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The Arts & Happenings December 2016

DesignCraft on Dec. 3 will feature the city’s best artists and crafters.

DesignCraft on Dec. 3 will feature the city’s best artists and crafters.


On Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., join the city’s best artists and crafters for DesignCraft, AIGA Houston’s annual outdoor fair featuring the work of local artists, artisans, crafters and creatives. Sponsored by the Downtown District, this one-day event at Market Square Park, 301 Milam Street, allows Houstonians to discover local, well-designed and crafted goods in their city, and gives vendors an opportunity to sell their work. Expect a gift-wrapping station, food trucks, demonstrations, live music, Market Square Park’s beautiful gardens and dog run, and more.

Visit designcrafthtx.com for more information or to become a vendor.


The Potter Residence at 1312 Cortlandt is one of six homes to be featured in Houston Heights Association’s 2016 Holiday Home Tour. (Photo - Houston Heights Association)

The Potter Residence at 1312 Cortlandt is one of six homes to be featured in Houston Heights Association’s 2016 Holiday Home Tour. (Photo – Houston Heights Association)


On Friday, Dec. 2 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3-9 p.m., six homes, one of which is more than 100 years old, located in and around the 1300 block of Cortlandt Street in Houston Heights will be dressed in holiday finery and opened to the public during Jingle Bell Block, the Houston Heights Association’s 2016 Holiday Home Tour. Other homes on the historic street will participate in the festivities with beautifully decorated yards and entertainment. Local musicians will provide the sounds of the season throughout the tour, making this beloved annual event a perfect holiday celebration.

The Holiday Home Tour is a favorite destination for those who enjoy shopping in antiques and vintage clothing shops, art galleries and eclectic boutiques. Houston Heights also is home to many coffee shops and world-class restaurants.

For more information, call Houston Heights Association at 713-861-4002, option 6, or e-mail holidaytour@houstonheights.org. Visit houstonheights.org for event updates.



Billionaire Tilman Fertitta is back on the hunt for exciting new products and a purchase order from the hospitality mogul could change lives forever. CNBC’s Billion Dollar Buyer returns for its second season with 12 new episodes beginning Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 9 p.m. Visit youtu.be/3kfFyxhncP4 for a sneak peek.

Billion Dollar Buyer introduces promising companies across the country to one of America’s most successful businessmen: Tilman Fertitta, Chairman, CEO, and sole shareholder of Landry’s, Inc.

Fertitta oversees more than 500 properties and over 50 leading restaurant, hotel, and entertainment brands, ranging from high-end properties like Mastro’s and Morton’s The Steakhouse, to such mainstream destinations as Rainforest Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Saltgrass Steak House, and five Golden Nugget Casinos. With an annual supply spend of $2 billion, his buying power is second to none. Now, he’s personally scouting the country for the most innovative new products America’s entrepreneurs have to offer – everything from food and drink for his restaurants and casinos, to furniture and lighting for his hotels.

In each hour-long episode, Fertitta will spend time with two small businesses, sample their goods, get to know their owners, and assess their compatibility with Landry’s, Inc. He’ll point out flaws in their product and operations, share his expertise, and push for improvements. In the end, he’ll decide whether to place a transformative purchase order with one of the companies, both, or neither.

For more information, visit billiondollarbuyer.cnbc.com


Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile McLorin Salvant


Jason Vieaux


On Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m., Da Camera presents jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant at Houston’s Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. McLorin Salvant will perform unique interpretations of unknown and rarely recorded jazz and blues compositions, plus her own original songs. Her 2014 album, WomanChild, received a Grammy nomination, and her 2016 album, For One to Love, earned the singer a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

On Friday, Dec. 9 at at 7:30 p.m. at Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center, 800 Bagby, Jason Vieaux makes his Da Camera debut with this musical self-portrait, an unusually personal program ranging from 20th century German composer Hanz Werner Henze to jazz greats Pat Metheny and Duke Ellington to the traditional classical guitar repertoire. NPR has described Vieaux as “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit dacamera.com.


Virtuosi of Houston youth chamber and jazz orchestra.

Virtuosi of Houston youth chamber and jazz orchestra.


Virtuosi of Houston will have the Opening Night Concert of the 2016-2017 Season on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Zikha Hall in the Hobby Center. The orchestra is celebrating 21 years of excellence in chamber and jazz music education and performances. The music program includes “The National Anthem of the United States of America,”, the “Crown Imperial,” the “Suite from Music for the Royal Fireworks,” the “London Suite,” and “Excerpts from The Planets.”

Virtuosi of Houston is the only premier youth chamber and jazz orchestra in Houston designed for gifted musicians ages 11-18 to increase their education and performance opportunities, thereby preparing them for a career in music.The finest of training, rehearsal and performance opportunities are provide to enable the musicians to learn, share and enjoy the complexity of chamber music.

The vision is that these musicians will return to Texas as performers, educators, and arts advocates to give their expertise back to the community that helped develop them as young artists. Many are already educators, performers and music administrators in Texas and globally.

Individual tickets for opening night are $20; seniors and students are $10. Ticket are available at TheHobbyCenter.org. For more information, call 713-315-2525.


