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The Arts & Happenings November 2016

Sugar Plum Market Committee: (l-r, first row): FBJSL President Laura Taylor, SPM co-chairs Monica Henderson, Alison Haralson, Sherri Ebarb, Katie Harris, SPM Board Liaison Dana Clement; (second row): Michaela Brady, Laura McGowen, Heather Allen, SPM Co-Chair Danielle Hames, Anjum Sproul, Reacia Keene, Stephanie Reilly, Nikki Kokel, Kristin Dedek; (third row): Stephanie Van Horn, Kelly Evans, Christine Moreno, Karla Aranda, Alisa Tristan; (fourth row): Sheila Cooper, Taylor Connor, Cindy Reaves, Hillary Watson, Catherine Kubala; (fifth row): Tracy Pipes, Faten Shanar, Parita Kurian, Kimberly Camp, Jenna Kisner and Caroline Bordelon; (sixth row): Jaynee Tierce, Amy Stine, Brittany Cope, Sarah Kuehl and Jessica Miller.

Sugar Plum Market Committee: (l-r, first row): FBJSL President Laura Taylor, SPM co-chairs Monica Henderson, Alison Haralson, Sherri Ebarb, Katie Harris, SPM Board Liaison Dana Clement; (second row): Michaela Brady, Laura McGowen, Heather Allen, SPM Co-Chair Danielle Hames, Anjum Sproul, Reacia Keene, Stephanie Reilly, Nikki Kokel, Kristin Dedek; (third row): Stephanie Van Horn, Kelly Evans, Christine Moreno, Karla Aranda, Alisa Tristan; (fourth row): Sheila Cooper, Taylor Connor, Cindy Reaves, Hillary Watson, Catherine Kubala; (fifth row): Tracy Pipes, Faten Shanar, Parita Kurian, Kimberly Camp, Jenna Kisner and Caroline Bordelon; (sixth row): Jaynee Tierce, Amy Stine, Brittany Cope, Sarah Kuehl and Jessica Miller.


The popular holiday shopping event, Sugar Plum Market, presented by the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) and Memorial Hermann, is celebrating the 16th year of “Making Spirits Bright.” Shoppers will enjoy holiday décor, vendors and a weekend of shopping on Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Stafford Centre. Proceeds benefit Fort Bend County charities.

The weekend begins with a Preview Night party from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3. Preview Night patrons will be treated to an exclusive evening of shopping, as well as hors d’oeuvres catered by 26 Daisies, a drink ticket and the opportunity to shop on Friday and Saturday. Hours are Friday from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. With over 100 amazing vendors, shoppers will certainly find gifts for everyone.

A limited number 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. For as little as $250, individuals or businesses can become a sponsor and receive benefits such as event signage, website recognition, Preview Night tickets and an invitation to the check presentation party.

Visit fbjsl.org or e-mail information@sugarplummarket.com for more details.



Dirt Dogs Theatre Co.’s inaugural season continues with Five By Tenn: An Evening of Shorter Plays by Tennessee Williams. The creator of such American stage classics as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Glass Menagerie, Williams also published over 70 one-act plays. Five by Tenn draws from a collection written between 1941 and 1958.

For further information and tickets, visit dirtdogstheatre.org or matchouston.org/events/five-tenn.


Jon Secada comes to Houston Nov. 5 as part of the Brilliant Lecture Series.

Jon Secada comes to Houston Nov. 5 as part of the Brilliant Lecture Series.


The perfect date night is coming to Houston, Nov. 5 at the Dunham Theatre, 7502 Fondren Road. The acclaimed, romantic singer Jon Secada, whose career spans over two decades, two Grammy Awards, 20 million albums sold, and starring roles on Broadway, will be delighting those attending Brilliant Lecture Series’ special evening.

Secada’s numerous hits in English and Spanish have established him as one of the first bilingual artists to have international crossover success. Adored around the globe, Secada is recognized as an international superstar for his soulful and easy-listening voice.

