'I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass-and I'm all out of bubblegum.'
Famous line spoken by the late wrestler Roddy Piper, who appeared in John Carpenter's classic 1988 cult classic: They Live.
Remember This: You Cannot Un-ring the Bell. Dear Abby.

Life is a pure flame, and we live by an invisible sun within us.
Sir Thomas Browne
Santa Claus Has The Right Idea: Visit People Only Once a Year.
People go to the theatre
; they can't let go of the phone. It's controlling them.
They can't turn it off and they can't stop looking at it. They are truly inconsiderate, self-absorbed people who have no public manners whatsoever.
Patti LuPone

The Sorrows of Life are the Joys of Art. Unknown

When Everything is Coming Your Way, You're In The Wrong Lane !

A Clear Conscience Is The Sign Of A Fuzzy Memory

It's best to get your exercise, rather than just going over the hill for it.
Wine Makes Daily Living Easier, Less Hurried, with Fewer Tensions and More Tolerance. Benjamin Franklin

If That Red Dress Makes You Smile: Wear It !
You Can Have Anything You Want in Life-If You Dress For It.
Edith Head,
Hollywood Costume Designer, winner of 8 Academy Awards.
Washington, D.C.
First New York, then Philadelphia. Finally, November 17, 1800, Congress
found a permanent home in Washington, D.C. , but it wasn't until the next
February Congress assumed jurisdiction over the District of Columbia.

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the
knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. Princess Diana

Don't Argue With an Idiot; People Watching May Not be Able to Tell the Difference. Unknown
It does not matter how long you live, but how well you do it.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

