Houston’s Weekend Happenings September 6th, 7th, 8th


September 6th




“Call Me Optimistic” – An Interactive Art Experience

WHEN:  Friday 5:00pm

WHERE:  Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston, TX 77010, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  CultureMap and Frost Bank will be on hand at Discovery Green for opening night of the latest GONZO247 Optimism Lounge. There will be Call Me Optimistic interactive chalkboards, a poet writing personalized haikus, juices from JuiceLand, swag, and more.

The Texas Optimism Project and Houston artist GONZO247 are launching a series of pop-up Optimism Lounges across downtown Houston. From August-October 2019, colorful Optimism Lounges will be installed at Jones Plaza, Discovery Green, and Market Square. Each lounge contains unique messages of optimism and encourages Houstonians to explore downtown and take breaks for a more optimistic view on life. The Texas Optimism Project is a sponsored partnership between Texas Monthly and Frost Bank’s Opt for Optimism initiative.

INFO:  713-400-7336


September 6th





Anya Tish Gallery presents Vincent Falsetta: “Sensing the Pulse” opening reception

WHEN: Friday 6:00pm

WHERE:  Anya Tish Gallery, 4411 Montrose Blvd. , Houston, TX 77006, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  In “Sensing the Pulse,” Vincent Falsetta continues his investigation of abstract gesture, process, and expression, creating paintings that are equally object and illusion, deliberately planned and spontaneously improvised.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until October 19.

INFO:  713-524-2299, http://www.anyatishgallery.com/content/vincent-falsetta-0


September 6th





Discovery Green presents Silent Film/Live Music

WHEN:  Friday 7:30pm

WHERE:  Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston, TX 77010, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  Discovery Green hosts Silent Film/Live Music. Houston ensemble Two Star Symphony returns to the park with a performance of their original score to the silent film Girl Shy (1924, 87 min.), a classic romantic comedy directed by Harold Lloyd. Guests are invited to arrive at 7:30 pm for a 1920s costume contest, with the chance to win gift cards to The Grove, and Charleston dance lessons with Dance Houston. The film screening and concert will begin at 9 pm. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase on site from the Lake House Café. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages are allowed. The Grove, the park’s on-site destination restaurant, will be serving a special prohibition-era cocktail for the evening.

INFO:  713-400-7336, https://www.discoverygreen.com/


September 6th, 7th, 8th




Game Theory Expo

WHEN:  Friday 8:00pm, Saturday 9:00pm, Sunday 9:00pm

WHERE: Hilton NASA Clearlake, 3000 NASA Pkwy., Houston, TX 77058, Get Directions >

COST:  $25-$80

DETAILS:  The 2019 Game Theory Expo welcomes 30-year veteran, avid gamer Liz Courts, as it presents a weekend of tabletop gaming. The convention focuses on the independent and small publisher side of the industry, while also making table-space for gaming available to the general public.

Featured guest Liz Courts has worked on over 90 different roleplaying game products, helped organize the first unofficial PaizoCon, started and headed the Wayfinder fanzine for its first four issues, went on to work for Paizo (publisher of the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game), and is now a mostly organic, free range freelancer, designing books and illustrating for numerous publishers. Additional guests include Houstonians Brett Barkley and Angel Viator Smith and Texans Mark Carroll, Calvin Johns, Amanda Kahl, and Michael O. Varhola.

INFO:  https://tabletop.events/conventions/game-theory-expo-2019


September 7th





LifeGift presents Donate Life 2nd Chance Run

WHEN:  Saturday 6:30pm

WHERE:  Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St., Houston, TX 77002, Get Directions >

COST:  $28

DETAILS:  The Donate Life Texas 2nd Chance Run, hosted by LifeGift, honors organ, eye and tissue donors in 109 Texas counties in North, Southeast, and West Texas. While celebrating the lives saved and offering hope to those still waiting, the event raises awareness of the need for organ, eye and tissue donation across the state.

INFO:  713-349-2570, https://runsignup.com/Race/TX/Houston/DonateLifeTexas2ndChanceRunHouston


September 7th






The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association presents Houston PCOS Challenge 5K Run/Walk 2019

WHEN:  Saturday 7:00am

WHERE:  Memorial Park Purple Trail, N Picnic Lane, Houston, TX 77007, Get Directions >

COST:  $20-$30

DETAILS:  Join the Houston PCOS Challenge 5K Run/Walk, presented by PCOS Challenge: The National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association to help support PCOS education, health screenings, and research.

