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IT’S HERE! FINALLY, AFTER ALL THE VOTES HAVE BEEN TALLIED. The issue of the Public News many have waited for... The 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards! Over 170 Awards in Music, Food, Bars & Vapes, Comics, Radio, Media, Art and more. Nick Rama offers his expert advice and awards from the Foodie perspective. He also shares his annual Top 50 Houston restaurants and his Top 10 Food Trucks.
Never to bore you with details that drone on and on about nothing important, the Public News gathers press releases that we believe that you would want to know about. And presents that news with photos and commentary.
What to do and where to do it. Public News serves up the most important and ‘must not miss’ events for couples, families and pretty much anyone! Go and have fun!
Art Editor Rosanne Friedman takes us on the fourth part of her Drinking In Art series. Always a pleasure and usually a cause to follow her footsteps over the weekend, experiencing the same.
COLUMNISTS & STUFF Letter Rip / No Exit Anna Pinion Legal Ease To The Republic
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Mark Crampton shares the history on the song Tobacco Road. Forget the movie, this is a nice little treat discovering a classic song that has been covered by many! CD Reviews, Live Music Guide and more!
This issue’s dining section has been taken over by the Readers’ Choice Awards. Never fear, the next issue features a monster article by Nick Rama. Probably one of his best!
Film Editor Glen Ryan Tadych shares his thoughts on the 20th anniversary of the film Toy Story. We apologize if that makes you feel old, but Editor Tadych has a lot to share... read it!
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WHAT TRUMP HAS PROVEN ABOUT THE MEDIA THAT THE CONTROL OF INFORMATION IS NOT FREEDOM EDITORIAL CHAIRMAN KEN PETTY MUSIC EDITOR JASON PALMER FILM EDITOR GLEN RYAN TADYCH ART EDITOR ROSANNE FRIEDMAN CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: MIKE BAXTER, MARK CRAMPTON, ROXANNE DAVIS, MATT DELUCA, SUSAN LOVE FITTS, CINDY GROOVER, JEB KICKER, TOM DAREN LISKEY, BART PEARSTON, ANNA ‘PINION’ PENA, NICK RAMA, ANDY SINGER, PHOTOGRAPHY: KEN PETTY, TOM DAREN LISKEY, ROSANNE FRIEDMAN GRAPHICS/LAYOUT: KEN PETTY ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE: KEN PETTY DISTRIBUTION PARTNERS: ISSUU, PRESS READER FAKE CELEBRITY INTERN: JOHN PAUL JONES Public News is an arts & entertainment fortnightly published on Thursday and distributed to metro Houston subscribers via email, distribution channel partners and to anyone else via our website. We welcome community news, press releases, and article ideas; sent by mail or email. Deadline for calendar items and advertising is the Friday prior to our Thursday publication date. Letters to the Editor and filtered Hate Mail are always encouraged. Subscriptions to the Public News are free and can be obtained by going to the subscribe link on our website: www.publicnewsonline.com Subscriber benefits include special perks and voting in the Readers Choice Awards this summer. Contents of Public News are the sole property of Public News Co. and are protected under copyright. No portion may be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of the publisher... he does check things out most times. You are encouraged to share as many copies of the Public News to as many friends as you’d like! Feel free to share on any and all social media outlets. #PublicNews
Whether or not you like Donald Trump, you need to understand what his phenomenon means to us. You are probably wondering, “what phenomenon is Trump to us?” Here is the skinny. Trump is beating the media at their own game. Trump is also causing the establishment GOP (and to a lesser extent the establishment Democrats) absolute fits. No matter what Trump says, his poll numbers are not affected. The media can’t touch him. The media has tried. Trump says illegal immigration is a problem, to cease Muslim immigration to America and that our politicians are stupid among Ken Petty other things. The GOP reacts aghast and calls in the establishment mainstream media to do certain damage to the ugly bastard stepchild candidate for what has been said. You can almost label mainstream media as the establishment’s Information Gestapo. But, no matter what the mainstream media tries to do to destroy the man, Trump’s approval numbers do not fall. It’s as if Trump is Teflon Superman and the media is powerless. Media has been caught lying about the man and presents sound bites out of context. Trump does not need the media to bolster his campaign. The media wants to have that control over Trump. The establishment GOP needs to have media control over Trump. Trump is not the establishment GOP’s choice, Jeb Bush is. Unfortunately Jeb is polling at less than 10 percent. This begs the question. If the establishment political parties control the mainstream media, how can we, the public at large, trust the media to give us the
truth? If the mainstream media is in bed with who they want in the November election, why are we even bothered with the whole primary process? As harsh as it seems, we need to get our collective heads out of our collective arses. In some respects we have. Mainstream media is losing control over what most Americans think and believe. In the past, the media was the one thing that shaped national opinion and set the national agenda. If a story wasn’t on the front page, then it wasn’t worth thinking or talking about around the water cooler at work. If a news story on television needed to lead, it needed to bleed. Who watches broadcast television anymore, much less broadcast news? American consumers have kicked mainstream media to the curb. Viewership is down across the board, readership of daily print establishment mainstream media is down so much that advertisers are jumping ship to embrace new forms of media. Even the formerly independent alternative newsweeklies have become somewhat establishment embraced. Establishment politicians are worried. If they can’t control the flow of propaganda (or information), how can they control you and I? How can they tell us how to vote and to whom our vote should be cast? What Trump has done, even if he never wins the nomination, is show us how the media has been manipulating the electorate for decades. Trump has shown us the way to be free of media manipulation. Trump and his millions/billions have done more to free the American mind set from mediarot as well as reverse the damage that the mainstream media has built over our political destinies for decades. No matter what happens in the 2016 elections, Trump won. He pulled back the curtain to show us the man behind the machine. And because of that knowledge, we are free!
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LAMP POST STROLL FILLS DOWNTOWN TOMBALL WITH CHRISTMAS SPIRIT More than four dozen local merchants and organizations have put their Christmas creativity on display as the City of Tomball hosts the 3rd annual Downtown Holiday Lamp Post Stroll. Ornamental lamp posts along Main, Market, Commerce and other downtown streets have been transformed into colorful works of art for the season. From traditional garland, bows and tinsel, to a Seussical style of whimsical art and glamour, a stroll among the lamp posts will set a fun mood for the holidays. The best overall “Grand Champion” winner of this year’s Lamp Post decorating contest is Nana’s Main Street Cottage. Nana’s design depicts their shop filled with collectibles, decorative painted furniture and more. It can be seen near the southwest corner of Main Street and Cherry. Other winners by street are: Main Street: 1st Place - Birds of a Feather; 2nd Place – The Lunch Ladies; 3rd Place – Charlotte’s Saddlery Market Street: 1st Place – Granny’s Korner; 2nd Place – Nonnie’s Café & Creamery; 3rd Place – The Antique Market Commerce and North Elm Streets: 1st Place – The Pilgrim Law Office; 2nd Place – Hollee & Ivie; 3rd Place – Sawyer’s Place The decorated lamp posts will be on display through December 31st. The Downtown Holiday Lamp Post Stroll is sponsored in-part by The Hutson Group. TEJAS CHOCOLATES – IN ITS THIRD YEAR (13), TOMBALL’S DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY LAMP POST STROLL HAS GROWN TO INCLUDE MAIN STREET, NORTH ELM AND NORTH WALNUT. THE CITY’S NEWEST RESTAURANT, TEJAS CHOCOLATES ON NORTH ELM STREET SHOWS OFF ITS HOLIDAY SPIRIT.
NANA’S MAIN STREET COTTAGE (48)- THE TEAM FROM NANA’S MAIN STREET COTTAGE TOOK THE BEST OVERALL AWARD FOR THEIR CREATION IN TOMBALL’S ANNUAL DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY LAMP POST STROLL. SHOWN ARE (L-R) DARRYL ROMERO, TIFFANY ROMERO, AND ANN HOWES.
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chicken out.” The exhibition is an experiment to gauge our collective concept of the good girl, the bad girl, the virgin, the whore, and the notions in between.
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“LAS ULTIMAS LIVE!” A film and interactive performance directed by Stephanie Saint Sanchez On view: December 11, 2015- January 15, 2016 Opening Reception and Live Audience Recording: Friday, December 11, 2015 6-8p.m.
HOUSTON - Las Ultimas Live! is a new installation modeled after a silly-super-hero sitcom satire and aimed to explore the trappings of third wave feminism by Houston artist Stephanie Saint Sanchez. When the future president of the United States, Graciela, stumbles across her mother’s old stash of Tiger Beat magazines, she is overcome by a “retrocrush” for Erik Estrada. With the future of the free world at stake, it’s up to Las Ultimas, an all female super squad including Frida Kahlo, La Virgen de Viligante, and Sister Rolla, to save the day. Las Ultimas converge on young Graciela’s bedroom just as she begins to enter the forbid-
den regions under her blanket, commits La Pecado Pecoso (the hot sin), and is doomed to lead a life of geeky shame. Las Ultimas get more than they bargained for when out of a puff of smoke appears Las Chingonas, a deadly crew comprised of La Puta (the embodiment of unapologetic feminine sexuality), La Serena (a mermaid who is inherently deceptive and cruel), and Aique Too Much (an out of control, pregnant Chola girl), ready to battle for the fate of Graciela’s soul. The public is invited to a free opening reception and live studio screening beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 11,2015, at Fresh Arts, 2101 Winter Street, Studio B11, Houston, TX, 77007. Free parking is available. “It is a story about someone exploring their sexuality,” says Saint Sanchez. “I believe people have a duality in them and can’t commit wholly to being good or bad. Every time I go to sell my soul to the devil, I always
Cultured Cocktails benefiting “Las Ultimas Live!” Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5-7 p.m. Boheme Cafe and Wine Bar, 307 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006 Artist reception and live recording: Friday, December 11, 2015, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Fresh Arts, Winter Street Studios, B11, 2101 Winter Street, Houston, TX 77007 ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Stephanie Saint Sanchez is a by-any-meansnecessary media artist, movie maker, and instigator. As founder of La Chicana Laundry Pictures, she has made over 25 award-winning, genre-bending shorts. She also started the Senorita Cinema film festival, the only all Latina Film Festival in Texas. She is one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Houston Artadia Awards, which provides up to $20,000 in unrestricted funds for artistic projects as well as access to the lifetime benefits of the Artadia Award program, and she is a recipient of a S.W.A.M.P. Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship, The Idea Fund, and The Lawndale Artist Studio Program. www.lachicanalaundrypictures.com
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The Mercer Society Names New Director The Mercer Society (TMS), a nonprofit organization providing philanthropic support to Mercer Botanic Gardens, the Houston area’s only botanic garden, has named Lori Tomlinson as its new director of operations.
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In her new role, Tomlinson will work with TMS to support Mercer’s mission of promoting plant diversity, natural habitats, and botanical research. Tomlinson’s goals include expanding TMS to become a fully staffed philanthropic organization, raising awareness about Mercer and its programs, as well as increasing fundraising efforts to support Mercer financially.
and international visitors annually,” she said. “However, many people in the Houston area don’t realize it’s here. TMS wants to help Harris County Precinct 4 get the word out that Mercer is a world-class facility that rivals botanic gardens in other major cities across the nation.” Tomlinson recently relocated to the greater Houston area from Vero Beach, Fla. where she served as a human resource manager, program director, and business administrator for various nonprofit organizations operating in the Vero Beach area.
With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Mercer Botanic Gardens is a Harris County Precinct 4 Conveniently located in Humble Parks facility located one mile north about 20 miles outside Houston, of FM 1960 at 22306 Aldine WestMercer Botanic Gardens is a 300-acre field Road in Humble, 77338. Harris facility that provides free or low-cost County Precinct 4 programs serve educational programming, unique flo- people of all ages regardless of socioral displays, as well as family friendly economic level, race, sex, religion, amenities including five miles of national origin, or physical ability. trails, picnic facilities, and a children’s Anyone seeking additional informaplayground. tion or requiring special assistance to participate in any program should “Mercer’s already a popular facility contact Mercer at 281-443-8731 or with over 50 acres of botanic gardens online at www.hcp4.net/mercer. that attract more than 200,000 local
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Between the print and digital eras of the Public News, we continued to interview and review all the cool and unusual places, people and things hoping that the print issues would be resolved and the Public News could carry on. Since the decision to go digital, we still had a stockpile of interviews to publish. The first four digital issues did just that.
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New Mercer Staff Member Finds Niche in Houston Food Industry Mercer staff member Jacob Martin’s life may have turned out differently if it weren’t for an epiphany he had in college.
“As a business owner, I enjoy seeing chefs genuinely want my products and introducing them to new products they’ve never thought of before.”
“I had a different major at first. I didn’t just want a job where I’d sit inside and stare out a window all day. So I changed my major to science,” he said.
In June, Martin added to his growing resume by joining Mercer as its greenhouse manager.
Originally a hotel and restaurant management major, Martin set out to find a career that blended his interest in the food industry with his love of the outdoors. The opportunity presented itself while Martin was still in college learning to garden at Buchanan’s Native Plants. “When I worked at Buchanan’s, chefs would come in looking for fresh ingredients. I saw the need for a service that could provide those ingredients and moved in on it,” he said. Midway through his senior year, Martin started Old School Produce, an Oak Forest-based agriculture business that provides restaurants with fast-maturing microgreens, along with hard-to-find herbs and produce, such as Chaya and sunflower sprouts. Today, the business has earned a niche in the Houston food industry.
