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DAILY SPECIALS SUN/MON: .....Football, Pitchers & Buckets! $6 Dom Pitchers! $11 Dom, $13 Import & $15 Specialty Buckets! TUESDAY: ........................Happy Hour all day long! WEDNESDAY: .......Half Price Drinks! NO exclusions! THURS: ...Big Arse Beer $2.25, $1 Off Mixed Drinks! WHISKEY FRIDAYS! .....$3.50 U Call It Whiskey & Bourbons SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: .....Live Music and $1 Wells
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Who Will Be King & Queen of Clear Lake? Krewe Du Lac King’s Cake Party • 2pm, Sunday, January 9 at Crazy Alan's Cajun Shack Krewe du Lac prepares for another outstanding season. 2011 is their second decade as the premier Clear Lake Mardi Gras Krewe. Although the Krewe is proud to call Kemah home, participants hail from all parts of Bay Area Houston and beyond. Known as "The Pirate Krewe," the 2011 theme celebrates "Pirates of the Vieux Carre," also know as The French Quarter of New Orleans! According to Annabelle Ruch, Prime Minister of the Krewe, "The pirate theme is a perfect fit for our area. Pirates combed these shores for years. It is rumored there is still buried treasure within reach." This is 11th consecutive year of Mardi Gras celebration for Krewe du Lac. Their goal is to promote a familystyle observance of the season. Anyone can join in the fun. It is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the cultural, educational and traditional customs of Mardi Gras and to provide information, guidance and activities to any individuals and groups interested in the similar pursuit.
Kings Cake Parties Past
The season starts with the annual King’s Cake Party. It is held on Sunday, January 9th at Crazy Alan's Cajun Shack in Kemah at 2 p.m.. Admission is free to the public. Everyone is invited to enjoy a piece of King's
Spazmatics Friday, Dec. 13 SCOUT BAR
The outgoing 2010 King and Royal Court Cake, a traditional New Orleans French pastry. Each year a new King is recognized for his contributions to the Krewe and the community. The Queen is chosen in the traditional King’s Cake fashion. All the participating ladies of the Krewe are given a lottery ticket. Only five numbers are drawn and each of those lucky ladies will receive a special piece of King's Cake. The lady who finds the tiny toy baby hidden in her cake becomes the Queen. The other lovelies become her Royal Court.
Navigators Friday, Dec. 17 T-BONE TOM’S
This is just the beginning of the Mardi Gras season which includes a trip to New Orleans, The Royal Ball aboard the FantaSea yacht, a trip to Galveston, an entry in the Kemah Yachty Gras Boat parade and The Krewes Into Kemah Parade & Carnival. For more information, visit the website www.krewedulac.org, email email@example.com or join Krewe du Lac on Facebook. See the entire Krewe Du Lac schedule on page 59 in this issue.
Strippers Lie Saturday, Dec. 18 DEMPSEY’S
Don’t forget KREWE DU LAC KEMAH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PUB CRAWL & TOY DRIVE 6:30pm start Friday, Dec. 3 at T-bone Tom’s
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New Year’s Eve Party Guide Out with the Old, In with the New!
Madigan Friday, Dec 31 (N.Y.E.) SHERLOCK’S PUB
Hamilton Loomis Friday, Dec 31 (N.Y.E.) CABO
How will YOU decide where and how you’ll bring in the New Year? Do you have your “lucky stand-by?” Do you choose by the entertainment, food, event creativity or the amount of hype? We’ve been diligently working to research what’s going during last night of 2010. If you’re in the mood to dress to impress (masked or not) or “come as you are,” we’ve got more than two dozen suggestions. If dancing is a must, there’ll be plenty of booty-shakin’ in the Bay Area (and out ON the Bay). Popular bands taking stage in Clear Lake include Bodacious Tatas, Madigan, Hamilton Loomis and The Hunger. Money being shot out of cannons, balloon drops with cash and prizes, drink specials and countless champagne toasts will abound the Clear Lake region. Not your style? There are also quiet sit-down dinners perfect for a lovely conversation with a date or a gathering of friends. There’s even a dinner and dance cruise. Intrigued yet? Happy New Year however you celebrate the last night of 2010. See ya next year! – Betsey Ennis, Editor
Club Pure kicks off their inaugural New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball and Balloon Drop. $2 drinks ‘til 10 p.m. and dance music with a live DJ. Champagne toast at midnight. Win cash and prizes in their balloon drop. Reservations needed for seating and VIP only. Bottle service available. Reserve your VIP table while they last: www.visit pureclearlake.com (Click “party reservations) or email Party@pureclearlake.com No cover for the ladies! Guys pay $5 after 10 p.m.
Organized Chaos Friday, Dec 31 (N.Y.E.) HUGH & JEFF’S CAR WASH
JJ Dynomite Friday, Dec 31 (N.Y.E.)
Merlion on 4th: 2010 New Year’s Eve “One Night in Bangkok… Not much between Despair & Ecstasy.” Merlion promises an unforgettable evening including a three-course meal and a glass of champagne for $45 per person. Meal includes an appetizer, soup or salad and an entree (market seafood / meat is an additional charge). The festivities begin at 5 p.m. through 2 a.m. with a DJ from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Reservations are recommended: 281-385-9975.
the best spot around the dance floor and bottle service. Call: 281.474.4455
Signature Bistro is hosting a New Year’s Eve Dinner & Masquerade Dance Party. There will be a three-course dinner that will be served through 8:30 p.m. (See www.signaturebistro.com for dinner menu and pricing.) The Masquerade Dance Party starts at 10 p.m. No cover. David Schwope will be playing all your favorite songs until 2 a.m. Reserve your VIP table now, which includes
Masa Sushi’s two locations invite you to New Year’s Eve dinner before you go out. Guests dining between 5 and 11 p.m. will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 Gift Certificate. There will be a drawing every hour. Masa Sushi Sake Bar is located at 1804 West FM 646 (near HEB in Dickinson). Masa Sushi Fusion Restaurant is located at 977 NASA Road 1 (El Camino Real, near Office Depot).
-----------------------------------Scout Bar: 21+ get in FREE with invitation; $20 without. 18 and up welcome. Featuring The Hunger, Melovine, Raging Apathy, and Born From Ruins. Cash and prizes balloon drop and free champagne toast at midnight. Invitations available at Scout starting Friday, December 10.
The Hunger Friday, Dec 31 (N.Y.E.) SCOUT BAR
Featured N.Y.E. Venue:
BUCK’S BAR Buck’s Bar: The tradition of bidding farewell to The Old Year and celebrating the beginning of the New One is always one of Buck's most memorable events. “We spare no expense to make the event a treasured memory for all who attend,” said owner Joey Buck. Bucks New Year’s Eve Event (dubbed: Buck’s & Boca Tanning Club’s Black Tie Affair) “gives all you beautiful women the opportunity to wear that perfect dress. It also makes it extremely easy for you men to put on your best James Bond tuxedo.” Black tie is suggested, but it is not mandatory; however, an event of this sort doesn't lend itself to casual attire. So put on your best, and come help us say goodbye to 2010, and hello 2011. The Party starts early, so plan on a long night. What to expect: 1. Fun surprises all night like random $1 drink specials called throughout the night by Buck. 2. VJ/DJ’s playing your favorite videos and recounting 2010’s Number 1’s. 3. Balloon drops and champagne toasts at midnight EST, CST and MST (3 Total). 4. Free hats, tiaras, leis other various party favors for the first 500 guests. 5. Free Official Buck’s Bar and Boca Tanning Club gear will be thrown out during the night (T-shirts, koozies and hats, etc.). 6. Buck’s Money Cannon will be firing out more than $100 every hour. 7. Prizes and gifts from Bucks and Boca Tanning Club totaling more than $2000. 8. Working on a surprise celebrity, but no promises yet. Doors open at 8 p.m. Walk-ins welcome, but VIP areas need to be reserved in advance, because, we are told, they go extremely fast. There will be minimal snacks available. Cover: Yes. Call for details: 409-599-9437.
NYE GUIDE: Cont. From Previous Page Dempsey’s New Year’s agenda includes Tarantula live at 9 p.m., champagne toast and a balloon drop at midnight with $500 in cash and prizes. $25 for table reservations also gets you a grilled chicken or steak dinner with green beans, mashed potatoes and champagne toast. Reservations will begin at 7 p.m. Or $10 at the door. Complimentary valet provided. -----------------------------------Pier 27 Tavern is hosting the Denim & Diamonds New Year’s Eve Bash featuring live music by After Party, plus a live DJ. Drink specials all night including special $5 u-call-its on all liquor,
$2 domestic beer and $3 import beer from 810pm. Look out for the balloon drop, plus free champagne toast at midnight. There will also be a complimentary buffet and exciting door prizes all night. $10 cover. Reservations accepted.
After Party Friday, Dec 31 (N.Y.E.) PIER 27 TAVERN
Bodacious TaTas Friday, Dec 31 (N.Y.E.) ZONE 504
-----------------------------------Cellar Wine Bar & Lounge invites you to a three-course dinner for New Year’s Eve. Enjoy live music, drink specials and a special menu for the evening. Reservations start at 7 p.m. Champagne toast at midnight. New Year's Eve at The Cellar is $30 per person. RSVP is required. Call 281-990-9001. - Continued on Page 65
Tarantula Friday, Dec 31 (N.Y.E.) DEMPSEY’S SPORTS PUB
SCENE HAPPY HOUR GUIDE Wed.: $2 Ritas; On Sun.: $2 Well Vodka Drinks (noon to 7pm)
------------------Where: 101 E. Main Street, La Porte When: M - F 3 to 6pm What: Various special
Where: 605 A 6th Street When: M - Fri., 11am to 7pm What: $2 Dom Pints, $3 Wells, $4 Wine by glass, $4 Ouzo shots ($3 Mimosas & Bloody Marys Sunday)
Where: 707 Hwy. 146 (Kemah) When: Mon. thru Fri. 5 - 7 pm What: Call for details.
