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ABT principal dancer Daniil Simkin will make his Houston debut in Intensio.

ABT principal dancer Daniil Simkin will make his Houston debut in Intensio.


Making his Houston debut, American Ballet Theatre’s acclaimed principal dancer Daniil Simkin will bring his much-anticipated dance and multimedia performance INTENSIO to Houston on Friday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. at Jones Hall. Fans of contemporary ballet and dance will not want to miss this one-night-only performance from the minds of some of America’s best dancers.

Fresh from its world premiere at this summer’s Jacob’s Pillow, Simkin will be joined on stage by fellow stars of ABT like Isabella Boylston, Alexandre Hammoudi, Blaine Hoven, Calvin Royal III, Hee Seo, Cassan­dra Trenary, and James Whiteside. INTENSIO features this stunning ensemble of dancers performing four innovative, newly commissioned works from four of today’s finest modern and contemporary ballet choreographers: Alexander Ekman, Gregory Dolbashian, Jorma Elo, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, a longtime contributor to Houston’s own Dance Salad Festival.

The event is presented by Society for the Performing Arts (SPA). Tickets for INTENSIO range from $33-$83 and can be purchased at spahouston.org or calling 713-227-4SPA or at the courtyard level ticket office at Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana St. For groups of 15 or more call 713-632-8113.


More than 19 unique flavors of margaritas, all made with 100 percent agave tequila, will be available at the event.

More than 19 unique flavors of margaritas, all made with 100 percent agave tequila, will be available at the event.


Thousands of margarita fans will convene at Sam Houston Park on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 12-10 p.m. for the Fourth-Annual Houston Margarita Festival. Tickets are available at houstonmargaritafest.com. Additionally, the first 10,000 attendees to arrive at the festival will receive a complimentary festival cup.

Since the festival’s establishment in 2012, it has continued to grow in popularity, culminating in this year’s move to a larger space in Sam Houston Park (1000 Bagby Street, Houston). Additionally, this year’s festival will host the inaugural “Best Margarita Competition.” The competition includes a restaurant division and a mixologist division, the latter of which is open to both amateur and professional drink makers. Both restaurants and individuals interested in competing can register by emailing info@houstonmargaritafest.com.

The festival will again include a salsa competition with free entry open to non-professional dance couples, co-hosted by salsa enthusiast and instructor, Salsa Eddy, and Houston Margarita Festival competition organizer and dance pro, Crissy Poole. The crowd will determine the winner of the competition, with the title going to the couple receiving the loudest applause. The limbo competition is open to all festival attendees.

More than 19 unique flavors of margaritas, all made with 100 percent agave tequila, will be available, and the event will showcase a wide variety of local Mexican, barbeque, seafood and Cajun cuisine, as well as a full schedule of live entertainment. The festival is open to attendees over the age of 21. Multiple ticket options are available. For more information, contact Alexis Tahara at alexis@integrateagency.com. Follow Houston Margarita Festival on Facebook and Twitter for ticket and event updates.



The Sugar Plum Market is almost here! Presented by the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) and Memorial Hermann, the theme for the 15th Annual Market is “Let it Snow.” Shoppers will be treated to spectacular holiday décor, wonderful vendors, and a fantastic weekend of shopping on Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Stafford Centre. Proceeds from the Market will benefit local Fort Bend County charities.

The Market will begin with a Preview Night from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5. Preview Night patrons will take part in an exclusive evening of shopping while sampling delicious food from local restaurants. The VIP Preview Night ticket also entitles shoppers to a Preview Night drink ticket and admission to the Market on Friday and Saturday.

The Sugar Plum Market will open its doors on Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. With over 100 vendors and a large raffle showcase, it will truly be a one-stop holiday shopping experience.

A limited quantity of Preview Night tickets, $75 each, and general admission tickets, $12 each, are available. General admission tickets may be purchased at select Randalls stores and also at the door during Market hours. The 2014 Preview Night sold out, so patrons are encouraged to purchase those tickets early. Visit sugarplummarket.com or call 281-636-6272 for more information.

