By Nancy Ford
Ballet’s Big Step. Houston Mayor Annise Parker presides over the ribbon-cutting ceremony opening Houston Ballet’s new Center for Dance on April 9 at noon. The six-story, 115,000 square-foot facility, designed with sustainable features, boasts nine dance studios, a dance lab that seats 200, and artistic, administrative, and support facilities for Houston Ballet and its academy. It is the largest professional dance company facility of its kind in the United States. 601 Preston Street • houstonballet.org.
Caffeine and Cowgirls. Judge Roy Bean’s Coffee Saloon is “where Austin meets The Heights, and Montrose meets Galveston,” say owners in business and in life, Alison Rabinovitz and Dawn Prater. The trendy coffee spot also offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, pastries, and adult libations including a “six-shooter” of Jell-O shots. 5316 Broadway Street, Suite A, in Galveston • jrbcoffee.com • 409/539-5197.
RMCC Welcomes New Leader. The formal installment of the Reverend Harry Knox as senior pastor of Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church is scheduled May 1 at 3 p.m. Formerly the director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Religion and Faith Program and a past member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Knox says his appointment to the Houston church is “a dream come true. My calling and passion are for equipping God’s people to do compassionate justice in Christ’s name.” The Reverend Elder Troy D. Perry, founder of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), and the Reverend Elder Nancy Wilson, moderator of MCC worldwide, are expected to attend the ceremony. 2025 W. 11th Street • resurrectionmcc.org.