His duties include managing hundreds of different seedlings and cuttings, propagating rare and endangered plants and working in the herbarium and seed bank. “At Mercer, every day I find plants I’ve never heard of,” he said. “There’s so much diversity and it’s always getting bigger and better. It’s also very gratifying watching things grow from a seed to full plant. “I’m also drawn to the challenge of the job. There are so many different plants in this world that I’ll never run out of things to learn.” Jacob also hosts greenhouse volunteers during weekday mornings where he leads various propagation projects, including color garden staples and unusual plant collections.
“Now more and more restaurants are doing business with us,” he said. “People are open to trying new things, so the business has grown tremendously. I started out cutting four or five trays a week and now we do 250.
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THE RACIST SLUT & CAPTAIN OBVIOUS by Anna Pinion
email@example.com Dear Anna: I already know that you are going to be very rude and mean to me, but I think you might be able to give me some good advice in your somewhat sarcastic way. I’m in the middle a divorce from a man who was a sexual and porn addict. He had porn all over the place and I couldn’t handle it anymore, especially since I consider myself religious. Anna Pinion The problem is that I have been sleeping with a black friend of mine who eventually got me pregnant. I don’t want to abort the baby, because it is wrong, but I don’t want a baby who might end up black. Especially if it comes up that I was having a “so-called” affair while my marriage was still valid. My future exhusband may use this as a way to get my two children that we had together. I thought about giving the baby up for adoption if she (it’s a girl) ends up being black, but might just keep her if she’s white. Does all this make me out to be a horrible person or what? -Not the Slut In Katy
NEWSBITS LSC-Creekside Center is Now Open Assist Students Register On-Site for Spring Semester On Tuesday, December 1, Lone Star College’s newest satellite center opened the doors to assist students with registering for 2016 spring semester classes on-site at the LSC-Creekside Center, located at 8747 West New Harmony Trail in The Woodlands. Academic advisors are now available at the LSC-Creekside Center until December 18 for the following hours of operation: · 8 am - 6 pm, Monday - Thursday · 8 am - 12 pm, Friday During Winter Break, December 20 - January 3: 9 am - 2 pm, Monday - Wednesday CLOSED, Thursday - Sunday Beginning January 4: 8 am - 6 pm, Monday-Thursday 8 am - 12 pm, Friday Advisors are available to provide one-on-one guidance and assistance to prospective and current students on a variety of academic services including admissions, testing, advising, registration, referral of campus resources, transfer planning and graduation processes. Beginning January 19 for the 2016 spring semester classes, LSC-Creekside Center will offer courses in Petroleum Data Technology, Cisco Networking, Electrical Technology, Business Management, Health Occupations prerequisites, and transferrable courses for Associate of Arts & Associate of Science to highlight a few. Additional programs are slated to for the 2016 fall semester. LSC-Creekside Center will serve an important role in the surrounding area by providing greater learning opportunities and
choices in higher education as well training and workforce development readiness skills in fields relevant to the Houston region and across the globe. LSC-Creekside Center is a satellite center of LSC-Tomball. Students can register in person at the LSCCreekside Center, LSC-Tomball main campus (no appointment necessary), or online. Spring semester classes begin January 19. For more information about LSC-Creekside Center, visit lonestar.edu/Creekside-center or call 281.351.3310. Mangum-Howell Center Hosts the 18th Annual Adopt a Child SNAPP Holiday Parties The Doss Advisory Council at Mangum-Howell Center is encouraging the public to help make a difference in a child’s life. Every Adopt-a-Child $20 donation buys a gift bag for one of 150 Aldine Independent School District children who are part of the Students Needing a Pat and a Push (SNAPP) program. Participating schools this year include Conley, Gray, and Sammons elementary schools Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The program was started to give at-risk children a special “pat and push” since many of them receive little or nothing over the holidays. Each SNAPP child is given a gift bag with toys, games, candy, and more during a special party at Mangum-Howell Center in Doss Park. Checks are payable to Doss Advisory Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, c/o MangumHowell Center, 2500 Frick Road, Houston, Texas 77038. Please call 281-591-7830 for more information. Mangum-Howell Center Presents “Jingle Bells” Luncheon Take in holiday sights and sounds during Mangum-Howell Center’s Jingle Bells Luncheon Tuesday, Dec. 15 at noon. Enjoy the center’s virtual, crackling yule log
fireplace and classic Christmas music over a holiday meal of turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, rolls, pecan and cherry pie, unlimited iced tea and coffee. To add to the fun, attendees will have the chance to win prizes by guessing the correct number of candy canes in the candy jar and showing off their skills during a gift wrapping contest. As a memento of this special luncheon, each participant will receive a Jingle Bell necklace. An $8 per person suggested donation is requested and payable in advance when you register in the office. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, Dec. 11. Lone Star College-Montgomery’s “Tigers Be Still” Performance Receives Choice Awards The Lone Star College-Montgomery drama department’s fall production of “Tigers Be Still” received the rare feat of a choice award in the Kennedy Center American College Texas State Theatre Festival (KCACTF) this October. “Tigers Be Still,” which was directed by LSCMontgomery instructor Julie Akers, was awarded Respondent’s Choice, which is selected by the festival respondent who sees and responds to each performance at the festival. This is the fifth consecutive year that the college has received a choice award, and the production will now be considered for advancement to the regional festival in San Angelo in February. “KCACTF gives our students excellent transfer and scholarship opportunities by allowing them to network with other students and schools at the festival,” said Chase Waites, professor of drama and department chair at LSC-Montgomery. “Participating at the state level provides the students with opportunities to travel to the regional festival in February to compete for scholarships and interview with transfer universities and colleges. It also provides the students the opportunity to tour a show, which is a great experience for them.”
Dear Not The Slut Let me understand this... You are married going though a divorce that has not been finalized. You started sleeping with a friend and he got you pregnant. It’s here were I get the rub. Even though your baby’s daddy is black, you don’t want a black baby. Unfortunately you don’t have a choice in the matter of what color your baby is. Ultrasounds are great at determining what sex the baby is, like you already know. But skin color is going to be the surprise on the delivery table. It appears that have made plans for each race your baby may end up being. Does all this racist crap and cheating on your marriage make you out to be a horrible person? For your comfort I will tell you “No”, but people like you make all other racists look like angels in comparison. I don’t think they would think your baby is part of the white or black race, They would think your baby is a member of the human race and leave it at that. Dear Anna, I am troubled by the advice you shell out. Some of it is mean spirited. Some of it is snobbish. Other times it is just stupid. I don’t think you are a real advice columnist. I think you just like to make people feel bad. Troubled in Tomball Dear Captain Obvious Which one of us is getting paid for shelling out this so-called bad advice. I think I win.
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THIS WEEK & BEYOND STAGES Actor’s Gem Productions presents Celebrity Mystery Theater Second Saturday of the month 6:45pm The Spaghetti Warehouse 901 Commerce St., Houston, TX 77002 Imagine yourself enjoying dinner, socializing with friends, having a few drinks . . . when suddenly a murder is committed. Let the wacky antics of two famous detectives, never seen together before anywhere, amuse you as they solve the crime. Who did it? Was it Fran Drescher, Marilyn Monroe, Cher, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Rocky Balboa, Bill Clinton, Joan Crawford or was it you? Admission is $55 and includes a three-course meal, dinner show, soft drinks and gratuity. Reservations are required. For more information call 713-305-8117 or visit them on the web at www.celebritymysterytheater.com/ A.D. Players presents A Christmas of Many Parts Running Through December 23, 2015 A.D. Players Theatre 2710 W. Alabama St. Houston, TX 77098 A.D. Players presents A Christmas of Many Parts. This hilarious one-act play has grown to full length by popular demand. Four struggling actors find themselves cast in Nativity!, a big budget production focused more on making money than the “reason for the season.” But when most of the cast is stuck in Atlanta for the final performance, the show must go on. Through the ensuing chaos, everyone learns the real meaning of Christmas. Tickets are $20. Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) presents A Christmas Story The Musical December 8 - 20, 2015
The Hobby Center for Performing Arts Sarofim Hall 800 Bagby St., Houston, TX, 77002 Prepare yourself for a red-blooded, twofisted, all-American Christmas in the holiday show heralded by the Associated Press as “a charming triumph infused with utter joy.” In this clever musical adaptation of the 1983 film comedy, we follow the childhood dreams and schemes of little Ralphie, whose heart is set on getting one thing and one thing only for Christmas – the official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle. Along the way, we discover the stuff of pink nightmares (think bunny suit), the power of fishnet-clad lamps (careful, it’s fra-GEE-lay), and the wintry hazards of sticking a warm tongue to a cold metal pole. With its timeless scenes, quirky innocence and nostalgic warmth, this musical trip down memory lane will leave the whole family bright-eyed and buoyant. It’s far and away the most fun you’ll have this holiday season! TUTS’ production of A Christmas Story The Musical is made possible by the generosity of Ballard Exploration Company, Inc. TUTS’ 2015/16 season is generously sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health. For all shows, air transportation is provided by United Airlines, the official airline of TUTS. Media sponsors include ABC-13 and Houston Chronicle. Season support is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Theater District Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Tickets start at $30. Check TUTS Online at www.tuts.com, or phone them at 713.558.TUTS Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) present The Bridges of Madison County Starting January 19, 2016 though January 31, 2016 Hobby Center For The Performing Arts continued on page 12
Conroe Art League Every Tuesday 1pm-3:30pm Oil Painting Classes w/Gary Hernandez Each student works at his/her own pace in a creative and pleasant atmosphere. The students will learn the tools and materials of oil painting. New students will be painting a new painting at the first session. You will copy master paintings as a pathway to creating your own style of painting. You will learn.... -How to use a grid to quickly layout the painting. -How to select the right palette. -How to select and mix colors. -How to select the right paint brushes -How to apply color theory and use the color wheel. -How to pick the right canvas and how to coat a canvas. -How to varnish a painting. -How to paint in Grisaille These are only a few of the tips I will teach you to create successful paintings and more importantly have an enjoyable painting experience. Ongoing classes every Tuesday from 1:00pm 3:30pm at the Conroe Art League Gallery- 127 Simonton St. - Conroe, TX 77301 Contact Gary Hernandez directly to sign up: 713569-9209 or email@example.com Cost: $35/per class paid in advance monthly. Conroe Art League First Thursday of the month 11am-5pm Photography Learning Center w/Ed Gorman The Photography Learning Center is back at the Conroe Art Gallery!! If you have questions about photography or how to use your camera, whether it’s a DSLR, SLR, film, cell phone, iPad, etc., then come to the Conroe Art Gallery on the first Thursday of each month from 11am - 5pm. The Conroe Art Gallery is at 127 Simonton St., Conroe, TX 77301. Ed will show you how to work your camera and take better photographs. Contact Ed Gorman: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 936-443-3487 for more information. Conroe Art League First and Third Thursday 1pm-3:30pm Figure Drawing Group Classes are at the Conroe Art League Gallery 127 Simonton St. Conroe, TX 77301 Live Model, All Skill Levels Welcome! For more information contact: Darby Kachmar email@example.com 936-228-5126 or Marilyn Lowry firstname.lastname@example.org or 936-447-1579 Fee is $10 per session, no reservation necessary Conroe Art League Every Thursday 2pm-4:30pm
Painting with Pastels This is an ongoing weekly course, beginning February 5, 2015. The class meets every Thursday from 2:00pm - 4:30pm in the upstairs classroom at the Conroe Art League Gallery - 127 Simonton St. - Conroe, TX 77301. Painting in pastels is quick, easy, colorful, beautiful, very portable - and FUN! Handled correctly, pastels will last many lifetimes and their pure colors never fade, crack, or peel. No stress and no pressure here to paint a masterpiece. You’ll learn how to turn “happy accidents” into a part of your painting, or erase it - pastels are very forgiving. Everyone will hjave a chance to experiment with different techniques and materials, and you’ll develop your own unique style over time. For those who are new to art, you’ll learn the basics of drawing and painting. For more experienced artists who are new to pastels, you’ll learn the characteristics and techniques that are unique to pastels. At the end of each class, you’ll have a finished or nearly-finished painting to take home, ready for framing. Each student is encouraged to learn at their own pace. You are welcomed to do a class-based painting from reference photos provided by the instructor, or bring in your own reference materials to use. We may also paint from life, or go outdoors to paint as the weather permits. During this ongoing course, you will: -Improve your drawing skills, including proportions and perspective. -Learn how to see and paint values, types of underpaintings, both wet and dry. -Create different effects using hard vs. soft pastels. -Layer and blend pastels to get exactly the color you want. -Develop and use a portable pastel kit for outdoor painting and travel. -Know how to paint trees, clouds and water. -Learn how to paint and draw from life and en plein air (outdoors). There’s no pressure to develop a masterpiece or “do it right”. This class is all about having fun and discovering the artist in you. You’ll have lots of individual attention from the instructor with helpful feedback so your paintings keep getting better. Your supply list has options to fit a budget, and everyone is welcomed to register and join us any time. Please contact the instructor, Kathy Fediw, at Kathy@jfaconsultingbiz.com or call her business number at 281-687-6966, if you have any questions and for a list of materials. Cost: $30.00 per class, payable at the first of each month or at the beginning of each session. Instructor: Kathy Fediw, LEED AP ID+C, CLP, CLT
