August 12th, 2010

The Procrastinator’s Plan 8.12.10

I love Houston as a place to live, but I can appreciate that in terms of  tourist attractions, there’s a lot to be desired. Thinking about what there is to do in Houston, there’s no wonder that we’re one of the fattest cities. As a city, we spend the majority of our time eating, drinking and trying to stay cool. Not that I’m complaining because those are some of my favorite pastimes, but what is there to do for the 2 hours in a day that aren’t filled with booze and food?  Why, all of a sudden is this important to the Procrastinator, you ask? Well, I’ve got family visiting from the wonderful world of Long Island (think Jersey Shore, but with class) and as usual, I’ve left the itinerary to the last minute. One of these days I might actually plan things ahead of time, but then what fun would life be?  I’m really trying to show them what a great and unique place Houston is.  Off the top of my head, there’s AstroWorld, The Astrodome and Gilley’s. Oops, looks like I’m 0 for 3. Any suggestions from our wonderful readers?

Need to get a life?
If you’ve been watching too much Jerry Springer, put that clicker down and head over to Anderson Fair to hear Terri Hendrix this weekend. You’ve got two chances to see her on stage with everyone’s favorite accompaniment, Lloyd Maines. Yes, the father of everyone’s favorite Dixie Chick is more than just that. Even though he’s been a fixture on the Texas Music scene for years, Terri will definitely be up front and center for her shows this weekend. She’s supporting her recently released album, Cry Till You Laugh, which was supposed to be a strictly jazz album. The inspiration made sure that it didn’t turn out that way, and I’m not one to argue with inspiration, but it definitely lends the album a wide open, experimental feel that’s missing in a lot of music these days. Hendrix may belong in New Orleans, but this weekend, she’ll be setting the Bayou City on fire. With her unique sound of folksy country, upbeat rhythms and professionally trained voice, you might even want to take advantage of both shows. If nothing else, follow her on twitter for brilliant truths like “Velveeta makes everything taste better.” Ah… a woman after my own heart!

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Appreciate ME!
It’s no secret that my body’s been racked with the Delirium Tremens ever since the atrocious spectacle that was the Armed Forces Bowl last year. Whether that’s from football withdrawal or it has more to do with the amount that I drink during football season is anyone’s guess. Saturday brings my first taste of UH football since the Red and White Scrimmage during the Spring. I’m practically drowning my keyboard in saliva as I type, but that’s besides the point. I’ll be more than happy to brave the heat in the middle of the day, beer in hand, to get a look at Houston’s first legitimate Heisman Candidate in quite some years, Case Keenum, and the rest of the 2010 Cougar Squad. What’s even better is that with my family in town, I’ll be able to take my younger cousin to meet the players after the scrimmage to get all their autographs without being a creepy old dude fawning over a bunch of college athletes. I’ll say it’s for him until we get home. It might make him cry, but it’ll just make him tougher in the long run.  Isn’t that what older cousins are supposed to do? For more details on the scrimmage or Fan Appreciation Day, head to the Houston Cougars Athletic Website.

Shadiness with Van Buskirk &Young
Is there a better way to spend your Saturday night than listening to female folk and instrumental songs at some hole-in-the-wall in the Heights? I didn’t think so. Agreed. Eye to eye, so to speak. As destiny would have it , Sara Van Buskirk and Valarie Young are collaborating this very Saturday at Shady Tavern. You’re not familiar with their music, you say? Think Cat Power and Bob Dylan picnicking on a cozy blanket of Explosions in the Sky. That description may or may not come close. How’s about you check out the show and let us know. We’re always on the lookout for another Loopster: Live piece courtesy of one fine reader. After all, this is Houston’s story. Not ours.

Don’t be Koy with Me
Once upon a time, comedians relied on sitcoms to make it big, after that you had to get your own HBO special and then it was half hour spotlights on Comedy Central. Recently, it seems like Chelsea Handler is using her show to highlight and berate some of the top comics. Jo Koy definitely belongs in this group and uses Handler’s show to shine, and not just because he’s bald. One of Chandler’s panelists who can stand toe to toe with her, his wit and laugh make for the best moments on the show.  The Loop Scoop has to give major props to the Improv for bringing some great comedic talent to Houston lately, so definitely head over there and check out Koy’s show this weekend. He’ll be onstage tonight through Sunday and you can get your tickets at the Houston Improv website.

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Beat the Heat, Eat my Taco
I am not sure I preach my love of tacos on here enough. At least once a week I am eating barbacoa or tripas and it’s time for you to take some time out of your weekend and enjoy a taco (or two) and a cold Coca-Cola. I’d recommend Taqueria Laredo on Washington or Karanchos on the far east side. Sure, it’s a drive, but that’s half the fun right?

— The Loop Scoop

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