downtown summer 2014
connecting you to the center of houston
urban linear park destination for premier shopping, dining, entertainment and events
4 Games on the Green events planned for 2014
new Zipcars in the GreenStreet parking garage
bikes checked out from the Main Street B-cycle station every month
50 fresh ingredients to choose from at Salata, opening this summer
dynamic green space, The Lawn, coming soon
happy hour seats at McCormick & Schmick’s expanded patio
concerts & events each year at House of Blues
1 225-room luxury hotel, Hotel Alessandra, slated to debut in late 2016
2 great stops for all your spring fashion needs— BCBGMAXAZRIA & Forever 21
5 blocks from Discovery Green, George R. Brown & Toyota Center
LUXURY HAS A NEW ADDRESS
The new JW Marriott Houston Downtown, opening early fall 2014.
HE BEST OF ALL WORLDS. It’s here. The JW Marriott Houston Downtown. Originally the city’s first skyscraper built in 1910, the Samuel F. Carter Building is now the future of luxury. A
spectacular 22-story, 328-room exclusive hotel – with culinary-inspired dining venues, state-of-the-art spa, galleries and event spaces – all artfully designed to accommodate every taste and cater to every need. Located in Houston’s most prestigious district, and connected to the tunnel system, it’s an address that also ensures instant access to every possibility and all of the city’s best nightlife, sports and entertainment. Contact us at 713 237 1111 or visit jwmarriotthotelhouston.com.
Summer 2014 VOL. 6, NO. 4
175 th Anniversary / p. 24
Managing Editor/ Creative Director Angie Bertinot, Downtown District
11 THE GOOD BOOK
Copy Editor Barbara Linkin Mendel, Mendel Creative Solutions
The Brown Book Shop may seem like a relic of days gone by, but as the nation’s only technical book store, it continues not only to survive but to thrive – especially now that it’s come under the tutelage of two tech-savvy new owners. by ANDREW HUANG
Design ph Design Shop Photography Katya Horner, Slight Clutter Photography
15 A DEVELOPING STORY
Contributing Writers Holly Beretto, Sandra Cook, Andrew Huang, Nicole Marin
Residential development in Downtown Houston has gone through a series of fits and starts, but there’s no denying that a building boom is afoot. No fewer than 3,600 new residential projects are either in the planning stages or well underway. And that means more Downtown residents – lots of them – are just on the horizon. by HOLLY BERETTO
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One of Houston’s earliest houses of worship, Christ Church Cathedral has been an oasis of peace and comfort for 175 years. Its spectacular architecture and welcoming community make it an iconic Downtown institution. by SANDRA COOK
publishers’ note We’re always eager to share the things that make us happy – whether it’s thousands of new residential units or a calendar chock-full of enough events to keep you entertained all summer long.
Mark your calendars for a dazzling array of performances and shows. Plus, get the scoop on the Alley Theatre’s long-anticipated face-lift. BY andrew huang
by HOLLY BERETTO
plate/sip Our comprehensive listing of everything scrumptious in Downtown Houston.
hot companies Heritage Texas Properties has a special perspective on the Downtown real estate market, developed by decades of not only selling properties in the city’s center but also by working and living there as well.
datebook Theater, concerts, tours, festivals, special events and much more.
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Come home to Downtown So many new residential projects are coming online
Downtown that we believe we’re seeing a real leap in its evolution into a true Houston neighborhood. As Holly Beretto reports in her story on page 15, the Downtown Living Initiative has been remarkably successful. The initiative offers financial incentives for those interested in building residential units Downtown. Of course, while the lure of trendy new housing can be powerful, we know that building a community while the lure of takes a variety of components trendy new housing – strong retail, plenty of green can be powerful, we space, basic conveniences. Now, know that building more than ever, we’re seeing those amenities spring to life, a community and we’re excited. takes a variety of We’re also thrilled to share a bit of the history of an iconic components – Downtown institution. Christ strong retail, plenty Church Cathedral is not only a of green space, house of worship, it’s an architectural wonder, a sanctubasic conveniences. ary for the downtrodden, a lunchtime oasis and so much more. Sandra Cook’s story on this special place begins on page 24. There are many things that give Downtown its special character, and one of them is most certainly Brown Book Shop. While you won’t find the latest bestseller on its shelves, techies know this is the only place they may be able find that special codebook or that essential manual. Founded in 1946, Brown Book Shop is both a brick and mortar institution and an innovative, high-tech digital storefront. Read all about the plans of its new owners starting on page 11. As always, our datebook and plate listings, starting on page 32, will keep you informed as to the best things to do and the hottest places to eat. Make time to catch a movie, see a show or just hang out at one of our many parks. And we hope you’ll spend your Independence Day at the city’s biggest celebration – held, as always, on the banks of Buffalo Bayou Downtown. Be sure to visit us online at downtownhouston.org, where you’ll find plenty of info to help you make the most of Downtown. And please, let us know what you think about downtown. We’re more than happy to take your comments and suggestions.
Houston Downtown Alliance
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Street-Level Pulse Heritage Texas Properties has a Unique Perspective on Downtown Growth
"This is big stuff,” says Terry Stanfield, a Realtor with Heritage
Texas Properties, about all the growth he’s seeing Downtown (see our feature story on the Downtown Living Initiative on page 15). “Not just in residential, but in terms of new hotels, retail options, everything.” He and his colleagues should know. Their firm is the only real estate firm Downtown with a street-level office, giving everyone in the space the opportunity to see the city change, bit by ever-growing bit, right outside their door. “We’ve been in the cultural business district for almost 20 years,” says Robin Mueck, Heritage’s president and CEO. “We’re right across from Market Square, next door to the Cotton Exchange. The growth Downtown was a long time coming, and we’ve been around not only to champion it, but to be part of it.” Formed by the merger of House Hunters, Inc. and Zarr and Company, Realtors, Heritage Texas Properties today boasts nearly 400 agents working in 16 locations statewide. The firm handles everything from corporate relocation, mortgage lending, and property
management, as well as real estate sales. From the Downtown office in the historic Foley building at 214 Travis, Heritage services the immediate communities of Downtown Houston, EaDo (East Downtown), Midtown, Montrose, and the Museum District, as well as many adjacent communities. Current property listings include lofts, mid-rises, high-rises, townhomes, condominiums, single-family homes, and rental properties, and the firm represents both new construction and resale properties. Mueck has been a real estate agent since 1976, joining Heritage’s precursor, House Hunters in 1986 and becoming an owner of the firm in 1989. She became CEO of Heritage in 1999, and she co-owns the firm with her husband. Over the course of her career, she emphasizes she’s seen it all in Houston real estate, and has always known there was something special about both the Houston market, and Downtown in particular. “We’re adjacent to the Main Street corridor,” she explains. “So we survived the Main Street construction for the light rail. And when they replaced the street. We watched how the Hobby and Toyota centers came online, and they way residential living accelerated in Market Square. We’ve watched businesses migrate and consolidate and expand, coming into Downtown. There’s really nothing like the rhythm to our corner of the city.” While Heritage may do much of what you’d expect from any other real estate firm, the fact that it’s located Downtown, with a street-level office, not a suite in a high-rise, is something Mueck says makes her firm a standout. When she and her team of agents and brokers are working with potential buyers and sellers in Downtown and its environs, they have the ability to rely on more than just the statistics that indicate how the market is behaving; they can see it all unfolding outside their front door. “There is energy everywhere here,” she says excitedly. “I’m watching how young professionals are coming here from other places, and they are really considering Houston their home. There’s so much available for people in Downtown now. It’s been a fantastic selling point for us to be here and be able to say that we’ve seen the odyssey the city center has taken.” Mueck says that Heritage has certainly enjoyed a boost from all the great accolades heaped upon Downtown in recent years. The
“There’s so much available for people in Downtown now. It’s been a fantastic selling point for us to be here and be able to say that we’ve seen the odyssey the city center has taken.”
Downtown Living Initiative has brought new developments to the city, and she says that because of her location, it’s not unusual for passersby to come into the office from nearby skyscrapers during a lunch break to inquire about what properties and living options may be available. “The first residents in Downtown really set the tone for what a new, city-center lifestyle could be,” she says, looking back on how the landscape around her has changed. That change has in turn changed the real estate business in Downtown, evolving it into townhome or condo sales, as well as offering opportunities for commercial ventures. Downtown’s growth has helped Heritage’s business as a full-service agency grow as well. “We are in a unique place to tell that lifestyle story to our clientele.” She sees her business as one that connects people to each other, and helps to place them in a spot that works for their lifestyle and their needs. Stanfield says he’s noticed an increase in demand for Downtown real estate, and that the market has evolved from one where workers left the city core at the end of the workday to one where he’ll see people sitting outside at cafes and on patios at 11 p.m., proving there’s a true vibrancy to the neighborhood. “The demand is here for housing and for commercial development,”
he says, analyzing the trends he’s worked with over the last few years. “And I think it’s just going to grow and grow and grow.” “We get the pulse of the city on a daily basis,” says Mueck. “No one else gets to see what we see the way that we see it, and that’s a great thing for us.” She knows that being able to bring together buyers and sellers is the core of any real estate business, and Heritage’s track record across all of its locations has cemented its reputation as a leader in the industry. Mueck is definitely proud of that and knows that her company’s services combine professional expertise with a personal touch. In Downtown, that’s augmented by a true connection to the neighborhood, and a passion and pride in the area’s development. “Here, we are so lucky to be surrounded by so many options,” she says. “It’s easy to go from restaurants to parks to the theater, there’s just so much to do. And all that growth has fed on itself and made more happen.” She enjoys watching that vibrant city life unfold just beyond her doorstep. “Being where we are has allowed us to grow and thrive with Downtown,” she says. We get the opportunity to connect with our neighborhood, with the people who work down here and choose to make it their home. Helping our clients discover what their own life, whether business or personal, can be Downtown – that’s just fascinating.”
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Enjoy a free day of family fun! We’ll have backstage tours, trolley rides, a costume trunk, an instrument petting zoo and live performances, including a free Houston Symphony concert at 4 p.m. at Jones Hall. It’s also your one chance to get the best ticket prices on upcoming performances.
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arts & entertainment
b a c k s ta g e .
by Andrew Huang
Ben Folds returns to perform with the Houston Symphony
hings definitely heat up in our Theater District this summer. From award-winning plays and family musicals to big-time names like Steve Martin, Houston’s Theater District has it all. HOBBY CENTER
The Alley Theatre concludes their amazing 2013-2014 season with two fun, smart comedies, including the 2013 Tony Award-winning Best Play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang. When a sister who left home and became a famous movie star returns for an impromptu family reunion, the hilarious things that happen are why this play is still dazzling audiences on Broadway. Performances run on the Hubbard stage through June 15. Also on stage in the Neuhaus arena is the sharp, fun comedy Good People by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire. Nominated for the 2011 Tony Award for Best Play, Good People is a funny, tough and tender story about the insurmountable class divide. When Margie Walsh loses her job at a South Boston dollar store, she reaches out to her old flame Mike, a neighborhood boy who escaped and became a successful doctor. Margie's attempt to hit Mike up for a job takes on a surprising twist when she realizes the power a secret from Mike's past holds. Performances run through June 29. WORTHAM THEATER CENTER
The Houston Ballet season concludes with the alwaysenchanting ballet, Swan Lake. The classic love story tells the tale of a beautiful maiden transformed into a swan by an evil knight – and the prince who swears his enduring love for her. This production’s exquisitely beautiful sets and costumes, heartswelling demonstrations of love, and edge-of-your-seat drama will grace the Wortham stage June 5–15. Globally acclaimed recording artist, actor and performer, Hugh Laurie, hits the road with The Copper Bottom Band in
photo by chad batka
connor walsh and sara webb | Photo by amitava sarkar
Theatre Under The Stars continues its long history of bringing great musicals to the stage with one of the most-beloved family musicals, Disney’s A Little Mermaid. Dive in to a magical kingdom below the sea and meet Ariel, the little mermaid who dreams of life on land. With a crazy cast of characters and the evil sea witch Ursula, The Little Mermaid is sure to delight the whole family. Performances run June 13-29 at the Hobby Center. TUTS’ new musical theater series, TUTS Underground, presents Hand on a Hard Body June 12 through the 22. For 10 hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they'll fight to keep at least
one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. Eddie Izzard, the man The London Sunday Times calls "the greatest British stand-up comedian of his generation," returns to America with his world tour force majeure June 30-July 1 in Sarofim Hall.
Swan Lake June 5-15
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TUTS Underground presents Hand on a Hard Body
Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Soloist Edie Brickell support of his current album, Didn't It Rain. The tour includes a stop at the Wortham Center in Houston on Saturday, June 7. Didn't It Rain is Laurie's second album and the followup to his celebrated 2011 debut album Let Them Talk, a New Orleans blues-driven celebration. A commanding front man and lovable raconteur backed by a positively astounding band of world-class musicians and vocalists, Hugh Laurie and The Copper Bottom Band present an unforgettable evening of music. Paula Poundstone returns to Houston June 27. One of America’s most beloved comics, Paula brings her brand of humor to the Wortham Center. JONES HALL
The Houston Symphony’s Summer in the City series brings a diverse range of performances from Star Trek to Steve Martin. On June 14, multi-talented singer songwriter and current judge on NBC’s The Sing-Off, Ben Folds, returns to perform a new piano concerto and other hits from his career. Take a heroic journey on July 5 as awardwinning symphonic scores from video game favorites, Portal, Journey, The Legend of Zelda, The Elder Scrolls and Halo come to vibrant life thanks to a full orchestra and chorus. Amazing gaming visuals accompany the music, making rePLAY: Video Games Concert an unconventional and unforgettable concert experience! Get a healthy dose of culture absolutely free on July 12 at the Symphony’s 2nd Annual Day of Music – a day-long summer event
featuring dozens of performances from Houston’s diverse music community. Sounds from jazz, rock, blues, ethnic ensembles, choral music and more can all be expected, and local bites from Houston’s vibrant food truck scene will be located just outside the front doors. Never thought you’d see Spock at the Symphony? Think again. He’s coming at you, along with the whole cast, as the Houston Symphony and chorus present the U.S. premieres of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and Star Trek into Darkness, on July 18 and 19 respectively. Hear the thrilling scores performed live to picture. On July 25, Mariachi Cobre will showcase the joyous sounds of traditional Mexican folk music augmented by soaring orchestrations. Hear favorites like La Bikina, Estrellita and Granada. On July 26, feel the combined power of a full rock band and symphony orchestra as The Music of Led Zeppelin electrifies Jones Hall with classic hits such as Stairway to Heaven, Black Dog and Immigrant Song. The Summer in the City series concludes with funnyman Steve Martin as he showcases the musical side of his vast live performing talent. Martin teams up with bluegrass quintet the Steep Canyon Rangers and folk-rock soloist Edie Brickell for a one-ofa-kind concert featuring songs from Martin and Brickell's latest album. This night of smiles and sounds happens on July 31.
America’s Test Kitchen LIVE! Society for the Performing Arts kicks off their 2014-2015 season with the acclaimed America’s Test Kitchen LIVE!, starring PBS star, Christopher Kimball. In his Houston debut, Kimball gives the audience an insider’s view on food tastings, science experiments, equipment testing and more. Plus, get your toughest culinary questions answered during the audience Q&A session. This thrilling evening is August 14. Don’t miss Grammy Award-winning contemporary folk artist Ray Lamontagne as he hits the Jones Hall stage in support of his new CD Supernova August 3. THEATER DISTRICT
The Transcanada Theater District Open House presented by Bank of America returns on Sunday August 24 from noon- 5 p.m. Celebrate the kickoff to the new arts season with free fun for the whole family. Tour backstage, meeting artists and musicians, attend free performances and get special deals on tickets. It’s an event you won’t want to miss and, it’s free! There’s so much springing to life in the Theater District so visit houstontheaterdistrict.org for more information on these performances and many others.
