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Tickets for RodeoHouston

The 2017 lineup announcement will be Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at 12:05 a.m. Individual tickets will go on sale through AXS Jan. 14, 2017, at 10 a.m. (Online Waiting Room opens at 9:30 a.m.). 

 

 See the wildest rodeo action, followed with a world-class concert in NRG Stadium. Not only will you experience a rodeo unlike any other, but your rodeo/concert ticket also provides you access to all buildings and events on NRG Park grounds that are included in a grounds pass. 

 

Children age 2 and under do not require a ticket. 

No outside food or drink is permitted to be taken into NRG Stadium. 

Tickets not refunded due to weather. 

 

PERFORMANCE TIMES 

The star entertainers perform after the last rodeo event is completed and the stage is set. Actual start times for the concert can vary day to day due to the varying number of rodeo competitors and other production elements. 

Weekday rodeo performances start at 6:45 p.m. Concert entertainer performs at approximately 8:45 p.m. 

Weekend rodeo performances start at 3:45 p.m. Concert entertainer performs at approximately 5:45 p.m. 

 

INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES 

$18: Upper Level 

$25: Loge Level 

$35 or $40: Club Level 

$30: Field Level 

$100: Action 

$300 or $350: Hess Chute

GUILTY

By Crystal Bonvillian

Cox Media Group National Content Desk

CHARLESTON, S.C. — 

A jury on Thursday found Dylann Roof guilty of gunning down nine worshippers as they prayed in a historic black church in Charleston in June 2015.

Roof, 22, faces the death penalty in the June 17, 2015, massacre during a Bible study session at Emanuel AME Church, the oldest black church in the South. The self-proclaimed white nationalist has opted to defend himself in his federal trial’s penalty phase, scheduled to begin on Jan. 3.

The Post and Courier reported that Roof was found guilty of all 33 charges, which included 12 hate crimes for the nine people killed and the three survivors, 12 charges of obstruction of religion and nine counts of using a firearm to kill.

The charges carrying the death penalty are the nine obstruction of religion charges involving those killed in the massacre, the newspaper reported. The jury was comprised of eight white women, two black women, one black man and one white man.

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A reporter in the courtroom tweeted that Roof showed no emotion when the verdict was read.

Bomb threat on Celtics’ plane was hoax

Members of the Boston Celtics got a scare Saturday when they were told of a bomb threat on their chartered flight to Oklahoma City, but it appears it was a hoax, several news outlets reported.

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The Celtics’ team plane landed safely in Oklahoma City on Saturday. A team spokesman said the Celtics became aware of the threat while the flight was airborne, ESPN reported. 

According to Tim Martin of WFXT, the plane made it to Oklahoma City as scheduled, with the FBI and local law enforcement looking into the threat. Martin also reported that a Celtics spokesman said there was no evidence of a bomb on the plane. 

The FBI's Oklahoma City field office said late Saturday that a thorough search of the aircraft "did not locate an explosive device" and that the agency is investigating the incident.

Celtics forward Jae Crowder posted a short video to his Instagram page showing police lights flashing next to the team plane with the caption, “Bomb threat on us.”

Crowder also tweeted about the incident, saying the team was fine.

The Celtics face the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Sunday night. Boston lost 101-94 at home Friday night to the Toronto Raptors. 

Hideout 2017

Dance the night away at the Show's very own honky tonk, The Hideout! Equipped with a spacious dance floor, bars and some of the best up-and-coming musicians, The Hideout is open for those 21 years of age and older, for just the price of admission to NRG Park. The Hideout is located in a white tent on the west side of NRG Arena.

Hours: 6 p.m. to midnight

LeBron James wears Cubs uniform to pay off World Series bet

LeBron James didn’t like it, but a bet’s a bet. And when you lose a bet, you pay the winner.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers star made a bet with former Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade before the World Series. If the Cubs won, then James would have to wear a full Cubs uniform the next time the Cavaliers played in Chicago. 

The Cubs did indeed win the Series, earning their first championship in 108 years when they overcame a 3-1 deficit to rally past the Cleveland Indians.

So the payoff came Friday night, as James and the Cavaliers came to town to play the Chicago Bulls. James donned a Cubs jersey, pants and cap. No cleats, though.

“I’m not wearing cleats,” he had told reporters on Thursday. “No glove. Just the uniform.” 

As James walked through the arena before Friday night’s game, he was met by a gleeful Wade, who videotaped his rival. 

“My Indians gave everything they had,” James said in an earlier video posted on the Bleacher Report website. “But the Cubs came back, and, you know, they showed what true champions was all about. 

“Meanwhile, I’m pinstriped-up, walking into a nationally televised game in Chicago because of a bet I lost.” 

