2010-01-01/31 Monthly LOVIEE

What a great way to start off 2010. This month’s LOVIEE is chock full of stuff and these are just the big events. Pass the word, the holidays are over, and the Houston arts, events, and music scene is back in full swing!

Continuing Through Monday 01-18

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

Saturday 01-09

Runaway Sun with Ben Mallott at The Continental Club, 3700 Main, doors 9pm, show 9:30pm, $10. Tickets available in advance online at Sig’s Lagoon or at the door. This is Runaway Sun’s first show at the Continental since the LP release party/show in October. 10-M01-1

Friday 01-15 and Saturday 01-16

Mark Morris Dance Group, Wortham Theater Center (Cullen Theater), 8pm, 22-57. Presented by the Society for the Performing Arts as part of its Dance Series. For these shows, the Company will perform the following: Excursions with music by Samuel Barber; Going Away Party to the music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys; Italian Concerto to the J. S. Bach score; and Grand Duo with music by Lou Harrison. 10-M01-2

Saturday 01-16

Ezra Charles at The Continental Club, 3700 Main, $10. Tickets available in advance online at Sig’s Lagoon or at the door. 10-M01-3

Thursday 01-21 through Saturday 01-23

Company Clare Dyson’s Voyeur at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway, 8pm, tickets available online and are priced “pay what you want.” This is the US premiere of the performance installation of the Australian-based Company Clare Dyson. From the description: “In this exciting new work, audiences are not passive viewers, they choose where and how they view the performance. Seats on stage surround the set, situated in front of specially designed ‘peepholes,’ giving specialized viewing experiences. Some seats have binoculars, others headsets that reveal the performers’ inner monologues.” One of the most innovative twists on performing arts that I have heard of. A definite “don’t miss” performance! 10-M01-4

Friday 01-22

Be The Ball, Hermann Park Golf Course clubhouse, 2155 North MacGregor Dr. (at Almeda), 8-11pm (underwriters’ preview at 7pm), $100. (Rescheduled from original December date.) 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. 10-M01-5

Wednesday 01-27

Your Amsterdam as part of Wicked Wednesdays at Continental Club, 3700 Main, 8pm, $5. Also featuring Whiskey Boat, which apparently will be the usual Wednesday night act to start 2010. 10-M01-6

Saturday 01-30

D.R.U.M. at Continental Club, 3700 Main, $10 advance/$15 at door. African rhythm with a healthy influence of jazz, R&B, Latin, and pop. A true testament to the diversity of Houston’s music scene! 10-M01-7