Let Me Tell You About Citrine

Citrine is a stone as bright as its energy. Everything about this stone emanates positivity and joy. Even its name, which is derived from the French word for lemon, carries a sense of sun and joy attached to it. Found naturally in Brazil, Africa, Madagascar, Spain, Russia, France, Scotland and USA, this gemstone has been an ornamental gem for civilizations as early as 300 B.C., and a favorite with jewelry makers since the ancient Greeks and Romans. Even in first century A.D., citrine was being fashioned into cabochon rings and used in intaglio work. Later in the 17th century, Queen Victoria would become fascinated by the beauty of the stone, and as a result it would be used by Scottish men in kilt pins, shoulder broaches, and to adorn their swords and the handles of their daggers. The stone’s popularity resurged again during the Art Deco era, as early Hollywood stars boasted citrine jewelry like elaborate brooches, grand necklaces and other pieces where large faceted citrine was the center piece.

Pale yellow to a brownish hue, citrine is a transparent quartz composed of silicon dioxide. While its crystal system gives citrine its trigonal cellular shape, its yellow tint comes from iron. It is often found in large quantities, unlike many other gemstones, and subsequently cut down to other shapes and sizes. Citrine is found in igneous rocks, as the result of intense heat, and metamorphic rocks, such as granite. Much of the citrine on the market today is heat treated amethyst, which turns golden brown when heated at an excess of 1,000ºF. While not rare, citrine is much less abundant than amethyst. Only a highly trained gemologist can tell the difference. Though a popular stone among jewelers, it is still relatively cheap compared to other gemstones. It is also popular among collectors and jewelry enthusiasts because it is easy to maintain. So long as the it is kept out of heat, citrine can last forever. Derived from heat, it is easily affected by the sun. Leaving it in the sun can result in changes of color, so it imperative not to leave it out for too long.

You Have 2 To Choose From

November birthdays are associated with two gems; Citrine and Topaz. The warm color of Citrine is said to be a gift from the sun and it’s believed to be a healing gemstone. Topaz is most desired in its rich orange Imperial Topaz color but it is found in a variety of rich colors like blue, pink and yellow.

This bright shining gem has said to be a gift from the sun. The name Citrine, which is French for “lemon”, fits well with its color range of juicy lemon yellow to a bright orangey brown. Most people choose a Citrine based on their personal preference, but some of the most sought-after Citrine gemstones have a clear, radiant yellowish to brownish red color.
In ancient times, Citrine was carried as a protection against snake venom and evil thoughts. Today, Citrine is known as the merchant’s stone and is associated with success and prosperity.

Citrine is one of the most popular and affordable gemstones. It is relatively plentiful and available in a wide range of sizes and shapes, including very large sizes. These reasons make it a great gem for that big, bold, statement piece.

In shades of yellow, brown, honey, green, blue, red, pink and sometimes no color at all, Topaz has a mass appeal. Topaz is often found in an amber gold, yellow, or a blushing pink orange but a pale pink or a sherry red Topaz is very exceptional. The most prized color of Topaz is called Imperial Topaz and features a magnificent orange with pink undertones. Blue, once the rarest color of Topaz, is the most common today due to man’s ability to enhance its color; Topaz with a naturally blue color is very rare.

The ancient Egyptians and Romans associated this golden gem with the sun god giving it the power to protect and heal. Legend says that topaz dispels enchantment. With its worldwide mass appeal throughout the centuries, once you find that perfect Topaz you’ll soon be under its spell.

Inkalamu: The World’s Newest Large Emerald

In Zambia, a “remarkable clarity and a perfectly balanced golden green hue”, 5,655-carat emerald was discovered in early October. This rarity was unearthed at the Kagen mine, the world’s largest emerald mine.

The emerald was discovered in the eastern part of Kagem’s largest open-pit mine on October 2 by geologist Debapriya Rakshit and veteran emerald miner Richard Kapeta, Gemfields ( a 75% stakeholder of the mine) said in a statement, adding that “this area of the mine has proven to be particularly fertile in recent months with the Kagem team recovering several significant crystals there, but none with the combined size, color and clarity” of this emerald.

