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letter from the editor
volume 14 | issue 159 PUBLISHER alejandro martinéz ext 2 firstname.lastname@example.org
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not sure if it was a lack of winter, but I know all I can think of is travelling! And since I’ve not CARLA VALENCIA DE MARTINEZ stopped wearing my spring and summer staples, it feels so close I can taste it! So this fashion and travel issue is perfect for my state of mind. Rather than our usual fashion shoot, we opted to shoot some local “fashion-ophiles” Some you’ve probably seen around and some you’ve never heard of, but the common thread is fashion – they all either blog about it or work in it. Start reading on page 38. Unfortunately we all can’t bust out with designer duds on a whim, but why not rent a fab dress for that wedding in a far-off destination that is already breaking the bank? Lance Scott Walker catches up with Lucy Sykes Rellie to talk about a site that does just that – Rent the Runway – on page 29. Don’t just daydream about going on safari in Botswana or visiting Singapore. Or maybe something more domestic is your cup of tea. Our travel writer, Sandra Ramani, covers the globe on page 46. We also catch up with local rapper Paul Wall on the musician’s latest transformation. Plus all our regular monthly columns to keep you hip.current.cool. Enjoy!
Carla Valencia de Martinéz Editor-in-Chief| Creative Director
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FASHION REALITY Photography by Gabriella Nissen Assisted by Melissa Perez | Models: Nida Khurshid + Chelsea Morgensen for Page. 713 Hair + Makeup by Edward Sanchez Models’ clothing Neiman Marcus Styled by Carla Valencia de Martinez + Beatrice Allen Assisted by Pixie Ibañez 002houston Magazine is published monthly by NODO Magazine, L.L.C., 1824 Spring Street, Studio 002, Houston, TX 77007. Copyright © 2012 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.
OOPS: Since publication of our January issue, the website for Skinny Crockpot has changed to www.SkinnyMs.com and the website for Crockin’ Girls is www.crockingirls.com. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark of Sunbeam Products Inc. Our apologies for not so noting that. 4. march 12 | www.002mag.com
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COMING IN APRIL 2012
table of contents
business + real estate + development issue
46 4 letter from the editor 29 an interview with lucy sykes rellie
6 table of contents
30 people of houston 31 beauty overdose 32 things i love 34 costume for cocktails
35 retail wrap: pinto ranch 36 MENtertainment
10 downtown map
38 fashion reality 46 destination: now boarding
12 uptown + galleria map
50 002profile: steve dewier
8 houston map 9 party pics
59 tools, toys + gadgets 60 wise guy
62 dine write: crossroads 64 tracy’s tasty tidbits
65 it’s easy being green 66 open
13 party pics
68 restaurant listings
14 on our radar
69 party pics
72 washington way
18 museum district
75 lounge review: blanco’s
20 art houses+museums+exhibits
76 the scene
22 for art’s sake: maria hughes-what’s age got to do with it?
24 phone shot 25 spacetaker
26 nonprofit: music doing good
27 gish at the movies 28 born cool 80 bea here now
81 recording: two star symphony 82 party pic/crossword puzzle
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Downtown............................................1 Holocaust Museum..............................2 Galleria...............................................3 Uptown Park.......................................4 River Oaks Park..................................5 Rice Village.........................................6 Highland Village.................................7 Memorial City......................................8 Town & Country Village.......................9 CityCentre..........................................10 Sam Houston Race Park.....................11 Katy Mills..........................................12 Sugar Land........................................13 Zoo ..................................................14 Museum District.................................15 George Bush Intl. Airport...................16 Hobby Airport....................................17 Space Center Houston........................18 Kemah...............................................19 Miller Outdoor Theatre......................20 Contemporary Arts Museum...............21 Houston Museum of Fine Arts............22 Childrenâ€™s Museum............................23 Houston Museum of Natural Science........24 Houston Arboretum...........................25 Houston Theater District....................26 The Woodlands..................................27
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Photography by Jenny Antill
...1 ..2 ..3 ..4 ..5 ..6 .7 ..8 ..9 .10 .11 12 .13 14 .15 16 17 18 .19 20 .21 22 23 24 25 26 27 EVENT ROCK ME AMADEUS WHY HOUSTON SYMPHONY BALL KICK-OFF WHERE JP MORGAN CHASE WHEN JANUARY 22 Houston Symphony lovers attended a rockin’ evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and music. A Fare Extraordinaire provided delectable bites and sparkling elixirs served by young waiters decked out in all-black attire and 18th-century powdered wigs. Models paraded throughout the crowd, courtesy of Tootsies, wearing women’s spring eveningwear by Monique Lhuillier, Naeem Khan and Elie Saab.
Tara and David Wuthrich
Donna Shen, Adam Dinitz, Amanda Tozzi
Steve and Joella Mach
Lindley and Jason Arnoldy
Rachael Walton, Linsay Radcliffe
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Photography by Priscilla Dickson
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EVENT KICK-OFF PARTY WHY MERCURY BAROQUE’S 2012 GALA – “PARTY LIKE IT’S 1699!” WHERE UP RESTAURANT IN HIGHLAND VILLAGE WHEN JANUARY 18 Over 120 guests joined Mercury Baroque at Up Restaurant for an evening of food, drinks and fun to celebrate the kick-off for Mercury Baroque’s 2012 Gala “Party Like It’s 1699.” The event was hosted by gala chairs Sharin and Larry Norman, Up Restaurant’s Haidar Barbouti and Mercury Baroque’s Maestro, Antoine Plante. All were treated to delicious hors d’oeuvres, wine, champagne and desserts while enjoying the open-air deck of the Highland Village restaurant. The evening was capped off by a fabulous and intimate performance of a Mozart piece by members of Mercury Baroque’s orchestra.
Geoffry and Joelle Petit
Michael Pearson, Deana Blackburn, Deborah Lugo
David and Viviana Denechaud
Erik and Nancy Littlejohn
Federic Bontems, Antoine Plante
Sharin Norman, Diane Lokey Farb
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Photographer: Lu Barcelos. Members of Quasar Cia de Danca, Brazil, performing So Close. | Choreographer: Henrique Rodovalho.
dinewrite Damian’s Cucina Italiana Restaurant announced Johnny B. Mandola, son of Frankie B. Mandola, as the new General Manager. Frankie B. Mandola, co-owner of Damian’s along with Bubba Butera, has been serving great homemade Italian cuisine for over 20 years. As a family-owned Italian restaurant, Johnny shares, “When Damian’s opened 29 years ago, I was 7 years old and remember my first meal. I grew up watching my grandparents cook and my father carry on this Italian tradition of wonderful food, and I want nothing more than to do the same – it’s in my blood.” www.damians.com Tila’s launched a new $9.99 Lunch Special Menu Monday – Friday from 11am2pm. The new on-the-go menu features two courses. 1111 S. Shepherd Dr. PHILIPPE SCHMIT WILL BE GIVEN THE PRESTIGIOUS, HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER TITLE OF MASTER CHEF OF FRANCE THIS MONTH IN FRANCE. HE IS ONE OF ONLY 10 DESIGNATED THIS YEAR – AND THE ONLY ONE IN TEXAS! CONGRATS TO OUR FRENCH COWBOY! Patron launched XO Café Dark Cocoa, a new coffee liqueur with roasted coffee and rich, dark chocolate. Nothing Bundt Cakes opened a location in Sugar Land so suburbanites can get their fix closer to home!
For art’s sake DANCE SALAD FESTIVAL celebrates its 17th anniversary April 5, 6 and 7 at 7:30pm, the Wortham Center, Cullen Theater. The festival will showcase the beauty and diversity of styles of contemporary ballet by one of the best talents of today’s performing arts from Europe and South America. Every performance in the festival chosen by its Artistic Director Nancy Henderek showcases unique ways of powerfully merging dance, theater and music. Le Jeune Homme et La Mort by legendary choreographer Roland Petit will be performed by outstanding dancers, Jia Zhang and Yonah Acosta of the English National Ballet. Stuttgart Ballet’s principal dancers, Alicia Amatriain and Jason Reilly, will dance a satirical spoof on ballet, Le Grand Pas de Deux, by one of the sought after choreographers of today, Christian Spuck. Fans of the American-born William Forsythe will enjoy a double Pas de Deux from Artifact II. Brazilian Quasar Cia de Danca is welcomed in DSF for their third time. DSF’s favorite pieces feature Mulheres/Women by the company’s Artistic Director /Choreographer, Henrique Ridovalho, along with premieres in the USA of his two newly created works, Táo Próximo/So Close and Céu na Boca/Up In The Mouth. Mauro Astolfi from Rome, Italy, brings his Spellbound Dance Company with three groundbreaking works. Compagnie Pal Frenak, based both in Paris and Budapest, will premiere the choreography Seven created by Hungarian/French Choreographer Pal Frenak. Warriers by Pontus Lidberg, Swedish choreographer, will be danced by former Les Grands Ballets Canadiens’ Gabriele Lamb. www.dancesalad.org.
Retail wrap H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, the popular international retailer known for offering fashion-forward apparel and quality basics is set to open in Spring 2012 at Baybrook Mall and Willowbrook Mall. BRITTON SUDDUTH CLOTHIER, A FINE MEN’S CUSTOM CLOTHING COMPANY, IS ALSO NEW TO TOWN. WITH NO BRICK AND MORTAR RETAIL LOCATION, THE BRAND CHOOSES INSTEAD TO VISIT WITH CLIENTS IN THE OFFICE, HOME, COUNTRY CLUB OR WHEREVER THEY WOULD LIKE TO MEET, AND TOGETHER THE DESIGNER FABRICS ARE CHOSEN, DESIGNS ARE MADE AND SPECIFIC MEASUREMENTS ARE TAKEN. THE GARMENTS ARE THEN CRAFTED IN THE U.S. AND WITHIN A FEW WEEKS DELIVERED DIRECTLY BACK TO THE CUSTOMER. 713.828.1435 Maison Maison moved from their Westheimer location to 2922 Virginia Street. The new store is located in the River Oaks area. Design Guru Karim Rashid’s Ottawa Collection for Bo Concept launches in March. Don’t miss the minimalist but never ordinary styles – they are sure to sell out!
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The Rice Design Alliance’s (RDA) 36th annual architecture tour kicks off with impressive art collections. 1–6pm each day. The tour is open only to RDA members and their guests. RDA memberships begin at $45 and can be purchased during the tour or in advance at the RDA office and include one complimentary tour ticket at the student/individual level or two complimentary tickets at the household level and above. $25 for members and their guests. www.ricedesignalliance.org
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BUFFALO BAYOU PARTNERSHIP, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing Houston’s historic waterway, presents Texas’ largest canoe and kayak race, The Buffalo Bayou Regatta, on Saturday, March 10. Houstonians (ages 12 and up) are encouraged to participate in the 15-mile USCAsanctioned race along the scenic Buffalo Bayou. 7:30am, registration opens; 9am, race starts.www.buffalobayou.org/regatta Enjoy a glass of wine on a twilight stroll amid the magnificent flowers at Bayou Bend – Thursdays in March – thanks to Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Explore Ima Hogg’s historic 1920s estate and its beautiful grounds. Discover the world-class collection of American art and antiques and stroll through the garden oasis. First four Thursdays in March (March 1, 8, 15, 22) Sip & Stroll: 58pm (last admission 7pm), Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive at Westcott Street. Admission is $10 and includes refreshments. Purchase tickets in advance at www.mfah.org/bayoubend or on site at Bayou Bend’s Kilroy Visitor Center. No reservations are needed. LUXURY BRAND CHANEL ACQUIRED CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLAIN, ORIGINALLY FOUNDED IN 1661 BY PIERRE DE RAUZAN, IN 1994. SITUATED IN THE HEART OF THE MARGAUX APPELLATION, CHANEL ENDEAVORED TO EXALT THE UNIQUE AND PRECIOUS QUALITIES OF THIS GREAT VINEYARD. ON ITS 350TH ANNIVERSARY, WITH THE GRAND CRU CLASSÉ’S EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY OF LAST YEAR’S WINE CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA CHANEL ANNOUNCED A VERY SPECIAL COLLABORATION WITH KARL LAGERFELD WHO DESIGNED A UNIQUE COLORED VERSION OF THE CHÂTEAU RAUZAN-SÉGLA LABEL FOR THE 2009 VINTAGE.
destination Hotel Missoni, the luxury lifestyle brand created in partnership between The Rezidor Hotel Group and the iconic
Italian fashion and interiors house Missoni, announces Hotel Missoni Mauritius. Located on one of the most fashionable islands in the world, Hotel Missoni Mauritius will have 80 Missoni-designed suites all offering unobstructed views of the ocean. Put in your calendar for 2014. · Landry’s recently revealed plans and renderings for the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier slated to open May 2012. It will be located on Seawall Blvd. in Galveston and will extend 1,130 feet over the Gulf of Mexico featuring family-oriented attractions including rides, games of chance and skill, food and retail. THE ST. REGIS BAL HARBOUR RESORT OPENED LAST MONTH IN THE AFFLUENT BAL HARBOUR ENCLAVE, AT ONCE A SECLUDED ESCAPE WITH UNRIVALED AMENITIES AND A DESTINATION AT THE INTERSECTION OF ART, DESIGN AND FASHION, ALL WITHIN REACH OF MIAMI. FEATURING AN EXPANSIVE ART COLLECTION, AND STRIKING, GLAMOROUS DESIGN BY WORLD-RENOWNED INTERIORS FIRM YABU PUSHELBERG, THE ST. REGIS BAL HARBOUR RESORT OFFERS ITS GUESTS THE SIGNATURE RESTAURANT J&G GRILL, INSPIRED BY ACCLAIMED CHEF JEAN-GEORGES VONGERICHTEN AS WELL AS A LUXURIOUS 14,000SF REMÈDE SPA, A WIDE RANGE OF LUXE CABANAS FROM POOLSIDE TO SPA CABANAS AS WELL AS DIRECT ACCESS TO THE BEACH.
The Cloud Nine hair care product line from the United Kingdom is making its American debut with an exciting array of tools that give maximum style without intense damaging heat. Developed by hair stylist Robert Powls, the Cloud Nine hair products include flat irons, curling wands and “The O,” an innovative roller set that uses induction heat technology. Cloud Nine’s entry to U.S. market heralds exciting advancements made in hair care technology. Already the gold standard for styling tools in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Cloud Nine products are safer to use, faster to heat and offer styling options not previously available in the U.S. The exclusive launch of the Houston-based company will change the way American hairdressers and consumers style their hair. For more information, visit www.cloudninehairusa.com.
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PERFORMING ARTS + CONCERTS + SPORTS + FESTIVALS + GENERAL INTEREST
03/03 - Toyota Radiohead 7:30pm
Alley The Seagull 7:30pm Hobby GEB: Million Dollar Quartet 7:30pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Salvage 7:30pm Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: Lady Antebellum 6:45pm Stages Late Night Catechism 2012 7:30pm March 3-4 & 10-11, Aliana Grand Opening celebration for new Model Home Village, 11am-4pm at Aliana. www.alianahouston.com
March 2, La Morra presents first US Tour, Lacrime di Leo: A Secret Concert for Pope Leo X, 7:30pm at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. www.houstonearlymusic.org
March 3, The Fine Art of Shooting at The Greater Houston Gun Club. To benefit the Museum of Fine Arts. 713.639.7523 or FineArtofShooting@mfah.org
Alley The Seagull 2:30 & 8pm | Red 7:30pm • Hobby GEB: Million Dollar Quartet 2 & 7:30pm Main Street The Coast of UtopiaSalvage 3 & 8pm Minute Maid College Classic Rice vs. Tennessee 6pm • Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: Big Time Rush, China Anne McClain from A.N.T. Farm 3:45pm • Stages Late Night Catechism 2012 3pm • Toyota Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers 6pm • Warehouse Frankenstein Brothers 8pm • Wortham HB: Cinderella 2pm
March 5-9, Smith & Wollensky celebrates 50th National Wine Week™ during lunch service from 11:30-2:30pm. www.nationalwineweek.com
Alley Red 2:30 & 7:30pm Jones HS: Bowfire! 7:30pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Salvage 3pm Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: Go Tejano Day w/ Duelo, La Original Banda El Limon 3:45pm Toyota Aeros vs. Grand Rapids Griffins 5:05pm Verizon Imagination Movers 1 & 5pm Warehouse O’Brother & Junius 6pm Wortham HB: Rock, Roll & Tutus 2pm
Alley Red 2:30 & 7:30pm HOB Nneka 7pm Jones HS: Petrenko Conducts Prokofiev 2:30pm Reliant Stadium Cinch RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout: Alan Jackson 3:30pm Stages In the Next Room… 3pm Toyota Aeros vs. Oklahoma City Barons 5:05pm • Verizon Houston We Have A Problem Fest w/ Asking Alexandria, WCAR & More 1pm • Warehouse The Strange Boys & The Black Belles 7pm Wortham HB: Rock, Roll & Tutus 2pm
Alley Red 2:30 & 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Annie 2 & 7:30pm Jones HS: Mozart’s A Little Night Music 2:30pm MOT Matisyahu Live for Aishel House 7:30pm Stages In the Next Room… 3pm
March 25, 31st Annual K-9 Fun Run & Walk Fantastic Fidos, 10am at Sam Houston Park. Benefiting the Houston Humane Society. www.houstonhumane.org
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Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: Eli Young Band 6:45pm
Alley Red 7:30pm Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: Enrique Iglesias 6:45pm Warehouse Dante Higgins 9pm
Main Street How I Became a Pirate 11:30am Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: Zac Brown Band 6:45pm Warehouse The Men & R. Stevie Moore 7pm
Warehouse Sleeping with Sirens 6pm
Alley Red 7:30pm HOB Jukebox The Ghost 8pm Jones Mythbusters: Behind The Scenes Tour 7:30pm Main Street How I Became a Pirate 11:30am Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: Miranda Lambert 6:45pm Toyota Aeros vs. Abbotsford Heat 7:05pm Warehouse Mikal Cronin & Pujol 7pm
Alley Red 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Annie 7:30pm Toyota Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers 7pm Warehouse fun. 7pm
13th Annual Hats Off to Mothers Luncheon, 11:30-2pm at River Oaks Country Club. To benefit Easter Seals Greater Houston. www.eastersealshouston.org/Events/hats-off.html
Toyota Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings 7pm March 26-April 1 Shell Houston Open at Redstone Gulf Club. www.shellhoustonopen.com
03/09 - Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: Reba McEntire 6:45pm
Hobby TUTS: Annie 7:30pm MOT Swing, Jive & Pop! Into Dance 11am
Alley Red 7:30pm Jones HS: Earth, Wind & Fire 7:30pm Main Street The Coast of UtopiaSalvage 7:30pm Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: ZZ Top 6:45pm Wortham HB: Rock, Roll & Tutus 7:30pm
March 8-10, 28th Annual Young Texas Artists Music Competition & Entergy Finalists Concert & Awards at Crighton Theatre in Conroe. www.youngtexasartists.org
March 10, 35th Annual Bayou City Classic 10K & 5K Fun Run, 7:50am. Presented by Apache Corporation. www.bayoucityclassic.org
March 17, Easter Bunny Event at Mint Baby & Kids. Shop, mingle and take pictures with the Easter Bunny and donate nonperishable food items to The Houston Food bank all at one fun event. 713.622.3580 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alley Red 7:30pm Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: Blake Shelton 6:45pm Wortham Da Camera: A Little Day Music 12pm
Alley Red 7:30pm HOB Kaiser Chiefs 7pm Main Street How I Became a Pirate 11:30am Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: The Band Perry 6:45pm Stages In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play 7:30pm Toyota Rockets vs. Charlotte Bobcats 7pm Warehouse Lights 7pm | Talking to Turtles & Adam Arcuragi 7pm Wortham SPA: Tchaikovsky Competition Winner 7:30pm
Alley Red 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Annie 7:30pm Stages In the Next Room… 7:30pm
March 24, Children at Risk Gala- An Evening w/ Jay Leno: Stand Up for Our Youth, 6pm at Bayou City Center. To benefit Children at Risk. www.childrenatrisk.org
Hobby TUTS: Annie 7:30pm Stages In the Next Room… 7:30pm Wortham HGO: Subscriber Symposium- Schiller 6:30pm
Alley Red 7:30pm HOB The Digit Tour 2012 8pm Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: Jason Aldean 6:45pm Stages In the Next Room… 7:30pm Toyota Romeo Santos 8pm Warehouse McAuley Schenker Group 7pm Wortham HGO: The Bricklayer 8pm
Alley Red 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Annie 7:30pm Jones HS: Mozart’s A Little Night Music 8pm MOT The Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers 8:15pm Stages In the Next Room… 7:30pm Toyota Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors 7pm Warehouse Young the Giant 8pm
Hobby TUTS: Annie 7:30pm HOB Green River Ordinance 10:30pm Stages In the Next Room… 7:30pm Toyota Aeros vs. Lake Erie Monsters 7:05pm Warehouse Eisley 7pm | Kings X 7pm
Bayou Bend Cocktail Party, 7pm at the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. To benefit Bayou Bend. 713.639.7523 or BayouBendCocktailParty@mfah.org
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NOT SURE WHAT TO DO? TRY ONE-STOP SHOPPING AT
Alley The Seagull 2:30 & 8pm | Red 2:30 & 8pm • Hobby GEB: Million Dollar Quartet 8pm • HOB Big Head Todd & The Monsters 7:30pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Salvage 8pm Minute Maid College Classic Texas vs. Rice 7pm Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: Black Heritage Day w/ John Legend 6:45pm • Stages Late Night Catechism 2012 8pm • Toyota Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets 7pm Verizon Gigantour w/ Megadeath, Motorhead, Volbeat & Lacuna Coli 6:30pm Wortham HB: Cinderella 7:30pm | HGO: Studio Showcase 8pm Alley Red 8pm Hobby Ars Lyrica: La Resurrezione 7:30pm HOB George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic 8pm Jones HS: Bowfire! 8pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Salvage 8pm Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: Paint the Rodeo Pink Day w/ Reba McEntire 6:45pm Verizon Ramji Entertainment LLC presents Salim Sulaiman 9pm Warehouse Gary Clark, Jr. 8pm | Slaughterhouse 8pm
March 9-11, Azalea Trail home & Garden Tour 11am-5pm. Wwwriveroaksgardenclub.org/AzaleaTrail
Alley Red 8pm Jones HS: Petrenko Conducts Prokofiev 8pm Main Street How I Became a Pirate 11:30am Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: Train 6:45pm Toyota Aeros vs. Rockford IceHogs 7:35pm Wortham HB: Rock, Roll & Tutus 7:30pm | SPA: SpokFrevo Orquestra 8pm
Alley The Seagull 8pm | Red 8pm Hobby GEB: Million Dollar Quartet 2 & 8pm HOB Flogging Molly 7pm Main Street The Coast of Utopia- Salvage 8pm Minute Maid College Classic Texas Tech vs. Rice 7pm Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: Luke Bryan 3:45pm Stages Late Night Catechism 2012 8pm Toyota Radiohead 7:30pm Warehouse Jetspeed Music Showcase 7pm Wortham HB: Cinderella 2 & 7:30pm | SPA: Debussy’s Paris 8pm
Alley Red 2:30 & 8pm HOB Boyz II Men 8pm Jones HS: Symphony Under the Sea 10:30 & 11am | Bowfire! 8pm Main Street How I Became a Pirate 1 & 4pm | The Coast of Utopia- Salvage 8pm Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: Chris Young 3:45pm Toyota Aeros vs. Grand Rapids Griffins 7:35pm Verizon HLSR/ Go Tejano Committee 21st Annual Mariachi Invitational 6:30pm Warehouse The Heartless Bastards 8pm Wortham HB: Rock, Roll & Tutus 7:30pm
March 18, Tour de Houston, 6am at City Hall. Presented by Apache Corporation. Call 832.393.0868 or visit www.houstonspecialevents.org.
