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Photography by LastnightPics.com

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cue from fashion designers, our cover and fashion spread are full of colorful optimism. As we try to move forward with our newly acquired responsible consumerism, decked out in our newly acquired Louboutins which we scored at one quarter of the price – we can’t help but smile at the thought of what was once unattainable. While department stores are slashing prices to the dismay of designers who slave over production and design, a slew of shopaholics are glued to gilt.com or outnet.com snatching up the deals of a lifetime. How long will this last I wonder?

BEATRICE VALENCIA | CARLA VALENCIA de MARTINEZ

If the above was a completely foreign language to you – consider yourself lucky. Fashion has been at the forefront of our culture for years, dictating how we want people to perceive us. I battle with this. My love for all things well made, limited edition and beautiful can be at times frivolous (and expensive). I’ve learned that if I don’t LOVE it, dream about it and simply cannot imagine life without it – I don’t need it. I don’t remember when I was a girl having friends say that they wanted to be a designer or model when they grew up. But my close friend Milo’s daughter Isabella answers, “I want to make the clothes the models wear.” Proving my point that fashion has saturated mainstream and is perceived as a fun, glamorous realm. On that note, the fashion issue is always fun to produce! At this month’s photo shoot we had an abundance of interns, writers, stylists – Edward Sanchez for hair and makeup who is himself a party in a box – to make our shoot, well, fun! Turn to page 42. We’ve added a special section this issue called The Scene where we wrap up an über-social spring season of events with post-event coverage. This pic of me and our Associate Editor/Sister/BFF Beatrice Valencia was taken at the culmination of our Are You the Face of Houston? contest at the Alden Hotel. Read all about that and a plethora of others on page 30. Learn how to fix unsightly hems and sew a button in this month’s it’s cool to be sew crafty on page 56. Or learn how to paint, as our not so artistically inclined Jeff Lane learns on page 24 at a new concept in Houston. Enjoy this vibrant issue of 002houston and embrace your inner fashionista!

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PUBLISHER alejandro martinéz ext 16 a.martinez@002mag.com EDITOR AT LARGE | FASHION DIRECTOR carla valencia de martinéz ext 13 c.valencia@002mag.com CONTRIBUTING EDITOR victoria bartlett ART DIRECTOR alex rosa ext 17 arosa@002mag.com ASSOCIATE EDITOR | EVENTS beatrice valencia ext 11 bvalencia@002mag.com ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER william king ext 18 w.king@002mag.com ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES carlos valencia ext 12 cevalencia@002mag.com jarrod klawinsky ext 15 jklawinsky@002mag.com

isabel terraso ext 14 isabel@002mag.com beenish ahmad beenish@002mag.com PHOTOGRAPHERS kim coffman, kennon evett, jill hunter/wonderful machine, jaime lagdameo, gabriella nissen, daniel ortiz, jack potts, anthony rathbun, aaron m. sprecher, sofia van der dys CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS jacob andrzejczak, bernard bauri, m. butler, james evans, gochman, jennifer’s photography, monica kressman, ralph smith, federico villamayor, jenny wang, michelle watson for lastnightpics.com, arnea williams CONTRIBUTING WRITERS michael andre adams, allison bagley, michael garfield, sarah gish, patricia gras, sandra gunn, travis jones, jeff lane, hal lynde, nadia michel, tim moloney, jenni rebecca stephenson, kristina vaquero-nemec, lance scott walker, jenny wang, scott ward INTERNS mary rose kesser, aide ramirez, mindy schultz FOR SUGAR LAND SALES

Bright and Blooming Photography: Gabriella Nissen Models: Thomas Urgento + Jasmine Boone for Page 713. Art Direction: Alexandre Rosa + Carla Valencia de Martinéz Styling: Beatrice Valencia + Carla Valencia de Martinéz Makeup + Hair: Edward Sanchez Neiman Marcus neimanmarcus.com | Houston Premium Outlets premiumoutlets.com/houston | The Find thefindhouston.com | J. Silver 713.807.1644 OOPS!

in the wedding issue fashion shoot all the Monique Lhuillier dresses were from Casa de Novia. 002houston Magazine is published monthly by NODO Magazine, L.L.C., 1310 NANCE ST. STUDIO C, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002. Copyright © 2009 by NODO Magazine L.L.C. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. 002houston Magazine does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertising or editorial, nor do the publishers assume responsibility should such advertising or editorial appear. For subscription information, call 713.223.5333x14 or send a check or money order for $35.00 to 002houston Magazine, 1310 NANCE ST. STUDIO C, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 54 DESTINATION: MARFA

04 letter from the editor 06 table of contents 8 contributors page 10 houston map 12 downtown map 14 scene | uptown map 16 calendar 18 museum district 20 exhibits+museums+art house listings 22 scene | living smart 23 spacetaker

54 56 it’s cool to be sew crafty 58 where to live 59 architecture+design: clean, easy fire

60 ARCHICHAT: ANTON GARCÍA-ABRIL

24 GALLERY: PINOT + PICASSO

24 25 scene

26 FOR ART’S SAKE: CYNTHIA BOGART

60 62 002 business profile: quinn holladay 63 finance

64 002 PROFILE: BROCK WAGNER

26 27 gish at the movies 28 nonprofit: oliver foundation 29 born cool. grow hip

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vroom vroom tools+toys+gadgets restaurant listings dine write: my fit foods scene

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30 THE SCENE 38 39 40 41

people of houston wise guy on our radar mona lisa

74 CHEF’S SPECIAL: RANDY EVANS 76 RECORDING: GLASNOST

42 DAY DREAM BELIEVER

42 50 costumes for cocktails

51 RETAIL WRAP: ZINGARA

51 52 things i love

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76 77 club review: ei8ht 78 002 nightlife 80 sipcodes 81 cd reviews 82 crossword puzzle | 10 minutes with hamish bowles


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Sarah Gish is a publicist, artist, family enrichment expert and infopreneur who has been writing Gish at the Movies since 1998. The proud mother of two feisty boys, Matthew and Alexander Buchanan, she is married to childhood friend Stuart Buchanan. She has been a marketer for various companies since 1985, most recently as City Manager for Landmark’s Greenway and River Oaks movie theatres, where she helped found the Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. She runs her PR/marketing business, Gish Creative (gishcreative.com) which represents mostly arts organizations and nonprofits.

Anthony Rathbun grew up in West Spring Branch/Houston, Texas and has been photographing seriously for the last 11 years. He enjoys shooting portraits, photojournalism, Houston arts, theater and music events, as well as personal projects. Dream jobs include shooting for Reuters, Corbi, or Redux as well as Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Newsweek and Time. “I want to shoot portraits of the people who shape this world as well as the events and items that shape our lives and existence within this world.” Rathbun has been published in 002houston, Houston House and Home, H-Texas, Houston Modern Luxury, Texas Journeys and Art Lies.

GABRIELLA NISSEN

SARAH GISH

ANTHONY RATHBUN

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Ask native Houstonian and photographer GABRIELLA NISSEN what’s in bloom on any day and she will give you a list of flowers from exotic hothouse varieties to the stubborn weeds dogging her garden. Her passion for botanicals has infused her work – offshoots of her botanical passions include her Botanika and Botanika Portraits series exhibited at Lawndale and during FotoFest. This issue features a fashion and flower fusion.

Lance Scott Walker has been contributing to 002houston magazine since 2003. In that time he has conducted a number of interviews with musicians, actors and actresses, directors, artists and athletes, including a memorable long-form interview with Astros broadcaster Milo Hamilton during the team’s 2005 run to the World Series. He has also been a longtime contributor to the Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Free Press Houston and his work has appeared in USA Today, Rolling Stone, Fader, Dazed and Confused, XXL and dozens of other publications around the globe. He now lives in New York City, where he is working on a book with photographer Peter Beste about Houston’s rap culture entitled “Just Trying to Live.”

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Growing up in various exotic places around the world, she never left her favorite item behind: a camera that would capture what today are her favorite memories. Sofia van der Dys is a renowned Houston-based photographer with over five years of experience in editorial photography. She is a proud member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the Texas Professional Photographers Association (TPPA) and the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP.) What inspires her creativity? “Everyday experiences,” says Sofia.

TIM MOLONEY

SOFIA VAN DER DYS

Photo by Daniel Ortiz

LANCE SCOTT WALKER

Photo by Christopher Rosales

WRITERS | PHOTOGRAPHERS

“I’m one of the luckiest writers in town,” says Tim Moloney, 002houston’s on-again, off-again arts and entertainment editor. “I get to write about pretty much whatever I want with Wise Guy.” This month’s column focuses on his passions for bacon and fried chicken. “Every month, I try to find a way to work in prostitution, Scientology, Mormonism and drug interventions, but so far, I’ve been largely unsuccessful with that. There’s always next month.” Moloney was on the original editorial launch team for Houston Modern Luxury, where he remains a contributing writer. He is also the Houston correspondent for Fodor’s Travel print and web publications. When the earth was still cooling, he was a stringer for the Houston Chronicle.


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HOUSTON MAP

What's hip.current.cool? Get on our list, e-mail us at events@002mag.com 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 Loehmann’s................................10 Sam Houston Race Park..............11 Katy Mills...................................12 Sugar Land.................................13 Zoo ............................................14 Museum District..........................15 George Bush Intl. Airport............16 Hobby Airport.............................17 Space Center Houston.................18 Kemah........................................19 Miller Outdoor Theatre................20 Contemporary Arts Museum........21 Houston Museum of Fine Arts......22 Children’s Museum......................23 Houston Museum of Natural Science..24 Houston Arboretum.....................25 Houston Theater District..............26 The Woodlands............................27


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EVENT 2009 CATTLE BARON BALL’S “THE WILD WILD WEST SHOW” WHY TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS WHERE THE GEORGE RANCH HISTORICAL PARK

Photography by Jennifer’s photography

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Over 1400 people packed the George Ranch Historical Park to enjoy a night of music, dancing, food and fun. With trapeze artists hanging 20 feet above the main bar, pig races, roping, fortune telling and more, there was not a sour face in the crowd. A live performance by Lonestar kept guests dancing well into the night. Delicious fried lobster tail and jumbo boiled shrimp were served by caterer Eddie Deen, as well as an aw-gaping 4-foot wide cherry cobbler for dessert!

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Debbie and Kent Chenevert

Diane Cain, Meredith Turner, Elizabeth Stein

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Patti and Don Murphy

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JULY 2009

SUNDAY

PERFORMING ARTS + CONCERTS + SPORTS + FESTIVALS + GENERAL INTEREST

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TO PURCHASE TICKETS, PLEASE CONTACT: ALLEY THEATRE alleytheatre.org

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woodlandscenter.org HOBBY CENTER 713.315.2525 thehobbycenter.org

HOUSE OF BLUES hob.com

JONES HALL 713.227.3974 joneshall.org MAIN STREET THEATER 713.524.6706 mainstreettheater.com MERIDIAN meridianhouston.com MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE (MOT)-

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Main Street

TOYOTA CENTER 1.866.4HOU.tix houstontoyotacenter.com VERIZON THEATER verizonwirelesstheater.com WAREHOUSE LIVE warehouselive.com WORTHAM CENTER 713.237.1439 worthamcenter.org GENTE DE TEATRO gentedeteatro.org RELIANT PARK reliantpark.com

THEATER DISTRICT OUTDOOR cityofhouston.gov

HOB Candlebox w/ Earshot 7pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 7:05pm

Minute Maid Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 7:05pm Verizon Paul Potts 7:30pm Wortham AFA Conservatory Orchestra & AFA Faculty Concert 7pm

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Saturdays, Yoga in the Park with TUTS, 9:30-10:30am at Anheuser-Busch Stage. Saturdays, Hip2BFit workout, 11:30am12pm, at Anheuser-Busch Stage. Houston’s first open workout class for children! For more info, visit www.discoverygreen.com or call 713.400.7336.

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DISCOVERY GREEN – Armadillo FEMA Trailer on Display at Jones Lawn and Andrea and Bill White Promenade. On a cross-country round trip from Pasadena, California, to Boston, The Armadillo – a FEMA trailer from Hurricane Katrina transformed into a mobile garden – will make a stop at Discovery Green in partnership with DiverseWorks.

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NOT SURE WHAT TO DO? TRY ONE-STOP SHOPPING AT HOUSTONTHEATERDISTRICT.ORG

FRIDAY CWMP The Houston Symphony’s Star-Spangled Salute 8pm HOB Jazmine Sullivan w/ Ryan Leslie 8pm Reliant Park: Demi Lovato Concert 7pm

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Freedom Over Texas with Fireworks Presented by Shell, 4-10pm at Eleanor Tinsley Park @ Buffalo Bayou. Clay Walker and the largest land-based fireworks show in the nation. Admission is FREE. www.freedomovertexas.org www.houstonspecialevents.org 12th Annual Red, Hot & Blue Festival 610pm at Town Green Park. For more info, visit www.redhotblue.org or call 281.363.2447. Hobby BIH: "'#! # ' $ % 2pm & 8pm HOB The Robert Cray Band 8:30pm Main Street "" ' ## 1 & 4pm ½ & " & ' & # "" %& 3 & 8pm Meridian HateTank Presents Anti-Nowhere League 8pm MOT TUTS: " '% ' 8:15pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Washington Nationals 6:05pm Verizon Boney James 8:00pm Warehouse Nava’s Birthday Bash featuring The Last Place You Look 7pm ½A-Trak w/ Rye Rye, Treasure Fingers 8pm | Wortham #% ' +$ #% % ) % #% ' ', # #&' #,& 11am, 2 & 5pm ½ Everybody’s Man & Everybody’s Woman 3 & 8pm

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Young Writers Workshop, 10:30-11:30am at HPL Express at Discovery Green. Houston’s only free writing workshop for young writers is taught by professional writers and educators from Writers in the Schools. Recycling Saturdays presented by Biolage, 10am2pm at Andrea and Bill White Promenade at McKinney Street. Bring your paper, glass, plastic and cans. Bike Repair Workshop, 10am-2pm at Andrea and Bill White Promenade. Free bicycle repair lessons by Nicholas Auger. july 09 | www.002mag.com .17


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MUSEUM DISTRICT 1. THE MENIL COLLECTION menil.org

5. HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT crafthouston.org

From July 18-September 13, HCCC presents the exhibit Challenge VII: dysFUNctional. The exhibit is on tour from The Wood Turning Center in Philadelphia, PA. It features a combination of contemporary wood art, sculpture, photos, installation art and videos. All of the pieces in the showcase represent art that is unique and surprising. Literally Figurative runs thru July 3.

Contemporary Conversations runs through August 2 and features John Chamberlain’s breathtaking chromium-plated steel piece, American Tableau. The piece presents Chamberlain’s well-known art, typically including scrap-metal auto parts welded into sculptures. Since the museum’s opening in 1987, 23 Chamberlain sculptures have been found on display. American Tableau is the third in The Menil Collection series, Contemporary Conversations, highlighting work by living artists in the collection. 2. HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY hcponline.org

On July 1 & 8 HCP instructor Jerry Brown will help guide you through the digital world. Starting from the basics, Brown will teach how to get your images onto the computer, as well as what do with them from there. This digital beginners class will be held from 7-9pm and will serve as a two-part introductory course. The course will be $75 for HCP members and $90 for nonmembers. 3. THE ROTHKO CHAPEL rothkochapel.org

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

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

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10. THE HEALTH MUSEUM thehealthmuseum.org

Summer is here and school is out. One alternative to a typical media filled day is the Health Museum’s Summer Camp Program. Children ages 5-13 will come to camp daily from 9-3pm (3-5pm for After Camp Care for working parents) where they will explore edu-

6. LAWNDALE ART CENTER lawndaleartcenter.org

Lawndale Art Center’s, The Big Show, continues the Center’s annual open-call, July 10. The exhibit has featured under-represented Houston area artists since 1984, helping them to gain exposure within the area. Through the help of guest Juror Aram Moyashedi, Curator for LA><ART in Los Angeles, 95 pieces were selected to showcase in the exhibition. 7. BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM buffalosoldiermuseum.com

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

Through July 17, the exhibit Besa: Muslims Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust tells the story of Albania and its hand in helping Jewish during the German occupation. Norman Gershman is a Colorado-based photographer who wanted to collect the names of non-Jews who helped save Jews during the Holocaust. He discovered that some names were from Albanian Muslims. When he interviewed these Albanian aides he asked why had they rescued the Jews and they responded “Besa,” a creed deeply rooted in Albanian culture and solidified by the Muslim faith. As a quarterly education session the Museum will present Legacies and Lessons about the Holocaust. Thru July 3, Dr. Seuss Wants You! 9. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON cmhouston.org

With the recent additions to the museum comes the new exhibit Powerplay which focuses on getting kids active and helping them understand the relationship between exercise and health. PowerTower is a three-story climbing installation and a dancing/twister mash-up called Stretch It Out is a part of it.

cationally fun programs. Starting July, kids can become medical students in Mini Medical School, artists at Camp DaVinci or even take a crash course in Babysitting 101 – prices and dates vary. You: The Exhibit uses the latest multimedia and special effects technology to help visitors understand what is the make-up of you. 11. HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE hmns.org

During the month of July it seems that every exhibit at the HMNS deals with different forms of rocks that include diamonds, ceramic statues and natural canyons. Houstonians will have the chance to not only understand The Nature of Diamonds, but perceive the cultural aspects surrounding them when this exhibit explores its significance in art, literature and uses in the sciences. One of the top 10 museum exhibitions of 2008 as declared by Time Magazine, the Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor will be presented at the HMNS. These warriors were said to guard China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, and is one of the biggest discoveries within the 20th century. 12. HOUSTON ZOO houstonzoo.org

If you are a member of the Houston Zoo then its Member Morning – Natural Encounters event is for you. On July 6 & 11, visit the Zoo to get the opportunity to hear from one of the Zoo’s many experts and gain exceptional knowledge on a select animal or resident.


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13. RICE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY ricegallery.org

Rice University is dedicated to the creation and exhibition of site-specific installation art. The gallery is located on the ground floor of Sewall Hall, near the main entrance to one of the nation’s most beautiful college campuses. Thru August 11, Henrique Oliveira: New Installation. 14. THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON mfah.org

Thru September 27, the museum features the exhibit, North Looks South: Building the Latin American Art Collection. The exhibit celebrates the museum’s major

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17. CZECH CENTER MUSEUM czechcenter.org

The Czech Center Museum Houston works to preserve, record and celebrate the language, scholarship and arts of Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia and Slovakia. There will be a featured film series showcasing The Power of Good, the documentary of Nicholas Winton’s exploits saving Czech children from Nazi tyranny, and Citizen Havel Goes on Vacation.

18. JOHN C. FREEMAN WEATHER MUSEUM wxresearch.org

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

Latin American art acquisitions since 2001, featuring works from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela. Don’t miss this other engaging exhibit on display at the MFAH: thru September 27, Painting the Cosmos: Science and the Art of Frederic Edwin Church. Thru July 26, Pioneers of Contemporary Glass. July 10, 7pm Brown Auditorium, Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin will give a talk and sign copies of hist new memoir, Magnificen Desolation: The Long Journey Home From the Moon. 15. CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON camh.org

No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston is a plethora of visual art pieces presented by 15 individual and collaborative teams that include performance, lecture and video screening space. Through October 4, this exhibit explores the beauty and art of urban structures within the city of Houston. Through August 2, Perspectives 166: Torsten Slama includes drawings on papers as well as new work created just for this exhibit. This Berlin-based artist embodies the narratives of individuals and civilizations that address Slama’s concerns of the past, present and future, like his past colleagues George Grosz or Otto Dix.

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The Jung Center’s exhibit, Turning Point, featuring art by members and students will be on display through July 16.

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ART HOUSES+MUSEUMS+EXHIBITS 1. inman gallery| 2. bering & james gallery | 3. 1940 air terminal museum

MUSEUMS 1940 AIR TERMINAL MUSEUM 1940airterminal.org 8325 Travelair Rd. 713.454.1940 ART CAR MUSEUM artcarmuseum.com 140 Heights Blvd. 713.861.5526 Thru August 2, %" -" / "3 . 0(,/0-" +0*!0, BLAFFER GALLERY class.uh.edu/blaffer UH Main Campus, Ent. 16, 713.743.9530 Thru August 1, 3&./"! "+* -!+ -"2

GALVESTON ARTS CENTER galvestonartscenter.org 2127 Strand St. 409.763.2403 HERITAGE SOCIETY heritagesociety.org 1100 Bagby 713.655.1912 Thru July 12, "/ (+. -/ #+- /%" ..".

