Houston Polish Festival

Photo by Stan Aponuk

At the Houston Polish Festival, visitors can see Dance Group Wawel, Mini Wawel, and Babcia Wawel, as well as musical entertainers. They can enjoy Polish food like kielbasa, Golobki, pierogi, potato pancakes, and more, as well as Polish beer. There will also be vendors, a children’s area, a silent auction, and more.

Photo courtesy of Anibeth Turcios, Deputy Director, Greater Northside Management District

Greater Northside Management District presents Tour de Northside Bike Ride and Northside Festival

Greater Northside Management District is holding their 10th Annual Tour de Northside bike ride and 2nd Annual Northside Festival. The event starts at Saint Arnold Brewing Company and ends at the Northside Festival being held in the Naylor parking lot of the University of Houston – Downtown Science & Technology Building.

Tour de Northside participants will enjoy a 10-mile route and may register in advance at Catalog - Harris County Pct 2 (rec1.com) or at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event. The bike ride visits notable sites in the Greater Northside, including a water stop at the Houston Farmers Market.

The cost for the event includes a commemorative T-shirt. All riders are required to wear helmets and closed-toe shoes. The bike ride promotes the Northside’s growth by touring the streets and showing that the neighborhood is a place to live, visit and work.

The Northside Festival includes the Northside Art Market curated by Shop Local Market, a salsa tasting contest, performances organized by the Texas Salsa Congress, and music.

During the event, a bicycle sculpture designed by Art Uniti and funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance will be unveiled. In addition, a dance troupe will perform “Migration Thru Northside,” a creation by choreographer Adam Castanada. Blues musician Jonn Del Toro Richardson and the Zentono Spirit band also will perform.

Photo by Lynn Lane

Vitacca Ballet & School for Dance presents The Nutcracker

Vitacca Ballet & School for Dance's The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition for children and adults of all ages. The production features Clara’s magical journey from her Victorian-era home on Christmas Eve into the Land of Snow and Kingdom of Sweets.

The Nutcracker is a time honored introduction for children to the world of ballet. This season’s production features Vitacca Ballet professional company members.

Photo courtesy of Panto Company U.S.A.

Panto Company U.S.A. presents Cinderella

Panto Company U.S.A. brings Cinderella to life with a true-to-story play full of original songs and bursting with hilarity. And of course, there’s the happy ending.

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Express Children’s Theatre presents Maria’s Magical Music Adventure

Maria’s Magical Music Adventure is a bi-lingual (English/Spanish) interactive show about a young Latina who travels back in time meet composer Antonio Vivaldi, who is just finishing his masterpiece “The Four Seasons.” The production comes with musical accompaniment by members of Arts Lyrica Houston.

Photo courtesy of Candour Photos

Nigerian-American Multicultural Council presents Houston African Festival

The 10th Annual Houston Festival of African Arts, Culture and Entertainment will take attendees on a journey through the African continent as they experience the sights, sounds, and tastes from various African countries. There will be Afro music and entertainment, an Africa arena, the African safari, ethnic cuisine, African art, merchant craft from local and international vendors, and made-in-Africa accessories, and fashion items.

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Game-changing new downtown plaza named for Houston icon Lynn Wyatt finally opens this week

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After three years of construction and a COVID delay, the revamped Jones Plaza opens to the public September 22 with a new name, new features, and new spaces to celebrate Houston's vibrant arts scene.Lynn Wyatt Square for the Performing Arts is — fittingly — named for the Houston society icon and arts supporter.

The downtown spot held an official debut event, on Thursday, September 21, with a grand opening attended by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, namesake Wyatt herself, Houston First Corporation (HFC) chairman David Mincberg, and HFC president and CEO Michael Heckman, along with other public officials and leaders from Houston’s performing arts and business community.

The square blends spaces for performances with spots to gather and enjoy city life in downtown. The $26.5 million green space includes a flexible performance lawn for concerts and other free programs, a cascading water feature, accessible entries, gardens, trees, one-of-a-kind tête-à-tête rockers/seating, lighting and sound elements, and space for a future restaurant.