Through generous patrons and sponsors, the Sugar Plum Market was able to donate needed funds to 18 different charities last year. In addition to the Market’s title sponsor, Memorial Hermann, top sponsors include City of Stafford, Pamela Printing, Fort Bend Lifestyles & Homes, Trustmark Bank, and HEB.


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The 2015 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market “Putting on the Ritz” will be held at NRG Center from Nov. 12-15, with almost 300 merchants from across the country selling unique gift items, including home décor, gourmet food, clothing, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties and accessories.

From humble beginnings in a community church in 1981, Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has grown to become the second-largest charity event at NRG Park, and this year will mark its 35th year. As is the tradition, each year the market takes on a new theme “Putting on the Ritz.” Think glitz and glamor, the perfect way to celebrate 35 years of the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. This year’s market will also take on special importance as it proudly honors all the shoppers who have made the market what it is today.

General admission tickets are on sale at all Houston Randalls, and tickets will also be available for purchase online through Ticketmaster. Tickets are good for one-day admission only during Nov. 12-15. No repeat admission. Tickets are $20 each at the Nutcracker Market; $18 each at Randalls and $18 each (plus surcharge) online at Ticketmaster.

Market dates are: Preview Party: Wednesday, Nov.11, 7-10:30 p.m. (tickets start at $250); Thursday – Friday, Nov. 12-13, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday, Nov.14-15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Special event tickets (Wells Fargo Preview Party, Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon, and Macy’s Fashion Show and Holiday Brunch) and four-day priority tickets can be purchased by calling 713-535-3231.

Ten percent of all merchandise sales, plus the proceeds from admission and special event tickets, stays right here in Houston supporting the various programs of Houston Ballet and its Academy.


Liz Calloway will perform songs from Carole King’s Tapestry.

Liz Calloway will perform songs from Carole King’s Tapestry.


The Houston Symphony’s lineup for November includes a diverse sampling of classical and popular music, featuring music of Carole King, works for chamber orchestra and strings, beloved Chinese folk melodies and Prokofiev’s classical ballet score, Romeo and Juliet.

At 8 p.m. on Nov. 12 and 14, Frank Huang will lead from the concertmaster’s chair on Dvořák’s Serenade for Strings, a program full of favorite works for chamber orchestra and strings. A third performance will be held on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2:30 p.m.

The following weekend will pay tribute to Carole King’s Grammy Award-winning album Tapestry. The world premiere of Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook will be performed at 8 p.m. on Nov. 20 and 21 and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 22. Tony-nominated actress and vocalist Liz Callaway will join to orchestra to sing King’s classics.

On Nov. 27, 28 and 29, the Houston Symphony will welcome one of China’s most respected conductors, Long Yu, when he leads the orchestra in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Yu is currently the artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic and music director of the Shanghai Symphony – all among China’s finest ensembles with active tour schedules at home and abroad.

All concerts will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org.


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The 25th Annual Matt Musil Allstar Golf Classic tournament will be held on Monday, Nov. 9 at the Blackhorse Golf Club, 12205 Fry Road, Cypress. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. and breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Shotgun Start is at 9 a.m. A dinner and live auction will be held at the conclusion of the event with Nolan Ryan, the Sports Headline Honoree.

This year’s CRR Co-Chairs are Gary and Patti Tuma, Courtney Blackburn, Scott Kreinbring and Paula S. Sutton. Awards will be given for Low Gross, Closest-to-the-Pin, Longest Drive, Holes in One as well as drawing and door prizes. Tournament sponsors include Texas Orthopedic Hospital, Shell, Kroger, A.C. Collins Ford, Willie’s, Porter Truck Sales, Fuddruckers and Crown Trophy.

The format will be Scramble! Four Player Team Sponsorship $1,000; Hole Sponsor­ship, $250; Individual Player, $250.

For more information and to RSVP, visit careerandrecovery.org, or call 713-754-7008 or 713-754-7082. To ensure a spot, reservations should be made by Nov. 5.