Brookwood Citizens Joe and Debbie are eager to show off to visitors where they live and work.

Brookwood Citizens Joe and Debbie are eager to show off to visitors where they live and work.


Join The Brookwood Community on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. for a weekend full of fun, shopping and yuletide cheer at the annual Brookwood Christmas Open House event benefiting Brookwood’s adults with disabilities. Come shop for a good cause and let your retail dollar do double duty, just in time for the holidays.

Visitors can shop at Brookwood’s Gift and Garden Center filled with the Citizens’ (the name given to Brookwood’s residents) handcrafted products, unique holiday home décor and gifts, clothing, jewelry and an assortment of beautiful plants and poinsettias that were planted and cared for by the Citizens. Shoppers can enjoy a delicious lunch in Brookwood’s gourmet Café and take a self-guided tour of the campus. The Brookwood Citizens will also perform “A Concert for the Ages” both days at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is always the highlight of the weekend and sure to put the entire family in the holiday spirit.

Founded over 30 years ago, The Brookwood Community has provided an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging and demands dignity and respect for adults with disabilities. As a nonprofit organization that does not accept any government funding, Brookwood relies on the support of events like Open House to fund the work programs and residential homes that serve over 225 adults. The community is located off of I-10 ten minutes west of Katy. For more information, visit brookwoodcommunity.org or call 281-375-2100.



The 97th Annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting will be held Friday, Dec. 2 at City Hall in Hermann Square from 6-8 p.m. This free event is a tradition of music, fireworks and family fun.

Featured artist Michelle Williams is an American R&B, pop and gospel recording artist who rose to fame as a member of Destiny’s Child. Viewers will enjoy additional performances by Houston’s own SoReal Cru, and Grammy-nominated gospel recording artists The Walls Group. Also featured will be the Shlenker Star Singers and appearances by costumed characters from the Houston Ballet.

Mayor Sylvester Turner, Reliant and NRG Retail President Elizabeth Killinger, along with Santa Claus, will light the official holiday tree and ignite a spectacular fireworks finale perfectly timed to the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, featuring Music Director Ernest Walker, his award-winning band and a 60-voice combined choir from local Houston High Schools.

The public also is invited to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Salvation Army booth at the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration to help make the holidays brighter for a child this season. Each person who brings a toy will receive a light-up Santa hat from Reliant. The annual toy drive benefits the Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command.

Visit houstontx.gov or houstonspecialevents.org for more information and street closures.



Thousands are expected to stroll 19th Street located in Houston’s own Historic Downtown Heights, as the 19th Street Merchants present their annual “Holiday on 19th St.” You and your family will enjoy food and refreshments, strolling carolers, live music, and much more! 19th Street has the most exciting shops Houston has to offer, featuring cool fashions for men and women, original works of art, fun and unique gifts, home furnishings and a vast assortment of antiques.

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


Digital rendering of 2iPM009 for Rain: Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern by Jean C. Giallorenzo. (Photo - M. Fernández)

Digital rendering of 2iPM009 for Rain: Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern by Jean C. Giallorenzo. (Photo – M. Fernández)


Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) will co-present the inaugural art installation in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a 1926 underground city reservoir that BBP restored, repurposed and opened to the public in May 2016. Rain: Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern (#CisternRain) will feature2iPM009 from the Venezuelan artist’s video series Mobile Paintings and open to the public on Saturday, Dec. 10.

2iPM009 is an abstract video-projection piece, 1 minute and 56 seconds in length that evokes a rain-soaked night. For the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, Fernández adapted 2iPM009 to project the video onto the columns so that its imagery is reflected in the shallow pool of water on the Cistern floor. The Cistern’s raw interior, modulated by a series of majestic columns, and its 17-second acoustic reverberation time, will make for an immersive art environment. Mari Carmen Ramirez, Wortham Curator of Latin American Art at the MFAH, is working with the artist to realize the installation.

The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern, a structure reminiscent of the ancient Roman cisterns in Istanbul, is a cavernous, 87,500-square-foot-space featuring more than 200 slender, 25-foot high concrete columns. BBP re-discovered the Cistern in 2010 when it was developing the $58-million Buffalo Bayou Park project. Recognizing the historical and architectural significance of the highly unusual space, BBP took a bold step to repurpose the Cistern into a magnificent public space that would house an ambitious program of changing art installations. BBP opened the Cistern to the public as a distinctive industrial site and over 16,000 visitors have since experienced the space. For tickets and more information, visit buffalobayou.org.



Volunteers are needed for a Be An Angel- funded project to package and deliver gifts for nearly 5,000 Houston area children with multiple disabilities or profound deafness who come from underprivileged homes. Be An Angel’s Holiday Gift Program began over 30 years ago so that these children can experience the joy of receiving gifts during the Christmas season.

