Sam Byrd – Houston Press

by Apr 4, 2019


Sam Byrd is a freelance contributor to the Houston Press who loves to take in all of Houston’s sights, sounds, food and fun. He also loves helping others to discover Houston’s rich culture. PS – Sam also contributes to Outsmart


September 18, 2020 – ROCO, Again, Moves The Needle Forward During 16th Season – ROCO is accustomed to exceeding expectations . . . it’s all just another day.

August 28, 2020 –  – Houston Symphony Concert Marks Homecoming For Guest Conductor – Music will once again flow freely this weekend with the Houston Symphony’s Live from Jones Hall series.

August 25, 2020 – Discovery Green’s House of Cards Lights Up Public Scene (Updated) – Discovery Green is pulling a card out from its sleeve . . .

August 7, 2020 – Experience All Four Seasons This Weekend With Houston Symphony  –  This weekend, get a dose of each quarter of Mother Nature’s beauty during Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons . . .

June 30, 2020 – Putting the T in LGBT: Nothing Keeps Alexis Nicole Whitney Down – You just can’t keep a good woman down. Navigating the world blind, transitioning genders, and earning the top spot in one of Houston’s leading LGBTQ philanthropic groups has got to be exhausting; but for Alexis Nicole Whitney, it’s just another day.

June 23, 2020 – Putting the G in LGBT: Barry Mandel Recounts Tackling Gay Issues – Most people know Barry Mandel as the head honcho at Discovery Green . . . What many might not know, though, is the circuitous journey that lead him to the park.

June 18, 2020 – Making The Music: The Behind-The-Scenes Story Of Houston Symphony’s Instruments – We’ve mostly managed to make do during the COVID-19 crisis . . .

June 16, 2020 – Putting the L in LGBT: Christina Wells Transforms Shame Into Fame – It’s not unusual to experience shame when you’re a member of the LGBTQ community . . .

May 27, 2020 – ROCO Welcomes Composer-In-Residence To 2020-21 Season – ROCO recently announced its 2020-2021 season, and as part of its look to the upcoming year, it is welcoming a special guest to take part in the organization’s long standing tradition of introducing new works created by living artists.

May 21, 2020 – Classical Music and Modern Literature Share Stage In Symphony’s Livestream – Now entering its fourth week, Houston Symphony is sliding into home base with the finale of its Living Room Series.

May 12, 2020 – ROCO’s 2020-21 Season Brings Color And Light For Its Sweet 16 – “The beat goes on,” is an idea many of Houston’s performing arts groups can get behind. Despite COVID-19’s crushing blow to, well, everything, the arts continue to be a beacon of hope.

May 1, 2020 – Houston Symphony Launches ‘Living Room Series’ With Live Recitals – Arts organizations around town are showing their versatility, demonstrating just how resourceful they can be during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 2, 2020 – Local Musician Goes Virtual with “Stay Home” Symphony OrchestraThe Houston Symphony, just like all arts organizations, is feeling the squeeze of COVID-19 and its season going on hiatus as a response. But as the saying goes, the beat goes on

March 24, 2020 – Houston Chamber Choir Launches Podcast “With One Accord”Amid the ever-changing landscape as COVID-19 sweeps across the world, Houston Chamber Choir is tackling the challenge by going online. Despite having the remainder of their season cancelled, they’ve been pressing on by providing a daily broadcast at noon . . . 

March 11, 2020 – Take a Trip Down Memory Lane with David BennettDave Bennett’s bio starts off with the quote, “He doesn’t fit the mold.” It’s the perfect way to succinctly sum up the multi-instrumental phenomenon.

March 5, 2020 – Get Chopped and Screwed at CAMH’s Slowed and Throwed ExhibitIt’s impossible to think of Houston music from the ’90s without remembering DJ Screw. He produced his namesake sound, “chopped and screwed,” by using two turntables to slow down and layer hip hop tempos.

March 3, 2020 – Market Square Park Gets in the Groove with Divercity  – “Houston is so Plain Jane,” said no one ever. Our richly cultured city has no shortage of diversity, and we don’t need to drum up the stats to support that statement.

