Area Open Mic Nights Offer Variety:
Be Prepared For Anything! By Rhonda Meredith An “Open Mic Night” provides a forum for all levels of musicians to perform and network in a comfortable, welcoming setting. Less experienced musicians are able to gain experience without campaigning a booking agent for a gig and those musicians who are more seasoned can try out new material.
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There is a lot of talent in the Bay Area for sure and nights like this provide an opportunity for them to shine! Open mic nights have been gaining in popuTips for the entertainer: Sign in early larity in recent times, providing a much-needed outto secure your spot. Or get to the venue let for musicians, as well as singer-songwriters. Some early if first come, first serve. Take care of organizers have chosen the title "acoustic night," and the equipment provided. Most OMNs are it seems to go hand in hand with an informal open mic session. As a member of the audience, you gen- ages 21+, be sure to check. Prepare and ask your family and friends to come out erally don’t know what you are going to hear, but that is a part of the charm of the open mic. You have for support. the opportunity to be the first to discover the next Tips for the audience: big thing and/or enjoy an established artist or group Be open to all music styles. that you may not have heard before. Start the week off right by heading to Katie’s Bar (Bacliff) for “Katie’s Be encouraging to the entertainer new Jam” on Sunday night from 6 to 10 p.m. The hosting to the stage. band will kick it off and invite those who have signed Appreciate the experienced musician. up to the stage to perform up to three songs. InstruTake advantage of the venue’s specials! ments will be available if needed. Get there early to enjoy $2 longnecks, $2 wells, and $2 margaritas. Drink specials end at 8 p.m. during the jam. Katie’s Bar also offers an acoustic open mic night hosted by area musician Ricky Jackson on Mondays from 8 p.m. to midnight. Please bring your own guitar and sign in.
Abbey Road/Already Gone Saturday, June 16 JACKIE’S BRICKHOUSE
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BOOMIN BY THE BAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES RETURNS TO KEMAH BOARDWALK IN JULY NGEN radio, the source for Christian hits and hip hop, announces the return of its annual Christian summer concert series, Boomin by the Bay, Shonlock produced by Special Events. Held at the Kemah Boardwalk the last four Tuesday evenings in July, Boomin by the Bay is a free, family-friendly concert series featuring favorite Christian music artists. The 2012 Boomin by the Bay Concert Series includes: Tuesday, July 10, 7 PM – Plumb & Nine Lashes; Tuesday, July 17, 7 PM – Manafest and After the Well; Tuesday, July 24, 7 PM – KJ52 and An Epic, No Less and Tuesday, July 31, 7 PM – Family Force 5 and Shonlock. "We are extremely excited about this year’s Boomin by the Bay concert lineup. Special Events has booked a variety of Christian artists to perform, appealing to NGEN’s primary audience of teens and young adults,” says Chris Farnsworth, Director of KSBJ Special Events. For more information, visit www.ngenradio.com.
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MINISTRY LOUNGE: THE RELIGION OF SOUND By Rhonda Meredith
Grand Opening It’s a red carpet welcome for those entering through Ministry Lounge’s heavy, ornate front doors. The new venue is located Celebration is at 20235 Gulf FreeFriday, June 8 way in Webster next featuring a bikini to Big Ben Tavern. contest & much more! Not to be confused with a church, Ministry Lounge is also a compliment to the British culture. From the lion that overlooks the entrance, the modern interior, and the overall vibe, Ministry Lounge is dedicated to present the very best of genres such as house, electronic and dance, attracting A-list DJs and a diverse crowd that all share a common love of music. After all, Ministry Lounge is really about creating the moments that people live for. So, what makes it different? The details do. The main bar is pretty cool in its own right as it changes colors under the translucent top, but the club enthusiast may focus most of their attention to the beautiful Go-Go dancers that perform on top of it. The elegant simplicity of the spacious outdoor seating area and fully stocked bar is sure to delight the casual bar and patio hopper. For those more discerning, the swanky ambience of a “mid-town club” being closer to home is very appealing. The dress code is mostly casual, but club formal is welcomed, too. Ministry Lounge is open Thursday through Saturday nights from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. It hosts DJ nayyz, DJ Mpulse, DJ Sunny D on a rotating basis, as well as several guest DJs. There is no cover unless it’s a special event. “Like” facebook.com/ministryclearlake to keep up with the current happenings! Call 281-316-0099 or email ministry firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a table or booth for your special event. Ministry Lounge has a private room for parties of 20 or more. The venue also offers bottle service with a reserved section. Please note, Ministry Lounge is 21+ only.
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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 ($3 Mimosas & Bloody Marys Sunday)
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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: 1840 NASA Parkway in Nassau Bay Townsquare When: Wed-Sat All-Day What: $2 Domestic, $3 Import and $4 Wine
Where: 1303 NASA Parkway What/When: Everyday 11am7pm; $2 Domestic Beer; $2.50 Imports & $3 House Wine
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no sign-up sheet and no time limit at the moment. Musicians should bring their acoustic guitars. Borde also encourages those with vocal talent to participate. It’s a variety of genres for all types of music lovers.
Continued from Page 60 Also on Monday nights, Cabo (Seabrook) hosts an open mic night with local musician Marc Borde and features the “thrash-grass” band Mama Tried from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. A sign-up sheet is available beginning at 9:30 p.m. Musicians should “bring your own instrument and/or voice” and a microphone and/or guitar cable will be provided. Contact Marc Borde (email@example.com) if any special equipment is required. There is a three song limit per set. Cabo’s patrons can enjoy $2 draft beer, $1.50 well drinks, and $2 tacos. Shoes are optional as open mic performances are held in between Mama Tried’s sets. You can never predict what will happen and who jams with whom! Head on out. Signature Bistro (Seabrook) presents “Tuesdays Professional Open Mic” hosted by David Schwope. Schwope has been performing in the Bay Area for the last 32 years and is proud of the local musicians he interacts with. “I am blessed with all the talent in the community that shows up,” he said. “We kick things off around 7 p.m. and finish up around 10-ish. Of course, if we're on a roll - nothing stops!” Musicians should bring their acoustic guitar and their voice! He will do the rest and promises to make you sound your best. Musicians get happy hour pricing all night and the bar specials abound for the audience. Schwope said, “Whether you're performing or listening, we'll make you feel right at home.” There is no sign-up, it’s first come, first serve. On every other Tuesday night, Union Tavern (on El Dorado Blvd.) has an open mic night hosted by Chris J. Hardy on Tues-
days from 10 to 11:30 p.m. followed by acoustic performances until 2 a.m. The sign-up sheet starts at 10 p.m. Individuals up to a three-piece band are welcome and asked to bring their own equipment. The P.A. system is provided. Newcomers get to perform up to three songs. As the musician proves him/herself, Hardy said they are invited to perform alongside him during the second set. Those enjoying the show can also enjoy the drink specials that include $4.50 domestic pitchers and $4 Bombs. Participating musicians get a complimentary pitcher of beer. For a dose of mid-week opportunity to get behind the mic, head over to Pier 27 Tavern. (South Shore) The Bee Room’s artists are on hand to host the event from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The Bee Room is a network of local musicians and complimentary industry services that are bound together for the greater good. (Yes, kind of like Superman.) “It’s a laid back and a supportive environment at Pier 27 Tavern,” said Marc Borde. (That’s right, the same guy that’s at Cabo.) “It’s the perfect opportunity to get a live audience’s feedback, too.” At Pier 27’s open mic night, there is
On Thursday nights, Hector Serrano and Fatty’s (Seabrook) open the stage at 9:30 p.m. Serrano has more than 25 years experience in the music business and loves the variety, as well as helping people. “The turn-out at Fatty’s has been great!” Serrano said. “Everyone is welcome to participate. It doesn’t matter the level of skill, the genre, or style.” Ever the straight-shooter, Serrano says that even he gained experience in an open mic setting at the start of his career, and he is there to help other musicians. “I play everything and help fill spots. The instruments are provided and it’s top notch equipment.” Find Serrano at the venue to sign-up and get a spot secured. Also, on Thursday nights, the CockEyed Seagull (in Webster on Egret Bay) hosts an open mic night beginning at 8 p.m. “It’s the oldest running open mic night in the area,” said Steve Revak, an experienced local musician who hosts the night. He has a guitar and mic for use and there is no time limit. Everyone gets an opportunity to perform. Revak advises those who attend to “be prepared for anything!” Participants receive a complimentary stereo recording of their set on a CD when they get off stage. It’s first come, first serve. An open mic night is a night to just have fun for everyone. They are all different and unique. It’s a time when singers and players can strut their stuff, show off their chops, showcase original music, and some fun covers while bonding with kindred spirits both onstage and off.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC FOR SHAUN MICHAEL Shaun Michael’s determination is as deep as his voice, and the two make for a pretty powerful combination. It was just two years ago, the musician moved from Georgia to Texas. I asked Michael what any dutiful writer would, “How did you get from Georgia to Texas?” And the answer given personifies his straightforward, rather than philosophical style, “I came by truck.” While Michael’s history is still a bit of a mystery, he does say it was around age 8 when he started playing the guitar, and he wrote his first full song in his late teens. Every now and again, Michael still performs it. He also plays the bass guitar, but “not so much the drums or piano.” For the past several years, the self-professed Georgia Bulldog fan (“Is there any other team?”) has been a solo acoustic act with an incredibly full sound. Michael seems very comfortable onstage with just his guitar and expressive eyebrows as he sings about “many life experiences and observations.” Michael performs all over the area
from Galveston to Houston. On one particular day, I caught up with the justturned-33-year-old at Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack in Kemah. It was beautiful outside. Michael had his shoes off, was interacting with the audience, and could even be considered a little funny. The performance was one mixed with original tunes and covers from Elvis, Poison and Johnny Cash songs. His tip jar was getting crowded, and fans were snapping photos of themselves by the stage however they could. Michael’s easy persona and big smile were not something you could deny! “It’s been a special couple of weeks,” Michael said. “On April 27, I officially stopped chemo, May 5 was my birthday, and May 8 was the official year mark of remission.”
