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The Arts & Happenings October 2017


Aaron McIntosh, “Freshman Magazine, August 2002 Issue (Broken Links),” from the “Fragments” series, 2012. Digital textile print on cotton broadcloth, vintage printed cotton, batting, thread. 71 x 56 inches. (Photo – Aaron McIntosh).

“STORYLINE: THE CONTEMPORARY QUILT” AT HCCC, SEPT. 22-JAN.7

This fall, from Sept. 22-Jan. 7, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC), 4848 Main Street, presents Storyline: The Contemporary Quilt, a survey that highlights the spectrum of contemporary quilt-making techniques and traditions. As living artifacts that change over time, historically, quilts have depicted personal histories and fostered community-building throughout many different cultures. Storyline brings together a diverse selection of quilters, including Kathryn Clark, Carolyn Mazloomi, Aaron McIntosh, and Anna Von Mertens, who utilize various techniques, patterns, and materials to document their stories as well as comment on broader cultural narratives. Each artist uses the language of fiber to capture the unique content of his or her work.

Other quilts act as diaries, documenting the personal histories of their authors. For more information, visit crafthouston.org.

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NEW LONE STAR FLIGHT MUSEUM OFFERS “PAY WHAT YOU CAN” ADMISSION, THROUGH OCT. 1

The Lone Star Flight Museum at Ellington Airport (LSFM), 11551 Aerospace Avenue, is open to the public with “pay what you can” admission through Sunday, Oct. 1. A dedication ceremony with dignitaries and local officials is slated for Saturday, Sept. 30. A time for the ceremony will be announced at a later date.

“The irony of opening our building in the midst of Hurricane Harvey is not lost on any of us. We are the reality of surviving a hurricane and rebuilding and we know that our community will overcome this trial,” said Douglas H. Owens, Lt Gen (ret), CEO, Lone Star Flight Museum. “As we support the region’s recovery, I am moved by the sense of strength and common purpose that rises above and is on full display. We look forward to visitors arriving at our doors and we are proud of the experience they will have in our new facility.”

Houston Strong “pay what you can” admission supports the spirit of Texas and those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Normal Admission is Adult (12+ yrs) $20; Senior (65+ yrs) $16; Youth (4-11 yrs) $16; Child (under 4) free. Discount pricing available for active and retired military, National Guard and Reserves. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Breaking ground almost a year and a half ago at Ellington Airport, the new $38 million, 130,000 square-foot aviation history and STEM facility will share the story of flight in the Lone Star State and feature the contributions Texas and Texans have made to aviation. Highlights of the museum include interactive exhibits focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts essential to flight, a $1 million Aviation Learning Center, the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame and a marvelous flying collection of historically significant aircraft. For more information, visit Lonestarflight.org.

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On Halloween weekend, audiences will be treated to Alfred Hitchcock’s supreme thriller, Psycho, as the Houston Symphony performs Bernard Herrmann’s bone-chilling, iconic score.

HOUSTON SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2017-18 FALL CONCERTS

Tickets for the Houston Symphony’s Fall concerts are on sale to the general public at houstonsymphony.org or by calling 713-224-7575.

During the 2017-18 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its fourth season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras. The 2017-18 BBVA Compass POPS season features a diverse array of musical options from pop music, film scores like Psycho, and Broadway’s biggest showstoppers, under the leadership of Principal POPS Conductor Steven Reineke.

Highlights from the first half of the season include an exciting world premiere by new Composer-in-Residence Jimmy López, Grammy Award-winning violinist James Ehnes performing an all-Thanksgiving program, and a brand-new holiday extravaganza with multitalented actress and singer Megan Hilty. On Halloween weekend, audiences will be treated to Alfred Hitchcock’s supreme thriller, Psycho,, as the Houston Symphony performs Bernard Herrmann’s bone-chilling, iconic score.

Classical concerts start at just $23. For more information, visit the website.

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(L-R): Trio Settecento – John Mark Rozendaal, Baroque ‘cello; Rachel Barton Pine, violin; and David Schrader, harpsichord. (Photo – Janette Beckman)

HOUSTON EARLY MUSIC ANNOUNCES A SEASON OF MAJESTY, MYTH AND MYSTERY

Houston Early Music will bring the vitality, adventure and beauty of long-ago eras to life in coming months when it presents its 2017-2018 concert series. “A Season of Majesty, Myth and Mystery,” will feature five renowned early music ensembles dedicated to showcasing music from the Renaissance through the 18th century – with instruments and styles true to those periods.

“We’re excited to be able to offer programs from so many distant times and places this season,” said Nancy Ellis, artistic director of Houston Early Music. “Each program evokes a powerful sense of the culture that inspired it. Our selections will range from a program inspired by Greek mythology to music from early Latin America to a collection of violin sonatas that span the career of Handel.”

Houston Early Music continues its commitment to its ongoing Hispanic Heritage Series this season and, as part of its educational outreach initiative, all performances will feature a discussion program with the ensemble members prior to the concerts.

For more information, full season subscriptions and individual tickets, visit HoustonEarlyMusic.org.

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Messenger-Tryptich by Shanti Conlan.

THE JUNG CENTER PRESENTS UNCERTAIN REALM: THE ART OF SHANTI CONLAN, OCT. 3-28

The Jung Center has announced its October exhibition Uncertain Realm: The Art of Shanti Conlan, will be on display from Oct. 3-28 at the Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd. The public is invited to a gallery reception on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 5-7 p.m.

Shanti Conlan is a Houston artist working in multiple printmaking techniques, drawing, and collage. Her images capture both the invisible and tangible forces of the natural world, exploring celestial and terrestrial environments. By shifting our focus from the macroscopic to the microscopic, her work is an attempt to reconcile the disconnect we often feel between the physical and the emotional.

For more than 50 years, The Jung Center has served as a nonprofit resource offering dynamic and compelling classes – “continuing education for the human spirit” – on a diverse range of psychological, artistic, and intellectual topics.

The Jung Center’s building was originally designed as an art gallery and mounts approximately nine exhibits of work by both established and emerging artists each year. The Jung Center is an active member of the Houston Museum District. Admission to the gallery and opening receptions is free and open
to the public.

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THE HOUSTON CHORAL SOCIETYANNOUNCES 2017-2018 SEASON

Led by Artistic Director Dr. Kevin Klotz, the Houston Choral Society (HCS) announces its versatile and engaging 2017-2018 season. “We are providing our audiences with a wide variety of musical genres this year. We will have German folk music and waltzes, Spanish carols, Broadway favorites, and The Lord Nelson Mass. There is something for everyone to enjoy in our 2017-2018 season,” says Klotz.

Season subscriptions are now on sale. Season subscribers save 15 percent for four concerts. Season tickets are $85 for adults, $65 for seniors/students and $30 for children 5 years old and under. Season tickets are available online at houstonchoral.org.

Oktoberfest: Saturday, Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The Choral Society begins its season with a program featuring German composers. In addition to a variety of sacred works and popular German folk songs, the chorus will perform the famous Liebeslieder Walzer (Op. 52) by Johannes Brahms set for piano four-hands.

The Houston Choral Society performs at The Foundry United Methodist Church, 8350 Jones Road, one of the premier choral venues in Houston with extraordinary acoustics. Visit houstonchoral.org for audition and other information.

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Guests at Canned Acoustica are encouraged to bring canned food items to support Houston Food Bank.

DISCOVERY GREEN REVITALIZES CANNED ACOUSTICA UNPLUGGED, OCT. 1 AND NOV. 12

On select Sundays this fall, Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney Street, hosts Canned Acoustica on the Lynda L. Transier Bandstand and the Grace Event Lawn as part of the Xfinity Entertainment Series. This much-loved Houston series features area musical acts in unplugged concerts.

For Canned Acoustica, Houston promoter and manager Mark C. Austin challenges bands to rearrange and reimagine songs using only acoustic instruments, resulting in unique, intimate performances. Each concert features five local or regional bands representing a mix of genres including rap, metal, Latin, indie, rock and soul. The original series featured six concerts between 2010 and 2012 and featured performers including The Suffers, Fat Tony and the Tontons.

