Coleman and Chris: Rhythmic. Relevant. Reverent. Clear Brook products return to Texas for a December 16 Scout Bar show By Rhonda Meredith Friendswood natives Coleman & Chris are headed back to perform their very original music at Scout Bar on December 16. “All we can say about the show is that it will be very diverse,” says Coleman Steagall who is one half of the musical duo.
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Steagall and Chris Taylor met while attending Clear Brook High School and the two started to collaborate together their senior year. A mutual friend introduced them to the internationally renowned music producer Klaus D (Carlos Santana, Josh Groban) who “recognized the substance and force of their style, and began working with the pair shortly after their graduation to hone their sound.”
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Their sound has been described as “pushing the edges to create a new look in music and performance,” and “a new page in the state-of-pop-music book by merging mix-tape culture, freestyle rap, garage rock and pop-songwriting sensibility.” Currently, Coleman & Chris have an EP on iTunes titled “How It Has To Be.” The first single is “Hurricanes.” The nine-track EP “not only reflects the duo’s journey, but their commitment to making original, electric music for the millennial crowd and beyond. The duo represent the generation who is rewriting the rules in music and live performance through their communities, themselves and their views of the world.” Now the pair, who have been coined “musical tour guides,” will give the Bay Area another opportunity to witness “a musical style relevant to multiple generations who learn through their music.”
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Steagall is particularly excited about their upcoming performance at Scout Bar. “We always enjoy our shows at Scout Bar, and this time, we lucked out on getting to choose some of our openers which happen to be some of our best friends. They are incredible musicians all with different things to bring to the table. Hip hop, rock, indie, young and old are all welcome and sure to have a great time.” This will be a night not to miss. For more information about Coleman & Chris, check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/colemanchris91. Please visit www.scoutbar.com for ticket and venue information.
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FATTY’S in SEABROOK: Come As You Are and Feel Welcomed! By Rhonda Meredith What do a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a legal holiday in New Orleans have to do with a new Seabrook venue? Well, the terms “Fat Boy” and “Fat Tuesday” are both the basis for the name of a bar located at the intersection of Highway 146 and NASA Road 1. This friendly neighborhood gathering place is affectionately called “Fatty’s.” “Well, Curtis Plagens (co-owner) drives a Fat Boy and originally, we were supposed to open Fatty’s in Galveston on The Strand… just in time for the Lone Star Rally and Mardi Gras,” says co-owner Angie Regis. She notes that the Galveston plan was “slow to come to fruition” and the Seabrook location became available during this time. “The rest as they say is history!” Regis comments with a smile. Regis and Plagens put their heads together and got busy formulating a plan to create Seabrook’s next hot spot just behind the fabled Curley’s Corner. The upstairs location was formerly a bicycle shop so many renovations were necessary to complete the venue for a bar. They had to turn a house into a home so to speak… “We worked on tweaking our business plan, secured our funding, and started renovations from the ground up. In the summer we hung our sign,” Regis notes and proudly says. “That was on June 27th!” After months of hard work, Fatty’s came alive on October 15th. The venue’s reputation is being built one patron at a time declaring it a local, friendly neighborhood bar. And “local” is just not a relative term. Both Regis and Plagens are local residents living in Shore Acres and in Kemah. Before jumping in and following a dream, Plagens was a delivery driver and Regis worked at NASA for 25 years. In fact, on the venue’s “NASA wall” is Regis’ personal NASA flag. It’s huge. “The flag used to hang in front of Building 1,” she states. “We will be collecting Seabrook memorabilia to put on display, too.”
tunes of Madigan from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and opening the doors with free barbeque that evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fatty’s offers a multitude of entertainment and specials. Live music is on Saturday nights from 9pm to 1am. The acoustics are just too awesome to limit live music to one night, so Fatty’s will be expanding this to Friday nights as well in the future. The jukebox is also an option for music lovers when the live performances are unavailable.
And now, implementing the venue’s grand opening is the next step. On Saturday, December 17, Fatty’s is celebrating the milestone with the
Karaoke is twice a week on Wednesday nights from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and on Sunday nights from 6 to 10 p.m. The “9 Ball” pool tournament is on Tuesdays and the “8 Ball” pool tournament is on Thursday. Please note the following information for both tournaments… Registration begins at 8pm and the tournament starts promptly at 8:30 p.m. BCA rules apply and it’s a double elimination with a $10 fee to enter. - Continued on Page 42
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CHRISTINA AT LA BRISA
Where: 11500 Space Center Blvd. (Houston) When: Tues-Sun 11am to 7pm Thursday 11am to 11pm What: ALL DRINKS 1/2 price in the bar & Grille
-------------------Where: 4449 NASA Road 1 When: M- F 11 am - 7pm, & all day Sat. What: $2.99 House Margaritas
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);
-------------------Where: 1051 Marina Bay Drive When: MonThur 11am7pm; Fri 11-9pm & Sat-Sun 11am-6pm What: $2 Domestic Pints, $3 Import Pints, $3 Wells
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Where: 515 E. NASA Rd. 1 When: Mon-Wed 11-10pm; Thurs-Sat 11-7pm What: $3.95 Ritas, $1.75 Domestic Draft
-------------------Where: 1232 W. FM 646 When: M-F 2 to 7pm & all Sun. What: Too much to list!
Brief history… Christina has been in Texas since 2008. She is originally from Napa Valley, CA, and yes, she does like wine. Her tenure at La Brisa is a short, but fulfilling six weeks.
Where: 17926 Hwy. 3, Ste. 101 When: Tues-Fri 5-8pm What: Dom. Beer $1.49, Import $1.99, Spirit, $3.95, Signature Cocktails $5.95
-------------------Where: 4438 Boulevard When: M-F 9am - 5pm What: $1.25 Draft Beer, $2 Wells. Plus $2 Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers &
Signature drink? The Albatross. It’s basically a margarita with Grand Marnier and Patron, but made with her superior skills, bubbly personality, and big smile.
Where: 901 NASA Rd. 1 When: 11am to 7pm Daily What: $3 Screwdrivers & Bloody Marys; $3.25 Well Drinks $2.50 Domestic Beer; Wed Only: $1 Jello Shots. Wed: Happy Hour All Day + Free Jukebox 7 to 11pm
I say “Christmas," she says… New Years. Ok. Speaking of New Years… Any resolutions? Yes. It’s to quit smoking.
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Favorite music? Christina is a big country music fan. Especially a fan of George Strait.
How about some football? Truly an Indianapolis Colts fan that still has her loyalty to Peyton Manning. Relationship status… This romantic at heart just got engaged to her beau Miguel! Congrats! Biggest difference between California and Texas? The heat and NO she doesn’t like it at all! Fun Facts: 1. She has an identical twin. 2. Her favorite Christmas gift was a Coach purse. 3. The day Christina was interviewed for this it was her birthday. She is a Sagittarius.
SCENE HAPPY HOUR GUIDE Where: 707 Hwy. 146 (Kemah) When: Mon. thru Fri. 5 - 7 pm What: $1.50 Dom Draft, $2.50 Dom. Bottle (Excluding Holidays).
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When: Mon.- Fri. 11am - 7pm What: $1.25 Margaritas ($.99 Margaritas All Day Sat.) ($.99 Draft Beer Every Day)
------------------Where: 3202 Marina Bay Dr. When: M-F: 3pm -7pm What: $2 16oz Dom Drafts, $2 Dom. Bottles, $2 Wells, $3 House Wine
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 - Sat Open - 9pm; All day Sunday What: $2 Dom drafts, $2.25 select drafts, $2.50 house wine, $2.50-2.75 select calls, $3 super calls, $7 Dom. pitchers, $8 select import pitchers
Where: 315 Grand Ave. When: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm What: $2 Dom Draft, $2 Dom Longnecks, $2.75 Wells. (On Mon. & Wed.: $2 Ritas; On Sun.: $2 Well Vodka Drinks (noon to 7pm)
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Where: 605 A 6th Street When: M - Fri., 11am to 7pm What: $2 Dom Pints, $3 Wells, $4 Wine by glass, $4 Ouzo shots
Where: 650 FM 517 W, Dickinson When: MonFri: 3pm - 6pm What: $4.99 appetizers; $2.99 house wine & premium draft pints; $1.99 Bud Light & Miller Lite Drafts
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------------------Where: 1804 W. FM 646 JAPANESE SAKE BAR When/What: Tues & Wed is $1 Hot Sake starting at 5pm. Thursday is Ladies Night with $1 Lady Cosmos on the Rocks.
Where: 15210 Highway 3, Ste 105 When: 4 to 7pm What: $3 wells; $3 M.Lite, Bud Lite; $5 Cosmo $4 House Red or White Wine
Where: 2555 Bay Area Blvd. When: M-F, 4 to 6:30pm What: House Martini $5, Dom Beer $2.75, Shiner Bock $3.25; 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: 2513 NASA Parkway When: Mon-Thurs 4 to 7pm; Friday AWOL Happy Hour 4-9pm (Live Music) What: Happy Hour pricing $1 off everything in the house.
-------------------Where: 504 Kipp Ave. (Kemah) What/When: Mon. Karaoke, $2 Dom & $3 Import Bottles. Tues.: Tues. Dart Tourneys: $3 Wells & Shot Specials. Wed. Be Your Own DJ: $2 Dom & $3 Import Pints. Thurs. NEW! Live Music Acoustic Sets: 3
Where: 3612 W. Main Street What: 75Â˘ dom drafts; $1.50 dom bottles; $2 wells; $3 premiums; $4 super premiums + free jukebox!
