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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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Art Colony Association, Inc. presents Bayou City Art Festival

Art Colony Association, Inc. presents Bayou City Art Festival

Bayou City Art Festival, produced by the Art Colony Association, Inc., will return to Downtown Houston to celebrate 50 years of providing unique art experiences and education in Houston, while supporting local organizations and promoting the impact that art has on the Houston community.

Patrons will have the opportunity to meet artists, view original works, and purchase artwork from 19 art disciplines, including paintings, prints, jewelry, sculptures, and more. The festival will feature live music, a food truck park, and beverage stations, along with two entertainment stages and art installations. Guests will enjoy Houston’s skyline views while enjoying the festival’s wine garden, craft beer garden, and Art Bar. In the Active Imagination Zone, the festival’s nonprofit partners will host hands-on art activities for all ages.

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Mercury Chamber Orchestra presents Love's Philosophy

Mercury Chamber Orchestra presents Love's Philosophy

Mercury Chamber Orchestra presents Love's Philosophy, featuring Guest Conductor John Axelrod and violinist Jonathan Godfrey. Selections will include Mahler's Adagietto from Symphony No. 5, Bernstein's Serenade after Plato's Symposium, and Haydn's Symphony No. 22, “The Philosopher.”

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FotoFest Biennial Dance Night

FotoFest Biennial Dance Night

FotoFest and the Flat have teamed up to throw a party in celebration of this year’s FotoFest Biennial 2022 exhibitions, "African Cosmologies: Redux, Ten by Ten," and "If I Had a Hammer." The Flat will host a night of dancing, drinks, and food. DJ Sun, DJ MLE, and DJ Malcolm Bravo will be spinning records featuring music that reflects and responds to the themes explored in each of the Biennial exhibitions. As a special treat, the bar at The Flat has created an artful cocktail to celebrate the night.

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Christopher Cross in concert

Christopher Cross in concert

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Christopher Cross comes to Houston as part of his 40th anniversary tour. Cross made history with his 1980 self-titled debut album, winning five Grammy Awards, including for the first time in Grammy history, the “Big Four” most prestigious awards: Record of the Year (for the single "Sailing"), Album of the Year, Song of the Year (also "Sailing"), and Best New Artist.

In a career spanning over five decades, Cross has sold over 10 million albums. His music has garnered five Grammys, an Oscar, a Golden Globe and five Top 10 singles.

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We the Kingdom in concert

We the Kingdom in concert

We the Kingdom comes to Cypress in support of their 2020 album, Holy Water. They will be joined by Cory Asbury.

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Where to shop in Houston right now: 20 must-hit spots for December

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Houston's Dominique Sachse will host a sale of her hottest pieces at madmeg.

As savvy shoppers here know, fab finds in Houston are endless. Add in festive holiday décor coupled with the urgency of scoring the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift, and December's shopping experience is amplified — in the best way possible.

Head to River Oaks District, Rice Village, or The Galleria for the highest concentration of window-shopping fun, or relax with a coffee at an artisan market where handcrafted jewelry, leather goods, and art take center stage.

In time for the season, we've rounded up some top December shopping options — luxe, local, and more — that are sure to impress and entertain this season.

A Classic Round Top Christmas

Shopping in Round Top isn't just limited to twice per year. Throughout December, the quaint Texas town and legendary vintage shopping mecca is the ideal holiday destination for those seeking retail therapy or antiquers searching for those one-of-a-kind finds. Round Top will host family-friendly programming for the first three weekends in December, making it a perfect holiday getaway for shoppers and families.

Cos Bar

Famed luxury multi-brand beauty retailer Cos Bar recently opened its second Texas flagship location in the posh River Oaks District (next to Van Cleef & Arpels). Known for delivering a one-of-a-kind customer experience, the brand carries luxury skincare and makeup offerings from the world's most prestigious collections. Brands include La Mer, Sisley, Tom Ford, Westman Atelier, Cle de Peau, Augustinus Bader, Chantecaille, Charlotte Tilbury, Creed, Maison Francis Kurkdiian, and many more.

DBS Living

Houstonians Larry Leonard and Sukaina Rajani (of Macaron by Patisse fame) recently launched a line of athleisure apparel called DBS (Don't be Scared). Featuring workout wear for both men and women, DBS is made of premium materials in vibrant colors. The line consists of cropped t-shirts, bra tops, bike shorts, and leggings for women and t-shirts and lined shorts for men. DBS is available for purchase online.

