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TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 table of contents 6 letter from the editor 8 houston map 10 downtown map 12 002news | uptown map 14 calendar 16 exhibits+museums+art house listings 17 what’s up downtown 18 museum district

42 42 IN A DOLLHOUSE, FAR, FAR AWAY…

20 20 GALLERY: LAWNDALE ART CENTER

50 architecture + design: ronn residence 52 archichat: brand + allen 54 where to live

56 56 002 PROFILE: PAGE PARKES EVELETH

21 spacetaker 22 for art’s sake: sweet bird jewelry 23 gish at the movies 24 non-profit: furniture bank 25 scene 26 scene | living smart: adele gorody

58 business profile: legacy restaurants 60 king for a day

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28 DESTINATION: AQUITAINE 30 born cool. grow hip. 31 scene 32 people of houston 34 costumes for cocktails 35 jewel box: carolyn rodney

61 SCENT OF A MAN 62 wise guy 63 finance 64 vroom vroom

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36 RETAIL WRAP: MUSE

36 37 4 greats 38 things I love

65 tools+toys+gadgets 66 restaurant listings 68 dine write: café lili

70 CHEF’S SPECIAL: ELOUISE JONES 72 SIP CODES: IKE SPECIAL EDITION 75 cd reviews |scene

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40 BOBBI THOMAS

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76 CLUB REVIEW: BLUE LABEL LOUNGE

41 RICH PALETTES

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Photography by Sofia van der Dys |Hair by Elia Graves at Jose Eber salon and Makeup by Pati + Trixi

IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT A WEEK AGO TODAY I WAS HAVING A REGULAR DAY IN THE LIFE OF 002HOUSTON MAGAZINE. WE WERE PRODUCING THE COVER AND FASHION PAGES WITH PHOTOGRAPHER GABRIELLA NISSEN AT HER STUDIO ALONG WHITE OAK BAYOU – ONE OF THOSE BEAUTIFUL CITYSCAPES MANY HOUSTONIANS HAVE NEVER SEEN. WHO COULD HAVE FORESEEN, FAST FORWARD ONE WEEK, THAT MIGHTY MOTHER NATURE WOULD SHOW US JUST HOW SMALL WE ARE. I WAS IN HOUSTON FOR ALICIA AND REMEMBER THE FEAR IN MY PARENTS’ EYES AS SHE LASHED OUT, TEARING ROOFS OFF HOMES AND SMASHING WINDOWS THROUGHOUT THE CITY. I’LL NEVER FORGET CARLA VALENCIA de MARTINEZ THAT FIRST DAY BACK TO SCHOOL AT ST. CECILIA’S, DRIVING ALONG A VERY DIFFERENT LOOKING I-10 AND SEEING A VERY SIMILAR LANDSCAPE AS TODAY, LITTERED WITH BILLBOARDS, DEBRIS AND BROKEN WINDOWS. ONLY NOW I AM ABLE TO APPRECIATE NEIGHBORS HELPING EACH OTHER OUT, AND FOR THE MOST PART A PRETTY PATIENT CITY, EAGER TO GET BACK TO SOME SORT OF NORMALCY. AS I TYPE THIS, I AM SITTING AT A MAKESHIFT OFFICE WE’VE THROWN TOGETHER TO GET THIS ISSUE OUT IN TIME. RATHER THAN OUR LARGE SPACIOUS LOFT WE ARE HUDDLED AROUND A TABLE WITH CABLES AND WIRES RUNNING EVERY WHICH WAY, BUT WE’RE GETTING IT DONE. WE’VE SHARED MANY A MEAL AND CONVERSATION GETTING THROUGH WHAT THE MEDIA HAS DUBBED “THE AFTERMATH OF IKE.” IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THE NATION’S 4TH LARGEST CITY WAS PARALYZED LIKE THIS AND BY THE TIME THIS ISSUE COMES OUT AND THIS LETTER IS READ, WE’LL ALL HAVE MOVED ON WITH OUR LIVES PLANNING HALLOWEEN COSTUMES AND THANKSGIVING MEALS, BUT HOPEFULLY WE’LL KNOW OUR NEIGHBORS BY NAME AND WE’LL ALL APPRECIATE THE DAYTO-DAY A LITTLE MORE. JUST IN CASE YOU NEED A LITTLE REMINDING, TURN TO PAGE 72 TO SEE A COMPILATION OF IMAGES TAKEN BY OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS AND AN EXTENDED VERSION OF BEATRICE VALENCIA’S SIPCODES. BE WELL,

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PUBLISHER alejandro martinéz ext 16 a.martinez@002mag.com EDITOR AT LARGE | FASHION DIRECTOR carla valencia ext 13 c.valencia@002mag.com CONTRIBUTING EDITOR victoria bartlett ART DIRECTOR alex rosa ext 17 arosa@002mag.com ASSOCIATE EDITOR | EVENTS beatrice valencia ext 11 bvalencia@002mag.com ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER william king ext 18 w.king@002mag.com ADVERTISING EXECUTIVES carlos valencia ext 12 cevalencia@002mag.com jarrod klawinsky ext 15 jklawinsky@002mag.com lidia spaw ext 19 lidias@002mag.com

isabel terraso ext 14 isabel@002mag.com beenish ahmad beenish@002mag.com PHOTOGRAPHERS sofia van der dys, anthony rathbun, kim coffman, jill hunter, daniel ortiz, kennon evett, gabriella nissen, dax sunga, emily dwyer, steve harris, aaron m. sprecher, jack potts, michelle watson CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS donnie moreland, jenny antill, vamesh gogna, cody bess, ryan slack, jesus r salvador, christopher rosales CONTRIBUTING WRITERS michael andre adams, allison bagley, brant croucher, chris dunn, sarah gish, patricia gras, sandra gunn, sarah gajkowski-hill, hal lynde, myles mellor, nadia michel, katia orellan, pete radowick, travis jones, lance scott walker INTERN lindsay hagood FOR SUGARLAND SALES

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

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NEWS ANYTHING NOTEWORTHY FOODIE NEWS After more than a decade as executive chef at Tony’s, Olivier Ciesielski has left to pursue a lifelong dream of chef/ownership. + Beaver’s announced the arrival of Executive Chef Jonathan Jones to the kitchen. Jones takes over building the DAM GOOD food from Dax McAnear who is now Executive Sous Chef for Scott Tycer’s soon-toopen Textile. + McCormick & Schmick’s is scheduled to open a new restaurant at the downtown Houston Pavilions on November. + Wyatt T. Maguire has been named chef de cuisine of Chez Roux, the first standalone restaurant in the United States to bear the name and pedigree of Master Chef Albert Roux. Roux’s Le Gavroche was the first restaurant in the UK to earn three Michelin stars, and its kitchen has been a training ground for notables such as Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White. Scheduled to debut in early 2009, Chez Roux will serve as the signature restaurant for La Torretta Del Lago Resort & Spa in Lake Conroe.

GREEN TRANSMISSION Advantage BMW Midtown recently introduced a new, state-of-the-art solar paneled roof. The 30.75 kilowatt Photovoltaic Solar Electric System is the first of its kind for the Houston auto dealership industry. Standard Renewable Energy, a leading renewable energy company, installed the panels which are expected to provide 36,926 kilowatts per hour of power annually, approximately 18 percent of the dealership’s current electrical consumption, preventing more than 2,000,000 pounds of CO2 emissions from entering Houston’s atmosphere.

EXPANSION Joy Yoga center recently acquired an additional 1,500 sq. ft. of space for an expansion of their space. Owner Joy Winkler has been offering her unique blend of yoga in Houston for more than eight years. After five years in an intimate 1,200-sq.-ft. space located in Houston’s Heights, Joy Yoga relocated to the popular Washington Avenue location. Currently occupying 2,000 square feet, the expansion will add another 1,500 square feet of space, which includes a 1,100-sq.-ft. studio and two massage therapy suites. The current two-studio space will be converted into one larger 1350-sq.-ft studio space, providing more access to the unique practices of Joy and her instructors. Massage therapists Ansberto Gonzales and Teresa Rembert will also join the Joy Yoga family. joyyogacenter.com

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OCTOBER 08 PERFORMING ARTS+CONCERTS+SPORTS+FESTIVALS+GENERAL INTEREST

SUNDAY

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TO PURCHASE TICKETS, PLEASE CONTACT: MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE (MOT)ALLEY THEATRE alleytheatre.org milleroutdoortheatre.com CWMP woodlandscenter.org MINUTE MAID PARK HOBBY CENTER 713.315.2525 houston.astros.mlb.com thehobbycenter.org MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSE OF BLUES hob.com mfah.org MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE JONES HALL 713.227.3974 joneshall.org hmns.org MAIN STREET THEATER 713.524.6706 RELIANT PARK reliantpark.com mainstreettheater.com STAGES REPERTORY THEATRE MERIDIAN meridianhouston.com 713.527.0123 stagestheatre.com

Alley Something Rare and Wonderful 2pm | Cyrano de Bergerac 7:30pm Hobby MT: Man of La Mancha 8pm MOT Mahatma Gandhi Library: 1000 Lights For Peace 5pm Reliant Indianapolis Colts vs. Texans 12pm Stages Always…Patsy Cline 3pm

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THEATER DISTRICT OUTDOOR cityofhouston.gov TOYOTA CENTER 1.866.4HOU.tix houstontoyotacenter.com VERIZON THEATER verizonwirelesstheater.com WAREHOUSE LIVE warehouselive.com WORTHAM CENTER 713.237.1439 worthamcenter.org GENTE DE TEATRO gentedeteatro.org

Hobby Inprint presents Anne Enright and Ann Patchett 7:30pm Toyota How Sweet the Sound 7:30pm

HOB The Rocket Summer 7:30pm Toyota Houston Aeros vs. Milwaukee Admirals 7:05pm Wortham Houston Chamber Symphony: The Voice of Mozart 7:30pm

October 12 H eritage Family Day: Setting the Table - How Food Has Changed in America, 1-4pm downtown, 1100 Bagby @ Allen Parkway. heritagesociety.org Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 2:30 & 7:30pm HOB Pepper 8pm Jones HS: Tchaikovsky’s Rococo 2:30pm Main Street…And L.A. is Burning 3pm Meridian Portugal The Man 7pm MOT KPFT Fall Concert Series 4pm Reliant Detroit Lions vs. Texans 3pm Robertson Stadium Dynamo vs. L.A. Galaxy 6pm Stages Wallflower 3pm | Always…Patsy Cline 3pm Warehouse Unearth 8pm Wortham Indo-American Association Concert: Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain: Global Drums 6pm | HGO: Cavalleria / Pagliacci 2pm

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Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 2:30 & 7:30pm | The Secret Order 7:30pm CWMP Fall Buzzfest 1pm H obby BIH: Frost/Nixon 2 & 7:30pm | Cool Brains! David Macaulay 3pm | HOB Rick Springfield 8pm Main Street …And L.A. is Burning 3pm Meridian Polysics 7:30pm | MOT KPFT Fall Concert Series 4pm | Stages Wallflower 3pm | Always…Patsy Cline 3pm | Toyota Vicente Fernandez 7pm | Wortham HGO: Cavalleria / Pagliacci 2pm October 26 & 27, Moonlight Bicycle Ramble. bikehouston.org Houston Half Marathon Race & Relay, 7am at Sam Houston Park. houstonhalf.com

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October 1 - November 26, 99K House Competition Exhibiton, 8:30am-5:30pm Architecture Center. aiahouston.org Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 7:30pm Meridian Kataklysm 6pm MOT HMDC: Danceology 101 11am Toyota Preseason: Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies 7:30pm Warehouse The Academy is… 7:30pm

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October 14, Houston Ballet II, lunchtime concert at Discovery Green. Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 7:30pm H obby BIH: Frost/Nixon 8pm Jones SPA: David Sedaris 8pm Toyota Janet Jackson 7:30pm Warehouse Jack’s Mannequin 7:30pm

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October 23-26, Houston Survivor Challenge, downtown, in Buffalo Bayou. ujanaconleyfoundation.org/hsc/index.htm

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Toyota Tina Turner 7:30pm Verizon Rise Against with Alkaline Trio, Thrice and The Gaslight Anthem 7pm Warehouse Ozomatli 9pm

Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 7:30pm Warehouse Shiny Toy Guns 9pm

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Verizon Kings of Leon with We are Scientists, The Stills 7pm Warehouse Steel Train 8pm

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CWMP Houston Ballet “Classics on Pointe” 8pm Jones SPA: Patti LaBelle 8pm MOT HGO: Strega Nona 11am | 29th Annual Festival Chicano 7pm Stages Repertory Theatre Always…Patsy Cline 7:30pm Warehouse Anberlin 7pm

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October 2-5, The Original Greek Festival Houston at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral complex. greekfestival.org Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 7:30pm Meridian Norma Jean 6pm Stages Always…Patsy Cline 7:30pm Toyota Preseason: Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs 7:30pm Warehouse Alex Reymundo 8pm

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October 8, Culture Collision, 5-7:30pm at Discovery Green. downtownhouston.org October 10 &11, Waugh Bridge B at Colony Pontoon Boat Tours. buffalobayou.org October 11, The 2008 Mutt Strut & Runway Race, 7am at George Bush IAH Airport. fly2houston.com October 11 & 12, Festa Italiana at Houston Farm and Ranch Club. houstonitalianfestival.com 29TH ASIAN AMERICAN FESTIVAL, 11am-7pm downtown in front of City Hall. asianfestivalhouston.com

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Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 7:30pm Hobby DWDT: Titus Andronicus 7:30pm HOB Jay Z 8:30pm Jones HS: Tchaikovsky’s Rococo 8pm Main Street …And L.A. is Burning 7:30pm Stages Always…Patsy Cline 7:30pm Toyota New Kids on the Block 8pm

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Da Camera of Houston: Keller Quartet, 7:30pm at the Menil Collection. dacamera.com. October 25, Houston Arts Alliance Showcase, 3pm at Discovery Green. Oedipus Rex-Slammed! 7pm at Discovery Green. 14th Annual Houston Women’s Festival, noon-10pm at Jones Plaza. hwfestival.org October 25 & 26, Wings Over H ouston Air Show at Ellington Field. wingsoverhouston.com

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October 29-November 2, 2008 International Quilt Festival at the Convention Center. quilts.com

Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 7:30pm Hobby BIH: Frost/Nixon 8pm HOB Sara Bareilles 8pm Jones Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew Live 7:30pm Main…And L.A. is Burning 7:30pm Meridian Butthole Surfers 8pm | Dredg TBD MOT African Footprint 7:30pm Reliant Weezer 7pm Stages Wallflower 7:30pm | Always… Patsy Cline 7:30pm Verizon Ray Lamontagne with Leona Naess 8pm

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Alley The Secret Order 7:30pm Hobby BIH: Frost/Nixon 8pm HOB Los Lonely Boys w/ Alejandro Escovedo 8pm Main Street …And L.A. is Burning 7:30pm Stages Wallflower 7:30pm | Always… Patsy Cline 7:30pm Verizon The Australian Pink Floyd Show 8pm Warehouse STS9 9pm Wortham HGO: Beatrice and Benedict 7:30pm

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

DUE TO HURRICANE IKE SOME EVENTS MAY BE POSTPONED. PLEASE CHECK BEFORE ATTENDING. FRIDAY Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 8pm CWMP The Music Builds Tour with Switchfoot, Third Day, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and Jars of Clay 6pm Hobby MT: Man of La Mancha 8pm Meridian The Kooks 8pm MOT HGO: Strega Nona 11am | 29th Annual Festival Chicano 7pm Stages Always…Patsy Cline 8pm Warehouse Jaguares 8pm Wortham Mercury Baroque: The Essence of Mercury 8pm

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Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 8pm HOB Dave Attell 6pm | Ghostland Observatory 9:30pm Jones SPA: Wayne Brady 8pm Meridian Gym Class Heroes 8pm MOT DAA: Splendid China III – Discovering China 8pm Stages Always…Patsy Cline 8pm Toyota 2008 Tour of Gymnastics Superstars 7:30pm Warehouse Cat Power 8pm Wortham SPA: Homeland, Laurie Anderson 8pm

Fresh Arts Coalition’s Fresh Friday, 7pm at Discovery Green. BHAKTI-MAARGAM, 8pm at Cullen Performance Hall on University of Houston campus. tickets2events.com or call 281.265.2787 Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 8pm CWMP Brad Paisley with Jewel and Chuck Wicks 7:30pm | Hobby DWDT: Titus Andronicus 7:30pm | Jones HS: Franki Valli and the Four Seasons 7:30pm MOT U Theatre of Taiwan 8pm Stages Always…Patsy Cline 8pm Toyota Preseason: Rockets vs. Sacramento Kings 7:30pm Warehouse Opeth 8pm Wortham HGO: Cavalleria / Pagliacci 7pm High School for the Performing Arts at Discovery Green, 6:308pm. discoverygreen.com

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Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 8pm | The Secret Order 8pm CWMP Houston Symphony’s Hocus Pocus Pops 7:30pm Hobby BIH: Frost/Nixon 8pm HOB Thievery Corporation 9pm Jones Alanis Morrisette 8pm Main Street …And L.A. is Burning 8pm MOT African Footprint 7:30pm Stages Wallflower 8pm | Always…Patsy Cline 8pm Warehouse Ben Folds 7:30pm Wortham An Evening with Eleanor Clift 7:30pm | HGO: Cavalleria / Pagliacci 7:30pm

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Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 2:30 & 8pm | Something Rare and Wonderful 11am & 2pm Hobby MT: Man of La Mancha 8pm Jones SPA: Compana Flamenco Jose Porcel 8pm MOT 29th Annual Festival Chicano 7pm Stages Always…Patsy Cline 8pm Warehouse 2nd Annual Rock for Houston’s Youth Concert 6pm Wortham Da Camera of Houston: Mozart in Venice 7:30pm

American Turkish Association Festival, 10am at Jones Plaza. atahouston.org Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 2:30 & 8pm Hobby Musiqa: Time Will Tell 7:30pm HOB Cowboy Mouth 8:30pm Jones HS: Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs & Ham 10 & 11:30am | SPA: Wayne Brady 8pm MOT DAA: Splendid China III – Discovering China 8pm Reliant So You Think You Can Dance 2008 Tour 7:30pm Stages Always…Patsy Cline 8pm Toyota Houston Aeros vs. Chicago Wolves 7:35pm Verizon Citizen Cope Solo Acoustic Performance TBD Warehouse An Evening with Jackopierce 9pm Wortham Indo-American Association Concert: The Ultimate String Jugalbandi 8pm

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Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 2:30 & 8pm H obby DWDT: Titus Andronicus 7:30pm Jones HS: Tchaikovsky’s Rococo 8pm Main Street…And L.A. is Burning 8pm Meridian the hotel café tour 2008 7pm MOT U Theatre of Taiwan 8pm Reliant Jeff Dunham, Sparks of Insanity Comedy Tour 8pm Stages Wallflower 8pm | Always…Patsy Cline 8pm Toyota Aeros vs. San Antonio Rampage 7:35pm Warehouse Girl Talk 9pm Wortham Da Camera of Houston: Chopin in Paris; Epigraph for a Condemned Book 8pm October 18 & 19, Bayou City Art Festival, 10am6pm downtown in front of City Hall. bayoucityartfestival.com

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Alley Cyrano de Bergerac 2:30 & 8pm | The Secret Order 2:30 & 8pm Hobby BIH: Frost/Nixon 2 & 8pm HOB Keith Anderson 7:30pm Main Street …And L.A. is Burning 8pm Meridian The Horrorpops 8pm MOT Lunada 2008 7:30pm Reliant Prairie View vs. Southern University 6pm Stages Wallflower 8pm | Always…Patsy Cline 8pm Verizon Jason Mraz with Lisa Hannigan 8pm Warehouse Cold War Kids 9pm Wortham Da Camera of Houston: Kenny Barron Trio 8pm

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HALLOWEEN Alley The Secret Order 8pm Hobby BIH: Frost/Nixon 8pm HOB Willie Nelson 8:30pm Jones HS: Rodgers & Hammerstein On Stage and Screen 8pm Main Street…And L.A. is Burning 8pm Meridian Rabbit In The Moon TBA MOT Beauty and the Beast 11am Stages Wallflower 8pm | Always…Patsy Cline 8pm Toyota Aeros vs. Providence Bruins 7:35pm Verizon Cheech and Chong – Light Up America 8 &10pm

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•Art Car Museum, 140 Heights Blvd. 713.861.5526 artcarmuseum.com •Art League of Houston, 1953 Montrose 713.523.9530 artleaguehouston.org •Blaffer Gallery, UH Campus, Ent. 16, 713.743.9530 class.uh.edu/blaffer •Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand St. 409.763.2403 galvestonartscenter.org •Heritage Society, 1100 Bagby 713.655.1912 heritagesociety.org •Houston Fire Museum, 2304 Milam 713.524.5395 houstonfiremuseum.org •Museum of Printing History, 1324 W. Clay 713.522.4652 printingmuseum.org thru January 17, Branched & Rooted: the Evolution of a Series by Orna Feinstein •Orange Show, 2402 Munger 713.926.6368 orangeshow.org •Project Row Houses, 2501 Holman 713.526.7662 projectrowhouses.org October 11 & 12, 12th Annual Arts & Music Celebration •University Museum, 3100 Cleburne Ave. 713.313.7145 tsu.edu/museum

