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December 6, 2013 • Issue 17, Volume 2
Contents 4-5 Dining
● “The Black Pearl Oyster Bar and Grille: The Stuff Dreams are Made Of” by Kimber Fountain
● Reviews by Dustin Chase include “August: Osage County,” “The Hunger Games Catching Fire,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Her,” “Delivery Man,” “The Armstrong Lie,” “Mandela,” “Sunlight Jr.,” “Kill Your Darlings,” and “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Festivals & Things To Do
● “Passport to Holiday Magic,” “Lasers, Lights & Magic in the Park,” “Shopping in the Downtown Strand,” “Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens,” “Holiday Performances at the Grand,” “A Magical Christmas 2: Home for the Holidays featuring Master Illusionist Curt Miller & Friends,” “Victorian Homes Tour,” “Santa Hustle,” “Midnight in the Gardens New Year’s Eve Gala,” and much, much more
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● “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” reviews by Tammy Thomas-Cook ● Book Signing for “The Veil,” “Playing With Fire,” and “My First Affair”
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● “Boulevards: All Streets Lead to Paradise by Kimber Fountain
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● “Peck Arts: A Funky, Cool, Eclectic Jewel Box of a Place” by Tammy Thomas-Cooke ● “The Santaland Diaries and Seasons Greetings” ● Area Galleries Get Ready for the Holidays
● “Lone Star Flight Museum: An Amazing Collection of Flight History” by Terry Card ● Ongoing: Galveston History Tour Guide Now Offers Indoor Showings, Galveston Historic Tour Presents the Historic Holiday Tour, Kayak Tours: Artist Boats
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Dining Out The Black Pearl Oyster Bar and Grille: The Stuff Dreams are Made Of
By Kimber Fountain, Photos by Christa Schreckengost
Galveston Island is what is referred to as a barrier island. This means that its sole geographic purpose is to protect the coastline, providing a buffer from storms and erosion. Thus, the mere presence of a city on this front line of defense is ultimately an utter anomaly; and yet the City of Galveston has thrived for almost two hundred years, open and vulnerable, yet undaunted and unwavering. When a hurricane strikes, it means an invasion of walls of water from all four sides, and the cumulative damage of these storms over Galveston’s lifetime is almost unfathomable. All of this points to only one conclusion, and that is there is something else going on here. Something is protecting Galveston that cannot be measured, even by the most sophisticated instruments or advanced geological studies. Something propels this city to use destruction as a catalyst for creativity, and everything about it stands as a testament to the power of dreams and the resiliency of the dreamers who live them. The dreamers of Galveston past are all household names and wellknown stories around the Island: Jean Lafitte and his vision for a city here; the founders of the Republic of Texas, who held the same vision when they selected it as the capital city; the patriarchs of family names like Moody, Sealy, Rosenberg, and Gresham, who amassed fortunes here in the 19th Century; even the Maceos, during the “Free State of Galveston” days, created an empire that could only be brought down by an army of Texas Rangers. But these are only the highlights, and the legacies left behind would do nothing but collect dust, if it were not for the people who carry them on, each and every day. These are the people whose names may never be in the history books, but who, collectively, are the implicit and undeniable reason for the Island’s continued growth and prosperity. Randy Betancort is probably not a guy who would talk a lot about being a dreamer. But, as the owner and operator of three of Galveston’s favorite restaurants and bars, he is most likely way too busy to ponder such things. Call it a dream, call it vision, call it tenacity; whatever it is, he’s got it. Some may just choose to be logical about it and call it hard
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work, but just like the city he calls home, there is something else to the story. There are simply not enough hours in a day to work hard enough to achieve what Randy Betancort has achieved in his life so far, and there is no measurable characteristic that can be used to explain it. Randy was born in Cuba and moved to the United States with his family at the age of seven. He spent many years in Key West, working and acquiring skills that would serve him long into the future. He moved to Galveston and opened the Press Box, a Galveston favorite, back in the late 1980s. “One thing I will say about Randy,” says longtime employee Amy Aubry, “is he has drive. His family came here with nothing, his father worked long and hard and is now a successful cattleman and rancher, and even after Randy opened the Press Box, he was still working a full time job. He would work all day at his job and then work all night at the restaurant.” Betancort opened Safari Beach on the Seawall in 2001, and then, deciding to perpetuate his love for Gulf seafood, went on to open his first oyster bar on Postoffice Street, in the location that is currently home to Gumbo Bar. A couple of years later he chose to sell the oyster bar, but after the new owners decided not to reopen it, the way was made for The Black Pearl which opened its doors in 2010. Aubry, who worked closely with Betancort in the development of the menu, says, “we are not technically a Cajun restaurant, although we get that a lot, but some of our menu does have a New Orleans-style feel to it.” Everything on the menu down to the spice rubs and sauces, are made in-house. “Our kitchen staff is so impressive and so committed to what we do,” Amy continues, “they mix their own spices and the onions are hand-cut for the onion rings. There are people back there shredding the cabbage for our coleslaw, and nothing, not even the sauces or soups, is pre-made - everything is made to order.” Randy Betancort is also fiercely loyal to local residents in his business operations as well, not only in the hand crafted, quality food he serves, but also in his support of local business, and the local seafood markets. “Even if some big company comes in and offers him a discount if he buys from them, he knows that supporting other local business is more important.”
The Black Pearl menu has many pearls of its own, and all the recipes were developed by Randy himself. Their authentic Fish Tacos are served on corn tortillas with homemade pico de gallo and chipotle mayo, and ‘The Bounty Mix’ is their version of “oyster bar trash,” a heaping pile of blackened shrimp, crab, crawfish, and calamari served over white rice. The Oysters Haelen are named after Randy’s daughter and present a unique twist to the traditional Rockefeller with crab meat, cheddar cheese, bacon, and their tomato-based Diablo sauce. Their Seafood Gumbo is easily one of the best in the Houston area, without question. Their Crab Cakes are a masterpiece, the recipe for which was developed over time by listening to guest feedback and slowly modifying it until it reached perfection. Even the Ceviche is homemade, and, of course, oysters are available year-round and are from local Gulf Coast beds. Off-menu specials are featured daily and the menu also includes a wide variety of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, fried seafood, soups, and fresh fish. Although the food alone is enough to let The Pearl stand up to its name, like its namesake, the true treasure is found inside, in the dedicated employees and excellent service that create the whole experience. “The food does not matter, really, if the service is not good, and that is why our people are so important to us,” Amy Aubry explains. “We can easily accommodate all of our guests’ special requests, and the fact that Randy is an easy guy to work for really shows in the quality and attitude of our staff.” Some may think a black pearl itself is but a dream, a fantasy only the imagination can behold. But, in a city that defies all logic, The Black Pearl is tangible proof that those dreams are very much alive and well. The Black Pearl Monday through Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 12pm-10pm 327 23rd Street (corner of 23rd and Market) (409)762-7299 Complete menu can be found at www.urbanspoon.com Weekday Happy Hour includes Oyster and Drink Specials from 5-7pm, Sunday Oyster Happy Hour is from 12-3pm.
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Dustin, a Member of the “Houston Film Critics Society;” Film Critic/Assistant Editor for “Texas Art & Film;” Film Critic for “The Daily News,” Galveston; an Entertainment Reporter for “Galveston.com;” and Film Critic, “The Island Guide,” Galveston; and “EGuide Magazine,” Tyler
raises the level of acting in this film, stepping outside her comfort zone and always reminding us that she isn’t just a name, but quite talented. It may not be a “southern film” but it feels and works like one. It’s an instant classic that will be remembered right alongside softer films like “Steel Magnolias” and “Fried Green Tomatoes.” Final Thought – A thing of rare, raw and total acting magnificence.
“The Hunger Games Catching Fire”
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth Grade B+
Director Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend,” “Water For Elephants”) has proved “August: worthy of taking the director’s Osage chair in “The Hunger Games” saga. “Catching Fire” is the second, highly County” anticipated series in what will evenStarring Meryl Streep, Julia tually be four film installments based Roberts, Ewan on the bestselling novels by Suzanne McGregor, Chris Collins. Oscar winner Jennifer LawCooper rence (“Silver Linings Playbook”) Grade A continues to be the heart and soul Films like of the films, delivering another per“August: Osage formance here that is powerful and County” just do rare for a female in today’s male not come around chauvinistic industry. The additions very often, and of Oscar winner Phillip Seymour an ensemble of Hoffman (“Capote”) and especially this caliber is even Jena Malone (“Pride & Prejudice”) more rare. Based turn out to be the right actors for the on his play with the intriguing new characters. same title and this Forced to tour the losing districts script by Tracey after their controversial victory, Peeta Letts (“Bug,” “Killer (Hutcherson) and Katniss (LawJoe”), “August: rence) struggle to act as if they are Osage County” is in love now that it appears they are a film that exists safe. President Snow (Sutherland) is completely in an desperate to rid the world of Katniss over-the-top world totally rooted in Oklahoma dys- before the districts become more rebellious than they function. For actors, this is the type of material they already are. dream of acting out, chewing, gnawing, and as some The new game programmer, Plutarch Heavhave called it, devouring the words set before them. ensbee (Hoffman), promises that his plan to show Whether you find this story obnoxious or abrasive, Katniss as one of them will make all her followers no one will dispute the range showcased by Streep turn against her. With a diabolical new plan for the and Roberts, who completely let loose physically and 75th anniversary of the hunger games, Katniss, Peeta verbally. It does feel like a play, due to the length of and the rest of the districts’ victors are forced to all some of the scenes, and the dinner scene in particgame one more time. ular; but director John Wells never ever allows there play“the Forget everything you know,” Haymitch says, to be a dull or still moment in the entire film. Following the disappearance of Beverly Weston and the viewer should take note as well. Of course it would have been pretty boring if the film had fol(Shepard), the entire Weston family is summoned lowed the same path as before; but no, this second home to support the family’s matriarch Violet part keeps us guessing right until the ending that (Streep) who, besides apparently now being a cruel will have you banging your chair. The suspense is widow, is also suffering from mouth cancer, which driven by the idea, much like the first, that anyone is ironic. Ivy (Nicholson) stayed in the rural plains of Oklahoma to look in on her parents, while sisters can die at any minute and anything can happen. Barb (Roberts) and Karen (Lewis) got out and went With new rules and a very different game; Lawrence on with their lives. “You will come home when your is playing a character nearly unheard of in cinema father is reported missing, but not when your mother who is fighting to protect, not only her family, but is diagnosed with cancer,” Violet accuses Barb, whose two men she loves (making out with both of them interchangeably, I might add). Two fearsome scenes hatred for her current situation will soon boil over where Katniss defies the order she is supposed to into an unforgettable family reunion. follow give the actress ample opportunity to flex “Thank God we can’t tell the future; we would those award winning skills. never get out of bed,” Barb says. This film takes a Banks’ Effie gets more screentime and a more hard look at a family filled with such hate and anger well-rounded character, but it’s those unbelievtowards one another that each and every one has able costumes (Trish Summerville) that will give pent up hostility just waiting to pour out. Casting Streep in this role is a thing of beauty, not restrained “Catching Fire” it’s best chance at an Oscar nomination. There is a wonderfully shocking and very tasteby any amount of subtlety or façade; she is allowed fully borrowed scene from “Chicago” the musical to completely act out this wildly destructive charwhen the tributes give their individual scenes; very acter all over the place, and she does. It’s a thing of cinematic beauty and celebration once again for her good writing. Less violent than the first time, “The Hunger achievement as an actress. It’s the type of role that one must award, and if it weren’t for her very recent Games” series, however, really succeeds in creating pure hate for the enemy as we are shown many third Oscar, this would have been the role Streep scenes of ruthless and evil behavior. won it for, and far more deservingly. Final Thought – Everything you could ask for in Wells (“The Company Men”) captures life in the boring and hot plains of Osage County, but nothing a sequel that is equally as thrilling as the original. else rivals these actors and their performances on “Saving Mr. Banks” screen, and he keeps all the focus on them as they Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul come and go in and out of the house, which is Giamatti steaming with secrets and a lack of air conditioning. Grade B Hollywood in 2013, has answered the call for more Disney is stepping out on a limb with “Saving dynamic female roles, and there is no film more Mr. Banks,” and for good reason since Walt Disney reflective of that than this one. himself is at the center of a very personal story Underappreciated actress Margo Martindale regarding the truth behind the beloved film Mary is also fantastic as Violet’s sister (although she has Poppins. Directed by “The Blind Side’s” John Lee appeared alongside Streep many times). Oscar Hancock, “Saving Mr. Banks” isn’t at all the high winner Chris Cooper is also a standout, but the energy, funny film the trailer portrays it to be. entire film belongs to the animosity showcased Author P.L. Travers’ Miranda Priestly like character between Roberts and Streep. Roberts once again is hardened up for this retelling, and we get a little
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window into one artist trying to protect her most valuable possession: the characters in a story that relate to her past. The film is banking on Oscar buzz, but I wonder how mainstream audiences will react to this slow trotting film. Since the late 30’s, Walt Disney (Hanks) had been trying to acquire the rights of Mary Poppins from author P.L. Travers (Thompson) for adaptation into a motion picture musical. Rooted in her childhood growing up in Australia and the bittersweet connection with her parents, Travers’ fears Disney, with all his money and animation abilities, will turn her family history into something she won’t be able to tolerate. However, she needs the money. Travers heads to Los Angeles with exclusive final say rights and squashes any idea of fun or light heartedness the writers and producers had hoped to inject into the film. Disney understands this will take a lot of patience and reasoning if he wants to make the film he promised his daughter he would make. Honestly, I was a bit let down by a story that I expected to have a larger emotional appeal than it did. The script failed to draw me in to the real emotional heartbreak of Travers’s childhood by leaving out the majority of the interaction with Aunt Sue (played by Rachel Griffiths), who she based the Mary Poppins character on. In fact, Griffiths utters less than two sentences. “Disappointments are to the soul what thunderstorms are to the air,” Travers explains to the production crew. The film rolls credits on actual recording of Travers and it’s obvious the film made her insults more blunt for the modern audience. Oscar winner Thompson (“Sense & Sensibility,” “Men in Black 3”) hasn’t had the lead in a film in quite some time (she was top billed for “Nanny McPhee” but didn’t have the most screentime). Here, the film really depends on the audience following a character who, in public is hard, difficult, and counterproductive, yet when on her own is reflective, emotional and torn. Hanks fills the role of the mouse mogul nicely, but there isn’t a lot of depth or emotion in the supporting role. It’s actually Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti that steals the show and emotion of the film in his fleeting role. “Saving Mr. Banks” also has a note of Finding Neverland but with a much happier ending. But then, of course, this is Disney. Final Thought – Would have been a more memorable and emotional film outside of the Disney studio.