In a rare honor, Gemfields chose to name the gem. In this case, “Inkalamu,” which means “lion” in the Zambian Bemba language. The company says the name is in honor of the work carried out by two of Gemfields’ conservation partners, the Zambian Carnivore Program and the Niassa Carnivore Project in Mozambique. Gemfields has three-year philanthropic sponsorships with each organization in order to aid them in wildlife conservation, promote community development and stem the problem of poaching by developing alternative livelihoods. The company further said it will donate 10% of the sale proceeds of the emerald to the two organizations. 

“These partners work tirelessly to smooth the relationship between Africa’s carnivores and local communities across vast, remote and challenging areas,” the company said.

Your Party List of Things To Do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, November 2 to Sunday, November 4, 2018.
Head to Minute Maid Park for the Ed Sheeran concert; remember deceased friends and family at Day of the Dead celebrations around town; browse an all-anime art show in the East End; explore the scenic hiking trails of Grand Central Park with your pup in tow; hear a lineup of rock bands perform at Karbach Brewing Co and more.
Check below to find great things happening around Houston this weekend, from Friday, November 2 to Sunday, November 4, 2018.
Things to Do All Weekend
• Día de los Muertos Celebration at National Museum of Funeral History | Daily – Commemorate the lives of friends and family who have passed at a Día de los Muertos celebration hosted by the National Museum of Funeral History. Guests can view authentic altars created by local artists, leave a message for loved ones in a “Book of the Dead,” and enjoy a screening of Pixar’s animated film, Coco. $10. Times vary.
• Día de los Muertos Parties and Events Around Houston | Daily – Spend time with loved ones and remember deceased friends and family during a variety of Día de los Muertos celebrations around Houston. Prices, times, and locations vary.
• 21st Annual Houston Polish Film Festival at AMC Studio 30 | Daily – Screen a selection of Polish films, including Every 21 Seconds, The Butler (Kamerdyner), and Back Home (Powrót) throughout the five-day annual Polish Film Festival. Tickets start at $10. 7pm to 10pm.
• TUTS presents The Wiz at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Daily – Hear showtune classics like “Ease on Down the Road” and “A Brand New Day” throughout The Wiz, the beloved retelling of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, presented by Theatre Under The Stars. Tickets start at $30. Showtimes vary.
• Chantal Warehouse Sale | Friday to Sunday – Get your holiday shopping done with up to 75% off on discontinued, overstocked, and one-of-a-kind cookware at the Chantal Warehouse Sale. Just in time for holiday shopping, Chantal’s Annual Warehouse Sale is here with something for everyone on your list at their once-a-year opening in North Houston at the corner of Hollister Road and the Beltway 8. Times vary.
• Love & Make’s Candle Making Workshop in Rice Village | Friday to Sunday – Grab your friends or a date and head to this popular candle-making workshop as it continues into fall and the holiday season. BYOB encouraged. $45. Times vary.
Friday, November 2, 2018
• Art Is An Outdoor Market at Greenway Plaza | FREE – Shop local artwork and unique finds at this European-style outdoor market in Greenway Plaza, where you can also enjoy live music and food truck eats. 11am.
• Día de los Muertos at Discovery Green | FREE – Gather with friends and family to remember the departed at this free Día de los Muertos festival on the lawn at Discovery Green. Featured attractions include art installations and demos, a local art market, a stilt walker, a contortionist, a living statue, art cars, face painting, and characters from Pixar’s Coco. 6pm to 10pm.
• Anime No Seikatsu: An Anime Art Show at Insomnia Gallery | FREE – Dress up in cosplay to browse an entire art show specifically dedicated to anime in the first-of-its-kind exhibit at Insomnia Gallery in the East End. 7pm to 11pm.
• Houston Grand Opera presents The Flying Dutchman at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts – See the opening show of Houston Grand Opera’s 2018 to 2019 season with a dramatic performance of the haunting love story, The Flying Dutchman, at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $25. 7:30pm.
• Devin the Dude in Concert at House of Blues – Check out a rap concert by Houston’s own Devin the Dude when he performs at House of Blues downtown. Tickets start at $20. 8pm.
Saturday, November 3, 2018
• Bark in the Park at Grand Central Park | FREE – Leash your pups and trot over to Grand Central Park to explore its scenic hiking trails, enter a dog costume contest, and enjoy food trucks, a bouncy house, and face-painting at Bark in the Park. 8am to noon.
• Zombie Charge 5K Obstacle Course & Festival at Rio Bravo Motocross Park – Halloween might be over, but the undead still walk the Earth at this zombie 5K obstacle course. Using natural and artificial obstacles, runners attempt to cross fields, trenches, creeks, trails and more with zombie actors aiming to grab a flag that hangs from the waist. Registration starts at $30 for zombies; $69 for runners. Spectators are welcome free of charge. 9am.
• Doyin Fash’s Houston Wedding Planning Workshop – Take advantage of Doyin Fashakin’s event-planning expertise when she hosts an intensive, hands-on workshop for brides-to-be, aspiring event planners, and more. She’ll cover topics ranging from brand recognition, sales, and marketing, to budgeting, client design, and establishing an online presence. Tickets start at $350. 9:30am to 5:30pm.