Cock-Eyed SEAGULL Where: 1010 B NASA Rd. 1 When: Mon-Fri 2-8 pm What: $1.50 Dom Drafts, $4.50 Dom. Pitchers, $1.75 Dom. Bottles; $2.75 Well Drinks
------------------Where: 2416 Bay Area Blvd. When: M-F 3-9pm; Sat & Sun 7-9pm; What: $2 Dom drafts & wells, $2.25 select draft & select calls, $7 pitchers
------------------Where: 18307 Egret Bay Blvd. When/What: Scout has fresh, changing promotions. Visit ScoutBar.com to learn more.
-------------------Mexican Restaurant Where: 2110 Bay Area Blvd. When: Mon.- Fri. 11am - 7pm What: $1.25 Margaritas ($.99 Margaritas All Day Sat.) ($.99 Draft Beer Every Day)
-------------------Where: 1804 W. FM 646 JAPANESE SAKE BAR When: Tues & Wed, after 4:30pm What: Singles Night & $1 Hot Sake
House Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, White Zinfandel $4; Well Cocktails $4
Where 1026 FM 2094 (in Clear Lake Shores) When: All Day, Every Day What: $2.75 Domestics, $3.50 Imports
Where: 2233 E. Bayshore Drive When: Mon.- Fri.; 4pm -7pm What: 1$ Draft, $3.50 Wells, $2 Dom Longneck, $2.50 Frozen Marg.
-------------------Where: 504 Kipp Ave. (Kemah) What/When: Mon: $3 wells all night (+ Karaoke), Tues: $2 and $3 pints; Wed: $2 & $3 bottles; Thurs: $3 U-Call-Its; Fri. & Sat. $3 shot special. Sunday $2 Bloody Marys, Mimosas and $2 pints.
------------------Where: 3202 Marina Bay Dr. When: M-F: 3pm -7pm What: $2 16oz Dom Drafts, $2 Dom. Bottles, $2 Wells, $3 House Wine
Where 20801 Gulf Freeway (Webster) When: 11am-7pm EVERYDAY! What: $1.25 Dom & $2.50 Import Drafts; $3 Wells; $3.50 House Wine; $3 Mini Marys & $3 Mini Margaritas
Where: 805 Harris (Kemah) When: M-F 4pm-8pm What: $2 Domestic Draft $3 Import Drafts & Wells $4 Margaritas & Wine
(Ask about details & stipulations.)
Where: 315 Grand Ave. When: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm What: $2 Dom Draft, $2 Dom Longnecks, $2.75 Wells. (On Mon. &
Where: 2555 Bay Area Blvd. When: M-F, 4 to 6:30pm What: House Martini $5, Dom Beer $2.75, Shiner Bock $3.25;
Where: 15210 Highway 3, Suite 105 When: 4 to 7pm What: $3 wells; $3 M.Lite, Bud Lite; $5 Cosmo $5 House Red or White Wine
Where: 1503 W. Bay Area Blvd. & 220 Gulf Freeway South When: Everyday 4pm-7pm What: $2 Margaritas (all day everyday!), $6 Mojito's, $5 Bullblasters, $2 Draft Beer (pint), $3 Draft Beer (23oz)
All information in the SCENE Happy Hour Guide is believed to be true and accurate as of press time. But prices and special are subject to change.
SCENE HAPPY HOUR GUIDE Where: 18301 B Egret Bay Blvd When & What: Thirsty Thursday / College Night: $1.50 dom. beers & $2.75 wells & $4 Mantinis & Beer Pong League. Freaky Friday Night: Lingerie Football $1.50 dom. beers & $2.75 wells till 11 & Random $1 drink special. Sexy Saturday: $1.50 dom beers & $2.75 wells till 11 & Random $1 drink special.
-------------------Where: 4449 NASA Road 1 When: M- F 11 am - 7pm, & all day Sat. What: $2.99 House Margaritas
-------------------Where: 1232 W. FM 646 When: M-F 2 to 7pm & all Sun. What: Too much to list!
SPORTING NEWS GRILL
Where: 1918 NASA Pkwy When: Tues-Fri. 11am - 7pm; Sun. 11am - 3pm What: $3.75 wells $2.50 domestic beer $5 House Wine. Tues. 1/2 Price Open Bottles of Premium Wine by the Glass.
Where: 18301A Egret Bay Blvd. When: Daily 3pm to 8pm What: $1.50 wells, $1.50 wines, $2.25 dom pints
-------------------Where: 4001 Hwy. 146 - Bacliff When: Daily 11am7pm What: $2 Classic Ritas, $2.50 Domestics. Plus $1 Bloody Marys and Mimosas on Sat & Sun (‘till 1pm)
Where: 20760 Gulf Frwy When: M-F 2-6pm What: $3 Wells, Ritas & Bloody Marys. $2 Tues (all domestic & import beer); Wino-Weds (all glasses of wine are $3); NCAA & NFL Gameday specials $12 dom buckets, $3 boudin & 35 cent wings
-------------------Where: 1051 Marina Bay Drive When: Mon-Fri 11am-7pm Sat-Sun 11am-5pm What: Multiple special everyday. Check out the new website at www.jackiesbrickhouse.com
How long have you worked there? 2 months. Signature drink: Margarita Best Tip: $75
Other than your own, what other profession would you like to attempt? Teaching.
In five words or less, how would your friends describe you? Caring, sweet and personable. What I love about bartending: The money. Favorite thing about the area? The people.
Hobbies: Spending time with family and shopping.
What other profession would you NOT like to attempt? Garbage Man. Who inspires you? Husband
All information in the SCENE Happy Hour Guide is believed to be true and accurate as of press time. But prices and special are subject to change.
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the scene’s martini madness The Cosmo Royale: Fit for royalty! 1oz. Grey Goose L’ Orange vodka and 1/2 oz. Cointreau with 2 oz. cranberry juice and fresh squeezed lime. Green Apple Martini: 2 oz. Absolut vodka, 1 oz. apple schnapps, 1 oz. Midori melon liqueur, 1 squeeze lime juice; Garnish with cherry. These martinis were prepared at:
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New Year’s Eve Party Guide Continued from Page 70 ---------------------------------Jackie’s Brickhouse: New Year’s Eve Party with Brown and Swerve. $15 a couple or $10 for single includes a reserved table, a bottle of champagne and party favors. RSVP encouraged. Call 832-8642459. ---------------------------------Katie’s New Year’s Eve Party features live music with JJ Dynomite starting at 9 p.m. Enjoy food, party favors and champagne at midnight. Cover is $10 per person. Make your reservations early! Call 281-559-3773. ---------------------------------FantaSea’s all-inclusive New Year’s Eve Cruise: Cruise into the New Year while enjoying a gourmet meal with appetizers, exciting entertainment, party favors, unlimited house wine, domestic beer and champagne. Package also includes a night’s stay at the newly renovated South Shore Harbour Resort for two and
breakfast for two at the Paradise Reef Restaurant on New Year’s Day. $399 per couple, plus 8% tax. Friday, December 31: boarding at 9 p.m.; cruising 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. ---------------------------------Zone 504 is kicking off their New Year’s Eve Bash at 8 p.m. Rock the night away with live music by the Bodacious TaTas starting at 9. The Three Palms Grill kitchen will be open, ready to take orders. Beer, liquor and shot specials, plus champagne toast at midnight. Never a cover at 504. No reservations needed. --------------------------------Doc’s Upper Deck will close out 2010 and ring in 2011 across the nation with our annual cash balloon drop, free champagne toast at midnight along with various other beer and shot specials. No reservations required, come as you are. Never a cover at Doc’s. Call 281-3333627 for more information. ------------------------Union Tavern will celebrate its first New Year’s bash with great beer and drink specials. Ring in 2011 with a cash balloon drop, free party favors, champagne toast and live music. Call 281-486-6644 for details. ------------------------Bakkhus Taverna’s “Dress to Impress” New Year’s Eve Bash is sure to please. “Of course, flippie floppies are always welcome,” insists owner Demetrios Kouloumoundras. Bakkhus Taverna will be ringing in the New Year Greek-style with multiple liquor promotions, freebies, raffles, a crowd-pleasing shot block “and who knows what else will pop up on the Eve of 2011!” Kouloumoundras teased. “Be sure to follow us on Facebook for
more details.” Don’t miss the drawing to find out who will be packing their bags in 2011 for the Greece Trip Giveaway. The winner will be announced prior to the ball drop. You must be present to win! If you have been to any of the Taverna’s other parties, you DON'T want to miss this one!! ---------------------------------Sherlock’s Pub will host live music by Madigan. Champagne toast at midnight ($5 pre-sale tickets; $7 at the door). ---------------------------------T-bone Tom’s invites you to ring in the New Year with a balloon drop, party favors and free champagne toast at midnight. Come as you are. No reservations needed. No cover. ---------------------------------Sporting News Grill invites you to celebrate New Year’s Eve with delicious dinner specials, party favors and $1 champagne toast. Come as you are. No cover, and no reservations needed. ---------------------------------Tommy’s Restaurant Oyster Bar is currently taking New Year’s Eve Reservations: 281-480-2221. Call for details. ---------------------------------Allegria Wine & Cocktail Lounge will bring in the new year with live jazz and blues by the Ronnie Stallworth Trio. $20 gets you in for drink specials, an hors d’oeuvres buffet and a champagne toast at midnight. Party starts at 7. No reservations needed. (Call for more info: 281218-8585.) ---------------------------------Mediterraneo will be having an early evening celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a free glass champagne with purchase of your meal. Restaurant will close at 9 p.m. ---------------------------------Cabo hosts Hamilton Loomis in concert. There will also be a live DJ, food, and champagne toast at midnight. Cover: Yes. ---------------------------------Cock-eyed Seagull New Year’s Eve Party. Live music with Edge of Texas. ---------------------------------- Continued on Page 52
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Loose Notes by Andy Eng Last month we reported checking out what's new when things go wacky and this month we continue. Starting on the Clear Lake Blvd stretch, we stopped by the Allegria Wine Bar, The Davenport, and The Cellar Wine Bar. Each of these cozy The Hunger @ Scout Bar’s Annual little hideaways are ideal for hanging out and Pre-Thanksgiving Day Party up close conversation. The two wine bars also provided live music--Jazz musician Ronnie Stallworth and acoustic soloist Raquel Refuerzo, both talented regional musicians, we found both perfect for the setting. Down on NASA Road One, the former Club Classic zipped through a quick make over and is now called CABO. Falling into our idea of a classy neighborhood sports bar with the good live music connections to boot (Big Richard, Cold Feet, & 11th Hour kicked off their opening month)--All good here! Along the 2094 beat, Jackie's Brickhouse has been tearing down the Ronnie Stallworth @ Allegria walls and the result is one of the larger music Wine & Cocktail Lounge venues in the area making this an even better spot for acts with larger HED PE followings. Speaking of which, The @ Scout Tail Draggers and their army stopped Bar in for a couple sets of The Hunger @ Scout Bar "jump blues backwoods swampwater jazz." That evening, the sound was perhaps the best we've ever heard-We like! - Cont. on Page 60
HAPPY HOUR $1.75 DOMESTICS MON-FRI 12-8 PM
1010B E. NASA Parkway @ Egret Bay Blvd. DECEMBER 18: Chilli Cook Off Contest. Judging begins at 3pm. All cooking must be done on the deck. $20 buy in. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners.
