Over The Weekend: Hooch and Pooch, Keller Williams, Van Halen and Sundance

This weekend was a blur – the good kind. There was drinking, dogs, dancing and, oh yeah, Diamond Dave. Dig in:

Hooch and Pooch by Kitchen Dog Theater

Jay Breaux, Laura Sears and Lee Trull at Hooch and Pooch. Check out 20 photos from the party. (Melanie Gomez)

The folks at Kitchen Dog Theater went all out for the 2008 Hooch and Pooch gala Saturday night. There were Hoochinis and Poochinis available at the vodka bar, doggy bags filled with gift certificates to a variety of stores, a silent auction (one item up for grabs was an original Al Satterwhite print of the Houston Astrodome) and a lively dance floor thanks to DJ DeLuxe. We were a little bummed that we didn't run into anyone with their dogs – who were invited to the shindig, too.

Keller Williams at House of Blues

In addition to enjoying the jam band vibe at the Keller Williams and the WMD'S show Friday night, our reviewer Darren Burgfeld was fully impressed by the band's musical ability. We always prefer to see bands who have, you know, real talent.

Van Halen at American Airlines Center

Dude, what can we say? We're happy to see Van Halen (not Van Hagar) back in action. More than 20 years after the fact, and the group still entertains. If you missed it, don't worry. Van Halen returns to the AAC on March 3.

Sundance Closes

While our resident film guru Robert Wilonsky returned from the 2008 Sundance Film Festival last week, his LA Weekly counterpart Scott Foundas filled us in on the Sundance winners Sunday afternoon. -- Chelsea Ide

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