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•18 Hands Gallery, 249 West 19th St. 713.869.3099 18handsgallery.com October 4 – 31, Surfaces: New Work by Ryan McKerley and Gregory Story •Aerosol Warfare Gallery, 2110 Jefferson aerosolwarfare.com •Anya Tish Gallery, 4411 Montrose 713.524.2299 anyatishgallery.com •Archway Gallery, 2013 West Gray 713.522.2409 archwaygallery.com •The Artful Corner, 3423 White Oak Drive theartfulcorner.com •ArtScan Gallery, 1836 Richmond 713.807.1836 rudolphprojects.com •Barbara Davis Gallery, 4411 Montrose 713.520.9200 barbaradavisgallery.com thru October 5, Joe Mancuso •Bering & James Gallery, 805 Rhode Place #500, 713.524.0101 beringandjames.com •Booker-Lowe Gallery, 4623 Feagan St. 713.862.8364 bookerlowegallery.com •Canal Street Gallery, 2219 Canal St. 713.223.2219 canalstreetgallery.com/joomla •Community Artists’ Collective, 1501 Elgin 713.523.1616 communityartistscollective.org •Commune on North, 2445 North Blvd. communeonnorth.com •CTRL Gallery, 3907 Main St. 713.523.2875 ctrlgallery.com thru October 25, Anders Oinonen: After After •Dakota Gallery, 2324 Shearn 713.523.7440 dakotaframing.com/dfp/dakotagallery.asp •Darke Gallery, 5321 Feagan 713.542.3802 darkegallery.com Oc tober 1 – 18, Fences: the Strength of Words •Deborah Colton Gallery, 2500 Summer St. 713.864.2364 deborahcoltongallery.com thru November 4, A Time for Change •DeSantos Gallery, 1724 Richmond 713.520.1200 desantosgallery.com thru October 11, Erika Diettes: Drifting Away •DiverseWorks, 1117 East Main at Naylor 713.223.8346 diverseworks.org •Domy Books, 1709 Westheimer 713.523.3669 domystore.com •FotoFest, 1113 Vine Street 713.223.5522 fotofest.org •G gallery 301, East 11th Street 713.822.4842 redbudgallery.com/gGalleryIndex.html •Gallery 1724, 1724 Bissonnet 713.523.2547 gallery1724.com thru October 11, Will Brooks •Gallery Sonja Roesch, 2309 Caroline 713.659.5424 gallerysonjaroesch.com thru November 1, John Clement: Alee •Goldesberry Gallery, 2625 Colquitt 713.528.0405 goldesberrygallery.com •Gremillion & Co. Fine Art, 2501 Sunset Blvd. 713.522.2701 gremillion.com •Guthrie Contemporary, 2734 Virginia St. 713.522.8086 •HCC-Central Gallery, 3517 Austin 713.718.6570 centralfinearts.info •Houston Landmark Gallery, 1200 McKinney 713.927.8800 houstonlandmarkgallery.com •Houston Studios, 707 Walnut St. #100, 713.223.0951 •Hollywood Frame Gallery, 2427 Bissonnet 713.942.8885 hollywoodframegallery.com •Hooks-Epstein Gallery, 2631 Colquitt St. 713.522.0718 hooksepsteingalleries.com thru October 18, Scott Gordon: in the shadow of a doubt •Joan Wich & Co. Gallery, 4411 Montrose 713.526.1557 joanwichgallery.com •Kinzelman Art Consulting, 3909 Main Street 713.533.9923 kinzelmanart.com thru October 3, Paintings by Michael Dixon, Mark Nelson and Steve Parker •Koelsch Gallery, 703 Yale 713.626.0175 koelschgallery.com •Laura Rathe Fine Art, 2707 Colquitt 713.527.7700 laurarathe.com •Laura U Collection, 1840 Westheimer 713.522.0855 lauraucollection.com

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•Lovett Inn Art Gallery, 501 Lovett Blvd. 713.522.5224 lovettinngallery.com •M2 Gallery, 325 W. 19th St. 713.861.6070 m2-houston.com •McClain Gallery, 2242 Richmond 713.520.9988 mcclaingallery.com •McMurtrey Gallery, 3508 Lake St. 713.523.8238 mcmurtreygallery.com •Meredith Long Gallery, 2323 San Felipe 713.523.6671 meredithlonggallery.com •Midtown Art Center, 3414 La Branch 713.521.8803 midtownartcenter.com •Mind Puddles, 2305 Dunlavy 713.529.MIND mindpuddles.com •Moody Gallery, 2815 Colquitt 713.526.9911 moodygallery.com thru October 11, Mary McCleary: For the Time Beaing •Mother Dog Studios, 720 Walnut 713.229.9760 home.earthlink.net/~motherdogstudios/motherdogstudios •Moxie, 2307 Dunlavy 713.807.7994 moxiehouston.com •Nauhaus Gallery, 223 E. 11th St. 281.615.4148 texascollaborative.com •Nolan-Rankin Galleries, 6 Chelsea Place 713.528.0664 nolan-rankingalleries.com •O’Kane Gallery, One Main St.@UHD 713.221.8042 uhd.edu •Parkerson Gallery, 3510 Lake St. 713.524.4945 artnet.com •Peel Gallery Shop, 4411 Montrose Blvd. 713.520.8122 peelgallery.org •Post Gallery, 2121 Sage, Ste. 390, 713.622.4241 "by appointment only" postgallery.com •Poissant Gallery, 5102 Center St. 713.868.9337 poissantgallery.com •Redbud Gallery, 303 E. 11th St. 713.862.2532 redbudgallery.com •Retro Gallery, 1839 W. Alabama 713.522.7074 retrogallery.com •Rudolph Projects I ArtScan Gallery, 1836 Richmond rudolphprojects.com •Sicardi Gallery, 2246 Richmond 713.529.1313 sicardi.com 16. october08 002houston

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•Space 125gallery, 3201 Allen Parkway 713.527.9330 haatx.com •Studio, 1107 East Freeway 713.224.5555 •Talento Bilingue, 333 S. Jensen Drive 713.222.1213 tbhcenter.com •Tansu, 321-B West 19th 713.880.5100 tansustyle.com •Thom Andriola, 2627 Colquitt 713.520.7053 newgallery.net •Thornwood Gallery, 1201 Birdsall 713.861.2787 thornwoodgallery.com •Wade Wilson Art, 4411 Montrose #200, 713.521.2977 wadewilsonart.com opens October 17, Vision Eclipsed: Lucinda Cobley opens October 22, Artmatters 13: Joseph Marioni: Liquid Light •Watercolor Art Society, 1601 West Alabama 713.942.9966 watercolorhouston.org •Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter Street 713.862.0082 winterstreetstudios.net •XNihilo Gallery, 2115 Taft St. 713.622.1846 2115taft.org •Zarposh India Gallery, 1951 Richmond 713.668.2948 zarposhindia.com

events + news

•October 1 – November 26, 99K House Competition, Architecture Center – Five finalists selected from 182 entrants proposed a sustainable, affordable housing that addresses the needs of a low income family in the Gulf-Coast region. Aiahouston.org •October 11 & 12, 12th Annual Arts & Music Celebration, projectrowhouses.org Deborah Colton Gallery has moved to 2445 North Boulevard in the Upper Kirby District. The Bayou City Art Festival Downtown is October 18 & 19 and features J.D. Hillberry’s trompe l’oeil A Work in Progress.


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PETE RADOWICK IS COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER FOR THE CITY OF HOUSTON CONVENTION & ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES DEPARTMENT.

JONES HALL IS HOME BASE FOR HOUSTON SYMPHONY AND SOCIETY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, CONJURING IMAGES OF CLASSICAL MUSIC, MODERN DANCE AND A HEALTHY SMATTERING OF OTHER ENTERTAINMENT GENRES. THIS MONTH’S LINEUP AT THE MARBLE-ENCASED BUILDING ON LOUISIANA, IN THE HEART OF THE DOWNTOWN THEATER DISTRICT, FEATURES SOME OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN POPULAR CULTURE: PATTI LABELLE, WAYNE BRADY, FRANKIE VALLI AND ALANIS MORISSETTE. LaBelle, the Grammy Award-winning performer, ignites SPA’s season with a one-night engagement on October 2. Her incredibly diverse mix of stylings – from R&B to gospel, funk to pop standards – will be on full display, each sung in her distinctive vocal range. Brady appears for three nights, October 10-12, with Houston Symphony, singing, dancing and engaging in the improvisational humor that helped him win an Emmy Award. Valli, accompanied, naturally, by his Four Seasons sidekicks and the Houston Symphony orchestra, will perform his legendary hits – including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man” – for a single appearance October 17. A true music icon, Valli has produced 19 Top Ten hits and sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

Morissette rolls into Houston on October 24 as part of a sweeping North American concert tour. The Canadian-American (she holds dual citizenship) rocker is best known for her blockbuster breakout album, “Jagged Little Pill” – the highest-selling worldwide debut record. She has sold 55 million records and is a seven-time Grammy recipient. With the Patti LaBelle show, SPA is one of several performing arts companies that start their 2008-2009 season this month. The company also presents flamenco superstar Jose Porcel on October 4 at Jones Hall, the words and music of performance artist Laurie Anderson October 10 at Wortham Center, humorist David Sedaris on October 21 at Jones Hall, and a chamber music concert exploring Rachmaninov on October 30 at Wortham Center. Houston Grand Opera begins anew October 17 with a double feature, as it were, of Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci. American tenor Brandon Jovanovich makes his HGO debut in the former, alongside Dolora Zajick, while Vladimir Galouzine stars in the latter. The doubleheader runs for five performances through November 1 at Wortham Center. HGO opens Beatrice and Benedict on October 30. Popular HGO Studio alums Joyce DiDonato and Norman Reinhardt star in five shows through November 14. 17. october08 002houston

Da Camera of Houston is busy this month, too, starting with a Mozart concert entitled “Concert in Vienna” on October 4 at Wortham Center. Krista Bennion Feeney, on violin, and James Dunham, on viola, will be on full display. Da Camera’s artistic director, Sarah Rothenberg, will showcase her piano skills October 18 in a Chopin-flavored concert. Finally, Da Camera presents the Kenny Barron jazz trio on October 25 at Wortham. Alley Theatre also gets up and running in October with a monthlong run of the timeless play about Cyrano de Bergerac. On October 24, the company also begins the presentation of the biomedical stage thriller Secret Order on its smaller Neuhaus Stage. The Broadway play Frost/Nixon is sure to create some buzz during its run at the Hobby Center October 21 through November 2. Veteran actor Stacy Keach stars as the American president in a dramatized re-creation of his famous televised interview with British talk-show host David Frost. Finally, October is when the enormously popular International Quilt Festival is held at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The festival opens its doors to the public October 29 and runs for five days. If you’ve never attended before, the sheer scale of the show is worth seeing, even – or should I say, especially – for the uninitiated.


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MUSEUM DISTRICT 1. THE MENIL COLLECTION menil.org

Max Ernst: In the Garden of Nymph Ancolie is an exhibit organized by the Museum Tinguely, Basel, and is supplemented in Houston by work from The Menil Collection. On view October 31 thru February 15, 2009. Imaginary Spaces: Selections from The Menil Collection – A selection of Giovanni Piranesi’s 19th-century etching series, Carceri d’Invenzione (Imaginary Prisons), Giorgio De Chirico’s paintings of alienating cityscapes and Michael Heizer’s drawings for sculptural space in the desert from 1969, among other examples, thru March 1, 2009.

2. HOUSTON CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY hcponline.org

son of the artist Mark Rothko, will discuss his father’s philosophical and creative genius. October 19, 5pm, For the Soul: Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel and other Choral Selections CANTARE Houston cantarehouston.org; October 21, 7pm, A Long Shadow: Emily Dickinson and Contemporary Poets Mark Doty, Alice Fulton, and Susan Howe, Poets; October 23, 7:15pm Schubert: The Final Flowering Clive Swansbourne, Pianist

4. BYZANTINE FRESCO CHAPEL MUSEUM menil.org/Byzantine

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

5. HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT crafthouston.org

In the 2008 Fellowship Exhibition: Mike Osborne, Artlies Osborne exhibits large-scale photographs from his recent visits to China. Perfectible Worlds, by Sage Sohier, is a series about people’s private passions and obsessions. Both exhibits are on display thru October 19.

3. THE ROTHKO CHAPEL rothkochapel.org On exhibit thru November 30, Warren MacKenzie: Legacy of an American Potter presents seminal works produced by MacKenzie over a fifty-year period (19482006).

6. LAWNDALE ART CENTER lawndaleartcenter.org

October 3, The Gateless Gate: A Musical Exploration of Boundaries, 7:30pm. AIDS Foundation Houston, Inc. (AFH) kicks off the fourth season of its Mukuru “Arts for AIDS” Series. It is free (with a suggested donation of $10) and is open to the public. mukuru.org. October 9, 7:15pm Schubert: The Final Flowering – Clive Swansbourne, Pianist; October 10, 7pm & 11 at 1pm, Native American Dance: Tewa Dancers from the North; October 15, noon, Meditation and Healing: Twelve Moments at The Rothko Chapel Sikh; October 17, 7pm, Rothko on Rothko: Christopher Rothko, Guest Speaker Christopher Rothko,

7. BUFFALO SOLDIERS NATIONAL MUSEUM buffalosoldiersmuseum.com

Don’t miss Lawndale’s Day of the Dead / Día de los Muertos, including an exhibit and various events, October 20 thru November 8. Turn to page 20 for this month’s “Gallery” feature where you can read about the festivities.

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Check out this permanent exhibition that impressively chronicles the Buffalo Soldiers and pays tribute to AfricanAmerican military history from the Revolutionary War to modern times.

8. HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HOUSTON hmh.org

October 17 at 7pm, Professor Jeffrey Birds of Northeastern University will present Shmal’tsovniki: Bounty Hunters in German-Occupied Ukraine, 1941-1944. On view October 20 thru February 1, 2009, Dr. Seuss Wants You! highlights Theodor Seuss Geisel’s work for the New York Newspaper PM while he was a cartoonist during a time when the Nazi regime prospered from 1941-1942. Check out A One-Man Army: The Art of Arthur Szyk; features art created to garner support for the social and political issues in which Szyk believed beginning October 20

9. CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF HOUSTON cmhouston.org

Magic and mystery take over CMH as it morphs into the McDonald’s® Halloween Mansion for two spine-tingling weeks, October 16 thru 31. Hours will be extended till 8pm, so the kiddos may partake in a ghostly good time trick-or-treating, experimenting with Martian goo, making monster mosaics and more! Thriller of a Night Gala on October 25; for ticket and table information visit the website.

10. THE HEALTH MUSEUM thehealthmuseum.org

October 1 thru January 4, 2009 get ready to go under the knife at Zap! Surgery: Beyond the Cutting Edge, which


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takes you behind the scenes to experience the science behind surgical techniques.

11. HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE hmns.org

Tricks, Treats and T-Rex! on October 25 for the kiddos; Spirits & Skeletons, on October 31 from 8pm – 12am, is a Halloween mixer for adults, featuring live music from the Chromatics and a special performance from nationally renowned illusionist Steven Wallach. Don’t dare miss Dinosaurs 3D or Grand Canyon 3D: River in Peril at Wortham IMAX® Theatre. Thru January 11, 2009, take a look at Stones from the Sky: Aerial Landscape Photos by Michael Collier, and thru March 15, 2009, visit Native Americans: The Gordon W. Smith Collection. Dinosaur Mummy CSI: Cretaceous Science Investigation is a world premiere exhibition on display thru September 7, 2009.

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16. THE JUNG CENTER OF HOUSTON cgjunghouston.org

reach as many people as possible and teach them about weather and weather safety.

In Context: The Carranza Family, October 2 thru October 29, is a powerful array of abstract, natural and meditative forms that convey a personal story of support within a family for a wife and mother struggling with cancer.

17. CZECH CENTER MUSEUM czechcenter.org

With its permanent exhibition, the Czech Center Museum works to preserve, record and celebrate the language, scholarship and arts of Bohemia, Moravia, Silesi and Slovakia.

18. JOHN C. FREEMAN WEATHER MUSEUM wxresearch.org

A project of Weather Research Center, this Houston-based non-profit educational research organization’s goal is to

12. HOUSTON ZOO houstonzoo.org

Please your taste buds by attending Feast with the Beasts on October 10. Enjoy an evening of exotic culinary fare from many of Houston’s yummiest restaurants, plus live entertainment from the city’s hottest musicians! Stop by and wish Ernie the Porcupine a belated 1st birthday! September 13 was his big day.

13. RICE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERYricegallery.org Stop by Aurora Robson: The Great Indoors, thru October 26.

14. THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON mfah.org

Opens October 5, River of Gold: Pre-Columbian Treasures from Sitio Conte – Gold work from excavations by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet focuses on landscape paintings that were inspired by and created in the great expanse of forest just southeast of Paris. Part of the exhibition, showing thru October 19, is also devoted to photography. Thru October 26, check out Houston Collects: African American Art as well as The Black List Project: Timothy Greenfield Sanders and Elvis Mitchell.

15. CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON camh.org

Perspectives 163: Every Sound You Can Imagine, October 2 thru December 7, presents a look at experimental music scores as works of visual art. Sam Taylor-Wood, on view thru October 5, is the first major museum exhibition of Taylor-Wood’s (UK) work in the United States. Opening October 17, experience Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970, a groundbreaking exhibition chronicling the contributions that black women have made and continue to make to video art. Attend a dialogue with the co-curators of “Cinema Remixed & Reloaded” titled Scholars Talk: Valerie Cassel Oliver and Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, Ph.D., October 18 at 2pm. 19. october08 002houston

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A SACRED CELEBRATION OF LIFE

LAWNDALE ART CENTER KEEPS THE SPIRIT ALIVE WITH TRADITIONAL DAY OF THE DEAD EVENTS LAWNDALE ART CENTER WILL HOST ITS 21ST ANNUAL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS PROGRAM THIS MONTH. THE UNIQUE PROGRAM, POPULAR WITH HOUSTONIANS OF ALL AGES AND BACKGROUNDS, IS DESIGNED TO BRING AWARENESS OF MEXICAN CULTURE AND ARTS TO THE LARGER COMMUNITY. AND THE CELEBRATION GETS BETTER EVERY YEAR. Dia de los Muertos is traditionally observed on November 1 and 2, the Catholic holy days of All Saints Day and All Souls Day. The holiday honors the livese of loved ones who have passed away. The deceased are celebrated rather than mourned, so the special time is often more festive than solemn. Lawndale’s Executive Director Christine West said the Center’s celebration began when Lawndale was still affiliated with the University of Houston. “There were several artists who had traveled to Mexico and had become familiar with the Dia de los Muertos traditions,” she says. “They realized there was a large Hispanic culture (in the area that surrounded Lawndale). I think it appealed to their senses and was also a way to bridge into those communities.”

Artist Al Souza, a faculty member at UH, has long been involved with Lawndale programs and provides a retablo every year for the auction. “It’s the most democratic exhibit that I know of,” he says. “You can be an established, recognized artist from 50 years or in grad school, and you’ll be accepted in the same way.” The silent auction and gala on October 23 is part of a series of programs surrounding the retablo exhibit. Traditionally on Dia de los Muertos, friends and family members create special ofrendas (offerings) to honor the deceased. Ofrendas, often the person’s favorite foods and drinks, are brought to gravesites or at-home altars. Lawndale will host a “musical ofrenda” on October 28, with sounds from the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Houston Chamber Choir and contemporary ensemble Musiqa. The festivities will continue on October 30 with a sugar skull making workshop. Skulls are an iconic piece of imagery representing Dia de Los Muertos, and decorated skulls made of sugar are often part of an ofrenda. Lawndale also uses the annual celebration as a way to bring related curriculum and art projects to area schools. As part of the retablo exhibit, artwork from local students and teachers will be on display, including sugar skulls, papel picado, paper mache skeletons, retablos, altars and large-scale pieces.

The event started as a small exhibition of artists’ contemporary interpretations of retablos. Retablos are traditional tin devotional paintings. Literally translated, retablo means “behind the altar” – the tins are used in Mexico to honor Catholic saints. Eventually, the retablo exhibit expanded to an open call to Houston artists, and the pieces were sold in a silent auction to benefit Lawndale. Every year, the Lawndale staff provides 8 inch by 10 inch pieces of sheet metal for artists to use as a base material. The tablets are handed out while supplies last, and there are no guidelines for the exhibit. As a result the pieces – this year about 300 will be on display from October 20 to November 8 – are incredibly diverse in shape, style and content. “The retablo project is as loosely interpreted as the artists wish,” West says. “The work is very heartfelt and very personal. You see a lot of spiritually inspired pieces and remembrances. I think it makes it very accessible and just a bit different than a piece of work that doesn’t have that kind of narrative.”

The November 1 Family Day Fiesta is expected to draw as many as 600 guests, including the artists behind these works and their families. Attendees can take in the exhibit and decorate their own sugar skulls. The Mixteco Ballet Folklorico will perform at the free event, and customary refreshments will be served. West says the family day event is one of her favorites at Lawndale. “The student artists themselves are able to meet other artists and see other performers,” she says. “It makes it that much more of a rich experience.” West says Lawndale’s Day of the Dead program exposes Houston to the meaning of the special day, and has proven to be a learning experience even to those with Mexcian heritage. “I think it’s a very healthy way of approaching death and remembering your loved ones,” she says. “You can enjoy life a lot more when you can approach it with a sense of liveliness and humor.”

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FOR INFORMATION ABOUT ALL THE DIA DE LOS MUERTOS EVENTS AT LAWNDALE ART CENTER, VISIT LAWNDALEARTCENTER.ORG.