unlike any he has or will ever have. It’s undeniable the bit of genius that Jones has created in this script that is impossibly intuitive. We watch Samantha browse through Theodore’s emails, quickly telling him what to discard and what is important. The more she learns about him, the greater her function is as a person. Jones takes the most fundamental elements of interaction, friendship and everything in between and just removes the basic concept of being able to physically touch a person. We watch Theodore watch others who become friends or involved with their OS and visually we ask ourselves, is this the future? Like Jones’ ability to conjure up so many different concepts for each film, Phoenix and Adams are unrecognizable this year compared to their Oscar nominated performances last year together in “The Master.” Phoenix, sometimes so close to the camera you can count his nose hairs, again reminds us of his talent and dedication as an actor. The fact that we can so closely associate Johansson with her voice doesn’t detract from never seeing her on screen. Jones takes the concept of “Lars and the Real Girl” to a completely different level, perhaps leaving some scratching their heads, and others contemplating what life truly means. Final Thought – Stands alone in creative and unique subject matter.
Starring Vince Vaughn, Chris Pratt Grade C
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“The Armstrong Lie”
Starring Lance Armstrong, Frankie and Betsie Andreu, Michele Ferrari, George Hincapie, Oprah Winfrey Grade A
Alex Gibney, the award-winning documentarian, presents a neutral history of Lance Armstrong’s career as a Tour de France champion for seven consecutive years. Gibney began filming during what was to be Armstrong’s comeback race in 2005, but suspended production for several years until Armstrong’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2013, when he acknowledged that he had indeed been using performance-enhancing drugs all along. As well publicized, he was stripped of all his medals, banned from competitive sports, and dropped by his sponsors, all of which has cost him millions of dollars. Towards the beginning of the film, Armstrong is assertive—as is his wont—in stating that we haven’t heard the true story about his competitions yet, and that he is the only one who can tell it. By the time filming is resumed, which is soon after his frankness on the Oprah Winfrey Show, he acknowledges using around five or six performance-enhancing drugs specifically, along with blood transfusions with blood collected from him after steep mountain climbs when it has a greater number of red blood cells containing oxygen. Although many doubt his sincerity, Armstrong says that he is sorry for “a lot of lies” and especially the “big one”—meaning the lie that he lived for so many years. He talks openly about himself in terms of his competitive, fighting spirit, which served him as well during cancer treatment as it did during bicycle races. Most impressive, though, was his ability to convince himself that he wasn’t lying or doing anything wrong all those years, despite the numerous charges against him, and his vindictiveness toward those whom he perceived as disloyal to him. The documentary interviews a host of people around Armstrong during his cycling years: former team members Frankie Andreu and his wife Betsy, George Hincapie, and Jonathan Vaughters; team director Johan Bruyneel; Italian supplier and trainer Dr. Michele Ferrari; sports announcer Phil Liggett; Attorney Emile Vrijman; and writers and reporters Reed Albergotti, David Walsh, Daniel Coyle, Steve Madden, and Bill Strickland. Some of these believed in Armstrong’s innocence all along; whereas most were skeptical, and some frankly knew the truth from their own observations. Armstrong has been a reluctant confessor, expressing little emotionally about what he has done, mostly, I think, because that is his personality, but also perhaps because legal proceedings are still in the works. The film does a fine job in giving us an articulate picture of this complex man who seems to stand proud despite his giant comeuppance. Final Thought – Cycling fans are sure to find The Armstrong Lie informative and interesting.
Last year when I gave the French film “Starbuck” a “B-” and said a few minor changes would have made the story by Ken Scott all the more effective, turning it into an American buddy comedy was not what I had in mind. Remade (not surprisingly) for American audiences, “Starbuck,” now called “Delivery Man,” has comedian Vince Vaughn sitting in the driver’s seat, unable to connect emotionally with a story that requires heart and an acting ability he doesn’t possess. While the story will be something new for US audiences, I highly recommend seeing “Starbuck” first; only minor changes occur since Scott is also the director of the American version. David Wozniak (Vaughn) has money problems, communication issues and, as a truck driver for his family’s meat business, can never make the deliveries on time. David’s past financial problems have caught up with him; in his early twenties he donated sperm quite often and was paid handsomely for it. Now the clinic has revealed that he is the father of “Her” Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy over 600 children who want to know his identity. If that weren’t enough on his plate, David also learns Adams that his girlfriend (Cobbie Smulders) is pregnant. Grade B “Adaptation” and “Where the Wild Things Are” David relies on his best friend Brett (Pratt) to represent him in court and protect his anonymity from were films that took everyone by surprise. Writer/ the children. director Spike Jones is the type of auteur that comBesides the multiple and very noticeable conpletely distances himself from whatever previous tinuity errors, the most out of place element of the type of project he was involved with and immerses himself in something entirely new and challenging. film is the casting of Vaughn, who is 6’5’’, with actors You could take Jones’ latest film “Her” and compare playing his brothers and father that only come up to it to “Elysium” or “Oblivion,” in which it has nothing his chest. It looks out of place when he stands next “Mandela in common, and still call it the most impressive film to his family, disregarding the fact that they look Long about the future. “That film about the guy falling in nothing alike. Patrick Huard (the original “Starbuck” Walk to love with his computer,” is what you are likely to hear actor) by no means gave a brilliant performance, in reference to the film, which would be a misunbut he blended into the setting and never became a Freedom” Starring Idris derstanding of the film which aims to self-reflect the distraction. Elba, Namonie modern man’s intersection with life, love, sex, techVaughn, like many comedians who have found Harris nology, and most importantly, loss. box office success, knows only one note as an actor. Grade B ‘BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com’ is where Whether you’re watching him in the flop “The This has been Theodore (Phoenix) is paid to write letters based on Internship,” “The Dilemma” or any number of his an incredible year a brief summery from the customer. His ability to comedies, you will see exactly the same Vaughn, and for black history in understand the personality, urgency and meaning in Scott’s script deserves better than the reduction in film, and another order to turn it into poetic letters brings out admiquality it receives here. One consistency Scott mainbeautiful film ration in those around him. On the exterior, howtained was the use of actor Sebastien Rene, who joins that welcome ever, Theodore is an introvert struggling with a played Raphael in “Starbuck” and the same character, cluster. Director divorce. He purchases the latest artificial operating but named Ryan, in “Delivery Man.” Rene’s incluJust Chadwick system (OS1), which is designed to be more like the sion into both films are the singular most moving perfect friend and confidant for each user. ‘She’ is moments, but again it is underwhelmed here due to (“The Other Boleyn Girl”) is no stranger to historical pictures, and while his Mandela picture isn’t the called Samantha (Johansson) and Theodore begins Vaughn’s persona and lack of performance. sleekest and well rounded piece of cinema, it’s still a a friendship that evolves into a strange relationship Final Thought – Do yourself a favor and see 6 The Island Guide Magazine firstname.lastname@example.org (409)256-5166
beautiful telling of an amazing story in the dramatic fashion we haven’t really seen on film. Beyond what Morgan Freeman did as Mandela in Clint Eastwood’s somewhat forgettable “Invictus,” Idris Elba (“Pacific Rim”) really fleshes out his part, even though his larger frame seems to always detract from the impersonation. “The Butler,” “12 Years a Slave,” and now “Mandela,” may be seen as a 2013 trilogy of black Africans’ struggles and victories. We begin with teenage Nelson Mandela, nude, washing away the white paint and preparing to seek out his place in South Africa. Even in his early life, this smart, educated man defends wrongly accused black people against the hateful and angry white people of power and money who have taken over his country. “I want my children to walk freely in their own land,” he says. Mandela crusades and fights to bring about change in the laws and government, and this struggle turns violent, resulting in a life sentence on Robben Island in 1964. Over the next 25 years, which he would spend isolated and behind bars, the country falls deeper into civil war, and the nation has to come to terms with the fact there may only be one man who could unite South Africa. It’s certainly a history lesson for those unaware of Mandela’s journey to see him become one of the most respected leaders of our time. Elba’s portrayal of him is full of passion and strength. Elba has only recently been getting higher profile roles, and he immerses himself into this role, with his appearance visually enhanced by makeup and facial prosthetics to play the older more recognizable Mandela. Equally as impressive is Harris as Mandela’s wife, Winnie, whose story isn’t as well known, but equally as fascinating in her juxtaposition to Mandela and her influence on his changing views of the world. The theme and narrative become something as simple as forgiveness versus revenge. The cinematography by Lol Crowly really supports the film when it needs a boost during the long running time of over two hours. Winnie’s colorful African dresses create interest, especially in contrast to the military style she adopts later on in the film. The apparent inability to sacrifice the length of the story and focus on the more interesting portions is probably the only fault of the film. But I enjoyed celebrating the life of an extraordinary man on cinema in a way that will very likely acquaint younger viewers with a very important piece of history is a visually representative way. Final Thought – The long-winded historical biopic is well acted and visually captivating.
Starring Naomi Watts, Matt Dillion Grade C+
Writer/director Laurie Collyer (“Sherrybaby”) once again takes us places that most movie audiences would rather stay away from, yet “Sunlight Jr.” feels like a lesson or a warning to those willing to endure. Those who enjoy watching bleak storylines about sad people one day away from living on the street will relish the grit and the pity brought to life by Oscar nominees Watts (“The Impossible,” “Diana”) and Dillon (“Crash,” “Wild Things”) and will find meaning and reflection in this barely there script. However, those who spend money to escape the type of reality these characters are trapped in will question why a film like this even exists. One user on IMDB says “if I wanted to watch sad, poor, trashy people I would just turn on Honey Boo Boo.” “I don’t do no drugs,” Melissa (Watts) yells across the Sunshine Jr. quick mart at her perverted assistant manager, who instructed her to take a drug test. Melissa works double shifts for minimum wage because her boyfriend Richie (Dillon) is paralyzed in a wheelchair and unable to provide. The couple live in a rundown motel in Sarasota County, Florida and just find out to add to their blissful sorrow that a baby is on the way. Wondering how they will survive with another mouth to feed, Melissa’s job is jeopardized when she refuses to work the graveyard shift and they can no longer afford rent. I think Collyer is trying to balance out all the
films Hollywood delivers about rich characters never having to struggle or work for the most simple necessities, yet it’s the characters portrayed here that make up the majority of the United States. Inevitably, “Sunlight Jr.” will be compared to “The Good Girl,” starring Jennifer Aniston, but the writing and cleverness of Mike White’s script from 2002 manages to deliver both the message and entertainment. “Sunlight Jr.” just creeps along at a very short 90 minutes, even though Watts and Dillon do some great work here. The silver lining in this depressing film is that love can sustain you through the toughest time and loss. Collyer puts these characters through mental and physical abuse; they sleep in cars, deal with alcohol and drug addictions, and yet we often see them smile when they look at one another. “I still want to be with you,” Richie says. Watts, as usual, bares all in one of the opening scenes that demonstrates the poor couple’s passion for each other, but not their brains. Collyer never suggests what might happen to these people, but in the end it won’t matter to the viewer; we want to get away from this life just as much as those we see trapped in it. Final Thought – An unfriendly look at the poor characters rarely showcased in film.
“Kill Your Darlings”
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Dane Dehaan, Michael C. Hall Grade C+
The only real thing being killed here (besides one of the characters in the film) is my patience with these characters that filmmakers have become obsessed with putting on screen. Last year it was “On the Road,” last month it was “Big Sur,” and now, yet again, we dive into the dark, devious, promiscuous,and supposedly genius minds of Ginsberg, Kerouac and Carr. Thankfully, this story takes place a bit earlier and actually has a valid and interesting plot with “Harry Potter’s” Daniel Radcliffe in a very challenging role. The entire cast, including “Chronicle’s” Dane DeHaan, are well assembled, but the story just lands too heavy with all the overkill material out there right now. Upon arriving at Columbia University in 1943, Allen Ginsberg (Radcliffe) was eager to develop his brilliance. He was open to new experiences because he hadn’t had any living with his poetic father and mentally debilitating mother (Leigh). His first encounter with Lucien Carr (DeHaan) was magnetic, and they became friends almost instantly. The drinking, the parties, and the philosophy gave way to an idea they called ‘The New Vision’, where they destroyed books and tried to debunk the conservative system. Carr was a mixed bag, however, winning Ginsberg’s affections, then pushing him away. “You were ordinary like every other freshman and I made you extraordinary.” Obviously based on a true story and the many writings both left behind, “Kill Your Darlings” (a double entendre about leaving one’s baggage at the door in order to write more clearly) is also a story about murder and the loss of innocence. They wanted to start a literary revolution without writing a word, but it was Ginsberg who was writing a lot, trying to figure out his feelings, especially those he felt for Carr. Radcliffe plays this role in a way we seem to understand, or at least empathize with his character’s confusion and easy derailment. DeHaan has ripped a page from the 1990’s version of Leonardo DiCaprio’s career and his looks for his performance. The closer the film comes to calling out these characters from what they truly were is when it becomes more interesting. The first half of the film is filled with the exact type of creative delusion that “On the Road” had: saying a lot, but meaning nothing. Radcliffe, like with Potter, is able to connect with the audience in many ways without saying anything. He works his eyes and body language to convey more than his dialogue. If this film had been made without the two prior films already soaking up all the air in the room, I might have enjoyed it more. But you can only have the same meal so often until you get tired of it. Final Thought – Radcliffe excels in overused material.
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund Grade B
The Coen Brothers are excellent storytellers and inventors of characters, whether or not you like the film as a whole. “Inside Llewyn Davis” would fit into that good but not great category. The most impressive elements here are Oscar Isaac’s magnificent voice and “prickly” character performance and the unusually unique minor characters the Coens fill the script with. This is the anti-successful musician story; it’s the flip side to “Walk the Line.” Oscar Isaac explained that the Coens wanted to make a movie about the struggle and failure of a musician in the 60’s contrasted with all those in that era who were about to make it big. With T-Bone Burnett producing and arranging the music, the longtime Coen collaborator worked with Isaac to perfect an iconic sound that will sustain the mediocre film. “Troy Nelson is good, he connects with people,” a record manager explains to Llewyn Davis (Isaac), who just delivered a head turning song caustically in front of him. Once again rejected because of his inability to connect with people, get on his feet financially and follow through with anything, he returns to New York to crash on friends’ couches and struggle from one live gig to another to make ends-meet. Llewyn was part of a successful duo until his better half threw himself off the Washington bridge. Forced to be a solo act, Llewyn walks the cold streets of the city, box of records in hand, trying to get anyone to listen. I admire the concept of telling a story without a happy ending about a dreamer (if you can call Llewyn that) that wasn’t one of the singers we celebrate in their success. While a fictional character, Llewyn lives and breathes the cold air in a decade that the Coens and Burnett bring back to life with vintage cars, folk music, and frumpy clothes. Oscar Isaac (“Drive,” “Robin Hood”) owns every frame with his sour face of desperation as he chases a cat he let out of a friend’s apartment, fighting with musicians on stage he feels are below him, and trying to stay awake on long snowy drives to auditions. The film opens with the half Guatemalan, Half Cuban-American actor’s stunning voice as he effortlessly strums and sings songs that make you want to buy the soundtrack more than finish the film. Filmed documentary style, the performing process of the film required Isaac to do each song in one take all the way through, raising the impressiveness of this performance, which is certainly the best work in the 33-year-old’s career. Goodman is a classic Coen character and quite a scene stealer in his limited screen time. “Inside Llewyn Davis” isn’t a comedy, but it’s quite funny in a sarcastic way that the Coens have become famous for. Irony is something their scripts always excel at, and this is no different. However, watching your lead character just wallow in misery, no matter how good his voice is, can only be entertaining for so long. Final Thought – Isaac’s performance and voice are the main attraction.
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Enjoy larger-thanlife films that fill your peripheral vision, combined with superb sound to provide you with the best seat in the house. Slip on your 3D glasses to see incredible realistic images as they are projected onto a giant six-story screen with such realism that you’ll want to grab them. Here is the schedule... 10:00 Wild Ocean 3D 10:30 A Turtles Tale 3D 11:00 Wild Ocean 3D 11:30 A Turtles Tale 3D 12:00 Wild Ocean 3D 12:30 Flight of the Butterflies 3D 1:25 Ocean Wonderland 3D 2:20 Sharks 3D 3:15 Dino Alive 3D 4:10 Ocean Wonderland 3D 5:05 Flight of the Butterflies 3D The Island Guide Magazine
Things To Do Festivals Passport to Holiday Magic:
Offering Two Months of Fun
Galveston is the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas and this season the island will offer visitors a new experience with its Passport to Holiday Magic – a two-month celebration of more than 1,000 magical holiday events. Galveston’s “Passport to Holiday Magic” program takes place through January 4th. This fun passport is a way to track your memorable experiences and have the chance to receive more gifts this holiday season. Remember to complete and submit your passport by January 10th to be entered in multiple drawings for overnight hotel stays, attraction passes and the grand prize of a Carnival Magic Cruise for 4. Prizes include: • Carnival Magic Balcony Cruise for 4 • Two Night Stay at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas • One Night Stay at Moody Gardens Hotel & Spa with four tickets to Moody Gardens attractions and a VIP penguin encounter • One Night Stay at Casa Del Mar Beachfront Suites with four VIP attraction passes • One Night Stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa with four VIP attraction passes • One Night Stay at The Tremont House with four VIP attraction passes • One Night Stay at San Luis Resort with breakfast for four with welcome amenity • One Night Stay at Galveston Hilton Resort with breakfast for four with welcome amenity • One Night Stay at Holiday Inn Resort with breakfast for four with welcome amenity • Dinner for two at Shearn’s Fine Dining Restaurant at Moody Gardens • Sunday Brunch for two at Hotel Galvez & Spa • Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark: a Pair of Annual season passes (2014) • Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark: Family Four One-Day 2014 Summer Admission Pack (3 sets of prizes) • Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark: Family Pass for One Day 2013 For official rules, see galveston.com. You may also pick-up your official “Passport to Holiday Magic” at the Galveston Island Visitor Information Center located at 2328 Broadway (behind Ashton Villa) and receive a free stamp. Below is a list of some of the exciting events featured on Galveston’s Passport to Holiday Magic:
Lasers, Lights & Magic in the Park Though December 31st
Galveston’s historic downtown will sparkle with fun through December 31st as Saengerfest Park is transformed into a holiday spectacle for Lasers, Lights and Magic in the Park. Visitors to downtown will be able to enjoy free nightly laser light shows, music and snow flurries during the holiday season. The park will transform into a holiday spectacle
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with music, a special appearance by Santa Claus and twinkle lights synchronized to music, all culminating with a holiday themed laser light show. As an added touch of magic, periodic flurries of snow will blow through the park in tropical Galveston. Festivities begin at 6pm and are free to the public. Visitors can enjoy a holiday themed 15-minute laser light show daily at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm at Saengerfest Park. On Saturdays and Sundays, with the exception of Dickens weekend on December 7th and 8th, Santa on The Strand returns from 1-5pm for photos at Santa’s Workshop. Additionally, the Galveston Holiday in the Park Choral Concert Series will take place on December 14th-15th and December 21st. Local choir groups and bands will perform at Saengerfest Park from 12 noon - 6pm followed by a 15-minute laser light show at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm. The holiday light show is free and open to the public. Lasers, Lights and Magic in the Park is presented by Mitchell Historic Properties, the Historic Downtown Strand Seaport Partnership and the Galveston Park Board of Trustees. Call (409)762-0062 for info.
Shopping in the Downtown Strand
Downtown Galveston has all the charm of a traditional holiday destination while offering the benefits of tropical weather and outdoor shopping. This 36-block district boasts Victorian ironfront buildings filled with boutique shops, antique stores, unique art galleries, and the finest cuisine on the island.
Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens Through January 4th
Moody Gardens lights up the season in Galveston with its annual Festival of Lights - the largest holiday lighting celebration on the Gulf Coast. This magical festival includes a mile long trail of sparkling lights and light displays synchronized to music, carolers, hot chocolate stations, ice skating and other holiday activities wrapped around the Moody Gardens pyramids. The Festival will continue to shine throughout the holiday season Thursdays through Saturdays till December 7th, before open nightly from December
12th to January 4th, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours run 6-10pm. Admission to the Festival of Lights is $6.95. With the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket, tickets to the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, Discovery Pyramid, holiday MG 3D film, holiday 4D Film, Ridefilm and Colonel Paddlewheel Boat can be purchased for only $6 each. Guests can also enjoy the Texas-sized Arctic slide and the classic outdoor skating rink. Ice skates are available for rent or guests can bring their own. For more information, please call (800)582-4673 or visit moodygardens.org.
Holiday Performances at The Grand
The Grand 1894 Opera House presents a holiday season filled with live entertainment - Broadway musicals, iconic stars, comedy and lots of music will ring in the season. Choose four or more shows and make your own Holiday Subscription package. Performances include: • Gary Morris - Friday, December 6, 8pm • Shoji Tabuchi - Monday, December 16, 8pm • Johnny Mathis: “It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” - Thursday, December 19, 8pm • Asleep at the Wheel: “Santa Loves to Boogie” - Saturday, December 21, 8pm • Houston Children’s Chorus: “Holiday Pops Concert” Sunday, December 22, 4pm • Jerry Jeff Walker - Saturday, December 28, 8pm • The Midtown Men Holiday Show - Sunday, December 29, 4pm • Three Stand-Up Dads: Tim Bedore, Kelly McDonald, & Dan St. Paul - Saturday, January 4, 8pm Holidays at The Grand are Simply Irresistible! For more information or tickets for any of these events visit www.thegrand.com.
The 40th Anniversary of Dickens on The Strand takes visitors on an enchanted journey through history with an exciting festival that transforms Galveston’s historic Strand into the Victorian London of Charles Dickens. Characters from Dickens’ novels walk the streets while live entertainment, food and vendors fill the area with sights and smells from another era. The annual holiday street festival, based on 19thcentury Victorian London, features parades, nonstop entertainment on five stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items. Two descendants of Charles Dickens himself will once again grace the festival as GHF welcomes Lucinda Dickens Hawksley, great-greatgreat-granddaughter of Dickens, and Jane Monk, great-great-granddaughter. Held this year for one night only on Friday, December 6th at the Tremont Ballroom of The Tremont House, “Dinner with Dickens” will welcome guests as they are treated to an evening of fine food, grand storytelling and royal company as the festival’s Queen Victoria makes her annual entrance. Tickets are $80 per person, and include a complimentary pass to Friday night’s festival. As part of Dickens on the Strand, there will be a “Handbell Concert” on Friday, December 6th, 5:30pm, 7pm and 8:30pm at the 1859 St. Joseph’s Church, 2202 Avenue K. Hand Bell Choirs perform traditional holiday favorites at St. Joseph’s Church Museum. Built in 1859 as the first German Catholic church in Texas, St. Joseph remains the oldest wooden church building in Galveston. Tickets are $10 per person. The Queen’s Parade will be held Saturday, December 7th, starting at 2pm, and again on Sunday, December 8th at 2pm, downtown on Strand St. Her Majesty Queen Victoria, escorted by a colorful guard of Beefeaters in her own royal parade, greets her subjects both festival days from an elegant horse-drawn carriage draped with garlands. Others joining the procession through historic downtown Galveston include skirling bagpipe bands, a host of costumed characters and Victorian attired ladies and gentlemen, on foot and riding in decorated carriages and on horseback. “Dickens Pub Crawl & Walking Tour” will be Saturday, December 7th starting at 4:30pm. This will give those interested in enjoying spirited libations the opportunity to learn more about the
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architecture and history of the National Historic Landmark Strand District as they venture to three of the festival’s pubs. Tickets are $20. “Dickens Victorian Costume Contest” will be held Saturday, December 7th, 3:30pm at Saegerfest Park. “Salute to Sunset Onboard Tall Ship ELISSA” will be held Saturday, December 7th starting at 4:30pm. Back in her berth at Texas Seaport Museum, the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA, with her recent deck restoration that was just completed, will serve as the perfect location for guests to enjoy heavy appetizers and cocktails at the second evening of Dickens on The Strand. Tickets are $45 per person. One last parade will be the “Pickwick’s Lanternlight Parade,” Saturday, December 7th, starting at 7pm. Ye Old Curiosity Shop presents “A Steampunk Show,” based on Charles Dickens story about a curiosity shop. Featuring Airship Isabella at the Westminster Abbey stage, it will be held Saturday, December 7th at 7:30pm. Immediately following Ye Old Curiosity Shop, stay and dance the night away as a DJ keeps the party grooving with sounds of Victorian era dance music mixed with a fresh new Steampunk beat. “Tea with the Queen” will be held Sunday, December 8th starting at 4:30pm and will be in the Top Gallant Room of the Thomas Jefferson League Building at 2301 Strand. Tickets are $60. For details, visit www.galvestonhistory.org. Reservations are required for all events. Tickets are available at Randall’s, Bishop’s Palace at 1402 Broadway and ‘Eighteen Seventy One’ at 2217 Strand St., and online at ghf.destinationnext.com/dickens.aspx. As always, attendees in Victorian costume are admitted for half price.