INFO:  404-855-7244, http://events.pcoschallenge.org/houston-2019


September 7th





Travis Manion Foundation presents 9/11 Heroes Run

WHEN:  Saturday 8:00am

WHERE: Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St., Houston , TX 77002, Get Directions >

COST:  Donations

DETAILS: The Travis Manion Foundation will host the 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race and 1 mile Fun Run. The annual race will unite the community to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our veterans, military, and first responders who serve our country and our communities.

The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K series was inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by an enemy sniper in Iraq in April 2007 as he selflessly pulled his wounded teammates to safety. Before his final deployment, Travis visited Rescue One in NYC, famous for losing almost all of their men on 9/11, and returned home with a deeper passion about why he was fighting in Iraq. At its heart, the 9/11 Heroes Run is a tribute to a personal commitment to never forget the heroes of that day.

INFO:  414-581-0789, https://www.travismanion.org/community-engagement/911-heroes-run/2019-houston-tx/


September 7th





Houston Audubon presents Natives Nursery Open House

WHEN:  Saturday 8:00am

WHERE: Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, 440 Wilchester Blvd., Houston, TX 77079, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  Houston Audubon will host the Fall Natives Nursery Open House, featuring native plant experts on-site who are ready to answer any questions people may have and help select the best native plants for their respective yards. Guests will also learn tips and tricks for making their homes and yards bird-friendly. A special open house discount will be given for the event.

INFO:  713-932-1639, https://houstonaudubon.org/programs/calendar.html/event/2019/09/07/natives-nursery-open-house/253128


September 7th, 8th





HERPS Conroe Exotic Reptile and Pet Show

WHEN: Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 10:00am

WHERE: Lone Star Convention & Expo Center, 9055 Airport Rd., Conroe, TX 77303, Get Directions >

COST:  $5-$10; free for children 4 and under

DETAILS: The HERPS Conroe Exotic Reptile and Pet Show will feature thousands of reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, feeders, and supplies. Participants will get up close and personal with some of the most exotic animals on the planet. There will be silent auctions running both days for TxARK, live rattlesnake demonstrations sponsored by Texas Reptile Conservations Outreach and The Texas Venom Experience, and concessions.

INFO:  214-708-8305, https://www.facebook.com/events/381010652769687/


September 7th, 8th






Fall Katy Home & Garden Show and Vintage Market

WHEN:  Saturday 10:00am, Sunday 11:00am

WHERE:  Merrell Center & Robinson Pavilion, 6301 S. Stadium Ln., Katy, TX 77494, Get Directions >

COST:  $7; free for kids 12 and under

DETAILS:  Fall may seem ages away, but would-be remodelers and renovators should mark their calendars and make plans to attend the Fall Katy Home & Garden Show and Vintage Market where hundreds of home design, renovation and trend-setting experts will be on hand to help turn those home renovation projects into reality. A one-of-a-kind She Shed, presented by Tuff Shed and decorated by Elizabeth Cole Design, is the star of the show.  Not to be left out a rugged He-Shed will also be on display. The largest home show in West Houston will showcase the latest in remodeling, home décor, garden and landscape and DIY workshops for endless creative inspiration. And the ever-popular Vintage Market packed with vintage furnishings and décor, is back just in time for holiday décor and gift shopping.

INFO:  http://fallkatyhomeandgardenshow.com/


September 7th






Arc House presents “Earthly Delights” opening reception

WHEN:  Saturday 5:00pm

WHERE:  Arc House, 1008 Edwards St., Houston, TX 77007, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS: “Earthly Delights” presents new paintings and drawings by Melinda Laszczynski and Terry Suprean. Exploring the history of landscape painting & the desire to reimagine what landscape painting means today in the Anthropocene, both artists conjure through process and materiality bodies of work that embrace perspective and space as shifting concepts.

Juxtaposing the natural and artificial, “Earthly Delights” explores how painters respond to living in a time of such great environmental change and crises, and how the anachronistic activity of painting can react to the most contemporary of existential threats.