EDUCATION Barbara Bush Branch Library Ongoing [call for class dates & times] Ongoing Computer Classes Dave Smith, computer instructor, will be teaching seven different computer classes at the Barbara Bush Branch Library in March 2015. The classes are Computer Basics, Introduction to the Internet, Email, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Publisher. He also teaches additional classes which are offered at various times throughout the year, including Digital Photography and Smartphone Tips. Please call for the dates and times of the classes and to register. Each class meets for a single 2-hour session. As class size is limited to 12 people, pre-registration is required for each class. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration opens 30 days prior to the class. continued on page 13
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Breath Tests in Texas: Outdated and Unreliable by Matt DeLuca email@example.com Several articles back, I wrote about the pros and cons of breath vs. blood tests in DWI investigations. My conclusion was, generally speaking, to refuse a breath test if under investigation for DWI. Now I’d like to go into more detail about why breath tests in Texas are unreliable. For starters, the breath test machine currently used in Texas is extremely outdated. Texas law enforcement has used the Intoxilyzer 5000 machine for decades. The company that makes the machine has since introduced two newer models, the Intoxilyzer 8000 and 9000. Most other states have switched over to the new machines, yet Texas continues to use outdated technology. law enforcement is Matt DeLuca Ifusing this machine to prosecutor and potentially convict a citizen, shouldn’t the technology be the most reliable and up to date? Now let’s talk about just how accurate the machine’s results really are. When someone blows into the machine, it will print out a test result with the subject’s BAC result on it. This test result is often the most important piece of evidence the prosecutor will present in a DWI trial. However, the result is really just an estimate. The range of error for a breath test can often be plus or minus 30%. Just imagine if someone were to blow a 0.10 breath test result. While this result is technically over the legal limit of 0.08, it is very possible that the true result could have been a 0.07 (just as it might have been a 0.13 – well over the limit). While this range of error might be good enough for
Sarofim Hall 800 Bagby Street Houston Texas 77003 The Bridges of Madison County, one of the most romantic stories ever written, first captured the nation’s attention as a best-selling novel and is now an irresistible, two-time Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical. This stunning new production features gorgeous, soulful music by Tony Award®government work, it could mean the difference winning composer Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years) that the Daily between guilty or not guilty of DWI. When News hails as “one of Broadway’s best scores someone’s liberty is on the line, this level of in the last decade.” inaccuracy should not be acceptable. With a book by Pulitzer Prize Winner MarThere is also a great potential for human ersha Norman (The Secret Garden, The Color ror throughout the breath testing process. For one, any alcohol trapped in the subject’s mouth Purple) and direction by two-time Tony® wincould create a false high breath test. A burp or ner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The Light in chewing gum before the test is administered the Piazza), The Bridges of Madison County could also create a false high result. This is is the unforgettable story of two people caught why Texas law requires that the person certibetween decision and desire, as a chance enfied to operate and administer the breath test counter becomes a second chance at so much on the subject wait and observe the subject for more. at least 15 minutes prior to the test being taken. 2014 Tony Award® Winner for Best OrigiThis requirement is often ignored and yet, unnal Score and Best Orchestrations - Jason less there is a video recording of the breath test Robert Brown; 2014 Drama Desk Award for (these are rarely recorded), it can be difficult Outstanding Music & Orchestrations - Jason to prove. Robert Brown. There is also no way to re-test the breath TUTS’ 2015/16 season is generously sample. Once a subject provides a breath sam- sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health. For ple, the sample is destroyed. There is small, all shows, air transportation is provided by inexpensive device that could be attached to United Airlines, the official airline of TUTS. the Intoxilyzer machine that would trap the Media sponsors include ABC-13 and Houston breath sample and store it for future testing, yet Chronicle. Season support is funded in part law enforcement in Texas refuses to use it. Esby grants from the City of Houston through sentially, law enforcement is asking us to just the Theater District Association, the National take their word that the breath test machine is Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Comaccurate. When my client’s liberty and future mission on the Arts. are at stake, this simply isn’t acceptable. Until Texas catches up with modern technology, breath tests should continue to be avoided Opera in the Heights presents ConciertOh! de Invierno and scrutinized. You can always reach out December 11-13, 2016 7pm to me with questions or comments at matt@ Opera In The Heights mattdelucalaw.com.
1703 Heights Boulevard Houston, TX 77008 Opera in the Heights will present ConciertOh! de Invierno, a special holiday music concert series in Spanish highlighting some of Oh!’s most outstanding Hispanic artists in a way that allows them to show off different styles of music. ConciertOh! de Invierno will feature traditional zarzuelas, boleros, and música navideña (Christmas music) that have broad appeal. (Zarzuela is a Spanish lyric dramatic opera genre alternating between spoken and sung scenes, and bolero is slow tempo Latin music). Oh!’s sensational singers participating in the concert series are Claudia Chapa, Octavio Moreno, and James Rodriguez, with guest appearances by Arnold Yzaguirre, Brian Suits, and Patrick Contreras. Oh! subscribers will recognize Chapa, Moreno and Rodriguez, who have most recently portrayed Madame Flora/ Baba in The Medium (Chapa); Rigoletto in Rigoletto (Moreno) and Tonio in I Pagliacci (Rodriguez). ConciertOh! de Invierno will last approximately 90 minutes, with an intermission and concessions featuring sweet treats, coffee and cocoa provided by Oh!’s guild members. The music appeals to all ages and makes a perfect family outing in the midst of the holiday season. Tickets run $15-$25 Houston Grand Opera presents The Little Prince December 9, 11, 16, 18, 19 @ 7pm December 13 & 20 @ 2:30pm Houston Grand Opera 501 Texas Ave. Houston, TX 77002 Houston Grand Opera continues its cycle of holiday operas with its presentation of The Little Prince. Based on the classic children’s
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book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince is an adventure-filled family experience that brings hope, love, and a childlike imagination to life. The opera in two acts is a whimsical tale of a little prince and a lost pilot’s adventures in the desert. They become unlikely friends, and together, while experiencing lessons from the desert’s many creatures, they discover what is essential in life. Tickets run $28 to $100. Call 713-237-1439 for more information.
ARTS Magical Winter Lights Through January 10, 2016 Mon-Thurs 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 1-11pm, Sun 1-10pm Sam Houston Race Track 7575 North Sam Houston Parkway W Houston, TX 77064 The 2015 Magical Winter Lights will debut in Houston at the Sam Houston Race Park. The 52-day festival will become the largest holiday light festival in Houston, and the largest lantern festival of its kind to ever take place in the U.S. Magical Winter Lights differentiates itself from other more traditional holiday lighting events by basing its designs from Chinese lanterns and transforming them into largerthan-life remakes of well-known landmarks and landscapes in the world. The festival will
feature seven fascinating themed sections including Magical, Europe, America, Asia, Australia, Africa and Dinosaur Land. The America section will also display lantern sets that Houstonians and Texans can easily relate to, including their hometown sports teams, Western stockyards and the Houston skylines. Magical Winter Lights is open every day through January 10, 2016, including all holidays. For more information phone 713-496-0556.
MUSIC The Music Box Theater presents White Christmas Album 4 (A Beatles Holiday) December 4 - 27, 2015 The Music Box Theater 2623 Colquitt St. Houston, TX 77098 The Music Box Theater is bringing back a few of people’s favorite things: Great Christmas music, fun comedy sketches, and The Beatles in an all-new take on The White Christmas Album. So, make plans to once again celebrate Christmas music and The Beatles in one memorable, festive holiday production - “The White Christmas Album 4 (A Beatles Holiday).” The Music Boxers will sing hits like “Let It Be” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in what will be the perfect night out for all ages. Tickets range start at $27. For more information call 281-513-1504
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the Robin Bush Room at the Barbara Bush Branch Library, 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring.
Please visit the website (www.hcpl.net) or call the library at 281-376-4610 for more information and to register for these classes. The classes are held in the Barbara Bush Library Friends Computer Lab at 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring.
Baldwin Boettcher Library Ongoing English As A Second Language The Baldwin Boettcher Library Staff provides ESL classes for folks who want to learn to speak English or improve their English speaking skills. Our beginning classes are scheduled on Mondays, 6-7:30 pm; Fridays 1-3 pm; Our intermediate ESL classes are on Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm and Thursdays, 1-3 pm; Our conversational English class is on Tuesdays 10-12 pm; Our advanced English class is on Tuesdays 4-5 pm. Call the library at 281-821-1320 for more information about the ESL classes. Barbara Bush Branch Library Every Thursday noon-1pm Yoga For Stress Relief Certified yoga instructor, Linda Popinksi, offers this free class every Thursday from 12:00-1:00 in the Earl Elliott Room at the Barbara Bush Branch Library, 6817 Cypresswood Drive in Spring. Both men and women are welcome. Bring your own yoga mat and a beach towel. Barbara Bush Branch Library Every Friday noon-2pm French Classes with Marie Come and learn French with Marie on Fridays from 12:00-2:00. The class is intermediate level and so some knowledge of French is required. No registration is necessary. The class will meet in
Big Thicket Distilling Every Saturday noon, 2pm, 4pm Big Thicket Distilling Tours Big Thicket Distilling offer tours at 12, 2 and 4pm on Saturdays. $10 per person. Includes a distillery tour and tasting of our products. Make your reservation online at BigThicketDistilling.com Big Thicket Distillery’s telephone number is 936666-1341 Conroe Art League By Appointment Conroe Art League 127 Simonton, Conroe TX 77301 The Conroe Art League invites all Montgomery County residents and friends to come in and see their award-winning artists and their masterpieces. They are located at 127 Simonton, Conroe 77301. Their gallery exhibit includes paintings, prints, sculptures, pottery, jewelry and much, much more. If you are wondering what to do for fun this summer, contact Kerry Conkling at kerryart127@gmail. com to arrange a guided tour of the 103 year old historic gallery for groups of from 5 – 25 people. Your free tour includes refreshments (coffee, afternoon tea or happy hour) and an artist demonstration. This would be great fun for couples or for a group of friends. Southern Star Brewing Saturdays 2pm Southern Star Brewing Co. 1207 N. FM 3083 East Conroe, TX 77303 Southern Star Brewing Co invites everyone to come and enjoy a free tour of their brewery on
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Saturdays starting at around 2pm. The tour includes one free beer and there is no reservation or sign up required. Oh My Darling! Hot Dogs will be there to serve up some of the best artisan hot dogs around! Children are allowed at the brewery provided they are with a legal guardian. Unruly children will be asked to leave Due to health code, Dogs are not allowed inside the actual tasting room, but are allowed outside Absolutely no outside alcohol is permitted on brewery property Southern Star Tasting Room Hours Fridays 5pm - 9pm Saturdays noon - 6pm For more information on the tours or anything else regarding Southern Star Brewing call 936441-2739 or visit them on the web at www.souothernstarbrewing.com
Who will reign victorious on the fields of battle? For more experienced players, and competitive players
GAMING Beginner HeroClix Sundays at 4:30pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 HeroClix is a fun game that allows players to pit their favorite Heroes and Villains against each other in combat! Battle characters from multiple series, from Lord of the Rings to the Justice League! Who will reign victorious on the fields of battle? For beginners or casual players HeroClix Tournament Night Mondays at 7pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 HeroClix is a fun game that allows players to pit their favorite Heroes and Villains against each other in combat! Battle characters from multiple series, from Lord of the Rings to the Justice League!
