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January 4th, 2019 • Issue 1, Volume 8 Published the First Friday Every Month

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February 1st, Aaron Lewis Comes to The 1894 Grand

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» January 18th-19th: Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest » The Grand 1894 Opera House: The Oak Ridge Boys & “Something Rotten” on Stage » The Galveston Trolleys: Rolling Around the Island » Moody Gardens Offers Penguins & Giant River Otter Experiences » January 26th: Galveston Museum Day Features 11 Museums » “Lost Girls” on Stage at Island ETC » Train Rides at the Galveston Railroad Museum » At Bryan Museum This Month: Texas Teachers Days, The Galveston Bridal Show & More » Galveston Historical Foundation’s Events: Main Sail Movie Night as “The Finest Hours” is projected on one of the Main Sails of ELISSA, 2019 Daysails & Plankowners’ Sailabration » February 1st at 6:30pm: Connections of the Heart Gala: “Flashback Friday” » The Harris L. Kempner Serious Fun Children’s Series » Family Days at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum » Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest and Awards Ceremony » February 22nd-March 5th: “Mardi Gras! Galveston” 2019, Bead There

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» Galveston Bookshop Book Signings: “The Troves of Zac Love” by Joy Jones and Jim Nelson » Rosenberg Library Fun Events this Month » 2019 Galveston Reads: “No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine” by Rachel Pearson plus Events, Book Discussions, and More

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The Grand 1894 Opera House:

The Oak Ridge Boys & “Something Rotten” on Stage

January 18th-19th:

Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest

Attention Chili Masters & Beer Lovers! You are invited to attend the 10th Annual Chili Quest Cook Off & Beer Festival January 18th-19th in Downtown Galveston. This will take place Downtown at the intersection of 23rd & Strand. It is free to browse. For the past nine years, Yaga’s has brought a diverse crowd of Chili & Beer lovers from all over the nation to Galveston. This year’s festival will consist of the ever so popular chili and beer tasting with a ton of added perks. Get ready for live music, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, washer pitching tournament, jackpot margarita contest, vendors, and a historical strand merchant walk-about.

Tickets & More Info

Several different options are available. For more info and tickets go to Discount tickets are available for advanced ticket purchases. • Chili & Beer Tasting Combo Packages - $39 in advance • Chili Tasting Ticket - $12 in advance • VIP Beer Tasting - $40 in advance • General Admission Beer Tasting - $34 in advance • Tres Chili & 16 oz Beer - $15 in advance

Helping the Kids

The Ronald McDonald House of Galveston is a “home away from home” for the families of children who are seeking medical treatment at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, and Transitional Learning Center. The House is more than a place to stay; as an alternative to an isolated hotel room, the families and children enjoy cheerful surroundings and the support of other families, volunteers, and staff. A portion of the proceeds from the Annual Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Galveston.

Chili Cook Off and Sampling

Whip up a batch of your best chili recipe and bring it on down to the Galveston Historical Strand. Compete for the gold and Chili Champion bragging rights. Although every chili has its own unique taste, they can’t all be winners. Here is your chance to light up those judges’ taste buds and show ‘em what you got! Chili teams are serving their best recipes Saturday, January 19th, 12 noon-3pm. Teams lining the Historical Strand District will dish out a sample to festival attendees who have purchased an official chili-tasting cup. Walk around and try countless samples for the 3-hour span, enjoy the live music, and cold refreshments.

The Grand 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Postoffice St. in Galveston’s historic Downtown Cultural Arts District. Tickets are available by contacting The Grand’s box office at (409)765-1894, (800)821-1894, or go to

“The Other Mozart”

Saturday, January 12th (8pm)

Beer Fest

Join Beer Fest on January 19th, and take a stroll among 120+ brews and get the chance to taste breweries from across the USA right here in Galveston. General Admission is from 1-4pm unless you want the VIP treatment. VIP access gains you early entrance into Beer Fest at 12 noon, allowing for one additional hour of VIP tasting. VIP tickets will get you in an hour early so you don’t miss out on beers such as Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla, Karbach Bourbon Barrel Hellfighter 007, and Goose Island Bourbon County Stout.

Beerfooter 5K & Fun Run

Put your “Beerfoot” in front of the other in this “Brewiful” Beach 5K Fun Run “hoppening” at Beerfoot Brewery! The Beerfooter Beach Run is sure to put some pep in your step and beer in your belly! In conjunction with the 8th Annual Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest, you are invited get some exercise before devouring warm chili and cold brews. Crazy outfits/team uniforms are extremely encouraged.

Schedule Friday, January 18th

• 7pm: Chief Cooks meeting at Yaga’s Cafe • 8pm: Kick-off Party at Yaga’s Cafe

Saturday, January 19th

• 9am: Beerfoot 5K Fun Run (28th & Seawall) • 10am: Vendors booths open • 10:30am: Washer Tournament check-in • 11am: Strand Merchant Walkabout and the Washer Tournament begins • 12 noon: Public Chili Sampling begins, V.I.P. Beer Tasting opens and the Jackpot Margarita Contest takes place at Saengerfest Park • 1pm: Public beer tasting opens and live music begins in Saengerfest Park • 3pm: Public Chili Sampling and the Strand Merchant Walk About Ends • 4:30pm: Awards Ceremony at Saengerfest Park Tickets are at available at Yaga’s is located at 2314 Strand St., Downtown Galveston.

Sylvia Milo’s award-winning drama is the true, untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus. A prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, Nannerl’s work and her story faded away, lost to history. Described by “The New York Times” as “strikingly beautiful,” this one-woman drama is based on stories and comments pulled directly from the Mozart family’s humorous and heartbreaking letters. “The Other Mozart” is a multi-sensual experience that transports the audience into a world of outsized beauty and delight – but also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice where, finally, this other Mozart tells her story. Tickets are $30-$75. Sponsored in part by The Trube Foundation And William J. And Merri S. Edwards Charitable Gift Fund.

The Oak Ridge Boys

Saturday, January 19th (7:30pm) and Sunday, January 20th (3pm)

Always entertaining and still going strong! The Oak Ridge Boys return to The Grand for their annual concerts featuring unparalleled four-part harmony and a string of number one hits from Billboard’s country singles charts! Tickets are $37-$112.

“Something Rotten!”

Saturday, January 26th (3pm and 8pm)

Set in 1595, this hilarious Broadway smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, “Something Rotten” is “The Producers + Spamalot + The Book of Mormon. Squared!” (New York Magazine). Tickets are $25-$88.

Aaron Lewis: State I’m In Tour February 1st, 8pm

Aaron Lewis is known for his outspokenness, outlaw Country tunes and impassioned live show. And today he announced that he will be hitting the road again for “The State I’m In Tour” in advance of new music coming in 2019. Giving fans something different, “The State I’m In Tour” will feature acoustic songs + stories from Lewis as he shares personal tales from the stage. The self-proclaimed “Northern Redneck” has achieved critical and commercial success with his last album “Sinner” earning him the No. 1 spot on the Top 200 Albums, Top Country Albums and Top Digital Albums Charts upon release. The 12-track project was voted to numerous Top Albums and Best Of lists and continues to make an impact two years later. Tickets are $29-$65.

Jersey Boys

Sunday, February 3rd (7pm)

They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first notes. They had a sound nobody had ever heard. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story − a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, “Jersey Boys.” Hits include “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.” Jersey Boys contains authentic, “profane Jersey language,” and is recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $38-$88. There are very few seats remaining.

Neil Berg’s 50 Years of Rock & Roll Saturday, February 16th (8pm)

With a cast consisting of both stars from Broadway’s greatest rock musicals, as well as incredible Rock & Roll singers, Neil Berg shares the often unknown stories from the 50-year history of the music that changed the world forever! From the progenitors of Rock & Roll, the show uses fascinating stories and groundbreaking music, with tributes to such important and iconic stars as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Disco, and Journey. Tickets are $25-$85. • 5

The Galveston Trolleys: Moody Gardens Offers Falling and Rolling Around the Penguins & Giant River Island This Winter Otter Experiences

Winter is here and the hours of operation for the Galveston Rubber Wheel Trolleys (“Galveston Trolleys”) are 11am-7pm Monday-Thursday, and 10am-10pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The trolley will not run on Christmas Day. The fee to ride is $1 for adults, and minors who are accompanied by adults can ride for free. Riders will need to bring exact change to place in the fare box; drivers do not have the ability to make change. Stops will take you from Stewart Beach along the Seawall to Moody Gardens as well as down 25th Street to numerous stops throughout historic Downtown. The Seawall Route travels between Moody Gardens on the west end to Stewart Beach on the east end and back. Many stops are available along the way. You can transfer to the Downtown Loop at 21st and Seawall. On the Downtown Loop, the trolley travels between The Strand and the Seawall. North and south bound stops are available on 25th Street, Postoffice Street, 20th Street, and The Strand. The trolleys pass each stop on the trolley route every 30 minutes. You can jump on or jump off anywhere along the routes. Those interested in utilizing the service can go to for a complete list of stops and the history of trolleys on the Island. Damaged during Hurricane Ike, the Island’s original vintage Rail Trolleys are being repaired and will soon be traveling the Downtown Loop between The Strand and the Seawall with a connection to the Seawall Loop.

