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(L-R) Elsa Moen, Farah Nematpour, Caitlin Ehlinger, Katie Moore, Cameron Saims, Michaela Cherry, Ashley Karolys, Collins Rush, Kirby Morris, Alli Klasing, Anna Langlois and Dani Greene.

(L-R) Elsa Moen, Farah Nematpour, Caitlin Ehlinger, Katie Moore, Cameron Saims, Michaela Cherry, Ashley Karolys, Collins Rush, Kirby Morris, Alli Klasing, Anna Langlois and Dani Greene.

STRATFORD HIGH SCHOOL’S “PROJECT PLAYHOUSE” – ONLY NOV 2

The Stratford Thespian Troupe will host its annual “Project Playhouse” event on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Stratford High School from 9 a.m.-noon. This year’s theme is based on the upcoming Playhouse musical Legally Blonde based on the novel and movie of the same name. Elementary age students (grades PK-5) are invited to take part in the event which provides community outreach and helps raise funds to support Thespian projects in the Memorial area.

Thespians teach the children a dance number from the musical, and have them take part in singing, making costumes, working on props, and learning what it takes to do “musical theatre.” After the session, students will perform for parents and can attend the afternoon matinee of the show. For more information or to sign up, visit shsplayhouse.org.

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HOUSTON CHAMBER CHOIR PRESENTS “REQUIEM FOR A PRESIDENT” – ONLU NOV 9

Houston Chamber Choir presents “Requiem for a President,” Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue in Houston. The evening offers a poignant 50th anniversary observance of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The concert takes place less than two blocks away from where President Kennedy attended an event at the Rice Hotel on Nov. 21, 1963, the night before his trip to Dallas.

The event features Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem for choir and organ, famous for its serene “testament of faith, comfort and tranquility” in a turbulent era. The concert includes A Curse Upon Iron by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis. In this work Tormis rages against the destructive uses we have made of iron, such as weapons. Samuel Barber’s renowned Adagio for Strings, arranged for voices, is a graceful tribute piece. Often associated with national loss and sadness, the piece was played at the public announcement after the death of Franklin Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. Tickets are $40; $36 for seniors (65+); and $10 for students (with a valid student ID, subject to availability). Visit houstonchamberchoir.org or call 713-224-5566 for more information.

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Gerald Clayton

Gerald Clayton

DA CAMERA’S EVENTS, BEGINNING  NOV. 1

Da Camera’s 2013-14 season continues with Young Trailblazers: Robert, Clara and Johannes on Nov. 1 at Hobby Center’s Zilkha Hall. This is a celebration of three Romantic trailblazers: Robert Schumann, musical genius and influential critic; his wife, the child prodigy pianist and groundbreaking performer/composer Clara Schumann; and the young Johannes Brahms, who entered the couple’s life at the beginning of his career.

Da Camera continues the jazz series on Nov. 9 with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society. Argue is one of today’s most talked-about jazz musicians thanks to the  response to Infernal Machines, his Grammy-nominated debut recording featuring the 18-piece big band Secret Society.

Inon Barnatan, piano: Darknesse Visible and Late Schubert is Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. at The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross. Barnatan has rapidly gained international recognition for engaging and communicative performances that pair insightful interpretation with impeccable technique. In 2009, he was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. For tickets to any of the performances, visit dacamera.com.

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Jeffrey Tambor will perform at the Treasures of Texas Gala.

Jeffrey Tambor will perform at the Treasures of Texas Gala.

TREASURES OF TEXAS GALA, NOV. 6

The Treasures of Texas Gala will be held Nov. 6 at River Oaks Country Club. Stage and screen star Jeffrey Tambor will present his one-man show, “Performing Your Life.” The gala will honor Harris County Judge Ed and Gwen Emmett (Ima Hogg Award) and FMC Technologies Inc. (Spirit of Hope Award). “Performing Your Life” is a combination of comedy and interactive Q&A that engages audience members to share their stories and provides insights on how to triumph over one’s self-imposed limitations to discover their full potential and thrive.

Tambor has mastered the art of the character acting and his credits include more than 100 films and hit TV series such as The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested Development and Entourage. He is also accomplished in theater and has taught acting for nearly 40 years.

The 2013 Treasures of Texas Gala is an annual educational and fundraising event that benefits the programs, initiatives, workshops, trainings and professional development opportunities provided to Houstonians as a community service by Mental Health America of Greater Houston, one of the area’s oldest mental health education and advocacy organizations. For more information, visit mhahouston.org.

