April 5th, 2011

The Look Ahead: Stick ‘Em Up, Iron Sommelier, Car Wash Party and This

Wow, what a week. Now that the NCAA Champion UConn Huskies have been crowned, we can finally get back to business. What a game… I don’t know if any of you subjected yourself to the horror that was the final game of the Big Dance, but at one point I almost jammed my PB&J dinner into my eye just so I could stop watching.

Let’s open it up for debate – Which championship game that Houston has had the privilege of hosting was worse: Super Bowl XXXVIII (Carolina vs. New England) or the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship?

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Stick ‘Em UpThe Houston Screening
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Where: River Oaks – Landmark Theater [2009 West Gray, Houston 77019]
When: Thursday, April 7th at 7:30PM and again at 9:30PM
How Much: A Wait in Line
Scoop’d FromStreet Art of the Week

Both Houston screenings for Stick ‘Em Up have sold out. You may not have missed your chance to see the Houston street art documentary directed by Alex Luster and produced by Tony Reyes. With no-shows possible, if you come to the theater you may be granted access instead.

I had the privilege to view some of the documentary a couple months ago in Alex’s studio and will tell you this: Stick ‘Em Up will prove to be an enlightening film for the most ardent street art fans and the most ignorant daily drivers that whiz by these works of art every day.

This won’t be the last time you get to see the film, so keep your eyes peeled for more dates and the inevitable film festival premiere. The film profiles a few Houston street artists, specifically those focusing on wheat paste as a medium, including Dual, Eyesore and Cutthroat. But Stick ‘Em Up really gets rolling when it delves into the work and mind behind Give Up, Houston’s best known urban artist.

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This – A Production by Main Street Theater
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Where: Rice Village [2540 Times Blvd., 77005]
When: Opening – Thursday, April 7th at 7:30PM
How Much: $40 for preferred seating; $36 for regular seating
Scoop’d From:  Email

This is a tart, witty un-romantic comedy. This is the deepest of human feeling, honesty, grief. This is the raw and human tale of 5 friends trying to find their way through mid-life and face reality.

This opens April 7th and runs through April 24th at Main Street Theater. Performances are on Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets range from $26 – $40, depending on date and section, and are on sale in person at the Main Street Theater Box Office, 2540 Times Blvd. as well as the online box office.

Playwright – Melissa James Gibson
Director – Steve Garfinkel

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Iron Sommelier an Event Benefiting The Periwinkle Foundation
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Where: Houston Country Club [1 Potomac Dr., 77057]
When: Tuesday, April 12th at 6:30PM to 9:00PM
How Much: $150
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If you haven’t yet heard of the good work that The Periwinkle Foundation does you’re not in a minority. We just found out about them when our ex-writer, Aaron, took up in their ranks.

The brief overview of the foundation goes like this: “The Periwinkle Foundation develops and provides programs that positively change the lives of children, young adults, and families who are challenged by cancer and other life threatening illnesses and are cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital.”

On Tuesday, April 12th, there will be a sommelier competition and wine tasting to benefit the programs of The Periwinkle Foundation. Art will also be auctioned off by Kelly Gale Amen, Jonatan Lopez and John Palmer. This is an event you won’t want to miss, ESPECIALLY, since if you do miss it this year, you have to wait until 2013 for the next rendition of Iron Sommelier.

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Friday Night Car Show and Party at Hugh and Jeff’s Car Wash
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Where: River Oaks – Landmark Theater [1232 FM 646 Rd. W, Dickinson, TX 77539]
When: Friday, April 8th from 10:00PM to 1:00AM
How Much: Free for 21+
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We have yet to check out a concert down at Hugh and Jeff’s, but their Car Wash keeps on popping up on our radar. This weekend two Houston acts will take the stage in Dickinson: The Drive and Sundrunk. Not all the good stuff is in Houston all the time. Dickinson wins this round.

— The Loop Scoop

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