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Christoph Eschenbach conductor Photo credit LucaPiva

HOUSTON (Feb. 17, 2017) – Former Houston Symphony Music Director Christoph Eschenbach returns to Houston to conduct a spiritually-uplifting program of works by Austrian composer Anton Bruckner at 8 p.m. March 3-4, and 2:30 p.m. March 5.

Eschenbach is best known by Houston audiences for heightening the orchestra’s national and international reputation in addition to broadening its repertoire during his time as music director from 1988-1999. Under his leadership, the orchestra toured Japan and Europe several times and made several recordings with Koch International Classics, Virgin Records, RCA Red Seal, Telarc, and Carlton Records. Eschenbach is credited with supporting young talented musicians and helping launch the careers of many of today’s most popular classical artists including pianist Lang, cellist Claudio Bohórquez, and soprano Marisol Montalvo.

The Houston Symphony Chorus and young vocalists Lindsay Russel, Zoie Reams, Jack Swanson and Kyle Albertson will join Eschenbach and the orchestra to perform Bruckner’s grandiose first symphony and thunderous Te Deum, based on an ancient Latin text praising God. Making their Houston Symphony debuts, Russel, Reams, Swanson and Albertson are among the next generation of opera virtuosos who have already made a name for themselves in Houston.

Young Artists Make Their Houston Symphony Debuts

Soprano Lindsay Russell is quickly gaining recognition in the opera world for her strong acting ability and vocal versatility. Currently in her first season on the Houston Grand Opera’s roster, Russel has starred as Addie Mills in The House Without a Christmas Tree, appeared in its production of It’s a Wonderful Life and sang the roles of Bettie/Bea in the world premiere of David Hanlon’s new opera After the Storm with HGOco.

In her first year as a studio artist with the Houston Grand Opera, mezzo-soprano Zoie Reams has been a featured artist in the world premieres of Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life and Laura Kaminsky’s Some Light Emerges, in addition to John Adam’s Nixon in China. Reams joined the Houston Grand Opera after competing with almost 600 young opera professionals from across the country for the opportunity to study and perform under the HGO’s highly respected staff of teachers and performers.

A graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, tenor Jack Swanson is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after voices in the opera world. He was a finalist in both Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum competition and Fort Worth Opera’s McCammon Competition. In 2015, Swanson made his debut at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and in 2016, he performed scenes from Rossini’s La Cenerentola with HGO studio artists and world-renowned mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato, at the Houston Grand Opera’s 60th anniversary gala.

Bass-baritone Kyle Albertson is known for his versatile voice, confidence, style and ability to bring a character to life. After singing Mr. Rodriguez in Past the Checkpoints with HGOco, Albertson made his Houston Grand Opera main-stage debut as Sacristan in Tosca and most recently appeared in its two productions of Manon. Additionally, recent debut performances in Texas include roles as Bartolo in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Fort Worth Opera and Zuniga in Carmen at the Dallas Opera. As a concert artist, Albertson’s solo performances include a concert version of Der Rosenkavalier with Eschenbach and the National Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street, in Houston’s Theater District. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.

ESCHENBACH CONDUCTS BRUCKNER

Friday, March 3, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 2:30 p.m.

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

Lindsay Russell, soprano

Zoie Reams, mezzo-soprano

Jack Swanson, tenor

Kyle Albertson, bass-baritone

Houston Symphony Chorus

            Betsy Cook Weber, director

Bruckner: Te Deum

Bruckner: Symphony No. 1

Tickets from $25

 

AUSTIN ⎯ Texas’ Tri-Agency partners today announced the “Texas Internship Challenge,” a new statewide campaign to increase and promote internships for students in Texas. Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar, Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes, TWC Employer Commissioner Ruth Hughs and TWC Labor Commissioner Julian Alvarez were joined by executives from Lockheed Martin, Accenture, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Texas and Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance, among other industry and education leaders to unveil www.TXInternshipChallenge.com, a website where employers can post positions and students can apply for them.

