December 19th, 2021
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@The Heights Theatre
Sunday 12/19/2021 7:00 PM
Doors & Lobby Open 6:00 PM
The concert will feature holiday jazz classics and musical jewels from North America, Europe, and Latin America and original Christmas tunes.
Cepeda is a Jazz singer and songwriter who brings the best styles and rhythms from around the world to the refined language and aesthetics of Jazz. Her latest album "Passion" was nominated for best jazz album at the 2020 Pepsi Music Awards and remained in the #1 position of the Roots Music Report Jazz chart for 8 consecutive weeks.
Her band is comprised of top Houston jazz musicians Barry Sames on piano, Thomas Helton on double bass, Adriano Santos on drums, Cassio Duarte on percussion, Ernesto Vega on sax, and Salvador Velazco on trumpet.
The Heights Theatre
339 W 19th St.
Houston TX 77008
Rice vs. St. Thomas (TX)
Tudor Fieldhouse on the Rice University campus
More info at www.riceowls.com
Sunday, December 19, 2021 2:00 PM
6100 S Main St, Houston, TX 77005
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Hell Froze Over
Sunday 12/19/2021 9:00 PM
Hell Froze Over featuring Will The King
Legion Of Boom, Mike Maze
Educated Minds, Mark Curtis Watkins
Chaw, & I.C.E. Mania
18307 Egret Bay Blvd.
Fury Fighting Championship 55 MMA
@Arena Theatre Houston
Houston Arena Theatre
7326 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX 77074
@The Improv Houston
Sunday 12/19/2021 7:30 PM
Steve Byrne describes himself as one of the most reliable and versatile stand up comedians working over the course of his 20 plus year career.
This weekend the comedian is at The Improv Houston for three nights.
Byrne got his start, making the rounds of all the prestigious clubs in New York City, The Comedy Cellar, The Comic Strip, Gotham Comedy Club, to name a few, eventually breaking the record for most sets in one night--thirteen.
He then uprooted himself and became a fixture at all the famous clubs in Los Angeles, The Comedy Store, The Improv and The Laugh Factory. Over the course of Steve's career he has recorded a 1/2 hour special for Comedy Central and taped 4 hour specials, "Happy Hour", "The Byrne Identity", "Champion" and "Tell the Damn Joke" for Comedy Central, Showtime and Netflix. In late 2021, he will tape his 5th hour special "The Neon Disease".
Along the way, he's appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel", "Conan" twice, "The Late, Late Show" four times and "The Tonight Show" ten times and the feature films "Couples Retreat" and "Four Christmases". He wrote, created and starred in the 2nd Asian American sitcom on television "Sullivan & Son" which ran for 3 seasons on TBS.
7620 Katy Freeway Space
455 Houston, TX 77024
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A Very Merry Pops
@Jones Hall for The Performing Arts
Sunday 12/19/2021 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM
(From Houston Symphony.org) Gather with loved ones in a warm and cozy winter wonderland for a sleigh-full of holly, jolly musical cheer! Broadway’s Rodney Ingram (The Phantom of the Opera) joins the Symphony and Chorus for heartwarming favorites and treasured carols. Complete with sparkling decorations and a visit from Santa, there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit!
for The Performing Arts
615 Louisiana Street
Houston, TX 77002
H-Town Seanker Summit
Sunday 12/19/2021 3:00 PM
1 NRG Pkwy
Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Now thru December24th, 2021
(From The Hobby Center.org) Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories and the classic animated film, The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this Broadway gem will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”
Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above, bargaining with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Glenn Slater and Howard Ashman
Book by Doug Wright
Directed by Dan Knechtges
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
800 Bagby Street
Houston, TX 77002
@The Wortham Center
Now thru December 24th, 2021
The Houston Ballet brings back The Nutcracker to the Wortham Center this year after the covid hiatus.
The ballet's marketing people tells us, "Bring the family back to the theater to share the joy of Clara’s magical journey to the Kingdom of Sweets this holiday season! Stanton Welch’s The Nutcracker is a grand spectacle of opulence and one of the most splendid versions of this holiday classic ever staged. With hundreds of roles and a myriad of exquisite details that will leave you discovering something new in every performance, Welch’s The Nutcracker is a positively joyous treat for ballet lovers of all ages. Rejoice in the return of this time-honored tradition!"
Cirque du Solei
Playing Now thru January 1, 2022
Cirque de Soleil - Alegria show has been reimagined for a new generation to fall in love with. A wind of change hangs in the air, as the aristocratic ideals of the old guard are challenged by the revolutionary ideals of a youth in revolt.
