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Dancer Allison Miller and artist of Houston Ballet Photo - Amitava Sarkar courtesy of Houston Ballet

Dancer Allison Miller and artist of Houston Ballet (Photo – Amitava Sarkar courtesy of Houston Ballet)

HOUSTON BALLET PRESENTS FINAL SEASON OF BEN STEVENSON’S THE NUTCRACKER, NOV. 27-DEC. 27

From Nov. 27–Dec. 27 Houston Ballet bids farewell to Ben Stevenson’s beloved production of The Nutcracker. Created by Artistic Director Emeritus Ben Stevenson, with designs by acclaimed designer Desmond Heeley, this ballet performance has been Houston’s premiere holiday tradition since 1987. Over 1,000,000 people have seen the production since its premiere 29 years ago and have watched in rapture as the story has unfolded before them. In 2016, Houston Ballet will premiere a new version of The Nutcracker by Artistic Director Stanton Welch, featuring all-new sets and costumes.

The story of The Nutcracker has a special place in Houston Ballet’s repertory as the first full-length work to enter Houston Ballet’s repertoire in a staging by Frederic Franklin, featuring scenery and costumes by the English designer Peter Farmer. The company gave six performances in 1972 at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, and has danced the work each December without fail for the following 44 years.

Houston Ballet will give 34 performances of Ben Stevenson’s version of The Nutcracker, to a live orchestra, in the Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston. Tickets may be purchased by calling 713-227-2787 or logging on to   houstonballet.org.

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A spectacular fireworks display is in the works for the annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting event.

A spectacular fireworks display is in the works for the annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting event.

30TH ANNUAL UPTOWN HOUSTON HOLIDAY LIGHTING, NOV. 26

For more than a decade, Pyrotecnico has turned the Houston skies into a dazzling fireworks display of color and light for the 30th annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting. The family-owned business will once again bring its talent and fireworks acumen to the Thanksgiving night event on Thursday, Nov. 26, blending state-of-the-art technology and technicolor artistry.

Pyrotecnico uses satellite-linked GPS clocks on three area hotels, ensuring the fireworks shoot in perfect synchronicity. Each minute of a choreographed fireworks display takes approximately an hour to design, and Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting planners work with the Pyrotecnico team every year to create a fireworks display soundtrack that entertains and inspires.

For the last 29 years, “Boulevard Bob” Luevano has made sure every light twinkles perfectly at the Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting. As the man behind the trees, Luevano is responsible for carefully executing the installation and maintenance of 80 holiday trees, the half-million tree lights and the 30-foot Garland Tree on Post Oak Boulevard and Loop 610 that is decorated with more than 80,000 lights. Luevano and his crew are also responsible for testing the tree lights and polishing more than 320 chrome tree bases each year.

The 30th Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting celebration starts at 4 p.m. with the excitement growing throughout the evening in anticipation of Santa’s arrival and the illumination of 500,000 lights on 80 trees along Post Oak Boulevard and surrounding Uptown area. The spectacular fireworks extravaganza presented by Carnan Properties begins at 7 p.m. The celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, visit uptown-houston.com.

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“POUR & EXPLORE” WINE WALK EVENT, DEC. 1

Rice Village will debut its “Pour & Explore” Wine Walk on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 4 – 9 p.m. benefiting The Children’s Assessment Center. Guests can window shop or browse among the shopping destination’s fashion boutiques bordered by Kirby Drive, University Boulevard, Times Boulevard and Nottingham Drive while enjoying wine flights and gourmet bites as paired by local wine maker and Rice University alumnus Ryan Levy of Nice Winery. Guests attending the event also will receive a gift bag with retailer offers, product samples and a take-home commemorative wine glass. Plus, pop artist Jon Garner will showcase his original works of pop art on reclaimed Texas wood.

Donations for Rice Village’s “Pour & Explore” Wine Walk are $25 each and can be given on-site at the event or in advance at Nice Winery, 2901 West Sam Houston Parkway North (nicewines.com) or through The Children’s Assessment Center website at cachouston.org. Admission includes a complimentary four-hour parking voucher.

