Demographics of Houston

                               White          Black       Native American      Asian          Hispanic

Total Population  43.9%         25.3.%                0.4%                 5.3%          37.0%


1.Houston is the fourth-largest city in the United States of America and the largest city in the state of Texas. As of the 2009 U.S. Census estimate, the city had a population of 2.3 million. 

2.By 1910, Houston's population had reached 78,800, almost doubling from a decade before. An integral part of the city were African Americans, who numbered 23,929 or nearly one-third of the residents.They were developing a strong professional class based then in the Fourth Ward.

3.Since the 1990s, as a result of the recession, Houston has made efforts to diversify its economy by focusing on aerospace and health care/biotechnology and by reducing its dependence on the petroleum industry. In 1997, Houstonians elected Lee P. Brown as the city's first African American mayor.

4.Many annual events celebrate the diverse cultures of Houston. The largest and longest running is the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, held over 20 days from late February to early March, which happens to be the largest annual Livestock Show and Rodeo anywhere in the world. Another large celebration is the annual night-time Houston Pride Parade, held at the end of June. Other annual events include the Houston Greek Festival, Art Car Parade, the Houston Auto Show, the Houston International Festival, and the Bayou City Art Festival, which is considered to be one of the top five art festivals in the United States.

5.Venues across Houston regularly host local and touring hip hop, rock, blues, country, dubstep, and Tejano musical acts. While Houston has never been a widely renowned for its music scene, Houston hip-hop has become a significant, independent music scene, influencing some larger Southern hip hop and gangsta rap communities. Houston is also the home of chopped and screwed music.

6.Prominent artists from Houston include pop and R&B group Destiny's Child. Houston also had fledgling blues and folk scenes in the sixties and seventies. Notable blues performers included Lightnin' Hopkins, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, "Texas" Johnny Brown, Johnny "Guitar" Watson, Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, and Joe "Guitar" Hughes; many of whom recorded with hometown music label Peacock Records.

7.Houston's murder rate ranked 46th of U.S. cities with a population over 250,000 in 2005 (per capita rate of 16.3 murders per 100,000 population). Houston has experienced a significant rise in crime, which the Houston Police Department partly attributed to an influx of people from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Houston, due to its size and proximity to major illegal drug exporting nations, is a significant hub for trafficking of cocaine, marijuana, heroin, MDMA, and methamphetamine.

8.Within the Houston's historic Third Ward community is Texas Southern University (TSU). Founded in 1927, it is a historically black four-year university with a pharmacy school and the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

9.During the summer months, it is common for the temperature to reach over 90 °F, with an average of 99 days per year above 90 °F. Winters in Houston are fairly temperate. The average high in January, the coldest month, is 62 °F, while the average low is 39 °F. Snowfall is generally rare. Houston receives a high amount of rainfall annually, averaging about 54 inches a year. These rains tend to cause floods over portions of the city.

Radio Stations

KHMX 96.5 FM Houston, TX Hot AC 
KBXX 97.9 FM Houston, TX Hip Hop 
KODA 99.1 FM Houston, TX Adult Contemporary 
KMJQ 102.1 FM Houston, TX Urban Contemporary 
KHCB 105.7 FM Houston, TX Religious 
KILT 610 AM Houston, TX Sports 
KCOH 1430 AM Houston, TX Urban Contemporary 
KJIC 90.5 FM Santa Fe, TX Gospel Music 
KKHH 95.7 FM Houston, TX Top-40 
KRBE 104.1 FM Houston, TX Top-40 
KILT 610 AM Houston, TX Sports 
KTRH 740 AM Houston, TX News/Talk 
KBME 790 AM Houston, TX Sports 
KTEK 1110 AM Alvin, TX Business News 
KWWJ 1360 AM Baytown, TX Gospel Music 

Bangin' 832 Radio (GRB Media) -  Category: Radio -   Houston's Only Home for R&B and Hip-Hop, Past and Present   Houston TX (832) 819-3242  - (view website) 

A Touch of History

After the Civil War, Juneteenth started in nearby Galveston, Texas on 19 June 1865. Afterwards, African-Americans from other southern cities migrated to Houston to find work as cattle hands and later, in the oil industry.


1. Aztecas Bar & Grill - Category: Entertainment - 2207 Richmond Avenue, Houston TX (713) 526-1702


2. Bam Bou - Category: Entertainment - 2540 University Blvd - Houston TX (713) 521-7222


3. Bangin' 832 Radio (GRB Media) - Category: Radio- Houston's Only Home for R&B and Hip-Hop, Past and Present   Houston TX (832) 819-3242  - (view website)


4. Brasil - Category: Jazz, R&B -2604 Dunlavy Street, Houston, TX 77006 (713) 528-1993


5.Cafe 4212 -Category: Entertainment -4212 Almeda - Houston TX (713) 522-4212


6.Candy Lounge - Category: Entertainment -3030 Travis Street, Mid Downtown Houston


