform all the roles in this compelling satire about society, gender and college.

Dafnis Prieto Big Band

Killswitch Engage

Yamato: The Drummers of Japan The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

This is the epitome of the drumming Japanese spirit – a roaring, live performance that captures a new level of energy and intensity. MARCH 21-APRIL 1

Houston Jewish Film Festival Evelyn Rubenstein JCC

Watch documentaries, dramas, comedies, and musicals, entertaining, thought provoking and high quality, comprised of the best Jewish and Israeli films from across the world. MARCH 22

Mardi Gras Houston Downtown

Come celebrate in the center of Texas’ most elaborate annual celebration with food, music and a pronounced Crescent City vibe.

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MARCH 24-29

MARCH 27-29

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

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Fiddler on the Roof

A.D. Players at The George Theater

A wonderful cast tells a heartwarming tale of timeless traditions defining faith and family. Featuring Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” a new generation is introduced to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup … to life.

MARCH 22

The Rob Landes Trio: Gershwin at The Grand

MARCH 26

Haydn’s Cello Concert, Mercury Houston

The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

Bayou Theater (UH-Clear Lake)

Delight in the music of George Gershwin the Texas favorite shares stories and reminiscences of the composer’s brief but brilliant life.

Hear it as if you were at the premiere at Esterházy in the 1760’s, plus his Sturm und Drang works and Beethoven’s Twelve Variations on Handel’s “See, the Conqu’ring Hero Comes!”

MARCH 23

Reginald Dwayne Betts, Natalie Diaz, Inprint Series Alley Theatre

The two outstanding poets read from their latest collections of work including Felon, and Postcolonial Love Poem.

Hats in the Park McGovern Centennial Gardens

Start with a champagne reception followed by a luncheon on the beautiful Centennial Green, with proceeds benefitting the Hermann Park Conservancy.

The singer/multi-instrumentalist (The Ray Charles Legacy, Smokey Joe's Cafe) celebrates the genius of a Motown original. The evening includes "Isn't She Lovely," "My Cherie Amor," "For Once in My Life," "I Wish," "Superstition," "Sir Duke” and "I Just Called to Say I Love You.”

MARCH 27

Cédric Tiberghien Duncan Recital Hall, Shepherd School of Music (Rice University)

The four-part Chamber Music Series concludes with the talented French pianist performing with members of the Houston Symphony. MARCH 28

Haydn’s Cello Concerto, Mercury Houston Wortham Theater Center

The evening’s performance includes Cello Concerto No.1 in C Major, Symphony No. 52 in C Minor, and Beethoven’s Twelve Variations on a Theme from Handel’s “Judas Maccabaeus.” MARCH 28

MARCH 23

MARCH 26

Fred Eaglesmith, Tif Ginn

Karla Bonoff

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

The alt-country musician is known for his years of songwriting about country roads, lost loves and well-worn life experiences. MARCH 24

Richard Goode plays Beethoven, Da Camera

Viva MOMIX The Grand 1894 Opera House (Galveston)

Her songs carry a beautiful spirit including “Isn’t It Always Love,” “Home” and “I Can’t Hold On” which are all classics.

With a trademark use of magical lighting and imagery, the dance company has thrilled fans in countries around the world, and has been featured on stage, screen and TV.

MARCH 26, 28-29

MARCH 28

Main Street Crossing (Tomball)

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, Houston Symphony

Stude Concert Hall (Rice University)

2020 Roadshow Berry Center (Cypress)

The evening of worship includes a variety of sounds from Bethel Music, Unspoken, Apollo LTD, Matt Maher, Elle Limebear, Peabod and more.

MARCH 28

Night Vision: Things Seen and Unseen, Houston Chamber Choir Christ Church Cathedral

The performance includes Rachmaninoff’s stirring All-Night Vigil, considered by many to be his greatest work. MARCH 28-29

International Voices Houston: The Road Home MATCH

The Houston multicultural choir is comprised of singers from a variety of cultural, racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. MARCH 29 *

Hermann Park Conservancy Kite Festival Miller Hill & Jones Reflection Pool (Hermann Park)

Fly kites of all shapes and colors at the free festival with entertainment from local performers, and cultural and community organizations. MARCH 29 *

Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers

There is no better artist to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth than the outstanding pianist, renowned for his performances and recordings of the classical giant’s works.