SuperCaliFragilisticExpialiDocius ! If you say it once or twice, you'll always
sound precocious.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 531 Mason Rd. Katy, TX.
Now-Nov. 26 Contemporary Art Museum Houston, 713-284-8250, 5216 Mont-
-rose, presents: Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped.
Nov. 8-Dec. 24 Stages Repertory Theatre, 713-527-0123, 3201 Allen Prkwy, 77019, presents: A Midnight Clear: A Musical Tale of Christmas.
Nov. 24-Dec. 17 Stageworks Theatre, 281-587-6100, 10760 Grant Rd. presents:
A Christmas Story, The Musical. 7:30 p. Sun: 3 p. Tix: $19-$31.
Nov. 30-Dec. 17 Houston Grand Opera, 713-228-6737, presents: The House
Without a Christmas Tree.
A family addresses holiday resentments. Production
will be held at George R. Brown Convention Ctr. 1001 Avenida de las Americas,
instead of the Wortham Theatre.
Dec. 1-17 Playhouse 1960, 281-587-8234, 6814 Gant Rd. presents: Willy Wonka.
Fri. Sat. 8p. Sun: 3 p. Tix$15-$18.
Now-Jan. 28 The Menil Collection, 713-535-3170, 1533 Sul Ross, presents:
Thirty Works for Thirty Years: Key paintings, sculptures, drawings from the
permanent collection
Oct. 8-Jan. 28 Museum of Fine Arts, 713-639-7300, presents: The Glamour &
Romance of Oscar de la Renta.
Nov.19-Jan. 21 MFA Houston, 713-639-7300, presents : Home-So Different,
So Appealing. Featuring U.S. Latino and Latin American artists from the late
1950s to present.
Nov. 29-Dec. 31 Stages Repertory Theatre, 713-527-0123, 3201 Allen Prkwy, 77019, presents: Panto Cinderella.
Dec. 9-Mar. 25 Museum of Contemporary Arts, Houston, presents: Christopher Knowles: In a Word. Exhibition of text, sound, painting, drawing, sculpture and
performance. Including pieces made in collaboration with esteemed theatre
director Robert Wilson.
Dec. 15 The 1894 Grand Opera House, 800-821-1894, Post Office St. Galveston,
presents: The Texas Tenors-Marcus Collins, JC Fisher and John Hagan.
Dec. 22, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018
Jones Hall//Stafford Centre: presents: Shen Yun, 5000 years of civilization reborn.
All new program with live orchestra. Vibrant Ethnic & Folk Traditions. Lavish
production, brilliant choreography, extravagantly beautiful !
800-380-8165 888-974-3698
Sun. Dec. 31 New Years's Eve:
Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts and Community Enrichment (FACE)281-440-4850, 6823 Cypresswood Dr., Spring 77379, presents: Winter Dance Party :
A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. (Call for location.)
Oct. 12-Feb. 18
Museum of Fine Arts, 713-639-7300, presents: David Levinthal: Photographs 1973-2015.
Oct. 13-Feb. 25 The Menil Collection, 713-535-3170, 1533 Sul Ross, presents:
Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma.
Oct.27-Jan 27 Blaffer Art Museum, UH central campus, 713-743-9521,4173 Elgin,
presents: Sergio Prego. Also: Gabriel Martinez, solo exhibition.
Sam Houston Memorial Museum, 936-294-1832, 1836 Sam Houston Ave., Huntsville, TX, 77340. Honoring the life and times of Sam Houston.
Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX. .
New Museum:
National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C. Olympic Gold Medalist and Houston resident Carl Lewis donated his 10 medals to the museum. Nearly 40,000 artifacts representing history, politics, sports, entertainment and culture poured in from basements and attics from around the country.
There are strong Houston connections for the museum. The acclaimed work of
architect John Chase, a co-founder of the National Organization of Minority Ar-
-chitects and the first African-American licensed architect in Texas, is remember-
-ed through photographs, renderings and plans.
On display at the opening will be a painting by artist and UH Downtown art prof Floyd Newsum, part of the Smithsonian's permanent collection. Also recognized are the accomplishments of former Houston Ballet principal ballerina Lauren Anderson and Astronaut Mae Jemison.
Houston Chronicle 9-18-2016 byline: Leland
The Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, 281-376-6322, 6815 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, 77379, Pearlformances: Public Invited !
The Pearl opened in 2008 and was created within the shell of Harris County's
former Cypress Creek library, which closed when the 32,000-sq.ft. Barbara Bush
Library opened next door. The Pearl is a smaller-scale version of the Museum of
Fine Arts, Houston.
Family Day: Free Art Festivities. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free Admit. Second Saturday each month.
The National September 11, 2001 Memorial & Museum is located on eight of
the 16 acres of the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan (New York City).
The Memorial, designed by Michael Arad and Peter Walker, honors the 2,983 people who were killed in the attacks of both Sept. 11, 2001 and Feb. 26, 1993.
The Memorial consists of two reflecting pools formed in the footprints of the
The National Sept. 11 Museum is sited below ground and displays artifacts linked to the events of 9/11, while telling stories of loss, compassion, and recovery of the 2001 and 1993 attacks. This is achieved through displays, multi-media, and interactive exhibits.
David Brody Bond is the lead architect on the Museum project. Architect Steven
Davis said, 'The magnitude of the historic importance of the site and its symbolism made it essential for us to find a balance between the collective and the individual experience.'
The Museum opened to the general public on May 21, 2014. Admission: $24 for
adults. Discounted rates for seniors, U.S. veterans, U.S. college students, and
youths. Admission is free on Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m. More info: .
Prehistoric Safari:
Houston Museum of Natural Science, (HMNS), 713-639-4629, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, New Paleontology Hall. You Gotta See This Place ! $15/$10. Admission is free after 2 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Rothko Chapel
,713-524-9839, 3900 Yukon, open daily. 10 a-6 p. Free admission. Signs at Rothko Chapel offer guidance on the best way to view the paintings --from 18 inches away. Guests are invited to experience the silence. Inside, there is a collection of Rothko paintings-dark and turbid-that surround the viewer. Next door to: The Menil Collection, 713-535-3170, 1533 Sul Ross .
Houston Chronicle 11-29-2014 byline: Leah Binkovitz
iPic Theatres Houston. 832-709-2146, 4444 Westheimer Rd. 77027.
River Oaks District. New concept in movie theatres. (Seats & Food: $$$)
Holocaust Museum Houston, 713-942-8000, 5401 Caroline St. 77004.
As a result of its $49.4 Million expansion campaign announcement, the
Museum has moved to a temporary location at 9220 Kirby Dr. that will officially
open to the public Oct. 20. In honor of its Grand Re-opening, the museum will
offer free admission through Tues. Oct. 31, and All Sundays going forward.
HMH's temporary space allows the museum to continue offering Holocaust and
human rights education during the expansion, said Dr. Kelly J. Zuniga, CEO.