Netrunner Meetup Night Mondays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 Netrunner is an amazing living card game, with an amazing story and amazing game mechanics. Players compete using one of two decks they construct, either the Corporation or the Runner. In a Matrix style world, Runners jack into the computer system in order to hack into the Corporation’s systems in order to discover their secret agendas. Casual meetup night for players of all experience levels X-Wing Meetup Night Tuesdays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 Star Wars X-Wing is a fun and innovative dogfighting game, in which you must defeat your opponents in space combat! Use ships from the Star Wars universe as you construct your custom squadrons, and fight for either the Empire or the Rebel Alliance! Casual meetup night for players of all experience levels Pokemon League Wednesdays 5pm - 8pm Space Cadets Collection Collection 27326 Robinson Road #117 Oak Ridge North, Free and open to all. Learn to play, trade cards, have fun with friends and make new friends. Earn free League only Pokemon foil cards by playing 7 games (DS or card). On any given week we continued on page 14
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TO THE REPUBLIC
to boycott practice and games, BOTH the President and Chancellor acquiesced. In a fantastic article in the New York Times 8 months ago called, “In college and hiding from scary ideas”, Judith Shulevitz predicted an ominous tide of “P.C.” indoctrinated students who somehow have been taught that the First Amendment granted “Freedom of non-offending speech, press, and religion” as well as freedom of assembly. Dissenting views are now being suppressed violently in America at our colleges. It is even spreading overseas as students en masse walked out on a columnist debating “is opportunity in spite of being elected both student body there a place for the Welfare state in 2015 ar Brunel College in the UK this week rather than even hear her President and Homecoming King a month earlier. argument. I had first noticed what were called “Free Speech” I thought this juvenile behavior would be ridiculed zones at UH over a decade ago while making a campus and denounced after a Communications Prof and her visit. My first thought was that “shouldn’t all public husband were recorded requesting physical intimidacollege space be a free speech zone” in this country? tion of a student photographer member of the press. But this was an area where certain types of public Sadly, this is not the case. Instead racially motivated protests and posters were confined. I was unaware these had become common nationwide. Colleges could intimidation actions in Dartmouth, Ithaca, and even Princeton have only grown. The first reaction after claim to be advocates of Free Speech while bottling last Friday’s terrible murders of innocent of 130 civilup the growing hostility of persons holding opposing ians in Paris, was that it “Stole the spotlight” from views. It was an admission of a coarsening culture their movement. It should be noted that the previous which no longer appears to be able to discuss civilly day’s murders of 43 in Beirut caused no such media or disagree agreeably. Most are not aware that the phrase, “Politically Correct” was coined by communist jealousy. After 35 years in public education, I think Ms. dictator Mao Tse-tung or (Zedong) as justification for his execution of 30 million Chinese “dissidents”in the Shulevitz should have been listened to. Post secondary students have come through a system which has been 50’s to eliminate opposing dissension. used as a social engineering laboratory. To enter into As “Institutions of Free Thought”, it has devolved an environment where these type of “ground levelnow that most colleges have created “Safe Zones” on ling” steps are vastly reduced , if not nonexistent, was their campuses for students who may be traumatized by being exposed to “offensive” words and ideas from rife with explosive potential. Collegiate-aged students who are encouraged to demand that “protections” speakers or literature on their campuses. Apparently implemented for grade school children by their profesthis so called “victim” at Mizzou set up his “Hunger Strike” demanding the resignation of the College Pres- sors to guarantee their “Right to not be offended” is certainly discouraging. That this occurs primarily on ident for lack of action on his now proven false claim of a KKK being at the college and several other unsub- the taxpayers’ dime is downright depressing. stantiated claims. When the football team threatened
THE “RIGHT” NOT TO BE OFFENDED by Bart Pearston
“Dissension is the highest form of democracy” Thomas Jefferson Something strange happened at one of my Alma Maters last month. Geneseo State hired “cultural sensitivity” advisors to hold symposiums on “Culturally insensitive” Halloween costumes at parties being held
both on and off campus. Little did I know that this was but the rumbling of a nationwide avalanche of college uprisings. First, you must understand that the state has been slashing SUNY funding for decades. I receive mailers and phone calls almost monthly begging me to send them more money. When a public college spends money on such things, it is hard to feel compelled to give them more. Videos of Yale students verbally assaulting and threatening a professor who wrote an editorial questioning the value of such costume sensitivity advisors being hired showed this must be confronted. About 2 weeks ago I learned this was occurring across the nation and that a student protest lead by the son of a multimillionaire railroad executive at U Missouri was on a hunger strike because the college was no longer providing full health care for graduate students as required by the ACA. This specific student had allegedly been racially harassed and denied educational
continued from page 13 have 25-40 players aged from 6-40+ (yes we have moms and dads that play also :) World War Wednesday Wednesdays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 This is a meet up for all our Historical themed miniatures games. Bolt Action, Flames of War, and Saga players rejoice! We have tables as well as beautiful terrain for players to use. It’s a great event for both beginners and veterans alike, and a great way to spend a Wednesday! Casual meetup night for players of all experience levels Magic Commander Night Wednesdays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 Test your mettle in one of Magic the Gathering’s most popular multiplayer format! As one of the most fun and casual formats for Magic, Commander night is a blast! Players Construct a 100 card deck with no duplicates allowed, and play in a multi-man game leading to some crazy shenanigans. See you on the battlefield! Casual meetup night for players of all experience levels Warmachine and Hordes Meetup Night Thursdays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 Warmachine and Hordes (commonly known as Warma/Hordes) is an awesome Miniatures game where players assume the role of a general leading their warriors into combat. Control amazing machines called Jacks or harness the wild power
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of powerful beasts and monsters to destroy your adversaries. Casual meetup night for players of all experience levels My Little Pony Collectable Card Game Thursdays All Day Space Cadets Collection Collection 27326 Robinson Road #117 Oak Ridge North Come learn how to play the My Little Pony collectible card game. Free event each week. Magic Draft Night Thursdays at 7pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 Players purchase 3 booster packs from standard (depending on what the group votes to draft), and an additional 2 booster packs of any available expansion to add to the prize pool! Players then construct a 40 card deck from the contents of their draft to compete with, battling for prizes and glory! Fun event for players of all experience levels, and perfect for players to expand their collection For more Details go to: https://www.facebook.com/ events/340064569532538/ Friday Night Magic Fridays at 7pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 Experience one of the most intense and fun Standard Magic tournaments in the area every Friday at Fat Ogre! Players bring a 60 card Standard legal deck to compete in a massive tournament! A fun night for players of all ages and experience levels, Friday Night Magic is your premier Magic event. Fun event for players of all experience levels
For more Details go to: https://www.facebook.com/ events/510118335795397/ Warhammer Meetup Night Fridays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 A fun meetup night for both Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer 40k players, Fat Ogre has an amazing community for Warhammer. A great night for players of all experience levels, new players can feel free to stop by and learn! Fun event for players of all experience levels Hero Clix Saturdays 3pm – 5pm Space Cadets Collection Collection 27326 Robinson Road #117 Oak Ridge North, TX 77385 Come on out and learn how to play Hero Clix. We are an official HeroClix tournament site , so come and enjoy the fun. We have added a full line of Hero Clix items. Marval Dice Masters League Saturdays 5pm – 8pm Space Cadets Collection Collection 27326 Robinson Road #117 Oak Ridge North, TX 77385 Learn how to play this exciting new game, which sold out all over the nation as soon as it was released. It is an inexpensive game to start , at around $15 for a starter and $1.00 for boosters. If you have ever played the dace game Quarriors, this will seem familiar to you, as it is created by the same company. Join us! Board Game Night
Saturdays 5pm – 8pm Space Cadets Collection Collection 27326 Robinson Road #117 Oak Ridge North, TX 77385 Bring your favorite board or card game. Meet up with friends or make new ones while you are here! Please only bring all ages appropriate games. Monopoly anyone? We want everybody to be able to participate. Magic Modern Tournament Saturdays at 6pm Fat Ogre Games & Comics 525 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX, P: (281) 292-8444 A fun tournament for Magic the Gathering players to test their competitive skill with access to older and more powerful cards. Players bring a Modern legal deck comprised of 60 cards, and compete for prizes and glory! Players may use any Magic the Gathering card printed after 8th edition, with a few specific exceptions. Fun event for players of all experience levels For more Details go to: https://www.facebook.com/ events/1376049572715159/
SUPPORT GROUPS Free 2B Support Group Tuesdays, 6:45-8:30pm Faith Bible Church, The Woodlands FREE 2B is a faith-based codependency support group, where those facing relational difficulties can share their struggles and begin the process of restoring healthy balance in their lives. Free 2B is open to the public for individuals and couples 18 and older and is free to attend. For an information packet, email Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Aries 3/21 - 4/19 People read horoscopes to make some sort of sense out of their love life. You don’t have that problem. You don’t really have a love life and the person you want is probably reading their horoscope for the exact same reason. Some day, dear heart, your paths may cross but not today.
Taurus 4/20 - 5/20 Do you ever think that you had lived a prior lifetime? Perhaps as a Duke or Duchess or some other important person? Why do those who claim past lives never come clean about being the dung master, or the janitor, or the kings taster? Certainly takes the fun out of being able to snow someone important in real life with your pretend former life.
Gemini 5/21 - 6/20 Your internet fling is about to become more real than you think. Don’t be surprised to learn that your interest is not free of entanglements. And one of those are prime to pay you a visit at work. Those fake glasses, teeth and moustache are going to be your go-to disguise, unless your female. Then your MO is to run.
Cancer 6/21 - 7/22 There was this guy who decided to get real about losing weight long before January 1st. And for a while he was successful. He exercised and ate well, a lot of it at Subway. Now he’s about to start a 13-year prison sentence for pandering to younger fare. Don’t be like that guy. Be more like Richard Simmons.
Leo 7/23 - 8/22 People dig your taste in music and you have no qualms sharing what you like. However you need to not share your love for the avant-guard country that no one ever bought when it was new, nor streams that crap anywhere. You would do well to embrace the tried and true like the Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin and possibly Enya.
Virgo 8/23 - 9/22 Ok, you’ve got good news and bad news. First, you are about to embark on a group adventure that you were never really invited to go. The bad news is that the retreat is for the weekend an no one knew that you got locked in the truck of your bosses car
Libra 9/23 - 10/21 You’ll meet some new friends. Some of which are experiencing life on the outside for the first time in a while. If they ask you to drive them to the bank, you would be wise to admit that you never got your drivers license. If your new friends press you on the matter, start babbling incoherently, slobber a lot and then start running away waving your hands in the air.
Scorpio 10/22 - 11/21 The possibility of a new career has got your attention. The temptation of staying where you are in order to make $15 per hour is intoxicating. That was until you saw that your replacement was a robot that does not require Medicare, Food Stamps, or time off.
Sagitarius 11/22 - 12/21 Getting your crap together with others might stimulate your intellect, imagination, and spirit. No one has the same agenda as yours, but are willing to put up with your BS as much as you put up with theirs. At the end of the week, you will have discovered your soul mate. And it will be in the form of a Google app.
Capricorn 12/22 - 1/19 You’re a spiritually inclined person, but you tend to read these fake astrologies as if they were the real McCoy. Be advised, these are for entertainment purposes only. If I were to jump of the roof of Dosey Doe flapping my arms in the are, would you do the same? Then stop taking these things literal.
Aquarius 1/20 - 2/18 Someone important is about to ask you for a favor. Do your best to look good while dodging this request. Remember, not everyone should be more important that yourself. Love and pamper yourself often. Now, get the image of diapers out of your mind.
Pisces 2/19 - 3/20 Because you are special, today you might try to secure the perfect job. The one you went to college to prepare for as a career. Liberal Arts is technically a degree and not a career, but with a little stretching of the truth, you just might impress her to join in with her campaign.
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JEFF LYNNE’S ELO - ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE [Deluxe Edition] Columbia [Symphonic Power Pop] 12 TRACKS 37:15 6/10 [Deluxe] 10 TRACKS 32:34 7/10 [Core]
“Tobacco Road” (The Song, NOT the Movie) by Mark Crampton
Most of the readers of this article probably are not “matured” enough to have ever seen the 1941 John Forddirected film Tobacco Road. If so, be thankful – Ford deliberately turned a really REALLY dismal (supposed) dramatic novel into a (supposed) comedy – probably making one of the worst movies out of one of the worst novels of all time (in MY opinion)! Don’t believe me? TRY to either read the novel OR watch the movie – bet you can’t finish either one! But, happily for all of us, this article IS about the song, not the movie. Country/Folk singer/writer John D. Loudermilk originally wrote “Tobacco Road” as a folk song in 1960, recounting his childhood growing up in the poverty- stricken tobacco-farming region of North Carolina. Despite his earlier recording successes, “Tobacco Road” was NOT a hit for Loudermilk. However, with the success of this song by other artists, it did help establish him as a Nashville song writer. The first commercially-successful recording of “Tobacco Road” was in 1964 by the ‘60’s blues-rock group The Nashville Teens (who were actually from Surry, England – wherever that is – NOT Nashville!) The Nashville Teens were an recognizable copy of
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the already successful British-invasion group The Animals with Eric Burden (both groups had the same producer and studio), and they took the folk song and revamped it into ‘60’s style blues rock – featuring harsh electric guitars, electric piano and heavy drums, along with two lead singers. Ironically, by 1967 “Tobacco Road” had become a concert staple of Eric Burden and The Animals, when they performed it live on a German TV show. Burden often sang extended (11 to 14-minute) versions in concert, and included the short version on several albums. In 1966, Lou Rawls recorded “Tobacco Road” as a blues medley with “Southside Blues”. He also recorded it singly on several albums, establishing is as a blues classic as well as rock. OK, I don’t know if many readers will remember (or admit to remembering, at least!) but “Tobacco Road” was a standard concert song of The Jackson 5 on tour in the late ‘60’s, although I don’t think they every actually recorded it on any of their albums. What I consider the absolute BEST version of “Tobacco Road” was recorded by the New York psychedelic rock group The Blues Magoos on their
’66 album Psychedelic Lollypop. (See my earlier article about The Blues Magoos.) I still have my original vinyl LP, and keep hoping someone will rerelease the album as a CD. Jemi Hendrix fans surely know that “Tobacco Road” was the last song Jemi ever recorded (with Eric Burden’s group War), on September 16, 1970, only two days before his untimely death! Edgar Winters became noted for playing a 17-minute version of “Tobacco Road” in concerts. Diamond David Lee Roth also recorded a rather forgettable version of the song in his debut solo album. Hank Williams, Jr. recorded a very good country version, and sometimes sings it in concerts. In fact, “Tobacco Road” has been recorded over 200 times by different groups and artists, as rock, hard rock, country, blues, pop, Motown, punk and also in several foreign languages, which makes it the very definition of classic! So check and see if, perhaps, one of your favorite singers or groups has recorded “Tobacco Road” – you might really enjoy that version!