The Cuban-born, yet distinctly American recording artist, producer and songwriter has not only written and produced hit songs for his own career, but also No.1 hits for such artists as Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan.

His songs include “Just Another Day” (Billboard Top 5 pop hit), “Angel,” (Billboard Top 10 pop hit), “Do You Believe in Us,” “If You Go,” “Too Late Too Soon,” “Same Dream,” and the soaring “Someday.”

The mission of Brilliant Lecture Series, a nonprofit organization, is to educate, inspire and entertain by presenting national and international leaders, role models, philanthropists, artists, humanitarians, performers, authors, and entrepreneurs to Houston.

Visit brilliantlectures.org/jon-secada for tickets or more information.


Sandy Stacy (far left) with event chairs Sarah and Fernando Aramburo and Ben Carey. Photo - MORRIS MALAKOFF

Sandy Stacy (far left) with event chairs Sarah and Fernando Aramburo and Ben Carey. Photo – MORRIS MALAKOFF


Sing for Hope Gala chairs Ben Carey and Sarah and Fernando Aramburo, along with honorary chair Mayor Sylvester Turner, have announced the recipient of the Camille Zamora Award. Sandy Stacy, director of the Omega House Hospice Program, will be fêted at “Sing for Hope 2016: We Are All Made of Stars” — a celebration benefiting Bering Omega and Houston Area Community Services — on Saturday, Nov. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. at Hotel Derek.

The Camille Zamora Award, named for the co-founding director of Sing For Hope, recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to improve the lives of Houstonians living with HIV/AIDS. In 1988, Stacy moved to Houston to work on the office staff of a medical group serving LGBTQ patients. She felt compelled to do more than schedule appointments, so she studied to become a registered nurse. Upon her return to Montrose in 1994, she began working with Omega House as a staff nurse. She has served as director of the facility since 1998.

Brandon Weinbrenner, the Alley Theatre’s Resident Assistant Artistic Director, will produce musical entertainment for the dinner-theater style event, with a menu by Hotel Derek’s Executive Chef Erin McClanahan. The evening raises funds to support health, housing and social service needs of more than 7,000 individuals and families in the Greater Houston area.

Individual tickets start at $300, and sponsorships and tables begin at $3,000. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit singforhope2016.org. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Paul Pettie, director of development, at ppettie@hacstxs.org.


Artist Jamie Diaz working in her studio. Photo - HCCC

Artist Jamie Diaz working in her studio. Photo – HCCC


On Saturday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, will host the sixth annual Hands-On Houston Family Festival, a free community event. Families and visitors of all ages are invited to this fun day of indoor/outdoor activities. This year, HCCC celebrates clay and polymer clay with hands-on activities, demonstrations by local artists and more.

Atendees will learn about various techniques for working with clay and polymer clay; make colorful pendants and pins with the Houston Polymer Clay Guild; create fun figurines with ClayHouston; decorate bisque-fired ornaments with watercolor paints; see live demonstrations by Houston-area clay and polymer clay artists; view the fall exhibitions CraftTexas 2016 and Best If Used By; shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and home décor in the Asher Gallery; and enjoy food and refreshments onsite from local food trucks. For more information, call 713-529-4848 or visit crafthouston.org.


NOV. 5

For the first time, the Houston Heart Walk will take place in the medical epicenter of Houston – the Texas Medical Center. Slated for Saturday, Nov. 5, the 5K noncompetitive walk will welcome 40,000 walkers to rally behind the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death, heart disease and stroke.

The walk route will begin in the medical center by winding through Hermann Park, with the start line at William C. Harvin Blvd. Participants will then walk down Braeswood Blvd., Holcombe Blvd. and loop back around to end on Harvin Blvd. off of the South Extension Lot where the post-event walk celebration will take place.

Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk is a fundraising event that is also a celebration of life. The funds raised benefit the American Heart Association by supporting lifesaving cardiovascular research, community education about risk factors and prevention and advocacy efforts like the CPR in Schools program.