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The Big Move
he Alley Theatre has occupied its acclaimed Ulrich Franzen-designed space at 615 Texas Avenue since 1968. To say the Alley has come a long way since its founding in an actually alley off Main Street is an understatement. After a time in an old fan factory on Berry Street, the Alley moved into its home on Texas Avenue and established itself as one of the leading resident theater companies in the United States. Now, 46 years later, the Alley is embarking on an ambitious renovation of their Texas Avenue home to bring it into the 21st century – not only in the audience spaces, but behind the scenes as well. The $46.5 million dollar renovation will modernize the existing building, including the upstairs Hubbard Stage and lobby areas, clean the formidable concrete exterior and update the infrastructure to make the Alley more eco-friendly. The stage will be extended closer to the audience, creating a more intimate theater experience for Houstonians. In addition to the physical renovations, an additional $10 million dollars will be devoted to artistic enhancement, and $16.5
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million will be dedicated to the endowment and cash reserves, giving the Alley a strong foundation to create theater for future generations of Houstonians. A renovation of this size will make it impossible to perform in the current space. Enter the University of Houston. After an exhaustive search for performance space options, the Wortham Theatre at the University of Houston became the most logical choice. The Wortham Theatre is a 565-seat venue with a proscenium stage that closely resembles most Broadway houses and many resident theater company spaces around the country. It has many of the latest technological advances, and its close proximity to the Alley’s home in the Theater District made it the perfect choice. In addition, the Alley Theatre has enjoyed a long and collaborative relationship with UH, with Alley staff teaching at the University; joint productions with UH students; and collaborations with UH distinguished professors such as Edward Albee. The University of Houston also made the venue available to the Alley for the entire season, a significant benefit to patrons. So what does this mean for patrons of the Alley who need their theater? The company will vacate its home on Texas Avenue following the closing of the final play for the 2013-2014 season on June 29 and begin preparations to stage the new 2014-2015 season on the UH campus. The Wortham Theatre at UH is located off Cullen Boulevard on the main campus inside the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Free parking will be provided for all patrons at campus entrance 16 across the street from the theater. Visit alleytheatre. org/uh for more updates on the upcoming season and detailed information on the relocation. Then get ready for the grand opening of the newly renovated Alley Theatre in the fall of 2015!
Back to the future
By Andrew Huang photos by Melissa fitzgerald
ou won’t find the
latest John Grisham novel, but the Brown Book Shop is one of the nation’s leading technical book stores and most likely where oil and gas and other technology professionals find their summer reading. Founded in 1946, the Brown Book Shop has served Houstonians and the rest of the country for almost 68 years. It’s noteworthy that the Brown Book Shop has new owners who want to continue providing brick and mortar services as well as move the shop into the digital age. Noah Adams and Steve Plumb are keeping a Houston tradition alive.
D o w n t o w n • I guess the first question really needs to be what made you want to get into the bookselling business? N o a h • I was living in L.A. at the time, and I was looking for a new business project in Houston. Houston is where I am from originally and I was looking to come home to be closer to my family. So it just happened that I met Steven Plumb in the community, and that’s where the story of how I became the owner of Brown Book Shop really gets started. In the summer of 2013, then Brown owner Pat Ginther approached Steven and asked him to do a complete overhaul of the business, to see how it could remain viable in an increasingly digital world. Steven liked it so much, we bought the company. D o w n t o w n • For those who are not in the oil and gas business, Brown Book Shop is a cornerstone of the industry when it comes to technical books.
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N o a h • That’s right. The store has been here in Houston since 1946 It’s the only brick and mortar technical bookstore of its kind left in the whole country. We liked the book store so much we decided to acquire it, but it wasn’t until after we came into the store itself that we discovered the magic itself. For instance, the Houston Chronicle did a piece on the acquisition and a few days later Dr. George Rose, a former customer, came into the store. He had seen the article and he brought with him a receipt from 1957 for some books he bought. Just recently another customer came in and bought a book that had been sitting on the shelves for 59
years. You can’t make this kind of stuff up. The stories of the deals made at Brown, the jobs found and the careers made are the stuff of legend. There really is a magic to the store. Our store manager, Melissa Prince, is our resident historian. Not only does she know all the stories, she’s lived them as well. The personal relationship she has with our customers goes on not just for years but for generations. You just don’t see this sort of customer relations anymore. It’s something we’re proud of and going to build on moving forward. D o w n t o w n • So what are your plans for the future? Are you keeping the store open? You mentioned moving it into the digital age. N o a h • Absolutely we are keeping the store itself open. It’s not just the backbone of the new business, it’s the lifeblood. But we have big plans to branch out moving forward. For one, we have added a tools division: BrownToolBox.com. You have no idea
be much more than a portal. Brown Petro will first serve as a news site for the oil and gas business here in Houston and throughout North America and the world. Of course being right here in the heart of the oil and gas capital of the world, Houston, we have a vantage point most others do not. And not just that – yes, we are in Houston, but we are Downtown, in the heart of the heart of it all, so to speak. D o w n t o w n • So you will have news stories about the oil and gas business? What, like newswires and feeds?
how many people come in asking where they can find the tools they need, everybody from welders and riggers to safety inspectors and plumbers. It’s a great way to satisfy our customer base and grow the business at the same time. We are also adding a publishing division. We already carry technical manuals and how-to books by local authors who are well-respected in their specialties. We plan to focus more on these new and upcoming writers and help them establish themselves nationwide, even worldwide. Downtown •
So you will be not just booksellers but book publishers
N o a h • Exactly. But that’s just the beginning. At the core to implementing these new divisions and bolstering the bookstore itself is our new digital media site, BrownPetro.com. Brown Petro will serve as the glue that brings all these businesses together, but it will
n o a h • Oh no. Brown Book Shop is a real one of a kind. Building on that, Brown Petro will also be an original. We write all our own content. All our news stories, articles, industry-specific pieces, it is all original content. This is something we are set on and quite frankly, very proud of. From day one we knew we wanted to be an original, just like the bookstore itself. The media division is headed by Philip Loyd. Philip has 30+ years experience writing financial copy, and that includes oil and gas. He is also our senior editor, and we’re very lucky to have him. Brown Petro is a one-of-a-kind site in that it not only serves up original content on the news of the day, but at the same time focuses on industry professionals as well. We want Brown Petro to cater to the same people who are the customers of the bookstore. Working closely with professional societies, Brown Petro will focus on what these industry professionals need: jobs, software, training, certifications, education, even fun apps. Everything the workingman needs, whether he be behind a desk or out in the field, we will cover it. We are as far away from a portal site as you can get. Like I said, all our content will be original, the oil and gas industry as we see it, not somebody else. For example, we plan on having a jobs section that isn’t some big scary monster of a system. We want to approach jobs at a personal level, working hand-in-hand with execs from real companies. Real jobs for real people, that’s the Brown way. We want to know that when someone comes to our site and applies for a job, it’s a legitimate offer from a legitimate company. We also plan to bring in company execs to show people how to get jobs the real way, through personal networking. The world is turning
back toward a more personal touch. The Brown Book Shop has survived 67 years and is still alive today for a reason, I believe. D o w n t o w n • It sounds like you are filling a need while maintaining much of the core business from all the way back in 1946. N o a h • It makes perfect sense, though. Right now America is going through an oil and gas boom like never before. These new shale formations, like the Bakken in North Dakota, the Marcellus in Pennsylvania, and especially the Eagle Ford right here in Texas, they’re not just going to change the oil and gas industry, they’re going to change the world. Right now salaries for those in the oil and gas industry are through the roof. Some are up as much as 35 percent in the past few years alone. The demand for more skilled labor in the oil and gas business means hundreds of thousands if not millions more workers in the next
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some business the old-fashioned way, by decade alone. We feel our timing could touching base with our already-existing not have been any better. We’re right here customers. We also plan on reaching out alongside it, right at the very beginning. It’s to the oil and gas companies personally, to exciting to think about. Right now we are establish real and lasting relationships. We sitting at the very heart of an industry that feel we have a lot to is going to transform the offer them and want to world and put America Right now America is work on a one-to-one back on top. By next year level. It’s the Brown it is estimated that the U.S. going through way. All you have to do will become the world’s an oil and gas boom is come by some time largest producer of oil. like never before. and you’ll see what I’m By the next decade many talking about. There’s experts believe we will a real magic to the place. Its charms just become completely energy independent. overwhelm you. It happened to me. It happened to Melissa. It happened to Philip. D o w n t o w n • So when does all this begin? It touches everyone in its own way. When do you launch all these new divisions of Brown? D o w n t o w n • Thank you. Of course, we wish you all the luck in your new endeavor. N o a h • It’s started already. Brown Toolbox is up and bringing in sales already, and N o a h • You’re welcome. I always enjoy Brown Petro is built and we expect it to sharing the Brown story. hit the ground running. We plan on doing
LIFE BIG CITY in the
Downtown Residential Comes into its Own BY HOLLY BERETTO
Looking across the Downtown landscape these days, there’s an e n dle s s s t a te o f a cti v ity . It seems everywhere you look, something is happening: construction fencing is going up around projects that will soon break ground; scaffolding and building crews stretch ever upward as they tackle projects in the works; new businesses and residences are coming online. Walk the streets and you’ll see it all around you. But the interesting thing about much of this new hustle and bustle is that much of it is residential. It didn’t happen out of nowhere. But it was a long time coming. 15
Experts watching the city knew that it was essential that Downtown build its residential population if it was going to thrive. From the mid 1990s through the last decade, the city expanded its office and entertainment options, and bringing more housing online was a logical next step. In 2004, many of Downtown’s key stakeholders rolled out the Downtown Houston Framework, citing the goal of having a residential population of 20,000 by 2025. Building on that, the City of Houston and the Houston Downtown Management District worked together to create a plan to help make that happen. While it’s less expensive to build in Houston than it is in other parts of the country, Downtown is still a bigdollar investment for builders and developers (roughly $23,000 per unit). There is a finite amount of land available, and the options for residential construction tend to be in building up, not out, as they can do in suburban developments. The answer was the Downtown Living Initiative (DLI), a program offering
a host of financial incentives for those interested in constructing residential units in the city. Approved by Houston City Council in August 2012, the initiative was initially capped at 2,500 units, all of which needed to be completed by the end of June, 2016. “That created a psychological urgency,” says Bob Eury, president of the Downtown District. “And it also attracted a host of serious businesses to come into our neighborhood, since they were well aware they needed to buy the land for their projects and have them completed by the deadline.” That psychological urgency also created a bandwagon effect, generating so much more interest in the DLI that the District
and the City recently went back to City Council, asking to extend the cap on the project specifications to 5,000 units. The expansion of the program was unanimously approved on April 16. The effect: the sounds of residential construction have become part of the soundtrack of the city.
As we went to press, finishing touches were being applied to SkyHouse Houston, a 24-story, 336-unit residential behemoth at 1625 Main, in the blocks of Leeland, Pease and Fannin. The first Houston project for Atlanta-based Novare Group, 16
which partnered with Simpson Housing on the project, it’s set to open its doors in June. The preview center for the luxury apartment complex opened a few months back at GreenStreet; at press time, nearly 20 percent of the studio, one-, two- and threebedroom units were leased. “We are very bullish on our second SkyHouse project in Texas with Novare and Batson-Cook Development, and the TIRZ tax abatement was a significant factor in our underwriting,” said Scott Henley, senior vice president of Simpson Housing, when the project was announced. “We have made a significant push into the Houston market and are pleased to be executing on a Downtown development with this
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outstanding team.” SkyHouse’s Downtown imprint comes after similar projects in Atlanta, Orlando and Austin. With expected costs of $67 million, the City of Houston approved SkyHouse Houston for a tax abatement of $15,000 per apartment unit. SkyHouse’s posh accommodations feature a rooftop pool and amenity deck, a stateof-the-art fitness center and a spacious clubroom designed for residents to hang out and socialize, as well as use for party space. The apartments have hardwood floors, ceramic tile, Kohler fixtures in the kitchens and bathrooms, Whirlpool stainless-steel appliances and washers and dryers, and floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies affording stunning city views. The average unit will be about 800 square feet and will likely rent for around $1,600 per month. Novare Group president Jim Borders’ excitement is evident., “Our mission with SkyHouse is to find places in dynamic cities where 25- to 34-year-old singles can, with our
developments, experience a great highrise living experience that fits within their budget,” he said. “We are impressed with all that Downtown has to offer SkyHouse residents, and we are very proud to have a shovel in the ground in Houston.”
“I thin k Down town is fi n ally o n t h e v erge o f totally tra nsf o r mi n g i n to what so man y of us i magi n ed it to be. ” RIC CA MP O
That sort of sentiment is echoed by Ric Campo, the chairman and CEO of Camden Properties, which is known throughout the city for its luxury apartments. “I think Downtown is finally on the verge of totally transforming into what so many of us imagined it to be,” he said. His company has long had properties in Midtown and River Oaks and will break ground in the middle of 2015 on a Downtown project. He says the DLI was a tremendous incentive for him. 17
“It shows the city of Houston is willing to be a true partner to developers and can help us create the vibrant residential life we all want to see here in the city,” Campo said. His yet-to-be-named project will take up two city blocks. As we went to press, Campo and his team were still working on the design process for the space, expected to be between 12 and 21 stories. Campo says he expects to attract a blend of young professionals who work Downtown or in the Texas Medical Center and empty nesters looking to downsize who want a residential life filled with amenities. “In many of our properties, I’m seeing this trend of young professionals who want to live close to where they work. Maybe they’re more interested in jumping on light rail or biking to work than in dealing with the stress of a traffic commute,” he explains. “And a huge growth has been with empty nesters, who are coming in from the suburbs, saying ‘I don’t want to deal with the big house and the yard anymore. I’m done. I’m coming inside the Loop.’ ” Campo says that his company’s personal “sweet spot” is to create “small units with high-end amenities.” He expects nearly 80 percent of the Downtown project’s single units will be one-bedroom and studios, with another 20 percent being either twobedroom apartments or one-bedroom spaces with a study. “The couple with the kids off to college who are looking to downsize know it’s tough to go from a 2,500-square-foot house to an 800-square-foot apartment, so we find they are more interested in larger units. But young professionals are happy with a
smaller space and lots of places in the complex for gatherings, like a great pool and fitness center.”
