Houston's best Final Four food and drink deals

Final Four Food & Drink Deals

Photo courtesy of Patterson Park

Sports fans across the country will be paying attention to Houston this weekend, as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four tips off at NRG Stadium. Although neither the University of Houston Cougars nor the Texas Longhorns made it to this point in the tournament, basketball fans can still look forward to some fantastic games.

Houston bars and restaurants are getting into the Final Four spirit with food and drink specials that run all weekend. Peruse the list below for food and drink specials, extended hours, and the chance to meet Youtube’s favorite pizza reviewer.

Angel Share HTX, the charitably-minded bar near Market Square, will be offering up discounted drinks whether you attend the Final Four or watch it at their spot — think $6 frozens and $2 Jell-O shots. Either way, they’ve got big pictures of Betty White and Dolly Parton in the back, for those who feel like appreciating. 4 pm.

Biggio’s, the sports bar at downtown’s Marriott Marquis hotel, will have burgers, nachos, wings, refreshing cocktails, and more than 20 beers on tap. The sleek, two-level bar/restaurant combines a lively atmosphere with more than 30 screens for catching every minute. 11 am.

8th Wonder Brewery has reinstalled the 1971 NCAA Men's Championship basketball court flooring from the Astrodome in their taproom. Fans are encouraged to have a Cougar Paw Red Ale, the unofficial beer of the University of Houston Cougars. Noon.

Feges BBQ will be showing all games during business hours on the projectors at its Spring Branch location. Come enjoy beer specials, smoked chicken wings, cracklin' nachos, and other surprise specials. 11 am.

Finn Hall, the downtown food hall, is mad for basketball, and will be extending its hours for the Final Four this weekend. At this hub, sports fans can watch the game and also enjoy a variety of culinary delights ranging from barbecue and burgers to Mexican cuisine and bento boxes. 7:30 am.

Heights & Co. has a large patio, televisions, great food and a very lengthy cocktail, beer and wine list. Enjoy a number of shareables like charcuterie and cheese selections, queso, spinach & artichoke dip and more. Noon.

Kirby Ice House will welcome sports/pop-culture empire Barstool Sports to its door. Founder Dave Portnoy and Big Cat will be broadcasting live on Friday and Saturday, leading up to the Final Four games. 5 pm (1 pm Saturday).

Patterson Park will screen games on its 40 HD TVs. Look for drink specials like Shoot for a Shot: those who make two free throws in a row score their first drink on the house. Boasting a 5,000-square-foot outdoor deck, treehouse vibes, and sweeping skyline views, this dog-friendly and bike-friendly Heights bar always offers a 10-percent discount to those who roll up on their bicycles.

The Rustic is giving fans an opportunity to watch the Final Four in a fun atmosphere. On Saturday, both Rustic locations in Houston will hold watch parties with the first game between FAU and San Diego St. 5 p.m.

The Savoy has daily happy hours, a weekend brunch, and big party plans for the Final Four. That starts with $1 wings, $5 frozens, and other specials. Expect the massive patio to be bustling all weekend. 4 pm (11 am Saturday).

Tacos a Go Go will give free queso to anyone who brings a ticket stub from a Final Four game. The offer is good at all five Houston-area locations.

Patterson Park

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus navigates marriage pitfalls in You Hurt My Feelings

Movie Review

Anybody who’s been married or in a long-term relationship knows that it’s almost impossible to be completely honest with his or her partner. There are always going to be moments – whether for the sake of expediency, in a show of support, or other reasons – when one person withholds their true opinion so as not to hurt the other person’s feelings.

That idea is the central tension point of You Hurt My Feelings, which follows Beth (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a writer/teacher, and her husband, Don (Tobias Menzies), a therapist. Beth is in the middle of trying to get her first fiction book published, a process that is causing her unceasing anxiety. Don sees a series of patients, including a constantly-bickering couple (played by real-life husband and wife David Cross and Amber Tamblyn), and a few lapses cause him to question his commitment to the profession.

When Beth and her sister, Sarah (Michaela Watkins), accidentally overhear Don telling his brother-in-law, Mark (Arian Moayed), that he doesn’t like Sarah’s new book and is exhausted having to tell her otherwise, it sends Beth into an emotional spiral. The aftermath winds up pulling in not just the two couples, but also Beth and Don’s son, Eliot (Owen Teague), dredging up feelings that all of them normally try to keep hidden.

Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, the film is a funny and genuine look at how even the best couples can run into pitfalls. By most measures, Beth and Don get along fantastically well, supporting each other unwaveringly and showing their love in a variety of ways. When the story puts them at odds with each other, there’s never a question that they belong together, as even their arguments are tinged with exasperation instead of anger.

Holofcener complements the story of Beth and Don with a nice variety of side plots, including Eliot trying to start his own writing career while working at a weed store; Beth and Sarah’s mom, Georgia (Jeannie Berlin), offering up support and criticism in equal measures; and more. Don’s patients and Beth’s students offer an opportunity to expand the two characters’ personalities outside of their marriage while also adding a few other funny roles.

