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SAMUEL HOUSTON. View this rare daguerreotype taken by the Meade brothers in 1851. The Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Bissonnet. 713-639-7300. *Vea este raro daguerrotipo tomado por los hermanos Meade en 1851.
HOUSTON ARBORETUM & NATURE CENTER. A 155-acre wildlife sanctuary that contains 5-1/2 miles of selfguided trails under a forest canopy, around ponds and through a swamp of recreated coastal prairie. Daily 8:30am-6pm. 4501 Woodway Drive. 713-681-8433.*Este refugio silvestre de 155 acres contiene 5,5 millas de sendas de autoguía bajo una bóveda forestal, alrededor de las lagunas, y a través de un pantano de llanura costal recreada.Todos los días
WELCH CHEMISTRY HALL. It’s chemistry made fun! Interactive exhibits let you learn about everything from the human body to how a television can operate under water. Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle. 713-6394600. *¡La química es divertida! Exhibiciones interactivas que le permiten aprender de todo, desde el cuerpo humano hasta cómo funciona un televisor debajo del agua.
THE MENIL COLLECTION. Works of art include antiquities, Byzantine and medieval art, tribal cultures, 20th-Century painting and sculpture with particular emphasis on Surrealism.1515 Sul Ross. www.menil.org 713-525-9400. *Las obras de arte incluyen antigüedades, arte bizantino y medieval, culturas tribales, pintura y escultura del siglo XX, con énfasis particular en el Surrealismo.
WORTHAM WORLD OF PRIMATES. This rain forest environment recreates the monkey’s natural habitat where visitors can view a jungle in the midst of the city. The Houston Zoo, Hermann Park, 1513 N. MacGregor. 713-523-5888 / houstonzoo.org *Una selva tropical en medio de la ciudad recrea el hábitat natural de los monos.
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CALENDER OF EVENTS DECEMBER
A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas Alley Theatre : Every week Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from Fri., November 19 until Mon., December 27. Americans might be in a gloom-anddoom mood about the economy, but Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas comes just in time to remind us of the value of loving family and friends. The yearly production at the Alley Theatre is an especially charming rendition of this classic. A Christmas Unwrapped A.D. Players : Daily from Wed., November 17 until Thu., December 30. The A.D. Players troupe is offering Houston a big gift in the form of a theatrical package of comedies. We mean
that literally. “A Christmas Unwrapped is going to be a different surprise every night, it’s a collection of four one-act plays. Festival of Lights Moody Gardens : Daily from Fri., November 19 until Sat., January 1. It’s become a family tradition for many Gulf Coast residents - a trek down to Moody Gardens for the Festival of Lights. The festival is the largest holiday event of its kind in the area, with more than a million lights decorating animated displays along a mile-long trail. Star of Bethlehem Houston Museum of Natural Science : Every week Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from Wed., November 24 until Tue., January 4. There are some things scientists can’t explain but that doesn’t stop them from trying. Take the planetarium film Star of Bethlehem. Million of Christians take it
on faith that a bright star rose in the sky, leading the wise men to the birthplace of the Christ child. The Nutcracker Wortham Theater Center : Every week Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from Fri., November 26 until Sun., December 26. Houston Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker is more than a way to celebrate the holidays, it’s often a way to meet the newest and brightest stars of the company. That’s true for Chinese star Jun Shuang Huang, the company’s newest principal dancer.
A Final Fertle Holiday at Radio Music Theatre – This Christmas classic, a comic show in it’s 26th year centers on a trouble plagued family reunion in Dempster, Texas. Performances run Thursday –Saturday Nov. 26 – Jan. 15. radiomusictheatre.com The
Holiday Skating on the Lake Discovery Green Conservancy : Every week Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from Thu., November 25 until Mon., January. The Ice Rink Woodlands Town Center : Every week Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from Sat., November 20 until Mon., January 17 Toy Story in IMAX 3D Moody Gardens : Every week Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from Sat., November 13 until Sat., January 8 2010 Dickens on the Strand Galveston Historical Foundation : Daily from Thu., December 2 until Sun.,
The Santaland Diaries Alley Theatre : Every week Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from Sun., November 21 until Fri., December 31.
December 5. LOCAL VENUES Houston Ballet (713) 227-ARTS Houston Grand Opera00-259-ALLE Miller Outdoor Theatre (713) 284-8350 Broadway IN Houston (713) 629-3700 Da Camera of Houston (713) 524-5050 Theatre Under The Stars (800) 678-5440 Hobby Center for Performing Arts (713) 315-2525 Wortham Theater Center 501 Texas Editor's Note: Please send information on new events in and around Houston to P.O.Box 7640, Houston, TX 77270-7640
Visit remarkable Astros Field with its 242 foot high retractable roof, and a replica of a 19th century locomotive that runs along the low roof track on the west side of the ballpark. The historic Union Station building features the Astros' flagship retail store and a cafe in the lobby. For daytime walking tours in the off season, call 713-259-8000 / astros.com
Battleship Texas 3527 Battleground Rd./281-479-2411 The San Jacinto Battle-ground, home of the U.S.S. Texas, veteran of two World Wars, and a dozen campaigns. Tours on-board daily. Visit a museum of Texas history and the 570-foot monument to the San Jacinto battle. Open daily 10-5pm. •Visitas diarias a bordo.Visite un museo de historia de Texas y el monumento de 570 pies a la batalla de San Jacinto.
Contemporary Arts Museum 5216 Montrose/713-526-3129 / www.camh.org Major local and nationally renowned artists’ works, post 1945 American art, film, concerts and lectures by exhibiting artists. Open Tue.-Fri., 10am-5pm; Sat.-Sun. 12-5pm.
Downtown Houston Tunnel System Explore 77 buildings, old and new, in the heart of downtown Houston, and experience the quantity and variety of restaurants, shops, and services located 20 feet beneath the streets of the nation's fourth largest city. Open weekdays during business hours. Free. For guided tours and self-guiding tour publications, call Discover Houston Tours at (713) 222-9255
OPENING FOR ITS FINAL RUN FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2010, RADIO MUSIC THEATRE’S
A FERTLE HOLIDAY Radio Music Theatre invites you to be with them for one of the final 30 performances of this seasonal classic, now in its 26th year! This original play about the infamous Fertle Family’s trouble-ridden holiday reunion was penned by Steve Farrell in 1985, and its popularity has lead to the creation of fourteen additional plays based on life in the tiny town of Dumpster, Texas. Rich Mills, Vicki Farrell, and Steve Farrell bring the quirky Fertle Family to life by portraying all the relatives and townspeople needed to create the illusion of a bustling holiday get-together. So bring the kids, bring the grandparents, bring all your friends because this show will have its final curtain call January 15, 2011. A Fertle Holiday will begin its final run on November 26, 2010, and play through January 15, 2011, with performances every THURSDAY and FRIDAY at 8:30, and SATURDAY at 8:00 and 10:30 p.m. Desserts, snacks, wines, champagnes, beers, cappuccino, and soft drinks are available throughout the show.Admission is only $25.00. For reservations call the theatre box office at (713) 522-7722. website: radiomusictheatre.com
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Space Center Houston is the visitor center for NASA's Johnson Space Center. It's the product of the joint efforts of NASA and Disney Imagineering. Easily the most popular attraction in the Houston area, there's nothing like it anywhere else in the world. You'll find plenty of exhibits and activities to interest both adults and children. Western Dreamin’ We know your child’s dreams are as big as the wild west. Whether they're dreaming about riding and roping on the ranch or racing into first place around the barrels, Cavender’s has the hats, belts, boots, jeans and western shirts kids love! With a selection that can't be beat, and a price that won't break your budget, you can't go wrong! Come on in and shop the latest styles that will make your little cowboy or cowgirl's dreams come true. The Battleship Texas is docked near the San Jacinto Monument. The Texas fought in both World Wars, and has recently been extensively repaired. You can wander all over the ship, above and below deck.
