• If you hit up the dinner-only Spindletop, the revolving restaurant at the top ofdowntown’s Hyatt Regency Houston, you can slurp up chef de cuisine DrewYeckley’s Chilled Texas Watermelon Soup.
  • Farmers in Japan started growing the melons inside glass cubes and in 2010 aPanama produce company starting importing them to the United States.
  • The perfect summertime treat. Cold, delicious, refreshing and good for so manydishes.

  • Whether you are trying to get fit, party, enjoy a leisurely afternoon or unleashthe artsy in you, CultureMap has put together five happenings at Discovery Greenthat deserve a spot on your iCal.
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  • DockDogs is a three-day event of Olympic proportions during which iron poochesswim, leap and retrieve to earn the title of top dog.
  • Or you can just enjoy a stroll through the beaitfully landscaped area. There'sno need for an agenda, just a desire to unwind.
    Photo by John Gollings

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  • Mercury Baroque musicians
    Photo by George Hixson
  • Mercury Baroque
    Photo by George Hixson

  • I want to sing the praises of a lawn game that was recently introduced to me:Kubb.
  • Because the game uses such rudimentary pieces, you don’t even need to scour theInternet to order your own set (though sets can be found online if you'relooking.)

  • Concepcion keeps it cool on the patio — even on a hot summery morning.
    Photo by Sarah Rufca
  • It's not just about the mimosas at Concepcion's brunch — the food is worthy aswell.
    Photo by Sarah Rufca
  • Photo by Sarah Rufca

  • Josh Brolin, from left, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black 3
  • Jane Fonda in Peace, Love, Misunderstanding
  • The Amazing Spider Man
  • A scene from Savages
  • The Dark Knight Rises

  • The winner! The Bougie Frenchy was delicious as well as pretty.
    Photo by Amy Chien
  • Sarah's Turkey Party had an unexpected amount of artichoke.
    Photo by Amy Chien
  • Ordering a 2/3 lb patty might have been slightly excessive.
    Photo by Amy Chien
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  • In honor of International Museum Day, the MFAH will waive admission fees Fridayand offer several special free events.
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  • Bayou Bend will also be free . . .
    Photo by Rick Gardner
  • . . . as will the Rienzi.
    Photo by Chris Conyers

  • Johnny Depp portrays Barnabas Collins in the new movie version of Dark Shadows
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  • Jonathan Frid as the original Barnabas Collins
  • The Collins family in Dark Shadows
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  • Michelle Pfeiffer plays Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the family matriarch whopresides over the family’s failing fishing business.
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  • Barnabas is reunited with Angelique (Eva Green).

  • Hyatt Regency Lost Pines resort in Bastrop is a popular spot for destinationweddings.
  • There are ideal spots for receptions that can be rustic or more romanticdepending on your choice of décor.
  • Wolfdancer Golf Course is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programcourse as of January 2012.
  • The resort offers bucolic views.
  • Horseback riding is an option, too.

  • Photo by Leroy Gibbins
  • Kirk Whalum
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  • Chubby Checker
  • Joe King Carrasco & The Crowns
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  • Joe Sample
    Photo by Tom Beetz

  • The Aquatic and Rainforest Pyramids at Moody Gardens are just two of thepossible attractions eligible for discounted fare. f
    Photo by Lee DeForke Jr.
  • There's more to Galveston than its sandy shores.

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  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow
  • Chris Evans as Captain America
  • The Hulk
  • First The Avengers comic book

  • Vida Tex Mex's selection of non-tequila margaritas
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  • The Inca Rita at Vida Tex Mex

  • Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros open for Dave Matthew Band at the CynthiaWoods Mitchell Pavilion.
    Photo by Meredith Rainey
  • Walk Off The Earth gained fame with a YouTube cover of Gotye's "Somebody That IUsed To Know."
    Photo via Walk Off the Earth/YouTube
  • The Beach Boys are on tour for the first time in more than 20 years.
    Photo via The Beach Boys
  • The Gourds shouldn't be missed.
    Photo by Joe Ryan
  • The sounds of Explosions in the Sky is more than just a nice back drop forFriday Night Lights.
    Photo by Nick Simonite

  • The fest's line up was already impressive.
  • Erykah Badu has since been added.
  • And California-based Fitz and the Tantrums.

  • Sonnenalp pool and patio.
    Photo by Winslow Pierce
  • Breakfast on the patio at Ludwig's
    Photo by Winslow Pierce
  • Group Hiking in Vail
    Photo by Jack Affleck
  • Mountain Biking
    Photo by Chris McLennan
  • Vail Arrabelle Plaza
    Photo by Jack Affleck
  • Elway's Colorado lamb rack
  • Vail Village
    Photo by Chris McLennan

  • Art Car Parade Retro 1986 is an exhibition by photographer George Hixsonchronicling the events of the first parade in 1986 — on view at MKT Bar atPhoenicia downtown.
  • Art cars new for 2012 will be on display at the Sneak Peek at Discovery Green.In addition to live music by the Houston Blues Society and children'sactivities, Art Car: The Movie will screen on the hill.
  • Printmaker Dennis McNett is known for his large 3-D art pieces. This year marksthe first time he will put together an art car, with the help of Burning BonesPress. He will speak about his progress at the Art Car Museum.

  • Conductor Franz Anton Krager will lead the 95-piece Festival Orchestra in the23rd Annual Texas Music Festival opening concert.
  • Daniel Hege's program features national sounds from Russian, English, American,Finnish and French origins with the music of Prokofiev, Debussy, VaughanWilliams, Sibelius and Barber.
    Photo by Christian Steiner
  • Lavard Skou-Larsen leads a playbill of "German Masters" with Strauss' Death andTransfiguration, Brahms' Symphony No. 3 in F Major and the concerto of choice ofthe Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition winner.
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  • The orchestra concert series closes with Sir Colin Davis' protégé, Spanishconductor Josep Caballé-Domenech. The program includes Dukas' The Sorcerer’sApprentice and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra.