Houston Entertainment

Note: The conference will not be providing transportation for any of the events listed below. Transportation is available with MetroRail for some of the events. For more information visit www.ridemetro.org.

Theater District

Houston’s downtown Theater District is second only to New York for the number of theater seats in a concentrated downtown area. It is also one of only five cities in the United States with permanent professional resident companies in all of the major performing arts disciplines of opera, ballet, music and theater.
The following will be playing at the time of the meeting:

  • Houston Symphony – Jones Hall
    Mahler Symphony No. 5 – Thursday, September 17th and Saturday,
    September 19th at 8:00 pm
    Be the first to hear the orchestral version of Stomp by composer John Corigliano (The Red Violin, The Ghosts of Versailles) and hear from the composer himself during On-Stage Insights with Andrés at the start of the concert. Then, embark on an epic spiritual journey as Andrés conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. From the opening trumpet solo to the tender Adagietto inspired by Mahler’s wife, Alma, this symphony contains some of the most emotionally powerful music ever written. Artist:  Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor
    Visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575

Opening Night with Andrés - Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Saluting the official start of his Inaugural Season, Andrés leads the Opening Night concert with Alison Balsom, British trumpeter extraordinaire and recipient of the 2013 Gramophone Awards “Artist of the Year” title. The concert opens with Mozart’s delightful Overture to The Marriage of Figaro. Balsom performs Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, and the night concludes with Pictures at an Exhibition, Mussorgsky’s ten-movement suite, in a brilliant orchestration by Maurice Ravel.  
PROGRAM: Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro; Haydn: Trumpet Concerto; Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition Artist: Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor; Alison Balsom.  Visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575 

  • Miller Theatre – Free Admission
    ¡Bienvenido, Andrés! Concert - Friday, September 12, 2014 at 8:30 p.m.
    All of Houston is invited to Miller Outdoor Theatre for a free concert to celebrate and welcome Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada. Bring your family and join us under the stars as Andrés leads the orchestra through music of Colombia and America, complete with folk dancing and other festive elements. Also on the program, Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero dazzles you with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Don’t miss this milestone event in the Symphony’s history! Artist: Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conductor; Gabriela Montero, piano
  • Houston Ballet – Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center
    A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Sept. 7, 13, 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., Sept. 12, 13, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
    “The jewel in John Neumeier’s oeuvre.” - Hamburger Morgenpost
    “The course of true love never did run smooth,” says Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare used that chaos brilliantly to create his most delightful comedy. Houston Ballet is the first American company to welcome this production – staged by acclaimed Hamburg Ballet Artistic Director John Neumeier – into its repertoire. With its love-struck Athenians, meddlesome fairies and bumbling troupe of amateur actors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a cacophony of magic and merriment. This colorful production will delight children and adults alike.
    Music: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Gyorgy Ligeti;
    Choreography: John Neumeier; Scenic Design: Jurgen Rose
    Visit www.houstonballet.org or call 713-227-2787 or 1-800-828-2787

Museum District

The Houston Museum District is home to sixteen institutions, offering a range of museums, galleries, and art and cultural centers.

  • The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the largest art museum in America south of Chicago, west of Washington, D.C., and east of Los Angeles. Included in its extensive permanent collection are pieces by Renoir, Monet, Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe, Matisse and Rodin.
  • The Houston Museum of Natural Science is a five-venue complex dedicated to the knowledge of natural science. It is home to the Cockrell Butterfly Center, Burke Baker Planetarium and the Wortham IMAX® Theatre.
  • The Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims of the Holocaust and honoring the legacy of the survivors. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, they teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
  • Visit the following websites to learn more: www.mfah.org, www.hmns.org, and www.hmh.org

Sports Center

Home to the Astros baseball, Rockets basketball, Dynamo soccer and Texans football.  Professional sports don’t get much bigger than in Houston.


  •  Houston Texans vs Washington Redskins– September 7, 2014 – For game time and ticket information visit www.houstontexans.com or call 832-667-2002.


  •  Houston Dynamo vs Columbus Crew – September 13, 2014 - For game time and ticket information visit www.houstondynamo.com or call (713) 276-GOAL (4625).


  • Sam Houston Race Park – Live thoroughbred racing will keep you on the edge of your seat at Sam Houston Race Park. Exciting live horse racing, eight bars, two restaurants and the best music under the stars. Find out why Sam Houston Race Park is the place to be for live entertainment! Racing is at 7:00 pm Thursday/Friday and at 5:00 pm on Saturday. For more details visit www.shrp.com or call 281-807-8700
  • Kemah Boardwalk – A waterfront getaway just 20 miles from downtown Houston. In addition to the many restaurants, a major attraction is the 50,000- gallon aquarium that gives Aquarium Restaurant its name. Guests to the boardwalk also enjoy shopping, games and rides. For more information, check out www.kemahboardwalk.com.
  • Galveston Island – South of Houston is Galveston, an island rich in history. The Strand Historic District is a twenty-six square block area of shopping, dining and art galleries. Within the Strand District, one will find Moody Mansion, Ashton Villa and the Bishop’s Palace—opulent, historic Victorian homes of the late 1800’s.  Also found on Galveston Island, Moody Gardens is an experience like no other. The Rainforest Pyramid is lush with exotic plants, birds and fish, while the Aquarium Pyramid will submerse visitors into the beauty of ocean life. Visit www.galveston.com to learn more about what the island has to offer. 
  • Space Center Houston – is the official visitor’s center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Learn about the history and future of space exploration through the center’s interactive exhibits. Learn more at www.spacecenter.org.

Shopping Guide

Everything is bigger in Texas and shopping in Houston is no different. From chic boutiques to quaint gift shops, upscale department stores to bargain outlets; chances are you will find it here.

  • Rice Village – One of the oldest shopping areas in town, Village Arcade in Rice Village is a great mix of classic stores and unique boutiques. Located near Rice University and the Texas Medical Center, the Village offers shoppers an eclectic experience. Get a sneak peek at ricevillageonline.com
  • The Galleria is the number one shopping destination in Houston with more than 375 stores and restaurants, two hotels and an ice rink. Fashion icons such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Tiffany & Co. are showcased here next to everyday favorites like Gap and Macy’s. Need a break? Take a seat and watch the ice skaters twirl. Visit simon.com/mall to learn more about what you’ll find (or won’t find) in the Galleria.
  • Harwin Drive – Looking for basement bargains? Head over to Harwin Drive in West Houston. Warehouse stores sell leather goods (some real and some faux), jewelry, clothing and other accessories. The area is similar to New York’s Orchard Street with must-have items at unbeatable prices.

Dining Guide

Houstonians eat out more than residents of any other city and it’s no wonder why. Houston is home to more than 11,000 restaurants and some of the best can be found in the downtown scene.

Sambuca Restaurant is a modern-day supper club serving up amazing entrees paired with great music. Crave Italian with a twist? Try Mia Bella’s Mozzarella Fritti with roasted jalapeño pesto.

If you are looking for more than good food, visit the Downtown Aquarium–it’s an underwater adventure. Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse is a world-class establishment serving USDA Prime steaks and over 1,000 of the best wines from
around the world. Other restaurants include Wasabi, Bossa, Zula, St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin and 43rd.

For menus and locations visit these webpages: www.sambucarestaurant.com, wwww.miabellarestaurant.com, www.aquariumrestaurants.com and www.vicandanthonys.com