Cirque Du Soleil Corteo in Houston

Cirque Du Soleil Corteo visits Houston, TX march 8-18 at the Toyota Center.  Corteo transports the audience to an etherial world full of mind-defying stunts and zany characters.  Corteo is an Italian word meaning “procession”.  A clown imagines the spectacle of his carnival-like funeral procession.

All of Corteo’s acts are intriguing.  Dancing from chandeliers, bouncing bed acrobatics, hula-hoops, juggling, and aerodynamic dances suspended from straps…Corteo has it all!  A clowness, Anita Szentes (Hungary), floats through the air carried by large balloons during the Helium Dance.  Mr. Loyal, Sean Lomax (USA), showcases his outstanding whistling talent during the Crystal Glasses and Tibetan Bowls performance.  Corteo leaves the audience spellbound.  It is a must-see for the entire family.

Rating: 4 Stars.  Very good!

Website: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/corteo

Quaternaglia at Round Top Festival Institute

On March 3, 2018, Quaternaglia Guitar Quartet performed at the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas.  Quaternaglia debuted the world premiere of its “Song of The Universal” Quintet No. 2 for Piano and Guitar Quartet (2017), accompanied by James Dick, piano.

Quaternaglia is known for its creative, contemporary Brazilian style.  Quaternaglia also performed Four for Tango (1988) and Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (1961), among other creative pieces.

The guitar quartet performed at the Round Top Festival Institute in Round Top, Texas.  The Round Top Festival Institute is one of Texas’ best-kept secrets for classical and contemporary music lovers.  It is nestled in the forest a few blocks away from Round Top, TX’s main square.  Round Top Festival Institute is a first-rate performance hall and features enchanting grounds for a leisurely stroll.

Find out more here.

Website: http://festivalhill.org

 

Sister Strikes Again! Late Nite Catechism at Stages Theatre

Stages – “Late Night Catechism 2” 

Sister strikes again in “Late Nite Catechism 2” at Stages Theatre in Houston from January 2-14, 2018. In her zany and tongue-and-cheek strict catechism class, Sister, played by Denise Fennell, gives a closer look at the 10 Commandments as they apply to our lives today and critiques the effectiveness of social media vs. person-to-person socializing in our day. “Sister Strikes Again! Late Nite Catechism 2” is a must-see for the entire family. Be ready! You could get called on or called out!

Website: https://www.stagestheatre.com/
Rating: 5 Stars! Best!

Cirque Joyeux Noel

Cirque Joyeux Noel will delight the entire family this holiday season. It is an evening of world-class entertainment which will be remembered for years to come. Cirque Joyeux Noel plays at Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX from December 15-25, 2017.

