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volume 12 | issue 143 letter from the editor Photography by Sofia van der Dys Hair by Elia Graves at Ceron Salon Tunic shirt by Rebecca & Drew


t’s the men’s issue and, well, it obviously involved a variety of men. We are happy to bring you a few faces you are most likely familiar with and a few that maybe you didn’t even know about. From the dapper gent on the cover – cornerback for the Raiders and UH alum Stanford Routt who relishes the Houston humidity – to tight end Daniel Owens whose charm is a little dreamy. From Dimitri Fetokakis of the Niko Niko’s empire, who is one of the kindest men in this city (and the hardest-working), to the godfather of art, Wayne Gilbert. And last but not least, Beaumont’s Kendrick Perkins, who plays for Celtics, is one of the most inspiring men around. Another inspiring man in this issue is CARLA VALENCIA DE MARTINEZ Jonathan Adler whom Tim Moloney catches up with on page 56. I’ve been a fan of his catchy designs for years and have enjoyed watching his empire grow from a few sculptures to stationery and pens. If you’re a fan, join us at Kuhl-Linscomb November 18 from 6pm-9pm for a personal appearance, with bites from Whole Foods (heck, plan on doing your shopping, it’s across the street) and one of my favorite beers – Stella Artois. Plus more. I almost made it through the whole letter without saying how fast this year has flown by. I can’t believe I’m already wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving. May you eat a lot, love a lot, share a lot, laugh a lot and sleep a lot this Thanksgiving holiday – I will be!

i totally love the photo booth trend! We snapped these courtesy of at Fashion Houston Week. The handsome man to my left is 002 publisher Alejandro Martinez and the other handsome one is long-time contributing photographer and NYC fashion week pro Jaime Lagdameo.

PUBLISHER alejandro martinéz ext 16 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | CREATIVE DIRECTOR carla valencia de martinéz ext 13 CONTRIBUTING EDITOR victoria bartlett ART DIRECTOR alex rosa ext 17 LIFESTYLE EDITOR beatrice valencia ext 11 ASSOCIATE EDITOR rocco, the office gato pixie ibañez ext 10 ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER william king ext 18 ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES carlos valencia ext 12 ACCOUNTS PAYABLE isabel terraso ext 14 PHOTOGRAPHERS cody bess, kim coffman, kennon evett, jill hunter, jaime lagdameo, gabriella nissen, daniel ortiz, jackson potts, anthony rathbun, sofia van der dys CONTRIBUTING WRITERS susan bynam, michael garfield, sarah gish, travis jones, nadia michel, tim moloney, jenni rebecca stephenson, lance scott walker, scott ward, evan wetmore CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS michael chilcoat, hunter jones, clark lara, john tran, david a. brown, geoffrey koslov, the photo boutique; for michelle watson, federico villamayor, roswitha vogler, bernard bauri INTERN ashley-marie tobar

REIGNING MEN: MEN’S ISSUE PHoToGRaPHy by SoFia Van DER DyS SHoT on loCaTion aT aValon baRbERSHoP. STanFoRD RouTT CloTHES FRoM nEiMan MaRCuS.

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Carla Valencia de Martinéz Editor-in-Chief| Fashion Director

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table of contents


gift guide issue

november 2010

56 32 costumes for cocktails

4 letter from the editor 6 table of contents 8 houston map

34 CUTTING EDGE 42 things I like love

44 DESTINATION: THE RANCH AT ROCK CREEK RESORT 48 002 profile: joe licata


22 10 12 14 16 18 20

52 tools + toys +gadgets

downtown map uptown map + scene on our radar calendar museum district art houses + museums + exhibits

66 53 party pics 54 MENtertainment



58 it’s cool to know how to change a tire 60 restaurant listings 64 dinewrite: the queen vic pub



24 nonprofit: houston livestock show and rodeo 25 gish


68 new restaurants


70 74 club review: boondocks

26 phone shots 27 spacetaker


nightlife bea here now cd review crossword puzzle

50 28 born cool. grow hip. 29 party pics 30 people of houston

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

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EVENT ROME SALON & DAY SPA SOIREE WHY GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION WHERE WEST AVE. WHEN SEPTEMBER 15 In celebration of its grand opening, Rome Salon and Day Spa hosted a kickoff party in anticipation of Houston’s Ronald McDonald House biennial Boo Ball. The fabulous event was buzzing, and guests were in awe of the 10,000sf luxurious space. Rome stylists treated guests to haunted hairstyles and ghoulishly fantastic hand rituals. Delicious bites from the soon-to-be downtown Phoenicia Specialty Foods and plenty of vino provided guests with the perfect snack. Guests got a glimpse of what promises to be an ideal place to unwind and simply be pampered. Love it!

Mikki Donnelly, Zahira Coll-Buell

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Megan Ferguson, Jonathan Pollet

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Sofia van der Dys, Pixie Ibañez

Maurine Alfrey, Liz Kelly, Shannon Hayes

Cindy and Todd Parker, Laura Elton

Brad and Amy Bowman

Photography by The Photo Boutique

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art ARTADIA: The Fund for Art and Dialogue recently announced the launch of The Exhibitions Exchange program, a ground-breaking exhibitions initiative to foster dialogue and exchange between artists, peer organizations and arts communities around the country. “The Exhibitions Exchange program is an important evolution of Artadia’s existing relationships with partner institutions, artists and communities around the country. The new exhibitions leverage our relationships with and exposure for Artadia’s Awardees to a much greater effect. Though our artists may be celebrated locally, it’s important for their careers to be seen in other contexts,” commented Artadia’s Executive Director, Lila Kanner.

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radar gastro HOUSTON RESTAURANT WEEK (HRW), held August 1 to September 6, allowed diners to enjoy a threecourse pre-fixed gourmet meal for a special set price of $35 per person (excluding beverages, tax or gratuity). Participating restaurants donated $5 from each special meal sold to the Houston Food Bank. Last month a check presentation was held at the restaurant who made the largest sales: Del Frisco’s was the top contributor in the record-setting 2010 Houston Restaurant Week Fundraiser, contributing $37,075 of the $585,562 total. Congrats! A Houston resident won the 5th Annual CAVIT GOURMET PIZZA CLASSIC™. Susan Oakland won judges over with her Shrimp, Apricot & Arugula pizza recipe, with shrimp, arugula, dried apricots and fontina cheese. Susan’s was selected from among nearly 16,000 entries. Oakland took home the title of America’s Best Gourmet Pizza, as well as an expenses-paid trip for two to Italy that includes a VIP tour of the Cavit winery in Trentino.

bites Last month, LANCE FEGEN, co-owner and Executive Chef of Glass Wall the restaurant, departed his post to focus on the upcoming opening of Liberty Kitchen and Oyster Bar. · It looks like the Hotel ZaZa is finally getting its restaurant together. ADAM WEST from Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa Dallas is moving to Houston’s outpost to serve as chef de cuisine at Monarch Urban Bistro and Lounge. · Ooh La La’s delectable cupcakes has opened a new shop in Katy, 20155 Park Row, in addition to the other store at 23920 Westheimer Pkwy. · Now thru November 22, PHOENICIA DELI’S new location opening and expansion is asking customers to take boxes provided at the deli back to their offices and fill them with non-perishable food to benefit the Houston Food Bank. Just in time for Thanksgiving, Phoenicia will weigh the boxes and match donations pound for pound, up to 1,000 pounds. The two heaviest donations will win a Phoenicia Deli catered lunch for up to 25 people. 14. november 10 |

EaDo (East Downtown) is seeing a retroactive collaboration with two of the neighborhood’s most active and vocal proponents – acclaimed photographer Jim Olive and noted graffiti artist GONZO247 “Gonzo.” The two are taking advantage of the opportunity to fight vandalism while harnessing and redirecting artistic talents, especially among youth. Olive and Gonzo are working with property owners to identify and secure exterior wall space, and this month Gonzo and a team of graffiti artists will begin painting.

As part of the ALDEN HOUSTON Hotel’s renovation project, the property unveiled the work of four prominent Texas artists. The Texas art collection is a visual feast led by the hotel’s GM, Hans Schmitt, and includes artwork by Texas natives M.Y. Williams, Kim Coulter, Gwen Bell and Sylvia Angeli.

community On Thursday night, November 11, TEXAS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL supporters will have a chance to mix and mingle with some well-known Texas Children’s experts and meet some of its newest physicians at the 16th Annual “What’s Up, Doc?” dinner. The event combines the latest thinking by top pediatric healthcare experts with today’s hottest children’s health topics for an unforgettable night of intimate dialogue and education. For more information and to make reservations, call Diana Gross at 832.824.2136 or visit EMIRATES AIRLINE launched a new partnership with the Houston Texans by unveiling a fully branded suite last month, ensuring guests will enjoy the most prestigious of settings. The partnership is perfectly timed to celebrate Emirates timely launch of its new service from Houston to Dubai on November 1. Arriving mid-morning at the airline’s state-of-the-art Terminal 3, the flight will provide even easier connections to Emirates’ network of destinations across the Middle East, Far East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa.

chef adam west

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November 13, 22nd Annual Ice Spectacular Kick-Off, 6pm at Polar Ice Center, The Galleria. The 30-minute tree-lighting show will feature dynamic ice and musical performances. For more info, call 713.622.0663.

Hobby Je’Caryous Johnson’s… 3 & 7:30pm Reliant Stadium Texans vs. San Diego Chargers 12pm Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 3pm Toyota Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 6pm Warehouse AP Tour Fall 2010 5pm

November 14, Walk MS: Downtown Houston One Mile & 5K, 8am at the Downtown Aquarium. Presented by KBR. Visit to register to walk, volunteer or donate. CWMP 15th Annual Children’s Festival 12pm Hobby TUTS: 9 to 5: The Musical 2 & 7:30pm Reliant Arena NCA Cheerleading Championships 10am Center Nutcracker Market 11am Stadium Disney on Ice- Princess Wishes 1:30 & 4:30pm Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 3pm Toyota Cirque du Soleil: Alegria 1 & 5pm Verizon Vince Vaughn & Kevin James Comedy Roadshow 8pm Warehouse Senses Fail / Bayside 6pm Wortham Texas Medical Orchestra 5pm


Alley A Christmas Carol 2:30 & 7pm | The Santaland Diaries 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: 9 to 5: The Musical 2 & 7:30pm | MASQUERADE THEATRE: The Drowsy Chaperone 2pm Jones HS: Bartok’s Miraculous Mandarin 2:30pm Main Street The Heidi Chronicles 3pm Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 3pm Toyota Aeros vs. Texas Stars 4:05pm Reliant Arena Cheer America - Platinum Championships 11am






Alley A Christmas Carol 2:30 & 7pm | The Santaland Diaries 2:20pm Hobby TUTS: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch…11am, 2 & 5pm | MASQUERADE THEATRE: The Drowsy Chaperone 2pm Jones HS: Pictures at an Exhibition 2:30pm Main Street The Heidi Chronicles 3pm Reliant Stadium Texans vs. Tennessee Titans 12pm Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 3pm Toyota Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder 6pm

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Hobby Je’Caryous Johnson’s Marriage Material 8pm HOB The Harmony Tour: Never Shout Never 6pm Toyota Rockets vs. New Orleans Hornets 7:30pm Verizon Sarah McLachlan 8pm

Hobby Musiqa w/ Everette Harp 7:30pm |Je’Caryous Johnson’s…8pm HOB Hanson w/ Jarrod Gorbel 7pm Toyota Rockets vs. New Orleans Hornets 7:30pm | Verizon Barenaked Ladies 7:30pm Wortham Da Camera: A Little Day Music 12pm


Hobby TUTS: 9 to 5: The Musical 7:30pm HOB Brooke Fraser 7pm Warehouse Parachute 7pm

November 10, The 11th Annual Texas Conference for Women, 7:30am-5pm at the George R. Brown Convention Center. For more information on the Conference, including registration and program details, visit: Hobby TUTS: 9 to 5: The Musical 7:30pm Toyota Rockets vs. Chicago Bulls 7:30pm Verizon Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience 8pm Wortham John Paul Stevens 7:30pm


Hobby TUTS: 9 to 5: The Musical 7:30pm Toyota Cirque du Soleil: Alegria 7:30pm


Cougar Power Hour–Central, 6-9pm at The Lot. Bring business cards and be prepared for an evening of food, fun and networking. Door prizes and drink specials. Show your COUGAR PRIDE and wear something red!!! For more info, visit or call 713.743.4716. Hobby TUTS: 9 to 5: The Musical 7:30pm Toyota Aeros vs. Chicago Wolves 7:05pm Warehouse The Black Angels & Black Mountain 8pm Wortham Ahn Trio 8pm


November 18, Fall 2010 Breakfast with Champions featuring Michael Berry, 7am at Houston City Club. For more info, visit or call 713.743.4716. Alley The Santaland Diaries 7:30pm Toyota Rockets vs. Phoenix Suns 7:30pm

Alley The Santaland Diaries 7:30pm Jones HS: Kaddish “I Am Here” 7:30pm Toyota Usher 7:30pm Warehouse Twiztid 7pm


November 20-21, Houston Via Colori–A Street Painting Festival downtown in Sam Houston Park and surrounding streets. Benefitting The Center for Hearing and Speech. For more information, contact Lisa Benitez at 713.523.3633. Warehouse Blonde Redhead 8pm

THURSDAY Hobby Je’Caryous Johnson’s…8pm HOB An Evening w/ Heart 8pm MOT New Orleans Nights W/ Allen Toussaint, etc. 7:30pm Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 7:30pm Warehouse Suicidal Tendencies 7pm


November 5, “UNA NOTTE IN ITALIA” (A NIGHT IN ITALY), 7:30pm at the InterContinental Houston Hotel. Benefitting Family Services of Greater Houston. Contact Shunney Nair at 713.802.7857 or for more information.









Hobby TUTS: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch…7:30pm Jones HB: Greater Houston Youth Nutcracker 7:30pm



Hobby TUTS: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical 7:30pm HOB Mayday Parade 5pm Main Street The Heidi Chronicles 7:30pm Toyota Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors 7:30pm Warehouse Bruno Mars 7pm | Devin the Dude 8pm Wortham Tree Lighting Ceremony 11am

Hobby TUTS: 9 to 5: The Musical 7:30pm Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 7:30pm Reliant Center Nutcracker Market 11am Stadium Disney on Ice- Princess Wishes 7:30pm Toyota Cirque du Soleil: Alegria 7:30pm 14th Annual Art on the Avenue Preview Party, 6-9pm at Winter Street Studios. Presented by Avenue CDC. For ticket or sponsor information, call 713.864.8099, ext. 229, or visit Hobby TUTS: 9 to 5: The Musical 7:30pm Jones HS: Bartok’s Miraculous Mandarin 8pm Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 7:30pm Verizon Louis CK 7:30pm



The 27th Annual Soiree Beaujolais Wine and Food Festival, 6:30-9pm at the J.W. Marriott. $35 for FACC members; $55 for non-members; $60 at the door. More info can be found at

25 HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Hobby TUTS: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch…7:30pm

Uptown Holiday Lighting, 4pm at Uptown Houston. Free and open to the public. For more info, call 713.621.2504 or visit

November 6, American Heart Association’s Start! Houston Heart Walk, 9am at Sam Houston Park Downtown. A family-friendly, non-competitive, five-mile walk. Visit or call 713.610.5000 for more information. November 5-6, 2010 Bay Area Houston Arts Festival at The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake. Call 281.335.7777 or visit November 11, Chandeliers & Champagne at Brown. Benefiting Yellowstone Academy. Visit for more info. November 11, Blissful Wishes Ball, 6-10pm at the Magnolia Hotel. A gala celebration benefiting Wish Upon A Wedding. Visit

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Hobby Je’Caryous Johnson’s…8pm CWMP Lady Antebellum 7:30pm HOB Fun w/ Steel Train & Gold Motel Hobby Je’Caryous Johnson’s…3 & 8pm HOB Arabs Gone Wild 7pm | Perpetual Groove 8pm 6:30pm | GWAR 7pm | Jones SPA: Jones The 5 Browns 8pm Diavolo 8pm | Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes MOT Lunada 7:30pm 8pm | Toyota Aeros vs. Toronto Marlies 7:35pm Verizon Russell Peters 8pm Reliant Arena Fresh Fest w/ Salt-N-Pepa 8pm Warehouse Bad Religion 8pm Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 8pm November 5-December 4, A Good Old Fashioned Toyota Justin Beiber 7pm Warehouse The Hold Steady 8pm Redneck Country Christmas at Theatre Suburbia. Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company’s GLASS SLIPPER Houston premiere comedy by Kristine Bauske. Call GALA! at The Alley Theatre Board Room & Balcony. 713.682.3525 for reservations. Visit www.theatreVisit for more info. for more information.



