Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Heights Happenings: August 22- August 29, 2012

Feels good to be home! We had an excellent time in The Berkshires, even if Daddy was stuck home minding the fort. If you've never been to beautiful Western Massachusetts, you should think about it for a late summer vacation. There is something for everyone: amazing art, hiking, music, theater, water, food. It's amazing how much there is to do. 

Heard you got some rain here, so that was good. Did I miss anything else exciting over the last two weeks?

Now, on to our regularly scheduled blog post:

Friday, August 24, 2012, 6 pm: Etsy's Annual Meetup Craft Party 2012 at Roundtable Goods
  • One of the Heights’ newest shops dedicated to the handmade, Roundtable Goods is honored to be hosting the Houston site of Etsy's Annual Meetup Craft Party 2012
    Many of the shop’s artists also sell on Etsy. Etsy’s community of sellers and customers appreciate the art of handmade and "shopping small." For Roundtable, hosting this paryy was a perfect fit!
  • This year's party theme is "Wish you were here!" and accordingly, participants will be creating Texas-themed stationery cards.  The shop will have craft supplies galore, music, light refreshments, lots of socializing and fun. Get to know your fellow crafting community here at Roundtable. 
  • If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.  For more information about the Annual Craft Party, check out this Etsy article.  
  • 238 W. 19th Street, Suite A-2, in the Corridor Shops

Saturday, August 25, 12 pm- 2 pm: Cigars 101 at Heights Cigar Lounge
  • Join the Heights only cigar lounge as they continue their educational and tasting classes by going Back To Basics with a Cigars 101 class. This class will discuss: Seed to cigar, Cigar construction, Cigar shapes and sizes, Storing cigars; Cutting, lighting, and smoking; Basics for identifying flavors
  • The class will offer three different cigars at a 15% discount and they will be un-banded, meaning this will be a blind tasting. Participants will find out at the end of the class what each of the cigars were.
  • 240 W 19th

Saturday August 25th 6pm -9pm: Opening of Patrick Renner’s “Vestigal Structures” at Avis Frank Gallery
  • “Vestigial Structures are part of the architecture of nature, made redundant over time
  • as species evolve or grow. Patrick Renner's medium is wood salvaged from old
  • homes and demolition sites. He has a special interest in wood that shows a daily
  • interaction between the substance of the building and human traffic, such as
  • a worn door casing or a paint-patched length of trim.
  • Using these discarded remnants speaks to the original structure and the family
  • it housed.  Its use as a construction medium extends or amplifies the ideas
  • of home, vessel and abandoned construct.”
  • 1606 White Oak Drive, in the beautiful space that used to be King Biscuit

Saturday, August 25, 5 pm- 8 pm: One Green Street’s Heights Grand Opening


Saturday, September 1, 6pm -9pm: GGallery opening of Dogpark
  • Leash up your pup and join G Gallery for the opening of their canine-centric show, Dog Park. This warm and fuzzy show features the work of artists who use dogs as subject matter in their work. 
  • The exhibit includes paintings of dogs, dog sculptures, dog photos, dog drawings… dogs, dogs, dogs, and more dogs.
  • Food provided, appropriately enough, by Good Dog Hot Dogs. 
  • Barrio Dogs, a grassroots organization dedicated to raising awareness about proper animal care in low income communities, will be on hand with a cadre of cute canines available for adoption. A portion of the proceeds from artwork sales will benefit Barrio Dogs. 
  • Well behaved dogs are welcome to attend as well. After all, dogs need culture too!
  • Artists in Dog Park include: Ana Fernandez, Autumn Beckman, Brad Moody, Bryan Wheeler, Chris Kysor, Claire Rojas, Daniel Adame, Dave Alcantar, Debra Broz, Ellen Orseck, Fabiola Valencia, Frank X. Tolbert, Greg Reuter, Holly Hein & Bryson Brooks, Jack Robbins, Jacob Spacek, James Ruby, Jill Bedgood, Jim Johnson, John Runnels, Judy Babynsky, Jon Read, Kelly Devine, Kermit Eisenhut, Kristina Evans, Laura Lark & Joe Furman, Lauren Boldon, Lee Deigaard, Lisa Eisenbray, Loli Fernandez, Lynn Ganshinietz, Martha Thomas, Mary Magsamen+Stephan Hillerbrand, Natalie Mclaurin, Nestor Topchy, Nola Parker, Patrick Bresnan, Sara Vanderbeek, Sasha Milby, Sharon Kopriva, Susan Spjut, Tara Conley, Theresa Crawford, Tonya Daily, Zoanna Daluz Manny.
  • 301 E 11th
Saturday, September 8, 7 pm: Rouse House Concerts presents Brother Sun
  • Brother Sun is proof of the adage ‘the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.’ Three outstanding performers in their own right, Joe Jencks, Pat Wictor, and Greg Greenway collectively as Brother Sun have created this decade’s contemporary singer songwriter supergroup.”
  • RSVPs are required due to limited seating and will be on a "first come/first served" basis. To RSVP, email us at Performances are presented at the house of Deb Rouse and Lindsey Lee. After you RSVP, they will forward the address to you.
  • They cannot accept payments prior to the party, but suggest an honorarium of $20 per person, which can be paid by cash.  All proceeds go to the performing artists. 
  • Guests should arrive between 6:15 and 7:15 pm and join Deb and Lindsey for potluck dinner prior to the concert.  They provide coffee and lemonade but feel free to bring your choice of beverage. They have wine glasses for those who wish to bring wine. 
  • Music will begin at 7:30 pm.
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Sunday, September 23, 11 am – 3 pm: Friends for Life adoption event at Ikea
  • IKEA Houston Plaza (I-10 and Antoine) hosts the Heights’ No Kill Shelter’s Mobile Adoption Vehicle (MAV), “bringing the pets to the people in style!” The MAV holds 28 animals looking for good homes and offers a fun way for people to meet and adopt cute, cuddly additions to your family. 


Lego’s READ:BUILD:PLAY Contest still in full swing!
  • Heights has been holding steady at #2 behing Mount Airy, NC. Their 10k residents are making our 4th largest city in the US look silly! Vote daily! The winning library receives $5,000. The top 200 get innovative early literacy toolkits. Nominations accepted through October 1, 2012.

Eater is having drinks in the Heights
  • Michelada at Connie's Seafood Market & Restaurant, 2525 Airline
    • Connie's version of this spicy, tomato-based improvement to Mexican beer is so popular that they sell the mix to go. Also, anyone who reads this and is familiar with them …
  • Coco Frio at Canino Produce Co, 2520 Airline
    • Yes, the produce at Canino's is fresh and cheap, but the vendor stalls behind the market make the place iconic. Nothing suits the vibe of the place like a coco frio: a fresh coconut with a straw in it to savor all the milk.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

It's 80 degrees

I'm on

The boys and I are having a great time in the northern Berkshires. The weather has been perfect and it's a boy wonderland with streams, ponds, worms, trees, bugs and all other things country. Hope Daddy isn't too hot back home in the Heights!

Be back after August 19...