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UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY MEETING, THIRD SATURDAYS

Are you interested in genealogy? Do you have an ancestor who fought or supplied assistance in the “War Between the States”?  If so, consider joining the The United Daughters of the Confederacy, Varina Howell Davis Chapter 2143. The group meets the third Saturday, September through May, at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church (Hollister and Kempwood) at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Cynthia Hardy at 281-851-0525 or cintex08@hotmail.com.

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Antonio Berni, The Great Temptation, or The Great Illusion (La gran tentación, o La gran ilusión), 1962; oil, wood, burlap, canvas, paper, ornaments, iron, cardboard, plastic, glass, glue, lithographic image and feathers on plywood, Malba – Fundación Costantini, Buenos Aires.

Antonio Berni, The Great Temptation, or The Great Illusion (La gran tentación, o La gran ilusión), 1962; oil, wood, burlap, canvas, paper, ornaments, iron, cardboard, plastic, glass, glue, lithographic image and feathers on plywood, Malba – Fundación Costantini, Buenos Aires.

ANTONIO BERNI’S “JUANITO AND RAMONA” SERIES AT MFAH – BEGINNING NOV 10

Antonio Berni’s “Juanito and Ramona” Series will be on exhibit Nov. 10-Feb. 2 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. This is a groundbreaking exhibition of the work of Argentinean artist Antonio Berni (1905-1981) that chronicles the tales of Juanito Laguna and Ramona Montiel, two fictitious characters Berni created and constructed from trash, machine parts and other discards from everyday life and whose experiences exposed the undercurrents of postwar Argentinean society. For additional information, visit mfah.org.

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MOODY GARDENS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS – BEGINNING NOV 16

Moody Gardens Festival of Lights packs the season with more holiday magic beginning Nov. 16 as the largest holiday lighting event on the Gulf Coast returns for its 12th season. Free to the public, the ceremony opens at 4 p.m. with holiday-themed entertainment from Galveston Ballet plus many other local organizations, including a special Japanese Lantern Parade from Galveston’s sister city, Niigata. Families can welcome Santa at 5 p.m. when he parachutes down from the North Pole to help prepare Moody Gardens for the grand lighting. After a few dazzling performances, Mr. Claus will flip the switch to begin the Festival at 6 p.m. and officially kick off the holiday season on Galveston Island.

At the Festival of Lights, visitors can walk the trail of more than 100 sound-enhanced light and animated displays with holiday music. Guests can also grab an inner tube and plunge down the Festival’s Texas-sized, 100-foot-long Arctic Ice Slide.

The Festival will continue to shine throughout the holiday season Thursdays through Saturdays from Nov. 22 to Dec. 7, before open nightly from Dec. 12 to Jan. 4, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours are 6-10 p.m.

Bring a non-perishable food item every Friday throughout the Festival to receive two-for-one Festival admission. The food will be donated to the Galveston County and Houston Food Bank.

Admission is $6.95, including ice skating admission. Guests can bring their own skates or skate rental is available for $6 with the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket. Special rates for these attractions as well.

Tickets to the Aquarium Pyramid®, Rainforest Pyramid®, MG 3-D Theater, 4-D Special FX Theater, Ridefilm, Discovery Museum, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat and Arctic Ice Slide are available for $6 each with a Festival ticket.

Other special events include the Holiday Gift Market, a Holiday Half Marathon and Family Fun Walk, and “A Magical Christmas 2: Home for the Holidays” dinner and show starring Master Illusionist Curt Miller and Friends. Festival of Lights hotel packages are available starting at $149 per night, plus taxes. Call 1-888-388-8484 for hotel reservations and information about special holiday and group event packages. For information, call 1-800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.

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HABITAT FOR HORSES FUNDRAISER, NOV. 7

The Horse at Home, a fundraiser for Greener Pastures Land Fund, will be held Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. at Area, 3735 Westheimer Road. This equine evening will include beer, wine and barbecue, photographs of Habitat horses for auction by Skeeter Hagler and Kathy Oliver, as well as a concert with Shake Russell, Michael Hearne and the band.

