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THICK N THIN: Shaving off the fluff & getting to the heart of it UPCOMING: Acoustic Show at Fatty's Saturday, February 11 By Rhonda Meredith Local musicians Jordan Applebe and Richard Rose have been friends for a “good” 6 years or so… But it wasn’t until after Applebe’s band broke up last year that they started jamming together and realized some kind of cool acoustic thing was happening.
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“After the experience of the bands Richard and I had been involved with in the past, we decided to do something a bit more simple, more relaxed and fun,” Applebe said. “Instead of beating ourselves up over ‘does this sound too generic’ or ‘is this out-of-the-box enough,’ we now just go out, drink, perform, and have a good time. The audience in turn does the same with us!”
Applebe has been playing the guitar for 12 years now and Rose is very adept on the fiddle having over a dozen years’ experience as well. “One of the biggest challenges of playing acoustic versus playing with a full band is there's a lot more energy that comes from a full band. You've got the bass and the drums and the amps are all cranked up, so it's easier for people to get into it.”
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And the flipside is? “Performing acoustic is a lot more candid and intimate. There's more feeling and a lot less focus on sheer entertainment. That way when you connect with your audience, it's a much deeper connection. They connect to you and your music not for the flash and glamour… That's what we've done with Thick N Thin. We've shaved off the fluff and gotten down to the heart of what we play.” Applebe and Rose have put together “a mix of classic, modern, and Southern rock songs” along with some “Texas dirt music” and a few originals. One of Applebe’s favorite originals to play is their newest song titled "One Last Stop." It’s about running from the police while trying to make it to Mexico but “he's got to stop in Houston to see his girl before he escapes.”
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Applebe notes that Thick N Thin is influenced by classic acts such as Bob Dylan and The Doobie Brothers, along with modern music from Aaron Lewis and Alice In Chains. “We perform a lot of slower ballad-type tunes. Songs that are really poignant and relevant to what's going on in people’s lives. And since we are the only act usually on the bill, we try to interject humor and spontaneity in between songs to keep the audience interaction.” Thick N Thin’s philosophy is simple enough and Applebe sums it up like this, “We strive to play good music that people can relate to and to get a bit tipsy in the process!” Thick N Thin will be performing at Fatty’s in Seabrook on February 11. Go check them out during their thing at a very cool venue and friend them on Facebook too. For booking information, email Applebe at email@example.com.
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GUIDE: WHERE TO WATCH THE GAME
We’ve got spirit! Yes, we do! We’ve got spirit! How ‘bout you?!? KEY UPCOMING GAMES
We could, and almost did, use this space to go into “Sports Radio Mode” and breakdown the Houston Texans’ upcoming playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
SATURDAY, JAN. 7: 3:30PM NFL Playoffs: Houston Texans host Cincinnati Bengals
Instead we just want to congratulate the Texans on their AFC South Division title and an inspiring season to date during which the team has displayed character in dealing with adversity.
SATURDAY, JAN. 7: 7PM NFL Playoffs: New Orleans Saints host Detroit Lions
And since the football season isn’t yet over, we’ve put together a guide to some SCENE Sanctioned Venues with big plans for the Texan and New Orleans Saints Playoff Runs, the BCS National Championship and the Super Bowl. Cheers! The Tree House sports nine TVs including a big screen for watching all playoff games and Super Bowl. Full bar. Full menu. Smoking Allowed. Roger’s Bar and Grill: SPECIALS: Find daily food and drink specials, but during all the football games, Roger’s will have 20 wings for $11.99 and $5 domestic pitchers. They will be hosting a Super Bowl watch party with lots of food and drink specials! This new multi-venue bar features a full-service restaurant, game room, disco party room and large outdoor patio. Upstairs, find their signature whiskey bar. There are two great rooms to host private events. And an awesome space to watch live music! Gordon Street Tavern: Ten big screen TVs; 100+ beer options including 30 beers on tap; full menu including burgers, sandwiches, salads and desserts. SPECIALS: $1 drumsticks; $1 off Houston brewery beers when Houston scores; $2 Kamikazes and $3 water moccasins. Berryhill Baja Grill: The South Shore location has eighteen 55-inch LED TVs, plus one 10-foot big screen for all the games. Baybrook has thirteen 55-inch LED TVs; and seven TVs at Montrose. South Shore, Baybrook and Montrose stores will have $10 domestic pitchers; $15 import. $12 bucket domestics; $15 imports; and $5 14-ounce fresh squeezed frozen or rocks margaritas and fresh squeezed frozen screwdrivers. $1.99 fish tacos and. 50¢ wings. Prices good during all games listed on this page.
MONDAY, JAN. 9: 8:30PM BCS National Championship Game LSU vs Alabama
The staff at Tree House are ready for the Texans’ playoff run!
SUNDAY: JAN 15: NOON *NFL Playoffs - Divisional Round: Baltimore Ravens host Houston Texans (*if Texans beat the Bengals) * We’ve Got Spirit!
Jackie’s Brickhouse has 26 TVs to watch all the games. SPECIALS: OfferSUNDAY, FEB 5: 5:30PM ing “deals by the game!” Get a bucket Super Bowl XLVI from Indianapolis of domestics and a 12-inch pizza for ALL BOWL games at a great price; Drink and pizza specials during ALL ner, drinks, snacks and apps. There’s never TEXANS games and playoff games. And as a cover charge to watch the games at far as the SUPER BOWL, “We will be the Cullen’s! The facility opens at 3 p.m. Saturplace to be!” said GM John Barrera. days for the NFL playoff games! Saturday Cabo: HD screens, full bar, waterfront views. TVs indoors and downstairs at the Beach Bar. Specials: During Texans games: $2 drafts; Free buffet; promotions from Miller/ Coors. Shot specials for every Texan score! Lots of giveaways! Throughout the NFL Playoffs we will have $2 Drafts and Half Price apps during each game! Super Bowl Potluck; crawfish boil and lingerie show at half time! Normal Sunday drink specials will apply. Mamacita’s: 3 flat screen TVs in the bar area. Specials: Free botanas during all NFL play off games. Saturday specials on drafts on house margaritas. T-Bone Tom’s has seven TVs on-site to watch the games. Specials: During Texan Play-off Games get happy hour drink prices plus 35¢ wings. Cullen’s: This massive complex boasts more flat screens per square foot than any bar in Clear Lake. Cullen’s is open for din-
Specials : Everything behind the bar is half price until 7 p.m. Sundays Specials: Everything behind the bar is half price until closing! “Don’t drink the cheap stuff – drink the good stuff cheap at Cullen’s!” says a Cullen’s representative. Fatty’s: Catch the game from any of the four strategically placed TVs or on the 110' HD projection system. Specials: $2.25 domestic longnecks, Texan Touchdown Shot Specials, plus shot specials throughout the day. Saturday enjoy $4 Long Island Iced Tea and $1 Mimosas. Dempsey’s: Nine TVs and a Big Screen to watch sporting events. Specials: $2 Big Ass domestic drafts during football games; $4 bombs. Super Bowl Party: Free burgers, black jack for points, gifts cards given away every quarter, $100 gift card for best team spirit. Pick the winner and John will buy you a shot. - Continued on Page 54
Where To Watch The Game: from Page 55 La Brisa: Bacliff location will hold viewing parties with their new 46inch TVs. League City location’s viewing parties have 10 TVs to watch the game, plus a large 10-foot screen. New appetizers available at both locations (such as Southwestern egg rolls, nachos, chicken wings, fried pickles, fried and sliced jalapeños)! Specials at both locations: Happy hour ’til 7 p.m.; Happy Hour pricing all day during Monday Night Football. To Go Special (valid at both locations): During Texan Playoff games, BCS championship game, and Super Bowl, get $10 per person fajitas to go. (Minimum order: $100). The Man Cave Bar & Grill/Club Martinis: Viewing parties for all playoff games including Super Bowl. Casual and fun environment with 10 televisions throughout the facility plus two large projection screens and ample seating. Specials: $6 pitchers, plus shot specials when the Texans score. Bakkhus: Three 42-inch plasmas to catch all the games. Specials: Free shots every time Texans score! Cock-eyed Seagull: Three TVs in the bar area. Specials: Free hot dogs during Super Bowl. Happy hour pricing until 7 p.m. during all Texan games and Monday Night Football. Big League Dreams: Multiple televisions in two Stadium Club Restaurants offer a great atmosphere to root for your favorite team! Catch various sporting events shown through out the week nights and weekends while enjoying a drink at the full bar or eating a meal in the sports-themed restaurants. As an added bonus, watch live softball/baseball games taking place on six Major League Baseball replica fields! Specials: Various drink specials available through out the year. Union Tavern will be hosting parties for all the playoff games and Super Bowl. With more than 20 plasma TVs and an 8-foot big screen TV they tout, “We are definitely the place to gather with your friends!” Enjoy drink and food specials during the games. Saints and Texans fans: “This is your Headquarters!,” said a Union Tavern representative. Have a Big Party? We have a private party room available with two 50” plasma TVs and separate sound system so you and your friends can enjoy the games in style. Call 281-486-6644 for reservations and more info! Tookie’s: The new an improved Tookie’s has a full bar, plus HD tvs to catch your favorite sporting events. Specials: Bomb the Bengals promotion on January 7. ANY Texans playoff game, come get a Bombshell during the game with Texans gear on. - Continued on Page 38
Lone Star Football Great EARL CAMPBELL to make unique appear with his Heisman Trophy Ryan Fiterman of Fiterman Sports Group recently announced a Public Signing on Saturday, January 14 with football legend Earl Campbell. The signing will take place at Fiterman on 1855 Cullen Blvd. in Pearland just south of Beltway 8. Making this appearance unique is the fact Campbell will be appearing with his 1977 Heisman Trophy and fans will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with Campbell and his Heisman. Visit fitermansports.com for more information.