For a list of participating retailers and for more details, visit ricevillagedistrict.com.

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Winter Celebrations: Exploring Lunar New Year. (Photo - Pin Lim/Forest Photography)

Winter Celebrations: Exploring Lunar New Year. (Photo – Pin Lim/Forest Photography)

HAA’S FOLKLIFE + TRADITIONAL ARTS PRESENTS WINTER CELEBRATIONS, DEC. 2- FEB. 16

Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Tradi­tional Arts program presents Winter Cele­brations, a trio of installations, along with live performances and interactive events centered on the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Lunar New Year and the African-American trail riders who help kick off the annual Livestock Show and Rodeo.

These distinctive traditions share more than a season — they are all public, participatory, festive events involving parade-like processional activities, music and dance, and fancy garb or costume.

This season, all events associated with Winter Celebrations will take place at Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston , 3400 Main Street, Houston’s newest, innovative art space. All events are free and open to the public. They include:

Dec. 2-8 Winter Celebrations: Observing the Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe

Catholics the world over venerate the Virgin of Guadalupe, but She is especially revered by Mexicans. Her feast day on December 12 is celebrated in Houston in private homes, in neighborhood parishes and in a huge downtown procession that attracts scores of religious dance groups that come to honor Her. Programs and installation will explore the artful practices of devotion associated with this holiday. Open­ing reception is Dec. 3, 6–8 p.m. with food, drink, music and devotional dance.

January 13-19 Winter Celebra­tions: Exploring Lunar New Year

The Chinese and Vietnamese Lunar New Year is based on a lunar cycle that falls between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20 on the Gregorian calendar. Its celebration incites spectacular preparations, performances and displays at temples, businesses and personal residences throughout the city. A weeklong evocation of the spirit of this complex cultural event will be presented. Open­ing reception is Jan. 14, 6-8 p.m. with food, drink, lion dancing and more.

Monday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Winter Celebrations Family Day

A special celebration with mariachi music, devotional dance, zydeco, lion dancing, calligraphy and paper cutting demonstrations and more.

 

Winter Celebrations: Honoring Houston’s African-American Trail Riders. (Photo - Debra Ham)

Winter Celebrations: Honoring Houston’s African-American Trail Riders. (Photo – Debra Ham)

Feb. 10-16 – Winter Celebrations: Honoring Houston’s African-American Trail Riders

Every year, as winter draws to a close, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo opens with more than a dozen trail ride associations traversing the region and meeting in downtown for the opening parade. This presentation will unpack the city’s rural heritage, its role in the black cowboy story and the art of the ride. Opening reception is Feb. 11, 6-8 p.m. with food, drink and a zydeco dance.

Bank of America is the lead presenting sponsor for the entire Winter Celebrations series and for the free Family Day on Jan. 18. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Houston Endowment.

Visit houstonartsalliance.com/folklife/ for more information.

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Thomas Prior as Bob Cratchit.

Thomas Prior as Bob Cratchit.

CLASSICAL THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS A CHRISTMAS CAROL, DEC. 2-24

The Classical Theatre Company, 4617 Montrose Blvd., has announced its special holiday production: a return of last season’s critically acclaimed original adaption of Charles Dickens’ holiday ghost story, A Christmas Carol, Dec. 2–24.

The novella by Dickens was originally published in 1843, and follows the familiar story of redemption of the stonehearted Ebenezer Scrooge. This original adaptation of this holiday classic creates a unique and visceral experience for its audiences. This script is very strongly tied to the great and famous words that Dickens penned nearly 175 years ago. Adapted by CTC Executive Artistic Director John Johnston and Resident Company Artist Matthew Keenan, they were drawn to this iconic piece of literature through various productions in which they both were actors.

