Free for All: Chicken Run, "Foley's Department Store" and the 11th Annual Holiday Market
Friday is the last day of the Chicken Run Free Family Fun. The animated film is a hilarious parody of prison break films, but this time the action is set on a British farm. One independent chicken, Ginger, decides she's going to flee the coop, but her attempts are all waylaid by one evil Mrs. Tweedy, the farm's owner. That's where Rocky the American Rooster comes in. Somehow Ginger believes that Rocky can fly (uh, he can't) and she enlists his help in teaching all of the Tweedy Farm chickens to fly so they can all escape. Mel Gibson and Miranda Richardson are among the famous actors voicing the characters.
See Chicken Run at 10 a.m. on Friday at Alamo Drafthouse, Mason Park, 531 South Mason Road. For information, visit the cinema's website or call 281-492-6900.
Take a step back in time at the "Foley's Department Store: Houston's Community Partner, 1900-2005" exhibit on Saturday. The building at 1100 Main Street might say Macy's now, but for a large number of Houstonians, it will always be Foley's. The Heritage Society's new exhibit details the store's multifaceted history. Started in 1900 by Pat and James Foley, the store became a mainstay in the community not only as a shopping destination, but as a philanthropic force. After WWII, Foley's moved into a new, futuristic building by Kenneth Franzheim (the design still holds up more than 50 years later). The Foley's Thanksgiving Day parade was the official kickoff to the holiday season for more than 40 years, while the store's windows, decorated in elaborate holiday designs, took center stage every Christmas.
See "Foley's Department Store: Houston's Community Partner, 1900-2005" 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at The Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby. For information, visit the society's website or call 713-655-1912.
Traders Village Houston presents the 11th Annual Holiday Market with Santa Claus, starting this Saturday and Sunday and running through December 16. In addition to thousands of dealers who are offering holiday wares and gifts, Santa will be on hand to take photos with all the kids. (Donations for photos benefit the Houston Metro Go Texan Committee Cypress Fairbanks Subcommittee.)
Shop the Holiday Market with Santa Claus 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Through December 16. 7979 N. Eldridge Road. For information, visit the market's website or call 281-890-5500. Admission to the Market is free, but parking is $3 per vehicle.