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“Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces”

Houston Museum of Natural Science : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily until October 5

Houstonians get the chance to ogle some 150 pieces of spectacular jewelry worn by such Hollywood legends as Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman and Grace Kelly, along with pieces once owned by Elizabeth Taylor, at “Bulgari: 130 Years of Masterpieces” the exhibition. Bulgari necklaces from... More >>

Kirby-West U Museum Exhibits and Events

“Facing Mars”

Johnson Space Center : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until September 1; 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. until September 1

Get ready to free ­fall 28 feet (while wearing a safety harness, of course), experience simulated reduced gravity and see the effects of microgravity on your face (ah, it ain’t pretty) at the interactive exhibit “Facing Mars”. With our always ­advancing aerospace... More >>

Clear Lake Family Events

“Posters of the Gorbachev Era: The Sunset of Soviet Power”

Russian Cultural Center Our Texas : 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. every Sat. until August 30; 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until August 30

The “Posters of the Gorbachev Era: The Sunset of Soviet Power” exhibition takes a step back in time to the era when the Soviet Union began its transition from an empire back into Russia, as Mikhail Gorbachev announced in 1986 economic and political reforms under the banner of... More >>

Kirby-West U Arts, History

D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944

Houston Museum of Natural Science : 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until August 24; 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. every Sat., Sun. until August 24

Forget legendary, gruesome Troy, or the epic clash of east and west during the Greco-Persian Wars, or even the ill-fated shipwrecked Spanish armada in 1588 — the greatest fighting force ever assembled and sent into battle was Operation Overlord, the U.S. invasion of France launched upon... More >>

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

Hands-on History

George Ranch Historical Park : 11:00 a.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 30

There’s nothing quite like taking the time to check out the old George Ranch in Richmond, but it’s especially enticing when there are events like Hands-On History. This series of historic-themed experiences is taking place throughout the summer, and they’re adding a bit of... More >>

Richmond/Rosenberg Family Events, History

John Egan

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

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

"Summer of Epic Adventure: The Sequel"

Children's Museum of Houston : 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily until August 31

With superheroes of all sorts, shapes, colors and cuts of cape crowding movie theaters this summer, it’s not surprising that champions of a more scientific kind will make their debut during the Children’s Museum of Houston’s “Summer of Epic Adventure: The Sequel.”... More >>

Third Ward Family Events

''Fabergé: A Brilliant Vision''

Houston Museum of Natural Science : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily

The luxurious splendor and artistic style bejeweled Fabergé eggs became synonymous with Imperial Russia and the ruling Romanov family, and were a popular gift item among Europe's elite back in the day. More than 350 eggs and other objects—all from the private McFerrin... More >>

Kirby-West U Museum Exhibits and Events, Arts

A Very Tamarie Christmas

The Catastrophic Theatre : 8:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 30

Anything can happen in the madcap, imaginative world of Tamarie Cooper, who tackles the excesses of the holiday spirit during her annual original summer musical extravaganza, A Very Tamarie Christmas. Cooper says: “If you’re more of a humbug, have no fear: A Very Tamarie Christmas... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Theater, Performing Arts, Music, Arts

Jazz Jam

Dan Electro's Guitar Bar : 7:00 p.m. every Sun.

There are two primary schools of thought on how to play the blues on guitar: One is to spit up all the notes and hope some of them stick, à la Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray, not to mention the Jonny Lang/Kenny Wayne Shepherd hordes that have seemingly arisen, phoenixlike, from the ashes... More >>

Heights Music

"Extreme Bugs"

Houston Zoo : 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until September 1

We don’t often see red­-tailed bumblebees in Houston, but at the exhibit "Extreme Bugs" not only will there be red­-tailed bumblebees, they’ll be 60 times as large as usual. In “Extreme Bugs,” a family exhibit that will spend the summer at the Houston Zoo, giant... More >>

Kirby-West U Family Events

The Magna Carta

Houston Museum of Natural Science : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily until August 17

Even if your high school history is a bit rusty, you know that the Magna Carta is an important historical document. Often called “The Great Charter,” it’s considered a landmark document that established basic civil liberties. It was the genesis for many of today’s... More >>

Kirby-West U Museum Exhibits and Events, History

Beetle (Beatles Tribute)

Continental Club : 7:00 p.m. every Thu.

