I hope you have your ticket to the Rotary Club of Texas City’s annual Mardi Gras Mainland Gala set for 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Doyle Convention Center at 2010 Fifth Ave. N. in Texas City.

With the theme of “The Roaring 20s,” I heard this is the place to be on Saturday night — and don’t forget to take your dancing shoes so you can shake a tail feather.

The gala will include a steak and shrimp dinner, open bar, silent and live auctions, and live music.

And, if you can’t make it to the party, then take the time to gather up the kiddos and the family to enjoy its Mainland Mardi Gras Parade, which will begin at noon Saturday starting on Palmer Highway from 29th Street to 6th Street.

For tickets and information, visit www.mainlandmardigras.com or call 409-457-8080.


The Galveston College Theatre Department will present its second 10-Minute Play Festival Friday and Saturday in Room 207 of its Fine Arts Building at 4015 Ave. Q in Galveston.

Presenting staged readings of six original 10-minute plays written by Galveston College students and faculty, some of the plays include “Eulogy and Perspective,” by Stephany Blair, “The Damsel’s Distress,” by Shelly Downes, “Sisters Are Strange,” by Alyssa Gudz, and “Forgotten and Mild Obsession,” by Destiny Montemayor.

Rounding out company members are Eva Arita, Daniel Bourque, Edward Cobbs, Kayla DeJesus, Jade Killebrew, Zeb McDowell, and Eric Scales.

Shows can be seen at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Doors will open 30 minutes before each curtain, and admission is free.

For information, contact Liza Lazy at llacy@gc.edu or 409-944-1398.


The Bay Area Harbour Playhouse is offering government employees two free admissions to its current production “Night Watch,” which is showing at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 24 at 3803 state Highway 3 in Dickinson.

“All patrons would need to do is show their current government ID at the box office,” said Bennie Nipper, artistic director of the playhouse. “We will be glad to have them in our audience for this suspenseful thriller.”

For more information, call 281-337-7469 or visit www.harbourtheater.com.


February is Black History Month, and the good folks over at the Old Central Cultural Center are inviting the community to its Black Heritage Banquet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 2627 Ave. M in Galveston.

This year’s banquet will focus on minority business opportunities, and will feature J. Goodwille Pierre once again as the keynote speaker.

There also will be a panel featuring representatives from United Airlines, city of Houston, Houston Women’s Business Enterprise Alliance, Houston Minority Supplier Development Council, as well as the small business administration.

Tickets are $25 per person and tables of eight are $250, which include dinner and a chance to win one round-trip United Airlines ticket (must be present to win).

For tickets and information, call Pete Henley at 409-392-0317.


Theatre Under The Stars will kick off its 50th anniversary season with the Broadway hit “Mamma Mia!”

ABBA’s greatest hits are woven into this dancing-in-the-aisles musical about a mother, a daughter, three possible dads — and a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. A celebration of love, laughter, family and friendship, “Mamma Mia!” runs Tuesday through March 3 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts at 800 Bagby St. in Houston.

Tickets start at just $30, and are available at TUTS.com, or by calling 713-558-8887.


Tickets are now available for the Beta Phi Omega Chapter Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s annual Mardi Gras Gala, which is set for 8 p.m. March 2 at the Galveston Island Convention Center at 5600 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston.

Sponsored by its Ivy Isle Foundation, tickets are only $60 per person, and will include dinner and a cash bar. All proceeds will go toward its scholarship fund for local students.

To purchase tickets, visit www.ivyislefoundationoftexas.org or call 281-482-5468.


Each year, tickets to the San Luis Salute, hosted by Tilman Fertitta and his family are gone in a matter of minutes. This year is no different.

Now in its 23rd year, this year’s event, themed “México Magnifico,” will feature eight-time Grammy Award winner, Usher, who will be performing some of his biggest hits for the sold-out crowd March 1 at the Galveston Island Convention Center at 5600 Seawall Blvd. in Galveston.

This year’s party will honor prominent neurosurgeon Dr. Joel Patterson, division chief and program director, neurosurgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

In addition to the mega show by Usher, the evening also will include a performance by The Big Beyond.

Maybe we can get tickets next year...

Angela Wilson: 409-683-5239; angela.wilson@galvnews.com

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