Jones Hall

MARCH 25

MARCH 27

Drum TAO, SPA

Armenian Dreams, Apollo Chamber Players

MARCH 29

House of Blues

Jones Hall

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts

The modern, high-energy performance showcase of the ancient art of Japanese drumming has transfixed audiences across the globe.

East and West mix in a program of music by Reza Vali and Eve Beglarian, including the world premiere, 20×2020 No. 19.

White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs)

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Genius burns with brooding intensity in the darkly passionate masterpiece featuring French pianist Cédric Tiberghien in his Houston debut.

*Editor’s Choice

MARCH 28

Smart Financial Centre (Sugar Land)

His A Sailor’s Guide to Earth was a sensation earning a Grammy for Best Country Album, filled with vintage vibes and gut wrenching ballads.

The Decibel Magazine Tour The ninth annual event includes an ambitious pairing of legendary Norwegian black metal progenitors Mayhem, and Abbath and more.


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Houston Rockets All Games at Toyota Center

vs. Philadelphia 76ers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Portland Trailblazers vs. L.A. Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder ​​vs. Denver Nuggets ​​vs. Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Charlotte Hornets vs. Utah Jazz vs. Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks vs. Memphis Grizzlies ​​​vs. L.A. Clippers vs. Orlando Magic vs. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Cleveland Cavilers ​​​vs. Sacramento Kings ​​​vs. Chicago Bulls

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January 3​​ January 15​​ January 23 January 26 February 6​​ February 9​​ February 19 March 1​​​ March 8​​​

vs. UCF Knights vs. SMU Mustangs vs. UCONN Huskies ​​vs. USF Bulls vs. Tulane Green Wave vs. Wichita State Shockers ​​vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Memphis Tigers

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Rice University Men's Basketball All games at Tudor Fieldhouse January 9​​ vs. Florida Atlantic Owls January 11 ​​vs. Florida International Panthers January 23​​ vs. UTEP Miners January 25 ​​vs. UTSA Roadrunners February 13 ​​vs. Old Dominion Monarchs February 15 ​​vs. Charlotte 49ers RiceOwls.com

Houston Roughnecks (XFL) ADECU Stadium February 8​​ vs. LA Wildcats February 16​​ vs. St. Louis BattleHawks March 7​​​ vs. Seattle Dragons March 22 ​​vs. DC Defenders April 2​​​ vs. Dallas Renegades xfl.com/en-US/teams/houston

JANUARY 28

MARCH 4-8

Greentree Park (Kingwood)

Sam Houston Race Park

George R. Brown Convention Center

Texas Marathon

Houston Racing Festival

Salyards Middle School (Cypress)

The biggest day in Texas horse racing features the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic, the $250,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup, the Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint, and Space City Stakes.

JANUARY 3-12

FEBRUARY 1

JANUARY 11

Candy Cane Fun Run

Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show NRG Stadium

Ahoy, the yearly event draws a massive crowd and displays more than 1,000 powerboats, luxury cruisers, fishing boats and personal watercraft.

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All games at Fertitta Center

JANUARY 1

Hot Chocolate 15K/5K Hermann Square FEBRUARY 8

Texas Med Run Texas Medical Center FEBRUARY 9

Sportsmen from all over the southwest converge on Houston for this yearly expo that focuses on a wide array of cutting edge equipment and the latest outdoors accessories. MARCH 7

Galveston Marathon & Half Marathon The Woodlands Marathon

JANUARY 17-19

Chevron Houston Marathon Weekend

Stewart Beach (Galveston) FEBRUARY 12-16

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University of Houston Men's Basketball

Houston RV Show NRG Center FEBRUARY 23

Darling Dash Memorial 5K/1K Family Run/Walk Stude Park

The yearly marathon, half-marathon and 3.1 mile run begins and ends downtown, attracting more than 20,000 entrants and 200,000 spectators.

FEBRUARY 29

Jail Break Run Lee College (Baytown)

Town Green Park (The Woodlands) MARCH 14

Bayou City Classic 10K Sam Houston Park MARCH 15

St. Paddy’s Memorial Hermann Half Marathon Town Square (Sugar Land) MARCH 27 & 29

2020 NCAA March Madness Southern Regional Toyota Center *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. 5175 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.963.8067 51fifteen.com

a'Bouzy Restaurateur Shawn Virene’s first solo restaurant is a Champagne-fueled concept with seasonal salads, prime meats, a raw bar and simple shareable plates. Lunch and dinner daily. Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. 2300 Westheimer Road (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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Helmed by Master Chef of France Frédéric Perrier, Bisou offers classic continental cuisine boasting bold flavors with an eclectic array of appetizers, small plates, shareable sides, and desserts. Enjoy a robust beverage program featuring classic cocktails, an extensive wine list, and champagne magnums with lively music and DJs spinning during late night dinners and at Sunday Funday brunches. 4444 Westheimer Road, A120 (River Oaks) 713.955.3855 bisourestaurant.com

