Artists take to Houston street to help children with hearing loss

Columbian artist Camilo Gonzalez uses chalk to sketch a taco truck driving by an urban shopping center.

Gonzalez’s emerging artwork — one of hundreds of Texas-themed chalk murals lining the streets surrounding City Hall Saturday — is part of the Via Colori street painting festival, featuring 200 artists raising money for children with hearing loss and The Center for Hearing and Speech.

“I’ve always been interested in activating art and doing something else with it and not just art by itself,” Gonzalez said. “This is why I love it and it’s a good cause. I think we should try and replicate this [festival] in many other aspects.

Turkish Fest attracts thousands to downtown Houston

The smells of doner kabobs and sounds of energetic Middle Eastern music floated through downtown Houston Saturday, as people swarmed to Jones Plaza for the 26th annual Houston Turkish Festival.

“Houston is home to 3 million people, but a very small percentage of these people ever have the opportunity to travel to the other end of the world and experience Turkish culture,” said Ozlem Adra, president of the American Turkish Association of Houston. “With this festival we bring Turkey to them.