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Moody Gardens is located at 1 Hope Blvd. in Galveston. For more info or tickets go to Upcoming events are: January 5th-6th, 12th-13th, February 2nd-3rd, 9th-10th, 16-17th, 23rd-24th, March 2nd-3rd, 9th-17th (Spring Break): Penguin Encounter The Moody Gardens Public Penguin Encounter is a 45-minute program designed to allow guests to get up close to one of the penguins from the Aquarium Pyramid South Atlantic Exhibit. Led by a Moody Gardens biologist, the experience starts at the front of the exhibit and takes guests behind the scenes to the penguin food preparation kitchen and the back of the chilly penguin exhibit while discussing penguin biology, conservation, training, enrichment, and care. Tickets are Monday-Friday $55 per person, and Saturday-Sunday $75 per person. Participants must also purchase admission to the Aquarium Pyramid. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Private Penguin Encounters - Guests can schedule a private penguin encounter at their convenience based on availability. This 45-minute encounter includes a piece of penguin art for each participant and admission to the Aquarium Pyramid. Reservations must be made at least one week prior to the encounter date. To schedule an appointment, please call Diane Olsen 9am-4pm Mondays-Fridays at (409)683-4102 or email at Proceeds from animal encounters fund conservation efforts. Every Saturday-Sunday (1:30pm): Great River Otter Experience - Join an otter biologist as they take you behind the scenes of the otter exhibit for the rare opportunity to meet our Giant River Otters. Learn about otter biology, conservation and how these amazing animals are cared for in their private interior exhibit area. You may also get an opportunity to participate in a training and enrichment session with the otters. After this 45 minute encounter behind the scenes, you

can then join the biologist on the training platform during the 2:30pm “You Otter Know” public presentation. Don’t forget on your way out to pick up your photo of you and an otter taken during the encounter in Nature’s Wonders gift shop that the Moody Gardens Photographers takes during your encounter. For more information, contact otters@moodygardens. org. Tickets are $75 per person. The Otter Encounter is limited to a maximum of 6 people. Reservations must be made two days before the scheduled encounter. Private Giant River Otter Encounter - Guests can schedule a private otter encounter at their convenience based on availability. This 45minute encounter includes an otter painting for each participant and admission to the Rainforest Pyramid. Reservations must be made at least one week prior to the encounter date. To schedule an appointment please email Paula Kolvig at Tickets are Monday-Friday $375 per group, Saturday-Sunday $425 per group. Groups are 1-4 people. If more, it is $65 per additional person with a maximum of six per encounter. Proceeds from animal encounters fund conservation efforts. Every Monday (10am-10pm): Military Monday Active Military members can visit Moody Gardens with half-off of the Value Pass every Monday. Tickets are just $30 (regular price $69.95). Senior Tuesdays (10am-10pm): Senior Tuesday Seniors 65 years old and above get half off a Value Pass to experience all of the great attractions like the Rainforest and Aquarium Pyramid. Every Wednesday (10am-10pm): Mommy (or Daddy) Wednesday at Moody Gardens - Come and enjoy #MommyWednesday, where Mom or Dads can bring their toddlers 4-5 years old and enjoy all of our exhibits for half off per person. Children three and under are free every day. Explore the depth of the Aquarium Pyramid, see if you can find both sloths in the Rainforest Pyramid, and enjoy a 3D and 4D movie.

January 5th (10am-12 noon): “Poles Apart” Preschool Camp - Join the fun as “Poles Apart” (animals at the North and South Poles) is explored. Come join the fun and learn about animals and the numbers one through nine during these Preschool Camp Adventures. Camps include games, crafts, presentations or stories, themed snacks, and entry to the corresponding pyramid or attraction. For additional information or to register, please call (409)683-4325 or e-mail Please note that all campers must be of the listed age at the time of the camp in order to attend. Camps are restricted to the registered camper and one chaperoning adult. Cost is $20 ($17 for members). This is for 2-4 year olds. January 8th, February 5th(10am): Growing Together - Moody Gardens has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Association to provide an educational program offered to individuals with early onset Alzheimer’s and one family member or caretaker. Growing Together at Moody Gardens is a hands-on, interactive learning experience using arts and crafts, exotic animal experiences, tours through sections of exhibits and attractions, Moody Gardens staff presentations and much more! By participating in Growing Together at Moody Gardens, caretakers and family members can use these monthly programs as a fun and exciting topic to reflect back on and discuss in their spare time. Admission is dependent on the program each month.

January 26th:

Galveston Museum Day Features 11 Museums

Resiliency and a heart for preservation have helped make Galveston one of the most well-known historic towns on the Gulf Coast. The strength, ingenuity, and progress of Galvestonians in the aftermath of the 1900 Storm are captured within the walls of numerous museums on the Island. On January 26th, these museums will offer incentives for history buffs to take a glimpse into the island’s storied past. During Museum Day, visitors can learn about Galveston’s place as one of the wealthiest cities in the United States during the late 1800’s, the powerful families who helped build the city, Galveston’s significance to immigration in the region and the importance of the industries that keep Galveston a thriving coastal city and tourism destination today. Museum Day brings together these 11 museums for one day of free admissions and discounts. Times vary depending on the museum. Participating museums are: • 1892 Bishop’s Palace – Tour one of the island’s most popular mansions built of stone and steel, designed by Nicolas Clayton, Galveston’s premier Victorian-era architect. Admission is free. • Galveston Arts Center – Explore the Galveston Arts Center: an independent nonprofit organization and art museum that presents pacesetting contemporary art in a historic building on Galveston’s Strand. Admission is free and there is a free art activity. • Galveston Naval Museum – Tour the USS CAVALLA (WWII submarine) and the USS Stewart (WWII destroyer escort – one of only three in the world). Admission is buy one, get one free. • Galveston Railroad Museum – Explore locomotive history with one of the largest restored railroad collections in the United States. Admission is buy one, get one free. • Rosenberg Library – Come and explore the oldest public library in Texas in continuous

“Lost Girls” on Stage at Island ETC

January 11th-19th, “Lost Girls” will be on stage. The play is by John Pollono. The play is about Erica, a sixteenyear-old daughter, who goes missing during a winter storm. Maggie and Lou, former high school sweethearts, now divorced, are forced to confront the legacy of their past decisions. Filled with poignant passions and dark humor, “Lost Girls” is a hard-hitting drama about the women of a blue-collar family struggling to rise above their limited prospects, in a world indifferent to their struggles, to prevent history from repeating itself. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening at 8pm. Sunday matinees are at 2:30pm. Tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at Island ETC (East-End Theatre Company) is Galveston’s only professional production company that produces year-round. ETC is located at 2317 Mechanic St. in Downtown Galveston. For further info, visit or call the theatre box office at (409)762-3556. Upcoming performances are: • March 15th-April 13th: “Something’s Afoot” • May 10th-26th: “The Lone Star Love Potion”

operation. Here you’ll find historical artifacts pertaining to Galveston or early Texas, paintings of Galveston subjects or by such local artists as Julius Stockfleth and Boyer Gonzalez, and a sizable collection of Russian and Greek icons. Admission is free. • Moody Gardens – Explore the Aquarium, Rainforest and Discovery Pyramids plus 3D and 4D theaters, the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, ropes course, and zip line. Admission is discounted to $30 per person. • 1895 Moody Mansion – View opulent furnishings and heirlooms from one of Texas’ most powerful families. Admission is buy one, get one free. • Texas City Museum - Discover this regional history museum featuring artifacts from the USS Westfield (including a real Civil War cannon), exhibits on the founding of Texas City and the 1947 Disaster, Children’s Discovery Room, and model train layouts. Admission is $2 off for up to four people. • Texas Seaport Museum – Explore Galveston’s history of seaborne commerce/immigration and tour the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, the official tall ship of Texas. Admission is free. • The Bryan Museum – Located in the historic Galveston Orphans Home, the museum showcases one of the world’s largest collections of historical artifact, documents, and artwork relating to the American West. Admission is buy one, get one free. • The Grand 1894 Opera House – Experience this hilarious Broadway smash at “The Official Opera House of Texas,” which is one of the few remaining theaters of its era in Texas and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A special discount of 20% off the performance of “Something Rotten!” is available for Museum Day.

Train Rides at the Galveston Railroad Museum

Every Saturday, weather permitting, Galveston Railroad Museum, located at 2602 Sante Fe Place, Downtown Galveston offers train rides for all ages on The Harborside Express at the Galveston Railroad Museum. The “Harborside Express” is an open air caboose that travels 1 mile up Harborside Dr., then returns to the Galveston Railroad Museum. The train rides are approximately 15 minutes long. Boarding for the Harborside Express begins at 11am, with the last train ride departing the depot at 1:45pm. The train is a standing ride without seats. Due to the caboose being open air, the rides will sometimes be closed during inclement weather. Tickets are $5 in addition to admission to the Galveston Railroad Museum and must be purchased at the museum.

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At Bryan Museum This Month:

Texas Teachers Days, The Galveston Bridal Show & More


The Bryan Museum is located in the historic Galveston Orphans Home at 1315 21st St. Set in an exquisite Renaissance Revival-style building surrounded by beautiful landscaping in a historic neighborhood, The Bryan Museum is an oasis in the heart of Galveston. Regular tours are a great introduction to the Museum. You will be guided through all of the permanent galleries where you will learn about the history of the West, the collection, and the historic building. Tours are given (no reservations needed) at 11:30am and 2:30pm. Tours are included in the price of the museum admission at no additional cost. Tickets are $14 for adults; seniors, students, and military are $10; children 6-12 are $4; and children under 6 are free. The museum is open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, and closed Monday-Tuesday. For more info call (409)632-7685 or go to Every Wednesday starting January 16th (6pm): Yoga After Dark - Take a few minutes to intentionally breathe, stretch, and regain your sanity. Even if your downward dog isn’t a work of art, you’ll be surrounded by masterpieces during evening yoga at The Bryan Museum. Sessions occur in the grand library and provide exclusive nighttime access to our beautiful building after the property has been closed to the public. Join Sunday and Wednesday evenings for a 60-minute vinyasa flow. Beginners are welcome. Registration is required. Please bring your own yoga mat. There is a suggested $10 donation, payable on site. Every Thursday (3-6pm) and Sunday (9am-1pm): Galveston’s Own Farmers Market - Founded in 2012, Galveston’s Own Farmers Market is a weekly outdoor market hosted at the Museum that provides a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods including farms, ranches, bakeries, cheesemakers, and specialty food producers. All of January: Texas Teachers Days - During the month of January 2019, The Bryan Museum is opening its doors and offering free admission for all Texas Teachers. All teachers must present a School District ID at the Museum’s ticket counter to enjoy free admission. January 3rd, February 7th (5-7pm): After Hours in the Museum - Don’t miss Randy McDonald’s intriguing presentation at 5:45pm featuring the “Printed Broadside, Hood’s Texas Brigade: Calcasieu: the 1st, 4th, 5th, Texas and 18th Georgia, Hampton Legion.” This discussion will reveal interesting details about how these recruiting posters appealed to the patriotism of young men in Texas. Enjoy beverages such as white wine and beer (available for purchase in La Sirena). February 7th, join Jack Evins as he examines Elisabet Ney’s Portrait of Lilley Haynie and the artist’s impact on the Texas art scene. This is free to attend. January Gallery Presentations - Join this series of presentations during January, 1-4pm. These are free to attend. • January 5th: “From Cotton to Thread” - Try your hand at turning cotton fibers into thread using hand cards and a spinning wheel. • January 12th: TBA • January 26th: Traditional Art of Gunsmithing - Learn the history and methods of the traditional art of gunsmithing January 13th (12 noon-4pm): The Galveston Bridal Show - The Total Wedding Experience and The Bryan Museum would like to present to you The 2019 Galveston Island Bridal Show! The

Galveston Historical Foundation’s Events Bishop’s Palace Tours

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The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End District and a National Historic Landmark. Bishop’s Palace is recognized as one of America’s finest examples of Victorian exuberance and Gilded-Age extravagance and is listed by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark. Bishop’s Palace is located at 1402 Broadway at Ave. J. Available Daily (11am-5pm): Bishop’s Palace Audio Tours - Powered by Acoustiguide, this Audio Tour allows visitors to see historical images not seen by previous tours on a handheld high-resolution screen. Tickets are $6-$11. January 12th, January 26th, February 9th, February 23rd (11am-12:30pm): Guided Tours are available.