January 29, 2020 – Houston Symphony’s Schumann Festival Dives Into The Musician’s Mind – The Houston Symphony will explore the trials, triumphs, love and madness of the artist during its Schumann Festival: Angels and Demons.

January 22, 2020 – Next Generation Of Vocal Talent Takes The Stage With Houston Chamber Choir – No sweeter sound fills a performance space than the voices of the upcoming generation united in song.

January 13, 2020 – Cirque Du Soleil’s Alegría Brings Joy To The Big Top – Cirque Du Soleil, the artistic fantasy circus, will return to Houston for its magical and visually jaw-dropping production of Alegría February 29 – April 12 at Sam Houston Race Park.

December 31, 2019 – Tony DeSare Does Sinatra His Way At Houston Symphony – Step back in time as Houston favorite Tony DeSare, one of today’s leading Sinatra interpreters, recreates the Rat Pack swagger and timeless magic of Ol’ Blue Eyes himself . .  .

December 26, 2019 – Expect A Grand Performance With Whitney Houston Tribute Artist – She’s got the stuff that you want. She’s got the thing that you need. The amazing songs of The Voice – Miss Whitney Houston – will be heard once again during The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston – starring Belinda Davids

December 11, 2019 – ROCO’s Debut Album Visions Take Flight Earns Grammy Nod – ROCO isn’t playing around — and they’ve got the street cred to prove it.

November 29, 2019 – Symphony’s World Premiere Ad Astra – Houston Symphony is taking some inspiration from one of the city’s most recognizable initiatives — our involvement in NASA’s space exploration programs — for its world premiere of Composer-In-Residence Jimmy López Bellido’s Symphony No. 2, Ad Astra, on Dec. 5, 7 and 8 at Jones Hall.

November 26, 2019 – Downtown District Gets Jingle With It – Thing-A-Ma-Jingle promises to deliver an out-of-the-box way to take part in the holidays, packed with events sure to please the 21 and up crowd.

November 12, 2019 – Houston Chamber Choir Keeps It Close To Home In By Local – Houston Chamber Choir will present the works of five Houston-based composers during By Local on November 16 at South Main Baptist Church.

November 8, 2019 – ROCO’s Newest Premiere Shows Life’s Thorns And RosesHope for Beauty, taking place at 5 p.m. November 16 at The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard.

November 5, 2019 – The Empire Strikes Back Summons Inner Musicians, Film Buffs – The Force will be strong with the Houston Symphony as it brings the most critically lauded of the Star Wars films to Jones Hall during Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back — in Concert . . .

October 18, 2019 – Anderson Cooper And Andy Cohen Spill The Tea During Upcoming Visit – The bromance is coming back. Television royalty by day and besties by night, Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen are making a second appearance . . . .

October 9, 2019 – stARTup Art Fair Makes Debut In Houston – Houston is getting an extra dose of creativity to its already packed arts lineup this weekend. stARTup Art Fair is launching its inaugural event in Texas at Hotel Icon.

September 24, 2019 – ROCO Rocks Classical Music, World Premieres In 15th Season Kickoff – The month of September heralds the start of a new arts season, speckled with fresh interpretations of older shows as well as never before seen or heard new works. ROCO, formerly known as River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, is one of those arts groups doing its part . . .

August 30, 2019 – Rap + Orchestra = Common Thought – The Houston Symphony is known for its Grammy Award-winning recordings, ground-breaking performances and ability to stretch beyond the constraints of your grandmother’s orchestra. The upcoming event featuring hip-hop singer and philanthropist Common expands the noteworthy organization’s repertoire. . .

August 21, 2019 – Behind The Curtain: Houston Symphony Produces Award Winning Style – Houston’s Theater District anchors a flourishing performing arts landscape that enriches and amplifies the culture of our city. . .

August 7, 2019 – Anne Frank’s Tale Lives On In Chamber Music Format – In September the Houston Chamber Choir, in partnership with Holocaust Museum Houston, will present Annelies: The Diary of Anne Frank . . .

July 5, 2019 – Get Your Sin On With Sunday School-Themed Second Sunday Revival – Saints may sleep easier at night, but sinners have more fun when they’re awake. This month, sin is in, and Market Square Park has the ticket straight to . . .

July 3, 2019 – Fall In Love With The Music Of Selena – Without Selena, where would pop music be?