On Tuesday, Dec. 6, 50 volunteers are needed at the George R. Brown Convention Center from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. to unload 18-wheelers of gift bags and sort by school. On Dec. 7, 50 volunteers are needed to decorate gift bags from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1001 Avenida de las Americas  (77010.) Materials are supplied or you can bring your own. On Dec. 8, 200-plus volunteers are needed to help deliver gifts with their own vehicles. Times are subject to change and can be monitored at BeAnAngel.org. For more volunteer information, contact Billie Earley at 281-219-3313 or Billie@BeAnAngel.org.


Cast from The Book of Mormon.

Cast from The Book of Mormon.


Back by popular demand, The Book Of Mormon returns to Houston for a limited engagement Jan. 3-15 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at the Hobby Center box office (800 Bagby Street), all TicketMaster outlets, by visiting BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com, or by calling 800-982-2787. Groups of 10 or more may order tickets by calling 888-451-5986.

The Book Of Mormon features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of the landmark animated TV series, South Park. For more information, visit BookofMormonThe­Musical.com.


Crockett, the 2016 Best Cat in Texas

Crockett, the 2016 Best Cat in Texas


The SuPurr Bowl of Cats is Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 8, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway.

More than 200 pedigreed cats and kittens as well as 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 are judged on standards of conformation which are written for each individual breed. Household pets (non-pedigreed) are judged on health and beauty. For information or to make a donation go to houstoncatclub.org.


Alex Sharp as Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. (Photo - Joan Marcus)

Alex Sharp as Christopher Boone in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. (Photo – Joan Marcus)


The National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is the Tony Award-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel. Directed by Tony winner Marianne Elliott, the critically acclaimed production will come to Houston Jan. 24-29 as part of a North American Tour.

In the story, 15-year old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.

Tickets start at $30 and are available by phone 800-982-2787; at BroadwayAtThe­Hob­by­Center.com or TheHobbyCenter.org; the Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby); and all Ticketmaster outlets. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.


Melissa Cody, “Water’s Edge,”2016.Wool warp, weft, selvedge cords, aniline dyes. 15.5 x 26.5 inches.

Melissa Cody, “Water’s Edge,”2016.Wool warp, weft, selvedge cords, aniline dyes. 15.5 x 26.5 inches.


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, presents Future Tradition: Melissa Cody, a solo exhibition of recent work by the Navajo artist, beginning on Feb. 3 and running through May 28.

The public is also invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 3, 5:30-8 p.m. The evening will also feature open studios by HCCC’s current resident artists.

Cody is a fourth-generation weaver from a family known for excellence in the traditional Navajo art. Like her contemporaries and weavers before her, Cody designs her pieces on a stand-up loom as she weaves, incorporating precise geometric forms and recognizable graphic elements, such as the yeii or Rainbow Person, who symbolizes protection, or a cross to represent Spider Woman, the giver and teacher of weaving to the Navajo. Unlike any other, however, Cody imbues her pieces with a stirring graphic vitality and personal voice, emerging as perhaps the most exciting young textile artist of today.

Cody’s work is at once deeply personal and an expression of her cultural context. Her personal joys and sorrows are reflected in works that communicate her emotional processes, from the complex compositions of pattern and iconography to the more recent inclusion of song lyrics.

Future Tradition: Melissa Cody was curated by HCCC Executive Director Perry A. Price. For more information, visit crafthouston.org.


Arturo Sandoval (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Arturo Sandoval (Photo courtesy of the artist)


Da Camera of Houston brings 10-time Grammy Award Winner, Emmy Award recipient, six-time Billboard Award winner and 2015 Hispanic Heritage recipient, trumpeter and composer Arturo Sandoval to the Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center on Friday, Jan. 20 at 8 p.m.

Born in Artemisa, Cuba, Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of 12. “When I was a little boy, I got a strong feeling that I wanted to be a musician,” said Sandoval. “But nobody in my family was related to music at all. I was self-taught.” He has since evolved into one of the world’s premier jazz trumpet and flugelhorn players, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

Tickets are available online at dacamera.com. Tickets for students and senior citizens are always half-price. $5 student rush tickets are available 30 minutes before the concert begins.



Roll out the barrel and join the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (ROCO) for the annual Beer and Brass concert, a “spirited” event of craft beers and traditional beer hall music by the ROCO Brass Quintet,” Jan. 5 at 6 p.m. at St. Arnold Brewery, 2000 Lyons Ave. The program will include jazz music from the 1920s, including great tunes such as “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,” “Careless Love” and “It Had to Be You,” plus German beer hall music.

Each year, ROCO partners with the Interactive Theater Company to bring Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf to life at The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Park Dr. Enjoy the 2017 performance on Jan. 17 at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Free with zoo admission, these
performances are part of The Houston Zoo’s initiative to promote wolf conservation.

On Jan. 27 at MATCH, 3400 Main St., in Crossing over the English Channel, the ROCO Brass Quintet will perform works of composers from the U.K. and France, including William Mathias, Alun Hoddinott and Patrice Caratini. Arrive early for Happy Half Hour at 6 p.m., featuring a themed cocktail: the Sidecar. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m.

A second performance of Crossing over the English Channel will be presented on Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. at The Woodlands Methodist Church, 2200 Lake Woodlands Dr. in Spring. For tickets or more information, visit roco.org or call 713-665-2700.

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