In its first annual festival, Houston Oktoberfest pays homage to the centuries-old German shindig by corralling more than 30 different beers from both local breweries and the Deutschland itself. German beers such as Hofbräu, Spaten, and Warsteiner swirl with crisp, effervescent flavors that pair deliciously with German morsels. Diners can also enjoy local seasonal pours and complement them by nibbling on autumn leaves. As participants mingle and sip, they can also swing their hips to the sounds of 10 different bands throughout the grounds. Louisiana’s Grammy-nominated Pine Leaf Boys headline the fest with a Cajun set complete with a squeezebox, raspy vocals, and fiddle, and Houston’s own The ‘71’s churn out hard-rock anthems such as “Confession.” The strains of traditional German music bounce off the nearby carnival area, which features games and rides for children, adults, and sentient lederhosen.
As part of the 2012 SWAN Day to support women artists, Pandora Theatre hosts an exclusive girls' night out with its third season of Vox Feminina. Inside the intimate, 100-seat theater, an upbeat, energetic repertoire of monologues, one-acts, songs, and dances resonates with audiences. Performances shed light on the bonds of sisterhood, the eternal-yet-evolving station of motherhood, and the humorous despair of losing a wedding ring while fistfighting a baseball team’s mascot. The sultry sound waves of torch songs warm ears and hearts, and elaborate, fiery choreography stomps over the stage when the ChinaCat Dancers prowl into the venue.
The brainchild of two passionate teachers, RoboCamp is dedicated to increasing the presence of math, science, and technical skills in contemporary education. To that end, RoboCamp participants meet each summer at five Texas locations to actively engage in hands-on activities rooted in each of those disciplines.
The activities are more than your run-of-the-mill science experiments, too. As educational activities, campers may craft LEGO replicas of national landmarks, stir up volcanic eruptions, or build edible experiments.
The instructors at FiTMiX Yoga & Latin Fitness Studio speak both English and Spanish, but they focus all of their classes on the universal language of fun. They lead energetic yoga classes, sustaining poses to help students develop strength and flexibility. They incinerate calories with high-energy Zumba workouts fueled by contagious Latin rhythms. They also teach aerial silks classes, which tone the upper body and the core muscles with exciting, gravity-defying routines. To keep students sufficiently energized, they even provide healthy snacks for people and low-calorie gasoline for robots.
At Committed2Fitness, if you run 5 miles, personal trainer Chris Green is going to run 5 miles with you. An ACE-certified trainer and Houston native, Chris wants he and his clients to achieve their goals together, which inspires him to work just as hard as his clients do. Chris leads individual and group programs, during which he drills athletes in exercises such as battle ropes, cardio boxing, sprinting, core work, and resistance-band training. Chris has multiple areas of specialization, including weight loss, constitution and endurance work, and muscle training.
A hub for high-quality classical works, the non-profit Classical Theatre Company is dedicated to producing plays dating at least a century prior. The CTC's executive artistic director, John Johnston, directs this rendition of Tartuffe. Reserve your tickets for this intriguing romp through romance, intrigue, hypocrisy, and forbidden love. Seats for this enduring and entertaining tale are on a first-come, first-served basis. The Barnevelder's intimate, 120-seat theater ensures that all audience members will have a prime view of the engaging story.