The SCENE Magazine - November 2018 - Front to Back

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A Great Place to Live, Work & Play!

NOVEMBER 2018 ....Southbelt • Clear Lake • Bay Area • Galveston NASA Legend honored at Space Center Houston’s luncheon benefiting restoration of JSC’s Historic Mission Control the nonprofit Space Center houston raised $300,000 last month during its fall luncheon “to the moon and beyond” honoring legendary flight director gene Kranz and supporting the campaign to restore historic mission Control. the star-studded fundraiser celebrated Kranz for his extraordinary contributions to human space exploration and his leadership in the historic mission Control restoration project at NaSa Johnson Space Center. “We had the pleasure of honoring gene for his steadfast commitment to furthering humanity and serving as an influential advocate for science, technology, engineering and math,” said William t. harris, president and Ceo of the science and space exploration learning center. “heartfelt thanks to gene and our generous sponsors and donors whose contributions are helping to restore a National historic Landmark and provide exceptional learning experiences to get people on the Stem pathway.” - Continued on Page 14

City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and William T. Harris, Space Center Houston’s president and CEO honor Gene Kranz, by proclaiming Oct. 23 “Gene Kranz Day.”

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SUNDANCE GRILL II has the Ambience to

Suit Any Mood By shawn domingues

Nestled among the trees in the Waterford harbor marina, Sundance grill ii (800 mariners Drive in Kemah) is accessible by car or boat and offers water views with spectacular sunsets and plenty of outdoor seating options. the palapa area is heated in the winter and cooled by large fans in the summer; the tables on the deck by the pool have individual umbrellas to shield the sun. Surrounded by sailboats, there’s not a bad seat in the house – or “outside the house,” so to speak. the dining room also offers views of the marina and there are several areas available to host weddings, rehearsal dinners, Christmas parties, reunions, anniversaries, corporate events, or any private party. banquet packages can be customized to fit your needs and/or budget. Paula Price has been the event coordinator for more than four years, and she works closely with clients to ensure their event goes smoothly and their guests are happy. “i love being a part of making a memory that will be cherished forever,” said Price.

owner hans mair was born and raised in Salzburg, austria, and worked as a chef in the bahamas for many years; as a result, the menu at Sundance grill ii offers a variety of items from german dishes (like the Weinerschnitzel or Jaegerschnitzel) to Caribbean fare (such as Shrimp or Crab Compechana or the Shrimp bimini). mair has been in the restaurant business for 48 years, working as the operator of houston’s legendary fine dining establishment, vargos until 1995 when he opened the first Sundance grill in Seabrook. Located in the Kemah/Seabrook channel, the original Sundance grill was a local hot spot for more than 13 years until hurricane ike blew in and destroyed the venue beyond repair. Luckily, Sundance grill ii was already in full swing by that time, and mair was able to concentrate all of his efforts on the remaining location at Waterford harbor. “We value our customers, and customer service is our number one priority. While we pride ourselves on offering a fine dining experience and serving only the freshest ingredients and highest quality of food, we also want our guests to feel comfortable and enjoy a relaxing atmosphere as well,” said mair.

Now in its 13th year, Sundance grill ii has been a popular destination for special occasions like mother’s Day, easter, valentine’s Day, birthdays and anniversaries, but with their daily specials (Spaghetti & meatballs on mondays, Steak and Shrimp on tuesdays, Shrimp Platter on Wednesdays, Prime rib on thursdays, or the Catfish Platter on Fridays) and happy hour specials monday through Friday, Sundance grill is also affordable. they have a group of regulars who come in just about every day of the week. the Champagne brunch on Sundays has been popular for many years. guests enjoy the four-course meal with champagne or a mimosa, and they also have a Sunday brunch menu with items like the popular eggs benedict, hanzee’s Crab Cakes or the Steak and egg entrée. - Continued on Page 17

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The SCENE’s Brunch & Breakfast Checklist Jackie’s Brickhouse

Who doesn’t love breakfast? – especially when you don’t have to cook it yourself or clean up after! take it up another notch: a mid-day brunch: eggs, bacon, seafood, savory entrees, sensational carbs and desserts paired up with tasty adult beverages… Save this handy guide for the weeks to come; create a checklist from some of the area’s favorite hotspots for breakfast and brunch. Now, order up a manmosa or a bloody mary, gather your pals and pull up a chair and eat up, friends! ~Cheers! ~ the SCeNe staff

Jackie’s Brickhouse (1053 Marina Bay dr., Kemah) WheN: Saturdays and Sundays brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; highLightS: $10 mimosa carafes. all plates served with fruit salad and savory jalapeño cheddar and bacon grits; StaNDoUtS: Chicken and Waffles (sweet tea brined fried chicken w/ homemade waffle fresh blueberries), the Sammich (two eggs, bacon, american cheese, fresh tomato, sliced avacado on wheat berry bread, Cheddar biscuits with sausage & gravy (homemade cheddar biscuits with southern-style gravy and crumpled pan sausage).

sundance Grill ii (800 Mariners drive, Kemah) WheN: Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; highLightS: Waterfront Dining. Four-course brunch comes with, bottomless champagne $29.50, Children’s menu available; StaNDoUtS: Shrimp Campechana as an appetizer, Salmon Florentine (grilled, glazed, with honey, soya, and garlic, served with spinach and mashed potatoes), eggs benedict & hanzees' Crab Cakes (served with mashed potatoes and asparagus), and desserts such as Crème brulee, Sacher torte, or bread pudding with vanilla brandy sauce.

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Bakkhus Taverna (605 6th street, suite A, Kemah) WheN: Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. highLightS: $4 mimosas, bloody marys (made with infused vodka) & Screwdrivers. $7 all-You-Can eat blueberry Pancakes. StaNDoUtS: Shrimp & Sausage grits, bakkhus eggs benedict with choice of ham or Smoked Salmon, Cyclops burger and Pita Scrambler.

Marais (2015 FM 517 Rd. east, dickinson) WheN: Sunday brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.; highLightS: Waterfront Dining. Live jazz music, buffet and ala carte menu, $10 whole bottle mimosas; mimosas with 25¢ refills for guests seated at bar marais; StaNDoUtS: omelet station and carving station, Lobster Frittata, grillades & grits, Fried oyster eggs benedict, Chicken and Waffles, traditional eggs benedict and Sweet Potato Waffles; Cajun bloody mary (loaded with fried green tomato, spiced shrimp, bacon, pickled okra and more), avocado margaritas, bellinis and other brunch favorite cocktails.

scotty’s On The Bay (3202 Marina Bay dr., League City) WheN: Saturday and Sunday brunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; highLightS: Several one-of-a-kind dishes and drink specials; StaNDoUtS: a.m. taterScotty’s On The Bay tachos (Scotty’s unique version of breakfast nachos with eggs), Pina Colada Pancakes (white chocolate, coconut flakes and pineapple-infused maple syrup), or their Creole breakfast bowl (grits, sweet potato fries and eggs, or their Shrimp and grits made with pimento cheese grits, topped with a tomato cream shrimp stew and a fried egg) and a botanical breakfast drink, a gin and tonic with house-made tonic, grapefruit juice and just a sprig of rosemary. Fuzzy’s Tacos (2660 Marina Bay drive, League City) WheN: breakfast served daily, from open to close. Sunday brunch Specials 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; highLightS: bloody marys, Carafes of mimosas and manmosas (Karbach Love Street with orange juice); drink specials on Sunday; StaNDoUtS: breakfast tacos or burritos (bacon, chorizo, potato or shrimp) and breakfast plates (huevos rancheros, chiquillas, and migas).

Opus Ocean Grille (1510 Marina Bay drive, Building 124, Clear Lake shores) WheN: Saturday and Sunday brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; highLightS: Waterfront views, mimosas made with Prosecco; StaNDoUtS: French toast (topped with bananas Foster) Lobster bisque, Crab Cake benedict, boudin benedict (two english muffins with boudin patties, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and crispy bacon) & tropical Crab Salad (jumbo lump crab meat gently tossed with fresh mango, pineapple, tomato and basil, garnished with avocado slices; desserts such as White Chocolate bread Pudding, Lemon trifle, Cherry Cheesecake Chimichanga, and more.

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Mamacita’s (515 e. NAsA Pkwy., Webster) WheN: breakfast daily 8 a.m. to noon. traditional mexican breakfast of barbacoa and menudo served on Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to noon; highLightS: $4.95 bloody marys and mimosas. Live music on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m.; StaNDoUtS: huevos Divorciados (gina’s favorite!) two eggs sunny side up with ranchero and tomatillo salsa, served with potato tips and refried beans and a strip of bacon), Joe’s Special (two scrambled eggs with beef or chicken fajitas, topped with monterrey cheese, served with refried beans and potato tips). insider tip: ask for the molcageteada Salsa (hotter than their house salsa) if you want to turn up the heat!

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Mission Control Restoration: Cont. From Page 9


the luncheon celebrated the history and future of human space exploration. Proceeds from the luncheon benefited Space Center houston’s $5 million campaign, on a mission, in support of the restoration of NaSa Johnson Space Center’s historic mission operations Control room. the restoration will accurately portray how the area looked the moment the moon landing took place on July 20, 1969.


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in total, $5 million is needed to restore and sustain this iconic control room often referred to as a “cathedral of engineering.” a longtime supporter of the nonprofit, the city of Webster gave Space Center houston the lead gift of $3.5 million toward the $5 million restoration campaign goal.



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astronauts bill anders, Walt Cunningham and Charlie Duke along with apollo flight directors milton Windler and gerry griffin joined a community of more than 400 guests to honor a legend and support the restoration of historic mission Control. the crowd was captivated by a surprise video message from the international Space Station crew honoring Kranz and his legacy furthering human space exploration. City of houston mayor Sylvester turner was among the distinguished guests. mayor turner honored Kranz, a resident of Dickenson, texas, by proclaiming oct. 23 “gene Kranz Day,” adding the city and the world are appreciative of his leadership and commitment to inspiring the next generation of explorers.



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Following the proclamation, apollo flight directors milton Windler and gerry griffin joined Kranz on stage reuniting the men who lead the historic missions to the moon. Co-chair al Saylor joined abC 13’s anchor Dave Ward for the appeal contributing to the nonprofit’s dedication to inspire people with hands-on science learning experiences. the appeal supported the nonprofit’s new gene Kranz mission Control Scholarship Fund benefitting underserved students with scholarships to attend Space Center University, a five-day hands-on engineering design program open to students from middle school through college and adults. in Space Center U®, students launch rockets, build robots and practice critical-thinking skills to solve real-world problems inherent in space exploration.


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this year’s luncheon was the kickoff of the nonprofit science and space exploration learning center’s countdown to the 50th anniversary of the apollo 11 lunar landing next year. through July of 2019, Space Center houston is bringing the legacy of the apollo era to life.


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The SCENE’s Brunch & Breakfast Checklist: Continued From Page 12

Noah’s Ark (4438 Boulevard st., Bacliff) WheN: breakfast menu served daily (weekdays 8 a.m. to noon; Saturday 7 a.m. to noon; Sunday 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.) plus Sunday breakfast buffet 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; highLightS: take in stunning waterfront sunrise views; $3 bloody marys, mimosas or Screwdrivers. StaNDoUtS: Sunday buffet has fresh fruit and omelet and egg Station.

Bayshore Grill & Billiards (137 21st street, san Leon) WheN: Saturday & Sunday breakfast buffet 8 a.m. to Noon; highLightS: $10.99 adults; $4.99 Kids; $3 bloody mary; water view from the upstairs patio; StaNDoUtS: Scrambled eggs, French toast, country-fried potatoes, biscuits and gravy, grits and breakfast tacos.

The Boldthouse (2234 e. NAsA Pkwy., seabrook) WheN: Saturday and Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. highLightS: New menu! Plus, $10 bottomless mimosas or poinsettias; $5 single-serving mimosa or poinsettia; kids under 12, can order from $6.99 menu; StaNDoUtS: Crab cakes benedict (two poached eggs on French bread topped with hollandaise sauce), Fried egg SandThe Boldthouse wich (fried egg, slice of prosciutto, mayo, tomato on Sourdough bread), Chicken and waffles (served with pepper jelly maple syrup). Cadillac Bar (#7 Kemah Boardwalk, Kemah) WheN: Saturday & Sunday 8 to 11:30 a.m.; highLightS: Diverse menu with a mix of traditional mexican and american breakfast dishes and breakfast cocktails; StaNDoUtS: Strawberry Waffles (crispy pecan waffle topped with caramel, strawberries and maple syrup, served with choice of bacon, jalapeño sausage or ham), mexico City omelet and huevos rancheros.

south shore harbour Resort & Conference Center (Paradise Reef • 2500 south shore Blvd., League City) WheN: breakfast daily 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Sunday brunch buffet 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; highLightS: Live pianist and bottomless mimosas on Sundays, $24 adults; $15 children; StaNDoUtS: Sunday brunch has omelet station, boiled shrimp, entrée and desserts.

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CLEAR LAKE - SOUTH 21. Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack 22. Tookie’s Burgers 23. Opus Ocean Grille 24. Sundance II 25. Paradise Reef (SSHR) 26. Lighthouse Bar & Bistro

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KEMAH BOARDWALK 11. The Aquarium 12. Red Sushi 13. Flying Dutchman 14. Cadillac Bar 15. Bubba Gump 16. Lighthouse Buffet 17. Landry’s Seafood 18. Bayside Grill 19. The Pizza Oven 20. Saltgrass


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Sundance Grill II: Continued From Page 10

head chef, rigoberto Coreno, has been working at Sundance grill since they opened 13 years ago, operating a kitchen responsible for catering the events and banquets, as well as cooking for the regular restaurant guests. mair has tremendous respect for Coreno’s cooking skills, Insider tip: Get there by sunset to snap a “rigoberto few pictures, with the boats in the backis an amazground, it’s difficult to take a bad photo. ing chef, and i am honored to have him running the kitchen,” said mair.

although Sundance grill is known for their outdoor patios and breathtaking views, guests enjoy sitting inside, especially during the colder months, and listening to live music by mack hayes (thursday through Saturday starting at 4 p.m.) Whether you want a casual lunch outside on a gorgeous day, or a romantic evening inside by the fire, Sundance grill has the ambience to suit your mood.

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By Kelley dawson michelle boehm creates wearable art meant to decorate a person’s body instead of a wall.

boehm’s one-of-a-kind, “junk-to-jewelry” and “rocks-to-riches” pieces exemplify repurposed art. her prolific imagination allows the ordinary to become extraordinary. She told, “i enjoy working with metals and stones, and i also love to repurpose things to create unique designs. i collect and use lots of different items like bullets, silverware, vintage and broken jewelry, old buttons, and belts. almost anything has potential, really.”

boehm also enjoys working with rough stones. She said she recently began working in lapidary arts; meaning cutting and polishing stones. “i have a small set up in my garage where i can cut and polish my own cabochons to use in my jewelry; which is very rewarding,” expressed boehm.

Cabochons are polished stones with a typically convex form and flat on the bottom. boehm’s family contributed to her artistic destiny. She shared, “i’m a Junker. i think it’s from my dad. it’s a neat thing to take that from him.”

additionally, her mother designs jewelry and her stepfather’s garage houses an enormous rock cutting equipment setup. She recounted a camping trip which her entire family was able to attend. boehm’s mother brought many crafts such as woodburning and bead looming worried that everyone would go nuts without something to do. boehm joked regarding bead looming, “it’s too much counting for me.” She instead shaped wire crafts and discovered a new passion. boehm and her mother bought magazines and further taught themselves wire techniques.

referring to herself as an “aDD artist,” boehm continued finding other medium endeavors. She tried her stepfather’s rock cutting equipment. She was hooked. boehm’s husband surprised her with her own saw, grinder, and polisher setup for their Friendswood home.

boehm grew up in michigan in an area she described as a good place to rock hunt and beach comb. She maintains her treasure hunts in thrift and antique stores, shooting ranges for bullets, and even in her own backyard. “i get repurposed objects anywhere i can. - Continued on Page 20

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Nov 2 & 9: Children’s art Classes, 4 p.m., 2111 Postoffice St., galveston 409-3003009,

Nov. 17 & 18: Friendswood art in the Park, 10a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Stevenson Park, Friendswood, Nov. 17 -Jan 6: Festival of Lights, moody gardens. galveston,

Nov. 24: galveston artWalk, exhibits along the Strand District and all art galleries, 2111 Postoffice, 6 – 9 p.m., for more details of exhibits & artists go to

Nov. 30 – dec. 2: 48th annual Dickens on the Strand, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sat., Noon – 6 p.m. Sunday, Strand District, galveston, Free on Friday from 5 -9 p.m.,


Nov. 17: breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy 28th annual, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., South Shore harbour resort & Conference Center, rSvP Nov. 30 – dec. 2 & dec. 7 -9: the Nutcracker, bay area houston ballet & theatre, University of houston – Clear Lake, bayou theatre, 27009 bay area blvd., 281-4801617,


Nov. 10: gabriel royal – the Underground Cello Project, 8 p.m., the grand 1894 opera house, 2020 Postoffice St. galveston, 409-763-2481,

Nov. 17: bay area bluegrass association Show, 6 p.m., Johnny arolfo Civic Center, 300 W. Walker, League City, Nov. 24: asleep at the Wheel – merry Christma Y’all, 8 p.m., the grand 1894 opera house, 2020 Postoffice St. galve-

ston, 409-763-2481,

Nov. 25: the Priests, irish tenors, 7 p.m., grand 1894 opera house, 2020 Postoffice St. galveston, 409-763-2481,


Nov. 16 – dec. 8: Why torture is Wrong, 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. Sunday 2:30 p.m., 2317 mechanic St. galveston, 409-7623556.

