The Origin of Garnet

Of the four designated origins of birthstones, three point to the garnet as being the January birthstone. The traditional, modern and Ayurvedic birthstone systems all indicate this ancient stone as bringing the most luck to those born in the month of January. Used since the Bronze Age, this multi-color gem can be found in six individual “species” which are determined by the chemical makeup of each type. While most popularly this gem stone is recognized as a deep red gem, it actually comes in a variety of colors that have many uses that range from an industrial abrasive to water filtration!

The Story of Garnet

Garnet is found the world over, and though commonly known to be red, it is in fact found in a variety of colors and chemical formulas, each with its own set of spiritual properties. Legends and folklore place garnet among the most ancient of talismans. Not only was it prized as an ornamental jewel, but its strong curative powers and protective energies made it invaluable.

Garnet is also known for its utilization of creative energy. Its grounds spirit forces within the body and helps in the ability to work lovingly on the physical plane. Yet Garnet is a sensual stone. It represents primordial fire, the creation of the world out of chaos, purification and love. It is a stone of strong, intense feelings.

Will Gold Go Higher or Lower in 2019?

One of the big ten surprises that await investors in 2019 is gold dropping to $1,000 an ounce, said Blackstone Private Wealth Solutions vice chairman Byron Wien in his annual prediction.

While the majority of analysts expect the gold rally to continue — and for the yellow metal to break out to the upside, after breaching its key psychological $1,300 an ounce level — Wien sees the opposite happening in 2019.

“That’s a real surprise [of 2019],” he said. “Gold [will] drop to $1,000. My thinking is that gold has been in a consolidation period for about four years. Everybody thinks if it breaks out of its trading range, it is going higher. We think it’s going lower. And why not?”

Out of all his predictions, Wien said that his gold outlook has been the most controversial. “A lot of people don’t think gold is going anywhere [and] almost nobody thinks it’s going down.”

Wien’s bearish outlook is largely explained through some of his other “surprise” predictions, including that the S&P will climb 15% in 2019.

I’ve made a key realization about the markets. To be blunt, it’s time to leave the markets behind and stop worrying about the volatility. You see I’ve found a way to trade successfully that bypasses all the noise. Now is the time to get off the ride.

“If the market is doing well, if interest rates are around 3%, there’s a real cost to holding gold. Not only does it not have any yield. But, you have to pay for storage and insurance. Investors are going to realize that gold is an unattractive asset and the price will drop,” he said.

Another big surprise for this year is the Federal Reserve pausing on rates and not pursuing any more rate hikes at all.

“This year, [Fed chair Jerome] Powell has established his independence by raising rates in December even though Trump urged him not to. Powell won’t raise rates at all until he becomes convinced that the U.S. economy has enough momentum on its own. The 10-year Treasury yield won’t go above 3.5%,” Wien said.

Blackstone also sees traditional GDP, capital spending, and housing drivers making only modest gains this year.

Other risks included in ‘The Ten Surprises Of 2019’ are: improved outlook for emerging markets, second Brexit referendum resulting in favor to stay in the EU, stabilization of the U.S. dollar near the end of December levels, the Mueller investigation not resulting in impeachment, Congress getting more done than expected, and growth stocks continuing to lead the way in the U.S. equity market.

H/T By Anna Golubova

For Kitco News

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Your Comedic List of Things to do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, January 11 to Sunday, January 13, 2019. 

Scope out an artistic fashion show at Silver Street Studios; bring the family to a free screening of Ready Player One; sip champagne wide shopping a wide selection of discounted items; dare to compete in a hot pepper eating contest; dance all night to the music of David Bowie and more.  

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, January 11 to Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Things to Do All Weekend

  • Midday Kidcuts with Birds Barbershop’s “Earlybird” Special | $5 Off | Daily – Snag a great coif for your favorite kiddos and save $5 per haircut for ages 10 and under at Birds Barbershop in The Heights on Mondays through Thursdays in January 2019. Clients can walk in during regular business hours, schedule a same-day appointment via the Birds Booking app, or call ahead. 10am to 3pm each day.
  • Comedian Gilbert Gottfried at Houston Improv | Friday to Sunday – Crack up to the shrill and sometimes spicy comedy of “The Comic’s Comic”, who may be most recognizable to ’90s kids as the voice of the Iago the parrot in Disney’s Aladdin, when he performs five (non-family friendly) standup sets at the Improv. Tickets start at $22. Times vary.
  • Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia at Sam Houston Race Park | Friday to Sunday – Watch an enchanting performance of Cirque du Soleil‘s Luzia, which takes audiences on an imaginary journey through Mexico with stunning costumes and breathtaking acrobatics at Sam Houston Race Park. Tickets start at $45. Showtimes vary.
  • Houston Symphony presents Totally ‘80s at Jones Hall | Friday to Sunday – Travel back to the time of teased hair, stirrup pants, and shoulder pads during Totally ‘80s, a musical showcase featuring Mad TV’s Nicole Parker and Broadway’s Aaron Finley. You can sing along to chart-toppers by Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, George Michael, and Billy Joel throughout the show. Tickets start at $29. Showtimes vary.
  • The Sale at Bayou City Event Center | Saturday and Sunday – Sip champagne while shopping discounted jewelry, décor, and clothing at Houston Tri Delta Alumnae’s weekend event, The Sale at Bayou City Event Center. Come back for Sunday Fun Day, where you can hear from a panel of influencers, including Caroline Harper Knapp of House of Harper, Switch2Pure’s Estela Cockrell, and Marla Murphy of The Blonde Pantry. Saturday preview tickets are $150; Saturday general admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door; Sunday tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door; Weekend Shopper tickets are $30. Times vary.

Friday, January 11, 2019

  • Rainbow on ICE at Discovery Green | FREE – Head to Discovery Green for Rainbow on Ice, an annual LGBTQ celebration, which this year features Drag Houston’s live staged production of Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next.” Throughout the evening, you can enjoy music by DJ Joe Ross and costumes made with recycled items by Yahiara Dehill. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers at Toyota Center – Cheer loud for the Rockets when they hit the court to play the Cavaliers at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $19. 7pm.
  • Danity Kane in Concert at House of Blues – Jam out to throwback hits like “Showstopper” and “Damaged” as Danity Kane takes the stage for a live show at House of Blues. Tickets start at $25. 7pm.
  • Funfetti Fridays on The ICE at Discovery Green  Skate around The ICE at Discovery Green while jamming out to a colorful light show with beats from DJ Mohawk Steve during Funfetti Fridays. Tickets are $11. Skate rentals cost $4. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Stay Tooned! A Tribute to 90’s Cartoons at Insomnia Gallery | FREE – Feel the ‘90s kid nostalgia at this gallery show that pays homage to all of your favorite cartoons from the 1990s. Featuring more than 30 local artists, Stay Tooned will showcase works featuring everything from Hey Arnold and Power Puff Girls to Daria and The Simpsons. 7pm to 11pm.
  • Westminster Choir Tour at Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart – Enjoy a concert by the Westminster Choir, who will perform a selection of choral masterworks including Claudio Monteverdi’s Hor che’l ciel e la terra, Ted Hearne’s Consent, and Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Long Road, as well as American folk songs and spirituals. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. 7:30pm.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

