What's in a name? METRO needs your help in answering that question! The new METRO Board of Directors is looking to Houstonians to help name the new light-rail stations, some of which will run through EaDo, and residents are being tasked with naming the stops! METRO is currently taking suggestions with the first round of submissions due by June 30th. Then the public will have a chance to review the successfully submitted entries before METRO makes a final decision later in the summer.

METRO hopes the station naming process will capture the spirit of the light rail communities with the opportunity to incorporate key cultural institutions, public spaces and historical landmarks into the project. The primary focus will be ensuring that customers of the service can easily identify where they are within the system by the names of the stops.

So put on your thinking caps and come up with something creative! But keep in mind the names must conform to METRO board-approved criteria: names must be single words with less than 26 characters, and stations may not be named for persons living or dead, unless said person's name is already in use for a street intersection, historically significant landmark, or a widely recognized landmark, neighborhood, or commercial trademark.

According to Margaret O'Brien Molina, METRO spokesperson, "In some cases, riders may be more familiar with landmarks or neighborhoods rather than actual street names. By undergoing a station-naming process METRO can better determine how the community sees itself and how it would like to be heard. The station naming process is a great opportunity to let communities like East Downtown add their own neighborhood touch to the project." For more detailed rules (just to make sure) and a submission form, please visit the GoMETRORail website.

On a separate note, METRO will be hosting workshops for the public to discuss transit plans for the future and how METRO can help better serve the needs of the communities.

Customer Care Representatives will be on site to help attendees with trip planning, and METRO Q Fare Cards will be available at every workshop for interested individuals. There will also be a children's coloring corner, so families can bring their kids and keep an eye on them while they draw. METRO will supply paper and crayons.

The workshops run through the end of June. Please click here for a list of all workshops that will be offered.

This is a chance for those who want their voice to be heard regarding the future METRO light-rail plans. "METRO's new light rail lines will become a permanent part of the community and the stations serve as a ‘doorway' between the system and the adjoining neighborhood. As such, the new METRO believes the community should be involved in each step of the process," states Margaret O'Brien Molina. So don't miss these workshops as METRO is eager to hear your ideas on how the agency can better assist the communities it serves!

Have you noticed that rich, smoky smell filling the air of EaDo? It’s pits and spits and slow-cooked deliciousness! Pearl & Johnny B's BBQ is extremely excited to become a part of the EaDo community with its new slow-smoked meat Mecca in Kim Hung Market. Katharine Shilcutt at The Houston Press is a fan and you'll soon be, too! Says Shilcutt, ““Pearlie’s brother Robert runs Thompson’s BBQ in Crockett, TX…(and) is well known in ‘cue circles and even earned a spot on Texas Monthly’s comprehensive list of the 50 best barbecue joints in Texas. Robert Thompson has always been an avid proponent of using pecan to smoke his brisket and other meats, and Pearlie has brought that determination to her Houston outpost as well.” So don’t delay – get yourself some BBQ today! Contact them at 713.236.9182 or pearlandjohnnybsbbq@yahoo.com or just swing into the shop at Saint Emanuel at McKinney.

The Houston Dynamo continue construction on their new stadium in EaDo by officially pouring the concrete foundation at the beginning of June (date TBD as of newsletter publication – we'll keep you updated!). Originally slated for May 12, a heavy downpour and other weather factors delayed the event. Manhattan Construction Company, in conjunction with Dynamo personnel, will help kick-start the media event.

Despite the minor delay, Dynamo President Chris Canetti believes they are still slightly ahead of schedule in the construction process for the brand new stadium, which will also host Texas Southern University football games, concerts, boxing events, and much more. Canetti and Manhattan Construction Company Project Manager Matt Doffing will answer questions for the media directly after the event.

Located at the intersection of Rusk and Dowling streets, the new 22,000 seat stadium is a welcoming gift for the Houston Dynamo, our hometown MLS professional soccer team that has already won two national championships in its first five seasons and also represented the U.S. in international competitions from 2007 to 2010. The stadium is slated to be finished by mid-2012. For more information, visit www.houstondynamo.com.

If you're interested in watching the construction action as it happens, check out the Dynamo Stadium webcam at www.houstondynamo.com/stadiumwebcam. That is real time action for big time progress!

