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Houston to host city-wide art crawl celebrating Black History Month

Houston's creative community will host a city-wide art crawl during President's Day weekend to honor Black History Month and showcase several exhibits focused on African American culture and art.

Black Art Houston, which takes place Feb. 17–19, is a collaboration between the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and several other institutions, including the Holocaust Museum Houston, Sanman Studios, the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, The Reading Room HTX, Project Row Houses and more. The weekend wil

Where to celebrate Lunar New Year in Houston

Feb. 10 marks the turnover of the lunar calendar when the Year of the Rabbit gives way to the Year of the Dragon. The celebration begins with the new moon and continues for 15 days, ending with what's known as the Lantern Festival, which falls on Feb. 24 this year.

In the Chinese zodiac, dragons represent charisma, confidence, and talent; but it's actually considered bad luck when one's Chinese zodiac birth year, or ben ming nian, rolls back around. For dragons born in previous years (2012, 200

Biggest PlantCon yet promised for Houston plant lovers

PlantCon, the festival for budding green thumbs and houseplant experts alike, has announced that it will return to Houston for a second year. The convention will take place April 13-14 at NRG Center.

PlantCon's roots began with an early pandemic-era Facebook group in which Houston-area houseplant enthusiasts and new plant parents would trade tips and care information. As the Facebook group swelled to more than 8,000 people, organizers decided to host a meetup, which took place in the IKEA parki

'Trains Over Texas' exhibit celebrates Houston's graffiti artists

The Houston Museum of Natural Science's annual holiday display, Trains Over Texas, now includes model train cars graffiti'd by local street artists and muralists. The project is the brainchild of museum employee Manny Arciniega, whose role includes building and maintaining exhibits at HMNS. Arciniega said he's been toying with the idea of adding painted-up cars to the train exhibit for a few years. When he randomly approached HMNS director Joel A. Bartsch with the idea earlier this year, Bartsch

Eight events Houston can look forward to in the new year

Whether you had a great 2023 or you can't wait to leave the year behind, there's plenty for the people of Houston to look forward to in 2024. For starters, it's a leap year—which many people consider to be good luck. There's also big events like the college football national champion at NRG in January, and our favorite annual events, from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to Astros' Opening Day. Below, we've rounded up eight more reasons to welcome in the new year, from celestial events to ce

Why is all of Houston getting engaged at this park?

Like many people in the early days of the pandemic, Houstonian Jay Gonzales had a lot of free time on his hands. Though he previously ran a moving business, few people needed his services, so he started looking for something new to do. Scouring social media, he came up with an idea.

He saw lots of outdoor gatherings like gender reveals and birthdays, where people were celebrating with elaborate decorations and giant lit-up letters. That led to the creation of his current business, Superstar Mar

Two Houston Pride groups come to agreement in trademark dispute

Pride Houston 365 originally sued New Faces of Pride on Oct. 23, accusing the newly formed non-profit of intentionally creating confusion among advertisers, vendors, sponsors and attendees by using a similar name and logo to Pride Houston 365 to promote its events. The lawsuit asked for an injunction preventing New Faces from marketing their events until the lawsuit was heard. New Faces of Pride Houston is also planning a pride parade for 2024.

During a hearing in district court on Nov. 3, Judg

How to celebrate the holidays in Houston

In Houston, we rarely have the weather's help to get us into the holiday spirit. Instead, we have to depend on other things—grandiose light displays, festive parties, seasonal markets and more. Luckily, there's no shortage of holiday events in the Bayou City. Chron has rounded up some of the best below. Check back often; we'll update this post regularly as more events are announced.

The 39th annual Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market returns to NRG Center this weekend. One of Houston's most famous

Giant dream-like sculptures return to MFAH with fall festival

For the second year in a row, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston will present a family-friendly fall festival featuring alebrijes, the large-scale, colorful papier-mâché sculptures inspired by Mexican folk art.

The free event will take place at the museum's outdoor sculpture garden and plaza from 1–5 p.m. on Nov. 5. Six Houston-based Latinx artists have been commissioned to create sculptures for the festival, called Dream with Alebrijes. The event will also include music and dance performances, ar

Katy is hosting its first Pride celebration

The event, dubbed Katy Pride, will take place Oct. 12 and 14, midway through LGBT History Month and a day after National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11). The celebration is in part a response to a series of events in Katy that have been viewed as attacks on the city's queer community.

The main sponsor of the event is First Christian Church Katy, a queer-friendly congregation. The church was in the news over the summer after thieves were caught on camera stealing several Pride flags from the property,

Where to celebrate Halloween in Houston

This October has everything: Friday the 13th, an annular solar eclipse, and of course, Halloween. Houston has several scary, spooky events, with everything from family-friendly outdoor activities to film screenings to parades. Chron has rounded up some of the most interesting options below; stay tuned throughout the month as we continue to add more.

In space, no one can hear you scream. Thankfully, Space Center Houston isn't toooo spooky. Visitors can learn all about the use of liquid nitrogen

Barbie Dreamhouse merch truck heads to Houston in October

Move over Mojo Dojo Casa House. The Barbie merch truck is headed to Houston with two stops in October, bringing all kinds of pink accessories perfect for decorating your very own Dreamhouse.

The Instagram-worthy truck (hashtags #BarbieTruckTour #LivingtheDream) will make an appearance at Baybrook Mall on Saturday, Oct. 21, and then again at the Woodlands Mall on Oct. 27. Both events will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature exclusive Dreamhouse Living merchandise only available th

RodeoHouston announces new hours for 2024 concerts, competitions

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has announced new, slightly earlier hours for next year's event, which runs Feb. 27 through March 17, 2024 at NRG Park.

