2009-12-01/31 Monthly LOVIEE

And here we are, the last monthly LOVIEE of 2009. This features the first-ever month-long event on a monthly LOVIEE! Dare I say it, that’s cause for celebration in and of itself. This feels a bit light, but two events span multiple days. With this bit of Quinn’s Big City history comes some changes. I will discuss those in a post sometime in the next few days.

Throughout December

The Ice at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. $10 including tax and skate rental, see Web site for detailed hours and group discount information. Yes, it’s back, an outdoor ice rink in Houston! The model boat basin portion of Kinder Lake (the part directly behind the Anheuser-Busch stage) will be frozen over using renewable energy and transformed into an ice skating rink. If you’ve moved from up north and lack of outdoor ice skating makes you homesick, here’s your chance for some relief; if you just want an ice skating fix, hey, still a great reason to avoid Galleria mall traffic and crowds. Grab your $10 bill (or $20 bill if you’ve got a partner) and come skate! 09/10-IADG

Alley Theatre presents A Christmas Carol. 615 Texas Avenue, 2:30pm and/or 7:30pm depending on day (see Web site for details), $21-100. Based on the novel by Charles Dickens which tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with three ghostly spirits that haunt him on Christmas Eve. Performances continue through Sunday December 27. 09-M12-7

Wednesdays through Saturdays 12-02 through 12-19

Life is Happy and Sad, Diverseworks Theater, 1117 East Freeway. Pay-what-you-can (except Wednesday 12-02 which is a $50 special preview party), tickets available online, by phone at 713-522-2723, or maybe at the door. The Catastrophic Theatre presents the long-awaited sequel to Daniel Johnston’s Speeding Motorcycle. This play chronicles Johnston’s early years in Austin. The band Roky Moon and Bolt perform live, and band members also double in other roles during the play. This looks to be an exciting show, and do you know why I say maybe for tickets at the door? Speeding Motorcycle sold out two runs in Houston. My advice: buy your tickets in advance, don’t risk being left out in the cold (literally). 09-M12-1

Friday 12-04

POSTPONED due to weather. Be The Ball, Hermann Park Golf Course clubhouse, 2155 North MacGregor Dr. (at Almeda), 8-11pm (underwriters’ preview at 7pm), $100. Tickets available online at Glasstire or by calling 713-850-0939. Featuring 80s music from Molly & the Ringwalds and an art auction with work from several top Texas artists, as well as the usual adult beverages (provided by Savvy Vodka, The Tasting Room, Max’s Wine Dive, and Saint Arnold Brewery) and snacks. 09-M12-2

Saturday 12-05

A Decade of Dissent: VBB’s 10-Year Anniversary, Houston Institute of Culture, 708-B Telephone Road, 7pm, free admission. Featuring film and photography by Laura Harrison, Eric Hester, Paul Hester, Burnell McCray, Sehba Sarwar, and Faroukh Virani. 09-M12-3

Information Superhighway, Caroline Collective, 4820 Caroline, 7-11pm. Featured attractions DIY brewing tips from Houston home brewers, live silk screening, live graffiti, and video and interactive demos, as well as the usual snack foods and drinks (sponsored by DoubleDave’s Pizza, Famous Vodka, Saint Arnold, and Cuisine Charlemagne Houston). Come join me, it’s going to be a blast! 09-M12-4

Friday 12-11

Graffiti Party and Music Night, Walter’s on Washington, 4215 Washington. Doors 8pm, show 9pm, $8. Music from Wild Moccasins, Buxton, and Giant Princess. Free hot dogs from Ray’s Franks and giveaways from Movies! The Store. Wear a white shirt you wouldn’t mind getting dirty. 09-M12-6

Saturday 12-12

The Best of the New York Children’s Film Fest, Spacetaker (Winter Street Studios), 2101 Winter Street, 4pm, free admission. Co-presented by Spacetaker and Aurora Picture Show, this is an hour-long program recommended for children ages 3 and up showcasing some of the very best children’s films. If you wish to make it a longer afternoon with the kid(s), there is a kid’s art workshop starting at 2pm. 09-M12-5