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volume 13 | issue 148 letter from the editor Photography by Sofia van der Dys Makeup by Edward Sanchez Blowout by David Michael @ David Michael Salon Somabeads necklaces, when 360 of you buy $25 worth of beads, 125 Ugandan kids can be put in school. www.somabeads.com
t’s our wedding issue. Basically what that means is that this issue of 002houston still has all that is hip. current. cool in the city PLUS some wedding-related features. So, brides- and grooms-to-be, we’ve got everything from Green Wedding ideas on CARLA VALENCIA DE MARTINEZ page 47 to a glimpse into three local couples’ special day with their tips, feelings and pictures. We also talk to Aztec Rentals CEO Todd Johnson who shares the secrets to his success, as well as an interview with wedding wizards A Fare Extraordinare on page 38. Grooms, listen up: the Zadok family teaches us how to shop for a diamond in It’s Cool to know how to shop for a rock. April is not only the beginning of Spring, but comes with a bevy of things to do in town. From the Nonprofit feature (which is the MS 150) to Lawndale’s latest exhibit which is featured in our For Art’s Sake. On Our Radar is packed with local news as well as a few travel options.
With a city bursting with eatery options, we’ve got you covered with new restaurants; Oporto is featured in DineWrite and try not craving a Sprinkles cupcake after our chat with Sprinkles owner Candace Nelson in the Chef’s Special. And if all that’s not enough, check out the restaurant listings which will have you salivating.
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FROM THIS MOMENT Photography by Sofia van der Dys Hair by Elia @ Bella Rinova Uptown Park Makeup by Corinne @ Façade Uptown Park Dress Oscar de la Renta @ Casa de Novia Jewelry Stylist’s own
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COMING IN MAY
arts+entertainment table of contents
4 letter from the editor 6 table of contents 8 houston map 10 downtown map 11 scene
39 38 AN INTERVIEW WITH A FARE EXTRAORDINAIRE 39 REAL WEDDINGS
44 IT’S COOL TO KNOW HOW TO PICK YOUR ROCK 46 archichat 47 it’s a nice day for a green wedding 48 architecture+design
50 002 PROFILE: TODD JOHNSON 12 13 14 16 18 20
uptown map scene on our radar calendar museum district art houses + museums + exhibits
51 tools + toys + gadgets
22 FOR ART’S SAKE: EMILY JOHNSON 24 nonprofit: ms 150 25 gish
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phone shots spacetaker born cool. grow hip. scene people of houston costumes for cocktails
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mentertainment wise guy restaurant listings to go: which wich dinewrite: oporto chef’s special: sprinkle’s candace nelson 62 new restaurants
34 DESTINATION: GRAND VELAS RIVIERA MAYA 36 things i love
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the scene club review: distillery 2520 nightlife recording: la catrin bea here now cd reviews scene | crossword puzzle
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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 Childrenâ€™s Museum...........................23 Houston Museum of Natural Science.......24 Houston Arboretum..........................25 Houston Theater District...................26 The Woodlands.................................27
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EVENT WILD AT HEART, 2011 HEART BALL WHY TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION WHERE HILTON AMERICAS WHEN FEBRUARY 5 More than 700 American Heart Association supporters were greeted by safari drummers and dancers at the Hilton Americas for what promised to be a wild night. The lobby set the mood for the evening; guests flocked to the tiki huts, got some wild cocktails and hit the big auction board. Inside, the ballroom was a sprawling safari scene, wild creature silhouettes dressed the walls, and animal print linens and exotic flower arrangements, including some trees, gave the space an African savannah feel. For the Young at Heart patrons, an untamed afterparty took place in the Skyline Ballroom. Hakuna Matata!
Joanne King Herring, Paul Lynch
Susan Khron, Patrick Gehm
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Sue and Lester Smith
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EVENT 88 KEYS, THE PIANO BAR WHY GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION WHERE BROWNSTONE, 2736 VIRGINIA STREET WHEN JANUARY 27 Cocktails and tunes harmoniously flowed at the grand opening of 88 keys, The Piano Bar. The place is amazing: Red and purple tones, glass chandeliers, exposed brick walls, zebra couches, peacock accents, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and amber lighting give the lounge area a very Big Easy feel. The pianist pounded on the ivories, playing everything from Lady Gaga and Lady Antebellum to Billy Joel’s classic Piano Man. Owner Beau Theriot encouraged guests to grab a glass and sing along with pianist Greg Giacona, and guests gladly did just that – they sang, sang and sang the night away. Love it!
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the quest for true love. www.lorilemongeshay.com. Available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, iPad/iBookstore, Lulu, eBay and through other local retailers.
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radar BRACE YOURSELVES, STAR WARSTM FANS…YOU MIGHT WANT TO SIT DOWN. JUNE 18 THRU SEPTEMBER 18, THE HEALTH MUSEUM WILL HOST AN INNOVATIVE EXHIBIT, STAR WARS: WHERE SCIENCE MEETS IMAGINATION. PRESENTED BY BOSE CORPORATION AND DEVELOPED BY THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE, BOSTON AND LUCASFILM LTD., THE STAR WARS OBJECTS ARE ON LOAN FROM THE ARCHIVES OF LUCASFILM LTD. THE EXHIBIT EXPLORES THE FUTURISTIC TECHNOLOGIES DEPICTED IN THE STAR WARS FILMS, THE REAL SCIENCE BEHIND THEM AND THE RESEARCH THAT MAY SOMEDAY LEAD TO REAL-LIFE VERSIONS OF THE TECHNOLOGIES SEEN IN THE FILM SERIES, PLUS PROPS AND COSTUMES FROM ALL SIX STAR WARS FILMS. WWW.THEHEALTHMUSEUM.ORG/STARWARS
• No need to lose your glamour at the hospital anymore. CURE-COUTURE makes a fashionable gown that is functional. From chemotherapy to child delivery or at-home care, www.cure-couture.com offers a variety of options to keep you chic! Creator Linsay Alvarado was the Design Assistant/Creative Director at Linda Segal Design for more than 25 years. Segal, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009, had the idea of chic patient gowns, but never got the chance to fulfill that dream. Her daughter Ashley with design protégée Linsay fulfilled it for her.
HOUSTON HOUSE is a 31-story apartment building built in 1966 by noted Washington architect Charles Goodman (also architect for 24 East Greenway Plaza). The mid-century modern building, then considered one of the most stylish luxury high-rise apartment buildings in Houston, is currently undergoing a renovation and restoration in excess of $10 million. Slated for completion by spring 2012, rental rates will range from approximately $1,000 up to $2,800 per month. For information, call 713.308.2000. www.HoustonHouseApts.com
Local launches Houston author and columnist Lori Lemon Geshay recently release her book, Dating Diva Adventures, sharing her personal dating experiences while on the quest for true love. Dating Diva Adventures begins with three BFFs in tow, who create an online dating profile for Lori with a well-known social networking site. After over 3,286 hits in 30 days, Lori set out on a journey of self-discovery in hopes to learn about her own needs, desires and basic human interaction while on
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Austin’s award-winning BARTON CREEK RESORT & SPA in the Hill Country launches “Spa Splash,” where Three Springs Spa guests will be allowed daytime access to the resort’s refreshing outdoor pool – until now only available to overnight guests and club members. Guests who purchase any 50-minute spa service will receive a pool pass for the day, a glass of wine, parking and up to 90 minutes of complimentary childcare. Prices start at $99. For more information, call 1.800.336.6158 or visit www.bartoncreek.com/spasplash. • HOTEL MISSONI KUWAIT, in collaboration with iconic Italian fashion and interiors house Missoni, opened its 169-key property, part of the Symphony Center, a boutique emporium located in the shopping district of Kuwait City. This is the Rezidor Hotel Group’s second Hotel Missoni; the first opened in Edinburgh, Scotland, in June 2009. www.hotelmissoni.com
Health + Beauty CRAFT SALON owner Cara Crafton will introduce The Do Bar, Houston’s first blowout-only bar offering a high-end professional salon blow dry and style for a fraction of the high-end salon price, at West Ave. in River Oaks by June
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2011. The salon will be open 7 days a week and will not offer color treatment or haircuts; rather it will focus only on hair blowouts with a menu of styles to choose from, all for $35. • AZUR SALON recently opened their second location Azur West, designated as a Shu Uemura Art of Hair Sanctuary Salon, one of just three in the U.S. The new 2,000sf luxury salon, designed by prominent retail designer Peter Millard, serves as a designated educational center for Shu Uemura Art of Hair stylists to receive training on new and existing products. Azur West is located in West Avenue. FLOSS DENTAL recently opened their third location in Rice Village, right next door to J. Silver. The one-stop shop dental office’s appeal is their simple approach. Dental services offered in a super-modern space, surrounded by cool art and superb service. www.flossdental.com.
essary. Thursdays, 6-7pm, April 7-May 12, Paw It Forward Dog Training Presents “Tails About Town.” Come with or without your furry friend and receive a wealth of amazing information plus a welcome gift and handouts on the topics covered. Register at pawitforwardtraining.com. Fridays, 6:30-8:30pm, April 8, MoTel Aviv, April 22, Sauce the Band, May 6, Beetle. Heritage Texas Properties presents the Houston Sound Spring Concert Series, a free neighborhood music series supporting the mission of The Houston Sound. April 16, 4-9:30pm (screening at 8pm). Join Aurora Picture Show for a special series of artist-made short films inspired by and in partnership with The Houston Humane Society and in collaboration with the Downtown District for a dog- and family-friendly event. For more information, visit www.marketsquarepark.com. • YTAC (Young Texans Against Cancer) Kiss My Grits – Gulf Coast Throwdown is scheduled this year for Thursday, April 21, at Winter Street Studios. Up to 12 culinary masters including Restaurant Cinq’s Chef Jeramie Robison; Underbelly’s Chef Chris Shepherd; Zelko Bistro’s Chef Jamie Zelko; Beaver’s Chef Jonathan Jones; Quisie’s Chef Ouisie Adams and Ouench’s Chef Jason Gould will prepare signature versions of dishes with one special ingredient – GRITS! The signature event helps raise funds YTAC 2012 Beneficiaries including The Methodist Hospital Foundation and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Individual tickets are $65 at houston.ytac.org.
Community Houston is kicking off PetsJam! 2011, May 14 and 15 at Tom Bass Park. The petfriendly family festival presents over 100 exhibits featuring pet services, retail items with pet contests, attractions, working dog demonstrations, celebrities plus live music – all to raise money for The Humane Society. www.petsjam.org • MARKET SQUARE’S GOT SOME GREAT EVENTS THIS MONTH: April 3 & May 1, first Sunday of every month join the Bayou Bikers for an informal meet-up featuring the beauty of Houston’s waterways on 25-40 mile rides exploring the area’s bayous. Rides are free and open to all skill levels, but mountain bikes or bikes with fat tires are nec-
food CORDÚA RESTAURANTS SIGNED A LEASE IN SUGAR LAND’S LAKE POINTE VILLAGE WEST TO OPEN A NEW CHURRASCOS. THE RESTAURANT WILL BE APPROXIMATELY 7,500SF, INNOVATIVE AND VIBRANT IN ITS DINING EXPERIENCES WITH SIGNATURE ELEMENTS TO ANY CORDÚA RESTAURANT SET TO BE IN PLACE. SLATED TO OPEN FALL 2011. • ARTURO BOADA HAS LEFT HIS EPONYMOUS HAUNT IN UPTOWN PARK AND IS SLATED TO OPEN A CASUAL EATERY CALLED BOADA NEAR TANGLEWOOD.
PRISCILLA OF BOSTON, BRIDAL COUTURE HOUSE, IS ELEVATING THE BRAND EXPERIENCE WITH A NEW WEB SERIES OF VIDEOS SHOWCASING A BRIDE PREPARING FOR HER WEDDING DAY. THE FIRST VIDEO VIGNETTE, YOUR MOMENT, SHOWCASES A BRIDE ENJOYING THE PERSONAL AND QUIET MOMENTS THAT COME BEFORE SHE SHARES HER WEDDING WITH HER GROOM, FRIENDS AND FAMILY, FROM PUTTING ON HER JEWELRY, SHOES AND THEN FINALLY THE DRESS AS SHE WALKS TOWARDS HER WEDDING CEREMONY. WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/USER/PRISCILLAOFBOSTON WWW.PRISCILLAOFBOSTON.COM • BRIDES-TO-BE, THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX! A BEVY OF SHOPS HAVE OPENED WEDDING BRANCHES INCLUDING SHOPBOB.COM, BLOOMINGDALE’S AND ANTHROPOLGIE, TO NAME A FEW. SO GET READY TO EXPAND YOUR SEARCH.
Fashion designers who have not yet tapped into Houston’s local shopping scene will be featured Saturday, May 16, from 9am until 6pm at Boheme, a coffee/wine bar tucked away in Houston’s Montrose area. THE FIND created by Houston native Chelsea Dreyer is made up of a selected group of talented, emerging designers selling their jewelry, handbags, shoes and readyto-wear collections. The fashion market’s third year will be a Spanish market-style shopping experience. For more information, visit www.thefindhouston.blogspot.com. Tickets are $10; available for purchase at the door. Boheme, 307 Fairview, Houston, TX 77006
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PERFORMING ARTS + CONCERTS + SPORTS + FESTIVALS + GENERAL INTEREST
CITYCENTRE EVENTS www.citycentrehouston.com April 9 & 10, Spring Market, 126pm April 21, Earth Day Concert, 58pm
Alley Amadeus 7:30pm Hobby Masquerade: Urinetown: The Musical 2pm | TUTS: Curtains 2 & 7:30pm Jones John Mellencamp 7pm Main Street This 3pm Stages Late Nite Catechism 4, 3pm | Yankee Tavern 3pm Toyota Rockets vs. Atlanta Hawks 6pm
MONDAY Market Square SPRING SCHEDULE For the most up-to-date information on all of the happenings at Market Square Park, visit www.marketsquare.com. See On Our Radar on page 14 for more events. April 2 & 4, Final Four Viewing Party & Beer Garden
April 1-3, Final Rounds of Shell Houston Open at Redstone Golf Club. www.shellhoustonopen.com April 2, Big Brothers Big Sisters Pub Crawl along Washington Ave. $25 tickets benefiting BBBS. www.bbbstx.org April 9, 2011 Houston Texans Cheerleader Auditions www.HoustonTexans.com/cheerleaders
Reliant Stadium NCAA Final Four 6:30pm Warehouse Scissor Sisters 8pm
Alley Amadeus 2:30 & 7:30pm Hobby Masquerade: Urinetown: The Musical 2pm | TUTS: Curtains 2 & 7:30pm Jones HS: Scheherazade 2:30pm Main Street This 3pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Florida Marlins 1:05pm Reliant Arena Rahat Fateh Ali Kahn 7:30pm Stages Late Nite Catechism 4, 3pm | Yankee Tavern 3pm Toyota Aeros vs. Oklahoma City Barons 4:05pm
April 14-16, Simon Fashion Now™ at The Galleria. www.simon.com April 16, East Montrose biennial Home Tour and Art Walk, 10am4pm. hometour.eastmontrose.org April 30, “A BARK in the PARK,” Galveston Island’s First-Ever Dog Show, 9am-3pm at Kempner Park. www.galvestonislanddogshow.com
Alley Amadeus 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Curtains 7:30pm Toyota Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings 7:30pm Wortham Progressive Forum: Dr. Sylvia Earle 7:30pm
April 1-3, 2011 Houston Heights Home & Garden Tour & Candlelight Dinner & Auction. www.houstonheights.org.
April 4-10, Men’s Clay Court Tennis Championships at River Oaks Country Club. www.mensclaycourt.com
TO PURCHASE TICKETS, PLEASE CONTACT
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 MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE (MOT): milleroutdoortheatre.com MINUTE MAID PARK: astros.mlb.com
Alley Amadeus 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Curtains 7:30pm HOB Guster 8pm Main Street This 7:30pm Stages Yankee Tavern 7:30pm Verizon Dierks Bentley 7pm Warehouse Duran Duran 7:30pm Wortham Da Camera: A Little Day Music 12pm
April 9, Brenner’s on the Bayou’s 2011 Wine Fest. www.brennerssteakhouse.com Alley Inprint: Kat Ryan 7:30pm Hobby Virtuosi Inaugural Concert 7:30pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Chicago Cubs 7:05pm Toyota Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks 7:30pm
Alley Amadeus 7:30pm Hobby GEB: Cats 7:30pm HOB Gogol Bordello 7pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Chicago Cubs 7:05pm Reliant Arena Avalanche Tour 5:30pm Warehouse Neverender: SSTB- An Evening w/ Coheed & Cambria 7pm
Alley Amadeus 7:30pm Hobby GEB: Cats 7:30pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Chicago Cubs 7:05pm Reliant Stadium Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3, 7:30pm Warehouse A Day to Remember 6pm
April 16-17, 2011 BP MS 150: Houston-Austin. www.ms150.org Alley Amadeus 2:30 & 7:30pm Hobby GEB: Cats 2 & 8pm | Divas World: Jazz Brunch- New York 11am Jones HS: Mendelssohn’s Scottish 2:30pm Main Street This 3pm Minute Maid Astros vs. San Diego Padres 1:05pm Reliant Stadium Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3, 1:30 & 5:30pm Stages Late Nite Catechism 4, 3pm Wortham HGO: Mozart- The Marriage of Figaro 2pm
Alley Amadeus 2:30 & 7:30pm CWMP First Baptist Church The Woodlands: Easter at the Pavilion 10am Main Street This 3pm Stages Late Nite Catechism 4, 3pm Warehouse Sleigh Bells & CSS 8pm
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HOB Fitz & the Tantrums 8pm
Verizon Yanni 7:30pm
Alley Amadeus 7:30pm Jones SPA: An Evening w/ David Sedaris 8pm Warehouse Protest The Hero 6pm
Alley Amadeus 7:30pm HOB George Thorogood & The Destroyers 7pm Jones HS: Tony Bennett 7:30pm MOT InterActive Theatre Co.: Robin Hood 11am Minute Maid Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals 7:05pm
RELIANT PARK: reliantpark.com STAGES REPERTORY THEATRE: 713.527.0123 stagestheatre.com TOYOTA CENTER: 1.866.4HOU.TIX toyotacentertix.com VERIZON THEATRE: verizonwirelesstheatre.com WAREHOUSE LIVE: warehouselive.com WORTHAM CENTER: 713.237.1439 worthamcenter.org
Alley Amadeus 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Curtains 7:30pm HOB All Time Low & Yellowcard 5:30pm Main Street This 7:30pm MOT HITS Theatre: Hairspray 8pm Stages Late Nite Catechism 4, 7:30pm | Yankee Tavern 7:30pm
April 9, The 5th Annual Midtown Art in the Park, 10am-6pm. www.midtownartinthepark.com/index.htm
Alley Amadeus 7:30pm Hobby GEB: Cats 7:30pm HOB Pete Yorn w/Ben Kweller 7pm Jones HS: Mendelssohn’s Scottish 8pm Main Street This 7:30pm MOT HITS Theatre: Hairspray 8pm Minute Maid Astros vs. San Diego Padres 7:05pm Reliant Stadium Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3, 7:30pm Stages Late Nite Catechism 4, 7:30pm Verizon The Avett Brothers 8pm Warehouse Rebirth Brass Band 8pm
Alley Amadeus 7:30pm CWMP HS: Out of This World 7:30pm HOB Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers 7pm MOT Houston Metropolitan Dance Co.: Swing, Jive and Pop! Into Dance 11am Wortham HGO: Mozart- The Marriage of Figaro 7:30pm
Alley Amadeus 7:30pm Minute Maid Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals 7:05pm Stages Four Places 7:30pm Wortham HGO: Mozart- The Marriage of Figaro 7:30pm
Alley Amadeus 7:30pm Jones HS Pops: Rodgers & Hammerstein & More 8pm Main Street This 7:30pm Stages Late Nite Catechism 4, 7:30pm Wortham Dance Salad Festival 7:30pm
Alley Amadeus 7:30pm Hobby Second Baptist School: South Pacific 7:30pm HOB Kina Grannis 7:30pm Minute Maid Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals 7:05pm Stages Four Places 7:30pm Verizon Willie Nelson 8pm
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NOT SURE WHAT TO DO? TRY ONE-STOP SHOPPING AT
WWW.HOUSTONTHEATERDISTRICT.ORG FRIDAY Alley Amadeus 8pm Hobby Masquerade: Urinetown: The Musical 7:30pm | TUTS: Curtains 8pm Stages Late Nite Catechism 4, 8pm | Yankee Tavern 8pm Toyota Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs 7:30pm Wortham SPA: Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet 8pm
April 2, “4 the Park” Fun Run at Memorial Park. www.memorialparkconservancy.org
April 1-3, Design Fair 2011: Learn. Shop. Connect. & Preview Party Lawndale Art Center. www.lawndaleartcenter.org or email@example.com
SATURDAY Alley Amadeus 2:30 & 8pm Hobby Masquerade: Urinetown: The Musical 7:30pm | TUTS: Curtains 2 & 8pm HOB Chris Cornell 7pm Jones HS Family Concert: Symphony in Space 10 & 11:30am Main Street This 8pm Reliant Stadium NCAA Final Four 5pm Stages Late Nite Catechism 4, 8pm | Yankee Tavern 8pm Warehouse Pasadena Napalm Division 7pm Wortham Mercury Baroque: A Night in Madrid 8pm | SPA: Yo-Yo Ma W/ The Silk Road Ensemble 8pm
Alley Amadeus 2:30 & 8pm Hobby Masquerade: Urinetown: The Musical 7:30pm | TUTS: Curtains 2 & 8pm Jones HS: Scheherazade 8pm Main Street This 8pm MOT HITS Theatre: Hairspray 8pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Florida Marlins 6:05pm Reliant Arena H’Town Blues Festival 7pm Stages Late Nite Catechism 4, 8pm | Yankee Tavern 8pm Toyota Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers 7:30pm
Alley Amadeus 8pm Hobby Masquerade: Urinetown: The Musical 7:30pm | TUTS: Curtains 8pm Jones HS: Scheherazade 8pm Main Street This 8pm | MOT HITS Theatre: Hairspray 8pm | Minute Maid Astros vs. Florida Marlins 6:05pm | Reliant Arena Soulcheck Concert 7pm Stages Late Nite Catechism 4, 8pm | Yankee Tavern 8pm Toyota Lady Gaga 8pm Warehouse Grupo Fantasma 8pm Wortham Da Camera: Jeff “Tain” Watts & Others 8pm
Alley Amadeus 8pm Hobby GEB: Cats 8pm | Da Camera: Ebene Quartet: Fin-de-Siecle Paris 8pm HOB Kathleen Madigan 7pm Jones HS: The Music of Led Zeppelin 7:30pm Main Street This 8pm | MOT HITS Theatre: Hairspray 8pm | Minute Maid Astros vs. San Diego Padres 7:05pm Reliant Stadium Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3, 10:30am & 7:30pm | Stages Late Nite Catechism 4, 8pm Verizon Brian Regan 8pm | Warehouse Toadies 8pm Wortham Houston MET Dance: 15 on the 15th 8pm | HGO: Mozart- The Marriage of Figaro 7:30pm
Alley Amadeus 2:30 & 8pm Hobby GEB: Cats 2 & 8pm Jones HS: Mendelssohn’s Scottish 8pm Main Street Bunnicula 1 & 4pm | This 8pm MOT HITS Theatre: Hairspray 8pm Minute Maid Astros vs. San Diego Padres 6:05pm Reliant Center National Franchise & Business Opportunity Show 10am | Reliant Stadium Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3, 11:30am, 3:30 & 7:30pm Stages Late Nite Catechism 4, 8pm | Toyota Lil Wayne 7pm | Verizon Bayou Fest w/ Saliva & Rev Theory 11:59pm | Warehouse The Artery Young Guns Tour w/ The Air I Breathe 6:30pm
Alley Amadeus 8pm CWMP James Taylor 8pm HOB Matt Wertz 8pm Jones HS Pops: Rodgers & Hammerstein & More 8pm Main Street This 8pm MOT Express Children’s Theatre: The Princess & the Pea 11am | LUMA- The Human Light Show 8:15pm Stages Late Nite Catechism 4, 8pm Warehouse Family Force 5 Presents: Tourantula!! 6pm Wortham Dance Salad Festival 7:30pm
Alley Amadeus 8pm | The Monster at the Door 8pm CWMP The Moody Blues 8pm Hobby SBS: South Pacific 7:30pm Jones HS: Alexander Nevsky 8pm MOT CORE: In the Mood…for Dance 8pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Milwaukee Brewers 7:05pm Stages Four Places 8pm Verizon Ke$ha 8pm Wortham Houston Ballet Academy Spring Showcase 7pm | HGO: Strauss- Ariadne auf Naxos 7:30pm
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lum. These circles seem to float and cluster along the gallery walls, reminiscent of cells and their interior parts when viewed under a microscope. 6. LAWNDALE ARTCENTER www.lawndaleartcenter.org
1. THE MENIL COLLECTION www.menil.org
Upside Down: Arctic Realities, on view April 15, is an ambitious project that presents rare and significant artifacts from the arctic region. These works, from ancient periods ranging from 1000 BC to 1400 AD and from major sites, explore the relationship of the aesthetics of native cultures to their remote environment. The objects illustrate the culture’s sensory perceptions of the landscape, spiritual and physical orientations, and perspectives on the living and imagined universe. 2. HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY www.hcponline.org
Nowhere Near Here: New Lens-based Work from Texas, on view thru April 24. This exhibit is copresented by FotoFest and Houston Center for Photography. 3. THE ROTHKO CHAPEL www.rothkochapel.org
The Rothko Chapel, founded by John and Dominique de Menil, was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief. A modern meditative environment inspired by the mural canvases of Russian-born American painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970), the Chapel welcomes thousands of visitors each year, people of every faith and from all parts of the world. 4. BYZANTINE FRESCO CHAPEL MUSEUM www.menil.org/visit/byzantine.php
Intimate in scale, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum is the repository of the only intact Byzantine frescoes of this size and importance in the Western Hemisphere. It’s also a manifestation of the redemptive power of art: The chapel was expressly built to house 13-century Byzantine frescoes that had been looted from their original home in a small chapel in Lysi, Cyprus. 5. HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT www.crafthouston.org
Truth and Transience: Michelle Samour, on view thru May 15. Samour incorporates various media, such as handmade paper, painting and light boxes, to create a unique and vibrant installation that is part science, part imagination. Upon entering the gallery, viewers find themselves surrounded by small, colorful circles of vel-
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Measured, opening April 22, features residents for the fifth year of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program. The exhibit explores the measurements imposed and created by mundane objects and their influence on how individuals are viewed. The works are created through analog translations of drawings that are filtered through a digital medium. The images are 1:1 scale drawings of “tools” that measure an individual through the prism of social norms and expectations. The work is a mechanical and methodical representation of this process, done so in a digital-analog vocabulary. 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.