June 21, 2019 – Pride Month: Putting the L in LGBT – June is pride month, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, often regarded as the tipping point in the modern gay rights movement. The Houston Press met with members of the LGBTQ+ community to learn more about their experiences as being part of this group. These are their stories.

June 19, 2019 – Pride Month: Putting the G in LGBT – June is pride month, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, often regarded as the tipping point in the modern gay rights movement. The Houston Press met with members of the LGBTQ+ community to learn more about their experiences as being part of this group. These are their stories.

June 18, 2019 – Pride Month: Putting the B in LGBT – June is pride month, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, often regarded as the tipping point in the modern gay rights movement. Houston Press met with members of the LGBTQ+ community to learn more about their experiences as being part of this group. These are their stories.

June 17, 2019 – LGBT Parade Marks 50 Years of Liberation – The first pride parade was a riot. Literally.

June 12, 2019 – Pride Month: Putting the T in LGBT – June is pride month, and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, often regarded as the tipping point in the modern gay rights movement. The Houston Press met with members of the LGBTQ+ community to learn more about their experiences as being part of this group. These are their stories.

June 4, 2019 – Houston Symphony’s POPS 2019-20 Season: Mostly Same Recipe; New Flavorful Additions – The Houston Symphony’s POPS 2019-20 Season has been announced, and the lineup of shows is enough to leave anyone’s mouth watering.

May 21, 2019 – Houston Symphony Gives Its Regards To The Best Of Broadway – The Houston Symphony will perform The Best of Broadway, a collection of the most popular hits from musical theatre, this weekend at Jones Hall.

May 8, 2019 – Budding Talent, Vibrant Space Amplify Classical Music With ECHO –  Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra will play Classical Masterworks, featuring guest performers at a new venue this Friday.

May 2, 2019 – Visit The Red Planet With SPA’s Exploring Mars –  Society for the Performing Arts will present Kobie Boykins, a NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory mechanical engineer, for Exploring Mars as part of its National Geographic Live partnership at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Wortham Center’s Cullen Theater.

April 23, 2019 – Dining Out For Life Raises Forks To Increase HIV/AIDS Support – Put the kitchen stove on pause and, instead, take up the cause for Thursday’s Dining Out For Life, a culinary fundraiser for AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc.

April 12, 2019 – Opera: Bright Bottles‘ World Premiere Spotlights Vulnerability, Materialism – Bright Bottles, an opera told in three tableaux, will premiere its first act this weekend where composer and director Rashaan Allwood addresses the topics of vulnerability and materialism. The show starts 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Rice University…

April 11, 2019 – Art Car Parade Puts Wheels In Motion For Creative Minds, Upcoming Artists – The 32nd annual Houston Art Car Parade, powered by The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, will put wheels into motion with pre-parade activities starting at 11 a.m. and the main event starting at 2 p.m. Saturday in downtown.

April 4, 2019 – Aerosol Artists Transform Downtown For One-Night-Only Adventure –  Secret Walls X Houston exhibition, taking place at Market Square Park on Saturday from 6 – 10 p.m., will welcome 10 artists for a pop-up, one-night-only art demonstration.

April 1, 2019 – Cirque De La Symphonie Takes Live Music To Soaring Heights – The jaw-dropping thrills of the Big Top will take centerstage with Cirque de la Symphonie. World-class acrobats, aerial flyers, contortionists, strongmen, jugglers and tumblers will take the Houston Symphony live music experience to soaring height…

March 19, 2019 – Scheme-Free College Admissions: Use These Tips To Up The Chances (While Not Getting Arrested) – Take a look at the money- and scheme-free criteria that college admissions counselors and panels look for and advise in the applications packets, especially now that application season is in full swing.

March 13, 2019 – Doing The Most: Hater’s Roast Delivers Heaping Serving Of Sass – “Hater’s Roast: The Shady Tour” will be serving a hilarious loud-mouthed gaggle of RuPaul’s Drag Race divas are heading to House of Blues on March 27 for a night filled with jokes and jabs with a 100 percent guarantee they will leave the audience …

March 7, 2019 – Singer Susan Graham Belts French Lyrics, But She’s A Texas Gal At Heart –  Grammy Award winner Susan Graham makes her appearance with the Houston Symphony for “La me + Susan Graham” Friday through Sunday at Jones Hall.