7. Carrington’s - Category: Entertainment - 9585 South Main, Houston TX  - (watch video)


8. Cezanne - Houston's home for acoustic jazz.  - 4100 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX (713) 522-9621


9. Chymistry Bar and Lounge - Category: Lounge -Chymistry Bar and Lounge is designed to create a fresh contemporary sexy vibe. We offer a refreshing, all inclusive approach to service and entertainment. Our commitment to excellence and a clear focus on hospitality makes "The Chymistry Experience" second to none.   1002 Almeda Genoa, Houston TX (832) 530-4255  - (view website)


10. Club Divus - Category: Entertainment - 1100 Greens Pkwy @ Ella - Houston TX (281) 875-3130


11. Club Reminisce - Category: Entertainment -  6556 Peerless Street - Third Ward Houston TX


12. Club Riddims Inc - The one and only Caribbean Nightclub in Houston Texas. - 8220 West Bellfort Street, Houston, TX (713) 779-0033


13.Club Roxy - Category: Rap/Hip Hop - 25351 West Alabama, Houston, TX 77056 (713) 850-0703


14. Da' Fresh Club - Category: Club - If you're a musician or band and love performing for the audience, we do conduct interviews for future events and opportunities. We're a diverse club who attracts a diverse crowd. Feel free to contact Da' Fresh Club to help host your next event. It will sure be a night to remember.   8112 Homestead Rd Houston TX (281) 356-0996  - (view website)


15. Etta's Lounge - 5120 Scott St, Houston, TX (713) 528-2611


16. Hallabaloo's - Category: Rap/Hip Hop - 716-1/2 Houston Blvd., Houston, TX 77587 (713) 943-1400


17. Heat Niteclub - Category: Nightclub - 511 Main Street - Houston TX (713) 225-8020


18.Horn Bar & Grill - Category: Entertainment - 6025 Richmond Avenue - Houston TX (713) 266-8711


19.House of Blues - Category: Entertainment - 1204 Caroline Street - Houston TX (888) 402–5837


20.Houston Ensemble Theater - Category: Culture - Entertainment - The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and enlighten, entertain and enrich a diverse community.   - 3535 Main Street Houston, TX 77002 (713) 520-0055 -(visit website)


21.Isis -  Category: Entertainment -  1010 Prairie Street - Houston TX (713) 210-1480


22.Jet Lounge - Category: Rap/Hip Hop -1515 Pease Street, Houston, TX 77002 (713) 659-2000


23.Klub Bashh -Category: Party Hall / Event Hall / Multi-Purpose Hall -   Party room for all kinds of events such as: * Children and Adult Birthday Parties * Bachelor and Bachelorette Parties * Viewing Party * Quinces * Dance Parties * Office Parties * Fraternity / Sorority Parties * Family Reunions, etc. Party Room Includes: * Pub Tables (minimal) * Chairs (minimal) * DJ Booth * 1 Main Stage / Secondary Stage * Changing Room * Bathrooms (Men / Women) * Bar * 1 Security Personnel Additional Services (for charge): * Laser Lights * Sound System * Additional Security * DJ Email / text now to reserve; slots are filling up quickly.    - 17440 FM 529, Ste 106. Houston TX 77095 (281) 673-5134  - (visit website)


24.LAX Houston -Category: Nightclub - 2329 Fm 1960 Rd W - Houston, TX 77068 (281) 397-0888


25.Magnolia Bar and Grill -Category: Blues, R&B - 4410 West 12th Street, Houston, TX 77055-7208 (713) 781-6207 (713) 957-1653


26.Maxwell's -Category: Entertainment - 9255 S. Main Street - Houston TX (713) 661-1915


27. Mike's Place -Category: R&B - 9110 Jones Road, Houston, TX 77065-4720 (281) 890-4919


28. Moghul Restaurant - Category: Entertainment - 11681 Westhiemer Road - Houston TX (281) 589-2300


29. Monnalisa at Hotel Sorella - Category: Jazz, R&B -   800 West Sam Houston Parkway North, Building 9, Houston, TX 77024 (713) 827-3503 (713) 973-1600


30.Mr. A's - Category: Entertainment - 3409 Calvacade, Houston TX (713) 675-2319


31.Old Heidelberg Inn -Category: Pop, R&B -1810 Fountain view, Houston, TX 77057 (713) 781-3581


32.Ost Lounge -Category: Lounge - Karaoke 4 Grown Folk   - 6556 Peerless Street - Houston, TX 77021-2200 (713) 741-7531


33. Red Cat Jazz Café -Downtown Houston restaurant with live jazz and entertainment serves classic Cajun and Creole cuisine in a French Quarter atmosphere.  - 924 Congress Street, Houston TX (713) 226-7870


34. Reign Lounge -Category: Entertainment - 4105 Washington Avenue - The Heights Houston TX (713) 869-0404


35. Reliant Park - Category: Rap/Hip Hop -1 Reliant Park, Houston, TX 77054 (832) 667-1743 (832) 667-1771


36.Ringside at Sullivan's - Category: Pop, R&B -4608 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77027 (713) 869-6100


37. Rocca Bar -  Category: Entertainment -  6300 Richmond Avenue, Houston TX (713) 278-9700


38. Scott Gertner's SkyBar -Category: Jazz, R&B - 3100 Fountain View, Houston, TX 77057 (713) 520-9688


39.Signature Lounge - Category: Lounge - 5959 Richmond Ave. - Houston, TX 77057-6324 (713) 636-2087


40. Suite 6224 - Category: Entertainment - 6224 Richmond Avenue - Houston TX (713) 259-5725


41.Swagger Lounge & Bar - Category: Entertainment- 3839 Southwest Freeway - Houston TX (713) 227-0410


42. The Drake - Category: Entertainment - 1902 Washington Avenue - Houston TX (713) 869-8333


43.Tobin's Lounge - Category: Lounge - 1809 Eldridge Parkway - Houston, TX 77077 (832) 598-8084


44.Uptown Hookah Bar - Category: Entertainment - 5706 Richmond Ave, Houston TX


45. Verizon Wireless Theater at Bayou Places - Category: Jazz, R&B - 520 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77027 (713) 230-1617 46.    Xclusive Lounge - Category: Lounge - 3100 Fountain view - Houston TX (281) 546-5654 47.    Zula Lounge -Category: Lounge - 705 Main St., Houston TX (281) 914-0141 


  1. BACE Productions -  (Held in May) 2408 Isabella - Houston, TX (713) 529-2830   - (visit website) 

    Annual Dancin' in the Street...Motown & MOre Revue. Exploseive soul music celebration featuring some of Texas best vocalists and dancers accompanied by the 23 piece BACEMENT Soul Orchestra. 

  2. Good Karma Festival -  (October) Venue - Houston Park - Houston, TX (713) 866-4006 

    Spreading awareness of Reggae Music, Love, and Peace & Unity. 

  3. Houston Summer Fest - (June) Held at Eleanor Tinsley Park, 500 Allen Pkwy  

    Houston Summer Fest is the annual summer music festival put on by Free Press Houston, an independent newspaper published once monthly. 

  4. The Houston International Festival -  (April) 4203 Montrose Blvd., Suite 200 - Houston, TX 77006 - (713) 654-8808   - (visit website) iFest Houston Houston international festival celebrating diversity international festival food ifest education programs. 


1.Alief Baptist Church -   8623 Hemlock Hill Houston, TX (281) 530-6893

2.Antioch Missionary Baptist Church -   500 Clay St, Houston, TX (713) 652-0738 - (visit website).

3.Brentwood Baptist Church -   13033 Landmark Street Houston, TX (713) 852-1400

4.First Metropolitan Church -   8870 West Sam Houston Parkway N. Houston, TX (713) 983-7878

5.New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church -  9833 Bonazzi Houston, TX (281) 447-5726

6.Island Of Hope Church Of God -  1505 Gregg Houston, TX (713) 223-4673

7.Payne Chapel AME Church -   2701 Lee Street, Houston, Texas 77026-6924 (713) 224-0761 

8.St. John's Missionary Baptist Church -   2702 Dowling St, Houston, TX (713) 659-7748 - (visit website)

9.St Paul AME at Greenspoint -   1554 Gears Road, Houston, Texas 77067 (281) 537-3300 

10.Ward Chapel AME Church -   6822 Arabella Street, Houston, Texas 77091-2108 (713) 697-5657 


1.Evangelist Temple -   11603 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Houston, TX 77048 (713) 738-1131   - (gospel reviews)

2.Good News Gospel Choir -   University of Houston   - (visit website)

3.Texas Southern University Gospel Choir    (visit website) 


Houston Cultural Sites

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Founded by Paul J. Matthews, the museum began as his personal collection features memorabilia gathered over decades. To found the museum in 2000, Paul used his retirement money as a pharmaceutical executive. His sacrifice has led to our nation’s most distinguished collection of memorabilia, artifacts, books and lists of accomplishments by black soldiers from the Revolutionary War to the Afghanistan War. 


Address: 3816 Caroline Street, Houston, TX

Phone: ( 713)-942-8920

Parking:On premises

Monday            10AM–5PM

Tuesday            10AM–5PM

Wednesday      10AM–5PM

Thursday          10AM–5PM

Friday                10AM–5PM

Saturday           10AM–4PM

Sunday              Closed


Admission:$10 adult, $5 student, college ID, age 60+ and military; Free admission: Thursday 1p-5p

Rapid Transit:The Ensemble Theater/HCC METRO Station

Website: http://www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com

Houston History

Houston history begins with a nomadic tribe of Native Americans, Africans first came here as slaves and freeman in the 1500’s when the region was part of the Spanish Empire. At the time Spain ran the region as a lightly guarded territory that produced little wealth. The pirate Lafitte profited handsomely by trading African slaves and using river inlets near present day Galveston as a base of operations.