Every Thursday, Houstonians of all drinking ages twist and shout through Beetle's three-hour magical mystery happy hour set. Covering every single stop along the Fab Four's pop odyssey, the weekly event has a devoted following, which means the Continental Club's dance floor can get crowded. Get... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Little Joe Washington

Continental Club : 7:00 p.m. August 8; 7:00 p.m. August 22

Out of a Third Ward blues guitar school that has now graduated to the great beyond Albert Collins, Johnny Clyde Copeland, Johnny Guitar Watson and Joe Guitar Hughes, Little Joe Washington is the last man standing. And he's hardly standing still: He's also pedaling his Schwinn from gig to gig,... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Fistful Of Soul

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

If you're seeking a scene, maaaaaaaaaan, you could do a hell of a lot worse than A Fistful of Soul, the monthly where some of Houston's grooviest DJs drip rare (and not-so-rare) vintage wax all over Midtown. Now steered by Joe Ross, Stewart Anderson and Alex LaRotta, Fistful dates back to the... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

Godspell

A. D. Players : 7:30 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu. until August 24; 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until August 24; 2:30 p.m. every Sun. until August 24

A.D. Players provides family-oriented theater that entertains, enlightens and inspires, so it’s natural for the company to present the New Testament musical Godspell. Director Kevin Dean reports: “Jesus saw his disciples for what they were: men under construction. The 2012 Godspell... More >>

Lower Shepherd-Kirby Theater, Family Events, Arts

“The Rural Family Funeral Home”

National Museum of Funeral History : 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily until September 25

The National Museum of Funeral History is way more fun than it gets credit for, and proves that in its newest exhibit, “The Rural Family Funeral Home.” After all, who isn’t at least sort of interested in what happens when they’re kickin’ up daisies? This exhibit... More >>

Outer Loop - NW Family Events

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

"Texas Master Series: Sandie Zilker"

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 6

Houston metalsmith and educator Sandie Zilker gets recognized for the excellence of her work as well as the influence she’s had on her field in “Texas Masters Series: Sandie Zilker.” The solo exhibit is a retrospective of work from Zilker’s 40­plus ­year career,... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Visual Art, Arts

“La Frontera (The Borderlands)"

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 6

The 1,969-mile-long Mexican-American border is the inspiration for “La Frontera (The Borderlands),” a collection of jewelry art on display at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Participants were asked to create new work in response to the vibrant and often dangerous region,... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Visual Art, Arts, Art - Galleries

"More Real Than Reality Itself"

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston : 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. every Thu. until September 21; 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Fri. until September 21; 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sat. until September 21; 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sun. until September 21

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents “More Real than Reality Itself,” videos from four highly original artists, each with a point of view that intrigues with individuality. Laure Prouvost uses rapid-fire, short-form works (It, Heat, Hit and How to Make Money Religiously) to... More >>

Montrose Arts

"Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine"

Asia Society Texas Center : 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until September 14

Works by two artists, separated widely by time and culture, but linked by devotion to the depiction of Indian deities, come together in “Transcendent Deities of India: The Everyday Occurrence of the Divine.” The first is a series of vibrant photographs by Brooklyn-based Indian... More >>

Greenway Plaza Visual Art, Photography, Arts

House Of Blues Gospel Brunch featuring Kirk Franklin

House of Blues : 1:00 p.m. every other week Sun.

Praise the Lord and pass the biscuits! The award-winning Gospel Brunch at House of Blues is a one-of-a-kind live music and dining experience. Guests enjoy an all-you-can-eat Southern style buffet featuring breakfast favorites and Southern specialties. Every Sunday gospel groups from around the... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown Music

“Life: Survivor Portraits”

Holocaust Museum Houston : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until October 12; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sat., Sun. until October 12

While the subject matter of “Life: Survivor Portraits” may be a bit dark, the true meaning behind this series by Kelly Lee Webeck is celebration. The portrait series celebrates Holocaust Museum Houston’s 18th year, as well as the lives of Holocaust survivors. It’s a... More >>

Third Ward Photography, Arts

Secret Lives of the Stars

Houston Museum of Natural Science : 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun.

Don’t let the title Secret Lives of Stars fool you: This has nothing to do with Hollywood gossip. Instead, this planetarium special is all about the stars in the night sky, from the massive to the tiny. Poor things … they don’t know they’re all doomed. Our own Sun will... More >>

Kirby-West U Planetariums, Family Events
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