Dominique Sachse Closet Sale

Shop until you drop in Dominique Sachse's closet. The former news anchor and current YouTube star will be selling a curated collection of over 200 pieces of her clothing at madmeg on Friday, December 2, from noon to 6 pm. Sizes will range from XS to medium, and the event will have a "designer" section. Sachse will be on hand to sign copies of her book Life Makeover: Embrace the Bold, beautiful, and Blessed You. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Women's Home.

Elizabeth Anthony

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at Uptown Park’s Elizabeth Anthony. The luxury boutique will be hosting a Gems & Jewels event December 1 to 17 featuring fine jewelry collections from brands including Cadar, Talkative, Goshwara, Moksh, Silvia Furmanovich, and La Molina. Elizabeth Anthony will also be offering a gift card with purchase promotion ensuring good things really do come in small packages.

Flea by Night

Customers can shop local for four consecutive weekends in December during the Christmas season at Discovery Green's open-air market, Flea by Night. Local artisans will showcase their vintage, handmade, recycled, repurposed, and local goods making it easy to find holiday gifts. In addition to shopping, visitors can enjoy noshing on bites from food trucks, listening to great live music from Houston bands or ice skating at the Green Mountain Energy Ice Rink.

The Gremillion & Co. Fine Art

This holiday season, shoppers have an ultra-rare opportunity to bolster their art collections with art from emerging and notable artists at the famed gallery Gremillion & Co. Fine Art. The art gallery is hosting its first and final sale after over forty years of business, beginning on December 3. (Read our full story here.) The sale is anticipated to run for one month and will feature approximately 500 pieces at price points ranging from $200 to $200,000.

Iris Gifts & Decor

Cross everyone off the Christmas list at Iris Gifts & Decor in The Shops at Memorial. The boutique offers customers an array of luxury and bespoke items for the home, gifts for men, women, and children, paper goods, drink and barware. Founded by Houstonian Sarah Connor, the store features many beloved Texas brands, including Paty, Kate Weiser Chocolate, and Texas Standard. Other notable brands include Two's Company, Zodax, Meri Meri, Lele Sadoughi, Lafco, Beekman 1802, Smathers & Branson, Jojo Maman Bébé, Pink Chicken, Tender Leaf Toys, Jan Barboglio, Hot Sox, and many more.

Krigler Aquarelle Candles

Four Seasons Houston's Krigler boutique has introduced its limited-edition Aquarelle Candle Collection, perfect for warming those cool winter nights. These large (56-ounce) scented soy candles come in hand-blown colored glass, are infused with an 18-percent Krigler perfume base, and boast a burn time of 120 hours. The collection includes Aquarelle Blue: America One 31 — a surprising mix of energizing neroli and spicy black pepper; Aquarelle Brown: Sierra Vista 2142 - a warm, woody ode to the US Southwest; Aquarelle Mint: Good Fir 11 — a crisp, mossy mix that conjures snow-capped mountains; and Aquarelle Pink: Lovely Patchouli 55 Classic — a cozy, sensual scent made for chilly nights.

Makeup by Mari

Beauty maven Mari Metzler just dropped her Holiday Lip Sets. Each beautifully boxed set contains travel-sized glosses in her best-selling hues from the Pink About It, It's Nude to Me and Born "Red"y lines. Makeup by Mari's lip glosses are super pigmented for long wear and contain antioxidant Vitamin E for hydration. The holiday sets are available at her store, Trellis Spa or online.

Läderach

Swiss chocolatier Läderach, best known for their iconic FrischSchoggi (large slabs of fresh chocolate bark), launched their 2022 winter holiday collection inspired by the theme of gift giving. At the Galleria outpost, shoppers can find delectable treats for gifting and snacking, including everything from advent calendars and festive boxes of fresh Swiss pralines to the brand's beloved chocolate reindeer Finn.

Lafayette 148

Bundle up in the chicest way possible with Lafayette 148's recently debuted Aspen 148 collection. Located in The Galleria, the luxury collection is inspired by the Aspen slopestyle of the '60s and '70s. Aspen 148 luxuriously reinterprets classic alpine ski details and a cozy, rocky mountain sensibility with a modern New York aesthetic. There is no need for a lift ticket to wear the collection perfect for looking après ski-ready with sweaters and plush, shearling coats to technical puffers and Fair Isle everything.