Mexico claimed the region in 1821 when it gained independence from Spain. Still lightly guarded in the 1820s outlaws, cowboys, and farmers all had a go of it in this region, Several European Americans came to claim land and establish small shipping ports in the region. As commerce increased Mexico tried to assert control of their territory – if I was to become a major shipping center they wanted to profit from it. Mexicans were particularly sensitive to European Americans who had expansionist ambitions in Texas and other western territories now governed from Mexico City. Short of war, the Mexicans did not know how to control the region.

As more European Americans setup businesses, a nationalist sentiment emerged in the region now called “Texas”. Via a complex set of events that ultimately resulted in war, European Americans convinced General Sam Houston to lead the Texas Army that conquered General Santa Ana’s Mexican forces at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836.

Immediately after the battle, the Allen Brothers, land speculators, falsely claimed in newspaper ads that their piece of land along the river was a magnificent shipping port with more advantages to exploit inland commerce from the great southwest than any other city. This was swampland by the bayou. To give their land speculation cachet, they named it in honor of war hero Sam Houston and led the city’s incorporation into the Republic of Texas in 1837. They sold subdivisions to easterners with money and no knowledge of the region as fast as possible. African slaves and Mexican prisoners-of-war built the first streets.

Outflanking Galveston, its more prosperous neighbor 30 miles to the south, Houston served as the Texas capital from 1837 to 1840. That sounded promising to easterners on paper. Had more European Americans from New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore known about the commercial geography of the region, they would have selected Galveston, which had a far superior shipping port at the Gulf of Mexico. After Texas was accepted into the United States, Houston and Galveston would become an intricate part of the South and play a larger role in slavery.

Being a neighbor to Galveston, Houston slaves were among the last to hear the Emancipation Proclamation declare their freedom in Juneteenth 1865.

History of Buffalo Soldiers

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum History

People of African descent worked the toughest jobs on city docks and railways, built roads and dredged the mosquito-infested bayou to make it a more navigable shipping channel. African Americans from other southern cities migrated to Houston to work. Discrimination here was just as rampant as anywhere else in the United States was, but African Americans were less constrained in a growing economy.

Houston attracted a number of Buffalo Soldiers to protect the mail, escort stagecoaches, build telegraph poles, marking watering holes, and other frontier properties. They even guarded the Mexican-American border. In total, the helped make the western expansion of the United States possible.

Two major events forever changed Houston and Galveston. In September 1900 the largest natural disaster in American history struck the gulf coast city of Galveston. It was a hurricane that killed 6,000 people. Many survivors fled never to return. Meanwhile Houston, being farther inland and increasingly more navigable by water was relatively unscathed. From then on Houston would be the center of commerce in the region. Oil was discovered in Spindletop, Texas near Houston in 1901 and the Houston Shipping Channel was completed in 1914. Both meant jobs, which attracted everybody to the region. Many set up in typical shotgun Row Houses that could quickly and inexpensively be built.

Due to Jim Crow, African Americans had to set up separate schools and businesses. Texas Southern University was founded in 1927 primarily for African Americans. Newspapers, like the black-owned Houston Informer, provided a service for black businesses, which boomed as result of the oil and oil-related businesses. Though the historically Black communities of Pleasantville and Clinton Park survived, Dowling Street, situated between downtown and Texas Southern University, became the nexus of Black culture.

In the 1950s through 1970s, Houston came to play an underappreciated national role in the Civil Rights Movement. From the 1980s Houston continued to be an up and coming place for African Americans, although it wouldn’t get the national attention of other cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta. The city’s first black mayor, Lee Brown, is working to increase opportunities for people of color. One representation of his success and the progressive mayor preceding him is that African Americans have a high rate of home ownership.

Rarely does a city open its heart the way Houston did in 2005 due to Hurricane Katrina. Big props to Houston for accepting 200,000 new residents from the Big Easy!!!

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum Review

Today, more than 50% of artifacts and books are donated and more arrive each month. The “Buffalo Soldiers” nickname was given these brave men by the Cheyenne Indians who admired or feared their fierce fighting ability and personal integrity. Buffalo Soldiers were comprised of freeman and former slaves who served as soldiers in the U.S. Army from the Civil War, Spanish American War, Philippine Insurrection, Mexican Expedition, World War I, World War II, and the Korean Police Action. After the Civil War, Buffalo Soldiers were responsible for escorting settlers, cattle herds and railroad crews in America’s Westward Expansion.

The 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments were assigned to conduct campaigns against American Indian tribes on a Western frontier that extended from Montana in the Northwest to Texas, New Mexico and Arizona in the Southwest. Without Buffalo Soldiers, the American West we recognize today would have been delayed by many decades. For their Civil War accomplishments, 23 African-Americans received the Medal of Honor. Similarly during the Western Expansion, 18 more African-American soldiers received the Medal of Honor. The museum also honors Harriet Tubman and early black female soldiers.

In 2012, this distinguished museum moved to this large 23,000 square foot structure to better display its galleries. The museum maintains an online database of Buffalo Soldiers. You can also “Buy A Brick” to create a lasting memory, honor a veteran, cheer your alma mater, promote your business, surprise a friend, or remember a special date. Your minimum donation of $175 will help the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum preserve the historic 1925 Houston Light Guard Armory.