examples of young people who are passionate about the activities and get motivated to get into action. Run! Jump! Fly! creates an immersive environment in which you can merge your imagination with real, fun physical activity! 10. THE HEALTH MUSEUM www.thehealthmuseum.org
Water’s Extreme Journey, on view thru May 8. Take a tour through the Water’s Extreme Journey maze exhibit and try to stay clean as you navigate the path water takes on its way to the ocean. This maze simulates the experience of a raindrop on a journey through mountains, streams and even backyards where everyday decisions impact water’s chance of staying clean and reaching the healthy ocean. This fully interactive maze experience engages visitors through play, scientific inquiry, art and action, illuminating human impacts great and small while teaching how to contribute to healthy, safe water in the local community and beyond.
8. HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON www.hmh.org
Displaced Persons: Photographs by Clemens Kalischer, on view thru July 24, highlights photographs taken in 1947 and 1948 as displaced persons arrived in New York. The exhibit is one of Kalischer’s first series and one of his most personal and intimate. It quietly chronicles the arrival of Holocaust refugees in the United States in the late 1940s, a scene of which he was both observer and participant. The exhibit is based on the Kalischer collection owned by Houston attorney Mark Grossberg and from the artist’s own collection. 9. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON www.cmhouston.org
Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action, on view thru May 8, features kid-friendly environments featuring themes of action adventures popular in children’s books, movies and television. Step into scenes right out of action-adventure stories and jump into action star training through playful activities that you can do in and around home to build strength, coordination, balance and endurance. Learn about cultures and real-life
11. HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE www.hmns.org
Texas! Making History since 1519, on view thru September 5. With a history as large as the state, this traveling exhibition explores the unique role that Texas played as Spanish colony, Mexican Frontera, Independent Republic and 28th state in the Union, paying homage to the central historic events that provide the foundation for the “Texas Spirit.” Objects on display in the exhibition come from collections across the state and bring to life some of the most significant moments in Texas’ history. 12. HOUSTON ZOO www.houstonzoo.org
Camp Zoofari is an action-packed, hands-on, weeklong summer day camp where kids learn about the natural world, wildlife conservation and the animals that call the Zoo home. This summer Camp Zoofari incorporates the Houston Zoo’s newest addition, The African Forest, for exciting new summer adventures with chimpanzees, rhinos and more. Plus they are celebrating the first birth there as well! A female Masai giraffe was born to mom Tyra, delivered on March 4 following a 14-month pregnancy.
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13. RICE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY www.ricegallery.org
Mary Temple: Northwest Corner, Southeast Light, is the largest to date in Temple’s ongoing light installation series on view through May 23. The title is a reference to how she imagines a large swath of sunlight might appear in the northwest corner of the Rice Gallery space. With each installation Temple has become more and more interested in not only the feelings of disbelief it provokes in viewers, but also the kinds of memories her light and shadows, which often appear to be cast through bay windows and canopies of trees, may conjure in the viewer. 14. THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON www.mfah.org
Picturing the Senses in European Art, on view April 10, explores artists’ interest in evoking the five senses through both allegorical and realistic associations. The exhibition of 16th-, 17th- and 18th-century paintings and works on paper is comprised mostly from the permanent collections of the Blaffer Foundation and the MFAH, and offers an opportunity to see some significant works that are not often on display. The theme of Picturing the Senses is simple and accessible, yet rooted in classical philosophy and art-historical tradition. 15. CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON www.camh.org
Perspectives 174: Re: generation, on view April 8,
explores issues of communication, technology, culture, identity and the experience of coming of age in the 21st century. Artists are encouraged to freely interpret the exhibition’s title and themes through their work in any media, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installations. 16. THE JUNG CENTER OF HOUSTON www.junghouston.org
Shadows and Ushabtis by Peter Morgan, on view April 1 - 28. We all view the world through the frame of the human figure. Inside this figure there is more than muscle, blood and bone. Imagine if we could see the hidden moments, dreams and memories. 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
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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 ART MUSEUM www.blaffer.org 4800 Calhoun Rd. 713.743.9521 Opens April 23, 2011 School of Art Masters Thesis Exhibition GALVESTON ARTS CENTER www.galveston.com 2127 Strand St. 409.763.2403 HERITAGE SOCIETY www.heritagesociety.org 1100 Bagby 713.655.1912
ART LEAGUE HOUSTON www.artleaguehouston.org 1953 Montrose Blvd. 713.523.9530 Thru April 22, An installation of light sculpture and collage by Patrick Turk BARBARA DAVIS GALLERY www.barbaradavisgallery.com 4411 Montrose 713.520.9200
BETZ GALLERY www.betzgallery.com 1208 W. Gray 713.576.6954 BOOKER-LOWE GALLERYwww.bookerlowegallery.com 4623 Feagan St. 713.880.1541 CANAL ST. GALLERY www.canalstreetgallery.com 2219 Canal St. 713.223.2219
MUSEUM OF PRINTING HISTORY www.printingmuseum.org 1324 W. Clay St. 713.522.4652
COLTON & FARB GALLERYwww.coltonfarbgallery.com 2445 North Blvd. 713.869.5151 Opens April 2, Levels, Forms and Dimensions by Angelbert Metoyer
PROJECT ROW HOUSES www.projectrowhouses.org 2521 Holman 713.526.7662 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 April 9- Roy Hanscom April 23- Mary Fischer and Rebecca Roberts Thru April- Antoinette Beadenhorst AEROSOL WARFARE GALLERY + BOUTIQUE www.aerosolwarfare.com 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 Opens April 1, Rosanne Hudson & Guest Artist
BERING & JAMES GALLERYwww.beringandjames.com 805 Rhode Place #500, 713.524.0101
CAROLINE COLLECTIVE www.carolinecollective.cc 4820 Caroline St. 713.825.4613
ORANGE SHOW www.orangeshow.org 2401 Munger 713.926.6368
1. McClain Gallery | 2. Colton & Farb | 3. Koelsch Gallery 4. Inman Gallery | 5. Lawnddale | 6. DiverseWorks
HOUSTON FIRE MUSEUM www.houstonfiremuseum.org 2403 Milam 713.524.2526
MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN HISTORY www.hbu.edu 7502 Fondren Rd. 281.649.3997
COMMUNITY ARTISTSâ€™ COLLECTIVE www.thecollective.org 1413 Holman 713.523.1616 COMMUNE ON NORTH www.communeonnorth.com 2437 North Blvd. 713.526.3875 CTRL GALLERY www.ctrlgallery.com 3907 Main St. 713.523.2875 Opens April 8, Jamal Cyrus DAKOTA GALLERY www.dakotaframing.com 2324 Shearn St. 713.523.7440 Opens April 8, fourteen II, group exhibit DARKE GALLERY www.darkegallery.com 5321 Feagan 713.542.3802 Opens April 8, fourteen II, group exhibit DESANTOS GALLERY www.desantosgallery.com 1724 Richmond 713.520.1200 DIVERSEWORKS www.diverseworks.org 1117 East Freeway 713.223.8346 Opens April 28, Grandalism, featuring W3R3 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
HOUSTON STUDIOS 707 Walnut St. 713.223.0951
G GALLERY www.ggalleryhouston.com 301 East 11th St. 713.822.4842 Opens April 2, Ed Saavedra
HOLLYWOOD FRAME GALLERY www.hollywoodframegallery.com 2427 Bissonnet 713.942.8885
GALLERY 1724 www.gallery1724.blogspot.com 1724 Bissonnet St. 713.523.2547
HOOKS-EPSTEIN www.hooksepsteingalleries.com 2631 Colquitt St. 713.522.0718
GALLERY SONJA ROESCH www.gallerysonjaroesch.com 2309 Caroline 713.659.5424 Opens April 2, Chameleon by Regine Schumann
INMAN GALLERY www.inmangallery.com 3901 Main St. 713.526.7800 Opens April 8, Unnatural Histories KINZELMAN ART CONSULTING www.kinzelmanart.com 3909 Main St. 713.533.9923
GITE GALLERY www.thegitegallery.com 2024 East Alabama St. 713.523.3311 GOLDESBERRY GALLERY www.goldesberrygallery.com 2625 Colquitt 713.528.0405 Thru April 23, Boxed In/Breaking Out: A Jewelry Exhibit GREEN HOUSE GALLERY www.greenhouseartgallery.com 716 W. Alabama St. 713.535.6462
LAURA RATHE FINE ART www.laurarathe.com 2707 Colquitt 713.527.7700
GREMILLION & CO. FINE ART www.gremillion.com 2501 Sunset Blvd. 713.522.2701 Opens April 14, Kathleen Rabel and Steven Hazel
LAURA U COLLECTION www.lauraucollection.com 1840 Westheimer 713.522.0855 LAZZARA ART GALLERY www.gallerialazzara.com 5400 Mitchelldale St. 713.681.0681
H GALLERY www.hgallery.org 617 W. 19th 713.417.4888 HCC-CENTRAL GALLERY www.centralfinearts.info 3517 Austin 713.718.6600 HOUSTON LANDMARK GALLERY www.houstonlandmarkgallery.com 1200 McKinney 713.927.8800
KOELSCH GALLERY www.koelschgallery.com 703 Yale 713.626.0175 Thru April 23, dodransbicentennial, a group exhibit celebrating 175 years of Texas
M2 GALLERY www.gallerymsquared.com 339 W. 19th St. 713.861.6070 McCLAIN GALLERY www.mcclaingallery.com 2242 Richmond Ave. 713.520.9988 Thru April 30, Sculptures and Paintings by Donald Baechler
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McMURTREY GALLERY www.mcmurtreygallery.com 3508 Lake St. 713.523.8238 Thru April 23, New Works by Kate Breakey MEREDITH LONG GALLERY www.meredithlonggallery.com 2323 San Felipe 713.523.6671 MIDTOWN ART CENTER www.midtownartcenter.com 3414 La Branch 713.521.8803
SPACE125 GALLERY www.haatx.com 3201 Allen Parkway 713.527.9330
MONTROSE ART SOCIETY www.montroseartsociety.com 4715 Main St. 713.316.0402
STUDIO SEVEN 1107 East Freeway 713.224.5555
MOODY GALLERY www.moodygallery.com 2815 Colquitt 713.526.9911 Thru April 23, Michael Bise
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
MOTHER DOG STUDIOS www.motherdogstudios.com 720 Walnut 713.229.9760 NAU-HAUS GALLERY www.texascollaborative.com 223 E. 11th St. 713.261.1409 Thru April 29, Ellipses by Kieth Perelli NOLAN-RANKIN GALLERIES www.nolan-rankingalleries.com 6 Chelsea Blvd. 713.528.0664
THORNWOOD GALLERY www.thornwoodgallery.com 2643 Colquitt St. 713.528.4278 VAUGHAN CHRISTOPHER GALLERY www.vaughanchristopher.com 1217 S. Shepherd 713.533.0816
O’KANE GALLERY www.uhd.edu One Main St.@UHD 713.221.8042 PARKERSON GALLERY www.parkersongallery.com 3510 Lake St. 713.524.4945 PEEL GALLERY www.peelgallery.org 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.520.8122
WADE WILSON ART www.wadewilsonart.com 4411 Montrose #200, 713.521.2977 Opens April 1, Joseph Marioni and Peter Tollens WATERCOLOR ART SOCIETY www.watercolorhouston.org 1601 West Alabama 713.942.9966 Opens April 22, Watermedia Members’ Exhibit
POST GALLERY www.postgallery.com 2121 Sage, Ste. 390, 713.622.4241 POISSANT GALLERY www.poissantgallery.com 5102 Center St. 713.868.9337
WINTER STREET STUDIOS www.winterstreetstudios.net 2101 Winter St. 713.862.0082 XNIHILO GALLERY www.xnil.org 2115 Taft St. 713.622.1846
RECORD RANCH GALLERY www.cactusmusictx.com 2110 Portsmouth 713.526.9272
ZARPOSH INDIA GALLERY www.zarposhindia.com 5910 Southwest Fwy. 713.668.2948
REDBUD GALLERY www.redbudgallery.com 303 E. 11th St. 713.862.2532 RETRO GALLERY www.retrogallery.com 1839 W. Alabama 713.522.7074
THOM ANDRIOLA www.newgallery.net 2627 Colquitt 713.520.7053
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
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for art’s sake By Sarah Gajkowski-Hill Photography by Cameron Wittig & Jamie Long
EMILY JOHNSON’S “The Thank-you Bar”
LASKAN-BORN AND CURRENT MINNESOTA RESIDENT, EMILY JOHNSON BRINGS HER OWN INTERPRETATION OF THE NOTION OF DISPLACEMENT TO HOUSTON WITH HER PERFORMANCES OF THE ORIGINAL DANCE EXPERIMENT AND INSTALLATION, THE THANK-YOU BAR.
Consisting of dance, live experimental music, storytelling and film, the question the project proposes is “What is a true home?” The venue, DiverseWorks ArtSpace, will feature a companion piece to the dance performance entitled, “This is Displacement: Native Artists Consider the Relationship Between Land and Identity.” Curated by Johnson, who is herself of Yup’ik descent, and Carolyn Lee Anderson, the “Displacement” show will be comprised of 50 Native artists who represent 19 tribes. It will be featured in the main gallery and the flickerlounge at DiverseWorks ArtSpace from the end of April through early June with performances of The Thank-you Bar occurring April 28-April 30 in the theater space. An accomplished choreographer, Johnson began her own dance company, Catalyst, in Minnesota. This versatile company works in collaboration with artists, poets and the audience in a unique way. The name of the show, The Thank-you Bar, is a nod to the Que-Ana Bar Johnson’s grandmother owned while she grew up in Alaska. The word “que-ana” in Yup’ik means “thank you.” The many hours Johnson spent preparing food at the fish-cleaning hill, shelling clams, drinking Shirley Temples and hearing stories during her childhood all contribute to this intense longing she understands as “displacement.” The show also addresses the
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“igloo-myth,” a term coined by Johnson herself. “People ask me if I ever lived in an igloo; I am fascinated by this and horrified. Where does this igloo myth come from and how does it continue to drive the image so many people have of northern indigenous peoples?” This misunderstanding of native cultures encourages Johnson to explore different types of indigenous and urban homes, learning about the histories of the architecture of the buildings she performs in and even going as far as to build a beaver lodge one summer as research and a miniature igloo. While these are not part of the set design of The Thank-you Bar there will be paper sculptures that are presented to the audience as one particular image; however when the images change, the meaning of the sculptures becomes altered. Some of the costumes are made of fish-scales while some feature storied beadwork by Karen Beaver, a fellow native Alaskan. The music will be reminiscent of her grandmother’s bar, where true (emphasis on the word true) country music blared from the jukebox. The experimental duo BLACKFISH actually developed alongside the creation of The Thank-you Bar and takes its name from one of the story themes that run throughout the dance. With James Everest playing nylon and steel string acoustic guitars and Joel Pickard performing on a pedal steel guitar, they explore the roots of country and give a nod to the authentic country of Johnson’s memory. With the addition of looped electronic music, BLACKFISH provides an eerie and original soundtrack for the intense performance. DiverseWorks is known as a space which tests new ideas and involves its audience. It is a perfect fit for a performance piece which includes the audience in experiencing sights, sounds and smells as well as the visual aspects of dance.
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PEOPLE ASK ME IF I EVER LIVED IN AN IGLOO; I AM FASCINATED BY THIS AND HORRIFIED
Called “post-post-modern” by Minneapolis Star Tribune dance critic Camille LeFevre, Johnson’s intensity and physicality are intimately shared with the audience. Inviting you to wonder about the ground beneath your own feet, how it has changed over time and what architecture contributes to the concept of “home” are all especially meaningful to Houstonians who experienced two devastating storms in recent years. As a part of the performance, in her own words, “…Once we begin seeing our home towns/cities/communities as living and changing places, we respect our place in it a little more. Houston will become a part of The Thank-you Bar.”
Learning a bit of the Yup’ik language from her grandmother is a new endeavor for the accomplished dancer/choreographer. And the significance of the name “Thankyou Bar” is in reality a bit of gratitude directed towards her childhood home – its smells, textures and land which are forever an integral part of her memory.
DiverseWorks ArtSpace 1117 East Freeway, 77002. | April 28-June 11 with The Thank-you Bar performances April 28-April 30. For more information, or to buy tickets, go to www.diverseworks.org or call 713.335.3445.
