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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
HE CAT’S OUT OF THE BAG. After 17+ years, 002houston magazine will relaunch as Local Houston Magazine with the January 2015 issue. We’ll still cover everything local, but we will have a whole new look. In honor of this being the last issue, I decided to fill out the entire questionnaire for our People of Houston page that’s been a part of the magazine since day one. This is the last issue you’ll see this in and that, my friends, is bittersweet for me. But I can’t wait to show you the column in its new format. Happy holidays!
Your Name: Carla Valencia de Martinez Part of town you live in: Memorial Area Origin: Guadalajara, México Occupation: editor-in-chief 002houston magazine Where is your favorite place to shop? Kuhl-Linscomb + Neiman Marcus. What’s your favorite trend? Sequins + hidden platform sneakers. What attracts you to a person? Kindness. What is the worst fashion trend you loved? Leg warmers. If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be? Mariah Carey. I want to save her. We’d be BFFs. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy? A beach house in Sayulita. What is one thing you can’t live without? My family, the entire clan. If you never had to work, what would you do? Live on the beach with a bunch of naked babies running around with sand in their hair.
Carla Valencia de Martinéz Editor-in-Chief
What do you do in your spare time? I. Have. None. Who is your favorite musician? Right now Taylor Swift. Yes I went there. What was your most embarrassing moment? Eating it, head over feet, when I interviewed P. Diddy years ago. What was the best concert you ever attended? U2 in Paris with my sister and my cousin Juan Andres. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Being able to better control my stress. Where is your favorite place to hang out? My house. What is your favorite movie? Great Expectations, the one with Gwyneth Paltrow + Ethan Hawke. I still listen to that soundtrack. If you could only wear one cosmetic product, what would it be? By Terry Rose Balm. Where do you plan to go on your next vacation? I can’t see that far ahead. How do you stay in shape? Pilates with Hilary at Washington Avenue Pilates.
How would you describe your style? It’s everything that makes me happy that day, even if it doesn’t match. What kind of pet do you have? A minpin named Cuba and a 14-year-old Chi name Murcielago. What celebrity would you like to get style tips from? Bianca Jagger in the 70s. Where would you like a vacation home? Sault, Mexico. What is the last book you read? Wonder by R. J. Palacio. What’s your favorite room in your house? Currently, the one with the bed in it. What is the most memorable thing you’ve done in Houston? Life. What’s your favorite souvenir? My memories. What’s your signature scent? Any essential oil. Would you rather cook, dine out or get takeout? Cook at home. What’s in your closet that you just can’t let go of? Anything with sequins. Do you own more shoes or purses? It’s a draw.
Photography by Gabriella Nissen | Makeup by Hendrika McManus at Chanel for Neiman Marcus
BEHIND THE COVER
Page Parkes model Kirby Lindley was shot on location at Discovery Green in front of acclaimed Mexican artist Jorge Marin's Wings of the City. The bitter cold at twilight kept our team trembling in the breeze. Luckily we had no need for fans to blow the models clothes or hair, thanks to Mother Nature herself assisting in the shoot. Photographer Cody Bess created the perfect lighting to capture our dramatic cover. Hair and Makeup was created by Sherri Evvett, while Batli Joselevitz assisted and shot behind the scenes footage.
Dresses available at Casa de Novia: two Reem Akra ball gown skirts layered over white Lanvin cocktail dress. Behind the Cover photography by Batli Joselevitz | Styled by Carla Valencia de Martinez
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DECEMBER 2014 FEATURES
WHO’S WHO PUBLISHER + FOUNDER alejandro martinéz | ext 2 | email@example.com
04 letter from the editor 06 features + who’s who 08 on our radar 12 calendar
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF carla valencia de martinéz | ext 3 | firstname.lastname@example.org COPY EDITOR victoria bartlett
14 FOOD + DRINK andrew weil talks true food 16 dinewrite: bcn 18 open 20 sparkling julep + oysters 22 holiday brunching 24 whiskey vs. bourbon 26 club review: dreaming of revelry
CREATIVE DIRECTOR gabriella nissen | email@example.com ART DIRECTOR alex rosa | ext 4 | firstname.lastname@example.org SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR batli joselevitz | ext 9 | email@example.com
rocco, the office "gato"
ASSOCIATE EDITOR ida sameri | ext 8 | firstname.lastname@example.org
30 ARTS supernatural art 32 museums 34 art houses 36 gish at the movies: tim guinee 37 fresh arts 38 recording
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS michael cook, marzi fatemizadeh, sarah gish, jeff lane, nadia michel, mai pham, vico puentes, sandra ramani, lance scott walker, scott ward CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS cody bess, max burkhalter, kennon evett, sarah miller, gabriella nissen, daniel ortiz, anthony rathbun, sarah miller, julie soefer, mai pham, alec lasar, kendall hanna, pr square, mark w. lipczynski, kenny viese, www.lastnightpics.com
40 COMMUNITY care-all 42 people of houston 44 where to live: friday night lights 46 a greater vision 48 scene 50 Ben Jones 52 destination: london
CONTRIBUTING ILLUSTRATOR paige moore, Sebastian Gomez de la Torre WEB DESIGNER MDG | CREATIVE AGENCY | www.mpiredesigngroup.com
54 STYLE + LEISURE sew fine 56 things we love 58 fat finds 60 mentertainment 61 eye opener
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62 DESIGN graffiti patina 64 tools + gadgets 65 party pics
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66 holiday gift guide 72 houston map 73 phone shot 74 party pics + crossword puzzle
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ON OUR RADAR
THE HOUSTON ARBORETUM’S WINTER PLANT SALE TAKES PLACE DECEMBER 6–7 AND 13–14, WHERE OVER 100 HOUSTON-AREA NATIVE SPECIES CAN BE FOUND. USING NATIVE PLANTS IN YOUR YARD YOU CAN LOWER MAINTENANCE, SAVE MONEY AND CREATE HABITAT FOR A HOST OF NATIVE WILDLIFE – INCLUDING SONGBIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, BEES AND HUMMINGBIRDS. TREES, SHRUBS, VINES, FERNS, GROUNDCOVERS, GRASSES AND MEADOW FORB WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE. PLANTS ARE SOURCED FROM LOCAL GROWERS AND PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE ARBORETUM’S CONSERVATION AND EDUCATION EFFORTS. 9AM–4PM. Photo by Gabriella Nissen
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Frolic’s Castle is the place to take your little ones on a rainy day or those all too rare cold days. 3,010sf of indoor soft play area, and the interactive whimsical medieval world with dragons, sleeping giants, wizards and princesses will ignite creativity. And yes, leave them ready for nap time! Keep your little ones warm while making everyone smile with Doodle Pants printed tights. They are thicker than regular tights and are perfect for crawlers or walkers. www.doodlepants.com
Two Houstonians, Yasmin Kooros and Maxwell Gover, are the brains behind the startup Sparkbox. Born with the idea that young kids, ages 0–4, are constantly getting bored with the toys they have and parents are sick of spending money each month to buy new, Sparkbox started a curated, educational toy subscription service, where parents can rent the best learning toys for their children. For a small fee, parents receive a constant rotation of top toys for the kids to play with. www.sparkboxtoys.com
REAL ESTATE H&M opened a huge store with 23,000sf in The Galleria offering collections for ladies, men, young ladies and young gents, accessories, lingerie and a plus-size line. CHANEL’S HIGHLY ANTICIPATED REMODELED SPACE BY ARCHITECT PETER MARINO OPENS DECEMBER 10. THE 5,000SF, ONE-LEVEL BOUTIQUE FEATURES COMMISSIONED ARTWORK BY PATRICK HILL, CHRISTOPHE COME SCREENS AND A PIECE OF ARTWORK BY MARC SWANSON.
Big Yoga will open a second location in the Memorial area, just outside the loop, in early 2015. The new studio will be located at 1014 Wirt Road, Suite 290, at the Shoppes at Memorial Villages. Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga is practiced and taught, with the majority of classes held in a heated room. Big Yoga Memorial will feature two heat-controlled studios, a yoga retail store, Kids Yoga studio and a Big & Juicy Juice Bar. “One of the things we’re most excited about at this location is being able to provide a more extensive Kids Yoga program,” said Laura Calcaterra, co-owner of Big Yoga. “Our goal is to be family-friendly and accessible, to inspire and empower as many kids and parents as possible!” WATERSHED MARKET HOSTS A HOLIDAY MARKET ON DECEMBER 6, 10AM–4PM IN EAST DOWNTOWN AT 2322 POLK ST., 77003. THE MARKET SHOWCASES LOCAL VENDORS INCLUDING FASHION DESIGNERS, JEWELRY DESIGNERS, ARTISTS AND INNOVATORS FROM HOUSTON AND SURROUNDING AREAS. THIS MARKET WILL PROVIDE A COMPLETE OUTING FOR FINDING LOCAL, SUSTAINABLE GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON. FREE, KID- AND DOG-FRIENDLY (ON LEASHES, PLEASE! ONLY THE DOGS – LOL!), BIKE-FRIENDLY, RAIN OR SHINE. Local band, the Wandering Bufaleros, will be celebrating with a CD release party at the Continental Club December 26. The band was nominated this year for best Americana and best new act by both the Free Press and the Houston Press. Although the Wandering Bufaleros are new as a band, members include musicians of other popular Houston bands (Finnegan, Fire Moth, Poor Pilate, Tom Lynch and Eva Dawn). And many more made guest appearances on the record including The TonTons, Tyagraraja, Benjamin Wheatley, Matt Kid and The Literary Greats. Houston Public Media is hosting free screenings of Downton Abbey Season Five a full month before it debuts in the U.S. on Saturday, December 6, at three locations across Houston: Santikos Palladium AVX in Richmond at 10am; Santikos Silverado IMAX in Tomball at 10am; and The University Center Theatre at University of Houston at 7:30pm. A “Dress for Downton” contest will be held at each screening with the winner receiving two season passes to the weekly tapings of Manor of Speaking.
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ON OUR RADAR
Nightingale room, photo credit Julie Soefer
FOOD Sanctuari Bar at Triniti opened last month.The sexy bar is an adult haven for imbibing and socializing. Giancarlo Ferrara, former chef at Arcodoro, opened the doors to Amalfi Ristoranti last month in the same shopping center as the Palm. 1308, Roland Laurenzo’s restaurant, of El Tiempo fame, will be moving in 2015 due to the land being sold, but plans are to remain in the Montrose. Chef Javani King opened the doors to Davis Street at Hermann Park in the Mosaic residences. The restaurant will offer an American fusion cuisine with an international twist. Mike Criss, opening GM of OKRA Charity Saloon and Clumsy Butcher (the guys behind Anvil and Julep, to name a few), partnered to open The Nightingale Room at 308 Main Street. NARA in West Ave. relaunched with a new bar and moving its main entrance off Kipling Rd. for much easier access by patrons. Austin-based neighborhood bar and grill, Doc’s Motorworks, opened late last month in Montrose.
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DRINK Keep cocktails simple at your holiday gathering with LIQS, the ready-to-drink, craft cocktail shots cofounded by Harley Bauer, a local Houstonian. Available in Tequila cinnamon and orange; Vodka cucumber and lime, Vodka kamikaze and Vodka lychee and grapefruit. Available at Spec’s for $7.99.