EARL CAMPBELL with his
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SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 1 TO 4PM @ FITERMAN SPORTS All Autographs $65 1855 CULLEN BLVD., PEARLAND 77581 * For only $100 you can have your photo taken with Mr. Campbell and his Heisman. The photo will be printed on-site and will be autographed as well. Call 832-775-4504 today as this offer is only limited to 100 customers. But all kinds of merchandise (UT & Oiler Jerseys, UT & Oiler Helmets, NFL Game Balls, Photos, etc.) will also be available for purchase and signing as well.
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SCENE HAPPY HOUR GUIDE
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: 515 E. NASA Rd. 1 When: Mon-Wed 11-10pm; Thurs-Sat 11-7pm What: $3.95 Ritas, $1.75 Domestic Draft
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
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Roger’s Bar & Grill Where: 1271 Deke Slayton Blvd (FM 518) League City, What/When: Sunday – All Day $5 Domestic Pitchers. Wed7pm to Close $1 wells; Sat3pm-11Pm $3 domestic pints
-------------------Where: 4438 Boulevard When: M-F 9am - 5pm What: $1.25 Draft Beer, $2 Wells. Plus $2 Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers & Mimosas 8am to 4pm Sat. & all day Sunday.
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Where: 21st St & E. Bayshore Dr., San Leon What/When: All Day/Every Day $2 Longnecks Sunday $2 Bloody Marys
-------------------Where: 1051 Marina Bay Drive When: Mon-Thur 11am-7pm; Fri 11-9pm & Sat-Sun 11am-6pm What: $2 Domestic Pints, $3 Import Pints, $3 Wells
-------------------Where: 901 NASA Rd. 1
Where: 1-45 & FM 518 next to Sudie’s, League City What/When: All Day Happy Hour; Mon: $2.50 Ritas; Tues – Thurs: $2 domestic btls, $3 import btls, $3 Ritas; Friday-Sat:
All information in this guide is believed to be accurate as of press time.
Experience… Michelle, a/k/a “Mishka,” has been a bartender for 15 years.
“Mishka” calendar. (OH PLEASE! She looks fantastic already! I predict that calendar will sell out fast!)
Signature drink? A Caribbean Long Island ice tea. A secret ingredient courtesy of Malibu gives her drink a punch!
Super Bowl picks? Michelle looked around the room full of sports fans and whispered “Cowboys.” She then laughed and said her official team out loud and proud, “The Texans!”
The best thing about bartending is… It’s not just “one” thing. It’s meeting all kinds of people, discovering new friends, and making people happy. Plus, every day is different.
What is her favorite thing to do when not bartending? That would be rocking out to her husband’s band “Abraham’s Tree.”
Michelle hails from - Idaho, but mostly Wyoming. Her life journey brought her to Texas. New Year’s Resolution? Yes. She wants to get in shape to do a
A memorable moment in her career would be… Serving Nelly, a Grammy Award winning American rapper and actor, in Wyoming.
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).
When: Mon.- Fri. 11am - 7pm What: $1.25 Margaritas ($.99 Margaritas All Day Sat.) ($.99 Draft Beer Every Day)
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)
------------------Mexican Restaurant Where: 2110 Bay Area Blvd.
Where: 605 A 6th Street When: M - Fri., 11am to 7pm What: $2 Dom Pints, $3 Wells, $4 Wine by glass, $4 Ouzo shots
U-Call-Its (Excludes Premiums)
------------------Where: 3202 Marina Bay Dr. When: M-F: 3-7pm What: $2 16oz Dom Drafts, $2 Dom. Bottles, $2 Wells, $3 House Wine
(Live Music) What: Happy Hour pricing $1 off everything in the house.
-------------------Where: 435 El Dorado Blvd # A When: 2-8pm daily. What: FREE Billiards, Steel Tip Darts and Great Specials
($3 Mimosas & Bloody Marys Sunday)
------------------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: 3612 W. Main Street (FM 518) What: 75¢ dom drafts; $1.50 dom bottles; $2 wells; $3 premiums; $4 super premiums + free jukebox!
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: 18301 Egret Bay Blvd, Suite B, Webster When: Wed-Sat 5pm- 11PM What: Wed-Thurs $1 Longnecks/$2 Wells/$3 Jagers/$3 Pitchers • Fri-Sat $2 Longnecks/$2 Wells/$3 Jagers
Where: 18301 Egret Bay Blvd, Suite B, Webster When:Thursday, Friday, Saturday(10pm-11pm) What: $2 Longnecks, $2 Wells, $3 Jagers
Where: 2513 NASA Parkway When: Mon-Thurs 4 to 7pm; Friday AWOL Happy Hour 4-9pm
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1010B E. NASA PKWY @ EGRET BAY • 281-335-5400
Jam Session w/ The Amigos 8pm-12am, musicians welcome, $2 Vodka Well Drinks (12-7pm) Mon: Acoustic Jam w/Lynn & Cisco Tues: Chad Ware Band Seven days Thurs: Benny Brasket Band Sun:
Christina’s Birthday Party!!
’80s party starts @8 with karaoke
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FRI .....1/6 ......SNIT'S DOG & PONY SHOW SAT ....1/7 ..............................JJ DYNOMITE
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WED ..1/11 ........................GROOVE KINGS FRI .....1/13 ............................REVELATORS SAT ....1/14 ....................................OXYGEN
MON. Original band night TUES: $1.50 Wells All Day & All Night WED & SUN: CLIFF’S KARAOKE THURS: Open Mic Night
WED ..1/18 ..........................SLIDE EFFECT FRI ....1/20................................MARK MAY SAT ....1/21 ........LUTHER & THE HEALERS WED ..1/25 ........................GROOVE KINGS FRI .....1/27 ..............................TONY VEGA SAT ....1/28 ..............MITCH JACOBS BAND
(musicians get happy hour pricing)
+ FREE Bowling FRI: $3.50 Crowns SUNDAYS: Amanda’s famous Bloody Marys
HAPPY HOUR Mon-Fri 11-7 $2.75 Wells $2 Dom. Longnecks $1.50 Dom. Draft
Mon. $2 Kamakazee Tues & Wed $2.50 Rita FRI .....2/3 ............................BRAD ABSHER SAT ....2/4 ......................TOMMY DARDAR Sun. $2 Well Vodka TUES..2/7....................................MIKE ZITO Drinks (12 to 7pm)
LADIES NIGHTS: FRI & SAT
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Hinder @ Scout Bar
Wood & Wind during the Christmas Pub Crawl at T-bone Toms
Loose Notes by Andy Eng We hope everybody had a safe and joyous Holiday Season, took care of your loose ends in 2011, and ready for what pundits predict should be a doozie of a 2012. Whatever your goals and challenges be for the New Year, we wish you the best -- And hope it includes catching you out there out on The SCENE. Before we do... OUT WITH A BANG - went December, and we lit the fuse with Krewe Du Lac's Christmas Toy Drive & Pub Crawl in Kemah. The fun started at T-Bone Tom's with Wood & Wind on stage before the hordes of merry mongers headed off to Crazy Alan's Swamp Shack, Zone 504 shaking things up with Andy & The Dreamsicles, and finally roosting at Bakkhus Taverna. The food and fun at each was tops and the quality of toys donated at this annual Lighthouse District event was up a notch with some really good stuff going to area youngsters needing a ray of sunshine. Thanks to all the Crawlers!!
