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volume 12 | issue 136 letter from the editor Photography by Sofia van der Dys Hair by Elia Graves at Ceron Salon Keratin Complex by Copolla by Rebecca Minier at Studio 21

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ccording to statistics, nearly 6,200 weddings take place in the United States daily, and I’m pretty sure all those brides took over the George R. Brown convention center in January for the Bridal Extravaganza.

My sister, and 002’s lifestyle editor, Beatrice is getting married in October so we are in the midst of wedding planning and stopped by the Extravaganza to get organized. My wedding was out of the country, which made my CARLA VALENCIA de MARTINÉZ experience…well, honestly SO much easier than a local wedding. There’s so much you can’t control when it’s a destination wedding, I highly recommend it. Couples spend $72 billion per year on weddings and the average budget per couple is $20,000. I’m happy to say this issue has many options to help you spend it! We’re in LOVE with our fashion spread on page 40 shot by Kennon Evett. It will be hard to choose a dress, but Luvi Wheelock of Casa de Novia always has great options. Here are a few to get you day dreaming. We’ve also mixed in some J.Crew options, a great source for the bride, groom and bridal party frocks. Ladies, you’ll need some lacy lovelies to see you through the honeymoon, flip to page 32 for some options. And what about those last second emergencies? Beatrice has some remedies on page 39. Reyne Haines offers ideas for selecting vintage china on page 37. And check out some local couples that were recently hitched on page 50. April 22 is Earth Day, we honor Mother Earth on page 39. There’s so much more, so grab your favorite beverage, find a nice spot somewhere outside to take advantage of this fabulous weather before it gets too hot and turn the page – as always, we’re jam-packed with information. Statistics taken from www.soundvision.com/info/weddings/statistics.asp

Carla Valencia de Martinéz

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PUBLISHER alejandro martinéz ext 16 a.martinez@002mag.com EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | CREATIVE DIRECTOR carla valencia de martinéz ext 13 c.valencia@002mag.com CONTRIBUTING EDITOR victoria bartlett ART DIRECTOR alex rosa ext 17 arosa@002mag.com LIFESTYLE EDITOR beatrice valencia ext 11 bvalencia@002mag.com ASSOCIATE EDITOR pixie ibañez ext 10 pixie@002mag.com be hip.current.cool ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER @ 002MAG.COM william king ext 18 w.king@002mag.com ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES carlos valencia ext 12 cevalencia@002mag.com jarrod klawinsky ext 15 jklawinsky@002mag.com ACCOUNT PAYABLES isabel terraso ext 14 isabel@002mag.com PHOTOGRAPHERS cody bess, kim coffman, kennon evett, jill hunter, jaime lagdameo, gabriella nissen, daniel ortiz, jack potts, anthony rathbun, sofia van der dys CONTRIBUTING WRITERS shyla batwilla, michael garfield, sarah gish, sandra gunn, reyne haines, travis jones, tim moloney, jenni rebecca stephenson, lance scott walker, scott ward CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS dikka afidick, kainaz amaria, angela duncan, tarick foteh, amanda guthrie, arthur garcia, christopher rosales, chicago kim, nhan nguyen, alexander’s portraits, pathik shanh, louie saletan, plaine studios Shot by Kennon Evett Makeup+hair by Cherri Evett Art Direction by Carla Valencia de Martinez + Alexandre Rosa Styling by Beatrice Valencia + Carla Valencia WEDDING BELLES

Caitlin in Ann Bowen at Casa de Novia, bouquet with rosemary, thistle and succulents, Bergner Johnson. Phenix in J. Crew with bouquet of poppies plus various bright orange and yellow flowers, Bergner Johnson. Both wear Chiefs of Enchantment Headpieces. 002houston Magazine is published monthly by NODO Magazine, L.L.C., 1310 NANCE ST. STUDIO C, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002. Copyright © 2010 by NODO Magazine L.L.C. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. 002houston Magazine does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertising or editorial, nor do the publishers assume responsibility should such advertising or editorial appear. For subscription information, call 713.223.5333x14 or send a check or money order for $35.00 to 002houston Magazine, 1310 NANCE ST. STUDIO C, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002.

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april 2010

48 things I love 50 REAL WEDDINGS 54 archichat: jeremy mcfarland 56 002 profile: sam gainer

4 letter from the editor 6 table of contents 8 contributors | scene 10 houston map 12 downtown map 14 uptown map + party pics 16 on our radar 18 calendar 20 museum district 22 art houses + museums + exhibits 24 destination: esperanza + nola

40 57 architecture+design 58 tools + toys + gadgets 59 wise guy 60 IT’S COOL TO BE COOL AT THE WEDDING

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25 gish at the movies 26 FOR ART’S SAKE: MOLLY GOCHMAN

32 28 phone shots 29 spacetaker 30 born cool. grow hip 32 SEXY SUNDAY 33 MAY DAY, MAY DAY, BRIDAL EMERGENCY

62 restaurant listings 66 dinewrite: brookstreet bbq 68 chef’s special: danton nix 70 new restaurants 72 the scene 76 recording: mike moe 77 CLUB REVIEW: NOUVEAU ANTIQUE ART BAR 78 nightlife

60 33 34 people of Houston 35 RETAIL WRAP: SWIFT & CO. 37 bells will be ringing 38 costumes for cocktails 39 earth day 40 L IS FOR THE WAY YOU LOOK AT ME… 47 wedding listings

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80 sipcodes 81 cd reviews 82 crossword puzzle + before we go

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4 LETTER FROM THE EDITOR 6 TABLE OF CONTENTS 8 CONTRIBUTORS | SCENE 10 HOUSTON MAP 12 DOWNTOWN MAP 14 UPTOWN MAP + PARTY PICS 16 ON OUR RADAR 18 CALENDAR 20 MUSEUM DISTRICT 22 ART HOUSES + MUSEUMS + EXHIBITS 24 EARTH DAY 25 GISH AT THE MOVIES 26 FOR ART’S SAKE: MOLL GOCHMAN 28 PHONE SHOTS 29 SPACETAKER 30 BORN COOL GROW HIP 32 PEOPLE OF HOUSTON 34 RETAIL WRAP: SWIFT & CO. 35 BELLS WILL BE RINGING 36 COSTUMES FOR COCKTAILS 37 DESTINATION: ESPERANZA 38 SEXY SUNDAY 39 MAY DAY, MAY DAY, BRIDAL EMERGENCY 40 L IS FOR THE WAY YOU LOOK AT ME… 47 WEDDING LISTINGS 48 THINGS I LOVE 50 REAL WEDDINGS 54 ARCHICHAT: JEREMY MCFARLAND 56 002 PROFILE: SAM GAINER 57 ARCHITECTURE+DESIGN: 58 TOOLS + TOYS + GADGETS 59 WISE GUY 60 IT’S COOL TO BE COOL AT THE WEDDING 62 RESTAURANT LISTINGS 66 DINEWRITE: BROOKSTREET BBQ 68 CHEF’S SPECIAL: DANTON NIX 70 NEW RESTAURANTS 72 THE SCENE 76 RECORDING: MIKE MOE 77 CLUB REVIEW: NOUVEAU ANTIQUE ART BAR 78 NIGHTLIFE 80 SIPCODES 81 CD REVIEWS 82 CROSSWORD PUZZLE + BEFORE WE GO 4 LETTER FROM THE EDITOR 6 TABLE OF CONTENTS 8 CONTRIBUTORS | SCENE 10 HOUSTON MAP 12 DOWNTOWN MAP 14 UPTOWN MAP + PARTY PICS 16 ON OUR RADAR 18 CALENDAR 20


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contributors

This month we asked our contributors to share a wedding memory…

On March 19, 1966, Texas Western University beat the University of Kentucky in the finals of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament 72-65. Unranked before the season started it was a glorious win for the Miners against the powerhouse Kentucky team. Bobby Joe Hill, at 5 foot 10 inches, scored 20 points and assured his place in college basketball history alongside his coach, Don Haskins. But basketball history wasn’t the only story rewritten that night. During this time of the Civil Rights movement, Coach Haskins started five African-American players for the first time in this championship game, while Coach Adolph Rupp’s Kentucky was the last team to start five white players in the championship game. The love of my life and I watched the game on TV on our wedding night. Among other things. VICTORIA BARTLETT | CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Your wedding will come and go in a flash. Before you know it, you are on a plane Bali-bound. You and your husband are trying to remember details of the fabulous soiree, but unfortunately you soon realize you remember only bits and pieces. Having been a victim of this disorder once before, I decided to do something different the second time around. Once you’re done with all the formalities and you have shared some time with your guests dancing and prancing, step away for a brief moment. Grab your hubby, get some bubbly, find a spot that has a great view of the reception, take it all in and become a spectator. Observing the details and watching your guests having a ball is simply priceless and, yes…the memories will last forever!

Photography by Pathik Shanh

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EVENT RHAPSODY IN BLUES WHY POST-CONCERT PARTY WHERE HOUSE OF BLUES WHEN JANUARY 15

More than 200 music lovers flocked to the House of Blues for the Houston Symphony’s Young Professionals Backstage party where they were treated to a jazz-infused concert. Immediately following was the after party. Guests sipped on some cocktails, nibbled on some tasty bites courtesy of the HOB and enjoyed the spirited vocals of blues band Texas Johnny Boy.

PIXIE IBAÑEZ | ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Believe it or not, I have been the best man at three weddings (always the groomsman, never the groom, and let’s keep it that way). My first tour of duty took me to Mexico City to see my college roommate getting married at a leftist agitator’s rural compound. (There were wanted posters of our host posted in the garage.) My second best man role took me to Hilton Head, South Carolina, where everyone was drinking before and during the wedding at the yacht club. By the end of the ceremony, and before the reception, we were all showing each other our tattoos. My final trip down the aisle was in Seabrook for my friend Dallas’ wedding at the Lakewood Yacht Club. I was told repeatedly that I would not have to make a toast but, sure enough, two hours and 87 drinks in, I found the spotlight on my face and a mic in my hand. Luckily, I’m a charming drunk and everything went over pretty well. I’m available for your next wedding if your prospects are pretty slim.

Nic Phillips, Heather Pray, David Rassin

Stephanie Morales, Kristin Lackey

TIM MOLONEY | CONTRIBUTING WRITER

I feel like I’ve been to a million weddings in the last 2 years. Every single one different but every single one beautiful. From weddings at country clubs, on ranches, in hotels – so many had unique and beautiful touches. Being that I’m now in the hot seat planning my own wedding, I applaud all those beautiful brides and those details that you spent time and effort, sleep, thinking over. I never leave a wedding scrutinizing the details. My most memorable experiences are when you walk down the aisle. I cry every single time. It’s a beautiful moment coming to culmination walking toward your best friend. It’s the most unplanned, unrehearsed, awaited moment when true emotion radiates. This raw beautiful moment is the one I’m most looking forward to on my day. Hopefully, I’ll keep my tears in this time.

Joe Campbell, Carla Marsh

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Amanda Tozzi-Williams, Rebecca Zabinski

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Jennifer Reyna, Debbie Levy, Matthew Strauss

Nicole Malmberg, Rachel Drovillard, Katy Campion

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Downtown......................................1 Holocaust Museum.........................2 Galleria..........................................3 Uptown Park..................................4 River Oaks Park.............................5 Rice Village....................................6 Highland Village............................7 Memorial City................................8 Town & Country Village..................9 CityCentre...................................10 Sam Houston Race Park..............11 Katy Mills...................................12 Sugar Land.................................13 Zoo ............................................14 Museum District..........................15 George Bush Intl. Airport............16 Hobby Airport.............................17 Space Center Houston.................18 Kemah........................................19 Miller Outdoor Theatre................20 Contemporary Arts Museum........21 Houston Museum of Fine Arts......22 Children’s Museum......................23 Houston Museum of Natural Science..24 Houston Arboretum.....................25 Houston Theater District..............26 The Woodlands............................27


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EVENT 2010 HEART BALL WHY TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION WHERE HILTON AMERICAS WHEN FEBRUARY 13 A-listers arrived at the 2010 Heart Ball decked in gorgeous gowns and perfectly tailored suits. The 400+ guests were ready to pour their hearts out and contribute to a great cause. The silent auction took center stage as partygoers battled for their favorite items with a live auction during dinner. Let’s just say, the bids were in full throttle! Proceeds for the evening benefited the American Heart Association. The red-frocked crowd dined and danced the night away to music by Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters. After the grand event, guests made their way to the fabulous after party, “Beat Goes On,” on the 24th floor Skyline.

David and Mary Ann McKeithan

Judy and Wayne McConnell, Montrese Malone

Don and Patti Murphy

Anne Marie Henick, Celeste Schenck

Tim Connelly and Jan Carson, Philamena and Arthur Baird

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EVENT PASSION FOR FASHION WHY KICK-OFF PARTY WHERE ROBIN REIMER’S HOME WHEN MARCH 23

The Passion for Fashion kick-off party, hosted by Robin Reimer, recapped the luncheon, which featured an interview with Designer Dana Buchman and benefitting the Fashion and Interior Design programs at Houston Community College. Guests mingled and munched on hors d’oeuvres as they floated around Reimer’s gorgeous dwelling, admiring the display of award-winning designs from the 2009 Flash and Trash Event, where students turned recycled materials into wacky and wearable art in hopes of winning cash awards and donated couture gowns.

Robin and Charles Reimer, Kelley Zuniga, Leisa Holland

Vic Tamborella, Kelley Ellis

Rachel Leonards, Elizabeth Leonards

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radar MUSICAL CHAIRS A bride knows how even the decision of chairs for the reception can turn into a big decision. We just found out High Fashion Fabrics is renting an Illusion Chair – your decision just got tougher. Think the über-chic Ghost chair, without the über-price tag. They have them in arm and armless, and rent for $15 each.

gastro Cyclone Anaya’s Mexican Kitchen, BRIO Tuscan Grille, Ruggles Green and Jamba Juice will be making their way to CityCentre in Town & Country this spring. | Landmark Houston Hospitality Group (L2HG) recently acquired full control of the Ruggles Grille 5115 from proprietor Bruce Molzan. The hot spot in Saks Fifth Avenue, closed last month for a quick revamp featuring a lounge, restaurant and new menu from executive chef Pedro Silva, should be back in business by the time you read this. | Chef Philippe Schmit (of the famed bistro moderne) will soon be back with his new restaurant concept, PHILIPPE Restaurant and Lounge in BLVD Place on Post Oak Boulevard at Ambassador Way. “It’s not going to be a rehash of bistro moderne, PHILIPPE is going to be much more accessible and much more casual. It’s taken a lot of patience and drive to get here, but the result will be my dream restaurant tailor-made for Houston. It’s a passion project,” said Schmit. What recession? FREEBIRDS – the burrito kings – are expanding this year with 26 new restaurants in Texas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Southern California, doubling the current number of FREEBIRDS locations to 52

The Ybarra brothers, and their one sister, continue to rewrite the rules of Tex Mex in recession. El Toro Mexican Restaurant #7 made its debut across town at Westheimer and Kirkwood, adding to their existing 5 Tex Mex eateries, and the family shows no signs of stopping. The vibe at El Toro westside is hip and the food is caliente. 11920 Westheimer. 281.920.4840, www.eltorotexmex.com

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park The "green" Hermann Park Lake Plaza near downtown Houston is currently seeking LEED Gold Certification with its variety of green strategies addressing site, water, energy, materials and resource conservation. For example, shed roofs designed to produce positive airflow through breezeways to cool pedestrians; all mature trees were saved and incorporated into the Plaza’s design; and the glulam timber wood used in the buildings’ construction is a renewable resource with six million trees planted daily in the US. The Plaza encompasses 8 acres and is the threshold to the 445-acre Hermann Park with newly landscaped grounds featuring native plants, scenic promenades plus five newly constructed buildings, including a paddle boat pavilion with a boathouse, the Mini-Train depot with satellite stations throughout, public restrooms, a café and terrace, and a volunteer and maintenance building.

junk in your trunk If you haven’t gotten around to figuring out eBay and how to sell those Coach tennis shoes you never wore or that DIOR you had to have, chances are you aren’t going to…Junk in your Trunk will sell it for you in three easy steps. Step 1, you either drop off your items or a pick-up can be arranged. Step 2, your items are sold via eBay, Craig’s List, estate sales or auction house. And, Step 3, you get a commission check in the mail. They recommend you sell items worth more than $50, since they charge $4.99 per item listed. But, please don’t try to sell junk! For more information, email Ashley Zarr at ashleyzarr@gmail.com.

beauty Dionysus Salon & Spa, an Aveda Lifestyle Salon, recently opened a location in Midtown designed with some of the newest green technologies, such as SpectraLights and computerized lighting, water and air conditioning systems, to ensure that both clients and Mother Earth are pampered. 3201 Louisiana Street at Elgin.

SHOPORTUNISTIC Rebecca & Drew not only leads the way with their TrioFit technology ensuring women of all sizes get a good fit on their Button Downs, now they launched R&D. The line features shirts and dresses with the same patented TrioFit technology sizing garments by bra size and height but at half the price of Rebecca & Drew’s signature line, starting at $85. 2015 D West Gray in River Oaks Shopping Center.


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April 3, The Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Discovery Green launches in conjunction with the Earth Day Houston celebration at the park. The market will be open12-4pm, every Sunday. www.discoverygreen.com. April 8 - 10, Simon Fashion Now™ at the Galleria. Presented by Cadillac. www.simon.com April 17 - 18 & 24 - 25, 40th annual Houston International Festival spotlights the Caribbean, 12pm. www.ifest.org or purchase tickets at H-E-B stores. April 1- 3 & 8 - 10, Puccini’s La Boheme presented by Opera in the Heights! at Lambert Hall. www.operaintheheights.org April 10 - 11, The 5th Annual Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival along The Waterway and Town Green Park, 10am-6pm. www.woodlandsartsfestival.com. April 17 - 18, The 26th Annual BP MS 150 Bike Ride. www.ms150.org.

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CWMP Easter at The Pavilion Presented by First Baptist Church The Woodlands 10am Stages Speech & Debate 3pm

Central Market Cooking School What’s New Cupcake? Karen Tack and Alan Richardson 6:30-9pm.

Hobby Masquerade: The Full Monty 2pm | BIH: In The Heights 2 & 7:30pm HOB State Farm N’ Los Lonely Boys 7pm Jones HS: Shostakovich’s Fifth 8pm Main Street Driftwood 3pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Philadelphia Phillies 1:05pm Stages Speech & Debate 3pm Warehouse Camera Obscura 8pm Wortham SPA: Interpreti Veneziani 7:30pm

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Alley Inprint: Dorianne Laux and Patricia Smith 7:30pm HOB US Air Guitar Championship in the Bronze Peacock Room 7:30pm

The Houston Arboretum offers a bevy of activities and events! 713.366.0421, www.houstonarboretum.org for more information and to preregister for them. Central Market Top Chef Contestant Tre Wilcox 6:30-9pm.

4th Annual Just ’N Auction, 6pm at Alley Theatre. Presented by the Bayou City Performing Arts. $35 presale; $50 at door. www.bcpahouston.org. Keels and Wheels at CITY-

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Hobby BIH: In The Heights 8pm Hobby Minute Maid Astros vs. San BIH: In Francisco Giants 1:05pm The Heights 8pm Stages Speech & Debate 7:30pm Jones HS: Shostakovich’s Toyota Rockets vs. Utah Jazz 7:30pm Fifth 8pm Warehouse The Big Pink 7pm | Local Main Street Driftwood 7:30pm MOT HITS Theatre: Cats 8pm Musicians Playing Local Licks 8pm Wortham Da Camera: A Little Stages Speech & Debate 7:30pm Warehouse Ani DiFranco 7pm Day Music 12pm

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April 8-18, Tartuffe by Moliere at the Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex Classical Theatre Company. Presented by the Classical Theatre Company. www.classicaltheatre.org.

Hobby BIH: In The Heights 8pm HOB 90.1 KPFT’s Lonestar Jukebox Presents Troubadour Tuesdays w/ special guest 5pm | Thunder From Down Under 7pm

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April 12-18 – 12th Edition of Spa Week. Visit www.spaweek.com for a list of participating spas.

VIEW NOW! Over Houston, a monumental art glass installation commissioned from artist Gordon Huether for the connector bridge of the William P. Hobby Airport. The six 12x20-foot art glass compositions are inspired by imagery Huether abstracted from aerial photographs he shot of Houston and the surrounding area.

