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65th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade: Houston on Parade

Houston Public Library - Central Library : 9:00 a.m. November 27

Plan on getting to the 65th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade: Houston on Parade early if you want to claim a good spot to watch the festivities. Expect to see marching bands, drill teams, huge floats and balloons, along with notable celebrities such as our own Mayor Annise D. Parker, the... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Arts, Thanksgiving, Parades, Family Events, Holiday

A Short Film about Killing (Krotki film o zabijaniu) and Blind Chance (Przypadek)

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Brown Auditorium Theater : 4:45 p.m. November 30

Famed Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski explores what might happen to someone’s life if one little incident were changed in his 1981 Blind Chance. (Think Groundhog Day with a decidedly darkly and ironic Polish twist.) The story restarts three times. Medical student Witek (a young... More >>

Kirby-West U Film - Repertory and Special Screenings, Arts

Jupiter String Quartet with James Dunham

Rice University : 7:30 p.m. December 2

The Jupiter String Quartet is often described as a “young and award-winning group.” For the upcoming Jupiter String Quartet with James Dunham concert, they’re also generous as they welcome another musician onstage. The members of most quartets are, by necessity, exceedingly... More >>

Kirby-West U Arts, Music, Performing Arts

Dead But Not Forgotten: Group Signing by Charlaine Harris, Nicole Peeler and Rachel Caine

Murder by the Book : 6:30 p.m. December 3

Fans were plenty upset when novelist Charlaine Harris called it quits on her Southern Vampire Mystery series featuring telepath Sookie Stackhouse and her various vampire, fairy, demon and shape-shifter friends with the 2013 release of Dead Ever After. Sookie, Harris promised, was finished. So... More >>

Kirby-West U Meet and Greets, Literary Events, Celebrity Appearances, Arts

“UltraBlack by Mario M. Muller and Randy Twaddle”

Rudolph Blume Fine Art : 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until January 3

Both Mario M. Muller and Randy Twaddle have worked for years in black and white. Unknown to each other until recently, the two were pursuing somewhat parallel artistic goals. Rudolph Blume Fine Art, aware that few artists have dedicated themselves to working in monochromatic black and white,... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Visual Art, Art - Galleries, Arts

A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas

University of Houston : 2:30 p.m. every Sun. until December 24; 7:30 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until December 24

Everyone’s favorite curmudgeon, Ebenezer Scrooge, is back for the Alley Theatre’s annual production of A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas. Adapted from the Charles Dickens novel, Christmas Carol was originally directed by Michael Wilson. Alley veteran James Black... More >>

Third Ward Holiday, Family Events, Performing Arts, Theater, Arts

Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker

Wortham Theater Center : 7:30 p.m. daily from November 28 until November 30; 2:00 p.m. daily from November 29 until November 30; 7:30 p.m. daily from December 6 until December 7; 7:30 p.m. daily from December 13 until December 14; 7:30 p.m. daily from December 16 until December 23; 2:00 p.m. daily from December 20 until December 24; 2:00 p.m. daily from December 26 until December 28

There are giant mice, a King Rat, toy soldiers that come to life and Clara, who seems a nice enough young girl, whirled into a wild post-party night when magic and Tchaikovsky’s music take over the evening’s events. Yes, it’s time once again for Houston Ballet’s annual... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Holiday, Arts, Dance

Maid Marion in a Stolen Car

The Grand 1894 Opera House : 8:00 p.m. November 28; 8:00 p.m. November 29

Jaston Williams of Greater Tuna fame is headed back to Galveston for three Thanksgiving weekend shows, and in this case, the name of his latest one-man show — Maid Marion in a Stolen Car — isn’t just a catchy title but an episode he’s reliving from his own life. He... More >>

Galveston Theater, Arts, Performing Arts

Ice Land: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants and Festival of Lights

Moody Gardens : 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily until January 3

T-shirts and shorts are usually appropriate for Gulf Coast weather during the winter holiday season. Usually, but not this year. You’re going to have to break out the parkas and mittens when you visit Moody Gardens’ newest attraction, Ice Land: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob... More >>

Galveston Performing Arts, Holiday, Family Events, Arts

Make an Ornament: Glass Blowing

Three Dimensional Visions : 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sun. from November 30 until December 21

Houston’s only open-access glass-blowing studio, Three Dimensional Visions, is offering the opportunity to create your own holiday ornament during Make an Ornament sessions. Every Sunday afternoon, visitors can choose their form (sphere vs. tear drop), the type of hanger and the colors to... More >>

Outside Houston Arts, Christmas, DIY, Holiday, Family Events

DJ Sun

The Flat : 9:00 p.m. every Mon.; 9:00 p.m. December 8

DJ Sun isn't hard to find. He has a residency most evenings out of the week, either solo or with the crew from his long-running Saturday-night KPFT show Soular Grooves. As affable as he is industrious, in 20 years Sun has become a soft-spoken cornerstone of the Houston music community, often... More >>

