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Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting

Dec. 1 | City Hall at Hermann Square

In Houston, the trick to conjuring the sentimental holiday spirit lies less with sleigh rides and snow cover than it does festooning every last inch of public space with oversized ornaments and contemplating Bill Belichick-style holiday sweaters to help weather the heat with seasonal flair. Mayor Turner will support that process with this annual tree lighting ceremony, where a 65-foot tree will be illuminated, along with performances by Houston singer Cheryl Fortune, America's Got Talent finalist Kechi Okwuchi, the Houston Children's Chorus, and others. 

Free. Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St. 832-393-0868. More info at houstontx.gov.

The Story Told: A World AIDS Day

Dec. 1 | MATCH

To mark World AIDS Day, this multidisciplinary performance will explore still-relevant issues of HIV stigma and education. The blend of spoken word, theater, dance, and song will also draw attention to the Truth Project, the sponsor organization that works in LGBTQ communities of color to address HIV infection and prevention.

Free. MATCH, 3400 Main St. 713-325-5370. More information at matchouston.org.

Four Wise Women Art Opening

Dec. 2 | Esperson Gallery

What do you do when powerful men are dropping like flies for their sexual misdeeds? You throw a party for the talented women who will inherit the world! Artists Allison Hunter, Janice Freeman, Angela Fabbri, and Kelley Devine come together for this special installation of sculpture, light, photography and canvas. 

Free. Esperson Gallery, 1201 Fannin, Suite 131. 713-412-1771. More info via Facebook.

Tamale Festival Houston

Dec. 2 | Navigation Esplanade

Ever in the shadow of tacos, the humble tamale finally gets its due at this sprawling annual event featuring 100 different dishes, including barbecue, fried Oreos, and, yes, even tacos. There will be wrestling, circus-style thrill shows, and margaritas to wash down all that masa.

Tickets from $10. Navigation Esplanade, 2600 Navigation Blvd. More info and tickets at tamalefestivalhouston.com.

Historic Riverside Terrace Home Tour

Dec. 3 | Riverside Terrace

As we recently wrote, Sunday marks the rare opportunity to snoop inside several magnificent homes in Riverside Terrace, sometimes known as the Jewish River Oaks. The Third Ward neighborhood includes Art Deco gems and palatial, 16,000 square foot corner lots to satisfy your inner looky loo. And if you really want the inside scoop, splurge for the guided bus tour.

Tickets from $15. More info and tickets at eventbrite.com.

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