Arena Theater

Arena Theater

Address: 7326 Southwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77074 - MAP
Phone: (713) 772-5900
Web: www.arenahouston.com

Catch one of your favorite musicians or bands at the Arena Theater, a legend in Houston's music scene. The revolving stage and intimate theater has hosted notables like Aretha Franklin, REO Speedwagon and Foreigner.

The Arena Theatre is a living legend, thanks to the living legends that have played here throughout the theater's history, after it was built in 1965.

As one of Houston's oldest concert venues, the Arena Theatre is notable for its arena-in-the-round style and excellent acoustics that have showcased such legendary performers as Willie Nelson, BB King, Tom Jones, Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson.

In fact, the intimate setting feels more like a private event than a concert venue. All seats are less than 60 feet from the stage, giving audience members the feeling that they are part of the show, not just spectators.

The stage revolves, too, so every seat in the house is an excellent one. Other notable performers include Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Clint Black and Huey Lewis and the News.

Full-service bars and a secure parking garage are among the many amenities here.

Art Palace

Art Palace

Address: 3913 Main St, Houston, TX 77002 - MAP
Phone: (281) 501-2964
Web: www.artpalacegallery.com

Explore the works of artists-in-residence at the Art Palace. The works are presented through exhibitions on site, art fairs, publications and special projects.

Downtown Aquarium

Downtown Aquarium

Address: 410 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002 - MAP
Phone: (713) 223-3474
Web: www.aquariumrestaurants.com

Explore the adventurous exhibits at the Downtown Aquarium, featuring interactive displays with themes like the Louisiana Swamp, Shipwreck, Rainforest and Sunken Temple.

Houston Ballet

Houston Ballet

Address: 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002 - MAP
Phone: (713) 523-6300
Web: www.houstonballet.org

Experience the magic of ballet at the annual performance of "The Nutcracker" by the Houston Ballet, the troupe regularly debuts new works throughout its season.

Houston Center for Photography

Houston Center for Photography

Address: 1441 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77006 - MAP
Phone: (713) 529-4755
Web: www.hcponline.org

Capture a moment in time at the Houston Center for Photography, which exhibits work by emerging and established photographers. You'll find evolving exhibits and plenty of spur-of-the-moment workshops to brush up on your photography skills.

Institute of Hispanic Culture

Institute of Hispanic Culture

Address: 3315 Sul Ross St, Houston, TX 77098 - MAP
Phone: (713) 528-1492
Web: www.ihch.org

Learn about the the historical, linguistic, scientific and artistic influence of Hispanic culture in the United States at the Institute of Hispanic Culture. Events include Fridays at the Movies, Day of the Hispanic World and the Mexican Film Festival.

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Miller Outdoor Theatre

Address: 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030 - MAP
Phone: (713) 284-8351
Web: www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

Enjoy outdoor entertainment under the stars at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. Whether you catch a children's flick like "Monsters vs. Aliens" or watch a ballet folklorico recital, there's something for everyone here.

The Miller Outdoor Theatre strives to provide arts and entertainment events of the highest caliber to its audience - all at no charge.

The theater was founded in 1925 on the principal that the theater company would provide cultural and educational events free of charge.

And they have upheld that promise through the years, moving from a permanent bandstand-style stage to a custom-built outdoor theater, professionally operated and maintained so that the theater group could continue its mission of outreach, education and inspiration.

The Miller Outdoor Theatre performs an eight-month season on 8 acres in Hermann Park, which also serves as the site for the Houston Zoo, the Garden Center and the Museum of Natural Science.

The theater includes seating for 1,700 and is situated on a sloping lawn that seats another 4,500 for general admission with lawn chairs, blankets and the like.

Past performances include Disney's Beauty & The Beast, the Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats, The Wiz, The Houston Grand Taiko Festival, the 30th Anniversary Festival Chicano, the Houston Symphony, and the Houston Shakespeare Festival, just to name a few.

Orange Show Monument

Orange Show Monument

Address: 2402 Munger St, Houston, TX 77023 - MAP
Phone: (713) 926-6368
Web: www.orangeshow.org

What rhymes with orange? Like the word, the Orange Show Monument is truly one of a kind. The folk-art piece of sculptural mazes and rooms was built single-handedly from 1956 until 1979 by Houston postal worker Jefferson Davis McKissack.

