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Dock Dogs comes to Discovery Green Sept. 27-29.

Dock Dogs comes to Discovery Green Sept. 27-29.

DISCOVERY GREEN LAUNCHES FALL 2013 PROGRAMMING SEASON

The new season of family-friendly programming at Discovery Green kicks off Aug. 31 and will continue through Nov. 17. Catch a free flick in the shadow of Houston’s skyline during IKEA’s Houston Screen on the Green on Sept. 14, 8 .m., Up; The Great Gatsby, Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m. and; Frankenweenie, Oct. 31, 7 p.m. Arrive early for contests and fun activities.

Thursday concerts presented by ExxonMobil will be held Sept. 19-Oct. 17. Bring the lawn chairs, blankets and picnics and enjoy concerts showcasing the best music of Texas.

Get ready to be amazed by Australia’s Strange Fruit performing a fusion of theatre, dance and circus perched atop 16-foot-tall flexible poles Sept. 20-22. Swoon! is a 25-minute performance featuring four daredevils telling a spectacular story of love, loss, joy and freedom. See it by night and by day. VIP seats available.

Furry four-legged athletes from across Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana compete in high-jump, long-jump and speed retrieve events during Dock Dogs on Sept. 27-29. Rounding out the scene are pet-friendly vendors, a dog costume contest, training demonstrations and animal adoptions. Special appearances by Clifford, Biscuit and Poky the puppy. For a complete list of events, visit discoverygreen.com.

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Swing, Jive and Pop! Into Dance takes the stage Sept. 25.

Swing, Jive and Pop! Into Dance takes the stage Sept. 25.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS AT MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE

There’s something for everyone at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park including daytime programs for young children to family friendly evening performances of music, dance, theater and more. Free tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. As always, open seating on the hill.

Belgium’s Cirq’ulation Locale makes their U.S. debut at Miller on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m.  with their signature mix of juggling, acrobatics and dance, humor and improvisation.

Imagination Movers visits Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. to deliver exactly that. Formed in New Orleans in 2003 by longtime friends Rich Collins, Schott Durbin, Dave Poche and Emily “Smitty” Smith, Imagination Movers is a fun, vibrant band that concentrates on writing and releasing songs and albums for children.

Swing, Jive and Pop! into Dance incorporates history, fashion, music and the arts into an interactive blast of excitement on Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. Dance through the eras of the 1930s Lindy Hop, bop into the 1950s, groove into the 1970s and then the hip-hop music of today. Audience members have the opportunity to participate in an energy-filled hour of dance while learning fun historical tidbits of information. For the schedule, visit milleroutdoortheatre.com.

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BARRY SEA PARADOX PERFORMANCES, BEGINNING SEPT. 1

The Barry Sea Paradox Band is one of the Houston area’s most popular and versatile groups. Featuring Katy’s own Barry and Bobbie Sea, the group specializes in classic soul/rhythm and blues and smooth jazz; but also plays Motown, disco, Latin, swing, rock oldies, standards ranging from Sinatra to Satchmo, and even a little country. The group will be performing at 3 Olives Italian Restaurant, 22764 Westheimer Parkway in Katy, 6-10 p.m. on Sept. 1, Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Sept. 20 and Sept. 27 and noon-4 p.m. on Sept. 8, Sept. 15 and Sept. 22; Crazy Cajun Seafood & Sports (Store 2), 9630 Jones Road in Houston, 7:15-11:15 p.m. on Sept. 14 and Sept. 21; Phil & Derek’s, 2811 Bammel Lane in Houston on Sept. 28, 8 p.m.-midnight. For reservations, call Barry 713-822-5011. For the band’s full schedule,  go to barrysea.com. Reservations are recommended for all events.

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HOUSTON SYMPHONY PAYS TRIBUTE TO GEORGE P. MITCHELL

The Houston Symphony Orchestra will dedicate the season opening Pops concerts, Cirque de la Symphonie, on Aug. 30-31 and Sept. 1, to George P. Mitchell, a stalwart supporter of the arts who passed away in July. Mitchell included the Symphony in many of his gifts over the years. The event will celebrate his life and honor his many contributions to the Houston Symphony.