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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 Road (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 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. 1611 Lamar St. (Downtown) 713.337.7321 thegrovehouston.com

Hearsay Market Square Located in Houston’s second-oldest building (built in 1860, rebuilt in 1889 after a fire), this restaurant offers a unique, chic dining experience. Hearsay offers fine craft cocktails, small and large appetizers, and New American dishes, and it’s a great place for a late-night cocktail and bites. 218 Travis St. (Downtown) 713.225.8079 hearsayhouston.com

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

3600 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.526.8858 katarobata.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Max’s Wine Dive This dive is fun and eclectic. Guests can relax in the casual, industrial atmosphere while choosing among gourmet comfort-food offerings and a curated selection of wine. The menu includes classics from all Wine Dive locations and items unique to Houston.

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214 Fairview St. (Montrose) 713.528.9200

Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar

4720 Washington Ave. (The Heights) 713.880.8737

This restaurant is home to one of the few Houston oyster bars that features varieties from the East, West, and Gulf coasts. Specialties include steaks, spare ribs, chicken, and burgers prepared on the charcoal and apple-wood grill.

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Moxie’s Grill & Bar

1050 Studewood St. (The Heights) 713.802.0533 libertykitchenoysterbar.com

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

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

Ouisie’s Table

2555 Westheimer Road (Upper Kirby) 713.255.4440

Masraff’s

Houston’s Restaurant

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4848 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.529.2385

220 Main St. (Downtown) 832.667.4470

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1204 Caroline St. (Downtown) 888.402.5837

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.

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.

2002 W. Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.526.4700

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DINING

Line and Lariat

This Awards’ Winning Eatery, combines the best of two divergent Southern traditions: the genteel manners (and manors), and the delicious, get-your-fingers-dirty down-home cuisine. Southern comfort food with eclectic tendencies reigns supreme in a chic house that sports countrified touches like a screened-in porch and herb garden. 3939 San Felipe St. (River Oaks) 713.528.2264 ouisiestable.com

Pondicheri Striving to bring together the best of classic, homestyle, and street foods from India, this restaurant inventively pairs traditional flavors with nourishing, locally sourced ingredients. The eatery also features fresh-baked goods in the Bake Lab and spices, chutneys, and snacks to take home. Pondicheri serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and an afternoon happy hour. 2800 Kirby Drive (Upper Kirby) 713.522.2022 pondichericafe.com

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

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.

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!

4224 San Felipe St. (River Oaks) 713.622.1010

5000 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 346.571.6164

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DINING Ristorante Cavour

The Tasting Room

Uchi

H Bar

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

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

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

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.

1080 Uptown Park Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.418.1000

1101-18 Uptown Park Blvd. (Uptown) 713.993.9800

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Vinoteca Poscol

Roka Akor

Tony Mandola’s

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.

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. 4410 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.621.5452

818 Town & Country Blvd. (CityCentre) 281.822.1500

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

TRIBUTE at The Houstonian

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

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

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 mongooseversuscobra.com

Spire

2808 Caroline St. (Downtown) 713.654.1970

13 Celsius 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.” Flawless wood-grilled rib-eyes, Gulf Coast oysters and tributes to regional chefs and storied recipes. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Complimentary valet. 111 N. Post Oak Lane (Uptown) 713.685.6713

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. 3000 Caroline St. (Midtown) 713.529.8466 13celsius.com

Clé

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

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

1200 Louisiana St. (Downtown) 713.375.4775

2301 Main St. (Midtown) 713.955.2302

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NIGHTLIFE

Soma Sushi

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1600 W Loop S (Uptown) 346.227.5137

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4820 Washington Ave. (Washington Heights) 713.861.2726

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608 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.529.2797

842 W. Sam Houston Parkway (CityCentre) 713.464.5252

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.

904 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.522.4808

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 thespireclub.com


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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.

international audiences of various ages.

