January 9, 2014 • Issue 1, Volume 3
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Oasis Juice Bar & Market: Nourishing Downtown With Convenience
Tour the Timeless Treasures of Galveston
For the Health of It:
Fun Runs, Acupuncture and More
‘Mardi Gras! Galveston:’ It’s Time to Start Planning Your Parties
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January 9, 2014 • Issue 1, Volume 3
Contents 4-5 Dining » “Oasis Juice Bar & Market: Nourishing Downtown Galveston with Conscious Convenience” by Kimber Fountain » Galveston Restaurant Week: Over 40 Participants!
6-7 Movies » Reviews by Dustin Chase include “Paranormal Activity The Marked One,” Gimme Shelter,” “The Wold on Wall Street,” “Lone Survivor,” “Anchorman 2,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “American Hustle” 8-9 Festivals » Galveston Winter Fun with Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest, ‘Mardi Gras! Galveston,’ Galveston Marathon and Half, Sacred Places Tour and Performances at The Grand
10 Tours » “G. Lee Gallery: Vivid Art and Island’s Best History Tour” by Terry Card plus GHF “Black History Tour,” Kayak Tours with Artist Boat, Dash Beardsley Ghost Tour and more 11-12 Things to Do » “Antique Island: Tour the Timeless Treasures of Galveston” by Kimber Fountain » Events for January and February 14-16
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17-18 Books » “Dust,” “The Hunger Games Trilogy” and “Scarpetta’s Writer Table” reviewed by Gini Rainey » Galveston Reads: “The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” Announced 11
20-21 For the Health of It » “Where Chinese Medicine Meets the Strength of American Spirit” by Kimber Fountain 22-23 The Fine Arts » “Water’s Edge Studio & Gallery: Beautiful Summer Sunlight in the Dead of Winter’s Gloom” by Tammy Thomas-Cooke » Area Galleries Get Ready for ArtWalk January 18th 24 “Word” » “Perseverance: The Port of Galveston” by Terry Card
25-27 Music » Leah Stonum with Mel Drybread at The Tremont House » The Music Guide for Live Music Across the Island
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Dining Oasis Juice Bar & Market:
Nourishing Downtown Galveston with Conscious Convenience
By Kimber Fountain, Photos by Christa Schreckengost In a world of inflated adjectives and overzealous marketing, Galveston is a place where things actually manage to live up to their names. The Grand is a postcard of 19th century opulence; The Strand is a distinct piece of the fabric of our nation’s history; Broadway is indeed broad and the seawall is just that: a wall against the sea. And Oasis is truly an oasis. When you walk inside, the air flows freer, the sun seems brighter and your body just feels like something good is about to happen to it. Owner and operator of both Oasis Juice Bar and the nearby Yoga Haven, Kathleen DiNatale, is an integral part of leading a growing movement downtown, affectionately known by locals as the “Health District,” a collection of shops and businesses committed to growing a healthy and enriched Galveston community. Kathleen began studying yoga in the 1970s while she was a Theatre Major at Colorado State University, and she says, “It spoke to me right away.” At the time yoga studios were practically non-existent so they would practice in basements or at churches. As the yoga movement in the United States began to grow, Kathleen moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where it was quickly gaining popularity. In 1998, after 25 years in New Mexico raising a family, working in retail and product development, and continuing to study yoga, Kathleen and her husband Dennis McFadden moved to Galveston after connecting with the Island on a trip here to visit friends. One of those friends was Deborah Conrad, owner of Island Yoga, where Kathleen began teaching classes upon her arrival. When Deborah closed her studio in November of 2004, Kathleen promptly opened her own in January of 2005. This month ‘The Yoga Haven’ celebrates its ninth year of operation and is a well-loved favorite among locals, visitors and even cruise ship entertainers who also frequent the juice bar. Several years into owning her yoga studio and all the while discussing with family and friends Galveston’s need for more healthy fare, the original Oasis Juice Bar opened. However, despite many different attempts at owners and operators, it could never seem to
get off the ground. “So when the last one did not work out, that is when we finally said, okay, I guess we were meant to do this,” Kathleen remembers fondly. “I really was excited about the concept, but because of my background I knew how much work it was going to be,” she laughs. They started small when they opened in January of 2011, with just the juice bar and a few sandwiches. Gradually the demand for the café items grew, so they slowly expanded their offerings and this month the juice bar also celebrates its anniversary after going strong for three years. In addition to a full line of fresh squeezed juices and all-natural smoothies that include ingredients like Aloe Vera, hemp seeds, ginger, fresh mint, coconut meat, and almond butter, the Oasis also features a varied selection of sandwiches and comfort foods along with a daily Lunch Special. Everyday sandwiches include an Avocado, Cheese, & Oasis’ Sprouts Sandwich, Tomato, Cucumber, amd Feta Sandwich, the Oasis Original Veggie Burger and a Nutty Nana Sandwich made with fresh bananas, nut butter and apple pecan butter. The Comfort Food section of the menu features homemade Miso soup; the Oasis salad - a blend of spring lettuce mix, red cabbage,
carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, sprouts and avocado; multi-grain English muffins and bagels; and side dishes such as brown rice and Chips & Salsa. On Friday and Saturdays the Oasis serves its only meat product, a special of Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon with different preparation options. All items at the café can be made with gluten-free breads and bagels and Vegan options are available as well. Along with the café and juice bar, Oasis is also a natural market that carries a wide variety of retail grocery and personal care items. “One of the best things about the food served in the café is that you can also buy most of the elements of it here in the store, so you can enjoy it at home as well,” Kathleen says. The Market inventory includes all-natural, certified organic products, many of which are produced in Texas, including mixes, supplements and snacks. Fresh produce is for sale along with Big Bend Roasters coffee and The Art of Tea line and a large bookshelf is lined with health conscious literature and informational publications. Currently, several all-natural skin and body care products are available as well, which is a section that is also currently being expanded due to growing demand. For Kathleen and the Oasis she has built, “Nourishing Downtown Galveston with Conscious Convenience,” is more than a tagline, it is a passion that oozes out of every shiny, happy element of her store. Healthy eating is so often seen by many as a daunting task, with less-than-delicious options that are expensive and inconvenient. But Oasis Juice Bar pretty much blasts that notion to smithereens, with an engaging, welcoming atmosphere that provides sustenance that is altogether easy, delightful and nutritious. Oasis Juice Bar & Market
409 25th Street, Galveston, (409)762-8446 Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 9am-2pm, closed Monday www.oasisjuicemarket.com The Yoga Haven
2507 Market Street, Galveston,(409)770-9995 www.theyogahaven.net for class schedule and more info. “Like” Oasis & Yoga Haven on Facebook for daily specials and inspirations.
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Galveston.com & Company Galveston Restaurant Week:
It’s all Yummy in My Tummy and a Good Cause The third annual Galveston.com & Company Galveston Restaurant Week, Sunday, January 12th to Saturday, January 25th, brings Galveston Island’s vibrant food scene to life for two full weeks of delicious dining. The event will showcase the freshest ingredients, most flavorful dishes and tastiest culinary gems that Galveston has to offer, as well as benefit the Galveston County Food Bank. This year’s sponsors include Yelp, GalvestonCruises.com, and John Ford Jewelers. Patrons can choose from Galveston’s most delightful and delicious eateries for prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus - in attractive price points of $10, $15, $20, $25, $30, $35 and $40, depending on the restaurant. Giving Back to the Community
Solving the problem of hunger in Galveston County is not just a matter of getting more food to the needy. It’s a matter of getting more food to the organizations that serve the needy. And that’s how Galveston Restaurant Week patrons can help. Area resident and visitors are encouraged to donate to the Galveston County Food Bank in two ways: 1 - Donate online at “GalvestonRestaurantWeek.com”
Donate via mobile device. Simply text “Hunger” to 33733. You’ll receive a confirmation text, with a link to a completely secure, mobile donation form. 100% of donations (minus credit card fees) will be given to the Galveston County Food Bank. 2 - Point, Click, & Win
And what could make this delectable event even more tasty? One lucky photographer will win a “Cruise Giveaway for 2,” for capturing “Favorite Photo” in the Galveston Restaurant Week. Just send your photos to #CelebrateDelicious for the Photo Contest. Since summer, visitors have been encouraged to post photos to the Official Galveston Restaurant Week Facebook Page at facebook.com/CelebrateDelicious. After the voting period, January 26th - February 3rd, the photo that captures the most votes will be declared Grand Prize Winner. The winner will be announced February 4th. Share Your Favorite Restaurant Entrees with Your Pals
When patrons visit participating Galveston Restaurant Week restaurants this January, they’re encouraged to snap Instagrams of their favorite dishes, and tag with the official hashtag of Galveston Restaurant Week, #CelebrateDelicious. “Restaurant of the Year”
Galveston Restaurant Week features the brand new Restaurant of the Year contest. Continuing thru January 25th, the public is invited to vote by text for their favorite participating Island eateries. At the end of the voting period, the restaurant with the most votes will be named “Galveston Restaurant Week Restaurant of the Year.” To vote, text their favorite restaurant’s keyword to 33733. Message and data rates may apply. Keywords for each restaurant are capitalized below: Brick House Tavern & Tap: BRICK DiBella’s Italian Restaurant: DIBELLA Farley Girls Cafe: FARLEY Fish Tales: FISH Grotto: GROTTO The Jetty: JETTY Joe’s Crab Shack Pier 19: SHACK2 Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar: GUMBO The M&M: MM Number 13: 13 Olympia Grill Pier 21: OLYMPIA2 Rainforest Cafe: RAIN Saltgrass Steakhouse: STEAK Shearn’s: SHEARN Tortuga Mexican Kitchen: TORTUGA The Waterman: WATERMAN Celebrate Delicious This January
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: BUBBA EATcetera: EAT Fisherman’s Wharf: WHARF Galvez Bar & Grill: GALVEZ The Gumbo Diner: DINER Joe’s Crab Shack Seawall: SHACK1 Landry’s Seafood: LANDRY Medicinal Purposes: MEDICINE Nonno Tony’s: TONY Olympia Grill Seawall: OLYMPIA1 Porch Cafe: PORCH Rudy & Paco: PACO Saltwater Grill: GRILL Sky Bar: SKYBAR Tremont Cafe: CAFE Willie G’s: WILLIE
As a customer, participating in Galveston Restaurant Week is easy. There are no passes to buy, no coupons to carry, and no cards to punch, only a quick call to the restaurant of your choice to make reservations then simply dine out during the period January 12th-25th. Reservations are strongly recommended to make sure you’re able to sample your favorite flavors. The public is invited to experience cuisine that will amplify your palate and highlight the fun of dining on Galveston Island. Quite simply, this new culinary tradition promises to “celebrate delicious” like no other event of the year. Visit the official website at GalvestonRestaurantWeek.com and the Facebook page at facebook.com/CelebrateDelicious.
Monday- Soup & Salad Day
Participating restaurants include....
Choice of Sherry Tomato Basil, Roasted Rosemary Potato, Chili or Gumbo & House Salad $7.95
Brick House Tavern and Tap
35th & Seawall Blvd., (409)763-5649 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
2501 Seawall Blvd., (409)766-4952
DiBella’s Italian Restaurant
Chicken Tender Platter with your choice of 3 sides & Dinner Roll -ORChicken & Waffles $7.95
1902 31st Street, (409)763-9036 EATcetera
208 205th Street, (409)762-0803 Farley Girls Cafe
801 Postoffice St., (409)497-4454
2200 Harborside Dr., (409)765-5708 2502 Seawall Blvd., (409)762-8545
Mom's Meatloaf Platter or Panini with choice of 3 sides $7.95
2502 Seawall Blvd., (409)762-8545
Home-style Breakfast Served Daily starting at 8:30am
2024 Seawall Blvd., (409)765-7721
Bring in this ad for a Free Waffle or Sausage Gravy with breakfast purchase
Galvez Bar & Grill Grotto
5222 Seawall Blvd., (409)744-1500 The Gumbo Diner
3602 Seawall Blvd., (409)762-3232 The Jetty
2219 Postoffice 409-539-5618
New hours 8:30-3pm M-Th, 8:30-10 Fri, 8-10 Sat & 8-8 Sunday
Friday- 50's Burger Hop
1/4lb Burger, Fries, Drink & Ice Cream Sundae $5 (additional toppings extra) Weekly Specials All Day While Supplies Last
5002 Seawall Blvd., (409)740-5300 Joe’s Crab Shack Seawall
3502 Seawall Blvd., (409)766-1515 1924 Harborside Dr., (409)763-6888 Landry’s Seafood
5310 Seawall Blvd., (409)744-1010 Little Daddy’s Gumbo Bar
2107 Postoffice St., (409)74-GUMBO Medicinal Purposes Bar & Grill
712 7th St., (409)974-4365 The M&M Restaurant & Bar
2401 Church, (409)766-7170 Nonno Tony’s World Kitchen
Pier 21, (409)621-5100 Number 13
7809 Broadway, (409)744-2618 Olympia The Grill at Pier 21
100 21st St., (409)765-0021
Olympia The Grill at Seawall Boulevard
4908 Seawall Blvd., (409)766-1222 Porch Cafe
1625 East Beach Dr., (409)762-0808 Rainforest Cafe
5310 Seawall Blvd., (409)744-6000 Rudy & Paco
2028 Postoffice St., (409)762-3696 Saltgrass Steakhouse
1502 Seawall Blvd., (409)762-4261 Saltwater Grill
2017 Postoffice St., (409)762-3474 Shearn’s
7 Hope Blvd., (409)741-8484 Sky Bar Steak & Sushi
2105 Postoffice St., (409)621-4759 Tortuga Mexican Kitchen
6010 Seawall Blvd., (409)741-5000 Tremont Cafe
2300 Mechanic St., (409)763-0300 The Waterman
14302 Stewart Road, (409)632-0233 Willie G’s
2100 Harborside Dr., (409)762-3030 Check GalvestonRestaurantWeek.com. for menus and more participating restaurants. The Island Guide Magazine
Movie Reviews By
Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones
Dustin is a Member of the “Houston Film Critics Society” Film Critic/Asstistant Editor for “Texas Art & Film” (texasartfilm.com) Film Critic for “The Daily News” (Galveston) Entertainment Reporter for “Galveston.com” Film Critic for “Island Guide,” (Galveston) & “EGuide Magazine” (Tyler) and Online Air Entertainment News Commentator at “News 92FM’s Livin’ Large”
Starring Andrew Jacobs, Micah Sloat Grade CThe 4th “Paranormal Activity” was a real low point for the series; so bad that in order to revitalize the brand, they dropped the numeral the fifth time around and went for a more “Blair Witch Project” feel. “The Marked Ones” moved from its October 2013 release to January, so now in 2014 we get to see two “PA” films (oh joy). Thankfully, “The Marked Ones” is a little more interesting and entertaining than the previous ones with their insufferable bad acting. Don’t get me wrong, this film is nothing to get excited about; it continues with the unrealistic camera filming and watching, but the young Mexican actors do feel slightly more authentic. Jesse (Jacobs) and Hector (Sloat) are two teenage best friends fresh out of high school in Oxnard, California. They waste most of their time on antics, doing drugs and breaking the law around their local poor and crime-filled neighborhood. When a neighbor is murdered in their apartment complex and one of their teenage friends is suspected, they take their fancy new camera around trying to investigate. What they discover is dark magic. Jesse begins to exhibit strange powers and strength. The more they investigate about the murdered neighbor and the secrets beneath her unsettling apartment, the less they understand. “The Marked Ones” attempts to lighten the mood with racial stereotypes involving young Latino teens. The script seems entirely unrelated to the previous films and the half dreamed up mythology these movies pretend to have. Of course, that is, until the last fifteen minutes where something actually interesting happens only to beg you to buy a ticket for part six. The satanic cult elements of the film combined with rituals and demons in the dark reminded me of the original hand-held movie that started this craze, “Blair Witch Project.” This is the first time we actually see any of these characters display and embrace a type of superpower. Of course, the film never explains it or really explores it beyond having these two teenage boys just do stupid tricks. Much like the other films, “The Marked Ones” meanders through the script, teasing us with one or two interesting scenes, then the guys and their friend Ali huddle in front of the laptop and recap it as if we had forgotten what we saw two minutes ago. In one of the dumbest scenes in the film, Jesse is in his bedroom with the lights off, watching television and he still has the camera rolling. No one does that. The loud unsettling noise always associated with these films is still present and it’s one of the only spooky parts of the entire series. Everything else is just a bunch of hog wash for people who like to pretend they are scared of sounds and things that jump out at you. Final Thought – Slightly better than number 5, but still exhibits no sign of creativity or even brain activity.
“Lone Survivor” On Screen January 10th
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch Grade BThe title, the fact we see Wahlberg’s character on a stretcher by himself in the opening and the flash back to three days earlier provide director Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights,” “Battleship”) with a challenge in making the film suspenseful since we already know how it ends. A film is much more than just its ending and “Lone Survivor” takes us into one of the most dangerous and intense battle sequences of the year. Based on the heroic true story, this military combat picture doesn’t offer us anything truly unique in the way of cinematic storytelling, but it’s still a patriotic memorial for those who risk their lives daily. Four seals, led by Mike Murphy (Kitsch), are dropped into hostile Taliban territory where their mission is to capture and kill the leader of a particularly gruesome group. Expert marksmen and killing machines Dietz (Hirsch), Axe (Foster) and Luttrell (Wahlberg) are
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Angel” series; his character serves as a bridge to get from one point of the film to another. Dowd, who is fresh off her impressive turn last year in “Compliance,” isn’t written with much more to do than mediate. The film’s good intentions seem to get the best of it, and except for a terrific tear filled monologue in the end, the movie somewhat wraps itself up in a happy ending--deserved, but predictable. Final Thought – Hudgens breakout performance is worth seeing.
