My Top 5: Jordan Drum of Society for the Performing Arts

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Photo courtesy of Society for the Performing Arts

Each week, our My Top 5 series highlights a Houstonian who is shaping the culture of the city and making an out-sized impact on its character. In turn, each shares their own favorite things to do in Houston when not hard at work. This week, we’re very pleased to feature Jordan Drum, Director of Society for the Performing Art’s Education & Community Engagement. Society for the Performing Arts is celebrating its 50th anniversary season in 2016-17, having presented more than 1,000 performances during those 50 years.

My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston

by Jordan Drum

  1. Houston Dairy Maids Houston Dairy Maids is the Midtown Spec’s of cheese—they have it all. They also rotate their tasting menu, so you get to try something new every time you visit, and they do wine pairings on Wednesdays. I didn’t know I was a cheese person until I started coming here.
  2. The Houston Theater District Downtown has changed so much just in the last couple of years. Bars like Houston Watch Company and Public Services anchor a great bar scene around north Main, while Market Square Park provides outdoor space and public programming (and a great dog park). Coupled with the large and small arts organizations performing in the Theater District, it’s easy to see why people are flocking Downtown.
  3. Boil House Some of the best crawfish in town, and they offer it at different spice levels, so everyone can order their own to taste. It’s a no-frills kind of spot—and with bench seating and a BYOB policy, you’re sure to make some new friends.
  4. Arne’s Warehouse I don’t really know how to describe Arne’s. It’s Costco meets Party City, and they specialize in all the things you never knew you needed. Go see for yourself.
  5. Getting Outdoors – Houston is a sportsman’s paradise—you’re never more than an hour (traffic permitting) from great lake or gulf fishing, and there are ample public hunting lands like the Justin Hurst (WMA) within a reasonable driving distance. If you’re into biking or hiking, there are state parks surrounding Houston, and the expansive in-town parks have great trails as well. Yes, it is miserably hot during the summer, but the subtropical weather also means you can have a vegetable garden almost year-round.

About Jordan Drum

Jordan Drum currently serves as Director of Education and Community Engagement for Society for the Performing Arts, which creates affordable opportunities for the discovery, development, and celebration of creativity on and off stage by engaging people through diverse programs and cultural partnerships. Prior to joining the staff at SPA, Jordan led the Education and Community Engagement department of The Phoenix Symphony. Jordan holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Texas Tech University and a Master’s of Percussion Performance Arizona State University.