Read the entire press release here

 

AUSTIN – Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush released the following statement in support of President Donald Trump’s executive order instructing the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rewrite the “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rules that granted the federal government broad and vague powers to regulate rivers, streams and wetlands including those on private property. Commissioner Bush stated:

“Today I stand with the farmers, ranchers and private property owners of Texas in congratulating President Trump on his efforts to rewrite intentionally vague and confusing regulations that have left landowners feeling powerless and fearful. To paraphrase Milton Friedman, good intentions do not mitigate damage done when government overreach harms those it is meant to protect. Our farmers and ranchers already have tough jobs and the government shouldn’t add to that burden by making them navigate murky waters without a compass.”

 

All performances are always free

Fun facts and frequently asked questions at the bottom

HOUSTON ─ Since 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park has been one of Houston’s most beloved cultural treasures, a gathering place for the community and the site of thousands of memorable free performances.  That’s over 90 years of memories.

Miller is unique in the United States, offering an eight month season of professional, artistically-excellent and culturally diverse entertainment completely FREE of charge to the public. This is the largest “always free” program of its kind in the country and it attracts hundreds of thousands each season.

From daytime programs especially for young children to family friendly evening performances of classical music, jazz, ethnic music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, popular concert artists, films and more, this is Houston’s best entertainment value.

 

For more information go to www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

 

FOOTLOOSE, The Musical

March 30, 31 and April 1, 6, 7, 8 at 8 p.m.

Lose your blues, cut loose, and kick off your Sunday shoes as HITS Theatre presents the finger-snapping, toe-tapping musical, FOOTLOOSE.

One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid.

The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. -1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Produced by HITS Theatre

 

Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band

April 14 at 8 p.m.

 

The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. Founded in 1946 and 1957 respectively, these two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.

Their mission is to serve and inspire the American people by telling the Army story and honoring our Soldiers and Veterans at home and abroad as The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.

Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DADmZdbQ9x8

The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals.

The band and chorus also perform independently, and have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra. In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals, and educational outreach, members of the Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army All American Bowl, and diplomatic efforts overseas.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. -1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre

  

Houston’s Got Bollywood – The Red Carpet

April 15 at 8:15 p.m.

 

NAACH Houston brings you a brand new India House production with the sheer global spirit of Bollywood Dance Theatre, conceived and directed by Mahesh Mahbubani.

Lavish costumes, innovative choreography, dynamic dancers and breathtaking visuals are all woven together, creating a spectacular Bollywood theatrical production.

  1. NIGHT AT THE MOVIES – a tribute to the spirit of Bollywood cinema, showcasing a variety of song and dance using different situations from Indian films.
  2. MAUSAM – SEASONS – Celebrating the four seasons, Bollywood style.
  3. LA GALLERIA D’ARTE – This act is inspired by Indian paintings.
  4. SUPERSTAR – Capturing the sheer essence of a superstar.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. -1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Produced by India House and NAACH Houston

 

Charlotte’s Web

April 19, 20 at 11 a.m.

 

“Friendship is one of the most satisfying things in the world,” says Wilbur the pig in Charlotte’s Web. And he should know. His life is saved by his kind and ingenious friend Charlotte — a barn spider with some serious web-weaving skills!

This adaptation of E. B. White’s classic children’s story features enchanting characters, including Wilbur, Charlotte, Templeton the rat, and Fern — a young girl determined to help her pet pig avoid becoming bacon!

Charlotte’s Web is presented by A. D. Players, one of Houston’s oldest resident theater companies.

Seating for daytime performances is on a “first come, first served” basis for the covered seating area. NO TICKETS ARE NECESSARY. NO RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE. As always, open seating on the hill. The show goes on rain or shine. More information for school groups can be found ere.

Produced by AD Players

 

Music That Should Be Danced

April 21 at 8 p.m.

 

“This unique showcase of inspired new collaborative works by Houston musicians and dancers reflects our city’s richly diverse creative spirit and includes the premiere of a work commissioned and choreographed for Foundation for Modern Music (FMM)’s resident performing group, Avalon Ensemble and dancers.

