2009-10-24 Special Edition LOVIEE (Halloween)

Okay, I changed my mind, yet again. Since there are relatively few Halloween events scheduled for the 24th (in fact, I thought I had more than this but could just find the one for now) I am going to go ahead and split those out into this post here, with the majority of the public Halloween parties/events in another post, hopefully prior to Monday. I’m running behind schedule with some personal and professional issues that need my more immediate attention.

This post may be updated with others I find out about later in the day/tomorrow.

Saturday 10-24

Natural Bawdy Costume Party at Third Coast Comedy Theater, 2317 W. 34th, 8pm, $20. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Party benefits Cherish Our Children International (COCI). 09-S-AHE-1


2009-10-20/26 Weekly LOVIEE

Yet another great week of things to do in H-Town. You’ll note I have nothing down for Wednesday 10-21; that’s a great day to consult the ongoing LOVIEE.

As some of you may have already noticed from either the Facebook page or the Twitter feed, I’ve gotten wind of some Halloween events taking place as early as Saturday 10-24. So there may be either two holiday special LOVIEEs or one posted in a couple days with all the Halloween-related events I can find. I’m going to try to put everything into one post so it’s not as crowded; the monthly LOVIEE will be due next week as well and I don’t want to post three different LOVIEEs in the span of four days.

And for the curious, most things I post are events I would actually attend under ideal circumstances (unlimited budget and time). I do occasionally put “join me” in the description for something I personally consider can’t-miss. Normally these will be events big enough and announced in advance far enough to make it into the monthly LOVIEE, but not always.

Anyway, without further adieu, here are my picks for what to do in Space City this week.

Tuesday 10-20

Walking Through Twitterville: Houston and Beyond — The Social Media Club of Houston hosts a meeting with Shel Israel, author of “Twitterville” and co-author (with Robert Scoble) of “Naked Conversations: How Blogs Are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers.” Coffee Groundz, 2503 Bagby, 5:30-8pm. 09-W43-1 Facebook event page

Evergreen Terrace at Meridian, 1503 Chartres, $12. Doors at 6:30pm. Metal/punk band from Jacksonville, FL, who recently released their sixth album, Almost Home. 09-W43-2

Thursday 10-22

Pinktober at the Hard Rock Cafe, 502 Texas, featuring Low Man’s Joe. $10, 8:30pm-11:30pm. Proceeds benefit The Rose, a non-profit breast cancer organization providing screening, diagnosis, early access to treatment, and support to all women regardless of ability to pay. A great local band supporting a great cause at a great venue; what more could you ask for? Seriously, if you haven’t seen a Low Man’s Joe show, you do not know what you are missing. 09-M10-4 Facebook event page

The Otis Joe Hip Hop Show at Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone. 8:30pm. 09-W43-3

Oktoberfest at Block 7 Wine Company, 720 Shepherd Drive, 6-9pm, $15 per person. German wine, beer, food, and live music by The Umbrella Man. As a special bonus, ticket holders get case pricing on all wines for the night. Theme-appropriate costumes are encouraged. 09-W43-4 Facebook event page

Friday 10-23

Barkitecture Yappy Hour, Houston Pavilions, 1201 Fannin, 5-8pm. Featuring a silent auction of designer dog houses, plus shopping. 09-M10-5

Village of Waltz, Wortham Center, 501 Texas, $25. The Hope Stone Dance Company performs the work of choreographer Jane Weiner, along with live music by composer/musician Peter Jones and vocalist Ana Trevino-Godfrey. 09-W43-5

Animal Farmacy plays a special Friday night performance at Mezzanine Lounge, 2200 Southwest Freeway #150. 9pm-1am, no cover. Specials: $3 Mexican beers and house margaritas, $5 nachos. 09-W43-6

Saturday 10-24

Sew Crafty Houston is having a grand re-opening celebration at their new location. 321 19th Street, 10am-5pm. This party includes three activities: paper mask making for kids (10:30am), clay pumpkin decorating (1pm), and Halloween costume embellishments (3pm). Food and drinks provided by Cuisine Charlemagne and Saint Arnold. 09-W43-7 Facebook event page

15th Annual Houston Women’s Music Festival at Jones Plaza, 601 Louisiana St., Noon-10pm. $16 in advance, $23 at door. Featured artists: Halcyon, Michelle Malone, Suzanna Choffel, Vicci Martinez, Sick of Sarah, Trina Hamlin, and Natalia Zuckerman. Emcee: Ginger Leigh. 09-M10-6 Facebook event page