September 7th





Archway Gallery presents “Transportable Cities: Mexico City 5 O’Clock” opening reception

WHEN:  Saturday 5:00pm

WHERE:  Archway Gallery, 2305-A Dunlavy St, Houston, TX 77019, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  Archway Gallery presents “Transportable Cities: Mexico City 5 O’Clock,” featuring new paintings by Cecilia Villanueva. The artist will be on hand to visit with guests during the exhibition opening reception at the gallery. There will be an Artist Talk and Performance at 6:30 pm.

Villanueva focuses her attention and encapsulates the soul of a place. This is accomplished not only with her oils and brushes but also through her collection of bottles filled with earth from the mountains, painted textiles, ceramics, and stones. All the artifacts and artifices included in this body of work have been invented for the sole purpose of capturing the essence of a moment in the city which she calls her own.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until October 3.

INFO:  713-522-2409, http://www.archwaygallery.com/


September 7th





Gallery Sonja Roesch presents Raimund Girke: “Investigating White” opening reception

WHEN:  Saturday 5:00pm

WHERE:  Gallery Sonja Roesch, 2309 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  Gallery Sonja Roesch will hold a special exhibition of paintings by the late German artist Raimund Girke. Girke was an influential painter at the forefront of the Analytical Painting movement, known for his investigations of the color white.

The paintings featured in this exhibition demonstrate the fruitful results of Girke’s lifelong passion for analyzing color layering, color movement, and structure. Falling shortly before what would have been his 90th birthday, this show is meant to celebrate Girke’s tremendous contributions to the field of painting during his lifetime. The disciplined serenity and material of the paint is evident in Girke’s works, as white flows in and out of his paintings, present but never determined.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until October 26.

INFO:  713-659-5424, https://www.gallerysonjaroesch.com/investigating-white-1


September 7th




Jung Center of Houston presents “Ancestors: New Work by Damon Thomas & Ellen Ray” opening reception

WHEN:  Saturday 5:00pm

WHERE:  The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  The art exhibition, “Ancestors: New Work by Damon Thomas and Ellen Ray,” will feature an artist talk, moderated by Anna Tahinci, Ph.D., chair of art history at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Glassell of School of Art. Damon Thomas works in clay, found objects and mixed media to create figurative art that explores the emotional and psychological range of the human condition. In this new body of work, Thomas’ sculptures explore journey and transformation through time and space. Ellen Ray’s new contemplative body of work explores ancestral memory. Including the ways we connect to each other, the earth and the spiritual realm. Houses, trees, roots, and organic and cellular structures appear in different environments, sometimes whole, often fragmented or partially obscured. Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until September 29.

INFO:  713-524-8253, http://www.junghouston.org/


September 7th






Deborah Colton Gallery presents Dick Wray: “A Revelation” opening reception

WHEN:  Saturday 6:00pm

WHERE:  Deborah Colton Gallery, 2445 North Blvd, Houston, TX 77098, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  A native Houstonian born in 1933, Dick Wray, was an artist of incomparable talent and personality who played a critical role in the development of Houston’s contemporary art scene since the late 1950s. Often categorized as an Abstract Expressionist, Wray is best known for his explosive and dynamic paintings that have received numerous accolades from Houston’s critical community as well as notable arts figures across the United States throughout his career.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until November 2.

INFO:  713-869-5151, http://www.deborahcoltongallery.com/International/artist/dick-wray


September 7th





Hooks-Epstein Galleries presents Clara Hoag: “bend” and Bernard Mattox: “Chasing the Thing” opening reception

WHEN: Saturday 6:00pm

WHERE:  Hooks-Epstein Galleries,  2631 Colquitt St.,  Houston, TX 77098, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  Hooks-Epstein Galleries will open its 2019-2020 season with its first solo exhibition for Houston-based ceramicist, Clara Hoag, along with a selection of works by longtime mixed media gallery artist, Bernard Mattox. In her latest exhibition, “bend,” Hoag creates pieces that reflect the human condition and the lived urban experience. With her sculptures, Hoag builds the parts, combining them with construction adhesive, epoxy, and mortar. She integrates architectural motifs into bodily shapes – segmented and layered, organic and geometric – that are caught among dense scaffolding and rubble. Each sculpture illustrates the balance between health and sickness; freedom and oppression; vulnerability and resilience; and sanity and madness. For Mattox, the guiding principle of his work is the result of him having lived the last thirty years in the deep woods outside of New Orleans, where he was born. He considers himself more archaeologist than artist, excavating memories, dreams, and imagery from the inner strata of his mind. In his latest series, “Chasing the Thing,” Mattox continues to use multiple symbols and themes to reflect a very personal experience in a subtle, yet intentional and archetypal way. Following the opening reception, the exhibits will be on display until October 12.

