Jose Figueroa is still dancing. The Channelview high-school teacher we told you about earlier this month, whose goal was not only to dance to live music every single night for a solid year but also to make a documentary film about it, says he's not much closer to recovering the equipment that was stolen from his car last month, but still believes he might be able to complete the project nonetheless.
Although Figueroa says the police still haven't been able to turn up any information that might lead to getting his stuff back, a friend has donated a video camera that should allow him to complete a crucial part of the process - the introductory video required of Kickstarter users to start one of the crowd-based Web site's fundraising campaigns.
"Not nearly as compact as my GoPro, but a very generous loan that I'm truly grateful for," he notes.
Figueroa says he's been having to use low-quality stills and video culled from Facebook and YouTube, "but it's coming together." In the meantime, his dance card has been as full as ever.
In the past three weeks, Figueroa says he's been to see Bob Henschen & Horace Grigsby, Clouseaux, Milton Hopkins and Brad Absher & Swamp Royale, "among others." He's also been to Tuesday Jazz Jam at the Flat and Absolve Wine Lounge, both for the first time, and to Cactus Music for last Saturday's Steve Krase in-store. Figueroa even went to see Ringo Starr at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion last weekend, but "the crowd was rather subdued and I couldn't get anyone to dance with me," he sighs.
This coming Monday, he'll mark off another milestone on his odyssey: night 300.
"I'm trying to come up with a good idea to celebrate that," he says.
If someone would make the proper introductions, Figueroa says he'd love to dance with Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Texas gubernatorial candidate Sen. Wendy Davis, and is in talks to dance on the field with the Marching Owl Band during Rice University's homecoming on November 8. We'd really like to see all that happen, so hopefully the right people will step up. (Remember to keep up with Jose's quest on his Facebook page.)
Last Thursday, Houston Press videographer Ronald Jones met up with Figueroa and followed him through an exhausting itInerary through Houston's nightlife: Sambuca and MKT Bar downtown, the Continental Club, Mi Luna, and a nightcap at the Big Easy on Kirby. Where he gets all that energy we'll never know.
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