Where 800 Bradford (in Kemah) When: 5 - 7pm Monday - Friday What: $2 Margaritas, $2.25 Dom. Beer, $2.75 Import Beer, $3.25 Wells, $3 Wine. Sunday: $8 Bottomless Mimosas, $9 Bottomless Bloody Marys
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Happy holidays to all you fun live music lovers out there! We hope this edition finds everybody in good spirits, health and joy. The new year is around the corner and with all the build-up has the possible makings for being a doozy. We met up with our Director of Growth and Development for some last minute instructions on this month’s column and the instructions were simple: More of the same, more good stuff and a short recap of the year in review. Easy enough -- Let’s roll…. ON THE MAGIC BUS: Ever ride in one of these? They're a hoot! Each autumn on the most beautiful weekend of the year, we take a ride on a Magic Bus full of Merry Mongers from the Land Where the Creek is Clear and escape into yesteryear at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Aside from the usual color and air, we had our first exposure to Pirate Rap, a humorously bawdy assortment of entertaining tales of the day delivered as an Irish ballad on Red Bull. Music has such an interesting way of transcending time... AROUND THE SCENE: A handy check is seeing how well things play out during "off hours." In that spirit, we ventured out and sampled live music offerings during the weeknights and our samples came up “incredibly” good and many of you out there. No surprise... We enjoyed an easy-on-the-ears evening at The Tree House with Mike Flores and Patty Valencia, tossing darts and the talented Sam Hudley at Sherlock’s, top quality original Texas Country music at Cullen’s Live with the Bryan Shayne Band, and an impressive unplugged evening with Seth Candan and Clinton Ashley at Dempsey’s. An over-the-top find was catching James & Laurie Reese at the Barbed Rose Burger Bar in Alvin. Seth Candan PARALLEL UNIVERSES: Last month, we witnessed a bravo-worthy event when James & company pulled off their Pink Floyd Revisited at Katie's. This & Clinton Ashley @ Dempsey’s month, James Sheila Marshall @ T-Bone Tom's was accompanied with the Westside Johnny (bass) and Matt Johnson (drums) from the Mighty Orq and his lovely talented wife, Laurie on lead vocals. The last time we heard these two together was at Wood & Wind's infamous Kemah Jam at T-Bone Tom's nearly four years ago. If last month's show didn't earn a Jim Shortt "Bravo," adding Laurie's powerful vocals to the mix certainly would have. This was my first time at the Barbed Rose/Burger Bar, and we found the place "cool." The place is a combination of T-Bone Tom's & Signature Bistro (over on the Kemah/Seabrook side of the universe) and located in Alvin which qualifies this venue as the left side of the known universe. And in both of these universes, the action tops! - Continued on Page 48
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LOOSE NOTES: Continued from Page 50 BEST SOUND Josh & Jeremy OF THE MONTH: from Elevate The weather was the Sun @ Kemah perfect the Crazy Alan’s other night so we Swampshack swung by Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack and discovered Josh & Jeremy from Elevate the Sun. These guys have been playing around the San Leon and Bacliff area and turned us onto an evening of David Gilmour, Brooks & Dunn, CCR & The Who – Perfectly dialed in with crystal clear vocals, tasty acoustic padding and a full arsenal of hot lead licks from the sweetest Hot Rod Deluxe I've ever heard.. These guys are on my "good to go" list. Also that evening... ON TOUR: Goes the Sheila Marshall group to Kuwait this year for a five-show tour over the holidays. This is not her first trip visiting the soldiers. Sheila’s last visit was back in January 2010. “It’s a real life Sheila Marshall @ T-Bone Tom's changer,” she explained. “These young men and women are truly heroes and I have a new-found respect for their sacrifices.” When the opportunity to go back to Kuwait came up, she jumped at the chance. “Getting to perform for the troops is such an honor. We hope to show our great appreciation by bringing a bit of home to them during the holidays with our music.” Sheila is currently promoting her CD “What If I Was.” The CD and title track were produced with the help of Kyle Cook from Matchbox 20. With his guidance, she created a collection of songs that portrays who she is: Sincere, passionate and fearless. We've heard her new material and stand by the claim. Speaking of new CDs.... SNEAK PEEK: We scored copies of mix tracks for Myrna Sanders upcoming CD. Myrna has always had a great voice presence on stage and has been busy assembling some pretty awesome talent on this project. Lyrically, the content is sincere
with a to-the-point integrity that doesn't leave the listener guessing and imparts thoughtful muse. We're looking forward to seeing how the final mixing and mastering sauce gets basted on. Stay tuned! HEART & SOUL: Is probably what happens when parents play Led ZepHeart & Soul @ pelin and Etta Jackie B's James lullabies to their young tots. At least that's our theory, and that's the band we caught at Jackie B's, a
new stop on the beat. When's the last time you heard a full stack Marshall amp scream? When's the last time you heard a tight LOUD garage band? If you're up for it, this is an icehouse-ready talented bunch hailing from Pasadena and LaPorte. ANNUAL PRE-THANKSGIVING SHOW: Featuring the Hunger at Scout Bar is one of our annual traditions we enjoyed last month. We've From Guts taken in a number of To Glory @ good shows at Scout Scout Bar this month including the outrageous Agro, South, Melovine, I.D.R., From Guts to Glory and a great new band from Dickinson, Soul In Tension which scored a spot on my New Band of the Year list. They've a fun show, a great followNassau Chainsaw @ ing, high octane energy, Scout Bar and amongst the best live mixes we've heard. Year in and year out, it's clear that more bands that play at Scout Bar tend to move up and out to the regional level, meaning folks, it's a good thing going... Happy New Year and we'll catch you out there!
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Out with the Old, In with the New! How will YOU decide where and how you’ll bring in the New Year? Do you choose by the entertainment, food, event creativity, sexiness, cost or proximity to your pad? We’ve been diligently working to research what’s going during last night of 2011. If you’re in the mood to dress to impress (masked or not) or “come as you are,” we’ve got more than two dozen suggestions. If dancing is a must, there’ll be plenty of booty-shakin’ and revelry in the Bay Area (and out ON the Bay). Popular bands taking stage in Clear Lake include The Hunger, Madigan, Tommy Dardar, The Fuse, Kaos and Come See My Dead Person. There’s a record number of balloon drop representatin. Wow! Most places have champagne toast, but one location is offering a midnight Tequila toast – ole! Not your style? There are also quiet sit-
down dinners perfect for a lovely conversation with a date or a gathering of friends. Eat early and move on to your next location, or dine into the new year. Intrigued yet? Happy New Year, however you celebrate the last night of 2011. See ya next year! – Betsey Ennis, Editor ----------------------------------
Fox & the Hound: Bottle of champagne per couple, plus buffet all night and balloon drop at midnight for people who pay VIP door fee. DJ, dance floor and approximately $500 in cash and $500 in prizes (iPods, small flat screen, blu ray, etc.) will be dropped at midnight. Waive the cover fee and still get in on the party. (There will be a room available for people that do not want to pay cover.) Best-dressed contest. Union Tavern: No cover charge at this New Year’s Eve Party featuring live music
by Come See My Dead Person. Balloon drop and free champagne toast at midnight. Scout Bar: Rock in the new year with live music all night featuring The Hunger with special guests Saturate, from Guts to Glory and Six Gun Sound. It’s an 18 and up show. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the first band on at 9 p.m. Age 21 and up get in free with an invitation; $20 without an invitation. Free champagne toast at midnight, plus balloon drop with cash and prizes in both rooms. Jackie’s Brickhouse: New Year’s Eve Party with Kaos. Make your VIP reservations today to secure a table. Reservations are limited, so call in advance to book you reserved seating. $40 per couple includes appetizers, party favors, a bottle of champagne and glasses for toasting. Reservations are preferred. Call 832-864-2459. - Continued on page 46
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Alvin Restaurant Group @ Barbed Rose, Il Manzo Rosso & Gordon Street Tavern: New Year’s Eve Block Party chose from two packages. (A) THE ITALIAN JOB: 5course Italian Wine dinner starting at 6pm in the future Il Manzo Rosso Italian Restaurant – includes full access to three different bands (Junior Gordon, James Reese Band and a Jazz band TBA) magician, midnight buffet and champagne toast. $130 presale tickets. (B) New Year’s Eve Experience: Starting at 9 p.m. includes access to 3 bands, magician, midnight buffet and champagne Check out the Barbed Rose ad toast. $50 presale tickets.
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Dempsey’s: Party into 2012 with live music of Five O, plus complimentary champagne toast and balloon drop with $500 in cash and prizes. $10 cover charge. RSVP is appreciated and preferred. Masa Sushi (both locations): Diners can participate in the hourly drawing. One winner takes home a $100 Gift Certificate at each location per hour. 5 to 11 p.m. only on New Year’s Eve. Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub: Bring in the New Year with live music by Madigan on the main stage and DJ Bill on the patio. Pre-sale tickets are $5, or $7 cover at the door. Champagne toast at midnight and party favors included. Bakkhus Taverna: 4th Annual New Year’s Eve Bash will include D.J and Dancing, Drink Promotions and other Freebies, plus champagne toast at midnight. Good Friends, Good Times, New Year! (No cover!) Katie’s: Tommy Dardar is playing for New Year's Eve. Tickets are $10 and include food, favors and champagne at midnight. Reservations required. Call or stop by to purchase your tickets. (281-559-3773) Zone 504: NYE Bash featuring live music by Flipside from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Champagne tast & balloon drop at midnight. No cover charge!
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Jackie B’s: A $15 cover includes live music by Southbound, plus a champagne toast at midnight and breakfast buffet.
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T-Bone Tom’s: Live music with Last House on the Left from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. - Continued on page 44
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SEEN BY THE SCENE: NOVEMBER LIVE MUSIC Heart & Soul @ Jackie B's
Park Avenue @ Jackie's Brickhouse
Andy & The Dreamsicles @ Zone 504
By Andy Eng
The Hunger @ Scout Bar
Sam Hudley @ Sherlock's Seth Candan & Clinton Ashley @ Dempsey’s
Soul In Tension @ Scout Bar
Park Avenue @ Jackie's Brickhouse
Melovine @ Scout Bar
James & Laurie Reese @ The Barbed Rose/Burger Barn
Bryan Shayne Band, Cullens
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New Year’s Eve Guide Continued from Page 46 Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub: Bring in the New Year with live music by Madigan on the main stage and DJ Bill on the patio. Pre-sale tickets are $5, or $7 cover at the door. Champagne toast at midnight and party favors included. Roger’s Bar & Grill: Bring in the New Year with a live DJ, balloon drop and free champagne toast at midnight. It's a Masquerade Lingerie Ball, so show up in costume for free cover. Pier 27 Tavern: 3rd Annual New Year’s Eve Bash goes New York, New York with a “Times Square at Pier 27” theme. Move to the live DJ beats and be privy to free New York-style food buffet, door prizes all night, the balloon drop and free champagne toast at midnight. Tickets go on sale December the 10. $40 reserves a table. $7 cover at the door.
Cullen’s Upscale American Grille is offering two menus for the evening available during two seatings. Options and samplings from their menu are as follows: Early Seating (4 to 6 p.m.) is $45 per person, plus tax plus gratuity. You meal will start out with a choice of Spicy Arugula Salad or Chestnut Soup. The entrée choices include Pan Seared Gulf Fish or Dry Aged Certified Angus Beef New York Strip or Chicken Breast Roulade. Two amazing desserts are offered: Dark Chocolate Cremeaux or White Chocolate Strawberry Mousse. The Late Seating Menu is available from 6 to 10:30 p.m.; $69.00 per person. Start with your meal with choice of Spicy Arugula Salad, Chestnut Soup, Braised Pork Shank or House Cured Gravlax; The second course: Spiced Pear Granita; Entrée choices include: Pan Seared Gulf Fish, Dry Aged Certified Angus Beef New York Strip or Chicken Breast Roulade; Choose from three decadent desserts: Dark Chocolate Cremeaux
Opus: New Year's Menu includes choice of crab cake or asparagus parmesan; choice of house salad or Caesar salad. Entree selections are as follows: Filet au Poivre with twin lobster tails, Red Snapper with Shrimp, Crab and Lobster Tail or New York Strip with crab meat au gratin. Top off your meal with Chocolate Mousse served in a Chocolate Ring accompanied by a White Chocolate Dipped Strawberry. $75 per person. For reservations, call 281-334-5225.
options: Bread Pudding or Chocolate Mousse. After dinner, reserve a VIP table around dance floor. No cover. $50 minimum per couple includes party favors and cocktail service plus dancing and live music by Crossroads ’til 2 a.m. Limited seating available. RSVP today: 281-474-4455.
La Brisa (League City location): Toast in the new year with a complimentary Tequila toast at midnight. Preferred dress code: White and Black. The fun includes a balloon drop (over a $1000-worth of prizes), DJ, free appetizers, no cover, 21+. The party is from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. A table minimum required with reservations. To RSVP (or for more information), email Blake@labrisa.net.
Mainly Drinks: Dinner includes wine pairing, is by reservation only. Two seatings: 8 to 10 p.m. or 10 p.m. to midnight. Call for details on pricing: 281-867-1700.
Signature Bistro: “New Year’s Eve at the Bistro” kicks off with a five-course New Year’s dinner. Reservations required for dinner. $75 per person (tax and gratuity not included) with option of wine pairing per course. Seating available from 5 to 10 p.m. Appetizer: Cioppino. Salad: Deconstructed Classic Caesar Salad. Entree Choices: Grouper with Southwestern Black Eyed Pea Salsa served with spinach and risotto or Pear Cider Braised Ribs served with blackeyed peas and spinach. Aperitif of Apple Brandy with an assorted fruit plate. Dessert
Cabo: New Year’s Eve Bash features live music by The Fuse. No cover. Party favors. Table reservations for $100 a piece. RSVP: 281-532-2691 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(Caramel Cream, Mango Mousse, Hazelnut Feuilletine) or Dessert Trio (Pistachio, Lime & Strawberry Mousse, Chocolate Espresso Tart and Tangerine Marshmallow, Raspberry Macaroon and Orange Ganache) or White Chocolate Strawberry Mousse (Meyer Lemon, Candy Floss, Passion Fruit Sauce, White Chocolate Cup). For reservations, visit CullensHouston.com or call 281-991-2000. Cullen’s Live: Viva Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Party featuring live music with Graceland Ninjaz. $15 presale tickets through December 24; $25 the week of; $35 tickets the day of. For reservations, tickets and dinner packages, visit CullensHouston.com or call 281-991-2000. Tree House. Champagne toast at midnight and party favors. NO COVER! Cock-eyed Seagull: New Year’s Party start at 8 p.m. Celebrate with your favorite bartenders in all-white. Live music with Guacamole Gods and friends featuring Myrna Saunders. Allegria: Down-n-Dirty Martinis and More with Elle at the “Allegria Bourbon Street Lounge.” Open til 1 a.m. New Orleans Speakeasy costuming welcome. $20 per person at the door includes food and champagne toast. Big Ben: Bring in 2012 with live music, drink specials, door prizes and a champagne toast at midnight. The patio grill stays open ’til 2 a.m. - Cont. on page 41
Fatty’s: Get in on the Facebook guest list for Fatty’s NYE Bash. Stop by Fatty's to purchase$15 advance tickets ($20 at the door). The festivities NASA Road 1 & Hwy. 3 begin at 8 p.m. with HOURS: Tues & Thurs 4pm to 2am; hourly drink specials; Fri: 4pm to 2am; Sat: 5pm-2am Lyndrix starts at 9 HAPPY HOUR • 4-8PM TUESDAY SPECIALS: p.m. Balloon drop (Tues, Thurs & Friday) $5 12 oz. Ribeye & Fries $2.25 Single Liquor Drinks, Beer & Wine $9.95 12 oz. Ribeye w/loaded potato & salad and champagne at $1.25 Well Drinks THURSDAY SPECIALS: $1.50 Ritas & Kazis midnight.
Call to Reserve Your Party Here! 281-332-6702
The Tree House: Let the Johnny Felder Band bring you into the New Year at The
$3.50 Burger & Fries $2.99 8 pc Hot Wings $1.50 Well Drinks; Ritas & Kazis $2.50 Long Island Teas
FRIDAY SPECIALS: $2.99 2 pc. Catfish w/ Hushpuppies & Fries
Taking New Year’s RSVPs now! DECEMBER 2011
A LOOK BACK
AT 2011 By Andy Eng We had a meeting with our Director of Growth and Development where we were reminded that before we press forward boldly with 2012, a brief review of 2011 is in order. This year brought us the return of I.D.R. on the SCENE first appearing at the Cockeyed Seagull and everywhere since. Alternative/Industrial rock thrived in the area with the September to Remember at Big Ben's Tavern. BIG AIR Melissa Wolfe of Madigan takes a temporary leave of absence causing a Six Car Pileup. Ski jumping Shawn Pritchard (Clear Lake's version of the Flying Tomato) takes the mic and takes to the air. GUITAR TONE MONSTER OF THE YEAR - Hands down to David Madigan for consistently dialing in an EVH sound that sounds like EVH should sound. MEGAHOST This past year, the folks at Jackie's Brickhouse firmly established a wholesome presence on the SCENE. The jury is still out--Is this a dining place with great entertainment for all ages or is this an all ages entertainment complex with good food? Either way, it's working! Previous MegaHost Mention winners include TBone Tom's for hosting the annual Kemah Mardis Gras Post Parade Party and the Kemah Toys for Tot's Pub Krawl. Next year's front runner is Big Ben's Tavern for successfully hosting the Jason Danford
Birthday Crawfish Blowout and the September to Remember without missing a beat. IN MEMORY - Mean Gene Kelton and John Prince get their calls from the Rock & Roll heaven. A massive community turnout responds after Tina Montana gets called home.
GOOD MOJO HANGOUT - This year goes to Katie's for hosting the most number of benefit events year in and year out *plus* the area's most consistent lineups of rock, R&B & soul *plus* serving up an awesome melt-in-your-mouth brisket
"SO, WHICH ONE KICKED THE FIELD GOAL?" - Budweiser Clydesdales make an appearance in Kemah to the joy of many beer & horse lovers. We never got an answer to our question but did enjoy a fresh Budweiser.
*plus* some of the finest friendliest service in the area. Cheers!
FIT TO BE SCENE - Nothing is more aesthetic than seeing individuals giving their all and which has been most of what we cover. Happy to say that sports just happens to be another one of our many interests and this year, we checked out the local hockey action at the Space City Ice Rink and declare it the "coolest sport on the planet". We also joined up with many partaking of the League City Village Festival's Safari Run as well as the Houston Mud Run benefitting the fight against MS. Going to the doctor is a pain -- Staying fit is "cool". Live on!!!