INFO:  713-522-0718, http://www.hooksepsteingalleries.com/


September 7th





Gray Contemporary presents “Landscape Evolution” and “Guide Star” opening reception

WHEN:  Saturday 6:00pm

WHERE: Gray Contemporary, 3508 Lake St, Houston, TX 77098, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  David Janesko’s “Landscape Evolution” will showcase photographs that were made by applying black and white photography chemicals onto silver based photo paper. Each piece is unique and exploits the chemical sensitivity, instead of its light sensitivity, of the silver halide emulsion to create the imagery. Susannah Mira’s “Guide Star” comes from her deep desire to transform ordinary things. Though source components vary – originating from industry, retail, or the home – her work is he result of tactile experimentation in the studio. By making and repeating simple connections and patterns, she shows that spectacular results can come from the humblest of materials. Following the opening reception, the exhibits will be on display until October 12.

INFO:  713-862-4425, http://www.graycontemporary.com/


September 7th






Redbud Gallery presents Bob Mosier: “Actual Depth” opening reception

WHEN:  Saturday 6:00pm

WHERE:  Redbud Gallery, 303 E. 11th St, Houston, TX 77008, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  Redbud Gallery presents the works of multifaceted artist Bob Mosier. His exhibition, titled “Actual Depth,” is a unique exhibit of fiber work that has a three-dimensional sculptural look.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until September 24.

INFO: 713-862-2532https://www.redbudgallery.com/


September 7th





Catherine Couturier Gallery presents Kenny Braun: “Picturing Texas” opening reception

WHEN:  Saturday 6:00pm

WHERE:  Catherine Couturier Gallery, 2635 Colquitt St, Houston, TX 77098, Get Directions >

COST: Admission is free

DETAILS:  The “Picturing Texas” exhibit will feature color and black and white photographs made in Texas. Kenny Braun is a native Texan who’s work focuses on landscape, lifestyle and nature scenes. Braun has published two books: Surf Texas focuses on the Texas surf culture and Gulf Coast. As Far As You Can See was published last year and is a collection of Texas nature scenes from every region of the state. Both books were published by the University of Texas Press. This exhibit will feature work that references the same style and subject matter as these two books.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until October 12.

INFO:  713-524-5070, http://www.catherinecouturier.com/exhibitions/exhibition-schedule/


September 7th



Art League Houston presents “What Art Can Do: Margarita Cabrera – The Collaborative Act of Making,” “Entangled,” and “Maintenance” opening reception

WHEN:  Saturday 6:00pm

WHERE:  Art League of Houston, 1953 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006, Get Directions >

COST: Admission is free

DETAILS: “What Art Can Do: Margarita Cabrera – The Collaborative Act of Making” will feature the artwork by El Paso Artist Margarita Cabrera. A catalog focusing on Cabrera’s community based art projects is being published in conjunction with this exhibition, including an essay by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression, with the Ford Foundation, New York, NY. “Entangled” is an exhibition of recent work by interdisciplinary, Houston based Artist, Preetika Rajgariah. In this exhibition, Rajgariah visually examines the relationship between identity and global capitalism as seen in her studies of beauty standards and the socio-consumerist practices that are prevalent in this storied history. “Maintenance” is an exhibition of new paintings on canvas and paper by Brooklyn and Houston based Artist, Charis Ammon. Recognized for her thick, tactile and gestural application of paint, Ammon focuses on seemingly quotidian subject matter seen throughout our everyday lives. Following the opening reception, these exhibits will be on display until November 2.

