Why Get Her Jewelry?

For all of you men out there who are thinking of giving Valentine’s Day gifts here is a little hint, women prefer their hearts in gold and gemstones rather than boxes of chocolate.  For all of you women for whom I am speaking –try leaving subtle messages, “you ’re cutting back on your sugar intake” might be one you can use while you are pasting your favorite antique, vintage or modern heart jewelry on your fridge or leaving your tablets and phones open to photos around the house.

Jewelry doesn’t contain calories only carats or karats, won’t melt, but will sparkle in the sunshine and will endure with no expiration date. And, in the 18th and 19th centuries, it was a way to express emotions and intentions to loved ones.

Things haven’t changed that much.

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How Garnet got its Name

The distinctive title Garnet is derived from the Latin name Granatum, a pomegranate, because of the resemblance the granular varieties of Garnet bears to the seeds of that fruit. Garnets vary in size from a grain of sand to the size of an apple. According to the Roman historian Pliny, the large dull-colored “Carbunculus of India” (a variety of Garnet) used to be hollowed out into vessels which would hold as much as a pint.

Garnets were used in the former Czechoslovakia as far back as the Bronze Age, and in Egypt more than five thousand years ago. They were used in Sumeria around 2100 B.C. and in Sweden between 1000 and 2000 B.C. They were also popular in ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. According to the Talmud, the only light on Noah’s ark was provided by a large Garnet. In Europe during the Middle Ages, Garnet was used to enhance truth, faith and constancy, and to dispel melancholy. As a Warrior’s Stone, Garnet served as a talisman in the Crusades for both the Christians and their Muslim enemies.

Garnet is said to have been one of the twelve stones in the Breastplate of the High Priest, and has been used as a sacred stone by the Native American Indians, the South American Indians, the Aztecs, the African tribal elders, and the Mayans. It acts with speed to expand one’s awareness due to the flash of lightening contained within, and enhances one’s internal fire to bring creative powers to implementation.

Garnets whose color suggested that of blood, were not only believed to confer invulnerability from wounds, but some Asiatic tribes launched garnets from their sling bows, and later as bullets, the principle being the blood-colored stone would inflict a deadlier wound than a leaden bullet. Such were used by the rebellious Hanzas, in 1892, during their hostilities with the British troops on the Kashmir frontier, and many of these precious missiles were preserved as curiosities.

Today, Garnet is not only worn ornamentally as a beautiful gem, but is used widely in industrial markets, from watch gears and scientific instruments to sandpaper and abrasives.

Types of Different Garnets


Garnet is a powerful energizing and regenerative stone. It balances, strengthens and protects. While it is one of the most plentiful stones, it has several forms according to its mineral base, and in addition to all the healing and spiritual properties listed in this article, each type has additional properties listed on its specific page, along with its color energies, angels, and Feng Shui uses.

Almandine Garnet unites the energy of scarlet and red with the more muted, earthy overtones of brown. It is intimately tied to the Earth, and is a talisman of protection and unyielding strength, increasing willpower and resistance to all things negative. It aids circulation and all blood related issues. Associated with the First Chakra, it is a stone of physical love and relationships, and a spiritual stone of psychic protection.

Andradite Garnet is well-grounded in Earth’s elemental colors of green or olive, dark yellow, and black. A spiritual stone of higher thinking and self-empowerment, it is also a stone of strength and safety. Associated with the Base, Heart and Solar Plexus Chakras, it dissolves feelings of isolation or alienation and attracts intimate encounters with others.

Grossular Garnet exemplifies hope, empowerment, and all things nurturing from Mother Earth. It ranges in sunrise colors of yellow, gold, orange, scarlet and red, and the more popular shades of lush green. It is a stone of prosperity and abundance, encouraging gratitude and service to others. Associated with the Base, Sacral, Solar Plexus and Heart Chakras, Grossular Garnet is a deeply spiritual stone.

Pyrope Garnet is a mesmerizing stone, described as “living fire.” Its crystals range in color from rose red to deep crimson, including shades of scarlet, violet, and even indigo. It is a stone of inspiration, bestowing vitality and charisma, and assists in owning one’s gifts and abilities, and sharing them with others. It aligns the Base and Crown Chakras, and stimulates warmth and gentleness, unifying creative forces of the self.

Spessartine Garnet is one of the rarer varieties, known as the Garnet of the Sun. Its energy radiates in shades of dark gold, orange, scarlet and deep red. Crystals can be pale yellow if nearly pure, but are almost always mixed with Almandine Garnet. Spessartine activates the analytical processes of the mind, alleviating fears and providing confidence to change one’s life. It is associated with the Sacral and Solar Plexus Chakras, awakening creative energies and lending power to one’s will.

