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The Arts & Happenings December 2010


DICKENS ON THE STRAND

BEGINNING DEC 04

Galveston Island’s most famous holiday event recreates the Victorian London of Charles Dickens during the weekend of Dec. 4-5. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday. Characters from Dickens’ novels walk the streets and food and entertainment fill the area with sights and smells that take guests back to another era.

Presented by the Galveston Historical Foundation, Dickens on The Strand is an enchanted journey featuring hundreds of costumed vendors and performers.

Centered in Galveston’s The Strand National Historic Landmark District, the family festival includes parades, non-stop entertainment on the festival’s stages, plus strolling carolers and roving street musicians, bagpipers and entertainers. Additionally, costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with tasty culinary delights and Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items.

Adult tickets purchased at the gate are $12; children ages 7-12 are $6; and children under 7 are free. Visitors to the festival dressed in Victorian-era costumes will be admitted for half-price at the gate.

Go to www.galvestonhistory.org/Dickens for more information.

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Enjoy the festivities at the lighting of Houston’s official holiday tree on Dec. 3.

 

MAYOR ANNISE PARKER’S HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

DEC 03

Come watch Houston’s famous skyline come to life with music, lights and fireworks at the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration on Friday, Dec. 3. The festive show will be on the upper plaza at City Hall, 901 Bagby at 6 pm. with tree lighting and fireworks at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Mayor’s Holiday Celebration is a long-standing tradition with music, festivities, fireworks and the lighting of the official holiday tree sponsored by Reliant Energy.

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Her Treasures by Susenne Telage

WAS-H ANNUAL SMALL PAINTINGS EXHIBIT

BEGINNING DEC 07

Members of The Watercolor Art Society-Houston are hosting their annual Small Paintings Exhibit juried by noted artist and curator Katherine Veneman on Dec. 10 from 6-8 p.m. with a free reception.

The exhibit will be on view Dec. 7-Jan. 6.The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Make-A-Wish will be the recipient of a WAS-H donation made possible by artists and viewers alike through the sales of the watermedia artworks on exhibit. This event features small paintings that are affordable.

For additional information, call 713-942-9966 or go to www.watercolorhouston.org.

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Andrea Bocelli

ANDREA BOCELLI PERFORMS WITH HOUSTON SYMPHONY

DEC 08

The Houston Symphony and Houston Symphony Chorus will perform with world-renowned and beloved Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli in a special, one-night-only concert on Dec. 8 at Toyota Center.

Making his Houston Symphony debut, Bocelli returns to Houston with this performance after nearly10 years. His concert will celebrate much of the repertoire the classical crossover singer has made world-famous over his incredible career, as well as music from his latest CD, My Christmas, giving fans a stirring evening of world famous arias with a truly heart-warming and captivating welcome to the holidays.

For more information on ticket sales or how to become a subscriber, call 713-224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org.

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ALLEGRO BALLET OF HOUSTON PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER

BEGINNING DEC 18

Allegro Ballet of Houston will present its eighth annual full-length performances of The Nutcracker on Dec. 18-19 at Westside High School on Briar Forest Drive. Performances on Saturday are 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, call 281-496-4670 or go to www.allegroballetofhouston.com.

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YULETIDE AT BAYOU BEND

THROUGH DEC 29

Deck the halls, it’s Yuletide at Bayou Bend. This annual transformation brings festive lighting to the gardens and holiday delights to eight of the mansion’s rooms decorated with historic recreations of celebratory moments from the 17th-20th centuries.

Bayou Bend will be open late on select special nights for guests to enjoy the festive lights and decorations. Tour the holiday-themed exhibition on the first floor of the house or relax outside with a cup of hot cider and enjoy music and holiday cheer.

Keeping with the tradition of the season, guests are met with carolers and holiday refreshments. Be sure not to miss the new Shop at Bayou Bend, located in the visitor center. Proceeds from purchases support Bayou Bend’s operations and programs. The Shop will be open Tuesday-Sunday during the day and open late for Candlelight Tours.

Admission varies by day and time. Visit www.mfah.org/bayoubend for a complete schedule of dates or call 713-639-7758 for ticket prices.

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KAPPA KAPPA GAMMA HOLIDAY PILGRIMAGE,

BEGINNING DEC. 1

The Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Pilgrimage 2010 kicks off on Dec.1 at River Oaks Country Club with a jazz brunch featuring traditional New Orleans cuisine. Celebrated cookbook author and speaker Martha Foose will entertain guests with recipes and stories featured in her cookbook, Sweet Tea and Screen Porches.

The Home Tour, underwritten by Central Market, is scheduled for Dec. 3-4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Dec. 5, noon-4 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and include admission to all four River Oaks homes. Advance tickets can be purchased at Bering’s Hardware, Central Market, Cornelius Nursery, Rice Epicurean Markets and River Oaks Plant House. Tickets can also be purchased at any of the homes. For additional information, go to www.houstonkappas.org or call Kim Rexford at 713-622-2266.