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House of Blues 3BALLMTY 7pm Toyota Center Justin Timberlake 8pm
Wortham Center Da Camera: A Little Day Music 12pm House of Blues John Hiatt 7pm Toyota Center Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies 7pm Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 7:30pm Bayou Music Center Ryan Adams 8pm
Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 7:30pm Jones Hall Houston Latin American Philharmonic Orchestra: Latin Christmas 2014 7:30pm Wortham Center Houston Grand Opera: A Christmas Carol 8pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 7:30pm
Toyota Center Andrea Bocelli 7:30pm Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 7:30pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 7:30pm
House of Blues Cheap Trick 7pm Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 7:30pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 7:30pm | Houston Grand Opera: A Christmas Carol 8pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 7:30pm NRG Center Elves and More Christmas Program 5–8pm
House of Blues In This Moment: Black Widow Tour 6pm Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 7:30pm Bayou Music Center Melissa Etheridge: This is M.E. 8pm
House of Blues Jerrod Neimann 7pm Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Holly Jolly Jingle 7pm Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 7:30pm
Main Street Theatre Madeline’s Christmas 1 & 7pm Jones Hall Houston Symphony: Very Merry Pops 2:30 & 7:30pm Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 2:30 & 7:30pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 2 & 7:30pm | HGO: A Christmas Carol 2:30pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 12, 3:30 & 7:30pm | The Wealth of the Wicked 6pm
House of Blues Elle Varner 7pm Toyota Center Fleetwood Mac 8pm NRG Center Elves and More Christmas Program 5–8pm
Main Street Theatre Madeline’s Christmas 1 & 4pm Jones Hall Houston Symphony: Handel’s Messiah 2:30pm Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 2:30 & 7:30pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 2 & 7:30pm | Houston Grand Opera: A Christmas Carol 2:30pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 12, 3:30, 7:30pm NRG Stadium Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens 12pm
Toyota Center Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trailblazers 7pm Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 7:30pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 2 & 7:30pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 12, 3:30 & 7:30pm
Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 2:30 & 7:30pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 2 & 7:30pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 12, 3:30 & 7:30pm
Main Street Theatre Madeline’s Christmas 1 & 4pm House of Blues Hanniball Buress 6:30pm Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 2:30 & 7:30pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 2 & 7:30pm | Houston Grand Opera: A Christmas Carol 2:30pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 12, 3:30 & 7:30pm
Jones Hall Shen Yun Performing Arts 7pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 2 & 7:30pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 12 & 3:30pm NRG Stadium Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars 12pm
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House of Blues Noise Tour 6:30pm
Toyota Center Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards 7pm Jones Hall Shen Yun Performing Arts 7:30pm NRG Stadium Texas Bowl 8pm
FIRST NIGHT OF HANUKKAH
Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 7:30pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 7:30pm HGO: A Christmas Carol 8pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 7:30pm NRG Center Elves and More Christmas Program 5–8pm
House of Blues Spoon 7pm Jones Hall Shen Yun Performing Arts
Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 7:30pm House of Blues Alex Clare – Three Hearts Tour 8pm Wortham Center HGO: A Christmas Carol 8pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 7:30pm Bayou Music Center Black Veil Brides w/ Falling in Reverse 6pm
Toyota Center Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans 7:30pm Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 7:30pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 7:30pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2 & 7:30pm NRG Center Elves and More Christmas Program 5–8pm Bayou Music Center Mix 96.5 ’Twas the Week Before Xmas with Train 7:30pm
Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 2:30pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 2pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 12 & 3:30pm
NEW YEAR’S EVE Toyota Center Houston Rockets vs. Charlotte Hornets 6pm Hobby Felices Fiestas! Bayou Music Center Blue October 9pm
FOR THESE EVENTS AND MORE, CHECK OUT OUR CALENDAR ONLINE AT WWW.002MAG.COM
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Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 5 & 8pm House of Blues This Might Get Weird Y’all with Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart 7pm Toyota Center Usher: The UR Experience 7:30pm Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 7:30pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: Jubilee of Dance 7:30pm | Houston Grand Opera: A Christmas Carol 8pm Jones Hall Society for the Performing Arts: Preservation Hall Jazz Band – A Creole Christmas 8pm
Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2, 5 & 8pm | Virtuosi of Houston 7:30pm Toyota Center Houston Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns 7pm Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 2:30 & 7:30pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 2 & 7:30pm | Da Camera: Claudia Acuna, Vocalist NRG Stadium 2014 Toyota SWAC Football Championship 3pm Bayou Music Center Turnpike Troubadours 8pm
Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 7:30pm Jones Hall Houston Symphony: Very Merry Pops 8pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 7:30pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 8pm
Jones Hall Houston Symphony: The Night Before Christmas 10 & 11am | Very Merry
Pops 8pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 2 & 7:30pm | Mercury: Shepherds and Angels 8pm Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 2:30 & 7:30pm Toyota Center Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets 7pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 11am, 2, 5, & 8pm NRG Center Elves and More Christmas Program 9am–5pm
Main Street Theatre Madeline’s Christmas 7pm Toyota Center Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Christmas Attic 4 & 8pm Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 7:30pm Jones Hall Houston Symphony: Handel’s Messiah 8pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 7:30pm | HGO: A Christmas Carol 8pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 4:30 & 8pm NRG Center Elves and More Christmas Program 10am
Main Street Theatre Madeline’s Christmas 7pm Toyota Center Houston Rockets vs. Atlanta Hawks 7pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 2 & 7:30pm | HGO: A Christmas Carol 8pm Alley Theatre A Christmas Carol 2:30 & 7:30pm Jones Hall Houston Symphony: Handel’s Messiah 8pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 11am, 2, 5 & 8pm NRG Center Elves and More Christmas Program 8am
NRG Arena Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirates & Princesses Adventure 1, 4 & 7pm House of Blues Robert Earl Keen 7pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 2 & 7:30pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 12, 3:30 & 7:30pm
Jones Hall MagicSpace Entertainment: Mannheim Streamroller 7:30pm Wortham Center Houston Ballet: The Nutcracker 2 & 7:30pm Hobby Radio City Christmas Spectacular 12, 3:30 & 7:30pm NRG Arena Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirates & Princesses Adventure 4pm & 7pm
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DR. ANDREW WEIL
TALKS TRUE FOOD IN A FOODIE TOWN, IT’S HARD TO STAND OUT THESE DAYS WITH THE BEVY OF CULINARY TALENT BOTH LOCAL AND TRANSPLANT AVAILABLE AT A WHIM. BUT IT REQUIRES A CERTAIN BALANCE OF EATING AND INDULGENCE TO MAINTAIN A DEGREE OF HEALTH. TRUE FOOD KITCHEN, THE RESTAURANT CAPABLE OF INDUCING A CULT-LIKE FOLLOWING OF ITS PATRONS, ACHIEVES THAT BALANCE PERFECTLY WITH ONE BITE OF ITS KALE SALAD. This is mainly attributed to the menu being based on Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory diet and pyramid, which aims to counteract chronic inflammation and help people achieve and maintain optimal health. I recently sat down with the world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine when he visited Houston for a traditional Chinese medicine convention. I won’t get into the integrative medicine part of Dr. Weil’s fame too much, but I do think it’s important to know what it means. Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative. It’s a concept Dr. Weil is constantly tied to and it shows in his recipes. “I love food, I love to cook,” shares Dr. Weil, but “personally, I generally am disappointed when I eat out. It’s expensive. I can generally make better food at home and I generally don’t feel well after I eat out. The dishes are too gussied up and fancy. I like really good ingredients that can stand by themselves.” About 7 years ago, Dr. Weil was introduced to Sam Fox, a very successful restaurateur in Arizona, and shared with Fox the idea of a restaurant that served healthy food. “He wasn’t interested; he said healthy food doesn’t sell. I think he thought I meant tofu and sprouts. He was very skeptical.” So Dr. Weil invited Fox to a home cooked meal and the first True Food opened in Phoenix shortly after. Back to that cult-like following – Fox was astounded that “people would come up to him on the streets and hug him and thank him for opening up one of these or beg him to open one in their town,” says Dr. Weil. Even he can’t understand how such a simple concept of true, simple food can entice 3–4 repeat visits in one week. Plus no one has copied the concept yet. The menu at True Food is a seasonal menu offering ingredients that truly have an effect on overall health plus they taste delicious. There are tonics, teas, juices and even adult beverages. If you become a true fan, pick up the cookbook with the actual recipes from the menu. Stay tuned for a new book in 2015. www.truefoodkitchen.com
By Carla Valencia de Martinez Photography by Max Burkhalter
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TASTE AND TRADITION
I’VE GOT TO GET TO EUROPE. FOR YEARS I’VE SENSED THOSE OLD COUNTRIES CALLING ME. PARTICULARLY SPAIN. AFTER DINING AT BCN TASTE AND TRADITION, I’M GOING TO HAVE TO START MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR A TRIP TO BARCELONA. As I pulled into the driveway off Roseland Street in the Montrose, my dinner mate, friend Cynthia, is texting me, telling me she was moments away and asking if slacks are okay. Glancing through the window I saw nothing but gentlemen in jackets. C-suite types entertaining clients? Uh, no. These GQs were in fact the waitstaff. Suddenly I wished I’d worn a coat.
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IGNACIO TORRAS and acclaimed CHEF LUIS ROGER, is very classy. Off-
No worries. It’s Houston. But I must say, BCN, the vision of owner
white linen tablecloths. Perfectly low lighting, sprinkled spotlights. A converted house with seating for about 50 or so downstairs. Two rooms upstairs can hold another 25. This is clearly an “impress your date” kind of place. And everything we put in our mouths was impressive. Starting with gazpacho. Not just delicious, but refreshing. I think my pores opened up. I’m not kidding. We also enjoyed cod jowls in a bright yellow sauce, the result of olive oil and the albumin of the cod skin getting together beautifully. Salty in the best way. I wondered if I was tasting the Mediterranean, and if so, I need to swim there very soon.
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This is clearly an “impress your date” kind of place. We transitioned to our entrées: grilled salmon and arugula. I could eat salmon every day. Light, rich flavor, and as if that wasn’t enough, it was served over a bed of bleu cheese and wild rice risotto. We shared. As we did the stewed pork cheeks, smothered in a merlot ragout with sautéed artichokes and prawns. Yeah, I’m getting light-headed just typing this. BCN, by the way is an abbreviation for Barcelona. Also a symbol for the authentic flavors and cuisine of that obviously wonderful, soon-to-be-experienced-by-Jeff part of the world. Chef Luis is from that region. The cuisine represents what he loved growing up there, and what he learned from his family’s way of preparing foods. He took a few moments to talk about it with us, and his enthusiasm for what he does is palpable. He also shared that he would be constantly tweaking the menu, always experimenting, perfecting. Then he went back to creating blissful experiences for the rest of the patrons.
EGGS ESTRELLADOS WITH FOIE GRAS
We also got our lips on the fois gras terrine. This was creamier, more buttery than what I’ve had before. Cyn loved it, too. In fact she shamelessly consumed most of it herself.
Reservations are suggested. It is, after all, an intimate place and from what I understand, quite popular. I’ll be back, with someone to impress. And I’ll wear a jacket.
BCN’s resident mixologist swung by and talked us into a couple of gin and tonic cocktails. One featured Hendrick’s and cucumber, the other a citrusy Tanqueray. Both were infused with happy flavors, even for my barrel-smoked whiskey palate.
By Jeff Lane | Photography by Sarah Miller
- APPETIZERS • Spanish Iberico on toasted pa amb tomaca $25 • Cod jowls in a pil-pil sauce $22 - SOUP • Fresh gazpacho with basil leaves and fruit $15 • Fisherman’s bisque with garlic croutons $17 - SEAFOOD & MEAT • Poached cod with saffron aioli gratin and fresh vegetable ratatouille $35 • Breaded baby lamb chops, vegetables “tumbet” and aromatic herb sabayon $38 - DESSERTS • Chocolate cake in two textures with passion fruit $10
BCN 4210 Roseland St. | Houston, TX 77006 | 832.834.3411 | www.bcnhouston.com | email@example.com Tuesday–Thursday – 6–10pm | Friday – 5:30–10:30pm | Saturday – 5–10:30pm
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Okay, I’m just going to say it: I’m in love with Bistro Menil, the new restaurant by chef Greg Martin, located right on the Menil Collection campus. Approaching the new restaurant on a breezy fall evening, the scene that greeted me was like something out of a movie. The large patio, framed by a large oak tree canopy, was filled with people, twinkling candle light and the low hum of conversation. The main dining room is absolutely gorgeous, modern and bright, with clean lines, a strikingly modern chandelier and these puffy “cloud” art pieces designed by Erwan and Ronan Baroullec. But enough about the space. The menu is full of deliciousness. There’s a little bit of something for everyone, and the choices are just delightful. Get the lightly battered eggplant fries, their outer shell crisp like tempura, or the Spanishinspired, wood-fired pizza topped with jamon, manchego and slightly spicy brava sauce.
Photography by Mai Pham
Chef/Owner Greg Martin CUISINE European Cafe 1513 West Alabama Street | bistromenil.com | 713.904.3537 HOURS Wed. – Sat. 10am–10pm and Sunday 10am–9pm
Want something to nibble on? They sound simple, but the olive and almond biscotti with goat cheese and agave nectar will go perfectly with a glass of wine, if you’re on the go and want something quick. If you plan to dine, my duck confit entrée was pure perfection – skin golden brown and crisped, sitting on a bed of pink peppercorn butter. Desserts are housemade, and while a lemon meringue tart was very good, the chocolate-covered espresso cappuccino gelato is an absolute must.
Taking over the space that used to house Haven Restaurant in Upper Kirby is an edgier, more laidback new concept by owner Paul Miller of Union Kitchen: Paul’s Kitchen. “I wanted this to be a neighborhood restaurant where people can drop in anytime for a glass of beer, or something simple,” says Miller, who designed the space with a gastropub-type feel. With his input, Executive Chef Paul Lewis (most recently at Osteria Mazzantini) says that his menu is “globally inspired and locally sourced.” This means you can get local grown Brussels sprouts with a spicy szechwan oil to start and follow that with New Orleans-style Gulf Coast barbecue shrimp. If you love lamb, the Moroccan lamb tangia (a type of stew), beautifully presented in a clay pot, is hearty and great to share. Also great – in fact, my favorite of all the items we tried – was the fish ’n chips. I can’t remember when I’ve had a better version. Three large pieces of moist, deep fried
Fish ‘n Chips
white fish (we had cod) laid criss-cross atop each other next to a small mound of fries and green pea mash. It’s served with tartare sauce and malt vinegar just like you’d find in the UK. The batter is amazingly crisp, not oily in the least. Order it with a glass of ale or stout, or a local craft beer, and you’ll go home happy. Oh, and don’t forget to order the churros and Mexican hot chocolate for dessert. They serve it tableside, and it’s to-die-for.
MAI PHAM is a freelance food writer, critic and travel writer based in Houston. Her work appears in local and national outlets such as Forbes Travel Guide, Houston Press, My Table Magazine, Examiner.com and 002houston magazine. You might also recognize her for her regular appearances on the Fox 26 Blogger Series, where she dishes about the local food scene. When she’s not eating something scrumptious, she’s usually off traveling the world in pursuit of culinary bliss. Follow her culinary escapades on Twitter or Instagram @Femme_Foodie. 18. december 14 | www.002mag.com
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Chef Paul Lewis | CUISINE Global 2502 Algerian Way | 713.360.2002 | www.paulskitchenhouston.com HOURS Mon. – Thur. 11am–10pm | Fri. 11am–11pm | Sat. 10am–11pm | Sun. 10am–9pm | Brunch Sat. & Sun. 10am–2pm | Happy Hour Mon. – Fri. 3–6pm
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HEARSAY ON THE GREEN CHEF Edwin Chanas CUISINE Southern 1515 Dallas St. | 832.377.3362 www.hearsayhouston.com HOURS Monday – Thursday 11am–midnight | Friday and Saturday 11am–2am Brunch Saturday and Sunday until 3pm Happy Hour Monday – Friday 4–7pm and Saturday 1–6pm
The beautiful crystal chandelier is one of the things that Hearsay Gastro Lounge is known for, so when they opened Hearsay on the Green – just steps away from Discovery Green – what did they do? They made sure to install another crystal chandelier, this one bigger and more badass. That’s just one of the highlights at the new Green location, which is similar to its big brother, with a few notable differences. The crafted cocktails are the same, but there are now twice as many craft beers on tap, all of them local. You’ll find Hearsay favorites – Saint Arnold’s battered asparagus, the Hearsay burger, crab cakes and more – on the new menu, too, as well as some traditional down-home southern comfort food. “It’s the food I like to eat,” says Chanas, who pointed me to the chicken fried chicken, two pounded pieces of moist chicken covered in a crispy buttermilk batter, then topped in a country sausage gravy and served over dirty rice. Um, yum! I love, love, loved the Grilled Kobe Dog, the very definition of gourmet comfort food. It’s served in a Slow Dough Pretzel Bun that’s been deep-fried to give it that extra oomph of crispness, with a side of four-cheese mac ’n cheese and thin-cut French fries. And to finish? Get the affogato, a tall cup of ice cream smothered in chocolate sauce served with a shot of espresso on the side for a pour-over.