Hobby TUTS: 9 to 5: The Musical 8pm HOB Bob Schneider 8pm | Dash Rip Rock 8pm Jones HS POPS: One O’Clock Swings! 8pm Reliant Stadium Disney on Ice- Princess Wishes 10:30am & 7:30pm Center Nutcracker Market 11am Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 8pm Toyota Cirque du Soleil: Alegria 3:30 & 7:30pm Verizon Kevin Hart 8pm Wortham SPA: Buika 8pm



CWMP 15th Annual Children’s Festival 10am Hobby TUTS: 9 to 5: The Musical 2 & 8pm | Ars Lyrica: 1610 Vespers 7:30pm Jones HS POPS: One O’Clock Swings! 8pm Main Street Madeline’s Christmas 1 & 4pm Reliant Center Nutcracker Market 11am Stadium Disney on Ice- Princess Wishes 11:30am, 3:30 & 7:30pm Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 8pm Toyota Cirque du Soleil: Alegria 4 & 8pm Verizon Celtic Thunder 7:30pm Warehouse Dr. Dog 8pm Wortham Houston Met Dance: Quirky Works 8pm

Alley A Christmas Carol 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: 9 to 5: The Musical 8pm | MASQUERADE THEATRE: The Drowsy Chaperone 8pm HOB Social Distortion 7pm | Matt Costa 7pm Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 8pm Verizon Cheech & Chong 8pm Warehouse Miss May I 6pm | Stars 8pm Wortham Blue Front Café 7pm


Alley A Christmas Carol 2:30 & 7:30pm | The Santaland Diaries 9pm Hobby TUTS: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch…5 & 8pm | MASQUERADE THEATRE: The Drowsy Chaperone 7:30pm Jones HS: Pictures at an Exhibition 8pm Main Street Madeline’s Christmas 11:30am | The Heidi Chronicles 8pm Reliant Arena Jeff Dunham 8pm Toyota Aeros vs. San Antonio Rampage 7:35pm




November 15, For All Humanity Luncheon, 11:30-1pm at the Junior League of Houston. Benefiting Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston. Contact Tiffany Thomas at or 713.533.4900

Alley A Christmas Carol 2:30 & 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: 9 to 5: The Musical 2 & 8pm | MASQUERADE THEATRE: The Drowsy Chaperone 8pm HOB Big Head Todd & The Monsters 7:30pm | Scott McCurry & The Mercenaries 8pm Jones HS: Bartok’s Miraculous Mandarin 8pm Main Street Madeline’s Christmas 1 & 4pm | The Heidi Chronicles 8pm Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 8pm Toyota Roger Waters 8pm Warehouse Motion City Soundtrack & Say Anything 6:30pm Wortham Vivaldi’s Montezuma 8pm

Alley A Christmas Carol 2:30 & 7:30pm | The Santaland Diaries 2:30 & 7:30pm Hobby TUTS: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch…11am, 2, 5 & 8pm | Masquerade Theatre: The Drowsy Chaperone 7:30pm HOB Los Lonely Boys 8pm Jones HS: Pictures at an Exhibition 8pm Main Street Madeline’s Christmas 1 & 4pm | The Heidi Chronicles 8pm Reliant Arena The Big Stars of Comedy Concert 8pm Stages The Marvelous Wonderettes 8pm Toyota Aeros vs. Milwaukee Admirals 7:35pm




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museum district By Pixie Ibañez EXHIBITS EMAIL US AT PIXIE@002MAG.COM


1. The Menil ColleCTion   

Kurt Schwitters: Color and Collage, thru January 30, 2011, an exhibit that examines one of the 20th century’s most enduring figures of the international avantgarde. Schwitters worked at the edges of Germany’s revolutionary art and intellectual movement in the tumultuous wake of the First World War. The exhibit includes more than 100 assemblages, sculptures and collages highlighting Schwitters’s compositional methods and design principles as well as his critical and often witty response to the major art movements such as Constructivism, Dadaism and Surrealism. 2. housTon CenTer for PhoTograPhy  

Rose Marasco: Projections, opening November 19. Rose Marasco pulls images from everyday material – magazines, posters and advertisements – to create work that becomes less familiar through alteration yet retains recognizable elements from the original. In Interior Projections , Marasco investigates the ubiquitous images that surround us in contemporary life. Projecting media images on domestic scenes, the resulting tableaus exemplify how much of one’s sense of identity comes from interaction with consumer culture representations. 3. The roThko ChaPel  

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

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.

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Convergence II: Adorning the Past, Present & Pretend, on view thru November 28. Did you ever wonder what type of bracelet might have been worn by the Greek goddess Persephone of the Underworld? Or perhaps what style of necklace Sigmund Freud might design? Visit the Artist Hall at HCCC to discover how members of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) have been inspired by persons of fact and fiction in this phenomenal juried exhibition. Convergence II features 55 pieces of stunning jewelry – including necklaces, brooches and collars – all made of handmade glass beads. Each piece is inspired by a person from history, real or imagined, and designed with that person in mind.

Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China, on view thru January 3, 2011. This interactive new exhibit will take you on a whirlwind adventure to the Far East through the lives of four children who live in Hangzhou, China. The exhibit bridges the gap of acknowledgement and understanding between our two genuine cultures. Hangzhou is one of the seven ancient capitals in the history of China and has become one of the most modern civilizations of time. With Children of Hangzhou you will leave with a better understanding of life on the other side of the world. You will discover that we share the same values no matter the distance or how different our lifestyles and cultures are.

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In The Adoration of the Mystic Dog by Maria Smits, opening November 19. Smits questions the importance of the role of Christian religion in our current culture, questioning the hierarchy of men and god, questioning the meaning of worshipping and thinking. The twelve panels of the altarpiece, with the Adam and Eve figure on both sides, function as the work’s centerpiece. Portions of the figurative narrative are left in addition to deform much of the content into abstracted black and white forms. In this move from the figurative to the abstract, a universe evolves. 7. Buffalo soldiers naTional MuseuM  

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

10. The healTh MuseuM   

Planet You 3D – Imagine exploring an alien world where odd creatures roam bizarre terrain in search of food. Then witness the attack and counterattack of viral bacteria at a cellular level. Now imagine it all in 3D! It is an experience that will take you to a world you never knew existed before – a world that is so much closer than you think. It is a microscopic journey into the foreign landscape that is your own…SKIN! (Permanent exhibit.) 11. housTon MuseuM of naTural sCienCe   

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave Ship to Pirate Ship, on view thru February 6, 2011, tells the true story of the Whydah – a pirate ship that sank off the coast of Cape Cod nearly 300 years ago. Real Pirates is an 8,400-square-ft interactive touring exhibition organized by National Geographic. It showcases more than 200 artifacts from the first fully authenticated pirate ship discovered in U.S. waters, including treasure chests of coins from around the world (some of which visitors can touch), jewelry, daily life items and technically advanced weaponry of the time – 18th-0century cannon, pistols and swords.

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The Holocaust: An Artist’s Glimpse of the Past by Dallas Hill, on view thru December 17, 2010, is an exhibit inspired by the amazing story of Anne Frank. Hill captures the beauty and youth to memorialize the young woman. In addition to the Frank portrait, the exhibit also includes images of two of the men responsible for her death – Adolf Hitler and Adolf Eichmann.

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The Call of the Wild Speaker Series welcomes Carter Smith, Executive Director, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to the Houston Zoo’s Brown Education Center Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Mark your calendars for the opening of the newest addition to the Houston Zoo, The African Forest at the Houston Zoo on December 10.

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Sarah Oppenheimer D17, thru December 5, 2010. Sarah Oppenheimer rethinks and reinvents the most taken-for-granted elements of architectural space: planes and holes. Within existing spaces she creates new walls, passages and shaped holes to investigate how different kinds and configurations of perforated planes affect our perceptual experience of built space. 14. the MuseuM oF Fine arts, houston   

Cosmopolitan Routes: Houston Collects Latin American Art, on view thru February 6, 2011, is an exhibit that celebrates the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the museum’s Latin American art department and International Center for the Arts of the Americas (ICAA). Comprised of more than 100 masterworks on loan from private holdings in Houston and Latin America, including paintings, works on paper, photography, sculpture, assemblage, installations and video projections. 15. conteMPorary arts MuseuM houston   

Benjamin Patterson: Born in the State of FLUX/us, on view thru January 30, 2011, is a retrospective of the artist’s career, which now spans nearly fifty years. This exhibition marks his first major exhibition, bringing together a multitude of works never before seen in the

United States. It also underscores the significant contributions of this artist, whose presence within the dynamic constellation of Fluxus is palpable. This exhibition provides audiences with their first comprehensive look at this artist’s work and explores his contributions to both Fluxus and the larger contemporary art landscape. 16. the Jung center oF houston  

Circles of Light: OutScapes and In-Scapes by Raymond Gehman, opening November 1. Whether working as a National Geographic photographer chronicling the world’s pristine environments, or as a fine art, impressionistic photographer shooting closer to home, Raymond always and everywhere finds circles of light gracing both the natural landscape and his heart’s own intimate landscape. 17. czech center MuseuM   

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   




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MUSEUMS 1940 AIR TERMINAL MUSEUM 8325 Travelair Rd. 713.454.1940 ART CAR MUSEUM 140 Heights Blvd. 713.861.5526 BLAFFER ART MUSEUM 4800 Calhoun Rd. 713.743.9521 Thru November 13, Gabriel Kuri: Nobody needs to know the price of your Saab

ART LEAGUE HOUSTON 1953 Montrose Blvd. 713.523.9530 BARBARA DAVIS GALLERY 4411 Montrose 713.520.9200 Opens November 12, Cocky by Anthony Thompson Shumate

BETZ GALLERY 1208 W. Gray 713.576.6954

HERITAGE SOCIETY 1100 Bagby 713.655.1912

CANAL ST. GALLERY 2219 Canal St. 713.223.2219 Opens November 5, 7 Women & Bill by Angela Dillon

HOUSTON FIRE MUSEUM 2403 Milam 713.524.2526

CAROLINE COLLECTIVE 4820 Caroline St. 713.825.4613

MUSEUM OF PRINTING HISTORY 1324 W. Clay St. 713.522.4652

COLTON & FARB 2445 North Blvd. 713.869.5151 Thru November 6, Stilett“O”s by Omar Angel Perez

MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN HISTORY 7502 Fondren Rd. 281.649.3997

COMMUNITY ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVE 1413 Holman 713.523.1616

ORANGE SHOW 2401 Munger 713.926.6368

COMMUNE ON NORTH 2437 North Blvd. 713.526.3875

PROJECT ROW HOUSES 2521 Holman 713.526.7662

CTRL GALLERY 3907 Main St. 713.523.2875 Thru January 8, Myungjin Song by Emilio Perez

18 HANDS GALLERY 249 West 19th St. 713.869.3099 Opens November 6, New Works by Suze Lindsay AEROSOL WARFARE GALLERY + BOUTIQUE 2110 Jefferson St. #113, 832.748.8369 ANYA TISH GALLERY 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.524.2299 Thru November 13, Orna Feinstein: Tree Dimensional ARCHWAY GALLERY 2305 Dunlavy 713.522.2409 Opens November 6, City Sights, City Sounds

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BERING & JAMES 805 Rhode Place #500, 713.524.0101

BOOKER-LOWE 4623 Feagan St. 713.880.1541 Opens November 17, Puuya Kuntha, Strong Heart



1. winter street studios | 2. gremillion & co. fine art 3. 18 hands gallery | 4. canal st. gallery| 5. wade wilson art

GALVESTON ARTS CENTER 2127 Strand St. 409.763.2403

UNIVERSITY MUSEUM 3100 Cleburne Ave. 713.313.7145


DAKOTA GALLERY 2324 Shearn St. 713.523.7440 DARKE GALLERY 5321 Feagan 713.542.3802 Thru December 18, NEW by Richard Martinez DESANTOS GALLERY 1724 Richmond 713.520.1200 DIVERSEWORKS 1117 East Freeway 713.223.8346 Opens November 5, Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then by Brent Green DOMY BOOKS 1709 Westheimer 713.523.3669 ELDER STREET GALLERY 1101 Elder St. 281.250.4889

FOTOFEST 1113 Vine St. 713.223.5522 Thru December 12, B-Sides: Continuing the Contemporary U.S. Dialogue G GALLERY 301 East 11th St. 713.822.4842 Opens November 6, A New Journey by Alex Rubio GALLERY 1724 1724 Bissonnet St. 713.523.2547 GALLERY SONJA ROESCH 2309 Caroline 713.659.5424 GITE GALLERY 2024 East Alabama St. 713.523.3311 GOLDESBERRY GALLERY 2625 Colquitt 713.528.0405 Thru November 27, Enamelis Alumnus by Jan Arthur Harrell GREEN HOUSE GALLERY 716 W. Alabama St. 713.535.6462 GREMILLION & CO. FINE ART 2501 Sunset Blvd. 713.522.2701 Thru November 20, Thomas Zitzwitz, Via Aurelia

HOUSTON LANDMARK GALLERY 1200 McKinney 713.927.8800 HOUSTON STUDIOS 707 Walnut St. 713.223.0951 HOLLYWOOD FRAME GALLERY 2427 Bissonnet 713.942.8885 HOOKS-EPSTEIN 2631 Colquitt St. 713.522.0718 Thru November 28, 40th Year Celebration: Glass Masterworks INMAN GALLERY 3901 Main St. 713.526.7800 Thru January 8, Looking At The Sun, Group Exhibit KINZELMAN ART CONSULTING 3909 Main St. 713.533.9923 KOELSCH GALLERY 703 Yale 713.626.0175 LAURA RATHE FINE ART 2707 Colquitt 713.527.7700 LAURA U COLLECTION 1840 Westheimer 713.522.0855

H GALLERY 617 W 19th. 713.417.4888

LAZZARA ART GALLERY 5400 Mitchelldale St. 713.681.0681

HCC-CENTRAL GALLERY 3517 Austin 713.718.6600

M2 GALLERY 339 W. 19th St. 713.861.6070 McCLAIN GALLERY 2242 Richmond Ave. 713.520.9988

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McMURTREY GALLERY 3508 Lake St. 713.523.8238 TThru November 27, Lance Letscher 2010


MEREDITH LONG GALLERY 2323 San Felipe 713.523.6671 MIDTOWN ART CENTER 3414 La Branch 713.521.8803 MONTROSE ART SOCIETY 4715 Main St. 713.316.0402 MOODY GALLERY 2815 Colquitt 713.526.9911 Thru November 27, Al Souza MOTHER DOG STUDIOS 720 Walnut 713.229.9760 NAUHAUS GALLERY 223 E. 11th St. 713.261.1409 NOLAN-RANKIN GALLERIES 6 Chelsea Blvd. 713.528.0664 O’KANE GALLERY One Main St.@UHD 713.221.8042 PARKERSON GALLERY 3510 Lake St. 713.524.4945 PEEL GALLERY 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.520.8122 POST GALLERY 2121 Sage, Ste. 390, 713.622.4241 POISSANT GALLERY 5102 Center St. 713.868.9337 REDCORD RANCH GALLERY 2110 Portsmouth. 713.526.9272 REDBUD GALLERY 303 E. 11th St. 713.862.2532 RETRO GALLERY 1839 W. Alabama 713.522.7074 RUDOLPH PROJECTS I ARTSCAN GALLERY 1836 Richmond Ave. 713.807.1836

STUDIO SEVEN 1107 East Freeway 713.224.5555 TALENTO BILINGUE 333 S. Jensen Dr. 713.222.1213 THE ARTFUL CORNER 3423 White Oak Dr. 713.426.4278 Opens November 12, Chris Silkwood, Mosaic Works THOM ANDRIOLA 2627 Colquitt 713.520.7053 THORNWOOD GALLERY 2643 Colquitt St. 713.528.4278 VAUGHAN CHRISTOPHER GALLERY 1217 S. Shepherd 713.533.0816 WADE WILSON ART 4411 Montrose #200, 713.521.2977 Thru December 11, Peter Sacks: Recent Paintings WATERCOLOR ART SOCIETY 1601 West Alabama 713.942.9966 Opens November 12, Experimental Watermedia Exhibit, Group Exhibit WINTER STREET STUDIOS 2101 Winter St. 713.862.0082 Thru December 1, Framed – A lineup of fairly innocent Jewelry, Group Exhibit XNIHILO GALLERY 2115 Taft St. 713.622.1846 ZARPOSH INDIA GALLERY 5910 Southwest Fwy. 713.668.2948


SICARDI GALLERY 2246 Richmond Ave. 713.529.1313 SPACE125 GALLERY 3201 Allen Parkway 713.527.9330

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for art’s sake


interview by nadia michel photography by Gabriela nissen



his is different from my previous work in that it has to relate to spirit of Chinese art from all different time periods,” explained Cai through his interpreter two days before the ignition. The days leading to the main event were intense, with last-minute test explosions under the watchful eye of a fire marshal and impromptu requests for plants. After seeing the traditional bronzeware, ceramics, painting and calligraphy that are to be exhibited in the gallery, Cai made some eleventh-hour alterations. Inspired by a series of 18th-century paintings, he added lotus flower and chrysanthemum cutouts to his decidedly modern stencil. He also requested fresh bamboo and vines from museum staff in order to add to the imagery that would be burned onto the final panels. “The whole gallery space becomes an art installation. The drawing has to relate to the objects,” he explained. Speaking in his tricked-out trailer over a well-deserved bowl of pho soup, the soft-spoken artist came across as the polar opposite to his explosive work. “As a child, my personality was overly cautious, so I was trying to find a medium that would liberate me,” he said. As luck would have it, his hometown of Quanzhou, in Fujian Province, was a big producer of gunpowder and fireworks. Cai’s gunpowder drawings have helped make him one of the most well-known and influential Chinese contemporary artists. In 2008, New York’s Guggenheim Museum presented “Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe,” a massive retrospective of his work, including white Chevys suspended from the ceiling depicting the different stages of a car being blown up. In a moment that defined his career at the 1999 Venice Biennale, Cai caused quite a scandal in his native country with Rent Collection Courtyard, an installation for which he hired artisans to His mastery of explosives culminated in his role that same year as remake a classic Socialist Realist sculptural tableaux depicting the plight of the peasantry under Director of Visual and Special Effects for the opening and closing certhe iron fist of China’s Communist regime. His ideology on the subject has been shifting and emonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. “When you’re inconclusive and a source of discussion ever since. setting up for fireworks, the audience cannot see the process. It’s only during the nighttime that they can see the result. With this, they can see it from start to finish,” he said of the MFAH collaboration. The ignition event, set in a custom-appointed Houston warehouse, was streamed live on and projected on walls at a viewing party at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, in addition to being observed by an estimated 2500 visitors. Cai, who moved to New York City in 1995 with a grant from the New York-based Asian Cultural Council, an international organization that promotes artistic exchanges between Asian countries and the United States, has earned both praise and criticism for a body of work that includes sculptural installations as well as his signature gunpowder drawings.

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IN RECENT YEARS, CAI’S TENDENCY TOWARDS THE SPECTACULAR HAS ALSO GONE MAINSTREAM. He collaborated with Issey Miyake for Dragon: Explosion on Issey Miyake in 2008, exploding his gunpowder onto a pleated garment used on a Paris runway. Prints of the fabric were subsequently mass-produced. That same year, he also teamed up with Gap’s Artist Editions T-Shirt limited edition collection. He was one of thirteen whom Gap called the “most influential contemporary artists.” Using eleven pounds of gunpowder brought in from New Jersey in an unmarked car, about 140 people, including about 100 local volunteers, and spanning 10 by 162 feet, Odyssey is Cai’s largest gunpowder work to date. Odyssey is part of The Portal Project, where contemporary artists are invited to create a permanent site-specific installation for each of MFAH’s Asian Art galleries. It is on view now.

