Lights in the Heights: Science!

Hello Friends!

Due to some other work I was doing, I have become aware of the power of the QR Code. So much like an Easter egg in coding, you are here because you were awarded a badge with a scientist on it at the party. Thanks for being a part of the party and making it great again this year. In the past, I’ve been limited by the amount of space to write a small story on the back of the badge – this year not so. Now that I have an unlimited word count, I’m not sure what to say.

So let’s begin here.

Syria, Trump, mass shootings, ISIS, refugees, concussions. It’s been a tough year! As we close the year out spending time with family and friends, the older I get, the more I value these relationships and time together. I was contemplating what message to share this year and ran across the Todd Rundgren song, “Love is the Answer”. It’s a standard, ’70’s pop fare telling you to get along with others. At first, I thought this was the right selection.

A little further down the road, I switched the iPod to a different artist and found the “right” answer. So get your tasty groove on, crank the bass up a little more, turn the volume up, and instead of a nice, sentimental, pop song – scream with me and Kid Rock –

I said it’s all good and it’s all in fun
Now get in the pit and try to love someone!

Bawitdaba da bang da bang diggy diggy diggy
Shake the boogie said up jump the boogie

So keep it light, get in the pit this year, and if you’d like to know who your scientist was, here’s the key.

Bill Shirley – Albert Einstein, Stig Daniels – Isaac Newton, Tricia Gernand – Marie Curie, Dale Prasek – Charles Darwin, April Flowers – Rosalind Franklin, Lacy Heck – Irene Joliot-Curie, Jaime Adkins – Aristotle, Sue Shirley-Howard – Thomas Edison, Dick Howard – Louis Pasteur, Bob Knoxious – Niels Bohr, Guitar Brian –Erwin Schrodinger, Kuhn Dawg – Carl Linnaeus, Fun Bobby – Galileo Galilei, Trombone Tally – John Dalton, Just Dave, the Horn Player – Dmitri Mendeleev, Cristen – Humphry Davy, Cheryl – Robert Hooke, Heather – Edwin Hubble, Eileen, Just Dave the Horn Players Wife – Linus Pauling, Debbie – Rene Descartes, Amanda – Francis Bacon, Jacqui –Werner Heisenberg, Greg – Sigmund Freud, Professional Beer Fetcher – J. Robert Oppenheimer, Adrienne Van Nes – Alexander Fleming, Generic VIP – Joseph Priestley

Fitzgerald’s Pop on a Tuesday

I was looking for some random new-to-me live music to see and didn’t have to look too far.

Tuesday at Fitzgerald’s are two duos who do pop music (The opener self describes as electronic soul). One from Britain, one from NY now residing in CA. Both are guy/girl combos, sharing vocals. I’m in a pop music kind of mood of late.

The Ting Tings are the headliner. @TheTingTings



And kaneholler is the opener. @kaneholler


Cupid’s Undie Run

sign on wallWe know you want to run around Midtown Houston in your underwear. Now you can do it while fundraising, and party before and after at Celtic Garden.

My excuse is that I’ll be out of town, but if I was in town my excuse would be that I don’t run unless I’m being chased.

If you register, though, let us know and we’ll donate to your fundraising.


Additional Holiday Events This Week!!

As previously mentioned on Show 7, commissioned by Houston Grand Opera in celebration of the Ship Channel’s centennial, an original song cycle offers compelling insights into the people at the heart of one of Houston’s most vibrant centers of industry, will be presented on December 10th. Each performance will be preceded by a brief conversation with a member of the Ship Channel community.

It will be held at the Tudor Gallery, Julia Ideson Library, 550 McKinney Street in downtown Houston at 5:30 PM.

For more information

The second event is being held on December 11, 6:00 PM reception, 7:00 PM promenade, on Buffalo Bayou at the Sabine Promenade.

Unsilent Night

Join the Mitchell Center, in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership for a free interactive holiday event, Unsilent Night. New York composer, Phil Kline, created this 43 minute piece, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December. It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music that can easily be downloaded on your smart phone – you will be downloading the app once you arrive.  When participants play their different “parts” simultaneously, it helps create the special sound of the piece.

For more info: