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January 2011 ........South Belt • Clear Lake • Bay Area • Galveston 10..................Cover Feature: South Shore Grille 13 ......................BAHEP 2011 Quasar Banquet 15 ..............................The SCENE’s Great Chefs 16 ..............Benefit News: 2011 Wine & Wishes 18 ........................................SCENE Featurettes 21 ............News & Notes: Heath Vargas Memorial 21 ....................Waterfront Dining Quick Guide 22................Arts: SCENE Cultural Arts Calendar 23 ......................Arts: New Director at TAACCL 24 ....Arts: Film Column Lights..Camera..Action! 26 ......................SCENE Style: Haute Workouts 31-38 Weekends on the Water (10-Page Guide) 32, 33......................................Area Attractions 34, 35 ....................Map: Where to Eat & Drink 36 ..Epicurean Evening “Taste of Space” Preview 38 ..............................................On The Water
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Latin & American Flavors Make South Shore Grille a Memorable Dining Experience days a week, Wooten doesn’t do much cooking or tasting due to his kitchen staff’s keen talent, but he likes to stay on top of things. “I sort of post myself here, “he says, “just to make sure everything is consistent.”
By Sue Mayfield Geiger Mickey Wooten has not personally been to Havana, but you wouldn’t know it from dining at his South Shore Grille where fusion reigns supreme. Wooten’s fascination with Cuba and his life-long experience with Latin cooking (as well as his vast collection of Cuban and South American cookbooks) presented itself threefold when Wooten’s first chef came on board in 2004. “He was from Argentina,” says Wooten, “plus we worked together creating the popular recipes that are on our menu today.”
From Angus steaks to hamburgers and Cuban sandwiches, the menu is quite versatile with over 30 items under $10. Also, there is no extra charge for sharing plate items. Wooten says his main objective is to not only keep his customer base steady, but to also keep them happy.
Although the Latin influence was important—“I wanted to have some character in the menu and not be just another American grille”—it was a great way for Wooten to have some fun in the kitchen and experiment with fusionstyle cooking by playing around with sauces, soups and introducing dishes like Cuban black beans and Cuban bread pudding. A native Houstonian, much of Wooten’s youth was spent on Galveston Bay where his grandfather (a charter member of Lakewood Yacht Club) kept a 44-foot Chris Craft yacht. With childhood memories of the old Seabrook draw bridge and Muecke’s fish market, Wooten got a taste of the salt air and it stuck. (Sadly, the Chris Craft got washed away with Hurricane Carla in 1961.) With a constant yearning to live coastal, Wooten finally got his wish when the bay area grew big enough to make the move feasible. The year was 1988 and he took a job at Jimmy Walker’s in Kemah. Having worked previously at various Houston restaurants like Bud Bigelow’s, Bordman’s, and the Lantern Inn, Wooten was no stranger to the food business. Now in his South Shore Grille kitchen six
Popular dishes include: prime rib, rainbow trout, crab cakes, stuffed jalapenos, and the tasty daily lunch specials: steak and cheese enchiladas (Monday), crawfish etouffee (Tuesday), prime rib salad (Wednesday), Cuban fish tacos (Thursday), fried catfish (Friday) and omelets (Saturday) where you have five appetizing choices, like the aptly-named Outstanding Omelet – three eggs, red potato, red bell pepper, onion, tomato, mushrooms, prime rib, bacon and cheddar. Nightly dinner specials include fried shrimp (Monday), prime rib (Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Saturday), fish tacos (Thursday) and fried catfish (Friday). Veggies arrive fresh daily, and all sauces are created from scratch. Signature dishes (like Seafood Salad Louie and Cuban Chicken Melt) demand that you top them off with the Cuban bread pudding (rich, creamy, and deliciously intoxicating). Key lime pie and the Island brownie are just as inviting. Wonderful salads – loaded with avocados and tomatoes – are a lunchtime fave, but do try the Hemingway-inspired Cuban sandwich (roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, tomatoes, and Creole mustard grilled on a French roll). - Continued on Page 13
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Kay Bailey Hutchison to receive 2011 Quasar Award Annual BAHEP Banquet on Friday, Jan. 21 at the South Shore Harbour Resort The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership will honor U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison with the 2011 Quasar Award for exceptional leadership in Economic Development presented during the organization’s Annual Quasar Award Banquet on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center in League City.
well, and that is why Senator Hutchison will be honored as the recipient of the 2011 Quasar Award.” Senator Hutchison responded, “I am honored to have been chosen as the 2011 recipient of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership’s Quasar Award. Working to protect the interests of small businesses in Texas has always been one of my top priorities, and I look forward to continuing to work with the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership and local business leaders to promote economic development in the community.”
The Quasar Award is presented each year to an outstanding individual who has contributed greatly to the economic wealth and diversity of the Bay Area Houston region. The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership leadership selected Senator Hutchison in acknowledgment of her successful campaign to get the Senate to pass the NASA authorization bill which saved thousands of NASA jobs, and her strong leadership on behalf of Ellington Field. Bob Mitchell, BAHEP president, said, “Through her strong leadership on behalf of NASA, Ellington Field and many other issues confronting Bay Area Houston and the rest of the state, Senator Hutchison has more than earned her notable status as the senior senator from Texas. She has earned our respect, as
The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership is a member-driven organization that provides the leadership to stimulate regional economic development and employment in southeast Texas. For more information on BAHEP, please call 281-486-5535 or visit www.bayareahouston.com.
Visit www.SCENElive.net for BAHEP coverage including last year’s Quasar Banquet Deeply community minded, Wooten has supported Salute to Heroes (a CCISD scholarship fundraiser) since its inception. It began on a corner table at South Shore Grille with $400 and now hitting $60,000 yearly in donations. Wooten also participates in Men Who Cook and supports a number of other charitable organizations.
South Shore Grille Continued from Page 10 Got a picky eater? Kid-friendly dishes like chicken strips, pizza, and mac-and-cheese are always available. Don’t be shy about trying those famous Cuban black beans. A well-guarded secret recipe (as are all the recipes), many were taken from Wooten’s cookbook collection infused with his own creative ingredients.
As Hurricane Ike was approaching in 2008, the owner of Eagle’s Nest in Kemah needed a place to store some of his inventory. Wooten offered his private/group dining area, which has remained a permanent showplace for the items, as well as a cozy spot for patrons to dine (and even peruse or purchase some art and home decor).
South Shore Grille is for all family members during every economy, says Wooten, because a restaurant should not become unaffordable due to a recession. “We never overprice ourselves here because you never know what tomorrow will bring,” he says. “When I develop a menu, I make sure that I’ve got items for every member of the family in every economy that we could possibly face.”
People come here because of South Shore Grille’s hospitality, says Wooten. “We live it and breathe it every day,” he says. “We have a comfortable atmosphere (lots of natural light and dark wooden booths) and our tini-time bar offers up martinis from the classic to melon to raspberry, plus four types of mojitos and sangria (made at your table).” “We know half of all our customers by name,” says Wooten, “and want to know the other half as well.” So, stop by and tell Mickey your name. You’ll likely find him in the kitchen.
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Chef Michael Brewer Matt’s Restaurant & Lounge 3202 Marina Bay Drive • 281- 334-7445 Background / Experience: Started at 14 years old working at Sicilian Grill (now currently Opus in Clear Lake Shores) as a prep and saute cook. I went to Texas Tech University to be a family financial planner and decided that it was not the path for me. Transferred to Art Institute of Houston and graduated with a degree in culinary arts. Worked with Andrew Lobeck at Merlion Restaurant. Became the sous chef of Lakewood Yacht Club for three years. My family always had strong influence on me for food, and my mother was always a big “foodie.” Specialty: I think I have a strong grasp on plate presentation. I think it’s important to have a dish look good as much as it tastes good. Signature Dish: I personally like smaller portions with beautiful plate presentations almost like the style of the chef Thomas Keller. One example of a signature dish I make at wine tastings sometimes is called “peanut butter and jelly.” It is a whole roasted piece of foi gras with fresh grapes, port reduction, and macadamia nut and golden chanterelle puree on toastettes. It resembles the simple classic with a much more gourmet fashion. Have you ever prepared a meal for anyone famous or infamous? Carol Shelby (the racing legend and car designer). He had an interesting use of vocabulary. Every other word was “sh*t, hell or damn.” He was very nice and generous though. Please share one special cooking tip or technique with our readers: Don’t be intimidated by cooking something different. It might take a few times to master a recipe or ingredient, but it’s time, practice and experience that truly make a dish stand out. PREVIOUSLY FEATURED
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Benefit News & Notes WINE & WISHES 2011 to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation Thursday, January 20 at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille The Bay Area Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter’s 5th Annual Wine & Wishes will take place on Thursday, January 20, 2011. Hosting the event in 2011 will be Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille located at 487 Bay Area Boulevard. The charity event benefits the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of the Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana. Event co-chairs Holly Perry and Wendy Shaw wish to express thanks to the Bay Area for past support. “The last four years our community generated over $174,000 and sponsored 30 wishes! We look forward to the possibilities of Wine & Wishes 2011,” explained Shaw. According to Shaw, the upcoming event will be an evening filled GET UP-TO-DATE with live entertainment, a fivecourse wine dinner, raffle NEWS NOW! drawing and a live auction. Supporters can participate by sponsoring a table of eight, being an underwriter, donating an item, or just making a contribution. As a sponsor or underwriter, one receives “excellent exposure to an impressive group of attendees and help raise valuable dollars for children who are suffering from a terminal or
life-threatening illness. We value everyone’s consideration in making a donation to help us grant wishes for children in our community,” Shaw continued. Anyone with questions or looking to support this great cause can contact Wendy Shaw via e-mail at email@example.com. The Gonzalez family (of Mamacita's fame) hosted their annual holiday party at their home for friends, family and long-time customers. The charitable-minded restaurateurs asked guests to bring an unwrapped toy for a needy child in lieu of a host gift. Family members from left are Diane, Christian, Alma, Joe Senior, Gina Kuper and Joe Junior.
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HALF & HALF SHRIMP AND OYSTERS Floyd’s Cajun Seafood House 20760 Gulf Frwy. 281-332-7474 What a great way to celebrate the New Year! This seafood special is served with homemade cocktail sauce, horseradish and fresh lemons. Come watch them shuck fresh oysters in Floyd’s boat and enjoy the half-dozen combo when they’re done! ---------------------------------------------------
TUSCAN PANINI Cellar Wine Bar 1606 Clear Lake City Blvd. 281-990-9001 Grilled chicken breast, diced tomatoes, black olives, artichoke hearts, olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette and mozzarella grilled to perfection. You’ll be craving another one before your last bite is gone. The sandwich is served with a side of potato chips.