David Grace @ Dempsey’s Gumbo Cookoff / Benefit
'TWAS THE SEASON -- Cheers to the Bay Area Houston's Ballet & Theater Company for flat out amazing our lenses and delighting our souls with their sold-out presentations of The Nutcracker Ballet. Guest artists Ms. Lorna Feijoo and Mr. Nelson Madrigal provided us world-class performances and the BAHBT local cast of dancers, actors, crew, directors & producers were nothing short of utmost. Wanna catch someBAHB&T’s The Nutcracker Ballet thing seriously cool? BAHBT's got it... While in the "way back" mode, we jaunted down to Galveston joining up with locals and visitors from across the nation at the annual Dickens On The Strand Dickens On the Strand. Ever been? There's simply something magical when stepping into the past that never gets old... NEW STOP ON THE BEAT - And that be Fatty's on the southeast corner of NASA Road One and 146. This place qualifies as SCENE Party Ready with a spacious upstairs loft, super staff, huge bar, plenty of games, a great deck and grand opened with a full house with none other than Madigan on stage. Speaking of new, we got to hear the band with their two new additions, Jeremy Walton (bass/vocals) and Mike McCulloch (keyboard/vocals) providing depth and dimension furthering an already dynamic and dazzling experience. 2012 should be a great year for Madigan both Madigan and Fatty's. Stay tuned! @ Fatty’s - Continued on Page 48
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FRI 9PM-1AM SAT 9PM-1AM
1st or 2nd Tue of the month
Phil Johnson Every Saturday
Karaoke Friday night with
Rey Rodriguez 9pm-1am
HAPPY HOUR: DAILY 11AM-7PM
$3 Screwdrivers & Bloody Marys; $3.25 Well Drinks; $2.50 Domestic Beer; Wed Only: $1 Jello Shots Wed: Happy Hour All Day + Free Jukebox 7-11pm
KITCHEN HOURS: Lunch: 11am-2pm, M-F Dinner: 6-10pm M-F (except Wed)
• Breakfast Served All Day Every Day! • Homemade Lunch Specials • $7.95 Daily 11am-2pm • WED LUNCH: 5-oz. Filet w/Baked Potato - $8 • Fresh Jumbo Fried Shrimp • Fresh Oysters (Thursdays & Fridays) • The Best Rib-Eyes in Town Served Anytime!
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Loose Notes: Continued from Page 50 THE WEATHER INSIDE IS AWESOME Said the sign at the Roadhouse 146, so we stopped in. Good move if you did. We caught Shaun Michael, minstrel balladeer, soloing on stage nicely with he, his guitar and his voice. Soloists simply have it all together... Further up the road and under the Palapa, the Guacamole Gods keep things warm on a crispy Kemah night. The Lighthouse District might have a Shaun Michael @ 146 RoadHouse noise ordnance, but be assured, the Guacamole Gods don't make noise, they make music, and some tasty stuff at that.
MIGRATION & ACOUSTIC THURSDAY - Up and down the Egret Bay this time of year, the peaceful waters host a variety of Dragon Boat practice Josh Wagner @ Cock-eyed sessions and flocks of Seagull Open Mic visitors from across North America. Inside where it's warmer, local listeners catch open mic performers and unplugged alternative indie rock at the Cock-eyed Seagull and Scout Bar hosted by the Revaks (Wood & Wind) and Mike Mexus
Myrna Sanders & John Honda @ Seagull Open Mic (Saturate). The connection? Easy.... Egret Bay is the place to be-Be there! The Paul Ramirez Band @ Katie’s
OVER THE TOP - Got two of them this month, folks.... First goes to The Paul Ramirez Band. In his new role as frontman, Paul continues channeling music at transcendentally stratospheric levels *and* has added his own quality vocals, drummer Brian "Chopper" Shoppell and Bella Adle on bass. We went to check him out at Katie's for a couple songs and ended up staying the night. Get the idea? This band is party ready--Book 'em.... Also, folks, mark your calendar for the return of Mark May at Katie's. This could very well be a packed house and we hear that Mark will be bringing along his new CD, so you won't want to miss out. Second shout out goes to the cool folks at Dempsey's. Throughout the year, the place never ceases to amaze with their wide variety of entertainment, sporting events, and ever-caring spirit. This month, Dempsey's hosted a Gumbo Cook Off Fundraiser for the Ferguson and Jaquie Svo4 Barrel boda Ramblers @ Dempsey’s - Continued on Page 44
the scene’s martini madness The “Original” Martini – It’s deceptively simple: The basis for this classic is the simple taste found within Tangueray gin or Tito’s (made in Texas) vodka. Add olive juice to create texture in the beverage and stir. The perfect garnish is olives on the side. Pair this drink with Union Tavern’s steak night on Mondays. Anndee’s Strawberry Shortcake Martini – It’s almost too pretty to drink! Sobieski Vanilla vodka shaken with Qream’s Strawberry Creme liqueur is served with a cherry garnishment. Guys, this is a wonderful drink to pick out for a date on a certain February holiday or actually anytime you want to impress! Ramona’s Caramel Orange Martini – A martini that is not for the weak and tastes savory sweet. The glass is filled with the rich tone flavor of Sobieski Karamel vodka and infused with Sobieski’s Orange vodka. The latter flavor is reminiscent of an “Orange Slice” candy. This is served “straight up” and without any other ingredient other than a lemon slice for a sucker punch!. A variation is to add a splash of Sugar Free Red Bull. Call it a “skinny version.” Great to sip on while listening to Martinis were prepared at: UNION TAVERN Chris J. Hardy’s acoustic set every 1435 El Dorado Blvd. other Tuesday night. 281-486-6644 Check out more at www.SCENElive.net
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GORDON STREET TAVERN: Walking On The Wild Side By Rhonda Meredith Quick Question… Have you been to Alvin lately? On New Year’s Eve 2011, Gordon Street Tavern opened their doors with a lot fanfare to host a huge and successful celebration bash. 2012 is looking pretty bright for this Alvin establishment. Located in a building that is over a century old, Gordon Street Tavern’s walls are thick with history. It’s cozy and the full menu that is being served makes it the place to be… Say, are you hungry right now? And if you are hungry, then let me ask HOW HUNGRY? Hungry enough to take the Gordon Street Tavern challenge? The challenge includes consuming 4 1/2 pound angus patties, each topped with Ameri-
can, Swiss, Colby-Jack, 4 slices of bacon, chili, and finished off with a toasted bun and accompanied by one pound of waffle fries that will be covered in chili and cheese just before leaving the kitchen. Of course, there are other food options and plenty of them that sound so good…chicken sandwiches, fish ‘n chips, and even fried eggplant and pickles! Maybe it’s your thirst you are looking to quench? The tavern offers 30 kinds of beers on tap, an additional 50+ in the bottle, and a fully stocked bar. Happy hour is 3pm to 6pm Monday through Saturday and all day on Sunday. “Industry Night” is every night and all of the time. - Continued on Page 43
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709 HARRIS • KEMAH • 281-334-8300
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UPCOMING ENTERTAINMENT Fri ....January 6 ....................................DJAdrian Sat ..January 7 ............................Wyskey Tango Fri ....January 13 ..................................DJ Adrian Sat ..January 14 ........................................007s Fri ....January 20 ..................................DJ Adrian Sat ..January 21......................................Footpie Fri ....January 27............................Trip to Cascity Sat ..January 28 ................................After Party Fri ....February 3 ..................................DJ Adrian Sat ..February 4 ....................................Peroxide SUNDAY
TEXANS PLAYOFF GAMES!! NCAA BOWL GAMES • NBA
$2 Pints & $2 Bloody Marys
MAMA CASS KARAOKE; $2 Dom & $3 Import Bottles
DART TOURNEYS; $ 3 Wells & Shot Specials
BE YOUR OWN DJ; 2 Dom & $3 Import Pints
Acoustic sets from the Bee Room Entertainment. + $3 U-Call-Its (Excludes Premiums)
Three Palms Grill Delicious Caribbean Menu Available Late Every Night!
35¢ WINGS MON-FRI • 5-8PM & DURING ALL TEXAN PLAYOFF GAMES! Follow us on Facebook & Twitter Kemah Historical Society Landmark
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Loose Notes: Continued from Page 48
Families for a packed afternoon of sun, fun, awesome food and music by David Grace and the 4 Barrel Ramblers. Dempsey's = Good people!
4 Barrel Ramblers @ Dempsey’s
Elysian w/ Crystal Harper @ Scout Acoustic Night tional (platinum) recording artist Hinder on Scout's stage and *that* folks, is Tour Stop Clear Lake.
