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volume 13 | issue 149 letter from the editor Photography by Sofia van der Dys Makeup by Edward Sanchez Blowout by David Michael @ David Michael Salon Somabeads necklaces, when 360 of you buy $25 worth of beads, 125 Ugandan kids can be put in school. www.somabeads.com
ouston is back on track! After a long, dry spell economically, drought-wise and destination-wise things are looking up! Just last month the city made it through a successful Final Four Championship which according to the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, broke an attendance record set by Detroit in 2009 – Reliant Stadium had 145,747 fans turn out. The Shell Houston Open attracted 125,000 fans for the week including 40,000 on Sunday only, a record for the Tournament Course. And the River Oaks Tennis Tournament went off without a hitch! Turn to the Scene to see pictures from a VIP party we co-hosted for the Tennis Tournament.
CARLA VALENCIA DE MARTINEZ
I recently hosted a mini shopping night at Neiman Marcus for the Great Handbag and Shoe debut and ladies were snapping up Louboutins and Blahniks, acting like kids at a candy store! Speaking of Neiman Marcus – in the March fashion issue, I omitted that all the fabulous fashions and accessories were from them. It’s our Arts + Entertainment issue and there is so much going on! The Houston Ballet is moving into a brand spanking new state-of-the-art building – read about it on page 26. Jesse Dayton talks of his larger-than-life role of Becoming Kinky on page 22. Inspired by our publisher Alejandro Martinez’s vast Star Wars collection, I’m thrilled with Gabriella Nissen’s photography for our collector’s piece on page 42 in Nostalgic Aspirations. Paired with the words of the ultimate source in collecting, Reyne Haines, this is a piece that should have you reminiscing. We also bring you a new feature that you’ll see sporadically called Tracy’s Tasty Tips and Tweaks. Tracy’s a regular gal – read: she’s no expert – who likes to live a clean, fit life. She has an uncanny ability to tweak regular recipes like pancakes, wraps, banana nut bread or coffee crumb cake into tasty, healthy options. And it’s hard to believe that it’ll be summer next month – stay tuned for the June Summer Issue plus our Summer Party at Porsche West.
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ARTS + ENTERTAINMENT ISSUE Lauren Ciobanu shoot by Jaime Lagdameo on location at the Houston Ballet's new home.
OOPS In the April issue we failed to credit photographer Anne Marie D’Arcy, Amdarcyphotography.com, for the beautiful wedding images in our Real Weddings feature for Marcella Colbert & Steve Burke's wedding. We also mis-credited the photographer for recording. Anthony Rathbun was responsible for the images taken for La Catrin. 002houston Magazine is published monthly by NODO Magazine, L.L.C., 1824 Spring Street, Studio 002, Houston, TX 77007. Copyright © 2011 by NODO Magazine L.L.C. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly prohibited. 002houston Magazine does not knowingly accept false or misleading advertising or editorial, nor do the publishers assume responsibility should such advertising or editorial appear. For subscription information, call 713.223.5333x14 or send a check or money order for $35.00 to 002houston Magazine, 1824 SPRING STREET, STUDIO 002, HOUSTON, TX 77007.
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COMING IN JUNE
summer in the city table of contents
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uptown map party pic on our radar calendar museum district art houses + museums + exhibits FOR ART’S SAKE: JESSE DAYTON nonprofit: urban souls gish at the movies THE HOUSTON BALLET’S NEW HOME
things i love NOSTALGIC ASPIRATIONS where to live dating diva adventures architecture + design: life books 002 profile: slow dough tools + toys + gadgets mentertainment wise guy restaurant listings
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DINE WRITE: FREEBIRDS BRUNCH chef’s special: teresa lin new restaurants TRACY’S TASTY TIPS AND TWEAKS party pic the scene club review + lounge: 360 nightlife
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recording: niva, the soul diva bea here now cd reviews 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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EVENT AN EVENING WITH MICHAEL MCDONALD WHY TO BENEFIT CHILDREN AT RISK WHERE VERIZON WIRELESS THEATER WHEN MARCH 26 The sounds of one of the most recognized voices in the world, Michael McDonald, rang through the Verizon Wireless Theater during the Children at Risk fundraiser. McDonald put on a magical performance with oldies like “Takin’ It to the Streets” and other Motown favorites. With Judge Eric Andell at the helm of the Big Board, the excitement in the air was high. There were dinners at Fleming’s, Americas, luncheon at Mo’s…A Place for Steaks, and much more! An Evening with Michael McDonald benefited Children at Risk and their programs and policies to stop trafficking and exploitation of children. Great event and great cause!
Becky and Bubba Cooke
Devinder and Gina Bhatia
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Mary Jane Fortin, Carolyn Farb
Edward Sanchez, Eric Andell
Ellen Samborn, Michael McDonald
Frank Billingsley, Dominique Sachse
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uptown+ galleria map
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Photography by Kim Coffman
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EVENT MARDI GRAS! GALVESTON WHY 3-DAY PARTY CELEBRATION FERTITTA-STYLE! WHERE GRAND OPERA HOUSE, THE BOARDWALK AT PIER 21, SAN LUIS RESORT
WHEN FEB. 26, MARCH 4 AND 5 With Tilman Fertitta serving as King Frivolous XCVI of the Knights of Momus and his gorgeous wife Paige at the wheel of this year’s San Luis Salute and accompanying festivities, there was no doubt this would be the most over-the-top extravaganza to date, and it sure was! Each celebration was top-notch, giving those fortunate enough to have received an invitation an opportunity to celebrate in true VIP style. We’re talking 164-foot tri-deck yacht, champagne, surprise appearance by The Pointer Sisters, private dinners and for some even a ride on the Arabian Knights-themed float. And this was just a fraction of the action! Amazing!
Johnny and Nikki Smecca
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Bob Allen, Heather McMahan
Matt Kelly, Leigh Dalio
Tilman and Paige Fertitta
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Midtown Scout Square ProPerty
radar Community development BBVA Compass will begin construction of a 380,000sf, eco-efficient corporate office building which will meet all LEED® gold standard requirements, the second highest certification in the rating system, at 2200 Post Oak Blvd. The new facility will allow BBVA Compass to centralize operations that are currently spread across four different offices throughout the Greater Houston area. EMELY GALVEZ, A GRADUATE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, STARTED WWW.HOUSTONBOOKEXCHANGE.COM IN NOV. 2010 FOR STUDENTS TO BUY/SELL/SWAP TEXTBOOKS WITH EACH OTHER – AND SAVE MONEY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.HOUSTONBOOKEXCHANGE.COM. Wulfe & Co. reports that retail construction is looking up. New large anchor stores planned for the Houston region in 2011 include three HEB supermarkets plus two of HEB’s Joe V’s Smart Shop stores, one Walmart Super Center, one Kroger, one Whole Foods Market and the Phoenicia Market downtown. In addition, Academy will open three new stores, Tootsies opened a new facility in West Ave, a new Star Furniture is under construction in Clear Lake and two new dd’s DISCOUNTS stores (owned and operated by Ross) will open. “People are still moving here from other areas with or without jobs, because of the quality of life potential for employment and opportunity. This continued growth should further ensure the future of Houston’s shopping center industry and confirm its resiliency and strength,” Wulfe reported. MIDTOWN SCOUT SQUARE PROPERTY – DR. LUCKY CHOPRA WITH DECCAN DEVELOPMENT IS RENOVATING THE HISTORIC BOY SCOUTS BUILDING IN MIDTOWN AND REPURPOSING IT INTO A MIXED-USE BUILDING WHICH WILL INCLUDE CLUB SPACE AND RESTAURANT SPACE AS WELL AS BANQUET AND/OR CONFERENCE CENTER AND OFFICE SPACE. THE BUILDING WILL FEATURE A 3-STORY WINE TOWER & WATERFALL INTEGRATING THREE ENTERTAINMENT FLOORS DESTINED TO BE A ONE-STOP DESTINATION FOR FUN, FOOD AND MUSIC. THIS PROJECT HAS GREAT VISIBILITY FROM THE PIERCE ELEVATED AND IS EXPECTED TO TRANSFORM THE MIDTOWN SKYLINE. EXPECTED COMPLETION IS SEPTEMBER 2011. 14. may 11 | www.002mag.com
The Encouragement Project has just signed a contract on a 16’ display window in the Houston Galleria, right in front of the Westin Hotel. With more than 100,000 people walking past it each week, the EP will be putting up a nonprofit and community-based corporate events calendar. So organizations of all sizes will be able to promote their events, fundraisers, parties, etc., for a large portion of Houston to see. They ask for a $100 donation from nonprofits and $200 from corporations to help underwrite the window.
THE SECOND ANNUAL SKATE & ROCK FREE CONCERT SERIES AT THE LEE & JOE JAMAIL SKATE PARK KICKED OFF LAST MONTH AND CONTINUES WITH A CONCERT ON SATURDAY, MAY 21, AND CONCLUDES SATURDAY, JUNE 18. ALL SHOWS START @ 7PM AND END BY 9PM WITH THREE BANDS PLAYING EACH NIGHT. THE GOAL IS TO CREATE A WAY TO EXPOSE YOUNG SKATERS TO SOME GREAT LIVE MUSIC AND POSSIBLY INSPIRE THEM TO START THEIR OWN BANDS. BAND LINE-UPS INCLUDE DOLLY ROCKERS, BORN LIARS, SOMETHING FIERCE, THE OCTANES, TALK SICK BRATS AND DISFRUTALO. The Houston Grand Opera received a major donation of $4 million from The Alkek and Williams Foundation for the creation of the Margaret Alkek Williams General Director Chair Fund. This endowed Chair recognizes Margaret Alkek Williams, a major philanthropic figure in Houston and a longtime supporter of HGO. The Alkek family has supported HGO for over four decades. The $4 million donation will be received as $800,000 per year over five years.
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TWENTY-PLUS PRIVATE WATER GARDENS AND KOI PONDS (ALL PRIVATE RESIDENCES, MANY DESIGNED AND BUILT BY THE HOMEOWNERS THEMSELVES) WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ON SATURDAY, JUNE 4, AND SUNDAY, JUNE 5. THE HOMEOWNERS WILL BE ON HAND TO TALK WITH VISITORS. HOURS ARE FROM 10AM-5PM. THE $10 TICKET IS GOOD FOR BOTH DAYS AND CAN BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE AT NELSON WATER GARDENS IN KATY. WWW.NELSONWATERGARDENS.COM
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CRAVE CUPCAKES RECENTLY ROLLED OUT A NEW MINI-OFFERING OF THEIR SIGNATURE CUPCAKES. CRAVE MINIS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ORDER IN-STORE AND ONLINE IN VANILLA, DARK CHOCOLATE, CHOCOLATE ON VANILLA, STRAWBERRY, RED VELVET AND CRAVE CHOCOLATE AND CRÈME. ONLY SOLD IN TWO-DOZEN INCREMENTS; $44 FOR TWO DOZEN. WWW.CRAVECUPCAKES.COM Co-owners of Revival Market, chef Ryan Pera and farmer Morgan Weber, are offering Houstonians the opportunity to shop, cook and eat “from farm to table” on a daily basis. The Market stocks its shelves with fresh vegetables, fruits, dairy and grocery staples sourced locally, fills its butcher cases with all-natural, pastureraised meats, deli and charcuterie, and offers a seasonal selection of prepared foods made by Chef Pera. FLYING SAUCER DRAUGHT EMPORIUM’S ARRAY OF APPETIZERS, HOT SANDWICHES, BURGERS, PIZZAS, SALADS, WRAPS AND AN EXTENSIVE ARRAY OF MICRO AND IMPORTED BEERS ON TAP, ALONG WITH A FULL-SERVICE BAR, IS SET TO OPEN AT A SECOND LOCATION IN SUGAR LAND TOWN SQUARE AT 15929 CITY WALK IN THE FALL OF 2011. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.BEERKNURD.COM.
In celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8, La Mer continues its partnership with Oceana, the world’s largest international ocean advocacy organization. Since 2005, La Mer has worked with Oceana to promote ocean protection and restoration in honor of La Mer’s founder, Dr. Max Huber. Oceana has greatly reduced over-fishing and protected threatened marine habitats with its science-based policies. A limited-edition 100 ml World Oceans Day Crème in a commemorative ocean-inspired jar is available in May and June at Neiman Marcus. In addition, La Mer will make a $200,000 donation to Oceana in support of their Habitat Protection Campaign as well as other global initiatives for ocean conservation. For more information, visit www.lamer.com/oceana.
RA SUSHI hosts its seventh annual “Nicky’s Week” fundraiser Sunday, May 29, through Saturday, June 4, to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the nation’s top children’s cancer research center. RA donates 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of a variety of menu items and drinks. Nicky’s Week was developed in memory of St. Jude patient Nicholas “Nicky” Mailliard of Scottsdale, Arizona, who lost a long battle with brain cancer in February 2005 at the age of 13. A nephew of one of RA Sushi’s founders, Nicky held a special place in the hearts of RA Sushi associates. The fundraiser was initiated to honor Nicky while raising awareness and funds for St. Jude, where no child is ever turned away because of a family’s inability to pay for medical treatments.
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Alley The Monster... 2:30 & 7:30pm HOB Tower of Power 7pm Main Street Commedia of Errors 3:30pm MOT Highlights of Houston Ballet 3:30pm Stages Four Places 3pm Warehouse Vains of Jenna 7pm Wortham Texas Medical Orchestra 5pm
Safari Run, 12pm at the 57th Annual Texas Music Festival and Village Fair at Walter Hall Park. Hosted by the League City Lions Club. www.lcvillagefair.com/safari.htm
Alley The Monster... 2:30 & 7:30pm Hobby GEB: Mamma Mia! 2 & 7:30pm HOB LG Ones to Watch- Neon Trees 7pm Main Street I am Barbie 3pm Jones HS: Exploring Mahler 10, 2:30pm Minute Maid Astros vs. New York Mets 1:05pm Stages Four Places 3pm Warehouse Voodoo Glow Skulls & Mustard Plug 5pm Concert at the Villa, 4pm at the Villa de Matel Chapel. Alley The Monster... 2:30 & 7:30pm | Pygmalion 7:30pm Hobby Masquerade: Jekyll & Hyde 2pm Jones Dvorak’s Cello Concerto 2:30pm Main Street I am Barbie 3pm MOT HGO: Madame Butterfly 8pm Stages Four Places 3pm Warehouse Afton Live Showcase 6:30pm 24th Houston Art Car Parade, 1pm down Allen Parkway starting at Waugh. Festivities start as the cars begin lining up at 11am. www.orangeshow.org
Alley Pygmalion 2:30 & 7:30pm | The Monster... 2:30 & 7:30pm CWMP Boni’s S.S. Paradise Cruise 6pm Hobby Masquerade: Jekyll & Hyde 2pm Jones HS POPS: Tribute to Ray Charles 7:30pm Main Street I am Barbie 3pm MOT Dancin’ in the Street: Motown & More Revue 8:15pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Arizona Diamondbacks 1:05pm Reliant Arena: South
Texas Biker Jam & Expo 10am Warehouse Loudness 7pm Wortham HB: Raising The Barre 2pm 16. april 11 | www.002mag.com
MONDAY Hobby Second Baptist School: South Pacific 2:30pm
FLANDERS RECORDER QUARTET – The Six Wives of Henry VIII, 7:30pm at Trinity Episcopal Church. Houston Early Music’s season finale. www.HoustonEarlyMusic.org
TUESDAY Alley The Monster... 7:30pm Warehouse The I am Donald Tour w/ Donald Glover, Childish Gambino 8pm
ROCK OF AGES, 8pm at the Continental Club. Power Ballads Sing-Along presented by TUTS and Aurora Picture Show. www.TUTS.com
Alley The Monster... 7:30pm CWMP Arcade Fire 7:30pm HOB Ms. Lauryn Hill 8pm Stages Four Places 7:30pm Warehouse Carnifex 6pm Wortham Da Camera: A Little Day Music 12pm | HGO: Ariadne auf Naxos 7:30pm
May 2-9, ACTIVE Life’s first-ever Demand Healthy Week. Sign up for FREE at www.DemandHealthyWeek.org to find information and ideas for Moments of Health and to learn about public Moments in the community. Also find special discounts for healthy products and services from participating national and local retailers, restaurants and other companies. MOT Romeo & Juliet 11am Minute Maid Astros vs. Cincinnati Reds 7:05pm
May 10, Neal Hamil Agency 3rd Annual Little Black Dress Project, 6:30-9pm at the House of Blues. www.littleblackdressproject.com
Alley The Monster... 7:30pm Hobby GEB: Mamma Mia! 7:30pm HOB Revolt Tour 2011: w/ Hollywood Undead, etc. 6pm MOT Romeo & Juliet 11am Minute Maid Astros vs. Cincinnati Reds 7:05pm Verizon Kylie Minogue 8pm Warehouse Terror/Stick to Your Guns 6pm Wortham HGO: Ariadne auf Naxos 7:30pm Houston Go Red for Women Expo & Luncheon, 10am-2pm at The Hilton Americas. For tickets, contact Ashly Alberto at 713.610.5000 or email@example.com.
17 Alley The Monster... 7:30pm Toyota Bon Jovi 7:30pm Warehouse Mogwai 8pm
Alley The Monster... 7:30pm Hobby GEB: Mamma Mia! 7:30pm HOB Uranium Tour 2011 W/ Black Label Society 7pm MOT Romeo & Juliet 11am Minute Maid Astros vs. Cincinnati Reds 1:05pm Stages Four Places 7:30pm Warehouse Jamey Johnson 8pm
May 11-24, Passport Spain at Central Market. www.centralmarket.com
Alley The Monster... 7:30pm Hobby GEB: Mamma Mia! 7:30pm HOB Zoe Keating 7pm | Los Lonely Boys 7:30pm Main Street I am Barbie 7:30pm MOT Romeo & Juliet 11am Stages Four Places 7:30pm Wortham SPA: The Intergalactic Nemesis Live Action Graphic Novel 8pm “El Banquete del Millon” at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown.
Alley The Monster... 7:30pm Reliant Arena: Bruno Mars & Janelle Monae 7:30pm Stages Four Places 7:30pm Toyota Celtic Woman 7:30pm
05/14 Toyota Josh Groban 8pm
Minute Maid Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers 7:05pm Verizon Primus 7pm
Art Car Awards Ceremony & Brunch, 3-6pm at Sokol Houston. www.orangeshow.org
Alley The Monster... 7:30pm | Pygmalion 7:30pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers 7:05pm
Alley The Monster... 7:30pm | Pygmalion 7:30pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers 1:05pm
05/10 - Verizon Kylie Minogue 8pm
Alley Pygmalion 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Rock of Ages 7:30pm
Alley The Monster... 7:30pm CWMP Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band 8pm Hobby DWD: Spring Mixed Rep 7:30pm HOB Hot 95.7 Cinco de Mayo Bomb w/ Pit Bull, Keri Hilson & Edward Maya 7pm Stages Four Places 7:30pm Verizon Project Runway 2011 Remix 8pm Warehouse Vargas-Delagarza Project 6pm | The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion 8pm
MusiqaFiesta, 6-9pm at Page Sutherland Page LLP. www.musiqahouston.org
Alley Amadeus 2:30pm | The Monster at the Door 7:30pm CWMP Buzzfest XXVI 12pm Jones HS: Alexander Nevsky 2:30pm MOT Cinco de Mayo Celebration 8pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Milwaukee Brewers 1:05pm Stages Four Places 3pm Wortham HGO: Ariadne auf Naxos 2pm Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Houston, 5-8pm at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. TasteOfTheNation.org
PERFORMING ARTS + CONCERTS + SPORTS + FESTIVALS + GENERAL INTEREST
May 1, 40th Annual March for Babies, 9am at University of Houston, Robertson Stadium. www.marchforbabies.org May 1st, 16th Annual Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance at the Lakewood Yacht Club. www.keels-wheels.com May 6, National Public Gardens Day 2011. www.nationalpublicgardensday.org
Alley The Monster... 7:30pm HOB Grady Skelton 7pm Jones HS: Dvorak’s Cello Concerto 8pm Main Street I am Barbie 7:30pm Stages Four Places 7:30pm Verizon Yanni 7:30pm Warehouse Afton Live Showcase 6:30pm Making It Better and Looking Good Doing It, 6:30pm at The Decorative Center Houston. www.mibtx.org
Alley The Monster... 7:30pm | Pygmalion 7:30pm CWMP HS: “Let The Good Times Roll”- The Music of Ray Charles 8pm Main Street I am Barbie 7:30pm MOT Dancin’ in the Street: Motown & More Revue 8:15pm Warehouse Dredg 6:30pm Wortham HB: Raising The Barre 7:30pm Del Castillo, 6:30pm at Anheuser-Busch Stage, Discovery Green Thursday Concert Series. www.discoverygreen.com.
May 12-28, Essential Self-Defense by Adam Rapp, 8pm at Frenetic Theatre. Presented by Horse Head Theatre. www.horseheadtheatre.org May 12-22, Primavera at the Galleria. Guests are invited to saunter the gardens created by professional landscape artists. www.galleriahouston.com
May 19 6:30pm and Fon Part of t Thursday 2011. w
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Alley The Monster... 8pm Alley The Monster... 2:30 & 8pm Hobby DWD: Spring Mixed Rep 7:30pm | Hobby DWD: Spring Mixed Rep 7:30pm | I’m Ready Productions: Je’Caryous IRP: Je’Caryous Johnson’s…2 & 8pm Johnson’s Cheaper to Keep Her 8pm Main Street Bunnicula 1 & 4pm | HOB Greyson Chance & Cody Simpson Commedia of Errors 7:30pm 6pm | Jones SPA: Doc Severinsen & El MOT Highlights of Houston Ballet 8pm Ritmo de la Vida Jazz Ensemble 8pm Stages Four Places 8pm | Odd and The Frost Giants 2pm Main Street Commedia of Errors Warehouse Rusko 8pm 7:30pm | MOT Highlights of Houston Wortham HGO: Ariadne auf Naxos 7:30pm | Ballet 8pm | Stages Four Places 8pm Da Camera: Folk Songs Transformed- Old Into New 8pm Verizon Wilco 8pm Warehouse Phosphorescent 8pm | 6th Annual Wild about Wine fundraiser, 7-10pm at the Echo & The Bunnymen 8pm Aquarium at Moody Gardens.
