I know that Summer has just begun, but if you don’t have any vacation plans then you dread these boring three months. Not anymore! I am here today to inform you of some amazing (and cheap) things to do this Summer!

HCC#1. Miller Outdoor Theater

The Miller Outdoor Theater has given Houston 80 years of free cultural entertainment including theater, dance and musical performances. With various show producers like the Society for the Preforming Arts, A.D. Players, and the Diaz Music Institute; this outdoor entertainment will be perfect for any person in this heat!

MFA_houston#2. Houston Museum District

Take advantage of free days and discounts! Museums are great for not only children and teens, but for adults too! Houston has a large variety of museums that fit various interests, even some weird ones like the Beer Can House. Don’t miss these fun learning opportunities!

moviesthisweek#3. Free/Cheap Movies

It’s another weekday and you have nothing to do, most people go and see movies on weekends. Not anymore! So many movie theaters have discounts or free movies during weekdays. Take your friends or family and have some fun!

orch#4. Houston Symphony and AFA

Are you a huge music fan? Well, you are in luck. The Houston Symphony is hosting free neighborhood concerts, and if you can’t make it to those, they also have some movie themed concerts later on. If you wish to hear young aspiring musicians perfect their art, I welcome you to Summer Concert Series with the American Festival for the Arts where AFA Conservatory students preform amazing music!

I hope this is enough to last you at least a month, but don’t worry. I’ll be back soon with more fun things to do in Houston. Send suggestions and I might write about them!

Mihaela Noroc Photography

Photographer from Romania, the author of an unique project -The Atlas of Beauty-. She travels and captures the natural and diverse beauty around the world.

I photographed women in 37 countries, but there are more faces on earth to be discovered.

Your support is really important because it will help me reach more places of the earth and show more diversity of our amazing planet. Our world really needs an Atlas of Beauty and we can create it together.

What is The Atlas of Beauty

First of all, let me introduce myself: I’m Mihaela Noroc, a 29 years old photographer from Romania. In the past 2 years I traveled around the world, with my own small savings, photographing hundreds of women and creating a project called The Atlas of Beauty.

My goal is to show that beauty is everywhere and is not about race, money or trends, but more about being yourself, natural and authentic.

Today more and more women feel a pressure to look in a certain way, but I think we are beautiful, if we treasure what makes us unique.

The Atlas of Beauty became viral on the internet and major publications, from all around the world, wrote about it. Now I have the chance to make my statement heard so it’s very important to continue my project.


19333-R3L8T8D-900-different-countries-women-portrait-photography-michaela-noroc-5-moscow-russiaI have to travel at least one year to gather enough images for publishing a comprehensive Atlas, but I really need your support to do this journey.

19345-R3L8T8D-900-I-photographed-women-from-37-countries-to-show-that-beauty-is-everywhere16__880I plan to visit all continents, except Antarctica, and I will make my exact route based on your votes. I will go in both modern and traditional countries. I will cover different kind of environments from cities, villages and remote areas to show the diversity of our planet, through portraits of women.

19349-R3L8T8D-900-I-photographed-women-from-37-countries-to-show-that-beauty-is-everywhere7__880Now millions of people will see my photos and together we can send a powerful message to the world. We can show that beauty is in our differences and we should all be proud of ourselves.

Now that I reached the funding goal, I can cover the expenses listed above. 

But more funds I raise, more countries and diversity I will capture. The extra funds are essential for the quality of the project and for the film of the journey so each contribution is still very important, until the last day of the campaign. 

19340-R3L8T8D-900-I-photographed-women-from-37-countries-to-show-that-beauty-is-everywhere10__880With your support, I will study more areas of the world.

I will buy a dedicated video camera and microphone.  The documentary will be very authentic and realistic, but it still needs investments.

19351-R3L8T8D-900-I-photographed-women-from-37-countries-to-show-that-beauty-is-everywhere9__880I will also be able to offer more support when visiting communities in need.

Sometime I will be able to rent a car to go in more remote places.

20150315121000-2eThe Impact of the project

The Atlas of Beauty has been featured in major publications of the world. This coverage offers us the opportunity to send our message to more people.

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But this is just the beginning. If I will have your support I will capture much more diversity. Together we will continue to show that beauty means to be yourself, to be proud of your roots, to cultivate what you have, instead of being disappointed about something that you don’t have.

Beauty is in our differences and uniqueness. Now I’m saying it trough words, but if I will have your support, I will “say” it better through my photos.

19350-R3L8T8D-900-I-photographed-women-from-37-countries-to-show-that-beauty-is-everywhere8__880-1Risks and challenges

In my previous journey I had dangerous moments, hard days of working, exhausting routes, unfriendly viruses, but I will do it again, with all my passion. This time I will have more experience and more confidence, knowing that wonderful people from all around the world are supporting me.