MENTIONS OF THANKS - Hear! Hear! Kudos & props to the many many musicians who contribute to the many worthy causes happening in the area. A short rundown (and our apologies for any omissions): Tony Hill and the Real Deal at Texas Equusearch Sports Extravaganza, Mambo Jazz Kings pouring it on at the Bay Area Turning Point's 20th Birthday Celebration, the Jefferson Starship and Tommie Lee Bradley w/ The Shuffle Brothers Band rocking the house at the Women's Shelter Music Night, Kaos shaking it up at the Tina Montana Celebration of Life Memorial, Sheila Marshall and the Navigators playing for the Wounded Warriors, and the SO MANY LOCAL MUSICIANS playing at Mean Gene Kelton, John Prince, Bert Wills & Tommy Dardar Benefits throughout the year. Cheers!
FAVORITE MUSIC PATIO - We have a tie here between Cockeyed Seagull and the Zone 504. The Zone has a mayor for a neighhbor and the Seagull has the Egrets. Both have great patio music, crawfish and spirits. Cheers!
GAS PRICES SKYROCKET - HANGING OUT ON THE SCENE makes more sense than ever! All-A-Borde Guitars Strings & Sailboat Things Music Tour Kicks off at Cabos for a 33 show tour along the Texas Gulf. The 2010 Texas Buzz Band of the Year, From Guts to Glory, follows the ranks of local bands finding fame and fortune across the region. New acts ready to be discovered along with a steady stream of quality national shows grace the Clear Lake area, courtesy of the folks at The Scout Bar.
ON THE FLIP SIDE - Every so often, we check out the flip side of the SCENE to see what's happening. Along the way, we dropped in and enjoyed live music with the Bay Area Bluegrass Association. Mundo Neuvo at the Texas Art Alliance Clear Lake center, and the Space Center Intermediate Orchestra. Funny how easy it is to find live music practically everywhere on The SCENE!.
Featured Music Venue:
DEMPSEY’s SPORTS PUB Dempsey's Sports Pub in League City is a great place to relax, eat good food, and listen to live music. There is a small town feel to the venue that is hard to come by in many places and it’s that vibe customers seem to embrace whole-heartedly. “With over 15 years in the bar and restaurant industry, our commitment to excellence has earned us the reputation as the friendliest sports grill in the area,” says owner John Delesandri. Dempsey’s has live music on Friday and Saturday night beginning around 9 p.m. “Spin Cycle” was entertaining the crowd recently and lead singer Matt Jackson called out to one of Dempsey’s beautiful bartenders by name and asked what her favorite song was for the band to play. It’s the little things that give the intimate feel. Customers are known by name when they walk in and the friendly rivalry around the pool table will make you smile. As will the Happy Hour specials that are offered each weekday until 7 pm! The sports minded venue shows most UFC games and most boxing matches on their many flat screen TVs. They also have darts, billiards and a Golden Tee arcade for your entertainment. Weekly night fun includes a comedian and Texas Hold ‘em poker on Tuesdays.
FATTY’S: Cont. from Page 54 Last month, a mechanical bull was “an awesome good time” and “will be back by popular demand!” In the meantime, go hang out and play Golden Tee, darts, or any of the bar top games. “Ping Pong and Corn Hole are coming soon!” Regis excitedly says. I, myself, cannot wait for Corn Hole. The friendly staff offers up Fatty’s numerous drink specials with good humor. The smiles are infectious and the good times roll. Come watch sports on the 110” HD projection TV and check out the current NFL drink specials. Your favorite team may not win, but your wallet will!
Wednesday is karaoke night where the mantra is “drink, sing, repeat!!” Dempsey's Sports Pub also challenges customers to finish their original five-pound “TKO” burger. If you finish it in 90 minutes or less, they'll pay for it and give you a free T-shirt to commemorate the event. If the “TKO” burger seems a bit daunting, then may I suggest you order 25cent hot wings on Monday nights. (But, try Dempsey’s devil sauce - buffalo hot sauce with chipotle and habanera sprinkles. I dare you.) Hankering for something a little different? Come on in for Dempsey’s Texas Philly cheese steak - a slow-cooked, marinated flank steak, with smothered onions, bell peppers and a secret cheese mix on sweet dough bread. I am getting a little hungry now… Wash it down by ordering Texas brewed beers including Bombshell Blonde and Chop Top beers. Weather permitting; the outdoor patio is a perfect place to dine. Another thing about Dempsey’s besides the food, the music, and the fun atmosphere is that the venue gives back through local charities. “Being a productive part of the community also means giving back,” states Delesandri. “It means a lot to us that charity organizers choose to partner with Dempsey’s to assist in their causes.” Last month, a benefit was held for the homeless and on December 17th,
“We are working on getting some really cool stuff,” Regis says. So, keep an eye out for that. Friend “Fatty’s Seabrook” on Facebook to keep up with all of the happenings going on. It’s good to be “in the know.” It’s also good to look cool. Fatty’s gear is available for sale! And if you have a party, tournament, or event that needs a venue to host, Regis says to contact her at FattysBarSeabrook@gmail.com – she would be happy to talk about it. Every day/night is B.Y.O.F. A kitchen is not necessary at Fatty’s since the Seabrook area is already home to so many outstanding restaurants. Customers may bring in
Dempsey’s is co-hosting a gumbo cook-off with POD-ZU’s Crawfish Shed and donating a portion of the proceeds to fight breast cancer. The cook-off information is as follows: $50 entry for teams, winnings will be divided amongst the top 3 teams accordingly…People’s Choice Award and Best Decorated Booth will also be awarded. $10 for guests to taste ALL teams gumbos. Rules and regulations will be handed out to teams upon entry fee payment. One Keg and shirts will be provided for the two members. Live music will be on hand inside. Dempsey’s is open Monday-Friday from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday Noon – 2 a.m. The location is easy to find at 3612 W Main St., League City, TX 77573. Call (281) 557-0000 for more information or visit their website at www.dempseyssportspub.com. COMING SOON to the area is Dempsey’s Tavern which will be located at 11510 Space Center Blvd. The “tavern with a cozy feel” will be open in time for Christmas. Shortly thereafter around the new year, Dempsey’s at The Garden will make its debut at inside Mall of the Mainland in Texas City at 10000 Emmett Lowery Expressway. their own food or have it delivered. Fatty’s is conveniently located at 1717 Second Street in Seabrook. The venue is open seven days a week on Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sundays from noon to 2 a.m. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. Those specials are extended to those in the industry on Sunday and Monday nights. Wear your work shirt, cap or nametag and partake in the fun. Fatty’s has ample free parking and smoking is allowed. Come as you are and feel welcomed. See you there!
MAMA TRIED... And Succeeded By Rhonda Meredith The Texas Hippie Connection crowd went to “standing room only” status in an instant when they heard Mama Tried strike their first chord. The show was about to start and no one was going to be where they couldn’t see the band perform. Mama Tried was “born” two years ago. “I got tired of lugging around amps and equipment, so the idea of Mama Tried started as being able to play without having to plug any instruments in and still have a full sound,” says Ryan Beard, one of Mama Tried’s guitarist and its lead vocalist. “We have had a few changes in the line-up and additions to make up what it is today.”
by folk singers, hippies, hillbillies, punks, and poets.
Mama Tried is a unique band that sounds like “fast, catchy, good ole beer drinking music with some gospel sounds.” Yes, you can re-read that if you have to. The sentence had “beer drinking music” and “gospel sounds” in the same word breath, and it is okay. Mama Tried will bring you to a “thrash grass” revival that may just leave you needing to confess a few things after the show. They are that good. The band says they are influenced
Joining Beard on stage are: Blake Plsek (Banjo, Harmonica, Vocals), Shawn Tried (Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals), Jason White (Dobro, Guitar, Vocals), Hunter Baughman (Space Bass, Vocals), and Steven Redman (Drums, Vocals). The different instruments like the dobro, banjo, mandolin, and space bass enhance and contribute to the low vocals, guitar and drums to create the signature Mama Tried sound. “There are six of us in the band,” states Beard. “If one of us is missing, then it isn’t Mama Tried.” The band name is an ode to one who passed before them. “Mama Tried is a
name that one of our buddies who died suddenly came up with… So, it’s kind of in his honor.” Their first studio produced album “The Long Road to God’s Country” debuted in early 2011. Mama Tried performs original tunes mostly, but will throw in a cover now and then. Beard says the plan for 2012 is to “record again in February and then make moves around Texas and beyond…” In the month of December, you can check out Mama Tried at Scout Bar on the 15th and at Texas Hippie Connection on the 17th. Until the official website (www.mamatriedtx.com) is up and running, you will want to check out the band on Facebook. Mama Tried has an affiliation with Boarde Room Entertainment. (www.thebeeroom.com) The “BeeRoom” provides professional music services for independent musicians or as they say “bringing you the finest underground Texas music.” Mama Tried is featured on TheBeeRoom’s latest releases “TheBeeRoom Mixtape Vol. 1” and “Outlaws & Egos” (the red one).
Customer Appreciation Christmas Sale: DEC. 7th to 30th 20% off all Headie Art Glass
Holidays For Humanity Food Drive & Party Friday, Dec. 23 â€˘ Live Music Mama Tried Saturday, Dec. 17
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Weekends on the Water
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 venus 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.
CHECK OUT OUR NEW ONLINE & MOBILE GUIDE!
The SCENE Magazine recently launched a new mobile and online guide to the Clear Lake, Galveston Bay and Galveston Island entertainment districts. Located at www.weekendsonthewater.com, the new guide compliments the print edition of The SCENE with content and guides on dining, nightlife, cultural arts, events, attractions, lodging and more. This new site is part of a new campaign aimed at promoting the communities along Clear Lake and Galveston Bay as a tourist destination. The SCENE is the official guide to the Clear Lake, Bay Area and Galveston Entertainment Districts. Look for our special Convention & Visitors Bureau racks in hotels and visitors centers.