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CTOBER IS A WILD MONTH. NOT ONLY DID MARTIN LUTHER NAIL HIS 95 THESES ON THE DOOR OF A WITTENBERG CHURCH IN 1517, BUT 375 YEARS LATER, ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE PUBLISHED THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. ALSO IN THIS MONTH (FOR SOME REASON OCTOBER 16TH HAS HISTORICALLY BEEN A DAY BURSTING WITH ACTIVITY), MARIE ANTOINETTE, WIFE OF LOUIS XVI, WAS GUILLOTINED AT THE HEIGHT OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION (1793), MARGARET SANGER FOUNDED PLANNED PARENTHOOD BY OPENING THE FIRST U.S. BIRTH CONTROL CLINIC (1916), THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES AND CUBA BEGAN (1962), THE LUBY’S MASSACRE OCCURRED IN KILLEEN, TEXAS (1991), AND THE MILLION MAN MARCH STARTED IN WASHINGTON, DC (1991). BOSS’S DAY AND THE NATIONAL FERAL CAT DAY ARE BOTH OBSERVED ON THE 16TH. WHATEVER YOU ARE INTO, THERE IS SOMETHING FOR YOU THIS MONTH.

October 3 – November 21 – COLORS OF THE WIND The inspiring work of Mexican artists with Down Syndrome will be showcased in an internationally recognized exhibit coming to downtown Houston. The exhibit is in collaboration with Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., Crescent Real Estate Equities and Houston Arts Alliance. Houstonians are invited to view more than 40 oil paintings, engravings and lithographs by exceptional artists from the Mexican School of Down Art at the John Langdon Down Foundation in Mexico City. The school’s artwork – more than 200 valuable pieces – has been exhibited in Mexico, the United States, Canada and Europe. Free to see—on view on the first floor of the Fulbright Tower. October 8, 5 – 7:30pm – CULTURE COLLISION III The people. The music. The art. The scene. Join us for a one-of-a-kind Happy Hour event. Arts groups and Houston urbanites come together to enjoy performing and visual arts of all sorts: Houston Young People for the Arts, Spacetaker, Alley Theatre 1st Act, The Studio of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston Downtown Alliance Emerging Leaders, Houston Grand Opera - O.N., Houston Symphony Young Professionals Backstage, DiverseWorks3D, NiteSPA (Society for the Performing Arts), Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Art Crowd, UP@TUTS, The Menil Contemporaries, Fresh Arts Coalition, Caroline

Collective, ArCHitypes and Health Museum Young Supporters. Light bites provided by Antone’s. Cash bar. Event is free to attend. Evening will include a performance by Travesty Dance Company, a performance by a Houston Grand Opera Studio singer, DiverseWorks silk screening station, Inprint’s poetry station, Caroline Collective craft table and much more! October 8, 6pm FOCUS ON FINANCES HAPPY HOUR

This fall at the Artist Resource Center (ARC), Spacetaker hosts three Happy Hours designed to introduce local artists to the business aspects of making art. Kicking off a partnership with Amegy Bank, Spacetaker inaugurates its Focus on Finances Happy Hours, introducing artists to basic entrepreneurial practices, including financial management, asset building, mortgage shopping and retirement planning. From these informal, informative events, Spacetaker plans to collect feedback from participants in order to plan and design its Financial Literacy for Artists workshops for 2009. Spacetaker and Amegy will provide refreshments and hand-outs of the presentation for attendees. Event held at the ARC-2101 Winter Street Studio B11. Freebie.

October 21, 7pm – A LONG SHADOW: EMILY DICKINSON AND CONTEMPORARY POETS This evening, organized by beloved outgoing University of Houston faculty member and celebrated poet Mark Doty, will focus on contemporary poetry inspired by Emily Dickinson. Doty, as well as special guest poets Alice Fulton and Susan Howe, will read samples of their own works alongside poems by Dickinson at the Rothko Chapel. This program is presented by the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center. The event is free of charge. October 25, 7pm – COTTON, OIL & CLAY: ARTIST RECEPTION Get to M2 Gallery to see new works by painter Tod Bailey and ceramic artist Shane Tidmore. This opening night extravaganza of cotton, oil, clay, libation and eats is illustrative of the exceptional artistic talent that Houston has to offer. The exhibition runs through November 16. 21. october08 002houston


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NANCY ANDERSON THE BAYOU CITY FESTIVAL IS AN AUTUMN TRADITION IN DOWNTOWN HOUSTON WITH ARTISTS OF ALL GENRES SHOWCASING THEIR CONTEMPORARY ART. MANY ARE LOCAL, BUT A GREAT DEAL COME FROM ALL OVER THE STATE AND THE SOUTHWEST. ONE SUCH ARTIST IS COLORADO-BASED JEWELRY DESIGNER NANCY ANDERSON. Her designs, out of Sweet Bird Studio in Boulder, are a mix of bold, fashion-forward accessories and sacred found objects from her many journeys to salvage yards, fields and rusted barns. She truly does find other people’s junk to be her treasure but makes the distinction that she isn’t talking trash. She is drawn to the “sun-aged discards from another era.” Anderson is a believer in the healing power of jewelry and admits that it has saved her life. Several years ago when unsure of where her life was leading her, she spoke of feeling as though she were living a country western song. Always a collector, she discovered a piece of metal with a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe and on it were written the words: “Release the Vision.” This became her mantra of sorts. The use of religious iconography and words continues to be integral for Anderson since the message which began Sweet Bird Studio was a suggestive bit of poetry. The pervasive spirit of Sweet Bird, where she oversees a small staff of top-notch artists, is to not only promote healing through art but give back to the community in more ways than one. Anderson has started an organization in which a portion of the profits are donated to a fund dedicated to helping women recover after a life crisis. She also works closely with an organization called There With Care to whom she donates 50% of the proceeds of her Wear With Care collection, to help parents whose children are ill and receiving long-term care.

The jewelry is distinctly Southwestern at Sweet Bird Studios with various influences, and she incorporates symbols synonymous with cowgirl spunk and steely determination. One of her belt buckles, made of handcrafted nickel-plated or tin jewelry she is most often recognized for, was recently featured on the back of a Brooks and Dunn CD. There’s a scallop-edged rectangular belt buckle which incorporates a red and yellow vintage California anchovies tin emblazoned with a silver anchor, pounded out carefully in metal with an old advertisement showing a young Victorian girl in the front of a little canoe collaged onto the face of the buckle. The Sweet Bird Poetry is found in a beautifully engraved phrase which reads: “A girl at the helm,” suggesting that the little girl may not be as benign as she looks. In fact, she just might have it all figured out. And while Anderson doesn’t claim to have it all figured out herself, the messages printed clearly on her jewelry are a step in the right direction: “Fight No More Forever” and “Claim Your Soul” reinforce her belief in being at peace with those around you, but MEET NANCY ANDERSON AT THE BAYOU CITY ART FESTIVAL also with yourself and October 18 – 19, 2008, 10am to 6pm your past.

sweetbirdstudio.com To learn more about “There With Care,” or to learn about how to begin a chapter in Houston, visit therewithcare.org.

“Shrines for the finger” are what Anderson calls her collection of rings. The earrings she creates boast much silver and turquoise, and the thick, cuffs with the skulls prominent in the Dio de los Muertos and enamel icons are both ultra-hip and bold. Her animal jewelry – tags that ask for protection for your pet – are big sellers with celebrities and everyday dog enthusiasts. “Horse Bling” is her newest best seller. Being their most popular state for collectors, Texans are known at Sweet Bird for placing the most custom orders. Clients send pictures of their ranch, horse or whatever they want incorporated into the jewelry. On the back of every belt and on the inside of every ring is a secret message, an insignia that is known only to the wearer. This one-of-a-kind attention to detail, design and the powerful words make her wearable art true conversation pieces.

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AURORA PICTURE SHOW and more It’s always fun when Halloween falls on a Friday night! I suggest you stop by the Aurora Picture Show (aurorapictureshow.org) at 8pm to check out a special “Halloween Performance” by Potter-Belmar Labs. Potter-Belmar Labs is Leslie Raymond and Jason Jay Stevens, conductors of cinema, live-mixing audio and video who weave sampled media and original work, cut up and stitched back together, on the fly. In other words, it’s gonna be super cool. Get out your birthday candles and checkbooks for the “Aurora 10 Year Anniversary Gala: A Celestial Event” on Thursday, October 23, at 6:30pm, and then enjoy filmmaker Bill Morrison in person for his “Short Works” screening on Saturday, October 25, at 8pm. On big screens around town, you can get an insider’s view, starting October 31, to two weeks in the chaotic life of a Hollywood producer in What Just Happened. And the muchanticipated film Blindness opens October 3 – it’s an eerie film about a “White Sickness” epidemic that stars my favorite hottie Gael Garcia Bernal. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON and more

This exhibition is the first to examine the critical contributions of black women film and video artists to the field of contemporary art and features projections, installations, interactive CD-ROM projects, experimental film and video work. There is a ton going on at both Alamo Drafthouse (drafthouse.com) locations this month, from large screen fun with the presidential debates (Mason Park) to “Cowboys Football Sundays” (West Oaks) as well as their fun weekly set of series including “Musical Mondays” at Mason Park and “Alamo Anime Tuesdays” at West Oaks. Their special event this month is a “Blues Brothers Feast” on Sunday, October 12, at 7:30pm at West Oaks. They’re on a mission from God! RICE CINEMA and more “Ghouls, Ghosts, & Hyperlinks: A Japanese Horror Film Festival” unfurls at Rice Cinema (ricecinema.rice.edu) on Friday, October 3, at 8pm (Kairo/Pulse); Saturday, October 4, at 8pm (Honogurai mizu no soko kara/Dark Water); and Sunday, October 5, at 8pm (Yokai Daisenso/The Great Yokai War). They’re also showing Taiwanese films on October 25, 26 and 27. The historic River Oaks Theatre (landmarktheatres.com) is showing Religious opening October 3 and Rachel Getting Married on October 17. The Prestige is a midnighter on October 3 and 4 and is a film set in London at the end of the nineteenth century about rival magicians whose hatred and obsession began with the death of one’s wife. KUHF Houston Public Radio (kuhf.edu) is mingling with the folks at Discovery Green quite a bit – last month they began presenting their lovely and lively arts program, “The Front Row,” live at the park, and this month they are continuing their “Silent Film Concert Series” which will feature unique film presentations combining silent films from the 1920s with live, original scores composed and performed by Texas musicians. On October 3 at 7:30pm, catch Nosferatu with music by Golden Arm Trio.

The “Movies Houstonians Love” series continues at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (mfah.org) with longtime activist Sissy Farenthold introducing her favorite film, Reds, on Monday, October 27, at 7pm. This Warren Beatty pic is about love and life during the Bolshevik revolution. Also on the MFAH screen is the series “Jean Eustache: Film as Life, Life as Film” – documenting the oeuvre of the Frenchman who preferred to be called an archivist since he was untrained as a filmmaker. The films run from October 17-26. Across the street at the Contemporary Arts Museum (camh.org), “Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970” opens October 18 and runs through January 4, 2009.

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CHAIRS FOR CHARITY: THE FURNITURE BANK

WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THAT MISMATCHED, OVERSTUFFED CHAIR YOUR BOYFRIEND INSISTED ON BRINGING TO YOUR NEW MARITAL NEST? JUST DONATE IT TO THE FURNITURE BANK. THEY KNOW PLENTY OF FOLKS WHO’LL BE GLAD TO HAVE IT.

Hurricane Katrina survivors who evacuated to Houston in 2005 turned to The Furniture Bank when their Louisiana homes were flooded. “I had never been that busy in my life,” says Mohammed. “We got national coverage. People were sending furniture from New York.” Helping in times of crises is a big part of the organization’s mission. “We dodged a bullet with Hurricane Gustav,” Mohammed points out, “but if you have these services in place, you can deal with disasters when they come.” Some items, donated by generous retailers like Fingers and Hoffer Furniture, are sold at Mohammed’s latest endeavor, Bargain Bazaar. In fact, Jodie Hoffer himself is helping out, lending his 50 years of retail experience to a good cause. He runs Bargain Bazaar, with all proceeds going to The Furniture Bank. Leather sofas start at $300 and pillowtop queen mattress sets go for as little as $249. It’s a bargain hunter’s bonanza. And it’s for a good cause.

Being “furnitureless” is an oft forgotten plight. Sure, it’s a wonderful thing to have a roof over one’s head, but having furniture is essential to creating any sense of normalcy. “You can’t expect someone to get up on time if they sleep on the floor and don’t have an alarm,” says Oli Mohammed, executive director of The Furniture Bank. The organization is “Making Empty Houses Homes” by supplying families in need with household essentials.

The Furniture Bank is a well-oiled machine, but it needs support from the community to serve Houston’s evergrowing needs. “We are barely scratching the surface,” says Mohammed. Individuals can help by donating tax-deductible items or cash. 80% of the furnishings come from individual donations. “There is so much furniture sitting in people’s garages, there is no reason a family should be sleeping on the floor,” Mohammed says. Furniture in usable condition can be dropped off or picked up. Or you can “adopt” a family in need by donating $250-$500, which can furnish an entire home.

When Mohammed first came to Houston in 1987, he was shocked. “I remember going into the 3rd Ward. Some parts were almost worse than the slums of Bangladesh,” he says, referring to the poverty stricken areas of his native country. “With all the wealth and prosperity in America, that was unacceptable.” Only five years after having come to America, Mohammed used his smarts (he has a master’s degree in political science) and his connections (he was working with the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County) and did something about it. He founded The Furniture Bank, which now serves 100-150 families every month. Clients who benefit from the program usually come with a case worker from a participating charity. They select whatever they need from the 10,000-sq.-ft. warehouse. One grandmother, with sore knees, recently got a break with the help of MHMRA’s Katrina and Rita Crisis Counseling and Care Management Program. Thanks to the washing machine she got from The Furniture Bank, she no longer has to lug her five grandchildren’s dirty clothes to the laundromat. Her case worker, Connie Bradshaw, says all her clients have been very pleased. “It’s very neat and everything is visible,” she says of the facility.

Volunteers can donate their time by helping families select the perfect pieces for their home. There are also opportunities for helping with answering phones, loading and unloading, or making sales at Bargain Bazaar on weekends. Why not organize a furniture drive in your neighborhood? Your support will give someone hope and make it much easier for them to get up in time for work in the morning.

To donate or arrange a pickup, call THE FURNITURE BANK at 713.842.9771 or visit hfbank.org. BARGAIN BAZAAR is located at 3801 Gulf Fwy. (I-45 South). Hours of operation are Saturday 10-5pm and Sunday 12-5pm. 713.237.8322

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EVENT WOMEN OF WARDROBE’S SIZZLING SUMMER SOIREE WHY TO BENEFIT DRESS FOR SUCCESS-HOUSTON DIVISION WHERE TOOTSIES WHEN AUGUST 20 A crowd of almost 400 had the pleasure of finding the perfect jean for them with the help of J Brand jean fit specialist Oscar Adames along with the designer for the brand, Susie Crippen. Afterward guests indulged in margaritas, CRAVE cupcakes and got the heads-up on fall accessories from jewelry designer Claudia Lobao and handbag designer Elaine Turner.

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EVENT GO GREEN

Muse and Trees for Houston joined forces to throw a festive fete to celebrate Trees’ new project. Guests mingled and shopped and no one went home emptyhanded. Each green-minded event-goer received a bag of native tree seeds along with planting tips from Trees For Houston.

WHY TO CELEBRATE THE TREES FOR SCHOOLS PROJECT WHERE MUSE BOUTIQUE WHEN AUGUST 27

Barry J.Ward, Randi Cleary, Abby Lambert

Valerie Dittner, Lindsay Mousoudakis, Lauren Levicki

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LIVING SMART WITH PATRICIA GRAS

Living Smart airs on Sundays at 3pm and repeats Thursdays at 1pm.

ADELE GORODY I didn’t think about taking care of my parents until my moth- The caregiving problem is made complex by the fact that er fell into a coma. I think most of us tend to be shocked “we have the older seniors who come from the generation into realizing some day, somehow, we will have to take where they are fiercely independent and want to maintain care of our parents or elderly relatives in some form or that independence for as long as possible. Even to the fashion. It is inevitable. My mother survived and luckily my extent where they suffer as a result of it,” Gorody whole family had the conversation we should have had observes. years ago. That is why I invited senior guidance advisor Adele Gorody to Living Smart so she could enlightOn Living Smart Gorody discusses the types of docen us about caregiving issues. Gorody is the AND IN THE END, uments you will need to secure for your parents or executive director of the Senior Guidance IT’S NOT THE YEARS IN elderly relatives. These include health-related Directory in Houston. “The Senior Guidance documents such as Do Not Resuscitate orders, YOUR LIFE THAT COUNT. your medical healthcare proxy and your Directory provides vital information for seniors, their families and caregivers about servIT’S THE LIFE IN YOUR financial instruments such as the power of ices available in the community that might attorney, and your last will and testament. YEARS. help them with whatever their needs may be.” Abraham Lincoln As she and her staff learned about most of the If these documents are not drawn up when your President of the United services available to seniors, she realized many of States family members have the mental capacity to underus don’t ever ask the right questions when we confront stand them, it can be burdensome and stressful for the the issue. “In my experience the first thing you need to do caregivers as well as taxing on the care receiver. Gorody is recognize what your responsibilities are. And that’s believes that food, shelter, clothing and finances are four going to be a function of the unique needs of your family issues for seniors that really need attention. She believes and your unique resources. Ask yourself, “What is caregiv- that “in America we’re dealing with a transition period as ing? What does it mean to me? How do I get involved? How far as the fact that now we have a lot more older people, do I understand it better?” people are living much longer, and we’re not really prepared as a society for this.” 26. october08 002houston

ADELE GORODY + PATRICIA GRAS Gorody believes most seniors prefer to stay home as they age. “One tends to age better when they can age in a place of their own, like their own home; and studies have shown now that we are better aging in a community or in family environments. In fact, if we don’t have families, we can move into specialized housing communities that are structured like family environments (and that seems to work best). On Living Smart Adele Gorody shares what questions we need to ask when we begin the caregiving journey. She also strongly recommends the Senior Guidance Directory which is free of charge. “There’s nothing like our directory anywhere. And the reason we are so unique is that we provide access to information that helps people from all walks of life.” For Information, visit houstonpbs.org/livingsmart or call 713.743.8513 To view streaming videos of past Living Smart shows on the Internet, go to Google Video and type in the search term “Living Smart” in quotation marks. Patricia Gras is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and the producer and host for Living Smart with Patricia Gras. patriciagras.blogspot.com


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BORDEAUX AND THE BASQUE COUNTRY

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ERHAPS THIS ISN’T THE MOST EXCITING TIME FOR AN AMERICAN TRAVELING IN EUROPE (THINK BUYING EUROS) BUT, IF YOU CAN FIND THE WAY TO MAKE THE SACRIFICE FOR THE SAKE OF ADDING A LITTLE CULTURE AND AWE TO YOUR LIFE, THE AQUITAINE REGION IN FRANCE IS SIMPLY DIVINE.

The landscape of Aquitaine is a fusion of the best Mother Nature has offered over the last 15,000 years. From water, sand to lush, vast agriculture all rolling into the horizon of majestic sunsets. The vastly different landscapes covered in mere nine days are breathtaking. From beachside cities, to countryside bed and breakfasts, to Europe’s largest forest as well as the highest dune – and all offer the most luxurious settings. And, yes, a city like Bordeaux can sound quite intimidating with its snooty connotations, but this area is eager to host tourists and offers plenty to see and do. Bordeaux is home to the highly anticipated Bordeaux Fete du Vin (The Wine Festival), an event that is the epitome of the recently anointed World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The urban city is a city planner’s dream with its pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods surrounded by over 347 historical monuments and 3 churches. The 18th-century town has gracefully moved into a new era paving the way with innovations like the tramway that now allows the left and right banks of the Garrone River to happily co-inhabit. The quays are now the site of the Fete du Vin, celebrating the vines of the region dating back to the 1st century AD. Getting There: www.franceguide.com | www.airfrance.com WHEN IN BORDEAUX YOU MUST EXPERIENCE THE WINE. Take a tour of one of the many great châteaux. I visited Chateau Fonplegade, which is coincidentally owned by the very American Adams Family, with its contemporary upgrades sitting among acres of endless vineyards in Saint-Emilion. Tour the churches and The Ossuary with its underground monuments and catacombs. On the left side of the bank sits the Seekoo Hotel located in the burgeoning quays; a large, white, almost obtrusive property in the middle of 18th-century architecture, the hotel somehow fits right in. The Regent Grand Hotel in the Golden Triangle facing the Grand Theatre underwent a massive facelift restoring it to its splendor. Baccarat crystal chandeliers abound and unique décor depicts a bourgeois apartment of the 18th century. Fashion Avenue offers luxury shopping and can be accessed through the hotel. Check In: Seekoo Hotel www.seekoo-hotel.com | The Regent Grand Hotel www.theregentbordeaux.com Working our way to the coast, we took in the Dune of Pilar and the Bay of Arcachon. With an altitude of over 300 feet the dunes are one of the most visited natural sites in the region and are quite simply breathtaking. One side overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and the other the lush, vast forest. This region offers numerous natural reserves with crane watching, hiking and biking tours, surf lessons on the coast, fishing, golfing and gastronomical experiences rich with the region’s cultural influences. www.landes-holiday.com

THE COAST IS HOME TO VARIOUS SEASIDE VILLAGES THAT ALONE COULD BE A WORTHWHILE TRIP. St. Jean de Luz is a tiny village where Louis XIV married the Infanta Marie-Teresa in 1660. Information: www.saint-jean-de-luz.com.