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OYSTERS. LOVE ’EM OR HATE ’EM, there are two must-follow “rules to live by” when eating them. First, they must be fresh. And second, they must be enjoyed with a great drink. Champagne? Chablis? Sure, those are nice and classic. They definitely have the crisp, light fruit tastes going for them, which always pair well with the mineral taste of the oyster, but this is Houston. And in Houston we love options, especially options paired by the best. Behold, the pairing of oysters with the Sparkling Julep from Julep on Washington Avenue. Let’s talk Julep. If you have not heard, Julep is open. And it’s sexy as all get out. Just as all the bars from the Anvil family tree have done, no expense was spared and Julep is immaculate. Embracing the “spirit and the spirits of the
South,” owner ALBA HUERTA is pretty much living the dream. Juleps, Bourbons, Classic Southern Cocktails and some fantastic spirits…all in this setting? Yes, please.
Now let’s talk about that pair. Fresh Wellfleet oysters, from the harbor off of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, served raw impart a light body with a clean finish and a nice touch of saltiness. Presented on ice, as they should be, the fresh rotating weekly oysters are served with champagne mignonette and horseradish. Your choice, if they need ’em or not. As for the drink, the Sparkling Julep uses FRV100 sparkling Gamay wine, and wouldn’t you know it, FRV100 is a play on words, i.e., “effervescent,” which is exactly what the Sparkling Julep is. Mixed with Pierre Ferrand 1840 Cognac, mint and turbinado sugar, it’s the dark fruits that shine in the Sparkling Julep (think cherries, strawberries and grapes) which balance out the briny, salt tastes of the Wellfleet.
“…IT’S THE DARK FRUITS THAT SHINE IN THE SPARKLING JULEP (THINK CHERRIES, STRAWBERRIES AND GRAPES) WHICH BALANCE OUT THE BRINY, SALT TASTES OF THE WELLFLEET.”
By Mike Cook | Photography by Kennon Evett
SPARKLING JULEP & OYSTERS JULEP | 1919 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007 | 713.869.4383 | www.julephouston.com | Open Seven Days a Week, 4 pm – 2 am
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‘TIS THE SEASON FOR FAMILY TIME! HERE’S A ROUND-UP OF SOME OF THE CITY’S CLASSIC BRUNCHES AT SOME OF THE BEST HOTELS AS WELL AS A FEW NEW ONES SHAKING UP THE SCENE. JW MARRIOTT HOUSTON DOWNTOWN MAIN KITCHEN www.jwmarriotthotelhouston.com Hours: Saturday 6–11am | Sunday 7–11am
Downtown is having a moment again and in order for it to succeed this time, Houstonians need to support the businesses. Having won many awards and becoming one of the Houston’s top up-and-coming chefs, Erin Smith has become the Executive Chef to oversee Main Kitchen at the JW Marriott Houston Downtown. From the carrot pancakes and the bayou shrimp toast to the freshly squeezed juices, this deliciously unique menu is definitely a must try.
LINE & LARIAT www.hotelicon.com Hours: Saturday – Sunday 7–11am Stay tuned for a bevy of delicious changes by newly appointed Executive Chef Jeffrey Schaefer, who is currently developing new, seasonal menus for Line & Lariat restaurant, L&L Bar, room service and catering operations. The extensive menu ranging from the intercontinental buffet, vanilla malted pancakes or the huevos rancheros are all great options for a brunch date this holiday season.
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ST. REGIS HOUSTON
THE REMINGTON RESTAURANT www.stregishoustonhotel.com Hours: Saturday – Sunday 11am–2pm Widely known as one of Houston’s best and with an international approach, this exceptional menu is filled with fresh and local ingredients while making sure they stay true to their Texas roots. Weekend brunches are not buffet style, rather a set menu with delicious options is offered. This local classic is always a great option for out-of-town guests.
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RISTORANTE CAVOUR www.granducahouston.com Hours: Sunday 11:15am–1:45pm
Named Houston’s “Best Sunday Brunch,” Ristorante Cavour offers an ideal Italian feast for its guests to enjoy. Allowing one to pick between the traditional breakfast such as made-to-order omelets and waffles, while enjoying complimentary Prosecco and mimosas, or something more adventurous, Sunday brunch offers an extravagant seafood display of Gulf shrimp cocktail, Giant King Crab legs, New England oysters, ceviche, caviar with blinis and handrolled sushi and nigiri. There’s even a kids’ station filled with chicken fingers and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
THE FOUR SEASONS
Photography by Mark W. Lipczynski
QUATTRO www.quattrorestauranthouston.com Hours: Sunday 11am–2pm
This restaurant has been around for so long for a reason: It’s good. Embracing the traditional Italian-style cooking while adding his local, simple and an ingredient-driven flair to the menu, Executive Chef Maurizo Ferrase has given one the opportunity to feel like they are right at home in Italy. Whether you have an appetite for Italian or American cuisine, Quattro offers it all. From Smoke North Atlantic salmon to fluffy pancakes there is nothing you won’t enjoy here.
OLIVETTE www.houstonian.com Hours: Saturday – Sunday 11am–3pm Olivette in the Houstonian Hotel is an experience from the moment guests drive onto the premise. A winding road through lush trees and landscaping delivers you into a wonderfully decorated holiday experience. The best of modern American cuisine with Mediterranean accents is featured on their menu. Executive Chef Neal Cox offers the typical fresh fruit, house cured salmon and salads, but shines with an offering of varied sandwiches from tempura shrimp, spicy maple glazed chicken or smoked pork belly. There’s also the classic eggs benedict, pancakes and more, offering an utterly well-rounded menu for everyone to enjoy. By Ida Sameri
Photography by Kendall Hanna
1. Hotel Granduca 2. Houstonian Hotel 3. Hotel Icon 4. St. Regis Houston 5. The Four Seasons 6. JW Marriott Houston Downtown
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WE ASKED TIM BRISCOE, THE FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF THE HOUSTON WHISKEY FESTIVAL, TO EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHISKEY AND BOURBON. THE HOUSTON WHISKEY FESTIVAL IS AN ANNUAL EVENT THAT CELEBRATES THE MOST HIGHLY REVERED SPIRIT CATEGORY, “WHISKEY!” AS A HOUSTONIAN AND WHISKEY ENTHUSIAST, BRISCOE CREATED THIS EVENT TO SHARE HIS PASSION AND KNOWLEDGE FOR THE SPIRIT FROM AROUND THE WORLD WITH HIS FELLOW ENTHUSIASTS.
2ND ANNUAL HOUSTON WHISKEY FESTIVAL WHERE: Bayou City Event Center WHEN: March 21, 2015 www.houstonwhiskeyfestival.com
Firestone & Robertson Blended Whiskey is an amazing blended whiskey that I always drink neat due to its strong inviting nose consisting of oak and vanilla. With a long finish of caramel, honey and coffee, the Firestone & Robertson Distillery hit the mark with their Blended Whiskey.
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The Macallan Rare Cask Single Malt Whisky is full and rich with great tasting notes of vanilla, oak and even a hint of chocolate making it very complex for a non-aged bottle. This Whisky has broken the mold or at least questions the status quo on how long a good whiskey truly has to be aged.
The Dalmore King Alexander III is a very complex elegant whiskey with a combination of fruit and spice for a slightly smoky but not too overpowering aftertaste.
Austin-based Red Handed Bourbon features some of the distilling team’s favorite bourbons from Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee blended together for another 12 to 15 months.
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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? WHISKEY is a spirit distilled and fermented from grains such as corn, barley, wheat or rye and then aged in wood barrels around the world. On the other hand, BOURBON can only be produced in
America (not globally like whiskey), and all bourbon have to be stored in new charred barrels. Also another key difference between the two is that bourbon has to contain no less than 51 percent corn as well. So next time you’re at your local bar you can confidently order an amazing whiskey or a good ole classic American bourbon.
As a Houstonian and a Texas native, I truly appreciate the Ranger Creek Rimfire, as with one sip you can almost taste Texas. The nose has a good light smokiness with hints of fruit that travels to the palate as well. The Rimfire is a really smooth easy whiskey to drink neat or whatever your preference.
Yellow Rose Outlaw Bourbon is definitely one of my go-to bourbons for its smooth but rich taste that has a way of lingering around your palate, leaving hints of sweet vanilla. I usually recommend Outlaw Bourbon to those who are wary of these types of spirits.
The Girvan Patent Still No. 4 distilled by the world famous William Grant & Sons Distilleries is very unique as it’s a non-aged whiskey so it’s very different from what we know of as traditional whiskey. Despite it not being aged, I still found it to be very tasty with a very fruity nose. This is a great starter for those who are looking for an introduction to single grain whiskeys, as it is very easy to enjoy.
Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix Irish Whiskey is a true Irish whiskey with a nose consisting of oak, vanilla, apple and sherry, as well. The Phoenix is pretty creamy and spicy but despite being finished in sherry cask, the sherry isn't overpowering as one would think.
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DREAMING OF REVELRY... THE KINGS OF LEON (KOL). LOVE THEM OR HATE THEM, THOSE SOUTHERN ROCKERS POLARIZE MUSIC FANS. SET ASIDE THE TURMOIL AND PIGEON ISSUES AND WE SEE A BUNCH OF GUYS WHO LIKE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME, AND WE LOVE GOOD TIMES (THIS IS A BAR REVIEW!). SO WHY KOL? WELL, KOL HAVE A SONG CALLED “REVELRY,” WHICH WE HAPPEN TO LIKE, AND COINCIDENTALLY, THOUGH PROBABLY NOT, IT WAS PLAYING IN OUR HEAD WHILE WE HUNG OUT AT THE NEW REVELRY ON RICHMOND (ROR, OUR TERM). WE ONLY HAVE 350 WORDS SO WE CAN’T BREAK DOWN ALL THE SIMILARITIES, BUT, HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS.
