Dec 30, 2016 | 3:30 pm
This Week's Hot Headlines
Editor's note: It's time to recap the top stories on CultureMap from this past week.
1. Acclaimed Chinese restaurant’s new Heights location opens with stunning design details and 'fantastic' menu. "There’s a Chinese saying that it takes 10 years to wield a great sword,” the owner tells CultureMap. “This restaurant is the sword that I took 10 years to wield.”
2. University of Houston debuts new ultramodern legal center named for fierce and legendary local lawyer. Students now have amenities such as a two-story library, meditation room, commuter showers with changing rooms, an outdoor terrace, and more.
3. River Oaks comfort food restaurant's big move brings new patio and more. A larger kitchen will allow the restaurant to accommodate more to-go business and expand its catering operation.
4. Houston's never-'klosing' restaurant's new Galleria location opens with deli faves, full bar, and NYC vibe. The new restaurant puts diners in a New York state of mind with globe lighting, white subway tiles, and black-and-white framed photographs of New York landmarks.
5. Wildly popular Great Wolf Lodge breaks ground on massive Houston-area indoor water park resort. The 27-acre destination will boast 532 rooms, a 95,000-square-foot indoor water park, and a 58,000-square-foot family entertainment center.
Beckett’s existential tragicomedy Happy Days concerns itself with the plight of Winnie, a middle-class, middle-aged woman who is quite literally stuck, buried to her waist in crusted earth. Her husband Willie lives in a hole behind her mound, physically and emotionally out of reach. Even in his company she is essentially alone.
Armed with a shopping bag of everyday items and routines, a series of half-remembered stories, songs, and prayers, and a heroic capacity for optimism, Winnie presses through an endless series of unforgiving days to the merciful night to come. The bell rings again and when the blazing sun comes charging back, she is buried up to her neck. Her last resources depleted, her arms and body sunk and gone, her predicament is irreversible, hellish, seemingly eternal. Through it all she perseveres, struggling with that which remains to make real her impossibly hopeful exclamation: “Oh this will be another happy day!”