The Ensemble Theatre

Founded in 1976, by George Hawkins as a touring company with a mission to preserve African American artistic expression, entertain and enrich a diverse community. This professional theatre has enjoyed overwhelming growth since the 1980s, when it moved to its current home. It has since become a distinguished resident theatre able to purchase its facility in 1995. This theater can hold its own with any regional theatre in the nation. A sample of their performances which appeal to all ages and across cultures includes: A Lesson Before Dying, Sparkle: The Musical, Tap Dance Kid, A Pure Gospel Christmas, Johnny B. Goode, and Black Eagles. Fee-based workshops are offered for children to gain confidence and enhance creativity by participating in theatre. Master classes are offered for students to refine their theatrical skills. Year round season and are located next to a metro rail station. Schedule your acting audition..


Address: 3816 Caroline Street, Houston, TX

Phone: ( 713)520-0055

Parking:On Street

Box Office Hours: 

Monday            12PM–5PM

Tuesday            12PM–5PM

Wednesday      12PM–5PM

Thursday          12PM–5PM

Friday                1PAM–5PM

Saturday           CLOSED

Sunday              CLOSED

Barbara Jordan & Mickey Leland Archives

Robert J Terry Library is home to archives which chronicle local, state, national and international achievements of TSU’s most famous alumnae who also represented the 18th District in the US Congress. Barbara Jordan (1936-1996) was the first African-American from Texas elected to the U.S. Congress after Reconstruction. A masterful orator, debate team captain and constitutional scholar, she is best remembered when arguing for the impeachment of Richard Nixon and delivering the keynote address at the 1976 Democratic Convention. Perhaps her greatest compliment is the respect received from arch-conservative rivals who dared not publicly debate her. Due to multiple sclerosis, she retired from the U.S. Congress after three terms in 1979. Mickey Leland (1944-1989) filled Barbara Jordan’s seat and went on to chair the Congressional Black Caucus during the 99th U.S. Congress. He successfully pushed for stronger sanctions that helped lead to the collapse of Apartheid in South Africa. Tragically, he died in a small plane flight during a humanitarian mission to Ethiopia. A federal office building downtown is named in his honor.

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 8a-6p, Fri 8a-5p
ADDRESS: Robert J Terry Library, Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: On premises for a fee
PHONE: (713)-313-7011
WEBSITE: http://www.tsu.edu

Starving Poets

DESCRIPTION:This energetic group of underground (mostly) poets is making a major impact in markets they perform; their eloquent spoken word play is rooted with conscious vibrations of edutainment for critics and fans. Their resume is rolling out as they make many special appearances at marquee events, such as at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Black Heritage Festival, Juneteenth Festival, Super Bowl XXXVIII Soul Festival, and most of all their ridiculous slamming Poetic House Party.

DAYS & HOURS: Check their calendar of events
ADDRESS: Changing venues
WEBSITE: http://www.starvingpoets.org

Community Artists Collective

DESCRIPTION: The Baldwin Park facility houses The Collective, 56 condominium units and 10,000 square feet of retail space, and positively impacts Houston’s artistic, residential, educational, and business communities. If you are lucky, visit when the artists are hosting a fundraising event.

DAYS & HOURS: By appt
ADDRESS: 1413 Holman Street, Houston, TX MAP
On street
PHONE: (713)-523-1616
WEBSITE: http://thecollective.org

American Cowboy Museum

DESCRIPTION:  Founded in 1987 by Mollie Taylor Stevenson, on more than a century-old, several 100-acre Taylor-Stevenson ranch. It is not an Anglicized version of a cowboy museum. Instead, it is home to a special museum focusing on the early western heritage African-Americans, Latino-Americans, Native-Americans and women. You can easily spend an afternoon picnic here. Since it is a working ranch managed by the family, do not drop in unannounced. Make an appointment for a tour, party, horseback riding, petting zoo, and leather craft display. They have bilingual staff and often feature traveling group events at the ranch.

DAYS & HOURS: By appt
ADDRESS: 11822 Almeda Road, Houston, TX MAP
On premises
PHONE: (713)-478-9677
WEBSITE: http://www.americancowboymuseum.org

Community Artists Collective

DESCRIPTION: The Baldwin Park facility houses The Collective, 56 condominium units and 10,000 square feet of retail space, and positively impacts Houston’s artistic, residential, educational, and business communities. If you are lucky, visit when the artists are hosting a fundraising event.

DAYS & HOURS: By appt
ADDRESS: 1413 Holman Street, Houston, TX MAP
On street
PHONE: (713)-523-1616
WEBSITE: http://thecollective.org

Houston Ebony Music Society / Houston Ebony Opera Guild

DESCRIPTION:: A company of classical singers based on Houston’s African-American community and committed to the expansion of opportunities for participation in and exposure to opera, traditional Negro spirituals and other classical music genres. Performances include opera, choral music and other styles year-round.