Alley The Monster... 8pm Hobby GEB: Mamma Mia! 8pm | DW: Jazz Salon Series-New York 7:30pm HOB The Bamboozle Roadshow w/ Chiddy Bang, etc. 6pm | The Ruby Revue Burlesque Show 7pm Jones HS: Exploring Mahler 10, 8pm Main Street I am Barbie 8pm MOT Ritmo Latino! Featuring Ely Guerra 8pm Minute Maid Astros vs. New York Mets 7:05pm Stages Four Places 8pm
Alley The Monster... 2:30 & 8pm Hobby GEB: Mamma Mia! 2 & 8pm | BCPA: Songs of Poets 7:30pm HOB LG Ones to Watch- The Maine & Augustana 6pm | Lovefool- 90’s Cover Band 8pm Jones HS: Exploring Mahler 10, 8pm Main Street Bunnicula 1 & 4pm | I am Barbie 8pm MOT The Grass Roots 8pm Minute Maid Astros vs. New York Mets 3:05pm Stages Four Places 8pm | Odd and The Frost Giants 2pm Toyota Josh Groban 8pm Verizon Slightly Stoopid 7pm
Wortham Mercury Baroque: Mozart’s Requiem 8pm
Alley The Monster... 8pm | Pygmalion 8pm CWMP HS: Dvorak’s Cello Concerto 8pm Hobby Masquerade: Jekyll & Hyde 7:30pm HOB My Chemical Romance 7pm Main Street I am Barbie 8pm MOT HGO: Madame Butterfly 8pm Reliant Arena: Royal Comedy Tour 8pm Stages Four Places 8pm Toyota Camilo Sesto 8pm
Paradise on the Plaza, 7:30-9:30pm. Presented by Sugar Land Town Square.www.sugarlandtownsquare.com Alley The Monster... 7:30pm | Pygmalion 8pm Hobby Masquerade: Jekyll & Hyde 7:30pm Jones HS POPS: Tribute to Ray Charles 8pm Main Street I am Barbie 8pm MOT Dancin’ in the Street: Motown & More Revue 8:15pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Arizona Diamondbacks 7:05pm Verizon Cage The Elephant, etc. 8pm Warehouse Black Queen Speaks 7pm
May 19, Carolyn Wonderland, 6:30pm at Anheuser-Busch Stage and Fondren Performance Space. Part of the Discovery Green Thursday Concert Series Spring 2011. www.discoverygreen.com May 20, Art Car Ball at The Fabulous Orange Show, 7-11pm. www.orangeshow.org
Alley The Monster... 2:30 & 8pm | Pygmalion 2:30 & 8pm Hobby Masquerade: Jekyll & Hyde 7:30pm HOB Super Diamond 8pm Jones Dvorak’s Cello Concerto 8pm Main Street I am Barbie 8pm MOT HGO: Your Name Means the Sea 8pm Stages Four Places 8pm | Odd and The Frost Giants 2pm Warehouse Texas Hippie Coalition 7pm
Sneak Peek of Art Car: The Movie at Discovery Green, 6-10pm. www.orangeshow.org Alley The Monster... 2:30 & 8pm | Pygmalion 2:30 & 8pm CWMP Boni’s S.S. Paradise Cruise 6pm Hobby Masquerade: Jekyll & Hyde 7:30pm Jones HS POPS: Tribute to Ray Charles 8pm Main Street I am Barbie 8pm MOT Dancin’ in the Street: Motown & More Revue 8:15pm Minute Maid Astros vs. Arizona Diamondbacks 6:05pm Reliant Arena: South Texas Biker Jam & Expo 10am Wortham HB: Raising The Barre 7:30pm
TO PURCHASE TICKETS, PLEASE CONTACT
ALLEY THEATRE: alleytheatre.org CWMP: woodlandscenter.org HOBBY CENTER: 713.315.2525 thehobbycenter.org HOUSE OF BLUES: hob.com JONES HALL: 713.227.3974 joneshall.org MAIN STREET THEATRE: 713.524.6706 mainstreettheatre.com MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE (MOT): milleroutdoortheatre.com MINUTE MAID PARK: astros.mlb.com
RELIANT PARK: reliantpark.com STAGES REPERTORY THEATRE: 713.527.0123 stagestheatre.com TOYOTA CENTER: 1.866.4HOU.TIX toyotacentertix.com VERIZON THEATRE: verizonwirelesstheatre.com WAREHOUSE LIVE: warehouselive.com WORTHAM CENTER: 713.237.1439 worthamcenter.org
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1. THE MENIL COLLECTION www.menil.org
Upside Down: Arctic Realities, on view thru July 17, is an ambitious project that presents rare and significant artifacts from the arctic region. These works, from ancient periods, ranging from 1000 BC to 1400 AD, and from major sites, explore the relationship of the aesthetics of native cultures to their remote environment. The objects illustrate the culture’s sensory perceptions of the landscape, spiritual and physical orientations and perspectives on the living and imagined universe. 2. HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY www.hcponline.org
Teenagers: Portraits of Identity and Expression, on view May 6, presents the work of five contemporary photographers – Natan Dvir, Martine Fougeron, Alison Malone, Rania Matar and Nancy Newberry. Each of these photographers creates portraits of teenagers yet each selects a different angle to explore similar themes. These photographs take a narrative approach and depict the time and sequence of teens. All of these portraits are intimate yet universal as the subject confronts the camera and viewer. 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
Intimate in scale, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum is the repository of the only intact Byzantine frescoes of this size and importance in the Western Hemisphere. It’s also a manifestation of the redemptive power of art: The chapel was expressly built to house 13-century Byzantine frescoes that had been looted from their original home in a small chapel in Lysi, Cyprus. 5. HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT www.crafthouston.org
Joan Son – Part Geometry, Part Zen: A Personal Exploration through Paper, on view thru June 12. This
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exhibit focuses on the themes of the elements found in nature – fire, water, earth and air. Known for her largescale installations of origami butterflies, Son will cover the walls of the Artist Hall with 500 butterflies. In addition to this colorful installation, the exhibit features sculptural and traditional artworks made throughout the Houston artist’s career. 6. LAWNDALE ARTCENTER www.lawndaleartcenter.org
Walpurgis Afternoon, on view thru June 4. Some artists record the world, some interpret it, and some distort it. A few, like Jim Woodring and Marc Bell, create their own worlds. Woodring’s world, the Unifactor, features Frank, a cat-like cartoon naïf, whose pets, Pupshaw and Pushpaw, are his fearlessly loyal protectors. Mark Bell’s world-creation leaks freely between his comics and his paintings. Bell’s world is one where “people” and buildings are equally alive (and have feet), where visual information is densely stacked. Woodring and Bell represent a certain strain in modern comics – a world of fantasy influenced by children’s books, pre-war newspaper comic strips and illustration, and contemporary art.
and lounge in the thinking chairs to get those juices flowing! Either way, inventive, “outside the box” thinking is sure to occur! 10. THE HEALTH MUSEUM www.thehealthmuseum.org
Coming in June: Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. If you are a fan, this is definitely an exhibit you will enjoy. The innovative exhibit will explore the futuristic technologies depicted in the films, the real science behind them and the research that may someday lead to real-life versions of the technologies seen in the movies. 11. HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE www.hmns.org
The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum pays tribute to African-American military history from the Revolutionary War to modern times. During the 1860s, soldiers of the 10th U.S. Calvary were nicknamed “Buffalo Soldiers” for their fierce fighting ability and bravery.
Treasures from the Hermitage: Russia’s Crown Jewels, on view May 20. The Houston Museum of Natural Science presents this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to marvel at some of the most extraordinary jeweled objects ever created, on loan from the collections of the world’s greatest treasure house – The State Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg, Russia. This amazing exhibit showcases more than 150 stunning objects selected from The Treasure Gallery of the museum. Marvel at gold, silver and jewels, including gemstone carvings, suites of jewelry and jeweled objects created over the last thousand years and acquired by Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Alexander I and Nicholas II, among others, who collected only the best of the best.
8. HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON www.hmh.org
12. HOUSTON ZOO www.houstonzoo.org
Displaced Persons: Photographs by Clemens Kalischer, on view thru July 24. This exhibition highlights photographs taken in 1947 and 1948 as displaced persons arrived in New York. The exhibit is one of Kalischer’s first series and one of his most personal and intimate. It quietly chronicles the arrival of Holocaust refugees in the United States in the late 1940s, a scene of which he was both observer and participant. The exhibit is based on the Kalischer collection owned by Houston attorney Mark Grossberg and from the artist’s own collection.
Camp Zoofari is an action-packed, hands-on, weeklong summer day camp where kids learn about the natural world, wildlife conservation and the animals that call the Zoo home. This summer Camp Zoofari incorporates the Houston Zoo’s newest addition, The African Forest, for exciting new summer adventures with chimpanzees, rhinos and more. With more families staying close to home this summer, there has been a record high demand for Camp Zoofari registrations. Again this summer the Houston Zoo is offering 9 camps each week and half-day camps for children ages 4 to 5.
9. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON www.cmhouston.org
13. RICE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY www.ricegallery.org
7. BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM www.buffalosoldiermuseum.com
Think Tank , on view thru May. In this hands-on, mindson exhibit kids will get to explore different thought processes and learn how effective problem-solving can boost self-confidence. After meeting the Think Tank Guides you can jump right into solving the riddles...or you might want to put on custom-made thinking caps
Mary Temple: Northwest Corner, Southeast Light, on view thru May 25, is the largest to date in Temple’s ongoing light installation series. The title is a reference to how she imagines a large swath of sunlight might appear in the northwest corner of the Rice Gallery space. With each installation Temple has become more and more interested in not only the feelings of disbelief
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it provokes in viewers, but also the kinds of memories her light and shadows, which often appear to be cast through bay windows and canopies of trees or foliage, may conjure in the viewer. 14. THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON www.mfah.org
Wistful Beauties: Feminine Portrayals on Paper from the MFAH Collection, thru July 4. This exhibit showcases a selection of 10 drawings, prints and photographs from the MFAH collections highlighting the nature of feminine beauty, a favorite subject in art during the 19th century. Catching women in candid, private moments, artists emphasized pensive contemplation as much as social status and glorified the timeless allure of beautiful women. 15. CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON www.camh.org
Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom, on view May 14, is the first museum survey of the work of media art pioneer Stan VanDerBeek, exploring his investigation of the links between art, technology and communica-
tion. This exhibit highlights his pivotal contribution to today’s media-based artistic practices. The exhibition features a selection of early paintings and collages, a selection of his pioneering films, recreations of immersive projection and film environments, documentation of site-specific and telecommunications projects and material related to this influential writing on media. 16. THE JUNG CENTER OF HOUSTON www.junghouston.org
An Earth Connection, on view thru May 26. Margaret Dobbins uses the strong interaction of surface color and form with several layers of hidden color to emphasize a feeling of mystery in her abstract and realistic paintings. Recently she has embarked on a series of paintings interpreting connections to the Earth. 17. CZECH CENTER MUSEUM www.czechcenter.org
The Czech Center Museum Houston works to preserve, record and celebrate the language, scholarship and arts of Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia and Slovakia. 18. JOHN C. FREEMAN WEATHER MUSEUM www.wxresearch.org
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1. Gallery Sonja Roesch | 2. Anya Tish Gallery | 3. G Gallery 4. Colton & Farb Gallery | 5. McMurtrey Gallery | 6. Canal St. Gallery
MUSEUMS 1940 AIR TERMINAL MUSEUM www.1940airterminal.org 8325 Travelair Rd. 713.454.1940 ART CAR MUSEUM www.artcarmuseum.com 140 Heights Blvd. 713.861.5526 BLAFFER ART MUSEUM www.blaffer.org 4800 Calhoun Rd. 713.743.9521 Opens May 21, Museum of Broken Relationships 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
BARBARA DAVIS GALLERY www.barbaradavisgallery.com 4411 Montrose 713.520.9200 BERING & JAMES GALLERYwww.beringandjames.com 805 Rhode Place #500, 713.524.0101
BOOKER-LOWE GALLERYwww.bookerlowegallery.com 4623 Feagan St. 713.880.1541 Thru May 28, Sandhill Country CANAL ST. GALLERY www.canalstreetgallery.com 2219 Canal St. 713.223.2219 Opens May 6, Color Connections CAROLINE COLLECTIVE www.carolinecollective.cc 4820 Caroline St. 713.825.4613
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
COMMUNE ON NORTH www.communeonnorth.com 2437 North Blvd. 713.526.3875
ORANGE SHOW www.orangeshow.org 2401 Munger 713.926.6368
COMMUNITY ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVE www.thecollective.org 1413 Holman 713.523.1616
PROJECT ROW HOUSES www.projectrowhouses.org 2521 Holman 713.526.7662 Thru June 19, Round 34: Matter of Food UNIVERSITY MUSEUM www.tsu.edu/museum 3100 Cleburne Ave. 713.313.7145
ART HOUSES 18 HANDS GALLERY www.18handsgallery.com 249 West 19th St. 713.869.3099 Opens May 7, Sharon McCoy 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 Opens May 6, Guns and Roses ARCHWAY GALLERY www.archwaygallery.com 2305 Dunlavy 713.522.2409 Opens May 7, Donna Perkins ART LEAGUE HOUSTON www.artleaguehouston.org 1953 Montrose Blvd. 713.523.9530
BETZ GALLERY www.betzgallery.com 1208 W. Gray 713.576.6954 Opens May 21, Diverse Creations, a group exhibit
COLTON & FARB GALLERYwww.coltonfarbgallery.com 2445 North Blvd. 713.869.5151 Thru May 14, Levels, Forms and Dimensions by Angelbert Metoyer
CTRL GALLERY www.ctrlgallery.com 3907 Main St. 713.523.2875 Opens May 20, Jackie Gendel
G GALLERY www.ggalleryhouston.com 301 East 11th St. 713.822.4842 Thru May 29, Dialogues of Civilization by Rahul Mitra
HOLLYWOOD FRAME GALLERY www.hollywoodframegallery.com 2427 Bissonnet 713.942.8885
GALLERY 1724 www.gallery1724.blogspot.com 1724 Bissonnet St. 713.523.2547
HOOKS-EPSTEIN www.hooksepsteingalleries.com 2631 Colquitt St. 713.522.0718
GALLERY SONJA ROESCH www.gallerysonjaroesch.com 2309 Caroline 713.659.5424 Opens May 8, Chameleon by Regine Schumann (by appointment only)
INMAN GALLERY www.inmangallery.com 3901 Main St. 713.526.7800 Opens May 20, Feeling Easy Feelings by Shaun O’Dell
GITE GALLERY www.thegitegallery.com 2024 East Alabama St. 713.523.3311
DAKOTA GALLERY www.dakotaframing.com 2324 Shearn St. 713.523.7440
GOLDESBERRY GALLERY www.goldesberrygallery.com 2625 Colquitt 713.528.0405 Thru May 28, Hybrid Artifacts
DARKE GALLERY www.darkegallery.com 5321 Feagan 713.542.3802 Opens May 13, Wendy Wagner
GREEN HOUSE GALLERY www.greenhouseartgallery.com 716 W. Alabama St. 713.535.6462
DESANTOS GALLERY www.desantosgallery.com 1724 Richmond 713.520.1200
GREMILLION & CO. FINE ART www.gremillion.com 2501 Sunset Blvd. 713.522.2701
DIVERSEWORKS www.diverseworks.org 1117 East Freeway 713.223.8346
H GALLERY www.hgallery.org 617 W. 19th 713.417.4888
DOMY BOOKS www.domystore.com 1709 Westheimer 713.523.3669
HCC-CENTRAL GALLERY www.centralfinearts.info 3517 Austin 713.718.6600
ELDER STREET GALLERY www.elderstreetartist.com 1101 Elder St. 281.250.4889
HOUSTON LANDMARK GALLERY www.houstonlandmarkgallery.com 1200 McKinney 713.927.8800
FOTOFEST www.fotofest.org 1113 Vine St. 713.223.5522
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HOUSTON STUDIOS 707 Walnut St. 713.223.0951
KINZELMAN ART CONSULTING www.kinzelmanart.com 3909 Main St. 713.533.9923 KOELSCH GALLERY www.koelschgallery.com 703 Yale 713.626.0175 Opens May 5, Amy Evans & Jen Blazina LAURA RATHE FINE ART www.laurarathe.com 2707 Colquitt 713.527.7700 LAURA U COLLECTION www.lauraucollection.com 1840 Westheimer 713.522.0855 LAZZARA ART GALLERY www.gallerialazzara.com 5400 Mitchelldale St. 713.681.0681 M2 GALLERY www.gallerymsquared.com 339 W. 19th St. 713.861.6070 McCLAIN GALLERY www.mcclaingallery.com 2242 Richmond Ave. 713.520.9988 McMURTREY GALLERY www.mcmurtreygallery.com 3508 Lake St. 713.523.8238 Thru May 28, Piece by Piece MEREDITH LONG GALLERY www.meredithlonggallery.com 2323 San Felipe 713.523.6671
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MIDTOWN ART CENTER www.midtownartcenter.com 3414 La Branch 713.521.8803 MONTROSE ART SOCIETY www.montroseartsociety.com 4715 Main St. 713.316.0402 MOODY GALLERY www.moodygallery.com 2815 Colquitt 713.526.9911 Thru May 28, Roundels & Victories by Arthur Turner MOTHER DOG STUDIOS www.motherdogstudios.com 720 Walnut 713.229.9760
THE ARTFUL CORNER www.theartfulcorner.com 3423 White Oak Dr. 713.426.4278
NAU-HAUS GALLERY www.texascollaborative.com 223 E. 11th St. 713.261.1409
THOM ANDRIOLA www.newgallery.net 2627 Colquitt 713.520.7053 Thru May 28, Zenith II by Andreas Nottebohm
NOLAN-RANKIN GALLERIES www.nolan-rankingalleries.com 6 Chelsea Blvd. 713.528.0664
THORNWOOD GALLERY www.thornwoodgallery.com 2643 Colquitt St. 713.528.4278 Thru May 30, Group Exhibition
O’KANE GALLERY www.uhd.edu One Main St.@UHD 713.221.8042 PARKERSON GALLERY www.parkersongallery.com 3510 Lake St. 713.524.4945
WADE WILSON ART www.wadewilsonart.com 4411 Montrose #200, 713.521.2977 Thru May 28, Concrete Painting Movement
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 2121 Sage, Ste. 390, 713.622.4241
XNIHILO GALLERY www.xnil.org 2115 Taft St. 713.622.1846
REDBUD GALLERY www.redbudgallery.com 303 E. 11th St. 713.862.2532
ZARPOSH INDIA GALLERY www.zarposhindia.com 5910 Southwest Fwy. 713.668.2948
RETRO GALLERY www.retrogallery.com 1839 W. Alabama 713.522.7074
SICARDI GALLERY www.sicardi.com 2246 Richmond Ave. 713.529.1313
WATERCOLOR ART SOCIETY www.watercolorhouston.org 1601 West Alabama 713.942.9966 WINTER STREET STUDIOS www.winterstreetstudios.net 2101 Winter St. 713.862.0082
RECORD RANCH GALLERY www.cactusmusictx.com 2110 Portsmouth 713.526.9272
RUDOLPH PROJECTS I ARTSCAN GALLERY www.rudolphprojects.com 1836 Richmond Ave. 713.807.1836
VAUGHAN CHRISTOPHER GALLERY www.vaughanchristopher.com 1217 S. Shepherd 713.533.0816
THRU JUNE 28, BOTANIKA, PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT BY GABRIELLA NISSEN BLOCK 7 WINE COMPANY, 720 SHEPHERD DR. HOUSTON, TX 77007 WWW.BLOCK7WINECO.COM
SPACE125 GALLERY www.haatx.com 3201 Allen Parkway 713.527.9330 STUDIO SEVEN 1107 East Freeway 713.224.5555 TALENTO BILINGUE www.tbhcenter.com 333 S. Jensen Dr. 713.222.1213
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for art’s sake By Lance Scott Walker
It seems like everything happened really fast with this – you got a phone call in late January and then the play happened in late March. Was it a whirlwind or does something like this work better when it happens that way? Yeah, I mean – I got the phone call… actually these guys from New York called me first, from XM Sirius. They had heard that Ted Swindley was going to be doing a Kinky Friedman play, so they kind of put me in touch with the folks. I got the phone call to come drive to Houston – I live in Austin – and it happened that day. They said ‘we want you.’ I was kind of expecting to at least get a phone call back like two or three days later. But like that afternoon, huh? Yeah, that afternoon, and obviously, it’s a character I’m very fond of and he has an incredibly rich life. It’s an original play, which takes the heat off of me. Nobody’s going to compare me to Romeo, or some Sam Sheppard character (laughs). Did you know Kinky personally before that? I’d met him once before, at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic, but it was in passing. We didn’t really talk, just said hello. But we got to hang out while I was preparing for the play. And then of course he came down and saw the first two nights and just loved it. He was just bouncing off the walls. He really liked it. And he was there for the rehearsals, too, right? Yeah, he was there for the rehearsals and we did some press together and we still are doing some press together. You know, we’re just trying to figure out what the next step is after this next run in Houston. I’m going to be doing a film all of May, so I’m hoping in June we can go to New York. Did that make you nervous at all having Kinky around? Did that make it better? I was brutally nervous the first time he came to rehearsal because you know, you’re playing a living person… and I mean, I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m actually talking a little bit like Kinky. Until I start thinking about it, you know what I mean? He’s our kind of Hunter S. Thompson of Texas, rolled in with Bob Wills or something. Or as he says, “I’m the demented love child of Lenny Bruce and Bob Wills.” But, yeah, it was terribly frightening, but then when we got done he came in and clapped for us and just put everyone at ease. And then we went and had a few adult beverages and got to know each other.
Having two other actors there playing Kinky, did you guys kind of feed off of each others’ interpretations of each other, did you kind of keep each other in check? Well, it really helped me because while I’ve done some film stuff, I haven’t really done a lot of theater, and I’m flanked by two really talented theater actors. And so this has been a big education for me. The main reason I wanted to do it is because my friends in the film world told me ‘you need to go do some theater because it’ll be really great for your chops, and you’ll learn so much.’ This is a damn near perfect outlet for me to do this. You really are starting to kind of sound like Kinky. Oh, man… you don’t know the half of it, brother.
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Photo by Todd V. Wolfson
IF YOU’VE BEEN OUT TO SEE LIVE MUSIC AT ANY STALWART HOUSTON VENUE OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF DECADES (RUDYARD’S, FITZ, CONTINENTAL, LAST CONCERT, DAN ELECTRO’S), YOU’VE PROBABLY SEEN JESSE DAYTON ONSTAGE AT SOME POINT, SOMEWHERE. I KNOW I HAVE. HE PLAYS LIVE A LOT, AND THAT’S REAL TEXAN OF HIM. HE’S ALSO AN ACTOR, AND THIS MONTH AND LAST HE WAS IN “BECOMING KINKY,” A STAGE PLAY BASED ON THE LIFE OF TEXAS LEGEND KINKY FRIEDMAN.
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Photo courtesy of “The Sinner”
THIS IS A DAMN NEAR PERFECT OUTLET FOR ME TO DO THIS.
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nonprofit By Susan M. Bynam Photography by Amitava Sarkar
New York Has alviN aileY...
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York, founded by a young African-American male in 1958, elicits chills with their unexpected performances.
HoustoN Has urbaN souls!
Urban Souls Dance Company (“USDC”) in Houston, a nonprofit, performing arts organization founded by a young African-American male in 2005, is another.
Urban SoUlS Dance company Where Social art SpeakS loUD anD clear
THEATER PERFORMANCES OFTEN ELICIT ROUTINE EXPECTATIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE: MUFFLED VOICES AND CONVERSATIONS NEAR AND FAR ARE SUDDENLY SILENCED BY THE DIMMING OF HOUSE LIGHTS. AND, WHEN THE CURTAIN RISES, PERFORMANCE SCENES TEND TO CUSTOMARILY MOVE FORWARD ACCORDING TO THE PLAYBILL IN HAND. YET, EVERY NOW AND THEN, AUDIENCES ARE BLESSED BY PERFORMING ARTS ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE THE EXTRAORDINARY GIFT OF EXPLORING THE PLAYBILL STORY ON STAGE, WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY MESMERIZING AUDIENCES WITH HIGHLY RARE, PASSIONATE WORKS CHOREOGRAPHED BY WONDROUS, CREATIVE VISIONARIES – WORKS THAT ARE SO SOCIALLY AND VISUALLY APPEALING THAT WITH EVERY CURTAIN CALL THE AUDIENCE SHOULD REALLY EXPECT...THE TOTALLY UNEXPECTED. Urban Souls’ mission is to passionately tell real life stories and convey thoughts concerning societal issues, while wowing audiences with a wide spectrum of multicultural works that are fully capable of influencing all ethnicities. Harrison Guy (“Harry”), the 34-year-old creative genius and founding artistic director of Urban Souls, understands the connectivity of inspiration and resilience through the art of dance (kudos to his grandmother Vivian Guy for instilling strength and determination at an early age elevating his gift of creative movement to greater heights). A native of La Marque, Texas, Harry studied dance at Prairie View A&M University, where he later served as an artist in residence and adjunct professor. Harry also received full dance scholarships to Energy Source Dance in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center. Harry has worked with a host of notable dance choreographers (Troy Powell, Milton Myers and Tracy Inman, to name a few) and with the Dallas Black Dance Company, ODC Dance Company (San Francisco), Deeply Rooted Dance Theater (Chicago) and The Ailey School’s Summer Sizzler, which has largely contributed to his craft of captivating audiences throughout the world with his inimitable works of passion and beauty. Harry debuted his brainchild, Urban Souls Dance Company, at the Dance Houston Festival in 2004, performing his signature solo, “Makes Me Wanna Holla” – which takes an in-depth examination of the heart of an incarcerated man. Per Harry, “I always knew I wanted to start a dance company; the Dance Houston Festival was the ideal platform to introduce the Urban Souls brand. We have since evolved to a solid company of 14 strong, extremely talented dancers. We’re not just dancing to enter-
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tain, but to educate everyone. ‘Scarlet Situation’ examines the HIV epidemic in the African-American community; ‘Across the Waters,’ heralded as one of our most notable works, chronicles genocide in Rwanda. Community outreach is also vital to USDC. Recently, we partnered with The Imani School of Houston and TSU-WALIPP Preparatory Academy, where we engaged students in communication through dance. It is my hope that we can continue to be the voice of societal issues and stories told and untold through the art of dance.” And, behind this resilient nonprofit is general business manager Walter Hull (also one of the core USDC dancers) and an impressive, 15-member board of directors led by board president Carolyn Codwell. Hull recalls, “When Harry and I met, we were both teaching dance in our respective communities. I transitioned from Louisiana to Houston to become a part of his amazing artistic vision of bringing social art to the masses. USDC continues to be a major blessing in my life.” Per Codwell, “USDC is dance for everyone; I am hopeful that in just a few short years, USDC will become an international touring company.”
Houston, don’t miss the USDC’s next performance, “Playlist” on Saturday, June 18, 2011, 8pm, at the Morris Cultural Arts Center at Houston Baptist University! For tickets and more information about USDC, visit www.urbansouls.org.
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gish at the movies By Sarah Gish
ART FILMS ARE GOOD FOR THE SOUL… TAKE A FRIEND TO ONE!
NEW LIFE This is a great month: not only do I get to celebrate Mother’s Day and the Art Car Parade but now we can all do the victory dance because indie-film-happy Sundance Cinemas (www.sundancecinemas.net) has chosen Houston, specifically the former Angelika Film Center’s site, as the home for their third theatre in the U.S. Plans include extensive physical plant improvements (estimated at $2.2 mil) and a November 1 opening, just in time for the holidays and the annual Cinema Arts Festival. • I’ve marked my calendar for May 3, 8pm, because I plan on belting out “Eye of the Tiger” at the Aurora Picture Show’s (www.aurorapictureshow.org) “Power Ballads Sing-a-Long,” presented in conjunction with “Rock of Ages” onstage with Theatre Under The Stars (www.tuts.org) from May 31-June 12. • See glimpses of Houston, Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life which finally opens this month (5/27) at Rave Motion Pictures (www.ravemotionpictures.com) and theatres around town. • The Houston Art Car Parade is May 22 so look for my newest creation, “Hubba Hubba Art Car,” and a snippet of Art Car: The Movie (www.artcarthemovie.com). TEXAS, PALESTINE and CIVIL RIGHTS Happy 175th, Texas! The Houston Museum of Natural Science (www.hmns.org) is celebrating our state’s 1836 birth with Texas: The Big Picture, a panoramic view of the diverse people and land that make Texas great. Speaking of 175th birthdays, our darlin’ city is also blowing out candles for theirs and in honor of this, musician Leah White is releasing a new album this summer focused entirely on historic Houston landmarks, “Houston: Our Roots Are Strong” (www.ourrootsarestrong.com) which will be accompanied by a short film of the sites by Jamie Adams of Barking Bear Productions. Check out the website, especially if you want to help with funding! • HoustonPBS’s (www.houstonpbs.org) monthly “Community Cinema” installment is Welcome to Shelbyville, a film about a town grappling with the difficulties of racial integration, onscreen 5/18, 7pm, at Rice Cinema (www.ricecinema.rice.edu). Rice is also dimming the lights on 5/13 & 5/14 at 7pm for the Houston Palestine Film Festival (www.hpff.org), which is celebrating its fifth anniversary (HPFF is also at the MFAH on 5/20 & 5/21). • Freedom Now (www.freedomnow.org) is screening civil rights films every Saturday in May at 3pm at the African American Library at the Gregory School. • And several organizations around town screen films each month but don’t always have their schedules in time for my column, so check them out: 14 Pews (www.14pews.org); Brazilian Arts Foundation (www.brazilianartsfoundation.org); Alliance Française (www.afdehou.org); Domy Books (www.domybooks.com); Documentary Alliance (www.documentaryalliance.org); SWAMP (www.swamp.org); Houston Film Commission Alamo Drafthouse (www.draft(www.houstonfilmcommission.com/firstthursdays/); house.com) and Bohemeo’s (www.bohemeos.com). Enjoy! FLOATING FILMS and FARMING ANTS “Tex Hex: Pop Up Cinema” combines two of my fave things: Buffalo Bayou and art films. “Tex Hex” is a Simparch (www.simparch.org) floating cinema boat presented by the Mitchell Center (www.mitchellcenter.org) and Buffalo Bayou Partnership (www.buffalobayoupartnership.org) on 5/21, 8pm (for the best viewing spots, pick up a handy-dandy trail map from BBP). • If you keep missing screenings of Laura Harrison and Elizabeth Federici’s film Space, Land and Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm, you now have no excuse: you can watch it for free at Discovery Green (www.discoverygreen.org) on 5/22 or from 5/245/27 at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (www.mfah.org). • The worlds of France, Italy and Iran collide at the MFAH in Certified Copy (Copie conforme), a Juliette Binoche romantic drama onscreen the weekends of May 6 and May 13. • I’ll close by telling you about a fun film app called “Run Pee” (www.runpee.com) – it’ll tell you the best time to visit the loo during a film and what you missed when you were gone. Download it and I promise you’ll stop squirming in your seats. may 11 | www.002mag.com .25
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From Rags to Riches. HOUSTON BALLET CENTER FOR DANCE GOES HIGH-STYLE AND HIGH-TECH IN NEW DOWNTOWN DIGS. By Nadia Michel | Photography by Jaime Lagdameo
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NO MORE LEAKY ROOFS. NO MORE “ELEPHANTS OVER OUR HEADS” DURING PRACTICE. AND NO MORE PERMANENTLY CLOSED BLINDS IN DANCE STUDIOS. “FOR THE LAST TEN YEARS, WE DIDN’T KNOW WHERE THIS (OPENING AND CLOSING) POLE WAS. SO THEY CLOSED THE BLINDS AND NEVER OPENED THEM AGAIN!” RECALLS CC CONNERS, HOUSTON BALLET’S MANAGING DIRECTOR, ABOUT THE OLD WEST GRAY LOCATION. “WHICH IS WHY WE DECIDED THAT THE DOUBLE-STORY BLINDS ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE NEW BUILDING HAD TO BE ON A DAYLIGHT HARVESTING SYSTEM – THEY OPEN AND CLOSE AUTOMATICALLY,” HE EXPLAINS.
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he new 115,000sf Houston Ballet Center for Dance – the biggest of its kind in the US – is chock full of custom-tailored design. This six-story brainchild of the Gensler firm boasts nine massive, double-height studios framed by large windows. “We’ve been referring to it all along as a billboard for dance – especially at night, when you are coming into downtown off I-10 on Smith Street, if there are people in the studio with the lights on, it is big as day,” explains Terence Newell, project architect for Gensler. “Now when you come into the theatre district, you can see art happening,” adds CC Connors. Inside this “billboard for dance” is a sleek, luxurious space. Reclaimed walnut planks are prominently featured in the lobby and repeated throughout at the entrance of each studio. “We wanted to celebrate the human aspect and the warmth of wood, rather than use stone that is more formal and cold,” says interior designer Michelle Hatton-Rodriguez. “You still see a lot of white walls. The intent was to keep this somewhat as a museum space. It’s a colorful space because of the students, so it didn’t really need much,” says Hatton-Rodriguez. More than just a pretty face, the $46 million building is also highly efficient. Besides automatic blinds programmed according to the calendar, the interior lights automatically adjust as sunlight levels change, significantly reducing energy consumption. The reflective roof (now a City of Houston requirement for new buildings) also helps keep the temperature down.
Inside, sustainability abounds. Studio floors and ballet bars have been brought over from the former space. In the lounge, old sofas have been reupholstered in modern neutral tones and punctuated with red pillows. “Green is our standard practice,” explains Hatton-Rodriguez. “Gensler always makes sure the paint is low-VOC and the carpet has recycled content, for example.” In an effort to eliminate glitches plaguing the former building, a remarkable attention to detail has been paid to practicality. Studios and common spaces are equipped with flat screens linked to a digital database of the Ballet’s performances. In the studios, built-in cubbies provide storage space for dancers’ belongings. A dedicated, secure room is allotted to pointe shoes, which are unlimitedly available to Houston Ballet dancers, and represent an annual investment of $250,000. The location – connected to the Wortham Theatre via skywalk – is ideal. “Most major dance centers around the world are located next to their performance space, which makes most sense,” says Conners. Houston ballet performs at Wortham 22-24 weeks out of the year. In addition to being a stone’s throw from the theatre, Houston Ballet is now more easily accessible. “On West Gray, a kid couldn’t get to ballet class unless they had a soccer mom or dad to drive them there. Here, we are within walking distance of the rail line and the public transportation system crosses the downtown section,” says Conners. “We really look forward to welcoming a much broader segment of the Houston public.”
CRAZY FOR TUTUS! Performance tutus are handmade and cost between $3000 and $6000. According to union rules, a tutu must be cleaned before another dancer wears it for a show. The cleaning process consists of spraying it with vodka…da!!! Each dancer has a practice tutu in either black or white. These only cost $300-$600. Houston Ballet’s dressing room is equipped with special tutu cubbies, situated above each dancer’s dressing table.
NEED TO KNOW Houston Ballet Center for Dance’s 200-seat Margaret Alkek Williams Dance Laboratory will also be used as a venue for smaller arts organizations.
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ROBERTO MINERVINI Interview by Lance Scott Walker Photography by Cody Bess
ITALIAN-BORN FILM DIRECTOR ROBERTO MINERVINI HAS LIVED IN TEXAS LESS THAN FOUR YEARS, BUT HE’S SOAKED IT UP, BOTH EAST AND WEST. ON THE VERGE OF THE RELEASE OF HIS FIRST FEATURE-LENGTH WORK, “THE PASSAGE,” A HOUSTON TO MARFA ROAD MOVIE, AND BEING ACCEPTED TO THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, HERE ARE SOME THOUGHTS HE HAD AS HIS FILM GOES TO PRINT.
You wrote “The Passage” Anybody who knows about Marfa too, correct? can understand why you chose to set your film there, but how was Yes, I did. I co-wrote it with your discovery of Marfa? my wife. I spent two years in Asia lecturing, and I The first trip I took to West Texas, to always teach screenwriting Marfa, was because a friend of and directing. So I knew an mine, the artist Mark Flood, a resiapproach; from a technical dent artist there. So my wife and I standpoint, I knew how to went to visit him, and we hung out in approach it. The difficulty Marfa a bit. But for me, the I-10 for me was the motivation, drive was not a boring drive. I got to the motivation with which I stop a lot, several pit stops, and I got was going to embark. With The Mexican healer Alberto Salinas with Soledad to see things that I’d never seen of short films – I always conSt. Hilaire, in a scene of “The Passage.” America. And America all of the sidered short films to be a sudden became really small. business card, with which I could gain exposure and get America became those little towns that you see along a chance to finally work on a big project. Whereas feaI-10. And it can become such an intimate, special place ture films for me are … permanent. What do I want to be full of traditions and peculiar things from colors to people as a filmmaker? It’s going to show my identity, who I am. that I’ve never seen in the broad picture of America in my There’s a lot of me in a feature film, whereas the short mind. Which, of course, I gather from news and movies. film for me was the vehicle. To gain exposure. But I was struck and fascinated by it. You know, my English is decent enough so that I can understand accents So the biggest difficulty then is asking the question: What and I can catch the flairs of English. And I was fascinated by the people – and of course we changed location from am I going to do? Why am I telling the story I have to these flatlands here to the hill country to the desert, and it tell? And it took me a while to answer that in a satisfactowas in the light. It changes in the light. Fascinating. ry way so that I could say ‘okay, I have a reason now for which I want to shoot this film. There is a valid reason.’ It’s really a different planet from East Texas. And I actually found it in Texas. Absolutely. I just knew New York. I had as just much
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exposure to America as Europeans have through the news, and that’s the shallower, more superficial level that we all know about America. I got a chance to visit Mark and it became an anthropological trip more than a leisure trip. I started taking notes, and it was that combined with the personal tragedy of my mother-in-law dying of cancer, which is the reason why we moved to Texas. Here we have a factor, an event that changes everybody’s lives. Here we are, filmmakers, moving to Texas to support a woman dying of cancer – those emotional implications. At the same time, here I am discovering Texas as I never imagined. So, combining the environment and the woman dying of cancer in this landscape… as her last resort, she goes to West Texas to see a spiritual healer. And decides not to come back to Houston, and goes to see the mountains of Marfa and Big Bend. How much of Houston do we see in the movie? I think if we talked in terms of dramatic structure, the first act is in Houston. So until they leave Houston – living in suburban Houston – and then we get to see the highways of Houston and those little convenience stores outside, night and day. Sometimes they’re a little seedy, and you see them everywhere. Supermarkets, little things. And there’re a lot of roads in Texas, there’s a lot of car driving, and there’s something humbling about being in the labyrinth that is Houston. robmin@ hotmail.com
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Smile! It's good for your health. Austin Werner
parties, etc., and
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on facebook and twitter.
with this month.
"Hey, is this beer for me??!!" Amy Whitfield
Carnival @ the Rodeo Kody McHenry
"Crawfish at Big Woodrows" Stacy Guthrie Fans waiting for Sublime with Rome to hit the stage @ the NCAA Free Concert Series @ Discovery Green unknown
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Virtuosi Encore 15: Honoring Houston’s Music Philanthropists May 7 @ 6pm Virtuosi of Houston is glamming it up for its annual gala dinner and concert – A Magical Evening of Memories and Music, celebrates Virtuosi’s 15th season of chamber music performances, designed to increase education and performance opportunities for Houston’s exceptionally gifted middle and high school age musicians, as well as honoring seven philanthropic couples who have contributed to the continued growth of classical music. Legends Ballroom of the Hotel InterContinental – Individual tickets $250 to $2,500. For tickets and more info, call 713.807.0888 or visit www.virtuosiofhouston.org. Psophonia Dance Company presents Rip in the Atmosphere with Guest Company 6’ May 12-14 @ 8pm; May 15 @ 7pm Join Psophonia Dance at Earth’s highest altitudes… where weightlessness ensues, everyday reality ends and abandonment is natural. But what if the ability to control your body stopped working at ground level? In Rip in the Atmosphere, Psophonia’s sensory deprivation is your sensory overload. Soaked in strong visuals and an original sound score, this mixed repertoire of the senses is sure to upset your equilibrium. Let it rip! Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston – Tickets $14 in advance / $18 at door. www.psophonia.com
Cast in Plastic: Art from the Designer Toy Revolution May 14 @ 7pm 34 hand-selected artists from around the globe come together to showcase their diverse concepts, backgrounds and skills utilizing a vari-
ety of vinyl toy platforms at Domy Books. Cast in Plastic introduces Htown to the custom toy scene (no, not that kind of toy!), whether it be buying, selling, collecting or creating. Domy Books, Houston (1709 Westheimer) – Free! www.castinplastic.blogspot.com Writers in the Schools (WITS) presents The Watchful Eye May 19 @ 7pm Writers-in-the-Schools (WITS) has developed a unique program (initiated with the support of the Menil Collection in 1989) in which 2nd-12th grade students visiting the museum write poetry and prose inspired by the work on view. At this event students will read their works inspired by the photographs in the Civil Rights exhibit, The Whole World Was Watching. The Menil Collection (1515 Sul Ross Street) – Free! www.witshouston.org SPACETAKER PRESENTS ARTIST KERRY ADAMS JUNE 3 – JUNE 25, 2011 OPENING RECEPTION: JUNE 3 @ 6PM SPACETAKER PRESENTS A NEW EXHIBITION BY CONCEPTUAL ARTIST KERRY ADAMS COMPRISED OF MULTIMEDIA SCULPTURES AND INSTALLATIONS ADDRESSING THE PASSAGE OF TIME IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES – PARTICULARLY MOMENTS BETWEEN SLEEPING, EATING, WORKING AND TENDING TO RESPONSIBILITIES WHICH OCCUR WITHOUT NOTICE. USING INTRICATE HANDWORK FOR TEMPORAL REFERENCE, ADAMS EXPLORES TIME AS A UNIFYING THEME ACROSS CULTURAL DIFFERENCES. WWW.SPACETAKER.ORG
Kerry Adams at Spacetaker
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THIS MAY, YOU MAY BE WONDERING WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR TIME. YOU MAY BE WANTING TO BRANCH OUT AND SAMPLE SOME OF HOUSTON’S INDIE ART AND PERFORMANCE. HERE ARE A FEW GOOD PLACES WHERE YOU CAN START!
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Mandarin Fun, Violet’s peapod sleeping sack. www.violetspeapod.com
Summer Book 2011- A Guide to Houston Day Camps and Classes for Kids and Teens by Sarah Gish is the perfect reference book for those seeking summer day camps. Over 200 day camps are listed in this unique guide so all you have to do is open the book and choose your favorite. Totally recommend! Available for purchase at local bookstores and online. For more info, visit www.thesummerbook.com. 32. may 11 | www.002mag.com
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NATURA BISSÉ – THE SPANISH SKIN CARE LINE CREATED IN 1979 IN BARCELONA – HAS BEEN A TOP SELLER IN EUROPE (AMONG ROYALS AND CELEBS AS WELL, NO LESS) AND MADE IT STATESIDE IN 1995 THROUGH EXCLUSIVE STORES SUCH AS NEIMAN MARCUS AND BERGDORF GOODMAN. MOST RECENTLY, THE HIGHLY ACCLAIMED TRELLIS SPA AT THE HOUSTONIAN BEGAN CARRYING THE LINE AND IS THE EXCLUSIVE LOCATION IN HOUSTON TO OFFER NATURA BISSÉ TREATMENTS. Last month, Trellis hosted Burbuja O2 which launched in 2009 at the Oscars® and is now on tour throughout the US. The sumptuous Oxygen Awakening treatment envelopes guests in a bubble (burbuja means “bubble” in Spanish) to ensure the best delivery of Natura Bissé’s highly efficient products. Josanna Gaither, Natura Bissé’s Corporate Educator & Aesthetician, shares: “Oxygen is vital to life. We can live for weeks without food, days without water, but only minutes without oxygen. By providing oxygen to the skin, we enhance the health of the skin, providing a better working environment for the cells. It provides radiance and clarity.” The bubble creates a cocoon-like, particle-free, pure-air zone – a pure state where the skin is rejuvenated, enhancing its absorption process. Gaither’s skin is flawless, radiant, which is as important as your yoga teacher looking like she actually does the yoga. The relaxation hits the minute I lie down to start my Oxygen Awakening treatment – could it be the pure oxygenated air that is putting me in a daze…? The JOSANNA GAITHER’S TOP PICKS treatment starts with a cleanse, tone and 50% glyco appliFOR A VARIETY OF SKIN TYPES: cation which tingles and prepares my skin for the Oxygen Concentrate, Oxygen Cream and Oxygen Finishing Mask. FOR NORMAL SKIN: Glyco Extreme Peel, Inhibit There is a hand and arm massage given while the mask Tensolift and Diamond Extreme Eye. sets and then takes on a seltzer-type fizzing effect, which FOR COMBINATION SKIN: Glyco Extreme Peel, feels purifying! To finish, Natura Bisse’s newest product – Oxygen Complex and The Cure Sheer Cream. the Cure Sheer Cream – is applied as well as their blockFOR OILY SKIN: Glyco Extreme Peel, Stabilizing buster Eye Diamond Drops. I leave glowing and light as a Cleansing Mask and Stabilizing Gel-Cream. feather. FOR DRY SKIN: Glyco Extreme Peel, I wonder why the results are so immediate and how long they last. “The results of the facial,” explains Gaither, “typically last a few days, but when used in conjunction with athome treatment, they will last much longer.” Gaither sug-
gests a touch-up every four weeks, and Trellis offers The Cure Carboxi-Express that leaves you glowing not red, which means you can go out, run errands and not run home and hide until you’re decent. It starts with a cleanse, then a tone, the Glyco 3 Peel with Carboxitherapy, and finishes with Cure Sheer for Face and Eye. The Trellis staff was specially trained by Natura Bissé on the brand’s efficient skincare treatments. The aestheticians are proficient in properly administering the treatments as well as the product line. A vast arry of Natura Bissé treatments are available including: -The Diamond Extreme Facial – Improves elasticity and skin tone. -The Cure – A fantastic cleansing and revitalizing facial suitable for all skin types. -Facial 4Teens – Specifically designed to meet the needs of young active skin. Trellis Spa is the exclusive location in Houston to offer Natura Bissé spa treatments and products for clients getting facials from trained aestheticians in the Natura Bissé line.
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NICOLE A. TRIBE age 33 sign Aries origin Cuban/Bolivian occupation Owner, langleyscott.com
ANDREW ROSENBAUM age 36 sign Libra origin Texas occupation Sales
people of houston Photography by Anthony Rathbun
1. NICOLE A. TRIBE •WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP? Lately it’s been Langford Market, in the Rice Village. •WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO HANG OUT? On my back deck with my kiddos and husband.
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•HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Casual urban chic. •WHAT’S YOUR SIGNATURE SCENT? Narciso Rodriguez. •WHAT’S IN YOUR CLOSET THAT YOU JUST CAN’T LET GO OF? My perfectly worn-in vintage Wranglers that I bought in college.
2. ANDREW ROSENBAUM •WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. •WHAT KIND OF PET DO YOU HAVE? Peeve – you should have at least one. •WHAT IS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? VIDAL The Autobiography. •WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MUSICIAN? Dolly Parton. •IF YOU COULD MEET A CELEBRITY, WHO WOULD IT BE? The most beautiful woman – Sophia Loren.