Proceeds benefit Career and Recovery Resources’ programs, which are dedicated to providing people in need of employment with sound career advice. The agency offers career counseling and testing, job search assistance, computer training, mock interviews and other work related resources. Case management and employment services are provided for clients from all walks of life including returning veterans, homeless, persons with disabilities, literacy-challenged, older workers, at-risk adolescents, ex-offenders, and persons in substance abuse recovery. Other clients are college-educated or highly-skilled professionals who seek career coaching and counseling. In 2014, the agency served nearly 14,000 clients.


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Mayor Annise Parker and the City of Houston will show support for the Armed Forces and celebrate the annual “Houston Salutes American Heroes” Veterans Day Celebration beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11 with the sixth annual AT&T Veterans Job & Resource Fair and U.S. Family Health Plan Veterans Health Fair.

A ceremony will be held on the steps of City Hall at 10 a.m., ending with a Moment of Silence in memory of the WWI signing of the Armistice.

The American Heroes Parade, sponsored by H-E-B, will start at 11:30 a.m. on Dallas at Bagby. Hundreds of veteran’s organizations, military personnel and vehicles, historic associations, universities and schools will participate in the parade, which begins at Dallas and Bagby, proceeds east on Dallas, north on Louisiana, west on Walker, south on Smith, west on Lamar and concludes on Lamar at Bagby. For more information, visit houstonspecialevents.org .



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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The Houston Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae organization will hold its 2015 Theta Charity Antiques Show “London’s Calling” at its new venue, the Bayou City Event Center located at 9401 Knight Road, Houston from Nov.13-15. A preview party is scheduled for Nov. 12.

In addition, guests will learn how antiques can be successfully incorporated into a variety of different lifestyles through a new interactive Designers Walk led by notable Houston design professionals Lindsey Herod, Jane Osborne, Ben Johnston, Bob Wakefield, Courtnay Tartt Elias and Bill Stubbs.

The show also spotlights four national and internationally renowned guest speakers, each focusing on unique aspects connected to the lifestyles and personalities of the historical eras represented in the show. Featured speakers are Cynthia Brumback, Bettie Beaerden Pardee, Rebecca Rabinow and Robert Edsel, author of Monument Men and founder and president of the Monument Men Foundation.

Considered to be one of top three antiques shows in the nation, the 2015 Theta Charity Antiques Show welcomes 50 prestigious antique dealers from around the United States and England offering provenance-authenticated antique furniture and collectibles. Dealers are also available to provide valuable historical information and education in their areas of expertise.

Throughout its 63-year history and solely through ticket sales, the Theta Charity Antiques Show has raised over $6.7 million, distributing thousands of dollars each year to local charitable organizations focused on supporting the education, medical and mental health of Houston’s children; family assistance programs; support services to senior citizens; and organizations in Houston’s cultural communities.

Visit thetacharityantiquesshow.com for more information.


The raffle prize is a signed and framed Picasso print.

The raffle prize is a signed and framed Picasso print.


On Saturday, Nov. 14, from 6-10 p.m. at Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street, the public is invited to the ultimate “buy local” art experience where a framed and signed Picasso print will be raffled. The 19th annual Art on the Avenue, benefiting Avenue CDC, is Houston’s largest silent art auction, featuring original artwork and jewelry from over 250 local artists. Every purchase supports local artists as well as affordable housing initiatives that benefit low-income Houston families and neighborhoods. Joe Havel, director of Glassell School of Art, is curator for the main gallery of this lively exhibition and sale. A preview party will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 6-9 p.m.

Tickets for the preview party are $100 in advance or $125 at the door with tables starting at $2,000. Tickets for the art auction and party are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Visit avenuecdc.org for details.




Bison Building Materials invites the public to the 2015 Houston Remodeling Gala on Nov. 17 at Brenner’s Steakhouse, 10911 Katy Freeway. Meet Houston’s finest remodelers and talk about your next remodeling project while enjoying gourmet food and delicious cocktails. Whether you’re looking for innovative design ideas or want to discuss how to make your home remodeling project a reality, the participating remodelers are established industry professionals with years of experience. RSVP to jennifer.wall@stocksupply.com or call 713-467-6700.


