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The Arts & Happenings October 2015

1-Buffalo Bayou Park Trails - David A Brown


The public is invited to the grand opening of Buffalo Bayou Park on Saturday, Oct. 3, along Buffalo Bayou Park at various locations from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street, from 1:30-9:30 p.m.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership recently completed a $58-million renovation of the iconic Buffalo Bayou Park. Improvements to the 160-acre park include trails, pedestrian bridges, signature blue lighting, public art works, and new destinations like the Johnny Steele Dog Park, Barbara Fish Daniel Nature Play Area, Lost Lake/The Dunlavy, and The Water Works. The celebration will include activities ranging from walking tours, lectures, children’s crafts, recreational opportunities, delicious food, live music and programming that will showcase Houston’s diverse arts community.

The grand opening also includes Confluence: A Journey in Five Movements, a site-specific walking procession organized by Processional Arts Workshop of New York. This community-wide project enlisted 250 volunteers to create and participate in an illuminated procession celebrating Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s completion of Buffalo Bayou Park. Some 50 large and 80 small lanterns representing various aspects of the bayou (alligators, running shoes, art cars, etc.) will be carried in a procession along the bayou trails from The Water Works to the Sabine Street Bridge while 29 magnolia lanterns will be escorted by kayaks along the bayou. The processional starts at 8 p.m. A fireworks display is scheduled at 9 p.m. to cap off the night.


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Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) is proud to welcome three-time Golden Globe Award winner Laura Dern as this year’s guest speaker at SPA’s 19th annual Fall Luncheon. Chaired by Angie Hollaway, Amy Miller, Kimberly Miller, Julie Oliver and Karen Turner-Smith, the luncheon will take place on Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Hobby Center Sarofim Grand Lobby. Dern is one of the great actresses of her generation, touching audiences and critics alike with her moving and heartfelt performances. A product of two Hollywood actors, Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern, Dern has built a lasting career living up to the continuing legacy of her family name and craft. From the lectern, Dern will speak on how her life experiences have
propelled her to become an advocate for women’s empowerment, gender equality and balancing the delicate scales of work, life and family.

In 2009, Society for the Performing Arts established the annual Ann Sakowitz Performing Arts Advocate Award to present at its Fall Luncheon each October to commemorate National Arts and Humanities Month. The Award was named in memory of SPA founding board member Ann Sakowitz for her dedication to the performing arts and her devoted commitment to Society for the Performing Arts. SPA presents the award each year to an individual who, through their support and advocacy, champions the performing arts. Past recipients include Lynn Wyatt, Patricia Hubbard, Patsy Fourticq, Mariquita Masterson and most recently, Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro.

Underwriting opportunities for tables of 10 begin at $3,000 and limited individual tickets at $250. To purchase tables or individual tickets or for more information, contact Samantha Gonzalez at 713-632-8103, email sgonzalez@spahouston.org or visit spahouston.org/luncheon.


Part of the cast from Matilda the Musical.

Part of the cast from Matilda the Musical.


Matilda The Musical, is coming to Houston as part of Theatre Under The Stars’ 2015/16 season. Produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers, the first national tour of Matilda The Musical will be coming to The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts Oct. 6 – 18.

Winner of 50 international awards including 4 Tony Awards and a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical, Matilda The Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny.

Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda The Musical is directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), who helms this production with a book by Tony Award-winning playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin.

The production has sets and costumes by Tony Award winner Rob Howell, with choreography by Tony Award winner Peter Darling; orchestrations, additional music and musical supervision by Christopher Nightingale; lighting by Tony Award winner Hugh Vanstone; and sound by Simon Baker.

TUTS will offer several special events and add-on packages in conjunction with the show to make for an unforgettable musical experience: Matilda Sundance Film Screening – Monday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.; Kids Night On Broadway – Wednesday, Oct. 7; OUT@TUTS post-show cast party – Thursday, Oct. 8; and Matilda Add-On Package – Thursday, Oct. 15 performance only.

For more event information, visit TUTS.com/events.


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. photo-Houston Heights Association

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. photo-Houston Heights Association


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 1920s 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.



On Oct. 5, from 2 to 8:30 p.m., the second annual sporting clays tournament, auction and dinner benefiting Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy Program will take place at the Greater Houston Gun Club, 6700 McHard Road,one of the oldest private shotgun clubs in the country. The event is an enjoyable, friendly shooting competition coupled with food, beverages and fun to raise awareness of and funds for Backpack Buddy.