Mike Romero @ Scout Acoustic Night
TOUR STOP CLEARLAKE - So... It's Wednesday evening and freezing outside. Inside Scout Bar, things are warming up Fallen Grey @ Scout Bar
Hinder @ Scout Bar
with Rain Child, Fallen Grey and Nine Left Dead (I dig these guys' story). There are enough lights on stage for an arena -- and the sound? Crystal clear all evening long... This month, it was na-
Nine Left Dead @ Scout Bar
- Continued on Page 41
Chris Hardy (L) & Ashley Sky(R) @ Scout Acoustic Night
New Club & Pub Report
Roger’s Bar & Grill is open! By Rhonda Meredith Roger’s Bar & Grill is a “brand spanking new multi-venue” in League City that is happy to offer something for everyone. It’s a place with a local feel where you can hang out with your friends and have a good time. All you have to do is choose where you want to go: the bar area, the restaurant, maybe the game room, sports lounge, the whiskey bar is tempting, or even the patio. You know, that’s the kind of decision that is fun to make… (Maybe even pick more than one area! C’mon, you deserve it.) Here is a few of the highlights on what to expect… Monday nights are Roger’s Bar & Grill’s “Steak Night Special” for $10.99. “College Night” is on Wednesdays. “Disco/80’s Night” is grooving on Fridays. And on Saturday nights, it’s all about the live music. Cecil Shaw (Jazz & Blues Band) is performing January 7th from 9:00pm-2:00am. Happy hour is during 3:00pm – 7:00pm on Monday – Friday. Come enjoy the food and drink specials! For example, “Sailor Jerry” spiced rum is on special Thursday nights. Also, on any given night, the appetizers start out at an affordable five bucks. Plus, there is currently no cover charge. Roger’s has some cool things planned. Coming up in February, they are teaming up with Houston’s FM Classic Rock station 93.7 The Arrow to put on an event called “Wines That Rock.” How cool is that? The venue is open seven days a week from 11:00am – 2:00am and is located at 1271 Deke Slayton Blvd. Roger’s has two different areas for private events too! Give the friendly staff a call for additional questions at 281-334-1110. Editor’s Note: Cecil Shaw (Jazz & Blues Band) Is performing at Roger’s Bar & Grill Saturday, January 7 from 9pm-2am.
GORDON STREET TAVERN: From Page 50 Coming up in the spring, Gordon Street Tavern will be showing off their finished patio complete with outdoor dining, live music, karaoke, and whatever else they may be hiding up their sleeve! For now though, they invite you to “sit back, relax and enjoy the atmosphere while indulging in one of our acclaimed specialty drinks, a deliciously silky stout or sink your teeth into one of our world famous burgers or sandwiches.” Ever had a “Radler?” Tell the bartender you would like one… This is one of the items for the daring at heart that Gordon Street Tavern offers to all and any, who dare to walk on the wild side.
PIZZA • PASTA • WINGS • APPETIZERS • SALADS
HUGE 30” DAN-OSAUROUS
Open Daily at 11:30am
ade Handm t Gourme Pizza!
10 lb. pizza only
281-480-9700 • 15148 Hwy 3 • Webster 77598 FREE DELIVERY!! - The way pizza should be!
SUBS • PHILLIES • MUFFALETTAS • GYROS • DESSERTS
Call to Reserve Your Party Here! 281-332-6702 NASA Road 1 & Hwy. 3
HOURS: Tues & Thurs 4pm to 2am; Fri: 4pm to 2am; Sat: 5pm-2am
HAPPY HOUR • 4-8PM (Tuesday, Thursday & Friday) $2.25 Single Liquor Drinks, Beer & Wine THURSDAY SPECIALS: $3.50 Burger & fries $2.99 8-piece Hot Wings $1.50 Well Drinks; Ritas & Kazis $2.50 Long Island Teas
TUESDAY SPECIALS: $5 12-oz. Ribeye & fries $9.95 12-oz. Ribeye w/loaded potato & salad $1.25 Well Drinks $1.50 Ritas & Kazis FRIDAY SPECIALS: $2.99 2-piece Catfish w/hushpuppies & fries
So, let me ask again, have you been to Alvin lately? Gordon Street Tavern is located at 114 N. Gordon Street, Alvin, TX 77511. Give them a call at 281-968-7402 if you have any questions. Visit their new website (www.gordonstreettavern.com) or like them on Facebook. The operating hours are Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am, and Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm.
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Loose Notes: from Page 44 I-10 RECORDS CHRISTMAS BASH & ROCK HOUSTON CALENDAR RELEASE PARTY - Individually, any one of these bands would make for a full show, so can you imagine them all at the same place the same night? The Pub Affair (On my list of New Bands of the Year), Dykes On Bykes (On my Outrageous Act of the Year list), South, Born From Ruins (with a cameo appearance from Chris of the Agro Sideshow). We've covered each of these fine groups in the past in The SCENE and respectfully wish to save mention for Another Day fronted by A.D. Rowntree. Many listen to A.D. on the airwaves for 94.5 FM The Buzz and attend his Sunday evening Texas Buzz shows at Scout Bar. and will testify that the local Texas live music has flourished with his tireless support. Some might even suggest A.D. is amongst the awesomest forces of nature performing on stage -- If you don't, I did--
Born From Ruins
So there! As for the calendar? It's space for the dates is tiny and it's impossible to scribble down the many stops we cover for the SCENE. Instead, it's loaded with the most beautiful pictures (we're partial to pictures) and each month is autographed making this perhaps our most favorite calendar ever. Cheers! Happy New Year Folks! See you out there on The SCENE!
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The Texas Buzz 2011 Music Awards At SCOUT BAR
The SCENE stopped by the 2011 94.5FM Buzz Texas Music Awards and this year, the competition was simply INCREDIBLE! We've seen many of the bands perform throughout the year, and they've been all good. Where are these groups going in 2012? We'll have to wait and see but our hunch is up and out. Congrats to all the nominees and winners. - Andy Eng
Band of the Year 2011................ THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK Best Live Performance of The Year ...................... SATURATE Rock Band of the Year...................... FROM GUTS TO GLORY New Band of the Year ................................LOST ELEMENT Punk/ Hardcore/Indie Band of the Year ......BORN FROM RUINS Metal/Active Rock Band of the Year ..............DOWNFALL 2012 Alternative Band of the Year ..............................ADELAINE Vocalist of the Year..................DUSTIN CONDON (Rain Child) Drummer of the Year..............CASEY BOWEN (Downfall 2012) Bass Guitarist of the Year ..........BRETT CARDIFF (IDR / South) Guitarist of the Year ..TIM HUSTON (The Hunger / Another Day). 39
Where To Watch The Game: Dickinson Bar~B~Que & Steakhouse: Catch the games on the big screen in their front room or any of the smaller TVs around the restaurant. Enjoy great ribs and cold beer, too! Zone 504 Sports Bar & Grill: Multiple TVs onsite. Full bar. Twostory water view deck. Specials: 35¢ wings during all Texan Playoff Games. Ask about game day drink specials. Allegria: Watch the games on their new 60-inch TV and enjoy drinks, game snacks and bistro fare. (Closed on Sundays.) Big Ben Tavern features British and American comfort food and multiple televisions throughout the venue for the sports enthusiasts. Find 20 beers on Tap, Silver Strike, Golden Tee, pool tables, digital jukebox and a huge patio deck and outdoor bar. Specials: Sunday NFL Playoffs: $10.99 All-U-Can-Eat Wings, plus $6 Pitchers. Save the date for Big Ben Tavern’s Super Bowl Bash. Jackie B’s has eight flat-screen TVs sports fans. Drink specials seven nights a week. Sunday and Monday, enjoy their $10 Boiled Shrimp Platter with corn & potatoes. Specials: $12 buckets. Noah’s Ark Restaurant is THE place for party animals! This Galveston Bay waterfront eatery in Bacliff sports 12 televisions throughout the restaurant, plus a big screen. Specials: $1.25 drafts $2 wells, $4.95 a dozen for wings (dine-in only) during the games. Topwater Grill: Watch the play-offs at the bar with four 42” TVs. Ask about their game-time specials. Tommy’s: Watch the games in peaceful setting with no volume. Mainly Drinks: Watch the play-off games in La Porte with a wine and lovely meal. Full menu available. Enter the drawing for a free bottle of wine during the game. (Closed on Sundays.) Other venues that confirmed they will be showing the games include Katie’s, Clear Creek Winery and Sherlock’s Pub.