Runners have a “jolly good time” in Galveston for the annual Santa Hustle. At this event, half marathon and 5K runners compete in Santa suits and beards in a race that takes them along the island’s gorgeous Gulf waters and historic downtown streets. Along the route, participants can stop at cookie and candy stations while enjoying holiday music. Galveston is the “Winter Wonder Island” of Texas, offering visitors more than 1,000 magical holiday events to enjoy during the holiday season. Moody Gardens is a proud participant in Galveston’s new Passport to Holiday Magic celebration, where visitors can access a downloadable “passport” to keep track of the island’s many events and have a chance to win prizes. To get your passport, visit www.galveston.com/ holidaymagic.
Midnight in the Gardens New Year’s Eve Gala December 31st, 7:30pm - 1am
Ring in the New Year in grand style! The New Year’s Eve party will feature non-stop entertainment by the band Commercial Art, an open bar, elaborate food stations, deluxe party favors, a champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight. Event tickets are $425 per couple or $225 per single. Hotel packages are available from $109 /night. For reservations call Moody Gardens at (888)388-8484.
Thru Sunday, December 22nd - Galveston PD Blue Santa Annual Toy Drive - The GPD is holding a drive for new unwrapped toys, A Magical Christmas 2: Home for the Holidays featuring bicycles, outdoor games, etc, gift cards, and monetary donations. Your donations are tax deductible. Toy drop off location is the Master Illusionist Curt Miller & Friends Galveston Police Department at 601 54th Street. Your donations aid December 19th - 28th the Galveston Police Department in helping the needy/special needs Join us for a uniquely visual performance combining dazzling magic, family comedy, inspiring music and beautiful dance to celebrate children and veterans of Galveston have Christmas. Anyone wanting to make a monetary donation should contact (409)256-0762, or log on the wonderment of Christmas. Watch in amazement as people levitate and vanish, enjoy your favorite Christmas songs performed by amazing to www.galvestonpd.org. singers and experience traditional Christmas narratives enhanced with Thru Monday, December 16th - Kidsmas Toy Drive - Bring a new, magical artistry of Curt Miller. Nightly live performances include a unwrapped toy for kids ages 0-12 and as a token of our appreciation, Holiday Buffet Dinner & Festival of Lights ticket. Adults tickets are enjoy a complimentary bucket of range balls. Limit one per person $55, children (3-12), $39, and infants (0-2) are $15. For tickets go to (but bring as many toys as you would like). Toys will be distributed www.moodychristmasshow.com or call (409)683-4186. to deserving children by the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County. For questions, contact the Moody Gardens Golf Course at Victorian Holiday Homes Tour (409)683-1204. Friday, December 6th - Victorian Holiday Homes Tour will December 14th-15th - Breakfast with the Cranes will be held at the take place throughout the East End Historical District starting at Moody Gardens Golf Course banquet facility. After breakfast and a 5:30pm. The architecture of Galveston’s East End reflects some of presentation about sandhill crane behavior, attendees can embark on the state’s most notable examples of residential Victorian architec- a special tour of the island’s West End to observe the three-to-fourture with a variety of styles and periods. This year’s tour will feafoot tall birds, known for their impressive size and the bright red cap ture five East End homes decorated for the holiday season. atop their heads, in their natural habitat. Featured presenter, Keanna Levy-Bowden Home, 1227 Winnie - This home was built in Leonard, education director at the Iain Nicolson Audubon Center at 1883 by Meyer M. Levy, a broker and grocery commission merRowe Sanctuary near Gibbon, Nebraska, will present a fun and interchant. The house was severely damaged during the 1900 storm, active mini-workshop titled “The Private Lives of Sandhill Cranes.” and was sold to building contractor, M.C. Bowden. Bowden Designed for beginners and experienced birders alike, the presentarestored the house and lived there with his family until his death tion aims to introduce common vocalizations, body language such as in 1938. dancing and aggression, and other characteristics of sandhill cranes. Charles Vidor Home, 1702 Winnie - This home was built Tickets to this historically sold-out event are still available online at in 1886 by Hungarian-born insurance executive Charles Vidor, www.galvestonnaturetourism.org. Tickets are $25 for GINTC members father of film director King Vidor, who directed the Kansas and $30 for non-members. sequences in The Wizard of Oz. King Vidor was born in a room on the first floor of the home and lived there throughout his Saturday, December 14th - “Put the Poly in Polymer” explains that childhood. tiny molecules that are strung in long repeating chains form polymers. Henry M. Trueheart Tenant House, 1821 Winnie - This These materials commonly called plastics are called synthetic plastics. house was built by real estate investor Henry M. Trueheart in Kids can create a model of a simple carbon chain, ethane, using green 1893, along with its mirror twin next door. Trueheart built these and red construction paper, using red construction paper for the twin houses after the great fire of 1885 destroyed 40 city blocks carbon and green for the hydrogen. This is part of the Family Days at and left 2,500 people homeless. Ocean Star Oil Rig Museum and occur on the second Saturday of each William and Lena Juneman Smith Cottage, 1709 Ball month, 10am-3pm. Each Family Day focuses on a different theme William Pautsch built the house for Dorothea Juneman, widow that relates to the offshore industry. The information is presented of George Juneman, a bookkeeper for Gengler’s Grocery. Her at student’s level using a variety of activities such as word games, daughter, Lena, and son-in-law, William Smith, moved into the coloring, and crafts. cottage when it was completed. Saturday, December 14th - Santa Train will run 10am-2pm. Santa is Sorley-Marx Home, 1712 Ball - This home was built in 1886 for James and Mary Sorley. Sorley was a founder of the Galveston coming to town aboard our Harborside Express train. Bring your wish list and visit with Santa. Stroll through our Garden of Steam and enjoy Cotton Exchange and was appointed Customs Collector for the the festive Holiday lights and decorations. You can complete your Port of Galveston during the Civil War. Sorley sold the house to holiday shopping at our Gift Shop. The Galveston Railroad Museum is Galveston businessman Marks Marx in 1883. located at 123 25th St., downtown Galveston. Tickets for the tour are $15 and are available at The Grand 1894 Opera House (www.thegrand.com or 800-821-1894). Guests Saturday-Sunday, December 14th-15th - Holiday Tea at Michel may start the tour at any of the above addresses at 5:30pm or at the B. Menard House - Galveston’s oldest residence, the 1838 Michel EEHDA Cottage at 1501 Postoffice St., where refreshments and B. Menard House, will open its doors for a rare holiday event at restrooms will be available. Galveston Historical Foundation’s holiday teas. Seats are limited to This year, the EEHDA is proud to complement its Holiday 24 people per seating. Street parking is available for guests. Physical Homes Tour with The Ronald McDonald House of Galveston’s tickets will not be issued for this event. Please check in at event “Lights of Love,” an annual event thanking the community for entrance on the day of the event for admission. Tickets for adults are their support. The Ronald McDonald House of Galveston is a $50, students (6-12) are $40; available at www.galvestonmerchants.com. “home-away-from-home” for families of children seeking medical Saturday, December 21st - With the holidays coming up, throughout treatment. Tours of the House will be provided from 6:15-8pm. December, the Galveston Island Market vendors will be offering Santa will be there to greet and take photos with the children. They can enjoy Ronald McDonald’s magic show, face painting and unique hand-crafted gifts for people of all ages and to meet all pocketbooks. This outdoor market, which is held the third Saturday of every fun projects. Best of all, children of the community will provide entertainment. “Lights of Love” is a free event, open to the public. month, is being held at Pier 21, rather than at its recent venue at Beach Central, on December 21st, from 10am to 5pm. The Market has a wide The East End Historical District Association preserves and array of jewelry, photography, arts and crafts, and other merchandise maintains the heritage and livability of the East End Neighborthat the vendors themselves have created. This is a great opportunity hood. Visit www.eastendhistoricaldistrict.org. for last minute unique, hand created gifts for your entire family. 10 The Island Guide Magazine email@example.com (409)256-5166
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“Lasers, Lights and Magic in the Park”
The park will transform into a holiday spectacle with music, a special appearance by Santa Claus and twinkle lights synchronized to music, all culminating with a holiday themed laser light show. As an added touch of magic, periodic flurries of snow will blow through the park in tropical Galveston. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m nightly and continues through New Year’s Eve on Tuesday, Dec. 31.
Santa on The Strand
Come see Santa every Saturday and Sunday, with the exception of Dickens weekend on Dec. 7 and 8, 1 to 5 p.m. for photos at Santa’s Workshop.
Galveston Holiday in the Park Choral Concert Series
Take place on Dec. 14-15 and Dec. 21. Local choir groups and bands will perform at Saengerfest Park from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. followed by a 15-minute laser light show at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. The holiday light show is free and open to the public.
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Books Book Signings & Dickens’ Celebrations
Saturday, December 7th, during Dickens on the Strand, Galveston Bookshop will host multiple book signings with area authors. Starting at 10am, Saralyn Richard will join us with her English sheepdog, Nana, who is the star of her new illustrated children’s book “Naughty Nana.” Nana is 3 years old, 95 fluffy pounds, and loves people, especially children. Her real life antics inspired the book which is available in paperback and hard cover. Visitors may acquire a signed and “paw-tographed” copy of this fun new kids’ book by a native Galvestonian. (Hard cover, $16.99, soft cover $13.99) At 11:30am, Donald Willett returns to sign copies of “Galveston Chronicles,” the well-received collection of historical essays on which he served as editor and contributor. Dr. Willett is Associate Professor in the Maritime Studies Program at Texas A&M University at Galveston (Soft cover, $21.99) At 3pm, we’re having a double signing with area authors Melanie Bragg and Andy Horne, both of whom have new legal thrillers set in Houston. Melanie Bragg’s “Crosstown Park” features a young ambitious Houston attorney, Alex Stockton, whose impulsive decision to take an unusual pro bono case lands her in an unfamiliar world and an impossible situation. With her perfect trial record and aspirations to be a judge hanging in the balance she must ask herself, “How much is one case worth?” Melanie Bragg has long enjoyed a reputation as one of Houston’s fiercest attorneys in her representation of children, the elderly, and mentally disadvantaged people. Her firm, Bragg Law PC, is a general civil firm in Houston. (Soft cover, $16.95) Andy Horne’s “Mixed Company” is about a sophisticated financial swindler who must face up to his own scheming ways when he decides to thwart a plan by some crooked financiers to take down his local hometown bank. “Mixed Company” is the first book in his “Decent Men” series. Mr. Horne has served as a Harris County prosecutor and in the U. S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. He and his wife now live in Galveston. (Soft cover, $15.99.) Also there will be a book signing for “Haunted Galveston” by Amy Matsumoto, Saturday, December 14th, 1-3pm. Her book is about: Death has defined the Island. Horrific, costly, spiraling and surprising death. Yellow Fever. The Civil War. Ravaging fires. Hurricanes. Tragic
and unexpected. Yet Galveston is not a household name like other ghost towns such as New Orleans, a fact which makes the Island’s extreme paranormal context that much more unique. Perhaps more than any other American city, Galveston is both literally and figuratively haunted by its past - the devastation of events rattle like chains in the attic - a constant, steady, and invisible force beyond which life struggles. Come inside and explore Galveston’s historic and haunted past. In the pages of this book, you will find tales of Matilda, the spirit who haunts the city’s beloved Broadway mansion, Ashton Villa, the Tremont Hotel where guests and employees alike report unexplainable events, Galveston’s haunted ruins like Stewart’s Mansion and the elegant Galvez, where ghostly happenings are pervasive throughout the hotel. All four events are being held at Galveston Bookshop, 317 23rd St., downtown Galveston, (409) 750-8200, galvestonbookshop.com.