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Interview by Evan Wetmore Photography by Jack Potts

As the largest livestock show in the world, the biggest fair in North America and a premier venue for cowboys and music superstars alike, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (HLS&R) brings in over $80 million in operating revenues throughout the month of March. Thanks to approximately 24,000 volunteers (that’s more people than the City of Houston employs, folks!) and 2 million visitors who walk through the gates of the Reliant Center annually, the HLS&R has an economic impact on our city that is estimated to be larger than that of a Super Bowl – every year. The HLS&R exists year-round, not just during the month of March, and is essentially run just like any other big business in town. It takes a lot of time and money to coordinate the three-week spectacle, but while it costs $56 million to put on the Show, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD BUTCH ROBINSON reminds Houstonians that they hire locally; a lot of that money goes directly back to our city. “We are a nonprofit,” he says. “We make all this money, and unlike the Super Bowl, we give it back to the community.” Perhaps the most impressive part of the HLS&R’s business model is their educational program, which has contributed approximately $250 million to Texas youth through scholarships, endowments and other curricula since the Show’s inception in 1937. Currently, nearly 2,000 area students are attending 90 Texas universities on HLS&R scholarships, the total of which is valued at $26 million. As Robinson explains, “It’s not one-program-fitsall here. It’s a series of programs. We have several different scholarships available.” The HLS&R offers four distinct categories of four-year, $15,000 scholarships, awarded to students of Houston-area public high schools who demonstrate strong academic and leadership potential. The HLS&R awards 221 Metropolitan Scholarships and 106 needs-based Opportunity Scholarships. The HLS&R also selects 15 participants of the School Art Program to receive the School Art Scholarship, based on both academics and need. The Area Go Texan Scholarships are awarded to 70 students across the 60 Go Texan counties. Additionally, the HLS&R contributes over $2 million in scholarships to be distributed by Texas 4-H, Future Farmers of America, and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America Foundations. While recipients must attend a Texas college or university, Robinson says that is the only stipulation of the scholarship, in terms of education. “We don’t tell them what to major in,” he

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says. “It is a fallacy to think that you have to be involved in 4-H or FFA to apply. Agriculture is a business – you need business majors, doctors, veterinarians. What you want is a good educated public.” Robinson is also mindful of the rising cost of education, especially in a struggling economy. “Unfortunately $15,000 won’t pay for a four-year education anymore,” he says. “We just hope that $15,000 is the difference between going to school and not going to school.” In addition to scholarships, the HLS&R enriches the lives of students through educational programs like Rodeo Institute for Teacher Excellence, which helps teachers learn how to best instruct first through third graders in reading. “If kids aren’t reading at grade level by third grade, their chances of graduating high school go way down,” explains Robinson. The HLS&R has a far-reaching impact that extends well beyond school doors and campus gates. This year, over half a million dollars will be donated to other Texas organizations, including the Alley Theatre, Houston Community College and the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation. The generosity of the HLS&R and its volunteers will continue to have a significant effect on the youth of Texas and the future of our city. “What amazes me is the dedication of volunteers and the impact the show has,” says Robinson. “If you go to the far reaches of our state, we’ve affected education. And we’d like to think we’ve promoted our city and area well in the process.”



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gish at the movies ART FILMS ARE GOOD By Sarah Gish



MFAH and THE AURORA PICTURE SHOW The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ( is screening Carlos this month on 11/4, 11/5 and 11/6. The five-hour, 33-minute production about the notorious revolutionary terrorist popularly known as “Carlos the Jackal” will be screened with two intermissions. Also onscreen at the MFAH this month: German film Soul Kitchen (11/23, 11/24, 11/26, 11/27, 11/28) and the continuation of their Akira Kurosawa lovefest. The Aurora Picture Show ( is paying homage to beloved Houston art patrons John and Dominique de Menil with a program inspired by the book release of Art and Activism: Projects of John and Dominique de Menil on 11/3. Other screenings include Utopia in Four Movements and Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then (11/12 and 11/13) and “Design + Films: Opening Acts with Peter Lucas” (11/21). And back in town again is the Cinema Arts Festival Houston ( from 11/1011/14.

JCC AND OTHER SCREENS With a dearth of screens in Houston, JCC Houston ( has thankfully stepped forward as a premiere venue for screening indie films. This month they are hosting their annual Jewish Book and Arts Fair (10/3111/14) as well as showing a film originally scheduled for the Angelika, A Film Unfinished (11/18, 11/19, 11/20). 14 Pews ( is teaming up with the Houston Film Commission

( this month to present a free screening of Texas-made short film entries from the Commission’s “Texas Filmmakers Showcase.” Brazilian Arts Foundation The ( screens films monthly on the third Friday, and you can catch Ikea’s presentation of “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (11/6) at Discovery Green ( Keep Houston Rich ( is highlighting “YouTube Play. A Biennial of Creative Video,” a viral showcase of the “most exceptional” talent working in the ever-expanding realm of online video that was developed by YouTube and the Guggenheim Museum in collaboration with HP.

CINEMA FOR THE COMMUNITY A grassroots screening of Race to Nowhere ( has been set for November 4 at Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks ( Director Vicki Abeles turns her lens on the pressures faced by American schoolchildren and their teachers in a system and culture obsessed with the illusion of achievement, competition and the pressure to perform. For details, check the Alamo website. HoustonPBS’ “Community Cinema 2” ( continues this month with coal mine tussle Deep Down (11/17) at Rice Cinema ( In a unique event, the Rave Yorktown is screening Suzanne Somers’ “Break through Tour” on 11/4, a one-night only screening of her discussing alternative health. Other films onscreen this month include Unstoppable, The Next Three Days, Love and Other Drugs, The King’s Speech and Cool It, a film about the global warming debate. No theaters are set for any of those films. And coming to dvd, courtesy Lions Gate (, is The Least Among You, a film inspired by the true story of a falsely accused black college graduate forced to serve probation in an all-white seminary in the 1960s.

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spacetaker artscene If there’s one word to sum up thIs month In houston’s art scene, It’s dIVersItY! LeaVe It to the ephemeraL cItY to mIx It up a LIttLe. enjoY!

images by David A. Brown: DABFOTO


5th Annual WINTER HOLIDAY ART MARKET November 19 (6-10pm) | November 20 (11-8pm) | November 21 (11-4pm) Ready to get your gift on? Or find that perfect art piece for your home or office? Spacetaker’s Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM) is taking over Winter Street Studios for a juried special exhibition, sale and art festival in one. Presenting 65 favorite local artists and artisans, WHAM promises something for everyone on your gift list (fine arts and crafts ranging from paintings, sculpture and photography to jewelry, purses, ornaments and soaps). And with live music, complimentary beverages and activities for the wee ones, WHAM is equal parts sale and blow-out bash celebrating the talent and breadth of our city’s art community!

If you’ve never explored the winding hallways of Winter Street Studios (nestled in the newly minted Washington Corridor Arts District), WHAM’s an excellent intro to this hidden haven for all things artsy. It’s free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, while Friday night’s Preview Party ($10) affords a chance to party it up with VIPs and claim first dibs on that handcrafted necklace, hand-painted holiday card or unique print for your loved ones. A special highlight of WHAM is a student exhibition by the Teen Council of the Contemporary Arts Museum in

the IKEA Lounge where weary shoppers can kick up their feet while spying the next generation of talented artists. The best part? You can do your part to bolster the local economy by supporting those creative types who make Houston a great place to live. AOL presents VIA COLORI

Via Colori image by Geoffrey Koslov

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November 20 (10-6pm) | November 21 (10-5pm) The motto is “A Celebration of Art and Asphalt” for this annual two-day event in which over 250 artists transform the pavement of downtown Houston into an unconventional art gallery. This free outdoor festival benefiting The Center for Hearing and Speech makes for a fabulous opportunity to watch artists at work, and live music from local bands and a collaborative mural on the steps of the Houston Public Library by the largest national street-painting team make for a family favorite. 18th Annual ARTCRAWL November 20 (10-9pm) The grand master of public art events in Houston, Artcrawl continues the long tradition of artists opening wide the doors to their studios, exhibition spaces and homes to the public. Featuring over 100 artists in the Artist’s Warehouse District near Downtown, the event is an annual highlight for contemporary art lovers in the city. DiverseWorks and FotoFest join in the fun with special exhibitions, adding a bike scramble organized by FotoFest to this year’s festivities.

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Toys for Tots


By Pixie Ibañez Photography by Gabriella Nissen



Once again we find ourselves in the throes of the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions, and yes, exchange gifts too. Don’t let the season overwhelm you! The key to a stressfree holiday season is to strategize, plan and compromise. There seems to be a misconception these days that the more we give, the happier our children will be. Not necessarily! You’re better off getting a few can’t-live-without gifts than buying a copious amount of soon-to-be-forgotten toys. Here are some cool, cuddly and unique toys your kids will love.


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Abby Doll and wardrobe, Fun On The Farm Stacker – Bandit canvas backpack, Lola and Otto rocker dolls – Flat Katz by Baby Loopies – Blue winter hat, Hand-knit cat – Pink/white and blue/white core camper watches – Drum kit by B. Parum Pum Pum drums, Sock monkey Jack-in-the-box –

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. Give them a teach your kids about the gift of giving HOLIDAY TIP: This is the perfect time to else happy payoff that comes with making someone chance to experience the deeply rewarding teering volun ting, Dona more compassionate people. and it will make them better, stronger and rd! forwa it holiday cheer. Pay and sharing are easy ways to spread the

Mission: To deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters in the community. For details, visit

Photography by Kim Coffman

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EVENT MARTINI MADNESS! WHY TO KICK OFF HCCC’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY WITH “MAD” STYLE WHERE HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT WHEN SEPTEMBER 16 More than 300 martini lovers flocked to the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft for Martini Madness! The chic cocktail party featured mad glassware, bottomless martinis, sizzling snacks by Ruth’s Chris Steak House, live jazz by Andre Hayward Trio and a big board auction hosted by Wade Wilson. Guests got to select a one-of-a-kind artisan martini glass to use throughout the event and take home. All glasses were handmade in a variety of styles and materials by craft artists around the country. The “Mid-Century Cocktail Attire” theme inspired guests to dress “Mad Men” style…Fabulous!

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age 24 sign Cancer origin Houston, TX occupation Artist Accounting Major

age 52 sign Aquarius origin Mexico City occupation Executive Creative Director at Lopez Negrete Communications

people of houston Photography by Anthony Rathbun

3 TOM WURTH age 48 sign Aquarius origin Chicago occupation Bicycle shop owner

1. LOGAN WELLS •WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TREND? Men’s watches on women! •WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? Beating lymphoma in 2009! •WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO GO ON YOUR NEXT VACATION? Dallas for the Super Bowl. •HOW DO YOU STAY IN SHAPE? Anything outdoors, or anything at the Houstonian.

2. LUIS GONZALES •WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO SHOP? I make an effort to support local businesses first. •WHAT IS THE WORST FASHION TREND YOU LOVED? (Sigh) A mullet. Not full-on Billy Ray, but it was bad. •HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Simple. Unpretentious. Sarcastic. •IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY, WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU WOULD BUY? Peace of mind for a few close people. Then an RV. And not a small one.

3. TOM WURTH •WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TREND? More people riding bikes. •WHAT IS ONE THING YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT? My wife. •IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD IT BE? I’d dramatically increase my net worth. •HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? I guess I dress like a dude who is fixing to go on a short hike in a warm climate.

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Anthropologie - 800 West Sam Houston Pkwy. N., #10-127, CityCentre, 713.973.0561 DSW - 9419 Katy Fwy., 713.465.8923 J.Crew - 5085 Westheimer Rd., 713.626.2739

costume for cocktails Styling by Beatrice Valencia Photography Gabriella Nissen Illustration by Alexandre Rosa


Falling head over heels…

This paper-thin leather jacket is perfect for Houston’s wishywashy climate. It makes layering a cinch without adding extra bulk. Mushroom leather jacket @ | Stripes are no longer reserved for warm weather. This blousy top is great for skinny pants and can be layered for transition into winter.

Striped top @ Anthropologie | This skinny black pant is no legging. Made from thicker twill cotton with spandex, it’s thick enough to keep you warm minus the “see-through scare” you get with leggings.

Pant @ J.Crew | A nude shoe provides a clean line to follow and extend leg length. Nude pumps @ DSW | A statement necklace takes this outfit from ordinary to extraordinary.

Necklace @ Anthropologie

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A cross section of men thAt represent brAins, brAwn, business sense And Are the buzz of our men’s issue. photogrAphed At vArious bArbershops Around our town from old school institutions to revAmped outposts.

Photography by Sofia van der Dys Art Direction by Alex Rosa

AvAlon 2626 westheimer, 713.523.6361 HeigHt’s BArBersHoP 310 w. 8th st., 713.861.7060 MArk’s 2711 Kipling, 713.524.1391 v’s BArBersHoP 2040 west gray, 713.527.4422 thank you to all the barbershops who graciously opened their doors for 002houston.

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Shot on location at MARK’S BARBERSHOP

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Love of the Game: AN INTERVIEW WITH KendricK PerKins center, Boston celtics TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CHILDHOOD GROWING UP IN TEXAS, AND WHAT YOU HAD TO DO TO GET WHERE YOU ARE TODAY. I grew up in Beaumont, Texas. My mom was murdered by her best friend when I was five years old. I was almost put up for adoption but my grandparents took me in, from my mom’s side of the family. My grandmother made about $150 dollars a month, my Grand Papa made about $300 a month, my great grandfather built the house we lived in; we were very poor. Through school, I went to a private school, Our Mother of Mercy Elementary. They let me go for free ’cause they knew my situation. I was there from 1st to 5th grade. Then I went to Odom Academy public school for middle school. There I got into basketball because I was very tall. I started traveling around the AAU circuit; my name got out there and started getting ranked pretty high in the nation. By the time I got to 9th grade and through 10th, I was like number one in the nation. Then Lebron James became #1, and I dropped to #2. I just kept working. High school started at 7:30am and, during basketball season, I was there at 6am running the track and getting my shots in before school started. The motivation I had at the time – because I really didn’t have love for the game yet – was to get my grandparents out of the situation they were in. That’s what kept me pushing and that’s what got me to love the game. With the first check I got from the NBA I got them a house. That was my dream. You know…I was never the most talented guy, I was just tall and just put a lot of hard work into it. I had a lot of motivators growing up, a lot of people in my corner to help me do it. It was a struggle. Many nights I cried myself to sleep, but I can say a lot of people from the city of Beaumont supported me. Now I am blessed to be where I’m at. I wake up every morning and thank God for giving me this opportunity.

WHO WAS YOUR BASKETBALL IDOL GROWING UP? I was a Houston Rockets fan! Growing up I was always watching Hakeem Olajuwon; he was one of my idols. You know then you could only catch games on NBC or ABC, and only a few games at certain times. But the Rockets games were always broadcast on the local channels, so I grew up admiring Hakeem a lot. If I had an idol, it would have to be my grandfather. He is actually my best friend; he was my best man at my wedding. He taught me my hook shot that I use now. They called him Lefty in high school, ’cause he shot a left hand hook shot, so he taught me how to shoot a jump hook. People didn’t know where I got it from, but I got it from him. That’s now my trademark move. YOU ARE MARRIED. DO YOU HAVE CHILDREN? Yes, I have a boy, Kendrick Perkins Jr. He’s 3. DOES HE TRY TO IMITATE HIS DADDY? He has his own goals for sure, but the thing is, I don’t force the issue on him. I’m not putting the basketball in his bed when he goes to bed and stuff. Whatever he wants to be in life, I’m going to support him. HOW DOES YOU FAMILY CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN? For us it’s a little bit different. Sometimes we might have a game, but if we are not playing then, our team is very close. We all get together with our kids. Some of the players are very blessed to have really big houses and stuff like that, so we go around their neighborhood and take the kids trick or treating. People in Boston open their doors and see KG (Kevin Garnett) and Perkins and Ray Allen with their children and it’s always a surprise. It’s a fun experience. DO YOU DRESS UP FOR HALLOWEEN? Yes, we have this party at Ray Allen’s home every year, and we all have to dress up. I think this year I’m going to be “Pinky.” Have you ever seen the movie Friday After Next? Pinky is a very funny character.

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A Mythic RestAuRAteuR:

“A LOCAL LEGEND” IS WHAT THE STARBUCKS BARISTA CALLED HIM. LARGER THAN LIFE, DIMITRI IS HARD TO MISS. HE’S AS KIND AS HE IS A SUAVE RESTAURATEUR. THE FAMILY MAN TOOK TIME OUT OF HIS BUSY DAY CONQUERING GREEK CUISINE TO GET A QUICK SHOESHINE AND CHAT WITH 002 ABOUT THE BRAND’S SECOND OUTPOST IN DOWNTOWN’S MARKET SQUARE AND THE GREEK FESTIVAL. NIKO NIKO’S HAS LONG BEEN IN YOUR FAMILY. WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO GO INTO THE BUSINESS? After I tried washing cars, after I did clubs, I just didn’t want to work with my mother-in-law, I was just like, OK, I’m broke, let’s do it. My dad always imbedded in my head, ‘Look, I did this for you. If you’re not going to school you need to start working.’ I liked it too. WHERE DID YOU START? Cashier, and then just started asking questions to other people that owned restaurants. Pete Pappas was a mentor of mine and watching Vincent Mandola and Johnny Carraba and how they did things. SO YOU WEREN’T TRAINED? No, you follow the leader man; you just see what they’re doing and you try to do something that fits your style. And we’ve got great people that are around us, in the kitchen, so my job is easy. I get to concentrate on marketing and quality control while they do the hard stuff. ANY BUMPS IN THE ROAD? Always, you know any one person that calls and says they had a bad experience, I view that as a bump. My mother had to deal with more; they did all the hard stuff in the 80s, ya know? Divorce, that sort of stuff, she had to really make sure she kept it afloat. She just did what she had to do. Even when we did the remodel in 2004, I had about 4 years that I was taking it seriously, not spending the money, not going out, I was really concentrating on the business. We had this rundown little storage unit in the back, and she was just sitting back there crying when we tore it down. And I was like, “Ma, why are you crying?” She’s like. “You know how many times I sat in that place when it was empty, and I prayed help me fill it up, help me fill it up.” So you know those are the things you can’t let go.