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You see, a few months after Michael came to Texas, he was diagnosed with Leukemia. It was a shock. Michael is, as he says, a “workaholic” and spending the next 31 days at UTMB was not anywhere on his to-do list. Nor was the 20 months’ worth of chemo treatments, but Michael met this challenge as he does with everything else in life: Head on. Life has never been more precious and the “small stuff” is just that: Small stuff. It’s evident in his voice and through the lyrics as he sings “…there ain’t nothing a little sand and
salt water can’t fix.” The Galveston resident said “There is a song for everything in life.” Last month, Michael started recording vocals for a yet-untitled, full-length CD to be released this summer. The audience’s reaction to the preview songs was very favorable. One lady was overheard emphatically saying, “He’s good!” When receiving a compliment like that, Michael smiled and said just as vigorously, “It’s all about the music.” When he is not performing, Michael is staying busy with administrative part of the business by booking gigs, writing music, and supporting the local music scene. It keeps him busy. But he does find time to relax at home and at the beach. Ever present is his “Hall of Fame” black Labrador that you may see at a gig. Summer time is the perfect opportunity to catch a Shaun Michael music show. Head over to www.shaunmichael music.com for information. If you like what you see live, show your appreciation and be generous with the tip jar, and have a shot of spiced rum sent to the stage for Michael. Cheers!
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BELLY DANCING CLASSES AT MEDITERRANEO MARKET & CAFE Thinking about trying something new? Come join the enchanting Zara and learn the art of belly dance on the first Saturday of each month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Mediterraneo Market and Cafe. Zara teaches basic belly dance movements like hip, chest, arm positioning, healthy posture, and how to move to the music. Included with the lesson is a complimentary music CD of traditional or modern Arabic music for home practice. Ladies of all ages are invited to join the fun. There are no mirrors, no critiques, and no way you won’t have fun and unleash your inner diva! Please wear comfortable clothing or yoga attire. Belly dance is the oldest known, surviving dance form – estimated at more than 3,000 years old – that originated in the ancient Middle East and Mediterranean cultures. It
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A Special Guide To CLEAR LAKE & GALVESTON About the Clear Lake/Bay Area: Located midway between the skyscrapers of Houston and the beaches of Galveston, the NASA, Clear Lake/Bay Area is a unique area featuring the home of manned space flight and the third largest boating market in the nation. Although big city excitement and island beaches are each just minutes away, the Clear Lake/Bay Area has been described as the “Jewel of Houston” and is full of attractions of its own. Boating activities and water recreation provide hours of fun and relaxation in the presence
of the water's natural beauty. Surrounded by water, the land is fertile and offers lush foliage including many evergreen trees and plants. In addition to the area’s natural beauty, technology and history are woven together at the Johnson Space Center, where our nation's astronauts are trained and each manned space flight is monitored. The facility offers an official visitors center, better known as Space Center Houston. This area is also home to a surprisingly high number of quality restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs – including many overlooking the water and accessible via boat. Clear Lake is also a live music lover’s paradise with more than 40 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.
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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. 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.
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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
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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
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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) 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. Latitudes Resaurant ........1817 Ave K (San Leon) NEW! 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 Restaurant..............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 Paint Pub ..1840 NASA Park 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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2012 CLEAR LAKE GREEK FESTIVAL
Photos by Andy Eng & Betsey Ennis
INTRODUCING THE PLEASURE PIER GALVESTON’S NEW $60 MILLION DESTINATION IS OPEN! Summer has arrived and so has the new Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, which the SCENE was invited to visit for its opening over the Memorial Day Weekend. During our visit, 13 of the 16 rides were operating and we had a blast. The Texas-sized Pier developed by Tilman Fertitta (sole owner, chairman and CEO of Landry’s) is 120 feetwide and 1,130 feet-long. The Pier thrusts boldly into the Gulf of Mexico from 25th Street at the famous Galveston Seawall, welcoming guests for dining, rides, games and entertainment throughout the year. Rides from thrilling to gentle line the long Pier perimeter, creating an exciting sensation of being suspended above the water. And the sun seems to know visitors to the pier are over the water, so be prepared with sunscreen. Luckily, a pretty nice breeze blows in and along the walking lanes and between the rides, offering some relief from the heat. Highly recommended!
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier 2501 Seawall Blvd. • Galveston, Texas 77550 For additional information and hours of operation, please visit www.pleasurepier.com or call 855-789-7437.
Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Rides Pirate’s Plunge Log Flume promises to thrill and chill you on warm days when your flume splashes 22 feet and 40 feet into cool, fresh water. Carousel gives a beautiful, cheery greeting to guests as they enter the Pier’s Midway. In fact, this classic double-decker temptation to ride has horses, chariots or sea creatures galloping right in the Midway, so why not start here? Revolution Up, down AND around. How fast? Try less than seven seconds a revolution! And did we mention it revolves you out OVER THE WATER? Rock N’ Roll has a retro glitter style that would make Elvis blush. Climb in your car and ride backwards, forwards and around to the music. Cool. Cyclone coaster loops 60 feet into the air to rotate passengers forward and backward, while the horizon does flip-flops. Sea Dragon is a swinger with an ocean view. First it swings its 10 rows of riders up, up, up 50 feet over the Pier, then takes them down and back up, over the water. Gulf Glider is a colorful classic swing carousel, with single and double seats that swing while you rotate and tilt. Pier Pileup Bumper Cars let you channel those Interstate 45 aggressions into a million laughs in antique and classic bash-‘em vehicles. This is actually two rides: One for kids, with smaller cars, another for adults. Similar to most of the rides at family-focused Pleasure Pier, parents and their children can ride together in the big cars. Texas Tea Cups is another Midway classic, fun for adults and kids, especially together. The cups twirl. The riders giggle. Big Wheelin’ knows little kids like big trucks. Smaller kids can ride with an adult, bigger kids on their own in this safely circling convoy. Frog Hopper gets its name from, well, hopping. It takes a load of kids up, and then – wait for it – drops them, not too far, but when they don’t expect it. And then, whoa, drops them again. They like it. They laugh. Sky Shooter at rest looks like a huge blue and orange spider napping. Then it wakes and goes wild, spinning its 10 captive vehicles while taking them up and down, round and round, even out over the ocean. Wanna fly higher? Push a button and you do. Whew!