Alley Red 8pm Hobby TUTS: Annie 8pm | Music Doing Good: Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo Duo 8pm HOB Mindless Self-Indulgence 7:30pm Jones SPA: Shatner’s World 8pm MOT The Original Tribute to The Blues Brothers 8:15pm Stages In the Next Room… 8pm Toyota Winter Jam 7pm
Alley Red 2:30 & 8pm HOB Neon Indian 7pm Jones HS: Petrenko Conducts Prokofiev 8pm Main Street How I Became a Pirate 1 & 4pm Reliant Stadium RODEOHOUSTON: BP Super Series Championship w/ Brad Paisley 3:45pm Stages In the Next Room… 8pm Toyota Aeros vs. Abbotsford Heat 7:35pm Verizon Houston Roller Derby 7pm Warehouse Jetspeed Music Showcase 7pm Wortham HB: Rock, Roll & Tutus 7:30pm
March 23- April 7, Dead Man’s Cell Phone at Studio 101 @ Spring Street Studios. Presented by Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company. www.mildredsumbrella.com
Alley Red 2:30 & 8pm Hobby TUTS: Annie 2 & 8pm | Apollo Chamber Players: From Russia With Love 8pm HOB The Naked and Famous 7pm Jones HS: Mozart’s A Little Night Music 8pm Main Street How I Became a Pirate 1 & 4pm MOT Noche Caliente w/ Michael Stuart 8pm Reliant Arena HBO World Championship Boxing: Eric Morales vs. Danny Garcia 5pm • Stages In the Next Room… 8pm • Toyota Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks 7pm Warehouse Helstar 6pm • Wortham BCPA: Don’t Ask Don’t Tell- Coming Out Under Fire 7:30pm
Hobby TUTS: Annie 8pm Jones HS: Hahn & Enigma Variations 7pm Stages In the Next Room… 8pm Toyota Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies 7pm Wortham Mercury Baroque: The Virtuoso Violin 8pm
March 31, Regis 2012 Auction- Prom Knight, 6pm at The Westin Hotel Memorial City. To benefit The Regis School of the Sacred Heart. Edna Marie Free at 713.682.8383 ext. 5124 or email@example.com
Hobby TUTS: Annie 2 & 8pm | Musiqa: Crossings 7:30pm Jones HS: Hahn & Enigma Variations 8pm Main Street How I Became a Pirate 1 & 4pm Reliant Stadium Monster Energy AMA Supercross 7pm | Reliant Arena H-Town Blues Festival 7pm Stages In the Next Room… 8pm Toyota Aeros vs. Hamilton Bulldogs 7:35pm March 31, Bayou Bend Children’s Party, 11am at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. To benefit Bayou Bend. 713.639.7523 or BayouBendChildrensParty@mfah.org
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museum district By Pixie Ibañez
EXHIBITS EMAIL US AT PIXIE@002MAG.COM
1. THE MENIL COLLECTION www.menil.org
Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective, on view March 2, is the first retrospective of the artist’s drawings, as well as the first major one-person exhibition organized under the umbrella of the Menil Drawing Institute and Study Center. This exhibition, with work from major European and American public and private collections, traces Serra’s investigation of drawing as an activity both independent from and linked to his sculptural practice. Organized chronologically, it addresses significant shifts in concept, materials and scale, and culminates with new large-scale works. 2. HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY www.hcponline.org
The Power of Now and Other Tales from Home by Julie Blackmon , on view March 9. One of her main sources of inspiration, in addition to her own life, is the paintings by 17th-century Dutch and Flemish genre painters, especially the work of Jan Steen. His use of lighting and humor influenced her to emulate the same mood in many of her photos, but she utilizes digital technology to take her scenes to a new level. Blackmon’s photos are assemblages of various interior shots seamlessly attached together to create a singular background image. In these digital collages, objects such as clothing, bowls and children’s toys are carefully placed to convey a sense of disarray. 3. THE ROTHKO CHAPEL www.rothkochapel.org
The Rothko Chapel, founded by John and Dominique de Menil, was dedicated in 1971 as an intimate sanctuary available to people of every belief. A modern meditative environment inspired by the mural canvases of Russian-born, American painter Mark Rothko (1903-1970), the Chapel welcomes thousands of visitors each year, people of every faith and from all parts of the world. 4. BYZANTINE FRESCO CHAPEL MUSEUM www.menil.org/visit/byzantine.php
The Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum is closing March 4. Stay tuned for the space’s newest incarnation.
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5. HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT www.crafthouston.org
The Handmade Print, on view thru April 8, is an exhibition of photographs on handmade paper by Virginia artist Alyssa Salomon. Salomon is a photographer, poet, consummate craftsperson and also a bit of a mad scientist. Using her own recipes for the 19th-century photographic processes of cyanotype and van dyke printing, Salomon makes handmade prints that “recall an accumulation of sights seen and linked by treasured recollections.” Salomon’s camera becomes the human eye, winking on these moments of serenity and delight, connecting disparate subjects that invoke the richness of our senses. 6. LAWNDALE ARTCENTER www.lawndaleartcenter.org
The Photographic Mirror, on view March 9. All of the artists in the exhibition chose to create new work for this show or are presenting new excerpts from bodies of work they are currently producing. Artists often utilize self-portraiture to experiment with fresh ideas and new techniques, and to explore personal inner narratives through visual symbolism. The group exhibition highlights 17 emerging artists from Colorado, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Texas and Mexico. With The Photographic Mirror, artist Chuy Benitez curates a sampling of 21st-century photographic self-portraiture.
9. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON www.cmhouston.org
Cum Yah Gullah (translated to mean Come here, Gullah), on view thru September 8, explores the rich West African culture carried to the US in the 1600s and uncovers the roots of millions of African-Americans today. Isolated from the mainland on the Sea Islands, along the coast of South Carolina and Georgia, the Gullah people have preserved more of their African cultural history than any other segment of AfricanAmerican people. This exhibit encourages you to cross mental boundaries as you seek to understand and appreciate your own culture and the cultures of others. Come and experience the rhythms of Gullah life through sounds, crafts and musical traditions! 10. THE HEALTH MUSEUM www.thehealthmuseum.org
Have an inner body experience during a week of hands-on crafts and activities, science shows and dissection demonstrations exploring the science of your body. It’s all part of our annual Health & Wellness Week , March 12–16. Also during this year’s Health & Wellness Week, UT Brain Night takes place Thursday, March 15, 6–8pm. Participate in brain-y activities for the whole family, see a real brain and ask doctors all your questions about one of the body’s most important organs. UT Brain Night is hosted by the UTHealth Neuroscience Research Center.
7. BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com
This Museum pays tribute to African-American military history from the Revolutionary War to modern times. During the 1860s, soldiers of the 10th U.S. Calvary were nicknamed “Buffalo Soldiers” for their fierce fighting ability and bravery. 8. HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON www.hmh.org
Returning: The Art of Samuel Bak , on view thru August 12. In Returning: The Art of Samuel Bak viewers encounter familiar imagery used in unusual, somewhat surrealistic ways as they are led on an astoundingly complex, beautiful and richly colorful journey to, through and from the Holocaust. Born on Aug. 12, 1933, in Vilna, which is now Vilnius, Lithuania, Bak was recognized from an early age as possessing extraordinary artistic talent. The artist continues to deal with the artistic expression of the destruction and dehumanization which make up his childhood memories. He speaks about what are deemed to be the unspeakable atrocities of the Holocaust, though he hesitates to limit the boundaries of his art to the post-Holocaust genre.
11. HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE www.hmns.org
Discovering the Civil War, on view thru April 29. Layers of time and memory obscure the American Civil War in a smoky haze. The real human beings, military and civilian, who lived through these years of travail and sacrifice, are lost to us, but the records they left behind give us a pathway back to the past. The exhibit is divided into 12 thematic areas that combine great original treasures, engaging touchscreen interactive and social media tools, selected to illustrate the breadth of the conflict and to ask, “How do we know what happened?” 12. HOUSTON ZOO www.houstonzoo.org
Watch your mailbox this month for a special Houston Zoo membership offer. It’s cool to be a member of the Houston Zoo. Members enjoy free Houston Zoo admission for one year, discounts on special events, free exclusive previews of major new exhibits and express entry upon arrival. Many area employers will match your membership contribution and, depending on
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membership category, all or a portion of your membership payment is tax-deductable. Check your mailbox! 13. RICE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY www.ricegallery.org
Joel Shapiro, New Installation, on view thru March 18. Primarily known for his geometric, abstract sculptures that appear to bound across museum walls, floors and sculpture gardens, renowned American artist Joel Shapiro has been working over the past several years on a new body of work where he transforms entire gallery and museum spaces with room-sized installations of colorful geometric shapes and lines that hover in a kind of suspended animation. 14. THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON www.mfah.org
Elegant Perfection: Masterpieces of Courtly and Religious Art from the Tokyo National Museum, on view thru April 8. This exhibition will cover essential themes and traditions in Japanese art and culture, illuminating the relationship between the rise of Buddhism in Japan and the development of a highly refined court culture. Among the works on loan are a number of rare pieces designated National Treasures. 15. CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON www.camh.org
The Deconstructive Impulse: Women Artists Reconfigure the Signs of Power, on view thru April 15. This exhibit examines the crucial role of women artists
in the development of deconstructivism in the 1970s and 1980s. The deconstructive impulse was propelled in significant measure by women who, through the appropriation of mass media and commercial images, sought to reveal the mechanisms of power present in popular representations of gender, sex, race and class. The exhibit features photographs, prints, paintings, videos and installations by various artists. 16. THE JUNG CENTER OF HOUSTON www.junghouston.org
Founded in 1958, The Jung Center is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to the continuing education of the human spirit through psychology, the arts and the humanities. 17. CZECH CENTER MUSEUM www.czechcenter.org
The Czech Center Museum Houston works to preserve, record and celebrate the language, scholarship and arts of Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia and Slovakia. 18. JOHN C. FREEMAN WEATHER MUSEUM www.wxresearch.org
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MUSEUMS 1940 AIR TERMINAL MUSEUM www.1940airterminal.org 8325 Travelair Rd. 713.454.1940
ART CAR MUSEUM www.artcarmuseum.com 140 Heights Blvd. 713.861.5526 BLAFFER ART MUSEUM www.blaffer.org 4800 Calhoun Rd. 713.743.9521
GALVESTON ARTS CENTER www.galveston.com 2127 Strand St. 409.763.2403 HERITAGE SOCIETY www.heritagesociety.org 1100 Bagby 713.655.1912 HOUSTON FIRE MUSEUM www.houstonfiremuseum.org 2403 Milam 713.524.2526 MUSEUM OF PRINTING HISTORY www.printingmuseum.org 1324 W. Clay St. 713.522.4652
MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN HISTORY www.hbu.edu 7502 Fondren Rd. 281.649.3997 ORANGE SHOW www.orangeshow.org 2401 Munger 713.926.6368
PROJECT ROW HOUSES www.projectrowhouses.org 2521 Holman 713.526.7662
1. g gallery | 2. darke gallery 3. thornwood gallery | 4. hannah bacol busch gallery
ART LEAGUE HOUSTON www.artleaguehouston.org 1953 Montrose Blvd. 713.523.9530 Opens March 9, Baroque on the Border by Rigoberto Gonzalez
BARBARA DAVIS GALLERY www.barbaradavisgallery.com 4411 Montrose 713.520.9200 BERING & JAMES GALLERYwww.beringandjames.com 805 Rhode Place #500, 713.524.0101 BETZ GALLERY www.betzgallery.com 1208 W. Gray 713.576.6954
BOOKER-LOWE GALLERYwww.bookerlowegallery.com 4623 Feagan St. 713.880.1541 Thru April 28, Uncrated VI: New Aboriginal Paintings
CANAL ST. GALLERY www.canalstreetgallery.com 2219 Canal St. 713.228.3848 CAROLINE COLLECTIVE www.carolinecollective.cc 4820 Caroline St. 713.825.4613
COMMUNE ON NORTH www.communeonnorth.com 2437 North Blvd. 713.526.3875 COMMUNITY ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVE www.thecollective.org 1413 Holman 713.523.1616
DAKOTA GALLERY www.dakotaframing.com 2324 Shearn St. 713.523.7440
STATION MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART www.stationmuseum.com 1502 Alabama. 713.529.6900 Opens March 17- FotoFest – Various artists exhibit
DARKE GALLERY www.darkegallery.com 5321 Feagan 713.542.3802 Opens March 15, FotoFest 2012: Hillerbrand and Magsman “House/Hold”
DEBORAH COLTON GALLERY www.deborahcoltongallery.com 2445 North Blvd. 713.869.5151 Opens March 6, FotoFest exhibitions
UNIVERSITY MUSEUM www.tsu.edu/museum 3100 Cleburne Ave. 713.313.7145
18 HANDS GALLERY www.18handsgallery.com 249 West 19th St. 713.869.3099 Thru March 31, New Paths: 9 Emerging Ceramic Artists AEROSOL WARFARE GALLERY + BOUTIQUE www.aerosolwarfare.com 2110 Jefferson St. #113, 832.748.8369
ANYA TISH GALLERY www.anyatishgallery.com 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.524.2299 ARCHWAY GALLERY www.archwaygallery.com 2305 Dunlavy 713.522.2409 Opens March 3, A Day in the Life by Photographer Fikry Botros
DESANTOS GALLERY www.desantosgallery.com 1724 Richmond 713.520.1200 DIVERSEWORKS www.diverseworks.org 1117 East Freeway 713.223.8346
G GALLERY www.ggalleryhouston.com 301 East 11th St. 713.822.4842 Opens March 3, One Big Misunderstanding by Otis Ike and Ivete Lucas GALLERY 1724 www.gallery1724.blogspot.com 1724 Bissonnet St. 713.523.2547 Opens March 31, How Will I Die by Kristy Peet
GALLERY SONJA ROESCH www.gallerysonjaroesch.com 2309 Caroline 713.659.5424 Opens March 3, Layers by Gabriele Evertz and Julia Steiner GITE GALLERY www.thegitegallery.com 2024 East Alabama St. 713.523.3311
GOLDESBERRY GALLERY www.goldesberrygallery.com 2625 Colquitt 713.528.0405 Thru March 17, Shift by Edward Lane McCartney GREEN HOUSE GALLERY www.greenhouseartgallery.com 716 W. Alabama St. 713.535.6462
GREMILLION & CO. FINE ART www.gremillion.com 2501 Sunset Blvd. 713.522.2701 Thru March 10, Recent Paintings by Erik Offermann H GALLERY www.hgallery.org 617 W. 19th 713.417.4888
DOMY BOOKS www.domystore.com 1709 Westheimer 713.523.3669
ELDER STREET GALLERY www.elderstreetartist.com 1101 Elder St. 281.250.4889
FOTOFEST www.fotofest.org 1113 Vine St. 713.223.5522 Opens March 16, FotoFest 2012 Biennial- Contemporary Russian Photography
HANNAH BACOL BUSCH GALLERY www.hannahbacolbuschgallery.com 2501 S. Shepherd Dr. 713.527.0523
HCC-CENTRAL GALLERY www.centralfinearts.info 3517 Austin 713.718.6600
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HOLLYWOOD FRAME GALLERY www.hollywoodframegallery.com 2427 Bissonnet 713.942.8885 HOOKS-EPSTEIN GALLERIES www.hooksepsteingalleries.com 2631 Colquitt St. 713.522.0718 HOUSTON LANDMARK GALLERY www.houstonlandmarkgallery.com 1200 McKinney 713.927.8800 HOUSTON STUDIOS 707 Walnut St. 713.223.0951
INMAN GALLERY www.inmangallery.com 3901 Main St. 713.526.7800 Thru April 7, Recent Photographs by Amy Blakemore KINZELMAN ART CONSULTING www.kinzelmanart.com 3909 Main St. 713.533.9923
KOELSCH GALLERY www.koelschgallery.com 703 Yale 713.626.0175
LAURA RATHE FINE ART www.laurarathe.com 2707 Colquitt 713.527.7700 LAURA U COLLECTION www.laurau.com 1840 Westheimer 713.522.0855
LAZZARA ART GALLERY www.gallerialazzara.com 5400 Mitchelldale St. 713.681.0681
M2 GALLERY www.gallerymsquared.com 339 W. 19th St. 713.861.6070
McCLAIN GALLERY www.mcclaingallery.com 2242 Richmond Ave. 713.520.9988 Thru March 10, Texas by Brendan Cass
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McMURTREY GALLERYwww.mcmurtreygallery.com 3508 Lake St. 713.523.8238 Thru March 17, Ten New Paintings by Ellen Berman
SPRING ST. STUDIOS www.springstreetstudios.info 1824 Spring Street 713.862.0082
MEREDITH LONG GALLERY www.meredithlonggallery.com 2323 San Felipe 713.523.6671
STUDIO SEVEN 1107 East Freeway 713.224.5555
MIDTOWN ART CENTER www.midtownartcenter.com 3414 La Branch 713.521.8803 MONTROSE ART SOCIETY www.montroseartsociety.com 4715 Main St. 713.316.0402
MOODY GALLERY www.moodygallery.com 2815 Colquitt 713.526.9911 Opens March 16, Manual by Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom MOTHER DOG STUDIOS www.motherdogstudios.com 720 Walnut 713.229.9760
NAU-HAUS GALLERY www.texascollaborative.com 223 E. 11th St. 713.261.1409 NOLAN-RANKIN GALLERIES www.nolan-rankingalleries.com 6 Chelsea Blvd. 713.528.0664
Oâ€™KANE GALLERY www.uhd.edu One Main St. @ UHD 713.221.8042
PARKERSON GALLERY www.parkersongallery.com 3510 Lake St. 713.524.4945 PEEL GALLERY www.peelgallery.org 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.520.8122
POISSANT GALLERY www.poissantgallery.com 5102 Center St. 713.868.9337 POST GALLERY www.postgallery.com By appointment only, 713.622.4241
TALENTO BILINGUE www.tbhcenter.org 333 S. Jensen Dr. 713.222.1213
THE ARTFUL CORNER www.theartfulcorner.com 3423 White Oak Dr. 713.426.4278 THORNWOOD GALLERY www.thornwoodgallery.com 2643 Colquitt St. 713.528.4278 Thru March 15, Underneath the Layers by James C. Leonard VAUGHAN CHRISTOPHER GALLERY www.vaughanchristopher.com 1217 S. Shepherd 713.533.0816
WADE WILSON ART www.wadewilsonart.com 4411 Montrose #200, 713.521.2977 Opens March 2, Nuit by Libbie Masterson WATERCOLOR ART SOCIETY www.watercolorhouston.org 1601 West Alabama 713.942.9966 Opens March 13, WAS-H 35th International Exhibition WINTER STREET STUDIOS www.winterstreetstudios.net 2101 Winter St. 713.862.0082
XNIHILO GALLERY www.xnil.org 2115 Taft St. 713.622.1846 ZARPOSH INDIA GALLERY www.zarposhindia.com 5910 Southwest Fwy. 713.668.2948
RECORD RANCH GALLERY www.cactusmusictx.com 2110 Portsmouth 713.526.9272
REDBUD GALLERY www.redbudgallery.com 303 E. 11th St. 713.862.2532 Opens March 17, Barry Brukoff
RETRO GALLERY www.retrogallery.com 1839 W. Alabama 713.522.7074
RUDOLPH PROJECTS I ARTSCAN GALLERY www.rudolphprojects.com 1836 Richmond Ave. 713.807.1836 SICARDI GALLERY www.sicardi.com 2246 Richmond Ave. 713.529.1313
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for art’s sake
by Susan M. Bynam Photography by Sofia van der Dys
WHAT’S AGE GOT TO DO WITH IT? MARIA HUGHES SHARES HOW HER ENDLESS LOVE FOR ART DEFIES ANY AGE
THIS NUEVO LAREDO, MEXICO NATIVE, A 40-PLUS YEAR RESIDENT OF HOUSTON WHO HAS WITNESSED MANY RISINGS AND SETTINGS OF THE SUN, HAS SEEN CHANGES TAKE PLACE NOT ONLY WITHIN HER INNER BEING, BUT IN THE WORLD IN WHICH SHE LIVES. YET, IN TIMES OF TRIAL AND TRIUMPH, SHE HAS LEARNED TO BE ABASED AND ABOUND IN WHATEVER STATE SHE FINDS HERSELF. AT 80 YEARS YOUNG, SHE CONTINUES TO YIELD TO THE CREED THAT IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE. She is none other than artist Maria Hughes, who did not experience her first solo art exhibit until her 77th birthday, and her second exhibition two years later. And, as Hughes exuberantly gears up for her third major art show in April 2012, she remains a living true testament that age is truly nothing but a number. Yet such passion for art didn’t evolve overnight for this widowed mother of one son (Hughes lost her husband in a traffic accident in ’78), but rather dates back to her adolescent years when her imagination was daily immersed in the rich colors, textures and landscapes of her hometown of Laredo. Ingenuity and self-expression would later reveal itself in Hughes’ early, 8-year career as a window decorator for an interior decorator/department store. Yet, her creativity longed for development
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and expansion; in 1963, at the age of 32, Hughes transitioned to Houston to broaden her art experiences. Per Hughes, “Initially, I studied art at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston for almost two years. I decided that I wanted to teach and make a living out of my passion for art. I enrolled at the University of Houston, secured my BS degree in art education, and began teaching art education in Houston ISD at Madison High School in ’67, primarily working with ceramics. I often took ill due to the lack of school exhaust systems. Consequently, when HISD afforded an all-expense paid opportunity for me and 24 other teachers to earn a master’s of education in guidance and counseling from Texas A&M University (due to a shortage of bilingual counselors in HISD), I embraced it. Art would temporarily take a back seat. This was a blessing because the A&M instructors taught us after school on campus; we only commuted to A&M for instruction during the summer. After earning my master’s degree, I worked as a counselor for many years. My greatest experience as a counselor was at an alternative elementary school; by cultivating youth, working with parents and making home visits, I gained a lot of experience which was not only personally gratifying, but humbling because I knew I was making a difference in the lives of others. When I retired from HISD in 2003, I delved back into my greatest love, art. My love for art was always there. I couldn’t be happier to give it my full-time attention again!” Talk about coming full circle! Joining the Houston Art League, Hughes enrolled
in a class 7 years ago taught by her former student, Armando Rodriguez, who has since converted her into a monotype printmaker painting on clear acrylic using special paints, then transferring the image onto paper by pressing the two together via a printing press, adding color for inimitableness. Hughes’ third exhibition, “Sigo Soñando” or “Still Dreaming,” will exhibit a new series of vibrant, abstract monotypes. She has invited artists Scoti Carden and Clemente Garcia and sculptor Daniel Esquivel Brandt to join her in this experience at Canal Street Gallery. “I believe in giving back and helping other artists along the way. These are three talented artists in their own right and I want our community to partake in their wonderful works.”
