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Hurricane Harvey Cancellations Sweeping Houston as Threat of Floods Dampen the Party Spirit

BY // 08.24.17

Scratch those plans for Sunday’s downtown outing for the 24th annual Theater District Open House. It’s the first in what is expected to be more cancellations/postponements due to the anticipated torrential rains as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

“We regretfully announce that the 24th Annual TransCanada Theater District Open House has been cancelled,” said Theater District Houston CEO Kathryn McNeil, “due to expected severe weather, and out of concern for the safety of our employees and patrons.” Participants including Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, Da Camera of Houston and the like will all be dark on this previously planned brilliant Sunday.

That comes at the same time that the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion announces cancellation of Sunday’s Lady Antebellum You Look Good World Tour. The pavilion announced that ticket refunds will be made at the point of purchase.

Thursday afternoon, the Houston Zoo announced that it will be closed Friday through Sunday with the possibility of closure on Monday, depending on the weather.

The March of Dimes and Woman’s Hospital of Texas have moved the 14th annual Labor Day Luncheon & Style Show, originally set for Saturday, August 26, has been rescheduled for September 30 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

Schlitterbahns in Galveston, Corpus Christi and South Padre Island are closing for the weekend. Murder by the Book announced that Friday’s book signing of “The Saboteur” with author Andrew Gross has been cancelled. Simon has cancelled this weekend’s Katy Mills Back to School Family Fun Event. And the list grows by the hour.

Theater Under the Stars is attempting to make lemonade out of the stormy lemon buffeting the coastline by offering special savings on a variety of performances. Anyone booking now through Tuesday, August 29, can take advantage of deals including $70 off a five-show subscription, 50 percent off opening night performances and $99 family four packs. They are available here.

Of course, HISD has already cancelled classes for all its schools on Monday, which was the scheduled first day of the school year. The massive Coldplay concert at NRG Stadium, scheduled for Friday night, was finally cancelled during the day Friday.

The band tweeted at noon, “We really wanted to play tonight, but sitting here all together watching the news about the storm, we feel that we can’t ask anyone to put their safety at risk. So, sadly, we will have to postpone.”

Live Nation plans to reveal a rescheduled date for the Coldplay concert in the future.

The Mary J. Blige show set for Smart Financial Smart Friday night has also been called off — and rescheduled for Sept. 19. Lady Antebellum’s planned Sunday concert at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands had already been cancelled.

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