Many children who rely on free or reduced price lunches during the school week go home to meager or no meals on weekends. The Houston Food Bank’s Backpack Buddy Program works to fill in the gap. On Fridays, at participating schools and locations, children take home child-friendly, easily consumed and vitamin-fortified food. The food is given to the children discreetly in backpacks to avoid embarrassment to them.

The event schedule of events will be:

1:30–2:30 p.m. – Check in

2:30 p.m. – Event kickoff

3–5:30 p.m. – Sporting clays tournament

5:30 p.m. – Exhibition shoot with Beretta Sporting Clay Champion Scott Robertson

6 p.m. – Cocktails, silent auction and raffle

6:30 p.m. – Cookout with Celebrity Chef Bart Black

7 p.m. – Prizes and awards, close of silent auction and raffle

The Event Steering Committee includes George Ball, Edelman Financial; Mike Brezina, Hilcorp Energy Company; Tom Burke, Rowan Companies; Steve Lasher, GulfStar Group; Scott McClelland, H-E-B; Dan Pickering, TPH Asset Management; Greg Powell, Keane Group; Joe Rovig, National Oilwell Varco; Rob Schanen, Alliant Employee Benefits; and Welcome Wilson, Jr., GSL Welcome Group.

Event sponsor Morgan Stanley is this year’s Platinum Sponsor. Edelman Financial, Rowan Companies, Locke Lord LLP, National Oilwell Varco, NRG Energy, Oracle Corporation, H-E-B, GSL Welcome Group, Alliant Employee Benefits, Keane Group, and many others are sponsoring four person teams. The event is sold out. There are raffle prizes, a silent auction and dinner. Beer has been donated by Houston Distributing Company. Visit houstonfoodbank.org for more information.


Acclaimed artist Kerry James Marshall will speak to the Community Artists’ Collective’s Annual Luncheon.

Acclaimed artist Kerry James Marshall will speak to the Community Artists’ Collective’s Annual Luncheon.


Internationally renowned artist Kerry James Marshall will be the keynote speaker at the Community Artists’ Collective’s annual luncheon which will be held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2222 West Loop South, Thursday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m.

Marshall, recipient of a multitude of grants and awards, including the 1997 MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, uses painting, sculptural installations, collage, video and photography to comment on the history of black identity both in the United States and in Western art. He is well known for paintings that focus on black subjects historically excluded from the artistic canon and has explored issues of race and history through imagery ranging from abstraction to comics.

His works are in the permanent collections of more than 60 museums and
corporate collections.

Beverly Harmon, Alton LaDay and Joy Sewing serve as co-chairs of the event, which benefits the community outreach programs of The Collective, a nonprofit organization. Carolyn Farb will receive the inaugural Lester Marks Patron of the Year Award for a lifetime of contribution to Houston’s artists’ community.

Individual tickets for the 11 a.m.-1 p.m. luncheon are $150-$500; table prices range from $1,500 to $5,000, and sponsorship packages begin at $5,000.

For more information, call 713-523-1616 or email mbarnes@thecollective.org and visit thecollective.org.


Vignettes designed for the event will give party-goers ideas for their upcoming events.

Vignettes designed for the event will give party-goers ideas for their upcoming events.


Entertaining With Style, an event for Houstonians who love to entertain, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 12-8 p.m. at Memorial Antiques & Interiors (MAI), 8719 and 8731 Katy Freeway. Entertaining with Style will focus on entertaining in the home this season beautifully and with style. According to MAI general manager Kathy Swartzfager, “For nine years, we have been helping Houstonians entertain, and we can’t wait to present some of the most exciting new looks of the season.”

Along with design partners who also know well how Houston entertains, this free event will inspire anyone planning special occasions, from casual get-togethers to elegant celebrations of all sizes. From 6-8 p.m., Tony Vallone and his Vallone’s restaurant will be serving hot and cold appetizers with accompanying signature libations, florist David Brown will provide floral arrangements created in vessels available from MAI and the models of Uptown Park’s Elizabeth Anthony will stroll the aisles in cocktail and dressy casual attire.

Throughout the day and evening, vignettes by the 50 plus in-house designers/­vendors at MAI will feature new styles mixed with antiques in fabulous room settings. Dining room tables, buffets, bar carts and cabinets and more will inspire event-goers to dress up their homes for entertaining this fall and into the holidays. Vignettes will feature what is classic as well as what is trending now in interiors, from formal dinner party looks to casual, relaxed looks.

