June 17th, 2010

The Procrastinator’s Plan 6.17.10

There is an ever-growing list of things to do every weekend as the Summer picks up steam. The task can be so daunting that you wait to long to commit to a certain item. Let’s say you really wanted to go to the Passion Pit concert tonight at Warehouse Live. Well, you’re outta luck, buddy boy. Tickets done been sold out. Don’t fret, we’re here to pick up the pieces and give you a new lease on the weekend.

Elixir? I Hardly Know Her (Marc)
Happy hour is great, but there’s no telling who you’re going to meet at a bar. If you want to class it up a little bit and still get your drink on, head out to the Houston Museum of Natural Science for their summer “Mixers and Elixirs” program. Occurring Fridays over the summer, they kick off this Friday and run until August 13th. This week, they’ll feature the sounds of Mango Punch. Tickets are $14 for members and $17 for non members. Check your I.Q. at the door, so make sure you bring your mensa test scores.

Tilapia & Summer Vegetable Packets (Richard)
Grab a Saint Arnold Summer Pilsner and your “I Mosquito Houston” shirt, head outside and light the charcoal in anticipation of this simple, healthy dinner.

Take 40 minutes | Serves 4
1 Cup quartered cherry tomatoes
1 Table Spoon chopped oregano
1 Cup diced squash
1 Table Spoon extra virgin olive oil
1 Cup thinly sliced red onions
1/2 teaspoon salt & pepper
12 green beans (1 inch pieces)
1 lb. Tilapia Filets (4)
1/4 Cup chopped black olives
2 Table Spoons lemon juice

1. Preheat grill (Med.) / Oven 425 degrees
2. Combine tomatoes, squash, onion, greenbeans, olives, oregano, lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper in large bowls
3. Make packets: 2 sheets of foil on top of each ther; coat with cooking spray. Place 1 fillet in center. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with 3/4 Cup of vegetable mixture. Repeat for other fillets.
4. Leave room in packet for steam to gather. Fold foil over and pinch to seal (tightly).
5. Grill packets 5-7 minutes.
6. If baking steam green beans in microwave for 30 seconds with Table Spoon of water, before adding to the rest of the vegetables.
7. Place packets directly on rack and bake 20 minutes. Serve over brown rice. Enjoy!

Do Not Worship False Idols (Paul)
Friends, I am not a fan of reality TV. I prefer to get my chuckles from seeing people embarrass themselves right in front of me. That is why I bring to you the Greater Heights Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Idol of the Heights.” Starting this Friday, June 18th, contestants for the singing showdown will perform at The Social on Washington Avenue for their chance at stardom. The winners get to go to Vegas for their chance to win a million dollar contract with You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me Records. Actually, I have no idea what the prizes will be… You’ll have to see for yourself on the Facebook invite to the event. What I do know is that yours truly, the incomparable Paul, will be on the panel of judges on June 25th. That’s right, they’ve asked me to sit in front of karaoke contestants and critique, judge, lambaste, et al. renditions of Poker Face. This will end well.

What Kind of Tool Makes Wine? (Paul)
The next fifty words of text may blow your mind. Of course, as always I’m probably bloviating. If I urged you to see a documentary about wine making to be screening on Saturday, June 19th at the Alamo Drafthouse, would you listen to me? If I told you that this particular documentary featured Maynard James Keynan (Tool, Perfect Circle, Puscifer), would you think I was making it up? If I told you that the trailer for this documentary, Blood Into Wine, was one of the most entertaining I’ve seen, would you watch it? It all starts of with strange and bizarre man sipping grape juice off of a screw driver and then Tim and Eric interviewing Maynard. The trailer just gets more mind-blowing from there. Patton Oswalt makes an appearance as well as a curious Milla Jovovich. The two questions that’s begging to be answered by any of this is “why is Maynard making wine” and “will any self-respecting Tool/Perfect Circle/Puscifer will stand by while their hero gets all yuppified in front of their eyes?”

Lightnin’ Strikes Houston Again (Paul)
You have to love that advent of Discovery Green and all the activities they have been hosting. Finally, Houston has another place to enjoy the outside experience while taking in the culture. The Miller Outdoor theater is great, but it’s always good to add to the repertoire. On Saturday night you can go to Discovery Green under the Houston skyline and celebrate one of the city’s own, Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins. The documentary produced by Les Blank in 1967, The Blues Accordin’ to Lightin’ Hopkins will get started at 8PM so get there a little early and claim your spot. You can get a little taste of the flick by checking out this teaser or you could just take my word that it will be an enjoyable experience.

— The Loop Scoop


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