Sometimes less is more. In the case of Jeff Lynne’s ELO, coming out of the box for the first time ever (and the first time as a legitimate ELO album since 1986, 2001’s Zoom not withstanding) going with 12 tracks for a Deluxe Edition takes away from the core album of 10 tracks. The 10-track album is better. The mid-tempo laden core album kicks off with a nostalgic “When I Was A Boy” which sets the tone for the album. Lynne reaches back into the classic ELO canon to revive some of ELO’s textures for Alone In The Universe. “Love And Rain” echoes Showdown”, “Dirty To The Bone” echoes “Train Of Gold” from 1983’s Secret Messages, and “One Step At A Time” echoes “Evil Woman” if it were an added track to their album Discovery. As much flack as Jeff Lynne receives over his production duties for other artists, it sounds most at home as ELO. Alone In The Universe is a welcome addition to the ELO canon.
BRYAN ADAMS - GET UP UMe [Classic Rock] 13 TRACKS 36:09 7/10
Two years of sporadic recording yielded 25-minutes of music that sounds like the close cousin of the Beatles’ Free As A Bird. This makes sense considering Jeff Lynne produced both. If you like the production style of ELO’s Jeff Lynne, then this album won’t send you into shock mode. The album sounds nothing like classic Bryan Adams, instead the album sounds like Adams trying out for a new edition of the Traveling Wilburys. Granted producer Lynne was the lesser known member of the quintet, but what saves this album is in the song writing. Bryan and his longtime co-writing partner Jim Vallance scribe classic Adams songcraft and on it’s own it could have been a great record as the last four tracks, probably demos can attest. As long as you can get past the ELO/George Harrison/Tom Petty sound-a likes, the album is quite enjoyable even if it’s as short as a half hour lunch break.
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DOWNTOWN HOUSTON Last Concert Cafe Houston (713) 226-8563 www.lastconcert.com Every Thursday join with The Annie B! Band and the Hightailers Fri. Nov. 27 Hamilton Loomis Sat. Nov. 28 DJ Electrifyd Sun. Nov. 29 Kristal Cherelle Fri. Dec. 4 TBA Sat. Dec. 5 Kashmere Reunion Stage Band Sun. Dec. 6 TBA
31 1403 Nance St.
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MONTROSE 28 Rudyards 2010 Waugh Dr Houston
www.rudyardspub.com Weekday shows & Sunday, doors open at 8pm Most Mondays are Open Mic/Comedy Shows, always free Friday and Saturday, doors open at 9pm [unless otherwise mentioned] First band listed is headliner/or plays last. Music starts at 10pm Thur. Nov. 26 THANKSGIVING! Fri. Nov. 27 Generation Landslide!, Screech of Death, Deige’ Sat. Nov. 28 Broken Teeth, HogLeg, Aguila Black, Thur. Dec. 3 Women That Rock Fest featuring Gwen Doll, Libby Koch, Mystery Loves Company, Fear the Poet and Giant Kitty 6:30pm Fri. Dec. 4 Ex-Optimists(CD Release), A Sundae Drive, Jealous Creatures, Economy Island, Free Show! Sat. Dec. 5 4th Annual Doomsgiving w/ Project Armageddon, Linus Pauling Quartet, The Dirty Seeds,
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Serpent Sun, Tue. Dec. 8 Pegstar presents: Baroness, Earthling Fri. Dec. 11 Dollie Barnes, Milezo, Pollen Px, 8pm/$8 Cover Sat. Dec. 12 Angry Somoans, Swinging Dicks, Die Rotzz, Guillotines Sun. Dec. 13 Emily Davis, VON NOIR, Tenant, Tue. Dec. 15 Bootown presents: Grown up Story Time 8pm & 10pm Thur. Dec. 17 Rudyard’s Beer Tasting featuring: Lone Pint Brewery@7pm(Downstairs) Upstairs: Laugh in the Face of Breast Cancer -Benefit Fri. Dec. 18 Nightmare before XMAS show: Supergrave, Texas Mod Crushers, JohnWayneIsDead, Thrill, $8 Sat. Dec. 19 Arjt/Ghetto/Brandon’s Bday Extravaganza w/ Oddfellows, The Flamin Hellcats, Donkey Punch, Killer Hearts, Wed. Dec. 23 Tupilo Jones and the Circus of Misery, Ex Optimists, Electric Astronaout, Brian Zeolla(Stand up Comedy)$8 Fri. Dec. 25 CHRISTMAS Sat. Dec. 26 Project Grimm(Holiday Show), Slow Future Tues. Dec. 29 Winter Wonder Glam w/ Dead Roses,
Killer Hearts Thur. Dec. 31 Modfag, Talk Sick Brats McGonigel’s Mucky Duck Houston (713) 528-5999 www.mcgonigels.com Thurs. Nov. 26 7pm Thurs. Nov. 26 9:30pm Fri. Nov. 27 7pm Lisa Morales Fri. Nov. 27 8pm Bob Schneiders Moonlight OrchestraCullen Theater Fri. Nov. 27 9:30pm Carolyn Wonderland Sat. Nov. 28 7pm Slaid Cleaves Sat. Nov. 28 9:30pm Slaid Cleaves
29 2425 Norfolk St
WEST HOUSTON Shakespeare Pub
30 14129 Memorial Dr, Houston
281-497-4625 www.shakespearepub.net Every Sunday Sparetime Murray & the Honeymakers Blues Jam Fri. Nov. 27 9:30pm The Mighty Orq Happy Solo Hour,
THE HEIGHTS Dan Electros 1031 E 24th St Houston (832) 831-2553 www.danelectroshouston.com Every Thursday enjoy Jazz Jam with Alisha Pattilla & Erin Wright at 8:30pm Fri. Dec. 4 9pm Joe Krown Trio w/Brad Absher Sat. Dec. 12 9pm Keith Harkin Band Fitzgeralds 2705 White Oak Dr., Houston www.fitzgeraldshouston.com Fri. Nov 27 The News Can Wait Sleeperdrone, Forced Fem, Closed Eyes Open Sat. Nov 28 Cheetah Chrome The Velostacks, The Swingin’ Dicks, Silver Blueberry Tues. Dec 1 Darwin Deez Charly Bliss Thurs. Dec 3 The Hates Fri. Dec 4 K-Rino Sat. Dec 5 Manhole Thurs. Dec 10 !!! (Chk Chk Chk) Fri. Dec 11 The Warplanes Sat. Dec 12 Riverboat Gamblers Broken Gold, Dead To The World Sat. Dec 12 Deicide Sat. Dec 19 Mezzanine Fear Control Comingsoon Fri. Dec 25 30Footfall Sat. Jan 16 Broken Valor Hindsight, To Whom It May, Twelve Years Driven Tues. Jan 26 Venom Inc.
JOE KROWN TRIO DEC. 4 @ DAN ELECTROS
EX-OPTIMISTS [CD RELEASE] DEC. 4 @ RUDYARDS
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Red Brick Tavern 119 Simonton, Conroe 936-539-2000 www.theredbricktavern.com Every Sunday Gospel Sunday Brunch Mondays - Blue Monday with Charlie Parker Fri. Nov. 27 10pm Greg Schroeder Sat. Nov. 28 10pm John Evans Band Sun. Nov. 29 10pm Johnny Riley Mon. Nov. 30 7pm Charles Peters Wed. Dec. 2 7:30pm Exit Glaciers Thu. Dec. 3 7pm Caroline Reese / Doug Kent with Emily Cole. Fri. Dec. 4 10pm Johnny Riley Sat. Dec. 5 10pm Houston Marchman Mon. Dec. 7 7pm Charles Peters Tue. Dec. 8 7pm Don Pope and friends Wed. Dec. 9 8pm Sarah Burton Thu. Dec. 10 7pm John Loring / Doug Kent / Matt Harlan with Emily Cole. Fri. Dec. 11 9pm Summer Ashly with Wade McGee. Sat. Dec. 12 10pm Keith Rea Sun. Dec. 13 10pm Keith Rea Mon. Dec. 14 7pm Charles Peters Thu. Dec. 17 8pm Tony Ramey / Austin Gilliam with Kenna Danielle. Fri. Dec. 18 10pm Mandi Powell with Emily Cole. Sat. Dec. 19 10pm Kara Melton Sun. Dec. 20 10am Dave McMahon
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CONROE Backwoods Saloon 230 Lexington Ct., Conroe 936-273-0203 www.backwoodssaloon.com Open Mic every Thursday 8pm with Dan Scott & Friends Fri. Nov 27 8pm Wade Tanner Sat. Nov. 28 9pm Cadillac Blues Band Wed. Dec. 2 9pm JJ and the Stoneponies Sat. Dec. 12 9pm Treynwrek
The Corner Pub 302 N. Main St., Conroe 936-788-2390 www.thecornerpubinconroe.com Tuesday Open Mic with Jeremy Bankhead Wednesday Hippie Night with The Lankfords Brothers Thursday FarLand jams with Adam McFarland Fri. Nov. 27 9pm Chase Holbrook Fri. Dec. 11 9pm Sarah Burton Sat. Dec. 12 9pm Justin Mason
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Dosey Doe Music Cafe 463 FM 1488, Conroe 936-321-2171 www.doseydoe.com Fri. Nov. 27 8:30pm The Chubby Knuckle Choir Sat. Nov. 28 8:30pm Mike & the Moonpies Fri. Dec. 4 8:30pm Hot Club of Cowtown Sat. Dec. 5 8:30pm Parker McCollum Sun. Dec. 6 7pm The Homestead w/World In Lights Mon. Dec. 7 8pm Java Jazz Tues. Dec. 8 7pm Open Mic Weds. Dec. 9 7:30pm Caleb Lovely Sun. Dec. 13 8pm Devon Allman Band w/Danielle Nichole Wed. Dec. 16 8pm Cas Haley RLRM CD Release Thurs. Dec. 17 8:30pm Sarah Kelly Fri. Dec 18 8:30pm Hamilton Loomis w/David Spann Band Sat. Dec. 19 8:30pm Gary Kyle w/Julia Cole Mon. Dec. 21 7pm Open Mic Tues. Dec. 22 7pm Open Mic Sat. Dec. 26 8:30pm David Ramerez Mon. Dec. 28 7pm Open Mic
Tues. Dec. 29 7pm Open Mic Wed. Dec. 30 8:30pm Bayou Roux Thurs. Dec. 31 9pm Mike Zito & The Wheels Fri. Jan. 1 8:30pm Damn Quails Game On Sports Bar 1717 N. Fraiser Conroe 936-788-6209 www.gameonsportsandmusic.com Open Mic Every Wednesday at 8pm Fri. Nov 27 9:30pm Cadillac Blues Band Sat. Nov 28 9:30pm 80’s Bash with The Lost Boys Band Fri. Dec. 4 9:30pm Legacy Sat. Dec. 5 9:30pm Jason West Fri. Dec. 11 9:30pm Cadillac Blues Band Sat. Dec. 12 9:30pm Brian Sacco Fri. Dec. 18 9:30pm Nigal Edison Band Sat. Dec. 26 9:30pm Charlie Parker Band
Bernhardt Winery 9043 County Road 204, Plantersville www.bernhardtwinery.com All Shows start one hour prior to sunset Shows are $10 - ages 18 and up
Genuwine Tasting Room 6503 FM 1488 #401 Magnolia 832-934-2675 www.mygenuwine.com [no cover unless stated *] Fri. Nov. 27 7:30pm Luke Novick Sat. Nov. 28 7:30pm Sheri Lavo & Ain’t Nobody’s Business Fri. Dec. 4 7:30pm Chase Gassaway Sat. Dec. 5 7:30pm Keeto Thurs. Dec. 10 7:30pm Bridjette Fri. Dec. 11 7:30pm JP Kendrick Sat. Dec. 12 7:30pm Jenn Harris Band **$5 cover/$8 couples Thurs. Dec. 17 7:30pm Hannah Elizabeth Smith Fri. Dec. 18 7:30pm Sam Jenkins Sat. Dec. 19 7:30pm Sheri Lavo & Ain’t Nobody’s Business Fri. Dec. 26 7:30pm Luke Novick Thurs. Dec. 31 New Year’s Celebrations Texxas Heat
Kat Daddy Bar 463 FM 1488, Conroe 936-273-9342
PARKER MCCOLLUM DEC. 5 @ DOSEY DOE MUSIC CAFE
CHASE GASSAWAY DEC. 4 @ GENUWINE TASTING ROOM
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OLD TOWN SPRING
18 Jailhouse Saloon
310 Preston, Spring 281-288-0255 www.jailhousesaloontx.com no music reported
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SPRING 22 Mak’s Place Sports Bar & Grill
5200 Louetta Rd., Houston 832-698-1611 www.maksplacesportsbar.com Fri. Nov. 27 The .07 Blues Band Sat. Nov. 28 Space Monkey Fri. Dec. 4 Nigel Edison SAt. Dec. 5 TBA
100 Main St, Spring 281-350-3376 www.puffabellys.com Wednesdays 8pm Davin James’ Songwriter Showcase Thursdays 6pm Open Mic
23 That One Bar
NORTH SPRING Hole Grill & Bar 10 19th 202 Sawdust Rd #118, Spring 281-363-2574 www.19th.cc [$10 cover on all shows] Fri. Nov. 13 8pm Hounds Of Jezebel, To Whom It May, North Til Dawn, Seldom Sat. Nov. 14 8pm Autopsy Room, Chucky The Killa, Recco Demize, Gravedog, Wicked Brothers, Hodge Boys, LBO Room, Louie G, Queen Lady Bishop, Lowcoe, Local Mindz Fri. Nov. 20 8pm AJ Santana Band Sat. Nov. 21 8pm Metacrisis, Lost Chapters Sat. Nov. 28 8pm Spinning Still Sat. Jan. 9 8pm Twelve Years Driven, MadSons, Para Bellum Daddy 11 Crabby 25186 I-45, The Woodlands 281-296-2722
www.crabbydaddy.com Shows begin at 7pm no music reported
Moon Wine Bar 12 Crescent 440 Rayford Rd., #115, Spring 281-364-WINE (9463)
www.crescentmoonwinebar.com Every Thursday is Salsa Music Night Fri Nov 27 8:30pm Johnny & the Spinsters Sat Nov 28 8:30pm Yelba’s Variety Band Fri. Dec. 4 8pm Johnny and the Spinsations
Sat. Dec. 5 8pm Cool Breeze Band Fri. Dec. 11 8pm Yelba’s Variety Band Fri. Dec. 18 8pm Electric Circus Band Doe Big Barn 13 Dosey 25911 I-45 N., The Woodlands 281-367-3774
www.doseydoe.com Fri. Nov. 27 8:30pm Davin James and the Bullnettle Band Sat. Nov. 28 8:30pm Peter White Christmas feat. Mindi Abair and Rick Braun Sun. Nov. 29 8:30pm Mercury - Christmas Magic Wed. Dec. 2 8:30pm David Benoit feat. Jane Monheit Thur. Dec. 3 8:30pm Little River Band Fri. Dec. 4 8:30pm Jerry Jeff Walker Sat. Dec. 5 8:30pm Cecil Shaw Sun. Dec. 6 8:30pm Gaelic Storm Wed. Dec. 9 8:30pm Wade Bowen Fri. Dec. 11 8:30pm Mark Chesnutt Sat. Dec. 12 8:30pm Mark Chesnutt Sun. Dec. 13 7:30pm The Buckinghams Wed. Dec. 17 8:30pm Uncle Lucius Thurs. Dec. 18 8:30pm The Welch Family Sun. Dec. 20 7:30pm Clint Black Band Thurs. Dec. 31 7pm Level One Band Ice House 14 Papa’s 314 Pruitt Rd, Spring 713-364-8140
www.papasicehousetx.com No music announced
4660 Louetta #100, Spring 832-562-3942 www.thatonebar.com Fri. Nov. 27 9pm Groove Bone Fri. Dec. 4 9pm Andrew Wade Band Fri Jan 1 9pm .07 Blues Band
CYPRESS CREEK 15 Acadia 3939 FM 1960 W., Houston 281-893-2860 www.acadiabarandgrill.com Fri Nov. 27 Free Show With Hold On Hollywood, Rockett Queen, Pulse Rate Zero, When All Is Lost Sat. Nov. 28 Free Show With Erase The Virus, Farewell To Solace, Pattern Recognition Sun Nov 29 Talk In Theory, B Thurs. Dec. 3 8pm Agont Within, Await The Desolation, Black Helix Thurs. Dec. 10 8pm Orr,Quor, Gag Me I’m Gorgeous, Antioch Thurs. Dec. 17 8pm Key Flight Captians,Kamikaze Brigade,Stank Nasty Rock Club 16 BFE 11528 Jones Rd. Houston (281) 894-1811