KEMAH The Kemah Boardwalk is a hotel and restaurant destination in which also features a small selection of amusement rides. The main attractions of the 35-acre complex are its many restaurants, recreational sailing, and rides. GALVESTON Railroad Museum, shopping and Victoriana on the Strand, trolley to the ocean side. Rent a bicycle or skates and cruise along the 10 mile seawall. Moody Gardens has a 3D IMAX, a white sand beach, an indoor rainforest and beautiful landscaping.
Interactive Activities for Kids Traveling art exhibitions from across the world are showcased in the John P. McGovern Kid's Hall alongside Junktion, a collection of activity tables that form together to make a train. Three carts of Junktion host interactive activities, which change weekly in accordance with the various themes. On other carts, children may paint their faces or put on a puppet show.
Family Friendly - Kids Special Events Throughout the year, many special events are kicked off in Kids' Hall, including the widely popular New Year's Noon - Houston's longest running New Year celebration for children.
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The Houston Concierge Association held its annual charity golf tournament on Monday November 22nd at the beautiful Wildcat Golf Club. Close to 100 golfers participated in this yearâ€™s event benefiting Star of Hope, The House of B l u e s International Foundation and YTAC. The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed the Skills Contests, the Wine Tasting courtesy of Bruce Woods, the raffle and silent auction, lunch courtesy of Hard Rock CafĂŠ and the camaraderie for a great cause. Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and to Wildcat Golf Club and the entire staff all of whom were pivotal in the success of this event.
Galleries Hanson Galleries Uptown Park/713-552-1242 Memorial City Mall/713-984-1242 hansongalleries.com Voted the No. 3 retailer in the nation and the first in Texas awarded a Top Ten spot by Niche Magazine, this beautiful gallery displays a stunning array of handblown glass, sculptures, Raku, wall art and fountains. Looking for that unique gift? Hanson Galleries have an excellent selection of jewelry boxes, perfume bottles, Judaica jewelry, miniatures and kaleidoscopes.
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American / Americano Hard Rock Cafe 502 Texas (Bayou Place)/281-479-7025 Enjoy the famous restaurants tasty Rock'n Roll Chili or take a juicy bite of legendary Hamburger, Chicken, Fish, Salads and Giant Desserts are also on the menu. Don't forget to bring home a Hard Rock Houston tee-shirt.
Goode’s Armadillo Palace 5015 Kirby Drive/713-526-9700 A veritable Old West Saloon with a true feel of the late 1800’s! A full restaurant and bar with Live Texas Music 5 days a week!
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Breakfast / Desayuno The Buffalo Grille 3116 Bissonnet (at Buffalo Speedway)/713-661-3663 1301 Voss (at Woodway)/713-784-3663 Voted best breakfast in Houston by the Zagat survey. Texas-sized Pancakes, Pecan Smoked Bacon, legendary
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A stunning display of whole fish and antipasta draw you forward as the rustic elegance and Sardinian influences of this Northern Italian jewel sweep you away to the Mediterranean. Breads and pizza from the wood-fired oven, Tuscan influenced pastas & authentic Sardinian dishes await.
Enjoy delicious daily lunch & dinner specials in a relaxed casual atmosphere. Heaping portions, moderate prices and Houston’s best breakfast voted by the Zagat survey. Sun 8am to 2pm;Mon 7am to 2pm; Tues-Fri 7am to 9pm; Sat 8am to 9pm.
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This great Italian restaurant by Bill Sadler and Arturo Boada, will charm you with its Tuscan gold hues interspersed with limestone walls, a whimsical mural, red booths, soaring ceilings, soft lighting, romantic music and rosewood floors. And thusly charmed, the New Italian Cuisine will sweep you off your feet. Open for lunch from 11am M-F and straight through until dinner. Dinner M -W until 10 and Thurs-Sat till 11. The bar stays open until the last romantic couple takes their leave.
