Photo courtesy of Paul Hope Cabarets

Irving Berlin and Cole Porter were two of Broadway's legendary composer/lyricists and their careers both climaxed in the '50s. Berlin wowed with Call Me Madam and Mr. President,and Porter brought his customary sophistication to Broadway with a pair of valentines to Paris, Can Can and Silk Stockings. The audience will hear favorites like You're Just in Love, Hostess With the Mostess, It's a Lovely Day Today, I Love Paris, It's Alright With Me, All of You, and Stereophonic Sound.

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Paul Hope Cabarets presents Cabaret 2: The Broadway of Frank Loesser

Frank Loesser had already had hits on Broadway in the '40s with Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and High Button Shoes, but he would top himself in the '50s and '60s with Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, Hans Christian Anderson, and How to Succeed Without Really Trying. This cabaret will feature such classic tunes as If I Were a Bell, Adelaide's Lament, Sit Down, You're Rockin the Boat, Standing on the Corner, Big D, I Believe in You, and more.

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Paul Hope Cabarets presents Star Dust: The Songs of Hoagy Carmichael

Hoagy Carmichael was one of the most successful American songwriters to not write for Broadway. The composer of such evergreen hits as Skylark, Up the Lazy River, Georgia on My Mind, In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening, Ole Buttermilk Sky, and Stardust, Carmichael's music says America like no one else's.

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ROCO presents Luminescent

ROCO’s penchant for commissioning new music shines in this concert filled with world and Texas premieres. From the third and final movement of Richard Danielpour’s Symphony in Three Movements After the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri to Ellisor’s consortium-commissioned A Woman Without Apology, new works by two of today’s sought-after and exciting composers, to Astor Piazzolla’s Tangazo- an edgy tango created in Piazzolla’s own unique language, audiences embark on a journey that ends with the Texas premiere of Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos Symphony-Suite, sliding into the “new” music category as being a chamber arrangement of his opera.

Photo by Lynn Lane

Aperio presents Present Nostalgia

Present Nostalgia - Halcyon Visions in American Music features a program exploring musical Americana in works by Aldridge, Bates, Copland, Dett, Ives, and Larsen. Members of Aperio’s core ensemble will be joined by Houston’s own Trio Menil, grand prize winners of the 2023 Plowman Chamber Music competition for this special performance.

Photo by Justine Cooper

Aperio presents Unaccompanied

Boston-based cellist Leo Eguchi presents Unaccompanied, a performance featuring eight short new works for solo cello which explore personal stories of immigration and American identity. Each of the commissioned works is by immigrant and first-generation American composers tasked with tackling the question, “What does your American-ness sound like?”

Each piece will be five to eight minutes in length, and allow each composer to draw from their diverse identities and experiences. The works will then be put together into an evening-length setlist to spotlight each composer’s work and story, while also exploring the commonalities in the immigrant experience.

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6 things to know in Houston food right now: Openings, closings, and a sizzling Pappasitos deal

6 Things to Know

Editor’s note: Houston’s restaurant scene moves pretty fast. In order to prevent CultureMap readers from missing anything, let’s stop to look around at all the latest news to know.

Openings and closings

Dumpling Haus, a Chinese restaurant in Sawyer Yards, closed at the end of September. Headed by the mother-daughter team of Elaine Won, Ashley Lai, and Amiley Lai, the concept became a favorite of Houston’s restaurant community, earning a CultureMap Tastemaker Awards nomination for Neighborhood Restaurant of the Year. Although the restaurant has closed, Ashley Lai told the Houston Chronicle the concept will continue to pop-up at events and the Urban Harvest farmers market.

Rakkan Ramen will celebrate the grand opening of its fourth Houston-area location in the Westchase District this Saturday, October 7 with buy-one-get-one free ramen bowls all day. Located at 2550 Citywest Blvd., the restaurant is known for its vegan broth made from a combination of kombu (edible algae), mushrooms, carrots, onion, ginger, and garlic. Available with five bases and three kinds of noodles, diners may add pork chasu or chicken to satisfy any carnivorous cravings.

7 Brew Drive Thru Coffee is entering the Houston market with a location in Spring (21420 Kuykendahl Rd.) To celebrate, it will host charity fundraisers on October 6 for Klein Oak High School, on October 7 for Children’s Miracle Network benefitting Texas Children's Hospitals, and on October 8 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. During these days, 7 Brew will take 50-percent off regular menu prices and donate 100-percent of proceeds to the organizations.

With a motto of “If you think it, we can make it,” the Arkansas-based coffee shop offers over 20,000 possible combinations, including sugar-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free options.

The Highlight at Houston Center will soon welcome two new restaurants. Orange Taco, an Asian-Mexican fusion concept that started as a food truck, and Aloha Poke Co. will join the existing dining options at the recently-renovated downtown shopping destination.

Deal Alert

Tex-Mex favorite Pappasito’s is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month with a number of specials. Get a beef and chicken fajitas platter for $40 every Wednesday in October. In addition, order two cocktails in a special 40th anniversary mug and finish with a Fiesta Fudge Brownie. Diners can register online to win one of 10, $400 gift cards.

