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| June 1, 2016

Abby Mueller as Carole King.

Abby Mueller as Carole King.

THE HOBBY CENTER PRESENTS BEAUTIFUL– THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, Through JUNE 5

Broadway at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby Street, presents Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. The musical, which will run May 31-June5, tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, Beautiful has a book by Tony Award-nominee and Academy Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath and choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony Awards.

For more information, call 800-982-ARTS or visit BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org.

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Melissa Pritchett as Billie Dawn in the Alley Theatre's production of Born Yesterday.

Melissa Pritchett as Billie Dawn in the Alley Theatre’s production of Born Yesterday.

ALLEY THEATRE PRESENTS BORN YESTERDAY, STARTING JUNE 3

Alley Theatre will present Garson Kanin’s Born Yesterday, a delicious screwball classic, beginning with preview performances starting June 3, the opening June 8 and continuing through July 3. Featuring Alley Company Members and directed by Jonathan Moscone, the play is the grand finale of the inaugural season in the newly renovated Hubbard Theatre.

The play is a great American comedy about politics and the power of female persuasion. Set in one of the finest hotels in Washington D.C., the play tells the story of Harry Brock, a hot-tempered and corrupt tycoon, and Billie Dawn, his ex-showgirl mistress as they navigate the Washington political scene. Billie, possessing a brash and over-the-top personality, gets an extreme makeover from a political reporter hired by her bullying boyfriend. She receives more than a history lesson when she learns what Harry really is and what he wants.

“Garson Kanin’s Broadway hit has, deservedly, become a classic of the American theatre. This endearing comedy about politics is as relevant today as it was in 1946,” says Alley Theatre’s Artistic Director Gregory Boyd .

Tickets start at $26. Discounted tickets are available for any student, regardless of age, with a valid student ID for $16 for designated performances in designated sections. For tickets, call 713-220-5700 or visit alleytheatre.org.

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In Amadeus,director Matthew C. Logan parallels how musical legends historically emerge as symbols of chaos.

In Amadeus,director Matthew C. Logan parallels how musical legends historically emerge as symbols of chaos.

STAGEWORKS THEATRE PRESENTS AMADEUS, JUNE 3-26

Peter Shaffer’s Tony Award-winning play, Amadeus, plays at Stageworks Theatre, June 3 – 26. Best known for its Academy Award-winning screen adaptation in 1984, Amadeus is a piece of historical fiction featuring two compositional titans, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri.

“Time has shown us, again and again, what can happen when a young musical icon, endlessly thirsty for progress, becomes a representation of chaos, himself,” explained director Matthew C. Logan. “Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber, and Brittney Spears all exhibited chaotic spirals that the public found entertaining. Exploring how this chaos and irreverence affects competing artists is an interesting conflict to explore, and that’s what we’ll highlight; with a post-modern twist.”

Envy, scandal, comedy and murder are intertwined in composer Salieri’s quest to meet and ultimately destroy the brilliantly talented Mozart. During a chance encounter, Salieri discovers Mozart’s personality doesn’t match the extraordinary grace of his compositions. Upset that God gifted an ill-behaved man with such talent, Salieri makes it his mission to befriend and masquerade as Mozart’s ally, all while attempting to destroy Mozart’s reputation through a variety of sinister acts.

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. on the Stageworks Theatre Garza Main Stage, 10760 Grant Road. Tickets may be purchased online at stageworkstx.org, or by phone at 281-587-6100. Special pricing is available for groups of 10 or more. Stageworks Theatre was formerly known as Houston Family Arts Center. Visit stageworkshouston.org or call 281- 587-6100 for more information.

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Keeping secrets at Theatre Southwest: (L-R): Jean Pierre (Brian Heaton), Leontine (Renata Santoro Smith) and Moricet (Christopher C. Conway). (Photo - Scott McWhirter)

Keeping secrets at Theatre Southwest: (L-R): Jean Pierre (Brian Heaton), Leontine (Renata Santoro Smith) and Moricet (Christopher C. Conway). (Photo – Scott McWhirter)

FRENCH FROLIC AT THEATRE SOUTHWEST, THROUGH JUNE 18

Theatre Southwest presents the hilarious frolic,13 Rue De L’Amour by Georges Feydeau, adapted by Mawby Green and Edward Feilbert. Performances are directed by Ananka Kohnitz and will be offered from May 27 through June 18.

This comedy launched Feydeau in Paris as the Neil Simon of his day. Take one philandering husband, his virtuous wife and a doctor — then toss them together at 13 Rue de L’Amour where a love-starved German countess is the concierge. This fast-paced farce is filled with fibs, twists and turns in a series of unfortunate events in 1800s Paris.

Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinee June 5 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors and students (with ID).

Visit theatresouthwest.org for reservations or email tickets@theatresouthwest.org or call 713- 661-9505. Theatre Southwest is located at 8944A Clarkcrest in Houston.

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WINE & FOOD WEEK, JUNE 6-12

Thousands are expected to attend the 12th annual Wine & Food Week, celebrating “A New York State of Mind” from June 6-12. The region’s largest and most comprehensive culinary and wine event draws culinary masters and wine experts from around the world. An epicurean extravaganza with mroe than 10,000 participants each year, Wine & Food Week features scores of events at various locations with more than 500 wines, 75 restaurants, legendary wine producers and culinary personalities. A myriad of education classes, chef demonstrations, cookbook author events and casual to fine wine-and-dine experiences round out the week. For more information and a complete schedule, visit wineandfoodweek.com or call 713-557-5732.

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CY-HOPE SECOND ANNUAL SUMMER BAND CAMP AT FOUNDRY UMC

Join Cy-Hope for the second, annual Devine Virtuosos Summer Band Camp from June 27 through July 1 at Foundry UMC Campus, 8750 Jones Road from 5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. This camp is for students between their 7th and 8th or 8th and 9th grade years who have completed two or three full years of band. The cost is $125. For more information email cy-hope@cy-hope.org or call 713-466-4673.

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ALBION HURRICANES FC SOCCER FALL 2016 – 2017 EVALUATIONS AND TRYOUTS

Albion Hurricanes FC (AHFC), established in 1989, is leading the way in South Texas youth soccer by inspiring and developing young men and women through world class coaching and innovative techniques, as well as instilling the proper framework, self-esteem, confidence and sportsmanship in its athletes.

Players will be evaluated to determine their technical and tactical abilities by the highly-qualified staff at AHFC. AHFC offers various training locations in the greater Houston area. Visit albionhurricanes.org for specific times and dates and to pre-register for evaluations and tryouts.

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Celebrate Superman’s birthday at the Children’s Museum on June 25 at 2 p.m.

Celebrate Superman’s birthday at the Children’s Museum on June 25 at 2 p.m.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON, JUNE EVENTS

Crack codes. Uncover Clues. Outsmart villains. This summer, the Children’s Museum of Houston is officially launching its S.E.C.R.E.T. exhibit and celebrating what it takes to be a S.E.C.R.E.T. agent. June events are as follows:

Go, Go, Gadget! June 9 – 22, all day – Make your own spy gadgets and devices. Use technology to create art in paint spinning machine. Make mirrored glasses to make sure no one is following behind you. Reveal secret spy messages when you devise red filter lenses. Blend into your environment when you make a spy disguise.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Special Appearance, June 11, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMTN) will swing by for an action-packed appearance. Cowabunga! Leonardo, Raphael, Dona­tello, and Michelangelo will take a break from outsmarting villains to visit. Prepare for mutant mania as these heroes rumble and tumble their way into the hearts of Houston’s coolest TMNT fans. Bring your camera.

Masters Of Disguise, June 23 – July 6, all day – Change your appearance to fly under the radar and hide in plain sight. Disguise your name as an abstract work of art. See if you can spot camouflaged creatures disguising them­selves in their natural environments. Cut out mustaches, bowties, beards, and glasses to make your disguise.

Superman’s Birthday, June 25, at 2 p.m. – Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. You’re invited to Superman’s birthday! The Man of Steel will “fly in” for a supersized bash. Batman and Wonder Woman will also be in attendance.

For more information and a full schedule of activities, visit cmhouston.org.