Hotel Du Palais

BIARRITZ IS A CHARMING FISHING HARBOR THAT PARALLELS THE FRENCH RIVIERA, rich in history, influencing a healthy lifestyle and known for its seawater therapies. I stayed at The Regent Grand Hotel the magnificent Hotel Du Palais, Imperial Resort & Spa – member of The Leading Hotels of the World – which was known as Villa Eugénie in the 1850s when it was the summer residence built by Napoleon III for his wife. The hotel is nestled along the seaside where time ceases to exist; one step into the reception area and you are immersed in elegance hard to reach today. The Guerlain Spa is worth a visit, or two. La Rotonde, in front of the ocean, is the hotel’s signature restaurant, a gastronomic delight. Check In: Hotel Du Palais www.hotel-du-palais.com There is so much to do in Biarritz! It’s one of the best spots in the world for surfing. Scriptwriter Peter Viertel (Deborah Kerr’s husband) introduced the sport in 1957 while shooting The Sun Also Rises. If that’s a little too adventurous, take a class from former Executive Chef of the Consul General of France in San Francisco for over 15 years – Chef Alain Briant. He’ll take you on a tour of a local market where you’ll shop for fresh produce including the most amazing rocket (arugula) I have ever tasted. The trip culminates at the chef’s home in the town center where Chef Briant gives a cuisine lesson. Info: www.chefbriant.com | www.biarritz.fr/en/Website/site/en_tourism.php DELVE INTO THE PAYS BASQUE Bayonne, a quaint river town just north of Biarritz and the chocolate capital of France,is quite simply intoxicating! Discover the city on a guided bike tour where you’ll see exactly why the city became a major fortified defensive site against menacing enemies. From its idyllic lined bike trails that wind through the city and along the river offering fantastic vantage points of the Gothic Cathedral, castles and bridges, it is a town not to be missed! Information: www.bearn-basquecountry.com INTO THE HEART OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY Such quaint Bed and Breakfasts as the Maison Olhabidea,. the Fagoaga residence run by the Fagoaga brothers, on the countryside delight with views you will not soon forget. Check In: www.olhabidea.com Another option is the über-contemporary inn by Cedric Bechade (Alain Ducasse-trained), the l’Auberger Basque. Simple in its aesthetic, but elaborate in its effect, the inn is sedated luxury that will leave you wanting more. Check In: www.aubergebasque.com Speaking of Alain Ducasse, L’Auberge Ostapé spills onto the countryside of Navarre where guests stay in one of 5 typical Basque villas and are given a golf cart to get around its acres. Ducasse himself interprets traditional cuisine at this one-of-a-kind property. Check In: www.alain-ducasse.com/ostape

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Made from organic cotton and earth-friendly dyes, your little one will adore this cozy creation. Hoodie by Sama Baby $30 – samababy.com

By Lindsay Hagood

A set of 5 interchangeable pieces. Très chic! First Pregnancy Essentials by Isabella Oliver $420 – isabellaoliver.com

This 100% silk dress looks just as fabulous as it feels. Green Print Wrap Dress by Diane von Furstenberg $350 – apeainthepod.com

Simple, sweet and great for layering. Pink Dress with Chocolate Ruffles $30 – samababy.com

Luxurious essentials for mom and baby. Great gift idea. New Mothers by Kiehl’s $149 – kiehls.com

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EVENT REDRESSED WHY TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S VICTORY WHERE DIMENSIONS WHEN AUGUST 28 Dimensions debuted its new entrance reminiscent of shopping along the chicest of fashion rows. Guests nibbled on seafood bites from Oceanaire Seafood Room and checked out the raffle items on display. Event proceeds benefited the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer early detection program to provide screening mammograms to underserved women in our community.

Joni Ballis, Laura Hand

Ali Kornhauser

Holly & Philip Thompson

Meredith Turner, Elizabeth Stein, Cynthia Urquhart

Beth Flame, Lindsay Aronstein

Anne Nemer

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PEOPLE OF HOUSTON

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MICHELLE COLVARD

NICOLE BRENDE

age 32 sign Libra origin Houston, Texas occupation Executive Director, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

age 30 sign Taurus origin Santa Monica, CA (but grew up in Las Vegas) occupation Hot On! Homes TV Show (TV Host and Senior Account Manager)

Photography by Aaron M. Sprecher

3 SERGIU LUCA age 65 sign Aries origin Romania occupation Musician, Professor, Artistic Director CONTEXT

1. MICHELLE COLVARD -If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be? Danica Patrick. -If you never had to work, what would you do? Be a professional volunteer. -What do you do in your spare time? Play piano and violin. -Where do you plan to go on your next vacation? Once my travels for the next year as Ms. Wheelchair America are over, I would love to go to Spain. -What is your favorite sport? Dragon boating.

2. NICOLE BRENDE -If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would buy? A financial planner! But also a penthouse apartment in the Galleria area. -What do you do in your spare time? I love to cook, entertain, travel and volunteer at Texas Children’s Hospital. -What was your most embarrassing moment? Let’s just say I’ve trained myself to not wear dresses on windy days! -If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I wish I could sing! Karaoke and I are not friends. I lip synch in church too!

3. SERGIU LUCA -Where is you favorite place to shop? Hong Kong Market. -What attracts you to a person? Their sense of empathy and their passion for life. -What is the worst fashion trend you loved? Mini-skirts. -What is one thing you can’t live without? Other people. -What was your most memorable moment? Seeing my daughter for the first time. -What was the best concert you ever attended? The first time I ever heard a symphony orchestra; I was 8 years old.

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ons @ Willow Boutique 5. Versatile and a little rock ’n’ roll chic. Vintage corsage bracelet @ Willow Boutique 6. Nabbed at an estate sale by my crafty sister, this has become my regular every night out. It’s amazing how well this green complements pretty much everything. Vintage hunter green leather oversize fold-over clutch $13 @ an estate sale near you! 7. There’s nothing wrong with prevention and minimization. After all the worry lately, this masks the mess. Nars Potent EFA lipid support cream $70 & EFA Night Infusion lipid support $105 @ Neiman Marcus


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It’s true that I design everything with myself in mind. A piece has to feel good for me; otherwise I believe it won’t feel good for anyone else. Sometimes I keep two or three of each piece for myself! ARE YOU A BELIEVER IN LESS IS MORE? OR THE MORE THE MERRIER? DO YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND REMOVE A PIECE LIKE EVERYONE SAYS TO DO BEFORE YOU WALK OUT THE DOOR? I’m definitely in the more is merrier camp and try to live my life like every moment is a special occasion. I wear my jewelry day or night and rarely leave home without at least two pieces. It makes me feel special! Don’t worry though. I don’t walk out of the house looking like a strung Christmas tree.

CAROLYN RODNEY’S

ROCKS WHEN DID YOU START DESIGNING JEWELRY? WHAT AWAKENED THIS DESIRE FOR YOU? Designing jewelry became my passion and my career about a year and a half ago after my first visit to India. Saying I was inspired by India is a huge understatement. My urge to create went into overdrive! India is incredibly rich with gems and highly skilled craftsmen and craftswomen. Traditional Indian jewelry is stunningly beautiful. In my first collection I tried to utilize traditional Indian jewelrymaking techniques and combine them with a western aesthetic. But when I think about it I suppose I have been designing jewelry most of my life. When I was very young one of my favorite things to do was to visit my grandmother who would let me play with a big bag of mostly broken costume jewelry. I would spend hours combining broken necklaces and gluing loose stones to create my own unique designs. I’m sure they were awful but my grandmother always told me how beautiful my creations were.

WHO DO YOU ADMIRE OR WHO HAS HAD INFLUENCE ON YOU? (IN JEWELRY AND LIFE.) WHY? My mum was my earliest influence. She gave new meaning to the phrase “shop ’til you drop” and I’m afraid I inherited my shopaholic tendencies from her! She was the most glamorous woman I knew. My mother was always very encouraging of my creative pursuits. It was always “that’s a great idea, go for it!” So I grew up believing I had no limitations and anything is possible. WHAT IS THE SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE OF YOUR FAVORITE PIECE THAT YOU OWN? I have an antique sterling silver and ivory baby rattle, given to me as a gift when I was born. Although the use of ivory is shocking to me, the rattle goes everywhere with me. I’ve lived all over the world and it’s the only object that’s literally been with me since the day I was born. It always reminds me to be childlike — playful, open-minded and unrestrained by the inner voice of reason, collective cynicism or fear of failure.

TO MOVE INTO ANOTHER FIELD OF DESIGN? OR SET UP A “VINTAGE” SPECIALTY BOUTIQUE? I am planning to open a Carolyn Rodney boutique — maybe I’ll reproduce some of my favorites. As well as jewelry, I make cashmere shawls with similar themes to my jewelry. First I screen print them and then they are hand embroidered and beaded. Each shawl takes two people about six weeks to embroider. At the moment I’m working on some sterling silver evening bags which are studded with precious stones, and a friend and I have designed a line of organic cotton resort wear for children called Majik Enfant. In the future I want to make a line of home furnishings and a range of natural Ayurvedic beauty products. WHERE ARE YOU TRAVELING NEXT? For the past few days I’ve been in London which is where I was born and which has always been a huge source of inspiration for me. Tomorrow I’m going to India for six weeks to manufacture an order for Neiman Marcus and make some of my new designs. Something tells me that my stay in India will be both pleasurable and inspiring! WHEN DO WE HAVE A NEW COLLECTION TO LOOK FORWARD TO? WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND IT? My new designs will be ready early next year. Lately someone special has been making me feel very romantic so everything’s coming up roses! Rose earrings, rings and maybe a necklace and bracelet in black diamonds or in rubies, pink sapphires and white diamonds. I am designing some one-of-a-kind pieces incorporating the antique jade carvings (found in my father’s antique oriental art shop) and I’m adding diamonds, emeralds and rubies.

YOU COLLECT VINTAGE/ANTIQUE FURNITURE, CLOTHING, ETC. ARE THERE PLANS IN THE FUTURE YOUR WORK IS INSPIRING AND AMAZING. IT TRANSCENDS THE TEST OF TIME AND IS NOSTALGIC. YOU CREATE TRULY BEAUTIFUL PIECES THAT PUT A SMILE ON MY FACE. I WISH YOU ALL THE SUCCESS. SAFE JOURNEY! Thank you so much for your kind words. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to get such positive feedback to my work.

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NAME MARGARET MORRIS | LINDSAY MOUSOUDAKIS | BOUTIQUE MUSE

5 RULES OF STYLE

years in operation 2 years | address 2411 w. alabama | phone 713.520.6873 | website musehouston.com MARGARET’S 5 RULES OF STYLE: 1. DRESS OVER THE TOP OCCASIONALLY, KEEPING IN MIND AGE APPROPRIATE STYLE.

2. BEWARE OF BEING A FASHION VICTIM.

3. FEEL COMFORTABLE IN YOUR CLOTHES.

4. FEEL CONFIDENT IN YOUR CHOICES.

5. FEEL SPECIAL IN YOUR ATTIRE.

LINDSAY’S 5 RULES OF STYLE: 1. HAVE FUN WITH YOUR CLOTHES! 2. A SMILE IS YOUR ABSOLUTE BEST ACCESSORY!

3. INDULGE IN A BIT OF LUXURY. 4. COVET YOUR MOST EXPENSIVE ITEM FOR THE SEASON! 5. ADD AT LEAST ONE CLASSIC SPLURGE PER SEASON. Margaret Morris | Lindsay Mousoudakis | Billy the dog

CURRENT OBSESSION: LM To get to India for inspiration and wonderful new things for Muse. And my new husband! MM Balancing family life and finding unique items for Muse DESIGN INSPIRATION | ICON: LM My Muse customers

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER BOUTIQUES? LM I am here at Muse every day dressing every one of my clients personally. When I buy at market, I shop with certain clients in mind . . . . Like, “This is so Charlotte. . . Ana will love this . . .” Also our eclectic mix of home and clothing. The buyers are 3 generations with different opinions: 29-year-old newlywed (myself); 40 hip young mom (my sister); 60-year-old hip young grandmother (my mother) with all such different needs and opinions! MM Ditto on Lindsay’s thoughts plus we give individual attention and hopefully make our customers feel at home.

MM Audrey Hepburn/Katherine Hepburn HOW DID YOU GET INTO THIS BUSINESS? LM Working in both PR and fashion in Los Angeles, where fashion is religion. I have a passion for fashion and for dressing people. My mom has a passion for home décor.

WHAT ARE YOU COVETING THIS SEASON? LM The Beirn watersnake hobos, zip pouches and ballet flats in loads of colors! MM Muse cashmere wraps (so many color choices!), Muse soap and Muse lotion (6 scents to choose from).

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ONE GREAT PLACE TO SWEAT IT OUT, YogaOne is the city’s newest hot yoga studio in the Midtown/Downtown area, and is scheduled to open the first week of October. (Just be sure to call before you drop in since Ike blew out their power.) The studio is located at 3030 Travis, at the corner of Anita and Travis. Their 3,000-squarefoot hot yoga studio provides a yoga-related fitness and wellness facility, combining both a detoxifying heated practice room and a unique sequence of postures designed to facilitate weight loss, strength, flexibility and balance in the mind and body. What sets them apart is their first-

in-the-city, state-of-the-art heating system custom-designed by the nation’s leading expert in hot yoga climate control. Class temperatures will vary depending upon the type of class and will be enhanced by a humidification system that allows for detoxification without overheating. In addition to the Hot Hatha Core Series, the studio will offer Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga and Slow Flow yoga as well as belly dancing classes. For more information, visit yogaonehouston.com or call 713.443.6466.

ONE GREAT ILLUSTRATOR

Saks Fifth Avenue’s WANT IT! campaign features the artwork of French Illustrator Alexandra Compain-Tissier. Her beautiful illustrations feature the must-have items for fall. For women: the big, bold necklace, boots, a polished face, the relaxed jacket, romantic blouses, a sweater coat, a tailored dress and a top-handle bag. For men, the trends are citrus scent, dress boot, made to measure, plaid, vest and work to workout. Born in Versailles, France, Compain-Tissier studied drawing at The National School of Visual Arts (l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’arts Plastiques de Cergy). And credits her detailed technique and understanding of composition and light to reproducing the great works of art during school. Compain-Tissier’s illustrations have been featured in publications worldwide including The New York Times, Nylon, Cosmo Girl, ELLE and Dazed & Confused among many others. alexandracompaintissier.com

ONE GREAT SNOOPY? ONE GREAT DEVELOPMENT in the heart of Downtown. Houston Pavilions… will open its first phase in October with cool retail, great dining and fun entertainment all under one roof. Actually it’s three city blocks connected by two sky rings that span over San Jacinto and Fannin. In the first phase of store openings, shoppers can check out a 24,000square-foot Forever 21 store. Get ready to eat, drink and make merry at the restaurants and bars opening at Houston Pavilions…the center of it all. The House of Blues restaurant and its private club, The Foundation Room, open in October, as well as the rocking concert venue. Join The Foundation Room now and get invited to all the VIP events surrounding the opening! McCormick & Schmick’s will open its new location at Houston Pavilions during this first phase. And, Lucky Strike Lanes will be importing from Hollywood its super-chic bowling lanes and fantastic food, such as tomato-and-cheese s’mores in November. Also in November, III Forks Steakhouse and Yao’s Restaurant and Bar will join the mix. 37. october08 002houston

Although we’ve been wrapped up in Ike aftermath, the rest of the country has been gearing up for the most intense Presidential elections probably in the history of this country. Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang have been offering charming, hilarious and discreetly pointed commentary on campaigns, politicians and sloganeering since the 1960 election. If you haven’t decided by NOW, or you don’t want to share, rock these non-partisan Peanuts tees: “Don’t Blame Me—I Voted for Snoopy”! “Back the Beagle,” “Fight Pollution” or vote “Snoopy for President.” schulzmuseum.org


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By Carla Valencia de Martinez Photography by Sofia van der Dys

SINCE I CAN REMEMBER I’VE READ HOW ESSENTIAL IT IS TO HAVE A GOOD WHITE BUTTON FRONT SHIRT. UNFORTUNATELY MY TORSO HAS NEVER REALLY FOUND ONE THAT IS COMFORTABLE AND FLATTERING, UNTIL NOW. LINDSEY ARONSTEIN HAD THE SAME PROBLEM UNTIL SHE DISCOVERED REBECCA AND DREW IN NEW YORK CITY’S MEAT PACKING DISTRICT LAST YEAR AND OPENED THE COMPANY’S FIRST OUTPOST IN THE RIVER OAKS SHOPPING CENTER ON SEPTEMBER 2. USING A FORMULA CALLED TRIOFIT BASED ON THREE MEASUREMENTS OF A WOMAN’S BODY – CHEST CIRCUMFERENCE, BRA CUP SIZE AND TORSO HEIGHT – NOW ALL WOMEN CAN WEAR THE ESSENTIAL CHIC WHITE BUTTON FRONT SHIRT. 2015 WEST GRAY, 713.522.7500.

I walk a lot, not really to get anywhere in particular, just to walk my dog and about three to four times a day. And lately, I’ve asked myself how many steps I’m walking, I’ve actually tried counting but don’t make it past 12. My mom must be telepathic because she recently gave me the AW200 activity monitor which keeps track of my steps! Polarelectro.com

HALLOWEEN! Beatrice and I LOVE Halloween, so get creative and come show us your best costume at our annual BOO! Party on the terrace at the Alden Hotel Downtown. As always, there will be celeb judges, prizes and FUN! Email Seville.gonsulin@aldenhotels.com with questions.

LOVE THESE MINI WHITENING TO-GO PENS BY BRITESMILE JUST AS MUCH AS MY TIDE TO-GO PENS. $49.99 AT THE BRITESMILE SPA IN THE GALLERIA.

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I was recently in Dallas checking out the Joule Hotel (which is fantastic) where I met one of the public relations gals from NYC for the property and she was lugging around this durable, chiclooking bag. Turns out it was this MZ Wallace, aptly named the “Alex” bag (from the Steel Bedford Nylon Collection); like my husband, the bag is reliable and classic. LOVE it! $280 Mzwallace.com

I HAVE LONG BEEN A JOHN DERIAN FAN, SNAPPING UP HIS COLLECTOR PIECES AT BOUTIQUES ALL OVER. THANKS TO THE GENIUS PARTNERSHIPS WITH TARGET, JD GOES MAINSTREAM; PICK UP YOUR PIECES WHILE YOU CAN AT TARGET. BUTTERFLY PAPERWEIGHT $9.99 AND SET OF 4 COASTERS $12.99.

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One of my best gals Marianne (owner of another thing I love – FROCK boutique!) brought me some matches like these from Mexico, which I horded and just ran out of, and the day of this shoot, in waltzes my brother with Frida Kahlo versions! Love these. Casa Ramirez, 241 West 19th Street, 713.880.2420.


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BOBBI THOMAS 93% of Communication is Non-Verbal

by Carla Valencia Photography by Sofia van der Dys Makeup by DanielaKlein.com

IN A WORLD

FULL OF PAPARAZZI AND REALITY SHOWS, THE ROLE MODELS FOR WOMEN CAN BE KIND OF IFFY. BUT AMONG THEM IS ONE YOU’LL RECOGNIZE FROM A FLASH ON THE RED CARPET AT COUNTLESS AWARD CEREMONIES, SHE’S THE STYLE EDITOR FOR THE TODAY SHOW AND ALSO WORKS FOR IN TOUCH MAGAZINE. BOBBI THOMAS IS THE “GIRL’S GIRL” WHO LOVES FASHION AND BEAUTY AND DISHING THE ADVICE SHE HOPES WILL EMPOWER WOMEN ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. Recently Thomas was in Houston on a nationwide tour for Gillette’s Venus Embrace campaign and I caught up with her for a quick lunch at the Alden Hotel’s chic 17. Bobbi may be tiny in person but her personality and heart are quite the opposite. Dressed frugally in Simply Vera Wang for Kohl’s and an Express blouse, she is more beautiful in person and happily munched on the shrimp tacos, caprese salad, fries, mini-pizzas and all the desserts set down in front of us. Bobbi worked as a grad student rape therapist for about three years at a crisis facility in Las Angeles and really wanted to empower women. At about the age of 30, she realized that the psychology background and the work that she started back then was still relevant because style is self-expression. “I really want to force feed to women that fashion and beauty are amazing tools, but they’re only two of your arsenal to express yourself. So I really work hard to, yes, be current and give you the coolest, newest, hippest, most awesome information I possibly can, because as a fellow woman, I am not an expert, I’m a guide. I have a job to actually bust my butt to get all this great information, to filter it down, to edit it out and then to give it back. I am not smarter, or cooler, or whatever, than any other woman, I just feel blessed that women trust me.” So Bobbi was really excited when Gillette approached her about their Venus Embrace campaign. “I’m a little leery about endorsing something and have worked hard to build a credible base but their campaign was about embracing your inner goddess, and I really am about that philosophy. I love tying it back to the fact that most people in this country want to bash and say that style is superficial. It’s not about materialism, it’s about communication. Because it’s about the way you present yourself to the world. Style is the way you speak to the world without words (a motto Thomas coined and lives by).” And as we lunch and chat over this interview, with her makeup artist, two Gillette reps, a photographer and two men, we all agree that she is right. The way you style yourself helps you get your dream job, husband, friend, etc. “So,” Bobbi says, “this job gives me as a woman the opportunity to be a communicator.” 40. october08 002houston

BOBBI’S FALL SKIN SAVER TIPS EXFOLIATE – Simple steps, such as shaving, can help remove dead skin cells for a healthy, natural glow. You have to try my new favorite razor – the five blade Venus Embrace. And this might sound strange, but before stepping into the shower and getting wet, slough off dead skin with dry body-polishing towels. Not only can you improve the texture of your skin, but you will help products (such as cellulite busting creams and gradual self-tanners) more effectively treat your dermis. MOISTURIZE – An everyday faux glow lotion can be a great way to motivate you to not forget this step. After all, keeping your skin hydrated is the only way to help avoid stretch marks. LAYER – Infused fabrics are yet another way to wear a soft ‘second skin’ with benefits. New advances in technology are allowing some PJ’s to provide the benefits of hydrating ingredients with small microscopic moisturizing agents. Spa socks infused with aloe can keep you soles soft while you stomp through the rain or snow in your favorite boots.