DAYS & HOURS: Check online press releases for times and locations
PARKING: On premises and street
PHONE: 713-529-7664
WEBSITE: http://www.houstonebonymusic.org

Texas Southern University
DESCRIPTION: An HBCU founded in 1947

Prairie View A&M University
DESCRIPTION: An HBCU founded in 1976

Theatre Traditional African Art Gallery

The gallery features a collection of African art acquired over the past four decades. Its composed of over 200 works from East, Central and West Africa. Most importantly, the collection is varied and vast enough in scope to allow the study of true African traditions and concepts.

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 8a-6p, Fri 8a-5p
ADDRESS: Robert J Terry Library, Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: On premises for a fee
PHONE: (713)-313-7149
WEBSITE: http://www.tsu.edu

Heartburn Collection

DESCRIPTION: Although its not officially an African American Research Library, like the Schomberg, it should be; ask for Special Collections Archivist Bernard Forrester to help you locate the right resources among this incredible collection of original artifacts including a Phyllis Wheatley book; here’s a bet – avid researchers will not be disappointed in 2nd largest collection of Africana historic artifacts and documents in the world.

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 8a-6p, Fri 8a-5p
ADDRESS: Robert J Terry Library, Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: on premises for a fee
PHONE: 713-313-7011
WEBSITE: http://www.tsu.edu

Project Row Houses

DESCRIPTION:Inspired by the artistic paintings of John Biggers, this collective of 22 restored “Shotgun” row houses is a nurturing and reaffirming shelter for artists-in-residence, community services, and galleries for primarily African American art. It is considered a major urban revitalization success story. Guided tours are available by appt.

DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 2521 Holman Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: On street
WEBSITE: http://www.projectrowhouses.org

Houston Historic Sites


DESCRIPTION:Founded just after 1865 and is the oldest African American district in the city; lots of wooden shotgun houses still serve as dwellings; the skyline of downtown Houston grew up as a backdrop on its east side; Rutherford B Yates, son of Jack Yates and the 1st African American printer in Houston lived here; Founder’s Memorial Park sits of the northern edge of the district; today gentrification is gobbling up the edges of this historic district, which are close to downtown.

ADDRESS:Bounded by I-45 Freeway, Kirby, Montrose and Gray, Houston, TX MAP

PHONE: Tour info 713-739-9414

2209 Dowling Street

DESCRIPTION: The building was Houston’s unofficial headquarters for the Civil Rights Movement under the leadership of attorney Eldrewey Stearns. His office was here. Much of the planning for the first lunch counter sit-in in Downtown Houston was executed here in February 1960.
ADDRESS: 2209 Dowling Street, Houston, TX MAP

Jack Yates House

DESCRIPTION: In 1870 former enslaved person, Rev John Henry “Jack” Yates (1828-1897) used his carpentry and leadership skills to build this home, which was formerly located in the Fourth Ward; Yates was widely respected for his ability to motivate former slaves to get an education, buy land, build homes and vote; Rev Yates helped establish the first Baptist College in the state which opened in Marshall, Texas in 1881; a few years later, 1885, he helped open the Houston Baptist Academy to prepare students for business, industrial trades, and the ministry; call the Heritage Society for tour times.

ADDRESS: 1100 Bagby in Sam Houston Park, Houston, TX MAP
PHONE: (713)-655-1912

Eldorado Ballroom

DESCRIPTION: Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and Big Mama Thornton sang at this venue on the Chitlin’ circuit. The club was located on the 2nd floor.

ADDRESS: Dowling Street at Elgin Street, Houston, TX MAP

Houston Arts

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
DESCRIPTION: This venue features art from Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas from antiquity to the present; includes an outdoor sculpture garden, the Glassell School of Art, many temporary exhibitions and public programs, and weekly showings of Hollywood classics and foreign films. MFAH is the nation’s sixth largest art museum. The Straus Collection of Renaissance and 18th-century art and the Beck Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art are superb. See works by Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse and Paul Gaugin that are equally inspiring.

ADMISSION: A matrix prices on their website
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Wed 10a-5p, Thu 10a-9p, Fri-Sat 10a-7p, Sun Noon-7p
ADDRESS: 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: East of the Beck and Law buildings in the MFAH Visitors Center
PHONE: 713-639-7300
WEBSITE: http://www.mfah.org

Cy Twombly Gallery
A small, exquisite gallery designed by architect Renzo Piano to specifically contain works by American artist Cy Twombly. As such, the museum conveys as much that is good with natural light, as it does art.

ADMISSION: Free, donations accepted
DAYS & HOURS: Wed–Sun 11a–7p
ADDRESS: 1501 Branard Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: On West Alabama Street at Mulberry Street
PHONE: 713-525-9400
WEBSITE: http://www.menil.org/visit/twombly.php

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
: Opened in 2001, it emphasizes objects of art made primarily of fiber, metal, glass, clay and wood. The 3,000 square feet of the center exhibits the work of local and national artists and art educators. Additional space is allocated for artist studios. Asher Gallery, within Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, serves as a retail showcase for the work of internationally acclaimed and emerging artists in all craft media.

