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Tricked-out rides roll to Reliant for Hot Import Daze

SAT 4/9

Sure, your dusty, dented '93 Corolla loves you and means well. Still, you can't help but fantasize about a sparkly silver Acura with shiny rims, a killer sound system and little TV screens in the seats. Your cheatin' heart needs an escape, and you can get it at the Hot Import Daze show rolling into Reliant Park this week. More than 400 of the most ridiculously tricked-out "tuner" cars will be on display for your automotive fixation. "Tuner cars are more techie," says Michael Munar of Vision Entertainment, the company that puts on these traveling car shows. "They're full of electronic components, superchargers -- more gadgetry stuff than your typical muscle cars." On top of all the Pimp My Ride-type vehicles, the event features performances by the Xtreme Sportbike Association street freestyle riders and drifting demos by top American skidders. You can get your game on at Game Riot, which boasts more than 70 Xbox kiosks and Venus, the "girl gamer" who'll take your ass on at Halo 2 or any other title. You can try to impress Ursula Mayes of the Maxim "Hometown Hotties" and her slinky model friends -- who will be on hand -- by entering your ride in one of the car contests, or heading to the outdoor track and test-driving a supercharged Chevrolet Cobalt SS or Saturn Ion. Then, when your day of auto adultery is complete, go home and give your dusty, dented '93 Corolla a big hug. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 9. One Reliant Park. For tickets and information, visit www.hotimportdaze.com. $25 general admission; $55 for car competition. -– Steven Devadanam

Joyce's Amaretto Sour

Some hot junk in tha trunk
Courtesy of Vision Entertainment
Some hot junk in tha trunk
Joyce's amaretto sour
Troy Fields
Joyce's amaretto sour
A Material Girl
Roger Haynes
A Material Girl

Call me strange. I find it deliciously funny when my tires run low on air. Their feeding-time-at-the-zoo screeching makes me howl with laughter. When I pulled into the parking lot of Joyce's Seafood & Steaks (6415 San Felipe, 713-975-9902), I was practically crying with delight. It was just after five, and I was one of only a handful of customers. I ordered an amaretto sour from the bartender and smacked my lips in anticipation. By the time I had downed my second, March Madness was barreling out of the TV and customers were filing in like it was the Last Supper. I have to admit, the oysters were some of the best I've ever had. A woman came in by herself and sat a few seats down from me. When I heard her speaking, I looked up and saw that she was sitting alone. Her conversation with her salad went on like that until I got creeped out and left. I got back in my truck, turned up the radio and screeched all the way back to my apartment.

1-3/4 ounces Disaronno amaretto
3/4 ounce lime-based sour mix

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, measure out amaretto and sour mix. Shake well. Pour contents into a cocktail glass with some ice. Best enjoyed with laughter. -- J.W. Crooker

Bitch Session

SUN 4/10

If you're into sequins, feathers and the hot chicks who wear them, then the "Can U Keep Up" fashion show may be the high point of your April. Check out spring fashions from the Material Girl Boutique, featuring the risqué clothing line Sophisticated Bitch. Twenty models will walk the 60-foot runway against a backdrop screening of Casino (Sharon Stone's Ginger was definitely a sophisticated bitch), while DJ Derek spins hip-hop, rock and '80s hits. Guests can have a drink and think of pickup lines to use at the Club Vision afterparty. The strutting starts at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 10. Material Girl Boutique parking lot, 2630 Sage. For information, call 713-840-1321 or visit www.sophisticatedbitch.com. Free. –- Julia Ramey

Northside Playa

MON 4/11

DJ Hydraprime is out to prove that the north side is a perfectly good spot for hip-hop fans to kick it. The spinner-producer cut his teeth working at Willie Nelson's Pedernales recording studio in Austin, way back in the early '90s. Now he spins funk, breaks, hip-house and street-hop for a 21-and-up crowd at "Hydracrunk," which goes down every Monday at the Blue Angel Nite Club. To entice you, his weekly event features $1.25 brews, discounted cocktails and CD giveaways. Stop by and see if Hydraprime has the skillz -- or at least some good Willie stories -- at 9 p.m. Mondays. 19333 U.S. 59. For information, call 281-548-2884 or visit www.blueangelniteclub.com. Free. –- Steven Devadanam

 
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