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. July Operating Hours: 9am-7pm (Weekdays); 9am-7pm (Weekends). Discount Tickets: Discount Space Center Houston tickets available at Bay Area Houston Visitors Center. 281-474-9700.
1601 NASA Parkway • 281-244-2100
2. MOODY GARDENS
6. BATTLESHIP TEXAS
10. ELLINGTON FIELD
14. HAAK VINEYARDS & WINERY
1 Hope Blvd. (Galveston)..800-582-4673
3523 Highway 134 ..........281-479-2431
510 Ellington Field ........713-847-4200
6310 Avenue T. ............409-925-1401
Photo by Linda Lapointe
3. KEMAH BOARDWALK
7. ART ALLIANCE CENTER
11. SAN JACINTO MONUMENT
15. SOUTH SHORE HARBOUR
710 4th Street ..............281-334-9880
2000 NASA Parkway ....281-335-7777
One Monument Circle ......281-479-2421
2500 South Shore Blvd.....281-334-1000
8. GULF GREYHOUND PARK
12. NOLAN RYAN CENTER
16. BIG LEAGUE DREAMS
2026 Lockheed ............409-770-9283
1000 FM 2004..............409-986-9500
Texas 35 and Mustang ....281-388-1134
1150 Big League Dreams...281-316-3400
5. CLEAR CREEK WINERY
9. PUTT PUTT FUNHOUSE
13. ARMAND BAYOU NATURE CTR. 17.THE LINKS AT GREEN CAYE
709 Harris Ave. (Kemah)..281-334-8300
806 NASA Parkway ......281-333-0579
8500 Bay Area Blvd.........281-474-2551
2100 Caroline St. ........281-337-2021
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18. OLD SEABROOK NASA Parkway @ Hwy 146 . . . . . . . . . . . . .281-474-3869 19. SYLVAN BEACH PARK on Galveston Bay in La Porte . . . . . .281-471-5020 20. HISTORIC LEAGUE CITY Main Street (FM 518). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .281-338-7339 21. HELEN’S GARDEN Main St. (FM518) in Historic League City . . . . .281-338-7339
22. CINEMARK 18 20915 Gulf Frwy. (Webster) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .281-332-0951 23. BAYBROOK MALL 500 Baybrook Mall Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . .281-488-4620 24. MAGNOLIA GREEK GOLF COURSE 1501 Bay Area Blvd. . . . . .281-557-0555 25. BEACON LAKES GOLF CLUB 801 FM 646 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .281-337-1459 26. SOUTH SHORE HARBOUR CC 4300 South Shore Harbour . . . . .281-334-0521
GALVESTON ATTRACTIONS: 27. GALVESTON EAST BEACH 1923 Boddeker Drive . . . .409-762-EAST 28. THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE 2020 Postoffice St.409-763-7173 29. THE STRAND HISTORIC DISTRICT Downtown Galveston713- 629-3700 30. MARDI GRAS MUSEUM 2309-2311 Ship’s Mechanic Row . .409-765-5930 31. MOODY MANSION MUSEUM 2618 Broadway . . . . . . . . . . . . .409-762-7668 32. BISHOP'S PALACE 1402 Broadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .409-762-2475 33. GALVESTON RAILROAD MUSEUM 25th & Strand .409-765-5700 34. TEXAS SEAPORT MUSEUM Pier 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .409-763-1877 35. OCEAN STAR OFFSHORE MUSEUM Pier 20 . . . . .409-766-STAR 36. SEAWOLF PARK Pelican Island via Seawolf Parkway . . .409-797-5114
37. LONE STAR FLIGHT MUSEUM 2002 Terminal Dr. . .409-740-7722 38. BUNGEE FUN 9030 Seawall Blvd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .409-740-2000
HOUSTON ATTRACTIONS: 39. HOBBY AIRPORT 7800 Airport Boulevard . . . . . . . . . . . .713-640-3000 40. RELIANT STADIUM One Reliant Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .832-667-1400 41. HOUSTON MEDICAL CENTER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .713-791-8805 42. DOWNTOWN ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT . . . .713-658-8938 43. TOYOTA CENTER 1510 Polk Street . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .713-758-7200 44. GRB CONVENTION CTR 1001 Avenida de las Americas .713-853-8000 45. MINUTE MAID PARK 501 Crawford Street . . . . . . . . . .713-259-8500
The Christmas Spirit has hit Kemah The annual Christmas in Kemah event began November 18 at the Kemah Visitor Center with the traditional tree lighting and the arrival of Santa with real reindeer in a Cinderella Carriage. Christmas in Kemah continues until December 18 with every weekend full of activities and entertainment in the Kemah Lighthouse District. Christmas cheer will fill the air as Santa will be walking in the district with candy for all and posing for photos, and, of course, listening to all the girls’ and boys’ wish lists. Each weekend the holiday spirit will be plentiful with musicians, strolling minstrels, choirs, dancers, bands, story telling, costume characters, refreshments, face painters and much more. Back by popular demand is “Blizzard on the Bay” where Kemah turns into a winter wonderland on December 3 and 17 with 20,000 pounds of snow for children of all ages to play in the snow, make a snow ball, make a snow angel or even a snowman! Story telling with costumed characters will be on hand telling various Christmas stories during the “Blizzard on the Bay” days. Santa’s Secret Shopper Treasure Hunt is a must on your holiday to-do list; it’s a SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: fun way of visitFriday, December 2: Krewe du Lac Christmas ing the Kemah Kemah Toy Drive & Annual Pub Crawl (6:30 shops and winpm) Starting a T-Bone Tom’s ning great door Saturday, December 3: Christmas Costumed prizes from the Pet Parade (2 pm) Kemah Visitor Ctr Kemah shops. The drawings December 3 & 17 (Saturdays): Blizzard by the will be held at Bay (scheduled to appear 1-5 pm) & Christthe end of the mas Story Telling (2-4 pm) Lighthouse Dist. event. The anSaturday, December 10: 50th Annual Christnual Krewe du mas Boat Lane Parade – Kemah Boardwalk Lac Toy Drive (dusk) & Kemah Merchant Bake Sale and Pub Crawl December 10 & 17 (Saturdays): Holiday Ice will be Friday, Carving – Lighthouse District December 2 at 6:30 p.m. and to Saturday, December 17: Prelude Nutcracker follow will be the Ballet Performance – Kemah Boardwalk Christmas Costumed Pet Parade on December 3 at 2 p.m. Treats are in store at the Kemah Merchant Bake Sale on December 10 in the afternoon as visitors come to the famous Kemah Boardwalk to view the majestic 50th Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade beginning after dusk. Kemah’s fun and exciting events have truly made it a holiday and shopping destination. Come “stay and play on the Bay” this holiday season with these free Christmas in Kemah festivities for the whole family. The fun begins November 18 and lasts through December 18. For more information on all these activities or to confirm times, contact the Kemah visitor Center at 281-334-3181 or the Kemah Merchants Association 281-538-4165. For lodging call the Kemah Visitor Center or refer to www.KemahTourism.com.
50th Annual CHRISTMAS BOAT LANE PARADE Saturday, December 10 â€˘ 6 to 9 p.m The 50th Anniversary Christmas Boat Lane Parade will be Saturday, December 10 from 6 to 9 p.m on Clear Lake and through the Kemah Channel. Ring in the holidays with this Clear Lake tradition. More than 100,000 people traditionally enjoy this event from land and from hundreds of boats anchored throughout the Lake The parade features more than 100 brightly decorated power and sailboats that will
traverse the Clear Lake channel from the South Shore Harbour Marina and the Nassau Bay Lagoon to Galveston Bay. To participate in the parade: Early entry is only $60 per boat and includes a Skipper's Bag sponsored by Hollis, Huff, Lewis and Co. P.C. Each bag is filled with fun donations from area merchants and two tickets to the Awards Brunch on Sunday, December 11. A great way to get involved is by participating as a sponsor. There are many sponsorships available, from the individual awards: $150, $250, or $350, up to
the $10,000 title sponsorship. This is a great way to advertise your business while spreading a little Christmas cheer. This memorable event is produced by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and is a success because of the very dedicated committee and their Chairman Jim Christiansen of Lockheed Martin. To participate or for more details visit www.clearlakearea.com or contact Shari Sweeney at 281-488-7676.