Juxtaposition of various music and dance styles of multiple cultures alongside “serious” classical art music is FMM’s way of departing from a typical stuffy concert atmosphere — a signature of the organization that reflects Houston’s unique embrace of our wonderfully varied treasures.

Participants include Greenbriar Consortium, Houston Symphony musicians, HSPVA, Meyerland Middle School Dance Dept., Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), Urban Souls Dance Company, and more.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. -1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Produced by Foundation for Modern Music

 

Che Malambo

April 22 at 8 p.m.

 

This powerhouse all-male Argentinian dance company excites audiences with their percussive dance and music spectacle: a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming, and song born from the heart of the South American gaucho (cowboy) tradition.

Malambo began in the 17th Century as competitive duels that tested skills of agility, strength, and dexterity among the gaucho. It soon evolved to include its hallmark zapeteo — the fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. In addition to zapateo, Malambo features the drumming of traditional Argentine bombo, and whirling boleadoras — a throwing weapon made up of intertwined cords weighted with stones.

Che Malambo video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D29JCHlioPI

Che Malambo, created by French director and choreographer Gilles Brinas, has been thrilling audiences around the world since its premiere in Paris in 2007. Brinas first learned about Malambo while researching traditional dances. He soon fell under its spell and travelled to the Pampas region of Argentina to engage with the gaucho and further his exploration of their traditions. Inspired by the dance and the talent of its exponents, he created Che Malambo to share this powerful, passionate form with international audiences.

Gilles Brinas is a dancer, director, and choreographer and has performed with prestigious dance companies throughout Europe, including Ballet de l’Opéra de Lyon (under the direction of Vittorio Biagi and Miklo Sparemblek), the Ballet of the Twentieth Century by Maurice Béjart at La Scala in Milan (choreographer Amedeo Amodio), the Grand Ballet de France, and in the company of Robert Hossein (choreographer George Skibine). In addition to founding the Ballet DEA in 1979, Brinas has choreographed works for Beinnale de la Danse. Among his many honors are awards from the Bagnolet competition and the Charles Oulmont Foundation.

Don’t miss this thrilling production of Che Malambo!

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. -1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre

 

Swing, Jive and Pop! Into Dance

April 26 at 11 a.m.

METdance’s “Swing, Jive & Pop! Into Dance” incorporates history, fashion, music, and the arts in an interactive blast of excitement. The company dances its way through the eras — Lindy Hops through the 1930s, bops into the 1950s, grooves into the 1970s, and revs things up with the Hip Hop music of today.

Students, teachers, and audience members have the opportunity to converse with the dancers and participate in an energy-filled hour of dance while learning fun, historical tidbits of information along the way.

Seating for daytime performances is on a “first come, first served” basis for the covered seating area. NO TICKETS ARE NECESSARY. NO RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE. As always, open seating on the hill. The show goes on rain or shine. More information for school groups can be found here.

Produced by METdance

Freedom Train

April 27 at 11 a.m.

A mother and son escape a plantation in Texas and journey to freedom along the Underground Railroad to Mexico in 1844.  Based on actual events in Texas history. Written by Celeste Bedford Walker and Tim Fried-Fiori.

Seating for daytime performances is on a “first come, first served” basis for the covered seating area. NO TICKETS ARE NECESSARY. NO RESERVATIONS CAN BE MADE. As always, open seating on the hill. The show goes on rain or shine. More information for school groups can be found here.

Produced by Express Children’s Theatre

East Meets West XV

April 29 at 8:15 p.m.

 

This performance is a collaboration between Dance of Asian America and some of Houston’s most elite dance companies including Texas Ballet Theatre, Revolve Dance Company, Houston Ballroom Company, Ad Deum Dance Company, Artisan Ballet Company, and FLY Dance Company.

 

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m. -1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Produced by Dance of Asian America

 

Fun Facts and Frequently Asked Questions about Miller Outdoor Theatre

Where is everyone going?