INFO:  713-523-9530, http://artleaguehouston.org/


September 7th






Visionary Heights Inc. presents VH@5 Celebration

WHEN:  Saturday 7:00pm

WHERE: Visionary Heights, 1331 Nicholson St, Houston, TX 77008, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS: Visionary Heights is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a free concert and silent art auction. It will be an evening of music, art, and conversation. The concert features both amateur and professional performers from the musical community: Elle Lutrainne, Ed Amash, Susan Elliott, and Ken Gaines and Wayne Wilkerson.

The event is BYOB; non- alcoholic beverages are available for purchase. There will also be cake and ice cream. Silent auction items include tickets to Broadway Across America performances, original works of art, and other unique items.

INFO:  713-505-1998, https://www.facebook.com/events/436320213590653/


September 8th






Sawyer Farm & Flea

WHEN:  Sunday 9:00am

WHERE:  Sawyer Farm & Flea venue, 2313 Edwards St, Houston, TX 77007, Get Directions >

COST: Admission is free

DETAILS: Sawyer Flea is an outdoor market featuring artisan foods and goods.

INFO: https://sawyerflea.com/


September 8th






Montrose Morning Market

WHEN:  Sunday 10:00am

WHERE:  Montrose Morning Market, 1248 W. Gray St, Houston, TX 77019, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  The weekly Montrose Morning Market features gourmet foods, handmade goods, jewelry, arts & crafts, clothing, organic groceries, and more.

INFO:  832-827-4447, http://montrosemorningmarket.com/


September 8th





Natachee’s Supper & Punch presents 2nd Annual Mid Main Micro Marathon

WHEN:  Sunday 12:00pm

WHERE:  The Continental Club Houston, 3700 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, Get Directions >

COST:  $15-$30

DETAILS: The 2nd Annual Mid Main Micro Marathon is a 0.26 mile race that will also feature cold beer, live music, coffee breaks, fried pickles, and hopscotch. Participants will get a t-shirt along with the coveted 0.26 car decal.

INFO:  713-524-7203, http://www.natachees.com/


September 8th




Jonathan Hopson presents Marc Horowitz: “If it’s not mine, it’s mine” opening reception

WHEN:  Sunday 1:00pm

WHERE:  Jonathan Hopson, 904 Marshall St, Houston, TX, Get Directions >

COST:  Admission is free

DETAILS:  Jonathan Hopson presents “If it’s not mine, it’s mine,” Marc Horowitz’s forthcoming solo exhibition with the gallery. The assemblage and five individual works on view – motifs within the artist’s expanding but as-of-yet inconclusive forensic system – develop research that took Horowitz from the Roman ruins in Milreu, Portugal to the Dia Foundation in New York, where he encountered Blinky Palermo’s slender, two-tone paintings.

Switching between artistic vernaculars, such as the triptych, and archeological tropes, such as the photographic scale, Horowitz parodies the desire to institute mastery over ambiguity and uncertainty found throughout these disciplines. His canvases, in this case photographic scales imprecisely detached from their measurement function, reassert the power of the performative fake, the obvious decoy, the anti-climactic pun, the not-so-funny funny guy.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until October 13.

INFO:  http://jonathanhopsongallery.com/





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Miller Outdoor Theater:  www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

Houston Symphony:   http://www.houstonsymphony.org/ – (713) 224-7575

Houston Ballet: http://www.houstonballet.org/ – (713) 227-2787

Alley Theatre:   http://www.alleytheatre.org/uh – (713) 220-5700

TUTS (Theatre under the Stars):  http://www.tuts.com/default.aspx

SPA – Society for the Performing Arts Houston:  http://www.spahouston.org/home – (713) 227-4772

Classical Theatre Company:  http://www.classicaltheatre.org/ – (713) 963-9665

Stages Repertory Theatre:   http://stagestheatre.com/ – (713) 527-0123

MFAH – Museum of Fine Arts Houston:  http://www.mfah.org/exhibitions

Houston Children’s Museum:  http://www.cmhouston.org/ – (713) 522-1138

Official Visitor’s Site for Houston:  http://www.visithoustontexas.com/travel-tools/events/

Culture Map Houston:  http://houston.culturemap.com/events/

Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion:  https://www.woodlandscenter.org/events – tel:281-363-3300




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