OTH: Worldwide PhotoWalk (2011-10-01/02)

My involvement in photography as a hobby has been an on-again, off-again affair. It’s looking like that’s about to change back to on-again for a while, as I just found out about Scott Kelby’s Worldwide PhotoWalk, an annual photography event which has been going on for the last four years. I’m featuring this in an On The Horizon post because there are two walks in Houston (so far), one of which has already filled to capacity (50 photographers), and the other is already over half full (21 slots left as I write this), as well as one in Galveston with plenty of room (35 slots), and I want to get the word out far enough in advance (one of the usual purposes of an On The Horizon post). Note this is not specific to the Houston area or even Texas or even the US, and there is no fee to participate.

The Houston walk with openings starts at Lanier Middle School, 2600 Woodhead Street, at 8:15am, on Saturday, October 1, and is led by Laurie Ballesteros, who you may know from her photoblog at photine.net. The focus of this walk is Westheimer Road in the greater Montrose area, and it will be approximately 1.25 miles long. The end time is listed as 10:00am; after the walk, the group will gather for brunch at a local cafe in the area.

The Houston walk that is currently full is a downtown-based walk starting later in the evening on Saturday, October 1, meeting at University of Houston Downtown (1 Main Street) at 4:00pm, and running until 8:00pm. The leader of this photowalk is Joe Lippeat, administrator of the HoustonPhotowalks.com site, who has not yet announced the post-walk dinner plans. While this walk is currently full, you can sign up for a waiting list, as plans do change (the site will not let you sign up for more than one walk, however, including waiting lists).

If you’re further south, or don’t mind driving further south, there is also a walk in Galveston’s Historic Downtown Strand District led by John D. Lively, starting at 9:00am and meeting at Saengerfest Park. John led a walk based in The Woodlands the last two years.

If none of these appeal to you but the general concept does, you can start your own photowalk on the site as well, until September 15.

It looks to be a fun weekend for all, whether toting a DSLR or point-and-shoot.


2011-08-08/14 Weekly LOVIEE

Quick sidenote before I get on with the list: The second anniversary of the wide launch of Quinn’s Big City is approaching, and I’m planning some kind of gathering/party for you, my readers and fans. I never really had a chance to get something going for the first anniversary party, so I’m hoping to make up for it this year. Got ideas? Want to be part of the party? Drop me a line.

And yes, I realize the list this week it’s a bit thin, especially since there’s nothing to carry over from the monthly LOVIEE for this week. When summer’s over, most of the arts organizations will be starting their new fall seasons so it’ll be “back to normal”.

Continuing This Week

The United States of Tamarie: An All American Revue (Made In China), DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway, 8pm, pay-what-you-can. Tamarie Cooper is back, with a play that examines the inherent absurdity of our modern national identity. This play will be running Wednesday through Saturday nights until August 20. 11-CTTUST

“Meaning In Motion” by Pablo Gimenez Zapiola, Spacetaker ARC, 2101 Winter Street #B11, 10am-6pm (visitors are requested to call 713-868-1839 for an appointment to ensure that the gallery is open). Live train projection this week on Friday, 8:45pm-10:45pm (last one). 11-PGZMM

Wednesday 08-10

Shooter Jennings, Blue Moose Lodge, 5306 Washington Suite C, 7pm. Country musician following in the vein of his father, Waylon Jennings. 11-W32-1

Thursday 08-11 through Saturday 08-13

Lemonade Stand 2011 (part of Houston Dance Festival), Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston, 8pm (all three nights), $20 in advance/$25 at door/$15 for students and DSH members (at door with ID only). This is the first show of the season for Hope Stone Dance Company and it looks to be a good one. 11-W32-2

Thursday 08-11

Slant: Bold Asian American Images Festival, River Oaks Theater, 2009 West Gray, 7:30-10pm, free for Aurora members with RSVP/$10 for non-members. Aurora Picture Show’s annual showcase of emerging and mid-career Asian American artists returns once again. All genres will be featured, including narrative, experimental, documentary, and animation. This show is curated by Melissa Hung, founding editor of Hyphen, a magazine about Asian American culture. 11-W32-3

Saturday 08-12

Two Tons of Steel, Monnalisa Bar, 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy, 7pm. Country/rockabilly act based in Austin. 11-W32-4


2011-08-01/31 Monthly LOVIEE

August is upon us, and with it, the nominal end of summer. I say “nominal” because this being Houston, we all know it still feels like summer well into October. Anyway, this August is an action-packed month with a little of everything: local music, live theater, and outdoor movie screenings. Hope to see you around town!

