August 8th, 2011

The Look Ahead: Parks and Recreation, Spanish, Architectural Type Films, and Hot Undies

Well, this week’s not going to start itself. Let’s get the flux-capacitor up to 1.21 gigowatts and see where we end up. With any luck, I’ll find myself happily sandwiched in a man-sized Pretzel Dog by two in the PM, slothfully eating my way out well into the evening. To each its own.

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It’s Hot, Buckle Up Little Camper—Head Outside to the Park of your Choosing

Where: Everywhere! If these don’t apply—Google Map the most scenic trail that’s closest to you. [Memorial Park - Hermann Park and/or Rice University Trail - Paul Carr Jogging Trail - Buffalo Bayou Trail]
When: Monday, August 8th | After work when the sun is setting.
How much: Free if you walk, run, or ride to your destination.
Scoop’d from: Marc

Heat this. Hot that. My leather is melting to my pleather. Greenhouse smokes and anti-matter particles in rapid annunciation. The weather isn’t changing—use that human characteristic, adaptation.

Activity ain’t your thing? Check out these Watering Holes and Restaurants with patios and at least complain with a beverage in hand. Look for Richard, he’ll be bitching louder than most.

Conversational Spanish at the Houston Public Library

Where: Northwest Houston – Acres Homes Neighborhood Library [8501 West Montgomery, 77088]
When: Monday, August 8th |5:30PM to 7:30PM
How much: Free
Scoop’d from: Richard

How many of us have taken a second language at one time or another? Some took Spanish. Some took French. Me, I took German to get around in the Texas Hill Country. Without practice, all of those long hours of broken speaking and horrible conjugation will be worthless. Spanish linguists, why not head to the AH Neighborhood Library and speak some español?

Architecture Center Houston to Hold First Film Festival

Where: Theatre District - Architecture Center Houston [315 Capitol St., 77002]
When: Thursday, August 11th through Saturday, August 13th | 7:00PM
How much: Free for Members  |  $10.00 to $20.00
Scoop’d from: The Houston Press

The Houston Press does a pretty decent job of describing it like this: “The festival will feature three movies over three nights in August and includes Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio, which explores activism in architecture and the social responsibility of the medium. It will include a Q&A discussion with filmmaker Sam Wainwright Douglas.

The other films are Regular or Super, which examines a Mies van der Rohe-designed gas station, and VDL Research House: Richard Neutra’s Studio and Residence, a profile of architect Richard Neutra. Though the films’ subjects are universal, there is plenty of local draw. “It’s interesting when you talk about someone as international as Mies, you forget that he’s done a lot of work around Houston,” says Dodington.

Each screening will be preceded by a collection of juried short films by students at the Rice School of Architecture and the University of Houston’s College of Architecture.”

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2nd Annual Hot Undies Fun Run by Brian O’Neill’s Running Club

Where: Brian O’Neill’s – Rice Village [5555 Morningside Dr., 77005]
When: Saturday, August 20th | REGISTER TODAY!
How much: $35 through August 19, and $40 the day of
Scoop’d from: @BONRunningClub

“Last year’s run attracted over 500 Houston-area runners to Rice Village, all sporting their best looking underwear. This year we expect over 800 runners!

All proceeds from the run benefit The Children’s Tumor Foundation, a non-profit medical foundation dedicated to improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by Neurofibromatoses (NF). Last year’s inaugural Hot Undies run raised approximately $9,000 for The Children’s Tumor Foundation and this year we hope to break $12,000.

The Hot Undies run will take place through Rice Village, beginning and ending at Brian O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub (5555 Morningside Drive, Houston, TX 77005). A pre-party begins at 11:30 and the run starts at 1 pm, routing through three party stops along the way. A post-run party will include beer, food, raffle prizes and awards for the best dressed teams and individuals. (But please, no thongs!)”

— The Loop Scoop

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