Larry Stokes, senior vice president of Shared Services for Texas Medical Center, leads the Houston fundraising efforts as the 2016 Heart Walk Chair.

“The American Heart Association is changing the way we think about health, and it seems only fitting to have our renowned hospitals and health organizations rally around the nation’s number one cause of death. We are the largest medical center in the world, and our two organizations align greatly in our shared commitment to patient care, research, education and prevention,” said Stokes.

The Houston Heart Walk is one of five American Heart Association walks taking place in the Greater Houston area this fall. To join a Heart Walk near you, visit heart.org/hgcevents or call 832-918-4030. There is no cost to register but donations are appreciated. Participants are encouraged to walk as part of a corporate team or create a team with family and friends.


(l-r) Ava Moscicki of West University and Payton Daly of River Oaks on the catwalk at the annual American Girl Fashion Show.

(l-r) Ava Moscicki of West University and Payton Daly of River Oaks on the catwalk at the annual American Girl Fashion Show.


After 22 years American Girl will no longer be hosting American Girl Fashion Shows.

Join HITS Theatre as it hosts the Grand Finale of the American Girl Fashion Show on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., at the Junior League of Houston.

This is your last chance to attend the American Girl Fashion Show so you don’t want miss out. The event is a fun-filled afternoon for girls, their families and favorite dolls. Young models provide an entertaining and educational look at how generations of American Girls have used clothing to express their own unique style and personality. The entire show is performed by local children to help raise money and awareness for children’s theatre programs.

The American Girl Fashion Show brings American Girl dolls to life with an engaging program that combines fashion, education and goodwill. The Fashion Show features an interactive showcase of historical and contemporary fashions by American Girl, a seated meal, raffle prizes, take-home treasures and more. For more information or to purchase tables, visit hitsfashionshow.com.


Jersey Boys is part of the 2016-2017 BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center season. Photo - Jeremy Daniel

Jersey Boys is part of the 2016-2017 BBVA Compass Broadway at the Hobby Center season. Photo – Jeremy Daniel


The return engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, will play at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts from Nov. 15-20.

Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys won the 2006 Tony® Award for Best Musical, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia), and continues to break box office records on Broadway and across North America.

Jersey Boys is the story of The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. It is the true story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sound and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30 years old. For more information, visit JerseyBoysTour.com or BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com.



Now in its third year, the Grant-A-Starr Foundation Gala will take place on Nov. 10. It will be emceed by Jacquie Baly, president of BalyProjects and a leader in Houston’s business and policy communities for more than two decades. Also, for the third consecutive year, Houston artist Edgar Medina will paint live at the gala for auction at the end of the evening. One of the key fundraising events, the annual gala is hosted by the Cordua Family at their flagship restaurant Artista, located at the Hobby Center for Performing Arts in downtown Houston.

The   Grant-A-Starr Foundation (GASF) announces that it is approaching a major milestone of raising $1 million in donations to save children’s lives through early diagnosis. Since 2006, the Foundation has been raising money to support world-class projects at Texas Children’s Hospital and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, each focusing on research for the advancement of diagnostic testing to detect early   childhood diseases.

“The Foundation was started to celebrate the life of my son, Grant Starr, an otherwise extremely healthy and energetic seven-year old who contracted a seemingly common viral infection,” said Rod Starr, founder of the Foundation. “Attempting to identify an elusive virus was a time-intensive and heart-wrenching process, and the virus   that attacked him remains unidentified to   this day. Tragically, Grant passed away on the afternoon of Aug. 9, 2005, just 58 days after being admitted to the hospital.”

While great strides have been made in   medicine, the technology needed to quickly identify and treat new strains of bacteria and viruses is severely lagging. The GASF continues to honor Grant by raising funds, all of which are tax-deductible and go directly to the important projects at Texas Children’s Hospital (with Baylor College of Medicine) and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital (with The University of Texas Health Science Center) for research for life-saving advancements in diagnostic testing.