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nonprofit By Susan M. Bynam
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gish at the movies ART FILMS ARE GOOD By Sarah Gish
FOR THE SOUL…
TAKE A FRIEND TO ONE! AROUND THE WORLD The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (www.mfah.org) and the Fundación PROA (Buenos Aires) present “Latin Wave: New Films from Latin America,” onscreen April 28-May 1. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru are all represented. An interesting program also at the MFAH is the “Zeitgeist Films Trio” featuring films from the longtime indie film distributor’s collection: Lixin Fan’s Last Train Home (4/8-9, 7pm); Richard Press’s Bill Cunningham New York (4/10 & 4/15, 7pm); and Margarethe von Trotta’s Vision:From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen (Vision: Aus dem Leben der Hildegard von Bingen) on 4/16 at 7pm and 4/17, 5pm. • Rice Cinema (www.ricecinema.rice.edu) and HoustonPBS (www.houstonpbs.org) are turning their lens on the fascinating story of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto with their screening of Bhutto (4/27, 7pm). Rice Cinema also features their annual “Student Film Screenings” program on 4/6, 7pm. NATIVE AMERICAN AND BRAZILIAN FILMS DiverseWorks (www.diverseworks.org) is hosting “Personal Boundary” in their flickerlounge through 4/16 with films by Artadia winners Michelle Handelman and
Carol Saft. “This is Displacement: Native Artists Consider the Relationship Between Land and Identity,” opens at DW on 4/28. The exhibit features the work of 43 contemporary Native American artists from 19 tribal nations across the United States; ten films are included in this extensive survey. • The Brazilian Arts Foundation (www.brazilianarts.org) is hosting their free monthly movie night on 4/15, 7:30pm, featuring Trair e Coçar É Só Começar (Cheating in Chains). The
Houston Symphony (www.houstonsymphony.org) pays homage to Star Wars and E.T. in a family concert on 4/2, 11:30am at Jones Hall. • And the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts (www.mitchellcenterforarts.org) is hosting a talk with artist and filmmaker Deborah Stratman on 4/29, 7pm at UH Central Campus Dudley Recital Hall (across from the Blaffer Art Museum). • This year’s 44th Annual “WorldFest–Houston International Film Festival” (www.worldfest.org) is running 4/8-4/17 at the AMC Studio 30; the Festival will present 56 new American independent and foreign films, plus 88 shorts. GRAFFITI, DOGS AND SHRIMP
The Aurora Picture Show (www.aurorapictureshow.org) is kicking it up a notch with a much-anticipated screening of local filmmaker Alex Luster’s pic on Houston graffiti artists, Stick ’Em Up!, on 4/7, 7:30pm at the lovely River Oaks Theatre (filmmaker in attendance). I’ve seen a sneak and it’s a fascinating, anonymous world that will make you re-think your boring-ass day job! The Aurora is also hosting two free film programs this month: “Feathers and Fur” with the Humane Society and Market Square Park (4/16, 4pm, Market Square Park) and “Veins in the Gulf” with the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and Shrimp Boat Projects at the Aurora Picture Show Backyard, 1524 Sul Ross (4/27, 7:30pm). • Rave Motion Pictures (www.ravemotionpictures.com) weighs in with their indie flick this month, Water for Elephants, opening April 22. • The Alamo Drafthouse (www.drafthouse.com) has chosen Back to the Future for their “Rolling Roadshow” on 4/29, 8pm at Market Square Park and they’re also screening the always cool “Banff Mountain Film Festival” at their West Oaks location on 4/5. A West Oaks Mall rep recently said, “We truly value our partnership with Alamo,” so I’m not sure why they made the decision to ink a deal with Edwards Cinemas last month. The practice of theatre booking zones will make doublebooking an impossibility, but the new neighbor will certainly affect the Alamo nonetheless. I’m still waiting to hear when the Alamo plans to land inside the Loop and will keep you posted as soon as I know. april 11 | www.002mag.com .25
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UH Library: Knowledge is Power. Ashley Evans
Penguins. Steven Wilber.
The coolest burger in town... Soo Kim
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Closing of Forbidden Gardens. Nicole Caldwell
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spacetaker artscene By jenni rebecca stephenson
If there’s one word to sum up thIs month In houston’s art scene, It’s dIVersItY! LeaVe It to the ephemeraL cItY to mIx It up a LIttLe. enjoY!
IT’S BEEN SAID THAT “IF YOU CAN’T FIND ANYTHING TO DO IN HOUSTON, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.” NO KIDDING! AS THE ANNUAL APRIL FOOL’S HOAXES GROW STALE, YOU CAN TICKLE YOUR FANCY AT ONE OF THE MANY EVENTS ON TAP THIS MONTH. DON’T TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR VIBRANT ART SCENE AND THE JOKE’S ON YOU! Menil Community Arts Festival April 2, 11-5pm For the third year, the Menil campus nonprofit art organizations join forces to present a day of art for the community that is free for the whole family to enjoy. From chamber music performances to literary readings and open galleries, the day will highlight the diversity of the Menil neighborhood arts community from West Alabama to Richmond Avenue. Menil Campus, 1515 Sul Ross – Free. www.menilcommunityartsfestival.org Inprint presents Kay Ryan April 11, 7:30pm The 2010/2011 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series celebrates National Poetry Month with former U.S. Poet Laureate Kay Ryan, whose major poetry collections include The Niagara River, Say Uncle, Elephant Rocks and Flamingo Watching (a finalist for both the Lamont Poetry Selection and the Lenore Marshall Prize). Publishers Weekly says, “Her tiny, skinny poems pack a punch unlike anything else in contemporary poetry.” Alley Theatre – $5. www.inprinthouston.org AURA Dance Concert: Between the Lines April 15, 7:30pm The University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts presents an evening of world premiere choreography and contemporary chamber music with the UH Dance Ensemble, UH Saxophone Studio and AURA Contemporary Ensemble. Directed by Rob Smith and presented in collaboration with the Moores School of Music. Moores Opera House at the University of Houston – $15. www.mitchellcenterforarts.org
Klytemnestra April 15 & 16 at 8pm Divergence Vocal Theater presents a world premier multi-discipline spectacle, Klytemnestra – a powerful, cunning, murderous Greek heroine and the original subversive female. Inspired by the University of Houston Honors College Center for Creative
Work Dionysia, the evening features music by Dominick DiOrio, sung text by Misha Penton, spoken text by John Harvey and choreography by Meg Brooker. Saturday night after-party features live music by Chris Becker and interactive media by Culture Pilot. Divergence Music & Arts (Spring Street Studios) – Pay What You Wish ($20 suggested donation). www.divergencevocaltheater.org
A Light in the Forest celebrating Earth Day April 20, 7pm Writers in the Schools (WITS) and The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center partner to present nature writing by
Houston students in celebration of Earth Day, showcasing the best work that was created during the year through the WITS Environmental Writing Project. The event will kick off the annual Houston Young Writers Reading Series, honoring the finest student writing in the city. Houston Arboretum and Nature Center (4501 Woodway) – Free. www.witshouston.org/events
This is Displacement April 28-June 11, Opening April 28, 6pm DiverseWorks presents one of the largest multi-disciplinary surveys of contemporary Native American Artists that Houston has ever seen. Curated through an open call, This is Displacement features over 40 artists whose work from various disciplines relates to experiences of displacement – its effects, ills, joys, discomforts and never-ending complexities. DiverseWorks ArtSpace (1117 East Freeway) – Free. www.diverseworks.org
Kennetha Greenwood, A Very Braidy Bunch, Photography, acrylic, wood, 28 x 26-diptych (frame), 2007
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born cool. grow hip. By Pixie Ibañez Photography by Jack Potts
Spring has sprung and so have our offspring. Lucky us, the dark days of winter and recordbreaking low temperatures are just a memory we’d rather forget. Left in their place are trees bursting with buds, birds chirping, flowers bursting with color and the renewed buzz of exhilaration and excitement that only spring can bring. Spring is the season of awakening and new beginnings and a perfect time for you and your kids to “spring” into action with activities that are sure to please. Super-cute models Emi and Paolo show us how an Easter egg hunt can be a totally enchanting ritual that sparks kids’ imaginations and allows families to have fun and celebrate together. So, don’t be shy, leave parenting formalities aside, kick off your shoes and do the happy dance with your kiddos! They’ll get a big kick out of seeing you in such a joyous state. Betcha anything you’ll enjoy it too!
1. Jojo & Friends Electronic Easter Egg Hunt (Max, Jojo, Maggie) www.quaps.com | 2. Peter Rabbit Treat Basket & Liner, Canvas Bucket (blue), Puffy Easter Basket (yellow) www.potterybarnkids.com | 3. Girl: Côte d’Opale Collection: Liberty dress, Liberty cotton hat, knit pink cardigan, 4. Boy: Coquillages Collection: Mandarin collar shirt; Croisière Club Collection: Pinstripe sailor pants. www.jacadi.us | 5. Dove Easter Bunny chocolate
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Special thanks to Bayou Bend Gardens and dpwpr for their support. No flowers were harmed during the shoot.
Photography by STP Images
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EVENT GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN WHY TO BENEFIT HOUSTON’S RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE WHERE HILTON AMERICAS WHEN FEBRUARY 15 This year’s Funky Town theme had more than 650 guests in costumes including boas, tutus, hot pink wings, cowboy hats, tie-dye and much more. The ladies shopped with fury, played some fun games, visited the fortunetellers and mingled like only girls know how. After some lessons by professional dancers, the girls took to the dance floor and practiced their new grooves. After all that shimmying, the gals were ready for some glamming up, so they hit the makeup artist and hair salon specialist for some beauty tips. Ms. Lauper would be proud!
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age 32 sign Libra origin Upstate NY occupation Attorney/Triathlete
age 43 sign Gemini origin Cambodia occupation President/CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of GalvestonHouston
people of houston Photography by Anthony Rathbun
3 DAVID ARMENDARIZ age 30 sign Taurus origin Mexican occupation Hair Stylist at Azur West
1. LESLIE LAMACCHIA •IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU WOULD BUY? A Gulfstream (and a pilot). •WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT? Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. •WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO HANG OUT? On my boat. •WHAT KIND OF PET DO YOU HAVE? Teacup maltese. •WHAT IS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? 17 Hours to Glory.
2. BONNA KOL •WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TREND? Honestly, I don’t follow trends. I stick with what works for me. •WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME? I enjoy quiet evenings at home with my precious girls, 7-year-old Kailey and 5-year-old Ellie. •IF YOU COULD ONLY WEAR ONE COSMETIC PRODUCT, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Clinique mascara. •WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE A VACATION HOME? Along the Mayan Riviera. •WHAT’S IN YOUR CLOSET THAT YOU JUST CAN’T LET GO OF? I seem to have a million white t-shirts I can’t get rid of!
3. DAVID ARMENDARIZ •WHAT IS THE WORST FASHION TREND YOU LOVED? Flared jeans – eew! •IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU WOULD BUY? An island in the Caribbean. •WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO HANG OUT? Azur West. Love my job! •HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Relaxed with a bit of 50’s flair. •WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE THING YOU’VE DONE IN HOUSTON? Being a kid and watching the Fourth of July fireworks show from Studewood Park. • WHAT’S YOUR SIGNATURE SCENT? F by Ferragamo.
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SPRING IN MY STEP ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL TIMES IN HOUSTON IS UPON US. BLAZING SUNLIGHT AND MILD TEMPERATURES HAVE US PUTTING AWAY OUR COATS AND DIGGING OUT OUR SPRING ATTIRE.
This Liebeskind Berlin Paula Vintage Handbag in buttery stone-colored leather will take you through spring – and all seasons – in this classic/convertible shape. Liebeskind Berlin Paula Vintage Handbag @ www.robindira.com Spring draws us all out. Capture memories with this novice-friendly camera from Olympus that is not only lightweight but also provides extraordinary HD-quality images. We’re obsessed. Olympus PEN E-PL2 @ Houston Camera Exchange 32. april 11 | www.002mag.com
Loehmann’s can be a fashion savvy’s best friend. Score deals on designer labels like this cute Marc Jacobs top. Marc Jacobs top @ Loehmann’s To finish off our spin on Nautical, these navy scallop bottom, button-up shorts could
not be more perfect. Girly at its finest! Leifsdotter navy sailor short @ Loehmann’s Navy shoes are hard to find. Cute ones at least. The ruffle along the foot adds to the playfulness of this stylish sailor. Elga pump @ www.ninashoes.com
Always on the hunt for a shampoo and conditioner that actually delivers, this line from Shiseido does that and more. One month in and my hair has never felt softer or shined this much. Shiseido Damage Care Shampoo & Conditioner @ 99 Ranch Market
Photography by Carolina Quesquen
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EVENT RAVEL’S SPAIN WITH BOLERO WHY TO BENEFIT HOUSTON SYMPHONY’S YOUNG PROFESSIONALS BACKSTAGE
WHERE JONES HALL AND ANDALUCIA TAPAS RESTAURANT AND BAR WHEN FEBRUARY 11 Attendees began the evening at the Jones Hall where the group enjoyed Hans Graf leading the Houston Symphony’s concert Revel’s Spain with Bolero, which featured music by Maurice Ravel. Topping the concert was a performance of the comedic one-act opera, L’heure espagnole, which featured the voice of Rice University Shepherd School of Music’s students and mezzo-soprano professor Susanne Mentzer. After the concert, guests gathered at Andalucia Tapas Restaurant for some tapas, sangria and Flamenco music. Ole!
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destination By Beatrice Allen
ALL-INCLUSIVE EXCLUSIVE GRAND VELAS RIVIERA MAYA
Follow up the most memorable celebration of your life (to date) with a memorable honeymoon at this luxury all-inclusive resort. On this stretch of the Riviera Maya, surrounded by other non-inclusive luxury resorts, you’ll be pleasantly satisfied. I know what you’re thinking, all-inclusive?! Ugh. How on earth can that be luxury? Believe me, it has been mastered. After a short hour and a half trip to Cancun, Mexico (passport required), and an even shorter 35-minute van ride, arranged by Grand Velas, you arrive at a jungle oasis (plus beach) known as the Riviera Maya. The closest nightlife – should you be looking to hit the city during your stay – is Playa del Carmen. Fear not, my fellow Americans, there is not any rampant violence that we could detect during our 8-day stay. There are still droves of people visiting these pristine beaches. Feeling jittery and excited, the moment we drove up to the massive white wall entrance with a wooden bridge over crystal-clear, blue water, my anticipation peaked! This experience was going to be amazing and I was not disappointed. Our drive through the various staying grounds was impressive. Separated into Ambassador (the family area), Master (the jungle area) and Grand Class (adults only), each has over-the-top lobby areas with palapa roofs that soar over 30 feet into the sky. All open to the elements, you can hear the ocean ripple and smell the
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salt in the air from the Ambassador and Grand Class area; both are located closest to the beach. The Master Class section is tucked into the Riviera Maya jungle and is a 5-minute shuttle to the beach. It’s really no inconvenience – just be prepared to be away from your room and don’t forget any important items you might need during the day. Being that it was our honeymoon, we were in the Grand Class adult-only area located right in front of the beach. Our room boasted a king-size bed, lounge area, Jacuzzi and plunge pool among other luxury amenities. With eight restaurants, five bars, in-suite dining and suite mini-bar all included in your rate, there is really no reason to leave the resort grounds. Although we played with the idea to go out into town on our stay, the purpose of our trip was to relax, have some adult beverages and eat! For eight days, that is what we dedicated ourselves to…and a workout in their fitness center sprinkled in here and there. We can’t discuss the dining without touching on the service. It’s phenomenal. From the moment you walk onto the grounds, they make it a point to know your name. At every reservation we were greeted by our names. By the pool, the waiters even came to remember our beverage order and would have a fresh one ready before I even had to ask. It was heavenly. I only had to remember to eat! While the Grand Class area has its own adult pool, we spent most of our days by the Ambassador pool that has layout “beds” around the pool as well as an area you
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can lay out on while immersed in the water. The pool is so large that the kids are no bother. We did lay out at the beach but the heat was so intense we preferred the breeze off the ocean by the pool instead. That’s not to say we didn’t enjoy the beach. With quite possibly the largest and most manicured stretch of beach, you would be doing yourself an injustice to not take it in. We walked along the beach to check out the various other luxury resorts we contemplated staying at and were surprised to see how small and unkempt their beach was. The best beach by far along this stretch is at Grand Velas. Each day they have an activity team that rounds up guests to play beach volleyball or soccer, take you out on jet skis or kayaking – just about anything to entertain. We brought paddles and played paddleball for a couple hours before retreating to the pool or dining in Azul, located right off the pool with beachfront views. You can either eat buffet style with everything from salad, sushi, ceviche, pizza, soup and various entrée dishes or opt for the menu. After being by the pool for 7 hours most days, we would go up to our room and enjoy the rest of the daylight hours in our plunge pool, snacking on our mini-bar treats. It’s all-inclusive as well, so we drank and ate to our heart’s delight. By the third day, they had an idea of the things we liked and would stock extras for us too. Reservations are recommended for the restaurants; we went in November and had no problems making any. I would assume during their high season this might be an issue. You can bypass this by making your reservations online when you book your trip.
I know what you’Re thInkInG, all-InclusIVe?! uGh. how on eaRth can that be luxuRy? belIeVe Me, It has been MasteRed.
Attention to detail was not overlooked when it comes to their restaurants. Each is its own world. From their French Piaf with rich red accents to Asian Sen-Lin with its clean modern lines, going to dinner is a gastronomic and aesthetic delight. We dined at Piaf, Sen-Lin, Frida, Azul, Bistro and Lucca as well as enjoying in-suite dining and all of our meals were exceptional. We didn’t get to visit a few because not all restaurants open every night. When we called to make reservations, the concierge would let us know what was available for that particular evening if our preferred selection was closed. It’s fine dining that happens to be (lucky for us) all-inclusive. Check online for their menus and dress code. Memorable for not only being my honeymoon but also for the gorgeous amenities, top-notch service and dining, Grand Velas Riviera Maya is the only way to travel all-inclusive. The moment you are inside those gorgeous white walls, every penny spent is worth not having a care in the world, from where to eat to what to do. Grand Velas, I’ll be seeing you again...
Grand Velas Riviera Maya - Quintana Roo (MX) Carretera Cancun Tulum Km. 62, Playa del Carmen, Municipio de Solidaridad, Quintana Roo 77710, Mexico USA: 866.230.7221 www.rivieramaya.grandvelas.com
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things i like love By Carla Valencia de Martinez Photography by Gabriella Nissen
I am obsessed with these elastic hair ties. Overdyed elastic hair ties not only come in the most amazing colors, but they don’t take out my hair with them. Plus they double as super-cute bracelets. Coming soon to Longoria Collection.
Sonia Kashuk’s travel cases are the perfect organizers for your honeymoon. The designs are Palm Beach meets graffiti, and the colors will pop in your luggage the second you open it! Collection available at Target.
Maison Burdisso’s Parisian macarons are perfection for any wedding shower, reception, rehearsal or just your kitchen island! The colors are divine and the taste is as close as I’m going to get to Laduree. They feature weekly specials so visit the website to see what they’ll be offering as well as where to get them. www.maisonburdisso.com, 713.545.5005. They are also on Facebook.
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Fair Verona’s Shakespeareaninspired lingerie collection is simply decadent. Satins shine alongside well-appointed ruffles and chiffon to create the sexiest, curve-loving collection. I love the frilly Giuletta skirted panty in pearl – they look like meringue. www.fairverona.com
Believe me, I’ve still got some wedding wrinkles from the stress of planning a destination wedding. This month Kiehl’s launches their Double Strength Deep Wrinkle Filler. The treatment is an instant line filler plus a long-term wrinkle reducer. Although I wouldn’t change a thing about my big day, I have no issues saying goodbye to those wrinkles. Available at Kiehl’s in Higland Village.
CaswellMassey’s Ocean Natural Bath Soap is the perfect something blue for your new home. Made with the semi-precious stone, lapis lazuli, the bars smell divine and look just as precious as the stone. Available at Neiman Marcus.
For some reason weddings bring out the need to monogram in most gals I know. Myself included. Except it hit me about three years after the wedding! LOVE Louis Vuitton’s personalization service. Mine took about 3 weeks to come! Well worth the wait.
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AN INTERVIEW WITH KAREN LERNER AND RACHAEL VOLZ OF A FARE EXTRAORDINAIRE
By Nadia Michel Photography by Cody Bess
MAKING WEDDINGS EASY-BREEZY
KAREN LERNER’S EVENT AND CULINARY PRODUCTION FIRM CELEBRATES ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH A NEW CO-OWNER – RACHAEL VOLZ – AND MORE EXTRAORDINARY WEDDINGS. WHY SHOULD COUPLES HIRE AN EVENT PLANNER FOR THEIR WEDDING? CAN’T THEY HANDLE THE ORGANIZING THEMSELVES? KL: It requires a high level of organization and I think most brides and grooms, and families, have ideas, but as far as keeping it all together… RV: They don’t know about resources and vendors. Also, planning a wedding is probably one of the most exciting, special things that you’ll do with the person you love. You really should spend that time enjoying it and loving that time with your family and friends and not stressing over the details. So if you can afford to get a wedding planner, it’s probably money well spent. WHERE DO YOU GET INSPIRATION FOR WEDDINGS? KL: We get ideas from our travels and get inspiration from our clients, because they’re very resourceful. They might bring an image or an idea and we take it from there. RV: I think the key to planning a really creative, excellent party is listening to the company or individual and making a dream come true, bringing their vision to life. Traveling is important, too. I was just in Thailand and the quality of the food and the chefs there is incredible! We always bring back great ideas.
