downtown SPRING 2015
CONNECTING YOU TO THE CENTER OF HOUSTON
downtown SPRING 2015
DOWNTOWN JOYRIDE R E A S O N S W E LOV E S P R I N G
LAMAR CYCLE TRACK BUILD IT AND THEY WILL RIDE
A RT C A R S , D O G PA R K S + B I G F U N BE ENTERTAINED DANCE, MUSIC, OPERA, THEATER
urban linear park destination for premier shopping, dining, entertainment and events
260 bikes checked out from the Main Street B-cycle station every month
room luxury hotel, Hotel Alessandra, slated to debut in Fall 2016
330 MetroRail stops from GreenStreet to NRG Stadium
2 great stops for all your spring fashion needs— BCBGMAXAZRIA & Forever 21
concerts & events each year at House of Blues
5 blocks from Discovery Green, George R. Brown & Toyota Center
nights of Live Music every week on The Lawn — Thursday & Fridays, 5-8PM
9 Games on the Green events planned for the year — 4th Thursday of every month, 5-8PM
SPRING HAPPENINGS: GreenStreet Boot Camp Wednesdays, 6:30-7AM Challenge yourself with an intense boot camp on The Lawn at GreenStreet.
Rockets Viewing Party presented by BudLight March 25, 7PM Join Clutch and the Rockets Power Dancers as they watch the Houston Rockets take on the New Orleans Pelicans on a 32ft screen.
Friday Flicks on The Lawn 4th Friday of every month through May, 8PM Visit greenstreetdowntown.com for the complete line-up.
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.
More, more, more Sometimes we don’t recognize just how much Downtown Houston has changed in what is really a very short time. Newcomers to our city can easily be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about, but there are many of us who remember a time not too long ago when Downtown was a great place for doing business (and maybe catching the occasional theater performance) – and little else. Today’s Downtown is livable THIS IS THE in so many ways. If you make DIRECTION OF your home here, you already know how many more options DOWNTOWN’S there are. It’s easier than ever EVOLUTION, AND ON to spend a day here. Plenty of THE HORIZON WE SEE dining options mean you can grab a latte and breakfast, MORE. MORE RETAIL, enjoy a casual lunch in a park MORE RESIDENTIAL, like Discovery Green or Market MORE … EVERYTHING. Square Park and plan a special night on the town. And getting around has never been easier. Rent a B-cycle, hop the MetroRail, open up that Uber app on your smart phone or just hoof it. There are always plenty of activities to be found. This is the direction of Downtown’s evolution, and on the horizon we see more. More retail, more residential, more … everything. We like to think we’re giving you a front-row seat in the pages of downtown. This quarter the new bike lane crossing through the Downtown grid gets the spotlight on page 14, and we’ve got a reader-friendly round-up of our favorite springtime distractions starting on page 19 to keep you busy. You’ll also find our extensive calendar of events and activities in datebook on page 41 and our comprehensive listing of eateries in Plate on page 34. Of course, be sure to visit us online at downtownhouston.org, where we always keep you up to date on the latest when it comes to our city’s center. And let us know what you think about downtown. We’re more than happy to take your comments and suggestions.
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ON THE COVER Is there anything more distinctly Houston than the annual Art Car Parade? Fans of these rolling pieces of art come from around the globe just to catch a glimpse! On the cover is one of our faves, Baby Boy by Jesse Leal. Photo by Morris Malakoff
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Cyclists (and drivers) rejoice! This spring, a Lamar Street parking lane will become a dedicated, two-way bike lane. With its distinctive green paint and raised divider, it signals an exciting and much-needed new age in Downtown transit. BY SANDRA COOK
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We keep telling you there’s plenty to keep you busy Downtown. And since our list of favorites keeps growing and changing, we thought it was time for a round-up. Of course, the Art Car Parade made the list. But so did kayaking, a new dog park and fantastic new restaurants. BY HOLLY BERETTO
Downtown has changed dramatically over the last 10 years from a hub of industry to much more. It still drives our city’s economy, but now it also provides that almostundefinable something extra.
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HOT COMPANIES Meet Houston First. No, it’s not a church, nor a bank. But it is a vitally important planner of Downtown development. BY PETER RADOWICK
BACKSTAGE Springtime is the right time for Houston’s theater district. Off-beat theater, heavy-hitting superstars and family classics are all on tap. Plus, meet Live Nation’s Julie Johnson. BY MELISSA FITZGERALD
PLATE/SIP Our comprehensive listing of everything scrumptious in Downtown Houston and a closeup look at Downtown’s second incarnation of a foodie favorite – Hearsay on the Green.
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D O W N TO W N'S M O V E R S A N D S H A K E R S
BY PETER RADOWICK
What is Houston First? Civic corporation promotes Houston and helps others with heavy lifting
AM HOUSTON FIRST. ME AND 207 OTHERS, THAT IS.
We are all proud employees of what the media likes to call a quasi-public organization that is officially a localgovernment corporation created by the City of Houston. And that’s part of our identity problem. It seems that many folks don’t know who we are or what we do. Houston first is a name that conjures a number of logicalsounding entities. But we’re not a bank, credit union, brokerage or any manner of financial institution. We’re also not a bastion of higher education. Or a house of worship. “Somebody inadvertently posted on our Facebook page, ‘Thank you for all you do as a church,’” said Dawn Ullrich, president and CEO of the corporation. “There are days when I wish we had that kind of divine influence but that wasn’t us.” It turns out the poster was expressing appreciation for Houston’s First Baptist Church. Then there was the time two of our executives were mixing at a black-tie affair and a board member of a major nonprofit group asked if our bank had a Downtown branch. Houston City Council created our corporation in 2011 by merging the city’s Convention & Entertainment Facilities Department with the Houston Convention Center Hotel Corporation. The aim was to bring private-sector savvy and flexibility to operations at the city’s convention and arts venues and Houston’s largest hotel, the 1,200-room Hilton
Americas-Houston, while still retaining government oversight. “Our mission is simple, though there is never anything easy about enacting it,” said Ric Campo, the corporation’s board chairman. “We want the world to think of Houston first and we want Houstonians to think of their hometown first. And finally, we want everything we do to be first class. Slowly but surely, I think we’re checking off those boxes.” If you work or live or visit Downtown regularly you’re likely to have come across our handiwork on a daily basis, even if you don’t know it’s us who manages the George R. Brown Convention Center, Jones Hall, Wortham Center, Miller Outdoor Theatre and Theater District Parking, among others. Cissy Segall Davis is executive director of Miller Theatre Advisory Board, which provides the programming at the nearly-century-old venue in Hermann Park. Houston First provides the management of the facility, where, as generations of Houstonians know, every show is always free. “I think that one of the most important changes that has occurred since Houston First assumed management is the spirit of collaboration,” Davis said. “There is a recognition and celebration of this historic venue and there is definitely a desire to work together for the betterment of the theater.” Davis said the recent process to develop a master plan for Miller Outdoor Theatre brought all stakeholders together at the same table. “(It) was quite collaborative,” she said. “To know that we have all played a role in visioning Miller Theatre for the next 20 years, adopting a plan to create an even more dynamic, inviting, inclusive venue for future generations, is very exciting.” At Wortham Center, one of the major tenants is Houston Grand Opera. HGO Managing Director Perryn Leech (who also is the board
chair of Theater District Houston) has a front-row seat to what is taking place in the Theater District. “City Council’s creation of Houston First has given a new level of energy and support for the city’s wonderful performing arts scene,” Leech said. “We have the world-class facilities and thriving arts groups who produce extremely diverse programming. This ongoing development will only add significantly to its appeal." But we’re more than just facility “WE WANT THE landlords – a lot more. We also provide a WORLD TO THINK wealth of the connective tissue that allows a OF HOUSTON FIRST number of development projects to take root Downtown. Balancing the needs of all AND WE WANT players so that everyone gets something is a HOUSTONIANS TO tricky business, but one made more THINK OF THEIR plausible with the spirit of collaboration HOMETOWN FIRST.” that our company displays. Nick Massad Jr., president and CEO of American Liberty Hospitality, can vouch for that after having worked with HFC on several projects. American Liberty owns and operates the Downtown Embassy Suites (which opened in 2011) and is developing a nearby block to house two hotel brands, Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites, which American Liberty will also own and operate. “Houston First has a very efficient business model which collaborates with Houston’s other groups, such as the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Greater Houston Partnership, to achieve great things together,” Massad said. Last year, Houston First completed a strategic alignment with the convention and visitors bureau to consolidate more of its operations and promote Houston more consistently. “They have provided incredible vision and leadership to create Caption goes here.
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one of the nation’s best convention districts, which will only get bigger and better prior to Super Bowl 2017. Their stewardship and success with the Hilton Americas makes all Houstonians very proud.” Houston First is in the prominent business of renovating the Convention District neighborhood. One of the key pieces in the puzzle is Houston-based RIDA Development’s construction of the 1,000-room Marriott Marquis hotel that will eventually tie into the George R. Brown. Between the RIDA and American Liberty projects, Houston moves closer to creating the critical mass of hotel rooms it can offer the world’s biggest conventions. Houston First is also making over the boulevard in front of the convention center, converting it from eight traffic lanes that were often unused into a pedestrian plaza that will create a better visitor experience. On the north side of the convention center, a 10-story office tower and 1,900-car garage are now under construction. Soon, another hotel could be part of that mix, too. With all this work taking place, affecting so many aspects of Downtown life, there’s also something to be said for “playing nice” with the neighbors. Nearby is Incarnate Word Academy, where Sister Lauren Beck has run the all-girls school since 2000 and has more than just a passing interest in changes to neighborhood. "Just look around at the consistent growth Downtown and it is apparent Houston First has a passion for its revitalization,” said Sister Lauren. “Bringing people together to collaborate on projects seems to be a specialty of Houston First. It’s amazing to me the number of people they invite to the table to make sure all the voices are heard and their concerns are met before moving forward." And that’s what we do here at Houston First. But we still don’t offer free checking.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
B A C K S TA G E .
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BY MELISSA FITZGERALD
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Arthur Miller’s first commercial success, All My Sons, comes to the Alley Theatre, March 27–April 19. The play takes place following World War II as the Keller family desperately hopes for their son Larry to return after being declared missing in action three years earlier. As life goes on at home, the Kellers confront realities, and family secrets are revealed. Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck returns to direct this riveting American classic. Britain’s innovative and exciting theater company Kneehigh makes its Texas debut with the funny, sexy and delightful tale of love, Tristan & Yseult, April 24–May 24. The classic amorous struggle of head versus heart comes into play when Cornish King Mark falls in love with the sister of his enemy. A fresh take on the ancient tale, you’ll be in for a night of forbidden desire, grand passion, live music and lots of laughs.
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oustonians fondly know the months of March, April and May as “the three best reasons to live in Houston.” The weather is beautiful, daylight savings time has begun, and there’s a general feeling of optimism in the air. And for so many of us who know that 50 degrees is indeed hibernation weather, the spring means we’re venturing out and looking for new experiences. There’s no better place in a fiveblock radius to experience some of the best Houston has to offer in dance, music, opera and theater than Downtown’s Houston Theater District. See our picks below for some of the season’s most exciting highlights and for a complete listing of performances, visit Broadway - Newsies houstontheaterdistrict.org. Pink Martini) and J. Robert Spencer (of Midtown Men) perform an array of songs from The Beatles, Coldplay and Adele. Take a musical trip “across the pond” for a night of well-mannered frivolity. Violinist James Ehnes takes the stage for Beethoven and Bartók, May 7–10. He soars through melodies in one of the most profound works of the violin repertoire, Beethoven’s Violin
It’s an undoubted truth that the music that accompanies a film is equally as crucial as the believability of the performances. A truly great film score can elicit a more visceral emotional reaction than a great line at times. To celebrate this integral part of cinema, the Houston Symphony presents Blockbuster Film Scores, featuring superior sounds from the past 30 years of filmmaking. Featured movie scores include Forrest Gump, Titanic, The Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean. Performances happen March 6–8. The musical brilliance of the United Kingdom is saluted in U.K. Rocks, April 2–4. Storm Large (of
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Fall head over heels for Romeo and Juliet, Feb. 26– March 8. It’s been 28 years since Houston Ballet staged a new production of this most famed love story, but Stanton Welch’s interpretation is worth the wait. Set to Prokofiev’s breathtaking score, Welch’s classic production tells the touching tale of star-crossed lovers featuring grand sets, stunning costumes and achingly beautiful dance. There’s something for every palate in the spring repertory program, Modern Masters, on stage March 12–22. Enjoy rapid precision in George Balanchine’s Ballo Della Regina, poignant story telling in Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat and demanding technicality in Harold Lander’s Etudes. This varietal menu from three masters of modern ballet will keep your eyes and ears delighted from start to finish. The budding stars of the Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy take center stage for a showcase of talent at every level of training. The Spring Showcase, April 24 and 25, features scenes from popular ballets as well as new works created especially for the young dancers. This evening offers a glimpse at the stars of tomorrow, and the future of ballet looks very bright indeed. Continue on the journey with Houston Grand Opera’s presentation of Die Walküre,
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the same way again. The company brings a second mariachi opera to Houston with El Pasado Nunca Se Termina/The Past Is Never Finished, fresh on the heels of its March world premiere in Chicago. Audiences are transported to a Mexican hacienda in 1910, tracing how the country’s cultural conflicts and nationalistic struggles shape one family across generations. The show runs from May 13–17. Presented by Society for the Performing Arts, Compagnie Käfig/ Correria Agwa makes its Houston debut on April 17. The French company consists of an all-male Brazilian cast discovered in the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro. The dancers perform celebrated works influenced by hip-hop, bossa nova and capoeira in a frantic race of bodies, movement and in a show that takes your breath away. Themes of running and water govern the performance representing these vital elements of our Houston Grand Opera - Die Walküre daily lives. A vibrant new take on Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire, comes to life with the Scottish Ballet. This performance is a tour-de-force full-length ballet set to a jazz-inspired score and striking vintage costume and sets. Accompany the fading Southern belle, Blanche DuBois, as she leaves her troubled past behind her for a new start in New Orleans. This haunting, iconic story unfolds May 15. Join Da Camera of Houston’s Artistic and SPA - Companie Kafig General Director, Sarah Rothenberg, for a “Demon Barber of Fleet Street” quenches his selection of music influenced by the concurthirst for justice on a murderous rampage rent exhibit at The Menil Collection, leaving few characters breathing and you on including masterpieces from Eugene Delacroix the edge of your seat in Sweeney Todd, April to Paul Cezanne. Drawing inspiration from 24–May 9. This masterpiece of American these French artists, Rothenberg follows a musical theater will keep you riveted to the parallel trajectory in piano works from the bitter end, and you’ll never look at your barber same period featuring composers from Chopin
the second opera of four from Richard Wagner’s Ring cycle. The story moves from Valhalla to Earth with themes of sacrifice, abandonment and the intoxicating quest for power. Like all the Ring operas, the second installment stands on its own as great spectacle, masterful storytelling and electrifying music. Attend this stunning performance April 18–May 3. The revenge obsessed
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Concerto. Audiences will also experience the incredible virtuosity of each instrument in Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Join Society for Performing Arts for an electric and passionate night of dance when Tango Buenos Aires returns to Houston on March 13. The expansive company of 25 will transport you to the open plazas of Buenos Aires with their precise and romantic movements of tango in its purest form. Start celebrating this historic style of dance the week leading up to the performance at the curated Tango Festival, March 11–13.
to Satie in Becoming Modern: Music and Art in Paris on March 31. The multi-award winning jazz master, Branford Marsalis, is hailed as one of the most revered instrumentalists and saxophonists of his time. As leader of one of the finest jazz quartets, his band members focus on giving the song center stage, letting the music be the star, rather then showcasing their individual talent. Spend an evening with Branford Marsalis on April 18. The season concludes with an ecstatically climactic close in Sacred Visions: Stravinsky and Messiaen on May 2. The fascinating program progresses from darkness into the light, from the exquisite harmonies of an Italian Renaissance prince to two sacred masterpieces of the 20th century. Da Camera once again collaborates with the Houston Chamber Choir and lighting designer, Jennifer Tipton, who transforms the music’s resplendent colors into a visual counterpart. This finale is not one to miss! HOBBY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
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Bring the whole family to Theatre Under The Stars’ presentation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Join Joseph on an adventure that takes him from the most loved to a castaway and back
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again in this wonderful tale of betrayal and forgiveness. Leading the cast are Broadway stars Diana DeGarmo as the Narrator and Ace Young as Joseph. Performances run March 17–29. Smooth-talking musical instruments salesman Harold Hill cons the good people of River City, Iowa in one of the most cherished musicals in American theater, The Music Man. Before he can successfully skip town, Harold falls in love with the beautiful town librarian, foiling his plan and anchoring his heart. This “American as apple pie” musical is on stage at the Hobby Center May 5–17. Fairy tales do come true in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, May 26–June 7. The lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the elements you love with some surprising new twists. Fall in love with this classic tale all over again and be sure to get home before midnight. When a struggling Dublin street musician on the verge of giving up on his dreams meets a beautiful young woman, a chemistry grows and the alchemy of the collective takes his music to new heights. This truly unique Broadway experience features haunting love songs and a multi-talented cast who play their own instruments onstage. The theatrically breathtaking, ONCE, visits Houston March 10–15, with Broadway at The Hobby Center. Mamma Mia!, here we go again. A mother, a daughter, three possible fathers and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. A young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her absentee father on the eve of her wedding brings laughter, friendship and encourages everyone to have the time of their lives! The music of ABBA’s timeless songs fills the show with energy and excitement. See this fun-filled musical, April 14–19. Open the gates and seize the day, with this beloved tale of a band of underdogs defeating the giant. Based on true events, Newsies follows a crew of young newspaper salesmen trying to make ends meet on a laughable paycheck. When they stand up to the most powerful men in New York they become unlikely heroes and change the course of history. Bring the whole family for this rousing tale of fighting for what’s right and staying true to who you are, May 19–24.