RoR is a really likeable place. It has a catchy name and a cool logo. And, wants all of you to … wait for it … revel. We certainly enjoyed being able it’s located in a part of town that desperately needed this type of bar. to have an Oskar Blues Ten Fidy and a Founders Breakfast stout in one sitInside, RoR is big and open with an interior that’s not too much of any one ting. We also reveled all over our food: The Montrose (turkey burger) and the Fresh Baked Pretzel (huge!) were top quality grub. Check the website theme, but comes across looking real nice. There are a whole lot of TVs, but that’s kinda important for the casual neighborhood bar. Speaking of for happy hour (some rockin’ deals) and the events calendar (sports and live bar, it’s sprawling and U-shaped, and it’s a real comfortable place to sit. music). There are also tables and booths throughout for parties of any size. More good news? The patios So comparing KoL to a bar? We’ll let you come up REVELRY are primo when the weather is right. with your own inferences and interpretations. For 1613 Richmond Avenue 832.538.0724 the record, we are big fans. Of both. www.facebook.com/revelryonrichmond That big U-shaped bar, it’s full (get it?) with spirits twitter.com/revelryrichmond and custom cocktails, an impressive selection of Monday – Friday: 3pm–2am By Michael Cook 40 draft beers (cider, bottles and cans are availSaturday – Sunday: 11am–2am Photography by Daniel Ortiz able too) and wine, because like KoL, RoR just
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HOUSTON SUGAR LAND THE WOODLANDS
american 024 GRILLE www.024grille.com 945 Gessner Road. 281.501.4350
*17 | inside Sam Houston Hotel 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8888 www.thesamhoustonhotel.com
COOK & COLLINS www.cookandcollins.com 2416 Brazos St. 832.701.1973
LINE & LARIAT | Hotel Icon 220 Main. 832.667.4470 www.hotelicon.com
• CORNER TABLE www.cornertablebhm.com 2736 Virginia St. 713.568.9196
LOCAL FOODS www.houstonlocalfoods.com 2424 Dunstan. 713.521.7800
CROSSROADS www.houseofblues.com 1204 Caroline. 888.402.5837
MARIPOSA inside Neiman Marcus 2600 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.2632 www.neimanmarcus.com
DANTON’S GULF COAST SEAFOOD 4611 Montrose. 713.807.8889 www.dantonsseafood.com
EDDIE V’S www.eddiev.com •12848 Queensbury Ln. 832.200.2380 • 2800 Kirby@West Ave. 713.874.1800 FOUNDATION ROOM | HOB 1204 Caroline. 888.402.5837 www.houseofblues.com
• 51FIFTEEN | inside Saks Fifth Avenue 5115 Westheimer. 713.963.8067 www.51fifteen.com AMERICAS www.cordua.com 4 Houston locations ARTISTA | inside the Hobby Center 800 Bagby. 713.278.4782 | www.cordua.com BARNABY’S www.barnabyscafe.com 6 Houston locations
FRANK’S AMERICAN REVIVAL 3736 Westheimer. 713.572.8600 www.frankshouston.com GLASS WALL www.glasswalltherestaurant.com 933 Studewood. 713.868.7930 • HEARSAY GASTRO LOUNGE 218 Travis St. 713.225.8079 www.hearsayhouston.com
BEAVER’S www.beavershouston.com 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328 BISTRO MENIL www.bistromenil.com 1513 West Alabama. 713.904.3537
BRC www.brcgastropub.com 519 Shepherd Dr. 713.861.2233 BROOKLYN ATHLETIC CLUB www.thebrooklynathleticclub.com 601 Richmond Ave. 713.527.4440
MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S 3 Houston locations www.mccormickandschmicks.com NOE www.noerestaurant.com 4 Riverway. 713.871.8181 OXHEART www.oxhearthouston.com 1302 Nance Street. 832.830.8592 PAX AMERICANA www.paxamericanahtx.com 4319 Montrose. 713.2390228
NEW PAUL’S KITCHEN www.paulskitchenhouston.com 2502 Algerian Way. 713.360.2002
QUATTRO www.fourseasons.com 1300 Lamar. 713.276.4700 RDG www.rdgbarannie.com 1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.1111 RELISH www.relishhouston.com 3951 San Felipe. 713.599.1960 NEW RUGGLES BLACK www.rugglesblack.com 3939 Kirby Dr.. 832.530.4493
RUGGLES GREEN www.rugglesgreen.com 4 Houston locations
BOWL www.eatatbowl.com 607 Richmond. 832.582.7218 NEW • HEARSAY ON THE GREEN 1515 Dallas St. 832.377.3362 www.hearsayhouston.com NEW
HOLLEY’S www.holleyshouston.com 3201 Louisiana St. 281.491.2222
THE PASS & PROVISIONS 807 Taft St. 713.628.9020 www.passandprovisions.com TRINITI www.trinitirestaurant.com 2815 South Shepherd. 713.527.9090
MAX’S WINE DIVE www.maxswinedive.com 4720 Washington. 713.880.8737
DOWN HOUSE www.downhousehouston.com 1801 Yale St. 713.864.3696 ELEVEN XI www.elevenxihouston.com 607 W. Gray. 713.529.5881
THE LAKE HOUSE 1600 McKinney. 713.337.7320 www.thelakehousehouston.com
SEASONS 52 www.seasons52.com • 4410 Westheimer. 713.621.5452 • 842 W Sam Houston Prwy. 713.464.5252 SHADE www.shadeheights.com 250 W. 19th St. 713.863.7500 SPARROW BAR+COOKSHOP 3701 Travis. 713.524.6922 www.sparrowhouston.com
TRUE FOOD KITCHEN www.truefoodkitchen.com 1700 Post Oak. 281.605.2505 UNDERBELLY www.underbellyhouston.com 1100 Westheimer. 713.528.9800
NEW • URBAN KITCHEN 14008 Memorial Dr. 281.531.7550 www.urbankitchenhouston.com
YARD HOUSE www.yardhouse.com 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. 713.461.9273 ZELKO BISTRO www.zelkobistro.com 705 E. 11th St. 713.880.8691
asian AMBROSIA www.ambrosiatx.com 2003 Lexington. 832.649.4636 AUNTIE CHANG’S DUMPLING HOUSE 2621 S. Shepherd. 713.524.8410 www.auntiechangs.com BLUE FISH SUSHI www.thebluefishsushi.com 550 Texas. 713.225.3474
NIT NOI [thai] www.nitnoithai.com 8 Houston locations NORI SUSHI BISTRO 700 Town and Country Blvd. 713.467.0400 www.norisushibistro.com RA SUSHI www.rasushi.com • 3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 • 799 Town & Country. 713.331.2792 PREVIEW [sushi] www.previewmodernseafood.com 4645 Highway 6. SOMA www.somasushi.com 4820 Washington. 713.861.2726 STRAITS [singaporean] 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N. 713.365.9922 | www.straitsrestaurants.com TIGER DEN www.tigerdentx.com 9889 Bellaire Blvd.. 832.804.7755 UCHI www.uchirestaurants.com 904 Westheimer. 713.522.4808 UPTOWN SUSHI www.uptown-sushi.com 1131 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.871.1200
bar-b-que BROOKSTREET BBQ 10705 Westheimer. 713.783.3600 www.brookstreetbbq.com
EURASIA www.eurasiasushi.com 1330 Wirt Rd. 832.203.8815
GOODE COMPANYwww.goodecompany.com 5109 Kirby. 713.522.2530
GORO & GUN [japanese+noodles] 306 Main. 832.708.6195
KILLEN’S BBQ www.killensbarbecue.com 3613 E Broadway St. 281.485.2272
JENNI’S NOODLE HOUSE 3 Houston locations | www.noodlesrule.com
PIZZITOLA’S BAR B CUE 1703 Shepherd Dr. 713.227.2283 www.pizzitolasbbq.com
KAM’S [chinese] www.kamscuisine.com 4500 Montrose Blvd. #C. 713.529.5057
CAFE EXPRESS www.cafe-express.com 12 convenient locations in Houston CANOPY www.canopyhouston.com 3939 Montrose Blvd. 713.528.6848
LAURENZO’S www.laurenzos.net 4412 Washington. 713.880.5111
• TABLE 1800 Post Oak Blv. 713.439.1000 www.tablerestaurant.com
KUBO’S www.kubos-sushi.com 2414 University Blvd. #200. 713.528.7878
CANYON CREEK CAFÉ 6603 Westcott St. 713.864.5885 www.onioncreekcafe.com
LIBERTY KITCHEN www.libertykitchenoysterbar.com 1050 Studewood St. 713.802.0533
THE BISTRO www.bistrosorella.com 800 Sorella Court. 713.827.3545
KUU [japanese] www.kuurestaurant.com 947 Gessner Rd. 713.461.1688
THE GROVE www.thegrovehouston.com 1611 Lamar. 713.337.7321
•LES GIVRAL’S KAHVE www.lesgivrals.com 4601 Washington. 832.582.7671
LIBERTY KITCHEN & OYSTERETTE www.libertykitchenoysterette.com 424 San Felipe. 713.622.1010
NARA [korean] www.narahouston.com 2800 Kirby Dr. 281.249.5944
DUA [vietnamese] www.duarestaurant.com 1201 Westheimer. 713.524.5664
KENNY & ZIGGY’S 2327 Post Oak Blvd. 713.871.8883 www.kennyandziggys.com
CINQ www.lacolombedor.com 3410 Montrose Blvd. 713.469.4750
MAI’S [vietnamese] www.maishouston.com 3403 Milam. 713.520.5300
KONA GRILL [japanese+american] 2 Houston locations | www.konagrill.com
LILO & ELLA www.liloandella.com 2307 Ella. 281.888.5335
breakfast+coffee+ diners+juice bars, etc. ANTIDOTE COFFEE 729 Studewood. 713.861.7400 ARAYA www.arayachocolate.com 2 Houston locations AVALON DRUG CO. & DINER 3 Houston locations | www.avalondiner.com BABA YEGA CAFE www.babayega.com 2607 Grant St. 713.522.0042
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BLACKSMITH 1018 Westheimer. 832.360.470 BOOMTOWN COFFEE 242 W. 19th. St. 713.862.7018 www.boomtowncoffee.com CAFÉ BRASIL www.brasilcafe.net 2604 Dunlavy. 713.528.1993 CATALINA COFFEE 2201 Washington. 713.861.8448 www.catalinacoffeeshop.com CEDAR CREEK CAFE 1034 W. 20th St. 713.808.9623 www.cedarcreek.squarespace.com COCO’S CREPES www.cocoscrepes.com 218 Gray St. 713.521.0700 COMMON BOND www.wearecommonbond.com 1706 Westheimer. 713.529.35350 CRAVE CUPCAKES www.cravecupcakes.com 1151 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.622.7283 D’AMICO’S www.damico-café.com 2802 White Oak. 713.868.3400 DOUBLE TROUBLE 3622 Main St.. 713.874.0096 DRY CREEK CAFÉ www.drycreekcafe.com 544 Yale St. 713.426.2313
BRASSERIE MAX + JULIE [french] 4315 Montrose. 713.524.0070 www.maxandjulie.net
ONION CREEK COFFEE HOUSE 3106 White Oak Dr. 713.880.0706 www.onioncreekcafe.com
CHARIVARI[european] www.charivarirest.com 2521 Bagby. 713.521.723
OPEN COFFEE CLUB 2503 Bagby. 713.874.0082
COSTA BRAVA BISTRO [spanish/french] 5115 Bellaire. 713.839.1005 www.costabravabistro.com
PETITE SWEETS 2700 West Alabama. 713.520.7007 www.petitesweetshouston.com
ÉTOILE CUISINE [french] 1101-11 Uptown Park. 832.668.5808 www.etoilecuisine.com
RUSTIKA CAFÉ www.rustikacafe.com 3237 Southwest Frwy. 713.665.6226
GREEN SEED VEGAN 4320 Almeda Road. 713.487.8346 www.greenseedvegan.com
SALENTO WINE CAFE 2407 Rice Blvd. 713.528.7478 www.salentowinecafe.com
OPORTO [european] www.oporto.us 3833 Richmond. 713.621.1114
SOUTHSIDE ESPRESSO 904 Westheimer. 713.942.9990 www.southsideespresso.com
THE QUEEN VIC PUB [european] 2712 Richmond. 713.533.0022 www.thequeenvicpub.com
SPRINKLES CUPCAKES www.sprinkles.com 4014 Westheimer. 713.871.9929
THE SPRINGBOK [south african] 711 Main St. 832.767.5574 www.springbokhouston.com
SWEET www.sweethouston.com 801 Town & Country. 713.647.9338
EMPIRE CAFÉ www.empirecafe.net 1732 Westheimer. 713.528.5282 FELLINI CAFFE www.fellinihouston.com 5211 Kelvin. 281.888.6654
THE BUFFALO GRILLE 2 Houston locations www.thebuffalogrille.com
FOUNTAIN VIEW CAFÉ 1842 Fountain View. 713.785.9060 www.fountain-view-cafe.com
TINY BOXWOOD’S 2 Houston locations www.tinyboxwoods.com
HARRYS www.harrysrestaurantcafe.com 318 Tuam. 713.528.0198 INVERSION COFFEE HOUSE 1953 Montrose, #A. 713.523.4866 www.inversioncoffee.com ISLAND GRILL + JUICE BAR 2 Houston locations | www.islandgrillhouston.com KRAFTSMEN CAFE www.kraftsmencafe.com 611 W. 22nd St. 713.426.1300 MICHAEL’S COOKIE JAR • 5330 Weslayan St. 713.771.8603 • 711 Louisina. (DT tunnel system) www.michaelscookiejar.com
LE MISTRAL [french] 1400 Eldridge Parkway. 832.379.8322 www.lemistralhouston.com
SIPHON COFFEE 701 W. Alabama. 281.974.4426 www.siphoncoffeehouston.com
THE BREAKFAST KLUB 3711 Travis. 713.528.8561 www.thebreakfastklub.com
FUEL www.fuelhealthbar.com 1005 Waugh Dr., #C. 713.528.3835
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MORE THAN CAKES 325 Heights. 713.652.5135 www.morethancakes.com
cajun+creole+southern RAGIN’ CAJUN/L.A. BAR www.ragin-cajun.com | 5 Houston locations 4302 A Richmond Ave. 713.623.6321 THIS IS IT SOULFOOD 2712 Blodgett St. 713.521.2920 www.thisisithouston.com TREEBEARDS www.treebeards.com 5 Houston locations ZYDECO www.zydecolouisianadiner.com 2 Houston locations
european/other BISTRO LE CEP[french] www.bistro-lecep.com 11112 Westheimer. 713.783.3985 BRASSERIE 19 www.brasserie19.com 1962 W. Gray. 713.524.1919
indian ASHIANA www.ashianarestaurant.net 12610 Briar Forest Dr. 281.679.5555 KIRAN’S www.kiranshouston.com 4100 Westheimer. 713.960.8472
CANDELARI’S www.candelaris.com 14545 Memorial Dr. 281.497.0612 COPPA OSTERIA www.coppaosteriahouston.com 5210 Morningside. 713.522.3535 COLTIVARE www.coltivarehouston.com 3320 White Oak Dr. 713.637.4095 DACAPO’S PASTRY CAFÉ 1141 E. 11th St. 713.869.9141 www.dacapospastrycafe.com MASCALZONE www.ilmascalzone.com 12126 Westheimer. 832.328.5151 OSTERIA MAZZANTINI www.osteriamazzantini.com 2200 Post Oak. 713.993.9898 PIATTO www.piattoristorante.com 3 Houston locations RISTORANTE CAVOUR 1080 Uptown Park. 713.418.1104 www.granducahouston.com SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE 901 Commerce @ Travis. 713.229.9715 www.meatballs.com TONY MANDOLA’S www.tonymandolas.com 1212 Waugh. 713.528.3474
latin AMAZON GRILL www.cordua.com 5114 Kirby Dr. 713.522.5888 ARGENTINA CAFEwww.theargentinacafe.com 3055 Sage Rd. 713.622.8877
NARIN’S BOMBAY BRASSERIE 3005 West Loop South. 713.622.2005 www.thebombaybrasserie.com
BATANGA www.batangahouston.com 908 Congress. 713.224.9500
PONDICHERI www.pondichericafe.com 2800 Kirby. 713.522.2022
BCN [spanish] www.bcnhouston.com 4210 Roseland St. 832.834.3411
SHIVA www.shivarestaurant.com 2415 Times Blvd. 713.523.4753
BERRYHILL[texmex] 10 Houston locations www.berryhillbajagrill.com
italian • ARCODORO www.arcodoro.com 5000 Westheimer. 713.621.6888 • ARTURO BOADA CUISINE 6510 Del Monte. 713.782.3011 www.boadacuisine.com • BIRRAPORETTI’S theater district 500 Louisiana. 713.224.9494 www.birrarestaurant.com BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE www.brioitalian.com 12808 Queensbury Ln. 713.973.9610
