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volume 12 | issue 133 letter from the editor Photography by Sofia van der Dys Hair by Elia Graves at Ceron Salon Keratin Complex by Copolla by Rebecca Minier at Studio 21

PUBLISHER alejandro martinéz ext 16 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | CREATIVE DIRECTOR carla valencia de martinéz ext 13 CONTRIBUTING EDITOR victoria bartlett ART DIRECTOR alex rosa ext 17 LIFESTYLE EDITOR beatrice valencia ext 11 ASSOCIATE EDITOR pixie ibañez ext 10 ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER william king ext 18 ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES carlos valencia ext 12 jarrod klawinsky ext 15 brandon smith

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giddy with excitement over this issue! I love the green issue. We’ve tried to bring you the next thing in green. And I’m excited to see a new trend – that being green is really evolving into a lifestyle rather than a trend. Since our last green issue, so much has developed in the quest to conserve. The government’s involvement is much greater resulting in tax credits as well as corporate awareness in creating products to not only reduce consumption but cost for consumers. CARLA VALENCIA de MARTINÉZ Our beautiful cover features the very green work of Gabriella Nissen. The image is a part of her Botanika Portrait series, an ongoing personal project. We are honored that she choose to share this work with us and are happy to share it with you. Whether you are full-fledged green – driving a hybrid, composting, wearing recycled clothing, buying produce from local farmers and lessening your carbon footprint or maybe you’re at the taking out the recycling bin to the sidewalk step – this issue covers advancements in the green lifestyle. Check out page 38 to see the latest perks. We also catch up with Jeff Kaplan at New Living in this month’s Retail wWap on page 37. Never fear, this book isn’t all green. We’ve got some bubbly to help you toast 2010 as well as some gear to help you keep those New Year’s resolutions. We also chat with Chef Nigella Lawson on page 30, and so much more! And I have to apologize to Rebecca Minier at Studio 21 Salon & Spa! Last month I raved about the Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy she recently applied to my hair, but gave the incorrect address and phone number for the salon. Oops! 10850 West Road, 281.897.9090 And I still love my hair ;)

isabel terraso ext 14 PHOTOGRAPHERS kim coffman, kennon evett, jill hunter, jaime lagdameo, gabriella nissen, daniel ortiz, jack potts, anthony rathbun, aaron m. sprecher, sofia van der dys CONTRIBUTING WRITERS michael garfield, sarah gish, reyne haines, travis jones, nadia michel, jenni rebecca stephenson, lance scott walker, scott ward CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS alexander’s fine portraits, bernard bauri, cody bess, sean blake, john e. discala, thomas r. dubrock, kenny haner, kenny kim, patrick peñas, julie soefer FOR SUGAR LAND SALES

TRÉS GREEN Cover photo by Gabriella Nissen Makeup by Carol Wagener Model Heather Bradey, Neal Hamil Models.

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Thank you for seeing us through 2009; we look forward to entering another decade with you.

Carla Valencia de Martinéz

Editor at Large | Fashion Director

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table of contents january 2010


4 letter from the editor 6 table of contents 8 contributors 10 houston map 12 downtown map 14 uptown map + party pics 16 calendar 18 museum district 20 art houses + museums + exhibits

22 green nonprofits 23 gish at the movies

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FOR ART’S SAKE: BERNAR VENET phone shot spacetaker born cool grow hip

30 NIGELLA LAWSON 32 people of houston 33 wise guy

34 where old is new again 35 on our radar 36 costumes for cocktails 37 RETAIL WRAP: NEW LIVING 38 IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN



things I like love DESTINATION: RHÔNE-ALPES it’s cool to chillax + recycle PHYSICAL RESOLUTIONS

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62 where to live 63 architecture+design: the mushroom, of course! 64 002 profile: brian kapiloff

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66 tools + toys +gadgets 67 scene 68 restaurant listings 70 DINE WRITE: HEARSAY 72 THE CHEF’S SPECIAL: YOUSSEF NAFAA 74 new restaurants 76 recording: crossing togo 77 club review: red room 78 nightlife

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80 sip codes 81 scene | cd reviews 82 crossword puzzle + local recycling 101

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Alex, aka Mr. Pink (hey – don't ask, at least he gets to walk out alive with the briefcase) is a graphic designer based in Houston. He graduated from Advertising at São Paulo, Brazil. After having paid his dues in the blood-sucking ad world as an art director, he immersed himself in the equally cracked up reality of publishing in Houston. Apart from spending an ungodly amount of time in front of a computer, Mr. Pink enjoys a love of drawing, handmade collage & painting. A blank page is an exciting challenge which he accepts, briefcase in hand. Jogging at Memorial Park is his refuge and he takes his coffee with lots of milk and sugar and his vodka soda with two limes.


Scott started creating puzzles for the UH-Downtown student newspaper, located in the 77002 ZIP code at 1 Main St. Upon graduating he paired his Professional Writing degree with prior experience in IT to begin a 20-year career in organizational effectiveness consulting, designing and developing training and improving business processes for several large companies in the Greater Houston area. He is a founding board member of the Houston Organization Development Network, an educational group for OD professionals. He also serves on the advisory board of Taping For The Blind, where he has volunteered for almost 20 years reading the Houston Chronicle on a live radio show. Scott now manages online learning for the City of Houston at the E.B. Cape Center, the city’s corporate university. He and his team are currently implementing the first city-wide learning management system to provide better consistency, transparency and accessibility for training all city employees.


Aaron is an internationally published graphic artist and photographer born and raised in Houston, Texas. He has always had a camera in hand whether it's film, video or digital and learns how to use the equipment at a remarkably fast pace. In high school Aaron's interest in photography grew as he started to experiment with more professional equipment and started manipulating digital images, creating beautiful works of art on the computer. Courtland graduated high school in 2003 and went on to attend the Art Institute of San Diego for Advertising and Graphic Design. Starting as an intern to some of Houston's best entrepreneurs, photographers and artists has led him to develop a strong relationship with the people Houston. With a strong thirst for learning and knowledge Courtland is always finding new challenges and achieving new goals. Whether it's making music, creating sculptures or working in the garden, his ability to multi-task and deliver remarkable assistance with everything he does is how he has achieved great success.

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houston map

What's Get on our list, e-mail us at to make sure you're invited.

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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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Photography by Alexander’s Fine Portraits

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More than 500 of Houston’s elite gathered to celebrate 30 years of Communities In Schools Houston, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1979 to provide student support services to at-risk youth. The red carpet was rolled out to receive former First Lady Laura W. Bush who was escorted by former Governor Mark White. Guests had the opportunity to mingle with the former First Lady and were enchanted by her warm and candid nature.

Barrett and Susan Reasoner

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Beth Madison, John and Danielle Ellis

Beth Sanders Moore, Sheridan Williams

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Neal and Maria Bush

Bobbie Nau, Scott and Soraya McClelland

Linda Gale White, Laura Bush and Franelle Rogers

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calendar january SUNDAY


Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Calendar of Events Informa tion, call 713.681.8433 or v isit houstonarboretu Home, 5:45-6:45pm. Cost is $15 per session Jan. 17, S pecial hours – Arboretum build ing Jan. 1, Building closed. will open at 1 p.m. due to Houston Mara thon . Jan.16, Celebra te Arbor Day at the Houston or $10 per session when registering for a Jan. 20, Beginning Bird Watching , Class: 6:30Arboretum & Nature Center, 10am-4pm. month. Jan. 9, Tadp ole Troop ers: Weird Reptiles, 9Admission is free; selected activities require a 8:30pm Jan. 23, Beginning Bird Watching , Field Trip: small fee. 10:15am OR 10:45am-12pm. Pre-registration is required for the Ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Cost: $13 for mem8:30-11am Cost: $40 for members; $50 for activities/events listed belo w. bers; $26 for non-members. non-members. Call 713.366.0421 or Jan. 9, Natura list Explorers: Go Green, 9-11am Jan. 22, T adpole Troopers: Weird Rep tiles, vis it OR 1-3pm. Ages 5 to 8. Cost: $15 for mem10:30-11:45am. Ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Jan. 6, 13, 20 & 27, Introductory Tai Chi, bers; $30 for non-members. Cost: $13 for members; $26 for non-memJan. 9, EcoT rackers: It’s Easy Being Green, 95:45-6:45pm. Cost is $15 bers. January 23, Tadpole Troop ers: Weird Reptiles, per session or $45 per month. 11am. Ages 9 to 12. Cost: $15 for members, Jan. 7, 14, 21 & 28, Yog a on the Way $30 for non-members. 9-10:15am, 10:45am-12pm OR 1-2:15 pm.


Main Street Theatre Master Class 3pm Reliant Stadium: Texans vs. New England Patriots 12pm Stages Panto Sleeping Beauty 3pm Toyota Aeros vs. Abbotsford Heat 4:05pm

PLAN AHEAD February 21, Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites Competition, 6:30pm at Reliant Center, Halls D & E. For info, visit or call 832.667.1128.

Hobby BIH: Chorus Line 2 & 7:30pm | Inprint: Mary Karr 7:30pm Jones HS: Marin Alsop’s Mahler’s First 2:30pm Main Street Theatre Master Class 3pm Reliant Center: Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show 12pm Toyota Aeros vs. Rockford IceHogs 4:05pm


Alley Wonderland 2:30 & 7:30pm Hobby BIH: Chorus Line 2 & 7:30pm Jones HS: Rhapsody in Blue 2:30pm Main Street Theatre Master Class 3pm Reliant Center: Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show 12pm


Alecia Lawy er S olo, 2:15pm at The Recital Room at Dowling Music. ROCO founder and principal oboist will present a solo concert. Additional information at


Alley Wonderland 2:30 & 7:30pm HOB The Anvil Experience 7pm Jones HS: The Planets- An HD Odyssey 2:30 & 7:30pm Main Street Theatre Master Class 3pm


Alley Wonderland 2:30 & 7:30pm | Mrs. Mannerly 7:30pm Hobby FPA Theatre: The Screwtape Letters 3pm | Reliant Center: Houston Auto Show 10am | Stages A Picasso 3pm Toyota Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns 6pm Wortham HGO: Turn of the Screw 2pm

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January 4-8, Don S hula Birthday S pecial. The winningest football coach in NFL history is celebrating his 80th birthday on January 4. If you share a birthday w ith Coach, grab y our best friends and head downtown to Shula’s Steak House to receive $25 off your lunch or dinner bill. During lunch and dinner hours only. Must show a valid driver’s license. For information, call 713.375.4777.


Hobby Inprint: Mary Karr 7:30pm Meridian Between The Buried and Me 7pm Reliant Center: Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show 1pm






Ages 3 to 5 with an adult. Cost: $13 for members; $26 for non-members. Jan. 29, Home School Class: Leapin’ Lizards, 1:30-3pm. Ages 5 to 12. Cost: $15 for members; $25 for non-members.

Hobby BIH: Chorus Line 8pm

Toyota Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks 2pm



Hobby BIH: Chorus Line 8pm Main Street Theatre Master Class 7:30pm



The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston’s January Schedule January 2, Jerry Jeff Walker, 8pm. January 9, Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone, 8pm. January 17, Amalia Hernand ez Ballet Folklorico d e Mexico, 3pm. January 20, Serious Fun performances of “Goodnight Moon” 10am.

January 23 & 24, Oakridg e Boys. January 31, Galveston Symphony Orchestra, 7pm. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ALL EVENTS, VISIT THEGRAND.COM.

Hobby BIH: Chorus Line 8pm HOB 90.1 KPFT’s Lonestar Jukebox Presents Troubadour Tuesdays w/ Special guest 5pm Reliant Center: Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show 1pm


DISCOVERY GREEN SPECIAL EVENTS For more information, or call 713.400.7336. 7pm. Ice artists from around the U.S. transform blocks of Jan . 1 - Jan. 18, 2010, The Ice at Discovery Green is open! Follow them on twitter @TheIceatDG. ice into frozen masterpieces using chainsaws and blowJan. 1 - February 28, Ad minis taff Holida y Ba lloon. See torches. The grand finale is an ice sculpting demo set to music by ice master Reverend Butter. Houston’s magnificent downtown skyline as never before Mondays, Houston Skating Stars, 6pm. Figure skaters, from 350 feet above Discovery Green! coaches, precision teams and ice show performers bring Jan. 9, Ice Day presented by Capital One Ba nk, 10am-




Alley Wonderland 7:30pm

Hobby BIH: Chorus Line 8pm Reliant Center: Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show 1pm Toyota Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 7:30pm Warehouse Local Licks: Local Musicians Playing Local Licks 8pm


their talent to The Ice. T uesdays, Jazz On Ice, 7-9pm. Veteran Houston Jazzman JAWAD caresses the senses and lightens the heart. T hursda ys, Silver Blades on the Silver S creen with Mix 96.5, 6:30pm. A collection of the best holiday and skating movies are shown on the super-sized screen on the


Alley Wonderland 7:30pm

Janu ary 7-February 20, Dance Month Celebrates 30 Seasons at the Jewish Community Center. For more information on Dance Month including performances, concerts, master classes and workshops, please visit or

Hobby BIH: Chorus Line 8pm H OB Goodie Mob Reunion (Cee-Lo, Big Gipp, Khujo and T-Mo) w/very special guest Scarface 7:30pm Main Street Theatre Master Class 7:30pm Reliant Center: Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show 1pm


Anheuser-Busch Stage, overlooking the rink. Log on to to vote for your favorite holiday movie! Fridays, Coo l T unes, HOT Ice with Hot 95.7, 6-8pm. Houston’s most-wanted DJs from Hot 95.7 have you skating to the best beats every Friday.


Alley Wonderland 7:30pm Jones HS: The Planets- An HD Odyssey 8pm Main Street Theatre Master Class 7:30pm


Alley Wonderland 7:30pm Hobby FPA Theatre: The Screwtape Letters 8pm Reliant Center: Houston Auto Show 12pm Warehouse Yo La Tengo 8pm

HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO™ UPCOMING EVENT INFORMATION January 9, Diamonds and Scru bs Gala, 7pm-12am at the Wortham Center. Hosted by the Houston General Go Texan Committee. Contact Jacki Green at 713.664.6422 for more info. January 9, S parkles & Spurs Dinner, Dance and Au ction, 6:30pm-12am, The Tuscany Villa. Hosted by Houston Metro Go Texan Committee Katy Subcommittee. Contact Steve Rechner, 281.763.9678.


Alley Inprint: David Wroblewski 7:30pm Toyota Rockets vs. Atlanta Hawks 7:30pm Warehouse The James Reese Band 8pm

January 10, Go Texan Beau ty Pageant, 9am-2pm at San Jacinto College. Hosted by Houston Metro Go Texan Committee Jacinto City/Galena Park Subcommittee. Contact Karissa Smith at 281.452.5311 for more info. January 15, Fashion Show and Luncheon, 11am-5pm at NASA JSC/Gilruth Center. Hosted by the Houston Metro Go Texan Committee NASA/Clear Creek/Friendswood Subcommittee. For more info, contact Stephanie Rice, 281.488.7676 or


Alley Wonderland 7:30pm

H obby BIH: Chorus Line 8pm Jones HS: Marin Alsop’s Mahler’s First 8pm Main Street Theatre Master Class 7:30pm Warehouse Casey Donahew Band 7pm

January 15, Su perStar Rodeo, 8am-12pm at Galena Park ISD Agriculture Facility Complex. Hosted by the Houston Metro Go Texan Committee Jacinto City/Galena Park Subcommittee. For info, contact Tiffany Upshaw, 281.414.3784. Visit for a full listing of all upcoming Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo events.


Alley Wonderland 7:30pm HOB Dexter Romweber & Exene Cervenka in the Bronze Peacock Room 7pm Reliant Center: Houston Auto Show 12pm Toyota Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets 7:30pm

January 30, Junior VolunTIRRs present TV thru Time benefiting TIRR Foundation, 9pm-1am at the House of Blues. For more info, visit

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HOB Frontiers- A Tribute to Journey 8pm Meridian Battle of the Bands 6:30pm


January 1-18, The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town C enter, presented by Jaguar and Land Rover Houston North, is open daily. For more info, visit

Main Street Theatre Master Class 8pm Meridian Earshot 6:30pm Stages Panto Sleeping Beauty 3 & 7:30pm Toyota Disney Live! Rockin’ Road Show 12pm Warehouse New Monsoon 8pm


check out our full calendar @

Hobby BIH: Chorus Line 8pm H OB High School Band Challenge 5:30pm Meridian The Melodians 7pm Reliant Center: Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show 5pm Toyota Aeros vs. Rockford IceHogs 7:35pm Warehouse Alpha Rev 7pm | The Standard 9pm



Hobby BIH: Chorus Line 2 & 8pm | Musiqa: Focus 7:30pm Jones HS: Marin Alsop’s Mahler’s First 8pm Main Street Theatre Master Class 8pm Reliant Center: Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show 10am | Stadium: Monster Jam 7pm Toyota Rockets vs. New York Knicks 7:30pm Warehouse Commie Hilfiger 8pm


Alley Wonderland 8pm Hobby BIH: Chorus Line 8pm Jones HS: Rhapsody in Blue 8pm Main Street Theatre Master Class 8pm Meridian Watchout! There’s Ghosts! 6:30pm Reliant Center: Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show 1pm Toyota Rockets vs. Miami Heat 7:30pm Wortham SPA: Mark Morris Dance Group 8pm



Alley Wonderland 8pm HOB Micky & the Motorcars in the Bronze Peacock Room 8pm Main Street Theatre Master Class 8pm Meridian Four Year Strong 6:30pm Wortham HGO: Tosca 7:30pm


Alley Wonderland 8pm | Mrs.. Mannerly 8pm Hobby FPA Theatre: The Screwtape Letters 8pm HOB Badfish- A Tribute to Sublime 7pm Meridian ABACABB 6pm Reliant Center: Houston Auto Show 12pm Toyota Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers 7:30pm Verizon American Carnage Tour: Slayer and Megadeath w/ Testament 7pm Wortham HGO: Turn of the Screw 7:30pm



4t h Annu al Aust ralia Day Gala, 6pm at the Hilton Post Oak. Presented by The Australian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC), Houston Chapter. For more info, visit

Alley Wonderland 2:30 & 8pm Hobby BIH: Chorus Line 2 & 8pm HOB Led Zeppelin 2 8pm Jones HS: Rhapsody in Blue 8pm Main Street Theatre Master Class 8pm Reliant Center: Houston International Boat, Sport & Travel Show 10am Toyota Aeros vs. Toronto Marlies 7:35pm Verizon Eddie Griffin 8pm Wortham SPA: Mark Morris Dance Group 8pm

Alley Wonderland 2:30 & 8pm HOB Perpetual Groove in the Bronze Peacock Room 8pm Jones HS: The Planets- An HD Odyssey 8pm Main Street Theatre Master Class 8pm Reliant Stadium: Monster Jam Freestyle & Thrill Show 7pm Toyota Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls 7:30pm Warehouse PinHed 12pm

