Updated with the name of artist David A. Feil.
If you haven't been over to the new/old happening area of Main Street, the first Thursday of each month is the time to go. Last night the block of Main between the 3600 and 3700, which calls itself Mid Main, had its monthly first Thursday and it was a rocking time.
Each first Thursday the shops and bars along Mid Main open their doors and their taps and invite people to come out and have a good time. In addition to art, music and various free libations, the proprietors along the block donate 5 percent of the evening's proceeds to a chosen donation. Last night the non-profit being supported was the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.
There were a number of bands and DJs hitting up the various venues; DJ Flash Gordon was at Sig's Lagoon, Nick Gaitan and the Umbrellaman were over at the Big Top and Los Guerreros De La Musica took over the Continental Club. But the highlight of the evening was the UH Marching Band, which came in on the metro, brass a blazing as they strutted in an organized fashion down the platform into the crowd.
There was a new addition to the shopping on Main. The Tinderbox, a not-yet opened craft, art and jewelry shop, made its mini-debut last night. The shop, which will actually open some time next month, is the idea of Ren Mitchell and her sister who were looking for a place to showcase Houston artists' wares.
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"We come from a crafty family," says Mitchell and their love of craft and art inspired them to open shop. In addition to the retail aspect of The Tinderbox, they will also be offering various workshops such as terrarium building, stained glass and screen pressing, among others.
Another highlight of the evening is the Main Street Projects' installation window pieces across the street from Natachee's. The group got incredibly lucky and was given the windows to showcase varying artists' creations. Now in their fifth installation, Main Street Projects, which consists of Galina Kurlate, Theresa Escobedo, Brandon Dimit, and Rahul Mitra, accepts proposals for taking over the space. Currently they are exhibiting the work of Carrie Shneider and Alex Tu's "The Human Tour," which is a recreation of the original human tour down by the Art Guys way back in the day.
In the far window a digital bit map road trip is projected through the window
(unfortunately I don't have the artist's name). The work is by artist David A. Feil. As the sun went down, the moving images became entrancing. It is like a huge version of the arcade classic Road Fighter, but the journey is endless and ever changing. The cityscape in the background looks familiar and yet it doesn't; the roads take you to place you've never seen before yet you have been there a million times. It is in a word: awesome.
The crowd started to pick up around 7 p.m., so if you plan on going next month, don't worry about getting there exactly at 5 p.m. There are great things happening in that part of town that are getting the attention they deserve.