DECEMBER 19: Christmas party bring a dish, & get a free drink. Party starts @5pm
DECEMBER 31: NewYear’s Eve Party. Live Music
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Chromatics @ Sherlock’s
IN THE RAW: Nothing new is our love for live music and it's in-your-face presence. We got to listen to the premastered tracks for Magazine's upcoming CD and couldn't believe what we were listening too. Recorded at Sugarhill Studios, this compilation has every bit of live show gusto and passion with an inyour-living-room clarity, a rare mix in albums these days. Depending on how the mastering turns out, Magazine's new CD could very well be a contender for album of the year. Stay tuned...
The Tail Draggers at Jackie’s Brickhouse
The Tail Draggers at Jackie’s Brickhouse
Shark Attack at Scout Bar
Chromatics @ Sherlock’s
Shark Attack at Scout Bar
Shark Attack at Scout Bar
THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY BAND: A job well done goes to Barry and all the great folks at T-Bone Toms as The the cooler Good weather Bad ap& proaches and the Ugly patio Band music sea@ son winds T-bone down. Tom’s We were able to take in an evening with the Good, Bad & Ugly Band, a clever & witty country western two stepping & waltzing band. Many of you SCENE readers out there enjoys this type of dancing (yup, we've seen ya) and we are looking forward to more of them next season.
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“Lady Luck” is smiling on Dean Seltzer & The Redneck Mothers By Rhonda Meredith
– only kidding. I have been to many of the shows and they are all unique. One performance may include improvised drink specials for the venue or impromptu VIP sections on the dance floor; another show will have a fire breathing demonstration and many toasts emphasizing the fondness of adult beverages. Really ALL shows have the last example. The band is sponsored by Jägermeister.
Dean Seltzer is an original, a modern renaissance man, a Cowboys fan (c’mon – keep reading!) and a very talented singer/songwriter/musician. He is a fifth generation Texan with a personality that’s as large as… well, Texas! Did you know that July 25, 2010 was declared as “Dean Seltzer Day” in Galveston, TX by VIP Apparel? Well, now you do! The latest offering from the Austin based Dean Seltzer and his band The Redneck Mothers is “Lady Luck.” Don’t let the word “redneck” in the band’s name fool you. Even Seltzer describes his music as “high energy, obnoxious, redneck rock and roll.” I just think the music is a combination of “high energy” and “rock and roll” then rolled around in a little red dirt for good measure.
The bottom line is it’s a rock show on a country stage.
“Lady Luck” contains 11 songs. The first two singles were “Anyway” and “Gen X.” Following the same “get outta your chair and dance” recipe are songs “Version of The Truth”, the title track “Lady Luck”, “Round Town Jack” and “No Way No How.” And while all the songs are well written and composed, “Beatle Song” and “Meteor Shower” are my two favorites. On the slower side, “Long Cold Nights”, “Huntsville (Life on Death Row)” and “Please Come to Boston” are both haunting and paint life in the painful, but beautiful way it is. Shelli Coe (David Alan Coe’s daughter) provided the harmony vocals. The songs on the CD were definitely meant to be performed live. What you hear that is summarized on your CD player as Track 1 and Track 2 and so on are brought alive with the heartfelt vocals, superior musical talent and of course, the calamity onstage. Sometimes pretty, sometimes not. Haha
Recently I purchased a CD single for one of their signature songs called “Lovin’ You.” It is neither a typical radio friendly song nor your typical breakup song, but the lyrics are fun and everyone sings the chorus really, really loud. Obviously, it’s a fan favorite. Go to YouTube and search “dean seltzer lovin’ you.” The second video is it and don’t worry about the video’s title – it’s the alternate name of the song – shhhh! Dean Seltzer and The Redneck Mothers are David Watkins (guitar, vocals), Adrian Flores (drums), Andy Garcia (bass) and of course Dean Seltzer (vocals, acoustic guitar). Dean Seltzer & The Redneck Mothers perform pretty regularly in the area. Check out www.deanseltzer.com for more information.
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It’s Easy To “Embrace” EMBER By Rhonda Meredith Modern rock band EMBER has always impressed me. From the first time I watched them tear it up on the Jägermeister stage at the Rockstar Uproar Music festival in The Woodlands to the time where they brought an intimate performance to Softails in Baytown. EMBER has also been the featured band at Scout Bar during the Texas Buzz show. Most recently, the band has been on the road to Tennessee, Kansas, Arizona, and throughout other Texas cities before heading back to their home base in Austin. Aside from regional and national touring, EMBER is a part of the Armed Forces Entertainment program and has toured in Greece, Spain, Germany, Qatar and other American military bases as direct support for Hinder in 2008 and as headliners in a 2009 tour. Their song “American Hero” quickly became a favored anthem. Not a bad gig from a band that came from humble beginnings and were originally called “Small Town Superheroes.” I almost forgot to mention that EMBER’s fans voted them into the winner’s spot this past October to be the local opening band for Collective Soul, Gin Blossoms, and Tonic at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock!
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EMBER’s latest CD is “Embrace.” With seven quality tracks to choose from, it’s hard to pick the “best” one. They are all very, very good. EMBER is consistent in offering heartfelt vocals and a full melodic sound. The songs range from edgy to downright poignant. The first single “The Deep End” was successfully released to both Christian and Mainstream radio. Football legend Jim Kelley’s wife Jill used this song in a video raising awareness for her foundation called Hunter’s Hope. I guess if I HAD to pick a favorite song on the album, it would be the second released single and title track “Embrace”. It takes DAYS to get this song out of my head. Just listen to it…all the way to the piano finish and you will see what I mean. Rounding out the CD are “Give A Little” and “#1 Fan”. Both are steady hard rocking songs that get you up and moving. “On My Own” has an unusual beginning and the composition is pretty unique as it changes tempo several times before giving in to an insane electric guitar solo. - Continued on Page 52
Kemah’s Mardi Gras Krewe announces 2011 dates including ‘KREWES INTO KEMAH’ weekend Krewe du Lac and The City of Kemah will present the Ninth Annual Krewes Into Kemah" Parade and Carnival on Sunday, March 6, 2011. Line up starts at 11 a.m. on Harris Street in Kemah behind T Bone Tom's. The parade rolls at 12 p.m. All individuals, schools, groups and businesses are encouraged to decorate trucks, cars, floats, golf carts and anything that rolls in Pirate decor or Mardi Gras colors. The parade winds through the streets of Kemah while merry makers have a great time throwing beads and loot to the crowds. The route begins on Harris Avenue, to 7th Street, Kipp Street to 8th street and back to Harris. Spectators feel free to bring a chair, pick a spot and have a front row seat. Participation and admission is free! The post parade "Kemah Carnival" is from noon to dusk at T Bone Tom's. It is something families and guests should not miss. T Bone Tom's has a full menu and a cash bar available, not to mention the always popular crawfish. Live music, a family friendly costume contest, Arts and Mardi Gras market will round out the afternoon. Great family fun to celebrate the Mardi Gras season! For more information, call 832-771-7661 or visit www.krewedulac.org. 2011 Krewe Du Lac Schedule
January 9, 2011 ....................King's Cake Party - Crazy Alan's Swamp Shack - Kemah February 10-13, 2011 ...................... New Orleans Trip...Oh, yeah! The Vieux Carre' February 19, 2011 ......Royal Masked Ball aboard The FantaSea - South Shore Harbour February 26, 2011................................Galloway Gallop Fun Run - Kemah Boardwalk February 26, 2011............................................Aquarius Seawall Parade - Galveston March 2, 2011 ........Kemah Ghost Tour & Social - Crazy Alan's Swamp Shack - Kemah March 4, 2011 .......................... Krewes Into Kemah Weekend Kickoff Party - Kemah March 5, 2011 ....................................Yachty Gras Night Parade - Kemah Boardwalk March 6, 2011 ........................9th Annual Kemah Lighthouse District Parade - Kemah March 6, 2011 ......"Krewes Into Kemah Carnival" post parade - T-Bone Tom's - Kemah March 8, 2011 ..................................................................Fat Tuesday - Galveston THE SCENE
Texas Hippie Connection celebrates good vibes at new location The Texas Hippie Connection just recently moved to a new location and will be holding their grand opening festivities on Saturday, December 4th around 3pm-ish. (That’s an inside joke since their official hours are posted as opening at 10am-ish.) You can’t miss the new building located at 2234 Nasa Parkway (at the corner of Seventh Street.) It’s painted bright purple, green and black. Plus, there is a huge new cool sign. There will be a glass blowing demonstration by a world renowned blower named Midas. Plus, artist Clay Brothers will awe you with his twisted wood designs. Local tattoo legend Chicken Wing will also be in attendance holding an on-site tattoo expo. If that isn’t enough, Texas Hippie Connection is also down for barbeque and baked goods. Live music will be provided by Houston’s own Footpie as well as Sun Salutation out of Austin. Both of the bands represent the best funky, hip, hard-jammin’ reggae and funk that Texas has to offer. Do not miss them! And you have to visit the Texas Hippie Connection’s second floor gallery that houses over 25,000 pieces of glass art. The main floor houses tons of unique gifts for smokers and non-smokers alike. Everyone has a friend who has everything, but I bet they don't have a Beatles beach towel or a Grateful Dead fleece throw. Be sure to pick up The Scene Magazine’s January 2011 edition for the grand opening photos and a more in depth look into the largest smoke shop in Texas that calls Seabrook home!