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Q & A WITH L I VE N AT I ON' S
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f anyone knows live music, it’s Julie Johnson. With 14 years working in the music industry, she’s seen it all and invites you to get in on the action too. Both of Live Nation’s Downtown hot spots, Bayou Music Center in the Theater District and House of Blues in GreenStreet, offer the concertgoer a unique experience from general admission to VIP lounges. We asked her for an inside perspective on what makes a great concert, how to take advantage of ticket discounts and the most exciting acts coming this quarter. WHAT MAKES A GREAT PERFORMER AND DRIVES AN AUDIENCE TO AT TEND A SHOW?
I have seen so many amazing performances from so many different artists that it’s hard to pinpoint. Obviously, most performers have this charisma that is hard to quantify, but you know it when you see it. Some artists interact with the audience and make everyone feel like they are part of the show, others will stand there and sing and just their voice alone will whip the audience into a frenzy. On certain shows, the set design and lights are so amazing that you attend more for that experience. I think that each act “speaks” to certain audience. One of the best parts of my job is seeing fans react with joy when their favorite artist plays their favorite song. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST EXCITING ACTS COMING IN THE NEXT QUARTER?
We have a little bit of everything at both buildings. At Bayou Music Center we have everything from Weird Al Yankovic, Steve Miller Band, Dancing with the Stars, to Bush, along with lots of great comedians. At House of Blues we have everything from Buddy Guy, hot country performer Sam Hunt to a Burlesque Fest, and rising star Meghan Trainor and, of course, Gospel Brunch. I would be surprised if a person couldn’t find something they liked on either venue calendar. ARE THERE ANY MEMBERSHIP OR VIP OPPORTUNITIES AT EITHER OF THE VENUES THAT WOULD ENTICE PEOPLE TO TRAVEL IN TO EXPERIENCE?
Absolutely, we have VIP clubs and VIP packages at both buildings. At House of Blues we have the Foundation Room, which I believe is one of the best VIP experiences in Houston. You are surrounded by opulent décor. Even the walls are works of art, decorated with beautiful cloth from India along with historical art and music pieces. The food is also really exceptional. At Bayou Music Center we have The Jack Daniels Club, which is a private lounge with a private entrance and an expanded selection of spirits and gourmet appetizers. It has the feel of a speakeasy, with low lighting and comfortable lounging spaces. This is a great place to hang with friends before and after the show.
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WHERE DO THE PERFORMERS TEND TO HANG OUT AFTER A SHOW?
Ha! I’m not at liberty to say where the artists go after a show, but I will say that I have seen them in our VIP rooms on occasion. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST MEMORABLE RIDER REQUESTS YOU’VE HAD FROM A PERFORMER?
We have had all kinds of requests to keep our artists happy. Some of the oddest range from asking for a chess master to teach them for the day to having a puppy backstage to play with. WHAT’S THE FUNNIEST STORY YOU’VE HAD FROM A PERFORMANCE?
We had one artist who was playing on a Sunday and he had some major dental issues, his face was really swollen and you could tell that he was in a great deal of pain. We couldn’t find a dentist to treat him. He put his hair over his swollen face and played for 2 hours. His fans had no idea and really enjoyed the show. ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL PROMOTIONS YOU OFFER THAT GIVE PEOPLE A DISCOUNT OR TICKET DEAL?
We offer specials all of the time, including free tickets and other upgrades. The best way to get in the know is to sign up for our venue newsletters on our websites, or follow us on social media. WHAT MAKES AT TENDING A SHOW AT EITHER OF THESE VENUES SUPERIOR TO OTHER VENUES?
We have great sight lines, superior sound systems, and both venues have teams that are dedicated to ensuring that you have a wonderful experience when you visit us. If you don’t see a show with us this quarter, you’re missing out. To get more information on these two live music spots, visit HouseofBlues.com/Houston and BayouMusicCenter.com.
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New Downtown Park Connector gives cyclists a better way to share the road.
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owntown Houston drivers and bike riders are about to enter a new dimension in sharing the road. This spring, a humble parking lane on Lamar Street will be converted into a revolutionary two-way bike lane, with special green paint and a raised divider – so much more than a single white stripe on the edge of a bustling thoroughfare. The City of Houston Department of Public Works and the Downtown District have been discussing, since 2011, a protected bike lane that runs east west across Downtown’s grid. “This will be the first lane of its kind in Houston,” says Laura Spanjian, sustainability director for the City of Houston. “This lane is different from the simpler bike lanes we’ve had for the past 20 years.” “The new Downtown Park Connector is a big step for Houston,” says Michael Payne, executive director for BikeHouston, a nonprofit group working to make Houston a more bike-friendly city. “This lane is significant for two reasons. It’s the first protected bike lane in the city – a new kind of protected bikeway in Houston. It represents a coming of age for the city and it’s a validation for cyclists.” “The second part of the new lane’s significance is that it connects Buffalo Bayou Park and Discovery Green,” says Payne. “And beyond the parks, it connects the trail systems of the west side of
Rules of the Road Bikes have the same rights and duties as all other vehicles. This means cyclists and drivers have to stop at stop signs and red lights, but vehicles are required to yield right-of-way to a bicycle when appropriate. Turn signals Most of us learned this in Drivers’ Ed, but most forget to use turn signals on occasion. Cyclists: use arm signals and point the way you are going to let vehicles know where you plan to go.
(1) STOP Extend the left hand and arm downward (2) LEFT TURN Extend the left hand and arm horizontally (3) RIGHT TURN Extend the left hand and arm upward, or extend the right hand and arm horizontally. Riding at night: Bikes must have a white light on the front and a red reflector or red light on the rear. Find more info at biketexas.org
the city to the Columbia Tap Trail on the east side. These are two major bikeways that are already well-used.” Michael Skelly, president of Clean Line Energy Partners, calls the project exciting. “This is one more piece in the puzzle toward making Houston a walkable, bikeable city.” Skelly bikes to work frequently, and his company doesn’t pay for employee parking. Instead they pay for Metro cards, provide locker rooms with showers, and offer secure bike storage for employees. “These sorts of lanes have been built all over the country and it’s been proven that if you build it they will come,” says Skelly. He’s talking about cities such as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Denver, Austin, Seattle, San Jose and more than 50 other cities large and small. In Texas, such lanes have been established in Austin and Denton, north of Dallas.
Making the Connection “The new bike lane is called the Downtown Park Connector,” says Spanjian. “It’s a twoway bike lane that is nearly a mile long.” Spanjian says a big reason this particular bike lane came about is because of all the recent Buffalo Bayou trail improvements. “It became clear that we needed to connect Buffalo Bayou Park to Discovery Green and the Columbia Tap Trail on the east side. Our biggest gap was safe connectivity for those greenways,” she says. Spanjian also points out the many B-cycle stations located Downtown. “We have over 13 stations now, so that’s around 120 bikes that can be checked out in addition to bike commuters and other cyclists that the lane will serve,” she says. Of course, each of the B-cycle bikes are used by multiple riders each day. Dale Rudick, director of public works and engineering for the City of Houston, explains that various transportation and mobility studies prompted the need for a safe bikeway to connect the greenways on the east and west sides of Downtown.
The Columbia Tap Trail – a former rail line – starts on the east side of BBVA Compass stadium, travels four miles through Texas Southern University and feeds into the Brays Bayou Trail system, which also gives cyclists easy access to EaDo, University of Houston, Hermann Park, the Museum District, Medical Center and McGregor Park. See maps at houstonbikeways.org. The much-improved, much-talked-about Buffalo
“It was a collaborative effort with the Downtown District and the City to find a good solution for our mutual tenants and citizens,” says Rudick. “As Houston’s population grows, it’s important to have more extensive networks for all modes of transportation.” Other streets, such as Walker, McKinney and Dallas were considered and evaluated for traffic volume. Walker and McKinney were eliminated because they connect to freeway ramps for I-45, and Dallas Street is being groomed as the signature street connecting the convention center to shopping and hotels. “The analysis showed us that Lamar Street was the best option,” says Spanjian. “The two-way track allowed us to take just one lane (that was primarily a parking lane) from one street to allow cyclists to travel across Downtown more safely.”
Features of the Downtown Park Connector Public Work’s Deputy Director of Public Works and Engineering Jeff Weatherford says the materials being used were chosen because they are durable and last for many years. “The special green paint is an environmentally friendly epoxy that takes longer than most pavement paints to cure, but it is designed to withstand heavy vehicular traffic for 10 years, so for bike traffic that could be up to 20 years,” says Weatherford. The design and materials also were selected to help safely flow cyclists through downtown’s grid. In addition to its green hue, the entire lane will have a dashed center stripe for two-way traffic. Weatherford explains the divider humps or “armadillos” that help clearly separate the bike lane from the vehicle lanes are to be installed in a slightly recessed groove that will make them less susceptible to being knocked off by vehicles. Signage alerting vehicles to the bike route is to be installed at entrances and exits to parking garages along Lamar Street. At
Bayou Trails west of Downtown have achieved celebrity status, gracing the pages of article after article on Houston in recent months. The highly visible west sector of this well-equipped greenbelt spans from Bagby Street to Shepherd Drive. The lesser-known east sector rambles north of the Downtown’s Historic District from UH-Downtown, following the bayou eastward (just north of Navigation Boulevard) to Lockwood Drive, with more extensive trails planned. See maps at buffalobayou.org.
intersections, signage is to be placed at edge of the bike lane, near armadillos, for greater visibility. Separate bike signals that illuminate as a bike icon, will give cyclists a slight head start over vehicles.
Bike Master Plan in the Works
Collaborated with Downtown Businesses
BikeHouston will be part of that plan, says Executive Director Michael Payne. “BikeHouston is seeking to grow its membership to help steer bike lane development going forward,” he says. The group has 600 members now, but Payne feels there are many thousands of cyclists out there. He urges current cyclists and those interested in riding bikes in the future to get involved.
The Downtown District hosted meetings so the City could discuss plans with building owners, and as a result dozens of companies and individuals wrote letters in support of the project. “Bob Eury with the Downtown District has been instrumental in getting the Lamar Street and neighboring businesses on board with the bike lane,” says Rudick. Skelly notes that many businesses, including Kinder Morgan, Vinson & Elkins, HilCorp. and Morris Architects wrote to the City in support of the initiatve. One of the individual supporters who wrote to the city is Tom Lloyd, director of crude oil marketing for Hess Corporation. Lloyd has lived in Houston for just over a year and a half and bikes to work frequently from the Galleria area. Like Clean Line Energy, Hess also has shower facilities and bike storage onsite, and Lloyd says a number of his co-workers bike to work as well. In addition to reaching out to building owners and tenants, PSAs are being placed in elevators, and posters will be put up in lobbies in buildings along Lamar. Groups such as Bike Houston and B-cycle are spreading the word to cyclists and the greater community.
Becoming Reality Construction, which began at the end of January, is expected to take approximately seven weekends (no weekday construction). Weather permitting, the Park Connector could be open as early as mid-March, but if rainy weekend weather hits during February and March then completion will be delayed a few weeks. “We will certainly be monitoring how it
The City of Houston has never had a comprehensive bike plan and is now in the process of developing one.
“Show up to the public input meetings with the City’s planning team,” says Payne. “It’s important for cyclists to engage and be heard. You can change what happens – put those events on your schedule and make sure city planners hear your suggestions.”
works after it is opened and will continue to work with Michael Payne and BikeHouston to make sure this project lives up to its goals,” says Weatherford. Payne says that if the Downtown Park Connector lane is well-designed, the rules of the road will be clear to bikes and cars, especially with lane-divider bumps.” “The tricky part is that we’ll have twoway bike traffic on a one-way city street. That’s why there will be special traffic signals with special timing for cyclists,”
says Payne. “A lot of people have expressed concern over having two-way bike traffic on a oneway street,” says Weatherford. “I tell them there has been two-way traffic on this street for years – they’re called pedestrians.” Bike commuter Tom Lloyd believes that with just one lane to contend with, people will adapt easily. “The new bike lane is definitely a good thing, providing a much safer way to ride. This will certainly raise the profile for biking in Houston.”
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he days are getting warmer, the sun is shining longer – it must be springtime in the Bayou City! Our list of what’s hot and happening in Downtown this spring is sure to get you out and about. From the foodie to the fun to the funky, here’s a sampling of what to do, where to go and why you want to be there.
It’s a ‘cue lovers dream team: Reef owners Bill Floyd and Bryan Caswell partnered with Gatlin’s BBQ’s Greg Gatlin to launch Jackson Street BBQ. With an opening set for this spring (potentially March, if all goes according to plan), their 8,000-square-foot space will turn out Gatlin’s beloved brisket, sausage and the rest of the barbecue lineup, as well as Caswell’s seasonal odes to Gulf Coast cuisine. As a bit of a bonus for the business owners, the space will be close to Minute Maid Park; they’ll cook up their offerings for their ballpark concessions there as well.