Las Sureñas

Argentinian brand Las Sureñas, known for their size-inclusive and slow fashion pieces, will host a pop-up at Teressa Foglia in River Oaks District. The designers will be on hand for the two-day event on December 14 and 15 from 11 am to 7 pm.

Léránt

Luxury gift boutique Léránt, located across the street from the Galleria, is re-opening just in time for Christmas shopping. Léránt is known for its holiday merchandise, high-end tableware and complimentary gift wrapping. The boutique is offering 20-percent-off storewide on Wednesday, December 14, and will be open seven days per week leading up to Christmas.

Local Foods Market

Find the perfect gifts for any foodie at Rice Village's Local Foods Market. Choose from a hand-selected seasonally-evolving collection of red, white, and sparkling wines. Shop for locally made holiday gifts, including Pop Soap Astros candles, Blood Bros BBQ sauce, Cochinita & Co., Kin by Evelyn Garcia, Chilaquiles, Mama Vanns Jerky, Inanuts, Zwita Harissa and Tatemada.

Paris Texas Apparel Co.

With a full line of Astros-related apparel and accessories, including the just-dropped Johnnie O Astros World Series Collection, Paris Texas Apparel Co. is the place to find a gift for the ultimate Astros fan. Also, check out the new commemorative book on the World Series Champion's 2022 season.

Pucci Cafe & Pet Boutique

Find luxury gifts for every discerning pet at the newly opened PUCCI Café & Pet Boutique at Cinco Ranch. The high-end Pet Boutique offers one-of-a-kind pieces ranging from dog collar bling to twill outfits and festive treats. Read more about the chic pet boutique here.

Stephen Dwek

Stephen Dwek, best known for his engraved precious metal, and intricately hand-carved and faceted gemstones, recently launched his latest collection at Neiman Marcus in The Galleria. Jewelry lovers will be delighted with the designer's newest gold pieces debuting just in time for the holidays.

Urban Harvest Winter Festival

Shop from more than 100 vendors at the second annual Urban Harvest Winter Festival on December 10, from 8 am to noon. Local farmers, ranchers and artisans will showcase their goods, making it easy and convenient to support local small businesses. Enjoy prepared and hot food vendors, photos with Santa and complimentary cooking decorating.

Zadock Jewelers

Discover the most dazzling gifts in designer jewelry & luxury timepieces at Zadok Jewelers' holiday trunk show series. View extended collections and visit with brand representatives from Dinh Van, J.B. Star, Mikimoto, Pasquale Bruni, Pomellato, Roberto Coin, and Phillips House throughout December.

Here are the top 15 things to do in Houston this weekend

weekend event planner

The holidays are in full swing this weekend, with a cherished annual tradition taking place downtown at City Hall, hosted by the one and only Gloria "I Will Survive" Gaynor.

Meanwhile, several stage shows offer holiday fun — don't miss a Whataburger-themed play, a Texas version of a Christmas Carol, plus a gospel holiday experience. And speaking of holidays and gospel, the Blind Boys of Alabama visit town for what promises to be an unforgettable seasonal concert.

Enjoy; here are your best bets for the weekend.

Thursday, December 1

Rothko Chapel presents World AIDS Day Observance

Visitors at the World AIDS Day Observance can show support and stand in solidarity with the millions of people living with and impacted by HIV. Attendees are invited to bring a small memento, photo, or item (no food or drinks) to place on a community altar in remembrance of those who have passed on, and items in celebration of those living with HIV and hope for the future to end this epidemic. Presenters include Vicar Amber Harbolt, artist Titan Capri, and DACAMERA Young Artists Jeongwon An, David Dietz, Hanna Hrybkova, and Lauren Ross. 8:30 am.

Art on the Avenue

Art on the Avenue returns for its 25th anniversary, with more than 500 original artworks from over 250 local artists. The event has grown to be the city’s largest silent art auction, giving back to the thriving arts community of Houston while supporting the affordable housing and community revitalization efforts of local nonprofit organization Avenue. The exclusive, Thursday night preview event will offer art lovers a first look at this year’s exhibition, along with curated art-inspired bites and cocktails. 6 pm (10 am and 6 pm Saturday).

