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houston events calendar: november 8 – 14, 2021

2021 November 7
by nick

lots of great events are happening this week, including the start of the houston cinema arts fest (their full schedule is linked in the “ongoing events” section). BUT… don’t you need to stay home and finish your zine for zine fest on saturday? yikes, that’s what i’ve got to do. come visit me at the daddy issues table at zine fest and say hello !! the details for the after party are still in the works, so just ask around for those.

monday november 8, 2021:

  • movie night: drive . axelrad . after sunset . FREE
  • live music: lukas nelson . house of blues . 7pm . $ // ? . only putting this on here for you, dena. haha
  • houston urban gardeners . west gray multiservice center . 7pm . FREE . the topic is edible native plants !!
  • they, who sound . lawndale art center . 7:30pm – 9:30pm . FREE

tuesday november 9, 2021:

wednesday november 10, 2021:

thursday november 11, 2021:

friday november 12, 2021:

saturday november 13, 2021:

sunday november 14, 2021:

on going events this week:

  • houston cinema arts festival . various locations . november 11-17 . FREE // $ . congrats to michael and hcas for this truly stellar lineup… many, many films to check out

houston events calendar: november 1 – 7, 2021

2021 November 1
by nick

this week’s calendar is a little late because i was staffing work events all weekend. but i’m super looking forward to so much great stuff this week. do we think i can make both the hilton als lecture and camh opening? i can’t believe how many dena-themed things she is gonna miss on saturday when she’s in california again.

monday november 1 2021:

  • dia de los muertos . discovery green . 4-9pm . FREE . bring your own photos to place on the alter
  • fancy chef steak night . johnny’s gold brick . 6pm. $25

tuesday november 2, 2021:

wednesday november 2, 2021:

thursday november 4, 2021:

friday november 5, 2021:

saturday november 6, 2021:

sunday november 7, 2021:

  • musicfest . hspva . 12:30pm – 6pm . $15
  • the casualties . trip six . 7pm . $15 . the hilariously punk-as-heck band in a true diy space with my buddy jenna serving topos? dreamy

houston events calendar: october 25 – 31, 2021

2021 October 25
by nick

welcome back, friends !! i can’t wait for dena to fill you in on all the big, amazing life changes that have occurred since 2017. some of the absolute best things that have ever happened to either of us have happened in these past five years. mixed in with that were some pretty awful things, like a pandemic. but i won’t spoil the suprises. so let’s get down to it… here’s what’s happening in our still-favorite city this week !!

monday october 25, 2021:

tuesday october 26, 2021:

wednesday october 27, 2021:

thursday october 28, 2021:

friday october 29, 2021:

saturday october 30, 2021:

sunday, october 31, 2021

  • fall market . revival market . 10am – 2pm . FREE . friends like jessica ninci will be selling cute things
  • art opening: molly zuckerman-hartung . blaffer museum . 2-5pm . FREE . san antonio-based chicana punk band, fea, will be performing

on going events this week:

  • houston vs. atlanta in the world series !!

taking a little break

2017 September 18
by dena

taking a little breakhi hi. you’ve probably noticed i haven’t posted in a while. sorry, not sorry. i was so passionate and into this blog for so many years (started in with makenzie back in 2012. wowie zowie). anyway i’m just not feelin it right now, so i’m taking a little break, but hopefully i’ll come back someday and when i do i’ll be sure to let you know.

on a side note, what i AM into right now is Fall. this is the first time in my whole entire life i’m kind of ready for summer to be over and Fall vibes to kick in. it’s weird and also so inspiring. i’m also into dark green velvet and thrifting cigar boxes. i’m in a weird (semi-trashy) texas country on the radio phase and have been brewing lots of random tea, keeping it in the fridge and mixing it with fake milk and ice every morning. it feels so fancy to make and drink my own milky iced tea everyday. speaking of fancy, i’m also into lighting candles and white christmas lights (nick don’t get mad at me getting ahead of my seasons and all). lastly sewing a lot in anticipation for the holiday craft market season and fake eyelashes. yeah, seriously.

see you when i see you internet world.