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If you liked “The Story of the Lone Star State,” you’ll enjoy Texas Our Texas, The Story of the Bayou City presented by the InterActive Theater Company Texas History Series running through Nov. 21 at 1548 Heights Blvd.

The origins of the City of Houston are not a mystery. Cabeza de Vaca made detailed notes when he and his 40 men were shipwrecked on the coast of the land of the Karankawa – whose word for friend later became the name for Tejas/Texas. The French, Spanish, Mexicans, Americans and a pirate each tried to claim this land as their own, and thanks to storms, starvation and ‘skeeters each found it nearly impossible.

The Allen Brothers tried a tall tale to get folks to travel here and settle on Buffalo Bayou, describing it as “healthy, having an abundance of spring water.” Santa Anna fought the final battle against the Texians here. It’s been called Harrisburg, the town of the MudTurtles, Bayou City, Not-su-oh, the Gateway to Beaumont, Space City and Refuge from Storms, but its residents know it as the town named after one of Texas’ greatest citizens…Houston! For more information or to make reservations, visit interactivetheater.org or call 713-862-7112.

Uptown Houston - 2013 Holiday lighting display and fireworks.

Uptown Houston – 2013 Holiday lighting display and fireworks.


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.

The Thanksgiving night celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, visit uptown-houston.com.


Miz Magnolia, a home included in a previous Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour, represents the type of holiday cheer visitors will experience on the 2015 Home Tour.

Miz Magnolia, a home included in a previous Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour, represents the type of holiday cheer visitors will experience on the 2015 Home Tour.


On Friday, Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, 3-9 p.m. select homes in the Houston Heights will be decorated for the holiday season and opened to the public in this tour of one of the city’s most cherished neighborhoods, rich in its diverse mix of architectural styles (from Queen Anne elegance to 1920’s bungalow comfort to the urban energy of sleek contemporary spaces). The annual event attracts crowds of locals and is a popular holiday destination.

The Houston Heights Association Holiday Home Tour has become a favorite season destination, where visitors can enjoy holiday shopping in the antiques and vintage clothing shops, art galleries and eclectic boutiques. There are coffee shops available for a relaxing break or world-class restaurants for fine dining.

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, Jubilee and Another Place in Time. Day-of-the-tour tickets may be purchased at the Heights Fire Station at 12th and Yale. For more information and tickets, visit houstonheights.org.


Thanksgiving Parade


On Thursday, Nov. 26 from 9-11 a.m., the annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade celebrates “Houston on Parade” with a stellar showcase of the city’s finest attributes – from families, food, sports, the arts and entertainment adding a vibrant lift to this 66-year tradition.

Mayor Annise Parker joins a nonstop line up of imaginative floats and high-flying balloons, Santa Claus, marching bands, entertainers, community groups, sports favorites, celebrities and more.

This annual tradition attracts spectators of all ages and has been a holiday institution since Houston’s first Thanksgiving Day Parade began in 1949, when Santa arrived at Union Station and rode his sleigh to the downtown Foley’s.

Visit houstonthanksgivingparade.org for more information.



Just in time for holiday shopping, 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.

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


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. photo-Chatham Baroque


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.


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.


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.




Broadway at the Hobby Center has announced the Houston premiere of Bullets Over Broadway, which was written by Woody Allen and based on the screenplay by Allen and Douglas McGrath (Beautiful) for the 1994 film. It was originally directed and choreographed on Broadway by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman.

Tickets will be available at the Hobby Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets and at BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org. To charge tickets by phone, call 800-982-ARTS. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 888-451-5986 or sending an e-mail to houston.groups@broadwayacrossamerica.com. The staged production of this worldwide smash-hit film will play at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts from Dec. 27 through Jan. 2.

Loaded with big laughs, colorful characters and the songs that made the 20s roar, Bullets Over Broadway brings musical comedy back with a bang. It tells the story of an aspiring young playwright newly arrived on Broadway in 1920’s New York who is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced.

The production received six Tony-Award nominations, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Choreography. Visit BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com for more information.

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