Rice University Art Gallery

Rice University Art Gallery

Address: 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005 - MAP
Phone: (713) 348-6069
Web: www.ricegallery.org

Enter and move through art at the Rice University Art Gallery, where artists are commissioned to create an installation specifically throughout the space. The nationally recognized contemporary art space is recognized as being an artist's art gallery among a crowd of mostly commercialized endeavors.

Stages Reperatory Theatre

Stages Reperatory Theatre

Address: 3201 Allen Pkwy, Houston, TX 77019 - MAP
Phone: (713) 527-0123
Web: www.stagestheatre.com

Catch live entertainment at Stages Reperatory Theatre, where the plays push the boundaries of everyday theater. A talented troupe, guest performers and a penchant for putting a modern spin on classics define this popular playhouse.

Stages Repertory Theatre embraces the true nature of performance theater: To enlighten, interact, shock and challenge. Known for presenting cutting-edge works that push the boundaries of traditional performances, Stages produces original plays, puts a modern spin on classics and nurtures new talent in writing and performing.

The repertory troupe includes talented performers, artists and stage professionals from the Houston area and presents guest artists from around the world.

Recent performances have included: "The Marvelous Wonderettes," "Auntie Mame," "Panto Pinocchio" and "The great American Trailer Park Musical."

In addition to its MainStage performances, Stages Repertory Theatre encourages a love of theater with young audiences at its EarlyStages performances. These shows interpret classic children's folktales and stories from around the globe.

Today, Stages is one of the most highly regarded resident theaters in the city of Houston. It continues to approach its mission boldly, cultivating intimate relationships with audiences and challenging the expected by presenting ground-breaking works.

Talento Bilingue de Houston

Talento Bilingue de Houston

Address: 333 S Jensen Dr, Houston, TX 77003 - MAP
Phone: (713) 222-1213
Web: www.talentobilingue.org

Enjoy performances and exhibits by Talento Bilingue de Houston, which has evolved into a cultural arts center that includes workshops, a summer arts camp for children, and school touring productions.

Theatre Southwest

Theatre Southwest

Address: 8944-A Clarkcrest St, Houston, TX 77063 - MAP
Phone: (713) 661-9505
Web: www.theatresouthwest.org

It was once the little theater that could. Today, Theatre Southwest continues its passion for performance with six productions, a Festival of Originals and monthly workshops. The entertainment venue showcases seasoned performers and break-out talent.

Theatre Southwest is a well-respected group that enjoys a positive reputation as a company that delivers high-quality performances that attracts talented artists from Houston and the surrounding areas.

The group began in 1957 and was founded by Marie and Les Pearsall, who shared a love of theater and a passion for bringing new and talented voices to the stage.

Originally founded under the name Bellaire Theatre Guild, the group staged its first performance at the Bellaire Community House. As word spread, the theater became more and more popular, requiring a change of venue to house its ever-growing audience.

Today, the theater has its own performance space in southwest Houston.

Naturally, the number of performances has increased to keep up with audience demand. The Theatre Southwest has grown from a three-play season to six performances, a Festival of Originals and monthly workshops.

As the theater continues to evolve and grow, it looks to lead Houston into a new era of breathtaking performances and live entertainment.

Wortham Theater

Wortham Theater

Address: 501 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77002 - MAP
Phone: (832) 487-7000
Web: www.houstonfirsttheaters.com

There's always something exciting to see at the Wortham Theater. The entertainment facility is home to the Houston Ballet, the Houston Grand Opera, and Da Camera of Houston, a group that performs chamber and jazz music.

The Worthan Theater Center is a 437,000-square-foot facility that opened in 1987. At the time it was the first major opera house built in the U.S. in more than 25 years.

The Wortham Center is home to the Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera. Besides its role as a performing arts venue, the Center also hosts social galas, civic meetings, corporate and group events and weddings.

Eugene Aubry of Morris Aubry Architects designed Wortham Center. The center's architectural design has been lauded as a cutting edge study in form and function, one that certainly befits the performing arts companies that call the Wortham Center home.

The Center is home to two theaters: The 2,500-seat Alice and George Brown Theater and the 1,100-seat Roy and Lillie Cullen Theater.

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