Barkitecture Tour & Charity Auction, Houston Pavilions, 1201 Fannin, 10am-6pm. Silent auction of designer dog houses, plus shopping. 09-M10-7

Downtown and a Movie presents Best In Show as part of the Barkitecture Houston festivities. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, seating at 6:30pm, movie starts at 7:30pm. 09-M10-8

Village of Waltz, Wortham Center. 8pm. See listing for Friday. 09-W43-8

Found Footage Festival at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 1000 West Oaks Mall (Texas Highway 6 at Westheimer), 10pm, $10. Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher present what can only be described as a cinematographic illustration of the maxim “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” The duo find footage to use in their mashups from garage sales, warehouses, thrift stores, dumpsters, and similar places. 09-W43-9

Sunday 10-25

Fresh Fest, Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, 6pm. Houston’s fantastic downtown park will be transformed into a showcase of performance stages, arts workshops, movie screenings, and even activities for the kids. Of particular note: Dance Houston will be hosting a hip-hop workshop, Mildred’s Umbrella will present Timothy Evers in an original play, spoken word artist Michael K. Taylor will perform, and movies will be shown by both Aurora Picture Show and the Southwest Alternative Media Project (SWAMP). Presented by the Fresh Arts Coalition. 09-W43-10 Facebook event page

Aurora Picture Show Video Salon at Aurora Video Library, 1524 Sul Ross, 1pm. Free admission. Emily Hagins, the first teenage girl to direct a feature-length film will be on hand to discuss her experience and show clips from her film, entitled Pathogen. 09-W43-11


Recap: Runaway Sun LP Release Party/Concert (09-M10-0)

First, before I even get into the details, I didn’t really get into most of the meat of this recap until a couple of days after the show so my memory will be a bit fuzzy in places. This was a borderline spectacular show; if you’re not familiar with Runaway Sun, the vast majority of their shows fall into three categories: great, excellent, and spectacular.

I stroll off the METRORail Red Line train at Ensemble/HCC Station at a good quarter until 8pm, waltz into Sig’s Lagoon to pick up my ticket. Yes, ticket, singular; I went alone, and I have no shame. I then patiently awaited the opening of the doors of the Continental Club. By the time the doors were open (I think it was a good five minutes past eight) a crowd had begun to form. For the curious, yes, I do believe I was the first person in. Not like it matters, really.

As announced, Clory Martin was the opening act. She played a set of about six songs if I remember right, some of which included her twin sister Beth as backup vocalist and a violinist, whose name I have forgotten. Quite embarrassing, to say the least.

Moving on, it was then time for Runaway Sun. I knew from the opening riff of Lovebite (track 2) this was going to be one of the better shows from the band. Most of the set was from the album, with Stoplight from the EP (track 2) thrown in the middle. I found Bad Bad Man (track 1) and Headin Down South (track 8) particularly great performances. Of course as many times as I’ve been to Runaway Sun’s shows, I had heard most (if not all) of them before, but didn’t really get a chance to match titles to some of them until listening to the album after the show. (Yes, I’m one of these freaks that goes and hunts down title and artist info on radio airplay, as well, I’m strange like that.)

Somewhere in the middle of the set, I’m not sure exactly where (I think shortly after Stoplight), Tina Zulu and DJ Melodic were recognized and presented with the first two copies of the album. (The band won the studio time to record the album at a benefit for DJ Melodic, who had suffered medical problems, and this benefit was organized by Tina Zulu.)

The two songs which feature Clory Martin, Goodbye to You and Sweetheart (tracks 9 and 10 respectively) closed out the set. (Unless there was one that came after those that I forgot.) And then, we were done, or so I thought… I mean, really, I should have known better than to think there would not be an encore.

The encore started with Lily from the EP (track 1) and included (I think) one or two more tracks from the album which did not make the original set. Toward the end of the encore set I inquire about getting a T-shirt. Unfortunately, they were out of my size. Maybe next time…

This is not my best work on a recap; I’ll take better notes next time, I swear. I blame the one Lone Star I had for frying my brain cells. I’m just glad I had enough sense to not get an import beer that would fry my wallet as well.

If you want the perspective of one of the guys that was on stage, you may also be interested in Andrew Karnavas’s recap posted on the band’s official blog.


2009-10-13/19 Weekly LOVIEE

I’ve showcased two new ongoing events here; they have also been added to the Ongoing LOVIEE.