Montrose Music

Thanksgiving for the Disenfranchised

Mango's : 8:00 p.m. November 27

Montrose live music venue Mango's, which specializes in hosting indie rock, hardcore, and extreme metal bands, is opening up for a potluck Thanksgiving dinner for those alienated from their families or who just want to get away after spending the day with them; everyone is invited, actually.... More >>

Montrose Music

Jimmy Lafave

McGonigel's Mucky Duck : 7:00 p.m. November 28

One of the smoothest vocalists around, LaFave can make listeners happy singing even the saddest of ballads. LaFave, a former drummer, works both sides of the musical street, mixing up tender classics like Jimmy Webb's "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress" with jump-jivin' Chuck Berry butt-shakers and... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Music

Dwight Yoakam

Arena Theatre : 9:00 p.m. November 28

Dwight Yoakam has spent a good bit of this fall as the main support act on Eric Church’s “The Outsiders” U.S. tour, which continues into January. At least for now, the tour is bypassing Houston (what else is new), but it’s good to see Dwight in front of arena-size crowds... More >>

Outer Loop - SW Music

Reverend Horton Heat

Scout Bar : 7:00 p.m. November 29

Sub Pop Records’ two main Southwestern standard-bearers throughout the ’90s, the Supersuckers and Reverend Horton Heat blazed a trail of hellfire and brimstone through the grunge years that audiences in these parts lapped up like whiskey in a drought. Between Supersuckers shaman... More >>

Clear Lake Music

James McMurtry

McGonigel's Mucky Duck : 9:30 p.m. November 29

From the my-how-time-flies category: James McMurtry, who plays a solo show at McGonigel's Mucky Duck Saturday, marks a quarter-century as a professional musician this year. He began his career in the late '80s by gaining recognition at songwriting events associated with the Kerrville Folk... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Music

Night Ranger

Concert Pub (North) : 7:30 p.m. November 30

Night Ranger may be forever linked with the “bathrobe” scene in Boogie Nights, but there’s a lot more to recommend them than just “Sister Christian.” For a time the San Francisco rockers gave Journey a run for their money as the Bay Area’s biggest-selling... More >>

Jersey Village Music


Warehouse Live : 7:00 p.m. December 2

The most natural heir to Curtis Mayfield’s legacy of socially conscious and intrinsically soulful Chicago music (sorry, Kanye), Common doubles down on this year’s Nobody’s Smiling, tackling his hometown’s record-setting epidemic of gun violence head-on. That’s not... More >>

East End Music

Melissa Etheridge

Bayou Music Center : 8:00 p.m. December 2

Even before Melissa Etheridge was one of the first mainstream musicians to come out as a lesbian, she was one of the few female rockers to register at all in the ’80s. Her 1988 hit single “Bring Me Some Water” eventually paved the way for the likes of Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Ryan Adams

Bayou Music Center : 7:00 p.m. December 3

Ryan Adams is a rock and roll sponge, possibly a Britpop savant, Gram Parsons acolyte or Grateful Dead noodler depending on what mood he’s in. However, he will have turned 40 by this visit to Houston, and no longer deserves to be defined by such aesthetic hair-splitting. His latest album... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Brown Sabbath

Fitzgerald's : 8:00 p.m. December 4

Austin funk/Afrobeat group Brownout are fun in their own right, but their Brown Sabbath show is even better. Featuring members of Grupo Fantasma, the horn- and percussion-laden group does all Black Sabbath covers, all night long. How could that go wrong? After supporting artists as diverse as... More >>

Heights Music

Fallcore 2014 - Day 1

Walter's Downtown : 6:30 p.m. December 5

Black Coffee, Some Nerve, Chipped Teeth and Die Young hold it down for H-town during two pulverizing days of pure Fallcore brutality. In all, local haus of hardcore Hatetank Productions welcomes nearly 20 bands to Walters for its annual post-Thanksgiving moshers’ delight, headlined this... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music


Toyota Center : 6:30 p.m. December 5

A master showman and entertainer, Usher is so far at the top of pop music’s pecking order his only real peers are Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars. Now 36, the linchpin of Atlanta’s urban-music diaspora has been making records for a full 20 years, and has been a star since... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Atomic Opera

Fitzgerald's : 8:00 p.m. December 5

Atomic Opera was an ambitious, technically precise metal band whose mystical sound was closely aligned with King’s X and the Galactic Cowboys, both stylistically and because all three had connections to producer Sam Taylor and the long-gone Rampart Studio in Katy. After becoming one of... More >>

Heights Music

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas

Warehouse Live : 8:00 p.m. December 5

Jessica Hernandez’s Facebook bio claims the Detroit singer plies both “dark soul” and “gothic pop,” equally apt terms for an artist whose music juggles effervescence and melancholy without much of a lag. Her brand-new album, Secret Evil (Instant Records), announces... More >>

East End Music
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