Since 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park has been one of Houston’s most beloved cultural treasures, a gathering place for the community and the site of thousands of memorable free performances.  That’s over 90 years of memories!

Miller is unique in the United States, offering an eight month season of professional, artistically-excellent and culturally diverse entertainment completely FREE of charge to the public. This is the largest “always free” program of its kind in the country and it attracts hundreds of thousands each season.  From daytime programs especially for young children to family friendly evening performances of classical music, jazz, ethnic music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, popular concert artists, films and more, this is Houston’s best entertainment value.

 

What to expect at Miller Outdoor Theatre?

Leave the neckties and high heels at home. Expect quality entertainment from around the world without the daunting dress code of a traditional theater. Miller Outdoor Theatre offers audiences a relaxed atmosphere, allowing guests to enjoy one another’s company as well as a great performance.

 

The price is right. All performances are always free!

 

To the Right, or to the Left on the hill?

Take a family vote on where you’d like to sit to enjoy the performance. Tickets are not necessary for hillside seating. Blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. Please note that lawn chairs must be placed on the left side of the hill. Sit on the right side of the hill if you prefer to sit on a blanket.

 

How do you get a seat in the covered seating area for evening performances?

Approximately 1,700 new seats were installed under the canopy in 2009. Admission is free for all performances. All evening shows (except movies) require tickets for admission for seats under the canopy. For those performances, assigned seat tickets are available, on a first-come basis and while supplies last, on the day of performance only between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the box office behind the theatre.  A maximum of four tickets per person over age 16 is allowed.  Any remaining tickets are released one hour before curtain. TICKETS MAY NOT BE RESERVED BY PHONE.

 

Can I lose my seat even though I had a ticket?

All unclaimed seats are released 5 minutes before the show is scheduled to begin. We encourage all patrons to be in their seats 15 minutes before show time to insure that their seat will not be released. Again, there is NO charge for tickets.

Please note: At management’s discretion, all unoccupied seats may be released at any time for any reason.  

 

How do you get a seat in the covered seating area for daytime performances?

The Daytime Children’s Series offers teachers and parents alike an excellent opportunity to expose youngsters to the delights of the performing arts with a series of productions designed especially for children.  Performances begin at 11 a.m. and last approximately 1 hour. No tickets are necessary for covered seating area. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Paper or Plastic?

You choose. But, definitely NO glass containers of any kind are allowed.

 

You’ll never go hungry here

Miller Theatre’s concession stand offers refreshments and other supplies for picnics. Purchasing concessions at Miller Theatre supports the free performances.

 

No Smoking

Miller Theatre is a NO SMOKING zone.  Smoking is not allowed in any City of Houston Park, including Hermann Park. No smoking at the theatre, on the plaza or on the hill. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

 

What to pack

Decisions, decisions…there are so many choices. Pack a picnic basket with fried chicken or caviar. It’s up to you. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Definitely bring the whole family.  Yes, you may even pack alcohol.  But please, leave the glass containers at home.

 

 

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today praised Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Senator Joan Huffman for their efforts in preserving Texas’ Voter ID law. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit identified two changes the law should include: free birth certificates to obtain Voter ID and a declaration for voters who do not have and cannot reasonably obtain acceptable photo identification. Last session, the Legislature unanimously approved Senate Bill 983 to remove any fee associated with birth certificates used to obtain photo identification. This session, the lieutenant governor reserved the priority designation of Senate Bill 5 for legislation to address the declaration, which Senator Huffman filed today.

“Election integrity is one of the most important functions of government, and Voter ID is an integral part of maintaining election integrity,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The updates to Voter ID that Senator Huffman proposes will make the changes necessary to comply with the Fifth Circuit ruling while ensuring the integrity of the voting process. The leadership of Lieutenant Governor Patrick and Senator Huffman are critical to Texas’ ability to use its Voter ID law in the future.”

