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Axiom Quartet, Holocaust Museum Houston, and Consulate General of Poland will join forces to present a powerful and intriguing program of chamber music written by Polish and Polish-born composers.

Guests will experience the rarely-heard string quartets by Mieczysław Weinberg and Mark Nowakowski, along with the impressionist work by Karol Szymanowski.

Better Than Ezra in concert

Better Than Ezra in concert

Better Than Ezra comes to Houston part of the Legends Of The Fall tour. Fans can expect all the glitz, glamour, and provocative moves that everyone has come to expect from a Better Than Ezra show. The band has released eight albums in their career, most recently 2014's All Together Now​.

Photo courtesy of Svetan Photography

Texas Medical Center Orchestra presents The Power of the Human Spirit

Texas Medical Center Orchestra presents The Power of the Human Spirit

In the first concert of the Texas Medical Center Orchestra's 2022-2023 season, they will focus on "The Power of the Human Spirit" to experience emotions and survive even the toughest moments in life.

Dvorak's Carnival is part of a trilogy of overtures - this one is the second - "Life" symbolizing joy. When you hear a joyful melody, it can transport you to a happier place and elevate your mood. Schumann suffered from mental illness, yet his 3rd symphony radiates joy. When one focuses on joy, their spirits benefit from the positive thought, and those who wish can tap into this emotion, even while they are deeply depressed.

Pieces include Dvorak's Carnival Overture Op. 92, Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor Op. 85 featuring Brinton Smith on cello, and Schumman's Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major.

Photo courtesy of Garage Arts Project

Garage Arts Project presents Bridges Collaboration Festival

Garage Arts Project presents Bridges Collaboration Festival

Garage Arts Project will present the second edition of Bridges Collaboration Festival. The event will feature four performances, each a commissioned, multidisciplinary collaboration between Texas-based artists. A social mixer will precede the show where the audience will get to meet with artists and other art-supporters in the community.

The lineup includes:

  • A dance and visual art collaboration by Brandy Michele Adams, Marissa Michelle , Judge “Mr. Wow” Brandon, Alan “Canvas” Nguyen, Emi Matsushita - Conversations
  • A cross-genre dance collaboration featuring Plano-based Indian classical dance company Tejas Dance and Houston-based modern dancer, Adam Castenada.
  • A strings and percussion collaboration featuring Houston-based flamenco guitarist Jeremy Garcia and Dallas-based Indian percussion artists - Praveen Thiagarajan, Kushal Venkatesh
  • An Indian Dhol and Japanese Taiko drum ensemble featuring Goisagi Daiko, Shivam Dhol, and Tasha Pathak
Photo courtesy of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents "Golden Worlds: The Portable Universe of Indigenous Colombia" opening day

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents "Golden Worlds: The Portable Universe of Indigenous Colombia" opening day

"Golden Worlds: The Portable Universe of Indigenous Colombia" showcases the diversity and brilliance of ancient Colombian cultures. The exhibition reframes the approach to ancient Colombian art and invites visitors into a cultural dialogue that spans both space and time.

From intricately cast gold pendants and hammered gold masks to ceramic effigies of fantastical creatures and rare ancient textiles, some 400 works span all the major Pre-Columbian cultures of Colombia. Landscapes, archaeological sites, and collaborations add important context to the objects and their timeless messages. Thematic sections center the voices and concepts of descendant Indigenous communities in the display and interpretation of the works.

With the European conquest, Indigenous cultures and knowledge - based on millennia of intellectual efforts - were largely cast aside. By drawing heavily on the involvement of contemporary Indigenous collaborators, "Golden Worlds" infuses these stunning works with life, meaning, and relevance for today and the future.

The exhibition will remain on display through April 16, 2023.

Photo courtesy of The Children’s Heart Foundation

The Children’s Heart Foundation presents Houston Congenital Heart Walk

The Children’s Heart Foundation presents Houston Congenital Heart Walk

The Children’s Heart Foundation will host the inaugural Houston Congenital Heart Walk. The family-friendly event raises critical funds for congenital heart defect research. CHDs are the most commonly-occurring birth defect, affecting nearly 1 in 110 children born, and are the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths in the United States.

The event will feature a one-mile family-friendly walk, kids’ activities, research remarks, memorial area, food, character appearances, music, and more. There is no charge to participate but guests are asked to fundraise or donate in support of our mission to fund the most promising CHD research.

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Iconic Austin blues club brings the show to fans with new indie livestreaming platform

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If legendary Austin blues club Antone’s is your vibe, but the drive to Capital City isn't, you’re in luck. Antone’s Nightclub launched a new service for livestreaming its shows in November.

Kicking off with New Orleans-based funk and jam band Dumpstaphunk, for their special “Phunksgiving” show last month with Michael Hale Trio, the full lineup is delineated on the Antone’s website. Specifics were still loose before the launch, allowing the famous blues club to call the shots. The partner agency that created the streaming service, 3rd + Lamar, created the system to give Antone’s as much freedom as possible.

"Partnering with Antone's to build their livestreaming platform and produce each of their shows is an incredible opportunity for 3rd + Lamar," said the agency’s co-founder Nick Schenck in a press release. "The amazing talent that performs at Antone's – and their fans worldwide – deserve best-in-class live production quality, and we're thrilled to play a part in this operation."

Not that Antone’s needed to stand out more in the music industry (the nearly 50-year-old venue has always been one of the best places to see both local and national talent), but this achievement places it among relatively few venues across the country, especially those that operate their system independently.

The intimate Antone's shows are filmed by four Blackmagic 4K cinema cameras on tracks overhead, which ensure that the whole space is easily visible without having camera operators amid the audience.