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JACKSON STREET BBQ
FREE PRESS SUMMER FEST
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This two-day extravaganza, June 6-7, brings together killer entertainment and a rollicking good time. Music acts, food vendors and other fun seekers take over Eleanor Tinsley Park along Buffalo Bayou, and the vibe is a cross between street party and Woodstock – with a down-home Houston feel. As of press time, acts hadn’t been released, but this annual music and arts festival is always a gas and guaranteed to help you slide from spring to summer. fpsf.com
28TH ANNUAL ART CAR PARADE What’s your favorite art car? The Student Driver car? The one with all the singing lobsters? How about Houston Grand Opera’s entry – a giant head blaring opera arias along the route? Whatever it is, if it rolls on wheels and looks cool, you’ll see it here, at one of Houston’s favorite annual events. This year boasts a brand new weekend for the parade, hosted by the Orange Show. Festivities kick off on April 9 with the Main Street Drag, where art car parade entries cruise Houston’s streets, including all over Downtown. Later that afternoon, the cars line up around Discovery Green for your viewing pleasure, and the parade rolls down Allen Parkway on April 11. thehoustonartcarparade.com
21 MOONLIGHT DOLLS AT PROHIBITION SUPPER CLUB
If you think “dinner theater” is a bunch of would-be actors slogging through Shakespeare while you’re swilling cheap wine, get ready to redefine that experience. Prohibition Supper Club offers a swanky scene on a daily basis with amazing food by Chef Ben McPherson, killer cocktails and a Jazz Age-inspired ambiance. On weekends, it’s got The Moonlight Dolls, a troupe of singers, actors, dancers and musicians who breathe brand-new life into vaudeville and burlesque entertainment. Fresh and feisty, this is a group that embraces the freewheeling freedom of the 1920s with glamorous costumes and a full-on talent assault. Prepare to be dazzled, and feel like you’ve gone back in time, because these cats and the supper club they’re calling home are the bee’s knees. prohibitionhouston.com
Number5 Bayou City Theatrics
As we went to press, this Downtown theater group was rehearsing for its March show, Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific (March 13–29). The company performs at the Kaleidoscope on Main Street and offers an array of contemporary and classic plays and musicals. Those looking for an intimate experience and another homegrown company to support will be charmed. Bayou City Theatrics’ curtain went up in 2013, and the group offers both a mainstage season and educational performances for schools. bayoucitytheatrics.com
MAYOR ANNISE PARKER: THE FINAL YEAR
With a style that blends Houston boosterism with a no-nonsense approach to fiscal needs, Mayor Parker has proved a popular steward for our city. A great way to see her work up close – and to learn more about how city government functions – is to attend part (or all) of the public session of City Council meetings. They’re held in City Hall on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. (the council agenda is published the previous Friday and you can view it at houstontx.gov/citysec). Breaking news! Mayor Parker just won seventh place in the annual World Mayor Prize organized by the City Mayors Foundation, an international think tank dedicated to promoting good, open and honest local government.
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A NEW ADDRESS
Luxury living takes on a whole new meaning with the opening of 500 Crawford, a mid-rise overlooking Minute Maid Park. The Finger Companies spot offers residents spacious floor plans with high-end amenities, including resort-style swimming pools, a sports club, fitness center and interiors that boast granite counter tops, wine coolers, wood floors, garden tubs and high-tech communications. Leasing begins in May – just in time to watch the boys of summer, possibly from your living room. 500crawford.com
EIGHT GET IN SHAPE AT DISCOVERY GREEN
There’s always something happening at this premier park, whether it’s amazing temporary art exhibits, big-time festivals or the DG Flea, where you’ll find unique treasures to take home. Fitness classes start in March, and we’re not just talking your usual yoga. On Tuesdays, you can live that fantasy of running away and joining the circus with the Circus Arts class, guaranteed to improve your flexibility and offer loads of fun. Fan fave Zumba is Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Bring an adult-sized hula hoop (or register to borrow one) and burn calories while you tone in the Discovery Hoop Dance class. discoverygreen.com
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10 THE NIGHTINGALE ROOM
Mike Criss, the opening GM of OKRA Charity Saloon partnered with the Clumsy Butcher family of bars and eateries to open this new spot along Main Street. A bar with a strong focus on entertainment, the lineup is an eclectic array of music acts, from soloists to bands to DJs and everything in between. In addition, bartenders offer up their recommendations on vinyl album picks of the week for your listening enhancement. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m., expect a drink menu of craft cocktails, shots, beer and champagne, with halfprice specials during Happy Hour (4-7 p.m., weekdays). “This bar is about having fun, and we don’t take ourselves too seriously,” says Criss. “We want the guests to interact with us and with each other. It’s all about the experience.” facebook.com/nightingaleroom
BLANKET BINGO AT MSP
It’s baaaccckkkk and we don’t mean the movie! Named Houston’s most popular event of 2014 by 365 Houston, Blanket Bingo at Market Square Park has been a sleeper hit! Maybe because you can just chill on a blanket with friends or maybe because there’s a chance to win great prizes, including $500 cold, hard cash. Benefitting the park and Buffalo Bayou Partnership, bingo begins in April and runs through September. Super cool MC Mills McCoin and DJ extraordinaire Joe Ross will be back again this year. It’s only $10 to play. We recommend getting to the park early, as we sold out every game last year! (April 9, May 14, June 18, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10) marketsquarepark.com
ART - SEE IT AND MAKE IT
Looking to put a little class in your spring? You’ll find it at the University of HoustonDowntown’s O’Kane Gallery with Las Sor Juanas de Tejas: Santa Barraza, Tina Fuentes, Kathy Vargas and Delilah Montoya. The exhibit showcases the work of four Texas artists inspired by 17th century Mexican poet Sor Juana Inez de al Cruz. (March 26 – April 23). Over in the Warehouse District at Bisong Art Gallery you can sign up for the March 7 Canvas, Cocktails and Conversation. $35 includes all your painting supplies. Just bring your own drinks and snacks to help unleash your inner Picasso. Bonus: you can browse the gallery’s array of work by up-andcoming and established artists. uhd.edu | bisonggallery.com
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KICK MOVIES UP A NOTCH If you’ve never been to a film at Sundance Cinemas, you’re missing out. This grown-up movie house hosts some of the best in new releases, independent and art films. The food and wine menu brings elegance to movie fare; think gourmet pizzas instead of greasy multiplex hotdogs. Coming in early June, you can grab tickets to see a simulcast of the National Theatre’s The Hard Problem, by Tom Stoppard, about a researcher who discovers that the answer to a difficult question lies where psychology and biology meet. sundancecinemas.com
HOUSE OF BLUES
One of the anchors of Downtown’s GreenStreet, House of Blues is known the world over for showcasing the work of beloved and emerging musicians alike. The Sunday Gospel Brunch is a popular Downtown favorite, where soul food and great singing take center stage. Springtime concerts include Buddy Guy (March 28), The Mavericks (April 16) or Thunder from Down Under (May 27). This high-octane venue always has something happenings on its stages, and the food’s a stand out. So, what are you waiting for? Get out and hear some funky music. houseofblues.com/houston
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AMERICAN IDOL FANS
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the first collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, is a charming and quirky re-telling of the biblical story of Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, and his jealous brothers. Given a coat of many colors by his dad, Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery, where his ability to interpret dreams propels him into Pharaoh’s inner circle. Theatre Under the Stars’ presentation of the beloved musical stars Ace Young, who wowed audiences in season five of American Idol, as Joseph, and his wife, Diana DeGarmo, the reality show’s season three runner up. The family-friendly show is a new production, but it’s packed with the same hummable songs and loveable lyrics that made the musical such an enduring hit. tuts.com
PICNIC AT SAM HOUSTON PARK
Get an up-close and behindthe-scenes look at Downtown’s art and architecture with a variety of tours. The American Institute of Architects sponsors walking tours of the Downtown neighborhood and Buffalo Bayou. On March 7 and April 18, you can learn about Downtown’s urban art. April 25’s Towers and Trees Tour takes you from Hermann Square to Discovery Green, highlighting the city’s history and the changing face of our city. Discover Houston
tours’ Taste of the Tunnel loop is a walking tour of Houston’s underground, with stops for cuisine from around the globe. History buffs will love the Heritage Society’s historic homes tour, a walking tour of the 10 historic homes in Sam Houston Park, where you’ll learn about the architecture and the people who lived in the period houses. heritagesociety.org aiahouston.org discoverhoustontours.com
Sometimes simple joys are the best. Take advantage of Houston’s springtime sunshine by packing a picnic and heading over to Sam Houston Park. The city’s oldest park is an oasis along busy Bagby Street. You can tuck a few items from home into a cooler or grab some fresh produce and treats from the Urban Harvest City Hall Farmer’s Market (March – June) or tasty treats from Phoenicia Specialty Foods. Note: the eggplant irka is addictive. urbanharvest.com | phoeniciafoods.com
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KAYAKING DOWN BUFFALO BAYOU
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Houston has its roots along Buffalo Bayou, and you can re-connect with them on a kayak tour of the waterway. Bayou City Adventures offers a Houston Skyline guided tour that is a terrific way to see the city and get a workout. Kayaking not your thing, but you still want to see where Houston began? No worries. The Buffalo Bayou Partnership hosts Saturday boat rides along the bayou, where guides explain the importance of the waterway to Houston’s history, economy and ecology. bayoucityadventures.org | buffalobayou.com
CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO
What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Mexico’s vibrant culture than at Downtown’s El Big Bad, a feisty, gastro-cantina specializing in infused tequilas, fresh juice margaritas and tasty Mexican fare. A particularly great spot for sipping margaritas is on their upstairs balcony overlooking Historic Market Square; it’s a killer spot to kick back. elbigbad.com
MOTHER’S DAY STAYCATION Make Mom’s day (or weekend) great by booking her a little TLC from one of Downtown’s hotels. The Hotel Icon’s Experience the Houston Museum District package is a great way to experience both Downtown and our world-class museums. It’s an addon to your stay that includes a $10 coupon for the Icon’s Line & Lariat restaurant, as well as rail passes to explore the Museum District. The Four Seasons is luxury defined. Book mom a massage or treatment at the spa and be sure to reserve early for brunch on Mother’s Day, where in addition to the lavish spread there are usually family friendly activities such as cupcake decorating. Booking a Westin Weekend package gives you an extended checkout on Sunday (3 p.m.) and great breakfast options – in Mom’s room or in the restaurant, leaving you more time to relax or explore the city. hotelicon.com fourseason.com/Houston westindowntownhouston.com
This is the inaugural season for Houston Symphony Music Director Andres Orozco-Estrada and as the company’s first Hispanic music director, this young, dynamic conductor is already putting his unique stamp on the century-old organization. This spring, see your symphony take on everything from the British Invasion and contemporary U.K. beats (April 2-4) to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (April 30 – May 2). To see Orozco-Estrada’s warm and passionate style from the podium, make sure you grab tickets for the Mahler Symphony No. 3, a stunning tribute to the power and beauty of nature (May 15 – 17). All performances are at Jones Hall. houstonsymphony.org
If you’ve not yet taken a tour of Houston’s very own Saint Arnold Brewery, what have you been waiting for? A tour is a great way to see how the indie brewer makes its wares, and to sample a myriad of awardwinning brews. Monday – Friday tours start at 3:30 p.m. (taps open at 2 p.m.). Saturday tours begin at noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Admission is $10 and includes a souvenir glass. On Saturdays, the brewery also serves a limited food menu, so you can easily make an afternoon of the experience. This is your chance to check out seasonal offerings plus all the hometown favorites. Elissa, anyone? 2000 Lyons St. | saintarnold.com
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SAINT ARNOLD BREW TOURS AND TASTINGS
April 6 is Opening Day for the 2015 Houston Astros season. The hometown team takes on the Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park and you can bet fans will be out in force. But all spring long (and summer, too!) you can be part of the highs and lows on the diamond. There’s something special about the atmosphere in a ballpark – it’s as much outing as sporting event. Plus, with Minute Maid Park’s Downtown locale, you feel the energy and excitement of the city all around you as you root for the home team! houston.astros.mlb.com
Since it opened in 2013, Batanga has been a must-visit address for Downtown diners. This Market Square mainstay has it all, including a 3,600-square-foot patio, laid-back Latin vibe, a terrific happy hour, live music – and a Sunday supper where a whole roasted pig is the star of the show. $32 buys you a salad, veggies from a local farm, the chef’s special dessert, and roasted pig, done to perfection. Bonus: there’s a 50 percent discount on bottles of wine. Supper begins at 4 p.m. and lasts until the last bite’s gone. If you’re looking to end the weekend on a high note, this is your destination. batangahouston.com
DOWNTOWN’S GOING TO THE DOGS When Johnny Steele Dog Park opened along Buffalo Bayou in January, it immediately became a place where urban dwellers and their furry friends came to congregate. The two-acre canine oasis has large and small dog ponds, washing areas and shaded structures. Named for Houston landscape architect Johnny Steele, the park was made possible through private donations and is open to all from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. (NOTE: the park will be closed intermittently in April to re-seed). The park is located along Allen Parkway near Montrose. With Houston’s spring sunshine, your pooch will love the excursion. buffalobayou.org
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Number25 ARTISTA OFFERINGS The restaurant in the Hobby Center with stunning views got a remodel of its menu recently, with Executive Chef David Cordua blending some old-school stylings with the family’s Latin roots. Keeping with Artista’s theatrical ambiance, his additions are part supper club, part hip Broadway bar. Be sure to try the fried oyster and beef crostini, a generous appetizer that melds a little Gulf Coast flavor with steakhouse flair. The new seared diver scallops arrive over a barley and mushroom
risotto and are a gorgeous nod to traditional supper club fare. The dessert menu is almost entirely new – and savvy diners know that while nothing could diminish the popularity of the family’s tres leches, the warm toffee pudding cake might just give it a run for the money. Pop in before a show at the Hobby Center, or after a day at the office. Dining hint: the lunch menu’s build-your-own salad is a great way to eat healthy while putting your own unique spin on your meal. cordua.com/artista
Foodies rejoice! With imported goods from around the world and homemade prepared foods that showcase the owners’ Middle Eastern roots, Phoenicia Specialty Foods is your onestop shop for high-quality yummy goodness. This Downtown destination is perfect for stocking your pantry and indulging your need for world cuisine. More than a grocery store, think of it as a Disneyland for food lovers. The MKT Bar offers wine and beer and bites, along with live music, making it a great place to unwind after the workday or to linger over weekend brunch. Wednesday nights are Vinyl Night, and Tuesday and Thursday feature Steak Nights. In the store itself, you can get your gourmet on with international selections, teas and signature treats. Gelato anyone? A visit to Phoenicia is much more than shopping – it’s like taking a world tour without ever leaving Downtown. phoeniciaspecialtyfoods.com
Houston has long been a supporter of the performing arts, and students and alumni of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts are the stars and creators of the future. The school broke ground in December on a new building Downtown, and there’s a whole lot of excitement about having the academy so close to the city’s arts scene. Everything about the new space at Rusk and Austin showcases it as a serious place for students of the arts. The five-story, 168,000-square-foot, $80-million project will include a 200-seat mini-theater, 200-seat black box theater, 150-seat recital hall, rooftop garden and outdoor art studio. The centerpiece will be an 800-seat main theater, complete with a balcony that will fit the prestigious magnet school’s entire faculty and student body with room to spare. It’s slated to open in 2017. hspva.org
It’s springtime. That means the return of the Wednesday Urban Harvest City Hall Farmer’s Market. The weekly lunchtime market brings together growers and producers from across Houston and the surrounding areas, selling their fresh produce, farm-raised meats and dairy, and a host of prepared foods perfect for your midday meal. Take a break from your workday to come out and support family farms. The best part of shopping a farmers market is leaning how the producers do what they do, and finding out where your food comes from. Those greens you buy for tonight’s salad likely came out of the earth this morning – so their flavor and freshness are unmatched. If you’re looking for ways to go local in your eating, or even if you just want an alternative to the humdrum frozen dinner or leftovers at your desk, this is for you. urbanharvest.org
Houston’s Earth Day celebration turns 10 this year, and it’s grown a lot over the last decade. This year, look for expanded fun and food, all designed to showcase a love for our environment and sustainable living. The April 11 festival is at Discovery Green and is free . You’ll find a new acoustic stage this year, along with a wine garden sponsored by Messina Hof. Bring your cans, bottles and paper to the Recycling Zone sponsored by the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department. More than 40 green nonprofits will have exhibits at the park, showing Houstonians how they can make small (or big) changes to preserve and protect the planet. Earth Day is family friendly – and even Fido is welcome! earthdayhouston.org
If you want action and excitement, you need to come out and see the Dynamo, Houston’s MLS soccer team. Their bright orange stadium and committed fans bring a level of energy and enthusiasm that’s sure to sweep you along. The season begins on March 7 against the Columbus Crew SC. You’re sure to have a great time whether you’re a die-hard soccer fan, or just looking for some fun. The Dynamo play at BBVA Compass Stadium, which has excellent sight lines and a beautiful concourse with an array of food and drink options. Stop into the Dynamo shop and get your fan gear to cheer on the team. houstondynamo.com
GET MOVING WITH B-CYCLE
If you made a New Year’s resolution to exercise more, B-cycle is a great way to do it and discover Downtown. You can sign up online or purchase a ride at any B-cycle station, then grab a bike, ride it where you need to go and return it to any B-cycle station. The service is great for quick trips in and around the Downtown area, but it’s also a fun way to explore. Maybe you’ll use B-cycle to run a lunchtime errand, or maybe you’ll grab some friends and rent a bike to coast along the bayou. It’s your call. This spring, put a little more movement into your life with B-cycle. houston.bcycle.com
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If you’re a theater lover, and you want see something new, head over to the Warehouse District, where Catastrophic Theatre just launched its 2015 season. You have until March 7 to catch the world premiere of Mark Schultz’s The Blackest Shore, the story of a 16-year-old filmmaker and his father, confronting demons and learning about life. Dedicated to new works, this theater company is always contemporary, always edgy and always thought provoking. Opening on April 10 is Mickle Mahr’s The Hunchback Variations, which sees Beethoven and Quasimodo teaming up for a panel on sound design. catastrophictheatre.com
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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GET CULTURED
If you’re under 40, like people and love the arts, what better way to network and see new shows than to join one of the Downtown arts groups’ young professionals organizations? These societies allow you to help a great cause, while meeting like-minded new friends. Far from stuffy meetings, you’ll see great works and have an experience targeted to meet your needs. The Houston Symphony’s Young Professionals Backstage group blends behind-the-scenes access and in-house support of the city’s premier orchestra. Ticket packages for the season and individual tickets to concerts are available. Over at Houston Grand Opera, the Opening Night for Young Professionals gets you seasons tickets, a private intermission mixer on every opening night – complete with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and special pricing for both the Opening Night Dinner and Opera Ball. Meanwhile, the Alley Theatre’s Scene blends performance attendance and special events for the under-40 crowd. houstonsymphony.org | houstongrandopera.org/on/ alleytheatre.org/Alley/SCENE_Alley_Young_Professionals.asp
LUCK OF THE IRISH
Wear your green and come out to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, kicking off at noon on March 14 at Texas and Crawford. One of the quirkiest parades in Houston, the route runs along San Jacinto and onto Preston before ending back at Crawford. You can gather along the parade route to see the more than 100 bands, floats and other entries celebrating Irish heritage. Following the free event, the Irish and the Irish at heart can grab a pint of Guinness (or Harp, if you prefer) at Shay McElroy’s, Flying Saucer or Molly’s Pub, all located on Main in Downtown. Cheers! hsppc.org
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Downtown dwellers and workers know that GreenStreet is a destination address for entertainment and dining. It’s also now the home of the Esperson Gallery, bringing together the work of some of the most talented painters, photographers and visual artists working today. Works on view are also for sale. This is a place to visit to ignite your imagination amid Downtown’s bustle and busy. espersongallery.com
LEE & JOE JAMAIL SKATEPARK Maybe you can do it goofy. Maybe you just like to watch. Either way, if you’ve never been to the Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark, you’re missing out. Here’s where Houston’s skateboarders show off their skills. Beginners can take classes, offered periodically through the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. The 30,000-square-foot park has a variety of terrains for all level of skateboarder and roller boarder. Open every day from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., the park is a place where energy meets activity. houstontx.gov/parks
WHET YOUR WHISKY WHISTLE
First came the craft brew and wine bar craze. On its heels was artisanal cocktail. Now, savvy drinkers are gravitating toward spirits in their purest form. Over at Reserve 101, you’ll find a couple of unique experiences to improve your appreciation for fine whisky. For $750 a shot, you can say you sampled the Glenmorangie Pride 1978. Reserve was the first bar in the U.S. to get a bottle of the ultra-rare single malt whiskey, aged for 34 years and followed by a 15-year extra maturation in Bordeaux Premier Grand Cru Classé wine casks. Too rich for your wallet? Then opt for single-barrel private bottling selections from Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey (Russell’s Reserve), Jim Beam (Knob Creek), $7-$10 a shot. Reserve 101 co-owners Mike Raymond and Steve Long flew to Kentucky to hand select these barrels of whiskey. And keep an eye out for the debut of the first-ever private bottling from Texas distillery Garrison Brothers, coming in 2015 at approximately $25 a shot. reserve101.com
THE RING CYCLE CONTINUES Houston Grand Opera launched a four-year cycle last season, presenting the first part of Richard Wagner’s towering quarter of operas known as The Ring Cycle. This season, the cycle continues with Die Walküre, the story of Wotan, king of the gods, and his schemes to get back the golden ring he traded for Freia’s freedom in Das Rhinegold. This second opera in the epic is a sweeping saga of sacrifice, revenge and love. Set to electrifying music, the masterful story is brought to life by a cast of internationally acclaimed singers. The notto-be-missed production opens April 18. houstongrandopera.org
EDITED BY ANGIE BERTINOT & NICOLE M ARIN
Hearsay on the Green Sophisticated and scrumptious, the food at this second Downtown location is spot-on.