Alley Wonderland 2:30 & 8pm | Mrs.. Mannerly 2:30 & 8pm Hobby FPA Theatre: The Screwtape Letters 4 & 8pm Meridian Carolyn Wonderland 6:30pm Reliant Center: Houston Auto Show 10am | Stadium: Freestyle Motocross: Nuclear Cowboyz 7pm Stages A Picasso 8pm Toyota Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall & Larry the Cable Guy 8pm Wortham HGO: Tosca 7:30pm

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museum district 1. THE MENIL COLLECTION

This exhibition showcases American artist Cy Twombly’s monumental work, Treatise on the Veil (Second Version), painted in Rome in 1970. At close to 33 feet long, and one of the artist’s largest canvases, it is rarely exhibited due to its size. In celebration of this rare hanging, the Menil will also exhibit more than a dozen related drawings and studies from the artist’s private collection. While three of these works on paper were shown with the painting in the 2008 exhibition, “Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons” at the Tate Modern, London, this will be the first time the entire group of drawings will be exhibited, and the first time they will be shown with the painting. The exhibit will be on view through February 14. 2. HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Prime Years, on view thru January 10, explores the many aspects of aging through images made via 12 different artist’s perspectives. From the editorial to the personal, the work in Prime Years depicts centenarians, artists, relatives and other individuals enjoying, enduring and living their lives beyond the age of 60. Save the Date for HCP’s 2010 Print Auction! Exhibit opening January 21 with the auction on February 25, at the Junior League. 3. THE ROTHKO CHAPEL

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

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

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Curated by celebrated jeweler Susan Sloan, TRANSMUTATIONS: Material Reborn showcases 28 international jewelry artists who transform materials, such as resin, latex, rubber, vinyl and thermoplastics, into outrageous jewelry and wearable art. The exhibition includes pieces meant for everyday adornment, as well as those that make a larger-than-life statement – some of which are created in combination with more conventional materials, such as gold, silver, pearls and gemstones. Exhibit opens January 16. 6. LAWNDALE ART CENTER

Dare to Go Further, opening January 22, explores Robert Hodge, Lovie Olivia and Michael Kahlil Taylor’s interest in cross continental interactions, specifically the conditions of war-ridden countries of the African continent and how it affects them as artists of the African Diaspora personally. In an attempt to focus and shed light on often overshadowed individual stories of native Africans and African-Americans as a result of lost or altered history, the three artists deliberately, cleverly and vividly expose these stories. In a form of visual narratives, mixed media, sculpture and painting, the artists dissect the adaptation and mutability of race and culture. 7. BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM

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

Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust, on view thru February 2010, is an exhibit that will move you! In a five-year project, Colorado-based photographer Norman Gershman set out to collect the names of righteous, non-Jews who saved Jews during the Holocaust. He discovered that some of the names

were of Albanian Muslims. He then began a quest to meet and photograph the Albanian rescuers or their descendents. During his interviews, when he asked why they had rescued Jews, the resounding response was “Besa,” the code of honor deeply rooted in Albanian culture and incorporated in the faith of Albanian Muslims. 9. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON

Step inside the new design exhibit, Building Brainstorm. A kid-friendly studio environment inspired by the philosophy and aesthetic of mid-century designers Charles and Ray Eames. Filled with architectural plans, photographs, models and authentic building elements, the show features interactive workbenches and job sites that equip diminutive designers to brainstorm creative solutions for architectural and engineering challenges. You will discover the basics of buildings while exploring the process of creating structures that match the needs of the people inside them. Exhibit opens January 30. 10. THE HEALTH MUSEUM

Surviving: The Body of Evidence, currently on view, is an exhibit about you and all your fellow humans. Your body carries evidence of many distinctively human features that changed in your ancestors through the process of evolution. All of our ancestors were successful in surviving the challenges of life and adapting to the world around them. Each of them inherited from their parents the characteristics that helped them to survive – through thousands of generations, and over millions of years, to us. In turn, we will pass on these features to our children and, through them, to our descendants. 11. HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE

Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars – discover the spectacular designs of Carl Fabergé, a master goldsmith and legendary jeweler who is still celebrated for his inventive design and meticulous craftsmanship. Perhaps best known for the Imperial Easter Eggs created for the Russian Royal family, the House of Fabergé also

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fashioned jewelry and luxurious gifts for many ruling families of Europe as well as other wealthy patrons. Exhibit on view through April 4, 2010.

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tionary developments in human thought and culture occur under physical or mental stress. On view through January 17.


Build lasting memories with your children by visiting the Houston Zoo, a magical place were children can explore and learn about the animal kingdom. Simply visit the web page and you’ll find tons of fun activities to enjoy. 13. RICE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY

Rice Gallery presents one kind of art: installation. Five times a year, an artist creates a single work of art that transforms the space – you enter the art and move through it. Rice Gallery funds the artist’s creative process from start to finish, and installations here can become a turning point in an artist’s career. Young artists have the opportunity to expand their processes into well-developed, large-scale works, while midcareer and established artists can “fine-tune” their ideas and methods, or try something new. Rice Gallery artists do a lot with a little. Typically they use inexpensive materials to create stunning works of art.


The Irreverent Art of Liz Hill, exhibiting January 530. Her art is experimental in nature, always pushing forward with new ideas. She sees contemporary art as fast moving and immediate, “I find working in mixed media to be the method that best suits this effort., I wish my art to express my time.”


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

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


Collecting the Past: 25 Years of Documenting Museum

History commemorates the 25th anniversary of the MFAH Archives, founded in 1984 with a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The exhibition highlights the important role of the museum’s archives within the institution, within Houston and within the larger art community. On view through January 24. 15. CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON





Matthew Day Jackson: The Immeasurable Distance is a solo exhibition that includes works based on Jackson’s artist’s residency at MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA. Jackson’s complex research, histories and hagiographies are manifested in sculptures, constructed paintings, objects, books and videos. In this exhibition, organized by Bill Arning, Director of the CAMH, Jackson continues his investigations into human consciousness and explores how positive evolu

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art houses+museums+exhibits


1. diverseworks| 2. booker-lowe gallery | 3. gallery sonja roesch | 4. vaughan christopher gallery

MUSEUMS 1940 AIR TERMINAL MUSEUM 8325 Travelair Rd. 713.454.1940

ART CAR MUSEUM 140 Heights Blvd. 713.861.5526 Opens January 12, Fresh Starts

BLAFFER GALLERY UH Main Campus, Ent. 16, 713.743.9530 GALVESTON ARTS CENTER 2127 Strand St. 409.763.2403

HERITAGE SOCIETY 1100 Bagby 713.655.1912 HOUSTON FIRE MUSEUM 2403 Milam 713.524.2526 MUSEUM OF PRINTING HISTORY 1324 W. Clay St. 713.522.4652 MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN HISTORY 7502 Fondren Rd. 281.649.3997

ORANGE SHOW 2401 Munger 713.926.6368

PROJECT ROW HOUSES 2521 Holman 713.526.7662 UNIVERSITY MUSEUM 3100 Cleburne Ave. 713.313.7145

ART HOUSES 18 HANDS GALLERY 249 West 19th St. 713.869.3099 AEROSOL WARFARE GALLERY 2110 Jefferson St. #113, 713.503.5714

ANYA TISH GALLERY 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.524.2299

APAMA MACKEY GALLERY 628 East 11th St. 713.850.8527 ARCHWAY GALLERY 2305 Dunlavy 713.522.2409 Thru February 5, Trudy Askew ARTSCAN GALLERY 1836 Richmond Ave. 713.807.1836

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ART LEAGUE HOUSTON 1953 Montrose Blvd. 713.523.9530 BARBARA DAVIS GALLERY 4411 Montrose 713.520.9200 BERING & JAMES GALLERY 805 Rhode Place #500, 713.524.0101



BETZ GALLERY 1208 W. Gray 713.576.6954 BOOKER-LOWE 4623 Feagan St. 713.880.1541 Thru January 21, Uncreated CANAL ST. GALLERY 2219 Canal St. 713.223.2219 Thru February 28, Kathy Houston COMMUNITY ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVE 1413 Holman 713.523.1616

COMMUNE ON NORTH 2437 North Blvd. 713.526.3875 CAROLINE COLLECTIVE 4820 Caroline St. 713.825.4613 CTRL GALLERY 3907 Main St. 713.523.2875

DAKOTA GALLERY 2324 Shearn St. 713.523.7440 DARKE GALLERY 5321 Feagan 713.542.3802

DEBORAH COLTON GALLERY 2445 North Blvd. 713.869.5151 Opening January 16, Christian Tomaszewski

DESANTOS GALLERY 1724 Richmond 713.520.1200 DIVERSEWORKS 1117 E. Freeway 713.223.8346 Thru February 20, The New Normal DOMY BOOKS 1709 Westheimer 713.523.3669

ELDER STREET GALLERY 1101 Elder St. 281.250.4889 FOTOFEST 1113 Vine St. 713.223.5522

G GALLERY 301East 11th St. 713.822.4842

GALLERY 1724 1724 Bissonnet St. 713.523.2547 GALLERY SONJA ROESCH 2309 Caroline 713.659.5424 Thru February 27, Dirk Rathke

GITE GALLERY 2024 Alabama St. 713.523.3311 GOLDESBERRY 2625 Colquitt 713.528.0405 GREEN HOUSE GALLERY 716 W. Alabama St. 713.535.6462

GREMILLION & CO. FINE ART 2501 Sunset Blvd. 713.522.2701 Thru January 16, John Pavlicek GUTHRIE CONTEMPORARY 2734 Virginia St. 713.522.8086

HCC-CENTRAL GALLERY 3517 Austin 713.718.6600 HOUSTON LANDMARK GALLERY 1200 McKinney 713.927.8800

HOUSTON STUDIOS 746 Walnut St. #100, 713.223.0951 HOLLYWOOD FRAME GALLERY 2427 Bissonnet 713.942.8885

HOOKS-EPSTEIN 2631 Colquitt St. 713.522.0718 Thru January 16, Robert Pruitt INMAN GALLERY 3901 Main St. 713.526.7800 JOAN WICH & CO. GALLERY 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.526.1551 KINZELMAN ART CONSULTING 3909 Main St. 713.533.9923

KOELSCH GALLERY 703 Yale 713.626.0175

LAURA RATHE FINE ART 2707 Colquitt 713.824.3575

LAURA U COLLECTION 1840 Westheimer 713.522.0855 Opening January 16, Sounds of the Bay by Tony Magar LAZZARA ART GALLERY 5400 Mitchelldale St. 713.681.0681 LOVETT INN ART GALLERY 501 Lovett Blvd. 713.522.5224

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M2 GALLERY 325 W. 19th St. 713.861.6070

McCLAIN GALLERY 2242 Richmond Ave. 713.520.9988 Opening January 23, Bernar Venet McMURTREY GALLERY 3508 Lake St. 713.523.8238 MEREDITH LONG GALLERY 2323 San Felipe 713.523.6671 MIDTOWN ART CENTER 3414 La Branch 713.521.8803

MOODY GALLERY 2815 Colquitt 713.526.9911 Opening January 16, Michael Kennaugh MOTHER DOG STUDIOS 720 Walnut 713.229.9760

RETRO GALLERY 1839 W. Alabama 713.522.7074 RUDOLPH PROJECTS I ARTSCAN GALLERY 1836 Richmond Ave. 713.807.1836 SICARDI GALLERY 2246 Richmond Ave. 713.529.1313

SPACE125 GALLERY 3201 Allen Parkway 713.527.9330 STUDIO SEVEN 1107 East Freeway 713.224.5555

TALENTO BILINGUE 333 S. Jensen Dr. 713.222.1213

THE ARTFUL CORNER 3423 White Oak Dr. 713.426.4278 THOM ANDRIOLA 2627 Colquitt 713.520.7053

NAUHAUS GALLERY 223 E. 11th St. 713.261.1409

THORNWOOD GALLERY 2643 Colquitt St. 713.528.4278

NOLAN-RANKIN GALLERIES 6 Chelsea Blvd. 713.528.0664

VAUGHAN CHRISTOPHER GALLERY 1217 S. Shepherd 713.533.0816

O’KANE GALLERY One Main St.@UHD 713.221.8042 PARKERSON GALLERY 3510 Lake St. 713.524.4945 PEEL GALLERY SHOP 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.520.8122

WADE WILSON ART 4411 Montrose #200, 713.521.2977 Opening January 8, Joseph Cohen WATERCOLOR ART SOCIETY 1601 West Alabama 713.942.9966

POST GALLERY 2121 Sage, Ste. 390, 713.622.4241

WINTER STREET STUDIOS 2101 Winter St. 713.862.0082

REDBUD GALLERY 303 E. 11th St. 713.862.2532

ZARPOSH INDIA GALLERY 2702 Ashford Oak Dr. 713.668.2948

POISSANT GALLERY 5102 Center St. 713.868.9337

XNIHILO GALLERY 2115 Taft St. 713.622.1846

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CLEAN (CITIZEN’S LEAGUE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION NOW) Clean’s mission is to inform and educate citizens about environmental abuses so that they will take action to protect their children, future generations and endangered species. Clean participates in conferences, organizes workshops, co-sponsors press conferences and participates in town hall meetings to help solve environmental issues. Get involved: Contact your elected representatives and urge them to support or draft legislation that will make the city, state and country a cleaner place to live. The Clean website has links to important legislative bills as well as calls for action on various environmental issues that need your support. 713.524.3000 | TREES FOR HOUSTON Trees for Houston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to planting, protecting and promoting trees. In the past 26 years, they have planted over 360,000 trees along public rights-of-way. Trees clean the air, mitigate run-off, cool the surroundings and beautify our neighborhoods. Get involved: You can plant, donate and help maintain trees or work at community outreach events. You can also donate a tree in someone’s name as a unique gift. 713. 840.8733 | MOTHERS FOR CLEAN AIR Mothers for Clean Air is a nonprofit, membership organization concerned with air pollution in the Houston-Galveston area and its effects on children’s health. Mothers for Clean Air serves as a collective voice to keep state and local government, industry and consumers focused on obtaining and maintaining cleaner air for our children. Get involved: You can join online to make a donation or volunteer. Events include a 5k run on Earth Day which starts at Discovery Green Park. 713.526.0110 | DISCOVERY GREEN CONSERVANCY The Discovery Green Conservancy was responsible for the park’s development and now operates the park. As a nonprofit organization, Discovery Green Conservancy must raise $1.5 million annually from

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individuals, corporations and foundations. They organize free concerts, exhibits, exercise classes and farmer’s markets. Get involved: Donate and become a member. Members receive special invitations, discounts on merchandise and a free model boat rental. 713.400.7336 | HOUSTON PARKS BOARD The Houston Parks Board is a nonprofit organization committed to creating, improving and protecting parkland for Houston. The organization merged with The Park People in September 2009. Get involved: Attend the Annual Lunch in October or support parklands by having the Board send holiday cards on your behalf for a $23 donation per card. 713.942.8500 | BUILDCLEAN The organization funds research and educates consumers, businesses and organizations about safe, healthy and green materials. In addition to coordinating and funding research, BuildClean serves as a resource, offering information on some of the most common indoor health hazards, green and healthy home building and product certification programs, and groups working every day around the world to provide assurance and guidance to the consumer about the products used in the home. Get involved: Make a donation. 713.533.4509 | URBAN HARVEST Urban Harvest is a local charitable organization supporting a network of urban gardens, farms and orchards that inspire and empower people of diverse backgrounds to grow food in the city. These gardens and farms are located at schools, youth centers, parks, housing projects, places of worship, vacant lots and therapy centers, and serve to educate, strengthen community spirit, create therapeutic environments and provide food and income. Urban Harvest’s School & Youth Gardens Program supports hands-on learning in school gardens. They provide classes, advice and training to help elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and youth centers develop their own outdoor classrooms. The

Community Gardens Program provides classes and information on how to get started to any group interested in starting a community garden. Get involved: Take an organic gardening class or head to the Bayou City Farmers Market. You can become a member, donate or volunteer. 713.880.5540 THE LAST ORGANIC OUTPOST Last Organic Outpost is a nonprofit organization committed to developing urban agriculture in the Greater Houston area. The Outpost is working to develop markets to retail compost soil blends. Get involved: Volunteer. Opportunities include working on a farm or with the Communications Committee. You can also make a donation. 713.931.6100 | RAWFULLY ORGANIC This nonprofit is a “co-operative,” which means that everyone co-operates together to share in seasonal foods. You’ll get to try a variety of produce and try new recipes, while helping the earth and your health. Get involved: Become a member and pick up your order every Thursday from 6-10pm. Or volunteer to help sort the shares. 2910 Royal Oaks Club Drive Houston, TX 77082 HOUSTON ZOO The Green Task Force at the Houston Zoo develops and implements proactive, fiscally responsible and eco-friendly initiatives locally and nationally. The Zoo recycles, uses organic fertilizers and horticultural vinegar to kill weeds instead of dangerous herbicides. Solar power provides approximately 33 percent of the African lion exhibit’s electrical power. The Zoo is striving to go paperless and the food service recycles its cooking oil. They’ll also recycle your old cell phone. Get involved: Become a member. Volunteer on projects like growing prairie plants from seeds over the winter. Or build a bat house as part of the Backyard Wildlife Series. Proceeds go to Texas-based conservation initiatives. 713.533.6500

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CAN IT BE JANUARY AGAIN, ALREADY??? TIME SEEMS TO FLY AWAY LIKE PAGES ON A CALENDAR THAT ARE PULLED OFF IN MOVIES TO SHOW DAYS TICKING BY. SO IT REALLY IS 2010 AND WE HAVE A NEW MAYOR. MAJOR CHANGING OF THE GUARD! AND WHEN THINGS LIKE THAT HAPPEN, THIS TAURUSWHO-DOESN’T-REALLY-LIKE-CHANGE WOULD RATHER GO WATCH A MOVIE! I NEEDED SOME SUGGESTIONS, SO I WENT TO FRIENDS TO HELP ME OUT. I first polled HoustonPBS ( TV cutie Ernie Manouse who told me his fave is the classic Sunset Boulevard – “It’s a movie of such depth and layering, of brilliant acting and awe-inspiring direction, that one cannot remain untouched upon seeing it. [Gloria] Swanson established herself as a true screen god in a performance that will endure forever. Each time I watch it, I see or learn something new – the story and characters are as true today as they were when the first audiences experienced them 60 years ago.” Social media is all the talk these days, so I figured Ed Schipul, CEO of web-o-rama company, Schipul ( could lend me a hand. His choice? A Roman Polanski classic: “My favorite movie is Chinatown. I am fond of the film noir genre in general, but Chinatown is the best one, in my opinion. It may seem like a strange choice given the rather bleak plot line, but the writing, character development and cinematography are amazing. I particularly like Faye Dunaway’s character, Evelyn Mulwray. Some truly terrible things have happened to her, but over the course of the movie it becomes clear that everything she does is fueled by a desire to protect her family and those closest to her.” Looking for movies that give us lessons for better living? Life coach Amy Robinson ( swears by The Way We Were: “Outside of the three obvious reasons to love The Way We Were – Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand and the title song – the movie represents the importance of

Anita Jaisinghani knowing who you are and standing by your convictions, even in the face of losing a “love.” For me it speaks of what timeless true love is – the love of self. It also stresses how real beauty and strength is defined from the inside out.” Speaking of love, what do other Houstonians love to see on the silver screen? The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ( has been presenting their “Movies Houstonians Love” series for five years now and have added a new twist for 2010: a “Meals on Reels” series that focuses on the favorite foodie films of prominent local chefs and restaurateurs (here’s hoping that this sub-theme will lead to other such fun sub-themes!). For the January lineup, Indika’s ( Anita Jaisinghani chose Mostly Martha, a German comedy directed by Sandra Nettelbeck, which will screen one night only on Tuesday, January 5, at 7pm. The story revolves around a headstrong chef who becomes the temporary guardian of her equally stubborn eight-year-old niece; things get better when an Italian sous chef arrives to lighten the mood. It’s in German and Italian with subtitles. La grande bouffe (France/Italy, also subtitled) is Textile ( owner/chef Scott Tycer’s fave film and will screen one night only on Monday, January 25, at 7pm. This one’s for mature audiences and is the story of four bored, middle-aged men who meet at a secluded mansion for one last fling to eat themselves to death. Does this mean that the MFAH will allow food at their screenings?! HAPPY 2010 AND HERE’S HOPING YOU GET TO SEE SOME OF YOUR PERSONAL FAVES!