Captain Noah shoves off It’s now “official!” Fred and Beverly Lyttle (owners of Noah's Ark Bar and Grill in Bacliff) have retired! Or so they say. The Lyttles left word that they are going to travel, travel, and then travel some more. At the helm are GM Kellie Verlander, Kitchen Manager Andre Cartier and Assistant GM Jean Tanksley who happily accepted the course set before them. Noah’s Ark has been in business more than 15 years and is well supported by dedicated employees and many loyal customers. Known for their generosity in the Bacliff community. They have provided free meals to Veterans on Veterans Day; on 9/11 each year, free meals are offered to all local fire fighters and police. Thanksgiving and Christmas meals have been gifted to friends and neighbors in need, and year after year, they serve a traditional Christmas dinner to area senior citizens. This month, Noah's has pledged 5% of their food profits to the Lions Club, who helps needy people obtain eyeglasses and provides support to the Lion's Crippled Children’s Camp. Their immediate presence will be missed, but rest assured their community services will continue on. And, just because they are “officially retired,” doesn't mean you won't occasionally see them at Noah’s for a visit. “They know where to go for good food,” said Jean.
FIT TO BE SCENE 5K Benefit Run set for January 7 at Meador Park
21st Annual Reindeer Run at CHRISTUS St. John Hospital in Nassau Bay
Assisteens® of the Bay Area will have its first annual 5K run beginning at 8 a.m., January 7 at Meador Park in Seabrook. Assisteens is an auxiliary of Assistance League® of the Bay Area and is comprised of 200 students in grades 9 through 12 who serve the Bay Area through community service. The 5K run will help raise funds for Operation School Bell®, which provides new school clothing for school-aged children in need. The clothing helps students fit in with their classmates by boosting self-esteem and enabling them to become more eager to learn. So far this year, Operation School Bell has helped clothe more than 1,600 students in four area school districts. The registration fee of $30 includes a T-shirt. More information is available www.bayarea.assistanceleague.org. UPCOMING FITNESS EVENTS
Chili Pepper Quick Step 5K Fun Run (Galveston) January 21 • 9am Galveston Seawall -----------------------Galveston Mardi Gras Marathon & 1/2 Marathon February 5 • 7:30am Saengerfest Park (Galv.) -----------------------Galloway Gallop 2012 Fun Run February 11 • 8am Kemah Boardwalk -----------------------Seabrook Lucky Trails Marathon & 1/2 Marathon March 17 - 18 Seabrook Hiking Trails and Pine Gully Park -----------------------2nd Annual Edgewater Dragon Boat Challenge March 31 Edgewater Marina, Webster THE SCENE
John Ennis photo
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
League City 50th Anniversary Christmas Boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake another spectacular night Bright lights and boats of all kinds traveled Clear Lake December 10 for the League City 50th Anniversary Christmas Boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake, produced by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Hundreds of boats swarmed the Nassau Bay Lagoon, South Shore Harbour and the Kemah Boardwalk dazzling the crowds along the shores. Beautifully decorated sail and power boats entertained thousands of spectators with their creative lights, music, dancers and designs. “Many boats used the traditional Santa, candy canes and snowman, but others were PICTURED: Old Salt awards were presented during the brunch to the long time volunteers very unique,” said Parade of the Christmas Boat Lane Parade committee. The awards were generously purchased Chairman Jim Christiansen. and donated by long-time event chairman Jim Christiansen and his wife. “There was an octopus, the giant lamp-leg from “a Christmas Story”, Elvis live from Vegas, also commemorates the 50th birthday for League City and the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The first parade skating penguins and a huge birthday cake on a boat covin 1961 had five boats and included boat Captains Jack ered in golden lights,” said Christiansen. Many boats saluted Campbell and Red Adair. In the early 1980’s when the pathe special anniversary of the parade with the number 50 in rade participant numbers were steadily increasing, long time every color. parade committee member and participant R.B. “Bob” Taylor, This year’s event not only celebrated the 50th parade, but suggested asking the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce take over producing the event. “The parade has continued to be a successful project,” said Christiansen. To honor the 50th anniversary, R.B. “Bob” Taylor served as the honorary Parade Marshall and lead the parade on the Dorothy “D”, a yacht hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club. Other sponsors included Nassau Bay, Kemah Boardwalk, The Bay Area Citizen, the Houston Chronicle, Hollis Huff Lewis & Company P.C., 3 Amigos Fuel Dock, Houstonboatshows.com, Houston Safe Boating Council and the South Shore Harbour Resort and Marina.
The boat TANGLED WEB, pictured at right, exemplified the 50th Anniversary of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the parade and the community by designing lights that look like notable sites around the lake plus the Chamber’s logo. They won the Jack Campbell Memorial Best Overall Family Boat, the Nassau Bay Mayor’s Award (shown above) and the Chamber’s 50th Anniversary Golden Anchor Award.
Seen by The SCENE: DICKEN’S ON THE STRAND
Andy Eng Photos
Where To EAT & DRINK T-bone Tom’s
Roger’s Bar & Grill
Pier 27 Tavern
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. Classic Cafe......................................2511 Nasa Parkway 20. Clear Creek Winery ..........................709 Harris (Kemah) 21. Chelsea Wine Bar ............4106 Nasa Pkwy # F (El Lago) 22. Chitsuru Sushi & Hibachi ..2860 Gulf Freeway S, Ste. A 23. Club Martini/Man Cave ........18307 Egret Bay (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(Kemah) 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 - Galveston ..............................2110 Strand 36. Esteban's Cafe & Cantina..............402 West Main Street 37. Fatty’s........................1717 2nd Street (Seabrook) NEW! 38. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood House ..............20760 Gulf Frwy 39. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood House ................1300 Broadway 40. Fox and Hound ................................12802 Gulf Freeway
South Belt • Pasadena • Galveston Bay • Galves
41. Gabacho’s Mexican Grill ......................4449 NASA Rd. 1 42. Gio’s Flying Pizza ....................................630 FM 517 Rd 43. Gordon St. Tavern..........114N. Gordon St. (Alvin) NEW! 44. Hugh & Jeff’s Car Wash & Grill ............1232 W. FM 646 45. Jackie’s Brickhouse ..1051 Marina Bay Drive (FM 2094) 46. Jackie B’s Sports.Spirits..................352 N. Gulf Freeway 47. Joe Lee’s Seafood Kitchen ..........1108 Marina Bay Drive 48. Kahuna Joe’s ..................812 East Main Street (FM 518) 49. Katie’s......................................................315 Grand Ave. 50. Kemah Asian Cafe ....................1201 Hwy 146 (Kemah) 51. La Brisa - Bacliff ......................................4001 Hwy 146 52. La Brisa - League City ..........501 Wesley Drive (@ I-45) 53. Laredo’s TexMex ....2119 Bayport Boulevard (Hwy 146) 54. Las Haciendas • NASA ......................1020 NASA Rd. 1 55. Las Haciendas • I-45 ......................12933 Gulf Freeway 56. Leila’s Mexican Restaurant ..................18119 Egret Bay 57. Luna’s Restaurant (Hilton) ............3000 NASA Parkway 58. Main 101 Grill & Bar ..............101 E. Main St. (La Porte) 59. Main Event ......................................1125 Magnolia Ave. 60. Mainly Drinks ..................223 W. Main Street (La Porte) 61. Mamacita’s - Clear Lake........................515 E Nasa Rd 1 62. Mamacita’s - Pasadena ..............7325 Spencer Highway 63. Maribelle’s ....................................3136-C NASA Road 1 64. Mario’s Italian • Seabrook ......1304 Bayport (HWY146) 65. Mario’s Italian • Webster ................618 NASA Parkway 66. Masa Sushi Fusion ..............................977 Nasa Road 1 67. Masa Sushi Sake Bar ............................1804 W. FM 646 69. Mediterraneo Market & Cafe ........18033 Upper Bay Rd. 70. Mely’s - League City......2951 Marina Bay Dr. (FM 2094) 71. Merlion on 4th ........................................1301 4th Street 72. Michiru Sushi & Asian Bar 20911 Gulf Freeway, Suite A 73. Monkey Bar ..........................................605 6th Street C 74. Nick’s Pizza, Pasta & Gelato 210 S. Hwy 3 (League City) 75. Noah’s Ark ................................4438 Boulevard (Bacliff) 76. Opus Bistro ........................................1002 Aspen Road 77. Palapa’s......................................608 6th Street (Kemah) 78. Pelican Grill ..................3142 Nasa Parkway (Seabrook) 79. Pier 27 Tavern ................3202 Marina Bay Blvd. Suite F 80. Pizza King ........................103 Davis Road (League City) 81. Pomodoro’s Cucina Italiana ........2700 Marina Bay Drive
82. Pomodoro’s Pasta & Pizzeria ... 83. Pomodoro’s Italian Restaurant & 84. Roger’s Bar & Grill..1271 E. FM 5 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. Tookies..................................... 109. Topwater Grill ......................81 110. T-bone Tom’s............................ 111.Tuscany Bistro..................2951 112. Union Tavern ............................ 113. What’s Cookin’ at the Bistro ..... 114. Zone 504 .................................
