Saturday 11 March 2018 – FrankenBike Houston #85 (8am-3pm)



FrankenBike (n) A free bike swap

held once a month in different locations

in the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area

that is open to anyone who wants to buy, sell,

or trade bicycles and bicycle related gear or parts.

Sponsored by Spinning Objects

Bicycles – Clothing – Parts


For more information visit

Thursday 01 March 2018 – Third Annual Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Story Slam (Free, 7:30-9:30pm)

It’s that time again! This is our THIRD Peace Corps Story Slam at Rudyard’s! This event is FREE to attend, with community, friendship and – of course – stories included! The basic format will be 6 to 8 storytellers, with a story that should be roughly 7 minutes maximum. No notes, no slides – just good ol’ fashioned tales of service and life in your role as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

If you would like to tell your story, please send your story and a brief bio (name, country of service with dates and sector) to Shawn (me) at by Friday, February 16th. Storytellers will be notified by February 18th if they have been selected!

Please make sure your story is:

*A story!
*No more than 7 minutes maximum.
*Does not need slides, photos or other effects, and
*Is about some aspect of your Peace Corps service.
For more information, please check out Peace Corps’ guide for storytelling here:

We especially want to encourage those who haven’t told stories before, and recently Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to share – we’re happy to hear from you and would love to learn more about your experiences!! If you have a different format – reading from blog posts, a poem… we’re happy to see that too!

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Shawn directly at or through Facebook.


Saturday 10 February 2018 – Mildred’s Umbrella Company Presents: Women Who Rock feat. Mydolls, Miears, Lazer Kittenz, Pretty Vacant, Benita, and Quinn the Brain (doors 7:30pm)


Musical Performances: Mydolls, Miears, Lazer Kittenz, Pretty Vacant, Benita, Quinn the Brain
Where: Rudyard’s British Pub – 2010 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77006
When: February 10, 2018, Doors at 7:30 pm, pre-show at 8:30, Show begins at 9 pm
Cost: Pay-What-You-Can, minimum $10 per person (additional donations are greatly appreciated)
Presale Tickets Available at:


Kicking off 2018 with a bang, Mildred’s Umbrella (MU) is teaming up with Rudyard’s British Pub and several local female-fronted bands for ‘Women Rock,’ a fundraiser benefiting the theater company’s 2018-19 season. The inaugural concert will celebrate leading contributions of women artists and musicians in Houston.

“We’re embarking on a challenging new phase for Mildred’s Umbrella in trying to align our mission with the efforts of women in our artistic community who have paved a path to continue to lift them up, celebrate them and hear their stories,” said Managing Director Rebecca Ayres. “This concert will join together some fabulous female-led music groups with women service organizations to highlight another aspect of how women influence culture; plus with our lineup, it’ll be pretty rockin’.”

Associate Artistic Director and Concert Coordinator Miranda Morris added, “In 2018, we plan to expand the scope of our work beyond the stage, and utilize the power of the arts to inspire and support women through a new, dynamic outreach program. To fund this new endeavor, it seemed only natural to partner with other great female artists and performers. ‘Women Rock’ will be an outstanding night of girl power (and great music!). We look forward to kicking off our 2018-19 season with such a large group of remarkable women.”

Mydolls, one of Houston’s earliest female-led punk bands (1978-present), and Miears will headline the show, with performances by Lazer Kittenz, Pretty Vacant, Benita and Quinn the Brain. The benefit will also feature a silent auction with packages from local vendors and Houston-based female artists.

The funds raised from the evening will support MU’s theatrical productions, which promote both emerging and recognized women playwrights and directors, as well as a new reading series and outreach programs that the company will launch this season.
The “Women Rock” concert will be held at Rudyard’s British Pub on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Doors open at 7:30 pm and concert will start with a pre-show set at 8:30 pm. Tickets are “pay-what-you-can” with a minimum of $10 per person. Presale tickets are available online at  For more information, call 832-463-0409 or email



Mydolls (Houston, TX)

Mydolls (1978-present), Houston’s original femme punk band, was formed in 1978 by guitarist and vocalist Trish Herrera, bassist Dianna Ray, guitarist and vocalist Linda Younger and drummer George Reyes. As one of the earliest art punk bands in Houston, Mydolls created a DIY sound that was as ethereal, fluid and poetic as it was politically charged and feminist. Throughout their nearly 40-year history, these pioneering musicians have paved a path for women and minorities in the music and arts scenes, and they continue to perform today with their original lineup. During the 1980s, Mydolls were interviewed by John Peel on BBC Radio and performed in Win Wenders’ Cannes award-winning film Paris, Texas. Mydolls and the Houston punk scene were the focus of a 2016 music-based lecture series at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the band most recently performed as part of the SPEAKEASY experimental music and art program series at Lawndale Art Center in Houston. Their latest EP, It’s Too Hot for Revolution, was released as a collectible red vinyl edition in February 2017.