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie compromised by goats and their owners. Luttrell insist they follow Grade D+ the rules of engagement, speaking of honor over tactics. As the men release their prisoners and retreat up the slate rock mountains of Since the first time I saw Afghanistan, they are ambushed and outnumbered. We see each the trailer I never understood man give everything he has to protect his brother. why Martin Scorsese (“The Berg also penned the screenplay that gets off to a very jumbled Aviator,” “The Departed”) start with so much military lingo and dialogue in the planning phase would want to make what of the mission. The opening credits also chronicle actual footage basically looked like Wall of training. The story doesn’t really begin until the men are on the Street 3, just with Leonardo ground, suited up with guns in hand. The jokes and thin character DiCaprio instead of Michael development from a few moments ago is nearly forgotten as the Douglas. In fact, Gordon gun fire begins and takes us through the majority of the film. “Lone Gekko is even referenced. Survivor” is the detailing of one excruciatingly long battle that can This marks the fifth time Scorsese and DiCaprio have worked have no happy ending. together and, honestly, my least favorite collaboration. While it can Each man brings a different strength and opinion to their sitube said that DiCaprio is pushing himself into new territory with his ation, but it’s ultimately Wahlberg who will lead us through the devilish comedic performance, I found nothing in the entire film remainder of the story. He pushes the character through the script worth celebrating, applauding or rewarding. “The Wolf of Wall that is never set up for him to do any real acting. Street” is all about depicting excess without ever making a real The continual falling and rolling down the steep and rugged rocky terrain is brutal to watch as bones are broken, faces smashed point. The rise and fall of Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio) begins as he and these soldiers take multiple gun wounds as the blood splatters answers the phone on Wall Street for broker and mentor Mark toward the screen. The disorganization of the military is sure to raise Hanna (McConaughey), who advise him to load up on the cocaine questions (our tax dollars at work for horrible coms?), but that isn’t what this story is about. Everything leads back to that decision that for energy and never give a care to those you are squeezing money is made to release the captured, innocent Taliban teenagers and old out of. Belfort takes that advice to the bank, but first he changes the formula and learns how to derive money from the everyday man, men and the unlikely honor Luttrell finds in a small village. looking to get rich. “Their money was better off in my pocket. I Final Thought – Exists more as a gripping thriller, than a well knew how to spend it better,” he explains. His behavior over the rounded film, mistakenly playing the awards circuit. years spirals out of control and the more he earns, the more he wants. His actions and billion dollar company becomes the subject “Gimme of an Shelter” FBI investigation and, when it all starts to crumble, he just hits the drugs and his wife harder than before. On Screen January 24th If there is a point to “The Wolf of Wall Street” it would be Starring Vanessa Hudgens the depiction of excess. Scorsese gives us three hours of cocaine Grade Band crack abuse, Belfort verbally and physically abusing his wife It’s fascinating to watch (Robbie), enjoying prostitution, not a single sentence without the an actress who made it big “F” word and perhaps personifying the age old saying “money is on a silly Disney movie the root of all evil.” Endless examples of one man’s thirst for more musical like “High School of everything gets old pretty quick. There is a scene where Belfort Musical” wait for that right colorfully explains to his father (Ron Reiner) that girls today are moment to deliver somesmooth from the eyelids down, yet the endless scenes of full frontal thing unexpected. Vanessa Hudgens (“Spring Breakers,” female nudity suggest something completely different. Most of the film is narrated by Belfort, featuring scenes where he “Sucker Punch”) delivers the talks directly to the camera/audience. I have never liked this techperformance of her career, which isn’t saying much, but nique and really found it to remove me from the film. “I want you this is still a fearless debut of to deal with your problems by becoming rich,” Belfort advises us. Watching DiCapro scream, fight and foam at the mouth, you might her real acting talent. Based on a very dark true story, Hudgens and the rest of the cast conclude the actor really immerses himself in the role; however, I don’t think this even begins to compare to the achievements in elevate this otherwise predicable and donation inspiring story to better heights. It comes in clear with a message behind its darkness his past, even the ones with Scorsese. In slight ways you could compare ‘Wolf’ to Scorsese’s “Casino,” but even that movie, I felt was and, granted, at times the story sinks so low you wonder if this polished, better acted and served to deliver a finer point. Scorsese character will find the light. seems so wrapped up in the excess here that it has bled into the Director Ron Krauss doesn’t use anything but basic filmmaking and storytelling to convey the emotion and hopelessness of the char- production itself. Since this is classified as a comedy, I can’t say that I laughed or acter’s struggle and perhaps that’s exactly what is called for. felt anything during the entire film, except for maybe boredom and At 16 years old, Agnes “Apple” Bailey (Hudgens) escapes from disappointment. her drug addicted mother (Dawson) in order to save herself and Final Thought – The depiction of excess and corruption has the baby she is carrying. She has never met her father, but she arrives unwelcome at his doorstep anyway. Living the life of luxury never been so boring. with a wife and two kids, Tom (Fraser) tries to help his lip pierced, “Anchorman 2” grunge-looking daughter with no manners, stinky clothes, and a bad attitude, but they are from opposite worlds and have unrealistic Starring Will Ferrell, Paul expectations for each other. Apple finds a care center for young girls Rudd, Steve Carrell Cristina and their babies, run for 20 years by a woman who was at one time Applegate, Harrison Ford in the same situation as the girls. For the first time Apple feels like Grade F she has a support system and the courage to survive. The entire film relies on nothing else but the audience’s ability to Lets face it, Will Ferrell is empathize and care about Hudgens’ character Apple. We watch as now at the stage of a struggling she is thrown out of cabs, abused by her mother, feeds out of trash comedian who has played the dumpsters and looks for warmth in empty cars. Apple isn’t a kind same character one too many person because she has never been in a situation where she could be times. He joins the ranks of Ben calm or relaxed, so it’s difficult in the beginning for the audience to Stiller, Adam Sandler and Vince care about someone who literally acts like a wild animal. Vaughn. Sure, these actors can If Apple acts like an animal, Dawson looks like one as the still turn a profit at the box office, mother with rotten, corroded teeth and street clothes. Both she but their reigning glory days and the always disappointing Fraser give surprisingly impressive are over. Ferrell’s most recent performances. endeavors “The Campaign,” “Casa de mi Padre,” and “Everything “Never apologize for your true feelings,” Father Frank McCarthy Must Go” were comparable flops for the actor. This is the first sequel (Jones) impresses upon Apple. Jones gives a kind and gentle perfor- for Ferrell and is intended to be a career rejuvenator. The cast and mance here that feels like a character out of the old “Touched by an crew have all returned, including new faces like Marsden and former
SNL alum Wiig. Profanity, racial slurs, and lots of screaming and shouting should give fans of the 2004 original exactly what they want, while leaving the rest of us wondering why this type of comedy exists in the first place. Legendary news anchor Ron Burgundy (Ferrell) and his co-anchor wife Veronica Corningstone (Applegate) have been obnoxiously delivering the news in San Diego since we saw them last. News director Mack Harken (Harrison Ford) has decided to make history with promoting Corningstone to prime news anchor and kicking Burgundy out the front door. After a period of substance abuse and self pity, Burgundy is offered a position with the debut of the 24 hour news network. He rallies his rag tag team and heads to New York to join GNN, where he will break every journalism rule and change the way we receive and perceive news. Harken calls Burgundy “the worst journalist I’ve ever seen,” but I might extend that further to one of the worst comedians I have ever seen. Ferrell also co-wrote the screenplay, which has about as much creative comedy writing as Lindsay Lohan has class. We watch Burgundy bottle feed a shark, curse out an audience at SeaWorld, smoke crack on the air and curse in front of his 6-year-old child. This, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call good American comedy? The closest thing to a funny scene would have been Carrell’s character freaking out when he sees his legs vanish on a television monitor as he is delivering the weather report due to a certain color pattern he is wearing against a green screen. The lowest point of the film is when Burgundy loses his eyesight while figure skating and lives in a lighthouse for a few scenes. Even the usually funny Wiig and the extensive cameos cannot rally this lackluster sequel that seems desperate for your money, but lazy in the material it delivers. I’ve never understood why anyone would find anything like this funny; watching grown men act like children for two hours is not my idea of a good time. Final Thought – If you laugh at “Anchorman 2,” it’s because you want to, not because it’s funny.
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
Starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wig, Sean Penn Grade C The fifth film directed by actor Ben Stiller is the first film of his with awards-buzz surrounding it, but that’s about all it’s doing. Part fantasy, part adventure, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is based on a short story that aims to be about one man stepping outside of his comfort zone. What we get instead is a beautiful film that is largely withdrawn from emotion and depth of character. Stiller has never been one of my favorite actors, and while his performance here is well above his forgettable work in the last decade, he is unable to create a real person out of Walter Mitty. He leaves you feeling that this is just a cartoon come to life. Walter Mitty (Stiller) is in charge of selecting and caring for the images that come into the office for “Life” magazine. When the digital age forces the magazine to end their print version, Mitty cannot find the image sent from his friend and renown photographer Sean O’Connell (Penn) that is to appear on the final issue. So for the first time in his life he sets out to find O’Connell and ends up in extraordinary places and situations that he never had the courage to do and be before. His crush on co-worker Cheryl and his enthusiastic visions of her when he zones out, gives him the courage he needs to keep searching. While this film has the single best use of a skateboard in a movie this year, there are so many scenes that garble all the beauty the film does offer. Trading a Stretch Armstrong for a $200 dollar skateboard? I get and understand the point of using the ridiculous zone out/vision moments, but they felt like excuses to amp up the special effects only to have really impressive shots to show in the trailer that subtract within the actual film. Mitty survives a shark attack, a volcanic eruption, and jumping out of a helicopter; yet he never reflects on his extraordinary
moments as you would expect someone who had never left the office would. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is all fizz and no flavor. The characters are one sided and flat as a pancake. There are moments of excitement, fun, and inspiration throughout, but they only work as tiny moments in a film that never adds up to anything substantial or inspiring. Final Thought – Emotionally lackluster but pretty to glance at.
Starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner Grade C+ Oscar nominated writer/ director David O. Russell has become the auteur that actors gravitate towards. His last two films won Oscars for Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, and Melissa Leo, not to mention the other nominations they incurred. He likes working with the same dependable cast. It’s no secret that Russell, who has gotten very close a few times, wants to win an Oscar, but his latest “American Hustle” seems more obviously desperate and lacks the energy of “The Fighter” or “Silver Linings Playbook.” It’s clever, smart enough, but all the performances, minus Lawrence, are not in the typical prestigious realm we have grown accustom to. In the late 70’s, partners and lovers Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Adams) have just gotten busted by the Feds for their numerous and elaborate loan and fake art schemes. Forced to work with, and set up, other con-artists, mobsters, and corrupt New Jersey politicians, Richie Dimaso (Cooper) creates an elaborate plan to reel in popular mayor Carmine Polito (Renner). Irving, with his elaborate comb over and robust waste line, is torn between his firecracker wife (Lawrence) and Sydney, who might be playing everyone. It can’t just be about colorful, inventive characters, it’s also about who those people are underneath and their motives. Lawrence, who won best actress last year for “Silver Linings Playbook,” will have the highest grossing film of 2013 and very likely receive another nomination for her wildly enjoyable supporting turn here. Lawrence plays dumb for the first time in her career of strong women and demonstrates she is good at that also. Bale, Cooper, and Adams are all fine here, but all have given far better performances. It’s Lawrence and her “science oven” that you will remember from “American Hustle.” More often than not, “American Hustle” goes for the obnoxious over the clever (as we watch a five minute scene showcasing the comb over). Russell creates a believable 70’s world with hair, clothes and ambition. What I felt he lacked here was the energy. There are points in the film (which feels entirely too stretched out for the storyline) when it seems as if Russell is unable to cut into what the scene is actually trying to convey and it just spins. “Hustle” won’t leave tears in your eyes like “The Fighter” or “Silver Linings Playbook,” and, out of desperation just switched from the drama category to comedy in better hopes of snagging something at the Golden Globes. Final Thought – Russell loses his momentum while Lawrence steals the show. 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’s what is showing... 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
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During ‘Mardi Gras! Galveston,’ the island comes alive with extravagant parades, more than 50 galas and festive events, bead throwing, exhibits, live entertainment and the best Gulf Coast cuisine in the world. One of the most popular annual events to take place in Texas, the event is rich with laughter and celebration. There is something for everyone including a beachfront carnival, shopping and a fun nightlife featuring everything from Cajun and salsa to jazz and rock and roll. This year’s events include...
Galveston Island will kick off the New Year with a variety of special events worth marking the calendar for. From the third annual Galveston Restaurant Week to the aYaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest, the island will be bustling with foodies, pop culture fans and visitors looking to explore the island’s unique options. Here’s a look at what will be happening on Galveston Island this month... Galveston Restaurant Week
Galveston Restaurant Week will bring Galveston’s vibrant food scene to life January 12th25th when more than 30 of the island’s finest restaurants show off their tastiest dishes. With a specialty in seafood, Galveston’s eateries will prepare special menus and dishes for restaurant week, allowing participants to choose from a variety of price points. The event will showcase the freshest ingredients, most flavorful dishes and culinary gems that Galveston has to offer, with proceeds benefitting the Galveston County Food Bank. For details and participating restaurants see page 5 or visit online at galvestonrestaurantweek.com. Yaga’s Chili Quest & Beer Fest
Yaga’s Entertainment will host its annual Chili Quest & Beer Fest January 17th-18th in Galveston’s historic downtown district. The festival will bring thousands of visitors to The Strand to participate in a chili competition, beer tasting, 5K run/walk, a washer tournament and a downtown walkabout. For details, visit www.yagaspresents.com/chiliquest. ‘Mardi Gras! Galveston’
If you’re looking for a unique Mardi Gras experience in 2014, grab some beads and hit the beach. The third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country, ‘Mardi Gras! Galveston’ returns February 21st through March 4th offering the unique chance to experience sand between your toes and gorgeous beach sunsets while taking in the revelry and lavish parades known to dominate Galveston Island during carnival season. This year’s event will feature 24 parades, 20 balcony parties, five elegant masked balls and 38 concerts, including headlining performances from Uncle Kracker. For details about parades, performers and more, see the article to the right or visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com. Galveston Marathon
Get your feet moving and heart pumping February 16th by participating in the Galveston Marathon & Half-Marathon. A great way to take in the views of historic Galveston, the race will lead runners through the historic downtown Strand district and along the island’s picturesque Seawall Boulevard. Participants can enjoy food, drinks, live entertainment and a massage by Koala Health and Wellness at the post-race party in Saengerfest Park. For details, visit www.galvestonmarathon.com. Sacred Places Tour
The Galveston Historical Foundation will present the 17th annual Sacred Places Tour February 8th. Featuring a wide range of religious traditions and building styles, the tour will highlight the island’s rich religious heritage while showcasing the depth and range of Galveston’s sacred architecture. Proceeds from the tour will benefit the Galveston Historical Foundation’s ongoing restoration of St. Joseph’s Church – the oldest German Catholic church in Texas. For details, see the feature article, page 19, or visit www.galvestonhistory.org. Performances at The Grand 1894 Opera House
The Grand 1894 Opera House will kick off its spring series February 1st with esteemed pianist and recording artist Leon Fleisher. Known for his astonishing musical abilities despite an immobilized right hand, Fleisher was one of only four classical pianists to receive the Kennedy Center Honor in 2007. Then, don’t miss the ‘The Official Blues Brothers Revue,’ February 15th featuring “Jake,” “Elwood” and an eightpiece rhythm and blues revue band. As a special treat, original performers Dan Aykroyd, Judith Belushi and music director Paul Shaffer will be present. For more info, thegrand.com.
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Sunday, February 23rd - FamilyGras!