Uvarovite Garnet is emerald green in color, the only consistently green Garnet. It forms in small, uniform crystals and is rare, most often found in its drusy form, a natural surface coating of tiny sparkling crystals covering a rock, sometimes made into beautiful jewelry. It promotes prosperity and wealth, and assists one in learning to joyfully accept what is offered by the Universe. It stimulates the Heart Chakra and enhances spiritual relationships. This is a calm and peaceful stone.

Your MLK List of Things to do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston MLK Weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, January 18 to MLK Day, Monday, January 21, 2019. 

Cheer on athletes competing in the annual Chevron Houston Marathon; catch a hilarious, Tony Award-winning musical; don your cozy onesie for a bar crawl down Washington Avenue; honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a variety of celebrations around town; watch Boyz II Men team up with the Houston Symphony and more.  

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, January 18 to MLK Day, Monday, January 21, 2019.

Things to Do All MLK 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.
  • The Book of Mormon at Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Thursday to Sunday – Don’t miss your chance to see the nine-time Tony Award-winning musical, The Book of Mormon when the touring cast performs a six-day stretch of the hilarious show at Houston’s Hobby Center. Tickets start at $80. Showtimes vary.
  • Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia at Sam Houston Race Park | Thursday 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.
  • 10th Annual Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest | Friday and Saturday – Roll up your sleeves and come hungry to the tenth annual, 2-day Chili Quest & Beer Fest in Galveston. Start the party at Yaga’s Cafe on Friday, then make your way to several tasty events along the Historic Strand on Saturday. Expect chili samples, beer tastings, live music, a washers tournament, a 5K fun run, a margarita contest, and shopping. Tickets start at $12. Times vary.
  • International Gem & Jewelry Show at NRG Center | Friday to Sunday – Admire a dazzling collection of gemstones, fine jewelry, engagement rings and bands, designer watches, pearls, beads, accessories, and minerals during the International Gem & Jewelry Show at NRG Center. $6. Times vary.
  • 4th Annual Alley All New Festival at Alley Theatre | Friday to Sunday – Check out a full lineup of readings, workshop performances, parties, and the world premiere of The Carpenter, during the fourth annual Alley All New Festival at Alley Theatre. Prices and times vary.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys at The Grand 1894 Opera House | Friday to Sunday – Hear the four-part harmonies of The Oak Ridge Boys as they perform a slew of country hits at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston. Tickets start at $37. Times vary.

Friday, January 18, 2019

  • 23rd Annual Foley Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church | FREE – Cheer on talented students as they compete in the 23rd Annual Foley Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition, which challenges participants to present a short speech in response to the question, “What would Dr. King say to the children of today’s world?”. 10am.
  • 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.
  • Bowie: Art Market & Movie Nights at Karbach Brewing Co | No Cover – Celebrate David Bowie with a free screening of his 1986 film, Labyrinth, accompanied by a themed art market at Karbach Brewing Co. 5pm to 10pm.
  • Onesie Bar Crawl on Washington Ave  Get cozy in your favorite pajamas and make your way through several bars along Washington Avenue at this onesie-themed bar crawl. Bars will offer drink specials throughout the event and include Kung Fu Saloon, Clutch Bar Houston, Concrete Cowboy and more. Tickets are $10 in advance; $25 at the door, plus fees. 6pm.
  • Houston Marathon Kickoff Party featuring The Nirvana Experience & Weezhur at House of Blues – Sing and dance to all your favorite throwback songs by Nirvana and Weezer during a cover band concert at House of Blues to kick off the marathon weekend. $12. 7pm.
  • Florencia en el Amazonas at Wortham Theater Center – Bask in the sounds of Florencia en el Amazonas, an epic opera that tells the tale of a talented singer who ventures home to South America after a 20-year stretch and finds her long-lost love. Tickets start at $25. 7:30pm.
  • Turkish Music Festival at Asia Society Texas Center  Experience an evening of Turkish music and traditions at this annual festival hosted by the Asia Society Texas Center. The concert will feature Grammy-nominated composer and musician Mehmet Ali Şanlıkol, along with the San Francisco-based Del Sol String Quartet. Tickets cost $30 for non-members; $20 for members. 7:30pm to 10pm.
  • Boyz II Men & The Houston Symphony in Concert at Jones Hall – Hear a mesmerizing performance by the four-time Grammy-winning R&B trio, Boyz II Men, when they team up with the Houston Symphony for a special show at Jones Hall. Chelsea Tipton II will conduct the concert. Tickets start at $35. 7:30pm.
  • Hannah Kirby’s Acoustic Concert at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck – Hannah Kirby, award-winning Texas songwriter and finalist on NBC’s The Voice, joins guitarist Brad Thompson (2018 Fort Worth Star-Telegram musician of the year) to give Houstonians an intimate, acoustic blues-rock performance. Tickets are $20. 9:30pm.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

