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ur burgeoning city continues to offer more than we can keep up with. From residential options, to new retail spaces – and is it necessary for me to even mention places to eat? We are barely one month into 2011 and there are already so many new places to see and be seen. Sandra Gunn catches up with the city’s movers and shakers in the real estate and development world and gets their perspective on the state of local growth as well as the scoop on what’s in the works for this year. And although we are not back at pre-recession days, things are slowly turning up.

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We also had the opportunity to talk with one of the greatest living Latin artists, Carlos CruzDiez, on his show opening this month at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Speaking of the MFAH, the museum would not be the institution it is today without its fierce leader, Dr. Peter Marzio who passed away last month. Our condolences to his family. We pay respect on page 31, with the help of a few patrons, trustees and other locals who were kind enough to share their memories on the art legend – thank you to them for allowing us to share with you an intimate look at Dr. Marzio. Still in resolution mode, but losing steam? Turn to Start Smart. Finish Strong. on page 44 to get you over the hump. And we can’t ignore that upcoming day of love. It’sCool to be in love, has some great tips to get you through the day. Speaking of Valentine’s Day, need some inspiration for a dinner date? There’s a bevy of new spots. OK, some revamped, remodeled or just new menus with great options. Turn to page 64 and make a reservation! I fell in love with Jonathan Jones’ spirit in this month’s Chef’s Special. It’s refreshing how down to earth the various chefs we chatted with this month (for various stories in this issue and upcoming ones) are and how happy they are to do what they love – cook! From Jonathan Jones at Beaver’s, Philippe Schmit of Philippe and Giancarlo Ferrara of Arcodoro who recently hosted Michelin-rated Spanish chef Fernando Perez at Arcodoro. Enjoy this issue with a bevy of what to do in Houston this month! See you in March.

PUBLISHER alejandro martinéz ext 2 a.martinez@002mag.com EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | CREATIVE DIRECTOR carla valencia de martinéz ext 3 c.valencia@002mag.com CONTRIBUTING EDITOR victoria bartlett ART DIRECTOR alex rosa ext 4 arosa@002mag.com LIFESTYLE EDITOR beatrice allen ext 5 bvalencia@002mag.com ASSOCIATE EDITOR rocco, the office "gato" pixie ibañez ext 6 pixie@002mag.com ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER william king ext 7 w.king@002mag.com ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE carlos valencia ext 8 cevalencia@002mag.com ACCOUNTS PAYABLE ext 9 accounting@002mag.com PHOTOGRAPHERS cody bess, kim coffman, kennon evett, jill hunter, jaime lagdameo, gabriella nissen, shannon o’hare, daniel ortiz, jackson potts, anthony rathbun, sofia van der dys CONTRIBUTING WRITERS shyla batliwalla, susan m. bynam, sarah gajowski-hill, michael garfield, sarah gish, sandra gunn, reyne haines, travis jones, michele meyer, nadia michel, tim moloney, greg scheinman, jenni rebecca stephenson, lance scott walker, scott ward, bruce westbrook CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS syd moen, jenny antill, carlos cruz, eric hester, robert maccready, tom payne, michelle rukney, for www.lastnightpics.com: bernard bauri, michelle watson

ALLEN’S LANDING Photography by Syd Moen

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44 41 IMPORTANT ARCHITECTURE 42 where to live

44 START SMART. FINISH STRONG

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things i love it’s cool to be in love 002 profile: scott tiras scene tools + toys + gadgets

53 ARCHITECTURE+DESIGN: URBAN LIVING 10 11 12 14 15 16

downtown map scene uptown map + scene on our radar party pics calendar

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55 wise guy 56 restaurant listings

60 DINEWRITE: SAMBA GRILL

18 museum district 20 art houses + museums + exhibits

22 FOR ART’S SAKE: CARLOS CRUZ-DIEZ 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

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nonprofit: coaching alliance gish phone shots spacetaker born cool. grow hip. scene destination: boca raton

62 CHEF’S SPECIAL: JJ, BEAVER’S 64 66 70 71 72 74 76

31 REMEMBERING PETER MARZIO 32 people of houston 34 costumes for cocktails 35 retail wrap: kid to kid

new restaurants: updates the scene club review: the railyard scene nightlife recording: roky moon and bolt bea here now

36 REAL ESTATE REWIND 40 mosaic

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


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EVENT 2010 GUARDIAN OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT LUNCHEON WHY TTO HONOR THOSE WHO HELP OTHERS WHERE HILTON AMERICAS WHEN NOVEMBER 2 More than 500 Houstonians gathered at the Hilton Americas for a celebration of the human spirit. Houston Mayor Annise Parker was honored as the Holocaust Museum Houston’s 2010 “Guardian of the Human Spirit” in recognition of her lifelong work in public and community service. Proceeds of the event will help keep the Museum’s doors open free-of-charge year-round, and help in its mission of teaching the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy around the globe. Congratulations!

Ed and Lorraine Wulfe

Mayor Annise Parker, Ellen Cohen

Ned Holmes, Ileana Trevino, Fred Zeidman

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Barry Ward, Tom Fricke

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EVENT COSMOPOLITAN ROUTES: HOUSTON COLLECTS LATIN AMERICAN ART SOIREE WHY OPENING RECEPTION AND DINNER WHERE THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS WHEN OCTOBER 20 The late Peter C. Marzio (who will be dearly missed) and the Board of Trustees of the MFAH hosted the exhibition viewing and cocktails followed by a seated dinner to celebrate the opening of Cosmopolitan Routes: Houston Collects Latin American Art. This amazing exhibit features more than 100 masterworks including art by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. The artwork’s captions were in Spanish, so guests got a chance to brush up on their bilingual skills. Fantastico!

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Karen Benbow McRae, Mary Cullen

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Rania Daniel, Sima Ladjevardian

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radar foodie Minneapolis-raised chef Jason Robinson has taken over the helm at Eddie V’s in CityCentre. Known for his creativity, Robinson is adding flair to a menu long renowned for its fresh, well-appointed seafood delicacies. With his father’s advice, Jason took a job as a prep chef before deciding on college, and quickly found his passion under the tutelage of several colleagues whom he acknowledges as “truly great chefs.” Houston is a city long known for its Mexican cuisine, and now you can prepare many of your favorite dishes with the help of Erin Hicks Miller’s new book, Houston Classic Mexican Recipes. From Cyclone Anaya’s Lobster Enchiladas to Molina’s Poblano Soup and tamales from Taco Milagro – the images are mouth-watering and the recipes delicious. As Urban Harvest partnered with Highland Village to manage and expand the shopping center’s existing farmers market, the biggest change was the decision to move the market to a new day. The Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Highland Village debuted last month on its new day and time – Sundays from 9am to 1pm. The market will also feature a farm-to-table market brunch theme each Sunday with chef- and farm-driven market menus. Other changes include an infusion of many new vendors offering a wider selection of offerings, with a focused expansion of the local farm product component with more produce, meats and dairy products. There will also be a Chef’s Corner, sponsored by My Table magazine, where chefs will do live cooking demos using local products. For more information on Urban Harvest, its Farmers Markets and other programs, visit www.UrbanHarvest.org.

CHICK-FIL-A HOUSTON KICKED OFF 2011 WITH THE LAUNCH OF THEIR SPICY CHICKEN BISCUIT. AND JUST WHEN WE THOUGHT THEIR BREAKFAST BISCUITS COULDN’T GET ANY BETTER – THEY DO.

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Authentic Mediterranean deli Phoenicia Deli serves up a Berries and Cream Cappuccinothrough Valentine’s Day. The frothy concoction with a kiss of lavender and a heart is a special Valentine’s creation served with shortbread heart cookies/ Phoenicia Deli, 12151 Westheimer. | Central Market’s annual Chocolate Festival begins before Valentine’s Day on February 9. Don’t miss out on chocolate samplings, bubbling pots of fondue, fresh fruits for dipping, chocolate truffles, chocolate bars and even chocolate beer. Sign up for any of the Chocolate Cooking classes: Chocolate Love – Tuesday, February 1, from 6:30-9pm Learn to make: Gianduja Cookies, Mexican Chocolate Cookies, Fudge Brownies, Bittersweet Chocolate Chile Truffles and Dark Chocolate Pave (take this home in the pan) Kids in the Kitchen: Sweets from the Sweet (6–9-year-olds) – Saturday, February 12, from 10am-12:30pm Learn to make decorated heart-shaped cookies, chocolate truffles, chocolate peppermint bark and cinnamon-crusted pecans to give to a Valentine. Chocolate Extravaganza, Ruben Ortega, Pastry Chef, Backstreet Café and Hugo’s, Tuesday, February 22, from 6:30-9pm Join the 2010 My Table magazine’s Pastry Chef of the Year. Learn how to make chocolate tart with raspberry preserves, chocolate pudding with raspberry marshmallows, milk chocolate créme brulée with orange-cardamom cream and poached pears with chocolate cream sauce & almond-orange streusel.

art The Menil Collection transforms into an after-work oasis and date destination on Friday evening, March 4, with “Menil by Moonlight,” when the museum will stay open until 9pm, with light refreshments and door prizes. All galleries will be open, including the Menil’s renowned Surrealism and Modern and Contemporary Art collection featuring works by such modern masters as Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. On the Menil lawn will be Andy Warhol & TV, a special screening in collaboration with Aurora Picture Show of excerpts from “Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes,” a cable television series from the 1980s (with celebrities interviewed by the artist), plus clips of Warhol’s cameo appearances on “The Love Boat” and “Saturday Night Live.” For more information, visit www.menil.org.

retail Rebecca & Drew introduces a made-to-measure suiting collection with custom choices ranging from lapel style and zipper placement to fabric and color options for women! Owner Lindsay Aronstein launched the suiting collection


last month. A complete suit includes a jacket, skirt and pant; and you can choose from linen, cashmere, cotton and other highquality suiting fabrics. A Rebecca & Drew specialist will assist customers with the suiting selection and, if needed, a one-time alteration is included in the cost of the suit. A three-piece suit starts at $700 and takes three to four weeks to receive after placing an order. 2015 D West Gray in River Oaks Shopping Center. For more information, call 713.522.7500 or visit Houston.RebeccaAndDrew.com. JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT THE GALLERIA WAS A SHOPPERS’ DREAM, IT GETS BETTER. SLATED FOR OPENINGS THROUGH THE FALL OF 2011 IN THE HOUSTON GALLERIA ARE PRADA, MIU MIU, MICROSOFT, OMEGA AND LULULEMON, WHILE JIMMY CHOO AND MICHAEL KORS WILL BOTH UNDERGO RENOVATIONS AND KORS AN EXPANSION. Last month Ivory Bridal Atelier opened in Upper Kirby at West Ave Shopping Centre. The chic and upscale bridal boutique offers an intimate and personalized shopping experience and one-ofa-kind couture wedding gowns. Expect designs by Badgley Mischka, Anne Barge, Rivini, Liancarlo, Ines Di Santo. Carried exclusively by Ivory in the Houston area are designers Lazaro, Alvina Valenta, Lela Rose, Jim Hjelm, YSA Makino and Stephen Yearick. Houston Fixed Gear, a Montrosearea custom fixed gear bike maker and parts retailer, has outgrown its previous location on Westheimer at Hazard and relocated to a larger, chicer space at 2309 Dunlavy St. at Fairview. Houston Fixed Gear unearths hard-to-find and “bootleg” elements to convert bicycles into a custom product. Houston Fixed Gear also provides everyday life merchandise, such as bicycle inspired jewelry, clothing, accessories and more. The new space features double the square footage and an additional bike workstation (reduced customer wait time for bikes being built or maintenance). In addition, the new location offers more parking spaces behind the store and ample space for test rides in the storefront courtyard. The concept behind Houston Fixed Gear is to encourage people to design not only their bikes to their personality and lifestyle, but to the spaces around them.

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Don’t Mess with Texas Since its arrival in the museum over 70 years ago, a bust of Sam Houston sculpted by Gutzon Borglum has languished in storage at the San Jacinto Museum of History. Borglum, famous for designing the monumental presidents’ heads at Mount Rushmore, was also known for his public works of art honoring important people and events in American history. The 33-inch tall paraffin wax bust of Houston has never been able to be publicly displayed. To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto fought in 1836, there are plans to stabilize and conserve this important work of art, acquired by the museum in 1939 as a gift from historian and museum founder Louis Wiltz Kemp. The museum is raising funds for the conservation and exhibition which is expected to cost approximately $50,000. www.sanjacinto-musuem.org Smoke-Free Texas congratulates Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) and Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) who filed Senate Bill 355 and House Bill 670, respectively, proposing comprehensive smoke-free legislation that would give all Texans protection from the dangers of secondhand smoke exposure in the workplace. Many Texans live in unincorporated cities or rural areas where no entity exists to pass or enforce this type of legislation. Without a statewide smoke-free workplace law, 23 percent of Texans will remain unprotected from secondhand smoke exposure.

medicine LAST MONTH, EMMY AWARDWINNING CBS SPORTS COMMENTATOR JIM NANTZ RETURNED TO HIS ADOPTED HOMETOWN OF HOUSTON TO ANNOUNCE THE CREATION OF THE NANTZ NATIONAL ALZHEIMER CENTER AT THE METHODIST HOSPITAL. THE CENTER WILL BE ALL-INCLUSIVE, COMMITTED TO ACCELERATING THE PROGRESS OF ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH AND TREATMENT IN HOPES OF ONE DAY FINDING A CURE WHILE PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE CARE FOR PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. NANTZ’S FATHER DIED IN 2008, 13 YEARS AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. NANTZ CHRONICLED HIS FATHER’S STORY IN HIS NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER, ALWAYS BY MY SIDE:THE HEALING GIFT OF A FATHER’S LOVE.

tweens Is your little girl a fierce fashionista? Then don’t miss the cheerful, whimsical and fun original designs at Chunky Monkey Designs runway show. Your little diva will embark on a journey of imagination, color, style and laughter! Chunky Monkey Designs Fashion Show, Monday, February 21, 11:30am at Westlake Club. Call Michelle Perez to make reservations, 832.731.0943. Lunch ticket $25 for adults; $8 kids 12 & under. Babysitting for younger siblings available for $8 hour and 2 days prior notice.

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calendar FEBRUARY SUNDAY

PERFORMING ARTS + CONCERTS + SPORTS + FESTIVALS + GENERAL INTEREST

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

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

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TUESDAY Alley A Weekend with Pablo Picasso 7:30pm

February 3, “Reaching Out on the Road to Recovery,” 4-9pm at Keck Hall at Rice University. MentorCONNECT, Center for Change & Rice University host a conference about the wide variety of eating disorder support services available both locally and nationally. For more info, please contact Alison Smela at alison@ mentorconnect-ed.org.

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Alley A Weekend… 2:30 & 7:30pm Jones HS: Gil Shaham Plus Beethoven 7, 2:30pm Main Street Magical Thinking 3pm Stages Oh, the Humanity 3pm | The Marvelous Wonderettes 3pm Wortham HGO: Dead Man Walking 2pm

Groundhog Day Alley A Weekend...7:30pm Stages Oh, the Humanity 7:30pm Wortham Da Camera: A Little Day Music 12pm | HGO: Dead Man Walking 7:30pm

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Alley A Weekend… 7:30pm HOB Flogging Molly 6:30pm Stages Oh, the Humanity 7:30pm Reliant Center: 47th Houston RV Show 12pm Wortham HGO: Lucia di Lammermoor 7:30pm

2/5 - Hobby Comedy Central Live: Lewis Black- In God We Rust 8pm

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Hobby Dreamworks: Madagascar Live! 11am, 2 & 5pm Jones HS: Ravel’s Spain w/Bolero 2:30pm Main Street Magical Thinking 3pm Stages Oh, the Humanity 3pm | The Marvelous Wonderettes 3pm Reliant Center: Home & Garden Market 10am | 47th Houston RV Show 12pm

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Alley A Weekend… 2:30 & 7:30pm | August: Osage County 7:30pm Hobby Masquerade: Sunday...with George 2pm HOB Miranda Cosgrove- Sparks Fly Tour 5:30pm Jones HS: Kenny Loggins 7:30pm Stages Oh, the Humanity 3pm | The Marvelous Wonderettes 3pm Warehouse Glassjaw 7pm Wortham Texas Medical Center Orchestra: Celebration of Spirit 5pm

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Valentine’s Day Alley Inprint: Major Jackson & Alicia Ostriker 7:30pm HOB Plain White T’s 7:30pm Jones HS: Clay Aiken 7:30pm Toyota Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets 7:30pm Warehouse Less Than Jake 6pm Wortham Mercury Baroque: 8 Seasons 8pm

Alley A Weekend… 7:30pm Toyota Linkin Park 7:30pm Warehouse The Farewell Tour w/Haste The Day 6pm

Alley A Weekend… 7:30pm Stages Oh, the Humanity 7:30pm Toyota Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers 7:30pm

THURSDAY Chinese/Lunar New Year Alley A Weekend...7:30pm Jones HS: Gil Shaham Plus Beethoven 7, 8pm Main Street The Year of Magical Thinking 7:30pm Stages Oh, the Humanity 7:30pm | The Marvelous Wonderettes 7:30pm Warehouse Tokyo Police Club 8pm Wortham HGO Concert of Arias 2011, 7pm

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Alley A Weekend… 7:30pm Hobby Dominic Walsh Dance: Winter Mixed Rep 7:30pm HOB Cody Canada and The Departed 7pm Main Street Magical Thinking 7:30pm Stages Oh, the Humanity 7:30pm | The Marvelous Wonderettes 7:30pm Reliant Center: 47th Houston RV Show 12pm Toyota Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour by Cirque du Soleil 8pm Warehouse Mac Miller 8pm

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Alley A Weekend… 7:30pm HOB Grace Potter & The Nocturnals 7pm | Stages Oh, the Humanity 7:30pm | The Marvelous Wonderettes 7:30pm Toyota Aeros vs. Chicago Wolves 11:05am Warehouse Broken Social Scene 8pm Wortham SPA: Ella 8pm

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February 10-12, 14, 17-19, “An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein,” 8pm at Obsidian Art Space. Presented by The Fan Factory. For more info, email Jonathan Harvey at webmaster@ fanfactory.org.

Alley A Weekend… 7:30pm | August: Osage County 7:30pm Toyota Aeros vs. Milwaukee Admirals 7:05pm Warehouse Eluveitie 7pm

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Alley A Weekend… 7:30pm | August: Osage County 7:30pm Hobby GEB & TUTS: Billy Elliot 2 & 7:30pm HOB Chrisette Michele 7pm Jones HS: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto 3, 8pm Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 7:30pm Reliant Center: World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest 2011, 12pm

February 24, 26-27, Houston Ballet presents Marie at the Wortham Theatre Center. Visit www.houstonballet.org for specific times.

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02/19 - HOB Trombone Shorty w/Los Amigos Invisibles 7pm

February 13, Beastly Brunch at the Houston Zoo, 12-2pm at the Houston Zoo. Hosted by Flock, the Houston Zoo Young Supporters. To purchase tickets, please visit www.houstonzoo.org/flock.

February 23, 2nd Annual River Oaks Shopping Center Fashion Show, 6:3010pm. Hosted by Weingarten Realty Investors. Tickets are $40 in advance at www.ahariveroaksfashionshow.org. 100% of the ticket sales benefit the American Heart Association.

February 5, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Winter Social, “Creaing a Cure,”for their Young Leadership Committee (YLC), 6:309:30pm at Nouveau Art Bar. All proceeds benefit the YLC whose mission is to raise awareness and fundraise for the JDRF. Visit www.jdrf.org/houston for ticket info.


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WWW.HOUSTONTHEATERDISTRICT.ORG FRIDAY Alley A Weekend... 8pm Jones SPA: Ladysmith Black Mambazo 8pm Main Street Magical Thinking 8pm Reliant Arena: H’Town Blues Festival 7pm Stages Oh, the Humanity 8pm | The Marvelous Wonderettes 8pm Toyota Aeros vs. Texas Stars 7:35pm Verizon Willie Nelson 8pm Warehouse St. Valentine’s Day Massacre 8pm Wortham HGO: Dead Man Walking 7:30pm

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SATURDAY Alley A Weekend…2:30 & 8pm Hobby Comedy Central Live: Lewis BlackIn God We Rust 8pm HOB High School Band Challenge 6pm Jones HS: Gil Shaham Plus Beethoven 7, 8pm Main Street The Magician’s Nephew 1 & 4pm| Magical Thinking 8pm Stages Oh, the Humanity 8pm The Marvelous Wonderettes 8pm Reliant Stadium: Monster Jam 7pm Toyota Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies 7:30pm Warehouse The Progressive Collective 5pm Wortham HGO: Lucia di Lammermoor 7:30pm | Da Camera: Lionel Loueke Trio 8pm Alley A Weekend… 2:30 & 8pm Hobby Dreamworks: Madagascar Live! 11am, 2 & 5pm | DWD: Winter Mixed Rep 7:30pm HOB Lynch Mob 7pm | Amos Lee 8pm Jones HS: Ravel’s Spain w/Bolero 8pm Main Street The Magician’s Nephew 1 & 4pm Magical Thinking 8pm Stages Oh, the Humanity 8pm | The Marvelous Wonderettes 8pm Toyota Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks 7:30pm Verizon Imagination Movers 1:30 & 4:30pm Wortham Mercury Baroque: Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for Families 10:30am | Mercury Baroque: 8 Seasons 8pm

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Alley A Weekend… 8pm | August: Osage County 8pm Hobby Masquerade: Sunday…with George 7:30pm | GEB & TUTS: Billy Elliot 8pm Reliant Center: World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest 2011, 12pm Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 8pm Toyota Aeros vs. Texas Stars 7:35pm Wortham SPA: ScrapArtsMusic 7:30pm

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February 25-March 26, Shards of Love at Theatre Suburbia. Visit www.theatresuburbia.org for times.

Alley A Weekend… 2:30 & 8pm | August: Osage County 2:30 & 8pm Hobby Masquerade: Sunday...with George 7:30pm HOB Trombone Shorty w/Los Amigos Invisibles 7pm Jones HS: Music from The Lion King 10 & 11:30am HS: Kenny Loggins 8pm Stages Oh, the Humanity 8pm | The Marvelous Wonderettes 8pm Toyota Nuclear Cowboyz Tour 7:30pm Verizon Gabriel Iglesias 8pm Warehouse Robyn 7pm Wortham HGO: Recitals at Rienzi 7:30pm Alley A Weekend… 2:30 & 8pm | August: Osage County 2:30 & 8pm Hobby GEB & TUTS: Billy Elliot 2 & 8pm | Masquerade: Sunday…with George 7:30pm HOB 1999- Prince Tribute 10:30pm Jones HS: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto 3, 8pm Reliant Center: World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest 2011, 12pm Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 8pm Toyota Rockets vs. New Jersey Nets 7:30pm Verizon IXFA- Extreme Fighting 7:30pm Wortham SPA: Compagnie La Baraka 8pm

tHe GrAnd 1894 operA House in GAlveston February 10, Najee & The Jazz www.thegrand.com All Stars February 5, The Color Purple February 11, Maze w/Frankie Beverly February 6, Galveston Symphony February 12, Robin Thicke Orchestra February 14, Rickey Smiley & Friends: February 13, The Rob Landes Trio Valentine’s Comedy Explosion February 19, Roger Llewellyn: February 19, Adal Ramones “Sherlock Holmes” February 25, Julio Iglesias February 20, Gladys Knight

Houston ArenA tHeAtre www.arenahouston.com

reliAnt ArenA www.ticketmaster.com February 10-13, Sesame Street Live, “Elmo’s Healthy Heroes“

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museum district By Pixie Ibañez

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Thought-provoking and incredibly well crafted, the artist’s jewelry and sculptural works descend deep into the psychology and perception of value. 6. lawndale arT CenTer www.lawndaleartcenter.org  

1. The Menil ColleCTion www.menil.org   

Tony Smith: Drawings, on view thru April 3, 2011, brings together a group of rarely exhibited works on paper by the American artist best known for monumental geometric sculptures in steel and bronze. Created between 1950 and 1955, the 30 drawings on display encapsulate a dramatic turning point in Smith’s artistic career, as he shifted from his professional architectural work towards painting and sculpture. 2. housTon CenTer for PhoTograPhy www.hcponline.org  

HCP’s 2011 Auction Exhibition, on view thru February 23, 2011. The annual print auction where artists, galleries and collectors from all over the world contribute high caliber photographic art that is auctioned to benefit HCP’s operating fund. One hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to support HCP exhibitions, educational initiatives, outreach programs and award-winning publication, SPOT magazine. 3. The roThko ChaPel www.rothkochapel.org  

The Rothko Chapel, founded by John and Dominique de Menil, was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief. A modern meditative environment inspired by the mural canvases of Russian-born American painter Mark Rothko (19031970), the Chapel welcomes thousands of visitors each year, people of every faith and from all parts of the world. 4. ByzanTine fresCo ChaPel MuseuM www.menil.org/visit/byzantine.php  

Intimate in scale, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum is the repository of the only intact Byzantine frescoes of this size and importance in the Western Hemisphere. It’s also a manifestation of the redemptive power of art: The chapel was expressly built to house 13-century Byzantine frescoes that had been looted from their original home in a small chapel in Lysi, Cyprus. 5. housTon CenTer for ConTeMPorary CrafT www.crafthouston.org   

The Gold Standard, on view thru May 29, 2011, is Lisa Gralnick’s most recent body of work, spanning the last six years. A metalsmith by trade, Gralnick explores the relationship between gold’s lore and history as an artistic medium and the function it serves in today’s world as a commodity.

