'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.

Special Note: Re: Artists.
Artists are not zoo animals and have the right to be asked to be photographed-
not to mention not wanting their art to live forever in a stranger's memory card.
If a patron enjoys the artist's work, please ask for their card or information.
Congratulations to George Douglas Lee, Galveston Artist, whose artwork won
First and Second in National Society of Artists Juried Show, Spring 2017. His
shop is located near The 1894 Grand Opera House, on the Historic Strand, in Galveston .

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

Animated Movie @ Parks:
Harris Co. Prec. 4 will screen Summer Movie Nights in the Park:
Collins Park, 6727 Cypresswood Dr. Spring. At dusk. Movie:
Burroughs Park, 9738 Hufsmith Rd. Tomball. At dusk. Movie:
Aug. 17-18 Movie TBA.
Now-Aug. 6
The Menil Collection, 713-535-3170, 1533 Sul Ross, presents:
Abstract Vintage: during late 50s, early 60s, the Coenties Slip was a boho heart of
NY-an old seaport at the lower tip of Manhattan where artists, writers, film-
-makers, poets found inspiration in views of the Brooklyn Bridge. The exhibition: Between Land and Sea shows 27 distinctive ways the artists waded into abstract-
-tion. Free for you and me.
Now-Aug. 20 Stages Repertory Theatre, 713-527-0123, 3201 Allen Prkwy,
77019, presents: Always…Patsy Cline.
Now-Aug. 20 A.D. Players, 713-526-2721, 5420 Westheimer, 77056, present:
Godspell. Masterful retelling of the Gospel of Matthew.
July 26-Sept. 3 Stages Repertory Theatre, 713-527-0123, 3201 Allen Prkwy, 77019, presents: Woody Sez.
Now-Sept. 3 Stages Repertory Theatre, 713-527-0123, 3201 Allen Prkwy, 77019, presents: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie. Singer/songwriter of folk
music with a political expression. This Land Is Your Land….Bound For Glory…
Starring Ben Hope, star of Hank Williams Lost Highway 2011 Show.
Sat. Sept. 30 Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts and Community Enrichment (FACE) 281-440-4850, 6823 Cypresswood Dr. Spring 77379, presents:
Just Imagine: John Lennon's Last Concert.
Sat. Nov. 4 Cypress Creek Foundation for the Arts and Community Enrichment (FACE) 281-440-4850, 6823 Cypresswood Dr. Spring 77379, presents:
Jackie Evancho.
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.
Old West Melodrama:
Help us boo the villains! or call: 713-364-9190.
Aug. 4 & 5, 11 & 12, 18 & 19, Puffabelly's Old Depot Restaurant, 281-350-3376, 100 Main Street, Old Town Spring, 77373, presents: Great Male Order
Sting of Indianola.
Cash & Checks at door. Reservations for 6 or more: must prepay. Food & Fun ! Come help boo the villains. or call: 713-364-9190.
Oct. 6 &7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21 Puffabelly's Old Depot Restaurant, 281-350-3376, 100 Main Street, Old Town Spring, 77373, presents: Motor Coach Murders.
Cash & Checks at door. Reservations for 6 or more: must prepay. Food & Fun !
Come help boo the villains. or call: 713-364-9190.
Oct. 11-29 Stages Repertory Theatre, 713-527-0123, 3201 Allen Prkwy, 77019,
presents: Balls.
Nov. 8-Dec. 24 Stages Repertory Theatre, 713-527-0123, 3201 Allen Prkwy, 77019, presents: A Midnight Clear: A Musical Tale of Christmas.
Nov. 29-Dec. 31 Stages Repertory Theatre, 713-527-0123, 3201 Allen Prkwy, 77019, presents: Panto Cinderella.

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.
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.
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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.
Galveston: Texas Wonder Island.
Lone Star Flight Museum, Galveston. 409-740-7722.
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.
Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Galveston's award-winning indoor park. .
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. .
Book Events:
Sat. Aug. 5
, 979-529-4391, 800 N. Dixie, Clute, Tx: author LaVern Lemons will sign:
Give Him an Audience, and other titles. 10 a.-3 p.
Kroger, 832-586-7375, 25050 FM 1093, Richmond, TX: author Elizabeth Moreno
will sign: Sancho, The Silly Billy Goat and My Dream of Freedom. 10 a.-3 p.
Kroger, 281-397-6633, 360 FM 1960 W., author Tranea R. Prosser will sign: Celibacy: What Was I Thinking? 10 a.-3 p.
Spring Branch Memorial Library, 930 Corbindale, author Keith Radcliffe of Godly
Abundance and Prosperity
, discusses nonfiction writing in a talk called: But Is It
Art ?
11 a.m. the .
Barnes & Noble, 281-554- 8224, 1029 W. Bay Area Blvd. Webster, Tx. author
Fouad Azim will sign: Becoming. 1 p.
Blue Willow Bookshop, 281-497-8675, 14532 Memorial, author Sarah Penrod will sign and discuss: The Urban Cowgirl Cookbook. 1 p.
Katy Budget Books, 281-57807770, 2450 Fry Rd, authors Tracy Goodwin & Lark
Brennan will sign: Cursed and Recklessly Yours, respectively. 2-4 p.
River Oaks Bookstore, 713-520-0061, 3270 Westheimer, author Kiersten Kindred
will sign: Five Steps to Market Success: A Small Business Guide. 3-5 p.
Kroger, 281-997-6400, 8323 Broadway, Pearland, TX, author Jeffery Tracey Sr.
will sign: A Family Reunited. 3-6 p.
TOP Ten: Non-Fiction.
1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Neil deGrasse Tyson.
2. Rediscovering Americanism. Mark R. Levin.
3. Hillbilly Elegy. J.D. Vance.
4. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate. Al Franken memoir.
5. Dangerous. Milo Yiannopoulos .
6. The Swamp. Eric Boling.
7. Understanding Trump. Newt Gingrich.
8. Option B. Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant.
9. Hamilton: The Revolution. Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter.
10. I Can't Make This Up. Kevin Hart w/Neil Strauss.
Books make wonderful gifts, to be held, read, and treasured.