February 27, 2019 – Houston Symphony Program Continues With Former Music Director, While Scheduled Violinist is Replaced –  Former Houston Symphony Music Director Christoph Eschenbach returns to Jones Hall to lead the orchestra with a guest violinist as well as a towering romantic work by Austrian composer Anton Brucker in the program Eschenbach Directs Bruckner.

February 27, 2019 – AIDS Walk Houston Turns The Big 3-0 And Still Keeps Marching –  AIDS Foundation Houston’s 30th AIDS Walk takes place on Sunday, March 3 at Sam Houston Park. The event starts with a registration at noon, a 3K-long walk at 1 p.m., and a post-walk festival featuring free HIV and Syphilis testing and resources for…

January 30, 2019 – If You Don’t Succeed? National Geographic Has Answers. – If at first you don’t succeed, then try again – especially if it seems unachievable. That’s the advice filmmaker Bryan Smith offers, and it is the crux of his talk this weekend during Capturing The Impossible. Part of Society for the Performing Ar…

January 8, 2019 – Ariana Grande-Inspired Show, Fashion Preview Punctuate Rainbow on ICE – Discovery Green’s Rainbow on ICE merges a night of skating along with jaw-dropping entertainment and a fashion show Friday, January 11 from 7 – 10 p.m.

December 20, 2018 – Decorations Gone Wild: The Wacky Tree Trimmings of Houston – Need a little funk in your holiday decorations? Take a tip from these pros, and go wild…or at least outside the box.

December 19, 2018 – Handel’s Messiah, Helmed by Leading Ladies of Music, Brings Holiday Fanfare – Hallelujah, the holidays are in full swing, and it wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Houston Symphony for Handel’s Messiah, running Dec. 21 – 23 at Jones Hall.

December 7, 2018 – National Museum of Funeral History Gives Glimpse Into Presidential Burials – Presidential funerals are something that require great detail and planning. Who better than Genevieve Keeney, COO and president of the National Museum of Funeral History, to speak about what goes into these types of affairs?

December 4, 2018 – Houston Symphony’s Very Merry Pops Will Make the Days Merry and Bright – The Houston Symphony is presenting a feast for the ears guaranteed to please those from one to 92 with Very Merry Pops Dec. 7 – 9 at Jones Hall.

November 29, 2018 – 5 Things To Do on World AIDS Day –  World AIDS Day is December 1. Here’s a short list of ways to get involved now.

October 31, 2018 – Houston Symphony’s Sinfully Delicious Show Will Take Houston By Storm – The Houston Symphony will put on a parade of mortal pleasures with Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, running Nov. 2 – 4 at Jones Hall. Vocalist Storm Large will portray the main character of Anna in a satirical story of one woman’s travels acros…

October 2, 2018 – Dance, Jive, Have The Time Of Your Life With The Music Of ABBA –  Dance, jive and have the time of your life as the Houston Symphony presents “The Music of Abba” Oct. 5 – 7 at Jones Hall.

September 28, 2018 – Something Old, Something New With Da Camera’s 2018/19 Season [UPDATED] – Da Camera’s 2018-2019 season brings a little something old, a little something new, and a 25th anniversary of Artistic Director Sarah Rothenberg.

September 21, 2018 – k.d. lang Isn’t Complaining About 25 Years Of Constant Cravings – k.d. lang will perform the hits from her mega-successful album Ingénue as part of its 25th anniversary.

September 12, 2018 – Lucky Number 5: ECHO Accents Season With Special Programming, Performers – The Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra’s 2018-19 lineup features a nod to the organization’s five year anniversary, a New Year’s Eve concert, an a special appearance at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.

August 21, 2018 – McDonald’s Serves More Than Fries In EaDo Corridor With Art Installation  –  McDonald’s’ signature symbols and those oh-so tasty fries now adorn a wall in EaDo at 1538 St. Emanuel Street as part of a mural brought about by McDonald’s Houston.