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for art’s sake

Interview by Lance Scott Walker Bernarr Venet portrait by Kennon Evett


CONSIDERING HOW MASSIVE SOME OF HIS SCULPTURES ARE, IT’S AMAZING THAT BERNAR VENET’S WORK HASN’T BEEN A STAPLE OF THE TEXAS LANDSCAPE BEFORE. ON THE 23RD OF THIS MONTH, A 9-MONTH EXHIBITION OF HIS SCULPTURES WILL OPEN TO THE PUBLIC IN HERMANN PARK – IN 8 LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT. YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE ANY TROUBLE FINDING THEM. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE WEIGHT AND THE SHEER SIZE OF YOUR SCULPTURES... MOVING THEM, INSTALLING THEM IS A PRETTY BIG UNDERTAKING. DO YOU EVER THINK ABOUT THAT WHEN YOU’RE DESIGNING AND CONSTRUCTING, OR DO YOU SAY “I CAN’T THINK ABOUT THIS, I JUST HAVE TO DO IT?” Oh no, I just do what I have to do. Those pieces are big, but they are not the biggest ones. I am making a piece this month for Australia... for New Zealand, actually, which is 30 meters tall. It’s going to be at least 80,000 pounds. Yeah, it’s crazy. So you just make the piece because it has to be like that, and then you ship it. I always say that if the Egyptians made the pyramids, we can do anything today with the means that we have. For example, the show which was last year in Orlando was 280 tons. 280,000 kilos. We needed 18 big contain-

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ers, 30 feet long, to bring the show to Orlando. It’s really... it’s true, it’s not a little thing to organize that. THERE’S A VIDEO OF YOU ON YOUR SITE KNOCKING DOWN A BUNCH OF... MAYBE STEEL BARS? WHAT WAS THE THING ABOUT THAT FOR YOU... WAS IT THE SOUND, THE MOVEMENT, THE DESTRUCTION? Yes, the destruction has something to do with that, but actually it’s a construction that I’m doing. You know, people make sculptures in certain ways... they take a stone, they carve, they take steel and they weld it or they take wood and they carve... today, the way I work is from concepts. I was going to say ‘from ideas,’ but ‘from concepts’ is more precise. For example... order is one of the concepts. Disorder is another one. Destruction could be one, and here it was accident. Creating an accident is a way to make a sculpture which is unpredictable. So actually, the concept was more about what is unpredictable. You don’t know what is going to happen with the bars falling to the floor. And what you see on the floor is really the result – the real sculpture. So when I push the bars and they fall on the floor, this is my way of making the sculpture, and the result is this... the scattered pieces on the floor, that’s exactly the end product. The real work. SO IT’S A PERFORMANCE THAT LEADS TO AN INSTALLATION. WE JUST GET TO SEE THE PROCESS. You know what? It’s true. I presented it also as a performance. People have seen me doing it. But the truth is that it’s just a way to make a sculpture. Instead of carving, I do that, and I get my result.

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YOU WORK IN SO MANY DIFFERENT MEDIUMS – WHEN YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING, HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHICH DIRECTION TO GO? It’s just that if I am in New York, I cannot do sculpture. I can only paint. Or make drawings. So I just go to the studio and if I started a painting the day before I finish it, and if I don’t make paintings I can work on some drawings. But in Europe, for example, in my studio in the south of France I have those guys around me who are my assistants and some coming from Hungary because my real factory where I produce my sculptures is in Hungary. So when I go to the south of France I get those guys to come and join me in the south and we are very active. I work on many models and eventually if one or two satisfy me very well I will make them big. That’s how we proceed. But the idea is that you’re just getting to the action. You go into the studio and you work. SO WHAT’S NEXT ON THE AGENDA FOR YOU? After Houston we are rushing now on an exhibition which will be the same type of exhibition in Austria, where there is this big music festival every summer. So while there is a music festival I will have a big exhibition and perhaps the chances are very good that I will make a sculpture which will be a straight bar leaning against a cliff. A mountain, actually. And if we realize that it’s going to be very, very spectacular. YOU GONNA KNOCK THAT ONE DOWN, TOO? No, (laughs) I will not knock that down because it will destroy the city. It’s going to be about 200 feet – oh yeah, 300 feet long so if I make it fall, it’s going to destroy a few houses. I won’t do that this time.

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2010 HAS ARRIVED AND SO BEGINS THE DEBATE OF HOW TO REFER TO THE PRESENT YEAR. BEFORE THE TURN OF THE MILLENNIUM, THE YEAR WAS COMMONLY PRONOUNCED BY TWO TWO-DIGIT NUMBERS (NINETEEN SEVENTYspacetaker NINE, FOR INSTANCE), BUT POST-Y2K SOCIETY HAS BUCKED TRADITION BY artscene STARTING THE LAST NINE YEARS WITH “TWO-THOUSAND.” WILL 2010 HERALD A RETURN TO OUR DOUBLE-DOUBLE-DIGIT SYSTEM? AND IF SO, ARE WE By Jenni Rebecca Stephenson STUCK WITH THAT DECISION FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE CENTURY? FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS DIFFICULTY COMMITTING TO A HAIRDRESSER, NINETY YEARS HAS NEVER FELT SO LONG… BUT OF COURSE, IT WOULDN’T BE THE FIRST TIME DATING DETAILS HAVE LED TO COMMITMENT ISSUES. NUMBER-LOVERS MAY QUIBBLE OVER THE YEAR’S PROPER PRONOUNCIATION, BUT EITHER WAY, THE DECADE MARK MEANS WE ARE ANOTHER YEAR OLDER AND HOPEFULLY WISER – OR AT THE VERY LEAST, WISE ENOUGH TO COMMIT TO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING UNIQUE ART EVENTS THIS JANUARY! Musique Artistique at Blaffer Gallery January 21 @ 7:30pm Presented by the Foundation for Modern Music, the White Oak Trio premieres two pieces composed especially for them by David Bernstein (Winter Sunlight and Shadow and his arrangement of Estrellita), as well as performing the Café Music of Paul Schoenfield. Formed by musicians Steven McMillan (violin), Meryl Ettelson (piano) and Barrett Sills (cello), the White Oak Trio is a Houston-based professional music ensemble known for its high standards of ensemble playing. Blaffer Gallery (UH campus) – Tickets $20. The Voyeur at DiverseWorks January 21-23 @ 8pm The latest performance installation by Australianbased Company Clare Dyson, exploring notions of intimacy, desire and the act of revealing, premiers at DiverseWorks. In The Voyeur, audience members are encouraged to move in the space, allowing them to participate by choosing where and how they view the performance. Seats on stage surround the set, situated in front of specially designed “peepholes,” giving specialized viewing experiences, while others have binoculars or headsets that reveal the performers’ inner monologues. DiverseWorks ArtSpace (1117 East Freeway); Pay-What-You-Can – Da Camera presents pianist Seymour Lipkin at the Menil January 26 @ 7:30pm Known for his recordings of the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert, a piano giant makes a rare Houston appearance at the Menil Collection, with a program featuring Beethoven works such as the Moonlight Sonata and the Fantasy in G Minor, Op. 77. A

student of Rudolf Serkin and Mieczyslaw Horszowski at the Curtis Institute of Music, Lipkin won the prestigious Rachmaninoff Competition at age 19 and went on to a distinguished career recording, appearing with orchestras and playing chamber music. Tickets are $35 and are available at the door beginning at 6:30pm. Call 713.524.5050 or visit Opera in the Heights presents Un Ballo in Maschera January 28-30 (February 4-6) Love and politics – a poisonous mix! Join Opera in the Heights for Un Ballo in Maschera, one of Verdi’s great masterpieces recounting the story of politics and love, tinged with jealousy, honor and revenge. And what opera would be complete without fortunetellers and disguised identities? Opera in the Heights showcases young professionals in a casual, intimate and pomp-free setting. With the soaring music of Giuseppe Verdi, it’s a winner! Lambert Hall (1703 Heights Blvd.); tickets starting at $35. Call 713.861.5303 or visit Inprint presents author David Wroblewski January 25 @ 7:30pm The 2009/2010 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series presents a reading by author David Wroblewski, followed by an on-stage interview, book sale and signing. Wroblewski burst onto the literary scene in 2008 with his debut novel, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. The 600+ page book, a “spellbinding first novel. . . nearly impossible to put down” (Kirkus Reviews), follows the life of Edgar, a mute boy who grows up on a dog-breeding farm in Wisconsin. The novel became a New York Times bestseller and was chosen for Oprah’s Book Club. General admission tickets $5; Alley Theatre (615 Texas Avenue). Call 713.521.2026 or visit

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born cool. grow hip. By Pixie Ibañez Photographed by Jill Hunter

blue? pink?


Welcoming a baby into the world means introducing a bunch of “stuff” into your lives. Too many baby products sold in stores today still contain harsh chemicals, which potentially can harm your newborn and our planet. So why not give your baby a healthy start – GO GREEN! After all, by going green today you are taking baby steps that will benefit them and their environment for a better tomorrow.

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Counterclockwise from the bird at bottom – Octavio Bird Rattle, | Bubble Tree Organic Thermal & Pants, | | Odd Ducks Jane (pink), | Organic Bird Sacque by Kate Quinn, | BpA-Free Baby Bottles (on top of blue saque), | Octavio Bird Rattle | Tiny TOM’s Shoes, | Orange Wee-go Glass Bottle, | Snack Ball, | Duncan Dog Bath Mitt, | MiYim Organic Giraffe Blankie, | Odd Ducks Squish (yellow), | Book by Tiny Tilla, | Pink ee-go Glass Bottle, | Sweetpea, Organic Green/Turquoise Kimono, | Organic Cotton Baby Cloths, | Organic Hooded Towel, |Green/Blue Catch Bowl & Benders, | Poppy Pants Cloth Diapers and Natursutten Natural Pacifier, (both on top of green hooded towel) at

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EVENT 29TH ANNUAL FRIENDS OF THE STEHLIN FOUNDATION GALA WHY TO BENEFIT CANCER RESEARCH WHERE THE WESTIN GALLERIA WHEN NOVEMBER 14 Houstonians dusted off their cowboy boots and gathered at the Westin Galleria for a night of fun Texas-style. The country-themed night boasted a trick roper, photos atop a longhorn steer and the ever-popular tequila bar. Once the tequila kicked in, guests two-stepped their way to the dance floor and shook their boots to the music of country legend Robert Earl Keen and the upbeat sounds of Infinite Grove.

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I LOVE HOW EASY YOUR BOOK IS TO FOLLOW, AND HOW GRAPHIC IT IS. I do the recipes and Hetty here [her assistant] works with me on the food, but we don’t have a food stylist, except for us two. And so, a lot of those photographs we do in my home. A lot of readers who have gone through the books recognize the items. Like there are some glasses that my grandparents bought on their honeymoon in Venice. I think these glasses have appeared in just about every book and the same goes for the dishes! IT’S VERY RARE THAT RECIPES ARE SO SHORT, SWEET AND TO THE POINT. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DO THIS? I think food needs to have its context as if you are chatting in the kitchen with someone. I wanted to be able to keep my voice. FAVORITE KITCHENWARE ITEM YOU’VE ACCUMULATED IN YOUR FREE SHOPPING TIME WHILE ON YOUR BOOK TOUR? I’m embarrassed to say I’ve bought so much, it’s all being shipped back and I won’t know until it all arrives. But I bought some lovely teeny weenie cast iron skillets – the American ones – too small even for an egg, so I don’t know…but it says ‘for a small thing or a kitchen ashtray.’ Well, I don’t want a kitchen ashtray, but I just think it would be really lovely to have a little bit of sauce for a steak. It’s so interesting that whatever we’re used to we consider ordinary, and consider whatever is other to be exotic. So for me it’s kind of exotic to see those cast iron pans. ANY INTERESTING FAN EXPERIENCES? I’ll tell you what was really nice, such a funny thing to happen really. One lady came up to me and said, ‘this is from my daughter’ (who wasn’t there), and she’d painted it. Now the really funny thing is that I really needed a bookmark and I was so thrilled! It was like some strange serendipitous moment. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MEAL? It so depends on what mood… WHAT’S A GOOD COMFORT FOOD? Well, I always like roast chicken, ’cause it makes a house smell like a home. But I’ve had something here, and you probably turn your nose down on it, but it’s so delicious even though it’s incredibly bad for you. It’s that warm, sort of cheesy dip… OH, QUESO! OF COURSE, I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT QUESO! I’m afraid to say, I just want to put nice, hot tasty chips in it and pretty well my snout! IS THERE ANYTHING YOU HAVE YET TO CONQUER? I’ve never really set out to do anything. When I left university, I did a degree at Oxford in Medieval and Modern Languages, not really preparation for anything but fun reading. Then I went into publishing, and then I became a journalist and then a book reviewer and a literary editor and then an op-ed columnist and then I started writing about food a bit and restaurants. I sort of feel I lurch from one thing to another, and that’s the fun of it. WHAT’S YOU FAVORITE DESTINATION? I used to go to Italy an awful lot, but as my children got older, I thought why am I going abroad for them to stay in bed till midday and then watch DVDs? So now I stay closer to home. I go to Cornwall, which is… I don’t know if you’ve ever seen the film or read the book of Rebecca? I DON’T THINK SO… Oh, my goodness me, by Daphne du Maurier – well you’ve got that ahead of you. Both film and book to be read. It’s all about Cornwall, it’s not the pretty side of the countryside. It’s slightly primitive and wild, therefore perfectly suitable for teenage children but beautiful as well. And also I have to say, that Cornwall is the home of something that must make most Americans perfectly aghast – clotted cream, which is 55% fat. Mrs. Roder is normally the person who makes it there, although I am sure she’s not a real person anymore, but you put it on scones. It’s quite delicious.

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age 34 sign Leo origin Boise, Idaho occupation Clothing store owner and entertainer

age 30-something sign Virgo origin NY/Houston occupation Emcee/DJ

3 JESSICA ZAPATERO age 40 sign

Sagittarius origin San Francisco occupation Sustainable Public Relations+ Events Director

1. TORRIE WILSON •WHERE IS YOU FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP? Jaded Clothing in Market Street, The store! •WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT? My faith. •WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MUSICIAN? I just love Alan Jackson. •WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT? While working for WWE there were numerous in front of live crowds of 1070,000...I like to pretend it wasn’t always me. •WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? Hmmm....too many to count! I lived 28 days in the jungle on limited supplies in June and that was pretty memorable!

2. DJ GT aka GT MAYNE •WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MUSICIAN? Jay-Z. •WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT? The reaction on my face watching my son being delivered. •WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? Freestyling on stage with The Fugees. •WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? Coming to America. •HOW DO YOU STAY IN SHAPE? The perfect pushup and crunches.


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NOT TO GET ALL ANDY ROONEY ON YOU, BUT IF YOU’RE LIKE ME, YOU MAY HAVE SPENT TIME FLYING (COMMERCIAL) OVER THE HOLIDAYS AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU, IT’S NOT PRETTY AT THE AIRPORTS, FOLKS. WHY DO I ALWAYS HAVE THE PLEASURE OF SITTING NEXT TO SOMEONE HOLDING A CRYING, ANGRY INFANT? BACK IN THE DAY, MY MOM WOULD HAVE SLIPPED ME SOME BRANDY OR CODEINE OR SOMETHING TO KNOCK ME OUT ON A FLIGHT. IS THIS JUST NOT DONE IN OUR MODERN, ENLIGHTENED TIMES? WHEN I FLY WITH MY DOGS, HALF A BENADRYL KEEPS THEM COMATOSE FOR HOURS, AS I DON’T WANT TO BOTHER OTHER PEOPLE. BUT THESE ENTITLED FLIERS WITH WEEKS-OLD INFANTS DON’T SEEM TO CARE WHO THEY ANNOY. YOU KNOW WHAT? THE KID’S TOO YOUNG TO KNOW WHERE HE’S GOING OR WHAT HE’S DOING, SO IT’S A WASTE OF A TRIP. HAVE THE GRANDPARENTS FLY IN FOR THE PLEASURE OF SEEING THEIR SCREAMING LEGACY IF YOU MUST. Now that I’ve offended most readers, I offer a solution for those pet owners who cannot fly with their dogs over the holidays or any trip: Happy Tails at 1315 Waugh Drive. One of my dogs goes every day for “school” and can’t wait to get there every morning. The people who work there – Julie, Susan, Nicole, Alicia and more – love my dog as much as I do, if not more. In addition to day care, they also offer boarding and grooming services. Plus, my dog has learned how to sit and not attack people. Clearly, the latter is not anything that I could teach him how to do. Check it out at

WHAT’S THAT SMELL? I’m not really a cologne man. My Old Spice Deodorant (and the late, lamented Sure Desert Spice) always did it for me. But, I’m ready to spray it on with Alford & Hoff. The brand was created by former Arizona State University athletes, Barry Alford and Jefferson Hoffman, two successful entrepreneurs with a deep understanding of the rewards of peak performance. According to their press materials, “Crafted by world-class Perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux of Givaudan, Alford & Hoff Eau de Toilette (EDT) is for the new generation man: a juxtaposition of light and dark, clarity and richness, texture and polish.” All I can say is that my assistant told me I smelled really good for a change. Plus, the cap on the bottle is made of wood, so that would seem to go with our “green” theme. Price for sustainable luxury? The 3.4 fl. oz. size is $125 and available at and Neiman Marcus (in-store and online).