Alley Harvey 7:30pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Cincinnati Reds 7:05pm Warehouse Coheed and Cambria 7pm

Emerson String Quartet closes Houston Friends of Chamber Music 2009-10 season, 8pm, at the Stude Concert Hall on the Rice University campus. 713.348.5400 or visit www.HoustonFriendsofChamberMusic.org.

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MINUTE MAID PARK: astros.mlb.com RELIANT PARK: reliantpark.com STAGES REPERTORY THEATRE: 713.527.0123 stagestheatre.com TOYOTA CENTER: 1.866.4HOU toyotacentertix.com VERIZON THEATRE: verizonwirelesstheatre.com WAREHOUSE LIVE: warehouselive.com WORTHAM CENTER: 713.237.1439 worthamcenter.org

Central Market Cooking School The Flavors of Fresh Herbs with Virginia Weillis 6:30-9pm.

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ALLEY THEATRE: alleytheatre.org CWMP: woodlandscenter.org HOBBY CENTER: 713.315.2525 thehobbycenter.org HOUSE OF BLUES: hob.com JONES HALL: 713.227.3974 joneshall.org MAIN STREET THEATRE: 713.524.6706 mainstreettheatre.com MERIDIAN: meridian.com MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE (MOT): milleroutdoortheatre.com

Hobby BIH: In The Heights 8pm Minute Maid Astros vs. San Francisco Giants 7:05pm Toyota Aeros vs. Rockford Icehogs 7:05pm

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Alley Harvey 7:30pm HOB Les Claypool 7pm MOT Express Children’s Theatre: Three Litle Bigs 11am Minute Maid Astros vs. Florida Marlins 7:05pm Wortham SPA: Bach in the Saddle Again- An Evening with P.D.Q. Bach 7:30pm

Alley Harvey 7:30pm Hobby Masquerade: The Full Monty 2pm | BIH: In The Heights 2 & 7:30pm HOB Puddle of Mudd 7pm Jones HS: Franck’s Symphony in D Minor 2:30pm Main Street Driftwood 3pm Reliant Disney On Ice: Let’s Celebrate! 1:30 & 5:30pm Wortham HGO: The Queen of Spades 7:30pm

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Hobby BIH: In The Heights 8pm Jones HS: Eschenbach and Lang Lang 8pm Reliant Disney On Ice: Let’s Celebrate! 7:30pm Toyota Rockets vs. New Orleans Hornets 7pm

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Crafting A Legacy Luncheon, 11:30-1pm at The River Oaks Country Club. Presented by The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. legacy@crafthouston.org or call 713.529.4848 x101

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Alley Harvey 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Little House on the Prairie 8pm Jones SPA: David Sedaris 8pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Cincinnati Reds 7:05pm Stages Man from Nebraska 7:30pm Wortham HGO: The Queen of Spades 7:30pm

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Alley Harvey 7:30pm Jones HS: Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique 8pm Main Street Driftwood 7:30pm MOT Da Camera: Blue and Green- Earth Day Jazz in the Park 6pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Florida Marlins 7:05pm Warehouse Slightly Stoopid 8pm Alley Harvey 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Little House on the Prairie 8pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Cincinnati Reds 7:05pm | Stages Man from Nebraska 7:30pm | Warehouse Pretty Lights 8pm

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Houston Arboretum – Movie Screening: What’s on Your Plate? 6:30-8:45pm. Bring chairs and blankets, $8/person includes small snacks and giveaways. Kids under 12 FREE! 100% of the monies benefit the Arboretum.


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Alley Harvey 2:30 & 8pm HOB Who’s Bad 8pm Jones HS: Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique 8pm | Main Street Charlie & the Chocolate Factory 1 & 4pm | Driftwood 8pm | MOT Music at Miller featuring Ray Wylie Hubbard & Kelly Willis TBD Minute Maid Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 6:05pm Stages Man from Nebraska 8pm Verizon Jeff Beck 8pm Wortham HGO: The Queen of Spades 7:30pm | Da Camera: Esperanza Spalding 8pm PLAN AH EAD

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1. THE MENIL COLLECTION www.menil.org

Leaps into the Void: Documents of Nouveau Réalist Performance, on view thru August 8, 2010, draws from the Menil’s strong holdings of work and material from the archives and collection that document, through film, photographs and works of art, the movement’s ephemeral and performancebased projects, perhaps most famously epitomized by Yves Klein’s “Leap into the Void.” Organized by Michelle White, Assistant Curator, the show highlights the temporality of a lesserknown avant-garde movement. Actively engaged with other conceptual and performance-based ways of making art as they were emerging in the United States at that time, such as Fluxus, Assemblage and Pop Art, Nouveau Réalisme was a brief but influential moment in the history of modern art. 2. HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY www.hcponline.org

HCP´s Main Gallery features first-generation CubanAmerican Anthony Goicolea´s: Related. The artist strings together a complex series of dialectics denoting the Cuban-American experience of assimilation and desire to maintain ancestral histories. The focal point for this body of work is Goicolea´s family: four generations of Cubans who fled for the U.S. in 1961. On view thru April 25, 2010. 3. THE ROTHKO CHAPEL www.rothkochapel.org

An intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief, this modern meditative environment was inspired by the paintings of American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. The Chapel serves as both art museum and public forum and hosts a range of educational programs, inter-religious dialogues and symposia on critical issues. 4. BYZANTINE FRESCO CHAPEL MUSEUM www.menil.org/visit/byzantine.php

The only intact examples of 13th-century Byzantine wall painting of this size and importance in the Western Hemisphere, these masterworks were stolen by thieves from a chapel in the Turkish occupied town of Lysi, cut into pieces and smuggled off the island of Cyprus. Rescued and restored by the Menil Foundation, the dome and apse now reside on a longterm loan from the Church of Cyprus in an intimate chapel designed by award-winning architect Francois de Menil.

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5. HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT www.crafthouston.org

Michael Petersons: Evolution/Revolution is an exhibition of elegant and bold wood sculptures by the Texas-born artist. The exhibition follows the unique trajectory of the wood sculptor’s 20year career, including the evolution from his early lathe turned bowls to his current revolutionary sculptures, which are devoid of the lathe. Over 30 sculptures, inspired by the geographic environment of the Pacific Northwest, will be on view thru July 2, 2010. 6. LAWNDALE ART CENTER www.lawndaleartcenter.org

Dirty Secrets from the Cataract Cinema by Dan Havel and Chuck Ivy In conjunction with FotoFest 2010, Lawndale Art Center presents the work of two artists exploring the visual and emotional potential of salvaging old film images and re-mixing them to create digital prints and short films in the John M. O’Quinn Gallery. Exhibit on view thru April 17, 2010. 7. BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum pays tribute to African-American military history from the Revolutionary War to modern times. During the 1860s, soldiers of the 10th U.S. Calvary were nicknamed “Buffalo Soldiers” for their fierce fighting ability and bravery. 8. HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON www.hmh.org

Never Let It Rest! An Art Project by Hans Moizberger, opening April 16, is a documentary art project relating to the small town of Salzwedel in the Saxony-Anhalt region of Germany during the time of Nazi control. Included in the exhibit is historical documentation of events of the time and an art installation created to address specific issues of persecution, war propaganda and the concentration camps. 9. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON www.cmhouston.org

Come and dive into the arts and traditions of Mexico during El Día del Niño Celebration! On April 25,The Children’s Museum of Houston will hold colorful handson activities and vivid live performances in celebration of the Day of the Child, which is a holiday celebrated

in Mexico in late April. The celebration will focus on enriching kids’ lives with the value of bilingual literacy while highlighting Latina authors, storytellers and poets. 10. THE HEALTH MUSEUM www.thehealthmuseum.org

Backyard Monsters, on display thru May 9, 2010, is a 6,000-squarefoot exhibit, a tour through what you’ve been stepping on in your own backyard. It’s where you are the size of the bug and the bugs are enormous! The giant animatronic insects move and make the chirping, clicking noises bugs make. The 8-foot tall robotic insects include a tarantula, ants, a wasp, caterpillar and a big, beautiful monarch butterfly. Visitors will also experience insect specimens and education stations. 11. HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE www.hmns.org

With a touch of hocus-pocus and a dash of abracadabra, the Houston Museum of Natural Science pulls a spectacular new exhibition out of its hat— Magic: The Science of Wonder, on view thru September 6. The extraordinary show examines how science and magic are intertwined, tapping into our universal desire to know “How does that work?” Magic is the perfect subject to inspire people of all ages—especially kids—to learn about the science behind the magic, and the world around them. 12. HOUSTON ZOO www.houstonzoo.org

Call of the Wild Speaker Series- The Wildlife of Africa, opening April 22, 2010. Sculptor Robert Glen and artist Sue Stolberger close out the Houston Zoo’s Call of the Wild Speaker Series with a special presentation, The Wildlife of Africa. Join us and be among the first to see Robert’s sculptures and Sue’s paintings that will be on exhibit at the Houston Zoo’s Brown Education Center Exhibit Hall through April 29. 13. RICE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY www.ricegallery.org

Andrea Dezasö: Sometimes in My Dreams I Fly, on view thru August 8, 2010, is an exhibit that showcases Andrea’s obsession with space travel. As a child growing up in Communist


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Romania, travel was only possible in one’s mind and what captured her imagination was not being able to go somewhere physically, opening the possibility of epic mental odysseys. 14. THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON www.mfah.org

Prendergast in Italy, on view thru May 9, 2010, brings together for the first time the unparalleled bodies of work that American Impressionist Maurice Prendergast (1858-1924) produced during two trips to Italy, in 1898 and 1911. The exhibit features more than 60 picturesque views of Venice, Rome, Siena and Capri and it demonstrates Prendergast´s ranking in American art as a technically superb watercolor artist. 15. CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON www.camh.org

Widely recognized for his pulsating hues and meticulously painted wall and canvas works, Odili Donald Odita creates paintings that often function as narratives. Although devoid of any discernable figurative marks, the works tell of the nomadic journey of our ever-shifting global society: shapes and intersecting lines become metaphors for time and place while color evokes mood and impulse. Perspectives 169: Odili Donald Odita, on view thru May 2, 2010, features a site-specific environment created from a new body of

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paintings that echo the unique architectural features of the Museum’s lower gallery space, The Zilkha Gallery. The result is a familiar, yet fantastical immersive landscape. 16. THE JUNG CENTER OF HOUSTON www.junghouston.org

Traveling the Shore of the Spanish Sea, on view thru April 14. Renowned Houston photographer and Rice University professor Geoff Winningham returns to the Jung Center with another collection of closely observed images. 17. CZECH CENTER MUSEUM www.czechcenter.org

The Czech Center Museum Houston works to preserve, record and celebrate the language, scholarship and arts of Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia and Slovakia. 18. JOHN C. FREEMAN WEATHER MUSEUM www.wxresearch.org

The John C. Freeman Weather Museum is helping keep the community in the know in regards to the different aspects of weather, as well as science, history and safety. Visitors can make their own weather forecast at the WRC Weather Studio, view satellite and radar images of hurricanes, and learn how tornadoes form in the Tornado Chamber and much more!

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MUSEUMS 1940 AIR TERMINAL MUSEUM www.1940airterminal.org 8325 Travelair Rd. 713.454.1940

ART CAR MUSEUM www.artcarmuseum.com 140 Heights Blvd. 713.861.5526

BLAFFER GALLERY www.class.uh.edu/blaffer UH Main Campus, Ent. 16, 713.743.9530 Thru April 24, School of Art Master Thesis Exhibition GALVESTON ARTS CENTER www.galveston.com 2127 Strand St. 409.763.2403

HERITAGE SOCIETY www.heritagesociety.org 1100 Bagby 713.655.1912 HOUSTON FIRE MUSEUM www.houstonfiremuseum.org 2403 Milam 713.524.2526 MUSEUM OF PRINTING HISTORY www.printingmuseum.org 1324 W. Clay St. 713.522.4652 MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN HISTORY www.hbu.edu 7502 Fondren Rd. 281.649.3997

ORANGE SHOW www.orangeshow.org 2401 Munger 713.926.6368

PROJECT ROW HOUSES www.projectrowhouses.org 2521 Holman 713.526.7662 Thru June 20, Round 32 UNIVERSITY MUSEUM www.tsu.edu/museum 3100 Cleburne Ave. 713.313.7145

ART HOUSES 18 HANDS GALLERY www.18handsgallery.com 249 West 19th St. 713.869.3099 AEROSOL WARFARE GALLERY & BOUTIQUE 2110 Jefferson St. #113, 832.748.8369

ANYA TISH GALLERY www.anyatishgallery.com 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.524.2299 ARCHWAY GALLERY www.archwaygallery.com 2305 Dunlavy 713.522.2409 Thru April 29, Albert Goldreich and Madilyn Stein

ART LEAGUE HOUSTON www.artleaguehouston.org 1953 Montrose Blvd. 713.523.9530

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BERING & JAMES GALLERY www.beringandjames.com 805 Rhode Place #500, 713.524.0101 Thru April 25, Perspectives: An Intercultural View on

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BETZ GALLERY www.betzgallery.com 1208 W. Gray 713.576.6954 BOOKER-LOWE GALLERYwww.bookerlowegallery.com 4623 Feagan St. 713.880.1541 Opening April 30, Pippin Drysdale: Ceramics inspired by the Tanami Desert CANAL ST. GALLERY www.canalstreetgallery.com 2219 Canal St. 713.223.2219 Thru April 22, Bela Gold and Naomi Siegmann: Two views of Art from Mexico COLTON & FARB GALLERY www.barbaradavisgallery.com 4411 Montrose 713.520.9200 Thru April 24, FotoFest: Frank Rodick COMMUNITY ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVE www.thecollective.org 1413 Holman 713.523.1616

COMMUNE ON NORTH www.communeonnorth.com 2437 North Blvd. 713.526.3875 CAROLINE COLLECTIVE www.carolinecollective.cc 4820 Caroline St. 713.825.4613

CTRL GALLERY www.ctrlgallery.com 3907 Main St. 713.523.2875 Thru April 24, Anders Oinonen and Philip Vanderhyden DAKOTA GALLERY www.dakotaframing.com/dfp/dakotagallery.asp 2324 Shearn St. 713.523.7440

DARKE GALLERY www.darkegallery.com 5321 Feagan 713.542.3802 Thru May 29, Michelle O’Michael: Pool Party Bliss DEBORAH COLTON GALLERY www.deborahcoltongallery.com 2445 North Blvd. 713.869.5151

DESANTOS GALLERY www.desantosgallery.com 1724 Richmond 713.520.1200 DIVERSEWORKS www.diverseworks.org 1117 E. Freeway 713.223.8346 Thru April 17, Allison Hunter: Zoosphere

DOMY BOOKS www.domystore.com 1709 Westheimer 713.523.3669

ELDER STREET GALLERY www.elderstreetartist.com 1101 Elder St. 281.250.4889 FOTOFEST www.fotofest.org 1113 Vine St. 713.223.5522 Thru April 25, FotoFest 2010, Contemporary U.S. Photography G GALLERY www.ggalleryhouston.com 301 East 11th St. 713.822.4842

GALLERY 1724 www.gallery1724.blogspot.com 1724 Bissonnet St. 713.523.2547 GALLERY SONJA ROESCH www.gallerysonjaroesch.com 2309 Caroline 713.659.5424 Thru April 28, John Clement: Eye Candy

GITE GALLERY www.thegitegallery.com 2024 East Alabama St. 713.523.3311 GOLDESBERRY GALLERY www.goldesberrygallery.com 2625 Colquitt 713.528.0405 Thru April 24, Kenneth Baskin: Clay Sculpture GREEN HOUSE GALLERY www.greenhouseartgallery.com 716 W. Alabama St. 713.535.6462

GREMILLION & CO. FINE ART www.gremillion.com 2501 Sunset Blvd. 713.522.2701 HCC-CENTRAL GALLERY www.centralfinearts.info 3517 Austin 713.718.6600

HOUSTON LANDMARK GALLERY www.houstonlandmarkgallery.com 1200 McKinney 713.927.8800 HOUSTON STUDIOS 707 Walnut St., 713.223.0951 HOLLYWOOD FRAME GALLERY www.hollywoodframegallery.com 2427 Bissonnet 713.942.8885

HOOKS-EPSTEIN www.hooksepsteingalleries.com 2631 Colquitt St. 713.522.0718 Thru April 24, Ward Sanders INMAN GALLERY www.inmangallery.com 3901 Main St. 713.526.7800 Thru May 1, Demetrious Oliver: Albedo KINZELMAN ART CONSULTING www.kinzelmanart.com 3909 Main St. 713.533.9923

KOELSCH GALLERY www.koelschgallery.com 703 Yale 713.626.0175

LAURA RATHE FINE ART www.laurarathe.com 2707 Colquitt 713.527.7700

LAURA U COLLECTION www.lauraucollection.com 1840 Westheimer 713.522.0855 Thru April 24, Intersection

LAZZARA ART GALLERY www.gallerialazzara.com 5400 Mitchelldale St. 713.681.0681

M2 GALLERY www.gallerymsquared.com 339 W. 19th St. 713.861.6070

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McMURTREY GALLERY www.mcmurtreygallery.com 3508 Lake St. 713.523.8238 MEREDITH LONG GALLERY www.meredithlonggallery.com 2323 San Felipe 713.523.6671 MIDTOWN ART CENTER www.midtownartcenter.com 3414 La Branch 713.521.8803

MOODY GALLERY www.moodygallery.com 2815 Colquitt 713.526.9911 Thru April 17, Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom MOTHER DOG STUDIOS motherdogstudios.com 720 Walnut 713.229.9760

NAUHAUS GALLERY www.texascollaborative.com 223 E. 11th St. 713.261.1409 NOLAN-RANKIN GALLERIES www.nolan-rankingalleries.com 6 Chelsea Blvd. 713.528.0664

O’KANE GALLERY www.uhd.edu One Main St.@UHD 713.221.8042 PARKERSON GALLERY www.artnet.com/gallery/837/parkerson-gallery.html 3510 Lake St. 713.524.4945 PEEL GALLERY www.peelgallery.org 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.520.8122

POST GALLERY www.postgallery.com 2121 Sage, Ste. 390, 713.622.4241

POISSANT GALLERY www.poissantgallery.com 5102 Center St. 713.868.9337 REDBUD GALLERY www.redbudgallery.com 303 E. 11th St. 713.862.2532 RETRO GALLERY www.retrogallery.com 1839 W. Alabama 713.522.7074

RUDOLPH PROJECTS I ARTSCAN GALLERY www.rudolphprojects.com 1836 Richmond Ave. 713.807.1836 SICARDI GALLERY www.sicardi.com 2246 Richmond Ave. 713.529.1313

TALENTO BILINGUE www.tbhcenter.com 333 S. Jensen Dr. 713.222.1213

THE ARTFUL CORNER www.theartfulcorner.com 3423 White Oak Dr. 713.426.4278 THOM ANDRIOLA www.newgallery.net 2627 Colquitt 713.520.7053 THORNWOOD GALLERY www.thornwoodgallery.com 2643 Colquitt St. 713.528.4278 Thru April 13, John Schuyler VAUGHAN CHRISTOPHER GALLERY www.vaughanchristopher.com 1217 S. Shepherd 713.533.0816 Opening April 22, American Pop WADE WILSON ART www.wadewilsonart.com 4411 Montrose #200, 713.521.2977 Thru April 27, Libby Masterson: Sky WATERCOLOR ART SOCIETY www.watercolorhouston.org 1601 West Alabama 713.942.9966 WINTER STREET STUDIOS www.winterstreetstudios.net 2101 Winter St. 713.862.0082

XNIHILO GALLERY www.xnil.org 2115 Taft St. 713.622.1846

ZARPOSH INDIA GALLERY www.zarposhindia.com 5910 Southwest Fwy. (inside rug gallery) 713.668.2948

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SPACE125 GALLERY www.haatx.com 3201 Allen Parkway 713.527.9330 STUDIO SEVEN 1107 East Freeway 713.224.5555

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NOW THAT YOU’VE MADE IT TO THE WEDDINGS, LET’S TALK HONEYMOON. SO MANY OPTIONS! IF YOU CAN’T GET AWAY OR SIMPLY DON’T WANT TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY, WE’VE GOT TWO OPTIONS. ONE STATESIDE AND ANOTHER DOWN SOUTH. SO WHATEVER YOU CHOOSE, GET READY TO RELAX, UNWIND AND START THE NEXT CHAPTER IN YOUR LIFE!

destination

ESPERANZA, CABO SAN LUCAS MEXICO By Carla Valencia de Martinez

As I sit in the back of the Escalade that swooped me up at the Cabo airport, I am captivated, as I am every time I visit Cabo, by the desert drive that leads to the beaches and resorts. The climate is perfection, warm enough days to soak up the sun beachside followed by cool evening dinners outside among fire pits. It’s one of the few locations that captures the best of both worlds, miles of cacti and dry terrain dead-ending at mountain scapes or endless ocean. I arrive at hope (Esperanza in Spanish) and am received by Victoria, my personal concierge, and led on a quick orientation tour to my casita #58 which is well appointed and boasts a beautiful beach view through the interlocking sliding doors that bring the terrace into my bedroom. Moments later, I am made a delicious margarita on the rocks…ay, ay, ay…I’m going to like it here… Day one is gone and so far Esperanza exceeds. Thursday nights sees Mexicanisimo, a popular Mexican themed night dinner overlooking the beach with Mexican décor, a beautiful spread of buffets featuring tacos al pastor, enchiladas, a seafood medley with the most delicious octopus and fresh red snapper, a desserts station and more. There’s also a Mercado featuring local artisan work. There is a variety of guests, from families on Spring Break, a few honeymooners, older couples getting away, as well as a fair share of couples expecting a baby relaxing before their big day. The “relax, unwind and disconnect” part is easy to achieve. I wake every day rested between 5:30-6am to catch the sunrise sitting on the generous sized day bed with aforementioned sliding doors completely open listening to the ocean and my iPod gently crooning in the casita’s docking station while sipping my freshly brewed Keurig dark roast. The gym is perfectly appointed with treadmills, elliptical, bicycles and a separate weight room. Next door, the spa merges interior spaces exterior spaces flawlessly and there are plunge pools and steam room areas that lead into an exterior relaxing area with large beds off of which are various treatment rooms each with their own outside shower. Connie, my masseuse, is a

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dream targeting trigger points and kneading my terribly stubborn knots. I am ready to lie on the beach giving my sore muscles a well-deserved break.