Miears (Houston, TX)

The phrase solo artist isn’t lost of Houston’s MIEARS. A singer from an early age, her voice has been compared to that of Lauren Mayberry and Georgia Nott. As the frontwoman for electronica trio BLSHS, she enjoyed multiple festival appearances, countless words of praise in the media, and a grueling schedule of tour dates and sets at places like CMJ Music Marathon and SXSW. However, after work stalled on the follow up to BLSHS debut album, the producer/singer/songwriter began a journey that would start with a question and end with a whole new solo project. That project, known simply as MIEARS, found the singer writing, producing, performing, and recording the solo effort. MIEARS has gained praise from across the blogosphere in the past few months for her debut EP, Who Will Save You?, released 2/17/17 via Loose Narrative. With love from The Line of Best Fit, IMPOSE, Discobelle, Free Press Houston and more, MIEARS has begun the year with acclaimed sets at SXSW and joined the likes of Lorde, Flume and Solange for a hometown set at Houston’s FPSF last month. 


Lazer Kittenz (Houston, TX)


Pretty Vacant (Houston, TX)


Benita  (Houston, TX)
Sorry no link or info at this time


Quinn the Brain (Houston, TX)

Sunday 17 December 2017 – DSA Annual Fundraiser with D. Kosmo and Truckstop Assassins (doors 5pm) will be holding their annual fundraiser and giveaway at Rudyards Dec. 17th @5pm. We have music, art and tons of fun activities planned for the evening. DSA is raising money for kids and families in the our community that can use a little help. We sponsonsor these kids and help them get the tools they need to do something awesome for themselves. It a great time and a great opportunity to meet others that are on the same mission of spreading “stoke” to all within earshot.

Burgers and fries provided by Punk Rock Stacy, Myconsumer IT, and our friends in Street Plant Street Scoundrels Houston.

Music will be performed By the amazing Doug Kosmo and your resident Smash Rap hooligans.. Trukstop Assassins.

Professional comic Book artist Mostafa Moussa of @Mostafaink will be in attendance drawing some amazing things for our guest . Yess!

If you are not able to attend but would like to donate. Follow the link to and click the DONATE button at the top of the page.

Thursday 12 October 2017 – 6th Annual Laugh in the Face of Breast Cancer Comedy Show (doors 6:30pm)

This year is our 6th Annual Laugh in the Face of Breast Cancer Comedy Show! Each year, more people show and more money is raised and each year I can’t thank you enough for your support.

I decided to mix it up a little bit this year and I added a magician to the show! The showcase includes Houston comedians Steve Padilla, Timothy Banfield, Steven Lemus and Victor Tran and Houston magician Jamie Salinas!

From 2005 to 2011, my mother and I (and others) would walk in Komen’s Race for the Cure and as time went on, she became weaker from her cancer and cancer treatments. We went from walking the entire 5k to only doing about a 10 minute walk and turning back around- I would still make her walk through the finish line! In 2011, I thought about the next year and how she will probably be weaker than this year and I don’t want her to feel defeated (especially because she never felt defeated!) so I wanted to come up with something she could participate in but not have to anything at all yet somehow have some fun. So in 2012, I started Laugh in the Face of Breast Cancer in 2012. Why not go to a comedy show and laugh? We all need some fun in our lives and while she was fighting cancer with all she had, she still deserved to have fun and Laugh in the Face of Breast Cancer!

I’m asking you to share this with anybody and everybody. Last year, a friend told me that she sent it to her company’s Philanthropy Group and they sent it to over 500 employees!

If you can’t attend, please share the email and flyer and donate to the cause. You can use the same link to buy tickets and to donate online.

As always, thank you for your continued support.




Sunday 27 August 2017 – (Canceled due to weather) Chris Laforge Benefit and Hangover Party with The Velostacks * Dead the the World * Whorehound (FREE! 3pm doors, 4pm start)

We’re sorry but all shows this weekend are canceled due to dangerous weather. Best wishes to everyone – stay safe and dry.