GREEN-HOUSE Since this is the “Green” issue, I thought I’d let you know that just around the corner from Happy Tails, at 1307 W. Clay Street, is the Historic Houston Salvage Warehouse. Historic Houston is a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and conservation of Houston’s historic architecture and architectural resources. The salvage crew deconstructs and reclaims the valuable structural and non-structural historic building components, such as doors, windows, floors, interior shiplap, exterior siding, as well as light and plumbing fixtures, to divert this material from entering Texas landfills. Historic Houston’s Salvage Warehouse lets you purchase this material and encourages the reuse and recycling of a wide variety of items. They’re open Wednesdays & Saturdays from 10:00am-4:00pm or by scheduled appointment only. Or, you can visit them on the Web at

And now, it’s time to keep those New Year’s resolutions with our friendly contributor and personal trainer, Layn Bowers of Houston Gym ( “Since it’s the “green” issue of 002, let’s “green” up our cardio,” he says. “Many people tend to stick to the treadmill or the sidewalks in the neighborhood, but what about the parks? There are parks all over Houston that can be jogged or walked or skipped or shuffled. Whatever you can do to keep your heart going and at an elevated pace is AWESOME!! Try having fun with it, and don’t worry if you did exactly three miles. Your body doesn’t care about the distance. Just keep it between 30-60 minutes three-four times a week and you’re well on your way to success. If you’re gonna work out or jog or whatever, make sure you’re having fun doing it, and keep in mind that the worst thing you can do is give up.”


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Art glass

by Reyne Haines



HILE GLASS HAS BEEN MADE FOR CENTURIES, AROUND THE GLOBE AND BY THOUSANDS OF MAKERS, ONLY A FEW CAN STILL TOUT BEING IN BUSINESS TODAY. SURVIVING DIFFERENT ECONOMIES, CHANGING CONSUMER TASTES, AND THE RISING COSTS OF MATERIALS AND PAYROLL CAN’T BE EASY. THOSE THAT WERE ABLE TO OVERCOME ALL OF THESE HURDLES HAVE ALSO IN SOME INSTANCES HAD TO RETHINK FORMULAS USED OVER THE YEARS IN ORDER TO BECOME ECO-FRIENDLY TODAY. A few very recognizable glass companies are leading the way in using recycled materials, or recycling their own glassware. In the US, there is the Fenton Art Glass Company, founded in Ohio in 1905. In 1907 they moved to their current residence, West Virginia. When Rivanna Natural Designs tapped Fenton Art Glass to create art glass awards for them, but by using recycled products, they jumped at the opportunity. Fenton located a local source for recycled bottle glass and a new start-up was formed. In Italy, the Murano Glass Company began designing glass as early as 1291. The tradition of blowing glass has been handed down to numerous generations. Many of the designs being produced today are inspired by the artisans working there over a hundred years ago. They are known for making affordable treasures for tourists to take home as a memento of their trip to Italy, but

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some of their artists’ wares can command several thousands of dollars. Today, Murano does not dispose of their broken or irregular glass, but keeps the glass to be recycled for use another day. Finally, in the Black Forest of Bavaria is a well-known glass company by the name of Poschinger. Poschinger has been in operation since 1568, and is still owned and operated by the same family. Poschinger Glass produces utilitarian products along with decorative items and has recently started selling in the United States. The company uses 40-45% recycled cullet in the glass melt. Not only do these companies have the “green” theme in common, but each one of them can be found in numerous museums around the globe. To learn more about these eco-friendly products, visit their websites: Fenton Art Glass: Poschinger Glass: Murano:

Reyne Haines is the co-host of The Art of Collecting on NBC and an appraiser of Fine Art/Antiques.

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retail therapy Evelyn Gorman Fashion Consultancy New York (the mastermind behind MIX) has been engaged by the 310 ownership to assist in the repositioning of the store as THE contemporary designer resource for Houston. The internationally renowned fashion retailer’s golden touch will begin in spring of 2010 bringing new, fresh and affordable lines exclusive to the store. ON THE OCCASION OF THE WINTER SALES, FOR THE FOURTH SUCCESSIVE YEAR, THE PARIS CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU IS INVITING SHOPPERS TO VISIT PARIS, THE WORLD’S LARGEST OUTDOOR “COMMERCIAL SPACE,” TO SOLDES BY PARIS, A THREE-MONTH SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA INTENDED TO MAKE PARIS A NOT-TO-BE-MISSED SHOPPING DESTINATION. HTTP://EN.PARISINFO.COM/

notes Nordstrom is the exclusive sponsor for Michael Bublé’s 2010 U.S. Crazy Love Tour. The tour will support Bublé’s newest CD, Crazy Love, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart.

Ruggles Green is slated to open its second Certified Green Restaurant™ in CityCentre in March. “Our focus is on using locally grown, all-natural and organic menu items whenever possible,” says co-founder, Chef Bruce Molzan. “We are learning to operate more efficiently with less environmental impact,” says cofounder, Federico Marques. “We recycle about 65% of our total waste output, we are more energy efficient, and we continue to find new ways to become greener.”

green benjamins The Solid Waste Management Department, through a grant by the Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC), has partnered with RecycleBank, which will reward citizens each month for the amount of recyclables collected in their green 96-gallon automated recycling containers. This rewards program will award “RecycleBank Points” which can be redeemed at local and national retailers or donated to a charity of their choice. The program is already active in about 22,000 residences in Houston.



gastro Niko Niko’s goes GREEN! After being slammed for their overuse of styrofoam, Demetrios Fetokakis has not only made a 360, but has implemented tons of effective changes. In their latest venture to make a difference, the famous eatery takes some powerful steps to help lessen their carbon footprint. They are now using Dispozo Enviroware – biodegradable plates and containers, as well as biodegradable utensils and plastic bags and recycled paper towels. To the restaurant itself, Fetokakis added tankless water heaters, installed low E insulated glass and has set all A/C units and lights on timers. CUPCAKERY CRAVE OPENS THEIR SECOND LOCATION AT 5600 KIRBY DRIVE IN THE SPRING OF 2010. THE NEW LOCATION WILL BAKE FRESH, SWEET CREATIONS FOR THE DOWNTOWN, BELLAIRE, RIVER OAKS, MEDICAL CENTER AND SOUTHHAMPTON NEIGHBORHOODS. NEW CUPCAKE FLAVORS WILL BE ADDED TO THE CURRENT MENU, AS WELL AS SPECIAL GIFT-DELIVERY SERVICE TO THE MEDICAL CENTER. WWW.CRAVECUPCAKES.COM

Koi Garden opened a few months ago on the south side of The Woodlands Waterway® and is home to 33 adult koi and about a dozen baby koi in seven different varieties. The pond is one of the largest of its kind outside of public arboreta or gardens. A variety of distinctive materials and exotic plantings enhance Koi Garden, along with a 60,000-gallon koi pond that is separated from The Waterway by dams. Flowering and semi-aquatic plants such as Formosa azaleas, camellia Japonica and Sasanqua, canna, Louisiana irises in a variety of colors, powdery-leafed thalia, pickerel rush and eight different varieties of water lilies can be seen. Dwarf and timber bamboo, spike rushes, grasses and variegated celery are among the bog plants that help purify the koi pond as well as add to the beauty of the garden. Last month, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Memorial Park Conservancy, dedicated Memorial Park’s new Living Bridge. The bridge is the first phase of a $10M Memorial Park Capital Campaign, and will provide joggers, walkers and bicyclists with a living green corridor that connects the north and south sides of the park, high above Memorial Drive’s heavy traffic.

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COQUETTE BOUTIQUE - 1848 Westheimer Rd. 713.527.7377 SEPHORA - 900 Memorial City Way, Suite 700 713.932.0848

costumes for cocktails Styling by Beatrice Valencia Photography by Kennon Evett Illustration by Cynthia Bogart

New year, new moon, new me…

I’m a Twilight Saga fan. I’m letting my vampire love shine with this super soft comfy knit. Wildfox Couture Vampire love baggy beach jumper @ Coquette I can add a touch of lace here and there by just layering it to have it peek out from under cute tops. So cute without looking totally 80’s Madonna. LnA lace racer back tank @ Coquette Stay warm and look glam in these leather leggings. So rocker chic! Michelle Mason leather leggings @ Coquette With such a whimsy top, these gunmetal accessories add a tough touch that say you’re not all bark and no bite. Gunmetal braided bracelet, gunmetal chain-twist hoops, crystal black ring @ Coquette

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I’ll admit it, I’m no makeup expert. The more user-friendly, the better for me. My editor and I can’t get enough of this dummy proof and convenient eye color pen. It has liner, shadow and smudger all in one. The consistency of the pencil glides on effortlessly in between lashes so you’re not left with spaces, swipe on shadow and that’s it! Stila convertible eye color @ Sephora A flat ankle boot is foot-friendly, allowing me to walk in them and put my Uggs away for at least one fashionable day. Matt Bernson Machu boot in black oil @

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retail wrap Photography by Cody Bess

CURRENT OBSESSION Making heathy, green building materials affordable and accessible to everyone. DESIGN INSPIRATION | ICON Heather Rowell, who worked with Brian Malarkey to design New Living. Heather is just so practical and doesn’t do a thing based on her ego. She has a great eye, incredible sense of style and thinks everything through. I think she’s one of the best up-and-coming design architects in America and no one knows it yet.

years in operation almost a year | 6111 kirby drive, in the former wagner hardware location. houston tx 77005 | 713.521.1921 |


HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS BUSINESS? I got beat up downtown! Seriously, I tried everything I possibly could to re-merchandise and revitalize the north end of Downtown with new retail concepts and it was an uphill battle, but it’s actually turning the corner now, with Byrd’s Market opening along with other new street retail concepts. I honestly wanted to start a business that would have a large social, environmental and economic impact. WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER STORES? We operate our shop like an information boutique and resource center. New Living is the only place that brings together all of the resources you need to have a healthy, safe, clean space. WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THIS YEAR? More Houstonians embracing green building as we move away from the recession.




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It s not easy eco wheels olkswagen’s TDI Clean Diesel technology realizes diesel’s full potential with improved performance, increased mileage and a 95% drop in sooty emissions. Although neither of these VWs are hybrids, they are leading the way in meeting the most stringent emission requirements of the world. An advanced DeNOx system is just one of the Touareg V6 TDI’s many technical trademarks in making the vehicle one of the most fuel-efficient and cleanest SUVs in the world. The TDI is one of the first SUVs in the world to have this advanced type of catalytic converter on board, helping it set a new Guinness World Record for lowest fuel consumption, averaging over 58mpg as it drove through the 48 contiguous states. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates the Jetta TDI at an economical 29mpg city and 40mpg highway. Volkswagen went a step further to evaluate the real world fuel economy of the Jetta TDI. Leading third-party certifier, AMCI, tested the Jetta TDI and found it performed 24 percent better in real world conditions, achieving 38mpg in the city and 44mpg on the highway.


EPA research has concluded that if diesels were to power one third of all light-duty vehicles in the United States, the shift would save approximately 1.4 million barrels of oil a day – equal to the daily shipments from Saudi Arabia to the U.S. Providing even more value to the Jetta TDI sedan and SportWagen, a $1300 federal income tax credit was recently announced. The Internal Revenue Service issued a certification letter affirming that both vehicles qualify for an Advanced LeanBurn Technology Motor Vehicle income tax credit.

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Photography by Gabriella Nissen Model Alise Shoemaker for Neal Hamil Agency Makeup by Stephanie Carranza

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y now we are all aware of “energy consumption” and how it pertains to our homes. Bottom line is you don’t want energy escaping through unsealed doors or windows. Now, you may have the opportunity to save on energy bills and taxes with Duette® Architella® honeycomb shades from Hunter Douglas. Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, federal tax credits for energy-efficient products are available for 30 percent of the cost of most Duette Architella shades, up to a maximum of $1,500 in total, when purchased and installed through December 31, 2010, provided the expense meets the tax guidelines. Highly insulating Duette Architella shades are capable of more than double the energy efficiency of a window and the first and only window shades to qualify for the tax credit without add-on insulation systems through the air trapping structure of its honeycomb shape. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes energy efficiency tax credits on select products for existing homes, including windows and doors, insulation materials & systems, roofs, HVAC, water heaters (non-solar) and biomass stoves. Homeowners should check the manufacturer’s Certification Statement available at for a list of qualifying Architella products and restrictions.

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eco-friendly countertops

Photography by Sean Blake

wo Houston-based businesses, ECO™ by Cosentino (, manufacturers of eco-friendly countertops, and New Living, the green home design store, have teamed up to green Byrd’s Market & Café which opened last month in downtown Houston. Housed in the former Byrd’s department store built in the early 1900s, Byrd’s serves local, organic, farm-to-market foods and eco-friendly products. Renovated with only sustainable building materials, the new Byrd’s Market is truly green from the inside out. Featured in the space are ECO countertops composed of 75% post-industrial and post-consumer recycled raw materials, including: mirrors salvaged from houses, building and factories; glass from windows and bottles; granulated glass from consumer recycling practices; porcelain from china, tiles, sinks, toilets and decorative elements; and industrial furnace residuals from factories in the form of crystallized ashes. The raw materials are bonded together with a proprietary eco-friendly corn oilbased resin. The production of ECO by Cosentino will utilize the equivalent of 60,000,000 glass bottles every year. The countertops are innovative in that they have the same look, feel, durability and price point as granite, but are dramatically less harmful to the environment. Byrd’s Market & Café, 420 Main Street at Prairie,


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smart house I recently had the opportunity to experience Reliant Energy’s Smart House first hand. And what I saw was a glimpse into the future of household electricity. Demonstrations of new technology enabled by advanced digital meters, including home-energy monitors, home automation systems and new smart energy services were already functioning at Reliant’s Smart House. A live lab, so-to-speak, the Smart House is testing new tools which will allow consumers full control of their energy consumption, empowering them to make informed choices leading to lower bills and a true understanding of their energy consumption. Today, more than 2,000 customers across Texas are already enrolled in Reliant Energy’s smart energy pilot projects. Imagine having the control to flip the switch from your iPhone. Soon, there will be an app for that. Reliant is working with the Department of Energy to help bring the benefits of this new technology directly to Texas residential customers. Reliant is the only competitive retailer in Texas selected by the DOE to receive federal stimulus funding for upgrades of the nation’s electricity grid. The Smart House is part of a broader move in the U.S. toward a smarter grid, a more efficient way to move electricity. Advanced digital meters can communicate electricity usage and pricing information to an in-home smart energy display and web portal in near real time. Equipped with solar panels, the Smart House can sell electricity back to the grid. Among the features of the Smart House is time-of-use pricing allowing customers to make informed decisions on their usage based on the fluctuating cost of power. Customers can receive weekly summary e-mails offering a summary of their energy use, an estimated bill and a comparison to their previous week’s usage. A home-energy monitor allows customers to access an array of near real-time information, including current electricity use and estimated bill. A web portal tracks electricity usage and provides an array of alerts and notifications, also in near real time. Customers with smart meters interested in more information can call 1.866.RELIANT.

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ore than 600 solar panels were installed atop the George R. Brown Convention Center as part of a 100-kilowatt solar energy pilot program in the summer of 2009. Facilitated by the Houston Advanced Research Center, the test program is intended to identify and overcome barriers that might plague widespread implementation of solar energy infrastructure and to raise awareness about solar energy. Houston is one of a select group of American cities working with the U.S. Department of Energy to accelerate the use of solar energy technologies, through the Solar America Cities Program. Houston Mayor Bill White unveiled a solar panel and an educational kiosk, to signal the start of the solar energy pilot program.


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eco fire


rainchild of visionary Australian design group, The Fire Company, EcoSmart™ Fire is a breakthrough concept in environmentally friendly open fireplaces. Contemporary furniture merges with the unique EcoSmart technology. The use of denatured ethanol (alcohol) – a renewable, modern energy – as the fuel source complies with the Internal Revenue Code Section 25C(d)(3)(E) definition of a “biomass fuel.” EcoSmart Fire products have a minimum thermal efficiency of 90 percent, exceeding the requirements for energy efficiency. Vent-free built-in or freestanding fireplaces are available and do not require any installation or utility connection for fuel supply. EcoSmart Fires burn clean and are virtually maintenance free. More than 12,000 EcoSmart Fires have been installed in 52 countries across an eclectic range of residential and commercial environments including UK hairdressing salons; the Platinum House in the U.S. (the greenest house on the planet); the ecosuite in Toronto’s Element complex; the Hyatt Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco; a Sheikh’s palace in Qatar; a boutique resort in Germany; a luxury lodge on Australia’s Kangaroo Island; the Westin Hotel in Paris; the Grand Hotel et de Milan (the residence of Italian and international personalities); and luxury cruisers. All EcoSmart Fire products now qualify for federal tax credits for energy efficiency. Consumers who purchase any EcoSmart Fire thru December 31, 2010, will receive up to 30 percent or $1,500 in tax credits for their purchase. For more information on EcoSmart Fire, visit

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ater that has a high mineral content (mainly calcium and magnesium ions) – hard water – can cause soaps not to lather well, result in dry skin, bad hair days, stiff laundry, soap scum on fixtures and scale buildup on pipes, among other household problems. Culligan, a leader of innovative water treatment systems for more than 70 years, has just introduced a new high-efficiency water softener, which uses patented “smart” electronics to deliver additional savings. By softening the water, the high-efficiency system reduces the amount of soaps and cleaning aids for laundry, dishwashing, bathing, skin, hair and more. Savings can add up to nearly $7,500 per year, allowing families to follow greener practices in their home – and be more ecologically minded. “Culligan’s new high-efficiency water softener cuts salt, water and electricity usage by up to 50 percent, compared to a metered water softener. Also, by helping to reduce the need to treat hard water with chemicals by using Culligan’s patented E3 Technology instead, a system that is more efficient, easyto-use and environmentally friendly is offered,” said local Culligan dealer, Brent Chinn. The Patented Aqua-Sensor® technology monitors and automatically adjusts to changes in water chemistry to optimize salt and water usage. Advancements like the Smart Brine tank monitoring salt usage so homeowners always know exactly how much salt they have left in the tank and when they need to refill it. An electronic bypass function allowing consumers to bypass their softener when doing things like watering the lawn. Reducing salt (up to two tons over the life of the softener) means less salt consumption and less impact on the planet.

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Devil’s Wine… By Carla Valencia de Martinez | Photography by Gabriella Nissen



Call it whatever you please, just make sure you have a glass at some point this month to celebrate the new year! Here are a few of our newest favorites. So let’s drink to the libation’s historic association with the anointment of French kings. According to Wikipedia, royalty from throughout Europe began spreading the message of the unique sparkling wine from Champagne and its association with luxury and power. So here’s to a little luxury and power sprinkled throughout your 2010 – of course without letting it get to your head, your highness….

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Etoile Brut Montenisa, Franciacorta Brut Gloria Ferrer, VA de VI Ruinart Champagne CuvĂŠe Louis 1998 Pommery Champagne

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Events / Photo Credit *Freebirds - Patrick Peñas *It’s Time to Wise Up - Patrick Peñas *Charming Charlie Galleria - Bernard Bauri *002 Holiday Party - Bernard Bauri *Dave Matthews in 3D - Kenny Kim The Young Victoria - Kim Coffman *Andalucia + Mia Bella Grand Opening - Bernard Bauri

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EVENT: FREEB!RDS WORLD BURRITO RELAUNCHES THE BIRD WHY: TO CELEBRATE REOPENING WHERE: 3745 GREENBRIAR WHEN: NOVEMBER 12 FREEB!RDS is known for their delish monster burritos, so they decided to throw a party of “monster” proportions to celebrate the redesign of its flagship location at Shepherd Plaza. More than 500 fanatics flocked the joint in search of live music, beer and the much-coveted burrito. If that’s not enough, FREEB!RDS WORLD WORKS foundation was on hand to accept donations of non-perishable food items for the Houston Food Bank.