Following the opening of his wife’s namesake, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, in 1990, he gave $5 million to the Houston Symphony Endowment in 1992, enabling the Pavilion to become the official summer home of the orchestra. As a result, the orchestra performs 10 concerts every year at the outdoor entertainment venue, ranging from classical to pops and family programs. Off stage, Mitchell’s support also allowed the Symphony and Pavilion to work cooperatively to create a multitude of education programs for student musicians.

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HOUSTON RESTAURANT WEEKS, THROUGH SEPT. 2

A month-long food odyssey, Houston Restaurants Weeks runs through Sept. 2. Founded in 2003 by Cleverley Stone, Houston Restaurant Weeks raised more than $1.22 million for the Houston Food Bank from the over 253,000 meals served at 169 participating restaurants. The result: the 3.66 million meals provided for those who are food insecure, made Houston Restaurants Weeks 2012 the largest single fundraising event for the Food Bank and the largest restaurant weeks of its kind in the United States.

For thousands of Houstonians and visitors to the bayou city, Houston Restaurant Weeks provides a month-long passport to the city’s top restaurants and award-winning chefs. Houston Restaurant Weeks is run by volunteers and 100 percent of the proceeds raised from area restaurants go directly to the Food Bank. For 33 days, diners get to taste prix-fixe menus specially priced at $20 for lunch and $35 and $45 for dinner. A $20 two or three-course lunch generates a $3 donation from the participating restaurants to the Houston Food Bank. A $35 three- or four-course dinner generates a $5 donation, while a $45 three- or four-course dinner generates a $7 donation.

In addition to the ever-expanding contribution made to the Houston Food Bank, Houston Restaurant Weeks has grown to include not only the trendiest eateries in Uptown Galleria, bustling downtown and vibrant Midtown, but also popular eateries in outlying communities such as The Woodlands, Sugar Land and Galveston, among others. A list of participating restaurants and their respective Houston Restaurant Weeks menus is posted at HoustonRestaurantWeeks.com. Reservations are required for diners seeking to take advantage of Houston Restaurant Weeks; however, participating restaurants can take walk-ins at their discretion.

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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HOUSTON OPENING STYLE SHOW, SEPT. 5

The 2013 Junior League of Houston Opening Style Show will be held Thursday, Sept. 5, at 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Junior League Ballroom. With new runway seating and surprises at every turn, the Opening Style Show promises to be a fun-filled and fashion-forward day of excitement. Social Calendar is  the theme of this year’s Opening Style Show and this year’s chairs are Special Events Chairman Courtney Culver, Tea Room Director Tanya Merla Leiber, and Junior League President Marian Hilpert.

Ticket prices start at $65, which includes admission to the show, a meal and full bar service. Runway “action” seats are available for  $85 and additionally include a swag bag. For reservations, call 713-871-6673 or email tearoom_reservations@juniorleaguehouston.org. No cancellations after Aug. 30.

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HANDS-ON HOUSTON FAMILY FESTIVAL, SEPT. 7

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft will host the third annual Hands-On Houston Family Festival, a free community event Saturday, Sept. 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Families and visitors of all ages are invited to this fun day of indoor/outdoor activities. This year, HCCC celebrates the fiber arts with hands-on craft activities, demonstrations by local artists and more. Visitors will enjoy craft activities; demonstrations by Contemporary Handweavers of Houston, Houston Area Fiber Artists, Quilt Guild of Greater Houston, and Texas Basket Weavers Association; and the final weekend of summer exhibitions The Tool at Hand and Ctrl + P; and Koagi Hots Food Truck.

HCCC is located at 4848 Main Street in  Houston. For additional information, call 713-529-4848 or visit crafthouston.org.

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Birds Eye View by Bob Chrzanowski.

Birds Eye View by Bob Chrzanowski.

