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2012 Summer Guide: Summer in the City

LISTINGS: Theater, outdoor activities, nearby escapes and more.

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr., Hermann Park, 281-373-3386 www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

Miller Outdoor Theatre will be presenting this event, featuring many of Houston's most talented vocalists and dancers, accompanied by the 23-piece BACEMENT Orchestra. 8:15 to 11 p.m.; free tickets are available at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. As always, there will be open seating on the hill.

May 27

Under The Volcano Cajun Cook-off

2349 Bissonnet Street, 713-526-5282

Under the Volcano is inviting all Cajun cooks to its annual Cajun Cook-Off from 4 to 9 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go to Wellsprings, Inc., a home for abused women and their children run by Sisters Justin and Rita Marie. The sign-up sheets are located at the bar.

May 31 — Swing, Jive and Pop! Into Dance

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr., Hermann Park, 281-373-3386 www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

Houston Metropolitan Dance Company's "Swing, Jive and Pop! Into Dance" incorporates history, fashion, music and the arts into one event. 11 a.m. to noon.

June 1 — Sizzling Summer Dance

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr., Hermann Park, 281-373-3386 www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

From 8:30 to 10 p.m., head to Miller Outdoor Theater to enjoy an evening of sizzling summer dance with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company. Included are pieces from recent works: Before all this by Joe Celej and Stand Back by Kate Skarpetowska and a balletic work by Caleb Mitchell, Stirring Simple Gifts in a Shade of Blue. It will also include a special guest performance by Houston Met Too Youth Company. Free tickets are available at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; open seating on the hill.

June 2 — The Ima Hogg Competition Finals

Stude Concert Hall, campus of Rice University, 6100 Main

www.houstonsymphony.org

The Ima Hogg Competition provides an opportunity for musicians between the ages of 16 and 29 to advance their careers by competing for prizes and performance opportunities. The semifinal round of performances (May 31) is open to the public. In the final round, four contestants will perform with the Houston Symphony. Tickets are $25 general admission.

June 3-August 31 — Bayou Bend

6003 Memorial Dr. at Westcott St., 713-639-7759,

www.mfah.org/bayoubend

For a kid-friendly event, look to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Bayou Bend, which will be holding a mystery event for detectives ages six and up both outdoors and inside the historic house. The mystery will feature educational themes ranging from plants and trees to sculpture and architecture, in such cases as: "The Case of the Missing Trees," "On the Trail of the Evolving Plant" and "Mysterious Messages." Every participant will receive an Investigator's Kit as well as a bottle of water for keeping cool during the hunt. Hours for the events are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The admission is discounted from the usual rates. Children aged 12 and below are free to enter; entry for all other participants is $5.

June 4-August 17 — Xploration Summer Camps

The Houston Museum of Natural Science, One Hermann Circle Dr., 713-639-4629

www.hmns.org

Send your kids to Xplorations Summer Science Adventures, weeklong science summer camps featuring science activities for children ages 6 to 12. Camps are held Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For an additional weekly fee, care is available before camp begins each day, from 8 to 10 a.m., and after camp ends, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. This year brings with it the addition of a new wing of classrooms in the museum.

June 15-16, 29-30 — ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 100 Concert Dr., Hermann Park, 281-373-3386 www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

Houston Symphony performs from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Free tickets are available at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; open seating on the hill.

June 20-24 — Houston International Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Reliant Park

Reliant Center, One Reliant Park, 713-526-6361

www.btamh.com

The latest brands in boats, yachts, jet skis and other marine-themed vehicles will be showcased in all five halls of Reliant Center. The five-day show will present more than 200 exhibits with boats of all makes and models for fishing, skiing/wakeboarding and pleasure cruising. There'll also be exhibits filled with accessories, fishing gear, clothing, art and more. Most of the exhibiting dealers will offer special Summer Show discounts. Show hours are Wednesday through Friday, June 15 to 17, from 1 to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 19, from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased at the Reliant Center ticket office.

June 28-July 22 — Beehive

The Texas Repertory Theatre, 14243 Stuebner Airline Rd., 281-583-7573

www.texreptheatre.org

This year brings a sizzling summer musical featuring four women in 40-plus costumes and wigs singing 40-plus greatest hits in the style of '60s girl groups. The music includes The Chiffons, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Connie Francis, Lesley Gore, Petula Clark and many more. Tickets are $35 for adults, but will increase.

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