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4th Wall Theatre Company presents The Thin Place

4th Wall Theatre Company presents The Thin Place

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Everyone who ever died is still here, just in a different part of here. Linda can communicate with them. And if you believe, she can make you hear them, too - in the "Thin Place," the fragile boundary between our world and the other one.

Playwright Lucas Hnath’s play bristles with disquieting suggestion, probing the most timeless questions about reality, the impressionability of the mind, and the omnipresence of death as we float through life. Ever gifted at taking the pulse of the world around him, Hnath matches these universals with a timely resonance, distilling collective feelings of national chaos - and our political and spiritual vulnerabilities therein - to a chillingly personal scale.

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The Progressive Forum presents Alexander Vindman

Lt. Col. (retired) Alexander Vindman, the man of conscience who reported President Trump’s “perfect call” that led to presidential impeachment, will discuss his book, Here, Right Matters: An American Story,.

Ticket holders will receive a free copy of the book.

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Penfold Theatre Company presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Penfold Theatre Company presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is back for the 10th year of Penfold in the Park. As Lysandra and Hermia flee Athens’ oppressive laws into a forest full of meddlesome fairies, will love come out on top? This new spin on the classic story places all 21 characters in the hands of four virtuosic performers for a night of fun for the whole family.

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The Catastrophic Theatre presents Happy Days

The Catastrophic Theatre presents Happy Days

Beckett’s existential tragicomedy Happy Days concerns itself with the plight of Winnie, a middle-class, middle-aged woman who is quite literally stuck, buried to her waist in crusted earth. Her husband Willie lives in a hole behind her mound, physically and emotionally out of reach. Even in his company she is essentially alone.

Armed with a shopping bag of everyday items and routines, a series of half-remembered stories, songs, and prayers, and a heroic capacity for optimism, Winnie presses through an endless series of unforgiving days to the merciful night to come. The bell rings again and when the blazing sun comes charging back, she is buried up to her neck. Her last resources depleted, her arms and body sunk and gone, her predicament is irreversible, hellish, seemingly eternal. Through it all she perseveres, struggling with that which remains to make real her impossibly hopeful exclamation: “Oh this will be another happy day!”

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A.D. Players presents Miss Maude

A.D. Players presents Miss Maude

A.D. Players presents the pre-Broadway world premiere of Miss Maude, the inspirational true story of the relationship forged between renowned 1951 Life Magazine photographer Eugene Smith and South Carolina midwife, Made Callen. Eugene is sent to do a story on Maude, but never expects the life changing impact it will have on him.

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Main Street Theater presents Trouble in Mind

Main Street Theater presents Trouble in Mind

1957. Rehearsals begin on what everyone hopes will be Broadway’s next big hit. But social norms and prejudices collide, and so Wiletta Mayer, a gifted Black actress, will finally get to play the lead role in a Broadway show if she’s willing to compromise her principles.

Trouble in Mind is a funny, moving, and ultimately a shattering look at racism, identity, and ego in the high-stakes world of New York theatre. The 1955 comedy-drama - planned for Broadway but canceled when the playwright wouldn’t tone down its message - finally made its triumphant premiere in 2021.

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Check off everyone on your holiday list at Houston's Rice Village

Wrap It Up

Make this holiday season a little more merry and bright when you shop for everyone on your list at Rice Village. The walkable shopping destination has everything from sparkly jewelry to yummy desserts to indulgent beauty treatments — take a look at some gift inspo below.

Sweet treats
Give the gift sure to please everyone: Van Leeuwen Ice Cream. Or if a frozen gift isn’t your thing, pick up a gift card for ice cream and get a scoop (or two or three) for yourself while you're there. Made from simple and choice ingredients, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream has 20-plus classic and vegan ice cream flavors to choose from.

Treat yourself and others with Sprinkles cupcakes this holiday season, with flavors like Christmas cookie, gingerbread, chocolate peppermint, and much more.

