The Jenner House - 1619 Chapman Street, Houston, Texas
performance art venue
over a year of Wednesday night open stagery!
Cut it out Crew
Brent For President
Wednesday, August 24
So what's the deal with that counter thing near the top of the page? Where did it come from? What does it want? Why is it the last thing to load?
Well, what it wants is to signify the end of a Houstonian's Houstonianism. I'm leaving. It's too hot in Texas, so I'm going to grad school. Seriously, the forecast for tomorrow is "isolated thunderstorms with a high of 103"!
So the toxically burning torch of The Jenner House will be left in the hands of a Boby K, an Alex S, and a Michelle. What will become of the number one Google result for "Houston bark supplier", "Houston BARC", and "rootinest tootinest Houston"? Will Boby turn it back into a grocery store and take on Wal-Mart? Will Alex sell it for scrap metal? Will Michelle decorate it? Only time will tell..,
What we can be sure of, though, is that there's going to be a party. A party featuring.., 17 gallons of margaritas! It's this Saturday. It's being counted down to on the Internet. It's going to use most of the city's tequila reserves.
Anyone who's ever been to the Jenner is heartily invited, along with everyone they've ever met.
Friday, August 5
First Friday at the Jenner!
Introducing: The Badger!!
With special guest Travis Johnson!!!
Also, Reddish Dogs!
Friday, July 29
Update time. The time for preparation is over. The ball is beginning to roll. This weekend, today, FRIDAY, is Critical Mass with special guest Tropical Storm Don. It's going to be awesome. Then there's going to be fun. Then, tomorrow, there's a free Gritsy show and some sort of art thing with J-Dog. Then, on Sunday, there's Boby's Blowout.
Tuesday, July 19
Friday, June 17 - DePan 21
Today DePan turns 21. When most people hit 21, they go out with their friends (to bars!) and get free shots and super drunk. Not DePan, though. DePan has decided to throw the biggest party ever at the Jenner for his 21st birthday.
When is his 21st birthday?
So pretty much all of Northside Village, Spring, Sugar Land, and the various downtown ghettos will be inside of the grocery store at 1619 Chapman Street tonight. There will be kegs. There will be clowns. There will be Female Demand. Alex "yeah, pollute that water!" Stepanski will be attending. Smitty "I'll throw up in your mouth, for free!" Regula will be there. We've even lined up a very drunken appearance by legendary puppykiller Tony "another one for the pile!" Bone. That's right, the Tony Bone.
Also on the docket are the Houston "we've been out here three times, turn the music down NOW or someone's going to jail" Police Department, the Northside Village "jesus, mary, and joseph, I can't believe this place didn't burn down months ago!" Fire Department, and Renu "if I could cut funding to this place, I totally would" Khator. And Chingo Bling.
It's a star-studded cast, Internet, and an event that only the cautious and bedridden would miss (bedridden only because we don't have a wheelchair ramp yet, sorry!). The theme is carnival. Clown costumes are encouraged. Tonight, everyone is Eric DePan!
Wednesday, June 15 - Party Prep(aration)
Last Wednesday was the first not-open-stage-Wednesday since the Jenner House came to be. We're still working on what to replace it with.
Tonight will be a different kind of Wednesday. There's going to be a giant calamity octopus party on Friday to celebrate DePan 21. We must prepare. The Jenner is still recovering from Flipside/art car parade/Summerfest/Camp Panda. Things must be moved and sorted. Space must be made. A band that played at Free Press Summerfest needs room to perform
A table must be set up to drink things at, competitively. Kegs and trashcans. Irresponsible nudity. We haven't had a noise complaint in weeks! Hyaw!
Friday, June 3 - Open Stage is Over
The Jenner House's final open stage was this Wednesday. There will be no more recurring activities until we've come up with something bigger and better.
The next event taking place will be Eric's Birthday Carnival on Friday, June 17th.
Wednesday, May 18 - Calling All Bears..,
Holy Moly. There is a LOT to do before Flipside and art car parade. Expect a mad rush of reckless creation tonight at open stage.
