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TFTI - Houston Selfie Museum

TFTI - Houston Selfie Museum

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TFTI is an interactive photo experience featuring over 15+ curated rooms crafted for capturing the perfect selfie, including Infinity Mirror Room, LOVE Letters room, DJ Confetti Room, Peach Emoji Room, and more.

Tickets must be purchased online.

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The Beach Boys in concert

The Beach Boys in concert

As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical history. The Beach Boys, who have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and an American icon to fans around the world, will bring their Sixty Years of the Sounds of Summer tour to Sugar Land.

The Beach Boys have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. The Rock And Roll Hall of Famers where also honored at the 2001 Grammy Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award. With more than five decades of touring under their belts, The Beach Boys have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history.

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LadyGang presents The Lady Secrets Tour

LadyGang presents The Lady Secrets Tour

The creators of the wildly popular LadyGang Podcast - Keltie Knight, Becca Tobin, and Jac Vanek - come to Houston as part of The Lady Secrets Tour. LadyGang began with a podcast with the mission to make women feel less alone. Since 2015, the show has boasted over 175 million downloads, topped the podcast charts, and spawned a television series, clothing line, accessories line, and a book, Act Like a Lady.

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Chefs For Farmers

Chefs For Farmers

For the first timer ever, Chefs For Farmers will be making its official debut in the Space City with a lineup of the city's top chefs for one mouthwatering food & wine experience. Attendees will get to devour delicious eats from over 20 of the hottest Houston chefs, who will be partnering with a variety of regional farms to curate dishes that will satisfy guests' tastebuds.

Each ticket is all-inclusive of unlimited bites, drinks and live entertainment. For the inaugural year, they have partnered with Houston Food Bank as the official charity partner.

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Candytopia

Candytopia

Candytopia, a candy-coated experiential adventure, will bring its confectionery wonderland to Houston for a limited-run engagement. It features more than one dozen rooms with larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences. Candytopia Houston will feature the most popular attractions from its past locations along with new elements inspired by local culture and landmarks unique to the city.

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Houston Symphony presents "Gershwin Concerto in F"

Houston Symphony presents "Gershwin Concerto in F"

Brimming with the toe-tapping jazz rhythms of the 1920s, Gershwin’s effervescent, free-spirited Concerto in F is positively guaranteed to leave audiences uplifted. Jeffrey Kahane will be both th conductor and soloist for a program celebrating great American composers, past and present, including outstanding recent compositions of Adolphus Hailstork and Shawn Okpebholo, along with the unbridled energy and heart-on-sleeve passion of Samuel Barber’s Symphony No. 1.

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Bad 'a' Hawaiian coffee shop brews up plans for 10 Houston-area locations

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A new coffee shop will brings the flavors of Hawaii to the Houston area. Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii has signed a development agreement that will bring as many as 10 locations to West Houston and Galveston in the next five years.

Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii was founded on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1989 to serve Hawaiian-sourced coffee to locals and tourists. Franchising on the mainland started in 1985, but an acquisition in 2019 paved the way for its current expansion. Currently at about 30 locations nationwide, Bad Ass announced plans to open five locations in Dallas earlier this year.

The cafe serves hot, cold, and frozen coffee drinks as well as tea and smoothes. Food options consist of a tidy menu of breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and muffins.

Bad Ass Coffee’s colorful name comes from the donkeys who carried coffee beans along steep mountain passes in Kona, Hawaii. Locals named them the “bad ass ones” for their stubborn but friendly nature, the company states.

Houston franchisees Kyle Price and Heath Rushing bring experience from the health care industry to their new role as entrepreneurs. In a release, they explain that Bad Ass Coffee’s values help fueled their interest in bringing the brand to Houston.

“We love how the brand honors its Hawaiian heritage and creates a culture that differentiates itself by embodying its island roots,” Rushing said. “Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii also isn't just a brand, it's an identity and the vision is to fuel the inner badass in all of us. We hope to unlock inner badasses by fueling customers with energy and kindness every single day.”