This event will benefit Memorial Hermann Foundation with proceeds from a silent
auction and a portion of the event’s sales going to the charity. Visit maihouston.com for more information.



On Oct. 10, Cindy Madsen will be walking in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk to raise funds to help find a cure for blood cancers. The society is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient aid.

Join Cindy in the fight to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families by making a contribution to her fundraising efforts for the Light The Night Walk. You can help her reach her fundraising goal of raising $1,000 in 2015, by making one of the following contributions:

$20 (Leukemia is the leading cause of cancer-related death among children under the age of 20)

$52 ($1 a week for one year)

$100 (100 percent chance of a cure in the future – with your help!)

$150 (enough to provide one patient with financial assistance for a year)

$36 ($1 for each patient who will be diagnosed in the next 24 hours)

$500 (enough to fund a family support group for a year)

$1,000 (enough to provide one patient with co-pay assistance in a year)

Other (every dollar helps the society move one step closer to putting cancer out of business).

Your contribution is 100 percent tax-deductible. In addition to your sponsorship, Cindy encourages you to join her at Light The Night by walking with her and her team to take steps towards cures. To register, visit pages.lightthenight.org/txg/Houston15/KatieKickedCancer. To donate, visit pages.lightthenight.org/txg/Houston15/CMadsen.



Monstrous mayhem will be unleashed when the Children’s Museum of Houston is transmogrified into the Monsters’ Museum of Houston for three weeks of Halloween.

From Oct. 10-31, witness how monsters have rummaged, scoured, combed, and turned upside down the Museum to make room for their monster lairs.

This hair-raising experience will allow you to “catch monsters” in the act, interact with their pals, participate in monster hobbies, and discover why monsters may be just simply misunderstood.

Activities include a trick-or-treat monster hunt, 4-6 p.m. weekdays, 4-8 p.m. Thurs­days, and all day weekends through Hallo­ween night; paint pumpkins to disguise as monsters, Oct. 31; become a creature of the night and fly through the cold sky with a pair of stella bat wings, Oct. 15-31; catch a frightening fashion show, Oct. 17; master the monster language by making howling monster calls, Oct. 10-14; make drippy monsters appear or disappear, Oct. 10-14; examine a squishy collection of monster eyeballs, Oct. 10-14; attach monster feet to your own, Oct. 24; party with DJ Zin during Moe’s Monster Mash Bash till 8 p.m., Oct. 31.


During the festival, 70 artists will transform the city’s east side. Once complete, the murals will cover 17 walls throughout EADO, East End and Washington Avenue Arts Districts.

During the festival, 70 artists will transform the city’s east side. Once complete, the murals will cover 17 walls throughout EADO, East End and Washington Avenue Arts Districts.


Houston First presents the city’s first annual Houston Urban Experience (HUE) Mural Festival celebrating Houston’s diverse arts community. The seven-day festival is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17- Saturday, Oct. 24 and will feature 70 artists including COPE2 (New York), RISK (Los Angeles), INDIE184 (New York), REAL TRES (Monterrey, Mexico), ANAT RONEN (Houston) and many more from around the world, transforming Houston’s cityscape from concrete to color. Murals will be located throughout downtown Houston’s EADO, East End and Washington Avenue Arts Districts. The opening ceremony will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. at 2011 Leeland Street.

Artists will have approximately 170 hours to create their designs using various forms of tools, techniques and styles of mural art including graffiti, muralism, paint brush work, airbrush, roller brush, wheat paste and stencil. Once complete, the murals will cover 17 walls totaling approximately 17,000 square feet of wall space within a 17-mile roundtrip around the city.

Throughout the festival, visitors are invited to visit the art-in-progress through guided tours or utilize a Map App for self-guided tours. Docents will be available at each mural site to provide information about the artists and artwork. Guests will also enjoy live music, pop-up food trucks and St. Arnolds Brewery pop-ups at select mural site open houses, and more. Additional information can be found at huemuralfestival.com.


(L-R): 2014 Holiday Happening Chair Rhonda Van Liew and 2014-2015 Houston Junior Woman’s Club President Marjanne Gillick. photo - ALEXANDERSPORTRAITS.COM

(L-R): 2014 Holiday Happening Chair Rhonda Van Liew and 2014-2015 Houston Junior Woman’s Club President Marjanne Gillick.