“Since Canned Acoustica went on hiatus in 2012, I often get asked to bring the series back to life,” said Austin. “Discovery Green’s small stage is an ideal setting for these intimate acoustic sets, performed by some of the best bands from the Houston area.”

Guests are encouraged to bring a canned food item to be donated to the Houston Food Bank. Limited edition Canned Accoustica t-shirts will be available, with proceeds benefitting Discovery Green Conservancy’s music education programs. Food and drinks will be available on site, provided by The Grove.

Discovery Green’s programming is funded in part by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

The following dates and bands are confirmed:

Sunday, Oct. 1, from 5-10 p.m., featuring: Folk Family Revival, Another Run, Deep Cuts, Guilla, Boomtown Brass Band

Sunday, Nov. 12, from 5-10 p.m., featuring: 30footFALL, Stephanie Rice (of Colonial Blue), Say Girl Say, Mind Shrine, Dead to the World

Admission is free. Donations of canned food items are encouraged. Visit discoverygreen.com for additional details and event updates.

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THE EPICUREAN PROJECT, OCT. 4

The Epicurean Project and Martin Preferred Foods have announced their second annual culinary event that will bring together Houston chefs to showcase what’s new. Slated for the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 4, the event will take place at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St.

The Epicurean Project is a culinary industry- and chef-driven concept that is focused on participating in our communities through the passion for and power of food. Through collaboration, the Epicurean Project aims to celebrate the innovation of culinary arts. The event benefits Recipe for Success Foun­dation, a nonprofit that focuses on combating childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food and by educating and mobilizing the community to provide healthier diets for children.

Acclaimed chefs, participating by invitation only, will gather to showcase trend-setting food and menu ideas, offer personal insights and highlight techniques. New to this year’s event will be an exciting chef competition that will include first place, second place, third place based on taste, presentation, and creativity, and a People’s Choice Award. Houston’s top culinary talent will prepare dishes in a heated competition featuring top food media influencers as the judges. Participation by additional chefs will further heighten the exceptional opportunities to interact with Houston’s most talented culinary experts.

Learn more at martinfoods.com.

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Rickybird (mint, hot, pink) by Brian Bress, 2017© the Artist; Courtesy Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles).

SIDEWALK CINEMA CONTINUES AT MAIN STREET SQUARE WITH TWO VIDEO WORKS BY BRIAN BESS, THROUGH OCTOBER

The Houston Downtown Management District (Downtown District) and Aurora Picture Show continue to program Sidewalk Cinema with contemporary video works. Rickybird (mint, hot pink) and Still Life (orange to blue) by Los Angeles-based artist Brian Bress are now on view in two windows of the Sakowitz garage at 1111 Main Street. The installation is part of Art Blocks, a public art initiative from the Downtown District aiming to repurpose and reenergize under realized spaces through public art that is accessible to all. The initiative has activated Main Street Square with a series of temporary site-specific works since Feb. 2016.

Bress fabricates costumes and backdrops for his photography and video works, often using the human figure as scaffolding for sculptural forms. Rickybird (mint, hot pink) and Still Life (orange to blue) — both completed in 2017 and displayed in the recent exhibition In Lieu of Flowers Send Memes at Cherry and Martin gallery in Los Angeles — are slow-moving “video paintings” that nod to futurism, minimalism, art deco, Bauhaus, the Memphis group and more.

Rickybird (mint, hot pink) and Still Life (orange to blue) will remain on view through October.

For more information, visit artblockshouston.org.

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CLASSICAL THEATRE COMPANY KICKS OFF 10TH SEASON WITH SHAW’S MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION, OCT. 4-22

Classical Theatre Company, 4617 Montrose Blvd., will kick off its 10th season with Mrs. Warren’s Profession, a play by George Bernard Shaw, from
Oct. 4-22.

First performed in 1902, Mrs. Warren’s Profession shows us the life of a middle-aged woman, Mrs. Kitty Warren, a former prostitute and current brothel madam, as she becomes acquainted with her grown daughter, Vivie, for the first time in her life. Vivie, a recent University of Cambridge graduate, is horrified to learn what her mother does for her profession, and the audience sees how this realization changes the dynamic of their relationship and brings to light the role of professional women in the Western world.