houston events calendar: august 21 – 27, 2017

2017 August 21
by dena

houston events calendar august 21 27 2017sorry i didn’t do the calendar last week, i was doing a little vacation thing in nashville. one last fun thing before school starts back up . BUT here’s this week calendar – and for the that cool couple i met at the farmers market this past saturday, ALL the yoga i could find !!

monday august 21, 2017:

tuesday august 22, 2017:

wednesday august 23, 2017:

thursday august 24, 2017:

friday august 25, 2017:

  • the illustration show . insomnia gallery . 7-11pm . FREE
  • critical mass . marke square park . 7pm . FREE
  • godpsell . miller outdoor theatre . 8pm . FREE

saturday august 26, 2017:

  • presidio market . presidio htx 911 w 11th st . 8am – 2pm . FREE
  • yoga . discovery green . 9am . FREE
  • instore: andrew karnavas . cactus music . 1pm . FREE
  • dream machine 2017 . 215 grove st . 6pm – 2am . $20
  • godspell . miller outdoor theatre . 8pm . FREE

sunday august 27, 2017:

  • uhhh . anything? anyone?

on going events:

  • yoga . levy park . weeknights 6pm // weekends 10am . FREE



houston events calendar: august 7 – 13, 2017

2017 August 6
by dena

houston events calendar august 7 13 2017monday august 7, 2017:

tuesday august 8, 2017:

wednesday august 9, 2017:

thursday august 10, 2017:

  • los chicos del 512 a tribute to selena . miller outdoor theatre . 8:30pm . FREE

friday august 11, 2017:

saturday august 12, 2017:

sunday august 13, 2017:

on going events this week:

houston events calendar: july 24 – 30, 2017

2017 July 23
by dena

houston events calendar july 24 30 2017

monday july 24, 2017:

tuesday july 25, 2017:

  • body by broadway . market square park . 6-8pm . FREE
  • yoga . discovery green . 6:30 – 7:30pm . FREE
  • poly wanna podcase LIVE . rec room . 8-9pm . $5 suggested donation

wednesday july 26, 2017:

thursday july 27, 2017:

friday july 28, 2017:

saturday july 29, 2017:

sunday july 30, 2017:

on going events this week:

houston events calendar: july 17 – 23, 2017

2017 July 16
by dena

houston events calendar july 17 23 2017sorry i skipped out on the calendar last week, sometimes i’m just busy on sunday night and maybe this doesn’t seem like it’d take that long but it actually really does take a few hours so. anyway. i spent the weekend in san antonio and had such a great time – mucho bueno city. excited that my favorite bb boy nick is headed back from cambodia this week. get ready to do all the things with me this week nick !!

monday july 17, 2017:

tuesday july 18, 2017:

wednesday july 19, 2017:

thursday july 20, 2017:

friday july 21, 2017:

saturday july 22, 2017:

sunday july 23, 2017:

on going event this week:

DIY: fermented refrigerator pickles

2017 July 6

remember like forever ago when i teased y’all with my SO EASY homemade refrigerator pickle recipe. well like one million days later here it is. (I’ve just been all about the felt crafts + getting ready for my first year teaching kindergarten in the fall and have not wanted to sit down even for the 9 minutes it’ll take to write this post. so that’s what the hold up was all about)

anyway, pickle time !!


  1. first you’ll need baby “pickling” cucumbers. not the big daddy ones from the reg grocery store. I got these at canino’s farmer market on airline. I forgot how much they were, but remember at the time being like, wow they’re are so cheap. first i scrubbed and washed them. then i gave them an ice bath before they got cut up and crammed into jars.

IMG_1550        2. this might be more like step one and can be done before the ice bath, anyway cut the butts                   off. the stems make for a non-ideal pickling situation.


3. here are the hodgepodge of jars i scrounged from my kitchen. since they’re “refrigerator”                    pickles and not going through the real canning process it doesn’t really matter what kind of               glass jars you use.


