Best All-Ages Venue - 2012
Super Happy Fun Land
For those who believe that the young brain should be exposed to all sorts of culture, Houston's one-stop spot is Super Happy Fun Land. Husband-and-wife team Brian Arthur and Olivia Dvorak — who, in 2008, moved the now nine-year-old project from a Heights-area house to its current East End spot — continue to bring in the sublime, the bizarre and the wrecked. Along with touring acts like Nautical Almanac and Tatsuya Nakatani that carry quite a bit of heft in the DIY scene, the venue presents interesting and original local acts that range from jet-aircraft-loud noise to broken folk. Of-age folks can kill time between sets by draining a can of Lone Star (for a donation). Under 21? No worries, dude. Along with the oversize Cabbage Patch Kids statues to admire, there's also the left-field art gallery to check out.