Houston Festival Update: Extremely Shorts Festival, Czech Heritage Day + More


Aurora Picture Show’s annual Extremely Shorts Festival
Molly Gochman’s Studio
2442 Bartlett Street
Houston, TX 77098
June 17-18, 2011 6:30PM

These films under three minutes in length may be short on time, but they are rich in passion and ideas. Come see what their 2011 Juror, Brent Hoff, selected from the amazing submissions of animated, experimental, narrative, and documentary short films. Cast your vote for your favorite film and support the filmmakers of this year’s Extremely Shorts. The awards will be given out at the annual picnic (on the 18th @6:30PM) with a menu from Saint Arnold Brewery, Ruggles Green, Tequila Pasion, Mission Burrito, Whole Foods Market, My Fit Foods, Crave Cupcakes and Natachee’s Supper N Punch followed by the time-honored karaoke tradition. Screening admission: $10 non-members, Aurora Members Free and Picnic admission: $15 members, $10 non-members (separate of screening admission).

Made in American with the Texas Music Festival Orchestra featuring Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins Drive
The Woodlands, TX 77380
/www.woodlandscenter.org June 17, 2011 – 8:00PM

More than 100 gifted musicians from around the world, in conjunction with the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, return to The Pavilion for a summer concert extraordinaire. The festival is an intensive four-week study program at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. Under the direction of Mei-Ann Chen, these young artists perform Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral and Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3. The finalists and winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition will be announced. Pre-concert activities begin in the Fidelity Investments Plaza at 7PM. This event is FREE and preferred parking is available at all Ticketmaster locations for $5 plus service charge.

Kemah Boardwalk
8 Waterfront
Kemah, TX 77565

June 23, 2011 – Rock the Dock Summer Concert Series 6:30-10:15PM
All summer long enjoy a great mix of musical talent on the boardwalk every Thursday evening! June 23rd will feature the band “LC Rocks” with great Austin Texas rock.

Fireworks Fridays is a spectacular fireworks display over Galveston Bay every Friday evening through July 4th. Also experience the fantastic rides, games, shopping, live entertainment along with a variety restaurants, charming retail stores, and seaside shows every day at the waterfront. Check out the cool exhibits such as the Stingray Reef, where you can touch and feed live stingrays! Other exhibits include piranhas, snakes, scorpians, tarantulas, turtles and more. Open at 10:00AM daily and admission is always free!

Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow Presents “Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade”
Market Square Park
301 Milam
Houston, TX 77002
June 18, 2011 8:00PM

Enjoy free quirky classic movies under the stars! In honor of Father’s Day, join Indy Jones and his feisty father, Dr. Jones Sr. for a movie in the park. Bring your blankets, fedoras and enjoy a night of adventure in historic downtown Houston. Bring your blanket, lawn chair, family and friends and start your weekend off at the Square.

Czech Heritage Day
Historic Downtown District!
809 3rd Street
Rosenberg, TX 77471
June 18, 2011 10-6:00PM

Celebrate Czech Heritage, venture out for a day of shopping, dining and family fun in Rosenberg’s Historic Downtown District! Enjoy the sounds of Cary Oswald and the Lazy Farmers Band who will take the stage at 3rd Street Park along with local polka dancers. Indulge in a kolache-baking contest and sausage samples from Rosenberg’s own Kovasovic’s Meat Market. Check out the displays of Czechoslovakian goods by the Czech Heritage Society, the talents of Mrs. Turner’s Music School students, artwork displayed by the Art League of Fort Bend, and be sure to stop in and visit the downtown merchants for specials running throughout the day. Admission is free.

“Summer Sounds” Concert Series
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Ste. B200
Katy, TX 77494
Thursdays from 6-9:00PM through June. Admssion is free.

The weekly Summer Sounds continue at LaCenterra’s Heritage Square on June 23rd with “Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef”. Hanna’s Reef frontman and founder, Jerry Diaz, is a songwriter and solo performer. The band delivers a Texas-style luau atmosphere with their stage performance. They combine the tropical elements of steel drums and Latin percussion with the driving beat of a rock and roll band. However, they don’t forget their roots. You’ll hear a little bit of Texas music mixed in occasionally, as well as songs with a distinctive Cajun influence. Food and beverages are available. Performances take place weather permitting. Showtimes and performers subject to change.

Bands on the Sand Concert Series
Palm Beach, Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77554
Fridays from 6-10:00PM

Moody Gardens weekly concert series continues on June 17th with the band “The Lineup”. This local favorite heats things up for a fun-filled evening on the sand at Palm Beach, followed by a fantastic fireworks display. Admission is $10. This event will run each week through mid-August.

Discovery Green Park
1500 McKinney (across from George R. Brown Center)
Houston TX 77010
Admission is always free. Blankets, lawn chairs and picnics are welcome; food, beer and wine are available for purchase. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages.For more exciting events scheduled at Discovery Green Park, please visit the web-site.

June 18, 2011 12-4:00PM – Friends For Life Mobile Adoption Vehicle Event
The Friends For Life Mobile Adoption Vehicle is a 26 state of the art adoption center on wheels that brings the pets to the people in style! The MAV hold 28 animals for adoption and is always a fun way to meet their wonderful animals. They will be featuring both cats and dogs for a meet and greet and have information on fostering, adopting, volunteering and some fun free giveways items for visitors!