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Working Space by Hollis Cooper, on view thru March 12, 2011. Hollis Cooper’s work straddles the line between sitespecific installation and painting, dealing with perceptual/painterly/physical space in ways influenced by ideas of virtual reality and the Baroque, where multiple spatial models coexist in harmony. She intends the work to not reflect the unified, Renaissance view of perspectival space, but instead as multiple spaces that are folded and spliced into one another, while reintroducing elements of Baroque excess and theatricality, such as intense color and other visual cues that break the two-dimensional plane. 7. Buffalo soldiers naTional MuseuM www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com  

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

Fragile Fragments: Expressions of Memory, on view through June 2011. This exhibit raises intriguing questions: How is the Holocaust memorialized in the visual arts and how will it be remembered by future generations? The exhibit examines the complex relationship between art and loss as seen from the perspectives of several different female artists – Thea Weiss, Roz Jacobs, Ziva Eisenberg, Nancy Patz and author Susan L. Roth. Each of these artists worked directly with a Holocaust survivor to create their body of work highlighted in the exhibition. 9. Children’s MuseuM of housTon www.cmhouston.org   

Faces of Houston, on view thru February 23, 2011, a collection of 100,000 digital photos of Houston’s own youth, will form a majestic picture mosaic to line the museum’s block-long Kid’s Hall. This unique montage of fused photographs depicts the beauty of diversity while metaphorically highlighting every child’s role as an individual as well as a community member. By displaying photos of Houston’s children, the Museum hopes to inspire everyone to appreciate the value of cultural diversity that makes up our community and expand the walls of a common playground.

10. The healTh MuseuM www.thehealthmuseum.org   

Water’s Extreme Journey , on view thru May 8, 2011. Take a tour through the Water’s Extreme Journey maze exhibit and try to stay clean as you navigate the path our water takes on its way to the ocean. This maze simulates the experience of a raindrop on a journey through mountains, streams and even backyards where everyday decisions impact water’s chance of staying clean and reaching the healthy ocean. This fully interactive maze experience engages visitors through play, scientific inquiry, art and action, illuminating human impacts great and small while teaching how to contribute to healthy, safe water in the local community and beyond. 11. housTon MuseuM of naTural sCienCe www.hmns.org   

Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston Island, on view thru February 20, 2011. From 1845 to 1924, the Port of Galveston was a major gateway to American immigration. This exhibition is the first of its kind to explore Galveston’s legacy as a port of entry on a national scale. It brings to light the little-known yet rich era of Galveston’s history and importance to the growth of Texas and the American Midwest. The exhibit highlights enduring themes in the history of immigration, including the dangers of the journey, making a life in a new land, navigating bureaucracy, confronting discrimination and becoming “American.” More than 200 original artifacts and documents will be displayed. 12. housTon zoo www.houstonzoo.org   

Safari School, Tuesdays and Saturdays, 11am: An hour-long safari through the animal kingdom for preschoolers and their parents with hands-on activities, exhibit visits and touchable animals. Wild Wheels, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15am: Enjoy the wild outdoors with your infant or toddler. The one-hour Zoo trek concludes with a touchable animal encounter! Senior Safari: Fridays, 9:15am. Experience the wonder of the natural world with an in-front-of-scenes tour of one or more exhibits. The program concludes with a brief coffee and tea social. Senior Safari requires moderate walking to the exhibits. The tour is wheelchairaccessible. All available during February! 13. riCe universiTy arT gallery www.ricegallery.org  

Mary Temple: Northwest Corner, Southeast Light, opens February 3, 2011. Northwest Corner, Southeast Light is the largest to date in Mary Temple’s ongoing light installation series. The title is a reference to how she imagines a large swath of sunlight might appear in


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the northwest corner of the Rice Gallery space. With each installation Temple has become more and more interested in not only the feelings of disbelief it provokes in viewers, but also the kinds of memories her light and shadows, which often appear to be cast through bay windows and canopies of trees or foliage, may conjure in the viewer. 14. the MuseuM oF Fine arts, houston www.mfah.org   

Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time, opens February 6, 2011, features more than 150 works from the artist’s wide-ranging career, pulled from the Cruz-Diez Foundation collection at the MFAH, and major private and public collections around the world. His body of work includes unconventional color structures, light environments, street interventions, architectural integration projects and experimental works that engage the response of the human eye while insisting on the participatory nature of color. 15. conteMPorary arts MuseuM houston www.camh.org   

Perspectives 173: Clifford Owens, on view thru April

3, 2011, marks the first museum solo exhibition for this New York-based photographer and performance artist. Often incorporating the camera in his performance works, Owens blurs the boundaries between the documentation of his performance events and the creation of photographic artwork born out of action. Working within these self-imposed conditions, Owens brings a new perspective to the history of performance art through the incorporation of the camera and audience as well as through the restaging of historical performance works. 16. the Jung center oF houston www.junghouston.org  

Human Condition by Anna Ataeva, opens February 2, 2011. The paintings in this series are explorations of the human form. Contorted bodies and body parts writhe in ambiguous spaces, without a clear narrative. Part anatomical study, part psychic melodrama, these heavily impastoed works are reflections on physical, personal and emotional failure. 17. czech center MuseuM www.czechcenter.org   

The Czech Center Museum Houston works to preserve, record and celebrate the language, scholarship and arts of Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia and Slovakia. 18. John c. FreeMan Weather MuseuM www.wxresearch.org   

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1. wade wilson art | 2. colton & farb gallery 3. watercolor art society | 4. gremillion & co. | 5. nauhaus gallery

MUSEUMS 1940 AIR TERMINAL MUSEUM www.1940airterminal.org 8325 Travelair Rd. 713.454.1940 ART CAR MUSEUM www.artcarmuseum.com 140 Heights Blvd. 713.861.5526 BLAFFER ART MUSEUM www.blaffer.org 4800 Calhoun Rd. 713.743.9521 Thru April 2, First Take: Okay Mountain

ART LEAGUE HOUSTON www.artleaguehouston.org 1953 Montrose Blvd. 713.523.9530 BARBARA DAVIS GALLERY www.barbaradavisgallery.com 4411 Montrose 713.520.9200 Thru March 5, Plenitude, a group exhibit BERING & JAMES GALLERYwww.beringandjames.com 805 Rhode Place #500, 713.524.0101 BETZ GALLERY www.betzgallery.com 1208 W. Gray 713.576.6954

GALVESTON ARTS CENTER www.galveston.com 2127 Strand St. 409.763.2403

BOOKER-LOWE GALLERYwww.bookerlowegallery.com 4623 Feagan St. 713.880.1541

HERITAGE SOCIETY www.heritagesociety.org 1100 Bagby 713.655.1912

CANAL ST. GALLERY www.canalstreetgallery.com 2219 Canal St. 713.223.2219

HOUSTON FIRE MUSEUM www.houstonfiremuseum.org 2403 Milam 713.524.2526

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CAROLINE COLLECTIVE www.carolinecollective.cc 4820 Caroline St. 713.825.4613

G GALLERY www.ggalleryhouston.com 301 East 11th St. 713.822.4842

HOLLYWOOD FRAME GALLERY www.hollywoodframegallery.com 2427 Bissonnet 713.942.8885

MUSEUM OF PRINTING HISTORY www.printingmuseum.org 1324 W. Clay St. 713.522.4652

COLTON & FARB GALLERYwww.coltonfarbgallery.com 2445 North Blvd. 713.869.5151 Thru February 26, Collaborative Exhibition with The Studio

GALLERY 1724 www.gallery1724.blogspot.com 1724 Bissonnet St. 713.523.2547

MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN HISTORY www.hbu.edu 7502 Fondren Rd. 281.649.3997

COMMUNITY ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVE www.thecollective.org 1413 Holman 713.523.1616

GALLERY SONJA ROESCH www.gallerysonjaroesch.com 2309 Caroline 713.659.5424 Thru March 26, Sculpture of Appropriate Scale by John Henry

INMAN GALLERY www.inmangallery.com 3901 Main St. 713.526.7800 Thru February 18, Carl Suddath and Katrina Moorhead

ORANGE SHOW www.orangeshow.org 2401 Munger 713.926.6368

COMMUNE ON NORTH www.communeonnorth.com 2437 North Blvd. 713.526.3875

GITE GALLERY www.thegitegallery.com 2024 East Alabama St. 713.523.3311

KINZELMAN ART CONSULTING www.kinzelmanart.com 3909 Main St. 713.533.9923

PROJECT ROW HOUSES www.projectrowhouses.org 2521 Holman 713.526.7662

CTRL GALLERY www.ctrlgallery.com 3907 Main St. 713.523.2875 Thru February 19, Natasha Bowdoin

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM www.tsu.edu/museum 3100 Cleburne Ave. 713.313.7145

ART HOUSES 18 HANDS GALLERY www.18handsgallery.com 249 West 19th St. 713.869.3099 Open February 5-13, The Houston Metal Artists Guild Open February 19-27, Lorna Meaden Exhibit AEROSOL WARFARE GALLERY + BOUTIQUE www.aerosolwarfare.com 2110 Jefferson St. #113, 832.748.8369 ANYA TISH GALLERY www.anyatishgallery.com 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.524.2299 Thru May 15, Bioluminescence by Adela Andea ARCHWAY GALLERY www.archwaygallery.com 2305 Dunlavy 713.522.2409 Opens February 5, f Stops in Black & Color by Kikry Botros

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DAKOTA GALLERY www.dakotaframing.com 2324 Shearn St. 713.523.7440 DARKE GALLERY www.darkegallery.com 5321 Feagan 713.542.3802 Thru February 26, Chicago 7, a group exhibition DESANTOS GALLERY www.desantosgallery.com 1724 Richmond 713.520.1200 DIVERSEWORKS www.diverseworks.org 1117 East Freeway 713.223.8346 DOMY BOOKS www.domystore.com 1709 Westheimer 713.523.3669

GOLDESBERRY GALLERY www.goldesberrygallery.com 2625 Colquitt 713.528.0405 Thru February 12, Merrie Wright and Ovidio Giberga GREEN HOUSE GALLERY www.greenhouseartgallery.com 716 W. Alabama St. 713.535.6462 GREMILLION & CO. FINE ART www.gremillion.com 2501 Sunset Blvd. 713.522.2701 Opens February 10, Nature at the Very Verge by Fernando Casas H GALLERY www.hgallery.org 617 W. 19th 713.417.4888 HCC-CENTRAL GALLERY www.centralfinearts.info 3517 Austin 713.718.6600

ELDER STREET GALLERY www.elderstreetartist.com 1101 Elder St. 281.250.4889

HOUSTON LANDMARK GALLERY www.houstonlandmarkgallery.com 1200 McKinney 713.927.8800

FOTOFEST www.fotofest.org 1113 Vine St. 713.223.5522

HOUSTON STUDIOS 707 Walnut St. 713.223.0951

HOOKS-EPSTEIN www.hooksepsteingalleries.com 2631 Colquitt St. 713.522.0718

KOELSCH GALLERY www.koelschgallery.com 703 Yale 713.626.0175 LAURA RATHE FINE ART www.laurarathe.com 2707 Colquitt 713.527.7700 LAURA U COLLECTION www.lauraucollection.com 1840 Westheimer 713.522.0855 LAZZARA ART GALLERY www.gallerialazzara.com 5400 Mitchelldale St. 713.681.0681 M2 GALLERY www.gallerymsquared.com 339 W. 19th St. 713.861.6070 McCLAIN GALLERY www.mcclaingallery.com 2242 Richmond Ave. 713.520.9988 Thru February 26, Christian Eckart solo exhibit McMURTREY GALLERY www.mcmurtreygallery.com 3508 Lake St. 713.523.8238 Thru February 12, Fragments and Reverberations by Sydney Philen Yeager


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MEREDITH LONG GALLERY www.meredithlonggallery.com 2323 San Felipe 713.523.6671

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MIDTOWN ART CENTER www.midtownartcenter.com 3414 La Branch 713.521.8803 MONTROSE ART SOCIETY www.montroseartsociety.com 4715 Main St. 713.316.0402 MOODY GALLERY www.moodygallery.com 2815 Colquitt 713.526.9911 Thru February 12, Somewhat Off-Center by Page Kempner MOTHER DOG STUDIOS www.motherdogstudios.com 720 Walnut 713.229.9760 NAUHAUS GALLERY www.texascollaborative.com 223 E. 11th St. 713.261.1409 Thru February 27, Rhythms by Joyce Howell NOLAN-RANKIN GALLERIES www.nolan-rankingalleries.com 6 Chelsea Blvd. 713.528.0664 O’KANE GALLERY www.uhd.edu One Main St.@UHD 713.221.8042 PARKERSON GALLERY www.parkersongallery.com 3510 Lake St. 713.524.4945 PEEL GALLERY www.peelgallery.org 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.520.8122 POST GALLERY www.postgallery.com 2121 Sage, Ste. 390 713.622.4241 POISSANT GALLERY www.poissantgallery.com 5102 Center St. 713.868.9337 RECORD RANCH GALLERY www.cactusmusictx.com 2110 Portsmouth 713.526.9272 REDBUD GALLERY www.redbudgallery.com 303 E. 11th St. 713.862.2532 RETRO GALLERY www.retrogallery.com 1839 W. Alabama 713.522.7074

TALENTO BILINGUE www.tbhcenter.com 333 S. Jensen Dr. 713.222.1213 THE ARTFUL CORNER www.theartfulcorner.com 3423 White Oak Dr. 713.426.4278 THOM ANDRIOLA www.newgallery.net 2627 Colquitt 713.520.7053 THORNWOOD GALLERY www.thornwoodgallery.com 2643 Colquitt St. 713.528.4278 VAUGHAN CHRISTOPHER GALLERY www.vaughanchristopher.com 1217 S. Shepherd 713.533.0816 WADE WILSON ART www.wadewilsonart.com 4411 Montrose #200, 713.521.2977 Opens February 18, Tom Berg WATERCOLOR ART SOCIETY www.watercolorhouston.org 1601 West Alabama 713.942.9966 Opens February 18, February Monthly Watermedia WINTER STREET STUDIOS www.winterstreetstudios.net 2101 Winter St. 713.862.0082 XNIHILO GALLERY www.xnil.org 2115 Taft St. 713.622.1846 ZARPOSH INDIA GALLERY www.zarposhindia.com 5910 Southwest Fwy. 713.668.2948

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RUDOLPH PROJECTS I ARTSCAN GALLERY www.rudolphprojects.com 1836 Richmond Ave. 713.807.1836 SICARDI GALLERY www.sicardi.com 2246 Richmond Ave. 713.529.1313 SPACE125 GALLERY www.haatx.com 3201 Allen Parkway 713.527.9330 STUDIO SEVEN 1107 East Freeway 713.224.5555

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for art’s sake

Cromosaturación [Chromosaturation] (1965/2004). Three chromo-cubicles (fluorescent light with blue, red and green filters). Gift of the Cruz-Diez Foundation at the MFAH.

by Susan M. Bynam Carlos Cruz-Diez’s translation by Laura Baranda

IMPACT

FEBRUARY 2011. THE SECOND MONTH OF THE YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES USUALLY TRIGGERS THE MIND TO EMBRACE RED AS ITS SIGNATURE COLOR. AFTER ALL, MANY OF US ADORN RED ATTIRE ON THE FIRST FRIDAY TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT FOR THE AWARENESS OF HEART DISEASE (NATIONAL WEAR RED DAY). AND, OF COURSE, VALENTINE’S DAY SCREAMS RED AT EVERY TURN: RED STEMMED ROSES, RED WINE, RED HEART-SHAPED BOXES FULL OF SWEET DELIGHTS – THE LIST TRULY CAN GO ON.

And, February 5 at 1pm, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) may be full of advocates embellished in red garb for heart disease awareness and arts enthusiasts alike – to partake in pioneering and thought-provoking, Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez as he makes a guest appearance at the Glassell School of Art to participate in the lecture, Conversing with Color: Carlos Cruz-Diez and Mari Carmen Ramirez. This seminar/lecture aims to examine the unstable nature of color and the resulting dialogue that emerges subsequent to color being processed by the human eye. Per Cruz-Diez, “The new experience that we are starting at the Glassell School of Art endeavors to awaken the senses and perception of sensitivity. It is likely that from these proposed sensory experiences, new ideas will emerge which will open additional paths of artistic creation.” And, this intriguing conversation with Cruz-Diez and Ramirez (MFAH, Wortham Center of Latin American Art and Director, International Center for the Arts of the Americas) occurs on the eve of MFAH’s first, large-scale exhibition of Cruz-Diez’s stunning works, spanning a 60-year career. The exhibit, on view from February 6 through July 4, will feature artworks amassed from the Cruz-Diez Foundation collection at the MFAH and major private and public collections from around the world. Heralded by many as one of the most remarkable, pioneering artists of the 20thcentury, Cruz-Diez’s monumental body (150-plus) of works on display will include rarely seen paintings; silk-screen prints and innovative chromatic structures; roomsize chromatic environments; architectural models and videos; and a virtual re-creation of the artist’s studio in Paris where visitors will be required to wear 3D glasses for the experience – all which will engage the response of the human eye while insisting on the participatory nature of color. The impact? International audiences will be introduced to Cruz-Diez’s pervasive production, which will position his theoretical and artistic contributions to 20th century Modernism in a broader context than their traditional observation. Born in Caracas in 1923 and a resident of Paris since 1960, Cruz-Diez first emerged as an artist in the mid-1950s, at the peak of the Kinetic Art Movement. A scholar, having earned the degree in applied and manual arts from the Escuela de Artes Plásticas y Aplicadas de Caracas in 1945, Cruz-Diez joined McCann-Erikson, an international advertising agency, where he soon rose to the position of art director. Shortly thereafter, he began work as a full-time artist and teaching at the Escuela

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IMPACT! Museum of Fine Arts Houston presents Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time February 6 to July 4, 2011 Theoretical FrancoVenezuelan Artist explores the world of color and its response on the human eye in rarely seen figurative oil paintings, unconventional color structures, architectural projects and interactive environments that are sure to wow and awaken the senses of museum participants.

de Artes Plásticas y Aplicadas and other institutions for a number of years, including teaching at his very own El Estudio de Artes Visuales, a graphic arts and industrial design workshop in Caracas. His life’s work has been dedicated to experimenting with the origins and optics of color, while simultaneously illustrating how color can be transformed into a sovereign experience capable of invading space. “As a student at the art school and without the sophistication or knowledge of what my future would unfold, I pondered why everyone appeared to paint in the same manner. As years passed, I discovered that this inquiry had already been touched on and theoretically examined by many, except for one fundamental component – the color. There had been movements, such as Impressionism and Fauvism, which proposed change regarding the color, but such proposals offered solutions to the same concept, i.e., color applied over the static support of canvas. From that moment on, I devoted my life to the investigation of the world of color examining the thoughts and realizations of other artists; the philosophical concepts through history; and the scientific and industrial achievements of others. A long and difficult task began in the early ’50s, culminating in ’59 with the structuring of a conceptual platform that I continuously enhance, even today: the color no longer on the canvas, but rather as an episode invading space and continuously evolving in time,” explains Cruz-Diez. “My paintings may very


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Carlos Cruz-Diez in the Boucherie workshop. Paris, France, 2007 © Atelier Cruz-Diez Paris

Signos en relieve para un muro/Signs in Relief for a Wall 1956 | Duco paint on steel and latex house paint on wood mounted on a wood strainer.

Prueba taller — color aditivo (recherches) | Additive Color - Workshop Proof (research) | 1963 | Silkscreen on paper.

well be applied on canvas, yet the color in my paintings is able to leave the space through light effects of the environment and the placement of the viewer. This has truly been my life’s work that I am most proud of. I am hopeful that the perceptual information that visitors will receive from the exhibition will help broaden their notions of art and their experiences of different, existing stereotypes of this colorful universe.” The exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Cruz-Diez Foundation, Houston. Additionally, major support has been provided by the MetLife Foundation, with generous funding provided by Mrs. Linnet F. Deily, The Boeing Company and Leslie and Brad Bucher. For more information about Carlos Cruz-Diez: Color in Space and Time, please visit the Cruz-Diez Foundation at www.cruz-diezfoundation.org or The Museum of Fine Arts Houston at www.mfah.org. THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTON 1001 Bissonnet Houston, Texas 77005 713.639.7300 Information Line

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POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE

TAKING SPORTSMANSHIP TO A NEW LEVEL

nonprofit

By Nadia Michel

BEING A “GOOD SPORT”

may sound like a playground relic, but

its essence is timeless. Positive Coaching Alliance is helping youth sports organizations take good sportsmanship to the next level. “Our goal is to help young men and women learn life lessons through sports. They gravitate towards sports and that provides many teachable moments. This makes them successful in their professional and personal lives,” explains Ben Rose, Executive Director at Positive Coaching Alliance’s (PCA) Houston location. PCA is a nationwide, nonprofit organization whose mission is “transforming youth sports so sports can transform youth.” Founded in 1998 by Executive Director Jim Thompson within the Stanford University Athletic Department, the association has helped create a positive, character-building youth sports environment for more than 3 million youth athletes. “We’ve had a lot of success. Every YMCA and every HISD coach is now required to be PCA certified,” explains Rose, who joined in 2008 and helped launch the Houston operation. “We also work with several Little Leagues and high schools,” adds Rose, who previously spent five years with the Houston Texans, most recently serving as Director of Youth Outreach and Events. “HISD just reported to us they haven’t had any coach ejections during this year and they attribute this to us,” Rose emphasizes. The organization boasts an impressive list of partners and supporters, including Phil Jackson, PCA’s National Spokesperson and head coach of the NBA L.A. Lakers, winners of 11 championships. “He really believes in what we’re doing and he is very involved,” says Rose. HONORING THE GAME PCA’s motto – Honor the Game – is a simple way of encouraging good sportsmanship, defined by Wikipedia as “expresses an aspiration or ethos that the activity will be enjoyed for its own sake, with proper consideration for fairness, ethics, respect, and a sense of fellowship with one’s competitors.” THE GAME IS THE HOOK “Sometimes kids are so interested in sports that they will change everything in their lives. They say ‘I’ll make an A

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in algebra’ just so they can play sports. And later, at the age of 28, their life is what it is because of that one simple hook,” says Harry Colon, former AllAmerican football defensive back in the National Football League and Coordinator at John H. Reagan High School, where he implemented the Total Person Program. Colon recruits, trains and manages PCA’s Trainer Corp for the Houston Area. Colon was also Reagan’s Head Football Coach and took his team to the playoffs for the first time in 47 years. R.O.O.T.S. A key lesson in PCA’s workshops with coaches and student athletes is R.O.O.T.S. – having respect for Rules, Officials, Opponents, Teammates and Self. “There are so many life lessons in sports, but I would say R.O.O.T.S. is one of those things that is easily transferable into business ethics – having respect for rules, oversight and most of all one’s self,” says Colon. TURNING MISTAKES INTO OPPORTUNITIES “There’s nothing like when you make a mistake and your parents put their heads down and look upset,” cautions Colon. PCA gives coaches and parents tools to deal with athletes’ blunders. “We recommend the Ritual Mistake. The coach should make a sign to brush it off and make a point of not being angry and frustrated. But later in the week, we encourage revisiting the mistake to learn how you can grow from it and learn from it,” says Rose.

POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE GOALS •  Replace the “win-at-all-cost” model of coaching with the Double-Goal Coach®, who wants to win but has a second, more important, goal of using sports to teach life lessons; •  Teach youth sports organization leaders how to create an organizational culture in which Honoring the Game is the norm; and •  Spark and fuel a “social epidemic” of Positive Coaching that will sweep this country.

FILLING THE EMOTIONAL TANK “I hear people talk about being positive in their lives, and our concept of the “emotional tank” is that everyone has one, and when it’s filled up, you are much more optimistic. But if it is low, you can’t go as far. If people feel good about themselves, the outlook is much brighter.” In his workshops, Colon teaches coaches and parents of students athletes how to fill that emotional tank. “You can praise by being specific and express appreciation. Sometimes a silent high five or a simple nod can fill the emotional tank,” he explains. “I always end my workshops with this,” he says: “The story is being created. You can really form and guide a kid. Ten years from now, how will this story be told and what will they say about it?”