Also, we're putting out a call.., for bears! At Flipside 2011 we'll be offering Free Pandas. What does this mean we'll actually be doing? Well, we're gathering every stuffed creature we can find to spraypaint as a Free Panda and give away to the general populace. Oh, and Free Pandas look a lot like regular pandas, except spraypainted. And stuffed. And a lot smaller. Anyway, we're asking for any stuffed animal donations that the public would like to dispose of/give us.
So bring stuffed animals tonight!
On a different note, nothing. It's going to be fun. This open stage is more of an open help-Camp-Panda-be-awesome. Come on out! We'll have two very special guests (a hint: one is pink, and the other is a freaking cop!)!
Monday, May 16 - Art Car Alert!
The Jenner House has been all aflutter these last few days as we desperately strain to get ready for two moderately epic events: Art Car Parade and Burning Flipside. As a result, open stages have taken a turn from "watch Brent get tased a lot" to "watch Brent try to make stuff a lot". Sculpting as performance art? No. Not at all.
The good thing about this recent change is, well, nothing. Performance art in Houston has all but ceased at the Jenner House, in order to make a lot of prop-oriented performance art for Flipside. At least it's still in Texas?
In more uplifting news, our incessant Google-bombing has paid off by making us the third suggested search when you type in the word "jenner "! Yay. What happens when you type in "the jenner"? Yep, number one. Go ahead and search it. First out of, oh, I don't know, three million seven hundred and fifty thousand? 3,750,000. Why's that? Well, that's because we're the bomb (atomic). As area poet Chingy would say "we dun did it again..,"
< /bragging >
Wednesday, May 11 - Open Stage: God Edition
See the link - the link.
If anyone has black candles or some sort of life potion or a spell book, please bring them to open stage tonight. If you have experience with reanimating the dead, that'll probably work too. We'll document each attempt with video. As Toni would say "hold on, this is gonna work..,"
Friday, May 6 - Bayou Bounty Festival Begins
So what's all this ruckus up at U of H? Oh, I don't know, maybe the greatest thing ever! That's right, the first-ever Bayou Bounty Festival is gearing up to explode into the history books of wonderfulness. Headed by playful teddybear Travis Johnson, the event is on track to be utterly spectacular. It hasn't all been roses and high-fives, though..,
The day before the festivities were to kick off (yesterday), meaniepants civil engineering students put on their nice faces when Travis approached them with fliers, a warm handshake, and an invitation to join the party. Being dicks, the engineers smiled, took the flier, and immediately turned it in to the authorities in an attempt to shut the whole thing down. Things were looking grim until local hero and head of the art department John Reed stepped in and, from what we can gather, told Renu Khator that she was mean and that the art department mattered. Or she wasn't involved at all, because she was too busy eating babies. Who knows? It's all still speculation at this point.
What matters is that the Bayou Bounty Festival went from almost-never-happening to being officially sanctioned and permitted and endorsed by The University of Houston. By extension, Camp Panda itself, the MEGADOME, SuperQ, and most importantly the kissing booth, are all sanctioned by U of H. Let's think about that for a minute. The definition of "sanctioned", according to some dictionary, is "Authoritative permission or approval that makes a course of action valid." In this case, the course of action is selling kisses and kiss-related products for money. The exchange of a service (of an inherently sexual nature) for currency. Prostitution.
Just to be sure, let's see what Wikipedia has to say, definition-wise. "Prostitution is the act or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment." Sounds like what we're doing. Sounds like what we're sanctioned to be doing by The University of Houston.
It's official: The University of Houston endorses prostitution. Go Coogs! Tier One!
On a less internationally newsworthy note, I still don't have a phone. Why the continued delay? Because FedEx kept trying to deliver my package to the wrong address until they got fed up with nobody being willing to sign for it, so they just left it on the doorstep. Thanks FedEx!
Wednesday, May 4 - Snow Cone Special!
Fedex sucks. A lot. There will be no working phone number for the Jenner House open stage tonight. What there will be, though, is a sew-off! The dome is rapidly coming together, Death Star-style, with a huge quilty covering thing slowly growing over it. Excitement. It should be finished tonight. Also, it smells good (which is very rare for the Jenner House).
Snow Cone Special tonight! There will be snow cones, which is special. Tonight!
