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Houston was a first-time participant this year in Make Music Day, an international music festival that started in France in 1982. Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Rooftop Terrace served as a host venue on Monday, when a native of France happened to be having dinner and drinks in the Heights and was especially appreciative of the live performances. 

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Nearly 30 artists are teaming up to install more than 20 murals around Houston this month as part of the Big Walls Big Dreams mural festival, a public art initiative that aims to beautify the city while providing inspiration and optimism to residents and visitors.

After a year of canceled exhibitions, limited studio access and online-only classes, 22 UH art students are finally presenting at an exhibition titled Annex Energy. SITE Gallery Houston at Sawyer Yards is displaying the exhibit through Aug. 19. 

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Those who work in the music industry, along with fans of live music, can receive doses of the Pfizer vaccine as part of a COVID-19 vaccination drive hosted by The Heights Theater. The initiative is a partnership between the theater, Houston Music Foundation, Houston Methodist Hospital and rapper Bun B.

In the art world, getting an artist residency is like winning the lottery. The artist gets some money, space and the freedom to create. In almost all cases, the sponsor of the residency is a prestigious organization giving the artist credibility as a resident.

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Visionary Grind Arts Collective will host "Visionaries," the debut exhibition for the 12-member collective, at Hardy & Nance Studios, 902 Hardy St., starting with an opening reception scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. The art show is a dive into the minds of artists with a unique…

Last week was definitely another “character-building” moment for us Texans. That phrase “character building” is one we use at the outdoor markets to describe those challenging days. I credit friend and Heights jewelry artists Steve Sellers for coining the phrase and he credits me.

On my way home heading east on 11th Street, I passed Redbud Gallery (at the corner of Cortlandt Street) with barely a glance as I was clearly on autopilot. My peripheral vision glimpsed a 12-foot sphere made out of hubcaps sparkling in the new sculpture garden next to the gallery. I absolute…

Do you have any pet peeves?  I bet everyone discovered a few new ones in 2020 regardless if we were looking or not. The year 2020 gave more insight into my predilection for some odd pet peeves I thought I’d share with you this week. Go easy on me, please. I don’t know when it […]

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The Market at Sawyer Yards is happening from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 9, at 1502 Sawyer St. For the first week of January, I always hear about diets, abstinence, exercising, etc. That’s wonderful, do your thing. However, I need to let you in on a little secret, the State of Texas allows cottage […]

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The end of December brought more than just holiday cheer. The Save Our Stages Act, which is geared toward benefitting the live music industry, passed as part of the COVID-19 Relief Bill. The act will offer financial assistance to live music venues across the country and to local venues like the Heights Theater, 339 W. […]

Jan. 2, 2021, is here, and so is the initial First Saturday Arts Market of the new year. It’s the 17th year the market has been open for business. It runs from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. this Saturday at the usual space at 540 W. 19th St. With Kiki Neumann as the highlight of last week’s […]

The name Kiki Neumann has appeared in this column many times. Neumann, a longtime Heights resident and self-described folk artist, has a knack for turning abandoned items into art. Her most recent, and arguably most successful trash-to-treasure endeavor has been with recycling license plates. She cuts the letters and numbers up and arranges them into […]

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Members of Houston’s arts industries were recently awarded grant funds to help the individuals and performance venues financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Houston announced Dec. 17 that the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) recently collaborated with with Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and Mid-America Arts Alliance (MAAA) to distribute $5 million […]

This Sunday, Dec. 20, from 1—4 p.m., Mystic Lyon and the Center for Centering are hosting the fifth annual Winter Collection, a Pop Up Art Shop and Market featuring works by Fifth Ward artists and their friends. Mystic Lyon is located at 5017 Lyons St., at the corner of Lyons and Mystic Street, hence the […]

Saturday afternoon on the former Success Rice rail line, Arts District Houston and Cafeza present a new music series featuring the Cuban band La Tribu Cubana. The band will perform from 1-4 p.m. behind the Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer St., on Artist Alley. La Tribu Cubana is described as one of Houston’s premier […]

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4th Wall Theatre Company, 1824 Spring St., is hosting an online holiday story time that began last week. Eboni Bell and Juan Sebastian Cruz are bringing two of O. Henry’s Christmas stories to life, including “The Gift of the Magi” and “A Chaparral Christmas Gift.” The story times will be released in four installments on […]

Nostalgia hit me in the head like a tin box of Christmas sugar cookies this week. I love traditions and, like many people, I look forward to Houston’s first cold snap, the smell of fireplace smoke in the air, the parades, lighting decorations and, of course, the parties. I think this year, we’re all going […]

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When Lisa Joubert opened the 3,650-square foot dance venue Love Dance HTX at Sawyer Yards in November 2017, she was able to offer larger scale dance classes in hip-hop, dance fitness, country western, salsa, ballroom, Latin and swing. But once COVID-19 changed the landscape, Joubert had to pivot a bit. Now, she is hosting micro-weddings […]

Blessings and a heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving to you my friends and readers of this column. Thank you for reading, sharing and sending me great information. I truly am thankful to you and The Leader. Last month I introduced you to Artists Sunday. Held Nov. 29, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, it is dedicated to encouraging consumers […]

The Rooftop Cinema Club’s attempt to provide some levity and relief amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is coming to an end in the area. A news release from the club said Rooftop Cinema will show its final Drive-In at Sawyer Yards movie screening on Sunday, Nov. 29. The club plans to play some of its most […]

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Being able to experience live music again has been important to the morale of concertgoers, according to Adrienne Joseph of Kessler Presents, which owns The Heights Theater at 339 W. 19th St. The historic and iconic venue reopened for performances about two weeks ago, while White Oak Music Hall at 2915 N. Main St. also […]

The 28th Annual Artist’s Warehouse Artcrawl returns this Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., with 10 participating spaces spiraling out from the official epicenter of the event: Mother Dog Studios at 720 Walnut St. In the nearly three decades since Mother Dog Studios introduced Houston to the “artist’s warehouse district,” with its annual Artcrawl, […]

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“Knitscape,” a knitted mural by Urban Yarnage for Buffalo Bayou Park’s five-year anniversary has been extended until Nov. 30. “Knitscape” is a colorful homage to the ecological diversity of Buffalo Bayou and is installed at the entrances and railing on the Rosemont Bridge (a pedestrian bridge) in Buffalo Bayou Park (Montrose Boulevard and Allen Parkway). […]

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The City of Houston announced Nov. 4 that it has begun a relief program for musicians and music venues that have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Musicians will be eligible for up to $5,000 in relief funding, and music venues will be eligible for up to $50,000 or $100,000 – depending on budget […]

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Dan Electro’s Bar & Live Music Venue is dedicated to being a space where local talent and touring musicians who are starting out have a place to play. “Dan Electro’s is one of the few remaining small venues that Houston still has left,” Scott Hofheins of Dan Electro’s said. “Places like Walter’s or Fitzgerald’s are […]

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A photography exhibit that spent the spring and summer on the fences that surround Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral downtown has now moved to St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 1819 Heights Blvd. ‘Faces of the Other: Encounters in the City,’ was part of Houston’s 2020 FotoFest exhibition. A cultural nonprofit organization based in Houston, FotoFest organizes year-round […]