“Shaw is a master when it comes to making us laugh while skewering the social conundrums that surrounded him – and still surround us to this day,” says CTC Executive Artistic Director John Johnston. “This fabulously witty play discusses everything from the limited economic opportunities for women, to the roles women play in society, to the place of men in relation to women. All of these ideas are still at the forefront of the sociopolitical discussions today.”

Winner of the American Theatre Wing’s prestigious National Theatre Company Grant Award in 2016, the Classical Theatre Company is dedicated to boldly
re-envisioning classical drama on the stage, in the community, and in the classroom through engaging and enlightening plays – bringing them new life and relevance while maintaining the integrity that the works deserve.

Visit classicaltheatre.org for more information or to buy tickets. Prices are general admission $25, seniors $15, teachers/students and industry $10.

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Art by Lenora Palacious.

SAWYER YARDS PRESENTS THE FALL BIANNUAL ART STROLL, OCT. 7

Art collectors, enthusiasts and even those looking to purchase their first piece of art shouldn’t miss the chance to view and shop thousands of original works from nearly 300 Houston artists at the Fall Biannual Art Stroll hosted by the Artists at Sawyer Yards on Sat., Oct. 7, at Sawyer Yards. From 12-9 p.m., the five studio buildings on Houston’s largest creative campus will be open ­– Silver Street Studios, Spring Street Studios, Summer Street Studios, The Silos and Winter Street Studios ­– so you can meet the artists and see a fantastic array of paintings, sculptures, ceramics, glass, mosaic, photography, mixed media and jewelry. Live music and food trucks at each building will keep visitors energized for a colorful day of meeting new artists and finding the perfect piece to add to your collection.

Sawyer Yards creative campus is located at the following: Silver Street Studios – 2000 Edwards St.; Spring Street Studios – 1824 Spring St.; Summer Street Studios – 2204 Summer St.; The Silos at Sawyer Yards – 1502 Sawyer St.; and Winter Street Studios – 2101 Winter St.

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The Halloween Car Show features a costume contest and awards for best cars.

CHILLS, THRILLS AT NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FUNERAL HISTORY IN OCTOBER

The Halloween season in Houston wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the National Museum of Funeral History. This year, the museum is celebrating everyone’s favorite spooky holiday during the full month of October (and into the beginning of November). Families have the chance to explore a variety of Halloween happenings – from the Museum’s annual Haunted House to the 10th Annual Halloween Car Show (one day only). The fun continues with the Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos celebration with fun children’s activities.

Annual Haunted House, Oct. 1-Nov. 4; Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m. Admission: $5 Adults; $3 Kids 11 and under; Tickets are half price when purchased with museum admission. Get in to the Halloween spirit all month long at this family-friendly haunted house. The house is rated PG-13 and is recommended for children ages 12 and up.

Annual Halloween Car Show, Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission: $3 per person; $5 per couple/family. See more than 150 cars from classic to contemporary, from motorized to hoof, while helping to support local charities. Enjoy the fall festival atmosphere with face painting, arts and crafts for the kids, great food from local vendors, a live DJ, silent auction and more. Children are encouraged to come in costume and trick-or-treat from trunk-to-trunk. Costume contest at 12 p.m. Special trophies awarded at 3 p.m. for Best of Show Car, Truck and Modern Vehicle and Best Decorated vehicle. To enter a car in the show, pre-registration is recommended. Anyone can enter.

Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos Celebration, Nov. 1-4; Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Satur­day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $10 adults (age 12 and up); $9 seniors/veterans; $7 children age 6-11; free for children age 5 and younger. Explore authentic altars made by local artists, commemorate your loved one by leaving them a message in the Book of the Dead. Fun parent-supervised activities for the children. For more information, visit nmfh.org.

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SHARPSTOWN HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES OF 1977 AND 1978 JOINT REUNION, OCT. 7

The Sharpstown High School classes of 1977 and 1978 will hold a joint 40th reunion on Saturday, October 7 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Cadillac Bar on 1802 Shepherd. The evening’s activities will include music, a full buffet, raffle, photo booth and a great opportunity to renew old friendships.