The Bayou Bounty First Friday SPA Festival is this weekend! It'll feature a MEGADOME, SuperQ, and kissing booth, among other stuff. Travis Johnson!
Monday, May 2
Disaster has struck. The official Jenner House telephone has disappeared. A replacement should arrive tomorrow. More to come soon..,
Friday, April 29
Well, that's it. 52+ rampagingly successful open stage Wednesdays in a row. A full year, without missing a single one. But now's not the time to put a flower in our hat and rest on our laurels, oh no. Now is the time to take it to the next level.
So what is the next level? Well.., it might rhyme with STEGADOME. Yes. I'm talking about the MEGADOME. We threw fabrics over it during open stage to get some idea of what the final product will look like, and it'll look MEGA. With something of an outer shell, the thing is truly monstrous. Local mathematician and philosopher Mark Cochran estimates its volume to be twice that of the original, Houston's finest, acid geodesic dome. Yeah. Big.
Speaking of patsies, the Houston Press should be coming back around to "best of" time here fairly soon. More to come regarding those developments, and potential geodesic consultancy soon. Oh, and Critical Mass is tonight! Smitty's firebike will burn!
Wednesday, April 27 - Anniversary Special
We're done. 52 open stages in the bag. That's it. The Jenner House has succeeeded. From here on out, it's bonus points. Failure has been avoided (somehow). Success is ours.
So what does this mean for the future of the Jenner? Well.., I don't know. Coasting time? Acceleration o'clock? The end of open stagery itself? A declaration that performance art is dead, followed by more performance art? I guess only time will tell, and by time I mean tonight. Expect reflection and thoughtfulness. Also expect wine and art. More details below..,
So there was this project at U of H. The project spanned across many weeks and involved all sorts of new media-style production. It went a little something like this
Step one - Create a list of words, two for each letter of the alphabet, that define you as a person. Define the words. Submit the list.
Step two - Randomly choose sets of four of the words. Put these four-sets into sentences that relate to you. Choose images that represent the words. Present and explain the images.
Step three - Create a physical object that incorporates the words and definitions. This is your lexicon. Present it as a sculpture.
Step four - Release the lexicon into the world.
So you're probably thinking "what on god's green earth does all this wordy nonsense have to do with performance art?!?!?" Well, first understand that we here at the Jenner are no strangers to bootlegging. Poverty, underagedness (at one point), and desperation have come together on many an occasion to produce forbidden alcohol in ungodly-massive quantities. Like most good vintners, our goal is to produce the strongest, cheapest possible booze in the shortest amount of time and with a "hail Mary" disregard for actual taste. The results are stunning (sometimes in a good way!). We take credit for the introductions of fermented-sugar-water-Blankwine, Tang wine, strawberry Jello wine, and pineapple wine (which actually exploded!).
"But how does all of this barely coherent jibber-jabber relate to The Jenner House Anniversary Special?", you must be dying to know. Well, the project as filtered through the Lens of Darkness has been going as follows..,
The lexicon sculpture itself was mostly apples. 52 of them. With words and definitions scrawled all over. They were presented as a composition sculpture with a bunch of other stuff. This made them art. Immediately after class, these apples were sliced up and fed to yeast (which were also in the sculpture, therefore now art). Fermentation began. The group of jugs (which had also been in the sculpture) were placed onto a counter and, just to be safe, clearly labeled as "art". Tonight the alcoholization process should be complete. The brewed monstrosity will be filtered and consumed in excess. What follows will be fueled by art, therefore will be art. Documentation will be made and presented tomorrow. This has never been done before. Ever. Anyone who comes to the Jenner tonight will have the option of partaking (there's a LOT of wine). Performance art?
Wednesday, April 20
We're close. Today is 4/20. The very first Jenner House open stage was on 4/21 of last year. We've got one more open stage to throw, and we'll have made it one full year. That's an entire year of open stages, without missing a single one. That's a full year of the Jenner House being open and available to anyone wanting to perform. Next week's anniversary celebration promises to be absolutely insane (think Tony Miller's Birthday Carnival, The Mark Cochran Champagne Jam, Christine's Birthday Contraption, and The Life Jacket Party all rolled up into one and set on fire). Yeah, 52 open stages in a row. That's in spite of Burning Man attendance, Flipside debauchery, various sicknesses and ailments, occasional business trips, and the loss of roommates. That's in spite of finals, projects due the next day, jail, and death threats from Notsuoh. If we can make it through one more week without burning the place down, we're set. The odds are about 50/50. God help us.
