January 29th, 2010
The Procrastinator’s Plan 1.29.10
With all this rain today and the cold front settling in, this weekend looks to be kind of dreary so we’ve decided to see what we can do to cheer up our Loopsters. Whether it’s a comedy show or a good concert, this weekend is full of possibilities to drive the blues away. Of course, you can always stay in, invite some friends over and cook dinner. If that’s up your alley, we’ve got you covered. Game Night anyone?
Simple Beef Stroganoff
What you need:
3 pound beef tenderloin cut into semi-thin strips
1/3 cup shallots, chopped fine
1 1/2 pounds button mushrooms, sliced thick
1 cup beef broth
1 cup sour cream
1 1/3 tablespoon mustard
5 tbsp butter
2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
2 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
2 packages wide egg noodles
Salt and Pepper
1. Season meat with salt and pepper. In a heavy saucepan or skillet, heat the oil on medium heat. Add some beef and brown on the outside. When all the meat is done, place on a plate.
2. Add butter to skillet and toss in shallots and mushrooms and sauté for about four minutes. Season the mixture with salt and pepper, and slowly increase the heat until the liquid evaporates.
3. Pour in the broth and simmer until thick. The mushrooms should just be covered now.
4. Add the cream, Dijon mustard and meat to the mixture. Simmer for a few minutes. Season with dill, paprika, and more salt and pepper.
5. While the dish simmers, cook the noodles and top with beef mixture. Season with more paprika if you wish.
Grab your favorite board game and invite your friends over. My personal favorite, Trivial Pursuit, is always a good choice for the nerdy set and recent additions to the Trivial Pursuit family, like Pop Culture or Totally 80’s editions make it more fun for a younger audience. Other games like Cranium or Pictionary, appeal to the more theatrical or artistic. No matter what game you choose, with a few friends and a few drinks, you’ll be guaranteed a great time on a rainy night. Unless you choose Monopoly, then you probably don’t have friends to invite over anyway, Warren Buffet.
Trivial Pursuit for the Loopsters:
What was the surname of the American Civil War general who has lent his name to prostitutes?
[Answer in the comments for one of our brand new "Keep Houston Corporate" t-shirts]
Hanging with Mr. Cooper
Best known from the 90’s sitcom, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Mark Curry will be gracing the stage at the Improv Comedy Club. Recently appearing on Russel Simmon’s Def Comedy Jam and at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Curry will be sure to keep you laughing throughout his set. Check out these clips for an idea of what to expect. Pulled Over & Foreplay Manual. With shows at 8PM & 10:30PM, you’ll have two opportunities to get your laugh on.
Politics are funny business
If George Bush didn’t convince you that a career in politics doesn’t require a high IQ, let Bill Maher continue to prove it. The host of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher brings his acerbic tongue and witty insight to the Cullen Performance Hall on the University of Houston main campus. To see what Maher thinks about Houston, check out his interview with the Houston Press. Tickets are expensive, but the show will be well worth it. Find the available seats here or check craigslist to see what’s out there. And not to bash on ol’ George too much… we actually do agree with one of his Bushism’s “You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.” They’ll also be able to check out The Loop Scoop. Good thinking, George!
One of my favorite Texas singer/songwriters, Bleu Edmondson, will be at the Firehouse on Saturday night. Playing his own brand of Southern Rock, Edmondson’s style is a nice combination of straight forward rock n’ roll and a hint of country. While his name might not be familiar, you’ve probably heard his version of Matt Powell’s $50 and Flask of Crown. While the song isn’t exactly representative of his sound, it’s a crowd favorite and a great party tune. For a better idea of Bleu as a musician, find his last studio album, Lost Boy, which is his strongest release to date and is definitely worth a listen. If Bleu played anywhere outside of Texas, his music would be considered rock, but here in Texas, he gets lumped in with the Texas Country crowd. Whatever you call it, it’s good music and Bleu puts on a hell of a live show, as long as it isn’t at Whistling Dixie in NYC. Check him out at the Firehouse. You won’t be disappointed.
Mind your Manners
Nothing’s better than the theater on a rainy day. This weekend, catch a preview of Mrs. Mannerly at the Alley Theater. The play, inspired by hilarious memories of a childhood etiquette class, conjures up the world of a seven-year-old studying manners from Mrs. Mannerly, a rather demanding teacher who has never handed out a perfect score. This unique comic tale reveals truths about the face we present and real selves that lie inside. The play previews this weekend and then begins its official run on February 3rd continuing until February 28th. Due to strong language, this isn’t for the kiddies, so get a babysitter. Tickets start at $21 and can be purchased here.