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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). $$$ L Azuma Sushi & Robata Bar Japanese/Sushi Voted “Best Sushi in Houston” by Citysearch.com, this new-age Japanese restaurant is anything but typical. The ambience is terrific, the sushi is innovative and fresh and the outside seating area provides great people watching. azumajapanese.com. 909 Texas, 713.223.0909. L Mon-Fri; D MonSun; LN Fri & Sat. $$ Ballpark Café American Enjoy the allAmerican 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. $$ L Barnaby’s at Market Square American A local favorite, Barnaby’s serves up oversized sandwiches, salads and burgers, putting a Southwest spin on traditional deli dishes. Colorful murals adorn the walls of the restaurant along with large windows for a perfect view of the park. barnabyscafe.com. 801 Congress, 713.226.8787. L Mon-Sat. $ L Batanga Tapas + Drinks Latin This tapas joint whips up delicious dishes inspired from Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Chile – anywhere that sangria is served. The spacious patio is as good as it gets when it comes to outdoor dining with its festive twinkle lights, great music and stellar views of the Historic District and Market Square Park. batangahouston.com. 908 Congress, 713.224.9500. L & D Daily. BR Sat & Sun. $$
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. $$$
Brazos Restaurant American Upscale seafood and casual American fare come together in a Texaschic atmosphere. Newly refurbished, black booths and white tablecloths offer elegance and décor not typically found in hotel restaurants. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1700 Smith, 713.495.7854. B, L & D Daily. $$$
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. $$
L Brown Bag Deli Fast Casual Located in the Houston Club building, Brown Bag Deli serves up tasty, fresh sandwiches “just like you like it.” Known for its fluffy, soft bread you won’t be disappointed and neither will your wallet. thebrownbagdeli.net. 702 Main, 713.224.7000. L Mon-Fri. $
The Bistro American The Bistro is a full-service restaurant serving up breakfast and dinner in a casual atmosphere. Courtyard by Marriott, 916 Dallas, 832.366.1600. B & D Daily. $
Buzz Barista Coffee House This full-service espresso bar offers much more than caffeinated beverages for a morning fix. People on the go can grab freshbaked pastries, Naked juices, yogurt parfaits and fruit cups along with their brewed delights. B & L Mon-Fri. 811 Main, 713.228.3033. $
L Bistro Lancaster New American Located in the historic Lancaster Hotel, this cozy getaway is a great place to dine before catching a show in the Theater District. You’ll find hearty soups, sizzling steaks and savory seafood. thelancaster.com. Lancaster Hotel, 701 Texas, 713.228.9502. B, L & D Daily. $$$$ L Blue by Massa Seafood This upscale and elegant restaurant offers up a fine selection of American and Seafood cuisine. Among the esteemed list of favorites, the Lobster Bisque is a standout. Superior service and a great dining atmosphere allow guests to enjoy a memorable dining experience. Blue also offers occasional live entertainment and dancing is highly encouraged! massas.com. 1160 Smith, 713.650.0837. L Mon-Fri; D Mon-Sat. $$ 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 MonSat. $$ Bombay Indian Grill Indian Bombay Indian Grill is a Maharaja treat in Downtown Houston serving an extensive menu of authentic Indian cuisine. 706 Main St, 832.269.5303. L & D Mon-Sat. $ L Bombay Pizza Co. Indian Fusion Fusing the cuisines of India with pizza, innovative creations are served on a homemade, dense, thin and crispy crust. Try the saag paneer, which is topped with fresh spinach and four cheeses or the Gateway to India topped with cilantro, tandoori chicken, garlic and artichoke hearts. bombaypizzaco.com. 914 Main, 713.654.4444. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat. $ Bon Jour Café Deli Offering soups, sandwiches and salads. 945 Capitol, 713.237.0419. B & L Mon-Fri. $ Bouray’s Burrito Bar Fast Food Bouray’s offers made-to-order Mexican and Vietnamese food using ingredients that are prepared fresh daily. bourays.com. 609 Clay, 713.652.5999. L Mon-Fri. $
The Cafe American Located in the lobby of the Hilton Americas. An elaborate buffet is offered for breakfast, with a la carte selections from the menu available for lunch and dinner. Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar, 713.739.8000. B, L, D & LN Daily. $$ 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. $
KEY TO SYMBOLS THESE LISTINGS ARE NOT REVIEWS BUT ARE A GUIDE TO DOWNTOWN DINING SPOTS. "RECOMMENDED" RESTAURANTS ARE SELECTED BY DOWNTOWN MAGAZINE EDITORS AND ARE BASED ON FOOD QUALITY, MENU SELECTION, SERVICE, AMBIANCE AND VALUE.
L RECOMMENDED new! JUST OPENED new location NEW LOCATION
AVERAGE PRICE OF AN ENTRÉE $ - $10 or less $$ - $11-$19 $$$ - $20-$29 $$$$ - $30+
B: Breakfast BR: Brunch L: Lunch D: Dinner LN: Late Night
For a searchable database of downtown Houston restaurants by cuisine, location and price, visit downtownhouston.org and click on Guide.
HEARSAY ON THE GREEN 1515 DALL AS ST. 832.377.3362
FANCY FOOD D O W N T O W N R E S TA U R A N T G O E S C H I C A N T I Q U E W I T H I T S S E C O N D L O C AT I O N . BY NICOLE MARIN SOME PEOPLE MIGHT THINK OPENING A SECOND DOWNTOWN LOCATION OF THE SAME RESTAURANT IS A PRETTY DARING MOVE, but we happen to
think it’s perfect – especially when it’s Hearsay Gastro Lounge. This Historic District hotspot has opened a second location inside the Embassy Suites hotel in Downtown’s Convention District. Visitors to the new upscale restaurant will notice a few of Hearsay’s trademark features, such as exposed brick walls and a stunning chandelier. But Hearsay on the Green has managed to create an identity of its own with a 40foot bar, two large wine vaults and an ambiance they’ve dubbed chic antique. While the original location has undoubtedly become a dining destination in Houston (especially known for its late-night bites), it is usually recognized more as a cocktail lounge. The focus of Hearsay on the Green, however, is centered more around food. It’s evident in their expansive dining room. Diners will find most of their original-location favorites, such as the grilled mahi-mahi fish tacos, the Saint Arnold-battered asparagus and their infamous burgers, on the new menu. New entrées include a seafood risotto with bay scallops, Gulf shrimp and seasonal veggies, and a chicken-fried chicken topped
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with roasted jalapeno white gravy and served on a bed of dirty rice. Trust us, it’s to die for! Guests won’t go thirsty, as the restaurant touts an extensive wine collection and a long list of draft beers. The new Downtown eatery is also making a name for itself on the Sunday brunch scene with its specialty buttermilk fried chicken atop a Belgian waffle smothered in buttered maple syrup and a savory brunch burger topped with a fried egg, white cheddar and chipotle aioli. Yum! So whether you’re looking for a romantic spot for your next date night, a new spot for happy hour (Monday-Friday, 4-7 p.m.), or just an alternative to eating concession stand food at the next Rockets game, Hearsay on the Green is the perfect place!