• Blackwood Harvest Hoedown at Blackwood Educational Land Institute – Enter an immersive farm experience, complete with arts and crafts, dance-hall bands, speakers, a bier garten, a kids zone, and plenty of delicious local food, all at the Blackwood Harvest Hoedown, which celebrates the Gulf Coast’s land and food at Blackwood Educational Land Institute. $15. 10am to 4pm.
• Menil Drawing Institute Community Celebration | FREE – Celebrate the opening of the much-anticipated Menil Drawing Institute with the opening of The Condition of Being Here: Drawings by Jasper Johns, live music from Wild Moccasins, food trucks and more. 10am to 4pm.
• Love & Make’s Bath Bomb Making Workshop in Rice Village – Create your own luxurious, scented bath bomb at this DIY workshop, hosted by Love & Make in Rice Village. The family-friendly activity allows crafters to incorporate essential oils and experiment with fun colors. $45. 11pm.
• 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.
• The Woodlands Art Crawl and Craft Beer Tasting at Hughes Landing – Sip craft beer while touring four newly added art benches, outdoor sculptures, sidewalk art, and the work of featured artists at The Woodlands Art Crawl and Craft Beer Tasting. $15. 2pm to 5pm.
• Rice Owls vs. UTEP at Rice Stadium – Cheer for the Rice University football team as they take on UTEP at home. Tickets start at $20. 2:30pm.
• Lady Antebellum in Concert at Smart Financial Centre – Sing along to songs like “Need You Now,” “Just a Kiss,” and “You Look Good” when country-pop trio Lady Antebellum performs in concert at Smart Financial Centre, with opening act Danielle Bradbery. Tickets start at $60.50. 7pm.
• Feast With the Beasts at Houston Zoo – The Houston Zoo hosts its thirteenth annual Feast With the Beasts celebration, featuring bites from 60 of Houston’s top restaurants and musical guest Everclear. Tickets start at $119. 7pm to 11pm.
• Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – Hailing from Israel as one of the leading dance companies in the world, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) will take the stage for a dynamic performance at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 7pm.
• Ed Sheeran in Concert at Minute Maid Park – With hits like “Thinking Out Loud,” “Perfect,” and “Shape Of You,” British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is sure to blow audiences away with a heartfelt show at Minute Maid Park. Tickets start at $39. 7pm.
• Houston Grand Opera presents La bohème at the Wortham Theater Center – Transport to the heart of Paris during the bohemian revolution as the Houston Grand Opera presents Puccini’s La bohème at the Wortham Theater Center. One of the most famous operas of all time, La boheme explores the rollercoaster that is true love through a soundtrack of spellbinding musical works. Tickets start at $25. 7:30pm.
• Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Movie Screening Party at Alamo DraftHouse Katy – Say “yeah, baby, yeah!” to an Austin Powers movie party at Alamo DraftHouse in Katy. Audience members can partake in themed props, shout out hilarious quotes, and jive during the movie’s many dance sequences. $14. 7:30pm.
• Black Panther Movie Screening at Discovery Green | FREE – Catch a free showing of Marvel’s Black Panther on the lawn at Discovery Green. Arrive early for contests and activities. 7:30pm to 10pm.
• Joshua Hedley in Concert, with Kelsey Waldon at The Heights Theater – Catch Texas’ up and coming classic country crooner and fiddle player in the beautifully intimate Heights Theater. $16. 8pm.
• Legends of Hip Hop in Concert at NRG Arena – Some of the biggest names in rap come together for Legends of Hip Hop, a joint concert at NRG Arena. Expected performers include Juvenile, Scarface, 8 Ball & MJG, Too Short, DJ Quik, and Bun B. Tickets start at $52. 8pm.
• Da Camera: DeJohnette Coltrane Garrison at The Wortham Center – Representing a few of today’s great jazz families, the Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison Trio takes the stage at The Wortham Center to perform a thrilling compilation of jazz music. Tickets start at $42.50. 8pm.
Sunday, November 4, 2018
• 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.
• Love & Make’s DIY Jewelry Making Workshop in Rice Village – Create your own macrame earrings in this DIY workshop at Love & Make in Rice Village. Jewelry designer Tanya Bagashka will walk participants through an ancient Arabic knotting technique that will be used to create the personalized piece. $55. 11am.
• Beers & Art at Saint Arnold’s Brewing Co. | FREE – Shop local artwork and vintage finds while sipping Saint Arnold brews at this month’s Beers & Art market. 11am to 4pm.
• Fall Market Pop-up at Shrine Event Center | FREE – Shop for crafts, hair care products, clothing, and more at this first pop-up market from Collab Event Group. There will be tunes by DJ Shep, free food, a live taping of the Cast Out Radio Experience podcast, and more. 1pm to 5pm.
• Texas Open at Houston Polo Club – Cheer from the stands as two polo teams compete in the Houston Cup at the Houston Polo Club. You can also expect live flamenco guitar music, a halftime divot stomp, and McDugal Steele pony hop. Tickets start at $15. 2pm.
• Foamhenge 2018 at Karbach Brewing Co – Crank up the volume at Foamhenge 2018, which features a lineup of rock groups like Wolfmother, April Wine, Sweet, and Texas Flood, a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute band. VIP tickets will get you an optimal view, indoor restrooms, three beers of your choice, access to special tappings, a meet-and-greet with Eddie Trunk, and a buffet meal by Karbach Restaurant + Patio. Tickets start at $17. 2pm to 10pm.
• Dawes in Concert at The Heights Theater – Jam out to music from the LA-based folk-rock band, Dawes, during an intimate concert at Heights Theatre. Tickets start at $34.50. 8pm.

Superstitions and Halloween

Halloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. It began as a Celtic end-of-summer festival during which people felt especially close to deceased relatives and friends. For these friendly spirits, they set places at the dinner table, left treats on doorsteps and along the side of the road and lit candles to help loved ones find their way back to the spirit world.

Today’s Halloween ghosts are often depicted as more fearsome and malevolent, and our customs and superstitions are scarier too. We avoid crossing paths with black cats, afraid that they might bring us bad luck. This idea has its roots in the Middle Ages, when many people believed that witches avoided detection by turning themselves into black cats.

We try not to walk under ladders for the same reason. This superstition may have come from the ancient Egyptians, who believed that triangles were sacred (it also may have something to do with the fact that walking under a leaning ladder tends to be fairly unsafe). And around Halloween, especially, we try to avoid breaking mirrors, stepping on cracks in the road or spilling salt.


Halloween Parties in the United States



By the 1920s and 1930s, Halloween had become a secular, but community-centered holiday, with parades and town-wide Halloween parties as the featured entertainment. Despite the best efforts of many schools and communities, vandalism began to plague some celebrations in many communities during this time.

By the 1950s, town leaders had successfully limited vandalism and Halloween had evolved into a holiday directed mainly at the young. Due to the high numbers of young children during the fifties baby boom, parties moved from town civic centers into the classroom or home, where they could be more easily accommodated.

Between 1920 and 1950, the centuries-old practice of trick-or-treating was also revived. Trick-or-treating was a relatively inexpensive way for an entire community to share the Halloween celebration. In theory, families could also prevent tricks being played on them by providing the neighborhood children with small treats.

Thus, a new American tradition was born, and it has continued to grow. Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the country’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas.


H/T History.com

The Trick or Treat You Know Today

“Trick or treat” has become the most popular activity among the many forms of Halloween celebrations in America, and it is also a rather recent development. Trick or treating has been around less than a hundred years. Having children going door-to-door to get sweet treats has developed into a community wide event.

The best clue for how trick or treat got started comes to us from the Middle, or Dark Ages, when the Catholic church approved the act of “souling”. This event was devised so that beggars could go around asking for food, usually barley or oat cakes, in exchange for prayers. The Catholic church said the prayers were an extra bit of “insurance” that a dead person’s spirit would be given entry into heaven. Soul Cake day is no longer in common practice in England, but it is still rather popular in Scotland and Ireland and from this, it is believed, the concept of trick or treat arose.

