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James McMurtry

Sat, December 10 / 7 PM930 PM

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“James writes like he's lived a lifetime.” —John Mellencamp


“The most vital lyricist in America today.” —Bob Harris, BBC 2 RADIO


“James McMurtry is a true Americana poet – actually he is a poet regardless of genre” —Michael Nesmith


“McMurtry might be the best topical writer performing right now and (Just Us Kids) finds him at his finest.”

—Patterson Hood, Drive-By Truckers


"America's fiercest songwriter" - CNN


“James McMurtry writes songs filled with characters so real that you're sure they're going to climb out of the speakers and look you in the eyes.” —VOICE OF AMERICA


“McMurtry aims for the jugular.” —DIRTY LINEN“A conservative,” Franklin Roosevelt said almost 70 years ago, “is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward.” James McMurtry – work shirt tucked, fists clenched – turns those words into weapons on Just Us Kids. Think Steve Earle with an even more pointed – and sometimes sharper – vision. Essential listening at the height of election season.

– Brian T. Atkinson, RELIX


“The songwriting conscience of America,” —FOLK WAX


“As the years pile on, James McMurtry sings with ever more authority and deserved cynical grace...With each album, (he) finds more to say and a stubborn, uncompromising way to say it.” —iTUNES


“Music that's haunting but familiar, much like the struggles he depicts.” —WASHINGTON POST


“brave, smart, and pithy music that captures James McMurtry at the top of his game.” —ALL MUSIC


“more energized than ever.” —TEXAS MONTHLY


“His songwriting is clear and precise, and he proves once again that he is Not afraid to take on the powers that be.” —VINTAGE GUITAR


“McMurtry’s songwriting is in a class by itself.” —METROMIX


“Texastentialist panorama of gray-sky lucidity and neon highway jungles...”  - THE VILLAGE VOICE


“The veteran Texas songwriter’s new album, Just Us Kids, features the slow burner ‘Cheney’s Toy,’ one of the sharpest musical indictments yet of George Bush.” —ROLLING STONE


“emboldened by the reception to 2004’s acerbic (and increasingly relevant) ‘We Can’t Make it Here,’ McMurtry ramps up the polemics on Just Us Kids.” —USA TODAY


“One of the best protest singers working today.” —TIME OUT CHICAGO

Showing tonight

Open Mic

Mon, December 12 / 630 PM

Enjoy folk, country and acoustic renditions by performers that spent their afternoon in classes at Rice or a long day at the office.


Although less common, other performers such as comedians, poets, jugglers and mimes are also welcome.  - 365thingsinhouston.com


Sign up at 6pm. Music begins at 6:30

No Cover.

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Trish and Darin Holiday Show

Tue, December 13 / 7 PM

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Annual Dinner Concert for the Holiday

Menu coming soon!


Austin singer-songwriter Trish Murphy and her brother Darin will flit between the kitchen and stage tonight.


She's assembled a menu to accompany the duo's Christmas show at McGonigel's Mucky Duck.


"We're sort of like executive chefs on the deal," she says. "We created and submitted a menu. We'll have some supervision and be puttering around the kitchen before we go onstage. But thank God we don't have to rip off our aprons and sing for our supper."

Murphy is no stranger to the kitchen. She keeps a well-maintained food blog on her Web site and she also teaches a cooking class at Austin's Whole Foods.


She and Darin — who grew up and cut their teeth as a duo in Houston — started cooking as kids. "We had a weird bohemian pace to our lives," she says. "Our parents were real young. But my mom was really traditional about family dinner every night. Everybody helped in the kitchen.


"It was a real egalitarian deal. She didn't serve anything off the stove. It had to be plated and on the right kind of dish. Glasses were filled with ice, tea poured, the ritual never varied. That gave us a kind of grounding in the kitchen that maybe other kids didn't get."


The cooking tonight will be well under way by the time Murphy and her brother show. But since the meal will be family recipes, they'll keep an eye on things in the kitchen.


"So much about cooking is tactile and you're using all of your senses," she says, "knowing by experience how things look or feel. We'll be able to get into there and give everybody a tactile frame of reference."


As for the songs, expect some originals, some holiday medleys and "some other things that are a little less worn out."

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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, December 14 / 730 PM

Board games are hot right now — whether it’s the new Euro-style games like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, 7 Wonders or Power Grid, or you’re kickin’ it old school with traditional games like the Trumpesque, land-grabbing Monopoly. For a great midweek diversion, head on over to the Mucky Duck for a pint and a little tabletop competition; they’ve been at it for almost 25 years. We checked in with Stevie Hazlewood, day manager for McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, and she says the club stocks a nice selection of titles for the Wednesday night Game Night and Irish Session. 


“It runs the gamut from Connect Four, to Scrabble, Yahtzee, Risk, three different versions of Monopoly, Scattergories, Cards Against Humanity,” says Hazlewood. Play one of those games or bring your own, and scarf down pub snacks like fish and chips, Welsh rarebit and the club’s famous shepherd’s pie. 


Best of all, there’s no cover. 7:30 p.m. 


- Susie Tommaney - Houston Press

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Christmas Singalong

Thu, December 15 / 7 PM

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MARTIN BURNISTON'S 26th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SINGALONG
Martin sets the season with at holiday sing-a-long and dinner. 


Dinner not included in standing room price!


A choice of

mashed potatoes, English peas, cinnamon apple


One each our signature pies:
 

Shepherd's, Chicken Pot, Steak & Mushroom

with fries and cole slaw



Bread Pudding with Jameson Irish Whiskey Sauce


Ticket includes the above menu and a donation to the End
Hunger Network and Emma Jacobs Breast Cancer Foundation