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Winter Wonder Glam

Rudyard's : 9:00 p.m. December 30

The annual pre-New Year’s Eve ball at Rudyard’s, the “Winter Wonder Glam” is basically just an excuse for local music fans to put on something besides shorts if they want to, but the bands are usually killer. So break out those tails, because this year’s WWG is... More >>

Montrose Music

The Houston Wave Lights Tour

Market Square Park : 6:30 p.m. December 23

Don’t wander the streets hoping to see some nice holiday lights exhibits. The Houston Wave’s Lights Tour takes you through downtown to see decorated skyscrapers and public spaces. In the Woodland Heights, you’ll see intricately decorated bungalows, while over in the River Oaks... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Holiday - Lights, Holiday, Family Events

The North Star: An Urban Nativity

Ensemble Theatre : 7:30 p.m. December 23

A modern-day Mary and Joseph face doubt, violence and, ultimately, acceptance from believers in The North Star: An Urban Nativity, running for one night at the Ensemble Theatre. Written by Ekundayo Bandele and adapted here by Bandele and Eileen Morris, the artistic director of the Ensemble,... More >>

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

Deep Diver

Super Happy Fun Land : 8:00 p.m. February 10

East End Music

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

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

End Of The World Fest III Day 2

Fitzgerald's : 4:00 p.m. December 20

If the apocalypse was really supposed to happen on 12-21-2012, this weekend’s bands have now had two full years to sit around and stew that it didn’t — and lucky us. Instead of pestilence and widespread misery, Fitz throws open its doors for an entire weekend of headbanging... More >>

Heights Music

Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker

Wortham Theater Center : 7:30 p.m. daily until December 23; 2:00 p.m. daily 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

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

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

Big Ass Blues Jam

The Hideaway On Dunvale : 9:30 p.m. every Tue.; 9:30 p.m. December 23

We got to partake in the pleasure that is the Hideaway on Dunvale for steak night one Tuesday, and it included the magical blues stylings of Rick Lee & The Night Owls. Lee and his band do ZZ Top, Bobby "Blue" Bland and B.B. King covers. The Hideaway is a ways out of the Inner Loop, but don't... More >>

Outer Loop - SW Music

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

Anova Skyway

Walter's Downtown : 8:00 p.m. January 3

With A Midnight in Chicago, Like Monroe, Saturate. More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

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

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

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

Beer Tasting Party

The Pastry War : 5:00 p.m. December 22

It's not uncommon at all for beers to be aged in bourbon barrels. But tequila barrels? That's much more rare. The folks at Siembre Azul tequila gave Hay Merchant owner and Pastry War partner Kevin Floyd a virgin oak tequila barrel. Floyd Kevin gave the barrel to Saint Arnold Brewing Company,... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Libations, Food and Drink

A Christmas Carol — A Ghost Story of Christmas

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

Thirteen-year-old Winch Eagleton has been in far more performances (more than 200) of A Christmas Carol at the Alley Theatre than he has ever seen. This year, the classic Charles Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s eye- and soul-awakening journey with three ghosts of Christmas (plus... More >>

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

“Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910”

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston : 12:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Sun. until January 11; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed. until January 11; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu. until January 11; 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until January 11

Christine Starkman, an organizing curator for the new exhibit “Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392 to 1910,” admits she has a few favorites in the show. One is a 16th-century porcelain bottle with a simple rope design. At just a little over 12 inches... More >>

Kirby-West U Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

A Christmas Carol

Wortham Theater Center : 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

Nick Greer

The Corkscrew : 6:00 p.m. every Thu.

One of the brightest stars in the current explosion of Houston music, Nick Greer is a bow-tied redheaded wunderkind, able to flitter between piano pop and hip-hop — he helped out on the Niceguys' James Kelley — with the flick of a wrist and the slightest touch. Starting at a... More >>

Heights Music

Spoon

House of Blues : 7:00 p.m. December 30

The name of the game with Spoon is “seamless.” Britt Daniel and Jim Eno’s Austin-based group has — so incrementally it’s almost imperceptible — become one of the most successful indie bands of the past 20 years. But Daniel needed a break following... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

“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, Arts, Art - Galleries

Trudy Lynn & Steve Krase

Cactus Music & Video : 3:00 p.m. December 20

It’s shaping up to be a merry Christmas indeed for Trudy Lynn and Steve Krase, musical partners and two of the local blues scene’s brightest stars. Now their talents have been drawing attention far beyond the Bayou City after the Fifth Ward diva’s late-2013 LP Royal Oaks Blues... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Music

Alan Haynes

The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club : 9:00 p.m. December 27

Being a fairly well-known blues guitarist in Austin, Texas, is like being a retired old coot in Coral Springs, Florida. Who in town isn’t? But Alan Haynes stands out thanks to a tireless dedication to the blues and a résumé that’d make even the most well-established... More >>

Kirby-West U Music
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