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Panto Rapunzel (and Zombies)

Stages Repertory Theatre : 7:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri. until January 4; 2:00 p.m. every Sat. until January 4; 2:00 p.m. every Sun. until January 4

When an actor “lays an egg onstage,” it’s usually not a good thing. For Panto Rapunzel (and Zombies), currently at Stages Repertory Theatre, however, it’s one of the highlights of the show. Director Josh Morrison tells us that, along with Rapunzel, the family musical... More >>

River Oaks Theater, Performing Arts, Arts

Shakey Graves

Fitzgerald's : 7:00 p.m. December 29

Shakey Graves, the musical alter ego of Austin’s Alejandro Rose-Garcia, is fast becoming the name to drop among the scruffy aspiring singer/songwriter set. As heard on the 2011 debut Roll the Bones, Graves’s DIY patchwork of folk and blues — accentuated by a kick-drum... More >>

Heights Music


Scout Bar : 7:00 p.m. December 19

Taking their admiration for Public Enemy, Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine south of the border, Molotov makes party-friendly rock en español with a pointed message. The Mexico City quartet has won four Latin Grammys since debuting with 1997’s ¿Dónde... More >>

Clear Lake Music

“Urban Asia: Kirk Pedersen”

Asia Society Texas Center : 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until January 4

It’s impossible to create a definitive portrait of today’s urban Asia. No one image or setting captures the enormity of the region. No one artist or art form can encompass Asia’s current complex culture. Its residents are young but steeped in history. Technology and tradition... More >>

Greenway Plaza Arts

Christmas Eve at the Children’s Museum of Houston

Children's Museum of Houston : 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. December 24

Let the kids work off some of their pent-up energy while they go into the last stretch before Santa arrives with Christmas Eve at the Children’s Museum of Houston. There are plenty of holiday activities for everyone from toddlers to tweens. There’s Selfies with Santa (kids make an... More >>

Third Ward Holiday, Family Events, Christmas, Children's Events, Arts

Linnea in Monet’s Garden

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Brown Auditorium Theater : 11:00 a.m. December 27; 11:00 a.m. January 3

Kids who are still more interested in Saturday morning cartoons than stuffy old art will find today’s free Family Flicks screening, Linnea in Monet’s Garden, pretty fun. The animated Swedish movie, a 1994 Parents Choice Award winner, is just 30 minutes long and based on a popular... More >>

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

Texas Treasures: Fine Furnishings from The Heritage Society's Kellum-Noble House

One Allen Center : 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until December 31

Seldom has serendipity been more opportune than it is with the exhibition of 19th-century furniture from The Heritage Society, now at One Allen Center. The furniture is normally displayed in nearby Sam Houston Park, in the historic 1847 Kellum-Noble House, Houston's oldest surviving residence,... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Visual Art, Arts, Art - Galleries

DJ Sun

The Flat : 9:00 p.m. every Mon.

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

New Year's Eve at 1919 Wine and Mixology

1919 Wine and Mixology : 7:00 p.m. December 31

1919, along with its sister venues at the same address — Corner Table and The Oak — are taking you back to the roaring ’20s, so they're calling all flappers and bootleggers to dress accordingly. Individual tickets are $10, and the venue can accommodate parties if you call... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby New Year's Eve, Holiday, Food and Drink

Sanders Family Christmas

Texas Repertory Theatre Company : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until December 23; 3:00 p.m. every Sun. until December 23; 7:30 p.m. December 22; 7:30 p.m. December 23

With a rich choice of versions of the classic A Christmas Carol in the Houston area, the enterprising Texas Repertory Theatre Company breaks from the pack to present Sanders Family Christmas, a toe-tapping, foot-stomping bluegrass musical. Texas Rep audiences first met the Sanders family in... More >>

Jersey Village Theater, Performing Arts, Music, Holiday, Arts

Make an Ornament: Glass Blowing

Three Dimensional Visions : 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sun. 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 Holiday, Family Events, DIY, Christmas, Arts

Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo

Houston Zoo : 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily until December 23; 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. daily from December 26 until January 4

See an electrified giraffe at Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo. The life-size, long-necked giraffe, a wire structure wrapped in lights, has lots of company with dozens of brightly lit horses, apes, hippos, elephants and other animal sculptures scattered around the zoo’s illuminated and... More >>

