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WWE presents SmackDown/ECW at Toyota Center Tuesday

The Toyota Center welcomes World Wrestling Entertainment’s SmackDown and ECW promotions Tuesday night at 6:30 PM. The shows will be taped back-to-back, one after the other, under the same roof on the same night! The visit will include the new lineup of wrestlers chosen in the draft between RAW, SmackDown and ECW Monday night in San Antonio.


In addition to a night of wrestling action, a special press conference will be held earlier in the day that will unveil a big announcement concerning WWE wrestling in the Bayou City. (Look for more on that to be posted tomorrow.)

Ticket prices range from $20 to $70
# Toyota Center Box Office
# Via Phone: 866-4HOUTIX (866-446-8849)
# TDD: 1-877-820-0008

UH 2007 School of Art Annual Student Exhibition

Tonight the Art Dept. at University of Houston is having their student show opening at the Blaffer Gallery. The opening is from 7 to 9 in the Fine Arts building on the UH central campus (Entrance 16 off of Cullen, near Cullen & Elgin).

In addition to the works shown in the gallery proper, tonight all four floors of the building will be opened up for touring the studios of the various disciplines and media within the department.

Halliburton heads to the desert

Okay so it’s not the whole company, most probably just the fat cats at the top (i.e. ceo, chairman and cronies) that are moving to Dubai. In fact all the articles I’ve come across keep reinstating the fact that it won’t actually impact Houstonians much and that Halliburton will continue to be a big employer in the Houston area. Houston Chronicle story here.

For those of you not familiar with Dubai, it has become a hotbed for foreign investments due to their lax investment and tax laws. Oh and the mad shopping that happens there–tax free!
Check out the Dubai metblog here.
What are you thoughts on this move?

Politics and technology meetup – drinking beer with the League of Technical Voters 2/13

Quick poll!!! Do you: a) vote b) care about the future of politics c) love technology d) like free beer?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then you should hook up with us at the Houston NetSquared meetup on 7pm Tuesday, February 13th at the Stag’s Head Pub and chat with Silona Bonewald of the League of Technical Voters!

I know there are some Metblog readers with a political bent, so this might be a really good discussion for you to join. The League of Technical Voters is basically trying to change the future of policymaking by connecting lawmakers and voters with technology to keep everyone informed, motivated and action-oriented.

Surely you have an opinion on this – so come and share it… and drink some beer. Accessibility technology guru Sharron Rush from Austin’s Knowbility group will also be there to touch on other technology issues. Good times.

Shopping Spree! Or Frenzy?

Get your shopping gear on cuz we have HUGE sales for this Friday, November 24th! I must be silly, but I’m kinda excited for this event. I’ve never been to one before, so I’m planning to go with the family to get some early Xmas shopping done. *Hints*

But I have heard some outrageous stories of how people waking up like 4 in the morning just to be the first in line and then scrabble and hustle toward the most coveted items they want to get before it’s all gone! Talk about survival of the fastest, or is it the most strategic?

Known as Black Friday, the origin of this holiday is unknown, or at least that’s what Wikipedia says. I didn’t know that there are this many stores participating.

You can check them out with these two links below:

Good luck with the rush of the shopping frenzy! I’m not sure if the crowd is too nice on this day. If you all see a 5-foot Asian girl hidden under a stampede of feet, yeah, that’ll be me… *winks*

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 for more details.

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

Happy (early) 4th of July!

…or rather, Happy Independence Day, everyone! Happy Birthday to America, the land of the free! Maybe our Founding Fathers will be disappointed in the way we celebrate this holiday today, and perhaps even moreso, because some may have forgotten the actual purpose of this holiday: America is free from her mother country, England, after all of the conflicts of “taxation without representation” and among other grievances as listed by the 13 colonies in the Declaration of Independence. If we didn’t “fight for our freedom and rights,” we’d probably be under England’s authority (and government) much longer than 1776.

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