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Emily Koch as Elphaba (Photo - (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Emily Koch as Elphaba (Photo – (Photo by Joan Marcus)

WICKED RETURNS TO THE HOBBY CENTER, JULY 6-AUG. 14

Wicked, Broadway’s biggest blockbuster will return to the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts July 6-Aug. 14. Tickets for the return engagement are on sale now.

Wicked is the winner of over 100 international major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards.

The surprising tale of an unlikely friendship between two women in the Land of Oz, Wicked tells the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy drops in. Elphaba, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. Glinda is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. The remarkable odyssey of how these unexpected friends changed each other’s lives for good has made this one of the world’s most popular musicals.

Tickets start at $40. For single tickets, call 800-982-2787 or visit BroadwayAtTheHob­byCenter.com or TheHobbyCenter.org. Tickets will be available at the Hobby Center Box Office (800 Bagby) and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Group sales are offered for groups of 15 or more and are available by calling 888-451-5986.

For a full list of performance dates and times, visit houston.broadway.com/­shows/­wicked-ss2/.

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MUSIC OF DAVID BOWIE COMES TO JONES HALL, JUNE 11

The Houston Symphony pays homage to late rock legend David Bowie during the Summer Series at Jones Hall opener on June 11 in a program featuring the orchestra along with a full, amplified rock band in celebration of the artist’s unforgettable sounds.

Led by Brent Havens, known for his arrangements of popular symphonic rock programs, such as the Music of Michael Jackson and the Music of Led Zeppelin, the Music of David Bowie celebrates the artist’s astounding career, which spans five decades and includes an estimated 140 million albums sold worldwide, making him one of the world’s best-selling music artists.

Havens will be joined by Brody Dolyniuk, a vocalist for Windborne Music’s touring shows, who will lend his vocals to an exciting program featuring the talented English star’s mega hits, like “Space Oddity,” “Changes,” “Under Pressure,” “Heroes,” “Rebel,” “Fame,” “China Girl” and more. The program pays tribute to Bowie, who unexpectedly passed away earlier this year just two days after his 69th birthday, and the release of his 25th and final studio album “Blackstar.”

The concert will take place at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, 615 Louisiana Street. Tickets start at $29. For tickets and information, call 713-224-7575 or visit houstonsymphony.org.

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CYPRESS-TOMBALL DEMOCRATS MEETING, JUNE 16

The Cypress-Tomball Democrats monthly meeting will be on Tuesday, June 16 at Rudy’s Grill & Cantina, 11760 Grant Rd., from 6:30-8 p.m. Everybody is welcome to attend the meeting and to join this growing club, which meets on the third Tuesday of every month.

The meetings foster fellowship and feature informative guest speakers. For more information, visit cytomdems.com or contact Glenn at cytomdems@yahoo.com.

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SALVATION ARMY’S INAUGURAL CHRISTMAS IN
JULY 5K & KIDS K, JULY 9

Get your Santa costume and jingle bells ready because The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s Christmas In July 5K & Kids K is coming to town.

The fun run will take place on Saturday, July 9 at The Salvation Army Greater Houston Area Command, located at 1500 Austin Street in Downtown Houston. Race day registration will open at 6 a.m., giving runners time to stretch, take group photos with their Holly Jolly team and check out the event sponsors. The 5K will begin at 7 a.m. and will be followed by the awards ceremony. The Fa La La La Kids K will start at 9 a.m. After the run, finishers and family members can celebrate their accomplishments at the post-race party which will be complete with holiday décor and treats. The run is slated to be an annual event.

“The Salvation Army spreads hope and joy throughout the year but is most visible during the holiday season thanks to our iconic red kettles,” said Major Chris Flanagan, Salvation Army Area Commander. “With this new fun run, we are hoping to spread the Christmas joy during a time when donations are low. This fundraising event gives our community another opportunity to financially support our programs and services and celebrate Christmas twice a year!”

The Family 5K and Kids K makes this event fun for the whole family. Competitive runners are invited to join the Timed 5K, where awards will be given to the top three winners in each 10-year age group. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite holiday character.