  • BCO Farmer’s Market Bike Ride at Onion Creek Cafe | FREE – Hop on a bike and pedal on down to the Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market in its new location outside of St. John’s School on Buffalo Speedway. BCO will meet at Onion Creek Cafe for a leisurely ride that leads to the market, pauses for shopping, and then heads back over a span of about three hours. 8am.
  • New Year Houston Taco Run at Memorial Park – Balance is key at The New Year Houston Taco Run in Memorial Park, where you can run, jog, or walk a 3-mile loop, then feast on some of Houston’s tastiest tacos. $35. 8am to 10am.
  • The Market at Sawyer Yards | FREE – Shop a curated selection of specialty foods, folk art, and artisan crafts while listening to live music during this market hosted by The Washington Avenue Arts District. 11am to 5pm.
  • Love & Make’s Bath Bomb Making Workshop in Rice Village – Spend an afternoon or date night learning how to make bath bombs. The great smelling, spa-like treats are a burst of fizzy fun for the bath. At this workshop, Love & Make instructors will teach the basics of bath bomb construction, including adding essential oils and experimenting with fun colors. Tickets are $55. 11am.
  • The Mad Hatter’s Luncheon at Fleming’s Steakhouse – Don your biggest, fanciest, or most creative hat for The Mad Hatter’s Luncheon at Fleming’s Steakhouse. Presented by Nicole’s Garden, the luncheon honors some of the city’s top change-makers, whose impact has positively affected the lives of fellow Houstonians. Tickets start at $100. 11am.
  • Pilates and Pints at Eureka Heights Brew Co. – Fit in a Saturday morning workout, then reward yourself with a pint of craft beer as Eureka Heights Brew Co. and Happy Belly Studios team up for Pilates and Pints. $15. 11am to 2pm.
  • 2019 Hops n’ Hot Sauce Festival at SpindleTap Brewery – Heat up your Saturday with spicy bites, food trucks, craft beers, live jams, and a Hot Pepper Eating Contest at the Hops n’ Hot Sauce Festival at SpindleTap Brewery. Tickets are $10 at the door; free for kids under 12. 11am to 6pm.
  • Artist Talk: Tiffany Chung at Asia Society Texas Center – Hear from artist Tiffany Chung when she discusses her work and current exhibition, New Cartographies, at Asia Society Texas Center. Following this program, you can take a free, docent-led tour through the exhibits. $8. 2pm.
  • Kevin Hart at Toyota Center  Laugh your head off when comedy superstar Kevin Hart heads to Houston’s Toyota Center on the “Irresponsible Tour”Tickets start at $49.50. 7pm.
  • Calpurnia in Concert at House of Blues – Check out an indie rock show by Calpurnia, a newly formed band led by Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard, at House of Blues. Tickets starting at $25. 7pm.
  • Debussy & Ravel: The Flowers of Evil at Wortham Theater Center – Take a seat for The Flowers of Evil, a new opera featuring Antoine Plante’s original orchestrations of pieces by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel at the Wortham Center. Tickets start at $19. 8pm.
  • The Other Mozart at The Grand 1894 Opera House – Discover the true, untold story of Amadeus’ equally talented sister, Nanneri, in Sylvia Milo’s award-winning drama, The Other Mozart, at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston. Tickets start at $27. 8pm.
  • Bo DePeña Band in Concert at Goodnight Charlie’s – Dance the night away as the Texas-based country artist, Bo DePeña, teams up with local musicians for an evening show at Goodnight Charlie’s. Tickets are TBD. 8pm.
  • David Bowie All Night at Numbers Nightclub – Get down to all of your favorite jams by none other than David Bowie when Numbers Nightclub hosts this special event dedicated to the legendary artist. Be one of the first 300 attendees and receive a Bowie souvenir, then stick around for other fun giveaways like a Smart TV preloaded with David Bowie music and videos. $5 cover charge before 10pm; $7 after 10pm. 8pm to 2:30am.
  • Googoosh in Concert at Hobby Center – See a performance by the Iranian actress and pop star, Faegheh Atashin, better known by her stage name Googoosh, when she brings her show to Houston’s Hobby Center. Tickets start at $64. 8:30pm.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