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Although the ocean itself in Cabo is more surfer friendly than anything, there really isn’t anything more majestic than the view of huge waves crashing on massive rocks that line the beach. They villa interior are the perfect backdrop to catch up on a book while sipping a residence club pool and palapa bar at night las and other options for the perdelicious margarita on the rocks. fect family vacation. You can For lunch, try the grilled sea bass tacos, which are stay in one with your own kitchen and have it stocked absolutely delicioso! At random moments, the staff with your favorite items. comes by with a refreshing treat. Think coconut popsicles or smoothie mojitos in shot glasses. ESPERANZA, CARRETERA TRANSPENINSULAR KM 7, MANZANA 10, PUNTA BALLENA, Some tips to remember: Whale watching season runs CABO SAN LUCAS, January thru March, I highly recommend this season. MEXICO 23410 You can take out a boat and no doubt the whale sight- 1.8.66.311.2226 ings will be vast. Take a light sweater, pashmina or WWW.ESPERANZARESORT.COM lightweight jacket as evenings are cool and you can’t pass up dinners beachside. Esperanza offers larger vil-

NOLA

By Alejandro Martinez

capedeville

Don’t have time (or the budget) to get away for the honeymoon? Don’t give up altogether. You can get away to the Big Easy quickly and discover a whole new world. Located in the French Quarter, The Photography by Plaine Studios Marriott New Orleans is hands down one of the best-located properties in NO. A mere steps from Bourbon Street, the Convention marriott new orleans Center, downtown business district and iconic Big Easy attractions – you’ll be able to walk everywhere (and save on cab fare!). The property most recently underwent a $38 million renovation and features over 1,300 guest rooms and suites, a fully equipped fitness center, updated Concierge Lounge and onsite business center. Dine at the award-winning 5 Fifty 5 and you won’t have to even leave your suite for too long. Check out Capedeville in the warehouse district. An old law firm revamped to house this hot spot restaurant. Swing over to La Phare, this lounge is perfect for a drink. Then head to Acme Oyster Bar in the French Quarter as well. The first time we went the line was crazy long, but we headed the next day for lunch and honestly the line is worth the wait. The gumbo and jambalaya are a dream. There’s so much to see, eat and drink in NoLa – make it your honeymoon and take in the city’s culture.

THE MARRIOTT HOTEL | 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130 USA 504.581.1000 | www.marriott.com

WHERE TO GO: CAPEDEVILLE | www.capdevillenola.com LA PHARE | www.lepharenola.com ACME OYSTER BAR | www.acmeoyster.com

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ART FILMS ARE GOOD FOR THE SOUL… TAKE A FRIEND TO ONE!

AURORA PICTURE SHOW and SPECIAL SCREENINGS “Migrant Curator” and founder of Aurora Picture Show (www.aurorapictureshow.org), Andrea Grover hosts her final program of the season at the Menil Park on Friday, April 9, at 8pm: From the Menil Film Archive: “Leaps into the Void,” featuring films (many never before seen) that resonate with the Menil exhibition currently on view that Andrea found as she tiptoed into the museum’s archive. Andrea just inaugurated a new semiannual screening series, “Menil Movies,” so stay tuned for details on that. Later in the month, on Saturday, April 17, 8pm, APS descends on Frenetic Theater for “Doxita,” a traveling festival of documentary films that are under 40 minutes in length. HoustonPBS’s “Community Cinema” (www.communitycinema.org) program at Rice Cinema features Horse Boy, about a boy with autism and his family’s search for a cure, on April 28. And high culture on the big screen continues this month at the Rave Motion Pictures Yorktown 15 (www.ravemotionpictures.com) with Il Trovatore on April 15 and 18. RIVER OAKS THEATRE FUN and MFAH Grab a cuppa joe and head over to the River Oaks Theatre (www.landmarktheatres.com) for midnight screenings of Casablanca (4/2-3), Rocky Horror Picture Show with live cast (4/10 only) and The Warriors (4/1617). Films opening there this month are The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (4/2), Vincere (4/16) and Noone Knows about Persian Cats (4/30). As always, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (www.mfah.org) is bursting with screen happenings! They’re bringing a restored version of the 1948 film The Red Shoes (inspired by the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and considered the best ballet film ever made) on Friday, April 2, and Saturday, April 3, at 7pm and

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Sunday, April 4, at 5pm. Who loves Dylan and The Beatles? Join film collector Bill Shelley for two awesome films, two nights only: The Beatles – Rare Film Clips (1962–1970) on Friday, April 23, at 7pm and Bob Dylan & Friends (1963–2000) on Saturday, April 24, at 7pm. This month’s “Family Flicks” will be The Pot That Juan Built, screening on Sunday, April 4, at 2pm and 3pm. This short children’s film is about Juan Quezada, one of Mexico’s most famous potters, who used his creative gifts to transform his impoverished village of laborers into a thriving artists’ community. And, on Monday, April 26, 7pm, Ibiza’s Charles Clark will present his favorite film, Babette’s Feast (Babettes gæstebud). The presentation is part of the MFAH series “Movies Houstonians Love: Meals on Reels,” which focuses on the favorite foodie films of prominent local chefs and restaurateurs. DIVERSEWORKS and two FESTs

DiverseWorks (www.diverseworks.org) is screening Kelly Richard’s Twilight Avenger in their Flickerlounge (co-presented with the Aurora) through April 17. Equal parts sci-fi myth and forest fable, and filled with dreamy nocturne images and dazzling special effects, Twilight Avenger turns its lens on a moonlit forest clearing, inhabited by a majestic stag which emanates a luminous green vapor. It’s April, so it’s time for Worldfest (www.worldfest.org), the annual film fest boasting movies from around the world (this year features films from Sri Lanka, UK, Norway, Germany and Italy…to name a few countries) as well as with local flavor such as For the Sake of the Song: The Story of Anderson Fair – the little club off Montrose where Lyle Lovett got his start. Check out the 55 feature-length films and 100 shorts from April 9-18. FotoFest 2010 Biennial (www.fotofest.org) features several screenings happening this month: Stay the Same, Never Change (4/1) at the Glassell School of Art; Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (4/9-11) at the MFAH; An American Journey and Fire In the East: A Portrait of Robert Frank (4/11 and 4/15-18) at the MFAH; and FotoFest/Southwest Alternate Media Project’s Short Films Program: “The American Dream 2010: Visions of 21st-Century Life in the Americas from North to South” (4/18) at the MFAH.

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A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT THE WORK TO STAY THE SAME 20 YEARS LATER, 40 YEARS LATER; I EMBRACE THE CHANGES THAT HAPPEN. TIME IS AN IMPORTANT CONCEPT IN YOUR WORK – THE LAYERS OF TIME AND SUCH. BEING THAT OUR CONCEPT OF ‘TIME’ IS CHANGING SO RAPIDLY BECAUSE OF THE IMMEDIACY OF EVERYTHING IN THIS DAY AND AGE, HOW ARE YOU DEALING WITH THAT – IS THAT AFFECTING YOUR WORK? Yes. I made one work at the end of October, beginning of November, it was called “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough…” Actually, the work was called “Traffic.” It was based on the song “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” but it was based on bird songs. YOU’RE STEALING MY THUNDER ALREADY. I HAD THIS QUESTION WRITTEN… Oh, I’m sorry! I don’t know if I ever actually publicly talked about this with that work but there’s so much of our communication now is through text messaging and email that I think because of that, the roots with relationships are less grounded. With relationships and also with home, because we’re moving so much. I think that people are feeling that. I’m feeling that. I’m working with materials a lot of the time off of the street and I also embrace how things change over time. Even how my work changes over time. A lot of people want the work to stay the same 20 years later, 40 years later; I embrace the changes that happen.

THEY’RE ONE-DIMENSIONAL. Right. WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW? I’m interested in working on the memory collage some more. I’m about to talk to Mary Beth Edelson, an artist who’s in New York, and we’re going to do a show together in 2010 in Dallas. She’s a feminist artist and a pioneer in the feminist art movement. She’s been doing these performances that are one-on-one, and she makes eye contact at the person and the person stares back at her until one of the people breaks the gaze. That experience is recorded with 3 photographs. And then after that performance is done, she makes a drawing based on her perspective of the performance. So there are 4 perspectives – there are those 3 photographs and then there’s the drawing, and she doesn’t share the drawing. It’s her personal documentation; and so the idea that part of the work is something that no one ever sees I find really interesting. But I don’t know what part of the project she’s most fascinated with, and I’m looking forward to getting to talk to her more about this while in New York and being able to collaborate with her in some way.

YOUR WORK HAS ALWAYS ENCOURAGED PARTICIWHEN YOU DO A LARGE-SCALE WORK LIKE PATION. NOT WITH EVERY ONE OF THEM, BUT WITH “WELCOME,” THE BRAILLE ESPLANADE PROJECT IN A LOT OF THEM YOU ENCOURAGE THE PARTICIPANEW ORLEANS, THE REALITY IS THAT WITH A WORK TION OF THOSE VIEWING YOUR WORK. THIS SORT THAT’S OVER 100 FEET LONG, PEOPLE ONLY REALLY OF REFERS TO THE LAST QUESTION, BUT AS WE EXPERIENCE A PART OF IT AT A TIME. DO YOU THINK MOVE MORE AND MORE INTO THIS SORT OF NARABOUT THAT, THAT YOUR LARGER WORKS ARE EXPECISSISTIC SOCIETY WHERE EVERYONE HAS A RIENCED IN PIECES? FACEBOOK OR A TWITTER PROFILE BY WHICH THEY Yes, I do. I always think about that, actually, with all of Foxglove 2009 – (exhibited at Performa, 2009) COMMUNICATE AND SORT OF PUT THEMSELVES my work. Even if it’s a small object, I think about how Two Photographic Prints that comprise one work. Both are of the same OUT THERE, DO YOU EVER WORRY THAT THE WONsomeone’s going to enter the room and what it would be images taken from the exact same file. One is a Digital C-Print on Glossy DER OF PARTICIPATION WILL EVER GET LOST? like if someone were 6 feet tall or if it was a child and paper. The other is an Inkjet Pigment Print on thick cotton rag, similar Well, I feel like the participation that we are doing is if the room was full of people. Depending on the lightto watercolor paper. pretty distant. I haven’t been able to really get into… ing in the room, the time of day. So, when thinking maybe I shouldn’t go there, but I think that participatabout Welcome, I thought about all the different views ing on Facebook or participating on Twitter is very different from participating live. coming into the city park, coming into the museum, from various spaces in the And having a live exchange with someone… the quality of that is richer. Our mempark. ories are formed in nine dimensions, and in front of the computer screen, we don’t experience time the way we do moving in architectural space. In movies, when they BACK TO WHERE YOU STOLE MY THUNDER EARLIER, WHY DID YOU CHOOSE screen architectural spaces, they’re pushing you through the spaces to help you “AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH” FOR “TRAFFIC?” create better memories of what’s going on. And I think that time is moving faster Because it was my little brother’s favorite when he was about 5, and at that time I because we’re spending more time in front of the screen, and we are creating more was walking in the botanical gardens where they were protesting the expansion of relationships that are more shallow in a way because the memories of these relathis road nearby and I was curious why they were protesting this and I did some tionships are more difficult to grasp. research and found that the sound of automobile traffic was affecting bird populations – and my brother’s first word was ‘bird.’ So all of these things came together to make this work. I don’t know if my brother is crazy about this work. He doesn’t like Diana Ross anymore –and it was the Diana Ross version. Now, he’s not as fond. www.mollygochman.com

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EASTER IS UPON US! WHATEVER YOUR SPIRITUAL LEANINGS, CAN ANYONE REALLY RESIST JELLYBEANS, PEEPS AND THE CADBURY BUNNY? A LITTLE UNDER SIX MONTHS FROM HALLOWEEN, EASTER AND ITS ONSLAUGHT OF SWEETS ARRIVE JUST IN TIME TO KEEP DENTISTS IN BUSINESS. PREPARE YOURSELF FOR spacetaker APRIL’S OVERLOAD OF “CUTE” – INCLUDING CHICKS, RABBITS AND CHILDREN artscene TRIPPING OVER THEMSELVES IN PURSUIT OF THE COVETED, CANDY-STUFFED EGG. “EASTER EGG” HAS, IN FACT, BECOME SYNONYMOUS WITH PLEASANT By Jenni Rebecca Stephenson SURPRISES, SO VENTURE OUT TO ONE OF THIS MONTH’S LISTED ART EVENTS FOR SOME PLEASANT SURPRISES OF YOUR VERY OWN. NO HUNTING NECESSARY. Spacetaker & Block 7 Wine Company present ChicagoKim’s Upfront April 6 @ 6pm As part of an ongoing partnership between Spacetaker and Block 7 Wine Co. to showcase local artists, painter ChicagoKim opens a solo exhibition of works entitled Upfront. Rooted in the forthright communication styles of her home in Chicago, her use of text and imagery are intended to provoke and connect. Block 7 Wine Co. (720 Shepherd Drive) – Free. www.spacetaker.org

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FrenetiCore’s Second Sundays – Toypunks Screening! April 11 @ 7pm Cultures and influences collide in Toypunks Vol. 1, directed by Houston-based filmmaker Chris Nelson. Part of FrenetiCore’s Second Sunday series of events, Toypunks is a journey into the converging worlds of Japanese street fashion, punk rock and designer vinyl toys and features Hikaru Iwanaga, founder of seminal Japanese fashion brand Bounty Hunter. Frenetic Theater (5102 Navigation Blvd.) – $7. For more info, visit www.freneticore.net. Vault 6° Wedding Shower April 20 @ 6pm “Something old, something now, something drenched, something blau.” A marriage of two dance companies, Vault and 6˚, is occurring in May 2010 at DiverseWorks. Want to be part of the wedding party? Join this wed-

ding shower for a preview of Amy Ell’s and Toni Valle’s newest dance works: Blau and Baptism. Spacetaker ARC (Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street) – $35. Get more info at www.6degreesdance.org. Blue and Green: Earth Day Jazz in the Park with Da Camera April 22 @ 6pm Da Camera of Houston and Waste Management team up to present Earth Day Jazz in the Park, a celebration of Earth Day and Jazz Appreciation Month. Enjoy an evening of jazz and environmental education activities for children and families at the Miller Outdoor Theatre. Free – visit www.milleroutdoortheatre.com for details. Several Dancers Core presents Let’s Dance April 30 @ 8:00pm Let’s Dance is an electrifying and entertaining dance sampler by CORE Performance Company with guests Becky Valls, Leslie Scates, Teresa Chapman, members of the UH Dance Ensemble and Rice Dance Theatre. Miller Outdoor Theatre – www.milleroutdoortheatre.com. Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men Opens April 30 (Reception @ 6pm & Workshop on May 1 @ 11am) The notorious Yes Men (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bobano) are culture-jamming activists practicing what they call “Identity Correction,” whose bold pranks have made them some of the most important political artists of our era. Spoofing websites and posing as spokespersons for prominent organizations, The Yes Men shine light on those big businesses and government agencies with questionable agendas and indifferent attitudes to the social good. Keep It Slick showcases some of the group’s elaborate costumes, slapstick videos and PowerPoint presentations. DiverseWorks Art Space – www.diverseworks.org.

SAVE THE DATE! Inner Art Corridor Open Studio Tour May 1st @ 3–9pm Interested in visiting where artists live and work? The Inner Art Corridor studio tour is the only springtime event of its kind and is nestled only five minutes from Midtown and the Heights in the Washington Avenue Corridor. Enjoy demonstrations, works on display and art available for sale, while visiting with the many emerging and established artists housed within this two-mile radius. Visit www.innerartcorridor.org for more details. april 10 | www.002mag.com .29


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WEDDING IS A MOMENTOUS OCCASION, THE CULMINATION OF EVERY LITTLE GIRL’S DREAM. NOTHING SHOULD TAKE AWAY FROM THE NEWLYWEDS’ JOY ON THIS SPECIAL DAY…CERTAINLY NOT BORED OR RESTLESS KIDS! THEY CAN BE ADORABLE LITTLE ANGELS BUT BEWARE, WHEN HUNGRY, BORED OR TIRED THEY CAN RUN HAVOC AT YOUR RECEPTION. ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU CAN DO WHEN PLANNING YOUR WEDDING IS CREATING A “KID-FRIENDLY ZONE.” ASSIGNING AN AREA FOR THE LITTLE RASCALS IS A MAGNIFICENT IDEA, IT PROVIDES THEM WITH PLENTY OF ENTERTAINMENT AND IT GIVES GROWN-UPS A CHANCE TO WINE AND DINE THE NIGHT AWAY! • • • • • • •

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BRIDAL EMERGENCY! HERE ARE SEVERAL INGENIOUS PRODUCTS WE CAME ACROSS TO HELP MAKE YOUR SPECIAL DAY AS PERFECT AS YOU’VE ALWAYS IMAGINED. By Bea Valencia | Photography Jill Hunter

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2. 6. 1. Developed by a plastic surgeon in San Antonio, with ingredients scientifically proven to fade scars, dark spots, acne blemishes and stretch marks, start the treatment 2-3 weeks before your wedding to really see results.

4. Luminous skin is what we’re all after. This serum starts from within by effectively infusing the skin’s surface with essential moisture, working toward radiance and helping improve light transmission from the skin surface.

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2. Gift them to your bridesmaids (and yourself) when you can’t handle your heels any longer. They fold up into a flat compact package to hide anywhere.

Pocketflops by floc designs @ www.pocketflops.com 3. Redness is the last thing you want on your big day. Calm skin, diminish redness and help prevent flare-ups with this intense therapy serum. First Aid Beauty Anti-Redness Serum Intense

5. Never stick your pretty fingers into a pot of gloss again! Dolce & Gabbana’s glam retractable lip brush is the Bentley of brushes with sable hair so you’ll have the perfect pout and keep your clutch rouge free.

Dolce & Gabbana retractable lip brush @ department stores 6. Don’t forget these 2 very necessary lifesavers! Stain out wipes, Super Glue

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KENNETH FRIEDEN

age 28 sign Scorpio origin Houston occupation Style Blogger, www.LaDolceVita Blog.com

age 34 sign Scorpio origin Houston occupation Commodity Broker

people of houston Photography by Anthony Rathbun

3 JONATHAN PAULL age 38 sign Who cares? origin Houston occupation Criminal Lawyer

1. PALOMA CONTRERAS •WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TREND? Wedges are big this season. I love a good wedge! They are dressier than flats, but much more comfortable than regular heels. •WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? On a personal level, the day that I married my husband, Fabian. Otherwise, meeting some of my design icons including ELLE DÉCOR’s Margaret Russell, Thomas O’Brien and Suzanne Kasler. •WHAT DO YOU PREFER: READING, WATCHING TV OR LISTENING TO MUSIC? It really depends on my mood, but I’ll go with TV. I am currently loving Modern Family, Gossip Girl and Mad Men. •HOW DO YOU STAY IN SHAPE? I love Pilates and practice three times a week.

