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Thursday, October 5, 2023

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Make the best of the last weeks of summer

As summer draws to a close, we can’t help but feel sympathetic toward those Cougars who have been knocking out classes for the last two months in summer school. Of course, that’s certainly a productive way to spend the summer months, but it’s also nice to have a little fun in between the fall and spring semesters.

The living is supposed to be easy during the summer, but if you’ve spent it with your nose in a book, stressing about tests and writing papers, it’s likely been anything but. With that being said, here’s how to make the best of what’s left of your summer.

Catch some waves

The beach is most commonly associated with summer, especially because we live so close to both Surfside and Galveston beaches.

Of the two, it would be better to go to Surfside because the atmosphere is a lot more conducive to an enjoyable day on the beach. Pack a few sandwiches, sunscreen, a Frisbee and a good mix CD and make your way down to the coast.

Get your Shakespeare fix

UH students and directors are performing “Othello” and “Taming of the Shrew” at Miller Outdoor Theatre as part of the 37th annual Houston Shakespeare Festival. Since 1975, the UH School of Theatre & Dance has worked on HSF, which has become one of the biggest summer entertainment events in Houston — best of all, it’s free.

Performances start at 8:30 p.m., alternating each night between “Othello” and “Taming of the Shrew” from now until Aug. 7.

Turn up the tunes

Even though Kings of Leon canceled their show in Houston a few days ago, August is still going to be a great month for music.

For starters, Arctic Monkeys is playing tonight at House of Blues — a band that will always be easy on the ears and on the eyes.

If that’s not really your style, you’ve got Chicago, Ted Nugent, Blue October and so many others to choose from this month.

Boost your ‘spirits’

If you’re looking to spend a little time on the wild side, a little bar hopping will help you in those efforts.

If the club scene is what catches your fancy, Avenue on Washington and Boondocks are both great places to go dance the night away.

With good drink specials, little-to-no cover charges and fantastic DJs, you can’t go wrong.

If you’re looking for something more quaint, Kelvin Arms pub in Rice Village is certain to please. Once a bank, the vault has been turned into a sitting room with a fireplace, books and comfortable chairs for its guests — it is a perfect place to have a drink with close friends.

No matter how you spend the remaining weeks of the summer, there’s always something to do in Houston.

Do what makes you happy before the fall semester and your studies eats away your leisure time.

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