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Are you wise? If you are, then your pretty face is in one of the pics; and if you aren’t, then be more wise next time ’cause you missed a hell of a party. Mo’s didn’t hold back, offering Mr. Wise Guy, Tim Moloney, and guests what seemed to be an endless amount of their most scrumptious appetizers and a signature drink concocted by GM Alan Bochi… simply delish! After some mingling, guests ventured to check out the newest addition to the Porsche family, the gorgeous Panamera. This car is amazing! Some very lucky guests won raffle goodies from Porsche West Houston, including a weekend giveaway; they even got to pick what car to take home. Pretty cool!


supporters and Charming Charlie lovers gathered at the Galleria’s new store with one goal in mind, to shop and pay it forward. Guests enjoyed a guilt-free shopping experience, for every seventy-five dollars they spent Charming Charlie generously donated a black purse to Dress for Success, a wonderful organization that pays it forward all year round. Shoppers nibbled on delicious treats from More than Cakes and the Fruit Palette and sipped on TyKu delicious Red Dragon cocktails and V10 ViataminWater. Locallebrity Edward Sanchez delighted guests with Eyelash applications. A charming night indeed!

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Oh what a night! Alex and Carla wanted to thank their team for a great year and what better way to celebrate than by throwing a rocking holiday party at good old Sammy’s. The team feasted on yummy bites from El Patio and Beavers, sipped on Riazul Tequila and enjoyed an open bar compliments of – nice! The party turned head-over-heels once the Spazmatics took the stage. It was like going back in time. Guests flocked to the dance floor and literally danced and sang the night away. What a blast!


check out all the parties in houston @ EVENT: LARGER THAN LIFE: DAVE MATTHEWS BAND IN 3D WHY: SPECIAL SCREENING WHERE: STUDIO MOVIE GRILL @ CITYCENTRE WHEN: DECEMBER 9 Action 3D and houston magazine hosted the anticipated screening for Larger Than Life: Dave Matthews Band in 3D, one of many concerts captured live in digital 3D. The movie will be featured in over 500 theaters in the U.S and internationally. These films will be “ limited runs” only showing for one week. Action 3D is owned by a group of individual Houston Investors- CEO Jeffery Lewis, CO Wayne Miller, CFO Steve Blum, President of Artist Relations Jason Lewis and “The Man” Zac Hunt- have captured approximately 56 artist during five festivals, over 70 hours of live music and another 20 hours of footage, making them most likely the largest library of live 3D content in the world. Loyal fans and media gathered at Studio Movie Grill @ CityCentre for a night of front-row entertainment and VIP treatment. Guests sipped on Stewart Cellars wines and Silver Eagle beer.

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Gilt Group founders Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, along with Apparition, hosted an unforgettable evening of fashion and film. Houston’s couture Courtney Hopson, Lindsey Love and Melissa Mithoff played host to a bevy of stylish guys and dolls ready to prop up their stems for an epic film with drool worthy historic fashions. After-party poolside at Hotel ZaZa was the perfect end to a majestic evening.

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Owner and Executive Chef Youssef Nafaa couldn’t be happier – the night was a complete success. Both restaurants were packed with very happy and satisfied guests. At Andalucia, guests enjoyed a flamenco show, nibbled on endless amounts of traditional Spanish tapas such as torta Española, paella, patatas bravas, and sipped on complimentary drinks – sabroso! At Mia Bella Trattoria guests enjoyed a more relaxed atmosphere with delicious Italian food and amazing wines – saporito! EVENT: YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED WHY: ANDALUCIA & MIA BELLA TRATTORIA’S GRAND OPENING WHERE: HOUSTON PAVILIONS WHEN: DECEMBER 15

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I have a thing for thin glasses, BUT I’m kind of a klutz because I move way too fast. So you can see how thin, delicate, graceful glass and Carla do not mesh. Until now. Kuhl-Linscomb has the most beautifully simple glasses. I use them for milk to dunk my cookies in, for my morning OJ and my glass of wine…OK, the occasional water works well in them too!

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Piranha pizza cutter – it doesn’t get much better than cutting a homemade pizza with this bad boy! Available at Target.

I seriously love this case for my iPhone. Chilewich has long been known in the design world as the design innovator of modern vinyl textiles and through this collaboration with Griffin, my case is, dare I say, fashionable! Elan Form Chilewich case available in gravel and light grey at the Apple Store or MoMA Design Store.

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I try to be as green as possible every day, but I can’t quit the dry cleaners. Green Garmento Bag™ helps cut down on the plastic bags which accumulate in just one year – to an estimated 300 million pounds clogging our landfills. It’s easy to use: I simply fill the bag with my dry cleaning and take it to my cleaners who then attach it to one of my garments and reuse my bag for pickup. Available in multiple sizes ranging from 40 inch to 72 inch in black night, blue water and green grass. $9.99 at

Houston-based handbag designer Mary Nichols has revamped her collection, and the Spring 2010 line is her first complete collection. The prices aren’t over the top and the leather is divine plus the construction is impeccable.

Although I will admit that this germ thing with the hand sanitizers, the Clorox® wipees, the foamy soap things, etc., is getting a little out of hand, I have to believe that since my grocery store has them to wipe down my cart as does my yoga studio – that I must need it. But I HATE the cold, alcohol liquid stuff. Frais hand sanitizer kills 99% of germs and smells like a spa. So all you germaphobes (you know who you are!), relax with this self-inducing aromatherapy germ killer!

Ever the mascara junkie that I am, my latest find is L’Oreal’s Telescopic Explosion. A barbaric club thing gets the mascara defying inner and outer lashes. Plus I kinda like the club thing…

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MONDAY, JULY 6, 2009 – LYON 4pm Air France Flight 0033 – Houston,

IAH to Paris CDG 8:35am Arrive in Paris via Business Class There’s nothing like Business Class on Air France – you have to make the upgrade at least once in your life! I join my friends at 4pm the gate for flight Air France 7644 to Lyon Saint Exupéry Airport. 2:15pm Arrive in Lyon, hop a taxi to the College Hotel, 5 Place Saint Paul, The hotel is a take on a modern schoolhouse. Chalkboards line the halls leading to rooms, and breakfast is • served in a space lined with old wooden desksoverlooking the street. Upon arrival in Lyon, we take a bike tour of the new Rhône River Bank, experiencing sustainable development firsthand. Cyclists, runners, rollerbladers and pedestrians are offered a new perspective of the city. I love Velo’V’s self-service bicycle stations! Over 4,000 bikes are available throughout the city at 340 stations. The creative use of the embankment is inspiring! Houseboats intermingle with clubs and 2:15pm restaurants (also on boats) while incredibly green, lush vegetation separates the cyclist paths from the pedestrian paths. • 8pm 6:30pm Quick run along the new embankments before dinner. 8pm Dinner at the gastronomic restaurant Les Terrasses de Lyon of La Villa Florentine. Such a beautiful hotel, where we dine overlooking the majestic city of Lyon, with the moon rising as it were just for us.

TUESDAY, JULY 7 10am Arrive at Vineum Jaboulet Vineyard in the Rhône Valley, two hours from Lyon. Founded in the 1800s by Antoine Jaboulet, we visit the red wine cava bought in the 1990s, rebuilt, and in 2000, reopened. Beautiful ambiance with barrels and barrels of wine from which 300 bottles are produced per barrel. We taste Jaboulet’s organic variety of wines (when in France!), which the brand is only recently beginning to 10am explore. They are among the few to receive France’s highest organic certification! I, of course, pick some up to bring home. •


1pm Lunch at Amanis, an agro-ecological center. This is the greenest aspect of the trip. Several structures emerge from the earth to provide shelter for the men and women who are completely self-sustained on the property. 55 hectares (over 135 acres) make up a farmhouse, a reception building, a communal kitchen and bathrooms as well as an educational building for children and housing. Solar panels, wood-burning broiler, wind generator, plant-based sewage treatment – everything saves energy. 5pm Tour of the Château de Grignan. In 1912, Madame Fontaine, influenced by the letters written in the 1600s by Madame de Sévigné to her daughter who lived in the castle, brought the castle back to its original, Middle Ages splendor based on the descriptions in those letters.

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6pm Check into Le Clair de la Plume hotel, Hands down one of my most favorite places on this trip. My room is as if I am in someone’s home in Grignan: lace coverlets on my wood bed, a quaint desk holds 6pm fresh local fruit and a glass bottle of water. A quick stroll down the cobblestone street takes us to Clair du Plume’s outdoor restaurant for an organic dinner, nestled in front of lavender fields. The heavenly scent permeates.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8 8am Depart to Drôme Provençal department and the Baronnies area 9:30am Tour of Huilerie Richard oil mill in Nyon.

9:30am Meet with Richard, whose family has been millers for five generations, and are given a quick explanation of oil distillation, tasting varieties from hazelnut infused to herb, rosemary and red pepper flavors. I stock up on fresh herbs de Provence as well as a variety of Richard’s oils and begin to wonder how I am going to take everything back home. 12:30pm lunch at Une autre Maison Another one of my favorites on this trip, this hotel is simply charming, special and perfectly Provence. Lunch outside under the terrace with vegetable mousses, fresh melon and proscuitto, gazpa-

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A late start pushes our day back, but Terre Vivante is one of the most well thought out eco-centers. The beautiful property features organic gardens producing varieties of produce and fruits using sustainable septic systems. There is an educational area thru sustainable building and materials, energy, water consumption and more. All in French, but still worth visiting, especially for children. 5:30pm Arrive back in Lyon 2,000 years of history are rolled into a walking tour! Amazing the culture found in every crevice! We start at Fourviére hill with Saint Mary’s Chapel and the Notre Dame de Fourviére basilica. The view overlooking the old city is breathtaking. The gold-plated 5:30pm bronze statue of the Virgin unveiled in 1852 with the Festival of Lights† can be seen from various vantage points and stands as a reminder of the city’s placement under her protection in the 1600s. As we walk down to the district of Vieux-Lyon, the city’s oldest district, we walk through a public garden whose path is marked by bronze roses embedded into the pathways representing the rosary. Composed of three sections, the Saint Jean section, the Saint Paul section and the Saint Georges section we weave in and out of narrow streets lined with outdoor cafes and pass-throughs built in the Middle Ages.

8:30pm Dinner at Café Epicerie Located in the Cour de Loges hotel, this café is quintessentially Lyon. The property captures the essence of an urban chateau. †TRAVEL TIP: If you are planning a trip in 2010, make sure Lyon’s Festival of Lights on December 5-8 is on your itinerary. The annual event – a tradition since 1852 – attracts tourists from all over the world to Lyon’s illuminated streets.


FRIDAY JULY 10 cho with a dollop of melon gelato adding the perfect sweetness, a porcini gelatin, and saffron risotto with a medley of grilled veggies – heaven. 3pm Blue Provence distillery This organic distillery is intoxicating! Huge furnaces burn bushels of lavender to create steam and extract the essential oils. I learn lavandine is a hybrid created by cross-pollination of bees. I sip on lavender water while we are told the history of lavender, but in between the aromatics of the lavender and the libation I am drunk off the whole experience!

THURSDAY JULY 9, Departure to Isére department

11:30am Arrival at the eco-center Terre Vivante


11am Departure to Paris by RailEurope TGV6614 RailEurope through the Rhône-Alpes region is the perfect end to the journey. The train ride is scenic and affords me the opportunity to put the whole experience together. In a few hours I will be in Paris where I will meet up with my mother and sister to celebrate our birthdays…but that’s another story!

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A 21-unit, “Class A+” Urban Mid-Rise Community built with European-style interior finishes, located in the shadow of Houston’s Central Business District

New Construction, Open Spaces, Modern Finishes, Roof Deck for Views, Private Yard, Freestanding… all under $400k

Located inside the Loop, within walking distance to Highland Village, Greenway Plaza and a future light rail stop, 33thirtythree is at the heart of it all.

Included in every condominium are quartz countertops and glass mosaic backsplashes in the kitchen/bathroom/wet bar areas with high-end plumbing fixtures, stainless steel appliances, island kitchens and European cabinetry with frosted glass fronts. Large spacious bedrooms start at 860sf with washer and dryer in each unit. The spacious condos feature large operable commercial style windows, dark bamboo hardwoods throughout and boast 10- and 12-foot ceilings. The Pierce Street Flats have easy, one block walking access to a variety of exciting clubs, restaurants, shopping and other entertainment.

New modern freestanding patio home by MDGi in the Museum District! Roof deck, balcony + private backyard. Fenced & gated w/auto driveway gate. Features custom metal & wood stairs, high ceilings, 2-story living, exposed steel & wood structure, open spaces, hardwood floors, gas-log fireplace. 4th-level roof terrace for views. Two study spaces on loft/landings. Master suite with spa-like bath. Front load garage with no maintenance fees. Ready Now!!

33thirtythree provides its residents with unrivaled amenities like gourmet kitchens, granite countertops, luxury fixtures, energy efficient appliances and expansive floor plans that feel more like custom homes. From two resort style pools and spas, to a putting green, two fitness centers, sports lounge with Wii stations, and an independently operated café and wine bar, 33thirtythree has something for everyone, with easy access to Uptown, Downtown, Highland Village, fine dining, entertainment and recreational opportunities. At 33thirtythree, we incorporate green living as a way of life in hopes to do our part to save our planet.

21 units comprised of 1 and 2 bedrooms, with studies in most of the 1 bedrooms. Units range in size from 860sf to 1590sf.

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Expansive floor plans, with 1 and 2 bedrooms ranging from 655sf to 1535sf.


Walking distance from Fish, Front Porch, Farrago’s, Komodo’s and numerous Midtown locations

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THE MUSHROOM, OF COURSE! Natural Recyclers is the Art League’s latest exhibit (which also happens to be the League’s first Patio installation since opening in 2008) and features an earth media installation by Nicola Parente and Divya Murthy. Natural Recyclers is a long-term project continuing to grow and evolve. Using mainly recyclable and renewable resources, Parente and Murthy created a site-specific installation consisting of three giant mushrooms whose bases are fabricated from rebar, soil and moss. The mushroom caps and stems are planted with Texas native and non-native, edible and herb plants. The use of the mushroom reflects the important role the fungi play in the ecosystem through its use of decomposing materials as its source of nourishment.

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with Greg Scheinman on PBS, presented by IW MARKS, is a unique documentary style TV program giving you an all-access pass into the lives of Houston’s most prolific personalities from the worlds of business, philanthropy, entertainment, the arts and sports. In collaboration with on PBS Channel 8, magazine is proud to bring you a sneak peek into this new show turning key Houstonians inside out.



Brian Kapiloff joined Insgroup, Inc., in 1992 and was named president in 2008. Mr. Kapiloff earned a BA in history with a minor in Spanish from The University of Texas in 1992. He holds the designation of Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) and has more than 16 years’ experience in the insurance brokerage industry. Under his leadership, Insgroup has become one of the largest independent insurance brokers in Texas and is consistently ranked by Insurance Journal as one of the top 100 agencies in the United States. Mr. Kapiloff has a long history of community involvement with numerous not-for-profit organizations including Seven Acres. HE HAS MADE APPEARANCES ON LOCAL AND NATIONAL TELEVISION AND RADIO PROGRAMS AND IS GENERALLY RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE FOREMOST EXPERTS IN INSURANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT SERVICES for middle market companies, with clients in industries as diverse as real estate, construction, manufacturing, transportation, technology, professional services and not-for profit organizations. He has been married to Tracy for 10 years and counting, and they have two young children and a new Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy named “Kirby.”

brian kapiloff | greg scheinman

DO YOU VOLUNTEER? Yes, as much as possible with business and young children. I am a trustee and currently serve as vice president at Seven Acres, one of the largest not-for-profit longterm care facilities in the Gulf Coast region. I am also involved in a few other organizations where I serve on various committees. DO YOU RECYCLE? We take the blue bins to the curb every Monday. DO YOU SPEAK ANY OTHER LANGUAGES FLUENTLY? Spanish. WHAT MAGAZINE – OTHER THAN 002 NATURALLY – WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE FEATURED ON THE COVER? Golf Digest or Men’s Health but neither seems to be calling... ARE YOU MORE LIKELY TO EAT PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST OR CEREAL FOR DINNER? Cereal for dinner. SLIPPERS OR BARE FEET AROUND THE HOUSE? Being in the insurance brokerage business, we don’t like the word “slip,” so bare feet…

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WHAT AWARDS HAVE YOU WON? Most recently, first place net in a golf tournament which means everyone thinks I cheated. ARE YOU NAMED FOR ANYONE? IS ANYONE NAMED AFTER YOU? My middle name Johnathan was given for my mom’s brother John who passed away at a young age. DO YOU HAVE A GARDEN? FLOWERS OR VEGETABLE? Flower garden. WHAT’S YOU FAVORITE SAYING OR MOTTO? The harder I work the luckier I get. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BRAG ABOUT YOURSELF? I don’t like to brag but I am especially proud of my two children who are both so sweet and doing so well in school. HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND ON THE COMPUTER EACH DAY? WAY TOO MUCH!!

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DO YOU WATCH TV SHOWS OR MOVIES ON THE INTERNET? I didn’t know you could watch movies or TV on the Internet until my kids told me recently. WHO DO YOU CARRY PHOTOS OF IN YOUR WALLET? Pictures of both kids and my family in a brag book. WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? I’m a Houston native and product of HISD, River Oaks Elementary, Lanier Middle and Lamar High School. HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR LAST BIRTHDAY? In Napa, California, with good friends over dinner. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MEAL? Pappas’ Burger (but only on special occasions).

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WHAT’S ON YOUR KEY RING? A Texas Longhorn and an access card to the gym. WHAT REALITY SHOW DO YOU WATCH? I get plenty of reality in business every day, so no need to watch TV. WHAT HOLIDAY WOULD YOU DECLARE? Not powerful enough to declare a holiday… WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY? Continuous improvement. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR HOME? We love everything about our home thanks to our fantastic designer, J. Randall Powers. IF WE COULD INTRODUCE YOU TO ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? (YOU NEVER KNOW WHO WE KNOW!) Warren Buffett for sage advice on business and investing or Will Ferrell because he cracks me up.