For more than three decades, Texas singer-songwriter Russell has been entertaining audiences with his unique, Americana style of folk-rock. Since the 1970s, Hearne has strolled down a musical path with his acoustic guitar. He was awarded “Singer Songwriter of the Year” by the TMA for 2011.

The evening will also include the debut of The Horse at Home, a new book of prose and photography celebrating the rescue horses living at Habitat for Horses in Hitchcock. All proceeds from the 100-page coffee table book benefits Greener Pastures, the land fund for a permanent home for Habitat for Horses. The book debuts Nov. 7 at Ginger Barber/The Sitting Room and AREA in Houston for a minimum donation of $150.

Funds from the event will raise money for the new home for rescued horses. Tickets are $150 and sponsorship opportunities range from $25,000 to $1,500. For information, contact Rebecca Williams at 409-935-0277 or visit habitatforhorses.org.

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HOUSTON HUMANE SOCIETY EVENTS, BEGINNING NOV. 8

The Houston Humane Society has three events during the month of November. Pets for Vets, Nov. 8-11, provides free adoptions  at Houston Humane Society for all active and retired military personnel in honor of Veteran’s Day.

The 24th Annual Par FORE Pets Golf Tournament will be held Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.  at Sugar Creek Country Club. The event benefits Houston Humane Society.

Stop by the Humane Society Nov. 23 for free pet photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Houston Humane Society is located at 14700 Almeda Road in Houston. For more information on these events, visit houstonhumane.org or call 713-433-6421.

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 NORWEGIAN CHRISTMAS BAZAAR, NOV. 8-10

The Norwegian Christmas Bazaar is set for Nov. 8-10 at Norwegian Seamen’s Church, 4309 Young Street in Pasadena.  Take a trip to Norway in Houston. Unique holiday gifts such as Scandinavian Christmas decorations, trolls, Nisser, Swedish linens and Norwegian jewelry will be available at the bazaar. Attendees can also participate in raffles, a silent auction, and see Folk dancing on Saturday. The bakery will be selling Norwegian specialty cookies and breads and there will be a wide selection of Scandinavian foods for sale.  The cafeteria will be serving “open-faced” sandwiches and cream cakes. Bazaar hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. on Sunday. For information, call 281-998-8366.

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HERMANN PARK CONSERVANCY’S 5K RUN, NOV. 9

Hermann Park Conservancy’s 10th annual run benefiting Hermann Park will be held Nov. 9 at 8 a.m. The 5K course starts at Pioneer Memorial Obelisk in Molly Ann Smith Plaza in Hermann Park between the Jones Reflection Pool and McGovern Lake, 6100 Hermann Park Drive. The event consists of a 5K Run/Walk, a 1K Kids’ Fun Run, and a post-race party around the Pioneer Memorial Obelisk. The 5K run will be chip timed; awards will be distributed to top finishers. Registration for adults is $30 and $15 for kids; advance registration ends Nov. 7. Visit hermannpark.org/run_in_the_park.php to sign up. Registration will also be available on race day for $35, adults and $15, kids.

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Harry Connick Jr

Photo by James Minchin II

HARRY CONNICK JR., NOV. 9

Society for the Performing Arts announced that Grammy and Emmy Award winner, Tony Award nominee and multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick Jr. will come to Houston for one night only, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. in Jones Hall. This Houston stop is part of an 18-city fall tour on the heels of a critically acclaimed album release. Connick exposes his feelings as never before on his 29th album release, Every Man Should Know, which contains 12 original songs for which Connick wrote music, lyrics and arrangements. For tickets, visit spahouston.org.

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Galleria Ice Spectacular

ICE SPECTACULAR AT THE GALLERIA, NOV. 9

The 25th Annual Ice Spectacular at The Galleria will kick off the holiday season Nov. 9 at 6 p.m.with the lighting of its 55-foot Christmas tree featuring 450,000 twinkling lights and 5,000 ornaments in a variety of colors and shapes. The 30-minute tree-lighting show will also feature ice and musical performances, culminating with the lighting of the tree by Skating Santa. Holly Tucker from season four of The Voice will also perform at the event.

Throughout the day, guests can enjoy free holiday entertainment, performances from area schools, face painting and balloon animal stations. For additional information, call 713-622-0663 or visit galleriahouston.com.