A golf outing will be held at Greatwood Golf Club also on Saturday, October 7. There will also be a get-together on Friday, October 6; details will be announced on the reunion website. To register for the reunion, and for updated details and events, please visit sharpshs77.reunionmanager.com.

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The Gatlin Brothers.

HURRICANE HARVEY RECOVERY BENEFIT WITH LARRY GATLIN & THE GATLIN BROTHERS, OCT. 8

Red Bird Productions is proud to announce its inaugural event, a recovery benefit for those hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey, on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. featuring Grammy Award-winning musical artists Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers Band.

Over 50 years ago Larry, Steve, and Rudy Gatlin started singing together in their little hometown of Abilene and from these humble beginnings went on to make musical history.

Now these legendary performers will share their uniquely harmonic vocal style with Houston audiences to benefit the recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey. Appearing in concert at Klein Cain High School’s brand-new theater in Spring, The Gatlin Brothers bring their patriotic and family-friendly brand of country and inspirational music to the stage in a special celebration of not only one of country music’s most beloved and harmonic families, but also of the character and spirit of one of Texas’ and America’s greatest cities.

Seating is reserved and tickets range from $45 to $85. Reserve tickets at redbirdproductions.org or call 281-583-7575.

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Steve Tyrell

MEMORIAL HERMANN’S 2017 RAZZLE DAZZLE LUNCHEON, OCT. 12

Memorial Hermann’s annual Razzle Dazzle Luncheon, benefiting early detection and outreach programs at the Bobetta C. Lindig Breast Care Center at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 12 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at The Westin Houston Memorial City Hotel. The luncheon is celebrating “Radiance” with Grammy Award-winning producer and vocalist Steve Tyrell.

Tyrell has achieved success as a singer, songwriter, producer, music supervisor, and radio host in the five decades he’s been in the music business. Break­through musical performances for the soundtracks of both Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride II helped Tyrell reinvent and re-popularize classic pop standards for a modern-day audience.

Tyrell’s work as a record producer and recording artist has included Grammy-winning collaborations with diverse and legendary artists, including Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville, B.J. Thomas, and Blood Sweat and Tears. Additionally, his historic record production of Andy Griffith’s I Love To Tell the Story won the Grammy in 1995 for Gospel Album of the Year, and remains one of the best-selling Gospel albums of all time.

As a music producer for film and TV, Tyrell has worked with distinguished directors Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Nancy Meyers, Steven Soderbergh, and Charles Shyer. As a songwriter, his songs have been recorded by revered artists such as Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, and Diana Ross.

The 2017 event will honor Hallie Vanderhider, a three-time breast cancer survivor and past Razzle Dazzle co-chair. For more information, or to purchase a table, visit razzledazzlepink.com or call 713-242-4438.

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(L-R): Dancers Kifyak and Svetlica perform Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

RUSSIAN GRAND BALLET PRESENTS SWAN LAKE, OCT. 17

There is only one opportunity to see the Russian Grand Ballet’s full-length classical production of one of the world’s most famous ballets: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake on Oct. 19 at the Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater. . This performance includes the rarely seen Waltz of the Black Swans.

Swan Lake features the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who falls under the spell of an evil sorcerer. Only Prince Siegfried’s devotion can save her. Tchai­kov­sky’s Swan Lake combines pure romanticism and tragedy, in a magical tale of love and deception. The glorious score and gravity-defying choreography have enchanted audiences for over a century, and continue to inspire new generations of dancers and music lovers of all ages.

Russian Grand Ballet’s full-length classical production features Russia’s brightest ballet stars. Founded by graduates of the great choreographic academies of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev, and steeped in the history of classical Russian ballet, Russian Grand Ballet has been bringing most beloved full-length classics to audiences around the world since 2005.

Under the leadership of Constantine Pinchuk and award-winning ballet master Andrey Litvinov, the company has expanded to include a corps de ballet of more than 50 dancers, joined each year by renowned guest artists dancing principal roles. This year marks the company’s third North American tour with visits to 60 cities across the United States, and the presentation of two masterworks that define the art form – The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.

