December 23rd, 2009

Your Regular Scoop of Houston 12.23.09

The Regular Scoop: Happy Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, or December 25th, from all of us, Loopsters! No Scrooge.

This week or the next in the Houston area: You Better Watch Out, Breakfast With Santa at the Aquarium, The Festival of Lights, The National Funeral Museum, Panto Sleeping Beauty, Kwanzaa at the Children’s Museum, St. Arnold Brewery Tours Resume, Christmas with Great Aunt, Cool Globes and Ice Skating at Discovery Green, Yuletide – Holiday Time at Bayou Bend, and H-Town Sneaker Summit 2009.

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You Better Watch Out: Three Holiday Slashers in Two Hours

Wednesday, December 23, 2009, doors open at 10:00 p.m.

The Alamo Draft House
Where: Katy, West Houston, Worth The Drive
Can I eat there? Yes.
Can I drink there? Yes, the venue’s name suggests it. Grip it tight, if you scare easily like me, you might end up with brew all over your threadz.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here and here.

Breakfast with Santa at the Aquarium

Wednesday, December 23, 2009, and Thursday, December 24, 2009, at 8:00 a.m.

The Aquarium Restaurant
Where: Downtown
Can I eat there? Yes, please do. Make sure you’ve got tickets ahead of time.
Can I drink there? No, remember your best behavior. You-know-who will be there.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

The Festival of Lights at Moody Gardens

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 through, January 2, 2010, from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily

Moody Gardens
Where: Galveston, South Houston, Worth the Drive
Can I eat there? Yes, light concessions, or if you’re incredibly hungry, there’s a Holiday Buffet located in the Garden House.
Can I drink there? Yes, as part of the above mentioned Holiday Buffet. This is not acceptable behavior.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Visit the National Funeral Museum

Wednesday , December 23, 2009, 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday, December 24, 2009 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or any time next week except News Year Day.

The National Funeral Museum
Where: Greenspoint Area, North Houston, Worth the Drive
Can I eat there? Yes, although we’re not sure what. Bring in canned food to provide others with nourishment and you’ll get a discount on admission.
Can I drink there? No. But you might ponder this while there, “Why am I celebrating death in this holiday season, while so many are celebrating life?”
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Panto Sleeping Beauty

Thursday, December 24, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. and Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 10:00 p.m.(ADULTS ONLY on this performance)

The Stage Repertory Theatre
Where: Montrose
Can I eat there? Yes, cookies on Christmas Eve and dessert on New Year’s Eve.
Can I drink there? Yes, Champagne will be provided only on New Year’s Eve.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Celebrate Kwanzaa with the Children’s Museum of Houston

Thursday, December 24, 2009 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Children’s Museum of Houston
Where: The Museum District
Can I eat there? Yes, there will be light concessions.
Can I drink there? No, children, children, children.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

St. Arnold Brewery Tours Resume

Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.

The St. Arnold Brewery
Where: Downtown
Can I eat there? Yes, but you’ll have to supply it. Bring yourself a pic-a-nic basket or a brown bag.
Can I drink there? Yes, it’s your destiny. Don’t fight it, Jack Shephard.
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 you 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.

H-TOWN SNEAKER SUMMIT 2009 (young soles and gently warn soles, are welcome, old soles, this event is probably not for you, unless you classify yourselves as vintage)

Sunday, December 27, 2009, doors open at 3:00 p.m.

The Meridian
Where: Uptown
Can I eat there? Yes, light refreshments, that’s all, unless you like a good shoe, just sayin’.
Can I drink there? Yes, but drinking and shopping don’t mix. You’ve been warned.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here and here.

Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet at Discovery Green

Any day this week, through December 31, 2009

Discovery Green
Where: Downtown
Can I eat there? No, you’ll be learning about conservation, technological advances in environmental safety and doing our part as good citizens through the use of large scale works of art.
Can I drink there? No .
From where did we Scoop this event? Here and 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.

Slant Film Festival Now Accepting Submissions (Bold Asian American Images)

Any day this week or the next through January 10, 2010

Submit to: Aurora Picture Show – Slant (1524 Sul Ross, Houston, TX 77006)
Where: Montrose
Can I eat there? No.
Can I drink there? No.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here and 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.

Thanks to Paul for his contributions on this week’s Scoop. I got the article image from here (not taken in Houston). Yeah, we’re wildly optimistic for a White Christmas. 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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