Continuing through Saturday 08-20

The United States of Tamarie: An All American Revue (Made In China), DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway, 8pm, pay-what-you-can. Tamarie Cooper is back, with a play that examines the inherent absurdity of our modern national identity. Wednesday through Saturday nights, closing August 20. 11-CTTUST

Saturday 08-06

White Linen Night in the Heights, 4pm-2am, all around the Heights area. A day of entertainment and community inspired by the original White Linen Night in New Orleans. 11-M08-1

Tuesday 08-16 through Thursday 08-18

Movies at Miller, Miller Outdoor Theater, 8pm all three nights. The Back to the Future trilogy comes to the Miller! Tuesday night is Part I, Wednesday night is Part II, Thursday night is Part III. A great chance to see the movies if you’ve never seen them before, or just want to see them again. 11-M08-2

Friday 08-26

Canned Acoustica IV, Warehouse Live, 813 St. Emanuel, 7pm-2am, school supplies donation for admission (any two three of: loose leaf notebook paper (>80 sheets), Spiral notebooks (70-page, single subject), pencils (package >24 count), facial tissues, markers: fine point and regular (>2), multi-colored construction paper (>30 sheets)). See On The Horizon feature for details. 11-M08-3

Fall for Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Miller Outdoor Theater, 8pm-10pm. DWDT kicks off another season with a free show at the Miller, featuring Walsh’s own Time out of Line. 11-M08-4

Saturday 08-27

The Go-Gos, House of Blues, 1204 Caroline, doors 6pm, $40/60/75/140/215 (+fees), tickets available at livenation.com. Also featuring local blues-rock band Runaway Sun and San Antonio-based Girl In A Comal. 11-M08-5

DiverseWorks FUNdraiser, 1117 East Freeway, doors 7pm, party starts 8pm, $10 minimum donation. DiverseWorks celebrates the end of another hot and humid Houston summer with one last party before the fall arts season. Featuring performances by The Wild Moccasins and The Wiggins. 11-M08-6

Sunday 08-28

Houston’s 175th Birthday Bash, Market Square Park, 5-8pm. A live jazz band and performances by Interactive Theater highlight the festivities. Food and drinks (including beer wine) will be available at Niko Niko’s, as well as special 175th Birthday-edition cupcakes from Frosted Betty, Angie’s Cake, and Cupcakes a GoGo. You may also bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. 11-M08-7


OTH: Canned Acoustica IV (2011-08-26)

Returning once again to Warehouse Live’s Green Room for the fourth time is Canned Acoustica, the acoustic concert series benefiting local charities. This will be the fourth concert in the series.

After two concerts benefiting the Houston Food Bank (thus the name) and a third which was a fundraiser for the Japan earthquake victims, this time around the benefit takes the form of a school supply drive for an unnamed Houston area school. In an email to me, organizer Mark C. Austin stated: “The Canned Acoustica team has simply chosen not to disclose the school in need at this particular time… we believe it is irrelevant to [the] cause at hand. Kids are in need. Simple fact. This school is not the only one.”

The featured acts (my apologies that most of these are Myspace or Bandcamp links, but none seemed to have their own official website):

The set times have yet to be decided, but will probably be posted on the Facebook event page when available. Also, preliminary indications are that H-Town StrEATs, which served up delicious food at the first Canned Acoustica (see recap), will be on hand this time around as well, and will be contributing 5% of sales to purchase school supplies.

This looks to be a great time for all, helping a great cause to boot. Save the date: Friday, 2011 August 26, at the Warehouse Live Green Room, 813 St. Emanuel. See you there!

[Artwork by Jason McElweenie]