Jr. Jester Jaunt! 1K Run/Walk, downtown, 12 noon - This is a great way for the entire family to have fun together, get some exercise, and get an early start to the ‘FamilyGras’ all while showing your support for the incredible kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children and The Sunshine Kids. The race begins at 21st and Strand and continues around the Historic Strand Parades & More District. Walking, running or strolling are encouraged at this non-competitive, non-timed event for all ages. 100% of your Friday, February 21st entry fee will go to support the Sunshine Kids and Shriners George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Parade, downtown, 7pm Hospitals for Children. Honoring George Black and Posthumously Donald Schattel Sr. This parade will begin at 7pm from The Tremont House with Sunshine Kids Parade, downtown, 1pm - The Sunshine Kids the Budweiser Clydesdales, Ball High School Marching Band, Parade will feature festive floats and the Ball High School festive floats and a parade through the Historic Strand District Marching Band. The Sunshine Kids is an organization that provides activities for children with cancer. on the kick-off night of ‘Mardi Gras! Galveston’. Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade, downtown, 8:30pm - This Shriners Hospitals for Children-Galveston Parade, downtown, 3pm - ‘FamilyGras’ continues with the Shriners year we would like you to gather all your friends, family, and loved ones to join us in our quest to break our previous record Hospitals for Children-Galveston Parade. Patients, families and friends of Shriners Hospital for Children will become a part of of 1,792 Funky Brigaders. This free event offers families, the festivities with floats, Ball High School Marching Band and friends, corporate groups, organizations and individuals a Shriners Clowns and Mini-Cars. chance to do a little dance, have a lot of fun and get down tonight. New this year is the “1st Annual Official Umbrella Decorating Contest of ‘Mardi Gras! Galveston’.” You are invited Friday, February 28th to submit an decorated umbrella to be voted on by the public Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade, downtown, 7pm - Danny Weber, Sr. was a lifelong Galvestonian who spent via the ‘Mardi Gras! Galveston’ Funky Uptown Umbrella over 30 years in the Galveston Fire Department as he worked Brigade Facebook Page. The top ten umbrellas will be showway through the ranks, eventually becoming Fire Chief. cased at the Official ‘Mardi Gras! Galveston’ Poster & Umbrella his After he retired, still wishing to serve the community he loved, Unveiling and the winning umbrella will lead the Funky he ran for City Council, serving three terms as the District 5 Uptown Umbrella Brigade Processional. Representative. Danny was a devoted family man and a good Krewe da’ Yaga’s Parade, downtown, 10pm - Only the most friend to all who knew him. This parade is dedicated to Danny irie vibes will be heard from this Krewe. Rounding out the first because of his love for his community, fire department and night, Krewe da’ Yaga’s Café makes its return with a parade full ‘Mardi Gras! Galveston’. of Yaga’s Café family of the past, present and future. This is one Krewe Babalu All-Krewe Parade, downtown, 8pm - Krewe not to be missed. Babalu of Galveston, a non-profit organization, kicks off its 8th annual All- Krewe Parade. The parade will begin at 25th and Saturday, January 22nd Mechanics Row. It will then continue down Mechanics to 21st, Jolly Jester Jaunt, downtown, 11am - Join us at 11am by galloping through the Historical Strand District (with optional go left on 21st to the Strand and the go left on Strand back to 25th. Many of Galveston Island’s krewes will again participate stick pony). The first 500 gallopers will be given jester hats and a jester themed run shirt for performing in this whimsical and be covered by generous amount of beads and throws. This year the Dynamo Girls from Houston will be the Honorary event (colorful leggings might be a good call). The Goodies Grand Marshalls of the parade and will be available to sign (all included) 5k Fun Run with a complimentary fermented calendars after the parade at our balcony party. Come let the libation during the festival ($5 value), Jolly Jester themed festival t-shirt and jester hat ($29 value), Mardi Gras medallion ‘Good Times Roll’ with Krewe Babalu! ($5 value), concert ticket to see various artists perform live, Krewe Maximilian Parade, downtown, 9:30pm - Take a Walk viewing of five festive parades, and multiple DJ’s on the Jaeger on the Wild Side and join Krewe of Maximillan as they roll Stage ($17 value), and Half-Day Balcony Pass good for 12-4pm into Galveston and down the Strand. for the first 300 registrants ($35 value). Register online at Saturday, March 1st endurancecui.active.com. Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade, Seawall, 11am - Battle of Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Kick-Off Parade, Seawall, 12 the Bands begins at 9am and the parade begins at 11am. The noon - Mystic Krewe of Aquarius 29th annual Mardi Gras parade will start at Kempner Park at 27th and Ave N, down Parade “The Lights of Broadway” is one of Mardi Gras premiere 27th to Seawall and down the Seawall to 31st and down parades. It will have a new route begining at 57th street and 31st street to Holy Rosary Catholic Church. There will be an Seawall and making its way downtown to the Strand Entertain- after party with all types of cultural food booths, more bead ment District. The colorful family parade will be lead by our throwing, music and fun. This is a family oriented parade spectacular Royal Court, Krewe members and 10 Aquarius with lots of high stepping marching bands from Houston and floats. The 28th annual parade will also feature over 50 units Galveston, lots of bead, trinkets and even some food throws. including 15 high stepping marching bands and dance teams. Houston Chronicle Neauxs Krewe Parade, downtown, For more information go to www.kreweofaquarius.org. 2:30pm - Hot off the press! This Neauxs Krewe will be rolling Clear Channel Rock The Block Parade, downtown, 3pmdown Strand at tossing more than newspapers. Tune into this rockin’ parade as the Clear Channel Krewe Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler Parade, downtown, 4:30pm - cruises down Strand. Let the good times roll this Mardi Gras! Join us for this festive Zaniest Golf Cart & Art Car Parade, downtown, 4pm - Why parade as we wrap up Mardi Gras the last weekend. stop with a world record-breaking umbrella parade when you can have the Zaniest (decorated) Golf Cart Parade? This parade Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade, Seawall, 6:30pm - Mardi Gras! Galveston’s largest parade will feature floats, is another great chance for friends and family to get together and participate in this interactive display of zany spirit. There marching bands, dignitaries, bead throwing and more. The is a free Entertainment District ticket to all participants of the parade starts at 23rd and Seawall, turns right on 25th and continues to Mechanic. Then right on Mechanic to 21st, left on parade. Register at the Galveston Daily News building. 21st to The Strand, then finally left on Strand and it will end at Krewe of Gambrinus Parade, Seawall, downtown, 6pm the Railroad Museum. King Gambrinus throws a party for 300,000 of his closest friends with over 650,000 throws. Searchlights will “Light Up Sunday, March 2nd the Night” as the parade processes down Seawall Blvd. from Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade, Seawall, 1pm - The 16th 57th to 25th (Rosenberg Ave.), then heads North on Rosenannual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade, sponsored by the berg Ave. as ‘Gambrinus Goes to Town’ downtown. Mechanic Galveston Island Humane Society, is set! Promoting the theme St. and The Famous Strand will be packed with revelers who “South PAWcific, Some Enchanted Evening,” this popular will enjoy the 12 lighted floats and marching bands and many Mardi Gras event will kick off from 28th and Seawall Blvd and other entries. Don’t miss this year as King Gambrinus XXV and continue west to 46th and Seawall Blvd., before disbanding in
the parking lot of the Academy Sports and Outdoor store. Parade Marshalls are “Baxter” and “Max” and their owners, Eddie Kier and Johnnie Mize. “Baxter” and “Max” won the title of Pets of the Year at the Annual PAWS Gala in September, 2013. Sponsored by and benefitting exclusively the Galveston Island Humane Society (GIHS), proceeds from the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade will be dedicated to the shelter’s on-going Spay/Neuter programs. Advance registration is $20 per pet if pre-registered by close of business on Monday, February 24th. The day of parade the registration is $30 per pet. Mardi Gras Children’s Parade, Seawall, 2pm - Firefighters Local 571 hosts a parade dedicated to the families and children of Galveston. The parade marches on with costumed kids and decorated floats. And begins at 27th Street and Seawall and proceeds to 47th St to the Academy parking lot.
Retro-Swing Band ‘Cherry Poppin’ Daddies’ at The Tremont House Mardi Gras Ball
The sounds of jazz and swing will fill The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, during its 30th Annual Mardi Gras Ball & Parade Viewing Party on March 1st. The Tremont House invites guests to its “Pearls and Prohibition” celebration, where artful decor - coupled with music by retro-swing band ‘Cherry Poppin’ Daddies,’ jazz vocalist Danielle Reich and the renowned Dr. Michael White Jazz Quartet will transport revelers back to Galveston’s glory days of great music, speakeasies and glamour. As guests arrive, they will be greeted with hors d’oeuvres and Prohibition Era-inspired cocktails
accompanied by one of Austin’s top jazz and swing singers Danielle Reich. Reich, whose debut album “This Year’s Kisses” was described as “an impressive new voice on the jazz scene” by “All About Jazz,” will entertain guests in the lobby until the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade approaches the hotel. Back by popular demand, Dr. Michael White and his Jazz Quartet from New Orleans will perform in the Sam Houston Ballroom as ball goers enjoy a sumptuous dinner buffet.
Fat Tuesday, March 4th
Krewe of Aquarius Fat Tuesday Parade, downtown, 6:30pm - Held in the Strand District and historic downtown, each year this grand parade is in the final hours of Mardi Gras the Krewe’s of Gambrinus, BABALU, Thalasar, Baccus and Z Krewe join Aquarius for the revelry. The parade will feature marching bands, dance teams and dozens of lighted floats. Come enjoy one of Galveston’s most popular parades.
Headlining this year on the Budweiser Stage, 5:30pm
Uncle Kracker His easy-going ability to take life as it comes has given Uncle Kracker a place in Country (with the Top 10 hit “Smile”), Pop (“Drift Away,” his Dobie Gray redux that featured Gray on vocals, set a Billboard record for most weeks at #1 on any chart, topping their Adult Contemporary chart for 28 weeks), Rock (“Follow Me,” from the double platinum Double Wide, was a Top 5 hit) and as a D.J./vocalist in rock/rap icon Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band. Then there was “When the Sun Goes Down,” the #1 Country hit that sat on top of the charts for 6-weeks with friend and sometimes tour mate Kenny Chesney plus the multi-format smash hit “All Summer Long” which he co-wrote with Kid Rock. “There’s stuff to take serious,” he continues. “But it doesn’t make sense to give too much of a damn. Take it as it comes. It’s pretty simple. I’m trying to lift people’s spirits...make ’em feel good ‘cause everybody needs that.”
‘Clockwork’ is Headlining Electric Mardi Gras on the Main Stage, 5:30pm
Los Angeles-born DJ/Producer Clockwork is no stranger to the world of electronic music. The young producer was one of the many 18 year olds circulating the dance music blogospehere with various bootleg remixes. But in 2011, armed with support and guidance from fellow young guns Felix Cartal and AutoErotique, Clockwork emerged from the throng of bedroom producers. His single “Squad Up” quickly caught the attention of internationally renowned DJ, and Dim Mak chief, Steve Aoki. Aoki signed Clockwork immediately, making him the youngest artist ever signed to Dim Mak’s prolific roster. Since the signing, Clockwork has officially remixed work for artists across the dance music spectrum, from Steve Aoki to Dimitri Vegas. His bootleg remix of Avicii’s notorious big room anthem “Levels” reached over 80,000 plays on Soundcloud, 3 million views on Youtube, and garnered international radio play. Clockwork’s distinctive bass- heavy, big room sound has helped him gain support from the likes of Tiesto, Steve Angello, Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki and everyone in between. And with a prolific propensity to create a progressive production style, and a genuine love for the performance, Clockwork’s future is looking bright.
‘E-Rok Live’ on the Jagermeister DJ Stage, Saturday, March 1st
Selekt it Erok learned his craft on the South Beach club circuit of Miami, around about the time hip-hop was
gaining momentum. He took hip-hop as his foundation and then built on it, merging throwback joints from across the genre spectrum and then cutting the whole thing with cutting edge singles. It left clubbers yearning for more and demand for his services high. Kue it This skill in blending from an eclectic palette ensured his reputation grew... and not just along South Beach, but across the world. From Barcelona to The Bahamas from Shanghai to South America his ability to fuse soul, funk, Brasilian beats, reggae, house, rock and hip-hop ensures everyone from the occasional clubber to the aficianado kick back and enjoy the night. As the man himself says, “The energy a clever DJ generates intrigues me. We can translate our love for music to good vibes in any part of the world!” Rok it His global travels have seen him spin the soundtrack to everything from Hollywood A-listers’ private parties to Formula One events in Monte Carlo, the Red Bull After-Ride Party at Chile’s Valle Nevado ski resort to becoming the official DJ at the world’s top polo events. Rewind + Repeat He’s a man who never stops - whether it’s touring Europe, Asia, the US, or creative consulting, Erok is on the move, on to the next party, the next club, the next opportunity to bring a lot of joy and a lot of tunes to people who want to party. His mantra says it all, “One moment of perfection is better than a whole life of only good ‘live for the moment!’”
VIP viewing of the Knight of Momus Grand Night Parade, which passes directly in front of the hotel, precedes the revelry in The Tremont Ballroom with music by ‘Cherry Poppin’ Daddies.’ The Cherry Poppin’ Daddies debuted in 1997 with the swing compilation “Zoot Suit Riot,” which sold over two million copies in the United States and became a radio hit. Known for their mix of swing and ska with modern rock and pop influences, they released their sixth album entitled “White Teeth, Black Thoughts” in 2013. The Tremont House Mardi Gras Ball begins at 6pm and offers music, dinner, dancing, an open bar, and VIP parade viewing. It concludes with a midnight breakfast buffet. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Prohibition and 1920s glamour-inspired dress. Ball tickets are $200 per person and can be purchased online by calling (409)763-0300.
Friday, February 21st
Mardi Gras Headquarters Balcony Party, Dargan & Tobyn, 23rd and Strand, 5pm-1am Come on out and start Mardi Gras off with a bang! Watch 3 parades including the Guiness World Record “Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade.” Balcony tickets are $45 and include entrance into the Entertainment District, access to balcony with music and full cash bar. The Funkiest Uptown Balcony Party, Trumpets- 23rd and Strand Southeast Corner – 5pm-1am - The NEW BIG Weekend is full of big parades and big music. Enjoy the festivities from above with a great view! Balcony tickets are $45 and include entrance into the Entertainment District, access to balcony with music and full cash bar. Entrance to balcony is on 23rd. Mardi Gras Devils and Angels Wrecking Ball, Trolley Station-2021 Strand – 5pm-1am - Tis the season to let your inner self out, whether that be an Angel or Devil or Miley, this party does not discriminate! Dust off your horns and halos and get the Mardi Gras season started right-costumes strongly encouraged. Balcony tickets are $35 and include entrance into the Entertainment District, access to balcony with music and full cash bar. Entrance into balcony is located at 2021 Strand (across from Hendly Market).
Saturday, February 22nd
Mardi Gras Headquarters Balcony Party, Dargan & Tobyn-23rd and Strand – 12pm-1am The biggest party of Mardi Gras is happening right here! This balcony ticket for $75 gets you admittance into Entertainment District, entry onto the balcony all day with music, full cash bar and VIP concert views featuring ‘Uncle Kracker’ and new this year - view of the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade and Krewe of Gambrinus Parade as they come to the Entertainment District for the first time! Limited Tickets available. Entrance to balcony is on Strand. Electric Mardi Gras Balcony Party, Jockusch Building- 21st and Strand – 12pm-1am - Do you like fun? Then you want to be here! Dance the night away with a VIP View of Electric Mardi Gras down below with laser lights and beat thumping DJs. This balcony ticket for $65 gets you admittance into the Entertainment District, entry onto the balcony all day with music, and full cash bar. Entrance to balcony is on 21st Street. Clear Channel Rocks the Block Balcony Party, Trumpets- 23rd and Strand Southeast Corner – 12pm-1am - Join the Clear Channel Radio Krewe and rock the block as the party continues on Saturday with 5 parades including the Clear Channel Rocks the Block Parade. Balcony tickets are $75 and include entrance into the Entertainment District, access to the balcony all day with music, full cash bar, concert views featuring ‘Uncle Kracker’ and for the first time ever a view of the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade and Krewe of Gambrinus Parade as they join the Entertainment District! Limited tickets available. Entrance to balcony is on 23rd. Up Close and Personal with Uncle Kracker-VIP Balcony Party, Trolley Station-2021 Strand, 12 noon-1pm - Get this exclusive VIP tickets while they last! The headline entertainer will make a special appearance to the balcony party prior to the show in Saengerfest Park at 5:30pm. This $65 ticket will get you into the Entertainment District, access to the balcony all day to enjoy all the parades including for the first time ever a view of the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade and Krewe of Gambrinus Parade and the ultimate VIP experience with Uncle Kracker!
Friday, February 28th
Mardi Gras Headquarters Balcony Party, Dargan & Tobyn, 23rd and Strand, 5pm-1am Come on out and start Mardi Gras off with a bang! Watch 3 parades including the Guiness World Record “Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade.” Balcony tickets are $45 and include entrance into the Entertainment District, access to balcony with music and full cash bar. Entrance to balcony is on Strand. Electric Mardi Gras Balcony Party, Jockusch Building - 21st and Strand – 12pm-1am - Do you like fun? Then you want to be here! Dance the night away with a VIP View of Electric Mardi Gras down below with laser lights and beat thumping DJs! This balcony ticket for $65 gets you admittance into the Entertainment District, entry onto the balcony and full cash bar. Mardi Gras King’s Court Balcony Party, Trolley Station - 2021 Strand – 5pm-1am - Round out the second weekend of Mardi Gras like a king! Party like royalty as you toss beads to the revelers below and enjoy a VIP view of 3 parades as they enter the Entertainment District. This $40 ticket will get you into the Entertainment District, access to balcony and full cash bar. Entrance into balcony is located at 2021 Strand (Hendly Market).