RESERVATIONS SUGGESTED. MONDAY-THURSDAY: 11 A.M. - MIDNIGHT FRIDAY-SATURDAY: 11 A.M. - 2 A.M. SUNDAY: 11 A.M. - 11 P.M. BRUNCH SERVED ALL DAY
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. $ 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 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. $$ The Downtown Aquarium Seafood The menu features a huge variety and offers something for everyone. While dining, guests are surrounded by a 150,000-gallon aquarium. Enjoy the sights and a great meal at this family-friendly spot. aquariumrestaurants.com. 410 Bagby, 713.223.3474. L & D Daily. $$ L 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. $ 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 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 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 gastrocantina-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. $$
Flying Saucer Pub Fare Offering more than 200 beers, almost half on draft, Flying Saucer is a beer drinker’s paradise. Excellent staff and tasty eats give the place an identity all its own. beerknurd.com. 705 Main, 713.228.7468. L, D & LN Daily. $ L Frank’s Pizza Pizza Home of the “late-night slice,” Frank’s Pizza has built a quality reputation for itself serving up delicious food in a great atmosphere. Not only can you grab a slice of pizza, Frank’s also serves up darn good hamburgers, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, Buffalo wings, lasagna and salads. frankspizza.com. 417 Travis, 713.225.5656. L & D Daily; LN Fri & Sat. $ L Fusion Taco Latin/Japanese Taking the best from Asian and Latin cuisine, Fusion Taco comes up with creations like jerk chicken tacos, chicken tikka masala quesadillas and Asian pulled pork flautas. An extensive beer and wine selection rounds out the menu. fusiontaco.com. 801 Congress, 713.422.2882. L & D Mon-Sat. $ L The Grove American Rustic This two-story, ultra-urban restaurant is found at Discovery Green. The menu features rustic American cuisine such as Gulf Coast seafood, steaks and signature rotisserie dishes. grovehouston.com. Discovery Green, 1611 Lamar, 713.337.7321. L & D Daily. $$$ 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. $$ Hard Rock Café Classic American What do you get when you mix a music-themed diner with an all-American menu? Hard Rock is a great family-friendly spot serving up items such as burgers,nachos and chicken varieties. hardrock.com. Bayou Place, 570 Texas, 713.227.1392. L, D & LN Daily. $$ 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. $$
new! Hearsay on the Green American
Located inside the Embassay Suites in Downtown’s Convention District, this upscale restaurant and lounge serves up the finest craft cocktails, New-American dishes and a chic dining experience. The drink menu features an extensive wine list, numerous bottle and draft beers and premium liquors. hearsayhouston.com. 1515 Dallas St, 832.377.3362. L & D Daily, LN Fri-Sat, BR Sun. $$
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). $
new! The Honeymoon Cafe+Bar American The
Honeymoon brews local Boomtown Coffee, has perfectly hand-crafted cocktails and satisfies the appetite with light bites and delectably sweet treats! With all the natural lighting, the ambiance is like a dream! thehoneymoonhtx.com. 300 Main St. B, L, LN Daily. $ 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, home-cooked Mexican cuisine is served for breakfast and lunch on weekdays. 22 North Chenevert, 713.222.0767. B & L Mon-Fri; D Thu-Sat. $$ L Irma’s New Southwest Grill Mexican Irma’s second location is a hip spot to satisfy a Mexican food craving. Enjoy tasty foods and great drinks for lunch or dinner. Only a few short blocks from Minute Maid Park. irmassouthwest.com. 1314 Texas, 713.247.9651. B & L Mon-Fri. Open on Astros baseball game days and nights three hours before first pitch. $$ 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. $ 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. $ 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. $ 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
plate. 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 MonSun; LN Fri-Sat; Bar & live music Tue-Sat. $
burgers, Market Square offers plenty of reasons to stop by for a meal or drink. The backyard patio, friendly staff and full bar add flavor. marketsquarehouston.com. 311 Travis, 713.224.6133. L, D & LN Mon-Sat. $
L Line & Lariat Modern American An awardwinning 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. $$$
L Massa’s South Coast Grill Seafood Like its sister restaurant, you can count on superior service and a great dining atmosphere. Conveniently located close to the convention center and Toyota Center, it’s a prime spot for lunch and dinner. massas.com. The Shops at Houston Center, 1331 Lamar, 713.655.9100. L Mon-Fri; D Mon-Sat. $$
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. $$ Lone Star Taco Tex-Mex Fast-casual Tex-Mex restaurant, specializing in great tacos! Lone Star Taco quickly serves artisanal quality, made-fresh tacos at an affordable price. txlonestartaco.com. 1001 Texas St, 713.223.8226. B, L, D Daily. $ Luby’s, etc. American Enjoy an incredible view of downtown along with 10 food stations offering a wide variety of goodies: a build-yourown salad bar, made-to-order grill, pizza by-the-slice, delightful deli, global café and traditional Luby’s cafeteria line with all the classic dishes. lubysetc.com. 1301 Fannin, 13th Floor, 713.759.9954. B & L Mon–Fri. $ Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge American Bowlers and patrons relax on sleek leather couches and enjoy floor-to-ceiling video screens that flash movie clips and music videos as DJs deliver danceable grooves. Delectable munchies are available lane-side and in the lounge. bowlluckystrike.com. GreenStreet, 1201 San Jacinto, Level 3, 713.343.3300. L, D & LN Daily. $$
new location 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 and juice bar, featuring delicious Colombian coffee. 917 Franklin, 713.229.8323. B & L Mon-Sun, D Fri-Sat. $ L Main Kitchen American Named Main Kitchen to reflect its location on Main Street and the hopes of becoming a staple in Houston’s culinary scene, the restaurant seats 120 and boasts an exhibition kitchen providing guests with an insight into thechefs’ creative process. jwmarriotthotelhouston.com/main-kitchen. 806 Main St, 713.400.1245. B, L, D Daily. $$ � L Market Square Bar & Grill American This Chicago-style neighborhood hangout is a local favorite. Boasting a handful of “fire-powered”
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L McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood The extensive menu changes daily depending on each day’s fresh seafood deliveries. With more than 80 preparations on the menu each day, every guest is sure to find something to satisfy their palate. mccormickandschmicks.com. GreenStreet, 1201 Fannin, 713.658.8100. L & D Daily. $$$ 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. $$ L Minuti Coffee Coffee House The coffee is created by a roast master in Italy, before making its way into the hands of talented baristas. This is the perfect place to bring the laptop and take advantage of Minuti’s free Wi-Fi. They also have beer and wine, which makes it a great pre/post theater spot. Be sure to sample some of the fresh-baked pastries and smoothies, too. minuticoffee.com. 909 Texas, 281.265.3344. B, L, D & LN Daily. $
L Niko Niko’s Greek & American Houston icon Dimitri Fetokakis opened his cafe in 2010 at Market Square Park. Favorties such as the gyro and kebob are on the menu along with new items such as the breakfast pita. Specialty coffee drinks, beer and wine also available. nikonikos.com. Market Square Park, 301 Milam. B, L, D Daily. $ Nit Noi Cafe Thai Head Chef Mama Alice has a secret sauce that has made this Thai gem successful for more than 20 years. Diners can go light with fresh cucumber salads or fill up on classic noodle dishes with a choice of beef, chicken, pork, tofu or shrimp. nitnoithai.com. 301 Main, 713.225.1069. L Mon-Fri. $$ 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 Pappasito’s Cantina Tex-Mex One of Houston’s most popular casual Tex-Mex restaurants, Pappasito’s specializes in sizzling fajitas, creamy queso and tortillas that almost melt in your mouth! The downtown location offers six unique ceviches and crudos that can’t be found at any of the other restaurants. pappasitos.com. Hilton AmericasHouston, 1600 Lamar St, 713.353.4400. L, D Daily. $$ L Perbacco Italian An adorable little spot located at street level of one of Houston’s skyscrapers, Perbacco serves up Italian cuisine in a modern and fresh atmosphere. Catering to downtown workers and the theater crowd, you always get quick and friendly service and tasty food. 700 Milam, 713.224.2422. L Mon-Fri; D Thu-Sat. $
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L MKT Bar Mediterranean Part of Phoenicia Specialty Foods, it's the perfect place to stop when you need a chill moment. The bar offers coffee, pastries, wine, beer, gourmet pizza and other yummy nibbles for which Phoenicia is known. phoeniciafoods.com. 1001 Austin, 832.360.2222. B, L, D, Daily. $
Prohibition is the home of the Moonlight Dolls who dazzle audiences with their sexy yet fun burlesque performances. Beaming with glitz and glamour, this upscale supper club has an exquisite menu featuring fresh Gulf seafood and steaks which are cooked to perfection! prohibitionhouston.com. 1008 Prairie, 281.940.4636. L Mon-Fri, D Mon-Sat, LN Thu-Fri. Sat 5p-2a. $$$
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 wine and martini menu along with its specially priced “bar bites.” mortons.com. 1001 McKinney, 713.659.3700. L Mon-Fri ; D Daily. $$$$
L Quattro Contemporary Italian Vivid colors, creative lighting and a unique design create a sophisticated and inviting ambience for guests. Located in the Four Seasons Hotel, Quattro is one of downtown’s best restaurants. Four Seasons Hotel, 1300 Lamar, 713.652.6250. B, L & D Daily. $$$
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. $
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. thesamhoustonhotel.com. The Sam Houston Hotel, 1117 Prairie, 832.200.8800. B, L & D Daily. $$ L Sambuca New American A hip, trendy and upscale restaurant right in the mix of Main Street. The menu includes a wide variety of favorites and combined with the live music, Sambuca is Houston’s ultimate supper club. sambucarestaurant.com. 909 Texas, 713.224.5299. L Mon-Fri; D & LN Daily. $$$ The Shops at Houston Center Food Court 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, Snap Kitchen, 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. $$$ Skyline Deli Deli With their freshly baked bread, Skyline makes a great deli sandwich. 717 Texas, 713.571.0509. B & L Mon-Fri. $ Sol Cafe Mejicano Mexican A family-owned cafe offering traditional Tex-Mex breakfast and lunch dishes made from fresh ingredients. 1205 Travis, 713.651.0049. B & L, Mon-Fri. $ L Spaghetti Warehouse Italian Making its home in an old warehouse, this Italian-American eatery offers up large portions for lunch and dinner. Traditional menu items such as spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and pizza allow the Spaghetti Warehouse to cater to all ages and appetites. meatballs.com. 901 Commerce, 713.229.0009. L & D Daily. $$ L 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
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. $$$ L Springbok South African Springbok features a contemporary take on classic South African dishes such as local game, house-made sausages, burgers and curries. Enjoy an amazing selection of local and international beer and cocktails while watching rugby and other national and international sporting competitions. thespringbok.com. 711 Main, 818.201.6979. L, D & LN Daily. $$ 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. $$ Thepthidaa Thai Thai A traditional Thai restaurant located at the ground level of the loft residence Hogg Palace. The warm and cozy atmosphere offers a great setting for a dinner escape and is a local favorite. 401 Louisiana, 713.225.4900. D Daily. $ L III Forks American Upscale, warm atmosphere and impeccable service sets the stage for this sophisticated steakhouse. New York strip and filet mignon, bone-in ribeye, porterhouse, young rack of lamb and veal chop are served with duchess potatoes, off-the-cob cream corn, and perfectly cooked vegetables. Seafood items include Chilean sea bass, Ahi tuna, salmon, halibut, scallops and lobster tails, which are flown in daily. iiiforks.com. GreenStreet, 1201 San Jacinto, Level 1, 713.658.9457. L Tue-Fri; D Mon-Sat. $$$$
L Treebeards Southern A downtown institution for more than 30 years, Treebeards offers tasty Cajun dishes that are sure to satisfy. Favorite menu items include the chicken and shrimp gumbo, red beans and rice and étouffée. For dessert, try the famous butter bar. treebeards.com. 315 Travis, 713.228.2622. Cloisters at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas, 713.229.8248. L Mon-Fri. $ Trofi Restaurant Continental Trofi’s menu is described as Continental with a Mediterranean and Latin flair and the ambience is simple, yet sophisticated. Lunch buffets are available Monday through Friday. 400 Dallas, Doubletree Hotel, 713.759.0202. B, L & D Daily. $$ 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. $$$$ Which Wich Deli A fast and easy build-your-ownsandwich joint where doodling is encouraged and the possibilities are endless! Which ‘wich will you make? B & L Mon-Fri. L Sat. 811 Main, 713.227.0860. $ Wimpy’s Hamburgers Fast Food Wimpy’s serves up a pretty good burger but they also have many other down-home favorites. 632 Polk, 713.652.0123. B & L Mon-Fri. $ Zero’s Sandwich Shop Deli A great little spot for a freshly made deli sandwich. zerossandwichshop.com. 809 Dallas, 713.650.3333. 1110 Lamar, 713.655.7722. 507 Dallas, 713.739.9955. B & L Mon-Fri. $ L Zydeco Louisiana Diner Cajun This cafeteriastyle Cajun joint brings Louisiana dishes to the Hospital District of downtown Houston. Traditional Cajun items such as po-boys, jambalaya and gumbo make Zydeco a great lunch stop. A casual atmosphere adds to the enjoyment. 1119 Pease, 713.759.2001. L Mon-Fri. $
new! Toasters Café American
Toasters is a quaint little café in downtown’s Warehouse District which serves up classic favorites in a modern setting. Try their fresh baked pastries and French toast for breakfast, or enjoy a salad and a wide variety of sandwiches for lunch. toastershouston.com. 1004 N. San Jacinto, 713.261.1562. B, L Mon-Fri. $ Tony’s Barbecue & Steakhouse Barbecue Get world-class hickory-smoked pork ribs and brisket, rib eye and T-bone steaks, chicken-fried steak and even quail. Don’t leave without trying the delicious homemade cobblers and pies. tonys-bbq.com. 1225 Travis, 713.655.0028. L & D Mon-Fri. $$
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LIKE US AT FACEBOOK.COM/VISITDOWNTOWNHOUSTON 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. brewerytaphouston.com 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 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. twitter.com/TheCharBar 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. deansdowntown.com The Dirt Bar | 1209 Caroline The non-venue rock 'n' roll lounge is a popular pre- and post-show 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 after-show events, including Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters and Kings of Leon. Daily 6 pm-2 am. dirtbar.com 806 Lounge | 806 Main A favorite of the locals, 806 Lounge located inside the JW Marriott Houston Downtown, ignites the senses with sophisticated creations. Their mixologists are experts in creating cocktails, lively in conversation, and can recommend a favorite dish to accompany your handcrafted drink. Daily 11 am-11 pm. jwmarriotthotelhouston.com/806-lounge 1820 Bar | 1820 Franklin Located just one block north of Minute Maid Park. Small flat-screen 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. 1820lounge.com 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 ammidnight, Fri-Sat 11 am-2 am elbigbad.com 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 Honeymoon Cafe+Bar | 300 Main The Historic District welcomes The Honeymoon - a new, adorable bistro with great cocktails, wine and coffee from
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local Boomtown Coffee. Mon-Thu 7 am-midnight, Fri 7 am-2 am; Sat 10 am-2 am; Sun 10 am-10 pm. thehoneymoonhtx.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. 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. mktbar.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 secondfloor balcony provides excellent views of Main Street and Downtown. Daily 11 am-2 am. mollyspubs.com Moving Sidewalk | 306 Main This upscale bar has an intimate setting complete with antique chandeliers, dark lighting and candles. The cocktails at Moving Sidewalk are sure to please as they have handcrafted ingredients such as rosehip infusion and a fig and marigold shrub. Perfect for a romantic night out or to catch up with friends over drinks! Tue-Sat 4 pm-2 am. twitter.com/movingsidewalk The Nightingale Room | 308 Main The Nightingale Room—named for the famous songbird— also references Houston music legend Sippie Wallace, known as the Texas Nightingale during her prime in the 1920s. This entertainment-focused bar is a casual, comfortable spot to listen to vinyl during the week and will turn up the energy on weekends with live music—dancing is encouraged! Expect a variety of music from all genres. The drink menu features a small selection of house drinks, shots, as well as beer, wine and champagne. Tue-Sat 4 pm-2 am. twitter.com/nightingaleroom 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 punkrock karaoke. Live bands on weekends. Daily 8 pm-2 am. notsuoh.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 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 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. thepastrywar.com Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar | 1201 Fannin @ GreenStreet Two dueling pianos and a sing-along, clap-along, drinkalong, have-one-helluva-good-time-along bar! Wed-Sat 7 pm-2 am, showtime @ 8 pm. petesduelingpianobar.com Public Services Wine & Whiskey | 202 Travis Nestled in the historic Cotton Exchange Building, lies Public Services Wine & Whiskey. Public Services isn’t just any cocktail bar, in fact, they’re the complete opposite. Here, patrons can find classic wines and a vast yet distinctive whiskey selection served straight, on the rocks, or with a small selection of mixers. Craft beer and cider help round out the carefully crafted drink menu. Mon-Sat 4 pm-2 am. publicservicesbar.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 ammidnight, Fri & Sat 11 am-1 am. thesamhoustonhotel.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 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 noon2 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. thewinecellarhouston.com
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PERFORMING ARTS THE BLACKEST SHORE Through Mar 7 Stuart, 16, is making a movie: graphic violence, extreme sex, the walking dead. Of course it’s also a love story. And it’s all true. In fact it’s more horribly true than anyone, even Stuart, can rightly comprehend. Tickets: Pay what you can, suggested donation $25. The Catastrophic Theatre, 1119 East Freeway. 713.522.2723. catastrophictheatre.com ROMEO AND JULIET Through Mar 8 It’s been 28 years since Houston Ballet staged a new production of Romeo and Juliet but Stanton Welch’s interpretation of this most famed love story is worth the wait. Set to Prokofiev’s breathtaking score, Welch’s classic production weaves the poignant tale of the star-crossed pair exquisitely. With lavish sets and costumes by acclaimed Italian designer Roberta Guidi di Bagno, the production pays tribute to Renaissance Italy. The theme is classic and the choreography fresh. The Bard himself would surely approve. Tickets $20-$170. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.227.ARTS. houstonballet.org
SARAH MCLACHLAN Mar 1 Sarah McLachlan is one of the most celebrated singer songwriters in entertainment, with over 40 million albums sold worldwide. She is an eight-time Juno Award winner and a three-time Grammy Award winner. McLachlan’s latest album Shine On was released earlier this year, and it explores her personal journey over the last three years navigating love, loss and change. Don’t miss her when she performs her new album live at Jones Hall. Tickets $46-$86. 8 pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 832.487.7041. joneshall.org A LITTLE DAY MUSIC Mar 4 A Little Day Music is a series of free concerts presented at noon on the first Wednesday of the month in the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Center. Each concert is designed to deliver Da Camera’s signature programming to an audience including senior citizens, Downtown professionals and home-school students. The series features a variety of chamber music and jazz, presented in an accessible one-hour concert format. Audiences are invited to enjoy their lunch while listening to the music. Free. Noon. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.524.5050. dacamera.com BLOCKBUSTER FILM SCORES Mar 6-8 Travel with the Houston Symphony to Hollywood to experience the sounds of the past 30 years of great motion picture scores. From the uplifting Forrest Gump and epic Titanic, to the fantastical Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lord of the Rings, as well as the colorful Avatar, relive music of the big screen from composers James Horner, Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman and, of course, John Williams. Tickets $25-$134. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org THINGS YOUR MAN WON’T DO Mar 6-8 Rachel is fed up with all the things her man won’t do. And that list is long. She’s given him her time, money and her love, but Demetrius is too busy focusing on his bail bond agency to commit. And when Demetrius puts his bad boy cousin and his over-the-top girlfriend before his relationship, Rachel reaches her breaking point and puts Demetrius out. Determined to get his woman back, PHOTO BY JIMMY KATZ Demetrius turns to his client Blake, a socially
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conscious psychiatrist who eagerly steps up to offer Demetrius a little advice. But soon Blake discovers the woman he’s trying to help Demetrius win back, is the one who got away. As love trumps his newfound friendship, Blake is poised and ready to do all the things Demetrius won’t in order to get Rachel back. Rachel now has to choose between the man she loves and the man she loved, and both Blake and Demetrius are determined to fight for their second chance. Which man will ultimately win her heart? Tickets $44-$56. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 713.315.2525. thehobbycenter.org KENDRICK SCOTT’S ORACLE Mar 7 A native of Houston and graduate of the prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, drummer Kendrick Scott was featured in Terence Blanchard’s band for six years and appears on the Grammy Award-winning and nominated recordings, A Tale of God’s Will and Flow, on which he contributed original compositions and orchestrations. His latest CD Conviction has received rave reviews. Kendrick Scott’s Oracle features fellow Houston native Mike Moreno on guitar, saxophonist John Ellis, pianist Taylor Eigsti and bassist Joe Sanders. Tickets $37.50-$67.50. 8 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.524.5050. dacamera.com STAR WARS AND MORE Mar 7 Join us for an intergalactic Saturday morning as the music of Star Wars invades Jones Hall. Hear triumphant brass instruments heighten the thrill of this sci-fi journey. The epic adventure also includes Tchaikovsky’s beloved 1812 Overture and Appian Way from Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Tickets $29. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org ONCE Mar 10-15 Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards, including best musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Tickets start at $30.
Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 800.982.ARTS. thehobbycenter.org MODERN MASTERS Mar 12-22 From the rapid precision of George Balanchine’s Ballo Della Regina to the poignant storytelling of Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat to the pure bravado and demanding technica lity o f H ar al d Lander’s Etudes, this is dance at its best. Houston Ballet’s spring repertory program serves up
one night. With tango in its purest form you will feel as if you’ve been transported to the open plazas of Buenos Aires to watch t h e l o c a l s dance. A company of 25, Tango Buenos Aires combines the key elements of love, passion and romance, with the precise movement of its dancers and live music of Astor Piazzolla and other South American composers. Join us at Jones Hall and feel the passion! Tickets $28-$83. 8 pm. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana.713.227.4SPA. spahouston.org
presented by the Indo-American Association and generously supported by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Tickets $31-$121. 7 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 832.487.7041. iaahouston.com JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT Mar 17-29 Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the irresistible family musical about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. The new production will feature Broadway/television star Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair) as the Narrator and Broadway star Ace Young (Grease, Hair) as Joseph. Tickets start at $24. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 713.558.TUTS. tuts.com 60TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT WITH JOYCE DIDONATO Mar 19 In honor of Houston Grand Opera’s 60th anniversary season, enjoy a special concert featuring opera super star and Houston favorite, Joyce DiDonato with Patrick Summers, the HGO Orchestra, and HGO Studio Artists. Tickets $40-$150. 7:30 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.228.OPERA. houstongrandopera.org SONG FROM THE UPROAR Mar 20 Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt is an acclaimed multi-media chamber opera by composer Missy Mazzoli, who has been called “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart.” This new opera was inspired by the journals of Isabelle Eberhardt, the explorer, nomad, journalist, novelist, passionate romantic, Sufi, and one of the most unique and unusual women of her era. Tickets $30-$65. 7:30 pm. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 713.524.5050. dacamera.com
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three of the world’s most respected choreographers and three distinct flavors of dance. There’s something for every palate – sweet, savory and spicy – and a production for every taste. Tickets $20-$195. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.227. ARTS. houstonballet.org HAYDN & MOZART Mar 13 Packed with charming melodies, Schubert’s Fifth pays tribute to Mozart while incorporating his own larger-than-life personality. Enjoy this effervescent work in a beautifully curated program also featuring Mozart’s pristine Bassoon Concerto, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 83, The Hen. Tickets start at $18. 8 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.533.0080. mercuryhouston.org TANGO BUENOS AIRES Mar 13 One of Argentina’s great cultural exports, Tango Buenos Aires returns to Houston for
COPLAND & DVORAK Mar 14-15 Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst was described by The New York Times as “a kinetic player with a vivid interpretive imagination and a sharply focused, warm tone.” Hear this riveting clarinetist perform Copland’s Clarinet Concerto followed by thrilling Klezmer-style music. Also enjoy Dvorák’s Symphony No. 7, which explores a range of emotions from grandeur and tragedy to pastoral reflection. Tickets $25-$125. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org ZAKIR HUSSAIN Mar 15 There is an uncanny resemblance in the melody structure of Scottish folk songs and Indian classical ragas. World Music genius Zakir Hussain brings together Indian and Celtic musicians in a show of shows highlighting the common thread. This grand performance was first featured at the London Olympics in 2012. This concert is
VERDI’S REQUIEM Mar 20-22 When Verdi’s Requiem was first performed in 1874, it was monumental and groundbreaking because it combined the dramatic qualities of an opera with traditional religious music. Hear feelings of loss and sorrow in the hair-raising Dies irae theme as well as joyful praises, angelic voices and sublime melodies throughout this powerful performance by the symphony, soloist and chorus. Tickets $25-$130. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org MOZART’S SYMPHONY NO. 39 Mar 26-29 In contrast to the worldly troubles that surrounded him, Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 is a delightful composition with an optimistic spirit. Violinist Augustin Hadelich shares Mozart’s spirit of perseverance. Also on the program, journey to the land of forbidden love with Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s beloved play, with its invigorating instrumental effects. Tickets $25-$125. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org
HOUSTON Spring PUBLIC LIBRARY Calendar Central Library, 500 McKinney.
Julia Ideson Library, 550 McKinney
FUN WITH SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS Mar 7, Apr 18, May 30 Create a science experiment with us! For school-age children. 3 pm. Central Library.
for thought as well as a feast for their eyes. Julia Ideson Library.
ation to take home. All ages. 11 am-4 pm. Central Library.
SENSORY STORYTIME Mar 21, Apr 11, May 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. Central Library.
DISCOVER DÍA Apr 18 Presentations by children’s book authors Jorge Argueta and Lydia Gil. Argueta is a celebrated Salvadoran poet and writer whose bilingual children’s books have received numerous awards. Author Liydia Gil is Puerto Rican and she is the author of the bilingual children’s picture book Mimí’s Parranda / La parranda de Mimí and the middle-grade novel Letters from Heaven / Cartas del cielo. 1-4 pm. Julia Ideson Library.
SUPERFUN SATURDAY Mar 14, May 9 Where the Wild Things Are Enjoy crafts, stories and more with a Maurice Sendak theme. For school-age children. 2 pm. Central Library. SPRING BREAK SCIENCE PROGRAM Mar 17 Where the Wild Things Are Join us as we talk about wild things, how jungles grow, and plant your own seeds! For school-age children. 3 pm. Central Library. MAURICE SENDAK MEMORIAL EXHIBITION Mar 20-May 3 The exhibition will present 50 works by the late, great book author and illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak. Presidents, illustrators, friends and celebrities will share a quote about the renowned author; how he inspired them, influenced their careers and touched their lives. The quotes will be presented together with the artwork, offering viewers food
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COMEDY NIGHT Mar 26, Apr 23, May 28 Get ready for a night of laugh out loud fun! Enjoy local comedians, ventriloquists and impressionists as they present their best material as well as a local version of Hollywood Game Night in which the audience participates. Arrive early as seating is limited. 6-8 pm. Central Library. LEGOS & DUPLOS AT THE LIBRARY BLOCK PARTY Mar 28 Do you like to build? Join the party and show us your creations! Legos and Duplos provided. 11 am-4 pm. Central Library. MAKE AND TAKE ART TABLE Apr 4 Drop in and make your own cre-
All events free and open to the public. 832.393.1313. houstonlibrary.org
ART THING! Apr 25 Learn about art and artists and make your own creation to take home. 3 pm. Central Library. HPLQ May 9 Houston Public Library Quarterly Books Series (HPLQ) presents author Vikram Chandra. His discussion will be about computer coding and his book Geek Sublime. Julia Ideson Library. BOOKS ALIVE! May 16 Join the 6th Annual Children’s Book Celebration, Books Alive! with a presentation by children’s award-winning author Jon Scieszka of The Good, the Mad and
the Nerdy! 12:30 pm. Central Library.
FAMILY FUN Mondays Baby Time, 10:30 am Toddler Time, 11:30 am Preschool Storytime, 1 pm Tuesdays Toddler Yoga, 10:30 am Toddler Playtime, 11:30 am Wednesdays Legos & Duplos, 3 pm Thursdays Minecraft Madness, 4 pm
MOVIES Take a mid-week break and enjoy a flick at the library. All movies are recent releases. Guests are allowed to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Noon-2 pm. Mar 4 Lucy (R) 89 min Mar 11 Tammy (R) 97 min Mar 18 The Judge (R) 141 min Mar 25 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG) 81 min
HILARY KOLE Mar 27 The Jones Hall stage will come to life as vocalist Hilary Kole conjures the spirit and beauty of the legendary Judy Garland in stunning arrangements, singing songs such as Somewhere Over the Rainbow, The Trolley Song, As Long As He Needs Me and Look for the Silver Lining in an intimate, cabaret-style performance. The audience may leave the red seats behind and join us on stage to experience the velvety voice of Hilary Kole in an up-close and personal setting. Tickets $63. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.227.4SPA. spahouston.org BACH & SONS: AT COURT Mar 28 Ars Lyrica’s season-long tribute to the Bach family continues with an evening of concertos by Johann Sebastian, Carl Philipp Emanuel, and Johann Christian Bach. Baroque violinist extraordinaire Ingrid Matthews returns for this all-instrumental evening featuring Ars Lyrica’s core string players and harpsichordist/Artistic Director, Matthew Dirst. Tickets starting at $35. 7:30 pm. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 713.315.2525. thehobbycenter.org CONCERTO CONCERT Mar 29 Virtuosi of Houston, a nonprofit arts organization, is a premier youth chamber orchestra celebrating its 17th season of excellence in chamber music education and performance. The musicians, ages 11 to 18, are from the greater Houston area and are selected from annual auditions. Unlike most youth orchestras, the educational focus of Virtuosi of Houston is on chamber music. Tickets $20. 7:30 pm. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 713.315.2525. thehobbycenter.org A LITTLE DAY MUSIC Apr 1 A Little Day Music is a series of free concerts presented at noon on the first Wednesday of the month in the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Center. Each concert is designed to deliver Da Camera’s
signature programming to an audience including senior citizens, Downtown professionals, and homeschool students. The series features a variety of chamber music and jazz, presented in an accessible one-hour concert format. Audiences are invited to enjoy their lunch while listening to the music. Free. Noon. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.524.5050. dacamera.com
impossible cue: that baffling sound effect described at the end of Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard. The panel follows the pair’s frustrated efforts, complicated by the fact that they are both quite deaf. Tickets: Pay what you can, suggested donation $25. The Catastrophic Theatre, 1119 East Freeway. 713.522.2723. catastrophictheatre.com
OHLSSON PLAYS CHOPIN Apr 17-19 The orchestra opens the program with Blue Cathedral by Higdon, proclaimed by The New York Times as “one of the greatest of the newer composers.” Garrick Ohlsson, a “titan among the titans of the piano” performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Tickets $25-$125. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org
U.K. ROCKS Apr 2-4 This “across the pond” spectacle salutes the United Kingdom. Storm Large from the group Pink Martini and J. Robert Spencer of the Midtown Men perform songs from The Beatles along with contemporary artists such as Coldplay and Adele. Hits like Moondance, Wish You Were Here and Every Breath You Take, will have you cheering for the influence the Brits have on pop music in this newly produced program by the Houston Symphony. Tickets $25-$136. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org
MAMMA MIA! Apr 14-19 Mamma Mia! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your 14th, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more. Tickets start at $30. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 800.982. ARTS. thehobbycenter.org
AN EVENING WITH BRANFORD MARSALIS Apr 18 NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee, Branford Marsalis is one of the most-revered instrumentalists of his time. Marsalis and his quartet of musical friends recently released Four MFs Playin Tunes. On his new album, the song takes center stage with the band members bringing their considerable musical expertise to bear, as they focus on each tune as an important musical entity unto itself and not merely a vehicle for showcasing individual talent. Tickets $42.50-$72.50. 8 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.524.5050. dacamera.com
LMNOP Apr 7-19 Chaos arises when letters begin to fall from a town monument and government officials ban them one by one. The community depends on the strength of a determined teenage girl to fight for their freedom of speech. This unique musical is part romance, part clever word game and part adult fable that reminds us how precious our liberties are and how important it is to have the courage to stand up for what we believe. Tickets start at $25. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 713.558.TUTS. tutsunderground.com THE HUNCHBACK VARIATIONS Apr 10-May 2 In The Hunchback Variations, noted composer Ludwig Van Beethoven and noted hunchback Quasimodo team up to chair a panel on sound design. More specifically they are explaining their fruitless efforts to create the
COMPAGNIE KÄFIG/ CORRERIA AGWA Apr 17 Based in France, Centre Chorégraphique National de Créteil et du Val-de-Marne/ Compagnie Käfig makes its Houston debut with Artistic Director Mourad Merzouki’s work Correria Agwa. The all-male Brazilian cast whom Merzouki discovered in the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro performs these celebrated works influenced by hip-hop, bossa nova and capoeira. Correria (Running) plunges us into a frantic race just like the one that governs our daily lives - bodies, movement, and a show that takes your breath away! Agwa (Water) is about water, at once a vital component of our bodies, a precious natural resource to be economized and preserved, and a symbol of renewal. Tickets $23-$63. 8 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.227.4SPA. spahouston.org
DIE WALKÜRE Apr 18-May 3 In Die Walküre, the story of the Ring moves from the gods’ home, Valhalla, to earth. Having brought Freia’s freedom with the ring in Das Rheingold, Wotan sets about regaining the golden band and its unique power. Wotan must sacrifice his son Siegmund, renounce a daughter, Sieglinde, and abandon his favorite child, Brünnhilde, the leader of the Valkyries. Like all the Ring operas, Die Walküre stands on its own as great spectacle, masterful storytelling, and electrifying music. Tickets $23-$359.50. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.228.OPERA. houstongrandopera.org
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DOWNTOWN AQUARIUM This family-friendly six-acre entertainment and dining complex is a 500,000-gallon aquatic wonderland, home to over 200 species of aquatic life from around the globe. With a full-service restaurant, aquatic and geographic exhibits, shopping and a variety of amusements, Downtown Aquarium has it all! 410 Bagby. 713.223.3474. downtownaquarium.com MARINE BIOLOGIST FOR A DAY Mar 7, Apr 4, May 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. Program includes guided tour, biologist dive show,
squid dissection, animal feedings and much more! T-shirts and lunch included. Ages 6-12. Reservations required. SEA SAFARI CAMP Mar 16-20 Join the Downtown Aquarium’s education department along with the animal residents to learn about sharks, rays, octopuses, felines and parrots. We will play games, make
crafts and participate in many activities to see what makes these animals unique and allows them to be able to live where they do. Camps are available by the day or for the whole week. Advanced registration required. ZOOLOGIST FOR A DAY Mar 21, Apr 25, May 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! Tshirts and lunch included. Ages 6-12. Reservations required. CORAL’S 11TH BIRTHDAY May 6 Join the Downtown Aquarium for Coral the white tiger’s 11th birthday party as she celebrates with a big juicy meat cake! ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY May 15 Take a closer look into the world of endangered species at the Downtown Aquarium. LATIN BEATS Friday Nights in May Strap on your dancing shoes and move to the beat! Enjoy free salsa dance lessons, a live DJ and salsa music, plus great food and drinks. No cover charge.