  • Urban Harvest Farmers Market | No Cover – Shop for produce and prepared foods at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market at its new location off of Buffalo Speedway. 8am to noon.
  • 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.
  • Bubbles, Bibs, & Brunch Bash at Pico’s – Join Dress for Success Houston for a delicious brunch featuring bites from the city’s hottest eateries at Pico’s Restaurant in Upper Kirby following the We Are Houston 5K. Participating restaurants include Poitin, Hungry’s, Alice Blue, River Oaks Donuts, and more. Tickets start at $40. 9:30am to 12:30pm.
  • MLK Youth Parade in Midtown Houston | FREE – Watch or march in Midtown’s 13th Annual MLK Youth Parade, which features 10 parade floats and 20 marching bands. Noon to 1:30pm.
  • Pacquiao vs. Broner Watch Party at La Cantina, by La Calle – Root for your pick in one of the season’s biggest boxing matches when Manny Pacquiao returns to the U.S. after two years to take on Adrien Broner. La Cantina is offering reserved seating for an additional fee and plenty of drink specials throughout the night. Tickets start at $10. 6pm.
  • Bayou City Burlesque Circus Festival at Warehouse Live – Marvel at high-flying acrobats, death-defying sideshows, extraordinary burlesque, fantastical jugglers, and other glamorous acts at the world-renowned Bayou City Burlesque Circus Festival. Tickets start at $25. 7pm to 11pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center – Cheer loud for the Rockets when they hit the court to play the Lakers at Toyota Center. Ticket prices are TBA. 7:30pm.
  • Jazzmeia Horn Septet at Wortham Center – Take a seat for a show-stopping concert by Texas-born vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, who will perform in support of her debut recording on Concord’s Prestige label, A Social Call, at the Wortham Theater Center.Tickets start at $37.50. 8pm.
  • El Ten Eleven, Joan of Arc in Concert at White Oak Music Hall – Jam out to the music of post-rock duo El Ten Eleven as they perform a selection of songs for audiences at White Oak Music Hall, alongside fellow indie-rockers Joan of Arc. Tickets are $15 in advance; $17 at the door, plus fees. 8pm.
  • Demetri Martin at House of Blues – Burst out laughing during a stand-up show by award-winning comedian Demetri Martin at House of Blues in Downtown. Tickets are $39.75. 8pm.
  • Los Tucanes De Tijuana in Concert at Arena Theatre – Dance along to music by the popular Mexican norteño band, Los Tucanes De Tijuana, when they bring their beats to Houston’s Arena Theatre. Tickets start at $65. 8:30pm.
  • Amen Dunes in Concert at Rockefellers – Listen to the dynamic soundscapes and intimate lyrics of Amen Dunes as he takes the stage at Rockefellers following his 2018 release, Freedom. Tickets start at $15. 9pm.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

  • Chevron Houston Marathon – Volunteer, show your support, or join the runners as they compete in the Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon, which winds throughout the city, beginning and ending in Downtown. You must register for this event. 6:45am
  • Family Fun Day at The MATCH | FREE – Bring the kiddos to an afternoon of family-friendly fun in celebration of The Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston’s (MATCH) fourth year in operation. You can enjoy character visits, balloon animals, a bounce house, kid-friendly concerts, and performances from Main Street Theater and Open Dance Project. 1pm to 4pm.
  • Watercolor Painting Classes at Honey Art Cafe  Learn how to paint abstract, modern, and minimalist aesthetics in this mini-watercolor painting class at Honey Art Cafe. Catzilla is the subject of this week’s family-friendly class. $35. 1pm.
  • MLK Battle of the Bands Competition at W.W. Thorne Stadium | FREE – Pick your favorite of more than 20 nationally acclaimed marching bands from high schools across the country in the 18th Annual MLK Battle of the Bands at W.W. Thorne Stadium. 4pm to 7pm.
  • 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.
  • Wild Moccasins, with DEGA in Concert at Satellite Bar – Check out a concert by Houston’s own Wild Moccasins when they play a set alongside DEGA at Satellite Bar in the East End. You’ll hear music from their most recent album, Look Together. Tickets start at $10. 7pm.
  • Boss Life Awards & Ball 2019 at The Post Oak Hotel – Rub elbows with some of Houston’s most distinguished business women and men at the sixth annual Boss Life Awards and Ball in The Post Oak Hotel. Benefitting scholarship programs for high school graduates, the event will offer light bites and a cash bar. $150. 8pm.

