December 7th, 2009

Your Regular Scoop of Houston 12.07.09

The Regular Scoop: If last week’s snowfall didn’t set your Holiday glands salivating, this week’s events surely will.

This week or the next: Crazy On The Outside, The Second Shepherd’s Play From the Wakefield Cycle (A Reading), Houston Grand Studio Artists, Houston Mayoral Election 2009: The Runoff!, The Petrol Station Christmas Party, Lights In The Heights, East End X-mas With The Orange Show, The Work of Wayne White, Christmas With Great Aunt at the Ensemble Theatre, and Yuletide: Holiday Time at Bayou Bend

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Crazy On The Outside (Special Sneak Preview at River Oaks Theatre, featuring Tim Allen In Person)

Monday, December 7, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. You might buy tickets in advance.

River Oaks Theatre
Where: River Oaks
Can I eat there? Yes, concessions will be available, surely. If not up for eating at the movies though, allow us to suggest Brown Bag Deli for the quick bite. If you’ve got the time, Beaver’s or Chatter’s. Beers afterward you say? The Dubliner? Have a few as you proclaim of the day you met Tim Allen.
Can I drink there? Yes.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

The Second Shepherd’s Play From the Wakefield Cycle (A Reading)

Friday, December 11, 2009 from 7:00 p.m.


The Brazos Bookstore
Where: West University
Can I eat there? No, listen and learn.
Can I drink there? No.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here and here.

Houston Grand Studio Artists at University of St. Thomas (A Series of Scenes From Different Operas)

December 11, 2009 and December 12, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Reception with the artists to follow immediately afterward

University of St. Thomas, Jones Theater
Where: Midtown / Montrose
Can I eat there? No, and as it happens, this performance has a theme – wanting what you cannot have. After the performance there’s a possibility of light refreshments.
Can I drink there? Yes, again, you must wait for the reception after the show, or perhaps during the intermission.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.
Thanks to Christopher for this slightly late addition.

Houston Mayoral Election 2009: The Runoff! Check Out  Loopster, Stephan’s Write Up

Friday, December 12, 2009


For your local polling station, go here or here.
Where: City Wide
Can I eat there? No, this is about our Houston civic duties, not eating and not drinking. We all love this city, let’s make sure we take part in its future, yeah?
Can I drink there? No.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here and here.

The Petrol Station Christmas Party

Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.


The Petrol Station
Where: Oak Forest / Garden Oaks, Just Outside The Loop
Can I eat there? Yes, look for food specials and Christmas movies on the back patio. Wahoo!
Can I drink there? Yes, seasonal winter beers will be on draft and cask. “Also, Santa will be there giving bottles of Dogfish 120 and Saint Arnold Divine 9 to good little boys and girls.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Lights In The Heights (and lots of garage sales throughout the day)

Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Euclid st. and Byrne st.
Where: The Heights
Can I eat there? Yes, there will be light concessions at the corner of Studewood and Norhill.
Can I drink there? Yes, look for apple cider, hot chocolate and bottled water.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

East End X-mas With The Orange Show

December 12, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Orange Show Monument
Where: Wayside / Lawndale
Can I eat there? No. You’re there to experience “Mariachi music, tamale tastings and classic lowriders collecting toys for local kids.” Who’s thinking about food?
Can I drink there? No, experience local art. Find and express your own creativity.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Big Lectric Fan To Keep Me Cool While I Sleep – The Work of Wayne White

Through December 13, 2009

Rice University Gallery
Where: Rice University Campus
Can I eat there? No, experience this art installation. Based on a George Jones lyric, the artist attempts to capture what Jones must have been like as a young singer/songwriter in Houston in the year 1950 (that’s before AC, folks).
Can I drink there? No.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Hypnopomp: Featuring The Work of Britt Ragsdale

Through December 19, 2009

University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts Studio Residency, Room 317
Where: University of Houston, Main Campus
Can I eat there? Yes, light refreshments will be served on opening night.
Can I drink there? Yes, however, if you find yourself in hypnogogia, let that be a warning you’ve taken it too far.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Christmas With Great Aunt at the Ensemble Theatre

November 27, 2009 through December 27, 2009

George W. Hawkins Mainstage at the Ensemble Theatre
Where: Midtown
Can I eat there? Yes, light consumption is key as we will find out. A simpler Christmas in the town of Bethlehem, Texas reminds the audience and the characters how this special Christian holiday came to be.
Can I drink there? Yes, again, lightly.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Yuletide: Holiday Time at Bayou Bend

November 19, 2009 through January 3, 2010

The Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Where: Washington Avenue / Memorial
Can I eat there? No, you will however learn of how our ancestors feasted through out 250 years of holiday history.
Can I drink there? No .
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Spinning Yarn: Houston History Through Clothing

October 6, 2009 through January 3, 2010, any day this week or the next

The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
Where: Downtown
Can I eat there? No, you may bring a picnic though.
Can I drink there? No .
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

The Ice At Discovery Green

Every Day, 2009 through January 18, 2010

Discovery Green
Where: Downtown
Can I eat there? No, indulge in other aspects of the Winter holidays, cold weather and ice skating. Disclaimer: Following the above statement, we will not be held responsible for 70 degrees in January.
Can I drink there? No.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

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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