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SPRING SHOWCASE Apr 24-25 The annual Spring Showcase features the gifted young artists of the Houston Ballet Ben Stevenson Academy. Whether they’re performing scenes from well-known ballets or new works created especially for them, the dancers display a multitude of talents. These are the stars of tomorrow and if their performances are any indication, the future of ballet looks very bright indeed. Tickets $28-$51. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.227. ARTS. houstonballet.org A TRIBUTE TO MARVIN HAMLISCH Apr 24-26 As a composer, Marvin Hamlisch won virtually every major award: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globes. On Broadway, he wrote the music for one of the longest-running shows, A Chorus Line. On the big screen, he had more than 40 motion picture scores from The Way We Were and Sophie’s Choice, to his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting.. Tickets $25-$136. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org SWEENEY TODD Apr 24-May 9 Countless serial novels gripped Londoners during the Victorian era - the more gruesome, the better. One of them, The String of Pearls, spawned the character of Sweeney Todd. His happiness destroyed by a corrupt judge, Sweeney Todd
- the Demon Barber of Fleet Street - is obsessed with revenge. With his partner in crime, amoral pie shop owner Mrs. Lovett, he quenches his thirst for justice with a murderous rampage that leaves few of the characters breathing. Stephen Sondheim’s dark, magnificent score turns this sordid and bloody tale into riveting entertainment. Tickets $18-$354. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.228.OPERA. houstongrandopera.org TONAL IMPACT WITH NOBLEMOTION DANCE Apr 24-25 Musiqa will once again collaborate with NobleMotion Dance for their final performances of the season’s major concert series. The shows will include a world-premiere ballet score by Marcus Maroney, Harvest, with music by Pierre Jalbert and choreography by Andy Noble and much more. Tickets $25-$35. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 713.315.2525. thehobbycenter.org SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK! Apr 25 The Houston Symphony presents the world premiere orchestral concert featuring music from the iconic TV series School House Rock! Bop along to catchy, tongue-twisting tunes Conjunction Junction, Mother Necessity and I’m Just a Bill. The program combines scholastic themes and classical composers with music by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. Tickets $29. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO Apr 30-May 2 German-Japanese conductor Jun Märkl and young British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, who won
the BBC Young Musician Competition, both make their Houston Symphony debuts. Hear Berlioz’s riveting overture Le Corsaire, about the imagined dangers and excitement of a pirate’s life. Grosvenor joins the orchestra for Beethoven’s lively and bold Piano Concerto No. 1, and the
program concludes with the rafter-shaking effect of Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3, Organ Symphony. Tickets $25-$130. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org SACRED VISIONS: STRAVINSKY AND MESSIAEN May 2 This fascinating program progresses from darkness to light, from the exquisite harmonies of an Italian renaissance prince to two sacred masterpieces of the 20th century. Stravinsky’s moving sacred score, a highly personal work, is presented in a rarely performed version for chorus and two pianos. Messiaen’s great two-piano cycle, recorded in 2010 by Sarah Rothenberg and Marilyn Nonken to international critical acclaim, is a virtuosic tourde-force that builds towards an ecstatically climactic close. Tickets $30-$65. 8 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.524.5050. dacamera.com THE MUSIC MAN May 5-17 One of the most cherished musicals in American theater, The Music Man marches onto the TUTS’ stage this summer. This great American classic tells the story of fast-talking, musical instruments salesman Harold Hill, who cons the good folks of River City, Iowa, into believing that he can teach their children to play in a marching
band despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. Before the fraudulent teacher can skip town with the loot, Harold’s got trouble when he falls for the quick-witted, not to mention beautiful, small town librarian, Marian. Meredith Wilson’s six-time, Tony Award-winning musical comedy is a family-friendly story to be shared with every generation. Tickets start at $24. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 713.558.TUTS. tuts.com A LITTLE DAY MUSIC May 6 A Little Day Music is a series of free concerts presented at noon on the first Wednesday of the month in the Grand Foyer of the Wortham Center. Each concert is designed to deliver Da Camera’s signature programming to an audience
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including senior citizens, Downtown professionals, and home school students. The series features a variety of chamber music and jazz, presented in an accessible one-hour concert format. Audiences are invited to enjoy their lunch while listening to the music. Free. Noon. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.524.5050. dacamera.com BEETHOVEN & BARTÓK May 9-10 Listen as James Ehnes soars through melodies in one of the most profound works of the violin repertoire, Beethoven’s glorious Violin Concerto. Also experience the incredible virtuosity of each instrument in Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra. Tickets $25$125. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org THAT’S CLASSIC! May 8 The Music Doing Good in Schools performance of That’s Classic! will explore the commercial appeal of classical music, composers’ emotions and the comedic nature of the classical musical genre. Audiences will be treated to the debut of an operetta composed by the students. Music Doing Good in Schools is designed to educate children in a creative, unconventional way, while building important life skills and strategies for success. Tickets $26.75. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 713.315.2525. thehobbycenter.org EL PASADO NUNCA SE TERMINA May 13-17 Set on a Mexican hacienda in 1910, just prior to the Mexican Revolution, the story traces how the country’s cultural conflicts and nationalistic struggles shape one family across generations. HGO’s 2010 mounting of the world’s first mariachi opera, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna (To Cross the Face of the Moon), with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, not only captivated audiences in Houston, but went on to hit runs in San Diego, Chicago, Paris, and Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. HGO brought Cruzar back
datebook. to Houston in 2013 for three sold-out performances. Now the company will present a second mariachi opera from the same creative team of José “Pepe” Martinez and Leonard Foglia. Tickets $15-$100. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.228.OPERA. houstongrandopera.org SCOTTISH BALLET: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE May 15 SPA’s most anticipated performance of the season will take place in the spring with the Scottish Ballet performing a vibrant new take on Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire. The company paired award-winning
in Mercury’s season finale, paired with the rarely heard Triple Concerto - a work that demands upmost virtuosity and intimate teamwork among the soloists. Tickets start at $18. 8 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.533.0080. mercuryhouston.org ALEXANDER’S FEAST – OR, THE POWER OF MUSIC May 17 Ars Lyrica’s season finale provides abundant vocal and instrumental fireworks with Alexander’s Feast— Or, The Power of Music by G.F. Handel, produced in collaboration with the Bach Society Houston. This remarkable musical tale relates how the rapturous song of a musician named Timotheus
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theater and film director Nancy Meckler, renowned for her work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, with internationally acclaimed choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, to create this tour-de-force full-length ballet. Tickets $28-$103. 8 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.227.4SPA. spahouston.org
aroused and moved Alexander the Great. Ars Lyrica is proud to present this rarely heard oratorio, which makes for a formidable evening of music and story – an event you won’t want to miss! Tickets starting at $35. 7:30 pm. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 713.315.2525. thehobbycenter.org
ANDRÉS CONDUCTS MAHLER 3 May 15-17 Don’t miss this season finale performance led by Andrés Orozco-Estrada! Mahler once said, “A symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything.” In his colossal Symphony No. 3, Mahler explores the power and beauty of nature through the colorful sounds of the orchestra. Hear how many different nature sounds you can detect during this spectacular symphony. Tickets $25-$130. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org
NEWSIES May 19-24 Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit, crowd-pleasing new musical from Disney. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography, Newsies has audiences and critics alike calling it “A musical worth singing about!” (The New York Times). Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you just don’t want to miss. Tickets start at $30. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 800.982. ARTS. thehobbycenter.org
BEETHOVEN TRIPLE CONCERTO May 16 When asked by his pupil why the Eighth was less popular than his famous Seventh, Beethoven is said to have replied: “because the Eighth is so much better.” Treat yourself to this work of genius
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SHOBANA’S KRISHNA May 22 With a dance troupe of 18, a symphony of dance forms ranging from ancient classical to Bollywood, musical scores weaving Carnatic and Hin-
2015 BAYOU JAMBOREE & GUMBO SHOWDOWN Mar 7 Join Saint Arnold Brewing Company and the Downtown District for this 2nd annual event at historic Market Square! Instead of schlepping it to NOLA for the weekend, join us for beer, gumbo, Cajun cuisine and lots of hornblowing and Cajun two-stepping. Special guests include the New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band and fourtime Grammy nominated Cajun band the Pine Leaf Boys. Teams will be facing off for the best gumbo in H-town with public tastings and judging and awards immediately after. New this year will be neighborhood favorite Treebeards, with a pop-up booth at the park selling some of their Cajun specialties. Of course there will be plenty of Saint Arnold beer on tap. 2-6 pm. BLANKET BINGO Apr 9, May 14 The stakes are high for 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. Additional games and daubers can be purchased for $1 each. 6-9 pm. Bingo begins at 7 pm. (note that Blanket Bingo is a monthly event through Sept, go online for more dates!)
MUSIC & MOVIES CONCERTS AT THE SQUARE Mar 7 Pine Leaf Boys Four-time Grammy nominated Cajun band. Saturday, 3:30 pm Apr 17 Tontons Local indie rockers consisting of lead vocalist Asli Omar, bassist Tom Nguyen, guitarist Adam Martinez and drummer Justin Martinez. Friday, 7:30 pm ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE CINEMAS ROLLING ROADSHOW PRESENTS THE QUIRKY & THE CLASSICS Forget about trekking to the ‘burbs for your Alamo
MARKET SQUARE PARK fix. Join the Rolling Roadshow for these fantastic films under the stars. Mar 20 Blazing Saddles (R) 1974, 93 min. 7:30 pm Apr 1 Caddyshack, (R) 1980, 98 min. 8 pm Apr 23 Casablanca (PG) 1942, 102 min. 8 pm May 8 Terms of Endearment (R) 1983, 132 min. 8:15 pm
RECREATION BAYOU BIKERS Mar 1, Apr 5, May 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. First Sunday of the month, 8 am. CRITICAL MASS Mar 27, Apr 24, May 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.
HOUSTON BCYCLE STATION Park visitors can purchase daily, weekly or annual memberships and explore downtown on two wheels. Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield, this bikesharing program has expanded from three to 14 stations throughout Downtown, as well as in other areas of Houston. houston.bcycle.com
PARK INFORMATION Market Square Park is open daily from 6 am - 11 pm. 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 are allowed. Metered on-street parking is available and free after 6 pm. $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.
DISCOVERY Spring GREEN Calendar The events listed are confirmed at the time of printing. For a full listing of Discovery Green spring 2015 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. 1500 McKinney.
SPECIAL EVENTS NATIONAL DANISH PERFORMANCE TEAM’S ORBITA Mar 1 A dazzling and breath-taking performance combining modern rhythmic gymnastics, dance, cheer, artistic vaulting, tumbling and high-energy acrobatics. Noon-1:30 pm. FUNOMENAL FAMILY FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY UNITED HEALTH CARE Mar 7 Family fun in the park, featuring Baby Olympics, rides, performances, activities and more! 11 am-6 pm.
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DISCOVERY GREEN FLEA PRESENTED BY GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGY Mar 21, Apr 18 A destination market featuring an array of artful kitsch, vintage items, mid-century furniture, recycled and repurposed objects and collectibles with live music, food trucks and more! 11 am-5 pm.
DISCOVERY GREEN FLEA BY NIGHT PRESENTED BY GREEN MOUNTAIN ENERGY May 16 Food trucks, live music and vendors selling vintage clothing, antiques, jewelry, art and more under the stars and twinkle lights! 6-10 pm.
FAMILIES ON THE GREEN Apr 18 Special event for adults and kids featuring activities and entertainment for all ages. $50 per person. 3 and under free. Fundraiser to support Discovery Green’s free programming. 2-5 pm.
ENTERTAINMENT BANK OF AMERICA’S SCREEN ON THE GREEN Catch a free flick in the shadow of Houston’s skyline. Arrive one hour early for contests and activities!
Jazz Appreciation Month. Free. 6:30-9 pm. Apr 16 Tom Borling Bepob Band, Tom Borling Trio (opening act) Apr 23 Bobby Lyle Trio featuring Patrick Williams and Brennen Nase, David Caceres Jazz Quartet (opening act)
Mar 28 Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) 2014, 121 min. 8:15 pm.
Apr 30 International Jazz Day: Jason Moran featuring the HSPVA Jazz Department
Apr 25 The Lego Movie (PG) 2014, 101 min. 8:30 pm.
CHIPOTLE GREEN FILM AND MUSIC SERIES
May 16 Parks and Recreation Marathon, 8:45 pm.
Mar 21 Fed Up (PG) 2014, 95 min. Musical guest: Grand Old Grizzly. 7 pm.
SOUNDS LIKE HOUSTON! THURSDAY CONCERTS PRESENTED BY UHD Family-friendly concerts in the park featuring the best in Gulf Coast music. Free. 6:30 pm. *Recycle your Saint Arnold six-pack carriers and double your reward points at this concert. May 7 Bill Carter and The Blame, Mike Stinson (opening act) May 14 Shinyribs, Wrenfro (opening act) May 21 The Music of 1965 *May 28 8 ½ Souvenirs, The Jitterbug Vipers (opening act) DA CAMERA JAM Free concerts organized by Discovery Green and Da Camera of Houston to celebrate
May 8 Growing Cities (NR) 2013, 97 min. Musical guest: Buxton. 7:30 pm.
WEEKLY EVENTS YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP Saturdays, Mar 7-Jun 27 Writers in the Schools, HPL Express and Discovery Green offer Houston’s only free and open writing workshop for kids. 10:30-11:30 am. RECYCLING SATURDAYS Mar 7-Jun 27 Bring your glass, paper, plastic and aluminum to a recycling station at Discovery Green. 11 am-2 pm. KAYAK RIDES AND STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING ON KINDER LAKE Mar 14-Jun 28 Enjoy Stand Up Paddleboard-
ing (SUP) or a relaxing, guided kayak ride. No reservation required. $5 for Kayak and $10 for SUP. TODDLER TUESDAYS Mar 24-May 26 Grab your little ones and head to the park for a morning of fun. Story time, special character appearances, arts and crafts and much more! 10:30 am.
FITNESS IN THE PARK BUM-BA TONING Mondays, 6:30-7:30 pm CIRCUS ARTS Tuesdays, 5:30-7 pm CORE FOCUSED YOGA Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm ZUMBA Wednesdays, 6:307:30 pm BLISSFUL WARRIOR YOGA Saturdays, 9-10 am DISCOVERY HOOP DANCE Sundays, 10:30-11:30 am
ART IN THE PARK JORGE MARÍN’S WINGS OF THE CITY Through Mar 8 This exhibition of nine large-scale bronze sculptures by renowned Mexican artist Jorge Marín invites viewers to an aesthetic experience where the perfection of the human body mixes with allegorical and fantastic creatures.
BY BG GROUP Mar 16-20 Celebrate spring break with five days of STEM fun, HGO to Go Story Book Opera, Fairy Tale Blasts, activities and more! Featuring Girlstart. ANIME MATSURI Apr 3 & 4 Annual anime and Japanese culture convention. Ticket prices apply. 9 am-5 pm. animematsuri.com EARTH DAY 2015 Apr 11 Enjoy a green expo, bands, food trucks and free, family fun at Houston’s premiere celebration of our planet. 11 am-8 pm. earthdayhouston.org SPACE CITY GRAND SLAM April 26 Young poets vie for a spot on the 2015 Meta-Four Houston Team. 3-5 pm.
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A guided tour will be given Saturday, March 7 at 1 pm. On display: 6 am-11 pm daily. ART CAR SNEAK PEEK FEATURING AARON NEVILLE Apr 9 A sneak peek like no other! The one and only Aaron Neville “tells it like it is” performing a free concert for the public
and the artists of the 28th Annual Art Car parade. See the Art Cars up close and meet the artists. 6:30-10 pm.