BERING & JAMES GALLERY beringandjames.com 805 Rhode Place #500, 713.524.0101 Opens July 11, *' - 4 BETZ GALLERY betzgallery.com 1208 W. Gray 713.576.6954

BOOKER-LOWE GALLERY bookerlowegallery.com 4623 Feagan St. 713.880.1541 Thru September 12, &- (". *! "-")+*&". &*/&*$. 4 /%" (! ./"-. *! "2 / -. +# +-&$&* ( -/ Opens July 11, -/ +0./+*

MUSEUM OF PRINTING HISTORY printingmuseum.org 1324 W. Clay St. 713.522.4652 Thru September 5, &(&$- *" &./+-4 +# /"-) -'. Thru October 10, %"(( -&*/. +# " * % -(". %"*0

COMMUNITY ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVE thecollective.org 1413 Holman 713.523.1616

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

ART HOUSES 18 HANDS GALLERY 18handsgallery.com 249 West 19th St. 713.869.3099

AEROSOL WARFARE GALLERY aerosolwarfare.com 2110 Jefferson St. #113. 713.503.5714 ANYA TISH GALLERY anyatishgallery.com 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.524.2299

APAMA MACKEY GALLERY mackeygallery.com 628 East 11th Street 713.850.8527 ARCHWAY GALLERY archwaygallery.com 2305 Dunlavy 713.522.2409 Thru July 2, *!-" &('&*.+* +** "-'&*. Opens July 4, - +-"/0) ARTSCAN GALLERY rudolphprojects.com 1836 Richmond Ave. 713.807.1836

ART LEAGUE HOUSTON artleaguehouston.org 1953 Montrose Blvd. 713.523.9530

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BLAFFER GALLERY class.uh.edu/blaffer 4800 Calhoun Rd. 713.743.9521

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

PROJECT ROW HOUSES projectrowhouses.org 2521 Holman 713.526.7662

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BARBARA DAVIS GALLERY barbaradavisgallery.com 4411 Montrose 713.520.9200

HOUSTON FIRE MUSEUM houstonfiremuseum.org 2403 Milam 713.524.2526

ORANGE SHOW orangeshow.org 2401 Munger 713.926.6368

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COMMUNE ON NORTH communeonnorth.com 2437 North Blvd. 713.526.3875 CAROLINE COLLECTIVE carolinecollective.com 4820 Caroline St. 713.825.4613 CTRL GALLERY ctrlgallery.com 3907 Main St. 713.523.2875 Thru August 16, +&( *! -+0 ("

DAKOTA GALLERY dakotaframing.com/dfp/dakotagallery.asp 2324 Shearn St. 713.523.7440

DARKE GALLERY darkegallery.com 5321 Feagan 713.542.3802 Opens July 11, ArtHouston Introductions – group show DEBORAH COLTON GALLERY deborahcoltongallery.com 2445 North Blvd. 713.869.5151

DESANTOS GALLERY desantosgallery.com 1724 Richmond 713.520.1200 DIVERSEWORKS diverseworks.org 1117 E. Freeway 713.223.8346 DOMY BOOKS domystore.com 1709 Westheimer 713.523.3669

ELDER STREET GALLERY elderstreetartist.com 1101 Elder St. 281.250-.4889 Thru July 18, %" %&-! "1"(

FOTOFEST fotofest.org 1113 Vine St. 713.223.5522 Ongoing, - 1"(&*$ 3%& &/&+* &"2#&*!""2 ) $". 4 "3 . -/&./. G GALLERY 301 redbudgallery.com/gGalleryIndex.html East 11th St. 713.822.4842 GALLERY 1724 gallery1724.com 1724 Bissonnet St. 713.523.2547

GALLERY SONJA ROESCH gallerysonjaroesch.com 2309 Caroline 713.659.5424 Thru July 4, * 1 * !"- (+"$ Opens July 11, +* /% * " % GITE GALLERY thegitegallery.com 2024 Alabama St. 713.523.3311

GOLDESBERRY GALLERY goldesberrygallery.com 2625 Colquitt 713.528.0405 Opens July 12, &$0"( 0$ // . *& " **

GREEN HOUSE GALLERY greenhouseartgallery.com 716 W. Alabama St. 713.535.6462 GREMILLION & CO. FINE ART gremillion.com 2501 Sunset Blvd. 713.522.2701 Opens July 11, "($& * ),-"..&+*. GUTHRIE CONTEMPORARY 2734 Virginia St. 713.522.8086

HCC-CENTRAL GALLERY centralfinearts.info 3517 Austin 713.718.6600

HOUSTON LANDMARK GALLERY houstonlandmarkgallery.com 1200 McKinney 713.927.8800 HOUSTON STUDIOS 746 Walnut St. #100, 713.223.0951 HOLLYWOOD FRAME GALLERY hollywoodframegallery.com 2427 Bissonnet 713.942.8885

HOOKS-EPSTEIN hooksepsteingalleries.com 2631 Colquitt St. 713.522.0718 INMAN GALLERY inmangallery.com 3901 Main St. 713.526.7800 Thru August 1, &) & % -! "/ . / 4 *.&!"

JOAN WICH & CO. GALLERY joanwichgallery.com 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.526.1551 Opens July 10, %"4 **" )+.

KINZELMAN ART CONSULTING kinzelmanart.com 3909 Main St. 713.533.9923 KOELSCH GALLERY koelschgallery.com 703 Yale 713.626.0175

LAURA RATHE FINE ART laurarathe.com 2707 Colquitt 713.824.3575 Opens July 11, 0-# " -&.. / -Reception on July 11, 6 – 9pm, open to the public LAURA U COLLECTION lauraucollection.com 1840 Westheimer 713.522.0855

LAZZARA ART GALLERY gallerialazzara.com 5400 Mitchelldale St. 713.681.0681


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LOVETT INN ART GALLERY lovettinngallery.com 501 Lovett Blvd. 713.522.5224

M2 GALLERY gallerymsquared.com 325 W. 19th St. 713.861.6070

McCLAIN GALLERY mcclaingallery.com 2242 Richmond Ave. 713.520.9988

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Thru July 5, Basil Mack Richard same song/ different verse Opens July 11, $!!. $# $!! #( + ($) RETRO GALLERY retrogallery.com 1839 W. Alabama 713.522.7074

RICE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY ricegallery.org 6100 Main St. 713.348.6069 Thru August 11, %*" ( / #' &* ! + '

McMURTREY GALLERY mcmurtreygallery.com 3508 Lake St. 713.523.8238 Thru July 2, ' *# ' -). + , *!%)*' . ! '

RUDOLPH PROJECTS I ARTSCAN GALLERY rudolphprojects.com 1836 Richmond Ave. 713.807.1836

MEREDITH LONG GALLERY meredithlonggallery.com 2323 San Felipe 713.523.6671

SPACE 125GALLERY haatx.com 3201 Allen Parkway 713.527.9330

MIDTOWN ART CENTER midtownartcenter.com 3414 La Branch 713.521.8803 MOODY GALLERY moodygallery.com 2815 Colquitt 713.526.9911 Thru July 4, $ $$) # Opens July 11, $## .# # .#

MOTHER DOG STUDIOS home.earthlink.net/~motherdogstudios/ motherdogstudios 720 Walnut 713.229.9760

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

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;KANE GALLERY uhd.edu One Main St.@UHD 713.221.8042 PARKERSON GALLERY artnet.com/gallery/837/parkerson-gallery.html 3510 Lake St. 713.524.4945 Opens July 2, Bonner David Galleries / $ ($ ) . $," # Opens July 3, !! ( ') ( ') $#) "%$' '. PEEL GALLERY SHOP peelgallery.org 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.520.8122 POST GALLERY postgallery.com 2121 Sage, Ste. 390, 713.622.4241 "by appointment only"

POISSANT GALLERY poissantgallery.com 5102 Center St. 713.868.9337

PROJECT ROW HOUSES projectrowhouses.org 2521 Holman St. 713.526.7662 REDBUD GALLERY redbudgallery.com 303 E. 11th St. 713.862.2532

SICARDI GALLERY sicardi.com 2246 Richmond Ave. 713.529.1313

STUDIO SEVEN 1107 East Freeway 713.224.5555

TALENTO BILINGUE tbhcenter.com 333 S. Jensen Dr. 713.222.1213 Thru August 30, ! # * ! ) # ! (( ( TANSU tansustyle.com 321-B West 19th 713.880.5100

THE ARTFUL CORNER theartfulcorner.com 3423 White Oak Dr. 713.426.4278 THOM ANDRIOLA newgallery.net 2627 Colquitt 713.520.7053 Thru July 2, # ' ( $)) $ "

THORNWOOD GALLERY thornwoodgallery.com 2643 Colquitt St. 713.528.4278 Thru July 1, # )'$" . ' Oens July 11, ) % # '! # VAUGHAN CHRISTOPHER GALLERY vaughanchristopher.com 1217 S. Shepherd 713.533.0816 WADE WILSON ART wadewilsonart.com 4411 Montrose #200, 713.521.2977 Thru July 2, # !! ' # #) ! WATERCOLOR ART SOCIETY watercolorhouston.org 1601 West Alabama 713.942.9966

WINTER STREET STUDIOS winterstreetstudios.net 2101 Winter St. 713.862.0082 XnIHILO GALLERY xnil.org 2115 Taft St. 713.622.1846

ZARPOSH INDIA GALLERY zarposhindia.com 2702 Ashford Oak Dr. 713.668.2948

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Over 200 art lovers and wine drinkers gathered in the Green Room of the Daily Review Café for “An Evening of ART and WINE “featuring painter Travis Hedemann and Adobe Road Wines. Adobe Road Winery is owned by renowned sports car racer and entrepreneur Kevin Buckler and produces award-winning wines. Hedemann, a local Houstonian, developed a love for drawing at a very early age and creates fun art. “Young at Heart Art” is shown in galleries in Los Angeles, the Cayman Islands and brightens the homes of Samuel L. Jackson, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, Reese Witherspoon, Adam Sandler, Frank Sinatra Jr., George Rodrigue (BlueDog), and Jerry Mathers (as the Beaver) – to name a few.

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Living Smart airs Sundays at 3pm and Fridays at 10pm on Houston PBS.

DR. PETER BISHOP PHD, FUTURIST/UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON Everyone always tells me “You have to live the moment. Don’t focus on your past or your future.” That sounds great but As for jobs, Dr. Bishop suggests we prepare for the future frankly I want to know what those who study the future have by getting the most technical education possible. “We’re seeing a lot of job layoffs in the manufacturing industo say about our economy, jobs, new technology, clitries, not because we’re doing less manufacturing mate change and the new trends they expect. WHEN IT COMES TO – we’re actually doing more manufacturing – Futurists study possible scenarios and the THE FUTURE, THERE ARE THREE but manufacturing has become more effihighly probable changes that may happen. KINDS OF PEOPLE: THOSE WHO LET cient.” He speculates jobs will be in engineerThat’s why I invited one of our nation’s top IT HAPPEN, THOSE WHO MAKE IT ing, medicine, biology, the sciences and mathfuturists, Dr. Peter Bishop, the Chair of Future HAPPEN, AND THOSE WHO WONDER ematics. Studies at the University of Houston to Living WHAT HAPPENED. Smart. John M. Richardson, Jr. It is not just about getting a technical education, however; Bishop believes people also need to improve What usually creates the most radical change is technology and Dr. Bishop talked about what’s certain to develop their people skills. “Because that [technical education] will in future years. “My candidate is biotechnology, the ability get them in the door to a career, but progressing in that to basically manipulate living things the way we manipu- career is going to be more their soft skills. The ability to comlate material things today. I mean, we can create electronic municate, solve problems, work with others on a team, mancircuits of infinite complexity and miniaturization but we real- age, supervise, all that kind of stuff.” Dr. Bishop then suggestly haven’t figured out how to do that with the living cell or an ed students get a technical degree with a hard dose of the liborganism and I think by the end of the century we will have eral arts. mastered that technique. Now every technology brings enormous opportunity; it also brings tremendous risk. So it’s not Bishop believes Americans will be ready for the future but we something that we jump into and say, “Wow, this is the magic must remain innovative and productive and the right educabullet,” but it could affect not only human health, but agricul- tion is essential. “In the old days, basically getting through good old school, raising your hand, doing the right thing, ture, manufacturing, recycling, all of that.” 22. july 09 | www.002mag.com

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was the way to get a job and just keep that job for 20 or 30 years. Those days are gone. Now we have to have students who are much more independent and able to do things on their own.” On Living Smart with Patricia Gras, Dr. Peter Bishop will share developing scenarios, plans for the future and what you’ll need to do to get ready for the transformations and changes that lie ahead.

Share your experiences by either calling 713.743.8513 or emailing livingsmart@houstonpbs.org. If you miss this program, or if you would like to view streaming videos of past Living Smart shows go to our website www.houstonpbs.org/livingsmart and click on the guest name. Patricia Gras is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, and the producer and host for “Living Smart with Patricia Gras” and “Latina Voices: Smart Talk.” You can learn more about both these shows on www.patriciagras.com


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IT’S JULY AND THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER ARE OFFICIALLY UPON US! WHILE THE PHRASE MAY INSPIRE THOUGHTS OF FIDO LANGUISHING IN THE SHADE, IT ORIGINATED WITH THE GREEK REFERENCE TO THE TIME OF YEAR WHEN THE DOG STAR (SIRIUS) RISES WITH THE SUN. DURING THE PERIODS “WHEN THE SEAS BOILED, WINE TURNED SOUR, DOGS GREW MAD” AND WHEN ALMOST HALF OF THE YEAR’S HOT DOGS ARE CONSUMED, THE TWINKLING LITTLE STAR HAS BEEN BLAMED FOR A LOT MORE THAN STIFLING WEATHER. THANKFULLY, WITH THE PRECESSION OF THE EQUINOXES, THE RITUAL OF SACRIFICING BROWN DOGS TO APPEASE SIRIUS HAS BEEN REPLACED BY MORE POOCH-FRIENDLY APPROACHES TO KEEPING COOL. BARK UP THE RIGHT TREE THIS MONTH AND SPEND YOUR SULTRY SUMMER NIGHTS AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING HOT ART EVENTS!

July 10, 6:30-8:30pm – Opening Reception for the Big Show @ Lawndale The Big Show is Lawndale Art Center’s annual open-call, juried exhibition. The exhibition, conceived in 1984 and formerly known as the East End Show, has become an important avenue through which emerging and under-represented Houston area artists gain exposure. In 2008, Lawndale received 1,014 submissions by 407 artists. Guest Juror Aram Moyashedi, Curator for LA><ART in Los Angeles, selected 95 works by 60 artists for this year’s exhibition. Lawndale Art Center (4912 Main Street)- FREE. lawndaleartcenter.org July 10, 8pm – Seasons in the Sun: A Celebration of Jacques Brel @ Ovations Seasons in the Sun, featuring international cabaret artist Deborah Boily with Bethany Daniels Shapiro, Rob Fleebe, Terry Jones and award-winning Parisian jazz artist Jerome Kaslin on piano, is a new expression of Jacques Brel material springing from Boily’s passion to illuminate accurate translations of the songwriter’s work. The performance sheds new light on Brel standards and presents little known jewels from the composer’s vast repertoire. Runs Friday-Sunday through August 1, at Ovations Night Club (2536 Times Boulevard)- $25. For advance tickets, contact Main Street Theater Box Office at 713.524.6706. July 17, 6-8pm – Opening Reception of $TIMULU$ @ DiverseWorks Artadia and DiverseWorks team up for the third time to

showcase the tremendous work of Houston’s vibrant contemporary art community. $TIMULU$ features new work by the 2008 awardees, including Mequitta Ahuja, Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Katy Heinlein, Lauren Kelley, El Franco Lee II, Lynne McCabe, Delilah Montoya, Katrina Moorhead, Floyd Newsum and Stephanie Toppin. On view at DiverseWorks (1117 East Freeway) through August 15FREE. diverseworks.org July 25, 7pm – Not So Final Frontier – Aurora Picture Show @ DiverseWorks Escape the summer heat at warp speed with an intergalactic night of scifi and Star Trek fan films. This screening takes you aboard the Aurora Starship with CGI animation, appropriated hyperspace scenes, talking action figures, a boy waiting to be taken by aliens and a 1969 Star Trek fan film. The program concludes with a modern day original self-produced pilot from Starship Exeter titled SAVAGE EMPIRE. DiverseWorks- $7; Aurora and DiverseWorks membersFREE. aurorapictureshow.org July 29, 8pm – The Tamarie Cooper Show: Journey to the Center of My Brain @ Stages Travel into the mind of Houston’s indelible performing personality, Tamarie Cooper, during the special preview performance and party for her biographical theatre spectacular. Well known to local audiences, she has presented an entirely original, full-scale musical every summer for the last 12 years. Cooper’s newest show will be a trip through her noodle – enter at your own risk! Singing neurotransmitters, Tamarie’s inner child, id and superego, brain-farts and raging hormones are just some of the characters featured in the journey of self-discovery, science-style! Stages Theatre – Tickets $50 for Preview Party; otherwise, Pay-What-You-Can through August 29. For reservations, 713.527.0123 or catastrophictheatre.com.

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address 2406 taft, houston, tx 77006 | phone 713.523.4769 | email fun@pinotandpicasso.com Classes are held on thursdays from 7-9pm, fridays and saturdays from 7-10pm. register online at pinotandpicasso.com

don’t paint. I can’t draw. In the first grade, my teacher, a prickly, irritable woman, scolded me for coloring outside the lines, which, in hindsight, may explain why art has always intimidated me.

Amelia, our artist-instructor, would guide us through a painting of the Houston skyline. She had conferred with Craig, Beth and Charles beforehand about the subject matter.

“It’s interesting what happens with couples that come in,” said Charles. It’s usually the wife’s or girlfriend’s idea, but then the guy, who may be an engineer, gets into it and is more experimental.”

But as an adult, with the help of some good grapes, I can be coaxed into dabbling with the brushes and paint.

Expecting to be overwhelmed by anything that didn’t include a paint-by-number diagram, I found Amelia’s skyline to be surprisingly…possible. And since we were issued only four colors – white, black and two shades of green – how much damage could I do?

There were several couples. Also, groups of women in their 20s and 30s. But it may be too soon to define a “typical” class. It’s clear that this type of entertainment is fun for a group outing or a date. Or to meet people, as most everyone seemed anxious to visit with complete strangers about their artwork.

“Wine and art go together and they have for a very long time,” said Charles Willis, co-owner of Pinot and Picasso, a new establishment in Montrose that hosts painting classes. Actually, they’re really more like parties than classes. Attendees are invited to bring wine and hors d’oeuvres. Corkscrews, glasses and flatware are supplied along with brushes, paints and canvas. Mingling is encouraged. But once everyone has arrived, a local artist leads the class step-by-step through a painting. Charles and his wife, Beth, along with their friend Craig Ceccanti, opened Pinot and Picasso on May 8. According to Beth, the idea came from a friend who had experienced something similar in Louisiana and raved about how much fun it was. So far, the concept is working here as well. My friend Sloane and I arrived around 6:30pm. You’re asked to get there at least 30 minutes ahead of time so you can uncork the bottle of wine you’ve brought and visit. The room had four tables, each with six or seven tabletop easels, plates with paint and cups of water keeping brushes clean and soft.

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Other colors were available for the daring. Many, like my friend Sloane, scooted to the front of the room for orange, red and several blues. Not me. I’d play it safe with the assigned colors.

Our instructor floated around, offering tips, answering questions. As she walked by me, and my weird sky, I braced myself, anticipating her reaction.

Plus more red wine.

“How did you get that texture?” she asked.

The first step was an outline of the buildings, in black. Simple enough. Then, using the largest of the brushes, I began to paint the sky, except…oh, no!

Oh! Well…uh…it’s uh, just a technique I use when…

Sudden panic. My sky is weird, coarse-looking. Not smooth and pretty like the others. It’s the brush! I’ve been cursed with rigid bristles! What have I done? I can’t seem to soften them. Sigh. More wine. John, a chemical engineer, used bold colors for his sky, alluding to Houston’s frequent purple and orange sunsets. His wife Barbara was more conservative, but her steady hand produced crisper lines and sharper angles.

Yeah, whatever. But how cool! My brush mishap made my painting unique. And that was the great discovery, people with little or no artistic background stepping out of their comfort zones with surprising results. “Honestly, that’s where the wine helps,” said Beth. “We all started out looking at the same thing,” said Claudia, a graduate student at St. Thomas, there with six of her friends. “And not one painting came out the same. But I guess that’s the beauty of it, right?”


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EVENT 4TH ANNUAL TAPING FOR THE BLIND FASHION PRESENTATION AND LUNCHEON WHY TO BENEFIT TAPING FOR THE BLIND WHERE NEIMAN MARCUS GALLERIA WHEN APRIL 28 Guests were greeted with glasses of champagne, followed by a seated runway presentation of “Dressing to the Nines” and a luncheon. All proceeds went towards Taping For The Blind, a Houston nonprofit organization that helps print handicapped adults and children who have experienced vision loss, physical challenges or learning disabilities. Tapingfortheblind.org

Lisa and Margot, Suzi Hanks

Bob Devlin, Brian Teichman

Jan Carson, Lisa Malosky, July Eberly, Philamena Baird

Janet Walker, Barbara and Ulyesse LeGrange

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GET ON BOARD. CYNTHIA BOGART’S ART IS READY TO HANG. by appointment only Laszlo’s Warehouse | hey.you.show@gmail.com

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Cynthia Bogart’s art was fashion, it would certainly be prêt-a-porter. Her works on paper are fine yet user-friendly. This summer, she is showing her body of work in a stylin’, twostory warehouse complete with a DJ booth. Laszlo’s Warehouse also happens to be where a group of young professional bachelors live – and party. Bogart’s NASA-employed friend, Seth Jaffe, thought it would be fitting for Hey You – her Houston debut show – to take place in his insanely cool pad. It’s a place where major bashes are the norm on Saturday nights. “I can get you on the guest list if you want,” Bogart offers during a phone conversation. It becomes immediately clear that we are not talking about some ordinary house. It’s only fitting, though, that Bogart’s first Houston show be held in a hip, urban, marketer’s dream locale. Bogart knows cool. As Director of Display and Merchandising at High Fashion Home since it opened its doors in 2005, Bogart is the creative force behind much of the store’s glossy image. The airily luxurious window displays are a product of her aesthetic savoir-faire. She is currently working on incorporating clothing lines, including Splendid and Ella Moss Essentials, into the space. Normally, apparel in a furniture (ok, lifestyle) store might seem a little shady. But with Bogart’s magic touch, anything can happen. After all, Bogart has played a role in success stories before. Back in the day, after she graduated from Bard College in upstate New York with a major in fine arts, Bogart did window displays for a little store on Fifth Avenue called H & M. It was the Swedish company’s first shop in the United States. That was nine years ago. The friends she met there have mostly made their way up into H & M’s corporate offices. One wonders how many of her ideas might have contributed to the instant success the brand soon garnered this side of the Atlantic. Bogart moved to Houston – for love – five years ago. Still, she keeps in touch with her former colleagues, making her a kind of insider. “I’ve heard that H & M was looking at a location in Uptown Park,” she confides. Yesss! 002 readers have probably unknowingly seen Cynthia Bogart’s work before. She has been illustrating the Costumes for Cocktails page for about a year now. Her handdrawn ink and watercolor images first caught this mag’s eye during a special issue profiling the best Houston illustraautumn 26. july 09 | www.002mag.com

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tors. Her lively illustrations, reminiscent of a fashion sketch but with infinitely more personality, add a perfect touch of whimsy to this regular style feature. “I’m also painting some chairs for Carla (Valencia),” Bogart reveals. Our fashionista editor loves the intricate, abstract work so much, she wants to look at it all the time. As if all this wasn’t enough, Cynthia Bogart produced a line of hand-beaded, embroidered vintage silk pillows that were carried by, amongst others, Kuhl-Linscomb, until other professional successes prevailed. “I still have some in storage,” she says, awakening the treasure-seeker in me. So what’s all the hoopla about? Well, the girl has talent. On large scale, 4 ft by 4 ft paper, Bogart layers ink, watercolor and charcoal, and repeats, creating abstract designs that come alive, often conjuring some sort of plant matter. “You really get drawn in by all the layers of ink. It’s almost 3D,” she says. The mediums she uses were born more out of necessity than choice. “I prefer to work with oil,” she explains. “I’d like to make even larger scale work.” But working from her Montrose studio apartment limits the size and scope of her work. It doesn’t help that her pets have some unsavory habits. “My cats love to eat the ink and drink the paint water. They like color!” she says. Oil paints would certainly spell trouble. Bogart masterfully turns the abstract into feasts for the eyes, but figurative portraits are her real specialty. “I love watching the way people’s bodies change as they interact,” she explains. “The slightest twitch of a facial muscle can alter the way we are perceived.” Capturing movement and emotion is what makes Bogart’s work great. That, and she just knows how to make things look good. About 30 smaller-scale works, including portraits, are displayed on the second floor at Laszlo’s Warehouse. Bogart is not only a gifted artist, but a prolific one. If track records are any indicator, one might construe that Cynthia Bogart’s artwork is destined for success. Prices range from $275 to $750. Get it while you can.