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“Downtown living caught momentum in the late 1990s,” says Paige Martin, a broker-associate with Keller Williams Realty and the owner of HoustonProperties.com. “And the folks who came here then were really early adapters. After the Super Bowl in 2002, we saw a little less rah-rah and some darker days, where the nightlife was just bars and clubs, and there wasn’t necessarily a strong infrastructure for what many people wanted in a living environment.” But, she’s quick to point out, those living in Downtown through all the transitions always knew the heart of the city was the place to be.” “And now, as we’re coming off the market crash of 2008 – which we as a city weathered a lot better than anyone else – we’re seeing revitalization efforts in our Downtown Historic District, we saw a new wave of retail and restaurants come in, there are more services in the area.” An enthusiastic booster for Downtown living, Martin lives in the Franklin Lofts and loves the experience. It’s something she’s able to point out to her clients, who may be hesitant about living in the city. As a real estate agent, she works with buyers and sellers all over the city, and she loves being able to ply her trade in a market that’s seen 33 consecutive months of growth. But she feels there’s something special about Downtown. “Right now, with both the rental and purchase market, Downtown is really strong,” she says. “Something that might have taken four months to see is now often going in the first few weeks, and we’re starting to see property values going back up to 2007 levels. It’s just a really exciting time to be here. You go around, walking the streets, and you just see the whole skyline change all around you.” Terry Stanfield agrees. He’s a Realtor with Heritage Texas Properties (see our Hot Co. profile on page 4), who’s been living in Downtown for the last 15 years. “I’m thrilled to watch the way we have more residential options happening here in the heart of the city,” he says. “We have more restaurants, more grocery stores, more places to go out and walk. Those are all great selling points for Downtown.” Stanfield says he’s spent his whole career
downtown, and he’s heard over and over again some form of “If only Downtown had this or that, we’d love to live here.” Martin’s heard it too, and they agree it’s something of a chicken-and-egg argument. “People tell me, when Downtown has more restaurants or more grocery stores, I’ll come live here,” says Stanfield. “Meanwhile, investors and business people are thinking, when Downtown has more residents, we’ll come in and build. And we’re here now.” He likens it to the idea from the movie 20
Field of Dreams, “if you build it, they will come.” Both Stanfield and Martin say they’re definitely seeing people come. “It’s so easy to live here now.” Martin says. “There are so many more options than people think about. There’s Phoenicia Specialty Foods or Georgia’s Market both located Downtown or Whole Foods on Waugh for grocery shopping. You can go to a Dynamo game and explore EaDo, or hop on the rail to Reliant to watch a football
“ I’m t h r illed to watc h t h e way we h av e mor e r eside n ti al o p ti o n s h ap p e n i n g h e r e i n t he h e art o f t h e city. We h av e mo r e r estau r a n ts , mo r e g r o cery sto r es , mo r e p l aces to g o out an d wal k . Th o se are a ll g r e at selli n g p o i n ts f o r Down town . ”
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game. Some of the best performing arts in the country are within walking distance.” “I’m excited to see how we’ve built up our parks and green spaces,” adds Stanfield, who says those things might be taken for granted by those who come to work every day in Downtown, then decamp for other places, but they’re not to be underestimated. They’re a huge selling point for Downtown residential and they add to the neighborhood’s quality of life. “We’ve planted more trees, we have more sidewalks. I go walking nearly every morning along Buffalo Bayou, and it’s wonderful to see what’s being done there in terms of beautification. My clients love to see so much happening in terms of how Downtown life can be what they expect.” Those city improvements, both big and small, are translating to sales. Stanfield estimates he had 80 closings last year, and a healthy chunk were second homeowners, people with primary residences in Katy or The Woodlands, who were taking their first steps into Downtown living by purchasing a pied-a-terre in Downtown. He echoes Campo’s sentiment about some of his older buyers. “Retirees don’t want the bother of the pool and the lawn and the upkeep. But, they can buy a place in Downtown and have a great living space.” 21
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So, where and how does Downtown go from here? Onward and upward is the prevailing sentiment. There seems to be no stopping the excitement and expansion happening in the city center. Bobby Heugel, who opened craft cocktail haven Anvil five years ago, and now owns The Pastry War on Main Street in the Historic District, says many of his regulars at the tequilaria are Downtown residents. “And they tell us they love that there are places like this, and so many others, here. The loyalty of clientele is definitely here for business owners, and the support we get from all our guests – and Downtown residents in particular – is great. Having that kind of support in place is an important step for someone thinking about opening a place Downtown.” That’s something on which Hank and Brian Fasthoff, the brothers behind Market Square’s Batanga, which just celebrated its first anniversary, agree. “We feel such a part of this neighborhood,” said Hank. “Both in the support we’ve received from fellow business owners, but also from our guests, many of whom are residents of Downtown and have become regulars. There is such a feeling of family.” Building off that feeling are statistics that indicate Downtown is ever-growing and that its popularity shows no sign of waning. Martin’s HoustonProperties.com released a report showing that EaDo (East
Downtown) is one of the best performing real estate neighborhoods in the city over the past decade with a 209 percent median sales price increase. She says that many are forecasting EaDo to continue its growth due to light rail, the new BBVA Compass Stadium and a substantial growth in new retail establishments. In addition, last year Downtown Houston condos had the best performance since 2007. According to Martin, the median sales price of condos in Downtown Houston has improved 59 percent over the last five years. “The downtown Houston rental market had its best year ever,” she said. “Thanks to a combination of low inventory and rising prices. The average price per square foot of Downtown rentals increased 30 percent over the past five years.” News like that is great for developers like Campo and the team behind SkyHouse, but it also means that buyers and renters can look forward to more projects coming online. And Campo knows that those looking for a truly integrated work-life balance are going to find Downtown at the top of the list of their living choices. “I love the availability of choice that happens in Downtown,” he said. “You have the ballpark, you have the ballet, you have multiple event venues for everything from dinner and a drink to parties. It’s an amazing atmosphere. I absolutely understand why people love living Downtown.” 22
“It’s evolved so much,” Martin says of the neighborhood she calls home. “When we first moved in, we were like the pioneers. And now, I have so much available to me, and I get it all just by walking out my front door.” With so many new residential spaces becoming available, the vibe of Downtown is likely to change – for the better. Developers and realtors agree that more residents moving into Downtown mean more opportunities for other businesses, and that influx also has the potential to increase the value of office and hotel properties, not to mention existing private residences. And because DLI’s guidelines require developers to pay attention to how their projects fit into the streetscape, the new spaces should fold nicely into the rhythm of the thriving city core. “There’s this crazy statistic that our company has,” muses Campo. “1.4 people live in each of our units. But there are .3-.4 dogs to each apartment. So, if you build 3,000 apartments, you wind up with about 900 dogs. And there’s something that happens then: dog owners go out and walk and they meet other dog owners. In Downtown, there are so many places for walking; all the new building is bound to create this fantastic street life. Downtown is already vibrant. So, it’s fantastic to see all this unfold as we move forward.”
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175 years of
Sanctuary Christ Church Cathedral Keeps the Faith Downtown
by sandra cook
ocated between the Historic District and Minute Maid Park, at the corner of Texas Avenue and Fannin, stands the Gothic architecture and graceful courtyard of Christ Church Cathedral. The iconic Cathedral has a history of welcoming Houstonians of all backgrounds, faiths and circumstances. For 175 years, the church has proven itself as a hospitable gathering spot, a place to feel joy and a sanctuary to share grief with fellow citizens. The church began in 1839, just as the newly established city of Houston was platted. The entire city consisted of about 60 blocks in those days â&#x20AC;&#x201C; barely one-sixth of the blocks that we call Downtown Houston today. During the early days, it took serious commitment to move to Houston, not to mention the leap of faith required to establish an enduring place of worship. Conditions were rough and the citizens were rougher during Texasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; independence. In 1837, the population of Houston grew from 12 to 1,500 in the span of four months. That population was infamous for drunkenness, dueling, prostitution, and profanity. Pigs were actually employed to clean the streets. From 1839 to 1867, yellow fever wiped out staggering numbers of citizens.
It has been said that the rood screen was actually made for a Roman Catholic church, but somehow ended up at Christ Church instead. When the adjacent furniture store burned in 1938, Christ Church caught fire at its chancel area, where the roof collapsed. Numerous accounts recall a fireman who tirelessly sprayed the wooden rood screen with water to save it and the rest of the church from the fire. Today, only minor charring shows on the altar side of the screen. News of the damage to the church moved many citizens across Houston. Contributions came from people of many denominations and many faiths to facilitate the rebuilding of the church. Architects William Ward Watkin and Carl A. Mulvey drew up the plans for the restoration.
Compelled by context Christ Church, like other institutions and businesses of the era, overcame adversity, too. As early as 1837, Episcopal priests who visited Houston were writing letters to their Spirit of Missions about the great missionary potential of the foreign land of Texas. Christ Church was officially founded on March 16, 1839. “The Allen brothers offered to give the half block at Fannin and Texas to the church with the stipulation that they build a brick church within two years,” says longtime Christ Church Cathedral Docent Rick Newlin. “Well, they couldn’t get it built that fast, so the church had to pay the Allen brothers $400 for the land, which they did bit by bit.” Christ Church’s first rector was the Rev. Charles Gillett of Connecticut. He led the congregation to construct
its first church building in 1845. The brick church faced Fannin Street. The Rt. Rev. George Washington Freeman, the bishop of the Southwest who had provisional charge of the church in Texas at the time, consecrated the building in 1847. The congregation grew and grew, and thus additions and new church buildings followed. Christ Church’s current building dates back to 1893. It was designed by J. Arthur Tempest and Silas McBee in the Gothic Revival style. The intricate brickwork and Gothic arched windows are reminiscent of centuriesold European churches, rather than the rough-and-tumble days of 1890s Houston. Inside the cathedral, the more than one dozen stained glass windows include one that is the certified work of Tiffany Studios. Framing the chancel area, the ornately carved oak rood screen separates the chancel from the nave.
Spirit of music According to Associate Minister for Music and Organist Bruce Power, the church’s first organ was installed in 1876 and lasted until 1938, but wasn’t ruined by the fire. The church had already decided to replace the organ and had ordered it a few months before the fire from Boston-based Aeolian Skinner. Installed in 1939, the organ was a revolutionary design at the time. The remarkable instrument was enlarged in 1957 and 1967. For pipe organ statisticians, the organ currently has 77 ranks and 4,470 pipes. Music has played a crucial role in the life of the church since the early days. Whether you are an active member of the congregation who sings the hymns every Sunday, or a downtown passerby who experiences the hourly chimes of the Cathedral’s tower, the music of this church has touched your soul. Robert Simpson, Christ Church’s current Canon for Music (director of music), has been with the church since 1993. “It’s been 20 fantastic years,” says Simpson, who also directs the Houston Chamber Choir. “The way this parish operates is quite remarkable compared to the churches I previously worked with in Atlanta and Orlando. Music has been for many decades one of the defining elements of Christ Church Cathedral. It has enjoyed a string of
“The way that the Cathedral has responded to the community is leading the community to respond to the Cathedral.” t h e v e r y r e v. barkley thompson
had black members before and after the exceptional musicians. My predecessor Civil War, and their children attended Clyde Holloway taught at Rice the Sunday school. Friday Carr, a University’s Shepherd School of Music former sexton, was among them and for more than 30 years.” is commemorated in a plaque in the Even during the tough times, the entrance to the Cathedral. music was a driving force for the “The way that the Cathedral has congregation. “During those dark times responded to the community is leading the music was so important,” says the community to respond to the Simpson. “Organists, such as William Cathedral,” says The Very Rev. Barkley Barnard, made lasting contributions in Thompson, Dean since February 2013. the form of compositions. For so many “We are seeing new faces at worship years the choir has stayed strong.” weekly – all ages, college kids, empty The church has kept it simple, using nesters and retirees. In a time when all only the trained voices of the choir main line denominations are shrinking, and the magnificence of the organ. we are growing. Last year our worship Churchgoers won’t encounter guitars, drums, or bouncing balls on big screens. attendance grew by 11 percent. We are currently drawing 650-700 people on “Our choir of 60 voices includes 12 a Sunday.” professional vocalists,” says Simpson. “The children’s Treble Choir, directed by my wife, Marianna Parnas-Simpson, performs at Carnegie Hall this June. For better or worse Part of the mission of the Cathedral For all of its 175 years, the church has been to support the choir in has remained faithful to its location. reaching the greater community. The Certainly, the conditions of its first choir has traveled to perform in few decades proved challenging for Europe and England about every three the church, but each new era brought years since 1997, including St. Paul’s obstacles. Cathedral and Yorkminster in England.” During the 1920s, property values were on the rise. “The Houston PostDispatch Building (now the Magnolia Hotel) was underway across the street D o o r s a lway s o pe n from the church,” says Newlin. In Since its founding, Christ Church 1925, the Hogg brothers offered Dean has served people of many religions Peter Gray Sears $750,000 for Christ and races. The first rector conducted funerals for Roman Catholics, weddings Church’s half block on Texas Avenue. “Dean Sears wanted to sell and move for Jews, and taught the catechism to to where people were living, places children of servants. The first Bishop of Texas, the Rt. Rev. Alexander Gregg, like River Oaks, and the congregation voted no, and he asked the vestry for was a Southern aristocrat who believed a second vote and the vestry said no,” that blacks and whites should worship says Newlin. “He took that as a vote under the same roof. Christ Church
of no-confidence so he resigned from the pulpit and went on to start Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church on Main Street.” In 1949, the centennial year of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, Christ Church became the official Cathedral Church of the Diocese, and known as Christ Church Cathedral from that point on, and further solidified its location.
Ups and downs Newlin says the Rev. J. Pittman McGehee, who served Christ Church throughout the 1980s, reinvigorated the church, which was much needed after the lean years of the ’70s. “He was a young man and a very charismatic speaker,” says Newlin. “His 10 o’clock adult hour drew a huge crowd. He started the tour guide program in 1978, that’s when I became a docent. He also took suggestions to help build the church population.” The suggestions yielded the docent tours, the Cathedral House Episcopal School and The Cloister restaurant, which features Cajun fare from Treebeards. “I came to Christ Church Cathedral in 1976, one of the lowest points of the church,” says Newlin. “There was no Dean at that time, Robert Gibson had left and the interim bishop that had been appointed had died. There was no actual leadership at the time – those were the dark days.” Newlin echoes Robert Simpson’s sentiments about the music of the church. “We came back because of the music,” says Newlin. “The music never
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Reflecting on WWI
This August marks the 175th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I. Take a docent tour to learn about the WWI memorial and the Cathedral’s WWI crucifixion window, which features images of not only Biblical figures of crucifixion, but also WWI doughboy, soldier, USO volunteer and Red Cross nurse. This fall, the church will honor the era with a lecture series and dean’s hour class on that theme to reflect on the impact of the war. Find event details at www.christchurchcathedral.org.
“The outreach and the history of outreach to the community was another big part of why people started coming back and why the community grew and rebounded.” l i s a p u cc i o
fell into disrepair. In those days, if we had 100 people at 11 o’clock on Sunday, that was a big crowd. It wasn’t called the Historic District back then. It was the seedy district. There were things you didn’t want your children to see happening on the streets.” “When I came here in 1982, it was not the time to come and worship Downtown,” says Lisa Puccio, Minister of Children and Families at Christ Church since 2002. “I think at that time the Downtown business people were supporting the church and found something different here in the church and in the music than anywhere else.” “There was a McDonald’s on the corner of Texas and Main and that was the big attraction in the area,” says Robert Simpson. “It was desolate in every direction. The Rice had been closed for years, there was no ballpark,
buildings were empty, lots were vacant. The stewards of Downtown deserve a lot of credit for the environment we are all enjoying now.” Puccio also cites Christ Church’s place in the business community and the support of longtime parishioners as reasons why her family chose to join the church. “The outreach and the history of outreach to the community was another big part of why people started coming back and why the community grew and rebounded,” says Puccio. “Today, we have a huge family ministry and a large Sunday school population, and that has to do with the identity and makeup of the parish.” “My immediate predecessor Joe Reynolds founded The Beacon, which seeks to provide supportive services with the end goal to end
chronic homelessness,” says Rev. Barkley Thompson. “There may be other parishes that can name that kind of legacy, but I don’t know of them,” says Thompson. “It’s important to say, as a newcomer, that’s what attracted me. Much of my sense of calling to this place, was looking at Christ Church, looking at Downtown Houston and looking at Houston writ large, and realizing the oversized footprint for good that the Cathedral has in this community. I’ve served in Tennessee, I’ve served in Virginia, I have been active in Arkansas and Chicago. I have never encountered a congregation that has been so committed to its context. Today, the church owns two vibrant blocks Downtown, brimming with church activities, school children, offices and outreach efforts.
Looking forward Thompson says the church will embrace its context in new ways moving forward. “Thousands of new housing units are going up in Downtown Houston over the next five years – literally thousands,” says Thompson. “We are anticipating that.” “We have been faithful to our context (for 175 years), but our new context includes having an actual parish,” he says. “In the life of the church, a parish is a geographic area from which your parishioners come. To date, congregation members have traveled through other parishes to get to the Cathedral. Those anticipated parishioners are likely to be largely Gen Xers and Millennials, who, according to Rev. Thompson, tend to first connect to a church not by attending traditional services, but through alternative events and activities. “Part of our vision is
to develop those points of connection, says Thompson. “I have no doubt that these young people are just as – if not more – spiritually hungry than other generations.” Christ Church is also developing a spirituality center. “The center will offer to all people who live in our parish, activities and services such as centering prayer, yoga, meditation, icon painting and walking the labyrinth. “The church has never been more vibrant than it is today,” says music director Robert Simpson. “It’s a much more diverse congregation than it’s ever been,” says docent Rick Newlin. “Part of the Cathedral’s enduring legacy, and its ongoing mission, is to be a place for all people seeking the love of God in Christ,” says Rev. Thompson. “That does not mean we are a tolerant community. Tolerance is a passive characteristic. It means we are
a nurturing and embracing community – that’s an active characteristic. We are a community of faith that is nurturing and embracing to all of God’s people. Anyone can walk through that door and be completely yourself, no matter where you are in your faith journey.” “That’s why we drove from West University and Meyerland to bring our families to the Cathedral,” says Lisa Puccio. “This was the atmosphere that we wanted our children to be raised in. For at least 32 years that’s been the real cornerstone of this parish’s identity. Amongst the congregation there are many, many different backgrounds, beliefs, socioeconomic statuses. There are people with diverse political and social views that accept one another. I think that has been one of the most important things that has kept most of us here.”
Edited by Angie Bertinot & nicole m arin
photo by melissa fitzgerald
Not your average bowling alley, Lucky Strike is a premium dining and entertainment destination.