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115. Aquarium; 116. Pizza Oven; 117. R Dutchman; 119. Bayside Grille; 120. Ca Shack; 122. Lighthouse Buffet; 123. Lan 124. Saltgrass Steakhouse
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On the Water Byerly wins Midwinters Regatta in New Orleans Lakewood Yacht Club Seahorse racer Dane Byerly captured the Mendleblatt trophy for winning the MidWinters Regatta, a national event, held in New Orleans over Thanksgiving weekend. Out of 11 races, he had 7 bullets (top place) and won the Red Opti Fleet Overall Award. His name will be placed on the perpetual trophy, the Mendleblatt trophy, at Southern Yacht Club. Out of the 82 boats registered to participate, the count included 15 Lakewood Yacht Club Sea- Lakewood Yacht Club Seahorse Racer Dane Byerly holds the Mendleblatt trophy that he won for placing horse racers. first in the national MidWinters Regatta held in New According to Orleans over Thanksgiving weekend. Helping him the Byerly brothhold the trophy is Southern Yacht Club Commodore ers Dane and and Principle Race Officer for the regatta Dwight Dougie, the LeBlanc III. Pictured far left is Dick Kammer,who chairs weather was the Sugarbowl Regatta Committee and far right is warmer than Southern Yacht Club member Duff Friend.” anticipated. They admitted that one of their favorite things about the MidWinters Regatta is that Café du Monde brings beignets and café au lait one morning for everyone. Dane Byerly related that there were six races held on Fri., Nov. 25, and five on Sat., Nov. 26. “The Race Committee did an excellent job in spite of imminent storms on the horizon and some light showers,” said Regina Byerly, Dane and Dougie’s mother. “Southern Yacht Club also showed their signature hospitality with a wonderful complimentary buffet on Fri. evening and a separate kid’s spaghetti and fried chicken buffet for the sailors.” Upon reflection regarding his win, Dane stated “I felt really prepared for this regatta. I feel very proud to have the honor of having my name placed on the Mendleblatt Trophy at Southern Yacht Club.” He has earned this trophy in every way having worked hard and coming up thru the ranks of Opti sailing classes for the last several years, explained Seahorse Co-Chair Jill Hughes. In the U.S. Optimist Nationals held in Deltaville, VA, in July of last year, Byerly placed 10th in the Gold Fleet against the toughest national Optimist racing competitors in the country.
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Trees Turned Art
“One man’s ‘trash’ is another man’s art!” By Peggy ‘Domino’ Taylor In a month where we find ourselves looking for ways to dispose of the memory-filled dried to near-brown Christmas tree – maybe the kids pose the solution of a making a fun tree fort or you consider cutting it up and using it as mulch or just disposing of the sacred bush on a special trash pick-up day – but Galveston has come up with an extraordinary idea for recycling dead trees and turning them into memorable pieces of art, the Trees Sculptures.
guided tour the Galveston Island Tours, an affiliate of the Galveston Historical Foundation, offers one every Saturday morning departing from Ashton Villa, with tickets $15 for adults and $10 for children and the mode of transportation is a solar powered shuttle bus.
The Tree Sculpture Tour is a product of the numerous trees damaged or dead from the horrific winds and tidal surge from Hurricane Ike in 2008. As the city was forced to say a sad goodbye to these majestic trees that greet the tourists’ upon arrival and provide sheltering canopies in Galveston’s landscape, a group of homeowners saw a chance to morph symbols of destruction into signs of rejuvenation. Local artists have sculptured the tree remains that lined the streets with whimsical objects of art. Most of the sculptures are concentrated on the East End Historical District and were paid for by private homeowners, but they grace all areas of Galveston.
Many more trees were damaged from the storm than the display of the new symbols of rejuvenation can reflect. After the hurricane, the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy in conjunction with the Galveston Island Tree Committee worked with hundreds of volunteers to ensure that 100% of the Ike wood was kept out of landfills and used for recycling projects. Over a 100 tons of former Galveston trees were selected for the restoration of America’s only remaining whaling ship and another 200 tons went to Malaga, Spain, to be used in the completion of a full scale replica of the Brig “Galveztown,” and a local lumber yard took several tons of the Ike wood to mill and dry for building projects. Several art galleries in Galveston sell various smaller wooden art pieces also from these treasured trees.
The carvings were done by Galveston’s artist Earl Jones, Jim Philips of Houston and Dale Lewis of Indiana. Sometimes during the guided tours one can see these artists creating new sculptures.
For information or to book a Tree Sculpture Tour, call 409765-8687, www.galvestonislandtours.com and for general information call 409-7975144, or log on to www.galveston.com. Donations are also accepted for the tree project. What a better way to start a New Year.
The Galveston Visitor Information Center (2328 Broadway, behind the Ashton Villa) offers a brochure map for the self-guided tree tours. The tour is easy to enjoy while walking, biking, or riding. If you prefer a
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Jan. 2 - 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 Jan 3. – Jan. 5: Winter 2011 Juried Exhibition – TAACCL, 2000 NASA Parkway, 281-335-7777, www.taaccl.org.
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.;
Jan. 14: Art Walk at Island Gallery, 5pm – 9:30 pm, 4104 NASA Parkway, El Lago, 281532-3075
Jan 18: Bay Area Photo Club, 6:00 p.m., TAACCL, 2000 NASA Parkway, 281-335-7777, www.taaccl.org
Jan. 7: Auditions for “The Sound of Music” 2pm, RAFA, 17170 Mills Forest, www.royalacademyfinearts.org. 281-4801466 Jan. 13 -29: Agatha Christie’s Witness to the Prosecution - Clear Creek Country Theatre, Fri. & Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2:30 18091 Upper Bay Rd, Nassau Bay, 382-335-5228, www.clearcountrycreektheatre.org
Jan. 13 – Feb. 5: Southern Hospitality - Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, Fri & Sat. 8pm, Sun. 2:30 pm, 3803 Hwy. 3 in Dickinson, www.bayareaharbourplayhouse.com • 281337-SHOW
Jan 15: Fiddler on the Roof, Jan 21: Spamalot The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Post Office St., Galveston, 409763-7173, www.thegrand.com
Toddler Time on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday at 11:15 a.m.; PreSchool 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, 281-488-1906. www.hcpl.net
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, 281-338-4860
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
STEVEN TRIMBLE: Continued from Previous Page He said, “Every piece gets dirtier.” Graffiti also mixes well with Trimble’s newspaper medium and provides a proper city backdrop. Trimble is proud of his roots and continues to work as a local artist. To view more of Steven Trimble’s art and design visit his website at http://www.feedsteven.com/ or follow
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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., 281-474-2551, www.abnc.org 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, 281-5542994, www.oneroomschoolhouse.org
Lone Star Flight Museum: Open Daily 9 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, 281-479-2421, www.sanjacinto-museum.org
Texas City Museum: Open Tuesday - Sunday; 409 6th St. N., Texas City, 409-6435799, www.texas-city-tx.org/Museumabo ut.htm
him on http://www.facebook.com/feedsteven Steven Trimble’s art will be on display during a group art show Saturday, January 7 at The Watson Gallery located at 716 W. Alabama Street Houston (77006). For gallery hours and other information, call 585-737-9524.