A conversation with Brent Bruni Comiskey – A variety of folks from all walks of life live in our emerging EaDo neighborhood and few are as enthusiastic about its prospects than Brent Comiskey. A 5th generation Houstonian, Comiskey has lived and raised his daughter since birth in EaDo since 2006. His appreciation of the area runs so deep, in fact, that on July 1st he and co-founder Alec Lasar will launch EaDo Life at www.eadolife.com, aiming to become the leading resource for "All Thing EaDo" in terms of entertainment, arts, food, and, according to Comiskey, "fun, fun, fun!"

Explains Comiskey, "I have explored every nook and cranny of Houston during my 40 years here. In the 1980s, I spent weekend nights going to wild punk shows at the Axiom, once housed in a building which is located in the heart of EaDo. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, I noticed the sublime and thrilling potential of EaDo while looking for "the next big thing" in neighborhoods. Little did I know I would end up living, working and raising my child in EaDo; and now publishing a website aiming straight for the core of our humble sleeping giant!"

In further explaining his motivation for launching EaDo Life, Comiskey continues, " The EaDo neighborhood is poised to become the next Midtown...(and) now that the Dynamo Stadium has broken ground, EaDo has become a lightning rod in the media, noted for wide streets and open development with deepening roots of urban residential life, internationally competitive entertainment, extraordinary and unprecedented plans for a walking promenade for shopping and restaurants, and substantial acreage open to retail and business. The proximity of EaDo to the new side of Downtown Houston in the Discovery Green area and the comprehensive specialized Living City Centers being developed on the opposite side of EaDo makes our neighborhood ripe for overwhelming vibrancy. This is the Houston I have always dreamed of."

He continues, "The encroaching and compounding mass of these developments prompted us to take action in the form a "website magazine" that will support the meat and pommes frites of EaDo with diligent acceptance for the delicate side orders required to report and document the transformation of the district. We intend to help define a new chapter of Houston, inform the residents and lure the skeptics. EaDo Life intends to be loud and proud to represent the history, establishments and trailblazers that help us LIVE EADO LIFE."

Comiskey and company aim to make EaDo Life the go-to source of information for locals and guests alike, believing each person matters, local businesses deserve support, and care should be taken with the best intentions to improve the district as citizens of the area. It will ultimately cover entertainment, the arts, business, retail, resident and commercial development, and the voices of the district's denizens. We can't wait to see what Comiskey and Lasar come up with and will keep our readers tuned in to EaDo Life's progress and launch!
Check out EaDo Life by clicking here

Coming June 3rd through June 18th to Barnevelder Dance Complex, the Big Range Dance Festival promises to be a spectacular three week-long event showcasing amazing dance talent and choreography. Celebrating its 9th year, the Suchu Dance-hosted festival highlights a variety of choreographers and dance companies with fresh work. Each of the three weekends is slated with a different set of choreographers set to perform in a night's program (Program A, B, and C representing each weekend).

In addition to the weekend programs, festival attendees will be exposed to special guest Master Classes (a new addition this year), interactive events, meet-the-artist lounges, and a swanky closing party. The annual performance events of Dance Gathering and Venturing Out will also be a part of the festival.

Don't miss this acclaimed annual event! Individual tickets and discounted festival passes are on sale now for just $14-$20.

Also, as previously mentioned, this year's new Master Classes take place on the following dates:

"Ensemble Thinking" with Leslie Scates – June 4, $5
"Move It or Lose It" with John R. Stronks – June 11, $5
"Suchu Rep/Weird Skills" with Jennifer Wood & Co. –
June 18, $5

Finally, remember that purchasing an all access festival pass will give you discounted fun! For more information, visit www.barnevelder.org.

Each month, we cover highlights of what's happening in EaDo, and we link to the full calendars of the area's various venues.  If your venue is not listed and you'd like for it to be, please contact us at info@eadohouston.com.

Aerosol Warfare Gallery – GONZO247 presents his most recent show, PERPLEXED, this summer at Aerosol Warfare Gallery, including work using a combination of plexiglass/plastic acrylic as the canvas, spray paint and other mixed media demonstrating the challenge of thought, preparation and painting visions backwards.  PERPLEXED displays ample energy by GONZO247, born of energy obtained from his recent travels to Africa, his non-stop action in Houston and moments in life as a full time artist.  PERPLEXED will be on display at Aerosol Warfare Gallery from May 21st - August 21st, 2011. 
Aerosol Warfare Gallery >

Calliope's PoBoy
– Calliope's Po-Boy welcomes everyone to hang out on their new patio and is also happy to announce they're hosting Crawfish Boils every Friday and Saturday! Further, each Wednesday Calliope's Po-Boy offers delicious $10 "Hot Lunch Specials."
Calliope's PoBoy >