“It’s really incredible to be celebrating four decades of Pappasito’s,” Pappas vice president of marketing Christina Pappas said in a statement. “The first Pappasito's Cantina opened on Richmond and Hillcroft, bringing our famous fajitas and margaritas to Houstonians, and now we have grown to over 20 restaurants throughout Texas and Georgia.”

A Memorable Meal

Four of Houston’s most prominent female chefs are teaming up for a very special meal. Top Chef alums Evelyn Garcia and Sasha Grumman, Masterchef finalist Suu Khin, and James Beard Taste Twenty chef Michelle Wallace will contribute dishes to the Blackwood Educational Land Institute’s annual Skyfarm Harvest Feast. Held on October 19 at Post Houston, the meal will utilize produce grown at Blackwood's Skyfarm on the Post’s roof. The evening includes a farm tour, passed appetizers, a multi-course seated dinner, and a performance by Pecos Hank Schyma along with Jo Bird.

Blackwood fundraiser chefs

Photo by Conor Moran

Blackwood has recruited four top chefs for its fundraiser.

"I love working with Blackwood," Grumman said in a statement. "What they produce is truly incredible and they have even introduced me to new plants and herbs that I love to incorporate into my cooking. Both of the Blackwood farms inspire me to cook in a true farm-to-table manner that represents Houston in such a positive way. We’re lucky to have them in our city and feeding our community.”

Tickets, priced at $325 and $425, are on sale now. Sponsorship packages and tables are available as well. Proceeds benefit Blackwood’s education programming and other initiatives.

Foo Fighters, Depeche Mode, Jonas Brothers, and John Mayer headline October's coolest concerts in Houston

october's best concerts

This month’s crop of concerts brings a lot of alt-rock and pop-rock nostalgia on tour for all those ’80s and ’90s babies. It’s almost like all those bands from our childhoods know that we now have babysitters we can hire and disposable income to spend on $12 boozy seltzers and $25 parking spaces.

TheFoo Fighters invade the 713 Music Hall on October 10, one of the biggest marquee acts to grace one of the newest large-scale stages in Houston since it opened in late 2021. Since its grand debut its played host to Oliva Rodrigo, HAIM, Maña, New Order, and Billy Strings just to name a few.

Elsewhere,Peter Gabriel is celebrating nearly seven decades of crafting enigmatic soundscapes on October 21 at Toyota Center. He’s packing as much as he can into two sets for those who can't wait for “Sledgehammer” or “Solsbury Hill.”

But it's not all old-school jams. This month sees pop sensations like Janelle Monae, Jonas Brothers,SZA, and John Mayer hitting town for some can't-miss fun. Here are our can't-miss concerts for October.

Depeche Mode, October 4, Toyota Center

Goth rockers and New Wavers, it seems, age a sight more graceful than most of their contemporaries in other genres. Maybe its aversion to sunlight? Better moisturizing routines? No band of its kind has aged better than Depeche Mode, with lead singer Dave Gahan now a black-clad velvet crooner of the goth-est and New-Waviest order. Pour out a glass of red wine in the Toyota Center concourse for late keyboardist Andy Fletcher who passed away in May 2022.

Foo Fighters, October 10, 713 Music Hall

One of the last modern rock bands standing, Foo Fighters freaked out the neighborhood when they announced a show at 713 Music Hall (our announcement story pretty much broke the local interwebs). It’s not often that a bonafide stadium act like Dave Grohl’s Foos blesses a city with a show at a venue the size of this downtown gem but we’ll take it. The band’s coming to town touring behind ‘But Here We Are’, its first since the passing of titanic drummer Taylor Hawkins. Tickets are sold out officially via Live Nation, so head to those third-party vendors for coveted tix.

Foo Fighters concert

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Rock gods Foo Fighters descend on Houston on October 10.

Janelle Monae, October 10, Bayou Music Center

When Janelle Monae debuted in 2007 with Metropolis, she wasn’t predicting the future, she was actively dragging a sagging music industry into her vision of it. Since then, we’ve all been witnessing an artist recoding her image in real-time, like if David Bowie had 5G in 1975. She’s just comfortable collaborating with Brian Wilson as she is with Big Boi. Prince didn’t really die, his musical brain was just uploaded into Monae’s.

Chris Stapleton, Charley Crockett and Nikki Lane, October 13, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

A Chris Stapleton show away from the friendly yet cavernous confines of NRG Stadium during RodeoHouston is a magnificent treat. Not only do you get to see one of the best modern guitarists of any genre do his thing, you get extended jams and a few jaw-dropping covers. Get here early for openers Nikki Lane and Charley Crockett, who represent the best of the current crop of country stalwarts. If we’re lucky, Charley and Nikki will sit in for some magic with Stapes.

SZA, October 14, Toyota Center

SZASZA season is October 14 in Houston.Photo via SZA Official

Freshly anointed neo-soul queen SZA was seemingly born straight into arenas, instantly captivating ears from the jump. 2022’s blockbuster ‘SOS’ has been cemented at the top albums chart for nearly the last calendar year, no small feat in this streaming times. In concert, her raw confessionals come with the kind of mind-bending light shows you’d see at an arthouse installation.