August 14, 2018 – Theater District Open House Celebrates 25 Years With Free Day Of Entertainment – TransCanada Theater District Open House’s 25th anniversary takes place Sunday, August 26 from 12 – 5 p.m. The second largest theater district in the country promises a day filled with performances, artful adventures, backstage tours and some of th…

August 9, 2018 – Discovery Green’s Fall Season Heralds Art, Fitness, Food and More – Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, Discovery Green celebrates Houston’s culture by providing free arts, entertainment and activities for everyone to explore. Running September 1 through November 15, events include art, movies, music, fitness cla…

July 10, 2018 – Houston Symphony Brings Wham!-Factor With George Michael Concert – The Houston Symphony’s Summer Series at Jones Hall includes a tribute program to pop superstar George Michael, whose popular music dominated the music charts in the ‘80s and ‘90s. During this Texas premiere, the orchestra along with a guest vocali…

June 29, 2018 – Trixie Mattel Showcases Barbie-Realness, Comedy and Live Music – Trixie Mattel is promoting her music and comedy during the Now With Moving Parts tour at 7 p.m. on Saturday at House of Blues, 1204 Caroline.

June 21, 2018 – A Pup’s Tale: What Happens After “Take Your Dog To Work Day”? – With the 20th anniversary of “Take Your Dog To Work Day,” we’ve compiled a list of things to consider before bringing a new furry friend into the house.

June 20, 2018 – It’s A Man’s Woman’s World With The Houston Symphony This Summer – The Houston Symphony is wasting no time in showcasing the talents of the leading ladies of music who are getting things done starting with the ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights presentation of Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” symphony, led by the well-cre…

June 8, 2018 – Houstonian Scores Acting Gig With Facebook’s Newest Streaming Service – Houston-raised actor Trey Curtis has landed a role on Facebook Watch’s newest show Five Points.

June 1, 2018 – With June Comes Pride Month. And A Host Of Celebrations in Houston. – Houston will celebrate June’s Pride Month with a litany of celebrations. This is the short list of all the places you’ll want to be.

May 17, 2018 – The Houston Symphony Goes Digital with Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring 3D – The Houston Symphony has ganged up with Klaus Obermaier and Ars Elictronica Futurelab for an innovative and visual performance May 18-19 at 8 p.m. and May 20 at 2:30 p.m. that is just as much a spectacle for the eyes as it is for the ears.The Rite…

April 23, 2018 – Don’t Worry About Cooking on April 26. Instead, Dine Out For Life –  On Thursday, April 26, more than 40 Houston-area restaurants will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds for the annual Dining Out for Life, a fundraiser to support AIDS Foundation Houston.

April 17, 2018 – ECHO Is Young-At-Heart With Teenage Soloists, Concert Lineup – The Energy Corridor of Houston Orchestra is debuting the winners of their inaugural Young Artists Concert Competition at its April 20 show, which will feature music written by youth or inspired by youth.

March 15, 2018 – Behind the Scenes Movers and Shakers at RodeoHouston – The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is in no short supply of superstar moments. This year alone, Houstonians have seen the resurgence of Garth Brooks, the adorable Muttin’ Bustin, and those lip-smack-worthy turkey legs. There’s one behind-the-sce…

February 14, 2018 – 2018 AIDS Walk Rocks With Free HIV Testing, Concert With Local Superstars – AIDS Foundation Houston is ready to rock the 2018 AIDS Walk. The organization’s signature event, scheduled on Sunday, March 4 at noon at Sam Houston Park, will feature a concert afterward with legendary Houston artists Bun B, Paul Wall, Las Skarna…

January 18, 2018 – Houston Women’s March Steps Up For 2018 Rally – The second Houston Women’s March will take place Saturday, Jan. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, starting at the Buffalo Bayou Waterworks Building, 105 Sabine Street and concluding at City Hall, 901 Bagby Street. Guests include DJ Gracie, Kim Franklin o…

January 5, 2018 – Big Freedia Bounces To Town With Booty-Shaking Show – Big Freedia, the queen of bounce music, will perform in Houston on Dec. 6 at White Oak Music Hall.