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly By Tammy Thomas-Cook “The Veil” by K.T. Richey This is a really enthralling book, one I couldn’t put down once I finally started to read it. K.T. Richey has a finely honed wit and writes with intelligence and flair. Her main character, Misha Holloway, was born with a “gift.” She has prescient intelligence - she can see the past, as well as the future, which can lead to a bit of a conflict for someone who enters the ministry. Readers, walk a while with Misha as she experiences the Holy Spirit (God) in a way that will cause you to raise your mirror and peek into your own life. Once Misha begins to understand her gift, the reader is privileged to seeing her grow into it. This book was an emotional roller coaster. I found myself wanting to strangle Misha and then hug her. I kept thinking, WHY did Richey make the consequences of disobedience so tough? But, disobedience brings serious consequences and it made for a realistic and emotional read. This book tells the story of joy, trial, and tribulations of a prophetess’ understanding and accepting of the wonderful gift of God, in addition to the hurt of being treated negatively because of knowledge about others without them revealing their deep secrets. It’s basically being a physic, but rather than reading palms, using tarot cards, etc., Misha uses her “gift” for positive and righteous purposes. Richey is not just a good writer, she is talented. The difference is KT makes the story come alive in the readers mind, it’s not just telling a story. Rating: 8/10 - The “Good” “Playing With Fire” by Kayla Perrin Zienna Thomas has finally found a man with forever potential. Nicholas Aubry is charming, successful, easy on the eyes, and tender in bed. Everything is great until Nicholas introduces his longtime friend, Wendell Creighton. Zienna already knows Wendell, every luscious inch of him. Once upon a time she’d thought Wendell was ‘The One,’ but though they burned up the sheets together, he balked at a real commitment. Now Wendell is back on the scene, eyeing Zienna as if she’s a cool drink on a blistering day, and she’s feeling the heat, too. Soon Zienna is part of a torrid triangle, wondering which to choose: sweet, soul-satisfying Nicholas or scorching, sexy Wendell. But she is torn and thinks that through the wicked part of her wonders - can’t I have both? The naughty thrill of keeping two lovers in the dark, and in her bed, is powerful stuff. Zienna knows she’s playing a dangerous game, but just
how dangerous remains to be seen. When the truth comes out, and the testosterone-fueled rivalry threatens to explode, someone is going to get burned. Zienna looks for a way to move on after having her heart broken, and finally finds another guy that might be able to fill the cold ache in her heart. When her boyfriend asks her to meet his best friend, Zienna is not expecting that man to be the one who broke her heart years ago. The worst part is that the sparks between them are even stronger than ever. Will they be able to resist their attraction to each other? And, will Zienna be able to forgive him when she finds out the true reason he left her? I can tell you straight off that this book will not be for everyone. Not only is the book based around a love triangle with Zienna having feelings for both men, she sleeps with both men within a short period of time. She continues to carry on an affair, while technically still in a relationship with the other guy. While I thought the author did an excellent job portraying Zienna’s feelings and emotions and also describing how she is drawn to both men for different reasons, some people may be turned off by that. While I wish she had broken things off with Nicholas and been honest about her doubts, life is not always so cut and dry. And the author does an excellent job representing that in this book. The ending is so shocking that it will definitely catch you off guard. The way things unfold is just totally unexpected. Not so much as who she ends up with, but in the way things finally unfold. Overall, if you’re looking for a stereotypical romance, this may not be what you’re looking for. However, if you’re looking for something a little different, something dealing with relationship struggles on more of an everyday level, you should give this one a try. Rating: 8/10 - The “Bad” “My First Affair” by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus Once again, these “authors” have told the story of a celebrity’s life in the guise of a novel. Their last book was a thinly-disguised story about Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. This one is about Monica Lewinsky and Bill Clinton. Sure, they changed names and updated the cultural references, but the underlying story is the same, as was the ending. This is yet another saga of a powerful man in the midst of a mid-life crisis. We all know the type - fast car, fat wallet, and a bimbo hidden out of sight - as he tries to recapture his lost youth. The same guy who was most likely an overlooked nobody in high school is bound and determined to “show them all” by climbing the ladder of success and using women to boost his ego. This was a hard book to finish but I slogged through it just for my readers. I kept wondering why do the authors have to be so political? I read books to get away from the nonsense of politics; and this one just has one point of view - the stereotypical Democratic president cares about people, but of course the mean, vicious Republican only cares about himself and money. I could tell the authors political views almost from the beginning. Why do authors think readers want to know their personal views? We don’t. And the funny thing is that they set themselves up for half the readers to dislike their book because the country is split politically. The story line was ridiculous as well. Wasn’t it enough we had to live through the Clinton and Lewinsky days? Now we want to get inside their minds? Please. If you like that sort of thing, you will love this book. But, for me, it reeks of laziness. Even worse, the characters aren’t even well-written or defined, which makes it impossible to root for them. Rating: 2/10 - “The Ugly”
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This is the last of our series of articles featuring topics that began with the letter “B,” Boulevards. We hope that you enjoyed this series, all written by talented locals of our beautiful Island.
All Streets Lead to Paradise By Kimber Fountain │ Photos by Christa Schreckengost
here is nothing quite like cruising around Galveston, whether you are surrounded by the palatial palisades of Broadway Avenue, the swinging sundries and endless horizon off Seawall Boulevard, The very first home built on Broadway Avenue was Ashton Villa, the large, red-brick, Italianate-style villa or the timeless treasures of Strand Street. Boulevards presents a glimpse of one of the Island’s graces the block between 23rd and 24th Streets. It was built by James Moreau Brown in 1858, back when most iconic distinctions, her streets. Many of Galveston’s roadways have been named to honor the stalwarts that Broadway was the outskirts of the town, and it was not only the very first brick home ever built in Texas, it of Galveston who shaped its history. Other streets are historic in their own right, and would stand alone as singlehandedly started the mansion-building contest that ensued for the next fifty years. monuments to America’s greatness, regardless of their name. And their stories are all there, right underneath Today, these mansions are identified your feet. as museums and places of interest, but let us never forget that these were once people’s homes, the spectacular settings ‘The Strand,’ as it is affectionately for lives and stories of some of America’s known, got its name in the mid-1800s most influential people, whose magnififrom a street in London of the same cence was barely rivaled by the granname. England’s Strand Street has been deur of the house. Some highlights along defined since the 12th century by its opuBroadway Avenue include Bishop’s Palace lent architecture and ornate mansions, at the corner of 14th Street, originally the and it was the home and playground of home of local financier Walter Gresham; courtiers and bishops. So, it is quite easy Open Gates at the corner of 15th Street, to see the foresight and hope the founders home to another banking powerhouse, of Galveston had for what was once a John Sealy; Moody Mansion at the corner short stretch of dirt along the harbor of 27th Street, the most recognizable and when they named it thus. longest standing name in Galveston; and The Lucas Apartments, across the street Just like Strand Street in London, from Bishop’s Palace, the very first apartGalveston’s Strand was originally only Beach Hut ments built in Texas. All of these are surabout three quarters of a mile long. Likevivors of the Great Storm of 1900. wise, it is home to some of the finest Currently, the Galveston Island examples of Victorian architecture anyTree Conservancy is working to restore where in the world. Much in Galveston’s the landscaping of the medians along favor, the majority of the original buildBroadway in an exact replica of what was ings remain, whereas in London, only a replanted after The Great Storm. The handful are left standing. majority of the original, 100 year old trees From about 1850 to 1914, The Strand were destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008. was known as “The Wall Street of the If you would like to support their cause South.” The buildings that now house loft to restore Broadway Avenue please visit apartments and retails stores were once www.galvestonislandtreeconservancy.org. home to some of the most successful businesses and most powerful financial institutions in the United States. At this time, the area directly to the north of Bernardo de Galvez was a Spanish Strand Street, now Harborside Drive, was military leader known for aiding the a dock that ran the length of Galveston United States during the Revolutionary Harbor from 8th Street to 71st Street. This War and for helping the original thirmeant that the businesses on the Strand could open up their back doors directly onto one of the busiest and teen colonies in the early days of their economy. Although he never foot on the Island, Bernardo de most successful ports of the time, easily facilitating and perpetuating the amount of commerce that could be Galvez was forever immortalized when the Spanish explorer, Jose destepped Evia, was charting the Gulf Coast and accomplished in one day. named the island in his honor in 1785 while Mexico and Texas were still a part of Spain. The original name After the Port of Galveston received its death blow with the opening of the Houston Ship Channel in was indeed Galvez Town, but was shortened, most likely, for convenience or simply as the pronunciation 1914, The Strand’s prominence and influence began to wane. But its location, situated right off the dock evolved. In addition to Avenue P., the Hotel Galvez, situated on the Seawall between 19th and 21st Streets, with direct access from ships to large, private buildings, proved beneficial during Prohibition when the local was also named in homage to the Island’s namesake. economy shifted from cotton exporting to rum running. Local ‘businessmen’ smuggled rum in from Cuba and shipped it all over the country. Henry Rosenberg amassed a fortune during his fifty year stay in Galveston as a successful merchant and In the mid-1950s The Strand began a steep decline that lasted almost thirty years; at times it was combanker. Originally from Switzerland, he is described as arriving in the United States at the age of 19, “with pletely vacant, boarded up, and deemed a crime haven. But in 1972 The Old Strand Emporium opened its no money but with native ability.” (Rosenberg Memorial Book Committee) When he died at the age of 69, doors and sparked a new sense of purpose and meaning for the Strand, and the growth and recognition has been phenomenal. The Strand is a registered landmark on the National Registry of Historic Places, and he left behind no heirs, and thus bequeathed his fortune to the city of Galveston to aid in community efforts, ease, and beautification. is lauded for its excellent dining, premier shopping, and robust nightlife. The Strand plays host to some of The building of Rosenberg Library was completed solely at his behest, and he detailed specific instrucGalveston’s most popular and sought out annual events including Dickens on the Strand, Lone Star Rally, tions for its construction and operation in his will. 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house the treasures of Galveston’s past, the Seawall holds the gems of its future. Pleasure Pier off of 25th Street was named in 2012 one of the five best seaside amusement parks in the world; the sidewalk along the wall is the longest continuous sidewalk in the United States, and its breathtaking Gulf views have been the backdrop for over a century of Galvestonians and their guests. Amusements, restaurants, beach shops, bars, bikes, Segueways, patios, and world-class resorts and hotels can all be found along Seawall Boulevard, as well as fishing piers, jetties, and miles of beaches.
Jack Johnson Boulevard (41st Street)
Galveston were the drinking fountains “for man and beast,” that were placed all over the town to provide refreshment to visitors and citizens alike. Although now inoperable, many of the fountains still remain as monuments to the generosity of Mr. Rosenberg. Locations where they can be found are the corner of Seawall and 31st Street, on the lawn of Rosenberg Library on 23rd Street, in the park and playground at 12th Street and Sealy, and on the southeast corner of Post Office and 21st Streets.
After The Great Storm of 1900 claimed nearly 10,000 lives in one day, the survivors who stayed behind to rebuild had only one thing on their minds: how could they prevent this from happening again? A committee of engineers was assembled, and their plan included building a 17-foot high concave wall against the sea. But, since the wall alone would only make storm conditions worse by in essence putting the city inside a bowl, the decision was also made that the elevation behind the wall would need to be elevated to match it. This is known as the Grade-Raising, and has been recognized by the American Society of Engineers as one of the most outstanding feats of civil engineering ever accomplished in the nation’s history. After the seawall was completed in 1904, a monumental feat in itself, the German engineering firm of Goedhart and Bates was hired to complete the grade raising. Their plan included dredging the bottom of the harbor and piping the fill underneath homes that had been elevated on stilts via an intricate system of pipes and self-loading hopper dredges. In order to disseminate the fill more easily, a canal that ran parallel to the seawall was dug into the island to accommodate the dredges. To make things even more efficient, they decided to take the land removed for the canal and use it to fill in between the canal and the seawall, that way the buildings and resorts along the shoreline could be rebuilt sooner. To put it much more simply, the land underneath the current Seawall Boulevard was once Avenue P. Whereas The Strand and downtown
It is a little-known fact that boxing legend Jack Johnson was discovered on the docks of Galveston Harbor, but that does not make it any less true. A local Galveston businessman did some moonlighting as a boxing promoter and had organized a fight between the current Heavy Weight World Champion and one of his clients, a local and little-known fighter. The event was promoted and hyped to such an insane degree that the day of the fight, the small arena was teeming with people, all huddled together around the ring to watch this historic match. But, an hour before the fight, the local guy disappeared. Apparently he could not handle the size of neither the crowd nor his opponent, and left his agent with a mob to deal with and no fight to give them. Suddenly, he remembered the story one of his friends had told him about an African American guy on the docks that was the best fighter they had ever seen. And so he took off down to the dock where he found this guy and asked him if he wanted to fight. Of course Jack said yes, and went on to defeat the World Champion that very night. Considered one of the first “superstar” athletes, Jack Johnson knew he was talented and lived his life unabashedly unashamed of his
success or his notoriety. He drove fancy cars, wore outlandish, expensive clothing, dined at the best restaurants, and even dated and married white women, which at the time was considered an outcry. His first professional fight was in 1898, but it took him ten years to win the official Heavyweight Champion Title, since at the time that was a title reserved only for white competitors. However, in 1908 he finally got his chance, and, in front of 20,000 people, fought a fourteen-round fight with reigning champion Tommy Burns, The result being, he was declared the winner, after the police were forced to come in and shut the fight down.
George P. Mitchell Avenue (24th Street)
George Mitchell is a Gulf Coast native most widely known for his creation and development of The Woodlands, just north of Houston. At the time he proposed the development, he was called crazy and everyone tried to tell him that it could not be done - the land was not right, the location was not right, it was too risky. But Mr. Mitchell did not listen, and today the Woodlands is one of the most distinct and widely recognized suburbs of Houston, and home to one of the nation’s most sought after musical venues, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, named in honor of his late wife. Galveston mourned the passing of Mr. Mitchell this past August, but the efforts and energy he and his wife put into the city will never be forgotten. He established Mitchell Historic Properties after his personal accumulation of real estate in Galveston grew too large to manage himself, and the organization continues to not only provide residents and visitors with some of the Island’s most beautiful and magnificent properties, but it also hosts many events throughout the year that bring the community together. Their restoration efforts are also almost unparalleled, as they own three quarters of the Strand, and work tirelessly to maintain the integrity of the historical buildings, while making them functional for modern day. In addition to their business enterprises, George and Cynthia Mitchell remain two of Galveston’s largest philanthropists, as their donations to the city and its organizations tops $200 million.