Houston Astros' Julia Morales reports on life with the team, work-family balance, her new fashion line, and more

20 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT JULIA


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Julia Morales with Alex Bregman at Minute Maid Park.

For serious Houston Astros fans, Julia Morales Clark needs no introduction. As the Astros sideline reporter, her job is to tell the on-and-off-the-field stories and relay the big moments that keep sports fans connected to the team.

Starting in West Palm Beach at Spring Training in February and grinding to the postseason, Morales is a constant fixture next to the Astros dugout. She spends all day, every day during away games traveling with the World Series Champion team, asking the hard questions and enjoying front-row seats to the antics of Alex Bregman, José Altuve, and the rest of the ball club.

This season, Morales reported on the longest game in World Series history and interviewed everyone who had anything to do with the famed no-hitters against the Yankees and Phillies.

She also gave fans a glimpse behind the scenes through Instagram — and became known as the “Queen of Astros TikTok.”

Childhood dreams

Morales grew up outside of Dallas in the small town of Crandall where sports were a constant in her life. With both parents being college athletes, she and her brother were always playing various sports with her dad often as coach, it was what her family did together.

Going into her 11th season with the Houston Astros, Morales is grateful to talk about sports daily and admits she wanted to be a news reporter from a young age. “By the time I was ten, I had already decided it was what I wanted to do. At the time, there were not a lot of females in sports reporting, especially at the national level, so I didn’t know it was a possibility,” she tells CultureMap.

“When I got into college, I started noticing that more women were covering sports, so I decided I wanted to go the sports route instead of the news route.”

Family time

These days Morales spends more time “wheels up” accompanying the Astros on every road game and reporting on 140-150 of the total 162 regular season baseball games. Balancing her career, marriage, and being a mom to 2-year-old Valerie is a constant struggle.

She is buoyed by the offseason when she gets to spend every day with her husband and daughter and bonding over family activities, but admits managing motherhood and the longest season in sports is hard.

“It gets tough with ten-day road trips on the west coast when you are away from the people you love, but I am not alone. Every player has a family, and every coach has a family. We talk about it amongst each other and help each other through it — there is a lot of FaceTime and phone calls. It is part of the job and the sacrifices I have to make, but I also know that she will be proud of me and everything I am doing one day.”

Style and baseball

Although being away from her family is hard, Morales has adapted to life on the road. She has developed a great wardrobe with staples for every climate she visits and says she now owns more Astros orange than ever before. She incorporates her pieces with rented items to keep up with the trends and has a lot of fun with jewelry, naming jewelry juggernaut Kendra Scott as one of her biggest supporters.

Over the past year, Morales has quietly worked on a line of baseball-themed shirts and sweatshirts. She debuted her line right before the Astros clinched the ALCS and has been surprised at the positive reaction to her “Baseball Y’all” brand.

“It did really, really well. It almost overwhelmed me at a point in the season when I was already busy, but it was so worth it. Seeing people wearing my shirts and sweatshirts at the games is amazing. I have so many more ideas and things I want to do — I just need a minute to catch my breath.”

Behind the Scenes

Busy professionals know there are instances when spending more time with work colleagues than family is par for the course, but Morales’ work-family relationships are at a whole other level. Travel plus a three-hour game and a pre and post-game workload – Morales has logged many hours with every Houston Astros team member.

The sideline reporter laughs and says she knows the team exceptionally well, noting that they spend almost too much time together. Working alongside the ball club for over a decade, she has seen most players come and go, except Altuve. She has seen him grow his family with his wife Nina, become a World Series Champion twice, become an MVP, and talked with him on camera through tough losses and intense moments like Hurricane Harvey.

“I wouldn’t call him my best friend or anything, but I have been around him for a decade. It’s almost a cooler relationship than what people would call a friend — it is on its own level, and I am so grateful for those relationships.”

According to Morales, affectionately nicknamed “Mrs. Astros”, the best thing about a baseball season is that no one has any idea what will happen in any given year. This season, in particular, she’s been able to watch the rise of shortstop phenom Jeremy Peña.