Miller Outdoor Theatre: Venue offers Music, Movies, Theater & More
for the whole family. The Best Things in Life Are Free for You and Me.
As night falls, they are treated to the Best Free Entertainment in town.
The Houston Ballet, the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera all entertain on the outdoor stage.
Remember: blankets on the right, chairs on the left, and No Glass allowed
in the park. If you prefer a chair in the covered area, free tix are available
at the box office 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on the day of performance.
Limit 4 per per-
-son older than 16. Any remaining tix are available one hour before showtime.
Houston's Historic Buffalo Bayou Pontoon Boat Tour:
Second Saturday each month, weather permitting, the nonprofit Buffalo Bayou Partnership offers a half-hour tour of the bayou through the middle of downtown Houston. Glide under many bridges before heading into lush wilderness. The Partnership offers a two-hour history tour scheduled once a month through the oldest section of Houston and into the wilds. Info: 713-752-0314. . Sat. Tour: $7. Kid: $5. Ages: 4-12. 10 a.-2 p.
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Buffalo Bayou Partnership: New location for offices: 1019 Commerce Street. #200, 77002. 713-752-0314.

Galveston, Oh, Galveston…
The Bryan Museum, 409-632-7685, 1315 21st St., Galveston. J.P. Bryan, owner.
Bryan Museum, more than 30 years in the making is now open. Hours:
Tues.-Sat: 10 a.-5 p. Sun: 11 a.-5 p. Tix: $4-$10. Kids: younger than 6 free.
the .
Galveston Island Pleasure Pier:
2501 Seawall Blvd. 77550. 855-789-7437.
Texas Star Flyer lifts riders 230 feet above the Gulf, where they swing in a
90-ft. arc at speeds up to 43 mph. Ride is restricted to riders 48 in. or taller,
those more than 44 in. can ride with an adult. There are 15 other rides.
All-day rider pass: $26.99. Get closer look at the action: Walk-on pass: $10.
Moody Gardens
Galveston Island, 800-582-4673,
Schlitterbahn Galveston:
Schlitterbahn Indoor Waterpark on Galveston Island is cranking up the waves for spring breakers when the park opens for the 2014 season .
Parking is free, guests may bring picnic baskets and coolers inside the park.
(No Glass or Alcohol.) There is no charge for use of inner tubes, life vests,
and bodyboards. General Admission: $27.99 plus tax for ages 12-54, and
child/senior admission is $22.99 plus tax for ages 3-11 and 55 and older. .
Sightseeing by Boat: Cruise along the Houston Ship Channel through one of
the world's busiest ports, passing international cargo ships loading and unloading their goods. Sights: operations at the port's Turning Basin Terminal where ocean-going freighters turn around. Info: 713-670-2416. Free for you and me.
No backpacks. Photo ID required. .
The 1894 Grand Opera House, 800-821-1894, Post Office St. Galveston.
San Luis Resort, 409-744-1500, 53rd & Seawall Blvd. Galveston.
Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum & Education Center, 409-766-7827, 2002 Wharf Rd. Galveston. Family Days: Second Sat. each month.
Galveston Island State Park, 14901 FM 3005, Galveston. 7 a.-10 p. daily.
Tix: $5. Free: ages 11 and younger. .