“We did over 430 individually ticketed shows in 2019 and we felt like we were bursting at the seams,” said Antone’s owner Will Bridges. “Then when livestreams became more prominent during the pandemic we realized, this is our opportunity to take Antone’s outside of our four walls. … [W]e see people in the comment threads all the time saying ‘If I could only be teleported to Antone’s!’ Well now they can.”

The release emphasizes that the system means Antone’s “fully retain[s] ownership of their content, which can then be utilized at their discretion.” It also calls the service “an add-on option for all artists performing at Antone’s,” positioning the service as not just an audience luxury but a performer’s low-cost marketing tool. Suddenly, artists playing at Antone’s are afforded a choice without needing to be invited to record or pay an independent video team, while reaching even more viewers with no extra time spent advertising.

“Our ultimate goal is to make these amazing musical experiences accessible to everyone. Life is busy, but we want to give everyone the opportunity to participate no matter where they are or what they have going on,” said Bridges. “We want to make livestreams from Antone’s totally commonplace. When we announce our upcoming shows, fans have two options: watch it at the club our watch it at home.”

Livestreams are at antonesnightclub.com, and links also appear with each applicable event across the site. Prices are listed on the website, and livestreams start 10-20 minutes before each show.

Alt-rock legends Red Hot Chili Peppers heading to Houston for 2023 North American tour

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One of alternative rock's most pioneering and enduring acts is headed to Houston to close out a highly anticipated North American tour next year. Red Hot Chili Peppers will play Minute Maid Park on Thursday, May 25, 2023 as part of a North American trek that kicks off in Vancouver, British Columbia on March 29.

Houston lands the honor of the closeout city for the North American tour (the band will also play a slew of dates in Europe). Effortlessly hip, celeb-fave modern rock band The Strokes will support the Chili Peppers, along with the talented bassist-vocalist Thundercat.

Tickets go on sale this week at 10 am Friday, December 9 online.

Houston fans who can't get enough can also catch the Chili Peppers when they hit The Alamodome in San Antonio on Wednesday, May 17 — the only other Texas date.

Aside from The Strokes and Thundercat, supporting acts along the way include Iggy Pop, The Roots, The Mars Volta, St. Vincent, City and Colour, and King Princess.

Touring in support of their two No. 1 studio albums released in 2022, Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen, the Chili Peppers have been played sold-out shows in London, Paris, Los Angeles, and more with major names such as Notable artists such as A$AP Rocky, Anderson.Paak, Beck, and HAIM.

The first rock band in 17 years to score two No. 1 albums in one year, the band has been red hot on the Billboard charts and at the MTV Video Music Awards, where they received the Global Icon Award and brought the house down with a performance of the No. 1 single “Black Summer,'' which also won the award for Best Rock Video.

Fronted by the impossibly chiseled and ageless (he's 60!) Anthony Kiedis, the Chili Peppers formed in 1983. Unabashedly proud of their LA roots, the band burst onto the scene with early singles such as "Higher Ground" and "Give It Away," both showcases of bassist Flea's slappin', funk-fueled basslines.

Throughout the peak of alternative music in the '90s, the band saw tragedy, personnel changes at guitar, and reinventions — Kiedes' rap-singing, Flea's bass grooves, and singalong choruses all constants over the decades.

While many '90s alt-rock acts fizzled, the Chili Peppers stayed relevant; the band boasts two anthemic singles with more than 1 billion streams — "Californication" and "Under the Bridge" — and more than 25 million followers on Spotify.

Expect this show to be packed with Gen Xers and new fans for what promises to be one hot minute.

Red Hot Chili Peppers 2023 tour dates:

  • Wednesday, March 29 – Vancouver – BC Place
  • Saturday, April 1 – Las Vegas – Allegiant Stadium
  • Thursday, April 6 – Fargo, North Dakota – FargoDome
  • Saturday, April 8 – Minneapolis – US Bank Stadium
  • Friday, April 14 – Syracuse, New York – JMA Wireless Dome
  • Friday, May 12 – San Diego – Snap Dragon Stadium
  • Sunday, May 14 – Phoenix – State Farm Stadium
  • Wednesday, May 17 – San Antonio – Alamodome
  • Friday, May 19 – Gulf Shores, Alabama – Hangout Music Festival
  • Thursday, May 25 – Houston – Minute Maid Park

Fan-favorite, wood-fired Houston pizzeria quietly opens in the Heights

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A popular Houston pizzeria has opened its second location in the Heights. The Gypsy Poet has begun a quiet soft opening in the former Fegen’s space at 1050 Studewood St.

Since its 2019 debut in Midtown, the Gypsy Poet has earned a devoted following for its wood-fired pizzas. The restaurant’s personal-sized, 13-inch pizzas exist somewhere on the spectrum between traditional Neapolitan and classic New York — too crispy for the Italians but not quite foldable like an East Coast slice. Options include a classic Margherita and the signature Fancy Backpacker, which is topped with prosciutto, truffle oil, and arugula.

Part of the restaurant’s appeal stems from its friendly service and easy going atmosphere. It regularly hosts informal musical performances and other artistic happenings.

Taken together, Gypsy Poet has earned legions on fans. Yelp users ranked it as Texas’s second best restaurant in 2021. More recently, Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy awarded it a high 7.8 rating during a pizza review.

The restaurant opens at a time of transition for pizzerias in the Heights. Dallas-based Neapolitan restaurant Cane Rosso closed last year, and suburban favorite Crust Pizza Co. opened this summer in the former Mellow Mushroom space at N. Shepherd and 20th.

The Heights location of Gypsy Poet will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 5-9 pm; Friday from 12-2 pm and 5-10 pm; Saturday 2-10 pm; and Sunday 2-9 pm.