Tickets range in price from $27 to $87, plus taxes and fees, and are available for purchase by phone at 832-487-7041, at houstonfirsttheatres.com and in person at the Wortham Center’s Box Office. For more information, visit RussianGrandBallet.com.

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REMODELERS COUNCIL CHARITYGARAGE SALE, OCT. 21-22

Houstonians wanting to renovate their homes have a unique opportunity to find what they need at a price they can afford at the 10th Annual GHBA Remodelers Council Charity Garage Sale taking place at the 23rd Texas Home and Garden Show on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22 at NRG Center.

The Garage Sale will feature excess inventory donated by members of the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA) as well as donations made by their suppliers and local businesses, all available to consumers at deeply discounted prices. Items on hand will include a great variety ranging from flooring, tile and granite, windows, doors, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, trim material, cabinets, a variety of sinks and more. Electronic technology will be available for the first time at the garage sale, from Audio Pro 5.0 surround speakers to Crestron automation, RTI remotes and many networking items.

All proceeds go towards local GHBA charity projects such as Casa de Esperanza, SIRE Therapeutic Equestrian Center, FamilyTime Crisis Center and Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services.

The event will take place in NRG Center, Hall C; Show hours are Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5p.m. Tickets are available online and at the door. For additional information, visit texashomeandgarden.com.

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HOLOCAUST MUSEUM LIBRARY HOSTS NEW BOOK CLUB

Grab a fellow book lover and join Holocaust Museum Houston’s The Boniuk Library Book Club, featuring popular books set to the backdrop of the Holocaust. This new book club will meet monthly at the Museum’s Morgan Family Center, located at 5401 Caroline St. in the Museum District, to share conversation about each read.

Admission to The Boniuk Library Book Club is free, but registration is required and seating is limited. Visit hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online or contact Maria Harris at 713-942-8000, x110 or library@hmh.org to add your name to an interest list.

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Actor Rob Lowe will share his journey to sobriety at the Council on Recovery Fall luncheon.

ROB LOWE TO SPEAK AT THE COUNCIL ON RECOVERY’S LUNCHEON, OCT. 20

The nonprofit Council on Recovery announces that Rob Lowe will be the keynote speaker at its Fall Luncheon, Friday, Oct. 20 at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel. This is the 35th Annual Luncheon in the Waggoners Foundation Speaker Series and is presented by the Wayne Duddlesten Foundation. Proceeds from the Luncheon will fund The Council’s programs that help individuals and families affected by alcoholism, drug abuse, other addictions, and co-occurring mental health disorders.

Rob Lowe began his national acting career in the 1979 television series, A New Kind of Family. In his rise to fame that followed, Lowe has become one of Hollywood’s most highly-acclaimed triple threats – as an actor, author, and producer. Rob’s brilliant career includes starring roles in movies such as The Outsiders, Oxford Blues, About Last Night, Bad Influence, St. Elmo’s Fire, Wayne’s World, and Tommy Boy. His Emmy-nominated work in TV includes the hit television series The West Wing and Parks and Recreation, and, television films Killing Kennedy and Behind the Candelabra. Rob was nominated for a Golden Globe for FOX’s The Grinder and is currently starring in CBS’ Code Black.

Rob released his memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends in 2011, which made The New York Times Best Seller list. His second book, Love Life was published in 2014 and also landed on the Best-Seller list.

With over 25 years of sobriety, Rob attributes his wife as the inspiration to get sober and describes his journey through recovery as the path that brought him everything he values in life. On his 25th sobriety anniversary he tweeted, “To those struggling with addiction, there is true, real hope, 25 years ago today, I found recovery; and a life of promise. #Grateful.”

The Council is accepting corporate and organizational sponsorships and donations for the Luncheon, and sales of individual tables at the event. For more details or to buy a table, email specialevents@councilonrecovery.org or call 281-200-9336.

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(L-R): Patricia Kelley, Stacey Tharalson and Tofik Khanmamedov.