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JOSH GROBAN AT TOYOTA CENTER, NOV. 12

With one of the most recognizable voices in the world, the multi-talented Josh Groban will be coming to Houston Nov. 12. Coming off a No. 1 debut with his latest album All That Echoes, and a hilarious supporting role in College Humor’s Coffee Town, Groban is embarking on his “In The Round” tour. The unique show design puts Groban on a 360 degree stage, providing an intimate arena experience for fans to listen to a decade of classics. He will be joined by an ensemble of world class musicians. Visit houstontoyotacenter.com to purchase tickets.

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FASHION HOUSTON 2013, NOV. 12-15

Fashion Houston 2013 is featuring some of the world’s most influential international designers as it roars into Houston’s Wortham Theater Center Nov. 12-15. Aiming to secure the Bayou City’s position as a world-class destination for fashion, organizers have secured more than a dozen top name designers including Nicole Miller, Johnny Talbot and Adrian Runhof as well as emerging talents for the whirlwind week of fashion activities.

Also returning this year are local designers David Peck and Chloe Dao. Peck has worked for renowned fashion houses such as Paco Rabanne, Junichi Hakamaki, and Robert Normand in Paris before moving back to Houston to start his collection, CrOp; Dao is the Project Runway Season 2 champion, who recently rebranded her Lot 8 store name with Dao Chloe Dao, the label sewn into all of her designs. Ticket prices range from $24-$274 and can be purchased at FashionHouston.net.

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ANGELS OF HOPE LUNCHEON & FASHION PRESENTATION, DEC. 3

Friends of Child Advocates’ Angels of Hope Luncheon & Fashion Presentation by Neiman Marcus will be held Dec. 3 at Westin Galleria Hotel, Grand Ballroom. A reception begins at 11:30 a.m. and is followed at noon with a fashion show and luncheon. The event benefits Child Advocates Inc. For information, visit childadvocates.org or call 713-529-1396, ext. 234.

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TEXAS CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN, NOV. 19

Join thousands of women leaders at the 14th Annual Texas Conference for Women, the largest women’s conference in the state and one of the largest in the country. Themed “The Power of Possibilities: Define Your Own Success,” the Nov. 19 event at the Austin Convention Center will feature nationally recognized speakers who will focus on leadership, career advancement, small business/entrepreneurship, personal development, social media, health and wellness, personal finance and more.

Keynote speakers include Jenny Lawson, founder of The Bloggess and author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened; Vernã Myers, nationally recognized diversity expert and author of What if I Say the Wrong Thing?; Rachael Ray, celebrity chef, author and businesswoman; and Esmeralda Santiago, award-winning author and filmmaker. To register, visit txconferenceforwomen.org.

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A.D. PLAYERS PRODUCTIONS, BEGINNING NOV. 20

A.D. Players presents Gold, Frankincense, Christmas Tree Ornaments, and Myrrh by Thomas Ohlson from Nov. 20-Dec. 29. Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. with two Saturday matinees at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 14 and Dec. 21. Preview performances are Nov. 20-21.

This witty retelling of the nativity story and the boyhood of Christ follows a fourth wiseman who completely misses the point. When a star as bright as the sun appears in the sky, the wiseman and his servant boy set out to find the king whose birth has been foretold. Planning along the way how best to capitalize on the momentous occasion, they arrive in Bethlehem, but will the wiseman find what he is looking for? Each Thursday (except Preview) following the performance, the audience is invited to stay and visit with the cast and creative team about the play.

The Children’s Theater presents The Pass-It-On Christmas by Will Ledesma with performances Nov. 26-Dec. 21. Tickets to either production can be purchased online at adplayers.org or by calling 713-526-2721.

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Greeks in Houston

GREEKS IN HOUSTON REVEALS HISTORY OF GREEK IMMIGRANTS

Dr. Constantina Michalos and Irene Cassis have co-authored Greeks in Houston. It is the history of the Greek immigrants who came to this country and worked hard to forge new lives for themselves even as they maintained their Greek identity and Orthodox faith.

The efforts of many of the founders are immortalized in the buildings that constitute the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral complex. Their names remind society of their hard work and commitment to establishing their koinonia (communion) in Houston. There are many other names that have gone unremarked over the decades for their tenacity and dedication. And there are the new generations who inherited this legacy and keep it vibrant through the stewardship of their faith and culture.

Cassis is the director of religious education of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral and the coordinator of religious education for the Metropolis of Denver. Dr. Michalos earned her doctorate in literature at Rice University and is visiting assistant professor of English and director of tutorial services at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. The authors selected images from current and former residents, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral archives, and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center of the Houston Public Library.