January 3, 2018 – Walking Brooms and Disney’s Fantasia Come to Life with the Symphony – The magic of Disney and the beauty of music will merge when the Houston Symphony presents Disney Fantasia – Film with Live Orchestra Jan. 5 – 7 at Jones Hall. The musicians will play the iconic score to selections from Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 w…

December 26, 2017 – Sounds of the New Year Reverberate with ECHO’s NYE Concert – ECHO in the New Year, featuring guest vocalist Tianna Hall, will be a night of big band, jazz and popular classical favorites at the Queensbury Theatre on Dec. 31.

December 5, 2017 – Glide, Skate and Celebrate at Discovery Green’s Rainbow on ICE – Discovery Green is hosting the seventh annual Rainbow on ICE, a party complete with ice skating, drag performances and music to celebrate our city’s LGBTQ community 7 – 10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8.

November 30, 2017 – Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen Dish Out The Dirt – Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will bring their show AC2 Deep Talk and Shallow Tales to Smart Financial Center on Saturday.

November 14, 2017 – The Holidays Get Hot With Ensemble Theatre’s Soulful Sounds of Christmas – The Ensemble Theatre will present Soulful Sounds of Christmas Nov. 16 through Dec. 30 at 3535 Main Street.

October 24, 2017 – CrossCurrents Highlights Common Ground Between Indian Music and Jazz – CrossCurrents fuses American jazz and Indian music for a concert benefiting Harvey relief funds.

September 28, 2017 – Houston Symphony Announces Date of Jones Hall Return; Schedule Updates – The Houston Symphony will return to Jones Hall, though the organization must still cancel or reschedule shows.

September 27, 2017 – Huzzah! Fantasy and Fun Take Flight in Texas Renaissance Festival’s 43rd Year – Bringing the magic of the 16th century to Greater Houston each weekend from now through November 26.

September 22, 2017 – Ghoul Is the New Cool With Tim Burton-Themed Art Show – A two-week viewing of art inspired by the ghoulish artist and film director.

September 21, 2017 – Meet the Houston Symphony’s Young New Composer-In-Residence – The Houston Symphony has named Jimmy Lopez as its newest composer-in-residence, and he’s bringing real promise for the future of the art.

September 11, 2017 – A Post-Harvey Houston Symphony Plays to the Heartstrings – The orchestra is helping give back by offering free admission to its season-opening program this weekend at Rice University.

August 25, 2017 – Library Storytime Adds Tambourines, Cowbell, Drag Queens (POSTPONED) – The Houston Public Library’s Drag Queen Storytime starts Saturday, August 26 and runs every last Saturday of the month through January 27 at the Freed-Montrose Neighborhood Library, 4100 Montrose.

August 21, 2017 – CANCELLED: Theater District Open House Is a Performing-Arts Paradise – The 24th annual TransCanada Theater District Open House marks the most festive day of the year to purchase special ticket packages to some of the best performing arts acts of the 2017-2018 season.

August 14, 2017 – These Houston Viewing Parties Will Help You Soak Up the Solar Eclipse – Next Monday, Houstonians have the chance to view the partial solar eclipse from many different parts of town.

August 8, 2017 – Playful Colors Brighten Downtown’s Newest Public Art Installation – Discovery Green and the George R. Brown Convention Center’s new installation, Arcade, provide beauty and shade.

July 26, 2017 – All Hail Drag Artist Violet S’Arbleu, Miss Gay Texas America 2017 – Everything’s turning up roses for local drag entertainer Violet S’Arbleu, aka Jacob Chaput, who recent won the title of Miss Gay Texas America.

July 19, 2017 – Vocal Powerhouse Idina Menzel Says She’s Ready for Anything – The Oscar, Grammy and Tony winner will perform a wide variety of material, including a handful of selections from her new album.

July 5, 2017 – 25 Years of Houston’s National Museum of Funeral History’s Bizarrely Fascinating Exhibits – The National Museum of Funeral History, the largest of its kind in the nation, is turning 25 this year.

June 30, 2017 – Party Like It’s 1999 With the Music of Prince – In honor of Prince’s legacy, the Houston Symphony will gift audiences with a night of funk and soul during The Music of Prince on July 15.

June 27, 2017 – Video Games Live Gives Millennials the Ultimate Reason to Attend the Houston Symphony  – Video Games Live will bring an immersive concert experience to the Houston Symphony on July 14 complete with the soundtrack to everyone’s favorite games, videos, and rock and roll lighting.