OPENING RECEPTION FOR BOB CHRZANOWSKI, SEPT. 7

Thornwood Gallery’s Bob Chrzanowski will be in attendance for the opening reception of his latest work on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 5-8 p.m. and the exhibition will be on view through Oct. 16. The subject matter portrayed in Chrzanowski’s work varies from landscapes of the coast to Aspen birch trees, koi fish swimming in a school, pastoral scenes, and brilliant abstracts. This exhibition will celebrate 12 years of Chrzanowski’s exclusive representation at Thornwood Gallery. Chrzanowski consistently uses his self-invented textures and techniques throughout both his oil and acrylic washes

on canvas. For more information, visit thornwoodgallery.com.

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Bill T. Jones is the featured speaker at the Mitchell Artist Lecture.

Bill T. Jones is the featured speaker at the Mitchell Artist Lecture.

MITCHELL ARTIST LECTURE, SEPT. 12

Legendary choreographer and visionary collaborator Bill T. Jones will deliver the first annual Mitchell Artist Lecture at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the University of Houston Moores Opera House. Presented by the UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, the lecture is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Jones will discuss his significant legacy of interdisciplinary collaboration over the course of his career, including artistic partnerships with Louise Nevelson, Kiki Smith, Toni Morrison, Jessye Norman, Keith Haring, and dozens of others. Jones will address creative practice and collaboration through the lens of his iconic career and body-based art making.

Jones is a multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer whose accolades include a 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2010. He is co-founder and Artistic Director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and serves as Executive Artistic Director of New York Live Arts, a producer and presenter of contemporary performance in New York City. For additional information, visit mitchellcenterforarts.org.

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HOUSTON CHAMBER CHOIR SEASON BEGINS SEPT. 15

Houston Chamber Choir opens its 18th Season with a concert entitled Musica Divina Sunday, Sept. 15, at 4 p,m, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1416 George Street in Rosenberg, presented by Imperial Arts, and Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 1111 St. Joseph Parkway in Houston. The concert is inspired by the recent historic election of Pope Francis as head of the Roman Catholic Church and features works associated with the papacy.

Central to the program is Palestrina’s Pope Marcellus Mass. Palestrina composed the mass in 1562 in honor of Pope Marcellus II. Also on the program are the Four Prayers of St. Francis of Assisi for men’s voices by Francis Poulenc.

Tickets to the Houston performance are $40; $36 for seniors (65+); and $10 for students (with a valid student ID). For more information, visit houstonchamberchoir.org or call 713-224-5566. For tickets to the performance in Rosenberg, visit theimperial.org or call 281-277-7444.

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NATIONAL ARTS EDUCATION TOUR, SEPT. 17-20

The National Arts Education Tour presented by Young Audiences of Houston at Miller Outdoor Theatre will take place during the fall 2013 season. As an organization, Young Audiences of Houston prioritizes the importance of arts education programming that is free and accessible to the public. Through new partnerships and initiatives, Young Audiences of Houston aims to increase public appreciation and awareness for arts education through a national network series of performances from leading artists from the Young Audiences network across the United States. All performances take place at Miller Outdoor Theatre and are free and open to the public. The Young Audiences of Houston 2013 National Arts Education Tour is for K-12 students. Reserve seats by calling 713-520-9267.

Through classic and contemporary cover songs and original works, Ball In The House, which will take the stage Sept. 17-20 at 11 a.m., will discuss and teach many aspects of music and performance. In this interactive presentation, audience members will explore not only the definition of “a cappella,” but also the technology behind the group’s sound system, the various voice parts and how they fit together to make harmony and songs, beatboxing, and the history of a cappella singing from chant through doo wop. The program also addresses the teamwork needed to perform together and demonstrate how Ball In The House works together as people and as voices.

To schedule a tour for a school or organization, call 713-520-9267 or email yahou@yahouston.org.

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CELEBRATION OF CHAMPIONS LUNCHEON AND STYLE SHOW, OCT. 2

The Celebration of Champions Sixth Annual Luncheon and Style Show benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, 11:30 a.m. at Omni Houston Hotel. Local community champions will escort Texas Children’s Cancer Center patients down the runway for a cure. Kevin Kline will serve as master of ceremonies and the 2013 Honorary Champion is His Grace Foundation. Tables range from $3,000-$35,000 and can be purchased at waystogive.texaschildrens.org and click on “Celebration of Champions.”