OTHER EVENTS ORBIT SLAMS Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8 Writers In The Schools (WITS) hosts a writing and
slam workshops for poets ages 13-19. 6-7:30 pm. PROJECT DANCE HOUSTON Mar 14 A free familyfriendly dance concert. 11 am-6 pm. projectdance.com DISCOVERY STEM: SPRING BREAK WEEK PRESENTED
FILM AND FASHION ST. STEPHEN’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL May 1 Free festival featuring student film and fashion made from recycled material. 6-9 pm. ststephens.houston.org DANCE DU COEUR DANCE CONCERT May 17 Dance Du Coeur’s competition team, One Beat, performs their 2015 repertoire. Ticket prices apply. 4-6:30 pm. sugarlanddance.com
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dustani classic with A.R. Rahman’s film numbers, and elegant backdrops of Mathura, Vrindavan, and Kurushetra, Krishna tells the story of the avatar from his birth to death. Tickets $31-$121. 8 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 832.487.7041. iaahouston.com PAINTJAM CONCERT EXPERIENCE May 22-24 Internationally acclaimed, Houstonbased speed painter Dan Dunn brings music to life inspired by the sounds of the full orchestra. Improvising on a grand scale, Dunn uses paint, sand, canvas, multimedia, and 30 years of life as an artist to choreograph his live performance art to classical, movie, pop and patriotic music. Don’t miss this brand new, jaw-dropping, spontaneous visual experience as he creates art right before your very eyes. Tickets $25-$136. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. 713.224.7575. houstonsymphony.org RODGERS + HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA May 26-Jun 7 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of Oklahoma! and The King and I that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Tickets start at $24. Hobby Center, 800 Bagby. 713.558.TUTS. tuts.com MORRIS, WELCH & KYLIÁN May 28-Jun 7 Houston Ballet’s summer repertory program features three of the most dynamic and musical choreographers working today: world premieres by Stanton Welch and Mark Morris and an iconic ballet by Jiří Kylián. Welch explores the 12 signs of the zodiac in a new piece set to a commissioned score by distinguished Australian composer Ross Edwards. Building on his popularity with local audiences, pre-eminent American choreographer Mark Morris returns to create his first commissioned work for Houston Ballet. Jiří Kylián’s Svadebka is his interpretation of an important composition in ballet history, Stravinsky’s Les Noces. Tickets $20-$195. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. 713.227.ARTS. houstonballet.org
FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS CITY HALL FARMERS MARKET Through Jun 24 It’s a food-lovers delight at Urban Harvest’s City Hall Farmers Market. The market hosts more than 40 vendors around the City Hall reflection pool with an array of locally grown fruits and vegetables, a variety of prepared lunch items made from local ingredients, as well as local food trucks. Wednesdays, 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Hermann Square, 901 Bagby. 713.880.5540. urbanharvest.org HERITAGE FAMILY DAY Mar 1 Join us for an afternoon of old-fashioned fun. Free. 1-4 pm. The Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby Street. 713.655.1912. heritagesociety.org 43RD ANNUAL BUFFALO BAYOU PARTNERSHIP REGATTA Mar 7 Buffalo Bayou Partnership hosts Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race – a 15-mile paddling experience from San Felipe and Voss to Downtown’s Sesquicentennial Park. Race begins at 9 am and finish-line festivities continue from 11 am to 2 pm with live zydeco music, a rockclimbing wall and an awards ceremony. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Sesquicentennial Park, 400 Texas Avenue. 713.752.0314. buffalobayou.org 56TH ANNUAL HOUSTON ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE Mar 14 The Houston St. Patrick’s Day Commission presents the 56th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the biggest in the nation, with over 100
entries to delight both the Irish and the Irish-atheart. Free. Noon. Rain or shine. Minute Maid Park and surrounding streets. hsppc.org TOUR DE HOUSTON Mar 15 This 10th annual bike ride presented by Apache Corporation offers Houstonians and visitors a unique way to view the city with routes winding through Houston’s historic neighborhoods, scenic districts and parks. The Tour de Houston is a recommended training ride for the BP MS 150 and all proceeds benefit Houston’s reforestation efforts through the Houston Parks Board. $20-$40. 6-11:30 am. tourdehouston.org HOUSTON CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL Mar 28-29 This event is a child’s dream day filled with celebrity appearances, a petting zoo, kiddie rides and more. Tickets $10 online or $12 on day of event, children 3 years and under free. Located in the area surrounding City Hall, Houston Public Library Plaza, Tranquility Park and Sam Houston Park. 10:30 am-6:30 pm. houstonchildrensfestival.com ART CAR PARADE Apr 11 250+ originally decorated cars, bikes, and other wheel-based entries, will fill the streets of Downtown Houston in this impressive parade presented by The Orange Show. Participating vehicles include entries from all over the United States, Mexico and Canada, making this the largest Art Car Parade in the world. Free. Noon- 4 pm. thehoustonartcarparade.com
PARTY FOR THE PLANET Apr 22 Join the Downtown Aquarium for an Earth Day celebration 410 Bagby. 713.223.3474. downtownaquarium.com 2015 BAYOU BASH Apr 25 Join Bayou Buddies for their biggest fundraiser of the year featuring a crawfish boil, live music, lawn games, libations, kayak demonstrations and boat tours. Guests will have a chance to bid on silent auction items including local culinary experiences, outdoor gear, and a private boat tour along Buffalo Bayou. Tickets: Pre-sale, $25 for non-members and $20 for Bayou Buddies; Day-of, $35 for non-members and $25 for Bayou Buddies. 1-4 pm. Sabine Promenade, 150 Sabine Street. 713.752.0314. buffalobayou.org LULAC DISTRICT VIII CINCO DE MAYO PARADE May 2 The 23rd Annual LULAC Cinco de Mayo Parade celebrates the pride, history and folklore behind the Mexicans’ victory at the Battle of Puebla. A Houston tradition with more than 100 entries. Free. Texas at Jackson near Minute Maid Park. 10 am. lulac8.org
SPEAKER SERIES INPRINT KAZUO ISHIGURO READING Mar 23 Kazuo Ishiguro, Man Booker Prize winning author of Remains of the Day, reads from his new novel The Buried Giant as part of the 2014/2015 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. Tickets $5. 7:30 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas Avenue. 713.521.2026. inprinthouston.org INPRINT CRISTINA HENRÍQUEZ AND MARLON JAMES READING Apr 20 Cristina Henríquez, novelist and short-story writer, and Marlon James, National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, read from their latest books, The Book of Unknown Americans and A Brief History of Seven Killings, as part of the 2014/2015 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. Tickets $5. 7:30 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas Avenue. 713.521.2026. inprinthouston.org
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INPRINT GEOFF DYER READING May 11 Geoff Dyer, renowned nonfiction writer and Somerset Maugham Prize winner, will read from his latest book Another Great Day at Sea, as part of the 2014/2015 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series. Tickets $5. 7:30 pm. Wortham Center, 501 Texas Avenue. 713.521.2026. inprinthouston.org BUILDING ARTS LECTURE May 27 Members are free, non-members $5. 7 pm. The Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby Street. 713.655.1912. heritagesociety.org
EXHIBITS & VISUAL ARTS THROUGH THE LARIAT’S LOOP Through Apr 14 Arts Brookfield presents Through The Lariat’s Loop, a dynamic installation that includes the captivating photography of Geoff Winningham, the penetrating bronze sculptures of Clay Dahlberg, selected paintings from The Bobbie and John L. Nau Collection, an M.L. Leddy handmade saddle and boots as well as others that date back to the 1890s. Artist reception March 5, 11:30 am-1 pm. 1201 Louisiana, lobby. Weekdays, 8 am-6 pm. 713.336.2280. artsbrookfield.com THE ART GUYS: TUNNEL OF LOVE Through Apr 16 Arts Brookfield in cooperation with The Art Guys, present Tunnel of Love, an exhibition created for the One Allen Center Gallery that is the ultimate interactive phenomenon. The Tunnel of Love encapsulates everything that everyone has ever experienced or will ever experience. One Allen Center, second level, 500 Dallas. Weekdays, 8 am6 pm. 713.336.2280. artsbrookfield.com
FINANCING TEXAS Through May 16 This exhibit features the various forms of currency used by the Republic of Texas and later the State of Texas through the mid-19th century. Free. The Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby Street. 713.655.1912. heritagesociety.org THE LYRICISM OF BEN WOITENA, SELECTIONS IN STEEL, STONE, AND WOOD Through Jun 3 Arts Brookfield in cooperation with the artist and Devin Borden Gallery presents The Lyricism of Ben Woitena, Selections in Steel, Stone and Wood. Heritage Plaza, 1111 Bagby. Weekdays, 8 am-6 pm. 713.336.2280. artsbrookfield.com MAKING A MARK Apr 27-May 26 Arts Brookfield in cooperation with The Periwinkle Foundation, present Making A Mark, an exhibition of art and creative writing by children touched by cancer and blood disorders at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. Two Allen Center, 1200 Smith, Lobby Level. Weekdays, 8 am-6 pm. 713.336.2280. artsbrookfield.com SEE IRREPLACEABLE PLACES SERIES #4 May 21 In the fourth installment of The Heritage Society’s See Irreplaceable Places (S.I.P) Series, they invite the public to join them on the top floor of the 1927 Esperson Building in Downtown Houston to sip cocktails, munch hors d’oeuvres, support The Heritage Society and get an inside look at some of Houston’s historic homes and buildings. Tickets $75 each or $200 for three events in the series. 815 Walker. 6-8 pm. 713.655.1912. heritagesociety.org
CONCERTS BAYOU MUSIC CENTER Mar 4 Ledisi, Raheem DeVaughn, Leela James
Mar 5 Phillips, Craig & Dean Mar 6 Steve Miller Band Mar 7 Above & Beyond Mar 13 Bush Mar 14 Anjelah Johnson Mar 25 Pentatonix Mar 27 Kid Ink, Jeremih, Dej Loaf Apr 21 The Sing-Off Apr 22 Hozier Apr 23 Wilco Apr 30 Primus and the Chocolate Factory, The Fungi Ensemble May 2 Five Finger Death Punch May 9 Celtic Woman May 27 Halestorm & The Pretty Reckless May 28 Volbeat Bayou Music Center’s online calendar is updated regularly. Visit their website for more info and to purchase tickets. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas. 800.745.3000. livenation.com HOUSE OF BLUES Mar 3 Andy Grammer, Alex & Sierra Mar 5 JB and the Moonshine Band Mar 5 Cold War Kids Mar 6 The Expendables Mar 6 Wild Child Mar 7 Ryan Bingham, Lucero Mar 8 Bayside Mar 13 Dan + Shay Mar 16 RubbleBucket Mar 22 Mayday Parade Mar 22 Halsey Mar 23 Young Thug & Travis Scott Mar 25 The Wailers Mar 28 Buddy Guy Mar 30 Magic Man Apr 1 Dr. Dog Apr 10 Tyrone Wells Apr 10 Punch Brothers
datebook. Apr 14 Policia Apr 16 The Mavericks Apr 17 Umphrey’s McGee Apr 17 Alex Reymundo Apr 21 IAM Apr 24 Reverend Horton Heat Apr 25 Matt & Kim Apr 26 The Kooks Apr 27 All Time Low Apr 29 Emily West Apr 30 Walk The Moon, The Griswolds May 1 Kodaline May 3 Zappa Plays Zappa May 7 Blackberry Smoke May 8 Jonny Lang May 9 Ed Kowalczyk May 13 Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds May 24 Purity Ring HOB’s online calendar is updated regularly. Visit their website for more info and to purchase tickets. House of Blues, GreenStreet, 1204 Caroline. 888.402.5837. hob.com/houston TOYOTA CENTER Mar 3 Fleetwood Mac Mar 15 Charlie Wilson, Joe, Kem Mar 20 Stevie Wonder Mar 22 Ricardo Arjona Apr 29 The Who May 16 New Kids on the Block, TLC, Nelly May 18 Bette Midler May 20 Rush
May 23 Iggy Azalea, Nick Jonas May 26 Neil Diamond Toyota Center’s online calendar is updated regularly. Visit their website for more info and to purchase tickets. Toyota Center, 1510 Polk. 713.4HOUTIX. toyotacentertix.com BBVA COMPASS STADIUM May 22 Kenny Chesney, Jake Owen, Chase Rice BBVA Compass Stadium’s online calendar is updated regularly. Visit their website for more info and to purchase tickets. BBVA Compass Stadium, 2200 Texas. 713.547.3000. bbvacompassstadium.com
EXPOS Mar 27-29 Houston Home Show Mar 28-29 High Calibur Gun & Knife Show Apr 3-5 Anime Matsuri 2015 May 22-25 Comicpalooza 2015 The George R. Brown Convention Center’s online calendar is updated regularly. Visit their website for more info and to purchase tickets. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas. 713.853.8000. houstonconventionctr.com
TOURS URBAN ART TOUR: DOWNTOWN, PART 2 Mar 7, Apr 18 This series of tours will look at public art, architecture, place making and urban planning in Houston. Each new tour will focus on a small walkable section of Houston. Downtown Part 2 includes Discovery Green and areas East of Main Street. Artists featured on this tour include Paul Kittleson, Margo Sawyer and Jean Dubuffet. Rotating and seasonal installations at Discovery Green will be included in this tour as well. Tickets $10. Tour meets in Discovery Green Park at 10 am. 713.520.0155. aiahouston.org SECOND SATURDAY BOAT RIDES Mar 14, Apr 11, May 9 These 30-minute boat rides are a great way to spend the afternoon with your family. Escape from the city and enjoy the cool breeze as you glide along Buffalo Bayou’s waters. Look for graceful herons, jumping fish, and even an occasional alligator soaking up some sun on the banks. Tickets $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 4–12 (cash only). 10 am-2 pm. Sabine Promenade Boat Launch. 713.752.0314. buffalobayou.org LOOKING BACK BOAT TOUR WITH LOUIS AULBACH Mar 21, Apr 4, May 16 Learn about Houston’s rich history from local historian Louis Aulbach while cruising in the Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s pontoon boat, Spirit of the Bayou. Reservations required. Tickets $40. 10-11:30 am. Sabine Promenade Boat Launch. 713.752.0314. buffalobayou.org PRAIRIE WALKING TOURS Apr 4, May 22 Join Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Katy Prairie Conservancy for an hour-long, docentled walking tour of Buffalo Bayou Park to view and discuss the improvements and changes along Buffalo Bayou. Free. Reservations requested. Tour meets in front of the Lee & Joe Jamail Skate Park, 150 Sabine Street. 713.752.0314. buffalobayou.org WAUGH BAT COLONY BOAT TOURS Apr 11 & 25, May 9 & 23 Guests will enjoy an amazing view of the bats’ dusk emergence from Waugh Bridge. Learn more about these 250,000 magnificent Mexican free-tailed bats that share the city with us. Tickets $30 per person (children under 4 are not
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permitted). Reservations required. Boat departs 30 minutes before sunset (1½-hour boat ride). Sabine Promenade Boat Launch. 713.752.0314. buffalobayou.org
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
TOWERS & TREES DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR Apr 25 Towers and Trees explores the magnificent architecture between Hermann Square and Discovery Green as well as the changing dynamics of Downtown. We’ll look at the partially realized civic center plan surrounding Hermann Square, the historic backbone of Main Street, the ambitious 1970 proposal that would become Houston Center, the internationally recognized icons from the skyscraper boom of the ‘70s and ‘80s, and Discovery Green, the newest catalyst for Downtown development in Houston. Tickets $10. Tour meets outside One Shell Plaza at 901 Smith Street on the NE Corner of McKinney and Smith Street at 10 am. 713.520.0155. aiahouston.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
BUFFALO BAYOU WALKING TOUR May 16 Explore the city from a vantage point most people don’t see: the waterway that gave Houston life and has been its backbone for 175 years. Architecture Center Houston (ArCH), with the cooperation of Buffalo Bayou Partnership, invites you to stroll along Buffalo Bayou Parkway for an overview of downtown Houston’s history and architecture from its beginnings in 1836 to the efforts to revitalize the central city today. The tour showcases the innovative bayou reclamation efforts of the City of Houston, Harris County, and Buffalo Bayou Partnership, while topically discussing history and preservation, contemporary architecture, the bayou, and adjacent parkland. Tickets $10. Tour meets in the NE corner of Market Square Park at 301 Milam at 10 am. 713.520.0155. aiahouston.org
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 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
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
HOUSTON DYNAMO OPENING DAY Mar 7 Cheer on your Houston Dynamo as they take on Columbus Crew SC in the opening match of the 2015 season. For schedule info and tickets, call or visit website. BBVA Compass Stadium, 2200 Texas. 713.276.GOAL. houstondynamo.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
SWAC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Mar 10-14 Toyota Center is excited to host the 2015 Southwestern Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament. Join us as we cheer on the men’s and women’s teams fighting for the conference title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Don’t miss your
chance to see all the action take place at Toyota Center this March! Tickets $20-$125. houstontoyotacenter.com HOUSTON ROLLER DERBY Mar 21, Apr 25, May 16 Tickets $19-$35. 7 pm. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas. 800.745.3000. bayoumusiccenter.com HOUSTON ASTROS OPENING DAY Apr 1 Cheer on your Houston Astros as they take on the Cleveland Indians in the home opener of the 2015 season. For schedule info and tickets, call or visit website. Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford. 877.927.8767. astros.com HOUSTON DASH OPENING DAY Apr 10 Cheer on your Houston Dash as they take on the Washington Spirit in the opening match of the 2015 season. For schedule info and tickets, call or visit website. BBVA Compass Stadium, 2200 Texas. 713.276.GOAL. houstondynamo.com HOUSTON ROCKETS For schedule info and tickets, call or visit website. Toyota Center. 1510 Polk. 866.4HOUTIX. rockets.com
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