Mini murals created by Anat Ronen and Jessica Guerra (Guerra Girl) cover traffic boxes around the Square. HFC will maintain and operate the square, which will offer year-round programming inspired by Houston’s cultural diversity and the award-winning performing arts organizations surrounding the park.

“I love Houston, I love the arts and I absolutely love this beautiful square," said Wyatt in a press release announcing the official opening. "I am thrilled to support the team bringing people and the arts together in the heart of downtown. And to have my name on such an important piece of Houston, I am humbled and grateful, this truly touches my heart. I look forward to all the good this Square will do now and in the future for the people of this dynamic city and our world-class performing arts community."

Bun B, Queenie, Lynn Wyatt, and Mark Sullivan.Wyatt (pictured with Bun B; his wife, Queenie, and power publicist Mark Sullivan) is nationally renowned for her philanthroy. Photo by Alex Montoya

Opening weekend programming includes a number of activities, lawn games and live entertainment. One highlight is the interactive Bees experience. Created by Polyglot Theatre, a world-renowned Australian-based contemporary theatre company, the show offers a creative and fun way to explore the mysterious world of bees. Performances will take place Friday at 5 pm and 7 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm.

Nestled in the heart of the theater district, Lynn Wyatt Square for the Performing Arts sits adjacent to Jones Hall, home to the Houston Symphony and a base for Performing Arts Houston. This month, Jones Hall showcases its own $50 million renovation; the pair of projects offer Houstonians a re-energized corner of downtown.

One part pre-and-post-theater destination, one part downtown gathering space, the plaza invites downtown workers and visitors all day, every day to a long-forgotten parcel of downtown real estate.

A philanthropic legend in the Houston — and national — society and arts worlds, Wyatt committed $10 million to the Jones Plaza renovation, serving as the core of a $27 million capital campaign to fund the transformation.

An additional $10 million in funding came from the Downtown Redevelopment Authority, and a $5 million gift from Houston First Corporation. Additional funders include the Elkins Foundation, the Cullen Foundation, the Fondren Foundation, the Wortham Foundation, the Herzstein Foundation, Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, Vivian L. Smith Foundation, and the MD Anderson Foundation.

Lynn Wyatt Square for the Performing Arts in downtown Houston

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Jones Plaza will is now the Lynn Wyatt Square For The Performing Arts.

Los Angeles-based design firm Rios helmed the project, selected following an exhaustive selection process and design contest.

“I always say I was born, bred, and buttered in Houston. I have long been devoted to the arts because I believe that the arts, particularly the performing arts, are the soul of any city,” the always-charming Wyatt said during a christening ceremony in 2019. “This is such a wonderful honor and I am delighted that this beautiful square for the performing arts will be enjoyed by my fellow Houstonians and visitors long after I am gone.”

A heartfelt standing ovation to Houston's iconic benefactor, indeed.

Charming Houston baker dishes on sweet milestone and new location, plus our trip to new Montrose pizzeria

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On this week’s episode of “What’s Eric Eating,” Dessert Gallery owner Sara Brook joins CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler to discuss her business. The Upper Kirby dessert shop recently celebrated its 28th anniversary.

Brooks tells Sandler about her decision to open Dessert Gallery as both a dine-in and to-go cafe at a time before coffee shops — or dedicated dessert shops — offered that kind of environment. He also asks her about the nostalgic nature of most of Dessert Gallery’s offerings.

“There have been times in my 40-year career when there have been different trends that come and go with things flying out of our dessert or all sorts of weird accessories. They’re fun to look at or order once, but it’s not something you’d want again,” Brook says. “You want the thing that reminds you of what your grandma made for your birthday. Those are the things that inspire memories and good feelings.”

Listen to the full episode to hear Brook discuss her relationship with Houston’s Jewish community and the status of her new location in The Woodlands that’s scheduled to open in time for Thanksgiving pies and Christmas cookies.