Baytown’s Pirates Bay Waterpark – Fun for the Family Pirates Bay Water Park, located at the Wayne Gray Sports Complex, 5300 East Road in Baytown, is a Caribbean themed 3-acre water park. Operated by the Baytown Parks and Recreation Department, the family-friendly resort-styled park opened the summer of 2010. Pirates Bay features attractions for everyone with a large and colorful Pirate themed water play center, complete with a large dumping bucket and an awesome array of spray nozzles, and water guns; a 671 foot long lazy river and two large slide towers. Tower activities include fun for both the little ones and daredevils with everything from run-outs to racing tubes. Beach-style “zero–entry” pools (gradually sloping from the deck into the water, becoming deeper with each step, in the manner of a natural beach) is ideal for older people or families with young children.,
The park’s feature attraction is the Flowrider surfing machine. The Flowrider provides an endless moving mountain of water with all the excitement of ocean surfing that will challenge all who enter. Surfer boys and girls will ride the waves with an audience, as two covered bleachers flank the machine. The park also includes a climbing wall, a small rectangular pool for lap swimming and programs such as swim lessons and water volleyball. A concession stand providing tasty burgers and other snacks is near covered picnic areas, inviting visitors to rest between activities. An air conditioned meeting room is available year-round for rentals for family reunions and company outings. The park also offers three large picnic pavilions available for rentals for birthday parties or family get-togethers. Visit www.baytown.org/piratesbay for more information or call Pirates Bay Waterpark at 281-422-1150.
TEXAS OUTLAW CHALLENGE turns Clear Lake into a High Performance Boating Destination The 5th Annual TEXAS OUTLAW CHALLENGE is taking place this month, June 21-24 This high-end performance boating weekend starts with a welcoming “Stampede Street Party” on Thursday evening with the Kemah Boardwalk hosting million-dollar boat displays, VIP parties, and live entertainment. Friday morning features the “Outlaw GPS Shoot-Out” extreme high-speed runs on Galveston Bay as the start of the 2-day “Gunslinger Poker Run.” The 12-stop event continues on Saturday, and concludes at Endeavour Marina/Sam’s Boat with awards and prizes, and a $5000 Miss Outlaw Bikini Contest in the evening. This event has become a true “East meets West” party with many out-of-state boaters enjoying the unforgettable Texas hospitality while supporting proceeds for local volunteer aquatic conservation efforts and selected charities. All are invited to join the action by registering your boat and crew in the event, or by purchasing a Guest Spectator ticket at www.texasoutlawchallenge.com. Registration is also available by visiting the VIP Registration room Thursday evening on the third floor of the Aquarium restaurant during the Stampede Street Party.
Texas Outlaw Challenge Schedule Thursday, June 21: STAMPEDE STREET WELCOME PARTY 4 to 10pm ......Event Registration: Aquarium (3rd FL) ..Kemah Boardwalk “Circle the Wagons” Truck & Boat Displays Waterfront Restaurants, Saloon Bars & “Rock the Dock Party” 4 to 6pm ........Boys & Girls Harbor Rides ......................Kemah Channel Boat rides for Harbor kids & women shelter children 10pm-2am ......SHARP-SHOOTER PARTY ................................Turtle Club
Join the festivities with a 3-day Guest Spectator armband and party from Thursday to Saturday with over 100 extreme performance boating teams representing more than half a dozen states and Canada, all vying for the now-infamous six-shooter Gunslinger trophies in over 20 speed classes, membership into the notorious Outlaw 100+MPH Club, or for the fastest entry, the Big Gun Shootout Award.
Friday, June 22: GUNSLINGER POKER RUN (Day #1) & EXTREME SHOOT-OUT RUNS Noon to 7pm ..Event Registration ............Endeavour Marina Balcony Bar 11am - 4pm ....GUNSLINGER POKER RUN: 1st Premier STOP..Dickinson Bayou 11am - High Noon ...EXTREME SHOOT-OUT RUNS ..............Galveston Bay 6pm ..........Denim & Diamonds Dinner ......Endeavour Marina Balcony Bar 7 - 11pm ..Outlaw Calcutta & Silent Auction ................Stampede Stage
The public can enjoy viewing the boating activity for free throughout the weekend from some of the locations along the course: Topwater Grill, Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack, Blue Marlin Fuel Dock, Cabo, The Hilton, Lance’s Turtle Club, Bridge Water Marina, and Harbor Walk Resort. Guest Spectator armbands can also join the after-parties on Friday and Saturday evenings outside on the “Stampede Stage” at the “Poker Run Village” located at the Endeavour Marina/Sam’s Boat location. (Parking is across street.)
Saturday, June 23: GUNSLINGER POKER RUN & GPS SHOOTOUT 9 to 9:45am....Breakfast & GPS Hand-out ..........Sam’s Boat Restaurant 9:45 to 10am..Captains Safety Meeting (Mandatory)....Sam’s Boat Patio 10:30am......Gunslinger Poker Run Departure ..Clear Lake & Galveston Bay 6 to 7pm ........Texas Rodeo BBQ Dinner ....................Endeavour Marina 6 to 8pm ........Poker Run Card Draw & Games ..........Outlaw Casino Tent
The TEXAS OUTLAW CHALLENGE has doubled in size each year with 2011 showcasing 90 performance boat teams to the Clear Lake area. Event organizers share that the greatest success of the event has been the repeat invitation earned, and the welcome extended, from the local communities to host the event in the Clear Lake area each following year. With such great local support and national participation, the 2012 event promises to be –well, you do the math! – a STAMPEDE!
(All Card Stop Stamps and GPS must be returned to the OUTLAW Casino Tent by 7PM!)
10pm ............Miss Outlaw Bikini Contest ....................Stampede Stage 10pm+ ..........Clear Lake Saloon Party Crawl......Local Sponsor Locations Sunday June 24: BACK IN THE SADDLE OUTLAW SEND-OFF 9 to 11am ......“Red-Eye Round-up” Brunch......Hilton Hotel on Clear Lake Noon to 4pm ....“Wounded Knee” Raft-Up & Pool Party ..Allen’s Channel Ranch Registered participant wristbands required to be worn for all activities for the event…Thank you!
On the Water
SAILORS INVITED TO BAY AREA HOUSTON Upcoming Calendar FOR FALL SAILING SEASON When the sailing season ends in most parts of the country, there is still a full calendar of racing activities during the fall and winter seasons on the Gulf Coast and Galveston Bay. “With our temperate climate, we have year-round racing on Galveston Bay,” related Bay Area Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau President Pam Summers. “Racers don’t have to put their boats in storage for the fall and winter. They should trailer them to our area for a few extra months of racing and enjoying the weekends on the water,” added Lakewood Yacht Club Fleet Captain Joyce Maxwell. Several local yacht clubs, boatyards, and businesses are making provisions for free boat storage in between events for racers’ convenience. For details, please check the website: www.JFestSouthwest.com
Topps Poker Run - June 8-9 Outlaw Challenge - June 21-24
Leukemia Cup June 12 • Galveston Bay HYC One Design Regatta Sept 22-23 • Galveston Bay Houston Yacht Club 281-471-1255
Organizations hosting autumn racing include the following: • Sept. 22-23: Houston Yacht Club One Design Regatta (J/22, J/24, J/80, J/105, and J/109) (www.houstonyachtclub.com)
Bay Cup II
• Oct. 6-7: Galveston Bay Cruising Association BBVA Compass Bank Regatta (www.gbca.org)
August 11 • Galveston Bay
• Oct. 13-14: Lakewood Yacht Club J/Fest Southwest Regatta (www.lakewoodyachtclub.com)
Oct. 29-30 • Gulf of Mexico
Harvest Moon Regatta Lakewood Yacht Club • 281-474-2511
• Oct. 25 – 28: Lakewood Yacht Club Harvest Moon Regatta (race from Galveston Bay 150 miles south to Port Aransas, TX) • Nov. 17-18: Galveston Bay Cruising Association Turkey Day Regatta And the first regatta of the New Year starts in early January!
LAKEWOOD TO HOST SECOND ANNUAL
HATTERAS RENDEZVOUS Lakewood Yacht Club will host its second annual Hatteras Rendezvous on Fri., June 29 through Sun., July 1 in their Inner Harbor in front of the clubhouse, 2425 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, TX. Chairman Asa Lockhart and Co-Chairman Brannon Young are planning a full agenda of activities for Hatteras owners and their families. “Last year’s rendezvous was so successful and enjoyable, we could not pass up the opportunity to offer this fun weekend again to all Hatteras owners around the Gulf Coast,” remarked Lockhart. “There are numerous such rendezvous on the east and west coast of the country, but as far as I know, this is the only one on the Gulf Coast.” For a more detailed list of events and information to register for the rendezvous, please visit facebook.com/lyc.rendezvous.
Rum Race 1 • June 02 Rum Race 2 • June 09 Rum Race 3 • June 16 Galveston Bay Galveston Bay Cruising Assoc. • gbca.org
Wednesday Night Races On Clear Lake Info: 281-636-3508 5/30 ......Series 3, Race 2 6/06 ......Series 3, Race 3 6/13 ......Series 3, Race 4 6/20 ......Series 4, Race 1 6/27 ......Series 4, Race 2 7/04 ......Series 4, Race 3
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On the Water
LAKEWOOD YOUTH RACERS COMPETE IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lakewood Yacht Club Seahorse racers Hannah and Howdy Hughes competed in the Laser 4.7 MacLaren World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina over the first week In April. This was their second world championship to compete in as they both qualified for last year’s championship held in San FranABOVE: Lakewood racer Hannah Hughes is pictured sailing in front of cisco. They were among seven youth Buenos Aires, Argentina after a day of racing on the Rio Del La Plata river. from the United States who qualified to compete in this year’s world championship. Other sailors were from Marblehead, Maine and St. Petersburg, Florida. The Hughes siblings were coached by Todd Fedyszyn out of St. Petersburg and were accompanied on the trip by their parents, Howard and Jill Hughes of Seabrook, TX. Hannah is a Junior from Clear Falls High School while Howdy is a Freshman at the same school. On the Rio del la Plata, which flows through Buenos Aires, twelve races were held over six days with light winds in the beginning increasing to 15-20 knots the last two days. Both Hannah and Howdy prefer the heavy breeze as it compares more closely to the winds of Galveston Bay where they usually race for Lakewood. “There was also some river current which kept us on our toes,” related Hannah.
ABOVE: U.S. youth racers who qualified for the world championship are pictured at the Opening Ceremonies for the Laser 4.7 Worlds in Argentina last month. Pictured are Liam McCarthy (St. Petersburg, FL), Sophi Naughton (Marblehead, MA), Sydney Mendlebaum (New York, NY), Hannah and Howdy Hughes (Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook, TX).
Hannah finished 25th out of the 46 girls, scoring a 7th in one race which was the highest individual race finish for the U.S. girls. Opening and Closing Ceremonies along with nightly dinners gave the racers a chance to mingle with competitors from all over the world. Upon returning to Seabrook, the Hughes siblings presented Lakewood Yacht Club Commodore A.J. Ross with a burgee (yacht club flag) of the Yacht Club de Argentina.
2012 LUNAR RENDEZVOUS FESTIVAL
“Something Special is Cooking at Tommy’s ” 2012 LRF DINING EVENT: SUNDAY, JUNE 24 @ TOMMY’S Plans for “Something Special is Cooking at Tommy’s” are well underway. Chairman Laura Sukkar and her co-Chair Kristin Rankin are looking forward to the Sunday, June 24 event. It will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to wonderful dining, there will be both Live and Silent Auctions. The public is encouraged to attend. Tickets can be purchased for $60 and be obtained by calling Laura Sukkar at 281 486-4350 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Festival Tennis Tournament a Success More than 150 of the area’s top tennis players headed to The Fitness Center at South Shore Harbour for the annual Lunar Rendezvous Festival Tennis Tournament the weekend of April 27-29. “The tradition for the Lunar Rendezvous Tennis Tournament continued with the tournament serving as a reunion of sorts for many of the players,” said Kevin Duke, general manager of The Fitness Center who along with his wife, Ruth, chaired the tournament. “It also was great seeing so many of the area high school players taking part. The school rivalries went away and they all had fun playing with and against in each.” In the highly contested Men’s 4.5 Division, Brian Bogus and Shaun Maddox defeated Ben Whitsett and Trent Norris 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 while Kristian Huynh and Anthony Lam won the consolation bracket 6-3, 6-0 over the father-son duo of Kevin and Dilan Behrle. The Women’s 4.5 Division winners were Melody Duong and Anna Novak over Sophie Baillargeon and Caitlin Radcliffe 6-3, 6-7, 7-5. The consolation winners were Sophia Brito and Maddi Doerre who defeated sisters Ariel and Autumn Wolfe 6-2, 6-0. In other play, Leslie Schmanski and Liz Ailles defeated Stashia Hardman and Marcy Smith 6-2, 7-6 in Women’s 4.0 Division. MaryBeth Flaherty and Lisa Peters won over Claire Hackney and Marie Feliciano in the consolation bracket 6-4, 6-3. Heather Nguyen and Melinda Montes won the Women’s 3.5 Division over Jane Fahey and Paula Estes 6-2, 6-4. Stacy Tea and Madelyn Vuong were winners over Kara Carter and Diane Chronister in the consolation bracket 6-4, 6-3. The Men’s 4.0 Division went to Tomas Huynh and Mason Cruze after defeating Larry Wilson and Shinji Yoshida 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. The consolation winners were Leonard Feliciano and Jay Bedruz, who won 6-4, 6-2 over John Quinlan and Darrel Casperson. Jon Newman and Robert Braddock captured the Men’s 3.5 Division over Art Hughes and Ed Cantu 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. Consolation winners were John Nguyen and Sy Pham, who won over Don Herbert and Mike Baird 6-4, 6-3. The Mixed 4.5 Division went to Kristian Huynh and Melody Duong who won over Nathaniel Canon and Brito 6-2, 7-6. Consolation went to the father-daughter team of Patrick and Haley Albro after defeating Shawn Ling and Elizabeth Le 6-1, 6-2. It was a father-daughter line-up in the Mixed 4.0 Division finals with Tom and Anna Novak beating Larry and Olivia Wilson 6-1, 6-4. Consolation was won by Jim and Claire Hackney over Hughes and Kelly Gross 6-0, 7-6. In the Mixed 3.5 Division, Srini Kamana and Estelle Botha won over Loyd and Kelly Krueger 6-3, 6-1. Fahey and Mark Caldwell earned the consolation bracket after defeating Ainsley Escobar and Russell Parrish 6-2, 7-5. Joe Barlow with Barlow Jones LLP provided a delicious barbecue lunch for all the players and spectators on Saturday.
Lunar Rendezvous Festival 2012 General Chairman Jill Reason Treasurer Kelli McCorkle Byrd Publicity Chairman Ellen King
Festival Kick-Off Chairman Kimberley Weathers, Ph.D.
