2009-12-14/20 Weekly LOVIEE

This week it’s time to start things off with a quick note: There may be some events I will not be able to meaningfully promote in the LOVIEE feature due to various constraints. So it will become more important than ever to follow the Twitter account and/or Facebook page to stay in the know. I will also post notices of last-minute changes to the weekly, monthly, and special LOVIEEs to Facebook and/or Twitter (usually both).

You also may have noticed I’m posting earlier (Sunday afternoon/evening instead of Monday around noon). Until recently I have had very few events to list on Monday or Tuesday; this has changed. I like to make it as easy as possible for my readers to plan things out at least a day in advance if not more. Sometimes it is just a case of getting “done” earlier than expected; often I will schedule the posting further in advance and let WordPress take care of the rest but other times I’ll go ahead and post right then and there just to make sure it’s up in time, as glitches have happened.

Anyway, enough verbiage, on with the list:

All Week

The Ice at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. $10 including tax and skate rental, see Web site for detailed hours and group discount information. More details in the monthly LOVIEE. 09/10-IADG

Monday 12-14

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders LIVE. Various theaters in the Houston area; see Web site for details and ticket information (price will vary by theatre). Doctors Without Borders gave a documentary crew uncensored access to its field operations and the result is this first-of-its-kind documentary featuring four doctors in war-torn Congo and post-conflict Liberia, the extreme conditions therein, and the challenge of providing medical care under those extreme conditions. This event will be hosted by Elizabeth Vargas of ABC’s 20/20 from New York City and will feature a live panel discussion with frontline doctors and journalists. 09-W51-1

Wednesday 12-16

H-Town for the Holidays, Boheme, 307 Fairview, 7:30pm, free admission. A performance event benefiting the Osito Foundation, a non-profit that collects teddy bears for children impacted by HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. Scheduled to appear: Kady Malloy (from American Idol 7); Mike and Linda Lambert (of Spare Parts); Bret Gyrich (of Low Man’s Joe); and Micha Walker (of Veracity). Also scheduled to appear: Buddy the Bear, the new Osito mascot. 09-W51-2

Thursday 12-17 through Saturday 12-19

Martin Burniston’s 19th Annual Christmas Singalong, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, dinner starts at 7pm, singalong starts at 8pm. $38, price includes dinner plus donations to the End Hunger Network and Emma Jacobs Breast Cancer Foundation. There will also be an afternoon kids’ singalong on the 19th for $10 which does not include dinner. 09-W51-3

Thursday 12-17

Hawthorne Heights at Meridian, 1503 Chartres, 6:30pm, $13 advance/$15 day of show. This quartet from Dayton, Ohio, has a very addictive and hypnotizing sound and is well worth checking out. Also featuring special guests Just Surrender, The Story Changes, Monty Are I, Nightbeast, and The Last Place You Look. 09-W51-4

Friday 12-18

“Naughty or Nice” — Aerosol Warfare Holiday Party and Art Show, 2110 Jefferson #113, 7pm-midnight. Featuring music from Iron Chic, Bradley McClintock, and others. 09-W51-5

The Boxmasters at Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak, 7pm, $35. This looks to be a great show from a great country/rock band (and yes, I know it is odd to hear any phrase starting with “great country” applied to a California act); The Boxmasters are on tour and this will be their fourth stop in Texas. Also featuring The Rounders, who I could not find any information about, but I must say a name like that piques my interest. 09-W51-6

A Concert to Free Your Mind at Dean’s Credit Clothing, 316 Main, doors 8pm, show 9pm, $8. Featuring: Tax the Wolf, a spacey and experimental band; Keaton Branch and The Figure Eight; Solanae; and The Dellciples, Beatles-inspired 1960s pop (but not a Beatles tribute band). 09-W51-9

Friday 12-18 and Saturday 12-19

The Producers at Playhouse 1960, 6814 Gant Road, 8pm, $15 (discounts for seniors, students, and active military/veterans). Leo and Max have what certainly seems like a great idea: put on a play destined for failure (a musical called Springtime for Hitler in which the Germans win WWII), watch it fold, then take the money and run. Unfortunately (for everyone, including Leo and Max), the musical becomes a smash hit. 09-W51-7

Saturday 12-19

First Annual Gingerbread Build-off, Caroline Collective, 4820 Caroline St., 10am-2pm, $25 per team to enter (limit of 3 per team), free admission to watch. Hosted by Caroline Collective and C2 Creative in association with the Architecture Center Houston (ArCH). Winners will be on exhibition December 21-23, 9am-5pm, at the ArCH, 315 Capitol. 09-W51-8