www.bferockclub.com Every Thursday Open Mic & Artist Showcase Sun. Nov. 15 Fall Brawl w/Seek Irony Fri Nov 20 Autograph, Jim Finn, Dirtymind, 72 Down, Dark Energy, Washed Up Sat Nov 21 Marzi Montazeri & Tim “Ripper” Owens, Day of Reckoning, Epic, The Black 13, MadSons, and more! The Concert Pub North
17 2470 Cypress Creek Pkwy., Houston 281-583-8111 www.theconcertpub.com
24 Two Mules Tavern
http://www.twomulestavern.com 100 Cypresswood Dr., Spring 281-528-0600 no music events reported
THE WOODLANDS 23 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
2005 Lake Robbins, The Woodlands, 281-210-1105 www.woodlandscenter.org Thu, Dec. 3 7:30pm Holly Jolly Jingle Sat, Dec. 5 7pm KSBJ Presents Christmas with Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith Sun, April 3, 2016 7:30pm Mumford & Sons Fri, April 8, 2016 8pm Bryan Adams Tue, July 5, 2016 7pm Twenty One Pilots Sun, Sept. 18, 2016 7:30pm 5 Seconds of Summer
TOMBALL 24 Brautigams Bar & Grill
106 Market St, Tomball 832-698-4461 www.brautigamsbarngrill.com Sat. Nov. 28 Sheila Marshall Sun. Nov. 29 10am Kevin Weishaar Cheers
25 916 West Main St., Tomball 281-351-2599
no website Fri. Dec. 5 TreynWrek Fri. Dec. 12 Buck Yaeger Fri. Dec. 19 Zak Perry Thur. Dec 31 Tin Caddilac
Street Crossing 26 Main 111 West Main St., Tomball 281-290-0431
www.mainstreetcrossing.com Tues. Dec 2 Paul Thorn Fri. Dec 4- Brandon Rhyder Thurs. Dec 10 Adam Hood and Jason Eady Fri. Dec 11 Monte Montgomery Weds Dec 16 Gary P Nunn Thurs Dec 17 Hal Ketchum Fri Dec 18 Cool Freddie E and the Crew Sun Dec 21 Annie Moses Band Christmas Show Tues Dec 23 Two Tons of Steel Thurs Dec 31 New Year’s Eve Party with Abbey Rode(Beatles Tribute) and Already Gone(Eagles Tribute)
27 The Empty Glass
104 Market Street, Tomball 832-698-4722 www.theemptyglass.com Thursdays are Open Mic Nights no music reported
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THE 2015 PUBLIC NEWS READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS The process of Public News’ first official Readers’ Choice Awards takes a little explaining. We had originally wanted to get this list together by the end of the summer. However, vetting voters, making sure ballot stuffing doesn’t happen, and all that took more time that anticipated. So much more time that we ended up combining the Food & Drink Readers’ Choice Awards (RCA) with the Music & Retail RCA’s. Sending the second set of ballots and using the same group of voters got a bit messy. Here is how the voters and voting took place. We went through our list of subscribers and picked out 1,000 randomly and asked if they would be interested in being a part of the process. About 700 responded favorably. After assuring confidentiality, the ballots for Food and Drink were sent. Chris Randall, new to the Public News, was put in charge of this endeavor. Ballots were slow coming in and we were wanting to do a second part of the RCA’s focusing on everything other than food and drink. So while
the first sent of ballots were coming in, we sent out the second batch of ballots. Publisher Ken Petty took charge of the second set of ballots. After all 700 ballots came in, some incomplete and most with notations, tabulations began. By the end of September, Food & Drink RCA winners were beginning to be identified and the process of gathering the second set of ballots began. As the Readers’ Choice Award issue of the Public News began to be assembled, several dozen ballots were not received by Public News. At that point, we drew a deadline and said that this was it. No more ballots will be accepted, and the tabulation of the second set began. For the 2016 PNRCA’s the same set of voters will be utilized with an additional 300 added. If we had to do it all over again, considering the mess, we’d still do it the same way. We’ve learned from our mistakes and knowing that this was a labor of love we think you’ll agree with the outcome.
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BEST WINGS UNCLE TONY’S FROM THE PUBLISHER... There you have it, the full monty, everything that we could have pulled together for a Best Of The Best Public News Readers’ Choice Awards. However there are some awards missing that needed to be made mention of, at least I thought so. There are restaurants that folded earlier this year that I would like to give special awards. Call these the Editors’ Choice Awards. Best Gluten Free Restaurant: Skinny Pig in Old Town Spring. The “We Won’t Quit” Award: The owners, staff and management of the Lasagna House III And then there are some conceptual businesses that were wildly impressive but went away too fast to really enjoy. The Best Therapeutic Business: Rage Fit For past two years, we’ve worked hard, gained new writers, lost new writers, learned about deadlines and learned how to put product perfection and making a difference over steady revenue streams. The Public News has become the minor league of newspapers in a new pond, the digital one.. So, to everyone who was part of the Public News family at one time or another. Even the readers who discovered this paper and continue to add to our download numbers The “We Built This Paper” Award: Readers, Writers, Cartoonists, Photographers. For all the late night phone calls as this paper is being put to bed. For all the last minute changes. For all the spelling errors corrected at the last minute. For all the Letters to the Editor that made us laugh and cry. To all the hate mail from the folks who remember the old, old, old, Public News and decried that someone dared to resurrect the brand and make a go of it. All this energy has propelled us forward. This next year, 2016, is going to be awesome. Watch us, read us. ~ Ken Petty
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PUBLIC NEWS ART
THE WAY OF COFFEE, DRINKING IN ART IN HOUSTON WITH A FRIEND by Rosanne Friedman Beginning at the Asia Society, The Jade Stone Cafe is a modest cafe of the Asia Society, ner a bite not perfect, our last temptings were curry chicken salad, lemon artichoke soup and coffee. I have reverie for this building and every time I take a friend, once again, I see it through new eyes. The surfaces are rich with natural materials, every detail well crafted, from the entry to the lavatories, one budget and one deadline imagined when this building lived as a dream and then, in reality—5x that budget and finally in 2011, a jewel in the crown of Houston. Yoshio Taniguchi’s building is at 1370 Southmore Blvd. in the Museum District— there are Architecture Tours monthly, December 5, January 16, at 2 PM. Drawn from Nature, the exhibit in art gallery, previously discussed in this column as one not to miss, is on view until February 21, 2016
At the Museum of Fine Art Houston, we walk into the old building designed by Mies van der Rohe, aka the Law building and there is an opportunity to bid to buy on some Latin American art owned by the museum, approachable in scale, charm and price with museum presentation matted and framed. Why buy from Amazon when you can get these! The James Turrell tunnel, an experience in light and an underground walkway to the Beck building, an escalator ride upstairs to find hundreds of thousands of white lego blocks and crowds of kids of all ages building. A fine adventure to take kids over the holidays. The gift shop is redesigned to be more open and less cluttered, art books, jewelry and offerings to support the museum in buying. Temptations abound for people looking for original pieces and those looking for a fancy card or a deck of cards.
Lego City at the Museum of Fine Arts
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Menil Bistro, outside of the Menil Collection is a beautiful place to pause for coffee before entering. The exhibit, “The Secret of the Hanging Egg”
Salvador Dalí, Eggs on the Plate without the Plate (Œufs sur le Plat sans le Plat), 1932. Oil on canvas, 23 3/4 × 16 1/2 in. (60.3 × 41.9 cm). Collection of the Salvador Dali Museum, Inc. St. Petersburg, Florida. © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2015
David McGee, Dali, 2015. Watercolor and graphite on paper, 30 × 22 in. (76.2 × 55.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist. © David McGee
presents one of the noted Surrealist paintings by Salvatore Dali, part of the surrealist group early on and the ex-communicated for being commercial. It was borrowed from the Dali museum in Florida. “Eggs on a Plate, Without the Plate” was done in 1932. Dali with Andre Breton, leader of the surrealist movement, believed that in tapping into the subconscious they would capture a “superior reality” echoing the theories of Freud, with dreams, desires, and taboo subjects. Dali hallucinated that he was in his mother’s womb for the creation of this painting, exploring the colors and shapes that was his experience prior to his birth. The curator, Claire Elliot, created a womb for this painting by inviting in artists that offered an array of small egg like painted rocks seen in the work of Braener and Miro, and unreal landscapes by Yves Tanguy and Joseph Cornell to assist the environment. The 16th century painter admired by Dali in Giuseppe Archimboldi is included for its prescient power. David McGee’s Dali strikes a chord of the modern surrealist movement, attesting to the continuation of surrealism. The dominant white of his work in bright contrast with the deep and dull toned green walls glows from the wall. The musical Matta around the corner again, and Magritte holding the room at the end. This collection of Magritte work which continues to offered such surprises in such subtle moves, taking away presumption, jarring comfort, opening up worlds. From the one that brought us a painting of a pipe, with the insignia “This is not a pipe” the whole notion of questioning expectation keeps awareness in life. Apparitions, Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now will be at the Menil Collection until January 3, 2016. Rubbings are a technique of placing
Yves Tanguy, Heredity of Acquired Characteristics (Hérédité des caractères acquis), 1936. Oil on canvas on board, 16 1/8 × 13 in. (41 × 33 cm). The Menil Collection, Houston. © Estate of Yves Tanguy / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
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a paper over an object or textured surface and rubbing crayon or graphite over it to create a ghost image of the first. Max Ernst coined the word “frottage from the French “frotter” to rub, and when looked up it refers to the act of rubbing one body against another to obtain sexual gratification. Those surrealists did not shy away from sex. Max Ernst assembled rubbings creating images that blurred the relationship between choice and chance. The surrealists used this technique to conjure ghost images or automatic images that played on levels on consciousness. This exhibit is a thoughtful comprehension of this “language of touch”. From traces of time in memorial and funerary rubbings there are the ghostly apparitions for artist Michaux who find a conduit to a parallel reality. The impulse for creating something echoing something else with a sense of time but a rebirth and new direction and identity is found in artist after artist. It makes me think of the Kabbalistic idea— the unity of all being at tension with the singleness of being. There is no exact repetition in nature, the details stand alone, not as a part of a whole. Every gust of wind belongs to itself. As these rubbings emerge from their beginnings they become another, just as one generation emerges from the last—independent and singular. Finally a moment in the gift shop at the Menil, the little grey building across the street full of books and cards and scarves and games. Proceeds from these sales help to support the Menil Collection. We talked ourselves into buying scarves, hers an elegant silver, mine a Rothko scarf as the Rothko exhibit continues at the Museum of Fine Art, Houston.