Kirby-West U Holiday - Lights, Holiday, Arts

Rich O’Toole “Christmas Down In Texas” Show

Firehouse Saloon : 9:00 p.m. December 25

Put on your cowboy hat and boots (or not) and head on over to Firehouse Saloon for Houston native Rich O'Toole's “Christmas Down In Texas” show. Country-rocker O’Toole, who released his fifth studio album, Jaded, this year, has had an impressive 14 top ten hits on Texas... More >>

Galleria Music

“Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence”

The Menil Collection : 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until February 15

Very few individuals can say that they’ve changed the world. Even fewer can say that they did it without firing a shot. Mahatma Gandhi, a proponent of nonviolence, did. “Experiments With the Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence,” now on exhibit at The Menil Collection, is... More >>

Montrose Visual Art, Photography, Arts

Blue October

Bayou Music Center : 8:00 p.m. December 31

By now, most of us can agree that 2015 can’t get here soon enough. Everyone celebrates New Year’s Eve differently, but these shows look more promising than most: In the absence of a nationally known act, big-timers (regionally speaking) Blue October and Josh Abbott Band post up at... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

“Jerome Bel, Wu Tsang, and Haegue Yang. Double Life”

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston : 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sat. until March 13; 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sun. until March 13; 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Fri. until March 13; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu. until March 13

A trio of international artists explore the idea of performance beyond the usual definition of live artists presenting to an audience in “Jérôme Bel, Wu Tsang, and Haegue Yang. Double Life.” The works blur the differences between performing and visual arts, documentary... More >>

Montrose Visual Art, Arts, Art - Museums

John Egan

The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club : 8:00 p.m. every Mon.; 8:00 p.m. December 22

Solo bluesman John Egan sings in a tone that suggests someone is constantly walking over his grave, and his lyrics are loaded with bad mojo like nature gone haywire and apocalyptic visions. All he needs live is his National Resonator, one of those shiny silver guitars that sting and snarl. Egan... More >>

Kirby-West U Music

Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker

Wortham Theater Center : 7:30 p.m. daily 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, Dance, Arts

Glover Gill

Continental Club : 8:00 p.m. every Mon.

Every Glover Gill song tells a story. Like a good book or movie, it grabs you at the beginning, sinks its hooks into you near the middle and gives you at least one good surprise before coming to an end. And without the vocals or lyrics, either. Quite the scholarly musician, Glover Gill studied... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

“Traditions Transfigured”

Asia Society Texas Center : 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until February 15

The Asia Society Texas Center presents work from a one-­of-­a-­kind artist in its current exhibition, “Traditions Transfigured." Bridget Bray, curator and director of exhibitions at the center, tells us, “We wanted Houstonians to have an understanding of contemporary art... More >>

Greenway Plaza Visual Art, Arts

Bastard Sons Of Johnny Cash

Dosey Doe : 8:30 p.m. January 8

Outside Houston Music

A Christmas Carol

Wortham Theater Center : 8:00 p.m. December 19; 8:00 p.m. December 20; 2:30 p.m. December 21

Two and a half years ago, British composer Iain Bell was about a third of the way through his first opera, A Harlot’s Progress, a dark work with a less than happy ending, when he met with Houston Grand Opera’s Artistic and Music Director, Patrick Summers, and they began talking... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Theater, Performing Arts, Opera, Holiday, Arts

A Cardboard Christmas

A. D. Players : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until December 23; 2:30 p.m. every Sun. until December 23

Did you ever wonder about the origins of the Christmas carols we sing every year? A.D. Players has the answer to many of these questions with its production of A Cardboard Christmas. Kevin Dean, director of the holiday play, says the show incorporates three things most people use to celebrate... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Theater, Holiday, Family Events, Christmas, Children's Theater, Children's Events, Arts

Bruce Munro: Field of Light

Discovery Green Conservancy : 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. daily from December 22 until February 8

It takes 42 people working in rotation over five days to place the 4,500 radiant glass spheres that make up Bruce Munro’s Field of Light installation at Discovery Green. Each sphere is set atop a thin, clear stem. Installed in the ground on either side of the Brown Promenade, under the... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Visual Art, Parks and Preserves, Outdoors, Arts

19th Annual Menorah Lighting at Houston City Hall

Houston City Hall : 8:00 p.m. December 20

Observe Chanukah with one of the largest menorahs in the city at the 19th Annual Menorah Lighting at Houston City Hall. Members of the Jewish religion light a candle on the menorah every day for eight days, re-enacting the miracle of one day’s oil lasting eight during a crucial battle... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Holiday, Hanukkah, Family Events
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