Houston’s first mobile grocery truck – Grit Grocery – has rolled into town, bringing the best of the farm to your block. They offer the bounty of local farmers and suppliers, including Brazos Valley Cheese, Brenham Kitchens, Gundermann Acres, Katz Coffee, Moore’s Honey Farm, Texas Pickle Company and more – plus wild-caught Gulf fish and shrimp, local pasture-raised pork and chicken – to take the hassle out of healthy eating. They’ve parked their truck at SkyHouse, Lofts at the Ballpark, Venue Museum District and other urban locations across the city. Where are they going next? You can follow their adventures on Instagram @gritgrocery. For more information, visit www.gritgrocery.com.
The Escape Game – the #1 escape room in the country – is now open at CityCentre. The Escape Game is an immersive entertainment experience where players must solve puzzles, clues and challenges to beat the clock and escape the room. The games available will be Gold Rush, Prison Break, The Heist and Playground. People interested in checking out this award-winning escape game concept can find them on the web at https://theescapegamehouston.com/ or can call 713.999.1496 to reserve a game room.
TOM HOLLAND SWINGS IN FOR COMICPALOOZA
Tom Holland, best known as “Spider-Man” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is headlining Houston’s Comicpalooza during Memorial Day weekend. Holland’s addition to the already powerful lineup will make the weekend even more amazing for fans as the pop culture festival celebrates its 10th anniversary. Joining Holland at the George R. Brown Convention Center May 25–27 will be Marvel stars Krysten Ritter, Charlie Cox and Michael Chiklis, plus Edward James Olmos and more. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.comicpalooza.com.
WOODLANDS WINE AND FOOD WEEK
It may be a month away, but start planning your visit to the 2018 Woodlands Wine & Food Week, June 5–9, at venues throughout the town. It starts with “It’s a Guy Thing” on Tuesday, June 5, at The Woodlands Country Club, with big, bold wines, craft beers and delicious fare (plus shoe shines and poker), and concludes on the 9th with the The Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase with rare wines and industry experts, a luxurious affair for the most discriminating collectors. For information and tickets, visit www.wineandfoodweek.com.
NEW HOUSING, NEW HOPE
New Hope Housing at Harrisburg, a 175-unit, single-room occupancy (SRO) apartment community with retail and commercial office space, serving adults living alone on a limited income, has opened in Houston’s historic East End at 3315 Harrisburg Blvd. New Hope Housing at Harrisburg, their fourth LEED-certified development, is designed by AIA Houston’s 2013 Firm of the Year, GSMA, Inc. Each apartment is a fully furnished efficiency and includes a private bath and small kitchenette with a microwave and refrigerator. Residents have access to communal spaces, such as a kitchen, business center, library and theatre/dining room. Over 25 years, New Hope has helped more than 9,500 men and women live in high-quality, affordable housing and have access to life-enhancing support services. For more information, visit www.newhopehousing.com.
Project Row Houses celebrates its 25th anniversary and highlights its Young Mothers Residential Program on Sunday, May 6, from 2–4pm, at 2521 Holman St. The “CommuniTea with YMRP” will honor the program and commemorate the legacy of female leadership, contributions and community at PRH. Come celebrate by donning your hat, sandals, sundresses and seersucker suits for an afternoon of Fun, Great Company and Treats! Tickets are $60 for guests and $45 for YMRP Alumnae. 25th anniversary family-friendly activities are happening throughout the year; please visit https://projectrowhouses.org/anniversary/.
The 14th Annual Empty Bowls Houston will be held Saturday, May 19, from 11am–2pm, at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. Empty Bowls is an international effort to fight hunger, and the Houston event benefits the Houston Food Bank. The lunch fundraiser is a collaboration among Houston-area ceramists, woodturners and artists working in all media. For a minimum $25 donation, attendees receive a simple lunch of soup and bread, and then select a bowl from the 1,500 donated to the cause. The empty bowls serve as a reminder of all the empty bowls in our community and the world. For more information, visit www.emptybowlshouston.org.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has completed the installation of Anish Kapoor’s monumental sculpture, Cloud Column, on the site of the Museum’s new Steven Holl-designed Glassell School of Art and its plaza by Deborah Nevins & Associates. Conceived in the late 1990s and realized in 2006, it is a singular work within a decades-long engagement with what the artist has called “defining space.” The oblong form’s concave “front” faces the Glassell School of Art, inverting its structure, its surroundings and the viewer in its reflection. You may have seen a similar sculpture in Chicago, but we’re not getting into that debate. Plan your visit at www.mfah.org.
FM Kitchen and Bar presented the unveiling of “The Altuve That Could” mural by local artist Donkeeboy with an evening celebration featuring art, music and a raffle and silent auction benefiting the Astros Foundation. More than 250 guests crowded FM Kitchen and Bar’s spacious patio for the final unveiling of the mural, which Donkeeboy began painting on a wall on FM’s patio on April 2 in honor of Opening Day at Minute Maid Park. He put the finishing touches on the mural on Wednesday, including a sketch of Altuve’s face on the front of the train along with other final details. www.fmkitcheandbar.com
On May 5th (Cinco de Mayo), the East End District, in partnership with the East End Foundation, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston First and other cultural and arts organization of the Houston area, will bring colorful festivities for children and adults alike to the award-winning Navigation Esplanade — “El Corazon de la Comunidad.” PiЦatafest will begin at noon with free family-friendly activities including a piЦata-making contest, modular building blocks for kids, mariachi music, plenty of food options and much more. Attendees will also be invited to build piЦata sculptures utilizing Papakura, a new form a paper crafting used to create 3D models. The fun continues — with Boricua Soul Entertainment, Ballet Folklorico Azteca and East End Art Bike Ride – until 4pm. Visit www.eastendhouston.com for all the details.
BY THE YARD
Since it’s the Arts and Entertainment Issue, why not take your eating and drinking and live music out back – to the Backyard at Armadillo Palace, Goode Company’s shrine to Texas. The enclosed, open-air Backyard features a covered stage, retractable sunshades, a 1968 Airstream bar and plenty of seating. It’s an ideal location for outdoor eating, happy hour mingling and live music listening that Armadillo Palace regularly showcases. Get in on the fun at www.thearmadillopalace.com