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Photogragry by Sofia van der Dys

(clockwise) Summerskin body glisten spray vanitymark.com; Chanel blush; Armani blending blush duo 1; Shades by Barielle in Hidden Hideaway; MAC pro longwear lipcolor in Coco Lust & Sexy Sweet; Chanel polish; Shades by Barielle in Sneak a Peek; Chanel rouge lipcolor; Origins Frozen Rose lipstick; Chanel rouge; B eing True dual eyeliner in Express & Reflect; Estee Lauder cleanser; Pop B eauty smokey lash Kapow; Giorgio Armani face fabric; center – MAC Hollywood eye shadows in Casa and MO650; Origins eyeshadow in Bark. ALL AVAILABLE AT NEIMAN MARCUS, SEPHORA AND MACY’S.

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In a dollhouse, far, far away...

Diane von Furstenberg blouse $198 houndstooth pencil skirt $275 Prada pump $650 (stylist own bag)

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Plum Moschino dress $950 purple embellished Valentino sweater $3,490 Miu Miu suede purple pumps $490. Harajuku Lovers perfume dolls, HLfragrance.com 43. october08 002houston


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Houndstooth Elizabeth & James pant $295, blouse $245 and silk jacket $418 snakeskin Juicy Couture pump $298

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Silk blue Valentino dress $3,490 black suede Gucci boot $1,250


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Metallic Missoni dress $895 robe Eskander $970 snakeskin Dior stiletto $780


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Fuchsia American Apparel stirrup tights $14 black body suit 2Ten $173 at Frock, snakeskin Dior stiletto $780

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Gabriella Nissen

Aaron Courtlandt

Carla Valencia de Martinez + Beatrice Valencia Edward Sanchez

Neiman Marcus unless mentioned otherwise

Willow

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ECO-FRIENDLY | THE RONN RESIDENCE

This 4,200-square-foot residence in the Memorial area – the city’s first residence to meet the highest standards of certified eco-friendly and energy-efficient construction and design – is owned by Ann and David Ronn. The home received the gold level certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Homes certification process, which is administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED® is a third-party verification system that measures to what degree a building has met the highest performance standards of environmental stewardship and energy efficiency. The LEED® rating system includes site design, energy efficiency, water conser50. october08 002houston

vation, indoor air quality and environmentally preferable materials. “The new home has almost the same footprint of the original house so we were able to minimize disturbance to the site’s trees and plants. New landscaping includes local plants designed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The original driveway was kept intact and not replaced,” said Michael Strong, vice-president of GreenHaus builders. Some of the eco-friendly interiors include bamboo flooring, a sustainable FSC certified wood floor, recycled rubber flooring, locally produced aluminum windows and tile containing recycled content produced within a 500-mile radius of the house.


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By Sandra Gunn, a native Houstonian and Realtor. Her firm, Sandra Gunn Properties, specializes in the unique and prides themselves on being architects of community. sandragunn.com Portraits by Ryan Slack

JOHN ALLEN | CREATING A BRAND

INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED FOR THE RETAIL DESIGN OF TWO RODEO CENTER AND STORES FOR CHANEL, PRADA, LOUIS VUITTON TO THEIR RECENT WIN OF THE AIA EXCELLENCE IN ARCHITECTURE HONOR AWARD FOR THE RENOVATION OF 185 POST STREET IN SAN FRANCISCO BY WRAPPING THE HISTORIC FACADE WITH TRANSLUCENT AND TRANSPARENT GLASS TO CREATE A 26,000-SFT LIVING, BREATHING VERSION OF THE PAST WITH A RETAIL CORE, BRAND + ALLEN MERGES FASHION WITH ARCHITECTURE. WITH THEIR TEAM OF 60, THEY THRIVE ON PLANNING, RETAIL DESIGN AND INTERIORS. WHEN NOT DESIGNING STORES OR STYLISH RESIDENTIAL HIGH RISE CONDOMINIUMS, JOHN ALLEN GOES “HOME” TO LAKE TRAVIS WHERE WE MET FOR SOME LEMONADE AND HIS WIFE DIANA’S PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES. I LOVE THIS JOB! HOW DID THE PARTNERSHIP SOME TOGETHER? Joel Brand founded the firm in 1965 and I joined in 1971. By 1975, we had a nucleus of 3 others who all went to school with me. Their names are Robert Taczala (who is in the Houston office), Steve Lochte and Chris Harrelson (who run our San Francisco office). All

two rodeo center | los angeles

185 post street | san francisco

are graduates of the School of Architecture at the University of Houston. Joel Brand retired in 1999. The team keeps an intense focus and sense of curiosity maintained throughout our design process from the initial conceptual inspiration to the final construction detail. This process enables the design team to constantly test, question and refine the design solution in each phase of its development, and we are passionate about the development of the creative design ideas and dedicated to the craft of architecture. Our projects have a genuine reflection of that philosophy particularly in the world of fashion retail design. Our portfolio includes an elite list from the new Louis Vuitton store in the Wynn Las Vegas, to the Gucci store in Maui, and Bal Harbour, to the Prada epicenter in Beverly Hills. With the Cosmopolitan on Post Oak, we’ve brought our experience from the fashion design world and created a variety of residences that embodies truly fashionable living. SPEAKING OF POST OAK, SHARE WITH US BRAND + ALLEN’S VISION FOR THE BOULEVARD PROJECT AT THE CORNER OF SAN FELIPE We are the retail consultants to the project master planned by DMJM Architects of Los 52. october08 002houston

Angeles and Houston. We are collaborating on this large mixed-use project with a Whole Foods Grocery, a major condo-hotel, another high rise residential tower, office space and retail in an outdoor lifestyle setting. There is some surface parking, some underground and above ground garage parking. Pedestrian circulation and retail visibility is important in this modern and exciting concept. WHEN WILL WE SEE YOUR NEXT GENERATION OF HIGH RISE RESIDENTIAL IN HOUSTON? We currently are in preliminary design phase of 5 new high rise projects for Houston. They consist of residential, office and hotel uses and have not been released for publication. Other major projects we can discuss involve the Autobahn Country Club in Chicago that is a private racing club with owners’ living suites currently under construction; a residential tower and hotel compound in

louis vuitton | toronto

San Luis Obispo, California; a high rise residential tower in San Jose, California; and several mid-rise projects in San Francisco. We continue to do major retail projects for Ferrari, Fendi, Prada, Thomas Pink, Tumi luggage and several signature restaurants across the country. THE CURRENT LENDING CLIMATE IS REALLY TOUGH ON CONDO CONSTRUCTION LENDING. HAS THIS AFFECTED YOUR BUSINESS MODEL? We are seeing more international work come from Mexico, India and China. As President of Brand +Allen Architects I am the most proud of..... the fact that we have collaborated with some of the world’s finest retailers and architects (5 Pritzker Award winners) on major retail and museum projects all over the world. We started out as a residential practice that evolved into a successful retail store design and shopping center design firm that has translated those experiences into mixed-use projects that use all of those talents. We have also had a lot of fun projects along the way and won our share of design awards.


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john allen | sandra gunn

uptown park | houston

FAVORITES: LEGO OR LINCOLN LOGS? I PLAYED WITH A VERSION OF LEGO AND LINCOLN LOGS BOTH BUT I THINK LEGO IS PROBABLY THE MOST CREATIVE TOY A CHILD CAN HAVE AS WITNESSED BY MY 2 CHILDREN AND 4 GRANDCHILDREN’S INTERESTS. MENTOR - MY MOTHER WAS AN ACCOMPLISHED PAINTER, AS WAS HER SISTER, KATIE NEAL. SHE GREW UP IN THE DEPRESSION AND NEVER LEARNED TO DRIVE, BUT WAS A TRUE INSPIRATION ON HOPE FOR THE FUTURE AND PERSEVERANCE. STRUCTURE - ST. LOUIS ARCH BY EERO SAARINEN. SIMPLE, ELEGANT AND INSPIRING. LAST PLACE TO GO BEFORE YOU GO - EGYPT AND THE PYRAMIDS. BEEN ALMOST EVERYWHERE ELSE I WANTED TO GO. FANTASY DINNER GUESTS... HAVING DESIGNED MANY PROJECTS FOR THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY INCLUDING RETAIL SHOPS IN ORLANDO, CALIFORNIA AND EURO DISNEY IN PARIS, AS WELL AS THE RETAIL ON THE FIRST 2 DISNEY CRUISE SHIPS, I WOULD HAVE TO SAY WALT DISNEY HIMSELF. WHAT A STANDARD HE SET FOR FAMILY FUN AND HIS STUDIOS HIRED SOME OF THE BEST ARCHITECTS IN THE WORLD TO SHARE THAT VISION. IF I WEREN’T AN ARCHITECT, I PROBABLY WOULD BE... SOME SORT OF HISTORIAN

architect | john allen

ABOUT RAILROADS OR ARCHITECTURE. PERFECT HAPPINESS IS... HAVING MY FAMILY AROUND ENJOYING THEMSELVES. FAVORITE ARCHITECT - EERO SAARINEN – TOOK WONDERFUL COMMISSIONS AND USED SHAPES AND MATERIALS THAT WERE DIFFERENT FROM THE NORM AND CREATED MEANINGFUL SPACES 1.) T.W.A. TERMINAL. NEW YORK (BIRD-LIKE) 2.) DULLES AIRPORT WASHINGTON (WING) 3.) ST. LOUIS ARCH (GATEWAY TO THE WEST) 4.) JOHN DEERE HEADQUARTERS (CORTEN® – SELF-RUSTING STEEL) AMONG OTHERS. MOTTOS - MY MOTHER GAVE DIANA AND ME A PLAQUE THAT SAID: LIVE WELL, LAUGH OFTEN, LOVE MUCH. THAT ABOUT SUMS IT UP FOR ME. MY DAD TOLD ME THE HARDER YOU WORKED, THE LUCKIER YOU GOT. CHARITY - AS WE’RE BIG PET LOVERS, ALL THE PET ADOPTION CAUSES. HOUSTON RESTAURANT - GOODE COMPANY SEAFOOD DREAM PROJECT - IT’S PROBABLY HARD TO TOP A SHOPPING CENTER IN BEVERLY HILLS ON 1+ ACRES WHOSE LAND COST WAS OVER $50 MILLION, BUT TWO RODEO DRIVE WAS OUR SIGNATURE PROJECT. HOWEVER, NOW WE ARE WORKING ON A MIXED-USE PROJECT THAT COMBINES OUR RESIDENTIAL, RETAIL, OFFICE, HOSPITALITY AND MASTER PLANNING SKILLS ON ONE SITE – IF THE CURRENT BUSINESS CLIMATE WILL ALLOW ITS COMPLETION.

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WHERE TO LIVE

LOCATION

TRICON MEMORIAL HOME

MUSEUM WALK

OASIS INTOWN

6214 MEMORIAL DRIVE IN THE CRESTWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD

1718-1734 WENTWORTH

OFF SPUR 5, JUST SOUTH OF UH & MACGREGOR PARK

AMBIENCE

Elegant Mediterranean Villa, custom designed and built by Tricon Homes, features luxuriously appointed finishes within dramatic spaces and is prominently situated on Memorial Drive, in the much desired and rapidly appreciating Crestwood Neighborhood

Ultimate architectural expression of art, culture & nature

Luxury intown detached garden homes with large yards, park and more in gated community.

AMENITIES

Features include extensive use of travertine tile and mosaics, 12’ ceilings, and solid wood doors at 1st floor; 10’ ceilings and wide plank oak flooring at 2nd floor; crown molding and oversized baseboard trim throughout; kitchen offers Viking stainless steel appliances including 48” built-in refrigerator, custom alder wood cabinetry, granite countertops, tumbled stone mosaic backsplash and Kohler apron front sink. Dual showerheads, Kohler air tub, marble countertops and stone vessel sinks at master bath; high-end decorative lighting, faucets and hardware throughout. Bonus room is 575 sq. ft. of air-conditioned space, finished through basic trim with plumbing for a half-bath.

Cradled within the vibrant live oak trees of the Museum District, this serene, gated community is like a fine arts exhibit in a tree house. Elements include 9’ windows, suspended/glass rail staircase, cylindrical stairwell ascending to pyramid skylight & primo rooftop terrace. Museum Walk will “set the bar” in 2008.

Exclusive gated enclave of single family garden homes with lushly landscaped park and walking trail. Minutes from the Med Center and direct access to Midtown and Downtown via Spur 5. Standard features include oversized garages, large backyards, architecturally stunning entryways with winding staircases, large glass block windows for natural light, sunken living rooms, hardwood flooring and travertine tile, granite countertops and SS appliances. Master suites provide oversized garden tubs and semi-frameless showers featuring dual shower heads, his/her vanities, walk-in closets and coffered ceilings. 3-story features 24’ ceilings in living room.

Three bedrooms, 3.5 baths

2- and 3-story units with 3 bedrooms, 2-1/2 baths

Crestwood Neighborhood is steps from Memorial Park, Bayou Bend Museum & Gardens, as well as various dining and retail options. Only minutes away from Downtown, Midtown and everything in between in one direction; the Galleria and Uptown shopping center in the other, all accessible via Memorial Drive. Access to 610 directly off of Memorial heading west, or reach I-10 by heading north on Westcott.

Texas Medical Center, Museum District (Holocaust Museum, Children’s Museum, Asia Society Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Museum of Health and Medical Science, MFAH, Menil), Rice Village, Metro rail, Hermann Park Zoo, Rice University, UH, St. Thomas, TSU, South Texas Law, Lawndale Art Center, Toyota Center, Reliant Park, Minute Maid Park, Hermann Park & Golf Course

Midtown, Downtown, Med Center, one block from Light Rail 2012, UH, MacGregor Park, Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park and Reliant Park

Offered at $1,699,000

Starting from $479,900

Starting at $235,400

Tricon Homes 713.334.6060 or visit us online at www.triconhomes.com

Terry Distefano 713.253.7939

www.OasisIntown.com 713.242.7900 Info@OasisIntown.com

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5,457 sq. ft. of elegant living space including 3 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, Formal Living, Formal Dining, Office, Media Room, Unfinished Bonus Room, Walk-In Utility Room, Combination 2-Car Attached Garage plus 2-Car Attached Porte-cochere, Huge Circular Drive and Large Backyard all on a 11,325 sq. ft. lot

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PAGE PARKES-EVELETH | PAGE PARKES CORPORATION

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age Parkes-Eveleth is co-owner of the largest modeling & acting agency group in the Southwestern United States. Page is known worldwide for her “eye” in scouting and developing talent for the fashion and commercial industry’s most renowned agencies. Her efforts over the past 28 years have earned her an outstanding reputation, successful agencies, the National Businesswoman of the Year award from the National Association of Women Business Owners, National Leadership Award and countless other recognitions. Page Parkes Talent has placed its New Faces models and actors including Brooke Burns, Alexis Bledel, Channing Tatum and many others. Past and present models have graced the covers of , , , , ! and , as well as landed many prestigious campaigns such as Ralph Lauren, Miss Sixty, Abercrombie and Fitch, Adidas, Target and L’Oreal. Page Parkes Talent actors have worked in productions for the Alley Theatre, , Hasbro, Toyota, Target and Café Express among many, many others. In addition, Page and her husband Bob are now the proud parents to 3 siblings and they raise her nephew who is now 10 years old. She was recently honored by magazine as one of their outstanding Moms and was named as honorary chair of La Rosa Family Services Yellow Rose of Texas Celebration 2007. FAVORITES: CITY AUSTIN SNACK GOJI BERRIES LIBATION MARGARITAS PERFUME BVLGARI SONG WONDERFUL TONIGHT, ERIC CLAPTON 56. october08 002houston


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WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO LEARN ABOUT YOU? That I am a REAL person and not a building!!! IF A SANDWICH WAS NAMED AFTER YOU, WHAT WOULD THE INGREDIENTS BE? Turkey, avocado, mustard, pickles, goat cheese, tomatoes….but it would be without bread….I am allergic to gluten. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SPOT TO GET AWAY IN HOUSTON? Rising Heart YOGA STUDIO. WHERE DID YOU TAKE YOUR LAST VACATION? I went to Maroma Spa and Resort outside of Cancun, Mexico…AMAZING! WHERE DO YOU WANT TO TAKE YOUR NEXT ONE? I have always wanted to go to Bali.

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WHAT’S THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT YOU EVER GAVE? A SURPRISE PARTY! DO YOU HAVE ANY MEMENTOES FROM YOUR CHILDHOOD? YES…my sweet baby book filled out by my mom….and a painting of me at six…photos. HAVE YOU EVER KEPT A DIARY OR JOURNAL? Yes, when we were adopting our beautiful children. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM MIXIN’? YUK. HAVE YOU EVER CRASHED A PARTY? YES…OF COURSE!

HOW MANY MAGAZINES DO YOU SUBSCRIBE TO? LOTS! FOR MY INDUSTRY.

WHAT’S THE ONE DISH YOU CAN COOK BETTER THAN ANYONE? OH, NO …No one ever asks me for my famous dish???? Not big in the kitchen!!!

WHAT’S THE LAST BOOK YOU READ? The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO A HIGH SCHOOL REUNION? YES.

WERE YOU EVER A GIRL SCOUT? OH, YES….A GIRL SCOUT.

WHAT MOVIE CAN YOU QUOTE DIALOG FROM? GONE WITH THE WIND!

WHAT INVENTION DO YOU THINK THE WORLD NEEDS? Something that would make all children safe!

DO YOU PREFER A FERRIS WHEEL, ROLLER COASTER OR CAROUSEL? ROLLER COASTER.

WHAT’S THE LAST SONG YOU DOWNLOADED OR CD YOU PURCHASED? STEVE MILLER BAND GREATEST HITS! WHAT’S THE OLDEST PIECE OF CLOTHING YOU OWN? Bathing suit. WHAT’S ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND? Books, light, flowers….and a clock. HOW MANY OF THE UNITED STATES HAVE YOU VISITED? 45. WHAT’S THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT YOU EVER GOT? A SURPRISE DINNER PARTY FROM MY HUSBAND!

HOW MANY CALENDARS DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR HOUSE? CLOCKS? Calendars are on my computer…clocks, 4 total. DO YOU PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT? NO… I played the DRUMS in high school……but not since! WHOM DO YOU ADMIRE? AND WHY? I admire my husband….he is such an amazing, smart, positive man! HOW DO YOU LIKE YOUR COFFEE? Black. WHAT DO YOU REGRET? NOT ONE THING! WHAT’S THE DEFINITION OF A PERFECT DAY? THE PERFECT DAY IS AT OUR HOME ON LAKE TRAVIS WITH MY HUSBAND AND FOUR CHILDREN.

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CHRIS HARTER + PAYMAN KHANIA | LEGACY RESTAURANTS

Legacy Restaurants is a multi-concept restaurant development company that owns and operates the Original Ninfa’s on Navigation and Antone’s – two of Houston’s most sacred food institutions – as well as Ninfa’s Catering. Founded by Houston-based investor Niel Morgan, the company is currently taking numerous culinary concepts from inspiration to reality. Chris Harter is President and CEO of Legacy Restaurants, having previously served as President of the restaurant division at Levy Restaurants where he headed up operations and development of over 30 successful concepts from coast to coast. Payman Khania is Vice President of Operations for Legacy Restaurants. A Chicago native, Khania has opened, developed and consulted on over 25 concepts nationally over the past 15 years.

IS THIS YOUR INTENDED CAREER PATH? IF NOT, HOW DID YOU GET HERE? PK Originally, I was a biology and chemistry double major with the intent to go on to med school. Like most college kids hurting for money, I needed a job. I grew up in the restaurant business so I started bartending, waiting tables and managing at a restaurant in Chicago’s Little Italy. Eventually, I realized my passion was in restaurants. I switched my major to pursue an economics degree while taking as many marketing, management and business classes as possible. CH I always intended to be in the restaurant / bar business. I got my first job bussing tables at 15. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP? PK An archeologist. Then I found out that real archeologists don’t use a bullwhip. CH Like most everybody, pro baseball player would have been great, but being a restaurateur is a nice consolation prize. WHY HOUSTON? PK What drew me to Houston initially is my strong working relationship with Chris Harter. We worked extremely well together in Chicago and had a great deal of success. Since arriving I’ve found that Houston is all about “what can be done.” It’s an amazingly diverse city with great people, great restaurants and limitless opportunities. CH I went to college in Houston and when I got the opportunity to partner with Niel Morgan, it seemed like the right choice at the right time. FAVORITE BOOK? PK Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi. CH Nuts! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success by Kevin and Jackie Freiberg. FAVORITE BAND? PK Aerosmith. CH Growing up it was Bruce Springsteen & Aerosmith, but I’m really an AM guy now. If I listen to music now, sadly it’s the 70’s station.

