The Museum of Fine Arts is making the best of your lunch break. Rather than take another "working lunch" in front of your office computer, purchase lunch at the Cafe Express in the MFAH and receive a general admission ticket for free. The ticket is valid only on the day of purchase and entrance must be between 12 pm and 2 pm.
Not a fan of Cafe Express? Not a problem. There are plenty of food trucks on and around the museum grounds. Just be sure to save your receipt and pick up the Lunch + Look loyalty card before heading back to the museum. And if you're looking for other outdoor dining options, look no further. Be sure to check out other ways to add a little culture to your life this month.
Get ready for what many refer to as Houston's wildest party. The Orange Show will host the Legendary Art Car Ball on Friday May 10, featuring Vockah Redu, the Minor Mishap Marching Band, Maximus and Sean Reefer and the Resin Valley Boys. Great food and spirits will be on deck courtesy of El Gran Malo, Phoenicia and Pura Vida Tequila.
In related news, El Gran Malo will host what's sure to be one of the city's best Cinco de Mayo party on May 5 at 11 a.m. Be there for hot crawfish and cool beverages. Check out what else is going on in Houston in the upcoming weeks.
Mother's Day is less than two weeks away. Have you planned how to make the special woman in your life feel loved and appreciated? If you're lacking the resources or know-how to present her the perfect gift, then give her the gift of time, conversation and good food. I've compiled a list of five of the best Mother's Day brunch menus Houston has to offer. Of course there are several dozens of remarkable brunches in Houston, these are simply a handful of the most highly praised options.
Peruse the list and while you're reading, take a look at some fun ways to spend a few hours with Mom this Mother's Day.
For those of us who have been jonesing for football these past several weeks, the Houston Texans have got a bit of a remedy. On Thursday, April 25, join the Houston Texans Ambassadors and players at Reliant Stadium for a viewing of the 2013 NFL Draft on the big screens.
Score signatures, goodies and a first look at the upcoming crew of cheerleaders. The party starts at 6 p.m. with the draft beginning at 7. Although the event is free, advanced tickets are required.
On Wednesday night, a fertilizer plant in West Texas (near Waco) exploded resulting in at least 5 deaths and over one hundred injuries. If you would like to help the victims of this catastrophe from right here in Houston, there are several ways to do so. Michael Berry (832.532.6000) of News 740 will be stationed at 290 and Jones Rd collecting items to fill a 20' U-Haul truck.
Moms Against Hunger (713.302.0006) will be posted at 2104 Underwood Rd. in LaPorte and Gallery Furniture will be accepting locations until 9 p.m. List of desired items include canned food, baby items, bedding, water, stuffed toys and of course blood and platelet donations.
Houston offers so many opportunities for its dwellers to purchase fresh, locally-grown produce and grains right here in the city. This Wednesday, CityCentre will open its courtyards to local farmers and consumers at the Eco-Farmers Market. There will be plenty of greens for the taking and live music for the listening. Be sure to stop by Ruggles Green (market sponsors) for a post-shopping al fresco dining experience.
And on Tuesday, join other health-conscious mothers and fathers at The Life Long Weigh for a seminar on making your own baby food. Use all those local veggies to make clean meals for the little ones. For more on these and other events this week, check out the April events calendar.
Festival season is officially in full swing and next up is Houston's favorite, the International Festival. If you haven't experienced this event (which is in its 43rd year, by the way), then this year would be a great one to attend. The highlighted country will be Brazil which means incredible food and incredible music. iFest will take place over the last two weekends in April.
And to kick off this year's festival, Brazilian king of pop Sergio Mendez will perform at the Hobby Center along with the Casa Samba dancers. Learn more about iFest here.
On Monday night, sweet 16-year-old Danielle Bradbery earned the chair swivel of coaches Blake Shelton, Usher and Adam Levine when she belted out Taylor Swift's "Mean". Bradbery hails from Cypress, TX where she had a swarm of family and friends gathered to root for her as she sang in front of thousands for what she says is her very first time. Naturally, the country songstress went with Blake Shelton as her coach. Let's hope he gets this young lady all the way to the end.
Who were your favorites from the night? And does anyone miss Cee Lo and his cat?
Yes. That really is a thing. The 6th annual Record Store Day is happening on Saturday, April 20 right here in Houston. On this day, your favorite Houston record stores will release a myriad vinyl records not sold on any other day, in any other format at any other location. Each store in the linked list will be participating in Record Store Day, so it's a good idea to get to know your vinyl dealers and clue them in as to what may be on your record wish list this year.
For a list of special releases complete with artwork, check this out.