Also, tonight is 4/20! As such, Loretta Day was postponed from Tuesday to Wednesday, and we're going to complete/use the MEGADOME. Expect fun and socialism. It's The Jenner House Open Stage - 4/20 Special!
Wednesday, April 13
Some things to note:
One of the most famous art cars in Houston, the Hen-a-tron II, has made its way onto internet forum Reddit and has become a sensation! Way to go Smitty, over 200 comments!
On Sunday, a prototype of a structure known as the SuperQ was built. Later that day, in a fit of inspiration, it was decided that a full metal geodesic tribute to the original "Best of 2009" dome had to be built for the Bayou Bounty festival in May. Materials preparation began Monday evening and was finished by late Tuesday night. Tonight will be the first attempt to put all the pieces together and create, in its entirety, the MEGADOME. It's bigger. It's stronger. It's portable. It was made using power tools. This doom dome is the newest, rowdiest, most Pandaliciously-colored thing to hit the Houston geodesic scene in years.
It may turn against us. It may not fit inside the Jenner. It will be awesome.
"Jenner House," as a Google search phrase, has long been associated with this webpage. By that, I mean that www.thejennerhouse.com is the number one result when you search for those words. Then Hollywood got involved. Apparently there are some women over there who sing or act or are heiresses of something or whatever who have a TV show and hang out with a doofus whose last name is Jenner (no relation to the namesake of 1619 Chapman). Even more appalling, the so-called "media" refers to his residence as "Jenner house." This eventually led to Google searches for "jenner house" turning up with some (other) banal unimportant nonsense. Of course, Googling "the Jenner House" has always worked as it should, since fancypants Hollywood-types shy away from definite articles and continued societal relevance. In the end, the point is this - we're back on top! Google's supercomputers have calculated the more popular kid in school to be The Jenner House. Well done, science! This officially makes us more important/relevant than the essentially meaningless exploits of a group of rich pretty women. KMA Kardasheons! (sp!)
Monday, April 11
Tonight: a blindly ambitious overreach of sculptural experimentation.
Location: South Park Annex
**Friday, April 8**
Emergency update: Hobo Theatre is cancelled. Apparently the screen was destroyed. Sadness and misery reign the hobo kingdom now.
Friday, April 8
Tonight is the grand opening of The Hobo Theatre. It starts at 7, if I remember correctly. That actually wouldn't make sense, though, since the sun doesn't go down until 7:30 or so.., I'm not sure. Apparently The News has articles about it, let's see.., BAM. Yeah. It's outside of this building at U of H. It's going to be awesome.
Speaking of not awesome, someone stole the swings from underneath the bridge where The Hobo Theatre is to be held.
Hatred of swinging.
I suspect Christian fundamentalists who misunderstood our use of the term. Listen guys, it's not slang. We're into swinging, not "swinging." So if you could just drop them off down there by the tireseats, we'll put all this behind us. No hard feelings. We'd really like the swings back, though.
On another note, Tuesday happened. By that I mean that I came home to a house of darkness. I attempted to light the darkness using electricity, only to find that we were out of it. This was a bit of a problem because of the final performance art workshop that was to be held in about 45 minutes: around sundown. What to do? Well, as a green-star-holding fortress of "zombie resistant" level strength, The Jenner has some tricks up its sleeve. Our emergency "the power lines are down because the city is on fire" electrical system was brought online and directed through two pairs of scooter headlights and a fog light strategically bounced off of a mirror. We also lit candles. The result? Spectacular. The show went on. At one point the happy birthday song was performed 25 times.