32 summer 2014
the guide to eating downtown
L 17 Restaurant The New American Found in the lobby of the luxurious Sam Houston Hotel, this lush and lavish destination oozes elegance. Detailed American cuisine and smart service make this a restaurant of note. thesamhoustonhotel.com. 1117 Prairie, 832.200.8800. D Daily. $$$ L Andalucia Restaurant & Bar Tapas/Spanish Dim lighting, large wooden tables and heavy iron accents provide for a cozy, rustic atmosphere. The menu features large dishes, such as paella for up to 16 people, and tapas that range from the traditional such as gambas al ajillo (shrimp cooked in olive oil and garlic) and empanadas, to veal tongue and oxtail. andaluciatapas.com. GreenStreet, 1201 San Jacinto, 832.319.6675. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. $$ L Artista American Artista offers inspirational contemporary American cuisine and theatrical ambiance with high ceilings, glass walls and sweeping views of the Downtown skyline. cordua.com. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby, 713.278.4782. L Mon-Fri; D Mon-Sat (Open for L & D on Sun only if a theater performance is scheduled). $$$ Atrium Lobby Lounge Contemporary Located inside the Doubletree Hotel overlooking the Allen Center courtyard. Relax after a busy day and enjoy your favorite beverage or a bite to eat while you catch up on the day’s news on the wide screen TV. Doubletree Hotel, 400 Dallas, 713.759.0202. L, D & LN Daily. $$ L Azuma Sushi & Robata Bar Japanese/Sushi Voted “Best Sushi in Houston” by Citysearch. com, this new-age Japanese restaurant is anything but typical. The ambience is terrific, the sushi is innovative and fresh and the outside seating area provides great people watching. azumajapanese.com. 909 Texas, 713.223.0909. L Mon-Fri; D Mon-Sun; LN Fri & Sat. $$ Ballpark Café American Enjoy the all-American cuisine and a nostalgic atmosphere for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Just across the street from Minute Maid Park, Ballpark Café is a great place to have a pre/post-game meal. westin.com/Houston-Downtown. The Westin Houston Downtown, 1520 Texas, 713.228.1520. B & L Daily. $ L Bangkok Chef Thai A casual Thai joint that keeps booths packed with hungry downtowners looking for eclectic dishes to satisfy their spice cravings. And there’s a pretty tempting happy hour for drinks and nibbles under $5. bkchef.com. 914 Main Street, #125, 713.659.1600. L & D Mon-Sat. $$ L Barnaby’s at Market Square American A local favorite, Barnaby’s serves up oversized sandwiches, salads and burgers, putting a Southwest spin on traditional deli dishes. Colorful murals adorn the walls of the restaurant along with large windows for a perfect view of the park. barnabyscafe.com. 801 Congress, 713.226.8787. L Mon-Sat, D Fri-Sat. $
L Batanga Tapas + Drinks Latin This tapas joint whips up delicious dishes inspired from Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Chile – anywhere that sangria is served. The spacious patio is as good as it gets when it comes to outdoor dining with its festive twinkle lights, great music and stellar views of the Historic District and Market Square Park. batangahouston.com. 908 Congress, 713.224.9500. L & D Daily. BR Sat & Sun. $$ L Benihana of Tokyo Japanese While some restaurants allow their guests to view the kitchen, this Japanese grill brings the kitchen to you. Benihana chefs set up shop right in front of your table. The meal is made from scratch, and you can witness the entire show. benihana.com. 1318 Louisiana, 713.659.8231. L & D Daily. $$$ Birraporetti’s Italian This Italian restaurant/Irish bar is a Theater District staple. Their delicious pizzas continue to hit the spot, while items such as the chicken picatta and La Dolce Vita have become standouts. Enjoy a signature dessert to finish the meal. birrarestaurant.com. 500 Louisiana, 713.224.9494. L, D & LN Daily. $$ The Bistro American The Bistro is a full-service restaurant serving up breakfast and dinner in a casual atmosphere. Courtyard by Marriott, 916 Dallas, 832.366.1600. B & D Daily. $ L Bistro Lancaster New American Located in the historic Lancaster Hotel, this cozy getaway is a great place to dine before catching a show in the Theater District. You’ll find hearty soups, sizzling steaks and savory seafood. thelancaster.com. Lancaster Hotel, 701 Texas, 713.228.9502. B, L & D Daily. $$$$ Blue Fish Sushi Japanese Not your typical Japanese restaurant. Don’t expect small, minimal décor. Be prepared for innovative sushi in a high-energy atmosphere at Bayou Place. thebluefishsushi.com. 550 Texas, 713.225.3474. L Mon-Fri; D Mon-Sat. $$ L Bombay Pizza Co. Indian Fusion Fusing the cuisines of India with pizza, innovative creations are served on a homemade, dense, thin and crispy crust. Try the saag paneer, which is topped with fresh spinach and four cheeses or the Gateway to India topped with cilantro, tandoori chicken, garlic and artichoke hearts. bombaypizzaco.com. 914 Main, 713.654.4444. L Mon-Fri, D Mon- Sat. $ Bon Jour Café Deli Offering soups, sandwiches and salads. 945 Capitol, 713.237.0419. B & L Mon-Fri. $ Bouray’s Burrito Bar Fast Food Bouray’s offers made-to-order Mexican and Vietnamese food using ingredients that are prepared fresh daily. bourays.com. 609 Clay, 713.652.5999. L Mon-Fri. $ Brazos Restaurant American Upscale seafood and casual American fare come together in a Texaschic atmosphere. Newly refurbished, black booths and white tablecloths offer elegance and décor not typically found in hotel restaurants. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1700 Smith, 713.495.7854. B, L & D Daily. $$$
L Brown Bag Deli Fast Casual Located in the Houston Club building, Brown Bag Deli serves up tasty, fresh sandwiches “just like you like it.” Known for its fluffy, soft bread you won’t be disappointed and neither will your wallet. thebrownbagdeli.net. 702 Main, 713.224.7000. L Mon-Fri. $ Buzz Barista Coffee House This full-service espresso bar offers much more than caffeinated beverages for a morning fix. People on the go can grab fresh-baked pastries, Naked juices, yogurt parfaits and fruit cups along with their brewed delights. B & L Mon-Fri. 811 Main, 713.228.3033. $ The Cafe American Located in the lobby of the Hilton Americas. An elaborate buffet is offered for breakfast, with a la carte selections from the menu available for lunch and dinner. Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar, 713.739.8000. B, L, D & LN Daily. $$ L Cafe Express Fast Casual Need to grab a quick lunch? Cafe Express is an informal yet sophisticated choice. You can always find a variety of delicious entrees, salads and sandwiches. cafe-express.com. 650 Main, 713.237.9222. B & L Mon-Sat. $ China Garden Chinese A popular Chinese restaurant, China Garden has been serving downtown for more than 30 years. Their egg rolls and lemon chicken have become favorites. 1602 Leeland, 713.652.0745. L Mon-Fri. D Daily. $
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bites, booze & bowling C r ava b l e F o o d E x p e r i e n c e i s R e i n c a r n at e d at Lucky Strike By Nicole Marin
Not your typical bowling experience, At Lucky Strike, you won’t see little kids
running around everywhere or experience the awful taste of undercooked hotdogs and stale buns. Instead, you’ll hear the crashing of bowling pins with the sound of cocktail shakers in the background and savor the fresh ingredients used in each item on the flavor-filled menu. Lucky Strike has offered a premium bowling, gaming and entertainment experience for the past 10 years, so it’s only fitting that it has a menu that reflects the fun atmosphere that its customers enjoy so much. That’s why the leading boutique bowling venue recently rolled out a new and improved menu with multiple made-from-scratch, fresh, high-quality dishes. “All of the items on the menu are either completely new or re-vamped,” said Lucky Strike’s National Culinary Director, Kip Wotanowicz, “Our new menu shows our commitment to serving only the best ingredients and most unique and flavorful recipes to our guests.” The extra-tasty, extra-cheesy, Mama’s Mac N Cheese, which can be topped with truffle oil, roasted chilis, bacon, roasted chicken, slow-braised short ribs or avocado, is new to the menu, but has quickly become a fan favorite. The Chipotle Quesadilla is also a must-try with its warm flour tortillas, melted sharp white cheddar and Oaxaca cheeses and spicy chipotle aioli-adding roasted chicken or slow-braised short ribs is highly recommended! However, no trip to Lucky Strike is complete without an order
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of their signature dish, the Belgian fries, with homemade sauces for dipping. In addition to its delicious new food items, Lucky Strike has added 14 mouthwatering handcrafted cocktails to its menu, some of which were created by top mixologist, Charlotte Voisey. Each drink is made with premium liquor, like the Pink Elephant, which consists of Grey Goose, triple sec, peach liqueur, and the perfect blend of orange, pineapple and cranberry juices–not too strong and not too sweet. In honor of the company’s 10th anniversary, Lucky Strike is celebrating throughout the year with a Burger of the Month program which rolled out in January and showcases the talent of its very skilled group of chefs. Each month, a theme is presented to the members of the Lucky Strike culinary team, who then submit their entries for that month’s specialty burger. Only one chef wins each month, but at the end of the year, the topselling burger will be permanently added to the Lucky Strike menu in 2015. We’re sure the final winner will bowl a strike with customers along with the rest of the new Bites & Booze menu!
Chipotle Mexican Known for its large portions, this Mexican fast casual spot offers a variety of wholesome menu items. chipotle.com. 909 Texas, 713.225.6633. L & Early D Mon-Fri. $
cantina-inspired menu is chock full of tasty tacos with fresh toppings like pomegranate salsa, charred scallions, pumpkin seeds and more. elbigbad.com 419 Travis, 713.229.8181. L, D & LN Mon-Fri; D & LN Sat & Sun, BR Sun. $$
L Corner Bakery Fast Casual A bakery cafe, offering fresh breads, salads, sandwiches, soups and sweets in a casual atmosphere. Located right on Main Street Square, you can’t beat the people watching or just relax and watch the rail line and Main Street Square’s jumping fountains. cornerbakery.com. 1000 Main, 713.651.0673. B & L Mon-Fri. $
L Flying Saucer Pub Fare Offering more than 200 beers, almost half on draft, Flying Saucer is a beer drinker’s paradise. Excellent staff and tasty eats give the place an identity all its own. beerknurd.com. 705 Main, 713.228.7468. L, D & LN Daily. $
L Crossroads at House of Blues Southern Classic Crossroads at HOB serves Southern-inspired classic dishes such as voodoo shrimp, St. Louis ribs and the Cajun classic, Creole jambalaya. Praise the Lord and pass the biscuits, you can’t miss Kirk Franklin’s Sunday Gospel Brunch. hob.com. GreenStreet, 1204 Caroline, 888.402.5837. L & D Daily. $$ Domino’s Pizza 975 McKinney, 713.227.3030. $ Don Patron Bar & Grill Mexican Good Mexican food and margaritas, Don Patron is great for lunch and a good spot for an after-work happy hour. Available on weekends for private parties. donpatron.com. 500 Dallas, One Allen Center. B, L & D Mon-Fri. $$ L The Downtown Aquarium Seafood The menu features a huge variety and offers something for everyone. While dining, guests are surrounded by a 150,000-gallon aquarium. Enjoy the sights and a great meal at this family-friendly spot. aquariumrestaurants.com. 410 Bagby, 713.223.3474. L & D Daily. $$
L Frank’s Pizza Pizza Home of the “late-night slice,” Frank’s Pizza has built a quality reputation for itself serving up delicious food in a great atmosphere. Not only can you grab a slice of pizza, Frank’s also serves up darn good hamburgers, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, Buffalo wings, lasagna and salads. frankspizza.com. 417 Travis, 713.225.5656. L & D Daily; LN Fri & Sat. $ L Fusion Taco Latin/Japanese Taking the best from Asian and Latin cuisine, Fusion Taco comes up with creations like jerk chicken tacos, chickentikka masala quesadillas and Asian pulled pork flautas. An extensive beer and wine selection rounds out the menu. fusiontaco.com. 801 Congress, 713.422.2882. L & D Mon-Sat. $ Georgia’s Market Downtown American The market is stocked with fresh organic produce, grass-fed meats, prepared foods and snacks and home basics, while the cafe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner from its organic buffet and a bistro menu. georgiasmarket.com. 420 Main at Prairie, 713.225.0990. B, L & D Daily. $
Bayou Place, 570 Texas, 713.227.1392. L, D & LN Daily. $$ L Hearsay Gastro Lounge New American Located in a beautifully refurbished historic building, this upscale restaurant and lounge serves up delicious sandwiches, salads and entrees. They feature an extensive wine list, numerous beers on draft and bottle and premium liquors with a focus on Scotch whisky. hearsayhouston.com. 218 Travis, 713.225.8079. L Daily; D Mon-Sat; LN Fri–Sat. $$ Home Plate Bar & Grill Classic American A great hangout spot before or after an Astros ballgame. Enjoy a full menu of all-American favorites. homeplategrill.com. 1800 Texas, 713.222.1993. L & D Daily (may close earlier during off-season so call first). $ L Hubcap Grill American Classic Small but packs a punch. One of the best burger joints in town. 1111 Prairie, 713.223.5885. L Mon-Sat. $ L Irma’s Mexican Irma Galvan has been crowned Houston’s Tex-Mex goddess. This authentic spot is a longtime favorite among Houston politicos and downtown business people. Traditional, homecooked Mexican cuisine is served for breakfast and lunch on weekdays. 22 North Chenevert, 713.222.0767. B & L Mon-Fri; D Thu-Sat. $$ L Irma’s New Southwest Grill Mexican Irma’s second location is a hip spot to satisfy a Mexican food craving. Enjoy tasty foods and great drinks for lunch or dinner. Only a few short blocks from Minute Maid Park. irmassouthwest.com. 1314 Texas, 713.247.9651. B & L Mon-Fri. Open on Astros baseball game days and nights three hours before first pitch. $$
L Droubi Bro. Mediterranean Grill Mediterranean This authentic Mediterranean grill offers up a quick and satisfying spot for lunch. Pita sandwiches are popular. 507 Dallas, 713.652.0058. L Mon-Fri. $
L Goro & Gun Asian This Historic District haunt is a gathering place for all things cool. Chow down homemade ramen and Asian-inspired comfort food. Their creative cocktails can’t be beat, so happy hour is a must! twitter.com/gorongun. 306 Main. 832.708.6195. L & D Mon-Sat. $$
Eats Mesquite Grill Classic American Craving a burger downtown? Popular for its juicy burgers and great-tasting fries, Eats makes for a great lunchtime stop. Guests can make their burgers exactly how they like them. 804 Milam, 713.223.3287. L Mon-Fri. $
L The Grove American Rustic This two-story, ultra-urban restaurant is found at Discovery Green. The menu features rustic American cuisine such as Gulf Coast seafood, steaks and signature rotisserie dishes. grovehouston.com. Discovery Green, 1611 Lamar, 713.337.7321. L & D Daily. $$$
Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches Deli All subs are served on your choice of fresh-baked French bread or thick-sliced seven-grain bread or try the low-carb lettuce wrap: all the regular sandwich ingredients without the bread. jimmyjohns.com. 820 Main, 713.222.9995. L Mon-Sat. $
L Einstein’s Bagels Deli Known as a great place to grab freshly-baked bagels and coffee for breakfast, they also serve up delectable lunch choices that include paninis, melts and pizza bagels. Be an office hero and use the catering service to treat your work pals. einsteinbros.com. 1200 Louisiana, 713.375.4775. B, L & LN Mon-Sun. $
L Guadalajara del Centro Mexican This familyowned restaurant consistently serves up tasty food in a new, very cool environment. It’s the perfect place to bring the family or a large group of co-workers or friends. Great happy hour specials. guadalajarahacienda.com. GreenStreet, 1201 San Jacinto, 713.650.0101. L & D Daily. $$
The Lake House Fast Casual The Lake House offers family-friendly food, featuring burgers, Kobe beef hot dogs, salads, shakes, wine and beer. Located on Kinder Lake, there is a large patio where you can watch model boats race across the water or listen to some live music from the nearby amphitheater stage. thelakehousehouston.com. Discovery Green, 1611 Lamar. L Tue & Wed, L & Early D Thu-Sun. $
new! El Big Bad Mexican Brought to you by the El Gran Malo crew, this casual Tex-Mex restaurant brings hand-crafted tequila infusions, specialty margaritas and craft beers to the table. The gastro-
Hard Rock Café Classic American What do you get when you mix a music-themed diner with an all-American menu? Hard Rock is a great family-friendly spot serving up items such as burgers, nachos and chicken varieties. hardrock.com.
