February 4th, 2011

The Look Ahead: Ladysmith and Dead Man Walking + Iceocalypse!

Iceocalypse is here. Or #Fauxocalypse, whichever you prefer. Hopefully you’re staying home today. If you’re out and about, please be careful. Above and below you’ll see a couple of the photos from this morning near my house. The header and first post in the article were taken through the lens of my polarized sunglasses. If you’re a photog, try it out. Some cool rainbow patterns in the ice.

On to the events, even though we feel slightly imprudent by telling you to do anything at all today…

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Dead Man Walking by Houston Grand Opera


Where: Downtown [501 Texas Ave., 77002]
When: Friday, February 4th 7:30PM; Sunday, February 6th 2PM
How much: $37 to $268
Scoop’d from: 88.7 FM Houston Public Radio

“A story of compassion and redemption, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking has played to sold-out houses across the U.S. and Europe in the decade since its premiere.” If you’re a person that follows the NYTimes Best Seller list, then this is the opera for you. It’s been sold-out everywhere else. Now’s your chance to catch up.

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Ladysmith – Black Mambazo by SPA Houston


Where: Downtown [615 Louisiana St., 77002]
When: Friday, February 4th 8PM
How much: $24 to $54
Scoop’d from: SPAHouston.org

I had no idea, but apparently Paul Simon’s Graceland album is to credit for Ladysmith’s rise to fame. Check out their amalgam of Zulu, reggae and gospel a cappella stylings at Jones Hall tonight. I’m sure the music will warm your soul. Now if we could just get someone to warm the streets so this ice will melt…

Smith Westerns at Fitzgerald’s (Opener: Yuck)


Where: Downtown [615 Louisiana St., 77002]
When: Sunday, February 6th; Doors Open at 8PM
How much: $8 General Admission; $10 Day of Show
Scoop’d from: Facebook

We told you about the Smith Westerns release of their album Dye it Blonde a couple weeks ago. Well, now they’re coming to town. You should probably go. Especially if you’re not a football fan and want to avoid everything that is the Super Bowl. Honestly, it’s almost enticing enough as a football fan to duck out early and catch the show. Just watch me.

— The Loop Scoop

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