  • Heights Local Run Club at Lululemon Houston Heights | FREE – Join a group of local running enthusiasts for this weekly run through The Heights, starting and ending at Lululemon in Heights Mercantile. After the run, you can stretch out your muscles with a complimentary in-store yoga session. 8:45am.
  • Yoga Brunch at El Big Bad  Close out the weekend and prepare for a new week with a relaxing, 60-minute yoga session, followed by a congratulatory cocktail and delicious brunch at El Big Bad downtown. Tickets start at $25. 11am to 3pm.
  • Pawsitive Pups at Levy Park | FREE – Bring out the kids to practice their reading skills alongside canine companions at Levy Park, where Pawsitive Pups and the Houston Public Library will team up for this weekend event. Children are invited to bring their own books or borrow one from the park to read aloud with onsite therapy dogs for added encouragement. 1pm to 2pm.
  • Hand Lettering Classes at Honey Art Cafe – Learn the basics of hand lettering in this DIY workshop at Honey Art Cafe. Basic supplies are provided, but participants should bring a one-to-five-word quote or phrase for the focus of their design. $20. 1pm to 2pm.
  • Recovery Sundays in the Garden at Wicklow Heights | No Cover – Wind down from the weekend with drink specials, music from a live DJ, and rotating food trucks when Wicklow Heights hosts Recovery Sundays on its backyard patio. 2pm to 8pm.
  • Gnash in Concert at House of Blues  Hear a live show featuring hit songs like “I Hate U, I Love U” as alternative hip-hop artist Gnash brings his tour to House of Blues.Tickets are $20. 7pm.

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The Truth About Bonaparte’s Stolen Treasure

Treasure hunters have been looking at the wrong place for the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s stolen treasure for the past 200 years, which was stashed somewhere in Russia during the leader’s retreat from Moscow in 1812.

Historian Viacheslav Ryzhkov is claiming that all search efforts should focus on the town of Rudnya, which is located near the border with Belarus, instead of concentrating on Lake Semlevo in Smolensk Region, which is about a three-hour drive west.

Ryzhkov made the revelations in a letter sent to the local Rabochy Put newspaper.

The rumors that the treasure, 80 tons of gold and other valuables looted from Moscow, have been hidden by Napoleon in the Lake Semlevo were first confirmed by Philippe de Ségur, a member of Napoleon’s staff.

Adding credibility to the idea was that the French army left large amounts of ammunition near the lake as they were retreating.

According to the myth, Napoleon decided to hide the stolen treasure after it became too difficult for the French army to carry it as they were making their way back to France from Russia after being defeated.

During the invasion, Napoleon managed to push through western Russia, making it all the way to Moscow. However, as the Russian army retreated, they used scorched-earth tactics, leaving no sustenance behind for the French military. In the fall of 1812, Napoleon was forced to abandon his attack and retreat.

Treasure hunters have been searching for the lost gold for the past two centuries with no avail.

Now, Ryzhkov’s new theory argues that what was hidden in the Lake Semlevo was a decoy sent by Napoleon to distract Russian spies from the real hiding place, which is near the town of Rudnya and Lake Bolshaya Rutavech.

The Russian historian cites local accounts that describe a causeway being built into the middle of the lake and the treasure being placed at the bottom.

“Napoleon did not place the treasure into barrels and then threw them into a lake, that would be too easy,” Ryzhkov’s writes. “He ordered to hide the treasure in some sort of water seal. The treasure can only be discovered with the help of technology and many specialists.”

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The Government Shutdown & You

We, as a nation have been experiencing this government shutdown and while most of us haven’t felt the impact of it, there are many that have. Navigating something that you have no control over is difficult and the uncertainty of it makes it that much more frustrating for those affected. This would be a great time to remind you of the importance of saving. Even if it’s something small, it can really help you out if you get into a pinch.

Most financial advisors will tell you that your savings should be enough to sustain you for at least six months. That may sound like a big number to some, but it’s important for you and your family to take steps towards making this a reality. Anything can happen to cause your funding to dry up and a lot of times, it’s unexpected. It can be an illness, company closure or in this case, a government shutdown. None of these things have much to do because of something you did or didn’t do, but it happens to many of us.

So, today, make an effort to get on the road to savings and build that nest egg so that when things beyond your control happen, you won’t be blindsided. Remember, I can help you get started by buy your gold, silver, platinum and palladium regardless of what it is or its condition.