Tennis Tournament Chairmen Kevin and Ruth Duke
Golf Tournament Chairman Jacqueline Carver Karen Dluzniewski (Co-Chair) Robbie Kimbrough (Co-Chair)
Sponsor Appreciation Chairmen Kate and Jerry Foyt Dining Event Chairman Laura Sukkar Kristin Rankin (Co-Chair)
Sunset Service Chairman Domineque Westall Suzanne Zerecheck (Co-Chair) Fashion Show Chairman Jenny McCorkle
Coronation Ball Chairman Jana Miller Fun Run Chairman Jay Lee
Princess & Lieutenant Court Lea S. Bodie Melissa McKinnie (Co-Chair)
Royals Chairman Tammy Barrier Belinda Scheurich (Co-Chair)
Little Ladies/Pages Chairmen Ava Galt & Angie Weinman Auction Chairman Tricia Totten
LRF Administrative Assistant Sandi Quillen
IGNITING OUR FUTURE 2012 Calendar of Events Event
U of H, Clear Lake
Kimberley Weathers, Ph.D.
The Fitness Center at SSH
Kevin and Ruth Duke
Bay Area Museum
Bay Oaks Country Club
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Kate and Jerry Foyt
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Tommy’s Rest. Oyster Bar
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Space Center Houston
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Clear Lake United Methodist
Monday, July 16, 2012
San Luis Ballroom (Galv.)
Saturday, July 21, 2012
San Luis Ballroom (Galv.)
The Lunar Rendezvous Festival is a 501 (c)(3) nonproﬁt organization beneﬁting the Bay Area Museum, college scholarships for students, area libraries, cultural arts groups, Bay Area Turning Point, Interfaith Caring Ministries as well as many other local nonproﬁt groups. For more information about this yearʼs festival, please contact 2012 Festival General Chairman, Jill Reason at Danpr@aol.com. You may also contact the Bay Area Museum, at 281-326-5950, for updates, or visit the festivalʼs website at www.lunarrendezvous.org.
REASONS TO LOVE OUR NEW SHUTTLE This issue of The SCENE will hit the streets the same day Space Center Houston’s new replica shuttle, named Enterprise for now, arrives via barge from Florida.
SHUTTLEBRATION: Join us for this historic occasion as we welcome Space Center Houston's biggest addition ever, a full size shuttle replica. The replica will arrive by barge on the shores of Clear Lake on Friday, June 1. To celebrate its arrival, there will be a FREE street party at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) dock located at 3000 NASA Parkway on Clear Lake near the Hilton. Saturday, June 2:
To celebrate, I’m sharing some reasons why we should be excited about the newest addition to Space Center Houston. Receiving this shuttle will help ease the sting that the home where the shuttle was designed, its development managed, its crews trained, its flights controlled, and its lost crew members mourned, didn’t get one of the real shuttle orbiters. According to Google Maps, the nearest "gentleman's club" to Space Center Houston is more than 10 miles, multiple municipalities and a county away. While the Shuttle Enterprise, which will be displayed on the flight deck of New York’s USS Intrepid this summer, will be moved off the aircraft carrier and into a glassenclosed exhibition center on the other side of an eight-lane highway across from the Intrepid facing one strip club and next to another on land the museum doesn't yet own. The baitand-switch for the selection proposals is bad enough, but more concerning is the proximity of strip clubs to New York’s shuttle, which should be treated as a school and educational destination for children like ours will be here. Although the name of the replica will likely change following a naming contest by local school children, Explorer seems so appropriate. It is coming to the home of modern day explorers (the Astronauts). It will be able to inspire the millions of future explorers who visit Space Center Houston every year. But I’m also curious to see what names the children come up with. So it’s a win-win. The shuttle arrival will offer an opportunity to take a self portrait of yourself in front of the shuttle and send it to U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (possibly with a special hand gesture or greeting). If you have seen the TV interview last year of the Senator from New York gloating over securing the Enterprise while criticizing and taking some harsh and in-
Friday, June 1: 2:00 P M - Event Area Open to Public Transportation to and from JSC (parking at Gate 3) will begin. Street party area will include NASA space exploration exhibits, music and entertainment from 2 to 9pm. 3- 5:00 P M Shuttle Replica Arrives at NASA Dock with Fire Boat Water Arch 4:30 PM Welcome Ceremony & T-38 Flyover 6:30 - 8: 30 Music: Max Q, Astronaut Band 9:00 P M Fireworks Display on Clear Lake 10:0 0 P M Final Tram to Parking Area accurate shots at Houston, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t seen the interview, visit SCENElive.net and take a look. On a more positive note: I love the fact that this shuttle is a gift from our friends at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. JSC and KSC have a special relationship, and it’s really cool that our Florida friends recognized the injustice (or incompetence) of the shuttle retirement selection process and had our back. It was really inspiring watching the national news coverage of Discovery’s arrival in Washington D.C. and the Enterprise’s flight to New York, both riding piggyback on a 747. Those flights made for stellar photographs as the orbiters were ferried above landmarks including the U.S. Capitol and Statue of Liberty. But it just seems appropriate that our shuttle isn’t coming by air, but by water. (A major thanks to Houston-based Kirby Corporation, who picked up the Explorer and is towing it back to its new home on a barge.)
The space shuttle replica will be loaded onto a mobile transfer vehicle for transport to SCH. The lakeside load-out will take a day. No public events planned for this day.
Sunday, June 3: 5 :00 - 8:0 0 A M - Replica transported along NASA Parkway from JSC dock to Space Center Houston. NASA Parkway and NASA 1 Bypass will be closed from 5 AM - 9 AM 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Following the arrival, a free, family-oriented public celebration in the SCH parking lot, offering viewing opportunities of the replica, NASA space exploration exhibits, family activities and more. This is a high-fidelity replica of the space shuttle, built to scale using schematics, blueprints and archival documents provided by NASA and shuttle contractors. Unlike the actual orbiters which will only be viewed from a distance, visitors to Space Center Houston will get a superior shuttle experience, including entering the cockpit and more. An extensive upgrade is planned to get the interior up to accurate museum quality ensuring that Houston remains the top destination for tourists with an interest in manned space travel. It's arrival June 1 gives us a chance to show the world how much the shuttle program means to us and how proud we are to be the home of U.S. Manned Space Flight and the Shuttle program. So make sure you take an opportunity to welcome the shuttle and participate in the Shuttlebration! - John Ennis, Publisher
THE PAINT PUB: Paint, Sip, Shop and Have Fun!
Making the Bay Area more colorful By Rhonda Meredith The “paint ‘n sip boutique” is sure to bring out your creative side in a fun and social group setting. No experience is required. Actually, no outside materials are even required! The Paint Pub provides canvases, paint, brushes, easels, aprons, and even artist instruction. All you have to do is decide where to put your artwork when you get home. During the two- to three-hour session, you will learn step by step how to replicate a featured acrylic painting while listening to background music, the soundtrack to your creativity, and maybe even indulge in a little sipping, singing and dancing in the aisles, too. It’s a unique venue to hold an in-studio girl’s night out, a birthday or bachelorette party, as well as a corporate or charitable event. They also have parties for children, along with family sessions on Sundays. Open painting sessions are held Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. without instruction and give you a chance to “freestyle” paint. Walkins are welcome, and it’s $20 per seat. The best thing to do is go to thepaintpub.com and click on “Calendar” to see what is going to be presented to paint, the cost, time, and even register for the class. Advance reservations are recommended. Owners Lindsey George and Melanie Delgadillo were high school friends and college roommates. They
put their collective backgrounds to work and were inspired by the idea of creating a place where you could have a great time, and when the time was over, you would have something nice and tangible to keep. So, the ladies came up with a really cool place that aligns with their passions where all are welcome. And it’s just not for females… “Once the guys get in here, they don’t want to leave!” says George with a smile. The Paint Pub offers beer, wine, champagne, and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase. Outside food is allowed. They also have a front-of-the-house boutique that has a lot of goodies for sale: Jewelry, accessories, home decor, purses, clothes, barware and more. Speaking of the bar, be sure to really check it out. It took 120 wine crates that George and Delgadillo personally broke down with hammers to create this unique space. The Paint Pub is located in the Nassau Bay Town Square at 1840 NASA Parkway. “Pub On The Go” is offered off-site in the comfort of your venue. Contact The Paint Pub for full details at 281-333-2200 or email email@example.com
TAACCL offers the widest variety of children's art classes starting July 9 and are taught by some of the best certified teachers and professional artists. These $60 classes fill fast and are for all ages. The classes are 60 or 90 minutes in length. Discounted rates apply to TAACCL members. Summer Arts Camp culminates in a student art display with a reception. Week 1: July 9-13 (register by July 2); Week 2: July 16-20 (register by July 9); Week 3: July 23-27 (register by July 16); Week 4: July 30-Aug. 3 (register by July 23). For more information and to download a registration form, log on to www.taaccl.org. or call 281-335-7777. TAACCL is located 2000 NASA Parkway. Space Center Houston has opened a new exhibit that will be on display through Sept. 3. The exhibit is named Goose Bumps! The cool displays provide an experiential and holistic view of fear science, examining physiological, neurobiological, and sociological aspects of fear. Engaging activities in Goose Bumps! allows visitors to experience fear in a safe and enjoyable environment, rate their response, understand the science behind the emotion, and reflect upon its personal meaning. Goose Bumps! provides an immersive experience within several conceptual areas, each with a distinctive look and feel to reinforce its educational messages. The Children’s Day Camp at Space Center Houston is for ages 4 -14 and has numerous camps to for each age category. There are day camps and weekly camps that start June 4 through August 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for both individual camps and weeklong camps. The price is $55 per day for individual camps and $150 for weeklong camps. Registration includes, snack, lunch and materials. Some of the fun camps include; Astronaut Training, Robot Ruckus, Ooey Gooey Gross and Slimy, Call of the Wild, Stop Drop and Planet Avenger. For reservations and information on Space Center Houston Children’s Camps call 281-2834755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a complete list of all the summer camps and guidelines log on to www.spacecenter.org. For more information, call 281-283-4755. Space Center Houston is located 1601 NASA Parkway.