Featuring a soundtrack that incorporates an eclectic mix of sonic palates and stunning feats of circus artistry, Alegría earns its reputation as an all-time classic Cirque du Soleil show. Stunning costume design and vibrant sets allow you to fully immerse yourself in this kingdom on the verge of revolutionary change.
Alegría takes its name from the Spanish word for "joy." Cirque du Soleil's literature describes the show as "an operatic introspection of the struggle for power and the invigorating energy of youth." Dominique Lemieux's costumes evince a baroque aesthetic of decadence and ornamentation, while René Dupéré's musical score features a unique blend of French, Spanish, African, and Mediterranean influences. The stage and props are characterized by gothic arches and harsh angular designs.
Alegría's costumes have a dichotomy relating to the Old Order and the New Order. The Old Order has costumes which are reminiscent of New York's Gilded Age as they are finely decorated with feathers, lace, and other adornments. The New Order, on the other hand, representing the youth of tomorrow, have the same rich hues as the old order, while the fabrics used are lighter and softer, helping to emphasize the agility of youth. Over 400 costume pieces comprise the Alegría wardrobe set, including shoes, wigs, hats, etc. As an example of how long it takes to create each custom outfit, over 200 hours are needed to create one Old Bird costume.
Alegría’s highly acclaimed music was composed by René Dupéré, who had composed numerous scores for Cirque's previous productions, including Nouvelle Expérience, Saltimbanco and Mystère.
The music of Alegría was released as a studio album in 1994. Produced by Robbi Finkel, it remains Cirque du Soleil's best-selling album to date, having sold more than 500,000 copies worldwide. Robbi Finkel and René Dupéré were nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Arranger at the 38th Annual Grammy Awards. The album was also nominated for several Félix Awards in 1995, winning two of the latter: 'Producer of the Year' for Robbi Finkel and René Dupéré, and 'Sound Mixer of the Year' for Rob Heaney. Alegría was also ranked on the Billboard World Music Chart for 65 weeks.
The album's lead vocals are provided by opera-trained, French-Canadian singer Francesca Gagnon. Gagnon also features as 'The White Singer' (principal vocalist) in the Alegría DVD, with fellow French-Canadian Ève Montpetit supporting as 'The Black Singer'.
Cirque du Soleil - Alegria
7575 North Sam Houston Pkwy W.
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The Last Thing
He Told Me
by Laura Dave
A “gripping” (Entertainment Weekly) mystery about a woman who thinks she’s found the love of her life—until he disappears.
Before Owen Michaels disappears, he smuggles a note to his beloved wife of one year: Protect her. Despite her confusion and fear, Hannah Hall knows exactly to whom the note refers—Owen’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Bailey. Bailey, who lost her mother tragically as a child. Bailey, who wants absolutely nothing to do with her new stepmother.
Hannah and Bailey set out to discover the truth. But as they start putting together the pieces of Owen’s past, they soon realize they’re also building a new future—one neither of them could have anticipated.
As Hannah’s increasingly desperate calls to Owen go unanswered, as the FBI arrests Owen’s boss, as a US marshal and federal agents arrive at her Sausalito home unannounced, Hannah quickly realizes her husband isn’t who he said he was. And that Bailey just may hold the key to figuring out Owen’s true identity—and why he really disappeared.
With its breakneck pacing, dizzying plot twists, and evocative family drama, The Last Thing He Told Me is a riveting mystery, certain to shock you with its final, heartbreaking turn.
by Barack Obama (Author)
Bruce Springsteen (Author)
Renegades: Born in the USA is a candid, revealing, and entertaining dialogue between President Barack Obama and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen that explores everything from their origin stories and career-defining moments to our country’s polarized politics and the growing distance between the American Dream and the American reality.
Filled with full-color photographs and rare archival material, it is a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders—one Black and one white—looking for a way to connect their unconventional searches for meaning, identity, and community with the American story itself.
• Original introductions by President Obama and Bruce Springsteen
• Exclusive new material from the Renegades podcast recording sessions
• Obama’s never-before-seen annotated speeches, including his “Remarks at the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches”
• Springsteen’s handwritten lyrics for songs spanning his 50-year-long career
• Rare and exclusive photographs from the authors’ personal archives
• Historical photographs and documents that provide rich visual context for their conversation
In a recording studio stocked with dozens of guitars, and on at least one Corvette ride, Obama and Springsteen discuss marriage and fatherhood, race and masculinity, the lure of the open road and the call back to home.
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