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INDIESTREAM FILMS GALORE RicOrnel Productions (ricornelproductions.com/tickets&donations.htm) is screening Alex Mulray and the Stolen HeART on July 2 at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm at Main Street Theater in Rice Village. This locally produced “juve-noir film” centers on teenager Alex Mulray and his search to not only uncover a thief, but also the secret behind the stolen HeART (think Hardy Boys). Landmark River Oaks Theatre (landmarktheatres.com) has Whatever Works (7/3), The Girl from Monaco (7/10) and 500 Days of Summer (7/24); and the Angelika Film Center (angelikafilmcenter.com) is screening Moon and Departures (7/3), Downloading Nancy (7/10), Treeless Mountain (7/17), Beauty in Trouble (7/24) and Soul Power (7/31). You gotta love the power and diversity of YouTube projects, the latest one out of Houston being “Keep Houston Rich” (keephoustonrich.com), a daily video channel about Houstonians created by Left Brain Right Brain Design (leftbrainrightbraindesign.com). You’ll get addicted to streaming videos on topics as diverse as the latest exhibition at UH’s Blaffer Gallery to a vignette on the “Homeless Jesus” while also traipsing through pieces such as “Welcome to Houston!” with comedian Sai Ranade and a bunch of dancers called “SexyATTACK” who unleash their moves at the Kroger on Montrose and in the Med Center. The Cove (thecovemovie.com) opens July 31 and is a documentary that follows a high-tech dive team on a mission to discover the truth about the international dolphin capture trade as practiced in Taji, Japan. The Brazilian Arts Foundation shows monthly films and this month will be Os Normais on July 17 at 7:30pm at 1133 E. 11th Street.

FAMILY FUN and AURORA PICTURE SHOW Summer always bring a slew of family film festivals and free screenings; for all the information on what’s happening, log onto thesummerbook.com/gishpicks/gishpicks_060309.htm. Aurora Picture Show (aurorapictureshow.org) continues to reach out to families starting with The Striking Viking Story Pirates on Saturday, July 11, 7-8pm at the Children’s Museum of Houston (cmhouston.org) at 1500 Binz. Founded in 2003 to promote a love of creative writing, the Story Pirates have collected words and ideas from children across the country and brought their stories to life on stage and on film. The Saturday night program will include videos of kids’ stories that they have produced recently and the Pirates will be available afterwards to discuss their process and interactions with kids. There is also a workshop with the Pirates on Sunday, July 12, from 12pm. Other programs they’ve got this month: Aurora Boot Camp Film Premiere of shorts by 9–12-yearolds participating in a camp with filmmaker Mike Akel on July 24 at 7pm; The Not So Final Frontier on Saturday, July 25, at 7pm and “Menil Summer Movies in the Park” on Friday, July 31, at 8pm. Venues and details vary, so check with the Aurora before heading out. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS and HARRY POTTER The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (mfah.org) has introduced a new program: “Third Thursday Matinees” in which they’ll screen free family films at 2pm on the third Thursdays in the summer. This month’s entry is The Sound of Music on July 9. Also for families they are screening Surf’s Up on July 5 as part of the “Target Free First Sundays.” And they kick off a selection of murderous movies with the July 1-5 double feature of film noir classic The Big Sleep (starring Bogie and Bacall) and Jean-Luc Godard’s Made in USA, a neverreleased 1969 film starring his muse, Anna Karina. The much-touted and latest film in the Harry Potter love-fest, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is at the center of a feast planned by the Alamo Drafthouse (alamodrafthouse.com) staff on Wednesday, July 22, at 7:30pm. The event will feature a multicourse gourmet meal inspired by the Harry Potter Universe and, of course, a screening of the new film. Other films in their line-up this month include RIP: A Remix Manifesto on Wednesday, July 1, 7:30pm, and a special Anime screening of Evangelion 1.0 on Thursday, July 16, at 7:30pm. And there’s good news for the Astrodome Studios project: plans to convert it into a major motion picture and recording studio are moving steadily forward – sign the petition at astrodomestudios.net as a show of support.

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THE OLIVER FOUNDATION 5535 memorial dr, suite f, #256 | houston, tx 77007 | 713.862.7899 | oliverfoundation.org | info@oliverfoundation.org

child that is well nourished and physically active, performs better in the classroom, is more attentive and has better attendance,” say Deborah L. Woehler, MS, RD, LD, Executive Director of The Oliver Foundation, Houston. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, The Oliver Foundation focuses on creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle that begins in childhood and leads throughout life. Inspired by William and Cluthe Oliver, the foundation creates interactive programs for children and families, with a focus on childhood obesity. Full-time dietitians and nationally award-winning Healthy Kids Challenge programs take place at the foundation, which is located in the Memorial area of Houston. In 2004, as the childhood obesity epidemic was brought to light, The Oliver Foundation got set to work by implementing programs into the school systems; parents and teachers have had the opportunity to realize the importance of these issues. “Teachers have learned, by working with us, how to integrate our program into their daily classroom activity and see the benefits for their students in the classroom,” says Woehler. Through the use of the foundation’s core message – CHOICES – families can stay on track towards a healthy lifestyle. Things like sensible eating, portion control, drinking lots of water and exercise are taught throughout the seven-lettered acronym. “Our CHOICES program has been recognized and endorsed by the Governor’s Commission for Women, and carries the official state seal on the “CHOICES” poster.” Other programs like the OrganWise Guys, a friendly cast of animated body organs that live inside Organ Annie, send

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child-friendly messages encouraging healthy habits. “We find that the kids really like to watch and learn from the OrganWise Guys, as they teach kids about health, nutrition and physical activity in a fun and entertaining method that is memorable for the kids,” says Woehler. Making learning seem fun and cool helps the kids to enjoy watching them continuously, and connect the lessons learned to their own organs in their bodies. The Oliver Foundation gives children and adults the opportunity to learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle from an early age. “It has been researched and documented, that if we can stop childhood obesity at the onset, the percentage of these children growing up to be an overweight or obese adult are greatly diminished,” says Woehler. If prevented at the early age of 1-2, a child has about an 8% chance of being obese as an adult, whereas if prevention does not occur until the later ages of 17-18, the child has a 79-85% chance of being obese. “Plus at the elementary age, kids’ minds are like “sponges,” they learn easily and take the message home to their parents and families.” For the past five years, The Oliver Foundation has been working in the Fort Bend elementary school district. It has now completed its “Two Year Intensive Intervention Program,” as well as its fourth year of its six-year longitudinal study. “We plan to implement our “CHOICES” program in other elementary schools, as the obesity epidemic has continued to rise.” Prevention of childhood obesity is more effective than treatment, she says. “The mission and goal of The Oliver Foundation is to help kids and families ‘Make Healthy Choices for Life!’”


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ULTIMAT SUMMER REMIX ARE YOU THE FACE OF HOUSTON? A WHITE NIGHT AT BIKINI BEACH LATIN WOMEN’S INITIATIVE LUNCHEON BRUNCH WITH CELEB SKIN HEALTH EXPERT KATE SOMERVILLE THE OPENING ACT VITAMINWATER WINDOWS UNVEILED A NIGHT OF DAZZLE AND DELIGHT LITTLE BLACK DRESS H2OH! DANCING WITH THE SYMPHONY DECONSTRUCTING THE PROGRAM

PHOTOGRAPHERS Bernard Bauri [LNP] | Kim Coffman | Gochman Monica Kressman | Claire Learned | Anthony Rathbun Frederico Villamayor [LNP] | Kim Coffman Arnea Williams [LNP] [LNP]= www.lastnightpics.com

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EVENT ULTIMAT SUMMER REMIX WHY TO CELEBRATE SUMMER WHERE MOMENTUM AUDI + VOLKSWAGEN WHEN MAY 21

Over 800 guests came out to enjoy the live music of Major 7 at VW and the spinning tunes of DJ Otto at Audi at this dual ambiance party. La Toretta del Lago set up an outdoor grilling paradise serving the most delicious sliders that kept guests wanting more. Stephanie O’Keefe put together a swim fashion show sending Page Parkes models in the latest in swimwear from Zingara and Neiman Marcus with Hair by Visible Changes and makeup by Andrea Schutter down the rockin’ runway. Ultimat vodka set up a fabulous Ultimat bar complete with a Butter ice sculpture. VitaminWater was on hand as well. A few lucky guests walked away with a MEXICO Tourism donated weekend getaway to Puerto Vallarta, Zingara and Visible Changes gift certificates, as well as an Audi for the weekend.

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EVENT ARE YOU THE FACE OF HOUSTON? WHY TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER OF THE CONTEST WHERE THE VERANDA AT THE ALDEN HOTEL WHEN JUNE 4

For three months we searched high and low to find our Face of Houston. Running ads, sending eblasts, dropping off flyers at various locations all for this unveiling celebration for Victoria Herrera! 002houston magazine and Max Factor want to thank all the ladies who participated! Victoria walked away with a Gucci bag full of Max Factor cosmetics, an overnight stay at the Alden Hotel and a $300 gift certificate from {Intimacy} as well as a photo spread in 002’s June issue. Guests walked out with some great swag bags full of VitaminWater’s new V10, Zingara coupons, Max Factor Mascara and more.

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EVENT A WHITE NIGHT AT BIKINI BEACH WHY TO CELEBRATE THE GRAND OPENING WHERE ZINGARA SWIMWEAR IN HIGHLAND VILLAGE WHEN MAY 13

Beachwear-clad guests enjoyed a rare breezy weeknight in this latest addition to Highland Village while sipping caiphrinas and nibbling empanadas from Escalante’s Mexican Grill. Models roamed in the gypsy inspired bathing suits pausing on uplit pedestals throughout the evening. It was rare to see a girl walk out of the boutique without a Zingara bag hanging off her wrist! A percentage of the evening’s proceeds benefited the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation.

EVENT LATIN WOMEN’S INITIATIVE LUNCHEON WHY TO HELP FUND THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY LWI WHERE INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL WHEN MAY 8

Over 600 ladies clad in their best and most creative scarves came out to this celebrated and festive 7th annual luncheon supporting Houston’s rich Latin community. President Claudia Contreras pulled off a fantastic event raising the monies needed to support the various programs supported by LWI members. The fashion show featured the works of Pineda Covalin and Edgardo Luengas as well as a Latin-inspired market where partial proceeds went to LWI.

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EVENT BRUNCH WITH CELEB SKIN HEALTH EXPERT KATE SOMERVILLE WHY TO LEARN ABOUT SKIN CARE WHERE NEIMAN MARCUS MARIPOSA CAFÉ WHEN MAY 21

Editor-at-Large hosted a group of ladies for a brunch with celeb skin health expert Kate Somerville where guests got to chat with the respected paramedical esthetician. Somerville is the CEO and founder of her eponymous line with a flourishing medi-skin clinic in LA. 002houston staffers can’t get enough of their glowing skin as a result of the advice given on that day!

EVENT THE OPENING ACT WHY TO BENEFIT PLANNED PARENTHOOD WHERE HOUSE OF BLUES WHEN MAY 15 002houston magazine and Planned Parenthood hosted a rockin’ party in the Main Hall at the House of Blues with live performances by Liquid Kitchen and Red Eye Carl and the Pirates as well as others to kick off the Party Like a Rockstar Gala coming up in August. House of Blues put on a full-fledged buffet which meshed perfectly with flawless Dripping Springs Vodka. Guests and groupies rocked into the night.

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Our favorite drink, VitaminWater, launched its fabulous t-shirts with a party at the Blackbird Boutique on 1637 Westheimer. 94.5 the Buzz was live on site that day while the windows displayed the soft tees. EVENT VITAMINWATER WINDOWS WHY TO UNVEIL THE VITAMINWATER DISPLAYS WHERE BLACKBIRD BOUTIQUE WHEN MAY 17

EVENT A NIGHT OF DAZZLE AND DELIGHT WHY THE GALA FOR THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN WHERE HILTON AMERICAS WHEN MAY 16

Over 800 guests watched as Christine Baranski ran the show at the Human Rights Gala and shared delightful tales of her visits to Houston and her passion for the cause. One of the entertainment industry’s most honored actresses was an amazing hostess and shared the stage with honorary chairs Dr. Franklin Rose, his wife Cindi along with their children Erica and Ben. Houston’s own Mayor Bill White received the HRC Political Equality Award for his tireless efforts, commitment and outstanding contributions to the community. In addition, an exclusive visit with a special address from HRC president Joe Solmonese was an honor for the organization.

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EVENT LITTLE BLACK DRESS WHY TO PICK THE BEST LBD WHERE DEBORAH COLTON GALLERY WHEN MAY 7

Neal Hamil Agency hosted the Little Black Dress event inviting students from all Texas collegiate fashion design programs to create their version of the LBD for a contest where the top three designs would be awarded scholarship money. Students presented their designs at the Hilton at University of Houston as part of the Fashion Group Foundation of Houston, Inc. Career Day.

EVENT DECONSTRUCTING THE PROGRAM WHY CELEBRATING OVER 40 YEARS OF INTERIOR DESIGN AT U OF H WHERE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS WHEN MAY 30 The University of Houston celebrated the last 43 years of the interior design program in high style at the Museum of Fine Arts. Professors, alums and existing students gathered for a fun-filled evening of bites and drinks to celebrate years of design and creative thinkers.

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EVENT H2OH! WHY A WEEKEND-LONG SPECTACLE OF PARTIES, EVENTS AND DECADENCE! WHERE HOTEL ZAZA WHEN MAY 15

The madness started at 6pm Friday and didn’t end until Sunday, May 17, at the invitation-only Urban Oasis weekend at the chic Hotel ZaZa. Guests decked out in poolside couture strutted poolside sipping frozen concoctions and munching on frozen grapes as the ZaZa staff walked around offering cooling goodies. Beach balls with prizes including overnight stays, spa visits and more were dropped from the roof of the hotel strategically each day.

EVENT DANCING WITH THE SYMPHONY WHY CONCERT AND END OF SEASON BASH WHERE 402 MAIN STREET WHEN MAY 22

Co-Chairs Amy Branch and Nicholas Philips led the blow-out bash following the last concert of the Houston Symphony season. Guests waltzed over to 402 Main Street and cha-cha’d the night away with YPB (Young Professionals Backstage). DJs Ceeplus Bad Knives and Ernest Gonzalez spun tunes while the b-boys Kaos Crew channeled guests’ inner breaker. Celeb dancers, Sharron Melton and Tom Koch, were on hand as well. Thanks to sponsors Whole Foods, Saint Arnold, Spacetaker, Dripping Springs and

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PEOPLE OF HOUSTON

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TANJA HENDRICK

MICHEL MUYLLE

age A lady never tells! sign Aquarius origin Germany occupation fashion rep

age 49 sign Aquarius origin Belgium occupation Innovation manager in a large oil and gas company

Photography by Jill Hunter/Wonderful Machine

3 THERESA MARTIN age 31 sign Cancer origin Houston, TX occupation Property Manager

1. TANJA HENDRICK WHAT ATTRACTS YOU TO A PERSON? Intelligence & a great smile WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? March 29, 2008—Having my parents walk me down the aisle towards my honey, surrounded by family & friends WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO HANG OUT? The bed!!!! IF YOU COULD ONLY WEAR ONE COSMETIC PRODUCT, WHAT WOULD IT BE? Dior Show Mascara WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO GO ON YOUR NEXT VACATION? World Cup 2010 in South Africa

2. MICHEL MUYLLE WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TREND? Globalization IF YOU NEVER HAD TO WORK, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? Collect art and support local artists WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MUSICIAN? Jacques Brel IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD IT BE? My age WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO GO ON YOUR NEXT VACATION? Costa Rica or NYC HOW DO YOU STAY IN SHAPE? Running, low carb food, gym and a positive attitude towards life and people

3. THERESA MARTIN WHERE IS YOU FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP? Macy’s and Buckle (love their jeans) WHAT IS THE WORST FASHION TREND YOU LOVED? jellies WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT? A/C WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation HOW DO YOU STAY IN SHAPE? Cardio and my job

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chicken FIGHT

by Tim Moloney

I RECENTLY FOUND MYSELF IN PUERTO VALLARTA FOR A MUCH-UNNEEDED VACATION. PERSONALLY, I DON’T LIKE VACATIONS LONGER THAN FOUR DAYS BECAUSE I START TO MISS MY DOG, MY BED AND MOST OF ALL, MY FAVORITE FOODS. DON’T GET ME WRONG….I COULD EAT MEXICAN FOOD FOREVER, BUT FOUR DAYS WITHOUT SHAKE ’N BAKE OR PEANUT BUTTER AND I START GETTING A BIT LOCO. I found myself at the pool dreaming of one of my summer food favorites…fried chicken. Yeah, I know it’s fried and it’s fatty and all that, but you really can’t beat it – hot or cold, especially in the summer months. So upon my return to Los Estados Unidos, I set out to find the best fried chicken in the city. Hot on the heels of the Great Ques-Off of 2009 (two issues ago), it was time for Chicken Fight Cage (Coop?) Match, Summer Edition. And what contenders! In this corner, we have Aussie chef Jason Gould’s doublefried chicken at Gravitas, a Tuesday night Blue Plate Special that will set you back only 12 bucks, and that’s 12 bucks well spent. Gould is executive chef and co-owner of Gravitas. And in the opposing camp, of the original benjy’s in the Village, we present the inspired fried chicken of Drew Wilson, executive chef.

roni and cheese and a side of sautéed spinach for you health nuts out there. Oh, and the whole shebang is topped with honey butter, in case your cholesterol is running low this month. I challenge you to clean your plate, unless you are one of those professional eater weirdoes who shows up for the hot dog eating contest in Coney Island every summer. The verdict? Not what you’d think. While both are stupendous, delicious and great additions to Our Town’s dining options, I’m going to have to go with the Comeback Kid – Frenchy’s on Scott Street. That’s right, this tried and true favorite is good, fast and cheap. You can sit under the metal awning and chow down, or get it to go. Man cannot live by chicken alone. What to wash it down with? I headed over to see our friends at The Corkscrew on Washington (watch for their new bar The Washington Avenue Drinkery to open soon). Wine expert Amy Mata provided the perfect complement to our chicken choice: either a Verdicchio varietal or a domestic Pinot Grigio. “They’re light and crisp, somewhat citrusy to balance out the greasy goodness.” Great bottles can be had for $20-$25. Did someone say dessert? My friend Kate Allen Stukenberg of PaperCity and I were discussing our mutual love of bacon. I tipped her off about the newish bacon-flavored mayonnaise I’d found (see it at www.baconnaise.com). Something even better: last week she dropped off a huge tub of bacon ice cream at my office. Don’t gag: it’s more of a Mexican vanilla flavored with crispy bacon chips. In short, amazing. It’s all gone, much like traditional writing jobs in the United States.

Both plates fared well in the initial weigh in. Gould’s brined and buttermilk-marinated creation sits on a base of potato salad, with enough chicken for two meals. It’s crispy without being greasy. Gould tells us that fried chicken is big in Australia, along with country and western music. You heard it here first, folks: Gould lets on that Wolverine Hugh Jackman got his start as a country singer. That doesn’t make me like country music more, or Jackman for that matter. All in all, Gould’s dish is huge, hearty and a Tuesday night favorite. You might even want to split it. Talk about a cheap date! There’s also a chicken-fried ribeye on Fridays. Guess who’ll be back?

Which brings me back to Mexico. I could not believe the dozens of newspapers, and hundreds of magazines, all bursting with advertising, editorial and most of all, opinion. I know they are going into a presidential election, but it was so inspiring to see so many people, young and old, rich and poor, passionate about reading and information. I guess that once the Internet reaches saturation there, it’s hasta la vista la revista.

Wilson’s is a bit more exotic: he smokes the chicken first for six hours before the buttermilk and spice marinade – which includes Asian flavors not normally associated with this All-American favorite. At lunch, the portion is audaciously gaudy. I guess tall food is back. The chicken is piled atop a mountain of five-cheese maca-

I can’t believe I’ve run out of room again when I’ve got so much more on my mind. I guess you’ll have to wait until next month. What a Cliffhanger! (By the way, underrated and one of my favorite movies. Check it on NetFlix.) Until then, stay cool, guys. See you next month.

