Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Heights Happenings: November 9- November 16, 2011

Friday, November 11, 9 PM: Opening night for "My Cold Dead Fingers"
  • Grown up puppets perform a new piece by Joel Orr, artistic director of Bobbindoctrin Puppet Theater
  • Bobbindoctrin has been producing original puppet works for Houston since 1995. Bobbindoctrin provides experimental adult puppet performances with low admission prices and gives actors, directors, playwrights, musicians, sculptors, dancers and engineers a much-needed and unique venue for their art while encouraging theatregoers from all economic strata to attend. 
  • Bobbindoctrin has a history of introducing audiences to new forms of stagecraft using puppet techniques rarely touched upon by conventional theatre groups. Bobbindoctrin incorporates a mix of shadow, rod, hand, string and tabletop puppetry, as well as masks, in any given show. These varied traditions of puppetry are applied to presenting new and original works (not performed or published elsewhere) written explicitly for the puppet stage by local playwrights.

Saturday, November 12, 2 pm- 4 pm: Po'No Ragazzi International Academy Community Meeting
  • Po'no Ragazzi International Academy is a new school in the Heights area, located at Shepherd Drive United Methodist Church, 600 South Shepherd.
  • The school will open its doors in 2012 for grades four through eight.  
  • DISCLAIMER: I don't know much about this school at all and their website is not as informative as I would like. However, parents in the Heights area are always looking for expanded school options so I thought I should throw this out there. 
  • The Po'No Ragazzi Facebook Page actually offers slightly more information than the website, saying "Think, Do, Learn in small, interdisciplinary and creative learning environments for K-12 students. We focus on learning that fits students learning styles. As educators, we use local, state, national and international resources teach and reach all of our students."
  • For more information, email, call 281-300-7602 or
Saturday, November 12, 10 am- 4 pm: St Andrew's Autumn Bazaar

  • St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Heights Blvd at 19th will host more than 50 crafters and artisans. 
  • The Reagan High School Jazz Band will perform and It's a Wrap mobile bistro will be on hand serving great food. They will also have delicious homebaked goods and ready-to-reheat casseroles for sale. 
  • Admission is free.

Saturday, November 12, Noon - 6 pm: Second Saturday Craftacular, followed by Artist's Reception for Francis Trotter and Jason Villegas at Hello Lucky

  • Second Saturday Craftacular out front of the shop from Noon to 4 pm
  • Followed by the artists reception inside the shop from 4 to 6pm for artists Frances Trotter and Jason Villegas
  • Works by these artists will be on display until December 3rd

Saturday, November 12, 2 pm- 5 pm: Open studio for Melanie Millar

  • Local artist Melanie Millar is opening her studio for guests as she presents her new "Botanicals" series.
  • "For the past few months I have mostly been working on a much smaller scale after a couple of years of working almost exclusively on large canvases.  And instead of the ornamental forms that have preoccupied me for a long time, I am finding myself more interested in exploring natural forms."
  • Melanie is at Spring Street Studios, No 104, 1824 Spring St

Saturday, November 12, 6:15 pm: Rouse House Concerts presents Grace Pettis and Megan Burtt
  • Megan and Grace were winners of this year's Kerrville New Folk Singer-Songwriter competition. This week, Megan and Grace are touring Texas with this year's New Folk Winners. Deb and Lindsey are excited and honored they found time to play at Rouse House concerts.
  • RSVPs are required due to limited seating and will be on a "first come/first served" basis. To RSVP, please email
  • An honorarium of $15 per person is suggested, which can be paid by cash.  All proceeds go to the performing artists. CDs are usually available for sale during intermission.
  • Please arrive between 6:15 and 7:15 pm and for a potluck dinner prior to the concert.  Lindsey and Deb provide coffee and lemonade but you're welcome to bring whatever else you prefer. Wine glasses are available for those who wish to bring wine. Music will begin at 7:30 pm.
  • Performances are presented at the house of Deb Rouse and Lindsey Lee, located in the Houston Heights.  The address is 623 E 7 ½ Street, Houston, Texas 77007
  • If you have any questions, email address is 
  • Facebook page is


Saturday, November 19, 9 am - Noon: Bayou Village School presents Rhythm, Ritual, and Reverence: How Waldorf Education Supports the Need of the Growing Child- A Workshop with Laura Olson

  • Join BVS for a morning of discussion and learning as they explore the practices and principles of Waldorf Education in early childhood. The presentation will journey through the why's and how's of the Waldorf Early Childhood class day and consider the relationship of home and school for the young child. How can a "bridge" between home and school be created for the young child that creates continuity and security? How can the rhythms and joys of every day life enhance and nurture the child's growing body and imagination? Discover how the arts, the sciences, mathematics, and language arts education are imparted through such things as bread baking, gardening, singing, play, rhyme and story. Learn more about the role of adults in children's lives and how Waldorf educators believe we can protect these early years and "savor them alongside our children in truly joyful ways!"
  • $25/individual or $45/couple
  • Pre-registration with payment is required for this workshop. Contact BVS (713-499-0598 or or download a registration form from our website:
  • Bayou Village School opened in 2010 and was founded by 2 Heights mothers. The school is located in 2 wonderful bungalows at 747 E 18th, across from Field Elementary

Wednesday, November 30, 6:30 pm: The Corkscrew offers you Dateapalooza
  • The Corkscrew wants to make sure you have a date for the Holidays and they're willing to help by bringing back speed dating. They ask "Isn't speed dating lame?" And then they answer "Yes, other people's speed dating is lame. At The Corkscrew we use a secret ingredient to make it a lot more fun....boat loads of wine!" Basically, you have 2 minutes to chat up a member of the opposite sex with a big glass of wine in front of you. If you hate them, then in two minutes, they are out of your life forever, if you like them and they like you.....magic. 
  • The Corkscrew claims to work magic, bragging they have had 2 marriages come out of past Dateaplooza events. 
  • Contact Amy at as they also claim the event fills fast!
  • $30 per person. 1308 W 20th

Here is a great little bit Channel 13 did on 19th Street: Hidden Treasures in the Heights video clip. It highlights many of our great local businesses, including Bliss on 19th, Erica DelGardo jewelry, and Carter and Cooley deli.

Many shops on 19th will be open late on Thursdays for the months of November and December. This is a great opportunity to get your holiday shopping done and support local businesses. Please shop local first if you want to see these stores and restaurants stay strong and continue to contribute to our wonderful quality of life!

Also, Write Now! on White Oak is having a huge sale, up to 50% off on gift and craft items. Shanna has also brought in a great selection of high quality toys and puzzles just in time for stuffing stockings.

Write Now! will also be getting a new neighbor. In addition to Heights Vinyl, a new dress shop, La Camella, will open in the strip center. Can't wait to see what she has to offer!

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