COMING SOON! “Sigo Soñando” or “Still Dreaming”
Opening Reception sponsored by 002houston Friday, April 23, 2012 (6 – 9pm) Second Reception Saturday, April 14, 2012 (2 – 6pm) On view from March 30 – May 8
CANAL STREET GALLERY 2219 Canal Street | Houston, TX 77003 713.228.3848 | www.canalstreetgallery.com Open 11am to 3pm, Friday-Sunday
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I DELVED BACK INTO MY GREATEST LOVE, ART. MY LOVE FOR ART WAS ALWAYS THERE. I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER TO GIVE IT MY FULL-TIME ATTENTION AGAIN!
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spacetaker artscene By Jenni Rebecca Stephenson
TOO MUCH TO DO THIS MONTH, AND TOO LITTLE TIME! HOUSTON’S ART SCENE IS SERVING UP A DIVERSE SPREAD THIS MARCH – INDULGE IN A SUMPTUOUS SAMPLING GUARANTEED TO GET YOUR JUICES FLOWING!
Lone Star Performance Explosion Houston International Performance Art Biennale March 8-10 Houston’s first Performance Art Biennale will be presenting an exciting and diverse collection of live works. A broad spectrum of international and local artists will appear at three venues, providing a taste of this cuttingedge genre in which audiences can watch, experience and participate in the action. Artists include The Art Guys, Nestor Topchy, Jill Pangallo, Jenny Schlief and more. DiverseWorks, Avant Garden, Notsuoh– visit website for schedule & pricing. www.lonestarexplosion.org Framed @ Photobooth on Montrose March 30 @ 8pm Step inside the dance, watch from around the Photobooth, peek in the large windows and follow the dancers as they move and manipulate the space. No “stage” to be found. Directed by Lydia Hance, Frame Dance Productions performs in a unique live dance installation. Fun, Quirky, Fresh. The Photobooth on Montrose (2710 Montrose Blvd.)– www.framedance.org ARC Exhibition: Home Spun|Jaime Collier On view March 19-April 27 Opening Reception: March 24 @ 6pm Spacetaker presents a solo exhibition by photographer Jaime Collier as part of the 2012 FotoFest Biennial. Contextualizing the ideals of what “home” means to her and to the various cultures she has photographed throughout the world, Collier will transform Spacetaker’s gallery into the common rooms of a home, shaping each space physically and emotionally through her photographs and photographic prints on textiles used to make clothing, home furnishings
and structural elements. Spacetaker ARC (2101 Winter Street, Studio B11)– Free. www.spacetaker.org Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre presents Sara Ruhl’s Dead Man’s Cell Phone March 22–April 7 Synopsis: Jean becomes annoyed when the man sitting next to her won’t answer his ringing phone, until she finally answers it herself, discovering the man is dead. By taking ownership of his phone, Jean moves into Gordon’s life, meeting his mother, his widow and falling in love with his brother. But as Jean clumsily attempts to comfort his grieving relatives and discovers the nature of Gordon’s unpleasant work, she realizes she may be in for more than she bargained for. Studio 101 at Spring Street Studios (1824 Spring Street)–$15. www.mildredsumbrella.com Ars Lyrica presents “La Resurrezione” March 9 @ 7:30pm Handel’s “La Resurrezione” is a musical retelling of the Resurrection story, as seen through the eyes of Mary Magdalene, two companions, an angel and Lucifer himself. Handel’s work is full of exuberance, beautiful and poignant melodies, even flashes of humor. The Grammy-nominated early music ensemble’s production will feature Canadian soprano Gillian Keith and countertenor Ryland Angel. Hobby Center, Zilkha Hall– starting at $31. www.arslyricahouston.org Awready! The Houston Hip Hop Conference March 27-28 Exploring the unique music and culture of Houston hip hop, the Awready! Hip Hop Conference was developed by the Houston Hip Hop Archives Network, a partnership developed by the HERE Project and University of Houston Libraries for preserving the artifacts of Houston hip hop. See the full schedule at www.lws.lib.uh.edu/hiphop/.
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nonprofit By Susan M. Bynam
Music Doing Good Core Artists: (L to R) Aisha Ussery Adams, Delfeayo Marsalis, Marie Bosarge, Kenneth Gayle, Ray Younkin, Rodney Waters, Anita Kruse, Aaron Kaufman, David LaDuca and Phillip Hall. Photography by Evin Thayer
FEEL GOOD ABOUT DOING GOOD AND HAVE A GOOD TIME DOING IT!
OUSTON, WHAT DO YOU GET WHEN YOU COMBINE YOUR LOVE FOR MUSIC WITH YOUR PASSION FOR HELPING PEOPLE? YOU LITERALLY GET MUSIC DOING GOOD (“MDG”), A LOCAL, NONPROFIT PERFORMING ARTS ORGANIZATION WHICH GENERATES FRIENDS AND FUNDS FOR OUTSTANDING NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SUBMERGED IN HEALTH, EDUCATION, MUSIC AND CHILDREN’S CHARITIES. THAT’S WHAT MARIE BOSARGE, PRESIDENT AND FOUNDING VISIONARY OF MDG DEEMS “PHILANTHROPY THROUGH MUSIC.” MDG BELIEVES IN TURNING MUSIC INTO MONEY BY UTILIZING ARTISTIC PERFORMANCES FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD VIA POOLING AUDIENCE TICKET PURCHASES TO SUPPORT WORTHY COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS OR A SPOTLIGHT PARTNER. MDG PRODUCES A DISTINCTIVE PUBLIC CONCERT SERIES THAT INCORPORATES A VARIETY OF MUSICAL GENRES, INTERWOVEN WITH A CENTRAL PRODUCTION THEME, AND IN MANY INSTANCES, SPECIAL EXPERT GUESTS, TO ULTIMATELY TAKE AUDIENCES ON THOUGHT-PROVOKING JOURNEYS. Bosarge and executive/creative director David LaDuca have worked tirelessly, yet AND, MUSIC DOING GOOD IS ECSTATIC ABOUT THE CONTINUATION OF ITS creatively to propel MDG’s mission. Through its pioneering concept of “micro-phiPERFORMANCE SEASON in 2012! COUNT IT ALL GOOD, HOUSTON! lanthropy,” MDG ensures that each concert merges like-minded audiences who share a passion for helping others by offering levels of admission with tickets rangJulie Lambert, marketing, public relations & events manager for MDG, shares, “We ing from the minimum suggested concert donation price to the micro-philanare honored to be working with Ronny Cox (singer and veteran actor of thropy club level. Club level ticket purchasers pay more to secure a “Mix movies like Deliverance, Robocop and Total Recall) who will join us on March 9 at The Ensemble Theater for Art of the Singer Songwriter, Tix” (VIP) ticket, providing a two-fold benefit: Patrons not only enjoy an evening of storytelling and song, benefiting Healthcare for the the concert, but simultaneously support a worthy cause. Homeless-Houston. MDG aims to bring national talent to Additionally, “Mix-Tix” holders also enjoy an informal wine and Houston, like Grammy award-winning saxophonist Branford hors d’oeuvres pre-performance reception. Per LaDuca, “When Marsalis and the Joey Calderazzo Duo to – Houston –slated you come to our concerts, not only will you be entertained by for March 23 at The Hobby Center. This season, we are also a broad spectrum of world-class talent from our core artists launching Music Doing Good In Schools, an innovative, interand special guests, but you also get to meet and interact with disciplinary musical-arts outreach/enrichment program for individuals who share our vision for effecting great social Joey Calderazzo and students 7 to 18 years of age who want to heighten their crechange in the world through music.” Branford Marsalis ative skills. The program will culminate with a live musical proPhotography by duction, staged and presented by the participating students, on The 2011-2012 MDG performance schedule has already claimed Stephen Sheffield. May 10 at The Hobby Center. artistic merit with “BREAK THRU,” the season opener on October 21, 2011, at Rockefeller Hall that explored diverse musical genres on stages – NOW, HOW’S THAT FOR FEELING GOOD ABOUT DOING GOOD AND HAVspanning from Sam Cooke to Chopin – and proceeds of ticket sales benefited The ING A GOOD TIME DOING IT? Parish School. In November 2011, MDG premiered the performance/exhibit “Marilyn! Babydoll Reflects”– remarkably capturing famed Marilyn Monroe’s triFor more information about Music Doing Good and a complete listing of its umphs and troubles via a red carpet, gala affair filled with memorable music, a 2011-2012 season, please visit www.musicdoinggood.org or call 713.524.2854 world-class exhibit featuring Monroe’s personal memoirs and a fundraising opporx4923. 4203 Yoakum Boulevard, Suite 200 | Houston, Texas 77006 tunity to support The Harris School.
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gish at the movies
ROAD TRIPPIN’ IS FUN Once again, my friends at the By Sarah Gish Aurora Picture Show (www.aurorapictureshow.org) are road trippin’ it. Their first stop is Flickerlounge at DiverseWorks Artspace, with films by Marina Zurkow and Daniel Shiffman through 4/21. Then it’s Market Square for the “49th Ann Arbor Film Festival Tour” (3/2, 6pm) and finally, the Menil Collection Lawn for “Cinematic Graphite” (3/23, 8pm). This year’s 8th annual Houston Jewish Film Festival (www.erjcchouston.org/filmfest) has increased venues and now includes 14 Pews; the Holocaust Museum Houston; the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Studio Movie Grill at CityCentre. It’s onscreen 3/6-3/18, so check their website for the full list of offerings. 14 Pews (www.14pews.com) has a full slate of films this month, including Charlie Chaplin’s Gold Rush (3/5, 7pm) and the charming-sounding Happy Happy (3/23, 7:30pm).
MAIS OUI! Magnifique! This month folks around the world – and Houston – will celebrate “Le Mois de la Francophonie” (“French Cultures Festival”) and in honor of this special event, the French Alliance (www.afdehou.org) and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (www.mfah.org) have teamed up to bring back their “Five Funny French Films” series – check www.francophonie-texas.org for deets. Yippee! Animation will be rolling across the screen at the MFAH when they show “The Best of Ottawa International Animation Festival” on 3/16, 7pm & 3/18, 5pm. They’re also screening the documentary Come Back, Africa (3/3, 7pm; 3/4, 5pm; 3/9, 7pm), in which the graphic horrors of the apartheid South African government were secretly captured on film. One of their Jewish Film Fest entries is Mary Lou (3/11, 3pm), about an Israeli drag queen (who knew?!); it’s being presented in conjunction with QFest (www.q-fest.org) and Friends of Ernie (www.ernieontv.com). I’m super happy because Super Happy Fun Land (www.superhappyfunland.com) finally has a screening I can tell you about – DoggieWoggiez! PoochieWoochiez! (3/2) . Check them out, I promise you’ll have a good time in their funky little space. MANNERS AND ELECTRIC CARS The Community Cinema series (www.houstonpbs.org/events/community-cinema.html) offers free sneak preview screenings of upcoming documentaries that will air on “Independent Lens” on PBS. Locally, HoustonPBS (www.houstonpbs.org), Rice Media Center (www.ricecinema.rice.edu) and the Documentary Alliance (www.documentaryalliance.org) team up for these offerings; this month we get to learn more about something I’m very interested in with the film Revenge of the Electric Car (3/21, 7pm). Sundance Cinemas Houston (www.sundancecinemas.com) is going strong and apparently we Houstonians like the reserved seats thing since many of their screenings fill up! They’re continuing their series of National Theatre of London plays onscreen; this month features Shakespeare’s fabulous “The Comedy of Errors” (3/17, 12:30pm and 3/19, 7pm). Cross-pollination is happening this month when Musiqa (www.musiqa.org) presents “Crossings” on 3/31, 7:30pm, an evening of chamber music performed by Musiqa and special guest, Music from the Copland, complementing films picked out by Aurora Picture Show staff. The College of the Mainland is presenting an ongoing free Great Films Series (http://www.com.edu/arts-culture/film-series.php) and this month’s pick is Operation Petticoat (3/2, 7pm in the LRC Auditorium). I’m going to wrap up my column with a plea for manners. At a recent Rice Cinema screening, I experienced four noisy customers who had brought in their own popcorn AND soda cans, all of which became a secondary soundtrack to the film The Wizard of Oz (no, says director Charles Dove, food and drink aren’t allowed). When I told them 4 times to be quiet…and they weren’t, I was peeved. Just as peeved as I am at theatre texters. Please, please leave your bad manners at home so we can all enjoy movies on the big screen! It’s a shared experience I refuse to let go of, even if I have to kick some butt along the way.
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born cool. grow hip. By Pixie Ibañez
RAVELING WITH CHILDREN DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HELLISH. THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF FRAYED NERVES AND STRESS ARE THE BOREDOM FACTOR, KIDS REFUSING TO WALK THROUGH THE AIRPORT, AND MISSING LUGGAGE. WHICH MEANS THE KEY TO A PLEASANT, STRESS-FREE JOURNEY IS HAVING GOOD ENTERTAINMENT AND ADEQUATE TRAVEL GEAR. HERE ARE A FEW MUST-HAVES TO MAKE YOUR TRIP A LITTLE MORE EASY-BREEZY.
dB Logic- EP-100 earphones with highperformance sound quality and distortionfree SPL2 technology. www.dBLogic.com iPad®, Nintendo® 3DS, Scrabble® Slam! card game, LeapPad® Tablet. www.target.com
Mark-My-Time digital bookmark, reading timer and booklight. www.mark-my-time.com
Pack and Ride- Ride On Carry On is a children’s chair that instantly attaches to any wheeled carry-on luggage converting it into a travel stroller. It safely transports any child 8 months to 5 years. The headrest converts to a handy tray table for eating and playing. It folds flat on your luggage to go through security and stow without removing. www.rideoncarryon.com
Confections by Shara’s Paperie- Personalized luggage tags. www.confectionsbysharaspaperie.com
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PsiBands- Drug-free wristbands for nausea relief. www.psibands.com
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1. Proenza Schuler Dakota Tribal Dress, retail $3450, rental $400 2. Lucy Sykes Rellie 3. Judith Leiber Gold Fortune Cookie Clutch, retail $1995, rental $225
Interview by Lance Scott Walker
AFTER GAINING NOTABILITY AS THE FASHION DIRECTOR AT MARIE CLAIRE MAGAZINE, A 2 POST SHE HELD FROM 2001 TO 2007, LUCY SYKES RELLIE VENTURED OFF INTO A MULTITUDE OF PROJECTS, BOTH HER OWN AND AS A CONSULTANT AND COMMENTATOR FOR NUMEROUS PUBLICATIONS, NETWORKS AND DESIGNERS. LAST SUMMER, SHE JOINED UP WITH ONLINE CLOTHING BOUTIQUE RENT THE RUNWAY, AND TOOK THE REINS THERE IN JANUARY.
YOU’VE GOT THE NEW TITLE—YOU’RE FASHION DIRECTOR NOW. WHAT CHANGES ABOUT YOUR ROLE? Everything. I think being a Fashion Director on a magazine or a site or a fashion company—it’s basically that you’re wearing every single hat. You’re seeing what dresses sell really well, you’re brokering deals with designers, you are helping real people, real clients choose the best dress that they can do, you are working on site visually and shooting, collaborating with incredible photographers and makeup artists and stylists, so it’s a little bit of everything.
nect with that girl, or woman, who wants that incredible dress, and how I’m going to shoot that dress, how I’m going to portray that dress, how that dress fits her personality or her character, and that actually, the dress can change your life. It can change your evening, it can change your world, it can change everything. And that’s, I think, the message that got me to work here, because I think the Cinderella makeover is just the most compelling thing in the world to me, to see a girl in jeans and then see her in a gown, with hair and makeup and jewelry. That’s what gets me. That’s it. That’s the thing that gets me to come here every day, and that’s what really represents for me a Cinderella moment, and I think I’m a Fairy Godmother (laughs).
WHAT ABOUT PERSONALLY—THINGS THAT YOU’VE SEEN THAT YOU WANTED TO CHANGE, DESIGNERS YOU WANTED TO BRING IN, FOCUSES THAT YOU WANTED TO CHANGE THAT YOU NOW GET TO? Well, we just brought on Alexis Bittar, who is one of the most highly regarded accessory jewelry designers in America. He’s actually Nordstrom’s biggest seller, and he is one of the very few designers left in America that makes every single piece of his jewelry by hand; has a factory in Brooklyn with 400 workers. And to get people of that level, who are so highly respected and known, but who are also just good, good people and good business people, and are helping everyone, it’s really wonderful.
WHAT KIND OF STORIES COME TO MIND IN THAT RESPECT? I don’t even know where to start. I mean, from “this was the most incredible night of my life,” to “I fell in love,” to “I got engaged.” It just goes on and on and on. It’s such an emotional process, wearing a dress. For any married woman, her wedding dress is the most important thing because of what happens on that night, and these girls who are – it’s so amazing they have so many parties to go to! And in the most wonderful way. They already have a lot of self-esteem, and really want to look incredible all the time, and they want more than one dress. They want a couple, or three. They just want to look better and better and better, and that’s what we’re providing—for that girl to look like a billion dollars, when she usually couldn’t afford to go into Bergdorf Goodman and get that kind of service. And also here, which I think is extraordinary, is that there are stylists on the phone to talk to each individual woman about her body size, body shape, and also they’ve got hair and makeup, jewelry, accessories … actually very personalized service, even more than you’d get walking into a high level department store, where they kind of ignore you if you’re not carrying a Chanel purse. So I think they really like that.
ARE YOU FOCUSING ON NEW TECHNOLOGIES THAT YOU’RE APPLYING? Oh yeah, which is very interesting for someone like me! I’ve been learning more than I ever thought I would. I very much come from a creative background, and technology I think has been very creative, actually, and it’s really exciting. The whole thing is online. The whole experience is online, and therefore, trying to really con-
Herve Leger Cherry on Top Dress, retail $1050, rental $100
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AUDRA MARTIN D’AROMA age 35 sign Libra origin Houston occupation Author of The Galveston Chronicles
ARPAN GUPTA age 35 sign Cancer origin Indian American (Hoboken, NJ) occupation President of Carnegie Construction and COO of Perfect K&C International
people of houston Photography by Anthony Rathbun
1. AUDRA MARTIN D’AROMA •WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP? Barney’s Co-op or shopbop.com. •WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TREND? Asymmetrical dresses.
MARIANNA BRYANT age 27 sign Pisces origin Houston, TX occupation Image Consultant/ Women’s Buyer for Fashion Studio
•WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SOUVENIR? A string bracelet made by a street vendor in Montmartre. My husband and I bought them matching as a joke and then he proposed in the same place a few years later. •WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO HANG OUT? The west end of Galveston. 2. ARPAN GUPTA •IF YOU COULD MEET A CELEBRITY, WHO WOULD IT BE? Colby Smulders. •WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT? “Friends” reruns. •WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO GO ON YOUR NEXT VACATION? Brazil. •IF YOU NEVER HAD TO WORK, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? My own attempt at Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations.” 3. MARIANNA BRYANT •WHAT IS THE WORST FASHION TREND YOU LOVED? Platform sneakers (Spice Girl kind). •IF YOU COULD MEET A CELEBRITY, WHO WOULD IT BE? I would love-love-love to meet Sofia Vergara. •WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SOUVENIR? A skeleton key that a friend gave to me after a Vegas trip. •WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT? Laughter.
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Kiss My Face’s Peace Soap supports Seeds of Peace, an organization that aims to develop relationships and leadership skills among young people from regions of conflict. 10% of profits are donated to the organization. The new castile soap is formulated with 100% natural ingredients including olive, coconut and jojoba oils and is biodegradable, environmentally friendly and good for cleaning just about anything! (2) Salma Hayek’s Nuance ultra gloss lip gloss in a perfect pink and Curl Cream with blue agave extracts for smooth frizz control. (3)
You take flawless care of your skin, but don’t let your hands give your real age away! La Prairie’s White Caviar Illuminating Hand Cream SPF 15. (4)
SK-II Skin Signature Eye Cream boasts an innovative capsule technology which gradually releases key ingredients into the skin when it is exposed to environmental or internal stress. (8)
Simple, effective skincare with a cult following. Jo Malone’s Vitamin E Specialist Skin Care’s light formulation helps combat free radical damage plus has broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. (1)
BEAUTYOVERDOSE Launched on November 1, 2011, vbeauté is a line of anti-aging and protective skincare products developed from only the most exclusive botanicals and bio-technology of Switzerland. The line delays the aging of skin before it happens and is paraben-, gluten-, nut- and fragrance-free – plus it’s not tested on animals! (6)
Clinique’s Moisture Surge Intense is a more elevated version of the brands best seller, Moisture Surge. The formula packs a one-two punch with maximum hydration plus moisture barrier repair technology for healthy, dewy, supple skin that stays comfortably pumped for up to 24 hours. (5)
NaturaBisse’s NB-Ceutical Tolerance Enzyme Peel is formulated with prickly pear and papaya extracts to exfoliate and renew the skin by stimulating a natural self-exfoliating process. Botanical extracts of chamomile soothe, decongest and maintain the skin’s natural pH balance. (7)
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things i like
By Carla Valencia de Martinez Photography by Sofia van der Dys
There’s nothing quite like the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. We are so lucky to have such a renowned collection. Equally as amazing is the bookstore. The shelves of books are inspirational.
I love tie-dye. It’s a problem. But I couldn’t resist the new hippie collection for Skidless by yogitoes. I will be radiating happy, hippie peace during my yoga sessions. Namaste!
I love Caldrea’s refrigerator freshener. An organic material, which looks like loose rocks, called zeolite absorbs odors. The rocks are refreshed monthly by emptying the zeolite onto a flat tray and placing in direct sunlight for 2-3 hours. Repeat and reuse indefinitely. Available at caldrea.com
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y by Gabriel
One of my gal pals gave me this cookbook and I just can’t get enough of the recipes! I love Clean Eating magazine and the book summarizes all the wonderful recipes to keep me and my body clean!
Last month my trusty juicer died. I mourned for 4 days and saw my skin, energy, happiness and vitality go to shit. Seriously, I am not being dramatic here. So I got a Hurom slow juicer and am smitten. Plus I’m back to feeling wonderful.
Jo Malone London does scents flawlessly. I can’t see the reason in needing more perfumes than really two. But if you’re Jo Malone London and you keep creating new fabulous scents season after season, what is a consumer to do other than give in? So, good luck picking one of these fabulous London Blooms Collection. I’m a Peony & Moss kinda gal.