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WHAT’S TRENDY NOW? RV: Trends are always changing, every three months, just like fashion. People don’t want to be stuck at a table the whole night. They want small plates, action stations; they love to see an oyster shucker shucking oysters or a sushi chef making custom sushi rolls. Food is usually a large part of your budget, so anything we can do to make it pseudo-entertainment gives Houstonians bang for their buck! Also, we like to use international ingredients. Lemongrass, curry, ginger… KL : …cardamom… RV: You could take a basic dish that everyone recognizes and add any of those ingredients and give it the A Fare Extraordinaire twist!
many Houstonians feel they want to get more … everything’s big in Texas. HOW DO YOU COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER? KL: I spend a lot of time cultivating longstanding client relationships and developing new ones. I also spend a lot of time on culinary development and research – which is the heart of our company. Culinary creativity is one of our hallmarks. I also spend a lot of time on financial oversight and moving the company forward. RV: I spend a lot of my time on sales and strategizing. I think about the big picture – which is branding, marketing opportunities, securing and building relationships with key individuals within our city. I also still oversee the details of our parties that are happening every day and every weekend.
IS HOUSTON PRETTY OPEN-MINDED WHEN IT COMES TO WEDDING FOOD? KL: We have amazing food here and we don’t get as FAVORITE WEDDING SONG much credit on the global RV: Green Eyes by Coldplay scene as we should, but I KL: Love Story by Taylor Swift think our audience can also BEST FLOWERS FOR BRIDE’S BOUQUET take some steps forward. RV: Pink peonies RV: I loved Scott Tycer’s KL: Lily of the valley (now defunct) Textile, for TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL WEDDING example, where you got six Relax and let the experts do their jobs. to eight small, intricately Cherish the moment. prepared dishes. But so
FAVORITE WEDDING FOOD ITEM? RV: Smoked or cured meat and fish – smoked salmon and trout, beef Carpaccio, salads and great bread… it’s like an upscale antipasto station and goes really well with wine. KL: Our lamb chops are showstoppers. We wrap them with banana leaves and raffia and they’re a real treat.
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beatrice valencia & ForD WelDer allen
kriStin Hite & tHoMaS DorSey
Marcella colbert & Steve burke
although we love beautiful, wedding-inspired editorials, thereâ€™s nothing quite like peeking into the lives of real couples and seeing how they pull off their dream day. Here three local couples share their special day and the details that made it a reality for them. Want to be considered as one of the Wedding issue 2012 real couples? email us a picture of your wedding (which has to take place in 2011) along with a short wedding story, at email@example.com, and you just might be in next yearâ€™s issue.
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Beatrice Valencia & Ford Welder allen October 23, 2010 | Houston, TX | Photography by Sofia van der Dys
MY WEDDING WAS LIKE THAT SAYING, IT TOOK A VILLAGE (CITY) TO BUILD. NO DECISION COULD BE MADE UNTIL WE GOT THE OK FROM ST. THERESA’S CATHOLIC CHURCH ON OUR DATE. WHEN I GOT THE GREEN LIGHT ON THE DATE, THE PLANNING BEGAN. After exploring every option from setting up a tent to a destination wedding, I had a “light bulb” moment one night right before I was in deep sleep. One Americas Plaza courtyard! The feeling I was trying to capture from the beginning was one of love, fun and intimacy. I wanted guests to feel plucked out of Houston for one night and this courtyard space could do just that. With the help of my sister, my aunt Gaby (also my florist), my mother and father, we turned the courtyard into a chic “Texican” celebration. We had custom-made tequila glasses with our monogram and white paper flags with the date and our names cut out, made in Mexico. White tissue pom-poms from Etsy and flowers in glass bubbles hung from a wire gazebo in the middle of the reception space over dancing guests under twinkling lights and the full moon. A Fare Extraordinaire wowed guests with their fajitas, enchiladas (people still ask me for this recipe) and Mexican salad with mango and jicama. And their concoction of the Patron Paloma was beyond a hit. We even had to stock more Patron Tequila to keep up (at 9:30pm!). Guests not only took home their tequila glass, but A Fare created these amazing chocolate chip and toffee cookies waiting for guests with a snack milk carton at the door upon their exit. And like magic, the moment Ford and I sat down to eat the delicious fare, the heavens opened up and it began to rain on us. Not a moment too soon, my lovely girlfriends pulled me out of my chair and DJ Little Martin had everyone dancing until 2am. I was adamant about my cake being delicious and, make no mistake, I tasted all the usual suspects. Francis at World Catering delivered the most delicious vanilla with vanilla butter cream cake. I not only ate a bite when we sliced the cake, I had to have the whole piece! I went for a white affair but since my bridesmaids where in various dress styles from Priscilla of Boston in a deep plum shade my florist used tones of deep purple in various blooms in season in table settings and bouquets. From elegant to wild flowers, my arrangements were an organic beauty of what was in season. The end product was amazing. Our table was espe-
cially adorned with little arrangements and tea light candles all over and Cindy Rose silhouettes designating our proper seats. But I would be lying if I said I started with planning the party. I found the “village” that put me together way before I had a date!
Casa de Novia’s Luvi Wheelock couldn’t have been more honest with me. Having an idea of the type of wedding you want is something to keep in mind for your dress. Wearing a ball gown – not ideal for a courtyard space. Doesn’t mean I didn’t try it on though! I found myself at Casa de Novia for my first trunk show where I fell in love with a flawless white peplum Oscar de La Renta. It was made for my body. After going to various other stores (per Luvi’s advice), I was back that day to get my dress. Good thing since they can take anywhere from 6-10 months to receive. The day of my rehearsal dinner makeup guru Edward Sanchez made me, my mother and sister look like stress and nerves were nowhere in sight. The next day he was back turning mom and Carla into goddesses along with hair maven Elia from Ceron Salon. She not only gave me amazing curl and volume, she gave Carla a gorgeous, waist length side braid. I, in the meantime, was at Façade with the amazingly talented, mindful Corinne and the super-talented photographer (and friend) Sofia van der Dys capturing my transformation from ordinary girl to stunning bride. With rings purchased from family friend Tina at Jewelry Mart and a veil borrowed from girlfriend Adriana Berlanga, the feeling of being surrounded by all the right people who cared about Ford and me couldn’t have been more poignant. Everyone from our florist to our caterer to my invitation graphic designer (thank you, Alex Rosa) to our lighting seemed to have a connection to us, making the wedding feel special not only to us but to all those involved. Thank you for a wedding that surpassed my dreams.
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Kristin Hite & tHomas Dorsey February 12, 2011 | Photography by Nicole Sanders (www.ncolephotography.com)
BEING NATIVE HOUSTONIANS, THOMAS AND I HAVE KNOWN EACH OTHER SINCE WE WERE 15 YEARS OLD. HE IS TRULY MY SOULMATE AND BEST FRIEND. STANDING BEFORE GOD AND OUR FAMILY, VOWING TO BE HIS PARTNER FOR LIFE, WAS THE EASIEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE. GOD TRULY ANSWERED MY PRAYERS UNITING US. IT IS AN HONOR TO BE MRS. THOMAS DORSEY AND LOVE THOMAS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. THE DAY: It was a chilly but sunny day in February, right before Valentine’s Day. The bridesmaids all gathered at River Oaks Country Club in the locker room where the fire was roaring. They all had their hair done by Philippe Licausi and makeup done by Edward Sanchez of Urban Retreat. Everyone went over to the beautiful and intimate 1940 white stone chapel at St. John the Divine church on River Oaks Blvd. where The Reverend Larry Hall and Deacon Jim Hite married us. I wore a silk dress made by Italian designers Le Spose De Gio. It was modern, simple and elegant. I had a customdesigned lace bolero made for the ceremony. We chose a romantic horse-drawn carriage to carry us to the reception after the wedding. RECEPTION DETAILS: Our wedding theme was simple, timeless elegance with lots of detail. The flowers were inspired by the beautiful dining room at River Oaks CC. There were lots of roses, lilacs, orchids in white and pale blushes. The center table was long and dramatic with tall orchids and LOTS of candlelight. It was very romantic. The reception started off with string quartets, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails as the guests mingled and went out on the terrace that overlooked the golf course. There was a fire going. It was such a beautiful evening! Once we arrived, the guests were seated and the string quartets continued to play as we all enjoyed a seated dinner with white glove service. Executive Chef Charles Carroll created a special menu for the evening that included…. SOUP: Roasted Velvety
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Wild Mushroom Soup with duck confit, foie gras torchon with black truffle, micro celery and fig marmalade SALAD: Roasted Portobello Mushroom Frisee and Watercress Salad with cojita cheese, jalapeno, avocado and radish MAIN COURSE: Duet of Broiled Prime Tenderloin of Beef and Chilean Sea Bass with braised tenderlink, forestier ragout, mashed potatoes and with shrimp, melted onions and leeks DESSERT: Wedding cake and chocolate pecan ball CAKE: Beautiful, simple white cake was finished off with a cascade of white phalaenopsis blossoms Thomas and I danced to ‘Collide’ by Howie Day. We felt it was very defining of how our lives continued to collide together. My father and I danced to ‘Wonderful World’ by Louis Armstrong. Eclipse played till all hours and our guests danced the night away. When the band started we had baskets of props put out along with flip-flops for the ladies. The guests loved it and everyone had 80’s or rocker sunglasses on, Mardi Gras beads, fun hats and blow-up instruments of microphones, saxophones and guitars and more. It definitely kept the party alive! The groom’s brother got up and played ‘Loving Cup’ by Rolling Stones on keyboard while the groom sang. It was a true highlight of the night. The groomsmen joined in. There were twinkly lights on the railing of the terrace and lots of candlelight outside… the men gathered outside lighting cigars with our custommade match boxes. WEDDING FAVORS: Custom CD wedding favor with Whataburger late night taquitos and personalized, custom-labeled water bottles for a thirst quench at the end of the night. A few more details: monogrammed initial napkins, match boxes for cigars on the terrace and personalized custom koozies for the guest to take home. HONEYMOON: Anguilla at the Viceroy.
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Marcella colbert & Steve burke September 4, 2010 | Houston Heights Marcella and Steve had a fun, personal summer wedding in the heart of Houston. Think seersucker, sunflowers and bar-b-q in historic locations and Texas charm flowing throughout. Marcella grew up in the Heights, and Steve grew up in Spring (or “south Dallas” to Marcella). A proud Texan couple, these two supported their favorite local businesses and historic sites throughout their wedding weekend. The rehearsal dinner was held at Houston’s own St. Arnold’s Brewery and catered by Star Pizza, a personal favorite of the couple and their families. They were married at All Saints Church in the Heights, and the reception was held at the historic Heights Fire Station. The couple chose sunflowers and daisies and red gingham table cloths for a festive celebration. Guests enjoyed comfort food including Goode Co. brisket and bar-b-q, Shiner Bock beer and wedding cake made in the home kitchen of Debbie Flanigan with Heavenly Cakes. In lieu of a groom’s cake the couple served pecan pie and Blue Bell ice cream cups. The groom and groomsmen sported bright ties and seersucker suits. Marcella wore a gown by Martina Liana with the Delman pumps that she wore on her first date with Steve – that is, until she changed into her cowboy boots at the reception. The couple’s first dance was to “Just One Look” by Doris Troy. They honeymooned in Bali, Indonesia.
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KNOW HOW TO SHOP FOR A ROCK
Photography by Jaime Lagdameo
002HOUSTON’S DEBONAIR GROOM MEETS UP WITH (DO #1) HIGHLY REPUTABLE JEWELERS, ZADOK JEWELERS. THE FAMILY-OWNED COMPANY HAS A VAST SELECTION OF LOOSE CERTIFIED DIAMONDS, SETTINGS AND MORE – PLUS THEY’VE BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR OVER 34 YEARS AND WE’RE SUPER COMFORTABLE WITH ALL OF OUR SHOPPING EXPERIENCES WITH THEIR KNOWLEDGEABLE TEAM. GILAD ZADOK SHARES HIS OR HERINSIGHT TO MAKE THIS TASK A LITTLE LESS INTIMIDATING FOR THE GROOM. 7 GENERATIONS AS SILVER AND GOLDSMITHS, WWW.ZADOKJEWELERS.COM.
DO your homework! Don’t just walk into a jewelry store without doing your due diligence. You’re obviously not going to become a gemologist, so Gilad shares a basic understanding of the 4 Cs of Diamonds: The key characteristics of diamonds are Clarity, Color, Cut and Carat weight. Because diamonds are so valuable, it’s essential to have a universal grading system for comparing their quality. In the 1940s and ‘50s, GIA developed the Four Cs and the GIA International Diamond Grading System™ to objectively compare and evaluate diamonds. This will arm you with the knowledge to know the exact quality of the diamond you’re considering, ensuring you’ll be confident that you’re paying a fair market price for it.
DO remember that this diamond ring is really for your special someone and that she will want to cherish her ring for a lifetime, possibly for generations to come. Even if the process might be frustrating at times, enjoy the art of looking for the best diamond and always make an effort to stay positive. Clothing worn by 002's dapper gent by www.Bonobos.com | Watch credit: Panerai Luminor Marina, PAM112, 44mm
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Know her ring size! If it’s a surprise, a good way to get some helpful advice is to ask a sister or her mother. Just make sure that the person you ask for advice knows how to keep a secret!
DO: Bring in one of her rings that she wears on her ring finger so the size can be matched. When in doubt, go for a bigger size which can be sized later.
Don’t spend beyond your means...and don’t be a cheapskate. Find the right balance between what you can reasonably afford without sacrificing the overall beauty and quality of the diamond and engagement ring.
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Make the perfect presentation and DON’Twait to shop for your engagement ring at the last minute! With a rushed purchase you are likely to spend more and settle for less. Finding the right diamond for the right price might take some time and most settings must be special ordered according to the center stone that you pick and your loved one’s finger size. Give yourself at least six weeks to start the process before you plan to propose.
DON’T choose a diamond by color and clarity alone, because “cut” is the most important factor. A diamonds overall quality is based on the cut and polish. These are the two most important aspects when selecting a quality loose diamond. The quality of a diamonds cut is what gives a diamond its beautiful brilliance, fire, scintillation and dispersion of light. A diamond can have a high color and clarity grade but look boring and lifeless.
Sales Consultant, Stacy Parker GOOD LUCK! BUT BEFORE YOU A GO A FEW HELPFUL TIPS: DON’T be fooled by the words “wholesale”! Just because someone says they are a diamond wholesaler or is located in a business building without a storefront, doesn’t mean that you are getting wholesale prices. On the other hand, DON’T throw your money away on a name brand either. You can find the same quality dia-
monds at other reputable jewelry stores while saving thousands of dollars. DON’T buy a diamond without a GIA certificate, even if the jeweler guarantees that the diamond will be certificated by GIA as stated. If the diamond is good enough to be certified, it should have a GIA certificate. Remember, it only costs $98 for a one carat diamond to be GIA certified. april 11 | www.002mag.com .45
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archichat By Sandra Gunn Photography by Jack Potts
AN ARCHITECT IS A BUILDER OF DREAMS. THEY TEND TO COMMUNICATE IN A PICTORIAL WAY AND USE OTHER NONVERBAL MANNERS OF SHARING THEIR OBSERVATIONS OF LIFE. I MET WITH TWO ARCHITECT COUPLES, SOPHIA AND CORD AND MARK AND ANNE, AT BLOCK 7 FOR DINNER. BIG CITY, SMALL TOWN...THREE OF THE FOUR WENT TO UNDERGRAD TOGETHER.
SOPHIA MALIK AND CORD BOWEN Local Design Office|www.Localdesignoffice.com Born in Houston, Sophia is a LEED-certified, licensed architect who graduated from the University of Houston College of Architecture. She studied with world-renowned and Pritzker prize-winning Australian architect Glenn Murcutt, and her work has been recognized internationally. Sophia founded Local Design Office with Cord in 2005 and has grown the practice to a full-service design firm providing creative solutions in architecture, graphic and industrial design. Also a native Houstonian, Cord holds two degrees in architecture, with his bachelor’s from UH and his master’s from Parsons School of Design in New York. Recently, he added an MBA from the wellknown Bauer School of Business at UH. While acting as a consulting partner at Local Design Office, he also teaches industrial design and architecture at UH. Sophia and Cord have been married since May of 2005. How they met: Cord: Sophia and I met through mutual friends. I will always remember the first day I saw that amazing smile with so much energy behind it. It was inescapable. Smart, beautiful and wildly talented, I realized I had met an amazing woman with a similar drive for a full and rich life. It would be many years of friendship before we would really fold our lives together. Sophia: When Cord and I met, one of the things that was so apparent from the start was that we were really great friends. Even though we came from very different backgrounds, we shared a passion for so many things that it
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made sense for us to embark on life and work together. That’s why I think our business relationship works so well. Because of our friendship, we’re able to work very openly and honestly. Granted it’s not always easy, but there is never a dull moment and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
multi-discipline design studio with 20 or so employees pushing the discussion of creative boundaries around design and business. Our life plan hopes for rich adventures surrounded by family, friends and great experiences – and with the way things are going, it seems that we’re well on our way!
Why it works: Cord: We are often asked how we are able to work together as a married couple without epic battles. My answer is to have a strong marriage first and the business practice follows. We are both passionate about what we do and we often clash with different ideas. The key is to resolve the differences with respect and a want to move forward with the best idea for the project. Sophia: It’s really important that we make time to have distinctive boundaries between what we do and how we live, although at times it does meld together. We really make time to check in, whether it’s sharing a funny text or taking a walk together. Also when working on projects, there is always one person who takes the lead role. Instead of competing, we’ve learned to support each other so that the project can move forward in the best way possible.
MARK SCHATZ AND ANNE EAMON m + a architecture studio www.maarchitecturestudio.com Mark and Anne met while at UH. In the Architecture College, the classmen are on separate floors. Mark would sneak over to his buddy’s desk that looked down to the atrium every day and watch Anne studying down below. After months of this, Mark’s friend had enough and told him to go introduce himself. They will be married 16 years in March – they got married over their spring break – and are expecting their first child this month! They have two studio cats and two dachshunds.
The future: Sophia: We really want to create an environment that is shared by everyone that we work with. That’s where the concept of Local Design Office came from. We want it to be a creative studio where everyone involved contributes ideas and processes so that it becomes more of a true collaboration. Cord: Our business plans show our want for a
In 2004, they began their practice, Mark was licensed and they won the AIA Houston Honor Award 700sf house and garden, then published in Dwell Jan/Feb 2005. The house which started it all is a prototype student cottage located about a mile from UH – now home to their studio office. They were awarded the 2009 AIA Houston Design Award for Interior Architecture for Ingrain. They have three interns – two of the three are also former students of Cord. Both have taught design studios at UH over the past six years, and Anne teaches a five-week-long studio for high school students every summer through Wonderworks. (www.wonderworkshouston.org)
Why it works: Mark: I have had a lifelong love of making things, building, furniture, landscape, photography, sculpture … and fortunately Anne had the same adventurous spirit. By the time we graduated, we had purchased an inner city lot and started construction on our first house. We didn’t really consider how unusual or naive this was until much later. Anne: Seemingly all at once our night and weekend house project took on a life of its own and shifted the direction of our professional lives. Mark became licensed, we won an AIA honor award for the house, it was published both locally and nationally, all within a year. What better time to start a practice? The future: Mark: We started our practice with the passionate belief that architecture has the power to transform everyone’s quality of life. Architecture is a social act. Our practice has developed into a relatively broad range of projects including smaller scale retail, office interiors and branding, furniture, small scale residential interventions, new houses and even a residence with an art gallery space many times the size of the living space. The projects vary stylistically, but maintain a consistent design philosophy. Anne: It is difficult to separate an architectural practice from daily life as you are constantly immersed in design, philosophy and living the work. What could be better than making a living and a life pursuing your passion with your partner?
Sandra Gunn, Broker Associate with Boulevard Realty can be found at www.sandragunn.com or at 713.224.2777 | Makeup: Asher for Kuhl-Linscomb | Clothes + jewelry: 310 Rosemont | Hair: Riaro|Lauren Solutions for Hair | Food + drink: Block 7
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IT’S A NICE DAY FOR A GREEN WEDDING By Nadia Michel
• OROGEN, MOKUME GANE & SHAKUDO Ring is cast, forged, carved, polished and sandblasted | 18k post-consumer recycled gold
DO YOU RECYCLE? BUY ORGANIC OR LOCAL FOOD? PERHAPS YOU DRIVE A HYBRID CAR OR CRINGE AT THE SIGHT OF AN IDLING TRUCK? IF THE ANSWER TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS IS YES, CONSIDER MAKING YOUR WEDDING ECO-FRIENDLY. HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HAVE A GREEN AND GLAMOROUS WEDDING. SHARE THE LOVE WITH A CHARITY GIFT REGISTRY Register with The I Do Foundation. It partners with retailers to direct a portion of proceeds from gift registry purchases to charities in the areas of environment, health, social justice and more. Participating retailers include Target, Amazon and Mikasa – all of whom will donate between three and ten percent of each gift’s purchase amount to one of the foundation’s recommended nonprofits.
• Vinea, Hand carved vine ring, 18k post-consumer recycled gold, www.greenkarat.com.
Conflict-free diamonds are a must for good marriage karma! Houston-based greenKarat sells lab-created diamonds (which are, in effect, compositionally identical to the real thing) and almost 100% of the gold they use is recycled. Jewelry Depot Houston sells Greenoro, a line created from recycled gold, platinum and titanium. Or bring in that old bracelet your ex gave you and recycle it into the perfect wedding band. A FABULOUS GREEN GOWN Make your white gown green by wearing vintage. Maybe a friend or family member has a dress you can tweak. Resale boutiques are a great alternative, especially if you buy something
Catering Kristina 713.522.0077 Photography by Greg Carrillo
EARTH-FRIENDLY INVITATIONS Imagine all the paper you’ve recycled can now be turned into beautiful invitations to your big day. “There are beautiful cotton papers you can use, along with minimizing the amount of ink or utilizing an oldfashioned letterpress,” says Jessica from Green Lily Events. Look for eco-friendly printers online or hire a designer that specializes in green design, like Green Lily’s Creative Director Isabel Mendez.