BIGGEST LIFE LESSON LEARNED? PK Treat people as you would like to be treated. It’s a very small world. CH The worst thing to be is “overconfident.” Hubris can lead you down some very dark roads. WHO WAS YOUR ROLE MODEL? PK My mother. Hands down. CH My dad, who worked his butt off to become president of the Houston Astros in the late 80’s. WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON DOING WHEN YOU RETIRE? PK My first job was washing dishes at my family’s restaurant when I was 13. CH Sorting hangers and sweeping in a clothing store. PK When I retire I’d like to spend my time traveling the world. I’ve always enjoyed traveling, and I do it whenever I can find the time. CH Golfing and dining (perhaps a little drinking – depends on how the golf goes). WHAT LUXURY (ITEM OR SERVICE) DO YOU WISH YOU COULD INDULGE YOURSELF WITH? PK 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 CH This is shooting way above my level, but I was lucky enough to be able to travel with my former boss regularly on his private jet. It’s definitely the way to go. Next time I have a spare $20 million, I’ll probably buy one. WHAT DEFINES HOUSTON AS YOUR “HOMETOWN”? PK While my heart will always be in Chicago, I really enjoy living and working in Houston. I’m amazed every day at how friendly the people are. It’s a place that rewards hard work and new ideas are welcome. CH I went to college here. I have a great deal of affection for Houston and I am thrilled to be back.

Chris Harter | Payman Khania WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SPOT IN HOUSTON TO SHOW OFF TO A VISITOR? PK The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation – the energy, the staff and food are like no other. CH Ninfa’s on Navigation. It is the most “authentic” Mexican restaurant I’ve ever been to. It’s steeped in history and the long-term staff is absolutely wonderful. TEXANS STILL HAVE A REPUTATION FOR BRAGGING. WHAT WOULD YOU BRAG ABOUT? PK Getting paid to eat. I have unlimited access to fajitas, margaritas and Antone’s Po’ Boy sandwiches. I take quality control very seriously. If I have to spend days on end carefully tasting everything on our menus, it’s a grenade I’m more than willing to flop on. CH I once got a hole-in-one with a 1-iron. Probably the only good shot I ever hit with that club.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER A HIDDEN TREASURE OF HOUSTON? PK Korea Garden Restaurant on Long Point Road serves great Korean BBQ. It was one of those things I had all the time in college, and I never thought I’d find it here in Houston. It just goes to show how much Houston has to offer if you take the time to look. CH Sam’s Boat on Richmond. One of the most relaxing spots I’ve ever been. IF YOU OWNED A HOUSTON SPORTS TEAM, WHAT WOULD YOU CALL THEM? PK Houston Humidity. CH Colt 45’s or Oilers. You can’t go wrong with the classics.

FAVORITES: CANDY PK: SOUR PATCH KIDS CH: SKITTLES CAR PK: 1967 SHELBY COBRA CH: LEXUS F COCKTAIL PK: DEWARS AND SODA CH: BEER, STRAIGHT UP ACTION HERO PK: INDIANA JONES CH: JOHN McLANE FROM 58. october08 002houston


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KING FOR A DAY By Alejandro Martinez Photography by Jesus R Salvador

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is nothing better than a good shave in the morning, unless of course you include a massage and a manicure. And obviously someone to do it all for you. I don’t mean to brag, but alas it was me who had the privilege to try out the services at the new spa exclusively for men in Uptown Park called Gentlemen’s Tonic. Here’s how it occurred on Thursday, August 28. Knowing of my pending appointment at the new spa, I let my beard grow out a few extra days – in reality, to test the staff. I’ve got thick, stubborn hair growth, or so I’ve been told.

ber Daniel was waiting with all the shaving tools. (By the way, you may want to make your appointment later than mine to take full advantage of the fully stocked bar.) Moments later I was in the barber chair with Daniel trimming my now unbearable beard. I hadn’t had this done since my last trip to Miami where the barber asked me to never return because he had such a difficult time tending to my beard. Back to Daniel, who by the way never complained. Having a professional give me a wet shave on a Thursday morning is priceless.

As I arrive, Gentlemen’s Tonic’s Manager Sarah Hill and Keith Scullin, the Director, welcome me and give me a tour and explain all of their services.

And here I thought I was done and ready to go to the office when all of a sudden Jodie the masseuse walks in. Massage? Why not? I’m the boss and put in endless hours. I think I can get a massage. Not to rub it in, again, but the massage rocked. No, really. 45 minutes of pure relaxation using hot stones to intensify the traditional Swedish massage.

And then the fun begins. I was taken to my private room where my personal bar-

And again I found myself thinking I was done, but, no, there was still a

GENTLEMEN’S TONIC 1180-04 UPTOWN PARK BLVD. NEXT TO ARTURO’S 713.892.8383 | www.gentlemenstonic.com

MANicure to be had – don’t fight it. I have never been tempted to get a manicure or pedicure. I don’t like anyone to touch my toes, but heck, I’ve been shaved, massaged, why not manicured? Again, I was pleasantly surprised – Margo converted me. I’ve been missing out for 26 years! (OK, maybe more.) Now I thought I was really done, but they had more in store – too bad I had to get to the office for a meeting. Men, let me inform you. We finally have a man spa. No longer will you have to fear being sprayed with some perfumey thing or slathered in a flowery cream. You can pick up the phone and make your own appointments from now on, never to rely on you wife, girlfriend or assistant. Ah, the independence. Well, friends, it was a pleasure putting the staff at Gentlemen’s Tonic to the test for the sake of this feature…and remember stay thirsty. For more information, visit gentlemenstonic.com or visit Sara and Keith at Gentlemen’s Tonic in Uptown Park, next door to Arturo’s (who by the way could use a good shave and haircut himself!).

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BY BRANT CROUCHER

T wise guy

HIS MONTH’S ISSUE IS ALL ABOUT FALL FASHIONS. AND WHILE I COULD SPEND THE ENTIRE COLUMN DISCUSSING THE LATEST COOL-WEATHER DESIGNS COMING OUT OF NEW YORK, PARIS AND MILAN – WHICH YOU’LL UNDOUBTEDLY FIND THROUGHOUT THIS ISSUE – WE BOTH KNOW YOU’LL BE SWEATING OUT OCTOBER IN HOUSTON, ROCKING T-SHIRTS AND SHORTS. PLUS I’D RATHER TALK ABOUT CANDY CORN, FAKE BLOOD AND SCARING THE HELL OUT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN. THOUGH THAT MAY SOUND LIKE AN EVENING AT NEVERLAND RANCH (ZING!), I’M REFERRING TO THE ONLY TIME OF YEAR WOMEN CAN DRESS UP LIKE A HARLOT WITHOUT BEING PERCEIVED AS SUCH – HALLOWEEN. AS A CHILD, IT WAS THE TIME TO GO DOOR TO DOOR IN HOPES OF AMASSING AS MUCH POISON-FREE LOOT AS POSSIBLE. AS AN ADULT, IT’S YET ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO WEAR BLUE TIGHTS WITH RED BRIEFS AND MAKE HILAAAARIOUS REFERENCES TO YOUR “MAN OF STEEL.” HOUSTON HOSTS SEVERAL BIG-TIME COSTUME SHOPS WHICH HAVE THE GOODS TO ENSURE YOU’LL BE A BIG HIT WHEREVER THE DEVIL’S HOLIDAY TAKES YOU.

WHAT TO WEAR

WHERE TO GO

For more than 50 years, family-owned FRANKEL’S COSTUMES has outfitted Houston and beyond with a wide variety of rental costumes, magic tricks, masks, wigs, makeup, clown supplies and of course, Halloween costumes. Proprietor Morty Frankel first opened the doors of the shop in 1950 as Morty’s Magic Mart. The small-scale operation has grown up in a big way, now housing 60,000 rental costumes in a 20,000square-foot showroom just east of Minute Maid Park. Browse their selections in person this October from 9am-8pm at 2801 Polk Street, or check them out online at frankelcostume.com, where they offer same-day shipping on all orders received before 2pm.

IF YOU’RE THE KIND OF PERSON THAT ENJOYS PAYING MONEY TO HAVE SOMEONE SCARE THE HELL OUT OF YOU, YOU’VE GOT SEVERAL OPTIONS THIS HALLOWEEN SEASON.

If you’ve driven east on I-10 inside the loop, you’ve no doubt been treated to one of the more breathtaking views of the Houston skyline. The massive building in the bottom of the panoramic view is ARNE’S WHOLESALE & WAREHOUSE. Though not the most aesthetically pleasing addition to the skyline, it’s a veritable panacea for anything one might need for just about every occasion. From balloons to banners, disco accoutrements to dinnerware, party hats to piñatas, Arne’s massive warehouse stocks it all. They also carry an array of costumes for any event, including Halloween. Located at 2830 Hicks Street, Arne’s is open every day of the week. Check their website for hours and to browse their catalog. arneswarehouse.com

A plethora of haunted houses surround the Greater Houston area, but inner-loop snobs will be pleased to know they needn’t leave the bubble to get their freak on. NIGHTMARE ON THE BAYOU opened in September just south of I-10 on Studemont. Once scattered between 4 venues, NOTB has now consolidated into one massive haunted house. The gargantuan haunt is located next to Houston’s oldest graveyard, which significantly ups the creepy factor. For $35 you get VIP front-of-theline treatment with free parking. It’s cash only, credit card junkies, so stop off at the ATM. Open Friday – Sunday through November. For additional information, check them out online. nightmareonthebayou.com Since 1996, Phylo Darke’s PHOBIA has shivered the timbers of numerous Houston thrill-seekers with the help of high-tech animatronics. Phobia, which has been heralded as one of the best attractions of its kind in the country, offers eight separate freestanding attractions between the 290 and I-45 South locations. The larger 290 location offers 6 houses on a 30-acre “scream 62. october08 002houston

zone,” including a terrifying tour through amental hospital, a tight squeeze through ClaustroPhobia, and another I’ll kindly pass on – 3D ClownPhobia. I’ve seen the thriller movie; I don’t need to experience “It.” Open every weekend in October and nightly October 29-Nov 1. 290-area adrenaline junkies can check out a single house for $12 or experience all six for $50. Gulf Freeway goers can scream their way through one house for $12 or both for $20. Check out their über-demented website for hours and additional information. phobiahauntedhouse.com/

OH, AND… FOR MORE INFO ON HOUSTON AREA HAUNTS, CHECK OUT THE APTLY NAMED HOUSTONHAUNTS.COM.

AND YOU CAN’T MISS 002HOUSTON MAGAZINE’S ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY AT THE ALDEN HOTEL DOWNTOWN. AS ALWAYS THERE’S THE COSTUME CONTEST WITH CELEB JUDGES AND GREAT PRIZES. OH, AND YEAH, THERE’S NO COVER. [friday, october 31st]


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

INSURANCE COMPANIES/WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? FINDING AND USING INSURANCECOMPANY RATING INFORMATION. Price is not the only factor to consider when shopping for insurance. Sure, you can probably get inexpensive insurance from a fly-by-night company, but will it still be around if you ever need to make a claim? It is extremely important to find a strong, financially stable insurance company that will be able to pay your death benefit when the time comes. Insurance company ratings—available for most major carriers—are tools that can help you evaluate the financial strength of an insurance company.

hal lynde

WHO RATES INSURANCE COMPANIES, AND HOW DO THEY COME UP WITH THEIR RATINGS? Insurance companies are rated by five major rating services: A. M. Best (which specializes in insurance only), Fitch, Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Weiss. Some of these services rate only a few hundred companies, while others rate thousands. Each service has its own criteria and philosophy for judging insurance companies. Most services base their ratings on both qualitative and quantitative factors, such as debt, claims-paying ability, investment portfolios, financial reports and historical performance. WHAT DO ALL OF THOSE LETTERS MEAN? Each of the rating services uses a variation of an A through F scale to rate insurance companies. However, an A from one rating service does not necessarily equate to an A from another rating service. For instance, an A rating from A. M. Best is an “excellent” rating, while an A rating from Moody’s is only “good.” Rating services stress that their ratings are not a guarantee of the financial strength of an insurer, nor are they recommendations to buy a policy or product from a particular insurer. Ratings are merely opinions based on data as interpreted by the insurance industry and financial experts. They should not be used as the sole measure of a company’s quality. Other factors, such as reputation, claims-handling procedures and customer satisfaction, are also important. In addition, you shouldn’t limit your universe of potential insurance carriers to those in the highest rating tiers. A company with a “good” rating and a low-cost policy may be a better value than a company with an excellent rating and an expensive policy. The rating and the other factors should be considered along with price when you make your purchase decision. WHERE DO I FIND INSURANCE COMPANY RATING INFORMATION? Rating information is available from a variety of sources. The easiest way to get rating information is to contact the rating service directly, either through its website or by calling its customer service department. Most rating services provide free rating information to consumers, although you may have to pay if you need more than a few ratings. Ratings are also published in books and magazines that can be found at your local library. If you don’t want to look up the information yourself, ask your insurance agent or financial planner to do some research for you. Financial Planning and Investment seminar schedule at www.hal.lynde.mkadvisor.com or send an email to hal.lynde@morgankeegan.com. For additional investment information and decision making calculators visit, hal.lynde@mkadvisor.com

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THE SEASON FINALE

JUST SHORT OF OVER THE TOP IN TERMS OF PRACTICALITY AND AFFORDABILITY, IT JUST DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS AS WE CLOSE THE REVIEW OF WARM WEATHER FAVORITES…

2008 BMW 650i COUPE

Imagine harnessing 360 gorgeous racehorses at one time. Forget about the bumpy ride because this time you’re gliding all the way. • If it were a man, he’d be labeled a man’s man for his stellar, perfectly toned, muscular physique. Moving graciously and with style, he’d be the envy of all men and the thrill all women seek to conquer – even if only for one night. • The “favorite five list” on this one includes lane departure warning, real-time traffic information, one of, if not the finest concert stereos on the market, 19inch wheels and adaptive xenon headlights with a leveling feature allowing the driver to see things before they see him, or her. Worthy of honorable mention are keyless entry and start, power tilt and heated steering wheel, rain sensor wipers, high beam assist to switch (automatically) between beams when and where applicable and the ability to opt out of a

phone call via the integrated Bluetooth system and have the stereo system resume while your phone call continues. Also worthy of touting is the ability to control the fan speed in the automatic climate control position. Oftentimes the noise can be a bit overbearing as the system goes into full blast to cool or heat the vehicle to the desired temperature. Last, but certainly not least, are the active front head restraints that reduce the distance to the head in a rear collision. • Less is definitely more in terms of the minimalist interior design where an occasional polished finish (such as the perfectly positioned cup-holder) enhances the brushed metal accents along portions of the dash. Every conceivable option is within reach of your fingertips, including the master “Controller,” from which nearly all functions (climate, entertainment, navigation) are operated.

PRICE: $75,600 / 89,470 Righteous! | ANNUAL FUEL: $3,319 (15,000 miles @ $3.98/gallon-Premium) | FLOSS POINTS: High definition radio

2009 JAGUAR XKR SUPERCHARGED CONVERTIBLE It was taken from a page in the book of Aston Martin, courtesy of designer Ian Callum, the ingenious mind behind the design of the Vanquish Coupe. From the front grill to the rear bumper, the XKR embodies top tier style and performance in every measurable category. Clearly, it is the choice of distinction for the man in Armani, accompanied by the lovely lady in St. John, or perhaps the other way around. • Under the hood, a 420 horsepower supercharged V8 engine (6-speed automatic transmission) provides power in an instant as you groove to your favorite playlist on the iPod®, courtesy of the powerhouse, 525 watts, Bowers & Wilkins sound system. As the

19-inch nonrunflat wheels turn, so do the adaptive bi-xenon headlights with power wash, of course. Computer active tech suspension is reminiscent of what one would expect from a magic carpet ride. Everything is keyless, including lock down – at which time the side view mirrors fold automatically and the convertible is fully automatic. The Bluetooth is simple to pair up to a phone, thanks in great part to the touch screen, which also makes operating the navigation system as easy as touch and go. • In terms of handling, the XKR is simply the cream of the crop! It’s smooth, responsive and just feels right whether you are behind the wheel or riding shotgun. This one is a 10!

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MICHAEL GARFIELD IS KNOWN AS "THE HIGH-TECH TEXAN®" TO MILLIONS OF RADIO LISTENERS AND TV VIEWERS. HE CAN BE HEARD AND SEEN ACROSS MANY MARKETS DISPERSING TECHNOLOGY NEWS AND TIPS. HIS RADIO PROGRAM AIRS IN HOUSTON ON THE 9-5-0 EVERY SATURDAY AT 11AM. VISIT HIS WEBSITE AT HIGHTECHTEXAN.COM.

PODMAXX

One of the greatest frustrations among friends and those in multi-iPod® families is getting music from one iPod to another. Or ripping a DVD from your movie collection to your iPod. Truth is, it’s relatively easy with a new product that streamlines the process. It’s called PodMaxx and what it does is let you share music iPod to iPod with no restrictions, transfer music from your iPod back to your computer and much more. The interface is straightforward which lets users use the software quickly without reading too much of the directions. Even better, you can download a free trial to see if you like it before purchasing. $29.99 | podmaxx.com

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More than 10.8 trillion spam e-mail messages will be sent out this year. If you’ve had it with the share of junk e-mail you’ve been getting, you need an antispam filter that uses Bayesian filters. Bayesian filtering is like a robot for Outlook. It knows which e-mails are good and which are spam by using artificial intelligence and server blacklists. SpamBully uses this method and analyzes e-mail so effectively that in many cases it is more accurate than filtering by hand. The first time you start SpamBully, its Bayesian spam filter will learn from your own personal e-mail habits, identifying good and spam messages. You can choose which e-mail addresses, words and even countries are allowed or blocked from your Inbox. Optionally you can just delete spam messages instead of sorting them to a spam folder. $29.95 | spambully.com

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LOGITECH SPEED FORCE WIRELESS WHEEL ARCHOS 5 INTERNET MEDIA TABLET

We all know that iPhones and a few other handheld devices can play songs, videos and possibly stop Third World poverty. And more new gadgets are hitting the market that do even more with sharper screens and faster processors. Archos has been in the portable media player business for several years but their new Archos 5 is a big leap forward. The company calls this latest product an Internet Media Tablet with instant access to the Internet, media and TV. The device is small enough to fit in your hands and comes with storage options from 60GB to 250GB. It can play all formats of digital music, display photos, WiFi, built-in speaker and a long battery life. The WiFi connection allows for e-mails and web surfing which look great on the high-resolution screen. The Archos 5 may not do a thing for Third World economies but you will be able to have a lot of fun with it. $350 - $450 | archos.com 65. october08 002houston

Gamers, start your engines. Or at least grab a steering wheel. The popular Nintendo Wii’s unique motion controllers make for fun interaction but until now using the Wiimote to steer a virtual racing automobile has been tough. Not to outdo the caveman, Logitech created a wireless wheel to give users a more realistic driving experience on the Wii. Easy to set up and store, the Logitech Speed Force Wireless Wheel features a one-piece design that is easy to use whether you’re sitting on your couch, armchair or living room floor. It has built-in gas and brake controls which are located on the wheel itself and the expandable lap rest is easily adjusted for game play without the need to use a table or a desk. The wireless link allows for a range of up to 30 feet. Just be sure to strap on your seatbelt. $99.99 | logitech.com


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RESTAURANT LISTINGS Noe inside The Omni Hotel Four Riverway. 713.871.8177 noerestaurant.com

american

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

Open City ochouston.com 2416 Brazos. 713.522.0118

ARTISTA In the Hobby Center 800 Bagby. 713.278.4782 cordua.com Antone’s •810 Capitol. 713.224.4679 •2724 West T.C. Jester. 713.686.4338 •4520 San Felipe. 713.623.4464 Antone’s Catering. 713.977.4000

artista

AMERICAS cordua.com •1800 Post Oak Blvd. 713.961.1492 •21 Waterway Ave. 281.367.1492 Benjy’s 2424 Dunstan. 713.522.7602 benjys.com Bistro Lancaster 701 Texas Ave. 713.228.9502 Boom Boom Room 2518 Yale St. 713.868.3740 theboomboomroomhouston.com Bowl eatbowl.com 607 Richmond. 832.582.7218

Daily Review Café 3412 West Lamar. 713.520.9217 dailyreviewcafe.com

mccormick and schmicks

Gigi’s Asian Bistro 5085 Westheimer. 713.629.8889

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

Post Oak Grill postoakgrill.com 1415 S. Post Oak. 713.993.9966

Tart Café tartcafe.com 4411 Montrose. 713.526.8278

Lake House Waterside Cafe Discovery Green North Side. thegrovehouston.com

RA SUSHI [japanese] rasushi.com 3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800

Skyline Bar & Grill Hilton-Americas 1600 Lamar. 713.577.6139

Max’s Wine Dive maxswinedive.com 4720 Washington. 713.880.8737 McCORMICK AND SCHMICKS •1151 Uptown Park. 713.840.7900 •1201 Fannin St. [Houston Pavillions] 713.658.8100 (november) mccormickandschmicks.com/houston.com Monarch inside Hotel ZaZa 5701 Main. 713.527.1800 monarchrestaurant.com

The Grove thegrovehouston.com 1611 Lamar. 713.337.7321

Voice inside Hotel Icon 220 Main. 832.667.4481 hotelicon.com

asian Auntie Chang’s Dumpling House 2621 S. Shepherd. 713.524.8410 auntiechangs.com Azuma [japanese] azumajapanese.com •909 Texas. 713.223.0909 •5600 Kirby. 713.423.9649

Mak Chin’s [pan asian] makchins.com 1511 Shepherd. 713.861.9888

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

Shade shadeheights.com 250 W. 19th St. 713.863.7500

SoVino sovinowines.com 507 Westheimer. 713.524.1000

Mango Beach [snow cones] 2304 White Oak

Monsoon Wok & Lounge 1200 McKinney, #103. 713.571.SAKE monsoonhou.com

THE OCEANAIRE SEAFOOD ROOM 5061 Westheimer. 832.487.8862 theoceanaire.com

Swirll [frozen yogurt] •1944 West Gray. •15955 City Walk. swirlls.com Taft Street Coffee 2115 Taft. 713.522.3533