Saturday, March 1st
Mardi Gras Headquarters Balcony Party, Grand Night Parade Viewing, Dargan & Tobyn23rd and Strand – 12pm-1am - Celebrate Mardi Gras as big as you did the first weekend and round it out with a bang! Toss beads, dance, enjoy great company and a great view of the parades as we wrap up the 103rd Celebration of ‘Mardi Gras! Galveston’. Balcony party tickets are $75 and include entrance into the Entertainment District, access to balcony all day with music and full cash bar. Entrance to balcony is on Strand. Mardi Gras King’s Court Balcony Party, Trolley Station-2021 Strand – 12pm-1am - Spend your last Saturday at Mardi Gras like a King (or Queen). Toss beads, dance, enjoy great company and a great view of the parades as we wrap up the 103rd celebration of Mardi Gras Galveston. Balcony party tickets are $60 and include entrance into the Entertainment District, access to the balcony all day with music and full cash bar. Entrance into balcony is located at 2021 Strand (across from Hendly Market). For tickets to any of these balcony parties, go to www.mardigrasgalveston.com. Balcony rotation will be strictly enforced. The Island Guide Magazine
G. Lee Gallery
Vivid Art and Island’s Best History Tour By Terry Card
There are some people who, for whatever reason, are just larger than life. Much larger! Looking across the street as I neared the G. Lee Gallery, sitting at an outdoor round table with his snakeskin cowboy boots propped languidly on an opposite chair, sat George Douglas Lee, cousin to Robert E. Lee, twelve generations removed. He stood to greet me and I immediately recognized the famous Galveston eccentricity of one of its native sons. Dressed nattily in vest and a Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band style coat, wearing a huge grin, he pumped my hand and invited me into his gallery, inhabited by his two, ever-so friendly, Pekinese dogs, his own art and the art of other local painters. I had arranged to meet with George for an anticipated 15 to 20 minute interview. What resulted was a two hour conversation with one of Galveston’s true characters. This is a gregarious man whom you feel could become your friend for life. Having left Galveston as a young man to make his fortune, his many interests resulted in a diversity of careers including rock and roll singer/songwriter, with his own band in the 70’s and 80’s, manager of the graphics department at Brown & Root, Inc., his own advertising business, GD&L MediaWorks, owned the Electric Theatre in Sugarland, then moved back to Galveston in 2000 for a job at UTMB that didn’t materialize due to State budget cuts. Returning to Galveston, he pursued a career as an artist, internationally published playwright, screenwriter and host of the Electric Theatre Radio Hour. After coming back home to Galveston, he became much more interested in her history than he had in his youth. He began reading every book on Galveston’s history he could lay his hands on, and then went into the streets interviewing and talking to many old timers, seeking to understand the personal side of this intriguing city. He is a huge Civil War and history buff and Galveston is rife with fascinating Civil War tales. Deciding to follow his passion for Civil War history, he and his wife Brenda hooked up with a famous Civil war Tour Guide by the name of Doc Gilmore and about one and one-half years ago, jumped headfirst into an extended tour leading from Gettysburg down through Lexington. During the tour, George realized that Galveston did not have anything like it – and he decided that this was a great opportunity. Thus was born what is labeled as the ‘Island’s Best History Tour.’ It is not dates and locations, dry historical fact, or boring
recitations of the ‘Leading Citizens of the time.’ No - this is an energized insight by a garrulous story-teller of the untold tales of the native Indians, the Karankawas, the fallacies of the discoverers and the indiscretions of the founders. Those folks who have taken his tour have discovered a world of con men, swindlers, crooks and misfits. These were the heroes and founders. A city of firsts – first Post Office, first Police Force, first Volunteer Fire Department, followed by a very long list of firsts, Galveston was referred to as the ‘Wall Street of the South,’ a very wealthy city, and at one time, the largest city in Texas. And then raged ‘The Greatest Storm,’ which changed Galveston forever! George Lee is the only Tour Guide in Galveston who has been featured on a History Channel Documentary. During his tour, guests experience the sights and sounds on the History Channel video of America’s Greatest Disaster – the 1900 Storm – which killed at least 6000 people. Comparisons on the video with hurricanes Carla and Ike, two other storms that devastated Galveston, are chilling. He regales his customers with tales of the ‘Free State of Galveston,’ an era dominated by the Maceo brothers and their famous Balinese Room which extended out into the Gulf. The Balinese Room hosted many celebrities of the time, including Phil Harris, Guy Lombardo, Glenn Miller and Harry James. It also was the center of the Maceo gambling activities, frustrating the authorities with its disappearing gaming tables, which were folded into the walls and floors when the raid alarm sounded. When I asked George what he considers the highlight of his tours, he responded that for him, it occurs when he observes his customers responding delightedly or tearfully to his stories of the history of Galveston. One man gave him $100 for a $40 tour and when George told him he would give him his change back at the Gallery, the man said, “the tour was worth $200 George, and if I could afford it, I would gladly give it to you. Keep the $100 and thanks for an extraordinary experience!” G. Lee Gallery
2215 Postoffice Street, downtown Galveston Call (409)370-7350 for reservations. Gallery Hours: Thursday - Friday: 2-5pm Saturday: 12-6pm; Sunday: 12-5pm Show times: Thursdays: 3pm and 5pm Admission: Adults: $20; Children and Seniors: $15
Galveston Historic Tour Presents “The Black History of Galveston Tour” - Explore the African-American history of Galveston as part of Black history month. Learn about Emancipation, desegregation and Jack Johnson. Sites covered on the tour are Reedy Chapel, Old Central Multicultural Center, Star Drug Store and more. This driving tour is $15 per person and departs from Ashton Villa (2328 Broadway) at 4pm on February 1st, 8th, 9th, 15th and 16th. Reservations are required, (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. Most Saturdays - “World War II Warbird Flight Experiences” will take place at Lone Star Flight Museum, 2002 Terminal Dr., 9am-5pm. Cost is $225 - $1,995 depending on the length of flight. “Historic Flight Experiences” take place aboard a B-17 Bomber, B-25 Bomber, AT-6 Texan, PT-17 Stearman, T-41 Mescalero, or P-51 Mustang. Weight, size and age restrictions may apply, especially in the single passenger aircraft. Flights are Saturdays or by appointment. For reservations or info call (409)737-1304. Ongoing - Colonel Paddlewheel Boat launches at One Hope Boulevard in Moody Gardens. Experience the elegance of the paddlewheel from a bygone era aboard the Colonel, a triple deck sternwheeler. Her 650-passenger capacity makes her one of the largest paddlewheelers that has ever cruised the area. Plush carpeting, elegant draperies, colorful lighting and uniformed staff members guarantee that your cruise will be a special adventure. Guests can enjoy the open-air promenade deck, or one of the elegant dining rooms - the Texas Room or the Galveston Room. The Colonel offers daily cruises and monthly dinner/dance cruises. Admission is $10.95, children (4-12) $8.95 and senior (65+) $8.95. Cruises are Monday-Friday at 1pm and Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 3pm. Pier 21 Theater presents “The Pirate Island of Jean Laffite” - Pirate or patriot? Smuggler or businessman? Merciless murderer and thief, or hero in time of war? These are the contradictions of the legendary Jean Laffite. His harsh actions have secured his place in infamy, but his motives remain a mystery to this day. Whatever his reasons, the mere mention of Laffite in the early decades of the 1800’s sent merchant ships throughout the Gulf of Mexico racing for safe harbor. During the last three years of his marauding campaign, Laffite made Galveston Island his base of operations. As for the treasure he is said to have buried here, none has been found...yet. “The Pirate Island of Jean Laffite,” directed by C. Grant Mitchell, is an exciting chronicle of the adventures of the pirate who called Galveston home, and seeks to explore the questions of his character and shows daily every half hour, from 11:30am-5:30pm, at the Pier 21 Theater, Harborside Dr. and 21st St. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students, ages 6 to 18 and free for children under 6. Ghost Tours of Galveston - Join a haunted ghost tour like no other! Galveston’s oldest and longest-running ghost tour is owned and operated by Dash Beardsley, the known authority on Galveston and its hauntings. The rich history of Galveston Island is infused with thoroughly researched historical evidence and personal accounts from local residents. Tours are given daily, year-round, with three to choose from. The ‘Original Ghost Tour’ tells of the history and explanations behind the enormous amount of paranormal activity in the city and the tales of documented residents of Galveston who have stayed behind. The ‘Restless Spirits Tour’ presents to the visitor a number of buildings with ongoing paranormal activity, much of which is documented for you to see, hear and decide for yourself. Or become a hush-hush member of the ‘Secret Society Cemetery Tour,’ with tales of Galveston’s legendary woes and the woebegone amid the sights of the tantalizing and mysterious City Cemetery. These tours are unique and a fun way to see the haunted history of the island. Visit the website for schedules, meeting places and to book your tours online at ghosttoursofgalvestonisland.com.
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since Hurricane Ike. She muses, “we lost a lot of the real, centuryold, solid pieces to the storm and since then we have shifted focus to more vintage pieces. The vintage pieces have good bones, Tour the Timeless they have good structure, but sometimes they just look old and tired.” When it comes to deciding how to restore a piece Scottie Treasures of Galveston is emphatic that, “the furniture has to talk to me,” evidencing her By Kimber Fountain, Photos by Christa Schreckengost innate connection and love for her profession. “The challenge is a work of art out of something that has been cast off. A well-rounded antiquing experience in Galveston is by no means to create is a great satisfaction in that for me.” Le Chat Noir is also a one-stop-shop, because just like the goods they carry, a complete There the home to five other vendors, providing a wide variety of vintage collection is the most prized possession. Each and every store has clothing, hats, furniture and trinkets. Also for sale at Scottie’s shop a character all its own and an atmosphere as unique as its owner are all-natural, organic soaps made by her son Jason Matsumoto and they each tell their own story of the past. But together, they handmade jewelry made of broken, vintage china made by her weave an incomparable tale of time gone by, and provide wonderful, and daughter-in-law, Amy Matsumoto, author of the newly released historical perspectives as numerous as the people who lived them. “Haunted Galveston.” Located at 4301 Avenue S., Antique Warehouse (409)457-9586, open Thursday - Tuesday 10am-6pm. Antique Warehouse stands Backbay Emporium alone in its raw authenticity, Located at 1513 19th St., (409)766-7711, open as its historic downtown Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12-6pm. building provides the perfect backdrop for a seemingly City House Summer House endless array of furniture and City House Summer House specializes in vintage and collectibles in their original repurposed furnishings with an eye for design that form. The dust and rust is is both environmentally-friendly and contemporary just part of the charm of chic. Located at 411 25th St., (409)750-3827, open Antique Warehouse, and Thursday - Sunday 12-5pm. owners Scott and Holly Hanson are well known in Texaco Collectibles and More Galveston for their expertise Located at 410 23rd St., (936)445-6550, open Friday, and willingness to assist Saturday, Monday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12-5pm and by their customers. “We are appointment. mostly sought out for our The Antique Girls architectural pieces, such Located at 4619 Fort Crockett Blvd., (409)497-2989, as doors, windows and open Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10amauthentic hardware,” says 5pm, closed Sunday and Mondays. Holly, and according to their regular customers, they Garden Room know every inch of their Located at 2323 Winnie St., (713)306-0498, open extensive collection. “They Thursday - Sunday 10am-5pm. will help you find anything,” exclaimed a loyal customer Vintage of the Hanson’s, now in their Located at 408 23rd St., (214)232-9027, open Tuesday eleventh year of business. In - Saturday 10am-6pm. addition to housewares and furniture, Antique Warehouse also houses an extensive collection of Tarnished Treasures Located at 4014 Broadway, (409)939-4955, open Sunday 1-5pm, glassware, books, art, and Galveston memorabilia, as well as small Monday 1-5:30pm, Wednesday-Saturday 10:30am-5:30pm. antique devices such as typewriters, scales and signage. Located at 423 25th Street, (409)762-8620, open Thursday through Sunday Somewhere in Time 11am-5:30pm, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Somewhere in Time, owned by Christine Solis, is that store that just makes you smile as soon as you walk in the door. The shop is almost museum-like in its organization and display, with all the items categorized and displayed artistically in glass cases, but in a setting with all the warmth of grandma’s living room. Jennifer Perry has leased a space at Somewhere in Time for just over a year and tells one of the most Flea by the Sea phenomenal stories of Flea By The Sea showcases new items and vintage decor that has Hurricane Ike as she been creatively redesigned to keep customers eager to visit often. points up about ten feet They go out of their way to find those special pieces that continue to a display of hourto surprise. Flea by the Sea, “vintage decor and more” is all about glasses. Nestled on top of a piece of framing in a section of the wall, putting forth a whimsical collection of refreshed vintage finds they sit a good three feet below the waterline that is marked with the mixed with new decor accessories that will create a home filled with happiness. Join them as they share their passion for designing, recognizable blue arrow. “They didn’t move,” she says amazed. “The entire store was destroyed and the water rose well above those hourdecorating and creating something from nothing. Located at 2528 glasses, yet they didn’t move an inch. And so [the owner] took that Market Street, (409)762-0322, as her sign to reopen.” Moving about open Monday-Saturday 10amthe store, Jennifer continues, “this is that 6pm, Sunday 12-5pm, closed place where you can find the item you Tuesday and Wednesdays. haven’t seen since you were a kid; those little things we remember fondly from LeChat Antiques our childhood.” In that vein, the store Le Chat Noir is the product of is home to comic books, vinyl records, local collector and connoisseur dolls, and marbles, as well as antique Scottie Ketner, who started sewing machines, medical supplies, as a private collector over 25 kitchenware and vintage clothing. years ago. “Then you look and Somewhere in Time is also one of the you have this collection of few antique dealers in Galveston that collections,” Scottie proclaims. sells antique money and coins. Located “And, I needed an outlet. I love at 124 20th St., (409)762-1094, open what I do, I love the creativity seven days a week 10:30am-5:30pm, of it all.” Her creativity has come even more into play www.somewhereintimeantiques.com.
Big House Antiques
Big House Antiques has been proudly serving the Galveston area for 15 years. Big House carries investment quality American and European antiques, estate jewelry, clocks, rare books, fine porcelains such as Royal Doulton and Staffordshire, and pottery such as Roseville, McCoy and Hull, to name a few, as well as pressed glass, Victorian Lusters, chandeliers, Persian rugs, Flow Blue, large variety of Trapp Candles and much more. Located at 2212 Mechanic, (409)762-0559, open Sunday 12-5pm, Monday-Saturday 10am6pm, closed Wednesday. Island Relics
Island Relics is a bright and happy place that strikes a great balance between an antique shop and a resale shop, offering a wide variety of both restored vintage items and resale items. Owner and operator Barbara Boyd is in her third year of resale, antiques, and vintage retail, before which, she spent 17 years as the owner of a ladies clothing boutique. “It gives me a purpose,” she says of her cheery and sparkling store, which houses the collections of eighteen different vendors. In addition to the main floor that displays furniture, collectibles, and an extensive collection of jewelry, there is also a small boutique in the back with women’s clothing and an adjacent warehouse where they store larger or unfinished items. Located at 911 22nd St., (512)925-0290, open seven days a week, 10am-5pm. Upcycle/Recycle Antiques and Stuff
Located at 416 22nd St, (409)761-1026, open Wednesday Saturday 11am-7pm. Galveston Gallery
An island favorite for many years, Galveston Gallery offers a superb collection of items that stand out from the ordinary. Every nook and cranny, including the stairs, of this beautifully-restored hometurned-business in the island’s historical Silk Stocking district is filled with an unsurpassed selection of treasures guaranteed to delight islanders and visitors alike. Noted for its extraordinary selection of gourmet coffees and teas, specialty foods, decorative home furnishings and antiques, Galveston Gallery also offers shoppers an eclectic array of unique gifts and gift ideas. Galveston Gallery also carries a large selection of candles and fragrance lines for the home, including Beeswax Designs, Votivo Aromatic Candles, and Archipelago Botanicals. Located at 1825 25th St., (409)763-6116, open Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm. Nautical Antiques and Tropical Décor
Nautical Antiques and Tropical Décor has two distinct specialties just as the name suggests, but primarily the shop is known for their incredible inventory of authentic ship salvage, including hardware and lighting. Owners Michael and Adrienne Culpepper have been in business for thirteen years and annually they travel overseas to outfit their store. The nautical items come all the way from shipwrecking
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yards in Turkey, India and Bangladesh; and the tropical décor side is garnered from locations in Indonesia, Haiti and around the United States. Look for two all-new shipments to arrive soon, one in early-mid January and the second in late February. Located at 2202 Ships Mechanic Row, (409)539-5469, open weekdays and Saturday 10am-6pm, closed Tuesday and Wednesday, Sunday 11am-4pm, www.piecesofship.com. Bacon Farm Antiques & Oddities
“Each vendor has their own particular niche,” says Charles. “We have such an eclectic variety here, and that is what I love about it.” His sellers’ specialties range from dolls to mid-century modern furniture and everywhere in between. The store is also home to long-time Galveston jeweler Robert Gonzales, who provides his services in antique jewelry repair and also creates custom pieces. Vintage Galveston also carries a good selection of architectural items for home restoration and in the spirit of community has donated a space to the local Women’s Crisis Center to aid in their fundraising efforts. Located at 1708 23rd St., (409)939-1317, open Monday through Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12-5pm.
At the island’s newest antique store you will find different merchandise every day - including mid-century pieces, true antiques, Past Perfect collectibles and more. Located at 1325 Postoffice St., (409)7669979, open Sunday 9am-3pm, Monday, Thursday, Friday 9am-5pm, Past Perfect is owned by Karen Brandt and Donna Siegow. The two ladies have been estate sale organizers for many years and wanted Saturday 9am-7pm, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. a shop to accompany this business. Past Perfect is just that shop. Modern Vintage Six dealers rent space and sell antiques, furniture, art, shabby chic, Located at 2005 Postoffice St., (409)762-0202, open Thursday decorative-accessories, stained glass and more. Besides the dealers, through Monday 10am-6pm. Brandt and Siegow sell auction and estate sale items. Everything sold here is clean and of good quality, this is a treasure trove of good The Emporium at Eiband’s stuff. Located at 2001 Postoffice St., (409)789-7047, open Thursday The Emporium at Eiband’s is a full service decorative and design center. Located in historic downtown, customers may stroll through through Monday 10am-6pm. the shop and enjoy the unique pieces and special finds collected just Hendley Market for The Emporium. An impressive array of antiques and collectibles, Hendley Market, established in 1979, is located in the historic this design emporium highlights the wares of over 30 dealers and Strand district. They reside in the first commercial building on The artists, and includes clothing, jewelry, books, furniture, antiques, art, Strand, built in 1858. During the Civil War, the North and South architectural salvage and interior design services. Located at 2201 used the building as a look out over the important cotton port. Postoffice St., (409)750-9536, open Wednesday-Sunday 10amItems available are antique medical instruments, antique books, 5pm, Monday and Tuesday appointments only. Victorian era items and retablos from Mexico. They also carry a selection of over 200 nativities and santons. When in the storeCatz Jewelry “Bare feet and dogs are welcome; food, drinks and smoking are Catz’s carries a unique array of estate and fine jewelry to suit every advised against.” Located at 2010 The Strand, (409)762-2610, open budget. Cathy Catching, owner, also teaches “Angel Talk” classes Thursday through Sunday 11am-5pm. and does personal healing sessions in addition to running the jewelry shop. She is also currently writing a book with the working title “I Can Hear Angels.” The book recounts her miraculous healing of a lengthy illness and the incredible events surrounding it. Just Every Saturday in January and Friday, January 31st - Galveston prior to the miracle of healing, she was given the gift of clairaudiHistoric Tour Presents “The Battle of Galveston Tour” - Explore ence (the ability to hear the divine) which enables her to receive Galveston’s Civil War history. Come visit the sites of the battle and clear messages from her angels. Located at 2029 The Strand, the war. See where fallen soldiers and war veterans are laid to rest. (409)740-1565, open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10am-6pm. Sites on the tour include the 1861 Custom House, Reedy Chapel, the Hendley Building, the harbor and five graves in the Broadway Vintage Galveston Cemetery. The tour is $15 per person and departs from Ashton Villa Vintage Galveston is one of the largest shops on the Island. Since at 3pm every Saturday in January and Friday, January 31st. Reservaowner Charles Early’s vision was a store with unceasing variety, tions are required and can be made my calling (409)789-9911. For Vintage Galveston plays host to seventeen different vendors that more info, visit galvestonhistorictour.com. have on display a veritable feast of vintage and antique treasures.
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Stuart Little” - Wednesday, January 29th
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The Grand’s Children’s Series Continues The Grand 1894 Opera House’s “Serious Fun Children’s Series” presents the award-winning Dallas Children’s Theatre’s production of Stuart Little in one fun-filled family performance Wednesday, January 29th at 10am. Based on all the charm and joy of E. B. White’s classic novel, “Stuart Little,” this charming story proves great things can come in small packages. Enjoyed by children ages five and up, this classic tale exemplifies what it takes to be a loyal friend in a world where adventures and misadventures stretch the imagination. Stuart Little is an unusual mouse born to an ordinary family. He has a friend, a bird named Margalo, and a not- so -friendly-acquaintance - the spiteful family cat, Snowbell. Through a variety of colorful characters, Stuart learns to survive in his super-sized human world and discovers the true meaning of life, loyalty and friendship. Recognized by “Time Magazine” as one of the top five children’s theatre companies in the U.S., Dallas Children’s Theatre’s productions are selected and designed with youth and family in mind. The materials they choose reflect cultural diversity and encompass folk tales, music, dance, puppetry and more that appeals to a vast and impressionable audience. Designated an “American Masterpieces Touring Artist” by the National Endowment for the Arts, Dallas Children’s Theatre is celebrating its 28th season.
1894 Opera House on Thursday, February 20 at 10am as part of the ongoing Serious Fun Children’s Series. Based on Leo Lionni’s Caldecott Honor book, “Swimmy, Inch by Inch and Frederick,” is suitable for children pre-Kindergarten through grade 3. The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia uses their signature technique of black-light theatre to feature an assortment of innovative puppetry. A lovable inchworm, Inch by Inch, loves to measure absolutely everything, including a robin’s tail, a flamingo’s neck, a toucan’s beak and a nightingale’s song. Swimmy, a tiny insignificant fish, uses ingenuity to fend off danger and Frederick is a poetic mouse from the tip of his “We’re Going in a Bear Hunt” Wednesday, February 5th nose to the end of his tail who makes everyday an artful experience. The “Serious Fun Children’s Series” at The Grand 1894 Opera The production features playful music, imaginative lighting House continues with “We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.” This funtechniques and puppetry that has earned international acclaim for filled adventure will take place Wednesday, February 5th at 10am. Mermaid Theatre. The characters are strikingly beautiful, and their Based on Michael Rosen’s award-winning book “We’re Going On texts are whimsical - perfectly suited for Lionni’s gentle storytelling A Bear Hunt,” this delightful entertainment is suitable for young style. children whether they are readers or not. The children’s series performances have been designated The Harris Director Sally Cookson brings the story vividly and noisily to the L. Kempner Children’s Series in honor of Mr. Kempner’s lifelong stage as a family of adventurers set out on a quest to find a bear. commitment to youth, education and The Grand’s programming. The family uses a range of descriptive vocabulary that allows the They are supported in part by donations to the Grand’s Permanent audience to imagine being on the hunt themselves. Gigantic swishy- Fund in his memory. Additional support is provided by the following: swashy grass, a splashy-splashy river and ooey-gooey mud are just a Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust, The Commodore Hotel on the few of the obstacles the family encounters on their fantastic journey. Beach, Jamail Galveston Foundation, Robert W. & Pearl Wallis Knox The “Guardian” writes “A fun-filled frolic,” while “Sky Arts” claim, Foundation, Marathon Petroleum, Permanent Endowment Fund “Quite simply, the best show I’ve ever seen.” Expect catchy songs, Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church, Target, Saltwater interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventures - and maybe Grill, Bush and Associates, Dr. James Grant, and Texas Commission even a special surprise or two. on the Arts. Tickets for all productions are $10 adult, $6 child; and school Swimmy, Fredick and Inch by Inch” - February 20th groups are $5 per person with advance reservations. “Swimmy, Frederick and Inch by Inch” returns to The Grand
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Pirates! Legends of the Gulf Coast Where you have Seas . . . You Have Pirates!
One of the most famous pirates to sail the Gulf made Galveston his home. Jean Lafitte, a Frenchman of questionable values, took New Orleans by storm, help defend our nation under Andrew Jackson’s command in the Battle of New Orleans, then sailed away from the shores of Louisiana settling on a magical island.... Galveston. Come join us and learn the legends,
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Live Entertainment starting the 3rd Saturday in March! 6-9pm
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Galveston Island Visitors Center at Ashton Villa
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Praying For A Snow Day:
So I can Curl up With a Good Book! By Gini Rainey
“Dust” by Patricia Cornwelll
I love my birthday! Mostly because I know that one of my daughters will supply me with the newest book by one of my favorite authors. This birthday wasn’t any different and I have embraced Patricia Cornwell’s book “Dust” with eager eyes. Although many authors’ works become predictable after they have published several books, Cornwell’s efforts never seem to fall victim to that trap. Her mainstay heroine, Massachusetts Chief Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta, always manages to become involved in criminal investigation plots that have more twists and turns than a winding mountain road. And generally speaking, there are just as many surprises waiting around each turn as there are turns. The plot of “Dust” is no exception. Set in Cambridge, Scarpetta’s investigation centers around the murder of a computer engineer whose body is found posed in an unusual position in the middle of the MIT campus. Some of the circumstances surrounding the investigation link this murder to several in the Washington D.C. area that Kay’s husband, FBI profiler Benton, has been investigating. Of course, the technology connection brings in Kay’s whiz kid niece, Lucy, who also has connections to the investigation and is able to shed light on a portion of what might have happened. Lest we forget about Kay’s former investigative buddy Marino, we now find out that he has left her forensic company and has joined forces with the Cambridge police force. With the full complement of Cornwell’s excellent characters we have all come to love, we are led on a non-stop, investigation that Benton feels no one, especially his own boss, wants solved. As usual, Scarpetta’s team is razor-sharp and their in-office forensic investigations are spot on, while Lucy is still up to her old tricks with her sometimes questionable detective ethics. There are many aggressive, yet intimate exchanges between Kay and Marino, who is determined to put their professional relationship back on an even keel (or, as he keeps reminding her, she’s no longer the boss of him). Scarpetta’s straight-shooting descriptions give us specifics of what being zapped by a stun gun feels like, immerses us in the panicked death throes of murder victims, and expose us to detailed images of blood spurts, spatters, splatters and trajectories. In this book we get knee-deep into cutting-edge technology, and are tantalized by the
darker aspects of biometric technology and the so-called forensic app, “a hand-held way of searching almost anything you can think of, assuming you have access to databases that are off-limits to most people.” This book is a fast-paced, 500 page read that I found difficult to put down. Do I like Scarpetta and Cornwell? Yes I do and “Dust” is no exception. Although it takes a good while for Kay to piece the puzzle together, with a parade of potential bad guys to choose from, the standard mystery fare of red herrings and MacGuffins, and complicated by Cornwell’s deep appreciation for the work of medical examiners, this book is a definite keeper and one well worth reading. Copyright 2013 – Penguin Group Rating - 5 of 5 “The Hunger Games Trilogy” (“The Hunger Games,” “Catching Fire,” and “The Mockingjay”) by Suzanne Collins
When movies come out that are based on wildly popular books, I’m always faced with the conundrum of whether to read the book first and then see the movie, or vice versa. Fortunately, I was saved from this dilemma with The Hunger Games Trilogy because my sister gave me the first book for Christmas two years ago. Because my sister is known for her strong stance on organic food/farming and healthy eating, and my not knowing anything about this book, I wasn’t terribly excited to pick it up. I figured it was another book on raising organic tomatoes or world hunger. However, due to circumstances beyond my control, I found myself spending a lot of quality time taking infusion treatments and initially began reading “The Hunger Games” to help pass the time. It didn’t take me long to discover what all the excitement was about and I finished the book in record time, ordering the next two books from Amazon.com. If you aren’t familiar with this series, let me fill you in. It is set in the future in what used to be known as North America, in the nation known as Panem– a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol rules the districts with an iron hand by holding an annual combative event known as “The Hunger Games.” Each district is forced to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Games – a fight to death that is broadcast throughout the districts via live TV. This riveting story centers around Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Malark, their families and their struggles to survive and to represent their district in the Games. It combines the hardships of coming of age with the hardships of living in an oppressive and controlling society. It is an intriguing story that is sad, yet filled with the hope and promise of youth. Altogether, Collins gives you enough information, and paints such vivid imagery, that you will visualize yourself as a part of the story. She creates characters that are both engaging and intriguing and read as very human. You will find yourself cheering for them, crying for them and wishing things were different for them. As far as I’m concerned, my vote is for reading these books prior to seeing the movies as opposed to after you see them. Although the movies faithfully follow the books, there are several scenes in the movies that won’t make much sense unless you have already
read the books. The Hunger Games Trilogy shares both great stories and rousing commentaries on class segregation, poverty, and the questionable morality of reality television. Copyright 2008-2010 – Scholastic Press Rating - 5 of 5 “Scarpetta’s Winter Table” by Patricia Cornwell
Believe it or not, Ms. Cornwell has put together an engaging novelette that centers around Kay Scarpetta’s kitchen. If you’ve read any of the Scarpetta books, you already know that Kay is a whiz in the kitchen, always whipping up some incredibly delicious Italian meal for her family and friends. This book centers around the personal lives of Kay, Pete Marino, and Lucy Farinelli as they celebrate the week between Christmas and New Year’s. In this book, the trio get together for some holiday food and drink and the unexpected joy of befriending a lonely boy. No strangers to the kitchen, the threesome take part in some incredible cooking and Cornwell interweaves the recipes within the course of the tale. You’ll learn the mystery behind Marino’s Causeof-Death eggnog, the secret to Scarpetta’s Holiday Pizza, and the chemistry used to make Lucy’s Bloody Marys. Additional recipes are included that, along with some interestingly cropped photos, will make this a really unique addition to either your cook book or your mystery novel collections. Copyright 1998 – Wyrick & Company Rating - 5 of 5 “A Taste of Murder – Diabolically Delicious Recipes from Contemporary Mystery Writers” by Jo Grossman and Robert Weibezahl
This book is comprised of 150 recipes contributed by some of the best known writers of mystery novels and includes brief stories about how the recipes relate to their books. Put together as a fundraiser for From the Wholesaler to the Hungry, a portion of the profits from the sale of the book benefit the national organization that helps cities across the country develop systematic programs to distribute nutritious, fresh produce to low-income adults and children. In the introduction, the authors pose several excellent reasons why murders and kitchens/cooking go hand in hand. The book is broken down into 14 sections such as A Criminal Past-a, Meating Out Justice, Choose Your Poison, The Pot Thickens, and Just Desserts, among other equally enticing headings. It not only contains some murderously good sounding recipes, but the interesting trivia from the contributors makes this book a great read as well. I love the creative names for the recipes that are tied to the characters in the novels written by the contributors. Who could resist recipes named How to Cook Pasta Without Getting Whacked, Gazpacho to Die For, Lavender and Old Malice Cookies, or Dieting Is Murder Cheesecake? Just like Scarpetta’s “Winter Table,” this book, chock full of quirky and delicious recipes and cooking lessons, is a feast for gourmands and mystery lovers alike and would also make an excellent addition to both your cook book and novel collections. Copyright 1999 – Dell Publishing
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‘Galveston Reads’ Announces Program
Galveston Reads, a volunteer driven “One City, One Book” organization challenges the public to read, discuss, and participate in the programs planned for this year’s selection, “The Warmth of Other Suns: the Epic Story of America’s Great Migration,” by Pulitzer Prizewinning author Isabel Wilkerson. Galveston Reads Chair, Gavin Sheaffer commented, “‘The Warmth of Other Suns’ is an excellent non fiction story; the book is engaging throughout. The reader will share in the triumphs and tragedies of the subjects whose stories unfold page by page. This was one of the most memorable books that I read in 2013.” Galveston residents will be afforded the opportunity to explore 55 years of the migration of millions of African-Americans who fled the south for increased opportunity in other areas of the country by attending one or more of the programs listed in the schedule below. “The Warmth of Other Suns” tells the story of the Great Migration, the exodus of six million black Southerners out of the Jim Crow-era south to the northeast, Midwest and California during the 1930s, 40s and 50s. While the author interviewed more than 1,200 people in order to create this work, the story becomes real as told through the eyes and voices of Ida Mae Gladney, George Stirling and Robert Foster. By focusing on these three specific individuals, Wilkerson documents the conditions during the Great Depression and pre- and post-war America with a novelistic flair. Ida Mae leaves Mississippi for Chicago, escaping depression-era poverty and hardship. George Stirling flees Florida a few steps ahead of a lynch mob because of labor organizing activity and ends up in Harlem. Robert Foster, a talented physician, leaves Louisiana in favor of California in order to practice medicine free from the racial prejudices prevalent in the south at the time. Wilkerson documents the loss of their familiar community and the culture shock that all three subjects experience, but she also reveals the opportunities offered in other parts of America and gives an honest appraisal of their lives after migrating. Galveston residents will find an engaging read in this awardwinning book. The book’s honors include the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Lynton History Prize, the Heartland Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Nonfiction and the Stephen Ambrose Oral History Prize. “The Warmth of Other Suns” was shortlisted for both the PenGalbraith Literary Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and additionally, was named to more than 30 Best of the Year lists. To promote the book, this year Galveston Reads will offer copies of the book free to the public beginning January 13th. Stop by the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the library to claim a copy and please share your copy with other eager readers.
The following programs, all free and open to the public, have been arranged to engage readers with the book: Tuesday, January 14th, 5pm – Discussion Leader Training, Rosenberg Library
– why not organize one with your friends or coworkers and take advantage of this free training? A light supper will be served. Please RSVP to (409)763-8854, x118.
Stop by and join the conversation.
Tuesday, February 4th, 7:30pm – Professors’ Panel, Old Central, 2627 Ave. N
Join the regular Saturday Morning Book Club for a lively discussion and open house at the Robbie Farmer Library. Refreshments served.
Our ever popular Professors’ Panel will feature six area teachers: Dr. John Gorman, Mr. Michael Berberich, Dr. Dale Taylor, Dr. Carol Bunch-Davis, Dr. Jason Glenn and Dr. Stephen Curley, who will each offer their insights to “The Warmth of Other Suns.” This program provides a great overview and reading guide to the book. Refreshments will be served. Overflow parking will be available at the Public School Stadium. Tuesday, February 18th, 7pm – Ensemble Theatre, ETC Theatre, 2317 Mechanic
Dramatic readings from “The Warmth of Other Suns” will be presented by actors from The Ensemble Theatre of Houston. The Ensemble Theatre was founded in 1976 by the late George Hawkins to preserve African American artistic expression and enlighten, entertain and enrich a diverse community. Over thirty-five years later, the theatre has evolved from a touring company operating from the trunk of Mr. Hawkins’ car to being one of Houston’s finest historical cultural institutions. The Ensemble is one of the only professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience, the oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest and holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility and producing in-house.
Saturday, February 1st, 12 noon – Morgan Room, Rosenberg Library
“The Warmth of Other Suns” will be the featured book for the February meeting of the Saturday Book Club. Refreshments will be served. Tuesday, February 11th, 7pm – Hitchcock Public Library. 8005 Barry Lane, Hitchcock
Join readers on the mainland for a discussion of this year’s book.
Wednesday, February 12th, 6pm Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 502 Church St.
The Unitarian Book Club invites the public to attend their discussion of “The Warmth of Other Suns.” Refreshments will be provided. Wednesday, February 12th, 7pm - Texas A & M Galveston, Pelican Island, Room CLB 103 Building 3007
This student led discussion is open to the public so come join the conversation.