Monday, April 4
Tonight, according to the monstrosity of innaccuracy that is weather.com, the temperature will be in the 40s. 48 to be "exact." That is the coldest it will ever be. After this, summer will come and be swelteringly muggy and wet and suck. This is our last cold. I may have said that before (a lot), but this time it's totally for serious. It was a long, wonderful winter, and now it's ending. This is Texas. We have a price to pay..,
Speaking of being e-famous: The Jenner House is e-famous! I took a look at our Analyzer Wonderbot Spamhack Dataharvester Machine to see what's been going on, and found some great news: we're worldwide! I'd like to give a very special "thank you" to our three loyal readers from Portugal (the cities of Porto and Figueira Da Foz, to be exact). We also have fellow Jennerators in Paris, Moscow, Honolulu, Chennai (India), and Kristiansand (Norway). I'm not sure what you fellas were looking for when you stumbled in here (Texas LARPing? Time machine resale? Houston bark suppliers? Geodesic-flavored innovation? University of Houston IPEF? Porn?) but we're glad to have you. Thanks everybody!
We're also working on a new tag line. Reassuringly dangerous? And expect some sort of quote box to be on here sometime soon, cycling through.., quotes.
Wednesday, March 30
Lots of things have been happening. Last night was the third installment of Julia Wallace's performance art workshop. For an idea of what these things are like, consider the following..,
You're in the kitchen of your performance art venue, peacefully talking to an Irishman named Mark, eating fish, when Mark is all like "hey buddybear, wanna go outside and watch me smoke a cigarette?" And you're all like "Indeed. This sounds like a fine idea, young Mark." And then you and Mark walk outside, minding your own business, not looking for much trouble at all, only to notice that two of your neighbors are out there talking on the phone. "That's queer," you think, "I wonder who they might be speaking to, per se." That's when you hear the word "cops." That's also when you realize that there's a girl tied to a chair in the middle of the intersection, and that there are people hiding and taking pictures of her. You stand there, pondering this scene, and begin to appreciate the fact that sometimes the universe just.., works.
So how are the cops in Northside Village? Well, about thirty minutes later a cruiser rolled by, slowed down to look at the hooligans drinking on the couch by the haystack, and drove off. Apparently their thought process was "well, the girl tied to the chair isn't here anymore, so she must be okay."
Tuesday, March 22
We're pleased to announce that our very own Brent Koehn has been awarded stuff by people. Or, he has set off The Great Spambot/GoogleBot Wars of 2011. Either way, if you Google University of Houston IPEF (IPEF was the graduate program that he was applying to, Interdisciplinary Practice and Emerging Forms), you'll see some LARP-related jokes and, as result 4, this page. Thanks spambots!
Wednesday, March 14
Tonight is the first ever Spring Break edition of open stage night. We're rapidly closing in on one full year of open stagery. Expect a huge explosion then, and something huge tonight.
Smitty has provided us with a film reel movie player thing and a bunch of awesomely campy old educational films. We'll try to get it working tonight! Someone may need to bring a cassette player..,
Local hero Julian Luna (also known as JDog) has managed to weasel the night off.., so he'll be at open stage! His presence is reason enough for celebration. Expect a certain freckled Irish devil to throw up as a result.
On a more serious note, it's no secret that the Government hates us. This is usually understandable. I mean, we stink, we're loud, and we cause traffic. It's stuff we choose to do. So, the Government chooses to pass laws that keep us from doing what we want. That's why there are noise ordinances, deodorant laws, and metro police. But, sometimes, the Government's hatred of our freedom goes a little too far. Sometimes it crosses a boundary that should be guarded as sacred. Sometimes it affects someone well-known as The Jenner House Angel.
That's right, Alex Stepanski was scooped up by the Government on charges of, get this, polluting the water! Yes, there's actually a law against our freedom to use water. And now Alex is facing a felony charge just for exercising his God-given rights. Plans for a Freedom March are in progress. His trial is soon. Clear your calendars.
"Free The Water!"
Monday, March 14
Monster Beach was spectacular. Apparently the police have the ability to close a beach, which is weird, but they also have the ability to arrest people. Galveston is awesome.
On a much more "worth writing about on the Internet" note, performance art workshops start tomorrow! This is grounds for a thorough cleaning/fixing of The Jenner. Thanks for spring break, University of Houston!
