Archive for September, 2006

Fernando Cardoso, former President of Brazil, visits Houston

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Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Former President of Brazil, was in Houston today to speak to the Houston World Affairs Council. promoting his new autobiography The Accidental President of Brazil. Janet Moore interviewed Cardoso for her blog International Lawyer Coach. Cardoso had just visited the UT campus Wednesday.

Political figures such as Cardoso are the kinds of public figures and intellectuals the Houston World Affairs Council is designed to attract. It’s a great resource for anyone interested in understanding life in the wider world. Former Secretary of State and General Colin Powell is speaking Sept. 20th and Houston’s own eminent statesman James Baker on Oct. 17th. Check the calendar or sign up for the newsletter to be notified of upcoming events.

Never one to miss out on a promotional idea…

copyright Gallery FurnitureMattress Mac is betting customers will like his latest offering. Just a week after a Chicago area furniture store (Gonigam’s World Furniture Mall) offered free furniture (up to $10,000 per customer) if the Chicago Bears shut out their opponent, Gallery Furniture is making a similar wager. Gonigam’s ended up giving away $300,000 worth of inventory when the Bears held the Green Bay Packers scoreless. Mac is offering free furniture (if you purchased & take possession of $3,000 or more this weekend) to customers if the Houston Texans beat the Indianapolis Colts.

From where I sit, he is pretty darn safe. Despite the fact that, as with the Chicago store, he is likely insured against award losses, the odds against a payout are even slimmer. The chance that the Texans will beat a very good Colts team is less likely than the Bears shutting out a horrible Green Bay squad. But hey, if you were planning on purchasing some furniture from Gallery anyway, go by and take a chance on getting it free.

Oh please, whateva

Driving home in my car (with the flaming eagle on the hood) and noticed someone had posted:

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I suppose I find it kind of funny… especially seeing something like this on Bay Area Blvd. But you know… I don’t have a problem with the red light cameras. Perhaps the rules have changed since I last took the drivers exam; but if I recall correctly, you’re not supposed to run red lights in the first place.

Anyway, I’m sure when your ass gets rear-ended and the other person said it was your fault, you’ll be thanking the Godz for the photographic evidence courtesy of the City of Houston.

Raindrop Chocolates – an addiction in the making

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All of those Houstonians with a discerning sweet tooth should drop what they are doing right now and head over to Raindrop Chocolate (810 Waugh Dr #100).

A relatively new guy in town, this is a little sweets shop that really shouldn’t be missed. In the chocolate department, everything is freshly made and very unique – how chocolate really should taste, if that makes any sense.

I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful little wax-stamped box from Raindrop Chocolate last night (thanks A!) – filled with dark chocolate lavender, white chocolate green tea, chipotle tequila and Irish cream truffles. Heaven in a well-wrapped package.

If chocolate isn’t your thing, their luscious, full-flavored gelatos ( the blood orange and chocolate comes highly recommended) are extremely addictive as well. Raindrop is also well-stocked with cheesecakes and other treats – if you are short on time, you can even drop off your favorite cake recipe and they will make it for you.

Run, don’t walk, to the sugar nirvana that is Raindrop Chocolate.

Are you the next Pussycat Doll?

The new CW television network will be in town this Friday at an as-yet-unannounced location to hold auditions for a new reality show. Do you have what it takes to be the next Pussycat Doll?

As far as I can tell, you just need to be over 18, available to leave town to film the show for a few months, and have a bit of singing & dancing ability. Oh, and you should probably be a woman.

Head over to the CW’s website for the details on the audtion, and information on mailing in a tape if you’re not available on Friday.

I wish I could watch the audtions! They’re sure to have some real classics (much like the first episode of American Idol every season, which is the only one I’ve ever watched)! I’m off to Chicago for a little vacation…

Museum District Day!

This year is the 10th annual Musuem District Day, in which participating museums will open free to the public! This is a great opportunity for family outings and for those who love the Museum District.

Participating museums are:

o Buffalo Soldiers National Museum
o The Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum
o The Children’s Museum of Houston
o Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
o Holocaust Museum Houston
o Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
o Houston Center for Photography
o Houston Museum of Natural Science
o The John C. Freeman Weather Museum
o The Health Museum
o The Jung Center of Houston
o Lawndale Art Center
o The Menil Collection
o The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
o Rice University Art Gallery
o The Rothko Chapel

When: Saturday, September 16 from 10 AM to 5 PM.
For more information, you can go to http://www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org/ for more details.

Hope to see you there! I’m booking this on my calendar!

Paul Van Dyk @ Warehouse Live This Wednesday

Not be outdone by DJ Tiesto’s recent set at Warehouse Live on a Wednesday, Paul Van Dyk, who was voted #1 DJ in the world for 2005, will be performing this Wednesday (that’s the day after tomorrow!) at Warehouse Live.

Those of you that are familiar with his sound know that he’s been in the business for a long time, and has graced the top 10 list of DJs since 1998. Expect a night filled with German style trance, with the occasional melodic tune in between.

General admission is $25, and VIP is $40. Doors open at 9pm. Click the image above to view the flyer.

University of Houston Basketball releases 2006-2007 Schedule

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Tom Penders has done a lot to revive the spirits of UH basketball since taking over the reigns 2 years ago, posting a 21-10 season last year with wins against top 25 teams LSU and Arizona. This year promises similar opportunity with games against perrenial powerhouse Kentucky, conference-rival Memphis (which made it to last year’s Final Four), and a rematch with an Arizona team that will no doubt be looking for vindication for last years loss.

Houston Cougars Basketball Schedule 2006-2007

Finding Waldo – the latest wheat paste crush

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Have you seen him? Have you seen him? Waldo has been popping up all over the place lately. Keep your eyes peeled and/or check him out Mr. Waldo’s flickr pages. Great work!!

Photo found online here

Houston Roller Derby Championship – BRING IT!!!

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My how time flies. It feels like only yesterday that we were sitting on the floor at the Pasadena rec center watching girls in fishnets beat the living daylights out of each other at the very first Houston Roller Derby exhibition bout (and blatantly ignoring the Astros in the World Series at the time — I didn’t choose the Derby over the game, it chose me…).

This Saturday, September 9th at 6pm will be the final Championship bout of the season. As always, it will be held at the Arabia Shrine (2900 N. Braeswood) with a portion of the proceeds going to the Shriner Children’s Burn Hospital.

The HRD after-party will be held at the Meridian (1503 Chartres St), so be sure to make an appearance to chat up some derby girls and listen to some live music by I-45 and Big Brown Truck. Should be an amazingly swell evening.

Come support the girls (and watch them kick butt)!!

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