About Galveston Reads
Galveston Reads, a popular, volunteer-driven “One Community, One Book” program operating under the organizational umbrella of the Rosenberg Library, provides an opportunity for all residents high school age through senior citizens to participate in a unique Saturday, March 1st, 2:30-5:30pm– Sparky community wide discussion by reading and sharing views about the Koerner’s Jazz Express, Rosenberg Library same book. Sparky Koerner’s Jazz Express will perform music from the Now in its 11th year, the Galveston Reads series promotes 1930s, 40s and 50s, contemporaneous with the time period covered community involvement in Galveston County with a wide range of in “The Warmth of Other Suns.” Bring the family to enjoy this free events, activities and thoughtful discussions. musical performance. Refreshments will be served. Galveston Reads would like to recognize the following sponsors Thursday, March 20th, 7pm – Movie Screening: for their support and encouragement: Rosenberg Library, Friends of “Going to Chicago,” Galveston College, Student Center Rosenberg Library, The Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund and Moody The documentary film, “Goin’ to Chicago” chronicles the postWar migration of millions of African Americans from the rural south Gardens. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks. For more informato the urban north, transforming America. Viewers will learn about the migration experience, its impact on the migrants themselves, the tion, please contact Gavin Sheaffer at (409)763-8854, x11. More information is available at galvestonreads.org. social transformation of northern and western cities, the origins of the northern civil rights movement and the roots of current urban decay. The film situates this experience within the larger contours of U.S. history and applies insights into problems of contemporary Saturday, January 11th - Poetry Reading at Galveston Bookshop urban life. Refreshments will be served. with Joshua Edwards and Lynn Xu will be held 2-4pm for a reading Alan Griffin, a life long movie fan, who will lead the discussion and book signing event. Joshua and Lynn are currently collaboafter the movie notes, “This film is a wonderful parallel to the book rating on an art project involving travel, writing, photography, ‘The Warmth of Other Suns.’ Seeing real life people and hearing and architecture, which will culminate in both the construction their stories is a great complement to reading other stories.” of their new home and editorial offices in Marfa, Texas, and the publication of a book to be entitled “Architecture for Travelers.” Saturday, March 29th, 2:30pm – Bernadette Pruitt, By way of initiating this multifaceted project, Joshua is walking author of “The Other Great Migration: The Movement from Galveston Island to Marfa, documenting his experiences with of Rural African Americans to Houston, 1900-1941,” Wortham Auditorium, Rosenberg Library photography and new writings as he goes. Joshua will be reading Dr. Pruitt, a professor at Sam Houston State University, will be new poems from the upcoming book as well as selections from his speaking about her book, “The Other Great Migration: The Move2013 collection “Imperial Nostalgias.” Lynn will be reading from ment of Rural African Americans to Houston, 1900-1941.” Her her 2013 book, “Debts & Lessons.” Lynn Xu was born in Shanghai, topic closely parallels the stories told in “The Warmth of Other China and earned her MFA at Brown University. Her honors include Suns” while providing a more local link to the history of migration. a Fulbright Fellowship, a William L. Magistretti Fellowship, and a Refreshments will be served. Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for her doctoral studies at the University “Dr. Bernadette Pruitt, herself a daughter of parents who migrated of California at Berkeley. Joshua Edwards was born in Galveston, to Detroit from Kentucky, has written a book that focuses primarily Texas and earned his MFA at the University of Michigan. He on migration from East Texas and Louisiana to Houston. Her book was a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University. Together, is well documented and has many photos,” says Sharan Zwick, Joshua and Lynn run Canarium Books, a small press devoted to owner of the Galveston Bookshop and a Galveston Reads committee innovative lyric poetry and translations. You can learn more online member. “We are fortunate that she will be speaking at a Galveston at architecturefortravelers.org. Galveston Bookshop is located at 317 Reads program this spring on the ‘Great Migration – South to North 23rd Street, downtown, (409)750-8200, galvestonbookshop.com. and Rural to Urban.’”
Book Discussions Join Dr. John Gorman for an introduction to the themes and In addition to the programs detailed above, Galveston Reads will discussion questions offered by “The Warmth of Other Suns.” This program is open to anyone wanting to lead a discussion of the book sponsor a number of book discussions that are open to the public.
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Saturday, January 11th, 10am – Robbie Farmer Library, Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St.
To include your events, please contact us at:
Central Christian Church, 2702 Ave O½
Galveston’s Central Christian Church was founded in 1877. In 1893 the church was reorganized and a small brick church was erected at 20th Street and Avenue K and used for worship until it was sold in 1922. In 1926 a brick church building was built at the corner of 27th Street and Avenue O1/2. The Fellowship Hall, a former army barracks purchased after World War II is still in use. Congregation Beth Jacob, 2401 Avenue K (Open for tours 1:30-4pm only)
Galveston Historical Foundation Presents the
2014 Sacred Places Tour
Galveston Historical Foundation’s Sacred Places Tour returns in 2014 on Saturday, February 8th from 10am-4pm. Tickets are $15 per person and available in advance at www.galvestonhistory.org; Eighteen Seventy One, 2217 Strand; The Shop At The Palace, 1402 Broadway; the Architectural Salvage Warehouse, 2228 Broadway; or by calling (409)750-9108 ext. 1305. GHF members can purchase tickets for $13. Pre-reserved group rates are available. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of at St. Joseph’s Church, 2202 Avenue K. “Galveston’s Sacred Places are a significant part of our history. When you tour these great buildings you can learn the story of some of the lives of generations of Galvestonians,” states GHF Executive Director Dwayne Jones. “This tour is a glimpse into our past and one that will broaden your idea of what living on the island is really like.” The popular tour benefits GHF’s ongoing restoration of St. Joseph’s Church, the oldest wooden church building in Galveston and the oldest German Catholic church in Texas. A wide range of religious traditions and building styles will be featured, highlighting the island’s rich religious heritage while showcasing the depth and range of Galveston’s sacred architecture. Additionally, a special reception and tour will be held at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace at 1402 Broadway from 4-6pm showcasing the ongoing stained glass restoration as well as a brief lecture on the Catholic churches involvement with the Island landmark. Tickets for the reception are $20 or $15 for individuals participating in the Sacred Places tour. This year’s sacred places on tour include: St. Joseph’s Church (Tour Headquarters), 2202 Avenue K
By the middle of the 19th century, Galveston Island was home to somewhere between two and three thousand German immigrants, almost half the total population. Bishop John Odin, the first Catholic bishop of Texas, recommended that a church be built for the German-speaking Catholics of the growing city. Built by German immigrants in 1859-60 the church was dedicated in April 1860, to St. Joseph, the patron saint of laborers. Avenue L Missionary Baptist Church, 2612 Avenue L
In 1840 Galveston’s newly formed First Baptist Church organized a church for its members’ slaves called the Colored Baptist Church. In the 1850s, the church became known as the African Baptist Church and was housed in a building located at 26th Street and Avenue L. In 1891 a new building arose on Avenue L, only to be badly damaged by the 1900 Storm. In 1916, the cornerstone was laid for the present building which was dedicated on January 7, 1917. Broadway Cemetery (Headstone Cleaning Workshops), Avenue K and 40th Street
In addition to the participating sacred places, two headstone cleaning demonstrations will be held at Galveston’s Broadway Cemetery. The sessions, led by Matthew Farragher, will train individuals on how to properly clean cemetery headstones and statues. Attendance is free with Sacred Places tour ticket and workshops will be held at 11am and 2pm.
Participating on our Sacred Places Tour for the first time, Beth Jacob’s roots date back to 1888 when a group of orthodox Russian Jews came together to form the Hebrew Orthodox Benevolent Association. Around the same time a group of Orthodox Jews from the Austro-Hungarian Empire immigrated to Galveston and began looking for a synagogue to join. In an effort to unite the growing Orthodox community, on February 15, 1931, the two Orthodox congregations voted to merge and form Congregation Beth Jacob. $40,000 was raised to build a new
two-story brick synagogue at Avenue K and 24th Street, on the site of the old Hebrew Orthodox Benevolent Association.
Reedy Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2013 Broadway
In 1848, trustees of Galveston’s Methodist Episcopal Church South purchased property By 1850, German immigrants made up almost at Broadway and 20th Street for the purpose of establishing a church for their slaves. A church half of the population of Galveston and the large building and parsonage were erected and given number of Lutherans in this group necessitated the formation of a Lutheran church. In 1854, First to the slaves as the “Negro Methodist Episcopal Church South.” In 1866, the Negro Methodist Lutheran made arrangements to hold its Sunday Episcopal Church South was re-organized under services in Lyceum Hall, located on the corner the name Reedy Chapel. of Winnie and Bath Avenue (25th Street). A year later, the church bought the Lyceum building Ursuline Chapel at Holy Family Catholic and moved it to the present church property. This School, 2601 Ursuline Avenue (Avenue N) building has remained a part of the church and The Ursuline presence in Galveston dates to is the oldest of the buildings belonging to First 1847 when seven of the religious order’s sisters Lutheran. arrived on the island. The first building served until 1854 when it burned and was replaced by Grace Episcopal Church, 1115 36th Street an imposing two-story brick structure. In 1961, Established as a Sunday School Mission of Trinity Episcopal Church in 1874, Grace became a tornadoes severely damaged the building and it parish in its own right two years later. Parishioners was razed the following year. The new building, designed in 1964, is now the home of Holy originally worshipped in a small frame building. The present Gothic limestone structure, designed Family Catholic School and within its walls lies the Ursuline Chapel. by Nicholas J. Clayton, was erected in 1895. First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie
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For the Health of It Where Chinese Medicine Meets the Strength of American Spirit By Kimber Fountain, Photos by Christa Schreckengost
Heroes are often seen flying through the frames of comic books, proving their invincibility in the movies, and swashbuckling their way through the pages of fantasy novels. But those guys have nothing on the heroes of Galveston, many of whom line the portals of Island history - survivors and trailblazers every last one. But there is a new name to add to that list, a more recent addition, who moves quietly within a downtown storefront with the very same spirit of survival on which Galveston is built. Having deftly made the remarkable transition from victim to healer, the heart and mind behind the Island’s newest healing center, Hooked on Acupuncture, is stirring up a new way to wellness. But of course, it is only new to Western culture. Archaeologists have dated acupuncture back thousands of years although it was only first introduced to the US in the 1970s. Acupuncture is one facet of Chinese medicine that is, in its entirety, “guided by a fundamental belief in the whole body concept of health which involves the inseparable relationships of the body, spirit, emotions and mind.” (“The Acupuncture Answer Book,” White Dove Publishing) In the United States, rarely, if ever, do we account for the role of the mind or spirituality when diagnosing and treating patients, but this has been a common practice in the East for centuries and beyond. Acupuncture is an excellent bridge between these two medicinal worlds, as it often relieves what modern medicine cannot, and subsequently, it is a rather simple, easy-tounderstand concept and procedure performed in a comfortable environment. In other words, despite being an unfamiliar avenue for many at first, it is an easy transition to make for someone who is accustomed to (and perhaps tired of) the steely, impersonal sterility of a doctor’s office. In the case of Hooked on Acupuncture, the power of the healing resides not just in the technique, but in the testament of its owner to the resiliency and power of the human spirit. As a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Clint McCallum set off to better the planet. He worked with environmental organizations in an attempt to further his cause, but laments, “it burns you out, trying to change the world and the politics of it.” So he traveled to Nicaragua with local Galveston musician Robert Kuhn and spent time with shamans and healers. “It was an incredible learning experience,” he says and it led him back to Austin to pursue chiropractic school.
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However his plans changed rather abruptly when a freak car accident severed the majority of his left arm. Whatever body cells were lost were replaced tenfold with ambition and determination, and Clint decided, with even more enthusiasm, to further his journey as a healer at the Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin. There he learned the basics of Chinese Medicine: acupuncture, herbal therapy, and cupping and used the procedures and supplements himself to ease the phantom pains from his left arm. In his practice, Clint takes the complete healing process to another level by incorporating nutritional guidance. In addition to being a Licensed Acupuncturist and a Chinese Herbalist, he is also a Nutritional Health Coach, “so I can talk with people, not just about a treatment, but how to use food to enhance their healing. I really like how it adds another dimension and really ties it all together.” The element of nutrition in a consultation carries its impact over into a person’s daily life, adding a pervasiveness to his treatment that positively impacts not just the body but the overall lifestyle. Hooked on Acupuncture is based on the community clinic business model, which allows Clint to treat many more patients in a day than on an individual appointment basis. This also makes it incredibly affordable to clients. After an initial $10 consultation fee, patients can pay anywhere between the range of $15 and $40 dollars per treatment. After it has been administered you are invited to sit as long as you would like. For those interested in acupuncture for the first time, it is helpful to understand that the treatments are not painful. Often we think of thick surgical needles needed to penetrate skin, but acupuncture needles are extremely thin, lightweight, and flexible, and their application can hardly be felt at all except for at times, a slight tingling sensation. To visit Hooked on Acupuncture, make an online appointment at www.hookedonacupuncture.com. If you are a first-time client, it is recommended you download the initial Patient Intake Form and fill it out prior to your consultation. The clinic also sells a wide variety of Chinese herbs, supplements, essential oils with brands such as Evergreen, Herbalogic, and Pure Synergy, available to purchase during normal clinic hours. For the dynamic of Galveston as a city, full of people with diverse cultures and lifestyles, Hooked on Acupuncture is a fitting addition to a growing trend of spiritual medicine and a natural, holistic approach to health. Clint McCallum’s approach to life is suited well by the local commonalities of endurance and perseverance. In an article he wrote for a school paper, Clint proclaimed proudly that he “was going to do more with one arm than [he] would have ever done with two.” The beauty of that statement is that just in making it, he accomplished it and the rest is just details. Hooked on Acupuncture
2505 Market St., Galveston, (409)241-3199 www.hookedonacupuncture.com Open 10am-7pm Tuesday through Saturday Closed Sunday and Monday Walk-Ins Welcome but Online Appointments Appreciated.
The Gym that’s Got Everything:
Nutrition Demon & Hard Knox Gym By Christa Schreckengost
Galveston’s Demon Nutrition & Hard Knox Gym on Broadway and 51st Street may have an inconspicuous façade, but upon entering, you’re immersed in the welcoming comfort of an all-island gym. Walk in around 7 o’clock at night and you’ll be hailed by twenty little hands doing karate chops in the air and spindly legs jumping to the sound of “HI-YA!” The parents have front row seats to watch their little ones practice the ancient art of defense and to share a laugh or two. The atmosphere is healthy and inviting. A display of supplements, shakes and fitness vitamins wait on the wall to the left. These supplements were the first building block for this growing family business. Owners Marvin and Krystn, along with their son, can be found in the gym seven days a week. They have a passion for fitness and family, and what started with supplements is now a large prospering gym with a variety of different workout classes, in addition to the fully stocked nutrition store. They currently offer kids and adults Mixed Martial Arts, Women’s Kickboxing and Insanity workouts plus co-ed Boot Camps are coming soon. I’ve been to a lot of gyms and I’ve never come across deals this sweet. There is no contract and it’s only $20 a month for 24/7 access. Marvin will be your personal trainer for $20 an hour. He says their prices are good because they want people to succeed and not be burned by a hefty gym bill. The interior’s exposed brick gives it an industrial feel and a lot of character. The high ceilings and commercial sized fans keep it cool in the summer. The newest addition to the gym is a large workout room specifically equipped for CrossFit, the new rage in workouts. Tired of doing boring old reps? The Hardcore gym has ongoing competitions for any man or woman who thinks they can beat the last guy’s max. Galveston Hardcore Gym
5128 Broadway, Galveston, (409)539-5329 www.facebook.com/GalvestonHardcoreGym Kids MMA classes: Monday - Friday 5:30-6:30pm Adults MMA classes: Monday - Friday 6:30-7:30pm and Saturday afternoons The Insanity workout is taught by a certified instructor on Tuesdays at 7pm and Saturday at 9am. For Women’s Kickboxing, please stop by and sign up. To feature your business, please contact us at:
5K FunD Run Crosses Causeway Bridge March 8th: Event to Benefit UTMB School of Health Professions Students
As the path in and out of Galveston, the Causeway looms large in the lives of those who live and work on the island. In the spring, this route will open to two-legged traffic for the Causeway FunD Run benefitting students attending the School of Health Professions (SHP) at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Revived in 2013, after a 15 year hiatus, last year’s run/walk drew more than 80 sponsors and donors plus over 700 participants. Organizers hope to double the numbers in 2014. The SHP Causeway FunD Run, in partnership with fitTRIrun, is one of only two events that allow running and walking enthusiasts to negotiate the causeway. Participants are sure to have a unique experience. The second annual run will start with a kid’s 1K at 7:45am, followed at 8:05am with a 5K wheelchair race. The 5K run begins at 8:15am with the 5K walk immediately following the runners. The 5K course is USA Track and Field certified and starts in the parking lot of the “Galveston County Daily News” building then proceeds up the southbound lanes of the causeway turning around at the acme of the bridge where participants will head back to the starting line. Early registration is now open and runs through February 9th. Early registration fees are $10 for the kid’s 1K and $25 for the 5K races/walk. Beginning February 10th, late registration fees will be $20 for the kid’s 1K and $40 for the 5K. Chip timing is available for any participant registering on or before March 7th. Chip timing will not be available on race day. All early registrants will
receive a commemorative t-shirt. Registrations are non-refundable. The SHP plays a vital role in preparing the health care providers of the future by educating students to become physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, clinical laboratory scientists, respiratory care therapists and nutritionists. By donating, sponsoring or participating, supporters help to provide scholarships to the many talented students in the school and represents a powerful investment in the future of health care for our region and state. For the students pursuing these degrees, any financial assistance is appreciated. Claire Megan Conroy from Houston is working on her doctoral degree in physical therapy. Putting herself through school, the scholarships she’s received have made all the difference to her financial future. “I’m supporting myself and paying for graduate school on my own, using loans,” said Conroy. “These scholarships have helped me not only reduce the amount of loan money that I will have to borrow/pay back, but also the amount of interest that I will incur financing my education.” Her own diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at 7 years old, coupled with a close family member’s life long struggle with cystic fibrosis, led her to choose health care as her career. “Seeing the way that different health care professionals were able to help and make a difference intrigued and inspired me to do the same.” “It is a special thrill to run the Galveston Causeway. Last year we had over 700 runners who took on that steep climb and were exhilarated by the beautiful views. Many of us were compelled to stop and take a photo op when we got to the top. It did not help our times, but it sure was a special Texas experience,” says Dr. Elizabeth Protas, Vice President and Dean, SHP. “We also felt good to be able to raise scholarship money for students in the School of Health Professions. Please join us for a good time, a good cause and great views.” For more information on sponsoring or registering, please go to shp.utmb.edu/fundrun/ or call the SHP Causeway FunD Run hotline at (409)772-3006.