Te House of Tea teaagora.com 2402 Woodhead. 713.522.8868

Teahouse teahousebeverage.com •104 Main. 713.228.3063 •2089 Westheimer. 713.526.6123

les givral’s kahve

Uptown Sushi uptown-sushi.com Uptown Park. 713.871.1200 Zake [japanese] 2946 S. Shepherd. 713.526.6888 ZUSHI JAPANESE CUISINE 5900 Memorial Dr., #102. 713.861.5588 zushihouston.com

bakery+ coffee+tea+others

Bright & Early 4825 Washington. 713.934.8234 Café Brasil 2604 Dunlavy. 713.528.1993

The Coffee Groundz coffeegroundz.net 2503 Bagby. 713.874.0082

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

Diedrich Coffee diedrich.com 4005 Montrose. 713.526.1319

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bar-b-que

BEAVER’S beavershouston.com 2310 Decatur St. 713.864.2328

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

Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue pizzitolasbbq.com 1703 Shepherd. 713.227.2283 Thelma’s 1020 Live Oak @ Lamar. 713.228.2262

Antidote Coffee 729 Studewood. 713.861.7400 myspace.com/antidotecoffee

ra sushi

kubo’s

Kraftsmen Baking kraftsmenbaking.com 4100 Montrose #C. 713.524.7272

KUBO’S [japanese] kubos-sushi.com 2414 University Blvd. #200 713.528.7878

oceanaire

SPINDLETOP Hyatt Regency Houston 1200 Louisiana St. Houston, Farrago farragohouston.com TX 77002 spindletop 318 Gray. 713.523.6404 713.375.4775 spindletopathyatt.com Glass Wall glasswalltherestaurant.com Spindletop, atop the Hyatt Regency Houston, 933 Studemont. 713.868.7930 features innovative steak and seafood fare. The elegant atmosphere createS the perfect Gravitas gravitasrestaurant.com setting for business dinners and special occa807 Taft. 713.522.0995 sions. CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE La Strada lastradahouston.com 322 Westheimer. 713.523.1014

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

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

Franklin Street Coffee House 913 Franklin. 713.236.8433 Inversion Coffee House 1953 Montrose, #A. 713.523.4866 inversioncoffee.com

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

Quattro inside The Four Seasons Hotel 1300 Lamar. 713.276.4700 fourseasons.com Ruggles Grill rugglesgrill.com 903 Westheimer. 713.524.3839

Fish [japanese] fishhouston.com 309 Gray. 713.526.5294

breakfast zushi

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

Avalon Drug Co. & Diner •2417 Westheimer. 713.527.8900 •12810 Southwest Frwy. 281.240.0213 Baby Barnaby’s barnabyscafe.com 602 Fairview. 713.522.4229

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

The Breakfast Klub thebreakfastklub.com 3711 Travis. 713.528.8561

Empire Café empirecafe.net 1732 Westheimer. 713.528.5282

Fountain View Café 1842 Fountain View. 713.785.9060 Rustika Café 3237 Southwest Frwy. 713.665.6226

cajun+creole+ southern

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

Mardi Gras Grill mardigrasgrill.net 1200 Durham. 713.864.5600 Soul On The Bayeaux 3717 Dowling. 713.528.0732 Treebeards •315 Travis. 713.228.2622 •1117 Texas. 713.229.8248 •1100 Louisiana. 713.752.2601 •700 Rusk. 713.224.6677

beaver’s

Zydeco Louisiana Diner 1119 Pease. 713.759.2001

european+french

Bistro Toulouse bistrotoulousehouston.com 5750 Woodway, #174. 713.977.6900 Brasserie Max and Julie [french] 4315 Montrose. 713.524.0070 maxandjulie.net

Café Montrose [belgian] cafemontrose.com 1609 Westheimer. 713.523.1201 Charivari Specialty Restaurant [european] 2521 Bagby. 713.271.7231 charivarirest.com Feast [rustic european fare] 219 Westheimer. 713.529.7788 feasthouston.googlepages.com

indian

Indika indikausa.com 516 Westheimer. 713.524.2170

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Narin’s Bombay Brasserie 3005 W. Loop South. 713.622.2005 thebombaybrasserie.com Shiva Indian Restaurant 2415 Times Blvd. 713.523.4753 shivarestaurant.com

italian

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

latin

1308 CANTINA [mex] 1308cantina.com 1308 Montrose. 713.807.8996 Café Piquet [cuban] 6053 Bissonnet. 713.664.1031 El Meson [cuban] 2425 University. 713.522.9306 El Patio [mex] •6444 Westheimer. 713.780.0410 •2416 Brazos. 713.523.8181 El Rey [cuban-mex] •233 Main. 713.225.1895 •910 Shepherd. 713.802.9145 EL TIEMPO CANTINA [mex] •3130 Richmond. 713.807.1600 •5602 Washington. 713.681.3645 eltiempocantina.com

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

Hugo’s [mex] hugosrestaurant.net 1600 Westheimer. 713.524.7744

Ibiza [spanish] ibizafoodandwinebar.com 2450 Louisiana. 713.524.0004 Irma’s [mex] •22 N. Chenevert. 713.222.0767 •1314 Texas. 713.247.9651

arcodoro

Las Alamedas [mex] lasalamedas.com 8615 Katy Frwy. 713.461.1503

The Lemon Tree [peru] 12591 Whittington. 281.556.0690

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

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

Molina’s Cantina [mex] 4220 Washington. 713.862.0013 molinasrestaurants.com NINFA'S THE ORIGINAL 2704 Navigation Blvd. 713.228.1175 Catering 713.977.4000 Picazo Restaurant Bar & Grill 1421 Preston. 713.236.1300 picazodowntown.com

ninfa’s

Rioja Spanish Tapas riojarestaurant.com 11920 Westheimer. 281.531.5569

Pink’s Pizza pinkspizza.com 1403 Heights Blvd. 713.864.PINK

mediterranean+ greek

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

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

Frank’s Pizza frankspizza.com 417 Travis. 713.225.5656

Romano’s Flying Pizza 1528 W. Gray. 713.526.1182

La Fendee Mediterranean 1402 Westheimer. 713.522.1505

NIKO NIKO’S nikonikos.com 2520 Montrose. 713.528.1308 Saffron Moroccan Cuisine 2006 Lexington. 713.522.3562 saffronhouston.com

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

steak+chops Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House delfriscos.com 5061 Westheimer. 713.355.2600 Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse 2405 W. Alabama. 713.520.5999 flemingssteakhouse.com

pizza

Candelari’s candelaris.com 6002 Washington. 832.200.1474 Dolce Vita Pizzeria y Enoteca 500 Westheimer. 713.520.8222 dolcevitahouston.com

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

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille 9827 Katy Freeway. 832.358.9000 perrysrestaurants.com Spencer’s Steaks & Chops 1600 Lamar. 713.577.8325 spencersforsteaksandchops.com

Strip House theglaziergroup.com 1200 McKinney. 713.659.6000 SHULA'S STEAKHOUSE Hyatt Regency Houston 1200 Louisiana St. Houston, TX 77002 Reservations: 713.375.4777 Private Dining: 713.375.4709 Shula's is known for serving premium steaks as well as an impressive roster of seafood and chops. Reserve one of three private dining rooms for business meetings or special occasions.

niko niko’s

Pappas Bros Steakhouse pappasbros.com 5839 Westheimer Rd 713.780.7352

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DISTINCTIVE HOMEMADE MIDDLE EASTERN CUISINE

1. sampler plate Includes humos, tabouli, baba ghanouj, spinach pie, meat pie and fried kibbie.r 2. shawerma & fries Thinly sliced seasoned beef served with tomatoes and tahini sauce. 3. feta cheese salad Feta cheese, green onions, tomatoes and special seasonings.

5757 Westheimer | Houston, TX 77057 713.952.6969 | www.cafelili.com

HOURS:

Monday-Thursday 11am to 9pm Friday-Saturday 11am to 10pm

sample menu selections starters + sides • SAMPLER: Includes humos, tabouli, baba ghanouj,

spinach pie, meat pie and fried kibbie. $11.29 • SPECIAL HUMOS: Humos topped with ground chuck beef, onions and pine nuts. $8.49

salads All include Romaine lettuce, Feta cheese, green onions, tomatoes, toasted pita with special Lebanese spices and house dressing. • BEEF KABOB SALAD $14.99 • KAFTA KABOB SALAD $10.99

sandwiches • SHAWERMA BEEF: Thinly sliced seasoned beef served with tomatoes and tahini sauce. $9.29

entrees All plates served with rice and choice of humos or dinner salad. • BEEF KABOB: 1/2 $14.99, WHOLE $24.99 • CHICKEN KABOB: 1/2 $10.99, WHOLE $16.29

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UNDERSTATED LEBANESE RESTAURANT HAS BEEN SERVING UP DELICIOUS HUMOS, FALAFEL, BABA GHANOUJ AND THEIR SPECIAL COOKED MEATS ON THE WESTHEIMER CORRIDOR AT CHIMNEY ROCK. Café Lili has long been a Houston institution and was one of Marvin Zindler’s favorite places to eat. It’s easy to see why by glancing at their menu, which packs a punch. While spare in décor, it offers outstanding Lebanese recipes from the Bejiani family. The welcome is warm, and so is the bread – airy, freshbaked pita comes straight from the oven to your table. Try to not to eat it all as there is so much more to taste. Expect Lili always front and center, even at their peak hours of lunch, which is always packed with people lining up to choose from a simple menu of starters, sides, sandwiches and hearty entrees. Don’t be surprised to find men playing dominoes while drinking Lili’s infamous strong Lebanese coffee served in tiny typical cups.

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choose from. One popular starter is the Sampler – it has a little bit of everything and can be shared. THIS COMBINATION APPETIZER FEATURES HUMMUS, TABOULI, BABA GHANOUJ, SPINACH PIE, MEAT PIE AND FRIED KIBBIE. Café Lili’s falafel plate which features four round falafels, made with mashed garbanzo beans, garlic, bell peppers, onions and parsley, with a tahini sauce for dipping, delights. Perhaps the best way to sample Café Lili is to heed the advice of, well, Lili. SUGGESTED ENTRÉES LIKE CHICKEN SHAWERMA OR THE CHICKEN KABOB ARE TERRIFIC – THIN SHAVINGS OF CHICKEN, PRESSED TOGETHER ON A SKEWER AND ROTATED SLOWLY OVER AN OPEN FLAME, MANAGE TO COMBINE THE BEST ASPECTS OF GRILLING AND ROASTING – the result is smoky and toothsome while still juicy and flavorful. Among the kitchen’s well-spiced and marinated meats, the savory

CAFÉ LILI HAS LONG BEEN A HOUSTON INSTITUTION AND WAS ONE OF MARVIN ZINDLER’S FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT.

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beef kabob (broiled on skewers) served with basmati rice and tomatoes is a fast favorite. At Café Lili, when the fork hits the tongue, it’s obvious much care has gone into creating a Lebanese food experience. Fresh ingredients and fast preparation abound. It’s a family affair at this mom-and-pop restaurant – so keep in mind that ordering with Lili, herself, is a sure bet to a healthy and delicious dining experience.


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CHEF ELOUISE JONES | RESTAURANT OUISIE’S TABLE cuisine southern eclectic (louisiana, texas, south american and southern regional) | attire casual elegant | catering no private room no | address 3939 san felipe drive, houston, tx 77027 | phone 713.528.2264 | website ouisiestable.com

FAVORITE LATE NIGHT SPOT FOR A BITE? My refrigerator. It’s open all night long. BEST BREAKFAST? Sautéed ground bison with fennel and thyme, poached eggs, buttered wheat bread and fig preserves. BEST BRUNCH? Ouisie’s. WHAT INGREDIENT CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT IN THE KITCHEN AND WHY? EVOO. I have six different ones in my kitchen at all times and I rotate them. I’d be lost without them. WHAT UTENSIL CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT? Silver spoon, coin silver. It has sharp edges so I can scoop fruit and cut different things. I have two kitchens and I keep five or six next to the stove with the EVOO. WHAT’S YOUR PET PEEVE? The phrase 'No Problem'. My staff is not allowed to use it. FAVORITE AFFORDABLE WINE? Fess Parker Wine Syrah. FAVORITE PLACE FOR DESSERT? House Custards at Ouisie’s. WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE CHEF, RESTAURANT AND DISH? DiMarco’s. I love the feel of his restaurants. I think my favorite dish is his beet salad. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, TELL US YOUR WORST CLIENT EXPERIENCE? It was at my restaurant on Sunset Blvd. One of the waiters was in the kitchen with four lamb entrées above his head going down a ramp and the meal slid off the tray onto the table. There was a big fuss with clients and it didn’t help that they had been waiting a long time.

Elouise Jones started out with a catering company called The Travelling Brown Bag, which catered to the City Room at the Chronicle. She opened Ouisie’s in 1973, which started out as a neighborhood meeting/eating place. It eventually grew beyond capacity and Jones had to close it but reopened it in an old grocery store off of Sunset Blvd. Ouisie’s has currently been open thirteen years at its present location on San Felipe.

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FAVORITES:

FLOWER CASABLANCA STORE THE CARLTON HOUSE SONG "WALTZ ACROSS TEXAS " BY ERNEST TUBB MEMORY WHEN MY HUSBAND AND I GOT MARRIED IN THE CURRENT OUISIE’S GARDEN


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

MY NIGHTS WITH "IKE"… AN EXTENDED SIPCODES/POST IKE EDITORIAL

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4TH DARK NIGHT BY CANDLELIGHT– 5 LBS. OF GROUND MEAT, 11 CHICKEN BREASTS, AND 4 PORK TENDERLOINS LATER… I almost became vegetarian after this and, no, I didn’t eat all of that. In fact, after cooking all of this, my mother and I didn’t eat. It’s amazing what cooking an abundant amount of meat will do to you. I called my significant other afterward … and he’s at a bar. A favorite of mine no less.

DAY 7, NO POWER, GREAT WATER PRESSURE…

I’m lucky. I admit that. With no damage to my home, the worst thing I’ve had to deal with is no power for days. I’ve left my house momentarily – to conserve gas – only on the search for elusive ice. At press time, we’ve been blessed with amazing weather. Days aren’t bad but the nights drive me crazy. In the beginning, it was exciting and new. Then there are only so many games of UNO you can play, great dinners (thanks to a gas stove) you can eat and wine you can consume before restlessness sets in. Around day 4 I spent 4 hours with my mother cooking all the meat that was thawing out while friends are out and about at bars enjoying sports games, restaurants, etc. I’m not good at faking and this annoys me. Yes, thoroughly. So, this is how my nights with Ike started, living vicariously through the 10% or so of you who have had power…

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2008 2:10AM- HURRICANE IKE MAKES LANDFALL. Sitting in absolute darkness, the wind blowing a menacing howl in our breezeway, we listened to KHOU on the radio with a flashlight. My brother, my mother and I were all huddled on her bed, trying to soak up all sorts of information. And I was freaking out about the pressure of the wind on our windows…since I’m closest to them. CHRISTIAN’S TAILGATE BAR- 2000 Bagby St. 713.527.0261 Rumor has it bargoers who had been here all night intended on hunkering down in the bar for the storm. I could see how this could’ve occurred accidentally with the storm coming in early Saturday morning. (Of course, rumors will abound at this time and this just may be one of those.) I can only imagine what they witnessed being so close to Downtown with a view straight to it. At press time, they are open for business and all looks normal. You could find burgers, beer and wifi. Some of us still have to work in this mess.

VINTAGE LOUNGE- 2108 Kipling 713.522.4200 Apparently not much damage was incurred here except for the back patio, which ended up in disarray. A comfortable group made their way out of the darkness to enjoy Monday Night Football in an effort to return to normalcy. At the time, a curfew was in effect but there is little you can do to squash debauchery in such a time. Revelers celebrated well into the wee hours of Tuesday. They weren’t kidding about the police force: An overwhelming amount patrolled the streets to protect those neighborhoods that sprinkle the outskirts like “black holes.”

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DAY 5, NO POWER; FIRST ESCAPE TO SEE THE COVERAGE ON TV AND USE THE INTERNET! INFORMATION OVERLOAD!!! I’m a news junky. The fact that I’m so many days behind on what is going on beyond us is nerve-racking but the desire to “see” the aftermath rather than “listen” to it is insurmountable! It’s a weird emotion to “hear” about the devastation in Galveston and then try to turn that into a mental image. It’s hard to rewire brain to turn all the images you know of the island into a mess. CYCLONE ANAYA’S- 309 Gray St. 713.520.6969 Midtown was booming. The majority of the power was back on, many were off work for the week, and this combo produces long waits for dinner. Coming out of the “black hole” that is my westside neighborhood to Midtown was surreal. There’s me, no makeup, waiting to savor a shower before bed so I won’t sweat all night long in a house with no AC and a room with windows that don’t open. Then there’re all the people dressed like it’s a Friday night out and drinking as if it were so too. Oh, the envy! But at the same time, there’s

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a sense of pride to the resilience that our great city and Houstonians were displaying. I can’t help but want to celebrate too! I ordered the Pollo Anaya, which is a chicken breast over rice with a side of beans and zucchini. I devoured it. After not having normal meals and stressing, my eating habits are haywire! I ordered a small margarita and soaked in the last bit of TV news while the everpresent midnight curfew loomed in the back of mind.

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DAY 6, NO POWER STILL; WORKING FROM VARIOUS LOCATIONS THANKS TO FREE WIFI AND BEAUTIFUL WEATHER. SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING CHANGING MY WORKSPACE TO AN OUTSIDE VENUE. AS LONG AS THE GOOD WEATHER REMAINS, THAT IS… When producing a magazine, the work never ends. We don’t get the week off. We adapt and find workspace ASAP! In this case, for a portion of the magazine, that is in a high-rise condo in a lovely dining room filled with expensive collectibles. Me, I hit the streets! COFFEE GROUNDZ- 2503 Bagby St. 713.874.0082 I remember passing by this spot after the hurricane on the way to pick up some coolers. The back patio awning was mangled; a power line dangled at the streetlight but it was all still intact. This was my first breakfast destination. I ordered my usual non-fat, sugar-free Vanilla Latte and enjoyed it until the last sip. That takes a while for me so it was pretty cold by then. Our options to eat were cinnamon cake, chocolate cake, lemon cake and various Odwalla bars. I can do cake for breakfast and I did. Cinnamon cake to be exact. Moist and satisfying to the last bite. CAFÉ EXPRESS- 1422 W. Gray 713.522.3100 On the hunt for lunch and wifi, we hit the streets again. Checked on The Daily Grind first, no wifi. The Social had wifi and BBQ but the loud music and drinks would’ve made my ADD go out of control! I heard Café Express was going to start offering free wifi and if not up, the food is good and served relatively quickly so we could resume our great search for wifi afterward. I wasn’t thinking calories at this point; I’m thinking, what do I really enjoy and must have! Easy, the grilled chicken with pasta pesto deli salad. It’s the perfect balance of pasta and salad. The wifi, not up yet either.

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COCO’S CREPES & COFFEE- 218 Gray St. 713.521.0700 It’s no wonder this coffee shop was busting at the seams. They have adorable seating outside for the perfect weather, great coffee and FREE WIFI! I set up shop outside and started to check my e-mails. I thought that by now my e-mails would be bouncing back but luckily that wasn’t the case. In between returning e-mails I started writing and enjoying my second non-fat sugar free Vanilla Latte of the day. Believe me, I was wired. I could barely see people’s faces from staring at all the tiny type. FIT ATHLETIC CLUB- 1532 W. Gray St. 713.529.1515 I haven’t worked out in days. I’ve walked my dog a whole lot. It’s another one of my hurricane pastimes. I finally made it to the gym. All is in good condition other than no DirectTV®. Thankfully I charged my iPod® before this gym visit. Hours were 8am to 8pm that day. They had beverages in the coolers and various bars and the smoothie bar was up and running. After having a smoothie for dinner, I took advantage of a shower in normal lighting. By the looks of it, a lot of us were taking advantage of this perk.

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DAY 7 CONTINUED, NO POWER; FINISHING UP WORK FROM VARIOUS LOCATIONS… With the majority of the people I know having their power returned, I have been borrowing power to recharge my computer, phone, iPod and stealing all their ice supply from their refrigerators. I am one of those 50 to 75% who will have their power back by Tuesday, September 23. As of yesterday’s CenterPoint news conference, my ZIP code will have power back by the end of the day Monday, September 22. (Our offices, who knows; it was one of the areas with extensive damages.) Until then, thank you to all contract workers, energy companies, volunteers, city workers and officials, local businesses, neighbors and Houstonians for making this experience as painless as possible and for your and our unwavering resilience!

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CD REVIEWS

9/25/08

12:17 PM

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BOSS HOGG OUTLAWZ Back by Blockular Demand: Serve & Collect II (Boss Hogg Outlawz/Koch) When Slim Thug left Swisha House in 2000, he did so in pursuit of releasing his own records on his own label, thus taking more of the cut. He did that. Then, ironically, he later signed a deal with a major label, guaranteeing a larger advance but also all but ensuring he’d ultimately get screwed. He did that, too. 2005’s Already Platinum “only” went Gold, and in the mess that delayed its follow-up almost three years later, he asked Interscope to release him from his contact. They did that. Now he’s back to square one in a sense, back to his own label (also called Boss Hogg Outlawz) and with a deal with Koch that certainly would have to rival any perks he got out of Interscope (if there were any). But what really matters here is that unlike Already Platinum, this sounds like it came out of Houston. No, the Neptunes aren’t involved, and in fact, nearly the entire thing is produced by the brilliant Houston stalwart Mr. Lee, who masterfully strikes a balance between club tracks and raw, slow booming grinders that give plenty of space for Slim’s baritone to resonate. In that, it partially harks back to the looser mixtape approach in which he came up via Swisha House. Everything comes off thicker and slower and the handoffs between him and Killa Kyleon, Young Black and guests like Lil Keke suggest that maybe they were all waiting in the wings for him to shake off that major label monkey and then they’d be on board. This is Houston, anyway, right? Somebody didn’t forget where he came from.

THE RAVEONETTES The Raveonettes REMIXED EP (Vice) Not even a remix can make them suck. The Trentmøeller remix of “Lust” in particular might make Robert Smith sniffle a bit.

BAVU BLAKES Up South (08 Is So Great) (mixtape) Austin-based Bavu Blakes (who thankfully went back to his given name instead of the former “Mr. Blakes”) continues to confound. This is the same dude that drifts back and forth between a role as rapper and journalist as much as he does between styles as a rapper (not backpacker and not gangsta). He moonlights with another group called Extra Plair that defies description except to say that it’s more akin to spaghetti western soundtracks or old spy themes than it is to hip hop. And it’s the same guy who has been dropping a new track every Monday of this year. Yes, every week. Here, his dark, brilliant, semi-political and autobiographical work takes another step, but not the step. The warmth and intelligence of his voice is on display, but the beats are a little patchwork due to it being a mixtape. You also just get a feeling he’s got something in the cannon. Like maybe he’s saving it all up for one gigantic push. Then again, he’s fooled us before.

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CLUB+LOUNGE REVIEW

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By Travis Jones Photography by Daniel Ortiz

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BLUE LABEL LOUNGE | 4500 WASHINGTON | BLUELABELLOUNGE.COM THE COLOR OF COOL

BLUE.

From the time you could tear open a package of crayons, you knew what the color was for. Not the waxy stick you clandestinely ate or let melt into upholstery, but the color itself. Yeah, at age four maybe it transcended traditional uses and produced a blue dog or duck for the cover of a psychedelic Mother’s Day card, but it was always the color of water. The color of wet. The color of cool.

Exquisite faux finishes almost go unnoticed by the naked eye, but closer examination reveals that no expense was spared in pampering patrons’ palettes. The lighting is perfectly moody, great for getting down to business in both the professional and recreational sense. It’s easy to sink into the plush and ample benches and booths, aligned with mad feng shui, and lose track of an hour or four with the reasonably-priced bottle service.

Blue Label Lounge on 4500 Washington lives up to the cool. A vision of exclusivity, you won’t be sauntering up to the front gates as you wander down the Wash. The main entrance is in the back, reminiscent of lavish lounges in Chicago, Philly and New York. This layout lends itself perfectly to those who want to be seen without making a scene – celebrities and celebrities at heart. An after-six/business casual dress code is politely enforced, but you’ll want to get spiffed up for this one anyway. Houston’s young and beautiful flock to Blue Label Lounge and it’s become the stomping ground of the fashionably elite. Have no fear in your after-work duds or your Sunday jeans and polo though. Blue Label Lounge doesn’t have that ostentatious attitude that most cutting-edge lounges harbor. You’re sure to be greeted with warmth on any given visit.

A delightfully curvy DJ spins a hip soundtrack of house-mixed favorites on Thursday nights. She twists and manipulates the tunes like she’s squaring off with the two waterfalls that guard each side of the bar – salivating sentinels sputtering a fresh soundtrack of their own. For parties seeking the ultimate VIP experience, Blue Label Lounge offers a private room for groups up to 25. With your own waitress, flatscreen television, comfy couches and security, the Blue Label VIP experience is unforgettable. Book your experience soon though, because the spaces fill up quickly with Houstonians in the know.

Now, when it comes down to it, all good bars are the same. Stay with me now and let’s think about this. A good bar has A.) good atmosphere, B.) good service and C.) a good crowd. Pretty much any place can pull the ABC’s off, so how does a bar differentiate itself? How does a bar rise above the rest and join the ranks of elite Houstonian hangouts? Simple: it’s in the D.) details, and Blue Label Lounge covers them down to the tiniest.

Blue Label Lounge’s meticulous attention to detail pairs nicely with its ability to adapt to Houston. In other words, happy hour and football. The weekday happy hour is sure to please thirsty Houston with great deals on expertly mixed cocktails, but Blue Label Lounge’s diversity really shines on Sundays. To cap off fall weekends, Blue label Lounge does the NFL in style with a massive projector screen and great specials on frozen drink pitchers. Even the Texans have a hard time delivering a bigger hit than Blue Label Lounge’s frozen mojitos.

Upon entry, you get the feeling that you walked into your very own fish bowl. Except all of the fish have been replaced with insanely attractive bartenders and there’s no inherent fear of being flushed down a toilet or eaten by a cat. Clean lines of double-glazed glass and the soothing sound of pebbles blessed by fountains soak Blue Label Lounge in character.

From the street-side patio bar looking out onto bustling Washington Avenue, those escaping the party inside for a little fresh air feel like kids with a secret. If only everyone else knew what was going on in here. They will soon enough though. Word spreads like rushing water about a place this hot and soon Houston will know that Blue Label Lounge is the color of cool.

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002NIGHTLIFE downtown

702 702 W. Dallas. 713.654.8040 702houston.com A+ BAR inside Alden Hotel 1117 Prairie. 832.200.8800 aldenhotels.com BANK BAR 220 Main. 832.667.4477 hotelicon.com

CABO 417 Travis. 713.225.2060 cabomixmex.com COPA CABANA 114 Main. 713.223.COPA copacabanalounge.com

C&F DRIVE INN 6714 N. Main. 713.861.0704 CHAR BAR 305 Travis. 713.222.8177 charbarhouston.com CLUB ICE/MANTRA 711 Main. 713.225.3500 mantrahouston.com

THE COTTON EXCHANGE 202 Travis. 713.213.1141 cottonexchangelounge.com

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

DIVE LOUNGE inside the Aquarium 410 Bagby. 713.223.3474 EIGHTEEN TWENTY 1820 Franklin. 713.224.5535 myspace.com/1820bar ETTA’S LOUNGE 5120 Scott. 713.528.2611 FLYING SAUCER 705 Main. 713.228.7468 beerknurd.com

GLO 505 Main. 713.223.3456 club-go.com

HEAT 511 Main. 713.225.8020 myspace.com/clubheat_houston JAZZ AT THE MAGNOLIA 1100 Texas. 713.221.0011 magnoliahotels.com

BARS + CLUBS + LOUNGES + WINE BARS JET LOUNGE 1515 Pease. 713.659.2000 myspace.com/jetlounge

LA CARAFE 813 Congress. 713.229.9399 LEVEL 412 Main. 713.227.0410 myspace.com/levelhouston LIVE SPORTS CAFÉ 407 Main. 713.228.5483 livesportscafe.com

LONE STAR SALOON 1900 Travis. 713.757.1616 MOLLY’S PUB 509 Main. 713.222.1033 mollyspubs.com

NOTSUOH 314 Main. 713.237.8220 myspace.com/notsuohmusic

RED CAT JAZZ CAFÉ 924 Congress. 713.226.7870 redcatjazzcafe.com

RESERVE 101 1201 Caroline. 713.655.7101 reserve101.com

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

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

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

THE TREEHOUSE Discovery Green 1611 Lamar. 713.337.7321 thegrovehouston.com THE VAULT 723 Main. 713.224.6891

TOC BAR 711 Franklin. 713.224.4862 myspace.com/tocbarhouston

VENUE 719 Main. 713.236.8150 venuehouston.com

galleria + uptown

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

BELVEDERE 1131 Uptown Park. 713.552.9271 belvedereinfo.com THE BLACK SWAN 4 Riverway. 713.871.8181 (inside the Omni Hotel)

CLUB 26 TEN 2610 Sage. 713.974.4000 myspace.com/club26ten

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

RA SUSHI 3908 Westheimer. 713.621.5800 rasushi.com

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

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

FIX LOUNGE 2707 Milam. 832.281.2101 fixlounge.com UROPA 3302 Mercer. 713.627.1132 cluburopahouston.com

EL TIEMPO CANTINA 5602 Washington. 713.681.3645 eltiempocantina.com

heights + washington

MAK CHIN’S 511 Shepherd. 713.861.9888 makchins.com

WILD WEST 6101 Richmond. 713.266.3455 wildwesthouston.com

BOOM BOOM ROOM 2518 Yale. 713.868.3740 myspace.com/ boomboomroomhouston

BLUE LABEL LOUNGE 4500 Washington. bluelabellounge.com

CHAISE LOUNGE 4219 Washington. 713.861.2300 chaiseloungehouston.net

CITIZEN LOUNGE 4606 Washington. 713.862.4448 THE CORKSCREW 1919 Washington. 713.864.9463 houstoncorkscrew.com CORLEONE BAR & GRILL 813 Jackson. 713.863.8223 (behind Patrenella’s) patrenellas.net COSMOS CAFÉ 69 Heights. 713.802.2144 cosmoshouston.com

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

DARKHORSE TAVERN 2207 Washington. 713.426.2442 dhtavern.com THE DIRT 222 Yale. 713.426.4222 myspace.com/dirtbar

THE DRAKE 1902 Washington. 713.861.9600 thedrakebar.com

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KOBAIN 33 Waugh. 713.862.9911 kobain.net

MOLINA’S 4720 Washington. 713.862.0013 molinasrestaurants.com ONION CREEK 3106 White Oak. 713.880.0706 onioncreekcafe.com

PEARL BAR 4216 Washington. 713.863.5337 pearlbarhouston.com

THE SOCIAL 3730 Washington. 713.426.5585 thesocialinfo.com

FRONT PORCH PUB 217 Gray. 713.571.9571 frontporchpub.com

HOWL AT THE MOON 612 Hadley. 713.658.9700 howlatthemoon.com

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

LEON’S LOUNGE 1006 McGowen. 713.659.3052

THE MAPLE LEAF 514 Elgin. 713.520.6464 themapleleafpub.blogspot.com THE MINK/THE BACKROOM 3718 Main. 713.522.9985 themink.org

midtown

OPEN CITY 2416-A Brazos. 832.483.8357 ochouston.com

3RD BAR 2600 Travis. 713.526.8282 reefhouston.com

RICH’S 2401 San Jacinto. 713.759.9606 richshouston.com

13 CELSIUS 3000 Caroline. 713.529.8466 13celsius.com

RED DOOR 2416 Brazos. 713.225.0640 reddoorhouston.com

BOND 2700 Milam. 713.529.2663 bond2700.com

COACHES 2204 Louisiana. 713.751.1970 CHRISTIAN’S TAILGATE 2000 Bagby. 713.527.0261 DECO 510 Gray. 713.659.4900 decohouston.com

EL PATIO 2416 Brazos. 713.523.8181 elpatio.com EPIC 3030 Travis. 713.862.4810

SAMMY’S 2016 Main. 713.751.3101 sammysat2016main.com

STATUS 2404 San Jacinto. 713.659.5400 myspace.com/statushouston SWIVEL 2621 Milam. 713.222.2057 swivelhouston.com THE ROOF 2600 Travis. 713.522.4900 roofbarhouston.com


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THE WET SPOT 160 W. Gray. 713.523.7768 wetspot-houston.com TIPSY CLOVER 2416 Brazos. 713.524.8782 WHISKEY CREEK 2905 Travis. 713.526.4225 whiskeycreekhouston.com

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

ZEPPELIN 3101 San Jacinto. 713.521.7300 myspace.com/zeppelin713

montrose + shepherd

ABSINTHE 609 Richmond. 713.528.7575 absinthelounge.com

AGORA 1717 Westheimer. 713.526.7212 agorahouston.com AVANTGARDEN 411 Westheimer. 832.519.1429 avantgardenhouston.com

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

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

CROME 2815 S. Shepherd. 713.523.3100 cromelounge.com CATBIRDS 1336 Westheimer. 713.523.8000 catbirds.com CEZANNE JAZZ CLUB 4100 Montrose. 713.522.9321 blacklaboradorpub.com

GUAVA LAMP 570 Waugh. 713.524.3359 myspace.com/guavalamphouston

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THE DAVENPORT 2115 Richmond. 713.520.1140

THE FLAT 1702 Commonwealth. 713.521.3528 ETRO 1424 Westheimer. 713.529.3449 myspace.com/etrohouston GRIFF’S 3416 Roseland. 713.528.9912 griffshouston.com

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

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THE TAVERN 1340 W. Gray. 713.522.5159 thetavernongray.com

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

ZAKE LOUNGE 2943 S. Shepherd. 713.526.6888 zakerestaurant.com ZIMM’S MARTINI & WINE 4321 Montrose. 713.521.2002

museum district

LZ PUB 2239 Richmond. 713.522.7118

MONARCH LOUNGE 5701 Main (inside Hotel ZaZa). 713.526.1991 monarchrestauranthouston.com

MCELROY’S PUB 3607 Sandman. 713.524.2444 mcelroyspub.com

outer loop

MARFRELESS 2006 Peden. 713.528.0083

METEOR 2306 Genesee. 713.521.0123 meteorhouston.com

THE NEXT DOOR 2020 Waugh. 713.520.1712 myspace.com/thenextdoorgallery NUMBERS 300 Westheimer. 713.526.6551 numbersnightclub.com PRIVE 910 Westheimer. 713.526.6551 privelounge.com

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

SLIDER’S BAR 1424 Westheimer. 713.528.2788 slidersbar.com

SCOTT GERTNER’S SKYBAR 3400 Westheimer. 713.520.9688 msypace.com/scottgertnersskybar THE STAG’S HEAD 2128 Portsmouth. 713.533.1199 stagsheadpub.com

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

FIREHOUSE SALOON 5930 Southwest Frwy. 713.977.1962 firehousesaloon.com HUSH 15625 Katy Frwy. 713.330.4874 hushonline.com JAPANIERO’S 2168 Texas Dr. 281.242.1121 japaniero.com KONA GRILL 16535 Southwest Frwy. 281.242.7000 konagrill.com

MI LUNA 2298 Texas Dr. 281.277.8272 mi-luna.com

OLIVES MARTINI BAR & GRILLE 2268 Texas Dr. 281.980.2823 olivesmartinis.com

VINE WINE ROOM 12420 Memorial Dr. 713.463.8463 vinewineroom.com

VINO 100 11693 Westheimer. 281.759.4100

rice village

ARMADILLO PALACE 5015 Kirby. 713.526.9700 thearmadillopalace.com

BAKER STREET PUB 5510 Morningside. 713.942.9900 bakerstreetpub.com BAM BOU 2540 University. 713.521.7222 bambouhouston.com

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

THE GINGER MAN 5607 Morningside. 713.526.2770 gingermanpub.com JOHNNY’S SPORTS BAR 2511 Bissonnet. 713.521.9928 myspace.com/joialounge

KAY’S LOUNGE 2324 Bissonnet. 713.528.9858

LITTLE WOODROW’S 5611 Morningside. 713.521.2337 littlewoodrows.com THE LOUNGE AT BENJI’S 2424 Dunstan. 713.522.7602 benjys.com

VOLCANO 2349 Bissonnet. 713.526.5282

river oaks + kirby

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

COVA 5600 Kirby. 713.838.0700 5555 Washington. 713.868.3366 covawine.com

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DOWNING STREET 2549 Kirby. 713.523.2291 downingstreetpub.com

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

MEZZANINE LOUNGE 2200 Southwest Frwy. 713.528.MEZZ mezzaninelounge.com MUGSY’S 3200 Kirby. 713.526.5595

RICKSHAW BAMBU 2810 Westheimer. 713.942.7272 rickshaw-bambu.com ROLL-N SALOON 4200 San Felipe. 713.622.7487 TACO MILAGRO 2555 Kirby. 713.522.1999 taco-milagro.com

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

warehouse district

EIGHTEEN TWENTY 1820 Franklin. 713.224.5535 1820bar.com

LUCKY’S PUB 801 St. Emanuel. 713.522.2010 luckyspub.com THE MERIDIAN 1503 Chartres. 713.225.1717 meridianhouston.com

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

WAREHOUSE LIVE 813 St. Emanuel. 713.225.5483 warehouselive.com


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Interview by Lance Scott Walker Photography by Christopher Rosales

HEIST AT HAND DOWN A STAIRCASE LEADING UNDERGROUND AND AWAY FROM THE BUSY STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY’S EAST VILLAGE. INTO A DANK, SCARRED AND BLISTERED ROOM LINED WITH WEATHERED BRICK SUPPORTING ARCHWAYS ABOVE DOORWAYS SCATTERED AROUND THE WALLS AS THEY DESCENDED TOWARDS THE STAGE LIKE THE LONG STEPS OF A COLISEUM (OR A SECTION OF IT TEN FEET WIDE). CHRISTMAS LIGHTS WINDING AROUND THE WALLS AND BETWEEN THE THICK ROCK AND BRICK BILLOWING OUT OF THE WALLS AS IF IT WERE EXPANDING AND TRYING TO BLEED OFF MOISTURE ON TO THE HARDBACK LEATHER COUCHES LINING THE ROOM.

And then someone counts off and the sound thrusts out of the back wall into which they’re crammed and goes echoing off of that dirty old aged brick like a shrill shockwave. Drummer Roy Durand reverberates out of the back corner while Matt Valentin holds down the low end on bass and Mike Hernandez—with a contingent of over a dozen pedals—makes a big wind of guitar noise go spilling out of his one spot in the room.

This is Lit Lounge in New York City, underground in every way but somehow also the landing spot for many a Houston band making it to Gotham over the past few years. The most recent of those was Heist at Hand, making a late summer stop in the middle of an East Coast jaunt.

And while she went off jumping rope with the mic cable, everyone else stood around near the red-curtained fire pit on that cracked and disheveled floor under the dim light bulbs hanging from above, watching. And just watched. You couldn’t really know what you were hearing. It was all too much a mass of screeching and barking and stomping while everything else thrashed out from behind, swarmed in effects. And then, just as quickly, it would all stop.

The band is crammed in the back of the room and kids are crowded around them standing or sitting on the rock steps. Lead singer Bianca Montalvo struts around the stage with her microphone cable, patiently swatting it against her side while waiting for the rest of the band to finish setting up as ceiling fans hanging from above furiously try to push the damp underground air back onto the clientele below. A slow disco ball throws points of light across the brick and stucco walls. “We’re from Houston, Texas,” she starts after they give her the nod. “We don’t ride horses but we have seen them and we do know that they exist.”

Montalvo, for her part, is every bit as much musician as her bandmates, confident and wild and howling from the top of her lungs like a banshee while whipping the microphone cable around her body and swinging it (and herself) around the room.

“You guys are juicy,” she said in a huff, brushing her bangs away from her forehead with a gloved hand. “I like juicy. Juicy is better than…whatever the fuck. Fuck that rant. We’re Heist at Hand from Houston, Texas and we don’t ride horses but we know that they exist.”

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BEFORE WE GO... SHOP FOR THE CAUSE The Pink Ribbon “Candle for a Cure” $21 with 25% of the proceeds donated to Baylor College of Medicine. Available at all Rice Epicurean stores and Cotton Club on San Felipe. For a list of retailers carrying the candles, please call 713.870.3699.

EMBRACE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH WITH SOMA’S EXCLUSIVE SUPPORT PINK COLLECTION. SOMA.COM. SOMA INTIMATES WILL DONATE $25,000 TO SUPPORT THE NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT NATIONALBREASTCANCER.ORG. ACROSS 1. Autumn 3. Hairstyle 10. Wooden shoes

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ment

27. H__, you!

31. Victoria’s secrets?

53. Dior offering

28. Canary colors

32. Colorful clothes store

DOWN 1. Style

40. Goes with the good and the ugly

31. Bracelets

42. Coded message

11. Clothing

35. Stage of bloom

2. Earring places

32. Billiards pusher

44. Stress relief location

12. Ogle

4. Oil __ canvas

36. Printer maker

33. TV type

45. Lady’s

14. Football players like Ahman Green

5. Shows it

37. Thread’s companion

34. Snappy

46. Wall is one

6. Sun protections

38. Goes with Abercrombie

35. Navy is one version of it

50. Lady __ the Lake

7. Makeup option

38. More elegant

8. Off-white color

39. Red or green or purple

51. Vinci or Gama?

15. Carefree attitude 17. Skirt line

40. __ Bice, Idol runner-up

19. Blouse

41. Digital image

20. “We’re in this love together” singer Jarreau

42. Watched

13. Shakira said they don’t lie

43. Mascara’d areas

16. Firm, briefly

21. Manicure focus 25. Good time to buy (2 words) 29. “___ believer!” (Monkees song) (2 words) 30. From ____ (the start) (2

47. Tartan weaves 48. Exercise class, abbreviation 49. Danced ballet, perhaps 52. Knitted gar-

9. Walks the runway

Borba’s Cashmere Fiber Lip Balm in Color created Lovely to promote breast cancer awareness. 10% of net proceeds from the sales will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. $16, borba.com

WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET IS BRINGING THE COLOR PINK INTO ITS WHITE AND BLACK PALETTE WITH THE GIVE HOPE COLLECTION, DONATING NET PROCEEDS UP TO $200,000 FROM THE SALE OF EVERY GIVE HOPE JEAN, TEE, WATCH AND KEY RING TO LIVING BEYOND BREAST CANCER. ALL AVAILABLE AT WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET.

SEPTEMBER ANSWERS Bulgari has partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, donating 10% of the purchase price of each sale of the Rose Essentielle fragrance. The contribution will apply to both the 1.7 oz. and 3.4 oz. versions. Starts at $90, Neiman Marcus

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