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costume for cocktails
ANTHROPOLOGIE - 4066 Westheimer Rd. 713.840.9428 FREE PEOPLE - 5135 W. Alabama 713.439.0307 TARGET - 2580 Shearn St. 713.331.0377
Styling by Beatrice Allen Photography by Gabriella Nissen Illustration by Alex Rosa
A Vacation from Ordinary
This luxurious coconut body butter is all you need to be in a vacation state of mind. Coconut body Butter @ Target
Let your inner hippie out with crochet. It’s a tight-knit crochet so you don’t get that I’m-onlywearing-threads feeling. Free People
WE BARELY HAD A WINTER AND SPRING IS NOW UPON US. OUR MILD TEMPERATURE HAS US PUTTING AWAY OUR WINTER WEAR AND REACHING FOR BRIGHT, FUN, AIRY PIECES TO WELCOME SUNNY WEATHER.
The print on these pants has us going bananas! We want every piece in this bright pattern. An instant vacation from boring. www.showmeyourmumu.com Although not an option for the well-endowed, these little bralettes are awesome. Zero support but you get to feel like you’re in a swimsuit all day. Bralette @ Free People These sandals are the epitome of simple chic. The natural
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leather complements your skin tone and will only get better with age. Nausicaa sandal @ www.ancientgreeksandals.com or www.shopbop.com At $38 this necklace is a steal. The substantial weight and elements make it a gem. Necklace @ Anthropologie Although scores of college kids flock to this brand for their travel sets, there’s no reason they aren’t suitable for adults. With colors like this French blue, you get a perfectly durable nylon exterior with stark tan leather touches. Luggage set @ www.johnhartdesign.com
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Photography by Sofia van der Dys
pinto ranch fine western wear
WALTER PYE | CEO AND PRESIDENT
1717 POST OAK BLVD., HOUSTON, TX 77056 713.333.7900 | WWW.PINTORANCH.COM YEARS IN OPERATION 8
HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS BUSINESS? I’m a fourth generation Texan, born into the retail family who opened the first men’s apparel store in downtown Houston. WHAT OR WHO INSPIRES YOU? My father, H. Walter Pye, Sr., was born during the Depression and started with nothing. He loved retail and died doing what he loved doing – working in the store. WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER STORES? Pinto Ranch only deals in quality Western wear. We hand-select designer fashions and fine Southwestern jewelry while representing ten expert silversmiths and carrying the largest handmade boot inventory in the U.S.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE ITEMS IN YOUR SHOP NOW? Our private-label handmade boots, the YY Collection. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS NEW THIS SEASON THAT IS GOING TO BE BIG? Boots made from exotic skins: alligator, lizard, python, rattlesnake, crocodile, kangaroo, elephant and ostrich.
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Functional design meets Tokyo’s fashion-forward life style in this perfect partnership of Incase and BEAMS. Multiple pockets, padded interior compartments for your favorite devices and sleek leather/denim outside look, these limited edition packs are must-haves. www.goincase.com/beams
By now you’ve seen the commercials for Bud Light Platinum and are wondering what the hype is all about. With a subtly sweet undertone and higher alcohol by volume (6%), packaged in its signature cobalt blue bottle, Bud Light Platinum is an upscale light beer option to fit your social agenda.
WHEREVER I MAY ROAM THIS BRAND-NEW HYT WATCH IS A TECHNOLOGICAL WONDER. IT LOOKS LIKE THE INSIDE OF MAD SCIENTIST ROBOT, COMPLETE WITH RADIATORLOOKING, GREEN, ROTATING FLUID ENGINE (WHICH ACTUALLY PROPELS THE HYDROMECHANICAL SYSTEM POWER). THIS TIMEPIECE PROMISES TO BE A SHOW-STOPPER AT BASELWORLD IN MARCH (WWW.BASELWORLD.COM) WHEN IT WILL BE RELEASED. WWW.HYTWATCHES.COM.
On the road, one might not always have the convenience of an outlet to plug in an iPhone charger. Etón’s Mobius solves the dilemma brilliantly with sunlight. The rechargeable battery case allows you to soak up the solar rays to keep your phone fully juiced up while on the go. Available for iPhone 4/4s. www.etoncorp.com
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The urban classic brand Converse collaborates with the awesome cartoon band Gorillaz to come up with an exclusive footwear line based on James Hewlett’s quirky characters’ design. The collection is available at retail stores and online at www.converse.com.
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By Carla Valencia de Martinez Photography by Gabriella Nissen Assisted by Melissa Perez
Models: Nida Khurshid & Chelsea Morgensen for Page. 713 Hair: Makeup by Edward Sanchez Styled by Carla Valencia de Martinez & Beatrice Allen Assisted by Pixie Iba単ez Models clothing all Neiman Marcus
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WON’T TRAVEL WITHOUT... My black Prada boots...my fav! HOT FOR SPRING... I am loving the bright, primary colors. Can’t wait to wear my patent green Sperrys! Never had a pair in my life, but they also never came in bright green patent either! FASHION TIPS... Copy the designers’ look books for styles you like plus great professional styling tips that anyone can follow. FASHION NO-NO’S... Knock-offs of designer bags. BEST FASHION MOMENT... Winning the young couture award from Emilio Pucci and spending time studying at the Emilio Pucci castle in Florence, Italy. FASHION MUSE... Each and every new model I scout – she becomes the muse as to how to package and brand her according to her strengths and rock her world!
PAGE PARKES-EVELTH CO-OWNER PAGE PARKES CORPORATION
ull disclosure – I’ve known Page Parkes-Evelth for 13+ years. She continues to grow and advance professionally in her career field and in her personal life. I had the honor of meeting her handsome hubby last month at Tootsies’ Love’s in Fashion, A Valentine’s Fundraiser benefiting The Orange Show, and more clearly understand how she does it all. But how did she get into fashion? “As a young girl, my mom seemed to notice my love for fashion design, and my lack of GREAT math grades...she arranged for me to apply to the American College of Fashion! I was accepted and the journey began.” Her latest endeavor is a new modeling E! series, Scouted, which premiered to huge fanfare last fall. Her agency is the largest modeling and acting agency in the Southwestern United States, and Parkes-Evelth has set a name for herself especially with discoveries of Channing Tatum and Alexis Bledel.
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TARA BRIVIC CELEBRITY STYLIST on’t underestimate the power behind this tiny fashionista. Tara Brivic is a veteran in the styling world with over 20 years under her belt. She started at Harper’s Bazaar and has steadily been busy. The godmother of local rapper Paul Wall’s two children, Brivic’s most important project to date has been a labor of love. She has spent the last two years working on what she dubs “The Broken Hearts Club.” “Over the last decade as a stylist I have watched so many amazing clients from the super rich to the super broke & famous...get divorced and lose their entire identity.” She was inspired by her work five years ago with the Make A Wish Foundation and how those kids just changed “when we would bring them racks of clothes and do amazing shoots with hair and makeup – I learned then how truly powerful fashion could be.” Brivic saw the same sadness and loss in women after divorce. “These women needed to learn how to get their sexy back and LOVE THEMSELVES.” Through the Club she helps women get rid of wedding gowns (by donating them to places that reuse them for women who cannot afford them), gifts, clothes, jewelry, purses, etc., eliminating the resale experience for those who can’t do it.
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ool as a cucumber, Gilbert is rather nonchalant about fashion. He just gets it. And this is crystal clear as we chat over the shoot for this spread. He sort of stumbled into fashion through his first job at Structure. Fast forward to today and Gilbert has worked at some of the best stores in town including YSL, Jimmy Choo and Missoni. “Working in retail has made fashion special to me because it is a true way to express yourself. Fashion is for you and no one else, and when you embrace that you truly understand what it is.” Gilbert shares that most people live and die by trends and very few stores get them right. “I hate trends; it’s an easy way to blow money. Zara gets it right. I find basics there.” He suggests a few great men’s basics: a sport coat that is versatile, a couple shoe options and a lot of shirts.
C DAVID GILBERT MANAGER AT CHRISTIAN DIOR GALLERIA
NEVER LEAVES WITHOUT.. “My Augustus Rag handkerchief and bandana. Handmade in Texas, all the fabrics are hand-picked by one guy. It’s very cool – urban meets the country.
FASHION TIPS... Whatever you wear, cheap, expensive, old, new, make sure it fits (just go talk to a tailor and ask if you are unsure). And, if you can’t walk in heels, don’t do it.” Forthcoming and direct, we appreciate Gilbert’s sincerity.
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his dentist by day is quite the chic chef by night. Always inspired by fashion, Layla had wanted to start a blog to share her style and shopping tips many years ago but a heavy graduate schedule kept her busy. In January she finally found the time to launch her blog and is pretty consistent with daily updates. “When I was in dental school, fashion blogs got big and I wanted to do it, but I just never had the time.” Layla found herself buying cute clothes, mixing and matching designer pieces with more affordable lines and had them hanging in her closet with the tags intact. So she started sharing those looks on her blog. What makes her site even cuter is that a girl can’t do this alone. Married for three years, her husband shoots all the photos of Layla for the blog. “I believe fashion is a means of self-expression. It can give others insight into your personality without even uttering a single word.” Layla’s choices for putting together her looks instantly put a smile on your face.
LAYLA ASGARI CHICHEFBLOG.COM
FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP... I do a lot of online: shopbob.com, asos.com, topshop. In The Galleria, basically Saks, BCBG, JCrew, Jimmy Choo and Gucci. WON’T TRAVEL WITHOUT... Hats! I love hats of all shapes and sizes. HOT FOR SPRING... Neons, bright colors and color-blocking. FASHION NO NO’S... Don’t just go with the trends. BEST FASHION MOMENT... My first pair of Louboutins. FAVORITE RESTAURANTS... I love Benjy’s. I love steak so Morton’s and Fleming’s. I like Ruggles Green because of the gluten-free options. I love the Counter and I love Soma for sushi.
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DAWN BELL STYLIST
FASHION TIPS... Don’t put yourself in a box! Play around with different styles. Never go for one look from head to toe. FASHION NO NO’S... Following trends! Knowing your body and what looks best on it is so important to pulling off any look. BEST FASHION MOMENT... Getting a phone call from Janie Bryant, costume designer for the AMC series Mad Men. I’m a huge fan of her work, and have a very large collection of vintage myself. Janie understands the psychology behind dressing so well. We had the best discussion about dressing a couple of the female leads in Mad Men. She challenged me with finding particular pieces for one of the characters. That was a pretty terrific moment for me. FASHION MUSE... The work of Grace Coddington and all of the beautiful stories she tells with fashion is highly inspiring.
’ll never forget the first time I met Dawn Bell. From her perfectly pale skin, to her slow Southern drawl, to her very unique style, Bell is a true Belle. Not surprising, her first job in the fashion industry was modeling for Saks Fifth Ave. in New Orleans during the 80’s. “Through modeling I was able to get a glimpse of other jobs in the industry. I loved the behind the scenes goings-on, and became more interested in helping to make that happen. I volunteered countless hours helping to coordinate big designer shows that came into town. I transitioned from model to runway production.” Her life pulled her away from fashion for 20 years until she came back and opened Coronation Vintage in the Heights. “Fashion has always been an important part of my life. I can remember watching my mother get dressed up in glamorous outfits; this began my great love affair with clothing. It’s so special to me because it’s a real expression of what you feel on the inside. I love being able to express a mood with my clothing.”
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ROZ PACTOR FASHION BLOGGER
ever out without her red glasses, Pactor’s been in the heart of retail for over 30 years. She started out as a buyer, Visual Director and VP Fashion Director for 11 Foley’s stores. Pactor knew she would be in the fashion world at the tender age of 4. “I would model each outfit I received for my birthday presents for my adoring dad who sat there with a movie camera. I accessorized them and hammed it up for the filmmaker. I wanted to be a model and loved fashion from the very beginning.” But, alas, Pactor realized “the BIG PROBLEM... I was a munchkin in a stiletto world.”
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WON’T TRAVEL WITHOUT... A lot of neutrals – black, white or nude depending on time of year; mostly knits that I can roll up well and can be worn multiple ways. I always travel with bags of shoes and accessories that can either be a pop of color or can just make those basics no longer look basic but chic! HOT FOR SPRING... I love all of the skirt optionS. I’m a skirt and dress girl. FASHION NO NO’S... I’m getting really tired of cleavage; make sure that it’s appropriate for the place and the audience. No panty lines!!! Wear proper undergarments; even if you are thin, Spanx® can keep you smooth.
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VICTOR PUENTES STYLIST
ollowing studies in consumer science and merchandising at the University of Houston, Puentes, the consummate stylist, started working at a boutique and within months went from sales to managing, then to buying. One thing led to another and he realized he needed an outlet for his creativity, and styling was the most logical step for him. Puentes is most fulfilled when he is able to conceptualize, deliver visions and interpret fashion. “Fashion is a form of expression. I have shaped many of my life decisions around fashion whether joining a soccer team simply because of their uniform or adding excitement to any experience because of what I am wearing or others are wearing. Fashion has always given me a way to express myself and now to interpret the visions and inspirations of others,” he shares.
Shot on location at La Colombe d’Or, one of the world’s smallets luxury hotels. Last year the historic landmark entered its 30th anniversary with an extensive renovation and restoration. Originally built in 1923 by legendary wildcatter W. W. Fondren, known for founding Humble Oil, which later became Exxon, the Fondren Mansion, as it was known then, was purchased by Steven Zimmerman in 1979. A year later Zimmerman debuted La Colombe d’Or, initially encompassing just the hotel and restaurant. Further additions included The Villas at the Court of Colombe, residential-style and one-and two bedroom apartment suites clustered around a lush, central courtyard and the Grand Salon. The focal point of The Grand Salon pavilion is the exquisite ballroom, featuring 300-year-old wood panels from the French country chateau of Count and Countss Greffulhue. The pieces were acquired from another oil icon, John Mecom. After spending an entire day shooting for this layout, our entire production team walked away smitten with the Great Gatsby-esque property.
Blazer, pants and shirt, Armani Collezioni Sweater: Simon Spurr WON’T TRAVEL WITHOUT... I always travel with a notebook. I love to write down what inspires me, and many times I reference my notebook when I am working on a project. HOT FOR SPRING... I am looking forward to color and eccentricity. FASHION NO NO’S... The overuse of the words “fabulous” and “fierce” to describe fashion. Both words have lost their strength and I would much rather say something is beautiful. FASHION MUSE... Marcello Mastroianni. The first time I saw Marcello Mastroianni in “La Dolce Vita.” I was so inspired by his style. His style has substance.
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Boarding THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE A NEW DESTINATION OR ADVENTURE TO RESET YOUR BRAIN, ESPECIALLY IF THE PLACE IS NEW OR HAS A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE AND TAKES YOU OUT OF YOUR ELEMENT – I LOVE LEARNING NEW THINGS, TASTING NEW FLAVORS, DISCOVERING NEW COLORS AND CUSTOMS, CREATING MEMORIES ASSOCIATED WITH SMELLS, SENSATIONS AND NEW DISCOVERIES. SANDRA RAMANI HAS THE DAUNTING TASK OF VISITING THE FOLLOWING DESTINATIONS. ALTHOUGH TWO ARE FAR, THEY SHOULD ENTICE YOUR WANDERLUST.
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BOTSWANA by SAFARI B
OTSWANA HAS LONG BEEN A FAVORITE WITH INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS – THANKS IN LARGE PART TO ITS POLITICAL STABILITY (IT’S BEEN DEMOCRATIC SINCE THE 1960S), WEALTH OF WILDLIFE AND WARM, WELCOMING PEOPLE. ON A RECENT TRIP, WE GOT TO CHECK OUT THE HEART OF THE LANDLOCKED SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRY WITH VISITS TO THREE ORIENT-EXPRESS SAFARI CAMPS, EACH HIGHLIGHTING A DIFFERENT PART OF THIS NATURAL WONDERLAND.
Our trip began at Savute Elephant Camp, set in a northern part of Chobe National Park known for its high concentration of Kalahari elephants. Plenty of other animals call the area home, too, as we quickly found out: On the drive from the airstrip to the camp, our guide spotted a pack of rare wild dogs quenching their thirst in a creek. Over the next two days, we settled into a rhythm of 5am wake-up calls (delivered in person along with coffee and a fresh-baked muffin), followed by early-morning game drives along the rocky outcrops and river beds of the savannah. Kudu, impala, buffalo, giraffe and colorful migrant birds were just some of the 300 resident species that kept us company. After a delicious brunch back at the lodge, some downtime in the deluxe tents (which have hardwood floors, A/C and canopy beds) and a hearty English-style afternoon tea (there’s no going hungry on safari!), it was time for an evening game drive topped off with sundowner drinks out in the bush – then swapping stories with other guests over dinner at camp.
Next up was Khwai River Lodge, located near the floodplains of the Moremi Wildlife Reserve, the first preserve to be established by local tribes (instead of Colonial residents). Thanks to its riverside setting, this lodge is all about the hippos – their deep, hearty chuckles echo throughout the
camp, and it’s not unusual to hear them munching on trees around the tents. (As at all O-E camps, guests must be escorted back to their tents at night, since animals may roam freely on property.) The day’s schedule is similar here, though the topography and animal life is varied; warthogs, wildebeest, zebra and lions join elephant and giraffe herds along the delta. This camp is also a bit larger than its sisters (with 15 tents), and is the only one to feature a oneroom spa, where nourishing massages and facials are done with natural, South African-made Africology products. Our last stop, Eagle Island Camp, enjoys a unique setting on an island in the Okavango Delta. A web of waterways and lush vegetation surround the camp, which is fronted by a lagoon; the camp bar, overlooking the water, is a lovely place for a sunset drink. Along with traditional on-land jeep safaris, stays here also include a helicopter safari – a thrilling 30-minute ride over the delta in a doorless chopper – and combination canoe rides/walking safaris to nearby islands; the latter offer an up-close perspective on the land and wildlife, as the expert guides point out animal tracks, hidden shelters and unusual flora. Guests can also visit a nearby island village, meet with residents and browse the excellent handicrafts at the market – just a glimpse at the human element that helps make Botswana so special. www.orient-express-safaris.co.za
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SPRING CREEK RANCH, WYOMING & TIDES INN, VIRGINIA
NLY HAVE A FEW VACATION DAYS TO SPARE? WE FOUND TWO DOMESTIC DESTINATIONS THAT WILL HAVE YOU FEELING RELAXED AND INVIGORATED—JUST A DIRECT FLIGHT AWAY.
SPRING CREEK RANCH, WYOMING Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is an interesting mix of old-school and new money – a place where you’ll see cowboys strolling around the town square and steak on every menu, but where you may also spot celebs and overhear conversations about the joys of private planes. Located just outside of town, Spring Creek Ranch perfectly embodies this mix by providing deluxe accommodations and gourmet food with plenty of down-toearth charm. Set 1,000 feet above town and surrounded by views of the Teton Mountains, the property features a wildlife sanctuary and tons of trails for walking, biking and horseback riding. The accommodations are spread out, too, giving the place a more residential feel: In addition to classic hotel rooms, there are two-bedroom condos and larger villas, both with fully-equipped kitchens and living areas perfect for families or groups of friends. (Kids’ rooms even come with stuffed animals.) Fireplaces, wool throws and bags of Cowboy Coffee help guests warm up after a day on the slopes – as will a hot toddy and plate of Cajun-spiced elk tenderloin in the Granary Restaurant. WHAT TO DO: In winter, Jackson Hole is ski central, and the hotel can facilitate lift tickets and transport, as well as other activities like snow shoe hikes, dog sledding and sleigh rides in the National Elk Refuge. Yellowstone National Park is also nearby, and Spring Creek offers naturalist-led day trips to the park all year round, as well as overnights in the park and photo safaris in the Grand Tetons. After all the adventure, indulge in a juniper-and-pine massage at the on-site Wilderness Adventure Spa. www.springcreekranch.com
GETTING THERE: United Airlines offers twice-weekly direct flights between Houston and Jackson Hole (JAC) during the summer season.
TIDES INN, VIRGINIA In 1947, a former 18thcentury Virginia family farm was re-launched as the Tides Inn Hotel – and quickly became one of the premier small hotels along the Mid-Atlantic coast. Over the decades, the property has grown and changed – facilities now include a fine dining restaurant, all-natural spa, marina with sailing school and golf courses – but the homey, Southern atmosphere and family-friendly vibe remain happily intact. This is a place that welcomes guests with lemonade and fresh chocolate chip cookies by the front door, treats them to s’mores roasting in the evenings, and chats to them like old friends from the minute they check in. The hotel is perched on Carters Creek, near the Rappahannock River in Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay area. Most rooms have water views, along with a comfortable, British Colonial-inspired décor. (The vibe is a bit Old World, but you’ll still find Egyptian cotton linens, DVD players, Wi-Fi and other modern touches.) The quaint town of Irvington, with its indie boutiques, restaurants and weekly farmers market, is just a short walk or bike ride away (bike can be borrowed from the bell stand). The on-site spa recently switched to an all-natural menu, and now offers services like ginger-andhoney body scrubs, jasmine flower wraps and arnica massages. WHAT TO DO: If you’ve got your sea legs – or are willing to earn them – sign up for a class from the on-site sailing school, which sets off from the hotel’s marina. Classes range from a few hours to multi-day certification programs, and are suitable for most ages. Landlubbers may want to book a round of golf (the hotel’s courses are a short drive away), explore the region’s many vineyards and wineries (tastings can be arranged) or schedule their stays during one of Executive Chef TV Flynn’s mouth-watering, bi-monthly Cuisine of the Season four-course wine dinners. www.tidesinn.com GETTING THERE: Continental offers direct flights to Richmond Airport (RIC), a 75minute drive away from the Inn.
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OR AN ISLAND-NATION WITH A POPULATION OF JUST OVER 5 MILLION, SINGAPORE SURE GENERATES A LOT OF BUZZ. FROM SWANKY HOTELS AND FUTURISTIC NEW DEVELOPMENTS TO AN ICONIC FOOD SCENE (“TOP CHEF” SET A FINALE HERE), THESE ISLETS TUCKED BETWEEN MALAYSIA AND INDONESIA HAVE BECOME A SYMBOL OF MODERN ASIA. A UNIQUE MIX OF CHINESE, MALAYSIAN, INDIAN AND NATIVE SINGAPOREAN CULTURES (THERE ARE FOUR OFFICIAL LANGUAGES HERE), IT’S A PLACE WHERE LOCALS CELEBRATE CHINESE NEW YEAR AND DIWALI WITH EQUAL GUSTO, WHERE COLONIAL-ERA ARCHITECTURE AND TONS OF GREEN SPACES MINGLE WITH ULTRA-MODERN ADDITIONS (THINK “FLOATING” NIGHTCLUBS), AND WHERE TRAVELERS FROM ALL NATIONS WILL FEEL RIGHT AT HOME. AND WITH SINGAPORE AIRLINES’ NEW A380 SERVICE FROM NEW YORK (WITH CONNECTIONS FROM HOUSTON), IT’S NOW EVEN EASIER TO HEAD TO THIS EASTERN HOTSPOT. Culture & History: For the best insight into this diverse city-state, explore its ethnic neighborhoods. Start at the Chinatown Heritage Center on Pagoda Street, which traces the history of the Chinese migrant workers, then visit the nearby Trengganu Street pedestrian mall and beautiful, statue-filled Buddhist temple. Over in Little India, the main blocks along Serangoon Road are teeming with restaurants and fabric and jewelry shops; don’t miss a visit to the legendary Mustafa, a mega-store stocking everything from groceries to electronics, open 24/7. And over on pedestrian Bussorah Street, near the grand Sultan Mosque, you’ll find create-your-own perfume shops and cute cafes hosting live jazz at night, while nearby Haji Lane is home to trendy designer boutiques (we love Pluck for its mix of quirky gift items and homemade ice cream) and speakeasy-style bars.
twist on Singaporean specialties. And don’t miss a traditional on-the-go breakfast of kaya toast (toast with an egg-coconut jam) and coffee sweetened with condensed milk. Sleep Tight: For the best views and a central location, check in to The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore (www.ritzcarlton.com), where the floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the bay, the halls display a world-class art collection, and the shimmering pool is the perfect cure for the tropical heat. Laksa
Photo credit: Singapore Tourism Board.