Senate Bill 5, if passed, will make the following changes to the Voter ID statute:

  • Allowing voters to cast a ballot if they have an approved secondary form of identification and execute a declaration indicating they are who they say they are and do not have and cannot reasonably obtain approved photo identification for one of several specified reasons.
  • Allowing voters to use otherwise acceptable photo identification that is more than 60 days expired if they execute a declaration stating that they cannot obtain a new form of photo identification for one of the several specified reasons.
  • Establishing a criminal penalty for knowingly making a false statement on the declaration as up to a third degree felony.
  • Allowing voters over age 70 to cast a ballot using expired, otherwise acceptable, photo identification.
  • Requiring the Texas Secretary of State to establish a mobile program for issuing election identification certificates.

The bill is co-authored by state Senators Paul Bettencourt, Brian Birdwell, Dawn Buckingham, Konni Burton, Donna Campbell, Brandon Creighton, Craig Estes, Bob Hall, Kelly Hancock, Don Huffines, Bryan Hughes, Lois Kolkhorst, Jane Nelson, Robert Nichols, Charles Perry, Charles Schwertner, Kel Seliger, Larry Taylor and Van Taylor.

To view a copy of the bill, click here: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/files/epress/SB00005I.pdf?cachebuster:59

 

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Visits Rio Grande Valley Job Creators, Community Leaders, Law Enforcement

MCALLEN, Texas – On Friday and Saturday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) participated in several events in the Rio Grande Valley, where he visited with agriculture leaders, business owners, and border mayors, and received briefings from U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) Rio Grande Valley Sector and the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS). He also participated in a USBP night patrol operation and a TxDPS marine patrol of the Rio Grande.

“The communities of the Rio Grande Valley are a crucial component to Texas’ economic strength and I’m glad to have had the chance to visit with law enforcement, with job creators, and with community leaders to see and hear firsthand the challenges they are facing, and what Washington needs to be doing to provide them the tools they need to thrive,” Sen. Cruz said. “We have an incredible opportunity before us to dramatically change the course of our country for the better. The new administration has shown the willingness to finally provide the tools needed to secure the border and enforce the law, and the motivation to rollback regulations and implement fundamental tax reform to unleash job creation and economic growth. I am optimistic that this Congress could be the most productive Congress we have seen in decades, and I for one will continue doing everything I can to ensure that we keep the promises we have made and secure a better, more promising future for Texans in the Rio Grande Valley and all over this great state.”

 

Event Will Showcase the Park’s Many Amenities and Activities, with Houston Mayor Turner in Attendance

The Levy Park Conservancy is holding a Grand “re-Opening” for Levy Park, free and open to the public, with an all-day celebration that promises something for everyone, including a concert by Grammy-Award winning Latin funk band, Grupo Fantasma. It will be a perfect opportunity to showcase this amazing urban park which should prove to be a destination for families from throughout the metropolitan area, as well as out-of-town visitors. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner will assist with the ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. to kick off the event, which runs from 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Grupo Fantasma will close out the day with a concert on the new Pavilion stage beginning at 6 p.m.

At the celebration, expect to see programming that covers a wide range of areas: health and fitness, food and horticulture, performing arts, music, poetry and spoken word, literacy, natural science, animal rescue. You can hear a piano concert and other music and experience face painting, interactive displays, workshops with local organizations, gardening demos, food trucks, dance, yoga, and much more. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Pets on leash are welcome. The event is rain or shine.

Levy Park is located at 3801 Eastside, Houston, TX 77098. Street parking is available on Wakeforest Avenue and Eastside Street, and garage parking is available at 2925 Richmond (entrance on Richmond) for $2/hour.

Renovation partners include: Levy Park Conservancy, Upper Kirby District Foundation, Upper Kirby Management District, Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority, Houston Parks & Recreation Department, City of Houston, Midway Companies, Office of James Burnett, Natalye Appel + Associates Architects, BRV (Biederman Redevelopment Ventures), Gunda Corporation and Burton Construction.

Go to levyparkhouston.org for more details about the Grand (re)Opening or call 713-522-7275.

  • Twitter: @levyparkhouston
  • Instagram: levypark
  • Facebook: LevyParkHou

Levy Park Amenities:

  • Performance Pavilion: A beautifully designed structure with an arching roofline, 1,600 square-foot stage, 23 skylights, nighttime up-lighting, and a mini-amphitheater for kids’ programs, family and public restrooms and a staff office.
  • Event Lawn: A 17,500 square-foot lawn that provides an audience area facing the Pavilion stage, accommodating up to 3,000 people for bands, symphonic orchestras, movie screenings, concert simulcasts, sports simulcasts, dance, and performances of all types.
  • Activity Lawn: A 22,000 square-foot lawn devoted to an unlimited range of activities, including a putting green, yoga, tai chi, fitness boot camp, petanque, badminton, fitness classes, imagination playground building blocks, picnicking, astronomy, etc.
  • Play Area: A 24,000 square-foot area devoted to kids, families and play, the Play Area includes non-traditional play features, including a climbing wall and seven-foot-wide slide, the Cosmo (a 14-foot climbing sphere), lighted tunnels, dance chimes, turning sculptures, a three-tiered water feature, a mini amphitheater, and the Overlook, a colorful boardwalk structure that winds gradually up into the live oak canopy.
  • Community Gardens: 27 community garden beds for volunteer cultivations of edible plants and flowers, including beds for classes and youth programs focused on sustainable agriculture, organics, healthy eating, and farm-to-table, plus cooking demos and collaborations with the park restaurant.
  • Dog Park, with sections devoted to large and small dogs, includes turf-covered mounds for play, trees for shade, a water feature, and a double-gated safety entrance.
  • Outdoor furniture, including bistro tables and chairs and rocking chairs, will serve visitors in every nook and corner of the Park
  • Foosball, ping pong, board games, art supplies, a reading rack with books and periodicals and professional piano players will be commissioned to play our moveable park piano.
  • 30 live oak trees, 60-70 years old, plus 180 newly planted trees, cover much of the park with a shady canopy, and provide cool spots for reading, eating and taking in the Park’s day-to-day activity.

Coming Soon:

  • Beer Garden: A refurbished double-decker bus will serve beer, wine and small food items, and seating and umbrellas will fill out a citrus grove garden surrounding the bus.
  • Food Kiosk: The second of three concessions will serve park goers rotisserie chicken, beverages and other food items in the northwest corner of the park.
  • Restaurant: Projected to be open in mid-2018, the Park’s restaurant will be an homage to all things grilled, roasted and slow-cooked.
  • Park-wide Wi-Fi, free and regularly available to the public.

All Day Breakfast and Brunch Eatery to Open New Houston-Area Location in Katy, TX 

HOUSTON, TX February 20, 2017 — Vista Equities Group is pleased to announce that Snooze, “an .A.M. Eatery,” a fast growing culinary-driven breakfast and brunch concept, has signed a 4,098 sq. ft. lease at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. Snooze is anticipated to open by late 2017 and will be located off Cinco Ranch Blvd, conveniently adjacent to the 3-level East Gate Parking garage and the Grand Parkway.

Offering creative twists on classic breakfast dishes, as well as a selection of local, craft beers and morning cocktails, Snooze aims to change the way its customers think about breakfast. The new Snooze at LaCenterra will offer diners a selection of both sweet and savory renditions on classic breakfast dishes.

“We fell in love with the Houston area and we think Katy exemplifies the very best of what Houston has to offer. Snooze’s company mission is to be an integral part of the communities in which we are located and we believe that Katy is an incredible community,” said CEO of Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, David Birzon.

“We are thrilled to welcome Snooze to LaCenterra! Its unique dining concept, coupled with its commitment to supporting local causes and communities, makes for an exciting addition to LaCenterra, as well as to the Katy community,” said Lindsay Kaye, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for LaCenterra.

LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is a 34-acre, over 360,000 sq. ft. (410,000 sq. ft. upon completion) mixed-use development located on the western edge of metropolitan Houston in Katy, TX. Located on the Grand Parkway just three miles south of I-10 with prominent freeway visibility, the property is nestled in the heart of Cinco Ranch, one of the nation’s premier master planned communities.