A.D. Players presents A Texas Carol

The whole family is on the way to Mee-Maw Jane's East Texas ranch for what might be her last Christmas. The only problem - when the first group arrives, Mee-Maw is already gone. Now, how to keep that fact (and her body) from the rest of the family and save Christmas? This hysterical and heart-warming story is about all things Christmas and all things Texas that ultimately brings us straight to the true meaning of Christmas. Through Friday, December 23. 7:30 pm (8 pm Friday; 2:30 and 8 pm Saturday; 2:30 pm Sunday).

Friday, December 2

City of Pearland with Big Top Entertainment presents Blitzen's Bazaar

The traditional lighting of the City of Pearland’s Christmas tree will feature H-E-B's Winter Wonderland, a gift market with Big Top Entertainment exhibitors and food trucks, holiday entertainment, light displays, and a fireworks show sponsored by University of Houston Clear Lake - Pearland. The short program will feature a visit from City Council, community leaders, Santa Claus, and Mayor Cole as they come together to light the tree and spread Christmas cheer. 9 am.

Kappa Kappa Gamma Holiday Pilgrimage Home Tour

Design fans and those needing some holiday inspo can check out three beautiful homes in Houston’s iconic Tanglewood neighborhood. The biennial Houston charitable holiday tradition dates back to 1941 and showcases historic homes and elegant holiday décor. Today and Saturday, 10 am-4 pm. $20-$25

16th Annual McDonald's Inspiration Celebration Gospel Tour Holiday Experience

McDonald's Black & Positively Golden presents this free, nationwide concert series, featuring music from artists who are shaping the sound of contemporary gospel. Ring in the holidays at New Light Christian Church with Anthony Hamilton, Donald Lawrence, Jekalyn Carr, Kierra Sheard-Kelly, Samoht, Smokie Norful, comedian NotKarltonBanks, and host Lonnie Hunter. As in previous years, the tour will celebrate McDonald’s continued devotion to Ronald McDonald House Charities. 7 pm.

Alley Theatre presents What-A-Christmas!

Meet Margot, a 30-something Tejana who works at a beloved, whata-sized Texas burger joint. The Christmas Eve overnight shift is her personal tradition - even if that means spending the holiday dealing with grumpy drive-thru customers and an equally grumpy, robotic Santa. But when her dead best friend Jackie Marley drops by to warn her of impending late-night visits by spirits, Margot has no choice but to roll with the punches and confront the very Scrooge she’s become. Through Friday, December 23. 7 pm (2 and 7 pm Sunday).

Saturday, December 3

Ronald McDonald House Houston presents 13th Annual Trafigura Run for the House

Ronald McDonald House Houston hosts the 13th annual race, held over at Sam Houston Park. The run is open to participants of all ages and abilities, and one hundred percent of proceeds will directly benefit Ronald McDonald House Houston, a loving home away from home for families with seriously ill children being treated in the Texas Medical Center. Every dollar raised up to $185,000 will be generously matched by the Trafigura Foundation. 8 am.

Asia Society Texas presents The Great Yōkai Adventure

Asia Society Texas will be hooking families up with a good ol’ adventure this weekend. Participants will embark on a series of quests involving mysterious spirits from Japanese folklore. Visitors can explore the exhibition "Yōkai: Scenes of the Supernatural in Japanese Woodblock Prints," create their own art, see yōkai-themed films, and earn a trading card for each quest completed. Guests who collect enough cards will earn a prize. Costumes are encouraged. This event is ideal for ages 6 and up. 11 am.

Archway Gallery presents "Only the Forest Knows…" opening reception

This collaborative effort combines Andrea Wilkinson’s exquisite sculptural portraits of wild animals with Christie Coker’s textural paintings which are evocative of the environs in which these animals live. For this show, Wilkinson has created sculptures inspired by the wild animals that live among us, for animals are highly adaptive in sharing our forested neighborhoods and yards, while Coker’s artwork is inspired by the beauty found in nature’s offerings. Through Thursday, January 5. 5 pm.

