January 20th, 2010

Your Regular Scoop of Houston 1.20.10

This week or the next in the Houston area: Wonderland, Houston Poetry Slam, Urban Harvest: Locavore, Steven Alexander at Gemillion & Co., Lawndale Art Center, Salvador Dali, Texas Tequila Throwdown, Bernar Venet Sculpture Exhibit, National Pie Day Celebration, Main Street Theatre, Seymour Lipkin at the Menil, and an Epicurean Evening

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Wonderland at the Alley Theatre

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 through February 14, 2010, Tuesday through Thursday, Sunday evenings 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings 8:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday matinees 2:30 p.m.

The Alley Theatre
Where: Downtown
Can I eat there? Yes, light concessions will be available. You might try Mingalone or Birraporetti’s.
Can I drink there? Yes, check out Club 615 but do imbibe softly or you might just find yourself in a booze induced rabbit hole.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Houston Poetry Slam at Avant Garden Houston

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Avant Garden Houston
Where: Neartown / Montrose
Can I eat there? Yes.
Can I drink there? Yes, wine as well as exotic drink concoctions.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here and here.

Urban Harvest  Presents Food For Thought a Paneled Discussion: Living The Locavore Life

Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.

Oberholtzer Residence Hall at the University of Houston
Where: The University of Houston, Main Campus
Can I eat there? No, you can instead learn about growing your own food and supporting the growth of food grown within a 100 mile radius (Locavore). Those speaking include Chef John Sheely, Nell Wheeler a local farmer with Vegetable Matters, Teresa Byrne-Dodge of My Table Magazine, and moderated by Mark Bowen of Urban Harvest.
Can I drink there? No.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here and here.

Steven Alexander Opening Reception at Gemillion & Co., Fine Art, Inc.

Opening reception Thursday, January 21, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., January 21, 2010 through February 20, 2010

Gremillion & Co., Fine Art, Inc.
Where: West University
Can I eat there? Yes, but, this is not the reason for your being there, is it? Experience the artist’s creation; the subtle textures and large plains of color will act as catalysts for any number of emotions.
Can I drink there? Yes.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

5 New Exhibitions Opening at the Lawndale Art Center

Friday, January 22, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The Lawndale Art Center
Where: The Museum District
Can I eat there? No, you’ll be too busy experiencing the art of Robert Hodge, Lovie Olivia, Michael Kahlil Taylor, Christopher Cascio, Anne J. Regan, Ned Dodington, Sally Heller, and Jarrod Beck.
Can I drink there? Yes, carefully, these are installations we’re talking about here, don’t depend on a velvet rope to break your fall should you stumble from ravenous consumption.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Salvador Dali Retrospective

Friday, January 22, 2010 through January 24,  2010, Opening Reception 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. on January 23, 2010

Off The Wall Gallery
Where: Greater Uptown
Can I eat there? Yes, but once again, remember, this is about taking in the art, the food is secondary, Loopsters. I have to remind myself too, after all of the gallery openings I attended in college, only for the free food and drink.
Can I drink there? Yes.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

The Texas Tequila Throwdown Event at The Coffee Groundz with No Label Brewing Co.

Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Coffee Groundz
Where: Midtown
Can I eat there? Yes, you certainly may.
Can I drink there? Yes, tequila?
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Diesel Dive Bar Grand Opening

Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 9:00 p.m.

Diesel Dive Bar
Where: Midtown
Can I eat there? Yes.
Can I drink there? Yes, get there early as the owners of Reserve 101 bring you another reason to go out.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Bernar Venet Sculpture Exhibit Opening

Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. and will remain on display for 9 months

Hermann Park
Where: The Medical Center
Can I eat there? No, view these larger than life sculptures, join in an experience that only a handful of other cities in the world have been a part of. Peruse this collection of “action sculpture in slow motion
Can I drink there? No.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

National Pie Day Celebration!

Saturday, January 23, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The Heights Shopping District
Where: Washington Heights / Memorial – 335 W. 19th Street (Heights Shopping District)
Can I eat there? Yes, lunch and meat pies with free dessert and coffee samples until none remain!
Can I drink there? Yes, Katz Coffee samples .
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Cool Hands HVAC to Offer $10 Discounts on Service Calls Regarding Your Old Furnace ($29.95)

Saturday, January 18, 2010 through Saturday, January 23, 2010

Your Home
Where: Greater Houston
Can I eat there? Yes? I suppose  you could, it’s your home. I’d be more interested in what might be wrong with my furnace, but that’s just me. Safety people.
Can I drink there? Yes?
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Master Class at the Main Street Theatre

January 7, 2010 through January 24, 2010 p.m. Check here for showtimes

The Main Street Theatre
Where: Neartown / Montrose
Can I eat there? Yes, snacks, but you’re there to see a riveting performance by Celeste Roberts as Maria Callas.
Can I drink there? Yes.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Seymour Lipkin performs all-Beethoven Recital at the Menil Collection, Hosted by Da Camera

Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.

The Menil Collection
Where: Neartown / Montrose
Can I eat there? No.
Can I drink there? No.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

An Epicurean Evening – A Taste of Space at Space Center Houston

Thursday, February 4, 2010 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Space Center Houston
Where: Clear Lake, South Houston, Worth the Drive
Can I eat there? Yes, over 40 Clear Lake area restaurants will be there to serve you.
Can I drink there? No.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Thanks to Ashley, StephanieMatt, Oh My! Pocket Pies, and Afrodet for their contributions on this week’s Scoop. We hope you enjoyed this week’s Scoop of things to do in Houston, just a weekly reminder of what makes this city great.

— Richard

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