Nov. 2- 4: hound of baskervilles, Fri 8 p.m., Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m., bay area harbour Playhouse, 3803

hwy. 3, Dickinson, 281-337ShoW(7469),

Nov 2- 4: Sherlock homes & the ice Palace murders, Fri 8 p.m., Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m., Clear Creek Community theatre, 18091 Upper bay rd., Nassau bay, 281335-5228, Nov. 2 - 4: Nunsense, Fri. & Sat. 8p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m., Pasadena Little theatre, 4318 allen geneo rd., Pasadena, 713-5409489, Nov. 27: erth’s Prehistoric aquarium adventure. a Serious Fun Children’s Performance, 10 a.m., the grand 1894 opera house, 2020 Postoffice St. galveston, 409763-2481,

Nov. 30 & dec. 1: a Christmas Carol, Fri. 8 a.m. / Sat. 3 p.m. the grand 1894 opera house, 2020 Postoffice St. galveston, 409763-2481,


Nov. 13 & 27: bay area Photo Club, 7 p.m., honors Night, bay area Unitarian Universalist Church, 17503 el Camino real, 77058,,

CHILDREN’S ART Library story Times

evelyn Meador Library (Pre-K): 10:30 a.m., 2400 N. meyer, Seabrook. Storytelling by mrs. Pearson every tuesday morning & computer classes forming, 281-474-9142,

Freeman Memorial Library: book babies on monday, tuesday & Wednesday at 10:15 a.m., toddler time on monday, tuesday & Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. 16616 Diana Lane, houston, 281488-1906,

helen hall Library: toddler Story time, monday 10:15 a.m., Preschool Story time, tuesday 10:15 a.m. & 11 a.m., teen advisory board (tab), 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., events for adults; antiques roundtable 1st monday of the month 1 p.m., Computer Classes Wednesday 10 a.m., book Discussion Club 3rd monday of the month 7 p.m., Local authors hour 2nd thursday of the month 10:15 a.m., 100 W. Walker, League City, La Porte Library: tuesday Story time, 10:15 a.m., followed by baby time 11 a.m., 600 S. broadway, La Porte, 281-471-4022, Rosenberg Library: Story times are offered every Wednesday at 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. for children 6 and under and their caregivers, 2310 Sealy Street, galveston, 409763-8854 ex. 135,


1940 Air Terminal Museum: hobby airport, 713-454-1940,

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Gulf Coast Film Festival

Michelle Boehm: Continued From Page 18

there is something so satisfying about taking someone's old and broken junk or picking up a rough and dirty rock lying on the ground in my backyard and turning them into something beautiful,” declared boehm.

her creations embody old World metalsmithing craftmanship and exceptional lapidary skills. boehm stated she can work with and engineer things as complicated as chainmail. She said she finds inspiration in found objects as well as commissioned pieces. “it helps spark inspiration when designing something custom such as a memorial piece or for a wedding. even an art show; having a deadline is an extra kick in the butt,” stated boehm. She added, “it is nice to know someone will cherish and appreciate a piece especially the extra details like hand-painted beads.”

boehm informed during an art show, the variety of different pieces so unique from one another gives the appearance of more than one artist and begs the question from many folks, “Who all makes this stuff?” to which she replies, “it’s just me.” boehm revealed, i’m waiting for next thing to pop in my head to move me forward to something new.”

view additional boehm works on her website or contact via email her gallery will also have a booth at the upcoming Friendswood Art in the Park November 1718th.

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Director Michelle Mower receives the Ernie Robertson Award


at the recent gulf Coast Film Festival in Seabrook, director michelle mower received the ernie robertson award the same night as Suzanne Savoy received her Lifetime achievemen award. mower, a hollywood director, lives in League City and is the newest Ceo of imagination Worldwide LLC. the international motion picture sales and distribution company based in Los angeles, California, successfully oversaw the Arts Calendar: Continued From Page 19 acquisition and release of two critically acArmand Bayou Nature Center: open tuesday - Saturday, claimed films, amber Sunset Cruise 6 p.m. every Saturday breakfast on bayou 8 a.m. tamblyn’s directorial ages 5 to adult, Nature tour third Sundays, Noon, reservations debut, Paint it black and required on events, call for reservations, 8500 bay area blvd., the 2017 SXSW audi281-474-2551, ence award feature film, the Light of the moon. other acquisitions include the internaBattleship Texas, state historic site: 3255 highway 134, La tional rights to burning bodhi starring Kaley Cuoco and SXSW award Porte, 281-479-2431, winning thriller Like me. Bay Area Museum - Lunar Rendezvous exhibit and space Memorabilia: open tuesday – Sunday, Clear Lake Park, 5000 NaSa Parkway, Seabrook, 281-326-5960, Butler Longhorn Museum: 1220 Coryell, League City, 281332-1393

Galveston Railroad Museum: train rides every Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2602 Santa Fe, galveston, 409-765-5700, League City historical society West Bay Common Museum: open monday to Friday. Call for group reservations, 281554-2994, 210 Kansas avenue, League City, Lone star Flight Museum: open Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 11551 aerospace avenue, ellington Field, 409-740-7722, Nov. 3: Space City Day. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Moody Gardens: 24-hour animal webcam and other exhibits, galveston, moody gardens, 800-582-4673,,

Ocean star: offshore Drilling museum and education Center, open Daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Pier 19 at harborside Dr. & 20th St., galveston, 409-766-7829,

san Jacinto Monument & Museum: open Daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., La Porte, 281-479-2421,

space Center of houston: 1601 NaSa Parkway, Nassau bay, 281224-2100, Certified autism Center Nov.8: thought Leader Series, John glenn 7 – 8:30 p.m. see website for tickets

Texas City Museum: open tuesday to Sunday, 409 6th Street N., texas City, 409-643-5799,

Texas seaport Museum: opening of the trade routes 1853, 2100 harborside Dr., galveston,

in addition to heading up imagination Worldwide, mower is an acclaimed writer, producer and director whose films have been featured on Lifetime and Lifetime movie Network and Nuevo television. her debut film the Preacher’s Daughter, starring andrea bowen, gathered the highest ratings on Lifetime that year. after that success, michelle wrote, co-produced and directed two more films for the network, a Women betrayed and Preacher’s Sin. mower is currently in production on a docu-series titled, Dayna Steele: rock the 36, slated for release before end of the year. Steele is a longtime radio and tv personality and author. Steele lives in the Clear Lake area and is running for Congress in District 36. mower will next direct a dark teen comedy, the Never List, to be released 2019.

mower received her film degree from University of houston and went on to be associate Producer for houston’s NbC affiliate news program, and went work as Program Coordinator for SWamP, Southwest alternate media Projects, a non-profit media arts organization. She organized indie film screenings and workshops. through her work with SWamP, she started the Lights, Camera, action, Summer moviemaking Camps for teens. mower will continue efforts by turning the 14-year-old imagination Worldwide into the premiere development, productions, sales and distribution company for compelling female-driven narratives.

another award that spotlighted Clear Lake area, is illusion of Cyn winning for best Full Feature by director Clay ayers. this movie was filmed in houston, Seabrook, el Lago, and Nassau bay working with local location scouts from Location, Location, Location. that’s a wrap! - domino Taylor

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45th Dickens on the Strand

returns Nov. 30 - dec. 2 to Galveston’s historic strand district

For 45 years, galveston historical Foundation’s Dickens on the Strand festival has highlighted downtown galveston’s victorian-era architecture while providing a one-of-akind holiday destination filled with the sights and sounds of Charles Dickens’ work. this year’s event continues that tradition with new entertainers and events, returning favorites, and family-friendly programming. this year’s festival begins Friday, November 30 with free admission to Fezziwig’s beer hall from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and continues with ticketed admission Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, from 12 to 6 p.m.

tickets purchased before November 30 are $13 for adults and $7 for children ages 7-12. tickets purchased at the gate are $15 for adults and $9 for youth. Discounted tickets for ghF members are available for $10 in advance or $12 at the gate. tickets are available online at, by calling, 409-765-7834 or at all area randall’s stores beginning November 5. attendees in victorian costumes receive $8 entry.

“this year marks the 45th anniversary of Dickens on the Strand. our holiday festival highlights the wonderful era of Charles Dickens in a backdrop of some of the nation’s finest victorian architecture,” states ghF executive Director, Dwayne Jones. “everyone who comes to our event shares in the beginning of the holiday season where the spirit of a Christmas Carol fills the streets. Join us for our annual festival of costumes, food, and entertainment.” the annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on multiple stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers, and a host of other entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gift items.

three descendants of Charles Dickens will grace the festival as ghF welcomes oliver ‘ollie’ Dickens, a great-great-great-grandson; Lucinda Dickens hawksley, a great-great-great-granddaughter; and Jane Dickens monk, a great-great-granddaughter. all descendants will be at numerous events throughout the weekend.


A dickens soiree at the 1892 Bishop’s Palace: Featuring specialty acts, award-winning performers and carefully curated food and drink options, last year’s soiree was one of the weekend’s highlights, and it’s back again for 2018! held at the breathtaking 1892 bishop’s Palace on Friday, November 30, attendees will enjoy live music by houston’s two Star Symphony, a special acrobatics presentation by Cirque La vie, and appearances by special guests including a reading by ollie Dickens, great-great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens. tickets are $75 and reservations are required. Breakfast with dickens: the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens, Jane monk, isn’t just coming to this year’s event to take in the sights and share her heritage, she’s also there to cook a traditional english breakfast! Join Jane and our award-winning chef, mary bass, at the beautiful 1892 bishop’s Palace on Saturday, December 1 or Sunday, December 2. tickets are $75 and reservations are required.

Fezziwig’s Friday Night: mr. Fezziwig was everything ebenezer wasn’t, and we pay tribute to his jovial personality at our Fezziwig’s beer hall. Join us Friday evening, November 30, from 5 to 9 p.m. for specialty acts, hearty brews, and new friends all hosted by Dickens descendant Jane monk. there will also be a specialty cocktail chosen from Cedric Dickens’ book Drinking With Dickens. admission is free for this lively start to the 45th anniversary.