Featured Artist: Steven Trimble
The Need to Communicate Visually By Kelley Dawson Artist and designer, Steven Trimble wishes to evoke emotions in a truly mixed-media manner. Whether by a stroke of his paint brush, graffiti marker or spray paint; the imagery Trimble creates calls out to you, pulls you in and doesn’t let go. Wood covered with multiple layers of newspaper serves as the foundation for his paintings. Look for the whisper of a news clipping hiding behind layered blacks, the muffled conversation of a newspaper photograph or the scream of a headline. The combination of newspaper layers and his designs form much depth and texture. Trimble’s pieces literally speak volumes. Each painting contains specific newspaper articles and/or pictures mostly detailing current events. Trimble shared the meaning of a private collection piece, The Ghosts of Progress. It depicts articles about the BP spill and reflects his own question, “What happens after we leave?” Trimble was born and raised in Pasadena, Texas. His father worked at a press shop. Having grown up around the press shop, Trimble feels newspaper and ink are a part of his blood; therefore, what better medium for his life’s work. Plus, newspaper is readily available. Newspaper also creates a unique surface. Trimble stated,
“You can't predict a wrinkle, a crease, or just how the paper will all lay on top of each other. Each painting has a life of its own via this layered, textured background.” Trimble believes he will outlive newspapers and once shared his opinion with his disbelieving father. Trimble hopes his paintings “carry on the legacy of what newspapers used to be.” The main source of Trimble’s creative inspiration comes from music. One of his most recent paintings, It’s Always Sunny, is basically a self-portrait that was inspired by the Cure song, Disintegration. Another of Trimble’s paintings is based on the song Ten Thousand Days by Tool. It’s no wonder that Trimble eventually met up with the owner of the local music venue, Scout Bar. Trimble assisted with the interior design as well as commissioned nine paintings specific to the bar. Local band favorite, The Hunger, requested Trimble to create their last album cover. He has since designed countless artworks for national bands. In addition to music, Trimble is “wildly inspired by graffiti.” Layered with drips and overspray, graffiti offers texture all its own. Trimble calls the art form “controlled mayhem.” As he watches graffiti evolve from “cities of art” like New York to tagged trains which Trimble refers to as “moving art,” his creations have morphed from clean and polished to more urban and gritty. - Continued on Page 21
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Thursday, February 2 • 6:30 - 9 p.m. It's that time of year again...time for the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Epicurean Evening, a "Taste of Space", on Thursday, February 2 inside Space Center Houston from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Last year’s event sold out, so don’t forget to buy your tickets. With purchase of your ticket, you can sample from dozens of area restaurants, as well as enjoy wine, beer and a great silent auction. Pre-sale tickets are $30, children ages 4 to 12 years are $10, while 3 years and under are free. Purchase ten tickets and receive one free. Tickets are $35 if purchased at the door. Call about the new “early entry” wristband. For just $20 more, you can start tasting thirty minutes before the doors open to the crowds.
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Benefit News & Notes WINE & WISHES 2012 to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation Thursday, January 19 at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille On January 19, 2012, the Bay Area Chi Omega Alumnae Chapter will hold its 6th Annual Wine & Wishes at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille on Bay Area Boulevard. The event benefits Make- A-Wish ® Foundation of the Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana Chapter. The last five years, supporters of this event from the Bay Area Community have generated over $230,000 making it possible for the Chapter to sponsor 39 wishes! The event co-chairs Wendy Shaw and Holly Perry are excited about this years theme, Rock N Wishes! Guests are invited to dress in cowboy chic! They look forward to seeing the always amazing table decor by Lary's Florist Inc. of Friendswood. This year’s event will be an evening filled with fun and include live entertainment by Southbounders, a Five Course Wine Dinner, a wine raffle drawing and a live auction. Some of the fabulous items to be auctioned include a signed Willie Nelson guitar, a seven day trip to St. Martin, Cupecoy Beach at a two bedroom plus bunk room, beach front condo and a tour of Alexander Valley Vineyard and dinner
for 10 at the Wentzl Family Estate in Healdsburg, CA. You can participate by sponsoring a table of eight, being an underwriter, donating an item, or just making a contribution. Contact Wendy Shaw at email@example.com for information. Individual 2012 event co-chairs Holly Perry and reservations for this special Wendy Shaw at the 2011 fundraiser evening can be made by contacting Natalie Jones @ 281.207.6107 or Natalie@Perrysrestaurants.com and are $100 a person including gratuity. Seating is limited! As always, it is you, the community members, who make this event a success. By participating, you will help raise valuable dollars for children who are suffering from a terminal or lifethreatening illness.
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U.S. Senator John Cornyn to receive 2012 Quasar Award Annual BAHEP Banquet on Friday, Jan. 20 at the South Shore Harbour Resort The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership will honor U.S. Senator John Cornyn with its prestigious 2012 Quasar Award for exceptional leadership in Economic Development presented during the organization’s Annual Quasar Award Banquet on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012, at the South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center in League City.
Rule program without due process and he continues the fight against government overreach in Washington. Senator Cornyn’s commitment to the continued economic growth of the State of Texas and the Bay Area Houston region makes him the ideal honoree for the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership’s 2012 Quasar Award. Bob Mitchell, BAHEP president, said, “For more than 25 years, Sen. John Cornyn has worked for the people of Texas. He has served its businesses, both large and small, individual entrepreneurs, and Texas workers. The strong economy of Texas and the Bay Area Houston region is due in no small part to his efforts, and, for these reasons and more, we strongly felt that Sen. Cornyn would be the ideal 2012 Quasar Award honoree.”
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. In 2008, Texans overwhelmingly re-elected Senator John Cornyn to represent them for a second six-year term in the United States Senate. Senator Cornyn was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and previously served in Texas as a district judge, a member of the Texas Supreme Court, and as Texas Attorney General. Since 2002, Senator John Cornyn has worked diligently in the U.S. Senate to protect and promote Texas businesses. In June 2011, Senator Cornyn wrote EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson highlighting the dangers of unfairly sweeping Texas into the final Cross-State Air Pollution
Opus Bistro: Continued From Page 10 Felts boasts that Opus Bistro sets the standard for catering and event planning for receptions, weddings, corporate events, luncheons and dinner parties. Private dining for up to 80 people is available on the second floor. Or if the need is to have the catering done at an outside venue, Opus Bistro is prepared also. The restaurant's menu is available for download at the their website (www.opusbistro.net). Felts notes that he and Simon prefer to specialize and excel in serving to a dinner crowd. (Opus Bistro is, however, available for lunch for booked events.) This dedication of excellence has earned Opus Bistro numerous awards including Best Seafood, Best Steaks, Best Service, and Most Romantic. “We are the ideal place to spend Valentine’s Day
Sen. Cornyn responded, “I am deeply proud of the accomplishments of the men and women of the Bay Area Houston community, whose hard work has elevated America to the forefront of human spaceflight. I am honored to receive the Quasar Award, and I appreciate all the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership does to support and promote the region. I look forward to continuing my efforts to ensure that as our space program transitions, both the Johnson Space Center and the Bay Area region continue their rich tradition of helping to advance America’s leadership in space.”
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1002 Aspen Road Clear Lake Shores, Tx 77565 281-334-5225
MONDAY - FRIDAY 4-6:30
OYSTERS ON HALF SHELL $5/DOZ OpusBistro.net
TUESDAY & FRIDAY 4-CLOSE
OYSTER ON HALF SHELL $5/DOZ
The freshest seafood you can get
HAPPY HOUR 4-CLOSE $4 HOUSE WINE • $2.75 DOM BEER $4 WELL DRINKS • $3.25 SHINER BOCK
without actually jumping in!
2555 BAY AREA BLVD. • 281-480-2221 OPEN SUNDAYS FOR HOLIDAYS & SPECIAL EVENTS ONLY
2 PRIVATE BANQUET ROOMS • WE DO CATERING
Come by land. Come by Sea. Come and just stay a while!
South end of 9th Street, San Leon | 281-339-1232 | www.topwatergrill.com
A Casual & Elegant Waterfront Dining Experience By Rhonda Meredith When Charlie Felts and Chef Christopher Simon met 35 years ago, they just clicked… Their friendship was maintained inside, as well as outside, the fickle service industry through a shared dream to one day to co-own a restaurant. The date this dream became a reality was in January 2010, when Opus Bistro opened its doors for the first time in Clear Lake Shores. The restaurant’s name really captures its essence. “Opus” is a Greek derivative that translates to “one’s life’s finest work.” And “Bistro” has origins from the South of France, which loosely means “a neighborhood restaurant that serves large portions at affordable prices.”
service in the area.”