FORT BEND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PERFORMS HAUNTCERT AT PEARLAND TOWN CENTER, OCT, 28

The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra’s (FBSO) Halloween tradition goes on the road to visit Pear­land. The FBSO’s free performance of Hauntcert is Saturday afternoon, Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at Pearland Town Center, 11200 Broadway Street in Pearland. Bring your lawn chairs for this entertaining 45-minute holiday performance designed for families and children. It’s a wonderful way to introduce your kids to the fun that can be had at an orchestra concert. Costumes are encouraged.

The orchestra will be in costume, too, as Conductor Dominique Røyem leads the performance of Halloween favorites from popular music, the classics and even video games. Included on the program are music from The Pink Panther, the Beach Boys, the spooky In the Hall of the Mountain King, a selection of monster movie themes and more. Pearland Town Square is hosting a Trunk or Treat and a movie following the concert. More information on the concert and a full list of musical selections can be found at fbso.org under “Community Events/Hauntcert.”

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BE AN ANGEL TO HOST DESIGNER PURSEBINGO, NOV. 2

Be An Angel is hosting Designer Purse Bingo on Thursday, Nov. 2, at Life HTX, 2512 Woodhead from 6-9 p.m. The evening will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes. Seating is limited to 200 ladies.

The evening includes 20 different bingo games. Each game winner will win a high-dollar designer purse. Ten games will be played for purses valued between $250 to $1,000 and five games for very high-end purses valued at $1,500 and up.

Some of the purses lined up and ready for the games include Furla Bags, Trina Turk, Michael Kors, Elaine Turner, Kate Spade and Louis Vuitton.

Individual tickets are $100 including two bingo cards. Sponsorship levels include name recognition on all promotional material. A $15,000 package includes 10 tickets and 20 bingo cards; $5,000 includes four tickets and eight bingo cards; $2,500 includes two tickets and four bingo cards and $1,000 includes two bingo cards.

For additional information, contact Barbara Heim at 281-219-3313 or Barbara@BeAnAngel.org.

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Renee Fleming

SOCIETY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS RENÉE FLEMING, NOV. 4

Four-time Grammy-Award-winner Renée Fleming will captivate Houston with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry and compelling stage presence when she performs at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Saturday, Nov. 4. at 7 p.m.

Fifty patrons will have a chance to meet Renée on-stage for a fabulous dinner catered by Jackson and Company, and décor by Rebekah Johnson of Bergner & Johnson.

VIP dinner tickets are $300. For tickets or more information, call 713-227-4772 or visit spahouston.org.

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ANNUAL HOUSTON BALLET NUTCRACKER MARKET, NOV. 8-12

Shoppers will kick off the holidays at the 37th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market “Rockin’ and Shoppin’” at NRG Center from Nov. 8-12. Over 280 merchants from across the country will participate and showcase their unique gift items, including home décor, gourmet food, apparel, toys, candles, jewelry, novelties, accessories and more.

Since 1981, the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market has grown from humble beginnings as a church bazaar, to being the second-largest charity event at NRG Park. As is tradition each year, the Market takes on a new theme and this year’s “Rockin’ and Shop­pin’” was carefully selected by Market chairman Myrna Fisch. The theme celebrates the shopping experience Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market provides and the fun cultural experience this event creates for shoppers and the Houston community.

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.

Over 45 new merchants will make their debut at the Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market. This year’s new items include decorative Santas from the new Santa Barre, custom-made wreaths for any occasion, interactive crawfish boil sets for kids, vibrant high-quality Native and American jewelry pieces, homemade baked dog treats, and baking and serving options for elegant and casual entertaining, just in time for the holidays.

General admission tickets are now on sale online at Ticketmaster. On Oct. 16, general admission tickets go on sale at all Randalls locations across Houston. Special event tickets (Wells Fargo Preview Party, Saks Fifth Avenue Fashion Show and Luncheon, Macy’s Fashion Show and Luncheon), Early Bird and group sale general admission tickets can be purchased now by calling 713-535-3231.

Market days and hours are Thursday-Friday, Nov. 9 and 10, 10 a.m. -8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 11 and 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information, visit NutcrackerMarket.com.


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