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gish at the movies ART FILMS ARE GOOD By Sarah Gish

FOR THE SOUL…

TAKE A FRIEND TO ONE!

THIS CINEMA IS FOR YOU Talk of the rodeo, Valentine’s Day and the February 27 Academy Awards® are all grabbing my attention this month as well as a slate of excellent films to see. HoustonPBS (www.houstonpbs.org) continues their “Community Cinema” series with a screening at Rice Cinema (www.ricecinema.rice.edu) of Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story (2/23). Cyntoia Brown was an average American teenager whose bad decisions led her to a life sentence. The film explores how factors such as biology and family history can doom some youth from the start. Rice Cinema is also presenting the “Iranian Film Festival” on 2/4 and 2/5. The Aurora Picture Show (www.aurorapictureshow.org) is raising funds for their annual kids’ summer filmmaking camp by presenting another “Soul Nite!” (2/4 and 2/5 at El Dorado Ballroom). I went to the first one and it was a treat to see greats like Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin in vintage films. They’re also showing Love is a Many-Splintered Thing (2/13) and a fun “Steers and Beers” program (2/26). AMC Entertainment recently launched their “AMC Independent” program so get ready to see more indies on their screens. Rave Motion Pictures (www.ravemotionpictures.com) have been offering some for awhile, such as this month’s Sanctum in 3D. LOVE GOES TO THE DOGS The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (www.mfah.org) is showing the animated “sometimes love’s a bitch”-marketed film, My Dog Tulip (2/13, 2/14 and 2/20), a bittersweet account of author J. R. Ackerley´s sixteen-year relationship with his German

shepherd, Tulip, the love of his life. The MFAH is also showing Texas Legends, Before They Were Legends (2/4) and “2010 Academy Award-Nominated Short Films” (2/11-12 and 2/18-20). DiverseWorks (www.diverseworks.org) and the Aurora Picture Show present “Flickerlounge” at DW which features three videos that parody art, media and religion: Embrace of the Irrational by Jonn Herschend; Frog Jesus by Ben Peters and The Art of Painting #3 by Lily Sparks. The 50th anniversary of the deaths of the 1960 U.S. Figure Skating team and their parents, coaches and judges in a plane crash is being memorialized with the film Rise, presented by Fathom Events (www.fathomevents.com) live at several theatres around town on 2/17. Race to Nowhere is onscreen again on 2/6, 3pm at the Glassell School of Art. Interested in more screenings? Contact shar@sharonengelstein.com. TRAVELING FOOLS Get out of town virtually with three films this month – the Houston Museum of Natural Science (www.hmns.org) presents Galapagos 3D, an exciting retracing of the groundbreaking footsteps of Charles Darwin and his explorations of the biological diversity and history of Ecuador’s famous islands; Our Image Film and Arts Organization (www.ourimagefest.com) takes us to Africa with Motherland, a sweeping look at Africa’s past and its Pan-African future (2/25 at Taft Street Coffee House); and the Brazilian Arts Foundation (www.brazilianarts.org) presents a Brazilian film (2/18) during their usual screening on the third Friday of each month. 14 Pews (www.14pews.org) is screening Visual Acoustics (2/5); William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe (2/12); JeanMichel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2/19); and Louder Than A Bomb (2/26). Still not sure what the heck is going on at the Angelika Film Center downtown, which recently posted (and then removed) a sign that stated “New theater coming soon to Bayou Place.” We certainly need more film venues so I’m keeping my fingers crossed! Maybe Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks (www.alamodrafthouse.com) will take over?! By the way, they’re celebrating five years at their Mason Park location this month on 2/5 with special fun tbd.

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spacetaker artscene If there’S one word to Sum up thIS month In houSton’S art Scene, It’S dIVerSItY! LeaVe It to the ephemeraL cItY to mIx It up a LIttLe. enjoY!

IT’S EASY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH HOUSTON’S CULTURAL CLIQUE WHEN IT’S AS ATTRACTIVE AND AROUSING AS IT IS THIS MONTH. YOU CAN FLIRT SHAMELESSLY WITH A VARIETY OF MUSIC, DANCE AND ART – THERE’S A LITTLE SUMPIN’ SUMPIN’ FOR EVERYONE WHO LIKES TO GET AROUND! DOESN’T YOUR HEART JUST SKIP A BEAT? The Candy Shop by the Montrose Art Society February 5 @ 6pm The Montrose Art Society’s group exhibition, The Candy Shop: A Sweet and Spicy Experience, explores the dynamic cultural effects of the growing infusion of Latin and South Americans in the U.S. today, with a focus on something sweet: candy. Spacetaker ARC (2101 Winter Street) – Free. www.montroseartsociety.com Dominic Walsh Dance Theater’s Second Course – Winter Mixed Rep February 10-12 @ 7:30pm DWDT is the first American company to obtain the rights to perform Pas de Dans by Swedish choreographer Mats Ek – hailed as one of Europe’s most creative and influential dancemakers. Following is the world premiere of Walsh’s Victor Frankenstein based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel and co-conceived by local writer Addie Tsai. Hobby Center (800 Bagby) – tickets start at $25. www.dwdt.org Inprint presents poets Jackson and Ostriker on Valentine’s Day February 14 @ 7:30pm The Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents a romantic evening of poetry featuring Major Jackson and Alicia Ostriker. Jackson, poetry editor at Harvard Review, is author of the poetry collections Leaving Saturn, Hoops and Holding Company.

Ostriker, world-renowned poet, literary critic and nonfiction writer, is the author of 12 poetry collections, including The Book of Seventy. Alley Theatre (615 Texas Ave.) – $5. www.inprinthouston.org

ALLEN’S LANDING WE ARE TRULY INSPIRED BY THE COHESIVE WORK CREATED BY LOCAL ARTIST SYD MOEN. THE COVER IS CALLED ALLEN’S LANDING AND REPRESENTS OUR MONTH’S THEME OF BUSINESS, REAL ESTATE AND DEVELOPMENT PERFECTLY St. Basil

Loft Concert: Answers to Questions February 17 @ 6:30pm The UH Mitchell Center and contemporary music group Musiqa, in collaboration with the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, present a world premiere performance featuring composer/conductor Bill Ryan and violinist Todd Reynolds. This informal, intimate “loft” concert responds to the CAMH exhibition, Answers to Questions. CAMH (5216 Montrose Blvd.) – Free. Dance Source & DiverseWorks present 12 Minutes Max! February 24 & 25 @ 7:30pm 12 Minutes Max! showcases new works by some of Houston’s brightest emerging choreographic artists. Dance Source Houston curates an unforgettable and exciting night of talent, featuring works by Daniel Adame, Lydia Polhemus Hance, Maggie Lasher, Karen Stokes and Toni Leago Valle. www.diverseworks.org The Pootail Collection at Spacetaker ARC February 26 @ 5pm Spacetaker presents The Pootail Collection, a new multimedia exhibition by neurologist-cum-artist Jude Theriot featuring small and large-scale art objects anchored in the spirit and unbridled exhilaration of childhood creativity, curiosity and wonder. Spacetaker ARC (2101 Winter Street) – Free. www.spacetaker.org Robert Bates in concert with Ars Lyrica February 27 @ 6pm Renowned organist Robert Bates and Ars Lyrica Houston, a Grammy-nominated early music ensemble under the direction of Matthew Dirst, team up for a program of concertos, including Handel’s The Cucu and the Nightingale featuring the new Baroquestyle organ at St. Philip Presbyterian Church (4807 San Felipe) – $15. www.musicatsaintphilip.net/concerts

Syd moen

By jenni rebecca Stephenson

Moen shares: “Allen’s Landing, the birthplace of Houston, is not a classically beautiful location but it has an elusive quality which is hard to describe. I’m not sure if it is the juxtaposition of the natural and urban environment or if it’s the space and proportions. It has always been my belief that the entire landscape contributes to the elusive quality of this place.”

Moen was born and raised in Houston and has been a lifelong resident of the city’s Montrose area. She received both a B.A. in art history and a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston. Throughout the years she has experimented with numerous artistic mediums. however she always comes back to photography as the core resource for her explorations. By playing with the medium outside of conventional photographic methods she tries to pursue a more personal interpretation of the subject rather than an exact reproduction. Imagine a singular location becoming a world unto itself. Every element is important to the whole and it is that which Moen is driven to weave together in her “little planets” which are created out of spherical panoramas. In creating the image she has the ability to rotate the sphere thus magnifying certain elements while others recess into dense detail. Syd Moen is an artist-in-residence at Hardy and Nance Street Studios. The studio complex is open to the public every 3rd Saturday of each month.

WWW.SYDMOEN.COM 902 HARDY STREET, STUDIO #23 | HOUSTON, TX 77020

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EVENT THE SOUND OF MUSIC, HOUSTON SYMPHONY MAGICAL MUSICAL MORNING WHY TO BENEFIT MUSIC MATTERS! WHERE THE HOUSTONIAN HOTEL WHEN DECEMBER 11 Families and their kiddos had a magical morning filled with fun and games, arts and crafts and even an instrument petting zoo. Kids of all ages tested out drums, xylophones, trumpets and more while creating their own musical notes and playing dress-up to snap shots in a photo booth. Parents sneaked off and did some last-minute shopping in the “pop-up” shop. The fun continued as guests enjoyed a delicious brunch full of holiday must-haves.

Caroline and Courtney Brynes

Steve and Bennett Mach

Layla, Jess, Savanna and Betty Tutor

Melissa, Matthew, Michael and Mia Mithoff

Mark, Christopher, Nicholas and Christina Hanson

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destination By Michele Meyer and Bruce Westbrook

BOCA RATON

RESORT & CLUB

in BOCA RATON, FLORIDA

BRUCE DIDN’T MEAN TO DECAPITATE THE GROOM, BUT THEN THOUGHT, WHY NOT? AFTER ALL, BEYOND SAYING “I DO,” GROOMS ARE BOTTOM-FEEDERS IN BRIDEZILLA LAND, INCLUDING THE CANDIED ONE PERCHED ATOP A CUPCAKE PLACED IN HIS AND MICHELE’S ROOM AT THE BOCA RATON RESORT & CLUB. THEY WERE VISITING THE LARGE, LAVISH PROPERTY ON THEIR 19TH ANNIVERSARY TO EXPLORE RENEWING THEIR VOWS ON THEIR 20TH, AND A HUNGRY BRUCE MANGLED HIS LIKENESS IN CUPCAKE LUST. BRUCE: Then it hit me: This cupcake is yummy, and the resort’s Beach Club Hotel is awesomely comfy – sleek but informal. Maybe I’ll enjoy the pomp of our ceremony without losing the romp of a good time. MICHELE: You ought to. They don’t host 60 to 80 weddings a year here to repel a girl’s better half. Remember the couple we saw after their wedding? The groom glowed as much as the bride. And while even I admit winking oranges on the Dunes ballroom carpet were tacky, our bed’s white leather headboard and royal blue, striped chaise longue were downright sexy. That’s what you get after a $126 million, 20-month renovation. Besides, we had spa treatments, cake tastings, your catamaran ride on the Atlantic and even a stretch limo from Fort Lauderdale’s airport after our two-hour flight from Houston. BRUCE: I don’t blame you for skipping the boat. For you, it would’ve been barf. For me, it was bar – as in open, while Jimmy Buffett tunes played and we glided the waves. But as for those treatments back at Spa Palazzo . . . MICHELE: Oh yes! Its salmon stucco arches and navy tiles are palatial – as in Spain’s Alhambra – and didn’t you love the lime sorbet and cranberry pomegranate body scrub as you soaked in a bubble bath flanked by candles? You can’t get that at Days Inn. BRUCE: Yeah, well, how about the car wash they put me in, with dozens of jets spraying water in strange places? Was I that dirty? And after they roasted me in a 150-degree room and dunked me in “oh, that’s hot!” water, I thought I was in a fraternity hazing. MICHELE: No way! The Vichy shower is all about pre-wedding relaxation. And besides, you got a massage. BRUCE: Now you’re talking! I got to be an inert slab of beef while my massage therapist made my muscles go sleepy-time. Spa director George Lopez told us most grooms feel that way, though some also dip their toes into – the horror! – pedicures. MICHELE: Don’t knock it. They had SpaRitual polish – my fave brand – in hotoff-the-runway charcoal, and chardonnay to sip while bonding with bridesmaids – er, groomsmen. And don’t forget the resort’s wedding cakes! My favorite was the fivetier with pink-tinged folds and crystal beading to match the bride’s gown. BRUCE: Right – like I want to eat what looks like frilly fabric. No way a wedding dress cake is appetizing to me. I was afraid I’d bite down on a zipper, when all I wanted was a sugar rush. And the Ferrari-shaped cakes they offered grooms – ditto. Give me a cake that looks

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like a cake. After all, cake is the most important part of a wedding, right? MICHELE: Well, along with flowers, as when we returned from dinner to find calla lilies wrapped in pearl- and rhinestone-studded white lace. And that was nothing, floral supervisor Carlos Marquez told us. He’s dying to rain peach rose petals from a helicopter on a just-married couple – though think what the wind would do to her veil! Need to be more manly? He offered to create sand sculptures of our courtship highlights, should we renew our vows on the shore. He’d even have gondoliers serenade us. BRUCE: You’re kidding … aren’t you? MICHELE: I’ll ignore that. I wouldn’t want us to have our first post-honeymoon fight. After all, I’m still blissed out after our “casual” clambake on the beach, with two guitarists strumming Marvin Gaye and white top-hatted chefs serving Texas-sized lobsters and ’Smores. I couldn’t believe the hydrangea- and seashell-strewn table set with turquoise runner beneath shimmering glass tea lanterns. But I was most taken by the white orchid, curling willow and glass-beaded wedding arch. Overcome by its beauty, I proposed to YOU – that we not wait to renew our vows! And so we did, as the sun set and waves crashed on the white sands. With no one there, I didn’t even worry if my mother-in-law would blanch when our kiss lingered and I wrapped my leg around my handsome hubby. BRUCE: Oh, yeah! Frills are fine, but that’s a happily-ever-after I can live with!

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REMEMBERInG

PETER CoRT MARzIo 1943–2010

“Peter Marzio was the ideal museum director, and possessed a variety of skills that have become all too rare in the museum profession in the 21st century. He trained as an art historian, worked as a curator, was a natural administrator, and proved adept at raising money and attracting important donations and support. It has been said that a leader must be practical and a realist, but must also speak the language of the visionary and the idealist. Peter was that rara avis, a practical idealist.” ~ Edgar Peters Bowron, The Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art, MFAH

“Dr. Peter Marzio played an indispensible role in the international development and growth of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. He believed arts and culture are significant factors in the overall quality of life and play a key role in defining who we are as individuals, communities and as a society.” ~ Dr. Carolyn Farb, Philanthropist and Author

“Art is the window to a man’s soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson

“AMONG ALL OF THE OTHER REMARKABLE QUALITIES PETER HAD, WHEN I THINK OF HIM I WILL REMEMBER MOST THE PASSION HE FELT FOR WORKS OF ART. HE LOVED ART AND THE POWER AND DEPTH OF HIS FEELING WAS CONTAGIOUS. HE COULD INSPIRE THE STAFF AT MFAH AS WELL AS ARTISTS, CURATORS, COLLECTORS, PATRONS AND TRUSTEES BECAUSE HIS JOY WHEN ENCOUNTERING A POWERFUL WORK OF ART WAS GENUINE.” ~ Joseph Havel, Director, Glassell School of Art, MFAH

“Peter Marzio was no ordinary man. He was the kind of person who always made you feel more intelligent than you really are. He put you up, not down. To know him was a privilege. I worked closely with him for six years as chairman of the board of the MFAH.  I do not recall that he ever said a mean or unkind word about anyone. He teased a lot – but not in a mean way. He inspired those he worked with (curators and board alike) to grow and learn more in their fields. When he came to Houston in 1982 from the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, he was just 39 years old.  He worked with my mother, Alice Brown, who was then active on the board. He was in Houston for 28 years and helped the city grow in so many ways – and not just in art. He added over 50,000 objects to the collection.  It did not just grow in size, but it also grew in quality.  The Audrey Jones Beck Collection, the Alfred C. Glassell gold collections, the Caroline Weiss Law collection of modern and contemporary art (and a very sizeable monetary bequest) to continue that collection, the impressive photography collection and many antiquities (Egyptian, Greek and Roman) as well as other art were added during that time.  In addition, the Latin American art department has become a recognized authority. His death is not only a loss to the MFAH but also to the City of Houston, where he added to the city’s stature by defining the role of art in a city culture.” ~ Isabel Wilson, MFAH life trustee and former chair of the board

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MANDY TRICHELL

VLADIMIR AMBIA + DLOG

age 35 sign Scorpio origin North Louisiana girl occupation Certified Personal Ass Kicker (translation: Fitness Trainer)

age Old enough to Le Drink sign Sagittarius origin Peruvian/ New Yorker (Brooklyn in da house) occupation Local Celebrity and Leader of a Huge Company

people of houston Photography by Anthony Rathbun

3 SUNNY ADAIR age 36 sign Leo origin Native Houstonian occupation President, Adair Enterprises and Merchandising

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1. MANDY TRICHELL •WHERE IS YOU FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP? Hello Lucky on Studewood, in The Heights. •WHAT ATTRACTS YOU TO A PERSON? I love to see someone who is otherwise very confident being vulnerable and open. •WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? The Dark Crystal. •WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE THING YOU’VE DONE IN HOUSTON? Getting to be on stage with Thievery Corporation.

2. VLADIMIR AMBIA+DLOG •WHAT WAS THE BEST CONCERT YOU EVER ATTENDED? Soda Stereo, back in the 90’s. •WHAT CELEBRITY WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET STYLE TIPS FROM? Johnny Depp. •WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE A VACATION HOME? Southern Italy. •WOULD YOU RATHER COOK, DINE OUT OR GET TAKEOUT? Cook, of course. Ceviche time!

3. SUNNY ADAIR •IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT WOULD BE THE FIRST THING THAT YOU WOULD BUY? A new skin bank lab for Shriner’s Hospital in Galveston. •BEST CONCERT? Steely Dan. •HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Comfortable, with a bit of sass. •WHAT CELEBRITY WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET STYLE TIPS FROM? Victoria Beckham. •WHAT IS IN YOUR CLOSET THAT YOU CANNOT JUST LET GO OF? Mom’s pink lace Gilley’s tank top and Member’s Only jacket.


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French Connection - 5085 Westheimer Rd. 713.840.0151 J.Crew - 5085 Westheimer Rd. 713.626.2739 DSW - 2477 Post Oak Blvd.713.871.0142 Tory Burch - 5015 Westheimer Rd. 713.622.5501 Neiman Marcus - 2600 Post Oak Blvd. 713.621.7100

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WE’RE TAKING A “MENTAL” BREAK FROM THE WINTER. OVER LAYERING AND BULK, NAUTICAL STRIPES PUT US IN A VACATION STATE OF MIND. SPRING, WHERE ARE YOU?

Styling by Beatrice Allen Photography Gabriella Nissen

“Business in the front, party in the back” pretty much sums up this cute but sexy top with cutout back accented with bows. Stripe open back sweater w/ bows @ French Connection This crop cut is of the moment. Ideal for showing off cute shoes but still sensible for the cold we are trying to forget. Black matte pleated pants @ J.Crew

RESORT TIME Rock of Ages Press, this duo of scented candles, celebrates great lovers throughout the ages. Our favorite (ok, my favorite) is Dante and Beatrice. Italian fig scent pays homage to their historic partnership: Dante fell in love at first sight and thought of Beatrice as a divine and noble angel. www.roapress.com

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A slight variation from last month’ s wedge (we’ re wedge obsessed) the slight details of a lower toe and perked lift make this one just as sexy as any stiletto. L.A.M.B. Suede mushroom wedge @ DSW or www.piperlime.com Stripes on stripes?! You bet! As long as there is a harmony in color family, the look comes off nonchalant. Stripe scarf @ Tory Burch The matte metal gives this sparkly necklace a rough, heirloom look. Sparkly necklace @ J.Crew Not only are we giving the clothes a break, so is our perfume. This floral, summery stunner makes us long for beaches, bikinis and bronze skin. Limited Edition Bronze Goddess Soleil Eau Fraiche @ Neiman Marcus


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SHERRI & WILL SAKSON KID TO KID HOUSTON GALLERIA

retail wrap Photography by Jill Hunter

years in operation 1 month 1737 Post Oak Blvd. @ San Felipe | 713.622.2545 | www.kidtokid.com

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS BUSINESS? Sherri sold Lil’ Squeaks baby squeaky shoes as a home business for about 4 years prior to Kid to Kid. We loved shopping at the Kid to Kid in The Woodlands and decided we needed something like this in our part of town. Will quit his job in business consulting to do all of the accounting and computers at the store. WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER BOUTIQUES? Kid to Kid is a children’s resale shop (we go up to size 14). We are different from other “consignment” stores in that we pay cash up front for your gently used items (20% more than the cash price if you choose to take store credit instead!). We like to say that you can sell, shop and save all in one trip. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITES? My personal favorite brands are Anavini, Bailey Boys, Tea and Hanna Andersson. We also have True Religion and Burberry in our store right now!

WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS CONCEPT? We are providing gently used children’s clothing, shoes, equipment, toys and maternity to our customers at amazing prices. It only makes sense since kids grow so fast. WHAT ARE YOU COVETING THIS SEASON? In addition to used items, we carry about 20% new products. We’ve got some great new items right now including Bella bands, kids watches, diaper bags, princess necklaces, bracelets and tubs of dinosaurs.

{} RULES OF STYLE FOR KIDS

FUNCTIONAL AND FASHIONABLE! OUR 6-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER ANSWERS THIS QUESTION WITH “TWIRLY, SPARKLY AND CLOPPY (FLIP-FLOP) SHOES.”

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ND Sandra Gunn is a Broker Associate with Boulevard Realty and can be found at www.sandragunn.com or 713.224.2777.

REAL ESTATE IN 2011 REMINDS ME OF THE EARLY 1990S IN MANY WAYS. THE MARKET WAS COMING OFF THE HIGHS OF THE 80’S AND THE RECESSION THAT FOLLOWED. LOANS WERE AVAILABLE BUT YOU HAD TO BE IN REALLY GOOD STANDING AND HAVE SAVED A LARGE DOWN PAYMENT. LOTS OF PEOPLE WAITED UNTIL THEY MARRIED TO BUY THEIR FIRST HOME. PEOPLE WERE OPTIMISTIC BUT TRUE CHANGE WAS DOWN THE ROAD. I HAVE SPOKEN TO SOME OF THE LEADERS IN VARIOUS SEGMENTS OF REAL ESTATE IN HOUSTON TO GET THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE REAL ESTATE MARKET. I STARTED AT IBIZA IN MIDTOWN WITH SOMEONE I MET IN THE EARLY 90’S WHEN HE WAS STARTING HIS CAREER, THE AMIABLE AND HANDSOME JONATHAN FARB. BRANCHING OUT FROM TOWNHOMES, FARB HAS JUST COMPLETED THE CHIC CITYPLACE ON MCGOWEN. 185 RENTAL UNITS WITH A SALTWATER POOL COMPLETE WITH FRESHWATER MISTERS FOR THOSE SULTRY AUGUST DAYS; HEALTHY FOOD DELIVERED TO YOUR REFRIGERATOR FROM SNAP KITCHEN AND A LARGE BARK PARK AND A DOG WALKING SERVICE!

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inventory, particularly inside the 610 Loop, has dropped to an all-time low which has also caused us to expand our single-family program as well.

How do you see the market in 2011? The real estate market specifically in Houston will actually continue to improve this year because the overall consensus seems to be that we are going to experience positive job and population growth. Based on past experience, if the job market continues to steadily improve then the real estate market should organically rebound and correct itself over time.

Are the lenders easing up at all? The credit markets have not thawed yet due to the fact that many of them are still gun shy with too many bad loans on the books. In today’s market, lenders are definitely making loans but have greatly increased their equity requirements. I have always tried not to over-leverage my deals which has kept me out of trouble. Fortunately, I have continued to borrow from many of the same lenders as I had before the downturn took place.

President | Farb Homes | farbhomes.com | cityplacemidtown.com

What changes have you made in your business plan since the downturn? The biggest change has been transitioning into the apartment business because I have only built single-family townhomes over the last decade. Since financing still remains challenging for many potential homeowners, I feel that the demand and culture for housing has shifted somewhat to rental. The supply of single-family new construction

What new projects are you starting this year? 2011 is going to be my most ambitious year, particularly because I am opening CityPlace, my first major luxury apartment development on Bagby and McGowen (www.cityplacemidtown.com). I am also breaking ground on five new townhome communities spread out over Rice Military, the Heights and Montrose.