The evening is emceed by Johnathan Lee Iverson who has the best personality and delivery for a Master of Ceremonies we have seen. He has a rich and full history as a performer, which includes being the first African-American Ringmaster in the near 150-year history of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. He sets the tone for an evening full of holiday cheer and memorably fascinating acts by world-class performers.
The evening’s spell-binding, mind-defying acts include former performers from Cirque du Soleil and The Pompeii Family from America’s Got Talent along with many other highly-talented artists.
The hand-balancing by Itina Naumenko and rolla-bolla by Geddy Pavlovich are mind-defying. Thee Pompeyo Family and their dancing dogs are a memorable highlight.Jesse Patterson mesmerizes with her hula-hoops. Robards keeps the audience on the edge of their seats with his chair-balancing act. Rejean St. Jules performs a juggling act to music which is both creative and entertaining. And the Tissu Ensemble adds acrobatic flare to the evening. We also enjoyed the comedy by Nic Rainone and Sydnee Peralta.  Johnathan ends the evening memorably saying, “Ladies and Gentleman, keep the circus alive inside of you.”
One of the best souvenirs, in addition to photos and great memories, is the program, which can be purchased for $5. Performers are available to meet and autograph. The program contains the stories of each performer, which we found to be interesting and inspiring.  Cirque Joyeux Noel is a must-see for all ages. It takes the joy of the holidays to a new level.
Additional Holiday Attractions
Before and after the show, guests can also enjoy several other holiday attractions at Moody Gardens, including the Festival of Lights, Iceland, and 3-D and 4-D showings of holiday-themed movies with the use of the BestVPN.  The Festival of Lights is a colorful display of Christmas and holiday cheer on an outdoor trail. Souvenir and snacks are available.  Iceland is an ice-fantasy world of tropical creatures, including butterflies, bats, and frogs, polar bears, penguins, and even an ice Santa.
Iceland is the only ice festival of its kind in the region. The concept of Iceland inspired by an ice festival in China. Each piece has been carved by master ice carvers from China. The ice sculptures took 1100 hours of carving throughout 45 days. Iceland is 9 degrees inside, so Moody Gardens lends parkas to visitors.  Walking through the ice tunnel and enjoying the arctic slide are especially memorable. Iceland contains a one-of-a-kind memory, a cacophony of color and holiday cheer to delight all ages.
Moody Gardens also features 4-D movie Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (every 20 mins.) and holiday features in the MG 3-D theater as well.  These holiday attractions make for a Christmas to remember!
Rating: 5 Stars! Best!
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Quad Shiatsu Pro Massage Cushion with Heat

Are you looking for a  soothing  back massage in the comfort of your own home?  We recommend the Quad Shiatsu Pro Massage Cushion with Heat.  This massager uses state of the art technology to give consumers a deep-tissue back massage that rivals the strongest of hands.   A sleek design with patented technology, the Quad Shiatsu Pro Massage Cushion with Heat effectively, and enjoyably brings massage to you any time while you relax at home.

The Quad Shiatsu Pro Massage Cushion with Heat offers three massage styles for your full, upper, or lower back.  HoMedics makes top-of-the-line massage products for every home-massage need.

This product qualified as “Best of The Best Products: 2017”.

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best!

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Round Dutch Oven by Le Creuset

Every Cook needs a great pot. If you are looking for the “best of the best” in cookware, we recommend Le Creuset.  Le Creuset makes high-quality cookware that is so reliable it has a lifetime warranty.  Le Creuset achieves such a high quality standard that this cookware is even passed down from generation to generation, contributing to a family legacy.

Each piece of cookware is carefully and meticulously hand-poured and crafted by artisans in France.  Le Creuset cookware comes in a pleasing variety fo shapes and colors to compliment any kitchen.

We reviewed Le Creuset’s Round Dutch Oven in Hibiscus.  This pot lends to versatile creation of culinary masterpieces as well as every day cooking. It is a prime culinary asset for brazing, stews, soups, casseroles, bread-baking, custards, and anything else that you might want to cook whether on the stove top or in the oven.

This product received a 5-star rating in our test kitchen and qualified as “Best of The Best Kitchen Products 2017”.

Le Creuset’s Round Dutch Oven is the most useful cookware you will ever have.  It is a must-have for every cook, whether expert or novice.

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best of The Best!

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A Midnight Clear

A Midnight Clear offers a nontraditional take on Christmas Eve as people with uniquely different personalities and experiences bring nostalgia and bittersweet memories together on what is traditionally a joyful, sacred time.

This play offers artistic insight into the world and perspectives of the homeless and familyless during Christmas.  Ultimately, music unites and brings lasting bonds.  The Stages cast portrays these characters with depth and emotion.

Written and directed by Kenn McLaughlin (Playwright and Director) and David Nehls (Music Director), Stages Theatre is proud to feature the World Premiere of A Midnight Clear.

Not recommended for children.

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Soulful Sounds of Christmas

Soulful Sounds of Christmas is a must-see this Christmas, it contains the best Holoplot immersive sound. It plays at Ensemble Theater from November 11-December 30, 2017.