As far as where I stand with this blog: I know I’m getting at least a few hits; what I don’t know is how many of you are actually going to the events I have featured here. I will be looking into ways to make it easier than filling out a feedback form, and I regret that’s all I have for now. By all means, any kind of feedback is appreciated: if I’m doing a great job, if I’m doing a lousy job, if you like me, if you hate me, if you’re a single unattached female and you want to go out on a date with me… you get the idea.

Also, if and when asked where you heard about an event, please mention this site if it’s an event listed here. (Subject to the constraints of the question, of course. If specifically asked where you first heard about something, don’t say it was here if you first saw a billboard or TV ad.)

Thanks for your support. You, the people out there reading this, are what makes it worthwhile.

Tuesday 10-13

Pilates in the Park with TUTS (Theatre Under The Stars), Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. 6pm. Instructed by Victoria Arzipe. 09-X-5

Urban Dance in the Park with TUTS (Theatre Under The Stars), Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney. 7pm. Instructed by Alex Arzipe. Dance styles taught include hip hop, popping, X dancing, and street dance. 09-X-6

Optical Sensations Art Show at Coffee Groundz, 2503 Bagby. 6-9pm. Photographer Charles Osborn showcases his work at the prominent Midtown coffeehouse/bar recently featured in the Wall Street Journal. 09-W42-7 Facebook event page

Wednesday 10-14

The Black Crowes at House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, $37.50/$55.50/$75.50 (GA/upper balcony/lower balcony). Doors 7pm, show 8pm. 09-W42-1

Thursday 10-15

Cultured Cocktails presented by Spacetaker at Boheme, 307 Fairview, 5-10pm. This week’s featured organization is Aurora Picture Show, a non-profit micro-cinema presenting artist-made, non-commercial film and video. I’ve been to a couple of Aurora’s events and they are a great organization to support. 09-W42-2

Morgan Thorson’s Heaven at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway. 8pm, tickets available online and are priced “pay what you want.” From the Web site description: “Heaven works to create sublime revelations for all–audience members, dancers, believers, non-believers, dance enthusiasts, and music lovers.” (Normally I do not copy verbatim from source listings but this was extremely difficult to paraphrase/summarize.) 09-M10-1

MySpace Karaoke Party hosted by Domy Bookstore in collaboration with Fotofest and Spacetaker. 1709 Westheimer, 8pm. Songs will be posted on MySpace for the brave; the fainter of heart can simply enjoy the spectacle as part of the audience. 09-W42-3

Ian McLagan & the Bump Band, Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, 6:30-8:30pm. Part of Thursday Concerts presented by Capital One Bank. Co-sponsored by Houston Press, Saint Arnold Brewing Company, and 103.7 KHJK. Oldies-style rock and roll band (50s/60s/early 70s). 09-W42-4

Open Mic competition at Coffee Groundz, 2503 Bagby. 7-11pm. Winner will receive a Coffee Groundz gift card. 09-X-1/W42

Friday 10-16

Morgan Thorson’s Heaven at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway. 8pm. See listing for Thursday. 09-M10-2

BRAtober 16 presented by Charity Chicks Houston, Bering & James Art Gallery, 805 Rhode Place. 7:30-11:30pm. $30 in advance (at Web site), $40 at door. Benefitting the Save the Ta-tas Foundation. Bra art will be for sale. 09-W42-8 Facebook event page

Saturday 10-17

KPFT presents One World Music Jam at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6pm. Music and dance representing traditional culture groups from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Kuumba House Dance Theatre, Grupo Mitotiani, Kaminari Taiko, Space City Gamelan, and Spot Alpert performing. 09-W42-5

Morgan Thorson’s Heaven at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway. 8pm. See listing for Thursday. 09-M10-3

Blossom Street Gallery is hosting a monthly art party extravaganza. 4809 Blossom St., 6-10pm. Opening showcase features artists Melissa Stubbs, Vernessa Wadsworth, Nicole Compte, and River Michaels. 09-W42-6 Facebook event page

Sunday 10-18

H-Town Adobo Hoedown at Caroline Collective, 4820 Caroline St., 1-5pm. $10 adults/$5 children 12 and under. Hosted by the BAHAla na Tribe, benefitting Ondoy flood victims in the Philippines. Featuring karaoke, live bands (Ira Perez, The Presidents, Windbreakers feat. Dea from Phuz, Sole Resonance), DJ’s, and a pick-your-prize raffle (tickets $5 each). First 100 guests receive a Yelp eco-friendly shopping tote filled with swag. 09-W42-7 Facebook event page