DiMitRi FetokAkis, Niko Niko’s By Carla Valencia de Martinez Shoes shined by Curtis Hurd

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HOW INVOLVED IS YOUR MOM NOW? She’s there now. She just got back from Greece two days ago; the next day she’s there. Her thing is cleanliness and the food. She doesn’t care about marketing, the growth or any of that. Just that the business is running smooth. Now we’ve got Downtown Market Square. We just started doing breakfast which we’ve never done before. Every day we start to see an increase. I’m so surprised of the community Downtown. Open 7am to at least 8pm, 7 days a week, and the menu features our bestsellers and whatever we can fit into that tiny space, our coffees and desserts. DO YOU GO TO BARBERSHOPS? Oh yeah, in Greece, I go to this guy – he uses like 2 scissors and he goes (motioning with both his hands cutting simultaneously all over the place), he does it all uneven, but it looks good. He does a good job. I remember I used to go in there and he used to have all the magazines stacked, and at the bottom underneath all the others he had the girly magazines. I used to go in there as a kid. For weddings it’s a custom that the groom get shaved right before the wedding, so he shaved me right before our wedding.

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Wayne Gilbert artist and Gallery oWner

LARGER THAN LIFE IS ONE WAY TO DESCRIBE WAYNE GILBERT. THIS LOCAL LEGEND HAS CREATED TRENDS IN THE ART SCENE (REMEMBER RUBBER, ANYONE?) AND PAVED THE WAY FOR MANY A NEW ARTIST. His smile is contagious and his energy cannot be ignored, but he wasn’t always so commanding. When asked how he became involved in the arts, he openly answers, “In a candidly honest way, when I got sober. I got sober in 1977, and I found myself like most people – I had one world that I lived in that I couldn’t go back and live in, so I had to come up with a new one. So my wife and I, (Beverly) we met in sobriety, after a couple of years of wandering around and making new things, we love gourmet food so we did a little cooking and played a little golf, she suggested one night that I take some art lessons and so I said, ‘Well, I’ll go hit a bucket of golf balls, you go take some art lessons.’ Then I thought, ‘Well, that’s going to cause me some trouble, so I better go take some art lessons.’” After 32 years in business, Gilbert still remains creative and at the top of his game. Gilbert’s been all over the world. “I just got back from Lima where I did an exhibition at the Trujillo Contemporary Arts Museum. I’m fixing to go back. One of my good friends, Pierre Kradolfer, one of the leading archeologists in Peru was given access to the high resolution Google satellite and he found about 10 unexplored and unknown civilizations.” Gilbert plans on taking a modern day expedition with an eclectic group he’s invited to join him. He says, “If I can get them to agree, the combination of these characters undertaking a dig could make for an interesting story. Now they haven’t all answered me yet, so I am hoping I can get these guys.” He’s also going to India in January to see and visit artist studios and to the India Art Summit. He’s doing an exhibition in Madrid in February, plus he’s in college getting his master’s degree at Rice. Gilbert is heavily entrenched in Peru, which he stumbled into along with long-time collaborator Gus Kopriva years ago. Asked what it is about Peru that fascinates him, he replies, “Peru is archeologically enchanting and academic and you can’t even begin to explain Peru until you’ve spent some time there. There are several hot spots on the planet where cultures and civilizations are born and raised and grow into things much greater than other places and this is just one of them.” But Gilbert didn’t stumble into his role as the “Godfather of Art” as we like to call him at 002houston. Gilbert met Chester Snowden early on. He continues laughing as he reminisces about that fateful day.

“I think he was 83. A delightful little, thin, frail gay man out in the Binz area by the museum. He had a peculiar little old house, a cottage type house. And when you went in, there was nothing in there – just a chair, a bed, nothing hardly. But when you walked through a door, he had built a little add-on, a pretty good size, and when you walked in there it just cascaded with all this color, some magnificent stuff going on over there. It’s collected by the museum. Anyway, it’s hard to explain a psychic occurrence or a spiritual awakening, they are difficult to put into words. It was just a sense that passed by me that I could do this.”

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Owen Daniels tight end, Texans Pro Bowl LIKE ANY DAY AT AVALON, THE BARBERSHOP WAS A-BUSTLE WITH ACTIVITY AND MORE THAN A FEW TEXANS FANS WHO ARE EQUALLY PLEASED WITH THE SEASON THUS FAR. I ASKED THE TIGHT END HOW HE FELT ABOUT THE START. “WE’RE OFF TO A GOOD START, BEST START WE’VE HAD SINCE I’VE BEEN AROUND. IT’S CRAZY, I GO TO THE BANK AND PEOPLE ARE LIKE ‘YOU GUYS LOOK GREAT!’ IT’S JUST AWESOME.” This is Daniels’ fifth season with the Texans. He was drafted from the University of Wisconsin in 2006. “I think everyone who plays growing up and in high school, wants to play in the NFL, it’s just not really the most realistic thing.” Daniels realized his junior year that he could go pro, but not before switching positions. “I played quarterback in college and then switched over to tight end, which doesn’t happen a lot, and it took a couple of years to get accustomed to playing that new spot. But you never really know (if you can go pro) till you get out there and do it. But someone liked me enough to pick me.” The native Chicagoan didn’t know much about Houston at first. “And I probably didn’t like it much at first because I came down here in the summertime, which is like the worst time. It was so hot and humid, but I’ve grown to like it a lot over the past five years.” Off season, Daniels stays in town. “It’s like the best time of year to be around here, January, February, March. It’s really nice. It’s nice to go up to Chicago for a few days, maybe up to a week. It’s refreshing to deal with the cold but then I’ve had enough.” He’s also a big fan of the local restaurant scene. “Oh man, that’s the best part of Houston, there’s so much good food. I’m a big Del Frisco’s fan. I like to eat there a lot. I like Trulucks; I just had their fried lobster last week and that was really good. El Tiempo is pretty classic, the standard for Mexican.” What would he be doing if it weren’t football? “I got my degree in atmospheric and oceanic science which is like a fancy way to say meteorology. So I’m a weatherman, maybe I’d be doing local weather. I’ve actually been in front of the green screen, done some forecasting, and it’s harder than it looks.” But what he’s most excited about other than his franchise’s most successful start since its inception is his new foundation called The Owen Daniels Catch A Dream Foundation. “We help out the families of terminally ill kids in Houston. So we are working with all the children’s hospitals here. A lot of people focus on the sick child, which is good, but we like to focus on the family and the siblings. Because if you have a sick kid or a brother or sister in the hospital, they obviously get a ton of attention and deservedly so; but then the siblings are left behind. We get involved to keep the siblings entertained. One of the first things we are setting up is Owen’s Locker and it’s going to be full of PSPs, games, toys, and we’ll do stuff for the parents as well.

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Stanford routt CB, oakland raiders SELECTED 38TH OVERALL IN THE 2005 NFL DRAFT BY THE RAIDERS, ROUTT WAS A STANDOUT NOT ONLY IN FOOTBALL BUT ALSO IN TRACK AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON. AS A JUNIOR HE RAN THE NINTHFASTEST 200-METER DASH IN THE NATION, TAKING HIM TO THE SEMIFINALS IN THE 200 METERS AT THE 2004 OLYMPIC TRIALS. And it’s no wonder that Routt has accomplished so much; the soft-spoken cornerback thinks his answers through and delivers with a rare confidence. Known for his speed, Routt has broken records running the fastest recorded 40-yard time (4.27 seconds). The UH alum played ball there for all 4 years and has lived in Missouri City since then. The 27-year-old shares that he knew he wanted to play football “when I was about 12 or 13. My dream was always to play in the NFL, but it didn’t become real I’d say till my junior year in college. But it was a definite dream of mine.” Had he not gone into the NFL Routt says, “I would have gone into law school. I wanted to be a lawyer and I would have gone into law school had I not gone into the league – and that’s still a dream of mine after I’m done playing ball.” But what he misses most about Houston is surprising. He doesn’t think about this one: “Oh man, I’d probably have to say the weather. The Bay Area is real cold. In the summertime it’s like 60 degrees, which a lot of people like, but me being from the South, I definitely miss the heat. I’d probably have to say the fast food places like Whataburger [he says, laughing]. Or like a Sonic, you know what I mean?” Routt’s favorite qualities about football are “the competition, the small margin for error – it makes you always have to be up on your game – and the team camaraderie. It’s the ultimate team sport.” Although young, Routt has been with the Raiders for six years. Would he like to play somewhere else? “Usually in today’s game you have free agency trades. I just finished my rookie contract, but because of the new collective bargaining that didn’t go in, I’m a restricted agent keeping me with the Raiders for another year.”

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When asked if he’d play elsewhere. Slowly and again with that confidence, he delivers…“Let’s just say anything is possible.”

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things i like love By Carla Valencia de Martinez

Love the idea of a detox, but fear that they usually involve colonics, strange diets or cayenne pepper? I tried the GliSODin Skin Nutrients Detox Formula for 15 days last month. The cleanse is supposed to “aid in weight loss of 6-8 pounds of water weight through proper excretion of toxins from the system with potent antioxidants and botanical extracts that cleanse eliminative pathways to speed up the metabolism while removing toxins to promote clear and radiant skin.” (giggle, giggle) Two packets a day is for an intense detox; I opted for the “lighter” cleanse of one packet a day. The concoction of French melon, berries, Chardonnay grapes, dandelion and nutra flora (which is an excellent source of soluble fiber that aids in digestion and water retention) didn’t taste too bad to me. I certainly had more energy, and my skin seemed to glow, plus I didn’t have to change my diet or give up a glass of red wine. The supply will cost you about $125 which is the equivalent of a facial, but last time I checked a facial won’t do much about that extra water weight. I recently discovered reBloom, a beauty sleep drink. Originally created by the founder for his wife whose sleeping issues had her taking Ambien™. He wanted a healthier option, so he created reBloom with the help of doctors and scientists. The elixir tastes like herbal tea and “of those that took reBloom, over 90% reported falling asleep faster and over 75% reported improved sleep quality, more sleep and feeling refreshed in the morning.” Beauty and sleep in the same super-cute Alice in Wonderland-esque bottle? I’m sold, plus I did sleep better the nights I took one.

Back in high school, one of my friends (you know who you are!) convinced me my bushy eyebrows had to be tamed. Off I went to get waxed and ended up with pencil-thin brows. They never grew back the same. Uneven arches and awkward uneven patches have reigned supreme. I’ve been using neuveauBrow for about a month and with its special formula of Apple Stem Cell Extract, peptides, proteins, vitamins and moisturizers, those patches are about to kiss my face buh-bye! Available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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I love the illustrations and simple message in An Awesome Book of Thanks, by Dallas Clayton.

I love the special kits beauty brands create just in time for the holidays. They are usually a better value than buying the pieces individually. Kate Sommerville’s Merry & Bright kit is just one of those. The kit’s three treatments work together to diminish uneven skin tone, age spots and freckles to leave you with brighter radiant skin. Available at Neiman Marcus.

ZENO – the creators of the handheld device to fight acne – recently launched the Heat Treat device. I couldn’t have gotten my hands on a sample on a better day. A monster of a blemish had reared its ugly head in the middle of my forehead! The device works with heat and vibration and kills 99.9% of acne-causing bacteria. Spread a thin layer of the serum with 1% Salicylic Acid and the sensation causes pores to open up driving the serum into the skin essentially killing acne. The rhythmic movement is calming, plus that zit shrank in time for a night full of events.

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destination By Carla Valencia de Martinez Photography by Michael Chilcoat

The Ranch at

Rock Creek,

just outside of Phillipsburg,

Montana THERE ARE FEW THINGS MORE AWE-INSPIRING THAN BEING IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY WITH MILES OF RANCH LAND SURROUNDING YOU. FROM THE PERFECT BLUE, CLOUDLESS SKY TO THE ROLLING MOUNTAINS COVERED WITH PINE TREES AND LIVESTOCK, MONTANA IS THE EPITOME OF VAST AMERICANA COUNTRY. IT IS A SIGHT TO SEE THE SUN RISING AT THE TOP OF A PEAK WITH YOUR HEAD IN THE FOG AS YOU FEEL THE MORNING DROPS OF DEW DISSIPATE. AND IT’S EQUALLY INSPIRING TO WATCH THE SUN SET OVER THE ROCKY RIVER OR SIT AROUND A CAMPFIRE MAKING S’MORES WHILE A RANCH HAND PLUCKS HIS GUITAR. The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana, encompasses over 65,000 acres of the most beautiful land this country has to offer. You might be thinking, ‘I’d rather go to Colorado.’ And although Colorado is beautiful, it is very different from this. A stay revolves around the Granite Lodge which sits on a ledge overlooking the main road. The reception area is here as well as one of the most welcoming Great Rooms around (think the Houstonian lobby but more intimate). The dining hall is here as well and although meals are planned, the choices on the menu are perfection. Chef Josh Drague creates the most exquisite meals using many items grown on site as well as locally available produce, meats and fish. The food was really on par with the whole experience, which can be rare. A day in the life of a meal at the ranch could be a choice of Rancher Omelets with potatoes, Miller Farms bacon, onions, parmesan cheese and Birdman toast; two farm eggs made to order with bacon and toast; Irish Steel-cut oatmeal with fresh seasonal fruit or cast iron granola with cinnamon-infused yogurt and fresh berries. Enjoy lunch outside overlooking the mountains with a substantial choice of organic mixed green salad with lemon olive vinaigrette, Hutterite chicken BLT with arugula pesto and steak frites or Pacific Northwest Dungeness crab cake sandwich with Siraracha aioli and steak frites.

Quite simply put, this whole article could be dedicated to Chef Drague’s execution in the kitchen along with his equally lovely staff. Dinner is the end to a perfect day of activity. Watermelon fennel arugula salad, with watermelon herb vinaigrette and Almethia goat cheese, will forever live on in the list of “best salad” of all time. Dinners are paired with equally well thought out wines. In this case, a White Haven Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough Valley, New Zealand. Main course saw a choice of Montana braised lamb shank with fig glace, candied squash, roasted butternut squash risotto and grilled asparagus or a potato-crusted Nantucket striped bass served with Peruvian green sauce and white cheddar grits (now here’s a place after the heart of a Southern gal!). But it’s not all food! The ranch has a store where you can borrow mountain bikes and all the accoutrements to take a toured biking trip or explore on your own. There’s also an impressive array of cowboy boots, hats, fly fishing shoes, suits and gear plus hiking boots and hats in sizes from children to adult. Attention to detail is not lacking here. (continued on page 46)

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trapper luxury canvas cabin interior

landing a cutthroat on rock creek

the silver dollar saloon

the bowling alley

the 14-foot hd screen

spa facility

Take a guide on a fly fishing trip and learn how to hook the fly. There are guests who come exclusively for this alone. Or, how about a morning of horseback riding with some of the most talented horsemen and women in the state? Don’t miss a sunrise hike to the Top of the World for an amazing experience. Mine included fog-covered peaks, with the sun rising in full force, but not before experiencing an impromptu lightning storm sprinkled with hail. There’s archery, paintball and sporting clays with shotgun instruction by Hank (or any of the other experienced staff) who can teach anyone to shoot. Now you can see why those meals are so important. And the best way to move around from the main house to the lodging options is by mountain bike. But that’s not all. Apart from the dining, the Granite Lodge houses the Silver Dollar Saloon with a four-lane bowling alley, pool table and 14-foot HD television. Plus the full-service spa is not to be missed. Your achy muscles will relish a hot stone massage. There’re also guided tours to the ghost towns located near by. The only problem you’ll have is deciding on your lodging. There are nine luxury suites located in the Granite Lodge as well as two authentic log cabins, plus the remote Trapper Tent which features a half cabin, half tent combo situated along the river.

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trapper luxury cabin

GETTING THERE -There are a number of FBOs located quite near the Ranch, including Butte/Bert Mooney Airport and Missoula International Airport -Marquis Jet is the Ranch’s official private air partner, -The Ranch offers a round-trip transfer for $300 or you can opt to rent a car and enjoy the picturesque drive.



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JOE LICATA | OWNER DISTILLERY-TWENTY 5 TWENTY | 2520 HOUSTON AVE. HOUSTON, TX 77009 Greg Scheinman is an insurance agent with Insgroup Inc. and the host of PROFILE on Houston PBS. PROFILE airs Thursday evenings at 10:30pm on PBS Ch.8. Greg can be reached at (

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE BAR/RESTAURANT BUSINESS? My family has been in the restaurant and bar businesses for three generations in Tampa, Florida. I grew up experiencing all aspects of the businesses. Through college, I worked for Houston’s Restaurant. Upon graduation, I landed a job in management at Carrabba’s. During this time, my favorite bar closed. With the demise of our hangout, came the revelation for my friend and me to open a place that we could enjoy. Not too big, not too small, just a place we could call our own. One day driving by the corner of Main and Alabama, I spotted a for-lease sign. I was immediately drawn to the place; two weeks later we signed the lease and the rest is history. Halloween of 1999, Kerry Pauly and I opened “Drink Bar.” The following year, we opened “BarFly” next door. TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR LATEST PROJECT? My latest project is Distillery – Twenty 5 Twenty, near the Washington corridor. It is a sports-themed restaurant joe licata | greg scheinman and bar. The concept is simple: build a comfortable place where one can get a good meal, especially thin crust pizzas, watch their favorite sports games and listen to good music. We sit on an acre of land surrounded by parks and lush green space with ample parking, outdoor patios and a second floor deck with views of our downtown skyline. With all the renovations, we’ve really transformed this location into an establishment that will make a significant contribution to this historic neighborhood. HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHICH PROJECTS TO DO? Two important factors that I look for with any project are timing and location. For Distillery – Twenty 5 Twenty, the timing was perfect. I feel that Houston Avenue, a major feeder into downtown, is poised for substantial development. Our Mayor and City Council have done an outstanding job improving the infrastructure of this area. I believe you will see more restaurants and retail being developed along this strip over the next few years. We separate ourselves from any competition by offering plenty of space for parking and outdoor activities. WHAT LESSONS HAVE YOU LEARNED THUS FAR? Over the years, I have learned many valuable lessons from persons and businesses that I hold in high regard. Three that come to mind are: -From Johnny Carrabba, I learned to always treat your customers as you would want to be treated. -From my years at Houston’s, I learned the value of teamwork in the workplace. I pride myself on being able to work every position in my establishment from dish-

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washer to cook to bartender. My staff know I wouldn’t ask them to do anything that I would not do myself. -Have good partners. We all work well together. Each of us contributes different components to the partnership and that equates to a recipe for success. We share the same common goals, our undying passion for this project and our commitment to the neighborhood. DO YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR MOTTO OR SAYING? It’s more of a philosophy than a motto, but it has served me well in my bar, restaurant and real estate endeavors. I always create an environment that I would enjoy. When Kerry Pauly and I opened our first two bars several years ago, we strived to open establishments that we would enjoy working and spending time in. In my townhome and single-family home construction business, I set out to build something that I would want to live in. And now with this project, I envisioned the type of place that I would frequent and enjoy. WHAT’S THE BIGGEST RISK YOU’VE TAKEN? This is definitely the biggest risk I have taken. We have had to overcome many obstacles along the way; however, we are seeing our vision become a reality and that makes this arduous journey worthwhile.