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NEW IN 2018

Oliver ‘Ollie’ dickens – Great-great-great-grandson of Charles dickens: british actor ollie Dickens, who recently graduated from LamDa, one of the finest drama training academies in the world, and having previously graduated from the University of York with honors in writing, directing, and performance, makes his return to galveston for this year’s festival. ollie’s love for his heritage began 20 years ago when he first arrived on the island and had a minor role as tiny tim during his father’s dramatic readings of a Christmas Carol. he is the latest in a long tradition of Dickens descendants to participate in the festival and is looking forward to committing the same level of energy, intensity, and flair to his readings as his great-greatgreat grandfather would have done; if at all possible! dickens After dark: holders of this limited ticket will gain access to a private event hidden within the Dickens on the Strand grounds. held on Saturday, December 1 from 8-10 p.m., guests will receive the location a week before the event and enjoy unique performances, drink, and revelry for this new addition to the 45th annual victorian event, hosted by british actor, and great-great-great-grandson of Charles Dickens, oliver ‘ollie’ Dickens. tickets are $50 per person and reservations are required.


the festival weekend also hosts a multitude of spirited fun with events such as the crowd favorite Whimsical Whisker revue, a facial hair contest for the bearded and the dandy; the Dickens victorian bed races; victorian Costume Contest and daily parades through galveston's National historic Landmark Strand District. Special events also include: salute To sunset onboard the 1877 Tall ship eLissA: the texas Seaport museum transforms to a London wharf for this toast to the end of the day and beginning of the evening. the 1877 tall Ship eLiSSa welcomes you aboard Saturday, December 1 at 4:30 p.m. for heavy appetizers, cocktails, cannon fire and special guests leading up to Saturday night’s Pickwick’s Lanternlight Parade. tickets are $50 per person and reservations are required. holiday handbell Concerts: the 1859 St. Joseph's Church, the state's first wooden built church, well known for its exceptional acoustics, hosts three holiday handbell concerts on Friday, November 30 at 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m. tickets are $20 per person and reservations are required.

saint Arnold’s strand Walking Tours: Learn about the history of the Strand and enjoy some of Saint arnold brewing Company’s signature ales during this new tour. held twice a day during Dickens on the Strand, you’ll visit three festival pubs as you walk through the National historic Landmark district with your guide. tickets are $35 per person and include three complimentary beers. advanced registration encouraged.

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Weekends on the Water

Pinky’s Kayak Rentals 4106 Nasa Pkwy, # 1 El Lago, Texas 77586 713-510-7968

WABOS Water Sports 2515 NASA Parkway Seabrook, TX 77586 713-510-0516

Kayak Shack 622 Marina Bay Drive Kemah, Texas 77565 832-429-2094

Extreme Water Sports 1723 61st St. Galveston, TX 77551 409-539-3455


saturday dec. 8 at 6pm • Clear Lake/Kemah Channel bright lights and boats of all kinds will meet December 8 at 6 p.m. for the 57th annual Christmas boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake presented by the Cities of Clear Lake Shores, Kemah, League City, Nassau bay and Seabrook and produced by the Clear Lake area Chamber of Commerce. the parade will line up in the Nassau bay Lagoon and South Shore harbour marina, travel the channel past Seabrook and the Kemah boardwalk out into galveston bay and return. these beautifully decorated sail and power boats will dazzle and entertain thousands of spectators with their brightly colored lights, music and designs. Some boats will be decorated traditionally and others will look very unique. (the City of Nassau bay signals the start of the parade with their beautiful fireworks display. the boats will travel past spectators in League City, Clear Lake Shores, Nassau bay, Seabrook, the Kemah boardwalk, out into galveston bay and return.) For parade spectators, kicking off the holiday season should be a fun time of year to relax, spending time with loved ones and enjoying these brightly decorated vessels. Kemah is a great place to spend the day then enjoy the parade that evening.

the morning following the parade, awards will be given out at the traditional awards brunch in the ballroom of South Shore harbour resort. For additional information about the parade, sponsorships or an entry form for the parade, please call 281-488-7676 or e-mail the Clear Lake area Chamber of Commerce at early entry deadline is December 1st!

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Featured Attractions 1. Space Center Houston Visit Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor center of NASA's Johnson Space Center. Applaud the accomplishments of NASA and the U.S. 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 selfguided 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. Discount Tickets: Discount Space Center Houston tickets available at Bay Area Houston Visitors Center. 281-474-9700.

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31. GALVESTON EAST BEACH 1923 Boddeker Drive . . . .409-762-EAST 32. THE GRAND 1894 OPERA HOUSE 2020 Postoffice St.409-763-7173 33. THE STRAND HISTORIC DISTRICT Galveston . . . . . . . .713- 629-3700 34. MARDI GRAS MUSEUM 2309-2311 Ship’s Mechanic Row . . . .409-765-5930 35. MOODY MANSION MUSEUM 2618 Broadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .409-762-7668 36. BISHOP'S PALACE 1402 Broadway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .409-762-2475 37. GALVESTON RAILROAD MUSEUM 25th & Strand . .409-765-5700 38. TEXAS SEAPORT MUSEUM Pier 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .409-763-1877 39. OCEAN STAR OFFSHORE MUSEUM Pier 20 . . . . . .409-766-STAR 40. SEAWOLF PARK Pelican Island via Seawolf Parkway . . . .409-797-5114

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Bakkhus Taverna


T-bone Tom’s


Scout Bar

Where To EAT & DRINK

Luna’s Mexican

Russo’s Pizza

Monkey Bar

Katie’s Bar


1. Aspens................817 Clear Lake Rd. (Clear Lake Shores) 2. Bakfish Brewing Co. ..............1231 Broadway (Pearland) 3. Antonini’s Subs and Steaks ........602 6th Street (Kemah) 3. Bakkhus Taverna Greek................605 6th Street (Kemah) 4. Bayshore Grill & Billiards ............137 21st Street (Bacliff) 5. Bayview Duck ..............................3131 Hwy 146 (Bacliff) 6. Beers Looking At You ..........17074 Highway 3 (Webster) 7. Boldthouse Wine Pub....2234 NASA Parkway (Seabrook) 8. Boondoggles ....................4106 NASA Parkway (El Lago) 9. Buck Wild ..............1025 West NASA Parkway (Webster) 10. Cabo ............................2513 NASA Parkway (Seabrook) 11. Caps and Corks ..........500 Baybrook Mall in Food Court 12. Classic Cafe ....................2511 NASA Pkwy. (Seabrook) 13. Center Court Pizza & Brew ......3202 Marina Bay Blvd. J 14. Clear Creek Winery ..........................709 Harris (Kemah) 15. Chelsea Wine Bar ............4106 Nasa Pkwy # F (El Lago) 16. Chasin’ Tails ............................2402 Bay Area Boulevard 18. Cock-Eyed Seagull ......................1010B E. Nasa Road 1 19. Crazy Alan’s Swamp Shack ........309 4th Street(Kemah) 20. Crescent City Sports & Oyster Bar ..16605 El Camino Real 22. Dempsey’s Sports Pub ..20801 Gulf Freeway (Webster) 23. Dan’s Pizza Company ................................15148 Hwy 3 24. Dickinson Bar-B-Que & Steakhouse ..........2111 FM 517 25. Don Pico’s - Clear Lake ..................2110 Bay Area Blvd. 26. Don Pico’s - Pasadena ..............4940 Fairmont Parkway 27. Duo Winery & Cider Co. ................2006 Dickinson Ave 28. Easy Street Lounge ......112 N. Highway 3 (League City) 29. Esteban’s Cafe & Cantina..............402 West Main Street 31. Fatty’s..................................1717 2nd Street (Seabrook) 32. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood House ..............20760 Gulf Frwy 33. Floyd’s Cajun Seafood House ................1300 Broadway 34. Gabacho’s Mexican Grill ......................4449 NASA Rd. 1 35. Galveston Bay Beer Co. 12900 Fm 3436 Rd (Dickinson) 36. Garage Bar & Grill......1755 Hwy. 35 N Bypass Rd. (Alvin) 37. Gio’s Flying Pizza ....................................630 FM 517 Rd 38. Gordon St. Tavern....................114N. Gordon St. (Alvin) 39. Hugh & Jeff’s Car Wash & Grill ............1232 W. FM 646 40. J. Henry's Draught House ....1105 Clear Lake City Blvd. 41. Jackie’s Brickhouse ..1051 Marina Bay Drive (FM 2094) 42. Joe Lee’s Seafood Kitchen ..........1108 Marina Bay Drive

Rockey’s Piano Bar

Sundance Grill


South Belt • Pasadena • Galveston Bay • Galves

44. Katie’s......................................................315 Grand Ave. 45. Las Anitas............................................4622 NASA Rd. 1 46. La Brisa - Bacliff ......................................4001 Hwy 146 47. La Brisa - League City ..........501 Wesley Drive (@ I-45) 49. Las Haciendas • NASA ......................1020 NASA Rd. 1 50. Las Haciendas • I-45 ......................12933 Gulf Freeway 51. Las Haciendas • South Shore ........2951 Marina Bay Dr. 52. Legends Sports Grill........................6011 W Main Street 53. Lone Star Grill ..........................3435 Hwy 146 (Bacliff)) 54. Luna’s Mexican Restaurant ......6555 South Shore Blvd. 55. Main 101 Grill & Bar ..............101 E. Main St. (La Porte) 56. Main Event ......................................1125 Magnolia Ave. 57. Marais ....................................2111 FM 517 (Dickinson) 58. Malay Malay ..........2508 Gulf Fwy S #102 (League City) 59. Mamacita’s - Clear Lake........................515 E Nasa Rd 1 60. MamaRita’s - Pasadena..............7325 Spencer Highway 61. Maribelle’s ....................................3136-C NASA Road 1 62. Mario’s Italian • Seabrook ......1304 Bayport (Hwy 146) 63. Masa Sushi Fusion ..............................977 Nasa Road 1 64. Masa Sushi Sake Bar ............................1804 W. FM 646 65. Masa Sushi Japanese Restaurant ..1788 S. Friendswood Dr. 66. Mediterraneo Cafe & Pizza ............2409 Falcon Pass Dr. 67. Mediterraneo Market & Cafe ........18033 Upper Bay Rd. 87. Merlion ....................................1301 4th St. (Seabrook)) 68. MichiRu Sushi ......................20911 Gulf Fwy. (Webster) 69. Midnite Slice ..........................1605 Main St. (Seabrook) 70. Monkey Bar................................605 6th Street (Kemah) 71. Noah’s Ark Restaurant..............4438 Boulevard (Bacliff) 72. Nobi Public House............241 E NASA Pkwy, (Webster) 73. Opus Ocean Grill ................................1002 Aspen Road 74. Palapa Bar..................................608 6th Street (Kemah) 75. Pomodoro’s Cucina Italiana ........2700 Marina Bay Drive 76. Pizza Here ............................609 Bradford Ave. (Kemah) 77. Preamble Lounge & Craft House ....20801 Gulf Fwy #12 78. Russo’s NY Pizzaria ........1660 W. FM 646(League City) 79. Rockey’s Piano Bar ....................18313 Egret Bay Blvd. 80. Railean Distillery ................341 5th Street (San Leon) 81. Saloon Door Brewing Co. ..............105A Magellan Circle 82. Sam’s Boat ..................................13101 NASA Parkway 83. San Luis Resort ........................5222 Seawall Boulevard

Dan’s Pizza

Scotty’s OTB


84. Scotty’s Pub .............................. 85. Scotty’s Pub On The Bay ........... 86. Scout Bar ................................... 88. Signatures ..................3659 NA 89. Skallywag Suds N' Grub ............ 90. Skipper’s..................1026 FM 20 91. South Shore Harbour Resort..250 92. Star Cinema Grill ......702 Baybr 93. Sundance Grill II .................. 80 94. Stuttgarden Tavern On the Stran 95. Stuttgarden Tavern Texas City....10 43. Stuttgarden Kemah .................... 96. Thai Spice Kitchen ..................30 97. Thai Stellar ......................803 NA 98. The Spot ........................3204 Se 99. The Hop ....................................1 100. Texas Roadhouse ..........18194 101. The Tree House................901 N 102. Time Out Sports Bar #1 ......... 103. Time Out Sports Bar #2 .......... 104. Time Out Sports Bar #3 ..........4 105. Tommy’s Restaurant Oyster Ba 106. Tookie’s Burgers ....................4 107. Tookie’s Seafood..........1106 B 108. Topwater Grill ......................81 109. T-bone Tom’s ........................... 110.Tuscany Bistro..................2951 111. Union Tavern ............................ 112. Valdo’s Seafood House ........... 113. Vino e Formaggio ........20801 114. Volcano Room......................... 115. Zone 504 ................................. 116.-125. KEMAH BOARDWALK R 116. Aquarium; 117. Pizza Oven; 1 119. The Flying Dutchman; 120. Ba 121. Cadillac Bar; 122. Bubba Gump 123. Lighthouse Buffet; 124. Landr 125. Saltgrass Steakhouse

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Railean Distillery

Noah’s Ark

Gio’s Pizza




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Crazy Alan’s S.S.

Mediterraneo Cafe

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Brewmasters Festival @ Moody Gardens

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Paradise Tropical Wines: Continued From Page 45

there are now outside seating areas in the front and rear of the building.

in the back of the new location, patio tables and outdoor games are available for guests to enjoy.

“We have corn hole, washers and giant Jenga,” she said. “it’s a perfect spot to enjoy the nice weather.” For those who love both beer and wine, Paradise tropical Wines allows for a mix of tastings of beer, wine and wine smoothies.

“You may not know what you want or like, and we allow you to experience wine and craft beer in a judgment-free environment,” michele said. “Drinking wine (or beer) should be fun!” Prior to michele and her husband Sal opening Paradise tropical Wines, they had tasted the unique blended wine and fell in love with it when they first tasted it, michele said.

“Within 48 hours of trying it, we knew this was something we had to bring back to texas,” she said.

PtW exclusively offers fruit wine created at the Florida orange groves Winery in St. Petersburg, Florida. the wines are made with 100% pure tropical fruit and none of the wines contain grapes or grape blends. “there are 4 to 9 pounds of fruit per bottle,” michele said.

the Florida winery uses a special fermentation, aging and bottling process and each wine tastes like the juice it is made from. all of the fruit wines are also free of tannins and gluten and there is no added sugar or sulfites. tannins are derived from the skins, stems and seeds from the grapes used to produce the wine. the natural quality of the wine was an ultimate attraction to the wine, michele said. She explained she is allergic to tannins and cannot consume regular wines. traditional red wines are in contact with the grape for a longer period of time, which is why they tend to have higher tannins. “Sal didn’t even like wine, but he loves this wine! We really do have something for everyone here,” michelle said. “99 percent of people who try it, love it. it’s unique.”

Paradise tropical Wines is open Sunday through thursday from noon to 6 p.m. and from noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. this tasting room and boutique offers private party opportunities after the regular business hours for groups of 8 to 20 people. the cost is $20 per person and includes four half glasses of wine or a mixture of beer, wine and wine smoothies. PtW’s boutique offers thoughtful gift options for drink lovers as well. they carry vivajennz Wine Purses and totes, SWig shatterproof glassware, coastal cork cages, Lolita hand-painted wine glasses and custommade gift baskets. as an added bonus, guests can take their beer or wine drinks to go while perusing other local businesses nearby.

“We have loved being a part of the Kemah Lighthouse District. as a local business, we fit in well with the casual water-front crowds,” michele said. “We encourage everyone to come by for a fun and unique experience! Welcome to Paradise!”

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THE LIST: Houston Area Breweries

8th Wonder Brewery 2202 Dallas St,. Houston, TX 77003

Moontower Inn 3004 Canal St, Houston, TX 77003

Sigma Brewing Co. 3118 Harrisburg Blvd Houston, TX 77003

Buffalo Bayou Brewing 5301 Nolda St. Houston, TX 77007

SpindleTap Brewery 10622 Hirsch Rd Houston, TX 77016

Karbach Brewing 2032 Karbach Street Houston, TX 77092

City Acre Brewing 3418 Topping St Houston, TX 77093

Brash Brewing 10 W Crosstimbers Rd, Houston, TX 77018 Whole Foods Market Brewing 1700 Post Oak Blvd. Houston, TX 77056

Saint Arnold Brewing 2000 Lyons Ave. Houston, TX 77020

Platypus Brewing 1992 Washington Ave. Houston, TX 77007

Town in City Brewing 1125 West Cavalcade Houston, TX 77009

Holler Brewing Company 2206 Edwards St. Houston, TX 77007

Eureka Heights Brewing 941 W 18th Street Houston, TX 77008

Running Walker Beer 3421 FM 359 Richmond, Texas

Back Pew Brewing 26452 Sorters-McLellan Rd Porter, TX

11 Below Brewing 6820 Bourgeois Rd Houston, TX

Texas Leaguer Brewing Company 13503 Pike Rd. Missouri City, TX 77489

Copperhead Brewery 822 N Frazier St Conroe, TX 77304

Cycler's Brewing 17105 Osburn Rd Montgomery, TX 77356

No Label Brewing 5351-A 1st Street Katy, TX 77493 Baileson Brewing 2322 Bissonnet Houston, Texas 77005

Under The Radar Brewery 1506 Truxillo St. Houston, TX 77004

Great Heights Brewing 938 Wakefield Dr, Houston, TX 77018

Huff Brewing Co. 9807 Koehn Rd. Bellville, TX 77418

Lone Pint 507 Commerce Street Magnolia, TX 77355

Brigadoon Brewery #1 & Brew School 21778 FM 1774, Plantersville, TX 77363

Southern Star Brewing 1207 N FM 3083 Conroe, TX 77303

Brazos Valley Brewing 201 W. First St. Brenham, Texas 77833

B52 Brewing 12470 Milroy Ln, Conroe, TX 77304

Ingenious Brewing 1986 S Houston Ave, Humble, TX 77396

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THE LIST: Local Producers of Brew, Spirits & Wine

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Fetching Lab Brewery

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Bakfish Brewing 1231 E Broadway St Pearland, Texas



Texas Beer Refinery

Haak Vineyards


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Clear Creek Winery

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Saloon Door Brewing

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105 Magellan Cir, Webster, Texas


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Duo Winery & Cider Company

Devil and the Deep

2425 Postoffice St Galveston, Texas 77550


709 Harris Ave. Kemah, TX 77565


2150-A Dickinson Ave., Dickinson, TX 77539


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Celis Brewery is releasing its seasonal Celis Dubbel Coffee Porter on tap and, for the first time, offering the beer in cans. The recipe, developed by Christine Celis in 2014, is the world’s first Dubbel Coffee Porter. It is brewed using international cold-pressed coffee from Austin-based Summer Moon Coffee Bar, certain to appeal to individuals who enjoy coffee and beer alike.


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“It blew our minds how quickly we sold out of our Dubbel Coffee Porter last fall,” says Christine Celis, founder of Celis Brewery. “It is an incredibly popular beer. To make sure we have enough of it this year, we increased our production. Lots of people asked for it in cans. We heard you loud and clear. This is a delicious coffee porter brewed with Guatemalan and Mexican coffee beans.”

Celis Dubbel Coffee Porter, ABV 7%, is brewed using Belgian dubbel yeast, along with Hallertau and Millenium hops. It has lush aromas of dry fruit with caramel-malt and chocolate. It is light in bitterness balanced with a hint of sweetness. The full-flavored porter has pleasant tastes of subdued berries, dark malts, and equal amounts of coffee and cocoa from the infusion of the coffee blend. It is a robust yet smooth, rich-bodied beer with light carbonation and a gorgeous creamy head. It is a perfect cozy beer for the festive months of fall and winter. The Celis porter pairs really well with seasonal dishes and holiday parties. The acidity of the coffee married with the roasty malt flavors enhance the caramelized deliciousness of a holiday ham. The berry and cocoa flavors of the porter are an excellent accompaniment to smoked brisket. Flavorful Stilton and blue cheeses are delicious with the dark contrast of the porter. For those who enjoy black coffee with desert, this coffee porter is a match made in heaven with dark chocolate cakes. Celis Dubbel Coffee Porter is available on draft and in cans across Texas. Ask for it at your favorite bars, restaurants, and stores. The limited-production, seasonal craft beer is available until it runs out.

Houston’s Hottest Brewer Calendar is coming soon!

The Clear Lake & Galveston Girls Pint Out and Houston Beer Guide have teamed up to create the 2019 Houston’s Hottest Brewer Calendar benefiting CraftPAC. Members of the Girls Pints out and photographer Shawn McDermott have been doing photo shoots of male and female commercial brewers at breweries across the region, from Galveston to Spring Branch and beyond. Stay tuned to The SCENE or check out the Clear Lake & Galveston Girls Pint Out page on Facebook to learn more and get the preorder notification which is coming soon! CraftPAC is a Texas-based general purpose Political Action Committee (PAC) founded by Texas Craft Brewers. Its explicit purpose is to protect the rights of Texas breweries and to champion common sense, 21st century legislative reforms. The mission of the Clear Lake & Galveston Girls Pint Out is to build a community of women who love craft beer and who are an active, contributing part of the greater craft beer community.


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Where: 10943 Scarsdale Blvd. When: Every day 4-8pm What: $2.50 Domestic Beer & Well Drinks. $3 Wines. Fireball always $4. Ask about daily specials.

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Where: 3202 Marina Bay Dr. F When: Every day 4-8pm What: $2.75 Domestic Beer & Well Drinks. $3 Wines. Fireball always $4. Ask about daily specials. --------------------------

Where: 600 6th Street, Kemah When: Mon-Fri, Noon to 7pm What: $5 Premium Wells, $3 Longnecks, $4 Fireballs -------------------------Where: 3435 Hwy 146 • Bacliff When: Mon.-Fri. 11am-7pm What: $3 House ’Ritas; $4 Flavored House ’Ritas; $2.75 Dom Bottle Beer; $3.25 Import/Premium Bottle Beer; $3.50 Well Drinks (single liquor); $4 Wine. House Ritas $2.50 all day Wednesday -------------------------

Where: 2234 E NASA Pkwy, Seabrook, TX 77586 When: All day Monday (4pm – 12am); 4-7pm Tuesday – Friday What: $2 off all draft beer & glasses of wine; $5 off all bottles of wine

Where: 4438 Boulevard What & When: All Day Mon.Thurs.: $3 Wells, 50¢ off Calls, 75¢ off Premiums; Sat. 7am4pm & Sun. All Day: $3 Bloody Marys, Mimosas or Screwdrivers; Mon.-Thurs.:1/2-Price Well Drinks While Raining at Noah’s! Parrots Nest Happy Hour: Mon.-Thurs. 3-6 p.m. 2-for-1 Appetizers. ------------------------

Where: 605A 6th Street, Kemah When: Mon.-Fri., 11am to 7pm What: $5 Premium Wells $5 House Wine By The Glass $4.50 All Crafts (13 taps) ------------------------

Where: 310 Texas Ave, Kemah When/What: 50 cents off any drink until 6pm -----------------------Where: 4624 Nasa Rd 1, Seabrook When: 11am7pm, daily What: Ritas and Draft Beer ------------------------

Where: 1660 W. FM 646, Suite C, League City When: Mon. - Wed. 3-8pm; Thurs. 3-9:30pm, Friday - 3-8pm What: $2 Draft Beer, $4 House Wine, 1/2 off appetizers

Where: 406 Texas Ave. (Kemah) When: Mon. - Fri. 3-6pm; What: $2.99 Margaritas, $3.50 Wells; Draft Specials include $2 Pint Bud Light ($10 Pitcher); $2.25 Shiner Pint ($10.50 Pitcher); $2.75 Dos XX Pint ($11.50 Pitcher); $3.50 Dome Faux’m Pint ($11.50 Pitcher); $3.75 St. Arnold Pint ($11.25 Pitcher); $4.25 Tiki Wheat Pint ($12.75 Pitcher). Sunday Funday: $3 Bloody Marys & Mimosas All Day -----------------------Where: 2402 Bay Area Blvd. When: 4-7pm Daily What: $3.50 house wines, $2.50 domestic draft beer and bottles, $3.50 10 oz daiquiri $3 Wells & food specials.

Where: 6555 South Shore Blvd. When: Mon.-Fri. 11am - 7pm & Sat. 11am - 6 pm What: Drink Specials ------------------------

Where: 315 Grand Ave., Bacliff When: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm What: Drink specials + Mon: $3.25 Well Ritas, Tues: $3.50 Crown Apple, Wed: $3.50 American Honey, $3.50 Fireballs

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Where: 609 Bradford Ave, Kemah When: All Day every Monday What: $2 Domestic Bottle Beer -------------------------

Where: 605 6th St., Suite C, Kemah When: Mon.-Fri. Noon to 7pm What: $3.50 Wells, $2.50 Dom. Pints --------------------------

Where: 650 FM 517 (Dickinson) When: Monday - Friday 3-6pm What: $1.99 Domestic Draft Pints; $2.99 Premium Draft Pints; $2.99 House Wine & Appetizers --------------------------

Where: 2660 Marina Bay Dr. When/What: Monday through Friday 2 to 6pm $1 off frozen drinks, $1 off draft beer, $5 select nachos special ground beef, shredded chicken and spicy pork. Margarita Mondays see ad.

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MAIN 101 Grill and Bar: 101 E. Main St. • La Porte

how long have you been a bartender + how long at Main 101? i have been bartending off and on since i was 18. i stopped for about 6 years and went into retail management. i have been here at main 101 as the bartender for about 6 months now.

What do you love about working at Main 101? What i love about working at main 101 are the regulars who have become like family to me, as well as an awesome staff.

YOuR favorite day of the week to work at Main 101? & why? my favorite day to work at main101 is thursday, we have half price drinks all day and a live Jazz saxophonist. Needless to say, with good sports good music, and my awesome regulars, a good time is inevitable!

Are there any new drinks or promotions you're excited about? my signature drink is my old fashioned, which has grown very popular. i've done a lot of research on this cocktail, which has several different ways to make it, and i have taken a piece of each version and made it my own.

What do you do when not at work? as much as i love creating cocktails, during my free time i am a self-proclaimed beer connoisseur. i love to hop around to different local breweries in the houston area, and eat lots of good food. it is safe to say i am a foodie as well.

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The most rewarding part of your job (emotionally)? the most rewarding part of my job is seeing the guest's reactions to the different techniques used to make my craft cocktails. and then seeing their faces light up when they taste my creations.

5 words that describe you: Five words that best describe me would probably be genuine, respectful, hard-working, and ambitious.

What do you love aout the Bay Area? the best thing i like about the bay area is that there is so much to do. With the way it is growing, there are a lot of good places to eat, along with great bars, and breweries. So i never get bored.

Best tip you ever got: the biggest tip i have ever received was $600. i was bartending for the lunch shift at a Papas restaurant and a gentleman finished his ice tea and shrimp po boy and left $600. to this day i have no clue as to why he was so generous.

What inspires you? all of my inspiration comes from my parents. i am very proud of the person i am today, and it was all because of the wonderful parents that raised me with respect, and good moral values. i like to think i have turned in to the good people person i am because of them.

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deCOMPRess - We were in need of a nice quiet place to UNWiND and vino e Formaggio was the place. this new spot on the SCeNe is coming up on their one-year anniversary, surviving a strip center upgrade of i-45 proportions. With their “stylish interior, excellent service, large wine list, live music and great food,” we went with the cheese plate, amber beer and glasses of red to go along with greg Stephens serenading an acoustic assortment of classic americana covering Dr. hook, Jackson brown, James taylor, timothy b. Schmidt and much much more. greg’s vocals are amongst the area’s finest and this evening, he was experimenting with a vocalizer for some fun. i’ve jammed with Stephens at the open mics at the Cock-eyed Seagull and discovered the hard way during the jam that he Greg Stephens @ plays not merely the 3-4 Vino e Formaggio chord progressions, but managed to squeeze in the entire circle — making music with Stephens can be a challenge if you’re attempting to play along on the 6 or 12 string, but perhaps easier if you’re joining him on bass, percussion, or keys. regardless, vino e Formaggio & Stephens — a good pairing…..

it’S a WraP - holiday season is upon us. time to reflect and take stock of what we’ve accomplished this year, and to spend time with friends and families. i’ve enjoyed sharing time with many of you out and about on the place we call the SCeNe and looking forward to catching up with some good local live music in the weeks ahead. C’ya our there!