Show your host or colleague how much you care with a holiday treat from Badolina Bakery & Cafe. Their picturesque cakes — which are available in sizes of six, eight, or nine inches — are offered in a variety of shapes and flavors including raspberry rose, chocolate mousse, and cheesecake. While some are available daily on a first-come, first-served basis, it's recommended you place an order at least 24 hours in advance.

Break bread with friends by gifting one of Badolina's signature loaves. For something all wrapped up, a cylinder of triple-chocolate chip cookies or a box of florentines is the perfect present.

Festive fashion
Your search for the perfect present stops here. With crowd-favorite styles in signature soft fabrics, Tasc Performance has something for everyone on your list — all you need is the wrapping paper.

Make your holiday haul walk taller this year with a gift from Tecovas. Their handmade Western boots, bags, and apparel have a quality, fit, and feel you’ll notice from the first time you hold them and try them on.

Hospitality is a big part of the Tecovas experience, and walking into a Tecovas store is a sensory one. The smell of fine leather and the feel of quality Western goods will make you want to explore their selection of boots in calfskin and exotic styles, and maybe even grab a complimentary beverage and kick your feet up.

Vuori draws inspiration from the active California lifestyle: an integration of fitness, yoga, surf, and life. Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Lean into comfort with Vuori’s best-selling DreamKnit fabric — find it for him in the Ponto Collection or for her in the Halo Collection.

However you celebrate, Warby Parker has merriment-inspiring frames, gift cards, and accessories to make your season a success. All winter long, every pair of glasses or sunglasses comes in eye-popping, ready-to-unwrap packaging designed by artist Amrita Moreno. Purchase any two or more prescription pairs, and receive 15 percent off — like magic. (Restrictions apply.)

Good to give but better to get, Krewe is an independent eyewear company that draws creative inspiration from the vibrant culture and spirit of New Orleans and infuses it into every pair of its exceptional, hand-crafted frames.

Nanos, the Spanish fashion house dedicated to children since 1963, offers baby boy, baby girl, little boy, and little girl clothing made in Spain, where every thread is treated with love. This holiday, give the littles in your life the gift of high-quality clothing.

Merry makeup and skincare
The Haus Holiday Haul from Face Haus includes a Haus Facial ($110 value), The Rescue Worker Super Nutrient Face Oil ($39 value), The Schmoozer Hydrating Lip Care ($10 value), and a video tutorial from on of their superstar Esthies, who will help you choose a facial and share tips and tricks on how to use the products at home. Get all this for only $145.

Find fragrance gifts for $75 and under at Sephora's, and scoop up sets for everyone on your list (including you!).

Give the gift of a holiday glow-up with a SkinSpirit gift certificate that's valid on any treatment from SkinSpirit's extensive menu of medical-grade facials and aesthetic medical services.

Bluemercury is making gifting this holiday season easier than ever. Visit the link to explore their gift guide and plan your trip to your neighborhood location in Rice Village. Visit the Beauty Experts in-store for advice on all the latest limited edition gift sets. Plus, they'll even wrap your gifts for you, too.

Glittering baubles
Featuring beloved precious and semi-precious stones, like their signature turquoise sourced from Arizona and set in 14K gold, local jewelry brand Christina Greene is a go-to for gifting.

Some seasonal favorites include the Simplicity or Southwestern collections for her, cufflinks sets for him, gold beaded bracelets for the trendsetter in your life, or the Letter Necklace collection for those celebrating major milestones in their lives (like "mama," "Mrs.," and "love").

Looking for gifts that are uniquely Texas? Christina Greene also features a wide range of hat bands and badge holders that are perfect for rodeo season. True to its local roots, you can also find a unique turquoise belt buckle, statement-making squash blossom necklaces, and the popular Texas Strong necklace.

Home for the holidays
Shop for the master chef, self-care guru, WFH wiz, budding sommelier, and beyond at CB2. For the entertainer(s) in your life, think modern cheese knives and serving trays, soft throws, candles, beverage dispensers, ice buckets, and gold or marble cake stands.

For the game lover in your life, board games like chess and Scrabble never go out of fashion. Try versions made with marble or wood breathe new life into the classics.