Trick or treating didn’t start happening in America until sometime in the early part of the 20th century. It was first found in magazines and papers in the latter part of the 1930’s. Throughout the 1940’s trick or treat started to get into full swing due to many of the children’s books and TV shows. In 1952, Walt Disney permanently burned it into the minds and hearts of America when his cartoon, Trick or Treat debuted. Trick or treat was here to stay.

Trick or treating became more widely practiced throughout the 20th century. In recent years many people have started to have issues with the “trick” bit. The original idea was that if you did not give a “treat” to the trick or treaters they would then play a “trick” on you. While egging house or car windows or papering someone’s house or tree could be considered harmless fun, the increase of vandalism for the sake of the “trick” has caused trick or treating to actually be banned in some areas.

Dressing up in a costume for Halloween celebrations and trick or treating is an American invention and probably resulted from the success seen with Christmas products that began in the 1880’s.
These days communities set a certain night for trick or treat. They set a time for it to take place and many will even place an age limit for the trick or treaters.

Trick or treat became a bit dangerous in the late 1980’s when a few vicious and mean-spirited people began to embed razor blades, and poisonous drugs into the candy that was given out. This terrible and senseless tragedy has forever changed the fun of trick or treating and as a result people started to find other safer ways to celebrate the holiday. While trick or treat started as great fun for all ages who took part, sadly, it is quite likely that the practice will not last through another hundred years.

Your Halloweeny List of Things to do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston Halloween Weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28, 2018, plus a bonus Halloween Day. 

Sample rare and limited-release beers carefully selected by Flying Saucer’s beer gurus; scope out a two-day art festival featuring local talent; show off your Halloween costume at parties, pub crawls, and festivals around town; cheer on the Rockets as they play the L.A. Clippers in Toyota Center; hit up a concert by Jessie J, Ghostland Observatory, or KT Tunstall, and more.

Check below to find great things happening around Houston this Halloween weekend, from Friday, October 26 to Sunday, October 28, 2018.

Things to Do All Halloween Weekend

  • Día de los Muertos Events Around Houston | Daily– Spend time with loved ones while remembering friends and family who have passed during a variety of Día de los Muertos celebrations around Houston.Prices, times, and locations vary.
  • Twelfth Nightat the Alley Theatre | Daily – See a classic Shakespearean play as Alley Theatre presents Twelfth Night, a hilarious story of unrequited love that’s filled with both humor and pathos. Tickets start at $28. Showtimes vary.
  • TUTS presents The Wiz at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts | Daily– Hear showtune classics like “Ease on Down the Road” and “A Brand New Day” throughout The Wiz, the beloved retelling of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, presented by Theatre Under The Stars. Tickets start at $30. Showtimes vary.
  • Anjelah Johnson: More of Me Tourat Houston Improv | Daily – Houston Improv welcomes stand-up comedian, actress, and internet sensation Anjelah Johnson to entertain audiences with multiple shows on her “More of Me” tour. Tickets start at $40. Showtimes vary.
  • Human Landscapes at Harrisburg Art Museum | Thursday to Saturday –Experience Human Landscapes, a dance work presented by Core Dance that follows dancers on a migrant journey at Harrisburg Art Museum. Tickets are $15. 7:30 each night.
  • Houston Handweavers Sale at CHH’s Guild House | Friday and Saturday | No Cover – Snag unique, handcrafted works at a fraction of their normal cost at the CHH’s Guild House Houston Handweavers Sale. The non-profit educational organization will offer everything from table linens, stationery, and bookmarks, to baskets, ornaments, jewelry, and wearable art. 10am to 5pm both days.
  • Haunted House at The Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land| Friday and Saturday – Feel all of the thrills and chills as you make your way through this family-friendly haunted house in The Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land. Tickets start at $5. 7pm to 10pm both nights.
  • Halloween Parties and Events Around Houston | Friday to Sunday– Throw on a costume and celebrate the spooky holiday with plenty of themed parties, festivals, bar crawls, and family-friendly events this Halloween weekend. Prices, times, and locations vary.
  • Zoo Boo at the Houston Zoo | Friday to Sunday – Bring your trick-or-treaters to an evening of pumpkin patch photo shoots, costume parades, and plenty of sweets as the Houston Zoo presents its annual Zoo Boo Halloween celebration. Entrance to Zoo Boo is included with admission to the zoo.Times vary.
  • Houston Grand Opera presentsLa bohème at the Wortham Theater Center | Friday and Sunday – Transport to the heart of Paris during the bohemian revolution as the Houston Grand Opera presents Puccini’s La bohème at the Wortham Theater Center. One of the most famous operas of all time, La bohème explores the rollercoaster that is true love through a soundtrack of spellbinding musical works. Tickets start at $25. Showtimes vary.
  • Freaky Deaky Texas Music Festival at Sam Houston Race Park| Saturday and Sunday – Replacing the former Something Wicked Festival, Freaky Deaky Texas features two days of EDM, house, hip hop, and other edgy genres. Crazy and creepy Halloween costumes are strongly encouraged. Headliners include 12th Planet, 4B, Adventure Club, and more. Tickets start at $104.95 before ticket. Hours vary.
  • Holiday of Dreams Fall Home Tour & Shopping at Woodridge Forest | Saturday and Sunday | FREE– Travel through the seasons of fall in five tastefully decorated model homes with themes like “It’s All About Halloween” and “Winter Elegance.” Holiday décor by Flowers of Kingwood is available for sale, and visitors can register to win $500 in décor or design services, and more. Noon to 5pm.
  • 2nd Annual ARTumn Fest at CityCentre | Saturday and Sunday | FREE – Browse through a selection of artistic vendors, take advantage of Instagrammable backdrops from Arts by Aaron, and listen to live music at this two-day festival that showcases Houston’s own artists, painters, illustrators, hand-crafters, and designers in CityCentre. Saturday 11am to 6pm; Sunday noon to 6pm.