June 23, 2011 6:30 – Thursday Concert Series: The Mother Truckers
Rock out at the free, family-friendly concerts showcasing the best music of Texas and the Gulf Coast. The Mother Truckers blend elements of country and blues with loud guitars, big choruses, and powerhouse vocals to bring you flat-out, hi-test rock & roll. Fresh, fun, and full of soul, their special roadhouse blend of Americana puts the giddy-up in your get down. Little Steven approved, endorsed, and loved rock and roll, so come out from the underground garage to the hill!

Stewart Beach Sunday Concerts
Stewart Beach
Broadway at Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX
June 19, 2011 1:00-4:00PM

Stewart Beach presents live music every third Sunday through August in their pavillion. Entertaining beach-goers this Sunday will be “The Line Up”. One of Galveston’s premier family beach parks, Stewart Beach sponsors family-oriented events, such as volleyball tournaments and other special events throughout the summer season. The park features umbrella and chair rentals, volleyball courts, an outdoor pavilion with an elevator, snack bar, souvenir shop, restrooms and showers. Admission is $8.00 per car.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
100 Concert Drive – Hermann Park
Houston, TX 77030
All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are free of charge.
Visit the web-site for matinee performance shows and schedules.

June 17, 2011 8:30PM – *ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights
Beethoven 5 plus Rhapsody in Blue with Michael Francis, conductor and Scott Holshouser, piano performing Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet, Overture Fantasy; Gershwin:Rhapsody in Blue; Beethoven: Symphony No. 5.

June 18, 2011 8:30PM – *ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights
West Side Story with Marcelo Lehninger, conductor and Chad Hoopes, violin. J. Strauss Jr: Overture to Die Fledermaus; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1; Wagner: Prelude and Isolde’s Love – Death from Tristan and Isolde; Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

June 19, 2011 8:30PM – *Houston’s Juneteenth Celebration
Highlighting this year’s Juneteenth Celebration at Miller are musical performances and from the Glen David Andrews Band and Corey Ledet and his Zyceco Band, both rising stars from New Orleans, Louisiana. Glen David Andrews will bring his lively New Orleans jazz and brass band sound to Miller. Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band will present the rural Creole zydecomusic that is always a hit with Houston audiences. Blues legend Texas Johnny Brown and the Quality Blues Band will provide the soul-searching blues sound to the lineup. During music breaks, the audience will be treated to short readings by young poets who were featured in the Space City Slam: Grand Slam 2011 Houston competition and who will go on to national competition.
Juneteenth (Emancipation Day), with its roots in Galveston, Texas, is a historical observance growing in popularity across the Gulf Coast and the United States. Juneteenth began on June 19, 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger read General Order No. 3 in Galveston, more than two months after the end of the Civil War, proclaiming Slaves are free. Juneteenth spread to Houston, where it has been celebrated annually for nearly 150 years.

*These are ticketed events for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.

Juneteenth Jubilee Parade & Jubilee Celebration
Wright Cuney Park
41st & Ball
Galveston, TX
June 18, 2011 Noon

Marching bands, drill teams, decorated cars and high kicking performers from Galveston, Houston, Dallas and other areas will excite the crowds along the route. Beautiful horse driven carriages will also be featured. Parade will begin at noon from 25th & Ball, and continue to 41st & Ball (Wright Cuney Park). The picnic will begin at 12:30PM, after the completion of the Juneteenth Parade. Complimentary refreshments will be provided as well as music and activities for the entire family. A special program including the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation will begin at 2:00PM. Both events are free to the public.

Haak Vineyards & Winery
6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, TX 77510

Saturday Concert with Pookie Marceaux – June 18, 2011 7-10:00PM
Enjoy a leisurely Saturday concert at the winery with friends. The featured artist for this event will be “Pookie Marceaux” with his own special blend of Louisiana soul and Texas rhythm n’ blues. Admission is $5.00. (21 and older), Children are welcome and are free.

Sunday Concert Series – June 19, 2011 6-8:30PM
The Sunday concert series celebrates each week and on the 18th will feature “Tony Vega Band” with red hot blues, roots & roll straight out of Texas. Admission is $5.00. (21 and older), Children are welcome and are free.

Bring your own wine glass (if you prefer glass) and a lawn chair or blanket to make sure you have a comfortable seat. Chair seating is available on a first come, first serve basis and fill up fast. They have a wonderful deli in the Tasting Room if you want to create your own picnic basket, but will be serving food from their full service kitchen as well. (The menu will vary each week.) Pets must be on a leash. No outside food or drink allowed in.

Festival de Mariachi
Traders Village Houston
7979 N. Eldridge Road
Houston, TX 77041
June 19, 2011

A great event that provide entertainment for the public with numerous Mariachis from the Houston area. Admission is free and parking is just $3.

Wendy’s Fourth Annual Father’s Day Frosty Weekend
June 18 & 19, 2011

During Father’s Day Weekend, Wendy’s will donate .50 for every Frosty sold to support Wendys Wonderful Kids, which finds permanent adoptive families for foster children as the signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA). Other ways to give: Treat it Forward! This is an online initiative on Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare that gives additional ways to support the cause. Each interaction will result in additional .50 donations. You can go to http://www.facebook.com/Frosty (Treat it Fwd tab) and Tweet using the hash tag #TreatItFwd; or Give a virtual Frosty as a gift or Virtually toast your dad by snapping a photo of you raising your Frosty cup, tagging it with the words Wendy’s Father’s Day Frosty Weekend; or Tell friends about Father’s Day Frosty Weekend through the application. You can also check-in to a Wendy’s during Father’s Day Weekend using Foursquare and a .50 donation will be made.