Forget the elf, we'd rather have those adorable holiday wine glasses from Cru Home on the shelf. These stemless wine glasses feature a festive and fun Christmas drinking phrase, and make the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers. Stop in to the convenient Rice Village location to stock up on these and other great last-minute gems for your friends and loved ones

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Visit these retailers and more at Rice Village, located at Kirby and University.

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Global music academy School of Rock takes stage in the Heights with new locale

ROCK ON

Attention aspiring rock stars: A global music school is opening a new locale in one of Houston's hottest neighborhoods. School of Rock, arguably the most recognizable commercial music school in the U.S. will open a new Heights outpost (742 E. 20th St.) on Saturday, December 3.

To celebrate, the Heights location will host a special opening event from 10 am-2 pm. Visitors can expect a ceremonial guitar smashing (for the uninitiated, that's School of Rock’s version of a ribbon-cutting), a live gig by the School of Rock - West University house band, an appearance by local artist Shelbi Nicole, a raffle, face painting, trial lessons, tours of the school, introductions to the music teachers, food, and more.

Made famous by the cult-favorite Jack Black film (which also spawned a musical and TV series) of the same name, School of Rock offers lessons in guitar, bass, piano, voice, and overall music. Students of all ages learn theory and techniques via songs from legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Led Zeppelin, and more.

Acquiring skills from a performance-based approach, many students and record deals and appearances on Broadway and TV competition shows such as American Idol and The Voice, press materials note. Currently, School of Rock boasts more than 300 locations worldwide.

Vivian and Hugh Scott are opening the new Heights locale after a successful launch of their popular West U location. “We are really excited to be able to bring School of Rock to this part of Houston. The Heights is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood with a rich history that retains an air of individuality that attracts foodies, creatives, and professionals,” Vivian noted in a statement. “School of Rock makes learning music fun with our performance-based curriculum and unique, patented teaching methodology. We want the student to build a lifelong passion for music and be a part of a great community at the same time. It's a place anyone can belong.”

This means Heights-area residents have yet another music school option. Those opting for a more indie approach can check out the Houston-based and family-owned Bojangles Music School, which also recently opened in the Heights.

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School of Rock - Heights, 742 E. 20th St. For more information, call 281- 909- 7625 or visit the school's site.

California cult fave In-N-Out Burger finally reveals opening date for wildly anticipated Woodlands location

are you in or out?

Cult favorite fast food restaurant In-N-Out Burger will open its fourth Houston-area location in The Woodlands this Thursday, November 30, the Houston Chronicle reports. Located in a former Sweet Tomatoes at 1717 Lake Woodlands Dr., it will offer indoor seating for 84 and a 24-seat covered patio.

After years of rumors and speculation, the California-based chain opened two locations in Katy and Stafford simultaneously in 2019. Diners immediately flocked to both with hour or more waits for drive-thru orders.

Debates immediately followed about the newcomer’s quality relative to local favorite Whataburger.

Founder Harry Snyder opened the first In-N-Out in 1948 in Los Angeles’ San Gabriel Valley. The company had become known for a number of firsts and traditions, including being the first drive-thru restaurant to use a two-way speaker system, hand-leafing its lettuce on site, and a not-very-secret menu that's developed a loyal cult following.

Woodlands residents making their first visit to In-N-Out may want to stick to staples like the classic double-double cheeseburger and a milkshake. From there, consider trying the signature “Animal Style” burgers that come topped with pickles, grilled onions, extra spread (a sauce that’s similar to Thousand Island dressing), and mustard fried onto each meat patty.

The Woodlands has seen a number of new bar and restaurants openings recently. The Stand, a more elevated burger-oriented concept from California, opened in Hughes Landing in August. Popular bar Kirby Ice House debuted near the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion in September. A second location of whiskey-obsessed comfort food restaurant Bosscat Kitchen & Libations will soon debut in Market Street.

All In-N-Out Burgers locations are open daily beginning at 10:30 am.