Hello, everybody. It’s Tuesday in Houston, and I’m back in your inbox to get you caught up on the most important things happening in town. I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! In today’s briefing, you’ll find news about these stories and more…
- What’s happening in Houston on New Year’s Eve.
- Houston classic concert spot the Dive closes for good.
- Weird laws around the Houston area.
But first, today’s weather:
Plenty of sunshine. High: 54 Low: 35.
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Here are the top stories today in Houston:
- In case you still don’t have any plans for New Year’s Eve, we’ve got you covered with a list of options including dinner parties, bashes, concerts, and more. For events in EaDo and Downtown, the Houston Rockets will be hosting the New York Knicks early in the evening, popular watering hole and arcade spot Cidercade is hosting a special event including confetti cannons, and dance club BauHaus will tune in for the NYE ball drop with a line up of brand new DJs. As far as Midtown and Montrose are concerned, the timeless club Numbers is putting on a $2,023 cash balloon drop at midnight and Hotel ZaZa is throwing a swanky party for guests that includes a brunch for your inevitable hangover. On the more northern side of town, the Railway Heights Market is hosting an event called SoberEve with all the mocktails you could imagine, Big Brothers Big Sisters club will have an open bar alongside an incredible view of Downtown, and Upside Pub is offering a mind-bogglingly cheap special event deal that includes an all-you-can-eat menu and four drink tickets. For more events like these, check the link. (365 Things to Do in Houston)
- Local EDM club The Dive announced it is closed for good earlier this month leaving many hardcore raver Houstonians wanting for a new space to call home. The Dive opened in 2017 as a hole-in-the-wall at Pierce and Milam that served as a performance venue for electronic music subgenres unheard at more mainstream EDM event spaces. Local house and techno DJ Jordan Nickerson explained, “The Dive was the spot to go to to hear underground house and techno, or bass music and drum and bass. It was absolutely the only place in Houston you could go for that type of thing and without it, that whole scene doesn’t really have a place to congregate, and they had been able to form a really close knit community around that sound.” Now, EDM enthusiasts are mostly left with more lyrical and upbeat locations including Reset, Bauhaus, and Paradise Palace. That being said, some hardcore ravers are hopeful that Boondocks in Montrose might help to fill the newly minted hole in their community. (Houston Chronicle)
- A shooting Houston police responded to yesterday morning left two men injured with gunshot wounds: one of whom was an off-duty cop. Thankfully, a conveniently located Houston Fire Department station was able to apply medical assistance within minutes of the call, resulting in both victims reaching stable conditions from what could have been fatal wounds. Investigators say the shooting was sparked by an argument between two men in their 30s and a woman in her 20s who escaped the scene uninjured. They believe the three may have known each other prior to the shooting and likely came from a nearby night club that had just closed. (KTRK-TV)
- Houston laws may be fair enough on the whole, but this couple of legal rulings might just leave you scratching your head. Four years ago, the Houston city council blocked a Canadian adult sex doll shop from opening near the Galleria by broadening their definition of “adult arcades” to include “anthropomorphic devices”. Of course, lawmakers have stated the updated definition was not targeted at any one business. Additionally, ice cream truck drivers best stay out of Deer Park unless they want to end up behind bars due to a law that prevents solicitation on public right of ways. Sorry, kids. (Houston Chronicle)
- Houston is a city synonymous with great food so let’s make a quick note of the most important local food stories from 2022. First of all, Houston favorite China Garden is still literally wheeling and dealing after 50 years of serving our great city. If you haven’t already been, you need to check it out soon. On a more unfortunate note, Thai Gourmet closed after 27 years of business likely in part due to a lawsuit from a former employee involving unlawful retaliation. Lastly, Johnson City is being named the new happening local eat and drink vacation spot, stealing the throne from long-time favorite Fredericksburg. (Chron)
Headlines you need to see:
- High-flying Houston resident takes part in record-setting skydive (Houston Public Media)
- Solid Waste Management opening 24 Houston-area recycling locations for your Christmas trees (KTRK-TV)
- Houston gun violence: Mechanic was gunned down days before Christmas over $500 car repair bill in north Houston, his family says (KTRK-TV)
- Nobel prize winner talks chemistry, career and her college band in Houston visit to accept Welch Award (Houston Chronicle)
- Arctic Blast 2022: Houston area plumbers experiencing extra work time repairing home following freezing temps in Houston (KTRK-TV)
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- Houston Hop On-Hop Off Open Bus Tour at HCT Visitors Center (10 a.m.)
- (REAL) Snow Days at Children’s Museum Houston (10 a.m.)
- Houston Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo (5:30 p.m.)
- Theater: A Christmas Carol at Alley Theater (7 p.m.)
- Comedy: PASS THE MIC Open Mic at The Secret Group (7:30 p.m.)
From my notebook:
- Rumors abound that former Houston all-star basketball player James Harden may return to his OG squad the Rockets. Only time will tell whether or not there’s a lick of truth to this. (KHOU 11 News via Facebook)
- Target is recalling a brand of weighted blankets from their shelves after two children were smothered by it. The children zipped themselves inside the blanket using an attached secure zipper. (KHOU 11 News via Facebook)
- Houston airports have devolved into madness after Southwest cancelled more than half of its flights. Now, thousands of travelers will remain stranded until the New Year. (ABC13 Houston via Facebook)
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That’s all I’ve got for this Tuesday. Whether you’re back at work or cool kicking it live off the clock, have a great day! Missed you guys. We’ll talk tomorrow.