Admin: A few reflections from your editor

Okay, I’ve had a couple of days to relax after the wide launch to kind of reflect on things a bit, and pull some ideas together for exactly where I want this to go. I know a lot of you just kind of stumbled upon this thing because I followed your Twitter account or maybe you just came across the Facebook page. I was simply not able to make the wide launch quite as splashy or flashy as I would have liked. That’s unfortunate, but we’ll manage.

A quick summary of the soft launch up to wide launch period:

  • Five weekly LOVIEEs, most of which posted on time (Monday at noon Central time).
  • Two monthly LOVIEEs, both posted on time (before noon of the last day covered by the previous month’s LOVIEE). One of those actually covers events post-wide-launch; I’m including it only because it was technically posted prior to the wide launch.
  • One special edition LOVIEE, long before I expected to post one.
  • No recaps. I had hoped to post one recap pre-wide-launch just to show how they were going to go.
  • After the first post, no admin items. I had no need to post any.
  • No giveaways, yet. Believe me, they are in the works though!
  • No weekly or monthly postings missed.

Overall I’m happy with the quality of events I’ve promoted. Most of the really good ones, unfortunately, I was unable to attend, due to various issues. I’ve had to work with a lot of second-hand information as well, putting a few things up where the info was incomplete or of dubious accuracy.

Just so we’re both on the same page, this is part of the reason I have a feedback form. Another reason is so I have some idea how things went, particularly if they went exceptionally well, or if they went so badly I shouldn’t list similar events in the future. Reports may be combined; one comment form per week is fine if you attend three or more events promoted on this blog. Even combining two reports from the same week is fine, really.

One quick question: Is there any reason I should not separate out holiday events into special edition LOVIEEs, and just put them in the normal weeklies/monthlies?


2009-10-06/12 Weekly LOVIEE

I’ve been anxiously awaiting this day for some time, and hopefully some of you have as well. This is it: the big one. The posting of this weekly LOVIEE marks the official wide launch of Quinn’s Big City. I’d like to thank the readers that have been here through the soft launch, and welcome the new readers we’re getting today as part of the wide launch.

The first post explains a lot of things in case you’re new, or you just missed it. I’ll be following up with more commentary later in the week.

Tuesday 10-06

Revolver presents Eyes Set To Kill at Meridian, 1503 Chartres Street, $10 advance or $12 day of show. Doors at 6:30pm. Metal/screamo band from Tempe, Arizona, with a very unique and addictive sound. Special guests: The Word Alive, Dreaming of Eden, Eyes Like Oceans, In Honor, 5 Years And Counting. 09-W41-0

Wednesday 10-07

Artist Mixer at Blossom Street Gallery, 4809 Blossom Street, 6-9pm. The current artists whose works are on display at the gallery will be on hand to mix and mingle with art lovers, and original paintings will also be on sale. 09-W41-1 Facebook event page

Thursday 10-08

Acoustic Architecture presented by ArchiTypes, Architecture Center Houston, 315 Capital #120, 6-8pm. This presentation features Lisa E. Harris, vocal architect and former soprano singer for the Houston Grand Opera, demonstrating and discussing acoustical properties of space. 09-W41-2 Facebook event page

Terrance Simien and The Zydeco Experience, 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. Described as “a hypnotic blend of funk-reggae flavored-Afro-Caribbean-world music” (Discovery Green Web site). They probably said it far better than I ever could. 09-W41-3 Facebook event page

Friday 10-09

Oni-Con Pre-registration Party, The Coffee Groundz, 2503 Bagby, 7pm-midnight. Oni-Con is an anime convention taking place in Houston Halloween weekend (2009-10-31/11-01). 09-W41-4 Facebook event page

Spendid China IV at Miller Outdoor Theatre, 8pm. The Shanghai Dance Company makes their Houston debut, presenting seven recent award winning coreographies from China, including “Flying Dragon and Soaring Phoenix,” “Crane in the Pond,” and “Standing by the Water.” Presented by Dance of Asian America, who will also be performing as part of the show. 09-W41-5

Gary Burgess and Luchsinger Brothers at Bohemeo’s, 708 Telephone Road, 8:30-11:30pm. Cover charge not listed. The Luchsinger Brothers have sort of a country/folk style; Gary’s act is a complete surprise as I could find no info about him whatsoever. 09-W41-11

Runaway Sun’s “The Bridge” pre-release listening party at Little Big’s, 2703 Montrose, 7:30-10pm. Come out and meet the band, and hear the album before you can buy it. 09-W41-12

Saturday 10-10

Runaway Sun “The Bridge” LP release party at The Continental Club, 3700 Main. $10, includes admission and copy of album, doors at 8pm. Clory Martin is the opening act. Come join me and my friends as we celebrate a day that the band and its loyal fans have been awaiting for about a year! 09-M10-0 Facebook event page

Bayou City Art Festival, 10am-6pm, $10, advance tickets available at Web site. Festival is showcased in front of City Hall and around Hermann Square on the streets of Walker, McKinney, and Bagby (west end of downtown). 09-W41-6

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra performs its season opener concert at The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard, 5pm. Tickets $25 ($10 for students), available online, by phone at 713-665-2700, or at the door. 09-W41-7

Sunday 10-11

Dancepatheatre’s Fall Soiree fundraiser dinner, 117 Stratford, 4-6pm. $25 individual, $45 couple, advance reservation required. Tickets available at Web site. 09-W41-8

Bayou City Art Festival, 10am-6pm, see listing for Saturday. 09-W41-9

River Oaks Chamber Orchestra performs its season opener concert at Chapelwood United Methodist Church, 11140 Greenbay, 7pm. Admission is free for this performance. 09-W41-10