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radar fashion bites REBECCA & DREW recently released the TrioPack: a selection of the best-selling stretch cotton shirts in one convenient package. Available in a combination of three long- and/or short-sleeve shirts, the TrioPack features Rebecca & Drew’s patented TrioFit sized shirts taking bra-size, height and body shape into account to provide a nearly custom fit. A combination of light blue, black, white or pink button front shirts is $399. 2015 D West Gray, 713.522.7500.

TARGET has two upcoming capsule collections featuring partnerships with acclaimed handbag designer Carlos Falchi to launch a limited-edition handbag collection available November 1–December 27, 2009, as well as Anna Sui in a series of Designer Collaborations, Target’s unique program featuring well-established designers who draw inspiration from a collaborative partner, muse or creative element. The exclusive Target collection draws inspiration from the four main female characters of the CW television phenomenon, “Gossip Girl,” and will launch September 13, 2009. THE FIND (featured in the fashion layout on page 42) now has a super-cute petite showroom in the Village, next door to Benjy’s. A continuing rotation of unique designers from authentic Mexican dresses to vintage dresses and baskets with price points all across the board, ranging from $10 baskets to a couple of thousand for something like Paige Gamble skinned handbags or Indian diamond bangles. It’s a little bit of everything.

food 002 staffers are super excited about the new farmer’s markets sprouting up around town. WABASH ANTIQUES & FEED STORE has one the first and third Sundays, from 11am-3pm. And Pearland Town Center is also having one the second and last Saturdays of each month. Bring it on, I say!

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PROACTIV SOLUTION, the leader in acne skincare, recently introduced 2 new items. This is the first addition of new items to the brand in over three years! Celebs like Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson have raved about their results going so far as to be in the ubiquitous infomercials. The new items are the Clear Purifying Mask and the Medicated Blemish Stick. Available at www.Proactiv.com. EUROPEAN WAX CENTER offers ouch-less hair removal at ouch-less prices. They opened their first Houston outpost in the River Oaks Plaza last month. The Center is already a phenomenal success nationwide and brings its most popular service, the Brazilian bikini wax, for just $35 to the Space City. A revolutionary all-natural beeswax formulated in Paris, made from 100% natural beeswax and the finest polymers creating a hard, stripless wax, is used with better results. 1564 West Gray, Houston 77019. 713.550.1089 or visit www.waxcenter.com

art Don’t miss Endangered Modern: The Real Story, opening July 9, at the ARCHITECTURE CENTER HOUSTON. Houston Mod presents its 4th architectural exhibit aimed to create a greater understanding of the threats to architecturally significant structures that ultimately lead to their destruction and loss. Nearly a dozen significant modern architectural landmarks that face potential demolition or destruction are detailed with both historic information and current photographs. THE 30TH ANNUAL ARTHOUSTON opens Saturday, July 11th. The main purpose behind ArtHouston is to exhibit emerging, mid-career and well-known artists in order to display diverse talent. 37 participating galleries will be open to showcase these local, national and international artists. Founded in 1979 as Introductions, ArtHouston has grown from a 12 gallery art-walk to an almost citywide exhibition of talent. Introductions was established by Houston Art Dealers Association as a way to Kelli Vance, Honey, 2009, oil on canvas further art awareness during the summer months, traditionally a less active time of the year for galleries. Visit the website at www.arthouston.com for specific reception details. DIVERSEWORKS presents $TIMULU$–Artadia Awardees 2008 Houston showcasing some of the hottest talent in Houston’s vibrant contemporary art community. The exhibition will be on view through August 15, in the DiverseWorks Main Gallery, with an opening reception July 17, from 6-8pm. Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue offers substantial artist awards in five cities including Houston. Artists in $TIMULU$ are Mequitta Ahuja, Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Katy Heinlein, Lauren Kelley, El Franco Lee II, Lynne McCabe, Delilah Montoya, Katrina Moorhead, Floyd Newsum and Stephanie Toppin.


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he face, the hair, the enigmatic smile… Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic painting is said to have taken nearly 20 years to complete. Almost 500 years later, after countless moves, a twoyear disappearance and a handful of touch-ups – no teeth whitening, face lifts or breast augmentations necessary, thank you very much – it remains one of the most talked about and somewhat mysterious artworks of all time. Beginning in the late 1800s, the first recorded reinterpretations of the painting began to appear. Channeling his inner five-year-old, Dadaist Marcel Duchamp introduced his mustachioed version in 1919 – badly missing the mark by not adding a half-cocked beret in our opinion. Origins of the first velvet adaptation are still shrouded in secrecy, but most likely can be attributed to some artistic folk living around Graceland. A few months ago – and a little more in tune with our readers – the folks behind the LUXE HOTEL SORELLA, which will debut as a key anchor of the new CITYCENTRE mixed-use development in August, embarked on their own journey to re-imagine the Mona Lisa for its chic, destination lounge, the monnalisa. A call for entries yielded an array of unique and impressive takes – thankfully none with mustaches or bedecked in Ed Hardy – from professional artists and students at the Glassell School of Art, Art Institute of Houston and the University of Houston. And a noteworthy contingent from the Houston arts scene, including Mandy Graessle, Fresh Arts Coalition executive director; Wade Wilson of Wade Wilson Art gallery; PaperCity arts editor, Catherine Anspon; The Museum of Fine Art’s Claudia Solis; and PR guru and Lawndale Art Center board member, Paula Murphy, selected winning entries, whose talented creators will receive cash, prizes and cocktails (Shirley Temples if they are under 21). Will these monnalisas end up on the walls of one of our town’s top galleries? It’s too soon to know…but in our book – literally – they deserve a toast.

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RE-IMAGINING

MONA LISA

FOR THE MONNALISA

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Thomas â&#x20AC;&#x201C; pink polo NSF at Neiman Marcus.

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Yellow one-shoulder Robert Rodriguez gown and Eskander kimono, both at Neiman Marcus. Flower clip-on earrings at Liz Claiborne New York Outlet.

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Etro grey cardigan, white jeans, cashmere grey scarf and Gucci yellow loafers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; all at Neiman Marcus; leather cord with skull and large prayer beads at J. Silver .

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Denim cut-offs J Brand, Milly jeweled bolero and gladiator sandals at Neiman Marcus; yellow ruffled blouse, Liz Claiborne New York at Houston Premium Outlets; floppy hat GAP at Houston Premium Outlets; stylist own turquoise jewelry. july 09 | www.002mag.com .47


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kris jenner poses at the backstage creations during the 2009 academy of country music awards

LIP-LICIOUS COUNTRY

Photography by Jacob Andrzejczak/WireImage.com

ADVERTORIAL

LOCAL STYLE GAL LESLIE TYLER FINK CELEBRATED HER GLAMOUR COUTURE COLLECTION’S NEWEST LIPPLUMPING LIP GLOSS AT THE 2009 ACADEMY OF AMERICAN COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. THE ACM AWARDS TOOK PLACE AT THE MGM HOTEL IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, AND FEATURED A NUMBER OF TOPNOTCH CELEBRITIES LIKE LEE ANN WOMACK, LEANN RIMES, KELLIE PICKLER, JULIANNA HOUGH, JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT AND TAYLOR SWIFT. TYLER’S LIP GLOSS, SEXY LIP-LICIOUS, WAS THE FOCUS BACKSTAGE, AS THE LESLIE TYLER’S COSMETIC TEAM HELPED EACH CELEBRITY CHOOSE WHICH FABULOUS NEW GLOSS TO TRY! COLORS LIKE BABY DOLL PINK, SEASHELL PINK, SPELLBOUND AND LILA MIST WERE FEATURED ON THE VARIOUS CELEBS MAKING THEIR LIPS AND HER NEW LIP GLOSS SHINE.

leslie tyler fink | country singer miranda lambert

actress jennifer love hewitt

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WHAT WERE YOUR INITIAL GOALS FOR SEXY LIP-LICIOUS? There was a lack in the market for a glamorous gloss that did it all! I wanted an unforgettable gloss that would make lips look and feel sexy and kissable! I wanted to design one that was not gooey, with a silky texture, long-lasting and felt great on the lips while simultaneously moisturizing and giving the illusion of bigger lips sans the injections and pain. So I got together with my chemist and created Sexy Lip-licious and it’s become an instant hit with all the celebs!

HOW MANY COLORS TOTAL ARE THERE AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE ONE? There are 25 colors in the Sexy Lip-Licious line. They can be worn alone or layered with your favorite lipsticks. My #1 favorite is Taylor Swift’s favorite – Mint Baby Doll. She loved it when I put it on her and wore it on stage when she performed! My second favorite is Jennifer Love Hewitt’s favorite – Mint Apricot. Because it’s a great daytime look and can also be layered with your favorite lipstick for an instant sexy look!

looked fabulous in the sexy gloss and it made their lips look beautiful!

WHAT WAS THE BEST PART OF YOUR ACMA EXPERIENCE? Being personally told by Taylor Swift, LeAnn Rimes, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Victoria’s Secret’s Marissa Miller how much they loved my lip glosses. In fact they loved it so much they made sure to give me their information so I could send them some more when they run out!!

WHAT’S IN THE FUTURE FOR YOU AND THE BRAND? I’ve already been invited to the Emmy’s, Golden Globes and American Music Awards. In the near future (this year) and it won’t be long before the whole world is rocking Leslie Tyler Sexy Lip-licious! You can find the gloss around the world in ultra-chic boutiques and high-end department stores and, of course, online at www.LeslieTyler.com.

WHICH CELEBRITIES IN YOUR OPINION ROCKED SEXY LIP-LICIOUS THE BEST? Beauties like Taylor Swift and model Marissa Miller

And now I want to share with Houstonians what the celebs rocked and loved!

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST REACTION WHEN THE ACM’S CALLED? My reaction? Celebrities have lots of choices in the cosmetics they use so I was completely amazed and flattered that my glosses were the lucky ones selected to be on all the celebrities’ lips! And the best part was that when they wore them, they absolutely fell in love with them!

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HOW DID IT FEEL WATCHING SOME OF THE MOST WELL-KNOWN CELEBRITIES WEAR YOUR LIP GLOSS? It felt amazing. My product makes women look and feel sexy. When I see all of the celebrities wearing my glosses I’m excited because I know they are wearing the best. I was so flattered when several celebrities said my glosses were addicting and felt silky on the lips!


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

Neiman Marcus- 2600 Post Oak Blvd. 713.621.7100 Target- 2580 Shearn St. 713.331.0376 Urban Outfitters- 5135 W. Alabama St. # 7000 713.552.0452

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THE OCEAN’S VARIOUS SHADES OF BLUE WERE THE INSPIRATION BEHIND MY BOHEMIAN LOOK. THIS COOL CAREFREE STYLE CONTINUES TO BE MY MAINSTAY FOR OUR STEAMY SUMMER STRETCH.

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1. The hippie in me can’t help it, but the absolute best about this dress is the material. It’s silk which goes perfect with this heat. Ecote silk paisley smocked dress $58 @ Urban Outfitters | 2. I know, I’m complaining about the heat and then I add a sweater?! What?! If you know Houston summers, you know the AC is going to make all indoors seem 3. The Roman sandal feel helps me feel like my legs are not so bare. Elizabeth & James wrap sanlike igloos. A cover-up is a must. Oscar de la Renta sweater @ Neiman Marcus |3 dals @ Neiman Marcus | 4. These earrings are lightweight and add a little something bright around my face. Gold-fill authentic Mexican chandelier earrings, stylist’s own | 5. OK, delete what I have ever said about any self-tanners in the past. These towelettes are the BEST I have ever tried. Promise! One towelette covers my entire body and dries instantly. I put lotion on right afterward and in a couple of hours I have the most amazing tan. People ask me about my tan all day. It’s simple, no spills and if you can manage to cover your body completely, you will love these. My sister and I are obsessed…and running out. Need to run to Neiman’s ASAP! Kate Somerville self-tanning towelettes @ Neiman Marcus | 6. Europe’s best kept secret is available in the States! This hairspray is AMAZING! Used in all the fashion shows, this stuff holds without making hair stiff and adds shine. Even better, it smells delightful. L’Oreal Elnett Stronghold hairspray $14.99 for 11oz. @ Target

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BOUTIQUE ZINGARA SWIMWEAR | ROXANNE HURLEY

years in operation since may 2008 | address 4027 westheimer (highland village) | phone 713.629.4700 | website zingaraswimwear.com

ZINGARA SWIMWEAR HAS LONG BEEN A STAPLE IN CANCUN, MEXICO. THE BRAND KNOWN FOR ITS EXCLUSIVE DESIGNS MADE OF THE FINEST ITALIAN AND SPANISH FABRICS OFFER THE COMPLETE BEACH OUTFIT, ACCESSORIES AND ALL. WE ARE SO EXCITED WE DON’T HAVE TO HIGH-TAIL IT TO THE BORDER TO SNAP UP THE BOHO CHIC SUITS ANYMORE! CURRENT OBSESSION: Zingara Swimwear!! DESIGN INSPIRATION | ICON: Playa del Carmen, México HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS BUSINESS? I love fashion, swimwear and everything that matches. WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER BOUTIQUES? We sell the entire beach and pool look. WHAT ARE YOU COVETING THIS SEASON? Great sandals from India and South America.

Photography by Bernard Bauri

- Accessorize your beachwear - Full-covered bottoms look LARGER – go smaller - When you feel good you look good. Confidence is key. - Get a little sun aka self-tanner - You can’t have too many bathing suits!

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By Carla Valencia de Martinez Photography by Sofia van der Dys

KNORR SEASONING IS THE SECRET BEHIND MANY A GOOD MEXICAN COOK. I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT THIS STUFF IN MY REFRIED BEANS, HOMEMADE SALSAS AND CALDOS DE POLLO. I RECENTLY DISCOVERED KNORR’S CHIPOTLE SEASONED MINI CUBES AND USED THEM ON MY FISH TACOS THE OTHER NIGHT. THEY MADE MY FISH TACOS SING! AVAILABLE AT HEB OR FIESTA.

Laura Slatkin’s (of Slatkin fame) year-old personal candle collection called NEST Fragrance recently won the Interior Scent of the Year award at the annual FIFI Awards.* But NEST also gets my award for most creative scent combinations like Pink Jasmine, Wasabi Pear and Periwinkle Hyacinth. Throw in the beautiful packaging as well as the rich composition of the candle itself which you can see the minute you open the box (yes, I’m that obsessed with candles) and it’s no surprise NEST candles won the FIFI Award. Votives $12 at Neiman Marcus and kuhl-linscomb.

IN GENERAL I JUST LOVE LULULEMON. THEIR GROOVE PANT AUTOMATICALLY TAKES OFF 5LBS BEFORE MY BOOTY EVEN GETS A WORK OUT IN. SPEAKING OF BOOTIES, THE NEW RUN SPEED SHORT IS SO BEHIND-FRIENDLY IT’S INSANE! THE LITTLE VENTS AND THE POCKET FOR MY IPOD OR CAR KEY ARE ALSO A NICE DETAIL. $52 AT LULULEMON IN HIGHLAND VILLAGE.

Love my shrooms…They sit in a clear container in our foyer reminding me every day as I pass them of Alice in Wonderland’s “eat me” scene. Vintage velvet mushrooms from Installations Antiques in the Heights. 611 W. 22nd Street, 713.864.6125.

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MY BREVILLE JUICE EXTRACTOR MAKES MY MORNING. I ACTUALLY LOOK FORWARD TO WAKING UP SO I CAN JUICE. I HAD BEEN USING MY MOTHER’S ORIGINAL JUICER FROM THE 80S AND ALTHOUGH IT MADE DELICIOUS JUICES, I HAD TO CHOP APPLES, CARROTS AND BASICALLY EVERYTHING – THIS BAD BOY TAKES THE APPLES WHOLE! AND THE JUICE IS FLAWLESS!!!!! SO SMOOTH AND DELICIOUS – AND MY CO-OP ORGANIC FRUITS AND VEGGIES (WWW.RAWFULLYORGANIC.COM - SHAMELESS PLUG) MAKE IT EVEN BETTER. LOVE IT! $299.95 AT WILLIAMS & SONOMA.

How cool is this? Resurf.a.stic™ is a one-step combo of hydration plus a skin enriching exfoliator. Just leave the stick in the shower, wet stick and face, gently press in circular movements all over face, rinse and pat dry! Available at The Smooth Skin Bar.

Shu Uemura’s Full Shimmer collection of hair care is formulated with musk rose oil and smells divine! I deep condition by leaving in overnight the super rich and hydrating masque. The entire line is available at Azur Salon; as of press time I couldn’t find it anywhere online. So save yourself the time and just go to the salon. I Can’t live without my virtually indestructable Mason Pearson brush and comb! Each one is still made by hand using the original techniques dating back to 1885. Available at Neiman Marcus. Azur Salon is at, 3425 S. Shepherd Ste. 330. 713.526.3200.

FLIPS-FLOPS JUST ARE SYNONYMOUS WITH SUMMER. AND IN A CITY AS HOT AND HUMID AS HOUSTON YOU NEED TO HAVE A PAIR. I LOVE FEELGOODZ ALL-NATURAL RUBBER FLOPFLOPS. THE 100% NATURAL RUBBER USED TO PRODUCE THEM ADD A SPRING TO MY STEP. (I KNOW, SOUNDS CHEESY, BUT THEY DO.) AS A BONUS THEY ARE 100% RECYCLABLE AND BIODEGRADABLE – AND SINCE MINE DON’T MAKE IT TO THE NEXT SUMMER, THAT DETAIL KINDA ROCKS. $19.99 AT WHOLE FOODS.

* Sponsored by the Fragrance Foundation, the annual FIFI Awards honor various fragranced items in their respective product categories.

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By Allison Bagley Prada Marfa image: Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, Prada Marfa, 2005. Sculptural intervention, West Texas. Co-produced by Ballroom Marfa, TX and Art Production Fund, NY. Photo by James Evans.

DESTINATION MARFA website marfacc.com

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HEN NEW YORKER MICHELLE TEAGUE VACATIONED IN THE TINY WEST TEXAS ARTS MECCA OF MARFA, TEXAS, SHE FELL IN LOVE WITH ITS QUIRKY APPEAL, LEGENDARY GALLERIES AND ÜBER-RELAXED WAY OF LIFE. SHE JUMPED AT THE CHANCE TO RETURN IN 2006 TO THE AREA AS A COSTUMER FOR OSCAR®-NOMINATED THERE WILL BE BLOOD. SHE EVENTUALLY MARRIED HER HUSBAND, JON DAVIDSON, IN MARFA’S TOWN SQUARE COURTHOUSE, AND THE PAIR JOINED SEVERAL MANHATTAN TRANSPLANTS AS FULL-TIME RESIDENTS OF THE DUSTY TRANS-PECOS.

These days, Teague and Davidson are temporarily holed up in a ranch house on the grounds of the much-anticipated EL COSMICO, a campground of tricked-out Airstream style trailers envisioned by the venerable Liz Lambert, a close friend of Teague’s. Lambert is responsible for hipster-cool Hotel San Jose in Austin and the popular retro 5-star THUNDERBIRD HOTEL in Marfa, and when her newest “hotel” opens next year, it will be one more draw for visitors who are happy to endure an exhausting journey to reach the far-away town. While Teague’s husband works with Lambert to refurbish the trailers, Teague is tending shop at her brand new JM DRY GOODS, located in what city slickers would liken to a small adobe style strip center. The namesake of the boutique is their twoyear-old son, Jack Maverick, who was named for the Maverick Inn in nearby Alpine, where much of There Will Be Blood was filmed. (No Country for Old Men was also filmed in the area.) Teague’s store is a treasure trove of well-priced vintage Mexican dresses and cowboy boots, distressed Levis, home wares and eclectic accessories and jewelry the

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bohemian owner dubs “Texican.” Teague envisions the store as a place to stop off for all the essentials for a weekend in Marfa or a trip across the border – an embroidered sundress, straw hat and hammock, plus a set of glassware fashioned from old Sol Beer bottles. Everything in Marfa can be accessed by foot. Just down the road, PADRE’S has recently grooved onto the scene, filling the growing town’s need for a live music venue. Real deal cowboys swig Lone Star alongside CEOs who have flown in by private jet in the space, formerly both a funeral parlor and a feed store, that has been transformed to a comfortable bar with repurposed materials and antique chandeliers. Surfer blonde Father Bill Miller, formerly a priest at Houston’s Trinity Episcopal Church who’s now based in Maui, performed a “blessing” during the Memorial Day weekend opening, complete with Bloody Marys, gospel singers and, of all things, interpretive dance. This is Marfa, after all, a town of artists. A priest who runs a bar, a combo laundry mat and organic coffee shop, and a taco stand turned highbrow Mediterranean eatery – it’s all run-of-the-mill. Visitors are bowled over by the endless charm here; local creative types shrug and call it home. Hipsters have flocked from all over the U.S. and beyond for cheap rent and access to the art elite. They wait tables by day at places like charming brunch hot spot COCHINEAL, run by New York restaurateurs, or MAIYA’S RESTAURANT. On Sunday nights, townsfolk meet up at the site of the weekly farmer’s market for a one-hour sunset bike tour of the terrain – the Thunderbird rents out vintage bikes to those who don’t have their own wheels.


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el cosmico hotel

Visitors can feel like a native by renting a house for the weekend. It seems appropriate to sleep in an art gallery during a stay in Marfa, so a pair of New York artists will open up their airy home (a renovated gas station, natch) that has been featured in magazines like Domino and Men’s Vogue. Its minimalist design is the very definition of the local style – a padre’s child’s swing is bolted to the ceiling in the middle of living room, local art hangs on the wall, Frye boots are available on loan in a bedroom, and the front room is used as a conceptual art space. (vrbo.com listing 237487) On the way back to the Midland airport via Highway 90 – it’s a trek any way you slice it, but flying cuts down a bit on the 9-hour drive time from Houston – in the middle of desolate Valentine, Texas, a pair of Scandinavian artists worked with the revolutionary contemporary art space Ballroom Marfa to open PRADA MARFA in 2005, a free-standing Prada store that’s filled with lust-worthy shoes and bags donated by the fashion house. It’s impossible to tell from the outside but this is an art exhibit, not a boutique. The doors have never been open, bringing disappointment to urbanites who recognize the Prada Marfa sign in Gossip Girl that hangs in Lilly’s Upper East Side apartment and the poster of the abandoned shop in Serena’s bedroom. The desert mirage is just the sort of thing that defines Marfa and that draws celebrities and civilians alike to the quirky West Texas town.

