WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS MONTH?
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Each month I cull through HUNDREDS of events in Houston and curate the best for you by highlighting six inspiring events (“PICKS”) and one “SPIRIT SPOTLIGHT” (an inspiring person or bricks-and-mortar place) as well as products, classes and workshops, and services. I focus on culture and art, meditation, spiritual events, healthy living, one-of-a kind moments, and organizations that enlighten and inspire Houstonians. I’m so amazed by this city and I want to share my delight with you!
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Well, we made it through Halloween and now the holiday races can begin! Be sure to tune in here next month when my holiday present to you will be round-ups of great productions around town. In the meantime, enjoy all my PICKS below – there are many, many events I culled through to come up with my PICKS this month – be sure to check out some new workshops offered by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston this weekend and later in the month. There are musical festivals with the Houston Whatever Fest and the Houston Blues Society and some fun shows at Stages Repertory Theatre and a powerful “Houston Concert Against Hate” produced by the Anti-Defamation League southwest region.
I have some things cooking at which I hope you’ll join me: my last labyrinth walk for 2015 will be this Saturday, November 7, 10am-noon at the Faith Lutheran Church – see the details here. And I’m hosting a groovy jewelry sale next Saturday, November 14, 10am-3pm at the Unity of Houston bookstore – all those details are here. I’ll have costume jewelry and handmade bracelets by sober teens and the proceeds will benefit my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project and Unity as well as Archway Academy and Teen and Family Services, two organizations that work with sober teens. The IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project was inspired by my brother’s death due to alcoholism – it’s my belief that if people are ignited for their lives, they are less likely to succumb to addiction. Through the project, I am spreading the word about my 12 concepts for igniting your life (see them here) and giving talks to homeless people, therapists, yogis, teens, and many more communities. It’s been my joy to see others become ignited!
November is the time for our major arts organizations to begin their annual holiday thang – the Alley Theatre is bringing A CHRISTMAS CAROL from November 20-December 28 and the Houston Ballet is mounting the final run of Ben Stevenson’s version of THE NUTCRACKER from November 27-December 27. Thankfully, the Houston Grand Opera isn’t bringing the Iain Bell version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL back (love HGO but I didn’t like that production) – instead, they are bringing back their popular production THE LITTLE PRINCE from December 4-20. And of course, there is the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade, a tradition since 1949. It’s happening November 26 starting at 9am at Smith and Lamar downtown. And, finally, if you’d like to give back this month, please check the Volunteer Houston page – their site has plenty of opportunities for year-round service.
I would be remiss in not mentioning my disappointment about the HERO ordinance not passing in Houston. It’s not a bathroom ordinance as many groups have portrayed it – in fact, it’s an important legal proclamation that protects 15 groups from discrimination, including pregnant women, military veterans, and religious persons. As the co-founder of Houston’s Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (now QFest), I was especially disappointed about the attacks on our LGBT citizens. The current director of the festival, Kristian Salinas, was very eloquent about it, here. Hate in any form – whether out of fear or out of disgust – has GOT TO STOP. You may not agree with me on this point but I do hope you’ll agree that discrimination of any persons is wrong. We are all on this planet together and need to learn how to share it better. Voting down this ordinance is also bad for business – the NFL may move the 2017 Super Bowl because of this. Let’s do better than this next time – let’s include ALL Houstonians at the table. If you are interested in making changes, Houston Stonewall Young Democrats will be hosting a meeting Tuesday, November 10 at Little Bigs to discuss next steps. To learn more about it, click here. And you can also check out what Houston Unites is doing.
This month’s VIDEO PICK is by one of my favorite rappers, Prince Ea. His take on the domination of electronics in our lives is spot on. And if you want to get a chuckle about too much television and kids, be sure to read Roald Dahl’s poem, “Television.”.
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Have a great November, hug those you love, and happy PICK-ing!