Friday, October 26, 2018

  • 5th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fair at Emancipation Community Center | FREE – Hear from educational speakers and exhibitors, participate in dance and fitness demonstrations, and enjoy a fashion show at the fifth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fair at Emancipation Community Center. 11am to 2pm.
  • Scream on the Green at Discovery Green | FREE – Check out a free screening of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,followed by a costume contest, games, fortune tellers, live statues, and entertainment when Discovery Green hosts its annual Halloween party, Scream on the Green. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers at Toyota Center –Cheer loud for the Rockets when they hit the court to play the Clippers at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $20. 6pm.
  • Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer VacationMovie Screening at Memorial City | FREE – Hang out on the lawn at Memorial City for a free, family-friendly screening of Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Red Baraat in Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE –Get hyped for a concert by Red Baraat, an 8-person band who was called “the best party band in years” by NPR. Expect an energetic blend of jazz, hip-hop, rock, go-go, and bhangra. 7:30pm.
  • In Dreams: Roy Orbisonin Concert at Smart Financial Centre – See a holographic portrayal of the Rock Hall singer, paired with live orchestration and digitally remastered arrangements of his classics, when In Dreams: Roy Orbison comes to Smart Financial Centre. Tickets start at $19.50. 8pm.
  • KT Tunstall in Concert at Heights Theatre – Sing along to indie songs like “Suddenly I See” and “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” during an intimate concert by KT Tunstall in support of her sixth studio album, Wax.Maddie Ross opens the show. Tickets start at $30. 8pm.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