To learn more, visit grantastarr.org.



On Nov. 11-13, take a trip to Norway in Houston at Norwegian Seamen’s Church, 4309 Young Street, Pasadena. The Norwegian Christmas Market includes unique holiday gifts such as Scandinavian Christmas decorations, trolls, Nisser, Swedish linens and Norwegian jewelry. Attendees will have a chance to win great raffle prizes and bid on items in the silent auction. There will be a chance to observe and learn Norwegian folk dancing on Saturday. Visit the bakery for Norwegian specialty cookies and breads as well as a wide selection of Scandinavian foods. Take time for lunch in the cafeteria serving “open-faced” sandwiches and cream cakes.

Hours are Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from noon-4 p.m. Call 281-998-8366 for more information.



The public is invited to Golf, Glamour & Games of Chance, a charity event hosted by The Immunization Partnership (TIP) on Nov. 12 from 7-11 p.m. at Top Golf, located at 1030 Memorial Brook Boulevard.

Guests will enjoy playing golf games, blackjack and a surprise game of fortune. Local artist Taft McWhorter will create a masterpiece live during the event that will be auctioned off during the evening. A buffet dinner and open bar will be available.

In addition to being fun, glamorous and unique, all proceeds will help TIP achieve its mission of eradicating vaccine-preventable diseases through education, advocacy, and the promotion of immunization best practices. Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital will be honored with the John R. Boettiger, Jr. Award for Community Partnership for its generous and ongoing support of TIP’s programs and mission.

Event chairs April and Wells McGee and Tricia and Jim Zucker invite participation on a variety of levels. Sponsorships range from $3,000-$10,000 and individual tickets are $150-$3,000.

For more information, contact Julie Comiskey by phone at 281-769-3086 or email at jcomiskey@immunizeUSA.org.




On Nov. 15, co-chairs Mignon and Stephen Gill and Margaret and Brian Bravo invite the public to the Society of Performing Arts’ third annual A Taste of SPA on the Jones Hall Stage, 615 Louisiana Street.

The event is an opportunity for Houston’s community and corporate leaders to come together to celebrate the arts in education and enjoy an evening of light bites, libations and lively conversation with Houston’s top chefs. Proceeds from the event will enable SPA to sustain its mission of bringing the world’s best to Houston and support SPA’s Education and Community Engagement Programs, which provide more than 70,000 students, teachers and parents access to the best in the performing arts in unique and affordable ways.

Tables are available at $5,000 and $2,500. Individual tickets are $150. For more information, call Lena Khattab at 713-632-8103 or email lena@spahouston.org.


Find unique, handcrafted items at the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston holiday sale.

Find unique, handcrafted items at the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston holiday sale.


Contemporary Hand­weavers of Houston will present its 32nd annual Holiday Sale featuring unique handcrafted works by CHH guild members –– many of whom are nationally-recognized fiber artists and teachers.

Works for sale include hand-woven, hand-spun, hand-dyed and hand-felted textiles for the home, garments and accessories, rugs, jewelry, basketry, baby items and holiday decorations. All items are made from fine materials and styles range from edgy and funky, to elegant and traditional.

Sale hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thurs­day and Friday, and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with ArtCrawlHouston 2016. The event will be held at Guild House, 2327 Commerce, #106. Admission is free. For more information, call 832-767-5441 or visit weavehouston.org.



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

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


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.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the days of the tour. Tickets will be available for purchase online in late October and available for purchase in November from Buchanan’s Native Plants, 611 E. 11th St.; Jubilee, 325 W. 19th St.; and August Antiques, 803 Heights Blvd. Tickets ordered online will not be mailed and can be picked up at the Heights Fire Station at 12th and Yale the days of the tour. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the Fire Station and the retail locations on the days of the tour.