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Houston, the 4th largest city in the United States and the largest city in the state of Texas, continues to experience the vast benefits of annual events which not only celebrate the city’s diverse, rich culture, but bring to the forefront an array of economical, political and social issues to stimulate the minds of many and purposefully unite the masses. The city’s thriving visual and performing arts scene has taken a front seat in the minds of many arts enthusiasts; after all, H-Town is one of few U.S. cities that offer year-round resident companies in all major performing arts disciplines. And, following the success of the inaugural Cinema Arts Festival Houston in November 2009 – the only U.S. festival staunchly committed to films by and about visual, performing and literary artists – thousands of Houstonians and tourists alike can anticipate that the 2010 edition of this wondrous film celebration will be even sweeter, the second time around. The 2010 Houston festival will take place November 10-14 and at the helm is nationally recognized film programmer and visionary, Richard Herskowitz. Herskowitz, currently a professor of cinema studies at the University of Oregon, is no stranger to artistically directing film festivals, having directed the Virginia Film Festival from 1994 to 2008; additionally, he held a twelve-year directorial stint at Cornell Cinema, the media arts center at Cornell University, where he served as adjunct curator for film and video at the University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. A yearning to celebrate the vitality, boldness and diversity of the arts in Houston prompted former Mayor Bill White, in early 2008, to seek the leadership of Franci Crane – arts philanthropist, now Board Chair of Houston Cinema Arts Society – to implement a task force of arts enthusiasts (which included Herskowitz) and organizations to promote film production and the appreciation of same. And, the rest, as they say, is history – for promoting film production and entertainment in Houston. Per Herskowitz, “The task force met for over a year and came up with the concept of the Cinema Arts Festival Houston, launching a small pilot of the festival that same year to introduce the concept. I was brought on board to assist with the pilot, and remained with the team to spawn the inaugural piece in November 2009, which brought innovative, well-received film and media arts to a number of screening locations throughout the city. The hard work and dedication of the task force paid off – the festival was a huge success. Yet, to maximize continual success, it’s critical that I explore as many visual, performing and literary films and artists, as possible. I purposefully attend other film festivals across the country (Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, to name two of many), gathering what are deemed the best films in the arts produced in the past year, ranging from all genres of painting, poetry, music, dance and theater. As a gatekeeper of information, I tenaciously develop and cultivate partners (Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Aurora Picture Show, The Menil Collection, DiverseWorks, to name just a few), as well as work with as many cultural organizations and institutions as possible to more readily respond to the art interests within the city.”

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You Simply Don’t Want to Miss It. Each day of the 2010 festival, moviegoers will delight in one headliner attraction, as well as a multitude of additional films to be screened at Edwards Greenway, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Rice Media Center, Discovery Green, Houston Visitors Center and Freneti Core’s Frenetic Theater on Navigation Boulevard. Several films will also combine live performances and/or interactive stage dialogue featuring guest artists. Poetry lovers will relish in Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel’s film, Louder Than a Bomb, which premiered and won best film at the 2010 Cleveland International Festival and chronicles the world’s largest youth poetry slam in Chicago. The film explores passion, competition, teamwork and trust, and since its initial premiere has been sought after extensively by other festivals. Comprehension of complex ideals and Latin American customs will challenge moviegoers with director Miguel Coyula’s/producer David Leitner’s Memories of Overdevelopment, which debuted at the 2010 Sundance Festival and earned the Havana Star at the 2010 Havana-New York Film Festival. An experimental feature, the film illustrates an intellectual who leaves the Cuban revolution and “underdevelopment” behind to find himself at odds with the ambiguities of his new life in the “developed” world. One bona fide treat among the 2010 film features is Mark Landsman’s documentary, Thunder Soul, which merited the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2010. An inspiring tribute to Houston native and world-renowned musician and music educator, Conrad O. Johnson (affectionately known to many as “Prof”), the film recounts Johnson’s riveting work with the competitive Kashmere High School Stage Band in the late ’60s and ’70s and reunion band performance from February 2008. Following a free screening of the film at Discovery Green, the Kashmere Reunion Band will deliver a live performance at the 2010 festival. “Prof’s teaching techniques were truly ones to emulate,” says professional jazz musician Sylvester “Stank” LeBlanc, who formerly served as Assistant Stage Band Director for Kashmere High (’72-’77), and would later become the Stage Band Director (’78-’86) upon Prof’s retirement. “I can recall Prof’s unique process for identifying the band sections: The rhythm or foundation section (drums, piano, guitar and base); the power section (trombones); the brilliance section (trumpets); and the mellow section (saxophones) seemed to flow, effortlessly. Working alongside him was truly one of the greatest experiences of my life. And, the 2010 Film Festival couldn’t occur at a better time: Prof’s birthday was on November 15! So, I would strongly encourage all music lovers to commemorate this great man’s birthday, as well as his rich legacy of musical guidance, instruction and delivery by witnessing this production in November.”

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Nate Marshall perfomring "Look"


Several filmS will alSo combine live performanceS and/or interactive Stage dialogue featuring gueSt artiStS. Although the Sundance Film Festival has made an indelible mark in Utah as the largest independent cinema festival in the United States and the Miami International Film Festival continues to garner worldwide attention as a boutique yet exciting festival in South Florida, don’t underestimate the influence of Cinema Arts Festival Houston. And, with an exhilarating medley of new films, inimitable live music, captivating performing arts presentations and A-list celebrity appearances, the 2010 Cinema Arts Festival is sure to transcend Houston into the national cinema arts spotlight. Anticipate a fall season of memorable films to educate, enlighten and empower at the festival. You simply don’t want to miss it.

Steinmentz team performing "Counting Graves"

For film screenings, tickets and event information, please visit the Houston Cinema Arts Society website at

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tools+toys+ gadgets By Michael Garfield

YAP VOICEMAIL Listening to voicemails is a huge waste of time. That’s why apps that transcribe your voicemail to text are a godsend. I’ve tried several and the new Yap Voicemail app – available for the iPhone – is strong. It transcribes voicemails using only speechto-text technology (no humans), which allows it to offer the service for free (with ads at the bottom). The transcriptions are not perfect but Yap gets enough of the words right to figure out what the message is about. Every time you get a message, a notification pops up with the name of the caller and the beginning of the message. Since it is completely automated, the message appears almost immediately after it is left on your voicemail, just like a text message. You can respond via email, SMS or a phone call right from the app. Free |

ZOOM Q3HD – HANDY VIDEO RECORDER While pocket cams’ video quality has improved from “good enough” to really actually pretty damn good, audio quality has largely been ignored. The new Zoom Q3HD combines hi-def video with stereo mics for the full pocket cam package. It shoots 1080p video, has an HDMI port, and runs on two AA batteries. But what sets it apart are its built-in stereo condenser mics, capturing 24-bit/96kHz audio that can hold up even if you’re at a concert hoisting the thing above a mosh pit. Audio meters let you check your levels while you’re recording. On-the-go viewing is simple, as a turn of the camera on its side lets you watch your videos anywhere with its “widescreen” color LCD screen and built-in reference speaker. $299 |

iPHONE REMOTE CONTROL The ultimate remote control is the one most handy and nearby. So why not turn a gadget you almost always have near you into a remote controlling device? i-Got-Control is a plug-and-play accessory that turns an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad into a universal remote, allowing you to control virtually any infrared device – TVs, stereo systems and more – at home or on the go. It boasts more than 40,000 IR codes for consumer electronics worldwide and you can connect and control A/V components, lighting and HVAC systems with no Wi-Fi network, wires or batteries needed. $69.95 |

LOOXCIE If you’re obsessed with sharing your life in video, take a look at the Looxcie, a camcorder that you wear over your ear to enable hands-free video capture. The Looxcie connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth to record and share video (it also doubles as Bluetooth headset). For now, the device is compatible only with Android 2.0 phones, although compatibility with BlackBerrys and iPhones is coming soon. The small camera can be adjusted with its bendable ear loop to be worn on the right or left ear. When turned on, the camera continuously records video in the mp4 format and can store up to five hours of footage. The video is not the highest quality but it sure is convenient. Just remember to keep your head up. $199 |

MICHAEL GARFIELD is known as “The High-Tech Texan®.” His radio program airs on The 9-5-0 weekdays from 9am-11am and Saturdays 11am-2pm. Visit his website at Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @hightechtexan. 52. november 10 |

Photography by The Photo Boutique

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EVENT 3RD ANNUAL COUNTRY BALL WHY TO BENEFIT THE MISSION OF HOUSTON’S RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE WHERE FIREHOUSE SALOON WHEN AUGUST 21 More than 500 of Houston’s cowboys and cowgirls rounded up at the Firehouse Saloon for The Young Friends of Houston’s Ronald McDonald House 3rd Annual Country Ball. Kicking up their boots for a cause, guests partook in entertainment as big as the Lone Star State. The Mark McKinney Band started off the night and had party-goers two-steppin’ round the dance floor. Lucky guests lassoed silent auction items including a round trip to Chicago and a country legends autographed guitar. A barbeque contest boasted plenty of brisket, chicken, ribs and all the fixin’s for a Texas feast. Yeehaw!

Mason and Jennifer Woodard

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Chris and Kaylin Weber

Allison and Scott Redepenning, Matt and Malinda Mogas

Kim Bertrand, Christina Amos

Nicole Needle, Ryan Anderson

Jamie Fust, Neal Stephenson

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Imogene + Willie and Emil Erwin’s mail bag for J. Crew features lush leather (premium U.S. Steer hide, to be exact) and will be around long after you’re gone. This perfectly crafted bag is ideal for your laptop, books or other sundries, plus J. Crew is the only place you’ll find it, unless you’re headed to the Imogene+Willie shop in Tennessee.

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We’ve been experiencing perfect autumn weather lately which is excellent for taking Spike out for the Mutts and Moonlight Mixer at the Houston Arboretum but even he might need a little warmth. The Ralph Lauren Reversible Puffer Vest will keep your pup warm and stylish.

James Dean was never far from his leather jacket. Rag and Bone’s Café Racer Jacket was inspired by Dean’s jacket featured in those 1950’s films. The rugged and distressed leather looks like you’ve owned it for ages. Available at Saks.

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Billy Reid’s vintageinspired Olden boot combines classic styling of a wingtip loafer with a utilitarian boot. Available at Billy Reid.

A part of the Billy Reid + Levi collaboration, this mid-century-inspired Levi 501, a Raw Selvedge blue jean, is constructed from the same duck cloth as a recovered blacksmith’s apron found in the Levi’s archives in San Francisco.

Photography by Jenny Antill

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Event Chairs Scott Frankel and Trey Miller welcomed guests to Haven for a funfilled happy hour. Guests mixed and mingled, enjoyed some cocktails, but most importantly, helped raise a very substantial amount of money to help support the YES Prep Public Schools, an open-enrollment charter school system serving thousands of low-income students at eight Houston schools. Good job, guys – cheers to that!

Michel Miller, Lindsey Thomas

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Chris Barbic, Chef Randy Evans, Allison Poarch

Gavin Torabi, Mary Rambin

Travis Cassin and Brittany Hansen Cassin

Charles Brodsky, Jimmy Hinton, Trey Miller

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wise guy


IN THE 17 YEARS SINCE PEPPY LIFESTYLE PERSONALITY JONATHAN ADLER LAUNCHED HIS BRAND WITH SOME RETRO-GROOVY POTTERY PIECES, HIS DESIGN EMPIRE HAS GROWN TO INCLUDE STATIONERY, LINENS, BOOKS, TV HOSTING, INTERIOR DESIGN AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. ON MY RECENT TRIP TO PALM SPRINGS, I WAS IMPRESSED ONCE AGAIN BY HIS DESIGN FOR THE PARKER PALM SPRINGS HOTEL – EVERYWHERE YOU TURN, THERE’S A VISUAL “POP” THAT MAKES YOU SMILE AND SAY, “DAMN, I WISH I’D THOUGHT OF THAT.” Smiles (and sales) are what Adler is after. He calls his style of design “Happy Chic”– meaning your home should make you happy. He also believes that “When it comes to decorating, the wife is always right. Unless the husband is gay.” – which could be sort of a problem in his own home, since he’s married to Simon Doonan, Creative Director of Barneys New York. On November 18, 002houston magazine is proud to sponsor a personal appearance for Adler at Kuhl-Linscomb, beginning at 6 pm. Come by and meet the dapper designer, and have your pottery pieces signed. But first, let’s learn a little more about this Jersey boy made good. TM: How do you keep your ideas fresh? Where do you get your inspiration? JA: I get my inspiration from everything around me and it’s important to always be open to new ideas. I am inspired by everything from people, places, movies, friends . . . it’s all in the mix. TM: You’ve conquered pottery, textiles, hotel design, TV....what’s left for you? Do you have any goals you have not accomplished? JA: Of course! “I aim for global Happy Chic domination and will not stop until one can live a total Happy Chic life . . . TM: Which designers do you admire? David Hicks, Bjorn Wiinblad, Alexander Girard and Bonnie Cashin are my canon. I love them because they all had incredible style –bold, quirky, innovative, chic – and they all beautifully expressed the joy of creativity.

jonathan adler

TM: What do you do in your free time, if you have any? JA: Play ping pong with my husband, Simon Doonan, and snuggle with our terrier, Liberace. TM: What do you see as the next big trend in interior design? JA: I think the next big trend is that there are no trends – it’s all about individual style and taste and I’m happy to see that people are getting more and more daring when mixing it up. TM: Are you ever going to open a store in Houston? JA: One never knows!

TM: Why are you so attracted to Waspy things? JA: I suppose that Wasp style is fab because it’s so crisp and preppy and true Waspy style is all about ultra-bold colors.


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change a flat tire By Pixie Ibañez | Photography by Jaime Lagdameo


1) If you’re on the highway, turn your hazard lights on and exit carefully. Find a safe spot away from traffic, even if you have to drive for a little bit on a flat. Your life is more important than a rim. DON’T drive too long on a flat; it can damage your rim beyond repair. Just make sure you get a safe distance away from traffic and NEVER park on a hill! 2) Make sure you and your car are visible to oncoming traffic. DON’T stop to change a tire on a curve or dark area.

DON’T ever unscrew them all the way!

3) Put your gearshift in park and engage your hand brak before you start. DON’T follow this rule and your car can shift during the process making it a bit dangerous. 4) Put the emergency signalization (hazard triangle) at a safe distance from the car to give drivers plenty of time to maneuver around you. 5) Get your tools, i.e., spare tire, jack lift, lug wrench. 6) Once you remove the rim plate, put the lug wrench on the screws and apply counterclockwise pressure to LOOSEN only.

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7) Place the jack lift in the proper area; all cars have an assigned area so consult your owner’s manual. If not placed correctly, you can damage your car. DO MAKE SURE THE JACK LIFT IS ON A FIRM SURFACE TO AVOID SHIFTING. 8) Lift car and unscrew bolts. Take the flat off and replace with the spare. Place the bolts back and tighten them slightly. DO CHECK THE AIR PRESSURE ON THE SPARE BEFORE YOU REPLACE. 9) Bring the car down and proceed to strongly tighten the bolts.

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10) Pick up your tools and flat tire, and you are good to go!

DON’T forget your tools and hazard sign; this may pose a risk for others. REMEMBER: Have your tire fixed as soon as possible – you never know when you’ll get a flat again. But if you do, now you know what to do.