Per the new schedule, rodeo competitions such as calf roping, bull riding, and other events that take place on the main stage at NRG Stadium will begin at 2:45 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, with doors to the stadium opening at 2 p.m. Concert entertainers will take the stage at 5 p.m. Previously, rodeo events at NRG Stadium began at 3:45 p.

Galleria ice rink unveils first major renovations in a half-century

The ice skating facility at the Houston Galleria is finally set to reopen July 10 after undergoing its first major renovations in the rink's 53-year history.

Ice at the Galleria has been closed since May to overhaul many elements of the rink, including creating a smoother, more energy-efficient ice surface, and updating the bathrooms, flooring, and changing areas. The total cost for the renovations totaled about $1 million.

When the Galleria opened in 1970, it debuted as the first ever mall to

Tokyo X Festival brings Japanese pop culture, history to Houston

In 2021, as the COVID-19 Omicron variant was raging, chef Naoki Yoshida and his business partner Yusuke Motozawa wanted to do something to help Asian, and especially Japanese, businesses across Houston. The chef, who owned the now-closed Shun Japanese Kitchen on Shepherd, wanted to host a small festival in his restaurant's parking lot, initially planning on just six vendors. After teaming up with Tam Lo, an event planner who has experience with festivals including Anime Matsuri, the first Tokyo

Explore the history of the Jewish deli in Houston

"The delicatessen is my life" says Ziggy Gruber as he walks through a gallery at the Holocaust Museum Houston on a Thursday afternoon in May. Most Houstonians know Gruber as the co-founder of Houston-based deli Kenny & Ziggy's, but on this day he's playing unofficial tour guide, taking a small group through the museum's newest exhibition.

Called I'll Have What She's Having, the exhibit examines the cultural and historical significance of the Jewish deli, a uniquely American phenomenon born out

South Texas meets South Asia in new Houston art exhibit

In her work as a curator at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houstonian Erika Mei Chua Holum began to see similarities between artists and creators in Houston and those working in Southern Asia. Holum, who is Filipinx, refers to this as a "South-South relationship."

"I started to see overlaps in how art is being created," she says, "And I started to think about 'What does it look like to generate knowledge from the South?'"

Those intersections are the subject of a new exhibit curated by Holum, now open

Houston plant lovers, mark your calendars for PlantCon

In 2021, an ultrarare variety of a popular exotic houseplant—a variegated Rhaphidaphora Tetrasperma—sold for more than $19,000 in a New Zealand web auction. Trade Me, the website where the auction took place, has called it "the most expensive houseplant ever sold." Next month, Houstonians will have an opportunity to see that subspecies, and hundreds more collectible house plants, at a new event at NRG Center called PlantCon International.

PlantCon aims to help plant-lovers, from the experienced

How Houston's historic Eldorado Ballroom was restored

In a town that's known for tearing down aging buildings as opposed to preserving them, the renovation of the Eldorado Ballroom feels like a miracle. The Third Ward nightclub, which hosted blues and jazz musicians for more than three decades during a time when Jim Crow laws kept Black performers and audiences segregated from white crowds, isn't just culturally significant. It's also architecturally unique—one of few Art Moderne buildings remaining in Houston.

After a $9.7 million project that in

8 cool things to do in Houston during the NCAA tournament

Thousands of people will descend upon Houston over the next two weeks to enjoy the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, whose Final Four games will be played at NRG Stadium on April 1 and 3. Though the games are taking place on the south side of the city, many visitors will be staying centrally or in Downtown.

Spring is the perfect time to visit the nation's fourth-largest city. The heat hasn't set in yet, hurricane season is a few months off, and many of Houston's gems—from sweeping parks

Pedro Pascal sets the record straight on good Tex-Mex, Mexican food

Beloved actor and TikTok heartthrob Pedro Pascal made a stop on the YouTube series Hot Ones this week, where he set the record straight on which states have the best Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine.

For the uninitiated, Hot Ones is a talk show produced by First We Feast and Complex Media, where celebrities eat progressively spicier hot sauce-drenched chicken wings while answering questions from host Sean Evans. Previous guests have included actress Maya Rudolph, rapper Post Malone, and Top Chef hos

One of Houston's most popular art installations is coming back

One of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's most popular art installations in recent years is set to go back on display later this month.

Pixel Forest, by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist, will reopen in the museum's Cullinan Hall on March 12. The installation, which consists of thousands of hanging orbs filled with LED lights, will be accompanied by a large-scale video installation called Worry Will Vanish. Both works were last shown at the museum in the summer of 2017, the year that they were acquire

Rodeo brings a dynasty of trail riders back to Houston

Rodeo season is a bit different for the Desperados trail riders this year. For the first time in more than four decades, they are riding without their matriarch, Beverly Wilson Smith.

The trail-riding posse was founded by Beverly and her brothers, Welcome and Jack, in the late 1970s. Beverly, who also became the first female wagon boss in the Salt Grass Trail Ride Association, died last April of complications from Alzheimer's, just a month after RodeoHouston wrapped up.

But her legacy lives on

Play matchmaker for your friends with a new Houston dating app

Would you let a friend or sibling set you up on a date? How about your mother, or a coworker? That's the idea behind a new dating app, founded by two Houstonians, that allows people to act as matchmakers for their single friends.

The app, called Wingr, encourages users to make "wingperson" profiles, with the ability to suggest suitors to single friends who are also registered. The founders say they hope the app will allow those looking for love to develop more meaningful connections, rather tha
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