A Christmas Carol is to be directed by CTC Resident Artist and award-nominated director Philip Hays. Rounding out the creative team are CTC veteran artists Macy Lyne on costumes, Ryan McGettigan on scenery, and Dustin Tannahill on lighting. Hays, McGettigan, and Lyne have teamed up before on dynamic CTC productions of Ubu Roi, and Doctor Faustus.

Ticket prices are general admission $30, seniors $15, teachers/students/­industry $10 and are available at classicaltheatre.org.

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houston heights association holiday home tour

HOUSTON HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION 2015 HOLIDAY HOME TOUR, DEC. 4-5

The Houston Heights Association’s Holiday Home Tour, “I’ll be Home for the Holidays,” will take place on Friday, Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, 3-9 p.m.

From the oldest home, built in 1919, to the newest built in 1994, these homes all share a common goal of combining modern living with the diverse, eclectic lifestyle for which the Houston Heights is known. All dressed up for the holidays, the homes are sure to provide a nostalgic look of Christmas.

The Homes on the Tour:

Sartor Home – 2222 Cortlandt. Most recently purchased in 2010, the circa-1940 home has gone through a complete, down-to-the-studs renovation and expansion. Owners Daniel and Kathryn Hodge Sartor describe their home as a modern, midcentury, eclectic-style bungalow.

Klaybor Home – 1615 Cortlandt. Michael and Gayle Klaybor put their mark on the kitchen and baths of this many-times-over lovingly renovated 95-year-old home, which features a beautiful stained-glass window over the master bath and an 18th century fountain from a Japanese Shinto Temple in the backyard.

Silkwood and Milnarich Home – 706 Mosby Circle. In keeping with the Italianate-style of homes on this reclaimed residential cul-de-sac, Chris Silkwood and Gary Milnarich contracted with Sterling Victorian Homes to build 706 Mosby Circle in 1994 on a 14,000-square-foot lot.

Whitfield Home – 915 Heights Blvd. Newlyweds Colby and Heather Whitfield purchased this circa-1919 Queen Anne-style bungalow in 2009 and fully renovated and right-sized the home for a modern family in 2014. Taking great care to match original features both inside and out resulted in the Whitfield Home’s nomination for an HHA Community Improvement Award.

The historic Houston Heights Fire Station, located at 107 W. 12th Street at Yale has once again been designated Home Tour Head­quarters, where visitors can board shuttle buses to the tour homes. Parking will be available nearby.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. Advance tickets may be purchased online, or at select Houston Heights partner vendor locations: Buchanan’s Native Plants, Jubilee, and Another Place in Time. Day-of-the-tour tickets may be purchased at the Fire Station at 12th and Yale.

For more information and tickets, visit houstonheights.org.

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The ASID Holiday Showhouse will be open for visitation select dates in December.

The ASID Holiday Showhouse will be open for visitation select dates in December.

ASID HOLIDAY SHOWHOUSE, DEC. 5-6, 10-13 AND 17-20

The Texas Gulf Coast Chapter (TGCC) of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the dates for its Holiday Showhouse located at 54 North Windsail Place in The Woodlands. This home will be designed and furnished by some of the most talented designers from TGCC ASID.

The open house will take place on Dec. 5-6, 10-13 and 17-20 with the hours as follows: Thursdays – Fridays, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; and Sundays, noon–5 p.m. The showhouse will close after tours on Sunday, Dec. 20.

ASID has presented showhouses across the Houston metroplex since beginning in 1975 and first showcased a home in The Woodlands in 1998. This will be the fourth Woodlands holiday showhouse and the first major renovation of an estate home. The other three showhomes in The Woodlands were new construction.

A design committee works with all of the designers to maintain a flow to the home while at the same time allowing each designer to bring their own creativity to the project. This home and its setting are unique in that the land is over an acre and boasts over 300 feet of lake frontage. Additionally, the back of the home faces east, so the home is basked in light. The three-story home resembles a castle sitting amidst beautifully manicured lawns, complete with water features and bronze statues to a negative edge pool and a floating boat dock. The halls will be decked for the holidays, so you won’t want to miss it.

