Archive for November, 2006

Wandering through the ArtCrawl

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Yesterday’s Art Crawl was way fun – lots of interesting people out and about looking at pretty things and drinking free wine.

We stuck to the warehouse district galleries, as that meant just one parallel parking experience. I love going to places in Houston where you can walk from spot to spot – that’s pretty rare in this town.

Some of my faves:

Kelsey Kapalski‘s painted wine bottles (see photo above)
Ray Phillips’ abstract paintings
– Tricia Garcia’s Burlesque painting tributes
Gloria Alvarez’s photos (at Atelier Jacquinet)
– Synchronized Christmas light music show at Rex Havuk’s house

Just as cool as the art was wandering through all of the funky loft and warehouse spaces – many of them doubling as living spaces for the artists. It’s kind of random, yet cool, to gawk at paintings in someone’s kitchen and wish that your living room was full of paint brushes and fireman poles.

Crashing

In aikido we study how to blend with an attacker’s energy so as to neutralize the effect of the attack. I really believe we are all given opportunities to study how to blend throughout the day, whether in the dojo or not. I’m often thinking about ways to explain how aikido really works and somehow I keep reverting back to driving. The idea of merging into freeway traffick is a fairly good analogy of what blending should be like. When you don’t blend with your attacker, you end up crashing into them.
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Art Crawl + 1 — JLH Art Show

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When you’re out and about at the Art Crawl tomorrow, be sure to stop by the JLH Art Show at the William St. Lofts (801 William St.) also from 2-9.

Local artsy man Jacob Hodgson and friends have put together a fantastic show and will have live beats provided by Baby Fresh. Art days are awesome!!

Be sure to check out this great Flickr Art Crawl map for directions to the shows. (Thanks Kim and Jason for the heads up!)

Houston ArtCrawl this Saturday

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houston artist john carroll runnels
preparing for you! (via is it art)

Once a year the downtown arts community comes together for ArtCrawl Houston and opens it’s collective doors to the general public. It’s a unique opportunity to see the kind of exciting artwork being created as we speak in the Bayou City and meet the good people making it.

Over 100 artists will be showing their work this Saturday, November 18th, between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. (when the parties get started) in over 25 buildings. Not to be missed!

I’ll be crawling along myself to Fransisco Studios (2300 McKinney) and to the Elder Street Artists Lofts (1101 Elder) to see the latest work from my good friend and artist Shane Maberry. Hope to see y’all out there!

Houston Roller Derby girls – 365 days a year

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If I sound like a Roller Derby geeky fan-girl, it’s because I unabashedly am. They are rocking and I’m glad we have such an active league in Houston.

Are you as big of a nerd as I am? You can meet some of the girls this Saturday at the Rice Village Half Price Books (2537 University Blvd.) from 1-2:30 and the Montrose Half Price Books (1011 Westheimer Rd.) from 3-4:30.

They will be there signing their new 2007 calendars (featuring cool action shots, dates of 2007 bouts and birthdays of the Derby ladies) and would dig it if you swung by to say hello. Bring 2 canned goods and you get a $1 off of your calendar purchase.

Garage sales are for nerds… well at least this one is

From the ever-awesome Domy Bookstore, a garage sale this Saturday, November 18th from 7am – noon:

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Meet Mac – the baby elephant

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Hurray! The Houston Zoo’s baby elephant now has a name: Mac

Over 8500 people participated in the baby elephant naming contest and one lucky guy/gal scored a family zoo membership and a behind the scenes tour with the elephant family and their trainers. Baby elephants are furry and hilariously cute!!! Photo found via the Houston Zoo blog.

Houston Children’s Museum is growing and growing

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My sweet pal Sara loves exploring Houston and said this about her recent trip to the Houston Children’s Museum:

I love going to the Houston Children’s Museum with my 3-year old niece. She loves the colors and the hands-on policy….we run around playing with everything that catches her eye (which is roughly every 30 seconds).

She loves painting and the fact that she’s allowed to touch everything and explore to her heart’s content.
So last week when I took her for another trip, I was thrilled to learn that the museum has just gotten a $35 million dollar approval for expansion that’s expected to double the size of the museum. I can barely keep up with my niece in its current space so it’ll be an adventure running around in the expected 47,000 square foot expansion.

It turns out that the current capacity should be catering to 350,000 visitors per year but the actual number of those visiting has been estimated at 600,000! Mark your calenders for a 2009 opening of the new and improved museum.

The Chronicle reported on this expansion here. Should be completely rocking! Is it weird that I love kids’ museums even though I’m 24? Thanks Sara!

Cougars win opener in OT

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The University of Houston men’s basketball team opened the season tonight with an overtime win in Rhode Island. Oliver Lafayette hit a three pointer as time expired in the overtime period to seal the win for the Cougars and deliver Coach Tom Penders a satisfying victory over a team he coached to the Elite Eight in 1988.

Houston had big contributions from JuCo transfers Robert McKiver (33 points) and Marcus Malone (25 points) in addition to 20 from returning senior guard Oliver Lafayette.

The Cougars host Monmouth in their first home game of the season this saturday, Nov. 18th at Hofheinz Pavillion. They’ll face their first big test Dec. 17th against #16 Arizona, a team they upset in Houston last year.

Houston Chronicle, ESPN

Diedrich Coffee on Westheimer No More..

Last week marked the closing of the Westheimer location of Diedrich Coffee. A popular hangout for many students (such as some of my colleagues), the coffee shop had a loyal (and I mean LOYAL) following. If you were to walk in on any given day, you would recognize at least a few of the people who practically lived there.

Personally, I never frequented Diedrich to the extent that some people I know did, but I will say that the people at Diedrich know how to make coffee alot better than most of the coffee shops out there. I also found the free WiFi an added bonus, but that’s become fairly common place now. In fact, I’m at another coffee shop closer to my house that I’ve grown quite attached to.

Although some may contest that the outing of Diedrich was masterminded by their neighbors at Upper Hand, the Chronicle article attempts to explain the reasoning from the perspective of the land lord. Whether or not it’s a convincing argument is a choice that I’ll leave to the reader.

I’m sure I speak for many when I say this: after 10 years of service, Diedrich’s on Westheimer will be greatly missed.

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