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“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

''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

"Following General Sam Houston, 1793 to 1863"

The Heritage Society : 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 2

Historic figure Sam Houston isn’t just a name in a history book. He was a real man who lived, worked and died. In the case of Houston, he spent some of his time in Texas and the events of his life were chronicled by artist and historian Bernhardt Wall including etchings for a pictorial... More >>

Downtown/ Midtown History, Museum Exhibits and Events

Defy Gravity: A Stephen Schwartz Songbook

Obsidian Art Space : 8:00 p.m. every Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 2

Take “Popular” from the musical Wicked and blend it with “True Love's Kiss” from the film Enchanted and you have some idea of what you can expect at Defy Gravity: A Stephen Schwartz Songbook. Conceived by Michael Bobbitt with musical arrangements by John Cornelius II,... More >>

Heights Theater, Music, Arts

Little Shop of Horrors

Sugar Land Auditorium : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until August 3; 3:00 p.m. every Sun. until August 3

The musical version of Little Shop of Horrors is based on Roger Corman’s non-musical 1960 low-budget film of the same title that has become a cult classic. The show opened at Manhattan’s Orpheum Theater in the East Village in 1982 and ran for five years, closing in 1987 after 2,209... More >>

Outside Houston Theater, Performing Arts, Music, Arts

17th Annual Festival of Originals

Theatre Southwest : 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until August 2

Some 600 emerging playwrights from across the country were vying for a spot on the 17th Annual Festival of Originals program. Five made it. Mimi Holloway, artistic director for Theatre Southwest, read all of the submissions, narrowing it down to just five. “I look for an eclectic... More >>

Outer Loop - SW Theater, Arts

Pleasant Hill Winery’s 13th Annual Crush for Fun

Pleasant Hill Winery : 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Sat. until August 10; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until August 10

Whenever a retrospective TV show highlights clips from I Love Lucy, you can guarantee they’ll show the one where the girls go to Italy and stomp grapes. Now you can channel your inner Lucy and Ethel (and work your calves at the same time!) at Pleasant Hill Winery’s 13th Annual Crush... More >>

Outside Houston Food and Drink

Pump Boys and Dinettes

Texas Repertory Theatre Company : 3:00 p.m. every Sun. until August 3; 8:00 p.m. every Fri., Sat. until August 3

In 1981, some talented actors/performers put together a show about four gas station attendants and two waitresses. They called it Pump Boys and Dinettes and rode it to off-Broadway and then Broadway, garnering Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations along the way. The show’s lighthearted... More >>

Jersey Village Theater, Performing Arts, Arts

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

“Collective Reaction”

Station Museum of Contemporary Art : 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., Sun. until August 17

Artists from Spain, Iraq, Germany and America are represented in “Collective Reaction,” a photography and video installation exhibition by Station Museum of Contemporary Art in conjunction with the FotoFest 2014 Biennial. The six exhibits that make up “Collective... More >>

Third Ward Visual Art, Photography, Arts

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

"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

"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

“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
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