Hair by Riaro. | Makeup by Gayle Creekmore for Chanel at Neiman Marcus. | Jewelry by Nancy Chapman: 22kt & Aquamarine Cabochon ring, Monka – 20k & rose diamond necklace, all at Sloan/Hall.

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Sandra gunn and Bill BaldWin Residential Brokers | Boulevard Realty | yourblvd.com

RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE IS OFF TO A ROARING START IN 2011! HOWEVER, THERE ARE STILL A NUMBER OF CHALLENGES. THOSE WHO PURCHASED IN 2007 OR EARLY 2008 MAY BE IN A DIFFICULT POSITION. TODAY THERE IS RENEWED OPTIMISM AND THERE CONTINUES TO BE STEADY IMPROVEMENT OVER 2009. THE INDUSTRY WILL CONTINUE TO SEE MANY CHANGES SUCH AS MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS OF REAL ESTATE FIRMS. SMALLER OFFICES WILL HAVE A MORE DIFFICULT TIME COMPETING WITH MEDIUM TO LARGE SIZE FIRMS, PRIMARILY DUE TO ECONOMIES OF SCALE. THERE WILL CERTAINLY BE THE CONSOLIDATION AND CLOSURE OF SOME REAL ESTATE OFFICES. What about mortgages? Interest rates are on the rise. We all used to think 6% was a good rate. Well, be prepared to be excited about it again. While interest rates are rising, the qualifications for a mortgage are getting more stringent. Just a few months ago if you had a 725 FICO score and put down 20%, you would qualify for those rates you see on the Internet or in the paper. Now, one must have a minimum credit score of 740 and put down 25% to get the very best rate. Pricing and demand? While there is some increase in investment in new construction, inventory is getting tighter and tighter, which stresses that segment of the market. This is keeping prices stable and even allowing for modest price increases in single-family homes overall. Buyers continue to choose new or totally remodeled homes as opposed to taking on “a project.” Demand for new homes remains high but buyers remain very particular and won’t accept a bad location or inferior quality. Now is a great opportunity for investment in remodels or new construction inside the Loop. Prices of townhomes and high-rises remain at historical lows and their purchase now may prove to be a very good long-term investment. Outlook? News headlines in the spring/summer will be a roller coaster for the real estate industry. Early 2010 was a sprint due to the first-time buyer tax credit program and it is not expected that sales can match that pace so we expect the media coverage will be discouraging. Year-to-date sales numbers will be down in April and May which can negatively influence buyers’ perceptions. However, all expectations for the year are an overall upturn for real estate in Houston.

How do you see the rental market in 2011? I think it will improve from 2010 but it is rugged. We will not see any great rebound without any new units in the single-family market. For the last few years, a young professional two or three years out of college would buy a townhome or a home. That scenario is over with lenders’ realistic demand to qualify for credit and increased down payment. Their best choice is to live in a nice apartment. Forecast for growth is not very great; I’m looking at a better occupancy rate. Rent growth should be up 6 to 7% by year-end.

Marvy Finger

President & CEO | The Finger Companies fingercompanies.com

Are the lender’s easing up at all? Not really. This year they are very particular and the guarantees required are severe enough to restrict growth. It will take until next year for that to ease. There should be a greater demand for rentals with enough upward pressure from pricing and demand that financing should be available. Are you starting anything new this year? I will have two or three projects. One project is bogged down in serious zoning difficulties. I am currently building the Whole Foods at Waugh and West Dallas and the balance of the land will be residential. We are doing market surveys to see if this will be a midrise or a tower. The other is in west LA, close to two of my previous projects.

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Houston Division President | David Weekley Homes | davidweekleyhomes.com How do you see the market in 2011? We see the housing market in 2011 reacting very similar to 2010. As a company, we have continued to focus on revenue generation and cost reduction, while maintaining our overhead. This focus, along with our conservative business approach, and staying vigilant of new sales and potential revenue-generating opportunities will allow our continued success in 2011. What changes have you made in your business plan since the downturn? We have shifted our focus to meet the needs of the market and our customers. Our energy-efficient Green Homes are friendlier to the environment and customers’ pocketbooks. By using environmentally friendly building materials, we are minimizing our carbon footprint and with their reduced energy consumption, our Green Homes are actually less expensive to own. In addition, to accommodate our customers’ desire to live closer to Houston’s business district, we’re offering our urban-style product in several locations in and around the Loop. Are the lenders easing up at all? As the market fluctuates, we will continue to see the lenders do the same, but with interest rates at record lows, now is the perfect time to buy a new home. What new projects are you starting this year? Houston’s Inner Loop, Heights and Galleria areas continue to grow. We will begin building 3- and 4-story homes in Washington Court – located in the Rice Military area. As well as Remington Park in the Heights and Asbury Manor near Memorial Park. We’re also opening several communities throughout the Greater Houston Area, and our Build on Your Lot program continues to expand.

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Dr. richarD WainerDi

President/CEO /COO | Texas Medical Center | texasmedicalcenter.org What do you see in 2011? We are nearing completion on 22 construction projects and possibly one new one this year. We are not sure, partially due to the uncertainty in the health care markets. How does that affect TMC? We have just gone from 32,000,000sf to 42,000,000sf which is a 30% increase. We have adequately increased our size to meet our needs. When you compare that to the size of Downtown Business Districts, we currently rank 13th. Our additional square footage should put us in line to be 7th or 8th by 2014 (as long as those Downtown Business Districts haven’t added significant size in the last few years which I don’t think occurred) which is ahead of Dallas, LA, Minneapolis and Cleveland. What about UTMB in Galveston? You will see substantial construction there…still some repairs from Hurricane Ike and some expansion.

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President | Wulfe & Company | wulfe.com

Jill Pearsall

Director of Facilities Planning and Development | Texas Children’s Hospital What development will we see from Texas Children’s this year? 2011 will be an exciting year for Texas Children’s. At the end of 2010 we celebrated the recent opening of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute and the outpatient facilities in our new West Campus. This year we are eagerly anticipating the opening of hospital services and the emergency center at West Campus, as well as the opening of outpatient services at our new maternity center, which is the last building in our Vision 2010 initiative, the largest expansion program ever undertaken by a single children’s hospital. Our goal has been to further strengthen and expand our services and facilities to meet the needs of the community and continue to lead the way in making breakthroughs that help children and families locally and globally. We are very proud of our world-class facilities that support our world-class programs, physicians and staff throughout the Houston area.

How do you see Houston’s retail market in 2011? I see it beginning to show signs of revitalization and energy! We are seeing more stores interested in expanding and looking at future stores in the next one or two years. This is important because we had none of that in last quarter of 2008, all of 2009 and first quarter of 2010. There are a number of signs showing an uptick in that market. This will continue to be a slow year for new development as we can continue to absorb what has been built, along with the time it takes to gear up for the expansion, as well as the time it takes to get financing in place. There will be several new stores expanding like Target, Wal-Mart, HEB, Kroger and the Whole Foods on Gray to represent the retail expansion of 2011 which is maybe 600,000 to 700,000 feet of new space. What is new at your BLVD Center on Post Oak? We have completed phase 1 and it is 100% leased. We are working on plans for phase 2 which will be a 185,000sf expansion anchored by a 48,500sf Whole Foods. There is a significant shift in tenancy in all retail projects to include restaurants, both large and small. They have become mini-anchors as they are expanding and seeing good growth. We plan to have four or five new restaurants in Phase 2, some local – some national. Is residential back in play? We are talking to one high rise rental developer about a site on the property. I am also excited about talks with a hotelier about a boutique property as well.

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Vincent KicKeRillo CEO/Chairman of the Board | Kickerillo Companies | Kickerillo.com

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How do you see the new construction market in 2011? Kickerillo Companies is very excited and hopeful about 2011! We have seen a flourish of traffic in our various developments and we are geared up for a busy year. Homebuyers are returning to the new construction market, and we are honored that they are selecting us as their builder.

President | Central Houston

What changes have you made in your business plan since the downturn? The focus of Kickerillo Companies’ business continues to be land development, investments and custom home construction in the Greater Houston Area. This year we have layered a few new business ventures on top of our existing business model. We are currently building custom homes in Lakes of Parkway, Vintage Lakes and Rolling Creek, but we are also excited to be building in the Trendmaker development of Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear. You will also find Kickerillo custom-built homes popping up all over the Houston area because we have begun building on our customers’ own lots in the River Oaks, Memorial and Richmond/Rosenburg areas. We strive to respond to the market and truly listen to our customers. We want to be able to offer a variety of home options for homebuyers whether that is in a gated community with amenity lakes and a recreation center, on a large parcel of land outside the city limits or on a residential lot in an existing Houston neighborhood. Kickerillo Companies is committed to building peace of mind anywhere and everywhere. What new projects are you starting this year? In 2011 we are introducing a new product line that I have designed as a response to the needs of our customers and the current demands in the housing market. My daughter Kelli is spearheading this product called Classics by Kickerillo. The first homes built, as part of the Classics by Kickerillo line, will be in the master planned community of Lakes of Parkway. This community is located off Briar Forest near Eldridge within the bustling Energy Corridor. With magnificent oak trees, nine lakes, paved jogging trails, a recreation center, pool, tennis courts and lighted fountains, this guarded and gated community is the perfect neighborhood to introduce Classics by Kickerillo. Though these homes will be first built in Lakes of Parkway, these new designs will lend themselves beautifully to become part of the mix of Kickerillo homes you will find in communities all over the Greater Houston Area. With a price range of $450,000 to $600,000, each home in this new product line will have the type of luxury appointments and quality features that buyers have come to expect from Kickerillo. Beautiful porcelain tiles, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, Kohler fixtures and the unparalleled Kickerillo 8-step stucco process will be standards on every Classics by Kickerillo home.

How do you see the development market Downtown in 2011? As I look out my office window, I am thrilled by the sight of workers putting the finishing touches on BG Group Place, Hines’ exciting new office tower at Main at Rusk. This is one of several new buildings opening this year including Hess Tower, Embassy Suites Hotel and The Houston Ballet’s Center for Dance. Although demand exists, funding challenges are likely to result in few if any new project starts this year. However, overall we believe that this situation will be shortlived and future prospects are bright. I personally think that Discovery Green has truly created an anchor for not only the Downtown residents but the workers as well. What else is happening along that line? We anxiously await the opening of Phoenicia Specialty Foods in One Park Place this spring. It will be a unique and interesting shopping destination for residents, workers and out-of-town guests alike. Most of all it addresses the often heard question about living downtown: “Where do I buy groceries?” At Phoenicia, of course! If you have not experienced the newly rebuilt Market Square Park, try it out. Our goal was to make this historic location into a park for neighborhood residents including a dog run, lovely green lawn, numerous works of art, floral beds and Niko Niko’s restaurant kiosk. We have high hopes that this jewel will spawn more residential development in Downtown’s Historic District.

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By Sarah Gajkowski-Hill | Photography by Tom Payne

MOSAIC

MAKES A COMEBACK

Luxury living in Houston has reached an entirely new level at the Mosaic, a dual towered, 29-floor high-rise overlooking Hermann Park in the Medical Center. Adjacent to the Museum District and Rice University, this newly acquired building is under new management and is being upgraded in every possible fashion. One of the best investment properties he inherited, Wade Hundley, the CEO of ST Residential, promises rejuvenated common areas, elevator cabs and an upgraded resort-style pool equipped with private cabanas. The Social, a night club/lounge decorated in elegant red, white and black, offers a full catering kitchen and bar. Outfitted with billiards and large-screen TVs, this space is often used to host events for residents and can be rented for private events, as well. New residents are wooed in the Live Here Lounge – a thoroughly hip space boasting Italian sculpture and wire globe chandeliers all amidst a palette of lime green and gray. The design firm, Gensler, is responsible for the refreshing and modern look and feel to the new additions to the already stylish building. From there you will be led on a tour of the many amenities the building offers. The newly remodeled 24-hour fitness center has a ton of selling points in itself. You can hire a personal trainer to lead you in a boot camp or relax with a massage. The always-accessible center offers a sauna, a steam room and a full range of classes from Pilates to Tai Chi. It even boasts a boxing ring! If the exercise you want is outdoors, the Mosaic has a sand volleyball court and is minutes from jogging trails all around Hermann Park. If the exercise you prefer involves your furry little friend, the exclusive Bark Park is a new and exciting addition to the pet-friendly premises. The greatest selling point of the luxury condominium complex may be its proximity to the heart of downtown Houston while still maintaining a self-contained, autonomous privacy for its residents. The Internet café, fitness center, a soon-to-befinished theater room and the coffee lounge assure residents that they do not need to go far to have nearly all their needs met. There are even retail shops being built directly in the building’s first floor near the lobby – the grocery store should be open by February 23rd, but soon to come are a dry cleaning service, a wine store and several restaurants. While you need not go far to enjoy the many perks of the Mosaic, it is also an ideal spot for those with on-the-go lifestyles. The residents are comprised of all types of people including young professionals and families, those who work in the Medical Center, athletes and international business people.

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The model units are representative of the actual condos, showing off the granite countertops, private balconies, stainless steel appliances and floor-to-ceiling windows that each unit entertains. There is one tower for sale and one exclusively for rent. The windows and balconies provide breath-taking views of Houston – Hermann Park in the forefront and the Galleria can be seen on clear days! The price ranges are from the mid-100,000’s to 1.1 million dollars so finding a unit that fits your budget can be easily determined by the dedicated staff of leasing agents and brokers. You can even pick what type of floor you prefer (hardwood or engineered hard surface) and your finish theme: urban (dark) or park (light). If you like the idea of living in a five-star hotel, then you may be interested in some of the exclusive amenities the Mosaic offers its residents, including a 24-hour valet, a 24-hour doorman, housekeeping and an in-house handyman. Basically, you can have it all – and enjoy a city view – with the luxury living provided by the Mosaic.

THE MOSAIC AT 5925 ALMEDA FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE LEASING OFFICE AT 713.533.9400 OR GO TO WWW.MOSAICHOUSTON.COM.


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IMPORTANT ARCHITECTURE IN HOUSTON by Reyne Haines

ONE OF THE THINGS WE ALL LOVE ABOUT HOUSTON IS ITS DIVERSITY. SUCH A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF PEOPLE, FOOD, CULTURES AND THINGS TO DO MAKE THIS A GREAT CITY. OUR UNIQUE SENSE OF STYLE ALSO OVERFLOWS INTO OUR CITY’S COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE. For example, downtown Houston offers a blended array of monumental skyscrapers built as early as the late 19th century all the way to the present. The Rice Hotel, which was originally built in 1912 on land first used as the site for the Capitol building, was demolished, then rebuilt in 1913 as a 17-story structure which today is home to many Houston residents and is known as the Rice Lofts. A little later, the Houston skyline offered a taste of the Art Deco movement with the construction of The Gulf Building (now called the JP Morgan Chase building). It was completed in 1929. The architect, Alfred C. Finn, was also known for designing the San Jacinto Monument. There were two other designers for the project, Kenneth Franzheim and J.E.R. Carpenter. It was the tallest building in Houston until 1963 when surpassed by the Exxon Building. The 1970s brought about a surge in construction of skyscrapers in major metropolitan cities, and Houston could not be outdone. The first major skyscraper built in Houston was One Shell Plaza in 1971. It stood an impressive 50 stories tall. Today, the tallest skyscraper is the JP Morgan Chase Tower that reaches 75 stories high and is the 12th largest tower in the US. Not only are our office buildings diverse in design, but we have plenty of landmarks designed by renowned architects to boast about as well. For instance, the Williams Waterwall was designed by Pritzker prize-winning architect Philip Johnson. Johnson is also noted as the architect for Williams Tower (originally named Transco Tower). The Waterwall pumps approximately 11,000 gallons of water thru the structure per minute and is often the backdrop for tourists visiting the Uptown area.

Whether your passion is modern art, contemporary art or fine art from the 1720th centuries, there is a museum for every pleasure. Among all of the museums stands a church, the Rothko Chapel, that was designed by Philip Johnson and one of the most important artists in the world. Mark Rothko. Inside this wonderful building hang 14 of Mark Rothko’s paintings. Rothko’s works sell at auction for millions of dollars; we are fortunate to have so many on display and to have such an important artist design something for our community. In 2000, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Trinity Church, a long-standing historical monument in Houston, was originally built in 1919 by the architectural firm, Cram and Ferguson. It is a stunning example of neo-Gothic design.

Houston is home to numerous other wonderfully designed buildings, airports and stadiums but there is nothing more personal than spending an evening with your friends and family at a vintage movie theater. Over the years Houston has been home to several; one is still in operation. The next time you find yourself near West Gray, make sure to buy a ticket and some popcorn at the River Oaks Theater. Another fine example of the Art Deco period, built in 1939 by the Interstate Theater Corporation, it is the last of their original theaters still in operation. Much like the real estate in Houston, it offers a diverse style of movies for its guests such as art house, foreign and independent films!

Reyne Haines is a 20th Century Decorative Arts expert, television personality and appraiser. Contact her at reyne@ reyne.com

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where to live VICEROY MODERN

MALONE LANDING IN RICE MILITARY

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4300 LILLIAN HOUSTON, TX 77007

1521 MALONE HOUSTON, TX 77007

1025-1029 WEST 21ST STREET HOUSTON, TX 77008

Sophisticated, minimalist style architecture with private Zen gardens offering breathtaking views of Downtown from large rooftop terraces.

New construction, high-end finishes, 3-story homes with soft contemporary style, nestled between Memorial Park and Downtown.

These new villas will carry the originality of the Mediterranean coastline and the essence of warmth, elegance and rich cultural style.

Meticulous attention to detail summarizes this luxurious modern home designed by revered architects Strasser/Ragni and built by Farb Homes. Amenities include: freestanding unit with private driveway, stained concrete first floor and 5” oak hardwoods, Carrara Marble countertops, home automation system, built-in storage compartments, luxurious master bath with soaking tub and 8’ shower, TPO roof, casement windows, roof terrace with views of Downtown, Trex decking, pre-plumbing for kitchen.

Soft contemporary, 3 bedrooms and a study, freestanding homes in Rice Military. Expansive floorplans, gourmet kitchens, granite countertops, luxury fixtures, energy-efficient appliances, hardwood flooring, high ceilings, 8ft doors, custom aluminum handrails and wood stair treads. Large spacious bedrooms with spa-like master bath featuring rain showerhead, waterfall faucets, porcelain tile with glass mosaic. Gated community, fully landscaped. Backyards with covered patio and gas grill extensions – great for grilling and entertaining!

Old World charm of Italy, Spain and Turkey. Tuscan-inspired architectural style & lush interior finishes abound. Polished travertine and rich pine floors, hand-forged iron work & rustic wood beams. Connoisseur’s kitchen features granite counters, stacked stone backsplash, cherry stained wood cabinetry, breakfast bar and high-end stainless steel appliances with gas range and wine refrigerator, covered balcony. Opulent master suite offers coffered ceiling, stone tile shower and whirlpool tub. Large private gardens.

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All homes are 3 bedrooms/3.5 baths/2-car garage.

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Villas Fontanella Development comprises 8 individual villas in 2 unique plans with approximately 2450sf of covered area and 2050sf living space.

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5005 BLOSSOM THE MANSARDS

LOCATION

5005-A & 5005-B BLOSSOM, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77007 2302 COUCH ST. SHADY ACRES/ HEIGTHS

AMBIENCE Elegant contemporary Tricon Homes centrally located next to Memorial Park. Be surrounded by all the best Houston has to offer! Luxury-free standing French-Mediterranean homes. Roof-top terrace/summer kitchen/downtown views. Premium finishes

Enjoy living in one of Houston’s best neighborhoods! This 2-home development by Tricon Homes offers a clean modern design making it suitable for a myriad of styles. Both homes have large floor plans with spacious bedrooms, gourmet kitchens with Bosch stainless steel appliances, wine coolers, chrome contemporary fixtures, hardwood floors throughout, huge backyards, high ceilings, his/her closets in the master suite and beautiful marble bathrooms. Porches, balconies, gas lamps, custom ironwork and stone work. Open floor plans, high ceilings, hand-scrapped hardwood & travertine floors, gourmet kitchen, oversized granite island, tumbled marble back splash, hammered copper vent hood and copper sinks, knotty alder cabinets, wine coolers, premium bronze lighting fixtures.

AMENITIES

UNITS/ROOMS New single family homes: 3 stories/3 bedrooms/3.5 bathrooms with 2-car attached/2,500sf. Upgrades available. 2,150 Sq Ft home, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, come with his & hers study. Large covered porch, perfect for entertaining and 2 car garage.

WITHIN REACH Walking distance to Memorial Park, blocks away from trendy Washington Ave., minutes from I-10, I-45, Galleria and Downtown. Heights Shopping District, Downtown, Midtown, Washington Ave, Galleria, Medical Center and Memorial Park.

PRICE

CONTACT Starting at $489,900

Tricon Homes Inc. 711 E. 20th Street. Houston, Texas 77008 sales@triconhomes.com 713.334.6060 www.triconhomes.com Offered at 349,000. Pre-completion price break $15K.

Aman Khan Titan Urban Developments akhan@titandevelopments.com 713.553.9580 www.titandevelopments.com

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Start SMART.

Finish STRONG!

by Susan M. Bynam Photograpgy by Sofia van der Dys

WITH THE COMING OF A NEW YEAR, COMES THE OLD, FAITHFUL TASK OF MAKING NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS – WELL, FOR SOME, ANYWAY. FAITHFUL RESOLUTION TASK MASTERS TYPICALLY WHIP OUT NOTEPADS (OR LAPTOPS, IF MORE TECHNICALLY SAVVY) TO JOT DOWN A LAUNDRY LIST OF TO-DOS AND DO-NOTS FOR THE MONTHS AHEAD. MANY COMMIT TO POPULAR GOALS SUCH AS: • Improve finances! • Get organized! • Improve health! Hmmm. Improve health. Excuse me, but did I just step on your big toe? I mean, unless you are in great physical shape where you don’t have to tussle with your clothes fighting you on a daily basis, pondering healthier choices, or some facet thereof, often captures the number one spot on resolution lists. Well, there is someone in our Houston midst who, although in great physical shape with minimal health reform necessary to achieve personal optimal fitness, made wellness a top 2011 priority. Her name is Allison Robinson. And, rather than prolong healthier lifestyle changes until after engaging in festive, holiday eats-and-sweets, this vibrant Texas Christian University alum, wife (blissfully married for 11 years) and now stay-at-home mom (proud mother to a 9½-year-old daughter and 6½-year-old son) elected to jumpstart her personal weight loss goals (ridding a stubborn 8-10 lbs and decreasing body fat by 3% in 6 weeks) before the holiday season even began. That’s just plain smart. Yet, Allison was never under any illusion that her weight loss goal would happen without hard work and had the mindset to incorporate change to attain favorable results. After a 13-year residency in Florida and her family’s return to Houston

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during summer 2010, Allison reestablished her membership with The Houstonian Club (“The Houstonian”), a luxurious 125,000sf private health & fitness facility adjacent to The Houstonian Hotel – an 18-acre wooded refuge located alongside Houston’s scenic Galleria/Memorial Park area. Known for offering services that focus on personal, professional and physical renewal, The Houstonian proved ideal for Allison to conquer her wellness goals. Per Allison, “The Houstonian is like no other fitness facility I’ve experienced in the United States. Prior to marriage and moving to Florida with my husband, I exercised there, extensively, for a number of years, so it was great to rekindle that relationship. Their wide variety of classes and support services made my wellness goals that much more attainable. Those last few pounds I’ve struggled to lose for some time successfully came off in six weeks (November 9 – December 21, 2010)! I created a positive, support network of family and friends, along with a tag-team effort of Houstonian professionals to cover a full spectrum of wellness: my personal trainers, Matt Blackwell and Sean Cashman (who both tailored Allison’s fitness regimen to include cardio intervals mixed with Kinesis, kettlebells, TRX suspension training and group exercise in the club’s Studio 360); my dietician, Melissa Hawthorne (who had Allison undergo a metabolic rate test to determine her daily caloric intake, as well as created a nutrition plan based on her health history, lifestyle and eating habits, supplementing meals occasionally with Lite Bites – signature, meals prepared daily by The Houstonian’s chef); and the club fitness director, Shannon Bille (who was the catalyst in getting Allison on track to meeting


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“SEEK ASSISTANCE FROM A PERSONAL TRAINER OR AN ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER TO LEVERAGE SUCCESS.” -PER MATT

her wellness goals). They all were instrumental in my progress and have provided me lifestyle tools that will prove helpful in maintaining my current weight and with future weight loss goals.” ADVICE FOR PURSUING A WEIGHT LOSS PLAN, SUCCESSFULLY? Per Shannon: “Physical fitness stems beyond cardio and resistance training; incorporating nutrition is definitely key.” Per Matt: “Seek assistance from a personal trainer or an accountability partner to leverage success.” Per Melissa: “Obtain support from a nutritionist and don’t view a nutrition plan as a diet, but rather as a lifestyle change. Maintaining a balanced approach to

fitness lowers your risk of over-indulgence and potential setbacks.”