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What a treat – quite literally – to have been invited to our first Sugar Plum Fairy Breakfast.(Thank you, Lynette Mason Gregg!) We walked into a peppermint wonderland of red and white. Grace Elizabeth and I were delighted with the center-stage view of the vignettes from our seats. The entire Nutcracker Ballet is being presented in its entirety this month at Univeristy of Houston Clear Lake’s Bayou Theater. Tickets to the Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre performance range from $25 to $35 and can be purchased by visiting www.bahbt.org. This family friendly holiday performance can be seen on December 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. Matinee performances are Dec. 3 (sold out), 4, 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. - Betsey Ennis, Editor ARTS CALENDAR: from Page 21
MUSEUMS 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 a.m. - 9:30 am Saturday Evening Sunset Cruise on the Bayou 6 p.m., 8500 Bay Area Blvd., 281-4742551, www.abnc.org Battleship Texas, State Historic Site: 3255 Highway 134, La Porte, 281-479-2431
Butler Longhorn Museum: League City, 281-332-1393, butlerlonghornmuseum.com Bay Area Museum - Lunar Rendezvous Exhibit and Space Memorabilia: Open Tuesday - Sunday, Clear Lake Park, 5000 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, 281326-5960, www.lunarrendevous.org. League City Historical Society West Bay Common Museum: Open Monday Friday. Call for group reservations, 210 Kansas Avenue, League City, 281-554-2994, www.oneroomschoolhouse.org
a.m. - 5 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, 281-4792421, www.sanjacinto-museum.org
Texas City Museum: Open Tuesday - Sunday; 409 6th St. N., Texas City, 409-6435799, texas-city-tx.org/Museumabout.htm
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1. 146 Roadhouse ............................3435 Hwy 146 (Bacliff) 2. Allegria Wine & Cocktail Lounge..................15210 Hwy 3 3. Amadeus Italian Restaurant ........700 Kipp Ave. (Kemah) 4. Bada Bing ........................2925 Gulf Freeway (@ FM 646) 5. Bakkhus Taverna Greek................605 6th Street (Kemah) 6. Barbed Rose ........................113 East Sealy Street (Alvin) 7. Berryhill Baja Grill & Cantina............19431 Gatebrook Dr. 8. Berryhill Baja Grill & Cantina ........2660 Marina Bay Drive 9. Bombay Tadka ............................17926 Hwy 3, Suite 101 10. Big Ben ............................................20237 Gulf Freeway 11. Boondoggles ..................................4106 NASA Parkway 12. Bullrito’s ....................1820 Nasa Parkway (Nassau Bay) 13. Bullrito’s ..................12617 Underwood Road (La Porte) 14. Bullrito’s ........................3709 Center Street (Deer Park) 15. Bullrito’s............4802 E Sam Houston Pkwy (Pasadena) 16. Cabo ............................2513 NASA Parkway (Seabrook) 17. Cafe Under The Oaks ..........615 E Main Street (FM 518) 18. Casper’s Billiards..................137 21st Street (San Leon) 19. Cellar Wine Bar ......................1606 Clear Lake City Blvd. 20. Classic Cafe......................................2511 Nasa Parkway 21. Chelsea Wine Bar ............4106 Nasa Pkwy # F (El Lago) 22. Chitsuru Sushi & Hibachi ..2860 Gulf Freeway S, Ste. A 23. Club Pure ..........................229 E NASA Rd. 1 (Webster) 24. Cock-Eyed Seagull ......................1010B E. Nasa Road 1 25. Coffee Oasis ....................................4650 Nasa Parkway 26. Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack ......................309 4th Street 27. Cuisine of India ................................1212 Nasa Parkway 28. Cullen’s Upscale Am. Grille ............11500 Space Center 29. Dempsey’s Sports Pub ..................3612 W. Main Street 30. Dan’s Pizza Company ................................15148 Hwy 3 31. Dickinson Bar-B-Que & Steakhouse ..........2111 FM 517 32. Don Pico’s - Clear Lake ..................2110 Bay Area Blvd. 33. Don Pico’s - Pasadena ..............4940 Fairmont Parkway 34. Don Pico’s - Pearland ..............9811 Broadway (FM518) 35. D’Vine Wine - Kemah......................................709 Harris 36. D’Vine Wine - Galveston ..............................2110 Strand 37. Esteban's Cafe & Cantina..............402 West Main Street 38. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood House ..............20760 Gulf Frwy 39. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood House ................1300 Broadway 40. Fox and Hound ................................12802 Gulf Freeway
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81. Pomodoro’s Cucina Italiana ....... 82. Pomodoro’s Pasta & Pizzeria ... 83. Pomodoro’s Italian Restaurant & 84. Red River BBQ .......................... 85. Roger’s Malt Shoppe ................4 86. San Luis Resort ........................5 87. Scout Bar ................................... 88. Sherlock’s................................... 89. Signature Bistro ..........1918 NAS 90. Skipper’s..................1026 FM 20 91. Smoking J’s ....................550 FM 92. South Shore Harbour Resort..250 93. Sporting News Bar & Grill ......... 94. Star Cinema Grill ..................102 95. Sudie’s ..............................352 G 96. Terrace Cafe ....................609 Bra 97. Tequila Mia’s ............................... 98. The Spot ........................3204 Se 99. The Davenport ......................12 100. The Hop.................................... 101. The Naked Cupcake ..............46 102. The Tree House ........................ 103. Three Oaks Fine Wines ............ 104. Time Out Sports Bar #1 ........... 105. Time Out Sports Bar #2 .......... 106. Time Out Sports Bar #3 ..........4 107. Tommy’s Restaurant Oyster Ba 108. Topwater Grill ......................81 109. T-bone Tom’s............................ 110.Tuscany Bistro..................2951 111. Union Tavern ............................ 112. What’s Cookin’ at the Bistro ..... 113. Zone 504 .................................
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MOODY GARDENS presents an enchanting Season of Holiday Events & Activites ‘Tis the season for twinkling lights, magical moments and lasting memories, and you’ll find them all at Moody Gardens Hotel this holiday season. With lavish holiday buffets, the 10th Annual Festival of Lights celebration, the return of the Imagine Christmas Dinner and Show, a unique holiday shopping event and the always popular New Year’s Eve Gala, Moody Gardens celebrates the holidays like no other! Festival of Lights – Continues until Jan. 1, 2012 • 6 pm-10 pm: Don’t miss the 10th Annual Festival of Lights, one of the region’s largest holiday celebrations & a favorite family holiday tradition! Enjoy over 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays, live entertainment, Outdoor Ice Skating Rink, and pictures with Santa. Admission is just $5.95 per person. For just $6 more per attraction with your FOL ticket, enjoy holiday themed films at the MG 3D and Ridefilm Theaters, the Aquarium and Rainforest Pyramids, Ice Skate Rental and the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. Special Festival of Lights Hotel Packages, including overnight accommodations, FOL tickets and complimentary valet parking, are available beginning at just $139. For tick-
ets or more info: www.moodygardens.org or 800-582-4673. Imagine Christmas Dinner & Show – Dec. 15 – 27 • Daily Dinner Show performances at 7pm: Imagine Christmas as you have never seen it before! Relive the story of Christ’s birth through fresh eyes and recapture the wonder of God’s miraculous gift. Imagine Christmas combines inspiring music, beautiful dance and imaginative aerial acrobatics to tell the story of Christ’s birth in a way that evokes child-like wonder, awe and amazement. Nightly Live Performances include a sumptuous Holiday Buffet Dinner and Festival of Lights ticket. Imagine Christmas ticket prices range from $49$79 for adults, $29-$39 for children and $14$39 for infants. Group rates are available. Make it a weekend with an Imagine Christmas Hotel Package. Packages include overnight accommodations, Festival of Lights tickets, Dinner Show tickets, and complimentary valet parking with prices beginning at $209 per night for couples and $259 per night for a family of 4. For tickets or more information,
visit www.islandstarlive.com or call 409-683-4186. Imagine Christmas is made possible through the support of local hotel/motel tax dollars. Midnight in the Gardens New Year’s Eve Gala - A Glitzy Affair - Dec.31 • 7:30 pm – 1 am: Put on your dancing shoes and ring in the New Year in grand style. The New Year’s Eve party will feature non-stop entertainment by the premier party band Commercial Art. Guests will enjoy an open bar, elaborate food stations, deluxe party favors, a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight. Event tickets are $425 per couple or $225 per single. Hotel accommodations begin at $109+tax/night. For reservations, call 888-388-8484. Spa-liday Retreat: Take a break from your hectic holiday schedule with a Spaliday Retreat with the Spa at Moody Gardens. The Pomegranate-Cranberry Body Scrub is the perfect way to maintain that youthful glow through the winter months. To make sure your hands and feet are holiday party ready, pop in for a Soothing Lavender Manicure & Pedicure or for the ultimate holiday stress reliever enjoy a fabulous Spa Teaser package, including a 25-minute Swedish massage, our essential facial and a shape and polish for the hands and feet. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 409-683-4440. For more information on all of the holiday happenings & special package offerings at Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center, visit www.moodygardenshotel.com.
On the Water LUTZ CLAIMS SILVER IN PAN AMERICAN GAMES Lakewood Yacht Club racer Jay Lutz, representing the U. S. Sailing Team in the 2011 Pan American Games, recently won the Silver Medal. The Pan American Games are held every four years the year before the Olympics. Countries from Canada to the far tip of South America, including the island chain from Cuba down to Trinidad, participated in this sporting event. While Guadalajara, Mexico, held the majority of the sporting events for the Games, the sailing, beach volleyball, triathalon and long distance swim were held in Puerto Vallarta with the sailing held on Vallarta Bay in the Pacific Ocean. Lutz and his crew represented the U.S. Sailing Team in the opening ceremony, walking with the U.S. Contingency into Omnilife Stadium in Guadalajara. “Walking into sixty thousand screaming sports fans in the audience was quite a sight to behold,” reported Lutz.
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Boats racing in the Pan American Games were J/24 (four man crew), Lightning (three man crew), Snipe (two man crew), singlehanded men and women on Lasers, singlehanded men and women on sailboards, and single person Sunfish. Scores were tallied for the six days of sailing and the top five countries qualified for the Medal Race held on Sun., Oct. 23. In the Medal Race, points counted double in a short 25 minute race. In the audience that day around Vallarta Bay were about 2,000 spectators and over 100 boats. Team USA jumped out to a lead. But Tito Gonzales from Chile, Lutz’s fiercest competitor, edged them to win the Gold Medal while Brazil finished third and was awarded the Bronze Medal.
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“This was just an unbelievable experience,” related Lutz, “and Mexico did a fantastic job organizing the event. We tied the most number of medals won by the U.S. Sailing Team ever!”