Jason’s Deli Deli Order to please, Jason’s will make your sandwich or salad exactly how you like it. jasonsdeli.com. 901 McKinney, 713.650.1500. B & L Mon-Fri. $
L La Palapa Fast Food A Courthouse District favorite, there’s always a line at this free-standing pink concession stand for breakfast tacos and hamburgers. 1110 Preston, 713.228.9620. B & L Mon-Fri. $
Lacey’s Deli Deli The sandwiches are fresh, tasty, and affordable. We recommend the Italian Stallion which has homemade meatballs and marinara with sliced beef and sausage. laceysdeli.com. 416 Caroline, 713.237.0000. L Mon-Fri. $ L Last Concert Cafe Mexican Tucked away in the Warehouse District, this Tex-Mex cafe was born in 1949 and still supplies tasty food and local music today. Spend some time on the leafy back patio and you’ll swear you’re in your neighbor’s backyard throwing back a cold one. lastconcert.com. 1403 Nance, 713.226.8563. L Mon-Fri; D Mon-Sun; LN Fri-Sat; Bar & live music Tue-Sat. $ L Line & Lariat Modern American An award-winning dining experience located in the historic lobby of Hotel Icon’s landmark bank building. The intimate dining room is extravagant, and the exquisite dishes from the Gulf Coast and South Texas emphasize fresh ingredients. A contemporary lounge with a modern setting for cocktails and an elegant after-work meeting place. hotelicon.com. Hotel Icon, 220 Main, 832.667.4470. B Daily; D Mon-Sat. $$$ Little Napoli Italian Theater and moviegoers can now enjoy these southern Italian dishes before the big show! The healthy options, such as whole wheat pizza crust and low-fat cheeses, are a nice touch. littlenapoli.net. 540 Texas, 713.225.3900. $$ Luby’s, etc. American Enjoy an incredible view of downtown along with 10 food stations offering a wide variety of goodies: a build-your-own salad bar, made-to-order grill, pizza by-the-slice, delightful deli, global café and traditional Luby’s cafeteria line with all the classic dishes. lubysetc.com. 1301 Fannin, 13th Floor, 713.759.9954. B & L Mon–Fri. $ Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge American Bowlers and patrons relax on sleek leather couches and enjoy floor-to-ceiling video screens that flash movie clips and music videos as DJs deliver danceable grooves. Delectable munchies are available lane-side and in the lounge. bowlluckystrike.com. GreenStreet, 1201 San Jacinto, Level 3, 713.343.3300. L, D & LN Daily. $$ L Macondo Latin Bistro Latin The menu is a tasty fusion of Latin dishes with a strong influence of Colombian cuisine. Try the migas on an English muffin for breakfast. Macondo has a full coffee bar and juice bar, featuring delicious Colombian coffee. BYOB! 208 Travis, 713.229.8323. B & L Mon-Sun, D Fri-Sat. $ L Market Square Bar & Grill American This Chicago-style neighborhood hangout is a local favorite. Boasting a handful of “fire-powered” burgers, Market Square offers plenty of reasons to stop by for a meal or drink. The backyard patio,
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friendly staff and full bar add flavor. marketsquarehouston.com. 311 Travis, 713.224.6133. L, D & LN Mon-Sat. $
wine and martini menu along with its specially priced “bar bites.” mortons.com. 1001 McKinney, 713.659.3700. L Mon-Fri ; D Daily. $$$$
L Massa’s Restaurant Seafood An upscale and elegant restaurant offering a fine selection of American and seafood cuisine. Superior service and a great dining atmosphere allow guests to enjoy a memorable experience. massas.com. 1160 Smith, 713.650.0837. L Mon-Fri; D Mon-Sat. $$
Murphy’s Deli Deli Indulge in a variety of sandwiches and salads. Hot or cold, Murphy’s specializes in creating your sandwich any way it’s ordered. murphysdeli.com 601 Jefferson, 713.652.4939. 1021 Main, 713.275.1912. 440 Louisiana, 713.247.9122. B & L Mon-Fri all locations. $
L Massa’s Seafood Grill Seafood Like its sister restaurant, you can count on superior service and a great dining atmosphere. Conveniently located close to the convention center and Toyota Center, it’s a prime spot for lunch and dinner. massas.com. The Shops at Houston Center, 1331 Lamar, 713.655.9100. L Mon-Fri; D Mon-Sat. $$
L Niko Niko’s Greek & American Houston icon Dimitri Fetokakis opened his cafe in 2010 at Market Square Park. Favorties such as the gyro and kebob are on the menu along with new items such as the breakfast pita. Specialty coffee drinks, beer and wine also available. nikonikos.com. Market Square Park, 301 Milam. B, L, D Daily. $
L McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood The extensive menu changes daily depending on each day’s fresh seafood deliveries. With more than 80 preparations on the menu each day, every guest is sure to find something to satisfy their palate. mccormickandschmicks.com. GreenStreet, 1201 Fannin, 713.658.8100. L & D Daily. $$$
Nit Noi Cafe Thai Head Chef Mama Alice has a secret sauce that has made this Thai gem successful for more than 20 years. Diners can go light with fresh cucumber salads or fill up on classic noodle dishes with a choice of beef, chicken, pork, tofu or shrimp. nitnoithai.com. 301 Main, 713.225.1069. L Mon-Fri. $$
McDonald’s Fast Food 808 Dallas @ Milam, 713.651.9449. B & L Daily; D Mon-Fri. $ L Mia Bella Italian You’ll enjoy an eclectic variety of Italian cuisine blended with a Mediterranean feel. A longtime favorite, this intimate little bistro’s simple, yet appealing décor, makes it a downtown standout. bellarestaurants.com. GreenStreet, 1201 San Jacinto, 832.319.6675. 320 Main, 713.237.0505 L & D Daily; LN Fri & Sat. $$ L Minuti Coffee Coffee House The coffee is created by a roast master in Italy, before making its way into the hands of talented baristas. This is the perfect place to bring the laptop and take advantage of Minuti’s free Wi-Fi. They also have beer and wine, which makes it a great pre/post theater spot. Be sure to sample some of the fresh-baked pastries and smoothies, too. minuticoffee.com. 909 Texas, 281.265.3344. B, L, D & LN Daily. $ L MKT Bar Mediterranean Part of Phoenicia Specialty Foods, it's the perfect place to stop when you need a chill moment. The bar offers coffee, pastries, wine, beer, gourmet pizza and other yummy nibbles for which Phoenicia is known. phoeniciafoods.com. 1001 Austin, 832.360.2222. B, L, D, Daily. $ Molly’s Pub Pub Fare A good ol’ Irish bar with tasty food to soak up the beer. Your standard pub fare – sandwiches, dogs and pretty much anything that’s not good for you. mollyspubs.com. 509 Main, 713.222.1033. L, D & LN Daily. $ L Morton’s Steakhouse This award-winning steakhouse offers an outstanding menu. The downtown location features its new bar concept, Bar 12•21, which includes an impressive
L Pappas BBQ Barbecue Voted one of Houston’s best year after year, this barbecue joint offers an excellent selection with Texas-sized portions. Traditional favorites such as brisket, ribs, sausage and ham are served with Pappas’ flare. Delivery and take-out are available. pappasbbq.com. 1217 Pierce, 713.659.1245. L & D Daily. 1100 Smith, 713.759.0018. L & D Mon-Fri. $ L Perbacco Italian An adorable little spot located at street level of one of Houston’s skyscrapers, Perbacco serves up Italian cuisine in a modern and fresh atmosphere. Catering to downtown workers and the theater crowd, you always get quick and friendly service and tasty food. 700 Milam, 713.224.2422. L Mon-Fri; D Thu-Sat. $ L Quattro Contemporary Italian Vivid colors, creative lighting and a unique design create a sophisticated and inviting ambience for guests. Located in the Four Seasons Hotel, Quattro is one of downtown’s best restaurants. Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar, 713.652.6250. B, L & D Daily. $$$ Quizno’s Fast Food 811 Rusk, 713.227.7702. L & D Mon-Fri. 1119 Commerce, 713.228.9000. L & D Mon-Sun. $ Rachel’s Sandwich Shop Deli Simply stated, a great little sandwhich shop. 421 San Jacinto, 713.223.3913. B & L Mon-Fri. $ Roma’s Pizza Italian Located just across from the Preston Station on the MetroRAIL, Roma's Pizza offers New York-style pizza by the slice or pie, as well as a variety of salads, lasagnas, ravioli, and chicken dishes. 223 Main, 713.222.1184. L & D Daily. $
The Sam Bar American Casual The Sam Houston Hotel's relaxed dining option where you'll find a breakfast buffet and a great bar menu with tasty appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches every day of the week. A good spot for a fast lunch or a bite before the ballgame, you'll also love the happy hour and cocktail offerings. thesamhoustonhotel.com. The Sam Houston Hotel, 1117 Prairie, 832.200.8800. B, L & D Daily. $$ L Sambuca New American A hip, trendy and upscale restaurant right in the mix of Main Street. The menu includes a wide variety of favorites and combined with the live music, Sambuca is Houston’s ultimate supper club. sambucarestaurant.com. 909 Texas, 713.224.5299. L Mon-Fri; D & LN Daily. $$$ Shay McElroy’s Pub Fare This authentic Irish pub offers up a menu of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and soups. mcelroyspub.com. 909 Texas, 713.223.2444. L Mon–Fri. $ The Shops at Houston Center Food Court Au Bon Pain, Bullritos, Chick-fil-A, D’lish N’ Dash, Doozo’s Dumplings & Noodles, Freshii, Fusion Grillerz, Great American Cookie, Great Wraps, Greenz, Murphy’s Deli, Otto’s Barbecue & Hamburgers, Pho Huy Vietnamese Noodle House, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Pretzel Time, Quizno’s Subs, Salata, Sarku Japan, Simon’s Homestyle Café, Squeezed, Starbuck’s Coffee, Subway, Thai Basil, The Mediterranean Grill, Treebeards, Wok & Roll. shopsathc.com. 1200 McKinney, 713.759.1442. Mon-Sat, hours vary. $ L Shula’s Steakhouse Dark wood, sports memorabilia and menus hand painted on official NFL game footballs makes Pro Hall-of-Famer Don Shula’s Steak House stand out from the rest. Become a member of the 48oz Club by finishing a 48-ounce Shula Cut. donshula.com. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 1200 Louisiana, 713.375.4777. B, L & D Daily. $$$ Skyline Deli Deli With their freshly baked bread, Skyline makes a great deli sandwich. 717 Texas, 713.571.0509. B & L Mon-Fri. $ Sol Cafe Mejicano Mexican A family-owned cafe offering traditional Tex-Mex breakfast and lunch dishes made from fresh ingredients. 1205 Travis, 713.651.0049. B & L, Mon-Fri. $
you'll enjoy 360-degree views of the city and all of its famous landmarks. houstonregency.hyatt.com. Hyatt Regency, 1200 Louisiana, 713.375.4775. D Tue-Sat. $$$ new! Springbok South African Springbok features a contemporary take on classic South African dishes such as local game, house-made sausages, burgers and curries. Enjoy an amazing selection of local and international beer and cocktails while watching rugby and other national and international sporting competitions. This is a place where people from all over the world can gather and share their passion for sports and great food. thespringbok.com. 711 Main Street,818.201.6979. L, D & LN Daily. $$ The State Bar Pub Fare Located on the second floor of Post Rice Lofts with a beautiful balcony overlooking Texas Ave., this upscale lounge also serves appetizers and hearty sandwiches with your martinis and margaritas. thestatebar.com. 909 Texas, Suite 2A, 713.229.8888. Mon-Sat. $ Subway Fast Food 405 Main, 713.227.4700. 805 Dallas, 713.651.1331. Daily. $ Table 7 Bistro American Table 7 Bistro is a combination of an upscale, yet casual atmosphere. Weekday happy hour includes $4 well drinks and $2 domestic beers, and it’s happy hour all weekend with $2 mimosas all day on Saturdays and Sundays. district7grill.com. 720 Fannin @ The Club Quarters, 713.227.4800. B, L & D Daily. $ Tejas Grill & Sports Bar American Located at The Shops at Houston Center, Tejas offers the perfect tailgate menu and full-service bar. tejasgrillandsportsbar.com. 1201 Lamar at The Shops at Houston Center, 713.739.8352. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. $$ Thepthidaa Thai Thai A traditional Thai restaurant located at the ground level of the loft residence Hogg Palace. The warm and cozy atmosphere offers a great setting for a dinner escape and is a local favorite. 401 Louisiana, 713.225.4900. D Daily. $
L Spaghetti Warehouse Italian Making its home in an old warehouse, this Italian-American eatery offers up large portions for lunch and dinner. Traditional menu items such as spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and pizza allow the Spaghetti Warehouse to cater to all ages and appetites. meatballs.com. 901 Commerce, 713.229.0009. L & D Daily. $$
L III Forks American Upscale, warm atmosphere and impeccable service sets the stage for this sophisticated steakhouse. New York strip and filet mignon, bone-in ribeye, porterhouse, young rack of lamb and veal chop are served with duchess potatoes, off-the-cob cream corn, and perfectly cooked vegetables. Seafood items include Chilean sea bass, Ahi tuna, salmon, halibut, scallops and lobster tails, which are flown in daily. iiiforks.com. GreenStreet, 1201 San Jacinto, Level 1, 713.658.9457. L Tue–Fri; D Mon–Sat. $$$$
L Spindletop American A favorite Houston seafood restaurant and fine dining experience ideal for birthday parties, family reunions, anniversaries and engagements. Perched on the 34th floor of Hyatt Regency Downtown, this glass-walled restaurant makes one revolution every 45 minutes, ensuring
Tony’s Barbecue & Steakhouse Barbecue Get world-class hickory-smoked pork ribs and brisket, rib eye and T-bone steaks, chicken-fried steak and even quail. Don’t leave without trying the delicious homemade cobblers and pies. tonys-bbq.com. 1225 Travis, 713.655.0028. L & D Mon-Fri. $$
L Treebeards Southern A downtown institution for more than 30 years, Treebeards offers tasty Cajun dishes that are sure to satisfy. Favorite menu items include the chicken and shrimp gumbo, red beans and rice and étouffée. For dessert, try the famous butter bar. treebeards.com. 315 Travis, 713.228.2622. Cloisters at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas, 713.229.8248. L Mon-Fri. $ Trofi Restaurant Continental Trofi’s menu is described as Continental with a Mediterranean and Latin flair and the ambience is simple, yet sophisticated. Lunch buffets are available Monday through Friday. 400 Dallas, Doubletree Hotel, 713.759.0202. B, L & D Daily. $$ L Vic & Anthony’s Steak House This world-class steak house is one of the most elegant dining locations in Houston. It boasts rich mahogany woodwork and one-of-a-kind hospitality. Located in the heart of the Ballpark District and across from Minute Maid Park, Vic & Anthony’s is the ideal spot for entertaining business clients, a special celebration or a pre/post-game dinner. vicandanthonys.com. 1510 Texas, 713.228.1111. L Fri, D Daily. $$$$ Warren’s Inn Fast Casual Let the good times roll with a killer jukebox, excellent drinks and a fun, bohemian environment. Quick sandwiches and other items are served during the day; you can order in from nearby restaurants at night if you have the munchies. 307 Travis, 713.247.9207. L Mon-Fri, LN Daily. $ Which Wich Deli A fast and easy build-your-ownsandwich joint where doodling is encouraged and the possibilities are endless! Which ‘wich will you make? B & L Mon-Fri. L Sat. 811 Main, 713.227.0860. $ Wimpy’s Hamburgers Fast Food Wimpy’s serves up a pretty good burger but they also have many other down-home favorites. 632 Polk, 713.652.0123. B & L Mon-Fri. $ Zero’s Sandwich Shop Deli A great little spot for a freshly made deli sandwich. zerossandwichshop.com. 809 Dallas, 713.650.3333. 1110 Lamar, 713.655.7722. 507 Dallas, 713.739.9955. B & L Mon-Fri. $ L Zydeco Louisiana Diner Cajun This cafeteriastyle Cajun joint brings Louisiana dishes to the Hospital District of downtown Houston. Traditional Cajun items such as po-boys, jambalaya and gumbo make Zydeco a great lunch stop. A casual atmosphere adds to the enjoyment. 1119 Pease, 713.759.2001. L Mon-Fri. $
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sip. like us at facebook.com/visitdowntownhouston Barringer Bar | 410 Main Street (upstairs) Enter through the unassuming side door entrance and up the winding staircase to discover a true speakeasy style gem in the old Historic District. Amazing beer, wine, and libations are served to customers as they unwind in this cozy lounge. Patrons can enjoy live music, DJ's, and other varying forms of entertainment throughout the week and weekend. The Brewery Tap | 717 Franklin Sit at one of the long wooden picnic tables (think biergarten) and chill with one of the 35 beers on tap. Laid-back and friendly, a great place to catch a soccer game and play some darts. Mon-Thu 4-10 pm; Fri & Sat 4 pm-1 am; Sun 4-11 p.m. Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge | 308 Main A fun and quirky bar that doesn’t take itself too seriously (hence the name), but the cocktails are seriously good. Patrons enjoy the speakeasy vibe and the patio terrace for prime people watching. Mon-Sun 4 pm-2 am. twitter.com/badnewsbar Chapel Spirits | 534 Texas @ Live! at Bayou Place Chapel Spirits is a sophisticated bar, ideal for happy hour, an engagement party, a bachelor party or late night VIP experience. Great balcony seating for scenic views of downtown and people watching. Fri & Sat 10 pm-2 am. chapelspirits.com Char Bar | 305 Travis Char Bar offers stiff drinks alongside custom suits. Drenched in nostalgia, Char Bar is proud of its history, as reflected in the old photos of family members who have worked in the space since the 1930s. Enjoy the second floor balcony or chat it up with Weldon Renfro, who has a permanent shoe shine booth at the entrance. Mon-Wed 10 am–midnight, Thu-Sat 10 am-2 am. Clutch City Squire | 410 Main Somewhere between a dive bar and a swanky lounge, this Main Street drinking hole is always spinning good tunes on vinyl. Mon-Sat 3 pm-2 am. Sun noon-midnight. twitter.com/clutchcityhtx Dean’s | 316 Main Under new ownership and with a new look and feel, Dean’s adds to the cool vibe found on the 300 block of Main. Great attention from the bartenders and the trendy crowd make it a unique place to socialize. Mon-Thu 8 pm-2 am, Fri-Sat 5 pm-2 am. The Dirt Bar | 1209 Caroline The non-venue rock 'n' roll lounge is a popular pre- and postshow destination spot that has become famous for its performer patronage. Drawing crowds and artists from every venue in the city has allowed The Dirt to host hundreds of memorable aftershow events, including Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon. Daily 6 pm-2 am. dirtbar.com 1820 Bar | 1820 Franklin Located just one block north of Minute Maid Park. Small flatscreen TVs dot the bar, allowing patrons to keep tabs on games while not being the center of attention. On the first and last Friday of every month Joystix Classic Games and Pinball next door is open, and $15 gets you all night to practice your Ms. Pac-Man skills. Daily 4 pm-2 am. El Big Bad | 419 Travis El Big Bad is a Gastro-Cantina that specializes in infused tequilas, fresh juice margaritas and cocktails, Mexican and Texan Craft Beer and scrumptious fare. Sun-Thu 11 am- midnight; Fri-Sat 11 am- 2 am elbigbad.com
Looking for a spot to go after a long day or for a fun night out with friends? Check out some of our favorites—from the quintessential dive to swanky lounges, you’re sure to find something that will quench your thirst!