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WORLD AIDS DAY LUNCHEON,

DEC. 1

AIDS Foundation Houston Inc., Houston’s oldest and largest AIDS service organization, is hosting its annual luncheon to commemorate World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. at Hilton-Americas Houston. This year’s luncheon chair is celebrity makeup artist Edward Sanchez of Edward Sanchez Cosmetics and honorary chair Dr. Carolyn Farb.

Continuing their decade-long commitment to AIDS Foundation Houston, Chevron Corporation and its employees are sponsors of the World AIDS Day Luncheon.

Individual tickets are $250 and $500. Tables range from $2,500-$10,000. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Nathan Kasselder at 713-623-6796, ext. 278.

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THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER,

DEC. 3-4

University of Houston’s Theatre for Young Audiences presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on Dec. 3-4 at the Wortham Theatre. This classic follows the story of a church’s annual Christmas pageant and the role of the Herdman kids. Watch as they discover the meaning of Christmas and encounter a few hilarious setbacks along the way.

For additional information, call 713-743-2929 or go to www.theatre­dance.uh.edu.

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HOLIDAY ON 19TH,

DEC. 3

Thousands are expected to stroll 19th Street in Houston’s own Historic Downtown Heights as the 19th Street merchants present their annual “Holiday on 19th.” Enjoy food and refreshments, strolling carolers, live music and more. Shops feature cool fashions for men and women, original works of art, fun and unique gifts, home furnishings and antiques.

The event is set for 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3. The shops are located on 19th Street between Shepherd and Yale, exit from I-10 or Loop 610.

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THE QUILTMAKER’S GIFT AND THE GIFT OF THE MAGI,

BEGINNING DEC. 3

Houston Family Arts Center continues its sixth season of bringing family-friendly entertainment to Houston with its Mainstage Christmas production
of The Quiltmaker’s Gift and The Gift of the Magi opening at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, and running through Sunday, Dec. 19.

The first act, The Quiltmaker’s Gift, is based on the bestselling book by Jeff Brumbeau and illustrated by Gail deMarcken. The second act, The Gift of the Magi, is based on O. Henry’s famous short story.

Performances are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. on Sundays on the HFAC Garza Mainstage in the Houston Family Arts Center at 10760 Grant Road in Houston.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.houstonfac.com.

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SYMPHONY NORTH HOUSTON CHRISTMAS FAVORITES,

DEC. 4

Symphony North of Houston, in its 36th season of bringing fine classical music to the Northwest Houston area, will host Christmas Favorites on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. at Northwood Presbyterian Church, 3320 FM 1960 West, Houston. Admission is free although donations are welcome.

Symphony North of Houston provides an opportunity for the community to enjoy and build their appreciation for fine classical music that is accessible to all. For more information, visit www.symphonynorth.org.

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HOUSTON CHAMBER CHOIR PERFORMANCES,

BEGINNING DEC. 4

Houston Chamber Choir gives voice to the beauty of the holiday season with two special concerts: Hallelujah! Handel and Vivaldi at Christmas, and Christmas at the Villa. For the first time in six years Houston Chamber Choir will perform the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah and the well-loved Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi. This one-night-only performance will be held on Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Blvd. in Houston

The following weekend, Houston Chamber Choir returns with performances of Christmas at the Villa on Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m., followed by two performances on Dec. 12 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Joining the Chamber Choir will be the Quartus Chamber Players and the Treble Choir of Houston under the direction of Marianna Parnas-Simpson. The Chapel of the Villa de Matel is located at 6510 Lawndale Ave. in Houston.

Individual tickets are $35; seniors 65 and older are $30. Tickets are available online at www.houstonchamberchoir.org or by calling 713-224-5566.

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THE ARTFUL CORNER’S HOLIDAY MARKET & OPEN HOUSE,

DEC. 4-5

Bring joy this holiday season to a child affected by HIV/AIDS by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to The Artful Corner’s Annual Holiday Market & Open House, Dec. 4-5. The Artful Corner, 3423 White Oak Drive in the Heights, will be collecting toys for AIDS Foundation Houston’s Annual Red Ribbon Toy Drive. This holiday shopping event is Saturday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday noon-6 p.m.

The Market & Open House offer the unique opportunity to meet the artists and purchase their handcrafted work. Each room at The Artful Corner will be overflowing with gift ideas for everyone on your list: ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, cards, home accessories and outdoor art. Give the gift of art and know that a portion of all proceeds will be donated to AIDS Foundation Houston.

Admission is free. For more information, call The Artful Corner at 713-426-4278 or visit www.TheArtfulCorner.com.

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FIRST SATURDAY ARTS MARKET,

DEC. 4

Houston’s only monthly outdoor art and fine craft show is a staple of the Heights art scene. Nearly every art medium is represented, including artist-designed clothing; cards and stationery; oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings; international photography and jewelry of unparalleled quality. Artists working in glass, ceramic, paper, metal and wood can be found at the market, offering work in a variety of styles.

Located on the Wind Water Gallery parking lot at 548 West 19th St. at Lawrence Street, the market is open year around on the first Saturday of each month, 6-10 p.m. from June through September, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. October through May. Admission and nearby parking are free.

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THE KING’S SINGERS,

DEC. 7

Houston Friends of Music presents The King’s Singers on Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. The King’s Singers will once again delight with holiday and traditional choral music in Stude Concert Hall at Rice University Shepherd School of Music.

This group of six incredibly talented vocalists amaze the listener with a sound that encompasses the depth and breadth of an orchestra while sharing as intimately as a string quartet.

To purchase tickets, call 713-348-5400 or visit www.HoustonFriends­ofChamber­Music.org.

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THE CHRISTMAS REVELS,

BEGINNING DEC. 11

Revels Houston presents its 20th annual production of The Christmas Revels, focusing on the traditions and legends of the Celts this year. The Winter Solstice celebration will draw from songs, dance, poetry, myths, stories and games of the Celtic regions of Europe, including Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France and England.

Six performances will take place over two weekends, Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 18-19, on the University of Houston campus in the Wortham Theater, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.

Call 713-668-3303 or visit www.revelshouston.org to find out more.

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YULETIDE CHAMBER CONCERT AT BAYOU BEND,

DEC. 13

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra will present a Yuletide chamber music concert overlooking the Diana Garden on Monday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. Enjoy pastries, fruit, cider and coffee inside a festive Terrace Tent with a lively holiday performance by the ROCO Brass Quintet.

The mansion will open at 9:30 a.m. for a peek at the 2010 Yuletide exhibit and will reopen for 30 minutes following the concert.

Tickets are $45 in advance and can be purchased at mfah.org/bayoubend or by calling 713-639-7758. Space is limited; reservations are required.

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HANDEL’S MESSIAH IN CANDLELIGHT,

DEC. 17-19

Rejoice greatly as the Houston tradition of Handel’s Messiah in Candlelight continues from Dec. 17-19 at Jones Hall. Every year, the symphony brings this holiday favorite, refreshed by the interpretation of a new guest conductor. Guests will hear favorite arias and choruses from For Unto Us A Child Is Born to the majestic Hallelujah chorus. Enhanced lighting will create an ambiance invoking the candle-lit style of Handel’s 1700s. Go to www.houstonsymphony.org for more information.

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LITTLEST ANGEL,

THROUGH DEC. 23

A.D. Players Children’s Theater presents the Littlest Angel with performances through Dec. 23. Based on the book by Charles Tazewell, this classic Christmas story of a little angel who goes from celestial pest to the toast of the heavenly host is brought to life in this endearing, inspirational musical. The story follows the Littlest Angel, from his reluctant entry into heaven to a joyous conclusion, teaching all that the best kind of Christmas gift is one given from the heart.

Show times are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. with additional performances at 1 p.m. on Dec. 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 15, 18, and 21, and select performances Dec. 20 at 10:30 a.m. and Dec. 17 at 7 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.adplayers.org, at the A.D. Players Box Office, 2710 W. Alabama, or by calling 713-526-2721.

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FOREVER PLAID: PLAID TIDINGS,

THROUGH DEC. 23

The Texas Repertory Theatre Co. presents Plaid Tidings: The Forever Plaid Christmas Show with four performances a week through Dec. 23.

Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings is a tune-filled show of Christmas standards that have been “plaid-erized.”A charming, enjoyable musical for the entire family, Plaid Tidings will have you tapping your feet and celebrating the holiday spirit with lush vocal harmonies and hilarious hijinks.

For tickets or more information, call 281-583-7573 or log onto www.texreptheatre.org.

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THE NEIL DIAMOND TRIBUTE SHOW,

DEC. 30-31

The Texas Repertory Theatre Co. continues its tradition of holiday family entertainment with a special, limited engagement of The Neil Diamond Tribute Show, direct from Branson, Mo. Featuring Neil Diamond look- and sound-alike Keith Allyn, along with comedian Debi Diamond and the world’s smallest Elvis impersonator, The Neil Diamond Tribute is an electrifying way to start the new year with the family.

Performances will be held Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 31, 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. The 9 p.m. performance includes a catered buffet and champagne.

For tickets or more information, call 281-583-7573 or visit www.texreptheatre.org.

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CHRISTMAS UNWRAPPED AT A.D. PLAYERS,

THROUGH DEC. 30

Christmas Unwrapped is a collection of hilarious holiday comedies by Jeannette Clift George and runs through Dec. 30. Showtimes are select Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.; and two Saturday matinees on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11.

It’s a Christmas fun-for-all when the audience selects the evening’s shows. Each night the cast will perform three of these four touching and hilarious one-act plays, but which ones remains a secret until the audience selects. Surprising and uproarious, these holiday treats include a misplaced angel; two lonely retirees; one woman’s lifetime of Christmases; and a troupe of actors whose show must go on. All find friendship, joy, and the true meaning of Christmas in the most unlikely circumstances.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.adplayers.org or by calling 713-526-2721.


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