2014 Land & Sand 1K, 5K Events February 1st- Surfside Full and Half & 10K Fun Run Benefiting Saturday, Marathon - This Surfside Run goes to San Luis the Texas Marine Mammal Pass beach-front along the Gulf of Mexico. It is broad and flat with hard packed sand. The Stranding Network The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN) is once again hosting our Land and Sand Run with all proceeds benefiting our Dolphin Rescue and Conservation activities Saturday, March 29th at 8am. TMMSN is a non-profit that recovers all stranded dolphins and whales along the Texas coast. Galveston is home to their dolphin rehabilitation and research facility. This is a fun family event welcoming children to seasoned runners and walkers to come out and support dolphin conservation by participating in the run and fun family activities to follow. This is the only race that travels over the sand and on through the streets of beachtown offering the participant a seaside jaunt followed by a scenic tour through the beautiful wetlands. There is a Dolphin Discovery Zone Kids activities following the race for families to enjoy. The Dolphin Discovery Zone was a huge hit last year. More info and registration is available at www.landandsandrun.com. Early Bird Registration cost is $10 for Kids 1K, $25 for 5K, $30 for 10K.
resulting surface is firm, much like a hiking trail. Unique awards and a full Texas barbecue await the finishers in the indoor pavilion. The event starts at 2211 Blue Water Hwy., Surfside Beach (Stahlman Park Pavilion), 2 miles NE of Surfside Beach Village on Beach Hwy. For registration go to www.thedriven.net/surfsidemarathon. Saturday, February 7th- Race Walking Clinic with Champion, Dave McGovern - Do you want to learn to Racewalk, or to walk a 5K, halfmarathon or marathon faster? Join U.S. National Racewalk Team member and fifteen-time U.S. National Champion Dave McGovern for this unique race walking event. Participants will learn techniques used by our elite walkers at the U.S. Olympic Training Centers to help you racewalk faster and efficiently with fewer injuries. www.racewalking.org/Galveston_clinic.pdf Saturday, February 16th- Galveston Full and Half Marathon and Cupid 5K - Run through the historic Strand and along the Seawall during this great annual event. Stick around for a great post race party, massages by Koala Health and Wellness, food, drinks, beer and more. www.galvestonmarathon.com Sunday, February 23rd - The Graffiti Run Galveston will be held at Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, 2026 Lockheed Rd. The Graffiti Run will be the most colorful day of your life. We use the term “run” loosely here. The 5K course is more about having a blast with friends and family than it is about busting out a four-minute mile! www.thegraffitirun.com.
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“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 Beautiful Summer Sunlight in patiently for five years in a temporary space, located the Dead of Winter’s Gloom at 25th and Market, while efforts continue to raise the remaining $2 million required to complete By Tammy Thomas-Cook renovation of the historic 1878 First National Nestled a few blocks away from the bustle of Broadway and Bank Building. All artists donated their work for the cause.“If we can’t hang our work on the inside, an equal distance from the gulf, my wondering gaze fell on the doorsteps of Water’s Edge Studio and Gallery. I slipped in we’ll hang it on the outside” stated Joan Finn, local artist and chairman of the ‘Galveston Hangs’ quietly and found myself immersed in all that is Galveston. Despite the grey damp gloom of winter, owners Gayle and Rex committee. “There is a painting on the exterior of each window on the building - this is really Reynolds have created a spot of summer sunlight with their sparkling gallery filled with impressions of our beloved beach exciting. We want to return to our space and need and highlighting the historic houses along Silk Stocking Row. the support of the community at large to help us get back in.” Each artist was challenged to create Gayle’s watercolors a painting to describe what Galveston means evoke images of serenity to them. Each piece, though identical in size, is and celebrate the natural unique in style, subject and intensity. The result is beauty of the wildlife that inhabit the salt water and air. Pelicans a remarkable, one time only, Texas size art exhibit floating, with their reflections mirrored in the water beneath, are installed on the exterior walls of the old Galveston utterly enchanting. Arts Center building. Each mural is sponsored by The pastel tints of flower-laden gardens standing as guardians an art patron or company whose name or logo before the graceful old houses are infused with judicial use of light is depicted on the lower section of the painting. and multihued shadows. One can almost smell the fragrance that Artists participating in ‘Galveston Hangs’ are Derek wafts on the southern breezes. Anderson, Sallie Anderson, George Bowes, Reyna Through Gayle’s skilled brush, incongruous subjects take on Collura, Terry Conrad, Robert Dampier, Peter new life, in the piece “Waiting for Monday Morning” an Davis, Courtney Glascock, Mayoko Gray, Mark enormous excavator sits like a child’s toy left out in the Greenwalt, Janet Hassinger, Richard Kelver, Marie yard. Leterme, Cara Moore, Jack Morris, Victoria Narkin, Our ubiquitous palm trees are painted from a vantage Jennifer Peck, Ellie Peters, Gabriel Prusmack, Gayle point from which we are all familiar, gazing heavenReynolds, Paula Roberts, Sarelene Tapley, Martha ward toward the cornflower blue Texas sky. Her palette Terrill, Rene Wiley and Jane Young French. The mimicking the colors of the vitality of all things living and exhibit will remain in place for public enjoyment growing freely on the island. until construction begins on the building. The Gayle is equally adept in her use of oils, “Swinging” public is encourage to enjoy the experience. features the whirling delights of the swings at the Pleasure Pier, the motion of a moment captured in bright primary Affaire d’ Art (2227 colors. “Evening Lights” show off the Historic Strand Postoffice, (409)789district at its finest, sparkling light wrapped trees shining in 0079, affairedart.com) the fading light give off a glow of celebration. This month’s exhibit She pays homage to the conduit of our booming economy in her is featuring works by “Commerce and Shipping” piece. Impossibly huge tankers glide past Sandro Giorgi and Jeff each other in our harbor, the primary colors in the peace speaks to Narron. Giorgi is a the life’s blood of a port city. self-taught photograLove of all things maritime is not limited to Gayle’s artwork. Her pher originally from husband, Rex Reynolds, builds wooden dories - those shallow draft Trieste, Italy. He moved rowboats needed for the bayous and inlets. These are wooden water to the USA when he craft that can be fitted with small outboard motors for those of us was twenty-two. “I who are great “rower out-ers” but terrible “rower in-ers.” was attracted by the The gallery also plays host to visiting artists, visually stunning skyscrapers and the pottery by Madeline Baker, whose bright use of texture and pattern open stops a person in their tracks by their intimacy. spaces Sculptures by Pat Moberly Moore take ones breath away, in of the particular, “Windsong,” a hauntingly beautiful figure of a lone Southwoman staring off into the vast expanse of the sea, causing one to west,” pause and wonder why she looks “windswept lonesome.” Several says other pieces are on display, each baring a touch of whimsy and longing. Giorgi. The organic shape of John Whitman’s pottery speaks of simplicity mixed with structure, particularly After his double vessels with lids. spending Water’s Edge Gallery is a hidden treasure and definitely a worthy place to travel off the beaten path. some time in Water’s Edge Studio & Gallery New Mexico and the Texas Coastal Bend area, he 1302 21st St., Galveston, (409)762-1925 finally made Galveston his home. He loves the www.galvestonwatersedge.com Island because of its unique beauty and feels that Open Monday - Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm it has so many hidden treasures just waiting to be
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discovered. Giorgi enjoys photographing different things, but seems to gravitate towards nature, landscape and architectural subjects. “Photography is being able to capture a moment in time and to help preserve a memory and I really enjoy that.” Giorgi is also co-owner of La Moda Salon and Day Spa in Galveston. Jeff Narron is a photographic artist who concentrates on digitally-broad spectrum processing techniques that result in visually striking images. He is a self taught photographer, dedicated to the futile pursuit of perfecting his art. “I never want to stop learning or challenging myself. A particular imaging practice may be my thing today; but who knows what tomorrow brings. Reinvention keeps the creative juices flowing.” Narron believes that photography is a creative gateway with endless possibilities for imaginative self expression. “My images take somewhat of an explorative journey where they begin as planned, composed photos and eventually become works of digital photographic art. They often play on the relationship between reality and artistic liberty.” He continues saying, “I am inspired by friends, artists of all media, and masters of the craft, but most of all the world of old forgotten things surrounding us. I enjoy a wide range of subjects, but am particularly drawn to those that are weathered, abandoned, and forgotten, then I give them a second life as works of photographic art that some may find inspirational or beautiful. It’s my way of sharing how I see the world through the lens and in final form after meeting my digital canvas.” Many of Narron’s photos are High Dynamic Range (HDR), a method in which several differently exposed images are layered together through use of software to produce a single image that makes visible a broader range of luminance between light and dark. He exclusively displays his images as aluminum prints, which greatly adds to their luminescence. Printing on aluminum provides collectors a high quality, durable, scratch and water resistant work of photographic art that will last a life time. DesignWorks (2119 Postoffice St., (409)766-7599) G. Lee Gallery (2215 Postoffice, (409)370-7350) 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)7632403) The Galveston Arts Center proudly presents the work of two artists, Jane Allensworth and Susan Shirley Eckel in an exhibit. Allensworth: Recent Works will feature both paintings and works on paper. Her use of vibrant color palettes and minimalistic composition are refreshing to welcome in the New Year. Remembering Susan Shirley Eckel will feature pieces completed throughout her life, courtesy of private collectors. Eckel’s monotypes and pastels feature
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idyllic, peaceful scenes. The exhibitions will open during the January 18th ArtWalk and will remain on view through March 2nd. Curator Clint Willour will lead a gallery talk beginning at 6:30pm during ArtWalk. The event is free and open to the public. Allensworth received her B.S. from University of Missouri, as well as studied at the Art Students League, New York City, NY and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts School, Texas. Her work has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Texas and Louisiana. Susan Eckel (January 14, 1938 - November 7, 2013), a gifted monotype artist, used her life experiences and global travels as subjects for her warm vividly colorful paintings which graced many Galveston homes and galleries. She often showed in exhibits alongside her daughter Elizabeth, also an artist. Art, she said, was an escape from which she drew strength to battle her illness. Eckel graduated from the University of Texas where she majored in art and history. Galveston Art League (2117 Postoffice, (409)6211008, galvestonartleague.com) The Galveston Art League’s featured artist from January 2 through January 26 is Fontaine Jacobs, an awardwinning artist who works in watercolor, pencil, pastel, acrylic and oil. Fontaine has had several one-woman shows and won numerous awards throughout the United States for both her commercial and fine art. Fontaine has worked as head of the Department of Illustration at the University of Tennessee Medical School, has been art director at advertising agencies in Irvine and San Jose, California and has worked as a freelance artist in both California and Texas. She is a Signature Member of the National Society of Artists and has won awards in juried shows at the Art League and in League City, Kemah and Texas City. Fontaine’s subject matter includes portraits, landscapes and still life images. With her art she strives to merge impressionism with realism to capture an image or a person’s personality. ArtWalk at The Grand will feature the winning designs in The Grand Kids Festival Banner Design Contest in Edna’s Room at The Grand 6-9pm. Saturday, January 18th, 6-9pm. Sixteen students attending both public/private schools in Galveston were winners and their banners will be on display. These will also be on exhibit throughout the festival site at the upcoming 19th annual Grand Kids Festival set for Saturday, April 5th. Galveston Historical Foundation Customs House (502 20th St., (409)765-7834, galvestonhistory.org) 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) At this next Artwalk January 18th, 6-9pm, we will feature new oil paintings by Michele Grindberg, mixed media pieces by Regina Lee Parkinson, whimsical clay pieces by Mary Ann Hasty and unique Sterling jewelry with beautiful gems plus we serve Margaritas! René Wiley Gallery (2128 Postoffice, (409)7509077, renewileyart.com) PeckArts (2208 Postoffice, (409)621-1500, PeckArts.com) Third Coast Gallery (2413 Mechanic, (409)9744661) 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. ArtWalk: The Height of Galveston Glamour: Fashion of the Roaring 20’s - The high end vintage boutique “Cheeky Vintage” will be featuring a 1920’s fashion exhibit at The Tremont House, 6-9pm, during the January 18th Galveston ArtWalk. The collection will showcase the art deco fashion and accessories that were made famous during 1920’s. The fashion collection will be on display at The Tremont House for one night only as a precursor to The Tremont House’s 29th Annual Mardi Gras Ball and Parade Viewing Party. “Cheeky Vintage” was named one of the Best Vintage Shops in the country by “Lucky Magazine” and one of the best shops in Houston by CBS Houston. The popular boutique is a very glamorous shop that sells “modern couture with a past.” Among the vintage clothing you’ll find cocktail dresses, gowns, suits, jackets, bridal dresses, hats, shoes, handbags and scarves from all eras. “Each piece of vintage has a story to tell and we are happy to share the story of its pedigree and journey” revealed by owners Tina Davis and Denise Hazen. For more information on the store please visit cheekyvintage.com. The 1920’s fashion exhibit will be on display at The Tremont House, 2300 Ships Mechanic Row, during the Galveston ArtWalk from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2014. Tickets and information about The Tremont House Mardi Gras Ball can be found at www.Galveston.com/MardiGrasBall or by calling the hotel directly at (409)763-0300, www.WyndhamTremontHouse.com. 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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Water’s Edge Studio & Gallery Original Artwork in Oil and Watercolor, Furniture, Glassware, Wooden Dories and More 1302 21st St., Galveston (409)762-1925 www.galvestonwatersedge.com Open Monday - Saturday from 12 noon to 5pm
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Saturday, January 18th March 8th April 26th June 7th July 12th August 23rd October 11th November 29th A brochure with all ArtWalk participants is at www.galvestonartscenter.org. The Island Guide Magazine
“Word” “The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because By Terry Card In keeping with our on-going features, this particular series. “Word,” will reflect a different view of the unique legacies and benefits to the citizens of Galveston created by Private Enterprise, from both a Historical and Contemporary perspective.
the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” - Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
The Port of Galveston
From the sleek day-sailor, a single mast soldiers. He, along with others, was shot by firing squad and left for dead. A stood etched against the blood-red ball woman who tried to provide decent burials for soldiers of either side, found sinking into the teal waters. Lazily circling him barely alive, took him home and nursed him back to health. He then against the tendril red fingers of cloud returned to Galveston to complete his service and in 1866 started a cotton emanating from the horizon, seagulls gave factoring business, a business fraught with risks. Without much working a hint of a nearby ship wending its way capital, he approached bankruptcy in the 1867 crash. Even though a yellow slowly through the port after departing the fever epidemic was raging through Galveston that same year, he remained in Cruise Terminal Complex. Two occupants the city and exemplifying the courage he displayed during the war and supersat talking, holding hands and gesturing human determination, he barged his way to success. on the stern deck of the cruise ship, high “This resilience served him well in the immense effort it took to surmount off the water, soaking in the portrait being painted by a hand of glory, each the impediments blocking Galveston’s survival as a port city, which at that cupping a glass of red wine shimmering in the reflected sunlight. time was the lifeblood of its commerce. Without a deep water port, the city “Over there, where those lattice-like towers are,” he said. “Where?” she as we know it would have effectively ceased to exist. Without commerce to asked. support it, the money needed for the eventual installation of sewer, water, “Over on Pelican Island. Those are offshore rigs being repaired at the Gulf and other infrastructure required to support hospitals to fight the pervading Copper facility and over there is the Malin International Ship Repair. It’s not yellow fever of the time, for both residents and tourists alike, would not have all heavy duty maritime stuff. There is the Del Monte fresh fruit and produce existed.” terminal and further down is one of the largest roll-on/roll-off cargo terminals “In 1874, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers constructed two parallel in the world.” jetties eastward from Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island into the Gulf “Wow!” she exclaimed. “I didn’t realize there was so much! Oh, and what to cause the Bolivar tidal bore to scour the outer bar. Being constructed, are those brightly-lit restaurants and that cute little fishing enclave?” “Those both not high enough or of suitable material, the jetties failed to achieve are the restaurants in the Pier 21 development and the boats are part of the their purpose. The citizens of Galveston panicked because they realized, Mosquito Fleet at Pier 19 that was established in the 1800’s,” he answered. and as Henry Seeligson, a Galveston banker commented, ‘Deep water alone “The Mosquito Fleet is made up of small shrimp boats. When they are out can solve the future of Galveston, and will invite to our port the deep water shrimping in the Gulf and have their nets hanging out on those two long side vessels of all nations, and cause the terminus of the railroads of our State to booms, they give the appearance of the wings of a mosquito, and the small center at Galveston.” boat itself, resembles the body. Hence, the name!” “Col. Moody and his Committee undertook the recommendations of “It’s a very busy port,” he said, “one that generates over a billion dollars Captain James B. Eads, who was famous for the construction of the New and 11,000 jobs to the State of Texas, and believe it or not – none of this Orleans jetties, among other successful ventures. They pushed vigorously would have ever come about if it were not for a small cadre of dedicated and to have Congress fund the $7,750,000 cost for jetties that would effectively extremely persevering businessmen led by Colonel W.L. Moody, who formed scour the Galveston port to a required depth of 25 feet. Unfortunately, the a group called the Deep Water Army engineers fought against the commitCommittee.” tee’s efforts because they did not want to “What did they do?” she asked. admit they had wasted over $1.5 million “Chagrined, but unwilling to admit defeat, “Well, Galveston always had a with their inferior design and construction. the Deep Water Committee decided they needed marvelous natural port and that, Additionally, Col. Moody and his committee in addition to the mild climate and had to overcome the opposition of other port broader support and lobbied extensively in their attraction of the beaches, has made representatives from New York, Philadelphia home State. Surprisingly, there was deep-seated Galveston a desirable place to live and Chicago. Galveston lost!” resentment to the port because of misconceptions and work. Up until the Civil War, “Chagrined, but unwilling to admit shallow draft sailing ships and defeat, the Deep Water Committee decided regarding dividend payments by the Wharf Company, steamers transported cotton, sugar, they needed broader support and lobbied which had to be overcome. molasses, cattle, pecans and hides to extensively in their home State. Surprisingly, the rest of the world. The cattlethere was deep-seated resentment to the port shipping has just recently started up because of misconceptions regarding dividend again. By 1878, Galveston ranked third amongst all U.S. ports for shipping payments by the Wharf Company, which had to be overcome. Then a breakcotton. However, around 1843, there was noticeable shoaling occurring. By through occurred at a deep-water convention in Denver, where they received 1869 the shallow draft steamers often had to wait until high tide to cross the support from Colorado Governor John Evans, who wanted to connect sand buildup that had decreased the effective depth to 8 feet. This meant Denver and Galveston by rail, giving Denver port access. Finally, the Corps that large ships had to anchor outside the bar, transfer cargo to barges that of Engineers changed the officers in charge, so their lingering resentment traversed slowly and expensively between the ships and the wharves. Recog- and embarrassment disappeared, and the Deepwater Committee, along with nizing that Galveston’s economic survival hinged on the ability of its port Governor Evans, finally steered the Galveston Harbor Bill through Congress to accommodate the new, larger ships with a deeper draft, the first serious in 1890 completing a six year Odyssey!” attempt, led by Henry Rosenberg, deepened the port to a 12 foot depth in Following the completion of the jetties project, Galveston exports 1873. Better! But not satisfactory.” increased by 55% and imports by 37%! The city was not only saved, but “This is where the Deep Water Committee, led by Col. William Lewis enhanced! The effort by Col. Moody, Col. Gresham and others on the Moody stepped in. Col. Moody earned everything in his life through dogged Committee to keep their businesses alive through their spirit of personal perseverance mixed with a great deal of courage. Early in the Civil War, entrepreneurship and free enterprise. Their efforts resulted in Galveston then Lt. Col. Moody was captured and released in a prisoner exchange. He remaining a vibrant and wealthy community with a lasting legacy of fine was promoted to full Colonel and returned to battle. Subsequently, in one Victorian structures that are held in awe today by cruise ships’ passengers, of the major battles of the war he was wounded and captured by Union embarking from our deep-water port.