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707 Hwy. 146 in Kemah • 281-334-2133 T-bones is known for their generous portions. This dish is no exception. The Southern Fried Chicken plate comes with two robust pieces of chicken deep-fried in a Southern batter and served with corn on the cob, mashed potatoes and gravy and an enormous biscuit. Be sure to check what day it is, because this plate is only offered twice a week: Dinner on Tuesday nights and Lunch on Thursdays (11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $7.49).
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Open Daily @ 5:30am • NOT just for Breakfast! Fresh Greek Pastries! Kourabiedes (butter almond cookies), Finikia (walnut cinnamon cookies), Karithopita (walnut cake), Baklava & Galaktoboureko (Greek custard). Made fresh! Order a box to go!!
Daily Lunch Specials! Leg of Lamb served EVERY FRI & SAT!
LIVE MUSIC GREEK COOKING CLASSES! FRI: by Greek musicians
Serving original, Greek family recipes: Mousaka, Pastitsio, Stuffed Eggplant, Domadakia and freshly made Humus.
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The Heath Vargas Memorial Benefit Noon to 6pm • Sunday, January 30 at Hugh & Jeff’s Car Wash Hugh & Jeff's Car Wash (located at 1232 FM 646) is hosting a benefit for the “Heath Vargas Memorial Fund” on Sunday, January 30 from noon to 6 p.m.
purchase tickets in advance, please contact Stacie JohnsonBurcl (Heath's oldest sister) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit any JSC Federal Credit branch to donate directly to the "Heath Vargas Memorial Fund." To find a branch near you, visit www.jscfcu.org or call 281-488-7070.
On November 24, 2010, Heath Vargas was the victim of a fatal motorcycle accident. He left behind his four-year old daughter. A fund was set up at JSC Federal Credit Union and 100 percent of the funds will help secure a promising future for Heath's daughter. The event admission celebrating the life of Heath "H-Dogg" Vargas is $10 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under. There will be BBQ plates sold for $10 each, and for children 12 and under, there will also be hot dogs for $5. Many silent auction items have been donated to the cause. The kids will enjoy the moonwalks, and the grown-ups will enjoy live entertainment by Organized Chaos, Abrahams Tree and KAOS.
All money raised and donated will be deposited in the "Heath Vargas Memorial Fund."
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1. Luna Rest. (Hilton) 2. Valdo’s 3. Chelsea’s Wine Bar 4. Boondoggles Pub 5. Villa Capri 6. Club Cabo 7. Outriggers 8. Pier 18
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22. Paradise Reef (SSHR)
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23. Noah’s Ark 24. Clifton’s Seaside 25. Judge’s 26. Topwater Grill Pictured top to bottom: Red Sushi, Sundance II, Landry’s Seafood 9. The Aquarium 10. Bayside Grille
20. Opus 21. Sundance II
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CULTURAL ARTS CALENDAR ART
Jan. 16: “Carnival of Cirque” Performance by Canadian Magnifique, Reserve Tickets now, limited seating. TAACCL, 2000 NASA Prkwy, Nassau Bay, 281335-7777, www.taaccl.org Jan. 13 – 27: “Rodeo Art’ K- 12 Student Art Exhibition, Clear Creek & Friendswood ISD.TAACCL, 2000 NASA Prkwy, Nassau Bay, 281-335-7777, www.taaccl.org.
Wednesday - 11:15 a.m.Toddler Time on Monday,Tuesday & Wednesday - 1:15 p.m. Pre-School Time on Monday & Tuesday 6:30 p.m.- Children’s Chess Club on Monday. Special Days: 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, 281-488-1906. www.hcpl.net.
Helen Hall Library - 10:00 a.m.Toddlers on Wednesdays - 1:00 p.m. Pre-K Story time on Thursday, 100 W.Walker, League City, 281-338-4860 La Porte Library 10:15
Feb. 3: Small Works by Great Minds Auction. TAACCL, 2000 NASA Prkwy, Nassau Bay, 281-335-7777, www.taaccl.org
Jan. 7 – 23: The Unexpected Guest, Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18901 Upper Bay Rd, Nassau Bay, www.clearcreekcommunitytheatre.org, 281335-5228
Jan. 7 – 10: Silent Laughter,A tribute to Silent Films,8pm Fri & Sat, Sat. & Sun. 2:30pm, Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 Hwy 3, Dickinson, 281-337-SHOW, wwwbayareaharbourplayhouse.com.
Jan. 8: C.L.A.W. (Clear Lake Area Writers) 10a – noon,TAACCL, 2000 NASA Prky, 281-335-7777 www.taaccl.org. call to confirm.
Jan. 13: Bay Area Writers League, Meeting and Critique at Barnes & Nobles, Bay Area Blvd & Gulf Freeway, 7:30 www.bawl.org
Library Story Times for Children Evelyn Meador Library (Pre- K) - 10:30 a.m., 2400 N .Meyer, Seabrook - Temporary in Seabrook Community House with storytelling by Mrs. Pearson every Wednesday morning 1210 Anders, Seabrook, 281-4749142, www.hcpl.net. Freeman Memorial Library - 10:15 a.m. Book Babies on Monday,Tuesday &
a.m. Tuesdays, Story Time with Mr. Mark, 10:15 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. with Mr. D. on Thursday - 3:15 p.m.Arts on Wednesday, 600 S. Broadway, La Porte, 281-471-4022, www.hcpl.net.
MUSIC & FILM
Jan.15: Bay Area Bluegrass Association Show at 7:00pm, Johnny Arolfo Civic Center, League City, www.baba.org
Jan 11: Bay Area Photo Club, 7:30 p.m., call to confirm time,TAACCL, 2000 NASA Parkway, 281-335-7777, www.taaccl.org
1940 Air Terminal Museum, Hobby Airport, 713-454-1940, www.1940airterminal.org.
Armand Bayou Nature Center - Open Tuesday - Saturday, Saturday morning Breakfast on the Bayou 8:00 a.m. -9:30 am Saturday Evening Sunset Cruise on the Bayou 6:00 p.m., 8500 Bay Area Blvd., 281-
Battleship Texas, State Historic Site, 3255 Highway 134 La Porte, 281-479-2431
Butler Longhorn Museum – League City, 281-332-1393, www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com
Bay Area Museum -Lunar Rendezvous Exhibit and Space memorabilia. Open Tuesday - Sunday, Clear Lake Park, 5000 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, 281-326-5960, www.lunarrendevous.org.
League City Historical Society West Bay Common Museum - Open Monday - Friday. Call for group reservations, 210 Kansas Avenue, League City, 281554-2994, www.oneroomschoolhouse.org Lone Star Flight Museum Open Daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 2002 Terminal Dr., Galveston, 409-740-7722, www.LSFM.org Warbird Rides available call for more information
San Jacinto Monument & Museum –Daily 9a.m. – 6 p.m. La Porte, 281-479-2421, www.sanjacintomuseum.org.
Texas City Museum - Open Tuesday - Sunday - 409 6th St. N.,Texas City, 409-6435799, www.texas-city-tx.org/Museumabout.htm Email email@example.com for art calendar listings.
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NEW YEAR & NEW TAACCL ARTS DIRECTOR BRINGS NEW DIRECTION Tarot card readers and other carnival acts will be mingled among the guests.
By Domino Taylor
A new year brings a Honorees receiving the 2011 Kay Burnett “Outnew direction at The standing Friend of the Arts” Award are Emmeline Arts Alliance Center of Dodd and Gene Hollier. Clear Lake (TAACCL), with the welcoming of The Arts Alliance Outstanding Artist Award will be the new Executive Digiven to Dr. Tina Farrell. Expect a silent and live rector, Mary Evelyn Sorauctions along with dinner and MacKenzie Mellen rell. A Texan who from Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre will perworked in various cities form. Gala Chairman is Mary A. Williams and Coin several capacities in Chairman is Anita Fogtman. For tickets to this art prestigious galleries and gala, call TAACCL at 281-335-7777. museums, Mary Evelyn New TAACCL Executive Dir. Mary Evelyn Sorrell ---------------------------------------------has the experience and enthusiasm to head up TAACCL and its programs. Rodeo Art is ringing In the New Year at TAACCL She came from the Winedale Historical Complex, and has used her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of Houston to work at the Lawndale Art Center in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Mary Evelyn also worked in the design department and brought exhibits to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Her bio also includes director of a museum in Montana and the Bridge Center in El Paso. Her art contacts and friends reach across the United States. Some of her 2011 goals for TAACCL are to expand their outreach to the region through social media, public relations and personal involvement. Mary Evelyn stated, “We want to inform the community that we will have more classes, more diversity and music lessons this year.” Plans are underway to work with the Board of Directors as they put programs together and fundraise to keep the center in good standing for now and the future all while bringing the arts to the community. “No way to go but up!” she added in a positive light hearted manner. Increased networking is her goal for the organization as she wishes to expand the art community and its patrons. Mary Evelyn’s focus will be funding the New Year’s programs and events for 2011 for the non-profit center: Increase memberships, sponsors, grants, foundation support and the annual gala. The yearly gala is Sunday, January 16 at 7 p.m. at Space Center Houston. The $100 tickets are a tax-deductible donation for the art charity. The theme of the 2011 gala is “A Carnival of Cirque Celebration” as Cirque Magnifique performs. The internationally renowned performance group Cirque Magnifique from Canada will be doing aerial acts from the Space Center ceiling and many other balancing acts. Keeping with the performance circus theme with their colorful costumes, attendees are requested to wear colorful cocktail attire.
The annual treat of Rodeo Art for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is a special exhibit from January 13 to 27. This is kindergarten to 12th grade Student Art Exhibit from the Clear Creek and Friendswood Independent School Districts. Underwritten by the City of Nassau Bay and Lunar Rendezvous Festival, the opening reception is January 13, and is open to the public, with the elementary reception from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and the secondary reception is 5 to 6:30 p.m. Music will be by Vince Hargrove. Center hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. TAACCL is located at 2000 NASA Road One in Nassau Bay.