Architectural Wonders: Singapore’s historic neighborhoods are great places to spot traditional architecture, from restored Chinese shop houses to South Indian-style Hindu temples. Head down to the water, though, and suddenly you’re in the future. Fronted by an upscale mall and two over-water modern cubes (one housing a Louis Vuitton store, the other the swank Pangaea and Avalon clubs), the Marina Bay Sands hotel is made up of two shimmering hotel/casino towers connected at the 57th floor by a cantilevered SkyPark—a gravitydefying space complete with swimming pool, observation deck and lounge (a must for an evening cocktail.) Across the water, Gardens by the Bay (phase one set to open this summer) is a billion-dollar collection of botanical gardens from around the world, indoor cloud forests and massive “super trees” that look straight out of “Avatar.” Feeding Frenzy: For many guests, Singapore is all about the food— both high end and hawker. The best cheap eats are found in openair hawker food halls, where dozens of stalls serve pan-Asian specialties (mainly Chinese and Malay) and fresh juices. Some of the dishes may seem unfamiliar but, at a dollar or two a plate, you can afford to be adventurous. For off-the-menu treats, casual-chic Open Door Policy serves artfully-presented Asian-inspired dishes, while at Wild Rocket, lawyer-turned-celeb chef Willin Low puts an innovative
FLYING RIGHT Singapore Airlines (www.singaporeair.com) has long-been considered one of the globe’s top carriers, and after a visit to their Singapore training center, we know why: Flight attendants undergo three-and-a-half months of training (the longest in the industry) in everything from safety to grooming. We asked former attendant-turned-training manager, Foo Juat Fang, for some of her top travel tips: PACKING UP: Roll clothes to save space (and cut down on creases), and pack a laundry bag so you can separate dirty clothes as you go along. IN THE AIR: Stay hydrated—a good rule is to drink 1 liter of water for every hour of flying time—and be sure to move around and do in-seat exercises, like leg lifts and ankle circles, to boost circulation. Try to limit alcohol, as its effects are intensified in the air. Travel in loose clothing (natural fibers are best to avoid static), and skip the tight footwear since feet will expand. ON THE GROUND: Get to know your destination through its everyday activities. Visit markets, supermarkets, pharmacies—places where you’ll interact with locals and experience the culture.
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Greg Scheinman is an Associate at Insgroup Inc., the 4th largest independent insurance agency in Houston. Greg also plays host to some of Houston’s most influential CEOs, entrepreneurs and risk-takers on his PBS television talk show, Profile with Greg Scheinman, which airs Thursdays at 10:30pm on Houston PBS Ch.8 (email@example.com).
steve dewire GM | HYATT REGENCY LOST PINES
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Steve Dewire is a Hyatt man. He speaks with passion and conviction about the company he has been with for over 36 years and with an excitement of a kid just starting out. He began his career with Hyatt as a transportation driver and has worked his way steadily up the ranks to become the General Manager of The Hyatt Lost Pines Resort located just outside Austin/Bastrop. The 405-acre Hyatt resort opened June 2006 and delivers a luxurious Texas wilderness escape, set in the beautiful Lost Pines region of Central Texas, The resort adjoins the 1,100-acre McKinney Roughs Nature Park and has a mile of river frontage on the Colorado River, and is just a 2½-hour drive from Houston, which makes it perfect for the TELL ME ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND WITH HYATT? 36 years, all with Hyatt. I’ve moved around the country starting as a transportation driver and worked my way up to opening up the Hyatt in Beaver Creek and then the Hyatt Tamaya, where we were working on behalf of 750 tribal members and I had the privilege to learn all about their culture. The opportunity to open up Lost Pines was very unique and that’s what drew me here from New Mexico. It has been an experience not only throughout my entire career with Hyatt, but one specifically at Lost Pines that has really allowed me to grow and to establish a resort where families make memories. This location offers so much with all of our equine activities and the unique experiences that everyone can enjoy. This is actually my third time living in Texas, starting with the downtown location on Louisiana as executive housekeeper, moved out to Tennessee and then Chicago and then back to Texas in West Houston Hyatt. WHERE WERE YOU RAISED? I was raised in Lynchberg, Virginia. Moved to Florida at 18 where I met my wife in high school and then got my first job with Disney, which I had for four years while at Florida State. I got the hospitality bug and joined Hyatt after college. I now have three children and two grandchildren, ages 2 and 5.
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upcoming Spring Break. There are loads of amenities and family activities including Wolf Dancer Golf Club, an 18-hole golf course designed by Arthur Hills; Spa Django, a full-service, 18,000sf spa; and eight food and beverage outlets. There’s also a lavish man-made water park with multiple pools, including a 1,000-foot Crooked River pool and two-story water slide; kayaking and rafting on the Colorado River; and more than 18 miles of hiking and equestrian trails within McKinney Roughs Nature Park, as well as Hyatt’s trademark services, such as Camp Hyatt children’s program and Regency Club. Profile with Greg Scheinman spoke with the man responsible for creating memorable guest experiences.
HOW DOES ONE GO FROM TRANSPORTATION TO HOUSEKEEPING TO GM? I asked to be put in a training program so I could learn all of the areas of operations. I was able to get a variety of experiences in both the front of the house as well as the heart of the house. I came up thru the rooms division side and it really gave me a lot of experiences and gave me a chance to apply all the crossover experiences. It gives you a sense of understanding and empathy but also the ability to make good decisions because I’ve worked in each of those roles and can apply everything towards management. My goal has always been to stay with Hyatt. While General Manager is my current title, there are no titles and no last names on any of our nametags. Titles are not the focus when guests are here. Experience and enjoyment and service are what we all aim to deliver. WHAT MAKES LOST PINES SPECIAL? The environment here is a Texas wilderness escape. We want people to experience a sense of decompression when they first arrive and take that initial 3-mile ride down our driveway and onto our property. Wherever you come from we want you to feel like you’ve come from far away and that you’re insulated, relaxed and truly on vacation. We have skeet shooting, golf, spa, archery, activities on the river, rafting, boating along with zip line, rock wall climbing at McKinney Roughs, which is the nature preserve that we border. 18 miles of trails and a lot of our horseback rid-
ing is done there. We have 30 trail horses. Guests of all ages enjoy it. Our recreation activities have really expanded and include arts and crafts, family Olympics, mascot programs. It’s amazing to see the participation when we introduce new activities. We really work to be innovative and add activities by the hour. We get a truly multi-generational guest. Families, grandparents, adults, children – we really need to provide something for everyone. WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? Summing it all together is that we are touching the lives of those that are here and allowing them to make special memories from their visit. That’s the most memorable part for our team – there are 730 associates working here in the main season and that inspires us to see how the generations come together, plan their events and we get to watch it all come together. So, when we see posts, blogs, comments that are positive, that’s the gratification for the work that we do. The personal notes from children are very inspirational. It’s also the variety of experiences. If we can imagine it, we can do it. Our owners have been incredibly supportive of taking these steps. We could have more than 125 people taking pictures every morning with our mascots – Tbone and Ribeye. Everything here is authentic hospitality.
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XSHOT CAMERA EXTENDER If you are the photographer, you are seldom in the picture. If you want in the photo, you may not want to trust a stranger with your brand new camera. Solution: Get the XShot camera extender. The XShot camera extender includes you in the pictures that you take. No more awkward photos from doing the singlearm stretch. XShot is a light, compact metal rod that extends up to 3 feet with a universal camera attachment. It closes to 9 inches for easy transport in a bag or purse. Aiming from 3 feet away is like having someone else take the picture and allows you to fit several people and a nice background. I have so many photos of landscapes from everywhere I travel. Now it will be nice to get in some of the shots to prove I was actually there. Extend, Aim and Smile. $35 | XShot.com
ost everyone has a camera on his person nowadays which makes it simple to upload photos and videos to the web. But making those shots look slick takes a bit of help. Downloading a free app called Viddy is a great start. Viddy is a mobile social video app that enables users to shoot, beautify and share 15-second video clips using visual effects. It is a one-click production package similar to an Instagram filter, but for video. Special effects are easy to add to your video including graphics, color correction and audio tracks. The company has several production pack options with branded partners like Snoop Dogg, the Muppets and T-Pain. Yes, it’s easy to create a video of yourself singing next to a rapper or Big Bird. Users can add titles, tags and geo-location with Foursquare and share via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or a personal website. Free | Viddy.com
ho says technology can’t be fun and tasty? One of the most used products in my home the past few months is a combination of gadgetry and alcohol. That can’t be that bad. For beer fans that like fresh and cold suds, take a look at the Krups Beertender. It keeps your beverage of choice at its optimal serving temperature within the comfort of your own home. Designed to dispense beer from 5 liter kegs found at most grocery and liquor stores, the BeerTender features an LED temperature indicator signaling when the beer reaches its optimal serving temperature. The countertop gadget has a removable stainless steel drip tray that is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. The tap is removable, too, which helps to prevent underage persons from accessing the cold contents.
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wise guy By Lance Scott Walker Photography by Christopher Rosales
GET SOME LIGHTS!
LIKE MANY OF YOU READING THIS, I HAD A NIGHT JOB AND I WOULD RIDE MY BICYCLE TO WORK. WELL, I RODE TO WORK DURING THE AFTERNOON, BUT I’D ALWAYS RIDE HOME AT NIGHT. PRETTY LATE. I WORE A HELMET, BUT THAT WAS THE EXTENT OF MY SAFETY MEASURES.
Monday night I left work at midnight like always, and took the same backstreet I always take home through the sprawl, checking every intersection for cars that weren’t checking for bikes, and hustled. About the time I hit the halfway marker, on a nice long stretch in the half hour ride between work and home, another cyclist came towards me from the other direction, bike headlight flashing, bike helmet headlight flashing, orange safety vest glowing under the street lights shining down through the oak…
It was louder, and more disdainful, than ever: GET SOME LIGHTS!
GET SOME LIGHTS!
I was in pain and had blocked everything out on my ride, and never even saw him coming. Same spot.
… and he kept riding, having spit that out without so much as cutting a glance. It sounded like he shouted it with a cigar sticking out of the corner of his mouth. Without looking back, I bristled, shook it off and kept riding. By Tuesday night’s ride, I’d forgotten all about it. And yet, on that same stretch, the same dude again materialized out of nowhere and again huffed in my direction: Get some LIGHTS! On Wednesday night, I hadn’t forgotten, and in fact expected to see him. And just like the previous two nights, here he came: sitting high up on his mountain bike with that brain-shaped helmet making his swaying head look three feet tall, orange safety vest flashing, pedaling feet coming right at me like a cat pawing at the glass of your patio doors. I put my head down. I squinted. I smirked. I did everything in my power to ignore him.
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I spent all of Thursday night laboring over an uncooperative printing press and, in a bout of frustration right before I was supposed to leave, I bit my tongue on accident, and hard. I winced, shut down the machine, went to the refrigerator to retrieve a handful of ice cubes, stuffed them into my mouth and then grabbed my helmet and flipped off the lights.
Get some LIGHTS! This time I turned back in his direction as he rode past, managed a muffled “shuhr-uh!” in his direction with my mouthful of ice, and then rode the rest of the way home drooling and mad. Friday morning I got up early and went to the bike shop and bought a light for the front of my bike and a light for the back. When I got to work, my boss told me I could leave early that night, and asked if I wouldn’t mind switching back to the day shift starting that next Monday. I said yes. I kept the lights. I never saw safety man again. GET A HELMET.
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WHERE DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT INTERSECT
1. flatbread | 2. interior | 3. club sandwich | 4. ahi salad
By Beatrice Allen Photography provided by HOB
CROSSROADS at House of Blues 1204 CAROLINE HOUSTON, TX 770002 888.402.5837 | www.houseofblues.com
• Hand Stretched Grilled Flatbreads, Roasted Garlic puree topped with Gorgonzola, Oaxaca, overdried tomatoes, pine nuts and crispy fried prosciutto 11.99 • Meatball Sliders, Two slow braised beef short rib sliders simmered in fresh tomato sauce, topped with Cojita cheese served on a potato bun 8.99
• Smoked BBQ Bacon, Certified Angus beef patty topped with Cheddar Cheese, smoked tomato BBQ sauce, applewood bacon, crispy pickled jalapenos, sauteed bourbon onions on a potato bun 11.99 • Island Turkey Burger, Seasoned with Jamaican spices topped with Cheddar cheese on a chipotle mayo brushed potato bun, served with crispy field greens and sliced Roma tomatoes 10.99
• Pulled Pork Sandwich, Slow smoked pulled pork, topped with smoked tomato BBQ sauce and sweet citrus horseradish slaw, served on a potato bun 9.99 • Shrimp and Grits, Pan seared jumbo shrimp simmered in chipotle garlic cream sauce served over crispy fried grit cake amd sweet teardrop tomatoes 12.99
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LREADY ESTABLISHED AS ONE OF THE CITY’S MOST BELOVED CONCERT VENUES, HOUSE OF BLUES HAS REVAMPED THEIR RESTAURANT MENU TO ALSO MAKE IT YOUR IDEAL DESTINATION FOR ENTERTAINMENT AND DINING.
Their new dining experience features a menu designed by celebrity chef and Food Network star Aarón Sanchez. The interior of the restaurant remains the same. Sanchez’s menu has southern influence but, with his bold, classy dishes with contemporary touches, he’s changed the venue from mere landmark spot to a credible culinary restaurant. The combination of ingredients is well thought out to include unexpected but exciting flavors.
brown butter. We cut the wedges into smaller pieces so it wouldn’t seem like it would be gone so fast. I recommend sticking the butter tin in the skillet once you get a wedge of bread out so it warms a bit for smoother spreading. The cornbread is moist, dotted with jalapenos, a perfect balance of savory and sweet with just a swipe of maple butter. I don’t usually take leftovers but when we had two wedges left, I made sure it was coming home with us to snack on later!
We skipped the evening rush that appears before shows by coming in for lunch instead. With a few TVs showing the available sports games on, we opted to sit in the bar area to have a better view. Several tables were also enjoying lunch as well as a few patrons at the bar. A steady stream of those looking to buy tickets for various shows also came and went during our late lunch.
The reason for those leftovers was my lovely cup of their cream of mushroom soup special. I was apprehensive because sometimes cream soups can be overly gelatinous. I know there is heavy cream in it; does the texture need to remind me of it too?! I was pleasantly surprised when that was NOT the case with this soup. It was the ideal smoothness for cream of mushroom. Not too thick, not too soupy, but just velvety enough to cling to each little mushroom bit.
Service, from the moment we sat down to when we left, was impeccable. We might have had two servers at one point and they both were there at any moment for anything we needed. I love cornbread and to complement it with maple butter was irresistable for starters. A hot little skillet with beautiful cornbread is served sliced in big wedges with a side of maple
With two great dishes down from the new menu, we dove into our entrée ordering with a newfound fervor. Southern specialties to southern touches dot the menu. In an effort to explore this more we ordered a classic Jambalaya and their Juicy Lucy burger with a spiced Jamaican turkey patty to round out our meal.
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3 Their Jambalaya is a bowl filled with marinated chicken chunks, spicy Andouille sausage pieces, sweet peppers, celery and roasted green onion with rice in a traditional jambalaya sauce. With a significant amount of sauce, every bite is thoroughly coated with sauce, the occasional tomato chunk and loads of rice, vegetables and chicken or sausage. There’s enough sustenance to make for a hearty dish. The spice is subtle for those who fear spice. If you enjoy spice, you might be adding some hot sauce to give it an extra kick. The burger on the other hand surprised us with its spice. The Juicy Lucy is assembled with Gruyere cheese, topped with crispy pickled jalapenos and chipotle mayo all on a potato bun. Usually this burger comes with a certified Angus beef and applewood bacon patty. We ordered ours with their Jamaican spiced turkey patty instead for an extra layer of heat. That part might have been unnecessary. My first bite was an amazing mix of crisp, buttery flavors. The second, with the spicy mayo, jalapenos and spiced patty, brought a little more heat. Even the velvety Gruyere couldn’t tame the spice coming through from our combination. A few bites more and I was not only finished with my half of the burger but also perspiring. This made me like this burger even more. It’s an enticing layer of heat that builds with each bite. This was indicative of most dishes on their new menu: a nice balance of layers of flavors that aren’t too complex or fancy but just provide that unexpected oh-whatis-that factor. These little touches and changes to dishes build excitement to see and taste the execution of them. HOURS: The next time you are thinking of mixing your entertainMonday - Friday, 11am - close ment and dining, House of Blues has both of those plus Saturday - Sunday, noon - close some soul.
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TRACY’S By Tracy Karp Tracy Karp photography by Sofia van der Dys
FOR MANY PEOPLE, EATING OUT CAN SEEM LIKE THE END-ALL TO THAT HEALTHY DIET. WITH MENU ITEMS INCLUDING WORDS LIKE “CREAMY, STUFFED AND FRIED,” AND DRINKS MADE WITH HEAVY SYRUPS AND CALORICALLY DENSE MIX-INS, EATING HEALTHY WHILE DINING OUT CAN SEEM LIKE A HOPELESS ENDEAVOR, BUT IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE. BY TWEAKING YOUR ORDER, YOU CAN MANAGE TO ENJOY JUST ABOUT ANY DRINK AND MEAL WITHOUT THE CONSEQUENCES.
I like to think of alcohol as liquid carbs, and boy, do I love my carbs! However, by cutting out the mix-ins, you not only save hundreds of calories per drink, but eliminate the next-day headaches that may drag you away from the gym as well. When I prefer a cocktail to wine, I always stick with tequila or vodka with soda and fresh limes. Now the only calories are from the liquor. If it is still too strong, try adding a Truvia® packet for added sweetness. You can also spritz up your chardonnay with soda and lime for a bubbly twist. Okay, when it comes to the meal, there may be a few sacrifices to make, but they are well worth your while. If the menu item includes the words “battered, buttered, crunchy, crispy, creamy, cheesy, fried, smothered or glazed” – Warning! – these items will increase your waistline. I tend to stick to menu items which include words like “grilled, baked, roasted, steamed, seared, fresh and broiled.”
I ALWAYS SAY “ON THE SIDE.”
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First, and foremost, remember that spices and herbs have NO CALORIES. In fact, their job is to add flavor to all foods, so let them. When ordering, I tend to start off with “no butter, very light oil.” You just cut off a minimum of 200 calories with that line. You need fat in order to burn fat, so a little bit of oil is good. In addition, if there is a sauce/dressing, I always say “on the side.” Rather than pouring 500+ calories of creamy madness onto my food, I can dip my fork in the dressing/sauce before taking my bite. I still get to enjoy all the flavor with a fraction of the calories.
Although taking control of our food and alcohol intake are major factors in maintaining lasting results, getting to the gym is essential. Not only will you speed up your metabolism, but once you get into a groove, you will feel extra bursts of energy throughout the day. The key for me to stay consistent with the gym is to keep the workout routines inconsistent. By doing so, I never get bored and never dread the following day, knowing it is something new. Interval training can be a fun way to burn mega calories in a short time span. A simple plan to follow is to: • First, get your heart rate up with 10 minutes of high-speed cardio. • Switch it up by heading over to the mats. Start with 10 pushups, 15 squats, 20 crunches and plank for 30 seconds. • Take a minute break and reverse (30 sec. plank, 20 crunches, 15 squats, 10 pushups). • Now pick any cardio of your choice for 20 minutes. • One more set of forward and reverse mat exercises. You have just completed a full-body workout without the boredom of monotonous activity. NOW YOU’RE READY TO MAKE THAT RESERVATION AT YOUR FAVORITE SPOT.
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It’s EASY being GREEN
BLUE TREE YOGA offers donation-based yoga classes at NEW LIVING seven times a week. All experience levels are welcome. No need to sign up ahead of time, swing by, take a class and grab a drink or a snack from the Green Vending Machine on your way out. 6111 Kirby Drive. www.newliving.net
BRUTUS ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE is a lean, mean, green driving machine. With sport-cruiser styling, a 100-mile minimum range and 3-hour charge time, Brutus is putting everyone to the test. www.brutusmotorcycle.com
LITTLE JOY RECYCLING offers full spectrum recycling services to all business and residential types. They work with a variety of different types of businesses, from coffee shops, bars, offices to dealerships and restaurant chains as well as residential recycling pick-ups for your home, condo or apartment. This is a great option if recycling isn’t supported by your landlord or home association. Little Joy Recycling has the ability to single-stream target waste. They are fully customizable to the output of your business. They work with local and EPA-certified recycling plants. You don’t have to worry about your materials ending up in the wrong hands! For rates and more information, visit www.littlejoyrecycling.com.
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RADICAL EATS 3903 FULTON ST. www.radicaleats.com | 281.222.7647
CUISINE VEGETARIAN MEXICAN
CHEF STACI DAVIS
MANY HAVE COME AND GONE IN THIS SPACE. BUT TORCHY’S TACOS HAS CONQUERED! THIS AUSTIN IMPLANT IS KICKING TUSH AND TAKING NAMES. If you thought it looked busy from the street, it’s just as busy inside. The interior is pretty basic: order station, beverage/condiment/utensil station, main dining room and a patio. But I see where they are going with this. They aren’t here to impress you with décor, it’s all about the food. We stopped by around 1:30pm for a late lunch and there was still a slight line to order but it moves pretty quickly. Another heads-up – parking is a bit tight. We ordered the Baja Shrimp, Mr. Pink and the Dirty Sanchez (still embarrassed I had to say that out loud). The Baja Shrimp comes with hand-battered fried shrimp with cooked cabbage slaw topped with pickled jalapeños and onions, queso fresco, cilantro and a wedge of lime, served with their chipotle sauce in your choice of tortilla. We got ours on corn and the corn comes with two tortillas instead of one. This was one of our favorites. We split it into two so we could taste more. This is a good idea if you get one that is exploding with ingredients. Our Mr. Pink also came on corn tortillas so we split it as well. Guajillio-seared Ahi tuna, cabbage fresca, cilantro, queso fresco wrapped in corn tortillas with a wedge of lime and their chipotle sauce for topping. It’s fresh and has a hint of sweetness with a savory kick. The Dirty Sanchez is in a category of its own. It’s the ideal taco for when you’re not feeling 100% after a late night. Served on a flour tortilla, scrambled eggs are layered with fried poblano chile, guacamole, escabeche carrots and shredded cheese, served with their poblano sauce. This is not served with a splitting option but if you’re feeling bad, you aren’t going to share anyway. We loved the vinegar carrot, fried poblano combo. I would prefer the queso fresco here too only because of those two components. That would seem more complementary than shredded cheese. It’s interesting, it comes loaded with ingredients, and we can’t wait to have another one with a Mexican Coke®.