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where she would remain for the next twenty-five years. She had a long-standing gig at Pat O’Brien’s, Live at the Toujouse Bar at where she played for seven years. Her Tremont House talents also took her By Kimber Fountain to stages in Sweden for several summers, When Leah Stonum was five years old her parents took her to to the Windsor Court see the “Sound of Music.” As the family story goes, as soon as she and aboard both got home, little Leah sat down at the family piano and banged out Royal Caribbean one of the songs from the movie. Her Dad, a music lover himself, and the Delta Queen encouraged her from that point and she began taking piano lessons Steamboat Company. along with her older sister. Leah’s talent, however, really rested in The Delta Queen is a playing by ear, so her sister helped her to learn music where her luxury cruise line that instructor fell short. Her sister is also a talented singer, so Leah’s first sails the Mississippi official gig was playing as her accompanist. “We had a great time,” River and it was her Leah remembers. “She has such a beautiful operatic voice, we put work aboard the on great shows.” American Queen that After graduating high school, Leah went on to college at Auburn introduced her to Mel University in Alabama where she also earned a spot in the Auburn Drybread. Knights Orchestra, a world famous group known for accompaMel was the nying singers such as The Captain and Tennille since the 1940s. bandleader on the boat and has a fully established musical career Initially, she decided to major in music, but studies at the college in his own right. As a bassist, he played with Andy Williams for in the music department were more geared toward instruction and fourteen years, as well as for Debbie Boone, Glenn Campbell, Anne Leah was a performer so she changed her major to Marketing, but Margaret and Phyllis Diller. “He would come into the lounge where continued to play with the Knights Orchestra. “Even that really I played [on the boat] and listen to me. I have always liked a wide wasn’t my thing, though,” Leah says. “They had a very classical variety of music that included jazz, pop, and Broadway tunes and repertoire and I was more interested in pop and show tunes.” Mel really liked that, so we really hit it off musically,” Leah rememAfter college she moved to Baton Rouge, where she got her first bers. The two continued to play together until Leah moved to Texas professional gig. “Really, I just sat in a corner and played and then in 2006. I started singing and that was terrifying at first.” She worked as a Leah’s husband was working for Shell at the time doing pipeline travel agent during the day and continued to improve her singing work which, not surprisingly, brought them to Houston. Then and shortly after, landed a full time show at a local lounge. “At that about a year ago Mel, who is a native of Kansas City, grew tired of point, though, I started to question myself and my music. I thought, the harsh winters and decided to move to Texas. Mel, however, you know, I really should use my degree.” But Leah stopped music came straight to Galveston and the pair immediately struck up the and performing and took to selling calculators, copiers and small chords again. Together they regale the elegant lobby of the Tremont computers. However, a person’s destiny never stops calling, as Leah House with light jazz, easy-listening pop, a couple of blues tunes, soon realized, and after a less than stellar career as an office supply and songs from the styling of artists such as Stevie Wonder, The salesperson, she returned to her first true love. Carpenters and Aretha Franklin. Leah can also be heard solo at Her reemergence into the music scene took her to New Orleans, Cavatore Restaurant in Houston.
“And, of course, I have to mention Kirk Hale,” says Leah. Kirk graces the Tremont lobby on the alternating weekends from Leah and Mel. Kirk is a native Galvestonian who became a popular fixture at the historic Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin “and he is such a brilliant musician.” Both acts can be seen on the weekends in the Toujouse Bar located on the main floor of the Tremont House hotel. The Tremont House
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Award-winning singer-songwriter, Larry Gatlin takes you on a uniquely personal journey through his life and career in this one-time only performance, “Will The Real Larry Gatlin Please Sit Down,” Saturday, January 18th at 8pm. Seated alone on The Grand 1894 Opera House stage, Gatlin, with his acoustic guitar and some memoUpcoming in January and February are the rable “snapshots” will guide you through his following great productions... beginnings in the dusty little Texas towns of “The Oak Ridge Boys” - SaturdayMidland-Odessa all the way to the bright lights and Sunday, January 25th-26th excitement of Broadway and Las Vegas. One of the most recognizable and distinctive Raised listening to country and gospel music, sounds in the music industry, The Oak Ridge Boys Larry Gatlin and his brothers, Steve and Rudy, return to The Grand with unparalleled four-part have always sung and performed together whether harmony and joyful upbeat style for two incredible, at church or on a local radio station. Eventually, not-to-miss performances Saturday, January 25th his talents led him to the capitol of country music at 7:30pm and Sunday, January 26th at 3pm. Be (Nashville) where he worked with iconic artists prepared for some infectious fun when these iconic such as Dottie West, Kris Kristofferson, Elvis vocalists/musicians share their hits like “Elvira,” Presley, Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees and many “Thank God for Kids,” “Dig a Little Deeper in the more. Well,” and many more. The humble beginnings in Nashville actually 2013 marks four decades since Joe Bonsall first gave Gatlin the idea for this show, “When I first walked onto a stage with Richard Sterban, Duane started here in Nashville I just sat down on a stool Allen, and William Lee Golden as The Oak Ridge and did it.” That’s what he will be doing here at The Boys. They have written several chapters of music Grand. He won’t be expressing his famously strong history and there seems to be no end in sight. The political opinions or preach, he will sing some hits, group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, and spread a little humor and pick on himself as much one double platinum album, have had more than as anyone else and all in good fun. a dozen national #1 singles and over 30 Top Ten Ticket prices start at $22. Hits. In addition, they have earned awards such as Leon Fleisher, Pianst the Grammy, Dove, CMA, ACM and a host of other Saturday, February 1st industry and fan accolades. Legendary pianist, Leon Fleisher, graces The The Oak Ridge Boys stand for American values Grand 1894 Opera House stage for one incredible - faith, family, and freedom - perhaps more so than any other entertainers. Their tradition extends back performance Saturday, February 1 at 8pm. Sponto World War II, when the original group (based in sored by Shrub and Peaches Kempner-Kempner Capital Management, Texas Commission on the Knoxville, Tennessee) began performing Country and Gospel music in nearby Oak Ridge - the loca- Arts, The Trube Foundation and the Galveston tion where the atomic bomb was being developed. Music Club, Leon Fleisher has been described by Kennedy Center Chairman Stephen A. SchwarCalling themselves the Oak Ridge Quartet, they became regulars at the Grand Ole Opry. By the late zman as “a consummate musician whose career is a moving testament to the life affirming power of art.” ‘60s, more than 30 members had come and gone Born in San Francisco, Fleisher started studying eventually ending up with the four you see today. the piano at age four, made his public debut at age Ticket prices start at $35. eight, and was famously called “the pianist find of “Will the Real Larry Gatlin Please the century” at age 16 by The New York Philharmonic’s Pierre Monteux. He became one of the few Sit Down” - Saturday, January 18th child prodigies to be accepted for study with Artur Grammy and Academy of Country Music
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Schnabel. By age 37, he had already garnered international acclaim but two fingers on his right hand became mysteriously immobilized. During this time of despair, he realized his passion went beyond playing the piano to the love of music. He mastered the left-hand-only piano literature, which he still performs. It wasn’t until 1991, at age 80, when he was diagnosed with focal dystonia and began receiving effective treatments, that he began playing pieces for two hands again. Since 1995, he has been active as a two-handed pianist giving a recital at Carnegie, releasing his first two-handed album in more than 40 years, and made a documentary “Fleisher,” which was nominated for an Academy Award. Leon Fleisher represents the highest standard of musicianship and continues to impart his life-affirming artistry throughout the world as a conductor and soloist, recitalist, chamber music artist and master classman. Ticket prices start at $22.
memory loss and transforms them into a universally praised, international sensation. You won’t want to miss this incredibly funny production where the female cast pokes fun at their wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. Come be a part of this “wonderful sisterhood created by a common bond.” Ticket prices start at $21.
“The Official Blues Brothers Revue” Saturday, February 15th
Celebrate an evening of music and fun as “The Official Blues Brothers Revue” rolls into The Grand for one not-to-miss performance Saturday, February 15th at 8pm. Produced and presented by Dan Aykroyd, Judith Belushi and Music Director Paul Shaffer, “The Official Blues Brothers Revue” stars Wayne Catania as Jake and Kieron Lafferty as Elwood. The two are joined by an awesome 8-piece Rhythm and Blues Revue Band as they recreate the passion, precision and fun of the original Blues Brothers. This is sponsored in part by “The Islander Magazine” and Saltwater Grill. You won’t want to miss this evening of great music, comedy and “Menopause, The Musical” dancing. Originally, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi February 11th-14th created The Blues Brothers as part of a musical The Grand 1894 Opera House announces the sketch for “Saturday Night Live” in 1978. Following return of the hilarious “Menopause, The Musical” to center stage Tuesday-Thursday, February 11th- two 1980s hit films, The Blues Brothers emerged as a cultural phenomenon. The current Blues 13th, at 7:30pm and Friday, February 14th, at 8pm. Sometimes referred to as “the Rocky Horror Brothers-Catania and Lafferty-perform with perfect show for menopausal women,” you will walk into personification of Aykroyd and Belushi - as the the theatre as strangers and walk out having formed swagger, humor, attitude and pipes create an unforgettable show. The pair dance in unison and work a common bond of sisterhood. with a contagious vitality that makes you want to Inspired by a major hot flash and a bottle of get up and dance. wine, creator Jeanie Linders had never written Like putting on a favorite pair of comfortable anything before penning “Menopause, the Musical.” The premise of the story involves four women who shoes, “The Official Blues Brothers Revue” showcases the same great music, same gags and same meet at a lingerie sale, with nothing in common dance moves that endeared The Blues Brothers’ except menopause. They come from very diverse philosophy to our collective hearts. backgrounds: a “hippie type” earth mother, an Get caught up in their energy as they perform ambitious power woman, a housewife living in the shadow of her husband and an aging soap star on iconic rock and roll, gospel, rhythm and blues music as only they can. the verge of being replaced by a younger woman. Ticket prices start at $22. The show includes song parodies of popular For info contact The Grand’s box office at recordings from the 1960s-1980s such as “I Heard (409)765-1894, (800)821-1894, or www.thegrand. It Through The Grapevine,” “You No Longer com. The theatre is located at 2020 Postoffice Street See 39,” and “Stayin’ Awake! Stayin’ Awake!” The musical takes hot flashes, mood swings and in historic downtown Galveston.
Hotel Galvez – Joyce Fields, 11-2pm Monday, January 20th Friday, January 10th B. Jiggers – Video DJ, 8-12 2- Steppin – Live Music, 9-1 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Crow’s Southwest Cantina – Karaoke, 8-12 Bobbie’s House Of Spirits – Live Music, 8-12 The Grand – Shoji Tabuchi, 8pm B. 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Jiggers – 11th Hour, 9-1 B. Jiggers – The Line Up, 9-1 Crow’s – Paul Ramirez & Level One, 9-1 Bobbie’s House of Spirits – Karaoke, 8-12 Club 21 – Almost Endless Summer, 9-1 Crow`s Southwest Cantina – open mic jam, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 5-10 The Grand – Johnny Mathis, 8pm Old Quarter – Lisa Morales, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 Rum Shack – One Night Stand Medicinal Purposes – Kevin Anthony, 6-9 Tremont – Leah Stonum, 5-10 Old Quarter – Open Mic, 9-1 West End Restaurant – Live Music, 7-11 Friday, January 24th Yaga’s – Live Music, 10-1 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, Sunday, January 12th B. Jiggers – The Line Up, 9-1 2- Steppin Saloon – Tejano DJ, 8-12 Club 21- DJ, 9-1 B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Crow’s – 3 Peace, 9-1 Bobbie’s House of Spirits - Jam With Tomz Katz, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 5-10 Captain Jack’s – Tony On Fire, 2-6 Old Quarter – Clarence Bucaro, 9-1 Crow’s – Live Music, 12-4 Tortuga – Karaoke, 4-8 Galvez – Joyce Fields, 11-2pm Tremonte – Kirk Hale, 5-10 Hotel Galvez – Joyce Fields 11-2pm West End Restaurant – Karaoke, 7-11 Yaga’s – Fiel, 10-1 Monday, January 13th 2- Steppin – Country Karaoke, 8-12 Saturday, January 25th B Jiggers – Video DJ, 8-12 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B. Jiggers – Vince King as Elvis, 9-1 Crow’s Southwest Cantina – Karaoke, 8-12 Captain Jack’s – Live Music, 5-9 Tuesday, January 14th Crow’s – Soul Shine, 9-1 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Club 21 – DJ, 9-1 B. Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Galvez – Joe Sewell, 5-10 Crow’s Southwest Cantina - Troubadours Open Jam The Grand – Oak Ridge Boys, 8pm Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 Old Quarter – Joe Ely, 9-1 Mosquito Café – Kevin Anthony, 7-9 Rum Shack – Texas TNT, 9-1 Tremont – Kirk Hale, 5-10 Wednesday, January 15th Yaga’s – Come See My Dead Person, 10-1 2- Steppin Saloon – Country Karaoke, 8-12 B. Jiggers – Video DJ, 8-12 Sunday, January 26th The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 6-9 2- Steppin Saloon – Tejano DJ, 8-12 Captain Jack’s – Karaoke, 5-9 B Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Medicinal Purposes – Tony On Fire, 7-10 Bobbie’s House of Spirits - Jam With Tomz Katz, 9-1 Crow’s Southwest Cantina - open mic Acoustic, 8-12 Galvez – Joyce Fields, 11-2pm Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 The Grand – Houston Children’s Chorus, 4pm Old Quarter - Open mic, 8-12 Monday, January 27th Thursday, January 16th B Jiggers – Video DJ, 8-12 2- Steppin Saloon – Country DJ, 8-12 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 B Jigger’s – The Line Up, 9-1 Crow’s Southwest Cantina – Country Karaoke, 8-12 Captain Jack’s – Live Music, 3-7 Tuesday, January 28th Crow`s Southwest Cantina – open mic jam, 9-1 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 7-11 Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 B. Jiggers – Karaoke, 8-12 Medicinal Purposes – Kevin Anthony, 7-9 Crow’s Southwest Cantina - Troubadours Open Jam Paradise Beach Bar – Smith & Turner, 7-10 Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 Friday, January 17th Mosquito Café – Kevin Anthony, 7-9 2- Steppin Saloon – Live Music, 9-1 Wednesday, January 29th The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolenti, 7-11 2- Steppin Saloon – Country Karaoke, 8-12 B. Jiggers – radio London, 9-1 Beach Hut – Smith & Turner, 5-8 Bobbie’s House Of Spirits – Live Music, 9-1 B. Jiggers – Video DJ, 8-12 Club 21 – DJ, 9-1 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, Crow’s – Tomz Katz, 9-1 Captain Jack’s – Karaoke, 5-9 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 5-10 Medicinal Purposes – Tony On Fire, 7-10 Old Quarter – John Evens, 9-1 Crow’s Southwest Cantina - open mic Acoustic, 8-12 Tortuga - karaoke, 4-8 Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 Tremonte – Leah Stronum, 5-10 West End Restaurant – Karoake, 7-11 Thursday, January 30th Yaga’s – The Line Up, 10-1 2- Steppin Saloon – Country DJ, 8-12 B Jigger’s – The Line Up, 9-1 Saturday, January 18th Crow`s Southwest Cantina – open mic jam, 9-1 2- Steppin Saloon – Will Carter, 9-1 Hotel Galvez – Bryan Guevin, 6-9 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolentino, 6-9 Medicinal Purposes – Kevin Anthony, 7-9 B. Jiggers – Slags, 9-1 Bobbie’s House Of Spirits – Zac Perry, 9-1 Friday, January 31st Club 21 – Almost Endless Summer, 9-1 2- Steppin Saloon – Live Music, 9-1 Crow’s – Blue Rays, 9-1 The Bar at the San Luis – Angelo Tolenti, 7-11 The Grand – Larry Gatlin, 8pm B. Jiggers – Rapture, 9-1 Old Quarter – Marina Rocks, 9-1 Bobbie’s House Of Spirits – Live Music, 9-1 The Rum Shack – In Your Face, 9-1 Club 21 – DJ, 9-1 Tremont – Kirk Hale, 5-10 Crow’s – Atlantis, 9-1 Yaga’s – Grand Ild Grizzly, 10-1 Hotel Galvez – Joe Sewell, 5-10 Old Quarter – Max Stalling, 9-1 Sunday, January 19th Tortuga - karaoke, 4-8 2- Steppin Saloon – Tejano DJ, 8-12 Bobbie’s House of Spirits – Jam With Tomz Katz, 9-1 Tremonte – Leah Stonum, 5-10 Waterman – Karaoke, 7-10 B. Jigger’s – Karaoke, 8-12 West End Restaurant – Karoake, 7-11 Captain Jack’s – Live Music, 2-6 Crow’s – Live Music, 4-8 Yaga’s – 6 To Midnight, 10-1
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