June 26, 2017 – The Village People Bring the Boogie to Houston – The Village People are bringing the disco love to Miller Outdoor Theatre for a free concert on July 3. The “Kings of Disco” will perform all their greatest hits including “Y.M.C.A.,” “Macho Man,”, “Go West,” “San Francisco(You’ve Got Me)/In Hollyw…

June 19, 2017 – Rainbow Crosswalk Arrives in Montrose Just in Time for LGBTQ Pride – Houston is the first Texas city to install a rainbow crosswalk in support of LGBTQ pride.

June 14, 2017 – Rainbow Flag Flies High Over Another Month of Pride Festivities – Next Saturday the party goes from noon to 11 p.m., and it will have the typical barely-dressed boys, glitter-covered girls, and plenty of entertainment for all.

June 12, 2017 – Prepping Big-Screen Scores for the Symphony Is No Walk in Jurassic Park – The Houston Symphony will screen Jurassic Park with the orchestra supporting the score on June 15 and 16.

June 7, 2017 – Wheelmobile” Wants Houston Watchers to Take a Spin – Wheel Of Fortune is bringing its Wheelmobile to Memorial City Mall to host auditions for the upcoming 35th season of “America’s Game.”

May 31, 2017 – Travis Wall’s After the Curtain Dances on the Dark Side of Love – Travis Wall and his dance company, Shaping Sound, are back with a brand-new production.

May 18,  2017 – Obsidian’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch Packs Quite a Punch – Obsidian Theater and Standing Room Only Productions’ take on the transgender glam-rock musical runs June 7-July 1.

May 16, 2017 – National Geographic Climber Showcases Death-Defying Explorations – The renowned climber’s talk will follow his adventures in three different areas of the planet, backed by vivid, stunning photos of his journey.

May 9, 2017 – Guitar-Plucking Entertainer Brings Six Stories to Life – Chase Padgett brings his one-man show about six different guitar players, each from a different musical genre, to Houston this weekend.

April 27, 2017 – Bond & Beyond Brings The Best From The World’s Most Famous Spy to Houston – The Houston Symphony will highlight all things 007 this weekend during its BBVA Compass POPS series with Bond & Beyond.

April 19, 2017 – Pianist Adam Tendler Mixes Music and Meditation in Rothko Performance – The New York-based pianist’s performance will use various ways to transform sound into music and art.

April 11, 2017 – National Geographic Live Stages Mars Landing in Jones Hall – The reality is, we have found Mars is able to support life…Now, we’re trying to see if there is life.”

April 4, 2017 – Catastrophic Theatre Twists Snow White’s Kinky Spring Awakening – Catastrophic Theatre debuts a world-premiere theatrical adaptation of the experimental novel by late postmodern novelist and poet Donald Barthelme.

March 28, 2017 – Beethoven’s Lone Opera: Was the Maestro Psychic? – The great composer’s story of a woman, dressed as a man, who fights politics and prisons, all in the name of passion.

March 14, 2017 – Ben Folds and the Houston Symphony Are Perfectly In Tune – Ben Folds will join the Houston Symphony for a one-night-only performance of his Concerto for Piano and Orchestras well as selections from his alternative-pop hits.

March 9, 2017 – Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s 45th Annual Regatta Blends Water, Sun, Fun – Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s 45th annual regatta, one of the five largest regattas in the country, is happening this weekend in Houston’s queen of all waterways.

February 6, 2017 – Hamburger Mary’s, Opening Soon, Offers Burgers, Bingo and Drag Queens – Houston is about to get a new entertainment and dining venue, especially helpful to just about any anyone barhopping in Montrose and looking for food. Hamburger Mary’s, the restaurant known for amping it up a notch with its daily entertainment and…

January 23, 2017 – Kristin Chenoweth Adds Star Power to Smart Financial Centre’s Gilded Lineup – Standing less than five feet tall, Kristin Chenoweth does not appear to be a dominating force. Yet, within a few seconds of listening to her classically trained vocal chords hitting notes that even Ludwig van Beethoven couldn’t fathom, no one ques…

January 12, 2017 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy Gives Twice the Opportunity to Celebrate – Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy left an unmistakable mark on American history. Now, we honor his accomplishments with not just one but two parades in Houston.