2. KENNETH FRIEDEN •WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TREND? Cougars. •WHAT ATTRACTS YOU TO A PERSON? Independence and a thick Latin accent. •WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT? My dog. •WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO HANG OUT? My house in Tiki Island. •WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? Urban Cowboy. •WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO GO ON YOUR NEXT VACATION? Miami Food and Wine Festival.

3. JONATHAN PAULL •IF YOU COULD MEET A CELEBRITY, WHO WOULD IT BE? General David Petreaus. •IF YOU NEVER HAD TO WORK, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Write political opinion pieces. •WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME? Read, hang out with my kids. •WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO HANG OUT? Avalon Diner. •WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? Saving Private Ryan. •WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO GO ON YOUR NEXT VACATION? Scottsdale or NYC for the Tribeca Film Festival. 34. april 10 | www.002mag.com


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HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS BUSINESS? I followed my passion of cooking and entertaining. WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER EVENT COMPANIES? Swift + Company is a turnkey business that provides execution of all aspects of an event under one roof. We specialize in catering, event design and planning. We create and meld all the pieces of an event together including invitations and paper goods, tasteful menus, fine wine and libations, trained staff, unique décor, furniture, equipment, entertainment, sound and lighting, permits and transportation. Additionally, we draft and manufacture many of our own event designs to ensure they are unique to your party. While Swift + Company offers full-service event production, our rental company is a separate entity that anyone may utilize. We love advising those who already have the cuisine portion of their event covered but are looking for beautiful and unique rental pieces.

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BELLS WILL BE RINGING… by Reyne Haines Photography by Jill Hunter

OMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW…SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE.” THIS TRADITION COMES FROM AN OLD ENGLISH RHYME “SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE, A SIXPENCE IN YOUR SHOE.”

The first four items the bride either carries with her or adds to her wedding outfit, all represent good luck. They are often given to the bride by her mother, sister or other relatives. Sometimes the bride will acquire these items on her own, or she might receive them from her bridal party. Something old represents continuity; something new represents high hopes for the future, something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness and something blue stands for fidelity, love and purity. The sixpence part (which we rarely hear in the US) represents…you guessed it, prosperity. Every bride needs formal china to use at dinner parties and Christmases to come. Special events call for special things. This leads me back to the “Something Old, Something New” part of the rhyme. Have you considered having a vintage dinnerware pattern as your something old and making it new again?

Vintage china can be a good thing for many reasons. First, you don’t have to worry about your best friend choosing the same pattern (much like the dread of being seen wearing the same dress!). It certainly makes for interesting conversation when you are asked, “Where did you get this great dinnerware?” Second, it can still be found in mint condition, just as if it was made yesterday. Third, what better way to recycle? If those reasons weren’t enough, not only is it often very affordable (then your guests have money left over to pitch in for that fabulous latte machine for the kitchen you’ve been eyeing!), but there are thousands of patterns, periods and companies to choose from to reflect your style. There were numerous German, English, French and American companies creating complete lines of dinnerware as far back as the early 1800s (and some even before then!).

If you are concerned that buying vintage porcelain will not offer a broad array of service pieces, think again. In the 1800s to early 1900s, dinner was much more formal than what it is today. You had a different stemware for each course of the meal (water, iced tea and wine), along with an array of dinner, salad, bread and dessert plates, dessert, soup and salad bowls, etc.

A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE MULTITUDE OF STYLES AVAILABLE: TIFFANY & CO: Audubon pattern – this is a white porcelain plate with a thick single color border with gold trim. This would be perfect for a more sophisticated, formal (even contemporary) look. LIMOGES: Bramble – this pattern offers a scalloped edge with a floral motif in the center and around the outer rim. MEISSEN: Blue Onion – a very popular pattern by this maker. This pattern works well with a country or traditional style home. ARABIA: Ruska – An extremely popular Finnish design for the modern, less formal crowd. A final consideration when buying something vintage…at some point, this pattern might be handed down to your children, who in turn might hand it down to theirs. You never know when you might be starting a family tradition. So where can you locate a variety of vintage dinnerware to determine which pattern is right for you? There are a few places: Right here in Houston, visit Carolyn Thompson’s Antique Center of Texas. If you like shopping online, visit Replacements Ltd. http://www.replacementsltd.com All china available at Carolyn Thompson’s Antique Center of Texas.

Reyne Haines is an appraiser and sells 20th-century Decorative Arts at the Antiques Pavilion on Westheimer in River Oaks. Email her at reyne@reyne.com | www.antiquecenteroftexas.com

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CARRIE ANN BOUTIQUE - 1151-10 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.492.2666 www.shopcarrieann.com NEIMAN MARCUS - 2600 Post Oak Blvd. 713.621.7100 www.neimanmarcus.com MUSE - 2411 West Alabama St. 713.520.6873 www.musehouston.com LOEHMANN’S - 9347 Katy Freeway 713.932.8016 www.loehmanns.com

Styling by Beatrice Valencia Photography by Sofia van der Dys Illustration by Cynthia Bogart

The perfect carryall that transforms into a cute satchel with a simple zip of both sides.

Marni messenger @ Neiman Marcus Growing out my hair for my impending nuptials means major conditioning. After I shower, I work this in on my damp ends and then style it in a side-braid for all day moisturizing.

Frederic Fekkai Shea Butter Hair Mask @ Neiman Marcus

A scarf is all I need to go from the blazing sunlight to the cold shade.

Navy scarf, stylist’s own

“WHEN MARCH GOES ON FOREVER, AND APRIL’S TWICE AS LONG, WHO GIVES A DAMN IF SPRING HAS COME, AS LONG AS WINTER’S GONE.” - R. L. Ruzicka

I love rompers. This version in silk is the perfect complement to our spring weather.

Gypsy silk romper @ Carrie Ann Boutique There’s still a slight chill in the air so overexposure is not an option. This airy tie-dye blouse keeps me covered in a sexy, effortless way.

Gypsy tie-dye blouse @ Carrie Ann Boutique This is the perfect wedge. Not too tall to be unmanageable for walking and the color is perfection for any palette.

Korkease “Ava” Sandal @ www.korkease.com These bangles are small enough to be dainty but large enough to make a statement.

Studded leather bracelets @ Muse Boutique Sunglasses have been a little underwhelming these past seasons. Scored this super deal at a discount retailer and couldn’t be more delighted with them.

Karl Lagerfeld sunglasses @ Loehmann’s

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HAPPY EARTH DAY!

By Pixie Ibanez Photographed by Sofia van der Dys

It’s Earth Day’s 40th anniversary and our world is in greater peril than ever. “Going Green” does not have to be a daunting task that means sweeping life changes. Simple things can make a huge difference. Mother Earth is not just a big ball of rock, you know; she is a living, breathing eco-system of which we are only a miniscule part, but our actions and lack of awareness have had a tremendous impact on her health. You can start turning green by using eco-friendly products, here are a few.

1. 1. KIEHL’S - Açaí Damage Protecting Toning Mist - Jeff Koons edition In honor of Earth Day, Kiehl’s unveiled a Limited Edition Label Art series. 100% of net proceeds benefit the Rainforest Alliance. www.kiehls.com @ Highland Village, 4076 Westheimer Rd. 713.621.4330

4. TIGI HAIRCARE - Love, Peace & the Planet haircare utilizes natural and organic ingredients. Bottles are made with 50% post-consumer recycled materials and are 100% recyclable and non-toxic. www.tigihaircare.com

2. AHAVA - Velvet Cream Wash - The Mineral Botanic line is formulated with organic plant extracts and Dead Sea minerals. www.ahava.com

5. LIFE FACTORY - Spring Green Glass Beverage Bottle with silicone sleeve - Glass is a low impact raw material that is readily abundant, easy to process and 100% recyclable and non-toxic. www.lifefactory.com

3. GREENER GRASS DESIGN - Resist Plastic Organic Canvas Tote, EcoWeekender Recycled Market Bag and Eco Two Bottle Caddy, Ugandan Waxcloth Wristlet Clutch. www.greenergrassdesign.com 5 SIMPLE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

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Install eco-friendly light bulbs. Use reusable non-plastic water containers. Use non-toxic cleaning products. Recycle. Adjust thermostat.

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PLANTING A TREE CAN BE A GREAT WAY OF GIVING BACK!

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Canvas products are made with 100% organic materials and are extremely durable. Weekender totes are eco-friendly and originally used as transportation for rice and fish food in Southeast Asia. The materials are salvaged and refashioned into fun, funky and fashionable products preventing them from ending in a landfill.

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Phenix in Ann Bowen at Casa de Novia, bouquet with rosemary, thistle and succulents, Bergner Johnson

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Monique Lhuillier gown at Casa de Novia, bouquet with tulip magnolia branches and dripping ivy, Bergner Johnson

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{ĂŠclat} is a high-end event design company specializing in staging and decor. In keeping with the latest trends, their signature touch is designing a dessert table to complement each event, inspired by the best event planners in NYC. They meet with each individual client and create events that are lush and sophisticated whether it is an intimate dinner for 2 or a gala for 400. Here they created three tablescapes for 002houston based on the themes of goth, mod and contemporary. The team works with every aesthetic detail including venue selection, space planning, decor, lighting and entertainment, and coordinates with all event vendors to ensure that all details are in sync with the overall look and feel. {ĂŠclat} makes every life moment unique, attending to every detail in an intricate way, adding an element of awe that will be long remembered. Contact them at info@eclateventdesign.com www.eclateventdesign.com

Phenix in J. Crew and Caitlin in Junko Yoshioka at Casa de Novia.

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Phenix in a Palazzo gown at Casa de Novia | Dresses at Casa de Novia & J.Crew | Bouquets by Bergner Johnson | Chiefs of Enchantment Headpieces, available online at www.shopbillhallman.com. To see styles, go to www.chiefsofenchantment.com. | Shot on location in a lot in Hilshire Village; for more information, contact Silver Oak Estate Homes 281.461.4474 | Dessert tables custom created by {éclat} for 002houston magazine | LOVE by songwriters Milt Gabler and Bert Kaempfert Furniture available @ Kuhl-Linscomb. | Fabric available @ High Fashion Fabrics.

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things i like love By Carla Valencia de Martinez Photography by Gabriella Nissen

Doesn’t matter how much yoga, Pilates, SPX or anything else I do, I still slouch. Virginia Redmond created Str8-n-up, a shoulder support accessory that slips over your shoulders comfortably. Try it while working at your computer. www.str8-n-up.com

I’M THE MEXICAN MARTHA STEWART – LOVE, LOVE HER… THE MINUTE I HEARD ABOUT HER ECO-FRIENDLY CLEANING LINE, I RACED TO HOME DEPOT AND SNAPPED THEM UP. IT’S MARTHA, NEED I SAY MORE?

Theoretically, the Potty Patch is a great idea. It looks prettier than the wee wee pads strewn around the house on rainy days…but Murci hasn’t figured it out yet. I love the concept; it’s green and ecofriendly. The three-tiered patch has an Astroturf top, a collection tray and the bottom tray. It also traps odors and bacteria, making it the best solution for rainy day accidents. www.pottypatch.com I love Burt’s Bees rosewater and glycerin toner. The rose scent is beautiful and the glass bottle with lavender top looks pretty on my vintage pedestal sink. Available at Whole Foods.

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I know this isn’t the first time you’ve seen these, but in my defense, they are new scents. I am obsessed with yummy home smells, love getting home from a long day of work to the waft of Antica’s new Ala Moana or Lemon, Verbena & Cedar wafting through the door. www.nordstrom.com Have you ever seen sea turtles in the wild? It’s amazing. I’ve seen them while scuba diving as well as mating on the surface of the ocean. The Adopt-A-Turtle program created by the Caribbean Conservation Corporation is an effort to raise awareness about the threats facing these animals and what you can do to protect them. Memberships start at $25 www.cccturtle.org

I discovered this jewelry cleaner at the Bridal Extravaganza in January, Something New leaves jewelry like new. www.somethingnewjc.com

Houston Lost and Unbuilt by Steven R. Strom highlights the buildings in Houston in a catalogue of 20thcentury local buildings that have been destroyed and some that were never built. It’s a little harrowing to see what has been lost, there’s still time to be a little more conscientious moving forward. Available at bookstores.

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EVERYONE LOVES A LITTLE REALITY! BASED ON THAT, HERE ARE A FEW LOCAL COUPLES WHO WERE KIND

ENOUGH TO SHARE SOME INTIMATE MOMENTS AND

DETAILS FROM THEIR WEDDINGS. FROM KELLI AND TODD WHO WERE MARRIED AT ST. JOHN VIANNEY WITH A

FABULOUS WHITE RECEPTION AT THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON; TO SHYLA AND DANNOSH WHO HAD

TWO WEDDINGS, ONE STATESIDE, THE OTHER IN INDIA; AND MARZI AND DINO WHO WED IN GREECE IN A VERY CLASH OF THE TITANS-ESQUE FEEL.

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KELLI KICKERILLO AND TODD FORESTER (the bride is keeping her name!) December 19, 2009

The overall feeling of the wedding was elegant simplicity…though the planning and details were anything but simple. The night seemed like an effortless flow from a refined religious ceremony at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, officiated by Rev. Troy Gately, to an elegant seated dinner to a colorful, fun dance party and reception at the Museum of Fine Arts. The bride wore a dress by Lisette Lux Haute Couture and Lace Overlay by Christabel Chiquillo with custom-made Christian Louboutin shoes. Mark Miller of Stems Custom Floral created the all-white décor with over 20,000 white roses flown in for the amazing white spheres that studded the reception. City Kitchen served comfort food including a wedge salad and filet with macaroni and cheese! The first dance song was a recording of Frank Sinatra’s All the Way and the Father/Daughter Song was a recording of Through the Years sung by the bride’s mother. WHATAWEDDING t-shirts were the party favors, paired with Whataburger late night taquitos. Photography by Nhan Nguyen

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MARZI FATEMIZADEH AND KONSTANTINOS (DINO) PETRIS July 31, 2008, Athens, Greece

Nearly 2500 years after the battles of Salamis and Marathon, large groups of Persians once again descended upon Athens – this time for love, not war. One year after Dino proposed to me while visiting his family in Athens, we returned to Athens for our wedding. The whitewashed church by the Aegean sea provided the perfect backdrop for a memorable ceremony, followed by a celebration with family and friends which lasted until the early hours of the morning. This time, the only battles that took place between the Greeks and the Persians were on the dance floor. Photography by Arthur Garcia, www.selectstudios.com

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SHYLA BATLIWALLA AND DANOOSH KAPADIA February 4, 2010, Bombay, India – May 1, 2010, San Francisco

For all practical purposes, Danoosh and I should have been married in baggage claim at Bush Intercontinental Airport. We shared our first kiss, many teary-cheeked goodbyes, and even our proposal right there in front of swarms of harried passengers and fraying Samsonites. Our careers kept us apart for many months; I was working as a writer in San Francisco and he was working as an engineer in Houston. The airport, consequently, was an ideal place for us to commit to each other for a lifetime. With his family in Bombay and my family in San Francisco, we got two big, fat Indian weddings. Our Bombay wedding took place in February. It was truly a magical day filled with love, family, 800 guests, and, of course, lots and lots of curry. The best thing about getting married (as clichéd as it sounds) is waking up and going to sleep with your best friend in your bed and finding comfort in the knowledge that he’s contractually obligated to be there. Photography by Kainaz Amaria www.kainazamaria.com www.kainazamaria.com/blog

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By Sandra Gunn, a native Houstonian and Realtor. Her team at Boulevard Realty specializes in the unique and prides themselves on being architects of community. | www.sandragunn.com | Hair by Mario at Riaro; Makeup by Edward Sanchez at Urban Retreat

archichat Photography by Jack Potts

JEREMY MCFARLAND | BRICKMOON DESIGN | WWWW.BRICKMOONDESIGN.COM

Jeremy McFarland was the in-house designer for Allegro Builders which Bill Baldwin of Boulevard Realty represents. Jeremy also designed the Boulevard Realty office at 1545 Heights where I caught up with him to discuss his practice, Brickmoon Design.

IT IS THE MARRIAGE OF COMMUNITY AND DESIGN THAT DEFINES THE ART OF ARCHITECTURE. WHETHER IT’S A MIXED-USE PROJECT SUCH AS THE TIME WARNER CENTER IN MANHATTAN, WHICH PROVIDES A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE NEED TO MELD 5 STAR ZAGAT RESTAURANTS, AUSTIN’S WHOLE FOODS AND THE MANDARIN HOTELS U.S. FLAGSHIP WITHIN THE HISTORIC MIX OF PRE-WAR RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS AND ENHANCE WALKABILITY IN A CITY KNOWN FOR SUCH, OR TO HAVE INNATE ABILITY TO “GET IT” AND BE ABLE TO DESIGN “NEW” TO MERGE WITHIN A HISTORIC COMMUNITY IN A WAY THAT EVEN THOSE IN THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY SAY “WHAT A GREAT OLD HOUSE” WHEN IT WAS BUILT 6 YEARS AGO.

me throughout the entire, labyrinthine course. I’d want them to listen to me, but also educate me on the process as we go – really, to act like a “professional friend.”

EDUCATION BACKGROUND: Texas A&M University, Bachelor of Environmental Design Arizona State University, Master of Architecture

HOW CAN CHILDREN BE ENCOURAGED TO APPRECIATE ARCHITECTURE? Art exists as a marvelous result of mankind’s innate need and desire to create. To me, architecture is an art form that clearly depicts Man creating in God’s world. It’s why I named our firm Brickmoon – human creation (brick) meets divine creation (the moon). Children need their inherent creativity affirmed and encouraged. By pointing them to architecture, we show them a wonderful means of creative expression that’s both beautiful and practical. It’s also a great way to teach children the benefit of working toward something that lasts, enduring for generations.

HONORS/AWARDS: Star Award Finalist 2008 - Best Kitchen, Master Bathroom for Home over $1M Star Award Finalist 2008 - Best Architectural Design for Home under $1M Star Award Finalist 2007 - Best Custom Home GHBA Prism Award 2008 - Best Interior Design of the Year Star Award Winner 2008 - Best Specialty Room, Wine Cellar West University Festival of Homes, 2009

Custom home design and construction is a team effort, so it would also be important to choose a firm that has a proven track record at assembling teams and steering those teams in the right direction. Everyone from builders to interior designers to cabinet-makers… I’d want my designer to have good relationships with those people and know how to lead them all the way from concept to movein.

IF YOU WERE NOT AN ARCHITECT, WHAT WOULD YOU BE? A fly-fishing guide. Showing people around nature, helping them appreciate their surroundings, and teaching them a skill… that’s a nice back-up career.

SPECIALTY: Upscale custom homes in a variety of styles as well as residential renovations. CURRENT PROJECTS: We have a pretty diverse portfolio and our current projects reflect that. Right now, we’re working on a modern custom home in Garden Oaks, a craftsman in the Heights, a traditional style in Braes Heights and a number of renovations (new kitchens, master baths and room additions) inside the Loop. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN? I’m inquisitive, by nature. I love asking good, probing questions and, honestly, I love to listen. To me, 90% of the design process is about communication. It’s about finding out what a client wants, why they want it and helping them understand the path from vision to reality. In a lot of ways, the relationship between client and designer is like a little marriage: its health relies on proper communication; understanding needs, desires, and expectations; and having a common goal. Oh, and having fun along the way. WHAT SHOULD A BUYER BE LOOKING FOR IN A PROSPECTIVE ARCHITECTURE FIRM FOR THEIR CUSTOM HOME DESIGN? The design process can be daunting. It can be long and complicated and represents a substantial investment of your time, mental energy and money. If I were shopping for a designer, I’d look for one who would function as an advocate for

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"WHEN I AM GONE, I WANT PEOPLE TO LOOK AT..." My family. Honestly, it’s the best thing I’ve ever helped create and think of me.

FAVORITES HOBBY SALTWATER FISHING. ME, ON A KAYAK IN THE BAY, REELING IN A REDFISH… THAT’S A GOOD DAY. ON YOUR IPOD RAY LAMONTAGNE. I LIKE THAT HIS MUSIC IS BOTH MODERN AND OLD-FASHIONED. VACATION SPOT A REMOTE SPOT BY AN ALPINE LAKE. BEST ENCHILADAS THE BEEF FAJITA ENCHILADAS AT THE ORIGINAL NINFA’S MAKE ME GLAD TO BE A TEXAN.


