October 7th, 2011

The Look Ahead: Weekend Wonderland

Let’s begin with the weekend. That’s when most of our free time starts anyway. If you haven’t yet been to the Greek Festival, get your $5 ready and stop by. Or, you can just read our article (or browse the photos) and pretend like you’ve already been. Nobody will judge you.

Other than that, let’s see what else we’ve got on tap…


Wild Moccasins Tour Kick-Off at Fitzgerald’s

Where: Fitzgerald’s – The Heights [2706 White Oak Dr., 77007]
When: Saturday, October 8th | Doors at 8:00PM
How much: $8 General Admission
Scoop’d from: Paul

It seems like just yesterday, Wild Moccasins was just trotting the west coast and the globe. Well, they’re about to set off again and they can think of no better way to celebrate the tour than having a party with Mathletes and Little Lo. The Mocs are hitting the east coast this time around so come see them off all proper like.

The Original Greek Festival

Where: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral [3511 Yoakum Blvd., 77006]
When: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 6th through the 9th | Click here for details on hours and performances
How much: Until Thursday, you’re looking at roughly 22 buckeroos. That includes one day admission, a dinner plate, and your choice of Souvlaki, pastry box, or a Greek salad.
Scoop’d from: Paul

It isn’t enough that the Greek’s dominate the late night food scene with Biba’s. It’s not enough that they’ve cornered the coffee market with Byzantio and Agora. Not to mention every four years we have to pay them homage at the Olympics, and even worse, every November we have to thank them for democracy… No, we also celebrate Greek food, drink, dance and music every year in Houston. Sheesh. All kidding aside. The Greek Festival held at the Greek Orthodox church in Montrose is an event that Houstonians look forward to every year. Food, dance, wares, you can find it all while walking around slugging back a bottle of Greek wine.

Toro y Moi w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra + Bass Drum of Death

Where: Fitzgerald’s – The Heights [2706 White Oak Dr., 77007]
When: Sunday, October 9th | Doors at 8:00PM
How much: $12 in Advance; $14 at the Door
Scoop’d from: Paul

Back in March, Toro y Moi canceled on its adoring Houstonian fans. We made the best of it many months ago, but the wait is now over. On Sunday night, they make things all better by performing with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Bass Drum of Death. This is going to be one of those shows you will be dancing about for the entire time. Limber up before you get to Fitz.


Cactus Gets the Blues | Posters by Martino

Where: Upper Kirby – Cactus Music [2110 Portsmouth St., 77098]
When: Saturday, October 8th | 6:00PM to 9:00PM
How much: Free
Scoop’d from: Paul

“Join Cactus Music for an opening night celebration of Houston’s rich Blues legacy as rendered by local poster artist Martin Miglioretti. The tribute will feature a new series of Houston Blues legends portraits in 13 x 19 in. posters displayed and on sale in the Record Ranch Gallery.

Known to the Houston music scene as “Martino,” his retro poster designs have promoted events for Warehouse Live, The Continental Club, The Big Easy, Dan Electro’s and other popular venues. A founding member of the Houston Blues Society, in 1993 Martino designed their “Lightnin’ Hopkins” logo, and produced scores of posters, newsletters, t-shirts and other graphic tributes for the HBS and other nonprofit interests.”


Southern Star Brewery Free Brewery Tours! Also, Look for Open The Taps

Where: Conroe - Southern Star Brewery [1207 N FM 3083 Rd E, 77303]
When: Saturday, October 8th | 1:00PM to 3:00PM
How much: Free  |  No reservations required.
Scoop’d from: @SouthernStarBC

This is just one more reason for you to head outside the Loop. Worth the drive? Hell, help us get Richard out of  his year long funk—he’s been a brooding mess ever since Lost went off the air. Now, personally, I’m a fan of the Pine Belt Pale Ale. Stephan’s a fan of the Buried Hatchet. Paul likes the Bombshell Blonde. To each his/her own. Take the tour and get to know the good tastes coming out of the not so distant North.


Project Hero Family Festival — The Woodlands

Where: The Woodlands — Rob Fleming Park [6535 Creekside Forest Dr., 77389]
When: Saturday, October 8th | 11:00Am to 5:00PM
How much: Free — Tickets purchased per activity
Scoop’d from: Email

From 11am to 5pm, neighborhoods throughout The Woodlands are joining in this Community Fall Festival & Fundraiser for a U.S. soldier who was severely wounded in battle while defending American freedom in a foreign war zone.

“This is all about giving back to someone who has given so much in the cause of preserving our liberty,” said event chair Tami Buron (tburon@mtgtx.com). “One Hundred per cent of funds raised will directly benefit the Woodlands Texas Sentinels Project, through which our community is coming together to provide a wounded U.S. solder and their family a new mortgage-free home, and a springboard into a new civilian life.”


The Periwinkle Foundation’s Cycle for Life — Register Today!

Where: Online
When: Saturday, October 22nd | 9:00AM to 12:00PM
How much: $250 per rider (on a five-person team)
Scoop’d from: Paul

How can I participate?

- Be an event Sponsor
- Start a team – Participants can start a Team with 5 people.
- Make a donation to The Periwinkle Foundation

Proceeds from the event benefit The Periwinkle Foundation’s 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.


Opening Night: Chicago Wolves vs. Houston Aeros

Where: Dowtown – Toyota Center [1510 Polk St., 77002]
When: Sunday, October 9th | 5:05PM
How much: $16 to $82
Scoop’d from: @Houston_Aeros

Hockey is upon us. Do you like your sports chilled? With the Rockets and the rest of the NBA on the verge of losing the entire season, it’s time to allign yourself with another sport. The Houston Aeros are your ticket. Be there on opening night, Sunday, October 9th. They’re coming off a Calder Cup appearance and looking to make another run at the trophy this year.


Buffalo Bayou Invasive Plant Eradication Unit

Where: Downtown – Sabine Promenade [150 Sabine St., 77007]
When: Wednesday, October 12th | 6:30PM to 8:00PM
How much: Free — RSVP on Facebook
Scoop’d from: Houston Arts Alliance @haatx

“Internationally recognized artist Mark Dion is creating the Buffalo Bayou Invasive Plant Eradication Unit to serve as a workstation, laboratory, book mobile and beacon for public outreach in the battle against invasive plant species along the Buffalo Bayou and its tributaries. The customized truck, similar to “a rugged emergency response vehicle” will be equipped with various tools, illustrations, field guides and books. These items will all be used to encourage participation, educate on the local environment, and establish a sense of urgency to the issue of invasive plants.”


Houston Fashion Week — Fashion EXPO Houston

Where: Midtown [207 Gray St., 77002]
When: October 14th, 15th and 16th
How much: A Ton of Options — $485 VIP Weekend to $45 Per Fashion Show
Scoop’d from: Houston Fashion Week

“Fashion EXPO Houston kicks off October 14 – 16, 2011 weekend as the official grand finally event during Houston Fashion Week This year, the public will have access to the local shows and some of the national and international shows with special guest and designers. Majorca Bistro and Tapas at Midtown, Houston and the Houston Fashion Week organization bring together a dramatic event in front of Downtown, with the newest patio fashion runway and stage in the city of Houston.”


Postcards from Houston — Class Registration Now Open

Where: Online
When: October and November Classes (Tuesdays or Wednesdays)
How much: $180
Scoop’d from: Facebook

Richard took the classes at the tail end of summer. You should read up on his three-part experience (#1, #2 and #3). Not only was it fun, but it was informative and beneficial to his artistic development. You’ll say the same once you give yourself over to the PFH crew.

— The Loop Scoop


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