January 4, 2017 – Dive Under the Sea With Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice – National Geographic Live’s Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice will host David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes as they talk about their adventures as a photography team who traveled from the equator to the polls to capture stunning images of life under …

November 29, 2016 – World AIDS Day: A Reason to Remember December 1 – In honor of World AIDS Day on December 1, we’ve decided to bravely speak about the disease as well as detail a list of resources for education, testing and support.

November 23, 2016 – Friendsgiving: The New Turkey Day – Thanksgiving is no longer the holiday of family. It’s now become the holiday for “family of choice.”

November 14, 2016 – Moody Gardens Enchants With Eight Holiday Attractions – Moody Gardens delivers a holiday treat this season with eight Christmas-themed attractions.

November 1, 2016 – Rumer Willis Slays Houston With “Over The Love” Tour – Rumer Willis brings her Over The Love tour to Houston. The show also features opening act Tye Blue, who grew up in Houston.

October 21, 2016 – LGBT Arts Take the Stage With the Rainbow Unicorn Cabaret – The unicorns have come out to play. FrenetiCore is launching its newest show this weekend: the Rainbow Unicorn Cabaret. Staged at The Pilot on Navigation, the show serves as a celebration of love, life and community through LGBT-based performance …

October 5, 2016 – It’s All Greek – Houston’s Original Greek Festival Turns 50 – The spanakopita. The souvlaki. The gyros. The dancing and singing in traditional garb. The miles-long displays of mouth-watering, gooey pastries. We’ve all welcomed these treats and customs into our daily lives, and with the turn from summer into …

September 7, 2016 – Life’s a Drag – and That’s What Makes It Fun! – It’s time for these queens to lip sync…for their life! A handful of seasoned drag performers will sashay and chante – purse first, no less – for Houston audiences at Wortham Center’s Lillie and Roy Cullen Theater on September 15 as …

August 22, 2016 – Rumer has it….A Star is Coming (Back) to Houston – The rumors are true. Dancing, singing, and acting idol Rumer Willis and her best guy pal Tye Blue will be making their way across the country for Willis’ Over The Love tour. They will make a one-night-only appearance at Houston’s House of Blu…

August 8, 2016 – A Starry Night Is on the Horizon for Houston – What’s that up in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Perseid meteor shower. Giving a bit of truth to the Lone Star State’s theme song, the stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas. In this case, those…

June 22, 2016 – Gay Pride Month Sashays Through Town and Serves Up Lesson in History – Why do we have Gay Pride Parades? Because we can, darling! The Houston Gay Pride Parade is sashaying through Downtown Houston, and it’s bringing all its rainbow-flavored fun with it. The annual event is nothing short of show-stopping. In total, th…

May 25, 2016 – The Houston Symphony Is Going Out of This World with The Cosmos – The Houston Symphony is known for spectacular concerts, but this week, they are playing something out of this world. Literally. They will be playing Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World, while displaying a film featuring breathtaking images…

May 13, 2016 – A Stink in Galveston: Morticia the Corpse Flower Brings Full Bloom and Funk – There’s something rotten in Galveston, and it’s sure to gain some attention. Moody Gardens’ Giant Corpse Flower, Morticia, has started to bloom, and her uniqueness is guaranteed to leave an impression. Moody Garden’s will be keeping extended hours…

April 27, 2016 – Houston Here’s Your Chance to Join Dining Out For Life – There are two things, without question, that Houston accomplishes incredibly well: fundraising and food. If you haven’t made plans for visiting a local eatery on Thursday, now you have a reason to do so….the dollars spent will benefit a worthy cau…

April 5, 2016 – Art Car Parade Revs Up: New Location, Same Flair – The Houston Art Car Parade cruises into town this weekend, this time with a brand new route. Although Houston’s omnipresent road construction cannot slow down the city’s beloved tradition, it can make it change course. Due to construction alo…

March 16, 2016 – When a Life of Modeling Happily Amounts to Zero – VH1’s Hit The Floor, now in its third season, blends sex, drama, secrets and the excitement that follows the Devils basketball team and its fellow members. Houstonians who watch the show might see a familiar face: Sugar Land-grown Adam Senn in the…




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