• ORGANIC CAKE from Fandango
simple and have it customdetailed. EncoreBridal.com offers new, sample and nearlynew couture from designers like Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Reem Acra, Amsale and Pronovias at prices 30-70% below retail. Or order a new gown from a sustainable designer like Chris Cole at The Cotton Bride or Adele Wechsler, who use eco-friendly practices and fair-trade sources. SEE (FRESH) FOOD Houston is blessed with easy access to Gulf shrimp and different types of fish and seafood from Texas rivers and streams. Fandango Catering offers planetfriendly food and employs sustainable practices. “All our food is local; we try to use products from within 200-400 miles of Houston. We work with smaller suppliers and farmer’s markets,” explains Kristina Ríos de Lumbreras, Director of Sales and Operations Manager. A recent menu included Tilapia a la Mallorcina with wildcaught shrimp sauce, sautéed spinach, mushrooms in port wine sauce and a seasonal veg• GATSBY etable medley, folREDUX lowed by flan made Hand engraved with hormone-free antique style dairy and fair-trade band, created emerald, chocolate. Green 18k postLily Events’ Jessica Gown by Chris consumer Zapatero relies on Cole at The recycled gold. Cotton Bride
Ruggles Green, Monica Pope’s Green Plum and PURE Smart Foods in The Woodlands for local and seasonal menus and when planning eco-weddings. Both companies practice food repurposing by delivering any suitable wedding dinner leftovers to local food banks. Bonus points: Consider serving only finger foods during cocktail hour to avoid using additional plates and utensils that will need washing, reducing your consumption of energy and water. FLOWER POWER Avoid the non-biodegradable floral foam often used as a foundation for centerpieces like you would the plague! Instead, use vessels that are re-usable like glass, wood or metal. Incorporate live trees in centerpieces that can be planted later or donated to a local school or charity. San Rafael, Calif.-based Organic Bouquet will ship organic bouquets anywhere in the country, but using succulents or tillandsia, an air plant, is even better. EARTH-FRIENDLY FAVORS Send your guests home with a token that is both stylish and sustainable. Try organic mints in reusable tins or a reusable shopping bag that has your wedding date printed on it – made of organic cotton and vegetable inks, of course. Or try giving a product that encourages local farming, like flavored Texas pecans or a bottle of local honey with a specially-made label.
• EARTH-FRIENDLY FAVORS Turmeric organic body soap wrapped in flower seeded paper that biodegrades and blooms wildflowers. Unearth Malee, www.unearthmalee.com or 888.614.7175.
RECYCLE YOUR PARTY TRASH This is a biggie. Think of all the empty bottles that are left over after a typical wedding. Many hotels have recycling already in place; make sure you request it at time of booking. You can also hire a recycling service like Green Elf. They will pick up all the glass, plastic and cardboard evidence (wink, wink) and take it to the proper facility.
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architecture + design
HÄSTENS HÄSTENS HAS BEEN AHEAD OF THE GREEN MOVEMENT BY ABOUT 159 YEARS… Back in 1852, when Hästens started making beds, they knew then, as we do now, that natural is always better. Both for comfort and Mother Nature. Hästens, still run by the same family since the 19th century, uses only all-natural materials in their beds including the finest pure flax, wool and cotton, carefully selected pine – growing at a natural pace for maximum strength – and genuine, hypoallergenic horsehair. The idea is that you sleep better naturally in a natural bed. A tradition of master craftsmanship is still handed down to each new generation of bed manufacturers. Quite literally by hand. Each bed perfectly hand-made, whether it’s the sturdy bed frame, the precise stitching of the fabric or the flexible stretch fabric with the Hästens emblem woven in, you will see details working together to create a bed for life. No machine can surpass the skills of their master craftsmen. This is why a 25-year guarantee covering spring or frame breakage is standard practice. Beds start at $3,000. For more information, visit Kuhl-Linscomb, Houston’s exclusive Hästens representative.
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CEOtodd johnson aztec events + tents Greg Scheinman is an Associate at Insgroup Inc., the 5th largest independent insurance agency in Houston. Greg also plays host to some of Houston’s most influential CEOs, entrepreneurs and risk-takers on his PBS television talk show, Profile with Greg Scheinman, which airs Thursdays at 10:30pm on Houston PBS Ch.8 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
TODD JOHNSON DIDN’T START OUT IN THE EVENTS & TENTS BUSINESS. IN FACT UPON GRADUATING FROM COLLEGE, THE NATIVE HOUSTONIAN KNEW ONLY THAT HE “WANTED TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR AND PROVE TO MY FATHER AND GRANDFATHER THAT I COULD DO IT.” WELL, HE’S MORE THAN PROVED HIMSELF. AS CEO OF AZTEC EVENTS & TENTS, TODD HAS GROWN THE BUSINESS HE ACQUIRED IN ’94 FROM HIS FORMER MENTOR INTO ONE OF THE TOP 10 TENT AND EVENT RENTAL COMPANIES IN THE US. HEADQUARTERED IN HOUSTON, AZTEC EMPLOYS OVER 200 PEOPLE AND HAS OVER 126,000SF OF SHOWROOM AND WAREHOUSE SPACE NEAR DOWNTOWN. PROFILE WITH GREG SCHEINMAN SAT DOWN WITH THE PROLIFIC ENTREPRENEUR TO TALK ABOUT THE COMPANY’S WEDDING BUSINESS, ACQUISITIONS AND THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES HE FACES EACH DAY AT THE HELM OF SUCH A LOGISTICALLY CHALLENGING BUSINESS. HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE EVENTS BUSINESS? When I first got out of college I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. However, I had no idea what that really meant. At first the restaurant business intrigued me and I actually went to work for the Pappas family. I also worked in the family business, which was oil and gas, and after my first job – cleaning blowout preventers – I knew I’d go out on my own. Through a family member I met the owner of Aztec and went to work for him. I fell in love with the business and through a unique set of circumstances ended up buying him out within a year.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE ACQUISITIONS YOU’VE MADE? The Aztec name has actually been used in other markets and we’ve acquired several of those and other tent & event businesses along the way. We also acquired Shaffer Sports & Events in 2003. Shaffer provides an incredible array of tents and on course temporary structures for more than 15 major golf events including The Players Championship and the US Open. Shaffer also is involved with many hospitality structures for large corporate events and collegiate sporting events nationwide.
WHAT HAS MADE AZTEC SO SUCCESSFUL OVER THE YEARS? People first. Without good people who share similar beliefs, values and passion your business won’t succeed. We were also fortunate early on to have good timing and demand. In the mid to late ’90s there were lots of events taking place – and Houston is a very philanthropic city. We focused on galas and really elevated service, quality of products available and attention to the customer. We also invested in large structures, large tents and, being unique and custom, we created an all-encompassing event company. I also learned from my father and grandfather to “Always grow your business,” so we’ve made several acquisitions over the years that have enabled us to grow and expand nationally as a company.
WHILE YOU’RE INVOLVED IN MANY LARGE-SCALE EVENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WEDDINGS ARE STILL A BIG PART OF YOUR BUSINESS. TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT AZTEC’S WEDDING BUSINESS AND SOME OF THE LATEST TRENDS IN WEDDINGS. Weddings are very much big business for us. In fact when IKE hit, our showroom got wiped out and we used that as an opportunity to rebuild bigger and better and now our showroom really caters to the high-end wedding business in Houston. We’ve done many of the city’s biggest outdoor weddings, and we continue to invest in new products. Right now we’re investing in a new style pole tent called the Tidewater, which is specifically for our wedding business. We’re also seeing more traditional Cape Cod, Nantucket, Hampton’s style weddings being big for us. Another trend that I see actually
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being around for a long time is lounge furniture. It’s very popular. WHAT HAS BEEN SOME OF THE MOST MEMORABLE EVENTS THAT AZTEC HAS BEEN A PART OF? The coolest one has to be the launch we did for Sony Corp’s new products in Cancun. It was a big event, international and was a lot of fun to be a part of. We also have a contract with the Rodeo, the Shell Houston Open, the River Oaks Tennis Tournament, the MS 150 and many others – so there are memorable events that we’re involved with constantly. WHAT’S THE MOST VALUABLE LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED ABOUT THIS BUSINESS? I’ve learned that you can offer any kind of “widget” out there but if your people, service and passion aren’t there, then whatever widget you have, won’t be any better than anyone else’s out there. It’s still the people that make the business, and we’re definitely in the people business. WHAT’S THE BIGGEST RISK YOU’VE TAKEN? Well, investing $250,000 in our first set of tents when I took over the business was probably the biggest risk. I had no idea whether they’d be rented or not. I bet on that if I bought them and brought them to Houston, people would rent them and the demand would be there. Fortunately, it worked out.
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tools+toys+ gadgets By Michael Garfield
iBIKE DASH CYCLING COMPUTER SENSOGLOVE I will take any advantage I can on the golf course. But I didn’t realize a glove could improve my swing until I tried the SensoGlove during my last round. This golf glove has built-in sensors that constantly read the pressure of your grip. A builtin computer actively monitors your grip with sensors placed strategically throughout the glove, providing instant feedback at all the points of your swing. Audio feedback warns you at the moment your grip becomes too tight, allowing you to learn and maintain correct grip pressure at every point of your swing. It took me a while to get used to the feedback but I quickly learned when I gave up my death grip for the proper lighter grip. Fore! $89 | www.SensoGlove.com
Great weather means getting outside to exercise. If you bike, then the new iBike Dash CC (Cycling Computer) is for you. It’s a lightweight wireless bicycle computer system that turns any iPhone or iPod Touch into your own personal fitness trainer. The compact (3.2oz) device is easy to install and takes your biking from leisure to fitness. It measures your speed, power, heart rate, wind speed, time, trip, elevation and calories to become healthier and fitter. The iBike Dash CC includes a free iBike app which features customizable tools, from simple speedometers to workout programs. The app is displayed on the iPhone or iPod touchscreen with easy-to-read graphics and animation. The iBike Dash CC not only is a virtual trainer but also a co-pilot and navigator as it uses the iPhone’s GPS, map and weather capabilities to enhance the biking experience. $199 | www.iBikeDash.com
IGRILL WIRELESS THERMOMETER I love to grill but my impatience sometimes takes me away from the burgers and chicken. Recently I have been looking at my smartphone to monitor when the meat is just right. The iGrill is revolutionizing the way I cook and grill today and I won’t play chef without it. This device is a grilling/cooking thermometer that offers an app that can be used with your Android phone or iPhone. It communicates with your phone via Bluetooth, so you won’t have to worry about those messy wires. Plug the probe of the device into your chosen meat and then connect the device to your smartphone. The beauty of this thermometer is that you’ll be able to keep an eye on the temperature of your grill while you’re around the house entertaining your guests. $99 | www.iGrill.com
ARTRAGE Have you ever wanted to try oil painting but not had the equipment? Or perhaps you are an artist with a computer but no desire to learn complex new tools in a digital environment? ArtRage is a painting and drawing package that simulates real world tools on your computer. It’s designed to work like real painting and drawing tools and can be used by almost anyone. From natural painting tools like an oil brush and paint roller to special effects like sticker spray and glitter tube, this software can be used by beginners, teachers, traditional and digital artists. What’s more, it’s fun to smoosh around paint and blend colors right there on the virtual canvas. $80 | www.ArtRage.com
Michael Garfield is known as “The High-Tech Texan®.” His radio program airs on The 9-5-0 weekdays from 10am-12pm and Saturdays 11am-2pm. Visit his website at www.hightechtexan.com. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @hightechtexan.
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KEEPING TIME Most of us check the time on our smartphones nowadays but the wrist watch will never lose its place as the guy-est of the accessories – like, ever! TIMEX RE-VAMPED THIS WATCH, ORIGINALLY LAUNCHED IN 1918, to our modern times. The is oversized and has convenient features like an INDIGLO® nightlight and an interchangeable nylon strap, still keeping the vintage military feel. Colors are your friend; we specially like the bright canary yellow! Originals Modern Camper, available at Nordstrom and www.nordstrom.com.
FAN-TASTIC TOMMY BAHAMA and MLB collaborate to bring you this one-of-a-kind 2001 MLB Camp Shirt. Breath-taking embroidery design will make any true fan proud. Grab your Houston Astros shirt. They come in limited edition, 6 different teams. Release date: April 21st. Also be sure to check out the Houston Astros’ exciting new season Opening Day on April 8th against the Marlins. Tickets available at www.houston.astros.mlb.com.
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HAPPY FEET The HAVAIANAS flip-flops are known by their comfort and tough durability. They are going to stick around for a while, you might as well make it as much of your style as possible. Idiosyncratically customize yours – sole, straps and even add some studs in there. www.us.havaianas.com
HOME-RUM BRUGAL! This quintessential Dominican Republic Rum has finally landed on American soils this season. We like Santo Libre-style (Brugal Anejo, 7UP and a squeeze of lime) but like a conquistador, feel free to explore many ideas for mixes. Available at your nearby Spec’s.
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By Tim Moloney Photography by Aaron Courtland
ON MY RICHMOND STRIP
BACK IN THE DAY, WHEN YOUR FAITHFUL WISE GUY WAS SIMPLY A YOUNG WISEASS, “THE RICHMOND STRIP” WAS THE PLACE TO GO OUT IN HOUSTON IF YOU WERE YOUNG AND LOOKING FOR TROUBLE. STRETCHING WEST FROM 610 ALONG RICHMOND AVENUE TO FOUNTAINVIEW AND BEYOND, YOU COULD FIND THE YUCATAN LIQUOR STAND, CITY STREETS (A MALL OF BARS INSIDE WINDSOR PLAZA), SAM’S BOAT (STILL STANDING?) AND THE INFAMOUS CLUB 6400. AFTER A FEW YEARS OF POPULARITY AND THE INFLUX OF UNSAVORY ELEMENTS, IT ALL WENT AWAY (TAKE NOTE, WASHINGTON AVENUE!). Anyway, these days I still like going out on Richmond, but now it’s in a few block radius from my house in Montrose. In fact, I decided to spend my Spring Break walking to a few favorites and reporting back to my loyal readers. First stop: the dog park at Richmond and Dunlavy, inside the newly renovated ERVAN CHEW PARK. This handy communal facility attracts dogs and dog lovers of all shapes and sizes. There’s room to run around, a place to sit and lots of convenient plastic bag dispensers for disposing of Fido’s output. Look closely and you’ll find localebrities frolicking about with their pets, including Katherine Lott Neumann of the Society of the Performing Arts, local artists like Laura Lark and Larry McEntire and bon vivants Alex Flenner and Mark Matsusaki.
mention there is a pond/shrine in the middle of the store also? And a band rehearsal space next door? It’s Montrose at its weirdest and best. The service is outstanding as well.
Next stop: THE POST OFFICE. If you’ve ever been to the post office at Richmond near Mandell, you know it is the best one in town. Staffed by hearty gals who can lift a heavy box and cite the latest postal regulations off the top of their heads, this place is a model of efficiency. I can’t say enough good things about these perky postmistresses. Suffice it to say that you want them on your team – whether it’s softball or trivia. Speaking of trivia, our next stop is JACKSON’S WATERING HOLE at 1205 Richmond. Formerly a dive-y gay bar, Jackson’s is now a spruced-up, cool kid space without the attitude. This is where you might find the Liz Gorman crowd when they’re not wrecking the dance floor at Etro (which, alas, is not on Richmond). On Monday night, Jackson’s hosts Trivia Night contests with prizes and giveaways. Categories might include 80s Hair Bands or famous Love Boat guest stars. Now’s the time to call those gals at the Post Office to be your lifeline! Finally, I discovered this next place accidentally. I was dying for a Coke Zero and found myself in front of the D & Q MINI MART across from Zimm’s Little Deck. Although it’s not much to look at from the outside, the D & Q is probably the best beer store inside the loop and beyond. They stock any and all random brews, all available as a single bottle, plus the store features a great, cheap selection of barware and glassware for your next party. Did I
On the way back, I stopped at the MFA’s RICHMOND HALL, home of the permanent Dan Flavin installation. They have great air conditioning, by the way, and staring at the lights, especially after a random imported beer or two, was a great way to wrap up my Richmond Strip getaway. Until next month, take my advice and get out of your car and take a walk around your neighborhood if you have some time. Hell, the weather’s great so you have no excuse. And you never know what you might find or what you can learn if you slow down and look around.