“I got to know Jeremy Peña as a rookie ready for his first year in the majors. From having that first interview with him to watching his first home run and then watching him at the end of the season become a World Series MVP and a household name across the country — it has been an incredibly unique experience.”

Diehard Astros fans may know more about their favorite ball team because of the redhead sideline reporter, but now, she's opening the door to let fans get to know her, too. Here are 20 fun facts about Clark.

Go-to outfit: Baseball Y’all cropped hoodie and leggings

Favorite Astros accessory: Golden Thread Star earrings or my World Series Champions Baseball cap.

Favorite ballpark food: Breakfast Burger at PNC Park, Crab Fried in Baltimore and everything at Minute Maid Park

Favorite non-Houston ballpark: T-Mobile Park or Target Field

Type A or B: A

Dream dinner guest (sports related): Earl Campbell

Dream dinner guest (non-sports related): Beyonce

Smartest person in the room or richest person in the room: Smartest person in the room

Drink of choice: Glass of cabernet

Guacamole or queso: Guacamole

TikTok or Instagram: Instagram

Happy Place: Round Top

Top three essential gameday items: Reporters notebook & pen, clear mascara for hair flyaways and a scorebook

Strangest thing about your job: My schedule

Best thing about your job: Storytelling

Cowboy boots or cowboy hat: Boots

Lose sleep or skip a meal: Lose sleep

Show or tell: Tell

Who are you inspired by: My parents

What three traits got you to where you are today: Hard work, my people skills, and my love for sports.

A gift guide for the ultimate Texas sports fans

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Shopping for someone sports-obsessed? We got you. Here's a list of winning gifts from FOCO.com to help spread some holiday cheer while they cheer on their team.

Houston Astros Ugly Pattern One Piece Pajamas
Are you a matching pajamas family? These men's and women's PJs are comfortable and show off your team spirit in a winter-themed design, complete with a hood. Front kangaroo pockets mean you can carry a little extra team spirit wherever you go.

Houston Texans Reversible Colorblock Hoodeez
Never before has fandom looked so good and felt so relaxing. Lounge like a legend while you cheer on your team by rocking this super-soft unisex hoodie.

Houston Astros Minute Maid Park Mini BRXLZ Stadium
Need to pass the time until game day arrives? How about a constructive exercise that brings game day to you? Enjoy a little home field advantage with this set that contains approximately 1,203 pieces and will be the centerpiece of your collection.

Hook'em Texas Longhorns Mascot Bighead Bobblehead
Horns up, Longhorn Nation! Everything's bigger in Texas, and that includes your school spirit when you add this Bighead Bobblehead to your collection. Note, these hand-painted collectibles are limited to two per person to ensure everyone gets a chance to own one.

Clutch the Rocket Bear Houston Rockets Large Plush Mascot
These plushes and their supreme softness are a major must-have. Nap time and nighttime will both feel like game time when you snuggle up with this cuddly mascot that's filled with polyester fiber and fandom.

Houston Astros High End Stocking
This holiday season, don't forget to hang your No. 1 fan stocking by the chimney — we get the feeling it won't be filled with coal when you wake up.

Houston Texans Team Property Sherpa Plush Throw Blanket
Property of: the best fan in town. Enjoy a relaxing day in the fancave watching your team on TV with this 60-by-50-inch sherpa throw.

Texas A&M Aggies BRXLZ Football
Don't bother checking the playbook — building this football is the ultimate play. At approximately 704 pieces, it assembles to 5-by-3 inches. You might not be able to spike it into the end zone, but it will look great on your desk. Hope you've got that touchdown dance ready.

Orbit Houston Astros Holiday Mascot Bobblehead
There's no place like home field for the holidays, and nothing proves that more than this hand-painted, handcrafted, individually numbered bobblehead that stands a respectable eight inches tall. A rug sporting the Astros colors and team logo is displayed on top of base, in case there were any doubts as to where your allegiances lie.

Find these gifts and so many more on FOCO.com.