END RESULT? YOU’LL DEFINITELY FINISH STRONG! To jumpstart your 2011 fitness regimen Please contact Shannon Bille, Fitness Director, at 713.685.6721 | sbille@houstonian.com.

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I am beyond excited for the Texas Yoga Conference this month! February 25 – 27 at the Jerabeck Athletic Center, St. Thomas University. Highlights include class with Dana Flynn, of Laughing Lotus in New York; a concert with Sean Lotus and the Wild Lotus Band and a performance by MC Yogi! I’ll be there! Sign up now at www.texasyogaconference.com.

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

I’m obsessed with lip balms. I recently discovered Korres Lip Butter. The Jasmine one has a slight nude tint, smells a little sweet and is just like butta! Sephora.

This might look familiar, since I recently raved about the Regenerating Serum, but this is La Mer’s new Radiant serum which launches this March. I got to sample a bottle prior to and the potion is amazing. With a brightening ferment, the serum improves texture, plumps skin and tightens pores helping restore the glow of young skin. It’s worth it. Neiman Marcus.

I’m awful at getting my hair or nails consistently done – but the one thing that is in my book without fail are my massages with Kim. Seriously, the woman has changed my stress level and the way my body moves. It doesn’t get any better than $1 a minute. Massages by Kim, 281.787.0592. 2203 Washington Avenue.

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I bet you can’t just eat one. Tate’s all natural chocolate chip cookies have fulfilled my quest for the best chocolate chip cookies on earth….for now. They are thin and crisp but packed with flavor. The consistency is perfect for dipping in ice cold milk and into your belly. Central Market.


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I am in a constant battle with my workout headphones…constant. They either pop out, or get wet, or are too delicate and one side inevitably goes out or all of sudden gets static-y. Yurbuds were developed by a marathoner and triathlete and are the official earbuds of Ironman®. If that’s not endorsement enough, I don’t know what is. www.yurbuds.com

I LOVE my 11”MacBook Air! I haven’t had a computer upgrade in about 10 years. My trusty PowerBook was an extension of my arm until this Christmas! To my surprise, under the tree sat this tiny laptop that upon first glance I thought was an iPad. This monster of a machine is super fast, super light and makes me super happy. www.apple.com One of my favorite events is coming up this spring. It might be too early to share but I think you all need to save the date! It’s Memorial Park Conservancy’s 3rd Annual Four the Park Fun Run. Join us to celebrate and support the park in the heart of the city! April 2, 2011, come out and help the conservancy plan, protect and preserve the park you most likely use on a regular basis. www.memorialparkconservancy.org

I hate my skin this time of year. It’s dry, parched and drained of all moisture. Caudalie’s Vine Body Butter quenches and rehydrates my sickly looking skin. Sephora.

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By Shyla Batliwalla

be in LOVE

ROSES ARE DEAD, VIOLETS ARE TOO, THIS VALENTINE’S DAY, HERE’S WHAT TO DO …

Photography by Gabriella Nissen

V-DAY HAS BEEN PUT ON BLAST AS A SCUMMY HOLIDAY GEARED TOWARDS MONEY-HUNGRY MARKETERS AND HOPELESS ROMANTICS. WHILE THAT MIGHT BE TRUE, FOR PEOPLE WHO TRAVEL IN TWOS, FEBRUARY 14TH IS A DAY THAT MUST BE DIPPED IN CHOCOLATE AND CELEBRATED. INSTEAD OF CRACKING YOUR HEAD OPEN STRESSIN’ OVER HOW TO COMMEMORATE THE DAY OF CUPID AND CANDY IN 2011, WE’VE COMPILED A HANDY DANDY LIST OF WHAT’S COOL TO DO AND DON’T DO THIS VALENTINE’S DAY.

DO grab your boo and scorch off that muffin top. The holidays came and you both ate enough stuffing and pecan pie to feed a small village in Uganda. Instead of cracking a rib or two every time you attempt to zip your jeans, grab your honey, break a sweat (and no, not in that kind of way) and burn those extra calories. Nothing says “I love you” better than a warm puddle of fresh sweat.

DO employ your inner Chef Boyardees. There’s nothing more romantic than getting dirty in the kitchen. Break out your mom’s tuna surprise recipe and start cookin’, good lookin’. (Remember to steer clear of onion and garlic if you’re planning on getting a little somethin’ somethin’ for dessert.)

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DO go Kama Sutra on that booty. Break out of the mssionary position and spice up the sack. Buy a new toy, play dirty doctor/naughty nurse or get freaky on the coffee table. V-Day is the perfect time to get physical and fulfill your darkest, dirtiest fantasies. Just make sure your partner is onboard … All products available at Whole Foods.


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DON’T be a Gucci-Prada mama (Ladies!). While it’s cool to get nice stuff now and again, demanding your boo buy you expensive crap 24/7 just ain’t cool. Instead of dropping hints about the new Birkin bag you’re cravin’, why not ask for a budget-friendly foot rub instead? DON’T talk smack about your lover’s mama. True, in-laws (or potential in-laws) can be demanding, needy and downright annoying, but when it comes to the curious case of your honey’s parents, zip your lips. However tempting it is to let your sweetie know that mom is a deadringer for Cruella de Vil, unless you want to end up kicked to the curb, shut up and smile.

DON’T treat your dog better than your partner. While your pup might be your best friend, he isn’t your lover. (Unless you have a freaky fetish-y secret, in which case seek professional help immediately.) Spending hours dressing up and painting Fido’s nails and letting him snuggle between the two of you in bed does not a love connection make.

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002 profile with greg scheinman Photography by Sofia van der Dys

Greg Scheinman is an Associate at Insgroup Inc., the 5th largest independent insurance agency in Houston. Greg also plays host to some of Houston’s most influential CEOs, entrepreneurs and risk-takers on his PBS television talk show, Profile with Greg Scheinman, which airs Thursdays at 10:30pm on Houston PBS Ch.8 (gscheinman@insgroup.net).

SCOTT TIRAS TIRAS PENNINGTON GROUP scott tiras | greg scheinman

HOUSTONIANS LIKE TO BE AT THE TOP, AND SCOTT TIRAS IS NO EXCEPTION. FOR FIVE YEARS HE HAS BEEN THE #1 FINANCIAL PLANNER OF THE 11,000 AT AMERIPRISE; AND FOR SEVEN CONSECUTIVE YEARS HE HAS BEEN RANKED AS ONE OF THE TOP 100 INDEPENDENT INVESTMENT ADVISORS IN THE NATION BY BARRON’S MAGAZINE. IN FACT HE WAS THE ONLY HOUSTON ADVISOR ON THIS LIST IN 2010. IT’S EASY TO IMAGINE THAT ANYONE IN THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY WOULD PROBABLY PREFER TO FORGET THE MARKETS OVER THE LAST DECADE. HOWEVER, SCOTT’S BUSINESS HAS THRIVED AND HE’S MORE THAN DOUBLED HIS STAFF. PROFILE WITH GREG SCHEINMAN SAT DOWN WITH THE PROLIFIC FINANCIAL PLANNER TO GET HIS INSIGHT ON WHAT’S GOING ON WITH HIS BUSINESS AND HIS THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE. The past few years have been a bit crazy. How has your approach to financial planning and taking care of your clients changed? Over the past few years, my role has been to manage my clients’ emotions and behaviors as much as managing my clients’ portfolios. However, the overall financial planning approach has not changed much, even though the investment landscape has. Our financial planning approach has always involved a “Plan B” for when the markets do not cooperate, or you lose a job unexpectedly. Plan B means having enough exposure to assets not related to the stock markets that you can live on for many years if needed. You’ve been ranked at the very top of your profession. What do you do differently from the other guys? I bite off more than I can chew and then chew like hell, and some others prefer not to work that hard. Not to say that others don’t work hard, but my experience is that I work harder and longer and I have for years. I often use the following example to help quantify it. If I get to work at 6am and another advisor gets to work at 8am, I have effective-

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ly worked 3 more months in a given year by just coming in a few hours earlier. You can get a lot done in 3 months. I am also very particular about returning calls and emails right away. I tell my staff that if someone wanted to talk to us tomorrow, they would have called tomorrow! In my business, clients are important and want to feel important. They don’t want to call and get a voicemail and then wait hours or days for a return call. We are very client-centric. Lastly, I am a perfectionist. Nothing leaves my office without being double and triple checked. I hate mistakes. What do you foresee happening in the economy over the next year or two and how do you advise your clients? We think the markets will continue to recover but just not as fast as everyone would like, and a bit more slowly than in 2009 and 2010. We also expect continued volatility as there are still many headwinds out there with high unemployment, depressed real estate prices and likely rate increases. We continue to make tactical changes in our clients’ portfolios to shield inflation, market volatility and higher interest rates. Deflation is still a possibility, but less of a risk, we believe. With the recent stock market returns, many clients have been tempted to increase their equity positions, however, we have encouraged caution. Not that we do not expect the markets to do well, but we do feel there are still enough risks that we are not in favor of overweighting equities. Our firm will always err on the side of being more conservative than aggressive. What’s your appetite for risk? I have always managed my clients’ portfolios more on the conservative side. I would rather explain to someone why they didn’t get an extra 1-2%, than why they just lost half their portfolio. Most of my clients are retired or retiring

soon. Therefore, a prudent allocation is necessary. I don’t want a single market event to force my clients to return to work or ever change their lifestyle. How do you think Houston compares with the rest of the country? Houston has been fairly insulated from the recent recession and real estate troubles. However, that’s not to say that many people haven’t lost money in the markets and seen their home decline in value. It just hasn’t been as severe. We have had our share of lost jobs, pay cuts and elimination of bonuses. But relative to the rest of the country I think Houston, and Texas, will emerge reasonably unscathed. Higher oil prices won’t hurt either. What do you do when you’re not here in this office? I have 4 boys (ages 4-13) and a wife who keep me plenty busy. I wish I could make up all this exciting stuff that I do, but I really love my family and the time I spend with all their sports and school activities. I take turns coaching their baseball teams each season. We also spend some time down at the beach when we can. My only vice however is that I still play in a competitive men’s softball league on Sunday nights – and this vice will be hard to give up! What’s the one tip you’d give to anyone looking for financial advice? Do your homework in picking someone. See what credentials they have like a CFP or CPA. My guess is that if you went to the doctor you would probably want that doctor to be an MD, right? Well, it works the same way in our field and designations are important. You should also ask how long they have been with their current firm as you don’t want to chase them around as they hop from company to company. Be sure to ask them how they get paid and what their fee structure is. I remind my clients that I “work for them” and not vice versa.


Photography by Kim Coffman

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EVENT BLOOM ANNUAL FUNDRAISING DINNER WHY TO BENEFIT THE WOMEN’S HOME WHERE THE INTERCONTINENTAL HOUSTON HOTEL WHEN NOVEMBER 12 The grand ballroom at the Inter Contiental was transformed by Bloom into a whimsical garden where the evening blossomed into a flower-filled success. Partygoers were thrilled when five-time Grammy and Oscar winner, recording artist Christopher Cross hit the stage singing some of his most popular tunes such as Sailing and Ride Like The Wind. Later that evening, Austin show band Dysfunkshun Junkshun performed so guests had a chance to ruffle their petals dancing to the band’s funky 70’s sounds and disco beats. So much fun!

Chris Stipes, Natalie Bomke

Jane, Melanie Cizik

Greg Godkin, Alyson Eberle

Tiffany Rodriguez, Rocky Owens

Davis and Katie Stuckey Rushing

Rebecca Spera, Gretchen Ferguson

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tools+toys+ gadgets By Michael Garfield

ANTI-SLEEP PILOT

LOOXCIE WEARABLE CAMCORDER Technically this over-the-ear, Bluetooth camcorder could be considered spy wear or maybe something out of a James Bond movie. But Looxcie is intended to let you shoot hands-free video almost anywhere you go. It is the first small, lightweight, wearable camcorder that records everything the user sees. It fits comfortably over the ear and points where you look. Like a DVR, it records video as you experience it. When users want to capture a moment they can simply press the Instant Clip button to save the last thirty seconds. The best way I have used Looxcie is by downloading one of its free apps on my smartphone. By using a Bluetooth connection, I can see what the device is recording on my smartphone. If I like it I can quickly post it to Facebook or email it directly from the app. Be careful the next time you see me in person as I just may be recording you simply by looking at you. $199 | looxcie.com

Ever nod off for a brief moment behind the wheel? Traffic safety experts say that one in six fatal accidents involves a sleepy driver. ASP Technology, a Danish company, has a new device on the market that could prevent some of those accidents. The Anti-Sleep Pilot (ASP) is a battery-powered electronic device that mounts to a magnetic base on the dashboard. It operates with a customized “risk profile” created by the driver’s responses to questions that range from age and sex to “Are you taking any medications?” During each drive, the Pilot weighs its stored information against the time of day, who is driving and how long they’ve been on the road without stopping for a break. It then sets an engagement level to test your alertness. The driver then needs to quickly reach over and touch the top of the Pilot, which the company says helps maintain alertness and also allows measurement of the reaction time. $250 | antisleeppilot.com

AUDIO-TECHNICA NOISE-CANCELLING EARBUDS Earbud headphones seem to be more in vogue nowadays as they are smaller and less obtrusive than larger, over-the-head headphones. And earbuds are certainly friendlier on your hair. AudioTechnica’s just released ATH-ANC23 utilizes its exclusive QuietPoint active noise-cancelling technology, which detects environmental noise via miniature microphones incorporated into each earpiece, and applies a corresponding sound-cancelling signal. It claims it can reduce outside noise by 90%. The headphones have an in-line volume control that lets users adjust their listening volume without having to reach for their portable music player or the airline audio controls. The all-new Comply foam ear tips use a patented design that takes advantage of the shape of the ear canal. The Comply ear tips are made out of special polyurethane memory foam that allows the ear tip to rest where it should be – in the ear canal, not over the ear. $99 | audio-technica.com

SCHLAGE LINK DOOR LOCK Home security is a “key” issue and today there are offerings from remote video monitoring to keyless entry systems. Schlage is a leading manufacturer of lock sets and deadbolts; now they have ventured into the high-tech realm. Schlage Link is a home-management system that allows you to self-monitor and control access to your home. The basic system includes a wireless keypad lock and is built around Z-Wave technology, enabling homeowners to lock and unlock doors from any computer and most Web-enabled mobile phones. The sleek new locks come in a variety of finishes like Satin Nickel and Aged Bronze. I installed and programmed one on my front door within an hour. Now my family has no worries about lost keys, and I can receive text and email alerts when the door is unlocked. $299 for starter kit | link.schlage.com

MICHAEL GARFIELD is known as “The High-Tech Texan®.” His radio program airs on The 9-5-0 weekdays from 9am-11am and Saturdays 11am-2pm. Visit his website at www.hightechtexan.com. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @hightechtexan. 52. february 11 | www.002mag.com


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architecture + design Photography by Jack Potts

OK, this one will help you reach your architecture + design dreams. Urban Living provides future homeowners a one solutionone environment service available every day with assistance in lending and title all in one showroom location.

URBAN LIVING SHOWROOM

Whether you are a first-time buyer or in the process of stepping up to your dream home, Urban Living eases the real estate process by introducing innovative technology, professional expertise and superior service. They offer mortgage lending in-house, Urban Lending, specializing in finding the best possible financing solutions for clients, as well as a full-service title company, Capital Title, on the upper level. The offices also include an in-house independent insurance agency, Urban Insurance, as well as boasting a fully interactive website, www.urbanliving.com, meant to attract buyers and allow ease and access to the ever-expanding housing market and professional agent assistance with one-click to begin the process online before visiting the sales showroom.

An added service available to clients includes the ability to contract with Urban Living to list and sell their pre-owned or new-construction home with an aggressive marketing plan and commission structure available to those clients that choose to list their homes. Visit the Urban Living sales team at 5023 Washington Avenue, 7 days a week from 9am-7am, and enjoy a complimentary Starbucks coffee. Vinod Ramani, CEO of Urban Living, has spent the past eleven years marketing and selling the transitional communities that define and characterize the thriving inner-loop lifestyle. It is the mission of Urban Living to transform the experience of buying and selling real estate by offering the most comprehensive resources available to buyers, sellers, renters and developers.

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Field-tested under the harshest weather conditions in Iraq, Skincando’s CombatReady Balm promises to combat dry skin military-style. It moisturizes dry skin, soothes sun burn and counteracts heat rash, blisters, bug bites, eczema and more. Handmade with the highestquality organic ingredients. Combat-Ready Balm, Combat-Ready Lip Balm and Combat-Ready Bar. Available

locally at One Green Street, www.skincando.com

To celebrate their 45th anniversary, Baxter of California released a limited edition cutthroat razor called “not a replica.” This state-ofart custom-made blade features a matte black handle and blue steel blade manufactured in the USA by the artisans at Hart Steel and comes in a sleek handmade Horween Cordovan leather sleeve. This a celebration of fine craftsmanship from a company that takes men’s grooming very seriously. www.BaxterofCalifornia.com

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craftsMANship

Count on SALT to combine harmonious design and fashion, modern and vintage. USES [PFV] POLARIZED® LENS TECHNOLOGY, so no more squinting in the sun. Optics collection available at

The Eye Gallery. 1806 Westheimer www.eyegalleryhouston.com With customers flooding requests at motorcycle shows around the globe, Ducati Diavel announces the addition of Diamond black color scheme for the new 2011 collection. The new black scheme will also be further enhanced with a black anodized headlamp body and lateral air intakes. This extraordinary machine will be available at authorized dealerships this February.

Lundsford’s Ducati | 10102 I-45 North | www.ducatiusa.com

Join Cheetahs, Mandrills, Meerkats and Giraffes for a light brunch with cocktails. Wilderness and Mimosas, unleash the good times. February 13, Beastly Brunch at the Houston Zoo, 12-2pm at the Houston Zoo. Hosted by Flock, the Houston Zoo Young Supporters. To purchase tickets, please visit www.houstonzoo.org/flock.

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wise guy

BACK TO EVERYDAY BUSINESS By Tim Moloney

HAPPY FEBRUARY, EVERYONE! I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S A RESPONSE TO THE RECESSION OR WHAT, BUT I’VE RECENTLY NOTICED THAT MANY LOCAL BUSINESSES ARE REALLY STEPPING UP THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE IN ORDER TO STAND APART.

Just the other day, I went to the My Fit Foods on Memorial (housed in the late, lamented home of Texadelphia) and I was barely out of my car before a really attractive young woman ran out of the building and held the door open for me. She proceeded to accompany me to the refrigerated cases and helped me make my choices, offering cheerful suggestions. Then, to top it all off, she brought my bag out to the car and put it in the passenger’s seat. She did everything but hop in and drive home. This wasn’t a fluke, either. I went back and got the same treatment from another employee, this time a guy. You have to hand it to My Fit Foods. Their business is blowing up and they’ve expanded far beyond the Houston market. Looks like their customer service is a big reason why – that and Mario’s Marine Corps Mash. FACING THE FUTURE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS, YOUR SKIN CAN REALLY DRY OUT, IN BETWEEN THE COLD, WINDY AIR OUTSIDE AND TOASTY INDOOR TEMPS. SURE, THERE ARE A LOT OF PRODUCTS THAT CAN HELP REMEDY THIS SITUATION, BUT I’VE FOUND A REALLY GOOD ONE LATELY, THANKS TO OUR FRIENDS AT NARS. A little pricey ($76) but totally effective, the NARSskin Aqua Gel Hydrator is an ultra-luxurious, lightweight gel-cream mask composed of 87% water that delivers intense hydration to dull, dehydrated skin. Once you massage it into your face before you go to bed, magic happens: The exclusive technology with encapsulated water molecules provides hydration throughout the night. Left on overnight, this water-rich treatment leaves your skin smoother and younger looking. And seriously, I’m at an age where looking younger is worth a few bucks. You can buy the Aqua Gel Hydrator through the narscosmetics.com website and also at Sephora, in-store and online.

THE WHOLE PACKAGE Speaking of NARS, one thing you’ll notice about their products is the very cool packaging. That’s because it’s designed by Fabien Baron, one of those creative bastards who can do just about anything. Few art directors working in the fashion arena – in magazines, advertising, packaging and product design – are as successful as Mr. Baron. Over the last 20 years, he has revamped five magazines, including Italian Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Interview. He has a furniture line, an eyeglass business and three kids by three different women. Dude is just a crazy, creative workaholic and libertine. I want to be this guy. You can see his work at www.baron-baron.com. BEST IN SHOW I love my iPad. Really, really love it. But did you see what got the best in show award at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas? Motorola’s new Android-based Xoom tablet, which beats out the iPad in some ways – it comes standard with front- and rear-facing cameras, including one that can record in HD, compared with none in the current version of the iPad. It also boasts a larger screen with a higher resolution, supports Adobe Flash, and uses Verizon’s network instead of AT&T’s. The Flash thing is major, in my book. Look for the Xoom in the first quarter of this year.

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restaurant listings houston | sugar land | the woodlands

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

BRANCH WATER TAVERN 510 Shepherd Dr. 713.863.7777 www.branchwatertavern.com

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

BRC 519 Shepherd Dr. 713.861.2233 www.brcgastropub.com

McCORMICK AND SCHMICK’S •1151 Uptown Park. 713.840.7900 •1201 Fannin St. 713.658.8100 • 791 Town & Country Blvd. 713.465.3685 www.mccormickandschmicks.com

BYRD’S MARKET + CAFE 420 Main St. 713.225.0100 www.byrdsmarket.com CAFE EXPRESS 12 convenient locations in Houston www.cafe-express.com CANOPY 3939 Montrose Blvd. 713.528.6848 www.canopyhouston.com

51fifteen 51FIFTEEN | inside Saks Fifth Avenue 5115 Westheimer. 713.363.8067 AMERICAS •1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.961.1492 •21 Waterway Ave. 281.367.1492 •2010 West Gray. 832.200.1492 www.cordua.com ARTISTA | inside the Hobby Center 800 Bagby. 713.278.4782 www.cordua.com BARNABY’S •5750 Woodway. 713.266.0046 •1701 S. Shepherd. 713.520.5131 •414 West Gray. 713.522.8898 •604 Fairview. 713.522.0106 •602 Fairview. 713.522.4229 www.barnabyscafe.com

CAVA BISTRO 300 Main St. 713.229.9504 www.cavabistrohouston.com COURSES | inside the Art Institute of Houston 1900 Yorktown. 713.353.3644 www.artinstitutes.edu DAILY REVIEW CAFÉ 3412 West Lamar. 713.520.9217 www.dailyreviewcafe.com DANTON'S GULF COAST SEAFOOD 4611 Montrose. 713.807.8883 www.dantonsseafood.com EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD 12848 Queensbury Ln. 832.200.2380 www.eddiev.com FOUNDATION ROOM | HOB 1204 Caroline. 832.667.7800 www.houseofblues.com

BENJY’S •2424 Dunstan. 713.522.7602 •5922 Washington Ave. 713.868.1131 www.benjys.com BISTRO ALEX 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., CityCentre 713.827.3545 www.bistroalex.com BLOCK 7 WINE COMPANY 720 Shepherd Dr. 713.572.2565 www.block7wineco.com BOOM BOOM ROOM 2518 Yale St. 713.868.3740 www.theboomboomroomhouston.com BOWL 607 Richmond. 832.582.7218 www.eatatbowl.com

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FISH [sushi] 309 Gray St. 713.526.5294 www.fishhouston.com KAM’S [chinese] 4500 Montrose Blvd. #C. 713.529.5057 www.kamscuisine.com

POLO’S SIGNATURE 3800 Southwest Frwy. 713.626.8100 www.polosignature.com

KONA GRILL [japanese+american] •501 Westheimer. 713.877.9191 •16535 Southwest Freeway. 281.242.7000 www.konagrill.com

POST OAK GRILL 1415 S. Post Oak. 713.993.9966 www.postoakgrill.com

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

QUATTRO 1300 Lamar. 713.276.4700 www.fourseasons.com RDG | BAR ANNIE 1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.1111 www.rdgbarannie.com

les givral’s kahve

LES GIVRAL’S KAHVE [vietnamese] •801 Congress St. 713.547.0444 •4601 Washington Ave. 832.582.7671 www.lesgivrals.com

SHADE 250 W. 19th St. 713.863.7500 www.shadeheights.com

PAGODA [vietnamese] 4705 Inker St. 832.673.0400 www.pagodabistro.com

THE LAKE HOUSE 1600 McKinney. 713.337.7320 www.thelakehousehouston.com

HAVEN 2502 Algerian Way. 713.581.6101 www.havenhouston.com

VOICE | Hotel Icon 220 Main. 832.667.4470 www.hotelicon.com

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

YARD HOUSE 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., CityCentre 713.461.9273 www.yardhouse.com ZELKO BISTRO 705 E. 11th St. 713.880.8691 www.zelkobistro.com

ZUSHI 5900 Memorial Dr., #102. 713.861.5588 www.zushihouston.com

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

breakfast+coffee+ diners+juice bars

ANTIDOTE COFFEE 729 Studewood. 713.861.7400 www.antidotecoffee.com AVALON DRUG CO. & DINER •2417 Westheimer. 713.527.8900 •12810 Southwest Frwy. 281.240.0213 www.avalondiner.com CAFÉ BRASIL 2604 Dunlavy. 713.528.1993 CAFÉ ROSÉ CityCentre 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. 713.827.3545 www.bistroalex.com/cafe-rose

TART CAFÉ 4411 Montrose. 713.526.8278 www.tartcafe.com

THE GROVE 1611 Lamar. 713.337.7321 www.thegrovehouston.com

ZAKE 2946 S. Shepherd. 713.526.6888 www.zakesushilounge.com

11TH ST. CAFÉ 748 E. 11th St. 713.862.0089

RUGGLES GREEN •2311 West Alabama. 713.533.0777 •CityCentre 713.464.5557 www.rugglesgreen.com

GLASSWALL 933 Studemont. 713.868.7930 www.glasswalltherestaurant.com

hearsay

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

NOE Four Riverway. 713.871.8177 www.noerestaurant.com

THE CHELSEA GRILL 4621 Montrose Blvd. 713.942.9857 www.chelseagrill.com

BEAVER’S 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328 www.beavershouston.com

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RA SUSHI •3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 •12860 Queensbury Ln. #234, CityCentre 713.331.2792 www.rasushi.com RED PIER [asian fusion] 2701 Milam St. 713.807.7726

COCO’S CREPES 218 Gray St. 713.521.0700 www.cocoscrepes.com CRAVE CUPCAKES 1151 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.622.7283 www.cravecupcake.com DIRK’S COFFEE 4005 Montrose. 713.526.1319 www.diedrich.com

STRAITS [singaporean] 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N., CityCentre 713.365.9922 www.straitsrestaurants.com

DON DIEGO COFFEE 208 Travis. 713.228.3560 www.dondiegocoffee.com

SUSHI RAKU 3201 Louisiana. 713.526.8885 www.sushi-raku.com

EMPIRE CAFÉ 1732 Westheimer. 713.528.5282 www.empirecafe.net

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

FOUNTAIN VIEW CAFÉ 1842 Fountain View. 713.785.9060

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INVERSION COFFEE HOUSE 1953 Montrose, #A. 713.523.4866 www.inversioncoffee.com ISLAND GRILL + JUICE BAR •5709 Woodway. 713.334.4036 •4024 Bellaire Blvd. 713.665.5388 www.islandgrillhouston.com KRAFTSMEN BAKING 4100 Montrose, #C. 713.524.7272 www.kraftsmenbaking.com MORE THAN CAKES 1100 West Dallas. 713.652.5132 www.morethancakes.com OCTANE COFFEE+WINE LOUNGE 3402 N. Shepherd. 281.974.1693 RUSTIKA CAFÉ 3237 Southwest Frwy. 713.665.6226 www.rustikacafe.com SALENTO WINE CAFE 2407 Rice Blvd. 713.528.7478 www.salentowinecafe.com SPRINKLES CUPCAKES 4014 Westheimer. 713.871.9929 www.sprinkles.com SUGAR BABY'S CUPCAKES 3310 S. Shepherd. 713.527.8427 www.ilovesugarbabys.com TAFT STREET COFFEE 2115 Taft. 713.522.3533 www.taftstreetcoffee.org THE BREAKFAST KLUB 3711 Travis. 713.528.8561 www.thebreakfastklub.com THE BUFFALO GRILLE •3116 Bissonnet. 713.661.3663 •1301 S. Voss. 713.784.3663 www.thebuffalogrille.com THE COFFEE GROUNDZ 2503 Bagby. 713.874.0082 www.coffeegroundz.net THE FRUIT PALETTE 2413 Rice Blvd. 713.523.7848 www.thefruitpalette.com

cajun+creole+ southern MARDI GRAS GRILL 1200 Durham. 713.864.5600 www.mardigrasgrill.net THIS IS IT SOULFOOD 207 W. Gray. 713.659.1608 www.thisisithouston.com TREEBEARDS •315 Travis. 713.228.2622 •1117 Texas. 713.229.8248 •1100 Louisiana. 713.752.2601 •700 Rusk. 713.224.6677 www.treebeards.com ZIMM’S LITTLE DECK 601 Richmond Ave. 713.527.8328 www.zimmslittledeck.com ZYDECO LOUISIANA DINER 1119 Pease. 713.759.2001 www.zydecolouisianadiner.com

european BRASSERIE MAX + JULI [french] 4315 Montrose. 713.524.0070 www.maxandjulie.net CHARIVARI [european] 2521 Bagby. 713.271.7231 www.charivarirest.com FEAST [european] 219 Westheimer. 713.529.7788 www.feasthouston.com THE QUEEN VIC PUB [european] 2712 Richmond. 713.533.0022 www.thequeenvicpub.com OPORTO [european] 3833 Richmond. 713.621.1114 www.oporto.us

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

fruit palette

TINY BOXWOOD’S 3614 W. Alabama St. 713.622.4224 www.tinyboxwoods.com

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

EVENT FOX HOLLOW CHRISTMAS PARTY WHY TO CELEBRATE THEIR FIRST ANNIVERSARY WHERE 4617 NETT ST. WHEN DECEMBER 16

MINGALONE 540 Texas. 713.223.0088 www.mingalone.com RISTORANTE CAVOUR 1080 Uptown Park. 713.418.1000 www.granducahouston.com SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE 901 Commerce @ Travis. 713.229.9715 www.meatballs.com A Warehouse Full of Food, Friends, Families and Fun! Great Kids Menu! Large and Small Groups Welcomed. Open 7 Days A Week. Deliveries and Catering Available. VALENTINO Hotel Derek 2525 West Loop South. 713.850.9200 www.valentinorestaurantgroup.com

latin ARGENTINA CAFE 3055 Sage Rd. 713.622.8877 CAFÉ PIQUET [cuban] 5757 Bissonnet. 713.664.1031 www.cafepiquet.net CYCLONE ANAYA’S [mex] 309 Gray St. 713.520.6969 www.cycloneanaya.com EL MESON [cuban] 2425 University. 713.522.9306 EL PATIO [mex] •6444 Westheimer. 713.780.0410 •2416 Brazos. 713.523.8181 www.elpatio.com EL REY [cuban-mex] •233 Main. 713.225.1895 •910 Shepherd. 713.802.9145 www.elreytaqueria.com EL TACO TOTE 6154 Westheimer. 713.706.3233 www.tacotote.com EL TIEMPO CANTINA [mex] •3130 Richmond. 713.807.1600 •5602 Washington. 713.681.3645 •1308 Montrose. 713.807.8996 www.eltiempocantina.com

GUADALAJARA DEL CENTRO 1201 San Jacinto. 713.650.0101 www.guadalajarahacienda.com HABANEROS MEX-GRILL 3017 Milam. 713.523.1010 www.habanerosmexgrill.com IRMA’S [mex] •22 N. Chenevert. 713.222.0767 •1314 Texas. 713.247.9651 www.irmasouthwest.com

New gastro pub concept Fox Hollow hosted their first and hugely successful Christmas Party, drawing over 100 partygoers hungry for light bites by Executive Chef Kacey Krystyniak. Guests nibbled on complimentary noshes, sampled Glenlivet and other delicious specialty handcrafted cocktails. Yummy!

THE LEMON TREE [peru] •12591 Whittington. 281.556.0690 •207 Gray St. 713.655.0430 www.thelemontreeonline.com TILA’S [mex] 1111 S. Shepherd. 713.522.7654 www.tilas.com TINTOS [spanish] 2015 West Gray. 713.522.1330 www.tintosrestaurant.com

The Gathering

LAS VENTANAS [mex] 14555 Grisby Rd. 281.752.6990 www.lasventanas.net LATIN BITES CAFE [peru] 1302 Nance St. 713.22.98369 www.latinbitescafe.com LUCIO’S [new american latin] 905 Taft. 713.523.9958 www.luciosbyob.com

Augustine Bui, Madelyn Fitzpatrick, Jorge Alvarez

MARIA SELMA [mex] 1617 Richmond. 713.528.4920 www.mariaselma.com NINFA'S THE ORIGINAL 2704 Navigation Blvd. 713.228.1175 www.ninfas.com OCEAN’S [mex] 819 W. Alabama. 713.520.7744 www.oceansceviche.com Shellie Stone, Brent Burgin

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

ocean’s FREEB!RDS WORLD BURRITO 9 Houston locations Catering 888.392.2287 www.freebirds.com

DIEGO'S [mex] 1421 Preston. 713.236.1300 www.diegosrestaurantbar.com

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RIOJA [spanish] 11920 Westheimer. 281.531.5569 www.riojarestaurant.com

samba grille

SAMBA GRILLE (south american) 530 Texas. 713.343.1180 www.sambagrillehouston.com

PIOLA 3201 Louisiana St. 713.524.8222 www.piola.it

CHANDNI RESTAURANT [steak] 11102 S. Highway 6. 281.530.9200 www.gochandni.com

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

CUPCAKE CAFE 16525 Lexington Blvd. 281.242.2744 www.cupcakecafeofsugarland.com

steak+chops FLEMING’S •788 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. 713.827.1120 •2405 W. Alabama. 713.520.5999 www.flemingssteakhouse.com

TACOS A GO-GO 3704 Main. 713.807.8226 www.tacosagogo.com YELAPA PLAYA MEXICANA 2303 Richmond Ave. 281.501.0391 www.yelapatime.com

mediterranean + greek CAFE LILI [lebanese] 5757 Westheimer. 713.952.6969 www.cafelili.com

niko niko’s NIKO NIKO’S •2520 Montrose. 713.528.1308 •301 Milam @ Market Square www.nikonikos.com SAFFRON [moroccan] 2006 Lexington. 713.522.3562 www.saffronhouston.com

pizza BOMBAY PIZZA CO. 914 Main St. 713.654.4444 www.bombaypizzaco.com CANDELARI’S 6002 Washington. 832.200.1474 www.candelaris.com DOLCE VITA PIZZERIA ENOTECA 500 Westheimer. 713.520.8222 www.dolcevitahouston.com FRANK’S PIZZA 417 Travis. 713.225.5656 www.frankspizza.com PINK’S PIZZA www.pinkspizza.com •710 West Gray. 713.521.7465 •1403 Heights. 713.864.7465

fleming’s

LAURENZO’S GRILLE 4412 Washington. 713.880.5111 www.laurenzosgrille.com MO’S 1801 Post Oak Blvd. 713.877.0720 www.mosrestaurants.com MORTON’S •5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 •1001 McKinney. 713.659.3700 www.mortons.com PAPPAS BROS. STEAKHOUSE 5839 Westheimer Rd. 713.780.7352 www.pappasbros.com SHULA'S STEAKHOUSE Hyatt Hotel 1200 Louisiana St. 713.375.4777 www.donshulas.com SPENCER’S STEAKS + CHOPS 1600 Lamar. 713.577.8325 www.spencersforsteaksandchops.com

STRIP HOUSE 1200 McKinney. 713.659.6000 www.theglaziergroup.com

SUGAR LAND AMICI RISTORANTE [italian] 16089 City Walk Drive. 281.242.2800 www.amicitownsquare.com BROOKSTREET BBQ 1418 Highway 6. 281.313.4000 www.brookstreetbbq.com CAFE INDIA 2319 Williams Trace Blvd. 281.565.5881 CARRABBA'S ITALIAN GRILL 2335 Highway 6. 281.980.4433 www.carrabbas.com

GRIMALDI'S PIZZERIA 16535 Southwest Freeway. 281.265.2280 www.grimaldispizzeria.com JAPANEIRO'S SUSHI BISTRO & LATIN GRILL 2168 Texas Dr. 281.201.5294 www.japaneiros.com LA MADELEINE 2675 Town Center Blvd. N. 281.494.4400 www.lamadeleine.com NAPA GRILLE URBAN WINE BAR 14019 Southwest Freeway. 281.277.2599 www.napagrille.net PERRY'S GRILL 2115 Town Square. 281.565.2727 www.perryssteakhouse.com PHO MAI NOODLE HOUSE 16200 Kensington Dr. 281.491.1528 www.phomainoodlehouse.com RAJIN CAJUN 16100 Kensington Dr. 281.277.0704 www.ragin-cajun.com THAI COTTAGE II 4723 Sweetwater Blvd. 281.313.0707 www.thai-cottage.com

TO GO EL PATIO MIDTOWN is getting a complete revamp and with the golden touch of Jonathan Jones, the Chief Beaver at Beaver’s. We are sure El Xuco Xicana (“El XX”) – will become just as famous as its predecessor was in its heyday. Jones’ twist on Nuevo Tejano Cuisine (as he likes to call it), inspired by his wife/muse and Guadalajara native Maritza Sepulveda, is NOT Tex-Mex, although many elements of that cuisine are shared. Can’t wait for the posole, tamales and tortas ahogadas! Stay tuned!

THE BURNING PEAR 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925 www.theburningpear.com

DICKEY'S BARBECUE PIT 10700 Kuykendahl Road. 281.298.8422 www.dickeysbarbecuerestaurants.com

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

WASABI JAPANESE GRILL + SUSHI BAR 14019 Southwest Freeway. 281.242.3899

DIMASSI'S [ethnic] 1640 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.363.0200 www.dimassisbuffet.com

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

WILLIE’S GRILL + ICE HOUSE 945 Highway 6. 281.242.2252 www.williesrestaurants.com

GENGHIS GRILL [asian] 9300 6 Pines Drive. 281.363.4745 www.genghisgrill.com

THE MELTING POT 19075 Interstate 45. 936.271.7416 www.themeltingpot.com

GURI DO SUL STEAKHOUSE 1400 Research Forest Dr. 281.907.4146 www.guridosul.com

TIN STAR [american] 300 Six Pines Drive. 281.465.9800

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

HONEY BEE HAM + DELI 4747 Research Forest Dr. 281.364.9200 MASSA'S SUSHI 4775 W. Panther Creek Dr. 281.298.5688 www.massassushiandrobatabar.com

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

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O LOCAL É LINDO E MARAVILHOSO! dine write

1. Samba Rodízio (Picanha Top Sirloin) 2. Fresh Frui Tart w/Guanabana Custard 3. Red Snapper 4. Samba Grille

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Samba Grille 530 Texas Ave. | Houston, TX 77002 713.343.1183 | www.sambagrillehouston.com

HouRS: Monday 11am-2pm Tuesday-Thursday 11am-2pm/4:30pm-10pm Saturday 4:30-9pm Sunday 12pm-9pm *open for dinner 4:30-10pm on performance Mondays ** open for lunch 11-2pm on performance Saturdays

SAMPLE MENU SELECTIONS

aperitivos • Camarão Buñuelos - six large yucca tempura fried shrimp with a guava jelly sauce $12 • Samba Crab Cake - South American style crab cake bound with yucca and topped with maracujá beurre blanc $14

soup and salad • Ancho Tomato Soup -a hot and creamy tomato basil soup with a smoky spice $4 • Samba Salad -mesclun, fried artichokes, tomatoes, sweet red onions and hearts of palm with tamarind vinaigrette $8 • Jade Soup -spinach and broccoli cream with crabmeat gratin $6

swimmers • Rio Camarão -four grilled jumbo shrimp in maracujá buerre blanc with coconut rice $23

grazers • Yucca Crusted Stuffed Chicken -yucca crusted chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese, with coconut rice and grilled asparagus $20 • Achiote Crusted Pork Shank -roasted pork shank with braised Swiss chard and manchego risotto $28 • Gaucho -South American center-cut tenderloin with chimichuri sauce, yucca croquettes, sweet plantains and grilled asparagus $32

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OCATED IN BAYOU PLACE, SANDWICHED IN BETWEEN VERIZON WIRELESS THEATRE AND MINGALONE WITH WORTHAM ACROSS THE STREET, THEIR LOCATION COULD NOT BE MORE IDEAL FOR THIS CHURRASCARIA.

Multiple areas of dining from private to on the main floor to upper level seating provide a complete view of the space. In tones of red and black, all is aglow with just the right amount of light to enjoy your meal and still be able to read the menu. When it comes to ordering food and wine, the servers and wine director, Marc Borel, are beyond knowledgeable. We had everything explained on our visit – from how a caipirinha is made to how new menu item, the 40-day aged New York strip, is made. There isn’t a question they won’t seek to answer. Speaking of caipirinha, I started with this knockout cocktail recommended by Marc while my husband had a great glass of South American wine at his recommendation as well. A caipirinha is basically cachaça, sugar and lime. This beverage hailing from Brazil is made from their most common distilled alcohol, cachaça, derived from sugar cane. Lime is muddled, sliced, mixed with cachaça and sugar and – voila! – caipirinha. This refreshing beverage is really easy to drink which is surprising considering you’re mostly imbibing liquor.

There are two ways to dine at Samba, traditional entrée style or the highly recommended Rodizio. Rodizio is essentially a meat parade. Their expert carvers continuously serve different cuts of fire-roasted meats from the rotisserie skewers prepared right to your plate. An assortment of vegetables including green beans, glazed carrots, sweet plantains, marinated mushrooms, fried yucca, peppadew peppers are presented to your table, as well as your choice of soup or salad and your choice of asparagus, black beans, rice, garlic mashed potatoes, white rice or sautéed spinach. It’s a wellrounded amount of quality food at a great value. Having already experienced the impressive meat parade, on this visit we opted for traditional ordering. We started with the Pastels. A perfectly seasoned array of empanadas, one beef, one seafood and one black bean are served alongside their tangy Samba sauce. Large enough to split each one to make more bites, these empanadas are a savory delight. The seafood empanada with bits of shrimp and a touch of tangy sauce is phenomenal. It’s a bit creamy inside and the seafood bits are tender. The shell is a light pastry; rather than dense, it is flaky. All these things combine for a pretty amazing empanada.


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For dinner I ordered the Samba red snapper and my husband, the seafood paella. Expecting one of us to have the better dish, we were pleasantly surprised when both dishes had us each declaring one another the winner. My pan sautéed snapper filet with a grilled jumbo shrimp, jumbo lump crab and tomato came atop braised Swiss chard and grilled asparagus lightly dressed in a maracuyá buerre blanc (aka a passion fruit, rich warm butter sauce). Each component has its own seasoning that, when combined, delighted. The asparagus’ grilled flavor with the dense Swiss chard and astoundingly tender “pillow” of snapper in the butter sauce had all the pieces coming together yet not overpowering each other. The seafood paella is prepared using this same technique. Scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels, chorizo and snapper are placed atop saffron rice. Equally wonderful in rich flavor and aesthetically pleasing with the bright yellow rice and grilled and “blushed” seafood piled on top. Not ones to skip out on dessert even when full, we ordered their Tres Leches and an Espresso Martini. Having tried the martini before, ordering one is a no-brainer. Made with a shot of espresso, kahlua and vanilla vodka, its cold sweetness will awaken your senses. Their Tres Leches is one of the most authentic tasting and looking I’ve seen in the city. Just from one glance, you can tell it’s going to be good. The top is lightly covered in icing. As you move down the cake seems moist and then toward the bottom it’s milky/creamy. It’s not sitting in a soup of milk or falling apart from the liquid content. Its texture, flavor and density is just as it should be…right. Their Tres Leches is made correctly, as are all of their dishes. The flavors are not overwhelming and when paired with the various components on the dish you get an expertly executed meal that is worth every penny and every bite with zero guilt.

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FAVORITES FAVORITE SANDWICH Banh Mi Dac Biet…Pho one’s Banh Mi w/ Pork Pate, grilleD Pork, MeatBall, Mayo, cilantro, cucuMBer, herBs, jalaPeno anD a frieD egg!!!

FAVORITE ICE CREAM MIX-IN/TOPPING just aBout anything By Ben anD jerry’s.

FAVORITE TRUCK FOOD all of it! @savourfooDtrux !!!

FAVORITE PICNIC SPOT anywhere that soMeone else is cooking….

FAVORITE SPOT TO EXERCISE/RUN in the BeDrooM, BaBy…what else!

CHEF Jonathan B Jones aka "Chef Jj" aka @PapaBeav restaurant beaver’s ice house | cuisine texas gastro ice house serving classic cocktails + gulf coast cuisine 2310 decatur st. (just off washington in "old 6th ward…the hood, baby") 713.864.2328 | www.beavershouston.com

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FAVORITE SAYING? WeSLGT, BABY! (We Support Local so we can Grow Together) FAVORITE LATE NIGHT SPOT FOR A BITE? Oooweee…so many! Les Givral’s Kahve, Sinh Sinh, Tan Tan, MoonTower, BB’s, Chapultepec ’cause they give you pig’s feet in the menudo!!! Lots of Trucks. Also like Hub Cap Grill, Zilla Street Eats, El Ultimo Taco, Fusion Taco and sooo many more! PapaBeav loves the late night grub in H-Town! BEST BREAKFAST? I will say Breakfast Klub for traditional Southern-style breakfast, but my FAVORITE is Tien Anh Sandwiches off Travis for Vietnamese Bahn Xeo and Pho for breakfast. BEST BRUNCH? Wow….Outside of ours? Hugo’s is my favorite brunch spot. I can eat a lot of Mexico there… “What up, Reuben!!! Prospero Año Carnal!” WHAT INGREDIENT CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT IN THE KITCHEN AND WHY? Barring the obvious and lame answers of salt and water and general mirepoix, for me it is dried chiles…all kinds of dried chiles. Mainly because I live in a spicy world driven by robust and layered flavors and dried chiles naturally have complexity, depth, spice and character. Regardless of your manipulation of dried chiles they will add spice. Dried chiles work in many mediums as powders, candy, purees, sauces, sweet and savory alike. Dried chiles cabron!!! WHAT UTENSIL CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT? There are two: 1. My spice mill (dried chile, YO!); 2. My Vita-Prep blender (Oh, yeah…dried chiles, YO!). Plating spoons do it for me too… WHAT’S YOUR PET PEEVE? Lack of drive, low ambition, laziness and inability to self-motivate and selfinspire….sometimes YOU are all YOU have! Don’t get caught holding yourself back. FAVORITE AFFORDABLE WINE? Why always wine? How about my favorite cocktail? Simply put, Beaver’s bartender Justin Burrow (when he worked at Anvil) made me a “Rum Cocktail” of Turbinado Simple Syrup, Mount Gay Extra Old Barbados Rum and Angostura Bitters…delicately stirred with ice and strained into a glass garnished with orange peel. That will forever be my favorite cocktail. FAVORITE PLACE FOR DESSERT? In a community of such ethnic and cultural diversity you guys ask some very hard questions…Sticky Toffee Pudding at Feast; any of the Cereal Milkshakes from The Burger Guys; just about anything made, but especially the country-style cookies, by Chris Leung of Bootsie’s; Fluffer Nutters by Rebecca Mason.

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHEF, RESTAURANT AND DISH? I have found myself to have the great fortune to be living in one of the friendliest and closest-knit culinary communities in the USA – and I am proud to say that I absolutely CANNOT choose ONE of any of my brothers and sisters in this community...I have an insatiable appetite for flavor so I must favor the ALL of us. #SLGT, BABY! IS THERE A FOOD YOU WON’T EAT? Bad food… DO YOU ANTICIPATE PUBLISHING A COOKBOOK? I WILL publish a cook book…. WHAT IS YOUR COMFORT FOOD? It will always and forever be soup. DO YOU USE A RECIPE OR WING IT? Yes… WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE NEXT FOOD TREND? I don’t prescribe to the idea of food trends but rather food awareness. It seems a great awareness of Old World practice has come to light in the US where whole beast cookery and preservation and charcuterie are becoming household words, more purebread and heritage breed animals are sought out, better and more naturally raised animals, more diversity of local produce, sustainably fished sea resources, dairy and whole grains from not so far away are here every day. Almost like we in the modern world have gone back in time and become aware of how smart our ancestors were with appreciating where, why and how our foods came from. I like THAT trend. AT HOME, WHAT DO YOU KEEP ON HAND TO SERVE DROP-IN GUESTS? Cheeses, tortillas, many homemade salsas, cookies, cajeta, chicharrones, barbacoa, kim chee, guanciale, boudin, chorizo, bread…you know, the usual. WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO FIND IN YOUR HOME REFRIGERATOR? Chapolines, barbacoa, chicharrones, pigs’ feet….wait…do these people know me? WHAT MAGAZINE COVER, OTHER THAN 002’S, WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE FEATURED ON? Hot ’n’ Sexy Plus-Sized Chefs 2011….or Texas Monthly LAST BUT NOT LEAST, TELL US YOUR WORST CLIENT EXPERIENCE? The worst client experience is the one where the client leaves dissatisfied…no matter what, that always hurts me. I treat my clients like friends and family and they are the reason I am allowed to follow my vision and passion, so when they are dissatisfied it hurts.

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new restaurants By Beatrice Allen

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RA SUSHI BAR www.rasushi.com HIGHLAND VILLAGE 713.621.5800 | CITYCENTRE 713.331.2792

BISTRO BAR www.houstonsorella-citycentre.com

4024 BELLAIRE BLVD. | 713.665.5388 CUISINE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL+JUICE BAR

CUISINE SUSHI & PACIFIC RIM

CUISINE PUERTO RICAN INSPIRED + SEASONAL MUSINGS

CHEF N/A

CHEF TAI OBATA

CHEF JUAN CARLOS GONZALES

WE’RE ON A BREAKFAST KICK AND THERE IS NO OTHER RESTAURANT THAT BETTER EXEMPLIFIES THIS IMPORTANT MEAL THAN ISLAND GRILL AND JUICE BAR. Tucked into the corner of a shopping center with a Whole Foods anchor, care and quality of the dishes is top priority. Egg whites are cracked and collected every morning, Pam spray is used to cook breakfast and extra virgin olive oil is the only oil used for lunch and dinner. No vats of oil, shortening or milk carton egg whites are kept or used for cooking. Only fresh veggies to only certified Angus beef and Boar’s Head meat products are used for meals. Keeping their health-conscious customer in mind, dishes such as the popular Iron Man, Healthy Juan and even their breakfast tacos come with egg whites. We tried the Iron Man and it’s a healthy serving of 8 egg whites scrambled with Boar’s Head turkey, slices of wheat toast, a side serving of fruit and a bit of their freshly made salsa for the eggs. The eggs are fluffy rather than runny and it hits the spot without dragging you down first thing in the morning thanks to NOT using shortening to cook it. The migas come full of crispy corn tortilla slices as well as crispy, grease-free bacon. The French toast is basic (non-fussy or stuffed or oversized), slices of bread, lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar. This normal plate eliminates the guilt of ordering something sweet since what you order is a simple, no nonsense basic dish cooked in a healthy manner. This method is not only followed for breakfast but also translates to lunch and dinner. If you have no time to eat, the Juice Bar has a plethora of options to get your nutrients and be on your way.

They don’t need any help marketing and yet even knowing this, they are constantly evolving and switching up menu items to meet the needs and wants of their clientele and the seasons. THEIR NEW MENU TASTING IS OUR FAVORITE. The atmosphere is alive with the latest music playing in the background (you can’t help but bop in your seat after an adult beverage), and the flutter of people and energy is contagious. This isn’t your bare sushi dive; they form a medley of flavors on one roll so that no sauce is needed or typically it comes with its own. New rolls range from a vegetable tempura (lightly battered asparagus, sweet potato and Japanese eggplant are rolled and topped with colorful crunchy tempura bits drizzled with a sweet eel sauce making for a surprisingly favorite new vegetable roll) to a combo “RA”ckin’ Roll. The “RA”ckin’ roll combines two RA classics, the base being a Vegas roll and then topped with one of their “RA”ckin’ shrimps. It’s big, it’s crunchy and a rush of flavors from kani kama crab and cream cheese to guacamole to the creamy ginger teriyaki dipping sauce – your taste buds will be titillated. The new Lobster with Garlic sugar snap peas served with steamed rice is a spicy mix of textures. The peas are crisp and the lobster is so unbelievably tender it could be confused for shrimp, all in a garlicky Asian seasoning that has a bite. Looking for something more adventurous, look no further than the Shishito Peppers. Part of the RA Tapas section, these peppers sautéed in Asian seasoning vary in depth of spice depending on how long they are on the heat. One could be mild while the next is lip numbing. With their roasted garlic bits and spice, they’re a great accent for the lobster. No need to wait for the roll out, these new and notables are on their menus now.

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800 W. SAM HOUSTON PKWY. N. | 713.973.1601

I’M A HUGE FAN OF THIS RESURGENCE OF BARS BACK TO THIS DARK, MYSTERIOUS, GLOW OF LIGHT MAN-CAVE TYPES. It makes sense that after a long day, I want to hide away in a dark corner enjoying an adult beverage. Chocolate brown walls with dark wood accents including the bar and tufted chocolate leather sparkle from a mirror-frame backdrop with vintage exposed bulb pendants. Within this sophisticated adult area are served some playful dishes and cocktails. We started with some cocktails – Ramos Gin Fizz, Levanta Muertos and Paloma. The Gin Fizz, aconcoction of gin, lemon, lime, sugar, cream, orange flower water all topped with soda, is a deceptive one. The mixture lets the gin go completely unnoticed. The Paloma, a combo of tequila and grapefruit juice, and the Levanta Muertos, with house-infused Tito’s Vodka and homemade Bloody Mary mix, are tasty twists on classics. Looking to soak up some of these libations, we dove into the chicken chicharrones, the tomato and fresh mozzarella flatbread and the Andouille sausage and Tasso ham version as well as the BABB onion rings and the goat cheese and spinach stuffed profiteroles. All tasty, we did find stars among the crowd. The chicken chicharrones are crispy Puerto Rican-style chicken cracklings served with a side of honey for dipping. There’s no real way to attack this little chicken “ball” but to dip and start taking bites. It’s crispy but not greasy and the spice combined with honey is perfection. Another flavor buster is the Andouille sausage and Tasso ham flatbread. This layered perfection has grilled green onions, Manchego cheese and a mustard glaze with the Andouille sausage hidden under a thin layer of grilled ham. It’s not meaty tasting like you’d expect but seasoned and grilled to taste. We couldn’t leave without ordering the BABB onion rings.The most beautiful-looking, crystal, hot sauce battered, flaky golden rounds of jumbo onion are presented aside a pickled okra mayo. They’re almost too beautiful to eat. Presentation and flavor are sure to delight in libations, beverages and space.


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PHILIPPE REST+LOUNGE www.philippehouston.com

LA CASA DE FRIDA

BLVD. PLACE 1800 POST OAK.

4002 N. MAIN 713.880.1564

CUISINE TRADITIONAL & ECLECTIC FRENCH

CUISINE MEXICAN + ITALIAN CUCINA

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French food can be intimidating. PAIR THAT WITH A FRENCH MENU AND REALLY, WHY BOTHER. This new addition is shattering that notion. French food is prepared and served unfussy and the menu has minimal French on it. Gone are the days of pointing to order. Also gone are categories like appetizer or entrée. Food is separated into fun, casual sections like Contained Decadence, dishes like the country venison pate served with pickled vegetables and a bright burgundy mustard in a jar with brioche toast on the side. It’s playful, unfussy and bright, a sinus-opening pack of flavor. Under the Sumptuous section, we tried the lobster bisque with poached pike quenelles. And the bisque with the perfectly soft, fluffy quenelles (a combination of egg, pate and cream) is exactly as described, sumptuous. The Monaco tartine is a vegetarian’s delight. An inhouse made focaccia is filled with artichokes, olives and tomato confit, arugula and basil. The bread is the softest focaccia I’ve ever had; I didn’t even know it could come in such a texture. Perfect for lunch or a light dinner. Under Unrestrained, Chef Philippe lets go on the French classics. The strewn lamb is a slow-cooked lamb shank with pumpkin, apricot, dates and potato in a cumin, Indian-inspired broth served with couscous on the side. The smell is intoxicating. The perfectly tender lamb shank comes off the bone so you don’t have to mess with deconstructing it yourself. It’s a quintessential winter “soup.” Pastry Chef Jose kept us in our seats with a delicious chocolate mousse with hazelnut ice cream – and you must absolutely try the butterscotch ice cream served atop a chocolate shortbread cookie. I didn’t know I liked butterscotch until this creamy concoction. The food is casual and fun as is the décor. Reminiscent of Paris in its industrial era with steel, tarnished mirrors, raw wood table tops and wine crate covered bars, this chic French lounge is anything but intimidating. Inviting is more like it.

LA CASA DE FRIDA IS NOT NECESSARILY “NEW.” The concept and interior are, but it’s still owned by the original family who ran Ricos Cantina for the last 30 years. Various well-known portraits of Frida Kahlo, one of the best-known Mexican artists, hang throughout the restaurant. The bar is reminiscent of one you’d find in Mexico with wood hanging shelves that hold the glasswear. We stopped by for breakfast and loved the warm red salsa served with tortilla chips. It had a nice kick to it. I had Diego’s Favorite – cheese chilaquiles topped with salsa and mixed with scrambled eggs. They came with delicious refried beans and potatoes. When you get the choice of flour or corn tortillas, get the corn – they are the real deal! Authentic, handmade corn tortillas. Associate editor Pixie had the Huevos Machacados. Here’s what she had to say about them: “Machaca con Huevo is one of northern Mexico’s most traditional breakfast dishes. Machaca is meat that has been cured with salt and dried to a “beef jerky” consistency. It is then shredded and placed on a molcajete (Mexican mortar) and pounded until it is softened and turned into large crumbs. I was pleasantly surprised when I got my eggs; it was like I was sitting in a fonda in Guadalajara. The eggs were perfectly scrambled and the flavor of the machaca was beefy but subtle. They were served with a healthy portion of refried beans (super yummy!), sliced potatoes and topped with fresh homemade-style red salsa.” Although we were the only ones in at that time, the chef, Linda, assured us that the place is packed on evenings, especially weekends when they have live music on the terrace. The service was great as was the music and ambiance. It’s easy to imagine a full house.

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EVENT PORSCHE WEST HOUSTON’S DAY AT THE TRACK WHY FOR THOSE WITH A NEED FOR SPEED WHERE MSR TRACK IN ANGLETON, TX WHEN DECEMBER 9 Porsche West Houston hosted a day at the track for customers and prospective customers looking to get into a new Porsche. Porsche Driving instructors were on hand to teach and demonstrate just how amazing the whole lineup of Porsche models are, reminding us all how truly special the Porsche product is. Sports car aficionados hit the tracks for about 4 hours, only taking a small lunch break to recharge their batteries. Very cool!

Compiled by Pixie Ibañez

Events / Photo Credit PORSCHE WEST HOUSTON’S DAY AT THE TRACK Michelle Watson for www.lastnightpics.com NEAL HAMIL’S CAN HUNGER FOR KIDS Robert MacCready CURA YOGA PARTY Bernard Bauri for www.lastnightpics.com PURA VIDA TEQUILA Michelle Watson for www.lastnightpics.com RED BULL ILLUME HOUSTON Photography by Carlos Cruz + www.houstonmusicscene.com

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EVENT NEAL HAMIL’S CAN HUNGER FOR KIDS WHY TO BENEFIT AIDS FOUNDATION HOUSTON’S STONE SOUP PANTRY PROGRAM WHERE GIGI’S RESTAURANT WHEN DECEMBER 15 Once again Neal Hamil Agency joined citywide efforts to help the less fortunate in a quest to eradicate hunger and to support thousands of Houstonians affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS. Hundreds of Houstonians opened their hearts (and even their wallets) arriving with bags full of canned goods to donate to the Stone Soup Pantry program during the popular soiree. What a great way to end the year… love it!

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EVENT CURA YOGA PARTY WHY GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION WHERE 1824 SPRING STREET WHEN JANUARY 11 Yogis can’t get enough of Cura Yoga, so to please their loyal clientele, Jennifer and Rhia decided to open a third studio. Guests arrived at the recently revamped, super cool studio and were treated to a yoga class demonstration. Great way to kick off the evening! Guests mixed and mingled sipping on refreshments and nibbling on some yummy treats (all healthy, of course). A henna tattoo artist provided a little Indian flare, perfect for the occasion. Congratulations, neighbors!

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EVENT PURA VIDA TEQUILA WHY HOUSTON LAUNCH CELEBRATION WHERE TQLA RESTAURANT WHEN JANUARY 6 More than 200 very lucky VIP guests attended the rock ’n’ roll launch fiesta for Pura Vida Tequila held at Washington’s new hot spot, TQLA. Partners Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top legend, and Stewart Skloss, visionary extraordinaire, were the evening’s hosts. TQLA’s in-house mixologists concocted divine creations from this fabulous, extra smooth elixir, which is triple-distilled 100% pure blue agave. Guests sampled three handcrafted varieties from the available-in-Texas-only tequila, proudly passed around by rock legend Billy Gibbons. How cool is that! Salud!

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EVENT RED BULL ILLUME HOUSTON WHY WORLD’S PREMIER ACTION SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT WHERE DISCOVERY GREEN WHEN JANUARY 7 Thousands gathered at Discovery Green for the unveiling of Red Bull Illume, the world’s premiere action and adventure photography contest and exhibition compiled with images from the 50 finalists. International skateboarding sensation Ryan Sheckler was the evening’s master of ceremonies and kicked off the highly anticipated exhibit. If you are a sports enthusiast or simply love photography, this is a must-see! It is simply amazing! 68. february 11 | www.002mag.com


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club+lounge review By Travis Jones Photography by Daniel Ortiz

THE RAILYARD | YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD DIVE HAS GRADUATED 4206 san felipe st., houston, tx 77027 | 713.621.4000 | www.railyardhouston.com

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COLLEGE, TECH SCHOOL, THE CIRCUS OR WHATEVER INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING YOU SKIPPED CLASS IN, YOU PROBABLY HAD A FAVORITE HAUNT THAT BECAME PART OF YOUR SHARED EXPERIENCE. FOR ME, IT WAS THE DEN IN SAN MARCOS, A MERE FIFTY FEET FROM THE HOVEL IN WHICH I RESIDED, AND JUST AS CLOSE TO MY HEART. I THINK MY CREW KEPT THE PLACE IN BUSINESS FOR THREE YEARS, PUMPING QUARTERS INTO THE SHUFFLEBOARD TABLE AND ORDERING CHEAP PITCHERS OF TEPID, DOMESTIC BEER. FLASH FORWARD A FEW YEARS AND A LOT HAS CHANGED. WATERY WELL DRINKS AND CHEESE FRIES NO LONGER SELL ME ON AN ESTABLISHMENT. I’M GLAD THERE’S NO SMOKING IN MOST BARS NOWADAYS. HOWEVER, NOSTALGIA ALWAYS KICKS IN WHEN VISITING SOMEWHERE NEW, AND I ALWAYS END UP COMPARING THE LATEST JOINT TO THAT GOLDEN STANDARD OF MY YOUTH. The Railyard ditches the old-school cons, keeps all the good stuff, and improves on a few aspects from back in the day. It looks like a cleaner version of the dive of your memories, with its exposed duct work, ancient wood, concrete floor and bare brick, but past that, The Railyard wins out on some very crucial criteria:

DRINKS: Cocktails were watery but cheap at that old, college dive, but nights never ended well when drinking margaritas made with Russian tequila. (Got old after the third senior year.) Instead of weak and watery pours, The Railyard makes a strong cocktail, and their happy hour, from 47, Monday-Friday, brings back collegiate prices of yore. Their choice of brews on tap is small, but priced fairly. Four dollar Bloody Marys, micheladas and mimosas on Sundays is a nice touch for us after-church drinkers. Those machines that keep a constant chill and churn going on a typical margarita mix keep pretense miles away, as do buckets of Lonestar and Coors Light for $13. SERVICE: At your old respite? Even after the 15th visit, that cute bartender you were trying to get to know still insisted on smacking gum while staring through you and mixing up your tab at the end of the night. At The Railyard, service is quick, it’s friendly and it’s not merely gushing for a tip. You don’t have to visit more than once for Tony to remember your name. You’ll remember his too, because he’ll remind you of comedian John Caparulo.

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CLIENTELE AND ATMOSPHERE: When it was $2 you-call-it night back in your heyday, it was like flies to a dead horse, but having to elbow-check your date to get to your beer was never really worth it. The Railyard is slightly more subdued. Because it’s a little bit off the beaten path, the crowd that gathers is a like-minded group of Houstonians in their 30’s looking to cut loose, minus the pressure of having to see and be seen. To the background beat of freight trains thumping along on the nearby tracks, a schizophrenic juke box spits out old-school Metallica and follows it with Jimmy Buffett. It epitomizes The Railyard’s laid-back attitude. Feel like watching the game? Have at it. Feel like dancing? Dance. Feel like cuddling up in a corner with a date or hollering for a round of shots with the after-work crowd? Cuddle up or party down. Throw in all the trappings of a sports bar (flatscreens in all the right places), some arcade throwbacks (Golden Tee and Big Buck Hunter) and a photo booth for no particular reason, and you’ve got yourself a bar that feels like college, but grew up, got a job and doesn’t live in its mom’s basement anymore. A genuine neighborhood bar. Being thirty-ish is strange. It leaves you feeling stuck in that purgatory of being old enough to know better, but still too young to care. And while the memories forged at your old stomping grounds can never be replaced, they have less to do with the bars themselves, and more to do with the people, conversations and wild times associated. The Railyard is right there with us. For all its college charm, it exudes an undeniable wisdom, reminding us of the journey that was, but that the best is yet to come.


Photography by Eric Hester

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EVENT DECORATIVE CENTER HOUSTON’S FALL MARKET WHY 2010 DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARDS CEREMONY WHERE AT DCH WHEN NOVEMBER 17 The annual Decorative Center Houston’s Fall Market event presented hundreds of design lovers the opportunity to meet renowned interior designers Miles Reed and Marjorie Skouras. Reed’s work has been featured in Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Vogue and W Magazine. Marjorie Skouras has a design firm in Hollywood, as well as a collection of lighting and small furnishings. The highlight of this year’s Fall Market was the keynote address entitled Fresh Design: Merging Art, Architecture and Design.

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Trisha Dodson, Ellie Taghdisi, Sherry Hawadanian, Julie Dodson

Paloma Contreras, Miles Reed, Jennifer Keszler

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downtown ANGELO’S DRAFTHOUSE B 711 Main. 713.225.3500 C&F DRIVE INN B 6714 N. Main. 713.861.0704 CHAR BAR B F 305 Travis. 713.222.8177 DEAN’S CREDIT CLOTHING B 316 Main. 713.227.3326 www.myspace.com/ deanscreditclothing DIVE LOUNGE inside the Aquarium L 410 Bagby St. 713.223.3474 EIGHTEEN TWENTY B 1820 Franklin. 713.224.5535 www.myspace.com/1820bar ETTA’S LOUNGE L LM 5120 Scott. 713.528.2611 FLYING SAUCER B 705 Main St. 713.228.7468 www.beerknurd.com

HOUSE OF BLUES B LM 1204 Caroline. 1.888.40.blues www.hob.com/houston

JAZZ @ THE MAGNOLIA B LM 1100 Texas St. 713.221.0011 JET LOUNGE L LM 1515 Pease. 713.659.2000 www.thejetloungehouston.com LA CARAFE W 813 Congress. 713.229.9399 LIVE SPORTS CAFÉ SB 407 Main. 713.228.5483 www.livesportscafe.com LONE STAR SALOON B 1900 Travis. 713.757.1616

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MINT C 511 Main.

THE OFFICE BAR B 310 Main St. 713.222.9900 TOC BAR C 711 Franklin. 713.224.4862 www.tocbar.net VENUE C+L 719 Main. 713.236.8150 www.venuehouston.com

MOLLY’S PUB B 509 Main. 713.222.1033 www.mollyspubs.com

WARREN’S B 307 Travis. 713.222.9108

NEXT ON MAIN B 108 Main St. 713.221.8833

THE WHISKEY B L 220 Main. 713.224.4266

NOTSUOH 314 Main. 713.237.8220

WIRED LIVE B+C LM 1503 Chartres. 713.225.1717

POLK STREET PUB B F 1201 Polk St. #140. 713.652.4044 www.polkstreetpubhouston.com

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PETE’S DUELING PIANO BAR B 1201 Fannin. 713.337.7383 www.petesduelingpianobar.com RED CAT JAZZ CAFÉ B+L LM 924 Congress. 713.226.7870 www.redcatjazzcafe.com RESERVE 101 B 1201 Caroline. 713.655.7101 www.reserve101.com SAM BAR | inside Alden Hotel C 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8800 www.samhoustonhotel.com

BAR 12•21 MORTON’S L F 5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 www.mortons.com BELVEDERE L 1131 Uptown Park. 713.552.9271 www.belvedereinfo.com BLVD 610 LOUNGE B+L 3005 West Loop. 832.875.3997 www.blvd610.com THE BLACK SWAN |Omni Hotel C 4 Riverway. 713.871.8181

PLANETA BAR-RIO C 6400 Richmond.