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BOWL 607 Richmond. 832.582.7218 www.eatatbowl.com
restaurant listings houston | sugar land | the woodlands
american *17 | inside Hotel Alden 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8888 www.aldenhotels.com
51fifteen 51FIFTEEN | inside Saks Fifth Avenue 5115 Westheimer. 713.363.8067 AMERICAS •1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.961.1492 •21 Waterway Ave. 281.367.1492 •2010 West Gray. 832.200.1492 www.cordua.com ARTISTA | inside the Hobby Center 800 Bagby. 713.278.4782 www.cordua.com AVA KITCHEN+WHISKEY BAR 2800 Kirby. 713.386.6460 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 BISTRO ALEX 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., CityCentre 713.827.3545 www.bistroalex.com
hearsay BRANCH WATER TAVERN 510 Shepherd Dr. 713.863.7777 www.branchwatertavern.com
HEARSAY GASTRO LOUNGE 218 Travis St. 713.225.8079 www.hearsayhouston.com
FISH [sushi] 309 Gray St. 713.526.5294 www.fishhouston.com
MARIPOSA inside Neiman Marcus 2600 Post Oak Blvd. 713.621.7100 ext.2166 www.neimanmarcus.com
KAM’S [chinese] 4500 Montrose Blvd. #C. 713.529.5057 www.kamscuisine.com
CAFE EXPRESS 12 convenient locations in Houston www.cafe-express.com
McCORMICK AND SCHMICK’S •1151 Uptown Park. 713.840.7900 •1201 Fannin St. 713.658.8100 • 791 Town & Country Blvd. 713.465.3685 www.mccormickandschmicks.com
KONA GRILL [japanese+american] •501 Westheimer. 713.877.9191 •16535 Southwest Freeway. 281.242.7000 www.konagrill.com
CANOPY 3939 Montrose Blvd. 713.528.6848 www.canopyhouston.com
NOE Four Riverway. 713.871.8177 www.noerestaurant.com
CAVA BISTRO 300 Main St. 713.229.9504 www.cavabistrohouston.com
QUATTRO 1300 Lamar. 713.276.4700 www.fourseasons.com
CINQ | at La Combe d’Or 3410 Montrose Blvd. 713.469.4750 www.lacolombedor.com
RDG | BAR ANNIE 1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.1111 www.rdgbarannie.com
COURSES | inside the Art Institute of Houston 1900 Yorktown. 713.353.3644 www.artinstitutes.edu
RUGGLES GREEN •2311 West Alabama. 713.533.0777 •CityCentre 713.464.5557 www.rugglesgreen.com
BRC 519 Shepherd Dr. 713.861.2233 www.brcgastropub.com BYRD’S MARKET + CAFE 420 Main St. 713.225.0100 www.byrdsmarket.com
DAILY REVIEW CAFÉ 3412 West Lamar. 713.520.9217 www.dailyreviewcafe.com DANTON'S GULF COAST SEAFOOD 4611 Montrose. 713.807.8883 www.dantonsseafood.com
SHADE 250 W. 19th St. 713.863.7500 www.shadeheights.com THE CHELSEA GRILL 4621 Montrose Blvd. 713.942.9857 www.chelseagrill.com
EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD •12848 Queensbury Ln. 832.200.2380 • 2800 Kirby@West Ave. 713.874.1800 www.eddiev.com
THE GROVE 1611 Lamar. 713.337.7321 www.thegrovehouston.com
FOUNDATION ROOM | HOB 1204 Caroline. 832.667.7800 www.houseofblues.com
THE LAKE HOUSE 1600 McKinney. 713.337.7320 www.thelakehousehouston.com VOICE | Hotel Icon 220 Main. 832.667.4470 www.hotelicon.com
BLOCK 7 WINE COMPANY 720 Shepherd Dr. 713.572.2565 www.block7wineco.com
GLASSWALL 933 Studemont. 713.868.7930 www.glasswalltherestaurant.com
BOOM BOOM ROOM 2518 Yale St. 713.868.3740 www.theboomboomroomhouston.com
HAVEN 2502 Algerian Way. 713.581.6101 www.havenhouston.com
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AUNTIE CHANG’S DUMPLING HOUSE 2621 S. Shepherd. 713.524.8410 www.auntiechangs.com
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WHICH WICH 711 Louisiana St. 713.222.2999 www.whichwich.com YARD HOUSE CityCentre 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., 713.461.9273 www.yardhouse.com ZELKO BISTRO 705 E. 11th St. 713.880.8691 www.zelkobistro.com
KUBO’S 2414 University Blvd. #200. 713.528.7878 www.kubos-sushi.com
ZAKE 2946 S. Shepherd. 713.526.6888 www.zakesushilounge.com ZUSHI 5900 Memorial Dr., #102. 713.861.5588 www.zushihouston.com
bar-b-que 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+coffee+ diners+juice bars 11TH ST. CAFÉ 748 E. 11th St. 713.862.0089
les givral’s kahve
LES GIVRAL’S KAHVE [vietnamese] •801 Congress St. 713.547.0444 •4601 Washington Ave. 832.582.7671 www.lesgivrals.com PAGODA [vietnamese] 4705 Inker St. 832.673.0400 www.pagodabistro.com
ANTIDOTE COFFEE 729 Studewood. 713.861.7400 www.antidotecoffee.com AVALON DRUG CO. & DINER •2417 Westheimer. 713.527.8900 •12810 Southwest Frwy. 281.240.0213 www.avalondiner.com CAFÉ BRASIL 2604 Dunlavy. 713.528.1993 COCO’S CREPES 218 Gray St. 713.521.0700 www.cocoscrepes.com
RA SUSHI •3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 •12860 Queensbury Ln. #234, CityCentre 713.331.2792 www.rasushi.com RED PIER [asian fusion] 2701 Milam St. 713.807.7726 STRAITS [singaporean] 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N., CityCentre 713.365.9922 www.straitsrestaurants.com SUSHI RAKU 3201 Louisiana. 713.526.8885 www.sushi-raku.com UPTOWN SUSHI Uptown Park. 713.871.1200 www.uptown-sushi.com
CRAVE CUPCAKES 1151 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.622.7283 www.cravecupcake.com DECCO CAFE 5120 Woodway Dr. 713.963.8273 www.deccocafe.com DIRK’S COFFEE 4005 Montrose. 713.526.1319 www.diedrich.com DON DIEGO COFFEE 208 Travis. 713.228.3560 www.dondiegocoffee.com EMPIRE CAFÉ 1732 Westheimer. 713.528.5282 www.empirecafe.net FOUNTAIN VIEW CAFÉ 1842 Fountain View. 713.785.9060
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INVERSION COFFEE HOUSE 1953 Montrose, #A. 713.523.4866 www.inversioncoffee.com ISLAND GRILL + JUICE BAR •5709 Woodway. 713.334.4036 •4024 Bellaire Blvd. 713.665.5388 www.islandgrillhouston.com KRAFTSMEN BAKING 4100 Montrose, #C. 713.524.7272 www.kraftsmenbaking.com KRAFTSMEN CAFE 611 West 22nd St. 713.426.1300 www.kraftsmencafe.com MORE THAN CAKES 1100 West Dallas. 713.652.5132 www.morethancakes.com OCTANE COFFEE+WINE LOUNGE 3402 N. Shepherd. 281.974.1693 RUSTIKA CAFÉ 3237 Southwest Frwy. 713.665.6226 www.rustikacafe.com SALENTO WINE CAFE 2407 Rice Blvd. 713.528.7478 www.salentowinecafe.com SPRINKLES CUPCAKES 4014 Westheimer. 713.871.9929 www.sprinkles.com SUGAR BABY'S CUPCAKES 3310 S. Shepherd. 713.527.8427 www.ilovesugarbabys.com TAFT STREET COFFEE 2115 Taft. 713.522.3533 www.taftstreetcoffee.org THE BREAKFAST KLUB 3711 Travis. 713.528.8561 www.thebreakfastklub.com THE BUFFALO GRILLE •3116 Bissonnet. 713.661.3663 •1301 S. Voss. 713.784.3663 www.thebuffalogrille.com THE COFFEE GROUNDZ 2503 Bagby. 713.874.0082 www.coffeegroundz.net THE FRUIT PALETTE 2413 Rice Blvd. 713.523.7848 www.thefruitpalette.com TINY BOXWOOD’S 3614 W. Alabama St. 713.622.4224 www.tinyboxwoods.com
cajun+creole+ southern MARDI GRAS GRILL 1200 Durham. 713.864.5600 www.mardigrasgrill.net THIS IS IT SOULFOOD 207 W. Gray. 713.659.1608 www.thisisithouston.com TREEBEARDS •315 Travis. 713.228.2622 •1117 Texas. 713.229.8248 •1100 Louisiana. 713.752.2601 •700 Rusk. 713.224.6677 www.treebeards.com
italian ARCODORO 5000 Westheimer. 713.621.6888 www.arcodoro.com
EL TIEMPO CANTINA [mex] •3130 Richmond. 713.807.1600 •5602 Washington. 713.681.3645 •1308 Montrose. 713.807.8996 www.eltiempocantina.com
ARTURO’S Uptown Park. 713.621.1180 www.arturosuptown.com
EL TORO [mex] 11920 Westheimer. 281.920.4840 www.eltorotexmex.com
MINGALONE 540 Texas. 713.223.0088 www.mingalone.com RISTORANTE CAVOUR 1080 Uptown Park. 713.418.1000 www.granducahouston.com
ZIMM’S LITTLE DECK 601 Richmond Ave. 713.527.8328 www.zimmslittledeck.com
SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE 901 Commerce @ Travis. 713.229.9715 www.meatballs.com
FREEB!RDS WORLD BURRITO 12 Houston locations Catering 888.392.2287 www.freebirds.com
ZYDECO LOUISIANA DINER 1119 Pease. 713.759.2001 www.zydecolouisianadiner.com
TRATTORIA IL MULINO 945 Gessner Road 832.358.0600 www.ilmulino.com
GUADALAJARA DEL CENTRO 1201 San Jacinto. 713.650.0101 www.guadalajarahacienda.com
VALENTINO Hotel Derek 2525 West Loop South. 713.850.9200 www.valentinorestaurantgroup.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
BRASSERIE MAX + JULI [french] 4315 Montrose. 713.524.0070 www.maxandjulie.net CHARIVARI [european] 2521 Bagby. 713.271.7231 www.charivarirest.com FEAST [european] 219 Westheimer. 713.529.7788 www.feasthouston.com OPORTO [european] 3833 Richmond. 713.621.1114 www.oporto.us PHILIPPE REST+LOUNGE [french] BLVD. Place. 713.439.1000 www.philippehouston.com THE QUEEN VIC PUB [european] 2712 Richmond. 713.533.0022 www.thequeenvicpub.com
indian KIRAN’S 4100 Westheimer. 713.960.8472 www.kiranshouston.com NARIN’S BOMBAY BRASSERIE 3005 West Loop South. 713.622.2005 www.narinsbombaybrasserie.com PONDICHERI 2800 Kirby@West ave.. 713.522.2022 SHIVA 2415 Times Blvd. 713.523.4753 www.shivarestaurant.com
ARGENTINA CAFE 3055 Sage Rd. 713.622.8877 BISTRO BAR [puerto rican] 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. CityCentre 713.973.1601 www.houstonsorella-citycentre.com CAFÉ PIQUET [cuban] 5757 Bissonnet. 713.664.1031 www.cafepiquet.net CYCLONE ANAYA’S [mex] 309 Gray St. 713.520.6969 www.cycloneanaya.com DIEGO'S [mex] 1421 Preston. 713.236.1300 www.diegosrestaurantbar.com
Reagen Nguyen, Cleverley Stone, Kathleen Nguyen
LATIN BITES CAFE [peru] 1302 Nance St. 713.22.98369 www.latinbitescafe.com Chad and Kasey Long LUCIO’S [new american latin] 905 Taft. 713.523.9958 www.luciosbyob.com MARIA SELMA [mex] 1617 Richmond. 713.528.4920 www.mariaselma.com NINFA'S THE ORIGINAL 2704 Navigation Blvd. 713.228.1175 www.ninfas.com
EL PATIO [mex] •6444 Westheimer. 713.780.0410 •2416 Brazos. 713.523.8181 www.elpatio.com
OCEAN’S [mex] 819 W. Alabama. 713.520.7744 www.oceansceviche.com
EL TACO TOTE 6154 Westheimer. 713.706.3233 www.tacotote.com
Hundreds of cupcake fanatics flocked to Sprinkles Cupcakes for the launch of CoupleCake Wars benefiting The Houston Food Bank. Seven couples balled it out in a game show style competition by participating in a variety of tasty challenges including a newlywed game and a blindfold frosting competition while DJ Derek Jones ripped some funky “love “ jams to set the mood. The crowned champions, Rick Luckett and Melissa Smith, created a “perfect match” theme, a no-brainer for them considering they met on match.com. Pretty sweet!
LAS VENTANAS [mex] 14555 Grisby Rd. 281.752.6990 www.lasventanas.net
EL MESON [cuban] 2425 University. 713.522.9306
EL REY [cuban-mex] •233 Main. 713.225.1895 •910 Shepherd. 713.802.9145 www.elreytaqueria.com
EVENT COUPLECAKE WARS WHY TO BENEFIT THE HOUSTON FOOD BANK WHERE SPRINKLES CUPCAKES WHEN FEBRUARY 21
Nick Espinosa, Carlos Meltzer
RIOJA [spanish] 11920 Westheimer. 281.531.5569 www.riojarestaurant.com SAMBA GRILLE (south american) 530 Texas. 713.343.1180 www.sambagrillehouston.com
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TACOS A GO-GO 3704 Main. 713.807.8226 www.tacosagogo.com THE LEMON TREE [peru] 12591 Whittington. 281.556.0690 www.thelemontreeonline.com
steak+chops FLEMING’S •788 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. 713.827.1120 •2405 W. Alabama. 713.520.5999 www.flemingssteakhouse.com
TILA’S [mex] 1111 S. Shepherd. 713.522.7654 www.tilas.com TINTOS [spanish] 2015 West Gray. 713.522.1330 www.tintosrestaurant.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
LAURENZO’S GRILLE 4412 Washington. 713.880.5111 www.laurenzosgrille.com MO’S 1801 Post Oak Blvd. 713.877.0720 www.mosrestaurants.com MORTON’S •5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 •1001 McKinney. 713.659.3700 www.mortons.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
GURI DO SUL STEAKHOUSE 1400 Research Forest Dr. 281.907.4146 www.guridosul.com
PERRY'S GRILL 2115 Town Square. 281.565.2727 www.perryssteakhouse.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 4775 W. Panther Creek Dr. 281.298.5688
SPENCER’S STEAKS + CHOPS 1600 Lamar. 713.577.8325
FRANK’S PIZZA 417 Travis. 713.225.5656 www.frankspizza.com
STRIP HOUSE 1200 McKinney. 713.659.6000 www.theglaziergroup.com
SUGAR LAND AMICI RISTORANTE [italian] 16089 City Walk Drive. 281.242.2800 www.amicitownsquare.com BROOKSTREET BBQ 1418 Highway 6. 281.313.4000 www.brookstreetbbq.com
RAJIN CAJUN 16100 Kensington Dr. 281.277.0704 www.ragin-cajun.com
GENGHIS GRILL [asian] 9300 6 Pines Drive. 281.363.4745 www.genghisgrill.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
SITAR CUISINE OF INDIA 25701 Interstate 45. 281.364.0200 www.sitarcuisineofindia.net
THE BURNING PEAR 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925 www.theburningpear.com
SWEET BELLA ITALIAN KITCHEN 202 Sawdust Road. 832.585.0066 www.sweetbellasatllc.com
WASABI JAPANESE GRILL + SUSHI BAR 14019 Southwest Freeway. 281.242.3899
THE MELTING POT 19075 Interstate 45. 936.271.7416 www.themeltingpot.com
WILLIE’S GRILL + ICE HOUSE 945 Highway 6. 281.242.2252 www.williesrestaurants.com
CAFE DI FIORE [italian] 10110 Woodlands Pkwy., Ste. 900. 281.298.1228 www.caffe-di-fiore.com
NAPA GRILLE URBAN WINE BAR 14019 Southwest Freeway. 281.277.2599 www.napagrille.net
DOLCE VITA PIZZERIA ENOTECA 500 Westheimer. 713.520.8222 www.dolcevitahouston.com
STAR PIZZA •77 Harvard. 713.869.1241 •2111 Norfolk. 713.523.0800 www.starpizza.net
JAPANEIRO'S SUSHI BISTRO & LATIN GRILL 2168 Texas Dr. 281.201.5294 www.japaneiros.com
BROOKLYN CAFÉ [american] •4775 W. Panther Creek Dr. 281.298.7488 •3091 College Park Dr. 936.273.8880 www.thebrooklyncafe.com
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 6213 Richmond Ave. 713.789.2333 www.ruthschris.com
SHULA'S STEAKHOUSE Hyatt Hotel 1200 Louisiana St. 713.375.4777 www.donshulas.com
PIOLA 3201 Louisiana St. 713.524.8222 www.piola.it
GRIMALDI'S PIZZERIA 16535 Southwest Freeway. 281.265.2280 www.grimaldispizzeria.com
BENIHANA [asian] 1720 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.292.0061 www.benihana.com
LA MADELEINE 2675 Town Center Blvd. N. 281.494.4400 www.lamadeleine.com
CANDELARI’S 6002 Washington. 832.200.1474 www.candelaris.com
PINK’S PIZZA www.pinkspizza.com •710 West Gray. 713.521.7465 •1403 Heights. 713.864.7465
CUPCAKE CAFE 16525 Lexington Blvd. 281.242.2744 www.cupcakecafeofsugarland.com
PAPPAS BROS. STEAK HOUSE 5839 Westheimer Rd. 713.780.7352 www.pappasbros.com
pizza BOMBAY PIZZA CO. 914 Main St. 713.654.4444 www.bombaypizzaco.com
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
niko niko’s NIKO NIKO’S •2520 Montrose. 713.528.1308 •301 Milam @ Market Square www.nikonikos.com
CAFE INDIA 2319 Williams Trace Blvd. 281.565.5881
TIN STAR [american] 300 Six Pines Drive. 281.465.9800
Who doesn’t like a good sandwich for lunch? WHICH WICH Superior Sandwiches recently opened in Houston’s Pennzoil Place Tunnel, at 711 Louisiana St., R213. The restaurant known for its creative ordering system – where guests use red Sharpies® to mark up pre-printed menus on sandwich bags, selecting a sandwich from one of 10 categories, then the size, type of bread (or bowl), cheese, spread and vegetables before the sandwiches are prepared to exact specifications and delivered in the personalized sandwich bag – is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30am2:30pm for dine in, takeout or catering. Plus it’s the first Which Wich in Texas to serve breakfast, with a choice of three Breakfastwiches. On a tight schedule? Try the grab-and-go concept, with Seattle’s Best coffee, pre-made breakfast parfaits and pre-made lunch sandwiches. They also offer a bowl option where any wich can be ordered without bread, served in a bowl on a bed of lettuce and topped with your pick of fresh ingredients. More than 50 varieties of customizable “wiches” are offered from the signature Wicked®, loaded with five meats and three cheeses, to vegetarian options such as tomato & avocado and several healthy wiches for less than 400 calories each. Which Wich locations feature newspaper reading stations, free wi-fi and a community wall showcasing the sandwich bag artwork. www.whichwich.com.
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A FINE (DINING) FRENZY dine write
1. Oportobello | 2. Rocket Salad with Prosciutto 3. Queso de Cabra | 4. Crab & Avocado Crostini
By Beatrice Allen Photography by Kim Coffman
3833 Richmond Avenue | Houston, TX 77027 713.621.1114 | www.oporto.us
HOuRS: Monday – Wednesday: 11am-11pm Thursday - Friday: 11am-Midnight Saturday & Sunday: 4pm-Midnight
1 SAMPLE MENU SELECTIONS
tapas • Albondigas Marruecos Moroccan-style lamb meatballs braised in a charmoula-tomato sauce. Served with fresh warm pita. $8 • Oportobello Marinated Portobello mushroom baked with a spinach and artichoke gratin. Served over arugula and drizzled with truffle oil. $10 • Espetada do Carne Grilled marinated beef tenderloin skewers served with polenta cake and veggies. $12
salad+soup • Canja Portuguese chicken and rice soup topped with mint and lemon. $4c/ 5.50b • Salada Atlantico Chopped salad, avocado, hearts of palm, cherry tomato, pickled red onion, artichoke, w/ lemon honey vinaigrette. $8 • Caesar OPORTO Hearts of romaine lettuce with red onions, garlic croutons, homemade Caesar dressing & parmesan. $7
OPORTO, BIG SISTER TO QUEEN VIC AND A EURO-MEDITERRANEAN INSPIRED BOUTIQUE BAR, IS AUTHENTIC AS CAN BE EXPECTED WITHOUT HOPPING A PLANE TO EUROPE. CUISINE, COCKTAILS, SMALL BOUTIQUE SPACE WITH A “RELAX AS YOU PICK AT YOUR FOOD” FEELING AND WAIT FOR A TABLE – LIKE YOU WOULD FIND AT TAPAS DIVES IN SPAIN. BECAUSE LIKE IN SPAIN, NO ONE IS IN A RUSH TO LEAVE SUCH EXCELLENT COMPANY, FOOD OR CONVERSATION IN SUCH AN IDEAL SETTING. Off Richmond (across from the famed Costco) and tucked into a shopping center sprinkled with other gastronomic choices, this is the gem amongst the stones. We wish we could give you an ideal time to come but it seems their happy hour deals can’t be beat and since the food has a following, combined with a small space, at any given time it could be packed. If you are a late eater, then lucky for you, because on our particular Tuesday night we dined at 7:30pm with a full house. Around 9pm more tables were available which still gives you time to eat since they close at 11pm.
Parking can also be a challenge when you are in a strip mall with so many other retailers that stay open late, so keep that in mind and don’t be discouraged. The outcome is worth the search!
• Pizzette Rustica Topped with tomato sauce, Gouda cheese, red pepper and artichokes. $9 • Pizzette do Terre Grilled chicken, caramelized onions, goat’s cheese, rosemary, E.V. olive oil. • Panini Formaggio Grilled cheese sandwich with Gouda, Gruyere and Parmesean on ciabatta. $8
Upon entering the small space two lounge areas take up much needed space for more tables. Along one wall, there is banquette seating and on the opposite wall there are tables parallel to the wall all the way up to the waiters’ computer. A little tight if you ask me. A bar along the wall with the parallel tables also makes room for extra seating. (A couple
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tables are outside if you don’t mind being on the sidewalk of the shopping center.) Lighting is romantically dim for some and too dim for others; providing the only light at your table is a tea-light candle. Specials can be found on the chalkboards toward the entrance of the banquette wall. On our particular evening, they also had a printed menu of daily specials offered. While we looked over all the various tapas offerings, heavy on SPANISH AND PORTUGESE INFLUENCE, we snacked on the most enormous marinated green olives and crunchy, spicy almonds. A huge fan of olives, I was excited to not have the tiny mix you’re usually served as tapas. Looking back at my receipt, I would think $3 per small dish of olives and almonds is rather steep when you can buy a whole can/jar at that price. Otherwise, everything else is reasonably priced. After receiving a rundown of the menu from owner Rick Di Virgilio, we decided on splitting a salad (we were told they were larger than a tapa) and ordering two tapas (two to three bites per person) for dinner.
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Our Salada Marocaine was a mix of lettuce, apple, Gruyere, candied walnut, black olives, fresh mint & preserved lemon tossed in a tomato Dijon vinaigrette. He was right about the serving; the bowl may seem small but there is a slew of salad deep inside. The flavors were crisp and clean with the apple, olives, mint and lemon Dijon. The Gruyere got somewhat lost in these flavors and on our particular salad, we didn’t get one candied walnut. An oversight I’m sure and the salad was still a delight. Our Crab and Avocado Crostini with mounds of fresh lump crab meat served over grilled bread and topped with green herb aioli, a sliver of roasted red pepper and a slice of avocado was a light delight next to our decadent Manchego Mac N’ Cheese. Ziti pasta is baked with a Manchego cheese sauce, crispy Spanish jamon and green peas to make a rich, creamy, simple yet sinful combination. The Crostini with its lemon wedges for dressing served like a light palette teaser next to the velvety cheese sauce of the Mac n’ Cheese. While the Crostini came with three decent-sized servings the Mac n’ Cheese was much more than two to three bites each. It could be a dinner serving all on its own. Not one to skip dessert, we ended our meal with their Espresso Chocolate Tart. A flourless espresso chocolate cake with hints of cinnamon and lemon zest is an ideal balance of sweet and salty. You get a sweet fix without that overindulgence feel. While service can be spotty, this Euro-Mediterranean café delivers authentic, beautifully seasoned dishes that can only explain the droves that come out for their highly popular happy hour, making it not only ideal for those on a budget but also for those looking to impress their date with a deliciously romantic experience.
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the chef’s special photography by Jill Hunter
restaurant sprinkles cupcakes cuisine cupcakes only! 4014 westheimer rd, houston, tx 77027 713.871.9929 www.sprinkles.com
WHAT UTENSIL CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT? My offset spatula. WHAT’S YOUR PET PEEVE? Nice restaurants that don’t have a designated pastry chef! Pastry chefs are always the first to go during tough economic times but what a difference they make in a memorable dining experience! I always look for the name at the bottom of the dessert menu to know I am in for a treat. FAVORITE AFFORDABLE WINE? The Prisoner. FAVORITE PLACE FOR DESSERT? Laduree in Paris for their exquisite macarons. WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHEF, RESTAURANT AND DISH? Thomas Keller, French Laundry. His tuna tartare “cones” have been widely copied but they are still the most exquisite. IS THERE A FOOD YOU WON’T EAT? Liver! (Now, foie gras… that’s a different story...). I still have nightmares about being forced to eat it as a kid. WHAT IS YOUR COMFORT FOOD? Chocolate! Typically in the form of dark chocolate cupcakes or warm chocolate chip cookies. DO YOU USE A RECIPE OR WING IT? I’m a baker. I never stray from the recipe!
ice cream mix-in/topping malt! my husband hates it and always begs me not to add malt when i order a chocolate shake but i can’t help it. i’m a malt junkie. plus, i don’t really want to share anyway! truck food kogi. (their short rib sliders are insane!) picnic spot Jazz night at the Hollywood Bowl is the perfect place to pack an elegant picnic complete with a crisp white wine. spot to exercise/run i love the gym at the Houstonian. it feels so civilized.
FAVORITE LATE NIGHT SPOT FOR A BITE? In ‘N’ Out Burger. BEST BREAKFAST? The Fountain Coffee Shop at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Ruth and Denise always take great care of everyone. The silver dollar pancakes and fresh squeezes orange juice are just delicious. BRUNCH? Gigi’s Asian Bistro for dim sum. WHAT INGREDIENT CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT IN THE KITCHEN AND WHY? Avocado oil. It is amazing in salad dressings, bumps up the flavor in guacamole and is so healthy!
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AT HOME, WHAT DO YOU KEEP ON HAND TO SERVE DROP-IN GUESTS? I always have a great selection of cheeses from the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills. Midnight Moon is one of my all-time favorites.
WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO FIND IN YOUR HOME REFRIGERATOR? Almond milk! It’s delicious and packed with protein. I love to make lattes and smoothies with it. WHAT MAGAZINE COVER, OTHER THAN 002’S, WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE FEATURED ON? W. I would have a field day with the airbrushing! :) LAST BUT NOT LEAST, TELL US YOUR WORST CLIENT EXPERIENCE? We always train our cupcake associates to ask for customers’ ID when they are using a credit card because it helps to protect them (and us) from fraud. But I’ll never forget watching one ask for Keanu Reeves’ ID in a store packed with customers. He was completely gracious about it, though. He just laughed and handed it over!
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new restaurants By Beatrice Allen
NEW RESTAURANT? EMAIL US AT
Photography by Taggart Sorensen
SPINDLETOP-HYATT REGENCY www.spindletophouston.com 1200 LOUISIANA ST. | 713.375.4775 CUISINE SEAFOOD+MORE W/ SOUTHWESTERN FLAIR
CHEF JEAN MOYSAN This Houston institution, having its doors closed since Hurricane Ike in 2008, has RE-OPENED AFTER A $1.4 MILLION RENOVATION. Located atop Downtown’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, the “Spindletop Express,” a glass-enclosed elevator takes you up 34 floors to the circular designed dining room. The glass-walled restaurant makes one turn every 45 minutes allowing you to view the skyline from every angle throughout your dining experience. On our particular dinner, we started and ended our meal at the same point, making an entire revolution. To start we had their Southwest crab cakes with chipotle remoulade and mango salsa. Plump and fresh, we almost couldn’t resist ordering another! For dinner I dined on a nice 5oz grilled filet with sweet peppers, torched Texas goat cheese in a shallot demi-sauce. My filet was cooked to medium rare and, should it not be correct, the service was prompt to the table to be sure it was cooked to my liking. The sweet peppers and silky goat cheese are a terrific complement to the filet. For dessert we slowly enjoyed a crème brulée and coffee while taking in our last moments of the amazing skyline view. If this still doesn’t convince you of just how special the only revolving restaurant we have in town is, maybe this will: It’s estimated that more than 1800 couples have become engaged at Spindletop since its opening in 1972. Start your milestones where tradition lives.
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CAFÉ EXPRESS www.cafe-express.com
1422 WEST GRAY | 713.522.3100
2800 KIRBY@WEST AVE. | 713.522.2022
CUISINE CLASSIC, HOME-STYLE+STREET FOODS OF INDIA
CHEF GREG MARTIN
CHEF ANITA JAISINGHANI
UNVEILED ON MARCH 15TH, THIS BREAKFAST MENU can contend with both their lunch and dinner options. I can’t lie – their breakfast is AWESOME! I have never been more excited to write about a tasting than I am about this. Breakfast, being the MOST IMPORTANT meal of the day, is my favorite. We started with a scrambled egg, queso and turkey sausage on ciabatta sandwich. Eggs and queso, another combo that has never occurred to me, is excellent together. The only other meat you’ll find on this breakfast menu is bacon. There is no beef sausage patty or links or ham. Second sandwich we tasted was a club breakfast sandwich. Scrambled eggs, turkey ham, bacon and Swiss are sandwiched in a buttery brioche bun. At the same time we tried their BLT breakfast style – scrambled eggs, lettuce, tomato, bacon and a swipe of mayo are served atop a whole-wheat brioche. It’s breakfast and veggies for breakfast with whole wheat. Mom would be proud! Their bread is a huge contributor to the tastiness of each sandwich. It’s fluffy and soft, making devouring them quite easy. If sandwiches aren’t your thing, they have hearty platters of eggs, turkey sausage, a bowl of fruit and a side or ciabatta. If you’re craving Mexican, try their version of migas. A scrambled egg and queso platter with corn strips atop served with a side of black beans, salsa and extra tortillas. It’s out of this world! And both platters are a hearty serving of food. Should you need a healthier version, all plates except for one (Americano frittata) are available with egg white substitute. If you are craving something sweet you CAN’T pass up the BEST French toast ever. I know that’s a bold statement but trust me. Their French Quarter French Toast is French bread drenched in rich cream and topped with powdered sugar, fresh berries, glazed pecans and served with pecan praline syrup. It’s literally the perfect thickness of bread. It has this crust (almost fried) outside and a soft inside so there’s no soggy limp bread bites. It’s life-altering. Served from 7am-11am, look out for weekend brunch hopefully in the fall. If you go for lunch and you go for dinner, why wouldn’t you go to Café Express for breakfast? Makes all the sense in the world…
Indian food can be intimidating. PondIcherI BAnISheS ThoSe noTIonS, from noT knowIng how To Pronounce The dISheS To noT BeIng ABle To grASP juST whAT you mIghT Be Served. The knowledgeable crew is willing to explain or find out your every query. A casual vibe is carried out in the décor and the serving style of dishes. They pull off an industrial feel elegantly with bare concrete walls, exposed pipes, vintage bulbs in metal chandeliers, large metal work doors and exposed kitchen, all said to mimic that street feel. And the food intensifies the warmth, beginning through the nose when you walk in the door, with a scent of spices permeating the air. we tried a variety of dishes; our favorites begin with the “street starter” papdi chaat. It’s like an Indian “tostada” of semolina crackers, lentils, sprouts, chaat sauces and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds. It’s a flush of flavor from green and sweet chutney to a yogurt drizzle and beyond. The saag paneer samosa (a classic) resembles an empanada, stuffed with a mixture of spinach and paneer (cheese) with a tomato kasundi (relish). The sharing of dishes is highly encouraged – we even shared with banquette mate Andrea lazar (restaurant consultant to the localebrity chefs). The barley salad comes with pickled turmeric, walnuts, beets, mint and jicama. cleanse your palette with this clean, sweet but savory salad. The ideal way to go entrée-wise is the Thalis. The sample platte comes in either vegetarian or non-vegetarian. The non-veggie has two meats, one veggie (all your choice) with some of their sides and the veggie is three veggies with their sides. our particular non-veggie Thalis came with the butter chicken, nihari, Brussels sprouts, daily dal (lentil or bean curry, soup-like) and rice. The sides were pappadum (a crispy, thin-like cracker), carrot paratha (carrot in a wheat flour, pancake-like mixture) and some of their pickled carrots. The chicken is on the bone in a fenugreek-spiced creamy tomato curry. The sauce is outstanding. The curry is not overpowering, with sweet notes and amazing to sop up with some naan (flatbread cooked in tandoor, a cylindrical clay oven). nihari is beef shank and oxtail slow-cooked in a spicy curry. Another delight! when we say spicy, it’s a different kind of spice. not necessarily hot but crisp and flavorful. It’s not a “bad scary, your lips will swell and you’ll start sweating” spice. The meat is tender just as the chicken is (it falls off the bone) – proof that the meats have genuinely been cooking until perfection in these flavorful sauces. The casual setting is vibrant not only in décor but also food, making for a delicious meal that doubles as a cultural learning experience.
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EVENT MOSAIC SOIRÉE WHY RE-LAUNCH PARTY WHERE MOSAIC SOCIAL LOUNGE WHEN FEBRUARY 23 The invitation-only soirée lured A-listers eager to tour the recently revamped luxury high rise, Mosaic, on Hermann Park. The lucky bunch got to see the brand new Live Here Lounge, fitness center, model units, theater room and super inviting pool deck. The lobby and grounds were gorgeously illuminated, giving the place a glowing vibe and definitely setting the mood for a fun, fun night. Bubbly was freely passed around and delish bites from Chelsea Grill and Gigi’s Asian Bistro were consumed at lightning speed. The string quartet Collide provided guests with some delightful music while they took their Andy Warhol-inspired photos to commemorate the event.
Compiled by Pixie Ibañez
Events / Photo Credit MOSAIC SOIRÉE Photography by PWL Studio THE SOCIAL BOOK Photography by Jenny Antill + Dalton Dehart 2ND ANNUAL MY PINK VALENTINE DATE AUCTION Photography by Olive Puzon
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Scott Evans and Jeff Henry are Houston’s dynamic duo – is there anything these two can’t do? Evans and Henry, along with an array of companies and supporters, pulled off another impressive extravaganza. The 2011 Social Book launch party themed “THE PARTY=DESIGN” sprawled across multiple levels, presenting the most in decadence. Guests enjoyed cocktails served from neon lit bars, nibbled on fare from Houston’s top restaurants and caterers and were wowed by Cirque acrobats hanging from the ceiling. Can’t wait for next year!
EVENT THE SOCIAL BOOK WHY WHY NOT? WHERE HOBBY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS WHEN FEBRUARY 8
CHECK OUT ALL THE PARTIES IN HOUSTON @ 002MAG.COM EVENT 2ND ANNUAL MY PINK VALENTINE DATE AUCTION WHY TO BENEFIT PINK DOOR NONPROFIT WHERE EI8HT WHEN FEBRUARY 10 My Pink Valentine was the hottest event of the romance season! Houston’s finest came out to bid on some of the city’s most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes including Houston Dynamo heartthrob Michael Chabala and country music singer Sarah Marie. Date packages included a ride in a helicopter, tickets to concerts, a makeover head to toe from The Lash Company, Perfect Hair by Donna, Makeup by Jentry and wardrobe by Sarah Aghili. KPRC’s Hasti Taghi and Astros’ in-game host, Joe Francisco, auctioned off each one of the bachelors and bachelorettes to the highest bidder and raised over $15,000 for Pink Door Nonprofit. Love was definitely in the air!
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club+lounge review By Travis Jones Photography by Daniel Ortiz
DISTILLERY 2520 HEIGHTS HOTSPOT READY TO RODEO 2520 houston ave., houston, tx 77009 713.862.0200 www.distillery2520.com
M NOT SURE I KNOW ANYONE WHO ISN’T A FAN OF THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO. WHETHER YOU’RE A HIGH-FALUTIN’ CITY SLICKER THAT DOESN’T KNOW ONE END OF A STEER FROM THE OTHER, OR A BONA FIDE, BADASS VACQUERO, THE ANNUAL EVENT HAS GOT SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE…EVEN IF YOU DON’T GO. NOT THAT I DON’T THROW ON MY CRUSTY TONY LLAMAS AND SCROUNGE FOR A PLAID SHIRT WHEN THE EVENT COMES TO TOWN, BUT AFTER SO MANY YEARS, I’VE FIGURED SOMETHING OUT – IF YOU WANT FREE REIGN OF ANY BAR OR RESTAURANT IN HOUSTON, ESPECIALLY THE ONES YOU KNOW WILL BE PACKED ANY OTHER DAY OF THE WEEK, VISIT AT 9PM DURING THE ANNUAL BBQ COOKOFF. IT’S A PERFECT WAY TO GET TO KNOW YOUR SERVICE INDUSTRY SPECIALISTS AND BEAT THE THRONGS OF PEOPLE THAT WOULD NORMALLY PACK THOSE PLACES TO THE GILLS. DISTILLERY 2520, ON 2520 HOUSTON AVE. (GO FIGURE!), IS THAT PERFECT PLACE TO GET TO KNOW.
largesse, so don’t expect to get a t-shirt for sampling 300 beers or anything gimmicky like that. They do, however, offer a handful of chilly favorites from the tap and a thorough sampling of local brews from St. Arnold’s and Southern Star. They run a solid happy hour from 4-8 that knocks domestics down to $2.50 and well and frozen drinks down to $4, which will make it a perfect spot to post up and watch the Astros try and string together 30 wins this season. 2520 also offers pub grub that varies from ballpark fare to gourmet delights. Gooey Frito pie and crispy, thin-crust pizza on the same menu as udon and a kobe beef burger? 2520 pulls it off perfectly, no matter your gastronomic disposition.
People bustling to and from work on their way downtown or into the guts of the Heights have to pass by, and there’s no better vantage point than one of the open decks at 2520. This time of year, when the last vestiges of winter still spit out a cool, nightly breeze, the doors and windows of 2520 are flung open and the place feels like a breezy Lincoln Log fort you built as a kid. With flatscreens at every angle, a deck and bar up top, and a single bar down below serving patrons inside and out, the adage “not a bad seat in the house” rings true. They also serve a favorite delicacy of mine…free and bountiful self-parking.
I’m glad I made it to Distillery 2520 when I did, because it gave me a really good opportunity to experience the roots of a great establishment. Humble. Clean. Friendly. Hard-working. 2520 has all the necessary ingredients to be the next Heights hotspot. So when it’s time to trade the boots back in for the loafers and the ten-gallon hat for the trusty old ball cap, Distillery 2520 will still be ready to rodeo.
Despite saddling up to the bar during cookoff season, I was more than able to get a feel for the crowd. This isn’t the fist-pumping gaggle of Houstonians seeking a Dance Dance Revolution or the neighborhood dive where everyone smokes Winstons and wants to be left alone. 2520 fills a friendly niche somewhere between sports Mecca and casual gastrolounge, making it a perfect neighborhood oasis for the Heights. The service is welcoming, just as you’d expect from a crew developed by owner Joe Licata, who came up through the Carrabba’s management ranks. The staff opens and closes every deal with a handshake and a smile. The bar staff offers up a litany of cocktails, some of the crowd favorites being their constantly slushy, frozen sweet tea, screwdriver, margarita and Cuba libre. 2520 doesn’t deal in lager
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THE OFFICE BAR B 310 Main St. 713.222.9900
THE BLACK SWAN |Omni Hotel C 4 Riverway. 713.871.8181
BRIXX BAR B F 5110 Washington. 713.864.8811
PORCH SWING PUB B 69 Heights. 713.880.8700
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CADILLAC BAR B F 1802 Shepherd. 713.862.2020
REIGN L 4105 Washington. 713.869.0404 ROOSEVELT L C 5219 Washington
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POLK STREET PUB B F 1201 Polk St. #140. 713.652.4044 www.polkstreetpubhouston.com
6TH STREET BAR & GRILL B F 2701 White Oak. 713.880.5999
DISTRICT LOUNGE C 4606 Washington. 713.862.4448
SAWYER PARK SPORTS BAR SB 2412 Washington. 713.863.9350 www.sawyerparkhouston.com
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EI8TH B 5102 Washington. 713.880.3500 360 SPORTS LOUNGE. SB 4061 Washington. 713.677.0398 www.360sportslounge.com ABSOLVE WINE LOUNGE L W 920 Studemont St., #150 281.501.1788 www.absolvewinelounge.com ANDY’S B F 1115 E. 11th St. 713.861.9423
PAPARRUCHOS B F 3055 Sage. 713.212.3178 www.paparruchos.com
SHADOW BAR C 213 Milam. 713.221.5483 www.theshadowbar.com SHAY MCELROY’S B 909 Texas Suite A. 713.223.2444 www.mcelroyspub.com
DUBLINER LOUNGE B 4219 Washington.
RA SUSHI B F •3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 •12860 Queensbury. 713.331.2792 www.rasushi.com REMINGTON BAR B F St. Regis Hotel 1919 Briar Oaks Ln. 713.403.2631 www.stregis.com/houston RICHMOND ARMS B 5920 Richmond. 713.784.7722 www.richmondarmsonline.com ROXY C 5851 W. Alabama. 713.850.ROXY www.myspace.com/roxyhouston
FITZGERALD’S B LM 2706 White Oak. 713.862.3838
TAPS HOUSE OF BEER B 5120 Washington. 281.701.4248 THE DIRT B 222 Yale. 713.426.4222 www.dirtbar.com
FOX HOLLOW L F 4617 Nett St. 713.869.2117
THE LOT B 4212 Washington. 713.868.5688 www.thelothouston.com
HEIGHTS SPORTS SB 2626 White Oak. 713.868.4943
WASHINGTON AVE DRINKERY B 4115 Washington. 713.426.3617
KOBAIN B 33 Waugh. 713.862.9911 www.kobain.net
LIBERTY STATION B 2101 Washington BEAVER’S B F 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328 www.beavershouston.com
MANOR ON WASHINGTON L 4819 Washington. 713.426.0123 www.manoronwashington.com
BEER ISLAND B L W 2631 White Oak. 713.862.4670
MAX’S WINE DIVE W 4720 Washington. 713.880.8737
BIG STAR B 1005 W. 19th. 281.501.9560 www.bigstarbar.com
NOX C 4701 Nett. 281.701.4248 www.noxhouston.com
BLOCK 7 WINE CO. W 720 Shepherd. 713.572.2652
PAGODA BISTRO & BAR B F 4705 Inker St. 832.673.0400
BOOM BOOM ROOM B F 2518 Yale. 713.868.3740 www.myspace.com/ boomboomroomhouston
PANDORA L 1815 Washington. 832.296.6220 PEARL BAR B 4216 Washington. 713.863.5337 www.thepearlbarhouston.com
13 CELSIUS W 3000 Caroline. 713.529.8466 www.13celsius.com 3RD BAR B F 2600 Travis. BRAZOS RIVER BOTTOM B F 2400 Brazos. 713.528.9192 CANDY C 3030 Travis. 713.862.4810 CHRISTIAN’S TAILGATE B F 2000 Bagby. 713.527.0261 www.christianstailgate.com COACHES SB 2204 Louisiana. 713.751.1970 www.coachesjv.com COMMUNITY BAR B 2703 Smith St. 713.526.1576
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ICON KEY CONTINENTAL CLUB B 3700 Main. 713.529.9899 DOGHOUSE TAVERN B 2517 Bagby. 713.520.1118 DOUBLE CROSS LOUNGE L 114 Gray. 713.526.3423
ELEMENT LOUNGE L 2611 San Jacinto. 713.651.9900 ESCOBAR L C 2905 Travis. 281.701.4248 EPIC L C 3030 Travis. 713.522.2531 FRONT PORCH PUB B 217 Gray. 713.571.9571 www.frontporchpub.com GLITTER KARAOKE B 2621 Milam G.R.A.B. B 809 Pierce. 713.655.0707 HOWL AT THE MOON L 612 Hadley. 713.658.9700 www.howlatthemoon.com JUNCTION SB 160 W. Gray. 713.523.7768 KHON’S WINE W 2808 Milam St. 713.523.7775 KOMODO’S B 2004 Baldwin. 713.655.1501 LITTLE WOODROW’S SB F 2306 Brazos. 713.522.1041 NOUVEAU ANTIQUE ART BAR B 2913 Main St. www.art-bar.net PUB FICTION SB F 2303 Smith. 713.400.8400 www.pubfiction.com REPUBLIKA L 2905 Travis. 713.526.4225 RICH’S C 2401 San Jacinto. 713.759.9606 SAINT DANE’S BAR + GRILL B F 502 Elgin. 713.807.7040 SHOT BAR B 2315 Bagby. 713.526.3000
STATUS C 2404 San Jacinto. 713.659.5400 www.myspace.com/statushouston
BOONDOCKS B C LM 1417 Westheimer. 713.522.8500 www.myspace.com/boondocksbar
THE MAPLE LEAF B 514 Elgin. 713.520.6464 www.themapleleafpub.com
BYZANTIO B F 403 W. Gray. 713.520.6896 www.byzantiohouston.com
THE MINK/THE BACKROOM B 3718 Main. 713.522.9985 www.minkonmain.com
CATBIRDS B 1336 Westheimer. 713.523.8000 www.catbirds.com
UNION BAR B+L 2708 Bagby. 281.974.1916 www.myspace.com/unionlounge
CECIL’S B 600 W Gray. 713.524.3691
WHISKEY CREEK B 2905 Travis. www.whiskeycreekhouston.com WONDER BAR B L 2416 Brazos. 281.974.5083 www.wonderbarhouston.com XO BAR & LOUNGE C 2611 San Jacinto. 713.651.9900 www.myspace.com/xohouston
montrose + shepherd 611 B 611 Hyde Park. 713.528.1582 1415 C 1415 California. 713.522.7066 ABSINTHE L F 609 Richmond. 713.528.7575 www.absinthelounge.com AGORA B F 1717 Westheimer. 713.526.7212 www.agorahouston.com ANVIL+REFUGE B F 1424 Westheimer. 713.523.1622 www.anvilhouston.com
CEZANNE JAZZ CLUB B LM 4100 Montrose. 713.522.9021 CHANCES B 1100 Westheimer. 713.523.7217 DECADES B 1205 Richmond. 713.521.2224 ETRO B 1424-A Westheimer GRAPPINO DI NINO M 2817 W. Dallas. 713.528.7002 GRIFF’S SB 3416 Roseland. 713.528.9912 GUAVA LAMP L 570 Waugh. 713.524.3359 www.guavalamphouston.com HELIOS B+L LM 411 Westheimer. 713.526.4848 J.R.’s B 808 Pacific. 713.521.2519 LOLA’S B 2327 Grant. 713.528.8342 LZ PUB B 2239 Richmond. 713.522.7118
AVANT GARDEN B+L LM 411 Westheimer. 832.519.1429 www.avantgardenhouston.com
MCELROY’S PUB B 3607 Sandman. 713.524.2444 www.mcelroyspub.com
AZTECAS BAR & GRILL B F 2207 Richmond. 713.526.1702
METEOR B 2306 Genesee. 713.521.0123 www.meteorhouston.com
BLUR BAR B 607 W. Gray. 713.523.0425 BOHEME WINE & CAFÉ BAR W F 307 Fairview. 713.269.0859 www.barboheme.com
MONTROSE MINING CO. B 807 Pacific. 713.529.7488 NUMBERS C 300 Westheimer. 713.526.6551 www.numbersnightclub.com
ORANGE SPORTS BAR SB 1613 Richmond Ave. 832.675.9569
ZIMM’S LITTLE DECK B L 601 Richmond. 713.527.832
PJ’S SPORTS BAR B 614 W. Gray. 713.520.1748
POISON GIRL L 1641-B Westheimer. 713.527.9929 www.myspace.com/poisongirlbar PRIVE L 910 Westheimer. 713.526.6551 www.privelounge.com RED LION PUB B 2316 S. Shepherd. 713.782.3030 ROEDER’S PUB B 3116 S. Shepherd. 713.524.4994 RIPCORD B 715 Fairview. 713.521.2792 RUDYARD’S B F 2010 Waugh. 713.521.0521 SHERLOCK’S B F 1952 West Gray. 713.521.1881 SIDEBAR @ GRAVITAS B F 807 Taft. 713.522.0995 SONOMA WINE BAR W 2720 Richmond. 713.526.9463 SOUTH BEACH C 810 Pacific. 713.529.7623 www.southbeachthenightclub.com THE FLAT B 1702 Commonwealth. 713.521.3528 THE HARP B 1625 Richmond. 713.528.7827 THE NEXT DOOR B L 2020 Waugh. 713.520.1712 THE STAG’S HEAD B 2128 Portsmouth. 713.533.1199 www.stagsheadpub.com THE TAVERN SB F 1340 W. Gray. 713.522.5159 www.thetavernongray.com VELVET MELVIN B 3303 Richmond. 713.522.6798 VINTAGE L 2108 Kipling. 713.522.4200 ZIMM’S B L 4321 Montrose. 713.521.2002
MONARCH LOUNGE | Hotel ZaZa L F 5701 Main 713.526.1991 www.monarchrestauranthouston.com ZIMM’S MARTINI & WINE L 4321 Montrose. 713.521.2002 www.zimmsbar.com
outer loop 300 HOUSTON BOWLING B 925 Bunker Hill. 713.461.1207 www.300houston.com DENIM BAR B F 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925 www.theburningpear.com FIREHOUSE SALOON C LM 5930 Southwest Frwy. 713.977.1962 www.firehousesaloon.com HUSH C 15625 Katy Frwy. 713.330.4874 www.hushonline.com THE DERRICK TAVERN B LM 1127 Eldridge. 281.759.4922 www.thederricktavern.com VINE WINE ROOM W 12420 Memorial Dr. 713.463.8463 www.vinewineroom.com VINO 100 W 11693 Westheimer. www.vino100houston.com YARD HOUSE B F 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. City Centre. 713.461.9273 www.yardhouse.com
rice village ARMADILLO PALACE B F 5015 Kirby. 713.526.9700 www.thearmadillopalace.com BAKER STREET PUB B LM 5510 Morningside. 713.942.9900 www.bakerstreetpub.com BRIAN O’NEILL’S B 5555 Morningside. 713.522.2603 www.brianoneills.com BRONX BAR B 5555 Morningside.