19347-R3L8T8D-900-I-photographed-women-from-37-countries-to-show-that-beauty-is-everywhere18__880Other ways you can help

Any contribution is important and will help me to continue. But you can also support me by sharing my story with your friends and letting the world know about The Atlas of Beauty Campaign.

19343-R3L8T8D-900-I-photographed-women-from-37-countries-to-show-that-beauty-is-everywhere14__880-1Together we can show to the world that beauty is everywhere. Thank you very much for your support!

More information:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-atlas-of-beauty#/story

https://instagram.com/mihaelanoroc/

https://www.facebook.com/MihaelaNorocPhoto

 

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4th Annual Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Concert for Conservation at Sam Houston Race Park. Legendary Rock N Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline the concert with a fiery slice of Southern style guitar rock heaven.  Led by core members Gary Rossington (guitar), Johnny Van Zant (vocals), and Rickey Medlock (guitar), Skynyrd will put on an exciting show at Sam Houston Race Park.

Voice_v1.1Additional performers Grand Funk Railroad, Eddie Money, Atlanta Rhythm Section and Houston’s own Folk Family Revival.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 
Gates to the infield will open at 4pm
Concert will start at 4:15pm

 

LYNYRD SKYNYRD

The legacy began some 41 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida, and halted for a decade by the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. Since then, the band tragically lost Allen Collins, Billy Powell, Leon Wilkeson and Hughie Thomasson, yet Lynyrd Skynyrd rocks on with original member Gary Rossington joined by Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Johnny Colt, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase.

The rock and roll powerhouse continually tours, this summer heading out on their second run with Bad Company. 2014 marks the 8th year for their annual Simple Man Cruise, a four day voyage filled with the best music in Southern Rock including an outdoor beach show featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd for the first time in the cruise’s history.

And so Skynyrd stands, “still unbroken.” “People may say, ‘they need the money,’ well I don’t think any of us need the money,” Van Zant says. “It’s just that we love the music, it’s bigger than the money, it’s not even about that any more. We have to make a living, sure, but it’s about the legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and what it stands for, what the fans are all about. There’s nothing like getting out there playing a great show with Skynyrd and seeing people love this music.”

Adds Rossington, “We’re still standing, still keeping the music going. We wanted to do the guys who aren’t with us any more proud, and keep the name proud, too.”

With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having over two million downloaded ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to all generations.

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Yvonne Craig, the actress best known for her role as Batgirl in the 1960’s “Batman” TV series, died on Monday. She was 78.

batCraig passed away at her home in Pacific Palisades surrounded by her family, according to her spokesman. She had been suffering from breast cancer that metastasized to her liver.

Craig also played Martha, the green Orion Slave Girl who wanted to kill Captain Kirk, in the third season of “Star Trek.”

YvonneCraig_Batgirl_Her guest appearances on TV include “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Mod Squad” and “The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis.”

She also starred in two movies opposite Elvis Presley, “It Happened at the World’s Fair” and “Kissin’ Cousins.”

In 2000, Craig wrote a book entitled “From Ballet to the Batcave and Beyond,” which covered some of her years in the ballet as well as her theatrical career.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Aldrich, her sister Meridel Carson and nephews Christopher and Todd Carson.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON

It’s the summer; pretty much everyone is on a summer break. Even if you don’t, you have siblings or kids. Drop on by the Children’s Museum of Houston today!

What makes this museum so special? First off it is the “America’s No. 1 Children’s Museum” by Parents magazine, the Winner of Nickelodeon Parents’ Picks Best Museum in Houston” 2009 & 2010, Click2Houston’s Best Museum” 2010, and the Citysearch.com nationwide 5-star children’s museum. Amazing, right?

CMH_Cyberchase-2-_700x700Since it was founded in 1980 by a group of Houston parents, this museum has done everything in its power to influence kids to learn while having fun, to involve kids in reading, science, math, culture, and social studies.

Overall I think this is a fantastic museum if you are under 12 years old or know someone between those ages, perhaps your kids or siblings. Check out the Children’s Museum of Houston this summer!

For more information: http://www.cmhouston.org/

Children’s Museum of Houston

1500 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004

Phone: (713) 522-1138

 

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Houston Symphony – Back to the Future

This year is the 30th anniversary of this amazing pop culture movie franchise, why not relive your memories or go to the future where you are watching this show?

Fans will experience the thrill of Back to the Future like never before on a big screen with the Houston Symphony performing Alan Silvestri’s stunning score in-sync with the dazzling film. You will also be in for an exclusive treat: Approximately fifteen minutes of brand new music have been added by the composer to the film’s score!

Take this golden opportunity of a once in a lifetime show to go back to the future with this film score!