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HOLIDAY HOME TOURS

Get in the spirit of the holidays with a tour of Rienzi, the house museum for European decorative arts for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, while the home is decorated for the holidays. Docents will guide visitors through the house, highlighting the Masterson family Christmas ornaments. Guests will enjoy live seasonal music and a reception of holiday treats including wine and eggnog. Tours will take place Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Rienzi, 1406 Kirby Drive. Admission is $15 for MFAH members and $20 for non-members. Reservations are required. Visit mfah.org/calendar or call 713-639-7800 for more information.

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Antiques dealer Olivier Fleury; 18th century Louis XVI commode made of walnut and cherry.

Antiques dealer Olivier Fleury; 18th century Louis XVI commode made of walnut and cherry.

61ST ANNUAL THETA CHARITY ANTIQUES SHOW, NOV. 21-24

Known as one of the top antiques shows in the country, the 61st Annual Theta Charity Antiques Show “Gardens and Grandeur” will take place Nov. 21-24 at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A. For four days, shopping enthusiasts and antiques aficionados will be able to peruse the best antiques from fine art to furniture showcased by premier antiques dealers around the world.

The show is a shopping paradise for the experienced antiques collector with 50 premier dealers from the U.S. and Europe.  Also, shoppers new to antiquing will find pieces at affordable prices at the new collector’s booth.

This year’s speakers include: Celerie Kemble, known for her expertise in home interiors, will kick off the Bobby Sue Smith Cohn Forum Lecture Series, Nov. 21, 10:30 a.m.; Elissa “Ellie” Cullman, author, designer and founding partner at Cullman & Kravis Inc., and Tracey Pruzan will discuss their decorating style and new book, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.; interior designer Bunny Williams will speak at the Nov. 22 luncheon at 11 a.m.; Danielle Rollins will speak about her book Soirée Entertaining with Style on Nov. 23 at 10:30 a.m.; and Alexa Hampton, president of Mark Hampton , LLC, her father’s iconic interior design company, will speak about her books at the Lecture Series on Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. Each event requires a separate ticket and fee.

Tickets to the show are $10 at the door for all four days and can be purchased in advance at ThetaCharityAntiquesShow.com. Show hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.

A special preview party sponsored by Comerica will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20,  7-10 p.m. Tickets are $200. The cost for Theta Alumnae 35 years and younger is $35 per individual.

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Carolers at Bayou Bend Yuletide.

Carolers at Bayou Bend Yuletide.

“YULETIDE: HOLIDAY TIME AT BAYOU BEND,” BEGINNING NOV. 26

“Yuletide: Holiday Time at Bayou Bend” transforms Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens into a winter wonderland from Nov. 26-Jan. 1 with festive lighting and historic recreations of holiday moments from the 17th to the 20th century. This year’s exhibition includes a room dedicated to early American children’s toys, as well as vignettes of opulence in the dining room and the chillman parlor that celebrate the America of the 1830s. The house is open Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day; open New Year’s Day) for visitors to tour the special holiday-themed rooms on the first floor. Most days, the second floor is also open for touring. Docent-guided tours are available on certain days.

The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra Yuletide Concert is Dec. 9 at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission is $50, including drinks and light bites. Seating is limited and advance purchase is required. Call 713-639-7750
for reservations to any of the events or admission prices.

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TURKEY TROT, NOV. 28

The 21st Annual TXU Energy Turkey Trot’s online registration is now open. The race takes place Thanksgiving morning (Nov. 28) and starts and ends at Dillards by the Galleria on Westheimer and Post Oak.

Last year’s Trot saw a record year, grossing more than $600,000 in support for seniors and drawing almost 14,000 participants. This year, TXU Energy, Sheltering Arms and Neighborhood Centers, plan to break that record with the most proceeds ever raised and more than 15,000 trotters.

Visit HoustonTurkeyTrot.org for full updates including race and fundraising details.

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UPTOWN HOUSTON HOLIDAY LIGHTING, NOV. 28

The 28th Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting will be held Thanksgiving evening, Nov. 28. To kick off the holiday season, Santa will make his annual appearance to light up more than one-half million lights on 80 trees lining Post Oak Boulevard and area building rooftops. The free event begins at 4 p.m. followed by live entertainment at 5 p.m. The event will take place on Post Oak Boulevard between San Felipe and Westheimer. The evening culminates with a fireworks extravaganza at 7 p.m. For information, call 713-621-2504 or visit uptown-houston.com.