Pre-sale tickets are available for $12. Ticket prices will go up to $15 on Dec. 5. Visit asidholidayshowhouse.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets. For more information, visit asidtgcc.org/holidayshowhouse.

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Members of Allegro Ballet are ready to jump start the holiday season.

Members of Allegro Ballet are ready to jump start the holiday season.

ALLEGRO BALLET PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER BALLET, BREAKFAST AND MARKET, DEC. 5, 19-20

Allegro Ballet has announced the 14th annual production of The Nutcracker and the 13th annual Breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Sugar Plum Market. The ballet will be performed on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 2:30 at Katy High School. Tickets are priced at $20, $25 and $30.

Fourteen years ago, Allegro Ballet started a West Houston holiday tradition by presenting a full-length production of The Nutcracker Ballet. Beautiful costumes and lovely props and scenery make the experience an unforgettable one for the audience. It even snows in the theater! Featured in the performance are guest artists from the Houston Ballet Academy. At the end of each performance, all are invited to the stage to meet the dancers for autographs and photos.

To complement the ballet, Allegro also invites the public to its Breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Sugar Plum Market. An elegant breakfast is served while the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends from the ballet interact with the children. After breakfast excerpts from The Nutcracker are performed. The accompanying Sugar Plum Market is a perfect way to start your Christmas shopping.

The Breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy and Sugar Plum Market will be held on Dec. 5 from 9:30 a.m.–1 p.m. at Lakeside Country Club, 100 Wilcrest Drive. Tickets for the breakfast and market are $35 per person or specialty tables for $55 per person. Interes­ted vendors should call 281-496-4670.

Visit allegroballetofhouston.com or call 281-496-4670 for more information.

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Kevin Klotz

Kevin Klotz

Dr. Betty Divine

Dr. Betty Divine

THE HOUSTON CHORAL SOCIETY PRESENTS CELEBRATE THE SEASON, DEC. 5

The Houston Choral Society’s Christmas concert is always an audience favorite and has become an annual tradition for hundreds of Houston families. This year, HCS presents Celebrate the Season, on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m., at The Foundry United Methodist Church in northwest Houston at 8350 Jones Road. The concert is under the direction of Dr. Betty Devine, HCS artistic director, and Kevin Klotz, HCS’s new associate director.

The opening piece for this concert will be Johann Sebastian Bach’s Magnificat, under Kevin Klotz’s baton. Recognized as one of Bach’s most popular vocal works, this performance is enhanced by a full orchestra.

The remainder of the evening, under the direction of Dr. Devine, features “O Holy Night,” with dynamic soloist Ramona Lewis-Holland, the “Hallelujah!” chorus from George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, “The Present,” and a fun, funky rendition of “Deck the Halls.” The audience is even encouraged to sing along with some cherished holiday carols, including an audience participation favorite, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

On Sunday, Dec. 6, the HCS presents a special Christmas matinee concert, Believe, at The Foundry United Methodist Church, beginning at 3 p.m. also under the direction of Dr. Betty Devine.

Ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors/students/veterans, and $10 for children ages 5 and younger, and are available at houstonchoral.org or at the door. Group rates are available. The Foundry United Methodist Church is one of the premiere choral venues in Houston with extraordinary acoustics.

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“Lost Language” by Paula J. Haymond.

“Lost Language” by Paula J. Haymond.

THE JUNG CENTER GALLERY, DECEMBER ART EXHIBIT

The Jung Center Gallery, 5200 Montrose Blvd., will display the work of sculptor Paula J. Haymond and painter Anne Jensen from Dec. 2-21. These two artists – exhibiting together for the first time – will display works that explore the beauty and science of color. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 7-9 p.m.

In Color and Chatoyance, Haymond displays works which focus on exposing the chatoyance – the tiger eye reflective glint in highly finished wood and brass. Haymond complements the glimmer and luster of these materials by using segmented pieces of wood, mineral inlay and textured surfaces. Her work is intricate, dynamic and unique.

