Closed since February 2008 - not long after it had relocated from the Heights - due to lack of an occupancy permit and other necessary city paperwork, East End performance-art/music venue Super Happy Fun Land (3801 Polk) finally reopened this week. The converted warehouse now has an occupancy load card of 290, and owner Brian Arthur has already started booking as many SXSW spillover shows as he can given the short notice. Confirmed are North Carolina's Beloved Binge (March 15), Californians Brown Shoe with Canadians Attack in Black and Shotgun Jimmie (March 17), Brooklynites Afuche with Hollywood's Intercept (March 18) and an overseas bill of Canja Rave (Brazil) and CLP (Germany) March 19. Arthur says he's close to confirming a show around March 20 by Athens, Georgia, fuzz-metal duo Jucifer, and SHFL is also available for private parties and events. Welcome back, guys.
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Super Happy Fun Land's grand re-opening party is 8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, with Giant Battle Monster, Abigail und Hansel, Muzak John, Chin Xaou Ti, Dark Surf, Darwin's Finches and more TBD. Call 713-880-2100 or see www.superhappyfunland.com for details.