September 7th, 2009

Your Regular Scoop of Houston 09.07.09

The Regular Scoop: This week with a hint of Euro. Minus the cologne or maybe not.

This week or the next: Houston Ballet Presents Manon, Leonard Bernstein’s On The Town, IKE: The Book Book Signing with the Creators of HIWI, The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at Miller, Black Congress with Balaclavas & No No No Hopes Live at Mango’s, Houston Museum District Day (Free Access To 17 Museums), Vernacular Architecture and the Building Arts in Houston, Arts of Ancient Viet Nam, Slavic Heritage Festival and Oktoberfest at the Liederkranz

It would seem that in this instantly-updating-randomly-informing-internet age, that figuring out what to do in Houston, would be simple. Sadly, it’s not, believe us, as we’ve perused, glanced, sniffed and combed the thousands of  things to experience in our great city, we’re overwhelmed almost to the point of not choosing any at all. So in an effort to keep our overly excited brains sane and our hunger for Houston satiated, here’s a handful or Scoop of things we found interesting. We left many things out, but seeing as how we are a two man show at this point, bear with us. If you have something to add, make a case for it in a comment or become a contributor.

Houston Ballet Presents Manon

Thursday,
September 10, 12, 18, 19, 2009 at 7:30 p.m., September 13, 20, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center
Where: Downtown
Can I eat there? Yes, there are light refreshments.
Can I drink there? Yes, in between the tails of sex, love and corruption stretching from Paris to Louisiana, a drink might be just right for the intermission .
From where did we Scoop this event? Here and here.

Leonard Bernstein’s On The Town Part of the Bayou City Concert Musicals

Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 7:30 p.m., Friday September 11 and 12, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. and September 13, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.


Heinen Theatre,Houston Community College Central Campus in Midtown
Where: Midtown
Can I eat there? No, with such classics as “Lonely Town” and “New York, New York” being performed, you’ll be too busy singing.
Can I drink there? No.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

IKE: The Book, Book Signing with the Creators of Houston. It’s Worth It. at Domy Books

Thursday, September 10, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Domy Books, Houston
Where: Westheimer
Can I eat there? No. But you may learn about the days and weeks that some could not.
Can I drink there? No, instead read about Houstonians doing extraordinary things. This book goes beyond the culture and quirks  that defined the first, it portrays a community that has bound together and embraced this most fickle relationship with the Gulf, defying Ike and the damages sustained.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here and here.

The Trilogy: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at Miller Outdoor Theatre

September 11, 2009 and September 12, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
Where: The Museum District
Can I eat there? Yes, indeed you may. The usual concessions will be available.
Can I drink there? Yes, but try to exercise a bit more restraint than Mozart when imbibing.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Black Congress with Balaclavas & No No No Hopes Live at Mango’s

Friday September 11 at 7 p.m.

Mango’s Cafe
Where: Montrose
Can I eat there? Yes, please do. For unusual twists on vegetarian and vegan food that might pass as delicious to even the most devout carnivore.
Can I drink there? Yes, again try the coffee.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here and here.

Houston Museum District Day (Free Access to 17 Museums)

Friday September 12 – ALL DAY

Houston Museums
Where: The Museum District
Can I eat there? Certainly. Here’s a few places we know of not too far from the previously stated locations: Brown Bag Deli, The Empire Cafe, Cafe Byzantio, Barnaby’s Cafe or Paulie’s.
Can I drink there? Yes, although with all of the places to explore, driving cancels out this activity.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here .

Vernacular Architecture and the Building Arts in Houston: The Gulf Coast Connection (An All Day Event)

Saturday, September 12, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a lunch break from 12 to 1

Houston Public Library, Central Library
Where: Downtown
Can I eat there? No, this is all about consuming knowledge. This presentation will demonstrate the cultures and styles that have made this city the beautifully crazy architectural oasis that it is. That lack of zoning we keep mentioning, for the newly arrived Houstonians, this event will explain it.
Can I drink there? No.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here, here and here.

Arts of Ancient Viet Nam: From River Plain to Open Sea

Sunday, September 13, 2009 through Sunday, January 3, 2010, most any day, through Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed Mondays


Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Audrey Jones Beck Building
Where: The Museum District
Can I eat there? Yes, you won’t find any Bánh hỏi or Bánh xèo to go with the incredible art, you will however find a Cafe Express.
Can I drink there? Có, bạn có thể. (Yes, you may)
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Slavic Heritage Festival at the Lady of Czestochowa Polish Parish Church

Sunday, September 13, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Lady of Czestochowa Polish Parish Church
Where: Spring Branch, Just Outside The Loop
Can I eat there? Yes, you might, “jíst.” (Eat.)
Can I drink there? Information on this is scarce, we make no promises either way.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Oktoberfest at the Liederkranz

September 19, 2009, 4:30 p.m.

Houston Liederkranz Hall
Where: Oak Forest or Garden Oaks Area, Just Outside The Loop
Can I eat there? Yes, Bratwurst und Sauerkraut.
Can I drink there? Yes, fine German beers.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here. (This is more German than the Octoberfests you’re used to.)

Miles and Miles of Texas: The Lone Star State Through the Eyes of Buck Schiwetz

All of this week and on though September 27
, 2009, 7:00 p.m.

The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
Where: Downtown
Can I eat there? No, you’re there to learn about the impact of this early Texas artist.
Can I drink there? No.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

The 15th Annual Oak Tree Festival

Saturday, September 26, 2009 and Sunday, September 27, 2009

The League City Heritage Foundation, League Park, under those great Oaks.
Where: League City, South West Houston, Worth The Drive
Can I eat there? Yes, you may.
Can I drink there? No, keep in mind it’s a family event.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Thanks to Loopster, Melanie for sending us the info on Black Congress and Houston Museum District Day.

— Richard

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