LPI is located approximately 30 miles southeast of downtown Houston, which is the nation's fourth largest city. Co-convener Robbie Herrick invites you to sample the downtown theatre district, home of world-class performing arts and a thriving restaurant/nightclub scene. On the evening of February 8, the Houston Symphony and the two major theatre groups will all be hosting performances that start at 8:00 p.m. The plan is to rent a shuttle bus that will depart promptly at 6:00 p.m. from the LPI. Dinner will be at 6:30 at Birraporetti's, a popular Italian restaurant within a block of the three performance halls. The shuttle bus will leave to take people back to the LPI at 11:00 p.m. For those who do not wish to attend a performance, there are a multitude of pubs and clubs of every variety within walking distance, and Robbie will be happy to make suggestions of where to go. The theatre district area of Houston is safe to walk around in. Costs will be roughly as follows:

Shuttle Bus:
$15–$20 per person, depending on how many people sign up. Parking is abundant in the area, but costs $5–$10, so we recommend you avoid the hassle of taking a rental car downtown and sign up for the shuttle bus.

~$25 per person, served as a buffet to ensure that everyone makes the show on time. Includes salad, choices of four entrees, garlic bread, choice of two desserts, coffee, tea, and soda. Alcoholic beverages are extra.

Ticket prices are listed for moderately priced seats, and blocks of these seats will be purchased for those who sign up. All three of the venues will give a discount (10–20%) if we have 10 or more people, so ticket prices may be less than quoted. If you don't want to sit with the group, you can order tickets on line from each organization.

Houston Symphony ($40–$50)
Dvorak — Othello
Adler — Concerto for Horn and Orchestra
Beethoven — Symphony #7

The Alley Theatre ($40–$50)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Theatre Under the Stars ($46–$58)
My Fair Lady

If you are interested, please e-mail Robbie Herrick at by Wednesday, January 8, indicating whether you would like to participate in the shuttle transportation, the dinner, and/or one of the performances (and which performance). As noted above, prices are somewhat dependent on who signs up for what, so Robbie will sort that out and send out final cost information on January 10. You will be requested to reply by January 13 confirming that you are willing to pay the cost, and a check needs to be sent TO ROBBIE that arrives by January 20 (checks should be made payable to Robert Herrick, and should be mailed to the address below). Robbie will front the money only for foreign guests who cannot pay by check, and those individuals will be expected to pay in cash upon arrival at the workshop. (Dr. Herrick will be fronting the money for some of these activities, and will not appreciate being stuck with your bill!)

THIS IS NOT AN LPI-SANCTIONED EVENT. IT IS BEING ORGANIZED ENTIRELY AS A PRIVATE FUNCTION BY DR. HERRICK. If you miss the bus (either direction), don't like the food, don't like your seats, or have any other complaints or mishaps, it is not the responsibility of the LPI or Dr. Herrick.

For more information please contact:

Robert Herrick
Lunar and Planetary Institute
3600 Bay Area Boulevard
Houston TX 77058-1113
Phone:  281-486-2116

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