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be Sew Crafty IT’S COOL TO ____________.

Shot on location at Sew Crafty, 3210 White Oak Dr. sewcraftyhouston.com | 713.863.1144 Photography by Jill Hunter/Wonderful Machine

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AS TOLD TO THE 002HOUSTON MAGAZINE SEWIN’ FOOL BY MS. CRAFTY HERSELF, SARAH G. LED BY HER GRANDMOTHER AT AN EARLY AGE TO SEW, KNIT, EMBROIDER AND MORE, THIS WOMAN IS SINGLE-HANDEDLY TEACHING TONS OF MODERN WOMAN THE ANCIENT ART OF SEWING.

1. Insert thread from behind the button rather than the front, this insures your double knot won’t be on the face of the fabric. 2. Make a cross when sewing through the four holes, start top to bottom and then side to side (about 5 times each). 3. When sewing the button on trousers, make sure to leave some space between the button and the pant fabric so that you can wind some of the extra string around that space making it easier to slide the button into the pant hole.

Match the color of the thread to the fabric shade for a seamless finish.

hem When hemming your pants, use a pair that you know fit you well and follow the length for the perfect hem. Use small, far apart stitches to tack down your hem – this will ensure your hem is truly invisible! Tie a good double knot at the end to make sure your hem is secure.

Have a sewing kit handy at home and at the office – the perfect kit should have thread, needles, scissors and a button or two.

DON’T THINK THAT YOU CAN’T SEW – IT’S EASY!

Don’t use glue to re-attach a button – that sucker is going to come off or ruin your fabric or both! Don’t staple your hem; it’s not as chic as you think!

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WHERE TO LIVE

LOCATION

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DEVELOPERS + BUILDERS PLACE YOUR PROPERTIES HERE – EMAIL US AT LETTERS@002MAG.COM

6009 CLYDE ST.

THE KEYSTONE LOFTS

YALE PARK VILLAS

RICE MILITARY MEMORIAL PARK AREA

1120 TEXAS AT SAN JACINTO DOWNTOWN

6035 TO 6115 YALE STREET, FROM 45N, EXIT YALE/PARKER

AMBIENCE

New Classy Single Family Home in walking distance to Memorial Park

Loft living in the heart of Downtown

Gated community of one- and two-story homes, 8 miles north of Downtown, just past Garden Oaks and the Heights

AMENITIES

Rare new construction single family home on a 5000 sf lot with room for a pool. Approx. 2900 sf of living space, 2-story, convenient 1st floor living, high ceilings, hardwood floors, granite counters, butler’s pantry, travertine marble entry, stainless steel appliances. Ready for move-in! More photos and info at www.6009Clyde.com.

Sweeping views of parks, skyline and Minute Maid Park! Hardwoods throughout, open ceilings and architectural details. Open kitchens feature tons of storage and granite countertops. Large walk-in closets, assigned garage parking and all utilities covered in the monthly HOA fees. This building is only a few blocks from the MetroRail – Location, Location, Location!

Charming gated, single family community of Spanish-style custom homes with hardwood floors, granite counters, wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances, natural stone or glass tile back splashes. Large first floor master suite with a jetted tub and separate shower, expansive closet and 10- to 12-foot ceilings. Prewired as smart houses with wiring for surround sound, speakers, iPod docking, alarm system and built-in pest control. Some homes have room for a pool.

UNITS/ROOMS

3 bedrooms, study, 2 ½ baths, 2 car garage

1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, 1405 to 2810 square feet in size

3 bedrooms, 2 to 2 1/2 baths, master down, 2 car garage

WITHIN REACH

Walking distance to Memorial Park, quick access to I-10, Washington Avenue restaurants, Downtown, Galleria

Shopping, the Theatre, Angelika Film Center, Buffalo Bayou Hike & Bike Trail, all major sports facilities, Discovery Green Park, entertainment like the House of Blues, Houston’s finest restaurants and a train ride away from Museum District and Reliant Park.

Close to I-45/Downtown and Loop 610

PRICE

CONTACT

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$619,900

$231,000 – $425,000

One-story homes from 189,000, two-story homes from $239,000. Homes with pools from $259,000

Robert Gray, GrayHomeTeam.com, Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan 713.298.1481

Terry Stanfield with Heritage Texas Properties Downtown Office 713.227.5406 tstanfield@heritagetexas.com

Jennifer Hamelet 713.816.1031 Penelope Brown 713.520.0932 miradorbuilders@aol.com


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ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN CLEAN EASY FIRE for more information, call construction concepts & design at 713.589.2682 or visit www.buildithouston.com Although we find ourselves in the dead heat of summer here in Houston, this was just too cool to hold off until cooler weather. You can start daydreaming about crisp fall days now. A revolutionary concept for interior design has risen from a fresh approach to fire with the help of cutting-edge technology. Planika introduces this innovation with a touch of creativity. A mobile fire solution without smoke or smell that uses FanolaÂŽ, a special liquid based on ethanol, which can be arranged within different indoor as well as outdoor environments. The idea came when two tourists were sitting with a simple bonfire in the heart of Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s red Ayers Rock. The two were inspired to find an easy way to have the same fire in contemporary interiors without the difficulties of soot, ash and the need for a chimney. Their unique solution allows Planika Fires to obtain the effect of dancing flames in their natural intense colors. Inspired by contemporary applied art and lifestyle, these features enhance the quality of life, bringing the element of fire from the past to present modern interior spaces.

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ARCHICHAT

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By Sandra Gunn, a native Houstonian and Realtor. Her firm, Sandra Gunn Properties, specializes in the unique and prides themselves on being architects of community. sandragunn.com Photography by Jaime Lagdameo | Hair by Shelly at French Twist www.frenchtwisthouston.com

ANTON GARCÍA-ABRIL | ANTON GARCÍA-ABRIL & ENSAMBLE STUDIO website ensamble.info education background phd european doctor in architecture honors/awards architectural record ny design vanguard award 2005; architecture digest architect of the year 2008 current projects tower of music for berklee college of music (boston) – museum of america salamanca – alta building in pier 40 nyc – cervantes theater in méxico – casa del lector in madrid recent projects sgae in santiago de compostela – hemeroscopium house

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WHAT DROVE YOU TO ARCHITECTURE? Blind intuition of creating space out of music WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT IT? The physical condition of space WHAT DROVE YOU TO “GREEN” ARCHITECTURE? The idea of truth in architecture is linked to environmental aspects. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT IT? I love how architecture can complete nature for human life. YOU HAVE SUCH A PHENOMENAL BODY OF WORK! HOW DO YOU SEE YOUR CRAFT EVOLVING? My vision of architecture is a constructive craft, and its poetry is in small details. I’ve seen really great prefabricated homes that are touted as being “recession friendly.” WHAT ROLE DOES PREFABRICATED CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN PLAY IN OUR CURRENT ECONOMIC STATE? It can create constructive standards, like a “prêt a porter” collection after a “haute couture” expression.

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I SEE YOU SPENT SOME TIME AT UT DALLAS AS A VISITING PROFESSOR. WHAT STRUCTURE IN DALLAS DID YOU WISH YOU COULD HAVE DESIGNED? I admire Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth, and the American great architecture of the 70`s and 80`s of Downtown Dallas. SO, THINKING BACK TO THOSE DRAWINGS YOUR MOTHER HAD UP ON THE REFRIGERATOR WHEN YOU WERE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL...WHAT WERE THEY? I played the piano in my childhood, and decided to be an architect very late, so I learned to draw in architecture school. TELL US ABOUT YOUR HOME.... It’s the expression of my soul, transformed into functional needs. I built myself, with my own hands, I had to be unique. Light, air and sun play with freedom and space, controlled by invisible architecture mechanisms. WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ARCHITECT AND WHY? I admire Zumthor because he transmits sincere beauty to space. WHAT STRUCTURE DO YOU WISH YOU HAD DESIGNED? WHY? The Eiffel Tower, for his aesthetical, technical and symbolic message ITCHING TO WORK ON? High rise buildings


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THE RICE DESIGN ALLIANCE PRIZE is a new award to recognize exceptionally gifted architects in the early phase of their professional career. This year’s winner is one of Europe’s finest young architects, Anton Garcia-Abril. I met him and his wife Debra on the campus at Rice. I must say, the word “gifted” does not do this man justice – he is by all means–

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WHAT STAMP OR IDEA DO YOU WANT TO LEAVE ON THE WORLD AND WHY? Our positive actions with architecture will change the world.

IF YOU HAD TO LIVE OFF THE LAND, WHERE WOULD YOU LIVE? I would sail with no horizon.

HOW CAN CHILDREN BE ENCOURAGED TO APPRECIATE ARCHITECTURE? Through a new lecture of the city as the contemporary and necessary expression of urbanity.

WHEN I AM GONE… I want people to look at my sons and think of me.

IF YOU WERE HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, WHAT ALTERNATIVE SOURCES OF ENERGY WOULD YOU FOCUS ON? The energy of human talent to discover a new urban system that will find the encounter of our desires and needs.

FAVORITES: AUTHOR CERVANTES FASHION DESIGNER TOM FORD HOBBIES RIDING MY MOTORCYCLE MEAL RED MEAT MOVIE ALMODOVAR´S MOVIES FLOWER MARGARITA STORE SONY STYLE CITY NY STRUCTURE LIBERTY STATUE WINE MUGA OF LA RIOJA FANTASY DINNER PARTY GUESTS PICASSO IN CONVERSATION WITH DUCHAMP SPORT BASKETBALL MUSEUM MOMA ON YOUR IPOD BEBO VALDES AND CABAS CAR HIPPIE VAN VACATION SPOT COSTA DA MORTE, GALICIA IF YOU WERE NOT AN ARCHITECT… I’D BE A ROCK STAR OR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

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QUINN HOLLADAY | AUTHOR OF DROPPING THE OTHER SHOE Kate Hayden believes she has it together... that’s about to change. She mixes her ex-boyfriend whose “ex” isn’t quite sticking and a secret flirtation with a partner in her firm. Kate finds herself face-to-face with a disastrous situation-in-the-making. Instead of following her annoying inner voice, she ignores the warning signs and maneuvers through the secrecy. When the other shoe finally drops, she’s confronted with the reality of her missteps. She’s surprised to find it could lead to a chance for happiness she never expected. Quinn – named after her mother and grandmother – values her family and friends, and weekends are usually dedicated to them. A native Houstonian, Quinn graduated from Bellaire High School, obtained her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and received her doctorate in psychology from Rice University. She spends as much time as she can with her husband, black Labrador retriever and SPCA-rescued terrier mix. And she loves grabbing dinner with friends, playing tennis with her mother and, if her husband and her father can convince her, playing a round of golf. Dropping the Other Shoe is Holladay’s debut novel. IS THIS YOUR INTENDED CAREER PATH? IF NOT, HOW DID YOU GET HERE? I obtained my doctorate in psychology. While not the most obvious background for someone who is writing novels in the chick-lit genre, part of psychology is about the observation of people. It’s this aspect that is a natural fit for writing and telling a story. In my writing, I try to draw on what I have observed to make the characters and situations more relatable. Sometimes real life is more outrageous than fiction! WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? I wanted to be a Supreme Court justice, a surgeon, a psychologist, a writer… I didn’t want to have to choose. I ended up narrowing it down to two. WHY HOUSTON? Houston is my hometown. My husband and I have made a home with our two dogs – a Black Labrador Retriever and a Terrier Mix. My parents, brother and sister-in-law live nearby, making for a close support system. FAVORITE BOOK? I have two. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin was the novel that won me over into the chick-lit genre. Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs has a great mother-daughter relationship and strong female characters. FAVORITE BAND? Black Eyed Peas. WHO IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION? My mother is a survivor – she beat ovarian and uterine cancer and has been cancer-free for over 25 years. Her experience puts life into perspective; her strength to get through the tough times is inspirational. She never gave up, and she

inspires me to do the same whether it’s getting through a tough time or going after a dream. BIGGEST LIFE LESSON LEARNED? If you put your mind to something, you can make it happen. Both of my parents had to work hard for what they achieved, and through that they taught me not to be afraid of hard work. A challenge is not a bad thing; it may just require perseverance. HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED? I want to be remembered as someone who lived life to the fullest – pursued her dreams, accomplished everything she wanted to, and surrounded herself with family and genuine friends. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? Restaurant hostess. WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON DOING WHEN YOU RETIRE? I plan on being active – traveling around the world and writing more novels. WHAT LUXURY (ITEM OR SERVICE) DO YOU WISH YOU COULD INDULGE YOURSELF WITH? Range Rover SUV – I’m tired of being low to the ground! WHAT DEFINES HOUSTON AS YOUR “HOMETOWN”? My family and friends make Houston my home. HOW MANY MAGAZINES DO YOU SUBSCRIBE TO? Two – People and US magazines. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SPOT IN HOUSTON TO SHOW OFF TO A VISITOR? I think one of the misconceptions of Houston is that everything is spread out and you have to

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drive everywhere. While it is a big city, there are neighborhoods and parts of town that also make it a walking city. In my neighborhood, we have the River Oaks shopping strip – you can walk to a restaurant for dinner, go see a movie and get a drink at a bar. In Midtown, the city has done a great job of putting housing near great dinner and night spots. I like to show visitors this side of Houston. TEXANS STILL HAVE A REPUTATION FOR BRAGGING. WHAT WOULD YOU BRAG ABOUT? I just published my first novel in February. I still have my “day job,” so it took writing during any free time I had on nights and weekends to finish. I have started working on my next novel and see myself continuing in this direction, as I have ideas for several more books. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER A HIDDEN TREASURE OF HOUSTON? Memorial Park – it’s beautiful greenery in the middle of the city. IF YOU OWNED A HOUSTON SPORTS TEAM, WHAT WOULD YOU CALL THEM? The McCoys – there’s still an association between cowboys and Texas, and any players on my team would be the real deal.

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By Hal Lynde, Managing Director, Morgan Keegan Photography by Daniel Ortiz

ESTATE PLANNING Q & A Q: ISN’T ESTATE PLANNING ONLY FOR THE RICH? A: In a word, no. Estate planning allows you or anyone to implement certain tools now to ensure that your concerns and goals are fulfilled after you die. Your objective may be to simply make sure that your loved ones are provided for. Or you may have more complex goals, such as avoiding probate or reducing those dreaded estate taxes.

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Estate planning can be as simple as implementing a will (the cornerstone of any estate plan) and purchasing life insurance, or as complicated as executing trusts and exploring other sophisticated tax and estate planning techniques. Therefore, estate planning is important whether you are wealthy or whether you have only a small estate. In fact, estate planning may be more important if you have a smaller estate because final expenses will have a greater impact on your estate. Wasting even a single asset may cause your loved ones to suffer from lack of financial resources. Q: HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO REVIEW MY ESTATE PLAN? A: Although there’s no hard-and-fast rule about when you should review your estate plan, the following suggestions may be of some help: You should review your estate plan immediately after a major life event.

You’ll probably want to do a quick review each year because changes in the economy and in the tax code often occur on a yearly basis. You’ll want to do a more thorough review every five years.

Reviewing your estate plan will not only give you peace of mind, but will also alert you to any other changes that need to be addressed.

There will be times when you’ll need to make changes to your plan to ensure that it still meets all of your goals. For example, an executor, trustee or guardian may change his or her mind about serving in that capacity, and you’ll need to name someone else. OTHER REASONS YOU SHOULD DO A PERIODIC REVIEW INCLUDE:

There has been a change in your marital status (many states have laws that revoke part or all of your will if you marry or get divorced) or that of your children or grandchildren. There has been an addition to your family through birth, adoption or marriage (stepchildren). Your spouse or a family member has died, has become ill or is incapacitated. Your spouse, your parents or other family member has become dependent on you. There has been a substantial change in the value of your assets or in your plans for their use. You have received a sizable inheritance or gift. Your income level or requirements have changed. You are retiring. You have made a change in your estate plan (e.g., you created a trust or executed a codicil to your will). Need help with a retirement plan rollover? Are you planning to retire in the next ten years? For a free review of your current investment situation, contact Hal Lynde 713.840.3640. hal.lynde@morgankeegan.com. Listen to Hal’s daily stock market report at 6:45am & 3:45pm on 94.5 The Buzz.

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002 PROFILE BROCK WAGNER | CEO + FOUNDER ST. ARNOLD’S BREWERY PROFILE WITH GREG SCHEINMAN 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 & SPORTS. IN COLLABORATION WITH PROFILE ON PBS CHANNEL 8, 002HOUSTON MAGAZINE IS PROUD TO BRING YOU A SNEAK PEEK INTO THIS NEW SHOW TURNING KEY HOUSTONIANS INSIDE OUT. THE SHOW PREMIERS THURSDAY, JULY 9, AT 10:30PM CT ON PBS CHANNEL 8.

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rock Wagner has a long history with beer. In fact, it starts before he was born. His great-great-greatgrandfather came from Alsace in the mid-1800s and opened Wagner’s Beer Hall in San Francisco (now the oldest existing bar in the city, renamed The Saloon). Brock grew up in Cincinnati and Brussels, both big brewing towns, where he was exposed to many of the beer styles of the world. Then in college at Rice University, fate (and a friend) introduced him to homebrewing. This love of beer and brewing was what eventually led him to the inevitable: opening a microbrewery. Brock develops the recipes for the Saint Arnold beers based on his own homebrewing experience coupled with a desire to create world-class beers for local tastes. His preference is for beers with rich malty, creamy flavors and no shortage of hops. Brock also revived the old tradition of cask ales, a style of beer not seen distributed in Texas since probably prior to Prohibition. Prior to starting the brewery, Brock spent six years in investment banking working on projects totaling more than $4 billion. Brock graduated from Rice University in 1987 with a BA in economics. Brock is married to a cool wife (she lets him go to work to make beer) and has two beautiful, intelligent children.

JULY CALENDAR FOR PROFILE: July 9, Deborah Cannon, CEO Houston Zoo July 16, Maurice Taylor, 10-year NBA veteran, former Houston Rocket and entrepreneur July 23, Brock Wagner, CEO & Founder St. Arnold’s Brewery July 30, Chris Cannetti, COO Houston Dynamos

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DO YOU VOLUNTEER? Primarily I donate. Work takes up too much of my time (ask my family). DO YOU RECYCLE? Yes! DO YOU SPEAK ANY OTHER LANGUAGES FLUENTLY? I used to speak French (four years in Belgium as a kid), but it is pretty rusty now. It gets better after a couple of beers. WHAT MAGAZINE—OTHER THAN 002 NATURALLY—WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE FEATURED ON THE COVER OF? The New York Times Magazine. My head would be so big I’d be unbearable. ARE YOU MORE LIKELY TO EAT PIZZA FOR BREAKFAST OR CEREAL FOR DINNER? Pizza for breakfast. SLIPPERS OR BARE FEET AROUND THE HOUSE? Moccasins in the winter. Bare feet the rest of the time. Our floors are very clean. WHAT AWARDS HAVE YOU WON? Our 12 Great American Beer Festival and 7 World Beer Cup medals are cool, but the prize that I was most excited to win was our school science fair in 7th grade. My project was “Soap and Saponification”. ARE YOU NAMED FOR ANYONE? IS ANYONE NAMED AFTER YOU? No, and not that I know of. DO YOU HAVE A GARDEN? FLOWER OR VEGETABLE? Yes, flowers, but I don’t have anything to do with it except picking the lemons when they’re ripe. (You didn’t have fruit as a choice!) WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SAYING OR LIFE MOTTO? Life motto: Pursue your passion. Favorite saying: Good enough isn’t. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BRAG ABOUT YOURSELF? That I started and have led the team for 15 years that has built Saint Arnold into a world class brewery and a Houston institution. All this despite mediocre management skills. HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU SPEND ON THE COMPUTER EACH DAY? Too many hours. Email sucks me in.

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DO YOU WATCH TV SHOWS OR MOVIES ON THE INTERNET? No. WHO DO YOU CARRY PHOTOS OF IN YOUR WALLET? I don’t carry a wallet. WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? Cincinnati and Brussels, Belgium. HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR LAST BIRTHDAY? My wife cooked a steak dinner for the family. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MEAL? Not surprisingly, a really good steak. And to start the meal, escargot (an excuse to suck up garlic butter with bread). WHAT’S ON YOUR KEY RING? A sun medallion from a Mendocino artist and a bottle opener from DeFalco’s Homebrew shop. HOW MANY SONGS ARE ON YOUR IPOD®? WHAT’S THE NEWEST ONE? 5,310. “Single Ladies” at my daughter’s request. Blitzen Trapper’s “Furr” album was the last one for personal pleasure. OK, I secretly enjoy Beyoncé too. WHAT REALITY SHOW DO YOU WATCH? Dancing with the Stars. WHAT HOLIDAY WOULD YOU DECLARE? St. Arnold’s Feast Day! Unfortunately it’s July 17 which is a bit warm in Houston. WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY? Hard work and persistence are more important to success than a great idea. Also, know your own limitations. Shockingly, we all have them. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR HOME? Our breakfast table by local artist James Dawson (it’s concrete with steel silhouettes of me, my wife and kids set in it) and the pool. IF WE COULD INTRODUCE YOU TO ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY? (YOU NEVER KNOW WHO WE KNOW!) Julia Child. Yes, I know she’s no longer with us. She was bright, passionate and I imagine her to never be dull. Food would be good too! In the category of somebody you might actually be able to introduce me to: Bill White. A great mayor and an example for other politicians to follow. I know he has one of our bicycling jerseys.