  • Halloween Classic Car Show at National Museum of Funeral History– Scope out more than 150 cars that range from classic to contemporary in the eleventh annual Halloween Classic Car Show at National Museum of Funeral History. The show includes a live DJ, silent auction, local food vendors, and kids activities, as well as cars and hearses decked out in spooky décor. $10.10am to 3pm.
  • Washington Dead Block Party at Clutch Bar Houston– Enter if you dare when the crew that brought The Mile Series, The Green Mile, and Cinco de Mile return with their latest spooktacular event, Washington Dead Block Party, at Clutch Bar Houston. You and your friends can show off your costumes and party all night at this frightful fiasco. Tickets are $10. 10am to 11:55pm.
  • Hungry’s Day Celebration Brunch at NextDoor Bar & Lounge in Memorial City Celebrate Hungry’s Day with a huge $15 brunch (including your first mimosa) and kick off group’s Heart of Gold campaign benefiting Dress for Success Houston. Bring friends and family for a festive day of pumpkin decorating, face painting, live music, and a delicious brunch buffet. Seats are limited so grab your tickets in advance. $15; free for ages 5 and under. 11am to 1pm.
  • 6th Annual Houston AfriFest– Celebrate African culture with traditional music, authentic cuisine, diverse fashion, and unique entertainment at the sixth annual Afrifest. Featuring an African open market, guests can shop goods from around the world, listen to folklore tales, and enjoy kids’ activities. Tickets start at $5. Noon to 8pm.
  • Puerto Rican, Cuban & Dominican Fest at Midtown Park Embrace the cultures of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic with authentic foods, live music, shopping and more at this annual festival in Midtown Park. $20. Noon to 10pm.
  • Buzzfest at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion– Jam out to a full lineup of rock groups, including A Perfect Circle, Chevelle, and Dirty Heads, when Houston’s own 94.5 The Buzz hosts its annual musical festival at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands. Halloween costumes are welcome. Tickets start at $42.50. 1pm.
  • 7th Annual Flying Saucer Beer Feast at Sugar Land Town Square– Sample craft beers from more than 50 breweries, including rare and limited-release brews, at the seventh annual Flying Saucer Beer Feast in Sugar Land Town Square. Tickets start at $35. 2pm to 6:30pm.
  • Tacolandia at The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park Stuff your face with tacos at Houston Press‘ fourth annual Tacolandia event in The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou. Participating restaurants include Hugo’s, La Fisheria, Los Tios, Peli Peli Kitchen, Lupe Tortilla, Luna Y Sol, Rainbow Lodge, Tony’s, and more. Tickets are $35. 4pm to 7pm.
  • Houston HalloWeekend Bar Crawl at The Dogwood– Whip out your costumes and take to the streets of Midtown for this Halloween-themed bar crawl that includes spots like Dogwood, Little Woodrow’s, Christian’s Tailgate, Howl at the Moon, Mongoose versus Cobra, Saint Danes, and Komodos Pub. Tickets are $12. 4pm.
  • Celt Beer Fest at the University of St. Thomas– Chow down on the University of St. Thomas’ signature Celt dog while sipping beer samples from an array of local craft breweries at the Celt Beer Fest. Proceeds from the festival help fund scholarships for students to participate in the University of St. Thomas Study Abroad Program. $35. 6pm to 10pm.
  • 12th Annual Montrose Crawl| No Cover  Hit up 10 Montrose bars while dressed up in a Halloween costume during the twelfth annual Montrose Crawl, which includes bars like Poison Girl, La Grange, Catbirds, and Present Company, with an after-party at The Burger Joint. 6pm.
  • 37th Annual Orange Show Gala at Crowne Plaza NRG– Contribute to the preservation of Houston’s iconic folk sites and events, including the Orange Show, Beer Can House, and Art Car Parade, as well as the continued development of Smither Park, during the thirty-seventh annual Orange Show Gala at Crowne Plaza NRG. The formal event will feature a performance from Celebrity Allstars Legacy Reunion. Tickets start at $650. 7pm to midnight.
  • Houston Grand Opera presents The Flying Dutchmanat the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts – See the opening show of Houston Grand Opera’s 2018 to 2019 season with a dramatic performance of the haunting love story, The Flying Dutchman, at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $25. 7:30pm.
  • Ghostland Observatory in Concert at White Oak Music Hall– Get pumped for a high-energy concert paired with a mesmerizing light show by Austin-based electronic duo Ghostland Observatory at White Oak Music Hall. Tickets start at $35. 8pm.
  • Saints & Sinner’s Halloween Soirée at Hotel Derek– Take your Halloween celebration to the next level when Hotel Derek hosts its Saints & Sinners Halloween Soirée. Expect dramatic decor, costumed performers, live music, drinks, dancing, costume contests, a VIP area and more. Tickets start at $35. 8pm.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

