Though the chefs at Babaloo International Cafe & Bar were inspired by the sharable small plates of Spain, they didn't limit themselves to just Spanish dishes. Instead, they craft appetizers and down-sized entrees of cuisines from around the world. This creates a varied menu, with prosciutto-wrapped asparagus appearing beside miniature beef wellingtons and Cuban crab cakes made with plantains. These dishes pair well with wines selected from the vineyards of Spain, Portugal, Argentina, and Australia, to create meals that are both light and filling, much like four courses of flavored heliums. When evening turns to night, the restaurant becomes a hotspot for dancing, with theme parties, hip-hop nights, and salsa dancing.
Intimate tables, high-top chairs, and polished bars fill the 7,000 square feet of indoor space and 6,500 square feet of patio seating at The Tasting Room Wine Cafe's Citycentre location. Whether as a light snack after work or a six-course meal and wine tasting, a constantly evolving collection of menus and bottles picked by the head sommelier ensure delectable results. Walls and shelves sporting a panorama of red and white bottles decorate the lively dining area and private event space. Bartenders keep bottles stored in Enomatic wine-service systems that preserve their organoleptic properties and maintain flavor so that every glass tastes like the bottle had just been plucked from a wine tree and opened. Live music serenades digestion on the patio as guests pair conversations with small plates, elegant entrees, and slices from a cheese and salumi menu.
The 4th Annual New Year's Eve Ball: Confetti Countdown plunges partygoers into a churning pool of electronic music, dancing, and drinks. Featured DJ and house virtuoso Richard Vission inspires no-holds-barred boogying with original high-energy beats and rhythmic remixes of songs by Lady Gaga and Prince. Christopher Lawrence beams unique techno trance tunes directly to beat-hungry feet. A host of other musicians including DJ Riddler, Brian Stovall, and Vance Lawrence will tag-team throughout the night to feed the party vibe and subwoofers' sense of purpose.
The Free Press Summer Fest is nothing if not ambitious. Two days and eight stages light up with genres from indie-minded folk to female-fronted surf rock to bone-buzzing dubstep to sleek, futuristic Eurotronica. Among the elder statesmen headlining the 100-plus lineup, Snoop Dogg rolls onto the stage with his signature hazy, ultra-laid-back flow, Willie Nelson takes an oddly complementary outlaw attitude into the backwoods, and a Primus set offers the chance to count all 13 of Les Claypool's fingers.
The progressive Opera Vista closes its season with Daron Hagen's Vera of Las Vegas, a modern-day yarn that twists through the streets of Sin City. Witness the tale of two ex-IRA agents on the run when air-travel misfortune lands them in Las Vegas with a transvestite named Vera. Navigating the themes of reinvention, love, and betting your dog on red, the opera’s compelling plot is backed by an eclectic score that covers a huge range of musical styles such as cabaret, ’70s folk-rock, Broadway, and modern classical. The one-hour performance is general-admission seating and is intended for mature audiences.
The 2004 MLB All-Star Game. The longest baseball game in postseason history. Craig Biggio’s 3,000th hit. For a stadium that just opened in 2000, Minute Maid Park has already hosted its share of memory-making moments. Astros fans pack the field’s 40,963 seats during baseball season. The Astros invite fans to take in full-field views from luxury boxes and terrace decks or track players from seats along the first and third baselines situated within 43 feet of the game's action. The stadium welcomes teams and performers from across the spectrum of sports and entertainment. Whether tracking the pitch during international soccer face-offs or jamming to tunes of artists including Madonna and Taylor Swift, visitors stay comfortable beneath a retractable roof designed to combat the unique climate conditions that Texas weather can present.
Designed with Texas’s railway history in mind, the park blends naturally into the classic red brick and glass looks of nearby Union Station. A full-sized vintage locomotive runs intermittent trips along 800 feet of track along the left-field wall, giving fans a glimpse of Wild West transportation and the lead character of next summer’s Cowboys Vs. Transformers.