Although they’ve been in their location off Fulton since July 2011, it’s new to us! By luck, when reviewing Juicy in the Sky, we also got a sample of what they had to offer. Now that they have their own space, we get the entire rockin’ experience! If you’re on a mission to get more veggies onto your plate, THEY’VE MASTERED THE ART OF MEXICAN FOOD GONE VEGETARIAN. No animal, hydrogenated fats or preservatives are used in their cooking period. This little café packs personality plus great bites. (Vinyls for music of your choosing so long as you listen to the entire album.) For lunch we ordered all the specials for the day per recommendation: Verde Enchiladas, King Ranch Casserole and Cajun Naca Tamale. The zesty verde enchilada is a corn tortilla filled with seasonal greens topped with tomatillo sauce. Not every enchilada comes with cheese, folks. This version is light and good for you. You get the Mexican food craving and some benefits too. How many places offer that drenched in cheese and mole sauce? Their version of King Ranch has layered potato with local greens, tortilla and nogada. Nogada is a walnut sauce that works perfectly as a substitute for the copious amounts of cheese you usually see in King Ranch Casserole. It’s a real treat that you shouldn’t miss out on. The last dish to impress, because we were apprehensive with the whole Cajun factor, was the Cajun Naca Tamale, which unlike a regular tamale is more flat and served in a banana leaf as opposed to a corn husk. This tamale had tomato, red bell pepper, local cauliflower and okra in a Creole sauce. It made for the most flavorfully complex out of the three that we couldn’t stop eating. They make fresh salsas to dress any of your dishes or have with chips that are also amazing. More veggies. More freshness. More local. More Radical Mexican food.
TORCHY’S TACOS 2411 S. SHEPHERD
BANHMIERIA http://twitter.com/banhmieria CUISINE VIETNAMESE SANDWICHES LES GIVRAL IS JOINING THE FOOD TRUCK CRAZE AND THEY ARE DISHING WHAT THEY DO BEST – BANH MI VIETNAMESE SANDWICHES! Their truck, BanhMieria (a play on Taqueria), only sandwich serves (at press time) their famous sandwiches. Options are pork, shredded chicken, char-grilled beef and tofu. The smell that permeates the air from this truck is pure deliciousness. I’ve never had this experience with a truck until now. I opted for the shredded chicken on their recommendation. Made in about 5 to 8 minutes, my sandwich came wrapped in their signature white parchment paper with a rubber band. This makes eating on the go a little less messy; just unwrap and use the rubber band to hold the rest of the paper on the bottom half so your sandwich isn’t fully exposed. Their incredibly soft, yummy homemade baguette bread is the first thing you’ll notice. It’s life-altering. Stuffed with the shredded chicken are vinegar carrot, cucumber and jalapeno slices with cilantro leaves. Turn your sandwich into a combo by adding chips and drink and your total rounds out to about $5.25. Lunch under ten bucks is always welcome. Find them on twitter.
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houston | sugar land | the woodlands
*17 | inside Hotel Alden 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8888 www.aldenhotels.com
51fifteen 51FIFTEEN | inside Saks Fifth Avenue 5115 Westheimer. 713.963.8067 www.51fifteen.com AMERICAS •21 Waterway Ave. 281.367.1492 •2010 West Gray. 832.200.1492 www.cordua.com
ARTISTA | inside the Hobby Center 800 Bagby. 713.278.4782 www.cordua.com AVA KITCHEN+WHISKEY BAR 2800 Kirby. 713.386.6460 www.avaalto.com BARNABY’S 5 Houston locations www.barnabyscafe.com
COURSES | At the Art Institute of Houston 1900 Yorktown. 713.353.3644 www.artinstitutes.edu
BOWL 607 Richmond. 832.582.7218 www.eatatbowl.com CAFE EXPRESS 12 convenient locations in Houston www.cafe-express.com CANOPY 3939 Montrose Blvd. 713.528.6848 www.canopyhouston.com
CINQ | at La Colombe d’Or 3410 Montrose Blvd. 713.469.4750 www.lacolombedor.com
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FISH [sushi] 309 Gray St. 713.526.5294 www.fishhouston.com
CROSSROADS | HOB 1204 Caroline. 888.402.5837 www.houseofblues.com
RDG | Bar Annie 1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.1111 www.rdgbarannie.com
DAILY REVIEW CAFÉ 3412 West Lamar. 713.520.9217 www.dailyreviewcafe.com
RELISH 3915 San Felipe. 713.599.1960 www.relishhouston.com
DANTON’S GULF COAST SEAFOOD 4611 Montrose. 713.807.8889 www.dantonsseafood.com
RUGGLES GREEN •2311 West Alabama. 713.533.0777 •CityCentre 713.464.5557 www.rugglesgreen.com
KONA GRILL [japanese+american] •501 Westheimer. 713.877.9191 •16535 Southwest Freeway. 281.242.7000 www.konagrill.com
SHADE 250 W. 19th St. 713.863.7500 www.shadeheights.com
KUBO’S 2414 University Blvd. #200. 713.528.7878 www.kubos-sushi.com
EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD •12848 Queensbury Ln. 832.200.2380 • 2800 Kirby@West Ave. 713.874.1800 www.eddiev.com FELIX 55 5510 Morningside. 713.590.0610 www.felix55.com
FOUNDATION ROOM | HOB 1204 Caroline. 832.667.7800 www.houseofblues.com GLASSWALL 933 Studemont. 713.868.7930 www.glasswalltherestaurant.com HAVEN 2502 Algerian Way. 713.581.6101 www.havenhouston.com
HEARSAY GASTRO LOUNGE 218 Travis St. 713.225.8079 www.hearsayhouston.com
THE LAKE HOUSE 1600 McKinney. 713.337.7320 www.thelakehousehouston.com TRINITI 2815 South Sheperd. 713.527.9090 www.trinitirestaurants.com VOICE | Hotel Icon 220 Main. 832.667.4470 www.hotelicon.com
WHICH WICH 711 Louisiana St. 713.222.2999 www.whichwich.com YARD HOUSE 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., CityCentre 713.461.9273 www.yardhouse.com ZELKO BISTRO 705 E. 11th St. 713.880.8691 www.zelkobistro.com
MARIPOSA inside Neiman Marcus 2600 Post Oak Blvd. 713.621.7100 ext.2166 www.neimanmarcus.com
MCCORMICK AND SCHMICK’S •1151 Uptown Park. 713.840.7900 •1201 Fannin St. 713.658.8100 • 791 Town & Country Blvd. 713.465.3685 www.mccormickandschmicks.com
BLUE FISH SUSHI 550 Texas. 713.225.3474 www.thebluefishsushi.com
NOE Four Riverway. 713.871.8177 www.noerestaurant.com
HONG KONG DINER "Now Dim Sum" 909 Franklin St. 713.236.1688 www.hongkongdinerhouston.com KAM’S [chinese] 4500 Montrose Blvd. #C. 713.529.5057 www.kamscuisine.com
THE CHELSEA GRILL 4621 Montrose Blvd. 713.942.9857 www.chelseagrill.com THE GROVE 1611 Lamar. 713.337.7321 www.thegrovehouston.com
BISTRO ALEX 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., CityCentre 713.827.3545 www.bistroalex.com BLACK FINN AMERICAN GRILL 1910 Bagby., #100. 713.651.9550 www.blackfinnamericangrille.com
QUATTRO 1300 Lamar. 713.276.4700 www.fourseasons.com
AUNTIE CHANG’S DUMPLING HOUSE 2621 S. Shepherd. 713.524.8410 www.auntiechangs.com
CONVEY SUSHI 803 Congress. 713.518.7219 www.conveysushi.com
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les givral’s kahve LES GIVRAL’S KAHVE [vietnamese] 801 Congress St. 713.547.0444 www.lesgivrals.com MAI’S [vietnamese] 3403 Milam. 713.520.5300 www.maishouston.com NIT NOI [thai] 8 Houston locations www.nitnoithai.com
NORI SUSHI BISTRO 700 Town and Country Blvd. 713.467.0400 www.norisushibistro.com
UCHI 904 Westheimer. 713.522.4808 www.uchirestaurants.com UPTOWN SUSHI Uptown Park. 713.871.1200 www.uptown-sushi.com ZAKE 2946 S. Shepherd. 713.526.6888 www.zakehouston.com ZUSHI 5900 Memorial Dr., #102. 713.861.5588 www.zushihouston.com
bar-b-que BROOKSTREET BBQ 10705 Westheimer. 713.783.3600 www.brookstreetbbq.com GOODE COMPANY TX BARBECUE 5109 Kirby. 713.522.2530 www.goodecompany.com
breakfast+coffee+ diners+juice bars 11TH ST. CAFÉ 748 E. 11th St. 713.862.0089 ANTIDOTE COFFEE 729 Studewood. 713.861.7400 www.antidotecoffee.com
ARAYA artisan chocolate 2013 W. Gray St. 832.967.7960 www.arayachocolate.com AVALON DRUG CO. & DINER •2417 Westheimer. 713.527.8900 •12810 Southwest Frwy. 281.240.0213 www.avalondiner.com CAFÉ BRASIL 2604 Dunlavy. 713.528.1993 www.brasilcafe.net
RA SUSHI •3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 •12860 Queensbury Ln. #234, CityCentre 713.331.2792 www.rasushi.com RED PIER [asian fusion] 2701 Milam St. 713.807.7726 www.theredpier.com
COCO’S CREPES 218 Gray St. 713.521.0700 www.cocoscrepes.com CRAVE CUPCAKES 1151 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.622.7283 www.cravecupcake.com DIRK’S COFFEE 4005 Montrose. 713.526.1319 www.diedrich.com
STRAITS [singaporean] 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N. 713.365.9922 www.straitsrestaurants.com
DOWN HOUSE 51801 Yale St. 713.864.3696 www.downhousehouston.com
SUSHI RAKU 3201 Louisiana. 713.526.8885 www.sushi-raku.com
EMPIRE CAFÉ 1801 Yale St. 713.528.5282 www.empirecafe.net
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EVENT L.K. BENNETT LONDON GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION WHY TO BENEFIT HOUSTON WILDERNESS WHERE THE GALLERIA WHEN DECEMBER 20 Houston Wilderness and their Annual Luncheon Co-chairs, Elizabeth and Alan Stein, hosted a shopping fundraiser to celebrate the store opening of British luxe fashion brand, L.K. Bennett, at The Galleria. The shopping and cocktail event kicked off Houston Wildernessâ€™s fundraising efforts for their annual luncheon this spring. The evening began with cocktails and appetizers while guests strolled and shopped through the new boutique, the fourth U.S. freestanding store and first Southwest location for the luxury brand.
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Leila Tsakoumis, Fatameh Ahmed
Nathan Smith and Kristen Glidden
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FOUNTAIN VIEW CAFÉ 1842 Fountain View. 713.785.9060
THE COFFEE GROUNDZ 2503 Bagby. 713.874.0082 www.coffeegroundz.net
CHUTNEY’S INDIAN 1010 Lamar. 713.571.2010 www.chutneyshouston.com
FUEL KITCHEN+HEALTH BAR 1005 Waugh Dr., #C www.fuelhealthbar.com
TINY BOXWOOD’S •3614 W. Alabama St. 713.622.4224 •3636 Rice Blvd. 713.667.3402 www.tinyboxwoods.com
KIRAN’S 4100 Westheimer. 713.960.8472 www.kiranshouston.com
HARRY'S RESTAURANT The Globe on Your Fork! American, Greek, & Latin Cuisine 318 Tuam @ Bagby 713.528.0198 www.harrysrestaurantcafe.com This Houston institution serves breakfast and lunch daily. Open 7 Days A Week INVERSION COFFEE HOUSE 1953 Montrose, #A. 713.523.4866 www.inversioncoffee.com ISLAND GRILL + JUICE BAR •5709 Woodway. 713.334.4036 •4024 Bellaire Blvd. 713.665.5388 www.islandgrillhouston.com KRAFTSMEN BAKING 4100 Montrose, #C. 713.524.3737 www.kraftsmenbaking.com KRAFTSMEN CAFE 611 West 22nd St. 713.426.1300 www.kraftsmencafe.com MORE THAN CAKES 1100 West Dallas. 713.652.5135 www.morethancakes.com RUSTIKA CAFÉ 3237 Southwest Frwy. 713.665.6226 www.rustikacafe.com SALENTO WINE CAFE 2407 Rice Blvd. 713.528.7478 www.salentowinecafe.com SPRINKLES CUPCAKES 4014 Westheimer. 713.871.9929 www.sprinkles.com SUGAR BABY’S CUPCAKES 3310 S. Shepherd. 713.527.8427 www.ilovesugarbabys.com
SWEET CityCentre. 713.647.9338 www.sweethouston.com TAFT STREET COFFEE 2115 Taft. 713.522.3533 www.taftstreetcoffee.org THE BREAKFAST KLUB 3711 Travis. 713.528.8561 www.thebreakfastklub.com THE BUFFALO GRILLE •3116 Bissonnet. 713.661.3663 •1301 S. Voss. 713.784.3663 www.thebuffalogrille.com
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NARIN’S BOMBAY BRASSERIE 3005 West Loop South. 713.622.2005 www.narinsbombaybrasserie.com
THIS IS IT SOULFOOD 2712 Blodgett St. 713.521.2920 www.thisisithouston.com
PONDICHERI 2800 Kirby@West Ave. 713.522.2022
TREEBEARDS 5 Houston locations www.treebeards.com ZIMM’S LITTLE DECK 601 Richmond Ave. 713.527.8328 www.zimmslittledeck.com ZYDECO LOUISIANA DINER 1119 Pease. 713.759.2001 www.zydecolouisianadiner.com
BISTRO LE CEP [french] 11112 Westheimer. 713.783.3985 www.bistro-lecep.com BRASSERIE 19 [french] 1962 W. Gray. 713.524.1919 www.brasserie19.net
BRASSERIE MAX + JULIE [french] 4315 Montrose. 713.524.0070 www.maxandjulie.net CHARIVARI [european] 2521 Bagby. 713.271.7231 www.charivarirest.com
FEAST [european] 219 Westheimer. 713.529.7788 www.feasthouston.com
LE MISTRAL [french] 1400 Eldridge Parkway. 832.379.8322 www.lemistralhouston.com OPORTO [european] 3833 Richmond. 713.621.1114 www.oporto.us
PHILIPPE REST+LOUNGE [french] BLVD. Place. 713.439.1000 www.philippehouston.com THE QUEEN VIC PUB [european] 2712 Richmond. 713.533.0022 www.thequeenvicpub.com
indian ASHIANA 12610 Briar Forest Dr. 281.679.5555 www.ashiana.cc
ARGENTINA CAFE 3055 Sage Rd. 713.622.8877
BERRYHILL [texmex] 10 Houston locations www.berryhillbajagrill.com BISTRO BAR [puerto rican] 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. CityCentre 713.973.1601 www.houstonsorella-citycentre.com BULLRITOS 5 Houston locations www.bullritos.com
SHIVA 2415 Times Blvd. 713.523.4753 www.shivarestaurant.com
italian ARCODORO 5000 Westheimer. 713.621.6888 www.arcodoro.com ARTURO BOADA CUISINE 6510 Del Monte. 713.782.3011 www.boadacuisine.com BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE CityCentre. 713.973.9610 www.brioitalian.com CANDELARI’S 14545 Memorial Dr. 281.497.0612
PIATTO RISTORANTE 2 houston locations www.piattoristorante.com
LAS VENTANAS [mex] 14555 Grisby Rd. 281.752.6990 www.lasventanas.net
LATIN BITES CAFE [peru] 5709 Woodway Dr. 713.229.8369 www.latinbitescafe.com
CYCLONE ANAYA’S [mex] 4 Houston locations www.cycloneanaya.com
NINFA’S THE ORIGINAL 2704 Navigation Blvd. 713.228.1175 www.ninfas.com
CHAMA GAÚCHA [brazilian] 5865 Westheimer. 713.244.9500 www.chamagaucha.com
MARIA SELMA [mex] 1617 Richmond. 713.528.4920 www.mariaselma.com
DECCO CAFE 5120 Woodway Dr. 713.963.8273 www.deccocafe.com
OCEAN’S [cevicheria] 819 W. Alabama. 713.520.7744 www.oceansceviche.com
EL MESON [cuban] 2425 University. 713.522.9306 www.elmeson.com
SAMBA GRILLE (south american) 530 Texas. 713.343.1180 www.sambagrillehouston.com
SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE 901 Commerce @ Travis. 713.229.9715 www.meatballs.com A Warehouse Full of Food, Friends, Families and Fun! Great Kids Menu! Large and Small Groups Welcomed. Open 7 Days A Week. Deliveries and Catering Available.
EL PATIO [mex] 6444 Westheimer. 713.780.0410 www.elpatio.com
TONY MANDOLA’S 1212 Waugh. 713.528.3473 www.tonymandolas.com
EL REY [cuban-mex] 3 Houston locations www.elreytaqueria.com
TRATTORIA IL MULINO 945 Gessner Road. 832.358.0600 www.ilmulino.com
EL TACO TOTE 6154 Westheimer. 713.706.3233 www.tacotote.com
AMAZON GRILL 5114 Kirby Dr.. 713.522.5888 www.cordua.com
IRMA’S [mex] •22 N. Chenevert. 713.222.0767 •1314 Texas. 713.247.9651 www.irmassouthwest.com
LUCIO’S [new american latin] 905 Taft. 713.523.9958 www.luciosbyob.com
EL GRAN MALO [mex] 2307 Ella Blvd. 832.767.3405 www.elgranmalo.com
GUADALAJARA HACIENDA [mex] 4 Houston locations www.guadalajarahacienda.com
CAFÉ PIQUET [cuban] 5757 Bissonnet. 713.664.1031 Dine-In/Catering www.cafepiquet.net
RISTORANTE CAVOUR 1080 Uptown Park. 713.418.1000 www.granducahouston.com
VALENTINO Hotel Derek 2525 West Loop South. 713.850.9200 www.valentinorestaurantgroup.com
FREEB!RDS WORLD BURRITO 17 Houston locations Catering 888.392.2287 www.freebirds.com
EL TIEMPO CANTINA [mex] •3130 Richmond. 713.807.1600 •1308 Montrose. 713.807.8996 www.eltiempocantina.com
RIOJA [spanish] 11920 Westheimer. 281.531.5569 www.riojarestaurant.com
TACOS A GO-GO 3704 Main. 713.807.8226 www.tacosagogo.com
THE LEMON TREE [peru] 12591 Whittington. 281.556.0690 www.thelemontreeonline.com TILA’S [mex] 1111 S. Shepherd. 713.522.7654 www.tilas.com TINTOS [spanish] 2015 West Gray. 713.522.1330 www.tintosrestaurant.com XUCO XICANA [mex] 2416 Brazos. 713.523.8181 www.elpatio.com
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mediterranean +greek CAFE LILI [lebanese] 5757 Westheimer. 713.952.6969 www.cafelili.com
baklava MEDITERRANEAN TREATS firstname.lastname@example.org www.etsy.com/shop/mediterraneantreats
STAR PIZZA •77 Harvard. 713.869.1241 •2111 Norfolk. 713.523.0800 www.starpizza.net
steak+chops FLEMING’S •788 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. 713.827.1120 •2405 W. Alabama. 713.520.5999 •1201 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.362.0103 www.flemingssteakhouse.com MORTON’S •5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 •1001 McKinney. 713.659.3700 www.mortons.com MO’S 1801 Post Oak Blvd. 713.877.0720 www.mosaplaceforsteaks.com
niko niko’s NIKO NIKO’S •2520 Montrose. 713.528.1308 •301 Milam @ Market Square. www.nikonikos.com PHOENICIA DELI [lebanese] •12151 Westheimer. 281.558.0416 •1001 Austin St. 832.360.2222 www.phoeniciafood.com
pizza ALTO PIZZERIA 2800 Kirby Dr. 713.386.6460 www.avaalto.com BOMBAY PIZZA CO. 914 Main St. 713.654.4444 www.bombaypizzaco.com DOLCE VITA PIZZERIA ENOTECA 500 Westheimer. 713.520.8222 www.dolcevitahouston.com
PAPPAS BROS. STEAKHOUSE 5839 Westheimer Rd. 713.780.7352 www.pappasbros.com RUTH’S CHRIS STEAKHOUSE 6213 Richmond Ave. 713.789.2333 www.ruthschris.com
SHULA’S STEAKHOUSE Hyatt Hotel 1200 Louisiana St. 713.375.4777 www.donshulas.com SPENCER’S STEAKS + CHOPS 1600 Lamar. 713.577.8325 www.spencersforsteaksandchops.com STRIP HOUSE 1200 McKinney. 713.659.6000 www.theglaziergroup.com
SUGAR LAND BENIHANA 2579 N. Town Center Blvd 281.565.8888 www.benihana.com BLACK WALNUT CAFE 16535 Southwest Fwy. 281.565.7800 www.blackwalnutcafe.com BLU [euro-asian] 2248 Texas Dr. 281.903.7324 www.blusugarland.com
FRANK’S PIZZA 417 Travis. 713.225.5656 www.frankspizza.com
BROOKSTREET BBQ 1418 Highway 6. 281.313.4000 www.brookstreetbbq.com
PINK’S PIZZA 4 houston locations www.pinkspizza.com
CAFE INDIA 2319 Williams Trace Blvd. 281.565.5881
PIOLA 3201 Louisiana St. 713.524.8222 www.piola.it
GRIMALDI’S PIZZERIA 16535 Southwest Frwy. 281.265.2280 www.grimaldispizzeria.com
JAPANEIRO’S [sushi+latin] 2168 Texas Dr. 281.242.1121 www.japaneiro.com NAPA GRILLE URBAN WINE BAR 14019 Southwest Freeway. 281.277.2599 www.napagrille.net PERRY’S GRILL 2115 Town Square. 281.565.2727 www.perryssteakhouse.com PHO MAI NOODLE HOUSE 16200 Kensington Dr. 281.491.1528 www.phomainoodlehouse.com RAGIN CAJUN 16100 Kensington Dr. 281.277.0704 www.ragin-cajun.com RED OAK GRILL 203 Century Square Blvd. 281.491.2890 www.redoak-grill.com THE BURNING PEAR 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925 www.theburningpear.com WASABI [sushi] 14019 Southwest Freeway. 281.242.3899
WILLIE’S GRILL + ICE HOUSE 945 Highway 6. 281.242.2252 www.williesrestaurants.com
THE WOODLANDS AMERICAS 21 Waterway Avenue. 281.367.1492. www.cordua.com
BENIHANA [asian] 1720 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.292.0061 www.benihana.com BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.465.8993. www.brioitalian.com CAFÉ EXPRESS 9595 Six Pines Dr. 281.298.2556. www.cafe-express.com CAFFE DI FIORE [italian] 10110 Woodlands Pkwy. 281.298.1228 www.caffe-di-fiore.com
COAL BURGER 20 Waterway Ave. 281.292.6385. www.coalburger.com CRU - A WINE BAR 9595 Six Pines Dr. 281.465.9463 www.cruawinebar.com
DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT 10700 Kuykendahl Road. 281.298.8422
DIMASSI’S [ethnic] 1640 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.363.0200 www.dimassisbuffet.com
GENGHIS GRILL [asian] 9300 6 Pines Drive. 281.363.4745 www.genghisgrill.com GROTTO 9595 Six Pines Dr. 281.419.4252. www.grottohouston.com GURI DO SUL STEAKHOUSE 1400 Research Forest Dr. 281.907.4146 www.guridosul.com HUBBELL & HUDSON KITCHEN 4526 Research Forest Dr. 281.203.5650 www.hubbellandhudson.com KITA [japanese] 24 Waterway Ave. 281.298.1888 www.kitawoodlands.com LA TRATTORIA TUSCANO 4233 Research Forest Dr. 281.419.2252 www.latrattoriatuscano.com
LUCA & LEONARDO [italian] 20 Waterway Ave. 832.510.2110 MASA’S SUSHI 4775 W. Panther Creek Dr. 281.298.5688 www.sushimasahouston.com SAKEKAWA [japanese] 6777 Woodlands Parkway. 281.419.5988 www.sakekawa.com
SITAR CUISINE OF INDIA 25701 Interstate 45. 281.364.0200 www.sitarcuisineofindia.net SWEET BELLA ITALIAN KITCHEN 202 Sawdust Road. 832.585.0066 www.sweetbellaitalian.com
TO GO By www.urbanspoon.com
Plenty of people love a good drink but perhaps no one takes a stiff cocktail as seriously as the Irish. And on one day each MARCH, ST. PATRICK’S DAY, it seems everyone has a little Irish in ’em. In honor of Erin go Bragh, we put together a list of our favorite Houston pubs where you can raise a pint of green beer and grab a bite to celebrate St. Patty’s Day. They may not all be 100 percent Irish, but we can guarantee neither are all the revelers.
