Blue Man Group June 04 - 09, 2013 Location: Jones Hall, Address: 615 Louisiana St
The wildly popular Blue Man Group, the sensational blue-painted trio known for its unique brand of comedy and music, is set to electrify Houston’s Jones Hall for the Performing Arts. The Blue Man Group goes beyond simple descriptions and adjectives. In fact, the group’s interactive performances have been hailed as explosive, intense, powerful, and outrageously fun, among others. And why not? Every Blue Man Group show is known for its stunning explosion of music, colors, technology, raw imagination, and wit. The contagious energy that pulsates and runs through every Blue Man Group performance is sure to engage and thrill its Houston audience like no other show can.
Comicpalooza 2013 May 24 to 26, 2013 Location: George R. Brown Convention Center Address: 1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Comicpalooza is a three-day sci-fi and fantasy extravaganza in Downtown Houston. Join celebrities such as Kris Holden-Reid, Sam Huntington and Craig Parker for this multi-platform event that brings together comics, fantasy, horror, steam punk, New Media, movies, film, gaming and of course sci-fi.
Free Press Summer Fest June 01 - 02, 2013 Location: Eleanor Tinsley Park Address: 500 Allen Parkway
The Free Press Summer Fest is an annual two-day music festival held at Buffalo Bayou’s Eleanor Tinsley Park. The fifth annual event featured more than 150 national and local acts on eight stages with a weekend attendance of more than 60,000. This year’s installment will feature bands suchIggy and the Stooges, Social Distortion, rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grace Potter, Alabama Shakes, electro-pop duo Postal Service and many more. The festival was started to emphasize local musical performers, visual arts, and artists.
Dancin’ in the Street... Motown & More Revue May 23 to May 26, 2013 Location: Miller Outdoor Theatre Address: 6000 Hermann Park Drive
The thrill on the hill, Dancin’ in the Street... Motown & More Review is back for another soul-filled Memorial Day Weekend at Miller! Featuring Houston’s most happening entertainers and the Bacement Soul Orchestra, Dancin’ in the Street... covers timeless classics of legendary Motown artists and many, many more soul music greats. The 2013 concert spectacular features tributes to Chaka Khan and Jackson 5, as well as the return of the music of James Brown! Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm.
Fifty Years of Bond May 30 - 31, 2013 Location: Emery/ Weiner Becker Theatre Address: 9825 Stella Link Road
Fifty Years of Bond: A Concert Celebration of five decades of Bond themes. Presented with Glorious Full Orchestra, and a mixture of both Houston and Broadway talent and directed by Tyce Green. Starring: Broadway stars Tari Kelly and Cortney Wolfson, and Houston locals Jenna Burns, Kristin Warren, and Erin Wasmund. Fifty Years of Bond is presented with glorious full orchestra, featuring 20 of the most popular Bond themes of all time, including favorites like Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only, and many more.
Flashdance - The Musical June 04 - June 16, 2013 Location: Broadway Across America Address: 800 Bagby Street
What a feeling! Flashdance, the pop culture phenomenon and runaway international success, is now live on stage! It all started with a dream. To be bigger. To burn brighter. To dance harder. Now is the time to live the dream all over again. Based on the movie that defined a generation, Flashdance – The Musical tells the unforgettable story of Alex, a working-class girl from Pittsburgh striving to make her dreams of becoming a professional dancer a reality. Directed and choreographed by Sergio Trujillo.
Houston Children’s Chorus May 01 to June 30, 2013 Address: 6100 Main St., Houston
The Houston Children’s Chorus is currently holding auditions for our 2013-14 Season. Visit their website for more information www.houstonchildren.org
Bayou City Art Festival March 22, 2013 - March 24, 2013 Location: Memorial Park Address: 6501 1/2 Memorial Drive
Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is a much-anticipated Houston tradition that celebrates a wide variety of art forms by more than 300 nationally and locally celebrated artists from across the country. The festival offers an array of exhibitswhere patrons can admire and purchase art pieces. The festival also features activities for children in the Green Mountain Energy Creativity Zone, dozens of food and beverage vendors, and live entertainment on the Houston Arts Alliance Local Roots/ Global Culture stage including performances from Umbrella Man, Hustler’s Brass Band and other gospel, Carnatic and honky-tonk groups performing historically local songs.