touring shows in the country come through on a weekly basis. The members-only Foundation Room is available for VIPs. Show times and events vary nightly. hob.com La Carafe | 813 Congress The oldest building in Houston, this dark and cozy hideaway boasts a great jukebox, moody atmosphere and an extensive beer and wine selection. Sit on the outside patio or balcony and look up in awe at the amazing downtown skyline. Cash only. Mon-Fri noon-2 am, Sat & Sun 1 pm-2 am. Last Concert Café | 403 Nance You have to knock three times on the red door to gain entry to the unmarked house in the Warehouse District (well, not anymore). With a backyard stage and sandpit, hoola-hooping and tiki bar, Last Concert has live music most nights. Tue-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat 5 pm-2 am, Sun 3-9 pm. lastconcert.com Little Dipper | 304 Main This spot is a cool, blue neighborhood bar with pinball machines, cheap bourbon and a bad-ass jukebox. Daily 4 pm-2 am. twitter.com/LittleDipperBar Lone Star Saloon | 1900 Travis The Lone Star Saloon is a true classic Texas dive bar that seems misplaced in its urban setting. The crowd, half aging townies and half world-weary road dogs, are always willing to share have-been-to-hell-and-back stories. Daily noon-2 am. Lucie’s Liquors | 534 Texas @ Live! at Bayou Place Go to Lucie’s for taste of vintage Vegas, quality drinks and a night to remember. The attitude at this place recalls a time when the Rat Pack was at the top and the ladies called the shots. Great balcony seating for scenic views of downtown and people watching! Tue & Thu 8 pm–2 am. Fri & Sat 9 pm–2 am. luciesliquors.com Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge | 1201 San Jacinto @ GreenStreet Swanky upscale bowling alley with a separate restaurant/lounge area. Bowlers and patrons relax on sleek leather couches and enjoy floor-to-ceiling video screens that flash movie clips and music videos as DJs deliver danceable grooves. Sun-Thu 11 am-midnight, Fri & Sat 11 am-2 am. bowlluckystrike.com MKT Bar | 1001 Austin Phoenicia’s MKT bar, located at the first floor of One Park Place, is the perfect place to stop when you need a chill moment. The bar offers coffee, pastries, wine, beer, gourmet pizza and other yummy nibbles for which Phoenicia is known. Mon -Wed 7 am-9 pm, Thu 7 am-2 am, Fri-Sat 9 am-2 am, Sun 9 am-8 pm. phoeniciafoods.com Molly’s Pub | 509 Main This classic Irish pub offers a variety of Irish whiskeys and international beers. Tables and coves lead you to the back, where pool and darts can be found and a second-floor balcony provides excellent views of Main Street and downtown. Daily 11 am-2 am. mollyspubs.com Notsuoh | 314 Main The name is Houston spelled backwards. A bar full of random weirdness: Think grunge lounge and artsy. You’ll find people playing chess, and drinking beer, live music, lots of crazy, weird artwork and maybe walk in on a night of punk-rock karaoke. Live bands on weekends. Daily 8 pm-2 am.
Flying Saucer | 705 Main Offering more than 200 beers, with nearly half on draft, Flying Saucer is a great place to hang out and enjoy a cold one. Check out the website for information on beer tastings, trivia night and specials. Mon-Wed, 11 am-1 am, Thu & Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat noon-2 am, Sun noon-midnight. beerknurd.com
The Original OKRA Charity Saloon | 924 Congress Houston’s first charity bar is a true collaboration from Houston's finest, including owners from Anvil, Paulie's, Grand Prize and more. Expect classic cocktails and brews in a gorgeous historic building. Every drink purchase earns you a vote that can go toward select charities to win the bar’s monthly earnings. Daily 3 pm-2 am. friedokra.org
House of Blues | 1204 Caroline Street @ GreenStreet A well-known national franchise with a lively, fun atmosphere. A 1,500-person concert venue is onsite and some of the best
The Pastry War | 310 Main A Mezcaleria from Bobby Heugel and Alba Huerta that serves up agave spirits along with classic Mexican cocktails and beers
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in a festive and intimate environment. This specialty tequila joint not only accepts pesos, but is on a brave mission to serve the best margaritas in town. Salud! Tue-Sat 4 pm-2 am. PBR Houston | 534 Texas @ Live! at Bayou Place Cowboy cool meets urban chic in this country bar in the city. Grab a cold beer, hard drinks and try your hand at a little bull riding. Great balcony seating for scenic views of downtown and people watching. Wed, Fri & Sat 9 pm–2 am. pbrhouston.com Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar | 1201 Fannin @ GreenStreet Two dueling pianos and a sing-along, clap-along, drink-along, have-one-helluva-good-time-along bar! Wed-Sat, 7 pm-2 am Wed-Sat 7 pm-2 am, showtime @ 8 pm. petesduelingpianobar.com Reserve 101 | 1201 Caroline A whiskey and martini bar touting more than 220 specialty liquors that will make any cocktail aficionados mouth water. Stop by on Tuesday for complimentary tastings of special selections. Order up delicious bites from the new, chef-driven menu featuring tasty flatbreads, appetizers and sandwiches. Sun 5 pm - 2 am, Mon-Sat 2 pm - 2 am. reserve101.com The Sam Bar | 1117 Prairie Street @ The Sam Houston Hotel Located in the Alden Hotel. This upscale bar is furnished with dark leather banquettes and a menu of 30 cocktails, both classic and new mixologist creations. Sun-Thu 11 am-midnight, Fri & Sat 11 am-1 am. thesamhoustonhotel.com Sambuca | 909 Texas @ Rice Lofts Guests can enjoy live music most nights of the week in this upscale and eclectic environment. Enjoy your favorite drink inside or hang outside on the patio with the locals. Sun-Wed 11 am-midnight, Thu 11 am-1 am, Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat 4:30 pm-2 am. sambucarestaurant.com Shark Bar | 534 Texas @ Live! at Bayou Place This surf bar is an endless party with pail punch, pina coladas and retro dance music that will take you to the North Shore. Great balcony seating for scenic views of downtown and people watching. Fri & Sat 9 pm-2 am. sharkbartx.com Shay McElroy’s Pub | 909 Texas @ Rice Lofts Dublin native and owner John McElroy created this space around a richly detailed, 19th-century bar he had shipped from Ireland. The crowd is an inviting collection of young professionals and not-so-young merrymakers. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat & Sun 1 pm-2 am. mcelroyspub.com Springbok | 711 Main Street Springbok is the perfect bar to catch a good Rugby match or other live national and international sporting competitions. With an extensive selection of local and international beer and cocktails, as well as amazing house made sausages, burgers and other local game dishes, Springbok is a place where people from all over the world can gather and share their passion for sports, food and ice cold adult beverages. 11 am - 2 pm Daily. thespringbok.com State Bar | 909 Texas @ Rice Lofts Located on the second floor of the Rice Lofts, this upscale bar presents a classic richness all its own. Much of the furniture and memorabilia are from the old Rice Hotel’s Capitol Club. Leather couches make for great seating and conversation, while a grand veranda overlooks the city outside. Mon-Fri 3 pm-2 am, Sat 6 pm-2 am. thestatebar.com Sunny’s Bar | 901 Capitol @ Main Laid-back place with a friendly atmosphere and great prices that keep the regulars coming back. Sunny will likely be behind the bar serving up the beer and cocktails and great conversation. Foosball, darts and shuffleboard are in the back of the house to keep you entertained. Mon-Sat 2 pm-2 am. Warren’s Inn | 307 Travis This tavern is long known for its top-notch jukebox full of American classics, strong mixed drinks and its diverse crowd of customers. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat noon-2 pm, Sun 2 pm-2 am. The Wine Cellar | 540 Texas Unwind and relax with more than 400 varieties of wine and imported beers. Wine tastings Mon-Thu, 2-7 pm. Daily 11 am-midnight.
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Barolosolo This contemporary circus, imported from Carcasonne, France, delights with its unique blend of entertainment July 3â&#x20AC;&#x201C;4 at Discovery Green.
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE Through Jun 15 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, the irresistible new comedy by Christopher Durang, won both the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award, and is currently a smash hit on Broadway. Vanya and his sister Sonia live a quiet life in the farmhouse where they grew up. But their sister Masha escaped many years ago and became a famous movie star. When Masha returns unannounced with her 20-something boy toy, Spike, so begins an unforgettable weekend of rivalry, regret, and generally hilarious racket. By the end of their impromptu family reunion, this lovable bunch won’t ever be the same. Tickets $26-$80. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. 713.220.5700. alleytheatre.org GOOD PEOPLE Through Jun 29 Good People is a funny, tough and tender story about the insurmountable class divide. When Margie Walsh loses her job at a South Boston dollar store, she reaches out to her old flame Mike, a neighborhood boy who escaped and became a successful doctor. Margie’s attempt to hit Mike up for a job takes a surprising twist when she realizes the power a secret from Mike’s past holds. From Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, Good People looks at the extraordinary consequences of choosing to hold on to the past or leave it behind. Tickets $26-67.50. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. 713.220.5700. alleytheatre.org
LIVE ON TOUR STARRING JULIANNE & DEREK HOUGH Jun 4 Tickets $35 - $69.50. 8 pm. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas. 800.745.3000. bayoumusiccenter.com
SWAN LAKE Jun 5-15 Stanton Welch has put his 21st century signature on this 19th century love story. Set to the hauntingly beautiful Tchaikovsky score, Swan Lake tells the classic tale of Odette – a beautiful maiden transformed into a swan by an evil knight – and the prince who swears his enduring love for her. It’s good and evil in black and white, danced on rich and spectacular sets by the late, great New Zealand designer Kristian Fredrikson. Tickets $19-$190. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.227.ARTS. houstonballet.org
BEN FOLDS Jun 14 Multitalented singer-songwriter Ben Folds, who currently appears as a judge on NBC’s The SingOff, returns to rock out with the Houston Symphony, performing his new piano concerto and fan favorites from his career on the cutting edge of rock music. Tickets $25 - $108. 7:30 pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org A CAPPELLA SMORGASBORD Jun 22 The Spring and Houston chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society are proud to present Ringmasters, the 2012 International Quartet Champions from Stockholm, Sweden, in concert. The Tidelanders and Statesmen choruses will perform as well. Tickets $20- $50. 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 832.487.7041. houstontidelanders.org
HUGH LAURIE Jun 7 Globally acclaimed recording artist, actor and performer, Hugh Laurie, hits the road in support of his current album, Didn’t It Rain. Laurie will be joined by The Copper Bottom Band. Didn’t It Rain is Laurie’s second album and the follow-up to his celebrated 2011 debut album Let Them Talk, a New Orleans blues-driven celebration. A commanding front man and lovable raconteur backed by a positively astounding band of world-class musicians and vocalists, Hugh Laurie and The Copper Bottom Band present an unforgettable evening of music. Tickets $62. 8 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 832.487.7041. worthamcenter.org ER CONDE DE GUACHARO Jun 7 Tickets $35 - $68. 9 pm. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas. 800.745.3000. bayoumusiccenter.com HANDS ON A HARDBODY Jun 12-22 For 10 hard-luck Texans, a new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they’ll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. In the hilarious, hard-fought contest that is Hands on a Hardbody, only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. Tickets start at $24. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 800.745.3000. tutsunderground.com
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THE LITTLE MERMAID Jun 12-22 In a magical kingdom fathoms below, we meet Ariel, the little mermaid who is tired of flipping her fins and longs to be part of the fascinating world on dry land. Joining her are Sebastian, Ariel’s crabby sidekick; Ursula, the evil sea witch; Triton, King of the Sea and the handsome and human Prince Eric. Based on the Disney animated film and hit Broadway musical, The Little Mermaid is making its Houston debut at Theatre Under The Stars. Tickets start at $24. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 800.745.3000. tuts.com
JIM JEFFERIES Jun 26 In keeping with his reputation for being brutally honest, Jim Jefferies cleverly subverts our expectation as he takes on topics such as fatherhood, love and education as well as his favorites: religion, porn and politics. On the heels of his third one-hour wildly successful comedy, Fully Functional, he is currently starring in his own sitcom Legit, with each episode centered on stories from his stand–up routine. Tickets $41.50. 8 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 832.487.7041. worthamcenter.org AN EVENING WITH PAULA POUNDSTONE Jun 27 25 years ago Paula Poundstone climbed on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country– stopping in at open mic nights at comedy clubs as she went. A high school dropout, she went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. Tickets $30-$125. 8 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 832.487.7041. worthamcenter.org
KING MICHAEL Jun 28 Celebrate Michael Jackson’s legacy and contributions to the world of music and entertainment. This tribute includes world-class urban dance professionals, a human beatboxer, a video jockey and a live band. You will feel as though the King of Pop is there with you. Tickets $74 - $209. 7 pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 832.487.7041. brilliantlectures.org EDDIE IZZARD Jun 30-Jul 1 The man the London Sunday Times calls “The Greatest British Stand-Up Comedian of his Generation” returns to America with his world tour Force Majeure. Tickets $42.50 - $59.50. 8 pm. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 800.745.3000. thehobbycenter.org REPLAY: VIDEO GAME CONCERT Jul 5 Let award-winning symphonic scores take you on a hero’s journey unlike anything you’ve heard before. Brought to vibrant life by a full orchestra and chorus, the music from Portal, Journey, The Legend of Zelda, The Elder Scrolls, Halo, and many more depict memorable moments from some of the most popular and beloved video games of all time, accompanied by amazing visuals that bring the art of games to life. Don’t miss this unforgettable concert experience. Tickets $29 - $115. 7:30 pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org GEORGE LOPEZ Jul 11-12 Tickets $49.50 - $61. 8 pm. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas. 800.745.3000. bayoumusiccenter.com 2ND ANNUAL DAY OF MUSIC Jul 12 This daylong free summer event features dozens of performances representing Houston’s diverse music community. Hear the orchestra play symphonic works, and enjoy an eclectic mix of jazz groups, rock bands, blues artists, ethnic ensembles, choral music and more. And you don’t have to go far for lunch; experience the city’s food truck scene just outside of Jones Hall. Tickets free. 10 am. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Jul 18, 19 Space is still the final frontier, and director J.J. Abrams re-exhilarated the iconic Star Trek franchise with two of the most exciting and irresistible blockbusters in recent movie-going history: Star
Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). The Houston Symphony and Chorus is proud to present the U.S. premiere of Star Trek with composer Michael Giacchino’s thrilling scores performed live to picture. Tickets $29 - $115. 7:30 pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org MARIACHI COBRE Jul 25 Mariachi Cobre has been entertaining enthusiastic crowds at Disney’s EPCOT Center and beyond since 1981. This summer they join the Houston Symphony in an exciting showcase of the joyous sounds of traditional Mexican folk music augmented by soaring orchestrations. Tickets $15 - $85. 7:30 pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org THE MUSIC OF LED ZEPPELIN Jul 26 The Music of Led Zeppelin combines the power of a full rock band with the Houston Symphony in one entertaining, high-energy evening of music. Conductor/arranger Brent Havens and lead singer Randy Jackson, of rock band Zebra fame, join the Houston Symphony to capture Led Zeppelin’s “sheer blast and power” riff for riff in electric performances of classic hits such as Stairway to Heaven, Black Dog and Immigrant Song. Tickets $29 - $125. 7:30 pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org STEVE MARTIN Jul 31 Funnyman Steve Martin showcases his musical career, teaming up with bluegrass quintet the Steep Canyon Rangers and folk-rock soloist Edie Brickell, for a one-of-a-kind concert featuring songs from Martin and Brickell’s latest album, including Love Has Come For You, this year’s Grammy winner for Best American Roots Song. Tickets $42 - $199. 7:30 pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org RAY LAMONTAGNE Aug 3 Join us for a night of great music with Ray LaMontagne in support of his new album Supernova.