MLK Day, Monday, January 21, 2019

  • MLK Day at Children’s Museum of Houston – Listen to uplifting words by Gardere’s oratory speech winner, march down Kid’s Hall in celebration of civil rights, hear the “I Have a Dream” speech and more at the Children’s Museum’s MLK Day Celebration. $5. 10am to 6pm.
  • 41st Annual Original MLK Day Parade & Celebration at Hermann Square | FREE – March in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 41st Annual MLK Jr. Parade, which begins outside of Houston City Hall and is presented by The Black Heritage Society Organization. 10am.
  • 25th Annual MLK Grande Parade | FREE – Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in this annual parade that meets near the HCC Central Campus. 10am.
  • MLK Day Audio Installation at Rothko Chapel | FREE – Listen to various speeches that MLK gave throughout his life with this interactive installation at Rothko Chapel. 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 5pm.
  • Margarita Monday at El Big Bad | No Cover – Score half-off house margaritas from El Big Bad downtown every Monday evening. Menu items vary. 4pm.
  • Monday Steak Dinner at Bar Boheme | No Cover – Head to Bar Boheme and take advantage of a special edition of their Monday Steak Night, where you can enjoy a complimentary steak dinner with the purchase of a bottle of wine. Dinner includes a 7-ounce New York strip, along with curried mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach. If you don’t want a bottle of wine, the steak dinners are $9 or $12 with a glass of wine. 4pm.
  • Bingo in the Biergarten at Karbach Brewing Co | No Cover – Try your luck at a round of bingo while sipping craft brews on the patio at the family-friendly Karbach Brewing Co. 6pm to 8pm.

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Garnet in Ancient Lore and Legend

Garnets were employed as inlaid stones in Celtic and Anglo-Saxon jewelry. Garnets the color of fire were also called Carbuncles (from fire-coals), and the Hebrew name for the carbuncle was Bareketh (flashing stone) or Barak (lightning). It was a stone in the breastplate of the High Priest. Eastern legends assert that a carbuncle was suspended by Noah, in the Ark, to diffuse light. The Greeks called the carbuncle the Lamp Stone and it was said, if hung around the neck, to give the power of seeing in the dark. 

Greek mythology speaks of Garnet as a stone that can, through divine influence, heal emotional rifts between lovers.

A Warrior’s Stone, Garnet served as a talisman in the Crusades for both the Christians and their Muslim enemies. The Merovingians brought garnets from faraway Ceylon (Sri Lanka) through the Silk Road, combining it with amber from the Baltic to create magnificent jewels. Since these two stones balanced each other, one warm, one cold, some see the source of the Frankish civilization in this combination, the amber tempering the warrior-like fieriness of the Germanic people.

Low libido and sexual disorders were credited to be relieved by the application of Garnet directly to the genital organs. Princess Palatine discovered her husband, the brother of King Louis XIV, applying garnets on his body in this way. Though he asked her not to reveal this to anyone, she instead told the whole court and wrote about it in her many famous letters. 

Garnet is a conqueror’s stone. Legend has it that a garnet ornamented Don Juan’s ring. 

The well-formed image of a lion, if engraved on a garnet, will cure the wearer of all diseases, protect and preserve his honor and health, and guard him from all perils in traveling.

Some Asiatic tribes used red garnets as bullets for sling bows because they pierced their victims quickly and were well hidden when they mingled with the blood. At other times they were placed in wounds to encourage clotting of the blood. The tribes continued to use them later as bullets in firearms, assuming the blood-colored stone would inflict a more deadly wound than a leaden bullet. Such were used by the rebellious Hanzas, in 1892, during their hostilities with the British troops on the Kashmir frontier, and many of these precious missiles were preserved as curiosities.

Garnet’s Emotional Healing Energy

Garnet provides a protective influence and a calming stable vitality during use. It is thought to heal emotional problems. Placed under a pillow, Garnet is reputed to alleviate bad dreams. Medicine men used it to cure mental depression. 

Garnet is useful to have in a crisis, particularly in situations where there seems to be no way out or where life has fragmented. It fortifies, activates, and strengthens the survival instinct, bringing courage and hope into those situations. Crisis is turned into challenge under Garnet’s influence and promotes mutual assistance in times of trouble. 

Garnet can act as a strong help to balance the energy system, stimulate desires and uplift your attitude. As a balancer stone, Garnet can prevent fears of insecurity and even money losses. They’re lucky stones: lucky for love, success, and for goals. Use Garnet to increase your positivity and popularity, thus enhancing your personal self-esteem. As an energy stone, it can encourage success in business and business relationships. It is a wonderful executive gem, especially for women. Square cut garnets are particularly useful in bringing success in business matters.

Garnet has even been credited with aiding widows in finding a new husband. After mourning for too long, Garnet helps to regain the spirit, calming sadness and emotional pain, helping those who have gone through great despair get back on their feet and become seductive again. Perhaps the same could be true for widowers as well.

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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