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By Michael Andre Adams

COOL IN THE HEAT! IN A CITY KNOWN FOR HOT SUMMER TEMPERATURES, WE’RE FEATURING THE COOLEST WHIPS AROUND…

2009 Mercedes CL550 MSRP: $105,100 MPG: 14 city/21 highway ANNUAL FUEL: $2,346 (15,000 miles @ $2.66/gallon-premium) From every angle – outside and in, the sublime design of the CL550 embodies the epitome of sleekness. And while others may come close, they can’t touch this! Of course it’s completely keyless, responding to touch to unlock/lock the doors, start and stop the engine. The heated and ventilated leather seats are as soft as a baby’s bottom. And the ambient lights beneath the luxurious wood grain dashboard, console and doors really helped make it sizzle with sex appeal in the night. Add-ons for this car are off the chain! NO ONE (to my finite knowledge) has drive dynamic, multi-contour front seats that massage both front passengers and include side bolsters that activate as the car turns to keep your body perfectly positioned in the seat. That alone left me feeling like a kid in a candy shop. Night View Assist catches both warmblooded objects and cold debris in the road long before you do. Adaptive headlights do their part by following your eyes as the car turns, and iPod integration allows you to see/do everything on your iPod via the stereo system. All of this plus a heated steering wheel, parking guidance, blind spot assist (to alert of oncoming traffic) and more can be included if your budget says $120K. If you’ve got it like that, this is the one!

2009 Nissan 370Z Touring BASE: $35,760 MPG: 18 city/26 highway ANNUAL FUEL: $1,899 (15,000 miles @ $2.66/gallon-premium) Z’s new aerodynamic design gives it the look of something far more expensive (think Porsche 911), while undisputedly appealing to true and new fans alike. The thought of a 332 horsepower engine with a seven-speed automatic transmission could sound a little boring versus driving a stick. This car will quickly dispel that thought as it roars down the road holding low and true to the ground, filled with excitement and whisper quiet inside. And with just two front seats (synthetic suede and leather), both of which are perfectly suited for full figure adults, there is still enough space for a briefcase or huge purse behind each. The third door reveals great storage for groceries or whatever. Kudos for the side body “Z” emblems that serve as turn signals (as opposed to the more common side mirrors turn signals)! For another $3,000, add the Sports Package with 19” wheels, a front chin and rear spoiler and sports brakes. Go Nissan!

2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Grand Touring MSRP: $29,875 MPG: 17 city/27 highway ANNUAL FUEL: $1,742 (15,000 miles @ $2.44/gallon-regular unleaded) It took a minute for Hyundai’s all new offering to win me over. Here’s why I am now a fan… it handles and maneuvers well in city and highway traffic. Once you get used to the 306 horsepower V-6, you will appreciate its power and paddle shifters as much as the 2.0 entry level model priced at $22,000, which is also a blast to drive. The Koreans are not too into the bling thing, which accounts for the absence of a flashy grill. They make it up in the slope of the angular side panels and full figured rear design producing good results aerodynamically speaking. Interior highlights include a bright, brushed metal dashboard lit in soothing blue, supple brown leather seats (power for the driver) with rear seating for two and a kick-a%$ 10speaker stereo by Infinity! 66. july 09 | www.002mag.com


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By Michael Garfield

NUETRANO ITALK BLUEANT Q1 By now it’s less of a social stigma to walk around with a Bluetooth headset attached to your ear – and seemingly talk to yourself. But with BlueAnt’s Q1, you can not only talk to your headset, but it will also talk back. The Q1 is voice-controlled so that you can answer calls, redial or even check the battery status of the headset and your phone just by pressing the headset’s illuminated button and saying a command. And the Q1 delivers simple, clear instructions directly into your ear that even the most tech-challenged can follow. The Q1 also allows for ignoring calls, speed dialing, calling the last number dialed and more, all via voice command. Plus, it can simultaneously connect and work with two separate phones and has a noise-reduction setting for loud or windy environments. So let others think you are talking to yourself. Only you will know that BlueAnt is talking back to you.

Sometimes even opening your eyes in the morning can be a chore. Now there is no need to roll over in bed to look at the clock. Just ask. The Nuetrano iTalk can literally tell the time when asked for it, in a soothing female voice. But it’s a talking and listening alarm clock. You can also set the alarm by voice, ask what day it is and even get a few more minutes of shut-eye just by saying the word “snooze,” which sure beats reaching for a button when you’re beat. It also has a large, 2-inch LED readout in case you do want to see what time it is instead of asking, and it has buttons just like any other alarm clock if you’re the touchy-feely type. No word yet on if the female voice can be substituted with, say, that of a drill sergeant. www.italk.cachelan.com | $49

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DISINFECTANT SCANNER It seems like every year, a new virus threatens to go all “Outbreak” on us. Yet, even in 2009, as the H1N1 flu (aka “Swine Flu”) makes headlines, people still break out those same paper masks that look too flimsy to protect us from anything. Don’t we have anything better? Check out the Nano UV Disinfectant Scanner. Just wave the cell-phone-sized device for ten seconds over whatever object or surface you want to disinfect, and the ultraviolet light kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. It is small enough to fit in a purse or coat pocket so feel free to bring it to restaurants and scan everything from silverware to plates. And don’t forget to test it on your computer keyboard. You’ll be surprised what is living there. www.zadro.biz | $79.95 | tech.msn.com/boardsblogs/techblog.aspx

HARMAN KARDON BLU RAY PLAYER Blu-Ray won the high-definition DVD war and many people are wondering which specific player to buy. How about one that plays the new BluRay discs but also is backwards compatible to play every DVD in your library? The Harman Kardon BDP-1 is the solution. It elevates standard DVDs to 1080p (highest-quality HD) which lets movie aficionados enjoy higher-quality playback than that from a standard DVD player. It allows for JPEG and MP3 music file playback from discs or USB memory sticks. The BD-Live feature is also included so home-theater buffs who have vast Blu-Ray-disc movie collections have access to a new world of interactive content, including games, ringtones and other specialized Internet content. $499 | www.harman.com

MICHAEL GARFIELD is known as “The High-Tech Texan®” to millions of radio listeners and TV viewers. His radio program airs in Houston on The 9-5-0 weekdays from 9am-11am and Saturdays 11am-2pm. Visit his website at www.hightechtexan.com. july 09 | www.002mag.com .67


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RESTAURANT LISTINGS Max’s Wine Dive maxswinedive.com 4720 Washington. 713.880.8737

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*17 inside Hotel Alden 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8800 aldenhotels.com

McCORMICK AND SCHMICK’S •1151 Uptown Park. 713.840.7900 •1201 Fannin St. [Houston Pavilions] 713.658.8100 mccormickandschmicks.com/houston.com

Artista In the Hobby Center 800 Bagby. 713.278.4782 cordua.com

Monarch inside Hotel ZaZa 5701 Main. 713.527.1800 monarchrestaurant.com

Antone’s •810 Capitol. 713.224.4679 •2724 West T.C. Jester. 713.686.4338 •4520 San Felipe. 713.623.4464 Antone’s Catering. 713.977.4000

Noe noerestaurant.com Four Riverway. 713.871.8177

Americas cordua.com •1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.961.1492 •21 Waterway Ave. 281.367.1492 Barnaby’s barnabyscafe.com •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

Polo’s Signature 3800 Southwest Frwy. 713.626.8100 polosignature.com

Post Oak Grill postoakgrill.com 1415 S. Post Oak. 713.993.9966 Quattro fourseasons.com inside The Four Seasons Hotel 1300 Lamar. 713.276.4700

Benjy’s benjys.com •2424 Dunstan. 713.522.7602 •5922 Washington Ave. 713.868.1131

Ruggles Green rugglesgreen.com 2311 West Alabama. 713.533.0777

Bedford bedfordrestaurant.com 1001 Studewood. 713.880.1001

Table 7 720 Fannin St. 713.227.4800

Bistro Lancaster 701 Texas Ave. 713.228.9502 Boom Boom Room 2518 Yale St. 713.868.3740 theboomboomroomhouston.com

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Bowl eatbowl.com 607 Richmond. 832.582.7218

Courses inside the art institute of houston 1900 Yorktown. 713.353.3644 Daily Review Café dailyreviewcafe.com 3412 West Lamar. 713.520.9217 Glasswall glasswalltherestaurant.com 933 Studemont. 713.868.7930 Gravitas gravitasrestaurant.com 807 Taft. 713.522.0995 La Strada lastradahouston.com 322 Westheimer. 713.523.1014 The Lake House 1600 McKinney. 713.337.7320 thelakehousehouston.com

Mariposa inside Neiman Marcus 2600 Post Oak Blvd. 713.621.7100 ext.2166

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Tart Café tartcafe.com 4411 Montrose. 713.526.8278

Textile textilerestaurant.com 611 W. 22nd Street. 832.209.7174 The Oceanaire Seafood Room 5061 Westheimer. 832.487.8862 theoceanaire.com Shade shadeheights.com 250 W. 19th St. 713.863.7500 Skyline Bar & Grill Hilton-Americas 1600 Lamar. 713.577.6139

SoVino sovinowines.com 507 Westheimer. 713.524.1000

The Grove thegrovehouston.com 1611 Lamar. 713.337.7321

26ten Sushi [japanese] 2610 Sage. 713.974.4000

Voice inside Hotel Icon 220 Main. 832.667.4470 hotelicon.com

Tiny Boxwoods tinyboxwoods.com 3614 W. Alabama St. 713.622.4224

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

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Open City ochouston.com 2416 Brazos. 713.522.0118

The Coffee Groundz coffeegroundz.net 2503 Bagby. 713.874.0082

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Azuma [japanese] azumajapanese.com •909 Texas. 713.223.0909 •5600 Kirby. 713.423.9649

Fish [japanese] fishhouston.com 309 Gray. 713.526.5294

Gigi’s Asian Bistro 5085 Westheimer. 713.629.8889

Diedrich Coffee diedrich.com 4005 Montrose. 713.526.1319

Inversion Coffee House 1953 Montrose, #A. 713.523.4866 inversioncoffee.com Kraftsmen Baking kraftsmenbaking.com 4100 Montrose, #C. 713.524.7272 Mango Beach [snow cones] 2304 White Oak.

Kam’s [fine chinese cuisine] 4500 Montrose Blvd. #C. 713.529.5057 Kubo’s [japanese] 2414 University Blvd. #200. 713.528.7878 kubos-sushi.com

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

Pagoda [vietnamese] pagodabistro.com 4705 Inker St. 832.673.0400

RA SUSHI [japanese] rasushi.com 3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 Uptown Sushi uptownsushi.com Uptown Park. 713.871.1200 Zake

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2946 S. Shepherd. 713.526.6888 ZUSHI [japanese] 5900 Memorial Dr., #102. 713.861.5588 zushihouston.com

bakery+ coffee+tea+others Antidote Coffee 729 Studewood. 713.861.7400 myspace.com/antidotecoffee Café Brasil 2604 Dunlavy. 713.528.1993 DON DIEGO COFFEE dondiegocoffee.com 208 Travis. 713.228.3560

Swirll [frozen yogurt] •1944 West Gray •15955 City Walk swirlls.com

Taft Street Coffee 2115 Taft. 713.522.3533

The House of Tea teaagora.com 2402 Woodhead. 713.522.8868

bar-b-que

Beaver’s beavershouston.com 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328 Goode Company Texas Barbecue goodecompany.com 5109 Kirby. 713.522.2530 ra sushi Luling Bar-B-Q Bar 138 West Gray. 713.520.6400 Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue pizzitolasbbq.com 1703 Shepherd. 713.227.2283 Thelma’s 1020 Live Oak @ Lamar. 713.228.2262

breakfast 11th St. Café 748 E. 11th St. 713.862.0089 Avalon Drug Co. & Diner •2417 Westheimer. 713.527.8900 •12810 Southwest Frwy. 281.240.0213

Crave Cupcakes couture-cupcakes.com 1151 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.622.7283

The Breakfast Klub thebreakfastklub.com 3711 Travis. 713.528.8561 zushi

The Buffalo Grille thebuffalogrille.com •3116 Bissonnet. 713.661.3663 •1301 S. Voss. 713.784.3663

Empire Café empirecafe.net 1732 Westheimer. 713.528.5282

Fountain View Café 1842 Fountain View. 713.785.9060 Rustika Café 3237 Southwest Frwy. 713.665.6226 Tiny Boxwoods 3614 W. Alabama St. 713.622.4224

cajun+creole+ southern

BB’s Kitchen thebetterbite.com 2710 Montrose. 713.524.4499 Houston’s This Is It Soulfood 207 W. Gray. 713.659.1608 thisisithouston.com

Mardi Gras Grill mardigrasgrill.net 1200 Durham. 713.864.5600 Soul On The Bayeaux 3717 Dowling. 713.528.0732 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

european+french Brasserie Max and Julie [french] 4315 Montrose. 713.524.0070 maxandjulie.net Charivari Specialty Restaurant [european] 2521 Bagby. 713.271.7231 charivarirest.com

indian

Indika indikausa.com 516 Westheimer. 713.524.2170

Kiran’s kiranshouston.com 4100 Westheimer. 713.960.8472 Narin’s Bombay Brasserie 3005 W. Loop South. 713.622.2005 narinsbombaybrasserie.com


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Shiva Indian Restaurant 2415 Times Blvd. 713.523.4753 shivarestaurant.com

italian

ARCODORO arcodoro.com 5000 Westheimer. 713.621.6888 ARTURO’S ITALIANO arturosuptown.com Uptown Park. 713.621.1180 Divino Italian Restaurant 1830 W. Alabama. 713.807.1123 divinohouston.com Mia Bella 320 Main. 713.237.0505 Mingalone Italian Bar & Grill 540 Texas. 713.223.0088 mingalone.com Ristorante Cavour inside Hotel Granduca. granducahouston.com 1080 Uptown Park. 713.418.1000 Vinoteca Poscol 1609 Westheimer. 713.529.2797

latin Brisas Cocina Mexicana 5161 San Felipe. 713.993.9899 brisamexicana.com Café Piquet [cuban] 6053 Bissonnet. 713.664.1031 CYCLONE ANAYA’S [mex] •5761 Woodway Dr. 713.339.4552 •309 Gray St. 713.520.6969 •1710 Durham Dr. 713.862.3209 cycloneanaya.com El Meson [cuban] 2425 University. 713.522.9306 El Patio [mex] •6444 Westheimer. 713.780.0410 •2416 Brazos. 713.523.8181 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 eltiempocantina.com

Escalante’s [mex] escalantes.net 4053 Westheimer. 713.623.4200

el tiempo

GUADALAJARA HACIENDA [mex] •1201 San Jacinto. 713.650.0101 •9799 Katy Freeway. 713.461.5300 •2925 Southwest Freeway. 713.942.0772 •27885 I-45 North. 281.362.0774 guadalajarahacienda.com

Picazo Restaurant Bar & Grill 1421 Preston. 713.236.1300 picazodowntown.com

Irma’s [mex] •22 N. Chenevert. 713.222.0767 •1314 Texas. 713.247.9651

Candelari’s candelaris.com 6002 Washington. 832.200.1474

guadalajara hacienda

Rioja Spanish Tapas riojarestaurant.com 11920 Westheimer. 281.531.5569

The Lemon Tree [peru] 12591 Whittington. 281.556.0690 Tio Pepe [spain] 5213 Cedar St. 713.667.4409 tiopeperestaurant.net TILA’S [mex] tilas.com 1111 S. Shepherd. 713.522.7654

Lucio’s [new american latin] 905 Taft. 713.523.9958

pizza

Ninfa's The Original 2704 Navigation Blvd. 713.228.1175

Frank’s Pizza frankspizza.com 417 Travis. 713.225.5656

Tacos a Go-Go tacosagogo.com 3704 Main. 713.807.8226

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

mediterranean+ greek

Romano’s Flying Pizza 1528 W. Gray. 713.526.1182

Droubi Bros. •507 Dallas. 713.625.0058 •919 Milam. 713.571.6800 tila’s

Dolce Vita Pizzeria y Enoteca 500 Westheimer. 713.520.8222 dolcevitahouston.com

Cafe Lili [lebanese] cafelili.com 5757 Westheimer. 713.952.6969

Maria Selma [mex] mariaselma.com 1617 Richmond. 713.528.4920

Niko Niko’s nikonikos.com 2520 Montrose. 713.528.1308

Molina’s Cantina [mex] 4220 Washington. 713.862.0013 molinasrestaurants.com

Saffron Moroccan Cuisine 2006 Lexington. 713.522.3562 saffronhouston.com

Star Pizza starpizza.net •77 Harvard. 713.869.1241 •2111 Norfolk. 713.523.0800

steak+chops Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House delfriscos.com 5061 Westheimer. 713.355.2600 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse •2405 W. Alabama. 713.520.5999 •788 W. Sam Houston Pkwy North

713.827.1120 flemingssteakhouse.com

Morton’s mortons.com •5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 •1001 McKinney. 713.659.3700

Pappas Bros Steakhouse pappasbros.com 5839 Westheimer Rd. 713.780.7352 Perry's Steakhouse & Grille 9827 Katy Freeway. 832.358.9000 perrysrestaurants.com Spencer’s Steaks & Chops 1600 Lamar. 713.577.8325 spencersforsteaksandchops.com

Strip House theglaziergroup.com 1200 McKinney. 713.659.6000 Shula's Steakhouse Hyatt Regency Houston 1200 Louisiana St. Houston, TX 77002 713.375.4777

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DINE WRITE

21 DAYS OF MY FIT LIFE

2608 S. Shepherd Dr. | Houston, TX 77098 713.651.1110 |myfitfoods.com (5 other Houston locations)

HOURS:

Sun – Thu 7am-9pm Fri 7am-8pm Sat 8am-8pm

sample menu selections breakfast • Blueberry Perfect Patty: The original steel cut oat pancake lost its walnuts and side of agave in favor of fresh blueberries and around forty fewer calories. One meal or two snacks.

low carb meals • Roasted Vegetables and Tenderloin: Wit new roasted vegetables. These veggies are roasted on pesto sauce made with MacNut oil.

meals • Kickin' Tilapia: Put a little spice in your life and kick start your metabolism with Cajun spiced Tilapia, quinoa and broccoli. Daytime or evening eating.

snacks • Pure Agave Nectar: What would normally be fermented into tequila makes a perfect low-glycemic sweetener. Organic Agave Nectar is made of fructose rather than glucose, requiring more processing time and thus, no spike in blood sugar levels.

Breakfast Tacos

ENJOY LIVING IN THE EXTREMES. I EAT FOR SPORT. BUT LIVING LIFE THIS WAY COMES WITH CONSEQUENCES. I HAVEN’T FIT INTO MY JEANS IN OVER 8 MONTHS. Since founding Houston Chowhounds, a local eating club, and delving mouth-first into a career in food writing, I’ve gained a whopping 25 pounds. More than ever, eating is a major part of my life, but I knew I needed an intervention before my weight spun completely out of control. It was that kind of thinking that led me to the door of My Fit Foods after driving by it a million times. The company was started by Mario Mendias, a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, in his apartment over four years ago. After 15 years in the fitness industry and helping start up four local health food companies, he ventured out on his own. There are currently six locations in the Houston area to serve all his fit customers with a seventh opening this month in Rice Village. In a nut shell, My Fit Foods is a takeout operation for fresh, healthy, prepared meals and snacks. About fifty menu items are offered which require a quick reheat in a microwave before eating. The meals are designed on a 40% protein, 20% carbohydrate and 20% fat ratio. Chicken is freerange, meats are 93% fat-free or leaner, and carbohydrates are organic and low-glycemic. 95% of the meals are wheat, gluten, soy and dairy-free. Macadamia nut oil and Smart Balance™ butter are the only fats they cook with. Meals come in three sizes. Portion size is dependent on the specific goal, but as a general rule, women looking to lose weight should consume the smallest portions. Food can be ordered online for next-day pick-up or delivery, or customers can stop and take home selections from the cooler. For those wanting to achieve faster results, My Fit Foods has designed a

Chicken Fajitas

21-day challenge. The program advertises higher energy levels, leaner body mass and substantial weight loss with an average woman losing 8-12 pounds and an average man losing 12-16. Who doesn’t have three weeks to invest in a healthier body and lifestyle? I decided for the sake of journalism and my own well-being that this was something I could do. The 21-day program involves proper meal timing each day with three meals and two snacks after starting the mornings with a liver cleanse drink. The bright red concoction is a blend of water, unsweetened cranberry juice, apple cider vinegar and fresh lemon juice. A word to the wise: It tastes a lot better BEFORE you brush your teeth. The program also entails taking natural milk thistle, cinnamon and acai berry supplements twice a day. Personally, the hardest commitment was no alcohol during the whole program. One cheat meal is also allowed per week, but I found the 7 days so easy that I skipped my first one. My personal consultation was at My Fit Gym, the former River Oaks Fitness on West Gray which Mendias purchased in March. My meeting was with Jackie McClain, a personal trainer. I soon learned that the 21-day challenge involved an additional challenge: scheduled workouts five days each week. Good ole nutrition and exercise. Haven’t we learned that there’s no shortcut to weight loss yet?

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EVENT 5TH ANNUAL GO RED FOR WOMEN LUNCHEON WHY TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION WHERE INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL WHEN MAY 4 Nearly 500 women attended this luncheon to help fight the number one killer, heart disease, a cause which is close to their hearts. This event, hosted by Gina Gaston, included a bevy of different boutiques, raising over $300,000 for the American Heart Association and free health screenings. Rita Moreno, the only woman to have received a Tony, Grammy, Oscar and Emmy, was the keynote speaker at this event, giving a wonderful speech about living life to the fullest.

