HMNS Weekly Happenings

June 19, 2017
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Mixers & Elixirs

It’s time to mix it up!

Mixers and Elixirs is back for the summer with live music, food trucks, cash bars and intelligent nighlife with a twist.

Fridays from 7-10 p.m.

June23 – Mango Punch

July 21 – Electric Circus

August 11 – Grupo Kache

This event is for 21 and up only.

Members: $15. Adult Tickets: $25.\

Flower Power

Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

How do the teeniest, tiniest creatures make the biggest impact in nature? Find out at Flower Power, a celebration of pollinators like bees, hummingbirds, bats and beetles. You can build a hummingbird house and plant a seedling. Decorate a ladybug cookie, indulge in a honey tasting and so much more!

Free with admission to the Cockrell Butterfly Center


Lecture – Gladiator Graffiti & Roman Blood Sport: Findings from Aphrodisias by Peter De Staebler

Odeon in Aphrodisias, in modern-day Turkey. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Author: Carlos Delgado

For the past 14 years Dr. Peter De Staebler has participated in the NYU excavations at Aphrodisias, an ancient Greco-Roman city in Anatolia, Turkey near the Aegean coast. Unique to this area are hundreds of graffiti messages engraved into stone that reveal what life was like there 1,500 years ago. Researchers have deciphered these messages to reveal many aspects of the city’s life, including gladiator combat, chariot racing, religious fighting and sex. De Staebler will overview these findings in context of the spectator buildings the adoption of Roman blood sports in the Greek east of the Roman Empire.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – 6:30 PM

Members $12, Tickets $18


BTS – Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum

Gladiators locked in mortal combat for the entertainment of the crowds in Rome’s Colosseum. “Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum” takes us into the violent arena of the Colosseum and behind the scenes to the world of the gladiators. Theirs was a world of specialized training, discipline, regulation and peril, but also of hope of fame, redemption and even wealth and freedom.

Explore the behind-the-scenes lives of the gladiators and the colossal stage upon which their fate was determined, the Colosseum. Learn how the lives of gladiators changed through time and how the search for gladiators expanded with the Roman Empire. The story is told through artifacts, scale models and multi-media. During this after-hours tour, your guide will explore the exhibit with you, sharing riveting stories and answering questions.

“Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum” is organized by Contemporanea Projetti, srl and Expona in collaboration with the Colosseum, Rome. This exhibition is sponsored by HMW Entertainment.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – 6:00 PM

Members $22, Tickets $39


BTS – Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State

Featuring maps dating from 1513 to 1920, the special exhibition traces more than 400 years of Texas history. Through this unique presentation of cartographic history, visitors can visualize how the fourth largest city in the US, Houston, and the third most populous county in the US, Harris County, grew into an economic powerhouse because of the Houston Ship Channel and the growth of railroads in the region. The works in this exhibition are mainly from the archival collection of the Texas General Land Office and Houston map collectors Frank and Carol Holcomb. Additionally, there are items on loan from the Witte Museum in San Antonio and the Bryan Museum in Galveston.

Go behind-the-scenes with a master docent to see the formation of Texas, from an unnamed frontier in the New World, to a small outpost of New Spain, to the huge, bustling state that now leads the nation.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – 6:00 PM

Members $15, Tickets $27


Authored By Chris Wells

Adventure is my middle name. Well… actually it’s French. Literally, it’s Christopher French Wells. But the spirit of adventure lives in me, and has always inspired me to go out and seek new experiences. I’ve traveled to Europe, Mexico and South America, as well as few places in the U.S. I’ve seen different places with different cultures, learned some things about humanity and about myself in particular. My goal is to lend my unique perspective, carved out of my own triumphs and tragedies, fears and fancies encountered during my years of college and international travel, to the other great voices of this blog. Hopefully to the enjoyment of our readers…

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