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A Funky, Cool, Eclectic Jewel Box of a Place By Tammy Thomas-Cooke From the outside looking in, the Peck Arts Gallery is trapped in a tangle of scaffolding and noisy chaos. From the inside looking out, Peck Arts is a funky, cool, eclectic jewel box of a place. The creamy walls are alive with color and textures ranging from crisp, vibrant colors in Jennifer Pecks mixed media pieces, to the soothing amber hued sailboats at sunrise by J.A. Soukup. Ross De La Garza’s whimsical fish swim through the sunlight that streams through the picture windows. They are glazed bits of fun, the flounder, in particular, made me smile. Anne Heinrich offers bold hued wooden blocks that feature snippets of literature and poetry. They stand alone as colorful décor, but upon closer look the words reach a deeper level. Polished to perfection, Ted Armulowicz’s birds stand as stately sentinels perched atop a table. He deftly carved the most beautiful birds while still allowing the wood’s natural state to shine through. Robin Rene Hicks exhibition of painted photographs add a subtle pop of vibrancy to their display wall. It’s hard to tell where the photo ends and the painting begins. I particularly liked “Pink Trailer.” Homer Allen’s large canvas pieces dominate the space. His bold use of color and scale draws the eye into the 3 dimensional floral pieces. Rounding out the group is Russell Mai’s beach scenes featuring far flung shores with crystal blue waters. To borrow from the gallery’s website, “Jennifer Peck is a mixed media artist who lives and works in her studio on the west end of Galveston Island. With a degree in art from the University of Colorado and over 20 years in the art business, she has taken a side step in showing her own work. Operating galleries in San Francisco and Austin, she has been exposed to an immense amount of art enabling her to refine her taste and find her own style. She has learned from and been influenced by some of the very painters she spent years promoting. Loving the outdoors, Galveston Island and its beaches, birds, flowers and seasons provide infinite inspiration for her work and the perfect setting to focus on it.” Jennifer’s work is alive with color. Her love of the island bursts from her canvases with brilliant colors dancing across sandy beaches, wading birds, and the ubiquitous houses on stilts that dot our island. Ms. Peck studied her craft at University of Colorado, Boulder, Boulder, BA: Art History, Studio Minor: Drawing; Lorenzo De Medici, Florence, Italy: Painting, Art history; San Francisco City Collage: Ceramics. Peck Arts Gallery 2208 Postoffice Hours: Wednesday thru Saturday 11am - 5pm Sunday 12 noon - 5 pm Gallery Phone: (409)621-1500
“The Santaland Diaries and Season’s Greetings”
Forget visions of sugarplums and carols sung by the fireplace, Island ETC has an alternative way to keep things jolly this holiday season – an irreverent comedy! This production, “David Sedaris Does Christmas,” is for theatergoers that are looking for a unique fare. It is an evening to take a breather from all the traditional holiday-themed shows and to laugh at our continued efforts to maintain ‘holiday cheer.’ “Season’s Greetings” and “The Santaland Diaries” both highlight the desperate need that many of us have to display holiday cheer, even if it kills us. ETC’s production of “David Sedaris Does Christmas” begins with Catrin Griffiths Glynn as the character of Mrs. Jocelyn Dunbar, a middle-aged wife and mother reading her annual holiday Season’s Greetings newsletter to the audience. Unfortunately, the past year for Mrs. Dunbar has been everything but jolly. Through a composed façade and a counterfeit smile, Mrs. Dunbar leads us through a droll tale of woe that is as hilarious as it is disturbing. “The Santaland Diaries” is based on Sedaris’ real-life experiences. It is an hysterical tale of elfin woe. Edwin Robinson portrays David in this hilarious one-man send-up of a brief, misguided career as a Macy’s elf. The show skewers our sentimental love of all things Christmas – the happy children, the gifts, the spritely elves and the good cheer. “The Santaland Diaries” shows us the other side of what it is like to work at Santaland. The result is merrily subversive, but definitely fun. “David Sedaris Does Christmas” will continue through Saturday, December 14th. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 8pm. Each Thursday evening performance will include an “Ugliest Christmas Sweater” contest for all audience members wishing to participate. Tickets are $27 for adults, $22 for students and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased online at www.islandetc.org. For more information, group rates, or to reserve your current season tickets, please call ETC at (409)762-3556. ETC does not recommend “David Sedaris does Christmas” for children due to language and some subject matter. But it is definitely for adults who have grown a bit weary of holiday music and forced cheer.
“Galveston Hangs: An Artist’s Perspective” - Prior to Hurricane Ike, the Galveston Arts Center, previously located at 2127 Strand, was a premier gallery space featuring the work of prominent international, national and area artists. Still in the throes of recovery, the building continues to wait for construction to begin. Pending funding, art enthusiasts, patrons and artists have waited patiently for five years in a temporary space, located at 25th and Market, while efforts continue to raise the remaining $2 million
required to complete renovation of the historic 1878 First National Bank Building. All artists donated their work for the cause.“If we can’t hang our work on the inside, we’ll hang it on the outside” stated Joan Finn, local artist and chairman of the ‘Galveston Hangs’ committee. “There is a painting on the exterior of each window on the building - this is really exciting. We want to return to our space and need the support of the community at large to help us get back in.” Each artist was challenged to create a painting to describe what Galveston means to them. Each piece, though identical in size, is unique in style, subject and intensity. The result is a remarkable, one time only, Texas size art exhibit installed on the exterior walls of the old Galveston Arts Center building. Each mural is sponsored by an art patron or company whose name or logo is depicted on the lower section of the painting. Artists participating in ‘Galveston Hangs’ are Derek Anderson, Sallie Anderson, George Bowes, Reyna Collura, Terry Conrad, Robert Dampier, Peter Davis, Courtney Glascock, Mayoko Gray, Mark Greenwalt, Janet Hassinger, Richard Kelver, Marie Leterme, Cara Moore, Jack Morris, Victoria Narkin, Jennifer Peck, Ellie Peters, Gabriel Prusmack, Gayle Reynolds, Paula Roberts, Sarelene Tapley, Martha Terrill, Rene Wiley and Jane Young French. The exhibit will remain in place for public enjoyment until construction begins on the building. The public is encourage to enjoy the experience. Affaire d’ Art (2227 Postoffice, (409)789-0079, www.affairedart.com) Featuring Alicia Boles and Joel Jones - Alicia Boles creates works of art in several different mediums including abstract oils, acrylics, mixed media and photography. She also creates decorative art tiles from her photography using ceramic tiles and resin. After pursuing her dream of flight as a First Officer with American Eagle Airlines, she began creating fine works of art and is starting her new dream of becoming a full-time artist. “I’ve always loved looking at the world through the lens of a camera and now I have extended that view through canvas, paint, wood and whatever else I can get my hands on,” says Boles. She also has a love of poetry and writing and sometimes incorporates her poems within her works of art. Joel Jones says, “Photography is my way of focusing on something ordinary and make it extraordinary. I love the way the lens blocks out all of the surrounding noise and distractions, and focuses on one object. A photograph can take something that I look at every day and highlight it in a way that I’ve never seen it before. The camera has the ability to take a brief moment in time, a beautiful or special moment in time, and capture it forever. Photography has a way of reminding us that life goes by us in a flash...but if I can capture it in the camera eye, I can enjoy it over and over. I fell in love with photography many years ago. I carry a camera with me almost everywhere I go. Everywhere I travel I watch for things that, as an observer, are peculiar to me. I watch for things that I don’t get to see every day. I try to capture things that natives to an area take for granted. But, when they see it on film, they are reminded of its beauty. That to me is the essence of photography...to take something ordinary and make it extraordinary.” This show continues through December. DesignWorks (2119 Postoffice St., (409)766-7599) “Celebrate Studio Jewerly” continues through January 5th. This is an exhibition of new studio jewerly, and new oil paintings by Tim Schneider from Houston. The show features the alluring new studio jewerly by Brooke Barer, J. Collier, Diane Falkenghagen, Christy Klug, Ingrid Kuper, Karla Mock, Amanda Potel-Martin and Sandra Ziker. G. Lee Gallery (2215 Postoffice, (409)370-7350) Guest Artist Lou Sprecher returns to G. Lee Gallery as guest artist for December. In Lou’s words: “My inspiration and creativity comes from various experiences: worldwide travel and sports. My work shows simple and complex styles to evoke emotional response from the viewer. My artwork began as a hobby, and after running out of wall space in my home I moved several pieces to my office, where colleagues began to purchase some pieces and I received my first commission piece. The American Southwest and countries in Europe, Asia and South America have influenced my work, which has been described as abstract and impressionist. My subject matter covers a wide range, which allows me to express each piece differently, from sea-city-landscapes to figurative impressionism. In addition to my travel, inspiration also comes from outdoor activities, such as canoeing, vertical rock climbing, sailboat racing and golf. Largely self-taught, I also gain insight from other local and international artists. I am a member of Visual Art Alliance. In addition to the US, my work has been collected by individuals from Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Shanghai,
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and Seoul.” The G. Lee Gallery also is showing ongoing exhibits of scenic photography by Jim Lawson and Brian Hitchcox. Owner and resident artist George Douglas Lee always has new work on display, and the G. Lee Gallery features his paintings, prints, illustrated children’s books, original music CDs and stationery, featuring Galveston landscapes for sale. Galveston Arts Center (2501 Market, (409)763-2403) “Troy Woods: The Story” will be on view thru January 12th. Woods creates contemporary sculpture out of wood and steel that create a dialog and tells a story. “The act of seeing what is real is not an act of pure reality,” states Woods. “It is an act of individuality. Our minds twist perceptions to fit our comfort zone. When a group of people witness an event simultaneously they will all describe what they saw differently.” Troy Woods received his B.F.A. from the University of Houston, where he graduated summa cum laude. Woods has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions, and has completed commissions for public and private collections, including ones for Trinity Episcopal Church and Louisiana Place in downtown Houston. Admission is free at all times. A brochure with all ArtWalk participants is at www.galvestonartscenter.org. Galveston Art League (2117 Postoffice, (409)6211008, galvestonartleague.com) Gay Paratore, the Galveston Art League featured artist for December, was born and educated in Galveston, graduating from Ursuline Academy before obtaining a bachelor’s and master’s in art studies. She has taught art at Ball High School, art history at College of the Mainland, and is a former head of the art department at Alvin Community College. She is a Texas State Certified Art Consultant. Gay teaches all art media to all ages. She currently holds classes at The Art Alliance Center at Clear Lake (TAACCL) and at Butler Longhorn Museum. She has workshops scheduled for the Galveston Art League and Watercolor Art Society of Houston and teaches art in Maine during the summer in Acadia National Park for Schoodic Art for All in Winter Harbor. Gay has won numerous Best of Show and First Place Awards. She is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the National Society of Artists, Watercolor Art Society of Houston, and the Texas Watercolor Society. Gay has been a member (and now a life member) of the Galveston Art League since 1953. In November, Gay received an award at the National Watercolor Society’s International Show for her painting, “Stutz 1932 Monte Carlo,” a painting of a car that is the only one in existence for that year and model. This painting will be included in their traveling show and will be shown in art centers and museums across the nation. She has also had a painting accepted into the San Diego Watercolor Society’s International Show. Gay loves to visit with old friends and former students. Her work will remain up during the month of December. During the holiday season, members have contributed cards, wreaths, ornaments and other small items that would make unique hand crafted gifts. All proceeds from these purchases go to support the Art League, a non-profit organization. Galveston Historical Foundation Customs House (502 20th St., (409)765-7834, galvestonhistory.org) The cows have come home to Galveston Historical Foundation’s 1861 U.S. Custom House for the 17th Annual Island Quilter’s Guild show. “Cows and Other Quilts” will be on display through December 27th. Always up for a challenge, Galveston Island’s own quilt guild dared themselves to make quilts featuring cows for this exhibit. They joined a nation-wide challenge from quilt teacher Mary Lou Weidman, coming up with their own unique takes on cows and mooing. From “Moooovie Star” by Sharlene Ferrin to “Holy Cow” by Sue Carlton, to “Africow” by Shirley Ksiazek to “Kowculator” by Denise Parsons to the poster quilt, “Something in the Way She Moos” by Gloria Robertson. Not content to stop with cows, other members show their mastery of the quiltmaker’s art with intricate piecing and stunning designs. Lila Peterson’s “Prairie Star” is a complicated Judy Neimeyer pattern in calming neutral colors. Peggy Baldwin-Clayton and Maria Cazares both have quilts based on Winnie Fleming’s Ultimate Border class, with thousands of pieces arranged around a central square using different repeated blocks. Heard Gallery (2217 Postoffice, (903)357-9073) “The Best of Galveston: A Series of Restaurants, Churches, Local Scenes and Birds” - Mosaic impressionism is a style of painting enjoyed by gallery owner and artist Ray Heard. He describes it as squares of paint (mosaics) and impressionism (unrefined edges with blurry effects that blend into focus with distance) combined to create art. In the 80’s Heard’s paintings reflected only quares evolving into mixing long and square strokes of paint later. He has expanded his
