Archive for May, 2007

Van Gonedy

RocketsLogo.gifThe Jeff Van Gundy era of the Houston Rockets has come to an end. The first round loss to the Utah Jazz, despite an early lead in the series, appeared to be the final straw. Van Gundy was offered another job (consulting) with the team, but reportedly turned that down.

The one thing that seemed to be missing during his tenure as head coach was the “clutch” that made Clutch City famous – a 44-44 (7-12 with Rockets) postseason record just doesn’t get the job done. Despite having some excellent players at his disposal over the past few years, they just never seemed to put it all together under Van Gundy. Critics have pointed to his work ethic in practice causing more problems than they addressed, as injuries were seemingly a larger part of his teams that any of the previous Rockets’ regimes.

The only name being mentioned as the next coach for the franchise is former San Diego Rockets player and current Portland Trailblazers head coach, Rick Adelman.

Superhero Alter Egos

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The Buffalo Bayou ArtPark will be presenting three sculptures by David Chen depicting Superheroes as ordinary people. With my latest obsession with NBC’s Heroes flaring out of control, the Sabine Street ArtPark (100 Sabine Street, Houston, 77007) will be the perfect place to hit up after the season finale on Monday! The three sculptures will be on display from May 21st until July 20th, 2007.

The opening ceremony and kid-friendly activities take place on May 31st, 2007 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm.

Honky-Tonk Hod Rod Festival this Saturday!

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So Jesse and the hot rod gang are back at the Continental Club (3700 Main St.) this weekend with the Honky-Tonk and HotRod Festival.

In Jesse’s words:

The HONKY-TONK AND HOTROD FESTIVAL at the CONTINENTAL CLUB in HOUSTON on MAY 19TH is lookin sweeeet… cars, bikes, 5 bands, (all killer…no filler), and booths galore (check our HTHR myspace site or the Houston Chronicle for details)…it cost NOTHING to bring your car and we’re giving away a $$$ cash prize for the best sled (we like it all…hotrods, muscle cars and lowriders)…starts @ 2:00 pm this year…Want rockabilly? Billy Bacon and the Forbidden Pigs…want hillgrass bluebilly?…the Weary Boys…Latino Rockabilly Ska?…ex Los Skarnales members the Umbella Man…Texas Songwriter?…Hayes Carll, (me and Brad and Lisa are backing him up…dayyymn!)…and then the JD Band gets it on w/ suprize guest…y’all know I love me some Houston Tejas baby.

Gotta’ love that guy. Be there or be square dudes.

Katy Freeway closure updates and hilariously cute freeway graphics

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I just saw this on the Houston West Chamber of Commerce (HWCOC) site and wanted to be sure to point all of you towards some upcoming Katy Freeway construction FUN!!!

There are quite a few upcoming freeway closures that I have been in the dark about – perhaps it’s time for you to review your normal routes to make sure you can avoid ridiculously clogged areas in favor of slightly less ridiculously clogged areas.

Since you’ll be on the site anyway, check out the project illustrations that will show you what the finished construction phasing projects will look like. I find them to be incredibly cute, but have no idea why. Can we say easily amused? Yes, I think we can.

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Houston’s road rage makes it to #11 nationwide

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AutoVantage recently published its In the Driver’s Seat Road Rage Survey listing the country’s worst places to drive (and craziest fellow driver antics).

Okay, so I’m surprised. Houston is way down at #11 on the list of nastiest road rage-filled cities in the U.S. Considering what I see on a daily basis in our fair city, I can’t EVEN imagine what happens in Miami.

1. Miami
2. New York
3. Boston
4. Los Angeles
5. Washington, D.C.
6. Phoenix
7. Chicago
8. Sacramento, Calif.
9. Philadelphia
10. San Francisco
11. Houston

Your thoughts? Photo thanks to Mayotic via Flickr.

More Houston Art Car eye candy

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Houston photographers were out in full force this weekend at the Houston Art Car Parade. Check out the brand spanking new Houston Art Cars Flickr group, some amazing images added to the Houston Metblog photo pool and these very complete Picasa galleries here.

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I am particularly partial to all of the pre-parade party photos of the 20 wackos wearing firecracker hats to celebrate the Orange Show’s 20th Anniversary. FIRECRACKER HATS!!! Isn’t that like every single 8-year-old boy’s dream come true? Photos with many warm thanks to DeneyTerrio/Jaymac and Ed Schipul

Rick’s Cabaret takes over the world!

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Rick’s Cabaret is taking its ‘upscale gentleman’s clubs’ to Buenos Aires, Argentina and other Latin American cities.

What does this mean for you? Next time you’re getting freaky-freaky down South (of the equator that is), you have a familiar place to relax and enjoy some wholesome entertainment. Who needs El Carnaval when you could be looking for the next Argentinian Anna Nicole?

It’s not normal

The Art Car Parade was cool this year. As always, the crowd was quite diverse and there was no shortage of shows. For example, I picked up a flyer from a guy advertising a senior citizens food fight – awesome. I’ll do a separate post on that.
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Free Football and Flowers for Mom!!!

TXcopperheads200wide.jpgWhat better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than with football and flowers? What mom wouldn’t be absolutely thrilled to see gridiron monsters slamming into the walls in what has been called the “50 yard indoor war?” We are talking about Arena Football!

This Sunday at 3 PM the Texas Copperheads franchise of the Arena Football League’s af2 division will be playing host to the 0-5 Laredo Lobos at the gorgeous Berry Center in Northwest Houston. As a bargaining chip to entice Mom out on her special day, the team is offering FREE admission to all mothers, plus FREE flowers to the first 300.

If you have never been to one of these games, let me say that it is the absolute best professional sports value available. Not only are you up-close and personal with the players on the field, but you even get to go out on the field after every game to meet the players and coaches. You can take pictures, get autographs, and just hang out with the team. Plus, any footballs that land in the stands during the game (and there are a LOT of them) are your’s to keep. You may have to out-scramble the kids to grab it, but it makes one heck of a great souvenir.

Be prepared to clear a few dates on your calendar this summer because after your first arena game, you will definitely be back for more. When you come out, look for me and say “Hi.” I’ll be the one at midfield at the top of the first level wearing a headset and cheering myself hoarse for the Copperheads.

Houston’s First Palestine Film Festival

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Picture from the film Leila Khaled, Hijacker

I love how Houston’s been catering to so many diverse film festivals lately! The next two weekends will see Houston’s First Palestine Film Festival, brought to town by the fine folks at Voices Breaking Boundaries. This festival will include film screenings and discussions with three female directors: Lina Makboul, Nida Sinnokrot and Elle Flanders. The festival will run from May 11-13 and May 18-20, 2007, 7:00 pm each night; see here for detailed film schedules.

“The first annual Houston Palestine Film Festival brings an honest and independent view of Palestine and its diaspora’s society, culture, and political travails through the art of film. This group of groundbreaking cinematic texts rise above the degrading stereotypes or reductively politicized depictions that are so familiar to Houstonians.”

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