Max Ernst, The Beautiful Season (La belle saison), 1925. Graphite frottage on paper mounted on paper, 7 7⁄8 x 10 1⁄8 inches (20 x 25.6 cm). The Menil Collection, Houston. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
20th-century rubbing of a scene from the Ramayana at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. Ink rubbing on rice paper, 46 1⁄4 x 23 inches (117.5 x 58.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Mr. Jean Laur, Curator of Angkor, 1959. Image © 2015 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY
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André Breton, Elisa Breton (née Bindorff), and Benjamin Péret, Cadavre exquis, 1949. Graphite frottage on paper, 10 1⁄8 x 7 1⁄2 inches (25.7 x 19.7 cm). The Murray Family Collection. © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
FRAME BY FRAME
by Glen Ryan Tadych As we celebrate Thanksgiving and prepare for the holiday season, some of cinema’s most anticipated films prepare to hit theaters, most notably Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This past Wednesday, Disney and Pixar’s latest computer-animated adventure, The Good Dinosaur, released nationwide to generally positive reception, but this week also marked another significant event in Pixar history: the 20th anniversary of Toy Story’s original theatrical release. I’m find it difficult to accept 20 years have passed since Pixar released its classic story of two lost toys fighting desperately to escape the clutches of a destructive kid and make it back to their owner before he moves away. While the toys, a handme-down cowboy doll and space ranger action figure named Woody and Buzz Glen Ryan Tadych Lightyear, initially despise one another, their journey teaches them the true value of friendship and what it means to be a toy. As someone who grew up with not only Toy Story but the emergence of Pixar fandom itself, there’s no doubt the 20th birthday of Pixar’s first feature makes me feel much older than I really am. I was 5 years old the first time I saw Toy Story, and like everyone else who saw it in 1995, the first experience was all I needed to fall in love with the film.
Watching it as an adult though is a different experience sure enough, as I’m able to understand how the adult themes are actually what make the film so moving. Today, I see Toy Story as the Star Wars (1977) of my generation, and not just because it was a “first” for the film industry or a huge critical and commercial success. Like Star Wars, audiences of all ages worldwide enjoyed and cherished Toy Story because of its relatable characters and genuine combination of humor and drama. The story was classic yet simple, inspired by the spirit of “buddy pictures” moviegoers have come to love for decades. But even more so, Toy Story became a technological benchmark in not just the art of animation, but the film industry itself. The film set the standard for what audiences expect from animation, as well as how far animation can really go in storytelling. Of course, computer animation is now leaps and bounds ahead of Toy Story, but this isn’t a negative truth by any means. The primitive look and feel of Toy Story’s animation compared to that of computer animation today is what makes Toy Story so distinctive. Prior to 1995, audiences’ exposure to computer animation extended only to individual elements in various features from Tron (1982) to Jurassic Park (1993), and Pixar’s computer-animated shorts. A feature film comprised entirely of computer animation had yet to be seen. Like Jack Skellington discovering Christmas in Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, the sudden exposure to a visually-gripping computeranimated world like that of Toy Story made audiPRETZEL STICKS
ences go, “What is this?!” And while this factor is what made Toy Story memorable to most audiences upon leaving the theater, the heart of the film still lies beneath the animation, the impact of which is what makes Toy Story a classic. Toy Story’s legacy really begins with Pixar’s beginnings in the 1980s. Pixar’s story begins long before the days of Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear, and believe it or not, the individual truly responsible for Pixar’s existence is George Lucas. Lucas’ ambitions and vision of “a galaxy far, far away” led to the formation of Lucasfilm Limited, LLC, Lucas’ production company, and its visual effects division, Industrial Light & Magic. Pixar’s inception was Lucas’ recruiting Ed Catmull in 1979 to head Lucasfilm’s Computer Division, and the founding of The Graphics Group within the division. TGG’s primary purpose was to explore and develop computer graphics for film. An aspiring animator, John Lasseter came to work for TGG in 1983 where he assisted in animating the short film The Adventures of André & Wally B. While only two minutes long and incomplete, The Adventures of André & Wally B. demonstrated the potential for computer animation when TGG presented it at SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group on GRAPHics and Interactive Technologies), an annual computer graphics conference, on July 25, 1984. According to Pixar’s website, the short film’s highlights were the use of complex visible characters, hand-painted textures and motion blur, ground-breaking technology at the time.
Lasseter’s work on the short film and other TGG projects landed him a full-time position as an interface designer that year. However, everything changed for TGG in 1986. Despite TGG’s success in harnessing computer graphics, and putting them to use in sequences such as the stained-glass knight in Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Lucasfilm was suffering financially. Lucas’ 1983 divorce and declining Star Wars license revenues after Return of the Jedi’s (1983) release were contributing factors to this financial crisis. As a result, TGG split from Lucasfilm, where it became a lone corporation called Pixar, named after the Pixar Image Computer used by TGG in its time with Lucasfilm. Catmull stayed with Pixar, becoming the company’s president. Months after his May 1985 departure from Apple, Inc., Steve Jobs saw this split as an investment opportunity. He proceeded to purchase Pixar’s technology rights from Lucasfilm for $5 million. All purchase and stock pricing agreements between the two companies officially closed Feb. 3, 1986. Following Jobs’ investment, Pixar was primarily a computer hardware company. The primary product was its namesake, the Pixar computer, and one of the buyers of Pixar computers just happened to be Walt Disney Studios. Disney used the computer as a part of its CAPS project (Computer Animation Production System) to digitally paint the cells of 2-D animated films. The studio’s first film to utilize this process was The Rescuers Down Under (1990).
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weeks, Pixar delivered the concept for the Toy Story we know today. Toy Story released Nov. 22, 1995 to critical acclaim and made $191.7 million in its initial U.S. run from 1995-1996. “Yes, we worry about what the critics say. Yes, we worry about what the opening box office is going to be. Yes, we worry about what the final box office is going to be. But really, the whole point why we do what we do is to entertain our audiences. The greatest joy I get as a filmmaker is to slip into an audience for one of our movies anonymously, and watch people watch our film. Because people are 100 percent honest when they’re watching a movie. And to see the joy on people’s faces, to see people really get into our films…to me is the greatest reward I could possibly get.” – John Lasseter on Toy Story’s impact Toy Story was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1996—unfortunately not Best Picture, and the award for Best Animated Feature wasn’t created until 2001. The film did receive nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song (“You’ve Got a Friend in Me”) and Best Original Musical or Comedy Score. Although Toy Story didn’t win any of the three, the Academy presented John Lasseter with a Special Achievement award. Toy Story’s success added Pixar to a long line of historical achievements in the film industry, and as one would suspect, the film’s legacy continued to significantly impact Pixar and its association with Disney long after its theatrical debut. Pixar underwent a major shift in 2006 when The Walt Disney Company bought the studio for $7.4 billion. This transaction was the result of years of disputes between Jobs, Pixar’s majority shareholder, and then Disney Chief Executive Officer Michael Eisner. Since the production of Toy Story 2 in the late 1990s, disagreements regarding Pixar’s contract arose, as Toy Story 2 was originally slated for straight-to-video release. When Pixar moved the film up to a theatrical release, Disney refused to include it as a contract commitment.
While marketing and selling Pixar computers, Lasseter and the other Pixar animators were continuing to advance computer animation techniques. From 1986 to 1989 Pixar created four computer-animated short films, two of which made history for Pixar: Luxo Jr. (1986), Red’s Dream (1987), Tin Toy (1988) and Knick Knack (1989). Luxo Jr. became the first computer animated film to receive the nomination for Best Animated Short Film at the 59th Academy Awards in 1987. Tin Toy became the first computer animated film to win the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 61st Academy Awards in 1989. Despite Tin Toy’s achievement at the Academy Awards, Luxo Jr. made the bigger impact; more so
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than any other short film in the company’s history. If it weren’t obvious enough, the short film’s title character became the infamous hopping lamp we all see in the Pixar logo sequence, becoming synonymous with Pixar and vice versa. I like to think of Luxo Jr. as the Steamboat Willie (1928) of Pixar. By 1990, sales were down for Pixar and Jobs had invested so much money at this point he practically owned the company. Pixar sold its hardware division to Vicom Systems in April 1990, and took on a larger role as a production company using its computer animation for commercials. Everything would change in 1991 when Disney contracted Pixar to produce three computer-animated feature films. The first of these, of course, being Toy Story (1995).
Technologically speaking, producing an 81-minute computer-animated film was a challenging step for the Pixar team, and not just because they’d never done it, but because nobody had at this point. The story-writing process came as a bit of a struggle too. Lasseter and his primary creative team—linked photo left to right: Joe Ranft, Pete Docter, Lasseter and Andrew Stanton—began tweaking the film’s story to the recommendations of Disney executives, but the film’s first executive screening proved unsatisfactory. Disney attempted to shut down production and relocate Pixar to Walt Disney Studios with the purpose of having more creative control. Lasseter, as a last resort, pleaded for a final chance to do the film Pixar’s way. The executives granted Lasseter’s request, after which he and his creative team initiated an entire rewrite from scratch. In just two
With further disputes over story and sequel rights, as well as division of labor and profits, Jobs announced Pixar would seek distributors outside of Disney. Obviously, this never happened. Negotiations resumed following Eisner’s September 2005 resignation as Disney’s CEO. Following Robert Iger’s succession as Disney’s CEO, negotiations for Disney’s acquisition of Pixar began, completing May 5, 2006. Many of Pixar’s earliest animators and creative team members are now executives running the company, including Lasseter as Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer. Catmull still retains his position as president. The buyout officially ended Pixar’s 20-year reign as an independent production company, making Cars (2006) its last independent feature. As a viewer, the seven true Pixar films will forever be Toy Story, A Bug’s Life (1998), Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003), The Incredibles (2004) and Cars. Of course, even as Disney is credited (by common opinion) with destroying Pixar’s legacy by having control over the company, Pixar still released critically and commercially successful films since the buyout. The list of films since Disney’s acquisition includes Ratatouille (2007), WALL•E (2008), Up
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Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. With Rocky’s help, Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen. Director: Ryan Coogler Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Graham McTavish
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The Good Dinosaur PG Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. Director: Peter Sohn Stars: Raymond Ochoa, Jeffrey Wright, Steve Zahn, A.J. Buckley Victor Frankenstein
(2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011), Brave (2012), Monsters University (2013), Inside Out (2015) and now The Good Dinosaur. Most of Pixar’s films since Disney’s purchase contain heavier themes, particularly Up, which explores love and loss in a way audiences never expected upon their first viewing. I’m confident in saying most of Pixar’s films since the buyout have matured. Although, the transition toward a mature tone really began with Toy Story 2, and of course, I’m referring to Jessie’s recounting of enduring abandonment at the hands of her owner Emily. As Pixar approaches its 30-year anniversary next February, one can only reflect upon the mark the company has left and continues to leave on the film industry, and to think it all started with the journey of a cowboy and a space ranger trying to get home. From astonishing short films and an ambitious feature-length project to becoming the world’s pioneer in computer animation, Pixar continues to dazzle filmgoers and animation enthusiasts. And if the company’s impeccable ability to tell a story means anything, it’s that no matter what happens, the legacy of Pixar will certainly be with us forever. For me though, Toy Story stands as one of the most impactful films of my life, one of my top five favor-
PG-13 109 min Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi Told from Igor’s perspective, we see the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Viktor Von Frankenstein, and become eyewitnesses to the emergence of how Frankenstein became the man - and the legend - we know today. Director: Paul McGuigan Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy, Jessica Brown Findlay, Andrew Scott The Danish Girl R 120 min Biography | Drama The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Director: Tom Hooper ite films of all time and one of the greatest animated films ever made. Now 20 years later, I can’t express how glad I am Toy Story was the first, and not just for what it means to me, but how that film impacted animation in a way it might not have had it been second or third.
