October 14th, 2010
The Procrastinator’s Plan 10.14.10
I think that every TV channel should have a permanent home on the dial. Every time I travel somewhere, the tv channels are always different and it sucks. I can’t sit down and turn on the Football game on ESPN because I don’t know what channel ESPN is. Good luck getting caught up on the news when you don’t know how to find CNN. How hard would it be to have a national listing that mandates the number for each channel. ABC can be 1, CBS 2 and NBC 3. Fox, because of its amazing programming, can be 90. When I run for President, I think that would be the basis of my platform. Screw healthcare, gun control and the budget. I’m focusing on the important stuff. Standardizing TV channels so I don’t have to get up off the couch to look for a guide, no matter what city I’m in.
Battle For the Bucket
The fight for college football supremacy in Houston will take place at Rice Stadium this Saturday. The battle for the Bayou Bucket is a true rivalry game in that you can disregard the records of either team. No matter how good or badly either football team has performed up until the game, nothing matters and any team can win. Of course, most important, Rice has a beer garden underneath their scoreboard. While not as cool as actually having beer guys roam the stands, at least I won’t have to make my girlfriend wear the “pregnancy belly” so I can sneak in a case of Lonestar. This year, Rice will look to exact some revenge after getting absolutely drubbed 73-14 last year. The game kicks off at 2:30 and you can find information about tickets here.
I Love You, Honey
If you’re like me, your significant other can feel a little neglected during Football season. Between Monday Night Football and college games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, there’s not a lot of time spent waxing poetic between when she makes me dinner and tucks me into bed. Add in tailgating on Saturdays and heading to the sports bar on Sunday to catch all the NFL games, and I feel like a stranger in my own house. In order to get back into her good graces, I take her to dinner. One of our favorite places is T’afia, with its fresh, locally sourced ingredients and complex flavors. If you ever need to win some brownie points, Monica Pope’s restaurant is a great place to head. You’ll probably see me there this weekend. That is, if the girlfriend is still talking to me after this.
Día de los Muertos at Meca
As Marc celebrates the future, that future being the immediate, as in this weekend—some of us take the time to honor the past. We honor those friends and family members that have passed on to Christian Shephard’s glowing multifaith church in the next dimension. This weekend Meca helps us in our celebration with a three day festival of food, belly dancers, mariachi, and flamenco. Along with the music and food at Meca, you’ll want to take the time to peruse the various artistic altars created by the students at the Art Institute of Houston. The celebration kicks off on Friday night at 7 o’clock with a Muertos themed fashion show and continues Saturday and Sunday from 11 o’clock in the AM until 6 o’clock in the evening.
You’re So Jagged
Way back in high school, I remember the buzz being generated by a little band from Dallas. I’m willing to overlook the fact that Rhett Miller and crew are from the wasteland that is the Big D. With songs like “Nineteen” and “Hands Off” and “Jagged”… well, I’ll look past just about anything. Their rock-n-roll steeped in Southern sensibilities carries the Old 97’s just about anywhere they want to go, including my heart. Today, the band gives Houston what it needed, a dual engagement at Cactus Music and later at the Continental Club. Yes, there are only three shows on the Old 97’s Texas tour list, and we’ve got them for nearly the full day. Granted, the show at Continental Club is already sold out, so you’re going to have to name the right price to get yourself a ticket. Maybe just say please? Just don’t answer one of those creepy Craigslist ads trying to sell concert tickets (speaking of Aziz Ansari, he’s doing a show at House of Blues on Saturday night. Be there too.).
Seriously? More Street Art? YES!! MORE STREET ART!!!
Not that we think you’re judging us [ed. note: we definitely think you're judging us], but we’re going to keep screaming from the rooftops that we (and by “we” I mean “Paul”) is in love with the guerrilla art scene in Houston. Remember his interview with David Elizondo last week? Well, the day has come Loopsters. Stay Up, the new coffee table book will have its magnificent release in about 33 hours. At 7:00PM on Friday, Elizondo will unveil his book of photos alongside the art work of some of the subject therein. Word on the street is that street artists will be shilling some of their wares at the book release. Remember it’s at War’Hous (4715 Main Street) and if you get there a little early, you may have a chance to snatch up one of the special edition copies of Stay Up.