2010-11-22/28 Weekly LOVIEE

It’s that time of year again. Turkey, parades, football, and the official start of the holiday shopping season on Black Friday. I added a few concerts to fill out the week; I’m sorry if anyone feels I came up short. Some weeks may be sparser than others as I am in the middle of moving in addition to my paid work. I will do the best I can; it is my intent to keep this blog going and that has not changed. I appreciate constructive feedback; heck, even if you flame me I know you’re still out there reading.

Thursday 11-25

HEB Holiday Parade, downtown (see website for exact parade route), 9am, free on-street viewing or $12/$19+fees for reserved seating. See the recap of last year’s event. 10-M11-5

“Thankstaking,”  Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak, free for 21+/$5 for under 21, doors 7:30pm. Featuring Tyagaraja, The Manichean, Hilary Sloan, I Am Mesmer, Elaine Greer, Chase Hamblin. 10-W47-1

Beginning Thursday 11-25

The Ice At Discovery Green, $10+tax including skate rental per person, see website for hours and details. Back again for the 2010-11 winter, 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. Great if you miss outdoor ice skating in your northern US or Canadian hometown, or if you just don’t feel like battling Galleria traffic to go ice skating. 10/11-IADG

Friday 11-26

Punk/Thrash Show, Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak, free for 21+/$8 for under 21, doors 7:30pm. Featuring Venomous Maximus, Hell City Kings, Bexar County Bastards, Omotai, Ghost Town Electric, American Heist. 10-W47-2

Saturday 11-27

The Posies/Brendon Benson/Aqueduct, Groundhall, 1515 Pease, (doors?) 7pm, $20. 10-W47-3

Sunday 11-28

Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Walter’s On Washington, 4215 Washington, time and cover not listed. 10-W47-4


Recap: Runaway Sun at Discovery Green (10-W45-5)

You may be a bit surprised that I’m doing a recap of this, especially since it’s an event I slapped onto the weekly LOVIEE at the last minute, which in itself is something I don’t usually do. I’ll start this recap with the drive down to the park, which is probably the most interesting part.

So it’s about 2:15pm and I’m leaving from the Willowbrook area. It’s a bit nippy out and there is noticeable cloud cover, but I don’t really think much of it. The drive down State Highway 249, and then the Sam Houston Tollway, prove rather uneventful and rather dry. As I get nearer downtown, still worried I’m going to make the 3pm start time of the show, I’m starting to wonder if it was a bad move not to pack my umbrella.

I arrive very shortly before 3pm (I think it was 2:55pm or so), only to see two of the band members carrying drums away from the stage. I can infer the show is at minimum, not starting at 3pm, and indeed one of the guys (sorry, I completely forgot who) told me it was indeed cancelled.

However, I later learn from Andrew Karnavas two important things. One, that it was the park management’s call as it is their sound board equipment that is at risk should it start to rain. I can understand and appreciate not wanting to play Russian roulette with possible rain and expensive sound equipment, even though it wound up not raining while I was there. Two, that the show will be rescheduled for 2011 February or March.

But if, like me, you haven’t gotten your Runaway Sun fix in a while, you will not have to wait that long (unless you really want to), as they are playing this Sunday at Via Colori at 1:15pm on the Reliant Energy Via Musica Stage. I’ll be there, and I hope you can join me.


2010-11-15/21 Weekly LOVIEE

Sorry to run so late with this. This is a bit sparse but there’s still something for each day remaining in the week. I will be updating and augmenting the long-neglected ongoing LOVIEE including adding a new open mic night in the coming days.

Wednesday 11-17

Black Angels/Black Mountain, Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, doors 8pm, show 9pm, $15. 10-W46-1

Thursday 11-18

Mitch Jacobs Band, Blanco’s, 3406 W. Alabama, time not listed. Classic country music. 10-W46-2

Friday 11-19

Sean Reefer & The Resin Valley Boys, Continental Club, 3700 Main, doors 10pm, $10, 21+. 10-W46-3

Saturday 11-20

D.R.U.M., Potbelly, and Kozzmik Steel, The Continental Club, 3700 Main. Time and ticket price not posted; will update when available. 10-M11-4

Saturday 11-20 and Sunday 11-21

Via Colori, downtown Houston near Sam Houston Park, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. Free admission. A two-day street painting festival with food, live music, a scavenger hunt, facepainting and more. Benefiting the Center for Hearing and Speech. Join me, it’s going to be a blast! 10-M11-6

Spacetaker’s Winter Holiday Art Market, Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-4pm. Several local artists will be selling unique, hand-made holiday gifts. Other attractions include live music, DJs, artist demonstrations, and (on Saturday) children’s art activities. 10-M11-7


2010-11-08/14 Weekly LOVIEE

Yes, still going. November is upon us, and with it comes Thanksgiving and the beginnings of the holiday season. Sorry if this is a bit light, I did the best I could.

Thanks to everyone who’s stuck by me for your continued support. It is appreciated and it is my goal to keep this blog going for many years to come, as mentioned previously.

Wednesday 11-10

Blues and Burgers: Pearl Murray & The Jewels, Discovery Green, 12-1:30pm. Lunchtime concert sponsored by KTSU-FM. 10-W45-1

Film Screening: The Jena 6, Sedition Books, 901 Richmond, 7pm, $5 suggested donation. “The Jena 6 is the story of hidden racial inequality and violence becoming visible. It is a powerful symbol for, and example of, how racial justice works in America where the lynching noose has been replaced by the DA’s pen.” 10-W45-2

Thursday 11-11

The Jackrobats, Rudyard’s, 2010 Waugh. And I quote: “No info On-line.” Indeed, there is not; I’m listing this purely on the mystique factor. Feedback as to what exactly this act is about would be greatly appreciated, either in comments or email. 10-W45-3

Opening Friday 11-12

Catastrophic Theatre presents Bluefinger: The Fall and Rise of Herman Brood, DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway, Fri-Sat 8pm this week, then Wed-Sat except Thanksgiving, tickets available online. A rock opera by Black Francis, with concepts by Herman Brood and adapted for the stage by Jason Nodler.  10-CTBLUE

Friday 11-12 and Saturday 11-13

Vanities, Theatre Southwest, 8944-A Clarkcrest, 8pm, $16. Jack Heifner wrote this story of three high school cheerleaders from high school through college and adulthood. 10-W45-4

Sunday 11-14

Runaway Sun at Discovery Green, 3pm, free admission. Local blues/rock/Americana band. 10-W45-5