December 1st, 2011

The Look Ahead: A White Christmas, a Jubilee of Dance, a Poetry Reading, and Two Toy Drives Not at all Similar to Eachother

We’ve indeed got a mixed bag here today, one event a day for the next three days and then after that; two events next week. I know. Loop Scoop, why would you give us events a week off? Quite simply, they’re the kind you’d want to plan for. They require registration. I know, that’s big kid pants territory. We’ll let you know when we find ours. Until then, here are some good ideas of where to start when you’re at a loss for what to do.


IKEA Houston’s Silver Screen at Discovery Green: White Christmas

Where: Discovery Green [1500 McKinney, 77010]
When: Thursday, December 1st | 6:30PM to 8:30PM
How much: Free
Scoop’d from: Discovery Green

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for the old Christmas movies. Sure Elf and The Santa Claus 3: The Escape Clause are pretty damn good, but the oldies, in this case, truly are the goodies. Here’s a somewhat vague synopsis from the Discovery Green website: A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. If that wasn’t enough, check out the blurb on imdb, here. Oh it looks like the same bland description—read further down. Enjoy!

Houston Ballet: Jubilee of Dance

Where: Downtown – Brown Theater at Wortham Theater Center [501 Texas Ave., 77002]
When: Friday, December 2nd | 7:30PM
How much: $58 to $160
Scoop’d from: Houston Ballet

Looking back and looking forward, the seventh annual Jubilee of Dance celebrates the best of Houston Ballet. Featuring highlights of company and audience favorites, previews of upcoming productions, and works created especially for the Jubilee, this is a one-night-only event.

In addition, this year’s Jubilee of Dance will honor managing director C.C. Conner’s 17 years of superb administrative leadership with Houston Ballet on the eve of his retirement in February 2012. As a tribute to Mr. Conner, artistic director Stanton Welch will create a new work showcasing the company’s stellar men performing to excerpts of Rossini’s comic opera La Scala di Seta. First soloist Melissa Hough will unveil her first work for the company, a duet set to Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C Sharp Minor; and Houston Ballet will revive Stanton Welch’s thrilling staging of Bolero, a spectacular full-company showcase featuring every dancer in the company.


Public Poetry and Houston Public Library Present a Live Reading by John Gorman

Where: HPL Express Discovery Green [1500 McKinney, R2, 77010]
When: Saturday, December 3rd | 2:00PM
How much: Free
Scoop’d from: @HoustonLibrary

John Gorman lives in Galveston and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. His poems have appeared in Arrowsmith, Curbside Review, Buffalo Press, and many other places in Texas, nationally and in Canada. Red Pontiac Convertible, his fourth chapbook, came out this fall. He has long been active on various reading scenes and moderates the monthly Galveston Poets Roundtable.


Houston Tweet Drive 2011, Benefiting Houston Interfaith Ministries

Where: The Museum District – Caroline Collective [701 Waugh Dr., 77019]
When: Thursday, December 15th | 7:00PM
How much: Bring a NEW toy or book that will bring joy to a child-in-need’s holiday season. And they’ll give you FREE food and libations. REGISTER HERE.
Scoop’d from: Email

Oh My! Pocket Pies, Eatsie Boys and Good Dog Hot Dogs will be serving up their specialty foods. St. Arnold Brewing CompanyBeaver’s and My TX Spirits will be bringin’ the drink. Look for entertainment by Extra Life Houston. This seems like more a win for those taking part than those benefiting from the attendees’ generosity. I guess that’s win/win. Follow @HouTweetDrive for up the to minute info.


Christmas MAGIC: Houston Children’s Charity Toy Drive

Where: George R. Brown Convention Center [1001 Avenida De Las Americas, 77010]
When: Thursday, December 15th | First Shift – 8:30AM to 1:00PM, 12:30PM to 5:00PM; Friday, December 16th | First Shift – 8:30AM to 1:00PM, 12:30PM to 5:00PM
How much: Free – If interested in volunteering, please contact Elizabeth Atkins at,
Scoop’d from: Email

The holidays are just over the bend, Loopsters. As Christmas, Hannukah or in Tea’s case, Winter Solstice approach—for those that have nothing, a life of hardship is only going to get harder. For many smaller Houstonians, Houston Children’s Charity has once again orchestrated their Annual Toy Drive with the 1st BN 23rd Marines Toys for Tots program. They’ll be needing volunteers to set up the toy store and then distribute toys the very next day. Do it for the home team. We’re all in this wonderful mess of a city together.

— The Loop Scoop


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