This Week in Houston’s Buzz: Touchdown for TEACH 2017 with Peyton Manning (To Educate All Children) and More!

Touchdown for TEACH 2017 with Peyton Manning (To Educate All Children)

          Peyton Manning, Kelly Krohn, Susan Sarofim and Bruce Derrick

The Touchdown for TEACH Organization held a dinner and program at River Oaks Country Club on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, with Peyton Manning; along with dedicated chairs, Carol and Mike Linn and DeeDee and Wallis Marsh. Co-chairs received the experience of a lifetime to hear Peyton Manning speak about his career accomplishments. This organization, TEACH, provides educators with intensive trainings in classroom management, focusing on de-escalation, conflict resolution, building students’ self-image, and nonverbal communication. Every student deserves to feel safe at school, and an investment in safe, calm learning environments can increase the value of almost any other investment in education.

Many students face barriers in their education, and TEACH believes creating a safe and stable school environment is necessary. Peyton Manning, legendary Super Bowl-winning quarterback is a five-time NFL MVP and first starting quarterback in NFL history to win the Super Bowl playing with two teams. Manning was interviewed by Spencer Tillman. Spencer Tillman is a veteran analyst and former collegiate national champion. He was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1987, and he played for two seasons. For more information about the Touchdown for TEACH Organization visit their website at

                                   Spencer Tillman and Scott McClelland


The Glamour of Oscar de la Renta

                                      Gown designed by Oscar de la Renta

The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta celebrates the life and career of the fashion designer. The exhibition showcases nearly 70 ensembles sourced from de la Renta’s corporate and personal archives; the archives of French label Pierre Balmain; private lenders; and the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Oscar de la Renta was one of the world’s leading fashion designers, famous for his women’s evening wear and suits. Oscar de la Renta was born on July 22, 1932, in the Dominican Republic and died on October 20, 2014. The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta highlights recurring themes, including the impact of Spain, Russia, China, Japan, and the garden on his designs.

Throughout his award-winning career, which spanned more than five decades over two continents, Oscar de la Renta (1932–2014) designed beautiful clothes for every occasion in a woman’s life. According to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the exhibition gives you a peek at gowns once worn by fashion icons, dignitaries, and celebrities, including Beyoncé, Laura Bush, Amal Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Kirsten Dunst, Karlie Kloss, and Lynn Wyatt. This exhibit will run through January 18 2018. For more information about the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston visit their website at


The Ensemble Theatre Presents “Soulful Sounds of Christmas”

                                      “Soulful Sounds of Christmas” cast

The Ensemble Theatre proudly presents: “A Soulful Sound of Christmas”, a musical concert that lights up the holidays with the Soulful Sounds of Christmas book, music, and lyrics by Chika Kaba Ma’atunde, based on a concept by Greg Williams, Jr, and directed and choreographed by Patdro Harris. The show runs November 16 thru December 30, 2017. This play connects a community and gets everyone into the holiday spirit. Infused with original new songs, this play tells the story of Ella Washington, owner of a family soul food restaurant in Florida whose motto is: “When you give to others, it comes back to you.” “Soulful Sounds of Christmas” is a heartwarming story that shines light on family, the art of giving and love as the true meaning of Christmas. The Ensemble Theatre is one of a few professional theaters in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience. It is the oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest and it holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house. The programs and operations of The Ensemble Theatre benefit a multicultural audience that is diverse in age, income, ethnicity, and culture. If you have not seen the play, you should definitely see it. For ticket information visit the Ensemble Theatre’s website at

                                           “Soulful Sounds of Christmas” cast

                                       “Soulful Sounds of Christmas” cast