Back to "not really worth writing about on the Internet, but pertaining to it," the phrase University of Houston IPEF should be returning some interesting search results before too long. There's a war happening between the Google ranking searchbots and the online pharmacy spambots. This war is being fought for the collective amusement of all deJennerates. It's also an art project. More to come as the situation unfolds..,
Friday, March 11
Monster Beach this weekend!
Wednesday, March 9
So the 48 hour film should be posted, seriously for reals, very soon. A lot of crazy nonsense has happened to try to prevent it, but that won't work. The world needs to know. Beards everywhere are in danger. Vaguely entertaining video coming soon.
Tonight's open stage looks like it'll go one of two ways: suck or glory. Suck will happen if everyone and their friends have midterms due and aren't able to waste yet another Wednesday Night of their lives at some sort of half-cocked, piss-poor, ramshackle-wannabe excuse for a performance art venue (The Jenner House).
On the other hand, glory will happen if everyone and their friends and a few of their friends decide to check out the sexy-yet-mysterious, Houston Press-awarded, Boby Kalloor-hosting, rootinest tootinest performance art venue in Houston (The Jenner House).
I guess we'll just have to see...,
Monday, March 7
Lots of stuff has happened in the past few days. The Jenner House and Bayou Bounty are collaborating on all sorts of things: mapping the storm tunnels under the University of Houston, establishing a new website (bayoubounty.org), organizing a huge music/art festival in May, and creating a Hobo Theatre under a bridge!
There's also a new recurring event starting next Tuesday: performance art workshops! Last I heard, there were still some slots available. Follow the link for more information. Oh, and it's happening at The Jenner House.
On an entirely different note, this weekend Tony and I got locked in a junkyard. How did we get out? By sneaking into and out of the neighboring junkyard!
In the words of Tony himself, "Hold on, this is gonna work..,"
Thursday, February 24
The 48 Hour Film Fest was awesome. We wildly overshot the time limit, and made a glorious beard-based film. There will be a version on Youtube soon. Eric is much prettier now.
Announcement! Local madman Boby Kalloor is celebrating his first anniversary as a performance artist.., with performance art! After Googling "rootinest tootinest performance art venue in Houston," he stumbled upon this website and decided to put on his anniversary show at The Jenner. It'll be this Saturday, and involves air mattresses, interactivity and danger!
Oh, and look at the new, broken, calendar -->
Friday, February 18
This morning I came across an e-mail about the 48 Hour Go Green Film Fest. Surprisingly (because I thought that I was better at keeping track of this kind of stuff), the movie-making part of it was happening this weekend, like, today. "Neat" I thought, looking through their website for more information. "Ooh, a registration link..," click, read, "oh, registration's closed, that's understandable.., since it starts TONIGHT.., oh, what's this? A waiting list? I love waiting!" type, click, submit.., fast forward a few hours and ring!, answer, boom. We're in. As of 3pm, The Jenner House is officially entered in the 48 Hour Film Festival. What does this mean? Well it means that tonight, instead of Critically Ghost Massing, I'll be at the opening reception thingie getting our character/plot/other stuff to start making a hopefully-not-atrocious film by Sunday night! And yes, I need LOTS of help (because I don't know what I'm doing). So, InterNet, *help!*
Wednesday, February 16 (part 2!)
The Jenner House would like to give a very special thank you to Lee the Lizard for his contribution to last week's open stage: The Very First Ever Open Megaphone Night! The doors and windows were tightly shut to keep out the Texas cold, so the megaphone was extra spectacular/ear piercing. It was also the megaphone's birthday! In the timeless words of Julian Luna, "Make it red, and then add some more."
Wednesday, February 16
Tonight, Eric and Tony and possibly Leeland will perform! At the very least, Eric and Tony will do some sort of something on stage (most likely involving music). It'll be awesome.
The tradeoff is that something new must be performed by yours truly. Expect bizarre nonsense in the style of Captain America versus The Broccoli Zombies (filming for the sake of.., well, not sucking anymore at filming). There are soap operas that need to be made involving Tony and love polygons.
Who will make them?
Last week's open stage involved a screening of I Heart Huckabees (it was COLD OUTSIDE). It was philosophical and neat. Thanks other Brent!