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ENERGIZER FLAT PANEL INDUCTION CHARGING SYSTEM So you got a Nintendo Wii for a holiday gift? Very cool, but how are you going to play all those hours and keep your Wiimotes charged? No need to keep buying batteries with this smart device. Energizer makes a sleek, flat panel induction charger to keep those Wii wireless remote controls constantly charged. Plug the device into an outlet and place it flat on a table. Then simply lay the Wiimotes on top of the flat glossy black panel for wireless charging. A red light signifies a charge is in progress and green means you’re ready to go. My fave feature: This system works with any variation of the controller. You can have the protective condom jacket on, a Nunchuck or Classic Controller plugged in and it will still work. Game on! $29.99 (charges 2 Wiimotes) | $49.99 (charges 4 Wiimotes) |

NOOK E-READER Electronic reading devices continue to be among the hottest gadgets. Barnes & Noble finally gets in the game with its own device aimed squarely at’s Kindle. B&N’s Nook has been getting many headlines and was set to tear up holiday sales. A production glitch pushed back the release date to mid-January but here it comes. This device not only has a color touch screen (sorry, Kindle) but also a second screen along the bottom to browse book covers. Downloading books can be done two ways – through the built-in AT&T 3G network adapter and Wi-Fi. That service is free when sitting inside one of the ubiquitous B&N stores around the country. This device makes perfect sense being offered by the Internet’s largest bookstore. All looks good for the Nook in a head-to-head match with the Kindle. That said, Beta had a much nicer picture than VHS. Stay tuned... $259 | .

tools+toys+ gadgets By Michael Garfield

SPOT SATELLITE GPS MESSENGER We all know what a GPS can do but here is one with a twist. The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger lets users send location-based messages using satellite communications virtually anywhere. Why is this important? If you are climbing a remote mountain or hiking through a rainforest across the planet, cell phone signals are tough to find. A quick push of a button on this can let people know where you are and how you’re doing. And it’s obviously great for emergencies. Outdoor lovers and travelers need peace of mind when on remote locations and the SPOT is always on the spot. $150 (with $100 annual service fee) |

COREL DIGITAL STUDIO 2010 I usually tell people ‘good luck’ if they want to use a complicated software program like Adobe Photoshop to edit photos. While that is a great program it is very tough to learn and is quite expensive. An easier solution I found is Corel Digital Studio 2010. For the first time on the PC, Corel brings together photo, video, DVD burning and playback within a single, consistent user interface that makes it simple for anyone to get amazing results. This software suite lets users automatically fix and improve photos while also creating photo books and calendars. Videographers can trim and enhance videos while making polished movies within minutes. And once these photos and videos are ready, a few simple steps can create DVDs and convert them for play on portable devices like your iPod and PSP. $79.99 |

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 Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @hightechtexan.

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The elegant gentlemen’s black-tie event once again delivered the goods, thanks to the support of 247 of Houston’s most caring and art savvy gents whose love for art inspired them to raise nearly $740,000 for new works of art for the MFAH. The gentlemen enjoyed a cocktail reception followed by an exquisite four-course, seated dinner by the one-and-only Jackson and Company. A few good men indeed!

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Greg Looser, Tony Visage, Thad Dameris

Tony Petrello, Joe Watson, Devinder Bhatia

Jack Eby, Louis Skidmore

Greg Steffen, Lee Godfrey

Les Ballard, Lenoir Josey, Bill Wheless

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FOUNDATION ROOM | HOB 1204 Caroline. 832.667.7800

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Glasswall 933 Studemont. 713.868.7930

*17 inside Hotel Alden 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8800

HEARSAY GASTRO LOUNGE NEW 218 Travis St. 713.225.8079

Artista In the Hobby Center 800 Bagby. 713.278.4782

Americas •1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.961.1492 •21 Waterway Ave. 281.367.1492


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

The Lake House 1600 McKinney. 713.337.7320

Mariposa Neiman Marcus 2600 Post Oak Blvd. 713.621.7100 ext. 2166 McCormick and Schmick’s •1151 Uptown Park. 713.840.7900 •1201 Fannin St. 713.658.8100 Noe Four Riverway. 713.871.8177

Beaver’s 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328

Benjy’s •2424 Dunstan. 713.522.7602 •5922 Washington Ave. 713.868.1131 Bistro Alex 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy CityCentre 713.827.3545

Block 7 Wine Company 720 Shepherd Dr. 713.572.2565 Boom Boom Room 2518 Yale St. 713.868.3740 Bowl 607 Richmond. 832.582.7218

CAVA BISTRO 300 Main St. 713.229.9504

Open City 2416 Brazos. 713.522.0118

Polos Signature 3800 Southwest Frwy. 713.626.8100

Post Oak Grill 1415 S. Post Oak. 713.993.9966 Quattro 1300 Lamar. 713.276.4700 Ray’s Franks & More 1302 Nance St. 713.224.6441

RDG | Bar Annie 1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.1111 Ruggles Green 2311 West Alabama. 713.533.0777 Tart Café 4411 Montrose. 713.526.8278

Textile 611 W. 22nd Street. 832.209.7174

Courses inside the Art Institute of Houston 1900 Yorktown. 713.353.3644 DANTON'S GULF COAST SEAFOOD 4611 Montrose. 713.807.8883

Shade 250 W. 19th St. 713.863.7500

The Grove 1611 Lamar. 713.337.7321 Voice Hotel Icon 220 Main. 832.667.4470

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Daily Review Café 3412 West Lamar. 713.520.9217


Eddie V’s Prime Seafood 12848 Queensbury Ln. 832.200.2380

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Auntie Chang’s Dumpling House 2621 S. Shepherd. 713.524.8410

Kam’s [chinese] 4500 Montrose Blvd. #C. 713.529.5057

THE FRUIT PALETTE NEW 2413 Rice Blvd. 713.523.7848

Taft Street 2115 Taft. 713.522.3533

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Houston’s This Is It Soulfood 207 W. Gray. 713.659.1608

Beaver’s 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328

Kubo’s 2414 University Blvd. #200. 713.528.7878 LES GIVRAL’S KAHVE [vietnamese] 801 Congress St. 713.547.0444

Pagoda [vietnamese] 4705 Inker St. 832.673.0400 RA SUSHI •3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 •12860 Queensbury Ln. #234 713.331.2792 Straits 800 West Sam Houston Parkway N. 713.365.9922

UPTOWN SUSHI Uptown Park. 713.871.1200 Zake 2946 S. Shepherd. 713.526.6888

Goode Company TX Barbecue 5109 Kirby. 713.522.2530 Luling Bar-B-Q Bar 138 West Gray. 713.520.6400

Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue 1703 Shepherd. 713.227.2283

11th St. Café 748 E. 11th St. 713.862.0089


Avalon Drug Co. & Diner •2417 Westheimer. 713.527.8900 •12810 Southwest Frwy. 281.240.0213

les givral’s kahve

COCO’S CREPES 218 Gray St. 713.521.0700

More Than Cakes 1100 West Dallas. 713.652.5132

Don Diego Coffee 208 Travis. 713.228.3560 The Coffee Groundz 2503 Bagby. 713.874.0082

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Tiny Boxwood’s 3614 W. Alabama St. 713.622.4224 Diedrich Coffee 4005 Montrose. 713.526.1319 Inversion Coffee House 1953 Montrose, #A. 713.523.4866

Empire Café 1732 Westheimer. 713.528.5282

Fountain View Café 1842 Fountain View. 713.785.9060

Café Brasil 2604 Dunlavy. 713.528.1993

Treebeards •315 Travis. 713.228.2622 •1117 Texas. 713.229.8248 •1100 Louisiana. 713.752.2601 •700 Rusk. 713.224.6677 Zydeco Louisiana Diner 1119 Pease. 713.759.2001

Crave Cupcakes 1151 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.622.7283

bakery+ coffee+others

Mardi Gras Grill 1200 Durham. 713.864.5600


Café Rosé 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy CityCentre 713.827.3545

Zushi 5900 Memorial Dr., #102. 713.861.5588

Antidote Coffee 729 Studewood. 713.861.7400

Kraftsmen Baking 4100 Montrose, #C. 713.524.7272

Rustika Café 3237 Southwest Frwy. 713.665.6226

Sugar Baby's Cupcakes 3310 S Shepherd. 713.527.8427 The Breakfast Klub 3711 Travis. 713.528.8561 The Buffalo Grille •3116 Bissonnet. 713.661.3663 •1301 S. Voss. 713.784.3663

uptown sushi

Brasserie Max and Julie [french] 4315 Montrose. 713.524.0070 Charivari Specialty [european] 2521 Bagby. 713.271.7231

Feast [european] 219 Westheimer. 713.529.7788


Kiran’s 4100 Westheimer. 713.960.8472 Narin’s Bombay Brasserie 3005 W. Loop South. 713.622.2005 Shiva Indian Restaurant 2415 Times Blvd. 713.523.4753


ARCODORO 5000 Westheimer. 713.621.6888 ARTURO’S Uptown Park. 713.621.1180 MIA BELLA •2006 Lexington St. 713.237.0505 •320 Main. 713.237.0505 •110 Vintage Park. 281.251.8930 •1201 San Jacinto -Houston Pavilions 832.319.6673 NEW Mingalone 540 Texas. 713.223.0088

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LAS VENTANAS RESTAURANT & CANTINA 14555 Grisby Road., Houston, TX 77079 @ Energy Corridor 281.752.6990

COMING SOON! Authentic Mexican food lovers can breathe a sigh of relief, Alex Sneider is back! After working 17 years with his father, owner of Houston institution Las Alamedas, Alex is venturing on his own with Las Ventanas Restaurant & Cantina, set to open early 2010. With the help of Executive Chef Erasto Ceja, Las Ventanas’ menu promises to offer patrons true authentic "Mexico City style" food in a relaxed family atmosphere. The large, tree-covered outdoor patio will be the perfect place to enjoy their signature margaritas. See you soon, Amigos!

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

ONION PATCH 10111 Hammerly Blvd., Houston, TX 77080 | 713.722.0666 "Only at the Onion Patch will you find a unique blend of Argentinian, Peruvian, Cuban, Italian and American food in a warm, family-friendly setting. We make everything fresh from start to finish, and it shows. You can almost taste the cilantro and lime...the delicious, Latin-inspired flavors wafting through Dalia's kitchen. Freshly made Peruvian ceviche that pleases the palate like no other. Delectable Cuban pulled pork, waiting to be savored. Italian-style thin-crust pizza made from scratch, just like the one you had at that restaurant in Naples. Imagine all of your favorite meals enjoyed from your travels – or even your dream destinations – here at one place. Be transported." Ristorante Cavour Hotel Granduca. 1080 Uptown Park. 713.418.1000

El Rey [cuban-mex] •233 Main. 713.225.1895 •910 Shepherd. 713.802.9145


El Tiempo Cantina [mex] •3130 Richmond. 713.807.1600 •5602 Washington. 713.681.3645 •1308 Montrose. 713.807.8996

Valentino + Vin Bar Hotel Dereck. 2525 West Loop South. 713-850-9200 ANDALUCIA NEW [spanish} 1201 San Jacinto St.-Houston Pavilions 713.651.1081

CIELO MEXICAN BISTRO 300 Main St. 713.229.9500

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

Cyclone Anaya’s [mex] 309 Gray St. 713.520.6969

Guadalajara del Centro 1201 San Jacinto. 713.650.0101

Café Piquet [cuban] 6053 Bissonnet. 713.664.1031

El Meson [cuban] 2425 University. 713.522.9306 El Patio [mex] •6444 Westheimer. 713.780.0410 •2416 Brazos. 713.523.8181

Irma’s [mex] •22 N. Chenevert. 713.222.0767 •1314 Texas. 713.247.9651 The Lemon Tree [peru] 12591 Whittington. 281.556.0690

Tila’s [mex] 1111 S. Shepherd. 713.522.7654

TINTOS 2015 West Gray 713.522.1330 Lucio’s [new american latin] 905 Taft. 713.523.9958

Maria Selma [mex] 1617 Richmond. 713.528.4920 Ninfa's The Original 2704 Navigation Blvd. 713.228.1175

Droubi Bros. •507 Dallas. 713.625.0058 •919 Milam. 713.571.6800

Cafe Lili [lebanese] 5757 Westheimer. 713.952.6969

NIKO NIKO’S 2520 Montrose. 713.528.1308 SAFFRON MOROCCAN CUISINE 2006 Lexington. 713.522.3562


ONION PATCH [cuban-peru] 1011 Hammerly Blvd. 713.722.0666

Candelari’s 6002 Washington. 832.200.1474

Picazo Restaurant Bar & Grill 1421 Preston. 713.236.1300

Dolce Vita Pizzeria y Enoteca 500 Westheimer. 713.520.8222

Tacos a Go-Go 3704 Main. 713.807.8226

Pink’s Pizza •710 West Gray. 713.521.7465 •1403 Heights Blvd. 713.864.7465

Rioja 11920 Westheimer. 281.531.5569

mediterranean +greek

Frank’s Pizza 417 Travis. 713.225.5656

Star Pizza •77 Harvard. 713.869.1241

•2111 Norfolk. 713.523.0800

steak+chops Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse •2405 W. Alabama. 713.520.5999 •788 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. North. 713.827.1120 Morton’s •5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 •1001 McKinney. 713.659.3700

MO’S 1801 Post Oak Blvd. 713.877.0720 Pappas Bros. Steakhouse 5839 Westheimer Rd. 713.780.7352 Spencer’s Steaks & Chops 1600 Lamar. 713.577.8325

Strip House 1200 McKinney. 713.659.6000 Shula's Steakhouse Hyatt Regency 1200 Louisiana St. 713.375.4777


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dine write

By Beatrice Valencia Photography by Julie Soefer

1. Smoked Salmon Crostini 2-3 Hearsay Gastro Lounge interior

218 Travis Street Houston, TX 77002| 713.22.8079

Valet parking is available across the street at Hotel Icon.


Monday thru Thursday- 11am to midnight Friday- 11 am to after midnight Saturday- noon to after midnight Sunday- noon to 6pm

sample menu selections

starters • Creamy Roasted Poblano Chicken Soup • Vodka Cured Smoked Salmon Salad: Mixed Greens with Pickled Onions, Capers, Artichokes and Balsamic Vinaigrette

tastes • Shrimp and Chicken Spring Rolls • Smoked Salmon Crostini • Grilled Portabellas

entrées • Stuffed Chicken Breast: Stuffed with locally crafted Goat cheese, Spinach, Sun Dried Tomatoes, and topped with herbed demi-glaze • Hearsay Hamburger: Angus Beef patty with Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, White Cheddar, Grilled Onions and served with Parmesan Rosemary Fries • Grilled Mahi-Mahi Hearsay Fish Tacos: Grilled Mahi, Pico de Gallo and spicy Habenero Sauce and Southwestern Mango Slaw served on Corn Tortillas.

desserts • Domino Chocolate Cake • Raspberry Crème Brulée

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OUSTON’S FIRST GASTRO PUB/LOUNGE MADE ITS DEBUT MID-OCTOBER IN ONE OF THE CITY’S OLDEST BUILDINGS. FIRST THINGS FIRST, LET’S DISCUSS. WHAT IS A GASTRO PUB? YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT IT IS SO YOU CAN SEE IF IT LIVES UP TO THE DEFINITION, DON’T YOU THINK? A gastro lounge is a new way of saying a gastro pub. Arriving stateside from London, this concept combines a restaurant with a pub (or bar, stateside lingo) that concentrates on the quality of food. So what they lack in fried chicken, wings, etc., they more than make up for it with tenderloin, Mahi-Mahi fish tacos, crusted chicken breast, etc. Now that we have that covered, let’s discuss this “one of the oldest buildings in the city” business. The W.L. Foley Building (yes, that Foley’s) was rebuilt in 1889 by architect Eugene T. Heiner after a fire destroyed half the building in 1888. Having originally been a store in 1860, turned Confederate armory during the Civil War, surviving not one but two fires (the latter in 1988), the fact that this structure still stands is due to a labor of all things historic by artist Lee Benner. Acquiring the building in 1994 just a day before the wrecking ball was to demolish the roofless structure, Benner along with two partners raised/pooled funds to restore the burntout building to what it is today. In 2001, the restoration was

complete and Twelve Spot became the first tenant. As all good things must come to an end, Twelve Spot closed and Hearsay soon blossomed. Having switched up the interior some, Hearsay kept the wood panels on the walls but incorporated antique mirror panels. These mirror panels, along with the massive chandelier and scattered test tube lighting dangling from the 40–50-foot ceiling provides just the right amount of warm glow – bright enough to dine yet sexy enough to mingle. Banquette seating lines the wall opposite the bar for diners on the ground level. It’s still a bar so a couple plasma screens are on to various games or movies. A staircase leads to an upper level balcony smaller bar and lounge seating. The balcony overlooks the entire ground level for a pretty cool view from on high. On to the gastro part of this historically cool lounge. The menu has about 6 starters and 5 entrées to choose from. We started with the warm baked goat cheese salad, yellowfin tuna and their side of Mac and Four cheese. The goat cheese salad was served warm, thankfully, perfectly dressed in the sun-dried tomato vinaigrette so the greens weren’t wilting. Roasted almonds and Granny Smith apples provided the perfect crunch texture to complement the greens and cheese. The Mac and Four cheese was AWESOME. Smoked gouda, white cheddar, parmesan cheese and a fourth cheese, which is the chef’s secret ingredient, combine with

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little elbow pasta and are then topped with the smallest bit of Panko breadcrumbs, broiled for a bit for an amazingly basic yet delicious surprise. I was delighted to see that this wasn’t another incarnation with truffle involved. We had to order seconds of this creamy indulgence. From the entrée selection we ordered the Hearsay Hamburger, Beef Tenderloin and the Grilled Mahi-Mahi Hearsay Fish Tacos. The burger is a great balance of flavors with the Angus beef patty, apple wood smoked bacon, white cheddar and grilled onions. No one ingredient seems to overwhelm or mask the other. We barely used condiments because, really, none were needed. The fish tacos were fresh and a delightful rendition that steers away from a fried or tempura version. Corn tortillas served with grilled Mahi, pico de gallo and a spicy habenero sauce are light, fresh, perfect if you are trying to stay alert for the rest of your evening. The quality of food is on another level compared to most bars. It’s a great “first” concept in Houston and it can only get better. If you don’t go for the food, the lounge alone is well worth the visit. For any one of their cocktails or even “The Twelve Spot” in homage of what was once and what is yet to come.

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CHEF YOUSSEF NAFAA restaurants mia bella trattoria, andalucia new + saffron | cuisine italian, spanish + moroccan |

the chef’s special Photography by Anthony Rathbun






ANY BMW youssef nafaa





WHAT’S YOUR PET PEEVE? When a dish is not seasoned properly.

BEST BRUNCH? I normally don’t go out for brunch, but when I do, I take my kids to Mia Bella’s brunch


WHAT INGREDIENT CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT IN THE KITCHEN AND WHY? Olive oil, salt & pepper, they are essential.

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FAVORITE PLACE FOR DESSERT? Coco’s Crepes, my kids love it!

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHEF, RESTAURANT AND DISH? Sushi restaurant Oushi on Weslayan and Richmond. Don’t know the chef’s name. Their salmon, avocado & spicy tuna roll. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, TELL US YOUR WORST CLIENT EXPERIENCE? At our downtown main location, during dinner a lady had a heart attack in the bathroom. I found her myself and gave her CPR; she seemed to have survived. The ambulance took her to the hospital and later found out she had passed away. It was bittersweet.

