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Friday, October 15, 2010

This Weekend: Festa Italiana, A Grand Opening & Tailgating

Festa Italiana, which is presented by The Italian Cultural & Community Center begins today and runs through Sunday at 6:00 p.m. on campus at the University of St. Thomas (why did they NOT do this when I was there?).  This year makes 32 years of fun and festivities!  If you sneak out early, admission is FREE until four pm today, the rest of the time you pay $6 for adults and kids under 12 are FREE.  Entertainment includes a grape stomp, a pasta eating contest (I was so hoping it would be meatballs, instead.  Antacids, don't leave home without them), an Italian-American Idol contest (Mambo Italiano), chalk art and bunches of activities for children.  Check out their website here.

Festa Italiana
University of St. Thomas
Corner of W. Alabama & Montrose
Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Parking is available in the Moran Center Parking Garage for $2 per day.  Directions to UST.

The Great Gulf Dinner, presented by Eating Our Words, the Houston Press food blog is tomorrow, from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.  If you have not purchased your ticket at this time, please click here to see do they still gots 'em available.

Great Gulf Dinner
The Usual 5519 Allen (near TC Jester)
2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
$15 per plate, Gaido's is cooking (it'll be deliciousness) includes one drink ticket and Paige Lewis will be performing!  This sounds like a deal, to me.


The coolest city block in the entire 600 square miles that is Houston, Texas has a new neighbor which should prove to be equally as cool.  The block opens, grandly this Saturday at 6:00 p.m.  Yes, Houston's beloved and most fabulous Continental Club, Tacos A Go-Go and T'afia (stellar peach cobbler), the Breakfast Klub, and more, or "3700 Main" as I call it has a "sister block" of food and coolness, 3622 Main Street.  Why what ever is located there?  Sig's Lagoon, home of cool music and interesting items has moved over there, My Flaming Heart (eclectic collection of handmade and estate clothing, jewelry and accessories), Shop-o-Rama (the name seriously says it all, it says "come see what I got", it's a coolass re-sale coop, people) and Natachee's Supper and Punch (brand new restaurant that I hear has a delectable peach cobbler, too).  The shops are open all day, but the celebration commences at 6:00 p.m. and include various snacks, beverages and music by DJ Psychedelic Sex Panther (how can you miss this?  YOU CAN'T, unless, well, you're not cool.)

Tailgating.  I was at the ill-fated Giants game last Sunday.  I have held a PSL/Tickets since forever, I was one of the first fifteen hundred football lunatics on board the "Train of Pain".  I do not like the new "policy" regarding tailgating and I think that changing horses midstream is retarded.  I was not aware that there were people who were not invited guests of legit tailgates just showing up with a rolling cooler of beer to hang out.  That's a bag of crap.  I think that free guest passes, limit four per season ticket holder is a good idea.  You shouldn't be on the grounds causing a damn ruckus, otherwise.  I think all parking passes should be SCANNED and not just taken with a half-hearted "thanks and enjoy the game".  I believe pretty firmly that the parking people need to "event park" the cars and not just wave you in.  How many parking passes?  Three?  You, open, open.....Next vehicle, rightcheer.  There are still "missing teeth" parking spaces all over the place.  I'll be out there Sunday, we've got a boudin supplier that makes the best I have ever had.  I'm going to find out the name of the small, family-owned company and share.  You need some, I just know it and I'm going to provide you the scoop.  Lastly, I hope Texan Elvis shows up this week.  He has had the seats behind me since the second season and he's a hoot. (I'll add his photo later, my iPhone is misbehaving right now).

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