Happy Birthday, Houston

Happy Birthday, Houston — you don’t look a day over 150! Not that anyone’s counting candles (it’s 172, for those who are). The weekend’s celebrations start with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s intimate salon recital featuring Rodney Waters on the piano and the orchestra’s founder and Executive Director Alecia Lawyer on the oboe. Just one of many events planned for the city’s birthday (August 30, 1836), today’s concert will be followed on Saturday by a family day at the Downtown Aquarium, a tour of Olivewood Cemetery (the city’s first incorporated African-American cemetery) and a tour of St. Arnold’s Brewing Company (nothing historic here, just lots of beer). On Sunday, there’s a wreath--laying ceremony honoring Houston’s founding mothers. Snag the complete celebration schedule from the Save Our Historic Landmarks Houston Web site. Meanwhile, hear the beautiful River Oaks Chamber Orchestra today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Alliance Française de Houston, 427 Lovett Boulevard. For more information, call 713-532-1173 or visit www.save-ourlandmarks.org. Free.
Thu., Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m., 2008
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LEIGH BELL