Jacqueline Neilson, Avryl Gordan

Paula Beasley, Carol Linn

Pattie Dale Tye, Hahn Langlinais

Liz Jameson, Julie Brown, Leila Gilbert, Laura Davenport

Dana Tyson, Melissa Brezner

Rita Moreno, Gina Gaston

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Next was the physical assessment. I hopped onto a fancy digital scale that calculated weight, body fat percentage and an assortment of other metrics. Afterwards, McClain timed me doing a set of 20 sit-ups, push-ups and squats as fast as I could three times in a row. About 9 minutes later, I could barely walk and I felt so nauseous I had to sit down. This was just the beginning. My workouts over the next three weeks consisted of 30-minute private sessions with McClain before 30 minutes to an hour of cardio work on my own. After the assessment, we drove over to the Shepherd store which smelled surprisingly delicious when I walked in. The kitchen in the back was busy with big pots on the stove and dozens of black to-go containers laid out neatly and ready to be filled with perfectly portioned food. The general manager, Albert Breide, and all the employees were ridiculously friendly and helpful; all of them ready to preach the My Fit Foods mantra and eager to walk my food to my car. I have to admit that it was always a pleasure dropping in. With my 21-day meal plan laid out for me, I picked up three to four days of food twice a week. The breakfasts, lunches and dinners were interchangeable for the most part as long as they were eaten at the appropriate time of day. My favorite breakfast was the breakfast tacos – 3 corn tortillas with ground turkey, egg whites, low-fat cheddar and onions. No skimping on onions here which I admired, but wondered if McClain could smell it on my breath since I usually worked out with her shortly afterwards. I also liked the Mix-n-Mash breakfast of egg whites, diced chicken breast, converted rice, red and yellow bell peppers and low-fat cheese. It was akin to eating an eggedup arroz con pollo for breakfast. Thick, spongy, Pancakelike Perfect Patties were great for eating on the go. Made from egg whites and steel-cut oats they came in a choice of five flavors. My favorites were peanut butter sand-

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Chicken Taco Bowl

wiched between banana-walnut patties and chocolatealmond because the chocolate chips melted when microwaved. All varieties were served with agave nectar for sweetness and were extremely filling. Lunch options were the most exciting. It took me over two weeks to try every one offered. Ground turkey spaghetti and chicken fettuccini alfredo were both served over gluten-free, brown rice pasta. The pastas tended to be gummy and the alfredo sauce didn’t taste laden with heavy cream and parmesan cheese the way I hoped, but I decided both dishes were pretty tasty with the added satisfaction of being completely guilt-free. Some of the more creative lunch items included Mario’s Marine Corp Mash, an unattractive-looking mix of 98% fat-free ground beef, quinoa, kidney beans, diced onions, low-fat cheese and spices including cumin. Chock-full of protein and onions, it was comforting and hearty like a Tex-Mex meal sans a ton of grease. Lemon turkey was another inventive concoction: ground turkey seasoned generously with lemon pepper over converted rice with 2 asparagus spears. This one was spunky and had a great fresh lemon zing to it. Beef tenderloin or chicken breast wraps in spinach or wheat low-carb tortillas were so enjoyable and filling I could even convince myself I was eating normal food. They were stuffed with black beans and rice, low-fat cheese and roasted veggies. Both tilapia and salmon were available as lunch and dinner options. Dinner meals were lower in carbs and the selection was more limited. Half the options came with the same vegetable medley (zucchini, yellow squash, onions, red bell peppers and mushrooms) which grew tiresome and a choice of protein. However, my biggest gripe about all the food I tried was overcooked beef and salmon. Strangely enough, the beef tenderloin and salmon meals

were also some of my top dishes because they were both well-seasoned and a welcome change from the plethora of chicken options. My single favorite dish was a dinner meal called Denyse’s Killuh Chili. I never got to meat Denyse but I could’ve easily eaten her turkey chili three times a week. The spice blend was wonderful and packed a surprising amount of heat. The total cost of the program was roughly $1050. Food averaged $25 per day including snacks and supplements and each personal training session was $35. At the end of the 21 days, I felt great (except for an almost unbearable craving for fried chicken). My clothes felt looser because I lost a total of 7.5 pounds and 2.5% body fat. However, an unexpected joy and even prouder achievement came from reperforming the same exercises during the initial assessment in 5.5 minutes, nearly a 35% improvement with no negative side effects afterwards. A life without alcohol, eating the same 50 meals every day, is not realistic in the long run, but I have walked away from this experience with a better sense of where to seek balance in my life and a reminder that my weight is something I can manage. I’m still eating My Fit Food meals a few days a week. I value the convenience and they have proven to me how important it is to eat a highprotein breakfast to curb my appetite and manage cravings for the rest of the day. I’ve also decided to keep McClain around for awhile. I call her my “food shrink.” Every time I see her she asks me what I’ve been eating. Yes, she is appalled more often than not, but she reminds me that it’s okay to give into life in moderation and then orders me to spend an extra thirty minutes on the elliptical.


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CHEF RANDY EVANS | RESTAURANT HAVEN cuisine farm to table, new texas, seasonal | private room yes, 1 | catering no | attire business casual address 2502 algerian way, houston, tx 77098 | phone coming soon!

“Black-eyed peas, lady creamers, butter beans, zipper cream, purple hull, cream crowder peas…” Ask Chef Randy Evans what his favorite variety of peas is – or any other type of produce – and you receive a passionate, knowledgeable list. Taking deep and competitive pride in sourcing out the highest quality, fresh-from-the-earth product from local farmers and purveyors, Evans often drives out to the farms during the day to handpick his produce from the vine, soil or the back of a farmer’s pick up truck for that night’s meals. The goal: to create dishes for his guests that are at their seasonal peak, offering maximum flavor and freshness. Little wonder that Haven, Evans’ latest culinary endeavor of which he will serve as executive chef and co-owner, is green-certified, and located at Houston’s 59/Kirby corridor, is set to open in October 2009. “Haven’s menu will be farm-to-table, and what I call New Texas Cuisine,” says Evans, who was born and raised an hour north of Houston in Willis, Texas. FAVORITE LATE NIGHT SPOT FOR A BITE? Little Big’s BEST BREAKFAST? Breakfast Klub BEST BRUNCH? Brennan’s WHAT’S YOUR PET PEEVE? Dull knives

WHAT UTENSIL CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT? Cook’s spoon FAVORITE AFFORDABLE WINE? Dry Creek Chenin Blanc WHAT INGREDIENT CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT IN THE KITCHEN AND WHY? Local onions – they are the base aromatic in all cuisine and they are damn good! FAVORITE PLACE FOR DESSERT? My Didi’s Pie Shop WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHEF, RESTAURANT AND DISH? Michel Richard, Central Michel Richard in DC, Pied de Cochon LAST BUT NOT LEAST, TELL US YOUR WORST CLIENT EXPERIENCE. I was catering a small private party and the host made me go outside in the middle of December to whip cream because I was too loud, although his music and guests were much louder.

HEAVEN

FAVORITES SONG ANYTHING FROM JIMMY BUFFETT DESTINATION ITALY WATCH BAUME & MERCIER CAR 1967 SS CAMARO MAGAZINE ART CULINAIRE

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GLASNOST

A conversation with drummer Paul Valdez

WRITERS ALWAYS INTERVIEW THE VOCALIST OF THE BAND. ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY. BUT THIS PARTICULAR BATCH OF LOCALS STRUCK ME AS ONE FROM WHICH THE DRUMMER’S PERSPECTIVE WOULD BE UNIQUE. VALDEZ IS A MUCH SOUGHT-AFTER SESSION DRUMMER WHO HAS BEEN ON THE ROAD OR IN THE STUDIO WITH CHRIS MASTERSON OF SON VOLT, ELEANOR WHITMORE, SLIM FRANCIS AND HOUSTON’S HOMEGROWN MANDO SAENZ. HE’S CLOCKED A LOT OF MILES BEHIND THAT DRUM KIT.

SO HOW DID YOU HOOK UP WITH GLASNOST? I’m on the road a lot now, and usually when I’m in town… I don’t really like to work in Houston anymore. I’d rather just have that downtime. Just go on the road, make a chunk of change and come home and just relax. But just in passing, I was at Rockin’ Robin and a buddy of mine just mentioned these guys to me and I wasn’t doing anything. And I can’t remember exactly which one of the guys I talked to, but I think they were just using programmed drums at the time. Just sort of writing a batch of songs. And they were like ‘You should come by and hang at the studio,’ and I was like ‘Well, why don’t I come out and just jam?’ The thing is, I fucking love to play, so I’m always just sort of dying to play with new people. So just, kind of on a whim, I went out… they gave me a copy of the songs so I didn’t go in there totally blind, and, you know, we just ran down the songs.

to work with me, I’m willing to come onboard in any capacity – even if it’s for a couple of shows.’ The thing I love about it is that it really has its leg in two worlds: one leg in that dance/DJ world, but then there’s a whole rock’n roll thing to it. There’s a bass guitar, there’s distorted guitar. There’s those elements of that kind of hearty ’60s rock’n roll carnage vibe that I love. SO DO YOU PLAY WITH A CLICK TRACK? Yeah. We’re trying out various ways to do it but the method we’re using is sort of a classic scenario where we’re running Ableton and they’re feeding me a click track. So yeah, there’s sequences on everything.

DO YOU FIND IT DIFFICULT PLAYING WITH A CLICK? No, not at all. I get called for so much studio stuff right now, and a lot of times I’ll go in there – sometimes it’s with a click, sometimes it’s not. I’m just fortunate I don’t have a problem. I know guys who dread clicks or just flat out can’t do it. I think the trick is just relaxing and knowing that that click isn’t going to go anywhere. So don’t fight it; just kind of sit with it. That said, once you get really comfortable playing with a click, you can still push or pull. You can still push the chorus if you want to. You can still pull the verse back if you want to once you’ve done it enough. I think it’s like anything – if you clock enough miles doing it, you’ll feel comfortable. I think your initial reaction is to fight it. I Left to right: Falcon Valdez, Dan Le, Bryan Porter & Brandon Duhon

WHAT MADE THEM DIFFERENT FOR YOU? They were actual songs. They were actual songs in every sense of a song, where there’s a story in there. There’s a melody. There’s a beautiful harmony… all those classic things that real songs have. There’s a lot of groups that don’t necessarily have songs, per se, they just have kind of cool grooves and a vibe. JAMS. Yeah, just sort of a jam. And there was an actual structure of a song. I think the majority of my bread and butter has always been songwriters that I’ve always worked for. That’s always what attracts me first and foremost: are there songs there? And that was the thing – to have songs. So it was just one of those things where I didn’t think I would have the time or they would have the want for me to come onboard. So I just let them know ‘Man, I really dig your songs,’ and then after hanging out with them a bit, the second ingredient was that I dug them as people. Personalities in bands… that’s sort of the make or break it thing. YOU CAN’T BUY IT. You know, if you’re gonna be stuck in a hotel or van with guys for weeks on end, you gotta get along with them. There’s gotta be some love in the air. So I kinda dug them in that respect. From there I said ‘Look, I have a considerable amount of tour commitments on my plate, and I’m more than sure I’m always going to; if you guys are willing

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AS A LONGTIME DRUMMER, WERE YOU SORT OF ALLERGIC TO THE IDEA OF ELECTRONIC BEATS? Yeah, I think so in the sense that I was… you know, I came sort of full circle. In that in one point in my life, I was taking bebop gigs, and was on that sort of jazz island for a while. Years ago. And now here I am doing this electronic thing, which couldn’t be any further from that. But technology’s grown, and there’s a way to use it as a supplement and not a crutch. In a lot of ways, it makes for… in the best use of the word: a produced show. I mean that in a good way, not in some sort of contrived way. But you know, you’re actually able to pull off the record. A lot of bands go and they make records and they don’t even know how to pull them off live. And that’s always disappointing. But if you use the technology as a supplement, it can make for a really beautiful, complete show.

think a lot of the music we grew up loving has push and pull to it. I grew up with organic music, so yeah, I remember my first foray into this, but I think the trick is not to fight it. SEEING AS MIKE B’S LEFT AND HIS PARTS ARE NOW SEQUENCED … THIS IS SORT OF THE DEVIL’S QUESTION, BUT WITH THAT TECHNOLOGY IN PLACE, COULD GLASNOST PLAY A SHOW WITHOUT YOU? That’s a good question… the devil’s question. I’d like to say no. I’m very confident in what I do, and I think technologywise… there’s a feel that you get with a real drummer that you can’t get with programmed drums. Even when I’m playing with the click, I can push and pull. I can give it a certain feel here and there. There really is not a drum machine that can mimic that. And hopefully there never will be (laughs), otherwise my utilities may get cut off.


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EI8HT | 5102 washington, houston, tx 77007 | 713.880.35000 | ei8hthouston.com

ONE NAME WORTH REMEMBERING

I

’m getting just about sick of Houston bars with obscure, one-word names. Mamba. Taupe. Gopher. Lazy. Bar owners are getting off too easy. You can’t just throw some couches in a dark room with a disco ball and a DJ, name the place after your favorite pet, color or drink and call it the best thing since the no-iron dress shirt. If you’re going to use one word to name your bar, it better have some bona fide meaning behind it. Ei8ht on 5102 Washington has it figured out.

Ei8ht is more than a number. According to their nifty little slogan, it’s where “Evening Turns to Night”. Take the “N” out of “Night”, replace it with an “E”, throw an actual “8” in for eye twisting appeal, and BOOM – you’ve got the name“Ei8ht” and an ingenious conversation starter. Let’s jump right into how Ei8ht sets itself apart from the other One-Namers. Most refreshingly, Ei8ht is no one-trick pony on the entertainment front. The wrought iron guarding the cobbled patio sets a rustic, European tone as sounds from the babbling fountain seem to mystically wash out the roar of the bustling city. It’s the perfect respite to relax and take in a sunset and global wine flight on Wednesday afternoons. From there, the dressed-to-impress crowd of Houstonians in their mid-twenties and thirties can dial up the glamour at Ei8ht. The main entrance leads up a flight of stairs to a red-carpeted hallway and white backdrop where patrons get the star treatment – quite literally. As Houstonians-turned-celebrities strut down the red carpet and overlook the fun developing below on Friday and Saturday evenings, they are bombarded by paparazzi crews that clamor for the best angle on a hot photograph. The best photos are then cast on television monitors for those in waiting to raucously drool over or scrutinize. Like tabloids in line at the supermarket without the temptation to buy mango-flavored Altoids.

From there, patrons face even bigger choices. Ei8ht’s Zebra Lounge, named for the striped zebra wood of which its bar is comprised, offers the perfect space to dance to dueling DJs on Thursday nights. The room maintains a welcomingly old-world, romantic attitude – a far cry from the industrial trend that has a chokehold on most of the city. Despite a simple layout, the fashion in which booths and walkways are partitioned by clean lines of lacquered wood, glass, red velvet curtains and perfect lighting provide undeniable intimacy. The area is often standing room only, as the bottle service is in such hot demand it’s still administered by reference only. (Call and ask for the hard-working and beautiful manager Sarah Marie and she’ll see what she can do. Tell her Travis sent you. Or not.)

The irrepressible elegance of Ei8ht spills into the night with another option for its visitors. Ei8ht’s rooftop bar is unlike anything else on The Wash. Like a plush living room sans walls, there’s certainly no drop-off in comfort level up top. Equipped with its own bar and staff, the rooftop is the perfect space to reserve for a party or happy hour with an unbeatable view. Ei8ht doesn’t serve food. It serves cuisine. If I was on death row and was ordering my last meal, there’s a good chance I would opt for Ei8ht’s tuna nachos. One of their “Texas Sized Tapas,” fresh avocado, sushi-grade Ahi and a zesty ginger sauce are piled on tortilla chips in a tastily creative culinary marriage that’s sure to please patrons hailing from east, west and anywhere in between. The service is as beautiful as it is timely. Something about being served a cocktail by a mysterious lady in red really gets the machismo pumping; after being told my happy hour beer was a dollar off and the cocktails were made with fresh fruit, my face stubble immediately thickened, the second button of my shirt popped loose and I developed an accent. And I could sing somehow. Maybe that’s pushing it, but let’s just say it was exciting to know that I was in on something special that Houston would soon be raving about. Other bars called Gorp, or Ice, or Wallet, or Christmas will come and go, but Ei8ht gets a well-deserved pass on its oneword name. Quite frankly, when a bar pulls off so many things at once with such incontestable quality, you can call it whatever you like. Houston’s going to call this one…GREi8ht.

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002NIGHT LIFE downtown

A+ BAR inside Alden Hotel 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8800 aldenhotels.com CABO 419 Travis. 713.225.2060 cabomixmex.com

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

CLUB ICE/MANTRA 711 Main St. 713.225.3500 mantrahouston.com THE COTTON EXCHANGE 202 Travis. 713.213.1141 cottonexchangelounge.com

DEAN’S CREDIT CLOTHING 316 Main. 713.227.3326 myspace.com/deanscreditclothing

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

FLYING SAUCER 705 Main St. 713.228.7468 beerknurd.com

GLO 505 W. Main. 713.223.3456

HOUSE OF BLUES 1204 Caroline. 1-888-40-BLUES hob.com/houston JAZZ AT THE MAGNOLIA 1100 Texas. 713.221.0011 magnoliahotels.com

JET LOUNGE 1515 Pease. 713.659.2000 thejetloungehouston.com

LA CARAFE 813 Congress. 713.229.9399 owlnet.rice.edu

LEVEL 412 Main. 713.227.0410 myspace.com/levelhouston

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BARS + CLUBS + LOUNGES + WINE BARS LIVE SPORTS CAFÉ 407 Main. 713.228.5483 livesportscafe.com

galleria + uptown

MOLLY’S PUB 509 Main. 713.222.1033 mollyspubs.com

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

LONE STAR SALOON 1900 Travis. 713.757.1616

NOTSUOH 314 Main. 713.409.4750

notsuoh.com

RED CAT JAZZ CAFÉ 924 Congress. 713.226.7870 redcatjazzcafe.com

RESERVE 101 1201 Caroline. 713.655.7101 reserve101.com

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

SHAY MCELROY’S 909 Suite A Texas. 713.223.2444 mcelroyspub.com SKYLINE BAR & GRILL 1600 Lamar. 713.577.6139 (inside Hilton Americas)

STATE BAR & LOUNGE 909 #2-A Texas. 713.229.8888 thestatebar.com

THE TREEHOUSE Discovery Green 1611 Lamar. 713.337.7321 thegrovehouston.com THE VAULT 112 Travis St. 713.224.6891

TOC BAR 711 Franklin. 713.224.4862 tocbar.net

VENUE 719 Main. 713.236.8150 venuehouston.com

VOICE RESTAURANT + LOUNGE 220 Main. 832.667.4477 hotelicon.com/voice-restaurant

BAR 12•21 MORTON’S 5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 mortons.com

BELVEDERE 1131 Uptown Park. 713.552.9271 belvedereinfo.com BLVD 610 LOUNGE 3005 West Loop. 832.875.3997 blvd610.com THE BLACK SWAN 4 Riverway. 713.871.8181 (inside the Omni Hotel) CLUB 26 TEN 2610 Sage. 713.974.4000 myspace.com/club26ten

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

heights + washington

BIG STAR 1005 W. 19th. 281.501.9560 bigstarbar.com BLUE LABEL LOUNGE 4500 Washington

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

CITIZEN LOUNGE 4606 Washington. 713.862.4448 CORLEONE BAR & GRILL 813 Jackson. 713.863.8223 (behind Patrenella’s) patrenellas.net COSMOS CAFÉ 69 Heights. 713.802.2144 cosmoshouston.com

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

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

RA SUSHI 3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 rasushi.com

REMINGTON BAR 1919 Briar Oaks Ln. 713.403.2631 (inside St. Regis Hotel) theremingtonrestaurant.com ROXY 5851 W. Alabama. 713.850.ROXY myspace.com/roxyhouston

THE TASTING ROOM 1101-18 Uptown Park. 713.993.9800 114 Gray. 713.528.6402 2409 W. Alabama. 713.526.2242 tastingroomwines.com WILD WEST 6101 Richmond. 713.266.3455 wildwesthouston.com

EI8TH 5102 Washington. 713.880.3500 EL TIEMPO CANTINA 5602 Washington. 713.681.3645 eltiempocantina.com KOBAIN 33 Waugh. 713.862.9911 kobain.net

MANOR ON WASHINGTON 4819 Washington. 713.426.0123 manoronwashington.com

MOLINA’S 4720 Washington. 713.862.0013 molinasrestaurants.com NOX 4701 Nett. 281.701.4248 noxhouston.com

ONION CREEK 3106 White Oak. 713.880.0706 onioncreekcafe.com

EL PATIO 2416 Brazos. 713.523.8181 elpatio.com

RARE BAR 700 Durham. 713.843.7590 rarebar.com

FIX LOUNGE 2707 Milam. 832.281.2101

PEARL BAR 4216 Washington. 713.863.5337

REIGN 4105 Washington. 713.869.0404 SAWYER PARK 2412 Washington.

THE CORKSCREW 1919 Washington. 713.864.9463 houstoncorkscrew.com THE DIRT 222 Yale. 713.426.4222 dirtbar.com

THE DRINKERY 4115 Washington. 713.426.3617

THE DRAKE 1902 Washington. 713.861.9600 thedrakebar.com

THE LOT 4212 Washington. 713.868.5688 thelothouston.com

THE SOCIAL 3730 Washington. 713.426.5585 thesocialinfo.com

midtown

13 CELSIUS 3000 Caroline. 713.529.8466

3RD BAR 2600 Travis. 713.526.8282

EPIC 3030 Travis. 713.862.4810

FRONT PORCH PUB 217 Gray. 713.571.9571 frontporchpub.com

HOWL AT THE MOON 612 Hadley. 713.658.9700 howlatthemoon.com

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

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

themapleleafpub.com

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

OPEN CITY 2416-A Brazos. 832.483.8357 ochouston.com RED DOOR 2416 Brazos. 713.225.0640 reddoorhouston.com

RICH’S 2401 San Jacinto. 713.759.9606

BLOCK 21 2420 Washington Ave.