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THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE, NOV. 28

Kick off the holiday festivities with Houston’s Thanksgiving Day Parade presented by H-E-B on Thursday, Nov. 28. This year’s tribute celebrates Houston on Parade with a stellar showcase of the city’s finest — from fashion, food and heroes to culture, sports and talent adding vibrant life to this 64-year tradition. The event will include Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Santa Claus, marching bands, new floats and towering inflatables, community groups and more. Gates open at 7 a.m. and the parade starts at 9 a.m. in downtown Houston. Easy access parking is available along the route. Metro buses will be running on holiday schedule. For route and schedule information, visit ridemetro.org or call 713-635-4000. For information, visit houstontx.gov.

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TEXAS RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL, THROUGH DEC. 1

The country’s largest and most acclaimed Renaissance Festival takes guests back in time to interact with royal courts, pirates, fairies, musicians and even barbarians. The 39th annual Texas Renaissance Festival will be held weekends and Thanksgiving Friday through Dec. 1.

The Texas Renaissance Festival is an interactive theme park that embraces different eras, including the 16th century and beyond. The 55-acre theater houses live entertainment, food, fun and professional actors who engage with Festival guests through live performances and improvisational activities. On Nov. 5 and 6 the Festival holds its annual School Days, an educational opportunity for students, teachers and chaperones to enjoy age-appropriate shows and activities. A variety of food vendors will be on site offering everything from traditional fare to meals from around the world.There are also new improvements to Festival grounds and entertainment selection including a new Falconers Stage, games and rides, remodeled artisan’s quarters; expanded roads to ease traffic congestion; and added campground amenities including new showers.

More than 400 actors make up the performance company who intermingle with guests daily as well as perform scheduled acts. Artists such as candle makers, blacksmiths and glass blowers demonstrate their unique crafts throughout the weekend. Hundreds of artisans and merchants adorn Festival grounds selling everything from costumes and art to children’s toys and musical instruments.The Grande March Parade takes place at noon each day of the Festival featuring each kingdom’s royal courts. There are daily food eating competitions and a firework show starts at dusk to close the day’s festivities.

Tickets are on sale both online and via phone at 800-458-3435, and at various outlets. For information, visit texrenfest.com.

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Featured on the tour is the Wilson Home, 716 W. 15th Street, a quaint Cottage rescued from the wrecking ball and renovated to reflect its nostalgic past while providing modern-day amenities.

Featured on the tour is the Wilson Home, 716 W. 15th Street, a quaint Cottage rescued from the wrecking ball and renovated to reflect its nostalgic past while providing modern-day amenities.

HOUSTON HEIGHTS HOLIDAY HOME TOUR, DEC. 6-7

The 2013 Houston Heights Holiday Home Tour, “In the New Old-Fashioned Way,” is set for Dec. 6-7 and the “Rockin’ Holiday Party” will be held Dec. 5. The Tour provides a rare opportunity to look inside five unique spaces that reflect the rich Houston Heights architectural tradition of this charming neighborhood. Tour homes will be decorated for the holidays with musicians and carolers adding to the festivities.

Tour headquarters will be the Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station, 107 W. 12th Street at Yale where visitors can explore the Holiday Craft Market, listen to live music, and enjoy a bite from one of the food trucks. At the market, attendees can purchase $12 limited edition Houston Heights ornament. Shuttle buses to the tour homes will be available at Tour Headquarters and parking will be available close by.

Tour hours are 6-9 p.m. on Friday and 3-9 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $20 until Dec. 5 and are available online at houstonheights.org and at area shops including Davis Hardware, Jubilee, Another Place in Time and Buchanan’s Native Plants. Tickets purchased on tour days will be available at participating area shop locations and the Houston Heights Fire Station for $25. The complete list of homes on the tour is also available on the website.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, from 7-10 p.m., a ’50s-style party and fundraiser will be held at the newly renovated historic Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station. Attendees will enjoy food and drinks, live music and a holiday-themed silent auction. Ticketholders for the Rockin Holiday Party will receive a private tour of the homes from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $75, with all proceeds benefiting the Houston Heights Association. Tickets to this party are limited and can be purchased on the website.


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