Ray’s most recent album God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Top 200 and No 1 on the Digital Album chart. Tickets $36.50 - $46.50. 7:30 pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 832.487.7041. joneshall.org
FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS City Hall Farmers Market Wednesdays through Jun 18 It’s a food-lovers delight at Urban Harvest’s City Hall Farmers Market. The market hosts more than 40 vendors with an array of locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as a variety of prepared lunch items made from local ingredients. Free. 500 McKinney Street (temporary location). Wednesdays. 11 am-1:30 pm. greenhoustontx.gov Latin Beats Fridays through August Strap on your dancing shoes and move to the Latin Beats. Enjoy free salsa dance lessons, a live DJ and salsa music, plus great food and drinks. Event subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. 7-10 pm. Free. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby. downtownaquarium.com FREE PRESS SUMMER FEST Jun 1 This music and arts festival will feature more than 50 local, national and international acts, including Vampire Weekend, Zedd, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Chvrches and more. 11 am-10 pm. Ticket prices vary. Eleanor Tinsley Park. fpsf.com Sea Safari Camp Jun 2-6, 9-13, 23-27; Jul 7-11, 21-25, 28- Aug 1 An animal a day keeps you learning and wanting to play. Join the Downtown Aquarium’s education department, along with the animal residents, to learn about sharks, rays, octopuses, felines and parrots. Camps are available by the day or for the whole week. Advanced registration required. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby. downtownaquarium.com CARIBBEAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH FESTIVAL Jun 7 Celebrate National Caribbean American Heritage Month with The Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas (complete with fabulous native music, exuberant cultural dancing and delicious authentic foods. Musical guests include Galaxy Band, Mi Rumba and many more. 2-10 pm. Tickets $15-general admission, $5- seniors, kids 10 and under free. Jones Plaza, 601 Louisiana St. caribbeanheritagetx.org Saint Arnold 20th Anniversary Party Weekend June 7-8 Saint Arnold Brewing Company shipped its first keg on June 9, 1994 and they’re celebrating their 20-year anniversary with a two-day blowout. Saturday will be a barbecue block party and concert headlined by Hayes Carll, and Sunday they are rolling out an impressive list of beers from the cellar. Tickets $65-Sat, $60-Sun. 2000 Lyons Ave. saintarnold.com/20
HOUSTON Summer PUBLIC Calendar LIBRARY All events free and open to the public. Central Library, 500 McKinney. Julia Ideson Library, 550 McKinney 832.393.1313. houstonlibrary.org
SUMMER READING PROGRAM Through Aug 1 Free, fun and educational programs for children and teens up to 18 years of age. See website for details on registration, rewards and scheduled programs. Little Red Jun 4 A modern musical by Express Children’s Theatre. It’s summer and Scarlet “Lil Red” RidingHood, with her flaming red hair, has come to take care of her ailing grandmother and help keep Granny’s Café & Rock Shop open for business. What Lil Red and Granny Red don’t know is that the café is sitting on top of extremely valuable property. J.J. “The Wolfman” Jones is after Granny’s property for the mineral rights and will do anything to take over. 10:30 am. FUN WITH SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS Jun 7, Jul 19 Do a science experiment with us! For school-age children. 3 pm. Houston Audubon Society: Birds, Books and Beyond Jun 11 Soar into the world of birds and discover how amazing our feathered friends truly are. This program features live birds, lots of hands-on activities, bird song and dance, fun books to look for at your library, and much more! Great for all ages! 10:30 am. Tom’s Fun Band Jun 12 Science of Sound: Learn how sound is made, how it moves, and how we perceive it. Various instruments will be used to demonstrate the lessons. 2 pm. ART THING! Jun 14, Jul 5, Aug 16 Learn about art and artists and make your own creation to take home. 3 pm. Honorable Mayor Bill White: Author & Advocate for World Café Jun 18 Former Houston Mayor Bill White discusses his new book, America’s Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph and Collapse. Praised by President Bill Clinton and James A. Baker III, the book provides historical context for today’s budget battles, dispels common budget myths, and distills practical lessons. Book signing to follow presentation. 6-8 pm.
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Drums of the World Jun 18 Listen to the drums of the world with Craig Bertuglia. 10:30 am. SENSORY STORYTIME Jun 25, Jul 12, Aug 23 An interactive program for children with Autism Spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, other developmental disabilities, and their typically developing peers. This program includes stories, songs and activities in a small setting. 2 pm. Mad Science: Fire and Ice Jul 2, Jul 12 Children will be dazzled as we explore physical and chemical changes through this show. Follow Eggbert on his egg-citing journey. Witness the wonders of air pressure and an indoor firework show. For the finale, watch a huge bubbling potion that will have the kids excited about science like you’ve never seen before. 10:30 am. Puppet Pizzazz Jul 9 Puppeteer Mr. Greg attempts to help Shalandra, his next door neighbor, with her homework. They are both stumped with her science and technology assignment. Suddenly, the Wizard of Steam appears and helps explain many of their questions while at the same time they all have fun and explore the wonderful world of puppetry. This show will include an array of many different styles of puppets as it provides entertainment and education to all ages. 10:30 am. WEBKINZ Tuesdays This three-week program is designed for kids just learning to use the computer. They will unlock the world of Webkinz, share tips with new friends, and practice online safety. Ages 5 to 8. Attendance for all three weeks is required. Registration required. Jungle Jim’s Wild Encounters Jul 16 Exciting presentation and exhibit encompassing major and smaller animal groups from around the world. 10:30 am. Science Quest Jul 24 Experience cool experiments and fascinating critters. 2 pm.
Magician Lanney Kibbey Jul 30 Lanney Kibby is an award winning magician and illusionist who presents an energetic and interactive magic show. 10:30 am. Non-Toxic Band Aug 6 Lively, original music about who we are, where we live, and how things work. Guitar, singing, harmonica and percussion. Interactive. Pre-K through 5th grade. 10:30 am. All About Turtles ALL Aug 13 Presents live specimens from three continents, describing their environments and care. 10:30 am. SUPERFUN SATURDAYS! Play games, listen to stories, and make crafts that go with the Superfun Saturday theme. 1-2:30 pm. Jun 28 Dinosaurs Jul 26 Harry Potter’s birthday
FAMILY FUN Mondays Computer Basics, 10 am Baby Time, 10:30 am Toddler Time, 11:30 am Preschool Story Time, 1:00 pm Stress Relief and Relaxation (Yoga), Noon Tuesdays Toddler Yoga, 10:30 am Toddler Playtime, 11:30 am Family Yoga, 11:30 am Stress-Buster Yoga, 1 pm Get Fit! Get FLYE!, 5:30 pm Wednesdays Legos and Duplos at the Library, 3 pm Thursdays Get Fit! Get FLYE!, 5:30 pm Sahaja Yoga Meditation, 6:30 pm Pajama Story Time, 7 pm Fridays Pokeman Gym, 2 pm Saturdays Reggie’s Workout, 10:30 am
Marine Biologist for a Day Jun 7, Jul 5, Aug 2 See if you have what it takes to become a marine biologist! Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and everywhere in between. You’ll even get to dissect a squid! Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more. T-shirts and lunch included. Ages 6-12. Reservations required. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby. downtownaquarium.com World Oceans Day Jun 8 Join us for a celebration of the ocean. Bring the whole family for fun learning activities. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby. downtownaquarium.com H-TOWN BEAT DOWN Jun 20 The hottest MCs in hip hop are coming to Houston this summer. 93.7 The BEAT presents its inaugural concert event, H-Town Beat Down, featuring Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Trey Songz, Future and more at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets $38-$128. bbvacompassstadium.com Gabriel Iglesias Jun 20 Known as the “fluffy” comic in a Hawaiian shirt, Iglesias hits the road again with his new world tour, Unity Through Laughter. The comedian has been described as a witty, electrifying and talented performer, who has the ability to consistently deliver a uniquely hilarious comedy experience. His highoctane show is a sure-fire combination of storytelling, parodies, characters and sound effects that bring all of his personal experiences to life. Tickets $29.50-$67.50. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk. houstontoyotacenter.com Jesus Christ Superstar Jun 21 Jesus Christ Superstar, the global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years, is reimagined for the 21st century as an arena rock spectacular. The biggest ever North American arena tour of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking rock musical includes an extraordinary cast of rock, pop and R&B superstars, including Incubus lead singer Brandon Boyd, JC Chasez of *NYSNC, Michelle Williams from Destiny’s Child and Sex Pistols’ lead singer John Rotten Lydon. Tickets $44.50-$199.50. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk. houstontoyotacenter.com
Zoologist for a Day Jun 21, Jul 19, Aug 16 See if you have what it takes to become a Zoologist for a Day. Spend a day behind the scenes where all the scientific action happens. Experience close encounters with exotic species from the deep sea to shallow reef and
everywhere in between. Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show, squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts & lunch included. Ages 6-12. Reservations required. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby. downtown aquarium.com Wild Dreams Overnight Jun 28 You’ve seen our white tigers of the Maharaja’s Temple. Now you can learn about their cousins in the wild. Explore the rainforests of the world and learn about conservation through the eyes of a tiger. Get ready to stay up late, learn all about tigers, and go on a scavenger hunt. Sleep within inches of these awesome animals, plus so much more. Perfect for groups. Includes a snack, T-shirt and breakfast in the Aquarium Restaurant. Advanced registration required. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby. downtownaquarium.com Southwest Airlines Freedom Over Texas July 4 Fireworks will ignite the sky, and an array of diverse musical talent, featuring Jennifer Nettles, will set the stage for this extraordinary patriotic celebration – Houston’s Official Independence Day Celebration. 4-10 pm. Tickets $5 -$10. Eleanor Tinsley Park along Allen Parkway. freedomovertexas.org Bikes, Bats and Brew Jul 12 Bring your bikes (and helmets, too) for an evening spin around town and the Buffalo Bayou trails. Cycle to Waugh Bridge to see the Mexican free-tail bats depart for their sunset flight, learn more about these important creatures from volunteers with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, then head back downtown for a brew and some social time. Please note that all types of bikes are welcome (B-cycles will be available for rent if you don’t have your own). Helmets are required (if you are renting a B-Cycle we will bring helmets for you). 7:15 pm (departing at 7:45pm). Free. Reservations required. Joe Jamail Skate Park, 103 Sabine Street. buffalobayou.org Explor-Oceans Camp Jul 14-18, Aug 4-8 Learn about earthquakes, volcanoes and tectonic effects on the Earth’s surface and animal habitats. Explore through hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, crafts and games. Camps are available by the day or for the whole week. Advanced registration required. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby. downtownaquarium.com HOUSTON DESIGN AWARDS July 23 The AIA Houston Design Awards recognizes design excellence in architecture, residential architecture, interior architecture, restoration/
renovation, and urban design. 6-8 pm. Visit website for ticket prices. Petroleum Club Houston, 800 Bell, 43rd floor. aiahouston.org Tiger Weekend Jul 26-27 Join the Downtown Aquarium to celebrate white tigers. Enjoy tours, activities and more. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby. downtown aquarium. com WWE RAW Jul 28 Don’t miss your favorite WWE superstars like John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, The Shield, The Wyatt Family, Sheamus, The Big Show, The Divas and many more live in action this July. Tickets $20-$95. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk. houstontoyotacenter.com Shark Weekend Aug 16-17 Celebrate sharks with education booths, arts and crafts and fun activities. Downtown Aquarium, 410 Bagby. downtownaquarium.com ArCH FILM FESTIVAL August 21-23 A three-day festival featuring films that show how architecture and the built environment can affect the public, current affairs, natural environments and societies. 7 pm. Visit website for tickets. Architecture Center Houston, 315 Capitol, Ste. 120. aiahouston.org THEATER DISTRICT OPEN HOUSE Aug 24 Visit the Alley Theatre, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Jones Hall and the Wortham Theater Center. Grab an event program when you arrive and check out what’s happening throughout the day. Performances will be offered onstage at several of the Theater District’s venues, as well as backstage tours. There also will be an opportunity to purchase season subscriptions to performing arts organizations. Free. Noon. Alley Theatre, Hobby Center, Jones Hall, Wortham Center. houstontheaterdistrict.org
SPEAKER SERIES jerry & Marvy Finger Lecture Series – Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist Jun 19 Learn about the lifetime achievements of Oveta Culp Hobby from Debra L. Winegarten.
