Sundown at The Social "And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day." So reads the second chapter of King James's Genesis, though the Sabbath crowd at The Social in the Heights apparently didn't get the memo. Criminally sexed-up hotties mingle with Houston's best metros, all gelled up and ironed down in their Sunday best. The spacious interior lounge allows for maximum circulation, as does the eye-candy-on-parade patio. Grab a drink, ease into a seat and get ready to double-take. With local house impresarios like Champa Moore and Sean Carnahan on hand to furnish the beats, you just might forget it's a school night.

Sundown at The Social "And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day." So reads the second chapter of King James's Genesis, though the Sabbath crowd at The Social in the Heights apparently didn't get the memo. Criminally sexed-up hotties mingle with Houston's best metros, all gelled up and ironed down in their Sunday best. The spacious interior lounge allows for maximum circulation, as does the eye-candy-on-parade patio. Grab a drink, ease into a seat and get ready to double-take. With local house impresarios like Champa Moore and Sean Carnahan on hand to furnish the beats, you just might forget it's a school night.

Best Place to Be Glad You're Alive

Houston Zoo Lions, tigers and bears, oh, my! Komodos, leopards and white alligators -- even better! It's hard not to feel giddy while roaming the Houston Zoo on a sunny day. After all, for $7 you can be instantly transported to the Serengeti, the Andes or the Australian Outback, gazing upon the most magnificent creatures that ever roamed the earth. And it's funny how the animals are so much like us -- the nurturing mom and pop giraffes with their brand-new baby, the nervous, blinking prairie dogs, the oafish gorillas. Here's another thought: You're not the one in the cage. Somehow, that puts everything in perspective.

Best Place to Be Glad You're Alive

Houston Zoo Lions, tigers and bears, oh, my! Komodos, leopards and white alligators -- even better! It's hard not to feel giddy while roaming the Houston Zoo on a sunny day. After all, for $7 you can be instantly transported to the Serengeti, the Andes or the Australian Outback, gazing upon the most magnificent creatures that ever roamed the earth. And it's funny how the animals are so much like us -- the nurturing mom and pop giraffes with their brand-new baby, the nervous, blinking prairie dogs, the oafish gorillas. Here's another thought: You're not the one in the cage. Somehow, that puts everything in perspective.

Free Radicals' Aerial Bombardment This jazzy, funky, hip-hoppity, experimental and dub-centric Houston collective never stays within the boundaries of a particular genre, and that's only one of the things that make them so special. Their third CD, Aerial Bombardment, is a unique masterwork helmed by percussionist Nick Cooper and featuring 50 different musicians and vocalists, mostly from H-tizzle. Though the album is largely instrumental, blues singer Gloria Edwards pops in, as do rappers Zin and Perseph1 and members of the Blackout Poets Collective. Free Radicals introduce some new forms on this one, including capoeira angola-meets-dub remixes and beat collages. With its pulsing angst, it plays like a soundtrack to the revolution.

Free Radicals' Aerial Bombardment This jazzy, funky, hip-hoppity, experimental and dub-centric Houston collective never stays within the boundaries of a particular genre, and that's only one of the things that make them so special. Their third CD, Aerial Bombardment, is a unique masterwork helmed by percussionist Nick Cooper and featuring 50 different musicians and vocalists, mostly from H-tizzle. Though the album is largely instrumental, blues singer Gloria Edwards pops in, as do rappers Zin and Perseph1 and members of the Blackout Poets Collective. Free Radicals introduce some new forms on this one, including capoeira angola-meets-dub remixes and beat collages. With its pulsing angst, it plays like a soundtrack to the revolution.

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater The adorable and talented Nicky Walsh bids ballet adieu as he bows out of Houston Ballet after a 15-year career. But that's great news for his two-year-old company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, which was named one of the top 25 companies to watch in Dance Magazine last year. Walsh's dancing days are not quite over (he still performs with his company), but he may soon be better known for his modern choreography. The initial season, which brought Katharsis, piqued our interest, and last year's narrative, The Miller's Daughter, was a delight. Right now Walsh is working on a commission for American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company. And with him present full-time now, DWDT could grow into the kind of modern dance institution Houston lacks.

Dominic Walsh Dance Theater Studio
Dominic Walsh Dance Theater The adorable and talented Nicky Walsh bids ballet adieu as he bows out of Houston Ballet after a 15-year career. But that's great news for his two-year-old company, Dominic Walsh Dance Theater, which was named one of the top 25 companies to watch in Dance Magazine last year. Walsh's dancing days are not quite over (he still performs with his company), but he may soon be better known for his modern choreography. The initial season, which brought Katharsis, piqued our interest, and last year's narrative, The Miller's Daughter, was a delight. Right now Walsh is working on a commission for American Ballet Theatre's Studio Company. And with him present full-time now, DWDT could grow into the kind of modern dance institution Houston lacks.

Landmark River Oaks If you want stadium-style seating, 24 screens and convenient parking, this is not your movie theater. But if you care about the movies -- if you actually go to watch the show, not to swivel back in your seat while the special effects whiz by -- then your best bet is the Landmark River Oaks theater. Built in 1939, it has a seedy elegance you won't find in the too-bright, mallish cineplexes that line the interstate. There are only three screens here, but they're usually showing something smart.

Landmark River Oaks Theatre
Landmark River Oaks If you want stadium-style seating, 24 screens and convenient parking, this is not your movie theater. But if you care about the movies -- if you actually go to watch the show, not to swivel back in your seat while the special effects whiz by -- then your best bet is the Landmark River Oaks theater. Built in 1939, it has a seedy elegance you won't find in the too-bright, mallish cineplexes that line the interstate. There are only three screens here, but they're usually showing something smart.

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