3. ELIA M. GRAVES •WHAT IS THE WORST FASHION TREND YOU LOVED? High-waisted pants. •WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO HANG OUT? Tia Maria’s. •WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE? The Secret in Their Eyes. •HOW DO YOU STAY IN SHAPE? Bootcamp 3 times a week. •WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SOUVENIR? A miniature Eiffel Tower from Paris. •WHAT’S YOUR SIGNATURE SCENT? Allure by Chanel.
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EVENT AN EVENING WITH A LEGEND WHY TO HONOR ACTOR ROBERT DUVALL’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO TEXAS CHILDREN’S CANCER CENTER WHERE HILTON AMERICAS-HOUSTON WHEN FEBRUARY 23 The 800 supporters attending the event honoring legendary actor Robert Duvall expected the evening to be just another fundraising event, but as soon as Duvall entered the room and the Texas-size check was revealed, things completely went overthe-top. The whole room cheered, clapped and rose to their feet in awe for both Duvall and the stunning $8,898,920 check presented to TCCC, making it the city’s all-time top-earning charity dinner. Thanks in part to the amazing generosity of the Smiths whose foundation matched every penny raised and the anonymous donor whose donation brought the astounding amount to a even 9 million dollars.
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YOU HAD ME AT HOLA
LOS CABOS. THE WORDS ALONE CONJURE UP IMAGES OF COOL, CRYSTAL CLEAR WATERS, LUXURIOUS RESORTS, GLORIOUS RELAXATION, AND FOR SOME, THE PERFECT NIGHTLIFE. BUT DON’T BE FOOLED, THERE’S MUCH MORE TO LOS CABOS THAN MEETS THE EYE. NEXT TIME YOU VISIT, I SUGGEST YOU VENTURE OUT BEYOND THE TOURIST CORRIDOR. YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID! MY THREE-DAY ADVENTURE… DIA UNO CHECK-IN AT VILLA DEL ARCO BEACH RESORT AND DESERT SPA After a scenic drive I finally arrive at Villa del Arco Beach Resort and Grand Spa, a five-star, upscale resort located on the world-famous Médano Beach in Cabo San Lucas. The property is gorgeous and very budget-friendly. A luxurious suite awaits with a private balcony, marble floors and large, spa-like bathroom. The location is prime, only minutes away from all the action. Don’t forget to book an appointment at the Desert Spa; it’s amazing!
For dinner I try out La Panga Antigua Restaurant and Bar, considered by many to be one of Cabo’s best restaurants. You can’t miss it: An ancient wooden panga (small skiff) hangs above the door. Tastefully decorated, La Panga has tables on a series of patios. Its atmosphere is cozy and very romantic, and the food is absolutely delicious. I recommend you try the assorted appetizer sampler. So good!
DIA DOS WHALE WATCHING TOUR WITH CABO EXPEDITIONS Few other places, if any, in the world provide the ability to see TRIP TO SAN JOSE DEL CABO firsthand mother whales After a quick touch-up, Aldo, my super-friendly driver, picks me up to and their calves surtake me to San José del Cabo, located approximately eighteen miles TIP: facing on the water to the east of Cabo San Lucas or “Cabo” as the locals call it. This If you are prone in such abundant quaint small town exhibits the best of traditional Mexico with its to motion sickness, numbers as you can in blocks of unhurried streets and graceful tree-covered sidewalks. make sure you take this area of Mexico. When I With its scores of shops, galleries, fine restaurants, boutiques – Dramamine thirty minfind out our boat captain is Jose Luis and total absence of popular franchises – it still captures the utes before departing a.k.a “The Whale Whisperer,” I am essence of old Mexico. Every Thursday evening from November to the marina. more than thrilled. We board our Zodiac June you can enjoy the famous Art Walk – a collaborative weekly and head out to the Sea of Cortez in search event held by the galleries in San José del Cabo’s Art District. The equivof the gentle giants. alent to a sip and stroll here in Houston. Totally recommend! 38. may 11 | www.002mag.com
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My first encounter is with a gray whale and her calf – quite life changing to say the least. They are huge! Some even larger than our boat, but yet so gentle and majestic. It is an awe-inspiring sight to see them breach, which is when the whales leap from the water almost completely above the surface and slam their bodies creating a huge splash. Simply amazing! DIA TRES OUTBACK DESERT & CAMEL SAFARI WITH CABO ADVENTURES After a quick, fun ride aboard a 4x4 Mercedes-Benz Unimog (acronym for the German “UNIversalMOtor-Gerät, Gerät meaning machine or device) we arrive at a private, secluded and unspoiled ranch in the desert for a hike through Baja’s outback. Our guide, “Chicas” as he prefers to be called, is professional, knowledgeable and a real kick in the rear. He has us laughing the whole time. Chicas introduces us to the local flora and fauna as we descend through some narrow trails down the canyon. At the bottom we see what seems to be a dry riverbed where our Unimog awaited to take us to a deserted, private beach to partake on a camel ride even Lawrence of Arabia would be envious of. For lunch, we head up the hill to an enramada (a palm tree-roofed, open-sided shelter) where a true Mexican lunch waited. We learned to make corn tortillas and got a lesson on the art of tequila making…and sipping! Need I say more? CABO DOLPHINS SIGNATURE SWIM Nothing is more appetizing after a hike in the desert than a plunge into ice-cold water to frolic around with some of my favorite mammals in the world, dolphins. If you’ve never done it, you must! The Dolphin Signature Swim is perfect for those seeking close interaction with these divine creatures. It’s a smaller group setup and you get more time to play. So much fun!
LAST NOTE: Cabo is different from its “Mexican Riviera” counterparts, so don’t expect mountains covered with lush tropical vegetation. You might be disappointed if you do. Cabo’s lure comes from its striking, cinnamon-colored desert landscape, sweat-free climate and great outdoor, unspoiled beauty. So embrace its differences and fall in love.
Special thanks to CIIC and Los Cabos CVB. Villa del Arco. www.villa-delarco.com Dunes Tours and Travel www.dunestt.com. Ask for Aldo! La Panga Antigua Restaurant. www.lapanga.com Cabo Expeditions. www.caboexpeditions.com.mx Cabo Adventures and Cabo Dolphin. www.cabo-adventures.com
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things i like love By Carla Valencia de Martinez Photography by Gabriella Nissen
I’m a little crazy when it comes to my laundry and was a little skeptical when I came across Purex Crystals. Was this cat litter-looking stuff supposed to replace my bottle of Downy and Suavitel combo? I can’t say it’ll replace it (old habits die hard) but it certainly sits side by side with them in the laundry room. A cap full of the crystals poured directly into the wash gives the liquid drawer backed up with goo a well needed rest, plus our workout clothes never smelled better or felt softer for that matter. Available at grocery stores.
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This Dog On-the-Go booklet is the cutest! Keep all your pet’s needs, likes, meds, etc., in this Doggy passport. The next time you leave your pooch you can rest assured all her important stats are within reach. www.peg-loves.com
There’s nothing like getting actual mail sent to, you know, that thing in front of your home better known as the mail box. It makes bills so much easier to digest. I equally love sending beautiful customized cards. I recently had these fabulous cards – I like to call protection cards – made by Veritas. They just make me smile! Similar designs available at Kuhl-Linscomb. To order customized cards email Sarah Jawda, email@example.com
I was in Colorado a few months ago at the Cos Bar in Edwards and the gal at the counter had dark brunette hair with a few inconspicuous feathers in it and I was smitten! Lucky for me, I found Electric Feather Co. and now have a few of my own. I can’t do much with my hair other than keep it long so this is my way of making it less of the same old thing. Electric Feather Co. Join the Tribe. 281.808.1777 firstname.lastname@example.org
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I LOVE these Eat Your Veggies t-shirts! The cotton is the softest I’ve ever worn plus they are made from Siro Micro Modal, which is made from beech wood from sustainable forests, organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles – it’s like compost without the stink! There’s a variety of veggie-inspired tees featuring broccoli, bell peppers, carrots and, my fave – mushrooms! www.RevengeIs.com
At the recent Texas Yoga Conference, I couldn’t resist getting an I love yoga custom tank. Cura Yoga’s (www.curayoga.com) co-owner Ria happened to be standing by and helped me pick my patches. Basically you pick your shirt, then you pick two patches (more are extra) and you pin them where you want them to go. Two weeks later you get your shirt back with patches sewn. www.iloveyoga.com
Those cards need a return address on them and Paper Source in Highland Village makes these customized stamps. Another eco-friendly choice! Rather than going through the paper sticky ones, all you need here is an inkpad to stamp to your heart’s content! Paper Source in Highland Village – next door to another thing I love…Sprinkles.
It's offical! lululemon is opening up their second store in the Houston Galleria on Friday, May 13th!
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A Story about Collecting by Reyne Haines Photography by GabRiella nissen
THEY SAY ONE MAN’S TRASH IS ANOTHER MAN’S TREASURE. THAT CAN CERTAINLY APPLY TO THE WORLD OF COLLECTING. SO MANY OF THE THINGS WE TREASURE AS COLLECTORS ARE OFTEN FOUND AS CASTAWAYS FROM ANOTHER. FOR EXAMPLE, SOME OF YOUR BEST FINDS MIGHT TURN UP IN A RESALE SHOP, A FLEA MARKET OR EVEN A GARAGE SALE FOR A FRACTION OF THEIR BOOK VALUE.
AND JUST WHY DO PEOPLE COLLECT THINGS THAT APPEAR “ODD” IN NATURE TO OTHERS? NOSTALGIA IS THE NUMBER ONE REASON. THEIR COLLECTIONS TAKE THEM BACK TO THEIR CHILDHOOD, OR AN EARLY TIME IN THEIR LIFE THAT WAS HAPPY. RECENTLY I SPOKE WITH A FEW HOUSTON AREA COLLECTORS TO TALK ABOUT HOW THEY STARTED COLLECTING AND WHAT KEEPS THEM ON THE HUNT FOR THE NEXT PIECE IN THEIR COLLECTIONS.
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THE PASSION DAVID PURDIE EXPRESSED ABOUT COLLECTING WAS OVER THE TOP. I LOVED IT! IF I WASN’T A COLLECTOR ALREADY, I KNOW I’D BECOME ONE SOON. HE HAD ME HOOKED ON HIS EVERY WORD, AND I COULDN’T WAIT TO HEAR WHAT HE’D SAY NEXT.
Purdie is a native Houstonian. He grew up on Del Monte in River Oaks and has spent the last 20 years waiting tables at Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen. When he is not at the restaurant, he is busy documenting important Texas landmarks, and sadly, their fall. He spent the past several years taping the life and death of Astroworld, and then The Flagship Hotel in Galveston. I couldn’t help but wonder if his interest in capturing history stemmed from collecting his favorite childhood memories. His love of lunchboxes started all the way back in second grade. He carried his “Partridge Family” lunchbox to school every day and dreamed of being on the show. That dream never became a reality, but he did meet David Cassidy in River Oaks back in the 90’s. Purdie never forgot that lunchbox and decided one day (BEFORE eBay) he would go in search of one. He spent many hours frequenting resale shops and yard sales in hopes of finding it. His prayers were answered and one surfaced at a garage sale. Apparently one was just not enough! He currently owns several “Partridge Family” lunchboxes in varying conditions. He has been known to take his lunchbox with him so if you see a guy carrying one… Did you know that 3 or more of anything makes it a collection? Purdie had more than 3 lunchboxes but he kept going. The collection grew to other TV show and personality boxes. I asked him if there were any he hadn’t found but was still hoping to acquire to which he replied, “YES! Star Wars,” “Laugh-In” and “The Munsters,” just to name a few. So it appears the hunt is still on. Knowing collector mentality, I asked him if that was the only type of thing he collected. I already knew the answer, but it’s fun to ask. He quickly replied with, “What don’t I collect?” He is big into KISS memorabilia. I wonder if he has ever watched Gene Simmons’ TV show, “Family Jewels.” Simmons is a huge collector of KISS memorabilia and has shown it off several times in the past on the show. Then I wonder if there is anything each has the other wants? Hmm… Purdie also happens to collect vintage homemovie cameras. In fact, he still has his father’s first camera. Sometimes things really do come full circle. His ultimate goal is “to create a film that will be enjoyed by generations of Houstonians for decades to come.” Looks like history has overlapped here – collecting it and telling about it.
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Kevin Rigdon IT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU WHAT HAS VALUE. THE THINGS YOU THINK NO ONE WILL EVER WANT… WELL, THINK AGAIN. THERE ARE COLLECTORS FOR BARS OF HOTEL/MOTEL SOAP. Remember your parents collecting matchbooks from different bars and restaurants? Now people collect sugar packets from them. Anything with a logo on it is of interest to someone. Collecting taxidermy is nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, as a dealer you have to really know the laws as it is not unheard of for the city Game Warden to visit antique shops or shows and take back certain taxidermy items of protected wildlife. Mind you, much of this was made prior to them becoming protected so you would have to show a receipt from when originally purchased in order to stop them from taking it.
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KEVIN RIGDON KNOWS A LITTLE ABOUT “DEAD ANIMALS,” AS HE COLLECTS THEM, BUT NOT ON PURPOSE. IT SEEMS AS THOUGH AN ITEM HE INHERITED FROM HIS FAMILY IN POLAND SPAWNED AN UNFORESEEN COLLECTION OF STUFFED THINGS. A simple pair of antlers left in his care caught the attention of friends and family. From that point on, they felt Rigdon needed similar type gifts, things with hair, scales, horns, feathers and flesh. They came from everywhere. On a culture exchange in Siberia, he received a stuffed squirrel. In China, he was given a small stuffed porcupine. Eventually the collection had run its course, and they found new homes. Rigdon is the Associate Director/Design for the Alley Theatre, along with being a professor and head of graduate design for the University of Houston School of Theatre and Design. Naturally he would pick the Alley Theatre’s prop department along with the prop department at the University of Houston to be the lucky recipients of some of his collection.
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He couldn’t part with everything though. A stuffed chicken, frog and the porcupine still remain on his desk at the Alley. I was almost afraid to ask what else he collects. But like a car wreck, you don’t want to look but you can’t help yourself…so I inquired. At first he said nothing. However, he went on to say as he thought about it, and walked through his house, he realized they (he and his wife) were collectors of collections. I found it interesting that many of these items retained that animal theme. For example, there is a herd of giraffes on the tops of bookcases in one office. Hiding among the books on the shelves are penguins and finally, while not animal-related (well, not exactly), there is a gnome collection. His final collection of note made the most sense to me, but yet was mentioned last. A large collection of opening night gifts from people like David Mamet, Steve Martin, etc. Mementos from shows past including eye glasses and costumes that his wife designed for Lynn Redgrave and Miriam Margolyes. Where was I when he met Steve Martin? Sigh….
A LOT OF WOMEN ARE COLLECTORS AND DON’T EVEN KNOW IT. MOST ALL OF US HAVE MORE THAN 3 HANDBAGS, OR 10+ PAIRS OF SHOES. COLLECTING VINTAGE COUTURE HAS BEEN A PASSION FOR WOMEN (AND MEN!) FOR YEARS. IN FACT, KIMORA LEE SIMMONS (BABY PHAT AND STYLE CHANNEL – LIFE IN THE FAB LANE) HAS THE LARGEST, PRIVATE COLLECTION OF LOUIS VUITTON KNOWN TO MAN! If you wonder if there is any right or wrong way to ask what a dealer’s best price is when purchasing something for your collection, REBECCA HADLEY can tell you. You see, she collects books on etiquette/charm. You might have thought Miss Manners was the only expert teaching us where to place our napkins and how to address a foreign minister, but apparently she has competition. Hadley is a Heights resident and the owner/headmistress of the Lady Grace Academy (Houston’s only school devoted to teaching the art of classic burlesque). Her interest in books started back when she was 11 years old. While babysitting for a family, she noticed they had a vast array of books in their home. One caught her attention – Glamour’s Health and Beauty Book.
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She read the book cover to cover every time she worked for the family. Never before had she seen books like that, and they seemed to answer her every question about how to be a woman! From that point on she searched the library and bookstores for similar books. Hadley feels the books helped her get through a very awkward time in her life (teenage years...note to self: pick up these books and scatter them around for my kids to read). As she grew older, she began collecting them for fun. The vintage books on poise and charm she found the most interesting as they were “adorably archaic and uniquely timeless in their advice!” Her collection has grown from the first one she acquired (you guessed it, the family gave her the one from their home) to a staggering 2000 books. If the book collection wasn’t enough, Hadley also has a passion for German pottery from the 1940s, Ouija boards and Tarot cards. I wonder if the Ouija board will be able to stay in contact with Miss Manners once she passes.... ONE HOUSTONIAN’S INTEREST IN CLOTHING TOOK A DIFFERENT COLLECTING TURN FROM SIMMONS. MICHELLE SINCHED IS A SEAMSTRESS AND CORSET MAKER. SHE BEGAN SEWING AT THE EARLY AGE OF 6. HER INSPIRATION: HER MOTHER!
She found herself in need of a sewing machine in her early 20s. Her love of historical clothing and her interest in their construction started a side business of designing corsets. Having borrowed her mother’s vintage Kenmore sewing machine for some time, she decided she needed her own. She acquired a new one and it broke down within a year. She decided to buy an older model as they are made with more durable, metal gears instead of the cheap plastic ones found in modern machines. The vintage model held up longer than the new model, so she bought another, and then a few more. Her friends have also donated a few vintage machines they had or found over the years. Her collection doesn’t sit and acquire dust. Sinched can be found using them most nights and weekends, and then also has sewing parties with her friends in which anyone can “take one for a spin!”
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“If I won the lo ttery, I guess I would get sno w whIte, the ma rbled Ind Ia n ChIef,
the Creature from the blaCk lagoo n, Zo rro a nd a few others.”
I asked Sinched if she had any other collecting interests (assuming the answer would be yes and we’d hear about her amazing vintage clothing collection, button collection or maybe that she too has a storage facility stacked with Louis Vuitton); her answers were a little more intriguing. She also collects vintage sewing mannequins, caskets and animal skulls. For a quick moment, I flashed to a scene from Silence of the Lambs. This makes 2 collectors of dead animal things I have met this week! All kidding aside, I think her collection is pretty cool. I too remember my grandmother being a seamstress and working at Cloth World. I thought I was the most fab kid around because I could have any dress, shirt or pants I wanted made just for me, in any cloth I found at the store. I learned early on that sewing machines would not be in my future: I ran the needle through my thumb on my first try. DO YOU REMEMBER THOSE CUTE, PLASTIC CANDY DISPENSERS WE HAD AS KIDS CALLED PEZ? THEY CAME IN A TON OF BRIGHT COLORS, AND THE TOPS WERE THE HEADS OF OUR FAVORITE CARTOON CHARACTERS OR CUTE ANIMALS, ETC. THEIR HEADS BENT BACKWARDS AND OUT CAME A PIECE OF CANDY. Houston-area artist ROBERTO CERVANTES remembers them well. In fact, he remembers the very first one he ever had. It was a party favor he was given at a Pizza Hut birthday party – Wonder Woman. Over the years Cervantes has collected Pez and even got his friends interested in collecting. They learned that Pez wasn’t just an American product, but that different characters had been made for the European and Japanese markets. In their journeys abroad, he and his friends would search for Pez they could not find in the States.
Many die-hard collectors only want items in their original packaging. Cervantes however is more interested in enjoying them and not their collectible value. He glues magnets on them (I can only assume to display them on the refrigerator) which greatly reduces their book value and therefore buys what he likes and isn’t interested in buying the $100+ Pez dispensers. Most of his collection was made over the last 25 years. However, he does have a few from the 1960s he treasures. If $100 sounds a bit pricey, take note that the most expensive Pez sold on eBay for $32,205. I guess he wouldn’t glue a magnet to that one! I asked him if there were any Pez he wished he had. “If I won the lottery, I guess I would get Snow White, the marbled Indian Chief, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Zorro and a few others.” He also loves the Japanese mini-Pez. They stand a mere 2 inches in height and are sold in vending machines. “The characters and their stories are completely foreign and so they have the most mystery,” says Cervantes. “Mystery is what makes them the most interesting.” I’m sure the thrill of the hunt will keep him searching, and maybe he’ll stumble across a few of these at a local garage sale or flea market! When I was a kid, I wanted to be Wonder Woman. She had the cool invisible plane and those wristbands that deflected bullets. I know I am not alone by saying that action heroes played a role in my imagination as a kid. Everyone had a favorite and it usually had something to do with their unique super powers.OUT OF HIS PASSION FOR COMIC BOOKS AND MOVIES,
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PABLO IBAÑEZ BECAME A COLLECTOR OF ACTION FIGURES. REWIND BACK TO THE 1980S…STAR WARS WAS CERTAINLY THE TOP ACTION MOVIE GOING. IBAÑEZ, LIKE MOST BOYS, HAD ACTION FIGURES FROM STAR WARS EPISODES IV, V AND VI. AT THE TIME, THOSE FIGURES WERE PRIZED POSSESSIONS, HOWEVER OVER THE YEARS THEY DISAPPEARED ONE BY ONE. Hearing Ibañez’ story, I had my own trip down memory lane. He mentioned waking up on Saturdays, watching School House Rock and Super Friends. I found myself humming, “I’m just a bill, yes, I’m only a bill, and I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill…” I used to LOVE School House Rock, and I do remember how the Super Friends came on Saturday mornings after episodes of School House Rock.
Ibañez recalls “Mom going to Target or Kmart and I’d always be in the toy section just to see what came out.” Today we have it so easy. Let your fingers do the typing and in a few short clicks you can find items on eBay or other online venues. Before the Internet, we succumbed to hitting our favorite shops and dealers searching for new things to add to our collections. It was a much harder hunt than it is today. Does the ease of collecting detour people from wanting to collect? I think people will always have that innate desire to recreate points of time from their past that made them smile. I also think that while the Internet makes it easy to buy things, one still likes to hold an object in hand to determine its authenticity and condition before executing a purchase. (Not that I don’t buy some of my collection online!) Your collecting options are only limited by your imagination. You can obsess over the standard fare such as antique porcelains, vintage wristwatches, fine art, etc. – or take a step away from the traditional and dive into the world of collectibles. Either way, make sure you buy what you like and you can never go wrong.
Ibañez’s tIps for new collectors: • If you want to make money off your collection, don’t open the packaging. Items in their original box/package have greater resale value.
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• Put your items in individual Ziploc bags and place them in a spot where they cannot be crushed or damaged by the elements.
• If you are just collecting for enjoyment, take them out of the packaging, place them in a curio. Start with your favorite character and grow it from there!
Author Reyne Haines is a 20th-century Decorative Arts expert and television personality. Visit her website at www.reyne.com for more information.
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tHe dating world decoded... an aBSolute muSt read!
DATING DIVA ADVENTURES By Susan Bynam Photography by Jill Hunter
AUTHOR LORI LEMON-GESHAY OFFERS READERS HER FRESH, UNCENSORED PERSPECTIVE ON HUMAN COURTSHIP AND ONE EXHILARATING RIDE IN FINDING TRUE LOVE AND HAPPINESS. Whoever said one had to be a dating expert to provide sound viewpoints on protocols and practices of human courtship? Lori Lemon-Geshay, author of Dating Diva Adventures, refutes the idea of being one. Yet, her claim to have dated more than most, coupled with her revolutionary exploration of life through irresistible, yet witty journeys of friendships, relationships and love over the years undeniably crowns Lori The Dating Guru – whether she chooses to accept the title or not. Lori’s diverse professional roles, along with a multitude of relationship encounters, catapulted her on a trek of not only self-discovery of her own needs, desires and the dating faux pas to avoid, but also on a quest for learning about human behavior in anticipation of finding true love, as well. From the initial creation of her online dating profile with a popular social networking site to the completion of Dating Diva Adventures, this Georgia peach, one-time flight attendant, former model (Coty Cosmetics, LA Gear and Country Time Lemonade), former actress (Yes, that was Lori in the daytime drama, Another World), and current Oracle|Hyperion IT sales professional and jewelry designer has proven exceedingly insightful about the world of dating and has woven an exciting, must read that will capture the heart of every single girl page after page. Lori, your professional acumen is, undoubtedly, diverse – considering the varying roles you have mastered over the years. What was the catalyst for your career choices and do you think that much of your career path stimulated your pursuit to write Dating Diva Adventures? I have always been a very creative person and my many travels in life – both professionally and socially (including having lived in 13 states) – have been highly instrumental in the development of Dating Diva Adventures and my latest initiative, Whitney Gloss – a new lip gloss collection spun from my Dating Diva Adventures with partner, Whitney Chandler. My IT sales career has been an absolute joy and abundant blessing, yet I don’t get the creative spark from IT that I get with writing and jewelry design. With Dating Diva Adventures I have been fortunate in the last three years to reignite my passion for all the fun, girly projects that I have loved over the years. Through a chronicle of my own experiences, it is my hope that others will have a greater understanding and appreciation for not only self-love, but friendship and worthwhile relationships with others. When did you come to the realization that you needed to take a deeper assessment of “self” to explore what things were necessary to bring you happiness to, hopefully, lead you on the path of true love? In my last significant relationship (engagement) with a man for three plus years, I discovered that everything about him had been a complete lie. I realized that I had to take a more introspective assessment of “self” and
examine those areas of my life where I had sacrificed my happiness. So, in a weird way, I am grateful for the demise of that relationship because it initiated my investment in so many experiences that have since brought me so much joy. I can now look back and truly say that I am grateful for my many encounters – for they have provided a platform for me to live life to the fullest, to exemplify happiness every single day and to share the same with others so that they too will discover happiness. Need vivid details and advice to decode the intricate web of dating? Look no further! To learn more about Dating Diva Adventures and how to secure your copy, visit www.lorilemongeshay.com.
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architecture + design by Carla Valencia de Martinez Photography by Juliana Franco
LIFE BOOKS NATIVE OF BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, JULIANA FRANCO SHOWED BIG INTEREST FOR THE FINE ARTS AND MARINE BIOLOGY AT A YOUNG AGE (AS WELL AS ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND HOW THINGS WORK). “WHEN I WAS VERY LITTLE I TOLD MY MOM I WANTED TO BE A MARINE BIOLOGIST BECAUSE I LOVED TO WATCH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICS.” AFTER GRADUATING FROM THE SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS IN NEW YORK AND WORKING WITH VARIOUS PHOTOGRAPHERS, FRANCO ENDED UP IN MOSTLY CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHY, HIGH-END JOBS. “ONE DAY I GOT A CALL TO BECOME A CORPORATE PHOTOGRAPHER FOR A VERY IMPORTANT FINANCIAL INSTITUTION IN HOUSTON AND I HAVE TO ADMIT I WAS THRILLED. I WAS WRONG. I BECAME A PERSON WHO DECIDED TO LIVE IN THE COMFORT ZONE JUST BY RECEIVING A GOOD PAYCHECK. MY GOAL WAS FORGOTTEN. FORTUNATELY, WHEN LIFE BOOKS BECAME PART OF MY LIFE, I STARTED DREAMING AGAIN.” IN 2008, AFTER HER SWINGS EXHIBITION IN NEW YORK, DILEG PRODUCTIONS OWNER RICARDO CADAVID LOVED HER IDEA, PARTNERED WITH HER, AND LIFE BOOKS WAS BORN.
WHAT IS LIFE BOOKS? AND WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE THEM? Legacy. My inspiration was to become a storyteller, capturing images that allow people to embrace priceless moments or individual passions. Suppose boats are your passion. The Elite Book will embrace every aspect of it. Every detail is captured especially the human aspect that having a true passion generates. Or perhaps you want to capture priceless family moments, like a family trip to Paris or any other activity enjoyed with your loved ones. The Family Book is the answer. No posing, just authenticity. WHAT MAKES THEM SPECIAL? It’s not just about taking photos. A certain level of communication with my clients is necessary to understand all the factors that fluctuate and identify them individually or as a family to conceive a concept for the book. My art director in New York, Ricardo
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Cadavid, is the creative touch and a script is generated, revealing any important aspect and enhancing it. The most important element – human essence, along with a pristine printing quality hand crafted in Italy and finished with a luxurious presentation – assures a unique and authentic product for legacy. WHO IS YOUR CLIENT? Any individual who has a story to tell about a real, true passion or sharing precious family moments and understands that to develop either one of my books, Elite or Family, money will not be an issue. TELL US ABOUT YOUR TRAVELS… Traveling has always been a learning experience; now it means Life Books. Paris was fulfilling and exciting – capturing the attention of a three-year-old girl enjoying Degas with her mother at the Orsay. Recently I made another Family Book in Spain at Marbella in the zone of Andalucia. Very modern architectural concept and high-end interior design, yet my family book was the catalyst that brought everybody down to earth. A reminder that without the warmness of a family a beautiful house is meaningless.
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slow dough bread co.
greg scheinman | heath wendell WATCHING HEATH WENDELL MAKE BREAD IS LIKE WATCHING AN ARTIST – SMOOTH, EFFICIENT AND SEEMINGLY EFFORTLESS. A GIFTED AND ARTISAN BAKER, HIS HANDS DID NOT STOP MOVING THROUGH THE DOUGH FOR THE ENTIRE 40 MINUTES WE TALKED INSIDE THE SWEET SMELLING BAKERY THAT HAS BECOME THE PREMIER BREAD SUPPLIER TO MANY OF HOUSTON’S TOP RESTAURANTS AND CHEFS. WHILE THE NAME “SLOW DOUGH” REFERS TO THE SLOW FERMENTATION PROCESS REQUIRED TO MAKE QUALITY BREAD, THE BUSINESS IS ANYTHING BUT SLOW. THE SLOW DOUGH BREAD CO. IS EXPANDING RAPIDLY AND PROFILE WITH GREG SCHEINMAN WAS FORTUNATE TO CATCH UP WITH THE COMPANY’S PROLIFIC FOUNDER, BAKER, DELIVERYMAN, SALESPERSON AND PASSIONATE ENTREPRENEUR.
How did The Slow Dough Bread Co. get started? I come from a family of bakers on my mother’s side. My grandfather, uncles, mother were all in the business in Chicago. I’m a 5th generation baker and have been in the business since I could walk. I had a bakery business in Chicago that I ultimately sold and ended up working as a consultant for a bakery company that brought me to Houston. What should’ve taken a few months turned into nine. At that point I was unhappy not actually baking and my girlfriend and partner Morgan finally turned to me and said, “What are you doing? Open up your own business!” So that’s what we did. What made you think that it was going to work? I saw that there was a need for good quality bread in Houston. I also found Houston to be more laid-back than Chicago so you could really develop relationships with chefs that really want to know your business and your process. I had the experience and knew we could get open cost-effectively, but really I didn’t know anyone here so we’ve relied heavily on word of mouth. I’ve only made four cold calls since opening the door and now we’re in over 150 restaurants. What does it take to open a bakery? Having the experience of growing up in the business I
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was able to locate and buy very good used equipment, knew what type of space would work and get all that stuff locked down for low cost, but what it really takes is passion and commitment. My grandfather always said two things: “There’s not a lot of money in bread, but a lot of hours.” and “Stay in the shop, stay in the shop.” What he meant was that there’s really only so much you can charge for a loaf of bread so you have to really love it. The second is that you’ve got to be in there, you’ve got to be baking. If you do that well, the operations, sales, business stuff will always work out but if you’re not producing a great product, there won’t be a business to operate. When we first opened, I lived in the bakery and slept in two-hour shifts to bake, sell and deliver. I knew that’s what it would take. What’s the best part of your job? Baking, selling and talking about bread is like a drug to me. I spend a lot of time talking and listening to chefs about what they want and then the best part of my job is to go and make it and deliver it to them. What’s the toughest part of your job? For me it’s very frustrating sometimes to see stuff you know you can fix or that you can do better but you just need the opportunity. It’s interesting because a lot of
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). times in order to gain someone’s trust or establish credibility you need to tell them things about your business and process that are like your own little secrets, the stuff that makes you special. It’s hard to balance what you should say with what you can say. You’ve built a pretty impressive core team here. How important is that to your success? It’s huge. Most of the guys who are with me have been here since day one. In fact, my key guys were here even before I opened. They were at my door and said they wanted to work for me. We’ve been going ever since. We really are a team and I think that they realize we’re all in this together. I try to create a feeling of empowerment for each of them and they see that I’ll work every bit as long and hard as anyone here. What’s next for Slow Dough Bread Co.? Our goal is 1000 restaurants. We’re expanding into a new and larger facility. It’ll be state of the art and really will shock the baking industry in Houston. We’ll still remain humble and never jeopardize the product because of growth, but we will do some more commercial-style products but with better quality ingredients. We’re here to make bread…and a lot of it.
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tools+toys+ gadgets By Michael Garfield
CASIO TRYX With a 12.1-megapixel sensor and a 3-inch rotating LCD touchscreen, Casio’s TRYX creates a new category. Point, smile, watch and click. The swiveling body lets you see yourself in the frame and snap a well-composed self-portrait. The camera body also functions as a tripod when swiveled. As with most digital cameras, the TRYX can record 1080p HD video and the quality looks great. The pre-loaded software makes it very simple for sharing photos on Facebook, Flickr and YouTube. $249 | www.Casio.com
NINTENDO 3DS If televisions can go 3D, then why not video games? But you don’t need glasses to enjoy fun on the move with the latest from Nintendo. Its new 3DS system brings a new level of depth to games such as Nintendogs + Cats and Steel Driver. Gamers can customize the 3D effect with a special depth slider control. The interactivity is amazing and some of the characters seem to literally jump out of the screen. 3D versions of Madden NFL, Mario Kart and Zelda are on the way. You can also snap 3D pictures with this dual-screen device and make your own Mii characters. I know it is a hit as I haven’t seen my 14-year-old son in days. $249 | www.Nintendo.com
SAMSUNG SUEDE WITH MUVE MUSIC Music continues to be an integral part of our lives, but downloading a song at 99 cents a pop can get pricey. Cricket Wireless figured out a way to appease music fans with a new cell phone with unlimited music downloads. Launched in early April, the Samsung Suede has a 3-inch touchscreen face and packs a 3-megapixel camera and camcorder. But it’s the large music note button that sets this gadget apart from others. Muve Music is the service Cricket created that allows for unlimited music downloads. The music libraries are wellstocked with hits and recommended tracks, and the My DJ portal helps grab tunes by a range of genres. All this music – plus unlimited talk, text email and web browsing – for just $55 a month makes this a winner. $149 | $55/month for unlimited music, talk, text, email, web www.MyCricket.com
IOGEAR WIRELESS ON-LAP KEYBOARD More people are surfing the web in their living and media rooms thanks to Internet-ready HDTV monitors. It is a bit tough to type on a remote control so you may want to try a wireless keyboard that rests on your lap. Iogear has such a device that is compatible with your PC, game console and HDTV. The 2.4-GHz Wireless On-Lap Keyboard lets you type up to 33 feet from your entertainment center. The keyboard is designed with comfort in mind; a contoured back helps it rest comfortably on your lap and a slip-resistant rubber grip will keep it in place. Shortcut keys provide quick access to your favorite apps and websites. $75 | www.iogear.com
Michael Garfield is known as “The High-Tech Texan®.” His radio program airs on The 9-5-0 weekdays from 10am-12pm and Saturdays 11am-2pm. Visit his website at www.hightechtexan.com. Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @hightechtexan. may 11 | www.002mag.com .55
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MENtertainment Remember gents: Moisturizer is essential! Specially if you are outside with the dust, wind and sun hitting your face. Dr. H. Bellin Swiss Skin Care developed a simple and convenient formula to lessen the formation of expression lines and prevent aging. The all-in-one cream can be used on the face and around the eyes. Keep that pretty face well-nourished and youthful looking. www.swissskinrepair.com
From left to right: 1. Paisley Grey - 56% wool, 44% Cotton 2. Crinkled tie dye 100% cotton 3. 100% cotton 4. Crinkle Madras 55% Viscose, 30% Virgin Wool, 15% Polyester 5. Bar Stripe 68% Wool 32% Viscose.
Month of May Photography by Skatehouston.info
EVENT OF THE MONTH:
Gucci launches Guilty for Him this month. The Sensual and earthy new fragance marries patchouli, cedar, sandalwood and amber â€“ it doesn't get more sensual than that this summer. www.gucci.com 56. may 11 | www.002mag.com
Enjoy a day at the park with the SECOND ANNUAL SKATE & ROCK FREE CONCERT SERIES at the Lee & Joe Jamail Skate Park, 103 Sabine St. Saturday, May 21 and June 18. Free and open to the public. For more information about line-ups and artists, visit www.houstonparksboard.org
Photography by Gabriella Nissen
A light linen scarf comes in handy on late afternoons when the temperature drops a few notches (or in our case â€“ the blasted AC found everywhere, very common this time of year). Neutral tones make it pretty easy to accessorize. Available at www.hartschaffnermarx.com and www.hickeyfreeman.com.
Although out for five years, The ElliptiGO 8S has finally made its way to Houston. Designed by Ironman triathlete Brent Teal, this low-impact ride takes the elliptical out of the gym and into the streets. Like its bicycle cousin, it take a little equilibrium and coordination, but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty exciting and a quite effective cardio workout. After a few minutes, you'll really feel you leg muscles burning! Available at Bike Barn or online at www.elliptigo.com.
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A SIZZLING SPRING By Tim Moloney Photography by Aaron Courtland
THERE’S SOMETHING POWERFUL IN THE AIR THIS TIME OF YEAR – BESIDES POLLEN, THAT IS. I’M TALKING ABOUT THE SCENT OF DELICIOUS SIZZLING BACON, THANKS TO THE LIMITED-TIME BACONALIA THAT’S TAKING PLACE AT YOUR LOCAL DENNY’S. THERE ARE NOW SEVEN BACON-CENTRIC DISHES ON THE MENU. I HAVEN’T TRIED ALL OF THEM YET, BUT I DID MANAGE TO INHALE A BACON-MAPLE SUNDAE THE OTHER AFTERNOON. AMAZING! THEY TAKE MAPLE-FLAVORED SYRUP, ADD A SCOOP OF VANILLA ICE CREAM AND THEN LOAD ON A GENEROUS HELPING OF DICED HICKORY-SMOKED BACON. AND THEN THEY DO IT AGAIN WITH ANOTHER LAYER! PURE BACONY BLISS IN A BOWL. VISIT WWW.DENNYS.COM FOR ALL THE DETAILS. WHILE THERE, CHECK OUT THE BACON CAM OPERATING 24 HOURS A DAY FOR ROUND-THE-CLOCK SIZZLING PORK.
GAME ON! I was sad to see United Lumber & Supply on Washington Avenue close about six months back, because I love independent hardware stores. However, I’ve kept my eye on this property during my daily commute and I really like what’s replacing United – believe it or not, I finally admire the design of a bar on Washington Avenue. I’m talking about Kung Fu Saloon (actually, Kung Fu Saloon Player Two, as there is an original incarnation in Austin), a bar with 17 vintage arcade games, including Ms. Pacman, Galaga and Golden Tee; giant Jenga and giant Connect Four; board games; karaoke rooms; and Nintendo. It’s also a late-night dance bar. That combo sounds really fun to me. On top of all that, the design is really fine. Reclaimed barn wood, colored plexi walls and blown-out images of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris give this place some cred. A firm called Chioco out of Austin came up with it. They do really nice work (both ByGeorge store interiors in Austin, plus a slew of inspired commercial and residential projects). As of this writing, Kung Fu is not open, but it should happen any day now. Kung Fu Saloon Player Two, 5317 Washington Ave., 713.864.0642 | www.kungfusaloon.com/houston
IN THE KNOW Every now and then, when I’m not wasting hours on Facebook or playing Freecell, I find a cool website. The other day, I stumbled across Kempt (www.getkempt.com), a blog “dedicated to the interesting, scandalous, useful and cutting edge in the world of men’s style, fashion and grooming,” as they say. It’s an interesting mix of features, advice and product reviews, with excellent writers, a great editorial viewpoint and a very sophisticated design. Every day they aggregate a group of links out to stories on other sites – it’s like a Daily Beast of style. Check it out.
And so we come to the end once again. Have a great May. And send me some ideas for this column. Do you know how hard it is to try to be interesting and engaging every month? It may look effortless, but I assure you it’s not.
AND BEFORE I GO, I RAISE A CRYSTAL PEPSI AND A TAB CLEAR TO MY FRIEND FRANK MOORE, WHO IS SINGLEHANDEDLY PUSHING FOR A CLEAR FOODS REVIVAL. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.
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restaurant listings houston | sugar land | the woodlands
BOWL 607 Richmond. 832.582.7218 www.eatatbowl.com
GLASSWALL 933 Studemont. 713.868.7930 www.glasswalltherestaurant.com
WHICH WICH 711 Louisiana St. 713.222.2999 www.whichwich.com
STRAITS [singaporean] 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. N., 713.365.9922 www.straitsrestaurants.com
BRANCH WATER TAVERN 510 Shepherd Dr. 713.863.7777 www.branchwatertavern.com
HAVEN 2502 Algerian Way. 713.581.6101 www.havenhouston.com
YARD HOUSE 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., CityCentre 713.461.9273 www.yardhouse.com
SUSHI RAKU 3201 Louisiana. 713.526.8885 www.sushi-raku.com
BRC 519 Shepherd Dr. 713.861.2233 www.brcgastropub.com
ZELKO BISTRO 705 E. 11th St. 713.880.8691 www.zelkobistro.com
*17 | inside Hotel Alden 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8888 www.aldenhotels.com
HEARSAY GASTRO LOUNGE 218 Travis St. 713.225.8079 www.hearsayhouston.com
51fifteen 51FIFTEEN | inside Saks Fifth Avenue 5115 Westheimer. 713.363.8067 www.51fifteen.com AMERICAS •1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.961.1492 •21 Waterway Ave. 281.367.1492 •2010 West Gray. 832.200.1492 www.cordua.com ARTISTA | inside the Hobby Center 800 Bagby. 713.278.4782 www.cordua.com AVA KITCHEN+WHISKEY BAR 2800 Kirby. 713.386.6460
BYRD’S MARKET + CAFE 420 Main St. 713.225.0100 www.byrdsmarket.com CAFE EXPRESS 12 convenient locations in Houston www.cafe-express.com CANOPY 3939 Montrose Blvd. 713.528.6848 www.canopyhouston.com CAVA BISTRO 300 Main St. 713.229.9504 www.cavabistrohouston.com CINQ | at La Colombe d’Or 3410 Montrose Blvd. 713.469.4750 www.lacolombedor.com
BARNABY’S •5750 Woodway. 713.266.0046 •1701 S. Shepherd. 713.520.5131 •414 West Gray. 713.522.8898 •604 Fairview. 713.522.0106 •602 Fairview. 713.522.4229 www.barnabyscafe.com
COURSES | inside the Art Institute of Houston 1900 Yorktown. 713.353.3644 www.artinstitutes.edu
BEAVER’S 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328 www.beavershouston.com
DANTON'S GULF COAST SEAFOOD 4611 Montrose. 713.807.8883 www.dantonsseafood.com
BENJY’S •2424 Dunstan. 713.522.7602 •5922 Washington Ave. 713.868.1131 www.benjys.com
EDDIE V’S PRIME SEAFOOD •12848 Queensbury Ln. 832.200.2380 • 2800 Kirby@West Ave. 713.874.1800 www.eddiev.com
BISTRO ALEX 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., CityCentre 713.827.3545 www.bistroalex.com BLOCK 7 WINE COMPANY 720 Shepherd Dr. 713.572.2565 www.block7wineco.com BOOM BOOM ROOM 2518 Yale St. 713.868.3740 www.theboomboomroomhouston.com
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DAILY REVIEW CAFÉ 3412 West Lamar. 713.520.9217 www.dailyreviewcafe.com
FOUNDATION ROOM | HOB 1204 Caroline. 832.667.7800 www.houseofblues.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 NOE Four Riverway. 713.871.8177 www.noerestaurant.com QUATTRO 1300 Lamar. 713.276.4700 www.fourseasons.com RDG | BAR ANNIE 1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.1111 www.rdgbarannie.com RUGGLES GREEN •2311 West Alabama. 713.533.0777 •CityCentre 713.464.5557 www.rugglesgreen.com SHADE 250 W. 19th St. 713.863.7500 www.shadeheights.com THE CHELSEA GRILL 4621 Montrose Blvd. 713.942.9857 www.chelseagrill.com THE GROVE 1611 Lamar. 713.337.7321 www.thegrovehouston.com THE LAKE HOUSE 1600 McKinney. 713.337.7320 www.thelakehousehouston.com VOICE | Hotel Icon 220 Main. 832.667.4470 www.hotelicon.com
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asian AUNTIE CHANG’S DUMPLING HOUSE 2621 S. Shepherd. 713.524.8410 www.auntiechangs.com FISH [sushi] 309 Gray St. 713.526.5294 www.fishhouston.com KAM’S [chinese] 4500 Montrose Blvd. #C. 713.529.5057 www.kamscuisine.com KONA GRILL [japanese+american] •501 Westheimer. 713.877.9191 •16535 Southwest Freeway. 281.242.7000 www.konagrill.com KUBO’S 2414 University Blvd. #200. 713.528.7878 www.kubos-sushi.com
UPTOWN SUSHI Uptown Park. 713.871.1200 www.uptown-sushi.com ZAKE 2946 S. Shepherd. 713.526.6888 www.zakesushilounge.com ZUSHI 5900 Memorial Dr., #102. 713.861.5588 www.zushihouston.com
bar-b-que BROOKSTREET BBQ 10705 Westheimer. 713.783.3600 www.brookstreetbbq.com GOODE COMPANY TX BARBECUE 5109 Kirby. 713.522.2530 www.goodecompany.com PIZZITOLA’S BAR-B-CUE 1703 Shepherd. 713.227.2283 www.pizzitolas.com
breakfast+coffee+ diners+juice bars 11TH ST. CAFÉ 748 E. 11th St. 713.862.0089
les givral’s kahve
LES GIVRAL’S KAHVE [vietnamese] •801 Congress St. 713.547.0444 •4601 Washington Ave. 832.582.7671 www.lesgivrals.com PAGODA [vietnamese] 4705 Inker St. 832.673.0400 www.pagodabistro.com RA SUSHI •3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 •12860 Queensbury Ln. #234, CityCentre 713.331.2792 www.rasushi.com
ANTIDOTE COFFEE 729 Studewood. 713.861.7400 www.antidotecoffee.com AVALON DRUG CO. & DINER •2417 Westheimer. 713.527.8900 •12810 Southwest Frwy. 281.240.0213 www.avalondiner.com CAFÉ BRASIL 2604 Dunlavy. 713.528.1993 www.brasilcafe.net COCO’S CREPES 218 Gray St. 713.521.0700 www.cocoscrepes.com CRAVE CUPCAKES 1151 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.622.7283 www.cravecupcake.com
RED PIER [asian fusion] 2701 Milam St. 713.807.7726
DECCO CAFE 5120 Woodway Dr. 713.963.8273 www.deccocafe.com DIRK’S COFFEE 4005 Montrose. 713.526.1319 www.diedrich.com
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DON DIEGO COFFEE 208 Travis. 713.228.3560 www.dondiegocoffee.com
THE COFFEE GROUNDZ 2503 Bagby. 713.874.0082 www.coffeegroundz.net
NARIN’S BOMBAY BRASSERIE 3005 West Loop South. 713.622.2005 www.narinsbombaybrasserie.com
EMPIRE CAFÉ 1732 Westheimer. 713.528.5282 www.empirecafe.net
THE FRUIT PALETTE 2413 Rice Blvd. 713.523.7848 www.thefruitpalette.com
PONDICHERI 2800 Kirby@West Ave.. 713.522.2022
FOUNTAIN VIEW CAFÉ 1842 Fountain View. 713.785.9060 INVERSION COFFEE HOUSE 1953 Montrose, #A. 713.523.4866 www.inversioncoffee.com ISLAND GRILL + JUICE BAR •5709 Woodway. 713.334.4036 •4024 Bellaire Blvd. 713.665.5388 www.islandgrillhouston.com KRAFTSMEN BAKING 4100 Montrose, #C. 713.524.7272 www.kraftsmenbaking.com
TINY BOXWOOD’S 3614 W. Alabama St. 713.622.4224 www.tinyboxwoods.com
MORE THAN CAKES 1100 West Dallas. 713.652.5132 www.morethancakes.com
ZIMM’S LITTLE DECK 601 Richmond Ave. 713.527.8328 www.zimmslittledeck.com
OCTANE COFFEE+WINE LOUNGE 3402 N. Shepherd. 281.974.1693 RUSTIKA CAFÉ 3237 Southwest Frwy. 713.665.6226 www.rustikacafe.com SALENTO WINE CAFE 2407 Rice Blvd. 713.528.7478 www.salentowinecafe.com SPRINKLES CUPCAKES 4014 Westheimer. 713.871.9929 www.sprinkles.com SUGAR BABY'S CUPCAKES 3310 S. Shepherd. 713.527.8427 www.ilovesugarbabys.com 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
MINGALONE 540 Texas. 713.223.0088 www.mingalone.com
THIS IS IT SOULFOOD 207 W. Gray. 713.659.1608 www.thisisithouston.com
KRAFTSMEN CAFE 611 West 22nd St. 713.426.1300 www.kraftsmencafe.com
italian ARCODORO 5000 Westheimer. 713.621.6888 www.arcodoro.com
MARDI GRAS GRILL 1200 Durham. 713.864.5600 www.mardigrasgrill.net
TREEBEARDS •315 Travis. 713.228.2622 •1117 Texas. 713.229.8248 •1100 Louisiana. 713.752.2601 •700 Rusk. 713.224.6677 www.treebeards.com
SHIVA 2415 Times Blvd. 713.523.4753 www.shivarestaurant.com
SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE 901 Commerce @ Travis. 713.229.9715 www.meatballs.com TRATTORIA IL MULINO 945 Gessner Road 832.358.0600 www.ilmulino.com
ZYDECO LOUISIANA DINER 1119 Pease. 713.759.2001 www.zydecolouisianadiner.com
BRASSERIE MAX + JULIE [french] 4315 Montrose. 713.524.0070 www.maxandjulie.net
ARGENTINA CAFE 3055 Sage Rd. 713.622.8877
CHARIVARI [european] 2521 Bagby. 713.271.7231 www.charivarirest.com
BISTRO BAR [puerto rican] 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. CityCentre 713.973.1601 www.houstonsorella-citycentre.com
FEAST [european] 219 Westheimer. 713.529.7788 www.feasthouston.com
CAFÉ PIQUET [cuban] 5757 Bissonnet. 713.664.1031 www.cafepiquet.net
OPORTO [european] 3833 Richmond. 713.621.1114 www.oporto.us
CYCLONE ANAYA’S [mex] 309 Gray St. 713.520.6969 www.cycloneanaya.com
PHILIPPE REST+LOUNGE [french] BLVD. Place. 713.439.1000 www.philippehouston.com
DIEGO'S [mex] 1421 Preston. 713.236.1300 www.diegosrestaurantbar.com
THE QUEEN VIC PUB [european] 2712 Richmond. 713.533.0022 www.thequeenvicpub.com
EL MESON [cuban] 2425 University. 713.522.9306
KIRAN’S 4100 Westheimer. 713.960.8472 www.kiranshouston.com
EL PATIO [mex] •6444 Westheimer. 713.780.0410 •2416 Brazos. 713.523.8181 www.elpatio.com
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EL TACO TOTE 6154 Westheimer. 713.706.3233 www.tacotote.com EL TIEMPO CANTINA [mex] •3130 Richmond. 713.807.1600 •5602 Washington. 713.681.3645 •1308 Montrose. 713.807.8996 www.eltiempocantina.com
EVENT RISING STARS REVUE GALA WHY AWARD CEREMONY WHERE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL WHEN MARCH 17
More than 300 foodies attended the StarChefs.com’s Rising Stars Revue Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel for a night of amazing food, refreshments and plenty of celebration. Guests strolled through food stations sampling the fabulous dishes that gave each chef their award-wining status. Congratulations to all!
EL TORO [mex] 11920 Westheimer. 281.920.4840 www.eltorotexmex.com
RISTORANTE CAVOUR 1080 Uptown Park. 713.418.1000 www.granducahouston.com
VALENTINO Hotel Derek 2525 West Loop South. 713.850.9200 www.valentinorestaurantgroup.com
EL REY [cuban-mex] •233 Main. 713.225.1895 •910 Shepherd. 713.802.9145 www.elreytaqueria.com
FREEB!RDS WORLD BURRITO 12 Houston locations Catering 888.392.2287 www.freebirds.com
Bryan Caswell, Robert Del Grande
GUADALAJARA DEL CENTRO 1201 San Jacinto. 713.650.0101 www.guadalajarahacienda.com HABANEROS MEX-GRILL 3017 Milam. 713.523.1010 www.habanerosmexgrill.com IRMA’S [mex] •22 N. Chenevert. 713.222.0767 •1314 Texas. 713.247.9651 www.irmasouthwest.com
Kate Bourne, Baron Doke
LAS VENTANAS [mex] 14555 Grisby Rd. 281.752.6990 www.lasventanas.net LATIN BITES CAFE [peru] 1302 Nance St. 713.22.98369 www.latinbitescafe.com LUCIO’S [new american latin] 905 Taft. 713.523.9958 www.luciosbyob.com MARIA SELMA [mex] 1617 Richmond. 713.528.4920 www.mariaselma.com
Jared and Caroline Le Blanc
NINFA'S THE ORIGINAL 2704 Navigation Blvd. 713.228.1175 www.ninfas.com OCEAN’S [mex] 819 W. Alabama. 713.520.7744 www.oceansceviche.com Bobby Heugel, Kaylan Tannahill
Photography by Eric Hester
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RIOJA [spanish] 11920 Westheimer. 281.531.5569 www.riojarestaurant.com
PIOLA 3201 Louisiana St. 713.524.8222 www.piola.it
CAFE INDIA 2319 Williams Trace Blvd. 281.565.5881
SAMBA GRILLE (south american) 530 Texas. 713.343.1180 www.sambagrillehouston.com
STAR PIZZA •77 Harvard. 713.869.1241 •2111 Norfolk. 713.523.0800 www.starpizza.net
CARRABBA'S ITALIAN GRILL 2335 Highway 6. 281.980.4433 www.carrabbas.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
FLEMING’S •788 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. 713.827.1120 •2405 W. Alabama. 713.520.5999 www.flemingssteakhouse.com
TILA’S [mex] 1111 S. Shepherd. 713.522.7654 www.tilas.com
LAURENZO’S GRILLE 4412 Washington. 713.880.5111 www.laurenzosgrille.com
TINTOS [spanish] 2015 West Gray. 713.522.1330 www.tintosrestaurant.com
MORTON’S •5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 •1001 McKinney. 713.659.3700 www.mortons.com
YELAPA PLAYA MEXICANA 2303 Richmond Ave. 281.501.0391 www.yelapatime.com
mediterranean + greek CAFE LILI [lebanese] 5757 Westheimer. 713.952.6969 www.cafelili.com
MO’S 1801 Post Oak Blvd. 713.877.0720 www.mosrestaurants.com PAPPAS BROS. STEAK HOUSE 5839 Westheimer Rd. 713.780.7352 www.pappasbros.com
BOMBAY PIZZA CO. 914 Main St. 713.654.4444 www.bombaypizzaco.com CANDELARI’S 6002 Washington. 832.200.1474 www.candelaris.com DOLCE VITA PIZZERIA ENOTECA 500 Westheimer. 713.520.8222 www.dolcevitahouston.com FRANK’S PIZZA 417 Travis. 713.225.5656 www.frankspizza.com PINK’S PIZZA www.pinkspizza.com •710 West Gray. 713.521.7465 •1403 Heights. 713.864.7465
GRIMALDI'S PIZZERIA 16535 Southwest Freeway. 281.265.2280 www.grimaldispizzeria.com JAPANEIRO'S SUSHI BISTRO & LATIN GRILL 2168 Texas Dr. 281.201.5294 www.japaneiros.com LA MADELEINE 2675 Town Center Blvd. N. 281.494.4400 www.lamadeleine.com
CAFFE DI FIORE [italian] 10110 Woodlands Pkwy., Ste. 900. 281.298.1228 www.caffe-di-fiore.com DICKEY'S BARBECUE PIT 10700 Kuykendahl Road. 281.298.8422 www.dickeysbarbecuerestaurants.com
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
PERRY'S GRILL 2115 Town Square. 281.565.2727 www.perryssteakhouse.com
HONEY BEE HAM + DELI 4747 Research Forest Dr. 281.364.9200
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 6213 Richmond Ave. 713.789.2333 www.ruthschris.com
PHO MAI NOODLE HOUSE 16200 Kensington Dr. 281.491.1528 www.phomainoodlehouse.com
MASSA'S SUSHI 4775 W. Panther Creek Dr. 281.298.5688
SHULA'S STEAKHOUSE Hyatt Hotel 1200 Louisiana St. 713.375.4777 www.donshulas.com
RAJIN CAJUN 16100 Kensington Dr. 281.277.0704 www.ragin-cajun.com
SPENCER’S STEAKS + CHOPS 1600 Lamar. 713.577.8325
THAI COTTAGE II 4723 Sweetwater Blvd. 281.313.0707 www.thai-cottage.com
SITAR CUISINE OF INDIA 25701 Interstate 45. 281.364.0200 www.sitarcuisineofindia.net
THE BURNING PEAR 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925 www.theburningpear.com
SWEET BELLA ITALIAN KITCHEN 202 Sawdust Road. 832.585.0066 www.sweetbellasatllc.com
WASABI JAPANESE GRILL + SUSHI BAR 14019 Southwest Freeway. 281.242.3899
THE MELTING POT 19075 Interstate 45. 936.271.7416 www.themeltingpot.com
STRIP HOUSE 1200 McKinney. 713.659.6000 www.theglaziergroup.com
SUGAR LAND AMICI RISTORANTE [italian] 16089 City Walk Drive. 281.242.2800 www.amicitownsquare.com BROOKSTREET BBQ 1418 Highway 6. 281.313.4000 www.brookstreetbbq.com
WILLIE’S GRILL + ICE HOUSE 945 Highway 6. 281.242.2252 www.williesrestaurants.com
BROOKLYN CAFÉ [american] •4775 W. Panther Creek Dr. 281.298.7488 •3091 College Park Dr. 936.273.8880 www.thebrooklyncafe.com
GURI DO SUL STEAKHOUSE 1400 Research Forest Dr. 281.907.4146 www.guridosul.com
CUPCAKE CAFE 16525 Lexington Blvd. 281.242.2744 www.cupcakecafeofsugarland.com
BENIHANA [asian] 1720 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.292.0061 www.benihana.com
NAPA GRILLE URBAN WINE BAR 14019 Southwest Freeway. 281.277.2599 www.napagrille.net
NIKO NIKO’S •2520 Montrose. 713.528.1308 •301 Milam @ Market Square www.nikonikos.com
CHANDNI RESTAURANT [steak] 11102 S. Highway 6. 281.530.9200 www.gochandni.com
P F CHANG'S CHINA BISTRO 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.203.6350 www.pfchangs.com
TIN STAR [american] 300 Six Pines Drive. 281.465.9800
HAUTE WHEELS, THE FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL ROLLS INTO TOWN MAY 1415, 2011. Benefiting the Houston Metropolitan Chamber and the Houston Community College Foundation, this 2-day festival will feature 20 gourmet and fun food trucks, live music, a vendor village packed full of arts, jewelry and food booths, in addition to interactive activities and a whole lot of fun. A few of the food trucks participating include: Bernie’s Burger Bus, Fusion Tacos, ZillaStreetEats, MMM Cupcakes, Frosted Betty, Spork Grill, Green Seed Vegan, Snowdog Ice Cream, The Lunch Bag, No Borders, Eatsie Boys, Good Dog, Hit n’ Run, Phamily Bites, Rolling Hunger, Off the Hook Seafood and more. Haute Wheels takes place on the HCC Southwest West Loop Campus from 12-7pm on Saturday and 12-5pm on Sunday. Tickets are $16 for adults, which include $5 worth of sampling/drink concession tickets and a $1 donation to the HCC Foundation. Children 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets online and find a complete list of food trucks and entertainment at www.hautewheelshouston.com. may 11 | www.002mag.com .61
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FREE FALLING...FOR BRUNCH! dine write
1. shawn panter | 2. freebirds libby vw 3. hybrid burrito | 4. taco combo | 5. shepherd plaza location
By Beatrice Allen Photography by Kim Coffman
3745 Greenbriar [Shepherd Plaza] Houston, TX 77027 713.524.0621 | www.freebirds.com
HouRS: Monday–Thursday: 11am-10pm Friday: 11am-11pm Saturday 10am-11pm Sunday: 10am-10pm Weekend Brunch: Sat-Sun 10am-4pm
HOW TO EAT YOUR BURRITO
this is only a suggestion. it’s a free country. eat it any way you like. • Lightly pull the foil from one end of your burrito. • Peel off about 2 inches of foil and enjoy. • Repeat as necessary to finish.
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YOU’VE ALL HEARD THE TERM SUNDAY FUNDAY, AND SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS “RIDE” AS WELL. IT CAN BE LONG AND VERY “BUMPY.” FROM CLUB MUSIC BLARING IN THE DAYLIGHT HOURS, HIGH HEELS AND OUTFITS THAT SHOULDN’T BEEN SEEN IN THE DAYLIGHT, THIS VERSION MIGHT BE TOO HARDCORE FOR SOME JUST LOOKING TO CHILL…WITH A BOTTOMLESS MIMOSA OPTION AND A TAB THAT DOESN’T RESEMBLE BOTTLE SERVICE ON A SATURDAY NIGHT. In comes Freebirds World Burrito Shepherd Plaza to the rescue. Aside from normally being a very relaxed place to spend hours of your day, they joined in on the brunch love with their Unplugged Weekend Brunch, this laid-back, enjoyable attitude with drink specials and a meal all under $15 plus live acoustic music by local and national artists.
Personalize your particular dish with “freebies” like white or red onion, tomato, pico de gallo, jalapenos, cilantro, lettuce, roasted peppers and onions, roasted garlic, homemade corn salsa, poblano salsa and more. Add extras like sour cream, guacamole, queso or avocado, and your dish could be as dressed up or down as you want it.
Both their full menu and brunch menu are available during this time. What’s on their brunch menu? The normal shell, a burrito, taco combo, bowl, etc., with your choice of breakfast fillings, i.e., eggs, chorizo, their brown sugar n’ spice bacon, hash browns plus the usual cheese, beans, toppings galore and salsas. But the normal is anything but if you haven’t visited Freebirds before.
And we have yet to add a sauce! From calm to feisty, picking your spice level is foolproof. Fresh squeezed lime juice starts the scale at 0 with salsa, bad *ss BBQ, mild tomatillo, hot tomatillo, their death sauce and Habanero rounding out the scale at 10+ for heat. Work up a tolerance with this scale on your visits. Before you know it, that Habanero will be on a level 2 to you.
Your tortilla could be flour, corn, spinach, cayenne or whole wheat. Same goes for the tacos except you also get the option of hard or soft corn tortilla. Fillings like slow-roasted carnitas, fire-grilled chicken or steak to fresh veggies make your burrito, quesadilla, nachos, burrito bowl, freedom salad or taco even more extraordinary.
Unsure of what you feel like that day, let your eyes do the choosing. From their Hybrid to the Super Monster (can weigh up to 7lbs!) size options in burritos, all appetites are covered. With assembly-line style ordering you can see all the fresh ingredients as they go into your “shell” of choice. Add more as you see fit. There is no wrong combination. With this many options, your choices are endless. Add chips and a
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fountain drink and you have a fresh, gourmet meal at a minimal price. That can’t be beat. But on the weekends it can! Add the relaxed atmosphere with unplugged musical acts and $2 drink specials or $8 Monster Mimosa to your delicious customized meal. Rumor has it national acts like Barenaked Ladies have dropped in for surprise sets as well as others. Their Unplugged Brunch is only fitting for a restaurant that embodies music and embraces that 60’s free spirit with music lyrics on the walls that reverberate through the speakers as their iconic Statue of Liberty aka “Libby” rides a motorcycle in the background. Freebirds brings you the freedom of choice, chilling and music for all!
Best of all, no dress code or bouncer at the door! Free fall into FREEBIRDS!
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the chef’s special By nadia michel Photography by Jill Hunter
CHEF teresa lin china’s julia child makes mouth-watering taiwanese food go hollywood Her defining moment came when she was chosen as Executive Food Designer for the 1994 film Eat Drink Man Woman. While showing a short clip from the widely acclaimed film, Lin divulges a few secrets. “Those are not really the actor’s hands,” she reveals during a shot where the inside of fresh fish is being scored. “We criss-cross the inside of fish so it will blossom when it cooks,” she adds. Another cooking scene is demystified as she matter-of-factly describes what’s in the sizzling pot: “This is the pork tendon; it’s delicious.” Unlike Julia Child who hails butter as the foundation to delicious food, Lin’s Taiwanese cuisine relies heavily on frying in oil. “You should never over-cook food,” she cautions. “Just like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, who died in their prime, you must take the food out of the pan when it is just ready,” she emphasizes. Case in point, Lin is removing shrimp, marinated for 5-10 minutes in cornstarch and salt, after a few seconds of deep-frying. They are immediately added to six beaten and seasoned eggs. The mixture is poured back into the wok with a little oil and some lightly sautéed green onion. The shrimp omelet is then gently coaxed into cooking, creating layered textures – golden brown on the bottom and medium rare on top. “Don’t mix it too much. It should not be very “smashy,” like the McDonald’s ones,” she cautions.
hile expertly folding thin slices of tofu into dumplings – a recipe she devised for the Oscar®-nominated film Eat Drink Man Woman – Teresa Lin explains how the isoflavones in soy help the brain produce necessary hormones, regardless of one’s gender. She is speaking to a class of student chefs at the Art Institute of Houston and her captivated audience is hanging on to her every word – a lesson in Taiwanese cuisine peppered with culinary pearls of wisdom.
“Some yams are good as vegetable Viagra,” she says. Goji berries, a topic she seems especially passionate about, are purportedly essential for optical health. “My father has degenerative eye disease because he didn’t eat enough goji berries in his life. So now I make sure he eats them every day so it doesn’t get worse,” she explains. Lin recommends sprinkling them on salad, and buying them from Asian markets, where they are significantly less expensive. “I saw them at some fancy health food place in L.A., and they were like $100 per pound,” she laughs. Dubbed by film director Ang Lee as “the Julia Child of China,” Lin has achieved celebrity status in the chef world. She is the author of 16 Chinese-language cookbooks, has hosted countless television and radio cooking programs around the world and has shared her expertise at venues like the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Awards in Los Angeles.
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Despite all the frying, Teresa Lin shows no signs of overindulgence. “We balance everything – more vegetables than meat. And we have herbal things to make us thin, to carry out the dirt from inside your intestines, not only the outside surface, not superficial.” Moyu (a.k.a. Konnyaku, made from the Konjac plant) is one such allegedly slimming ingredient. The stringy white vegetable, best purchased already cut in a sealed plastic pouch, is added to a cold salad-type dish she demonstrates. “We serve this for the Chinese New Year. Everybody takes their chopsticks and mixes the salad together, which is supposed to bring you good fortune,” she explains. As for the chopsticks themselves, she explains they are used in China in lieu of forks and knives which are considered too aggressive and uncivilized. She muses carefully, “some countries have culture but are uncivilized….America may have only a 200-year history, but the people are so civilized.” Lin, who splits her time between Taiwan and Los Angeles, credits her success to hard work and a can-do spirit. Passion, however, is what transpires most. “I love cooking because it has no politics – only art!” she exclaims.
TERESA LIN’S TOP 3 INGREDIENTS -Tofu -Kimlan Soy PaSTe (“BECAUSE IT’S ALL NATURAL!”) -Bell PePPerS
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new restaurants NEW RESTAURANT? EMAIL US AT
8 Photography by Julie Soefer
By Beatrice Allen
CITYCENTRE | 281.822.1500
TRATTORIA IL MULINO www.ilmulino.com IN THE NEW WESTIN HOUSTON MEMORIAL CITY | 832.358.0600
CUISINE AMERICAN/ITALIAN INFLUENCE
CUISINE FROM THE ABRUZZI REGION OF ITALY
CHEF MICHAEL KRAMER
CHEF MICHELLE MAZZA
THE TASTING ROOM www.tastingroomwines.com
SWEET www.sweethouston.com CITYCENTRE | 713.647.9338 CUISINE CUPCAKES, MACARONS, COOKIES+BEVERAGES
CHEF N/A Located right across from Yardhouse, this quaint eco-friendly sweets and coffee shop is a welcome addition. OFFERING DINERS A REFUGE DESIGNED AND PUT TOGETHER BY LOCAL ARTISTS WITH VINTAGE FURNITURE AND WOOD FIXTURES PLUS GLASSWARE THAT ARE 100% RECYCLED, THE ECO-AWARENESS DOESN’T END THERE: ALL PACKAGING, CUPS, EVEN THE UNBLEACHED LINERS THE CUPCAKES ARE BAKED IN ARE RECYCLED. Looking to indulge in dessert and feel good about it doesn’t get easier than this. With cupcakes like Red Velvet, Peanut Butter, Hummingbird, Raspberry and Nutella and macarons in lemon, vanilla, chocolate, pistachio, coffee and strawberry, deciding on your quantity of intake will be the hardest decision. We tried the chocolate on chocolate cupcake, the vanilla bean with vanilla cupcake and the vanilla, chocolate, pistachio and coffee macarons. I’m usually a vanilla cupcake gal but their chocolate is hands down much more exciting than vanilla bean. Neither components on the chocolate are too chocolatey. I could’ve gone without sharing but it was too good to keep to myself. The macarons are crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I like the bite-size portion – easier to pop in your mouth. I found all the flavors subtle but delightful. Wash all these sweets down with your choice of coffee, tea, espresso or tapioca. If a sweet fix is what you’re looking for, SWEET has you covered.
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Under the helm of former Voice Executive Chef Michael Kramer, the quality of not only the food but also the service is enviable. The team is attentive, knowledgeable and, best of all, friendly. THIS LOCATION DIFFERS FROM THE OTHERS IN THAT YOU WILL SEE FAMILIES DINING ALONGSIDE A GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT AND WINE CONNOISSEURS. It’s a blend that is unpretentious and relaxed. The food is also different. This location has a wood-burning oven for fresh pizzas and the menu is simple – to the point but impressive. We started with the Mushroom Risotto, Carpaccio Beef and Baby Beets, all expertly prepared and seasoned. Their pizzas are made in traditional Neapolitan style. With Chef Kramer and his team being trained under Master Pizzaiolos, they adhere to the rules of Vera pizza Napolentana or the truest form of Neapolitan pizza: thin crusts, with crispy, melty deliciousness throughout. We added arugula to the top of our Margherita pizza for some extra greens. With its roma tomato, ovoline mozzarella, basil, sea salt and olive oil, this classic is a delight. Truffle Parmesan Fries are a truffle lover’s dream. The smell alone is intoxicating – and blending the best of two worlds, fries and truffle, you can’t go wrong. Dessert cannot be skipped! Chocolate Budino is an unforgettable blend of sweet and savory. A light and fluffy chocolate pudding is topped with a dollop of espresso cream and then sprinkled with sea salt. Their Vanilla Bean Cream Brulée is the quintessential preparation. This vanilla bean custard has an ideal burnt sugar crust that cracks beautifully when punctured with your spoon. Their Zeppole is a kiddie indulgence. Ricotta donuts are served with a sprinkle of powdered sugar alongside a chocolate sauce for dipping. With just a hint of orange zest, this fun take on dessert has sophisticated notes that an adult palette will enjoy. Their innovative Enomatic® Wine Dispensing System is the only one of its kind in Houston. It can be self-serve or dispensed from the bar. Get a card, load it with funds and enjoy a taste of luxurious wines. It’s simple and genius! This location and food will have you reassessing which Tasting Room you enjoy the most.
THE FAMOUS TRATTORIA IL MULINO OUT OF NEW YORK’S WEST VILLAGE offers a casual, family-friendly experience in the Memorial Area. The area is already a buzz thanks to the hospital expansion and the new Westin opening and Il Mulino is a perfect addition. The interior is light, airy and clean with a fantastic bar area and lounge ideal for one of their delicious specialty cocktails. From house-made Grappa using recipes handed down through the generations to their homemade Limoncello to the delish Testarrosa made with strawberries, basil, vodka, Grand Marnier and cranberry juice. The main restaurant space houses four private wine rooms which can make the main space larger or smaller depending on the how crowded it is. The first night we went the main space was all that was open and the ambiance was warm, cozy and intimate. But the second time several of the rooms were open to allow for more people and the experience was completely different! The versatility of the space is refreshing. The menu highlights classic Italian cuisine from the Abruzzi region of Italy while featuring local Texan products as well. Executive Chef Michele Mazza embraces the Abruzzi tradition of “la panarda,” a decadent feast sometimes lasting up to 24 hours in the old country. The pizzas are thin, crisp and bursting with flavor. And the Meat, Cheese and Olives plates are wonderfully presented with generous chunks of cheese and perfect cuts of mortadella, finocchinoa, speck, proscuito di parma, cacciatorini plus fat juicy olives! The big hitters are the Arancini Italian rice balls which are perfect, lightly fried rice balls with a burst of finely seasoned meat and marinara sauce in the middle. The meatballs with ricotta were all the rave, meriting a second and third order from our table. The carpaccios are perfection, as are the incredibly fresh and crisp salads. You cannot go wrong with any of the pastas and risotto. Everything is cooked to perfection here, from the simplicity of the Manicotti to the incredibly luxurious Risotto con Funghi. Crossover to the Dentice, which is the Seared Snapper, for a lighter yet filling entrée, or the Veal Milanese served with arugula, tomatoes and red onion is another clean, beautifully presented dish. The beauty of Il Mulino is in the simplicity and consistency of the dishes. Everything is prepared with clean, fresh ingredients so although you may leave feeling full thanks to the amazing menu and lack of self-control – you never feel like you’ve had an unhealthy meal.
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Tracy’s TasTy Tips and
Tweaks By Tracy Karp Photography by Sofia van der Dys
OUT DAILY AND HAS ALWAYS EATEN PRETTY WELL, BUT NOT FELT 100%. WITH A PASSION FOR COOKING, KARP BEGAN EXPERIMENTING WITH HER FAVORITE RECIPES FINDING WAYS TO MAKE THEM HEALTHIER – YOU’RE ASKING, “WHAT’S NEW ABOUT THIS?” WHAT WE LOVED ABOUT HER (APART FROM THE FACT THAT SHE’S ADORABLE AND HER FOOD TASTES AMAZING) IS SHE’S JUST A NORMAL GAL, NO HIGHFALUTIN’ BACKGROUND, NOT A DOCTOR OR NUTRITIONIST. SHE’S JUST A GIRL TRYING TO BE HEALTHY, FIT AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, FEEL GREAT! SO HERE’S A TASTY TREAT FROM TRACY. HER TIPS AND TWEAKS ARE EASY TO FOLLOW AND NOT LIFE-ALTERING, BUT WE SAW CHANGES QUICKLY AND HOPE YOU WILL TOO! My name is Tracy Karp. Growing up, I have always had a love for food – whether I’m eating it or cooking it. However, as I got older, I began noticing the unwanted physical effects certain foods had on my body. I started working out and cutting out almost all “unhealthy” foods. However, that just made it harder to moderately enjoy “cheat” foods. So, the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting began. About a year ago, I decided something had to change if I wanted to have lasting results. So I started playing around with the recipes of all the foods I loved and reconstructing them into delicious, lower calorie dishes. Whether it’s pizza, pancakes, fried rice or carrot cake, with a few tweaks, and a twist or two, I can have it all with a fraction of the calories and a portion sure to satisfy my hunger. With workouts consisting of long-distance runs and intense weight training, I build up quite an appetite throughout the day and really need foods to fuel my energy. My tweaked recipes do just that. Healthy eating can seem very intimidating, but it can easily become second nature with a few tips. It is not about restricting foods, but rather reconstructing them into your life in a way that supports your long-term goal.
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Personal Pita Pizza
THIS MONTH WE DEBUT A NEW COLUMN ABOUT EATING HEALTHY. TRACY KARP IS A REGULAR GAL WHO WORKS
MY TIP: Figure out your “trigger” foods. These are the foods that trigger cravings and/or over-indulging. For many people, French fries are one. The key is not to restrict any food in your diet but rather find a roundabout way to enjoy it. For example, rather than eating French fries, thinly slice a potato, then season with Italian seasoning, oregano, parsley, pepper, celery salt and a bit of garlic. Glaze both the baking tray and the potatoes with nonstick cooking spray and bake in the oven until desired crispness. Your body will feel the essence of the French fry, without compromising your waistline.
ingredients •½ whole wheat pita •¼ c. (plus a bit more) pizza sauce •¼ c. mozzarella •2 Tbs. diced onion •2 Tbs. bacon bits •3 Tbs. sliced mushrooms •Thinly sliced yellow pepper •Thinly sliced roasted red bell pepper •Handful of fresh spinach leaves •Italian seasoning, garlic powder, black pepper, parsley flakes
instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 375°. 2. Spread pizza sauce evenly on pizza crust and layer cheese in between vegetables and sprinkle bacon bits on top. 3. Add seasoning sparingly to finish it off! 4. Bake 8-10 minutes (or until desired crust). Calories: 185 for entire pizza!
Photography courtesy of The American Cancer Society
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EVENT OSCAR速 NIGHT AMERICA WHY TO WALK THE RED CARPET IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER WHERE MAJESTIC METRO THEATRE WHEN FEBRUARY 27 American Cancer Society supporters and Oscar aficionados gathered at the Majestic Metro Theater downtown for Oscar Night America. The paparazzi lights blinded guests as they walked down the red carpet dressed in Hollywood-inspired attire. Embracing the amazing weather, guests gathered outdoors to enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, big board auction, vodka tasting, raffle drawing and a Predict the Winners contest and Best/Worst Dressed voting (for those on-screen as opposed to the event guests, of course!) Super fun!
Alix Ayala, Sharron Melton, Amanda Wolf
Don Nelson, Cindy Garza-Roberts
Emily Cotton, Heather Bourgue, Katherine Gonyea
Jason and Lacey Dalcour Salas
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Michael Wells, Marianne Horton
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EVENT SOLD OUT, SPACETAKER’S 7TH ANNUAL GALA WHY TO HONOR HOUSTON DEVELOPER JON DEAL WHERE SPRING STREET STUDIOS WHEN MARCH 19
Compiled by Pixie Ibañez
Events / Photo Credit SOLD OUT Photography by Brad Sechler + Ali Schwamkrug for lastnightpics.com FOUR THE PARK RUN Photography by Ali Schwamkrug for lastnightpics.com ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY Photography courtesy of Houston Pavilions 2ND TEXAS YOGA CONFERENCE Photography by Anna English for lastnightpics.com 2ND T-LOUNGE PARTY Photography by Ali Schwamkrug for lastnightpics.com
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Over 800 zombies, vampires, Bob Rosses, Thomas Kinkades, Arthur Murrays, Snoop Doggs and a whole host of other bloodthirsty sellouts enjoyed a campy horror-themed evening featuring an over-the-top display of food, drink, music, dance, theatre and art. Unlike any other gala of its size in Houston, Spacetaker made sure that the art was the focus among the revelry. More than 30 performing artists showcased their craft at SOLD OUT. A Horror Salon provided guests with ghoulish makeovers by the experts at The Modern Beauty Company, and a Temper Tantrum fashion show by Vico Puentes featured fashion by Height of Vintage. This year’s gala honored Houston real estate developer and long-time Spacetaker supporter Jon Deal, whose newest project, Spring Street Studios, provided the dramatic backdrop for an evening inspired by what may be considered an artist’s greatest fear: selling out. Amazing!
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EVENT FOUR THE PARK RUN WHY TO BENEFIT MEMORIAL PARK CONSERVANCY WHERE MEMORIAL PARK WHEN APRIL 2 On your mark, get set, go! Park supporters of all ages laced up their running shoes for the 3rd Annual Four the Park Run. This fun, relaxed and go-at-yourown-pace run is fun for the whole family and for the more serious runners too. The goal is to partake and join the fun; after all, the run is known for having one of the best post-race parties in town. More than 20 vendors set up stands offering participants ice-cold beer, frozen margaritas, Bloody Marys, fresh fruit, family activities and plenty of great food. See you there next year!
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EVENT ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY WHY BECAUSE IT WAS HOUSTONIANS’ LUCKY DAY! WHERE HOUSTON PAVILIONS’ CENTER COURTYARD WHEN MARCH 17 Houstonians embraced their inner leprechaun, dressed up in green and followed the rainbow to Houston Pavilions to celebrate one of the most anticipated dates of the year. The weather was prime and the food was fine, so what better way to celebrate than by sipping ice-cold green beer. Guests mixed and mingled, got tattoos, listened to some cool music and chillaxed for the rest of the night. Pretty cool gig!
CHECK OUT ALL THE PARTIES IN HOUSTON @ 002MAG.COM EVENT 2ND TEXAS YOGA CONFERENCE WHY TO PROMOTE HEALTH AWARENESS WHERE JERABECK ATHLETIC CENTER WHEN FEBRUARY 25-27 Hundreds of yoga teachers and enthusiasts from Texas and beyond descended on Houston to partake in The Texas Yoga Conference organized by CuraYoga’s Jennifer Buergermeister and YogaOne owners Albina and Roger Rippy. Boasting 72 sessions led by yoga instructors from around the world including Duncan Wong, Dana Flynn, Sadie Nardini as well as local legends Robert Boustany and Ann Hyde to name just a few. Yogis rocked out to Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band, DJ HiFi and MC Yogi. It was a wonderful weekend of yoga, music, community, dance and joy.
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EVENT T-LOUNGE PARTY WHY TO CELEBRATE THE U.S MEN’S CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIP HOUSTON WHERE PRIVATE RESIDENCE IN THE GALLERIA AREA WHEN APRIL 8 Oh, what a night! Camden Weatlh Advisors, No Fault and 002houston magazine hosted more than 350 A-listers at a private residence in the Galleria Area. Inside, friends exchanged hellos as they sipped on various libations from TYKU, Ultimat Vodka and Conjure Cognac. One of the night’s favorites was the Cool Breeze Lemonade with Patrón Tequila. Arcodoro, Boada’s and Freebirds World Burrito offered tastings of their amazing risotto, delicious ceviche and crazy-good mac and cheese. Sprinkles Cupcakes provided the perfect sweet bites. Swag bags contained lots of little treasures such as Charming Charlie goodies, a BMW West key ring, Muscle Milk and Fresh Brew Group Black Satin coffee as well as a gift certificate to My Beautiful Body. DJ Martin spinned his mix of house and dance music keeping guests dancing till the wee hours of the morning.
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360sports lounge long live the middleman 4601 washington ave., houston, tx 77007 713.677.0398 | www.360sportslounge.com
HE PHRASE “CUT OUT THE MIDDLEMAN” HAS BECOME A BADGE OF HONOR IN THE BUSINESS WORLD. THIS CALL TO ARMS TO CUT THE FAT IS USUALLY A GOOD THING, BUT OVER TIME, IT HAS ELIMINATED A GRAY AREA THAT CAN BE PRETTY DARNED INTERESTING. WHILE THE MANTRA HAS DRIVEN PLENTY OF PEOPLE AND PLACES TO BE ONE THING OR THE OTHER, BLACK-TIE OR BLUE JEANS, BEATLES OR STONES, 360 SPORTS LOUNGE ON 4601 WASHINGTON AVE. IS A MIDDLEMAN THAT ISN’T BUDGING.
360 borrows the best from the pomp and circumstance of its neighbors and leaves tired sports bar stereotypes behind, all while maintaining the charm of that favorite old haunt. A visit to Jimmy’s Laundromat & Sports Shack provides you with broken chairs and a standing-room-only attitude. 360? Ample, comfortable seating. Your trusty standby is a dank cube with a few regulars hoarding the good staff and the 1996, bubble-screen Sanyo. Meanwhile, 360 is bright and inviting. Looking at the clean lines, the sharp paint jobs and the bar adorned with giant flatscreens in all the right places, it’s clear to see that 360 spared no expense to provide one of the classiest sports bar experiences in Houston. 360’s kitchen is open late and aims to please, taking your typical bar food for a ride. The house-made pizzas have freshness in every bite, and the quintessential fried fare doesn’t follow that freezer-togrease-to-plate pattern that it does in your usual sports joint. Onion rings and cheese sticks emerge consistently crispy and delicious. While what 360 takes from its more upscale brethren is refreshing, what it’s borrowed from those lore-inspiring dives is just as important. The open design and booming acoustics create a sense of
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community during big games no matter who you’re rooting for. There’s a great private room for reservation with a pool table and a secluded grouping of couches and barstools, but being on the floor puts you in the middle of the action with a grandiose sense of Houston camaraderie. Pick your poison. Either way, just like your old, trusty stomping grounds, the personnel behind the bar and walking the floor will know your name after one visit to your table. A smile, handshake and an earnest attempt to show customer appreciation on Washington Ave.? Yes, it does exist. Sure, the sports dive you’re used to doesn’t offer $5 champagne on Wednesdays like 360, but that concept of hospitality is near and dear to divejunkies like me. Happy hour every weekday from 3-7 and $25 all-you-can-eat crawfish on the weekends seal the deal on bringing Houston the best of two worlds. In a world of polarizing opinions, I suppose it’s nice just to have a choice to begin with. It’s even better though, when a place can really thrive in the gray area, becoming a go-between that meets multiple needs. On a foundation of Washington Ave. class and traditional sports bar charisma, 360 Sports Lounge is a perfect example of the middleman standing tall in Houston.
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BARS + CLUBS + LOUNGES + WINE BARS 002 night life
LUCIE’S FABULOUS LIQUORS C 500 Texas St. 281.300.1568 www.luciesliquors.com
LUCKY STRIKE LANES L F 1201 San Jacinto. 713.343.3300 www.bowlluckystrike.com
downtown ANGELO’S DRAFTHOUSE B 711 Main. 713.225.3500
MAINSTAGE B LM 2016 Main St. 713.751.3101
C&F DRIVE INN B 6714 N. Main. 713.861.0704
MOLLY’S PUB B 509 Main. 713.222.1033 www.mollyspubs.com
CHAR BAR B F 305 Travis. 713.222.8177
NEXT ON MAIN B 108 Main St. 713.221.8833
DEAN’S CREDIT CLOTHING B 316 Main. 713.227.3326 www.myspace.com/ deanscreditclothing
NOTSUOH 314 Main. 713.237.8220
DIVE LOUNGE inside the Aquarium L 410 Bagby St. 713.223.3474 EIGHTEEN TWENTY B 1820 Franklin. 713.224.5535 www.myspace.com/1820bar
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
ETTA’S LOUNGE L LM 5120 Scott. 713.528.2611
POLK STREET PUB B F 1201 Polk St. #140. 713.652.4044 www.polkstreetpubhouston.com
FLYING SAUCER B 705 Main St. 713.228.7468 www.beerknurd.com
RED CAT JAZZ CAFÉ B+L LM 924 Congress. 713.226.7870 www.redcatjazzcafe.com RESERVE 101 B 1201 Caroline. 713.655.7101 www.reserve101.com
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
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 SHADOW BAR C 213 Milam. 713.221.5483 www.theshadowbar.com
LA CARAFE W 813 Congress. 713.229.9399
SHARK BAR B 534 Texas. 281.300.1568 www.sharkbartx.com
LIVE SPORTS CAFÉ SB 407 Main. 713.228.5483 www.livesportscafe.com
SHAY MCELROY’S B 909 Texas Suite A. 713.223.2444 www.mcelroyspub.com
LONE STAR SALOON B 1900 Travis. 713.757.1616
SKYLINE BAR & GRILL B 1600 Lamar. 713.739.8000
STATE BAR & LOUNGE B+L 909 #2-A Texas. 713.229.8888 www.thestatebar.com
REMINGTON BAR B F St. Regis Hotel 1919 Briar Oaks Ln. 713.403.2631 www.stregis.com/houston
BIG STAR B 1005 W. 19th. 281.501.9560 www.bigstarbar.com
NOX C 4701 Nett. 281.701.4248 www.noxhouston.com
THE BREWERY TAP B 717 Franklin. 713.237.1537
RICHMOND ARMS B 5920 Richmond. 713.784.7722 www.richmondarmsonline.com
BLOCK 7 WINE CO. W 720 Shepherd. 713.572.2652
PAGODA BISTRO & BAR B F 4705 Inker St. 832.673.0400
ROXY C 5851 W. Alabama. 713.850.ROXY www.myspace.com/roxyhouston
BOOM BOOM ROOM B F 2518 Yale. 713.868.3740 www.myspace.com/ boomboomroomhouston
PANDORA L 1815 Washington. 832.296.6220
THE BLACK SWAN |Omni Hotel C 4 Riverway. 713.871.8181
BRIXX BAR B F 5110 Washington. 713.864.8811
THE TASTING ROOM W •1101-18 Uptown Park. 713.993.9800 •2409 W. Alabama. 713.526.2242 www.tastingroomwines.com
BRONX BAR SB 4520 Washington. 713.520.9691 CADILLAC BAR B F 1802 Shepherd. 713.862.2020
REBEL’S HONKY TONK B 5002 Washington. 713.807.7040 www.rebelshonkytonk.com
WILD WEST C 6101 Richmond. 713.266.3455 www.wildwesthouston.com
CEDAR CREEK CAFÉ B F 1034 W. 20th St. 713.808.9623
REIGN L 4105 Washington. 713.869.0404
DAN ELECTRO’S GUITAR BAR B LM 1031 E. 24th St. 713.862.8707 www.danelectrosguitarbar.com
ROOSEVELT L C 5219 Washington
THE B.U.S. SB 1800 Texas. 713.222.2287 THE OFFICE BAR B 310 Main St. 713.222.9900 THE WHISKEY B L 220 Main. 713.224.4266 TOC BAR C 711 Franklin. 713.224.4862 www.tocbar.net VENUE C+L 719 Main. 713.236.8150 www.venuehouston.com WARREN’S B 307 Travis. 713.222.9108 WIRED LIVE B+C LM 1503 Chartres. 713.225.1717
galleria+uptown BAR 12•21 MORTON’S L F 5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 www.mortons.com
WINETOPIA W 6363 San Felipe St. 832.858.1149 www.winetopiatx.com
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DARKHORSE TAVERN B 2207 Washington. 713.426.2442 www.dhtavern.com
6TH STREET BAR & GRILL B F 2701 White Oak. 713.880.5999
DISTRICT LOUNGE C 4606 Washington. 713.862.4448
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
360 SPORTS LOUNGE. SB 4061 Washington. 713.677.0398 www.360sportslounge.com
CLUB 26 TEN C F 2610 Sage. 713.974.4000 www.myspace.com/club26ten
ABSOLVE WINE LOUNGE L W 920 Studemont St., #150 281.501.1788 www.absolvewinelounge.com
PAPARRUCHOS B F 3055 Sage. 713.212.3178 www.paparruchos.com
ANDY’S B F 1115 E. 11th St. 713.861.9423
PLANETA BAR-RIO C 6400 Richmond.
RA SUSHI B F •3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 •12860 Queensbury. 713.331.2792 www.rasushi.com
PORCH SWING PUB B 69 Heights. 713.880.8700
SALT BAR B 4218 Washington SANCTUARY LOUNGE L 2420 Washington. 713.861.7300 www.sanctuaryhouston.com
DUBLINER LOUNGE B 4219 Washington.
SAWYER PARK SPORTS BAR SB 2412 Washington. 713.863.9350 www.sawyerparkhouston.com
EI8TH B 5102 Washington. 713.880.3500
TAPS HOUSE OF BEER B 5120 Washington. 281.701.4248
FITZGERALD’S B LM 2706 White Oak. 713.862.3838
THE DIRT B 222 Yale. 713.426.4222 www.dirtbar.com
FOX HOLLOW L F 4617 Nett St. 713.869.2117 HEIGHTS SPORTS SB 2626 White Oak. 713.868.4943 KOBAIN B 33 Waugh. 713.862.9911 www.kobain.net
THE LOT B 4212 Washington. 713.868.5688 www.thelothouston.com WASHINGTON AVE DRINKERY B 4115 Washington. 713.426.3617
LIBERTY STATION B 2101 Washington
13 CELSIUS W 3000 Caroline. 713.529.8466 www.13celsius.com
BEAVER’S B F 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328 www.beavershouston.com
MANOR ON WASHINGTON L 4819 Washington. 713.426.0123 www.manoronwashington.com
3RD BAR B F 2600 Travis.
