Our My Top 5 feature showcases Houstonians who are shaping the culture in the city and impacting people’s lives. This week, in honor of the 25th annual Theater District Open House, we hear from Executive Director of Da Camera, Toni Capra, who shares some of her favorite haunts in Houston. The free festival that kicks off the 2018-19 season with performances, artful adventures, backstage tours and more, will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018, from noon to 5pm.
My Top 5 Things to Do in Houston
by Toni Capra
- NASA Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston – I was raised in Clear Lake where my mom worked for the space program for twenty years, so it is particularly
special to me. Growing up in the epicenter for human spaceflight training and flight
control surrounded every day by astronauts and their families was so cool. The
recent addition of the Independence Plaza exhibit with the shuttle replica and carrier
aircraft is undoubtedly where the next generation can be inspired to explore careers
- Taproom at 8th Wonder Brewery – Beers, burgers, and corn hole. What’s not to
love? Grab your tokens and a cold one inside then head out back to the
WonderWorld beer garden for an Eatsie Boys burger and round of corn hole. 8th
Wonder’s brews cleverly pay homage to Houston’s spirit – the Cougar Paw red ale
and Dome Faux’m are a couple of favorites.
- Bethel Church Park – I just discovered this beautiful church-turned-park
in historic Freedman’s Town this past year. What stands are the remnants of the
19th century gothic chapel after being gutted by a fire in 2005. Featuring gorgeous
stained glass windows and green space, it is a beautiful, surprising discovery just a
quick jaunt from Downtown.
- Catching a game – Fortunately for me, Houston is rich with varied entertainment
opportunities. I like to balance my professional performing arts life by catching a
game and cheering on my favorite Houston teams. My family has had UH football
season tickets for over a decade and have a great time cheering the Cougars every
fall. A trip to BBVA Compass Stadium for a Dynamo match is always great, and I’ve
been rooting on the Astros since the Astrodome days and rise of the Killer B’s to our
beloved World Series champ status.
- Dining near the Theater District – Spending so much time in the Theater District,
you must have at least a couple go-to spots to grab a bite, cocktail, or cup of coffee.
I am a big fan of Hearsay at Market Square. Both the lunch and dinner menus have
great, tasty options as well as really delicious and creative drinks. For a morning
meeting or afternoon coffee, I often find myself at Boomtown Coffee. The coffee is
excellent and the space is comfortable with a great vibe.
About Toni Capra
Recently appointed Executive Director of Da Camera – chamber music and jazz – Toni Capra has been working in the performing arts and nonprofit sectors for almost 20 years.
Following stints in New York City with the U.S. Tennis Association and WNET New York
PBS, she returned to Houston where she’s worked at the Moores School, Houston
Grand Opera, and has managed consulting projects with Theater District Houston and
the Houston Arts Alliance. She is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer as well
as a Leadership Houston Class XXXVI alum. When not traveling or planning her next
travel adventure, Toni is enjoying time with her two rescue dogs. Check out Da Camera and more at this year’s 25th annual Theater District Open House. The free festival that kicks off the 2018-19 season with performances, artful adventures, backstage tours and more, will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018, from noon to 5pm.