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OPERA IN THE HEIGHTS PRESENTS LA TRAVIATA, OCT. 4-6

Four of the most popular works in all of opera will come alive on the Opera in the Heights stage beginning this fall. The season opens with Verdi’s La Traviata, a story of passionate love and heartbreaking sacrifice. Every nuance of emotion can be heard in the music. Look for age-appropriate singer/actors in these roles of the young Parisians pushing the boundaries of societal rules. Performances are Oct.4-6 and Oct. 10-13. In November, Don Pasquale by Gaetano Donizetti bounds to the stage in all its bluster. This over-the-hill dandy thinks because he is rich, he will be able to marry a young woman and be happy. This comedy is played out to some of Donizetti’s most high-spirited and tuneful music. Performance dates are Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 21-23.

To purchase tickets, visit operaintheheights.org or call 713-861-5303. Performances take place at Lambert Hall, 1703 Heights Blvd.

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(L-R, back row) Kevin Naderi, John Sheely, Ziggy Gruber, Randy Evans, Mike Puccio, Hugo Ortega; (front row) Sam Stephens, Carleta Sandeen, Claire Smith and JJ Stevak.

(L-R, back row) Kevin Naderi, John Sheely, Ziggy Gruber, Randy Evans, Mike Puccio, Hugo Ortega; (front row) Sam Stephens, Carleta Sandeen, Claire Smith and JJ Stevak.

COME TO THE TABLE RECEPTION AND DINNER

SEPT 25

Come to the Table – Serving Houston’s Homeless, Body, Mind and Soul is scheduled for Sept. 25 at The Beacon Day Center, 1212 Prairie Street. The event will feature Houston’s most acclaimed chefs. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception alfresco in Nancy’s Garden, followed by a seated four-course chef-inspired dinner prepared onsite in The Beacon Day Center. Host Chefs include Randy Evans (Haven), Claire Smith (Shade, Canopy), and two-time James Beard Award nominee Hugo Ortega (Hugo’s and Backstreet Café), along with Ziggy Gruber (Kenny & Ziggy’s), Kevin Naderi (Roost), and John Sheely (Mockingbird Bistro). Making his culinary debut is Mike Puccio of the Beacon staff, an accomplished chef who directs the Beacon’s kitchen, serving hot home-cooked meals to Houston’s homeless.

Individual tickets for the cocktail reception and dinner begin at $500 and tables of 10 begin at $5,000. Proceeds benefit The Beacon, a nonprofit organization that helps restore dignity, self-respect and hope to Houston’s poor and homeless. For more information, call 713-220-9738 or visit BEACONhomeless.org.

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical features dance floor favorites.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical features dance floor favorites.

TUTS SEASON BEGINS  – BEGINNING SEPT. 29

TUTS’ 2013-14 main stage season in Sarofim Hall at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts includes a lineup that will run the gamut from riotous to ribald, family friendly to funky, and contemporary to classic.

From Sept. 29-Oct. 12, Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical tells the uplifting story of a trio of friends on a road trip of a lifetime who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed.

One of the most beloved Hollywood holiday hits of the past decade will take the stage from Dec. 6-19. Elf – The Musical is the tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Other productions include We Will Rock You, Jan. 22-Feb. 2; The Wizard of Oz, March 4-16; Evita, May 6-18; and Disney’s The Little Mermaid, June 13-26. For tickets, visit tuts.com.

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RACE FOR THE CURE, OCT. 5

The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® kicks off National Breast Cancer Awareness month by hosting one of the largest foot races in the Bayou City, the 23rd annual Komen Race for the Cure®, Saturday, Oct. 5, in downtown Houston. The  route is a USATF 5K course with both running and walking events including a 5K timed competitive run; a 5K timed non-competitive run; and a 5K walk and family walk. There will be a Family Walk and Kids K, which is about a one-half mile, sponsored by National Oilwell Varco.

