Category Archives: This Weekend

Animals as Leaders (AAL) @ Warehouse Live 5/11/12 by Joseph A.

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After 14 years, Thrice announced their farewell tour and had their last show for probably awhile on Friday night at Warehouse Live. This wasn’t the reason I stopped by Friday, as I honestly have no interest in them. The real reason I showed up was to see Tosin Abasi and his band Animal as Leaders (AAL). I picked up on Tosin from metalsucks.com last year who ranked him as #2 of their 25 top modern metal guitarists from the past 5 years. I watched the video for CAFO and was surprised how great of a guitar player he really is. I don’t know how to properly describe but a quick search says they play “instrumental progressive metal” with jazz fusion. This is something I really don’t see opening for Thrice. I showed up to the show on that gloomy night about 5 minutes before AAL hit the stage. Warehouse was pretty packed by this time already. The crowd wasn’t’ the normal band shirt/jeans type of crowd with the normal few weirdos mixed in.  There were plenty of polos, button ups, and flat caps. Most of the girls I saw were semi dressed up as well. Kind of a hipster-ish crowd with a some post-hardcore/punk fans. AAL’s stage set up was pretty simple with a screen on each side and the drum set up in the middle. Both guitarists used 8 string guitars, something you don’t see all the time. When the show started it wasn’t exactly what I expected to hear, but I really didn’t know their sound too well anyway. A lot of the guitars were off beat and some just didn’t sound like they flowed together, but it didn’t make it bad. There really wasn’t a big crowd reaction for them, except when Tosin would play a solo, which will get a crowd reaction at mostly any show. The problem was he constantly played solos, so the crowd reactions kind of died down. I’m not exactly how much the crowd enjoyed AAL but I’m sure most people enjoyed the visuals on the screens. They went together perfectly with their music. AAL played roughly 40 minutes, and closed out their set with CAFO which got a decent reaction from the crowd and even a small pit. I really don’t get why there was a pit for them. They do have some good heavy riffs mixed in but each to their own.  Along with hearing CAFO the other highlight of the night was getting complimented on my shirt, a Judas Priest 2004 tour shirt, as being the best one at the show. I didn’t waste much time leaving as soon as they were done, but got stuck with the very hard rain that night. Luckily for me it ended early enough for me to get out before Thrice came on. I’m not hating on them, but Tosin Abasi is just under appreciated and I’m sure most people didn’t pay too much attention to em that night.

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NYE Masquerade at Kung Fu Saloon Houston

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Looking for something fun to do for NYE 2012? It’s not often that this occasion falls on a Saturday – what excuse do you have?! Washington Avenue will be one of the main destinations people go to, itching to ring in 2012. Do713 is giving away a pair of tickets to party at one of the hottest spots on this Jitney-friendly corridor. By clicking Like on this page, you’re entered to win a pair of tickets to Kung Fu Saloon’s NYE Masquerade Party. Or, if you want to secure your spot at free game play, an ice block and masquerading ninja’s, we have discounted tickets. BUT, there are only 50 left at this discounted rate, enter promo code do713holiday15  when purchasing.

All Inclusive Tickets Include:

  • Champagne Toast
  • Food from Chatter’s Café
  • Free Game Play All Night
  • DJ Ice
  • Ice Shot Block
  • Party Favors
  • & More!!

We at Do713 wish you and yours a very Happy New Year. Please designate a driver or share a cab/taxi/jitney with your BFFs. Cheers!

Via Colori This Weekend at Sam Houston Park

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Via Colori isn’t your typical fundraiser. For six years, the Center for Hearing and Speech, benefits greatly from our pure entertainment. This weekend, Via Colori is expected to raise more than $325,000 for children with hearing impairments.

Bring the family to Sam Houston Park in Downtown and experience sidewalk-chalk art like you’ve never imagined. Street artists from all over the country will inspire you with their lively multi-dimensional (albeit temporary) pieces.

There will also be plenty of activities for the kiddos and young-at-heart.

All proceeds benefit the Center for Hearing and Speech.