SHADOW BAR C 213 Milam. 713.221.5483 www.theshadowbar.com

PAPARRUCHOS B F 3055 Sage. 713.212.3178 www.paparruchos.com

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STATE BAR & LOUNGE B+L 909 #2-A Texas. 713.229.8888 www.thestatebar.com THE BREWERY TAP B 717 Franklin. 713.237.1537 THE B.U.S. SB 1800 Texas. 713.222.2287

THE TASTING ROOM W •1101-18 Uptown Park. 713.993.9800 •2409 W. Alabama. 713.526.2242 www.tastingroomwines.com WILD WEST C 6101 Richmond. 713.266.3455 www.wildwesthouston.com WINETOPIA W 6363 San Felipe St. 832.858.1149 www.winetopiatx.com

heights + washington 6TH STREET BAR & GRILL B F 2701 White Oak. 713.880.5999 360 SPORTS LOUNGE. SB 4061 Washington. 713.667.0398 www.360sportslounge.com ABSOLVE WINE LOUNGE L W 920 Studemont St., #150 281.501.1788 www.absolvewinelounge.com ANDY’S B F 1115 E. 11th St. 713.861.9423

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

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFÉ B LM 909 Texas Ave. 713.224.5299 www.sambucarestaurant.com

SKYLINE BAR & GRILL B 1600 Lamar. 713.739.8000

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

REMINGTON BAR B F St. Regis Hotel 1919 Briar Oaks Ln. 713.403.2631 www.stregis.com/houston RICHMOND ARMS B 5920 Richmond. 713.784.7722 www.richmondarmsonline.com

PORCH SWING PUB B 69 Heights. 713.880.8700

BRONX BAR SB 4520 Washington. 713.520.9691

REBEL’S HONKY TONK B 5002 Washington. 713.807.7040 www.rebelshonkytonk.com

CADILLAC BAR B F 1802 Shepherd. 713.862.2020 CEDAR CREEK CAFÉ B F 1034 W. 20th St. 713.808.9623 DISTRICT LOUNGE C 4606 Washington. 713.862.4448 DAN ELECTRO’S GUITAR BAR B LM 1031 E. 24th St. 713.862.8707 www.danelectrosguitarbar.com DARKHORSE TAVERN B 2207 Washington. 713.426.2442 www.dhtavern.com DUBLINER LOUNGE B 4219 Washington. EI8TH B 5102 Washington. 713.880.3500 FITZGERALD’S B LM 2706 White Oak. 713.862.3838

SANCTUARY LOUNGE L 2420 Washington. 713.861.7300 www.sanctuaryhouston.com SAWYER PARK SPORTS BAR SB 2412 Washington. 713.863.9350 www.sawyerparkhouston.com TAPS HOUSE OF BEER B 5120 Washington. 281.701.4248 THE DIRT B 222 Yale. 713.426.4222 www.dirtbar.com

WASHINGTON AVE DRINKERY B 4115 Washington. 713.426.3617

KOBAIN B 33 Waugh. 713.862.9911 www.kobain.net

midtown

BEER ISLAND B L W 2631 White Oak. 713.862.4670

BOOM BOOM ROOM B F 2518 Yale. 713.868.3740 www.myspace.com/ boomboomroomhouston

SALT BAR B 4218 Washington

HEIGHTS SPORTS SB 2626 White Oak. 713.868.4943

MANOR ON WASHINGTON L 4819 Washington. 713.426.0123 www.manoronwashington.com

BLUE LABEL LOUNGE C 4500 Washington. 713.861.9910 www.bluelabellounge.com

ROOSEVELT L C 5219 Washington

THE LOT B 4212 Washington. 713.868.5688 www.thelothouston.com

LIBERTY STATION B 2101 Washington

BLOCK 7 WINE CO. W 720 Shepherd. 713.572.2652

REIGN L 4105 Washington. 713.869.0404

FOX HOLLOW L F 4617 Nett St. 713.869.2117

BEAVER’S B F 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328 www.beavershouston.com

BIG STAR B 1005 W. 19th. 281.501.9560 www.bigstarbar.com RA SUSHI B F •3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 •12860 Queensbury. 713.331.2792 www.rasushi.com

BRIXX BAR B F 5110 Washington. 713.864.8811

MAX’S WINE DIVE W 4720 Washington. 713.880.8737 NOX C 4701 Nett. 281.701.4248 www.noxhouston.com PAGODA BISTRO & BAR B F 4705 Inker St. 832.673.0400 PANDORA L 1815 Washington. 832.296.6220 PEARL BAR B 4216 Washington. 713.863.5337 www.thepearlbarhouston.com

13 CELSIUS W 3000 Caroline. 713.529.8466 www.13celsius.com 3RD BAR B F 2600 Travis. BRAZOS RIVER BOTTOM B F 2400 Brazos. 713.528.9192 CANDY C 3030 Travis. 713.862.4810 CHRISTIAN’S TAILGATE B F 2000 Bagby. 713.527.0261 www.christianstailgate.com COACHES SB 2204 Louisiana. 713.751.1970 www.coachesjv.com COMMUNITY BAR B 2703 Smith St. 713.526.1576


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bars, clubs, lounges + wine bars

CONTINENTAL CLUB B 3700 Main. 713.529.9899 DOGHOUSE TAVERN B 2517 Bagby. 713.520.1118 DOUBLE CROSS LOUNGE L 114 Gray. 713.526.3423

C

ELEMENT LOUNGE L 2611 San Jacinto. 713.651.9900 ESCOBAR L C 2905 Travis. 281.701.4248 EPIC L C 3030 Travis. 713.522.2531 FRONT PORCH PUB B 217 Gray. 713.571.9571 www.frontporchpub.com GLITTER KARAOKE B 2621 Milam G.R.A.B. B 809 Pierce. 713.655.0707 HOWL AT THE MOON L 612 Hadley. 713.658.9700 www.howlatthemoon.com JUNCTION SB 160 W. Gray. 713.523.7768 KHON’S WINE W 2808 Milam St. 713.523.7775 KOMODO’S B 2004 Baldwin. 713.655.1501 LITTLE WOODROW’S SB F 2306 Brazos. 713.522.1041 NOUVEAU ANTIQUE ART BAR B 2913 Main St. www.art-bar.net PUB FICTION SB F 2303 Smith. 713.400.8400 www.pubfiction.com REPUBLIKA L 2905 Travis. 713.526.4225 RICH’S C 2401 San Jacinto. 713.759.9606 SAINT DANE’S BAR + GRILL B F 502 Elgin. 713.807.7040 SHOT BAR B 2315 Bagby. 713.526.3000

ICON KEY

C

B

W

L

SB

LM

F

CLUB

BAR

WINE BAR

LOUNGE

SPORTS BAR

LIVE MUSIC

FOOD

STATUS C 2404 San Jacinto. 713.659.5400 www.myspace.com/statushouston

BYZANTIO B F 403 W. Gray. 713.520.6896 www.byzantiohouston.com

NUMBERS C 300 Westheimer. 713.526.6551 www.numbersnightclub.com

THE MAPLE LEAF B 514 Elgin. 713.520.6464 www.themapleleafpub.com

CATBIRDS B 1336 Westheimer. 713.523.8000 www.catbirds.com

ORANGE SPORTS BAR SB 1613 Richmond Ave. 832.675.9569

THE MINK/THE BACKROOM B 3718 Main. 713.522.9985 www.minkonmain.com UNION BAR B+L 2708 Bagby. 281.974.1916 www.myspace.com/unionlounge WHISKEY CREEK B 2905 Travis. www.whiskeycreekhouston.com XO BAR & LOUNGE C 2611 San Jacinto. 713.651.9900 www.myspace.com/xohouston

montrose + shepherd 611 B 611 Hyde Park. 713.528.1582 1415 C 1415 California. 713.522.7066 ABSINTHE L F 609 Richmond. 713.528.7575 www.absinthelounge.com AGORA B F 1717 Westheimer. 713.526.7212 www.agorahouston.com ANVIL+REFUGE B F 1424 Westheimer. 713.523.1622 www.anvilhouston.com AVANT GARDEN B+L LM 411 Westheimer. 832.519.1429 www.avantgardenhouston.com AZTECAS BAR & GRILL B F 2207 Richmond. 713.526.1702

CECIL’S B 600 W Gray. 713.524.3691 CEZANNE JAZZ CLUB B LM 4100 Montrose. 713.522.9021 CHANCES B 1100 Westheimer. 713.523.7217 DECADES B 1205 Richmond. 713.521.2224 ETRO B 1424-A Westheimer THE FLAT B 1702 Commonwealth. 713.521.3528 GRAPPINO DI NINO M 2817 W. Dallas. 713.528.7002 GRIFF’S SB 3416 Roseland. 713.528.9912

POISON GIRL L 1641-B Westheimer. 713.527.9929 www.myspace.com/poisongirlbar PRIVE L 910 Westheimer. 713.526.6551 www.privelounge.com RED LION PUB B 2316 S. Shepherd. 713.782.3030 ROEDER’S PUB B 3116 S. Shepherd. 713.524.4994 RIPCORD B 715 Fairview. 713.521.2792 RUDYARD’S B F 2010 Waugh. 713.521.0521 SHERLOCK’S B F 1952 West Gray. 713.521.1881

GUAVA LAMP L 570 Waugh. 713.524.3359 www.guavalamphouston.com

SIDEBAR @ GRAVITAS B F 807 Taft. 713.522.0995

THE HARP B 1625 Richmond. 713.528.7827

SONOMA WINE BAR W 2720 Richmond. 713.526.9463

HELIOS B+L LM 411 Westheimer. 713.526.4848

SOUTH BEACH C 810 Pacific. 713.529.7623 www.southbeachthenightclub.com

J.R.’s B 808 Pacific. 713.521.2519 LOLA’S B 2327 Grant. 713.528.8342 LZ PUB B 2239 Richmond. 713.522.7118

BLUR BAR B 607 W. Gray. 713.523.0425

MCELROY’S PUB B 3607 Sandman. 713.524.2444 www.mcelroyspub.com

BOHEME WINE & CAFÉ BAR W F 307 Fairview. 713.269.0859 www.barboheme.com

METEOR B 2306 Genesee. 713.521.0123 www.meteorhouston.com

BOONDOCKS B C LM 1417 Westheimer. 713.522.8500 www.myspace.com/boondocksbar

MONTROSE MINING CO. B 807 Pacific. 713.529.7488

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PJ’S SPORTS BAR B 614 W. Gray. 713.520.1748

THE NEXT DOOR B L 2020 Waugh. 713.520.1712

THE STAG’S HEAD B 2128 Portsmouth. 713.533.1199 www.stagsheadpub.com THE TAVERN SB F 1340 W. Gray. 713.522.5159 www.thetavernongray.com VELVET MELVIN B 3303 Richmond. 713.522.6798 VINTAGE L 2108 Kipling. 713.522.4200 ZIMM’S B L 4321 Montrose. 713.521.2002 ZIMM’S LITTLE DECK B L 601 Richmond. 713.527.8328

museum district MONARCH LOUNGE | Hotel ZaZa L F 5701 Main 713.526.1991 www.monarchrestauranthouston.com ZIMM’S MARTINI & WINE L 4321 Montrose. 713.521.2002 www.zimmsbar.com

outer loop 300 HOUSTON BOWLING B 925 Bunker Hill. 713.461.1207 www.300houston.com DENIM BAR B F 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925 www.theburningpear.com THE DERRICK TAVERN B LM 1127 Eldridge. 281.759.4922 www.thederricktavern.com FIREHOUSE SALOON C LM 5930 Southwest Frwy. 713.977.1962 www.firehousesaloon.com HUSH C 15625 Katy Frwy. 713.330.4874 www.hushonline.com VINE WINE ROOM W 12420 Memorial Dr. 713.463.8463 www.vinewineroom.com VINO 100 W 11693 Westheimer. www.vino100houston.com YARD HOUSE B F 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. City Centre. 713.461.9273 www.yardhouse.com

rice village .ARMADILLO PALACE B F 5015 Kirby. 713.526.9700 www.thearmadillopalace.com BAKER STREET PUB B LM 5510 Morningside. 713.942.9900 www.bakerstreetpub.com BRIAN O’NEILL’S B 5555 Morningside. 713.522.2603 www.brianoneills.com BRONX BAR B 5555 Morningside. ERNIE’S ON BANKS SB 1010 Banks. 713.526.4566 www.erniesonbanks.com

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recording By Lance Scott Walker Photography by Anthony Rathbun Assisted by Danielle Montross

I’LL ASK YOU THE SAME THING I ASK FIRST OF ANY BAND–WHAT’S THE STATUS OF YOUR ROCK OPERA? It’s kind of in a weird place right now because everything started falling apart this last year, and I started spending a lot more time working on the recording for our album that we did. So we were working on that and I kind of lost focus on the rock opera. Then just recently, this last month, Jason Nodler told me he would co-write it with me – because originally he was just going to direct it, and have [The Catastrophic Theatre] put the show on. But now he’s like ‘let me co-write it with you,’ which I could definitely use because it’s a lot more work than I thought it was going to be. Not that I have a problem with doing work, but that it was just a little too overwhelming. He just finished up with the Bluefinger play and I sent him some notes before the New Year like he asked, so we’ll see. I’m hoping he just went away to write and when he comes back in a month we’re all set to go. We’re trying to experiment with making the play just all music. WHAT’S CONCRETE ON IT? IS THE MUSIC SET, THE STORYLINE? Yeah, the whole storyline is set. I know exactly where I want the story to go, and I even have a full script that goes all the way from beginning to end, and the music is all there too… but I know that the dialogue was – there needs to be more in there. You know that one thing that’s missing where it’s like ‘there’s no way I can put that out?’ It doesn’t sound right. Something is missing, and I know he’s going to be able to help me find that one thing that it is. WHERE DO YOU FEEL THE NEW MATERIAL IS LEANING? I feel like it’s kind of the same but one of the things I’ve been listening to a lot more of is that ’60’s, girl band stuff, like Phil Spector, Walker Brothers kind

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ROKY MOON AND BOLT of sound. So there’s a lot more of that in it, the music, than straight rock ’n roll. Those big drums, the big vocals, it’s got a lot more of that to it. YOU’VE BEEN DIGGING IN A CERTAIN VAULT ALL THIS TIME WITH GLAM, BUT NOW YOU’RE GOING BACK EVEN FURTHER. WHERE DO YOU MAKE THE CONNECTIONS ON YOUR END MUSICALLY? IN THE MELODIES, IN THE RHYTHMS, THE SPIRIT? I’d say kind of the spirit, and also the melodies because they’re fun. Those hooks, that’s one of the things that’s really important – hooks, to where people can’t get that song out of their head. I think those songs have that, and definitely the energy behind it. It’s timeless. WELL, IT’S ONE THING TO HAVE AN IDEA OF SOMETHING YOU’RE GOING FOR, AND YOU DID – THE SORT OF GLAM, BOOGIE, ’70’S ROCK ’N ROLL THING – BUT HOW DO YOU CONVEY THAT TO ANOTHER MUSICIAN WHO MAYBE HAS NEVER PLAYED THAT? Oh, man, it’s crazy. I don’t really have to tell them much of anything. They just kind of get it, which is a big part of the success of the band. I don’t really

Top left: Jeoaf Johnson, Aaron Echegaray, Jessica Janes, Roky Moon (center). Bottom right: Cassie Hargrove, Chad Pinter, Arthur Moreno

have to spend a lot of time with that. I mean I write all of the songs myself and then I’ll be like ‘here’s how it goes’ and immediately they’re like ‘I get it.’ They make it so easy, you know? I’m not very patient, so we’d have a really awful time if they weren’t so good. DO YOU THINK THAT FOR THE CROWDS COMING TO YOUR SHOWS, YOU’RE SORT OF STRIPPING AWAY THE IDEAS PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT GLAM, THAT IT’S GOTTA BE A SCRAWNY DUDE WITH NO CHEST WEARING LIPSTICK? Definitely. That’s what I really hope. You know, people kept saying ‘when are you gonna do costumes?’ And I’m like ‘we’re not.’ I don’t want people to think that’s what glam is. I want them to feel the music. I’m sitting here listening to Aladdin Sane and then it’s all gone. They never did another album like that, which is fine, and I like that. But I was like ‘I wanna write the next record.’ Now, 30 years later, I feel good about it, and I feel like I could. I feel like I could make the next rock ’n roll record like that because it’s the kind of rock ’n roll that I love. And I just want people to feel the music, and kind of shed that idea of you having to be all glittery.

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HUDSON LOUNGE L 2506 Robinhood. 713.523.0020 www.hudsonlounge.com

LIZZARD’S PUB B C 2715 Sackett. 713.529.4610

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

KAY’S LOUNGE L 2324 Bissonnet.

MERCER LOUNGE C 3302 Mercer. 713.627.1132 www.mercerhouston.com

THE GREEN ROOM C LM 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483

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

MEZZANINE LOUNGE SB F 2200 Southwest Frwy. 713.528.6399 www.mezzaninelounge.com

THE MERIDIAN C LM 1503 Chartres. 713.225.1717 www.meridianhouston.com

MUGSY’S B 2239 Richmond Ave. 713.522.7118

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

RON’S PUB B 1826 Fountainview. 713.977.4820 SALENTO WINE CAFE W F 2407 Rice Blvd. 713.528.7478 www.salentowinecafe.com

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

SAM’S BOAT B 5720 Richmond. 713.781.2628 SIGNATURE LOUNGE L 5959 Richmond. 713.636.2087 STEREO LIVE 6400 Richmond SPOTLIGHT KARAOKE B 5901 Westheimer. 713.266.7768

downtown

galleria+uptown

midtown montrose + shepherd museum district

outer loop rice village river oaks

criver

oaks + kirby

THE BAR B 2222 W. Loop South. 713.961.3327

BAR MALATESTA B 1080 Uptown Park. 713.418.1000

THE CONCERT PUB B 5636 Richmond. 713.785.7267

+

BIG WOODROW’S B F 3111 Chimney Rock. 713.784.2653

THE BIG EASY B LM 5731 Kirby. 713.523.9999 www.thebigeasyblues.com

district downtown

BLANCO’S B 3406 W. Alabama. 713.439.0072 BLVD LOUNGE B F 1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.1111 BRONX BAR GALLERIA B 2670 Sage Rd. 713.621.2833 CAPONE’S 4304 Westheimer. 713.840.0010 CHAMMP’S SB F 1121 Uptown Park. 713.627.2333 COVA W •5600 Kirby. 713.838.0700 •5555 Washington. 713.868.3366 www.covawines.com DOWNING STREET B L 2549 Kirby. 713.523.2291 www.downingstreetpub.com KENNEALLY’S IRISH PUB B 2111 S. Shepherd. 713.630.0486 www.irishpubkenneallys.com LOBBY LOUNGE B L 2222 W. Loop South. 713.961.3327

THE GALLANT KNIGHT B LM 2511 Bissonnet. 713.942.9940 www.thegallantknight.com THE RAILYARD B 4200 San Felipe. 713.621.4000 www.railyardhouston.com THE RED ROOM L 2736 Virginia St. 713.520.5666 www.redroomhouston.com TREASURES B 5647 Westheimer. 713.629.6200 UNDER THE VOLCANO C 2349 Bissonnet. 713.526.5282 VITO’S DECKHOUSE 5810 Beverly Hill. 713.334.8486 W XYZ BAR B 5415 Westheimer. 713.622.7010

warehouse district EIGHTEEN TWENTY L 1820 Franklin. 713.224.5535

kirby

warehouse galleria+uptown

midtown montrose + shepherd museum district

outer loop rice village river oaks

warehouse district downtown galleria

midtown montrose + shepherd museum district

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Bea Here Now By Beatrice Allen

THE NEW YEAR HAS US ALL WORKING OUT AND EATING RIGHT. AND ALTHOUGH WE TRY TO STICK TO THE STRAIGHT AND NARROW, IT’S NEVER GOOD TO DEPRIVE OURSELVES OF INDULGENCES. OTHERWISE, WE CRASH AND BURN WITH A DREADED BINGER. STATISTICALLY SPEAKING MORE THAN HALF OF US WILL GIVE UP ON THESE RESOLUTIONS BY MAY BUT SOME FORM OF WHAT YOU CHANGED WILL STICK. THESE SMALL CHANGES CAN TURN INTO BIG HABITS. ANYTHING FROM PORTION CONTROL TO MERELY SWITCHING FROM SODAS TO WATER, DOING SOME FORM OF ACTIVITY EVERY DAY TO CHANGING SNACK OPTIONS – YOU DON’T HAVE TO SACRIFICE YOUR LOVE OF FOOD TO SEE CHANGE. FROM HEALTHY OPTIONS TO INDULGENT, CHEAT DAY OPTIONS, I TREAD INTO TASTY WATERS TO GRATIFY YOUR PALETTE THIS MONTH.

not doughy with hints of garlic, the sauce is a perfect blend of savory with a bit of sweetness. Inhaling a few pieces for the sake of research is no task at all. You’ll have to hold yourself back from having that one piece too many that puts you over the edge of stuffed.

Healthy & TASTY SHANDY’S CAFE 5814 Memorial Dr. 713.426.2675

The Great Hype! LATIN BITES CAFÉ 1302 Nance St. 713.229.8369 www.latinbitescafe.com Believe all the hype. This place is ALL that and so much more. Off the beaten path, Latin Bites Café is worth searching for. We are OBSESSED, yes, we, the whole office minus the veggie eaters (they have their own addiction in the form of their fettuccini), with the Lomo Saltado. It’s this Peruvian, Asian-style dish that is phenomenal. Every. Single. Time. Beef tenderloin chunks are sautéed with red onions, tomatoes, cilantro, soy sauce and garlic, served stir-fry style with Peruvian white rice and a Lincoln Log stack of fries. The quality of the meat is clean, it’s prepared to tenderness and, combined with the addictive rice, it’s heaven on a plate. I don’t dream or long for dishes normally – this one, let’s just say I’ve fed the need twice in week. A rarity.

The Challenge Pie DOMINOS www.dominos.com Order online. GENIUS! We took the challenge and they passed! No, really. We didn’t actually take the challenge but we did have some Dominos delivered and we have to admit, all the revamping tastes really good. The dough tastes like bread and

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their bourbon or whiskey after a long day of work. It should smell of leather. Some clientele was just that, men in suits with their beverage of choice on the patio. I’m more of a dirty martini girl. My dirty Sapphire martini was a perfect blend of gin, olive juice and just a coat of vermouth. Also spotted, PYTs and Montrose hipsters all under one antler chandelier co-existing in harmony. If not to check out the scene or martinis, you need to check it out for this antler chandelier. It’s one part ski lodge, one part gentleman’s hunting club, all parts inviting.

Downtown Gem One of the best cafes in town and I just discovered another delight worth trying. OK, two. Feeling rather healthy after a workout, the seared salmon with a pesto-like sauce, haricot verts and orzo is just what you need to kill the hunger pain but stay on the right, New Year, new you track. Feeling more adventurous, the shrimp and avocado salad is so much more than what the name says. The shrimp is grilled, hash marks present, and mixed with greens (tons) and avocado slices dressed in honey mustard. It’s a combo of textures and flavor that is just right for a light and delightful lunch.

New AND noteworthy ROYAL OAK BAR 1318 Westheimer Rd. 281.974.4752 This deep mahogany wood-covered bar with dark leather booths, bar tables and just the right hint of light is where I would imagine finding businessmen clinking ice cubes in

STRIP HOUSE STEAK HOUSE 1200 McKinney 713.659.6000 www.striphouse.com Returning to the scene of the “crime.” Surprising, delightful crime, that is. The night I got engaged, it was here where I ate the most delicious snack/meal of my single days. My husband and I are huge fans of their bar area where we can dine on their famous beef jerky (each our own portion), salads, sides (hello, creamed corn!), etc., catch glimpses of the game on their TV and sip on adult beverages. You get all the amenities of being in the Steakhouse’s dining room but with a more casual feel. Valet is complimentary so there is nothing stopping you from enjoying this gem.


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cd reviews By Lance Scott Walker

MICHAEL JACKSON Michael (Epic) The difficulty with this being a ‘compilation’ of sorts (which it technically is) is that a posthumous album, finished or not, is a coda. And a coda is never a compilation; it’s a statement, for better or worse. On no coda has that ever been more prevalent, and with more disastrous results, than on Michael. That which begs the question ‘what happened to Michael Jackson?’ can still reasonably be relegated to his personal life, but what this collection hammers home is that he long ago lost his swing. In the decades before his death, Michael Jackson could dance and he could sing and he, through facial experimentations abound, could even still charm us on occasion. But his swing was gone, and there is no better evidence of that than on “Behind The Mask.” Written in the Thriller era, it highlights the rhythmic/melodic sensibility that made Michael so good when he was on top of the world. Indeed, what made him completely untouchable was the genuine ferocity of “Beat It,” the very real candor of “Human Nature,” and there’s little hint of that here. That said, Jackson produced many a brilliant gem since Thriller, and could have continued to do so had he lived. What you hear on Michael may be his nod to the future more than any acknowledgement of the past, and that’s fine. But it may well have turned out that Michael went so far into his idea of the future that he was lost when we caught up with him.

THE DECEMBERISTS The King is Dead (Capitol) Fans of this band hopefully understand why it’s impossible for some of us to like this band. Every once in a while, we try and give them a sniff. It never works. The theater they’ve begun to employ makes it worse. Can’t get a bellyful when it’s impossible to swallow.

WIRE Red Barked Tree (Pink Flag) It’s easier to be convinced of Wire’s relevance now than it was in the late ’80s and ’90s, when they snuck off into somewhat intolerable electronic charades here and there and made us want to write them off. But they kept us at bay somehow, all that time. It was as if we all knew what was coming, and that it was only a matter of time needed to allow the boys (old men) to get over it. They did, and now they’re making records not like they did, but like they do. In that, there’s any number of static-laden and static-rhythmed songs that hold close to the vest and so at the hips. There are a few of those here, the most poignant coming on the latter half of the record, which is brilliantly produced, probably their best-produced, and not in a way that cripples the energy. And like most Wire records, there is always a knockout, brilliant, hymnal pop song on every record. On this one, it’s two: “Adapt” and “Clay,” sticking with the band’s attention to off-kilter melodies while they tone everything down to let it rise above. “A Flat Tent” is the most punk rock thing they’ve produced in years.

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By Scott Ward

OO2CROSSWORD MORTGAGE MANIA ACROSS

43. Breezy

10. Speculative

37. Quality of being

1. Beethoven’s

44. Hidden gunman

11. At a standstill

bad to the bone 38. Kind of button

birthplace

45. The whole

12. Mope

5. Vegas venue

enchilada

13. Scary Hollywood

43. Legendary boxer

10. Ready for harvest

46. Elevator pioneer

street

44. Takes the helm

14. Blunted blade

47. Fees that may

21. On the wagon

45. Subsequently

15. Kind of ballerina

deter taking out a

22. Slum scurrier

46. Song for eight 47. Dramatic part

16. Graven image

second mortgage

25. Say “cheese!”

17. Attire

53. Dullard

26. Christmas candy

48. Napoleon’s isle

18. Moon-related

54. Gladden

27. Ceremonies

of exile

19. Inner city concern

55. Kind of cloth

28. ___ Sark

49. Medicinal plant

20. Low mortgage

57. River through

29. Eleven digits

50. Chaser of

rates may signal a

Hamburg

30. Accept

pushers

soft one

58. More upset

responsibility

51. Fizzy quaff

23. Security device

59. Brainchild

31. Out of fashion

52. Level

24. Install, as

60. Once around

32. Look of contempt

53. Susan of “The

carpeting

the sun

34. Russian despot

Partridge Family”

25. Copier

61. Factions

35. Like gelatin

28. Stable youngster

62. Pub projectile

56. Crooner “King” Cole

30. Photo __

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(chances to get pics)

DOWN

33. Indian corn

1. Grovel

34. Yellowfin, e.g.

2. Vividly colored fish

35. Symbol of grace

3. Fiddling emperor

36. Part of a mort-

4. Medical device for

gage payment that is,

creating an inhalable

at least for now,

mist

tax-deductible

5. Wire repair

39. Lascivious glance

6. Spare carrier

40. Brewery

7. Super Bowl prize

equipment

8. Mosque leader

41. Entertain

9. Difference in

42. Superman’s

apparent direction, in

insignia

astronomy

JANUARY ANSWERS


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