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Photography by Anthony Rathbun

By Beatrice Valencia and Pixie Ibañez





800 W. SAM HOUSTON PARKWAY | 713.461.9273

1117 PRAIRIE - inside hotel alden | 832.200.8800







Tapas are not really a kind of food, rather a Spanish way of eating. Usually served in tavernas, this very popular culture of eating is meant to induce states of inspiration and delight; it gives rise to witty banter on trivial topics and juicy gossip, something Houstonians already love to do. Andalucia has a double personality: by day I found it to be a place to quickly satisfy midday hunger before a mad dash back to work, but by night the place comes alive. THE RICH DARK WOOD TABLES PROVIDE A RUSTIC DÉCOR, MATADOR ARTWORK DECKS THE WALLS, while gorgeous candelabras emit a soft orange glow setting the perfect mood for a noche romantica. The flamenco show was fun and exciting – it is “literally” the cherry-on-top. The bar area is great. If you are in the mood for something light, the sangria is very refreshing, but if you are looking to unleash your inner matador, try the El Leon Conquistador, a concoction that will spice things up! Standouts on the friendly-to-the-budget menu are the patatas bravas (spicy cubed potatoes with aioli, simply delish or try the betabeles y zanahorias marinadas salad (a combination of beets and carrots with a pinenut goat cheese vinaigrette). If you love Brie cheese you must try the queso Brie horneado – baked brie with a layer of dates and pistachios, drizzled with raspberry vinaigrette. The albondigas marroquis (meatballs Moroccan style with peas in spicy cumin pepper sauce) are very flavorful and perfect for bread dipping. I recommend the paella valenciana, a traditional Spanish dish that combines poultry, meat, pork and seafood. The gambas al ajillo are a light and perfect tapa for shrimp lovers, also great for bread dipping, and last but not least, the marguez salteado, a Spanish style sausage with potatoes, garlic and onions in a succulent red sauce – Olé! 74. january 10 |

THIS PLACE IS IMPRESSIVE. FROM THE SHEAR AMOUNT OF FOOD ON THE MENU/BOOK TO THE 100 BEERS OFFERED ON DRAFT TO THE SIZE OF THE SPACE, Yardhouse is no hole in the wall. With the tagline being “great food, classic rock, world’s largest selection of draft beer,” grandiose seems to be the theme here. Tucked away in the inside of CityCentre, the first thing that caught my eye upon entering was the expansive space – a patio encompasses the whole perimeter. Once inside, the large bar (it has to accommodate 50 beers on tap on each side; that equals large) sits in the middle with booths and high-top bar tables surrounding the extra space. The other eye catcher – the silver pipes of the draft beer along the ceiling leading back to their transparent keg room that holds about 400 barrels of brew. Girl/guy ratio is in favor of the ladies. Lots of men watching sports on the numerous plasma TVs sprinkled throughout the bar. We barely made a dent in the menu that features the regular: burgers, sliders, sandwiches but also includes steak, seafood, pastas, pizzas and more! Notables in my book: The Korean beef appetizer is great. It could just be ordered as an entrée due to the serving size. Onion ring tower is a must. The presentation alone makes me happy. No mushy, slippery onions here. Only crispy crunchy rings. I have a sweet tooth so I delved into the fresh baked brownie for dessert that comes with a “15 minutes to prepare” disclaimer. A gooey brownie served in its silver baking dish with a ball of vanilla ice cream is the end product. If you like gooey, not crunchy, brownies, this is your thing. If not, I would just ask them to bake it longer. Overall, I was impressed and left with an impressively full belly.

WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW EXECUTIVE CHEF CHIP HIGHT COMES THE RESURGENCE OF A DECADENTLY DELICIOUS SEASONAL MENU, changing quarterly to follow with our ever-changing seasons. Since it is winter, flavors are warm, inducing comfort and fireplace images. They perfectly complemented the overcast chilly weather we were having the day of our visit. We started with a plate of intricately put together Charcuterie. Salmon layered with Crème Fraiche Terrin, Foie Gras Puy Lentil Terrine with *17 Vin, a mound of pork rillette and a “fluff” of In House Fennel Cured Pancetta rounded out our starter. The combo of hearty, wholesome flavors was an indication of what was yet to be served. With only bites to spare, The Wellington was served. Seared filet of beef wrapped in puff pastry with a Bordelaise, Enoki mushrooms and Tourchon of Foie Gras was quite special – yes, decadent. The beef is cooked just to perfection and then “hugged” by the puff pastry to get this buttery, meaty bite with just an inkling of bordelaise. My winter treat didn’t end there. Crispy Duck Breast with red wine poached pear, caramelized shallot and a green peppercorn sauce was before me. Never having tasted duck before I was apprehensive but eager. Wow! The duck with the poached pear and surprise of the green peppercorn sauce IS winter on a plate. The pop of the peppercorn with the semi-sweet pear, shallot and duck is a wondrous layer of flavors and texture – beautiful! Not to be outdone by entrees, a bay leaf ice cream with chocolate cookie crumbles and a pear cardamom crostata was served for dessert. All unlikely dessert flavors but when combined, a very tame, not over-indulgent ending to an ideal winter meal.

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recording By Lance Scott Walker Photography by Anthony Rathbun


O YOU THINK THE UNORTHODOX NATURE OF YOU TWO COMING TOGETHER – MEETING ON CRAIGSLIST – FUELED THE COLLABORATION? Ko Nakamura (vocals): We both have our overlaps, but our musical tastes tend to differ a little bit, and I think that really helps bring these two different worlds together as far as putting the music together. But from the first time we met up, we hit the ground running as far as songwriting. I mean we had our first song after like a week and a half. Scott Spencer (guitar): I would agree, and I would think that we came at this very differently. I think early on when we were writing together one of the things that I noticed from a musical standpoint – Ko’s voice just struck me. The first time we got together it was apparent to me that he had a very unique sound, and my compositional writing is such that it needed something to differentiate itself musically, and his voice was the perfect foil for it.


When you guys first started playing together and you were realizing you had something, were your efforts more geared towards a recording project or were you thinking about getting out and playing live? Ko: Well, when we first started we were playing some covers and throwing in our songs here and there, but I think a studio project... I think it was just two projects that sort of blended together because I know Scott was working on an instrumental project at the time and I had started writing lyrics for his songs and that’s where the two projects merged. Scott: I’d say that early on we were doing a combination of both – just playing out to get the feel of how we sounded together, and we just started writing songs pretty much immediately. But I went into the studio with the intention of doing an instrumental project of songs I’d written over the course of several years and what ended up happening was Eric Jarvis, our producer, and I would initially start by laying down a track and several of them we thought were instrumentals and then we brought Ko in just to give it a try and see how this would sound, and we were really blown away when literally on the first or second take of every song that Ko did, he nailed it. So we weren’t having to go back and forth in the studio laborintensively there. It was a very effortless project there. So when Eric and I realized what Ko was adding – I think one of the first songs we did in the studio was “Near Dusk,” and we got Brendan Buckley from Shakira’s band on percussion for that one. It’s a really heartfelt song about my ex-wife and leaving the relationship, and that’s all I told Ko – what it meant emotionally for me – and from my perspective, when I heard it, it just hit me in the heart. It just really conveyed what my song meant to me emotionally from a musical standpoint, and from that point forward, I would tell Ko “this is what the songs means to me.” He has a very poetic quality to his writing style, and if you read his lyrics, it’s not just literal, hitting you over the

head with the obviousness of it all. I like the ambiguity and this impressionistic perspective he brings in lyrically. It allows people to kind of go where they want to and bring what they have into the song themselves, and I really appreciated that from his perspective. About the East/West thing – I can hear some alternate tunings on there and there’s definitely a hint of the Eastern scale in there as opposed to just Western notes. Is that something you developed as you guys were writing the songs or is that something you’ve always worked with? Scott: I’ve worked with alternate tunings for a long time, and of the 10 tracks on the album, 8 of them have alternate tunings, each different from one another. I do think that lends itself to more of a unique sound. You’ve got these automatic scales you go to from an open perspective, but I like the alternate tunings because it allows me to go to much broader places as opposed to just staying on the neck most of the time. So I’ve incorporated that for a long, long time and I’m still trying to tweak it and do different things. That’s something I will always do, and hopefully we’ll continue to evolve within that space. So you guys played on Debra Duncan’s television show. How alien of an experience was that? Ko: (laughs) You nailed it, man! We had a song picked out that we really wanted to play, “Near Dusk,” and we really got versed on it and they told us they wanted a minute clip of another song and so we did a version of that and it ended up being the only clip that they played. There’s this total deer in the headlights/American Bandstand feel to the clip, like it’s 8 o’clock in the morning and you guys have no idea where you woke up. Scott: Exactly! It was an alien experience. We were waiting there for probably two hours to play, just doing nothing. I think the hostess of the show was interviewing a comedian, and when she saw the title of the record Of Love Scorned & Insecurity, she didn’t even wanna touch the name. And when we played I couldn’t hear my guitar so I was leaning way over into the monitor... Ko: The TV audience was I’d say a bunch of maybe 11-year-old kids and a bunch of 70-year-old ladies. Everybody’s gotta tap into a market, you know. You guys should consider this. Ko: That’s it. We are it with the geriatric set.

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club+lounge review By Travis Jones Photography by Daniel Ortiz



2736 virgina st., houston, tx 77098 | 713.520.5666 |

’ve always considered myself a dive bar man. Something about their character and charisma, carefully cultivated over years burrowing into their respective neighborhoods, makes me overlook myriad stains, sporadic lighting and air conditioning and that weird guy named Ed who always sits in the back corner playing dominoes alone. So I knew beforehand that getting onto “The List” at The Red Room could go one of two ways, depending on which of the voices in my head I decided to give credence. I went with number seven.

To use my first and last Miley Cyrus quote, The Red Room “is definitely not a Nashville party.”(I apologize to friends and family for that.) In fact, The Red Room really isn’t a Houston throwdown either. While most lounges and clubs thrive to be New York-y and never get the pieces to fall correctly, Red Room pulls off that kind of exclusivity. Tucked away right off Westheimer on 2736 Virginia Street, the space sits at the heart of Upper Kirby and River Oaks, nestled above a quaint, gated courtyard and fountain. The gate, unfortunately, is as far as most of Houston will ever make it. The Red Room maintains a tight guest list that you have to be part of to enjoy what the lounge has to offer. So, call well ahead of their hours (Tuesday through Saturday, from 6 to 2) or book a private party during off hours by giving a heads-up to the management. The reason for such stringent, crowd control measures is easily assessed upon walking through the courtyard and up to the lounge itself. With a borderline stuffy layout chock-full of Louis the Thirteenth style furniture and plush accoutrement, if The Red Room doesn’t control the peasants, the kingdom would quickly be overrun. As long as the bar remains well-managed, the crowd should retain that perfect equilibrium between quantity of faces and exclusivity of the clientele. From a glass half full perspective, The Red Room is the only space of its size in which patrons can truly get lost in the luxury. With everything bathed in a deep crimson, and no corner left without a posh seating arrangement, visitors can spend upmost of an hour taking in the artwork just on a single wall. From oil pieces recalling Diego Rivera to more mod, Warholesque approaches, The Red Room brings The Met to a bar near you. The Red Room crowd is yet another interesting piece of art. From accented travelers with years of stories to young and vivacious businessfolk looking to close a deal, the people you can watch there on a busy weekend evening comprise one interesting salad. A tie that certainly binds though is class. Charisma. Bravado.

Whatever you call it, it’s the only reason a dime piece hangs all over a guy who looks like Mr. Belvedere and not you with your dragon shirt and scarf you wear when it’s 50 degrees out. This is the upper echelon, so if you’re over 25 and still using Axe body and hair products and you aren’t dressing to impress, stay home. Once you get in though, the people-watching is unbeatable. The smaller, more conversation-savvy crowd also plays into the role of the barkeep at The Red Room. Taking the wrestling and shouting match that you have to deal with at most other establishments out of the equation allows the bartenders to create rapport with their guests and be available at the guest’s leisure. A fluid supporting cast of lounge servers complements those behind the bar as well. They’re quick, clean and gone to get your next round before you even have to interrupt your convo. It’s ninja-like. The Red Room serves an impressive wine list and a litany of specialty cocktails inspired by global flavors and various eras. I recommend their Manhattan. Simple. Stiff. Stellar. The Red Room isn’t for everyone. Ed, the weird guy who smells like mothballs from your local dive bar? Not on the list. That guy who tans and wears enough gel you can see his skull? Also not on the list. However, whether you get in next week, next month or next year, add The Red Room to the list of Houston’s finest.

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BARS + CLUBS + LOUNGES + WINE BARS 002 night life


511CLUB 511 Main. 713.221.8833

A+ BAR inside Alden Hotel 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8800 BUTTERFLY HIGH 902 Capitol. 713.237.2337

C&F DRIVE INN 6714 N. Main. 713.861.0704 CHAR BAR 305 Travis. 713.222.8177

CLUB ICE/MANTRA 711 Main St. 713.225.3500

THE COTTON EXCHANGE 202 Travis. 832.507.5906 DEAN’S CREDIT CLOTHING 316 Main. 713.227.3326 deanscreditclothing

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

FLYING SAUCER 705 Main St. 713.228.7468

HOUSE OF BLUES 1204 Caroline. 1.888.40.BLUES JET LOUNGE 1515 Pease. 713.659.2000 LA CARAFE 813 Congress. 713.229.9399

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LIVE SPORTS CAFÉ 407 Main. 713.228.5483

LONE STAR SALOON 1900 Travis. 713.757.1616

LUCKY STRIKE LANES & LOUNGE 1201 San Jacinto. 713.343.3300 MOLLY’S PUB 509 Main. 713.222.1033 NOTSUOH 314 Main. 713.409.4750

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

RESERVE 101 1201 Caroline. 713.655.7101

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFÉ 909 Texas Ave. 713.224.5299 SHADOW BAR 213 Milam. 713.221.5483

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

TOC BAR 711 Franklin. 713.224.4862

VENUE 719 Main. 713.236.8150

WILD WEST 6101 Richmond. 713.266.3455


heights + washington

BAR 12•21 MORTON’S 5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946

BLANCO’S 3406 W. Alabama. 713.439.0072

BELVEDERE 1131 Uptown Park. 713.552.9271 BLVD 610 LOUNGE 3005 West Loop. 832.875.3997 THE BLACK SWAN (Omni Hotel) 4 Riverway. 713.871.8181 CLUB 26 TEN 2610 Sage. 713.974.4000

IDENTITY BAR 5959 Richmond. 713.785.0999 PLANETA BAR-RIO 6400 Richmond. 832.251.9600 PAPARRUCHOS 3055 Sage. 713.212.3178

BEER ISLAND 2631 White Oak. 713.862.4670 BIG STAR 1005 W. 19th. 281.501.9560 BLUE LABEL LOUNGE 4500 Washington

BLOCK 21 2420 Washington. 713.337.1410 BOOM BOOM ROOM 2518 Yale. 713.868.3740 boomboomroomhouston

CORKSCREW 1919 Washington. 713.864.9463 COSMOS CAFÉ 69 Heights. 713.802.2144

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

DARKHORSE TAVERN 2207 Washington. 713.426.2442 DUBLINER LOUNGE 4219 Washington. 713.861.2300

RA SUSHI 3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 12860 Queensbury. 713.331.2791

REMINGTON BAR St. Regis Hotel 1919 Briar Oaks Ln. 713.403.2631 RICHMOND ARMS 5731 Kirby. 713.523.9999

5920 Richmond. 713.784.7722

ROXY 5851 W. Alabama. 713.850.ROXY

THE TASTING ROOM 1101-18 Uptown Park. 713.993.9800 114 Gray. 713.528.6402 2409 W. Alabama. 713.526.2242

EI8TH 5102 Washington. 713.880.3500 KOBAIN 33 Waugh. 713.862.9911

MANOR ON WASHINGTON 4819 Washington. 713.426.0123 NOX 4701 Nett. 281.701.4248

ONION CREEK 3106 White Oak. 713.880.0706

PANDOR 1815 Washington. 832.296.6220

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

REBEL’S HONKY TONK 5002 Washington. 713.807.7040

REIGN 4105 Washington. 713.869.0404 SAWYER PARK SPORTS BAR 2412 Washington. 713.863.9350 THE CORKSCREW 1919 Washington. 713.864.9463 THE DIRT 222 Yale. 713.426.4222

THE DRINKERY 4115 Washington. 713.426.3617

THE DRAKE 1902 Washington. 713.861.9600

THE LOT 4212 Washington. 713.868.5688

THE SOCIAL 3730 Washington. 713.426.5585


13 CELSIUS 3000 Caroline. 713.529.8466

3RD BAR 2600 Travis. 713.526.8282 BLOCK 21 2420 Washington Ave.

