If you're looking to spend some time in meatspace but aren't old enough to get into a bar or a club, you've got two options. One: Get a fake ID. Or two: Head to Kourage Music & Clothing. On Tuesday and Thursday nights, the store hosts the Kourage Music Club for middle school, high school and college students. The proprietor of this month-old, youth-oriented store, who calls himself T, thought it would be a good idea to supply the store's target market with a weekly hangout. "There was a need in this area," says T, who also designs the popular Enjoymusic Enjoylife clothing line. "A lot of teenagers around here have nothing to do." Word has already spread to the preteen crowd, so the club has split into two camps. High schoolers and college kids meet on Tuesdays, and the middle schoolers meet on Thursdays.
Both nights have the same itinerary: Kids come by to listen to and discuss new music and talk about issues like ripping and burning. Some evenings feature live performances by local musicians. T says the club has captured a steady crowd, and he's heard no complaints from the 'rents. Says T, "The parents were quite delighted that such a club exists." 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Kourage Music & Clothing, 3520 Highway 6 South. For information, call 281-240-6967. Free. -- Craig D. Lindsey
FLORIDA'S BAMBOO BICYCLE
After a day of cocktails, I stumbled into Florida's Seafood Grill (3401 Kirby, 713-524-1900) with every intention of having "one more for the ditch." When I asked for the drink list, the bartender returned several minutes later with the manager, explaining in no uncertain detail that I was free to look at the list as long as I liked. Then: Would I care for a soft drink? After bursting into drunken laughter, I pulled off my best imitation of the bumbling Chevy Chase, falling into two or three bar stools on the way out the door. The following evening, after a good night's rest, I returned. I ordered a "bamboo bicycle," probably because it was served in a pineapple glass. The first sip was sickeningly sweet. It tasted more like one of those spongy Easter bunny candies than something I'd serve my visiting relatives in Boca Raton! I drank it down anyway, wondering how many innocent drunks before me had been deprived of their bamboo bicycles.
2 ounces Flor de Caña rum
1/2 sliced banana
1/4 cup fresh pineapple
1 ounce sweetened coconut milk
3 drops vanilla extract
1/2 ounce blue curaçao
Large scoop of ice
1 maraschino cherry
1 lime wedge
First make sure you are sober enough to operate both a knife and a blender. Then carefully chop a ripe pineapple in half, saving a portion of the fruit for the drink. Bore out the bottom half to use as a makeshift glass. Combine above ingredients in a blender (sans the cherry and lime) and mix for a quarter-minute. Garnish the drink with lime, cherry and a thick straw. -- J.W. Crooker
A Slice of the Apple
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The proprietors of Dusk Bar like to think they're bringing a piece of New York's cosmopolitan lifestyle to the Bayou City. In New York, they say, where rents are high and rooms are small, people go out six nights a week, treating bars like their living rooms. That's how they want patrons to think of Dusk -- but the problem is, the bar's hardly set up like a home away from home. Instead, it's narrow and sparsely furnished, and there's not even a TV. Still, with a hip atmosphere and 30 kinds of wine at $5 a glass, there are plenty of reasons to spend an evening at Dusk. (But six? That's asking a little much.) 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily. 911 Franklin. Cash only. -- Lisa Simon
The Monarch Roars
Simply stated, Queen Sheba rules. This Detroit native entered the poetry game in the mid-'90s and quickly established herself as the benevolent sovereign of the spoken word realm. Having sold more than 12,000 units of her first two CDs with no major-label backing, the Queen will visit Houston this weekend to celebrate the release of her highly anticipated new CD, The Truth. Queen Sheba's royal presence on stage belies an earthy, sensual elegance that can be experienced only in living color. Don't miss this opportunity, as the Queen's visits to H-town are few and far between. 8 p.m. Saturday, October 18. The Buffalo Soldiers Museum, 1834 Southmore. For information, call 713-942-8920 or visit www. blackcottonworks.net. $5. -- Felicia Johnson-LeBlanc