Neil Simon’s, Barefoot in the Park, at CCCT Opening February 18 at Clear Creek Community Theatre is Neil Simon’s romantic-comedy, Barefoot in the Park. Set in 1963 in a dilapidated, sixth-floor walk-up, Barefoot in the Park, was inspired by the playwrights first marriage. It’s about newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter. Paul is a strait-laced attorney and Corie a free spirit, who must contend with a lack of heat, a skylight that leaks snow, several long flights of stairs, oddball neighbor Victor Velasco, and Corie’s well-meaning mother Mrs. Banks. After an adventurous dinner out with Victor and Mrs. Banks the couple has their first fight during which Corie decides Paul is a “stuffed shirt,” not right for her, and should be more spontaneous, running “barefoot in the park” would be a start. This Tony Awardwinning play will run February 18 through March 6. Curtains are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights with Sunday matinees at 2:30 and tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors and $10 for groups of 10 or more. Clear Creek Community Theatre is located at 18091 Upper Bay Road in Nassau Bay. Visit the theatre’s website at www.clearcreekcommunitytheatre.org. For reservations call 281335-5228.
A MOVIE LOVER'S NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION: Go See More Movies! That being said, there's nothing wrong with mainstream film and there's plenty of big screens in the Clear Lake Area to glue your eyeballs to.
I know what you're thinking: “Way to go, Captain Obvious! If you love movies, of course you'll go see them!” Ah, if only it were that simple. Sadly, I've been quite lax lately about actually picking myself up and attending a screening at a movie theater. Producing multiple films a year has also taken its toll – I remember seeing like five movies a day during my first stint at South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin back in 2007. At the 2010 festival I was lucky to see one or two a day. This year, I plan to remedy that – no matter what I'm doing. And you should too!
The Alamo Drafthouse is a concept movie theater chain designed for die hard movie freaks, where moviegoers enjoy a full menu of tasty food and alcoholic beverages. The Alamo programs cool, first run flicks, in addition to cult classics, the widely bizarre, and the unforgettable. What gives the Alamo its character is that each screening is an event – there's nothing cooler than seeing your favorite movie with a whole bunch of other people who understand you!
So, where do you go see movies in the Clear Lake Area? I mean, if you lived in Dallas it'd be a no brainer – I'd tell you to hit the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. Yeah, I'm a partner – and you know this if you read The SCENE – but we're screening some real quality stuff. Unfortunately, it's a tad harder to come by 'round these parts. If you're looking to go against the grain, there's a small range of options, and most of them are in Houston; including the Alamo Drafthouse at West Oaks Mall, 14 Pews in the Heights, the Landmark River Oaks downtown, and the Aurora Picture Show which partners with venues all over Houston.
Case in point, if you can stand the long drive, on January 8 and 25 the Alamo presents the Coen Brothers' THE BIG LEBOWSKI quote-a-long. One of my personal faves, I'm one of the freaks who can literally quote the entire film. The ever-popular Jeff Bridges is Jeff Lebowski, but he calls himself “The Dude.” Mistaken for the other Lebowski (the millionaire), the Dude is quickly thrown into a mix of schemers and double-crossers after his rug is stolen from his apartment. With his Vietnam obsessed best buddy Walter (John Goodman) making things worse and worse, the only thing that can save The Dude is maintaining a strict drug regimen – and the occasional act of coitus. Two of the more unique venues in Houston are the Aurora Picture Show and 14 Pews. The former often partners up with the Museum of Fine Arts Houston or hosts frequent outdoor screenings and the latter is actually a converted church. January 7 and 8, you can check out MARWENCOL, one of my favorite documentaries of the year. Suffering brain damage after being assaulted, Mark Hogancamp creates a 1/6 scale WWII-inspired town in
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January Film Events First Thursdays at Dean's Credit Clothing (316 Main Street): Every first Thursday of the month, the Houston Film Commission presents award-winning, Texas made short films. Presentation is free and starts around 9:00 p.m., lasting about an hour. houstonfilmcommission.com/firstthursdays Houston Film Industry Meetup: Every second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m., mix & mingle with local area actors, producers, editors and other film industry people at Sherlock's River Oaks (1952-A West Gray). filmind.meetup.com/254/ Last Tuesday's SWAMP Salons: Every last Tuesday of the month, SWAMP meets and hosts a salon on specific subjects regarding film in Houston. Mix & mingle at 6:30 p.m.; presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Location varies. swamp.org SWAMP Workshop: Stop Motion Animation: Saturday, January 29-30 at HCC Spring Branch. Award-winning animator and filmmaker Kelly Sears which teach us how to make stop motion animations from magazine cut-outs, drawings, construction paper forms and other common objects and materials. Stop motion is an animation technique where an object is moved incrementally, photographed and repeated. Through the phenomenon of persistence of vision, th...e eye sees these incremental movements as a fluid motion. Cost is $75 for members and $95 for the general public. swamp.org his backyard in this touching, artistic tale. The detailed stories Hogancamp creates with his models will surely fascinate and move you. A mixture of first-run independent films and wacky midnight movies, the Landmark River Oaks is both hip and classy at the same time. Coming in January is a rare opportunity to see one of the best worst movies ever made in the presence of the writer, director and star of the show. - Continued on Page 39
The SCENE Film & Food Columnist, Adam Donaghey, is an award-winning film producer from Texas. His work has been seen at festivals and special screenings all over the world. Adam resides in Kemah. Find out about Adam's films at www.adamdonaghey.com and what he's eating at www.facebook.com/adamdonaghey.
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to hit every body part while dancing your way to a new you. You do NOT need to be a great dancer, just the desire to have fun. The class can easily burn 500 to 1000 calories an hour. We are proud to be home to Ingrid Kessler who is a Zumba Jammer representing the state of Texas and who tirelessly works to keep instructors up-to-date as well as hosting tons of events and opportunities to ZUMBA! There are many great instructors and venues such as Kennedy Dance Theater, 24 Hour Fitness, Studio Fit and more. POLE FIT AND CARDIO STRIPTEASE: Find your inner diva with these flexibility and strength-building classes. Pole fit, is challenging and super fun with its ultimate arm workout. Forget going to the gym and doing endless reps with low weights. Try flinging your entire body weight around a pole! It IS possible, and its lots of fun. The Red Room Studio in Seabrook offers pole, belly dance, hip hop and dance workshops. - Continued on Page 28 The SCENE Style Columnist Heaven Padgett is owner of The Hairem Salon, founder of Heavenly Cosmetics and a member of TEAMQUEST, as an International Guest Artist for Aquage. Heaven has been a stylist and make up artists for almost 20 years and works with celebrity stylists and clients all over the country for photoshoots, fashion shows, hair shows, DVD shoots, and Academy Trainings. She was born to work in the industry, and has the experience and industry savvy to be our certified SCENE fashionista!
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NIGHT CLUB CARDIO AND HIP HOP HUSTLE: These classes are SO FUN! They combine the feeling of a night out on the town with fitness cardio. Burn up the dance floor – and calories, too! You will learn lots of moves with simple easy-to-follow instruction and then you can make it your own. The loud music, dark room and disco ball disguise the fact that you are really working out. These classes are available at 24 Hour Fitness locations. WILLPOWER AND GRACE: The newest challenge! A fusion of postures and drills, this class is the embodiment of high-energy cardiovascular mind-body workout yoga fans have been looking for. It’s a philosophical and physical full body workout that concentrates on the feet, posture and energy. You can look online for DVDs and classes. This is a wonderful strength-building workout. Give these classes a try! And if you have some great new ideas please email them to us!
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A Special Guide To CLEAR LAKE & GALVESTON About the Clear Lake/Bay Area: Located midway between the skyscrapers of Houston and the beaches of Galveston, the NASA, Clear Lake/Bay Area is a unique area featuring the home of manned space flight and the third largest boating market in the nation. Although big city excitement and island beaches are each just minutes away, the Clear Lake/Bay Area has been described as the “Jewel of Houston” and is full of attractions of its own. Boating activities and water recreation provide hours of fun and relaxation in the presence of the water's natural beauty.
Surrounded by water, the land is fertile and offers lush foliage including many evergreen trees and plants. In addition to the area’s natural beauty, technology and history are woven together at the Johnson Space Center, where our nation's astronauts are trained and each manned space flight is monitored. The facility offers an official visitors center, better known as Space Center Houston. This area is also home to a surprisingly high number of quality restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs – including many overlooking the water and accessible via boat. Clear Lake is also a live music lover’s paradise with more than 40 venues offering live performances on a regular basis. The Clear Lake/Bay Area is also geared toward families with a number of amusement parks, game facilities and family festivals.
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Featured Attractions 1. Space Center Houston Visit Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor center of NASA's Johnson Space Center. Applaud the accomplishments of NASA and the American manned space flight program at Space Center Houston. You will relive the past achievements of the space program and witness today's history in the making. Everything you see in the facility is realistic. Space Center Houston's creators kept in close contact with NASA to ensure the most accurate experience. Each attraction is self-guided so you can spend as much time, or as little time, in each areas as desired. Most guests spend four to six hours in the Center. Winter Operating Hours: 10am-5pm (Weekdays); 10am-6pm (Weekends) Discount Tickets: Discount Space Center Houston tickets available at Bay Area Houston Visitors Center. 281-474-9700.
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26. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood House....................20760 Gulf Frwy 27. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood House ....................1300 Broadway 28. Fox and Hound ....................................12802 Gulf Freeway 29. Gabacho’s Mexican Grill ..........................4449 NASA Rd. 1 30. Green Parrot ................22323 Bayshore Dr. (San Leon) 31. Hugh & Jeff’s Car Wash & Grill ................1232 W. FM 646 32. Jackie’s Brickhouse ......1051 Marina Bay Drive (FM 2094) 33. Jackie B’s Sports.Spirits......................352 N. Gulf Freeway 34. Judges..............................................113 6th St. (San Leon) 35. Katie’s ..........................................................315 Grand Ave. 36. La Brisa - Bacliff............................................4001 Hwy 146 37. La Brisa - League City ..............501 Wesley Drive (@ I-45) 38. Las Haciendas • NASA............................1020 NASA Rd. 1 39. Las Haciendas • I-45 ..........................12933 Gulf Freeway 40. Leila’s Mexican Restaurant........................18119 Egret Bay 41. Luna’s Restaurant (Hilton) ................3000 NASA Parkway 42. Main 101 Grill & Bar ..................101 E. Main St. (La Porte) 43. Main Event............................................1125 Magnolia Ave. 44. Mackey’s ..............................................20801 Gulf Frwy (I-45) 45. Maribelle’s ............................................3136-C NASA Road 1 46. Mario’s Italian • Seabrook ..............1304 Bayport (HWY146) 47. Mario’s Italian • Webster ....................618 NASA Parkway 48. Masa Sushi Fusion ..................................977 Nasa Road 1 49. Masa Sushi Sake Bar ................................1804 W. FM 646 50. Matt’s Restaurant & Lounge..............3202 Marina Bay Drive
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51. Mediterraneo Market & Cafe.......... 52. Mely’s - League City ............2951 M 53. Merlion on 4th....................................... 54. Michiru Sushi & Asian Bar ..............20 55. Monkey Bar ................................... 56. Noah’s Ark ............................................ 57. Outriggers ....................101 Bath Ave. 58. Pier 27 Tavern......................3202 59. San Luis Resort ............................ 60. Scout Bar....................................... 61. Sherlock’s ..................................... 62. Signature Bistro ..............1918 NA 63. Skipper’s ......................1026 FM 2 64. South Shore Harbour Resort ................ 65. Sporting News Bar & Grill ........... 66. Star Cinema Grill ......................10 67. Thai Seafood ................................. 68. The Spot ............................3204 S 69. TGI Friday’s ........................19403 70. The Davenport............................12 71. The Tree House ............................ 72. Three Oaks Fine Wines ................ 73. Time Out Sports Bar #1 .............. 74. Time Out Sports Bar #2 ............... 75. Time Out Sports Bar #3 ............... 76. Tommy’s Restaurant Oyster Bar . 77. Topwater Grill..............................8 78. T-bone Tom’s ................................ 79. Wings ‘N’ More - League City220 G 80. Wings ‘N’ More - Webster................ 81. Zone 504 .......................................
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A Taste Of Space 2011 EPICUREAN EVENING AT SPACE CENTER HOUSTON Thursday, February 3 • 6:30-9 p.m. It’s that time of year again! A Clear Lake favorite is almost upon us again when diners can sample more than 40 restaurants, sip on their choice of various adult beverages, enjoy live entertainment and get entry into Space Center Houston all on one ticket. The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Epicurean Evening will be held on Thursday, February 3 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The popular event features food, spirits, a silent auction and live music in a family-friendly environment. This is the ninth year Epicurean will be held at Space Center Houston where there’s something for everyone to do while sampling bites from as many of the 40-plus restaurant booths as one can visit. Adult tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Children’s tickets ages 4 to12 years are $10, and children 3 and under are free. Presale tickets can be purchased from the Chamber office at 1201 NASA Parkway and Randall’s Clear Lake City Blvd. and Randall’s South Shore. Group discounts available. Sponsors on board (as of press time) include Four Star Sponsor JSC Federal Credit Union, Host Space Center Houston, Beverage and Award Sponsor Silver Eagle Distributors, Award Sponsor Greystar Properties, Raffle Sponsor Best Buy, Beverage Booth Sponsors Faust Distributing and Visiting Angels, Living Assistance Services. Media sponsor Bay Area Media Services (BAMS), publisher of The SCENE magazine is returning for their 9th year of sponsorship and booth participation. “This is one of my favorite annual events and our staff looks forward to it every year,” explained Bay Area Media Services co-founder John Ennis. It’s fun to see how creative and competitive the restaurants get in regards to booth presentation and participation.” Restaurants are judged on Presentation of Food, Creativity of Booth and Overall Showmanship. First, second and third prizes are given in each category. The booth scoring the highest in all categories is awarded the coveted “Out of this World” trophy. This event is open to the public, and each year, brings more than 2,500 attendees. All food establishments are invited to participate (CLACC membership is not required.) Sponsorship packages are still available for any business that would like to participate. Silent auction items are also appreciated. Mark your calendars now, and we will see you at the event!
The SCENE is proud to sponsor the Epicurean Evening “A Taste of Space” for the 9th consecutive year in 2011.
On the Water Houston Yacht Club names new Sailing Director The Houston Yacht Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Scott Lindley as the Club’s Sailing Director. Scott joins the Houston Yacht Club staff from Performance One Sailing Team where Scott is the Owner and Head Sailing Coach. Scott will become a yearround, full-time staff member leading the fleet sailing and youth sailing programs.
Super Bowl Party February 6 • Venue TBD New HYC Sailing Director Scott Lindley
“The Houston Yacht Club is very fortunate to be able to bring Scott into the mix at the club,” said By Baldridge, Commodore of the Houston Yacht Club. “All sailing classes will be able to benefit from Scott’s National and International level racing experience in a variety of boat classes. Scott is extremely well regarded for his teaching and coaching of youth sailors and we look forward to continued growth of sailing in all classes at HYC.” As Sailing Director, Scott will continue his work as a US Sailing Youth National Team Coach and will bring the highest level of knowledge and skill to the sailors of all ages at HYC. A Club wide meet and greet will be scheduled to introduce Scott to the membership after the Holiday season. A program development meeting for setting the sailing calendar, regatta coverage, training program development and sailing clinics will also be scheduled. For additional information, please contact Jennifer Glass at the Houston Yacht Club at 281-471-1255. Scott grew up sailing and teaching in the San Diego Yacht Club Jr. Program, winning several Jr. Na-
tional Championships in the Snipe Class and many Naples Sabot Regattas (the Naples Sabot is another pram, similar to the Optimist). He competed in 6 US Youth Championships in Sailboards, Laser II’s and Lasers - Medaling twice. Scott was fortunate to have great coaches growing up like Mark Reynolds, JJ Isler and Brian Ledbetter - All Olympic Gold Medalists! Scott sailed collegiately for the College of Charleston on a team that won a National Championship and was never lower than 5th in the country. There Scott sailed Lasers and 420’s and earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Physical Education/Sports Medicine. Scott also did an Olympic 470 campaign with Johnny Lovell who later earned the Silver Medal at the Greece Olympics in the Tornado Class. Scott and Johnny finished 11th out of 40 boats in the US Trials with only 6 months of training and received the Silver Medal in the Olympic Classes Regatta that year. Scott has continued racing in Snipes, J-22’s, J24’s, Melges 24’s, Etchells, E-Scows and PC Class boats. It is quite clear that Scott’s passion is sailing and this passion is instilled in his students.
Yachty Gras Boat Parade March 5 • Clear Lake /Kemah Channel
Commodore’s Ball January 22 (7pm) Houston Yacht Club 281.471.1255
2011 Bay Cup I March 5, Galveston Bay Lakewood Yacht Club Dates announced for the
2011 Harvest Moon Regatta October 13-16, Gulf of Mexico Galveston Bay Racing Association
Wednesday Night Sailboat Races on Clear Lake Info: 281.334.4252 See you Spring 2011.
FILM COLUMN: Cont. from Page 24
Join Tommy Wiseau January 14 and 15 as he presents his self-proclaimed black comedy, THE ROOM. I had the pleasure of seeing this movie in Austin (at an Alamo Drafthouse) with an audience bloodthirsty for laughs. Expect quotes, talk backs and lots of plasThe Coen Brothers' THE BIG LEBOWSKI tic forks hurling at the screen during this riotous occasion.
Are you all about the show but want to stick around here? Never fear! Webster's own Premiere Cinema NASA Dollar 8 hosts THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW every Saturday at midnight with a live cast performing along with the film. If you haven't experienced RHPS live before, you just need to break down and do it. There's nothing more enticing then losing yourself in your own geekdom – come on, admit it already! Also showing at a theater nearby is one of my top films of 2010, Darron Aronofsky's BLACK SWAN. Almost immediately after the screening, I Tweeted: “The struggle for perfection is often rife with tragic consequences; in BLACK SWAN Aronofsky focuses on an obsessive ballet dancer whose achievements cost her sanity – ironically, creating a perfect film.” I'll be the first to admit that I haven't always dug Aronofsky's films – I often find them trite and cliche. Yet his last two pictures (including audience favorite THE WRESTLER) have struck me in such a way I can't quite express. Aronofsky's use of the grotesque and weird captivate a whole world of addiction (and a positive addiction at that!) in an entirely new way – it's not something I'm willing or able to forget or pass off. It's so much more important than that. Somehow Aronofsky manages to capture exactly the killer instinct all humans possess – whether we hold on to or suppress it. In the convenient age of Netflix or Redbox, it's easy to sit back at home and watch the latest releases – and trust me, I do it nightly. But to completely write off the cinematic experience is disheartening. Being the social creatures that we are, it's sometimes necessary to plop yourself down in the middle of a movie theater and engage yourself in the exact same sensations and share the exact same experiences as the other human beings around you. As lemming-ly as it sounds, sometimes it's just really neat to laugh out loud or cry with others. Collective experiences seem to bring more meaning and value to what's occurring onscreen. That, and you're less likely to interrupt the experience because of a telephone call or a sudden urge to check your Facebook.
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Footpie Is As Unique As Their Name By Rhonda Meredith Bass player Matt Metcalf used to call ice cream “footpie” when he was a little boy. Metcalf may shake his head after reading that this is this is now forever in print, but let’s just think about how far the word “footpie” has come... The mispronunciation of the childhood treat became the unusual name of the ever unique three-piece reggae rock band Footpie. Footpie unofficially began in 2008 when Charlie Danford (vocals, guitar) and Metcalf “really got into reggae” and the self-taught duo began creating original material. They took some time honing their skills and brought a drum machine into the mix. The drum machine became a diva, so human drummers came in and out a revolving door while Footpie continued to evolve. Some of the best jokes begin with “So sitting at a bar one night...,” but this
night was no joke. Danford and Metcalf were out at a bar when they ran into Daniel Hogan (drums). Hogan was asked to join in on the musical journey, and, as the fates would have it, he agreed. So, Footpie officially formed in June 2009. Since then, Footpie has been seen performing at the likes of Doc’s, Scout Bar, Mainstage on Main, Hugh & Jeff’s and as far out as College Station and Port Aransas. They were nominated for best reggae band in the Houston Press 2010 Music Awards. Again, their music is reggae, but you can definitely hear the harder influence of the rock and punk genres. Very cool. The SCENE Magazine caught up with Footpie at the Texas Hippie Connection’s grand opening in Seabrook in December and was impressed with Footpie’s laid back style as well as their musical capabilities. Danford reminded me of Adam Sandler, and it was as though Footpie just kind of rolled out of bed with the thought “Let’s play music today and have a great time.” I mean that in a good way and told Danford my thought. He further explained it this way, “We have never tried to act and look like a band. Footpie is just three dudes that love playing while having a good time and attitude. We like to ham it up onstage and engage the audience.” In 2011, Footpie plans on performing more – maybe further out regionally. They will probably work on an EP. They scrapped the last one because they didn’t like it. Footpie’s free spirits go where the gigs take them. They seize the day and don’t look back. I love that and so does their “Footmob”. Go to a Footpie show and the “Footmob” will be there in support. The next show is January 13 at Mango’s in Houston. Footpie’s close connection with Shark Attack led them to partner with Boardroom Entertainment out of South Shore Harbour. Check out www.thebeeroom.com and be the first to purchase Footpie merchandise. Shirts, beanies, patches, etc. will be available soon! Footpie is also on Facebook so go “like” them today. For booking information, email email@example.com.