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December 18 Revognah Regatta January 1, 2012 • Galveston Bay Houston Yacht Club 281.471.1255
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“ASYLUM” CAPTURES YACHT OF THE YEAR At Lakewood Yacht Club’s Fall Ball Awards Ceremony held on Sat., Nov. 12, member and longtime racer Jack Seitzinger’s “Asylum”, a 1999 Hallberg Rasse, 42’, won “Yacht of the Year”. This annual award goes to the Lakewood Yacht Club boat that has the best score in club-hosted races on Galveston Bay, which are Bay Cup I, Bay Cup II, and the Shoe Race. “Asylum” placed first in these three races plus best overall for Bay Cup I and II. “My formula for winning on ‘Asylum’ is simply three things,” explained Seitzinger. “A decent boat, good crew and good wind!”
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I.D.R.'s debut CD to drop at Texas Buzz Awards I Don't Recall (I.D.R) has been an area favorite since late 2009. Last year, the rock band opened for Fuel, The Hunger, Drowning Pool (to name a few,) performed at several notable festivals, and was played on internet radio as well as local radio including 94.5 The Buzz. Also in 2010, I.D.R. was nominated the Best New Band at the Texas Buzz Awards and they began recording their debut CD. The yet to be titled CD has been a labor of love to say the least. The five musicians who make up I.D.R. are vocalist Roy Hockenberry, guitarists Mark Davis and Jeremy Peoples, bassist Brett Cardiff, and the infamous drummer Alex Slay have worked late into the night and early into the morning with Mike BBQ at Big Door Studios to get the CD exactly how they want it. The CD will have seven tracks: No Progress, Purge, Graceland, Hellbound, I’ve Lost My Mind, Dogma (an older song redone,) and (my personal favorite) 2012. The rumor is the first single for download will either be No Progress or Purge. Want to know how I.D.R. picked these lucky seven songs? “Ever since we played with Drowning Pool and performed our heavier set, well, the people seemed to dig it,” says Hockenberry. There may be
fans that might freak out that the I.D.R. tune Jenny isn’t on the CD… Well, relax because it more than likely will make the next CD. The plan for 2012 will be to expand their touring area with more regional gigs. And for those fans that may have freaked out when the tune “Jenny” wasn’t on the CD track list, you can relax. It will more than likely make it on to the next CD. Yes! I.D.R. hopes to work on another CD next year. “We learned a lot about record making in the past year, so it will be an easier process this time around,” says Hockenberry’s voice of wisdom.
New Year’s Eve Guide Continued from Page 44 Boardwalk FantaSea: New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dinner Cruise. All aboard for a night of fine dining, dancing and beautiful views of Galveston Bay and the Kemah Boardwalk. Fireworks show is at 10 p.m. Boarding begins at 7:30. Cruise from 8 to 11 p.m. Cash bar. Tickets are $79.99. For booking, go to BoardwalkFantaSea.com or call 281-538-9600. The Hop: New Year's Even Bash 2011 offers three price options. All
The CD release party is scheduled for December 18th at Scout Bar. (What a perfect Christmas gift for the one in your life who has everything… Or who just likes great music.)The release also coincides with the 2011 Texas Buzz Award show hosted by A.D. The award nominations were not out at press time, but all I can say is that it would be a travesty if I.D.R. wasn’t on the list. (I don’t want to have to hurt The Buzz, but…) Anyhow, if you haven’t seen I.D.R. perform live, then make plans to do so. They are a group of talented guys who are also down to earth. Hockenberry mentions that he is thankful for “all of I.D.R.’s supporters” and “their patience” for waiting until the band’s debut CD drops. Keep up with I.D.R. on ReverbNation (www.reverbnation.com/idontrecall) or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/idontrecall).
options include party favors and champagne toast. OPTION A: $50 per person (must be paid in advance) includes reserved table and entry fee, 12-ounce Prime Rib dinner with baked potato and salad and two cocktails. OPTION B: $35-$55.00 (must be paid in advance) includes reserved table and entry fee (up to three people per table); OPTION C: $10 entry fee for 1 person. No guaranteed seating. (Prices do not include tax or gratuity.) For more information, call 281-338-4671
* Editor’s Note: This information is the most accurate we could provide as of press time. This guide is a sampling of what is going on New Year’s Eve. Listings are subject to change per the discretion of each establishment. Availability is limited at most locations, so reserve early. And most importantly, tell them you saw them in The SCENE! ~ Cheers!
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From Inspiration to Runway Reality Clear Lake High School graduate and New York fashion designer, Caycee Black featured her 2012 Spring Collection during a recent Fashion Extravaganza hosted at The Art Alliance Center at Clear Lake. Prior to launching her own clothing line, Caycee attended Parsons School of Design New York and worked along side fashion gurus Anna Sui, Club Monaco, TIBI, and Reed Krakoff. Caycee’s last name could not be more fitting to describe her fashion flair. The correct combination of the three primary colors creates black. In similar method, Caycee blends her three primary talents; painting, ballet and design to create fashion masterpieces. She starts each season off by painting from photographs she takes around New York City and in the Betsey Ennis photos parks. Caycee said she captures shots of everything that moves her from a shadow, a ray of light, graffiti, or nature. Then, she paints and the story begins. The paintings eventually end up all over the walls of her studio. Caycee studies them and decides which pieces to turn into fabric and transform onto a three dimensional garment. Caycee further explained, “I play with scale and see what paintings sit best with each other and then choose the base for each one – whether it is a sweater or silk fabric. Once the color palette and print direction are decided, it has begun to dic- Caycee Black, center, is pictured with her two art teachers at Clear Lake High School. tate the direction and beginning of the story for the season. The silhouettes are then designed off of the inspiration and story I choose to tell each season.” Her paintings literally leap from canvas to clothing with screen and digital printing. Caycee prefers the digital method as it retains the true colors of her paintings. Much like a living art museum, Caycee fills the runway with flowing color, depth of mood and inspiring couture. While at her Clear Lake fashion show, she said her inspiration for the 2012 Spring Collection actually came from watching a 1974 film, Celine and Julie Go Boating by Jaques Rivette. Caycee stated, “The prints and color palette reference the juxtaposition of playful and dark in the film, which are always present in my collections.” Her fashion finesse has not gone unnoticed. In 2009, Caycee’s premiere namesake collection received Best New Designer titles in WWD, Daily Candy and Lucky Magazine. Caycee currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Recently, she has incorporated her many talents into the world of music. Caycee collaborates with bands such as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Regina Spektor, Asobi Seksu, Young Galaxy and ZAZA to style performances, still (photo) shoots and even music videos. Check out more of Caycee Black’s current and past collections on her website http://www.cayceeblack.com.
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Dec. 1 – Jan 20: “Campeche” Art Exhibit / Photography by Van Edwards & Poetry by Joshua Edwards. U of H Clear Lake, Bayou Bldg. Art Gallery, 2700 Bay Area Blvd. 281-283-2021, www.uhcl.edu (Gallery closed Dec 23 – 30)
Dec. 1 – Jan 5: Winter 2011 Juried Exhibition – TAACCL, 2000 NASA Parkway, 281-335-7777, www.taaccl.org. (Center closed
Blvd., Tickets, 281-480-1617. www.bahbt.org
Dec. 17 & 18: “The Nutcracker” – Kennedy Dance Theatre – Sat. 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Sun. 2:00 p.m. – U of H – Clear Lake Bayou Theatre, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., 281-480-8441, www.kennedydance.com
Dec. 2 - 16: A Wonderful Life- Clear Creek Country Theatre, Fri. & Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2:30 18091 Upper Bay Rd, Nassau Bay, 382-335-5228, www.clearcreekcountrytheatre.org.
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Dec. 14: Bay Area Photo Club, 6:00 p.m., TAACCL, 2000 NASA Parkway, 281-3357777, www.taaccl.org
Dec. 2, 3, 4 & 9, 10, 11: “The Nutcracker” - Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre – Fridays 7:30 p.m. Saturdays 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Sundays 2:00 p.m. – U of HClear Lake Bayou Theatre, 2700 Bay Area
Dec. 3 & 17: “Christmas Story Telling” at Blizzard on the Bay, Kemah Lighthouse District, 2-4 p.m. 281-538-4165, www.kemahtourism.com Library Story Times for Children Evelyn Meador Library (Pre- K): 10:30 a.m., 2400 N. Meyer, Seabrook. Storytelling by Mrs. Pearson every Wednesday morning, 281-474-9142, www.hcpl.net
Freeman Memorial Library: Book Babies on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 10:15 a.m.; Toddler Time on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 11:15 a.m.; Pre-School Time on Monday & Tuesday at 1:15 p.m.; Children’s Chess Club on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Special Days: 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, 281-4881906. www.hcpl.net
Dec. 10: Bay Area Bluegrass Association Show – 7 p.m., Johnny Arolfo Civic Center, League City, www.baba.org Dec. 15 – 27: “Imagine Christmas” Dinner & Show, Live music & dance performance, Moody Gardens, 7:00 p.m. Galveston, 409-6834186, www.islandsartlive.com
Dec. 13 – 23: A Tuna Christmas-The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Post Office St., Galveston, 409-763-7173, www.thegrand.com
Dec. 1 - 18: Babes in Toyland- Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, Fri & Sat. 8pm, Sun.2:30 pm, 3803 Hwy. 3 in Dickinson, www.bayareaharbourplayhouse.com 281337-SHOW,
Dec. 6 – 18: White Christmas- TUTS, Theatre Under the Stars, Hobby Center, Houston, 613-558-TUTS, www.tuts.com
Helen Hall Library: Toddlers on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.; Pre-K Story time on Thursday at 1 p.m.; 100 W. Walker, League City, 281-
La Porte Library: Tuesday is Story Time with Mr. Mark at 10:15 a.m.; Thursdays are with Mr. D. at 10:15 a.m. & 11 a.m.; Arts on Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m.; 600 S. Broadway, La Porte, 281-471-4022, www.hcpl.net - Continued on Page 24
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Imagine Christmas in Galveston Imagine Christmas is the story of the birth of Jesus portrayed in beautiful music and interpretive dance in nightly live performances at the Moody Gardens in Galveston. The gift of Christ production also has an added feature for attendees of a holiday buffet. The Imagine Christmas Show and Dinner runs December 15 to 27 at 7 p.m. This will be a great tradition to start this year, for more information on the various ticket packages, call 409-683-4186 or log on to www.islandartlive.com.