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TOuR sTOP CLeAR LAKe - “hot ticket” - were the words roland used to describe Sons of texas at Scout bar. i think he described it perfectly about this bluesy metal band. in their words, “Sons of texas was spawned in mcallen, Sons of Texas @ Scout Bar texas, a valley town without the music legacy of austin or arlington. the scene vibes “music for music’s sake” with metalcore bands, blues-rock bands, and straight up rock n’ roll bands swapping members and sharing bills. Sons of texas solidified in 2013 around a lineup of local all-stars. the group is comprised of mark morales (vocals), mike villarreal (drums), Nick villarreal (bass), Jon olivarez (rhythm guitar), and Jes De hoyos (lead guitar). Despite being just in their mid-20s, never having recorded an album, and having only existed for about a year, the guys play with seasoned authenticity and fiery brilliance. in my words, i hadn’t heard a band play this all together locally since the evening theory of a Dead man came into town. on the sound board, reuben had this band dialed in perfectly and alex gave the band a big stage full light treatment making for a stellar evening. it was a full evening of music. We arrived in time to check in on Driven With insanity out of Sante Fe. earlier in the evening was black market tragedy from baytown. We had covered DWi (members include blayze Dawson, Logan Dawson and Driven With Insanity @ adam alvarado) as they were emerging onto the local live music SCeNe in 2013. Ferociously intense Scout was they way i remembered them back then Bar which appears true to this day. We’ve missed the black market tragedy set, but have covered them recently in the SCeNe, impressed with their international caliber of live performances along with their down-to-earth “Local hometown friendly.” i got to chat with the band (anthony Jones {guitar}, vali reinhardt {vocals}, Joel hayter {Drums}, matt reinhardt {bass}) at their merch table and really like the recipe they’ve come up with for doing what they like making music… i believe we’ll someday get to see bmt on the big stage at a large local festival someday in the future. to be continued.... - Continued on Page 38

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VeLVeT PuNCh - With baseball playoff out of the way for another season, it was time to check out the party band, and Jackie’s brickhouse was the spot where we caught velvet Punch for the first time. this houston-based dance band put on a show that was crisp and clean. their performance and playlist included classic ’80s, Disco, motown and r&b tunes from the past, and current hits, too, had no problem at all getting everybody up and moving to the groovin’. this band captures nicely, the true essence, soul and emotion of each song they perform. this attention to detail brings the audience back to a time and a place, and stirs up all of those memories of when they heard these songs for the first time. Saying the same thing differently, of interest to me was how listeners would think this is a loud band while they carry the tune at a comfortable 107db. Listeners think they’re loud because they’re play loud songs with crisp and clean accuracy... Somethings to think about.

POWeRBALL FeVeR - Unfortunately, i didn’t win the huge jackpot and chances are neither did you. however, i was able to get the next best thing and you can too, which would be an evening at t-bone tom’s with hanna’s reef playing on the Landshark stage. Founded in 2002, this texas born and raised band has been gracing stages in beach bars, festivals, and private parties all along the gulf Coast. their signature high energy “beach” sound has been entertaining folks ever since. incorporating elements of country, calypso, and pure pop and rock, the band’s original music has been a mainstay of Parrot heads, sailors, and beach lovers throughout the country, thanks in large part to internet radio stations, and radio margaritaville. their live show provides the perfect backdrop for an “escape to the islands.” they are one of the few bands in the nation to combine steel drums, lead guitar, and a kick-ass rhythm section into their show. What i like about this band is their resilience. Despite the loss of the late bud byram, the late bobby Summers, and the late troy allan, hanna’s reef has been able to keep the music alive with a rebuilt lineup including: Jerry Diaz out on front, mark mireles (steel drums, guitar & vocals), howard mcmichael (steel drums(, trey Newmiller (drums), earl Sanders (percussion), Nick montou (bass) and heli martinez (guitar). “as a band, hanna’s reef draws on a diverse musical background to produce an original style they call “texas beach music.” a veteran rhythm section provides a rock-n-roll beat that accompanies the tropical sounds of steel drums and congas. Diaz rounds out each song with his own personal brand of storytelling and has accomplished five CDs under their belt. off the top of my head and locally speaking, only ezra Charles, and the hunger have as many. i scored two of the band’s recent albums on a beach in mexico and rum Drinks & Sandy beaches, have totally enjoyed both and strongly recommend either as holiday gifts. You may not have won the huge lotto, but you still can score some mighty fine music from Hanna’s Reef Jerry Diaz and hanna’s reef. @ T-Bone Tom’s - Continued on Page 39

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hARBOR hALL ReVeRB - i had always wondered how live music would sound at the South Shore harbor resort, a place with the hard surfaces and high ceilings. in my head, a reverberant cathedral came to mind. and so we ventured to this League City gathering spot to catch a band i often use for calibration, Wood & Wind. i was taken by surprise as the acoustic haven i had envisioned was jam-packed with baseball playoff fans and early halloween adult partners creating background level sound levels starting at a whopping 97 db. Normally, i would say that the music would be a washout, but on this evening, bobbie and Steve (joined by longtime guitar virtuoso, Dalton Wheeler) held ground superbly and tastefully by bringing flutist aaron Dunlop on stage and with moderate amplification, regained sonic control of the situation. i was impressed and intrigued enough to mark this locale for a music listening follow up. a surprise guest in the audience was David Schwope who has been traveling a lot recently. it was good catching up with Schwope and look forward to catching up with this guitar minstrel down the road. to be continued....

Wood & Wind @ South Shore Harbour Resort

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RAisiNG MONeY FOR The Kids - is what we’ve been covering at the annual houston Livestock rodeo each spring. the event always has great live music shows with plenty of libations “for the kids.” events on this magnitude are quite the undertaking, and in recent years, the SCeNe has connected with the houston metro go texan NaSa/Clear Creek / Friendswood Sub Committee checking out their annual fundraiser, ghosts and goblins Who Cook. this adult-only event for the big kids was truly a hoot with folks in full costume attire, mountains of great food, and plenty of silent auction items to bid on. i know this spring, we will see many of these good people in their western wear and smiling faces. in october, it was all makeup, masks, and musing if you actually knew anybody. trick or treat!!! - Continued on Page 40

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ALMOsT ThANKsGiViNG - Which is what happened in texas City. a year ago, first responders were working the deep flood waters from hurricane harvey, and things simply were a mess. this year in october, under bright sunny skies and cool dry breezes, the community gathered together throwing down an exceptionally fine First texas City music Festival to honor and celebrate local first responders. Complete with old fashion bake sales, cold beer and bbQ, the bands covered the span of Country & Western, Texas City Music Festival bluegrass and Jazz. many of the music talent were well connected the the bay area bluegrass association that plays regularly at the Johnny arolfo community center in League City. Quality music for a quality cause! Well done!

TeXAs eQuuseARCh FuNdRAiseR - When it comes to answering the call, there is no group that does so better than tim miller and the texas equusearch organization, who carries on search and rescue, no matter the outcome. the SCeNe has covered fundraisers for this local organization for years. a lot has changed, yet so much remains the same. hats off to John barrera for stepping up into the role of event manager that brought in a cool six-figures. it was great seeing Jackie Powell and all of the familiar and new friendly faces who made it out to be a part. the folks at Jackie’s brickhouse were ever over-the-top hosting this good karma event and the Charity Lighthouse team with their 100 active member strong team smashed it out of the park serving up out of the world Snapper and gator plates. great job people! Cheers!! - Continued on Page 41

Texas Equusearch Fundraiser @ Jackie’s Brickhouse

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Loose Notes this year’s World Series happened without us and like many of you, i didn’t win the big power ball…. the good news is that the world didn’t end, and we got to enjoy some really good live music on the SCeNe and had a chance to catch up with a lot of your in october. here’s a rundown of what we sampled:

by Andy Eng

KATie’s - over the past several years, i’ve been testing a theory of checking out bands i’ve never heard before a Katie’s and without fail in october, the show was fantastic when i stopped Jordan Matthew Band @ Katie’s Bar in to check out the power trio making up the Jordan matthew Young band. the “dusty throated Jordan Young peels through heavy layers of blazing guitar and a mean, 4 on the floor, rhythm section. bluesy, and soulful rock driven anthems.” there was a full house at Katie’s, and we had to drive around the block a couple times before we found a parking spot which confirms to me that music lovers around the region knows Katie’s is the place for great live music. musically, this coast-to-coast band has a sound that is all their own. originating from Lubbock, and brought to us via austin their website chronicles extended ventures into the gusto lands of Colorado and Utah. to the ears, this raw soulful blues is Acoustex @ uniquely interpreted with southern rock seasonings like know Bayview Duck one else.

my bet stands: Pick a night, any night... Catch the live music at Katie’s and bring a guest — they’ll think you’re a genius!

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NeW BANd ALeRT - Which would be a four-piece group, acoustex, and we got to check them out at the bayview Duck — Friend of the galactic Coast brewery, purveyors of fine mixology concoctions, and supporters of local live music. this band consists of Craig anderson on bass along with Ken martin, monica Davidson and rick valente on acoustic rhythm and lead, all chip in on the vocals and all can carry a lead. their tones are clearly rosewood and mahogany over tubes and pedals while their numbers included Steeley Dan, allman brothers, and america. easy on the ears and good on the brain…

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PARADISE TROPICAL WINES relocates to historic building

in Kemah Lighthouse District By Twila Lindblade

Nestled in a major hotspot in Kemah in a historic yellow house, there’s a one-of-a-kind gem that offers more than meets the eye. a large covered porch welcomes guests and offers an abundance of unique experiences.