Museum of the Bible: Who Do You Say I Am.
The Museum of the Bible, a massive new institution opening in Washington, just south of the National Mall is just as notable for what it includes-vivid walk-
-through re-creations of the ancient world, one of the world's largest private collec-
-tions of Torahs, a motion ride that sprays water at you---as for what it leaves out.
The $500 Million museum, chaired and largely funded by the conservative Chris-
-tian family that owns Hobby Lobby, doesn't say a word about the Bible's views on sexuality or contraception. The Museum does not encourage visitors to take the
Bible literally, or to believe that the Bible has only one correct form.
In gleaming floor after floor of exhibitions, there is very little Jesus. This is not the
evangelism that the $$Billionaire Green family first promised a decade ago when
they set out to build a museum dedicated to Scripture. At the time, the museum's
mission statement promised to 'bring to life the living word of God…to inspire
confidence in the absolute authority' of the Bible, the book at the institution's
The museum, which will be among the largest in a city chock-full of museums, presents broad, sometimes abstract concepts about the Bible, communicated through cutting-edge technology and immersive experiences. The point, staff members say, is simply to engage an America that is losing connection with the
The Bible has shaped cultures from Africa to Asia, Muslim to Mormon. But the
20-member leadership of the museum is almost entirely white, male and evan-
-gelical. Grant Wacker, an expert on Christian history, said that he declined an in-
-vitation to join museum's leadership team because they asked him to sign a state-
-ment of faith. He considers himself an evangelical Christian but the statement
went too far for him. Instead, he agreed to be one of the many scholars from diverse religious traditions to weigh in on drafts of some of the museum's displays.
The non-profit, admission-free museum is built to awe from the first moment, when visitors pass through two 40-foot, 2.5-ton bronze doors showing the text of Genesis
1-backwards in Latin. The feeling inside is just as soaring, with much
of the interior made of imported Jerusalem Stone. The museum opens at a moment
of fierce conflicts about religion-to a host of sensitive issues. This is a time to find out how we can learn from difference, said Seth Pollinger, a Biblical scholar
who is director of the 430,000-sq.ft. museum's content. Some remain skeptical of
the museum's neutral viewpoint.
Houston Chronicle//Washington Post 10-22-2017
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Warning: The following item may be distasteful to some folks:
Painter wonders what to do with life's work that incorporates cremation
ashes. Ash: The Art of Wayne Gilbert and Jesse Lott: Artist in Action.
Wayne Gilbert doesn't mind admitting he has sold very few of the paintings he
has made during the past 30 years. He assumes few people are comfortable living
with what he calls their 'yuck' factor: the iconoclastic Houston artist covers his canvases with unclaimed, cremated human remains that he mixes with a gel, some-
-times adding paint pigments.
Gilbert says buyers have expressed interest in his work, but he's loath to sell it,
partly because he doesn't know how to price it, and also because he doesn't want
it to belong to anyone who might not take care of it in a respectful way. Gilbert,
who turns 71 this month, has been thinking lately about posterity and what to do
with the 40-by-50 foot climate-controlled trailer where he has stored his life's
A native Houstonian, he grew up in Houston's East End and lost his father before
he was 9. His mother worked downtown as a punch-card operator. To help him
sober up from drug and alcohol addictions in 1977, his wife, Beverly Gilbert,
persuaded him to enroll with her in a class at the Museum District home of artist
Chester Snowden. In 1984, he earned a painting degree from UH.
Gilbert did not censor the numerous art-world figures who comment on his work
and motives in the documentary of him; a film he commissioned Wayne Slaten
to tell his story, which doesn't cover Gilbert's full story. When the idea for paint-
-ing with cremated remains finally hit him, it seemed like a deep breath of fresh air.
It just seemed like the greatest way in the world to communicate the message that
I intended: How weird is all of this art-world stuff.
Finding a source for his material took persistence. Eventually he made his way to
James Claire, the owner of a funeral home in southwest Houston who gave him
access to a closet full of unclaimed remains. Gilbert seems to have a genuine res-
-pect for the remains with which he has been entrusted.
And though he has shown his work in at least 20 countries, Gilbert feels frustrated
that he has been ignored by the mainstream art world. At least with this issue, he
is not alone. Plenty of older artists, successful and not-so-successful, are burdened
with unsold works. Gilbert says, 'But this stuff is a little bit different because it has this significance of being people, so it's a conundrum .'
(Uhh, yesss.)
Houston Chronicle 11-12-2017 byline: Molly Glentzer
Zine Fest:
In a digital world, zines honor the printed word; simple booklets are filled with
meaning. Published out of homes and often hand-assembled with staplers and tape
by sneaky late-night employees making liberal use of the office copier, zines-or
do-it-yourself publications-have been popular with art and punk communities
since the '70s.
Now, with declining advertising revenue forcing alternative publications like the
Houston Press to shutter their print editions, zines remain one of the few options
for artists, poets and even former journalists to self-publish.
Jasmine Monsegue, who taught classes on the topic was a participant last weekend
at Lawndale Art Center as part of the annual gathering known as Zine Fest, that been going on in some form since 1994. More than 60 publishers gathered this year to sell, trade and hand out works that ranged from small pamphlets on folded printer paper to glossy print booklets.
John Rassenfoss, a local zine star and the host of the public access show, 'Space City Chronicles' says he doesn't need any special equipment, he makes it himself.
Sara Cress, a former staffer at the Houston Chronicle, got into zines as a means to
spread her poetry. Cress collects her news cycle-inspired poems into printed editions that she sells at events like Zine Fest. They are an inexpensive option to
provide art communities some sort of print coverage when other publications
can't or won't.
Zines focusing on gonzo journalism and political discourse have become staples of
organizations like the Houston Anarchist Black Cross, which distributed titles such
as 'Why I'm Facing 75 Years,' If You See Something, Do Something: Twelve
Things To Do Instead of calling the Cops
' and 'H'Town Holds It Down'.
It is a medium for people to write ideas that don't fit into the mainstream press and
get that circulated through their own networks and channels, said Houston Anarchist Black Cross member and zine writer Monica Gomez.
Houston Chronicle 11-13-2017 byline: Greg Fails
Books make wonderful gifts, to be held, read, and treasured.