BEER ISLAND B L W 2631 White Oak. 713.862.4670
MAX’S WINE DIVE W 4720 Washington. 713.880.8737
BRAZOS RIVER BOTTOM B F 2400 Brazos. 713.528.9192
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PEARL BAR B 4216 Washington. 713.863.5337 www.thepearlbarhouston.com
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CANDY C 3030 Travis. 713.862.4810
NOUVEAU ANTIQUE ART BAR B 2913 Main St. www.art-bar.net
CHRISTIAN’S TAILGATE B F 2000 Bagby. 713.527.0261 www.christianstailgate.com
PUB FICTION SB F 2303 Smith. 713.400.8400 www.pubfiction.com
COACHES SB 2204 Louisiana. 713.751.1970 www.coachesjv.com
REPUBLIKA L 2905 Travis. 713.526.4225 RICH’S C 2401 San Jacinto. 713.759.9606
COMMUNITY BAR B 2703 Smith St. 713.526.1576
SAINT DANE’S BAR + GRILL B F 502 Elgin. 713.807.7040
CONTINENTAL CLUB B 3700 Main. 713.529.9899
SHOT BAR B 2315 Bagby. 713.526.3000
DOGHOUSE TAVERN B 2517 Bagby. 713.520.1118
STATUS C 2404 San Jacinto. 713.659.5400 www.myspace.com/statushouston THE MAPLE LEAF B 514 Elgin. 713.520.6464 www.themapleleafpub.com DOUBLE CROSS LOUNGE L 114 Gray. 713.526.3423
ELEMENT LOUNGE L 2611 San Jacinto. 713.651.9900 EPIC L C 3030 Travis. 713.522.2531 ESCOBAR L C 2905 Travis. 281.701.4248 FRONT PORCH PUB B 217 Gray. 713.571.9571 www.frontporchpub.com GLITTER KARAOKE B 2621 Milam G.R.A.B. B 809 Pierce. 713.655.0707 HOWL AT THE MOON L 612 Hadley. 713.658.9700 www.howlatthemoon.com JUNCTION SB 160 W. Gray. 713.523.7768 KHON’S WINE W 2808 Milam St. 713.523.7775 KOMODO’S B 2004 Baldwin. 713.655.1501 LITTLE WOODROW’S SB F 2306 Brazos. 713.522.1041
THE MINK/THE BACKROOM B 3718 Main. 713.522.9985 www.minkonmain.com UNION BAR B+L 2708 Bagby. 281.974.1916 www.myspace.com/unionlounge WHISKEY CREEK B 2905 Travis. www.whiskeycreekhouston.com WONDER BAR B L 2416 Brazos. 281.974.5083 www.wonderbarhouston.com XO BAR & LOUNGE C 2611 San Jacinto. 713.651.9900 www.myspace.com/xohouston
montrose + shepherd 611 B 611 Hyde Park. 713.528.1582 1415 C 1415 California. 713.522.7066 ABSINTHE L F 609 Richmond. 713.528.7575 www.absinthelounge.com AGORA B F 1717 Westheimer. 713.526.7212 www.agorahouston.com
ANVIL+REFUGE B F 1424 Westheimer. 713.523.1622 www.anvilhouston.com
MCELROY’S PUB B 3607 Sandman. 713.524.2444 www.mcelroyspub.com
THE STAG’S HEAD B 2128 Portsmouth. 713.533.1199 www.stagsheadpub.com
AVANT GARDEN B+L LM 411 Westheimer. 832.519.1429 www.avantgardenhouston.com
METEOR B 2306 Genesee. 713.521.0123 www.meteorhouston.com
THE TAVERN SB F 1340 W. Gray. 713.522.5159 www.thetavernongray.com
AZTECAS BAR & GRILL B F 2207 Richmond. 713.526.1702
MONTROSE MINING CO. B 807 Pacific. 713.529.7488
VELVET MELVIN B 3303 Richmond. 713.522.6798
BLUR BAR B 607 W. Gray. 713.523.0425
NUMBERS C 300 Westheimer. 713.526.6551 www.numbersnightclub.com
VINTAGE L 2108 Kipling. 713.522.4200
BOHEME WINE & CAFÉ BAR W F 307 Fairview. 713.269.0859 www.barboheme.com BOONDOCKS B C LM 1417 Westheimer. 713.522.8500 www.myspace.com/boondocksbar BYZANTIO B F 403 W. Gray. 713.520.6896 www.byzantiohouston.com CATBIRDS B 1336 Westheimer. 713.523.8000 www.catbirds.com CECIL’S B 600 W Gray. 713.524.3691 CEZANNE JAZZ CLUB B LM 4100 Montrose. 713.522.9021 DECADES B 1205 Richmond. 713.521.2224 ETRO B 1424-A Westheimer GRAPPINO DI NINO M 2817 W. Dallas. 713.528.7002 GRIFF’S SB 3416 Roseland. 713.528.9912 GUAVA LAMP L 570 Waugh. 713.524.3359 www.guavalamphouston.com HELIOS B+L LM 411 Westheimer. 713.526.4848 J.R.’s B 808 Pacific. 713.521.2519 LOLA’S B 2327 Grant. 713.528.8342 LZ PUB B 2239 Richmond. 713.522.7118
ORANGE SPORTS BAR SB 1613 Richmond Ave. 832.675.9569 PJ’S SPORTS BAR B 614 W. Gray. 713.520.1748 POISON GIRL L 1641-B Westheimer. 713.527.9929 www.myspace.com/poisongirlbar PRIVE L 910 Westheimer. 713.526.6551 www.privelounge.com
ZIMM’S B L 4321 Montrose. 713.521.2002 ZIMM’S LITTLE DECK B L 601 Richmond. 713.527.832
museum district MONARCH LOUNGE | Hotel ZaZa L F 5701 Main 713.526.1991 www.monarchrestauranthouston.com ZIMM’S MARTINI & WINE L 4321 Montrose. 713.521.2002 www.zimmsbar.com
RED LION PUB B 2316 S. Shepherd. 713.782.3030
RIPCORD B 715 Fairview. 713.521.2792
300 HOUSTON BOWLING B 925 Bunker Hill. 713.461.1207 www.300houston.com
ROEDER’S PUB B 3116 S. Shepherd. 713.524.4994 RUDYARD’S B F 2010 Waugh. 713.521.0521 SHERLOCK’S B F 1952 West Gray. 713.521.1881 SIDEBAR @ GRAVITAS B F 807 Taft. 713.522.0995 SONOMA WINE BAR W 2720 Richmond. 713.526.9463 SOUTH BEACH C 810 Pacific. 713.529.7623 www.southbeachthenightclub.com THE FLAT B 1702 Commonwealth. 713.521.3528 THE HARP B 1625 Richmond. 713.528.7827 THE NEXT DOOR B L 2020 Waugh. 713.520.1712
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 VINO 100 W 11693 Westheimer. www.vino100houston.com
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recording By Lance Scott Walker Photography Anthony Rathburn Wardrobe Design by Ayo Shittu
NIVA, THE SOUL DIVA HOUSTON-BRED SOUL ARTIST NIVA RELEASED HER DEBUT ALBUM, ROLLERCOASTER LOVE, LATE LAST YEAR, AND A COUPLE OF VIDEOS TO PROMOTE IT. MUSICALLY, IT’S AN AMALGAMATION OF A LOT OF THINGS, MAYBE WITH A FEW KINKS TO WORK OUT. BUT IT DOESN’T MATTER; SHE’S ALREADY EAGERLY TALKING ABOUT A NEW DIRECTION.
WHAT DO YOU THINK HAS CHANGED THE MOST ABOUT YOU AS AN ARTIST SINCE YOU LEFT HOUSTON? Oh. Wow. Everything. My stage presence, I’m more confident. I feel pretty. I could put a smile on a person’s face. Being able to do videos, and just being able to do what I really love to do without the stress of somebody trying to put me down or tell me that I can’t do anything. So as an artist, I’ve definitely grown. Even my mom – I did a show recently in Alexandria, Louisiana, for a charity event – and my mom … she was so amazed at how I have grown as an artist. She couldn’t believe how I moved, my energy. I electrified the crowd. There was like 1,000-plus people there, and I gave them what they wanted to feel. I woke ’em up! They were sleepin’! They were asleep. So I gave them my energy, you know? WHEN DO YOU FIND TIME TO WRITE? I write when I’m on the road, when I’m by myself. Like on my airplane ride coming back I wrote some new material. Material ideas that I had came up with. This album I’m getting ready to do is going to be geared in between rock and soul. Tina Turner with a little Mick Jagger, you know – I’m trying to really, really take it to a different level now. It’s hard to find my niche, and I’m ready to really, really enjoy singing rock.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE OPENING UP FOR ARETHA FRANKLIN? Oh, man. It was so surreal. I got a chance to meet her but it was really, really quick because everybody backstage wanted to meet her. I thought I was in a dream or whatever (laughs). IN MARCH, YOU HAD THE NUMBER ONE INDEPENDENT R&B SONG IN THE COUNTRY, AND YOU SAID AT THAT TIME THAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR MAJOR BACKING, BUT DID PART OF YOU THINK ‘WELL, LOOK HOW FAR I GOT ON MY OWN’? That’s true. That’s exactly how I felt. I couldn’t believe I was Number One. I could not believe it. It was just such a beautiful thing to know that the hard work that me and my team have been doing for the past two and a half years had finally paid off and people was appreciating real music. Because I was writing music about everything. About real life, about love and music that people could really relate to, not the stuff on the television shows or the radio or whatever. So it was just very rewarding to see that I was able to reach number one on the Independent charts without the backing of a label. You gotta keep pushing. You can’t sit around and wait. You have to go out and get it. Because if you sit around and wait, you will never get anywhere. That’s one thing I’ve definitely learned as an artist. It’s not sit around and wait. You gotta go out there and get it. When you want something, if you have a dream you want to accomplish, you can’t just sit around and wait for it to happen. You gotta just go for it, and believe in yourself as an artist and know that whatever you have in your heart, you may achieve that with hard work and dedication.
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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
CHAMMP’S SB F 1121 Uptown Park. 713.627.2333 COVA W •5600 Kirby. 713.838.0700 •5555 Washington. 713.868.3366 www.covawines.com DOWNING STREET B L 2549 Kirby. 713.523.2291 www.downingstreetpub.com
THE RED ROOM L 2736 Virginia St. 713.520.5666 www.redroomhouston.com TREASURES B 5647 Westheimer. 713.629.6200 UNDER THE VOLCANO C 2349 Bissonnet. 713.526.5282 VITO’S DECKHOUSE 5810 Beverly Hill. 713.334.8486
KENNEALLY’S IRISH PUB B 2111 S. Shepherd. 713.630.0486 www.irishpubkenneallys.com
W XYZ BAR B 5415 Westheimer. 713.622.7010
LOBBY LOUNGE B L 2222 W. Loop South. 713.961.3327
BRONX BAR B 5555 Morningside.
LIZZARD’S PUB B C 2715 Sackett. 713.529.4610
EIGHTEEN TWENTY L 1820 franklin. 713.224.5535
ERNIE’S ON BANKS SB 1010 Banks. 713.526.4566 www.erniesonbanks.com
MERCER LOUNGE C 3302 Mercer. 713.627.1132 www.mercerhouston.com
LUCKY’S PUB SB F 801 St. Emanuel. 713.522.2010 www.luckyspub.com
HUDSON LOUNGE L 2506 Robinhood. 713.523.0020 www.hudsonlounge.com
MEZZANINE LOUNGE SB F 2200 Southwest frwy. 713.528.6399 www.mezzaninelounge.com
THE GREEN ROOM C LM 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483
KAY’S LOUNGE L 2324 Bissonnet.
MUGSY’S B 2239 Richmond Ave. 713.522.7118
LITTLE WOODROW’S B 5611 Morningside. 713.521.2337 www.littlewoodrows.com
RON’S PUB B 1826 fountainview. 713.977.4820
WAREHOUSE LIVE LM 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483 www.warehouselive.com
SAM’S BOAT B 5720 Richmond. 713.781.2628
BRIAN O’NEILL’S B 5555 Morningside. 713.522.2603 www.brianoneills.com
SALENTO WINE CAfE W F 2407 Rice Blvd. 713.528.7478 www.salentowinecafe.com THE GINGER MAN B 5607 Morningside. 713.526.2770 www.gingermanpub.com
SIGNATURE LOUNGE L 5959 Richmond. 713.636.2087 STEREO LIVE 6400 Richmond
THE MERIDIAN C LM 1503 Chartres. 713.225.1717 www.meridianhouston.com
SPOTLIGHT KARAOKE B 5901 Westheimer. 713.266.7768
THE BAR B 2222 W. Loop South. 713.961.3327
outer loop rice
BAR MALATESTA B 1080 Uptown Park. 713.418.1000
THE BIG EASY B LM 5731 Kirby. 713.523.9999 www.thebigeasyblues.com
BIG WOODROW’S B F 3111 Chimney Rock. 713.784.2653
THE CONCERT PUB B 5636 Richmond. 713.785.7267
BLANCO’S B 3406 W. Alabama. 713.439.0072
THE GALLANT KNIGHT B LM 2511 Bissonnet. 713.942.9940 www.thegallantknight.com
THE LOUNGE AT BENJY’S B F 2424 Dunstan. 713.522.7602 www.benjys.com
oaks + kirby
BLVD LOUNGE B F 1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.1111 BRONX BAR GALLERIA B 2670 Sage Rd. 713.621.2833 CAPONE’S 4304 Westheimer. 713.840.0010
THE RAILYARD B 4200 San felipe. 713.621.4000 www.railyardhouston.com
village river oaks
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Bea Here Now By Beatrice Allen
HOUSTON HAS BROUGHT THE HEAT! THANK GOODNESS WE BELIEVE IN AC AND POOLS. WHAT WOULD WE DO WITHOUT THOSE! YOU CAN ATTEMPT A PATIO AT THIS POINT BUT EVEN WITH MISTERS AND FANS, THE ALLURE IS OVER. SUMMER IS HERE. WHICH IF YOU’RE A LOCAL, YOU KNOW THAT MEANS GREAT HEAT AND – OUR FAVORITE – HUMIDITY. THAT’S WHY WE ALL HAVE SUCH GREAT SKIN, RIGHT? CONSTANT MOISTURE. YIKES! SO WHILE YOU RETREAT INDOORS FOR AC OR OUTDOORS TO THE POOL, THESE FOOD SPOTS WILL KEEP YOU COOL AND FULL. FROM BBQ GOODNESS TO GREAT LUNCH SPOTS, WITH MEATBALLS AND BURGERS SPRINKLED IN BETWEEN, WE UNCOVERED SOME FLAVORFUL EATS THIS MONTH.
BEAVER’S 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328 www.beavershouston.com
Three large meatballs come sitting in marinara topped with a medley of greens. It’s what got me through dining out during Lent. It’s filling and I get all the flavor of Italian dining without all the bread. That’s not to say I don’t miss my pizza and pasta. At press time, I’m two weeks away from my date with a bowl of spaghetti and I can’t wait!
SHANDY’S CAFÉ 5814 Memorial Dr. 713.426.2675 www.shandycafe.com
with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and their special D-sauce, all in a light flatbread. It’s just the right amount that won’t leave you snoozing at your desk afterward.
THE COUNTER For lunch we couldn’t decide on one thing so we had several. From fresh ceviche, to the addictive “Bar Bar,” the best fried pickles, to rich mac n’ cheese and a super smoker sample plate for one, we went all in to satisfy our cravings. All amazing but some stood out. Their fried pickles – perfectly crunchy outside and tender but crunchy inside – will have you banishing fried pickle chips and pledging allegiance to fried spears only. The “Bar Bar,” with chopped allnatural beef shoulder swimming in sauce with onions and jalapenos, served with chips is a welcome twist on chips and salsa. Must go back now for more!
PIZZERIA DOLCE VITA ENOTECA 500 Westheimer Rd. 713.520.8222 www.dolcevitahouston.com
4601 Washington Ave. 713.966.6123 www.thecounterburger.com
This is one of the best combos from one of the best cafes in the city. The soup/salad/sandwich combo lets you have a little bit of everything. This particular combo includes the Caesar salad (if you are calorie conscious, ask for dressing on the side since salad comes well dressed), a rich potato and leek soup and half of the turkey sandwich. Looking for a lighter soup? They also offer spicy black bean and minestrone options. Sandwich options include their chicken salad or tuna salad as well. The turkey comes with roasted turkey, lettuce, tomato, cheese and an awesome chipotle mayo. It’s a great way to sample some of the fare if it’s your first visit too.
DISTRICT 7 GRILL
During my Lenten fast, finding options without starch was tough but my favorite find is these meatballs.
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501 Pierce St. 713.751.0600 www.district7grill.com Another great lunch spot where you can get a light, delicious, guilt-free lunch is in this quaint silver diner. This half and half of the soup of the day and their flatbread turkey burger is light but packed with great flavor. A nice flat turkey burger is sandwiched
Making a burger to your liking has never been easier than a visit to The Counter. And it’s no ordinary burger either. With options from a fried egg, chimichurri sauce, Provolone cheese, caramelized onions and much more, your burger can be as gourmet or as classic as you’d like. If you’re watching your waistline, get your custom burger in a bowl! This burger is a 1/3 lb turkey burger on a multigrain bun with Provolone, lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado and chipotle aioli on the side. Not an ounce of guilt was felt after eating this entire deliciousness with minimal grease! Wash it all down with a shake or an adult beverage of wine or beer. This takes a childhood favorite to adult proportions!
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cd reviews By Lance Scott Walker
JOAN OF ARC Life Like (Polyvinyl) There are so many different ways to spin what’s going on with this record. A brief history is that Joan of Arc has been making records since the mid-’90s, issued three brilliant albums to start their career, and then they lost a lot of folks – with some feeling that their records got too convoluted, meandering or pretentious. In a career that has featured more than 12 full-length albums (depending on how you count), that’s a lot of music to wave off. So why? It’s not that Tim Kinsella and his rotating crew of Chicago-area musicians ever forgot how to write songs, or that they ventured off into territory from which they could never return musically. No, it’s neither of those. The truth is that up through Live in Chicago, 1999, Joan of Arc had a sort of innocence and simplicity in what they did. For many fans, that simplicity (which sounds funny considering the technical virtuosity that the band has always shown) was gone after that, and the band began releasing albums that, though intelligent, just didn’t do it for some.
Life Like is being championed as the band’s return to rock, and that’s true. But there’s a linear movement in this record in both its rhythms and its melodies that conjures something completely new for Joan of Arc. Everything that was ‘wrong’ as it were with their last decade of albums is absolutely right with this one, and that newness can be attributed at least in part to something old: Kinsella’s former bandmate Victor Villarreal. As the guitarist for the seminal Cap’N Jazz in the early ’90s and the short-lived Owls in 2001, you can name any number of roles that Villarreal has played in Kinsella’s songwriting, but the fact is that he makes every band he’s in just that much better. This barely sounds like a Joan of Arc record in some respects – maybe more like the follow-up to the Owls debut that they never did release (especially “Night Life Style”). Either way, it’s the most cohesive thing Kinsella has done in years, and while his voice and heady lyrics are unlikely to earn new legions of fans, this is probably going to bring a bunch of them back into the fold.
MOGWAI Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (Sub Pop) More gigantic, inspired and yet dark brilliance from this Scottish quintet. What’s amazing about Mogwai is how they manage to wear their influences on their sleeves (here, it’s Stereolab, Erik Satie, Neu) while at the same time having internalized them enough to make a nod to those artists without thieving from them. Will they ever make a bad record? It’s as if all the peaks and valleys are contained within in each record and not album-to-album. Oh wait… that’s how it’s supposed to work.
TRUE WIDOW As High As the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth (Kemado) Holy shit if this isn’t one of the biggest records to come out of Texas in a long, long time. True Widow has managed to carve out something for themselves that is a bevy of influences and yet comes out iconic when all put together on this, their second full-length. It’s shoegazey, it’s stoner-rock and it’s got a heaping flavor of the ’90s in it in the roaring, C-tuned guitars and slovenly, dead-sounding drums. But something about it is very new. Coed vocals echo everywhere, trading off and piling up in spots to never let the album relent. The guitars may get tiresome for some, but these are pop songs with fat, rich melodies and hooks that glue everything together real nice. More good things to come from these Dallas-area folks.
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EVENT HOUSTON BALLET AMBASSADOR PARTY WHY TO BENEFIT THE HOUSTON BALLET FOUNDATION WHERE HOME OF DR. FRANKLIN AND CINDI ROSE WHEN MARCH 21 Over 120 balletomanes glided into Dr. Franklin and Cindi Rose’s Memorial Mansion to celebrate Houston’s Ballet Ambassadors (minimum membership $3,200) with a lavish “Spring Soirée” event. The house was tastefully decorated with Indian silk tablecloths of hot pink to lime green hues; dogwood, orchids, tulips and South American roses were plentiful – even a flower sculpture floated in their outdoor pool. As always, the “hostess with the mostess” delighted her guests by adding to the buffet some of her personal favorite dishes and cookies.
Cindi Rose, Lynn Wyatt
Franklin, Erica, Cindi and Ben Rose
Jim and Jo Furr
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1. Study all night 5. “Brave New World” drug 9. Ashtray remnants 14. Ultra-popular video game series 15. Mine entrance 16. What good nouns and verbs should do 17. Ruler of Asgard and father of Balder and Thor 18. The kissing disease, for short 19. Assimilate information in small bits 20. “Jessie’s Girl” singer and former star of “General Hospital” who plays the Arena in Houston in May 23. Truck fuel 24. Bill of fare 25. Site of Machu Picchu 27. Antipasto choices 32. Suspect’s story 36. Islamic holy man 38. Fiddling emperor, they say 39. Renoirs, Botticellis, etc. 41. Cut-ups in the king’s court 43. Shakespeare’s river 44. Stage name of local bluesman
Charles, who appeared in some “Don’t Mess with Texas” ads 46. Truncated statue 47. Video from a Redbox machine 49. Ship in search of the Golden Fleece 51. Bar tab, for example 53. Major hassle 58. With “My,” 21st-century New Jersey rock bank that plays in the House of Blues in Houston in May 63. Employed 64. Multicolored 65. Facts and figures 66. Sheeplike 67. Official emblem 68. “The Dock of the Bay” singer Redding 69. Showtime series with MaryLouise Parker 70. Whirlpool 71. Transmitted DOWN
1. It might be major or minor 2. Forearm bones or bicycle spokes 3. Restaurant owner in an Arlo Guthrie song 4. Shaolins or Benedictines
5. Taste 6. Stinkbug’s defense 7. Least amount 8. Show repentance 9. Amount of peanuts, popcorn or wool 10. Fruit with wrinkled skin 11. Genealogy diagram 12. Bluish green 13. E-mail option 21. Old photo shade 22. Diminutive garden guardian 26. Cracker brand named after a hotel 28. Division word 29. Change direction sharply 30. Behaves humanly 31. Average
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32. In the distance 33. “Saturday Night ___” 34. Privy to 35. Crooked 37. Slightly open 40. Museum artifact 42. Tempest 45. Revived 48. Tolerates 50. Handsome, as a sum of money 52. Memory failure 54. Carpentry grooves 55. Related on the mother’s side 56. Be a cast member of 57. Smallest in magnitude 58. Dog with a blue-black tongue 59. Bee flat? 60. Historic canal 61. Darn 62. Peruse
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