BOND LOUNGE 2700 Milam. 713.529.2663

COACHES 2204 Louisiana. 713.751.1970 CHRISTIAN’S TAILGATE 2000 Bagby. 713.527.0261

DECO 510 Gray. 713.659.4900

EL PATIO 2416 Brazos. 713.523.8181 EPIC 3030 Travis. 713.862.4810

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

HOWL AT THE MOON 612 Hadley. 713.658.9700

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

LEON’S LOUNGE 1006 McGowen. 713.659.3052 THE MAPLE LEAF 514 Elgin. 713.520.6464

THE MINK/THE BACKROOM 3718 Main. 713.522.9985

OPEN CITY 2416-A Brazos. 832.483.8357 RED DOOR 2416 Brazos. 713.225.0640

RICH’S 2401 San Jacinto. 713.759.9606

SAMMY’S 2016 Main. 713.751.3101 SAINT DANE’S BAR + GRILL 502 Elgin. 713.807.7040

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STATUS 2404 San Jacinto. 713.659.5400

CATBIRDS 1336 Westheimer. 713.523.8000

THE STAG’S HEAD 2128 Portsmouth. 713.533.1199

BAM BOU 2540 University. 713.521.7222


GUAVA LAMP 570 Waugh. 713.524.3359

VELVET MELVIN 3303 Richmond. 713.522.6798

BRONX BAR 5555 Morningside. 713.520.9690

SWIVEL 2621 Milam. 713.222.2057 2800 Travis. 713.522.4900

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

UNION BAR 2708 Bagby. 281.974.1916 WHISKEY CREEK 2905 Travis. 713.526.4225

XO BAR & LOUNGE 2611 San Jacinto. 713.651.9900

ZEPPELIN 3101 San Jacinto. 713.521.7300

montrose + shepherd

ABSINTHE 609 Richmond. 713.528.7575

AGORA 1717 Westheimer. 713.526.7212

ANVIL+REFUGE 1424 Westheimer. 713.523.1622 AVANTGARDEN 411 Westheimer. 832.519.1429

BARTINI 1318 Westheimer. 713.526.2277 BOHEME WINE & CAFÉ BAR 307 Fairview. 713.269.0859

BOONDOCKS 1417 Westheimer. 713.522.8500 BYZANTIO 403 W. Gray. 713.520.6896

CEZANNE JAZZ CLUB 4100 Montrose. 713.522.9321

THE DAVENPORT 2115 Richmond. 713.520.1140

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

THE HARP 1625 Richmond. 713.528.7827 LOLA’S 2327 Grant. 713.528.8342

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

NUMBERS 300 Westheimer. 713.526.6551

PRAVADA 2815 S. Shepherd. 713.533.1200 PRIVE 910 Westheimer. 713.526.6551

POISON GIRL 1641-B Westheimer. 713.527.9929

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

THE TAVERN 1340 W. Gray. 713.522.5159

VINTAGE 2108 Kipling. 713.522.4200

museum district

MONARCH LOUNGE Hotel ZaZa 5701 Main 713.526.1991 ZIMM’S MARTINI & WINE 4321 Montrose. 713.521.2002

outer loop

300 HOUSTON BOWLING 925 Bunker Hill 713.461.2431

DENIM BAR 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925 THE DERRICK TAVERN 1127 Eldridge. 281.759.4922

FIREHOUSE SALOON 5930 Southwest Frwy. 713.977.1962 HUSH 15625 Katy Frwy. 713.330.4874

VINE WINE ROOM 12420 Memorial Dr. 713.463.8463 VINO 100 11693 Westheimer. 281.759.4100

BRIAN O’NEILL’S 5555 Morningside. 713.522.2603

ERNIE’S ON BANKS 1010 Banks. 713.526.4566

KAY’S LOUNGE 2324 Bissonnet. 713.528.9858

BAKER STREET PUB 5510 Morningside. 713.942.9900

MUGSY’S 3200 Kirby. 713.526.5595

RED ROOM 2736 Virgina. 713.259.9952

ROLL-N SALOON 4200 San Felipe. 713.622.7487 THE BIG EASY 5731 Kirby. 713.523.9999

LITTLE WOODROW’S 5611 Morningside. 713.521.2337

THE GINGER MAN 5607 Morningside. 713.526.2770 THE LOUNGE AT BENJY’S 2424 Dunstan. 713.522.7602

VOLCANO www.2349 Bissonnet. 713.526.5282

river oaks + kirby

BLANCO’S 34060W. Alabama. 713.439.0072

THE GALLANT KNIGHT 2511 Bissonnet. 713.942.9940

THE RED ROOM 2736 Virgina St. 713.520.5666

THE WINE BUCKET 2311 W. Alabama. 713.942.9463 UNDER THE VOLCANO 2349 Bissonnet. 713.526.5282

COVA 5600 Kirby. 713.838.0700 5555 Washington. 713.868.3366

warehouse district

KENNEALLY’S IRISH PUB 2111 S. Shepherd. 713.630.0486

THE GREEN ROOM 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483

DOWNING STREET 2549 Kirby. 713.523.2291

LIZZARD’S PUB 2715 Sackett. 713.529.4610

EIGHTEEN TWENTY 1820 Franklin. 713.224.5535

LUCKY’S PUB 801 St. Emanuel. 713.522.2010

THE MERIDIAN 1503 Chartres. 713.225.1717

PASHAA ULTRA LOUNGE 2010 McKinney. 713.344.0305

rice village

ARMADILLO PALACE 5015 Kirby. 713.526.9700

MEZZANINE LOUNGE 2200 Southwest Frwy. 713.528.MEZZ

MERCER LOUNGE 3302 Mercer. 713.627.1132

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

HAPPY NEW YEAR! IT’S 2010 AND I’M DETERMINED TO MAKE THIS A BETTER YEAR. SANDWICHED IN BETWEEN HEARING ABOUT A SECOND “RECESSION” AND THE IMPENDING “END OF THE WORLD IN 2012,” I HAVE THIS OVERWHELMING FEELING OF THROWING CAUTION TO THE WIND. WITH THE NEWS THESE DAYS, IT SEEMS I’LL END UP JOBLESS, HEALTHCARE-LESS, WITH A WEIRD SICKNESS (AHEM, SWINE FLU) AND ALMOST CERTAINLY HOPELESS. YOU’D THINK THE MEDIA WOULD TRY TO SPIN SOME MUCH NEEDED HOPE AND MOTIVATION INTO MY LIFE. WELL, I’M ERASING ALL OF THOSE HEADLINES FROM MY LIFE. IT’S A NEW YEAR. I NEED A NEW ATTITUDE. I’VE LEARNED YOU ONLY GET BACK WHAT YOU PUT OUT THERE. SO, ONLY POSITIVE THOUGHTS, WORDS AND GESTURES STARTING…NOW! Next Door Bar- 14714 Memorial Drive 281.493.0307 This is probably the BEST thing that has happened to the Westside. Past Dairy Ashford, off Memorial toward Eldridge, on your righthand side you’ll see this beckon of “light.” It is like the heavens opened up and illuminated this place. Literally. The large Next Door Bar sign lets you know you’ve arrived. Located next door to Hungry’s (hence the name) that’s not the only light you’ll notice. Patio lounge seating surrounds the perimeter of the exterior to view games projected against 2 outer walls of the bar. From a banquette inside against one wall, to couches, to various chairs, finding a seat is not a problem. A fireplace is tucked into the wall opposite the banquette. During nicer weather, garage style doors with windows open up to let the outside in. Another clever use of space is the floor, with lit up wine rack storage space under one section. Essentially, you are walking on top of the wine. It provides a cool lighting touch. Behind the bar, was another nice surprise or, as we discovered, torture, a wheel o’ beverages. It has shots, cocktails, drawn or written on it in fun colors. Yes, they got me with just that. It looked like fun! Next thing you know, I’m taking some shot called a PB&J. Yes, it tasted like one but I’d rather eat it than shoot it. That didn’t stop us from letting them decide our shots for the rest of night though. Remember, it looks like fun! There is no shortage of drink selections including infused vodkas. The music picks up later in the night because if you keep playing with that wheel o’ beverages you’ll end up dancing. It’s inevitable. Yes, dancing on the Westside – without daring to go to Hush. It’s, honestly, the best thing that’s ever

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happened to Memorial for adults, college students returning home or couples moving back to the Westside. RA Sushi @ CityCentre- 12860 Queensbury 713.331.2792 OK, the second best thing to happen to the Westside, only because it isn’t as deep into the Westside as Next Door, is CityCentre. Each new establishment that opens awakens the area. Coming from someone who was raised on the Westside, the energy is exciting! Located in CityCentre, across the lawn from Anthropologie, if you look up to the second level you’ll see RA. Access is either elevator or stairs. It’s two flights, folks. Nothing major. Outside, you’ll notice the red sphere lighting that hangs from the ceiling. The patio has lounge seating and heaters hang from the ceiling for cooler weather. Inside, a large bar area with high-tops hides the dining room in RA’s signature colors of red and black. We sat on the outside patio because on this particular Saturday night, it was busy. Thankfully, they did have those heaters because it was cold outside too. Service was still great. At one point, we had two girls waiting on us. We just went for drinks and a few appetizers so we didn’t delve into the menu much. The RA sake was decently priced and very tasty. I love that they let you know the dryness of the sake. It makes all the difference when ordering it in my mind. We also had some edamame, a staple that you would think can’t be messed up but it can. (Nothing like getting overcooked edamame.) They served ours warm not overcooked. We snacked on the “Ra’ckin’ Shrimp.” Crispy shrimp is served on top of mixed greens with a creamy ginger teriyaki dipping sauce. They aren’t kidding when they say crispy. They aren’t necessarily fried but more like breaded and then baked until super crispy. The sauce is awesome. I wanted to eat it on everything. It was pleasant, and a good mix of young and old customers too despite the young top 40 music playing. Bullritos @ Greenway Commons- 3651 Weslayan 713.622.5656 “Burritos and Margaritas” – I couldn’t have made a more fitting combination myself. There is NOTHING I like more than the ordering style here at Bullritos. Various restaurants around town use this process; I won’t mention names but I’m a fan of it. Your margin of error goes way down

when you are the one specifically writing out your order to a “t.” So you get a bag and on it are all the menu options. Whether you want a burrito, bowl or tacos. You customize your order on the bag, they build it and you get it and go…or stay. The customization comes in your choice of meat, rice, beans, cheese, salsa, extras and then a special fill-in section. Genius! This is where you can write any specific instruction you might have. Like easy on the sour cream. Only you know you don’t want a burrito bursting with sour cream! Now, you can share this. I’m sucker for their marketing as well. Anywhere they can get in “bull” you’ll see it. As for the burrito itself, it’s huge, packed with flavor and made to order. You can’t go wrong because you customized it! The cookies are un-bulllievable! (I just had to!) They taste homemade, are served warm. You’ll have sticky chocolate fingers afterward. Like they say, “at Bullritos, your meal is totally customize-a-bull!” El Tiempo 1308 Cantina- 1308 Montrose Blvd. 713.807.8996 I haven’t had queso in ages. Honest! That’s like sacrilege here in Texas. It’s been even longer since I’ve had a margarita! Since before Thanksgiving. I couldn’t contain myself anymore and managed to rub off my desire for queso on my boyfriend, and one lucky Sunday I landed here for brunch. Unfortunately, it had been my father’s 60th the night before so the margarita would have to wait. I don’t think my liver could handle another alcoholic beverage. No doubt, first thing I ordered was my queso and guacamole. Dipped together and it’s sinful! I went straight for their fajitas. I’m a fan of the chicken now after being a die-hard beef lover. The tender, juiciness of the chicken is unparallel elsewhere. After dousing it in queso, guacamole, sour cream and eating every bite with refried black beans, using my corn tortilla as a scooper to push my bite onto my fork, I was in Tex Mex heaven. All that was missing was my margarita. I guess this only means I’ll have to go back. Soon!

Photography by Kenny Haner

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cd reviews


By Lance Scott Walker

K-Rino Solitary Confinement (Black Book International)

A contingent of more than 500 young-at-heart urbanites and tastemakers converged at Francisco Studios, home to four floors of the city’s most talented emerging artists and musicians, including painters Joseph Cohen and daniel-kayne, to celebrate the newly branded EaDo (East Downtown) district. Guests toured open studios, jammed and danced to a myriad of neighborhood DJs and enjoyed live demonstrations by acclaimed graffiti artist GONZO247 of Aerosol Warfare Gallery, WyldStyl hip-hop dance group and Johnathon Felton.

Houston’s prime minister of rap returns – although it’s a bit of an overstatement to say “returns” considering how prolific he has been in recent years. Along with his solo catalog, The Head Hunters, C.O.D. and 144 Elite, he has dropped the better part of a dozen albums in just the last five years. Far from watering himself down, though, it has only made him better. Part of a rapper’s aesthetic, beyond lyricism and flow, is their ability to work with producers to create a vibe within each track and a vibe (hopefully) through the entire album. If K has lacked in any department in the past, it has been that one. Now he seems to have figured it out. This is the most cohesive release in his catalog, where he has shaken off the more synthesized beats in favor of a warmer sound that retains a rawness that has been missing from a lot (though not all) of his previous releases. And then as soon as you soak up the vibe from the beats, you begin to start processing the lyrics. “Grand Deception” will make you never look at the back of a dollar bill the same, the title track will make you rethink every path you cross with every person in your life, and “Talkin To Me” will creep you out just hanging out in your own apartment. To boot, “I Can’t Tell,” both in its hooks and its content, could be his first bona fide club hit. Until a few months from now. Just try and keep up.

Lady GaGa The Fame Monster (Interscope)

Allie Palacios, Clair Comier

check out more pictures @ Mitch Cohen, Marie Graham

Veronica Beyer

Lady GaGa has one thing going for her in the brief career she’s laid out for herself: She will never be accused of having sold out. She got that out of the way before anything else. And she will never be accused of being pretentious, either. That’s stating the obvious. It’s all a part of the package. Unfortunately, another thing she will never be noted for is her voice. With all of the attention focused on her persona, her stunts, her obnoxious proclamations in the media and her wardrobe, almost nothing is ever said about the possibilities of her husky, raspy and really full-bodied voice. And it’s too bad. Her songwriting abilities aside (or in question), the candor of her voice could lead her in a thousand worthy directions musically. Unfortunately, she chooses to confine it to the trashy, decadent ranks of electro pop. Banal electro pop, at that. If there is an unpredictable moment on this record, it is the point at which a guitar comes soaring out of the stratosphere to introduce the ballad “Speechless,” where GaGa slows it down for a moment and croons through a Beatles-esque (ala “Let It Be”) with some piano, some real drums and a little depth lyrically. But that’s where it ends, and we’re right back to those shrieking, sexless synths and musical plateaus that fail to push any envelope at all (does “Dance in the Dark” seriously thieve a keyboard melody from George Michael?). The entire record feels like it takes place in the club. Perhaps that’s the point. But it’s still a bit of a disappointment. And why does it matter? Because, if Lady GaGa really reads the poets she brags about, if she really does appreciate the artists she barks about in interviews, you’d have to think that an education of the artistic pantheon would mean that she would engage a little, push a little – bring across the intimacy of the artists (Rilke, for one) that she name drops, and not write songs (“Telephone”) about not returning phone calls. Isn’t that sort of like writing about nothing, zero? Maybe that’s her point. Leave a message. Marilyn Manson has an heir.

ShellShag Rumors in Disguise (Don Giovanni)

Derek and Amy Gonsuron

Eren Medrano, Gretchen Pittelkow, Holly Simmons


Katie Frantz, daniel-kayne, Melissa Borrell

Nine times out of ten, if a group has a male and female vocalist both, the female wins. And really, Jen Shag is probably a better singer than Johnny Shell, but the loose, uncontained candor of his voice makes him the standout on this 30-minute full-length. And that’s about right, because the era that this record brings up memories of is an era of no rock stars – or at least not our typical idea of one. This guitar and drum duo is making the kind of indie rock that was being issued in the early to mid-90s and was pretty well ignored except for the realms of college radio. Sixteen Deluxe, Flying Nuns, SuperSport 2000, 18th Dye… these names are lost on a lot of folks, as well they should be, but they were the root of an era before anyone could really make a career as an indie rock band. Before bands were exploding into career assurance with their first album (Interpol, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, etc.). The internet didn’t provide you with all the details and all the hype – you just sort of stumbled upon things. And here we have it – complete with fuzzy guitars, soft-handed drums and lyrics that are more spoken than they are sung. When they do reach a little with their voices, it’s at a level that makes you wonder if they aren’t worried about disturbing the neighbors. Only a few songs are over 3 minutes, and many clock in at under 2. There is nothing massive about what they’re doing. There is nothing influential and there is nothing mindblowing. But it’s also got a sort of quality in that respect. “Resilient Bastard” is a fantastic little ditty, and perhaps it echoes of a band that doesn’t have huge things on its mind. That’s refreshing. Rumors in Disguise won’t jump off of anybody’s shelf at a party, but it will always be there the next morning.

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BEFORE WE GO LOCAL RECYCLING 101 The other day I drove thru at the Westpark Recycling Center. Simply pull up with your items separated and they haul them out. But I noticed that the things they used to accept from me, they no longer were. I was even lectured for bringing my milk cartons! Which, by the way, I rinse, remove the plastic cover and spout PLUS I cut the bottom to lay flat. So, where can I take my plastic bags? And I only ask, because the nice lady at Westpark reprimanded me for bringing plastic bags. Here’s what I found off the city’s website. I thought I’d share, because I doubt I’m the only who needs clarification, plus I bet you didn’t know about the drive thru. ;) 5900 Westpark, Houston, TX 77057, ACCEPTED PLASTICS #1-#5; #7 (they ask that you please rinse & drain): plastic bottles, jars, jugs, tubs & lids [milk, water, juice, soft drink, beer, salad dressing, condiment, cooking oil, sauces, squeezable bottles & jars, laundry & dishwashing detergent, medicine, mouthwash, cosmetic & shampoo bottles, cat litter jugs, yogurt, butter, margarine, ice cream (tubs & lids), coffee can lids] PLASTIC ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: All #6 plastics (including styrofoam), plastic bags, packaging material, meat food trays, food wrap, toys and furniture.


OO2CROSSWORD ACROSS 1. Machine with fruit images 5. Major Indian tea center 10. Metrical foot 14. Party where poi is served 15. One of Columbus’ three 16. Mr. Green’s game 17. Song by Kermit the Frog, “_____ Green” 20. Tungsten, e.g. 21. Contend 22. “Time is money,” e.g. 23. Samson has more than one 24. Land known for wearin’ the green 27. Tippler 28. In the movie “WALL-E,” she was seeking something green 29. Sam I Am did not like it green 31. Overly jealous 38. Jezebel’s god 39. English royal house 40. Chick’s sound 42. Hockey’s Bobby 43. Bony 45. Oil alternative

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46. Farm or home follower 48. Made a lap 49. Cake layers 51. 1984 Cyndi Lauper hit 53. Taboo word 54. Magician’s word 58. Farm unit 60. Vertical graph line 61. Competent 64. Characters critical to most web addresses 65. Pigmented parts of eyes 66. Panache 67. Partner of aahs 68. Trite 69. Salacious

DOWN 1. It may be green in the ice machine 2. Troubadours carried them 3. Brewery fixtures 4. Yellowfin, for one 5. Suitable 6. Colander 7. Escargot 8. Clueless 9. Word with pole or day 10. Like summer drinks 11. Also known as 12. Artist ___ Jerry

with the 1970 hit “In the Summertime” 13. Sire 18. Popeye’s gal 19. Western star? 25. Leases 26. Indira Gandhi’s maiden name 28. Sushi fare 30. U.S. economic fig. 31. Brooks of country 32. Element class including scandium 33. Wimpy type 34. Thought 35. Binge 36. A type of green that you eat 37. Hanker 38. Big cheese 41. “Do you want to hear a secret?”

43. Limburger feature 44. Ticket piece 47. Convent chief 50. Neighbor of Jordan 52. Fork over some green 53. Billiard shot that sometimes rips the green felt 55. Vena __ (vessel to the heart) 56. Firefighters’ tools 57. There are seven in a semana 58. Hubbub 59. Bill’s partner 62. Order’s partner 63. Swan song


So, I found a place that will take your plastic bags – H-E-B and Kroger have recycle bins at every store that are made from plastic bags and reclaimed wood. In addition to plastic bags, customers can deposit dry cleaning bags, 6-pack plastic rings, plastic newspaper sleeves and outer wrap from such items as paper towels and toilet tissue. And UPS Stores will accept clean styrofoam packing materials.

OTHER ITEMS ACCEPTED BY CITY OF HOUSTON: • aluminum and tin cans • corrugated cardboard • mail • newspapers • telephone books • envelopes • home and office paper • magazines • used motor oil DETAILS: Mail, Envelopes, Home and Office Paper Flyers, computer paper, copies and envelopes No dark colored or decorative folders, cards or envelopes No plastic bags or foil packaging Plastic Bottles Bottles must have smaller necks than base Less than 3 gallons Remove lids, rinse and flatten No plastic bags

Newspapers, Magazines and Catalogs Loose, dry and unspoiled Include all inserts Remove plastic wrapping and rubber bands Flattened Cardboard Corrugated only Flatten to three feet on every side No food, pizza or cereal boxes No beverage cartons, gift boxes or styrofoam containers Aluminum, Tin, Steel and Empty Aerosol Cans Rinse and drain Labels are OK Place lids inside larger containers Used Motor Oil Keep separate from other recyclables Drain into original container Clean, non-chemical, screw-top container OK No empty used oil

containers accepted No anti-freeze liquid or containers accepted curbside Telephone Books accepted throughout the year

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January 2010  

Green Issue

January 2010  

Green Issue