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. Anyone interested in volunteering to work during the tour may send an email to volunteer@houstonheights.org.


Claes Thure Oldenburg, Geometric Mouse X, 1971.


Rudolph Blume Fine Art / ArtScan Gallery director Volker Eisele, director Sean Rudolph and manager Antarctica Black alongside Tommy Gregory, artist and public art program curator at the Houston Airport System, announce Sculpture Month Houston, a citywide celebration and survey of the Houston sculpture scene.

In presenting the event across a variety of spaces throughout the city –– through Saturday, Nov. 19–– its organizers look to show­case the sculptural medium, its not­able masters and the shear talent of local sculptors.

“This project will showcase the emergence of a talented generation of young sculptors alongside our established ones in a wide variety of styles, reflecting the diversity of the city of Houston,” says campaign director Eisele.

The event consists of more than 35 participating venues including commercial galleries, nonprofit spaces, educational facilities and museums. While participating venues will coordinate their own programming of three-dimensional art, organizers plan to present four curated exhibitions featuring a cross-section of Houston and Texas-based sculptors. Participation in the month and its curated exhibitions is by invitation.

Central to the celebration is SITE Gallery Houston at The Silos at Sawyer Yards, an industrial space consisting of 34 igloo-like rooms representing the end terminals of the original rice silo towers. Additional exhibitions, opening receptions and events are scheduled for Capitol Street Gallery, Rudolph Blume Fine Art / ArtScan Gallery and Decorative Center Houston.

For a full schedule or more information, visit sculpturemonthhouston.com.



The 31st Annual Uptown Houston Holiday Lighting will be held Thanksgiving evening, Thursday, Nov. 24. To kick off the holiday season, Santa will make his annual appearance to light up more than a half-million lights on 80 trees lining Post Oak Boulevard and on area building rooftops. The spectacular evening culminates with a dazzling fireworks extravaganza.

This yearly high-spirited tradition is free and open to the public. The fun begins at 4 p.m. followed by live entertainment at at 5 p.m. and a fireworks extravaganza at 7 p.m.

Free public parking is available throughout the area. Call 713-621-2504 or visit uptown-houston.com for more information.



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.


DEC. 9-10

A tradition since 1941, the Kappa Kappa Gama Charitable Foundation Holiday Pilgrimage 2016 will showcase the best in interior, floral and holiday-inspired design ideas. Over the years, thousands of volunteers have worked together to coordinate the oldest continual home tour in Houston. In the early days, volunteers decorated the homes themselves, donating their own holiday decorations to the effort. Today, local florists have taken over and use the most cutting edge designs and décor to transform the homes into holiday masterpieces.

This year, four homes will be on the tour, two in River Oaks, located at 1923 Olympia Dr. and 3405 Meadow Lake Dr. and two in Tanglewood, located at 819 Briar Ridge Dr. and 818 Briar Ridge Dr. All of the homes are exquisitely decorated, and one was designed by famous architect John F. Staub.

The 2016 Home Tour is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Proceeds benefit charities that are working to impact the lives of children and adults in the community.

Since 1976, the Kappa Kappa Gamma Charitable Foundation has provided financial support to Houston’s charities, donating over $3.5 million to a significant number of large and small charities. The organizations have utilized the funds for programs, facilities, equipment and staff as they have helped thousands of Houstonians in need.

Co-Chair Andria Frankfort states, “This year we are honored to celebrate 75 years of shared blessings at what promises to be the best Home Tour in our history.”

Bridget Wade, Pilgrimage Co-Chair notes, “Each of the homes on our 2016 Pilgrimage Home Tour will be decorated for the holidays by some of Houston’s best floral designers. Visitors to the homes will have a chance to get a glimpse of the latest styles and décor for the season.”

Tickets for the Home Tour are $20, include admission to all four homes on the tour and may be purchased in advance at Bering’s Hardware and other local retailers, or on the day of the event at any of the Tour homes. For more information, visit HoustonKappas.org.


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