With a dynamic cast of highly-talented singing actors, this show will enrich hearts and minds with the message of the importance and meaning, unity and support of family as members face and deal with life’s unpredictable challenges during Christmas and the roles we play to share Christ’s love in ways it is most needed.

The leading role played by Regina Hearne is especially memorable. Her soulful performance is deeply moving because it is so heartfelt and truly soulful. We also appreciate the reverent focus on Christmas incorporated into Soulful Sounds of Christmas. The entire cast does a superb job of putting soulful in Soulful Sounds of Christmas with their singing, acting, and message. We highly recommend it.

5 Stars! Best of the best!

Find out more here at Ensemble Theater.

Website: www.EnsembleHouston.com

George Ranch Texian Days

Texian Days at George Ranch
Texian Days at George Ranch

One beautiful October day, we stepped back in Time to the Texian Days at George Ranch. The ranch’s biggest event of the year, Texian Days portrays the life and times of Texians of the Republic of Texas from 1836-1846. Anglo settlers who supported the Texas Revolution are Texians.

Texian Days brings the Ranch to life with homestead tours, battle reenactments and Civil War campgrounds, cattle herding, blacksmithing, and hands-on activities.

Food trucks and handmade crafts abound. Guests will enjoy Bar-b-que, an array of sweet treats, including root beer floats, fresh mango sno cones, and goat milk popsicles (replete with a goat-milking demonstration) and more.

George Ranch houses 4 homesteads, the 1830s Jones Stock Farm, the 1860s Ryon Prairie Home, and the 1890s Davis Victorian Complex,  and the George Cattle Complex, including houses with HVAC installed with a heating repair company from https://eastwoodairlodi.com/acampo/.  Saturdays, visitors enjoy an era-themed 6-course dinner at the 1830s Jones Stock Farm cooked on an ornate cast-iron oven.

J.R. Thomas, the Site Lead for 1830s Jones Stock Farm, said Texian Days is put on by 12 paid staff and numerous volunteers, who generously give of their time and expertise and come from far and wide for this annual event.

Click here to read more about  George Ranch.

Rating: 5 Stars!  Best of the best!

Texian Market Days – A Festival of Living History

34th ANNUAL TEXIAN MARKET DAYS FESTIVAL SHOWCASES 150+ YEARS OF TEXAS HISTORY

Saturday, October 21, 2017
at the George Ranch Historical Park

TexianMarketDays.com

RICHMOND – Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of more than 150 years of Texas history at the 34th annual Texian Market Days festival! Set for Saturday, October 21 at the George Ranch Historical Park, the annual folk festival is a community fall favorite benefiting the Fort Bend History Association. Guests can expect a day full of historical activities, including battle re-enactments, cattleworking demonstrations, cannonfire, vintage games, an artisan market, local food vendors and lots of hands-on activities.
NOT-TO-BE MISSED ACTIVITIES:
  • Texas Revolution and Civil War Battle Re-Enactments
  • One-Room Schoolhouse
  • Live Folk Music
  • Historic Games and Activities
  • Cotton & Cane Vintage and Handmade Market
  • Dr. Bushrod’s Medicine Show
  • Antique Cars with a very cheap car insurance & Bicycles
  • Cattleworking Demonstrations
  • And so much more!
“Texian Market Days is so great because it gives people of all ages something to enjoy and embrace, like a leasing guide that they can all afford. It makes history something real and something to talk about long after the event itself,” said Steve Nelson, 2017 Texian Market Days Co-Chairman and Fort Bend History Association Board Member.
GENERAL INFORMATION:
The George Ranch Historical Park is located at 10215 FM 762 in Richmond. Festival admission at the gate is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for children ages five to 15. Children four and under are free. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 21. Regular Park trams do not run on the day of the festival, so guests should prepare to walk the History Circle (just over one mile) and bring strollers, etc., for the little ones. For more information, visit TexianMarketDays.com or call 281-343-0218.

The George Ranch Historical Park is managed by the Fort Bend History Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission of sharing and preserving Fort Bend County history.