Inaugural eSports Event

Houston Outlaws watch party at The Cannon

The Houston Outlaws kick off their inaugural season this Thursday night. The Cannon/Facebook

The city of Houston has another professional team to root for, the Houston Outlaws professional e-Sports team. The Houston Outlaws gaming team will begin their season this Thursday, and fans can watch all the action on giant screens inside a large warehouse located at The Cannon right here in Houston. Tonight's game will stream and broadcast live from Los Angeles, and anyone can come out and enjoy all the action at the watch party from 5-10PM. Houston based e-sports company, Mainline, is hosting the watch party for tonight's inaugural season opening match between the Houston Outlaws and the Philadelphia Fusion.

Let me give you some details on the makeup of the league. The Overwatch League consists of two divisions, each with six teams, that compete over a five-month season and reward the winning team with a $1 million prize. The Houston Outlaws, owned by Optic Gaming, have a roster that consists of 10 players that will compete in virtual missions against the Philadelphia Fusion this Thursday.

Fans can attend the event for free, and have several food trucks to choose from if they brought their appetites with them. No Label Brewery will also be in attendance and will offer complimentary beer service to those 21 and over. The entire family is encouraged to come out, but minors need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

If you're a gaming fan or just looking for something to do Thursday night, head over to The Cannon and check out the watch party for the Houston Outlaws inaugural match.

 

 

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This article originally appeared on CultureMap.

It's that time of year: Houston Ballet's packed and popular Nutcracker Market will be held Thursday, November 14, through Sunday, November 17, at NRG Center with more than 100,000 shoppers expected to scoop up everything "Christmasy" that can fit under a tree, down a chimney, on a dinner table or you can put a bow on it.

About 260 merchants, including 23 rookie booths, will kick back 11 percent of their sales toward the Houston Ballet Foundation. When you add in all the admission money, thousands of Houston area students will get a valuable lesson in the arts.

As always, all roads will lead to booth 920, to the back and to the right in NRG Center, where the Donne Di Domani ladies will be selling their legendary marinara sauce for the 28th year. Donne Di Domani means "Women of Tomorrow" in Italian, or "Spaghetti Sauce Ladies" in plain English.

The sauce is still $10 a bottle, credit cards accepted. If you buy a 12-bottle case for $120, they'll throw in a dozen recipe cards guaranteed to please the family, including your uncle who comes to your house each Christmas and does nothing but complain about your cooking.

Here's why I love writing about these ladies. Sure their sauce is amazing. Consider this a warning: If you wait till Sunday to buy the sauce, you'll be the little piggy who had none. But the real story is what Donne Di Domani does with their profits — we're talking millions here. Yeah, they sell a lot of sauce.

Each year, after the market closes and they total up the profits, the ladies decide which charities they'll support. It's a long list of organizations such as Shelter for Cancer Families, Casa Juan Diego, Triumph Over Kid Cancer, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, the Carmelite Nuns of New Caney, and many more.

One year, when I was in the hospital getting my X-rays touched up, I heard that Sister Angel and the Carmelite Nuns said a prayer for me. Wrong church, wrong pew, but I'll take it.

Pawsing for our heroes
The charities may change, but the ladies will always support an organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families. Last year the charity was Folded Flag, which lends a hand to widows and children of soldiers killed in the line of duty.

In recent years, Donne Di Domani sponsored service dogs trained by Patriot Paws in Rockwell, Texas. I've been to Rockwell and seen how these remarkable dogs help wounded veterans get through their day. It costs $30,000 to train a dog, and the dogs are given free to vets who need them. Donne Di Domani so far has sponsored four Patriot Paws dogs:

"Hoffy," who was named after me (best honor I ever received), didn't make the grade. His mind wandered and he didn't concentrate on his studies. (The acorn sure didn't fall far from the tree.)

Continue on CultureMap to find out what happened to "Hoffy."

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