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A PROFILE MOMENT WITH...SAM GAINER SENIOR PARTNER, GAINER, DONNELLY & DESROCHES WITH GREG SCHEINMAN. TO VIEW COMPLETE EPISODES OF THE PROGRAM, CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTING FOR HOUSTON PBS.

Sunrise Over Africa

Rock-hewn Church Lalibela, Ethiopia

SAM W. GAINER has been in public accounting since 1975. He received a BBA in accounting from The University of Texas at Austin in 1967 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas School of Law in 1970. Sam is an accomplished photographer, having traveled to more than 108 countries, capturing the stunning visual images that appear in the annual GD&D calendar. He is also a terrific ragtime piano player with three albums to his credit, a past president of the Houston Society of Magicians and builds furniture in his spare time.

Photography by Sam W. Gainer

Greg: SO SAM, WHAT’S THE BIGGEST RISK YOU’VE TAKEN IN YOUR LIFE? Sam Gainer: I’ve got to say that my decision to take over the accounting practice of W.D. Dawson and agreeing to pay him $2,500 a month for the next five years, when I had no money to put down, was a real risk for me. I couldn’t take any real salary but I could see the potential and that this thing could be built into something really big. I’m glad that I took that risk as it’s turned into what is now Gainer, Donnelly & Desroches and over 130 employees – so I’m trying to open doors for the people around me who have that same potential and vision. I get a lot of satisfaction in that. Dawson Carter once said to me before he left, “Sam, when you get to the end of the road, it’s going to be a bit of a humbling experience as you’re going to find out that you’re not as irreplaceable as you thought you were...” And gradually clients that had confidence in him developed confidence in me and that’s what I’m doing now here at GD&D.

Greg Scheinman is an insurance broker at Insgroup providing risk management services for businesses, professional firms, not-for-profits and high net worth individuals. He is also the creator and host of , a documentary-style TV show airing weekly on Houston PBS that gives viewers an all-access pass into the lives of some of Houston’s most intriguing individuals.

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The Great Migration – Wildebeest and Zebras Crossing the Mara River | KenyaIf

Photography by Sam W. Gainer

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TRIED AND TRUE CLASSICS The wedding world is naturally dominated by women (as you can see in this issue) and men can easily be overlooked. But tried and true classics always complete a groom’s look. A flawless pair of Rayban shades, an heirloom Vacheron Constantin Historique Ultra-fine 1968 watch to hand down to your son some day, some sharp Frank Ghery for Tiffany & Co. cufflinks and a sterling silver tie clip from J.Crew. The key is to look back at your wedding pictures with no regrets‌

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THE TALKYONE BLUETOOTH SPEAKER So maybe you don’t like talking on your cell phone with a geeky-looking device dangling from your ear. Here is a simple and stylish way to talk hands-free and listen to your tunes without a headset. The TalkyOne from Novero is a universal Bluetooth speakerphone that syncs with almost any wireless phone. About the size of an iPhone, fix it to your dashboard or clip it to your visor. Novero designed it with safety in mind by putting just one button on the device. Hit it and you’re talking, rock it back-and-forth to change the volume. Its noise reduction and echo cancellation make for good clarity on calls. The battery lasts for about 15 hours of talk time but my fave feature is when The TalkyOne talks to you...it tells you who is calling when your phone rings. That’s even better than a secretary.

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tools+toys+ gadgets By Michael Garfield

VERTU CONSTELLATION AYXTA All cell phones are not created equally. Nokia subsidiary Vertu is the prime example. Not only are its phones on the high-end of tech specs, take a peek at the price tag. But you get what you pay for. The Constellation Ayxta is the company’s first clamshell phone. Choose from models with polished stainless steel, ceramic keys and leather casing. World travelers will utilize its 20-plus languages and GSM multiband coverage. But the luxury comes with the service features. The Concierge gives the elite customer a direct line to a customer care rep who can address any questions with just a single button press. The Select City Brief uses the GPS to automatically change time to the local time zone and get the lowdown on the happening places in the vicinity. Talk ain’t cheap, though.

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RAZER VESPULA MOUSEPAD

NIKON D3S

Seriously? A review for a mousepad? Only when one is extraordinary and has benefits. Not just to prevent carpel tunnel syndrome but to enhance your GAME. Razer makes high-end gaming products and peripherals “for gamers, by gamers.” Its new Vespula mousepad is dual-sided to provides gamers with the choice of a speed surface for faster mouse movements or a control surface that picks up even the most precise of mouse movements. My extended gaming sessions have been easier on my wrists thanks to a gel-filled memory conformance wrist rest. That is nerd-speak for less fatigue or potential strain. The gel pad is removable and the grippy corners keep the mousepad in place. Game on!

The last camera you will ever buy? Possibly. Nikon effectively declared the pixel war over with its D3 two years ago: It shot a mere 12 megapixels – less than most point-andshoots – but began the low-light arms race. Its new D3s model again forsakes more megapixels for more light and it’s a tiny miracle of engineering. It uses a completely new sensor that refines elements of photography. The camera shoots up to an equivalent of ISO 102,400, far beyond any film you could buy at Walgreens. (Does Walgreens still sell film?) At that level, you’re talking night vision. It is a bit heavy at 3 pounds, without a lens, but probably has the best ergonomics in its class. With dual CF card slots and a big battery, this will hold generations of photos and high-def video though. While costly, this could indeed be the last camera you will ever buy.

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MICHAEL GARFIELD is known as "The High-Tech Texan®." His radio program airs on The 9-5-0 weekdays from 9am-11am and Saturdays 11am-2pm. Visit his website at www.hightechtexan.com. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @hightechtexan. 58. april 10 | www.002mag.com


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By Tim Moloney

I AM COMPLETELY OBSESSED BY MANY THINGS: MORMONISM, SCIENTOLOGY, PROSTITUTION, INTERVENTION, TOOL ACADEMY, CASSEROLES, RED MEAT, BEER-BATTERED ASPARAGUS, CARS, DIGITAL WATCHES (HAVE YOU SEEN WILLIAM BETTS’ VINTAGE PULSAR TIME COMPUTER?) AND MOST OF ALL, SHOES. I’d be embarrassed to tell you how many pairs I have in my thankfully large closet – from $3 Old Navy flips to my prized collection of Barker Black brogues and YSL Jonny Boots. (Speaking of brogues, Duckie Brown is doing a special Florsheim collection this season that is beyond ill…check it out at www.barneys.com.) But back to YSL, as things often go. A few weeks ago, our friends Michael and Miguel at the Houston store notified me that the line’s new sneakers are in stock. Rejoice, tennis shoe lovers! This is not the stuff you will see at Academy, and the prices reflect the difference. First up is the Y-strap sneaker, available in blue and black. The fabrics are canvas and suede with (guess what?) a leather Y-strap. It’s yours for $445. My favorite would have to be the Y-Run. This high-top black and white shoe features tie-dyed degrade leather. It’s a vintage, worn look, and every one is different. Strap ’em on for $525. Oh, so you’re a more cautious, conservative fellow. Well, I can’t deny that you people are out there. Maybe you need to proceed to Gucci and investigate this shiny blue leather driver ($440). Color is so big for spring and summer and this is the perfect shoe to be on trend without making yourself an object of derision by the guys at Woodrow’s. Trust me, girls will think you’re really fine or possibly gay. Either way, that sorta gives you the edge. Find them at www.neimanmarcus.com.

BITS AND BITES At this point, you’re probably tired of me talking about my enduring love for the hamburgers at Bar Annie, Flemings, etc. Well, I’m cheating on both of them with the American Kobe Beef Burger with pickled red onions, pommes frites, white cheddar or Stilton cheese at creepy/medieval Mockingbird Bistro. Sixteen bucks well spent. Visit www.mockingbirdbistro.com. You can even do your laundry at the washateria next door while you’re eating. Next rec: for dinner, steel yourself and

head downtown to Hearsay Gastro Lounge on Travis, where the 12 Spot used to be. They’ve got a choice filet accompanied by scalloped potatoes, sautéed asparagus and topped with a port wine reduction for $21. My only complaint: my steak was ordered medium rare and came out medium. On the other hand, the service can’t be beat. Ask for manager Jeff Scoggins. www.hearsayhouston.com.

LEAN OUT WITH LAYN More on hotel workouts….The trick to maximizing your workout in a confined area, in a minimal amount of time, is to never stop moving. Circuit sets are the way to go, and full body movements optimize this further. Some great workouts that can be done circuit-set style are the burpie, mountain climbers and jumping jacks. BURPIES are done by starting in push-up position. You do a push-up, then bring your feet in so that you’re in a squat position. This is followed by reaching for the ceiling until you’re on your tip toes. Come back down and put your hands down, then kick out your legs to begin the second push-up. Do enough in a row and you’ll grasp the meaning of the name. MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS also start in the push-up position. You bring your right knee toward your chest, then kick it out back to starting position while bringing the left knee in. Alternate back and forth as rapidly as possible. Add in jumping jacks and try all three workouts back to back for 15-20 reps each for a set. Do 5-10 sets with no more than one minute rest between sets. Upon completion, you can feel better about hitting happy hour to celebrate your new marriage. Any questions? You can contact me @ layn.getlean@gmail.com

AND BEFORE WE GO No time to work out? That’s BS, and as your punishment, you are sentenced to wear a man-girdle. Huh? Spanx, the company that has tortured women for years, has evened the score with Spanx for men, or Manspanx. Supposedly, the end results are nothing short of amazing. The stretchy cotton compresses a beer belly and firms up less than perfect pecs. The fabric is breathable and it also provides lower back support. Prices start at $58 and styles come in traditional crew, vneck and tanks. Find them at Neiman Marcus, you lazy bum.

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be cool at the wedding...

Photography by Jaime Lagdameo Shot on location at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa Tux provided by Al’s Formal Wear www.alsformalwear.com

ALRIGHT, GUYS. NATURALLY THE GROOM IS NERVOUS ABOUT THE BIG DAY…AND THE GROOMSMEN ARE EITHER A WRECK BECAUSE THEY ARE ONE STEP CLOSER TO HAVING TO POP THE QUESTION TO THEIR GIRLFRIEND OF 5+ YEARS, OR THEY ARE CHILL TO SEE YOU’VE FINALLY CROSSED OVER TO THE MARRIAGE CLUB AND WILL NOW BE ABLE TO INCLUDE YOU IN COUPLES OUTINGS. BUT WE ARE GETTING AHEAD OF OURSELVES … BACK TO THE DAY. JUST KEEP IT COOL. HERE IS SOME BASIC 101, BOYS. • DON’T get wasted the night before or the day of.

• DO write a speech or be ready to say something nice to the couple, the parents, someone. • DO follow the very basic rule of one glass of water per alcoholic beverage.

• DON’T plan a contact sport the day of (or even a few weeks before) – you don’t need any broken limbs.

• DON’T lose it with some inappropriate story about that time in college or something…

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• DO relax during the ceremony. Remember to breathe. You DON’T want to be the one who faints! Relax – most eyes are on her anyway.

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BRANCH WATER TAVERN 510 Shepherd Dr. 713.863.7777 www.branchwatertavern.com BYRD’S MARKET + CAFE 420 Main St. 713.225.0100 www.byrdsmarket.com CANOPY 3939 Montrose Blvd. 713.528.6848 www.canopyhouston.com

american *17 | inside Hotel Alden 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8888 www.aldenhotels.com

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CAVA BISTRO 300 Main St. 713.229.9504 www.cavabistrohouston.com COURSES | inside the Art Institute of Houston 1900 Yorktown. 713.353.3644 www.artinstitutes.edu DANTON'S GULF COAST SEAFOOD 4611 Montrose. 713.807.8883 www.dantonsseafood.com

ARTISTA | inside the Hobby Center 800 Bagby. 713.278.4782 www.cordua.com AMERICAS •1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.961.1492 •21 Waterway Ave. 281.367.1492 www.cordua.com BARNABY’S •5750 Woodway. 713.266.0046 •1701 S. Shepherd. 713.520.5131 •414 West Gray. 713.522.8898 •604 Fairview. 713.522.0106 •602 Fairview. 713.522.4229 www.barnabyscafe.com BEAVER’S 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328 www.beavershouston.com BENJY’S •2424 Dunstan. 713.522.7602 •5922 Washington Ave. 713.868.1131 www.benjys.com

MCCORMICK AND SCHMICK’S •1151 Uptown Park. 713.840.7900 •1201 Fannin St. 713.658.8100 www.mccormickandschmicks.com NOE Four Riverway. 713.871.8177 www.noerestaurant.com OPEN CITY 2416 Brazos. 713.522.0118 www.ochouston.com POLO’S SIGNATURE 3800 Southwest Frwy. 713.626.8100 www.polosignature.com POST OAK GRILL 1415 S. Post Oak. 713.993.9966 www.postoakgrill.com QUATTRO 1300 Lamar. 713.276.4700 www.fourseasons.com

danton’s EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD 12848 Queensbury Ln. 832.200.2380 www.eddiev.com FOUNDATION ROOM | HOB 1204 Caroline. 832.667.7800 www.houseofblues.com

foundation room

DAILY REVIEW CAFÉ 3412 West Lamar. 713.520.9217 www.dailyreviewcafe.com

BISTRO ALEX 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., CityCentre 713.827.3545 www.bistroalex.com

GLASSWALL 933 Studemont. 713.868.7930 www.glasswalltherestaurant.com

BLOCK 7 WINE COMPANY 720 Shepherd Dr. 713.572.2565 www.block7wineco.com

HAVEN 2502 Algerian Way. 713.581.6101 www.havenhouston.com

BOOM BOOM ROOM 2518 Yale St. 713.868.3740 www.theboomboomroomhouston.com

HEARSAY GASTRO LOUNGE 218 Travis St. 713.225.8079 www.hearsayhouston.com

BOWL 607 Richmond. 832.582.7218 www.eatatbowl.com hearsay

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MARIPOSA | inside Neiman Marcus 2600 Post Oak Blvd. 713.621.7100 ext. 2166 www.neimanmarcus.com

RAY’S FRANKS + MORE 1302 Nance St. 713.224.6441 www.raysfranks.com RDG | BAR ANNIE 1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.1111 www.rdgbarannie.com RUGGLES GREEN 2311 West Alabama. 713.533.0777 www.rugglesgreen.com TART CAFÉ 4411 Montrose. 713.526.8278 www.tartcafe.com TEXTILE 611 W. 22nd Street. 832.209.7177 www.textilerestaurant.com

THE LAKE HOUSE 1600 McKinney. 713.337.7320 www.thelakehousehouston.com THE ROCKWOOD ROOM 5709 Woodway Dr. 832.251.3663 www.therockwoodroom.com VOICE | Hotel Icon 220 Main. 832.667.4470 www.hotelicon.com YARD HOUSE 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., CityCentre 713.461.9273 www.yardhouse.com

asian

the chelsea grill

THE GROVE 1611 Lamar. 713.337.7321 www.thegrovehouston.com

uptown sushi

ZAKE 2946 S. Shepherd. 713.526.6888 www.zakesushilounge.com ZUSHI 5900 Memorial Dr., #102. 713.861.5588 www.zushihouston.com

AUNTIE CHANG’S DUMPLING HOUSE 2621 S. Shepherd. 713.524.8410 www.auntiechangs.com

bakery+ coffee+others

KAM’S [chinese] 4500 Montrose Blvd. #C. 713.529.5057

ANTIDOTE COFFEE 729 Studewood. 713.861.7400 www.antidotecoffee.com

KUBO’S 2414 University Blvd. #200. 713.528.7878 www.kubos-sushi.com

CAFÉ BRASIL 2604 Dunlavy. 713.528.1993

LES GIVRAL’S KAHVE [vietnamese] 801 Congress St. 713.547.0444 www.lesgivrals.com

COCO’S CREPES 218 Gray St. 713.521.0700 www.cocoscrepes.com DON DIEGO COFFEE 208 Travis. 713.228.3560 www.dondiegocoffee.com

les givral’s kahve PAGODA [vietnamese] 4705 Inker St. 832.673.0400 www.pagodabistro.com RA SUSHI •3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 •12860 Queensbury Ln. #234 713.331.2792 www.rasushi.com

SHADE 250 W. 19th St. 713.863.7500 www.shadeheights.com THE CHELSEA GRILL 4621 Montrose Blvd. 713.942.9857 www.chelseagrill.com

UPTOWN SUSHI Uptown Park. 713.871.1200 www.uptown-sushi.com

THE COFFEE GROUNDZ 2503 Bagby. 713.874.0082 www.coffeegroundz.net TINY BOXWOOD’S 3614 W. Alabama St. 713.622.4224 www.tinyboxwoods.com DIEDRICH COFFEE 4005 Montrose. 713.526.1319 www.diedrich.com INVERSION COFFEE HOUSE 1953 Montrose, #A. 713.523.4866 www.inversioncoffee.com

ra sushi STRAITS [singaporean] 800 West Sam Houston Parkway N. 713.365.9922 www.straitsrestaurants.com SUSHI RAKU 3201 Louisiana. 713.526.8885 www.sushi-raku.com

KRAFTSMEN BAKING 4100 Montrose, #C. 713.524.7272 www.kraftsmenbaking.com TAFT STREET COFFEE 2115 Taft. 713.522.3533 www.taftstreetcoffee.org

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LES GIVRAL’S KAHVE 801 Congress St. #101, Houston, TX 77002 | 713.547.0444 | www.lesgivrals.com Coming Soon... 4601 Washington Ave. | Houston, TX 77007 Best “Lunch Spot” 2006 Best “Vietnamese” 2005, 2006, Best “Sandwich” 2004, 2005 - AOL City Guide, City Search, Houston Press. Best “Cheap Eats” 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, Best “Take Out” 2008, Best “Downtown Restaurant” 2007 A favorite among 002houston staffers, LES GIVRAL’S KAHVE is set to open at 4601 Washington Avenue. The yummy French Vietnamese restaurant known for its sandwiches, noodle dishes and pho is opening up a new beautiful space. Expect a full bar, large patio and new additional items fusing current items with monthly changing options. Plus they’ll be open late!

YELAPA PLAYA MEXICAN 2303 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77098 | 281.5010391 | www.yelapatime.com PREMIUM TEQUILAS, signature cocktails, great wine list amazing ceviches, $9.95 lunch specials Monday through Saturday, happy hour Monday through Saturday 12 – 7 and reverse happy hour 9:30 till close $2 beer $4 margaritas/sangrias $5 house wine $4 shots of Patron. Come and enjoy seafood with a tropical twist, OUTSIDE PATIO seating and private dinning room available.