Other Events

Winter Texans Free Tours - Several free tours are available for Winter Texans. Now that you’ve escaped the cold winter by heading south, it’s island time! Galveston Historical Foundation welcomes you with these specially created tours. February 5th and 19th at 10am, you can tour the 1859 St. Joesph’s Church at 10am. Tours of the 1838 Menard House will be held February 12th and 26th at 10am. These are free to attend. February 28th (5:30pm): Main Sail Movie Night at Texas Seaport Museum - Join GHF’s Texas Seaport Museum for its next Main Sail Movie Night as “The Finest Hours” is projected on one of the

Lyceum of Galveston and The Bryan Museum are uniting to give bride’s the opportunity to tour not one, but two amazing Galveston Island venues. Come one, come all, come meet amazing bridal professionals who can help you plan the wedding of your dreams! Visit january-2018-lyceum-bridal-show-reg to pre-register online and enter in one of three grand prize giveaways. Bride’s and their guests can pay at the door for $10 per venue or $15 for both venues. There will be a free shuttle to take the brides and their guests to and from venues. January 19th, 17th, 24th, 31st (3-6pm): Wine at The Bryan - Everyone is welcome to experience the beauty of The Bryan conservation area for a relaxing time and conversation with friends, family, and Museum staff. Wine, beer, and complimentary bar snacks will be served inside the Museum Shop. Please enter from the Guest Parking lot behind the Museum. January 19th (4-6pm): Historical Interpretation: Moving Beyond Trivia Historically Speaking Lecture Series - The Bryan Museum’s Historically Speaking lecture series kicks off with Dr. Bruce Winders as he tackles the idea of history being boring. Dr. Winders - a former classroom teacher, author, and museum curator - has devoted his career to finding ways to make history approachable, relevant, and exciting. Join us and get ready to discover how historical events are pieces of a much larger and connected story! Through April 11th: Maxfield Parrish: The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Murals - This exhibition at The Bryan Museum in Galveston combines wealth, beauty, and high-stakes art theft. In 1912, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, heiress, scion, and founder of Manhattan’s Whitney Museum, commissioned American artist Maxfield Parrish to create a set of murals for her Long Island mansion’s art studio. Nearly ninety years later, two of the nine murals were stolen in a daring and sophisticated robbery. Thieves entered a West Hollywood art gallery through the roof, disabled motion sensors, and alarms, and cut two of the paintings from their frames. The two murals are still missing and the heist is on the FBI’s list of Top Ten International Art Crimes. The Bryan Museum’s exhibition is your only opportunity to see all nine murals together, at least in spirit - prints of the two missing murals will be on display. These murals are arguably the finest works Parrish ever created. Originally installed in the reception room of Whitney’s art studio, the large-scale paintings were created from 1914 to 1918. Parrish’s paintings convey a sense of magic through their imagined and idealized neo-classical imagery. Parrish’s popularity was staggering, with one in four American homes displaying his art during the first half of the 20th century. ship’s sails on the pier at Texas Seaport Museum, Pier 22 and Harborside Dr. The movie will begin at sunset. The public is encouraged to bring their own chairs, beverages (BYOB), snacks and blankets. Popcorn will be available for purchase dockside. Admission is free. April 6th: 2019 Daysails & Plankowners’ Sailabration - 2019 sees the Official Tall Ship of Texas return to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico for her annual daysail series. As one of the oldest, and longest continuously sailed vessels in the world, the annual daysails keep her where she works best, with her sails down, sailing in the Gulf waters. This annual fundraising event will feature hors-d’oeuvres, open bar, premium dining, incredible auction items and more. 100% of the proceeds benefit ELISSA and the many educational and training programs of the Texas Seaport Museum. The Plankowners’ Sailabration offers the public the opportunity to purchase a plank. Each plank donation will be honored with the purchaser’s name recorded and displayed on ELISSA’s Plankowners’ II Honor Board for posterity. Tickets to the party only are $100; Sailing & Party tickets are $200-$300. You can “Buy a Plank” for $500-$700. Tickets are available at Seaport Spring Break Camps - Join the Texas Seaport Museum this March for a Spring Break workshop series! You will be setting sails aboard ELISSA, putting ships in bottles, and looking out for a lighthouse. Classes are free with general admission to the Texas Seaport Museum and held dockside unless otherwise noted. Classes are limited to 20 people and begin at 2pm and last approximately one hour at most. March 12th, Ships Figureheads will be held; March 3rd, Set a Sail will take place; March 14th, will be Lighthouse Project; and March 15th, Set a Sail will take place. • 9


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February 1st at 6:30pm:

Connections of the Heart Gala: “Flashback Friday”

Please join in celebrating connections that lead to hope and healing by supporting this year’s Connections of the Heart Gala – “Flashback Friday” at the Tremont House Ballroom in the Davidson Building in Downtown Galveston. Family Service Center of Galveston County’s mission is to promote the mental health and wellbeing of individuals and families through counseling, education, and prevention. From children struggling with emotional and behavioral issues to providing hope and healing to victims of abuse to assisting parents in providing a supportive nurturing environment for their babies - Family Service Center turns lives around every day with compassionate care. Come to celebrate life connections in the community and honor Community Champions, Tino and Denise Gonzalez. “This year’s fundraiser will feature a silent auction, dinner, music, dancing, and lots of laughter as we celebrate relationships and the connections that make up the tapestry of life… connections that fuel Family Service Center’s vision of ‘Strengthening Families and Supporting Communities.’” Tickets start at $125 and are available at For more info contact (409)762-8636 or email

The Harris L. Kempner Serious Fun Children’s Series

Each season The Grand offers a selection of performances to area students and school groups. Presented on weekdays during the school year, the performances offer a supplement to existing curricula for a nominally-priced ticket. All of The Grand’s children’s programs feature professional touring companies with reputations for high-quality productions. Comprehensive study guides are available to schools prior to a performance which allows both homeschool and other school teachers to incorporate activities centered around the story into their curricula. Some performances offer a question and answer period with the performers following the show. Schools may choose to prepare these questions in advance as part of the learning experience In addition, The Grand offers free workshops to those schools that have tickets to performances listed on the Serious Fun Children’s Series. Designed to enhance students’ learning experiences by providing a literary and live performance connection, the workshops are presented in the school classroom. Each workshop can accommodate twenty-four students per 30-minute session. Workshops are limited and are available on a first-come, first served basis. Contact The Grand’s Director of Education, Sarah Piel at (409)7705066 to reserve workshops. For School/Group reservations, call (800)8211894. Serious Fun Children’s Series Performance productions are:

“Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly” Thursday, January 24th (10am)

Based on the three books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss, this production is produced by Dallas Children’s Theater from

Dallas, Texas. This is the coolest ever rock-nroll romp in a bug’s world, capturing all the droll humor and whimsy of the wildly popular books. Insects rule in the diaries of unlikely best friends: Worm, Spider and Fly. Worm eats his homework, Fly believes she has superpowers, and Spider can’t wait to grow up and molt. Promoting eco-consciousness, earth science and tolerance of others, “Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly” is a joyful, hip musical exploration of the world outside… you might just find that a bug’s life is not all that different from your own! This is recommended for grades K and up.

“The Magic School Bus”

Thursday, February 14th (10am)

Presented by Theatreworks USA - When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system. Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic. Recommended for grades K-5.

Family Days at Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

On the second Saturday of every month, 10am-3pm, the Ocean Star celebrates Family Day. Each Family Day focuses on a different theme that relates to the offshore industry. The information is presented at a student’s level using activities or experiments. Children 18 years of age and younger are admitted free with a paying chaperone. The Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum is located at Pier 19 in Downtown Galveston. For more info call (409)766-7827 or go to January 12th: Islands of Life - Learn how platforms in the Gulf of Mexico provide habitats and protection for many different types of marine animals. Come to try your luck at “fishing” around our mock platform for facts about these artificial habitats.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest and Awards Ceremony

Galveston Historical Foundation’s African American Heritage Committee and Old Central Cultural Center, Inc. will honor winners of their annual essay contest at 3pm, Sunday, January 20th at Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Avenue M. The event is free and open to the public with a complimentary lunch. The messages and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. always carried the theme of peace and fairest world­wide. This contest is meant to challenge students to think about how civil rights and diversity affect their lives and how they can continue the work of Dr. King in their own way. Dr. King was inspired by Gandhi’s message to be the change he wished to see in the world. Students wishing to enter are asked to write an original 350-word essay on “If I Had An Opportunity To Speak To The United States Of America.” Submissions are due by Monday, January 14th, at 3pm and must be typed, doublespaced and contain a cover sheet with name, grade (grades 9 through 12 only), school, home address, and telephone number. The contest is open to Galveston high school students only, including those homeschooled, and submissions can be emailed to or mailed to the Old Central Cultural Center at P.O. Box 2111, Galveston, Texas 77553. First place will receive $300, second place $200, third place $100 and four honorable mentions will receive $50. Winners will read their essay at the award ceremony. For more information, please contact Tommie Boudreaux at (409)740-0454 or Denise Alexander at (409)765-3410.