On this week’s other episode, Sandler and co-host Monica Danna discuss the news of the week and their meal at a new restaurant. Their topics include: Tatemó chef Emmanuel Chavez being named a Food & Wine Best New Chef; Levi Goode going solo by opening fine dining restaurants Credence and Sidebar; and Seattle’s Dough Zone opening its first Houston-area location in Midtown.

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Sara Brooks is this week's guest.

In the restaurant of the week segment, they visit Nonno’s Family Pizza Tavern, the new, retro-styled pizzeria from Nobie’s owners Sara and Martin Stayer. Listen to hear their thoughts on the restaurant’s tavern-style pizza and other dishes.


Subscribe to "What's Eric Eating" on Apple podcasts, Google Play, or Spotify. Listen to it Sunday at noon on ESPN 97.5.

Modern street art meets elevated cuisine for events at Houston's Warehouse 72

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Looking for the perfect Houston venue for weddings, birthdays, graduations, and beyond? Warehouse 72, known for its chef-driven experience, unforgettable art, and in-demand wine and spirits dinners, is taking its 8,400-square-foot warehouse to the next level with a reinvented private events program.

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Warehouse 72 is reinventing private events.

Guests will be able to use Warehouse 72’s art-adorned space as a blank canvas for their celebrations, with the ability to curate a custom menu with chef Jaime Salazar and beverage experience with general manager Richard Howell.

Newly appointed events and catering manager Tanzinia Reid is there to guide you through every step of the experience.

Reid joins Warehouse 72 from the JW in North Carolina, a $1 billion hotel property that's home to some of the most unique events in Charlotte. Her more than eight years of hospitality includes experiences with companies like Disney, The Kessler Collection, Marriott, and White Lodging.

“When reinventing our private events program, we thought, 'what do our customers want and need?'" says operating partner Richard Howell. "This program will allow us to reward our loyal guests with something new and exciting and to curate relationships with new guests. We are not only in the food and wine business, but the relationship business, and this program will help Warehouse 72 continue to establish a bigger community of foodies and friends who love to entertain.”

Using the space's exposed brick, concrete, aged metals, and warm color palette , Warehouse 72’s team will help each guest create an unforgettable event. The venue also pays homage to the cultural strength and diversity of the city through the brightly colored murals of Houstonian females by local street artist Sebastien “Mr. D. 1987” Boileau.

This ambiance carries through every part of the restaurant, including the picturesque and multi-functional indoor-outdoor dining spaces. Warehouse 72 perfectly caters to special events ranging from 25 individuals to more than 200 guests.

Here's a look at the available spaces:

Main dining area
Guest count: 100 seated
Ideal for: Cocktail parties, seated dinners, rehearsal dinners, large parties
Features: An open-concept kitchen, plenty of room for customization

Private dining room
Guest count: 60 seated, 80 cocktail-style
Ideal for: Meetings, cocktail parties, networking, happy hour, and social gatherings like birthdays, graduations, showers, and anniversaries
Features: A glass enclosure for seclusion and intimacy

Side dining
Guest count: 48 seated
Ideal for: Smaller seated dinners, happy hours, cocktail parties
Features: A cozy atmosphere

Patio area
Guest count: 45 seated
Ideal for: Social gatherings, mixers, networking
Features: Exquisite artwork, 100 percent covered, four larger ceiling fans and portable air conditioning units, privacy curtains upon request

Warehouse 72 came to life in 2019 under the vision and inspiration of Doug Pak. The sophisticated dining room featuring plush velvet banquettes, handsome quilted leather chairs, a sleek bar, and a large open kitchen welcomes guests as they enjoy a Mediterranean and American-inspired menu by chef Jaime Salazar.

Warehouse 72 is located at 620 Katy Fwy., suite 305. For more information about Warehouse 72 private events and catering and to schedule a tour of the space, please email tanzinia.reid@warehouse72.com or call 833-365-7272.