Saturday, August 01, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Jones Hall

Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

http://www.houstonsymphony.org/tickets/production/detail?id=6801

HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE

Haven’t you ever been bored on a Thursday morning in the summer, you just have nothing to do, why don’t you go to the Houston Museum of Natural Science?

You must be wondering why I mentioned Thursday morning, it’s because the HMNS is free on Thursdays after 3 p.m.! Go on and take your entire family for an amazing experience.

Burke-Baker-Planetarium-Houston-Museum-Natural-ScienceWhat makes this museum one of the best in Houston? Let me tell you!

Since its founding in 1909, the purpose of the HMNS has been to enhance knowledge of natural science in individuals. To this day, this purpose is carried out in every project, program and exhibition associated with this museum.

As one of the most heavily attended museums in the USA, the Museum houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and a large variety of exhibit areas that examine astronomy, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, Texas wildlife and much, much more!

hmns_logotype2This would surely be an amazing learning experience for people of all ages and sizes, come on and drop by this amazing museum when you are in the downtown area!

5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston Texas 77030

Information/Tickets: 713.639.4629

http://www.hmns.org/

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

TX/RX LABS

6faaf4c4c16ae6aa94340a4945a55301Haven’t you ever wanted to take a workshop or a class, I mean it’s the summer; don’t you want something to do that stimulates your brain?

TX/RX is a non-profit Hackerspace in Houston offering classes, lab space, and collective knowledge. They are a project based group of makers, inventors, tinkerers, artists, crafters, and coders.

 

Their goals are to bring creative people together and to make opaque scientific and technical concepts accessible to everyone through education.

697ce22f09086df253a32252c9af19e9All you have to do is go to their website, see if any of their classes/workshops interest you, then book it! They have a large variety of classes for all ages, so teens can also learn a little something this summer.

If you see a class that is full or isn’t available, you can just sign up for an email notification so you don’t have to keep checking the website day in day out.

If you feel as if you don’t want to book a class just yet because you don’t know anything about TX/RX Labs, you can head on over to the Open House they host every Friday at 7 p.m. and check out the huge facility!

5a150705115480cc9a84a7b0ab8c238bSo why don’t you drop by their website or their Open House sometime, you might see something worth your while!

https://txrxlabs.org

 

 

Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday: 10 am to 10 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 8 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm

Mailing Address

205 Roberts Street, Houston, TX 77003

 

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

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Houston Shakespeare Festival

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To go or not to go, that is the question. By to go I mean, should you go to the Houston Shakespeare Festival? Yes!

The Houston Shakespeare Festival is an outreach from the University Of Houston School of Theatre & Dance. Through productions of the works of Shakespeare and other great authors, they draw together the diversity of our community in this great city of Houston.

920x1240It’s hard to believe but this festival has been occurring for 40 years! It is simply a tradition! Each summer, the Houston Shakespeare Festival produces two Shakespeare plays. Since its beginning in 1975, HSF has entertained various people with free performances in Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. Festival audiences are as diverse as Houston itself, with many people experiencing live theatre for the first time.

 

Even if you do not like Shakespeare because of having to read his works in high school bored you to death, you might see something that you enjoy in this festival; after all, it is free! If you enjoy drama, the arts, or enticing stories be sure to check this festival out!

1146151_669080956454441_914469375_oAll performances by Houston Shakespeare Festival

At Miller Outdoor Theatre starts at 8:30 p.m.

The Merchant of Venice

Directed by Tiger Reel

August 1, 5, 7, 9, 2015

 

Macbeth

Directed by Jack Young

July 31, August 2, 4, 6, 8

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

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This sounds like something strange to you, yes? Well it might just be the funniest night of your life!

They provide family friendly entertainment in a one of a kind Clue Game atmosphere for all ages!

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The night starts with a delicious dinner catered from Carrabbas Italian Grill that has a Caesar salad, Chicken Marcela, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, bread and olive oil. Non-alcoholic drinks are provided but you may bring your own beer, wine or champagne. They have a dessert buffet that consists of 5 to 6 delicious desserts that, of course, include chocolate! Following the dinner the mystery begins!

chocolateA crime takes place and you get a choice, the choice of just staying seated and solving the crime or taking on a role in the mystery and taking on a role means you might be chosen to take on a starring or minor role and could end up being the murderer or be murdered. Why wouldn’t you want to take part in this exciting game and become Sherlock Holmes, or maybe even Moriarty (the villain in Sherlock Holmes)?

Instead of going to that boring movie and dinner you planned, I suggest you go to this Mystery Dinner Theater and have some interaction with a story!

281-992-1888

murderbychocolate@gmail.com

They perform every Saturday 6:00 – 8:00pm at their location in Webster, TX. The evening includes dinner, drink, and dessert.

http://www.murderbychocolate.com

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

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