BISTRO BAR [puerto rican] 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. 713.973.1601 www.hotelsorella-citycentre.com CAFÉ PIQUET [cuban] www.cafepiquet.net 5757 Bissonnet. 713.664.1031 CARACOL [mex] www.caracol.net 2200 Post Oak Blvd. 713.622.9996 CHAMA GAÚCHA [brazilian] 5865 Westheimer. 713.244.9500 www.chamagaucha.com CYCLONE ANAYA’S [mex] 4 Houston locations | www.cycloneanaya.com
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EL REY [cuban-mex] www.elreytaqueria.com 4 Houston locations EL TIEMPO CANTINA [mex] 6 Houston locations | www.eltiempocantina.com GLORIA’S www.gloriasrestaurants.com 2616 Louisiana. 832.360.1710 IRMA’S [mex] www.irmassouthwest.com 2 Houston locations LAS VENTANAS [mex] www.lasventanas.net 14555 Grisby Rd. 281.752.6990 LATIN BITES CAFE [peru] 5709 Woodway Dr. 713.229.8369 www.latinbitescafe.com LUCIO’S [new american latin] 905 Taft. 713.523.9958 | www.luciosbyob.com MAJORCA [spanish] 207 Gray St. 832.582.7176 www.majorcabistroandtapas.com MARIA SELMA [mex] www.mariaselma.com 1617 Richmond. 713.528.4920 MODERN TACOS [mex] www.motacos.com 10455 Briar Forest Dr. 713.784.4600 NINFA’S THE ORIGINAL www.ninfas.com 2704 Navigation Blvd. 713.228.1175 PISTOLERO’S www.pistoleroshouston.com 1517 Westheimer. 281.974.3860 RADICAL EATS www.radicaleats.com 507 Westheimer. 713.697.8719 RIOJA [spanish] www.riojarestaurant.com 11920 Westheimer. 281.531.5569 SAL Y PIMIENTA www.salypimientskitchen.com 818 Town & Country Blvd.. 832.849.0097 TACOS A GO-GO www.tacosagogo.com 2 Houston locations
TEXAS DE BRAZIL [brazilian] 822 Town & Country Blvd. 713.730.3013 www.texasdebrazil.com
STAR PIZZA www.starpizza.net 2 Houston locations
BLU [euro-asian] www.blusugarland.com 2248 Texas Dr. 281.903.7324 BROOKSTREET BBQ 1418 Highway 6. 281.313.4000 www.brookstreetbbq.com
CAFFE DI FIORE [italian] 10110 Woodlands Pkwy. 281.298.1228 www.caffe-di-fiore.com CENTRAL TACO www.centraltaco.com 10975 I-45 South. 936.206.5936
THE LEMON TREE [peru] 12591 Whittington. 281.556.0690 www.thelemontreeonline.com
FLEMING’S www.flemingssteakhouse.com 3 Houston locations
TILA’S [mex] www.tilas.com 1111 S. Shepherd. 713.522.7654
MORTON’S www.mortons.com 2 Houston locations
GRIMALDI’S PIZZERIA 16535 Southwest Frwy. 281.265.2280 www.grimaldispizzeria.com
MO’S www.mosaplaceforsteaks.com 1801 Post Oak Blvd. 713.877.0720
JAPANEIRO’S www.japaneiro.com 2168 Texas Dr. 281.242.1121
HUBBELL & HUDSON KITCHEN 24 Waterway Ave. 281.203.5641 www.hubbellandhudson.com
PERRY’S GRILL www.perryssteakhouse.com 2115 Town Square. 281.565.2727
JASPER’S www.kentrathbun.com/jaspers 9595 Six Pines Dr. 281.298.6600
PHO MAI NOODLE HOUSE 16200 Kensington Dr. 281.491.1528 www.phomainoodlehouse.com
KITA [japanese] 24 Waterway Ave. 281.298.1888
mediterranean+greek CAFE LILI [lebanese] www.cafelili.com 5757 Westheimer. 713.952.6969 DROUBI BROS. www.droubibrothers.com 507 Dallas St. 713.652.0058
EL MESON [cuban] www.elmeson.com 2425 University. 713.522.9306
NIKO NIKO’S www.nikonikos.com •2520 Montrose. 713.528.4976 •301 Milam@Market Square. 713.224.4976 PHOENICIA DELI [lebanese] 2 Houston locations | www.phoeniciafoods.com
pizza ANTONIO’S FLYING PIZZA 2920 Hillcroft. 713.783.6080 www.antonios.com
• MR. PEEPLES 1911 Bagby St. 713.208.2319 www.mrpeeples.com PALM www.thepalm.com 6100 Westheimer Rd. 713.977.2544 PAPPAS BROS. www.pappasbros.com 5839 Westheimer Rd. 713.780.7352
BOMBAY PIZZA CO. 2 Houston locations | www.bombaypizzaco.com
RUTH’S CHRIS www.ruthschris.com 5433 Westheimer Rd. 713.789.2333
DOLCE VITA PIZZERIA ENOTECA 500 Westheimer. 713.520.8222 www.dolcevitahouston.com
SHULA’S Hyatt Hotel | www.donshula.com 1200 Louisiana St. 713.375.4777
FRANK’S PIZZA www.frankspizza.com 417 Travis. 713.225.5656 PINK’S PIZZA www.pinkspizza.com 4 Houston locations PIOLA www.piola.it 3201 Louisiana St. 713.524.8222 PIZARO’S www.pizarospizza.com 14028 Memorial Dr. 281.589.7277 REGINELLI’S PIZZERIA www.reginellis.com 12389 Kingsride Lane. 713.468.2727
VALLONE’S www.vallones.com 947 Gessner. 713.395.6100 VIC & ANTHONY’S www.vicandanthonys.com 1510 Texas Ave. 713.228.1111
SUGAR LAND AURA BRASSERIE www.aura-restaurant.com 15997 City Walk. 281.403.2872 BLACK WALNUT CAFE 16535 Southwest Frwy. 281.565.7800 www.blackwalnutcafe.com
RAGIN CAJUN www.ragin-cajun.com 16100 Kensington Dr. 281.277.0704 THE BURNING PEAR www.theburningpear.com 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925 TRADICAO [brazilian] 12000 Southwest Frwy. 281.277.9292 www.tradicaosteakhouse.com WILLIE’S GRILL + ICE HOUSE 945 Highway 6. 281.242.2252 www.williesrestaurants.com
THE WOODLANDS 1252 TAPAS BAR [spanish] 9595 Six Pines Dr. 281.419.1260 www.1252tapasbar.com AMERICAS www.cordua.com 21 Waterway Avenue. 281.367.1492 AMERIGO'S GRILLE [italian] www.amerigos.com 25250 Grogans Park Dr. 281.362.0808 BENIHANA [asian] www.benihana.com 1720 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.292.0061 BRIO www.brioitalian.com 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.465.8993
DIMASSI’S www.dimassi.com 1640 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.363.0200
LA BIKINA www..labikinausa.com 4223 Research Forest Dr. 281.419-1985 LUCA & LEONARDO [italian] 20 Waterway Ave. 832.510.2110 www.lucaleonardo.com MASA’S SUSHI www.sushimasahouston.com 4775 W. Panther Creek Dr. 281.298.5688 ROBARD’S 125 Autumnwood Way. www.robardssteakhouse.com SCHILLECI'S NEW ORLEANS KITCHEN 9595 Six Pines Dr. 281.419.4242 www.schillecis.com SITAR CUISINE OF INDIA 25701 Interstate 45. 281.364.0200 www.sitarcuisineofindia.net TOMMY BAHAMA www.tommybahama.com 9595 Six Pines Dr. 281.292.6878 UNI SUSHI 9595 Six Pines Dr. 281.298.7177
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SUPERNATURAL ART Last month Mexican artist JORGE MARÍN’S bronze sculptures were installed at Discovery Green. There is an undeniable grace and lightness to Marin’s grand bronze sculptures with obvious Da Vinci-like attention to the human body. Many of his works “are precisely made with Leonardo da Vinci’s Universal Man in mind” but Marin adds his mark with his masks while at the same time recognizes his renaissance influences. It’s this seamless blend of classical influence with mythical themes of wings and masked creatures posing or flying through the air that make Marin’s work so awe-inspiring. Being from Mexico myself, Marin’s work has been familiar to me for years. It’s something most Mexican nationals can relate to and almost feel like they belong to us, as with one of the best recognizable of his works, Wings of the City, which was prominently on display in Mexico City in the middle of one of the city’s most traffic-filled roads, the Paseo de la Reforma. I asked Marin about the supernatural symbols present in his works. Marin shares, “It is not a new idea, let’s remember that since the beginning of time, some 5,000 years ago, humans are represented with wings and masks throughout various cultures and this is repeated throughout history almost obsessively. Take Garuda in India or Ehecatl (the re-Columbian deity) in Mesoamerica. In short, it’s not a new theme; we can’t deny the temptation to represent humans with this supernatural ability to fly.” And this is why Marin believes people can so easily relate to Wings of the City. “My work is able to connect easily with any person, of any race or culture and in that sense it has been so well received by Houstonians.” Marin continues to explore and push his boundaries promising exciting new works in 2015.
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IT’S THIS SEAMLESS BLEND OF CLASSICAL INFLUENCE WITH MYTHICAL THEMES OF WINGS AND MASKED CREATURES POSING OR FLYING THROUGH THE AIR THAT MAKE MARIN’S WORK SO AWE-INSPIRING.
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7. HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON www.hmh.org Ongoing, Ground Zero 360: Never Forget honors the victims of 9/11, created and organized by Paul McCormack, a retired lieutenant from the New York City Police Department who participated in the rescue and recovery effort, and his wife Nicole McClean, a New York-based photographer from Ireland who took pictures of the chaos that day.
1. THE MENIL COLLECTION www.menil.org
December 8–13, observe Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang monastery in South India create a detailed sand mandala in the museum’s foyer. The opening and closing ceremonies are worth putting on your calendar for one is a celebration including chanting and music while the other portrays nonattachment through the works dismantling. In conjunction with the ongoing exhibit Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence is the community exhibition of Peace Trees at Neighborhood Centers where visitors can be a part of a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments, in the form of notes with peace messages expressing their emotions and wishes associated with the spirit of the season. This is on display at BakerRipley Neighborhood Center, 6500 Rookin St. and the Cleveland-Ripley Neighborhood Center at 720 Fairmont Pkwy., Pasadena. Over at the Blaffer Art Museum on the UH campus is the first solo museum exhibition of Venezuelan artist Miguel Armat, a former Museum of Fine Arts
8. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON www.cmhouston.org 9. THE HEALTH MUSEUM www.thehealthmuseum.org
Photo Caption: René Sultra and Maria Barthélémy (Touluse, France) RétinA, 2012-2013, Courtesy of the artists, Fifteen Vingts Hospital (Paris), Second Sight, François Roussel, Nazim Fates, Mill Gau and Emeric Mourot
Photography’s Influence on Science & Medicine examines some of the ways in which science and medicine have benefited from photography, featuring works from the 19th century as well as contemporary photographers, scientists and medical doctors. Coordinated by HCP Curator Libbie Masterson, the exhibition also includes a large installation by French artists Rene Sultra and Marie Barthelemy involving LED woven fabric and optical scanners. In addition, Dr. Eric Folsom, developer of the CMOS sensor and the technology used in the PillCam will give a public lecture during the exhibition’s run.
Ongoing, Attack of the Bloodsuckers. It’s the science of what’s biting you. This family-friendly exhibit examines the what, why, when and how of parasites that feed off blood, including mosquitos, fleas, ticks and leeches. Learn about human blood which is high-energy fuel for the animals who have adapted to eating it, with about 20 grams of protein in every drop. 11. HOUSTON ZOO www.houstonzoo.org
3. THE ROTHKO CHAPEL www.rothkochapel.org
Alpha Underground Movements (installation view) photo by Nash Baker
Houston Core Fellow and Rice University Duncan Artist in Residence. Miguel Amat: Dark Pool Knight Vision is up through December 13. We are living in very conflictive times and Amat responds to the political repression in Venezuela through a series of photographs, sculptures, collages and a video probing the opacity and hidden liquidity for US military and financial operations. 2. HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY www.hcponline.org
On view through January 4, 2015, Science:
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4. HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT www.crafthouston.org Ongoing, In Residence: Work by 2013 Resident Artists, an exhibit that celebrates the high level of craftsmanship and creativity reflected within the work produced by artists during their tenure in HCCC’s Artist Residency Program. Ongoing, Craftexas 2014, the 8th in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. 5. LAWNDALE ARTCENTER www.lawndaleartcenter.org The 27th Annual Dia de los Muertos exhibit runs thru November 9 celebrates the art, music and folklore of Mexico through this show of artist-made retablos, student installations, workshops and performances. The educational programs encourage dialogue about the rich Mexican-American heritage in the region as well as promote cultural awareness of this celebration of family, life and community. 6. BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM www.buffalosoldiersmuseum.com
With more than 2 million lights this year, Zoo Lights is back and even more remarkable than before. Having many new and exciting additions including more life-size ornaments, a walk-in snow globe and the entire African Forest lit up, you won’t want to miss this! 10. HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE www.hmns.org
The Houston Museum of Natural Science recently unveiled the Farish Hall of Texas Wildlife with over 425 specimens, representing well over 250 species on display, making it the most species-rich assemblage in Texas wildlife on the planet. (We do everything bigger in Texas!) Present-day specimens like alligators, waterfowl and white-tailed deer are on display, as are endangered and extinct species like ocelots, whooping cranes, jaguars and the passenger pigeon. Some animals, such as a rat-
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tlesnake and skunk, actually “come to life” with robotic movements and sounds after being activated by museum visitors.
now at mfah.org/mixedmedia.