Houston Junior Woman’s Club is kicking off the holiday shopping season this Columbus Day with its 32nd annual Holiday Happening fundraising luncheon and style show on Oct. 12 at 9:30 a.m. at The Omni Houston Hotel at Riverway. Holiday Happening 2015, “Friendship, Faith, and Service,” will honor Marilyn and Louis Mogas, noted local philanthropists and longtime supporters of Houston Junior Woman’s Club and many other organizations throughout Houston.

Over the last 32 years, HJWC has raised more than $5.5 million for local children’s charities. Funds raised by HJWC will benefit Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Texas Children’s Cancer Center at Texas Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Houston and other local children’s charities.

Holiday Happening 2015 chairwoman Debbie Gravatt is creating a memorable combination of live auction, big board, and silent auction offerings. Highly sought-after gift baskets and the “Holiday Market” feature an array of handcrafted gift items to complete everyone’s holiday shopping list.

This year’s winter and holiday style show features beautiful fashions from Elizabeth Anthony/Esther Wolf. Debra Duncan, host of Great Day Houston, will serve as emcee.

Holiday Happening is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Christine Cummins at 281-610-1830 or by visiting houstonjuniorwomansclub.org for more information. Individual tickets are $175 and reserved tables start at $1,750.


Dancers Jerrica Mark and Bryan Peck. photo-KAREN STOKES DANCE

Dancers Jerrica Mark and Bryan Peck.


OCT. 18

Karen Stokes Dance presents Sunset at White Oak Bayou, a site specific work at White Oak Bayou, Wood St. between N. Main and San Jacinto, on Oct.18 at 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. A reception at Willow Street Pump House will follow the second performance.

With original music by Brad Sayles, played live by Heights 5 Brass, Karen Stokes Dance brings to life Houston’s origins in its original setting. Stokes is making it her mission to bring Houston history alive in the very spot the Allen brothers stepped ashore, on the banks of White Oak Bayou as it merges with Buffalo Bayou. This site, the original Port of Houston, (now renamed Allen’s Landing after its founders) has been a central focus of Stokes’ work for two years.

For show reservations and tickets to the reception, visit karenstokesdance.org.


The ranks of the 12-member Rose Ensemble will swell with the addition of The Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School as they open the Houston Early Music season with “Music from the Land of Three Faiths.” photo-ROSE ENSEMBLE

The ranks of the 12-member Rose Ensemble will swell with the addition of The Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School as they open the Houston Early Music season with “Music from the Land of Three Faiths.”



Minnesota-based Rose Ensemble returns to Houston on Sunday, Oct. 18 to open the Houston Early Music season with “Music from the Land of Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians and Muslims” at at 5 p.m. at St. Philip Presbyterian Church, 4807 San Felipe St. Exploring language, spirituality and cultural exchange, this Emerging Artists Series program will also feature the Concert Chorale of Bellaire High School. A preconcert talk will begin at 4:15 p.m.

“Our program highlights the Hispano-Arabic Middle Ages as both an important and devastating chapter of Judaic, Christian and Islamic history,” said Jordan Sramek, founder and artistic director of the Rose Ensemble. The 13th and early14th centuries witnessed fertile cultural exchanges between Jews, Muslims and Christians, particularly in Spain, but the country had expelled all non-Christians by 1492.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, the Rose Ensemble features nine vocalists, although Sramek also plays psaltery and hurdy-gurdy in addition to singing tenor. Instrumentalists include oud player David Burk, percussionist Tim O’Keefe and vielle, rebec and harp player Ginna Watson. Before the concert, the ensemble will spend the weekend in residency at Bellaire High School, working with students in its Concert Chorale. A similar, although smaller, outreach event there during the Rose Ensemble’s last visit to the Houston Early Music series in 2013 led to the current concert collaboration with the chorale.

Recognized internationally as a leader and innovator in vocal music, the Rose Ensemble won the 2005 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence and took first place in both the secular and sacred categories at the 2012 Tolosa International Choral Competition in Spain.



On Thursday, Oct. 29 from 6-10 p.m., Crime Stoppers of Houston will host its 23rd Annual Gala at Omni Houston Hotel, 4 Riverway. This year, the group will be honoring Houston icon Dave Ward.

Ward played an instrumental role in creating the “media” reach of Crime Stoppers of Houston back in the early ‘80s. It was his creativity and ingenuity that contributed to the famous (and internationally recognized) Crime Stoppers’ reenactments. Thanks to his vision, Crime Stoppers of Houston has created a model that now leads the nation.

