This summer take some time to enjoy a little music, art, drama or food in a city where choices are aplenty. The sky is the limit for Houstonians looking for things to do and try.
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch has live music on the calendar with the 2012 Summer Sounds concert series. Local and regional artists will offer a mix of Caribbean, country, reggae, zydeco, blues and Latin dance. These all-ages shows are free, open to the public and held from 6-9 p.m. in Heritage Square.
Performers include Potbelly on June 7, The Zydeco Dots on June 14, La La Wilson & Company on June 21 and JALEA on June 28. Information: www.LaCenterra.com or at www.facebook.com/LaCenterra. LaCenterra is located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard and Grand Parkway.
The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival Orchestra Series will host world-renowned conductors from June 9-30. Performances will be held at the Texas A&M Presidential Center in College Station, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell in The Woodlands, and the Dudley Recital Hall and Moores Opera House on the University of Houston campus. Nearly 50 performances will feature orchestral masterworks, chamber music, jazz, guitar, voice and piano.
The series’ final concert “Grand Finale: Cinematic Virtuosity” will present “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” on June 30, and guest violin soloist, Dan Zhu along with the TMF orchestra will play “Korngold: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35.” Tickets are $10 for seniors/students, $15 general admission and $75 for a series package. Group rates available for parties 10 or more. The event is for ages 10 and up. Details, call 713-743-3313 or go to http://www.tmf.uh.edu/index.html.
The Houston Symphony also has numerous summer performances scheduled. They include ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights at Miller Outdoor Theatre, Sounds Like Fun! Classical Jukebox family concert series and the 2012 Summer Concerts. More info, go to www.houstonsymphony.org.
FREE MUSICAL THEATRE:
Theatre Under the Stars will continue their summer tradition of a free public performance with “Yankee Doodle Dandy” on July 17-22 starting at 8:15 p.m. nightly at Miller Outdoor Theatre at 6000 Hermann Park Drive. The production will recount the life of George M. Cohan, the first giant of American musical theatre. For more information, visit www.tuts.com or www.milleroutdoortheatre.com.
FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS:
Fratelli’s Authentic Italian Cuisine, located at 10989 Northwest Freeway, celebrates their twelfth year in business with a June A-La-Carte Seafood Festival on Monday-Wednesday evenings starting at 5 p.m. from June 4-27. Details, www.Fratelli’sHouston.com.
More summer refreshments can be found at Latin Bites Café at 5709 Woodway where innovative sorbet and gelato is being featured. Each can be ordered individually or as a sampler of 9. Flavors include Aji Amarillo, Pisco sour, Ikal, Chicha Morada, mango, Aji Rocoto, Chirimoya, pistachio and Peruvian coffee. More information, go to www.LatinBitesCafe.com.
CRAVE, known for their gourmet cupcakes and more, is featuring cupcake lattes aka Coffee Chillers. These four flavors seeped in malty goodness are White Chocolate, Mocha, Caramel and Vanilla and feature whole milk, fresh whipped cream topping and concentrated coffee. Locations are at 5600 Kirby in West University and 1151-06 Uptown Park Boulevard. Details, www.cravecupcakes.com.
Haven at 2502 Algerian Way took summer’s favorite produce and created a roasted tomato stuffed with ratatouille with shelled pea hummus for their featured dish. In June and July, they’re also offering Wino Wednesdays for $10 a person and includes appetizers and unlimited wine tastings from 5-7 p.m. Details, go to www.havenhouston.com.
Piatto Ristorante’s two locations are looking to refresh their patrons with enticing Happy Hour drink and appetizer specials during the week from Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. The Royal Oaks location will also offer half-price bottles of wine up to $100 every Sunday and Monday until the end of July. The Galleria location is at 4925 West Alabama. The Royal Oaks location is at 11693 Westheimer. More info, go to www.piattoristorante.com.
RA Sushi Bar has designed a cocktail and entrée combo inspired by backyard picnics. The Watermelon Kiwi Shrimp paired with a Melon-Kiwi-Tini drink is available at both locations June 1-30 for $18. Locations include the CITYCENTRE and Highland Village. Details, www.RAsushi.com.
Thornwood Gallery on 2643 Colquitt hosts artist, Sabine Stromeyer, from June 2-July 7. Stromeyer’s work, known for incorporating three dimensional objects, focus on nature scenes, architectural elements and balance through geometry and symmetry. Her new works, “Reborn,” are homage to stranded, broken and damaged Texas trees affected by natural causes and recent disasters. Details, www.thornwoodgallery.com.
For more summer art exhibits, go to www.art-collecting.com/galleries_tx_houston.htm.