THE SCENE COVER THAT ALMOST NEVER WAS This month’s back cover featuring The Texas Hippie Connection resulted in a significant amount of internal debate at The SCENE Magazine’s International Headquarters. Twice!
tioned if we knew “what restaurant is going in on Nasa Road 1 next to where Bailey’s was in Seabrook?”
First, there was the matter of whether a Hookah bar or lounge belonged on the cover at all. Although few would describe the members of our management team as prude, we aren’t smokers. And while we don’t believe in judging those who are, as recently as last month, we rejected a photo that was scheduled to run prominently in the December issue because we didn’t want to “glamorize” smoking. But maybe we do open ourselves up to fair criticism for being hypocritical as I admit, we don’t have a problem promoting alcohol on our covers.
And the buzz has continued since the opening as the result is a very unique and apparently successful business. And one that is visually impressive inside and out even to those who aren’t into hookahs or hippies. Considering the Hippie Connection’s location among multiple vacant buildings now in foreclosure that tell a story of business failure, it is nice to see something unique and dynamic succeed. Although I’m not likely to light up a hookah, I find the venue very inviting, comfortable and look forward to utilizing the free WiFi to work while pursuing a caffeine (my drug of choice) buzz.
In the end, we decided since hookah bars are legal (for those 18 and over) and have been around and accepted for years in many different cultures, we would not rule out featuring the Hippie Connection just based on smoking alone. So then the question was is there enough interest in the venue or newsworthiness to justify a cover feature? The answer to that was ultimately yes. I can’t think of many new businesses in the 105-issue history of The SCENE that has generated more conversation and buzz. As soon as the paint started going up transforming the abandoned, stale building that once housed multiple failed restaurants (Don Juan’s and Armando’s most recently), people started talking and our staff was constantly quesWhat is a Hookah? Hookah refers to the practice of smoking flavored tobacco through a tall, ornate pipe that sits on the floor; the hookah pipe has long been a popular past time for centuries of many cultures and is part of life across the Middle East. The parlors first opened in the United States decades ago in the immigrant quarters of New York and Los Angeles. But recently parlors have opened in college towns all over in the country and is often regarded as a novel and chic way to socialize and embrace multiculturalism. The effect of hookah on health is an issue. Medical research is scarce on the effects of hookah, although doctors agree that smoking any kind of tobacco is not healthy. But users claim that because tobacco smoke is drawn through water contained in the hookah pipe, the smoke is far less harmful than cigarettes or cigars -- an assertion that is often debated.
Read the cover feature by Rhonda Meredith, another non-smoker, as she wrote about the venue through the eyes of a non-smoker. There is actually a lot to see and do which doesn’t require a lighter. But either way, that is your business. Right? - John Ennis, Publisher friendly and genuinely wants to serve you.
Sanctuary From Storm • Cont. from Previous Page Turtle dove head first into the business world without a business mentor and really no advice to heed. Over a year and a half ago, he opened the Texas Hippie Connection at its first location down the street in a strip center. THC rapidly began to outgrow that spot and Turtle moved his business to the current location only a few months ago. “This shop was built by the people of my community,” he says sincerely. Friends pitched in to help Turtle open the new shop pretty quickly. Through the fresh paint and new furniture, Turtle remained constant in his vision. THC strives to be a “sanctuary from life’s storms” for its customers. Last month, THC celebrated the grand opening of the new building in style with food, music (Check out the related article on Footpie in this issue), vendors such as Verdad Designs and Advanced Body Art. Turtle and his staff were on hand to make sure every guest was taken care of. You will notice that when you walk into THC on any given day, the staff is extremely
But once we recieved the photos from the Hippie Connection cover shoot, I do admit I had second thoughts about the cover. Out of 210 published covers, either myself or Betsey, my partner in business and life, have shot all but nine. This was one of the nine and probably not what we would have come up with. From an artistic standpoint, the final shot by Bryan Anderson of Beauty In Art may be one of the best cover photos ever considering it shows and tells so much. For an editorial board of non-smokers already struggling with the subject matter, these photos were probably too good and too effective. But after more debate and conversation, we obviously decided to stick with Anderson’s photo. Other options I came up were less creative, less dynamic and ultimately less likely to grab attention from across a room, which is what we want our covers to do. I’m pretty sure there won’t be another SCENE cover like this and I know some of our competition will try to use this to what ever advantage they can. But in the end, I stand by the cover and the rights of people to smoke even If I don’t and likely won’t.
One last thought about THC, Turtle is at the shop a lot and I asked him about that. He was thoughtful and responded, “You get what you give.” I asked if that was his best business advice to give to someone thinking about starting a business. Turtle nodded and said, “It isn’t just about business, but about life in general.” Next time you are in Seabrook, check out the Texas Hippie Connection and catch the good vibe. No one under 18 is admitted and you must have a valid ID to enter. THC is open seven days a week (M-TH from 10am – 12am, FSa from 10am – 2am and Sunday from 10am – 8pm.) You can find THC on Facebook too. You can also reach the shop at 281-957-9213. Be sure to ask Turtle how he got that name too! Peace!
TEXAS HIPPIE CONNECTION:
Striving To Be A Sanctuary From The Storm By Rhonda Meredith You can’t miss the bright green building with purple and black accents at the corner of East Nasa Parkway and Seventh Street. When it catches your eye, your first thought may be “Has it always been painted like that and I have never noticed? No, I would have noticed…” and then your second thought might be “I wonder what’s inside…” Well, let me tell you. The Texas Hippie Connection (THC) is the largest smoke shop in Texas. Wait, wait, wait… Smoke shop? Yes. But let me tell you what I see through the eyes of a non-smoker. The outside of 2234 East Nasa Parkway in Seabrook is crisp and clean with comfy patio furniture adorning the front. Regularly, this area is filled with people who smoke hookah, people who are hanging out with those who smoke hookah, musicians performing an impromptu set and sometimes even pets. The vibe is laid back, friendly and come-as-you-are. Oh, and when there aren’t any musicians hanging out, good music is still being played through the sound system. The inside of the first floor is another really cool place with unique gift items for friends and family that “may be hard to buy for since they have everything” kind of people – there is one in every family. Anyhow, on the shelves were peace candles, a Grateful Dead fleece throw, beach towels featuring The Beatles or Jimi Hendrix, neon
flower stickers, smoking accessories, apparel, incense and burners and (my personal favorite) candles! The candles smelled so good and had names of “Italian Cream,” “Choolii Rose” and “Ocean of Grass.” There is plenty of room to sit and read various magazines. (You can pick up a copy of The SCENE Magazine!) Fresh doughnuts seem to be a staple the check-out area. Nice touch. Upstairs is something you have to see. It’s called “The Glass Gallery.” The gallery is currently home to thousands of water pipes that are for sale. Over 100 artists have contributed to gallery. The asking price for these pieces are anywhere from $10 to $6,000. It was a beautiful sight. Each water pipe is custom detailed with brilliant colors. While I was standing in the gallery on this particular day, a lady with her dog was perusing the glass; newbies off the street were mingling with those who are no longer customers, but now THC friendly regulars, who were in turn saying hello to Turtle. Who or what is Turtle? I am glad you asked... The Texas Hippie Connection’s place of business is as unique as its owner Turtle. Sorry, I did not ask why or how he acquired the nickname, but he does like green. His dreads are highlighted in that color. Turtle grew up around the Bay Area and always knew he wanted to own a smoke shop. As early as 14 years old, it was mildly irritating to him that he couldn’t enter a smoke shop. But at 16, he went into one anyway. Then he went into another. Several ideas begin to form as Turtle saw what was right and wrong in the industry. Becoming a business owner stayed close to his heart as he got older and travelled for inspiration. In fact, the Glass Gallery has influences from shops in Amsterdam and South Lake Tahoe. - Continued on Next Page
Brewers Association announces revised Craft Brewer definition The board of directors of the Brewers Association (BA), the trade association representing the majority of U.S. brewing companies, has voted to change the BA's designation of "small" in its definition of a "craft brewer." The Association's board of directors also has revised its bylaws to reflect the change. In the BA's craft brewer definition, the term "small" now refers to any independent brewery that produces up to 6 million barrels of traditional beer. The previous definition capped production at 2 million barrels. The changed definition is currently in effect and can be reviewed on the BA website, BrewersAssociation.org. The change to the bylaws went into effect December 20, 2010. In the Brewers Association's bylaws, two classes of membership (Professional Packaging Brewers and Associate membership) have been redefined with a qualifying barrelage of 6 million barrels versus 2 million barrels. The association cited several reasons for the change, including the recognition that "small" is a descriptive term relative to the overall size of the industry. "Thirty-four years have passed since the original small brewers tax differential defined small brewers as producing less than 2 million barrels," said Nick Matt, chair of the Brewers Association board of directors and chairman and CEO of F.X. Matt Brewing Company. "A lot has changed since 1976. The largest brewer in the U.S. has grown from 45 million barrels to 300 million barrels of global beer production." Matt added, "The craft brewer definition and bylaws now more accurately reflect and align with our government affairs efforts." On the legislative front in 2010, the Brewers Association supported H.R. 4278/S. 3339, which sought to update the cap on an excise tax differential for small brewers to 6 million barrels per year in production for their first 2 million barrels.
Retaining Market Share for Craft Brewers The industry's largest craft brewer, The Boston Beer Company, is poised to become the first craft brewer to surpass 2 million barrels of traditional beer within the next few years. Loss of The Boston Beer Company's production in craft brewing industry statistics would inaccurately reflect on the craft brewing industry's market share. In addition to Boston Beer, the current growth trajectory of other sizable BA member breweries places them on a course approaching the 2 million barrel threshold in the coming years. "With this change to the craft brewer definition and BA bylaws, statistics will continue to accurately reflect the 30-year growth of market share for craft brewed beer," said Matt. "Brewers Association statistics on craft brewers will continue to keep pace with the growth of the industry."
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CRAFT BREWERIES B. Circle Brewing Company Austin, Texas C. Franconia Brewing Co. McKinney, Texas
D. Independence Brewing Co. Austin, Texas E. Jester King Craft Brewery Austin, Texas
Spoetzl Brewery Shiner, Texas WWW.SHINER.COM
F. Live Oak Brewing Co. Austin, Texas
G. No Label Brewing Co. Katy, Texas H. Rahr & Sons Brewery Fort Worth, Texas
I. Ranger Creek Brewing San Antonio, Texas
J. Real Ale Brewing Blanco, Texas
K. Saint Arnold Brewing Co. Houston, Texas
L. Southern Star Brewing Co. Conroe, Texas
Rahr & Sons Fort Worth, Texas RAHRBREWING.COM
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2. Blue Star Brewing San Antonio, Texas
Humperdink's Brew Pubs 21. Addison, Texas 22. Arlington, Texas 23. Dallas, Texas 24. Dallas, Texas 25. Richardson, Texas
3. Cypress Station & Abilene Brewing Company Abilene, Texas
12. North by Northwest Brewery Austin, Texas
5. The Draught House Austin, Texas
14. Port Aransas Brewing Co. Port Aransas, Texas
4. Dodging Duck Brewhause Boerne, Texas 6. Eola School and Lodge Eola, Texas.
15. Root Cellar Cafe & Gallery San Marcos, Texas
7. Faust Brewing Co. New Braunfels, Texas
8. Fredericksburg Brewing Co. Fredericksburg, Texas 9. Freetail Brewing Company San Antonio, Texas
10. Jaxon's Brewing Company El Paso, Texas. 11. Lovejoy's Tap Room Austin, Texas
13. Padre Island Brewing Co. South Padre Island, Texas.
16. The Triple J Chophouse & Brew Co. • Lubbock, Texas 17. Two Rows Restaurant & Brewery • Addison, Texas 18. Uncle Billy's Brew & Que Austin, Texas 19. Uncle Buckʼs Brewery Grapevine, Texas.
20. Wimberley Brewing Co. Wimberley, Texas
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Above: Best Metal Band: Born From Ruins
Above: Best New Band: Positive Disturbance << Left: Best Rock Band: Dev Electric. Best Gothic Band: Erase The Virus, Right >>
Above: Band of the Year: From Guts To Glory Best Live Performance: Positive Disturbance
Best Alt. Band: The Crisis
Best Vocalist: Jimmy Miller
Best Guitar: Mike Nexus | Best Bass: Darren Nelson, Above
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2010 Texas Buzz Music Awards @ Scout Bar This year’s turn out was huge. Scout Bar was the place, and A.D. Rowntree from 94.5FM was in command. A year ago, A.D. mentioned Clear Channel warming to the idea of a supporting local music from the area. This year's awards rang true. Competition for honors was fierce and all the nominees were incredibly noteworthy for the Texas Buzz Music Awards. Cheers to Texas Music!!! Best Drummer:....................Alex Slay (The Hunger & ETV) Best Bass: ..........................Darren Nelson (The Hunger) Best Guitar: ..................................Mike Mexus (Saturate) Best Vocals: ................................Jimmy Miller (Saturate) Best New Band: ..............................Positive Disturbance Best Gothic & Industrial Band: ................Erase The Virus Best Metal Band: ..................................Born From Ruins Best Live Performance: ....................Positive Disturbance Best Alternative Band:......................................The Crisis Best Rock Band: ..........................................Dev Electric Band of the Year: ............................From Guts to Glory
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Rainchild Is “Learning To Love the Type of Trouble They’ve Been Getting In” By Rhonda Meredith Or so the lyrics go in “Wings.” The song is one of three tunes on their recently released independent studio EP called “Anatomy 1/4.” My technical opinion is that it’s “beyond good.” I can say that since I have been listening to the songs over and over for a while now. They are addicting. “Again” and “Watershed” are both very melodic. All of the song lyrics are very personal. “Anatomy 1/4” is raw, bluesy and more like ’70s rock than modern. Rainchild coins their style as “Gulf Coast Rock.” The name “Rainchild” makes me think of an era when it was all about the music. I asked Dustin Condon (vocals) about the name and he said, “Rainchild is four people functioning as one entity. Rainchild would be that entity’s name.” The said entity began performing around the Houston area in 2006. Rainchild has opened for The Hunger, headlined during Galveston’s Mardi Gras, has been a Texas Buzz band twice in 30 days at Scout Bar and came in first place in the House Of Blues Battle of the Bands Showcase last September. The win ensures they land an opening spot for a national band’s tour stop at HOB in 2011. Rainchild's main goal is to “make a big impact on the Texas music scene and provide good quality entertainment to live
music concert goers.” Condon adds that the musical journey has been a “labor of love getting the music out to the fans.” If you cannot make it out to see the band live, then go to iTunes or CDBaby and download “Anatomy 1/4.” The EP was recorded at Sound Arts Recording Studio and produced by Jim Finley Productions. Condon says Finley is the “unofficial fifth member of Rainchild.” The artwork credit goes to Condon. Members of the “four-piece powerhouse band” are Condon, Jason Degge (guitar), Donnie Lackey (drums) and Ross Facundo (bass.) Find out more at www.rainchildband.com.
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THE HECTIC: Continued From Page 60 Then, just when your eyes adjust to the dark and DJ Hardcore has situated himself behind the turntable, you start to zone in on his mask. It gives me the creeps. I love it. Don’t judge me. Owen and Reed typically have on white face paint that almost glows. Trying to see Pride in the back of the stage though the wall of fog is just about impossible, but you will HEAR him. While 2010 was been a breakout year for The Hectic, it’s apparent there is no slowing down anytime soon. “We want to keep living up to the honor that was recently bestowed upon us with our 2010 “Best Industrial Band” music award nomination from The Texas Buzz. The Hectic is getting really close to gaining commercial acceptance in the larger venues in and around the state and primarily in Houston,” Tinsley states. “In 2011 we are going to keep winning over our fans one at a time and keep building a good, strong and loyal fan base that's built out of friends and people that actually connect with our energy on and off the stage. We hope to keep growing in some of the other Texas markets. For us the trick has always been to expose new fans to us at a live show and
then they'll stay on board.” One fan who has been with The Hectic through thick and thin is Tera Bible Wright. You mention The Hectic and she smiles from ear to ear. Wright says with so much excitement, “The Hectic is diverse group within themselves and has a badass stage show! Plus they treat you like family rather than just a fan.” The Hectic is currently writing and recording new material for a future release. “We will have a series of singles available electronically through all the digital media outlets. When we get a good 12-13 ready, we'll print up some discs and release the physical copies traditionally at that point,” says Tinsley. The Hectic regularly performs at Scout Bar during the Texas Buzz show. Check out www.thehectic.com to keep up to date on shows, merchandise, music and everything else Hectic. And while you are waiting for the next Hectic show, amuse yourself with some wiffleball. Tinsley’s public service announcement is this: “Wiffleball is a total blast and I recommend it for anyone who wants some good stress relief and doesn't have the ability to play in a metal band.” Seriously, you can talk about anything with Tinsley...
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Forever Falls: The Next Generation of American Arena Rock By Rhonda Meredith They say all they need is the arena, and I say give it to them! The term “hardworking” only begins to describe Forever Falls. Just in the past three months alone the band has shared the stage with Sick Puppies, The Hunger, Powerman 5000, Saving Abel, Sevendust and The Black Crowes. They are constantly touring the regional Gulf Coast area, headlining in Houston and expanding their fan base. The Texas Buzz crowd took notice when Forever Falls took to the stage at Scout Bar. The lights dimmed and the videos that adorned each side of the stage came alive. The show had a lot of energy and the crowd was into it! Almost five years ago, their fates descended into Beaumont to work their magic and Forever Falls was formed. The band released their debut CD a mere six months after. Then another and another which brings us to the present. Forever Falls has just released their fourth effort “Big Vision For A Small World.” The CD boasts 11 tracks. Six of those songs are new while the rest are from their previous CD. The only cover is “Send Me An Angel.” Think back to the band Real Life and 1983. If you were born in 1981, then you are excused from that little exercise. “Younger” is 100% anthem. It’s for those who have left their school “daze” behind and perfect for high school reunions. If you are still in
school, then good – it’s cool to stay in school. “City of Angels” is a personal favorite. “God Bless Rock N Roll” is a party song, I am telling you. The CD channels their influences which range from Tool, Elton John, Motley Crue and the Foo Fighters. Just wrap it up in “hookladen heavy rock” and voila – it’s a present from Forever Falls to YOU. Maybe you need a visual present? If so, check out their DVD called "Inside the Details." It’s a “funny and insightful” documentary into their rock-and-roll world. 2011 will bring more touring opportunities for the band. Frontman Adam Caillavet says, “We are very happy with our new CD and will be trying to put it in as many hands and ears as possible.” Forever Falls will be performing at SXSW this year, too. Visit www.foreverfalls.com for tour information and to hear some songs. Their album is available on iTunes along with past albums. They are also a part of the Austin-based Rock Army Records family. Bringing their brand of “high octane to the masses,” Forever Falls is Caillavet (vocals, guitar), Patrick McNerney (lead guitar), Matt Carter (drums), and Danny Broussard (bass.)
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1/7 ......FRI ..........MICHAEL STEVENS 1/8 ......SAT..........BODACIOUS TATAS MON. Band night w/Rick
1/14 ....FRI ....................MAGAZINE TUES: $1.50 Wells after 7pm 1/15 ....SAT..............TAILDRAGGERS WED & SUN: $10 Buckets! +
1/21 ....FRI ..........GREG WAPPLER & BEAVER’S CROSSING THURS: FREE Bowling with 1/22 ....SAT ........FUZZ BOX JUNKIES Christina + Open Mic Night
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In London, there is a clock tower named “Big Ben” and it’s famous for its reliability. In Webster, there is a new place to go hang out and its name is “Big Ben Tavern.” Big Ben Tavern is going to become famous for its atmosphere, customer service and British comfort food. Yes, I did say “British” comfort food. Think Shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and Scotch eggs. Are you hungry yet? I thought so. Big Ben Tavern also has the other food groups like burgers and pizza, too. Another cool thing about the kitchen is that it’s open late for the industry folk. You will need something to wash the comfort food down obviously, so Big Ben Tavern offers 20 beers on tap. The imported selection is large and unique. Of course, wine and spirits are available as well. There are happy hour specials on every day that ends with a “y” from 4 to 7 p.m. Even though the tavern just opened at the end of December, it’s quickly becoming “the” neighborhood pub. There is never a cover charge and the atmosphere is overall casual. Crossing through the entry are families, the “loose tie after work” crowd, those with business lunches and date dinners. People like you and me, really.
Check out the jukebox while you are there. Live music will be planned in conjunction with special events and a DJ is forthcoming. Speaking of special events, the decor is festive so Big Ben Tavern welcomes large groups and birthday parties! The staff can handle it. They are friendly, attractive and customer-service oriented. “The bottom line is that Big Ben Tavern wants to become a part of the Bay Area,” says Oneil, one of the tavern’s owners and general managers.
All the UFC fights and sports games will be shown on over two dozen large screen TVs. Want to play pool and watch the game? Check.
Want to play pinball or Golden Tee and watch the fight? Check. Check. Wi-Fi is available for your convenience. Outside seating on the deck is plentiful and there is even a large sandbox for the little kids and the big kids. You know who you are!
When you stop in, make sure you say hello to Oneil and let him know you read about them in The SCENE. Because if you do, there is a very good chance your first round of beer is on HIM. Big Ben Tavern is located at 20237 Gulf Freeway South. Their phone number is 281-332-9820. The hours are 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. seven days a week. Become a fan on Facebook (www.facebook.com/bigbentavern) to keep up with “Fan Only” parties and specials.
SEEN BY THE SCENE: Mean Gene Kelton. (A) Opening for Foghat; (B) with sons at GBAMA IkeFest; (C) with wife Joni at The Jim Shortt benefit. ANDY ENG PHOTOS. CALLED TO THE FRONT OFFICE: By the time all of you read this, you will have heard our local guitar hero, Mean Gene Kelton, got his call back home. Before heading back, I had the privilege of meeting his acquaintance personally a grand total of four times. Please allow... First was at a planning meeting at Katie's. The Galveston Bay Area Musicians Association was gearing up to help professional musicians who lost their livelihood following Hurricane Ike. Out of his gigging garb and totally unassuming, this fellow and his wife, Joni, were simply all about getting others back on their feet. I left that meeting scratching my head about the two of them. The second encounter was at the IkeFest show at the Big Texas Saloon. By now, it clicked that Mean Gene was a hot guitar player, but on that day, he dialed the presence knob back a few clicks and instead shared the stage and spotlight with his two sons -- clearly a proud father. The only favor he ever asked was on that day for a family picture of the boys for "Momma." Our third encounter was at the Jim Shortt Memorial (Cockeyed Seagull). By now, I had no doubt the Keltons were a presence with their Fourth of July show, New Year’s Eve finished by 5 p.m. parties, movie and book pursuits. Gene didn't play that day. Rather, he and Joni spent the entire time mingling with the packed house of musicians and fans celebrating the late Jim Shortt. They were about the camaraderie and respect. The fourth and final time we crossed paths was when Mean Gene appeared with Foghat at the 18th Street Pier. Holy cow! Could this guy play!!!! I consider myself fortunate to have gotten to hear him play unleashed at least once yet value the three earlier encounters more. I’m just saying, and assume others feel similarly... Hey, heads up! David Schwope (et.al.) are lining up what should be an incredible memorial celebration at Jackie's Brickhouse for Gene. To be continued...
(1) HOU Band @ Pier 27 Tavern; (2) Magazine @ Doc’s Upper Deck; (3) Obsolete August @ Scout Bar; (4) Dickens on the Strand; (5) Already Gone @ Jackie’s Brickhouse; (6) Gerry Mouton @ Katie’s. THE SCENE
Luther & The Healers @ Jackie’s Brickhouse In This Moment @ Scout Bar
Loose Notes by Andy Eng Happy New Year to You! Time to get into Mardi Gras & Spring Break shape but first, a year-end live music wrap up... NAUGHTY & NICE: Santa was out visiting all you big girls and boys on the SCENE at Jackie's Brickhouse, Zone 504, Scout Bar, and at Dickens. Can you say "Be Merry!!!?" Well you did... :-) TOUR STOP CLEAR LAKE: We stopped in to catch In This Moment from California. An unfortunate tragedy had struck lead singer Maria Brink earlier that day. Nonetheless, she and the band gave holiday moshers (biggest bunch I've seen) a total workout. The opening act, Taking Dawn from Las Vegas scored a hat trick raising the bar on the energy, enthusiasm, and all round having fun meters. Nothing finer than seeing people enjoying what they're doing...
Cisco @ Coffee Oasis
Toology @ Scout Bar
Dickens on the Strand NEW LOCAL BANDS: Okay folks, listen up... Several new bands have popped up on the SCENE beat and *all* worth a mention. They're *all* locally grown and *all* checked out as SCENE party ready. V Drive @ Zone 504 We caught I.D.R. at the Cockeyed Seagull. These guys sorta just appeared out of nowhere and earned a nomination for I.D.R. @ Cockeyed Seagull Texas Buzz New Band of the year. Get the gist? Our buddies at Zone 504 woke up the Kemah Lighthouse District bringing in power metal industrial rock bands Abide & V Drive. Remind me to ask (SCENE Music Columnist) Rhonda to check these bands out for her complete nitty and gritty. - Continued on Page 53
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HAPPY HOUR DAILY 4-7 $2 Margaritas $6 Mojitos $5 Bullblasters $2 Draft Beer (pint) $3 Draft Beer (23 oz.)
$ 220 GULF FREEWAY SOUTH LEAGUE CITY • 281-316-1200 On the corner of 518 & Gulf Freeway In the Kroger shopping center Open Monday-Sunday • 11am - 11pm
1503 W. BAY AREA BLVD. WEBSTER • 281-316-7600 Right across from Baybrook Mall
Come watch the football playoffs here! Get your Super Bowl wing orders in early!!
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SCENE HAPPY HOUR GUIDE Wed.: $2 Ritas; On Sun.: $2 Well Vodka Drinks (noon to 7pm)
------------------Where: 101 E. Main Street, La Porte When: M - F 3 to 6pm What: Various special
Where: 605 A 6th Street When: M - Fri., 11am to 7pm What: $2 Dom Pints, $3 Wells, $4 Wine by glass, $4 Ouzo shots ($3 Mimosas & Bloody Marys Sunday)
Where: 707 Hwy. 146 (Kemah) When: Mon. thru Fri. 5 - 7 pm What: Call for details.
Cock-Eyed SEAGULL Where: 1010 B NASA Rd. 1 When: Mon-Fri 2-8 pm What: $1.50 Dom Drafts, $4.50 Dom. Pitchers, $1.75 Dom. Bottles; $2.75 Well Drinks
------------------Where: 2416 Bay Area Blvd. When: M-F 3-9pm; Sat & Sun 7-9pm; What: $2 Dom drafts & wells, $2.25 select draft & select calls, $7 pitchers
------------------Where: 18307 Egret Bay Blvd. When/What: Scout has fresh, changing promotions. Visit ScoutBar.com to learn more.
-------------------Mexican Restaurant Where: 2110 Bay Area Blvd. When: Mon.- Fri. 11am - 7pm What: $1.25 Margaritas ($.99 Margaritas All Day Sat.) ($.99 Draft Beer Every Day)
-------------------Where: 1804 W. FM 646 JAPANESE SAKE BAR When: Tues & Wed, after 4:30pm What: Singles Night & $1 Hot Sake
House Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, White Zinfandel $4; Well Cocktails $4
Where 1026 FM 2094 (in Clear Lake Shores) When: All Day, Every Day What: $2.75 Domestics, $3.50 Imports
Where: 2233 E. Bayshore Drive When: Mon.- Fri.; 4pm -7pm What: 1$ Draft, $3.50 Wells, $2 Dom Longneck, $2.50 Frozen Marg.
-------------------Where: 504 Kipp Ave. (Kemah) What/When: Mon: $3 wells all night (+ Karaoke), Tues: $2 and $3 pints; Wed: $2 & $3 bottles; Thurs: $3 U-Call-Its; Fri. & Sat. $3 shot special. Sunday $2 Bloody Marys, Mimosas and $2 pints.
------------------Where: 3202 Marina Bay Dr. When: M-F: 3pm -7pm What: $2 16oz Dom Drafts, $2 Dom. Bottles, $2 Wells, $3 House Wine
Where 20801 Gulf Freeway (Webster) When: 11am-7pm EVERYDAY! What: $1.25 Dom & $2.50 Import Drafts; $3 Wells; $3.50 House Wine; $3 Mini Marys & $3 Mini Margaritas
Where: 805 Harris (Kemah) When: M-F 4pm-8pm What: $2 Domestic Draft $3 Import Drafts & Wells $4 Margaritas & Wine
(Ask about details & stipulations.)
Where: 315 Grand Ave. When: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm What: $2 Dom Draft, $2 Dom Longnecks, $2.75 Wells. (On Mon. &
Where: 2555 Bay Area Blvd. When: M-F, 4 to 6:30pm What: House Martini $5, Dom Beer $2.75, Shiner Bock $3.25;
Where: 15210 Highway 3, Suite 105 When: 4 to 7pm What: $3 wells; $3 M.Lite, Bud Lite; $5 Cosmo $5 House Red or White Wine
Where: 1503 W. Bay Area Blvd. & 220 Gulf Freeway South When: Everyday 4pm-7pm What: $2 Margaritas (all day everyday!), $6 Mojito's, $5 Bullblasters, $2 Draft Beer (pint), $3 Draft Beer (23oz)
All information in the SCENE Happy Hour Guide is believed to be true and accurate as of press time. But prices and special are subject to change.
Hooters of Seabrook 1818 NASA Road 1 Seabrook, TX 77586 281-474-4629 THE SCENE
SCENE HAPPY HOUR GUIDE Where: 18301 B Egret Bay Blvd When & What: Thirsty Thursday / College Night: $1.50 dom. beers & $2.75 wells & $4 Mantinis & Beer Pong League. Freaky Friday Night: Lingerie Football $1.50 dom. beers & $2.75 wells till 11 & Random $1 drink special. Sexy Saturday: $1.50 dom beers & $2.75 wells till 11 & Random $1 drink special.
-------------------Where: 4449 NASA Road 1 When: M- F 11 am - 7pm, & all day Sat. What: $2.99 House Margaritas
-------------------Where: 1232 W. FM 646 When: M-F 2 to 7pm & all Sun. What: Too much to list!