The magic in Jensen’s Color and Light emerges in the tension between control and spontaneity, and the result is invariably surprising, poetic and spiritual. Her paintings embody an intense and energetic physicality, an exuberant expression of pleasure and vitality.

Admission to the gallery and opening receptions is free and open to the public.

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Chatham Baroque returns to the Houston Early Music series with ‘Cantadas de Navidad,’ a joyous program of Spanish and Latin American Christmas music.

Chatham Baroque returns to the Houston Early Music series with ‘Cantadas de Navidad,’ a joyous program of Spanish and Latin American Christmas music.

CHATHAM BAROQUE BRINGS CHRISTMAS CHEER TO HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC, DEC. 5

As part of the Hispanic Heritage Series, Chatham Baroque will journey from its wintry home in Pittsburgh to the Houston Early Music series to present “Cantadas de Navidad,” a joyous program of Spanish and Latin American Christmas music, on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave. A preconcert talk will begin at 6:45 p.m.

In addition to founding member and viola da gamba player Patricia Halverson, Chatham Baroque includes baroque violinist Andrew Fouts, a member of the 25-year-old group since 2008. Plucked-string player Scott Pauley, who joined the ensemble in 1996, rounds out the trio of members. He will play both baroque guitar and a large bass lute known as a theorbo during the concert, as will special guest David Walker. They will be joined by soprano Nell Snaidas, countertenor José Lemos and percussionist Danny Mallon. On the program are cantadas and villancicos, Christmas songs that were highly favored by Latin American composers of the baroque era.

Tickets are available for $40 general admission, $35 senior admission and $20 for students with a valid ID. Children under the age of 15 receive free admission. For infor­mation, call 281-846-4222 or e-mail info@HoustonEarlyMusic.org.

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Melissa Aldana

Melissa Aldana

DA CAMERA’S DECEMBER CHAMBER MUSIC AND JAZZ EVENTS

Da Camera’s jazz series continues with the first Houston appearance by saxophonist Melissa Aldana at the Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 500 Texas at Smith, on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.

In 2013, at age 24, Aldana won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, the first female instrumentalist to ever win the illustrious contest. She has quickly established herself as one of the fastest-rising players in jazz today. She recently won in the Rising Star-Tenor Saxophone category of the prestigious 63rd Annual DownBeat Annual Critics Poll. Aldana is joined by Pablo Menares on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums.

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Da Camera presents Inner Worlds: Schumann, Lieberson and Rilke, at 7:30 p.m. at The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross. The late Peter Lieberson’s introspective works were often inspired by his Tibetan Buddhist practice. His Rilke Songs were composed for his wife, the legendary mezzo Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Lieberson’s work reaches back to the 19th-century poet/composer Robert Schumann, whose work often strove for transcendence. The program features selected songs and selected works for cello and piano by Schumann.

Metropolitan Opera mezzo soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano makes her Da Camera debut joined by brilliant cellist Colin Carr and acclaimed pianist Thomas Sauer. Cano is a 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and George London winner who joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and made her Met debut in 2009-2010.

Tickets for both shows are available at Da Camera,1402 Sul Ross, at 713-524-5050 or at dacamera.com.

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“The Sign” by John Slaby

“The Sign” by John Slaby

ARCHWAY GALLERY PRESENTS DEATH AND DESIRE, DEC. 5-7

Archway Gallery, 2305 Dunlavy, presents the art of John Slaby in his solo show Death and Desire from Dec. 5-Jan. 7, with an opening reception slated for Saturday, Dec. 5 from 5-8 p.m. Slaty will give a talk at 6:30 p.m. in The Front Space at the gallery. Complimentary valet parking and light refreshments will be served.