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restaurant listings houston | sugar land | the woodlands

american *17 | inside Hotel Alden 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8888

BRANCH WATER TAVERN 510 Shepherd Dr. 713.863.7777

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

BRC 519 Shepherd Dr. 713.861.2233

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

BYRD’S MARKET + CAFE 420 Main St. 713.225.0100 CAFE EXPRESS 12 convenient locations in Houston CANOPY 3939 Montrose Blvd. 713.528.6848

51fifteen 51FIFTEEN | inside Saks Fifth Avenue 5115 Westheimer. 713.363.8067 AMERICAS •1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.961.1492 •21 Waterway Ave. 281.367.1492 ARTISTA | inside the Hobby Center 800 Bagby. 713.278.4782 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 BEAVER’S 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328 BENJY’S •2424 Dunstan. 713.522.7602 •5922 Washington Ave. 713.868.1131 BISTRO ALEX 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., CityCentre 713.827.3545 BLOCK 7 WINE COMPANY 720 Shepherd Dr. 713.572.2565 BOOM BOOM ROOM 2518 Yale St. 713.868.3740 BOWL 607 Richmond. 832.582.7218

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

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

POLO’S SIGNATURE 3800 Southwest Frwy. 713.626.8100

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

POST OAK GRILL 1415 S. Post Oak. 713.993.9966

KUBO’S 2414 University Blvd. #200. 713.528.7878

QUATTRO 1300 Lamar. 713.276.4700 RDG | BAR ANNIE 1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.840.1111

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RUGGLES GREEN •2311 West Alabama. 713.533.0777 •CityCentre 713.464.5557

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

SHADE 250 W. 19th St. 713.863.7500

PAGODA [vietnamese] 4705 Inker St. 832.673.0400

TART CAFÉ 4411 Montrose. 713.526.8278

THE GROVE 1611 Lamar. 713.337.7321

GLASSWALL 933 Studemont. 713.868.7930

THE LAKE HOUSE 1600 McKinney. 713.337.7320

HAVEN 2502 Algerian Way. 713.581.6101

VOICE | Hotel Icon 220 Main. 832.667.4470

HEARSAY GASTRO LOUNGE 218 Travis St. 713.225.8079

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


AUNTIE CHANG’S DUMPLING HOUSE 2621 S. Shepherd. 713.524.8410

NOE Four Riverway. 713.871.8177

THE CHELSEA GRILL 4621 Montrose Blvd. 713.942.9857

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ZAKE 2946 S. Shepherd. 713.526.6888 ZUSHI 5900 Memorial Dr., #102. 713.861.5588

bar-b-que BEAVER’S 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328 BROOKSTREET BBQ 10705 Westheimer. 713.783.3600 GOODE COMPANY TX BARBECUE 5109 Kirby. 713.522.2530 PIZZITOLA’S BAR-B-CUE 1703 Shepherd. 713.227.2283

breakfast+coffee+ dinners+juice bars 11TH ST. CAFÉ 748 E. 11th St. 713.862.0089 ANTIDOTE COFFEE 729 Studewood. 713.861.7400 AVALON DRUG CO. & DINER •2417 Westheimer. 713.527.8900 •12810 Southwest Frwy. 281.240.0213 CAFÉ BRASIL 2604 Dunlavy. 713.528.1993

ra sushi

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

CAFÉ ROSÉ CityCentre 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. 713.827.3545 COCO’S CREPES 218 Gray St. 713.521.0700 CRAVE CUPCAKES 1151 Uptown Park Blvd. 713.622.7283

STRAITS [singaporean] 800 West Sam Houston Parkway N., 713.365.9922 CityCentre

DIRK’S COFFEE 4005 Montrose. 713.526.1319

SUSHI RAKU 3201 Louisiana. 713.526.8885

DON DIEGO COFFEE 208 Travis. 713.228.3560

UPTOWN SUSHI Uptown Park. 713.871.1200

EMPIRE CAFÉ 1732 Westheimer. 713.528.5282

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ISLAND GRILL & JUICE BAR • 4024 Bellaire Blvd. @ Weslayan | 713.665.5388 | • 5709 Woodway @ Bering | 713.334.4036 Cater and deliver! (limited area, based on availability) CATERING 713.256.5042 •We are a BYOB Restaurant. •We cook with extra virgin olive oil, 0 trans fat oil. •We use brown rice in our dishes. •Our fish is Wild caught from Norway and Alaska. •Our Beef is certified Angus Beef.

•Our NATURAL SMOOTHIES are made with real fruit and juices. No sugar added. •We proudly serve Boar´s Head deli meat. •We proudly serve Houston´s BEST N.Y. BAGELS. •BREAKFAST. LUNCH. DINNER.

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FOUNTAIN VIEW CAFÉ 1842 Fountain View. 713.785.9060

THIS IS IT SOULFOOD 207 W. Gray. 713.659.1608

RISTORANTE CAVOUR 1080 Uptown Park. 713.418.1000

GUADALAJARA DEL CENTRO 1201 San Jacinto. 713.650.0101

INVERSION COFFEE HOUSE 1953 Montrose, #A. 713.523.4866

TREEBEARDS •315 Travis. 713.228.2622 •1117 Texas. 713.229.8248 •1100 Louisiana. 713.752.2601 •700 Rusk. 713.224.6677

SPAGHETTI WAREHOUSE 901 Commerce @ Travis. 713.229.9715 A Warehouse Full of Food, Friends, Families and Fun! Great Kids Menu! Large and Small Groups Welcomed. Open 7 Days A Week. Deliveries and Catering Available.

HABANEROS MEX-GRILL 3017 Milam. 713.523.1010

VALENTINO Hotel Derek 2525 West Loop South. 713.850.9200

THE LEMON TREE [peru] •12591 Whittington. 281.556.0690 •207 Gray St. 713.655.0430

ISLAND GRILL + JUICE BAR •5709 Woodway. 713.334.4036 •4024 Bellaire Blvd. 713.665.5388 KRAFTSMEN BAKING 4100 Montrose, #C. 713.524.7272 MORE THAN CAKES 1100 West Dallas. 713.652.5132 RUSTIKA CAFÉ 3237 Southwest Frwy. 713.665.6226 SALENTO WINE CAFE 2407 Rice Blvd. 713.528.7478 SPRINKLES CUPCAKES 4014 Westheimer. 713.871.9929 SUGAR BABY'S CUPCAKES 3310 S. Shepherd. 713.527.8427 TAFT STREET COFFEE 2115 Taft. 713.522.3533 THE BREAKFAST KLUB 3711 Travis. 713.528.8561 THE BUFFALO GRILLE •3116 Bissonnet. 713.661.3663 •1301 S. Voss. 713.784.3663 THE COFFEE GROUNDZ 2503 Bagby. 713.874.0082 THE FRUIT PALETTE 2413 Rice Blvd. 713.523.7848 TINY BOXWOOD’S 3614 W. Alabama St. 713.622.4224

cajun+creole+ southern MARDI GRAS GRILL 1200 Durham. 713.864.5600

ZYDECO LOUISIANA DINER 1119 Pease. 713.759.2001

european BRASSERIE MAX + JULI [french] 4315 Montrose. 713.524.0070 CHARIVARI [european] 2521 Bagby. 713.271.7231 FEAST [european] 219 Westheimer. 713.529.7788 THE QUEEN VIC PUB [european] 2712 Richmond. 713.533.0022 OPORTO [european] 3833 Richmond. 713.621.1114

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

italian ARCODORO 5000 Westheimer. 713.621.6888 ARTURO’S Uptown Park. 713.621.1180 MIA BELLA 2006 Lexington. 713.237.0505 MINGALONE 540 Texas. 713.223.0088

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latin BODEGAS TACO SHOP 1200 Binz #160. 713.528.6102 CAFÉ PIQUET [cuban] 5757 Bissonnet. 713.664.1031 CYCLONE ANAYA’S [mex] 309 Gray St. 713.520.6969 EL MESON [cuban] 2425 University. 713.522.9306 EL PATIO [mex] •6444 Westheimer. 713.780.0410 •2416 Brazos. 713.523.8181 EL REY [cuban-mex] •233 Main. 713.225.1895 •910 Shepherd. 713.802.9145

IRMA’S [mex] •22 N. Chenevert. 713.222.0767 •1314 Texas. 713.247.9651


TINTOS [spanish] 2015 West Gray. 713.522.1330

Chip Hight, Stuart Rosenberg

LAS VENTANAS [mex] 14555 Grisby Rd. 281.752.6990

las ventanas LUCIO’S [new american latin] 905 Taft. 713.523.9958

EL TIEMPO CANTINA [mex] •3130 Richmond. 713.807.1600 •5602 Washington.713.681.3645 •1308 Montrose. 713.807.8996

MARIA SELMA [mex] 1617 Richmond. 713.528.4920

FREEB!RDS WORLD BURRITO 9 Houston locations Catering 888.392.2287

Love dining downtown? Hate dealing with parking? Well, worry no more! The sultry downtown steakhouse, Strip House, recently announced they would be offering complimentary valet service. Strip House fans were so excited, they decided to throw a party to celebrate the exciting news. Guests toasted to free valet and the debut of the new bar menu. Pretty awesome!

TILA’S [mex] 1111 S. Shepherd. 713.522.7654

EL TACO TOTE 6154 Westheimer. 713.706.3233

EL TORO [mex] 11920 Westheimer. 281.920.4840


Jared and Caroline LeBlanc

NINFA'S THE ORIGINAL 2704 Navigation Blvd. 713.228.1175 OCEAN’S [mex] 819 W. Alabama. 713.520.7744

Randall Davis, David Thomas


Gustavo Riofrio, Graciela Saldivia, Galo Saldivia

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DIEGO'S [mex] 1421 Preston. 713.236.1300

PINK’S PIZZA •710 West Gray. 713.521.7465 •1403 Heights. 713.864.7465

CHANDNI RESTAURANT [steak] 11102 S. Highway 6. 281.530.9200

RIOJA [spanish] 11920 Westheimer. 281.531.5569

STAR PIZZA •77 Harvard. 713.869.1241 •2111 Norfolk. 713.523.0800

CUPCAKE CAFE 16525 Lexington Blvd. 281.242.2744

steak+chops samba grille

FLEMING’S •788 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. 713.827.1120 •2405 W. Alabama. 713.520.5999

SAMBA GRILLE (south american) 530 Texas. 713.343.1180 TACOS A GO-GO 3704 Main. 713.807.8226 YELAPA PLAYA MEXICANA 2303 Richmond Ave. 281.501.0391

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

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

pizza BOMBAY PIZZA CO. 914 Main St. 713.654.4444 CANDELARI’S 6002 Washington. 832.200.1474 DOLCE VITA PIZZERIA ENOTECA 500 Westheimer. 713.520.8222 FRANK’S PIZZA 417 Travis. 713.225.5656


GRIMALDI'S PIZZERIA 16535 Southwest Freeway. 281.265.2280 JAPANEIRO'S SUSHI BISTRO & LATIN GRILL 2168 Texas Dr. 281.201.5294 LA MADELEINE FRENCH BAKERY & CAFE 2675 Town Center Blvd. N. 281.494.4400

LAURENZO’S GRILLE 4412 Washington. 713.880.5111

NAPA GRILLE URBAN WINE BAR 14019 Southwest Freeway. 281.277.2599

MO’S 1801 Post Oak Blvd. 713.877.0720

PERRY'S GRILL 2115 Town Square. 281.565.2727

MORTON’S •5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 •1001 McKinney. 713.659.3700

PHO MAI NOODLE HOUSE 16200 Kensington Dr. 281.491.1528

PAPPAS BROS. STEAKHOUSE 5839 Westheimer Rd. 713.780.7352 SHULA'S STEAKHOUSE Hyatt Hotel 1200 Louisiana St. 713.375.4777 SPENCER’S STEAKS + CHOPS 1600 Lamar. 713.577.8325

STRIP HOUSE 1200 McKinney. 713.659.6000

SUGAR LAND AMICI RISTORANTE [italian] 16089 City Walk Drive. 281.242.2800

RAJIN CAJUN 16100 Kensington Dr. 281.277.0704 THAI COTTAGE II 4723 Sweetwater Blvd. 281.313.0707

Fleming’s recently launched a new luxury cocktail menu including concoctions from Savory to Sweet. A star on the menu is the CAIPIRINHA COOLER made with premium Cabana Cachaça and muddled with fresh seasonal fruits – think late harvest stone fruits to crisp, first of the season autumn favorites. Stop by RA Sushi from now thru November 15 and order the ONEHOPE and Pink Roll to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF). RA will donate 100 percent of the profits from the sale of the “ONEHOPE and Pink Roll” special to the foundation.

THE BURNING PEAR 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925

CAFE DI FIORE [italian] 10110 Woodlands Pkwy., Ste. 900. 281.298.1228

WASABI JAPANESE GRILL + SUSHI BAR 14019 Southwest Freeway. 281.242.3899

DICKEY'S BARBECUE PIT 10700 Kuykendahl Road. 281.298.8422

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

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


BROOKSTREET BBQ 1418 Highway 6. 281.313.4000

BENIHANA [asian] 1720 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.292.0061

CAFE INDIA 2319 Williams Trace Blvd. 281.565.5881

BROOKLYN CAFÉ [american] •4775 W. Panther Creek Dr. 281.298.7488 •3091 College Park Dr. 936.273.8880

CARRABBA'S ITALIAN GRILL 2335 Highway 6. 281.980.4433


P F CHANG'S CHINA BISTRO 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr. 281.203.6350 SITAR CUISINE OF INDIA 25701 Interstate 45. 281.364.0200

GENGHIS GRILL [asian] 9300 6 Pines Drive. 281.363.4745 GURI DO SUL STEAKHOUSE 1400 Research Forest Dr. 281.907.4146

SWEET BELLA ITALIAN KITCHEN 202 Sawdust Road. 832.585.0066 THE MELTING POT 19075 Interstate 45. 936.271.7416 TIN STAR [american] 300 Six Pines Drive. 281.465.9800

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

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"KEEP CalM and dinE On" dine write

1. Royal Fish and Chips 2. Shepherd’s Pie 3. Hydroponic Greens Salad 4. Three-Chili and Cashew Paneer

By Beatrice Valencia Photography by Kim Coffman


THE QUEEN VIC PUB & KITCHEN 2712 Richmond. Houston, TX 77098 | 713.533.0022




Tuesday-Friday 3 pm-Midnight Saturday-Sunday 4 pm-Midnight


bar bites • Short Rib Samosa- Beer braised short rib with tamarind-sweet and sour chutney $9 • Lamb Keema Croquettes- Organic lamb enveloped with whipped Yukon gold potatoes. Served with a green pea chutney $9

sharing plates • Buck Rarebit- Queen Vic’s take on the English classic. Grilled Texas toast topped with cheddar mornay and sautéed spinach, baked with a fried egg. Served with tomato-sweet neem jam $9 • Peanut Chicken Tikka- Free Range chicken breast pieces marinated in yogurt and spices, then roasted in Tandoor oven. Tossed with spiced crushed peanuts and served with Raita $11

buns • English Burger- Special blend grassfed beef mix, homemade B&B pickles, English cheddar, Coleman’s mustard, red onion, tomato and butter lettuce. Served on oversized toasted English muffin. Served with housecut “chips”.... add bacon $1.00, $10 • Indian Kebab Burger- Masala spiced ground lamb burger,Texas blue goat cheese, tomato, shredded red cabbage, tomato chutney, butter lettuce, Raita, on naan bun. Served with housecut “chips” $12

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Once inside, mahogany wood bar tables, dining tables, chairs and stools dot the dining room and bar area. To the right of the entrance you’ll see a dramatic crown chandelier in a private room with a long community table for special or large parties. From little chandeliers above the bar tables to ornate red wallpaper with gold scroll detail, the personality of this pub is more regal chic than rowdy Manchester United fan-ish. Open for high tea and offering artisanal cocktails, craft beer taps, royal fish and chips, English flair is littered throughout. Even the main hallway to the bathroom greets you with a “keep calm and dine on.” The owners, who brought you Oporto, spared no detail to bring you as authentic an experience as possible without crossing the pond. The menu is a combination of English and Indian fare rolled into one, housed under the same roof. Luckily for those, like me, not very versed in either fares a description of the dish is detailed under the title. Our waiter who happened to be the bartender as well was also very helpful. From flavors to expect on the menu to figuring out which craft beer we’d

most enjoy, if you need advice it never hurts to have knowledgeable staff. We started with a spread that included vegetable samosas, three-chili and cashew paneer and a hydroponic green salad. While this order was in, we perused the cocktail selection. We customized a flight of their craft beers that included an IPA (India Pale Ale) and an ESB (Extra Special Bitter) and ordered a couple artisanal cocktails to sample, like the rooibos punch. I took a liking to the Fuller’s ESB in our flight experiment. It’s golden ale with a light but flavorful taste. A note, they serve half pints in case you can’t take a whole one of these flavorful brews. The rooibos punch is sweet and packs a punch. Hence it comes in pitcher/jar and serves 2 to 3. Poured into mini-glasses, all these little details are strategic to minimize its effect. It’s part alcohol to part tea making a potent combination. Luckily the vegetable samosas arrived hot from the kitchen with our three-chili and cashew paneer and salad. The crispy samosas are packed with carrot, potato, peas and onion and

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4 served with a side of roasted tomato sweet chutney for dipping. The savory and sweet combination is a crowd favorite. The three-chili cheese paneer is fresh paneer cheese that is pan roasted with chilis, veggies, toasted cashews and spices, served with naan (leavened oven-backed flatbread) and riata (cucumber and yoghurt sauce for cooling). Very flavorful with cumin notes, a second order of freshly made naan was needed in order for us to devour all the bits of cubed paneer with riata. The salad was our attempt to get some greens in the midst of all this flavorful, bread, fried goodness. Served with cashews, tomato, avocado, red onion, green apple and pomegranate seeds drenched in a sweet peach vinaigrette, I was pleased to taste that the addition of salads was not just an afterthought on the menu for the weight conscious. The ingredients were fresh and the flavor was light but citrusy; we were left stabbing for more greens in delight once we polished it off. For our main dish, we ordered a regular and true gauge of character, the royal fish and chips and the chicken and wild mushroom potpie. The catch of the day (halibut on our day) is dipped in a house-spiced beer batter and fried golden with fresh cut fries served with vinegar, ketchup and mayonnaise for condiments. Fried perfectly golden and crisp, the halibut inside was tender and hot. Happy it was not cod, this version is perfection. In between fighting over the last fries and fish bites, you’re better off not sharing this delish dish. Now, the chicken and wild mushroom potpie was a special on out visit but only out of the sheer size and filling capacities of this dish do we suggest you share. The tender strips of chicken and carrot bits with pieces of golden pastry in a sauce that is like being wrapped in a warm fuzzy sweater on a frigid cold day is irresistible. Even after we’d put our forks down, you couldn’t help but steal one more morsel. Per recommendation, for dessert we went with the Basmati crème brulee. It’s a rice pudding, crème brulee marriage. Nicely creamy but not custardy, the rice provides an opposing texture to this vanilla delight. This beautifully quaint pub provides real treats from across the pond without having to leave the loop. If you want regal dishes, in a chic atmosphere with English flair look no further than Queen Vic’s. “Keep calm and Dine on.”

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the chef’s special Photography by Anthony Rathbun


restaurant irma’s | cuisine mexican | 22 n chenevert st, houston, tx 77002 | 713.222.0767 thursdays 8-10, fridays 8-10, saturdays 4-10 |





FAVORITE LATE NIGHT SPOT FOR A BITE? Niko Niko’s. BEST BREAKFAST? The Goode Co. BEST BRUNCH? Baba Yega’s. WHAT INGREDIENT CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT IN THE KITCHEN AND WHY? Fresh garlic, red onions, cilantro, fresh jalapenos – makes good fresh salsa. WHAT UTENSIL CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT? My mother’s molcajete. WHAT’S YOUR PET PEEVE? When my waiters are not on top of my customers.