4. the only other important/main things you’ll need – besides the cucumbers themselves are                  “canning/ pickling” salt and not-houston-tap water. that box of morton salt was SUPER cheap at HEB. regular table salt has anti-caking agents that can make the water/salt brine cloudy, so you need this special kind. ALSO i used regular tap water (you don’t really love houston unless you drink tap water) that had been left out for 24+ hours. this is the same thing i do for kombucha and it’s worked fine for me for years – otherwise feel free to buy i don’t know – fancy water from the store.

okay so to make the brine, I used 1 Tablespoon of fancy salt to 1 cup of fancy water. supposedly if you’re doing bigger batches you can ease up on the salt a little BUT it was just easier for me to make this ratio again and again. so yep.


5. i got a little fancy and used a potato peeler to peel stripes of cucumber skin off before cutting            them into 1/2 inch disks / coins / heck, pickle shaped rounds. please say you know what i’m                talking about.


6. last thing to do before stuffing in the cucumber pieces, i placed some peeled whole garlic                     cloves and fresh dill in the bottom of the jar. this will add flavor to the cucumbers + salt +                   water.


7. super last step is to stuff those babies into the jars. it’s best, i’ve found, to do this is a semi         ordered fashion otherwise you’ll get huge gaps which isn’t the end of the world but you know,         why have less pickles in a jar when you could have more.

do the good ole “turn it upside down and see if they all stay crammed in there”test. if they                    don’t, rearrange. then fill the jars up with the salt/water brine. you want to make sure ALL the            cucumbers are covered – any part of them above the surface is likely to mold.

Then screw the lids on and leave them on your counter (out of direct sunlight) to start the                    fermentation process. you’ll want to burp them (open the jars to relieve the pressure) at least              twice a day. after a day or two, depending on how warm your house is, give them a taste and if            you’re happy with them you can place the jars in your refrigerator where the fermentation                  process will slow down drastically. If not, leave them out another day or two, continuing to                  burp them often.

how easy is that ? they’ll last in your (or your friend’s refrigerator if you decide to give them as a gift) for quite a while. so what are you waiting for, although actually now that i think  about it, maybe cucumber season it already over for texas. yikes. anyway this method is literally the easiest thing EVER and heck, no cucumbers – why not use something you do have like green beans or radishes.

let me know if you end up making any of these or if you’re my friend in real life i still have a                 bunch of jars in my fridge i’d love to share with ya !!

houston events calendar: june 26 – july 4, 2017

2017 June 25
by dena

houston events calendar june 26 july 4 2017sorry i didn’t do a calendar last week. i was living it up in colorado // wyoming  and then have a one day turn around before the polish pickle festival in bremond, tx – which was just named the polish capital of texas. like WHOA. anyway hope this week’s calendar which goes through 4th of july makes up for it !! also, nick and penny GET READY for all the adventures !!

monday june 26, 2017:

tuesday june 27, 2017:

  • “body by broadway” (it’s a workout to broadways songs thing !!) . market square park . 6pm . FREE (it’s a once a month until november event btw)
  • totoro terrarium tuesday . honey art cafe shepherd at richmond . 5-8pm . $20 . i drive past this place all the time and never knew what it was about. guess it’s about totoro terrarium building. huh.
  • launch of “the story of buffalo bayou park” . brazos bookstore . 7-8pm . FREE
  • yoga . discovery green . 7:30pm . FREE

wednesday june 28, 2017:

thursday june 29, 2017:

friday june 30, 2017:

saturday july 1, 2017:

sunday july 2, 2017:

monday july 3, 2017:

  • FREE intro to improv class . BETA theatre . 6-7pm . FREE (at their new location 6701 capitol st) … nick? … penny? … have an excuse for us not to go to this one?
  • movie night: the sandlot . axelrad . 8-10pm . FREE
  • the village people !! . miller outdoor theatre . 8:30pm . FREE

tuesday july 4, 2017:

  • yoga . discovery green . 6:30 – 7:30pm . FREE . i’m a little skeptical of this happening on 4th of july BUT it says it’s happening on their website
  • summer symphony + fireworks  . miller outdoor theatre . 8:30pm . FREE
  • freedom over texas: hunter hayes . eleanor tinsley park . 4-10pm . $5 or just go around 9:30pm-ish and watch the fireworks for free on allen parkway