- Rhonda Meredith
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Salute to Service Appreciation Celebration Thanks to the help of patriotic volunteers and generous donors, a group of wounded warriors from U.S. Military Hospitals in Texas and other states were able to come to Kemah last month to enjoy a worry free Veteranâ€™s Day weekend. We have published a few photos from the weekend on the opposite side of this issue. But we agreed to yield much of that coverage to our friends at wiredin.cc. So make sure to check out their photos and coverage of this special event. On this page we give attention and thanks to the awesome lineup of musicians who obviously were inspired by our communitiesâ€™ guests and put on one heck of a show. - John Ennis
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For The Love Of All Things Positive: Meet EUPHILIA By Rhonda Meredith
"For us there is no plan B. this is it. This is our life, and we won't ever stop pushing. We CAN'T ever stop pushing. It's not within us to quit." - EUPHILIA A band starts with a dream and adds tenacity. They write lyrics and add hard rocking music that brings in a crowd of supporters. They bring energy and the live performance is consistent enough to earn them repeated spots supporting national acts. Now meet EUPHILIA. EUPHILIA is one of the Houston area’s most tenacious bands… They perform headlining shows all over Houston and are regularly seen at Scout Bar supporting national acts. The latest two were Rehab and Nonpoint. The Scene Magazine caught up with EUPHILIA’s lead singer Jordan Applebe to get the scoop about their history, EUPHILIA’s unique name and how important the band’s supporters are to them.
peace and all things positive”. EUPHILIA is a mixture of the Latin prefix “Eu” which means “good or right (true)”, and the suffix “phil” means “the love of”, and “ia” means a condition.
According to Applebe, EUPHILIA started several years back with drummer Bryan Murillo and guitarist Jared Harvey. Kevin Diaz (guitar) and Carlos Hidalgo (bass) rounded out the lineup. They played instrumental party gigs, but wanted more. They knew the band needed a singer and posted an advertisement. “At the same time, I was searching for a band to front,” Applebe says. “Almost as if it were serendipity, literally within five minutes of the ad being posted, I set up an audition and after coming out to sing a couple of times, the band decided to let me join. Once we had enough songs for a set list we started booking shows. In the short time we've been playing we've earned a reputation as a tenacious, relentless, hardworking, and hard-hitting band.”
Applebe offers this sincere thought, “EUPHILIA really wants to thank our supporters. We write what we feel and pour every ounce of emotion within our soul out onto the stage. We take the vast array of influences in our lives and draw upon them to create, not even a band, but a BEING that is beyond our own understanding." Currently, EUPHILIA just released a re-vamped version of their first demo under the new title, "...And so it is." More @ scenelive.net
I had to ask about their name. EUPHILIA is very unique word and has a cool definition. Applebe says the name means “to be attracted to good and true things…like back to mother nature and
EUPHILIA is opening for Smile Empty Soul at The Meridian on December 4th and will be back at Scout Bar on December 11th for the Girls Gone Wild event. EUPHILIA’s website is www.euphiliahouston.com and they are on Facebook as EUPHILIA Houston.
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Continued from page 65 Green Parrot’s New Year’s Eve Celebration: Live music by Highway 59 from 8pm to 12am. $2 frozen ritas, $2 kamikazes, $2 bottles, $1 drafts, kitchen open until 11pm!
Cowboy Troy sat very unassuming and easy on a tall barstool while he sang an acoustic set at Union Tavern last month. For sure, he was funny and gracious while taking requests and had just a hint of devilish charm flickering in his eyes. It was fun to watch the interaction and hear the playful banter.
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Troy Coleman was born in Victoria, raised in the Dallas area and attended the University of Texas in Austin. It was at college that he was nicknamed “Cowboy Troy.” The name stuck…and it’s a really good fit. Cowboy Troy blends rap with country music that has been deemed as “hick hop.”
“I was influenced by Charlie Daniels, KISS and Run DMC,” Cowboy Troy smiles.
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What’s really cool is he was able to transition from working as a manager at Foot Locker to an artist who signed with Warner Brothers records. He broke through the national barrier with his “breakdown” in the middle of Big & Rich’s song “Rollin’ (The Ballad of Big & Rich)” in 2004. Cowboy Troy’s first major debut record “Loco Motive” (2005) reached #2 on the Billboard charts, while his first single “Playing Chicken With The Train” charted #48 and hit #1 on ITunes in country music downloads. His latest CD offering is “Black In The Saddle.” Avenged Sevenfold fans will be happy to know that M. Shadows lent his vocals to the recording of the first track “Buffalo Stampede.” Cowboy Troy is a member of the Muzik Mafia. This is a group of country music singer-songwriters whose purpose is to “bring a group of artists together, regardless of race, religion, background or “muzikal” genre to make “muzik.” So, he stands out for his originality. He also stands out in a crowd for being 6’5”. But one of the most sentimental parts of the night was when he passed on his signature “coin” to my friend who is in the Air Force. I am sitting there clueless and my friend explained that it was a military tradition…whoever didn’t have their coin to be presented was responsible for buying the round of drinks. Well Cowboy Troy, my friend owes you one the next time you are in town. He is a class act who is married with young triplets (boys). Be looking for him to return to the area in 2011. To find out more, visit www.cowboytroy.com. - Rhonda Meredith
Ember CD Review • Cont. from page 58 “In The Rain” is a song about a place we all have stood at one time or another. Maybe you are there right now. Ember’s music will inspire you. “Blind” will give you goose bumps. If you are a man, it will be “manly” goose bumps then. It’s still solid rock song though. EMBER’s appeal is for everybody. Another aspect of EMBER’s appeal is the way they treat and care about their fans. They have a certain way with a crowd. When fans clamor to take photos, they are happily obliged. Getting an autograph on your CD is no problem. You want to say hello? Please do so; the band enjoys the fan interaction. That’s just part of what makes them so cool. They are genuine. EMBER is a brotherhood of full-time musicians comprised of Chris Martinez - Vocals, Deuce Wanier - Lead Guitar, Jared Duyck Rhythm Guitar, Matt “Chewdog” Linton – Bass, and Dusty Saxton Drums. For more information on EMBER, visit their Street Team website www.teamember.net. EMBER is also on Facebook (EMBERAustin) and Myspace.
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State of the Lake: Continued El Lago: Cont. from page 13 Sidewalks become aglow with candlelight, and if you get enough households to participate, you can actually see them from space! El Lago shares their police department with Taylor Lake Village (called Lakeview Police Department) and contributes 17% to the Seabrook Volunteer Fire Department’s budget enabling El Lago to have an accessible fire department. Even though just one square mile, El Lago made sure there would be plenty of park space for its citizens. Witty Memorial Park, named after former El Lago mayor Robert D. Witty, is located on Hickory Ridge Drive, is outfitted with playground equipment for the younger set, and a bench was recently added in memory of former Mayor Elizabeth Lenoir. Armstrong Park, of course, is named after former El Lago resident and astronaut Neil Armstrong. It is the newest member of the park system and is located east of City Hall. McNair Memorial, the largest park, and named after Space Shuttle Challenger Astronaut Ronald McNair, is located at the north end of Lakeshore Drive. With large-scale play equipment, this park has undergone major improvements and contains covered picnicking areas, a bicycle-BMX track and baseball field, and an open-air pavilion. But an even bigger facility for this park is on the drawing board. “Council just approved plans for a 6,000 sq. ft., 1.7 million dollar building
(approximate figures) that will house a community center, fitness center, bath house and other amenities,” says Emel, “and we are in the process of interviewing architects.” Emel adds that it will raise taxes a bit, but will be worth it. A name has not been chosen for the new center and Emel is hoping to find a sponsor for the facility soon. Other than parks, another important criteria for this city is trees. “We’re constantly planting trees and this month (in participation with Taylor Lake Village) we are going to be giving free trees to any of our citizens who want them,” says Emel. It is mainly to help those who lost trees to Hurricane Ike, plus trees are beneficial for air quality and certainly dress up the neighborhood. Emel’s vision is that El Lago and Taylor Lake Village eventually join together and become one city. “We could call it Taylor Lake City,” he says. “Then we’d be known as TLC, and have a big sign that says, ‘Everybody needs a little TLC.’” Economically it makes a huge amount of sense says Emel, but like he says, it’s a vision. Saying that El Lago may one day look like West University in Houston (with tasteful new construction springing up as older homes come down), Emel is just happy to be a part of a township where everyone knows not only his name but everyone else’s too. The El Lago Astronaut Wall of Fame is located inside El Lago City Hall and includes a roster of astronauts who were or are residents of El Lago at the time of their flights into space. But there is also a virtual Wall of Fame on the El Lago website (www.ellago-tx.com).
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number is 281-3269200. The book can also be purchased from www.art-photography-nature.com.