Reliant Lights Mayor’s Holiday Spectacular

Plan to arrive early at Hermann Square at City Hall for the free, beloved holiday event hosted this year by disco/"I Will Survive" legend Gloria Gaynor. Expect live music and dance performances, the lighting of the holiday tree, free photos with Santa in his North Pole-themed booth, dance and music and other festive activities for all ages. Free blinking Santa hats will be dispersed to all attendees, (while supplies last), with food samples and seasonal bites and beverages for sale. 6 pm-8 pm. Free.

Cirque Surréaliste: The Menil Collection’s 35th Anniversary Gala

This special event - occurring only once every five years - draws inspiration from the museum’s world-renowned collection of surrealist art. With the theme of a 20th-century circus, the party’s theme and décor is inspired by Alexander Calder’s Two Acrobats, Fernand Léger’s Julie, The Beautiful Cyclist, and Study for the Grand Parade. This year’s gala also marks the Menil’s 35th anniversary, celebrating Dominique and John de Menil’s distinctive and inclusive vision to make art accessible to all, bringing together supporters of the museum, the arts, and the city. 7 pm.

Sunday, December 4

Foundation for Modern Music presents Avalon International Competition for Composers Concert

Foundation for Modern Music presents this annual competition, which celebrates new, exciting, and original contemporary music rooted in the classical tradition by both young and more-established composers. The competition concert showcases the quality of Houston performing artists and ensembles who relish the challenge of learning and presenting works of great difficulty. Through the competition, the Foundation honors its late artistic director, Robert Avalon, who helped develop and initiate several important new projects - including this competition. 3:30 pm.

Houston Tidelanders A Capella Christmas Show

The Houston Tidelanders are an a capella group with a 75-year history in Houston. This show will feature them singing versions of popular holiday music, both secular and religious. There will be renditions of songs like "Joy to the World," "Little Saint Nick," "Mary Did You Know," "Baby’s First Christmas Lullaby," and "Gesu Bambino," which is a new song that was arranged specifically for the Tidelanders. The quartet S.L.E.D. will also be performing. 6 pm.

Performing Arts Houston presents The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show

The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with lifetime achievement awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammys, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years. The living legends of gospel will share the spirit of the season, featuring Houston's Sarah Grace and The Soul. 6:30 pm.

Landmark Rice Village art gallery hosts first-ever sale event ahead of transformation into multipurpose space

thanks for the memories

For some 40 years, much-heralded Houston art maven Ron Gremillion has been a fixture of the local scene as a buyer, gallerist, and collector. Indeed, his Gremillion and Co. Fine Art complex has become a Rice University landmark.

Seemingly, the Gremillion and Co. Fine Art compound at 2501 Sunset Blvd. would endure in its current iteration for another decade. But like much of Houston these days, an enduring local space is being reimagined.

A group of Houston investors have purchased Gremillion’s property, which was designed by acclaimed architect Jim Lass and are refreshing the gallery and annex — both totaling more than 21,000 square feet. The group has also purchased an adjacent home at 2508 Nottingham St. that dates back to around 1940, which has been gutted to make way for a catering kitchen and new guest apartments upstairs for visiting artists, chefs, and other creatives tied to support inhouse programming and private events.

The result is a new multipurpose space replete with a shaded garden and tree-shaded terrace, which will be renamed Horizon on Sunset. Plans call for debuts by February 2023.

Fans can catch a sneak peek of the new Horizon Sunset during a special Gremillion and Co. Fine Art even and sale — a first in the company’s four-decade history — beginning Saturday, December 3. The specialty sale will last one month, with some 500 of Gremillion’s mostly modern assembled works on sale from $200 t0 $200,000.

Gremillion will personally oversee the sale and consult with potential buyers, along with guest curator Elise Arnoult Miller of Houston-based Arnoult Fine Art Consulting. “Gremillion is a gallery that has supported artists and put them first, and to some degree, that’s how this vast collection was amassed – pieces never stopped coming,” Gremillion noted in a statement. “This last hurrah is an opportunity to pair beautiful works of art with buyers that will be moved by them, compensate their talented creators and make way for the next chapter in a space that has made so many memories.”

Consider this a chance to score some valuable art at bargain prices, and pay tribute to a Houston institution.

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Gremillion and Co. Fine Art (2501 Sunset Blvd.) will host its first and only sale beginning Saturday, December 3. For hours and more information, visit www.gremillion.com.