In this show, Slaby explores aging and desire through still lifes and figures. Here, the flower becomes metaphor for the process of senescence and the waning of sexual vitality. The subtle composition of The Sign (oil on canvas, 48”x60”), its large size and detailed rendering of the reflective glass adds to the impact of this powerful piece where one needs not see what lies above to know what is happening here and what is to come. Similarly, in Doctor’s Report (oil on canvas, 60”x40”) a bouquet rests in a cracked vase where the life sustaining water has drained away.

Though Slaby normally paints on more modest-sized canvases, for this show he has put together a collection of the largest canvases he has ever produced. His monumental Homage to Mishima (oil on canvas, 40”x96”) may be the largest painting ever displayed at Archway Gallery. Influenced by Mishima’s novel The Temple of the Golden Pavilion, the work shows a female floating over a lake at dusk.

Slaby has had numerous gallery shows in the Houston area and has received awards in a number of juried exhibitions. He is a two-time, first-prize winner in the Visual Art Alliance Juried Exhibition (1998 and 2014) and was a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize in 2013. Slaby has been a member of Archway Gallery since 1993 where he served as director from 2008 to 2013 and has been treasurer since 2004.

For more information, call 713-522-2409 or visit ArchwayGallery.com.

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This memorable scene from A Christmas Story The Musical is only one of the favorites of the show.

This memorable scene from A Christmas Story The Musical is only one of the favorites of the show.

A CHRISTMAS STORY THE MUSICAL BRINGS HOLIDAY CHEER, DEC. 8-20

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents A Christmas Story The Musical Dec. 8-20 at The Hobby Center for Performing Arts – Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby St.

Prepare yourself for an all-American Christmas in the holiday show heralded by the Associated Press as “a charming triumph infused with utter joy.” In this clever musical adaptation of the 1983 film comedy, follow the childhood dreams and schemes of little Ralphie, whose heart is set on getting one thing and one thing only for Christmas – the official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle.

Along the way, discover the stuff of pink nightmares (think bunny suit), the power of fishnet-clad lamps (careful, it’s fra-GEE-lay), and the wintry hazards of sticking a warm tongue to a cold metal pole. With its timeless scenes, quirky innocence and nostalgic warmth, this musical trip down memory lane will leave the whole family bright-eyed and buoyant. For more information, visit TUTS.com.

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HOUSTON CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE MEETINGS, THIRD THURSDAYS

The Houston Civil War Round Table is an organization that hosts authors and historians who present the history of various events during the American Civil War. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month, except for the summer months (June, July and August). The group meets at the Hess Club, 5430 Westheimer Rd. Networking begins at 6 p.m, dinner at 7 p.m. and the speaker at 7:45 p.m. There is a charge for dinner. For information and to RSVP, visit houstoncivilwar.com.

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A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, directed by Michael Wilson at The Alley Theatre 11/05 Scenic Design:Tony Straiges Costume Design: Alejo Vietti Lighting: Rui Rita Photo Credit: T Charles Erickson

The Company in the Alley Theatre’s A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas.

ALLEY THEATRE PRESENTS A CHRIST­MAS CAROL, THROUGH DEC. 28

Alley Theatre Artistic Director Gregory Boyd invites the Houston-area community to the theatre’s 28th production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas, staged in the newly renovated Hubbard Theatre at 615 Texas Avenue.

Michael Wilson’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol returns this year with a re-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic story, which follows Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghostly spirits that visit him on Christmas Eve. The production instills a powerful message about redemption and holiday spirit. Houston’s seasonal favorite has been seen by nearly one million adults and children. This year, Alley Associate Director James Black directs this colorful, comical and music-filled production.

Tickets are now on sale and start at $26. Discounted tickets are available for any student, regardless of age, with a valid student ID for $16 for designated performances in designated sections. Tickets can be ordered online (alleytheatre.org) or by phone (713-220-5700). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. This show is recommended for general audiences, children six and older.