Oh, and we have a forum now. It's rapidly being taken over by spambots because I hate those image verification things (suck it, CAPTCHA!). So the question for you, the InterNet, is this: how can we have fun with spambots?
I mean, they're starting topics like "Read through this Canadian Pharmacies Online Reviews Post". Canadian pharmacies? What could that be code for? Drugs? I don't know, but I read through their entire review and learned nothing that I didn't already know about online Canadian pharmacies. Step it up, spambots! Sheesh.
Finally, thanks to Tony spamming a hipster website called "reddit", we have a new Jenner House idea. A calendar! Expect a list of upcoming events soon. Soon like never. Thanks Tony!
Sunday, February 6
For the first time ever, we have a forum. Use it!
Friday, February 4
Stepping out of the Jenner this morning, I almost fell down. Why? Because there's frozen water on the ground. People keep crashing their cars because of it. Madness on the streets!
There's probably some way to take advantage of the extremely rare weather that we're having. It's going to freeze tonight (according to the notoriously inaccurate weather.com, it's freezing right now at TWENTY-EIGHT DEGREES, even though it's 9:09 in the morning.., in TEXAS!).
How do ice sculptures work? Does anyone actually know???
The following is from a possibly accurate weather website.
Today - Cloudy and very cold
Tonight - Partly cloudy and cold
Tomorrow - Warmer with plenty of sunshine
Supposedly, from 8pm until 8am tonight it'll be below freezing. This is absolute madness. 12 hours. Ice Robot? Ice Snowman? Ice Graffiti? How can this situation be milked? Ice Milk? Agghh!
Wednesday, February 2
Okay, we may be having some trouble filming the soap opera no editing thing, but it's going to happen. Details to come this weekend. Also, a certain Panda might be missing his first ever open stage. It's cold outside.
Wednesday, January 26
We've got a lot going on tonight.
One - We've contracted a professional smoothie designer to come over and show us how to make super-delicious smoothies! Joy to the world.
Two - We'll be taking the first step in a three step process of having a huge crazy muralparty. Tonight's task: look at the walls and talk about the muralparty. How will we do it? What does it mean? Will it work???
Three - Soap operas. Drama. Acting. Yes, we're going to FILM a SOAP opera. It should be wildly inappropriate (Tony) and scary (Eric). Dawn of Our Lives? Panda is the official namer, and he's got some good ones.
So come on out tonight and do these things! Oh, also, there's going to be open stage stuff. I'll probably read a thirty second radio spot that'll be pretty uninteresting. Exciting!
Friday, January 21
Lee the Lizard is having a birthday party soon! Probably tomorrow. The tentative theme is bad ideas.., The Bad Idea Party!
Saturday evening to Sunday afternoon.
Something to consider: a diaper party could be fun, but it's actually pretty cold in Texas right now. Save the idea, or push forward?
Potential consequences.., what do female babies wear as tops? Could be a problem. Breast feeding: is it legal, in public, in Texas? Must research. Wearing nothing except a diaper + wintry January chill = miserable party? Also, Eric and Tony in diapers will almost certainly lead to self-defecation. How much do adult diapers cost? Can adults change themselves? Gloves? Lots to think about.
Thursday, January 20
Look at the navigation bar up there: now we have a link for videos!
Wednesday, January 19
So the semester began yesterday, and was awesome. Many dejennerates were on campus, engaging in dejenneration. BUT, tonight, we'll be rejennerating at our weekly Open Stage Night. Expect peformances of some sort from someone (we're still ironing out the details), and terms with the word "Jenner" taking the place of the sound "gener." That's fresh out of the oven, my friends.
And no, this wasn't a pointless update.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
So, we HAD been doing a pretty good job of keeping TheJennerHouse.com updated and current and somewhat relevant. Over the last two weeks or so, that hasn't really been happening. Why? Well, Gloworama was a big part of it. Freagle and The Funtastic Five were quickly thrown together and made an appearance at the George R. Brown for New Year's Eve (lots of fun). We managed to fit TWELVE people onto the Freagle and parade around and get interviewed by channel 13 and not get arrested or break down or embarasss ourselves on TV. Success! But, grounds for not having time to update the site.