Race for the Cure® raises funds for the local fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivors and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Seventy-five percent of the net funds raised through the annual race stay in the Houston community to fund innovative breast health and breast cancer research, screening, treatment, education and support programs. The remaining 25 percent goes toward groundbreaking national breast cancer research programs, including vital research being done in Houston.

To register, visit komen-houston.org or call 713-783-9188.

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SPA’S ANNUAL LUNCHEON, OCT. 9

Society for the Performing Arts’ 17th Annual Luncheon will feature guest speaker Molly Ringwald, actress and author of When it Happens to You. This year’s luncheon, chaired by Melissa and Michael Mithoff, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 9, on the Jones Hall Stage at 11 a.m. This year’s Ann Sakowitz Performing Arts Advocate award will be presented to Ginni Mithoff, whose devotion to the performing arts and Society for the Performing Arts is legendary.

Proceeds from the luncheon provide the funds needed for SPA’s Education and Outreach Program, Beyond the Spotlight. The program takes the performing arts into the community to present unique learning experiences that enrich the lives of more than 120,000 underserved children and adolescents in the Houston area annually.

Underwriter opportunities for tables of 10 begin at $3,000; individual tickets begin at $300. For underwriting opportunities or tickets, contact William Tayar at 713-632-8103 or email William@spahouston.org.

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Don and Sidney Faust will receive the Ben Taub Humanitarian Award.

Don and Sidney Faust will receive the Ben Taub Humanitarian Award.

JUBILEE OF CARING, OCT. 10

The Jubilee of Caring, hosted by Harris County Hospital District Foundation, will be held at River Oaks Country Club on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Cocktails will be served, followed by dinner and the award presentation honoring Sidney and Don Faust with the Ben Taub Humanitarian Award.

The award is named after Houston native Ben Taub, who passed away in 1982 at the age of 93. Taub was an integral part of Houston and helped guide and shape its growth and made it a better place for the poor, orphaned, ill and elderly. Tickets can be purchased by calling Denise De La Garza at 713-566-6409 or go to hchdfoundation.org/JubileeofCaring.

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EVENTS AT MARKET SQUARE PARK

Market Square Park in downtown’s Historic District presents a lineup of free spring and summer activities. If you’re looking for a unique way to explore the beauty of Houston’s waterways, hop on your mountain bike and meet the Bayou Bikers, an informal meet-up group that encourages local and visiting cyclists to join them on a 25-40 mile bike ride exploring the area’s bayous. These rides are free and open to all skill levels, but mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are necessary. The group meets the first Sunday of the month, 8 a.m.

Another fun activity for avid cyclists is Critical Mass, an informal bike group that meets the last Friday of each month at 7:15 p.m. to ride around the city as an act to raise awareness and advocate a bicycle-friendly urban environment. All bikes and skill levels are welcomed.

Market Square Park is open daily from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Blankets, lawn chairs, and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase at Niko Niko’s Market Square. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. For more information, visit marketsquarepark.com.

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SPA’S ANNUAL LUNCHEON, OCT. 9

Society for the Performing Arts’ 17th Annual Luncheon will feature guest speaker Molly Ringwald, actress and author of When it Happens to You. This year’s luncheon, chaired by Melissa and Michael Mithoff, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 9, on the Jones Hall Stage at 11 a.m. This year’s Ann Sakowitz Performing Arts Advocate award will be presented to Ginni Mithoff, whose devotion to the performing arts and Society for the Performing Arts is legendary.

Proceeds from the luncheon provide the funds needed for SPA’s Education and Outreach Program, Beyond the Spotlight. The program takes the performing arts into the community to present unique learning experiences that enrich the lives of more than 120,000 underserved children and adolescents in the Houston area annually.

Underwriter opportunities for tables of 10 begin at $3,000; individual tickets begin at $300. For underwriting opportunities or tickets, contact William Tayar at 713-632-8103 or email William@spahouston.org.


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