The Astros kick off the 2017 season at Minute Maid Park on April 3 as they take on the AL West Division rival Seattle Mariners! The Opening Day festivities feature the return of the Opening Day Street Festival, presented by Budweiser, with live music, food trucks, games, access to parts of the newly renovated Center Field and Saint Arnold Bar and much more from 2–6:30pm. Following the street fest, fans are encouraged to head to their seats for the
Opening Day pregame ceremonies, which will include a flyover from the United States Air Force. houston.astros.mlb.com
MANDALAS AND MOVEMENT
The Watercolor Art Society of Houston will host its second “Mandalas and Movement” workshop/event on April 19 from 6–9pm. Here’s your chance to experience a unique collaboration of Houston creatives, artists and yogis at the WAS-H in the Museum District. The event answers the question: “What is a mandala and how does it relate to the human experience?” A special mandala-themed Vinyasa flow will be taught by Allison Zalkovsky from Black Swan Yoga Houston, and WAS-H member Haley Bowen will teach the art-based mandala workshop. Wear clothes to move in, bring a yoga mat and water. Register for this $10 event at www.watercolorhouston.org/event-2467048.
HAVING A BALL
On April 23, co-owners Johnny Mandola and Bubba Butera of
Damian’s Cucina Italiana invite you to roll up your sleeves and join
them in a culinary showdown – The Meatball Brawl – featuring
an Italian classic, the meatball. In honor of his late father (Frankie
Mandola), this annual event will benefit two of his favorite charities:
The 100 Club and the Italian-American Sports Foundation.
The Meatball Brawl will bring Houston’s most talented and diverse
restaurants together to compete and showcase their original creations
for hundreds of guests, plus a panel of media and celebrity
judges. For more information, visit www.meatballbrawl.eventbrite.com or call
I’LL DRINK TO THAT
Much to Texas beer enthusiasts’ delight, Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery rolled out distribution in the Lone Star State beginning in early March and has partnered with Silver Eagle Distributors to tap into the Houston market.
An over-30-year-old and 100 percent family-owned brewery, Bell’s – ranked 7th largest craft brewery in the nation according to the Brewers Association – will enter the Texas market with a lineup of year-round and seasonal brews, as well as debut a beer crafted specifically for the occasion: Am I Right or Amarillo, an American IPA. Find it near you with this handy beer finder:
30 YEARS RUNNING…AND ROLLING
The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is proud to announce the festivities
surrounding the 30th Anniversary of the Houston Art Car Parade Weekend, the largest gathering of its kind in the world and one of Houston’s most beloved annual events. The four-day party kicks off on Thursday, April 6, with the Main Street Drag and Sneak Peek at Discovery Green on the Avenida, continues Friday, April 7, with The Legendary Art Car Ball and culminates on Saturday, April 8, with the main event – The Houston Art Car Parade with Grand Marshal Cheech Marin taking over Smith Street in downtown Houston. Over $10,000 in prize money will be awarded to artists in various categories the following day, Sunday, April 9, at the Houston Art Car Parade Award Ceremony at Smither Park. Visit www.orangeshow.org for all the details.
SEW MUCH FUN
Early next month, the dynamic Quilt Guild of Greater Houston is presenting Joy of Quilts 2017, a biennial fundraising event for the longest established quilt guild in the Greater Houston area. “This year’s show will feature the wondrous and diverse creativity that is a characteristic of both the art of quilting and of our talented members,” says QGGH President Elaine White. Two new categories have been added to this year’s roster: an unconventional medium quilt and a guild-member-only challenge entitled “Joyous Flora.” An estimated 200 quilts will be on display in the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6.
Admission is $10. For more information, visit www.qgghouston.org.