May 12th, 2010

Your Regular Scoop of Houston 5.12.10

This week or the next in the Houston area: Talib Kweli and Special Guest Hi-Tek, Mugsy’s, Concert in the Park with the Texas Blues Brothers, Pasadena Strawberry Festival, Mock One and NAP at Art League Houston, Sunday Brunch at Anvil, Houston Palestine Film Festival, Sizzling Summer Dance, Buxton at Discovery Green, Darren Waterston at the Inman Gallery, A Tejano Son, Magic at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Bernar Venet Sculptures at Hermann Park

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Talib Kweli and Special Guest Hi-Tek

Wednesday, May 12, 2010, doors open at 8:00 p.m.

Warehouse Live
Where: Midtown
Can I eat there? No, this is about good melodies, funky beats and better lyrics.
Can I drink there? Yes.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Wednesday Night Drinks at Mugsy’s

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 8:00

Mugsy’s Speakeasy
Where: Midtown
Can I eat there? Yes, while I’m recommending a Wednesday night, you might also try Monday, that’s steak night for the carnivores.
Can I drink there? Yes, while it is in fact a speakeasy, you won’t need a password to get in, and you won’t have to worry about the authorities bustin’ the joint. Capisce?
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Concert in the Park Series at Stevenson Park in Friendswood with the Texas Blues Brothers

Friday, May 14, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Stevenson Park
Where: Friendswood, South Houston, Worth the Drive
Can I eat there? Yes, grab some KFC or make your own lawn sampler.
Can I drink there? No, negative, but if 9:00 p.m. is too early to call it a night, some of us at the Loop Scoop offices have been known to hit up Cheers or Molly's when down that way.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

37th Annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival

May 14, 15 and 16, 2010 Friday from 3:00 p.m. to Midnight, Saturday 10:00 a.m. to Midnight, and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Pasadena Fair Grounds [Fairmont Pkwy. at Red Bluff Rd.]
Where: Pasadena, South East Houston, Worth the Drive
Can I eat there? Yes, oh yes you can, fair food at its best, plus brisket, gumbo, ribs, and the world’s largest strawberry short cake! When you’re not eating though, there’s more.
Can I drink there? Yes, margaritas among other things.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Opening Reception for Mock One and (NAP) Napping Affects Performance at Art League Houston

Friday, May 14, 2010 through June 25, 2010 with artist reception Friday May 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Art League Houston [1953 Montrose Blvd.]
Where: Montrose
Can I eat there? Yes, consider consuming with your mind by way of eyes and ears as Benjamin Entner presents his large sculpture and Emily Sloan gives her participation and performance piece.
Can I drink there? Yes, if attending artists’ receptions has taught us one thing, it’s that there’s free alcohol. Or in some cases a cash bar.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Anvil Bar & Refuge Launches Sunday Brunch

Sunday, May 16, 2010, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Anvil Bar & Refuge [1424 Westheimer Rd.]
Where: Montrose
Can I eat there? Yes, with items like the 12 o’clock Pizza, topped with eggs and bacon, my mouth is watering as I type this.
Can I drink there? Yes, don’t be shy.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Houston Palestine Film Festival

May 14, 15, 16, 2010 and again May 21, 22, 23, 2010 Films will be shown at 7:00 p.m. on dates listed. Festivities start with a Kickoff party on May 13, Thursday at 7:00 p.m.

Kickoff Party at Khon’s Bar [2808 Milam St.] Film Festival showings at Rice Media Center [6100 Main St.]
Where: Rice University
Can I eat there? Yes, at the kickoff party enjoy Dabka dancing and delicious food. During the film showings enjoy a drama that you’ve probably not been acquainted with.
Can I drink there? Yes, at the kickoff party.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Sizzling Summer Dance at Miller Outdoor Theatre

Friday, May 27, 2010 from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Miller Outdoor Theatre
Where: Museum District
Can I eat there? Yes, bring that pic-a-nic basket and enjoy Bri  or PB & J or PB & Onion, whatever it is that you bring in your’s.
Can I drink there? Yes.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Buxton at Discovery Green

Thursday, May 27, 2010 Show starts at 5:00 p.m.

Discovery Green [500 McKinney St]
Where: Downtown
Can I eat there? Yes, bring your own food. It’s close to Summer and that means picnics and plenty of bug spray, right?
Can I drink there? Yes.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Darren Waterston’s Anatomies at the Inman Gallery

Showing starts May 8, 2010 and continues through June 19, 2010

The Inman Gallery [3901 Main St.]
Where: The Fourth Ward
Can I eat there? No, Darren Waterston’s art is far to fascinating to be thinking of food.
Can I drink there? Yes.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

A Tejano Son of Texas at the Heritage Society of Houston

Weekly, through July 3, 2010

The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
Where: Downtown
Can I eat there? No, this is learning a bit of Texas history through photographs and artifacts.
Can I drink there? No.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

The Science of Wonder: MAGIC

Through September 6, 2010 (magicians appear in the exhibition Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

The Houston Museum of Natural Science
Where: The Museum District
Can I eat there? No, not at the exhibit. You’re there to view items used in the shows of Harry Blackstone, Mike Caveney, Doug Henning, and Penn & Teller. You’re there to see how magic is performed. Let me know if you have a break through. I’m still baffled by the old quarter behind the ear trick.
Can I drink there? No, but if you’re really hungry and don’t mind shelling out more than a couple bucks, you might try Zaza.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Bernar Venet Sculpture Exhibit Opening

On display for 6 more 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” or check out our impression on the Hermann Park Conservancy Photo Essay.
Can I drink there? No.
From where did we Scoop this event? Here.

Thanks to Afrodet for her 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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