While perhaps not the most insightful film about marriage that’s ever been made, it is still highly enjoyable thanks to Holofcener’s writing and the strong performances. Filmed in New York City, the particular feel of that urban landscape and the way it affects the lives of the characters also plays a big part in the success of the film.

Louis-Dreyfus, as always, is a delight to watch. A kind of spiritual sequel to her previous collaboration with Holofcener, 2013’s Enough Said, the film gives her plenty of room to show off both her comedic and dramatic skills. Menzies makes for a steady presence, showing good chemistry with Louis-Dreyfus and a preternatural calm in therapy sessions. Watkins, Moayed, Teague, and Berlin all fit in seamlessly.

You Hurt My Feelings is not a world-changing kind of movie, but rather a solidly told story about how relationships can be complicated. With actors who are easy to like and Holofcener’s reliably great filmmaking, it’s a movie for adults that’s nice counter-programming to the glut of summer blockbusters.


You Hurt My Feelings is now playing in theaters.

Tobias Menzies and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in You Hurt My Feelings

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Tobias Menzies and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in You Hurt My Feelings.

Awe-inspiring new exhibit debuts at the Alamo with sneak peek


Ask first-time visitors about their experience at the Alamo, and you're likely to hear a frequent refrain. Guests accustomed to hearing about the mission's heroic history are surprised that the grounds are so small. But that's slowly changing with ambitious plans to bring the site's original footprint back to life.

Now, visitors will get a sneak peek at the complex's newest structure, the Mission Gate and Lunette exhibit, before it officially opens in 2024. Funded in part by a $3 million donation from the Joan and Herb Kelleher Charitable Foundation, the exhibition gives guests a broader understanding of the Alamo's scale.

The historical recreation was crafted by lauded San Antonio artist Carlos Cortés. A third-generation concrete faux bois artisan, his work is featured throughout the city, most notably on the River Walk, where his fantastical The Grotto greets thousands of Museum Reach visitors each year.

The life-size sculpture stands in for the original main gate of the fort at the southern boundary of the complex. Cannons and placards scattered throughout give crucial context to the structure. Though early renderings show the beams and spiked fence with more verisimilitude, the forms currently stand in ghostly concrete — inviting quiet contemplation.

When the exhibit is finished next year, guests will be more fully immersed in the hallowed grounds, which extend far beyond the walls of the iconic Church and Long Barrack. Coupled with the upcoming Alamo Visitor Center and Museum and the recently debuted Ralston Family Collections Center, it will turn the grounds into one of Texas' most awe-inspiring historical sites.

"We are deeply grateful to the Joan and Herb Kelleher Charitable Foundation for their support of the Alamo and our ongoing efforts to preserve this important piece of Texas history," said Dr. Kate Rogers, Executive Director of the Alamo Trust, Inc., via a release. "Their generosity will allow us to continue to educate and inspire visitors from around the world, ensuring that the legacy of the Alamo lives on for generations to come."

Alamo Mission Gate and Lunette exhibit

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The Mission Gate and Lunette exhibit gives visitors an understanding of the original ground's scale.

Houston Methodist injects $4.8 million into 50 area nonprofits to boost social equity

quite the boost

Acclaimed local hospital system Houston Methodist has awarded $4.8 million to 50 Houston-area nonprofits as part of its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Grant Program, the hospital announced this month.

The funds go toward "addressing the root causes of health inequities experienced by social, racial and ethnic minorities," according to the hospital. An estimated 51,000 Houstonians are expected to be impacted by these dollars.

Of the nonprofits selected, 24 are healthy neighborhood programs, 16 are educational empowerment programs and 14 are economic programs.

The grant program is broken up into two types of funding: The Social Equity Grant and the DEI Grant. Now in its third year, the program has for the first time selected recipients of the Social Equity Grant that all support economic empowerment.

"We know there is a direct correlation between economic stability and health outcomes," Ryane Jackson, vice president, community benefits at Houston Methodist said in a statement. "Without livable wages or employer backed insurance, access to health care can be limited. If we can help those in underserved communities obtain employment and increase their wages in a short amount of time, then we can provide immediate and meaningful change that can potentially be felt for years to come.”

Capital IDEA Houston is a local nonprofit that’s received the Social Equity Grant. The organization helps low-wage workers find living-wage careers. Capital IDEA plans to use the funds to support Black and Hispanic Women in health care professions and launch a pilot program that will assist women with an associate degree who are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Another recipient, Compudopt, will focus on digital literacy training to low income African American and Hispanics, while Montrose Center will use the funds to support its Seniors Preparing for Rainbow Years program at the Law Harrington Senior Living Center. Other recipients include Avondale House, BakerRipley, Interfaith Caring Ministries, Kids Meals Inc., and the Tejano Center for Community Concerns. Click here to find a full list.


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