The Ensemble Theatre will mark its 39th season with the 2015 celebrity black-tie gala, "Follow the Dream: Celebrating the Empire," at 6:30 p.m. Sat., Aug. 15, at the Hilton Americas - Houston, 1600 Lamar. Houston Mayor Annise Parker will be presented with the Founder's Award for her support through the Houston Arts Alliance. Other honorees will include actresses Irma P. Hall from the film "Soul Food" and Katlynn Simone of BET's "The Game" plus Attica Locke, writer and co-producer of the FOX-TV series, "Empire." The associated community subscriber's party and "Giorgee Awards" will be held at 2 p.m. the next day at the theater, 3535 Main St. For more details, see www.ensemblehouston.com.