The eatery is also dedicated to supporting local causes and issues related to the neighborhoods where they live, as well as organizations focused on education and sustainability. In an effort to do so, one percent of sales from each Snooze makes its way back into the local community through the donation of in-kind goods (A.K.A. pancakes!) and services.

Snooze will be open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Additionally, Snooze at LaCenterra will offer catering to be picked up Mondays-Thursdays between 6:30am-2pm, and Fridays 6:30am-8am.

The lease was secured by Donna Keith of Vista Equities Group.  Snooze was represented by Jason Baker and Traci Holman with Baker Katz.

Tours XTO Energy and Pioneer Natural Resources Facilities

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz

MIDLAND, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today visited XTO Energy and Pioneer Natural Resources facilities to get a firsthand look at energy development activities in the Permian Basin region. He also had lunch with several community and business leaders to hear their concerns and learn their ideas on what can be done Washington to better enable them to bring more opportunity to the communities in which they serve and operate.

“The people and businesses in the Permian Basin are a crucial to the economic strength of our state. While the energy industry in Texas has been impacted by the recent downturn in oil prices, we are beginning to see a robust recovery. That is a testament to the strong work ethic of Texans and the efforts our state has made to keep regulations to a minimum and empower those with new technology and innovative ideas to enter the marketplace,” Sen. Cruz said. “While Texas continues to serve as a model for the success of restrained regulations, I am committed to applying those same principles in Washington’s approach. Thankfully we have a new administration that has shown it understands the value of removing regulatory barriers and has already taken steps to unleash the potential of our energy industry. I look forward to working with them and with my fellow Texans to see our energy resources utilized to their full potential, for the benefit of Texans all over our state.”

At XTO Energy, Sen. Cruz toured a drilling rig and observed fracking operations. At Pioneer Natural Resources, he toured a water reclamation plant and some of Pioneer’s nearby ponds.

Photos and video footage of Sen. Cruz’s tours may be viewed here.

 

 

Sarah Hughes before adult stem cell therapy (left) at 83 pounds and after (right) at 125 pounds. Hughes was one of three Celltex clients who addressed the FDA at a two-day hearing on the regulation of stem cell therapy in 2016 and will be a special guest at the State of the Union later this month.

Sarah Hughes, a resident of Fulshear, was once planning her own funeral, but now she is planning on being a guest at the State of the Union Address. She spent the first 22-years of her life suffering from systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis until one day she decided to try a life-changing adult stem cell therapy made possible by a Houston-based biotechnology firm, Celltex Therapeutics. At the time of her first stem cell therapy, Sarah had only a few months to live and weighed a mere 83 pounds. Simply speaking took immense energy. After a lifetime in hospitals and years researching the best possible medical treatments and medications available for her condition, Sarah is a new woman. She’s now riding horses, is engaged to be married and will be a special guest of Texas Congressman Pete Olson (TX-22) at the State of the Union address on February 28, 2017, to represent the promise of the 21st Century Cures Act and adult stem cell innovation in Houston.

Sarah is an involved advocate of stem cell therapies especially for those suffering from dysautonomia. She was one of three Celltex clients to address the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in September 2016, sharing personal testimony of how stem cell therapy, using adult stem cells isolated, extracted and expanded by Celltex, improved her quality of life beyond expectation. Months later, the 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law, thanks to bipartisan support from elected officials like Congressman Olson, who dedicated his vote in favor of the bill in honor of Sarah.

As one of the first commercial stem cell companies in the United States, Celltex’s laboratory uses proprietary technology, which isolates, multiplies and banks autologous (one’s own) adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in quantities never before possible, to be used for regenerative high-dose adult stem cell therapy. Celltex is registered with the FDA as an HCT/P establishment that multiplies human cells and cellular products. The company operates in a state-of-the-art laboratory compliant with Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) standards as recommended by the FDA for the manufacturing of biological products.