12. RICE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY www.ricegallery.org Thru November 23, Yusuke Asai’s: New Installation, commissioned by the gallery, features the Japanese artist’s work in conjunction with the Menil Collection’s exhibition Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence. Asai paints with different types of mud, dust, soil and natural materials found locally.
Ongoing, Robert Hodge: Destroy and Rebuild. Using the traditional form of décollage established in the 1960s, Robert Hodge creates 3-dimensional paintings whose materials are steeped in communal histories. Double Life, opening December 13, delves into the audience presence, going beyond performance art as just an art but understanding life itself as a form of performance. The exhibit features works by Jérôme Bel, Wu Tsang and Haegue Yang.
13. THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON www.mfah.org The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, spotlights JUMP N FUNK with Rich Medina + The Marksmen at MFAH Mixed Media on Friday, November 7, from 8pm to midnight. DJ SUN and DJ Chicken George round out the lineup for this late-night art party, which features DJs, drinks and exclusive access to the exhibition Monet and the Seine: Impressions of a River. Tickets are on sale
14. CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON www.camh.org
15. THE JUNG CENTER OF HOUSTON www.junghouston.org
Interconnections exhibit opens December 2. Artist Barbara Jackson explores the relationships of light, time and space by using high-tech interference paint. The abstract compositions incorporate the natural environment ranging from the microscopic to celestial. 16. CZECH CENTER MUSEUM www.czechcenter.org KEY TO SYMBOLS
PARKING RESTAURANT SHOPPING SNACKS FREE ADMISSION
17. JOHN C. FREEMAN WEATHER MUSEUM www.houstonmuseumdistrict.org 18. ASIA SOCIETY TEXAS CENTER www.asiasociety.org Ongoing, Urban Asia: Kirk Pedersen explores urban Asia through a camera lens, reconfiguring perceptions of the visual and spatial densities represented by the great cities there. Pedersen’s works show connections to the Abstract Expressionist and Minimalist movements while capturing a distinct era in Asia’s transition to a global epicenter.
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THIS MONTH’S MUST-SEE EXHIBITS.
FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF ART HOUSES, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT www.002mag.com. 1. DEBORAH COLTON GALLERY From New Orleans, acclaimed artist Angelbery Metoyer opens
Seasons of Heaven which experiments with presuppositions of personal evolution and allows for the presented artworks’ imbued memory to give way to their greater purpose and meaning. A title influenced by childhood, expressing Metoyer’s meditation on past and future as an individual that gauges the changing season of a present life, examining moments that reoccur and those that will never occur again. Metoyer’s constant exploration of what humans refer to as heaven make for vivid creative pieces throughout his career which started at 18 with a dual exhibit at Project Row Houses in Houston. Today Metoyer’s work can be found in many museum collections including the African American Museum in Dallas, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig and the Williamsburg Museum of 21st Century Art in Brooklyn, plus countless private collections. On view through January 3, 2015.
2. ESPERSON GALLERY
reopened in Downtown’s Green Street featuring works of art from
emerging Texas artists as well as national artists. Houstonians represented by the gallery include David Adickes, Kelley Devine, Allison Hunter, Taft McWhorter, Kent Schaffer, Lee Carrier, Willy Gardiner and GONZO247. National artists include New York photographer Lyle Owerko, NY painter/scientist Jen Hannaford, LA artist Steven Silverstein and Chicago artists Richard Blanco and Tracy Jones.
CENTER DOWNTOWN. His whimsical collection of pieces play with American’s fixation and delight with food. Curated by Sally Reynolds, the exhibit utilizes paper, resin, glass, aluminum, steel, silicone, bronze and styrofoam. Kittleson’s lunchbox ties with memories of family gatherings and consumer culture while incorporating odd scales in a playful orientation. 3. Paul Kittelson’s Through the Lunchbox will be on view through January 5 at
4. PROJECT ROW HOUSES
presents the Third Ward Community Kwanzaa Market on December 27, 3–7pm at 2521 Holman St. There will be music, local talent acts, arts activities for all ages, arts and crafts vendors and much more. Enjoy singers, rappers, spoken word, step team, drum line, musical performances, cultural showcases and performance artists.
5. If you’re in Galveston this holiday season, make sure to check out Houston-
Retrospective at the GALVESTON ARTS CENTER on view through January 5. Feinstein graduated from The Glassell School of Art in 2002, and earned her BFA from the University of Houston in 2008. This year, she celebrates fifteen years of contemporary printmaking with a traveling retrospective exhibition, curated by Professor Vincent Falsetta of the Art Department at University of North Texas, Denton. Inspired and fascinated by the interior geometry of organic things – the concentric patterns of tree rings or the cellular structure of a plant when observed under a microscope. based mono-print artist Orna Feinstein – Now and Zen: a 15-Year
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6. CHERRYHURST HOUSE is a new art gallery nestled in a restored bungalow in Montrose where artists are invited to participate in their Artist in Residency program. Out of Place: Photographs and Other Fictions by Barbara Levine and Daniela 2. Edburg use photography as a jumping-off point for their artistic journeys, but then take us into uncharted and often mysterious terrain. By constructing and photographing artificial environments, or re-assembling found photographs into dystopian montages, the artists create work that cunningly subverts the traditional definitive functions of the photograph. Levine and Edburg are the third group of artists to live, work and exhibit at Cherryhurst House. Make sure to check out this new addition to our local art scene this month. Open to the public by appointment only on Saturdays 12â€“4pm. www.cherryhursthouse.com
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GISH AT THE MOVIES
RENAISSANCE MAN AND HOUSTON PROUD
One Armed Man
PVA GRAD TIM GUINEE IS ONE BUSY GUY. HE’S FLYING AROUND THE COUNTRY WITH HIS DIRECTORIAL FILM DEBUT, “ONE ARMED MAN,” WHILE NOT EATING MUCH TO PREPARE FOR HIS NEXT ROLE AS A CANCER PATIENT. IN HIS SCANT DOWNTIME, HE’S A BEEKEEPER, TIGHTROPE WALKER, BANJO PLAYER, FIREMAN AND FARMER. AND HE’S MARRIED TO PROLIFIC WRITER DAISY FOOTE, DAUGHTER OF PLAYWRIGHT HORTON FOOTE AND A SIMILARLY PASSIONATE SOUL. I RECENTLY SPOKE TO TIM FROM HIS FARM IN UPSTATE NEW YORK AND HAD A CONVERSATION WITH THE SELF-PROCLAIMED “MIGRANT FILM WORKER” ABOUT HIS NEW FILM, WHAT HE LOVES ABOUT HOUSTON AND HIS TRANSITION FROM ACTING TO DIRECTING FILMS. Tim was only in Houston for his high school years but it was here where his love of art and drama and culture was nurtured – inspired by his artist mom as well as by others in his world: “I used to go into Brazos Bookstore all the time and Karl (Kilian, then the owner) would suggest books. It felt like he had read everything there and he would talk to me at length about my selections.” Other favorite haunts were the River Oaks Theatre (“I went there all the time and saw films like ‘Our Hitler,’ a seven-hour experimental German film”), the Alley Theatre, the Shakespeare Festival, TUTS productions and the famous punk hangout, the Island. And HSPVA was front and center for him. “That place was a sanctuary for me…a phenomenal gift,” said Tim.
HOUSTON CINEMA ARTS FESTIVAL (www.hcaf14.org) and is a beautiful, poetically
“One Armed Man” is a short film that made its debut here last month during the
paced film that captures life in 1920s Wharton, Texas, in a way that resonates with today’s struggles between “The Man” and “the man.” Based on a Horton Foote play, the story is a tense moment-in-time in which a young, unstable man named Ned insists over and over again that his former cotton gin boss return his arm that was cut off in one of the factory’s dangerous machines. Guinee played Ned in a stage version many years ago, so that connection, coupled with the fact that he’s a huge fan of Horton Foote’s work, made this a perfect first foray. Future feature-length film projects include one with wife Daisy, based on her well-received Off Broadway play Bhutan, and a triptych of Horton Foote plays, expanding the story in “One Armed Man” to include the 1950s and 1980s. Tim Guinee’s art is all in the family…and it’s all good.
Sarah Gish is an artist, mama, igniter and connector who has been writing for 002houston magazine since 1998. She was one of the co-founders of Q-Fest, Houston’s only LGBT festival, and was the publicist and city manager for Landmark Theatres in the 1990s, overseeing the River Oaks, Greenway and Saks movie theatres. She owns Gish Creative (www.gishcreative.com), a personal, family and business enrichment company that she founded in 2000. It’s her joy to bring the love of movies to Houstonians and to let people know about all the amazing arts and culture in Houston. 36. december 14 | www.002mag.com
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FRESH ARTS SCENE
YOU ARE GETTING THAT WARM TINGLY FEELING ON THE INSIDE, AND LOVED ONES ARE COMING FROM NEAR AND FAR. HERE ARE JUST A FEW MORE THINGS TO ADD TO YOUR LISTS OF REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL.
By Ariel Jones
SECRET SANDWICH Fresh Arts | Opening reception: Friday, December 5, 2014 December 5, 2014 – January 16, 2015 How do you bring together six talented artists working independently under a common theme for a group show? The answer: Make it fun. Fresh Arts presents Secret Sandwich, a multimedia exhibition of new work from artists Monica Foote, Jonathan Jardin, Paris Jomadiao, Geoff Smith, Alyssa Stephens and Alonso Tapia. In 2013 the local collaborative combined forces to create and distribute the limited edition zine, Cat Juice. In this first full-scale exhibition, they will turn their attention to dissecting an all-American lunchtime favorite. Using video projection, large-scale soft sculpture, fabric art, cut paper collage, graphic design, painting and done in the collective’s distinctive tongue-in-cheek style of art making, Secret Sandwich will cut, layer and serve the results of their unique collaborative process in the Fresh Arts gallery. The public is invited to a free opening reception with the artists beginning at 6pm, on Friday, December 5, at Fresh Arts, 2101 Winter Street, Studio B11, Houston, TX, 77007. Free parking is available. www.fresharts.org
UNSILENT NIGHT Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts December 11, 2014, 6pm reception, 7pm promenade Join the Mitchell Center in collaboration with Buffalo Bayou Partnership for a free interactive holiday event, Unsilent Night. New York composer Phil Kline created this 43-minute piece, written specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December. It takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer. Each participant gets one of four tracks of music that can easily be downloaded on your smart phone – you will be downloading the app once you arrive. When participants play their different “parts” simultaneously, it helps create the special sound of the piece. The event takes place on Lot H of Sabine Promenade, Free. www.mitchellcenterforarts.org/unsilent-night/
HOMAGE TO DOMESTIC FAMILIARITY III HOLIDAY NIGHT IN BLACK & WHITE Spring Street Studios | December 11, 5pm–9pm Spring Street Studios presents Holiday Night in Black & White open house. Live entertainment, light bites, drinks and an eggnog tasting contest. Spring Street Studio tenants will open their doors in the true spirit of the holidays to celebrate and enjoy a night of fun. Guests are encouraged to dress in black and white. Spring Street Studios, 1824 Spring St. www.springstreetstudios.info
Anya Tish Gallery Through December 27, 2014 Anya Tish Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming group exhibition, Homage to Domestic Familiarity III, featuring local, regional and international artists working in a variety of media. As the third installment of the Domestic Familiarity exhibitions, the common thread amongst these diversified artists is their emphasis on depicting the mundane. Objects that are simple and inconspicuous staples of life in the industrialized world assume a role of prominence, unveiling beauty and intrigue from inherent banality. Anya Tish Gallery, 4411 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006 www.anyatishgallery.com december 14 | www.002mag.com .37
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SECOND WARD RAPPER U-NEEK STARTED RECORDING WHEN SHE WAS IN HER EARLY TEENS, TOOK A FIVE-YEAR BREAK, AND THEN CONNECTED WITH THE HOUSTON CREW HONGREE MOB (ALSO FEATURING BIG GERB, YUNG SURREAL, SPIKTAKULA). SHE CAME BACK AS A DIFFERENT ARTIST. HOW WAS YOUR HALLOWEEN WEEKEND? It was crazy. I didn’t really go out, but I when I did, I got into an accident. But I made it out all right. I got a little bruised up.
Facebook stories are now, you see a little story and most likely it’s fake? That’s kinda the way I thought it was. I thought it was just a story, but it was crazy to find out it was true.
WAS IT YOUR FAULT? No, I was in the back asleep. But if I was awake, I probably could have prevented it.
DO YOU STILL FREESTYLE OR ARE YOU MORE OF A WRITER NOW? Well, really, I’ve always been a writer. I used to write short stories and poems, and somebody heard my poems and they were like, “Well, if you can write like that, you can spit.” Back then, since I wrote all the time, it was easy for me to just freestyle. After that five-year break, I got a little rusty, but I’ll still go in on a freestyle. Especially when I’m with Hongree Mob. When we’re at shows, we always break into a freestyle, and they always throw me in the circle, so I can never stay quiet. I gotta step up and spit somethin’, and they’re some beasts, so I gotta come with it. That’s one thing where I feel like I wanna sharpen back up, because I miss that old feeling of battling dudes. I used to do that shit a lot at parties and at school.