February 22nd-March 5th:

“Mardi Gras! Galveston” 2019, Bead There

At “Mardi Gras! Galveston,” the extravagance found in Texas’ largest Mardi Gras celebration starts with the beads! More than 3 million beads will be thrown at “Mardi Gras! Galveston” and that’s just the beginning of the elaborate parades, headliner performances, family events, feasting and other festivities that come with hosting Mardi Gras island style. WATCH...all your favorite Mardi Gras parades (including the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius, Krewe Gambrinus, and Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade as they come to the Entertainment District) from a balcony party on the Strand! Balcony parties include admission into the Entertainment District, access to the balcony party with cash bar and music and a VIP view of the Mardi Gras festivities. DANCE…to non-stop entertainment on the Budweiser Stage and Electric Mardi Gras Stage. With your General Admission ticket, you will have access to all concerts. RUN…the 108th “Mardi Gras! Galveston” Official 5K Run to start the party early. ROLL…with the 8th Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade! Golf Cart parade entries receive free entry into the Entertainment District and Best Decorated Golf Cart gets free Balcony Party Passes. RIDE…with your “Ticket to Ride,” they provide the float, beads, driver, and balcony party...and you provide the Krewe. Gather your friends and contact to sign up and ask about all the ways to play. Watch for all of the details as they are announced.

Enter the 2019 “Mardi Gras! Galveston” Official Poster Contest

In honor of the 108th celebration of “Mardi Gras! Galveston,” Yaga’s Entertainment, Inc. is bringing back the Official Poster Contest of “Mardi Gras! Galveston.” Artists from Galveston, surrounding areas or past Galveston residents and lovers of the island are invited to submit their work. The winning poster will be reproduced as a commemorative poster to be released as part of “Mardi Gras! Galveston” 2019. The winning artist will receive a $1,000 award. Submissions will be accepted through January 16th and should be delivered to Yaga’s Entertainment, Inc., 2314 Strand, Galveston, TX 77550 between 9am-3pm. The Poster Unveiling Party will be February 1st at 6pm at Beerfoot Brewery.


Several advance purchase packages for tickets are available including: • 1st Weekend 2 Day General Admission Package (February 22nd-23rd): $19 • 2nd Weekend 2 Day General Admission Package (March 1st-2nd): $19 • 5-Day General Admission Package (February 22nd, 23rd, 24th, March 1st, 2nd): $45 • One Day General Admission Tickets (any day): $12 (in advance) • General Admission tickets are available at the gate starting at $18. • Fiesta Gras General Admission Tickets (February 24th): $15, day of will be $18 Balcony parties feature a great view of the Mardi Gras festivities, cash bar, and music. Your ticket will include your gate admission and entrance into the designated balcony. Balcony tickets are mostly only available in advance because they sell out fast. • 1st Weekend Multi Balcony Pass: $208.95 • February 22nd: Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Balcony Party (Trolley Station, 2021 Strand): $42 • 2nd Weekend Multi Balcony Pass: $208.95

• Both Weekends: Mardi Gras Kings Court (Trolley Station, 2021 Strand): $42-$68 • Both Weekends: Mardi Gras Queens Court (Trumpets Building, 2217 Strand): $45-$65 • Both Weekends: Mardi Gras Headquarter Balcony Party (Dargan & Tobyn Building, 23rd & Strand): $25-$78 • March 1st-2nd: Krewe of Babalu Balcony Party (2100 Strand): $47-$78 • March 3rd: Krewe of the Barkus & Meoux A Cat’s View Balcony Party (Trolley Station, 2021 Strand): $25 • March 3rd: Firefighters Children’s Parade Balcony Party (2228 Strand St.): $15 • March 5th: Kiwanis Club of Galveston Fat Tuesday Balcony Party (2228 Strand St.): $25 • Mardi Gras Z Festival Balcony Party (Jockusch Building, 2025 Strand): $140

Headliner Meet & Greets

Headliners Up Close & Personal Party will be available for the Country headliner, Fiesta Gras headliner, and more for $42 at Trolley Station, 2021 Strand on March 1st and 2nd, 5pm. Some balcony party tickets sell out fast. Please purchase in advance at

Sea Star Base Galveston:

Youth Sailing Saturdays

At its strategic perch overlooking Offatts Bayou, Sea Star Base Galveston (SSBG) resembles a five-star hotel beckoning guests to stop in. But looks can be deceiving. At Sea Star Base Galveston, the sea is an extraordinary classroom that provides hands-on opportunities to learn and build character through challenging, rewarding, hands-on experiences. For more info go to or call (409)572-2560. Sea Star Galveston is based at 7509 Broadway, Galveston. Upcoming events include:


Every Saturday: Youth Sailing Saturdays - The Youth Sailing Program at Sea Star Base Galveston is unlike any other youth program in the country. It is their belief that every child has the ability and should have the opportunity to learn how to sail and become an ambitious, skilled, and active lifetime sailor. Children are taught by highly skilled staff at a world class sailing facility but the benefits do not end there. In the youth sailing program, children learn stewardship of the oceans, coasts, and communities; they are heavily mentored by dedicated volunteers and learn physical and social skills that will carry them throughout life. These classes are open to the public. Beginning Sailors classes are 9am-12 noon. Intermediate Sailors classes are 1-5pm. Non-members can pay the daily rate of $25 per session. Membership is $200 annually for students only. Every Sunday (12:30-4:30pm): Schooner Sundays - These sailing lessons are for those interested in learning to sail, becoming members, or simply looking to enjoy a day out on the water. Guests are invited to work the sails if they like, or even steer, as the Captains point out areas of interest along the route. Reservations are required. This is free for members and $50 for non-member adults, $40 non-member students. • 13

F Books Galveston Bookshop Book Signings:

“The Troves of Zac Love” by Joy Jones and Jim Nelson

Galveston Bookshop is located at 317 23rd St. in Downtown Galveston. For more info call (409)750-8200 or go to

January 12th (2-4pm): “The Troves of Zac Love” by Joy Jones and Jim Nelson

Galveston Bookshop will host a book signing for local authors Joy Jones and Jim Nelson, with their newest novel set in Galveston at the turn of the century. In early September of 1900, a young dock worker named Zac Love sets out on a fishing voyage with his young son and best friend, leaving his wife and other two children at home on Galveston Island. In his absence, the Great Storm of 1900 strikes and thus begins his journey through a long life of relationships, treasure-hunting adventure, and spiritual growth. The loss of his remaining family marks a crucial turning point in his life, though he has no idea that his lost love’s spirit will return to comfort and guide him. Zac’s long life of 85 years is a tale of tears, truth, and intrigue that involves some of Galveston’s most famous and infamous characters, beginning with a pirate named Laffite. Joy Jones and her husband Jim Nelson live in Galveston. Joy retired from a life in education and Jim, from a career as an engineer in the oil and gas industry.

Events at Rosenberg Library

Rosenberg Library is located Downtown at 2310 Sealy St., Galveston. For more info call (409)7638854 or go to All events are free and open to the public. Thursday, January 3rd (10:30am): Arts Alive! Winter Wonderland - Props, music, and magic unlock each child’s imagination for an incredible journey. The program includes a wide range of skill development through purposeful play; tapping into the joy of childhood while tapping into the brain’s potential. Recommended for toddlers through grade 2. Saturday, January 5th (10-10:30am): Saturday Stories are favorites shared in the Children’s Department on the first Saturday of every month. Wednesdays, January 16th-April 24th (9:30am): Babytime - This is a twenty-minute storytime for infants, pre-walkers, and new walkers and their significant other filled with short stories, songs, fingerplays, baby bounces, and lots of fun. Wednesdays, January 16th-April 24th (10am): Storytime - A fun, engaging program featuring storytelling, music, movement, and puppets is planned help to promote early literacy development. Recommended for toddlers, preschoolers, homeschoolers, and their loved ones. Thursdays, January 17th-April 25th (6-7pm): Paws to Read - Beginning readers practice his/ her skills while sharing stories with Oliver, the book-loving dog. He’s friendly, kind and non-judgmental. Each reader gets an individual session with the therapy dog who is accompanied by a handler. Register at children’s reference desk. Tuesday, March 5th (5pm): Pancakes for Supper - Come enjoy pancakes and stories before the Fat Tuesday parade. Wednesday, March 13th (10am): Professor Suds Storytime - This is a special Spring Break program creating magical memories with bubbles. It will be a fun, exciting, and interactive show. Wednesday, March 13th (3:30pm): Professor Suds Rockin’ Bubble Show - All ages are welcome as Professor Suds creates bubble magic. Wednesday, March 13th (7pm): Family Fun Night, Professor Suds and His Bubble Miracles - Come out for interactive bubble magic to delight the whole family. This is fun for all ages and participants will be put in a bubble at the end of the program. Monday, April 1st (7pm): Family Fun Night: Don’t Be Fooled - Bookish fun for the whole family on April Fool’s Day!


January 24th (6:30-8pm): Adult Trivia Night Put together a team and come to enjoy this trivia night. No team? Meet new teammates here. January 31st (6:30-8:30pm): Adult Board Game Night - Come to try out a new-to-you board games like Pandemic, Catan, and more. Don’t worry, they will teach you the rules.

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Thursday, January 10th (6-8pm): West African Kora Harp Performance by Sean Gaskell - Join in welcoming musician Sean Gaskell who will give a performance and educational demonstration on the kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. Enjoy traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the kora’s musical repertoire in addition to some of Sean’s own compositions. Refreshments will be served! This will be held in Wortham Auditorium on the 1st floor at the Rosenberg Library.