  • Trick or Treat Art Market at Karbach Brewing Co.| No Cover – Shop from a variety of products and goodies from local vendors while sipping a Karbach craft beer as the brewery hosts its Halloween-themed outdoor art market. Costumes are encouraged. Noon.
  • City of Sugar Land’s Halloween Town at Sugar Land Town Square| FREE – Treat your little ghosts and goblins to an afternoon of costume contests, festive crafts and coloring stations, a scavenger hunt, photo stations, food and drinks and more, during this annual Halloween Town event in Sugar Land Town Square. 2pm to 6pm.
  • ROCO Connections: Musical & Literary Ofrendaat MECA | FREE – Enjoy a free concert where brass-baritone Timothy Jones plays new music from Mexican composer Alejandro Basulto, at ROCO Connections: Musical & Literary Ofrenda. Held in celebration of Día de los Muertos, the event will also showcase an exhibition of handmade retablos. 4pm.
  • Harrison’s Classic at Houston Polo Club– Shop unique finds from Harrison’s Fine Antiques and Art, then head to the fields for a polo match with flamenco guitar music, a halftime champagne divot stomp, the McDugald Steele pony hops, and door prizesTickets start at $30. 4pm.
  • The Long Island Boys at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar– Head to Prohibition Supper Club for The Long Island Boys, Houston’s only “boy-lesque” show, presented every month in partnership with Terrible Enfants Theatre Company. As you dine, allow the international cast to dazzle and charm you with daring acrobatics, aerial, and dance performances. Tickets are $25. 6pm.
  • Jessie J in Concert at Warehouse Live– Get down to pop hits by Jessie J, known for songs like Bang Bang, Price Tag, and Flashlight, when she takes the stage at Warehouse Live on the “R.O.S.E. Tour”. Ro James and Kiana Ledé open the show. Tickets start at $37. 8pm.


What Do You Know About The Origins of Halloween?

Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween 2018 occurs on Wednesday, October 31. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.

Ancient Origins of Halloween

Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.

This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.

In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other’s fortunes.

When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter.

By 43 A.D., the Roman Empire had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.

The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple, and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of “bobbing” for apples that is practiced today on Halloween

The Wonder of Blue Tourmaline

Blue Tourmaline evokes the tranquility of deep blue water and gliding well beneath its surface. It invites surrender of all thought to the solitude of a liquid silence, a graceful world of letting go; then rising to the light. It is also known as Indicolite, a variation of the original Indigolite, and refers to its deep blue color. Rarer than other Tourmalines, it forms in shades of light to dark blue, some with a tint of turquoise.

In the metaphysical world, Blue Tourmaline is a crystal of Spirit and peace, providing for deep meditation and bringing past hurts to the surface for healing. It encourages the release of emotional bonds and frees the mind to explore a higher consciousness and spiritual connection.

Blue Tourmaline increases the ability for clear and honest communication, and lends the courage to speak from the heart. It encourages an open mind and tolerance for others’ differences and weaknesses, embracing a love for truth, ethics, and a sense of responsibility and service to humanity. It promotes living in harmony with all aspects of one’s environment. 

A crystal of the Throat and Third Eye Chakras, Blue Tourmaline, especially in darker shades, increases access to higher levels of intuition and may amplify the psychic gifts of clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, prophecy, and spirit communication. It is highly beneficial to those who wish to become channels or mediums, and assists in processing impressions received from other realms and allowing them to flow out through verbal communication. 

Although Tourmaline may be found on every continent, fine crystal specimens and gems are still considered rare and can be quite expensive. Its vast popularity as a gemstone began in 1876, when mineralogist and jeweler George Kunz sold a Green Tourmaline from Maine to the famous Tiffany and Co. in New York, and its desirability spread. More recently it has become a favorite of metaphysical collectors and practitioners for its versatile energy properties. 

Tourmaline belongs to a complex family of aluminum borosilicate’s mixed with iron, magnesium, or other various metals that, depending on the proportions of its components, may form as red, pink, yellow, brown, black, green, blue or violet. Its prismatic, vertically striated crystals may be long and slender, or thick and columnar, and are uniquely triangular in cross-section. They often vary in coloration within a single specimen, lengthwise or in cross sections, and may be transparent or opaque. The name Tourmaline comes from an ancient Sinhalese word turmali, meaning “a mixed color precious stone,” or turamali, meaning “something small from the earth

One of Tourmaline’s most distinguishing properties is its ability to become electrically charged simply by heating or rubbing it. When charged, one end becomes positive and the other negative, allowing it to attract particles of dust or bits of paper. This property of pyroelectricity (from heat) or piezoelectricity (from pressure or rubbing) was well-known to the Dutch traders of the 1700s who used Tourmaline to pull ash from their Meerschaum pipes, calling the stone Aschentrekker, or “ash puller.”