DID YOU HAVE HOUSTON HEROES GROWING UP? Well, to be honest with you, when I was young, I was into, like, dance music, alternative music, Spanish music, R&B. I liked rap and hip-hop, but that wasn’t what I wanted to buy. I didn’t start listening to the artists like that until really, I think, SPM. I knew rap already, but when I heard SPM, I guess because he was Hispanic, that really sparked my interest. Like, “Well, maybe I could do it, too.” HOW DID IT HIT YOU WHEN HE WENT TO JAIL? Man… I still discuss this now, ’cause now that I’m doin’ my little thing in the underground, like I’ve met Low G and Rasheed from Dope House, so hearing the stories, it makes me feel like “Damn – he needs to be out here.” I know the story’s messed up and everything, but… I just feel like we lost a good artist, man. And he was so close to home. He was from here. It was just like he was one of us. Some of my cousins knew him. HE MEANT A LOT TO THE COMMUNITY. He did. It caught me off guard. I didn’t believe it. You know how all those
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WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED NEXT? By January or February I’m gonna drop my first solo album. The title is Lick My Flawz. I might be callin’ some people out on there, I don’t know yet. THERE’S ALWAYS ROOM FOR THAT. There’s always room for it. I’m known to talk a lot of shit so I might as well put it on the tracks. Get some frustration out. www.soundcloud.com/u-neek-1 Interview by Lance Scott Walker | Photography by Anthony Rathbun
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PAST, PRESENTS AND FUTURE HOUSTON’S CREATIVES COME TOGETHER FOR A GOOD CAUSE
ew cities collaborate as well as Houston. In a town known for its entrepreneurial spirit, innovative business culture and generous philanthropic enterprise, it’s no surprise that the Bayou City attracts the best and brightest in every field – but what sets Houston apart is their ability to come together for a good cause.
To the Black Sheep Agency, creative connection is about more than just marketing – it’s about giving back to the community. Together with media sponsor 002houston magazine and creative partners like Aleberry Creative, Always Creative, Coterie Spark, Culture Pilot, Marketing Refresh, Primer Grey, TopSpot Internet Marketing and Goodspero, the company produces an annual holiday event to rally around a worthy cause. The Care-All: Past, Presents and Future is an event that benefits Casa de Esperanza and features food and drinks from sponsors 40. december 14 | www.002mag.com
8th Wonder Brewery, Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge, Kickin’ Kombucha, Southern Star Brewing Co., St. Arnold Brewing Co., Down House, D&T Drive Inn, Bare Bowls Kitchen, Ricca Cookies, Eatsie Boys and Good Dog Hot Dogs. The event brings together Houston’s most creative and charitable people for a night of holiday merriment. Guests pay with a donation of a toy or book for the children Casa serves to gain admission to an evening of live entertainment, food, drinks, mixing and mingling. Attendees can throw a pie at a who’s who of Houston’s creative scene, bid on some presents at the silent auction or mug for the camera at the Smilebooth—it’s all for a good cause. Toy and book sponsor, Blue Whale, will be holding a pop-up shop for featuring some of The Height’s store’s gift options. By Sarah Gabbert | Photohraphy by Frida Villalobos
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PEOPLE OF HOUSTON
Photography by Anthony Rathbun
CAMILO ROJAS III Part of town you live in: Seabrook Origin: Margarita, Venezuela Occupation: Beer marketer at Silver Eagle Distributors
ROXANNE CLAIRE Part of town you live in: The Heights Origin: Nebraska Occupation: dance teacher/studio owner/choreographer/writer/photographer
Where is your favorite place to shop? The beer and meat aisles in grocery stores. What do you do in your spare time? Spend it with my family. Where is your favorite place to hang out? Deck bars in the spring and fall. What’s your favorite room in your house? The game room as we cheer for Houston sports teams. Favorite bar? Anywhere that sells Bud Light.
If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be? Aaron Sorkin. West Wing was/is fast, funny and intelligent – and the range of information displayed is staggering. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy? An apartment in Paris. I lived there for a while in my thirties and it’s still my favorite European city. Where is your favorite place to hang out? My house. I’m the poster child for the introvert.
CLAUDIA HORWITZ Part of town you live in: The Heights Origin: Philadelphia, PA Occupation: Interim Executive Director, Rothko Chapel What’s your favorite trend? Neon-colored sneakers. If you never had to work, what would you do? Join an ashram. Who is your favorite musician? Sylvan Esso. Where do you plan to go on your next vacation? Point Reyes in Northern California. How do you stay in shape? Anytime Fitness, that’s a gym not my philosophy. 42. december 14 | www.002mag.com
JUSTIN EMORY GARCIA Part of town you live in: Rice Military Origin: Houston Occupation: Artist/Author/Creator Where is your favorite place to shop? DIY stores, paint stores. Bonus if it’s a 2 in1. If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be? Sinatra. What was your most embarrassing moment? Finding out the suit salesmen lied when he said the suit was invisible…that was a long day. If you could only wear one cosmetic product, what would it be? My beard.
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FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
WHERE TO LIVE NOW
WHETHER YOU’RE YOUNG OR OLD,
CHRISTIAN OR ATHEIST,
’TIS THE SEASON FOR
EVERYWHERE. YOU CAN’T DENY LIGHTING UP THE
NIGHT WITH TWINKLING LIGHTS DRAPED DRAMATICALLY AROUND TREES, OR LIFE-SIZE CHRISTMAS TREES AND BLUE-LIT DREIDELS, PUT A SMILE
ON YOUR FACE REGARDLESS OF YOUR BELIEFS. LET THIS MAP CREATED BY LOCAL ILLUSTRATOR PAIGE MOORE,
INSPIRE YOU TO GRAB A HOT
COCOA OR A COFFEE MUG WITH VINO (WE WON’T TELL) AND GET IN
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1.City Hall 2. Sam Houston Park 3. Discovery Green 4. Houston Zoo 5. Lights in The Heights 6. Shepherd Park &
Candlelight Park 7. River Oaks 8. Highland Village 9. West Gray 10. Uptown Park 11. The Galleria
12. Prestonwood Forest 13. The Woodlands 14. Old Town Spring (Spring) 15. Pecan Grove Plantation 16. Moody Gardens (Galveston)
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Local optometrist, Dr. Moes Nasser, O.D., doesn’t take his blessings lightly. Having grown up very poor in the village of Bariadi in Tanzania, Dr. Nasser came to the US to attend college with just $20 in his pocket. American Missionaries piqued the idea about getting an education in America, so Nasser applied for a scholarship from an Agahkhan Foundation in Switzerland and applied to the University of Houston. (Because they didn’t have an application fee at the time.) As he became successful, he decided to help his village, where much of his family and many friends still live. He established a vision clinic to help the people in his village and surrounding areas who are in need of glasses, many of whom walk dozens of miles to be seen. Now he is on a new mission to raise money to buy a bus, which can be used as a mobile sight unit with an exam room and a lab, so prescription lenses can be cut and given to patients immediately. “We are not just giving vision to someone. We are also helping a person have function and livelihood. People who are on the brink of blindness are now living changed lives,” says Dr. Nasser. So far, he has raised nearly $8,000, and has a goal of $100,000. Just five dollars is all it takes to examine a person and give them glasses in Tanzania. To help Dr. Nasser’s cause, checks can be sent to Optometry Giving Sight | 17282 Tomball Parkway, Houston, TX 77064.
Photography by Max Burkhalter
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HIS HOPE IS FOR “NO ONE TO GO TO SLEEP HUNGRY, I HAVE DONE THAT NUMEROUS TIMES IN MY CHILDHOOD,” DR. NASSER SHARES. “I APPRECIATE THE USA DAILY. IT IS HEAVEN ON EARTH.”
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EVENT 4TH ANNUAL BOO BASH WHERE J. BLACK’S FEEL GOOD KITCHEN & LOUNGE The 4th Annual Boo Bash was a hit! Houstonians raised money for the Cancer Center at Texas Children’s Hospital by bidding on silent auction baskets as guests enjoyed great company, a live DJ and a midnight breakfast. The evening concluded with a costume contest. The winners? A priest and (real-life pregnant) nun! Photography by lastnightpics.com
EVENT MONTROSE BEAUTY & FITNESS BLOCK PARTY WHERE 713 PILATES & SHYN SALON SHYN Salon and 713 Pilates hosted the first ever Montrose Beauty and Fitness Block Party celebrating 713 Pilates’ move to the neighborhood. The event also raised funds for The Center for Hearing and Speech and The Will Herndon Research Fund at Beyond Batten Disease Foundation. Photography by lastnightpics.com
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BEN JONES FOOTBALL, FAMILY AND HUNTING TEXAS IS HOME TO A SLEW OF GOOD OLE BOYS, WHICH IS PROBABLY ONE REASON TEXANS OFFENSIVE LINEMAN BEN JONES FITS RIGHT IN. “THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT HOUSTON – YOU’VE GOT THE BIG CITY AND ALL YOUR NICE RESTAURANTS, BUT YOU CAN GO 30 MINUTES OUTSIDE AND YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE,” JONES SAYS.
BEN JONES IS BY DEFINITION A COUNTRY BOY.
Just ask him his favorite color. His response: “Does camo count?” He’s a proud owner of camo-colored Crocs®. Recently married, Jones says, “The best I could do was wear boots,” since camo was vetoed. Even guys like Arian Foster and Duane Brown give him heat for owning so much camo. “They’re always like, ‘what else could you possibly have?’” since he even carries camo luggage to the games. While the Alabama native is 100% committed to football season, Jones points out it’s also dove-hunting season, and he’s taking advantage of it every chance when he’s not on the field. His favorite hunting buddy is teammate and friend Shane Lechler, where the two share a unique Monday Night Football experience. “His [Lechler’s] mom has land in Sealy – it’s a way to get away from football and clear your mind. Go out there, relax and just talk – we’re out in the middle of nowhere. If we go out there on a Monday we might watch some football – his mom has a TV in the barn – we’ll clean the doves we killed and cook supper out there and watch the game,” Jones says. Jones’ love for hunting started when he was six. “After my dad passed, my mom would carry me hunting – she would sit in the hunting stand and read her magazine while I was hunting because I wanted to go and she didn’t want me to go by myself,” he recalls. Hunting is also a way for Jones, now in his third season with the Texans, to spend time with family. “My granddaddy trains bird dogs so that’s something we can do together,” he says. While Lechler is his go-to hunting buddy, Jones has put some thought into other teammates he’d like to see with a shotgun. “I’d probably take Duane Brown, Chris Meyers or Garrett Graham – Garrett’s never shot a gun so that could be fun. Chris grew up in Miami and always been in a big city, but he could be all for it. I know Duane’s been [at the range in Vegas] and likes to shoot guns, so getting him out of his comfort zone in the middle of nowhere – I’d like to see that. Duane probably doesn’t have any camo so I’d have to loan him something. All he wears is his golf attire because he’s a big golfer,” Jones says, laughing at the image of fellow larger-than-life lineman decked out in camo.
“MY GRANDDADDY TRAINS BIRD DOGS SO THAT’S SOMETHING WE CAN DO TOGETHER.”
By Jayme Lamm Illustration by Sebastian Gomez de la Torre
WANT MORE PROOF BEN JONES IS A GOOD OLE COUNTRY BOY? HIS FAVORITE STORES: Gander Mountain, Bass Pro Shop, Academy | COLLECTS: Shotguns FAVORITE BRAND: Benelli | FAVORITE SHOW: Duck Dynasty (Si and Godwin especially)
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SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, AT THE SHARD, LONDON ESIGNED BY WORLD-RENOWNED ARCHITECT RENZO PIANO, THE SHARD BUILDING IN LONDON, WHICH WAS FINISHED IN 2012, IS WESTERN EUROPE’S TALLEST STRUCTURE (AT LEAST FOR NOW), COMING IN AT 95 FLOORS AND 1,016 FEET. SO WHEN THE SHANGRI-LA HOTEL OPENED IN THE SHARD THIS PAST SUMMER, IT BECAME LONDON’S FIRST ELEVATED, HIGH-RISE HOTEL – A DISTINCTION THAT, AS I RECENTLY DISCOVERED, GIVES GUESTS A WHOLE NEW PERSPECTIVE ON THE CITY. The hotel occupies the 34th to 52nd floors, so after I checked in at the street level desk, I sped up to the 35th floor – ear pops and all – in one of the express elevators. This official lobby level, which also houses the main restaurant and lounge, boasts 360degree, double-height, floor-to-ceiling windows, where guests get their first taste of the hotel’s unique vantage point: Spread out below you are breathtaking views of everything from Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament to several bridges along the Thames and – on a clear day – even the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Similar views can be enjoyed from the 52nd-floor champagne and cocktail bar, as well as the infinity pool,
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which is the highest in London and turns into a VIP lounge area at night. The panoramas are the main attractions in the 202 rooms and suites, too. My Iconic City View category option consisted of a spacious corner room that curved with the edge of the building; I felt like I was floating over the city. Though some of the other room categories have touches like bathtubswith-views or separate living areas, I loved this room for the uninterrupted vistas and the way I could watch the light change over the city all from the comfort of the plush bed. Add in all the other perks, like marble bathrooms with heated floors, free WiFi and complimentary Nespresso machines, and it was hard to tear myself away from this perfect perch in the sky.
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But London was calling. From the hotel’s convenient location in the booming South Bank area, it was easy to head out exploring. Highlights included taking in the exhibits at the nearby Tate Modern museum, and exploring the famous Borough Market (a haven of farmers’ stalls, food carts and artisan producers) with the hotel’s chef. This experience is available as part of the “At the Market with Chef” package for two, which also includes the signature Eastmeets-West Afternoon Tea and a personalized five-course meal made with ingredients from the market. Served overlooking the twinkling city lights, of course. by Sandra Ramani
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STYLE + LEISURE SEW FINE NADIA MICHEL: Your designs are super exotic. Where do you get your
SAMEERA FARIDI: What makes my designs stand out in the mainstream are inspiration?
the different types of embroideries that are done in Pakistan and India. We use very typical embroidery materials that have been used for years and years. That’s what I want to hold on to. I don’t ever want to let it go, because that’s what makes my work stand out. Otherwise, it’s just a plain dress.
NM: Would you describe your designs as purely Pakistani, because I see
SF: Well, I’m Pakistani but I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia. I have a strong Middle Eastern influence?
to have that Middle Eastern influence because of my upbringing. Luckily for me, this time round, as I was doing the collection, that style is in Pakistan as well.
NM: Your dresses tend to drape the body, rather than cling to it. Is this
sexy? SF: One of the sexiest outfits is called a sari. Wearing that, your walk changes – it’s more seductive.
NM: What are some of the words people use to describe your designs? SF: Exquisite, exotic. All the pieces I do are one of a kind, so it’s very
Sameera Faridi Design Studio | At Poshak Fashion & Style 6620 Southwest Freeway | 281.748.9162 www.poshakfashionandstyle.com
Text by Nadia Michel Photography by Sofia van der Dys
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HOUSTON’S FAVORITE SOUTH ASIAN FASHION DESIGNER
SAMEERA FARIDI TALKS GOWNS,
MAKING IT TO HF5 AND WHAT’S SEXY ABOUT A SARI.
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THINGS WE LOVE
Local acclaimed abstract painter Marilyn Biles, her daughter Nancy Guthrie and Nancy’s daughter-in-law Anna Wilson are the brains behind Manoosh, a creative company that exposes the work of local artists by taking art out of the galleries and into the hands of people. Bile’s paintings are brought to life in the softest cashmere and modal blend scarf. We are obsessed with how well her art translates into a wearable luxury item. Available on-line at www.frommanoosh.com and at Lérant in the Centre at Post Oak.
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Half of the Sloan Hall duo, Shannon Hall comes across the latest in trends in lifestyle and fashion with his local store and the flagship in San Antonio celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. It’s no wonder his well-curated store is among the first in town to snap up such collections as Isabel Marant Etoile and Play by Comme des Garcons. Coincidentally, Play, one of the diffusion brands of Comme des Garcons known by the heart logo designed by Filip Pagowski, is one of Hall’s holiday picks. The black polo is great for that guy or gal on your list. $195
This one will have him laughing while smelling amazing. Parisian line Etat Libre d’Orange’s Fat Electrician perfume is created for the guy whose “beauty would have been his greatest asset. A midnight cowboy, his splendor consumed in the service of others. Now, a fat electrician in New Jersey is cursed with the memory of his glory days because all beauty carries within itself the knowledge that it cannot last…” $80
And finally, Maison Martin Margiela’s unisex gold signet ring is the perfect pinky ring. The design breaks from the norm, modernizing the signet by splitting it in half. $2,900 december 14 | www.002mag.com .57
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Styled by Marzifat Photography by Gabriella Nissen
GOLD NEVER GOES
OUT OF STYLE
THERE’S NOTHING LIKE GOLD FOR THE HOLIDAYS. GILDED, GLITTERY, MATTE OR SHINY – I’LL TAKE IT ANYWAY YOU WANT TO SELL IT. ADD SOME PIZZAZZ TO ANY HOLIDAY OUTING, GIFT TO GIVE (OR KEEP), WITH ANY OF THESE STELLAR ACCESSORIES.
Cinch that waist a la Kim K with this belt. www.baanou.com
It’s all about the details with this sword and chain detailed bag by Thale. www.sloanhall.com
This Valentina Kova Cage Ring is an effortless way to create instant fing-bling. www.sloanhall.com
Get your hair in on the action with this multistranded gold hair piece by Arielle de Pinto. www.shopsaintcloud.com
Get cuffed without going to jail. Lizzie Fortunato bracelet. www.shopsaintcloud.com
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By Vico Puentes Photo by Kennon Evett
TIMELESS STATEMENTS Founded in 1979 by a team that included Tibor Kalman, M&Co. Labs is known for pushing the envelope with its designs combining function, wit and whimsy. With jeweled quartz movements, the watch is made in a black IP stainless steel and comes with a topstitched calfskin band lined with taupe glove leather. Antimagnetic and resistant to shock and moisture.
Bonus feature! This Braun Classic ladies watch is a great gift option. Its moderatesized case with a white leather strap, quartz 3-hand movement and a 50m water resistance with a scratch-resistant mineral glass will hold up to her lifestyle.
Projects Watches Till 40mm watch features a soft silicone Band. Pull-down bar gives option of ordering an extra leather band in addition to the silicone band. The graphic element of the hand movement is fun yet cool by indicating the 5-minute increments with “5 TILL, EXACTLY, 5 PAST” and so on.
The Taki Alex Collection features exciting color combinations with an adjustable all-leather strap, hand painted sides and a stainless steel case that won’t cause irritation to sensitive skin.
Qlocktwo black face and leather wristwatch features a square grid of 110 letters. When the button is pressed, words that describe the time light up in unexpected places. It also shows the calendar date or even the second. It’s always a new experience. Also available in black face rubber or white face/leather.
All available at Kuh- Linscomb. 2424 W Alabama St. 713.526.6000 www.kuhl-linscomb.com
The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln: Perhaps the greatest speech in American history, Lincoln’s legendary words still resonate as one of the world’s greets statements of freedom, democracy and human equality. This book is beautifully typeset, designed and published by the great boutique publisher, T Adler books out of Santa Barbara. The Gettysburg Address is featured alongside Abraham Byers’ portrait of Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg battlefield glass negative photograph “Harvest of Death” by Timothy H. O’ Sullivan. Beautifully printed with French folds, it includes a letterpress front plate and a colophon insert held in a glassine sleeve. www.tadlerbooks.com
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If you are going to invest in any eye treatment, try this rejuvenating eye serum. Enriched with a precious platinum peptide, the serum diminishes wrinkles while visibly lifting and firming the area around the eyes. The formula glides onto the skin melting away dark circles.
La Prairie Cellular Eye Essence Platinum Rare $365 at Neiman Marcus
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DESIGN GRAFFITI PATINA GONZO247, co-founder of AEROSOL WARFARE STUDIOS – a professional organization that creates urban art using all forms of media, started 20 years ago supporting the graffiti scene. This diverse artist has long been a friend to 002houston magazine, creating a cover for us in September 2005. Mid-century furniture gets tagged in his current collaboration with Metro Retro Furniture titled GRAFFITI PATINA. “Since my 2010 successful experimentation of painting my graffiti art form on vintage furniture for a show at Design Within Reach, I have been looking forward to another opportunity to branch out in this direction,” shares GONZO247. Preview the collection before it is available to the world market via 1stDibs on December 11, 5pm, at the Metro Retro Showroom, 2215 Washington Ave., Houston, TX 77007 www.aerosolwarfare.com
Photo credit Aerosol Warfare
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TOOLS AND GADGETS
EPSON® EXPRESSION PREMIUM XP-820 It has been a long while since I played with a new printer as nothing extraordinary has altered the ubiquitous consumer product category. But I have been impressed with the speed and quality of a new “Small-in-One” device from Epson. The Expression Premium XP-820 delivers vivid quality with smudge-resistant photos up to 8” x 10”. It has a small footprint and has a 30-page automatic document feeder, auto 2-sided printing, copying, scanning and faxing. My findings found it prints 4” x 6” photos in as fast as 12 seconds. I also like the connectivity – you can print from smartphones and tablets, or scan photos to Facebook or the cloud. A 4.3” touchscreen makes it simple to use and features gesture navigation.
Michael Garfield is known as “The High-Tech Texan®.” His radio program airs on KPRC and iHeartRadio every Saturday 11am–1pm. See the full review of these products at www.hightechtexan.com and follow him at @hightechtexan.
SONICLEAN VACUUM STEADICAM® CURVE It seems most everyone has some sort of action camera today and devices from GoPro® are all the rage. But getting decent videos can be tough when the camera moves and shakes. For smooth Hollywood-like shots, invest in the Steadicam ® Curve™. It is a stealth camera stabilizer designed for actionpacked, one-handed GoPro camera shoots. Combining the Curve’s compact form factor with Steadicam’s stabilization technology, the possibilities for shake-free video are now endless for GoPro users. Weighing just a half pound, this is a great accompaniment for any journey, be it shooting school sports, taking it for a thrill ride in the skate park or zooming down a mountain on skis or snowboard. The built-in mount works with several GoPro camera models, and the ergonomic handle can lock for a rock-solid grip.
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Cold and flu are two of the most common seasonal illnesses, affecting millions each year. I am always on the lookout for products to help prevent germs from spreading. Something interesting is a vacuum backed by 12 patents that effectively cleans carpets at 12,000 vibrations per minute, removing bacteria, allergens and more. The Soniclean VT Plus S-200 uses technology similarly used in sonic toothbrushes and jewelry cleaning. It combines suction with sonic technology for an intense cleaning experience. This light, upright vacuum cleans carpets to dislodge and remove surface dirt and dust, but also goes deeper to remove microscopic particles embedded deep within the floor. It has a low-profile design that can reach under furniture and a patented fragrance dispensing system that releases a light scent of fresh folded laundry.
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EVENT CLARK COOPER CONCEPTS THIRD ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY WHERE BRASSERIE 19 Clark Cooper Concepts kicked off their third annual Halloween Party with the theme “Tales from the Haunted House.” Partygoers enjoyed drinks from Moet Hennesey and tunes by DJ Cruize as guests danced the night away inside the decked out space decorated by ScreamWorld.
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Judy Stanley, Bret Stanley, Mark and Sally Wheat
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L O C A L IS COMING 2015 Share your Houston adventures on Twitter & Instagram with us! Tag @002houston #DoLocal2015 for an insider's look on what's coming in 2015 & a chance to get your phone shots published in the magazine.
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Downtown Holocaust Museum Galleria Uptown Park River Oaks Park Rice Village Highland Village Memorial City Town & Country Village CityCentre Sam Houston Race Park Katy Mills Sugar Land Zoo Museum District George Bush Intl. Airport Hobby Airport Space Center Houston Kemah Miller Outdoor Theatre Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Museum of Fine Arts Childrenâ€™s Museum
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@ynlovechaser Dessert before dinner.
@williamgeoffrey Sleepy rainy day.
@thadreamerwill We own the night, Houston.
@_theclassroom Lots of accessories to choose from!
@codybess Castle painting.
@vr.mt Downtown Houston.
@beekachu Houston, Texas, at night.
@hectorgarciahtx This puppy is blowing up the interwebs!
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EVENT TEEN AND FAMILY SERVICES (TAFS) INAUGURAL ART SHOW AND FUNDRAISER WHERE SPRING STREET STUDIOS
by Scott Ward
At this year’s fundraiser event, which featured art from local professional and emerging artists and TAFS students, attendees and sponsors mingled with a select group of contributing artists. The VIP event was followed by a silent auction and art show benefiting TAFS and the Teens in Recovery Art Program, which raised $25,000. Photography by lastnightpics.com Gary Watson
Gabriela Daugherty, Adrienne Snyder
Jeanette Powell, Myrrh Haslam
Jeremy Pulido, Sarah Gish, Shannon Tantillo
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ACROSS 1. Icelandic tale 5. Padlocked fasteners 10. Sail support 14. Conceited 15. Muse of love poetry 16. Prefix with lock or knock 17. Possible problem from having too many Christmas lights on at once 20. Many senior citizens 21. Turkish porter 22. Breaks bread 23. Groups of organisms, each of which share a common genome 25. Genus of sea holly 28. Symbol on a pole 29. Raccoon cousin 30. Empty-container weight 31. Inquires 35. Like new recruits 36. Section of an airport where duties are assessed 39. Lubricant 40. Celestial bear 42. Asian flatbread 43. Snapshot 45. A way to bake eggs 47. Allay 48. Tykes
51. Get away! 52. More frigid 53. Twinkles 57. Seasonal Tchaikovsky presentation by the Houston Ballet 60. Blind part 61. Backbone 62. Kind of fall, particularly in slapstick comedy 63. Sleeping Beauty waker 64. What Donald Duck didn’t wear? 65. NaCl
DOWN 1. Penultimate fairy tale word 2. Chip’s chipmunk counterpart 3. Food regimen 4. Elder 5. In this matter 6. First zodiac sign 7. Anatomical pouches 8. Class-conscious org.? 9. Roman sun god 10. Title given to Mohandas Gandhi meaning “great soul” 11. Social instability caused by a breakdown of stan-
dards and values 12. Feature of many purses 13. Proof of ownership 18. Heartbreaking 19. It’s about a foot long 23. The fifth element 24. Entry on a list 25. Hosiery hue 26. Opening sound of an MGM film 27. Goes off course 28. Subject of Genghis Khan 30. Nicholas and Alexander, e.g. 32. Chimney residue 33. Kin’s partner
34. Blackthorn fruit 37. Army bunch 38. Animal tracks 41. Points of view 44. Amenities at RV parks 46. Mannheim mister 47. Cuts 48. Capital of Belarus 49. Eyes, to Nero 50. Gyro holders 51. Used up, as money 53. Epidermis 54. Former Italian money 55. And others: L. 56. Paving stone 58. Egyptian cobra 59. IRS staffer
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