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What Kind of Change do You Like?

It looks like this year is going to be filled with many changes. I want the changes so that I can just shake everything up and start anew. While so many fear changes, I enjoy it. I like the idea of doing something new and exciting. I think allowing yourself to become stagnant and fearful that it stops you from so many potentially great things in life. Not everything has to change, but in light of the path I’m taking, change is a great thing and a little scary, but something that I’m truly looking forward to. What are the changes that you want to see in yourself?

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The Fear of Risk Taking

As I mentioned in earlier posts, I’ve been on a new life chapter and listening to some well-known authors of self-help and motivational books. I think a part of me allowed the fear of risk taking hinder the growth potential that is within each of us. I’m not afraid of no’s, in fact, the worse thing that someone can say when you present them with a yes or no question, is the answer that is contrary to what you would have liked it to be. I believe in asking the question, even when I don’t get the answer that I wanted. It gives me an opportunity to make adjustments in order to get the desired outcome. Sometimes, that takes many tries. As with many other events in life, learning for the first time or relearning things about yourself teaches you things you’ve long since forgotten. You must always be growing.

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The Last Hurrah List of Things to Do

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, January 4 to Sunday, January 6, 2019. 

Watch skilled felines compete in a fierce competition; test your knowledge of ’90s pop culture; take your favorite bride-to-be to the ultimate wedding-planning extravaganza; catch a free screening of the popular superhero mash-up, Justice League; shop steals and deals from the merchants on 19th Street in The Heights and more.  

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, January 4 to Sunday, January 6, 2019.

Things to Do All Weekend

  • Zoo Lights at Houston Zoo | Daily Stroll through the Houston Zoo with hot chocolate in hand while you admire glimmering displays made up of more than two million Christmas lights at this annual must-see attraction. You can check out the holiday train village, make your way through an illuminated tunnel, and take photos with Santa on select nights. Tickets start at $12.95. 5pm to 9:30pm daily.
    • Comic Jamie Kennedy at Houston Improv | Thursday through Saturday – Comedian-actor-writer-producer Jamie Kennedy shares hilarious anecdotes from his storied show business career for three nights. $22 to $32. Showtimes vary.
    • Small Paintings Show: In the Spirit of the Season at WAS-H | FREE | Friday and Saturday – Extend the joyful spirit of the holiday season at this month-long artistic showcase, which features local artists’ work designed to share and enjoy with loved ones. 10am to 3pm.
    • Vertigo Movie Screening at River Oaks Theatre | Friday and Saturday – Head to River Oaks Theatre for a special midnight screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Vertigo, starring James Stewart as a detective obsessed with a mysterious woman. $11. 11:55pm both days.
    • Love & Makes Candle-Making Workshop in Rice Village | Friday to Sunday – Design and create a personalized wax candle with help from the team at Love & Makes in Rice Village. The BYOB workshop also features handmade goods from local artisans to shop while your candles set. $45. Times vary.
    • Death by Natural Causes at Houston Museum of Natural Science | Friday to Sunday – Discover a range of deadly “animal, vegetable, and mineral” specimens from the natural world at this educational exhibit in the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Full price tickets are $30 for ages 12 and up; $20 for ages 3 to 11; $20 for ages 62 and up. Discounted $17 tickets are available for most dates. 9am to 5pm daily.
    • Bridal Extravaganza at George R. Brown Convention Center | Saturday and Sunday – Plan all aspects of your upcoming wedding at the bi-annual Bridal Extravaganza Show in George R. Brown Convention Center. Featuring more than 400 vendors, the show boasts plenty of giveaways, bridal fashion shows, a wedding-planning seminar, and industry experts. Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door; VIP tickets range from $55 to $65. Save $2 per ticket when you order tickets in advance and use promo code Save2019. Times vary.
    • Houston Cat Club Annual Charity Cat Show 2019 at George R. Brown Convention Center | Saturday and Sunday – Watch a fierce competition of feline skill and agility when the Houston Cat Club hosts its 66th annual Charity Cat Show at George R. Brown Convention Center. Cats and kittens will be available for adoption from local shelters. Tickets for spectator fees (at the door) are $9.99 for adults; $8 for military and ages 65 and up; $4 for children ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and under are free. Times vary.

