March 30th, 2011

The Look Ahead: Barista Challenge, Public Poetry and Houston Indie Book Festival

I don’t know about you, but Wednesday can seriously go take a hike. My power went out last night which sent my printer into Michael Bay mode starting and restarting sounding like Starscream in the corner of my room. Oh well, we always have the weekend to look forward to. It’s only two short days away.

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South Central Barista Challenge
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Where: St. Louis, Missourri
When: Thursday, March 31st through Sunday, April 3rd
How Much: ????
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Why are we posting an event that’s happening in St. Louis? Because two of Houston’s own will be competing in the United States Barista Challenge. Starting this week, Lindsey R. Morris and Brendan Moody of Catalina Coffee will exhibit their talents in the South Central Regional competition hoping to make it to the finals. Luckily for us, the SCAA – Specialty Coffee Association of America – will have Houston as its host for their annual symposium (April 28th through May 1st), so if either Brendan or Lindsey succeed in Missourri, they’ll be competing in front of you for the national title in just a month.

Good luck. Make Houston proud.

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The Inaugural Public Poetry
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Where: HPL Central Library (500 McKinney St., 77002)
When: Saturday, April 2nd from 2:00PM to 3:30PM
How Much: Free
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National Poetry Month is upon us. Our fair mayor, Annise Parker will be reading a poem of her choosing to kick off the event in Houston. Poets Rich Levy, Martha Serpas, Eva Skrande, and Deborah Wiggins (a.k.a. D.E.E.P.) will follow at the downtown recital. If you can’t make it on Saturday, don’t fret. There are a ton of opportunities to experience poetry readings all around town through May and June. The poetry never ceases in Houston.

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Houston Indie Book Festival on the Menil Collection Lawn
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Where: Montrose (1515 Sul Ross, 77006)
When: Saturday, April 2nd from 11:00AM to 5:00PM
How Much: Free
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Last year, we stopped by the third annual Houston Indie Book Festival. It was a pleasant reminder that books still matter in the popular consciousness. That’s not descriptive enough… It was a reminder that there are people that still want to write books that matter.  The fourth iteration of the festival is this Saturday, April 2nd. Support some indie wordsmiths, listen to the readings beneath the wiry trees of the Menil, buy a few diamonds in the rough to churn through pages later.

— The Loop Scoop

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