“A Bad Year for Tomatoes” Opens at Franca’s The comedy, “A Bad Year for Tomatoes” is opening June 8 and will run on weekends through June 23 at Franca’s Real Italian
Restaurant in Webster.
By Peggy ‘Domino’ Taylor It is that time of year again where many parents are wondering how to entertain and educate their children this summer. Our area has many programs and the local libraries are a good start. Two area camps that are always a hit with the kiddos are The Arts Alliance of Clear Lake (TAACCL) and Space Center Houston.
It’s Children’s Summer Camp Season
“A Bad Year for Tomatoes,” a play by John Patrick, is about a famous Hollywood actress Myra Marlowe – a diva who is fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career – leases a house in the tiny New England community of Beaver Haven and settles down to write her autobiography. In an attempt to shoo her three nosey neighbors away she invents a mad homicidal sister. The sidesplitting comedy consists of interesting characters that include the Hollywood diva’s producer, a crazy sister, a murder, three nosy neighbors and a handyman. The ruse works well at first, but complications soon result and finally the sheriff brings it to a close. Directed by Charlotte Jackson and produced by Lina Pignataro. Myra Marlowe is played by Kay Lunn; other actors include Bill Krause, Jada August, C. Alane Johnson; Tim Raeke, Carolyn McLeod and Kristina C. Smiley. Director Charlotte Jackson was a drama teacher for almost 25 years (the last 16 of those years where at Santa Fe High School). Charlotte was a natural fit as the director of this acting group at Franca’s, “I met the Pignataro family during those school years (at Santa Fe High School). Lina Pignataro (producer) was my student and continued to act with me when I directed Santa Fe Community Theatre, also when I directed at U.S.A. Theatre in La Marque and later did dinner theatre in several locations including the original Franco’s Real Italian Restaurant.” Charlotte retired in from teaching last fall and that is when Lina – the driving force behind dinner theatre at Franca’s Real Italian Restaurant – asked Charlotte to go direct the theatre. It was Lina’s passion and her dream to bring dinner theatre back to the restaurant, which is currently owned by her sister Franca. Earlier this year, they opened with a comedy “The Man with the Plastic Sandwich” by Roger Karshner. The current cast is comprised of actors who have several years’ experience acting in productions in the area. “It has been fun to work with such a talented group of actors who bring much of their own character into their work, Charlotte said. “Join us for great food and a comedy in June.” Show dates are June 8 & 9, June 15 & 16 and June 23 & 23. Franca’s Real Italian Restaurant is located at 1101 NASA Road 1. The dinner and show cobo is $30 and reservations are suggested. The dinner – consisting of an Italian buffet with three entrees – starts at 7 p.m. on the Friday and Saturday evenings. The show is from 8 to 10 p.m. with a dessert intermission. For reservations call 281-488-2207. The next production is planned for October.
Featured Artist: Alecia Acevedo
By Kelley Dawson When it comes to Alecia Acevedo’s tasty creations, art is not only in the eyes of the beholders, it’s sure to be in their stomachs as well. Her art is quite literally tasteful. Acevedo developed her artistic capabilities while drawing as a kid. She said, “I used to draw a lot when I was younger – and as a teenager. I took art classes in school whenever possible.” Acevedo later became interested in baking while serving on the galley crew aboard a ship for a Christian humanitarian aid group. With her newfound interest in baking and her hunger to create art, Acevedo finally transitioned from paper to cake pan at a cafe almost ten years ago. She learned to bake and decorate cakes from the owner. Acevedo’s enthusiasm for decorating prompted her to take cake decorating classes at a local community college. The cafe didn’t offer Acevedo much creative freedom, so she began baking and decorating cakes for friends and family. Over the past five years, her home business has grown by word of mouth and the worldwide-web. Due to the growing demand for her creative cakes, Acevedo revealed that she must now draw out her cake ideas first. In the beginning, she was able to decorate them completely free-hand. Plus, she said, the orders are getting more challenging “so drawing out the concept is a must.”
Halloween include a severed head with visible brains and a motorized, two-foot spider eating a rat. Acevedo’s edible medium combines many sweet confections. She said she works often with fondant. “I can roll it out smooth.” Acevedo added she also enjoys molding gum paste. She stated, “The paste is a more firm and will hold shapes and stay in place.” Acevedo even uses rice crispy treats as bases for larger shapes and characters. She cuts and sculpts a variety of designs and figures for her cakes. In addition, her palatable palette comprises of ganache, chocolates, spun sugar and food color gels. Acevedo said she mixes the gels with extracts to create a variety of colors to add shading and texture to her cakes. Her savory masterpieces display such delicious detail eating them almost seems a shame. To learn more about Alecia Acevedo’s Dream Slice Cake creations and to see pastry samples, visit site at www.facebook.com/DreamSliceCakes To nominate an artist, email: Betsey@sceneLIVE.net
Acevedo has created cake replicas of the Lightening McQueen car and the head of the creepy clown from the Steven King novel “It.” Her other memorable cake works of art made specifically for
Dickinson Bar-B-Que & Steak House (From Pg 10)
Wash it all down with a wide variety of Texas, domestic and imported wines, ice cold beer or our signature house sweet tea.” The seafood angle is another one of the Lilleys’ non-assuming offers. “We don’t expect that everyone will always be in the mood for Texas beef, so we offer very fresh seafood items, sandwiches, salads and more sides than anyone else around,” says Keith referring to the homestyle side dishes that are in plain sight.
Restaurant 4438 Boulevard Bacliff, 77518 281-339-2895
Baked beans, green beans, blackeyed peas, potato salad, coleslaw, mac/cheese, turnip greens, mashed potatoes, and other daily/seasonal side items. (Try the onion rings – they are cooked to order and divinely delicious!)
OPEN 7 DAYS BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER
“New customers come in daily who look around and say, ‘This is not what we expected – it’s better!’” says Holly who refers to the homey Texan decor with western art, polished concrete floors, wooden tables and chairs, and wide-open spaces with plenty of elbow room—“like being at home on the range,” she adds. “We have the best employee Team anywhere who truly care about our business and customer experience. Nowadays, you don’t see that kind of ownership and service focus from employees, but you will find that here everyday!”
The Best Burgers & Seafood! Huge patio with a great view of Galveston Bay!
SPECIALS 95 LUNCH Mon-Fri • 10am-5pm
FREE WINGS!!! Mondays 5-9pm 6 FREE wings when you buy 6!
Also noticeable are the many photos of locals (some celebrities), community plaques, awards, and artifacts that remind you that you are not only deep in the heart of Texas, but deep in the heart of bar-b-que country. Aromas of slow-smoked brisket, St. Louis rack ribs, Czech sausage, chicken, turkey breast, ham and pulled pork can attest to that. Anna’s desserts are also divinely delicious and you will find yourself staring at the selection of cakes and pies wondering what to grab. The pecan pie, bread pudding and banana pudding are faves. Here is what a happy customer recently wrote on an online review site: “Easily a solid 4 plus. I had the rib eye and two-rib special. The ribs were cooked perfectly and the rib eye had great flavor. My wife had the chicken and dumplings – they tasted like homemade. This is a great little family-owned joint that definitely deserves a look if you are in the area. Also, don’t forget to try the banana pudding – it was to die for!”
Tuesday Steak Night 5-9 Choice Sirloin steak with twice baked potato, + dinner salad • $11.95
WEDNESDAY PARROT HEAD PARTY All Day: EVERY FRI 7-10PM All-U-Can-Eat LIVE BANDS Spaghetti or Chili Spaghetti • $6.95
PERFORMING YOUR FAVORITE ISLAND MUSIC
The Lilleys point out that whether you are in the mood for chicken fried steak smothered with cream gravy and an ice cold beer or want to sit in a cozy corner and enjoy a juicy filet with a glass of cabernet – that is what makes this place so versatile.
(Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) $1.50 Draft Beer • $2 Well Drinks Saturday 8am to 4pm & All Day Sunday
No time to dine in? A drive-through window, phone-in orders and catering are all offered at Dickinson Bar-B-Que and Steak House. But do drop by on a Friday evening and listen to some amazing live Bluegrass music. (Check the schedule first.)
$2 Bloody Marys, Screwdrivers or Mimosas
"You could come daily – and many people do – and always find something new or different from the menu,” says Keith, who credits his corporate background in the restaurant business to his present day restaurant owner status. But it’s obvious that the Lilleys’ customer-service mindset is what keeps people returning – again and again.
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Tookie’s Hamburgers & More
1202 Bayport Blvd. • Seabrook, Known for their legendary burgers, be sure to take a second look at Tookie’s appetizers. Our choice this month: Pelican Eggs. (Yes, cousins to the T-Bone Tom’s Armadillo Eggs, but they are 100% Tookie-fied!) Jalapeño peppers stuffed with a blend of cheeses and bacon, hand-battered and fried to perfection. Served with homemade ranch dressing and Pace Picante Sauce on the side. Even tastier at $5.99.
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OYSTER ON HALF SHELL $5/DOZ HAPPY HOUR 4-CLOSE $4 HOUSE WINE • $2.75 DOM BEER $4 WELL DRINKS • $3.25 SHINER BOCK
HOMEMADE LASAGNA Dan’s Pizza Company
2555 BAY AREA BLVD. • 281-480-2221
15148 Hwy. 3 • Webster
OPEN SUNDAYS FOR HOLIDAYS & SPECIAL EVENTS ONLY
Although Dan’s does specialize in pick-up and delivery orders of pizza, be sure to look over the rest of the menu. Try out the heaping helping of Dan’s Homemade Beef Lasagna. This one-pound version of the Italian favorite is comprised of pasta layered with ricotta cheese, homemade marinara sauce, beef, and topped with generous portions of melted mozzarella cheese. This dish comes with garlic bread. It can be paired with Caprese (fresh-grown, in-house basil, and tomatoes topped with fresh mozzarella slices.) Hunger be gone!
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1918 NASA Pkwy • Seabrook • 281-474-4455 Limit 1 coupon per table.
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Laura’s Cafe & Tea House By Rhonda Meredith In the heart of Clear Lake, at the corner of Bay Area Blvd. and Space Center Blvd. is a great place to read, work, or get together and “do lunch” (or breakfast)! The light, airy interior and friendly staff at Laura’s Cafe & Tea House welcomes you. Start with a glass of tea or a cup of coffee. Laura’s house tea is the Republic of Tea’s Ginger Peach flavor. This best-selling tea, called the “longevity tea,” offers the sweet lushness of a fancy peach seasoned with the tingle of spicy ginger and is prepared hot or cold. Additional tea flavors are available and change regularly. The House Blend coffee is to be savored hot or iced, caffeinated or decaf, to-go or enjoyed with unlimited refills when sitting in Laura’s. Lattes and frappes are also on the menu. Free Wi-Fi is available as is a selection of books to read. Laura’s has an in-house book exchange if you need to borrow a good book. The menu offers daily specials, soups, quiche, salads featuring the customer favorite “Cha Cha Chipotle Salad,” burgers, and specialty sandwiches including the fabulous “Ultimate BLT” and “Ham and Pesto Panini.” Complimentary cucumber finger sandwiches are served, and basil soup is the signature appetizer. The children’s menu includes the fun and tasty “Fluffernutter!” Save room for gelato or Laura’s super decadent banana caramel pie. Take-out service and party trays are available. Make your book club or meeting extra special by having it at Laura’s. Or host a “High Tea” for any memorable occasion. Laura’s scones are a hit when paired with a bridal shower, retirement or birthday. In fact, the venue has seating for up to 96 at no charge, but call for details. The staff at Laura’s says, “There is something for everyone.” Stop by 2339 Bay Area Blvd. and see. Visit www.laurascafe.net for more information, and note they close at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Father’s Day: Open All Day!
1002 Aspen Road Clear Lake Shores, Tx 77565 281-334-5225 OpusBistro.net
The 8th Annual Salute To Heroes Honors Military The Ray Joseph Hutchinson Foundation’s 8th Annual Salute to Heroes Reception will be held on Thursday, June 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at South Shore Harbour Resort. This yearly event honors those who have served or are serving in our armed forces, and raises scholarship money for the Ray Joseph Hutchinson Foundation benefiting Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) students. More than $150,000 has been awarded to new and renewed scholarships to date. This patriotic and heartfelt event is a special evening where the community gathers in friendship, to honor the military, bid on the live and silent auction items, and commemorate Ray Joseph Hutchinson’s life that began in the League City community and courageously ended in battle overseas.
will create brand-new scholarships for worthy graduating seniors from the high schools in Clear Creek Independent School district. South Shore Grille is again an underwriter for the 8th Annual Salute to Heroes Reception. Mickey Wooten, owner of South Shore Grille said, “South Shore Grille is celebrating its eighth anniversary and eight years’ involvement with the RJH Foundation. It is with great pride that we participate in providing scholarships to deserving students of CCISD. We salute Ray Joseph Hutchinson through the vision his parents Deborah and Michael foster each year.” Additional major sponsors of Salute to Heroes include Steel Trader’s and Black Rose Steel.
Advance admission tickets are $25 ($30 at the door). To purchase admission tickets or buy raffle tickets, please call Priscilla at 281-332-7673. All monies raised from live and auction items and the raffle tickets goes into the Ray Joseph Hutchinson Foundation, which
Anyone wishing to make a donation at any time, can make checks payable to the RJH Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Donations are graciously accepted at 4214 Lewis Creek Drive, Richmond, Texas 77406. For more information, visit www.rjhfoundation.org.
Car Wash Fundraiser Benefits The Sentinels Of Freedom Gulf Coast You can make a difference in the life of a wounded soldier. Bring your ride to Hugh & Jeff's Carwash on June 12 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) Purchase a $29 ticket at the door (includes exterior & interior cleaning). If donors don't have time for a carwash that day, tickets expire 30 days from the date of the event. JSC Federal Credit Union is proud to be sponsoring this event and is a long time supporter of The Sentinels of Freedom Gulf Coast. Hugh Lazenberry, owner of the carwash
(located at 1232 FM 646 West, Dickinson) wanted to do this for the wounded veterans because he says he is “a patriot who loves his country and (is) thankful for those who make this sacrifice.” The Sentinels of Freedom Gulf Coast is a non-profit 501(c)3 scholarship foundation for severely wounded soldiers returning home from combat. For more information, visit www.sentinelsoffreedomgulfcoast.org or call 412-818-3070.
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Fine Greek Cuisine Seafood & More
Open Daily @ 5:30am • NOT just for Breakfast! Fresh Greek Pastries! Kourabiedes (butter almond cookies), Finikia (walnut cinnamon cookies), Karithopita (walnut cake), Baklava & Galaktoboureko (Greek custard). Made fresh! Order a box to go!!
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TUES & SAT 1026 FM 2094 • Clear Lake Shores • 281-334-4787 • www.skipperscafe.com Stuffed Eggplant, Domadakia and freshly made Humus.
First Time and Repeat Customers Always Find Something New and Different at Dickinson Bar-B-Que & Steak House
Welcome Back! By Sue Mayfield-Geiger Keith and Holly Lilley never assume anything. As owners of Dickinson Bar-B-Que & Steak House, they would like to assume that once you step through their doors to experience pure Texan cookin’ in a relaxed country setting, that you will feel right at home. That is why they or one of their staff make every effort to greet you the moment you enter to not only welcome you but to explain the menu on the wall and give you ample time to decide what to order. This is a true Texas family-owned and operated business. Keith handles the day-to-day operations, Holly heads up the catering department, son Jared works the line when home from Texas A&M, son Austin (due to graduate from Texas A&M in August), advises on web and social media marketing and sister Diane manages the dining room. With customers returning again and again, new faces become familiar faces. But the
Lilleys never take that for granted because they want every dining experience you encounter to be as good, if not better, than before.
Real food and guilty pleasures “You won’t find expensive price tags or tap water from fancy bottles here,” says Keith, who never assumes anything in the restaurant business except that your expectations are met with each visit. Just really good food want where you can indulge in your guilty pleasures.
In a hurry, but still that great Texas cuisine?
Dickinson Bar-B-Que has a convenient drive-thru with a large hand-painted Texas mural on the outside of the building to enjoy while guests order everything from cheeseburgers and bar-b-que Family Packs to 24-ounce rib eyes. Of course, you can always call ahead and have your order waiting for you as you drive up to the window.
“Along with our award winning bar-b-que, we have a varied menu,” says Keith, “like U.S.D.A. Choice hand-cut New York strip steaks, filet mignon and rib eyes, pork chops, just-caught Texas Gulf shrimp, Mississippi catfish, hand-battered chicken fried steaks and chicken, fresh salads with homemade dressings, sizzling burgers and more than 20 made-from-scratch desserts by Miss Anna Lee Clark.
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THE SCENE IS THE OFFICIAL ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE TO THE CLEAR LAKE/BAY AREA
June 2012 .............South Belt • Clear Lake • Bay Area • Galveston 10 ......................Cover Feature: Dickinson BBQ 13 ........Salute to Heroes / Sentinels of Freedom 15 ................Feature: Laura’s Cafe & Tea House 17 ........................................SCENE Featurettes 20 ....................Featured Artist: Alecia Acevedo 21 ............................Arts: Kids’ Summer Camps 22 ..........................Arts Feature: The Paint Pub 24................Arts: SCENE Cultural Arts Calendar 26......................................Shuttlebration 2012 28-29 ........Lunar Rendezvous News & Calendar - - - CENTER SPREAD - - - • ........Weekends on the Water (Visitors Guide) • ..........................................Map of Attractions • ............................Map: Where to Eat & Drink • ........................SBS: Clear Lake Greek Festival • ..............Galveston’s Pleasure Pier: Now Open • ....................Baytown’s Pirates Bay Waterpark
•..................................Texas Outlaw Challenge • ........On The Water: Sail in Bay Area Houston • ..........................On The Water: LYC Hatteras • ..........On The Water: LYC Youth in Argentina 42-43 ............Fit to be SCENE • SBS: Safari Run 44 ..Fit to be SCENE • SBS: Juju’s Fashion Show 45..........Fit to be SCENE: Belly Dancing Classes 45..................Fit to be SCENE: • SBS: Toga Run - - - - FLIP SIDE - - - 47 ..............Martini Madness: Roger’s Bar & Grill 49 ................Featured Musician: Shaun Michael 48, 53, 55 ..........Loose Notes: Local Live Music 56-57 ..................................Happy Hour Guide 57 ......................................Featured Bartender 59 ..............................Feature: Ministry Lounge 60 ............Featured Shows: Boomin by the Bay 60 ..................Featured Shows: Area Open Mics
Front Cover: DICKINSON BAR-B-QUE • Back Cover: TEXAS OUTLAW CHALLENGE
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
June 1 ......................Kelly McGuire June 2 ........................Hanna’s Reef June 3 ....................Sheila Marshall June 5 ..................John Miller Band June 6..........................Southbound June 7 ....................Grateful Geezers June 8 ......................Pee Wee Bowen June 9 ............................O.G.R.E. June 10 ..................Justin Van Sant June 12..........................Ben Reyna June 13 ..................Matt Letty Band June 14 ................Scott McGill Band June 15..................................Line Up June 16 ......................Trial by Fire June 17..............Shane Barnhill Band
June 19 ....................J.R. Ancira
June 20 ..........................Chad Ware June 21 ................Grateful Geezers June 22 ........................Navigators June 23 ..........Last House on the Left June 24 ......................Driving Dixie
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 $3 Dom Half Pitchers $6 Dom Pitchers $1.49 Vegas Shrimp Cocktail
LUNCH SPECIALS ONLY $7.99 • 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 ........14 oz. T-Bone & Shrimp
June 26 ......................Ben Reyna June 27 ....................Matt Letty Band June 28 ......................Scott McGill June 29 ......................Ezra Charles June 30 ........................Navigators July 1 ....................Sheila Marshall July 3 ..................John Miller Band JULY 4 ********GULF COASTERS July 5 ....................Grateful Geezers BECOME OUR FAN ON FACEBOOK!
COME IN TO T-BONE’S...
GUY FIERI HAS! FEATURED ON THE FOOD NETWORK’S “DINERS, DRIVE-INS & DIVES W/GUY FIERI”
OPEN 7 DAYS ’TIL 2AM! LIVE MUSIC FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS!
707 HWY. 146 IN KEMAH • 281-334-2133 (SOUTH
KEMAH/SEABROOK BRIDGE) • www.tbonetoms.com
Kemah’s Very Own Neighborhood Restaurant & Bar
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Showing all the DYNAMO games!
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
TUESDAY • 50% OFF WINE LIST Valid ALL DAY on every bottle. More than 50 selections!
WEDNESDAY • CRAWFISH!!
$4.50/lb with sides: Mushrooms, Sausage, Corn, Potatoes
+ 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)
JAPANESE RESTAURANT FATHER’S DAY SPECIALS! RECEIVE A
$10 GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR EVERY $50 YOU SPEND SUN, JUNE 17 ONLY • VALID AT BOTH LOCATIONS
ALL DADS RECEIVE CHOICE OF
FREE BEER* OR DESSERT SUN, JUNE 17 ONLY • VALID AT BOTH LOCATIONS * Ask about details & stipulations. Only valid with select beer.
@ FUSION on THURSDAYS FREE PROMO FOR THE LADIES* * Promotion begins at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday only. Ask about details & stipulations. NASA location only.
We serve FRESH FISH flown in from Honolulu daily! Join us on
THURSDAY Ladies Night
$1 Lady Ritas on the Rocks
TUES & WED $1 Hot Sake starting at 5pm
11am to 3:30pm
AVAILABLE ONLY AT SAKE LOCATION
Lunch Specials Every Day! FUSION
977 NASA ROAD 1
1804 W. FM 646
(EL CAMINO REAL, NEAR OFFICE DEPOT)
(SUITE R, NEAR HEB IN DICKINSON)
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