The gala keynote speaker is respected television journalist Ted Koppel, and chairs of the event are Joella and Steve Mach. Auction chairs are Courtney Zubowski Haas and Dr. Eric Haas. For tickets and more information, visit crime-stoppers.org/events, or contact Allison Lewis at 713-521-4600, ext. 1108 or alewis@crime-stoppers.org.


2015 Haras Cup will be a three-day event featuring an equestrian soiree.

2015 Haras Cup will be a three-day event featuring an equestrian soiree.

2015 HARAS CUP, OCT. 23-25

Haras Hacienda will be the site for the three days of parties for the Haras Cup’s national and international competition in the Working Equitation International Association USA governed championship. Located at 26427 Peden Road, Magnolia, the events, benefitting Kids’ Meals, will be held Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 25. The horse show is complimentary and open to the public.

The event will encompass three days of National and International riders competing in a Working Equitation International Association USA (WEIAUSA) governed championship with six levels of competition from Youth to Advanced.

Friday, October 23, 11:30 a.m. – Horsey Crazy Fashion Show & Luncheon – Fashions are from four premier designers and a retail store: Josē Sanchez, ladies and men’s leather designer fashions; Linda Cunning­ham, ladies designer attire; Lucho, high-end men’s fashions; and Pat Dahnke, designer of an artistic line of western style ready-to-wear. Lunch is provided by Haras Catering. Tickets are $100.

Saturday, Oct. 24, 4:30 p.m. – Eques­trian Dream Soiree Dinner Gala – A cocktail attired event that includes dinner and dancing, a performance by Virtuosi of Houston accompanied by dancing horses, a dancing horse joined by a ballerina, and riding exhibitions by the Catalena Cowgirls and elaborately costumed Charros. Tickets are $250.

Sunday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. – Hat Derby Brunch – The brunch begins with the working equitation speed competition, then brunch provided by Haras Catering and the popular Ladies Hat Derby Contest. Tickets are $150.

For more information or tickets, call 281-259-4861, email Info@Harasdc.us or visit HarasCup.com.


A previous winner in the kids’ costume contest.

A previous winner in the kids’ costume contest.


During the annual Moody Gardens Ghostly Gardens Halloween celebration, children and their families can participate in free trick-or-treating, Creepy Crafts, face-painting and other fun activities on Oct. 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will also include a kids’ costume contest for children 12 years old and younger. Prizes will be awarded to the participant with the best costume in each of the different age groups.

The costume contest will kick off at 3 p.m. in the Garden Lobby of the Visitor’s Center. All other activities will be held in various locations throughout the Moody Gardens complex. All guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume the day of the event. Families with at least one member in a Halloween costume will receive a special discount to the Rainforest Pyramid, SpongeBob SubPants Adventure, SPEED, MG 3D Theater, 4D Theater and Colonel Paddlewheel, paying just $5 per attraction per person.

For more information, call 800-582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.



Hotel Galvez & Spa, located at 2024 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston, opens its ghost tour, typically reserved for guests, to the public as part of a dinner tour package on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in October. During the tour, staff guides participants through the ghostly past of the hotel which is then followed by dinner in the Galvez Bar & Grill.

Priced at $45 per person, the one-hour public ghost tour is only available as part of the dinner package. Friday night tour dinner packages are available exclusively as part of an overnight ghost package. Advance reservations are required. See special offers for details on overnight package at HotelGalvez.com.


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NOV. 12-15

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, accessories and more.

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.

“From the start, the market has always been about raising much needed dollars for the Houston Ballet Foundation, the Academy and its Scholarship Programs,” said Patsy Chapman, CEO of Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. “This year is no different and we want to give a heartfelt thanks to every shopper who comes out because every dollar spent has a profound impact on arts education and fueling the passion of young dancers right here in Houston.”

Each year, a handful of new vendors make their debut. This year’s Market goers will discover new items from local Houston businesses, plus a variety of interesting and one-of-a-kind items from other places. Some familiar favorites return, with food from Texas Tamale Co. and Donne Di Domani, decorative accessories and gifts from Paul Michael Co., ornamental metal accessories from The Round Top Collection, and Christmas wreaths and decorations from Clutter Yule Love.

General admission tickets go on sale to the public starting Oct. 19 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.


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.

Avenue CDC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing communities and improving the quality of life for low-income residents by creating high quality affordable housing options and fostering community engagement that leads to positive change. In the last 22 years, Avenue CDC has helped develop 133 single-family homes, 594 affordable rental units and 140,000 square feet of commercial space within the inner-loop, creating accessible city living for Houston residents including families, seniors and artists.

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.

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