Mexican / Mexicano 1308 Cantina 1308 Montrose Blvd./713-807-8996 www.eltiempocantina.com A unique Mexican Restaurant that has captured the unforgettable flavors of Hardwood Grilled Seafood and Fajitas. Featuring Gourmet Seafoods and other Specialty Items such as Veal Sweetbreads, Chilies en Nogada,
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Gourmet India Restaurant has a flair for the finer intricacies of Indian Cuisine. Years of experience and devotion have come together to bring a treat unique to the Houston area, and create the Passage to Culinary Delight! Open 7 days a week. Lunch from 11am 2:30pm weekdays, 11am - 3pm weekends. Dinner 5:30 10:30pm Sunday to Thursday and 5:30 - 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
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Grilled Swordfish with Coconut Recado and Margaritas. 1308 Cantina features a relaxing Patio, Sunday Brunch and Scenic Views of Montrose, Midtown and Downtown Houston. Complete with Private Dining Areas for Parties and Business Meetings, conveniently located at 1308 Montrose Blvd for you to casually dine… with friends, family or networking with your business associates.
El Tiempo Cantina 3130 Richmond Ave. (between Buffalo Speedway and Kirby)/713-807-1600 and 5602 Washington Ave. 713681-3645 www.eltiempocantina.com First Rate Mexican fare, specializing in quality meats. Top notch verde tamal, enchiladas, chili rellenos are traditional favorites with sweet finishes such as orange flan, sopapillas and empañadas. Continuous service.
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Guadalajara Mexican Bar & Grill West: 9799 Katy Fwy./713-461-5300, South: 2925 Southwest Fwy./713-942-0772,Woodlands: 27885 I-45 North/713-362-0774, Downtown: 1201 San Jacinto 713-650-0101 Houston’s home for fine Mexican food. Settle in at our table and enjoy favorites like marinade fajitas, melt in your mouth enchiladas and spicy campeche, or choose from one of many creations unique to our kitchen. With four convenient locations in the Houston area, you are never too far away from a great meal in an authentic “Hacienda Style” atmosphere. Whether you have a group of two or two hundred, our chefs always cook to perfection, and serve you with a fiesta attitude.
Spanish Tinto’s Spanish Restaurant and Wine Bar 2015 W. Gray @ Shepherd / 713-522-1330 Tintos offers a wide variety of traditional and modern Spanish tapas that have Cuban and South American influences along with a large selection of Spanish wines as well as wines from all over the world. Weekends feature Flamenco dancing and live Spanish music. Come join us for paella, music and great wines (that you can buy and take home)on our patio.
Steaks & Seafood Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House 5061 Westheimer (in the Galleria) Suite 8060/713.355.2600 Del Frisco's is renowned for its luxurious style, prime beef and extensive cellar of more than 1,800 wine selections, offers only the best selection of meats and seafood, with prime beef as its headliner. This spectacular 13,000square-foot eatery boasts soaring windows that overlook the swanky Galleria skyline and a second-story mezzanine which features its own bar.
Jimmy G's 307 N. Belt E. near Intercontinental Airport/281-931-7654 Fresh Gulf seafood prepared according to Louisiana traditions. Specialties include crawfish ettouffé, fresh snapper and seafood gumbo.
The Rainbow Lodge 2011 Ella Blvd. @ T.C. Jester/713-861-8666 http://www.rainbow-lodge.com Dine on contemporary regional cuisine in a lovely log cabin setting on an acre of ground. The eclectic menu ranges from exotic game, prime beef, impeccably fresh seafood & scrumptious desserts. Open Lunch, Dinner and Sunday Brunch. Closed Mon.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House 6213 Richmond Avenue / 713-789-2333 Serving the finest aged, corn-fed USDA Prime beef. Broiled in a trademark 1,800° oven & served sizzling hot at your table. Additionally, the menu includes select fresh seafood & other meat entrees, including seasonal specialties like foie gras, buffalo strip & scallops. A variety of fresh-cooked vegetables, including seven kinds of potatoes, salads, homemade desserts & an extensive selection of over 100 domestic & imported wines.
Smith & Wollensky 4007 Westheimer at Highland Village 713-621-7555 The Highland Village location features the distinctive Smith & Wollensky steakhouse décor of painted forest green wood trim on white with latticework flourishes with an interior of polished wood floors and brass trim. This 12,000 square foot restaurant can seat up to 350 guests.
The Capitol Grille 5365 Westheimer/713-623-4600
Todai Restaurant 7620 Katy Fwy. @ MarqE Entertainment Center 713-682-0009 Todai features a 160-foot seafood buffet counter brimming with over 40 kinds of sushi and over 15 dishes are served at both the fresh salad bar and hot entree island. A newly added Brazilian Churrascaria-style grill roasts the finest cuts of meat to be carved tableside by our expert and attentive staff, ensuring a one-of-a-kind dining experience.
Truluck’s Steak & Stone Crab 5350 Westheimer/713-783-7270 Dine in elegance at this captivating & original restaurant where fashionable atmosphere is taken to the limit. Only the freshest seafood, hand selected beef and Stone Crab so fresh in the water today, on your plate tomorrow. Now featuring 90 delicious wines by the glass.
Sushi Kata Robatab Sushi + Grill 3600 Kirby @ Richmond Ave. / 713-526-8858 Kata Robata is Houston’s premiere sushi and Japanese tapas restaurant located near the crossroads of Highway 59 and Kirby. Featuring an exclusive menu from Executive Chef Manabu “Hori” Horiuchi, Kata Robata is a one-ofa-kind journey through the world of traditional Japanese cuisine. Be it grilled meats, vegetables or sushi, Let Hori-san be your guide.
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Our impressive menu of nationally renowned dry aged steaks and the freshest of seafood will ignite your culinary imagination as our award-winning wine list of more than 5,000 bottles awakens your inner sommelier. Experience firsthand why the American Culinary Federation recently bestowed upon us their “Achievement of Excellence Award.” Serving dinner 7days a week starting at 5pm. Private luncheons available
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Bubba’s Sports Bar & Grill 6225 Washington Ave (713) 861-7161 www.bubbassportsbarandgrill.com Locally owned and operated for more than 24 years in the same location, Bubba’s Sports Bar & Grill offers a wide selection of grill favorites in a sporty, inviting atmosphere. From breakfast to lunch to dinner, our restaurant only offers the finest food at the best prices. Happy Hour: Monday–Friday 2 p.m.–7 p.m. Live Entertainment, call for schedule
Nightclubs Belvedere 1131-01 Uptown Park Blvd (713) 552-9271/ www.mercuryroom.com A unique, exciting experience that continues to raise the bar for Houston nightlife.
Meridian 2128 Portsmouth St. (713) 533-1199 www.meridianhouston.com Houston’s hottest club. parties and special events.
Live acts. concerts, private
Pubs Richmond Arms
5920 Richmond Ave. @ Fountainview/713-784-7722 www.richmondarmsonline.com Enjoy a great selection of fine brews in a laid back atmosphere. Over 80 beers on tap, Live English Premier League soccer & breakfast on Sat. & Sun.
After Dark in the City
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Stags Head 2128 Portsmouth St./713-533-1199 www.stagsheadpub.com The flower-filled patio and twelve-point stag sitting above the main entrance define the exterior of this quaint, yet masculine, English watering hole.. Memories-or fantasies-of Manchester will rise as the aroma of U.K.-flavored dishes like Cornish pasties or the Landlord sandwich are placed on the table.
Sports Bar & Grill Rookies Sports Bar & Grill 305-B Sawdust Rd. The Woodlands/281-362-9610 www.rookiessports.com
Rookies offers full bar, full service kitchen, great game room, tournaments and activities, live bands, DJâ€™s, karaoke and of course all major sporting events on 35 screens. Rookies offers a unique combination of sports and live entertainment found nowhere else in Houston.
Adult Entertainment www.allstarsmensclub.com www.jackpotclubs.com www.mensclub.com www.ritzhouston.com www.penthousehouston.com
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Key Magazine December 2010