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Sports Brief: MLS, NFL, Houston Marathon, Lance Armstrong, and Women’s Rugby

By: Rad Rich Hello– here’s another week in sports with a lot going on. In Major League Soccer news, yesterday was the start of training camp for the Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo are looking to get everybody on the same page since being one game away from winning last year’s MLS Cup against the LA Galaxy. This year brings lots of hurdles, as there is World Cup Qualifying, the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer, and the CONCACAF Champions League play. During the off season, the Dynamo were able to keep most of the players intact. During the 2013 MLS Super Draft, ... Read More »

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The Brain behind Local Live: An Interview with Jordan Pannell

By: Erin Dyer Free Press Houston spoke with Jordan Pannell, a young, influential Houstonian making advancements in discovering, representing, and promoting local arts and music by means of Local Live (including Local Live Media, L.L.C, LocalLiveMedia.com, LocalLiveHouston.com, and LocalLiveRadio.com). If you are unfamiliar with Local Live, do yourself a favor and check it out. Like, right now. After all, awareness and involvement in our city will ultimately emanate continuous growth of Houston as a prominent art community as we reinvest in ourselves and our cumulative, raw talent. FPH: So, you are the founder of Local Live– tell us a little about ... Read More »

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Hands Across Texas Holds Sandy Hook Memorial Benefit Concert at Papa’s Ice House

Hands across Texas (HAT), an organization dedicated to helping fellow Texan communities with unforeseen life changes, reaches out to those that are in need to provide relief and help rebuild lives of those affected by unfortunate events. Hands Across Texas will join Newtown Youth & Family Services, a 501(c)3 nonprofit group, in hosting a Sandy Hook Memorial Benefit Concert Saturday, January 27, from noon to 10pm at Papa’s Ice House in Spring, TX (314 Pruitt Road). Every cent raised by the fundraiser will go directly to the Newtown Youth & Family Services, in consideration of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary ... Read More »

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The Houston Symphony Honors Louis Armstrong Through Concert

Houston Symphony will pay homage to Louis Armstrong, who, to this day, remains one of the most eminent and influential musicians following his death more than 40 years ago and is arguably the Greatest Jazz Musician that Ever Was. Tribute to the talented New Orleans musician with the unique vocals will be recognized through Houston Symphony performances of timeless Louis Armstrong masterpieces in a concert at Jones Hall Jan. 18, 19, and 20. Classics such as “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Bourbon Street Parade” and “Sing, Sing, Sing,” along with many others, will be performed for the concert, What a Wonderful World: ... Read More »

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IKEA Houston Silver Screen Presents Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory at Discovery Green

IKEA Houston Silver Screen presents a free screening event of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) on Thursday, January 17. The movie will be oriented towards the ICE rink at Discovery Green at 630pm. Feel free to watch while skating, or bring your own chairs and blankets. The screening is free, but normal skating fees do apply.  Food, beer, and wine will be available at the Lake House. No glass containers or outside alcoholic beverages, please. Get out of the house and enjoy some free, local entertainment! Discovery Green Conservancy 1500 McKinney Houston, TX 77010 Willy Wonka & the ... Read More »

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Downtown Macy’s Department Store Will Close this Spring

One of the largest locations of the Macy’s Department Store chain, downtown Houston’s 791,000 square foot store, at 1110 Main Street, is set to close its doors this spring. This Macy’s is one of six stores across the country that the department store is planning to close by spring this year. Macy’s downtown Houston location is only using half of its current space and is interested in reopening its doors in a smaller, nearby location. Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced that Macy’s lease has run out, and the property owner– 1110 Main Partners LP– has plans to demolish the 10-story ... Read More »

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Free, Safe, and Sober Rides Available for NYE– A No Refusal Night

You have been told a million times, and I’ll tell you again: New Year’s Eve is a dangerous night for being out and about on the streets. Considering tonight is a No Refusal night in many towns, we need to take extra steps to not get behind the wheel after drinking. Here are a few ways of finding a FREE!!, safe, sober ride home tonight while still being able to get a little crazy. You can also always ask a friend or family member to be your D.D. (Designated Driver) or P.A.S.S. (Person Appointed to Stay Sober), as I think they’re calling ... Read More »

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DiverseWorks Announces Exciting New Installations and Performances for 2013

DiverseWorks– a non-profit art center dedicated to presenting new visual, performing, and literary art– announces exciting, upcoming events in store for 2013. Tony Feher, Liz Magic Laser, and Nora Chipaumire are among the artists featured in the first few months of the new year. Tony Feher: Free Fall (Jan. 19 - March 16, 2013; Opening Reception: Fri., Jan. 18, 7-9pm) Currently living in New York, native Houstonian artist Tony Feher, is known for his playfully dramatic abstract, minimalist sculptures and installations formed of consumer products. Feher’s project at DiverseWorks is an interactive, performative installation that combines music, dance, and sculpture. Feher worked ... Read More »

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The Catastrophic Theatre Finds a Place to Call Home

By: Erin Dyer Functioning as a nomadic company for the past five years, Catastrophic Theatre now finally has a permanent spot to call home. Huzzah! After completion of minor construction, a bit of cleaning, and making the physical transition to the new place, the Catastrophic Theatre will soon take over the old DiverseWorks space (1117 East Texas Freeway, Houston, TX 77002). Free Press Houston spoke with Jason Nodler, the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Catastrophic Theatre, about the exciting changes in store for his organization. FPH: How are you feeling about the move? Stressed? Excited? Jason Nodler: Our managing director, ... Read More »

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MFAH Mixed Media “Party Like There’s No Tomorrow”

MFAH Mixed Media Designed by IKEA presents another high-energy late-night party this Friday from 8pm-midnight. This is no ordinary party, but a party at which you are required to party like there is no tomorrow– just in case the world does end after December 12, 2012. Join your colleagues, acquaintances, friends, frenemies, and fellow human beings at possibly the last party you will ever attend. Enjoy live performances by The Tontons and Boan, along with DJs Jessica Lozano and Ceeplus Bad Knives. Live painting will be provided by TKNY, and the galleries will also be open for visitors to explore treasures ... Read More »

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