They literally were ‘shaking off the mildew’ to restore the rarely-seen photo that is in the book. “Seabrook” can be purchased online at Amazon.com and will be available at Barnes and Noble bookstore, Borders bookstore, and Walgreen’s as well as area shops. A great gift for all ages, locals, tourists, relatives and historical buffs, it is a must-have in every bay and lake household. Burke had book signings with co-author Don Holbrook at Merlion’s and Chelsea’s, and were both well-received. The next book signing will be in January for the Friends of Library. A portion of the proceeds from the book sales at this signing will be donated to the Friends of Library, a nonprofit Seabrook library support group. Autographed copies of the book and photos from the book are available at Burke’s shop. For photos that were donated to her, Ruth will also donate proceeds of those photos to the Friends of Library. The best place to pickup Burke’s book is at her gallery, since she is on hand to autograph the book, and tell a Seabrook story. Ruth’s shop is Seaside Gallery, located at 204 Kirby Blvd. and the gallery
Film Column: Continued From Page 31 On our last shooting day, we began at 8:30 p.m. I was on set most of the day before taking a Krewe du Lac party bus to RenFest in the morning. Sipping Bloody Mary's on the long drive, falling asleep wasn't an option. I was lucky to catch ten minutes during a fierce jousting session at the festival. On the ride home I was far too amped up to nod off. And then, immediately as we landed back in the Clear Lake area, my partner in crime and I were off to the wrap party for the movie. That span of time, like most of production, was a complete blur – and I'm the better man for it! Now, in the final month of the year, I intend to focus on other projects I'm involved in, future endeavors and wrapping out the year. Independent Spirit Award nominations were announced a day before I turned in this article; and LOVERS OF HATE made the list – it's up for the John Cassavetes Award. Our official ribbon cutting at the Texas Theatre takes place on
-------------------Columnist’s Note: I am truly honored that I am mentioned in this book “Seabrook,” (Chapter 6: Happenings & Events) regarding some of the events I was privileged to bring to Seabrook and the existing ones that I coordinated and promoted as former Marketing & Tourist Director for the City of Seabrook. Ruth and I enjoyed creating an event – the Gulf Coast Seabrook Photo Workshops, an annual three-day weekend event with photographers from all over Texas coming to our waterfront playground to photograph the beauty all around us. They were our “ambassadors,” taking to their hometown and businesses photos of our water, birds, boats and more. Ruth made sure everyone left Seabrook with gallery-style art from those weekends. Starting as a long-time photo journalist using film and following dark room procedures to learning the “new” digital camera when they first came out, Ruth was there to teach me as well as the next student. I literally took thousands of photos when employed by the City of Seabrook, and am I proud that some of those are in the book documenting pieces of current happenings. I will always treasure that little piece of me in the book to pass on to my children and grandchildren, and I will treasure the autographed book like a friend. I appreciate Ruth and Don for taking on this big and worthy project.
December 9 and Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert will do the honors. Houston's own Ron Jackson, who played a key supporting role in TPD will be making the trip with me and serve as a special guest, given his portrayal of the FBI Spokesman in Oliver Stone's “JFK.” Additionally, there will be guest appearances from Gary Mack, curator for the Sixth Floor Museum, and Henry “Hank” Horn, Jr. – one of the first officers on the scene at the Texas Theatre to arrest Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963. I'll be back in Dallas to usher in the new year, as we're hosting a New Year's Eve party – “NYE: 1931” – at the Texas. Featuring the comic stylings of Neil Hamburger and authentic 1930s era music from the Singapore Slingers, party-goers will catch a glimpse of life at the Texas in the 1930s. Between now and then, I plan to catch as many outdoor screenings of classic holiday films at Discovery Green as I can. I also plan to sit back and relax as much as possible – and you should too!
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The SCENE Magazine’s first official “SCENE Girl of the Month” is LOGAN BELAIR. A recent addition to our side of paradise – Logan does not sit silently on the sidelines. She currently holds the title of Twin Peaks spokes model, has been filmed and shot by some of Houston's best photographers, and recently was offered a position in the film industry with one of this area's exciting new start-up companies. Logan enjoys rock climbing, partying, comedy clubs, piano bars, spending time with her BFFs. Logan's only been here six months! Go Logan! And welcome to The SCENE!
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A Special Guide To CLEAR LAKE & GALVESTON About the Clear Lake/Bay Area: Located midway between the skyscrapers of Houston and the beaches of Galveston, the NASA, Clear Lake/Bay Area is a unique area featuring the home of manned space flight and the third largest boating market in the nation. Although big city excitement and island beaches are each just minutes away, the Clear Lake/Bay Area has been described as the “Jewel of Houston” and is full of attractions of its own. Boating activities and water recreation provide hours of fun and relaxation in the presence of the water's natural beauty.
Surrounded by water, the land is fertile and offers lush foliage including many evergreen trees and plants. In addition to the area’s natural beauty, technology and history are woven together at the Johnson Space Center, where our nation's astronauts are trained and each manned space flight is monitored. The facility offers an official visitors center, better known as Space Center Houston. This area is also home to a surprisingly high number of quality restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs – including many overlooking the water and accessible via boat. Clear Lake is also a live music lover’s paradise with more than 40 venues offering live performances on a regular basis. The Clear Lake/Bay Area is also geared toward families with a number of amusement parks, game facilities and family festivals.
TEXAS’ 49th Annual
CHRISTMAS BOAT LANE PARADE
Bright lights and boats of all kinds will meet December 11 at 6 p.m. for Texas’ 49th Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade on Clear Lake, hosted by the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The parade will line up in the Nassau Bay Lagoon and South Shore Harbour, travel the channel past Seabrook and the Kemah Boardwalk out into the 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 morning following the parade, awards will be given out at the traditional awards brunch at the South Shore Harbour Resort. Call 281-488-7676 for more info.
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.
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MOODY GARDENS SHEDS LIGHT ON HOLIDAYS 9th Festival of Lights includes new features & special deals
This holiday season kids won’t need unusually frigid weather to enjoy the rare chance to play in Texas snow. That is, not if they come to Moody Gardens’ ninth annual Festival of Lights.
bring a non-perishable food item on any Friday and receive 2-for-1 admission to the festival. The food drive program will benefit Galveston and Houston food banks.
This year’s festival – which started last month and is ongoing until Jan. 1 – features a new Snow Zone play area for kids, which will be offered on Friday nights throughout the holiday lighting event. Admission to the Snow Zone is just $5 with the purchase of a Festival of Lights ticket and allows kids to play in the snow for as long as they’d like. Also new to the festival will be Moody Gardens’ “Food Drive Fridays,” where guests can
“Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens has become a family tradition for many of our guests that come out every year to celebrate the holiday season with us,” said John Zendt, president of Moody Gardens. “We’re glad to give them something new and exciting to enjoy this year while also allowing them to contribute to a worthy cause.” Festival of Lights is the Gulf Coast’s largest holiday lighting event, receiving more than 85,000 visitors annually. It includes a mile-long trail of more than a million lights and 100 sound-enhanced animated displays sparkling over the beautiful Galveston Bay. Every year, Santa Claus starts the festival magic by parachuting in to
Moody Gardens to flip a switch that transforms the 242-acre property into a glistening wonderland. Guests can also explore a variety of Festival of Lights activities, from ice skating to watching Santa feed penguins in the Moody Gardens aquarium. Photos with Santa will be available nightly throughout the festival, which will be open Thursdays – Saturdays until Dec. 11. The festival will also be open Dec. 12. Festival of Lights will be open daily from Dec. 16 to Jan. 1.
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Holiday Arts 2 NUTCRACKERS are better than 1 Kennedy Dance Theatre presents THE NUTCRACKER Don't miss this exciting new original production of The Nutcracker choreographed by KDT's internationally acclaimed choreographer Milena Leben. Come and watch the magical Christmas tree grow and make the toys come alive, and witness the enchanting battle scene between the mice and toy soldiers. The beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy will be performed by Brianna Dowling, and Cherilene Guzman dazzles the audience as Clara. You're sure to enjoy the night with a special Rock N' Roll Christmas by KDT performing groups, and even a surprise visit from Santa Claus! This special holiday treat isn't complete without Clara's Closet Christmas Market to help you find all your favorite gifts. Saturday, December 18th at the University of Houston Clear Lake, Bayou Theatre. Performances at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets $15. For more information please WHAT:..The Nutcracker, Kennedy call the studio at 281-480-8441, or visit WHEN: ..December 18 2 & 7pm our website at www.kennedydance.com. WHERE: ..UHCL's Bayou Theatre TICKETS: ..............281-480-8441
BAHB&T presentsTHE NUTCRACKER check on the doll and falls asleep with it in her arms. As the clock strikes midnight, strange things start to happen and the Nutcracker doll becomes a Prince fighting off rats and the Rat King to protect Clara. The Prince then takes The Bay Areaâ€™s own professional ballet Clara on a journey to the Land of Snow where they are greeted by dancing company, Bay Area Houston Ballet & Theatre, under the Volunteer Artistic Di- Snow Flakes and the Snow Queen and then on to the Land of the Sweets - the rection of Ms. Lynette Mason Gregg, Kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy. In will present The Nutcracker December the Land of the Sweets Clara and her 3-5 and December 10-12. The NutPrince are entertained with a celebracracker tells the beloved holiday tale of tion of dances! Tickets to see BAHB&T's Clara and her dream journey with her production of The Nutcracker range most treasured Christmas from $25-$35 and can gift, the Nutcracker. The WHAT: ..The Nutcracker, BAHB&T be purchased by callnight after receiving the WHEN: ......December 3-5, 10-12 ing 281-480-1617 at gift, Clara sneaks down to WHERE: ..UHCL's Bayou Theatre www.bahbt.org. TICKETS: ............www.bahbt.org the Christmas tree to Prepare to kick off your holiday season with beautiful dancing and costumes, dazzling performances and well loved classic holiday music; this performance is sure to please children of all ages!
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Featured Attractions 1. Space Center Houston Visit Space Center Houston, the Official Visitor center of NASA's Johnson Space Center. Applaud the accomplishments of NASA and the American manned space flight program at Space Center Houston. You will relive the past achievements of the space program and witness today's history in the making. Everything you see in the facility is realistic. Space Center Houston's creators kept in close contact with NASA to ensure the most accurate experience. Each attraction is self-guided so you can spend as much time, or as little time, in each areas as desired. Most guests spend four to six hours in the Center. Winter Operating Hours: 10am-5pm (Weekdays); 10am-6pm (Weekends) Discount Tickets: Discount Space Center Houston tickets available at Bay Area Houston Visitors Center. 281-474-9700.
