Nero and Marina
Nero and Marina

Downtown Cubs

Not satisfied with his 500,000-gallon Downtown Aquarium Adventure, entrepreneur Tilman Fertitta recently introduced four white tigers to their new 002 address. For your entertainment, the "White Tigers of the Maharaja's Temple" exhibit is joining the Aquarium's Ferris wheel, carousel and train. It features females Marina and Coral and two males, one called Nero and the other a yet-to-be-named cub born on October 4 (a naming contest is under way on the Aquarium's Web site). We love the idea of tigers sauntering around the restaurant freely, growling and pawing at customers, but the Aquarium is trying to discourage any Siegfried & Roy malfunctions. The quartet will be cribbing it in some lush, glass-enclosed digs: a designated area with skylights, trees, mock temple ruins, waterfalls and a swimming pool. Like all cats, they're friskiest at night, so we suggest bringing a big spool of thread to dinner. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 410 Bagby. For information, call 713-223-3474 or visit www.downtownaquarium .com. $5.99 to $15.99. -- Steven Devadanam


The KLOL crew gathers to toast the good ol' days

THU 12/9

Gone is the Silver Surfer icon of the '80s. Gone too is the cute little red radio mascot with gloved hands pointing skyward. We won't be hearing from Walton and Johnson, Outlaw Dave or Wendy Miller anytime soon. Houstonian hair rockers are painfully aware that their beloved KLOL/101.1 FM has been given a Clear Channel makeover and become the Latin hip-hop station Mega 101. And today at the Tiki Bay Bar and Grill, you can grieve with former KLOL personalities, including Jim Pruett, Outlaw Dave, Dayna Steele-Justiz, Boner, Locke Siebenhausen and Lanny Griffith. There'll also be music by Last Train Out and an auction full of radio and rock memorabilia. Proceeds from the event benefit the Stevens and Pruett Ranch, so arrive early, dine with the DJs and ask Boner where he got his name at 8 p.m. Thursday, December 9. 2651 Business Highway 146, Baytown. For information, call 281-837-6700 or visit $5. -- Steven Devadanam


Handsome Crowd

My dusty Volkswagen rattles as I pull up next to two Land Rovers, a sleek black Porsche Boxster and a Hummer. Several girls walk in wearing shawls, halter tops and high heels looking positively Sex and the City. Guys in skullcaps, peacoats and -- I'm noticing -- a certain air of smugness, stroll in with them. About 250 of us cram into the Continental Club on a chilly Thanksgiving night to catch the local quartet the Handsomes. Two of the four members are in law school, and the band's white-boy soul-pop draws a hot assortment of current and future yuppies.

"Patrick Kelly, drum player and masturbator extraordinaire," booms lead singer Jordon Blackwell as he introduces the sheepish drummer. The band segues from some original tunes into one of their live staples, a ska-infused version of George Michael's "Faith." Based on their Herbal Essence-styled gasps, rock-jawed guitarist David Nachtigall seems to have caused two women in the front to climax.

A petite brunette, Missy (I know her name because it's on the back of her belt), is bumping hips with her tall, striking blond friend. I'm thinking of buying her a drink, but I'm distracted by three stunning blonds who jump on stage, grind on Nachtigall, Blackwell and bassist Ben Stark and tantalizingly bounce to the "bounce" lyrics of R. Kelly's "Ignition." "We usually get more ladies up here," says Blackwell after the song, "but hey, quality over quantity."

I can't say I can argue with the quality, either. As folks mill about after the set, I look for Missy and her belt, but I've lost her. Whatever. In the spirit of the season, I'm actually thankful. She probably wouldn't go for my dusty Volkswagen anyway. -- Steven Devadanam

Bad Education

We don't want you to lose a finger. That's why you should go see Safety in the Slaughterhouse, a short film made in Australia in the mid-'70s. Safety and other educational shorts will be screened at Cinema Bomar, a festival curated by Elizabeth and Paul Nelson. Often kitschy, the stuff can be disturbing; for example, The Protected School, a 1965 propheti-pic from the Department of Defense, envisions schools equipped with decontamination showers. And then there's the Reefer Madness-style mid-'70s short Kathy, Mike and Alcohol, a meditation on the evils of the sauce. "I always keep a little vodka in my purse," says one character. "That's what gets me through the day." 8 p.m. Saturday, December 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, December 12. Aurora Picture Show, 800 Aurora. For information, call 713-868-2101 or visit $5. -- Eric A.T. Dieckman

Get Lit

SAT 12/11

Lights in the Heights is a neighborhood party that's open to all Houstonians. Today, you can join the families, kids and their dogs as you stroll the charming Woodland Heights streets -- lit up brighter than Reliant Stadium -- and get serenaded by carolers who'll greet you on lawns and porches. An added bonus: Keep an eye out for the drunken Santa, who's bound to show up awash in a haze of warm fuzzies and beer. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, December 11. Woodland Street to Euclid Street in the Woodland Heights. For information, visit Free. -- Melissa Richter


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