This first full weekend of the new year is shaping up to be full of many fun happenings around Houston. With concerts, architectural tours, and the lastest stop on the Super Bowl Touchdown Tour among the options, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
We've put together a list of 9 events taking place from Thursday through Sunday that you'll want to check out, but you can view our full list on the CultureMap Events Calendar.
Thursday, January 5
The River Oaks Chamber Orchestra's annual Beer and Brass event at Saint Arnold Brewery is a "spirited" affair that combines jazz from the 1920s and traditional German beer hall music, all performed by the orchestra's Brass Quintet. Enjoy jazz classics such as "It Had to be You" and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" while sipping on a selection of craft beers.
Friday, January 6
If boating is of high interest to you then the 62nd Annual Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show will be like paradise. More than 700,000 square feet of NRG Center will be filled with everything imaginable for the outdoors at the largest indoor show for outdoor sports in the country. Get a closeup look at the latest boats of all sizes, campers and travel trailers, fishing and camping equipment and accessories, patio furniture, and even exotic vacation locations. The show debuts Friday and and runs until January 15, except for Saturday (January 8) due to the Texans playoff game.
Moonlight, La La Land, Arrival, and Manchester By the Sea are among the films nominated for top awards at the 10th Annual Houston Film Critics Society Awards to be held for the first time at the Midtown Arts & Theatre Center (MATCH). Houston critics will also honor an indie film made in Texas as well as providing a bit of comic relief with the "Worst Film of the Year" award.
This weekend, lovers of the symphony and acrobatics will be thrilled by a dazzling show combining the two arts. Cirque de la Symphonie has joined forces with the Houston Symphony to perform aerial acrobatic feats to film scores from such classics as The Magnificent Seven, E.T., and Gone With the Wind.
Saturday, January 7
Rice University is an architecture lover's dream with designs by Cesar Pelli, Michael Graves, John Staub and other top architects. A tour hosted by the American Institute of Architects Houston chapter explores the various buildings around the campus and delves into how they enhance the university experience. Also on the tour are large scale art works by James Turrell and Michael Heizer.
With just a month to go before Super Bowl LI in Houston, the local host committee continues it series of community events to tout the big game with a stop at Burnett Bayland Park in southwest Houston. Attendees will enjoy live entertainment, “neighborhood tailgating” complete with food and beverages, games and other special guest appearances to promote fun and healthy community activities.
Modern jazz pianist Ran Blake will perform a free sunset concert under the James Turrell Skyspace at the Live Oak Friends Meeting House. Blake combines early influences such as Bartok, Debussy, Stravinsky, Monk, and Ellington with his love for singers like Mahalia Jackson, Al Green and Ray Charles to produce a unique, deeply introspective, experience.
The American funk rock band makes a Houston stop at the Toyota Center to tout their new album, The Getaway, and also perform some of their classic hits. Opening acts are Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Jack Irons.
Sunday, January 8
Five top chefs — Bryan Caswell (Reef), Richard Knight (Hunky Dory), Steven Satterfield (Miller Union), Michael Gulotta (MoPho), and Phillip Speer (Bonhomie) — will headline the second edition of the Southern Foundation Salty Super dinner. The five-course meal will feature wine pairings by Miner Family Wines and a specialty cocktail by Pura Vida Tequila. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit organization that works to encourage a holistic approach to the conservation of the Gulf Coast including the estuaries, bays, waterways, wetlands, native wildlife and their habitats.