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On the Water TREY HARTMAN WINS 2010 JOSEPH C. RAUSCHER AWARD At the Nov. 13 Fall Ball held in Lakewood Yacht Club’s ballroom, the prestigious Joseph C. Rauscher Award was presented to Seahorse racer Trey Hartman. The recipient was Lakewood Yacht Club Seahorse racer Trey Hartman (second selected by the from left) won the Joseph C. Rauscher Award at the club's Lakewood offi- Fall Ball Awards Banquet. He is pictured with 2010 Flag Ofcers, staff, junior ficers Rear Commodore A. J. Ross, Fleet Captain Carl Drechsel, and Vice Commodore Tom Taylor. flag officers and placed second at the 2009 Naall Seahorse participants. tional High School Cressy Cham“This award is based on many pionship. aspects of a racer’s character: “I am grateful for the support leadership, fellowship, maturity, and interest that Lakewood gives and involvement in all youth acto its youth sailing program, the tivities,” explained presenter and Seahorses,” Hartman added. He Commodore Don Rauscher, son is currently a senior at Bellaire of Joseph C. Rauscher. Other High School and plans to be in candidates were Claire Newton the Naval ROTC program. His and Brad Shaw, both with an imgoal is to attend the Navy flight pressive history of Seahorse racschool and become a naval aviaing and involvement. tor. “I was very honored to be In May of 2010 Hartman benominated for this award and apcame certified as a U.S. Sailing Inpreciated being considered”, restructor Level 1. He has raced in marked Hartman. “My sailing approximately 10 regattas this career started six years ago when year from the Midwinters East in I sailed an Optimist, and thanks Clearwater, Florida, to the U.S. to our Sailing Director Mattia Sailing Chubb U.S. Junior D’Errico’s inspiration, I have conChamps for the Smyth Trophy in tinued into a Laser 4.7, Radial San Diego mid-August in the and now Full Rig.” Laser Full fleet. Now, Hartman’s days during “We are extremely proud of the summer consist of training Trey and his racing career as a hard and competing in national events. In August, he placed sec- Lakewood Seahorse,” related Commodore Rauscher, “He alond in the U.S. Youth Sailing ways represents our club as a fair Championship in Laser Standard and fierce competitor on the at Cabrillo Beach, CA, which was water.” an international event. He also
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New Year’s Day Hangover Race January 1 on Galveston Bay Houston Yacht Club 281.471.1255
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That's a Wrap on THE PREACHER'S December Film Events DAUGHTER... And 2010. First Thursdays at Dean's Credit Clothing For six long weeks THE PREACHER'S DAUGHTER film took over Houston, Alvin and the Clear Lake area. Despite falling two weeks behind and suffering drastic changes in crew, we managed to pull it off and get the darn thing in the can – and it looks amazing to boot!
(316 Main Street): Every first Thursday of the month, the Houston Film Commission presents award-winning, Texas made short films. Presentation is free and starts around 9 p.m., lasting about an hour. houstonfilmcommission.com/firstthursdays Houston Film Industry Meetup: Every second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., mix & mingle with local area actors, producers, editors and other film industry people at Sherlock's River Oaks (1952-A West Gray). filmind.meetup.com/254/
Production problems are bound to happen on any film set – it just comes with the territory. With lots of moving parts and moving people, bumps and bruises are inevitable. In the case of TPD, the bumps were a little more common and the bruises a little more painful. When the first day's work was actually shot in two days, we knew we'd be playing catchup for the duration of the shoot. But not all the problems were related to schedule. Instead, they were sometimes minor inconveniences that led to major delays. Instances beyond our control, like a rainout on a day scheduled entirely outside or the generator shutting down half-way through a night shoot. At one point, it seemed like the entire cast and crew had caught the same illness and due to the nature of “catching up” we were all constantly exhausted, scrambling just to complete the day, and more prone to making erroneous decisions. All that being said, the collaborative effort of the film set as a whole fought to finish this film and finish it right. As production ebbed and flowed, the movie became something greater than we'd all anticipated from the beginning. Exceeding our expectations, the production value will serve the film greatly as we move forward into post-production. Throughout the course of production, lots of other great things were happening with my films that I was unable to be present for. AU-
Last Tuesday's SWAMP Salons: Every last Tuesday of the month, SWAMP meets and hosts a salon on specific subjects regarding film in Houston. Mix & mingle at 6:30 p.m.; presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Location varies. swamp.org
DREY THE TRAINWRECK won consecutive awards at Sidewalk and IndieMemphis, the former being one of my absolute favorite film festivals; EARTHLING was screening all over the world, winning the B-Movies, Underground and Trash Film Festival in The Netherlands and screening in Spain at Sitges, arguably the top fantasy festival in the world. The day after my birthday (which I celebrated on set), I flew to France to rep EARTHLING at Utopiales in Nantes, France – a wise decision as no one else could make it and we ended up winning the festival. It was a welcomed break but I was eager to get back into the movie upon my return.
Christmas Movies at Discovery Green: All month long, enjoy family-friendly screenings of Christmas movies outside at Discovery Park. Admission is FREE. discoverygreen.com Women in Film and Television, Houston 2010 Holiday Party: December 14, 7 p.m. Celebrate WIFT Houston Houston glitz style at 88 Keys. Come dressed as your favorite Hollywood star and your first drink is free! Party and silent auction to benefit WIFT Houston. Tickets are $25 for WIFT members and $35 for general public. wift-houston.org Houston Film Critics Society 2010 Awards Presentation: December 14, 4 p.m. Join the Houston Film Critics Society for the 2010 presentation awards for the best in film at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. The program includes numerous film clips, montages, and visiting presenters. The HFCS also presents its annual Lifetime Achievement Award to Sissy Spacek, and Humanitarian Award to George Clooney. Join Society members afterwards for a reception in the museum galleries. Admission is FREE. mfah.org/film The final week of production the crew was supercharged and anxious to finish up with a bang. - Continued on Page 50
The SCENE Film & Food Columnist, Adam Donaghey, is an award-winning film producer from Texas. His work has been seen at festivals and special screenings all over the world. Adam resides in Kemah. Find out about Adam's films at www.adamdonaghey.com and what he's eating at www.facebook.com/adamdonaghey.
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ARTS “SEABROOK” - A Book of History By Photographer Ruth Burke UNIQUE GIFT IDEA FOR THE SEASON! By Domino Taylor A new gift to the Clear Lake community is a book about the town of Seabrook, appropriately called “Seabrook.” The historically rich book is a photographic retrospective published as part of the Arcadia Publishing “Images of America” series. The publishing company selected local Seabrook artist and photographer, Ruth Burke, to compile the photos and write the captions. Ruth, a well known photographer has now added author to her bio. She took on the duty documenting Seabrook’s amazing growth, prosperity and turmoil of the city, with information dating back to the 1800s. Seabrook, currently known for its beautiful lakes, hiking trails, quaint shops, cozy bed-and-breakfasts, birding and boating community has significant historic roots. From toils of the Attakapas and Karankawas Indian tribes to the treasure-laden tales of the French pirate Jean Lafitte, it has many interesting sections, including the town’s beginnings as a Spanish land grant, to the purchase by Seabrook Sydnor in 1895 to the coming of NASA. Seabrook has been home to hunters, explorers, tradesmen and land barons. This book details the unique history that makes it an interesting read. From the tribal beginnings, tales of pirates and the pioneer spirit, Ruth has managed to capture the beauty and history of Seabrook in this handsome book that displays the charm and vitality of the area. Owner of the Seaside Gallery where she sells photographic art and provides custom framing services, Burke has been a resident of Seabrook since the 1970s. “I have thoroughly enjoyed living in this community,” said Burke. “I am
pleased to play a part in documenting Seabrook’s past and present, sharing its natural treasures through pictures.” She continued modestly, “I felt an obligation to the community to do this, since I have a large collection of photos I have taken since the 1970s.” Although Burke had amassed a large collection of her own professional photographs of the area, she turned to Seabrook City Councilman, Don Holbrook, for help. Collaborating on another project (the park kiosks project) which are displayed around the city, Holbrook was instrumental in assisting Burke in the extensive research needed to acquire older photos. “We began this remarkable project in November 2009,” said Holbrook. “It is great to see this effort come to fruition, giving readers the opportunity to venture back to the early days when this community was just forming.” Don grew up in Seabrook and attended school locally and taught later in years as an aide at Clear Lake High. His father was also a city councilman for Seabrook in the 1970s. It was not easy to produce this book of more than 200 photos photos, especially after the effects of Hurricane Ike, when so many of the town’s residents were displaced and long-time citizens’ historical photos and albums were destroyed. But people came out to gather and clean, and restore the old photos making this another community project built on pride. One case of dedication to the history in photos is when Ruth and longtime Seabrook resident Pokie Platzer-Stamper found photos just after Ike of the town’s first school and the 1930 school fire. - Continued on Page 50
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CULTURAL ARTS CALENDAR
Dec. 2 - Jan. 6: Winter 2010 Open Juried Exhibition, Free Jan. 16: “Carnival of Cirque” Performance by Canadian Magnifique, Reserve Tickets. now, limited seating TAACCL, NASA Prkwy, Nassau Bay, 281-335-7777, www.taaccl.org
Dec. 2, 3, 4, 5 & 10, 11, 12: Bah Humbug! Scrooge’s Christmas, Upstage Arts, Hwy. 3 at NASA Rd.Webster,
Library Story Times for Children Evelyn Meador Library (Pre- K): 10:30 a.m., 2400 N .Meyer, Seabrook - Temporary in Seabrook Community House with storytelling by Mrs. Pearson every Wednesday morning 1210 Anders, Seabrook, 281-4749142, www.hcpl.net.
Freeman Memorial Library: 10:15 a.m. Book Babies on Monday,Tuesday & Wednesday: 11:15 a.m. Toddler Time on Monday, Tuesday &
Dec. 3-19: Miracle on 34th Street,. Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18901 Upper Bay Rd, Nassau Bay, 281335-5228.
Dec 7, 14, 28: Bay Area Photo Club, 7:30 p.m., call to confirm time,TAACCL, 2000 NASA Parkway, 281-335-7777, www.taaccl.org
Dec 3-5 & 10-12: Bay Area Ballet & Theatre’s “Nutcracker,” 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, 4, 10,11 & 2 p.m. on Dec. 4, 5, 11, & 12, - U of H Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., 281480-1617, www.bahbt.org .
Dec. 18: “Nutcracker” by Kennedy Dance Theatre, 2 pm & 7 pm, U of H Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd. 281-480-8441, www.kennedydancecom.
1940 Air Terminal Museum, Hobby Airport, 713-4541940 or 1940airterminal.org.
Dec. 3-19: Four Tickets to Christmas, 8pm Fri & Sat, Sat. & Sun. 2:30pm, Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 Hwy 3, Dickinson, 281-337SHOW.
Dec. 3, 4, 5, & 10, 11, 12: Santa’s Christmas Magic:The Musical, San Jacinto College Central, 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:30 pm and 5 & 12 at 2:30 pm, Central Campus Theatre, 8060 Spence Hwy, Pasadena, For Reservations call 281-476-1828
Dec 3-19: Greetings, 8pm Fri, Sat,Thurs; Sun 3 pm. Dec. 16: 2 for the price of 1 Pasadena Little Theatre, 4318 Allen-Genoa, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec. 5 & 6: The Curious Savage,Auditions, 7 pm, Pasadena Little Theatre, 4318 AllenGenoa, contact: email@example.com 281-480-1617, www.bahbt.org.
Dec. 9: Bay Area Writers League, Meeting and Critique at Barnes & Nobles, Bay Area Blvd & Gulf Freeway, 7:30 no charge, 2009 BAWL Conference Contest, www.bawl.org
Dec. 11: C.L.A.W. (Clear Lake Area Writers) 10a – noon,TAACCL, 2000 NASA Prky, 281-335-7777 www.taaccl.org.
Dec. 18: The Word Factory, Poetry Workshop 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – TAACCL 2000 NASA Parkway, 281-335-7777, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday: 1:15 p.m. PreSchool Time on Monday & Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. Children’s Chess Club on Monday. Special Days: Dec. 6 – Santa Claus Arrival & Dec 20 & 21. Gingerbread House Decorating 2pm & 3:30pm16616 Diana Lane, Houston, 281-488-1906. www.hcpl.net.
Helen Hall Library: 10 a.m.Toddlers on Wednesdays - 1 p.m. Pre-K Story time on Thursday, 100 W.Walker, League City, 281338-4860
La Porte Library: 10:15 a.m. - Tuesdays, Story Time with Mr. Mark, 10:15 a.m. & 11 a.m. with Mr. D. on Thursday. 3:15 p.m.Arts on Wednesday, 600 S. Broadway, La Porte, 281-471-4022, www.hcpl.net.
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Dec. 3 & 4: Christmas Pops Concert,The Clear Lake Symphony, 7:30 pm, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Nassau Bay Dec. 18: Bay Area Bluegrass Association Show – 7 pm, Johnny Arolfo Civic Center, League City, www.baba.org
Armand Bayou Nature Center Open Tuesday - Saturday, Saturday morning Breakfast on the Bayou 8-9:30 am Saturday Evening Sunset Cruise on the Bayou 6:00 p.m., 8500 Bay Area Blvd., 281-474-2551, www.abnc.org
Battleship Texas, State Historic Site, 3255 Highway 134, La Porte, 281-479-2431
Butler Longhorn Museum – League City, 281-332-1393, www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com
Bay Area Museum Lunar Rendezvous Exhibit and Space memorabilia. Open Tuesday - Sunday, Clear Lake Park, 5000 NASA Parkway, Seabrook, 281-326-5960, www.lunarrendevous.org.
League City Historical Society West Bay Common Museum – Open Monday - Friday. Call for group reservations, 210 Kansas Avenue, League City, 281-554-2994, www.oneroomschoolhouse.org
Lone Star Flight Museum - Open Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., 2002 Terminal Dr., Galveston, 409-740-7722, www.LSFM.org. Email email@example.com for art calendar listings.
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10th Annual Reach for the Stars Gala The Clear Creek Education Foundation’s Gala Committee hosted the prestigious Annual Reach for the Stars Gala. The “Shining Stars” Gala was held on Saturday, November 6 at the San Luis Resort in Galveston. Guests who attended this event enjoyed a savory dinner, bid on exciting auctions, and were entertained by the Mickey Hobbs Trio. A special feature of the evening was the recognition of outstanding alumni from Clear Creek ISD and notable individuals who have made a difference with their support of public education and the District. Wendy Shaw, gala chairman, and Lisa Holbrook, cochairman, along with the Shining Stars Gala Committee, created a Hollywood-themed event. Each year, the committee welcomes businesses, organizations and individuals to consider helping sponsor this Gala, either through underwriting the event, purchasing an ad in the program or through donations for the auctions.
Honorees pictured (from left): John Ennis, Joe McKinney, Roger Worthington, Erika Bondy (CCISD Secondary Teacher of the Year), Jill Rauscher, Karen Hearn (CCISD Elementary Teacher of the Year), Butch Milks and Dr. William Staples (George B. Carlisle Award).
The Clear Creek Education Foundation, established in 1992, is comprised of business and community leaders; all of whom volunteer to raise funds to support the academic achievement of all students. Proceeds from the gala help to fund the following programs: Teacher Innovative Instructional Grants, Synergistic Career Exploration Labs, National Board Teacher Certification and the Clear Horizons Early College High School program currently underway at San Jacinto Community College. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded grants worth more than $800,000 to CCISD teachers.
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Jeanette Williams Foundation Teams With Yachty Gras To Make Christmas Brighter for Children Treated At UTMB Edgewater Development Opens Doors for Toy Drive The Jeanette Williams Foundation teamed up lact month with Yachty Gras at Edgewater Development's model home on West Fork for a Toy Drive for children being treated at UTMB. Johnson Development's Jamie Virkus welcomed guests who had been asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child aged from newborns to 16 years old.
Foundation. "Tonight we gathered about 50 gifts, so we're halfway there! We want to be able to give each child at least one new toy for Christmas." Foundation board members, Jayne Gillis, Julie Johnson, Bernie Anderson, Mary Ellen Arledge, Era Lee Coldwell and Bonnie Lem attended the Toy Drive celebration, and Troop is convinced this group will meet or exceed their goal. "When it comes to kids and Christmas, it tugs at your heart," Troop said. "When a child has to spend Christmas in the hospital, you want to make sure they at least have new toys! We're dedicated to collecting the toys we need to make sure those kids have a Merry Christmas." If you would like to donate a toy, contact Mary Ellen Arledge at 713-702-4018.
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LINGUINI TOSSED WITH GREEK HERBS AND CHEESES BAKED WITH A TOUCH OF LEMON
BAKED IN MARSALA BLUE CHEESE TOSSED W/CROUTONS
FRI • 6:30-9PM
LETTUCE FILLED WITH TILAPIA, FETA CHEESE, PICO DE GALLO SAUTEED ONIONS & HOISIN SAUCE
BROILED SHRIMP W/ DRAWN BUTTER LUMP CRAB MEAT
W/ CRIMINI MUSHROOM CREAM
ALL DAY SATURDAY
SAUTEED CHICKEN BREAST
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$3.99 HOUSE MARGARITAS
DRAFT BEER, WELL DRINK (EXCLUDES MARTINIS), OR WINE (CHEF’S CHOICE)
CHOICE OF ENTREES (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
MONDAY & TUES
party with us!
includes alcoholic beverage, entree and dessert
Holiday Parties! DECEMBER 2010
The SCENE’s Holiday Catering & Party Guide Does planning your upcoming holiday event have you feeling a little more holiday “fear” than holiday “cheer?” The SCENE is here to help. In October’s issue we compiled a list of restaurants that can cater to or play host to your holiday parties. This month will offer Part 2 with additional options. Between hanging the lights, picking out the perfect tree, and spending time with loved ones, you have enough to worry about. So we did the research, now you can sit back and relax and enjoy the holiday season!
banquet room (upstairs) has recently been upgraded with a projector, granite and decor. Perfect for rehearsals, birthdays, business, showers or just because. We have affordable pricing and can accommodate to your taste. Why your place? Mamacita’s has become and been embraced by the Clear Lake community. After 27 years, it continues to be operated and owned by family. We are constantly catering ourselves to the community and have exceptional fajitas and margaritas.
NOTE: The entire Holiday Catering & Party Guide with 25+ venues is online at scenelive.net. Use this QR Code to pull it up on your mobile device. service. If you want something off of our menu, our talented kitchen staff can always accommodate you! ----------------------------------
Allegria Wine & Cocktail Lounge
2513 NASA Pkwy • 281-532-2691
15210 Hwy 3 @ Barringer 281-218-8585??
Mamacita’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina 515 E. Nasa Pkwy • 281-332-5362
On-site catering? Yes. Up to 100. Offsite catering? Yes. Up to 100. Facilities: We provide a waterfront venue and comfortable atmosphere to watch your favorite team or relax with your close friends. Drinks are always reasonable and our view of Clear Lake speaks for itself. Why your place? We offer a diverse menu selection with outstanding
On-site catering? Yes, depends on the style of party. Off-site catering? Yes, up to 125. Facilities: We have room for an hors d’oeuvres buffet for up to 80 guests and seating for a plated meal for up to 22. Why your place? Allegria is a cozy, intimate environment to celebrate your event with a unique menu of items not found widely in the Bay Area.
On-site catering? Yes. We have two banquet facilities available – in our patio or upstairs with capacity of 60-80 people. Off-site catering? Yes, we can cater any event, drop-off or serve. Call manager Rudy Escobar for details. Facilities: Our
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!!
Daily Lunch Specials!
Leg of Lamb served EVERY FRI & SAT! Serving original, Greek family recipes: Mousaka, Pastitsio, Stuffed Eggplant, Domadakia and freshly made Humus.
LIVE MUSIC GREEK COOKING FRI: by Greek musicians George Kitidis & CLASSES! Nikkos Leontoudis
Next Class: Dec. 9
+ BELLY DANCING
1026 FM 2094 • Clear Lake Shores • 281-334-4787 • www.skipperscafe.com THE SCENE
State of the Lake:
MOONGLOW OVER EL LAGO By Sue Mayfield Geiger
El Lago: (“city of the lake”)
When Neil Armstrong made his one small step for mankind on July 20, 1969, residents of El Lago looked skyward as the moonlight bathed this tiny slice of a town packed with neighbors, news crews and spectators. Armstrong lived in El Lago when he made his historic Apollo 11 flight and literally put the city on the map. A lot has changed since then and much of the hoopla has faded, but this tight knit community stays committed to maintaining the best quality of life possible in their city of 3,000 and counting.
DID YOU KNOW?
Mayor: Brad Emel (mayor since 2001) Population: 3,000+ Square Miles: One (7/10 of a mile of waterfront) Bounded on two sides by: Taylor Lake and Clear Lake Incorporated: 1961 Points of Interest: Three boat launch facilities, swim/racquet ball club, nine acres of city parks (Armstrong, McNair and Witty), restaurants include: Boondoggles (with more beer on tap than any other local pub), Chelsea’s, Valdo’s, Jack in the Box, Gabacho’s.
