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With the completion of the once-missing link shown above, the paths lining Buffalo Bayou are now fully connected to the Heights Hike and Bike Trail. Making use of the new route, you can now ride all the way from Shepherd to Heights Mercantile — provided rising floodwaters have not blocked the path. The photo at top, snapped from the southern section of the Main St. bridge, shows a new railing along the path in place of the temporary fencing that lined the edge last year. Travis and Milam streets are visible in the distance in the second photo. The elevated building to the right of the path is part of UHD’s campus. The purple curve on the map below marks the location of the new connection, while the gray line running northwest indicates the Heights Hike and Bike Trail: After passing under the Main St. bridge, the trail loops around the area just north of Allen’s Landing before crossing under the bridge a second time to head toward I-10. Just before the highway overpass is where new trail segment hooks up with the Heights Hike and Bike Trail. The photo below views that junction from the southeast, again atop the Main St. bridge: Previously on Swamplot: The Great Heights–Buffalo Bayou Bike Trail Hookup Is Almost Ready Photos: Geoff Carleton (southern segment across bayou, northern segment); Christopher Andrews (overhead southern segment). Map: Bayou Greenways 2020 … Read More
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How the 30-Ft.-Tall Ghost of a Sol LeWitt Drawing Is Slowly Reappearing in Houston’s Museum District
How’s this for a twisting story line? An architect commissions a famous artist to create a site-specific drawing in a house he has built for himself. The artist, who never touches his own works, creates exacting instructions that installation artists follow to create the 30-ft.-tall artwork in the living room of the home. The artist dies. A few years later, the architect dies, offering his home and the majority of his extensive art collection to a local but world-famous museum of which he was a trustee. The museum decides to sell the home and add much of the art to its collection, but there’s a problem with the wall drawing. It can’t be moved, and the museum is stymied by a restriction: It is not allowed to sell any artwork that has been bequeathed to it. Here’s where the plot — and the drywall mud — thickens: the museum, unable to remove the artwork from the home without destroying it, comes up with an alternative plan. It will plaster over the drawing, rendering it unrecoverable. Years later, the purchaser of the home is telling this story to a houseguest — who in a fit of curiosity grabs a dull knife and starts chipping away at the wall. The white coating flakes off. To his and his host’s surprise, a tableau of blue, red, and yellow appears: a fragment of the original drawing underneath. What is this? The first 20 minutes of a new Wes Anderson movie, an episode of Columbo, or the setup for a Siri Hustvedt novel? No, its just the state of play at 1202 Milford St. in the Museum District. The artist is Sol LeWitt. The museum is the Menil Collection. The home is the former residence of Houston architect Bill Stern. And the plotline is still in progress: The original work was created directly on the surface of the wall using multiple layers of ink applied with a cotton cloth. Although the Menil covered over the drawing, it did accept the instructions for how to make it into its collection. Stern’s home is pictured below. As an architect, he also led the renovations of the Menils’ own River Oaks home, as well as that of the Contemporary Arts Museum. Inside, the zombie LeWitt drawing is making its presence known along a jagged line cut into the wall. You can see it behind the piano and under the more recently hung artwork on the living room wall in this photo of the interior of the home, which now serves as the residence of a Houston dentist: So what happens next, and how can we follow the continuing butter knife action? “This will be the story of Unerasing a Sol LeWitt,” reads a website set up to document the unauthorized exhumation of the work. It promises “More to come.” There are also Twitter and Instagram feeds for the project. Un-erasing Sol LeWitt Houston architect’s towering Sol LeWitt installation is a piece of American art history [CultureMap] Previously on Swamplot: Menil Collection Taking Bill Stern’s Art, but Trying To Sell His Museum District House for $1.475 Million; William F. Stern, 1947—2013 Photos: Stern and Bucek Architects/Hester + Hardaway (living room, exterior); Un-erasing Sol LeWitt (line drawing fragments); Tyler Rudick (Bill Stern) … Read More
Who wouldn’t want to pick up and read this book with Frederik Pohl’s lukewarm endorsement on the cover? I cracked up at the marketing genius who thought this kind of statement would make a great book blurb for the cover. I wonder if Brunner was okay with the faint praise on his cover.
As far as this book goes, it is a traditional space opera where different factions are jockeying for supremacy in the galaxy. Then we have a new player on the scene and the humans have a new enemy.
Rendez-vous Houston, April 5, 1986
Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre will start a short US tour, including Houston and Dallas, reports Digital Journal. He will play Houston on April 10, the same city where he played his music and presented a light show against the backdrop of downtown in April of 1986 in the one-off concert Rendez-vous Houston: A City in Concert. The show was celebrating the 25th anniversary of NASA and honoring the astronauts of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.
At the time, it set a world record for the largest concert with about a million and a half people in attendance. Jarre’s new Electronica show is bound to be as visually and sonically stunning. But it will be considered “intimate” in comparison to the 1986 show.
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Left Over for Tomorrow
Time to kick off 2018 with some helpful advice about leftovers. Hopefully you have some remnants of holiday dinners to try out with this book. At any given time in our fridge are the remnants of take-out food. (Some complete with moldy fuzz!) To me, this is leftovers. The author, however, is not exactly on the same page. The leftover recipes in this book are almost as complex as the original recipes. This book is more about versatile cooking than reheating some day-old food. This author turns leftovers up to 11. I get the feeling she is one step above dumpster diving.
Submitter: I had completely forgotten about the blog hysteria of a decade ago, and this was confused when I came across this title in the “Current Controversies” series for high school students (so not really suitable for our college library, but that’s another issue). I could not fathom how kitten pics and *cough* library books could constitute a “controversy.” Apparently back them we thought blogs would upset the balance of civil life and undermine the social order. Little did we know that would actually be Twitter. I’m going to use this example to show my staff that bad books aren’t always super old. This is a ten year old title and it’s already eight years too old.
Holly: Goodness knows that Mary and I are accused of ruining civilization on a semi-daily basis with our little dog and pony show here. We started ALB in 2009, and the accusations are going strong in 2018! Out of curiosity, I took a look at the Opposing Viewpoints database to see if blogs or blogging is included as a category. It isn’t…but “fake news in social media” is there. That makes sense – Submitter nailed it with Twitter as their example. So, we’ll carry on with business as usual here at ALB, ruining civilization one weeded book at a time.
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It gets really bad when they start using loops instead of actively engaging in conversation.
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Hey! Just FYI, I'm switching to a M-W-F comics schedule for a bit so I can learn some stuff and make something new.
Also, I got knocked off Twitter for 12 hours because I made a joke about getting rid of all men back in 2016. You can follow @shutuprstevens if you miss me.
Store schedule is back to normal!
When Kai Opaka makes an unscheduled visit to DS9, Commander Sisko, Major Kira and Dr. Bashir take her off the station as soon as possible. But when their Winnebago crashes onto “Planet War,” one of them will be unable to leave. Do humans in the 24th century have super eyesight? Does the promenade have a Claire’s? What’s the greatest amount of emotion depicted in Star Trek? It’s the episode that’s grandfathered into immortality.