History of the Chinese Community in Houston Jul 17 Learn about the history of the Chinese community in Houston from Ed Chen. Camp Logan-Houston’s World War I Emergency Training Center Aug 21 Learn more about the training ground that operated from 1917-1919 in what is now Memorial Park from Lois F. Aulbach and Linda C. Gorski. Noon-1 pm. Members are free, non-members $5. Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby. 713.655.1912. heritagesociety.org
EXHIBITS & VISUAL ARTS
ARTS BROOKFIELD – KNOWLEDGE KEEPERS: CONTEMPORARY AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL ART Through July 9 Arts Brookfield, in cooperation with the Booker-Lowe Gallery, presents Knowledge Keepers, an art exhibition featuring more than 50 paintings by Australian indigenous artists, with each contemporary work reflecting the ancient traditions of the world’s oldest living culture. Mon-Fri, 8 am-6 pm. One Allen Center, 500 Dallas. artsbrookfield.com ARTS BROOKFIELD – VISUAL ARTS ALLIANCE 31ST JURIED OPEN EXHIBITION Through July 11 Arts Brookfield presents Visual Arts Alliance 31st Juried Open Exhibition. Art professional and curator, Clint Willour, juror. Mon-Fri, 6 am-6 pm. Three Allen Center, 333 Clay. visualartsalliance.org ARTS BROOKFIELD – TRADITION AND TRANSLATION: EXTENSION OF NATURE Through July 30 Arts Brookfield, in cooperation with the artists and Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Inc. presents, Tradition and Translation: Extension of Nature, an art exhibition featuring the selected works of Masaru Takiguchi and Mari Omori. Mon-Fri, 6 am-6 pm. Total Plaza (lobby), 1201 Louisiana. artsbrookfield.com Following General Sam Houston, 1793–1863 Jun 6-Aug 2 The exhibit features over 70 etchings of Sam Houston by artist and historian Bernhardt Wall drawn while he was living in La Porte, Texas in 1935. Free. Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby Street. 713.655.1912. heritagesociety.org
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ARTS BROOKFIELD – VISUAL ARTS ALLIANCE 6TH JURIED INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION Jul 14-Aug 2 Arts Brookfield presents Visual Arts Alliance 6th Juried Invitational Exhibition. Nicole Longnecker, juror. Mon-Fri, 8 am-6 pm. 1600 Smith, concourse level. visualartsalliance.org
2014 STUDENT BIENNIAL EXHIBITION July 31 This exhibit will feature student work from all eight accredited architecture programs in the state of Texas (University of Houston, Rice University, Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at San Antonio and University of Texas at Arlington). A special invitation is extended to local area high school teachers and students as the exhibit is a great resource to those considering architecture as a future major. Architecture Center Houston, 315 Capitol, Ste. 120. 713.520.0155. aiahouston.org Answering the Call to Serve: Camp Logan, Houston, Texas 1917-1919 Aug 13-Nov 15 Learn about the hidden part of Houston’s history that resides in the underbrush at Memorial Park. The exhibit explores the history of Camp Logan with the help of local archeologists and will feature The Heritage Society’s permanent collection of Camp Logan materials. Free. Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby Street. 713.655.1912. heritagesociety.org
Jun 16 Tamar Braxton Jun 18 Spanish Gold Jun 21 Tech N9ne Jun 21 Danny Gokey Jun 27 The Dan Band Jun 29 Reel Big Fish Jul 11 Black Flag Jul 17 Los Lonely Boys Jul 18 Tesla Jul 19 The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band Jul 27 Zepparella Jul 29 Benise Aug 12 Ottmar Liebert Aug 3 Nick Waterhouse Aug 9 Zoso Aug 14 Ted Nugent Aug 28 Lila Downs
HOB’s concert calendar is regularly updated. Check online for more info and to purchase tickets. House of Blues, GreenStreet, 1204 Caroline. 888.402.5837. hob.com
Bayou Music Center Jun 23 The Voice Tour Jun 29 The Fray Jul 10 Lindsey Stirling Jul 29 Counting Crows Jul 30 311 Aug 5 YES Aug 25 Crosby Still and Nash
Toyota Center Jun 4, 5 Romeo Santos Jul 9 Queen + Adam Lambert Jul 16 Lady Gaga Aug 16 Prince Royce
Bayou Music Center concert calendar is regularly updated. Check online for more info and to purchase tickets. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas. 800.745.3000. livenation.com House of Blues Jun 3 The Supervillains Jun 6 Tyler Newberry & The Reliques Jun 7 Iration Jun 10 B.B.King Jun 11 Failure Jun 14 Yandel
Toyota Center’s concert calendar is regularly updated. Check online for more info and to purchase tickets. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk. 713.4HOUTIX. toyotacentertix.com MINUTE MAID PARK Jul 18 Jay Z & Beyoncé Minute Maid Park’s concert calendar is regularly updated. Check online for more info and to purchase tickets. Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford. ticketmaster.com
EXPOS TEXAS BLACK EXPO Jun 19-22 Texas Black Expo hosts Texas’ largest African-American empowerment festival. This year’s event will have a star-studded lineup with Sen. Wendy Davis as the keynote speaker and other celebrity guests, including MC Lyte and Tom Joyner. Ticket prices vary. texasblackexpo.com Bridal Extravaganza Jul 19-20 Houston’s most established bridal show is back with the most vendors, most prizes, most choices, because it’s not just a bridal show, it’s an EXTRAVAGANZA! Ticket prices vary. 281.340.7777 bridalextravaganzashow.com
MARKET Summer SQUARE Calendar PARK SPECIAL EVENTS
BLANKET BINGO Bring your blanket, lawn chairs or snag one of the tables at the park for a night of music and great prizes. $10 admission includes one bingo packet (approximately nine games). Additional
the ‘burbs for your Alamo fix. Join us at the Rolling Roadshow for these fantastic films under the stars. Jun 13 Ghostbusters (PG) 1984, 105 min. 8:30 pm. Jun 25 Bridget Jones’s Diary (R) 2001, 97 min. 8:30 pm.
Twilight Tours Jun 7, Jul 5, Aug 2 These 30-minute pontoon boat cruises are a great way to spend the summer evenings with your family and friends. First come, first served, no reservations, 20 person max per trip. 6-8:30 pm. Tickets $7 for adults, $5 for children 4-12. Downtown’s Sabine Promenade along Buffalo Bayou 713.752.0314. buffalobayou.org Second Saturday Buffalo Bayou Boat Rides Jun 14 These 30-minute pontoon boat cruises are a great way to spend the afternoon with your family and friends. First come, first served, no reservations, 20 person max per trip. 10-2 pm. Tickets $7 for adults, $5 for children 4-12. Downtown’s Sabine Promenade along Buffalo Bayou. 713.752.0314. buffalobayou.org Bat Tours by Pontoon Boat Jun 14 & 28, Jul 12 & 26, Aug 9 & 23 You’ll enjoy an amazing view of the bats’ dusk emergence and learn more about these magnificent flying mammals that share the city with us. Cancellations must take place 48 hours prior to the boat tour. Depart at dusk, time depends on day of the month (reservations required). Tickets $35 for adults, $20 for children 4-12. Allen’s Landing. 713.752.0314. buffalobayou.org Kayak Tours Jun 28 Join North Lake Conroe Paddling Company to experience the heart of Houston, while gliding down its flowing bayou in a kayak. These are fun, group trips for all skill levels of paddlers. Join other water lovers, from age 8 and up, who enjoy recreating and meeting new paddlers on this three-hour trip. All equipment is supplied for you, including the tandem (two-person), sit-on top kayaks. 9 am - 1 pm. Tickets $60 per person. Reservations required. Tour departs and ends at Allen’s Landing. 936.203.2697. northlakeconroepaddlingco.com
games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. 6-9 pm. Bingo begins at 7 pm and benefits Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Each event has a different theme and guests are encouraged to get in the spirit and dress for the occasion! A special thanks to community partner Heritage Texas Properties. Jun 19 Margaritaville Summer Bash Jul 17 Xmas in July Aug 21 Dog Days of Summer
MOVIES ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMAS ROLLING ROADSHOW PRESENTS THE QUIRKY & THE CLASSICS Forget about trekking to
Jul 11 The Princess Bride (PG) 1987, 98 min. 8:30 pm. Jul 30 Citizen Kane 1941, 119 min. 8:30 pm.
RECREATION BAYOU BIKERS Jun 1, Jul 6, Aug 3 Bayou Bikers meet at Market Square on the first Sunday of the month for 25- to 40-mile bike rides exploring the bayous of Houston. Rides are open to all. Mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. This is an informal group whose purpose is to show Houstonians and visitors the beauty of Houston’s waterways. Saturdays, 8 am.
BAYOU CITY OUTDOORS FAMERS MARKET RIDE Jun 14 Bayou City Outdoors invites you to their monthly Farmers Market Bike Ride, but this time with a social media twist. The group will meet at Market Square Park then ride to the Urban Harvest Farmers Market and back. At the end of the ride, one lucky winner will win a brand new cruiser bike! Visit the BCO website for details about the month-long social media sweepstakes. 8 am. bayoucity outdoors.com CRITICAL MASS Jun 27, Jul 25, Aug 29 Critical Mass is an informal bike group that meets the last Friday of every month to ride around the city, raise awareness and advocate for a bicycle-friendly urban environment. All bikes are welcome. 7:15 pm.
Market Square Park is open daily from 6 am 11 p.m. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase at Niko Niko’s. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages, please. Metered onstreet parking is available and free after 6 pm and $5 parking is available nightly across the street at Market Square Garage. 301 Milam. MarketSquarePark.com Be sure to visit Market Square Park on Facebook and Twitter for special event announcements, weather related updates and other happenings in the neighborhood’s eclectic dining and bar scene.
HOUSTON B-CYCLE STATION Park visitors can purchase daily, weekly or annual memberships and explore downtown on two wheels. Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield, this bike sharing program has expanded from three to 14 stations throughout downtown, as well as in other areas of Houston. For more information, visit houston.bcycle.com
DISCOVERY Summer GREEN Calendar The events listed are confirmed at the time of printing. For a full listing of Discovery Green summer 2014 events, please visit the calendar at discoverygreen.com Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase at the Lake House. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages permitted. Most events are free, unless noted otherwise. Discovery Green Flea by Night Jun 21 Food trucks, live music and vendors selling vintage clothing, antiques, jewelry, art and more under the stars and twinkle lights! 6-10 pm.
Contemporary Circus at Discovery Green Jul 3-4 Direct from the medieval city of Carcasonne, France, Barolosolo is part of the worldwide contemporary circus movement. See the Texas premiere of ile O, a delightful mash-up of modern physical theater moving from comic to absurd in a setting of aquatic poetry and music. They are joined by the Art Cars of ArtX and Houston’s own Cirque La Vie and Frenticore Dance Company. 7-10 pm.
Sundown at The Grove Wednesdays Join us for craft brews, chef inspired food pairings, live music and the best views in Houston at the 3rd Annual Sundown at the Grove! 5:30-8 pm. Land Rover Houston Central’s Rainbow on the Green presented by Legacy Community Health Services Jun 20 Fourth annual citywide GLBT celebration and dance party under the stars! This year’s lineup includes Derrick Barry as Britney Spears, award-winning vocalist Michelle Chamuel, and former American Idol contestant Blake Lewis. 7 pm.
Entertainment AT THE park Houston Public Media Silent Film Concert: Bernie – The Movie, The Music Graham Reynolds performs his scores for Richard Linklater’s films, followed by a
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screening of Bernie. Music begins at 8 pm followed by Bernie (PG13) 2011.
Food, beer and wine are available for purchase. Co-sponsors: Saint Arnold Brewing Company,
guided kayak ride. $5 per person, no reservation required. 11 am-5 pm.
fitness in the park Mondays, Bum-ba Toning, 6:30-7:30 pm. Tuesdays, Core-Focused Yoga 6:30-7:30 pm. Wednesdays, Zumba, 6:30-7:30 pm. Saturdays, Blissful Warrior Yoga, 9-10 am. Sundays, Discovery Hoop Dance, 10:3011:30 am. (through June 29)
families & children iKEA Houston Screen on the Green Catch a free flick in the shadow of Houston’s skyline. Arrive one hour early for contests and activities! Jun 14 Ghostbusters (PG) 1984,105 min. 9 pm. July 26 Wall-E (G) 2008, 98 min. 9 pm. UHD PRESENTS THURSDAY CONCERTS @ DISCOVERY GREEN Family-friendly concerts showcasing the best music of the Gulf Coast! Anheuser-Busch Stage. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages.
Cactus Music, Houston Press, 90.1 KPFT-FM, KTSU-FM. 6:30 pm. Jun 5 Little Joe Y La Familia, and DaHeBeGeBes Jun 12 Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, and The Zydeco Dots Jun 19 SKYROCKET! Jun 26 Archie Bell & Barbara Lynn, and Larry Lange & His Lonely Knights
healthy living at the park Kayak Rides on Kinder Lake Weekends through June 29 Enjoy a relaxing,
Kayak Class Wednesdays through June 25 Learn the safety and instruction of kayaking. Must be at least 18-years-old to participate. 6:30-7:30 pm. Kayak Camp Jun 1 Children ages 5-16 years old learn safety, instruction and paddling techniques. $5 per person. 11 am-5 pm. Recycling Saturdays Saturdays through June 28 Bring your glass, paper, plastic and aluminum to the mobile recycling station at Discovery Green. 10 am-2 pm.
Young Writers Workshop Saturdays through June 28 Houston’s only free writing workshop for kids, presented by Writers in the Schools, HPL Express and Discovery Green. 10:30-11:30 am. TX/RX Labs Jun 7 TX/RX Labs presents a Paper Circuits workshop- build a paper circuit hat with your favorite character that lights up! 12:30 pm. Houston Grand Opera Jun 14 Houston Grand Opera’s Storybook Opera presents Westward Ho. The beloved diva Carlotta Caruso heads
west on a grand adventure, greeting everyone and everything with a song, including vicious villains she meets along the way. 12:30 pm. Don Sanders Jun 28 Storyteller Don Sanders presents, The Lost Years of Pecos Bill. 12:30 pm. Crocodile Encounter Jul 19 Excellent handson reptile program featuring turtles, snakes, crocodiles, alligators, and more. Educational and great fun! 12:30 pm. Gymboree Jul 25 Story time presentation with bubbles, finger puppets, and parachute activities for toddlers. 12:30 pm.
other events in the park Texas Black Expo Juneteenth Old School R&B Concert Jun 21 Outdoor concert series. Ticket fees apply. 4-10 pm. texasblackexpo.com Greater Houston Rath Yatra Jun 28 Participate in the Festival of Chariots and enjoy Indian classical dance performances, multicultural entertainment, delicious vegan dinner and activities for kids. 6-10 pm.
Cinema Arts Festival JULYDOSCOPE Jul 19 Houston Cinema Arts Society presents JULYDOSCOPE 2014 featuring five dance performances curated by Dance Source Houston, followed by the screening of 2013 Oscar winning Documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom. 6:30 pm. cinemartsociety.org NGEN Radio’s Boomin Concert Series Jul 22,29 NGEN radio’s Boomin concert series produced by Special Events features some of today’s top Christian artists with music and ministry. 7 pm. ngenradio.com Houston Family Magazine Fun Fest Jul 27 Come celebrate the summer with Houston Family Magazine. Enjoy free face painting, arts and crafts, bounce houses, hooping, door prizes, music, performances, swag bags and more! houstonfamily magazine.com
Be sure to visit Market Square Park’s Facebook page for info on special deals and happenings at the neighborhood’s eclectic dining and bar scene.
Prairie Tours along Buffalo Bayou Park Jul 17 Join Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Katy Prairie Conservancy for a docent-led tour of the prairie areas in Buffalo Bayou Park, which will eventually have 11 acres of urban prairie land along the Shepherd to Sabine stretch of Buffalo Bayou. Learn about the importance of prairies and the historical background behind these sites. 6-7 pm. Free. Reservations required. Lee & Joe Jamail Skate Park, 150 Sabine Street. 713.752.0314. buffalobayou.org DISCOVER HOUSTON TOURS Ghost tours, tunnel walks and rail tours, architectural tours and more are available. Tour guide Sandra Lord is the resident expert and has been conducting downtown and Houston tours since 1988. Ticket prices vary. 713.222.9255. discoverhoustontours.com HERITAGE SOCIETY HISTORIC HOMES TOUR Nestled among 19 acres in the heart of downtown Houston, the Heritage Society boasts eight historic structures dating from 1823 to 1905. Each historic structure is authentically restored to reflect its original magnificence. Tickets $15 adults, $12 seniors, $6 children 6-8 and kids under 5 are free. Sam Houston Park,1100 Bagby. Times vary. 713.655.1912. heritagesociety.org MINUTE MAID PARK TOUR Get a behind-the-scenes look at Minute Maid Park including historic Union Station, broadcasting booth or press boxes, Astros’ or visitors’ dugout, luxury suites and much more. Tickets $9 adults, $7 seniors and $5 for kids 3-14. Mon-Sat 10 am, noon, 2 pm. Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford. 713.259.8687. astros.com SAINT ARNOLD BREWING COMPANY TOUR Come visit Texas’ oldest craft brewery in their new location. Every Saturday, the doors open at 11 am and groups will rotate in and out of the facility in an open-house format until 2
pm. If Saturdays don’t work for you, check out their weekday open house at 3 pm. After the tour, guests are welcome to stay for a free tasting. Tickets $7, no reservations required. All minors under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. 2000 Lyons at I-10. saintarnold.com SEGWAY TOURS OF HOUSTON Like the rest of Texas, Downtown Houston is a pretty big place to walk around. There are a lot of things to see up close and from a distance. Experience the Bayou City, once the capitol city of a sovereign country, from a talking perspective within a few hours while you have effortless fun on a segway. $75-$80. Meet at Wortham Center, 501 Texas. Daily. 10 am, noon, 2 pm, 4 pm & 6 pm. 866.673.4929. segwaytoursofhouston.com
SPORTS HOUSTON ASTROS Faith & Family Night Jun 14 Enjoy an inspirational post-game concert with Christian rock group MercyMe after your Houston Astros face the Tampa Bay Rays as part of the annual Faith and Family Night celebration. Picnic in the Park Jun 15 Stick around after the baseball game on Sunday to partake in the Houston Astros 2nd Annual Picnic in the Park. Bring the whole family for a terrific cookout, children’s activities, and much more! For schedule info and tickets, call or visit website. Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford. 877.927.8767. astros.com HOUSTON DYNAMO For schedule info and tickets, call or visit website. BBVA Compass Stadium, 2200 Texas. 713.276. GOAL. houstondynamo.com
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