mosaic style again giving viewers a radiant explosion of motion. Some paintings make you feel as though you are passing by with speed. Others appear as paint strokes are flying off of the canvas in motion. Heard has taken this style to a level of genius. His paintings are sure to become part of the history of this era. See a large variety of painting styles by the Heard Gallery artist on display on the store. J Bangle’s Silk Stocking Gallery (25th and Ave. L, (409)763-6161) Since 1981, J. Bangle Gallery has helped patrons from around the world frame those cherished possessions most important to them. Included among the gallery’s most famous frame jobs are prints of Galveston’s Tall Ship Elissa for James Michener and Prince Charles, as well as an original Gauguin. Voted Best Gallery in Galveston County by readers of the newspaper, the Gallery also offers a host of other treasures including antiques, collectibles, and a tasteful collection of old coin sets and frames. But according to Bangle, the heart of the gallery is the art collection by renowned local and national artists; most notably, “Galveston’s own” Pam Heidt. Katrina Howarth Gallery (215 Tremont St., (713)550-6431, thehowarthgallery.com) Howarth Gallery is currently featuring a solo exhibition by artist Katrina Howarth. The gallery is open by appointment only and on ArtWalk evenings. MiArt (1327 Market St., (409)692-7833) MiArt is a charming little gallery, situated in one of Galveston’s Victorian homes in the East End. The gallery is now featuring new clay art by Mary Ann Hasty and handcrafted jewelry by local artists as well as paintings by Evan McCoy, Regina Lee Parkinson and Michele Grindberg. This show continues through December. René Wiley Gallery (2128 Postoffice, (409)750-9077, renewileyart.com) Continuing on exhibit is “Ceremonies of the Air: Peripheral views of Galveston Island,” the first solo exhibition by Rachel Wiley Janota. This show includes interesting views of local historic buildings, wetlands and other urban landscapes. Wiley-Janota uses graphite, ink, watercolor, acrylic and oil to create her variety of paintings and drawings. The gallery is still showing many original oil paintings and giclée prints by well known local artist René Wiley. “Ike” wood sculptures and wood bowls by James D. Phillips and Dale Hooks are available, along with more works from artists Darlene Wall, Brenda Bunten-Schloessser and Bill Meek. PeckArts (2208 Postoffice, (409)621-1500, PeckArts.com) “If You Grow It They Will Come!” Thru December, PeckArts exhibits new mixed media works by Jennifer Peck. Inspired by Island gardens and the winged friends they attract, Peck’s recent pieces feature the Swallowtail and Monarch butterflies. Vibrant blossoms such as Hibiscus, Penta, Lillies and Birds of Paradise created out of paper, float on top of painted surfaces. In preparation for the upcoming holidays, artists have stocked the gallery with fine gift items for art lovers; Wood sculptor Ted Armulowicz has delivered the long awaited Pelicans, Willets and Spoonbills made of found cedar from the Texas Hill-country and Homer Allen exhibits his latest pop art flowers. Hand colored photographs by Robin Renee Hix just arrived in smaller sizes making perfect gifts to adorn any coastal home. Also showing new works are Jerry Allen Soukup, Russell Mai, Ross de la Garza and Anne Camp. PeckArts Gallery and Studio are located at 2208 Postoffice. Open Wednesday to Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. Third Coast Gallery (2413 Mechanic, (409)974-4661) Third Coast Gallery is an upscale fine arts gallery located in the Strand Historic District of Galveston. The gallery represents several regional artists. Third Coast Gallery displays a variety of pieces, mediums, styles, and price ranges. Currently the Group Exhibition features works by Richard Williams, Nubia Gala, Laura Armstrong, M. Allison, and other artists. Water’s Edge Studio and Gallery (1302 21st St., (409)762-1925) Water’s Edge currently features two exhibitions: Gayle Reynolds’ “Good Times,” Rex Reynolds’ “Working on His Seventh Dory” and “Adirondack Tallboys.” Also showing is pottery by Madeleine Baker and John Whitman; and bronze sculptures by Pat Moberley Moore.
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Housed in the education center are displays of Hall of Fame inductees, and other rotating and permanent exhibits that increase the knowledge of, and demonstrate the impact of, aviation on our lives. The Fondren Center for Aviation studies and the Jesse H. Jones Research Center Library opened in 1998, furthering aviation education, by means of an extensive historical collection. The Lone Star Flight Museum, located in the Galveston International Airport complex at Scholes Field next to Moody Gardens and the Schlitterbahn Waterpark, is open from 9am to 5pm daily. Entry fees are: Adults (18+) $8.00, Seniors (65+) $5.00, Youth/student (5-17) $5.00. Children under 5 are free. As you enter the Museum a panorama of aviation gifts, memorabilia, and exotic displays spread before you. The Gift Shop is a large, airy, and open collection of anything and everything related to aviation. Especially eye-catching is the surreal and whimsical twenty foot open frame historic flying machine suspended from the gift shop ceiling, immediately inside the entry. On 13 September 2008, Hurricane Ike hit Galveston, heavily damaging the museum. Seven of the aircraft on display were damaged, but thankfully many were flown out prior to Ike’s devastation. This prompted a decision to move in the future to Ellington International Airport in Houston. As we tour the exhibitions of vintage aircraft, see the hyperbole of the Gift Shop flying machine ,and perhaps have a great rush of adrenaline in a historic air flight adventure over Galveston – man’s desire to break the bonds of earth, could invoke in each of us – old or young the dream to one day fly through snow-covered peaks in brilliant sunshine, or over glittering cities, on a serene and star-lit night.
Tours Lone Star Flight Museum: An Amazing Collection of Flight History
By Terry Card, Photos by Christa Schreckengost The jagged granite cut through the deep azure sky. Below, a dancing carpet of diamond crystals sparkled under the brilliant rays of the intense glowing orb sitting just off my right wing tip. Silence reigned as the shadow of my airplane skated over new fallen snow in the high valley bridging the 13,000 foot peaks of this section of the Rocky Mountain Cordillera. Alone with my thoughts, awed by the magnificent panorama below, the sudden crackle of the radio jarred me. I could not see any of my fellow pilots – we were stretched out over the range – but the voice on the radio – sounding incredulous – breathed “If you didn’t believe in God before now...” Every pilot has experienced ‘the great moment’ in his flying life, one which he or she will always remember in complete detail. For those whose flying days are over, or for those who have never flown in a ‘small’ plane, or for those with special memories, the Lone Star Flight Museum offers a once in a lifetime aviation adventure. According to Larry Gregory, President of the Museum, the choice of airplanes, from bombers to open cockpit trainers, presents a wide ranging flight experience. In the bombers, you can enter various sections of the aircraft including the nose, bomb bay, the navigation/radio compartment, the cockpit, and waist sections, allowing big kids and young kids the opportunity to let their imaginations take them into another era and another place. And, as Larry quietly said, for a small number of special individuals, these historic aircraft provide intimate bonding with a brave father they never knew. For others, like Texan Lt. Dick Cole, co-pilot for Lt. General Jimmy Doolittle, who three times piloted the Museum’s Doolittle’s Raiders B-25, old memories of the historic raid over Tokyo in April of 1942 by 16 B-25 bombers, was mixed with pride in being one of 80 men risking all, never expecting to return, doing the impossible in urging a bomber to struggle from the gyrating deck of an aircraft carrier for the first time in history. Bombers available for these flying excursions include the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress ($425) and the North American B-25 Mitchell ($375). Trainers include the North American T-6 Texan ($290), the open cockpit Boeing PT-17 Stearman ($225) and the T-41 Mescalero ($225).
Events The total flight experience is 35 minutes to 40 minutes long, including preflight safety and general information. Once that is concluded, the dream of a lifetime will unfold beneath you, because a flight on any of these airplanes will thrill you for the 20-25 minutes you are actually in the air, exploring up close the fighting areas of the bombers, or squinting into the sunlight with the wind whipping past your head at 100 plus mph in the open cockpit PT-17. There are two restrictions: 18 years old minimum and 250 lbs maximum on the trainers, and 12 years old minimum with a parent on the bombers. In 1985, the precursor to the museum was a private collection of historic aircraft. However, by 1990, this hobby had grown to the point that it needed to be placed on public display in a new home. So it was, that in 1990, the first phase of the Lone Star Flight Museum, a 50,000 square foot facility was constructed at Galveston’s Scholes Field, closely followed in 1991 by the addition of the 30,000 square foot second phase, as the collection grew rapidly to the more than 40 historically significant aircraft presently on display. There is also an extensive presentation of aviation memorabilia and other artifacts. In Larry Gregory’s mind, the construction of the 1940’s vintage aircraft predominantly by women – fondly represented by ‘Rosie the Riveter’ changed the attitude towards women in our country forever. The entire Museum hinges on the dedication of one of the largest volunteer programs of any aviation museum in the U.S.A. Volunteers contribute over 35,000 hours annually. One such volunteer travels 140 miles each way from home every week, arrives early and works on the aircraft, stays overnight in Galveston, before heading back home late the next day. That is dedication! In striving to develop special educational opportunities of significance relating to the technological evolution of American aviation, the Museum organized a capital campaign which resulted in the completion in 1999 of the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame Education Center. This rapid accumulation of educational information was in concert with the honor of the Museum’s establishment as the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame on 16 June 1995, an honor bestowed by the 74th Texas Legislature and Governor George W. Bush,
Ongoing - Galveston History Tour Guide Now Offers Indoor Showings. George Douglas Lee is the only Galveston Tour Guide featured on the History Channel. Rick Stovall stated, “This is a great eclectic gallery. Mr. Lee does a fabulous history tour of Galveston Island. The hour long tour seemed like it was only minutes. He kept us totally engaged in all the history and we barely stopped laughing at the many, many stories of this enchanted island. We will go again on our next trip down.” Indoors - Lee Gallery now offers a presentation by Mr. Lee with slides, and a showing of the History Channel’s “Perfect Storms” episode about the 1900 Storm, featuring George Lee as one of the commentators. It’s an excellent one hour documentary about the nation’s deadliest disaster. Admission is $20 per person, $15 for seniors and children. Kids are always welcome. For more info, galvestonhistorytourguide.com Outdoors - This extraordinary tour features George Lee’s “feel like you were there” stories. The 90 minute tours are done as walking tours through historic downtown, in George’s Mustang convertible, he can ride with you in your car, or as step-on bus tours. The tour is also available in speech form for after dinner presentations or special event entertainment. Discover a parallel universe where the founders and heroes were con men, swindlers crooks, nutcases and dreamers. You will learn about the city’s eccentric characters and colorful history. Meet at the G.Lee Gallery, 2215 Postoffice St., downtown. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for children, seniors and veterans (under 6 free). Call (409)370-7350 or stop by the G.Lee Gallery and make a reservation. You can also arrange for private tours at $40 per hour. Galveston Historic Tour Presents the Historic Holiday Tour - Bring some blankets and hot chocolate and take a tour of the East End Historical District. This driving tour features the Victorian homes decorated for the holidays. Explore the East End aboard our 12 passenger electric shuttle. The tour departs from Aston Villa (2328 Broadway) at 7pm every Friday and Saturday in December beginning on December 13th including Christmas Eve and Christmas night. The tour is $15 per person and space is limited, (409)789-9911. Ongoing - Kayak Tours: Artist Boat conducts guided kayak tours to Galveston Island’s Coastal Heritage Preserve for just $10 per person. Visit www.artistboat.org/coastal-heritage-preserve.html, take a brief survey and follow the links to choose your adventure. This a great opportunity to see the island in an unique way for a greatly discounted price. For more info call (409)770-0722.
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can deliver. It’s not his towering 6’7” height that makes Philadelphia-born Ray Benson a giant in the music industry. For forty years he has been the driving force behind Asleep at the Wheel and has overseen the release of more than twenty-five albums and countless tours. With the advice of Willie Nelson, he and the group relocated to Austin where they improved their instruments and vocals to create western swing. The Grand 1894 Opera House has an outstanding line-up of musical productions in the next Boogie your way to The Grand for this fun, holidayfew months. Here is what we think you will not want spirited performance! Ticket prices start at $30. to miss.
Christmas Bells are Ringing! Asleep at the Wheel
Saturday, December 21st Nine-time Grammy winners Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel delivers Santa Loves to Boogie at The Grand 1894 Opera House for one not-to-miss holiday treat Saturday, December 21st at 8pm. With a repertoire that combines the band’s most popular songs with holiday favorites and originals such as “Christmas in Jail,” “Merry Texas Christmas Y’all,” “Pretty Paper,” and many more, performed in true eggnog -swinging style as only Asleep at the Wheel
Jerry Jeff Walker
Saturday, December 28 Returning to The Grand for his annual concert, Jerry Jeff Walker brings his unpretentious poetic sensibility and restrained, but endearing singing style-for one not-to-miss performance Saturday, December 28th at 8pm. A great storyteller with a “say what you mean, sing what you say” delivery, Walker will surely be a memorable addition to your holiday happenings! Making his way from New York with his guitar slung around his back, Jerry Jeff Walker really is the
kid who rode his thumb out of his hometown to such exotic destinations as Key West-where he introduced another musician, Jimmy Buffet-to the pleasures of island life. He actually did sing for pennies on a New Orleans street corner alongside the now infamous Mr. Bojangles, and strapped his guitar on the back of a motorcycle and went trekking through Canada. He did and still does see the world through a troubadour’s eyes. Join “one of America’s musical landmarks,” Jerry Jeff Walker, as he delivers everything from drunken anthems to tender ballads-all delivered with a voice so deep you will think ‘he’s singing just for you.’ Ticket prices start at $24.