Story Telling at Blizzard on the Bay The kids love it; the adults love it; and who doesn’t love an afternoon of snow on the Gulf Coast? December 3 and 17, Blizzard on the Bay will be in at the Kemah Lighthouse District from 1 to 5 p.m. During these “snow days” costumed characters will tell various Christmas stories at the Blizzard on the Bay location. To see and play in 20,000 pounds of snow is worth the trip and is fun for all ages. The Story Telling will be between 2 and 4 p.m. For more information, and other Christmas in Kemah events, call 281-334-3181 or 281-538-4165 or log on to www.kemahtourism.com. It’s FREE holiday fun!
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By Peggy ‘Domino’ Taylor
Holiday Happenings At A Glance
‘Bahn is not just for summer anymore? Galveston’s Waterpark, Schlitterbahn has a “Winter Season,” and it is indoors and heated. The indoor area of the park is called Wasserfest and is the world’s first convertible Heated pool area at the Schlitterbahn waterpark with closeable sections for indoor/outdoor, year round fun. Wasserfest is enclosed with over a dozen heated attractions in a climate controlled area. The kids will have a great time still clinging on to a bit of summer and if you don’t bring the kids, well… there is the swim up bar that is always loads of fun after jumping the warm blue waves. The winter heated session runs until December 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information or to book a Christmas Party call 409-7779283, or www.schlitterbahn.com. This may be a new holiday tradition in the making!
Christmas Boat Lane Parade The 50th Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade will light up Clear Lake and Galveston Bay with decorated boats, power and sail, making their way down the channel along Kemah Boardwalk on December 10. The parade starts at 6 p.m., so it is a good idea to grab your spot before dusk, either at the Kemah Boardwalk or all along the waterways to view one of our area’s most treasured event. This yearly lighted parade is produced by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. For information or to participate call 281-488-7676 or log on to www.clearlakearea.com. Always fun and always FREE!
The Nutcracker Preludes at Kemah Boardwalk There are several productions this month of the endearing longtime tradition of The Nutcracker, but sometimes, the timing just doesn’t work out… No worries! You get an additional chance to view this story in dance. The Bay Area Ballet & Theatre company will perform Preludes from this beautiful ballet, The Nutcracker on December 17 at the Kemah Boardwalk. It is just another way to introduce the little ones (or not so little ones) to ballet and the entertaining Christmas story. It is FREE also! For more information on the up-to date-times, call 281334-9880 or log on to www.KemahBoardwalk.com.
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MASA Sushi: Continued From Page 11
DON’T RULE OUT RAW
Other signature dishes include: Eel Camino Roll, Space Center Roll, John Wayne Roll and NASA Roll One, among many others. Appetizers include tempura items, edamame, calamari, crab puffs—even chicken nuggets. Soup, salad and Bento Boxes (like the tasty Chicken Teriyaki) as well as hibachi dishes are also available. Popular in winter months is the hot rock beef, with Kobe beef now on the menu. The beef is raw, but you cook it yourHot Rock Beef self on the hot rock atop your plate. “Kobe beef is much more reasonable in price now, so it is a popular item,” says Zhou who also offers the hot rock for seafood items.
Raw is not an acquired taste, says Zhou, who cautions that fresh and good quality are the key words. If the seafood is fresh (never frozen), the raw sushi is excellent. If you are a novice, begin with the yellow fin tuna or order a bit of salmon and eat with a thin slice of lemon. Then dip in the soy sauce with fresh ginger—delicious! There is absolutely no fishy flavor because it is super fresh. Open seven days a week, Zhou is at the NASA location every day, usually behind the sushi bar, still perfecting his art.
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The “Golden” Rule of Masa Sushi:
Fresh Seafood Daily from the Coast of Honolulu rice but our brand is the best,” he says, “It took me three years to learn how to cook sushi rice in the traditional way, including how to wash it, steam it, how long to cook it, what sort of container to use and what kind of vinegar sauce to add.” Most chefs have their own vinegar sauce recipe and use varying preparation techniques. “The vinegar sauce is very important,” says Zhou, whose recipe is a secret. A healthier eight-grain rice (from France) is also offered at Masa Sushi, which is a little chewier and red in color.
By Sue Mayfield Geiger When Michael ShiXin Zhou came to the U.S. from China in 1994, he knew how to do one thing particularly well: make sushi. Learning from a Japanese master while living in China, Zhou quickly learned the “art of sushi.” Sushi is considered an art form because its appearance is just as important as how it tastes. Zhou concurs, but adds that freshness is his prime concern when it comes to the sushi he offers at Masa Sushi. “I am a bit different than other Japanese restaurants,” says Zhou, “in that I get my fish flown in from Honolulu every morning, seven days a week, so it is extremely fresh.” No frozen fish for this Master Sushi Chef who says the seafood must be “right out of the ocean,” because that determines how well your taste buds will react to raw fish. (Zhou used to get some of his seafood from California, but that has recently changed and it now all comes from Honolulu.) Equal amounts of cooked sushi items are also on the menu. Offering both traditional and American style sushi, Zhou’s fusion influence at both of his restaurants include a bit of “a la Francaise” since his French chef wife, Chi, lends a hand to the cuisine. Both the NASA and Highway 646 locations are light and airy with soft earth tones, oak furniture, curved lines, and an inviting sushi bar. Zhou’s sushi chefs have been with him since opening both locations and were trained under his watchful eye. Jason (NASA manager) and Daniel (Highway 646 manager) are on premise to make sure you get the best service possible. As a purist, Zhou sticks to the Japanese way of doing things and does not serve Chinese food or provide hibachi cooking tableside. “We do hibachi cooking, but in the kitchen,” says Zhou who cut his sushi teeth in Palm Beach, Florida, and eventually landed in Houston where he owned a successful restaurant in the Memorial area before coming to Clear Lake in 2004. With no time to take language classes, Zhou picked up English on his own by listening to his customers and by watching a lot of American movies.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE RICE The word “sushi” actually refers to the sticky, vinegary rice. Zhou uses an organic wholesale brand grown in Japan that cannot be purchased retail. “There are many varieties of sushi
SUSHI 101 Maki sushi is formed much like a log, using a seaweed wrap; temaki sushi is cone-shaped and hand rolled; sashimi is thinly-sliced seafood; and nigiri sushi is seafood atop rice. All sushi is hand prepared after you order. Zhou is the only “sushi master” at his restaurants; the others are “sushi men.” Why no sushi women? “Women’s hands have a little bit higher temperature” says Zhou, “and that does not work well when you are handling raw fish.” If you are squeamish about raw seafood, the cooked sushi items are sumptuously divine, like the Spider roll (soft shell crab); Crunch roll (shrimp tempura with crab meat); Fufu roll (fried oyster); and the popular California roll (crab meat, avocado and cucumber). Vegetable sushi items are available for vegans and a combination of just Salmon & Abalone about anything can be prepared for you. But for raw lovers and those who want to cross over into sashimi-land, the yellow-fin tuna is like butter melting your mouth. “Most tuna is yellow fin, but it is divided into classes,” says Zhou, who uses “number one plus” in all his dishes. If you’re lucky, blue fin tuna may be on the menu, but it does not come in often due to its rarity and expense.
Black Pepper Tuna
Zhou has many signature dishes that are his own creations, like black pepper tuna and abalone sashimi with real edible gold powder sprinkled on top. - Continued on Page 18
Costa Rica Style Tuna
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December 2011 .....South Belt • Clear Lake • Bay Area • Galveston 11 ............................Cover Story: Masa Sushi 14........Featured Chef: Jacoppo Balderrama 16 ............................................Featurettes 19 ..........Seen by The SCENE: Arian Foster 20 ..............................Holiday Happenings 21 ........Arts: SCENE Cultural Arts Calendar 22 ................Featured Artist: Caycee Black 23 ............SBS: Caycee Black Fashion Show 24 ..SBS: Breakfast w/the Sugar Plum Fairy - - - - CENTER SPREAD - - - • Weekends on the Water (Visitor’s Guide) • ..........................Map of Area Attractions • ....................Christmas Spirit hits Kemah • ................50th Annual Boat Lane Parade
• ....................Map: Where to Eat & Drink • ................Moody Garden Holiday Events • ..........On the Water: Pan American Games - - - - FLIP - - - 39 ........................Band Feature: Mama Tried 41 ........................................CD Debut: I.D.R. 42 ............Featured Music Venue: Dempsey’s 43 ......................Loose Notes: A look back 45 ......................................SBS: Live Music 47 ............................New Year’s Eve Guide 50 ..................Loose Notes: Live Music Guide 52-53 ............................Happy Hour Guide 54 ................................Cover Story: Fatty’s 56........................................Featured Shows
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