Looking for the traditional corned beef and cabbage? Or perhaps you prefer bangers and mash, fish and chips or shepherd’s pie. For a great meal, head to The Black Labrador Pub. If you’re less concerned with what to eat and just want a huge selection of beers, pick Petrol Station or Red Lion Pub. And if you want to get in a workout that involves more than just lifting a glass, hit up The Goose’s Acre Annual Green Clover Fun Run before the festivities.
HERE’S OUR TOP TEN LOOK AT THE BEST PLACES TO CELEBRATE THE LUCK O’ THE IRISH • • • • • • • • • • •
RED LION PUB THE GOOSE’S ACRE PETROL STATION THE BLACK LABRADOR PUB MCGONIGEL’S MUCKY DUCK BRIAN O’NEILL’S SHAY MCELROY’S KENNEALLY’S BOONDOGGLE’S BREVERY & PUB KELVIN ARMS
THE MELTING POT 19075 Interstate 45. 936.271.7416 www.themeltingpot.com TOMMY BAHAMA 9595 Six Pines Dr. 281.292.8669 www.tommybahama.com
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If you haven’t caught the Wave, here’s what you should do. With traffic conditions, construction and road closures from special events, it is best to call about 20 minutes before you are ready for a pickup to see how long it will be before a bus is outside. email@example.com
THE WASHINGTON CORRIDOR BUSINESS ASSOCIATION provides business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals with the opportunity by way of a forum to educate, equip and empower their businesses by networking and communicating their needs within the boundaries of the WCBA and its community. WWW.WCBA-HOUSTON.COM
ANOTHER PIECE OF THE OLD WASHINGTON AVE. CLOSED LATE LAST MONTH. THE GUADALAJARA BAKERY AT 4003 WASHINGTON ANNOUNCED, THROUGH A SIGN POSTED IN A FRONT WINDOW, THAT IT WOULD BE CLOSING DOWN ON FEBRUARY 29, AFTER 45 YEARS IN BUSINESS. THE HOUSTON PRESS’S KATHERINE SHILCUTT REPORTED THAT NEW BUILDING OWNERS HAVE PLANS TO TURN THE BREAKFAST-TACO SPOT ON THE CORNER OF LEVERKUHN INTO A BAR, AND GAVE THE BAKERY 30 DAYS TO VACATE. THE CHAVEZ FAMILY HAS NO PLANS TO REOPEN ELSEWHERE. ASSOCIATES CORPORATE COUNSEL ACC HOUSTON AND THE ACC HOUSTON MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO ATTEND A NEW MEMBER WELCOME RECEPTION ON THURSDAY, MARCH 8, FROM 5–7PM AT TQLA. MEET MEMBERS OF YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND LEADERS OF THE PRACTICE SECTIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR MEMBERSHIP. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE OPPORTUNITY TO NETWORK WITH OTHER ATTORNEYS THAT DEAL WITH SIMILAR ISSUES THAT YOU FACE EACH DAY AND FIND OUT THE BENEFITS OF YOUR ACC MEMBERSHIP. HOUSTONACCADMIN@HOUSTONACC.ORG
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ABSOLVE WINE LOUNGE 920 Studemont St. 281.501.1788 www.absolvewinelounge.com
KEEP IT CLEAN CARWASH 3700 Washington. 713.426.3877 www.keepitcleancarwash.com
ANDY’S 1115 E. 11th St. 713.861.9423
KWIK KAR 2710 Washington. 713.869.9008 www.kwikkarofhouston.com
AMERICAN TITLE-HEIGHTS 5225 Katy Frwy., #510. 713.864.5335 www.americantitleheights.com
ROCKEFELLER HALL 3620 Washington. 713.869.3344 www.RockefellerHall.com
AT&T 920 Studemont, #700. 713.802.9950 BEDROCK CITY 4602 Washington, #A. 713.862.0100 www.bedrockcity.com CAMERA CO-OP 801 Durham Dr. 713.522.7837 www.cameracoophouston.com CHASE 4720 Washington, #A. 713.802.0100 CRICKET 4922 Washington. 713.862.8775 FIRESTONE 1502 Washington. 713.224.1733
INTEGRITY BANK 4040 Washington. 713.335.8700 www.ibanktx.com I SOLD IT HOUSTON 4720 Washington. 713.426.4266 www.isoldithouston.com IVISION 920 Studemont, #800. 713.862.0500 www.ivisionhouston.com JAMES CRAIG FURNISHINGS 4500 Washington, #100. 713.741.2266 www.jamescraigfurnishings.com
SSQQ DANCE STUDIO
AEON THEATRIX 1824 Spring, #222. 1-888-669-AEON (2366) www.aeontheatrix.com
KATIE & CO. 4500 Washington. 713.802.1345 www.katie-co.com
BEAVER’S 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328 www.beavershouston.com BEER ISLAND 2631 White Oak. 713.862.4670 BERRIPOP FROZEN YOGURT 3939 Washington. 713.861.7171 www.berripop.com BIG STAR 1005 W. 19th. 281.501.9560 www.bigstarbar.com BLOCK 7 WINE COMPANY 720 Shepherd Dr. 713.572.2565 www.block7wineco.com BRANCH WATER TAVERN 510 Shepherd Dr. 713.863.7777 www.branchwatertavern.com
SSQQ DANCE STUDIO 1431 W. 20th. 713.869.0777 www.ssqqdance.com
BRC 519 Shepherd Dr. 713.861.2233 www.brcgastropub.com
STATE FARM INSURANCE 22 Waugh Dr. #340. 713.426.4440
BRIXX BAR 5110 Washington. 713.864.8811
THE AMISH CRAFTSMAN 5555 Washington. 713.862.3444 www.amishcraftsmanfurniture.com THE RESERVE SUPPLY CO.
2205 Washington. 713.750.9582 www.reservesupplycompany.com T-MOBILE 4720 Washington. 713.868.5866 www.t-mobile.com URBAN CLEANERS 9200 Studemont, #200. 713.880.9910
WABASH ANTIQUE & FEED STORE 5701 Washington. 713.863.8322 www.wabashfeed.com
WEST END CLEANERS 4918 Washington. 713.864.2365 www.westendcleaners.com
BUFFALO WILD WINGS 3939 Washington. 832.356.2980 www.buffalowildwings.com CANDELARI’S 6002 Washington. 832.200.1474 www.candelaris.com CANYON CREEK CAFÉ 6603 Westcott St. 713.864.5885 www.onioncreekcafe.com CATALINA COFFEE 2201 Washington. 713.861.8448 www.catalinacoffeeshop.com CEDAR CREEK CAFÉ 1034 W. 20th St. 713.808.9623 COPPA 5555 Washington. 713.426.4260 www.copparistorante.com
DAN ELECTRO’S GUITAR 1031 E. 24th St. 713.862.8707 www.danelectrosguitarbar.com
360 SPORTS LOUNGE 4601 Washington. 713.677.0398 www.360sportslounge.com
DARKHORSE TAVERN 2207 Washington. 713.426.2442 www.dhtavern.com
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EL REY TAQUERIA 910 Shepherd Dr. 713.802.9145 www.elreytaqueria.com
PATRENELLA’S 813 Jackson Hill St. 713.863.8223 www.patrenellas.net
EL TIEMPO CANTINA 5602 Washington. 713.681.3645 www.eltiempocantina.com
PIZZITOLA'S BAR B CUE 1703 Shepherd Dr. 713.227.2283 www.pizzitolasbbq.com
FITZGERALD’S 2706 White Oak. 713.862.3838
PORCH SWING PUB 69 Heights Blvd. 713.880.8700 www.porchswingpub.com
HICKORY HOLLOW 101 Heights Blvd. 713.869.6300 www.hickoryhollowrestaurant.com
HUGHES HANGAR 2811 Washington. 281.501.2028 www.hugheshangar.com KING FU SALOON 5317 Washington. 713.864.0642 www.kungfusaloon.com LAURENZO’S 4412 Washington. 713.880.5111 www.laurenzos.net LES GIVRAL’S KAHVE 4601 Washington. 832.582.7671 www.lesgivrals.com LIBERTY STATION 2101 Washington. 713.640.5220 LUPE TORTILLA 1511 Shepherd. 713.231.9040 www.lupetortilla.com MANOR ON WASHINGTON 4819 Washington. 713.426.0123 www.manoronwashington.com MARDI GRAS GRILL 1200 Durham. 713.864.5600 www.mardigrasgrill.net MAX’S WINE DIVE 4720 Washington. 713.880.8737 www.maxwinedive.com NOX 4701 Nett. 281.701.4248 www.noxhouston.com PAGODA BISTRO & BAR 4705 Inker St. 832.673.0400
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REBEL’S HONKY TONK 5002 Washington. 713.807.7040 www.rebelshonkytonk.com REIGN LOUNGE 4105 Washington. 713.869.0404 ROOSEVELT 5219 Washington. 713.869.8779 SALT BAR 4216 Washington. 713.868.5155
W GRILL 4825 Washington. 713.861.9933 www.wgrilltogo.com
MEMORIAL PARK VISION 5535 Memorial Dr. #1. 281.888.9256 www.memorialparkvision.com
WASHINGTON DRINKERY 4115 Washington. 713.426.3617 www.washavedrinkery.com
MERCER SALON 5555 Washington, #R. 281.888.9810 www.mercersalon.com
ZOES KITCHEN 4000 Washington. 713.861.9637 www.zoeskitchen.com
SATORI SALON 3616 Washington. 713.869.2444 www.satorisalons.com
SAWYER DENTAL 1919-3A Taylor St. 713.864.3993
BAYOU CITY SMILES 4000 Washington, #201. 713.518.1411 www.BayouCitySmiles.com BLISS DAY SPA 701 Shepherd Dr. #100. 713.864.8787 www.blissdayspa.biz
SAM’S CAFÉ 920 Studemont. 713.861.1109 SANCTUARY LOUNGE 2420 Washington. 713.861.7300 www.sanctuaryhouston.com SAWYER PARK SPORTS BAR 2412 Washington. 713.398.8442 www.SawyerParkHouston.com SOMA 4820 Washington. 713.861.2726 www.somasushi.com
BLUE TREE YOGA "Infrared Heated Studio" 1824 Spring. 713.839.9642 www.bluetreeyoga.com
WASHINGTON AVE PILATES 2203 Washington. 281.352.5791 www.wapilates.com WEST-END PILATES 4219 Koehler. 832.867.1059 www.westendhoustonpilates.com
home MEMORIAL BY WINDSOR 3131 Memorial Ct. 713.864.7602 www.windsorcommunities.com
ROSE TEAM REALTY 4720 Washington, #B-1. 713.880.8444 www.intownhouston.com SABINE STREET LOFTS 150 Sabine Street. 713.221.3400 www.SabineStreetLofts.com
STAR PIZZA II 77 Harvard St. 713.869.1241 www.starpizza.net
CROSSFIT H-TOWN 1919 Silver. 281.989.8740 www.crossfithtown.com
TAPS HOUSE OF BEER 5120 Washington. 713.864.0650 www.tapshouseofbeer.com
DESSANGE PARIS SALON 5535 Memorial Dr. 713.457.8800 www.dessangetexas.com
THE COUNTER 4601 Washington. 713.966.6123 www.thecounterburger.com
DESIGN DENTAL GROUP 4500 Washington, #700. 713.869.0334 www.Design-DentalGroup.com
THE DUBLINER 4219 Washington. 713.861.2300
EGMA’S SALON 4620 A Washington. 713.880.8319
THE LOT 4212 Washington. 713.868.5688 www.thelothouston.com
EXPERT NAILS 4120 Washington. 713.864.5525
TEXAS REAL ESTATE & CO. 2420 Washington. 713.337.1410 www.txreco.com
JOY YOGA CENTER 4500 Washington, #900. 713.819.9390 www.joyyogacenter.com
URBAN LIVING 5023 Washington. 713.868.7226 www.urbanliving.com
SAWYER HEIGHTS LOFTS
FOX HOLLOW 4617 Nett St. 713.869.2117
RAIA’S 4500 Washington. 713.861.1042 www.RaiasItalian.com
MEMORIAL HEIGHTS DENTAL 920 Studemont, #500. 713.869.0600 www.ddsforyou.com
FIVE GUYS 3939 Washington. 713.426.5558 www.fiveguys.com
TQLA 4601 Washington. 281.501.3237 www.tqlahouston.com
ROSE TEAM REALTY
PANDORA 1815 Washington. 832.296.6220
BLUE TREE YOGA
EI8TH 5102 Washington. 713.880.3500
SAWYER HEIGHTS LOFTS 2424 sawyer heights street, 713.861.3737 www.sawyerheightslofts.com
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club+lounge review By Clayton Graves Photography by Daniel Ortiz
blanco’s turns the dirty thirty this year 3406 w. alabama st | houston, tx 77027 713.439.0072 | houstonredneck.com
THE BEAUTY OF BLANCO’S IS THAT “NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN THOSE 30 YEARS” EVERY TIME I DRIVE BY BLANCO’S ON WEST ALABAMA, I THINK OF THIS OLD BLACK AND WHITE POLITICAL CARTOON I SAW ONCE, WHERE THESE MONSTER SKYSCRAPERS SURROUND THIS TINY SINGLE-STORY HOUSE. THE HOUSE IS JUST SITTING THERE, COMPLETELY UNAFFECTED BY WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND IT. THEN I SMILE A LITTLE AT HOW THE HUMAN BRAIN WORKS AND DELIGHT IN THE NON-CONFORMITY OF THIS OLD DILAPIDATED BAR SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF RIVER OAKS. THEN I THINK ABOUT HOW F’N BIG THEIR PARKING LOT IS AND I SHAKE MY FIST IN FURY AT ALL THE NIGHTS I’VE DRIVEN AROUND WASHINGTON LOOKING FOR A SPOT, WHEN I COULD’VE EASILY JUST BEEN HERE ENJOYING THE CULMINATION OF 30 YEARS WORTH OF CHEAP COLD BEER AND GREAT LIVE MUSIC. Yes, it’s true: Blanco’s is turning 30. A big blowout is in the works, but nothing concrete just yet. However, a little German bird told us you should expect a full-on customer appreciation night with food and drink specials and some very well-known musician friends stopping by to pay some muchdeserved homage. The beauty of Blanco’s is that “nothing has changed in those 30 years,” says Karen Burns, co-owner and charming, yet obviously tough as nails, fixture at Blanco’s. There was no argument from me, but if you have an inkling of doubt, then I implore you to walk across their gravel parking lot and open their screen door to what three decades of honky tonk interior design looks like. The tattered walls glowing from the neon lights; wooden tables and railings weathered down from years of beer bottle sweat; exposed insulation poking down from the ceiling (fully supported by chicken wire of course); hundreds of signed pictures from the bands that have played here; a hidden bathroom door; a few pool tables; and my personal favorite, a stuffed buffalo. I love this place. With The Rodeo in full swing, Blanco’s is a no-brainer to do some pre-gaming before you head over to the big show. There’s always a good cast of characters, some great home cooking and if it’s your birthday, you get a shot called “The Panty Burner.” That would be a sweetly dangerous concoction of
Kahlua, Baileys, Frangelico and Bacardi 151 lit on fire like a beautiful, drunk birthday cupcake. While the comfort food, happy hours and cheap drinks are great, the middle of the bar is of course where the legend began. The famous small stage and dance floor with its low-slung ceiling has been home to the likes of Gary P. Nunn, Roger Creager, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow and on and on. There are years of legendary nights housed within these walls and hats off to the readers who have experienced them firsthand. But, a quick heads-up to the up-and-comers, “if your music can’t get people to the dance floor, then you’re not getting on that stage,” Burns says with a coy smile. That good-times mentality along with their friendly customer service is why Blanco’s has been voted “Best Country Bar” for….pretty much ever. “We love our customers and they’ve become family,” Burns tells us. Proof of that enduring love is the 18 inches of flooring just in front of the bar. Over the years, the toe tapping of cowboy boots, power loafers, college flip-flops and single lady high heels has quite literally worn through three layers of linoleum to bare plywood. That’s a lot of good times had by a whole lot of different people. “Funny enough, Blanco’s was originally built as a child care center roughly 40 years ago,” Burns tells us. Before I can cleverly respond, she beats me to the punch: “Nothing has really changed.”
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EVENT HOUSTON PRESS ARTOPIA 2012 WHY TO CELEBRATE THE HOUSTON ART SCENE WHERE WINTER STREET STUDIOS WHEN JANUARY 28
Hundreds of Houstonians poured into Winter Street to celebrate a night of music, food, fashion and art. Guests sampled light bites from BB’s Cafe, Bibas Kitbar, The Counter, Jamaica House, Kona Grill, Nabi Neighborhood Restaurant and Zelko Bistro. Attendees enjoyed art from over 20 local artists, displaying works from various mediums including paint, photography, glass art, and street art. Over the course of the evening eventgoers enjoyed three fashion shows, live performance art provided by Houston Metropolitan Dance Company, Talento Bilingue de Houston and Cuadro La Tempestad Flamenco, as well as live musical performances by Finnegan, Folk Family Revival and Young Mammals.
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EVENT I HEART BMW 3 SERIES LAUNCH PARTY WHY TO BENEFIT IT’S MY HEART WHERE BMW WEST WHEN FEBRUARY 10
Beemer fans were a plenty at BMW West for the launch of the highly anticipated, newly redesigned 3 Series. Guests strolled through the dealership sampling libations by Pura Vida Tequila, Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka and ice-cold Stella Artois while noshing on some delectable sweet treats by Araya Artisan Chocolates, Gooey Butter Girls Cake Co. and Oh La La Cupcakes. Nothing goes better with a slick ride than chic attire, so guests got to preview Page Parkes Models decked in pieces from Negris Lebrum’s Collection debuting at NY Fashion Week, as well as Langford Market and DUO’s spring collections. Micci Marmalade Fashion Studio and J Hilburn Custom Men Clothing set up pop-up shops. DJ Little Martin set the mood with his electrifying tunes while PartyBooths! provided some picture fun. Special thanks to Visible Changes, Sarah’s Florist, BlackSwan, Buzz Buddy, Evamore Water and In Motion Marketing.
CHECK OUT ALL THE PARTIES IN HOUSTON @ 002MAG.COM EVENT DANDEE WARHOL’S RIDICULOUSLY 80’S SHOW! WHY TO BENEFIT WAR’HOUS FOUNDATION WHERE VILLAINS HOUSTON WHEN JANUARY 13
More than 800 art supporters gathered at Villains during the anticipated Dandee Warhol’s Ridiculously 80’s show not only to have fun, but to help raise funds for War’Hous Foundation, a new nonprofit organization that supports the Houston art scene. Guests strolled throughout the underground-style, graffiti-covered venue admiring perfectly lit 80’s-inspired art by 30 local artists. The scene was buzzing thanks to Grrrl Parts, Disco Daddies, DJ Dan-Knee, Glasnost DJs, who spun 80’s classic tunes giving guests a bit of déjà vu. A fashion show showcasing retro fashions and a break-dancing contest were huge crowd pleasers.