Also, there was a super-critical deadline for grad school on Friday that sucked all of the extra available time (grad school is important!). Then, on top of all that, our server company decided to "terminate" TheJennerHouse.com's account for certain reasons, and we didn't have all that great of a backup for when things got.., back up, so the site was down and then broken for a while. But it's back now, for real this time.
As part of this grad school application nonsense, there are now videos online of some of the things that we do. Look!
Wednesday, December 29
Tonight: Carlos and Veronica play music, Jenner House displays its new organ, and electronic poetry is performed! Expect fiddles and electronica, low-noise organism, and the introduction of yet another new art form!
Monday, December 27
Today our lovely Mark "The Juggler" Cochran will be in town.., working! That's right, The MC himself has actually managed to become employed. In his honor, we're having the first ever Mark Cochran Champagne Jam! Also happening are a Fix the Freagle Party, The Gloworama Costumification Ball, and Play With Taser Time!
Also, we'd like to send out a special thank you to Suzanne C. of Austin County, Texas, for being our most loyal reader. Thanks Suzanne!
Wednesday, December 22
Tonight is The Jenner House Christmas Special Open Stage . We'll have that song where the dogs bark jingle bells, egg nog with really cheap booze (whiskey?) in it, and the debut of our brand new costume factory!
Everything's been rearranged again as we prepare for Gloworama on New Year's Eve. The people capacity of the Freagle will be tested. Costumes will be sketched. Plans.., will be made.
Oh, and if anyone has a truck that can tow a 33 foot RV in from Dickinson, we'd really appreciate it. The Jenner House may be spreading.., into the backyard!
Tuesday, December 21
Big news.., Freagle and the Funtastic Five have been invited to participate in Gloworama! "Since when has this 'funtastic five' nonsense been associated with the Freagle", you ask? Since yesterday.
Our theme is one of superheroism. Costumes with lights will be made and parts will be played. This will also be the last outing of the Freagle before it's converted into the Freagle (but painted as a parrot). Some of our super-roles are as follows..,
Joy as Ms. Bubbles (with real bubble blowing!)
Tony as Senor Mexico (handing out complimentary limes and jalapenos!)
Leeland as Mister America (versus the senor?!?)
Panda as SuperNude (minus shirt and pants!)
Eric as ScaryMan (for the kids!)
Me as Taser Boy (giving it all for entertainment)
Mark as Evil King Ireland (menacing!)
One of the neat things about Gloworama is that it's the only thing in the central time zone that's worth broadcasting at our midnight on New Year's Eve (Chicago who?). Channel 13 will be filming our super-antics and probably interviewing Eric. Should be hilarious.
Speaking of interviews and Channel 13, Alex was on TV the other night! One of his F-150s broke down for the seventeenth time, and the safe/clear tow truck had a camera crew in it. Apparently the city of Houston thinks that it's a good idea to cut costs by stopping the safe/clear program. Alex disagreed and made the lead story on the evening news. Go Alex!
Last and least, it's been revealed that yellowpages.com has somehow mishmashed The Jenner House and Casa Zebra. LOOK!. We heartily encourage all of you kids with your face books to go ahead and review us (we're a karaoke venue and night club, apparently) as the rip-roaring trainwreck that we are. Also, we have a Google places page - evil google and got a more-than-zero-stars review! Yay!
Finally, The Jenner House Christmas Special will be tomorrow. More information to come tomorrow.
Click here for old news..,
What is a Jenner?
A Jenner is a lot of things: unrehearsed Shakespeare, impromptu
puppetry, sloppy karaoke, horrible poetry, and a dog. Sometimes there
are blacklights. Once there was a swing. The Jenner is an open-mic
experiment with a wooden stage and dimming lights and grocery coolers
and a geodesic dome. All are welcome. Come
Get on 45 north until you're just north of downtown (by U of H Downtown) and take the exit for Main Street. Turn right (south) on Main Street until you see Poppa Burger on your left. Take a left on the road (Harrington) immediately before Poppa Burger. You'll go eight blocks and see The Jenner on the right (at the intersection of Harrington and Chapman). The street address is 1619 Chapman. The phone address is (832) 322-1916.
Home | Videos
| Photo Gallery |
Cut it out Crew |
Brent for President |