ADMISSION: Free, donations accepted and art may be purchased
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 4848 Main Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: on premises and street
PHONE: 713-529-4848
WEBSITE: http://www.crafthouston.org

Lawndale Art and Performance Center
: Founded in 1979, this alternative exhibition space for contemporary works in all media focusing on Houston area artists. With four galleries in its architecturally significant Art Deco building, Lawndale includes close to 500 artists annually in changing exhibitions. Over twenty exhibitions, informal talks and special events are offered yearly.

ADMISSION: Free, donations accepted and art may be purchased
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a-5p, Sat Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 4912 Main Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: On street
PHONE: 713-528-5858

Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1948, the new venue housed in an award-winning metal-sheathed parallelogram opened in 1972. The museum exemplifies the dynamic relationship between contemporary art and contemporary society through its exhibitions, public and educational programs. It has hosted art by Vincent Van Gogh, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Max Ernst, and John Biggers, this non-collecting institution is dedicated to presenting the most exciting international, national and regional art. It has a first rate gift shop.

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Wed 10a-5p, Thu 10a-9p, Fri-Sat 10a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 5216 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: On street
PHONE: 713-284-8250
WEBSITE: http://www.camh.org

The Menil Collection
DESCRIPTION: World-renowned art collectors John and Dominique de Menil, created this exceptional 15,000-piece museum of Byzantine art to the 20th-century schools of Cubism, Minimalism, and Surrealist works. The museum is noted for attracting leaders of the contemporary art world on touring exhibitions.

ADMISSION: Free, donations accepted
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sun 11a-7p
ADDRESS: 1515 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: On West Alabama Street at Mulberry Street
PHONE: 713-525-9400
WEBSITE: http://www.menil.org

Rothko Chapel
Founded by John and Dominique de Menil, it was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary to people of every belief it functions as chapel, a museum and a forum. This modern meditative environment inspired by the mural canvasses of American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, welcomes thousands of visitors each year from all parts of the world. The eight-sided structure is adorned only by 14 paintings by modern artist Mark Rothko. The reflecting pool in front contains Barnet Newman’s memorial sculpture to the Martin Luther King, Jr. — its called Broken Obelisk.


ADMISSION: Free, donations welcome.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 10a-6p
ADDRESS: 1409 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: Yupon and Sul Ross Streets
PHONE: 713-524-9839
WEBSITE: http://www.rothkochapel.org


Holocaust Museum Houston
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1996, its dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust in Europe, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors’ legacy. The museum uses the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, to teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy to a civil society. Permanent exhibits include Bearing Witness: A Community Remembers and many touring exhibits stop here as well.

ADMISSION: Free, donations welcome
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p, Sat-Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 5401 Caroline Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: Free parking in front and on the sides of the museum
PHONE: 713-942-8000
WEBSITE: http://www.hmh.org

Health Museum Houston
Founded in 1969, today it has evolved into an interactive science learning center and a member institution of Texas Medical Center, it encourages growing interest and regard for healthier lifestyles, fitness and good physical, mental and spiritual health. Its conveniently located across from the Children’s Museum and near the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

ADMISSION: Adults $8, Ages 3-12 and Ages 65+ $6
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 9a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 1515 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: $3 on premises, paid when you enter the museum
PHONE: 713-521-1515
WEBSITE: http://www.thehealthmuseum.org

Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
DESCRIPTION: A non-profit organization founded to preserve, present, promote and popularize the artistic expressions of ordinary people. Jeff McKissack created The Orange Show in honor of his favorite fruit and his belief that longevity results from hard work and good nutrition. Working in isolation from 1956 until his death in 1980, McKissack used common building materials and found objects to transform an East End lot into an architectural maze of walkways, balconies, arenas and exhibits decorated with mosaics and brightly painted iron figures.

ADMISSION: Inexpensive
DAYS & HOURS: Sat-Sun Noon-5p; Summer hours include Wed-Fri 9a-1p
ADDRESS: 2402 Munger Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: On street
PHONE: 713-926-6368‎
WEBSITE: http://www.orangeshow.org

Art Car Museum
A private institution that provides exhibition space and forums for artists to discuss the art of cars. See unique mind-blowing car art from many genres of cars. If you love art on cars, you must make a pilgrimage here.

ADMISSION: Free, donations welcome
DAYS & HOURS: Wed-Sun 11a-6p
ADDRESS: 140 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: On street
PHONE: 713-861-5526
WEBSITE: http://www.artcarmuseum.com

Alley Theatre
DESCRIPTION: One of the oldest professional theater companies in the country, and as its names implies, began in an alley over 60 years ago. No longer roughing it, the theater has long since moved to this post-modernist structure. Though brutish on the outside, it deserves rousing cheers on the inside housing two intimate stages. The resident theatrical troupe was awarded a Tony Award as an outstanding regional theater. Hubbard Stage seats 824 and Neuhaus Stage seats 310.