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recording By Lance Scott Walker Photography by Keith Sirchio Makeup and hair by Kyla Moreno
What inspired you to go in the new direction musically, the more electronic sound? In Heist at Hand we had already been playing around with electronics, and I definitely wanted to move the music more towards a darker, more electronic kind of edge. A little bit of rock, but not too much … it was just conflicting directions. And ultimately, that kind of got in the way. I’d already been writing this record for a while and it was kind of like ‘I’m not going to get what I want out of this project anymore,’ so it was just time to move on. It’s totally different, too. Well, anybody who was familiar with Heist at Hand would have experienced the really spastic sort of barking and screaming that came with it, and now it’s like ‘oh… that’s what her voice sounds like.’
LA CATRIN that real scary movie kind of sound… Argento. Yeah, Dario Argento – Italian films were a really big inspiration for the electronic part of the album, and I wanted it to just sound really elegant. I think that was partly the New Orleans inspiration. I was out there for a while, and that influenced my style a lot. Elegant and beautiful and dark. How much did your voice change and mature during the recording process? I mean, this was a different recording process for you, right?
It was, because we wrote it all in the studio. It was very backAS LEAD SINGER OF HEIST AT HAND, BIANCA MONTALVO EARNED A wards, the way we recorded the REPUTATION OVER THE YEARS AS AN ENTHUSIASTIC LIVE PERFORMER Yeah (laughs), that’s another thing – I record. Most bands, they go in WITH A KNACK FOR WORKING THE CROWD. I SPOKE WITH HER wanted to sing more. When you’re the studio and they’ve rehearsed younger… I got into Heist at Hand ABOUT HER NEW PROJECT, LA CATRIN. their music, they know what when I was like 18, 19 … we were they’re going to do and when was in Heist at Hand. The guys would write the around for a while. I was a kid. I didn’t really they’re there, they add and subtract. But we completely music and it was all very angsty –and that was fine; know what I wanted to do. I’d just started listening worked backwards. When I decided we wanted to add I was pretty angsty back then – it just kind of to English music prior to joining that band, so I the electronic drum element to it, we didn’t know how to matched the tone of where I was at at that time. But was really enamored by post-punk and all that use a drum machine. We had all these vintage drum with this, it’s more like writing around me. This projstuff. But right when I started feeling more confimachines at our disposal, and we literally just jumped on ect is very, very tailored to my singing style. dent in performing and writing and really started the computer, found an old school manual and learned it to develop my tastes, one day I was just like ‘I in an afternoon. It was really weird, the way we did the Is it still a collaboration with other people wanna do something different; I wanna sing, I whole record. I think most artists would have freaked out, musically? wanna expand.’ I went to school for music and I but it kept us interested. learned so much technique and I wanted to utilize It’s just me and my producer at the moment, and it’s that. I could only do so much of that with Heist. How is it for you onstage? Everything is a different been a long collaboration between him and me. I speed than Heist of Hand. basically do everything that I do, and then some Sometimes when you change your style of songs he wrote all the music to, and on other songs singing the way you did, a lot more things start It is! It’s not as crazy, as far as being spastic. I’m still we wrote the music together. I had a really good coming to your ears, and you start hearing things classic Bianca; a little tougher than most girls onstage, idea of what I wanted it to sound like. We put up different, your influences come from new places. but it’s not as crazy as Heist at Hand. Not as spastic, for pictures of castles, and that was a really big inspiDid that happen with you? sure. I think I’m leaning more towards theatrics and setration for me. I wanted it to sound like a castle. In ting a mood. Costumes, stage props … that’s more my our initial meetings when we were talking about Oh yeah. I wanted the music to complement my thing. It gives me room to sing better. No more puking how we wanted to make this album sound, I said voice, and follow my voice more versus when I on stage. that I wanted some proggy-ish elements of Goblin,
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ERNIE’S ON BANKS SB 1010 Banks. 713.526.4566 www.erniesonbanks.com
MERCER LOUNGE C 3302 Mercer. 713.627.1132 www.mercerhouston.com
HUDSON LOUNGE L 2506 Robinhood. 713.523.0020 www.hudsonlounge.com
MEZZANINE LOUNGE SB F 2200 Southwest frwy. 713.528.6399 www.mezzaninelounge.com
KAY’S LOUNGE L 2324 Bissonnet.
MUGSY’S B 2239 Richmond Ave. 713.522.7118
WAREHOUSE LIVE LM 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483 www.warehouselive.com
LITTLE WOODROW’S B 5611 Morningside. 713.521.2337 www.littlewoodrows.com
RON’S PUB B 1826 fountainview. 713.977.4820
SAM’S BOAT B 5720 Richmond. 713.781.2628
SALENTO WINE CAfE W F 2407 Rice Blvd. 713.528.7478 www.salentowinecafe.com THE GINGER MAN B 5607 Morningside. 713.526.2770 www.gingermanpub.com THE LOUNGE AT BENJY’S B F 2424 Dunstan. 713.522.7602 www.benjys.com criver
oaks + kirby BAR MALATESTA B 1080 Uptown Park. 713.418.1000 BIG WOODROW’S B F 3111 Chimney Rock. 713.784.2653 BLANCO’S B 3406 W. Alabama. 713.439.0072 BLVD LOUNGE B F 1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.1111 BRONX BAR GALLERIA B 2670 Sage Rd. 713.621.2833
SIGNATURE LOUNGE L 5959 Richmond. 713.636.2087 STEREO LIVE 6400 Richmond SPOTLIGHT KARAOKE B 5901 Westheimer. 713.266.7768 THE BAR B 2222 W. Loop South. 713.961.3327 THE CONCERT PUB B 5636 Richmond. 713.785.7267 THE BIG EASY B LM 5731 Kirby. 713.523.9999 www.thebigeasyblues.com THE GALLANT KNIGHT B LM 2511 Bissonnet. 713.942.9940 www.thegallantknight.com THE RAILYARD B 4200 San felipe. 713.621.4000 www.railyardhouston.com
CAPONE’S 4304 Westheimer. 713.840.0010
THE RED ROOM L 2736 Virginia St. 713.520.5666 www.redroomhouston.com
CHAMMP’S SB F 1121 Uptown Park. 713.627.2333
TREASURES B 5647 Westheimer. 713.629.6200
COVA W •5600 Kirby. 713.838.0700 •5555 Washington. 713.868.3366 www.covawines.com
UNDER THE VOLCANO C 2349 Bissonnet. 713.526.5282
DOWNING STREET B L 2549 Kirby. 713.523.2291 www.downingstreetpub.com KENNEALLY’S IRISH PUB B 2111 S. Shepherd. 713.630.0486 www.irishpubkenneallys.com LOBBY LOUNGE B L 2222 W. Loop South. 713.961.3327 LIZZARD’S PUB B C 2715 Sackett. 713.529.4610
VITO’S DECKHOUSE 5810 Beverly Hill. 713.334.8486 W XYZ BAR B 5415 Westheimer. 713.622.7010
warehouse district EIGHTEEN TWENTY L 1820 franklin. 713.224.5535 LUCKY’S PUB SB F 801 St. Emanuel. 713.522.2010 www.luckyspub.com
THE GREEN ROOM C LM 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483 THE MERIDIAN C LM 1503 Chartres. 713.225.1717 www.meridianhouston.com
+ shepherd museum district
outer loop rice village river oaks
warehouse district downtown galleria+uptown
midtown montrose + shepherd museum district
outer loop rice village river oaks
warehouse district downtown galleria
midtown montrose + shepherd museum district
outer loop rice village river oaks
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Bea Here Now By Beatrice Allen
APRIL IS HERE, LENT IS ALMOST OVER AND I CAN ONCE AGAIN INDULGE! AFTER READING THIS MONTH’S PARTICULAR RESTAURANTS, A LITTLE LESSON IN SELF-CONTROL IS EXACTLY WHAT THIS GIRL NEEDS. I GOT MARRIED, RELAXED AND BEFORE I KNEW IT MY NORMAL EATING HABITS HAD SWITCHED TO THAT OF MY LEAN, ONLY-EATSFOOD-FOR-FUEL HUSBAND’S. THAT WOULD BE GREAT IF MY METABOLISM WAS THE MACHINE THAT HIS IS. THAT BEING SAID FROM MARCH 9 UNTIL EASTER, MY SELF-CONTROL LESSON HAS HOPEFULLY TURNED INTO HABIT. THAT’S NOT TO SAY I WON’T ENJOY THE SWEET THINGS IN LIFE; I’LL DO SO IN MY MODERATION. BELOW ARE A FEW PLACES I INDULGED IN – FROM FRIED BREAD, MOUNDS OF CRAWFISH TO A STEAK “OSCAR STYLE” TO “CRAZY IRISH-MAN” ROLLS. I MIGHT NOT HAVE LEFT ONE STONE UNCOVERED BEFORE EMBARKING ON MY LESSON.
BYRD’S MARKET & CAFÉ 420 Main 713.225.0100 www.byrdsmarket.com
This quaint café located on the corner of Main and Prairie can make a mean sandwich or burger. Even a black bean burger. You would think it would fall apart but it’s perfectly “meaty” and intact, layered with cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. Add the condiments of your choice and you find yourself amazed it’s a bean burger. Another delight, this combo plate of hummus with their fried bread and queso with chips. It’s a salty craver’s heaven! Definitely have binge moments with this dish. Look for their Wine Dinners hosted the first Thursday of the month. Delicious wines are paired with delicious dishes. It doesn’t get better than that!
PORCH SWING PUB 69 Heights Blvd. 713.880.8700 www.porchswingpub.com
Spring and crawfish season, it’s a beautiful marriage. Paired with a nice, dog-friendly patio and you’ve got
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a commitment. I’ll be there once a weekend unless a) it’s blazing hot or b) you run out of crawfish; otherwise I see a separation. This bar has all those components. Even a sign at the entrance welcomes “White Collars, Blue Collars & Even Dog Collars!” And as far as crawfish go, it’s lip-numbing spicy and flaming hot. They actually boil them right outside for all to view. Service is speedy even on super-busy weekends. The only thing you might have to wait for is a table outside.
ordered our filet Oscar style (meaning jumbo lump crab and asparagus with béarnaise sauce included) and the lobster came with chive sauce. Plus splitting sides of creamed corn, broccoli and sweet potato casserole with the table. It’s a rich, indulgent meal made for birthdays. We topped it off with a delicious birthday slice of smooth, creamy cheesecake. I left feeling a little heavier on my toes but this sinfully delicious birthday meal was worth it. I look forward to my husband’s cohorts’ birthdays this year.
SOMA SUSHI RESTAURANT & BAR
4608 Westheimer Rd. 713.961.0333 www.sullivansteakhouse.com
4820 Washington Ave. 713.861.2726 www.somasushi.com After indulgence comes self-control. Trying to practice this at a sushi restaurant after being deprived of it seemed impossible … and it was. Fans of tuna tar-tar, the Hawaiian Big Eye Tuna starter is a twist with a sliver of seared big eye tuna, big eye tar-tar, ginger oil, sanbiazu (vinegar sauce), atop a mound of grilled rice topped with mizuna (water greens/sprouts). It’s essentially 4 delicious rolls of tar-tar rather than a plate of just tar-tar. For dinner we dined on their Soma shrimp roll, Crazy Irish-man and crunch roll – more “designer” sushi rolls than traditional. The Soma shrimp roll has shrimp tempura, fresh salmon or spicy tuna atop with yuzu wasabi and eel sauce drizzle. No other sauce is required for this tasty treat. The same goes for their crazy Irish-man that is just that: a crazy looking shrimp tempura, wrapped in crab stick with soma sauce drizzle, green onion sprinkle as well as sesame oil drizzle, fried goodness. It looks CRAZY but tastes amazing. All sushi-phobes out there should start with this one. Last but not least, a sauce-less crunch roll with shrimp tempura wrapped in rice with crunchy bits on the outside. Apparently, you can indulge in sushi.
We’re Texans and we love our red meat. In less than a five-mile radius there are a plethora of steakhouse options and all manage to co-exist in utter success. This particular steakhouse is my husband and his cohorts’ favorite. On an evening to celebrate one of these said cohorts we started with delicious martinis in their bar before moving on to the dining room. We started with their Crispy Shanghai Calamari. Perfectly crisp calamari (no soggy ones in sight) comes in a sweet chili glaze, with bean sprouts, cherry peppers, crushed peanuts and scallions. This twist on the traditional marinara and lemon juice-only dish was an awakening. It’s a must. The Ahi Tuna Tartare with citrus, avocado and crisp baguette was buttery fresh. The tuna melts in your mouth. My husband and I split the filet and lobster and added one salad. Which you can probably skip judging from the size of these salads; you get almost a quarter a head of lettuce in the wedge! You might find yourself pushing the salad away to save room for dinner … and dessert. We
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cd reviews By Lance Scott Walker
RADIOHEAD The King of Limbs (Self-released)
When a record drops out of the sky as this one did, especially from such a storied artist, there is an inevitable scramble for reaction. It’s not a scenario that’s completely unheard of, but it really is new ground that Radiohead has broken, both with this (announced a mere 5 days before its availability, then shortened by a day) and with 2007’s In Rainbows. Not only does a quick release like this force journalists to rethink the way they roll out record reviews (re: timeliness), but in this particular case, it also launched a play-by-play via Twitter and Facebook of reactions from listeners on the day of its release. The horror! That’s no way to absorb any album, and having less than a weekend to really let an album soak in is no way for a journalist to cover it. In the former case, that’s exactly what makes King’s rollout so fantastic: it got people experiencing the album rather than just skipping through it, even if they were typing with their thumbs through most of it. Anyway, in the case of the latter, I’ve had a couple of weeks. As with nearly every track on every Radiohead record, there are no bad songs here. There are some meandering moments, some spastic moments (esp. the first two tracks) and there are plenty of moments where you wonder where the guitars went in a band that does, in fact, have three guitar players. But there are some downright gorgeous moments as well, with “Codex” easily falling in line with some of Radiohead’s best work. The rub? Only eight songs on an album that, expanded to ten tracks, might make a hell of a lot more sense.
THE EX Catch My Shoe (Fishtank/Carrot Top) And then you have Netherlands’ The Ex, with a career half-again as long as the aforementioned Brits and with (depending on how you count) at least twice as many more albums under their collective belt. If there is a hallmark up until this point to each and every recording by The Ex, it has been that you basically know what you’re getting. Not that every record is stamped out of any kind of mold; it’s just that the same titanic, explosive and yet somehow static seems to be arrived at from start to finish on every release. The notably (also titanic) difference here is that Catch My Shoe is the first record by The Ex without vocalist G.W. Sok, who helmed the microphone for the band for 30 years before tapping out in 2009. Ever the type to carry on, The Ex enlisted the services of fellow Dutchman Arnold de Boer (of the band Zea) to take his place. If it sounds outlandish, that’s because it is, and for true fans of The Ex, Sok is hardly replaceable. His throaty, guttural vocal stylings, along with a brilliant lyrical narrative that had only gotten more pointed and focused over time will be sorely missed. So much so that some hardcore fans might not bother with this record, and that wouldn’t be entirely misguided. Catch My Shoe is listenable as a vertebra of The Ex’s lengthy catalog, but it’s difficult not to feel like much softer hands are gripping the microphone. To his credit, de Boer knows full well exactly who he is replacing, and he makes great strides towards filling that gulf. He does accomplish this rhythmically; the areas of each song in which one could imagine Sok’s vocals fitting are painted in, but the color is off and the brush strokes are weak. De Boer, for all his efforts, has neither the throat vocally nor the pen and pad lyrically to make a suitable replacement. For now. What’s missing is the oomph that has made nearly all of their albums such an assault on both the ears and the intellect. Musically, there is little left to be desired; this sounds as good, as heavy, as percussively unpredictable as any of their records, and a vocal appearance by drummer/percussionist Katherina Bornefeld on “Eoleyo,” planted right in the middle of the album, nearly saves it, along with a couple of instrumental tracks that would suggest this as a transitional record. What it does is to highlight just how musical the vocals have been all of this time – so they would be transitioning to exactly what, then?
HARBORSIDE days. (Self-released) Harborside is a duo from Galveston that makes down tempo, mostly instrumental tracks that borrow heavily from the corridors of ambient music. ‘Atmospheric’ would be the go-to word here, but the synthesizers here don’t create a wall or a presence so much as they chime in melodically along very linear paths cut by the tracks. Guitars are allowed to ring so long as to nearly erase the context from note to note, and that works to enhance the desperate, lonely feeling that the record brings across, even with the huge, echoing arena rock drums that sweep 6 of the 7 tracks. In that, if there is one overall criticism of this record as a whole, it’s that the drums are a little too loud, swallowing up some of the ambience created by the congregation of synths. They were brilliant to hold off on the vocals until the very last track, “The Dream (Reverting),” which cements this as a conceptual release and thus sends you back to the first track for another entire listen. Good look for a first release. A straight ambient record from them would be outstanding.
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EVENT THE TASTING ROOM GRAND OPENING PARTY WHY TO BENEFIT RECIPE FOR SUCCESS WHERE CITYCENTRE WHEN FEBRUARY 22 Recipe for Success and the Tasting Room supporters attended the VIP sneak peek event to get a glimpse of the new and anticipated Tasting Room located in CityCentre. Guests were greeted by Recipe for Success’ Founder, Gracie Cavnar, whose smile is simply contagious and her determination to make a difference is unstoppable. The new locale is awesome. Its larger layout will easily accommodate the free-flowing crowds, and the new pizza oven and charcuterie bar definitely made a statement, leaving guests eager to return. Pretty cool!
Gracie Cavnar, Jerry and Laura Lasco
Jeremy Logan, Jonathan Horowitz, Mark Sullivan
By Scott Ward
ROYAL WEDDING ACROSS
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Jack and Allison Jensen
Daryl and Erika Landry
1. Sacha Baron Cohen film after “Borat” 6. 4,840 square yards 10. Like falling off a log 14. Fable fellow 15. Donkey talk 16. Zap in the microwave 17. Billiards stroke that’s nearly vertical 18. Easy stride 19. Gumption 20. The royal groom 23. Old English letter 24. Martin of the Rat Pack 25. Features of some cars 30. Fly that carries sleeping sickness 34. A quarter of four 35. Earlier 37. Seamstress 38. Bears false witness 40. Pastrami places 42. Mature
43. The spirit of Russia? 45. Actualities 47. [quoted verbatim] 48. Store fodder 50. Dimmer, e.g. 52. Shredded 54. Lawyers’ org. 55. The bride-tobe 61. Cab 62. Conception 63. Coats of frost 65. Bass and others 66. Poverty 67. Heep of fiction 68. Interlock 69. Miscalculates 70. Kind of cash DOWN
1. Emeril’s exclamation 2. Harvest 3. Former cold war initials 4. More of a snoop 5. Like convertibles at times 6. Competent 7. Brag 8. Swift 9. Hole for a shoelace
10. Arrange with some effort 11. Distinctive atmosphere 12. Read over quickly 13. On the other hand 21. B minor, for one 22. Glasgow gal 25. Complete the puzzle 26. Merger 27. Requirements 28. Feudal land 29. Kind of energy 31. Chubby Checker’s dance craze
32. Brown photo 33. Upright 36. Affluent 39. Nervous 41. Purloin 44. Lotion ingredient 46. Tough words to a tosspot 49. Fur for a stole 51. Lampoon 53. Duck down? 55. Curly cabbage 56. Choppers 57. Does 58. Family men 59. Forget 60. Straight 61. Highlands hat 64. Timid
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