The Timed 5K is $25, the Family 5K is $20, and the Kids K is $15. Participants can register online before July 7. Every 5K registration gets a 2016 Christmas in July 5K race bib, a tee, finisher’s medal, and entry into the post-race party. For more information, including registration and volunteer opportunities, visit ChristmasInJuly5K.com or SalvationArmy­Hous­ton.org.

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From Let the Right One In, Rebecca Benson.

From Let the Right One In, Rebecca Benson.

ALLEY THEATRE ANNOUNCES UPCOMING PRODUCTIONS

Gregory Boyd, artistic director of the Tony Award-winning Alley Theatre, announces eight productions for its 2016-2017 season. They include the world premiere of NSangou Njikam’s Hip Hop play Syncing Ink; a new musical based on the beloved novel and Walt Disney motion pictures Freaky Friday; the National Theatre of Scotland’s internationally acclaimed Let the Right One In; a celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary with the comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Arthur Miller’s classic drama A View from the Bridge; the recent Broadway hit Hand to God by Texas playwright Robert Askins; new play, Dry Powder, by Sarah Burgess; and David Javerbaum’s critically acclaimed comedy An Act of God.

A partial schedule follows:

Hand to God – Previews start Aug. 19, Opens Aug. 24-Sept. 18, Neuhaus Theatre

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Previews start Oct. 7, Opens Oct. 12- Nov. 5, Hubbard Theatre

A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas – Previews start Nov. 17, opens Nov. 20-Dec. 27, Hub­bard Theatre

The Santaland Diaries – Previews start Dec. 1, opens Dec. 3-31, Neuhaus Theatre

Dry Powder – Previews start Jan. 20, opens Jan. 25-Feb. 12, Hubbard Theatre

World Premiere: Syncing Ink – Previews start Feb. 3, opens Feb. 8-March 5, Neu­haus Theatre

Let the Right One In – Previews start Feb. 24, opens March 1-19, Hubbard Theatre

Shows continue through Sept. 28, 2017. Subscrip­tions are on sale now. To purchase tickets or to request a season brochure, visit alleytheatre.org.

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A family enjoys meandering on the Lazy River.

A family enjoys meandering on the Lazy River.

SUMMER FUN AT MOODY GARDENS PALM BEACH, MAY 21-SEPT. 10

Moody Gardens is offering some new entertainment and traditional favorites at Palm Beach as this popular private beach attraction opens for the summer.

Guests are invited to sink their toes in white sand, lounge beneath palm trees and splash amongst a variety of beach attractions. Visitors can even enjoy concerts and fireworks. Palm Beach will open weekends beginning May 21, including Memorial Day before opening daily for the summer season June 4 through August 21. As the summer season comes to an end, Palm Beach will be open weekends only August 27 through September 10, including Labor Day.

Visitors can enjoy the interactive 650-foot lazy river, wave pool and two 18-foot tower slides. Other attractions include beach volleyball on regulation courts and the Aquarium Adventure play area. The Splashpad automated aquatic water feature offers interactive dump buckets, spray arches and fountains for a day of fun at the beach. Palm Beach admission is $23.95 for adults, $17.95 for children and seniors, or $55 for a season pass. Children ages three and under are free.

Visitors can make it a weekend of entertainment with the popular Bands on the Sand summer concert series at Palm Beach. Beginning June 4, this live music series runs throughout the summer following each show with fireworks over the Moody Gardens pyramids and Offatts Bayou. Admission to each concert is $15 and free for kids three and under. Bands on the Sand will be held from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through August 13. Some of the area’s top local and regional bands will perform. For a complete schedule visit moodygardens.org or call 800-582-4673.

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LARRY DIERKER’S 70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRITY GOLF BASH, SEPT. 22

Larry Dierker’s 70th Birthday Celebrity Golf Bash is scheduled for Sept. 22 at the Blackhorse Golf Club, 12205 Fry Road in Cypress. The shotgun start is at noon. Proceeds from the event benefit Cy-Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making life better for kids in Cy-Fair.

Teams will receive a 10 percent discount on registration through May 31. For more information, email cy-hope@cy-hope.org.


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