Sting, October 15, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Seeing Sting live sans law enforcement is always a pleasure, and this tour sees Ace Face on the road unleashing his biggest hits, solo and otherwise. Recent set lists lean heavy into his work away from vaunted The Police, long defunct after an epic reunion run in the late 2000s. It’s perfectly OK to admit that you still get “Brand New Day” stuck in your head every once in a while. Don’t worry, Sting knows you want to hear “Message In A Bottle”.

Peter Gabriel, October 21, Toyota Center

The former Genesis frontman and solo powerhouse is back on the road playing his hits proper. An artist as monumental as Peter Gabriel doesn’t tour without intention and this current jaunt feels like a victory lap of sorts. At a spry 73 years, here’s hoping he’s just cranking up for a late-career heater.

Jonas Brothers, October 23, Toyota Center

One of the biggest teen pop acts of the 2010s, the brothers Jonas are back on the road firmly ensconced in their 30s with a few divorces and children under their white belts, just like their fans. As if we didn’t need anymore reminders of the passage of time, some of those fans will probably have their own kids in tow this time.

Parker McCollum, October 28, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Conroe-native Parker McCollum grew up going to concerts at the deluxe shed in The Woodlands, and like most area kids, he dreamed of playing that very stage himself. Now making his second annual homecoming stop up north, McCollum is a certified pop country star. This year’s Never Enough LP saw McCollum mixing up some sultry ‘80s country drama into ‘Gold Chain George Strait’ persona.

John Mayer, October 30, Toyota Center

John Mayer concertDreamy John Mayer closes October with a big show on the 30th. Photo via John Mayer

Fresh off a near-decade stint acting as the stylish avatar for Jerry Garcia in Dead & Company, John Mayer hits Toyota Center by his lonesome with a truckful of guitars and a collection of radio hits. His recent solo tours have seen Mayer reclaiming his original singer-songwriter tag, years removed from his reign of polite terror in the tabloids.

Only 4 ultra-luxe penthouses remain atop Houston's first Thompson Hotel

Going Up

Here are your new #homegoals: The Penthouse Collection at the Residences at The Allen, atop Houston's first Thompson Hotel.

These incredible luxury homes showcase breathtaking views, meticulously designed floorplans, and exquisite customized finishes, all on floors 29 through 35 of this haute Houston high-rise.

But here's the kicker: Only four penthouses remain on the market.

"We now have only four of our 22 penthouse units left," remarks Samuel Katz, director of sales at Residences at The Allen. "The market's supply of penthouses of this exceptional quality is extremely scarce, and none can match the array of amenities provided by the Residences at The Allen. This building genuinely presents homeowners with a unique lifestyle that Houston has never experienced before."

Residents have full access to all the amenities provided by the Thompson Hotel, including 24-hour resident's valet and concierge, room service, a lavish spa, and breathtaking views of the city from the one-acre pool deck, complete with cabanas and signature restaurants.

The Residences at The Allen

Renderings courtesy of DC Partners

You can plan one heck of a housewarming.

The helistop will be available to hotel guests and residents, engineered to accommodate future drone deliveries and transportation.

If you're ready to buy, the two exclusive penthouses encompassing the entire 35th floor are available for individual purchase with architectural designs or as a fully customized full-floor unit.

Penthouse #3501 measures an impressive 8,308 square feet, encompassing three bedrooms, three full baths, and two half baths.

This one-of-a-kind residence features commanding views to the east (downtown), north (Buffalo Bayou Park), and west (Galleria) through its floor-to-ceiling windows, boasting soaring, 24-foot ceilings and a generous balcony.

A magnificent two-story layout ensures that every room affords spectacular views. Current drawings also provide a lavish home theater complete with a wet bar, private saunas for ultimate relaxation, flex space, and the convenience of a private entrance to ensure your retreat remains undisturbed.

Penthouse #3502 spans 6,362 square feet across two stories, featuring three bedrooms, three baths, one half bath, and a study.

This residence offers captivating east (downtown) and south (Texas Medical Center) views through floor-to-ceiling glass with 24-foot ceilings and a balcony with a private pool.

The architectural plans for this space also feature a private home theater, study, and game room or flex space. This residence can be purchased separately or combined with #3501 for a full-floor penthouse designed to meet your specifications.

Two additional penthouses are available on floors 29 and 30, each offering a unique perspective on luxury living like nothing else in the city. Listing prices starting in the $3 million range.

"These residences epitomize the pinnacle of the development,” says Acho Azuike, COO of developer DC Partners. "The Penthouse Collection, each a masterpiece in design and style, takes inspiration from the grandeur of condo living, infusing every residence with the world's most coveted luxury features. Buyers now seek properties and amenities that rival those found in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Miami. The Residences at The Allen are setting a new standard for elevated living in Texas."

The Residences at The Allen will begin delivering units in September 2023 and are currently 80 percent sold, with additional select non-penthouse units available.