How to celebrate Juneteenth and other events taking place this month in the Bellaire, Meyerland and West University area

"Absolute Equality," a mural on slavery in the U.S., will be unveiled June 19 in Galveston. (Courtesy Juneteenth Legacy Art Project)
"Absolute Equality," a mural on slavery in the U.S., will be unveiled June 19 in Galveston. (Courtesy Juneteenth Legacy Art Project)

"Absolute Equality," a mural on slavery in the U.S., will be unveiled June 19 in Galveston. (Courtesy Juneteenth Legacy Art Project)

Juneteenth, commonly referred to as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, Jubilee Day or Liberation Day, among others, is approaching June 19. Here are a few area events commemorating people who were enslaved in the United States.

Juneteenth celebrations


Juneteenth Legacy Project Art Installation

Galveston-based nonprofit Juneteenth Legacy Art Project will unveil its monthslong mural project by artist Reginald C. Adams titled “Absolute Equality,” a 5,000-square-foot art installation commissioned by the nonprofit to tell an evolutionary narrative depicting important moments in history. 11:30 a.m. Free. 2217 Strand St., Galveston. www.juneteenthlegacyproject.com

Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration

The Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation hosts its 17th annual Concert in the Park celebrating the holiday. Artists performing include Bel-Ami, Jaye Hammer and Leroy Allen. 6:30 p.m. Free. 1340 Independence Blvd., Missouri City. www.missouricityjuneteenthcelebration.com

A Gulf Coast Juneteenth


Miller Outdoor Theatre hosts its annual Juneteenth blues and Creole festival featuring Grammy Award-winning blues legend Bobby Rush. The storytelling bluesman sings with gritty, sensuous vocals along with harmonica chops. Online tickets are required. 8:30 p.m. Free. 6000 Hermann Park Drive., Houston. www.milleroutdoortheatre.com

Other events around Bellaire, Meyerland and West University


June 8: ‘The Nazi Menace, At Home and Abroad’

The Holocaust Museum Houston hosts a virtual lecture over Zoom from celebrated author Benjamin Carter Hett as he explores many of his works over the years analyzing the Nazi party and its effect on the world. Hett also authored “The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic” and “Burning the Reichstag: An Investigation into the Third Reich’s Enduring Mystery,” among others. 6-7 p.m. Registration required. Free, though donations are encouraged. 713-942-8000. www.hmh.org

June 8: How to Start a Startup

The Ion hosts a virtual event for community members, startups and entrepreneurs, corporate innovators, and academic partners on how to start a startup, taking participants through the starting steps in taking their idea and turning it into a business. Heath Butler, managing director of Mercury Fund, will help participants to learn how to identify problems, needs, and trends worth pursuing and how to create and evaluate possible solutions. Free. www.ionhouston.com

June 11: Chef Gala Houston

Autism Speaks presents an annual event featuring a team of 15 Houston chefs creating signature small-plate dishes for guests. Each chef will be assisted by a junior sous chef who is on the autism spectrum. The event also includes silent and live auctions to raise money for Autism Speaks, which conducts autism research and awareness activities. A portion of proceeds will also help culinary industry employees on the spectrum who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 5:30-11 p.m. $250. The Westin Houston Medical Center, 1709 Dryden Road, Houston. 713-724-5092. www.autismspeaks.org

June 12 and 26: Sneak-A-Peek

The Hana and Arthur Ginzbarg Nature Discovery Center is hosting a summer program for preschoolers ages 3 to 5 and their parents, grandparents or caregivers. Rafts, nature walks, live animal encounters, investigations and hands-on activities create about an hour of learning fun each week. On June 12, children can learn about turtles, while on June 26, they can learn about flowers and butterflies. Advance registration is required. The event is limited to 10 participating children with an adult caregiver. 10-11 a.m. $20 (members), $25 (nonmembers). 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire. 713-667-6550. www.naturediscoverycenter.org

June 15: Katherine Dykstra in conversation with Kevin Cook

Murder By The Book hosts a virtual conversation between authors Katherine Dykstra and Kevin Cook. Dykstra, a writer, editor and teacher, will soon publish her book, “What Happened to Paula: On the Death of an American Girl,” which explores the investigation into the cold case of Paula Oberbroeckling, whose homicide in 1970 was never solved. Cook, meanwhile, will discuss his book, “Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America,” which analyzes the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese on her front stoop in view of numerous witnesses. Free. 713-524-8597. www.murderbooks.com

June 26: The Dinner Detective

The Dinner Detective, America’s largest interactive murder mystery comedy dinner show, hosts a show with a mystery whodunit. Ticket includes a four-course dinner with a choice of entree, waitstaff gratuity and a prize package for the Top Sleuth. 6-9 p.m. $74.95. Waitlist. Houston Hilton Plaza Medical Center Hotel, 6633 Travis St., Houston. 866-496-0535. www.thedinnerdetective.com/houston

June 27: ‘Three Centuries of American Art’

The Museum of Fine Arts will open a new exhibition June 27 highlighting more than 200 works from the private collection of Houston collector Fayez S. Sarofim, which spans from American paintings that cover a broad spectrum including impressionism through abstract expressionism, pop, minimalism and contemporary art to Coptic carvings and textiles. Grouped in thematic galleries, the masterpieces on view include works by Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and John Singer Sargent. Also included are Helen Frankenthaler, George Inness, and more. The price is included with general admission. $19 (adults), $16 (seniors), free (age 12 and younger). 1001 Bissonnet St., Houston. 713-639-7300. www.mfah.org
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


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