Where: 4438 Boulevard When: Saturday 7am - 4pm & All Day Sunday What: $1.75 Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers & Mimosas.
Where: 1606 Clear Lake City Blvd. When: Daily 2pm to 8pm What: $5 House Wine, $2 Dom. Beer, $3 Import Beer & $5 House Margaritas
-------------------Where: 4001 Hwy. 146 - Bacliff When: Daily 11am-7pm What: $2 Classic Ritas, $2.50 Domestics. Plus $1 Bloody Marys and Mimosas on Sat & Sun (‘till 1pm)
Where: 20760 Gulf Frwy When: M-F 2-6pm What: $3 Wells, Ritas & Bloody Marys. $2 Tues (all domestic & import beer); Wino-Weds (all glasses of wine are $3); NCAA & NFL Gameday specials $12 dom buckets, $3 boudin & 35 cent wings
-------------------Where: 1051 Marina Bay Drive When: MonThur 11am7pm; Fri 11-9pm Sat-Sun 11am-5pm What: $2 Domestic Pints, $3 Import Pints, $3 Wells
All information in this guide is believed to be accurate as of press time.
How long have you worked there? Since Union Tavern opened last September. Signature drink? Yes! The White Gummy Bear! (That’s the only candy Anndee will eat and she swears her drink tastes just like one.) Let’s talk about the bartending movie Cocktail… The movie did not depict real life! What is it about bartending the customers don’t know? The common thought is that bartenders help out the customers, but really customers help the bartenders just as much. They make us smile. When not bartending, I am… The General Manager at
Tuesday, January 18
Union Tavern! When I am not at work, I am playing with the love of my life - my one year old daughter Athena. Tell me about your tattoos. On one upper arm is a fire fairy and on the other is a garden fairy. What is it about fairies? They represent a gypsy term. They go place to place touching people lives…in a non-perverted way! (Anndee is quite funny!) Who inspires you? My grandma. She passed away a year ago. My grandmother taught me to love myself and be who I wanted to be.
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Krewe Du Lac Christmas Pub Crawl & Toy Drive
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The Hectic: Get The Beat In Your Head Look up “Texas Industrial Alt-Metal” in the dictionary and you will find two words – THE HECTIC. By Rhonda Meredith Don’t know what “The Hectic” is? Well, here is the official meaning: “The Hectic is often characterized as a group of revolutionary artists who actively seek to perform their music or art in such a manner as to not conform to any standard practices, required formats, or so called "popular beliefs," while selfishly fulfilling their own inherent needs and desires.” In 2003, the faint wind of the torrential musical storm began to blow. Ronnie Tinsley and Ken Pride started to “build” The Hectic. There were the normal struggles to overcome first, of course – like finding a singer. After numerous failed vocalist auditions, Tinsley moved from “THE” guitar player to front man. It is in this role he is able to continue playing the guitar and showoff his mad microphone skills. Pride has always been the drummer extraordinaire role while Chris Owen and Kevin Reed (both rule at unrelenting guitar riffs), Danny Acker (the rumble on bass), DJ Hardcore (turntable action and instigator in the pit), and Marilyn Tovy (cello) were added to the final line-up. In 2008, The Hectic began performing locally and working on a debut full-length selftitled studio effort. The independent CD was released in January 2010 to excellent reviews. The CD is broad in its metal appeal. Its songs range from full-on metal assault anthems to a more melodic metal ballad. “24/7” has a bit of a Texas twang to it. My little boy even sings “Got A Beat In Your Head.” You can understand the words Tinsley sings, so it’s easy to sing along. Owen lends his low throttled
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voice to “Away From Light.” Regularly, the music gets characterized as “Nine Inch Nails meets Pantera,” but I think it’s better than that. Yes. I said it. Let’s talk about something that is equally as important as the music – The Hectic’s LIVE show. “A ‘CD’ is very one dimensional and doesn't really show anyone totally what you are all about,” Tinsley says. “We all believe the live music performance is equal parts music and visual.”
Ezra Charles Friday, Jan. 14 JACKIE’S BRICKHOUSE
The theatrical beginning to a show involves DJ Hardcore’s now infamous green laser. The laser shoots above the crowd. - Cont. on Page 48
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Jan 7 ....Fri.................MIKE RYAN Jan 8 ....Sat. ........................TBA Jan 9 ....Sun ....OBSOLETE AUGUST Jan 11 ..Tues ..JEREMY BRADSHAW Jan 14 ....Fri ..........SHARK ATTACK Jan 15 ..Sat ..............ROCK RADIO Jan 16 ..Sun ....OBSOLETE AUGUST Jan 18 ..Tues ..JEREMY BRADSHAW Jan 21 ....Fri ................STATE LAW Jan 22 ..Sat ............MOMA TRIED Jan 23 ..Sun ....OBSOLETE AUGUST Jan 25 ..Tues ..JEREMY BRADSHAW Jan 28 ....Fri......................3PEACE Jan 29 ..Sat ..........ROCKIT BAYOU Jan 30 ..Sun ....OBSOLETE AUGUST Feb 1 ....Tues ..JEREMY BRADSHAW Feb 4 ....Fri ........WHISKEY TANGO Feb 5 ....Sat ....................UFC 126 Feb 6 ....Sun ..SUPER BOWL PARTY
Sun: $1 dom. draft all day or until gone; Mon: Industry & Twin Peaks Employee Appreciation Night - $2 wells, $2 Jagers, 50¢ wings & $3 bombs. Kitchen open ‘til 1 am; Tues: $2 Domestic Big Ass Beer; Wed: Industry Night Part 2 with 75¢ dom. drafts, $3 bombs starting at 7pm; Thurs: $2 wines, $3 house shots and Hooters Employee Appreciation Night
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Are You Ready For Some Football? "Super Play-Off Specials!" $5.50 pitchers • 35¢ Wings • $2 Bloody Marys • $1 Sliders ALL DAY Pool Tournament at 7pm • Free Salsa and Chips during games ALL DAY
MONDAY (Happy Hour All Day)
$12 Domestic Buckets / $15 Import Buckets • J-Bombs $3.50 • $1 Sliders
Mama Cass Karaoke • 7-9pm $3 Wells • $2 OFF All Appetizers
WEDNESDAY (Hump Night!)
Pool Tournament 8pm in Game Room • Wood & Wind & guests Open Mic • $2 Fish Tacos, Ritas On The Rocks & 24-Oz Tecate
THURSDAY (Big Ass Beer Night)
Buy the glass & beer for $6.50; $1.50 refills with purchase of glass $1 Sliders • $3.50 T-Bombs
FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR until 9PM SATURDAY 50¢ Oysters • $3.99/lb Crawfish • $5.50 Domestic Pitchers and 35¢ Wings until 6pm
JANUARY ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE SPECIAL GUEST
EZRA CHARLES JAN. 14
1/7 . . . . . . . . . . . Phil Work 1/8 . . . . . Ray Parcee & All 1/13 . . . . Grateful Geezers 1/14 . . . . . . . Ezra Charles 1/15 .Randy Marshall (c/w) 1/20 . . . . . . . . . Slide Effect 1/21 . . . Mambo Jazz Kings
COME CELEBRATE JACKIE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY
1/22 . . . Mambo Jazz Kings 1/27 . . . . . . . . . . . Tantrum 1/28 . . . . . . . Rock It Bayou 1/29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . REDS 2/3 . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Wind 2/4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KAOS 2/3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Relics
Open Daily 11am-2am 832-864-2459 www.jackiesbrickhouse.com
Check Us Out!
1053 Marina Bay Dr. (FM 2094) • Kemah, 77565
MONDAY KARAOKE w/Mama Cass
TUESDAY Dart Tournaments
WEDNESDAY Acoustic Night
THURSDAY Beer Pong & $3 U-Call-Its (Excludes Premiums)
FRIDAY DJ Parties
UPCOMING MUSIC LINE-UP Friday ......January 7 ........9pm ..........................DJ ADRIAN Saturday ..January 8 ........9pm ................WYSKEY TANGO Friday ......January 14 ......9pm......................BRIAN EVANS, KYLE KENNEY & RONNY DWAIRY (Acoustic Set) Saturday ..January 15 ....9pm ..........................RADIOVINE (Also: Dobie Re-connect) Friday ......January 21 ......9pm ....................................007’s Saturday ..January 22 ......9pm ..........................LOUD LOVE Friday ......January 28 ......9pm .......................... DJ ADRIAN Saturday ..January 29 ......9pm ............LESS THAN SERIOUS Friday ......February 4 ......9pm............................DJ ADRIAN Saturday ..February 5 ......9pm ........................AFTER PARTY SUNDAY ..FEBRUARY 6....5PM ................BIG GAME PARTY!
Relax! Come Watch the Game Here!
Three Palms Grill Delicious Caribbean Fare! Expanded Menu. Lower Prices!!! Open late nightly by demand. Kemah Historical Society Landmark
Drink of the Month:
504 KIPP AVE. • KEMAH • 281-538-8123
WATCH ALL NFL, NBA & NCAA HERE!
UNION TAVERN 435 El Dorado Blvd. 281-486-6644 www.uniontavernhouston.com
DAILY SPECIALS SUN/MON: ............................Football and Pitchers! $6 Domestic Pitchers and $7 Import Pitchers TUESDAY: ........................Happy Hour all day long! WEDNESDAY: ................................50 Cent Drinks! THURSDAY: .............................Big Arse Beer $2.25! WHISKEY FRIDAYS! .....$3.50 U Call It Whiskey & Bourbons SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: .............Live Music Specials
Presents MAXIMUS ‘The Future of Rock!’
w/special guest Payton Rae, Country’s next Superstar.
Friday, January 28th 8pm to Midnight Tickets available online at Ticketmaster.com
UPCOMING EVENTS Dart League Sign Up! • Join the Union Dart Team! January 22 (Sat): Come See My Dead Person January 29 (Sat): Obsolete August February 5 (Sat): UFC 126 Silva vs Belfort February 6 (Sun): SUPER BOWL Bash
PRIVATE PARTY ROOM AVAILABLE!
Happy Hour for the WORKING CLASS! $1 Off all Mixed Drinks! $2 Wells, $2 Wines, $2.50 Dom Bottles & Drafts
We have three large screen
GOLDEN TEE GAMES!
Call now to book your Super Bowl Party!
WE ARE SMOKE FREE INDOORS! However, come check out our brand new 1500-square foot outdoor patio! Smoking is permitted on our new patio.
Published on Jan 7, 2011
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