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Can I get some service(s)?

General question to the folks in and around Houston: what web services are you using? The web has definitely taken a shift towards community based portals over the last few years, and I’ve seen some sites become really popular with other cities, but I have the nagging suspicion that Houston is under-represented. Maybe I’m looking at the wrong sites?
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Put to good use:

flickr

It looks like there are about 48,000 photos on flickr tagged “Houston”. Not bad at all.

del.icio.us

Indeed, tagging seems to work…

craigslist

Also highly active: 12,000+ personals; 22,000+ for sale; ~4,000 jobs and ~6,000 services.

Sorely lacking:

upcoming.org

Though they haven’t updated much code since Yahoo bought them, and there are still issues to overcome, upcomming.org is a good model of what a community events calendar could be. Sadly, hardly anyone in Houston seems to use it. Only 19 events listed for Houston. Compare to 264 events currently listed for Los Angeles or 369 events for New York, and the 4th largest city in the country is barely a blip on the radar.

eventful

Looks a little more promising–more than a thousand local events listed–but the demand queue is pathetically small. (OK, granted, that’s a new feature to the service, but we should get that thing populated and let bands, etc. know that we’d love for them to play here.)

Are there some web services I’ve overlooked? What are you using to track the goings on in the city?

Texas Filmmaker’s Showcase – First Thursdays

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Like watching independent films (for free) and chatting with other cinema lovers?

Head over to Dean’s Credit Clothing (316 Main St.) tomorrow night for a Texas Filmmakers Showcase screening of short films (made by Texans) from 1990 – 2000.

When: March 2nd, 9 – 10:15pm
Where: Dean’s Credit Clothing
How Much: Nada
Why: Because you’re cool like that

Still not convinced? I’d go just to check out ‘What’s Got Into Me?’ by Austin director Cara Biasucci – a short film about a woman with a great fear of carrots. Carrots?? What does it mean!!??

Super Happy Fun Cinema – End of Suburbia

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Superhappyfunland’s (2610 Ashland Street) 200-seat screening room is now open. Their movie showings have been as eclectic and out-of-the-ordinary as the rest of their musical and art events. Cool stuff.

7pm tomorrow night (Thursday Dec. 15th), check out THE END OF SUBURBIA: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream. This film “explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply.”

What!!!!? You mean there’s not an endless supply of oil and other natural resources? Check out The Post Carbon Institute for more information on what a future without the use of hydrocarbons as energy and chemical feedstocks might look like.

Chopin and Breakdancing :: Houston Symphony gets hip

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The Houston Symphony is doing a pretty cool job reaching out to a younger crowd (specifically ages 15-29) with their Houston Symphony Wavelength program.

Membership is free and entitles you to receive discounted $8 tickets to select performances and invitations to interesting Wavelength soirees. They even have a blog.

This is a great way to get younger (and, ahem, poorer) people into some really amazing performances. Be sure to check out their Symphony Etiquette suggestions before arriving. *grin*

Waiting to Inhale

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Good, healthy debate is a very positive thing — so why not go to the Rice Univeristy Media Center ( 6100 Main Street) tonight at 7pm for a showing of Waiting to Inhale?

Waiting to Inhale is a documentary that examines the legal battle over legalizing medical marijuana from a variety of different viewpoints. The film reviews the history of the battle over legalization, the scientific studies of the effect of THC on the terminally ill and the politics surrounding this *incredibly* controversial subject.

By many accounts, this isn’t just some stoner flick – but rather an intelligent look at the people affected by our current drug policy and how it could potentially affect you one day in the future. Interesting stuff.

A little on the racy/burlesque side

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Oh my

This is bat country

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There he goes. One of God’s own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

Get your Hunter Thompson, Johnny Depp and Benecio del Torro fix this Friday and Saturday (October 7 & 8) at the midnight showing of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

You know you want to be there: Landmark River Oaks Theater (2009 West Gray St.)

Heeeeeeeeey Austin!

Many Houstonians have heard about the potential economic windfall of businesses moving their operations (office and warehouse) to Houston in the wake of the New Orleans flooding.

But what about the arts scene? I was speaking with a consultant in Austin yesterday who mentioned that many of the musicians and

Laughing Boy film benefit screening

There is a screening of the Houston-made film Laughing Boy at the Alama Drafthouse on Sunday evening.

The showing will benefit the Aiden Gray’s trust fund, the 2-year old son of Laughing Boy star Michael Gray who died on June 6th.

Doors open at 6pm and showtime is at 6:45. The price of admission is whatever you’ll offer out of the goodness of your heart for little Aiden.

(Thanks to Houston actor Henry Kana for the tip)

We don’t really sing, but we dance just as good as we want…

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Rawk it, kids. Archie Bell and the Drells (of 1968 ‘Tighten Up’ fame) are making toes tap and souls jive at 3pm today at the Rhythm Room (1815 Washington Ave.). Check it out and hang with the KPFT kids, who are broadcasting live from said Room.

Sorry for the last minute notice, but this one was just too good to keep under me hat… or something.

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