Thiem Hung
– Thiem Hung has an exciting program called the "TH Factor" that rewards students of all ages for good grades! Here's how it works: students enrolled in school from Kindergarten through the college level who make all A's for a six-week period or semester (depending on grade level) are encouraged to bring in their report cards or transcripts. Thiem Hung will reward all-A students with a free sandwich combo meal, which includes either a small or large sandwich, one spring roll, and any drink. A/B students can bring in proof of their grades for a free sandwich! How's that for motivation?
Thiem Hung >

Warehouse Live June 11 –She Wants Revenge ft/Nico Vega; June 18 –JMG Music Croup Festival ft/Parabelle, Black Queen Speaks, The Hectic, Series and more; June 23 – Emery ft/Hawkboy, Oh Sleeper, Jerusalem, and Floorbound; For full listing visit:
Warehouse Live >

Little Woodrow's
Little Woodrow's invites everyone in EaDo every night of the week to enjoy their nightly specials!  The specials are as follows:  Monday – TX Beer & Movie night; Tuesday – Big Ass Beers and Geeks Who Drink Trivia Contest; Wednesday – Ladies Night and Steak Night; Thursday – Happy Hour ‘til 9 PM; Friday – DJ night; Saturday – 11 AM – 4 PM $3 Bloody Marys, Blue Moon, Micheladas and Mimosas; Sunday – Draftmania with draft specials.For more details see
Little Woodrow's

Lucky's Pub
Lucky's Pub also features specials each night of the week with happy hours Mon-Fri 4-7 pm: Monday – Industry Night; Tuesday – Steak & Pint Night; Wednesday – Small Ass Beer Night & Shot Night; Thursday – Old School Thursdays ft live local bands; Friday – Beer & Shot Night; Saturday & Sunday – Party on the Patio. 
Lucky's Pub

Cork Soakers
Cork Soakers is another spot in EaDo offering specials every night: Monday – Bubbles & Bingo; Tuesday – Tastebud Tuesdays: 1/2 price flights & free tastings; Wednesday – Artful Sips: create art while sipping wine; Thursday – Free tastings; Friday – Extended Happy Hour until midnight; Saturday – Speakeasy Saturdays: get weekly password at www.corksoakershouston.com and your 1st glass of wine is 1/2 price; Sunday – Soak it Sundays - $2 mimosas, sangrias, & Texas beers. Also this month on Mondays at 7PM- Join us for champagne flights as we watch the 2011 Bachelorette series live on TV, Cheer or boo Ashley as she begins her search...again!
Cork Soakers

Samba Grille – Remember that Samba Grille will pick up and drop off EaDo residents for FREE with their Eco-Shuttle if you make a reservation! They're also currently featuring "Wine Wednesdays," with a free tasting of their favorite wines during happy hour with the fun continuing with a special selection from their wine list being half off for the evening!
Samba Grille

Discovery Green – Discovery Green offers many events throughout the month, with Capital One hosting a concert series every Thursday at the Fondren Performance Space at 6:30 PM. June 2- Raul Malo and Shannon Whitworth; June 9- The Fab 5 and Ted Roddy; June 23- The Mother Truckers; June 30- Beans Barton and the Bi-Peds. Discovery Green also offers events for the entire family, for instance, on June 11 at 8:30 watch Yogi Bear- Presented by IKEA Houston Screen on the green at Anheuser-Bush Stage.
Discovery Green

George R. Brown Convention Center – Experience "La Dolce Vita" without ever leaving Houston at the third annual Italian Expo. Food, wine, fashion, design, tourism, art and entertainment are showcased as the culture of Italy consumes Houston. Eat, shop and enjoy life like an Italian! June 3-5, Exhibit hall D. Tickets are on sale now.
George R. Brown Convention Center

Bar 1820 – ar 1820 just west of Highway 59 on Leeland offers awesome daily happy hour deals from 4pm until 2am. Also, twice a month (first and last Friday) 1820's patrons can enjoy the unlimited vintage arcade games and pinball machines at Joysticks (1820 Franklin B) for PACMAN FEVER.

EaDo Board Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month, the next being 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at Huynh Restaurant – 912 St. Emanuel St. Committee Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month (June 15) at 11:00 am at 2612 McKinney.

EaDo Board Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of every other month, the next being 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at Huynh Restaurant – 912 St. Emanuel St.