Each festival features a unique artist and this year, native Houstonian Charlie Hardwick has been selected. Hardwick converted his hobby of creating rock posters into a career in 2008 and has since added painting and print making into his art portfolio. His brightly colored, captivating posters are admired by many and over the years have featured rock legends including The Who, Bob Dylan and U2. Hardwick was diagnosed as legally blind in 2007, but continues to work in the digital non-photography genre through Mac handicap provisions.
The Bayou City Art Festival is a non-profit organization that provides financial support to non-profit partners. This year Bayou City Art Festival Downtown has partnered with 15 local non-profit organizations, including the Art League Houston, CityArt Works, Several Dancers Core, the Heritage Society and the YMCA.
”The festival attracts at least 30,000 art patrons each year and has raised more than $2.7 million since it began 40 years ago. This year the Bayou City Art Festival Downtown will be held at Sam Houston Park in downtown Houston.
Tickets are free for members and children under 12, and non-members may purchase tickets online or at festival doors. Adults - $15 Children 13 + $3 . Worldfest: Houston International Film Festival April 12 - 21, 2013 Location:The AMC Studio 30 at Dunvale Address: 2949 Dunvale
A Major New WorldFest Master Festival Program: All Remi Winners in TV Production Categories, Shorts, Features, Documentary, Experimental & Student Films & Videos will now be officially submitted for consideration in either the 13th Annual Seoul Drama Awards-Korea, the Concorto Short Film Festival in Piacenza, Italy and the 43rd Annual USA Film Festival in Dallas - at no additional entry fees or charges! Winners selected for either the SDA in Seoul or the USA Film Festival Dallas will receive VIP invitations to participate and attend these exceptional festivals.
This new “Sister-Festival” Program of WorldFest will add some additional participating events in the future. This is the 1st time in festival history that a program of this sort has ever been offered! WorldFest is a founding member of the UFFO!.
Houston International Festival April 20 - 28, 2013 (Every Sunday, Saturday) Location: Tranquility Park Address: 400 Rusk St., Houston
The high quality Houston International Festival Markets are unsurpassed in selection, quality and authenticity. Each market area is designed around a geographical theme to offer the vendor a rich and beautiful market venue from which to sell products and to attract a large crowd.
Visit the Local Market to find the latest “green” and up-cycled items and tour all parts of the globe with our Latin Market, European Market, Asian and Middle Eastern Market, and the African-Caribbean Market.
The Fine Art and Fine Craft Market is a city-block gallery exclusively reserved for the display and sale of the works of artists from across the globe. It is a show-within-a-show located at the heart of the festival, providing maximum exposure to the city’s art buying crowd.
Houston Children’s Festival April 06 - April 07, 2013 (Recurring daily) Location: Tranquility Park Address: 400 Rusk St., Houston
The Houston Children’s Festival was recently selected as “one of the world’s 300 unmissable events” by Frommer’s Travel Guides. It is one of Houston’s signature events and has developed into one of the primary fundraisers for Child Advocates. With a projected annual attendance of over 50,000 people, the festival celebrates over two decades of proven success.
The Festival fun includes the Sunday only appearance of James Maslow, who stars as James Diamond in Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush and popular boy band by the same name.
Son Vallenato April 13, 2013 Location: MECA Address: 1900 Kane Street
IThe Stylistics of the Colombian Accordion, founder and bandleader Victor Velasquez was an active Vallenato musician in Colombia for 30 years. When he moved to Houston in 1986, he inevitably met other musicians hailing from various parts of Colombia.
Together they formed an ensemble in 2002 called Orgullo Vallenato. A version of the group has since been renamed Son Vallenato and consists of eight members. Victor started out playing the guacharaca (a percussion instrument typical to Vallenato), but taught himself to play accordion by ear. At this count, Victor owns no less than eight accordions, which were all made in his homeland.
Son Vallenato as part of ¡Uno, Dos, Tres!: is Free and open to the public. 6:30 p.m.