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Hobby Center for Performing Arts: Catch a Show Downtown
Downtown has an array of theater and live music venues. Hobby Center is just one. They offer a bunch of different projects, companies, and arts. From African American Theatre groups to Children's performances they offer a variety.
If you're planning a trip more than 3 or 4 months in advance their caldendar may not have everything they will schedule. However, a bunch of big name productions come here. Right now they have schedule Little Women, Annie Get Your Gun, and many more shows.
Broadway Across America shows are performed here! They are the best of the best I think!!
Monday - Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday - Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm
Discounts for Students and Seniors
Great, free underground parking that is air-conditioned!!!
Dress Code: I would dress business casual. Although some might come in jeans and sneakers I wouldn't...
There's always something...
There's always something happening onstage in the Downtown Theater District. Downtown Houston is the star of the city's nighttime entertainment scene. The action takes place in theaters, cafes; clubs, and restaurants that offer superb shows, trendy food and excellent music. In the Theatre District, thousands of show-goers are drawn to productions presented by the Alley Theatre. Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Society for Performing Arts, Theatre Under the Stars, and Da Camera of Houston. Bayou Place showcases live concerts at the Aerial Theatre, a multiplex cinema, dining in a choice of restaurants, and other entertainment choices. Before or after the show, you can enjoy a snack, an elegant meal or drink and desert at one of the chic little spots that go all night long. The Rice is a good place to wrap up your evening with live jazz, a bite of ice cream, or a steaming cappuccino. There's even a fun, free, trolley service to take you around the downtown district. Outside the downtown district, many other performing arts venues offer a wide choice of entertainment, including free outdoor performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Herman Park; Express Theatre, a mobile company committed to quality, multicultural family programming; Ensemble Theatre, the southwest's largest African-American theater company; Stages Repertory Theatre, presenting contemporary and classical theater and children's programs in the renovated Star Engraving Building; and Talento Bilingue, one of the largest Hispanic cultural centers in the country.
Houston Ballet: Houston Ballet
Suprisingly, one of the nation's best ballet troupes is here! This is a great date. It's not as expensive as you think, and even the cheapest seats still provide a good show. the contemporary performances are lees popular (less crowded!) but are just as excellent.
Dress Code: Tie.
Radio Music Theatre: Funnier Than A Little Baby Owl
There are only 3 actors in RMT productions, yet they play about a dozen characters each. They do two kinds of production, either satirical reviews with a local flavor or one of a number of shows about the fictional Fertle family from Dumpster, Texas. They're all hilarious. The theater is small, and shows regularly sell out, so call and buy tickets ahead of time. Check out their website for the current show.
Did I mention that they are accomplished musicians? Last time I was there, I was serenaded by the menopausal Justicena, which I have to say was pretty scary.
Dress Code: Warning: Turn off your cell phone!
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