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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

Ho Ho Humbug

Studio 101 : 7:30 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu. until December 24; 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until December 24; 3:00 p.m. every Sun. until December 24; 3:00 p.m. December 24

For years, New York actor and playwright Scott Burkell got a lot of mileage out of telling stories at parties about the time he worked as a Macy’s Santa. But he never thought of putting it together to make a play because of its similarity to David Sedaris’s tale of his time as... More >>

Heights Theater, Performing Arts, Holiday, Arts

A Fistful Of Soul

Big Top Lounge : 10:00 p.m. third Fri. of every month

Since the turn of the decade, the collective of DJs who call themselves A Fistful of Soul have become one of the Houston music scene’s true feel-good success stories. What began as a small group of collectors who enjoyed seeking out rare soul/R&B 45s , which they played for their friends... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown 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

A Gift: VauLt Holiday Show

Spring Street Studios : 7:30 p.m. December 19; 7:30 p.m. December 20

See a high-flying Christmas show at A Gift: The VauLt Holiday Show. Aerial artist Amy Ell, a respected member of the Houston arts scene since 1989 and founder of VauLt Houston, contributes the opening number, Miracle. Loosely based on the film Miracle on 34th Street, this Miracle also gives a... More >>

Heights Theater, Performing Arts, Holiday, Arts

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

A Christmas Carol (Steampunk)

Stage Door Inc. : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until December 21; 3:00 p.m. every Sun. until December 21

Stage Door, Inc. has a talent for putting interesting twists on popular and familiar theatrical properties. Last year the company gave us a wonderful production of Sweeney Todd with a steampunk theme. Now Marc Glover, Stage Door’s artistic director, has added a steampunk theme to the... More >>

Pasadena Theater, Performing Arts, Holiday, Christmas, Arts

Nick Greer

The Corkscrew : 6:00 p.m. every Thu.; 6:00 p.m. December 18

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

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

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

Hermann Park Holiday Train Ride

Hermann Park : 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily from December 19 until December 24; 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily from December 26 until January 4

Take a spin around the park on the Hermann Park Holiday Train Ride. The entire train line has been decorated for the holidays, so there’s something to see around every corner and bend. If you take a late ride, from 5 to 6 p.m., you’ll see the park lit with hundreds of holiday... More >>

Kirby-West U Holiday, Family Events, Christmas

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

“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

Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens

NRG Stadium : 12:00 p.m. December 21

Former Texans coach Gary Kubiak, now the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, returns to NRG Stadium for the first time when the Houston Texans and Baltimore Ravens meet on Sunday. Kubiak and his former team suffered through a miserable 2-14 season in 2013, but the Texans have turned... More >>

Inner Loop - SW Sports - Spectator

A Cardboard Christmas

A. D. Players : 7:30 p.m. every Thu. until December 23; 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

“Robert Hodge: Destroy & Rebuild”

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston : 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Fri. until January 4; 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sat. until January 4; 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sun. until January 4; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu. until January 4

Visual artist Robert Hodge won’t have far to drive when he attends “Robert Hodge: Destroy & Rebuild,” his first ever solo museum show. Hodge grew up in and still has his studio in Third Ward, just a few blocks away from the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The exhibit, is a... More >>

Montrose Visual Art, Arts

“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

"Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River"

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston : 12:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Sun. until February 1; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed. until February 1; 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu. until February 1; 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until February 1

Considered the leading light of French Impressionist art, Claude Monet had a particular fondness for water, actually for a certain body of water. “I have painted the Seine throughout my entire life, at every hour, at every season,” he once said. “I have never tired of it. For... More >>

Kirby-West U Visual Art, Museum Exhibits and Events, 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, Arts, Art - Galleries

Molotov

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

“Samurai: The Way of the Warrior”

Houston Museum of Natural Science : 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily until September 7

Seven hundred years of Japanese history and tradition will be on display during the “Samurai: The Way of the Warrior” exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Composed of pieces from one of the most important private Samurai collections outside of Japan,... More >>

Kirby-West U Museum Exhibits and Events, History

“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

Mother and Child: Songs of Love and Joy

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston : 7:30 p.m. daily from December 20 until December 22

Enjoy your holiday surrounded by masterpieces at the Cantare Houston’s Mother and Child: Songs of Love and Joy. The three-night run by Cantare is once again set in the grand galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Michael Rowell, a member of the group’s board of directors and... More >>

Kirby-West U Performing Arts, Holiday, Christmas, Arts

“Homage to Domestic Familiarity III”

Anya Tish Gallery : 10:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until December 27; 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sat. until December 27

Turning ordinary objects into art was pioneered by Marcel Duchamp, who in 1917 entered a wall urinal in a Manhattan art competition, signed it “R. Mutt” and titled it “Fountain.” As expected, scandal ensued. Almost a century later, this approach is encouraged by the Anya... More >>

Montrose Visual Art, Arts

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Warehouse Live : 7:00 p.m. December 21

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 >>

East End Music
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