Saturday, 11/19, 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday, 11/20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Austin’s Fun Fun Fun Fest Docks at Auditorium Shores

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Austin’s 6th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest kicks off today! Touted as one of the city’s more unique un-fests, the ever-expanding FFFFest will feature over 100 entertainers, including a stage dedicated to comedy. New to 2011 – the festival will be webcast live on Pitchfork.com! That way all you suckas that can’t make it will feel the knife twisting a bit more. Hey – I was that sucker last month during ACL, #CantBelieveIMissedDFA1979

In addition to my most excellent FFFF schedule and playlist, the Do713 team also recommends seeing these guys this weekend:

Ra Ra Riot

M83

Lykke Li

Neon Indian

Who do you want to see?

5th Annual White Linen Night in Houston’s Heights adds Pink Street

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This Saturday evening, many businesses in Houston’s historic Heights will open their doors to participate in the 5th annual White Linen Night. Drawing more than 40,000 revelers, this free event creates a Texas-sized sense of community that includes, art, live music, fashion shows and so much more. Maps of the event can be downloaded or will be available throughout the event.

New to this year’s event is a focus on raising awareness for Breast Cancer. Pink Street will be a section of White Oak Dr., that will host several organizations passionate about education & finding a cure for this disease.  Along Pink Street, event goers will drink pink lemonade and have a chance to win raffles, play fun games (Bra Pong ping pong?!), receive goodies and much more!

Many of Houston’s finest Food Trucks will be stationed throughout the event – remember to bring cash! These aren’t the trucks in front of construction sites; think gelato, Korean BBQ, and gourmet foods/artisan breads.

Fitzgerald’s will host three events, celebrating Houston’s thriving arts scene. Fresh Arts at Fitz will feature performances from Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, Stages Repertory Theater, & Talento Bilingüe de Houston as well as live music into the night.

If you live in the Heights or within a reasonable biking distance, it is highly recommended you safely bike, walk or find another form of transport. Parking in the heights will be a nightmare (coming from past personal experience). However, if these aren’t viable options, no fear – complimentary parking & shuttle service will be provided.

Saturday August, 6 from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. Free at most participating locations.

Houston Roller Derby July Bout is Here!

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For 6 years, the ladies of Houston Roller Derby have been pummeling through one another, for their and our own entertainment. The sport originated back in the 1920’s and was probably just as brutally pleasing as it is today. Can you imagine the elder ladies in our lives, back in the day, kicking asses on wheels, right before going out for milkshakes with their sweetheart?!

Saturday’s event will feature two bouts at Houston Indoor Sports, the new home to HRD.  Bonus: A portion of ticket sales will go towards Habitat for Humanity. Doors open at 6 p.m. First bout at 7 p.m. General Admission $12

Bout #1 Brawlers vs Cen-Tex Sirens

Bout #2 Psych Ward Sirens vs Bayou City Bosses

 

23 Years and Stronger Than Ever – The Houston Art Car Parade is Here!!!

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Since 1988 the playful creativity Houstonians are known for, has continued to build the largest Art Car Parade in the world. The first ever parade started with “The Fruitmobile” a ’67 Ford station wagon and 40 other cars that paraded in front of about 2,000 of the coolest Houstonians. (You’d think I’d be able to find a great generic photo from that era to insert here – but the search mainly yielded people born in ’88, dressing as if they lived it – le sigh.).

Flash forward to 2011. The backbone of the Art Car Parade, The Orange Show is kicking off a 3 day weekend – festivities will include:

Friday: The Art Car Ball at The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. Featuring a preview of the cars; frood from taco trucks battling for your taste buds & live music. Click here for tickets. 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday: Preview some of the cars up close and personal before the parade. Art Car: The Movie a documentary, will be shown and Housotn fav., DJ Ceeplus will be spinning. At Discovery Green 5 p.m.

Sunday!: Ride your bike; bring a blanket; beverages and the kids and show up early. If you get there, say, around 10 a.m. you’ll get to walk amongst the cars, mingle with the artists and take up-close photos. Parade starts at 1 p.m.

Share your photos with us here!

And for nostalgic’s sake, here are some other things that happened in 1988 (“suhweet”)!: