Pending recaps and Weekly LOVIEEs

For reasons I will explain, I will not be able to post the Weekly LOVIEEs as scheduled for the next two weeks, possibly longer. I may also be late with the November Monthly LOVIEE but will try to get it up somewhat close to the beginning of the month. I also have pending recaps for at least two recent events that have yet to be written.

The delays/cutbacks are due to my sporadic Internet access. I endeavor to return to my usual schedule. Believe me, this is not how I wanted to start the third year of this blog, and I am not doing this by choice. I am hoping this situation is temporary and I appreciate your continued support.


2011-10-10/16 Weekly LOVIEE

This week is a little light because I decided to focus on quality not quantity. (Update 10-12 afternoon: added a couple more events that I unfortunately overlooked in the initial posting.)

Friday 10-14 and Saturday 10-15

Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Frenetic Theater, 5102 Navigation, Fri 8pm, Sat 8pm & 11pm, $20, tickets available at The first week of a two-week run. 11-FTVLS

Divergence Vocal Theater Autumn Soiree, Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring Street, 8pm both nights, $20. 11-W41-3

Saturday 10-15

Extra Life Marathon, Microsoft Store, Houston Galleria, 6pm-6am, $24 suggested donation (until 9pm)/$24 entry fee (after 9pm). A primarily video game marathon benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital locally. Food and drinks will be available, as well as a live musical act as the night wears on. Come join me, we’ll be having a great time! 11-M10-5

Battle of the Bands, Bourbon Street Sports Bar, 803 S. Mason (Katy), 9pm, 21+, $5. 11-W41-4

Sunday 10-16

Deena Moore Benefit, Jimmy’s Ice House, 2803 White Oak, noon-5pm, $8. BBQ fundraiser for a teacher who was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer in 2009. 11-W41-2


2011-10-03/09 Weekly LOVIEE

Despite my lack of time to get this up and out the door, I have managed to piece together a relatively substantial selection of events for the week. And there may be even more to come.

The theme this week is “bring a partner.” Two of the events offer a discount for admissions purchased in pairs. The others, well, almost is anything more fun if you’ve got a friend with you anyway. None of this should discourage you from going solo (something I’ve been known to do).

Thursday 10-06

Guy Forsyth, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 7:30pm, $20. Austin-based folk musician. 11-W40-1

Hunter Mckithen & The Offenders/Fight The Quiet/38 Caliber Hero/Clay Melton/Wayside Drive, Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak, 7pm, $8. 11-W40-2

Friday 10-07

Metal Maiden/Series Six/Rock ‘Til You Drop, BFE Rock Club, 11528 Jones Road, start time not listed, $8 (single ticket)/$12 (pair of tickets). 11-W40-3

Hot Night on Holman, 1413 Holman, doors 6:30pm/movie 6:45pm/live music 8pm, $3 (individuals)/$5 (couples). First of a series of monthly events by the Community Artists’ Collective, each of which will feature a movie based on a sustainable theme, vegan comfort food, organic wine, art and live music. This month’s film is “Radiant City”, released in 2006 at the Toronto Film Festival, about the pluses and minuses of suburban life. 11-W40-4

Saturday 10-08

Mercury Baroque presents Encyclopedia Bach-tannica, Wortham Center, Cullen Theater, 8pm, $22/$42/$59. Mercury Baroque launches their 2011-2012 season with Bach’s Goldberg Variations, originally written as a harpsichord solo but adapted for a full orchestra by Bernard Labadie. 11-W40-5

ListenListen/David Ramirez/Sarah Van Buskirk, Rudyard’s, 2010 Waugh, 9pm, $8. 11-W40-6


Recap: Worldwide Photowalk, Westheimer/Dunlavy (11-M10-1)

October usually marks the beginning of what I humorously call the “not-summer” season in Houston (with summer usually running from late April/early May right up until the very end of September). The first of October in 2011 was a perfect day to get out and take some pictures. And that’s exactly what a bunch of us did, as a participant of one of the Worldwide Photowalk events.

This particular walk was Saturday morning, led by Laurie Ballesteros (Flickr and photoblog). I arrived shortly before the designated start time of 8:15am. Laurie waited for a few stragglers to show up. Then, we got to hear a bit about Houston history, including a brief bio of the man for whom Westheimer Road is named and the circumstances behind its naming.

And then it was time to set out and take pictures. Most of the crowd had some kind of SLR camera; a couple had lower-end SLR-like compacts. I set out with the trusty old Nikon Coolpix L18 that I’ve had for almost 3 years now. The one I took to the Texas Renaissance Festival back in 2008. By the end of the day (I attended another event at which I took several pictures), I was nearing 7000 pictures taken on this camera.

It’s amazing what I saw when actually walking down Westheimer instead of just blazing by in a car or on a bus. I saw at least five tattoo parlors, three antique shops, restaurants I probably would never have known existed, and untold graffiti, at least some of which I can’t post on this blog.

After the walk, some of us met up at Cafe Brasil for breakfast. I had eaten breakfast already, so I just had a Dr. Pepper. A Dublin Dr. Pepper, at that (which I didn’t even know were available in Houston).

I will be renewing my Flickr Pro account before the end of the year and will post a follow-up with the pictures I took (instead of uploading some of them now). I would post at least the group photo but it appears that has not been uploaded yet (Laurie took the group photos with a film camera), so those will also have to wait until the follow-up as well.

Thanks to Laurie for organizing this event, and for everyone who came out and made it a great time.