Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Heights Happenings: March 23- March 30, 2011

Friday. March 25, 8 PM- 11 PM: Heights Live presents Deadman
  • Deadman started in 1999 by Steven Collins as avenue to explore his songwriting. Having changed from a 4 person format to a duo to a 6 piece band, the sound and message of Collins' songs remain the same. Hope, mercy, and themes of life and death are staples of the Deadman catalog which includes 4 albums over ten years, "Paramour" (2001), "Our Eternal Ghosts" (2004), "Severe Mercy" (2008), "Live At The Saxon Pub" (2010) and "Take Up Your Mat and Walk" (2011).
  • $15 donation at the door
  • 240 W 18th at Heights Presbyterian Church
  • For more information or to contact: Heights Live webpage
Friday, March 25, 6 PM: Contents "Fashion LIterary and Art's Benefit"
  • "An Outreach for Children Affected by Burns"
  • Join Contents in an evening of music, wine and h'orderves while receiving 25% off on all regular priced items, and a chance to enter into a drawing to win a gift certficate to the store!
  • Hallagreen Publishing, Musicheals, and Arts4Healing will be selling art work and new activity books for children that have suffered burns.
  • Book purchases will be donated to children's burn centers nationwide. Art proceeds will be donated to the Houston Fire Department.
  • 249 W 19th St
Sunday, March 27, 2 PM- 4 PM: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Pathways to A Cure project presents "How many times do I have to tell you?"
  • Dr. Myron Friedman will present this parenting seminar focused on practical strategies to teach children better self-control, improve listening skills, to follow directions when asked the first time, and to become independent and responsible. This seminar is directed for parents of infants to pre-teens.
  • Dr. Friedman is a PhD in educational psychology and presenting this event as a fund-raiser for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Special guest Emma Woodle, LLS girl of the year.
  • Minimum donation to LLS of $20 to attend. Childcare available with RSVP and additional donation.
  • RSVP at
  • Flyer with all details:


Friday, March 25, 11 AM- 2 PM: Houston Green Tour of 2424 Sakowitz Street

  • Houston's first green multifamily housing development is New Hope Housing's 2424 Sakowitz community (named after the very street on which it resides honoring the rich history of the Sakowitz Family). As a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) for Homes certified Platinum (the highest level of certification) property, 2424 Sakowitz is Houston's first green multifamily housing development. The fact that it is also permanent supportive housing makes this recognition even more significant.
  • Located in the Greater Fifth Ward/Denver Harbor, the Sakowitz development contains 166 units and is New Hope's largest single room occupancy affordable housing community offering life-stabilizing, quality housing at a more stable rental rate.
  • The event is free and open to the public.
  • Visit for more information and a map.

Saturday, March 26, 9 AM- 2 PM: CoH eCycling event

  • Houston residents are encouraged to drop off and recycle any brand of electronic products or computers between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Houston Reliant Stadium (blue lot), home of the 2011 NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Men's Final Four, April 2-4, 2011. This eCycling is free and the eCycling group will be on hand to take items from your trunk.
  • The City of Houston and the Houston Final Four Local Organizing Committee are working with Official NCAA Corporate Partner, LG Electronics USA and Official Sustainability Partner of The Big Dance Concert Series and Bracket Town, Waste Management Recycle America to sponsor this eCycling drive.
  • Follow signs to the eCycling drop-off site as you approach Reliant. For more information visit


St. Andrew's on Heights Blvd will be hosting their Spring Bazaar on Saturday, April 30 to showcase artists, crafters and other specialty vendors. Vendor spots are still available. If interested in receiving an application, contact Laurie Hardwick at

ListeningRoom Series lives again with Live CD

Andrew Dansby March 17, 2011- Houston Chronicle

Five years ago, Chris Whitley, a restlessly creative musician who always put his muse ahead of any financial goals, returned to Houston to die. All Whitley had was two guitars, some clothing, a backpack and lung cancer. He turned to a friend, Corinne Tames, who managed him during the last year and a half of his life. She took him into her home and paid for the uninsured Whitley's medical care until he died on Nov. 20, 2005. Tames' own finances were shaken as a result. One month, Tames, a single mother with two daughters, didn't have enough money to make a payment on her house. The Musician's Benevolent Society of Houston made a contribution that helped her. "It was $1,000," she says, "and to me it was like I'd received $10,000. It was a really desperate time for me. And they got me over that hump."

She's paying back the favor this month with ListeningRoom Houston "Live". The CD - which features performances by Alejandro Escovedo, Terri Hendrix, Charlie Sexton, James McMurtry and others - is being released in a limited edition pressing of 1,000 copies at Cactus Music (2110 Portsmouth) and All proeeds from the $16 album benefit the MBS. Furthering the sentimental value of the project, the 17 songs on the album were all taken from the ListeningRoom, a concert series that Tames curated for three years, mostly at the NiaMoves Studio. ListeningRoom shows were notable for their focus on the music since they were held in a yoga studio rather than a bar; there were no clanking bottles to be heard at a ListeningRoom show. "We were hoping to capture what the essence of that room was like," she says.

The series concluded late last year.

Sexton was a key figure in getting it started. He was a longtime admirer of Whitley's work, though Tames says that doesn't make him unique among the performers on the CD. "About 90 percent of the people who played ListeningRoom shows worshipped him," she says. "And they didn't even know I was connected to him in any way. They just loved his music." Sexton agreed to perform at two tribute concerts organized by Tames, one in Austin and one in Houston, in early 2006. They became friends, and he encouraged her to start the ListeningRoom in Houston.

Tames says the decision to shut down the series "was a tough one, but we had to make it for personal reasons as well as the economy." She says she still hears from attendees who wish it would return. She's hoping those with fond memories of the series will want the album, as it captures the feel of the shows there.

"Really if there's a moral to this whole thing that I hope people get, it's that you do the right thing and you do what your heart tells you to do, even in trying and difficult times," she says. "My situation seemed dire and difficult and hopeless and out of it grew wonderful friendships. So I'd love to sell all of these and for that money to go to help somebody else."

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