Friday, January 4, 2019

  • ·        Yappy New Year: A Brazos Dog New Year’s Party at Brazos Bookstore | FREE – Bring your pup to Brazos Bookstore for a dog-friendly story time, along with various themed activities, treats and more. 7pm.
  • Nitpick Productions 2019 South Coast Show Case at White Oak Music Hall Nitpick Productions presents its South Coast Showcase, or “socoshoca,” featuring a lengthy lineup of artists like After Hours, Hank Honey, CapCityJackk, and Secretbeach, all playing at White Oak Music Hall. $10. 7pm.
  • Holiday Hangover featuring KISS Alike at House of Blues Unwind from the holidays with the music of KISS when Downtown’s House of Blues hosts the Holiday Hangover, featuring tribute band KISS Alike. Tickets cost $12. 7pm.

  • Mini Watercolor Painting Class at Honey Art Cafe – Learn how to paint abstract, modern, and minimalist aesthetics in this mini-watercolor painting class at Honey Art Cafe. Geodes are the subject of this week’s class. $35. 8pm to 10pm.
  • Funfetti Fridays on The ICE at Discovery Green Skate around The ICE at Discovery Green while jamming out to a colorful light show with beats from DJ Mohawk Steve during Funfetti Fridays. Tickets are $11. Skate rentals cost $4. 7pm to 9pm.

·        Saturday, January 5, 2019

  • ·        Bootcamp at Levy Park | FREE – Keep up with your New Year’s resolutions at a free, 45-minute workout led by TJ from Houston Adventure Boot Camp at Levy Park. 8:30am to 9:30am.
  • Houston Center for Photography Workshop at Levy Park | FREE – Learn the basics of photography every first and third Saturday of the month at Levy Park. 9am to 10:30am.
  • Farmers Market at Elizabeth Baldwin Park | No Cover – Browse vendors offering fresh produce from local farms and prepared foods at this weekly farmers market in Midtown’s Elizabeth Baldwin Park. 10am to 2pm.
  • Semi Annual Tent Sale on 19th Street in The Heights | No Cover – Shop local as the merchants of 19th Street in The Heights team up for this semi-annual tent sale, featuring special deals from places like Bliss on 19th, Emerson Rose, Manready Mercantile, Jubilee, Retropolis, We Olive & Wine Bar Houston, Jumper Maybach Fine Art Gallery and more. 10am to 6pm.
  • Brew Years Resolution: Free Fitness Day at Eureka Heights Brew Co | FREE Kick your fitness goals into high gear with a full lineup of free workout classes at Eureka Heights Brew Co. You can explore activities like yoga, pilates, boot camp, biking, and running to discover the perfect workout to help you stick to your resolutions. 11am to 4pm.
  • First Saturday Arts Market in The Heights | FREE – Browse artwork and enjoy delicious bites and live music at the First Saturday Arts Market in the Heights. 11am to 6pm.
  • Rice University Owls vs. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Tudor Fieldhouse Take your seat to watch the Owls when they play the Bulldogs on their home court. Tickets start at $12. 2pm.
  • BYOD Houston Masquerade Pawty at Batanga Bust out a sparkly mask and bring your furry friend to an enchanting masquerade “pawty” at Batanga in Downtown. You can enjoy tapas, champagne, and plenty of pups. 3pm to 5pm.
  • T Smith: Sentient Meat Opening Reception at Archway Gallery | FREE – Hear from T Smith, the artist behind Archway Gallery’s latest exhibition, Sentient Meat, during an opening reception at the Montrose gallery. Following the discussion, you can stick around for drinks, light bites, music, and conversation. 5pm to 8pm.
  • HTX Indiefest 5 at Houston Underground Houston Underground presents the fifth annual HTX Indiefest, which offers Houstonians a lineup of local musicians, including Trilly Polk, Swilson, Imani Scott, Caleb The Great, and Phenomenon The Poet. While at the festival, you can also check out live art and graffiti, food trucks, and other vendors. Tickets start at $15. 7pm to 2am.
  • BowiElvis Fest at The Continental Club Celebrate the shared birthday of two legendary musicians, David Bowie and Elvis Presley, during the tenth annual BowiElvis Fest at The Continental Club. Featuring eight bands and two indoor stages, the event also includes an outdoor party with live burlesque by the Dem Damn Dames, face painting, themed games, a costume contest, prizes, and food. Tickets start at $15. 7pm.
  • Trae Tha Truth in Concert at University of Houston Cullen Performance Hall Check out a show by Houston’s own Trae The Truth when he performs “The Breakout Tour” concert series, featuring appearances from Pretty Lyon, BMW Meech, BobbyStone Music, and Shem Levi at Cullen Performance Hall. $65.53. 7pm.
  • Heights Funk Collective in Concert at Rudyard’s Get down to groovy tunes by Heights Funk Collective as the seven-piece powerhouse brings their eclectic music to the stage at Rudyard’s British Pub. $8. 9pm
  • Dollie Barnes in Concert at Axelrad | No Cover Axelrad’s concert series presents Dollie Barnes, a Houston-based musician who draws inspiration from the ‘60s and ‘70s while infusing pop sensibilities with dreamlike vocals into her unique sound. 9pm to midnight.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