Paradise tropical Wines is a boutique wine shop and tasting room that offers fruit wines from Florida. these beverages canNot be found anywhere else in texas! they recently moved to their NeW location at 603 bradford ave. in Kemah, in an effort to offer its customers an even better encounter for beverage tasting and entertainment. the local beverage haven is now featuring ballast Point beer as well! ballast Point beer is based out of San Diego, California. PtW offers six beers on tap and 10-plus bottled beers for guests to enjoy.

“everyone receives four complimentary tastings. We carry a full range of ballast Point beers, and no one else in the houston area carries more than us,” owner michele Cisneros said. “We have iPas, light lagers to more hoppy beers and stouts.”

these beers range in a variety of styles while some are offered year round and others are more seasonal. Longfin Lager, a classic german style beer is, one of the beers that PtW carries on tap, for example. as a special treat, beer lovers can purchase a mystery bucket of beer to try multiple varieties. “it’s something fun! You don’t know what you’re getting,” michele said.

Kat Clemons, a local business professional and beer lover, recently visited the new Paradise tropical Wines location and invited friends to join her.

“i’m a huge fan! Not only do they now serve some amazing beers, but they have a fun place to come on a date night or with a group of friends,” she said. although the business has now been in operation for two years in Kemah, they have a revamped location that allows guests to stay and relax a little longer. the new location is the “little yellow house” situated between toucan alley and Skallywag on bradford in Kemah. - Continued on Page 31

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Everlast • sun, dec 2, 2018: everlast, also known at times as Whitey Ford and erik Francis Shrody, may be best known for his time with house of Pain or his hit single “What it’s Like,” still in heavy rotation on rock stations some two decades later. back with a new album, Whitey Ford’s house of Pain, everlast will bring his blend of hip-hop, rock, folk, funk, and r&b to Scout on December 2. Doors: 7 p.m.; Show: 8 p.m.

Drowning Pool w/sons of Texas, To Whom it May, shaving susie • Fri., dec. 7, 2018: Let the bodies hit the floor, and Drowning Pool hit the stage! the band best known for their hit single “bodies” from 2001 has been releasing several rock chart-toppers including 2009’s “37 Stitches” and “Feel Like i Do,” touring both the U.S. and abroad, and performing for troops all over the world, as well. Drowning Pool will rock the Scout stage on December 7th with supporting acts Sons of texas, to Whom it may, and Shaving Susie. Doors: 6:30 p.m.; Show: 7 p.m. The Guitar Collective III - Angel Vivaldi / Nita Strauss w/Jacky Vincent, The steve satchel Band, Russ driver Band • Wed., dec. 12, 2018: get ready for a dynamic show of guitar virtuosity on December 12! Worldrenowned, award-winning guitarist angel vivaldi, firmly in the progressive/neoclassical metal category, will shred the stage on December 12. accompanying him will be Nita “hurricane” Strauss, who is perhaps best known for her work with the iron maidens (all-female iron maiden tribute band) and orianthi in the band of alice Cooper. Several dynamic supporting acts including Jacky vincent, the Steve Satchel band, and the russ Driver band make this a night not to be missed! Doors: 7 p.m.; Show 7:30 p.m.

Dirty Reckless Friday, Nov. 16


Mark May

Saturday, Nov. 17 KATIE’S BAR


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Ultimately, the van halen tribute is one not to miss this month at Jackie’s brickhouse!

“We’re going to take you down memory lane – we want you to sit back in the moment, and go back to a time that you didn’t have any worries or responsibilities except who was going to buy beer on the weekend. We love it when we hear things like, ‘Wow, i really feel like i was at a van halen concert in ’79,” he said. “i love this, and i love seeing people enjoy themselves as much as i do!”

the van halen tribute will “Jump!” into Jackie’s brickhouse on Saturday, November 17 beginning at 9 p.m. with the Led zeppelin tribute. get ready to have an unforgettable rocking night that takes you back down memory lane — and when you go, make sure to tell them the SCeNe sent you!

Kelly McGuire Band Wednesday, Nov. 21 T-BONE TOM’S


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Scout Bar Hosts Stellar National

& Global Acts to Close Out 2018 By sarah Piña

Scout bar is a name that is synonymous by now for bringing the newest “undiscovered” acts as well as some of the biggest acts from all over the nation and the globe. November and December prove to bring even more star power, however! Check out the must-see acts upcoming at Scout bar—and when you go, make sure to tell them the SCeNe sent you!

Dave Kelldorf Band Saturday, Nov. 10 THE BOLDT HOUSE

An Evening with EVAN + ZANE (featuring evan Rachel Wood + Zane Carney) • Wed., Nov. 14, 2018: this new power duo is making waves across the U.S. with their unique cabaretesque sound. evan is actually award-winning actress and singer evan rachel Wood of Westworld fame, among other prominent shows, and zane is grammy-nominated guitarist/singer-songwriter zane Carney, known for his work with everyone from John mayer to U2. a star-studded show not to be missed! Doors: 7:30 p.m.; Show: 8:30 p.m.

Hoobastank – The Reason 15th Anniversary Tour w/secondhand serenade and Lies of an Alibi • Fri., Nov. 23, 2018: the three-time grammy-nominated band perhaps best known for its song “the reason,” hoobastank is back for the reason’s 15th anniversary tour. the band is back with their sixth studio album, their first since Fight or Flight (2012). Secondhand Serenade and local houston favorites Lies of an alibi will open the show. Doors: 7 p.m.; Show: 8 p.m.


Monday, Nov. 12 SCOUT BAR

Smile Empty Soul w/Asleep in the Wake, Pretty Vacant, dead set Red, Khan • sat., Nov. 24, 2018: the California-based band hits the Scout stage in late November with their unique brand of self-described “post-grunge” from the late ’90s. to date, Smile empty Soul has released 7 full-length studio albums, the first of which went gold, 2 ePs, and more. Supporting acts include asleep in the Wake, Pretty vacant, Dead Set red, and Khan. get ready to rock on the, Clear Lake! Doors: 7 p.m.; Show: 8 p.m.


King’s X w/Peace and the Chaos, Rain Child, Billy Rocks • Fri., Nov. 30, 2018: the legendary band King’s X returns November 30 for another killer rock show! SCeNe readers may recall an exciting interview that lead vocalist and world-renowned bassist dUg Pinnick gave me last January in which he recounted his incredible music career and touring with some of the biggest rock bands in music history, including KiSS, aerosmith, rolling Stones and aC/DC. Since 1979, Pinnick (bass/vocals), Jerry gaskill (drums/vocals), and ty tabor (guitar/vocals)—collectively known as the progressive metal and soul trio King’s X— have been making hit records and playing shows all over the world. the band has since ranked #83 on vh1's 100 greatest artists of hard rock, and have also released over a dozen albums featuring the radio hits "it’s Love," "black Flag," and "Dog man." Doors: 7 p.m.; Show: 8 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15 T-BONE TOM’S

The Spazmatics Friday, Nov. 16

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Van Halen Tribute “Jumps” into Jackie’s Brickhouse this month! By sarah Piña

the bay area has been fortunate to host a wide variety of stellar tribute acts in recent years, and Jackie’s brickhouse in Kemah will be serving up even more rocking shows in November!

Miles Zuniga of Fastball Thursday, Nov. 8


vht, or van halen tribute, will return to the stage this month with their show that is truly the closest thing audiences can experience next to the original band itself. Formed in 2015, vht quickly gained a large following, bringing those from the era down memory lane with hits such as “Jump,” “hot for teacher,” and “runnin’ with the Devil.”

“We really try to give the full van halen experience,” said guitarist george mangos, who is also wellknown as the ritchie Sambora of the local bon Jovi tribute (Let it rock). “and it’s just evolved to where we’ve been able to bring the show to the house of blues in houston, and in Dallas, as well as the aztec theater in San antonio. and we are really excited to bring the experience to Jackie’s this month!” he said.

Mickey Avalon/Dirt Nasty Friday, Nov. 9 SCOUT BAR

the current lineup of the vht experience along with mangos includes blackie edge (vocals); anthony eaton (drums); brad Caudle (bass). both eaton and Caudle, who also take part in a rush tribute, will perform in the opening Led zeppelin tribute for the Jackie’s show before vht hits the stage with antics reminiscent of a live van halen show.

“blackie really brings out the best of what David Lee roth used to be. he’s a great showman and really takes it to the limit, but he’s also one of the most down-to-earth guys in the music business,” mangos said. “We put our hearts into it. one of our last shows, anthony was even on the lighting rig hanging over the audience!” he laughed. to add to the authenticity of the performance, mangos — who has built guitars for over 30 years — plays a guitar during shows that is an exact rendering of that used in van halen.

“i always say i get the idea for the guitar and the band comes after that. it’s the exact same guitar, it’s authentic, and stage-worthy,” said mangos, who also performs on a ritchie Sambora guitar he built in his bon Jovi tribute. “We are always working on harmonies and listening to live recordings. We take this really seriously,” he said, adding that for even more showmanship, “my wife has also made me a couple of outfits, like those from the ‘hot for teacher’ video, for example.” - Continued on Page 46

November 2018 •

Ulrich Ellison & Tribe Friday, Nov. 9 KATIE’S BAR

Metal Shop

Friday, Nov. 9 SCOUT BAR


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Tuesday, Nov. 20

Vinyl Draught 37 - RUSH will be held at Preamble Lounge & Craft House (20801 Gulf Freeway, Webster, Texas 77598) on

Tuesday, Nov. 20 from 7-9pm. Vinyl Draught is an upscale business networking event, without the pressure of selling or being sold to. Come out and enjoy some great Music and Draught Beer.

Hope to see you there, Amy Gernaat Robison & Aimee Ravichandran

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