BROOKSTREET BBQ 10705 Westheimer. 713.783.3600 www.brookstreetbbq.com GOODE COMPANY TX BARBECUE 5109 Kirby. 713.522.2530 www.goodecompany.com PIZZITOLA’S BAR-B-CUE 1703 Shepherd. 713.227.2283 www.pizzitolas.com

breakfast 11TH ST. CAFÉ 748 E. 11th St. 713.862.0089 AVALON DRUG CO. & DINER •2417 Westheimer. 713.527.8900 •12810 Southwest Frwy. 281.240.0213 www.avalondiner.com

3237 Southwest Frwy. 713.665.6226 www.rustikacafe.com SUGAR BABY'S CUPCAKES 3310 S. Shepherd. 713.527.8427 www.ilovesugarbabys.com THE BREAKFAST KLUB 3711 Travis. 713.528.8561 www.thebreakfastklub.com

ZYDECO LOUISIANA DINER 1119 Pease. 713.759.2001 www.zydecolouisianadiner.com

THE BUFFALO GRILLE •3116 Bissonnet. 713.661.3663 •1301 S. Voss. 713.784.3663 www.thebuffalogrille.com

european+french BRASSERIE MAX + JULIE [french] 4315 Montrose. 713.524.0070 www.maxandjulie.net

MIA BELLA •2006 Lexington St. 713.237.0505 •320 Main. 713.237.0505 •110 Vintage Park. 281.251.8930 •1201 San Jacinto – Houston Pavilions 832.319.6673 www.miabellatrattoria.com

THE FRUIT PALETTE 2413 Rice Blvd. 713.523.7848 www.thefruitpalette.com

CHARIVARI SPECIALTY [european] 2521 Bagby. 713.271.7231 www.charivarirest.com

MINGALONE 540 Texas. 713.223.0088 www.mingalone.com

FEAST [european] 219 Westheimer. 713.529.7788 www.feasthouston.com

RISTORANTE CAVOUR | Hotel Granduca 1080 Uptown Park. 713.418.1000 www.granducahouston.com

indian

SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE 901 Commerce @ Travis. 713.229.9715 A Warehouse Full of Food, Friends, Families and Fun! Great Kids Menu! Large and Small Groups Welcomed. Open 7 Days A Week. Deliveries and Catering Available. www.meatballs.com

CAFÉ ROSÉ CityCentre 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. 713.827.3545 www.bistroalex.com/cafe-rose CRAVE CUPCAKES 1151 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.622.7283 www.cravecupcake.com EMPIRE CAFÉ 1732 Westheimer. 713.528.5282 www.empirecafe.net FOUNTAIN VIEW CAFÉ 1842 Fountain View. 713.785.9060 MORE THAN CAKES 1100 West Dallas. 713.652.5132 www.morethancakes.com RUSTIKA CAFÉ

italian

TREEBEARDS •315 Travis. 713.228.2622 •1117 Texas. 713.229.8248 •1100 Louisiana. 713.752.2601 •700 Rusk. 713.224.6677 www.treebeards.com

fruit palette

cajun+creole+ southern HOUSTON’S THIS IS IT SOULFOOD 207 W. Gray. 713.659.1608 www.thisisithouston.com MARDI GRAS GRILL 1200 Durham. 713.864.5600 www.mardigrasgrill.net

KIRAN’S 4100 Westheimer. 713.960.8472 www.kiranshouston.com NARIN’S BOMBAY BRASSERIE 3005 W. Loop South. 713.622.2005 www.narinsbombaybrasserie.com SHIVA 2415 Times Blvd. 713.523.4753 www.shivarestaurant.com

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ARCODORO 5000 Westheimer. 713.621.6888 www.arcodoro.com ARTURO’S Uptown Park. 713.621.1180 www.arturosuptown.com

VALENTINO + VIN BAR | Hotel Derek 2525 West Loop South. 713.850.9200 www.valentinorestaurantgroup.com

latin

andalucia CAFÉ PIQUET [cuban] 6053 Bissonnet. 713.664.1031 www.cafepiquet.net CIELO MEXICAN BISTRO 300 Main St. 713.229.9500 www.cielomexicanbistro.com CYCLONE ANAYA’S [mex] 309 Gray St. 713.520.6969 www.cycloneanaya.com EL MESON [cuban] 2425 University. 713.522.9306 EL PATIO [mex] •6444 Westheimer. 713.780.0410 •2416 Brazos. 713.523.8181 ww.elpatio.com EL REY [cuban-mex] •233 Main. 713.225.1895 •910 Shepherd. 713.802.9145 www.elreytaqueria.com EL TIEMPO CANTINA [mex] •3130 Richmond. 713.807.1600 •5602 Washington. 713.681.3645 •1308 Montrose. 713.807.8996 www.eltiempocantina.com

ANDALUCIA | Houston Pavilions [spanish} 1201 San Jacinto St. 713.651.1081 www.bellarestaurants.com

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EL TORO [mex] NEW 11920 Westheimer. 281.920.4840 www.eltorotexmex.com

MARIA SELMA [mex] 1617 Richmond. 713.528.4920 www.mariaselma.com

FREEB!RDS WORLD BURRITO •3745 Greenbriar. 713.524.0621 •528 W. Bay Area Blvd. 281.557.2300 •6940 FM 1960 West. 281.444.3336 •9774 Katy Fwy. #700. 832.358.0300 •1923 Taylor, # F. 713.862.0080 •1640 Lake Woodlands. 281.419.8011 •11302 Broadway. 281.741.3337 CATERING 888.392.2287 www.freebirds.com

NINFA'S THE ORIGINAL 2704 Navigation Blvd. 713.228.1175 www.ninfas.com

freebirds

GUADALAJARA DEL CENTRO 1201 San Jacinto. 713.650.0101 www.guadalajarahacienda.com HABANEROS MEX-GRILL 3017 Milam. 713.523.1010 www.habanerosmexgrill.com IRMA’S [mex] •22 N. Chenevert. 713.222.0767 •1314 Texas. 713.247.9651 www.irmasouthwest.com THE LEMON TREE [peru] 12591 Whittington. 281.556.0690 www.thelemontreeonline.com TILA’S [mex] 1111 S. Shepherd. 713.522.7654 www.tilas.com

PICAZO 1421 Preston. 713.236.1300 www.picazodowntown.com RIOJA [spanish] 11920 Westheimer. 281.531.5569 www.riojarestaurant.com TACOS A GO-GO 3704 Main. 713.807.8226 www.tacosagogo.com YELAPA PLAYA MEXICANA 2303 Richmond Ave. 281.501.0391 www.yelapatime.com

mediterranean + greek CAFE LILI [lebanese] 5757 Westheimer. 713.952.6969 www.cafelili.com NIKO NIKO’S 2520 Montrose. 713.528.1308 www.nikonikos.com

TINTOS [spanish] 2015 West Gray. 713.522.1330 www.tintosrestaurant.com

tinto’s LUCIO’S [new american latin] 905 Taft. 713.523.9958 www.luciosbyob.com

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•1403 Heights. 713.864.7465 STAR PIZZA •77 Harvard. 713.869.1241 •2111 Norfolk. 713.523.0800 www.starpizza.net

steak+chops FLEMING’S •2405 W. Alabama.713.520.5999 •788 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. 713.827.1120 www.flemingssteakhouse.com LAURENZO’S GRILLE 4412 Washington. 713.880.5111 www.laurenzosgrille.com

EVENT A MARDI GRAS PARTY WHY CELEBRATION OF EUROPEAN WAX CENTER COPPERFIELD WHERE 7014 F HIGHWAY 6 NORTH WHEN FEBRUARY 5

Partygoers decked in chic Mardi Gras attire were greeted with the ever-so-popular beads and kicked off the celebration with DJ Senega who was spinning the hottest tunes mixed with Mardi Gras jazz, setting the perfect New Orleans vibe. Face painting and a Spin-The-Wheel game provided the perfect entertainment. Mardi Gras decorations in festive purple, green and gold glowing candles adorned the party. While sipping on some famous New Orleans Hurricanes and Tequila Sunrises, guests nibbled on mouthwatering Cajun seafood, muffalettas and some sweet treats. Congratulations!

MORTON’S •5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 •1001 McKinney. 713.659.3700 www.mortons.com MO’S 1801 Post Oak Blvd. 713.877.0720 www.mosrestaurants.com Stephanie Moore, Theresa Reeves, Bobby Lynn Hayes

Kristina & Judd Miller

mo’s

PAPPAS BROS. STEAKHOUSE 5839 Westheimer Rd. 713.780.7352 www.pappasbros.com niko niko’s SAFFRON [moroccan] 2006 Lexington. 713.522.3562 www.saffronhouston.com

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CANDELARI’S 6002 Washington. 832.200.1474 www.candelaris.com BOMBAY PIZZA CO. 914 Main St. 713.654.4444 www.bombaypizzaco.com DOLCE VITA PIZZERIA ENOTECA 500 Westheimer. 713.520.8222 www.dolcevitahouston.com FRANK’S PIZZA 417 Travis. 713.225.5656 www.frankspizza.com PINK’S PIZZA www.pinkspizza.com •710 West Gray. 713.521.7465

SPENCER’S STEAKS + CHOPS 1600 Lamar. 713.577.8325

www.spencersforsteaksandchops.com

Brenda & Rachel Chavez

STRIP HOUSE 1200 McKinney. 713.659.6000 www.theglaziergroup.com SHULA'S STEAKHOUSE Hyatt hotel 1200 Louisiana St. 713.375.4777 www.donshulas.com

SUGAR LAND AMICI RISTORANTE [italian] 16089 City Walk Drive. 281.242.2800 www.amicitownsquare.com

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Kristen Peterson, Amanda Guthrie

BROOKSTREET BBQ 1418 Highway 6. 281.313.4000 www.brookstreetbbq.com CAFE INDIA 2319 Williams Trace Blvd. 281.565.5881

Ron Guthrie, Emily & John Parent

Colleen & Michael Mattson


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CARRABBA'S ITALIAN GRILL 2335 Highway 6. 281.980.4433 www.carrabbas.com CHANDNI RESTAURANT [steak] 11102 S Highway 6. 281.530.9200 www.gochandni.com CUPCAKE CAFE 16525 Lexington Blvd. 281.242.2744 www.cupcakecafeofsugarland.com FRANK 'N'STEINS BAR & GRILL 9907 S Highway 6. 281.568.5593 www.franknsteinsbarandgrill.com GRIMALDI'S PIZZERIA 16535 Southwest Freeway. 281.265.2280 www.grimaldispizzeria.com JAPANEIRO'S SUSHI BISTRO & LATIN GRILL 2168 Texas Dr. 281.201.5294 www.japaneiros.com KONA GRILL 16535 Southwest Freeway. 281.208.3333 www.tix.com LA MADELEINE FRENCH BAKERY & CAFE 2675 Town Center Blvd. N. 281.494.4400 www.lamadeleine.com NAPA GRILLE URBAN WINE BAR 14019 Southwest Freeway. 281.277.2599 www.napagrille.net PERRY'S GRILL + STEAK HOUSE 2115 Town Square. 281.565.2727 www.perryssteakhouse.com PHILLY CONNECTION CHEESE STEAKS 16525 Lexington Boulevard. 281.240.1703 www.phillyconnection.com

THE BURNING PEAR 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925 www.theburningpear.com WASABI JAPANESE GRILL + SUSHI BAR 14019 Southwest Freeway. 281.242.3899 WILLIE’S GRILL + ICE HOUSE 945 Highway 6. 281.242.2252 www.williesrestaurants.com

THE MELTING POT 19075 Interstate 45. 936.271.7416 www.themeltingpot.com TIN STAR [american] 300 Six Pines Drive. 281.465.9800

THE WOODLANDS BENIHANA [asian] 1720 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.292.0061 www.benihana.com BROOKLYN CAFÉ [american] •Panther Creek 4775 W. Panther Creek Dr. 281.298.7488 •College Park Plaza 3091 College Park Dr. 936.273.8880 www.thebrooklyncafe.com CAFE DI FIORE [italian] 10110 Woodlands Pkwy., Ste. 900. 281.298.1228 www.caffe-di-fiore.com DICKEY'S BARBECUE PIT 10700 Kuykendahl Road. 281.298.8422

www.dickeysbarbecuerestaurants.com

DIMASSI'S [ethnic] 1640 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.363.0200 www.dimassisbuffet.com GENGHIS GRILL [asian] 9300 6 Pines Drive 281.363.4745 www.genghisgrill.com GURI DO SUL STEAKHOUSE 1400 Research Forest Dr. 281.907.4146 www.guridosul.com HONEY BEE HAM + DELI 4747 Research Forest Dr. 281.364.9200

PHO MAI NOODLE HOUSE 16200 Kensington Dr. 281.491.1528 www.phomainoodlehouse.com

MASSA'S SUSHI + ROBATA BAR 4775 W. Panther Creek Dr. 281.298.5688

RAJIN CAJUN 16100 Kensington Dr. 281.277.0704 www.ragin-cajun.com

P F CHANG'S CHINA BISTRO 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.203.6350 www.pfchangs.com

THAI COTTAGE II 4723 Sweetwater Blvd. 281.313.0707 www.thai-cottage.com

SWEET BELLA ITALIAN KITCHEN 202 Sawdust Road. 832.585.0066 www.sweetbellasatllc.com

NEWS

TO GO

24TH ANNUAL TEXAS CRAWFISH + MUSIC FESTIVAL

WHEN: APRIL 911, 16-18 & 23-25

WHERE: OLD TOWN SPRING THE TEXAS CRAWFISH & MUSIC FESTIVAL IS ONE OF THE LARGEST AND MOST ESTABLISHED CRAWFISH FESTIVALS IN THE SOUTH AND A FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENT FOR HOUSTONIANS AND TOURISTS ALIKE. FOR MORE INFO VISIT, www.texascrawfishfestival.com

www.massassushiandrobatabar.com

SITAR CUISINE OF INDIA 25701 Interstate 45. 281.364.0200 www.sitarcuisineofindia.net

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BBQ SHOWDOWN

dine write

By Beatrice Valencia Photography by Tarick Foteh

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Westchase District Location 10705 Westheimer Rd. Houston, TX 77042| 713.783.3600 www.brookstreetbbq.com

HOURS:

Monday-Saturday: 11AM-9PM Sunday: 11AM-8PM

BROOKSTREET BBQ SLOGAN...

It’s the best dangblasted, boot kickin rib stickin flavor packin lip smackin tongue teasin belly pleasin rootin tootin bar b que ANY WHERE! 66. april 10 | www.002mag.com

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THERE IS ONE THING I ADORE ABOUT TEXAS, IT’S OUR BBQ. NOT JUST RESERVED FOR WHEN RODEO IS IN TOWN, BBQ IS OUR WAY OF LIFE HERE.

So it’s no surprise that we are picky and competition is stiff. You can’t just slather up some meat in BBQ sauce and call it BBQ. You’ve got to perfect the smokiness of your meat, choose the best cuts and your sauce – well, let’s just keep it simple. Don’t dress it up and don’t stray too far from the classic. You can get a lot of heat from Texans for doctoring up a sauce. Keeping all of this in mind, I put on my big girl boots and focused on the task at hand. Does Brookstreet BBQ have what it takes? I visited the Westheimer location. Out of the 3 locations they have, this is the most different. The other two are ranch-style freestanding restaurants. This one focuses on the customer around them. Cafeteria-style line service keeps you moving with the menu hanging behind for those waiting in line to peruse. All the usual suspects are present: chopped beef, sliced meat plates, ribs, potato salad, beans, stuffed baked potatoes, it’s all here. And from the moment you walk in, it smells DIVINE! I was literally in a BBQ “scent” coma by the time my partners in crime arrived.

Our table was served with a feast of their offerings. From a plate overflowing with meats to ribs, to a basket of sweet potato fries and fried okra, to a basket of toasty bread for dipping or sandwich making. With zero hesitation, we all attacked the spread. I have a confession: I’m not a rib eater. At all. But their ribs looked like utter perfection. Not over-slathered, not charred completely, only bits on the ends, and minimal fat pieces. I mean only on the edges so as not to compromise the flavor. I haven’t even bitten into it at this point. I’m just inspecting. HOLY COW! They are fall-off-the-bone-with-no-effort-at-all tender. The meat’s flavor is smoky but with nice sweet undertones. I just became a fan of ribs thanks to Brookstreet. And don’t just take my word for it – I had two rib-eating boys with me that pigged out on them due to their “spectacularness.” I had to taste the sliced beef. The leanness and beautiful color was screaming my name on the meat plate. I also took the liberty of stealing some sausage and pulled chicken. A toasted slice of white bread and some BBQ sauce and I was set. Already impressed by the ribs, this plate had a lot to live up to. And by golly, it delivered! The sauce is made daily with fresh Serrano peppers and garlic (the only two ingredients


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5 1.Carolina Pork Sandwich 2. Chicken Salad 3. Three meat combo plate w/ potato salad, ranch style beans, white bread toast, French fries and corn on the cob. 4. Interior 5. Beef potato with butter, sour cream, bacon, chives and cheese could get out of the owner) so the spice level varies daily. Today it had a great kick. It’s got some vinegar which I love so I was dipping everything into the sauce. From the slow smoked (over hickory wood) beef to the toast, it tastes great on everything. All the meats were tender and surprisingly moist. Nothing was dry or tough to eat. You really need to taste the meat alone to enjoy its flavor; then add some BBQ sauce to taste the quality. I can’t forget the sides! I couldn’t get enough to the potato casserole, sweet potato fries and fried okra. The potato casserole was surprisingly lighter than I had imagined. Usually, I think casserole and cheese, heavy cream, richness jump into my mind. This was like a baked potato was transferred from the potato into a baking dish. The potato is served without all of that except for a bit of the standard baked potato garnish on top. So cheese, bacon bits and chives are all mixed into each bite. For sweet potato fries and fried okra, the grease was minimal. Both maintained their crispness throughout the meal and the bite-size pieces were conducive to just popping in a few bites. In my opinion, you definitely have to put Brookstreet BBQ into your BBQ lineup. The meats are the best cuts; the slow smoked over hickory wood method really shines on flavor. And the sauce, well, they just keep it simple. And simple equals perfection in my BBQ-loving mind. april 10 | www.002mag.com .67


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the chef’s special

CHEF DANTON NIX

restaurants danton’s gulf coast + seafood kitchen | cuisine gulf coast seafood 4611 montrose blvd. | 713.807.8883 | www.dantonsseafood.com

Photography by Cody Bess

FAVORITES MUFFIN

SWEET POTATO SONG

ANYTHING BY MILTON HOPKINS AND THE HIT CITY BLUES BAND WRITING UTENSIL PENCIL

DESTINATION

ANYWHERE IT IS SUNNY AND WARM SHOE BOOTS

THIRD-GENERATION HOUSTONIAN, EXECUTIVE CHEF AND CO-OWNER, DANTON NIX CAME HOME THREE YEARS AGO AND, WITH LIFELONG FRIEND AND COOWNER KYLE TEAS, OPENED DANTON’S GULF COAST SEAFOOD KITCHEN, A SEAFOOD AND STEAK HOUSE REMINISCENT OF DAYS GONE BY. A SELF-TAUGHT CHEF, GOURMET MAGAZINE CALLS HIM THE “FISH WIZARD.” EVERYTHING IS MADE DAILY FROM SCRATCH WITH DISHES LIKE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD-WINNING “CRAB DANTON,” “OYSTERS KYLE,” HEARTY BOWLS OF STEAMING GUMBOS WITH DARK, LUSH ROUXS, AND GULF COAST CLASSICS FROM STUFFED FLOUNDER TO SHRIMP CREOLE. DANTON’S IS ALSO WELL-KNOWN FOR ITS DESSERTS, LIKE NIX’S CHILDHOOD FAVORITE, HIS MOM PATSY’S CHOCOLATE “MONKEY” CAKE, AND HIS OWN SPECIAL RECIPE WHITE CHOCOLATE BREAD PUDDING. NIX IS WELL-KNOWN IN HOUSTON, HAVING OPENED AND MANAGED HOUSTON EATERIES GOODE COMPANY SEAFOOD, WILLIE G’S, LANDRY’S (GALVESTON), AS WELL AS HAVING CREATED THE ORIGINAL MENUS AT THE ORIGINAL JOE’S CRAB SHACK AND JOYCE’S OYSTER RESORT. NIX HAS RETURNED TO TOWN WITH A VENGEANCE AND DANTON’S HAS QUICKLY BECOME A LOCAL FAVORITE.

BEST BREAKFAST? Breakfast Klub BEST BRUNCH? Hugo’s

FAVORITE AFFORDABLE WINE? Layas Albarino

WHAT INGREDIENT CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT IN THE KITCHEN AND WHY? Salt

FAVORITE PLACE FOR DESSERT? Mom’s house

WHAT UTENSIL CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT? Sharp knife

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHEF, RESTAURANT + DISH? No time to go out….work

WHAT’S YOUR PET PEEVE? Poor work habits

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, TELL US YOUR WORST CLIENT EXPERIENCE. It’s not good to talk about clients

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EVENT REALCITY: LITERACY WHY FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER WHERE 13 CELSIUS WHEN FEBRUARY 18 Over 200 big kids at heart played and partied while raising funds and futures for disadvantaged youths in Houston’s Greater Fifth Ward. 13 Celsius was nostalgically transformed into a retro arcade. A swanky jazz bar unfolded indoors, complete with a perfectly paired assortment of wine, beer, gourmet meats and delicious cheeses. The sophisticated and soulful sound of Kristine Mills provided a perfect jazzy vibe. Outdoors, a tented playroom inspired a return to youthful pursuits with games such as pinball machines, Jenga, Whac-A-Mole and classic ’80’s Nintendo favorites. DJ Freestyle Steve rocked the house with classic tunes.

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BOMBAY PIZZA CO.

HABANEROS MEX-GRILL

YAO

914 MAIN ST. | 713.654.4444 www.bombaypizzaco.com

3017 MILAM | 713.523.1010 www.habanerosmexgrill.com

1201 FANNIN ST. @ HOUSTON PAVILIONS | 713.400.0411 www.yaorestaurant.com

CUISINE EVERYDAY FOOD WITH A HINT OF SPICE

CUISINE MEXICAN GRILL

CUISINE CHINESE AMERICAN

CHEF N/A

CHEF POLO BECERRA

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Located street level at the Commerce Towers, this pizza spot will have you changing every notion you had about Indian food. The couple of times I had Indian food it was like a bomb in my belly and the aftertaste lingered all day. Thus began my exclusion of Indian food from my diet. THEN VIRAL PATEL, FOUNDER OF BOMBAY PIZZA CO., HAD ME REASSESSING THOSE FEELINGS. The idea behind his concept was to introduce Indian influences in a type of cuisine people were already comfortable with – Italian. I have to admit, in the beginning I couldn’t wrap my head around it; then I went, I tasted and it conquered. I went during lunch and from the crowd size, my mind was put at ease. If this many people enjoy, there is no way it can be scary. 35-40% of business is repeat costumers. We split the Saag Paneer, Sonu’s Rita and the slice of the day. Each pizza is a creation of dough and nan bread toasted thin with sprinkles of sesame seed on the crust. I loved this thin crispy version of “pizza dough.” The Saag Paneer was layered in spiced greens, Paneer, Fontina, goat cheese and mozzarella. A surprising light concoction. The Sonu’s Rita is their version of the Margherita pizza, with basil, tomatoes, Paneer, mozzarella, cilantro chutney and Bombay Pizza Sauce. These few tweaks between the cilantro chutney and dough produce a light but flavorful twist without compromising a classic. Our slice of the day was a curried veggie topped medley. The curry wasn’t overwhelming and little notes of sweetness perfumed each bite. The meal was a very manageable, refreshing reintroduction of Indian food to my palette.

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A new Mexican grill is upon is. In an area surrounded by Vietnamese cuisine, this might be the “it” thing that the block needs. We started with a taste of a margarita. Not your normal margarita though. Our waiter, William, introduced us to this unique version made with pineapple-infused tequila and freshsqueezed lime juice. Sounds weird, but these two twists make all the difference in the world. It’s deceptively light and refreshing – it has to be dangerous. There’s no sweet aftertaste that lingers and the tequila is unrecognizable. Even the scent is gone! Not sure if this version is on the menu but it’s worth asking. Other notable twists on classics include their Ratones and enchiladas. Usually, with a Ratone, you are served grilled shrimp with jalapeno cheese all wrapped in bacon. Here, they place jumbo shrimp inside a pickled jalapeno with manchego cheese all wrapped in smoked apple bacon and then tempura fried, served atop greens with a chipotle remoulade dip on the side. The different flavors with the pickled jalapeno and manchego blend quite nicely. I was thoroughly delighted with their beef fajita enchiladas. Everywhere I’ve been they are served with a cumin-red pepper sauce. I don’t think I’ve EVER had that sauce in my life on any Mexican dish. AT HABANEROS, CHEF POLO USES A ROASTED TOMATO SALSA THAT TASTES LIKE IT WAS JUST BLENDED. I’ve seen my grandmother, mother, every Mexican woman I know make this type of sauce. The refried beans are quite possibly THE most authentic I’ve tasted. They taste like they were just scooped out of the “cazuela.” (That’s pot in Spanish.) In one lunch, I was reminded of just how delicious authenticity could be.

YAO’S SECOND VENTURE INTO THE HOUSTON PAVILIONS PROVES TO BE A GREAT MOVE. With Mexican food, tapas, steak and seafood specialty chains, a Chinese spot was needed. Boasting a sushi bar at the entrance, a long space with red and black being the color theme covering everything from tables to booths. We opted for a table that has Yao’s emblazoned in the middle. We started with a tuna tartar with wonton crisps. In the mixture of tuna are avocado slices, tomato and, for cilantrophobes, there is cilantro but the leaves are big and can easily be pulled out. It was very fresh and the texture of the tuna with the crispy wonton chip was a perfect balance. We ordered the beef and broccoli and kung pao shrimp for entrées with brown rice on the side. Served piping hot with a little rice container on the side, you can probably share one of these, just double up on rice. Both had a sufficient amount of meat/shrimp in proportion to the vegetables and the flavor was fresh. It didn’t have that lingering flavor that Chinese can sometimes have. For dessert we ordered the crème brulée. Offbeat for a Chinese restaurant, yes, but their vanilla bean version is definitely worth leaving some space for dessert.

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Events / Photo Credit River Oaks Watches – Daniel Ortiz Edward Sanchez B-Day – Kemny Kim for www.lastnightpics.com Fashion Rules – Bernard Bauri for www.lastnightpics.com Miso Healthy – Bernard Bauri for www.lastnightpics.com The Social Book – Kim Coffman + Jenny Antil

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EVENT: LUXURY MEN’S NIGHT OUT AT RIVER OAKS WATCHES WHY: TO SHOWCASE NEW WATCHES WHERE: RIVER OAKS WATCHES WHEN: FEBRUARY 11 Over 75 fashionably clad men and chic women braved the rainy weather to attend the Luxury Men’s Night Out held at the new Brownstone Antique Co-op (the old Brownstone Restaurant). River Oaks Watch owners David Lewis and Brian Jordan hosted the fabulous event that featured a fine scotch tasting, a trunk show of Italian custom clothing by J. Hilburn and a plethora of brand name watches.


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EVENT: PURO PARTY WHY: EDWARD SANCHEZ’S ALMOST 40TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION WHERE:REIGN LOUNGE WHEN: FEBRUARY 19

Well, he’s done it again! Localebrity Edward Sanchez, aka Makeup Artist to the Stars, celebrated his 40th birthday the only way he knows how… IN STYLE! More than 250 of his closest friends gathered at Reign Lounge for this fab fête. Guests sipped on Riazul Tequila, nibbled on delish botanas from Los Dos Amigos Restaurant, and DJ Paulo from Argentina played the perfect tunes. If you know Edward well, you know that everything he does, he does with passion and motive, and this night was no exception. He asked his guests to forgo a gift and instead donate to the AIDS Foundation of Houston. Super cool!

check out all the parties in houston @ 002mag.com Fashionistas and art lovers flocked to Neiman Marcus for a night of guilty pleasures. The event truly rocked! All three levels of the fashion Mecca were crawling with guests eager to see the shows featuring Lafayette’s 148 spring 2010 collection and the Art of Fashion runway show. The Art Walk featured local artists curated by ’s own Carla Valencia de Martinez. The gorgeous crowd refreshed their palates with signature cocktails by Maker’s Mark and Efen Vodka and sampled succulent bites form Sushi Raku and Ruggles Green.

EVENT: FASHION RULES! WHY: TO CELEBRATE THE FINEST IN FASHION WHERE: NEIMAN MARCUS WHEN: MARCH 4

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EVENT: MISO HEALTHY WHY: THE HEALTH MUSEUM’S PROFESSIONALS CIRCLE’S KICK-OFF PARTY WHERE: SUSHI RAKU WHEN: FEBRUARY 24

Houston’s newest sushi establishment was the perfect venue of this chic gathering. Guests enjoyed a Lululemon Athletica fashions show, which showcased yoga-inspired apparel for healthy living. Partygoers also delighted their palate with samplings from Sushi Raku’s superb menu and sipped on Rakutumitinis, their signature cocktail. Proceeds benefited The Health Museum.

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EVENT: THE EMERALD CITY- 15 YEARS OF WICKED SUCCESS WHAT: THE SOCIAL BOOK 2010 LAUNCH PARTY WHERE: DISCOVERY GREEN WHEN: JANUARY 21

The Social Book celebrated its 15th anniversary with an out-of-thisworld soiree. More than a thousand guests gathered at Discovery Green to admire the never-before-seen two-story ballroom tent constructed by Aztec Events & Tents. This amazing contraption awed guests with its 30-foot ceilings, indoor and outdoor balconies, crystal chandeliers and glass walls. The Wizard of Oz theme inspired the playful décor and left the park glowing in emerald green light. The journey to Oz began with the lighted yellow-brick-road sidewalk, through a fog-shrouded blue enchanted forest, on to Dorothy’s house which fell on the witch. Simply fabulous!

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MIKE MOE OF BELTWAY

8 RECORDS

AFTER 10 ACTIVE YEARS IN A VERY TRANSITIONAL PERIOD IN HOUSTON’S LENGTHY RAP MUSIC HISTORY, BELTWAY 8 RECORDS MOGUL MIKE MOE HAS DECIDED TO RETIRE. WHY? I HAD TO ASK…

STRAIGHT TO IT – ARE YOU REALLY RETIRING? Yep. I spent 10 years in it, and I just realized I need to build a foundation business-wise on my own back, not on an artist’s back. Because artists, pretty much, they’re fickle. One day they’re like this; one day they’re like that, I mean… I can’t base my future on how another person feels, so I decided to go into two different businesses. One of them is Moe’s Family Smoked Ribs and another one, I wrote a book called Cheat to Save Your Marriage. WHAT’S MOE’S FAMILY RIBS? IS THAT A FAMILY RECIPE? Well, I been cookin’ ribs for a long time, and somebody asked me, ‘man, you need to sell those.’ And I had been lookin’ for something else to do to get out the music business and the light went off ‘you know what – I can sell these ribs!’ And that’s what I did. I started sellin’ ribs and packaging up my family secret sauce, started sellin’ them, started catering folks and then people just started ordering up slabs and I bought a pit – I had a big pit custom-made. It’s been going pretty good. I haven’t opened up an actual restaurant yet, but I’m about to buy some property on the main drag on the northwest side and hope to have a spot up there. SO DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING PLANNED FOR YOUR SORT OF GOING AWAY FROM MUSIC? ARE YOU GOING TO EXIT MUSIC COMPLETELY, YOU THINK? I don’t… I know eventually I wanna come back. I know right now what I really wanna do is kind of consulting and I’ll still sell my catalog stuff but the only way I’ll come back is… I do it as a hobby and not as a living. I want to do it just for a hobby. I think for the most part my whole reason for getting’ in the business was to help young guys get into business for 76. april 10 | www.002mag.com

themselves, whether they be rappers or whatever the case is. It worked out, and then there was ups and downs with it pretty much, but you know after doin’ it for so long and then a lot of people didn’t just get the idea and the concept. It’s like ‘damn, what am I really in this for?’ 10, 11 YEARS AGO – DID YOU GET INTO IT THEN AS A HOBBY OR DID YOU HAVE THAT BUSINESS SENSE IN MIND ALREADY? I intentionally got into it as a business. I was laid off in ’99… YOU HAD LIKE A REAL JOB, LIKE A SERIOUS FULLTIME JOB, RIGHT? Back then I was working at Bettis Actuator Control Valve Company. I was a warehouse manager. I had been there for 6, 7 years or so. And they laid me off and I took the unemployment money and built a studio and bought a record store. AND THAT WAS IN PRAIRIE VIEW? That was in Prairie View. SO WERE THE ARTISTS YOU WERE WORKING WITH THEN LOCATED IN PRAIRIE VIEW? OBVIOUSLY SOME OF THE ARTISTS WERE IN HOUSTON… Yeah, for the most part when we was in Prairie View, we was strictly dealin’ with the Beltway 8 Boyz. And then… but we were doing a bunch of production stuff as far as slowed and chopped albums for pretty much everybody in Houston. And so that was kind of my connection. But the Prairie View situation, it was great because – I’ve always been the kind of person… I like the music industry, but I don’t wanna be in it. I don’t want to be in the fast lane or whatever the case is. I want to run at my pace and Prairie

View’s kind of like the ideal spot where… if you come to up Prairie View, that means you wanted to do business; if you didn’t come, you wasn’t tryin’ to do any business. TELL ME ABOUT THE BOOK. The book is called “Cheat to Save Your Marriage,” and it’s a book about people that are married and they’re cheating their marriages. And they pretty much wanna stay married but it’s just that the spouse is not doing a certain thing that they need. One guy in my book – he wanted his wife to be freaky in bed. It just wasn’t her. You know, he communicated to her and she still… you couldn’t bring it out of her. So he would end up going to a whorehouse, getting’ his rocks off, you know, his freaky side and come back home and everything’s fine and dandy. It saved his marriage. Other people, money-wise, one woman was short on money, she had another man who was takin’ care of her and her husband’s bills, and you know, she was sleepin’ with him or whatever the case is, and it saved their marriage. It’s a book that’s based on people that are married, and they’re finding different reasons to cheat in order to save their marriage. SO HOW DID YOU GET THE STORIES? Well, I started going around asking people. I started with people I knew, telling them I was writing this book, and I told them the title and the title grabbed them right away. For the most part, the people that told their story, it was almost like a confession. They confessed and it was like they got it off they chest, like, ‘I been wantin’ to tell somebody this story…’

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NOUVEAU ANTIQUE ART BAR | HOUSTON HANGOUT MAKES THE ARTS THEIR CRAFT

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remember it like it was yesterday. Dad couldn’t take me fishing, so the old lady was dragging me antique shopping. She told me before we stepped foot in the dainty little boutique not to touch anything or go running off or I wouldn’t get the ice cream she had promised or get to watch cartoons or play video games that Saturday morning. Inside, my pulse quickened in a panic as I was hit with an avalanche of shiny knick-knacks and sparkly knobs, figurines and fine china. Eventually, no longer able to fight the urge of rolling something across the floor or putting something in my mouth, I took my hands from my pockets. That’s when I felt her hot hand slap the back of my head and as I let out a surprised yelp I flailed into a case of crystal Faberge knockoffs, knocking a half dozen to the floor. Shocked, I stared slack jawed at her before throwing the quintessential fit. My girlfriend had learned to never take me antique shopping again. At Nouveau Antique Art Bar on 2913 Main St. I’m a little better behaved, but am no less struck by the wonder of things way too pretty for me to touch. Sure, the exterior with its festively lit trees and quaintly painted façade is nice and all, but getting down to brass tacks, it’s just a 4,500sf concrete shoebox with great parking. The true spectacle behind the buzz at Nouveau is what lies inside. Bedecked with one of the largest, privately owned collections of Tiffany lamps, the handmade orbs poke out from every crevice like a sea of vibrant, multihued jellyfish. They cast shards of lamplight over patrons and richly stained antique furniture from every angle. Like a 3am burrito, what appears to be a plain-Jane layout from the outside opens into a multilayered labyrinth of tasteful design inside. Nouveau maintains pub attitude up front, but wrapped around an aged, oaken bar evocative of a Victorian French bordello, guests find themselves in what feels like a string of posh living rooms.

celebration of the arts in Houston, Nouveau patrons can redeem ballet, theatre, art museum, opera and symphony ticket stubs for drinks at the bar. Quickly becoming known as a place to party progressively, Nouveau takes a unique approach to its evening entertainment. In a nutshell, if you get in early and are having some serious convo with the ample staff or your buds from work, DJ Whatshisname isn’t going to crush your eardrums like a grape just to “get the party started.” They let the crowd dictate the intensity of the evening. Also, for an off-the-beaten-path date night, Nouveau’s Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald Wednesday Lounge Night is hard to pass up. So after a taxing day out with the old lady doing a lot of unforeseen running and pretending not to understand English when confronted by shop owners using words like “damages” and “pay for” and “maniac,” evidently I owe her a nice date night. I know, I know – I don’t understand it either. Anyway though, I figure that my best strategy is to start anew – at Nouveau.

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downtown

511CLUB 511 Main. 713.221.8833 www.whatsnexthouston.com

LONE STAR SALOON 1900 Travis. 713.757.1616

LUCKY STRIKE LANES & LOUNGE 1201 San Jacinto. 713.343.3300 www.bowlluckystrike.com MOLLY’S PUB 509 Main. 713.222.1033 www.mollyspubs.com

CHAR BAR 305 Travis. 713.222.8177 www.charbarhouston.com

CORK WINE BAR NEW 1201 San Jacinto. 713.936.1000 www.corkpavilions.com

THE COTTON EXCHANGE 202 Travis. 832.507.5906 www.cottonexchangelounge.com DEAN’S CREDIT CLOTHING 316 Main. 713.227.3326 www.myspace.com/ deanscreditclothing

DIVE LOUNGE inside the Aquarium 410 Bagby St. 713.223.3474 EIGHTEEN TWENTY 1820 Franklin. 713.224.5535 www.myspace.com/1820bar ETTA’S LOUNGE 5120 Scott. 713.528.2611

FLYING SAUCER 705 Main St. 713.228.7468 www.beerknurd.com

HOUSE OF BLUES 1204 Caroline. 1.888.40.BLUES www.hob.com/houston JET LOUNGE 1515 Pease. 713.659.2000 www.thejetloungehouston.com LA CARAFE 813 Congress. 713.229.9399 LIVE SPORTS CAFÉ 407 Main. 713.228.5483 www.livesportscafe.com

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PETE’S DUELING PIANO BAR 1201 Fannin. (Houston Pavilions) 713.337.7383 www.petesduelingpianobar.com RED CAT JAZZ CAFÉ 924 Congress. 713.226.7870 www.redcatjazzcafe.com

RESERVE 101 1201 Caroline. 713.655.7101 www.reserve101.com

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFÉ 909 Texas Ave. 713.224.5299 www.sambucarestaurant.com SHADOW BAR 213 Milam. 713.221.5483 www.theshadowbar.com

SHAY MCELROY’S 909 Texas Suite A . 713.223.2444 www.mcelroyspub.com STATE BAR & LOUNGE 909 #2-A Texas. 713.229.8888 www.thestatebar.com THE BREWERY TAP 717 Franklin. 713.237.1537 THE B.U.S. 1800 Texas. 713.222.2287

TOC BAR 711 Franklin. 713.224.4862 www.tocbar.net

VENUE 719 Main. 713.236.8150 www.venuehouston.com

galleria+uptown BAR 12•21 MORTON’S 5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 www.mortons.com

heights + washington

BLVD 610 LOUNGE 3005 West Loop. 832.875.3997 www.blvd610.com

CLUB 26 TEN 2610 Sage. 713.974.4000 www.myspace.com/club26ten

PLANETA BAR-RIO 6400 Richmond. 832.251.9600 PAPARRUCHOS 3055 Sage. 713.212.3178 www.paparruchos.com

RA SUSHI 3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 12860 Queensbury. 713.331.2791 www.rasushi.com

REMINGTON BAR St. Regis Hotel 1919 Briar Oaks Ln. 713.403.2631 www.theremingtonrestaurant.com RICHMOND ARMS

5920 Richmond. 713.784.7722

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ROXY 5851 W. Alabama. 713.850.ROXY www.myspace.com/roxyhouston

THE TASTING ROOM 1101-18 Uptown Park. 713.993.9800 2409 W. Alabama. 713.526.2242 www.tastingroomwines.com WILD WEST 6101 Richmond. 713.266.3455 www.wildwesthouston.com

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PEARL BAR 4216 Washington. 713.863.5337 www.thepearlbarhouston.com PORCH SWING PUB 69 Heights. 713.880.8700

BELVEDERE 1131 Uptown Park. 713.552.9271 www.belvedereinfo.com

THE BLACK SWAN (Omni Hotel) 4 Riverway. 713.871.8181

A+ BAR inside Alden Hotel 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8800 www.aldenhotels.com

C&F DRIVE INN 6714 N. Main. 713.861.0704

BLANCO’S 3406 W. Alabama. 713.439.0072 www.houstonredneck.com

ABSOLVE WINE LOUNGE 920 Studemont St., #150 281.501.1788 www.absolvewinelounge.com

BEER ISLAND 2631 White Oak. 713.862.4670 BIG STAR 1005 W. 19th. 281.501.9560 www.bigstarbar.com

BLUE LABEL LOUNGE 4500 Washington. 713.861.9910 www.bluelabellounge.com BOOM BOOM ROOM 2518 Yale. 713.868.3740 www.myspace.com/ boomboomroomhouston

COSMOS CAFÉ 69 Heights. 713.802.2144 www.cosmoshouston.com

DAN ELECTRO’S GUITAR BAR 1031 E. 24th St. 713.862.8707 www.danelectrosguitarbar.com

DARKHORSE TAVERN 2207 Washington. 713.426.2442 www.dhtavern.com DUBLINER LOUNGE 4219 Washington. 713.861.2300

EI8TH 5102 Washington. 713.880.3500 KOBAIN 33 Waugh. 713.862.9911 www.kobain.net

MANOR ON WASHINGTON 4819 Washington. 713.426.0123 www.manoronwashington.com NOX 4701 Nett. 281.701.4248 www.noxhouston.com

