New this week: Godzilla vs Kong, 'Concrete Cowboy' & Mahalia
This combination photo shows poster art for the film "Godzilla vs Kong," premiering on HBO Max on March 31, left, "Concrete Cowboy," premiering April 2 on Netflix and "Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia," premiering April 3 on Lifetime. (HBO Max/Netflix/Lifetime via AP)Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES— Two of cinema’s most famous giants are headed for an old-fashioned big budget clash in “Godzilla vs. Kong,” available on HBO Max for 31 days starting Friday. After a pandemic-induced blockbuster drought, Henry told the AP that the film will be a welcome change of pace. Ad— Legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson gets overdue biopic attention in a Lifetime film debuting Saturday.
Concrete Cowboy will not host tequila-filled 'mask off' party after backlash from local officials
The COVID-19 mask mandate may be ending, but "mask-off" parties are most certainly not the way to celebrate. ANGER & CONFUSION: Houston bar workers fear for safety after lifted mask mandateThe event has since been canceled following complaints from local officials. On Monday evening, Turner announced on Twitter that the party was no longer happening. "I appreciate the owners of @ConcreteCowboyH for putting the safety of their employees and guests as a top priority," Turner wrote. This isn't the first time Concrete Cowboy has found itself in the hot seat.chron.com
Houston To Open 2nd Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccination Site Near George Bush Airport – Houston Public Media
The city opened its first drive-thru vaccination site at Delmar Stadium earlier this year. The Houston Health Department will open up a second drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site in a parking lot near George Bush Intercontinental Airport, health officials said Monday. "We’ll continue to target those that are most vulnerable.”The city first opened a drive-thru vaccination site at Delmar Stadium earlier this year. Some applauded the decision, including the Greater Houston Restaurant Association, which argued that it would bring local restaurant owners needed relief. And I want to thank Concrete Cowboy.”The mayor added that he believed the city’s local COVID-19 status will be in “much better shape” in two months, thanks to vaccinations.houstonpublicmedia.org
Turner Thanks Concrete Cowboy For Cancelling "Mask Off Party" After Public Backlash
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Greg Abbott’s announcement that he was ending Texas’ mask mandate and that businesses could soon reopen 100 percent, coronavirus be damned. By Monday afternoon, Turner was publicly thanking Concrete Cowboy’s owner, Dan Wierck, after the bar operator decided to cancel the mask-free shindig. In a since-deleted Instagram ad, Concrete Cowboy was inviting Houstonians to come out and party sans masks as soon as Gov. “I want to thank Concrete Cowboy for the steps that they are taking, and I believe it’s in the best interest of the health and safety of Houstonians,” Turner said.houstonpress.com
Concrete Cowboy cancels ‘mask off’ party and closes its venues ahead of Wednesday, Mayor Turner announces
Turner encouraged all Houston-area business to continue to enforce the mask policy, despite Abbott’s order. — Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) March 8, 2021The Houston Health Department announced that the city’s COVID-19 positivity rate is 13.1%, which is up from last week. During the news conference, the Houston Health Department said the U.K. COVID-19 variant was growing in Houston’s wastewater. On Feb. 8, the U.K. COVID-19 strand was found in 21 of the 39 wastewater plants in the city, according the Health Department. The Brazilian and the South African variant was also found in the city’s wastewater, but the Health Department was not able to release the exact measurements just yet.
Local leaders, doctors concerned about ‘mask off’ party planned at Washington Avenue bar
HOUSTON – State and local leaders, along with health care workers, will gather Sunday to condemn and demand a “Mask Off” party at a local nightclub located on Washington Avenue be canceled. AdLocal leaders and health experts condemn a “Mask Off” party at a local nightclub located on Washington Avenue. Max Levy said he wouldn’t be attending but believed the nightclub had a right to do what they wanted. “I do believe it’s the personal businesses right to decide for themselves what dress code they want to enforce whether that’s a mask or no mask,” Levy said. He said he understands COVID fatigue is real but believes we have come too far not to be responsible.