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

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The Bryan Museum

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

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

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

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

The Health Museum A member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center, this museum is Houston’s most interactive science learning center. Located in the heart of the city’s rich, varied Museum District, the museum seeks to foster wonder and curiosity about health, medical science, and the human body. 1515 Hermann Drive (Museum District) 713.521.1515 thehealthmuseum.org

Holocaust Museum Houston Charged with educating students and the public about the dangers of prejudice and hatred in society, this institution opened its doors in March 1996. Since that time, impassioned notes, poems, artwork, and other gifts from schoolchildren and adults alike attest to the life-changing thoughts generated by just one visit to this unique facility. 5401 Caroline St. (Museum District) 713.942.8000 hmh.org

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

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

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140 Heights Blvd. (The Heights) 713.861.5526

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

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Space Center Houston

5216 Montrose Blvd. (Museum District) 713.284.8250

4848 S. Main St. (Museum District) 713.529.4848

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

PERFORMANCE VENUES A.D. Players at The George

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The Houston Museum of Natural Science Founded in 1909, this museum is one of the most heavily attended in the United States. The site houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center, and a fascinating variety of permanent exhibit areas that examine astronomy, space science, Native American culture, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, seashells, Texas wildlife, and much more. 5555 Hermann Park Drive (Museum District) 713.639.4629

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

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5420 Westheimer Road (Galleria) 713.526.2721

The Menil Collection

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The museum houses the private art collection of its founders John and Dominique de Menil that includes approximately 17,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and rare books. The collection contains works by Max Ernst, Man Ray, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and more. Award-winning Italian architect Renzo Piano designed the building, his first in the U.S. 1533 Sul Ross St. (Montrose) 713.525.9400

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

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615 Texas Ave. (Downtown) 713.220.5700

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, this dynamic cultural complex is comprised of two gallery buildings, a sculpture garden, library, café, movie theater, two art schools, two beautiful nearby house museums, and two gift shops. Visitors enjoy an ever-changing schedule of world-class exhibitions and exciting programs. 1001 Bissonnet St. (Museum District) 713.639.7300

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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

510 Preston Street (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) 713.224.7575 houstonsymphony.org

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

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NRG Stadium

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Houston Zoo

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

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

Minute Maid Park

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

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

SWEAT 1000

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

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

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

GOLF & FITNESS Champions Golf Club

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

RYDE

501 Crawford St. (Downtown) 713.259.8000

410 Bagby St. (Downtown) 713.223.3474

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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


HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT

Blo Blow Dry Bar

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.

Solaya Spa & Salon by The Houstonian Casey Curran, “We Spoke Like This to Remember,” 2019. Dura-Lar, brass, motor. 84 x 36 x 40 in. Photo by Adrian Garcia.

SALONS & SPAS

Opening in February with beautiful, light-filled spaces and ambitious art, Solaya offers a full array of luxurious, day spa services. Well located in posh Highland Village for a quick blowout or full day of pampering. Full spa, hair, makeup and nail indulgences. Valet and self-parking available. 4059 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713-685-6790 solayahouston.com

The Spa at The Post Oak Hotel

1711 Westheimer Road (Montrose) 713.520.7401 cutloosetx.com

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 omnihotels.com/hotels/houston/spa

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. 1600 W Loop South (Uptown) 346.227.5142 thepostoakhotel.com

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Aurélie Guillaume, “I Never Said I Was Perfect” (front and back views), 2015. Enamel on copper, fine silver, sterling silver, stainless steel, powdercoat, Zirconium. 11.5 X 9.5 X 2 cm. Photo by A. McLean.

Mokara Spa and Salon

Spa by Alessandra 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 or full day of pampering, an array of face and body treatments are available. Complimentary valet and rooftop pool access are included with service. 1070 Dallas St. (Downtown) 713.242.8555 hotelalessandra-houston.com

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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. 60

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

A carefully planned, pedestrian-friendly urban village is at the center of this already thriving area at the intersection of River Oaks and Upper Kirby Districts. The art deco-inspired development captures the spirit of the surrounding neighborhood, while offering a contemporary collection of cafés, fine-dining establishments, boutiques, luxury apartment homes, and more. 2800 Kirby Drive (River Oaks) 816.897.5903 arriveriveroaks.com

Uptown Park

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

Deutsch Houston

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.