BOND LOUNGE 2700 Milam. 713.529.2663 bond2700.com

COACHES 2204 Louisiana. 713.751.1970 coachesjv.com

CHRISTIAN’S TAILGATE 2000 Bagby. 713.527.0261 christianstailgate.com

DECO 510 Gray. 713.659.4900 decohouston.com

SAMMY’S 2016 Main. 713.751.3101 sammysat2016main.com

SAINT DANE’S BAR + GRILL 502 Elgin. 713.807.7040

STATUS 2404 San Jacinto. 713.659.5400 myspace.com/statushouston


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SWIVEL 2621 Milam. 713.222.2057 swivelhouston.com THE ROOF

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 myspace.com/unionlounge WHISKEY CREEK 2905 Travis. 713.526.4225 whiskeycreekhouston.com

XO BAR & LOUNGE 2611 San Jacinto. 713.651.9900 myspace.com/xohouston

ZEPPELIN 3101 San Jacinto. 713.521.7300 myspace.com/zeppelin713

montrose + shepherd

ABSINTHE 609 Richmond. 713.528.7575 absinthelounge.com

AGORA 1717 Westheimer. 713.526.7212 agorahouston.com

ANVIL+REFUGE 1424 Westheimer. 713.523.1622 anvilhouston.com AVANTGARDEN 411 Westheimer. 832.519.1429 avantgardenhouston.com

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

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

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CATBIRDS 1336 Westheimer. 713.523.8000 catbirds.com CEZANNE JAZZ CLUB 4100 Montrose. 713.522.9321 blacklaboradorpub.com

GUAVA LAMP 570 Waugh. 713.524.3359 myspace.com/guavalamphouston 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 mcelroyspub.com METEOR 2306 Genesee. 713.521.0123 meteorhouston.com

THE NEXT DOOR 2020 Waugh. 713.520.1712 myspace.com/thenextdoorgallery NUMBERS 300 Westheimer. 713.526.6551 numbersnightclub.com

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

POISON GIRL 1641-B Westheimer. 713.527.9929 myspace.com/poisongirlbar.com SOUTH BEACH 810 Pacific. 713.529.7623 southbeachthenightclub.com

SCOTT GERTNER’S SKYBAR 3400 Westheimer. 713.520.9688 msypace.com/scottgertnersskybar

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

VELVET MELVIN 3303 Richmond. 713.522.6798 myspace.com/thevelvetmelvinpub VINTAGE 2108 Kipling. 713.522.4200

museum district MONARCH LOUNGE Hotel ZaZa 5701 Main 713.526.1991 monarchrestauranthouston.com ZIMM’S MARTINI & WINE 4321 Montrose. 713.521.2002 zimsbar.com

outer loop

300 HOUSTON BOWLING 925 Bunker Hill 713.461.2431 300houston.com

DENIM BAR 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925 (inside the Burning Pear) theburningpear.com THE DERRICK TAVERN 1127 Eldridge. 281.759.4922 thederricktavern.com

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

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

rice village

ARMADILLO PALACE 5015 Kirby. 713.526.9700 thearmadillopalace.com

BAKER STREET PUB 5510 Morningside. 713.942.9900 bakerstreetpub.com

BAM BOU 2540 University. 713.521.7222 bambouhouston.com

BRIAN O’NEILL’S 5555 Morningside. 713.522.2603 brianoneills.com BRONX BAR 5555 Morningside. 713.520.9690 ERNIE’S ON BANKS 1010 Banks. 713.526.4566 erniesonbanks.com

KAY’S LOUNGE 2324 Bissonnet. 713.528.9858

LITTLE WOODROW’S 5611 Morningside. 713.521.2337 littlewoodrows.com MUGSY’S 3200 Kirby. 713.522.7118

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

VOLCANO 2349 Bissonnet. 713.526.5282

river oaks + kirby

AZTECA’S BAR & GRILL 2207 Richmond. 713.526.1702 aztecasbarandgrill.com THE BIG EASY 5731 Kirby. 713.523.9999 thebigeasyblues.com

COVA 5600 Kirby. 713.838.0700 5555 Washington. 713.868.3366

MUGSY’S 3200 Kirby. 713.526.5595

RICKSHAW BAMBU 2810 Westheimer. 713.942.7272 rickshawbambu.com

ROLL-N SALOON 4200 San Felipe. 713.622.7487 TACO MILAGRO 2555 Kirby. 713.522.1999 taco-milagro.com

THE WINE BUCKET 2311 W. Alabama. 713.942.9463 thewinebucket.com

warehouse district

EIGHTEEN TWENTY 1820 Franklin. 713.224.5535

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

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

NEXT 2020 McKinney. 713.221.8833 whatsnexthouston.com PASHAA ULTRA LOUNGE 2010 McKinney. 713.344.0305 myspace.com/pashaahouston

WAREHOUSE LIVE 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483 warehouselive.com

covawines.com

DOWNING STREET 2549 Kirby. 713.523.2291 downingstreetpub.com

KENNEALLY’S IRISH PUB 2111 S. Shepherd. 713.630.0486 LIZZARD’S PUB 2715 Sackett. 713.529.4610

MEZZANINE LOUNGE 2200 Southwest Frwy. 713.528.MEZZ mezzaninelounge.com

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By Beatrice Valencia

6/18/09

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

I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I’M HOT. CONSTANTLY HOT. THERE’S A LINGERING LAYER OF MOISTURE ON MY SKIN. GETTING DRESSED IS DIFFICULT ENOUGH BUT HAVING TO FACTOR IN WHAT WILL WORK BEST IN THE HEAT ADDS A WHOLE NEW CHALLENGE. THEN ON TOP OF THE HEAT, YOU HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND THAT WHEN YOU SEEK REFUGE INDOORS, IT’S GOING TO BE SUBZERO DEGREES. THE CONSTANT CHANGE OF DEGREES MAKES STAYING THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE A BATTLE. BUT GIVEN THE CHOICE, I WILL GLADLY SEEK REFUGE AT ANY OF THE PLACES MENTIONED THIS MONTH. NO PLACE IS “NEW” TO THE CITY BUT I HAVE A NEWFOUND APPRECIATION FOR EACH. I’M SURE I’M ABOUT TO SPILL SOME SECRETS THAT WILL HAVE MAJOR FOLLOWERS OF SAID PLACES ANNOYED. I HAVE TO SHARE THE WEALTH, FOLKS! THERE IS NOTHING LIKE FIGURING OUT A GEM OF INFORMATION AND THEN BEING THAT BEACON OF LIGHT TO SHARE IT WITH WORLD! THAT IS MY LOVE OF FOOD AND BEVERAGE. SO IF I NEED TO SEEK REFUGE FROM THE HEAT, YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND ME. INSIDE, EATING, DRINKING AND QUITE POSSIBLY UNDER A “BLANKET” (A.K.A. A PASHMINA). Diamond in the rough…OISHII RESTAURANT3764 Richmond Ave. 713.621.8628 Completely turned off by the location and having driven by it a plethora of times, it took the suggestion of a good friend to give me the courage to actually try it out. And now I feel like a big ahole for judging a book by its cover. Granted, it’s in an old gas station shopping center so parking is sparse but there is a small lot next door. Once inside, prepare for absolute waiting line chaos. (Remember, it’s a hole in the wall.) The waiting area is cramped and usually full of people waiting, some who have been waiting for a while. You could save yourself this headache by making a reservation. Random, but they do take them. Those waiting will be cursing your name but they too could’ve done the same. Once seated it will take you some time to read the whole menu. They have a pretty extensive collection of rolls. There’re all the usual suspects, then specialty rolls and customer rolls among all the vast offerings. I am a big fan of their miso soup. At $1.50 it’s the most flavorful miso I have ever tired. You would think that with such affordable pricing the sushi must be mediocre at best. Erroneous! The sushi is fresh and the real test is the sashimi test – it’s FRESH. I don’t even bother to order it thinly sliced. It’s too busy to

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bother with such mundane requests. The service is hit or miss so don’t expect anything stellar. This also has to do with the busy factor. They don’t rush you through either. If anything, you will get slow service and a few forgotten items, like ponzu sauce, but that’s a minor detail. For a hole in the wall with decent service, fresh sushi and great prices, you can deal with the “headaches” until you’ve figured out all the shortcuts. Let’s try this again…DOLCE VITA PIZZERIA ENOTECA- 500 Westheimer Rd. 713.520.8222 Having been in the past, my experience wasn’t the most memorable. After coming back, I realized it was because I ordered incorrectly. And all this time I thought, wow, people have really low expectations for food. Scratch that thought! I just hadn’t mastered the menu. Lesson learned. I went back with a group who clearly knew the menu and all the high points on it. Reluctant as I was, I put all my faith in their ordering abilities and came out pleasantly surprised. One of my favorite discoveries is the fritto baby artichoke. Four baby artichokes drenched in olive oil atop parchment paper and a lemon slices for added flavor are in one serving. I like to wash it all down with their sangria. It’s not sweet so it’s easy to drink. That in itself can be a little worrisome; a glass or two is enough for me. For the main course, I tried a bit of the spaghetti Bolognese – spaghetti in a meat sauce. A tasty and classic rendering might I add. I also had a few slices of the prosciutto e rucola pizza. Tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto and arugula are served on a thin crust and then we added truffle oil to our order. I LOVED this combo. The oil perfumes the room and it complements the arugula and prosciutto quite nicely. If this seems too fancy, a favorite of most is the Calabrese pizza. In normal terms, it’s a pepperoni pizza. Aside from the food, service is quick and friendly. It’s typically crowded so a wait is expected. Seating is inside and outside plus upstairs so don’t be discouraged if it looks uncomfortably crowded when you walk in. The website claims to take reservations for parties of 6 or more but I’m not sure how accurate that may be. After this learning experience, I too am a fan of this pizzeria! Taste bud revolution…ANVIL BAR & REFUGE1424 Westheimer Rd. 713.523.1622 After making an attempt in the past to go and then having that dream squashed by “could you please wait outside, we’re at capacity,” I finally had my day inside! Stopping for a few drinks pre-event, my curiosity was peaked from the moment I stepped foot indoors.

Exposed brick walls, a massive wall of liquors and clean furniture help you keep your focus on what is truly the work of art here, the cocktails. Using various classic techniques to create dynamic libations for patrons, the bartenders mix up mad scientist potions worthy of enchantment. A combination of bitters, fresh ingredients and liquor are combined and served over ice or ice cold in an expert fashion. The “cocktails for the day” menu are where you’ll find the most enticing offerings. With combinations such as rum, honey, lemon and champagne, the “Airmail,” your most difficult decision will be which one to try first. I tried the above mentioned on my last visit. The faintly sweet but sour combo with tangy touches is probably a safe bet for the less adventurous. My favorite creation to date, probably a safe choice as well, is the “Smitten.” I honestly don’t remember what it’s made from other than gin and lemon. I do know that it tastes like an orange peel but in a good orange peel flavor way. It’s tangy and tart but very refreshing at the same time. It makes my taste buds go, wow! And I like wow! The cocktail menu changes so don’t be surprised if you don’t see the same libation twice. If you can remember the name, something tells me they’ll be happy to make it for you. For all those out there who don’t like the fancy cocktail thing, they also have various beers to choose from. I took a few sips from my boyfriend’s Ommegang Hennepin and found it to be tasty and light. Even if beer isn’t your thing either, this place caters to everyone. The possibilities are endless and this can only translate to repeat business. An oldie but a goodie…SCHLOTZSKY’S – 1005 Westheimer 713.528.3354 In high school, we used to have one right down the street and I lived there for lunch. And that was a VERY long time ago. My favorite part of road trips is being able to stop at this “funny name but serious sandwich” spot. That was until I realized there is one on Montrose right in my stomping grounds! My boyfriend was a little hesitant considering the shopping center it is located in looked a bit rough. Undeterred, I walked in and placed my order. Neither he nor the shopping center was going to stop me from sating my favorite sandwich craving! I’m a stickler for the Smoked Turkey Breast combo. I order the small size after seeing the huge difference between the medium


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CD REVIEWS and ungodly large. I also change the white bread for wheat. You can even get rye if you’d like. I don’t remember having that many options in the past. The smoked turkey breast comes with mayonnaise, turkey, lettuce and tomato. You don’t even need to add cheese or anything extra because the bread in its spongy, crunchy goodness with the rest of the ingredients is perfection. I just add salt & vinegar chips and I’m one happy camper. A bang for your buck…MOLINA’S CANTINA4720 Washington Ave. 713.862.0013 In need of a quick but late dinner on a Friday – almost impossible in this city. Everywhere you call is busy or booked so my starving belly was starting to worry and ache. Knowing that Molina’s is a pretty big establishment, I thought this might be our best bet for finding a table open for dinner and, lucky for me, I was right. We sat in the bar area with the original intention of moving outside once a table became open but we changed our mind once the chips and salsa came out. We were too hungry to move! We started with their infamous Jose’s dip, a combination of queso and meat. Starving and thinking with my eyes rather than the size of my stomach, I order the Molina’s special dinner combo meal. The meal comes with a chicken hard taco, a chicken soft taco, a chicken enchilada, tamale, guacamole and a queso puff. Oh, and beans and rice. I thought this would all just come together. WRONG! I get my first plate of chicken tacos and I’m thinking, “Oh, he forgot the rest of our order.” So I let him know I’m missing my enchilada and he says, “That’s on your second plate.” WHAT?! Second plate?! Now I’m feeling like a glutton. Two plates! That’s ridiculous. And sure enough, my second plate comes out with my chicken enchilada, tamale, rice and beans. I do my best to eat a bit off both plates. I’m not going to lie; I did a decent job minus the tamale and rice at putting dents in those plates. A bit much for me, their combo meal selection is not a bad deal at around $12.99 – and for a quick, late dinner idea.

By Lance Scott Walker

INVINCIBLE (Emergence) What’s amazing about an artist such as Invincible (and there aren’t any) is how quickly she puts to rest any misgivings, stereotypes or preconceived notions anyone might have about a white girl rapper from Detroit. In fact, once “State of Emergency” kicks in (and it never stops), you never think twice about it. This record rolls out hard and then only continues to reveal its complexities as it moves along. Invincible, aka Ilana Weaver, is an Israeli-born Detroit-area resident who, instead of accepting any sort of major (or even indie) deal for her first release, instead founded her own label and, thus, worked with her own choice of producers. So the independent footprint is there (and has been), but it becomes evident as this album moves along that there was just no other way she was going to do it. As she proudly quotes the “Every A&R’s Worst Nightmare,” moniker tabbed on her in magazine, the political weight of her lyricism and her refusal to allow herself to be marketed as any sort of token or commodity other than a rapper and lyricist on par with her Midwest contemporaries and beyond comes to light. What’s interesting here is how the production on this record—which is helmed by several different producers including Black Milk, Waajeed, Lab Techs and House Shoes—feels very convincingly as if it were constructed in response to her rhythmic flow. Every beat is hard-hitting, spare and organic—with the possible (brilliant) exception of 14KT’s reassignment of The Cure’s “The Lovecats” on “No Easy Answers”—and they arrive from a backbeat rather than an all-too tidy loop that lacks the thump of a real drummer. The beats hit hard; she raps hard. That said, the payoff of this record (which is rare for any rap album) is fantastic: the album closes with “Locusts,” a seamless take on Detroit’s crushing housing issues on which, paired with the rapper Finale, Invincible allows the first breath of space between lines. That allows the rich, slightly raspy character of her voice to come through. And makes you want to hear more. She is written in pen.

ANCIENT ASTRONAUTS (ESL Music) The problem with an instrumental record that features a couple of rappers or vocalists on it is that sometimes it makes the other tracks feel a little empty. Norway’s Röyksopp makes it work, but they’re untouchable. Digressions aside, this German duo of producers’ only fault is that their dense, melodic tracks would be the backing track for an hip-hop record. Problem is, the tracks on which rappers featured are the weakest tracks! And “Lost in Marrakech” jumps off the record as its most potent composition and features the UK duo EntropiK, but no vocalist. As a downtempo record, it delivers, if only it were slowed down a bit. Suffice to say it’s in a no-man’s land between an instrumental downtempo record and a producer’s plat du jour.

THE WATERMARKS (self-released) The hiss! They’ve gotta be rolling over and sick to their stomachs of hearing it by now, but the Jesus & Mary Chain parallel subsists with these local boys. Thing is, they drop in real heavy with that and then skate sideways right off of the ramp. The first two cuts on this, “Fast Song,” and “I Used to Be Your Rock n’ Roll,” are loaded with the sort of Spector-esque distortion that has so characterized their existence over the past few years. But the great bulk of this EP is infinitely more sugary than that. Drawing a comparison there is a little more difficult—the pop structures almost bend towards radio-friendly verses and choruses while the whole thing is a lot faster and punchier than their previous work. To drive that home, and in a move that usually irritates this writer, the band included a remixed (or new, really?) version of “Shut Down.” Now while you couldn’t really call it a ‘hit,’ it was certainly the song to which most folks paid attention when the band was making the rounds several years ago. They give it new life on here and it doesn’t at all sound out of place.

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BEFORE WE GO 10 MINUTES WITH HAMISH BOWLES, VOGUE’S EUROPEAN EDITOR AT LARGE

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1. Fast-tempo jazz 4. Director’s cry 7. Bearded antelopes 11. Privy to 13. Basilica center 14. Sister of Urania 15. Toy brick brand 16. Some involved in espionage 18. Italian fashion designer 20. Swollen growths on plants or people 21. Gullible person 22. Amethyst 25. Slowly, in music 27. Andean animal 29. Like “War and Peace” 32. Order a pizza 33. American fashion designer 38. Amazon, for one 39. Cowboy boot attachment 40. Black cats and broken mirrors 41. Underlying system of beliefs 46. Suffix with racket or profit

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47. Chit 50. Penetrate 52. French fashion designer 56. Sailing society credited with the first alphabet 58. Formal dress 59. Beauty pageant wear 60. Salvation Army collection 61. Building extensions 62. Deeds 63. CSA soldier 64. NYC hours DOWN

1. Ship’s lower hull 2. Iroquois tribe 3. Danced in a mosh pit 4. Guitar accessory 5. Layers of the eye 6. ___ cotta 7. Cheshire Cat feature 8. Chart a course 9. Shoshonean 10. Distress letters 12. Marilyn, once 13. Without concern for silence 14. Seventh Greek

letter 17. Roadie’s responsibility 19. Joke or choke 23. Arabian prince 24. Chess piece 26. Sounds of delight 27. Tropical garland 28. Determine who breaks, in billiards 30. Touch of frost 31. Morose 33. It’s done in prison 34. Chesterfield 35. Door sign 36. Husbands or wife 37. Skillets 38. Wade’s opponent

42. Toy soldier material 43. Inflation protection 44. Black-andorange bird 45. Angry looks 47. Son of a son 48. Designer ___ de la Renta 49. Beneficial 51. Arp collaborator Max 53. Towel word 54. Genetic “messenger” 55. Metric foot 56. School org. 57. Hawaiian Punch alternative

JUNE ANSWERS

amish Bowles is recognized as one of the most respected authorities on the worlds of fashion and interior design. After beginning as VOGUE’s Style Editor in 1992, Mr. Bowles was promoted to European Editor at Large in 1995. His current role includes overseeing all lifestyle and interior design features, as well as acting as VOGUE’s liaison to the European fashion markets. English-born Mr. Bowles was educated at Saint Martin’s School of Art and Design. Prior to joining VOGUE, Mr. Bowles began his career at London’s Harper;s and Queen magazine in 1984, working as Fashion Editor and rising to Style Director in 1989. Mr. Bowles resides in both Manhattan and Paris. I had the chance to speak with the fashion darling upon a visit for a luncheon held at Nordstrom for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston where he was the guest of honor and broke down the runways for guests. HOW ARE DESIGNERS REACTING TO THE STATE OF ECONOMY IN TERMS OF FASHION? Designers have clearly been asking themselves questions in regards to the economic situation in coming up with some of the most desirable choices that we’ve seen in a long time, particularly with real value. IS IT STILL RELEVANT TO PAY HIGH DOLLAR FOR DESIGN? Yes, but designers are conscious that the consumer is more educated when it comes to making the purchase and expect high quality in a beautiful piece. TELL US SOME OF THE TRENDS YOU SAW IN EUROPE. Some very strong trends to emerge on the international runways are great pieces that you can combine with existing elements in your wardrobe. It’s so fascinating to see the very, very different responses that the designers came up with, I think that one might pair it down to a sense of daring and virtue representing and a thought that emerged. At best designers’ responses ran the gamut from very restrained, disciplined, subdued and even martial/military sobriety to something being more playful and giddy and humorous. Various textures of black, from a matte texture or shiny embroidery – and I think that produced something that went beyond the idea of basic black. WHO DO YOU FIND INSPIRING? A story in the May issue of Vogue with Marc Jacob in the few days before his Marc Jacob’s show and the Louis Vuitton show in Paris. And incredibly enough in 72 hours that he’d pretty much create his collection. In New York he had hordes of people in the workroom and then literally they work through the night running, making the clothes – it was a really exciting experience. And I think Marc, he had just come back from St. Bart’s and had the idea of people not wearing very much. And I think coming back from that and the Golden Globes, so his collection really focused on these very giddy kinds of short cocktail dress. * ANYTHING YOU ARE EXCITED ABOUT? At Vogue we’re particularly excited about the idea of short evening dresses. There was a lot of neon color, and I think a lot of designers are looking up and trying to be optimistic. A lot of the designers worked with this idea of the broad shoulders form the 80s but a more lady like translation, with really fabulous drapery on the runway. I particularly loved all the capes. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CAPSULE COLLECTIONS FOR TARGET AND H&M? It’s fast fashion, and I think it’s great that these companies are able to reproduce so quickly the trends for the masses. 5 HOME & FASHION ESSENTIALS: 1. Beautiful sheets in Egyptian cotton 2. Short evening dresses are modern again 3. Statement necklaces 4. A coat or a cape 5. A great accessory like a dramatic cavalier boot * There is a documentary film about this where the highly private Marc Jacobs allowed film crews to document the crazy 72 hours, . Visit www.sundancechannel.com. Although the film is no longer screening, you can buy the video.


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