September 16th, 2011

The Look Ahead: The Weekend’s Britches are Full

Don’t bother reading this lead. The good stuff awaits below. Oh, and there’s a competition for some tickets in their somewhere.


Second Annual Houston Art Tasting at Pinot’s Palette

Where: Montrose and Galleria Locations
When: Friday and Saturday, September 16th and 17th
How much: $40 in Advance; $50 at the Door | $25 in Advance; $35 at the Door
Scoop’d from: Stacy

Friday’s tasting is in Montrose from 6PM to 8PM; Saturday’s tasting is in the Galleria area from 7PM to 10PM.

“Looking for some great art at a great price? Ever wonder what happens to the second painting our local artists create each night? These duplicate paintings will be available to purchase for $20 to take home or donate! There will also be Art Tasting wine glasses to take home, goodie bags from CultureMap, live DJ from 103.7FM, live painting auction, silent auction, door prizes and much more…”


Houston Fine Art Fair 

Where: Downtown – George R. Brown Convention Center [1001 Avenida De Las Americas, 77010]
When: Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th | 11:00AM to 7:00PM | Sunday, September 18th | 11:00AM to 6:00PM
How Much: 1 Day Pass -$17.00 | 3 Day Pass – $26.00
Scoop’d from: Houston Fine Art Fair

HFAF aspires to reflect Houston’s sophisticated and diverse collecting practices, where arts enthusiasts will encounter an international cross-section of works in all media, from post-war to the present. Some 80 distinctive exhibitors from across the US, Latin America and Europe are participating in the fair, featuring modern and contemporary masters, mid-career and emerging artists from around the globe. HFAF will also feature on-site installations, special projects, and an exciting program of panel discussions designed for both novice and experienced collectors.


Mattress Firm Kicks Off Texas Wildfire Relief by the Truckload THIS WEEKEND

Where: The Mattress Firm at Wayside [5815 Gulf Freeway, 77023]
When: Donation drop-off times are Saturday, September 17th from 10:00AM to 8:00PM and Sunday, September 18th from 12:00PM to 6:00PM
How Much:
Scoop’d from: Stacy

Many families lost everything and are in need of food, clothes and household items. This Saturday and Sunday Mattress Firm will accept approved items at the Wayside store. All donations will go to the Society of Samaritans servicing Magnolia and the tri-county area. Please visit for a list of accepted donation items.

Can’t make it to the store this weekend? Mattress Firm’s relief effort is also focused on raising funds to help restore hope within the communities. Monetary donations are currently accepted at Mattress Firm locations across the country and online. Secure, tax-deductible online donations to the Mattress Firm Foundation Texas Wildfire Relief can be made at


The Toughest 10K Run – Kemah

Where: South of Houston – Kemah – Race [300 Bradford Ave., 77565] Packet Pick Up [2427 Bay Area Blvd. 77058]
When: Saturday, September 17th | 7:30AM | Packet Pickup Friday September 16th from 12:30PM to 6:00PM at the On The Run Clear Lake | Race Day Registration and Packet Pickup at 6:30AM
How Much: You can still register at packet pickup and on race day. Race day price is $40.
Scoop’d from: @RunHouston

Get up early runners. For those training, getting out the door on a Saturday morning is nothing new. Why not change up your location? Running the same routes can get a little boring, no? If you’re not in hill shape, no worries—it ain’t so bad. Half of it is a decline.


Museum District Day!

When: Saturday, September 17th | 10:00AM to 5:00PM
How much: Free
Scoop’d from: The Houston Museum District


Enjoy a free day in the Houston Museum District on Saturday. Visitors can hop on free bus shuttles at any participating museum and spend the entire day exploring favorite museums and discovering new destinations. Museum District Day will feature fascinating exhibitions, hands-on activities, demonstrations and performances throughout the day. Seventeen museums will waive their general admission fee to offer the community the opportunity to enjoy the District’s diverse displays of art, science, nature and history.


Man U vs. Chelsea at Bar Munich

Where: Midtown [2616 Louisiana St., TX 77006]
When: Sunday, September 18 @ 10:00am
How Much: No cover, just however much you spend on das boots and pretzels. Plus, however much you lose betting against Chelsea [what? too biased?]
Scoop’d from: Kerri

Bar Munich now opens early on weekends for many of the key Premier League matches, offering a viable alternative to soccer fans who may be a bit weary of watching the Richmond Arms regulars pour that suspicious brown sauce over everything from their eggs to their fries (excuse me, their chips). This Sunday at Bar Munich, it will be the fabled rivalry between Manchester United and Chelsea. And after that football, stick around for the other football with the NFL kicking off at noon and specials on Hofbrau liters (all on tap!) all day.


Ether Dome at the Alley Theatre

Where: The Alley Theatre [615 Texas Ave., 77002]
When: Friday, September 16th through October | Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday evenings 7:30PM | Friday and Saturday evenings 8:00PM | Saturday and Sunday matinees 2:30PM
How Much: Tickets start at $25.00
Scoop’d from: Kerri

With an ambitious script, terrific performances throughout, and production design unparalleled in its accuracy and detail, the Alley Theatre’s world premiere of Elizabeth Egloff’s play Ether Dome is a stunning success. Ether Dome is firmly rooted in realism and possesses just the right sprinkling of slick styling. While the weighty script makes for a lengthy evening at the theatre (performance time around 3 hours), the gripping true story makes this a production one that the Houston theatre community will likely be buzzing about for seasons to come. See it now, and say you saw it first.


Houston Press Best of Houston: Best Fest

Where: Midtown Super Block
When: September 24th and 25th | All Day
How Much: Free if you win
Scoop’d from: Alex

Try to win some free tickets from us. We have two tickets that we’ll be giving away in the next few days. By what standard will you determine the tickets’ recipients?

Share what you think is best in or about Houston in 6 words. Get to it in the comments below. Best answer gets Best tickets.

— The Loop Scoop


Elizabeth — Saturday, September 17, 2011 11:58 am

Houston has the best of people.

Jewelz Cody — Saturday, September 17, 2011 7:24 pm

Sunset reflected in downtown’s glass towers.

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