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Fabergé

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. uptownparkhouston.com

4444 Westheimer Road (River Oaks) 713.904.1310

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

3747 Westheimer Road (Highland Village) 713.627.7787

1121 Uptown Park Blvd. (Uptown)

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

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Shops at Arrive

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

JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES Chardé Jewelers

Chardé represents more than 100 jewelry designers from all around the world and features local artists, including Lemel Designs and Rebecca Lankford. Knowledgeable staff members are dedicated to helping you find the perfect piece. 5600 Kirby Drive (West University) 713.360.6730 chardejewelers.com

Founded in 1842, the world’s most iconic artist jeweler is highly recognized for its legendary series of lavish Imperial Easter Eggs. From one-of-a-kind creations to fine jewelry and timepieces, Fabergé's first retail boutique in Texas displays the most exquisite selection from their collections. 5085 Westheimer Road (The Galleria) 832.940.0188 faberge.com

HUBLOT Houston

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


SHOPPING IW Marks Jewelers

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

J. Landa

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

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

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.

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

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

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947 N Gessner Road (Memorial City Mall) 713.465.7464

12525 Memorial Dr. (Memorial) 713.485.4120

9595 Six Pines Drive (The Woodlands) 281.571.3516

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Lindsey Leigh Jewelry

thomasmarklejewelers.com

Roche Bobois

Zadok Jewelers

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

Mariquita Masterson

Mariquita Masterson, a Houston jeweler for over 30 years, creates unique glass jewelry, set in sterling silver and vermeil. From one of a kind creations to her traditional glass style, you can always find something beautiful! 2505 River Oaks Blvd. (River Oaks) 713.726.6909 mariquitamasterson.com

Featuring a vast array of merchandise, Zadok includes spectacular collections from the world’s leading jewelry designers and Swiss watch brands. Several graduate gemologists are on staff, including all of the Zadok sons. With expert guidance and a non-pressure selling ethic, a relaxing shopping experience awaits. 1749 Post Oak Blvd. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.960.8950 zadok.com

ANTIQUES & FURNITURE Alyson Jon Interiors 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. 1976 W. Gray St. (River Oaks) 713.622.7531 theantiquarium.com

This leader in European high-end furniture is in a class all its own. With a network of 240 stores in 40 countries, the company recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Known for unmatched quality, European know-how, and customization, each furniture piece is born of close collaboration by the brand, designers, and manufacturers. 4810 San Felipe St. (Galleria/Uptown) 713.629.0442 roche-bobois.com

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

Hemline Established in 1994 in New Orleans, the brand today includes six locations throughout the South. A trusted, sought-after resource for coveted fashion, Hemline is the ultimate style destination for Show Me Your Mumu, French Connection, Free People, Hudson, Sam Edelman, and more. 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

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 Road Terminal C (Bush Intercontinental Airport) 281.233.7999 pintoranch.com H O U S TO N H OT E L M A G A Z I N E

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SHOPPING Tootsies

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

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.

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

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

GIFTS & SPECIALTY STORES 29 North

JoyBox Fine Flowers

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

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

King Ranch Saddle Shop 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 Road (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 Road (River Oaks) 713.520.5700 eventsgifts.com

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22 Waugh Drive (Washington Heights) 713.333.3474 gordyandsons.com

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2515 River Oaks Blvd. (River Oaks) 713.936.9502

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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 Road #2860 (Galleria) 713.622.1188

M Penner Located in Uptown Park and known for upscale men and women’s clothing, this shop carries tailored clothing, made-to-measure suits and shirts, footwear, accessories, and an extensive designer’s collection for men and women. M Penner was awarded the Gold Standard in Esquire magazine’s “Best of Class” issue.

Gordy & Sons Outfitters

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 St. #H (Galleria/Uptown) 832.251.8711 monogramshophouston.com


T A B L E Restaurant, Bar & Gardens Ouisie’s Table, this Awards’ Winning Eatery, combines the best of two divergent Southern traditions: the genteel manners (and manors), and the delicious, get-yourfingers-dirty down-home cuisine. Southern comfort food with eclectic tendencies reigns supreme in a chic house that sports countrified touches like a screened-in porch and herb garden.

Southern Charm, Eclectic Tendencies Est. 1973

Weddings • Celebrations Showers • Meetings

3939 San Felipe Street, Houston, Texas 77027 - 713.528.2264 - www.ouisiestable.com

Let’s take it personally. Personalized, engraved and enameled glass pendants, rings, and studs and cufflinks, for him and her. Because we all like a little personality.

MARIQUITA MASTERSON www.mariquitamasterson.com 713.522.6774


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Houston Hotel Magazine Winter 2020  

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Houston Hotel Magazine your guide to the best of Clutch City. We're glad you're here.