Houston Happenings

Local content for those who love the Bayou City



Business and Economy:

Read my article on Houston’s bright future as a burgeoning tech economy.

Food and Drink:

Memorial City’s newly opened Hotel ZaZa brings class and style to one of the city’s fastest growing and most buzzed about neighborhoods. Lobby restaurant, The Tipping Point, is the crown jewel of the second Houston ZaZa location. Craft cocktails, hyper local ingredients, and a young executive chef that is as ambitious as he is creative make this one of my top recommendations for this spring and summer. Read more about it in February’s OPEN column. http://localhoustonmagazine.com/food-drink/open-26/


Hip hop heads rejoice. JMBLYA fest comes back to Houston on May 6th with a lineup that features J Cole, Cardi B, and Kevin Gates among others. Early bird general admission tickets are on sale now for only $60.


In other music fest related news, the popular festival series, Free Press Summer Fest, is reinvented in 2018 as “In Bloom Fest”, two years after local indie publication Free Press Houston sold its stake in the festival to Live Nation. Critics have complained that since then the festival has lost its local charm, filling its lineup each year with overplayed radio noise and underwhelming soundcloud rappers. This year sadly is no different, with the In Bloom roster featuring such disappointing acts as Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, and Queens of the Stone Age as top headliners. Sadly, not even the appeal of seeing Beck in concert is enough to bring me to drop $300 on tickets for my wife and I.


The Texas 2018 Primaries are underway, with early voting already in the books and general voting on March 2nd. This is set to be a watershed year for Texas Democrats, who see the first opportunity in decades to push our long red state into purple waters. The Trump backlash is proving to be troubling political hurdle for Republican incumbents, even in the staunches of GOP states, as anyone who followed the recent Alabama special election no doubt already realizes. Given the current state of politics in America today I would not be the least bit surprised to see some long comfortable incumbents booted from Austin later this year. Read more about the Texas primaries here.