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FAVORITE AFFORDABLE WINE? Groth, it’s a great California wine. FAVORITE PLACE FOR DESSERT? Cheesecake Factory. WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHEF, RESTAURANT AND DISH? Chef Randy Evans at Haven.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST, TELL US YOUR WORST CLIENT EXPERIENCE? When the owners of Felix’s Restaurant, Mrs. Tijerina (when she was alive) visited the restaurant she stumbled and fell and hurt her forehead and immediately started bleeding. We sat her down and put a wet cloth with ice to the cut and finally her bleeding stopped. I thought for sure she was filing suit but she was very gracious and told me not to worry. She was a fine lady!

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new restaurants By Beatrice Valencia




8 Photography by Clark Lara




1302 NANCE ST. | 713.229.8369

12151 WESTHEIMER RD. | 281.558.0416

530 TEXAS AVE. | 713.343.1180







Located right next door to our offices, it’s only natural we test out the new spot. Many cuisines have inhabited the space from Japanese to hamburgers to American fusion but THIS SOUTH AMERICAN SPECIALTY WITH CEBICHE BAR IS THE MOST IMPRESSIVE. An extension from their Latin Bites catering, this café is their jump into bricks and mortar. For lunch we started with the sashimi tiradito tres sabores and papas a la crema.The bread basket isn’t your ordinary bread, folks. Yucca and cheese are mixed into the dough to make little rounds of hot, deliciousness. Try the sashimi sampler with white seasonal fish in three cream sauces, traditional lime pepper, aji Amarillo and rocoto pepper. Unbelievable fresh fish that melts like butter is tucked under the various sauces. Citrus flavors note all three sauces. Make sure to try the sweet potato and the Peruvian corn kernel, choclo, garnish; it provides a nice crunchy texture to the buttery fish. The papas a la crema were three sliced golden potato halves drenched in three creamy cheese sauces made of rocoto pepper, aji Amarillo pepper and cilantro. I must admit I was lost on the sauce situation. Not deterred by my ignorance, I tasted everything trying to educate myself on the flavors; our waitress was beyond knowledgeable, answering our every inquiry. Essentially, various peppers heavily used in Peruvian cuisine make up most of the sauces you’ll try. From, what we tasted, these aren’t like jalapeno, Serrano, chipotle hot peppers. These provide simple flavor that is awakened with a citrus punch. For our entrée we dined on the lomo saltado and rather than have it served with white rice and potatoes (as on the menu), we ordered some arroz chaufa especial. The lomo saltado is traditional Peruvian sautéed beef tenderloin, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, soy sauce and garlic made in a stirfry style. The flavor is savory and the meat is cooked to tender perfection. The rice, also Chinese-inspired was fried with chicken, beef, pork in a special soy sauce. The cuisine, although Latin, is heavily influenced from Asian, European and African dishes composed of traditional South American ingredients and flavors. The fusion provides a meal you won’t soon forget. NOTE: BYOB. Reasonable prices for an exceptional meal, knowledgeable service and exceptional presentation.

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This cafeteria-style deli is sure to wow you with its notso-cafeteria look and specialty cuisine. The décor with its golden tones with green touches is warm and inviting. It might be the happiest and most inviting cafeteria you’ve been in … ever. A separate coffee bar/dessert area is available for those just looking to snack. Through the line you can order hummus, tabouli, babaganouj, tzatziki, all the dips, sauces, extra fixings you’d like to dress up your meal. You can also pick up salads and shawarma sandwiches. Other specialty items will have you getting a number for a brief second to be delivered to you when ready. Being that my sister is a huge fan, I would’ve imagined I’d been here before. She “lives” at their market. ON THIS, MY FIRST VISIT, I WAS TURNED INTO A PHOE-NATIC. I tried all the extras mentioned above plus the Muhammarra, which is my favorite. It’s a roasted red pepper, pomegranate and walnut dip that is awesome with anything. It’s a sweet touch to the savory dishes. I tried the Chicken Shawarma first. Wrapped in a pita, slowcooked chicken breast, carved and dressed with potato, tomato and their freshly whipped garlic sauce is otherworldly! The Beef version is served with marinated beef slices, onion, tomato and their sumac and tahini sauce. Both very different but outstanding in flavors. This resonated in all dishes. From the falafel salad to Arpi’s salad, everything is a must-have. Don’t skimp on dessert either. Their coffee creations and desserts are the perfect ending to a delicious meal.

LOCATED IN BAYOU PLACE IN A PRIME SPOT BETWEEN MINGALONE AND VERIZON THEATRE, BRAZILIAN/SOUTH AMERICAN CUISINE IS JUST WHAT THIS SPOT WAS MISSING. If you want to dine al fresco or prefer the comfort of indoors dining, both options are available. We stopped in for lunch on a beautifully mild day and opted to dine outside with a view of the theatre, the sky and trees. Although downtown, it still felt open rather than sandwiched between buildings. After ordering our beverages we were served a basket of cheese bread. Three round little balls were hot, doughy with cheese and delightful. We started with a ceviche with fresh shrimp, snapper, julienned peppers and a sprinkle of cilantro, all drenched in lime juice. It was citrusy but not tart, and the quality was as fresh as it should be for a dish that is technically “cooked” in lime juice. For my entrée I had the tamarind salmon. A grilled tamarind glazed salmon filet is served in a tamarind reduction accompanied by coconut rice and seasonal grilled vegetables. My salmon was cooked to perfection. Seared on the outside but pink in the middle, I made an effort to eat it all! The glaze is a savory touch to the sweet coconut rice. It’s literally rice in coconut milk not to be confused with dry rice with coconut flavor. My grilled zucchini and carrots were beautifully presented with grill marks but still crunchy. (Not a fan of mushy veggies.) Thinking we were almost done, we were told we had to taste the tres leches and there we were, fork deep in the most delicious slice I’ve had in a very long time. The leche is a thicker, creamier consistency and the flavor is much richer and complex than others I’ve had in the past. This Brazilian Churrascaria with some South American delights is a true treat in the heart of Downtown.

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EVENT BE FIERCE & FABULOUS SOIRÉE WHY TO BENEFIT HOUSTON PETSET WHERE OMNI HOUSTON HOTEL WHEN SEPTEMBER 11 More than 240 Pet lovers gathered at the Omni Houston Hotel to support the 8th Annual Houston PetSet Soiree – it was a furry good time! Event chairs Tim Moloney, Moniczka Latigo and Andrew Seerden teamed up to support Houston PetSet, an organization that raises funds for animal rescue and animal welfare. Guests danced the night away with DJ Sun and enjoyed a lavish buffet dinner decked with a slider station and a sushi station… so good! The highlight of the evening was auctioneer Jeff Smith whipping the crowd into a bidding war for the luxury Costa Rica mansion vacation, with Tyson Faust emerging as the winner.

Compiled by Pixie Ibañez

Events / Photo Credit BE FIERCE + FABULOUS SOIRÉE Hunter Jones for NOVALASH’S NEW AD CAMPAIGN LAUNCH PARTY Photography John Tran FIFTH ANNUAL HOUSTON FREE DAY OF YOGA Roswitha Vogler for SOUTHERN BRED LUXURY Bernard Bauri for HOUSTON FASHION WEEK + 002HOUSTON AFTERPARTY AT SANCTUARY Jaime Lagdameo Federico Villamayor + Bernard Bauri for

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EVENT NOVALASH’S NEW AD CAMPAIGN LAUNCH PARTY WHY SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY JESSIE JAMES WHERE EI8HT WHEN SEPTEMBER 17 NOVALASH celebrated its international celebrity ad campaign for Fall/Winter 2010 with a launch party at EI8HT. The red carpet was lined with photographers, swag bags full of makeup awaited with gifts from The Lash Co., and a celebrity appearance by one of Maxim’s hottest women in the world – Jessie James. EI8HT was definitely the place to be seen that night. Partygoers enjoyed a surprise performance by Jessie James, country recording artist and official spokesmodel for NovaLash, who sang along to the remix of her hit song, “Wanted,” alongside DJ Kyle Berg.


EVENT FIFTH ANNUAL HOUSTON FREE DAY OF YOGA WHY FOR YOGA’S SAKE WHERE DISCOVERY GREEN WHEN SEPTEMBER 6 The Houston yoga community celebrated the Fifth Annual Houston Free Day of Yoga with an opening event at Discovery Green. From sunrise to sunset, participating studios across the city offered free classes as a way for people of every age and every fitness level to try yoga for the first time and share the experience with family and friends. The event was not only fun; Free Day of Yoga was the perfect way to get in shape and enjoy the outdoors. Gotta love it! november 10 | .71

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More than 350 fashion and luxury car aficionados convened at Porsche Audi West for the Southern Bred Luxury: Billy Reid Fall 2010 Fashion Show. The event was hosted by 002houston magazine and Porsche Audi West in conjunction with Fashion Houston 2010. The place was buzzing with anticipation! The stage was decorated with furniture from BJ Oldies Antiques, to give it that Billy Reid-esque feel. Gorgeous baby blue hydrangeas set in quaint antique vases provided a southern touch to the décor, courtesy of Houston Flowery. Page Parkes models took the stage strutting down the runway at a more relaxed pace, allowing spectators to truly admire the Fall 2010 Collection. Guests nibbled on an array of delicious bites from Las Ventanas Restaurant, Ruggles Green, RA Sushi, Freebirds and the Fruit Palette. Outdoors, a Stogie’s World Class Cigars lounge provided guests with the perfect spot to chillax while sipping on some Maker’s Mark and TYKU signature cocktails. Beer lovers flocked to the Stella Artois bar; where each beer was poured using their trademark 9-Step Pouring Ritual. As a token of appreciation, guests got to keep the beautiful Stella Artois chalice as a souvenir. After all that smoking, drinking, eating and mingling, nothing tasted better than an ice-cold bottle of SmartWater for the ride home. Awesome! Thanks to Hasti Taghi from KPRC Local 2 for being such a wonderful emcee!

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EVENT HOUSTON FASHION WEEK SPONSORED BY AUDI OCTOBER 11–14 , 2010 AND 002HOUSTON AFTERPARTY AT SANCTUARY Never have so many fashionistas from all walks of life taken over thw Wortham Theater Downtown as they did for this 4-evening fashion explosion. Houston Fashion Group pulled off the first ever Houston-based and created fashion week without a hitch. Granted there were glitches to be had, tweaks to be made, but all-in-all most were happy. From local stars like Cesar Galindo, Chloe Dao, Toni Whitaker, transplant David Peck with local Elaine Turner accessories, to visitors like Marc Bauer, Lela Rose, Christian Siriano, to so many more– fashion descended on the Space cCity like Neil Armstrong planted a flag in it! Congrats to all involved, and hears hoping that this isn’t a one-time affair. On October 13, the city’s bestdressed descended to Sanctuary on Washington after the shows, that’s if you got the invite! The lounge was bursting at the seams with people spilling out to the entry red carpet all night long. Cesar Galindo, Chloe Dao and Marc Bauer were among the designers spotted. Moet Chandon and Belvedere poured without end while local hipsters relished the excitement of fashion in town.


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club+lounge review By Travis Jones Photography by Daniel Ortiz

BOONDOCKS | FALLING FOR THE WRONG TYPE NEVER FELT SO GOOD 1417 westheimer, houston, tx 77006 | 713.522.8500 |



Exclusive in its non-exclusivity, this delightful little hovel doesn’t waste time with appearances. If you were worried about the way a place looked, or the way you looked for stepping inside, you’d be at a church potluck fundraiser and not a bar, wouldn’t you? Going from the Westheimer demolition derby down a quiet alleyway and then getting sucked into a world of rockabilly, old-school hip-hop, blues and new wave is like taking a Quantum Leap into coolness sans Scott Bakula. The delicious salad of tunes the place tosses around, as enjoyable as it is from the vantage point of a dimly lit, street art-covered Houston alleyway, gets even better with what you’ll find inside. Or better yet, what you won’t find. No valet. No cover. No judgmental door guy. No floor polish. No disco ball. No 50 micro-brew choices. No exotic fruits in your martini. No neck ties. No Christian Audigier. No Bieber. No problem. A wooden floor and warhorse of a bar invites you in through the lonely front door. The guys behind it are quick with a handshake and take a no-nonsense approach to their nightly grind. You didn’t come here to posture socially and wax philosophical. You came here to have a few drinks without breaking the bank, laugh too loud, sing off-key and cut loose after a long week slaving for The Man. A happy hour from 58 that includes $1 wells and $2.50 drafts gets you there. Bathed in a crimson glow from cathouse chandeliers, a diverse crowd of hipsters, artists, musicians and nine-to-fivers flock to this little clubhouse every night, but what really brings the crowds are the eclectic events Boondocks promotes. If you pay $50 for the privilege of seeing your favorite rocker on stage from 50 yards away, you

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might as well just watch it on the tube and pay four bucks less for that beer. At Boondocks though, whether you’re there for a 90’s Dance Party, a Skessions art exchange or to catch H-Town blues legend Little Joe Washington wail on some strings, ‘Docks puts you at eye level with an array of artistic processes. From underground hip-hop shows featuring Squincy Jones’ Houston-brand “Nintendub” (Google it) every first and third Thursday, to free bbq, music from Grrrl Talk and raucous karaoke on Sundays, it’s all going down upstairs at ’Docks. If you need to get away without being too far from the action, there’s a kickin’ little patio area to post up in as well. High walls around it afford views of nothing but a starless Houston sky and a few light posts, but in the heart of the urban jungle, beggars, and those who indulge in an occasional smoke with their gravelly blues, can’t be choosers. The clientele at Boondocks would have it no other way. Bars are like people. At the end of the day, some are flashy and love the limelight, some are jocks, some are born to dance and some are just there. No matter your favorite, there will always be something irresistible about the mysterious figure on a motorcycle in a leather jacket smoking a cig in the alleyway or that girl who moves just a little too fast for Mom’s approval. I think I’m in love.

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recording By Lance Scott Walker Photography by Anthony Rathbun

IF EVER THERE WERE AN EXAMPLE OF THE BARRIERS OF HIP-HOP FINALLY BREAKING DOWN, IT MIGHT BE THE NICEGUYS. “FROM HOUSTON…” IN RESPECT TO HIP-HOP CAN HAVE CONNOTATIONS ACROSS THE BOARD, BUT THE NICEGUYS MANAGE TO AVOID ALL OF THEM IN DESCRIPTION. A COMPARISON, ESPECIALLY LOCALLY, ESCAPES YOU. AND THAT’S GOOD. The video for “Not At All” serves as a sort of parody of this kind of cartoon that hip-hop videos have become, for better or for worse. Do you think that the ‘art’ of the music video has left us, or that there is life yet to be breathed back into it? Free: I definitely don’t think the art of the music video has left us. There are still lots of great directors out there, and there are great ones that are up and coming. We just feel like most of the lame directors who make the same video over and over are getting the most attention, so we basically wanted to make fun of them. Plus we wanted to do something fun and lighthearted. Hip-hop is too serious at times, and we just wanted to crack some jokes and give people a taste of our personalities. I think we accomplished that. Yves Saint: My stance on this applies to music as a whole, as well as to the art of the video: The ‘art’ of the music video hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s more so that, barring cases like Kanye West, a lot of that art isn’t at the forefront of what people are seeing.

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THE NICEGUYS left to right: Yves Saint, Cristolph, DJ Candlestick, and Free

Hopefully with growing resources we will be able to make more focused and poignant visual interpretations of our music. DJ Candlestick: A lot of the videos nowadays have gone down in creativity, but there are still a good number of artists that take pride and put time into their visual projects. Do you plan to continue pushing in that direction and to make more videos? Free: We just want to continue to push the envelope creatively. We’re blessed to have a young visionary in Danny Ocean who is only 21 years old and continues to learn and improve at his craft. We’re not going in a certain direction; all we know is that we want our videos to continue to get better. And continue make us look really cool, haha. Cristolph: We make what we think looks good and feels good. Not to say that we aren’t influenced, because we are, but we as a group are more so influenced by real life situations going on around us than by other music videos.

How about the art of the EP? You released The Green Room last year and by the time this interview has run, The Show will have dropped. Is an EP a predecessor for an album, a way to unload tracks or just a different taste of your sound? Free: The Green Room was something we did because we wanted an official body of work out to hold people down until the album. That was honestly the main reason. Plus the fact that we wanted to get people familiar with The Niceguys musically, which in return got people really anticipating The Show. There wasn’t really that much thought behind it; we just kinda did it and put it out. I think EPs are great though; they’re like an appetizer before your meal. We all know that hip-hop fans have attention deficit disorder, so EPs are a great way to keep them interested and still be able to take time to develop your main project. Yves Saint: An EP, rather our EP, was a way to prepare people’s palates for what we had to offer. People are still getting to know us, so The Green Room was a segue for our formal introduction, The Show.

The Niceguys debut album, “The Show,” is out this month.

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DIVE LOUNGE |inside the Aquarium L 410 Bagby St. 713.223.3474

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFÉ B LM 909 Texas Ave. 713.224.5299

ETTA’S LOUNGE L LM 5120 Scott. 713.528.2611 FLYING SAUCER B 705 Main St. 713.228.7468 HOUSE OF BLUES B LM 1204 Caroline. 1.888.40.BLUES

SHADOW BAR C 213 Milam. 713.221.5483 SHAY MCELROY’S B 909 Texas Suite A. 713.223.2444 STATE BAR & LOUNGE B+L 909 #2-A Texas. 713.229.8888 THE BREWERY TAP B 717 Franklin. 713.237.1537

JET LOUNGE L LM 1515 Pease. 713.659.2000

THE B.U.S. SB 1800 Texas. 713.222.2287

LA CARAFE W 813 Congress. 713.229.9399

TOC BAR C 711 Franklin. 713.224.4862

LIVE SPORTS CAFÉ SB 407 Main. 713.228.5483 LONE STAR SALOON B 1900 Travis. 713.757.1616

VENUE C+L 719 Main. 713.236.8150 your guide to the best of houston

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BAR 12•21 MORTON’S L F 5000 Westheimer. 713.629.1946 BLANCO’S B F 3406 W. Alabama. 713.439.0072 BELVEDERE L 1131 Uptown Park. 713.552.9271 BLVD 610 LOUNGE B+L 3005 West Loop. 832.875.3997 THE BLACK SWAN |Omni Hotel C 4 Riverway. 713.871.8181

DEAN’S CREDIT CLOTHING B 316 Main. 713.227.3326 deanscreditclothing

EIGHTEEN TWENTY B 1820 Franklin. 713.224.5535


CLUB 26 TEN C F 2610 Sage. 713.974.4000

WINETOPIA w 6363 San Felipe St. 832.858.1149

heights + washington 360 SPORTS LOUNGE SB 4061 Washington. 713.667.0398

ABSOLVE WINE LOUNGE l 920 Studemont St., #150 281.501.1788

BEER ISLAND B W L 2631 White Oak. 713.862.4670

BOOM BOOM ROOM B F 2518 Yale. 713.868.3740 boomboomroomhouston

1919 Briar Oaks Ln. 713.403.2631 RICHMOND ARMS B 5920 Richmond. 713.784.7722 ROXY C 5851 W. Alabama. 713.850.ROXY THE TASTING ROOM W •1101-18 Uptown Park. 713.993.9800 •2409 W. Alabama. 713.526.2242 WILD WEST C 6101 Richmond. 713.266.3455

PORCH SWING PUB B 69 Heights. 713.880.8700


BLUE LABEL LOUNGE C 4500 Washington. 713.861.9910

St. Regis Hotel

FIX LOUNGE L 2707 Milam. 832.281.2101

REIGN L 4105 Washington. 713.869.0404

PAPARRUCHOS B F 3055 Sage. 713.212.3178


PEARL BAR B 4216 Washington. 713.863.5337

BIG STAR B 1005 W. 19th. 281.501.9560


EPIC C+L 3030 Travis. 713.522.2531

REBEL’S HONKY TONK B 5002 Washington. 713.807.7040

PLANETA BAR-RIO C 6400 Richmond. 832.251.9600

RA SUSHI b f 3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 12860 Queensbury. 713.331.2792

PANDORA L 1815 Washington. 832.296.6220

DAN ELECTRO’S GUITAR BAR B LM 1031 E. 24th St. 713.862.8707 DARKHORSE TAVERN B 2207 Washington. 713.426.2442 DUBLINER LOUNGE B 4219 Washington. 713.861.2300 EI8TH B 5102 Washington. 713.880.3500 KOBAIN B 33 Waugh. 713.862.9911 MANOR ON WASHINGTON L 4819 Washington. 713.426.0123 NOX C 4701 Nett. 281.701.4248 ONION CREEK B 3106 White Oak. 713.880.0706

SAWYER PARK SPORTS BAR SB 2412 Washington. 713.863.9350 SANCTUARY LOUNGE L 2420 Washington. 713.861.7300 THE DIRT B 222 Yale. 713.426.4222 THE DRINKERY B 4115 Washington. 713.426.3617 THE DRAKE L 1902 Washington. 713.861.9600 THE LOT B 4212 Washington. 713.868.5688

FRONT PORCH PUB B 217 Gray. 713.571.9571 HOWL AT THE MOON L 612 Hadley. 713.658.9700 IBIZA LOUNGE NEXT DOOR L F 2450 Louisiana. 713.520.7300 KOMODO’S B 2004 Baldwin. 713.655.1501 LEON’S LOUNGE L 1006 McGowen. 713.659.3052 NOUVEAU ANTIQUE ART BAR B 2913 Main St. PUB FICTION L SB 2303 Smith. 713.400.8400 RICH’S C 2401 San Jacinto. 713.759.9606 SAINT DANE’S BAR + GRILL B 502 Elgin. 713.807.7040


STATUS C 2404 San Jacinto. 713.659.5400

midtown 13 CELSIUS W 3000 Caroline. 713.529.8466 3RD BAR B F 2600 Travis. 713.526.8282 COACHES SB 2204 Louisiana. 713.751.1970 CHRISTIAN’S TAILGATE B F 2000 Bagby. 713.527.0261 DECO L 510 Gray. 713.659.4900

EL PATIO C F 2416 Brazos. 713.523.8181

SWIVEL L F 2621 Milam. 713.222.2057 THE MAPLE LEAF B 514 Elgin. 713.520.6464 THE MINK/THE BACKROOM B 3718 Main. 713.522.9985 THE WET SPOT SB 160 W. Gray. 713.523.7768 TIPSY CLOVER B 2416 Brazos. 713.524.8782 UNION BAR B+L 2708 Bagby. 281.974.1916 VOW LOUNGE C+L 2700 Milam. 832.566.5776

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LOLA’S B 2327 Grant. 713.528.8342

ZIMM’S MARTINI & WINE L 4321 Montrose. 713.521.2002

ERNIE’S ON BANKS SB 1010 Banks. 713.526.4566 KAY’S LOUNGE L 2324 Bissonnet. 713.528.9858

WHISKEY CREEK B 2905 Travis. 713.526.4225

LZ PUB B 2239 Richmond. 713.522.7118

outer loop

XO BAR & LOUNGE C 2611 San Jacinto. 713.651.9900

MCELROY’S PUB B 3607 Sandman. 713.524.2444

300 HOUSTON BOWLING B 925 Bunker Hill. 713.461.1207

montrose + shepherd

METEOR B 2306 Genesee. 713.521.0123

DENIM BAR B F 16090 City Walk. 281.275.5925

THE NEXT DOOR B+L 2020 Waugh. 713.520.1712

THE DERRICK TAvERN B LM 1127 Eldridge. 281.759.4922

NUMBERS C 300 Westheimer. 713.526.6551

fIREHOUSE SALOON CB LM 5930 Southwest frwy. 713.977.1962

ORANGE SPORTS BAR SB 1613 Richmond Ave. 832.675.9569

HUSH C 15625 Katy frwy. 713.330.4874

ABSINTHE L F 609 Richmond. 713.528.7575 AGORA B F 1717 Westheimer. 713.526.7212 ANvIL+REfUGE B F 1424 Westheimer. 713.523.1622 AvANTGARDEN B+L LM 411 Westheimer. 832.519.1429

PRAvADA C 2815 S. Shepherd. 713.533.1200

BOHEME WINE & CAfÉ BAR W 307 fairview. 713.269.0859

PRIvE L 910 Westheimer. 713.526.6551


BOONDOCKS B+C LM 1417 Westheimer. 713.522.8500

POISON GIRL L 1641-B Westheimer. 713.527.9929

BYZANTIO B F 403 W. Gray. 713.520.6896

SOUTH BEACH C 810 Pacific. 713.529.7623

CATBIRDS B 1336 Westheimer. 713.523.8000

SCOTT GERTNER’S SKYBAR L 3400 Montrose. 713.520.9688

GUAvA LAMP L 570 Waugh. 713.524.3359

THE TAvERN SB F 1340 W. Gray. 713.522.5159

THE DAvENPORT L 2115 Richmond. 713.520.1140

vELvET MELvIN B 3303 Richmond. 713.522.6798

THE HARP B 1625 Richmond. 713.528.7827

vINTAGE L 2108 Kipling. 713.522.4200

museum district MONARCH LOUNGE | Hotel ZaZa L F 5701 Main 713.526.1991

LITTLE WOODROW’S B 5611 Morningside. 713.521.2337 THE GALLANT KNIGHT B lm 2511 Bissonnet. 713.942.9940

SALENTO WINE CAFE w f 2407 Rice Blvd. 713.528.7478 THE GINGER MAN B 5607 Morningside. 713.526.2770 THE LOUNGE AT BENJY’S B F 2424 Dunstan. 713.522.7602 vOLCANO B 2349 Bissonnet. 713.526.5282

river oaks + kirby BLANCO’S CB 3406 W. Alabama. 713.439.0072

YARD HOUSE B f 800 W. Sam Houston Pkwy., CityCentre. 713.461.9273

COvA W 5600 Kirby. 713.838.0700 5555 Washington. 713.868.3366

rice village

DOWNING STREET W F 2549 Kirby. 713.523.2291

ARMADILLO PALACE B F 5015 Kirby. 713.526.9700

KENNEALLY’S IRISH PUB B 2111 S. Shepherd. 713.630.0486

BAKER STREET PUB B LM 5510 Morningside. 713.942.9900

LIZZARD’S PUB B+C 2715 Sackett. 713.529.4610

THE STAG’S HEAD B 2128 Portsmouth. 713.533.1199

GRIff’S SB 3416 Roseland. 713.528.9912

vINO 100 W 11693 Westheimer. 281.759.4100

CEZANNE JAZZ CLUB B LM 4100 Montrose. 713.522.9021

THE fLAT B 1702 Commonwealth. 713.521.3528

vINE WINE ROOM W 12420 Memorial Dr. 713.463.8463

BAM BOU C+L 2540 University. 713.521.7222 BRIAN O’NEILL’S B 5555 Morningside. 713.522.2603 BRONX BAR B 5555 Morningside. 713.520.9690

THE BIG EASY B LM 5731 Kirby. 713.523.9999

MERCER LOUNGE C 3302 Mercer. 713.627.1132 MEZZANINE LOUNGE SB F 2200 Southwest frwy. 713.528.MEZZ MUGSY’S B 2239 Richmond Ave. 713.522.7118

THE RED ROOM L 2736 virginia St. 713.520.5666 THE WINE BUCKET W 2311 W. Alabama. 713.942.9463 UNDER THE vOLCANO C 2349 Bissonnet. 713.526.5282

warehouse district EIGHTEEN TWENTY L 1820 franklin. 713.224.5535 LUCKY’S PUB SB 801 St. Emanuel. 713.522.2010 THE GREEN ROOM C LM 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483 THE MERIDIAN C LM 1503 Chartres. 713.225.1717 WAREHOUSE LIvE LM 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483



midtown montrose + shepherd museum district

outer loop rice village river oaks


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Bea Here Now By Beatrice Valencia


Snap into a slim… Strip House Jerky! STRIP HOUSE STEAK HOUSE 1200 McKinney 713.659.6000 If you haven’t made it to this steakhouse yet, I give you a reason…beef jerky! I rave about it. I love it. I could eat it every day. (And, no, I get no hookup for raving about it.) Complimentary valet is available so stop in during happy hour, have an adult beverage and order the beef jerky on the bar menu. Large strips of beef jerky are served next to a mound of shoestring potatoes and a bit of tomato salad underneath. The tangy sauce is perfect for dipping shoestrings or the jerky. You won’t want to share it and quite frankly, you don’t have to. Enjoy!

Date Night Divine LUCIO’S BYOB & GRILL 905 Taft 713.523.9958 The most perfect date nights experienced are in this little gem next door to Gravitas. It’s a go-to in my book. Pick up your favorite bottle of wine and be prepared to be amazed with delicious dishes, beautiful presentation and excellent service. The beef carpaccio with truffle oil, parmesan shavings and micro greens is perfect to start atop some toasty bread. For dinner,

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the filet is always divine. This visit, the snapper special was mindblowing. Topped with jumbo lump crabmeat in a burre blanc sauce accompanied by mashed potatoes and asparagus, perfection was achieved. Some tips: Parking is slim to come by and the main dining room is small. Make sure you are being mindful of those around you with your conversation.

vinced it must cost extra to have an ice machine like that since everyone isn’t onto the awesomeness that is those little pellets of ice.

Customized-Wiches WHICH WICH 510 Gray St. 713.654.9424 Who isn’t a fan of ordering your sandwich on a paper bag that you fill in and turn in so the margin of error is next to nothing? That’s what I thought. Won over by their method, I picked up my tuna on wheat with my fixings as ordered on my bag at the pick-up counter and was pleasantly surprised at my creation. It looks just as good as it tastes. The bread is fluffy, the veggies are crunchy and, paired with my baked Cheetos, a sandwich addiction is not looking too bad. Did I mention they have that cool Sonic ice? I’m con-

Little sweet delight, Big flavor LITTLE BIG’S 2703 Montrose Blvd. 713.521.2447 Craving a milkshake, we made our way to this slider mecca remembering the sign said “sliders, shakes, fries.” They must be good. And it was just that. A thick but fluffy, buttery vanilla shake that left me amazed and confused. How is it so fluffy? What type of vanilla is this? Light enough to sip through the straw but still scoop-able, the sign is right. They’re experts in sliders, SHAKES and fries. Highly recommended. It makes the anticipation to come back and try The Dude™ (a “White Russian” milkshake) even more intense.

Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen launched No Borders, a food truck that brings restaurant quality food directly to diners featuring their Frontera Cuisine. Think tacos, tortas, enchiladas and elotes. For up-to-date locations, times and daily specials, follow on Twitter @NoBordersTruck and on Facebook at SylviaEnchilada. For more information, please visit or call 713-213-2409.

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cd reviews By Lance Scott Walker

KILLING JOKE Absolute Dissent (Universal) Killing Joke are a rare breed: one of the few bands of their ilk who have successfully added to a legacy without destroying it. Since their eponymously titled 1980 debut they have continually (not continuously) reinvented themselves with every release to this, their 14th. Just when you think they’re swinging over towards pop and the guitars clean up, the synths sound brighter and Jaz Coleman’s voice is honey clear… then they get industrial and complicate their entire process, and then the guitars come back in heavy and then the voice begins to have more texture, culminating in a heavy, guttural throatiness to the voice that borders on horror show… That could describe Killing Joke’s entire career, and it does. But it also describes this album. Where 2003’s self-titled album introduced a new era of heavy Killing Joke, this skips over the faint developments in 2006’s hulky Hosannas from the Basements of Hell and ever so perfectly merges that heaviness with the pop elements sprinkled throughout the last few records. And you have to refer to those pop elements because of just how much Coleman switches it up between his own pop elements, and how he’s now found a comfortable place for the melodic swan dives he does with that guttural voice of his. He found a place for that and for the long, choral tones that echo across verse and chorus alike. If Coleman is anything, he is underrated, but in that he has also become a fantastic singer even as he lets the growling take center stage on maybe a minute or too much on this. “Honour The Fire” may be the perfect marriage of all elements KJ, save for the tribal chanting that characterized their early work. That also may be the only missing one here, as they take a convincing stab at everything they know how to do without it sounding like a bag of tricks in the end. And speaking of the end, there could hardly be a better payoff than the first calm minutes of “Ghost of Ladbroke Grove,” which takes the boys back into reggae territory… and they even turn that into a horror show. Brilliant. NICK PIAZZA Evolution (self-released) Man, I know that when an hombre’s name is on the front of the record, and that’s who probably writes the songs and handles the microphone, you probably focus on that guy. At least in most cases. But the only thing I can write about here is this drummer! “Last Night of Freedom,” the opener, is a kickass boogie number that drummer Donny Brown is all out in front of – not in a way that overrides the song’s flow, but in a way that shuffles it along. If you’re in the band, you never expect the drummer to take off as fast as he does. But he does. Not a lot of room for him to go wild on the rest of the record, but the opening track suffices. If you’re listening to cowboy music all night in a bar, this is the drummer you want to hear behind the kit. Sorry, Nick! The rest of the reviews will be about you. ALEXIS GIDEON Video Musics II: Sun Wu-Kong (Slowtrain) This video is maybe the first ever epic watercolor. It is at the very least the first epic watercolor music video. That much is drawn from the way the narrative here (a retelling of the 16th-century Chinese novel “Journey to the West”) is explained through the music, through the voices and, yes, the rapping. There is rapping – the vocals mostly are – but is so dry as to totally work in this format. It’s not ironic, not showy, just more of a scat/rap style of storytelling that totally works because you think that if monkeys could talk, they’d probably sound like this. And yes, the characters are primarily monkeys. The music weaves through genres but, like the voices, and like the animation, sort of wiggles around as it moves slowly from point to point. The guitar playing reminds one of Neil Young’s soundtrack for “Dead Man,” with very sparse Western (in both senses of the word) arrangements sprinkled throughout while watercolor images of Chinese villages and their inhabitants slide by. The movement is not unlike those old army cartoons that aired in the early ’80s where it’s really just shots of a comic book made to look like it was animated. But this moves in its own way that rides shotgun with the music throughout. Claymation, watercolors, pen drawings, monkeys... what’s not to like?

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ACROSS 1. Sends junk e-mail to 6. Snow White’s diminutive companion 11. Hot tub 14. Circle the Earth 15. Eagle’s nest 16. Place for a price 17. A couple of guys whose story can’t be trusted 19. Vanna needs money to turn it 20. Pilots’ announcements, briefly 21. New York team player 22. Solidify 23. Botch 26. Type of gun 28. Actor Carney 29. Spicy sauce 33. Retirement plan letters 34. Part of us 35. King of tragedy 36. Benefits 39. Bookie’s concern 41. Pair of socks 43. Wee bit 44. Gerrymander 46. Pocket bread 47. Dander 48. Flying saucer, perhaps 49. Many mall rats

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51. That’s a moray 52. Least risky 55. Like the familiar shark fin 57. Tiny toymaker 58. Bit of advice 60. White as a ghost 61. Son of a son 62. Characteristics of manly men 67. Bert Bobbsey’s twin sister 68. Fiery felony 69. Metropolitan area of India 70. Superman’s insignia 71. Dapper 72. Faint with beating heart DOWN 1. Part of S.P.C.A.: Abbr. 2. Money player 3. Disney subsidiary 4. Myers and Tyson 5. Sort of symbol 6. Family men 7. Spider’s work 8. Lily plant 9. Agitates 10. Marker type 11. Gala affairs ostensibly for gents only 12. Group of judges

or jurors 13. Spry 18. “Apocalypse Now” defoliant 23. City Hall bigwig 24. Deteriorate 25. Relatively recent term for beefcake models 27. Rug variety 30. Got off the ground 31. French composer Erik 32. Rugged mountain ridge 37. Nation divided in 1945 38. Distinctive newcar feature 40. Umpire’s call

42. Summer shoe 45. Sexist term for a letter carrier 50. Cubes, spheres and the like 52. River through Paris 53. Misleading moniker 54. Pope’s hat 56. Get Mad all over again 59. ‘’Hey, buddy!’’ 60. Hardly he-man material 63. Barracks bed 64. U.N. agcy. for working people 65. Vietnam’s Le Duc ___ 66. Yang companion


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