Opus Bistro offers continental cuisine at affordable prices from the 100 year old recipes of Escoffier that have stood the test of time over and over again. The restaurant specializes in Black Angus steaks and fresh seafood. Felts notes that they only buy the freshest products; the seafood is purchased locally; and the items on the menu are made from scratch daily. The friendly and knowledgeable staff must have had previous experience in fine dining to be handpicked by Felts to become a part of the Opus Bistro family. “Most of the staff we hired back in January 2010 are still working with us,” Felts says. He then sums it up by saying, “We have the best food and professional
But being the culmination of more than three decades in the making, Opus Bistro does not stop at food and service! The restaurant has a thriving bar area with over 120 wines available. “We try to go over and beyond with just an offering of the basic of wines to our customers,” declares Felts. Opus Bistro utilizes the services of a wine broker who has a knack for seeking out newer and lesserknown wines. “Hidden gems” as Felts calls them. Customers have the opportunity to try out up-and-coming wines before they become widely available. One would be remiss in not mentioning the martinis cheerfully served at Opus Bistro. As featured in The SCENE Magazine’s November issue, the two martinis served most often at the bar are the slightly sweet “Lemon Drop” martini and the sinfully delicious chocolate martini. It has been said that the restaurant’s food presentation and warm, elegant decor are only rivaled by the charm of the Bay Area’s rich history and friendly people. Opus Bistro’s neighborhood setting is only minutes away from the Kemah Boardwalk – this understated building is nestled on the waterfront. Upon entering Opus Bistro, you will quickly note that the atmosphere is welcoming to all types and there is not a bad seat in the house. The casual, yet elegant, waterfront dining experience is good for families as well as for those who may be on a formal first date. Patrons enjoy complimentary valet parking on weekends. - Continued on Page 13
281-334-5225 • 1002 ASPEN ROAD, CLEAR LAKE SHORES THE SCENE
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January 2012 ........South Belt • Clear Lake • Bay Area • Galveston 10 ..........................Cover Feature: Opus Bistro 13 ......................BAHEP 2012 Quasar Banquet 15 ..............................The SCENE’s Great Chefs 16 ..........................................SCENE Featurettes 17 ................................Wine and Wishes 2012 18 ..............................Epicurean Evening Preview 20......................Featured Artist: Steven Trimble 21................Arts: SCENE Cultural Arts Calendar 22 ..............Arts: Galveston Tree Sculpture Tour 25 ..................Arts: BAHB&T’s Nutcracker Ballet - - - - CENTER SPREAD - - - • ........Weekends on the Water (Visitors Guide) • ..........................................Map of Attractions • ............Christmas Boat Lane Parade Wrap Up • ..................................SBS: Dickens on Strand
• ............................Map: Where to Eat & Drink • ................................................On The Water 36 ............................Fit to be SCENE: Calendar 36 ........................................SBS: Reindeer Run - - - - FLIP SIDE - - - 38 ............................Captain Noah’s Shoves Off 39 ....................2011 Texas Buzz Music Awards 43 ..............New Pub Report: Roger’s Bar & Grill 46 ........New Pub Report: Gordon Street Tavern 47 ..........................................Martini Madness 50 ............Loose Notes: Local Live Music Guide 52-53 ..................................Happy Hour Guide 53 ......................................Featured Bartender 54 ..................................Earl Campbell signing 55 ........Cover Story: Where to Watch the Game 56 ........................Featured Band: Thick N Thin
Front Cover: OPUS BISTRO • Back Cover: THE TREE HOUSE
20 items under $10 SANDWICHES SALADS SOUPS CUBAN FISH TACOS
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HAPPY HOUR M-F 4-7PM $3.50 MARTINIS; $1 OFF: WELLS, WINE, BEER & CALLS
A N A MERICAN G RILLE with a Cuban Flair
2800 MARINA BAY DR. | LEAGUE CITY | 281-334-7700 VOTED BEST LUNCH SPOT, BEST FAMILY RESTAURANT, BEST SERVICE
Open for Lunch & Dinner • Mon-Sat 11am-10pm • www.soshoregrille.com • Where Locals Dine THE SCENE
Kemah’s Very Own Neighborhood Restaurant & Bar
CASUAL FINE DINING
R e d e fi n in g
pm Tues. - Fri. • 11am-2 $
Menu starts at 8
S UNDAY B RUNCH Indulge at our
with favorites like our Chicken Fried Sirloin & Eggs , Tenderloin Burger and much more!
Daily Specials • Full Bar • Outdoor Patio MONDAY • STEAK NIGHT • 5-10PM
13: Rib-Eye, Center-Cut Sirloin, Prime-Rib, Chicken Fried Rib-Eye or N.Y. Strip $
Includes bottomless salad, loaded potato & $2 Bottomless French Onion Soup
$10 Bottomless Bloody Marys & Mimosas available at Sunday brunch
SEE OUR FULL LUNCH MENU!
LUNCH ........................Tuesday-Friday (11am-2pm) DINNER..................Tuesday-Saturday (5pm-10pm) BRUNCH ......................................Sunday (11am-3pm)
Winter Wine Dinner T h u rs ., Ja n . 1 9 • a ft er 5 p .m .
Individual parties will be treated to wine tours with a four-course dinne“private” Reservations are required. Several r. available. Ask for details. $65 per seatings person
1918 NASA Pkwy • Seabrook 281-474-4455
TUESDAY • 50% OFF WINE LIST Valid ALL DAY on every bottle. More than 50 selections!
WEDNESDAY • BOIL’EM UP!
Hot Boiled Shrimp & Snow Crab $7.99/LB
THURSDAY • BOTTOMLESS PASTA • $11 includes All-You-Can-Eat Salad and Garlic Bread
FRIDAY & SATURDAY • REVERSE H.H. Reverse Happy Hour with $4 U-CALL-ITS 10pm-2am
SUNDAY BRUNCH • 10AM to 2PM • Delicious Menu Items! • $5 All-U-Can-Eat Pancakes • $3 Mimosas ~ Bloody Marys ~ Screwdrivers
happy hour • Mon-Fri • 11am-7pm
605 A 6TH ST • KEMAH • 281-538-1800 11AM–12AM DAILY • WWW.BAKKHUSTAVERNA.COM
(JUST SECONDS FROM THE BOARDWALK IN THE LIGHTHOUSE DISTRICT)
Jan. 6 ............Southbound Jan. 7 ........Shane Barnhill Jan. 13 ............Chad Ware Jan 14 ..............JR Ancira Jan. 20 ......Shane Barnhill Jan 21 ............Southbound Jan. 27 ............Chad Ware Jan. 28 ............JR Ancira
35¢ WINGS $6 DOM PITCHERS Valid in Tom’s Backyard only.
HAPPY HOUR & A HALF: Mon-Fri • 5-6:30PM 99¢ Fish or Shrimp Taco 99¢ Sausage Poke 99¢ Dom Draft $1.49 Vegas Shrimp Cocktail EXCLUDING HOLIDAYS
LUNCH SPECIALS ONLY $7.49 • 11AM-2PM
Mon ............Chicken Fried Steak Tues ............Beef Tips & Noodles Wed ........Smothered Pork Chops Thurs ......Southern Fried Chicken Fri ............Southern Fried Catfish
Mon ..............Hamburger Steak Tues ........................Prime Rib Wed ..Fried or Grilled Pork Chops Thurs ............All-U-Can-Eat Ribs Fri ..................Sirloin & Shrimp
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707 HWY. 146 IN KEMAH • 281-334-2133 (SOUTH
KEMAH/SEABROOK BRIDGE) • www.tbonetoms.com
WATCH THE GAMES AT LA BRISA 12 TVs + 10 FT BIG SCREEN
IN LEAGUE CITY
NEW TVs IN BACLIFF!
BULK FAJITAS TO-GO: $10 pp MINIMUM ORDER $100
FRIED JALAPEÑOS • FRIED PICKLES SOUTHWEST EGG ROLLS CHICKEN WINGS • PILE OF NACHOS
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VALENTINE to La Brisa
3 MI. SOUTH OF KEMAH 4001 HWY. 146 BACLIFF 281-559-2415 501 WESLEY DR LEAGUE CITY 281-554-000
@ FUSION on THURSDAYS FREE PROMO FOR THE LADIES*
Ring in 2012 with our
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MASA SEAFOOD KONRO
Pescado Mahi Mahi
We serve FRESH FISH flown in from Honolulu daily! Come Try MASA HOT ROCK BEEF Available only at NASA Rd. 1 Location
Join us on
THURSDAY Ladies Night
$1 Lady Ritas on the Rocks
TUES & WED $1 Hot Sake starting at 5pm AVAILABLE ONLY AT SAKE LOCATION
11am to 3:30pm
Lunch Specials Every Day! FUSION
Louisiana Chicken Beef Available for additional cost.
Mon-Wed 11-10pm Thurs-Sat 11-7pm $3.95 Ritas $1.75 Dom Draft
FAJITAS FOR TWO LIVE MUSIC
Mon-Wed after 3pm $21.95
LUNCH SPECIALS starting at $6.95
Messengers of Love Wed. 6:30-9:30 Sun 11am-2pm (Clear Lake only)
MAMACITA’S LOCATIONS: 515 E. NASA RD. 1 • 281-332-5362 15335 I-45 NORTH • 281-876-3663 7325 SPENCER HWY • 281-476-9545
977 NASA ROAD 1
1804 W. FM 646
(EL CAMINO REAL, NEAR OFFICE DEPOT)
(SUITE R, NEAR HEB IN DICKINSON)
7849 HARRISBURG • 713-921-3633 www.MamacitasMexicanRestaurant.com