  • ·         Bayou Bikers Ride at Market Square Park | FREE – Join Bayou Bikers for a 25- to 40-mile ride along the bayous. Meet at Market Square Park. 8am.
  • Hip Hop Vintage Flea Market | No Cover Explore hip hop elements like emcee battles, breaking workshops, graffiti, and live turntablism, while shopping from more than 30 vendors at the Hip Hop Vintage Flea Market Downtown. Noon to 5pm.
  • Sunday Funday Axelmarket at Axelrad | No Cover – Ride out the weekend with Axelrad’s weekly market, which showcases local farmers, artists, makers, drink specials, and food trucks. Noon to 11:55pm.
  • 8th Wonder Comedy Hour at The Secret Group – Crack up as Seth Bullock and Joshua Stokes host a comedic showcase featuring some of Houston’s best acts at The Secret Group. Tickets start at $5. 6pm.
  • Skating with the Stars at Discovery Green | FREE – Skate alongside skilled professionals when they take to The ICE at Discovery Green every Sunday evening throughout the winter season. 6pm to 6:45pm.
  • Galveston Symphony Orchestra at The Grand 1894 Opera House – Enjoy an evening with the Galveston Symphony Orchestra as they play a New Year concert, Russian Capriccios, at The Grand 1894 Opera House. $35. 7pm.
  • Alejandro Escovedo in Concert at Heights Theater Check out a concert by Alejandro Escovedo, a Mexican-American songwriter who blends rock, country, and even punk into music that highlights personal struggles in his recent release, The Crossing. Tickets start at $22. 8pm.

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New Year, New You?

Every year when the new year rolls around, many of us write out a list of resolutions. Some of these include weight loss, smoking cessation, something new (car, house, job) among many other things and we give ourselves a deadline to reach these goals. We tell ourselves that because it’s a new year that we must do these things. Here’s the thing and there’s always a thing, you have to want this! You have to sincerely want the change what you write or think about. Wishing for it will not make it come true.

The reality is that change is not a “new year resolution”. It’s an ongoing process that you are actively working on every single day. Psychologically waiting for a specific day or time of the year to do something is self-defeating. In order for real change to happen, there has to be a consistent effort. If real change is what you’re looking for, then set your goals and move towards them every day. That’s how you’ll reach them!

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