The Velostacks

The Velostacks (Houston, TX)

Motorcycles. Leather. Rock n’ Roll. Vive La Velostacks!!! Although originally starting in 2013, it was 2014 that saw The Velostacks transition from a nearly dead idea to a one of Houston’s hardest working rock n’ roll bands. Following a chance meeting at a motorcycle rally, Curtis W. DeGidio (Chrome Kickers, Chelsea Hotel, The Guillotines) and Donnie Stokes (UGH, Satanic Overlords of Rock n’ Roll) quickly went to work. Houston music scene legend, J.R. Delgado (Sugarshack, Humungos, Screech of Death) was brought aboard on bass guitar, with Arthur Hayes (The Next) jumping in on drums and Richard Crishock (Mister Pink, Texas Mod Crushers, Johnny Rioux and the Seven One Three) rounding out on lead guitar. After playing a fury of shows around Houston and Austin, Dave Ng (Latchkey Kids) was brought aboard to take over drums. Playing many gigs and constantly writing, The Velostacks recorded the “I Live and Die for Rock n’ Roll”, b/w “FU and Your Cocaine & “Brain Dead Cagers” single. As the undisputed kings of motorcycle leather rock n’ roll, The Velostacks, with help of their dedicated fan base ,The Sleazestack Militia, declared their intent of raising Hell and taking names. Late 2015 saw more personnel changes as Curtis moved from rhythm guitar to guitar and lead vocals. Bass duties were picked up by Houston’s rock n’ roll legend Christian “The GFN” Best (The Down and Dirties, Hell City Kings, Whiskey River Revival) and drums passed to Nate Bandor (The Grizzly Band). With this lineup, The Velostacks will be entering the studio in December 2015 to record their first LP “Black Magic & Motor Oil” due out in early 2017.



Dead the the World (Houston, TX)

“…the real story is with Houston’s Dead To The World on the show as openers. Last year, these guys dropped an album called “Dead To The World” that echoed a mix of old school punk with the fast paced sound of modern punk music, minus the pop. Get there early, as these guys are definitely worth checking out. -Free Press Houston

The punk rock of Houston’s Dead To The World will be on hand to bring the punk element on board. They released an album this year called “Dead To The World” that harkens back to a mix of eighties and nineties punk, but without any of the pop crap that made it big. Like a mix of “Let’s Go” era Rancid mixed with the vocal style of Lee Ving. -Free Press Houston



Whorehound (Houston, TX)

Whorehound is Texas Roadhouse Metal. Diesel, one legged dogs, pickup trucks with nails in the bed and FM roads you don’t much want to change your tire .. sundown. The dirt on their boots is from a storm where it rained mud; they don’t have swagger – they have rust. Their set Sunday was the best we’d ever seen them put on. If you’re looking for something heavier that nails the metal fundamentals filtered through a punk aesthetic – be sure to check them out next time they play. –


Sunday August 27, 2017
Chris Laforge  Benefit and Hangover Party
The Velostacks * Dead the the World * Whorehound
21+, FREE!
3pm doors
4pm start



Sunday 09 July 2017 – Houston VIP Poetry Slam presents Texas Tea Region Poetry Slam (5:00-8:30pm)

Houston VIP Poetry Slam presents
Texas Tea Region Poetry Slam
(5:00 – 8:30pm, $10 cover)

Our monthly slam allows 12 poets to compete for a spot on the Houston VIP National Poetry Slam Team. The top 12 ranking poets at the end of the slam season will compete in the Grand Slam. The top 5 placed poets in the Grand Slam will move on to represent Houston at the National Poetry Slam for that year. Our rules are fairly simple:

  • Competing poets sign up the night of the event. The list is first come first serve and cannot be held for you if you are not at the venue in time to sign up.

  • Each poet will have 3 minutes to perform their poem. After 3 minutes, there is a 10 second grace period. At 3 minutes and 11 seconds, the poet will lose .5 points for each 10 seconds that they go over time. Time penalty will be deducted from their total score from the judges. Your time starts the moment you engage the audience in word or action.

  • Mic is not censored, however, poets cannot use props, animal acts, or music other than the sound that can be made with their own body.

  • After performing, poets will receive a score from five* judges. Judges will be selected if they know none of the poets or if they know all of the poets equally.  Judges will score the poet on a scale from 0.0 to 10.0. The high score and low score will be eliminated and the remaining three scores will be used for the poet’s total score. *Three judges may be used in the event that five judges cannot be found, in accordance with PSi national rules of governance.

  • There are 2 rounds; depending on the number of poets, there will be an elimination after the first round. Poets with the highest score will advance to the second round. Once the second round is done, the poet with the highest cumulative score (combination of round 1 + round 2) will win. First place will be awarded 4 points, Second place will be awarded 3 points, third place will be awarded 2 points. All poets who participate will be awarded one point. These points will go towards the Grand Slam, and can be checked every month here on the VIP website.

  • You must sign off on your poems at the end of the slam to verify name of your poem and score. If you do not sign off in the venue, your points will not be counted for that slam.

  • There is no repeating poems during the slam season (Mar-Feb), with the exception of the Grand Slam and specialty slams (IE: You can repeat for WOWPs & IWPS Qualifier Slams). If you repeat a poem in a prohibited slam, you will receive a score of a zero for that poem.

  • All poets must be over 18 years old to qualify for the National Team.



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