2019 Galveston Reads:

“No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-ofAge on the Front Lines of American Medicine” by Rachel Pearson The 2019 Galveston Reads Book choice is “No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine” by Rachel Pearson, MD. As described by the publisher, this title is a “brutally frank memoir about doctors and patients in a health care system that puts the poor at risk.” Their summary is as follows: In medical charts, the term “N.A.D.” (No Apparent Distress) is used for patients who appear stable. The phrase also aptly describes America’s medical system when it comes to treating the underprivileged. Medical students learn on the bodies of the poor—and the poor suffer from their mistakes. Rachel Pearson confronted these harsh realities when she started medical school in Galveston, Texas. Pearson, herself from a working-class background, remains haunted by the suicide of a close friend, experiences firsthand the heartbreak of her own errors in a patient’s care, and witnesses the ruinous effects of a hurricane on a Texas town’s medical system. In a free clinic where the motto is “All Are Welcome Here,” she learns how to practice medicine with love and tenacity amidst the raging injustices of a system that favors the rich and the white. “No Apparent Distress” is at once an indictment of American health care and a deeply moving tale of one doctor’s coming-of-age.

Galveston Reads At a Glance

Galveston Reads, a popular volunteer-driven “One Community, One Book” program operating under the organizational umbrella of the Rosenberg Library, provides an opportunity for all

residents high school age through senior citizens to participate in a unique communitywide discussion by reading and sharing views about the same book. The Galveston Reads series promotes community involvement in Galveston County with a wide range of events, activities, and thoughtful discussions. If you cannot attend but would still like to volunteer, contact Dustan Archer, or (409)7638854 ext. 140. Meeting attendance is not required to participate.

Galveston Reads Events Monday, January 7th (6-7pm): Train the Trainer - Join Dr. John Gorman for an introduction to the themes and discussion questions offered by “No Apparent Distress” by Rachel Pearson. This program is open to anyone wanting to lead a discussion of the book – why not organize one with your friends or co-workers and take advantage of this free training? This will be held in Wortham Auditorium on the 1st floor at the Rosenberg Library. Thursday, January 17th (6:308:30pm): Galveston Reads Movie “Patch Adams” - Join for a movie night out with “Patch Adams” (PG-13, 1998)! Popcorn and refreshments will be served. This will be held in Wortham Auditorium on the 1st floor at the Rosenberg Library. Saturday, January 19th (2-4pm) and Wednesday, January 23rd (1-3pm): Galveston Reads Book Discussions - At the first and second Galveston Reads book discussions, they will be chatting about this year’s title, “No Apparent Distress” by Rachel Pearson, MD. Refreshments will be served. Be sure to be on the lookout for all of this years Galveston Reads programs! This will be held in the McCullough Room on the 2nd floor of the Rosenberg Library. Other events include: • January 25th (10am-2pm): St. Vincent’s Open House, located at 2817 Postoffice St., Downtown Galveston • February 12th (6pm): Music & Dance with Alligator Handshake at Bryan Museum Conservatory • February 21st (7pm): St. Vincent’s Speaker Panel will be held at Rosenberg Library Harris Gallery • March 7th (7pm): Professors Discussion Panel will be held at Rosenberg Library Wortham Auditorium • March 16th (3pm): UTMB Doctor’s Speak Panel will be held at Rosenberg Library Wortham Auditorium • March 18th (7pm): Author Visit and Presentation: Rachel Pearson will speak, field questions, and sign copies of her book at Galveston College Seibel Wing


Thursdays & Sundays at The Bryan Museum:

Galveston’s Own Farmers Market

January 26th - February 10th(11am-10pm)

Galveston Restaurant Week Begins

The eighth annual Galveston Restaurant Week will be Saturday, January 26th to Sunday, February 10th and brings Galveston Island’s vibrant food scene to life for two full weeks of delicious dining. The event will showcase the freshest ingredients, most flavorful dishes, and tastiest culinary gems that Galveston has to offer, as well as benefit Access Care of Coastal Texas. This year’s event is presented by WAITR, and sponsored by Texas Monthly, OpenTable, The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, Houstonia Magazine, and OutSmart Magazine. Home of the finest Gulf Coast seafood and some of Texas’s most delectable restaurants, Galveston Island proudly welcomes visitors to Galveston Restaurant Week, where patrons can choose from Galveston’s most delightful and delicious eateries for prix-fixe lunch and/or dinner menus. Two and/or 3-course dinners are priced between $20-$35; and 2-course lunches, breakfasts, and brunches cost between $10 and $20. Last year’s event featured a vast array of Galveston Island eateries, and resulted in a very welcome boost during the Island’s slower season of winter. For participating restaurants as well as menus, go to

Eat, Click, & Share

One lucky photographer will win $500 cash, for capturing “Best Photo” in the Galveston Restaurant Week Photo Contest. Website visitors

are encouraged to post photos either on, or simply by tagging their Instagrams with #GalvRW2019. Entries may range from photos depicting particular restaurants; favorite restaurant entrees, waiters, and chefs; to views of outdoor events, picnics, neighborhoods, and festivals. Submission deadline is February 3rd. Beginning February 4th, visitors to will have one week to vote for their favorite photo, and one lucky winner will capture the $500 Grand prize on February 11th, 2019.

Join the Fun

Participating in Galveston Restaurant Week is easy. There are no passes to buy, no coupons to carry, and no cards to punch, only a quick call to the restaurant(s) selected to make reservations, then simply dine out January 26th - February 10th. Reservations are strongly recommended. For additional information, visit the official website at


And while patrons are enjoying Galveston’s great cuisine, they can also be happy knowing their participation in Restaurant Week is helping others. This year, each restaurant participating in Galveston Restaurant Week has committed to help Access Care of Coastal Texas provide weekly nutritious lunches to its clients with HIV or AIDS.


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Every Thursday 3-7pm and Sunday 8am-1pm, Galveston’s Own Farmers Market is held at The Bryan Gardens, located at 1315 21st St. Join the fun in the beautiful Conservatory and botanical gardens to relax and enjoy time and conversation with friends, family, and museum staff while shopping for locally grown produce, prepared foods, and edible farm products plus live music, yoga, massage, crafting and Kids Corner! The Thursday market features all of the perks that you’ve come to expect at the market plus the added charms of the Bryan Museum’s “Wine at the Bryan” weekly event. The Sunday market also features wonderful goods and the charm of Bryan’s courtyard. It is always free to browse and most events are free to participate. Every Sunday (10am): Yoga Classes - There are yoga classes available every Sunday at the market. These classes are led by local yoga teachers. All classes are free to attend and anyone is welcome to participate. January 13th, 17th, February 10th, 21st (9am-12 noon): The Friends of Rosenberg Library Book Sale & Give-Away takes place. Come to peruse the books or just get a free kids’ book to take home. The Friends curate special selections each month of nature, cooking, and science-related books, and you’ll also find plenty of fiction, children’s literature, and general book goodness. January 15th (12 noon): Learn to Cook with WIC - This free cooking class is led by Chef Mary Bass. Students can eat a fresh meal for lunch, gain cooking knowledge, and create a recipe based on average monthly WIC benefits. RSVP to (409)938-7221. Children and babies are welcome.

Foodie Events

Every Thursday-Sunday: Taste of The Strand Food Tour - At the Taste of The Strand walking and tasting tour, sample appetizers, main dishes, desserts, and other edibles from well-known Galveston institutions. Tickets are $89.95 per person. Purchase tickets at Weather permitting, tours begin at 2028 Strand at the corner of 21st and Hendley Green. January 19th (10-6pm) Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest Attention Chili Masters & Beer Lovers! You are invited to attend the 10th Annual Chili Quest Cook Off & Beer Festival! For the past nine years, Yaga’s has brought a diverse crowd of Chili & Beer lovers from all over the nation to Galveston, TX. This years festival will consist of the ever so popular Chili & Beer tasting with a ton of added perks. Get ready for live music, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, a washer pitching tournament, a jackpot margarita contest, vendors and a historical strand merchant walk-about. As if that doesn’t fulfill all of your festival needs, returning this year is the Craft Beer Festival. January 19th (10am6pm): Chili Quest Walk About with G. Lee Gallery - Stop in G. Lee Gallery and meet the resident Chili Quester, George Douglas Lee, always in search of the perfect chili. Stop in, swap chili tales and get your Walk-About card stamped. We look forward to meeting you. “Tres Chilis” by Maxx James, prints available at the Gallery. This is free to attend. G. Lee Gallery is located at 2217 Strand St., Downtown Galveston.

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Art Exhibitions This Month at Galveston Arts Center:

Kaneem Smith Continues “Captive Sojourn & the Indefinite” with Renata Lucia & Lina Dib Through January 13th

In the main gallery, Kaneem Smith will feature “Captive Sojourn and the Indefinite” on exhibit. Kaneem Smith’s exhibition explores the tumultuous relationship between trade, consumption, and commodities. Referencing Galveston’s location on a natural port in the Gulf of Mexico, and its historical and contemporary ties to the exchange of goods and labor, her installation contemplates the trade of natural materials, specifically cotton and coffee through textiles, such as burlap used for import/export purposes. As a mixed media artist and sculptor with a background in fibers, these concepts run a complex thread throughout her body of work. In the 1878 Gallery, Renata Lucia will feature “News vs. Nature (Gulf).” Renata Lucia’s paintings reflect on the widening social divides that unfold in the current news cycle. Her works incorporate national and local newspapers, including works created specifically for this exhibition that use pages from “The Galveston Daily News.” Acrylic paint and drawing media are applied to crumpled newspaper pages that are selected for composition and content, resulting in a textured topographical illusion. The intimacy of reading a physical newspaper is contrasted with a detached aerial view. Lucia began the “News vs. Nature” series considering the organized chaos of nature reigning supreme against the psychological toll of bad news. The series shifted and took on new importance in late 2017 as an epic battle began to rage in our perception and discussion of the news. Lucia’s works consider the questions: “Is the news fake or, more likely, a last bastion of truth? Is nature sublime, or does it represent the most disturbing aspects of human nature?” In the Brown Foundation Gallery, Lina Dib will show “Threshold,” an interactive video installation that incorporates video of waves breaking on the Galveston shore just before sunset. The shore’s infinite poetic qualities, constant ebb and flow, and collision of bodies (land and sea) feature largely in Dib’s work. “Threshold” is a kind of homage to Thierry Kuntzel’s “The Waves” and to Andy Warhol’s “Sunset.” It is a tribute and meditation on the specificities of place and our relationship to natural systems.

January 19th-March 3rd

Opening of Camp Bosworth, “Thank you, Please Drive Thru”

Camp Bosworth creates elaborately carved and painted wood objects influenced by his West Texas and the U.S. Mexico border surroundings. Hand-carved, and often gilded or painted, the scale of his work often results in humorous and whimsical sculptures. His most recent works are inspired by the menu items of Dairy Queens ubiquitous to small towns throughout Texas. For his exhibition, “Thank you, Please Drive Thru,” Bosworth brings steak finger baskets and soft-served ice cream sculptures to Galveston. There will be an opening reception on January 19th at 6pm with an Artist Talk at 6:30pm. In the 1878 & Brown Foundation Galleries, Miss Pussycat presents “The Puppet Worlds of Miss Pussycat.” “The Puppet Worlds of Miss Pussycat” features an installation of puppets and their worlds by New-Orleans based artist, musician, and puppeteer, Panacea Theriac (also known as Miss Pussycat). The exhibition includes puppets and puppet theaters, along with videos, photographs, and ceramic sculptures of her puppets. “The Puppet Worlds of Miss Pussycat” highlights characters and worlds from her last five puppet shows: “The Western Village Shopping Village,” “Clothes Made by Small Furry Animals, Frenchy and Jett,” “The Happy Castle of Goblinburg,” and “The Cookie Carnival Baking Contest.” In her work, Miss Pussycat creates paracosmic fantasies that often relate to her own experience as an artist and musician. She’s in a band and her puppets have a band that releases records, while others are artists and museum workers in a fictitious museum. Each character assumes a life of their own in an ever-evolving series of stories. On the second floor, Quintron “Drum Buddy (Miss Pussycat Model)” will be on exhibit. Playing on the unique acoustics of the concrete and steel lined second-floor vault of GAC’s 1878 First National Bank Building, New Orleans-based artist and musician Quintron, presents one of his most notable inventions, the Drum Buddy. The Drum Buddy is a light-activated, analog synthesizer which creates murky, low-fidelity, rhythmic patterns triggered by the rotation of recycled #10 pizza sauce cans. Using the unique characteristics of optical sensors, the instrument produces 16 •

drum-like tones, chirps, and buzzes in four distinct voices: kick, snare, bass, and “space.” Quintron is credited with fostering an analog synth revival in the late 1990’s-early 2000’s with the invention and continual experimentation with the Drum Buddy. The piece on display at GAC is a one-of-a-kind version of the instrument created for Miss Pussycat in 2009. Visitors are invited to enter the vault to experience the unique soundscape produced by this innovative instrument.

About GAC

The galleries and the ArtWorks Museum Store are open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, and Sunday 12 noon-5pm. Admission is free at all times.


Conversations @ The Center

Conversations @ The Center features artists and arts professionals who speak about and show images of their work, practices, professions, or discuss timely issues in contemporary visual art. The 2019 series highlights Texas-based authors who have published books on topics in contemporary art joined in conversation with individuals that give special insight into local and regional connections to their work. All events are free and open to the public. Scheduled are: • January 20th (2-3pm): Bruce Lee Webb and Kevin Thompson - Author Bruce Webb will speak about his book, “As Above, So Below: Art of the American Fraternal Society, 1850-1930,” in conversation with Kevin Thompson, Information Officer for the Galveston Scottish Rite Cathedral. • February 16th (2-3pm): Robert Craig Bunch and Robert Dampier - Author Robert Craig Bunch will speak about his book, “The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists,” in conversation with Galveston-based artist Robert Dampier who is featured in the publication. • March 31st (2-3pm): Jay Wehnert and Recie Kraemer - Author Jay Wehnert will speak about his book, “Outsider Art in Texas: Lonestars,” in conversation with Galveston resident Recie Kraemer, owner of Karol Virag’s Decoupage House. • May (2-3pm): Pete Gershon - Pete Gershon will speak about his book, “Collision: The Contemporary Art Scene” in Houston, 1972–1985, in conversation with an artist featured in the book. Art Club for Kids (Tuesdays, 4:15-5:45pm) - Perfect for homeschoolers or after school, this mixed age art club centers on the student-directed exploration of drawing, painting, sculpture, and more. Instructors focus on expanding students’ experience of art beyond the school classroom and introducing novel art techniques, tools, concepts, and inspiration. GAC instructors teach expressive arts practice, where kids use traditional art techniques to develop essential skills like intuitive reasoning, investigative play, and self-confidence. This program is designed for students in grades 3-9. Cost depends on how many session your child attends. Every Tuesday (Tuesdays, 6-8pm): Ceramic Studio - Learn hand-building techniques in pottery, figurative sculpture, and glazing with earthenware clay. Create sculptural relief tiles, full 3D sculpture, functional pottery and tableware, figures, and more. This course uses methods that don’t require a potter’s wheel, including pinch-pots, coil construction, and slab-construction. Students will learn the anatomy of a vessel, how to securely join corners and handles, make lids fit properly, and various kinds of surface treatments, textures, and glazes. Fees are $50 for two sessions or $75 for four sessions. Join at any time!

Opening at G. Lee Gallery:

“All Things Texas” January 19th

G. Lee Gallery is pleased to welcome Ada Jones’ “All Things Texas” show. Ms. Jones artwork has been shown at the Museum of Western Art in Kerrville. She was a top finalist in the Messina Hof Wine Label competition and is a signature member of the National Society of Artists. Her acrylic paintings depict the natural beauty of the Texas Gulf’s sunlit shores to the radiance of the Hill country’s wildflowers and bluebonnets. The artist will be present to share the inspiration for her art 11am-9pm at G. Lee Gallery, 2217 Strand St., Downtown Galveston. G. Lee Gallery features works of a fantastical, surrealist nature reminiscent of Hieronymous Bosch hanging right alongside contemporary portraits with vivid colors and Edward Hopperesque lines. This gallery is just plain fun. George Douglas Lee, gallery owner, visual artist, writer, singer/songwriter, and host of the “Electric Theatre Radio Hour” is a big personality who brings a lot of character to ArtWalk. For more info go to

Galveston Art League Displays Lee Johnson’s Brilliant Paintings

Dickinson artist Lee Johnson, the Galveston Art League’s Featured Artist for January, paints every day, and she advises all artists to do the same. Her paintings, which have a luminous effect and graceful style, will be exhibited and available for purchase from January 3rd-27th at the Art League’s Downtown Galveston Gallery, 2117A Postoffice St. Johnson works in watercolor, acrylic, and oil. She teaches oil painting, beginning watercolor, and advanced watercolor at the College of the Mainland’s Lifelong Learning Center in La Marque. Her favorite subjects to paint include plants, landscapes, portraits, wildlife, and abstracts. “Design is the most important thing,” says Johnson, a professional member of the nonprofit Galveston Art League. “I messed around for 10 years before I learned design, and then it was like a light switch turned on. By design, I mean the objects to include in the painting and where to put them - the darks, lights, and mid-tones to use; the big and little pieces you need. And you need a big object that stands out.” Johnson, who began painting about three decades ago, sells her paintings at both Galveston Art League galleries and through exhibits such as those held at the Dickinson Library in May and Seabrook Library in June. Her awards include a “Spring 2018 Best of Show” for “Tropicals” and “Winter 2017 Best of Show” for “Sunflower” in Art League competitions.

From the HeART:

ArtTALK & ArtWalk This Month

Recently opened in it’s new location at 2111 Postoffice St., in Downtown Galveston, From the HeART Gallery (FTHG) has a ton of fun events this month that are free and open to the public. January 3rd (7-10pm): First Thursday Open Acoustic Jam and Vegan Pot Luck - Bring your instruments of choice and let’s get that rhythm flowing throughout the gallery and don’t forget your favorite vegan dish to share. All ages welcome. Wine will be available. January 9th (6-9pm): 2nd Wednesday Open Photo Shoot - Calling all models, makeup artists, hair stylists and photographers. Similar to an open mic, FTHG is hosting Open Photo Shoots on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. This is a free event. January 18th (7:30pm): Art TALK - For the January 18th ArtTALK, you will meet From the HeART Gallery artists Sheryl Gary Lambert, Morgan Taylor, Christina Youdan-Pfistershammer, Dianne Greeley Campbell-Duggan, and Carlos Martinez, as well as a guest speaker. This is something brand new to boost your gallery experience to a whole new level. Catherine Stroud and From the HeART Gallery will be hosting. This is a fun interactive event designed to really get to know local artists. January 19th (6-9pm): ArtWalk with Jessica Von Braun World-renowned fantasy artist Jessica Von Braun will be in town for one night at From the HeART Gallery. She will be painting live 6-9pm. Sold exclusively in Galveston County at From the HeART Gallery, Jessica’s artwork is loved by all and collected by so many. Many of her paintings have been discovered and purchased by Walt Disney World Pop Shop. This is a rare opportunity to have her down on the Island, so don’t miss your chance to meet her. You can also meet some of the 50+ gallery artists, do some shopping plus have some wine. This is free to attend. Every Friday (4-7pm): Children’s Art Classes - This is not your average kid class - adults enjoy it too and learn something new each time they come. Your children will be learning Art History, Technique, and Elements and Principles of Art from A-Z. The first 30-minutes of class will be the Art History portion, where your children will get to know all the Masters, as well as the contemporary. We will be going from Primitive Cave art all the way to Andy Warhol. Your children will leave with new knowledge of the arts, printed handouts of the day’s lessons, and a completed piece of artwork. Pre-registration is preferred.

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Outdoors 5K’s & More

January 12th: Galveston 50K Beach Run - This is a low key out and back 50K beach run. The race will start at the west end of Seawall Blvd., right next to Diamond Beach. It then runs 15.5 miles down the beach and then back to finish. This race will be run entirely in the sand, and will only have two locations for drop bags (exact distances for drop bags to be determined). To register go to January 19th: Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest 5K - Put your “beerfoot” in front of the other in this brew-tiful 5K Fun Run happening at Beerfoot Brewery! The Beerfooter Beach Run is sure to put some pep in your step and beer in your belly! In conjunction with the 10th Annual Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest, you are invited to join us and get some exercise before devouring warm chili and cold brews! Crazy outfits and team uniforms are extremely encouraged. To register, go to Combo tickets are available for both the 5K and chili tasting. February 2nd: Surfside Beach Marathon, Half and Surfin’ Surfside 5K - All races are 100% pavement free - you will stay on the beautiful stretch of beach between Surfside Beach and the San Luis Pass. All events begin and end at Stahlman Park in Surfside. Marathon and Half Marathon registration include packets with awesome swag, shirt, commemorative stone coaster, finisher medal, meal, and beverage at the after party. Go to for more info. There is also a Timed Kids 1K! February 17th: Galveston Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K - Start and finish at Stewart Beach. The race is totally on paved roads with no running on sand/beach. There is also a Kids 1 Mile race. This fun annual race is always the highlight of spring. For more info go to February 23rd: “Galveston! Mardi Gras” Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K/10K - Join for the 108th celebration of “Mardi Gras! Galveston” - the best day ever! You receive with your registration a festival shirt, Mardi Gras themed item, a beer at the finish, and a ticket to Mardi Gras that day. To register go to The Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K will start in the heart of “Mardi Gras! Galveston’s” Entertainment district under the famous Mardi Gras arch on 24th and Mechanic. Runners and walkers will jaunt inside the Entertainment District for an unforgettable 5K experience. March 2nd: Causeway FunD Run/ Walk - Ever thought of taking in the view standing on top of the Galveston Causeway? Then you will want to be a part of this run. Proceeds raised at the SHP Causeway FunD Run/Walk benefit School of Health Professions (SHP) student scholarships. Your participation represents a powerful investment in the future of health care for our region and state. This starts at the Galveston County Daily News Building parking lot. To register go to • April 6th: Wicked Wine Run • April 7th: Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas • April 13th: Gritty Goddess Womens 5K • April 27th: Galveston Island Wine Festival Champagne 5K • April 28th: Divas Half Marathon & 5K

This Month at Galveston Island State Park

Galveston Island State Park is located on the west end of the island at 14901 FM 3005, Galveston. For more info call (409)7371222 or go to galveston-island.

January 19th, 2019:

Walk-About The Park

Save the date for this fun Nature Walk-About! Start the new year with some beautiful nature and family-friendly fun outdoor activities. The total distance for this walk will be about 3.5 miles and the surfaces will be mostly trails plus some pavement. Learn about the coastal prairie: How big is it? Is it growing or vanishing? Learn about its freshwater ponds and the critters that use them - you might be surprised! What role does fire play in the health of our coastal prairie? You can also throw seed balls to help restore the coastal prairie. A light breakfast will be served at 8:15am. There is no registration fee, but people who want a “free” tshirt must include with their registration a minimum donation of $10 to “FOGISP.” For more info call (409)370-7107 or go to fogisp.wordpress. com/nature-walk-about. January 5th, 12th, 26th, February 2nd, 9th, 23rd (10-11am): Beachcombing 101 - Treasures await you at the water’s edge! Stretch your legs after the holiday meals and join Ranger Lisa for a great shell hunting workshop and collecting expedition. Winter is the best time for beachcombing but dress for the weather and be prepared to get your feet wet. January 5th, 12th, 26th (3-4pm): Bay Tower Hike - Overlook Galveston Bay and explore the waters below at this hike! You will be casting nets, getting your hands muddy, and tasting edible plants of Galveston Bay on your way to an observation tower. January 4th, February 1st (5:30-6:30pm): Star Gazing 101 - The stars at night, are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas! Do you know your stars? Come out and learn some cool ways to learn them all. January 18th (5:30pm): Full Moon Hike Live by the sun, love by the moon! Ranger Lisa will take you on a short program and help you discover the mysteries of la luna, or the moon, while we explore the nightlife of Galveston Island State Park January 12th, 26th, February 2nd, 9th, 16th (1:30pm): Birding 101 - This class is a relaxed, island-style birding introduction for families. Join on a brief birding orientation and hike to discover some of the great wildlife observation opportunities on Galveston Island. Binoculars, scope, and lots of information will be available to everyone.

1st Annual

Nature Walk-About Hosted by Friends of Galveston Island State Park

January 19th, 2019, 8am-1pm Galveston Island State Park 14901 FM 3005, Galveston, TX 77554

Face Painting and Prairie Passports for the Kids, Children’s Crafts: Butterfly Fans and Masks, Pipe Cleaner Caterpillars and Flowers, Prairie Art, and Pine Cone Bird Feeders. The Owl-Prowl Olympics Make Seed Balls & Throw Them on the Prairie Upside Down Plant Community Exhibit Bees and Butterflies Exhibits Raptors and Reptiles Exhibits Four Trails (0.3 to 1.8 miles) to Walk-About Come visit and find out all about the coastal prairie! What kind of plants and animals live in a prairie? What can you do to preserve and restore native prairies? Register at


Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Announces The 2019 Season Specials

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, located at 2501 Seawall Blvd., features family-oriented attractions including rides, midway games, food venues, and shops. For more info, tickets, and a full list of events go to


• Weekend Adventure Pass – Three Parks – One pass for $39.99! Enjoy unlimited visits on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to Pleasure Pier, Kemah Boardwalk and Downtown Aquarium Houston. • Kid for a Day: Everyone visiting will pay kid’s price for admission of $19.99 for All Day Ride Passes, valid Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through February 24th. • MLK Weekend: The Weekend Pass rate is available January 18th-21st. • February 12-March 5th: Mardi Gras on the Pier - Enjoy the Kid for a Day discounts and revel in the fun on the Pier. • February 15th-18th: President’s Day Weekend - The Weekend Adventure Pass will be good Friday – Monday this weekend.


Music February 1st at 8pm:

Aaron Lewis at The 1894 Grand Theater

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If you want to get to know Aaron Lewis, just listen to “The Road.” On his first fulllength album, the Grammy Award-nominated, multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and guitarist tells one story after another. Echoing traditional country, some of those tales are hilarious and heartwarming, while others are pensive and personal. Nevertheless, they’re all equally powerful, vibrant, and unforgettable. For Lewis, “The Road” continues to wind and surprise like it always has. In 2011, the Staind frontman formally arrived in the country world with the release of his debut EP, “Town Line.” Highlighted by the success of gold-selling single “Country Boy” featuring the legendary George Jones and Charlie Daniels, the seven-song EP reached #1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #7 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release. Lewis also received two Academy of Country Music nominations for “Vocal Event of the Year” for “Country Boy” (for his work as artist and as co-producer) as well as two CMT nominations - one for “USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year” and another for “Collaborative Video of the Year.” Simultaneously, the music video for the single stirred similar fan fervor, surpassing 12 million views on YouTube and 3 million on After a whirlwind year, Lewis began working on what would become “The Road” in the fall of 2011. While balancing both a solo run and a tour supporting Staind’s self-titled seventh studio album, he carved out intermittent pockets of time to record in Nashville with legendary Grammy-winning producer James Stroud. “I didn’t stop to think about it very much,” Lewis smiles. “James lets me run with it. We respect each other and he allows me to really be who I am. I recorded this whole record by bouncing in and out of Nashville on days off. I’d come into town, work for the day, bail out, and play some more shows. Four days later, I’d do the same thing. That’s how the album was made, and it’s why I called it ‘The Road’.” It’s a natural progression from “Town Line.” The album’s ten songs unfold with a classic grit and invigorating energy all directly from Lewis’s heart and soul. The first single, “Endless Summer,” recalls an idyllic day in the sun with his daughters. A bluesy guitar twang bends into a shimmering refrain about “another day in paradise” that’s both infectious and inimitable. Lewis laughs, “It proves I can write a happy tune. It’s a story about me and the family going to our beach cottage on the weekends. It’s all true. We drive down there, cook striper on the grill, and dig our own clams.” Then there’s “Forever,” a true product of “The Road” itself. It captures the longing and loneliness of life on the tour bus, while reflecting the immortality of true love. It’s touching and thought-provoking all at once. “Doubt can set in on the road,” he reveals. “Conversations from home aren’t always warm and fuzzy. However, things change when you get back. The song goes from questioning to being reassured that everything is all good.” On the other end of the spectrum, his sense of humor shines through on the propulsive highway anthem “State Lines” and swaggering old school good-time of “Party in Hell.” Lewis goes on, “Adding humor opens the avenues of exploration a little bit more, and it appeals to more of the senses. Plus, it’s just fun to imagine what a party in hell might be like with Rick James.” Lewis personally penned all of the songs on “The Road” but one. For “Grandaddy’s Gun,” he teamed up with Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Bobby Pinson, marking the first songwriting collaboration of his career. Annually, Lewis hosts a benefit show for his charity, “It Takes a Community,” which benefits his daughter’s elementary school through community donations. Akins performed “Grandaddy’s Gun” at the 2011 show. As soon as Lewis heard the tune, it stayed stuck in his head. “I was completely blown away by the song,” he elaborates. “When the opportunity came up, I decided to record it for ‘The Road.’ They’re three

of Nashville’s best and I have so much respect for them. It all fit with my life too. I have grandaddy’s gun, and he did buy it out of a Sears and Roebuck catalog.” Once again, he collaborated with some heavy hitters in the studio. His musical partner-in-crime Ben Kitterman expanded the overall sound with acoustic guitar, dobro, piano, and other instruments. Meanwhile, iconic pedal steel player Paul Franklin makes a return as well as guitarist Brett Mason and Eddie Bayers on drums. Joining the fold in Nashville were Craig Frost [Bob Seger] on keyboards and Keith Horne [Waylon Jennings] on bass. In many ways, “The Road” brings things full circle for Lewis. In Staind, he has made an indelible mark on hard rock. The group has sold 13 million albums worldwide, yielding four consecutive top 3 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 as well as numerous radio hits. Their single “It’s Been Awhile” also remains the most-played rock song of the decade. Still, this new chapter proves cyclical for Lewis, actually bringing him back to the first style of music he’d heard: country music. Now, he’s carrying on a tradition of storytelling and songwriting himself. “I’m really hoping the songs speak for themselves,” he concludes. “I hope people hear the record and realize that this is all me. There’s nothing more to say. I’m just writing songs like I have been for my whole career.” That’s all he really has to do. For Aaron Lewis, “The Road” looks brighter than ever. Ticket cost is $29-$65. The Grand 1894 Opera House is located at 2020 Postoffice St. in Galveston’s historic Downtown Cultural Arts District. Tickets are available by contacting The Grand’s box office at (409)765-1894, (800)821-1894, or

