Theater should be accessible for all. That's the belief espoused by UpStage Theatre, a non-profit, volunteer-run company that welcomes everyone from experienced attendees to newcomers who still expect Godot to show up. Each season places an emphasis on works that are as professional in their staging as they are family-friendly in their content. To that end, UpStage produces children's plays—which have included Alice in Wonderland and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown—alongside all-ages classics such as On Golden Pond and Blithe Spirit.
When thinking of a wine collection, minds often spring to dark, dank caverns filled to the brim with dusty bottles deep beneath the earth. At The Corkscrew, however, potential pours are on full display out in the open, their labels proudly peering out from the sprawling wine wall. While oenophiles sip on their glass of chosen wine, they can dig into a menu of tasty snacks, including paninis, thin-crust pizza, and cheese plates. Resident pianist Nick Greer takes the stage every Thursday through Saturday to sweeten nights out with the dulcet strains of his keyboard ministrations.
Barefoot students sway to the music, moving their arms rhythmically, punctuating the flow every so often with martial-arts-style punches and kicks across the sprung wood floor. The low-impact, low-pressure practice nourishes the body, mind, and spirit alike—as co-owner Helen Tracy told Great Day Houston, “I fell in love with my body through Nia.” The instructors at NiaMoves specialize in Nia’s aerobic workouts, in addition to an eclectic assortment of other group fitness classes. The instructors lead students in everything from body-stretching and mind-calming yoga sessions to aerobic hoop-dance workouts. Many of the classes are holistically refreshing, including the healing drum-and-dance-circle sessions, which begin with a tension-relieving meditation session. Instructor Emilia then leads students in expressing themselves through movement and thumping drum beats, both of which are effective during most job interviews.
One Yoga USA founder Jennifer Buergermeister approaches yoga's many forms with a mastery honed over 20 years—and the philosophy of a gardener. OYUSA's mission likens yoga to a tree: many branches, deep roots. In that spirit of multiplicity, it has designed flexible training programs that branch out from foundational training into a phantasmagoria of elective modules that total anywhere from 300 to 1000 hours. On the way to certification, students can immerse themselves in almost every flavor of yoga and supplement it with a buffet of Sanskrit, organic eating, anatomy and physiology, and neurolinguistic programming—forging a self-created major with far more real-world applications than their doctorate in unicorn dressage.
Organized by the staff of Houston Beer Fest and Houston Sports & Social Club, the first annual Winter Beer Social celebrates the season while raising proceeds for the Texas Children's Hospital. Throughout the evening, guests clad in unsightly Christmas sweaters imbibe seasonal suds from an assortment of breweries, including Blue Moon, New Castle, Sierra Nevada, Karbach, Southern Star, Buffalo Bayou, and New Belgium. Live entertainment helps further lift spirits, as DJs spin records and Santa stops by for a visit.
On Saturday, May 17, the Houston Press BrewFest celebrates American Craft beers by hosting a beer spectacular featuring over 22 breweries, including Karbach Brewing Co., 8th Wonder, and Pabst Brewing Co.. In addition to sampling a vast selection of craft beer, festival-goers dance to the sounds of live music and enjoy hearty pulled pork sandwiches from Buttz Food Truck to soak up all the new beers they discovered.