Krampus PG-13 98 min Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
While the holiday season represents the most magical time of year, ancient European folklore warns of Krampus, a horned beast who punishes naughty children at Christmastime. When dysfunctional family squabbling causes young Max (Emjay Anthony) to lose his festive spirit, it unleashes the wrath of the fearsome demon. As Krampus lays siege to the Engel home, mom (Toni Collette), pop (Adam Scott), sister (Stefania LaVie Owen) and brother must band together to save one another from a monstrous fate. Director: Michael Dougherty Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman Stars: Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Eddie Redmayne, Ben Whishaw Killing Them Safely 100 min Documentary | Drama In the early 2000s, two brothers found tremendous success when their company began selling a device that has been called ‘the biggest revolution in law enforcement since the radio.’ But as their company grew, they made decisions that would have lasting impact on both the public and their increasingly skeptical customer base. Director: Nick Berardini
NEW FILM: DECEMBER 4, 2015 Chi-Raq R 118 min Drama
A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. Director: Spike Lee Stars: Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Angela Bassett The Letters PG 114 min Drama A drama that explores the life of Mother Teresa through letters she wrote to her longtime friend and spiritual advisor, Father Celeste van Exem over a nearly 50-year period. Director: William Riead Stars: Juliet Stevenson, Rutger Hauer, Max von Sydow, Priya Darshini Macbeth
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FILMS COMING SOON TO THEATERS continued from page 29 113 min Drama | War Macbeth, a Thane of Scotland, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. Director: Justin Kurzel Stars: Jack Madigan, Frank Madigan, Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard Youth R 118 min Drama A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday. Director: Paolo Sorrentino Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Laura De Marchi, Rachel Weisz A Royal Night Out PG-13 97 min Drama | Romance On V.E. Day in 1945, as peace extends across Europe, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed out to join the celebrations. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance. Director: Julian Jarrold Stars: Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett The World of Kanako 118 min Crime | Drama | Horror | Mystery As former detective Akikazu searches for his missing daughter, Kanako, he soon learns she has a mysterious secret life.
Director: Tetsuya Nakashima Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Nana Komatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hiroya Shimizu Life R 111 min Biography | Drama A photographer for Life Magazine is assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean. Director: Anton Corbijn Stars: Robert Pattinson, Peter Lucas, Lauren Gallagher, Kendal Rae Hitchcock/Truffaut PG-13 79 min Documentary Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut’s 1966 book “Cinema According to Hitchcock” influenced their work. Director: Kent Jones Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Wes Anderson, Olivier Assayas, Peter Bogdanovich Christmas Eve PG 95 min Comedy Hilarity, romance, and transcendence prevail after a power outage traps six different groups of New Yorkers inside elevators on Christmas Eve. Director: Mitch Davis Stars: Jon Heder, Patrick Stewart, James Roday, Julianna Guill MI-5 R 104 min Action | Drama | Thriller When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway must team with disgraced MI5 Intelligence Chief Harry Pearce to track him down before an imminent
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NEW FILM: DECEMBER 11, 2015 In the Heart of the Sea PG-13 121 min Action | Adventure | Biography Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home. Director: Ron Howard Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw Legend R 131 min Biography | Crime | Thriller The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s. Director: Brian Helgeland Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan
The Big Short R 130 min Drama Four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed. Director: Adam McKay Stars: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Finn Wittrock, Karen Gillan The Lady in the Van PG-13 104 min Biography | Drama A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her car that’s parked in his driveway. Director: Nicholas Hytner Stars: Maggie Smith, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Jim Broadbent The Dark Horse R 124 min Drama An emotionally charged and inspiring drama about a man who searches for the courage to lead, despite his own adversities - finding purpose and hope in passing on his gift to the children in his community. Director: James Napier Robertson Stars: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, Miriama McDowell
FILMS CURRENTLY PLAYING IN THEATERS Bridge of Spies PG-13 141 min Drama | History | Thriller During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers’ only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan (Tom Hanks), recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate his release. Donovan boards a plane to Berlin, hoping to win the young man’s freedom through a prisoner exchange. If all goes well, the Russians would get Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance), the convicted spy who Donovan defended in court. Director: Steven Spielberg Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan Brooklyn PG-13 111 min Drama | Romance An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a new romance. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Director: John Crowley Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Zegen, Emory Cohen Burnt R 101 min Comedy | Drama Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) was once a top chef in Paris until drugs and alcohol led to a meltdown that put his career on hold. After moving from New Orleans to London, Adam gets a shot at redemption when his former maitre d’ (Daniel Brühl) reluctantly hires him as the head chef of his fine-dining restaurant. Demanding perfection from his newly formed staff (Sienna Miller, Omar Sy), the acerbic and temperamental Jones gets a second chance to fulfill his dream of earning a third Michelin star. Director: John Wells Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Daniel Brühl, Riccardo Scamarcio
By the Sea R 132 min Drama | Romance Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner. Director: Angelina Jolie Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud
Carol R 118 min Drama | Romance Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) spots the beautiful, elegant Carol (Cate Blanchett) perusing the doll displays in a 1950s Manhattan department store. The two women develop a fast bond that becomes a love with complicated consequences Director: Todd Haynes Stars: Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Cate Blanchett, Cory Michael Smith Everest PG-13 121 min Adventure | Drama | Thriller On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers (Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin) from two expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds. Director: Baltasar Kormákur Stars: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson Goosebumps PG 103 min Action | Adventure | Comedy Upset about moving from the big city to a small town, young Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets his beautiful neighbor Hannah (Odeya Rush). The teen is surprised to learn that Hannah’s mysterious father is R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the famous author of the best-selling “Goosebumps” series. When Zach accidentally unleashes the monsters from the fantastic tales, it’s up to Stine, his daughter and Cooper to return the beasts back to the books where they belong. Director: Rob Letterman Stars: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush Hotel Transylvania 2 PG 89 min Animation | Comedy | Family | Fantasy Now that Dracula (Adam Sandler) has opened the Hotel Transylvania’s doors to humans, things are changing for the better; however, Drac is secretly worried that his half-human grandson, Dennis, isn’t showing his vampire side. So, while Mavis and Johnny are away, Drac enlists his friends to help him put the boy through a “monster-in-training” boot camp. But things really get batty when Drac’s cantankerous, old-school dad (Mel Brooks) pays an unexpected visit. Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
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PUBLIC NEWS CLASSIFIED ADS Stars: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James Legend R 131 min Biography | Crime | Thriller The film tells the story of the identical twin gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray, two of the most notorious criminals in British history, and their organised crime empire in the East End of London during the 1960s. Director: Brian Helgeland Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Anderson Love the Coopers PG-13 Comedy When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. Director: Jessie Nelson Stars: Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, Diane Keaton Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials PG-13 131 min Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller Transported to a remote fortified outpost, Thomas and his fellow teenage Gladers find themselves in trouble after uncovering a diabolical plot from the mysterious and powerful organization WCKD. With help from a new ally, the Gladers stage a daring escape into the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with dangerous obstacles and crawling with the virus-infected Cranks. The Gladers only hope may be to find the Right Hand, a group of resistance fighters who can help them battle WCKD. Director: Wes Ball Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Giancarlo Esposito Minions PG 91 min Animation | Comedy | Family Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T. Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world’s first-ever super-villainess. Directors: Kyle Balda | Pierre Coffin Stars: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton, Pierre Coffin Miss You Already PG-13 112 min Comedy | Drama | Romance Milly and Jess have been best friends forever. They’ve shared everything since they were kids - secrets, clothes, laughs, substances, boyfriends... now they are trying to be grown-ups. Milly has a high-flying job and lives in a beautiful townhouse with husband Kit and their two kids. Jess is a town planner and she and her boyfriend Jago live on a bohemian houseboat on a London canal. Their friendship is as rock solid as ever. That is until Jess struggles to have a much longed-for baby and Milly finds out she has breast cancer. How do you share that? Director: Catherine Hardwicke Stars: Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine My All American PG 118 min Biography | Drama | Sport What Freddie Steinmark wants most in the world is to play football. Deemed too small by the usual athletic standards, his father trains him hard, and Freddie brings a fight to the game that ultimately gets him noticed - by none other than legendary University of Texas coach Darrell Royal. Awarded a scholarship and a chance to play for the Longhorns, Freddie sets off to Austin determined to make the team. Alongside his old teammate Bobby Mitchell and new pal James Street they rise to the occassion, giving the Longhorns a real chance to turn the team around. But just when they’re reveling in the success of the season, Freddie suffers an injury that leads him to a shocking
diagnosis and the biggest challenge he will ever face. Director: Angelo Pizzo Stars: Finn Wittrock, Sarah Bolger, Robin Tunney, Aaron Eckhart Pan PG 111 min Adventure | Family | Fantasy Living a bleak existence at a London orphanage, 12-year-old Peter (Levi Miller) finds himself whisked away to the fantastical world of Neverland. Adventure awaits as he meets new friend James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara). They must band together to save Neverland from the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). Along the way, the rebellious and mischievous boy discovers his true destiny, becoming the hero forever known as Peter Pan. Director: Joe Wright Stars: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara Sicario R 121 min Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller After rising through the ranks of her male-dominated profession, idealistic FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) receives a top assignment. Recruited by mysterious government official Matt Graver (Josh Brolin), Kate joins a task force for the escalating war against drugs. Led by the intense and shadowy Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), the team travels back-and-forth across the U.S.-Mexican border, using one cartel boss (Bernardo Saracino) to flush out a bigger one (Julio Cesar Cedillo). Director: Denis Villeneuve Stars: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jon Bernthal Spectre PG-13 148 min Action | Adventure | Thriller A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks. Director: Sam Mendes Stars: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux Spotlight R 128 min Biography | Drama | Thriller In 2001, editor Marty Baron of The Boston Globe assigns a team of journalists to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, an unfrocked priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. Led by editor Walter “Robby” Robinson, reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Matt Carroll and Sacha Pfeiffer interview victims and try to unseal sensitive documents. The reporters make it their mission to provide proof of a cover-up of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. Director: Tom McCarthy Stars: Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber Suffragette PG-13 106 min Drama The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. Director: Sarah Gavron Stars: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep
PG-13 120 min Biography | Drama | History Disaster strikes on Aug. 5, 2010, as a copper and gold mine collapses in Chile, trapping 33 men underground. With more than 2,000 feet of rock in their way, members of a rescue team work tirelessly for 69 days to save the seemingly doomed crew. Beneath the rubble, the miners begin an epic quest to survive, contending with suffocating heat and the need for food and water. With family, friends and the rest of the world watching, it becomes a race against time and a true test of the human spirit. Director: Patricia Riggen
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Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 PG-13 137 min Adventure | Sci-Fi Realizing the stakes are no longer just for survival, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) teams up with her closest friends, including Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth) and Finnick for the ultimate mission. Together, they leave District 13 to liberate the citizens of war-torn Panem and assassinate President Snow, who’s obsessed with destroying Katniss. What lies ahead are mortal traps, dangerous enemies and moral choices that will ultimately determine the future of millions. Director: Francis Lawrence Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson The Intern PG-13 121 min Comedy Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge, especially if you’re already retired. Looking to get back into the game, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. Ben soon becomes popular with his younger co-workers, including Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), the boss and founder of the company. Whittaker’s charm, wisdom and sense of humor help him develop a special bond and growing friendship with Jules. Director: Nancy Meyers Stars: Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Rene Russo, Nat Wolff
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MUSICIAN ADS Current country and pop, top 40, classic rock Experienced musicians ready to book gigs. Looking for versatile drummer. Back up vocals would be a bonus but not mandatory. 832-610-7394 SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE We are not looking to be your first band, but would like to be your only. ____________________ SEEKING A GUITARIST New “rock-out” band Room 7, is looking for a guitarist. Seven string guitarist preferred but not required. Backing vocalist a plus! We practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Heather at 281-216-5914 or Scott at 713-384-2053 ____________________ DRUMMER SEEKING A BAND Drummer looking for a working band. Has 7 years experience and owns own P.A. Contact Mark at 832-756-3638 ____________________ GUITARIST, DRUMMER NEEDED Industrial Rock, Goth, Punk, Metal Guitarist must be able to solo well Drummer must be proficient on tom solos. Minimum age is 16 Call or text us at 936-648-4361
FILMS CURRENTLY PLAYING IN THEATERS continued from page 31 decade, their yearly Christmas Eve reunion has been an annual night of debauchery and hilarity. Now that they’re entering adulthood, the tradition is coming to an end, and to make it as memorable as possible, they set out to find the Nutcracka Ball the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. Director: Jonathan Levine Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lizzy Caplan, Seth Rogen, Miley Cyrus The Peanuts Movie G 93 min Animation | Adventure | Comedy Life always seems complicated for good ol’ Charlie Brown, the boy who always tries his best against seemingly impossible odds. When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighborhood, Charlie Brown finds himself smitten with her. As he deals with his feelings, his best friend Snoopy embarks on his own adventure in a fantasy world. As a World War I flying ace, the lovable beagle pursues his nemesis, the Red Baron, while also trying to win the heart of a beautiful pilot named Fifi. Director: Steve Martino Stars: Kristin Chenoweth, Francesca Capaldi, Madisyn Shipman, Noah Schnapp
NOV. 26 - DEC. 15, 2015
The Visit PG-13 94 min Comedy | Horror Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and younger brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) say goodbye to their mother as they board a train and head deep into Pennsylvania farm country to meet their maternal grandparents for the first time. Welcomed by Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie), all seems well until the siblings start to notice increasingly strange behavior from the seemingly charming couple. Once the children discover a shocking secret, they begin to wonder if they’ll ever make it home. Director: M. Night Shyamalan Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie Woodlawn PG 123 min Drama A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field. Directors: Andrew Erwin | Jon Erwin Stars: Sean Astin, Jon Voight, C. Thomas Howell
Readers' Choice Awards Nov. 26 - Dec. 15, 2015 Houston's Arts & Entertainment Digital Press