ONION CREEK 3106 White Oak. 713.880.0706 www.onioncreekcafe.com

PANDORA 1815 Washington. 832.296.6220

REBEL’S HONKY TONK 5002 Washington. 713.807.7040

www.rebelshonkytonk.com

REIGN 4105 Washington. 713.869.0404 SAWYER PARK SPORTS BAR 2412 Washington. 713.863.9350 www.sawyerparkhouston.com THE DIRT 222 Yale. 713.426.4222 www.dirtbar.com

THE DRINKERY 4115 Washington. 713.426.3617

THE DRAKE 1902 Washington. 713.861.9600 www.thedrakebar.com

THE LOT 4212 Washington. 713.868.5688 www.thelothouston.com

THE SOCIAL 3730 Washington. 713.426.5585 www.thesocialinfo.com

midtown

13 CELSIUS 3000 Caroline. 713.529.8466 www.13celsius.com

3RD BAR 2600 Travis. 713.526.8282

BOND LOUNGE 2700 Milam. 713.529.2663 www.bond2700.com

COACHES 2204 Louisiana. 713.751.1970 www.coachesjv.com CHRISTIAN’S TAILGATE 2000 Bagby. 713.527.0261 www.christianstailgate.com DECO 510 Gray. 713.659.4900 www.decohouston.com

EL PATIO 2416 Brazos. 713.523.8181 www.elpatio.com

EPIC 3030 Travis. 713.522.2531

FIX LOUNGE 2707 Milam. 832.281.2101 FRONT PORCH PUB 217 Gray. 713.571.9571 www.frontporchpub.com

HOWL AT THE MOON 612 Hadley. 713.658.9700 www.howlatthemoon.com

IBIZA LOUNGE NEXT DOOR 2450 Louisiana. 713.520.7300 www.ibizaloungenextdoor.com KOMODO’S 2004 Baldwin. 713.655.1501

LEON’S LOUNGE 1006 McGowen. 713.659.3052 NOUVEAU ANTIQUE ART BAR 2913 Main St. www.art-bar.net THE MAPLE LEAF 514 Elgin. 713.520.6464 www.themapleleafpub.com

THE MINK/THE BACKROOM 3718 Main. 713.522.9985 www.minkonmain.com

OPEN CITY 2416-A Brazos. 832.483.8357 www.ochouston.com

RICH’S 2401 San Jacinto. 713.759.9606 SAINT DANE’S BAR + GRILL 502 Elgin. 713.807.7040

STATUS 2404 San Jacinto. 713.659.5400 www.myspace.com/statushouston SWIVEL 2621 Milam. 713.222.2057 www.swivelhouston.com

THE WET SPOT 160 W. Gray. 713.523.7768 TIPSY CLOVER 2416 Brazos. 713.524.8782

UNION BAR 2708 Bagby. 281.974.1916 www.myspace.com/unionlounge


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WHISKEY CREEK 2905 Travis. 713.526.4225 www.whiskeycreekhouston.com XO BAR & LOUNGE 2611 San Jacinto. 713.651.9900 www.myspace.com/xohouston

montrose + shepherd

ABSINTHE 609 Richmond. 713.528.7575 www.absinthelounge.com

AGORA 1717 Westheimer. 713.526.7212 www.agorahouston.com

ANVIL+REFUGE 1424 Westheimer. 713.523.1622 www.anvilhouston.com AVANTGARDEN 411 Westheimer. 832.519.1429 www.avantgardenhouston.com BOHEME WINE & CAFÉ BAR 307 Fairview. 713.269.0859 www.barboheme.com

BOONDOCKS 1417 Westheimer. 713.522.8500 www.myspace.com/boondocksbar BYZANTIO 403 W. Gray. 713.520.6896 www.byzantiohouston.com

CATBIRDS 1336 Westheimer. 713.523.8000 www.catbirds.com CEZANNE JAZZ CLUB 4100 Montrose. 713.522.9021 www.blacklaboradorpub.com GUAVA LAMP 570 Waugh. 713.524.3359

www.guavalamphouston.com

THE DAVENPORT 2115 Richmond. 713.520.1140

THE FLAT 1702 Commonwealth. 713.521.3528 GRIFF’S 3416 Roseland. 713.528.9912

THE HARP 1625 Richmond. 713.528.7827

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LOLA’S 2327 Grant. 713.528.8342

LZ PUB 2239 Richmond. 713.522.7118 MCELROY’S PUB 3607 Sandman. 713.524.2444 www.mcelroyspub.com METEOR 2306 Genesee. 713.521.0123 www.meteorhouston.com THE NEXT DOOR 2020 Waugh. 713.520.1712

www.myspace.com/thenextdoorgallery

NUMBERS 300 Westheimer. 713.526.6551 www.numbersnightclub.com

PRAVADA 2815 S. Shepherd. 713.533.1200 www.pravadahouston.com PRIVE 910 Westheimer. 713.526.6551 www.privelounge.com

POISON GIRL 1641-B Westheimer. 713.527.9929

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ZIMM’S MARTINI & WINE 4321 Montrose. 713.521.2002 www.zimmsbar.com

outer loop

300 HOUSTON BOWLING 925 Bunker Hill 713.461.1207 www.300houston.com

DENIM BAR 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925 www.theburningpear.com THE DERRICK TAVERN 1127 Eldridge. 281.759.4922 www.thederricktavern.com

FIREHOUSE SALOON 5930 Southwest Frwy. 713.977.1962 www.firehousesaloon.com HUSH 15625 Katy Frwy. 713.330.4874 www.hushonline.com

VINE WINE ROOM 12420 Memorial Dr. 713.463.8463 www.vinewineroom.com VINO 100 11693 Westheimer. 281.759.4100 www.vino100houston.com

SOUTH BEACH 810 Pacific. 713.529.7623 www.southbeachthenightclub.com SCOTT GERTNER’S SKYBAR 3400 Montrose. 713.520.9688

www.msypace.com/scottgertnersskybar

THE STAG’S HEAD 2128 Portsmouth. 713.533.1199 www.stagsheadpub.com THE TAVERN 1340 W. Gray. 713.522.5159 www.thetavernongray.com

VELVET MELVIN 3303 Richmond. 713.522.6798

www.myspace.com/thevelvetmelvinpub

VINTAGE 2108 Kipling. 713.522.4200

museum district

MONARCH LOUNGE Hotel ZaZa 5701 Main 713.526.1991 www.monarchrestauranthouston.com

YARD HOUSE 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., CityCentre. 713.461.9273 www.yardhouse.com

rice village

ARMADILLO PALACE 5015 Kirby. 713.526.9700 www.thearmadillopalace.com

BAKER STREET PUB 5510 Morningside. 713.942.9900 www.bakerstreetpub.com BAM BOU 2540 University. 713.521.7222 www.bambouhouston.com

BRIAN O’NEILL’S 5555 Morningside. 713.522.2603 www.brianoneills.com BRONX BAR 5555 Morningside. 713.520.9690

ERNIE’S ON BANKS 1010 Banks. 713.526.4566 www.erniesonbanks.com

KAY’S LOUNGE 2324 Bissonnet. 713.528.9858

LITTLE WOODROW’S 5611 Morningside. 713.521.2337 www.littlewoodrows.com

THE GINGER MAN 5607 Morningside. 713.526.2770 www.gingermanpub.com THE LOUNGE AT BENJY’S 2424 Dunstan. 713.522.7602 www.benjys.com

VOLCANO 2349 Bissonnet. 713.526.5282

river oaks + kirby

BLANCO’S 3406 W. Alabama. 713.439.0072 COVA 5600 Kirby. 713.838.0700 5555 Washington. 713.868.3366 www.covawines.com DOWNING STREET 2549 Kirby. 713.523.2291 www.downingstreetpub.com

KENNEALLY’S IRISH PUB 2111 S. Shepherd. 713.630.0486 www.irishpubkenneallys.com LIZZARD’S PUB 2715 Sackett. 713.529.4610 MERCER LOUNGE 3302 Mercer. 713.627.1132 www.mercerhouston.com

MEZZANINE LOUNGE 2200 Southwest Frwy. 713.528.MEZZ www.mezzaninelounge.com MUGSY’S 3200 Kirby. 713.526.5595

RED ROOM 2736 Virginia. 713.259.9952 THE BIG EASY 5731 Kirby. 713.523.9999 www.thebigeasyblues.com

THE GALLANT KNIGHT 2511 Bissonnet. 713.942.9940 www.thegallantknight.com THE RED ROOM 2736 Virginia St. 713.520.5666 www.redroomhouston.com

THE WINE BUCKET 2311 W. Alabama. 713.942.9463 www.thewinebucket.com UNDER THE VOLCANO 2349 Bissonnet. 713.526.5282 www.cabomixmex.com

warehouse district

EIGHTEEN TWENTY 1820 Franklin. 713.224.5535

LUCKY’S PUB 801 St. Emanuel. 713.522.2010 www.luckyspub.com

THE GREEN ROOM 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483 THE MERIDIAN 1503 Chartres. 713.225.1717 www.meridianhouston.com

WAREHOUSE LIVE 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483 www.warehouselive.com

downtown

galleria+uptown

midtown montrose + shepherd museum district

outer loop rice village river oaks

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kirby

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Restaurateurs, club/bar owners, pubbers, etc., if there is a special event or something you would like the public to know about, email me at bvalencia@002mag.com and I will help spread the word for you. See you out!

Happy April! There will be nothing wedding related today, kids. I figured since it’s pretty much everywhere else, we’ll keep this strictly SIPCODE business. I can’t get enough of these beautiful sunny days we’ve been experiencing. It’s days like these that my mind draws a blank on restaurants that have patios. There’s still a slight chill in the air although the sun’s beams are sunburn-worthy so an umbrella option is a must. Learned about this in Galveston this past weekend when I got a really “cool” racer-back tan on the right side of my body. I didn’t experience much patio dining this month but I did discover some new gems, revisited an old favorite and learned what it’s like to watch movies luxe style. Enjoy this beautiful weather and see you next month! CANOPY- 3939 Montrose 713.528.6848 www.canopyhouston.com I LOVE brunch! And I have to admit, I can’t remember all the places that offer it. I wake up and want brunch. My only option is to hit the road and hope wherever I stop is still serving. Luckily, on this Saturday, Canopy caught my eye. The décor is very eco-chic. Sun beams in through the windows. A large wooden sculpture hangs overhead in the dining room and an enlarged photograph of a tree covers the wall behind the bar as well as a wall in the dining room. Wooden tables with green tops and wooden chairs add to the organic nature. All the tables outside were taken and it seemed the dining room was full as well, so we sat in a little table in the bar right by the window. This was as close to outside as we could get without a wait. I ordered the mushroom, goat cheese scramble and some of the artisan chocolate croissants made in house. The scramble came out first with fresh fruit and their crispy potatoes on the side. My scramble was perfect. The warmth of the eggs melted the cheese into every nook. Each bite with egg, mushroom, cheese and green onion (sprinkled on the top) was delicious. My 3 mini chocolate croissants arrived served atop a doily close to the end of my meal. Each crispy, warm bite was the “icing on the cake” to an already perfect meal. ARCODORO RISTORANTE ITALIANO- 5000 Westheimer Road 713.621.6888 One of my old favorites never ceases to deliver. It has been a LONG time since I’ve been. Naturally, I have to order my favorite, the four cheese pasta! Thankfully a girlfriend of mine wanted to split it. Last thing I want to do is knock out a whole

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plate of this delicious goodness. Eaters remorse and food “coma” go hand in hand. We also split an arcodoro salad to add a bit of greens. Ever since I went to Paris last year, I have this habit of putting my salad on top of my pasta and eating it together. It doesn’t work with all pastas. Not an idea for spaghetti. This combo was ideal. I got to eat my cheesy yummy bowtie pasta with a little bit of greens to make me feel like it was a healthier twist on one of their classics. EDDIE V’S- 12848 Queensbury Lane 832.200.2380 www.eddiev.com After catching a 7:40pm showing at Studio Movie Grill, we stopped in at their bar for a taste of their seafood delicacy. The dimly lit bar has lush booth seating and high bar seating with live piano bar music. Since we were a group of eight, we sat at a high bar table. After ordering a round of drinks we perused the menu. It was a little hard to read since the lighting was that dim. My sister, having been previously, suggested we order the “tower” instead of going through the whole menu. We ordered two to accommodate us all. The tower came with jumbo shrimp, oysters and crab claws on two tiers and fixings in the middle. They are not kidding when they say jumbo shrimp. They’re huge and “meaty.” It’s absolute perfection. We ordered some bread for extra stuffing. Served hot, we cut butter and slipped into each slice before tearing into it. I’m not an oyster fan unless they’re rockefeller, but the boy and girls cleaned up. Not one was left. It was the ideal amount of food after having some popcorn during the movie. If you don’t want to eat at the theatre (see below), save your appetite and drop in for some quality dining. STUDIO MOVIE GRILL- 805 Town and Country Village 713.461.4405 www.studiomoviegrill.com Speaking of movies, this is my new-found favorite way to watch movies. I love the comfort of being able to watch a movie, drink an adult beverage and dine all in

one package. The comfortable seating isn’t a bad perk either. I wasn’t sold the first time I visited Studio Movie Grill but on this visit one feature in particular wowed me. Even before I got to the theatre. On their website you can purchase tickets and reserve your seating. It’s a feature called “adult weekend” when you click on the show times icon on the main page. The total for two tickets comes out to about $50 but included in that bundle are two vouchers for $12 toward your food and beverage. Not only do you get the voucher but you also get to pick your seats for the movie online and they are reserved for you the night of. No fighting for seats or waiting in lines when you get there. We waited at the bar and then cruised through the ropes with several minutes to spare to get to our seats and place orders before the lights went down. It’s ingenious for a movie night with friends or a date!


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cd reviews By Lance Scott Walker

BURZUM Belus (Indie Europe/Zoom) While most convicted murderers may well never be forgiven for their crimes, it would certainly seem as if Varg Vikernes has been. After murdering fellow black metal dignitary Euronymous (of the band Mayhem) in 1994 and then serving a prison term lasting 15 years, he has emerged with an almost triumphant musical statement. For context, Burzum made black metal records when black metal was in its relative infancy. After being in prison a few years (the prison system in Norway is notoriously lenient) he began making ambient records under the same name; still with the black metal vibe, just all on synthesizers with no guitars or drums. And he made it work. 1999’s Hli›skjálf, although not regularly accredited in ambient circles, should be considered one of the finest of the genre. But in that (exclusion), he created a genre all his own. Upon his release from prison, the question bugging most was exactly which direction he would venture musically. The answer is both. Belus is not only a balance of the two genres in which Vikernes has delved in his career, it is a synthesis. The intro to the album would hint at another ambient platter, and then it explodes and he’s back to square one with a lot better production and a hell of a lot more gutter to the screech he was perfecting before any of us knew what black metal was. And maybe now he’s out to redefine what he defined in the first place, introducing an element which, though present, is never audible in black metal: bass guitar. BLUNT MECHANIC World Record (Barsuk) Just when you think Ben Barnett (Kind of Like Spitting, The Thermals) is done, or that you may never hear from him again, his bald head bobs back up above the water. Whether the reason for that is the same reason he would note or what the listening public may perceive doesn’t matter. The fact is that, for better or worse, Barnett’s career has yet to peak. Kind of Like Spitting (his long-running solo venture) has some fantastic songs; the first Thermals record, on which he plays guitar, is also brilliant. But where is his? His opus, his masterpiece? This might not be it, either, but it is fully a step in that direction. “Breaking up” his solo act was a wise choice. One reason is that this is more filled out than anything Barnett has done. The “solo” mentality is gone. This is a full band, with big, roomy drums, and the guitars are rich – not just in sound but in the choice of chords and the sexiness in the rhythmic approach. Sexiness. Ben Barnett makes a record that sounds a little sexy? Never! But he did. Just ignore the cover. JOANNA NEWSOM Have One On Me (Drag City) Some records get so much press that it almost feels like a waste of space to offer up another review of the work. Brilliant. Moving… the descriptions run circles around themselves, slapping high fives… you either get it or you don’t. Her voice! And then maybe you don’t, or you get it and you don’t really like it. Or really don’t like it. Like Patti Smith… I appreciate it, but it does nothing and goes nowhere for me. At least you got a different review this time.

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BEFORE WE GO Don’t miss Live It BIG on Saturday, April 10! Be a part of this fun fundraiser for the Live It BIG nonprofit corporation which donates money to new and small charities, enabling them to focus on their mission without the distraction of the constant need to fundraise. A $10 ticket (which you can purchase online at www.liveitBIG.org) will have you enjoying the great outdoors, fantastic bargains at restaurants and bars, and fun from 2-8pm. Tickets jump to $20 the day of the festival. Not to worry, the Washington Wave will be working hard during the festival to transport attendees from one bar to another, and to prevent inebriated walking or driving.

OO2CROSS WORD A P R I L A T T H E A L T A R ACROSS 1. Sign out of a session 7. Raw linen color 11. ‘’60 Minutes’‘ network 14. Ringlike parts 15. Expression of disappointment 16. In the know 17. It may draw attention to the groom’s chest 19. Dublin draft 20. Cake decoration 21. Leo or Libra 22. Survey choice 25. Protected 27. Be in the red 28. Boozehound 30. Kobe currency 31. Metal in pennies 33. Cried 36. Taking a cruise 40. Material gesture of unity through marriage 43. Knight’s mount 44. Highlands native 45. Approaching 46. U.K. fliers 48. Cashew, for one 50. This makes ink pink 51. With “Rockin” and 42 down, this was a hit song for Huey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns in 1957

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56. Those with IDs and passwords 58. Mary had a little one 59. Mediterranean resort area 61. Sixth sense? 62. It may draw attention to the bride’s chest 66. Move, as an eyelash 67. Gel from seaweed 68. Cell phone predecessor 69. Tarzan portrayer Ron 70. Soul mate? 71. Italian ship “___ Doria” that sank off the U.S. coast in 1956

DOWN 1. Research room 2. Lennon’s widow Yoko 3. Serengeti dweller 4. Quite unconventional 5. Building stories 6. Goldfish propellers 7. Designer Head 8. Home of the Minotaur 9. Hardly ever 10. Ghost dance performer 11. Committee head

12. Ship’s lower hull 13. Shell out 18. Savings for a rainy day 21. Submitted 22. Exudes 23. Between, to a bard 24. From this time onward 26. Sign of joy or sorrow 29. Have title to 32. Childlike angel 34. Princess tormentor 35. It may be polished 37. Shoot from hiding 38. Ham and ___ (average Joe) 39. Hearth debris 41. First man to wear

a ball and chain? 42. “Boogie Woogie” disease often associated with 51 across 47. Antedate 49. Soup server 51. West Point freshman 52. Like Fran Drescher’s voice 53. Like some nests 54. Rechargeable battery type 55. Ebony counterpart of song 57. Filled to capacity 60. Exile isle for Napoleon 62. Pat gently 63. Crunch time for CPAs 64. ‘’That’s amazing!’‘ 65. Prominent time

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There will be a scavenger hunt, live music at different spots and you can taste a new Texas brew. You can also support the Live It BIG cause by paying a dollar to any event ticket seller to decorate a square on the Live It BIG flags scattered throughout the fest to honor those you’ve lost, or those who’ve survived. Live It BIG helps those who are surviving by selecting Friday Harbour as their initial benefiting charity, an organization working to provide housing to cancer patients and their families. Find out more about Live It BIG, the festival, www.liveitbig.org, becoming a fan on Facebook or following any of three Twitter accounts: @liveitbigfest, @cocktailcamphou and @campbeer.

Contributor news 002houston magazaine’s go-to maestra of all things vintage, REYNE HAINES, sees the release of her book Vintage Wristwatches this month. The book combines history, art and the collectible aspects of watches including 1,200 colorful photographs, values and descriptions for the world’s finest watch brands – Rolex, Patek Philippe, Cartier, Gruen, Omega, Bulova and Hamilton. Haines has been published in The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. $29.99. www.tias.com/RHA

SARAH GISH, of Gish at the Movies, released the eighth installation of The Summer Book®: A Guide to Houston Day Camps and Classes for Kids and Teens. Again Gish has done all the dirty work for you, finding all kinds of day camps being offered in Houston in the summer, including the “Mad Hatter Arts Camp,” video game design camps, architecture and inventor camps, surfing, chess, art and music camps, and more! Over 200 day camps and classes are listed in this unique guide organized alphabetically, by category (arts, sports, religious, special needs and educational), age group, length (full day or half day), indoor or outdoor facilities, scholarships offered and camp dates. $12.95, available at over 20 local stores including Barnes and Noble and Borders. www.thesummerbook.com


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