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GIRL SCOUT COOKIES GET EARLY START DATE, DEC. 19

Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC), one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the U.S., will begin selling Girl Scout cookies door-to-door and digitally Dec. 19, approximately three weeks earlier than previous years. The program is the largest girl-led business in the world and teaches girls essential skills to succeed personally and professionally, including goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. For the last two years, GSSJC has had the top cookie sale in the country.

Through the Cookie Program, Girl Scouts venture into the entrepreneurial world to learn business skills and financial literacy and earn money to fund their service oriented goals. When customers purchase a box of Girl Scout cookies, they are enabling girls to become advocates for issues they are passionate about, or they are sending a city kid from a low-income household to camp. A purchase can also send a girl overseas to learn about an archipelago or help girls purchase supplies to send care packages to soldiers serving abroad. Every Girl Scout cookie purchase supports girls as they do great things in their communities and encourages them to change the world.

With the new season brings the 10th anniversary of Lemonades. These savory slices of shortbread with a refreshing tangy lemon flavored icing are a customer favorite. Gluten free chocolate chip-peanut butter- oatmeal cookies, called Trios, will be offered again. The bite-size cookies will retail for $5 per package. Trios will only be available at cookie booths or can be ordered online via COCOdirect.

Online orders will delivered between Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. Beginning Feb. 12, Girl Scout Cookies will be sold at cookie booths outside of grocery stores and other retail venues. The Cookie Program ends March 20.

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MIDNIGHT IN PARIS – NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE SAN LUIS RESORT

The San Luis invites you to ring in the new year at “Midnight in Paris,” an all-inclusive evening of music, food, celebration and more. Attendees will enjoy an award-winning chef’s four-course meal, generously hosted premium bar, entertainment by Password Band, Champagne toast, balloon drop, party hats and favors. Interested parties can book luxurious overnight accommodations and two extravaganza event tickets from $599 per couple. The New Year’s Eve celebration event is $199 per person.

For more information or to book your ticket, call 409-744-1500.

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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS CABARET, MARCH 22-27

As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, the critically acclaimed and award-winning Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present, direct from Broadway, the national tour of Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of Cabaret, playing March 21-27, as part of the 2015-2016 Season of Broadway at the Hobby Center Sponsored by Bank of America.

John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff’s Tony-winning musical features some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Cabaret is set in the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd––and to leave their troubles outside.

Tickets are available at the Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby), all Ticketmaster outlets, TheHobbyCenter.org or BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com.

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Miguel, a native Texan by birth and a Maine Coon Cat by breed, is the Fifth Best in the World . (Photo - Larry Johnson)

Miguel, a native Texan by birth and a Maine Coon Cat by breed, is the Fifth Best in the World (Photo – Larry Johnson)

63RD ANNUAL HOUSTON CAT CLUB CHARITY CAT SHOW, JAN. 9-10

Celebrate the Houston Cat Club’s 63rd Annual Charity Cat show on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 10 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Humble Civic Center (8233 Will Clayton Parkway). Enjoy free parking and DJ Pringle’s famous brisket for lunch.

More than 200 pedigreed cats and kittens and household pets will compete for awards given by eight judges from the Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc, the world’s largest and most prestigious cat registry. Forty breeds of pedigreed cats will be judged on standards of conformation, which are written for each individual breed. Household pets (non-pedigreed) are judged on health and beauty. Spectators enjoy watching the judges handle and talk about each cat. Visit with the Pet Me cats – beautiful cats at the show that you can snuggle with. Free admission is available for individuals with disabilities.

The Ask-the-Vet Kiosk will be manned each afternoon, and The Meow Mall will feature a variety of toys, treats, accessories and gifts for cats and those who love them. The Children’s Area entertains and educates youngsters about the cat breeds and how to take care of their own pet cat.

The Houston Cat Club Charity Cat Show is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization that supports the Houston SPCA, The Houston Humane Society, Citizens for Animal Protection and Homeless and Orphaned Pet Endeavor (HOPE). In addition, animal shelters from Harris, Fort Bend and Galveston counties receive free space at the show to present their beautiful cats available for adoption. Visit houstoncatclub.org for more information.


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