Steaming Concerts at Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe

Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe is a music venue that supports live, original music and is located at 413 20th St., in Downtown Galveston. For tickets and info, go to or find them on Facebook. Concerts this month are: • January 4th (8:30pm): Robert Cline Jr. with Brian Pounds • January 5th (8pm): Lisa Morales • January 11th (8pm): Christy Hays with Tony Kamel, Philippe Bronchtein • January 12th (8pm): Gabe Wootton, Shad Blair, Ben Balmer Songwriter Series • January 18th (8pm): Caleb & The Homegrown Tomatoes • January 19th (8pm): Los Mighty Hooks, David Touchton, Shad Blair • January 24th (8pm): Danny Brooks, Lil’ Miss Debi • January 25th (8:30pm): Brandon Rhyder with Lynn Drury • January 26th (8pm): Brandon McDermott Band • January 31st (8pm): A. Sinclair, El Lago CD Release • February 1st (8:30pm): Ray Bonneville with Marina Rocks • February 2nd (8pm): A Night with Colin Gilmore & Nicolette Good • February 8th (8:30pm): GTown Howdown with Kevin Anthony & Lone Hollow • February 9th (8pm): Songwriters Series • February 13th (7pm): Ryan Montbleau • February 15th (8:30pm): Travis Meadows • February 16th (8:30pm): Brad Boyer and Jordi Baizan Song Swap

To list your band’s or venue’s gigs here, shoot your dates to:

Wednesday, January 9th 23rd Street Station – Laura Magers, 6-9 The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Rumors – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Myke Miller, 9-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Stuttgarden – Karaoke, 9-1

Monday, January 14th

Stuttgarden – DEM Roots, 9-1 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Yaga’s – DJ NonStopp, 10-1 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Karaoke, 8-10 Sunday, January 20th Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 23rd Street Station – Island Idol, 7-10 Galveston Island Brewing – Acoustic Jam, Tuesday, January 15th 1-4 The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, The Grand - The Oak Ridge Boys, 3-6 7:30-11:30 B. Jiggers – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-12 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 11am-2pm Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 8-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic with Zak Perry, Sharky’s Tavern – Zach Perry Open Jam, 8-12 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2

Saturday, January 26th

23rd Street Station – David Thomas, 9-12 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 6-9 B. Jiggers – Flashpoint, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 The Float – DJ, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Friday, January 4th Marina Bar & Grill – Boo Schaaf, 5-8 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – Brandon McDer23rd Street Station – Gretchen Ehrlich, 6-9 Thursday, January 10th mott Band, 8-12 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B. Jigger’s – The Line Up, 8-11 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 B. Jiggers – The Line Up, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Rum Shack – Not The Rachels, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Bubba’s On The Strand - Satisfied Drive, 9-1 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Poop Deck – Open Mic with Joe Pena, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Float – DJ, 9-1 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 9-1 Monday, January 21st Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Wednesday, January 16th Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 San Luis Lounge – Trio Du Jour, Yaga’s – One Soul Singer, 10-1 Marina Bar & Grill – Boo Schaaf, 5-8 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-10 23rd Street Station – Laura Magers, 6-9 7:30-11:30 Old Quarter – Robert Cline Jr., Brian Pounds, Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic, 8-12 Sunday, January 27th 8-12 7:30-11:30 Sharky’s Tavern – Karaoke, 8-10 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 23rd Street Station – Island Idol, 7-10 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Rumors – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Three Doors Down – Open Mic, 7-10 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 11am-2pm Three Doors Down – Bobby Territo, 7-10 Sharky’s Tavern – Myke Miller, 9-12 Tuesday, January 22nd Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Friday, January 11th 8-1 The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Stuttgarden – Karaoke, 9-1 23rd Street Station – Kirk Hale, 6-9 Rum Shack – DJ, 9-1 7:30-11:30 Yaga’s – DJ NonStopp, 10-1 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Thursday, January 17th B. Jiggers – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Zach Perry Open Jam, Saturday, January 5th B. Jiggers – Midnight Release, 9-1 7-11 B. Jigger’s – The Line Up, 8-11 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 23rd Street Station – LU/X (Luis Cerda), 9-12 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic with Zak Perry, The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Float – DJ, 9-1 Monday, January 28th Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 8-12 B. Jiggers – The Line Up, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-10 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - Open Mic, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Marina Bar & Grill – Boo Schaaf, 5-8 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Poop Deck – Open Mic with Joe Pena, 8-12 Hemingways – Karaoke, 9-1 Old Quarter – Christy Hayes, Tony Kamel, Sharky’s Tavern – Karaoke, 8-10 Wednesday, January 23rd Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 Philippe Bronchtein, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 San Luis Lounge – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 23rd Street Station – Laura Magers, 6-9 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – Lisa Morales, Rum Shack – Nervous Rex, 9-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic, 8-12 The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, Tuesday, January 29th 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 7:30-11:30 Poop Deck - Satisfied Drive, 9-1 Stuttgarden – JD Monson, 8-12 The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, Three Doors Down – Open Mic, 7-10 Rumors – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-1 Prohibition Reds - Danielle Reich, 7-10 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 7:30-11:30 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Friday, January 18th B. Jiggers – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-12 Stuttgarden – Karaoke, 9-1 Rum Shack – Dead Stereo, 9-1 Yaga’s – The Soap Boxes, 10-1 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 23rd Street Station – Shannon Fitzwater, 6-9 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic with Zak Perry, The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Thursday, January 24th Saturday, January 12th Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 8-12 B. Jiggers – The Nailers, 9-1 B. Jigger’s – The Line Up, 8-11 23rd Street Station – Jazz Trio, 9-12 Stuttgarden – Big Jordan Band, 9-1 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Wednesday, January 30th B. Jiggers – A Sure Thing, 9-1 Yaga’s – DJ NonStopp, 10-1 Marina Bar & Grill – Boo Schaaf, 5-8 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – Danny Brooks & 23rd Street Station – Laura Magers, 6-9 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe - Caleb & The Sunday, January 6th Lil’ Miss Debi , 8-12 Hemingways – Karaoke, 9-1 The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, Homegrown Tomatoes, 8-12 Poop Deck – Open Mic with Joe Pena, 8-12 23rd Street Station – Island Idol, 7-10 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 5-10 7:30-11:30 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 9-1 Rumors – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-1 Galveston Island Brewing – Acoustic Jam, Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – Gabe Wootton, , Rum Shack – Pitch Please, 9-1 San Luis Lounge – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Sharky’s Tavern – Myke Miller, 7-10 1-4 Shade Blair, Ben Balmer, 9-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic, 8-12 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 11am-2pm Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., Rum Shack – Rachel Rose, 9-1 Stuttgarden – Karaoke, 9-1 Three Doors Down – Bobby Territo, 6-10 8-1 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Friday, January 25th Thursday, January 31st Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Sharky’s Tavern – Zach Perry Jam, 7-11 Yaga’s – Sphynx, 10-1 23rd Street Station – Mike & Jayme, 6-9 B. Jiggers – The Line Up, 9-1 Stuttgarden – Blaggards, 9-1 Monday, January 7th The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Saturday, January 19th Three Doors Down – Amy N’ Me, 6-10 B. Jiggers – Velvet Punch, 9-1 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 23rd Street Station – Jahrel Pickens, 9-12 Island Pier Club – Karaoke, 9-12 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Yaga’s – DJ NonStopp, 10-1 The Bar at San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – A. Sinclair, El The Float – DJ, 9-1 Sharky’s Tavern – Karaoke, 8-10 B. Jiggers – Level One Band, 9-1 Lago , 8-12 Sunday, January 13th Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Bubba’s On The Strand - Satisfied Drive, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Debbie, 9-1 Marina Bar & Grill – Boo Schaaf, 5-8 23rd Street Station – Island Idol, 7-10 Bliss Lounge – DJ, 9-1 San Luis Lounge – Trio Du Jour, 7:30-11:30 Tuesday, January 8th Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – Brandon Rhyder, Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Galveston Island Brewing – Acoustic Jam, The Float – DJ, 9-1 Lynn Drury , 8-12 The Bar at San Luis – Trio Du Jour, 1-4 The Grand - The Oak Ridge Boys, 7-10 Three Doors Down – Open Mic, 7-10 Rumors – DJ, 8-12 7:30-11:30 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 11am-2pm Hotel Galvez – Reg & Cary, 6-10 Rum Shack – Sol Flair, 9-1 B. Jiggers – Music Bingo, 8-9, Karaoke, 9-12 Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – Ian Moore, 9-1 Mod - Cheryl Bobbitt, 6-9 Rumors – Karaoke, 8-12 Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 Rumors Beach Bar – Karaoke, KJ Mikey C., Rumors – DJ, 8-12 Sharky’s Tavern – Open Mic with Zak Perry, Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 8-1 Rum Shack – Blue Grooves , 9-1 You should see our website! 8-12 Tremont House – Leah’s Trio Du Jour, 6-10 Sharky’s Tavern – Zach Perry Open Jam, Shearn’s Lounge – Steve Newsom, 7-11 7-11 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Sound Bar – Karaoke, 9-2 Yaga’s – The Line Up, 10-1

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Galveston Island Guide January 2019 edition  

Event magazine for Galveston TX including festivals, live music, restaurants and tons more. (

Galveston Island Guide January 2019 edition  

Event magazine for Galveston TX including festivals, live music, restaurants and tons more. (