“I’m always looking for what there is to see that’s weird & wonderful & off the beaten path.”-Joanna Going
When people usually go to Houston for the weekend, it is to venture out to The Galleria, dancing the night away downtown, & hitting up the best taco trucks for a late night snack. Even though this is always a recipe for a good time, it is also good to venture out & explore something new.
On your next trip to Houston, try these places out:
Out to eat: The Rustic
If you want to enjoy your meal while listening to some great music, then this place is for you! A block away from the Houston Toyota Center, the Rustic is a restaurant that has the “barn chic” look down! There’s a huge stage in the center of the restaurant, with picnic-like tables facing it. There’s also a huge bar as soon as you walk in with lights adorned so it’s the first thing you see. Love a good brunch? The Rustic has a great brunch option! For $16 a piece, you & a friend can share a brunch buffet with a six-course meal! Each entree is small enough for you & your partner to nibble on the food & still be full. Food like mini doughnuts, fried chicken with gravy & fried pickles, and a cheese plate are just some of the delicious food that’ll be in your full stomach. Pair it with a pitcher of Bellini & you’ll be rolling out of there with a full tummy. But not before you listen to the music that Houston has to offer! The Rustic has local artists come & perform on the stage live & it puts everyone in a good mood.
Activity: Gallery Row
Walk off all that food at Houston’s own Gallery Row. The intersection of Colquitt & Lake Streets in the Upper Kirby Area has been made into a hub of beautiful art galleries that stretched into being 60 galleries. From contemporary art to textiles being displayed for the public, there is something for everyone. There are some galleries that you have to pay to enter, but there are a lot that just asks for a donation:
Donegan is known for her political & feminist approach in her artwork. Her work infuses with an ironic eroticism that references the male-dominated history of Abstract Expressionism & Action Painting. Her conceptual painted & printed works show her investigations into beauty, seduction, fashion & process.
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft: this art gallery displays the art of craft, textiles, & jewelry. There are various art studios as well in the gallery that is home to a lot of local artists that construct their work (if you’re lucky while visiting, you might have the opportunity to meet one!). This artwork showcases different talented artists and shows the future of craft:
East Fork– Alex & Connie Matisse and John Vigeland
Alex & Connie Matisse & John Vigeland are the founders of East Fork, a manufacturing company based in Asheville, North Carolina. The company designs & produces a limited line of functional forms in a series of proprietary colors that change seasonally. This collection showed the evolution for the development of a mug handle that can be produced without being pulled by hand to speed production.
Mixed Media-Joyce Lin
Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Lin works with wood, plastics, and upholstery, to create functional furniture objects that explore questions about the ever-shifting relationship between humans and their environment. Her current work involves deconstructing furniture archetypes to explore the connection and disconnection of contemporary society’s modern materials, processes, and attitudes.
Night Out: Live concert
After filling the tummy & sightseeing, to end a great day in the city to hear some great live music. The House of Blues always has a line-up for the weekend, so it is advised to check out the website ahead of time to see who’s playing. We are sure that you’ll have a good time-just like this audience did when listening to New Orleans based R&B singer, Lucky Daye.