Thursday, December 19th Nothing says “Christmas” better than the Johnny “Mathis: It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” production starring two-time Grammy Hall of Fame legend, Johnny Mathis - on stage at The Grand 1894 Opera House. This special holiday performance is set for Thursday, December 19th at 8pm. Joined again by comedian/musician Gary Mule Deer, you won’t want
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to miss this year’s “Wonderful, Wonderful” show! Sponsored by The Lyda Kempner Quinn Fund for the Performing Arts and Rudy & Paco’s Restaurant and Bar. In June of 1957, Mathis appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show where he was introduced to a recordbuying public. This appearance catapulted his career and he became a national celebrity and household name for his beautiful, romantic ballads and for performing songs from Broadway musicals. “Chances Are” you have heard many Christmas songs for which Johnny Mathis is famous: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Sleigh Ride,” and “A Christmas Song.” You have loved them on the radio each holiday season, now experience them live and in person at The Grand by the legend himself. Tickets are currently at very limited availability.
The Midtown Men
Sunday, December 29th The Midtown Men return to The Grand 1894 Opera House to light up the Christmas season with their “Holiday Hits” December 29th at 4pm. Four stars from the original Broadway cast of Jersey BoysChristian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and J. Robert Spencer - delight their audiences with top-shelf choreography, incredible harmonies and legendary onstage chemistry known as The Midtown Men. Experience their lively renditions of timeless ‘60s hits of The Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown, and The Four Seasons, plus holiday tunes popularized by Elvis Presley and Motown. “Authenticity is the core of this musical brotherhood...The Midtown Men sound as crisp as their RatPack inspired suits,” touts the “New York Daily News.” Taking the world by storm, their sensational sound has been showcased on “The Today Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve.” Don’t miss this true celebration of the holiday spirit. Ticket prices start at $24.
Monday, December 16th Shoji Tabuchi returns to The Grand 1894 Opera House for an unforgettable encore performance Monday, December 16th at 8pm. Enjoy this evening of family entertainment as Tabuchi - accompanied by his talented wife, Dorothy, and lovely daughter, Christina - brings blazing violins, extraordinary vocalists, and expert dancers to The Grand’s stage. “All Roads Lead to Branson” claims: “Shoji Tabuchi is an event...a show that is almost unbelievable in its scope, magnitude, richness and grandeur.” Tabuchi is a world-renowned fiddle player and master showman. He has created a sparkling family variety show with country, bluegrass, pop, swing, jazz, and gospel. Searching long and hard for the right professional musicians and dancers, Shoji Tabuchi is a production not soon to be forgotten. His name and virtuoso talent earns him standing ovations wherever he performs. Direct from Branson, Missouri, Shoji Tabuchi will surprise and amaze you with a breathtaking array of costumes, dance and music. Ticket prices start at $19.
Houston’s Children’s Chorus Holiday Pops
Sunday, December 22nd Houston’s premier young choral group, the Houston Children’s Chorus, brings their holiday spirit to The Grand 1894 Opera House for one notto-miss family-friendly encore performance Sunday, December 22nd at 4pm. Conducted by Stephen Roddy, these amazing, charming performers have entertained audiences at the Super Bowl, The Vatican and Carnegie Hall, in addition to performances for Presidents of the United States on 28 occasions. Chorus founder and director, Stephen Roddy says, “With more than 100 auditioned children singing, these concerts are the most inspiring events to help showcase the true spirit of the season. Our kids represent Houston’s finest, and their angelic voices are beyond compare.” Considered “one of the top five children’s performing ensembles in the United States,” many of the alumni have appeared in movies, been finalists on “American Idol,” and excelled in Metropolitan Opera competitions as well as other performances. Ticket prices are $12 for children under 12; $15 for adults. These performance part of Galveston’s Passport to Holiday Magic activities and events. For info about contact The Grand’s box office at (409)765-1894, (800)821-1894, or www.thegrand.com. The theatre, located at 2020 Postoffice Street in historic downtown Galveston.
Music Guide Friday, December 6th
2- Steppin – Live Music, 9-1 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Bobbie’s House Of Spirits – Live Music, 8-12 B. Jigger’s – P.F. & The Flyers, 9-1 Captain Jack’s – Live Music, 5-9 Club 21 – DJ, 9-1 Crows – Live Music, 9-1 The Grand – Gary Morris, 8pm Hotel Galvez – Joel Sewell, 5-10 The Old Quarter – Ray Wylie Hubbard, 9-1 Paradise Beach Bar – Smith & Turner, 7-10 Tremonte – Kirk Hale, 5-10 Tortuga – Karaoke, 4-8 West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Yaga’s – Ocean Roots, 10-1
Saturday, December 7th
The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Bobbies House Of Spirits – Zack Perry, 9-1 B. Jiggers – Last Soul Clan, 9-1 Crow’s – The Relics, 9-1 Club 21 – Almost Endless Summer, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 5-10 Old Quarter - Al & John Staehely, Evelyn Rubio, 9-1 Tremont – Leah Stonum, 5-10 West End Restaurant – Live Music, 7-11 Yaga’s – Curtis Grimes, 10-1
Sunday, December 8th
2- Steppin Saloon – Tejano DJ, 8-12 B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Bobbie’s House of Spirits - Jam With Tomz Katz, 9-1 Captain Jack’s – Tony On Fire, 2-6 Crow’s – Live Music, 12-4 Galvez – Joyce Fields, 11-2pm Hotel Galvez – Joyce Fields 11-2pm
Monday, December 9th
2- Steppin – Country Karaoke, 8-12 B Jiggers – Video DJ, 8-12 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Crow’s Southwest Cantina – Karaoke, 8-12
Tuesday, December 10th
The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B. Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Crow’s Southwest Cantina - Troubadours Open Jam, 8-12 Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 Mosquito Café – Kevin Anthony, 7-9
Wednesday, December 11th
2- Steppin Saloon – Country Karaoke, 8-12 B. Jiggers – Video DJ, 8-12 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 6-9 Captain Jack’s – Karaoke, 5-9 Medicinal Purposes – Tony On Fire, 7-10 Crow’s Southwest Cantina - Open Mic Acoustic, 8-12 Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 Old Quarter - Open Mic, 8-12
Thursday, December 12th
2- Steppin Saloon – Country DJ, 8-12 B Jigger’s – The Line Up, 9-1 Captain Jack’s – Live Music, 3-7 Crow`s Southwest Cantina – Open Mic Jam, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 Medicinal Purposes – Kevin Anthony, 7-9 Paradise Beach Bar – Smith & Turner, 7-10
Friday, December 13th
2- Steppin Saloon – Live Music, 9-1 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolenti, 7-11 B. Jiggers – Park Ave, 9-1 Bobbie’s House Of Spirits – Live Music, 9-1
Club 21 – DJ, 9-1 Crow’s – Live Music, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 5-10 Old Quarter – Wood & Wire, 9-1 Tortuga - Karaoke, 4-8 Tremonte – Leah Stronum, 5-10 West End Restaurant – Karoake, 7-11 Yaga’s – DJ Omix, 10-1
Saturday, December 14th
2- Steppin Saloon – Live Music, 9-1 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 6-9 B. Jiggers – The Nailers, 9-1 Bobbie’s House Of Spirits – Zac Perry, 9-1 Club 21 – DJ, 9-1 Crow’s – Live Music, 9-1 Old Quarter – Shake Russell, 9-1 Tremont – Kirk Hale, 5-10 Yaga’s – Erik Garza Project, 10-1
Sunday, December 15th
2- Steppin Saloon – Tejano DJ, 8-12 Bobbie’s House of Spirits – Jam With Tomz Katz, 9-1 B. Jigger’s – Karaoke, 8-12 Captain Jack’s – Live Music, 2-6 Crow’s – Live Music, 4-8 Hotel Galvez – Joyce Fields, 11-2pm
Monday, December 16th
B. Jiggers – Video DJ, 8-12 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, Crow’s Southwest Cantina – Karaoke, 8-12 The Grand – Shoji Tabuchi, 8pm
Tuesday, December 17th
B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Crow’s Southwest Cantina - Troubadours open jam, 8-12 Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 Mosquito Café – Kevin Anthony, 7-9
Wednesday, December 18th
2- Steppin Saloon – Country Karaoke, 8-12 B Jiggers – Video DJ, 9-1 The Bar – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Captain Jacks – Karaoke, 5-9 Crow’s Southwest Cantina - Open Mic Acoustic, 8-12 Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 Medicinal Purposes – Tony On Fire, 7-10 Nonno Tony’s – Mickey Hobbs, 5-8 Old Quarter - Open Mic, 9-1
Thursday, December 19th
B. Jiggers – The Line Up, 9-1 Bobbie’s House of Spirits – Karaoke, 8-12 Crow`s Southwest Cantina – Open Mic Jam, 9-1 The Grand – Johnny Mathis, 8pm Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 Medicinal Purposes – Kevin Anthony, 6-9 Old Quarter – Open Mic, 9-1
Friday, December 20th
The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, B. Jiggers – Rapture, 9-1 Club 21- DJ, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 5-10 Tortuga – Karaoke, 4-8 Tremonte – Kirk Hale, 5-10 West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Yaga’s – DJ Nonstopp, 10-1
Saturday, December 21st
The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B. Jiggers – 11th Hour, 9-1 Captain Jack’s – Live Music, 5-9 Crow’s – Live Band, 9-1 Club 21 – DJ, 9-1 Galvez – Joe Sewell, 5-10 The Grand – Asleep At The Wheel, 8pm Old Quarter – Ruthie Foster, 9-1 Tremont – Kirk Hale, 5-10 Yaga’s – DJ Omix, 10-1
Sunday, December 22nd
2- Steppin Saloon – Tejano DJ, 8-12 B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12
Bobbie’s House of Spirits - Jam With Tomz Katz, 9-1 Galvez – Joyce Fields, 11-2pm The Grand – Houston Children’s Chorus, 4
Monday, December 23rd
B Jiggers – Video DJ, 8-12 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Crow’s Southwest Cantina – Country Karaoke, 8-12
Tuesday, December 24th
The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B. Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Crow’s Southwest Cantina - Troubadours Open Jam, 8-12 Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 Mosquito Café – Kevin Anthony, 7-9
Wednesday, December 25th
2- Steppin Saloon – Country Karaoke, 8-12 Beach Hut – Smith & Turner, 5-8 B. Jiggers – Video DJ, 8-12 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, Captain Jack’s – Karaoke, 5-9 Medicinal Purposes – Tony On Fire, 7-10 Crow’s Southwest Cantina - Open Mic Acoustic, 8-12 Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9
Thursday, December 26th
2- Steppin Saloon – Country DJ, 8-12 B Jigger’s – The Line Up, 9-1 Crow`s Southwest Cantina – Open Mic Jam, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 Medicinal Purposes – Kevin Anthony, 7-9
Friday, December 27th
2- Steppin Saloon – Live Music, 9-1 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolenti, 7-11 B. Jiggers – The Line Up, 9-1 Bobbie’s House Of Spirits – Live Music, 9-1 Club 21 – DJ, 9-1 Crow’s – Live Band, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 5-10 Old Quarter – Freddie KRC, 9-1 Tortuga - Karaoke, 4-8 Tremonte – Leah Stonum, 5-10 Waterman – Karaoke, 7-10 West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Yaga’s – Dry River Religion, 10-1
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Saturday, December 28th
2- Steppin Saloon – Live Music, 9-1 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, B. Jiggers – The Fuse, 9-1 Bobbie’s House Of Spirits – Zac Perry 9-1 Club 21 – DJ, 9-1 Crow’s – Live Music, 9-1 The Grand – Jerry Jeff Walker, 8pm Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 5-10 Old Quarter – Robert Kuhn, 9-1 Tremont – Kirk Hale, 5-10 Yaga’s – The Line Up, 10-1
Sunday, December 29th
2- Steppin Saloon – Tejano DJ, 8-12 Bobbie’s House of Spirits – Jam With Tomz Katz, 9-1 B. Jigger’s – Karaoke, 8-12 Crow’s – Live Music, 4-8 The Grand – The Midtown Men, 4pm Hotel Galvez – Joyce Fields, 11-2pm
Monday, December 30th
B. Jiggers – Video DJ, 8-12 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, Crow’s Southwest Cantina – Country Karaoke, 8-12
Tuesday, December 31st
B Jiggers – The Line Up, 8-12 Crow’s Southwest Cantina - Troubadours open jam, 8-12 Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 Mosquito Café – Kevin Anthony, 7-9
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