CULTURE GOES POP
COMICPALOOZA will make its return to the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 12 – 14 with a mighty guest lineup, including iconic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers stars Jason David Frank and Amy Jo Johnson. Their addition follows the recent announcement of headliner Finn Jones, star of Marvel and Netflix’s upcoming Iron Fist series.
Comicpalooza, the largest pop culture festival in Texas, presents 3,000 hours of premier programming across 1.2 million square feet of convention space. The festival has served as the state’s hub for popular trends and obscure topics for all ages, including gaming competitions, cosplay contests, live art auctions and more. Throughout the event, attendees will also have the chance to meet with celebrity guests of popular movies, television series, comics and literature in interactive Q&A sessions, as well as autograph and photograph opportunities.
For the most up-to-date information, including special guests, admission prices and schedules, visit www.comicpalooza.com.
HOUSTON HEIGHTS TOWER, a 223-unit midrise residence serving low- to moderate-income senior adults, has reached new heights thanks to a $12-million renovation funded by the City of Houston Housing and Community Development Department and Community Bank of Texas. The independent senior living facility, which opened in April 1975 at 330 West 19th Street, had a rededication ceremony on March 23, with Mayor Sylvester Turner as keynote speaker.
Located in what was once a sleepy neighborhood when the mid-rise opened in 1975, The Heights is now a thriving high opportunity area. It’s a novelty in Houston – seniors can walk or take a bus to the drug store, grocery market, bank, medical clinic, restaurant, boutiques and cleaners. And rents are 40% below market rates, including utilities.
Houston Heights Tower was developed in 1975 by a consortium led by four Heights churches (Heights Presbyterian, St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Heights Christian Church and All Saints Catholic Church) to provide a place for neighborhood seniors to retire and stay in The Heights. www.thehousingcorp.org/senior-citizens-housing/houston-heights-tower
THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. THOMAS launched its new Center for Science and Health Professions building on April 6 with a grand opening ceremony in conjunction with its annual Research Symposium, which promotes undergraduate and graduate research. The stunning new center honors the legacy that legendary architect Philip Johnson lent to UST when he designed its academic mall and iconic Chapel of St. Basil. Funding for the Center for Science and Health Professions was accomplished through the University’s ongoing comprehensive
campaign, Faith in Our Future: The Campaign for the University of St. Thomas. To date, the campaign has raised over $143 million, $47 million of which went toward the construction of the CSHP. The 103,000sf CSHP will house the disciplines of Nursing, Biology and Chemistry.
HOP TO IT
HOPDODDY BURGER BAR, known for its wide variety of high-quality burgers, housemade buns, local craft beer and hand-cut Kennebec fries, has opened its third Houston location, in the Vintage Park Shopping Center.
The new location has the same popular menu featuring burgers made with a variety of freshly ground proteins like American Grass Fed Kobe, chicken and sushi-grade tuna. Menu highlights include the Magic Shroom made with Angus beef, Texas goat cheese, field mushrooms and basil pesto; and the Buffalo Bill made with bison, apple-smoked bacon, blue jack cheese, Frank’s hot sauce and the burger bar’s secret sassy sauce. Hopdoddy Vintage Park will also serve the recently introduced Hoss’ Hot Chicken featuring a fried Nashville hot chicken breast atop housemade baby kale slaw. www.hopdoddy.com.
Introducing Houston’s first cat café! The new EL GATO COFFEE HOUSE AND CAT COTTAGE is now open in the Heights at 508 Pecore St. Suite A. Currently, the Cat Cottage (with adoptable cats from the Houston Humane Society) is open, with the full-service coffeehouse set to open this month. In addition to lattes and snacks, you can also indulge in cat yoga (which is literally yoga with cats in the Cat Cottage) at the café, along with Arts & Crafts with Cats, Meowvie Nights with Cats and Caturday Morning Cartoons.
You can check out their event calendar at www.elgatocoffeehouse.com.
MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU
On Thursday, May 4, from 6–9pm, in a galaxy not so far, far away, volunteers will gather to Feed the Force by participating in the HOUSTON FOOD BANK’S “May the 4th Be with You” event. This special event will consist of a short volunteer shift followed by special Star Wars activities.
The Star Wars Enthusiasts of Houston will host a Jedi Training Session to teach volunteers how to build their own lightsaber out of water noodles and teach a few lightsaber moves to help volunteers fight
against the dark side. The event will also consist of Star Wars trivia and will feature character appearances such as the beloved Princess Leia.
Volunteers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character, bring their own water noodle and donate four canned goods. Star Wars cookies generously donated by Cacey’s Cakery.
Register online at www.houstonfoodbank.civicore.com.