Clad in Bermuda shorts and Crocs, Mayor Brad Emel greets me in the main chambers of City Hall with casual flair and a homey handshake. Living just three houses away from the office means he’s about as eco-conscious and green as you can get since getting to work means hopping on his bike or just strolling down the street a few hundred yards.
Something to Shout About: They have the second lowest crime rate in Harris County. What you may not know: El Lago sits on the site of one of the main hideouts for the famed pirate Jean Lafitte. Before El Lago was developed, it was a polo ground. More astronauts live in or have lived in El Lago than any other Bay Area city. Neil Armstrong lived in El Lago when he walked on the moon. Mayor Emel is also the co-owner of the iconic Classic Cafe on NASA Parkway in Seabrook.
The City Hall walls are not only plastered with framed photos of former mayors, but photos of 49 astronauts who have lived in El Lago (or presently living in El Lago). Known as the “Astronaut Wall of Fame,” the space heroes far outnumber the mayors. A few minutes chatting with Emel makes it obvious why astronauts and other savvy citizens choose this one square mile to call home. High on community spirit and bounded on two sides by Taylor Lake and Clear Lake, El Lago is lagging in economic development compared to other Bay Area cities. “Our sister cities have hotels, which provide money for lots of economic development,” says Emel. “However, many of those cities are not part of Metro, but we are, along with 13 other multi cities.” Emel went on to say that Metro operates with a half cent of sales tax revenue and in turn writes El Lago a check every year. “All cities use Metro in some form,” says Emel, “whether it be buses, HOV lanes, the Park
and Ride – those are all Metro dollars,” he adds. The tax money in other cities that are not part of Metro goes toward their economic development giving them more of an advantage. El Lago is indeed pretty much built out, but does have potential economic prowess because of real estate that may become available soon. The fate of The Landing condominiums is still in limbo and tied up in the court system since a few of its homeowners have filed a lawsuit to keep the structure from being demolished. As we go to print, the fate of The Landing is still undetermined and Emel could not comment due to legalities. Celebrating 50 years in 2011, El Lago is building a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Brick Walkway which will extend from the south side of the McNair Park Pavilion to the planned El Lago Community Center at the El Lago Swim and Racquet Club. Citizens are encouraged to support this endeavor by purchasing a brick that will have their name or special message inscribed and become a permanent part of the city’s future.
The popular McNair Memorial Park is located in the heart of the city and next to the El Lago Swim & Racquet Club.
El Lago has their very own newspaper (La Ventana del Lago, which means the window of the lake) that is printed nine months out of the year. Sales of luminarias at Christmas time are the main source of funds for the paper and the tradition was started as a way to send a Merry Christmas message to space shuttle astronauts on Christmas Eve. - Continued on Page 51
“State of the Lake” presents its fifth installment of a multi-part series that introduces you to Clear Lake area communities in the Bay Area. This month learn, some very interesting facts about El Lago. THE SCENE
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A SUSHI LOVE AFFAIR Five years ago, Michael Zhou and his wife Chi introduced us to their collaboration: Masa Sushi Japanese Fusion Restaurant. Michael (a sushi chef for more than 25 years) and wife Chi (an accomplished French chef) both believe Asian and French cuisine can blend to make a perfect match.
YOUR MASA SUSHI CHECKLIST: Black Pepper Tuna: This alone is tasty, but what makes it amazing is presentation and the dipping sauce that Micheal makes in-house. It's his own recipe that truly brings out the flavors. Tuna Tartare: Spicy tuna, avocado and cucumber served with crispy wonton chips. Order a half order, or full.
Black Pepper Tuna Masa Tower
The SCENE has published articles about the Zhous’, new additions Chi and Michael Zhou soon after opening Masa Sushi in 2005. to the menus, aggressive drink specials, their second restaurant (Masa Sushi Sake Bar) when it opened and even about the famous Masa Sushi anniversary celebrations that pack both locations with promotions so good customers happily wait in lines stretching out the door.
Hot Rock Beef: Ishiyaki! A traditional Japanese table-cooking in new style. Thin-sliced rib-eye served with shaved garlic and special dipping sauce. Available only at the NASA location. World Sashimi Combination: A great sampler presentation featuring tuna, hamachi, fresh salmon, flounder, super white and black pepper tuna. Available only at Masa Sushi Sake Bar.
The SCENE has even named Michael the area’s “Sushi Master” because of his ability to win customers over with cutting-edge innovations and displaying mastery at his art, sushi.
Hot Rock Beef
Here, we highlight some of the most unique and tempting menu items found at the two Masa Sushi locations. We strongly suggest visiting the nearest location and checking these off your list if you haven’t already. Considering it an assignment from The SCENE. - John Ennis
World Sashimi | Fu Fu Roll Yummy Must Try
Costa Rica Style Tuna
977 NASA ROAD 1 281-486-9888
1804 W. FM 646 281-337-1288
Masa Tower: Available only at the Masa Sushi Sake Bar, this is the restaurant's namesake appetizer – and it's a tower of food. What's not to like already? Spicy tuna, rice, snow crab, cucumber, avocado and masago dressed with honey wasabi cream.
Fufu Roll: Fried oyster, salmon, avocado, cucumber, smelt roe topped with spicy tuna, spicy scallop and crunch. Yummy Must Try: The name says it all. We were skeptical, but the dish DOES live up to its name. Shrimp, smoked salmon, tuna, yellow tail, crab, avacaddo, rolled with soypaper and white fish topped with spicy mayo and eel sauce. Slow-baked. Available only at Masa Sushi Sake Bar. Nabeyaki Udon: Japanese noodle soup with shrimp tempura, beef, chicken, egg and vegetables served in a giant bowl – reminescent of a mini-couldron. Costa Rica Style Tuna: Special presentation lightly seared with galric. choose from tuna, black pepper tuna or beef.
THE SCENE IS THE OFFICIAL ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE TO THE CLEAR LAKE/BAY AREA
December 2010 .....South Belt • Clear Lake • Bay Area • Galveston 10 ............................Cover Feature: Masa Sushi 13 ..State of The Lake: Moonglow Over El Lago 14 ..The SCENE’s Holiday Catering Guide • Part 2 16......................Chuy’s donates to Crisis Center 18 ........SBS: Signature Bistro Anniversary Bash 20 News & Notes: Go Red For Women 2/25/11 21..News & Notes: Jeanette Williams Foundation 21 ....................Waterfront Dining Quick Guide 22 ........................................SCENE Featurettes 24 & 25 ..............The SCENE’s Apartment Guide 26 ........................SBS: CCEF 10th Annual Gala 28................Arts: SCENE Cultural Arts Calendar 29 ..............Arts: Seabrook Book by Ruth Burke 31 ....Arts: Film Column Lights..Camera..Action! 32 ..............SCENE Style: The Perfect ‘Presence’ 37-46 Weekends on the Water (10-Page Guide) 38 ....................Moody Gardens: Holiday Lights 40-41 ......................Map: Where to Eat & Drink
42 ....................2 Nutcracker’s are better than 1 44-45 ......................................Area Attractions 46 ..............................................On The Water 48-49 ..............SCENE Girl of the Month: Logan - - - FLIP SIDE - - - FLIP SIDE - - - FLIP SIDE - - 52 ......Cowboy Troy: “New Rock Yawl-ternative” 53 ..............................................Meet Euphilia 55 ..............SBS: Salute To Service performances 57 ..............................Texas Hippie Connection 58 ................CD Reviews: Dean Seltzer / Ember 59........................Krewe Du Lac 2011 Schedule 60, 63 ......Loose Notes: Local Live Music Guide 67 ..........................................Martini Madness 68, 69..................................Happy Hour Guide 68 ......................................Featured Bartender 52, 65, 70, 71 ........New Year’s Eve Party Guide 72 ................Krewe Du Lac Kings Cake Preview
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Mackey’s Upscale, Comfort Food
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We have COLLEGE Game Day & NFL Ticket MONDAY TRIPS GIVE AWAY!!
7 LUCKY CUSTOMERS ARE ON THEIR WAY TO A VACATION ON US! DON’T MISS YOUR CHANCE! Receive one raffle ticket for every $25 you spend any day! Ask your server for details.
GAME SPECIALS: $ 5 draft pitchers $ 12 dom. beer buckets (6) $ 18 imp. beer buckets (6) 8 wings for $3 12 wings for $4.50
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COMPLIMENTARY APPETIZER! (When you mention the SCENE. Chef’s Choice) BLUE PLATE SPECIALS • $ 5.95 7 Days a Week • 11am-3pm
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$8.95 • 7 Days a Week • 5pm to Close Includes French Bread
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CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH US! Come as you are! Delicious dinner specials, party favors & $1 champagne toast RESTAURANT OPEN FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER EVERY DAY
Or we'll bring the party to you!!
Sun-Thurs until 10pm Fri & Sat until 11pm
Sun-Thurs until Midnight Fri & Sat until 2 am
Great location for holiday parties!
20801 GULF FRWY. • WEBSTER, 77598
HOLIDAY INN KEMAH
805 Harris Ave. • 281-334-0008
(NEXT TO CINEMARK 18)
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SATURDAY & SUNDAY • NOON-5PM
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HAPPY HOUR SPECIAL:
35¢ Wings outside on Monday Evenings
Deadline: Fri. Dec. 20
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OPEN 7 DAYS ’TIL 2AM! BECOME A FAN! 707 HWY. 146 IN KEMAH • 281-334-2133 Call for details.
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MASA SEAFOOD KONRO
We serve FRESH FISH flown in from California daily! Every Tues & Thurs: Special fish flown in from Honolulu Come Try MASA HOT ROCK BEEF
Only at FM 646 Location
Available only at NASA Rd. 1 Location
New HAPPY DAY Every Sun, Mon, Tues All Day! $2 Shots, Wells, Sake & All Beer
Lunch Specials Every Day! 11am to 3:30pm
977 NASA ROAD 1
1804 W. FM 646
(EL CAMINO REAL, NEAR OFFICE DEPOT)
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Tuesday, December 6
Wine Tasting New Year’s Eve
masquerade Dinner Party
DJ, bottle service available, dancing til 2am
www.SignatureBistro.com for party details & holiday hours, visit
1918 NASA Pkwy • Seabrook
Published on Dec 3, 2010
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