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BARS + CLUBS + LOUNGES + WINE BARS LUCKY STRIKE LANES L F 1201 San Jacinto. 713.343.3300 www.bowlluckystrike.com MAINSTAGE B LM 2016 Main St. 713.751.3101
downtown C&F DRIVE INN B 6714 N. Main. 713.861.0704 CHAPEL SPIRITS B 534 Texas St. 281.300.1568 www.chapelspirits.com CHAR BAR B F 305 Travis. 713.222.8177
DIVE LOUNGE @ Aquarium L 410 Bagby St. 713.223.3474 EIGHTEEN TWENTY B 1820 Franklin. 713.224.5535 www.myspace.com/1820bar ETTA’S LOUNGE L LM 5120 Scott. 713.528.2611
HOUSE OF BLUES
FLYING SAUCER B 705 Main St. 713.228.7468 www.beerknurd.com
MOLLY’S PUB B 509 Main. 713.222.1033 www.mollyspubs.com PBR HOUSTON A COWBOY BAR B 500 Texas St. 281.300.1568 www.pbrhouston.com PETE’S DUELING PIANO BAR B 1201 Fannin. 713.337.7383 www.petesduelingpianobar.com RESERVE 101 B 1201 Caroline. 713.655.7101 www.reserve101.com
SAM BAR | inside Alden Hotel C 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8800 www.aldenhotels.com SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFÉ B LM 909 Texas Ave. 713.224.5299 www.sambucarestaurant.com SHARK BAR B 534 Texas. 281.300.1568 www.sharkbartx.com SHAY MCELROY’S B 909 Texas Suite A. 713.223.2444 www.mcelroyspub.com
HOUSE OF BLUES B LM 1204 Caroline. 1.888.40.blues www.hob.com/houston JAZZ @ THE MAGNOLIA B LM 1100 Texas St. 713.221.0011 JET LOUNGE L LM 1515 Pease. 713.659.2000 www.thejetloungehouston.com LA CARAFE W 813 Congress. 713.229.9399 LONE STAR SALOON B 1900 Travis. 713.757.1616 LUCIE’S FABULOUS LIQUORS Bl 500 Texas St. 281.300.1568 www.luciesliquors.com
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galleria+uptown BAR 12•21 @ MORTON’S L F 5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 www.mortons.com
BELVEDERE L 1131 Uptown Park. 713.552.9271 www.belvedereinfo.com BLVD 610 LOUNGE B+L 3005 West Loop. 832.875.3997 www.blvd610.com PAPARRUCHOS B F 3055 Sage. 713.212.3178 www.paparruchos.com PLANETA BAR-RIO C 6400 Richmond. 832.251.3178 REMINGTON BAR B F St. Regis Hotel 1919 Briar Oaks Ln. 713.403.2631 www.stregis.com/houston RICHMOND ARMS B 5920 Richmond. 713.784.7722 www.richmondarmsonline.com ROXY C 5351 W. Alabama. 713.850.0703 www.clubroxy.com
THE BLACK SWAN |Omni Hotel C 4 Riverway. 713.871.8181
SKYLINE BAR & GRILL B 1600 Lamar. 713.739.8000
THE TASTING ROOM W •1101-18 Uptown Park. 713.993.9800 •2409 W. Alabama. 713.526.2242 www.tastingroomwines.com
STATE BAR & LOUNGE B+L 909 #2-A Texas. 713.229.8888 www.thestatebar.com
WILD WEST C 6101 Richmond. 713.266.3455 www.wildwesthouston.com
THE BREWERY TAP B 717 Franklin. 713.237.1537
WINETOPIA W 6363 San Felipe St. 832.858.1149 www.winetopiatx.com
THE B.U.S. BAR SB 1800 Texas. 713.222.2287
THE DIRT B 1209 Caroline. 713.426.4222 www.dirtbar.com TOC BAR C 711 Franklin. 713.224.4862 www.tocbar.net VENUE C+L 719 Main. 713.236.8150 www.venuehouston.com
6TH STREET BAR & GRILL B F 2701 White Oak. 713.880.5999 ANDY’S B F 1115 E. 11th St. 713.861.9423 BEER ISLAND B L W 2631 White Oak. 713.862.4670 BIG STAR B 1005 W. 19th. 281.501.9560 www.bigstarbar.com
BOOM BOOM ROOM B F 2518 Yale. 713.868.3740 www.myspace.com/ boomboomroomhouston CEDAR CREEK CAFÉ B F 1034 W. 20th St. 713.808.9623 DAN ELECTRO’S GUITAR BARLM 1031 E. 24th St. 713.862.8707 www.danelectrosguitarbar.com FITZGERALD’S B LM 2706 White Oak. 713.862.3838 www.fitzlivemusic.com
DOGHOUSE TAVERN B 2517 Bagby. 713.520.1118
RICH’S C 2401 San Jacinto. 713.759.9606 www.richsnightlife.com
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DOUBLE CROSS LOUNGE L 114 Gray. 713.526.3423
SAINT DANE’S BAR + GRILL B F 502 Elgin. 713.807.7040 www.saintdanes.com
SHOT BAR B 2315 Bagby. 713.526.3000 www.shotbarhouston.com
EPIC LOUNGE L C 3030 Travis. 713.522.2531
STATUS C 2404 San Jacinto. 713.659.5400 www.myspace.com/statushouston
FOX HOLLOW L F 4617 Nett St. 713.869.2117 www.foxhollowhouston.com
ESCOBAR L C 2905 Travis. 281.701.4248 www.escobarhouston.com
THE MAPLE LEAF B 514 Elgin. 713.520.6464 www.themapleleafpub.com
PORCH SWING PUB B 69 Heights. 713.880.8700 www.porchswingpub.com
FRONT PORCH PUB B 217 Gray. 713.571.9571 www.frontporchpub.com
THE MINK/THE BACKROOM B 3718 Main. 713.522.9985 www.minkonmain.com
PROHIBITION B L 5175 Westheimer. 281.940.4636 www.craftofcocktails.com
GLITTER KARAOKE B 2621 Milam. 713.526.4900 www.glitterkaraoke.com
UNION BAR B+L 2708 Bagby. 281.974.1916 www.myspace.com/unionlounge
THE CORKSCREW 1308 W. 20th St. 713.230.8352 www.houstoncorkscrew.com
GROVE PARK LOUNGE L 33 Waugh. 832.582.0611 www.groveparklounge.com
WHISKEY CREEK B 2905 Travis. 713.526.9985 www.whiskeycreekhouston.com
HOWL AT THE MOON L 612 Hadley. 713.658.9700 www.howlatthemoon.com
WONDER BAR B L 2416 Brazos. 281.974.5083 www.wonderbarhouston.com
JUNCTION SB 160 W. Gray. 713.523.7768
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KHON’S WINE W 2808 Milam St. 713.523.7775 www.khonsbar.com
611 B 611 Hyde Park. 713.528.1582
13 CELSIUS W 3000 Caroline. 713.529.8466 www.13celsius.com 3RD BAR B F 2600 Travis. 713.526.8282 BAR MUNICH B sb f 2616 Louisiana. 713.523.1008 www.barmunich.com BRAZOS RIVER BOTTOM B F 2400 Brazos. 713.528.9192 www.brbhouston.com
KOMODO’S B 2004 Baldwin. 713.655.1501 LITTLE WOODROW’S SB F 2306 Brazos. 713.522.1041
CHRISTIAN’S TAILGATE B F 2000 Bagby. 713.527.0261 www.christianstailgate.com
NOUVEAU ANTIQUE ART BAR B 2913 Main St. 713.526.2220 www.art-bar.net
COACHES SB 2204 Louisiana. 713.751.1970 www.coachesjv.com
PUB FICTION SB F 2303 Smith. 713.400.8400 www.pubfiction.com
COMMUNITY BAR B 2703 Smith St. 713.526.1576
RED DOOR C L 2416 Brazos. 713.526.9383 www.reddoormidtown.com
CONTINENTAL CLUB B 3700 Main. 713.529.9899 www.continentalclub.com
REPUBLIKA L 2905 Travis. 713.526.4225
ABSINTHE L F 609 Richmond. 713.528.7575 www.absinthelounge.com AGORA B F 1717 Westheimer. 713.526.7212 www.agorahouston.com ANVIL+REFUGE B F 1424 Westheimer. 713.523.1622 www.anvilhouston.com AVANT GARDEN B+L LM 411 Westheimer. 832.519.1429 www.avantgardenhouston.com BLUR BAR B 710 Pacific St. 713.529.3447 www.blurbar.com BOHEME WINE & CAFÉ BAR W F 307 Fairview. 713.269.0859 www.barboheme.com
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BOONDOCKS B C LM 1417 Westheimer. 713.522.8500 www.myspace.com/boondocksbar
POISON GIRL L 1641-B Westheimer. 713.527.9929 www.myspace.com/poisongirlbar
BYZANTIO B F 403 W. Gray. 713.520.6896 www.byzantiohouston.com
RED LION PUB B 2316 S. Shepherd. 713.782.3030 www.redlionhouston.com
CATBIRDS B 1336 Westheimer. 713.523.8000 www.catbirds.com
ROEDER’S PUB B 3116 S. Shepherd. 713.524.4994 www.roederspub.com
CECIL’S B 600 W. Gray. 713.524.3691
RUDYARD’S B F 2010 Waugh. 713.521.0521
CEZANNE JAZZ CLUB B LM 4100 Montrose. 713.522.9021 www.cezannejazz.com
SHERLOCK’S B F 1952 W. Gray. 713.521.1881
ETRO LOUNGE B 1424-A Westheimer. 713.521.3876 www.etrolounge.com GRAPPINO DI NINO M 2817 W. Dallas. 713.528.7002 GRIFF’S SB 3416 Roseland. 713.528.9912 www.griffshouston.net GUAVA LAMP L 570 Waugh. 713.524.3359 www.guavalamphouston.com J.R.’s B 808 Pacific. 713.521.2519 LOLA’S DEPOT B 2327 Grant. 713.528.8342 MCELROY’S PUB B 3607 Sandman. 713.524.2444 www.mcelroyspub.com METEOR B 2306 Genesee. 713.521.0123 www.meteorhouston.com MONTROSE MINING CO. B 807 Pacific. 713.529.7488 NUMBERS C 300 Westheimer. 713.526.6551 www.numbersnightclub.com ORANGE SPORTS BAR SB 1613 Richmond Ave. 713.528.4920 PJ’S SPORTS BAR B 614 W. Gray. 713.520.1748 www.pjssportsbar.com
SIDEBAR @ GRAVITAS B 807 Taft. 713.522.0995
SONOMA WINE BAR W 2720 Richmond. 713.526.9463 www.sonomahouston.com SOUTH BEACH C 810 Pacific. 713.529.7623 www.southbeachthenightclub.com THE FLAT B 1702 Commonwealth. 713.521.3528 www.barflathouston.com THE HARP B 1625 Richmond. 713.528.7827 www.theharphouston.com THE NEXT DOOR B L 2020 Waugh. 713.520.1712 THE STAG’S HEAD B 2128 Portsmouth. 713.533.1199 www.stagsheadpub.com VELVET MELVIN PUB B 3303 Richmond. 713.522.6798 VINTAGE L 2108 Kipling. 713.522.4200 www.vintageloungehouston.com ZIMM’S B L 4321 Montrose. 713.521.2002 www.zimmsbar.com ZIMM’S LITTLE DECK B L 601 Richmond. 713.527.8328
MONARCH LOUNGE Hotel ZaZa L 5701 Main. 713.526.1991 www.monarchrestauranthouston.com
outer loop 300 HOUSTON BOWLING B 925 Bunker Hill. 713.461.1207 www.300houston.com DENIM BAR B F 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925 www.theburningpear.com FIREHOUSE SALOON C LM 5930 Southwest Frwy. 713.977.1962 www.firehousesaloon.com HUSH C 15625 Katy Frwy. 713.330.4874 www.hushonline.com THE DERRICK TAVERN B LM 1127 Eldridge. 281.759.4922 www.thederricktavern.com THE TASTING ROOM W CityCentre. 281.822.1500 www.tastingroomwines.com VINE WINE ROOM W 12420 Memorial Dr. 713.463.8463 www.vinewineroom.com YARD HOUSE B F 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. CityCentre. 713.461.9273 www.yardhouse.com
rice village ARMADILLO PALACE B F 5015 Kirby. 713.526.9700 www.thearmadillopalace.com BAKER STREET PUB B LM 5510 Morningside. 713.942.9900 www.bakerstreetpub.com BRIAN O’NEILL’S B 5555 Morningside. 713.522.2603 www.brianoneills.com
LITTLE WOODROW’S B 5611 Morningside. 713.521.2337 www.littlewoodrows.com SALENTO WINE CAFE W F 2407 Rice Blvd. 713.528.7478 www.salentowinecafe.com SIMONE ON SUNSET W 2418 Sunset. 713.636.3033 www.simoneonsunset.com THE GINGER MAN B 5607 Morningside. 713.526.2770 www.gingermanpub.com THE LOUNGE AT BENJY’S B F 2424 Dunstan. 713.522.7602 www.benjys.com
LIZZARD’S PUB B C 2715 Sackett. 713.529.4610 LUMEN LOUNGE L 5000 Kirby. 281.807.7567 MERCER LOUNGE C 3302 Mercer. 713.627.1132 www.mercerhouston.com MEZZANINE LOUNGE SB F 2200 Southwest Frwy. 713.528.6399 www.mezzaninelounge.com MUGSY’S B 2239 Richmond Ave. 713.522.7118 www.mugsyshouston.com
oaks + kirby
RON’S PUB B 1826 Fountainview. 713.977.4820 www.ronspub.com
BAR MALATESTA B 1080 Uptown Park. 713.418.1000
SAM’S BOAT B 5720 Richmond. 713.781.2628
BIG WOODROW’S B F 3111 Chimney Rock. 713.784.2653 www.bigwoodrows.com
SIGNATURE LOUNGE L 5959 Richmond. 713.636.2087 www.signatureloungehouston.com
BLANCO’S B 3406 W. Alabama. 713.439.0072
SPOTLIGHT KARAOKE B 5901 Westheimer. 713.266.7768 www.spotlightkaraoke.com
BLVD LOUNGE B F 1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.1111 CAPONE’S B LM 4304 Westheimer. 713.840.0010 www.caponeshouston.com CHAMMP’S SB F 1121 Uptown Park. 713.627.2333 www.champps.com
STEREO LIVE 6400 Richmond. 832.251.9600 www.stereolivehouston.com
THE BIG EASY B LM 5731 Kirby. 713.523.9999 www.thebigeasyblues.com THE RAILYARD B 4200 San Felipe. 713.621.4000 www.railyardhouston.com THE RED ROOM L 2736 Virginia St. 713.520.5666 www.redroomhouston.com UNDER THE VOLCANO C 2349 Bissonnet. 713.526.5282 W XYZ BAR B 5415 Westheimer. 713.622.7010
warehouse district EIGHTEEN TWENTY L 1820 Franklin. 713.224.5535 LUCKY’S PUB SB F 801 St. Emanuel. 713.522.2010 www.luckyspub.com THE GREEN ROOM C LM 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483 WAREHOUSE LIVE LM 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483 www.warehouselive.com
THE BAR B InterContinental Hotel 2222 W. Loop South. 713.627.7200
COVA W •5600 Kirby. 713.838.0700 •5555 Washington. 713.868.3366 www.covawines.com
BRONX BAR B 5555 Morningside. 713.520.9691
CRU W 2800 Kirby. 713.528.9463 www.cruawinebar.com
ERNIE’S ON BANKS SB 1010 Banks. 713.526.4566 www.erniesonbanks.com
DOWNING STREET B L 2549 Kirby. 713.523.2291 www.downingstreetpub.com
HUDSON LOUNGE L 2506 Robinhood. 713.523.0020 www.hudsonlounge.com
KENNEALLY’S IRISH PUB B 2111 S. Shepherd. 713.630.0486 www.irishpubkenneallys.com
KAY’S LOUNGE L 2324 Bissonnet. 713.528.9858
LOBBY LOUNGE B L InterContinental Hotel 2222 W. Loop South. 713.627.1132
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Bea Here Now ♥ By Beatrice Allen
I HAVE THE LUXURY TO ENJOY SOME OF HOUSTON’S FINEST, YUMMIEST AND NEWEST DINING. PLUS ALL THE OTHER PLACES I JUST HAPPEN TO STUMBLE ACROSS. ONE WOULD ASSUME I DO A LOT OF EATING OUT BUT IN REALITY MOST OF MY MEALS ARE HOMEMADE…BY ME. I’M NOT AN EXPERT IN THE KITCHEN BUT I CAN KEEP MY HUSBAND AND MYSELF WELL FED. A HUGE COMPONENT OF THIS IS MY CO-OP, RAWFULLY ORGANIC. I GET A BEAUTIFUL BOUNTY OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES EACH TUESDAY THAT ARE NOT ONLY ORGANIC BUT ALSO (WHEN POSSIBLE) LOCAL. FROM THIS AWESOME BOUNTY I MAKE JUICES AND MEALS. SINCE A LITTLE GIRL, I’VE ALSO ENJOYED MY MEALS TOGETHER WITH MY FAMILY AT THE TABLE, A CUSTOM I’VE CARRIED ON INTO MY MARRIAGE. NOTHING MAKES ME FEEL MORE APPRECIATIVE THAN ENJOYING THE MEAL TOGETHER I’VE BEEN STRESSING OVER. A “THIS IS DELICIOUS” IS THE BEST THING TO HEAR AND KNOWING I’VE SNUCK IN SOME HEALTHY VEGGIES EASES MY MIND. FOUNDER OF RAWFULLY ORGANIC, KRISTINA CARILLO BUCARAM, IS THE SWEETEST, TINIEST, MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE (MY OPINION, FOLKS) SOURCE ON EATING RAW IN THE CITY, SHOULD YOU LOOK INTO JOINING HER AWESOME CO-OP, YOU WILL GET TO KNOW HER FOR YOURSELF, SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS AND FEED YOUR FAMILY AS WELL AS YOURSELF HEALTHIER, ORGANIC FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. JOIN THE CO-OP MOVEMENT AT WWW.RAWFULLYORGANIC.COM.
toasty baguette on the side. It doesn’t get better than Veuve, crab claws, lobster, shrimp, crabmeat and more. Although it sounds indulgent, this light meal proved to be perfection for our new New Year’s Day tradition.
THIS MONTH, I GRAB A LOVELY COFFEE TO-GO, VISIT A COMFORTING CLASSIC, START A NEW YEAR TRADITION AND REAFFIRM MY LOVE FOR JUICING!
their potato soup with their crispy chicken salad. The salad is sprinkled with shredded cheese and dressed in Honey Mustard. It’s the perfect pair when you need some comfort food.
One Café Latte non-fat with LOVE. CATALINA COFFEE SHOP 2201 Washington Avenue 713.861.8448 www.catalinacoffeeshop.com They turn coffee into art. Art with hearts! It makes me feel like they put a little love into each cup. It’s almost a sin to have to cover it up when it’s to-go. Old school quirky comfort (anybody remember the porcelain animals hanging from the ceiling?). MASON JAR 9005 Katy Freeway 713.461.9005 Not just a special but served year-round, if you’re looking for a hearty potato soup, Mason Jar has you covered. My favorite combo to order is a cup of
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New year, new tradition. BRASSERIE 19 1962 W. Gray 713.524.1919 www.brasserie19.com We decided to start our year off on the right foot. A late lunch on the first of the year to usher in positive vibes called for celebration. This meant more champagne and a delectable seafood platter with warm
Juicing, Juice, Juice! SNAP KITCHEN 5710 Memorial Dr. 713.426.4700 www.snapkitchen.com My sister has turned me on to juicing. Since her Christmas gift of a juicer, I’ve been hooked. And in a kind of kismet way, Snap’s new juice line was delivered to our offices in the new year for us to taste. Along with the news of their new location on Memorial closer to my home! So when I’m on the go or don’t have time to juice, I swing by and pick up my favorite flavors. Among those that I love are their Carrot Ginger Elixir and Watermelon/Energy juices.
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Interview by Lance Scott Walker Photography by Peter Beste
PAUL WALL You’ve been really open about your surgery. Did you experience some fans connecting with you on that? Some people who got inspired to go the same route? Yeah, definitely. Fans and also other entertainers, too. For me, the reason I wanted to be so open about it was because of all the... the way it was perceived, to get surgery like that, as being vain. And for me, it wasn’t for that purpose solely. You know, part of it is I wanna look good, but it wasn’t like I’m getting’ a thousand plastic surgeries on my face and you walk around looking like a fish. For me, I’m trying to save my life here, but at the same time better my life and feel good about myself. Anytime I see people who have the surgery, they’re always real quiet about it or kinda seem ashamed of it. And they don’t want people to know. But I feel completely the opposite. I’m proud that I got the surgery. If you see how I look before and how I look now, I look like a million bucks. That’s how I’m feelin’, too. So I’m proud that I got the surgery because of the results of how I feel as a person but also, I would hope to inspire somebody else to know that there’s another side to it. It’s not just the embarrassed, the shamed side people get, because people will be like “oh, he got surgery—that don’t count.” Not talking about me, but talking about people that had surgery like that. There’s always something negative that goes along with it, but me, I want to portray it in a positive light, to let people know that you can have surgery, too. I wanted to make a change, and I was doing everything in my power to try to lose weight, but where I was at it was... if I
FTER COMING ALIVE NATIONALLY IN 2005, RAPPER PAUL WALL TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THAT RECOGNITION AND BRANCHED OUT INTO COLLABORATIONS WITH ARTISTS FROM ALL OVER. THAT BROUGHT HIM BACK AND FORTH FROM CALIFORNIA FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, AN EXCHANGE THAT OPENED HIS EYES TO SOME DEVELOPING HEALTH ISSUES. ON NEW YEAR’S DAY IN 2010, HE EMERGED FROM THE HOSPITAL HAVING HAD GASTRIC SLEEVE SURGERY, AND HAS BEEN VOCAL ABOUT HOW RIGHT HIS DECISION PROVED TO BE.
wouldn’t have had the surgery by now, I would have probably been another hundred pounds heavier. Just ’cuz the lifestyle I was livin’, and even though I made dramatic lifestyle changes, I wasn’t losing any weight. So, I don’t know, I just wanted people to know there’s more to it than that. There’s another side to it. You know, I don’t feel like there’s nothin’ wrong with getting’ the surgery. I was 320 pounds!
feel like there’s kind of a movement towards a health consciousness in rap music or in Houston in particular?
All that sneaking up on you before you’re even 30.
Hell yeah! Gettin’ on planes feelin’ dizzy, performin’, feelin’ like I’m about to pass out. You know, as I’m performing, praying, “Man, I hope I don’t pass out because I’m gonna be so embarrassed if I fall down on stage.” If it wasn’t for my homeboy motivating me to do it… he was tellin’ me “Man, ain’t nothin’ wrong with that surgery. Don’t be thinkin’ you should be embarrassed by that.” If it wasn’t for him encouraging me to do it, then I probably wouldn’ta did it, and I might not be here! And everybody woulda been talkin’ about me: “Aw, man, Paul shoulda... man, he was too big... why didn’t he get surgery?” That’s bullshit. They don’t say that ’til you die.
Yeah, just lifestyle-related. I was living that same lifestyle that they’re livin’, even though some of us might be doin’ the drugs a little more than others, some of us might be eatin’ unhealthily a little more than others, some of us might be exercising a little less than others, but we’re all livin’ the same lifestyle, and it’s just – it has an effect on you, where any of us are vulnerable to that, and you don’t realize it until it’s too late. Or until it’s damn near too late.
Look at Big Moe. Yeah, yeah. Exactly, man. Exactly. But you’re not the only one, and we look at people like Slim Thug, he’s also trimmed up, and then Killa Kyleon – do you feel like it’s an overall thing, do you
I think, yeah, definitely, and some of that comes from watchin’ our heroes fall. First from DJ Screw, and Pimp C, and then Big Moe, and all of them are health-related. Drug kinda-related.
And then it’s a real uphill climb. Yeah, exactly, man, and part of – you know, when you get your health together, a lot of it has to do with momentum, the momentum you have with it. And if you feel like the battle is lost already, and you don’t have any hope for it, it just makes it that much tougher to overcome.
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EVENT LEGACY’S 5TH ANNUAL CABARET FOR A CURE GALA WHY TO BENEFIT LEGACY COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES WHERE HILTON AMERICAS WHEN JANUARY 21 Legacy Community Health Services 5th Annual Cabaret for a Cure, featuring seventime Grammy Award winner Al Jarreau, was a tremendous success. During the glamorous evening Margaret Alkek Williams was awarded the Shannon R. Schrader Humanitarian Award and Julie Eberly with the Visionary Award for all their support throughout Legacy’s 30-year journey. The large crowd of beautiful people were treated to a seated dinner, silent auction and a special performance by Mr. Jarreau, who scatted his way to the stage and brought everyone to their feet.
Gerald and Anita Smith
Susan Krohn, Phoebe Tudor
Chree Boydstrum, Paul David Van Atta
Julie Eberly, Michael Holthouse
Margaret Alkek Williams
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Kelli and Marty Fein
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