"It's a bet," James continued. "You have to fulfill your bet. Nothing more to it."

Cleveland’s luck against Chicago continued to sour, as the Cavaliers lost 111-105 despite James’ 27-point night. Wade helped Chicago to victory by scoring 24 points. 

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Cares for Kids

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Once a year we do something special for kids and families who are suffering here in Houston at Texas Children’s Hospital. We open our hearts to the fact that these are OUR kids, who need OUR help.

Starting Thursday morning and running through Friday at 7pm we’ll be broadcasting live from Texas Children’s, sharing the incredible stories of struggle and survival. Sharing the miracles that happen right here in Houston. We’ll be asking for your help in a small way… to make a big difference. To be a miracle maker. You can donate online here or call 1-888-786-8811. 

Miracles happen at Texas Children’s every day, but they can’t happen without your help.

Bud Light giving away Super Bowl tickets for life

As part of a sweepstakes promotion, Anheuser-Busch, Bud Light's parent company, is offering beer-loving football fans a chance to win Super Bowl tickets for life.  

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"All season long, Bud Light has celebrated the most passionate and dedicated fans that the NFL has to offer, and as the playoffs approach, we want to see fandom turned up another notch," Anna Rogers, director of NFL partnerships and strategy at Anheuser-Busch, said in a statement. "Most NFL fans likely won't see one Super Bowl in their lifetime, so we figured what better way to reward one of the NFL's biggest fans than by giving him or her tickets to the big game for the rest of their life?"

Bud Light will place 37,000 gold cans in select 18-, 24- and 30-packs of 12-ounce Bud Light through Jan. 13. The packages will be sold across the country in all states except California.

Those who find a gold can can enter the contest by uploading a photo of it and using the hashtags #SBTix4Life and #Sweeps.

Six weekly winners will be selected to win a pair of season tickets to their favorite NFL team.

One grand prize winner will receive a pair of Super Bowl tickets for life, up to 51 years.

The grand prize winner will be selected the week of Jan. 16.

Read more at Anheuser-Busch.

Super Bowl Champions are remembered forever. But your memory will be better than most. Find a Bud Light Gold Super Bowl LI Can and upload a photo with #SBTIX4LIFE #SWEEPS and you could win Super Bowl tickets for life. Go to www.budlight.com to see more rules. A photo posted by Bud Light (@budlight) on Nov 25, 2016 at 7:45am PST

Thanksgiving 2016: Here are some recipes for those Thanksgiving leftovers

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and you’re stuff with stuffing, full of cranberries and up to there with turkey.

So, what’s for lunch?

When you’ve made a meal that could feed a football team, you’re bound to have a few leftovers. What can you do with all that food – repurpose, that’s what.

Here are a few recipes to help you with those turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes leftovers.

Thanksgiving dinner sandwich

Ingredients

4 slices bread, toasted

4 ounces (about 4 small slices) warmed leftover turkey

1 cup warmed leftover mashed potatoes

½ cup warmed leftover turkey gravy 

1 cup warmed leftover green beans

1 cup warmed leftover stuffing

¼ cup whole berry cranberry sauce

 Directions

Layer 2 bread slices with the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans and stuffing.  Top with the cranberry sauce and the remaining bread slices.

Thanksgiving leftovers casserole

Ingredients

Stuffing – enough  to cover bottom of 9x13 pan

4 cups chopped leftover roasted turkey

2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (carrots, corn, green beans, peas), thawed

3/4 cup mayonnaise

3 cups leftover mashed potatoes

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/8 tsp. paprika

Directions

Heat oven to 375ºF.

Prepare stuffing as directed on package; spread onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.

Combine turkey, mixed vegetables and mayo; spoon over stuffing.

Mix potatoes and cheese; spread over turkey mixture. Sprinkle with paprika.

Bake 30 to 40 min. or until heated through. 

Cajun-style red beans and rice with turkey

Ingredients

1 cup long grain rice, uncooked

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 cup chopped onion

½ cup chopped celery

½ cup chopped green bell pepper

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 cans (15 ounces each) mild red beans in chili sauce, undrained

1 teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce

2 cups chopped leftover cooked turkey

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Cook rice according to package directions.

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, celery, bell pepper and garlic; cook 7 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Stir in beans, cumin, salt and hot pepper sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover. Simmer 10 minutes. Stir in turkey; cook, uncovered, 5 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally.

Add parsley to rice; mix lightly. Spoon onto serving platter; top with the bean mixture.

Bacon wrapped stuffing bites

Ingredients

1 (6.5 ounce) packet cornbread stuffing mix

1 large egg

1/3 cup milk

1/2 cup chopped white onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 cup chopped parsley

1/2 apple chopped

1 cup chopped pecans

2 Italian sausage links, casings removed and torn into chunks

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 teaspoon lemon zest

15 slices bacon, cut in half

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the stuffing mix, egg and milk. Mix with a wooden spoon.

Add the onion, garlic, parsley, apple and pecans. Mix to combine.  

Add the torn sausage, curry powder and lemon zest. Mix to combine.

Arrange the bacon strips on a baking sheet. Take a small mound of stuffing and form a little log, or finger. Place the mound in the center of each bacon strip. Wrap the bacon around the stuffing.

Bake for 45 minutes, or until bacon is crispy and stuffing is browned and cooked through.

Cheesy leftover mashed potato pancakes

Ingredients

3 cups chilled leftover mashed potatoes

2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 Tablespoons chopped scallions, green and white parts

1 egg, lightly beaten

3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

Vegetable oil, for pan-frying

Sour cream, for serving

Directions

In a large bowl, stir together the mashed potatoes, cheese, scallions, egg and 3 tablespoons flour until combined. (See Kelly's Notes.) Using your hands, divide the mixture into 12 portions. Roll each portion into a compact ball then flatten it into a pancake about a 1/2-inch-thick.

Place the remaining 1/2 cup of flour in a shallow dish and carefully dredge each pancake in the flour.

Heat 3 to 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. (Add enough oil to thoroughly coat the bottom of the pan.)

Fry the pancakes, in batches, until they're golden brown and crispy on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes. Add more oil to the pan as needed between batches. (Do not overcrowd the pan and do not flip the pancakes too soon or they won't develop a crisp crust.) Transfer the pancakes to a paper towel-lined plate and immediately sprinkle them with salt.

Serve the potato pancakes topped with sour cream and garnished with additional chopped scallions.

To LSU?

LSU is locked into an SEC West battle with Texas A&M to wrap up their Thanksgiving but the Tigers could be celebrating much more than a victory with their turkey on Thursday.

According to multiple reports, the Tigers are close to hiring the grand prize of this year’s coaching carousel in Houston’s Tom Herman.

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RenFest traffic update

Dear Texas Renaissance Festival Guests,

 

First of all, we wish to thank you for your patronage of our Festival. Secondly, we want to sincerely apologize for the large number of traffic delays our guests encountered in recent weeks. We understand how very frustrating it can be to have to wait in long, slow moving lines without any idea of how long it will take to reach your destination. 

We do everything we can to try to keep traffic moving and minimize wait times. We coordinate with law enforcement and municipal and county coordinators across three different counties. We employ and place law enforcement officers at every major intersection coming into the Festival from both north and south. We have traffic cameras placed along the route so that we can get a visual count of the number of cars on the road and how fast they are moving. We employ nearly 100 parking lot attendants to get people in and out of the Festival grounds as efficiently as possible. 

However, with all of those measures in place, we are limited by road design and infrastructure constraints, specifically we currently have one, 2-lane road leading into the Festival. We are also constrained by trains passing through the area, and the fact that the population growth in the area has added more non-Festival traffic on the area roads. 

We are taking every proactive step possible to alleviate this problem for our Festival guests. On Monday, November 21, 2016, a meeting was held by TRF management with representatives of the Montgomery, Waller, and Grimes County Sheriff’s Departments, as well as Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley to develop an action plan to alleviate any further congestion. 

In the meantime, for those planning to attend the final weekend of the Festival, we recommend using the following alternative routes to avoid possible delays due to maintenance and construction: 

 

ALTERNATIVE TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS 

 

In the meantime, for those planning to attend the final weekend of the Festival, we recommend using the following alternative routes to avoid possible delays due to maintenance and construction: 

ALTERNATIVE TRAVEL SUGGESTIONS 

 

FROM NORTH TEXAS: 

Travel down I45 and then exit League Line Rd. Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto TX-105 W/W Davis St. Follow 105 until you reach FM 1774 and then turn left until your reach the Festival 

 

FROM CENTRAL AND EAST HOUSTON AREA 

Take I-45 North to HWY 105 in Conroe, Texas. Head east (left turn) on HWY 105 approximately 30 miles to FM 1774 in Plantersville. Head south (left) on FM 1774 approximately 6 miles to the Festival north entrance. 

 

FROM WEST HOUSTON AREA 

Take HWY 290 North to HWY 6 and HWY 6 North to HWY 105 in Navasota. Head west (right turn) on HWY 105 approximately 15 miles to FM 1774 in Plantersville. Head south (right turn) on FM 1774 approximately 6 miles to the Festival north entrance. 

For further information or to discuss a particular concern, please call the Texas Renaissance Festival office at 800-458-3435 between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday (We will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24).

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