This theater is one of the most respected in Houston's thriving art community. An Equity theater (Union), it puts on the hottest cutting-edge plays available. Do not be surprised to see a wildly intense show when you visit. With such strong actors performing, you will not be disappointed by the end result. Productions and curtain times change throughout the year. Call for the current schedule and ticket prices, and buy your tickets early or you might not get a good seat (or any seat at all).
Opened in 1948, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston's goal is to present the "art of our time." Renovated in 1997, the building sports an elegant interior that is almost as appealing as the exhibits. Regional, national and international artists display their work here, and the museum can also take credit for the successful launch of several local artists' careers. The art exhibits are very diverse, exhibiting the use of various materials and subjects in a wide range of styles. The gift shop might put a significant dent in your wallet, but it is rumored to be one of the best in town.
For a unique blend of popular music and sketch comedy, the Music Box Theater in Houston is the place to be. Featuring a performance troupe of five Houston-based regulars, the Music Box puts on original two-act plays that combine acting, sketch comedy, live music and a whole lot of fun. The vibe is relaxed, so go with some friends and enjoy a couple drinks while watching seasoned Houston performers do their thing on stage.
The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts is one of Houston's grandest venues for entertainment. This magnificent building houses two main theaters: Sarofim Hall and Zilkha Hall. Sarofim Hall, the bigger of the two, seats 2650 people and hosts major productions like touring Broadway shows. Zilkha Hall seats 500, and is home to the Uniquely Houston program, which showcases small to mid-level performing arts groups.
14 Pews is a non-profit whose mission is to bring community members of Houston closer together by celebrating cross-cultural experiences. A wide variety of cultural events take place here, including, but not limited to: film screenings, community forums, filmmaking classes, and film festivals, all sharing the common theme of unification through cultural education and celebration. There is a bar that sells beer and sodas, so you can enjoy a cool drink while watching a flick. For movie fans interested in cultural issues, 14 Pews is a must-visit.
Eleanor Tinsley Park, built in 1926, is bordered by Buffalo Bayou, Taft Street, Sabine Street and Allen Parkway. It has a small pool where you can see fish, turtles, and aquatic animals swimming. The sloping hills, trees, picnic tables and the swing sets make this an excellent place to relax. Every year on the 4th of July, grand celebrations with fireworks take place here. This is a regular venue for festivals. It also features a host of sculptures and other art pieces.
Houston's home to the most innovative productions of theater, THE KALEIDOSCOPE offers high-art performances and conceptualized pieces unlike any other. Providing a unique platform for local talents and budding artists of Houston, the theater hopes to furnish quality and affordable youth education to all. With a focus to entertain, enrich, educate and unite artists, THE KALEIDOSCOPE - Bayou City Theatrics offers diverse and fresh art for audiences and artists alike.
The revival of this park area where the Allen brothers arrived over 150 years ago to start a new business venture has been exciting and stimulating for the downtown area. Surrounded by four primary streets (Travis, Milam, Congress and Preston), the area features restored historical buildings, fine restaurants, entertainment and nightclubs all within walking distance of each other. Lovely painted benches, artifacts and pictures line the walkways, combining the old with the new for all to enjoy. Different "points of view" can be discussed freely in a friendly atmosphere under the aptly named sculpture by James Surls.
This massive hall has been the prestigious home of the Houston Symphony for many years. It was built in 1966 to add an opera house to Houston's expanding list of artistic offerings. Located downtown in the theater district, it has also played host to other musical productions over the years, including Broadway musicals and sold-out concerts. Underground parking is available and convenient.
If you are driving by downtown Houston, this magnificent theater will surely catch your eye. It is the stately home to both the Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera. The impressive stage and interior are worth a tour even if you do not have a chance to take in a show. The Nutcracker, produced by the Houston Ballet, is the most popular annual arts show in the city. If opera is your cup of tea, then you will definitely want to pick up some tickets for the latest production.
Founded in 1955, this opera company has established a respected international reputation. It is currently the fifth largest opera company in the U.S. and has received numerous Tony, Grammy and Emmy awards during the past 50 years. Each season's performances consist of both new works and classic productions. Opera fans will be more than satisfied with each and every performance. Call for schedule and ticketing information.
Earlier known as the Revention Music Center, Bayou Music Center is a modern concert venue. This music center nestled in the Bayou Place complex features an interesting event line-up and stages performances of renowned artists/bands. In the past, likes of Elton John and Kylie Minogue have rocked its stage. Though primarily it is a concert venue, occasionally Bayou Music Center hosts comedy shows and special events too. The venue capacity is subject to the seating arrangement aligned as per the event held. Call for more details.