BOX OFFICE: Mon-Sat 10a-6p, Sun Noon-6p
ADDRESS: 615 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: Paid parking on premises
PHONE: 713-228-8421
WEBSITE: http://www.alleytheatre.org

Jones Hall
DESCRIPTION: Since opening in 1966, The Jones is still stunning to look at day or night. Entering the venue, visitors will notice the Gemini II sculpture hovering from the ceiling and curved marble walls – timeless taste. The Jones is home of the Houston Symphony and Society for the Performing Arts. It features a 2,745-seat shoe-box shape, multi-mezzanine venue for international solo artists, orchestras and dance companies.

BOX OFFICE: Mon-Sat 9a-6p, Sat 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 615 Louisiana Avenue, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: garage under Theater District Plaza
PHONE: 713-224-7575
WEBSITE: http://www.joneshall.org

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
This iconic structure features a sweeping glass facade that faces the downtown skyline; exquisite detail abound from the creamy limestone throughout to the transcendental gold leaf of the Grand Lobby ceiling. The 2,650-seat Sarafim auditorium with a star-studded ceiling, an appropriate home for touring Broadway plays. The popular Theatre Under The Stars troupe playing in the 500-seat Zilkha Hall. Touring R&B, Reggae and Jazz artists also perform here.

BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 10a-6p, Sat-Sun 11a-4p
ADDRESS: 800 Bagby Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: A 7-level, 800-car garage behind complex
PHONE: 713-678-5440
WEBSITE: http://www.thehobbycenter.org

Verizon Wireless Theater
An anchor venue of Bayou Place, this venue has been voted best Best Live Music Venue for 3 years running by the Houston Press. Many Jazz, Country, R&B, Rock and Hip-Hop groups perform at this 2,933-seat, shoebox shape theater where fans get a close view of top national performers and nice acoustics.
BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 10a-6p, Sat 10a-2p
ADDRESS: 520 Texas Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: Theater District Underground Parking Garage
PHONE: 713-230-1666
WEBSITE: http://www.livenation.com/venue/verizon-wireless-theater-tickets

Theatre District Plaza
An open-air plaza for free performances to host several hundred people downtown. Kids will enjoy the over-sized chess board and pieces. A glue-like location that unifies Houston’s Theatre District between Bayou Place, Verizon Wireless Theater, Alley Theatre, Jones Hall and Wortham Center; better yet, it sits over a large secured garage.

ADDRESS: surrounded by Texas, Smith, Capitol, and Louisiana, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: Under the plaza

Wortham Center
This is a grand performing arts venue from the outside with its over-sized balls and flashy billboard guiding you to the entrance. Once inside, the dramatic Grand Foyer lets you choose between the elegant 1,100-seat Cullen Theater or the larger and equally polished the 2,254-seat Brown Theater. The beloved, privately-funded Wortham Center is home of the Houston Grand Opera, Society for the Performing Arts, and Houston Ballet.

BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 9a-5p, Sat 11a-5p
ADDRESS: 550 Prairie Street, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: Theater District Parking Garage
PHONE: 713-237-1439
WEBSITE: http://www.worthamcenter.org

Miller Outdoor Theater
Offers the most diverse season of professional entertainment of any Houston venue, and it’s all FREE; Classical, Jazz, Ballet, Afrocentric dance, Shakespeare, musical theatre, classic films, and more. Relax in the covered seating area or enjoy a pre-performance picnic on the hillside, because all performances at Miller are family-friendly. Hillside seating is not reserved, blankets and lawn chairs are welcome. NO glass containers are allowed. Tickets are available at the Box Office on first-come first-serve basis between 11:30a-1p on the day of the performance, remaining tickets are given out one hour before curtain.

ADDRESS: 100 Concert Drive in Hermann Park, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: Miller lot behind the theater
PHONE: 713-533-3276
WEBSITE: http://www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

Arena Theatre
: One of Houston’s oldest and most successful concert venues, it features a theater in the round design, with no seat more than sixty feet from the stage. Guests have an intimate evening with their favorite entertainers. This 2,750-seat live theater has presented legendary artists such as BB King, Aretha Franklin, Boyz II Men, Howard Hewett, Kirk Whalum, and Smokey Robinson.

BOX OFFICE: Mon–Fri 10:30a–6p; Sat-Sun open at Noon ONLY if an event is scheduled
ADDRESS: 7322 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX MAP
PARKING: Garage nearby
PHONE: 713-772-5900
WEBSITE: http://www.arenahouston.com

Da Camera of Houston
one of America’s leading presenters and producers of ensemble music. As such, its a nice venue for chamber music and jazz.

BOX OFFICE: Mon-Fri 9a-5p; Tickets may also be purchased at Wortham Center 90 minutes before the performance
ADDRESS: Wortham Theater Center, Houston, TX MAP
and another venue at The Menil Collection  MAP
PARKING: Under Theatre District Plaza; when at the Menil Collection park on West Alabama Street at Mulberry Street
PHONE: 713-524-5050
WEBSITE: http://www.dacamera.com



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