June 24th, 2010

The Procrastinator’s Plan 6.24.10

In case you hadn’t heard (or been outside for the past two months) it’s officially summer. One of the biggest gripes I always hear about Houston is the weather. “It’s so muggy.” “It’s too hot.” “That damn humidity.” I’ll admit that it get’s hot and humid in Houston, but guess what, it’s hot and humid in New York, Boston and Philadelphia, too. At least in Houston, everybody has central air conditioning. I am more affected by the humidity in New York than I ever am in Houston, because I am out and walking in New York. In Houston, I just roll up the windows and crank the AC.

In keeping with the theme of air conditioning and cool, dark places, here are the following ideas for your last minute weekend plans.

Why is It OK When They Say It?
As a sensitive male, I’d never refer to movies as “chick flicks,” as the term is so demeaning to an amazing genre of films. Yeah… maybe not, but please don’t hold it against me when I say that the Chick Flick nights at Gravitas are back in swing, and none of them will swing as much as this weeks pick, Grease. We all know that it’s every girls favorite movie. Put the Grease song on at a party and all the girls go crazy. Not only do they know all the words to the songs, they can quote the dialogue better than most Rocky Horror Picture Show fans and they have the hand motions down pat. While John Travolta as a greaser (especially when he’s trying to play basketball) ruins the verisimilitude for me, I’m a big fan of the food at Gravitas, so even if I won’t enjoy the movie, I can have a good meal. Sham-a-lam-a-ding-dong indeed The three course prix fixe dinner even comes with a cocktail for $35, which is a steal. So you might not catch me there this week, but I promise the minute that they do a screening of Tommy Wiseau’s classic, The Room, I’m there. “Oh, Hi Marc.

One Flew Over the Catholic’s Nest
Speaking of bad movies, Gone with the Pope will be the midnight feature at River Oaks Theater this weekend. If you’ve never heard of it, you’re probably not alone. Shot in 1975, it was unreleased at the time of Duke Mitchell’s death in 1981. It was painstakingly finished by the guy who edited the Hurt Locker and all three Spider Man’s… yeah I don’t get it either. Basically put the Godfather on crack and you have Gone with the Pope, a film directed by and starring “Mr. Palm Springs,” Duke Mitchell. In a nutshell, the main character hatches a plan to kidnap the pope to get a ransom of 1 dollar from every catholic in the world. Yeah, I know, it sounds more like a family guy episode than a full length feature film. You can check it out for yourself on Friday and Saturday night at Midnight at the River Oaks Theater. To check out a preview, here’s the trailer. It’s particularly unsuitable for work – violence, nudity, language, pretty much unsuitable for every reason imaginable – so be careful.

Hickory Dickory Dock
You might not think of a big hunk of chicken fried steak as a summer meal, but if you pair it with a big mason jar of sweet tea, it’s the perfect refreshment on a summer evening. Few get bigger or better than the ones at Hickory Hollow. Offering three sizes, they’ve got everyone from baby bear to papa bear covered. A low key place where you order at the counter, it’s got a definite Texas charm. Personally, I’m a fan of the chicken fried chicken, but you really can’t go wrong with any of their offerings. If you head to the location in the Heights, you can see live music every Friday and Saturday nights. Check out their website for the schedule.

Honky Tonk Green
We’re throwing Sundays on the Green into this mix to give your indoor activities a run for their money. Particularly, they have the inside track since they’re always free. Sunday, June 27th, Discovery Green will play host to Miss Leslie and Her Juke-Jointers starting at 3PM. In fact, why don’t you just spend your entire afternoon out at Discovery Green. Check out the Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market from 12PM to 4PM and then the Four Seasons’ sponsored show. Of course, you might want to make sure you’re at the pub for the USA vs. Ghana game at 1:30PM. Maybe we can all convince Discovery Green to put it on the big-big-big screen leading up the the concert. What do you say, Loopsters? United, we can affect change!

After Wednesday’s epic game against Algeria, this American team has managed to intrigue mildly interested and even staunchly opposed spectators (I’d say fans, but you aren’t. Not yet). The goal sent in by Landon Donovan in the 92nd minute can only be described as breathtaking if you happened to be listening to or watching the match. In celebration of this newly found confidence in OUR team and for some the discovery of a reasonably interesting sport, I urge a public viewing as the USA takes on Ghana at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Part of Soccer’s appeal, no doubt, is the passion of the fans and energy created by two opposing teams’ bases taunting and singing in the name of friendly competition. Allow me to recommend two places where one might find such a raucous group: McElroy’s Pub and The Stag’s Head Pub. Sure they’re practically across the street from each other. If you don’t like one, go to the other, we won’t tell. Oh, and get there about 3 hours early if you want to find any kind of seat.

— The Loop Scoop


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